Etonic PBA Senior U.S. Open: Mike Dias takes first round lead


    2012 PBA Senior Tour #5

    2010PBASMikeDias2.jpg2011PBASSammyVentura.jpgMike Dias (pictured left) of Lafayette, Colo., averaged 248 including a perfect game to lead first-round qualifying Monday in the Etonic Professional Bowlers Association Senior U.S. Open at the Suncoast Bowling Center in Las Vegas, Nev.

    Dias, who won the PBA Senior Don Carter Open in 2011 for his lone Senior Tour title, had a 1,488 six-game pinfall total with games of 214, 300, 237, 212, 257 and 268. He holds a four-pin lead over Sammy Ventura (right) of Syracuse, N.Y., in second who finished the first round with 1,484. Ventura is trying for his first win in three seasons competing on the Senior Tour.

    "You wouldn't know it by the way I've bowled in past U.S. Opens but I actually like these longer-format tournaments," said Dias, whose best Senior U.S. Open finish was 43rd in 2007. "I'm trying to treat it like any other tournament to avoid putting too much pressure on myself.

    "It's just one block and there's a long way to go but even after six games I've got a good picture of how the house is playing and just need to get all the pins I can."

    Rounding out the top five were three bowlers from the Las Vegas area, amateur Terry Leong of Las Vegas, in third with 1,470, former touring pro Joe Salvemini, also of Las Vegas, in fourth with 1,465, and amateur Dick Baker of Henderson, Nev., in fifth with 1,452.

    "I've really been working hard the last three months getting ready for this tournament," said Salvemini, who won three PBA Tour titles in a 20-year career that spanned from 1983 to 2003. "Between practice and some good coaching I've got the hunger back. My confidence was pretty high coming into this tournament."

    The Etonic PBA Senior U.S. Open presented by Suncoast drew 220 players. In what is considered the toughest test on the Senior Tour, all players will bowl two more six-game qualifying rounds Tuesday and Wednesday. The field will then be cut to the top 55 players for another nine-game qualifying round Thursday morning.

    The top 24 players after Thursday's qualifying round will advance to round-robin match play rounds conducted Thursday and Friday to determine the top four for the stepladder finals scheduled for Friday at 3:30 p.m. PT.

    Bowling fans can check out coverage of the Senior U.S. Open on's Xtra Frame.


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    Etonic PBA Senior U.S. Open presented by Suncoast - First Round Results

    Players with position, hometown and 6-game total. a indicates amateur.

    1, Mike Dias, Lafayette, Colo., 1,488
    2, Sammy Ventura, Syracuse, N.Y., 1,484
    3, a-Terry Leong, Las Vegas, 1,470
    4, Joe Salvemini, Las Vegas, Nev., 1,465
    5, a-Dick Baker, Henderson, Nev., 1,452
    6, Kerry Fulford, Brownwood, Texas, 1,433
    7, Charlie Tapp, Kalamazoo, Mich., 1,425
    8, Lennie Boresch Jr., Kenosha, Wis., 1,411
    9, Wayne Webb, Columbus, Ohio, 1,407
    10, Eric Forkel, Las Vegas, 1,404
    11, Brad Snell, Mount Prospect, Ill., 1,401
    12, William Keenan, Jr., Orlando, Fla., 1,399
    13, Kevin Foley, Reno, Nev., 1,390
    14, Ron Winger, Las Vegas, 1,389
    15, Don Moser, Murrieta, Calif., 1,388
    16, Bruce Hall, Los Altos Hills, Calif., 1,386
    17, Bill Nichols, Roseville, Calif., 1,383
    18, Marv Sargent, Temecula, Calif., 1,382
    19, Noel Vazquez, Sacramento, Calif., 1,381
    20, (tie) Brian Voss, Alpharetta, Ga., and Tom Baker, King, N.C., 1,375
    22, Bo Goergen, Sanford, Mich., 1,372
    23, (tie) a-Henry Dawson, Elma, Wash., and Steve Davis, Manteca, Calif., 1,368
    25, Mike Edwards, Tulsa, Okla., 1,367
    26, a-Darwin Wimer, Mesquite, Nev., 1,364
    27, (tie) Kenny Parks, Hammond, Ind., and Robert Harvey, Boise, Idaho, 1,361
    29, (tie) Dave Soutar, Bradenton, Fla., Mark Williams, Beaumont, Texas, and John Dudak, Orland Park, Ill., 1,357
    32, Peter Knopp, Germany, 1,355
    33, Bob Learn Jr., Erie, Pa., 1,354
    34, Harry Sullins, Chesterfield Twp., Mich., 1,350
    35, Fred Cole, Visalia, Calif., 1,348
    36, (tie) Les Shirwindt, Las Vegas, and Koichiro Tamaki, Japan, 1,343
    38, (tie) Bryan Goebel, Shawnee, Kan., a-Rodney Tramp, Porterville, Calif., and a-Cliff Connors, Tempe, Ariz., 1,340
    41, a-Marc McDowell, Madison, 1,338
    42, (tie) Ron Mohr, Eagle River, Alaska, and Walter Ray Williams Jr., Ocala, Fla., 1,337
    44, Tony Rodriguez Jr., Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., 1,331
    45, (tie) Frank Gallo Jr., Jacksonville, Fla., and Kevin Fatherree, Northridge, Calif., 1,328
    47, Hugh Miller, Seattle, 1,327
    48, Sal Bongiorno, Hollywood, Fla., 1,326
    49, Dale Traber, Cedarburg, Wis., 1,325
    50, Gregory Waldon, Manhattan, Mont., 1,322
    51, a-Dan Roberts, Brentwood, Calif., 1,321
    52, (tie) a-Ron Hosler, Denver, Colo., and a-Rudy Moreno, Reno, Nev., 1,320
    54, Dale Eagle, Tavares, Fla., 1,319
    55, Don Blatchford, Santa Monica, Calif., 1,317
    56, Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, 1,313
    57, (tie) Gary Skidmore, Albuquerque, N.M., and a-Crister Danielsson, Sweden, 1,312
    59, Vince Honeycutt, Buford, Ga., 1,310
    60, Vince Mazzanti Jr., Levittown, Pa., 1,307
    61, (tie) Ricky Beck, Box Elder, S.D., and Robert Brown, Cody, Wyo., 1,304
    63, (tie) a- Michael Clemence, Las Vegas, Kevin Croucher, Grants Pass, Ore., a-Edward Roberts, Braintree, Mass., 1,302
    66, a-Jeff Suma, Auburn Hills, Mich., 1,300
    67, Garry Blanton, Owensboro, Ky., 1,298
    68, (tie) Dave Flemming, Fairborn, Ohio, a-Dave Washburn, Las Vegas,
    Roger Kossert, Lithia, Fla., and Jerry Sikora, Wisconsin Rapids, Wis., 1,296
    72, (tie) a- Bob Markiewicz , San Diego, and Mike Henry, Brunswick, Ohio, 1,294
    74, a-Paul Appling, Camarillo, Calif., 1,291
    75, (tie) Lee Rucker, Fort Myers, Fla., Rohn Morton, Vancouver, Wash., and Mike Raleigh, Clyde, Mich., 1,288
    78, Randy Shewmake, Ft. Worth, Texas, 1,284
    79, Rick Francis, Galt, Calif., 1,283
    80, Todd Kjell, Roscoe, Ill., 1,282
    81, a-Pete Thomas, Oklahoma City, Okla., 1,281
    82, Ted Staikoff, Black Hawk, S.D., 1,280
    83, (tie) a-Harry Mickelson, Yakima, Wash., and Junichi Yajima, Japan, 1,278
    85, Kerry Painter, Henderson, Nev., 1,276
    86, a-Barry Zimmerman, Grand Forks, N.D., 1,275
    87, a-Masato Hanamoto, Japan, 1,272
    88, Christopher Keane, New City, N.Y., 1,269
    89, (tie) Henry Gonzalez, Colorado Springs, Colo., and Darrell Adams, Flintstone, Ga., 1,268
    91, Rick Minier, Cypress, Texas, 1,267
    92, Bob Kelly, Dayton, Ohio, 1,266
    93, George Patel, England, 1,265
    94, (tie) Dave Bernhardt, Romeo, Mich., and a-Steve Corsaro, Tracy, Calif., 1,263
    96, Don Lane, San Francisco, 1,262
    97, (tie) Brian Brazeau, Ocala, Fla., and Edward Silva, Manteca, Calif., 1,260
    99, Don Sylvia, Reno, Nev., 1,259
    100, (tie) Marc Clyburn, Pittsburg, Calif., Larry Popp, Marion, Ohio, and David Axon, Bellevue, Neb., 1,257
    103, Joel Carlson, Omaha, Neb., 1,256
    104, Barry Gurney, West Hills, Calif., 1,255
    105, Arturo Hernandez, Venezuela, 1,254
    106, Ross Larsen, Riverside, Calif., 1,251
    107, a-Dan Ahlquist, Sweden, 1,249
    108, Rodney Garrick, San Francisco, 1,248
    109, Tom Carter, Rockford, Ill., 1,247
    110, a-D.A. Wright, Palm Desert, Calif., 1,244
    111, (tie) Michael Lucente, Warren, Mich., and Tom Ream, Tampa, Fla., 1,243
    113, (tie) Mike Hastings, Millsboro, Del., and Robert Sturdevant Jr., Long Beach, Wash., 1,242
    115, (tie) Steven Withrow, Puyallup, Wash., and Gary Livingston, Papillion, Neb., 1,240
    117, Daniel Miyamoto, Mililani, Hawaii, 1,239
    118, a-Howard Loosbroock, Henderson, Nev., 1,237
    119, Bob Amoruso, Glenview, Ill., 1,236
    120, a-Mike Castleton, San Diego, 1,231
    121, (tie) Don Hicks, West Babylon, N.Y., and C.K. Moore, Redding, Calif., 1,230
    123, a-Ed Jablonski, Las Vegas, 1,229
    124, a-Douglas Thompson, Aberdeen, S.D., 1,227
    125, Randy Peterson, Carrington, N.D., 1,225
    126, a-Randy Jackman, Hammond, Ind., 1,223
    127, a-Max Shellabarger, Layton, Utah, 1,221
    128, Marc Lineberry, Camanche, Iowa, 1,220
    129, (tie) a-Gary Johnson, Las Vegas, Nev., Craig Kisro, Granada Hills, Calif., a-Gerald Calvin, Thousand Oaks, Calif., and Ron Profitt, Brookville, Ohio, 1,219
    133, Bill Stempke, Moorpark, Calif., 1,218
    134, a-Jim Stevens, Eagan, Minn., 1,217
    135, Mal Helmuth, Elk Grove, Calif., 1,216
    136, a-Stan Winters, Simi Valley, Calif., 1,214
    137, (tie) Steve Ferraro, Kingston, N.Y., and Ron Dixon, Boynton Beach, Fla., 1,213
    139, George Lord, Lakeland, Fla., 1,212
    140, (tie) Dave Schultz, Jackson, Wis., Keith Sharp, Orlando, Fla., Rich Wilkinson, Bennington, Neb.,
    and Van Fenner, Reno, Nev., 1,210
    144, (tie) Daniel Miner, East Moline, Ill., Mark Scime, Winter Garden, Fla., and a-Mike Locorriere, Las Vegas, 1,208
    147, (tie) Emilio Mora Sr., Defiance, Ohio, and a-Jace Peterson, Elkhorn, Wis., 1,207
    149, (tie) Timothy Kauble, Marion, Ohio, and Bill Hewlett, Eagle, Idaho, 1,205
    151, Fred Kouri, Castle Rock, Colo., 1,200
    152, a-David Graber, Las Vegas, 1,199
    153, Donald Breihan, Columbia, S.C., 1,198
    154, Paul McCordic, Sugar Land, Texas, 1,197
    155, (tie) Ron Garr, Ridgedale, Mo., and a-Gary Coultas, Huntington Beach, Calif., 1,196
    157, Jorge Gutierrez, Las Cruces, N.M., 1,195
    158, (tie) John Thullen, Whiteland, Ind., and a-Butch Hrouda, Dickinson, N.D., 1,193
    160, Rickey Smith, Milton, Fla., 1,189
    161, (tie) Marvin Nezvensky Jr., Pueblo, Colo., a-Donald Kilgore, Las Vegas, and Frank DeFilippo, Las Vegas, 1,188
    164, Darryl Bower, Middletown, Pa., 1,187
    165, (tie) D.A. Carbone, Broomfield, Colo., and a-Dewaine West, Temecula, Calif., 1,185
    167, a-Jim Cote, Spokane, Wash., 1,184
    168, Ed Bordenka, Las Vegas, 1,178
    169, Jim Gordin, Modesto, Calif., 1,176
    170, a-Leif Sjoberg, Sweden, 1,174
    171, Dennis Bremer, Stoughton, Wis., 1,171
    172, Chuck Schuette, Davenport, Iowa, 1,170
    173, (tie) Doug Kempt, Monrovia, Calif., and a-Al Bella, Antioch, Calif., 1,169
    175, Brian Cooper, Visalia, Calif., 1,166
    176, a-Jim Moran, Las Vegas, 1,163
    177, Norb Wetzel, Fond du Lac, Wis., 1,160
    178, (tie) a-Wayne Manwill, Boise, Idaho, and a-John Reed, Pueblo, Colo., 1,155
    180, a-Robert Priess, Las Vegas, Nev., 1,154
    181, (tie) Scott Lindsey, Omaha, Neb., and Dave Gualeni, Roswell, N.M., 1,153
    183, a-Darrel Curtis, Las Vegas, 1,152
    184, Randy Niehaus, Rockford, Ill., 1,149
    185, Steve Lennard, Palmdale, Calif., 1,147
    186, Howard Partell, Las Vegas, 1,146
    187, Lucien Casagrande, Canada, 1,141
    188, a-Dale Rider, Las Vegas, 1,138
    189, a- Thomas Smith, San Bernardino, Calif., 1,134
    190, Tim Pierce, Portland, Ore., 1,132
    191, Gary Simon, Philippi, W.Va., 1,131
    192, Ray Randall, Dearborn, Mich., 1,130
    193, a-Mark Fenton, Aurora, Colo., 1,129
    194, a-Dan Winter, Rockford, Ill., 1,126
    195, a-Kiyoshi Nakarai, Japan, 1,120
    196, (tie) a-Mike Schmid, St. Paul, Minn., and Larry Grandt, Lake Bluff, Ill., 1,119
    198, a-Murray Hickman, Las Vegas, 1,118
    199, (tie) Larry Jordan, Lebanon, Ore., and Harley Trumbull, New Boston, Mich., 1,111
    201, (tie) Ross McDonald, Clarksville, Md., and a-Kenneth Daily, San Leanardo, Calif., 1,110
    203, Lauri Karppala Jr., Folsom, Ca., 1,108
    204, a-Larry O'Neill, Alexandria, Va., 1,103
    205, Tony Majcher, Rolling Meadows, Ill., 1,101
    206, a-David Thomas, Las Vegas, 1,098
    207, a-Trent Zabelle, Beaverton, Ore., 1,096
    208, a-James Snyder, Fair Oaks, Calif., 1,092
    209, Jerry Watkins, Bloomfield, N.M., 1,091
    210, Gerry Chinn, Castaic, Calif., 1,088
    211, Don Michaelsen Sr., Plant City, Fla., 1,072
    212, John Shreve Sr., Elyria, Ohio, 1,071
    213, Herbye Mitchell, Granbury, Texas, 1,059
    214, (tie) Randee Fry, Scottsbluff, Neb., and Ken Waltman, Tokeland, Wash., 1,052
    216, Andy Anderson, Falls Church, Va., 1,048
    217, Ray Shuel, Canada, 1,030
    218, a-Lamonte Lovering, San Mateo, Calif., 1,022
    219, James Gregware Jr., Rensselaer, N.Y., 1,006
    220, a-Ted Clampitt, Denton, Texas, 974

    300 Games (3) - Keith Sharp, Mike Dias, Bill Nichols