Michael Haugen Jr. wins third career title in PBA Mark Roth Classic


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    201213PBA08MichaelHaugen2.jpg201213PBA08ScottNorton.jpgMichael Haugen Jr. (pictured left) of Carefree, Ariz., was a man on a mission, and survived a battle that wasn't resolved until the final frame in defeating Scott Norton (right) of Mission Viejo, Calif., 215-194, to win his third Professional Bowlers Association Tour title in the Mark Roth Classic at Thunderbowl Lanes.

    Haugen, 46, won both of his previous PBA titles in 2008, but came into the 2012-13 season without the support of a bowling ball company sponsor and felt snubbed because he wasn't one of the 48 players selected to participate in the new PBA League.

    He vowed it would take 10 quality shots by Norton to beat him for the Roth title, and Norton fell short, leaving back-to-back 4-6-7-10 splits in the ninth and 10th frames which turned a tight battle into an easy win for Haugen.

    201213PBA08MichaelHaugenMarkRoth.jpg"Being able to stay in the moment and make the shot you need to make is very rewarding, and I was able to do that today," Haugen (pictured left with tournament namesake, PBA Hall of Famer and 34-time titlist, Mark Roth) said.

    "Scott and I both felt there wasn't going to be a 250 game on those conditions, so it was a matter of staying clean. I was just very fortunate today that Scott got a couple of bad breaks. You never expect a guy that talented to make shots like that."

    Being overlooked in the inaugural PBA League draft also provided incentive for Haugen.

    "I've been at this (PBA competition) for 14 years. I've made a TV show every year, and done ok in stats, but I didn't get picked," he said. "I don't know why, but that was motivation for me, too. It feels really good."

    PBA Mark Roth Classic
    Thunderbowl Lanes in Allen Park, Mich., United States (Jan. 22-26, 2013)
    Championship: Michael Haugen Jr., Carefree, Ariz. ($15,000) def. Scott Norton, Mission Viejo, Calif. ($7,500), 215-194.


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