June 12, 2008 19:00
Kenny Parks of Hammond, Ind., defeated Professional Bowlers Association Hall of Famer and two-time defending United States Bowling Congress Senior Masters champion Tom Baker in the double-elimination championship final Friday to win the 2008 USBC Senior Masters at Golden Pin Lanes.
Coming from the winners bracket winning his first five matches, the 51-year-old Parks in his second year on the PBA Senior Tour, lost the first three-game match to Baker, 595-545, necessitating a second match which he won, 681-589. In so doing, he denied Baker’s quest to become the Senior Masters’ first three-time winner.
For Parks, who won the $16,000 first prize, it was his first Senior Tour title with his best previous finish being third at the last PBA Senior Tour stop in May in Jackson, Mich. In fact, it was his first professional title of any kind with a second in a recent PBA regional tournament being his previous best.
“It hasn’t sunk in and the fact that it’s a major is just a blessing,” said the 6 foot 8 inch Parks. “It was really an honor to bowl someone of Tom’s caliber and to win, especially with everything he had on the line.”
After losing the first match Parks remained confident he could still win the tournament but was looking forward to moving to a new pair of lanes for the second three games.
“Going into the finals from the winners bracket gave me that little extra security that I could still lose the first match and have another chance,” Parks said. “I was struggling on the first pair but I was still pretty comfortable. The fact that I had a better shot on the other pair made me feel pretty confident.”
In a previous winners bracket match on Friday, Parks defeated Baker 664-568 sending the three-time Senior Tour Player of the Year to the losers bracket.
“Even though I beat him that match I told him I hoped to see him in the finals and that’s exactly what happened,” Parks added.
Baker admitted to being a little overwhelmed in trying to figure out the conditions on both pairs during the championship match.
“I was thinking and adjusting so much I think I confused myself,” Baker said jokingly. “I have to give Kenny a lot of credit, the way he bowled and kept it together after losing the first match was pretty awesome.”
Baker earned $8,000 for his second place finish.
The next stop on the PBA Senior Tour is another major, the PBA Senior U.S. Open presented by the Suncoast June 15-20 in Las Vegas.
United States Bowling Congress Senior Masters
Golden Pin Lanes
Match Play results
(Double-elimination three-game matches)
June 13, 2008
LOSERS BRACKET ROUND 6
(Losers eliminated finishing 9-12th and earn $1,825)
Rod Tramp, Porterville, Calif. def. Ron Mohr, Eagle River, Alaska,
Dave Soutar, Bradenton, Fla. def. Johnny Petraglia, Manapalan, N.J.,
Terry Leong, Henderson, Nev. def. Wayne Webb, Sacramento, Calif.,
Joe Vito, San Antonio, Texas def. Jerry Swank, Chouteau, Okla., 574-500
LOSERS BRACKET ROUND 7
(Losers eliminated finishing 7th and 8th earning $2,500)
Soutar def. Leong, 579-540
Tramp def. Vito, 590-536
WINNERS BRACKET ROUND 4
(Losers move into losers bracket)
Tom Baker, King, N.C. def. Ross Packard, San Jose, Calif., 664-578 Kenny Parks, Hammond, Ind. def. Vince Mazzanti Jr., Levittown, Pa.,
LOSERS BRACKET ROUND 8
(Losers eliminated finishing 5th and 6th earning $3,000)
Packard def. Tramp, 667-525
Soutar def. Mazzanti, 628-563
LOSERS BRACKET ROUND 9
(Soutar finishes 4th earning $4,000)
Packard def. Soutar, 670-621
WINNERS BRACKET ROUND 5
(Loser moves into final losers bracket match)
Parks def. Baker, 664-568
LOSERS BRACKET FINAL MATCH
(Packard finishes 3rd earning $6,000)
Baker def. Packard,(Parks earned $16,000 and Baker earned $8,000 for second)
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