Four-time PBA50 Tour Champion Barry Gurney Dies at 71

by Jerry Schneider July 3, 2013 03:53

Four-time Professional Bowlers Association PBA50 Tour champion Barry Gurney of West Hills, Calif., died late Tuesday after a battle with cancer. He was 71.

Gurney, who joined the PBA Senior Tour in 1991, won his first Senior Tour title in 1992 in the Lansing (Mich.) PBA Senior Open. He went on to win the Naples Senior Open in 1994, the Rocky Mountain Open in 1995 and the Boise Open in 1999.

In addition to his PBA50/Senior Tour titles he also won three PBA50 Regional titles and one regular PBA Regional title.

He had competed on the PBA50 Tour as recently as the 2012 season when he bowled in seven tournaments and had a best finish of 16th in the PBA Senior Northern California Classic.

Prior to joining the Senior Tour Gurney worked as a heavy equipment operator for the city of Glendale, Calif.

According to a January 2012 profile of Gurney, he was inspired to bowl PBA competition because of friends who questioned his ability to make a second career as a professional bowler.

"My motivating factor (for joining the tour) was the people I was hanging with," Gurney said. "They all asked, 'Why? What are you going to do with the senior tour? You're a good bowler, but you're not that good.' I wanted to prove them wrong.”

Gurney was also the winner of 16 West Coast Senior Tour tournaments.

No services will be held.  He will be cremated and his ashes scattered at sea later this month near Santa Barbara in a private ceremony.  Cards and letters of condolence may be sent to his wife Joan at 23840 Mobile St. West Hills, CA 91307.

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