SEATTLE, Wash. (May 28, 2009) -- Professional Bowlers Association Hall of Famer and defending champion Wayne Webb heads a list of approximately 250 bowlers ages 50 and over who will compete in the PBA Senior U.S. Open May 31-June 5 at the Suncoast Bowling Center in Las Vegas, Nev.
Webb, of Sacramento, Calif., won last year’s Senior U.S. Open at the Suncoast by defeating fellow Hall of Famer and top qualifier Johnny Petraglia, 204-172, in the championship match after Petraglia led the entire tournament.
For Webb, a 20-time Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour titlist and ranked as the 18th greatest player in PBA history as part of the organization’s 50th anniversary celebration, it was his first Senior Tour victory in only his second senior event.
Webb was able to overcome an open in the sixth frame — a missed 10 pin – which dropped him two pins behind Petraglia in the championship match.
“I couldn’t believe I missed that spare but I just yanked it,” Webb remembered. “I thought that was going to turn the momentum back to Johnny but he had some tough shots after that and I was able to recover.”
Webb has had a successful run so far this season making the top 32 in each tournament he has entered.
“I’ve bowled pretty well so far but the (Senior) U.S. Open will be the biggest test for us,” Webb said. “If you’re on your game you’ll be near the top and if you’re not you’ll be out.”
Among other notables scheduled to compete are several other players and Hall of Famers named to the PBA’s all-time 50 greatest players list. They include: Tom Baker, King, N.C.; Dave Soutar, Bradenton, Fla.; Larry Laub, Reno, Nev. and Steve Cook, Granite Bay, Calif. In his first year of eligibility, 24-time PBA Tour titlist and Hall of Famer Brian Voss of Alpharetta, Ga., will compete in his first Senior U.S. Open.
Other players expected to compete are PBA Hall of Famers Mark Williams, Beaumont, Texas; Ernie Schlegel, Vancouver, Wash.; Roy Buckley, Westerville, Ohio; 11-time Senior Tour champion Dale Eagle, Tavares, Fla.; nine-time Senior Tour champion Pete Couture, Titusville, Fla., and second-year senior Ron Mohr of Eagle River, Alaska, who won the first two Senior Tour events this season.
With the most games of any event on the Senior Tour, the Senior U.S. Open incorporates one of the most challenging formats players will face. All players will bowl six-game qualifying blocks June 1, 2, and 3 after which the field will be cut to the top 25 percent who will bowl another nine-game qualifying round the morning of June 4. The field will then be cut to the top 24 players for one round-robin match play round in the afternoon of June 4 and two more eight-game rounds on June 5 that will determine the top 4 for the stepladder finals scheduled for 3:30 p.m. Pacific. Practice and pro-ams will be conducted on May 31.
The Senior U.S. Open will be the first of back-to-back Senior Tour majors. The United States Bowling Congress Senior Masters is scheduled for June 7-12 at Las Vegas’ South Point Bowling Center.
2009 PBA SENIOR U.S. OPEN SCHEDULE
Suncoast Bowling Center, Las Vegas, Nev.
Sunday, May 31
8 a.m. - A squad practice
9:15 a.m. - B squad practice
10:30 a.m. C squad practice
Pro-Am squads to follow
Monday, June 1
7 a.m. - A squad qualifying (six games)
10:45 a.m. - B squad qualifying (six games)
2:30 p.m. - C squad qualifying (six games)
Tuesday, June 2
7 a.m. - B squad qualifying (six games)
10:45 a.m. - C squad qualifying (six games)
2:30 p.m. - A squad qualifying (six games)
Wednesday, June 3
7 a.m. - C squad qualifying (six games)
10:45 a.m. A squad qualifying (six games)
2:30 p.m. - B squad qualifying (six games)
Cut to the top 1/4 of the field
Thursday, June 4
7 a.m. – Qualifying (nine games)
Cut to top 24 bowlers
2 p.m. – Match play (eight games)
Friday, June 5
7 a.m. – Match play (eight games)
Noon – Match play (eight games)
Cut to top 4
Stepladder finals: 3:30 p.m.
About the PBA
The Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) features the best bowlers in the world competing in National, Regional and Senior Tour events and will award over $4.3 million in prize money during the 2008-09 Lumber Liquidators PBA National Tour. The organization has more than 4,000 members spanning 13 countries, and nearly one million viewers tune-in to watch the Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour every Sunday on ESPN throughout the season. PBA sponsors include Amp Energy, Bayer, Brunswick, CLR, Denny's, Etonic, Flomax, GEICO, Go RVing, H&R Block, Lumber Liquidators, Motel 6, Pepsi-Cola and the USBC, among others. For more information on the PBA, log on to www.pba.com.
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