Jurek, Burkett top Suncoast PBA Senior U.S. Open first round qualifying


    2015 PBA50 Tour #5

    2014PBA50JackJurek.jpgTwo-time PBA50 Tour titlist Jack Jurek (pictured left) of Lackawanna, N.Y., and former major league pitcher John Burkett of Southlake, Texas, held the top two spots after first round qualifying Monday in the Suncoast PBA Senior U.S. Open presented by Storm at the Suncoast Bowling Center in Las Vegas.

    Jurek, who won the PBA50 Miller High Life Classic, presented by Columbia 300, earlier this season for his second PBA50 Tour title, topped qualifying with a 1,402 six-game pinfall total (233.67 average) bowling games of 212, 269, 201, 198, 289 and 233. He held a 25-pin lead over Burkett who finished the first round with a 1,377 pinfall total.

    "Anytime you can shoot 200 over on a U.S. Open (lane) condition you have to be happy with that," said Jurek, who also owns two PBA Tour titles.

    "Normally, for me anyway, bowling on the last squad of the day when the lanes are very dry I usually don't expect to shoot a big game late in the round so that 289 game was a pleasant surprise."

    2014PBAWSOBJohnBurkett.jpgBurkett (right), who had a 16-year career in the majors and was a two-time all-star with the San Francisco Giants and Atlanta Braves, averaged 229.50 and had games of 192, 213, 258, 279, 222 and 213.

    "It was a good start but today is today and it's over until tomorrow," Burkett said. "I was uncomfortable at first but gained some confidence mid-round and got into a groove. As well as I bowled, I believe I can still bowl better.

    Burkett, who is competing in his PBA50 Tour rookie season, was able to overcome missed spares in the second and third frames of the last game to salvage his 213 at the end of the round.

    "I know how important spares are in this tournament," Burkett said. "When I missed those spares I thought, oh boy, here we go, but I was able to recover and put four strikes together in the middle of the game."

    So far this season on the PBA50 Tour, Burkett has competed in two tournaments making steady improvement finishing 73rd in the Pasco County Florida Open in April but rebounding to make match play in the Sun Bowl In The Villages a week later where he eventually finished 24th.

    "I still have a lot to learn," Burkett said. "I'm watching these guys bowl on all the squads to see what I can pick for tomorrow and the next day and be as prepared as I can possibly be."

    2013PBA50RobRice.jpg2013PBA50EricForkel.jpgRounding out the top five after the first round were Rob Rice (left), Sunnyside, Wash., 1,355; Randy Peterson, Carrington, N.D., 1,353 and five-time PBA Tour winner Eric Forkel (right), Henderson, Nev., 1,350.

    Tommy Martin of Olive Branch, Miss., Super Senior bowler Howard Partell of Las Vegas, and Bob Learn Jr., Erie, Pa., were tied for 48th place with 1,233 (205.50).

    The 206-player field will return to bowl two more six-game qualifying rounds Tuesday and Wednesday after which the field will be cut to the top 48 players for match play on Thursday. Match play continues on Friday to determine the top four players for the stepladder finals at 4 p.m. PT.

    The Senior U.S. Open, the first major of the season, is considered the most demanding test for players because of its grueling format. Like the U.S. Open on the PBA Tour, the Senior U.S. Open demands patience, quality shot-making and a strong mental game over 50 games of qualifying and match play to make the finals.

    The PBA Senior U.S. Open is being covered live in its entirety on PBA's online bowling channel Xtra Frame.


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    Suncoast PBA Senior U.S. Open - First Round Qualifying

    Players with position, hometown and 6-game total. a-denotes amateur, ss-denotes PBA60 players (age 60 and over).

    1, Jack Jurek, Lackawanna, N.Y., 1,402
    2, John Burkett, Southlake, Texas, 1,377
    3, Rob Rice, Sunnyside, Wash., 1,355
    4, Randy Peterson, Carrington, N.D., 1,353
    5, Eric Forkel, Henderson, Nev., 1,350
    6, Mike Edwards, Tulsa, Okla., 1,348
    7, a-Mike Taylor, Las Vegas, 1,345
    8, David Bolles, Stockton, Calif., 1,326
    9, Harry Sullins, Chesterfield Twp., Mich., 1,323
    10, ss-Ty Dawson, Sunnyvale, Calif., 1,319
    11, (tie) Warren Nelson, Middleburg, Fla., and Robert Brown, Cody, Wyo., 1,316
    13, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 1,315
    14, (tie) Ron Mohr, Las Vegas, and Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, 1,310
    16, Lennie Boresch Jr., Kenosha, Wis., 1,307
    17, Marv Sargent, Temecula, Calif., 1,303
    18, Bryan Goebel, Shawnee, Kan., 1,302
    19, (tie) ss-Louis Moretti, Las Vegas, and Noel Vazquez, Sacramento, Calif., 1,301
    21, ss-Paul McCordic, Sugar Land, Texas, 1,292
    22, (tie) Mark Williams, Beaumont, Texas, and Joe Goldstein Sr., San Bruno, Calif., 1,290
    24, a-Bo Goergen, Sanford, Mich., 1,288
    25, a-Dean Hebner, Vancouver, Wash., 1,282
    26, Rick Steelsmith, Wichita, Kan., 1,281
    27, a-Skip Wolfe, Dixon, Ill., 1,278
    28, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 1,276
    29, ss-Ted Staikoff, Black Hawk, S.D., 1,275
    30, Robert Lawrence, Austin, Texas, 1,269
    31, Robert Spaulding, McKinney, Texas, 1,268
    32, Don Moser, Perris, Calif., 1,267
    33, (tie) ss-Tom Baker, King, N.C., and Wayne Stellick, Aurora, Colo., 1,265
    35, (tie) Mike Kanada, Camarillo, Calif., and ss-Thomas Ream, Tampa, Fla., 1,263
    37, Robert Harvey, Boise, Idaho, 1,257
    38, Kevin Croucher, Grants Pass, Ore., 1,255
    39, a-Robert Zeihen, Las Vegas, 1,254
    40, (tie) ss-a-Alvin Lou, El Cajon, Calif., and ss-Edward Silva, Manteca, Calif., 1,250
    42, ss-a-Willie Wells, Las Vegas, 1,249
    43, ss-John Dudak, Orland Park, Ill., 1,247
    44, Christopher Keane, Cape Coral, Fla., 1,243
    45, Dave Dayton, Reno, Nev., 1,241
    46, ss-Don Robinson, Boise, Idaho, 1,240
    47, ss-Michael Henry, Brunswick, Ohio, 1,238
    48, (tie) Tommy Martin, Olive Branch, Miss., ss-a-Howard Partell, Las Vegas, Bob Learn Jr., Erie, Pa., 1,233

    51, ss-Dale Eagle, Laguna Niguel, Calif., 1,232
    52, ss-Roger Kossert, Lithia, Fla., 1,231
    53, Mark Scroggins, Canyon, Texas, 1,230
    54, Brian LeClair, Delmar, N.Y., 1,226
    55, John Austin Jr., Friendswood, Texas, 1,223
    56, Dale Traber, Cedarburg, Wis., 1,222
    57, ss-John Petraglia, Jackson, N.J., 1,221
    58, Hugh Miller, Mercer Island, Wash., 1,219
    59, ss-Jim Gordin, Modesto, Calif., 1,218
    60, Sammy Ventura, Syracuse, N.Y., 1,216
    61, (tie) Doug Kempt, Arcadia, Calif., and ss-Matt Surina, Puyallup, Wash., 1,215
    63, a-Pete Toth, Simi Valley, Calif., 1,214
    64, (tie) ss-a-Dave Washburn, Las Vegas, and ss-Gerald Calvin, Thousand Oaks, Calif., 1,211
    66, (tie) Craig Miller, Tracy, Calif., and ss-Jim Murtishaw, Menifee, Calif., 1,208
    68, (tie) ss-Kerry Fulford, Ft. Worth, Texas, and Brian Cooper, Henderson, Nev., 1,205
    70, (tie) a-Gene Azumi, North Las Vegas, Nev., and a-Billy Langford, Lone Grove, Okla., 1,203
    72, (tie) Scott Hansel, Stockton, Calif., and Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., 1,202
    74, (tie) a-Jimmie Pritts Jr., Mathuen, Mass., ss-Jeff Jamison, Boulder City, Nev., and Daniel Miyamoto, Mililani, Hawaii, 1,201
    77, Kent Wagner, Bradenton, Fla., 1,200
    78, Ron Boroff, Mansfield, Texas, 1,199
    79, Mike Scroggins, Amarillo, Texas, 1,196
    80, Chris Warren, Grants Pass, Ore., 1,194
    81, ss-Don Blatchford, Santa Monica, Calif., 1,193
    82, (tie) Todd Kjell, Roscoe, Ill., and David Allen, Las Vegas, 1,191
    84, ss-Frank Gallo Jr., Jacksonville, Fla., 1,187
    85, Mike Dias, Lafayette, Colo., 1,185
    86, (tie) ss-Norb Wetzel, Fond du Lac, Wis., ss-Bill Henson, Westerville, Ohio, and ss-Jim Starks, San Bernardino, Calif., 1,183
    89, (tie) a-Michael Clemence, Las Vegas, and a-Jeff Schlehuber, Highland Ranch, Colo., 1,182
    91, (tie) ss-a-Terry Leong, Las Vegas, and ss-John Shreve Sr., Sheffield Village, Ohio, 1,181
    93, (tie) Larry Popp, Marion, Ohio, and Tony Majcher, Rolling Meadows, Ill., 1,180
    95, (tie) Dana Wright, St. Paul, Minn., ss-Gregory Waldon, Sun City West, Ariz., and Kelly O'Driscoll, Herriman, Utah, 1,177
    98, Carey Hofmann, Phoenix, 1,176
    99, (tie) Glenn Morgan, Carson City, Nev., and Brian Voss, Centennial, Colo., 1,175
    101, Dean Mueller, Vernon Hills, Ill., 1,174
    102, (tie) ss-a-Vaughn Doody, Las Vegas, and a-Warren Eales, Chandler, Ariz., 1,172
    104, (tie) a-Warren Blankenship, Ardmore, Okla., and Joseph Jimenez, Rowland Hts, Calif., 1,171
    106, (tie) David Taylor, Largo, Fla., Randy Pedersen, Clermont, Fla., and ss-Lew Elting, Carlsbad, Calif., 1,168
    109, a-Bob Godden, Las Vegas, 1,166
    110, ss-Ron Winger, Las Vegas, 1,165
    111, (tie) ss-Ross McDonald, Clarksville, Md., and Brian Tinsley, Medford, Ore., 1,164
    113, Kevin Foley, Reno, Nev., 1,163
    114, ss-a-Edward Roberts, Braintree, Mass., 1,162
    115, ss-Bob Knipple, Long Beach, Calif., 1,159
    116, (tie) Scott Schimming, Tacoma, Wash., and Dave Arnold, Elk Grove, Calif., 1,158
    118, ss-a-Daniel Winter, Rockford, Ill., 1,157
    119, ss-a-Michael Lucente, Warren, Mich., 1,155
    120, Jon DeLaney, McKinney, Texas, 1,154
    121, (tie) Terry Metzner, Kentwood, Mich., and Gary Reh, Las Vegas, 1,153
    123, (tie) ss-Don Lane, San Francisco, and ss-a-Dick Baker, Henderson, Nev., 1,152
    125, Gary Johnson, Las Vegas, Nev., 1,151
    126, ss-a-David Chew, Brentwood, Calif., 1,150
    127, (tie) Tracy Teeters, Eugene, Ore., and ss-a-Darwin Wimer, Mesquite, Nev., 1,149
    129, James Hansen, Anchorage, Alaska, 1,147
    130, ss-a-Harry Mickelson, Yakima, Wash., 1,145
    131, (tie) ss-Ray Cobb, Highland, Calif., and Timothy Bell, Sacramento, Calif., 1,144
    133, Carl Labayan, Long Beach, Calif., 1,141
    134, ss-Herbye Mitchell, Granbury, Texas, 1,136
    135, (tie) ss-a-Norm Palomares, San Francisco, Calif., John Parry, Oak Park, Calif., Tom Carter, Columbus, Ohio, and ss-a-Paul Appling, Camarillo, Calif., 1,132
    139, Jerry Brunette Jr., Rochester, N.Y., 1,129
    140, Darron Peters, Temecula, Calif., 1,128
    141, (tie) Larry Jordan, Lebanon, Ore., and ss-Mike Schmid, Minneapolis, Minn., 1,126
    143, ss-a-David Graber, Las Vegas, 1,123
    144, ss-Bill McCorkle, Westerville, Ohio, 1,122
    145, ss-a-Howie Loosbroock, Henderson, Nev., 1,121
    146, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 1,120
    147, ss-Mitchell Vernon, Olympia, Wash., 1,119
    148, (tie) ss-a-Les Shirwindt, Las Vegas, and Michael Owen, Gainesville, Fla., 1,116
    150, ss-Galen Keas, Alda, Neb., 1,115
    151, ss-a-Nelson Sand, Auburn, Wash., 1,114
    152, (tie) Mark McCreary, Livermore, Calif., and ss-Bob Amoruso, Glenview, Ill, 1,113
    154, Rodney Garrick, San Francisco, 1,112
    155, Seppo Korpela, Sweden, 1,111
    156, (tie) Joe Salvemini, Mckinney, Texas, and ss-Kerry Painter, Henderson, Nev., 1,108
    158, ss-Diz Francisco, Bakersfield, Calif., 1,105
    159, Tomas Karlsson, Sweden, 1,104
    160, Mario Ortez, Visalia, Calif, 1,097
    161, a-Richard Cook, Olympia, Wash., 1,096
    162, ss-Steve Davis, Manteca, Calif., 1,090
    163, Brian Miller, Springfield, Ohio, 1,087
    164, ss-Glen Nakagawa, Highland Village, Texas, 1,084
    165, ss-a-Conway Sunell, Las Vegas, 1,083
    166, (tie) ss-Lee Brosius, Ashburn, Va., and ss-Chuck Best, Buda, Texas, 1,082
    168, a-Bob Baer, Simi Valley, Calif., 1,081
    169, ss-James Knoblauch, Waukesha, Wis., 1,080
    170, ss-Sal Bongiorno, Las Vegas, 1,079
    171, ss-Marvin Nezvensky Jr., Pueblo, Colo., 1,075
    172, ss-a-Nathaniel Lewis, Clinton, Md., 1,071
    173, ss-a-John Daily, Long Beach, Calif., 1,066
    174, ss-a-David Bass, Las Vegas, 1,065
    175, (tie) ss-Murray Hickman Sr, Las Vegas, and ss-Gregory Popham, Crestview Hill, Ky., 1,060
    177, (tie) ss-Darrell Adams, Flintstone, Ga., and ss-Gary Seney, North Las Vegas, Nev., 1,059
    179, Mike Webb, Red Oak, Iowa, 1,058
    180, (tie) a-Charles Allen Jr., Pinson, Ala., and Joe Beck, Montgomery, Ala., 1,057
    182, ss-Dave Nebe, Richmond, Va., 1,049
    183, (tie) ss-Carl Nichols, Blaine, Wash., ss-a-Jay Gneiting, Aberdeen, Idaho, and Garry Blanton, Owensboro, Ky., 1,048
    186, ss-Tim Pierce, Portland, Ore., 1,036
    187, ss-a-Leon Dent, Las Vegas, 1,028
    188, Rich Kleinman, Reno, Nev., 1,013
    189, a-Dennis Ferguson, Bellingham, Wash., 1,000
    190, Rick Childers, Littleton, Colo., 999
    191, ss-a-John Czipka, Las Vegas, 996
    192, ss-Stan Winters, Simi Valley, Calif., 995
    193, ss-Edgar Gomez, Colombia, 992
    194, ss-Jim Hutchinson, Ludlow Falls, Ohio, 991
    195, ss-Gene Morrison, Spring Lake, N.C., 985
    196, Tim Shirlock, Las Vegas, 983
    197, Jim Montgomery, Byron, Ill., 976
    198, ss-David Blades, East Wenatchee, Wash., 973
    199, ss-a-David Rhoads, Las Vegas, 971
    200, Eric Altenburg, Albuquerque, N.M., 966
    201, ss-James Gregware Jr, Rensselaer, N.Y., 963
    202, ss-Robert Walters, North Las Vegas, Nev., 952
    203, Don Michaelsen Sr., Plant City, Fla., 946
    204, ss-JamiLynn Fox, Toledo, Ohio, 942
    205, ss-Steven Banks, Leesburg, Va., 896
    206, Peter Becknall, Elgin, N.D., 895