Jack Jurek struggles but recovers to top qualifying for Suncoast PBA Senior U.S. Open

    06/04/15

    2015 PBA50 Tour #5

    Former MLB pitcher and PBA50 Tour rookie John Burkett qualifies ninth as field is cut to top 48

    2013PBA50JackJurek.jpgFirst and second round leader Jack Jurek (pictured left) of Lackawanna, N.Y., stumbled a bit in the third round of the Suncoast PBA Senior U.S. Open presented by Storm Wednesday, but recovered to top qualifying with a 224.56 overall average.

    The two-time PBA Tour and PBA50 Tour titlist finished qualifying with a 4,042 18-game pinfall total at the Suncoast Bowling Center in Las Vegas, but had to overcome two sub-par games in the middle of the round.

    He bowled a 1,272 six-game pinfall (212.00) in the third round on a fresh Senior U.S. Open lane condition with games of 217, 231, 159, 186, 223 and 256.

    "I got caught up in the (lane condition) transition there in the third game and it was a struggle," said the 52-year-old Jurek.

    "I had to scramble to find the right ball and got some advice from the ball reps and eventually got back on track. Prior to game five I made another ball change to something less aggressive and got the ball reaction I was looking for which brought my confidence level back."

    201112PBA10RickSteelsmith.jpgHeading into Thursday's match play rounds Jurek said his final qualifying round was a good learning experience.

    "You want to avoid that bad game but it seems like it's going to happen eventually," he said, "but now I know about the third or fourth game of each round I'm going to have to be better prepared for the transitioning lane condition."

    2013PBA50AmletoMonacelli2.jpgJurek, who won the PBA50 Miller High Life Classic, presented by Columbia 300, earlier this season, led two-time PBA Tour winner Rick Steelsmith (right) of Wichita, Kan., who vaulted from 13th in the second round to second thanks to a 1,402 six-game pinfall (233.67) in the third round. Steelsmith finished with a 3,965 overall pinfall (220.28 average) for his 18 games of qualifying.

    2014PBA50PeteWeber.jpgAmateur Mike Taylor of Las Vegas qualified third with a 3,874 ahead of Hall of Famers Amleto Monacelli of Venezuela and Pete Weber (right) of St. Ann, Mo., who tied for fourth with 3,856.

    Monacelli, along with Hall of Famer Tom Baker of King, N.C., who qualified 14th with 3,791, are trying to become the first three-time winner of the Senior U.S. Open. Monacelli won back-to-back in 2012 and 2013 and Baker won consecutively in 2005 and 2006.

    2014PBAWSOBJohnBurkett.jpgFormer major league pitcher and PBA50 Tour rookie John Burkett (left) of Southlake, Texas rebounded after a 157 in the last game of the second round Tuesday to qualify ninth for match play with a 3,813 pinfall (211.83 average).

    "I'm excited about it but I have high expectations for myself," said the 50-year-old Burkett, who will try to improve on his season's best finish of 24th in the Sun Bowl In The Villages. "I had a bad finish in yesterday's round so I was determined to fix that.

    2014PBANormDuke2.jpg"I got off to a good start with a 258 today and just stayed clean the rest of the way," he added. "I'm gaining more experience all the time. If it had been a year ago I might have died after a bad game like I had yesterday."

    Defending champion and reigning PBA50 Player of the Year Norm Duke (right) of Clermont, Fla., advance to match play qualifying 17th with a 3,752 pinfall.

    The 48-player match play field begins competition at 8 a.m. PT Thursday with the first of two rounds. After match play concludes Thursday, the field will be cut to 24 players who will compete in two more eight-game match play rounds on Friday that will determine the top four players for the stepladder finals scheduled for 4 p.m. PT.

    Fans can catch all the action on PBA's online bowling channel Xtra Frame.

     


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


    Players with position, hometown and 18-game total. Top 48 advance to match play. a-denotes amateur, ss-denotes PBA60 players (age 60 and over).

    1, Jack Jurek, Lackawanna, N.Y., 4,042
    2, Rick Steelsmith, Wichita, Kan., 3,965
    3, a-Mike Taylor, Las Vegas, 3,874
    4, (tie) Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, and Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 3,856
    6, Robert Spaulding, McKinney, Texas, 3,837
    7, Chris Warren, Grants Pass, Ore., 3,835
    8, Ron Mohr, Las Vegas, 3,821
    9, John Burkett, Southlake, Texas, 3,813
    10, Lennie Boresch Jr., Kenosha, Wis., 3,807
    10, Ty Dawson, Sunnyvale, Calif., 3,807
    12, Harry Sullins, Chesterfield Twp., Mich., 3,801
    13, Mike Edwards, Tulsa, Okla., 3,794
    14, Tom Baker, King, N.C., 3,791
    15, Warren Nelson, Middleburg, Fla., 3,775
    16, Paul McCordic, Sugar Land, Texas, 3,773
    17, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 3,752
    18, Eric Forkel, Henderson, Nev., 3,751
    19, a-Bo Goergen, Sanford, Mich., 3,750
    20, Bryan Goebel, Shawnee, Kan., 3,748
    21, Robert Brown, Cody, Wyo., 3,745
    22, Bob Learn Jr., Erie, Pa., 3,737
    23, Sammy Ventura, Syracuse, N.Y., 3,721
    24, Robert Lawrence, Austin, Texas, 3,712
    25, a-Skip Wolfe, Dixon, Ill., 3,711
    26, Rob Rice, Sunnyside, Wash., 3,709
    27, Mike Dias, Lafayette, Colo., 3,691
    28, Joe Goldstein Sr., San Bruno, Calif., 3,688
    29, Roger Kossert, Lithia, Fla., 3,684
    30, John Dudak, Orland Park, Ill., 3,679
    31, Randy Peterson, Carrington, N.D., 3,677
    32, Thomas Ream, Tampa, Fla., 3,666
    33, Jim Gordin, Modesto, Calif., 3,664
    34, (tie) Ted Staikoff, Black Hawk, S.D., a-Alvin Lou, El Cajon, Calif., and a-Jimmie Pritts Jr., Mathuen, Mass., 3,663
    37, Kent Wagner, Bradenton, Fla., 3,660
    38, a-Billy Langford, Lone Grove, Okla., 3,655
    39, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., 3,644
    40, Tommy Martin, Olive Branch, Miss., 3,639
    41, Mike Scroggins, Amarillo, Texas, 3,638
    42, Noel Vazquez, Sacramento, Calif., 3,636
    43, (tie) Craig Miller, Tracy, Calif., and Ron Winger, Las Vegas, 3,635
    45, Daniel Miyamoto, Mililani, Hawaii, 3,632
    46, Mike Kanada, Camarillo, Calif., 3,631
    47, Hugh Miller, Mercer Island, Wash., 3,630
    48, ss-Jim Murtishaw, Menifee, Calif., 3,629

    Missed Cut:
    49, Kevin Croucher, Grants Pass, Ore., 3,621, $1,000
    50, a-Michael Lucente, Warren, Mich., 3,618, $1,000
    51, Kerry Fulford, Ft. Worth, Texas, 3,615, $1,000
    52, ss-John Petraglia, Jackson, N.J., 3,614, $1,000
    53, (tie) Tom Carter, Columbus, Ohio, and Doug Kempt, Arcadia, Calif., 3,611
    55, Brian Voss, Centennial, Colo., 3,609
    56, ss-a-Dick Baker, Henderson, Nev., 3,608, $1,000
    57, Dale Traber, Cedarburg, Wis., 3,604
    58, Marv Sargent, Temecula, Calif., 3,601
    59, ss-Bill McCorkle, Westerville, Ohio, 3,600, $1,000
    60, (tie) Don Moser, Perris, Calif., and ss-Edward Silva, Manteca, Calif., 3,590, $1,000
    62, (tie) a-Warren Eales, Chandler, Ariz., and ss-a-Willie Wells, Las Vegas, 3,588, $1,000
    64, Ron Boroff, Mansfield, Texas, 3,584
    65, (tie) ss-Michael Henry, Brunswick, Ohio, $1,000, and Robert Harvey, Boise, Idaho, 3,582
    67, ss-Jeff Jamison, Boulder City, Nev., 3,557, $1,000
    68, (tie) ss-a-Terry Leong, Las Vegas, $1,000, Mark Scroggins, Canyon, Texas, and ss-Matt Surina, Puyallup, Wash., 3,555, $1,000
    71, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 3,554
    72, Dean Mueller, Vernon Hills, Ill., 3,549
    73, David Bolles, Stockton, Calif., 3,546
    74, ss-Don Robinson, Boise, Idaho, 3,542, $1,000
    75, a-Dean Hebner, Vancouver, Wash., 3,541
    76, a-Dave Washburn, Las Vegas, 3,537
    77, Mark Williams, Beaumont, Texas, 3,529
    78, a-Gene Azumi, North Las Vegas, Nev., 3,521
    79, Lew Elting, Carlsbad, Calif., 3,519
    80, Terry Metzner, Kentwood, Mich., 3,518
    81, Darron Peters, Temecula, Calif., 3,517
    82, Rodney Garrick, San Francisco, 3,515
    83, a-Warren Blankenship, Ardmore, Okla., 3,514
    84, Dale Eagle, Laguna Niguel, Calif., 3,513
    85, Wayne Stellick, Aurora, Colo., 3,511
    86, Kerry Painter, Henderson, Nev., 3,505
    87, Dave Dayton, Reno, Nev., 3,504
    88, a-Howard Partell, Las Vegas, 3,494
    89, Brian Tinsley, Medford, Ore., 3,491
    90, Brian Cooper, Henderson, Nev., 3,487
    91, Kevin Foley, Reno, Nev., 3,484
    92, a-Richard Cook, Olympia, Wash., 3,482
    93, (tie) a-Pete Toth, Simi Valley, Calif., and Norb Wetzel, Fond du Lac, Wis., 3,476
    95, Mitchell Vernon, Olympia, Wash., 3,473
    96, Gregory Waldon, Sun City West, Ariz., 3,471
    97, a-Bob Godden, Las Vegas, 3,470
    98, Ray Cobb, Highland, Calif., 3,468
    98, Jerry Brunette Jr., Rochester, N.Y., 3,468
    100, Kelly O'Driscoll, Herriman, Utah, 3,463
    101, Dave Arnold, Elk Grove, Calif., 3,462
    102, Brian LeClair, Delmar, N.Y., 3,461
    103, Don Blatchford, Santa Monica, Calif., 3,457
    104, John Shreve Sr., Sheffield Village, Ohio, 3,451
    105, a-Paul Appling, Camarillo, Calif., 3,447
    106, (tie) Todd Kjell, Roscoe, Ill., and Tomas Karlsson, Sweden, 3,446
    108, Tony Majcher, Rolling Meadows, Ill., 3,437
    109, (tie) Larry Popp, Marion, Ohio, and a-Daniel Winter, Rockford, Ill., 3,435
    111, (tie) Diz Francisco, Bakersfield, Calif., and Gerald Calvin, Thousand Oaks, Calif., 3,433
    113, David Taylor, Largo, Fla., 3,430
    114, Frank Gallo Jr., Jacksonville, Fla., 3,425
    114, Bob Knipple, Long Beach, Calif., 3,425
    116, Christopher Keane, Cape Coral, Fla., 3,424
    117, a-Nelson Sand, Auburn, Wash., 3,422
    118, a-Robert Zeihen, Las Vegas, 3,420
    119, Gary Reh, Las Vegas, 3,414
    120, John Austin Jr., Friendswood, Texas, 3,409
    121, a-Les Shirwindt, Las Vegas, 3,402
    122, (tie) Lee Brosius, Ashburn, Va., and Dana Wright, St. Paul, Minn., 3,400
    124, a-Edward Roberts, Braintree, Mass., 3,399
    125, Gary Seney, North Las Vegas, Nev., 3,397
    126, a-Michael Clemence, Las Vegas, 3,396
    127, Joe Salvemini, Mckinney, Texas, 3,390
    128, David Allen, Las Vegas, 3,389
    129, Jim Starks, San Bernardino, Calif., 3,384
    130, James Hansen, Anchorage, Alaska, 3,379
    131, a-Darwin Wimer, Mesquite, Nev., 3,376
    132, Bill Henson, Westerville, Ohio, 3,375
    133, Michael Owen, Gainesville, Fla., 3,370
    134, John Parry, Oak Park, Calif., 3,369
    135, a-Jeff Schlehuber, Highland Ranch, Colo., 3,368
    136, a-Conway Sunell, Las Vegas, 3,366
    137, Tracy Teeters, Eugene, Ore., 3,362
    138, Jon DeLaney, McKinney, Texas, 3,357
    139, Joseph Jimenez, Rowland Hts, Calif., 3,354
    140, ss-a-Vaughn Doody, Las Vegas, 3,346
    141, (tie)a-David Graber, Las Vegas, and Scott Hansel, Stockton, Calif., 3,344
    143, ss-Gary Johnson, Las Vegas, Nev., 3,340
    144, Carey Hofmann, Phoenix, 3,337
    145, a-Harry Mickelson, Yakima, Wash., 3,306
    146, Don Lane, San Francisco, 3,304
    147, Mike Schmid, Minneapolis, Minn., 3,303
    148, Darrell Adams, Flintstone, Ga., 3,302
    149, James Knoblauch, Waukesha, Wis., 3,298
    150, a-Howie Loosbroock, Henderson, Nev., 3,294
    151, ss-Carl Labayan, Long Beach, Calif., and a-Norm Palomares, San Francisco, Calif., 3,287
    153, ss-Gregory Popham, Crestview Hill, Ky., 3,281
    154, ss-Galen Keas, Alda, Neb., 3,280
    155, Mark McCreary, Livermore, Calif., 3,273
    156, Brian Miller, Springfield, Ohio, 3,269
    157, Joe Beck, Montgomery, Ala., 3,267
    158, Timothy Bell, Sacramento, Calif., 3,266
    159, Carl Nichols, Blaine, Wash., 3,249
    160, a-David Rhoads, Las Vegas, 3,242
    161, (tie) Sal Bongiorno, Las Vegas, and Glenn Morgan, Carson City, Nev., 3,241
    163, (tie) Edgar Gomez, Colombia, and Garry Blanton, Owensboro, Ky., 3,231
    165, Bob Amoruso, Glenview, Ill, 3,230
    166, Glen Nakagawa, Highland Village, Texas, 3,216
    167, Scott Schimming, Tacoma, Wash., 3,214
    168, a-Bob Baer, Simi Valley, Calif., 3,209
    169, Steve Davis, Manteca, Calif., 3,196
    170, Mario Ortez, Visalia, Calif, 3,193
    171, Ross McDonald, Clarksville, Md., 3,190
    172, a-Nathaniel Lewis, Clinton, Md., 3,184
    173, Mike Webb, Red Oak, Iowa, 3,183
    174, David Blades, East Wenatchee, Wash., 3,176
    175, Eric Altenburg, Albuquerque, N.M., 3,175
    176, Seppo Korpela, Sweden, 3,166
    177, a-John Czipka, Las Vegas, 3,149
    178, Larry Jordan, Lebanon, Ore., 3,125
    179, Stan Winters, Simi Valley, Calif., 3,121
    179, a-David Chew, Brentwood, Calif., 3,121
    181, Tim Pierce, Portland, Ore., 3,115
    182, a-Jay Gneiting, Aberdeen, Idaho, 3,108
    183, Marvin Nezvensky Jr., Pueblo, Colo., 3,086
    184, Jim Montgomery, Byron, Ill., 3,077
    185, a-David Bass, Las Vegas, 3,070
    186, a-Leon Dent, Las Vegas, 3,066
    187, Chuck Best, Buda, Texas, 3,049
    188, Rick Childers, Littleton, Colo., 3,033
    189, Jim Hutchinson, Ludlow Falls, Ohio, 3,009
    190, a-John Daily, Long Beach, Calif., 2,976
    191, a-Charles Allen Jr., Pinson, Ala., 2,950
    192, Herbye Mitchell, Granbury, Texas, 2,933
    193, Gene Morrison, Spring Lake, N.C., 2,931
    194, JamiLynn Fox, Toledo, Ohio, 2,899
    195, Robert Walters, North Las Vegas, Nev., 2,898
    196, Peter Becknall, Elgin, N.D., 2,891
    197, Steven Banks, Leesburg, Va., 2,867
    198, Dave Nebe, Richmond, Va., 2,858
    199, Don Michaelsen Sr., Plant City, Fla., 2,836
    200, James Gregware Jr, Rensselaer, N.Y., 2,830
    201, a-Dennis Ferguson, Bellingham, Wash., 2,718
    202, Rich Kleinman, Reno, Nev., 2,675
    203, ss-Murray Hickman Sr, Las Vegas, (withdrew)