Miller Fires 300 in Championship Match for First Senior Tour Title

by PBA Editor June 25, 2008 19:00

Hugh Miller had his sights set on the championship from the opening round of competition, “In qualifying I wanted to finish strong so I stepped up my focus to finish in the top eight.” The 51 year old southpaw did so in a big way by rolling 12 consecutive strikes in the last game of qualifying to take the second seed position and securing a double bye into the round of 16.

Miller’s focus remained strong going 6-1 in match play en route to a championship showdown with 1999 PBA Senior Player of the Year Dale Eagle. “I knew (Dale) Eagle was going to be tough, and I was going to have to shoot a big game, so I knew I had to strike a lot.”

“My last win was in 2002, and that was a regular tour event. I haven’t even won a regional since 2004.” Ending an extensive title drought Miller added “Every few years things just come together for me.”

When asked how comfortable he was on the lanes, Miller replied, “In Jackson I finished second, but I left a couple opens in the championship match, so I was looking to redeem myself and I stayed focused. I got myself into a good level of concentration in the championship match. I got a lucky break the first ball in the 10th frame, I gave the ball away a little, but the left lane was hooking more so it came back to strike.” Miller finished the tenth with two more strikes, winning his first career PBA Senior Tour title in style, bowling a perfect game in the championship match. What's next for the Senior Tour’s newest champion? “My goal now is to win again as soon as possible.”

Championship Round Results:

#2 HUGH MILLER
300
268
#12 DALE EAGLE

Semi-Final Round Results:

#1 ROSS PACKARD
203
#12 DALE EAGLE ADVANCES
258


#2 HUGH MILLER ADVANCES
289
235
#6 SAM ZURICH

Round of 8 Final Results:

#1 ROSS PACKARD ADVANCES
213-216-214=2
235-177-205=1
#9 HENRY GONZALEZ


#12 DALE EAGLE ADVANCES
245-290=2
207-256=0
#4 ROHN MORTON


#2 HUGH MILLER ADVANCES
268-244-247=2
211-246-214=1
#23 DON BLATCHFORD


#6 SAM ZURICH ADVANCES
247-258=2
217-236=0
#3 BOB KELLY

Round of 16 Final Results:

#16 BOB BRADY
213-224-237=0
267-226-269=3
#1 ROSS PACKARD ADVANCES


#9 HENRY GONZALEZ ADVANCES
193-259-229-234=3
236-237-187-207=1
#8 KEITH SHARP


#5 VINCE HONEYCUTT
211-225-170-224=1
205-231-189-241=3
#12 DALE EAGLE ADVANCES


#4 ROHN MORTON ADVANCES
258-257-213-204-206=3
210-248-243-235-192=2
#20 ROGER LECLAIR


#18 J.P. MULLER
179-215-195=0
224-236-214=3
#2 HUGH MILLER ADVANCES


#23 DON BLATCHFORD ADVANCES
203-228-258-206-242=3
246-167-206-212-206=2
#7 VINCE MAZZANTI JR.


#6 SAM ZURICH ADVANCES
256-206-183-264-276=3
176-241-269-219-194=2
#22 RON MOHR


#3 BOB KELLY ADVANCES
226-246-257-238=3
237-237-247-201=1
#14 TOM BAKER

Round of 24 Final Results:

#32 KERRY PAINTER
186 - 243 - 219 - 258 - 207=2
205 - 207 - 251 - 226 - 258=3
#16 BOB BRADY ADVANCES


#24 STEVE STEIN
205 - 215 - 193=0
220 - 220 - 194=3
#9 HENRY GONZALEZ ADVANCES


#12 DALE EAGLE ADVANCES
237 - 234 - 279=3
204 - 217 - 245=0
#28 TOM CARTER


#13 RAY COBB
204 - 269 - 204 - 184=1
216 - 266 - 246 - 300=3
#20 ROGER LECLAIR ADVANCES


#18 J.P. MULLER ADVANCES
235 - 203 - 267 - 237=3
214 - 231 - 238 - 219=1
#15 MIKE HENRY


#23 DON BLATCHFORD ADVANCES
234 - 235 - 233 - 258=3
259 - 205 - 226 - 212=1
#10 WAYNE WEBB


#11 RICK VITTONE
204 - 211 - 230=0
236 - 225 - 246=3
#22 RON MOHR ADVANCES


#14 TOM BAKER ADVANCES
181 - 278 - 204 - 256 - 256=3
244 - 256 - 205 - 205 - 172=2
#19 RON WINGER

300 Game Roger Leclair

Round of 32 Final Results:

#17 MIKE DIAS
194-193-247-298-224=2
207-219-215-193-239=3
#32 KERRY PAINTER ADVANCES


#25 JOHN SHREVE SR.
225-235-182-227-220=2
245-199-279-206-245=3
#24 STEVE STEIN ADVANCES


#21 KEVIN CROUCHER
171-193-180=0
257-239-257=3
#28 TOM CARTER ADVANCES


#29 DON SYLVIA
192-257-212-171=1
197-237-246-236=3
#20 ROGER LECLAIR ADVANCES


#18 J. P. Muller ADVANCES
190-207-243-207=3
176-268-237-191=1
#31 Kenny Parks


#26 JERRY WALLS
206-228-202-213=1
257-210-216-237=3
#23 DON BLATCHFORD ADVANCES


#22 RON MOHR ADVANCES
211-237-206-256=3
206-219-300-225=1
#27 BRIAN BRAZEAU


#30 ROBERT HARVEY
236-199-246-216-208=2
216-266-227-258-228=3
#19 RON WINGER ADVANCES

300 Games: Brian Brazeau, Hugh Miller

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