BRENTWOOD, Calif. ( May 27, 2009) – Dale Traber won his first Professional Bowlers Association Senior Tour title by defeating PBA Hall of Famer Wayne Webb, 277-223, in the championship match of the PBA Senior Northern California Classic Wednesday at Harvest Park Bowl.
Traber, of Cedarburg, Wis., had best finishes of second twice in two seasons on the Senior Tour including a runner-up finish at last year’s Brentwood stop.
Traber has made a name for himself on PBA’s Regional Tour where he has won 43 titles. His best finish on the Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour was a second in the 1994 PBA National where he lost in the championship match to his brother David.
“It’s been a pretty lean last three weeks this year not having cashed,” said the 52-year-old Traber who earned $8,000 for the win. “I’ve got the monkey off my back now which is a relief.
“I was only averaging around 220 the last few tournaments and that wasn’t going to cut it. The scores weren’t as high at this tournament which was probably in my favor.”
Traber narrowly made it to the championship match defeating two-time Senior Tour titlist Ron Mohr of Eagle River, Alaska, 208-207, in the semifinal. Traber struck on the final shot of the 10th frame for the win.
Webb, who won the 2008 U.S. Senior Open and was looking for his second Senior Tour title, defeated Max Shellabarger of Roy, Utah, in his semifinal match, 238-170, to advance to the final.
Webb will defend his Senior U.S. Open title next week when the 2009 U.S. Senior Open is held at the Suncoast Bowling Center in Las Vegas May 31-June 5.
PBA SENIOR NORTHERN CALIFORNIA CLASSIC
Harvest Park Bowl, Brentwood, Calif., May 27
Dale Traber, Cedarburg, Wis. ($8,000) def. Wayne Webb, Sacramento, Calif. ($4,500), 277-223
Semifinal Round (losers earned $3,000)
Traber def. Ron Mohr, Eagle River, Alaska, 208-207
Webb def. Max Shellabarger, Roy, Utah, 238-170
Round of 8 (best of three games, losers eliminated, $1,700 each)
Traber def. Kerry Painter, Henderson, Nev., 2-1
Shellabarger def. Kenny Parks, Hammond, Ind., 2-0
Mohr def. Tom Carter, Rockford, Ill., 2-1
Webb def. Sam Carter, BenLomond, Calif., 2-1
Round of 16 (best of five games, losers eliminated, $1,300 each)
Painter def. Randy Rau, Belleville, Ill., 3-2
Traber def. Mike Dias, Lafayette, Colo., 3-0
Mohr def. Rodney Garrick, San Francisco, 3-0
Carter def. Dale Eagle, Tavares, Fla., 3-0
Shellabarger def. Ray Cobb, Highland, Calif., 3-2
Carter def. Dennis Jones, Fremont, Calif., 3-0
Webb def. Ed Silva, Manteca, Calif., 3-0
Parks def. Terry Leong, Las Vegas, 3-2
Round of 24 (best of five games, losers eliminated, $1,150 each)
Rau def. Ross Packard, San Jose, Calif., 3-2
Diaz def. Rohn Morton, Vancouver, Wash., 3-1
Garrick def. Bill Hewlett, Meridian, Idaho, 3-1
Eagle def. Dave Soutar, Bradenton, Fla., 3-0
Shellabarger def. Jim Joy, San Pablo, Calif., 3-2
Leong def. Warren Nelson, North Las Vegas, Nev., 3-1
Jones def. Jay Aono, Boise, Idaho, 3-0
Webb def. Ernie Schlegel, Vancouver, Wash., 3-0
Round of 32 (best of five games, losers eliminated, $1,050 each)
Packard def. Dan Roberts, Livermore, Calif., 3-2
Diaz def. Chet Steengrafe, San Martin, Calif., 3-2
Hewlett def. Harley Trumbull, New Boston, Mich., 3-1
Soutar def. Ron Winger, Las Vegas, Nev., 3-2
Shellabarger def. Jerry Walls, Kennewick, Wash., 3-0
Nelson def. Shannon Starnes, Fort Worth, Texas, 3-2
Jones def. Rodney Tramp, Porterville, Calif., 3-2
Webb def. Hugh Miller, Seattle, 3-0
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