Flaws Wins PBA Senior Miller Lite Knockout Classic for First Senior Tour Title

by PBA Editor August 17, 2009 19:00
Bob Flaws of Chicago Ridge, Ill., out-lasted fellow Chicagoland regional competitor Mickey Higham of Wood Dale, Ill., to win his first PBA Senior Tour title in the PBA Senior Miller Lite Knockout Classic, presented by the Illinois State Bowling Proprietors Association, at Town and Country Lanes Tuesday.
 
Flaws, a five-time PBA Senior regional titlist, won a sluggish title match, 181-169, after he and Higham eliminated two long-time PBA Tour stars to set up the title match between would-be Senior Tour titlists. Flaws out-struck PBA Hall of Famer and two-time Senior U.S. Open champion Wayne Webb of Sacramento, Calif., 243-228, while Higham rolled past seven-time PBA Tour champion, 245-202, in the semifinal round.
 
“I spent a lot of hours between ages 45 and 50 getting ready for this,” Flaws, a 55-year-old welder/fabricator, beamed. “Winning a PBA national title has been a life-long dream. This is the greatest thing that has happened to me in my bowling life.”
 
The PBA Senior Tour’s next stop is the Senior Dick Weber Open at Royal Scot Golf and Bowl in Lansing, Mich., Aug. 22-26. Following practice and pro-am squads on Saturday, the full field will bowl eight-game qualifying rounds Sunday and Monday. The top one-third of the field will bowl another eight games Tuesday morning, after which the top 24 will advance to round-robin match play Tuesday night and Wednesday. First prize is $8,000.
 
PBA SENIOR MILLER LITE KNOCKOUT CLASSIC
Presented by the Illinois State Bowling Proprietors Association
Town and Country Lanes, Joliet, Ill., Aug. 18, 2009
 
KNOCKOUT ROUND ONE (3 games total pinfall, top two advanced)
Group One
Keith Sharp, Orlando, Fla., 702
Henry Gonzalez, Colorado Springs, Colo., 657
Robert Harvey, Boise, Idaho, 648, $1,050
Don Blatchford, Santa Monica, Calif., 612, $1,050
Group Two
Mark Williams, Beaumont, Texas, 752
Bob Faragon, Schenectady, N.Y., 725
Brian Brazeau, Ocala, Fla., 649, $1,050
William Peters, Dayton, Ohio, 616, $1,050
Group Three
Mickey Higham, Wood Dale, Ill., 752
Patrick King, Yankton, S.C., 725
Bennie Holman, Decatur, Ill., 649, $1,050
Bob Chamberlain, The Villages, Fla., 595, $1,050
Group Four
Tom Howison, Chillicothe, Ohio, 689
Kevin Croucher, Grants Pass, Ore., 667
Jerry Morano, Lombard, Ill., 644, $1,050
Kenny Parks, Hammond, Ind., 636, $1,050
 
KNOCKOUT ROUND TWO (3 games total pinfall, top two advanced)
Group One
Sharp 702
Gonzalez 675
Rodney Tramp, Porterville, Calif., 650, $1,150
Dale Traber, Cedarburg, Wis., 636, $1,150
Group Two
Williams 701
Steve Bergan, O’Fallon, Ill., 688
Faragon 643, $1,150
Bill Henson, Westerville, Ohio, 605, $1,150
Group Three
Higham 799
Richard Hunt, Valparaiso, Ind., 642
Bill Hewlett, Meridian, Idaho, 640, $1,150
King 611, $1,150
Group Four
Howison 707
Dave Sill, Cary, Ill., 611
Vince Honeycutt, Buford, Ga., 606, $1,150
Croucher 548, $1,150
 
KNOCKOUT ROUND THREE (3 games total pinfall, top two advanced)
Group One
Wayne Webb, Sacramento, Calif., 750
Sharp 673
Ron Mohr, Eagle River, Alaska, 667, $1,300
Gonzalez 625, $1,300
Group Two
Robert Flaws, Chicago Ridge, Ill., 726
Williams 668
Dave Patchen, Oregon, Ohio, $1,300
Bergan 619, $1.300
Group Three
Kent Wagner, Palmetto, Fla., 701
Higham 654
Mike Dias, Lafayette, Colo., 638, $1,300
Hunt 615, $1,300
Group Four
Hugh Miller, Seattle, 763
Tom Baker, King, N.C., 691
Sill 648, $1,300
Howison 528, $1,300
 
KNOCKOUT ROUND FOUR (3 games total pinfall, winner advanced, losers earned $1,700)
Webb def. Sharp, 780-680
Higham def. Wagner, 634-622
Miller def. Baker, 699-619
Flaws def. Williams, 710-644
 
KNOCKOUT ROUND FIVE (one game, winner advanced, losers earned $3,000)
Flaws def. Webb, 243-228
Higham def. Miller, 245-202
 
CHAMPIONSHIP

Flaws ($8,500) def. Higham ($4,500), 181-169

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