Baker defends title at USBC Senior Masters

    07/14/07

    2007 PBA Senior Tour #9

    National Bowling Stadium, Reno, NV (July 8-13, 2007)

    2007PBAS09TomBaker.jpg Although his 17-match United States Bowling Congress Senior Masters winning streak came to an end Friday at the National Bowling Stadium in Reno, Nev., Tom Baker of King, N.C., capitalized on the tournament's double-elimination format and bounced back to become the second player in tournament history to win the event in back-to-back years. Pictures courtesy of USBC.

    2007PBAS09StarnesBaker.jpg The two-time defending Professional Bowlers Association Senior Player of the Year fell to Shannon Starnes (on the left) of Fort Worth, Texas, 664-614, but because he was undefeated entering the final, Baker had a second chance to claim the coveted crown and did so with a 658-625 victory in the second three-game match.

    "I definitely made it hard on myself because I didn't execute as well as I should have, and it seemed like every time I made a mistake, he came back with three strikes," said Baker, who joined PBA Hall of Famer Dave Davis (1995 and '96) as the only players to successfully defend their USBC Senior Masters titles. "It was nip-and-tuck the whole way, and no one led by more than 10 pins the entire match."

    2007PBAS09TomBaker2.jpg Baker entered the final game with an eight-pin lead and tossed three strikes in the 10th frame to force Starnes to throw a triple of his own to win by a pin, but Starnes left the 2-4-5-8 on his first offering to give Baker the $16,000 top prize.

    "I knew exactly what I needed, and I knew I wasn't locked out of the match," said Starnes, who collected $8,000 for second place. "I hit my target and thought I threw the last shot pretty good, but I guess I just didn't have enough on it. There were a few other times today where I made one or two mistakes, and that's just too many against Tom."

    Earlier on Friday, Baker and Starnes went head-to-head as the only two undefeated players remaining in the event, with Baker sending Starnes to the losers bracket with a 685-570 victory. Starnes then earned the rematch with Baker after a 594-504 win over USBC Hall of Famer Bob Chamberlain of The Villages, Fla.

    The road to the winner's circle was a little easier for Baker this year, since as the defending champion, he was exempt from the 15 games of qualifying and automatically seeded into the double-elimination match play portion of the event. In all, he bowled 24 games this week, compared to 54 in 2006, which included 12 overall match wins and 13 total matches bowled, both Senior Masters records.

    "I watched a little bit of qualifying this week, and I saw some guys playing inside and some guys playing outside, so when I finally got to the lanes, I did what was best for me," Baker said. "I think the longer formats of the Major tournaments are better for me because it gives me time to make adjustments. Also, I think I'm a pretty good spare shooter, and that's always important. The longer we go, the better I usually feel about my chances."

    Since joining the PBA Senior Tour in 2005, Baker has won four of the six Majors he has entered, including the 2005 and 2006 Senior U.S. Opens.

    Baker's Senior Masters win is his second victory in as many weeks. The seven-time Senior Tour champion celebrated the Fourth of July with a win at the PBA Senior Northern California Classic in Brentwood, Calif.

    "This really feels great," said Baker, who is a 10-time champion on the Denny's PBA Tour and the only player who is a full-time member of the PBA and PBA Senior Tours. "I knew Shannon was going to be tough, and he was. I was pretty confident before that last match because I was throwing the ball well in practice, but I started to throw some bad shots and lost a little of that confidence. This was by far my toughest match, but it had the perfect ending."

    The Senior Masters first was conducted in 1993 in Tulsa, Okla., and traditionally has featured bowling's strongest and deepest field of senior bowlers. Nearly 300 bowlers turned out this year to compete for a share of the $125,000 prize fund.

    Hall of Famers Gary Dickinson of Edmond, Okla., and Pete Couture of Titusville, Fla., also have won the Senior Masters two times, while Hall of Famer Dave Soutar is the only bowler to win both the Senior Masters and the USBC Masters.

    The Eldorado Hotel and Casino is the official Senior Masters hotel.

    The PBA Senior Tour takes a two-week break before returning for the final four events of the season. The final swing kicks off with the PBA Senior Council Bluffs Open at Thunderbowl, July 30-Aug. 2.


    USBC Senior Masters


    National Bowling Stadium, Reno, NV (July 8-13, 2007)

    Championship Round:
    1. Tom Baker, King, N.C., $16,000
    2. Shannon Starnes, Fort Worth, Texas, $8,000
    3. Bob Chamberlain, The Villages, Fla., $5,500
    4. Sam Zurich, Grant, Fla., $4,500

    Match Play results (Double-elimination, three-game matches)
    Losers Bracket Round 9 (Loser eliminated and finished fourth):
    Bob Chamberlain, The Villages, Fla., def. Sam Zurich, Grant, Fla., 595-521
    Winners Bracket Round 5:
    Tom Baker, King, N.C., def. Shannon Starnes, Fort Worth, Texas, 685-570
    Semi-final (Loser eliminated and finished third):
    Starnes def. Chamberlain 594-504
    Championship Match: Starnes def. Baker 664-614
    and in the decisive match: Baker def. Starnes 658-625.


    Starnes stuns field at USBC Senior Masters


    2007PBAS09ShannonStarnes_small.jpg During the last two and a half seasons, Tom Baker of King, N.C., has become the most recognizable face on the Professional Bowlers Association Senior Tour, winning six titles and back-to-back PBA Senior Player of the Year honors.

    But while Baker's hunt for a second straight United States Bowling Congress Senior Masters crown has garnered much of the attention this week at the National Bowling Stadium in Reno, Nev., Shannon Starnes of Fort Worth, Texas, quietly matched Baker win for win, and the two now will square off as the only remaining undefeated players at the event.

    After 15 games of qualifying, Starnes was 57th among the 63 qualifiers who joined Baker for the double-elimination match play portion of the tournament, and then he rattled off three-game wins over Mike Truitt of Roscoe, Ill., (670-623), William Keenan of Orlando, Fla., (616-529), Norb Wetzel of Fond Du Lac, Wis., (555-549), Rod Tramp of Porterville, Calif., (604-601) and Sam Zurich of Grant, Fla., (611-584).

    "This feels awesome right now," said Starnes, a full-time physics professor. "I've always wanted to be in a position like this, and I've worked very hard to get here. I'm sure I'll have trouble sleeping tonight, but tomorrow I'll execute my stroke the best I can and take it one shot at a time."

    Starnes, now a regular in the PBA Southwest Region, is no stranger to top-notch competition, and was a regular at national Tour stops from 1975 until 1987 when he quit bowling to focus on going back to school. He lists his career highlight to this point as a 10th-place finish at a national stop in Peoria, Ill., in 1980, which included a perfect game in front of a packed house during qualifying. Coincidentally, he was crossing with Baker at the time.

    "Now that I'm really bowling again, I've been trying to get to that next level, and who knows, maybe this is it," said Starnes, 50, who returned to bowling in 2001 and PBA regional competition in 2003. "When I was closing out that match against Sam (Zurich) today, that's about as nervous as I've ever been. I would compare it to the first time I had to give a lecture in front of a room full of Ph.Ds."

    Now, Starnes is two wins away from a career-defining moment, but must go through Baker, who now has won 16 consecutive matches at the Senior Masters, including 11 on the way to last year's title.

    In the losers bracket, 36-time PBA regional titlist Sam Zurich of Grant, Fla., and USBC Hall of Famer Bob Chamberlain of The Villages, Fla., still have their sights set on the $16,000 top prize too. Zurich broke through for his first PBA Senior Tour win earlier this year, while Chamberlain owns four titles, but hasn't won since 2003.

    "My goal is always just to be one of the top five players out on the Tour," Chamberlain said. "And to do that year after year means that eventually I'm going to get the win. This is a Major title, so it's a lot more important, but I still won't put any extra pressure on myself."

    Match play continues Friday at 9:30 a.m., and the championship match is scheduled for noon PDT.

    The Senior Masters was first conducted in 1993 in Tulsa, Okla., and has traditionally featured bowling's strongest and deepest field of senior bowlers.

    The Eldorado Hotel and Casino is the official Senior Masters hotel.


    Match Play results (Double-elimination, three-game matches)


    Losers Bracket Round 2


    Losers eliminated and finished 33rd-48th, each earned $1,000

    Roger LeClair Clackamas, Ore., def. Warren Nelson, Madera, Calif., 605-571
    Don Sylvia, Discovery Bay, Calif., def. Gary Dickinson, Edmond, Okla., 618-570
    Bob Brady, Santa Monica, Calif., def. Brian Brazeau, Ocala, Fla., 688-637
    Tim Ruelle, Racine, Wis., def. David Ozio, Beaumont, Texas, 614-575
    Lenny Biondi, Maitland, Fla., def. Ron Winger, Las Vegas, 552-WD
    Henry Gonzalez, Colorado Springs, Colo., def. Jeff Suma, Auburn Hills, Mich., 638-552
    William Keenan, Orlando, Fla., def. Michael Landrith, Chandler, Ariz., 650-626
    Nick Morgan, Sacramento, Calif., def. Mike Truitt, Roscoe, Ill., 625-524
    Steve Jansson, Blaine, Minn., def. Sam Carter, Ben Lemond, Calif., 615-580
    Vinnie Atria, Louisville, Ky., def. Don Blatchford, Santa Monica, Calif., 561-543
    Gary Skidmore, Albuquerque, N.M., def. Larry Laub, Lincoln, Calif., 605-599
    Kevin Croucher, Grants Pass, Ore., def. Robert Pazur, Venice, Fla., 686-551
    Pete Bryan, Laurel, Del., def. Kerry Painter, Henderson, Nev., 567-528


    Losers Bracket Round 3


    Losers eliminated and finished 25th-32nd, each earned $1,100

    LeClair def. Sylvia, 666-648
    Ruelle def. Brady, 609-607
    Gonzalez def. Biondi, 679-628
    Morgan def. Keenan, 675-550
    Atria def. Jansson, 607-561
    Croucher def. Skidmore, 665-606
    Palomares def. Bryan, 620-453
    Kossert def. Argenbright, 615-548


    Winners Bracket Round 2


    Losers move to losers bracket

    Rod Tramp, Porterville, Calif., def. Danny Carbone, Broomfield, Colo., 726-606
    Shannon Starnes, Fort Worth, Texas, def. Norb Wetzel, Fond Du Lac, Wis., 555-549
    Mark Van Meter, Albuquerque, N.M., def. Hugh Miller, Marcos Island, Wash., 624-572
    Sam Zurich, Grant, Fla., def. Robin Romeo, Newhall, Calif., 629-606
    Bob Chamberlain, The Villages, Fla., def. Mel Wolf, Jackson, Miss., 657-578
    Bob Handley, Winter Garden, Fla., def. Dave Soutar Bradenton, Fla., 674-619
    Tom Baker, King, N.C. def. Pete McCordic, Katy, Texas, 687-627
    Mark Estes, Grapevine, Texas, def. Terry Leong, Henderson, Nev., 633-554


    Losers Bracket Round 4


    Losers eliminated and finished 17th-24th, each earned $1,200

    Leong def. LeClair, 607-603
    Ruelle def. Wolf, 639-577
    Gonzalez def. Hugh Miller, 650-539
    Morgan def. Carbone, 626-523
    Atria def. Wetzel, 676-595
    Croucher def. Soutar, 684-578
    McCordic def. Palomares, 642-600
    Kossert def. Romeo, 597-526


    Losers Bracket Round 5


    Losers eliminated and finished13th-16th, each earned $1,400

    Leong def. Ruelle, 594-571
    Morgan def. Gonzalez, 705-598
    Croucher def. Atria, 664-608
    Kossert def. McCordic, 666-648


    Winners Bracket Round 3


    Losers move to losers bracket

    Starnes def. Tramp, 604-601
    Zurich def. Van Meter, 635-631
    Handley def. Chamberlain, 686-636
    Baker def. Estes, 685-621


    Losers Bracket Round 6


    Losers eliminated and finished 9th-12th, each earned $1,700

    Leong def. Estes, 666-637
    Van Meter def. Morgan, 669-638
    Chamberlain def. Croucher, 666-615
    Kossert def. Tramp, 566-552


    Losers Bracket Round 7


    Losers eliminated and finished 7th and 8th, each earned $2,500

    Leong def. Van Meter, 575-559
    Chamberlain def. Kossert, 641-503


    Winners Bracket Round 4


    Losers move to losers bracket

    Starnes def. Zurich, 611-584
    Baker def. Handley, 623-536


    Losers Bracket Round 8


    Losers eliminated and finished fifth and sixth, each earned $3,500

    Chamberlain def. Handley, 612-609
    Zurich def. Leong, 667-653


    Friday's pairings (9:30 a.m.)


    Winners Bracket


    Baker vs. Starnes


    Losers Bracket


    Zurich vs. Chamberlain


    Only 48 players remain at USBC Senior Masters


    2007PBAS09BobBrady_small.jpg Bob Brady of Santa Monica, Calif., was down almost 80 pins and was within one game of being eliminated from the 2007 United States Bowling Congress Senior Masters before he posted the highest game of this year's event to escape defeat at the National Bowling Stadium in Reno, Nev., on Wednesday night.

    The 55-year-old right-hander made a ball change before the finale of his three-game match with Phil Prieto of El Paso, Texas, and rattled off 10 consecutive strikes for a 289 game and a 663-655 victory. With the win, Brady remains alive in the losers bracket and is one of 48 bowlers who remain in the hunt for the $16,000 top prize.

    "I was down by a lot and figured I needed to try something," said Brady, who lost his opening-round match to Gary Morgan of Marietta, Ga., 596-574. "I'd been hitting the pocket all week, but had a hard time matching up and wasn't carrying too well. I pulled out a ball that was a little more aggressive, and it worked. It was just a matter of finding the right ball at the right time, and it feels great."

    After leaving a 10-pin on his 11th shot, Brady actually thought he had lost the match until he glanced up at the scoreboard. Now, he will return Thursday with a renewed confidence, despite the long road ahead of him.

    "I thought I needed to go all the way out, so I was surprised when I looked up and realized I had won," said Brady, who will face Brian Brazeau of Ocala, Fla., on Thursday morning at 9 a.m. "From being on Tour all year, I have learned to phase out the distractions and focus on throwing good shots each time. I am excited, and I have more confidence heading into tomorrow. My back was against the wall, and I thought I was going home, and now I get to play some more."

    In the winners bracket, defending champion, Tom Baker of King, N.C., is undefeated in his quest to become the second player in USBC Senior Masters history to win back-to-back titles. Professional Bowlers Association Hall of Famer Dave Davis was the first to accomplish the feat when he won in 1995 and 1996. Baker topped Matt Surina of Everett, Wash., 613-535 and Kevin Croucher of Grants Pass, Ore., 652-582 on Wednesday night.

    "I've never been in this position before, and it felt strange not going through qualifying, but I felt good overall and threw the ball well," said Baker, who is coming off of a win at the PBA Senior Northern California Classic and automatically was seeded into match play as the defending champion at the Senior Masters. "I didn't bowl for a week, and

    I was a little concerned about the lane conditions tonight, but I made the necessary adjustments and threw good shots. As long as I can stay on top of those adjustments, I'll be in good shape."

    Also continuing her run at history was Robin Romeo of Newhall, Calif., who became the first woman to qualify for match play at the Senior Masters and remains undefeated after wins over Mark Glover of Woodbridge, Va., (657-551) and Roger LeClair of Clackamas, Ore., (616-550).

    "I was very excited to find out that I made the cut, and I got a little nervous at the start of match play," Romeo said. "But after a few games, I settled down and focused more on making good shots. As a result, I was able to stay relaxed and throw the ball well. Overall, everything has been great so far because I'm having so much fun."

    USBC and PBA Hall of Famer Dave Soutar, the only bowler to own USBC Masters and Senior Masters titles, also remains in the winners bracket after wins over Tom Smith of Wilmington, Del., (558-524) and Kerry Painter of Henderson, Nev., (648-606).

    The Senior Masters was first conducted in 1993 in Tulsa, Okla., and has traditionally featured bowling's strongest and deepest field of senior bowlers.

    Match play continues Thursday at 9 a.m., and the championship match is scheduled for noon PDT on Friday.

    The Eldorado Hotel and Casino is the official Senior Masters hotel.


    Match Play results (Double-elimination, three-game matches)


    Opening Match Play Round


    Losers move to losers bracket

    Henry Gonzalez, Colorado Springs, Colo., def. John Czipka, Sparks, Nev., 643-510
    Danny Carbone, Broomfield, Colo., def. Ronald Krys, Sparks, Nev., 591-587
    Gary Morgan, Marietta, Ga., def. Bob Brady, Santa Monica, Calif., 596-574
    Rod Tramp, Porterville, Calif., def. Tim Fife, Proctorville, Ohio, 626-513
    Norb Wetzel, Fond Du Lac, Wis., def. Lenny Biondi, Maitland, Fla., 619-585
    Ron Winger, Las Vegas, def. Jeff Suma, Auburn Hills, Mich., 551-546
    William Keenan, Orlando, Fla., def. Mike Henry, Brunswick, Ohio, 669-574
    Shannon Starnes, Fort Worth, Texas, def. Mike Truitt, Roscoe, Ill., 670-623
    Hugh Miller, Marcos Island, Wash., def. Dennis Psaropoulos, Lake Worth, Fla., 615-542
    Tim Ruelle, Racine, Wis. def., Don Blatchford, Santa Monica, Calif., 646-519
    Don Sylvia, Discovery Bay, Calif. def., Larry Laub, Lincoln, Calif., 630-580
    Mark Van Meter, Albuquerque, N.M., def. Robert Pazur, Venice, Fla., 617-571
    Brian Brazeau, Ocala, Fla., def. Bob Hanson, Spokane, Wash., 648-558
    Sam Zurich, Grant, Fla. def. Fred Kaczmarczyk, Martinez, Calif., 630-600
    Roger LeClair Clackamas, Ore., def. Mark Roth, Fulton, N.Y., 646-583
    Robin Romeo, Newhall, Calif., def. Mark Glover, Woodbridge, Va., 657-551
    Bob Chamberlain, The Villages, Fla., def. Bill Argenbright, Fisherville, Va., 621-531
    Harry Mickelson, Yakima, Wash., def. Rohn Morton, Portland, Ore., 581-580
    Roger Kossert, Lithia, Fla., def. Pete Bryan, Laurel, Del., 607-568
    Mel Wolf, Jackson, Miss., def. Norm Palomares, San Francisco, 621-588
    Dave Soutar Bradenton, Fla., def. Tom Smith, Wilmington, Del., 558-524
    Kerry Painter, Henderson, Nev., def. Tom Carter, Rockford, Ill., 657-523
    Joe Salvemini, Klamath Falls, Ore., def. Sam Carter, Ben Lemond, Calif., 594-564
    Bob Handley, Winter Garden, Fla., def. Jay Aono, Boise, Idaho, 632-611
    Kevin Croucher, Grants Pass, Ore., def. Michael Landrith, Chandler, Ariz., 623-587
    Tom Baker, King, N.C., def. Matt Surina, Everett, Wash., 613-535
    Vinnie Atria, Louisville, Ky., def. Ernie Harding, Reno, Nev., 593-543
    Pete McCordic, Katy, Texas, def. George Gibson, Palm Coast, Fla., 560-559
    Terry Leong, Henderson, Nev., def. Phil Prieto, El Paso, Texas, 666-597
    Gary Skidmore, Albuquerque, N.M., def. David Ozio, Beaumont, Texas, 599-574
    Steve Jansson, Blaine, Minn., def. Warren Nelson, Madera, Calif., 572-562
    Mark Estes, Grapevine, Texas, def. Gary Dickinson, Edmond, Okla., 627-549


    Losers Bracket Round 1


    Losers eliminated finishing 49th-64th, each earn $900

    Nelson def. Czipka, 598-572
    Dickinson def. Krys, 626-587
    Brady def. Prieto, 663-655
    Ozio def. Fife, 655-600
    Biondi def. Harding, 627-621
    Suma def. Gibson, 548-465
    Landrith def. Henry, 571-521
    Truitt def. Surina, 611-514
    S. Carter def. Psaropoulos, 622-621
    Blatchford def. Aono, 549-544
    Laub def. Smith, 583-555
    Pazur def. T. Carter, 536-527
    Bryan def. Hanson, 590-575
    Palomares def. Kaczmarczyk, 565-563
    Argenbright def. Roth, 603-519
    Glover def. Morton, 615-553


    Winners Bracket Round 1


    Losers move to losers bracket

    Carbone def. Gonzalez, 613-608
    Tramp def. Morgan, 622-569
    Wetzel def. Winger, 569-509
    Starnes def. Keenan, 616-529
    Miller def. Ruelle, 657-600
    Van Meter def. Sylvia, 688-620
    Zurich def. Brazeau, 648-615
    Romeo def. LeClair, 616-550
    Chamberlain def. Mickelson, 610-569
    Wolf def. Kossert, 564-542
    Soutar def. Painter, 648-606
    Handley def. Salvemini, 707-634
    Baker def. Croucher, 652-582
    McCordic def. Vinnie Atria, 670-631
    Leong def. Gary Skidmore, 687-680
    Estes def. Jansson, 616-595


    Thursday's pairings:




    Losers Bracket Round 2 (9 a.m.)


    Warren Nelson, Madera, Calif., vs. Roger LeClair Clackamas, Ore.
    Gary Dickinson, Edmond, Okla., vs. Don Sylvia, Discovery Bay, Calif.
    Bob Brady, Santa Monica, Calif., vs. Brian Brazeau, Ocala, Fla.
    David Ozio, Beaumont, Texas, vs. Tim Ruelle, Racine, Wis.
    Lenny Biondi, Maitland, Fla., vs. Ron Winger, Las Vegas
    Jeff Suma, Auburn Hills, Mich., vs. Henry Gonzalez, Colorado Springs, Colo.
    Michael Landrith, Chandler, Ariz., vs. William Keenan, Orlando, Fla.
    Mike Truitt, Roscoe, Ill., vs. Gary Morgan, Marietta, Ga.
    Sam Carter, Ben Lemond, Calif., vs. Steve Jansson, Blaine, Minn.
    Don Blatchford, Santa Monica, Calif., vs. Vinnie Atria, Louisville, Ky.
    Larry Laub, Lincoln, Calif., vs. Gary Skidmore, Albuquerque, N.M.
    Robert Pazur, Venice, Fla., vs. Kevin Croucher, Grants Pass, Ore.
    Pete Bryan, Laurel, Del., vs. Kerry Painter, Henderson, Nev.
    Norm Palomares, San Francisco vs. Harry Mickelson, Yakima, Wash.,
    Bill Argenbright, Fisherville, Va., vs. Joe Salvemini, Klamath Falls, Ore.
    Mark Glover, Woodbridge, Va., vs. Roger Kossert, Lithia, Fla.


    Winners Bracket Round 2 (10:15 A.M.)


    Danny Carbone, Broomfield, Colo., vs. Rod Tramp, Porterville, Calif.
    Norb Wetzel, Fond Du Lac, Wis., vs. Shannon Starnes, Fort Worth, Texas
    Hugh Miller, Marcos Island, Wash., vs. Mark Van Meter, Albuquerque, N.M.
    Sam Zurich, Grant, Fla., vs. Robin Romeo, Newhall, Calif.
    Bob Chamberlain, The Villages, Fla., vs. Mel Wolf, Jackson, Miss.
    Dave Soutar Bradenton, Fla., vs. Bob Handley, Winter Garden, Fla.
    Tom Baker, King, N.C. vs. Pete McCordic, Katy, Texas
    Terry Leong, Henderson, Nev., vs. Mark Estes, Grapevine, Texas


    Hall of Famer Robin Romeo makes history at USBC Senior Masters


    Standing out from a field of nearly 300 competitors, three women made their debut appearances at the USBC Senior Masters this week hoping to make history by winning the prestigious event at the National Bowling Stadium in Reno, Nev.

    2007PBAS09RobinRomeo_small.jpg USBC and Professional Women's Bowling Association Hall of Famer Robin Romeo of Newhall, Calif., who turned 50 in June and is one of the youngest members in the field, already found her way into the record books as the first woman in the tournament's 15-year history to make the cut to match play, qualifying in a tie for 57th place with a 2,958 total for 15 games.

    Romeo only recently has returned to competitive bowling after her successful, 20-year professional career came to an end when the PWBA ceased operations in 2003. Now, she is preparing for the return of the U.S. Women's Open, which will be held for the first time since 2003. The event, which Romeo won in 1989, is slated for August 13-18, also at the Stadium.

    "This is first big tournament I've geared myself up to bowl in before the U.S. Women's Open in August," said Romeo, who was honored as the Bowling Writers Association of America Woman Bowler of the Year in 1989 and recently was inducted into the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame.

    "I had mixed expectations because I knew I was capable of making the cut, but I haven't seen any challenging lane conditions in a while. But no matter what, it's exciting to be here, and competing here has really gotten my competitive fire burning again."

    The downtime over the past few years has put Romeo in a position to get a fresh start as a competitive senior bowler, and her new, more relaxed outlook may be just what it takes to find success again.

    "When I retired from the ladies tour, I took a break, but I never lost my competitiveness," said Romeo, who has accumulated 17 professional wins and three USBC Women's Championships titles in her career. "I did lose some of the desire to be out on the lanes because the way things ended for the women was very disappointing, but as a result of that experience, I gained a new perspective on bowling that's much more fun since I'm not living and dying with every shot."

    2007PBAS09HenryGonzalez_small.jpg Henry Gonzalez of Colorado Springs, Colo., led the field of 63 qualifiers with a 3,228 total and was followed by USBC Hall of Famer Bob Chamberlain of The Villages, Fla., with 3,219 and Dennis Psaropoulos of Lake Worth, Fla., with 3,207.

    Also among the top 63, who will join defending champion, Tom Baker of King, N.C., in match play, are USBC and Professional Bowlers Association Hall of Famer Dave Soutar, the only bowler to win both the Masters and Senior Masters, two-time Senior Masters champion Gary Dickinson and PBA Hall of Famers Mark Roth and David Ozio. The championship match is scheduled for noon PDT on Friday.

    2007PBAS09LindaKelly_small.jpg USBC Hall of Famer and former Team USA member Linda Kelly (left) of Dayton, Ohio, and Lela Larkin, a longtime standout in Oregon, each have enjoyed success at multiple levels of the sport and were the other two women to compete in the event. Both used the Senior Masters as another welcomed challenge.

    Kelly, 58, joined the PBA last year because since the PWBA closed its doors, there have been very few opportunities for women to compete, and she still enjoys the challenge and top-notch competition.

    "After all the bowling I've done in my career, I can't be satisfied just bowling in leagues, so I have to challenge myself and go where the competition is," said Kelly, whose husband Bob was the PBA Senior Tour Rookie of the Year in 2006. "Events like this keep my interest and keep bowling exciting. I used to bowl tournaments all the time and really enjoyed the travel and the competition, so it's nice to still be able to do that. Bowling is like an addiction, and that's what keeps me going."

    On her way to the USBC Hall of Fame, Kelly claimed three titles at the USBC Women's Championships and won the AMF World Cup in 1988, one of her two years on Team USA. Professionally, she earned two PWBA national titles and 16 regional crowns. She is a two-time PWBA (formerly the Ladies Pro Bowlers Tour) Northeast Region Player of the Year (1992 and '93) and was one of the first women to be recognized as a PWBA Regional Player of the Decade for her performance in the 1990s.

    Now, when she's not watching her husband on the lanes, she's out there competing with him and loving every minute of it. She also makes sure she gets to other top events like the USBC Open Championships, where her 1,946 all-events total this year helped her team to an eighth-place finish in Team All-Events and left her confident and comfortable at the Stadium heading into the Senior Masters.

    "I would say I have more confidence in the venue and the environment after bowling well here recently, but it is a different condition and a different type of event," said Kelly, who posted a 2,829 total for 15 games this week and finished in 136th place. "This week has definitely been challenging and I've struggled a little, but no matter the outcome, it has been a great experience."

    2007PBAS09LelaLarkin_small.jpg Although Larkin (left), who owns and operates Roxy Ann Lanes in Medford, Ore., with her husband John, doesn't have the professional background of Romeo or Kelly, the 57-year-old right-hander is proving that she still can be as competitive as anyone.

    "I felt that I've been bowling well lately, and the Stadium is close enough that I finally decided to give the Senior Masters a try," said Larkin, who turned in a top 10 finish at the 2006 USBC Senior Queens. "Being in the bowling business doesn't allow me to get away and compete as often as I'd like, but this really was a good experience, even though I didn't score as well as I wanted to." For her 15 games, Larkin turned in a 2,846 total and finished 121st overall.

    The Senior Masters was first conducted in 1993 in Tulsa, Okla., and has traditionally featured bowling's strongest and deepest field of senior bowlers.

    The Eldorado Hotel and Casino is the official Senior Masters hotel.

    Qualifying standings after 10 games


    Top 63 join defending champion Tom Baker in match play

    1, Henry Gonzalez, Colorado Springs, Colo., 3,228
    2, Bob Chamberlain, The Villages, Fla., 3,219
    3, Dennis Psaropoulos, Lake Worth, Fla., 3,207
    4, Kevin Croucher, Grants Pass, Ore., 3,191
    5, Mike Truitt, Roscoe, Ill., 3,156
    6, Bob Handley, Winter Park, Fla., 3,145
    7, Mark Glover, Woodbridge, Va., 3,144
    8, Mark Estes, Grapevine, Texas, 3,139
    9, *Ron Winger, Las Vegas, 3,134
    10, Tom Carter, Rockford, Ill., 3,130
    11, Sam Zurich, Grant, Fla., 3,114
    12, David Ozio, Beaumont, Texas, 3,109
    13, Rod Tramp, Porterville, Calif., 3,106
    14, Norm Palomares, San Francisco, 3,105
    15, Mark Van Meter, Albuquerque, N.M., 3,091
    16, Pete McCordic, Katy, Texas, 3,083
    17, Nick Morgan, Sacramento, Calif., 3,073
    18, Roger Kossert, Lithia, Fla., 3,072
    19, Don Sylvia, Discovery Bay, Calif., 3,071
    20, *Vinnie Atria, Louisville, Ky., 3,069
    21, Bob Hanson, Spokane, Wash., 3,068
    22, *Dave Soutar, Bradenton, Fla., 3,068
    23, *Norb Wetzel, Fond Du Lac, Wis., 3,068
    24, *William Keenan Jr., Orlando, Fla., 3,055
    25, Terry Leong, Henderson, Nev., 3,055
    26, Sam Carter, Ben Lemond, Calif., 3,053
    27, Roger Le Clair, Clackamas, Ore., 3,053
    28, Steve Jansson, Blaine, Minn., 3,039
    29, *Danny Carbone, Broomfield, Colo., 3,035
    30, *Harry Mickelson, Yakima, Wash., 3,028
    31, Tim Ruelle, Racine, Wis., 3,025
    32, *Ronald Krys, Sparks, Nev., 3,024
    33, Rohn Morton, Portland, Ore., 3,024
    34, Don Blatchford, Santa Monica, Calif., 3,022
    35, Matt Surina, Everett, Wash., 3,019
    36, Mike Henry, Brunswick, Ohio, 3,017
    37, Joe Salvemini, Klamath Falls, Ore., 3,016
    38, Mark Roth, Fulton, N.Y., 3,004
    39, Warren Nelson, Madera, Calif., 3,001
    40, Lenny Biondi, Maitland, Fla., 2,999
    41, Tom Smith, Wilmington, Del., 2,998
    42, Brian Brazeau, Ocala, Fla., 2,990
    43, *Phil Prieto, El Paso, Texas, 2,983
    44, Bob Brady, Santa Monica, Calif., 2,979
    45, Pete Bryan, Laurel, Del., 2,979
    46, *Larry Laub, Lincoln, Calif., 2,972
    47, Ernie Harding, Reno, Nev., 2,971
    48, Tim Fife, Proctorville, Ohio, 2,968
    49, *Mel Wolf, Jackson, Mich., 2,968
    50, *Robert Pazur, Venice, Fla., 2,967
    51, Ken Gibson, Greenville, S.C., 2,964
    52, Jeff Suma, Auburn Hills, Mich., 2,963
    53, Kerry Painter, Henderson, Nev., 2,962
    54, Fred Kaczmarczyk, Martinez, Calif., 2,959
    55, Gary Skidmore, Albuquerque, N.M., 2,959
    56, Shannon Starnes, Fort Worth, Texas, 2,959
    57, Jay Aono, Boise, Idaho, 2,958
    58, Robin Romeo, Newhall, Calif., 2,958
    59, *Gary Dickinson, Edmond, Okla., 2,955
    60, John Czipka, Sparks, Nev., 2,953
    61, Bill Argenbright, Fishesrville, Va., 2,951
    62, Hugh Miller, Marcos Island, Wash., 2,948
    63, Michael Landrith, Chandler, Ariz., 2,946

    Missed Cut:
    64, *Barry Gurney, West Hills, Calif., 2,945
    65, Paul Herrera, San Jose, Calif., 2,945
    66, *George Lord, Mulberry, Fla., 2,941
    67, Carl Chavez, Albuquerque, N.M., 2,940
    68, *Roger Wiemer, Springfield, Mo., 2,940
    69, Billy Young, Tulsa, Okla., 2,940
    70, Steve Calyore, Naples, Fla., 2,938
    71, Rickey Kendrick, Castle Rock, Colo., 2,934
    72, *Ernie Schlegel, Vancouver, Wash., 2,931
    73, *Gary Bessette, Summerdale, Ala., 2,921
    74, Carey Hofmann, Phoenix, 2,921
    75, *Larry Graybeal, Elizabethton, Tenn., 2,918
    76, *Bob Knipple, Long Beach, Calif., 2,918
    77, *Rudy Moreno, Reno, Nev., 2,918
    78, Ralph Smith, Colorado Springs, Colo., 2,916
    79, Arnie Goldman, Inkster, Mich., 2,915
    80, Timothy Pierce, Portland, Ore., 2,912
    81, Ted Staikoff, Black Hawk, S.D., 2,912
    82, Tony Maresca, Mesa, Ariz., 2,908
    83, Ross Packard, San Jose, Calif., 2,905
    84, Jim Gordin, Modesto, Calif., 2,903
    85, Marc Scherlis, Littleton, Colo., 2,903
    86, *Jim Micus, Renton, Wash., 2,902
    87, Steve Ferraro, Kingston, N.Y., 2,896
    88, *Ed Roberts, Braintree, Mass., 2,894
    89, *Donald Breihan, Columbia, S.C., 2,893
    90, Ron Hosler, Denver, Colo., 2,893
    91, *Dan Kukuk, Spokane, Wash., 2,892
    92, *James Garriott, Reno, Nev., 2,888
    93, *Dennis Jones, Fremont, Calif., 2,888
    94, *Dale Eagle, Kingsport, Tenn., 2,886
    95, P. Gregory Jackson, Bellflower, Calif., 2,886
    96, Trent Zabelle, Portland, Ore., 2,885
    97, *Tim Bowers, East Wenatchee, Wash., 2,883
    98, Paul McCordic, Sugar Land, Texas, 2,883
    99, Jim King, New Braunfels, Texas, 2,882
    100, *Bob Neuerburg, Ceres, Calif., 2,880
    101, Donald Robinson, Boise, Idaho, 2,880
    102, Bill Henson, Westerville, Ohio, 2,877
    103, *Gene Johnson, Brier, Wash., 2,876
    104, Phil Mann, Hazen, N.D., 2,873
    105, Tom Lovely, Pittsburgh, 2,872
    106, Ron Ware, Huntsville, Ala., 2,870
    107, *Fred Cole, Visalia, Calif., 2,867
    108, Greg Mc Mahan, Dandridge, Ind., 2,864
    109, Jim Plessinger, York, Pa., 2,864
    110, Kevin Humble, Lake Mary, Fla., 2,863
    111, Paul Kreins, Lakewood, Colo., 2,862
    112, *Greg Goetz, Crofton, Md., 2,861
    113, Chuck Huckelberry, Rockford, Ill., 2,861
    114, Bob Kelly, Dayton, Ohio, 2,861
    115, Dennis Powell, Eugene, Ore., 2,857
    116, Joseph Andreone, New Freedom, Pa., 2,853
    117, Marc Clyburn, Pittsburgh, 2,853
    118, *Frank Bellinder, Fullerton, Calif., 2,852
    119, Gregory Waldon, Sun City West, Ariz., 2,851
    120, Michael Lucente, Warren, Mich., 2,847
    121, Lela Larkin, Medford, Ore., 2,846
    122, Vince Mazzanti Jr., Levittown, Pa., 2,843
    123, Dick Selgo Jr., Archbold, Ohio, 2,843
    124, *Teata Semiz, North Brunswick, N.J., 2,843
    125, Jim Hutchinson, Ludlow Falls, Ohio, 2,842
    126, Larry Cooper, Reno, Nev., 2,841
    127, *Bob Alstott, Vero Beach, Fla., 2,838
    128, Jack Nelson, Bismarck, N.D., 2,838
    129, *David Kangas, Gwinn, Mich., 2,837
    130, Jerry Owczarski, South Lyon, Mich., 2,834
    131, Robert Reed, Weed, Calif., 2,833
    132, *David Rhoads, Las Vegas, 2,833
    133, *Ron Garr, Ridgedale, Mo., 2,832
    134, *Robert Andersen, Forest City, N.C., 2,831
    135, Danny Gould, Palm Bay, Fla., 2,830
    136, Linda Kelly, Dayton, Ohio, 2,829
    137, Lyle Elo, Spokane, Wash., 2,827
    138, Michael Marks, Elmira, N.Y., 2,826
    139, Steve Stein, Staten Island, N.Y., 2,825
    140, Robert Michaux, Detroit, 2,824
    141, *Doug Gray, Powell Butte, Ore., 2,823
    142, Chris Magory, Lauallette, N.J., 2,823
    143, *Tom Garbarini, Jackson, Calif., 2,821
    144, Diogenes Perez, New York, 2,821
    145, *Pete Couture, Cocoa, Fla., 2,819
    146, Don Lane, Oakland, Calif., 2,818
    147, *Jerome Lee, Medford, Ore., 2,816
    148, Bob Priess, Las Vegas, 2,815
    149, *Bob Lite, Portland, Ore., 2,814
    150, Mark Scime, Winter Garden, Fla., 2,814
    151, *Jim Brenner, Le Claire, Iowa, 2,811
    152, Skip Pavone, San Jose, Calif., 2,811
    153, Jace Peterson, Elkhorn, Wis., 2,811
    154, *Henry Blough, Elizabethtown, Pa., 2,810
    155, Rob Forest, Reno, Nev., 2,810
    156, Ronald Boroff, Mansfield, Texas, 2,809
    157, Ron Libs, Tinley Park, Ill., 2,809
    158, Wayne Perry, Fort Meyers, Fla., 2,808
    159, *Dan Clausse, Reno, Nev., 2,807
    160, Alan Sabin, Winston, Ore., 2,807
    161, *Mike Schmid, St. Paul, Minn., 2,807
    162, Dean Butz, Las Vegas, 2,806
    163, George Gibson, Palm Coast, Fla., 2,803
    164, *Bobby Hall Sr., Landover, Md., 2,801
    165, Pat Kruse, Castro Valley, Calif., 2,801
    166, *Darrel Curtis, Las Vegas, 2,799
    167, Conway Sunell, Eugene, Ore., 2,799
    168, *Thomas Carbone, Arvada, Colo., 2,798
    169, Robert Harvey, Boise, Idaho, 2,796
    170, *Glen Smith, Seattle, 2,795
    171, Roger Koplin Jr., Citrus Heights, Calif., 2,792
    172, *Joe Colley, El Cajon, Calif., 2,789
    173, Donnie Todd Sr., Somerset, Ky., 2,785
    174, *Hal Wilber, Las Vegas, Nev., 2,785
    175, Frank Fiscello, Bloomfield, N.J., 2,783
    176, Robert Maki, Ishpeming, Mich., 2,783
    177, *Gary Workman, Chattanooga, Tenn., 2,782
    178, Edwin Case, Albuquerque, N.M., 2,780
    179, Bill Hewlett, Meridian, Idaho, 2,779
    180, Don Simonian, Carson City, Nev., 2,776
    181, *Wes Puishis, Seattle, 2,774
    182, Bob Amoruso, Glenview, Ill., 2,773
    183, *Ron Merritt, Florence, Ore., 2,773
    184, *Kirk Tupper, Phoenix, 2,773
    185, *Jim Lee, Rogersville, Ind., 2,771
    186, *Del Lee, Hayward, Calif., 2,770
    187, *Thomas Ream, Tampa, Fla., 2,770
    188, Rick Vashaw, Chester, Calif., 2,769
    189, *Bob Janego, Longwood, Fla., 2,767
    190, *Donald Kilgore, Las Vegas, 2,767
    191, *Harley Trumbull, New Boston, Mich., 2,767
    192, *Irwyn Atkinson, Raleigh, N.C., 2,765
    193, John Tolnai, Portland, Ore., 2,764
    194, *Stan Winters, Simi Valley, Calif., 2,762
    195, *Duane Cagley, Shasta Lake, Calif., 2,755
    196, *Sam Perrotta Jr., Lincoln Park, N.J., 2,752
    197, Gary Morgan, Marietta, Ga., 2,751
    198, Jim Cote, Spokane, Wash., 2,750
    199, *John Campbell, Vero Beach, Fla., 2,749
    200, Colin Leisy, Wilson, N.C., 2,749
    201, *Jerry Calvin, Thousand Oaks, Calif., 2,747
    202, *Len Mawson, Albany, Ore., 2,746
    203, *Bob Spore, Princeton, Ind., 2,745
    204, Sammy Dillard, Raleigh, N.C., 2,744
    205, Vince Honeycutt, Charlotte, N.C., 2,744
    206, Michael Hastings, Georgetown, Del., 2,741
    207, Gordon Terakami, West Jordan, Utah, 2,739
    208, Murray Hickman Sr., Las Vegas, 2,738
    209, Tony Castillo, Stockton, Calif., 2,737
    210, David Chew, Brentwood, Calif., 2,737
    211, Larry Plecha, Reno, Nev., 2,737
    212, Johnny Cook, Oneonta, Ala., 2,734
    213, John Curtis, San Jose, Calif., 2,734
    214, Frank Verni, Brewerton, N.Y., 2,734
    215, Tom Havlish, Fridley, Minn., 2,732
    216, *William Zuben, Largo, Fla., 2,726
    217, Wash Haney Sr., Mansfield, Ohio, 2,722
    218, Rick Winther, Fairbanks, Alaska, 2,721
    219, *Frank Gallo Jr., Newport News, Va., 2,719
    220, Steve Kamentz, Dubuque, Iowa, 2,718
    221, Jack Renshaw, Rifle, Colo., 2,718
    222, Greg Bellm, Tulsa, Okla., 2,705
    223, Barry Richards, Lodi, Calif., 2,703
    224, *Jerry Netherton, Reno, Nev., 2,702
    225, *Bob Teeters, Anderson, Ind., 2,701
    226, *John Mc Cloud, Lincoln City, Ore., 2,699
    227, Jeff Henry, Hales Corners, Wis., 2,693
    228, Lauri Karppala, Sacramento, Calif., 2,692
    229, Joseph Bachan II, Little Falls, Minn., 2,689
    230, *Charles Best, Buda, Texas, 2,688
    231, Stan Krisch, San Diego, 2,687
    232, *William Hrouda, Helena, Mont., 2,686
    233, *Ken Waters, Kingsport, Tenn., 2,682
    234, *Jerry Walls, Klamath Falls, Ore., 2,681
    235, Rick Beighley, Levittown, Pa., 2,680
    236, Raymond Howard, Paradise, Calif., 2,676
    237, Glenn Masukawa, San Ramon, Calif., 2,675
    238, Sal Bongiorno, Hollywood, Fla., 2,673
    239, *Jack Martin, Hillsboro, Kan., 2,667
    240, *Daniel Schumann, Palm Coast, Fla., 2,667
    241, Mike Stewart, Fernley, Nev., 2,666
    242, *Larry Galloway, Fresno, Calif., 2,661
    243, *William Mose Jr., Piscataway, N.J., 2,661
    244, *Frank Weiler, San Bernadino, Calif., 2,659
    245, Joseph Buggs, Honolulu, 2,658
    246, John Chapman, Manchester, Iowa, 2,657
    247, Ray Gaunt, El Monte, Calif., 2,656
    248, Tom Mc Naughton, Sylmar, Calif., 2,656
    249, Daniel Young, Kathleen, Fla., 2,653
    250, Rich Cutler, Valley Springs, Calif., 2,652
    251, *Dan Duskin Sr., Atlantic, Iowa, 2,649
    252, *Ron Bloodworth, Yukon, Okla., 2,644
    253, *Richard Felten, Rockville, Md., 2,643
    254, George Sanders, Golden Valley, Ariz., 2,641
    255, Stephen Rosen, Toronto, Ontario, 2,638
    256, *Dom Esposito, Vero Beach, Fla., 2,637
    257, Bill Goodenough, Spanaway, Wash., 2,632
    258, Chuck Rigsby, Spokane, Wash., 2,632
    259, James Kurisu, Henderson, Nev., 2,625
    260, *Mike Servenack, Colusa, Calif., 2,623
    261, Mark Bourdase, Clovis, Calif., 2,622
    262, Gary Hadley, Santa Fe, N.M., 2,613
    263, Gregg Zanfino, Gold Canyon, Ariz., 2,613
    264, Randy Niehaus, Rockford, Ill., 2,610
    265, Butch Hrouda, Dickinson, N.D., 2,607
    266, Ron Melson, Hannibal, Mo., 2,601
    267, Jay Spellman, Gresham, Ore., 2,600
    268, Randolph Kerr, Troutdale, Ore., 2,599
    269, *Allen Krieger, Albany, Ore., 2,598
    270, *Earl Yohn, Shermans Dale, Pa., 2,586
    271, Steve Marchino, Huntingburg, Ind., 2,573
    272, Tony Gervasini, Melbourne, Fla., 2,568
    273, *John Eberhard, Reno, Nev., 2,556
    274, *Wayne Brandwein, Centennial, Colo., 2,553
    275, *Peter George, Rochelle, Ill., 2,544
    276, *Bobby Dunn, Evans, Ga., 2,542
    277, *Tenos Pete, Beno, Ore., 2,542
    278, *Gerry Chinn, Castaic, Calif., 2,537
    279, Rickey Smith, Gulf Breeze, Fla., 2,532
    280, Spencer Combs, Troy, Idaho, 2,523
    281, *Wayne Shank, Winter Park, Fla., 2,516
    282, *Elmer Wessels, Greencreek, Idaho, 2,515
    283, Payton Reddick, Norman, Okla., 2,506
    284, *Fred Baldwin, Sturgis, Mich., 2,486
    285, *Charles Gadd, Grand Junction, Colo., 2,479
    286, Phillip Williams, Bradenton, Fla., 2,472
    287, *Ray Randall, Dearborn, Mich., 2,450
    288, J R Myers, Cottonwood, Calif., 2,438
    289, Paul Leymeister, Buddlake, N.J., 2,425
    290, *Len Comden, Tarzana, Calif., 2,417
    291, Gregory Miller, Bonney Lake, Wash., 2,405
    292, Paul Mullis, Murry, Utah, 2,358
    293, Ross Larsen, Riverside, Calif., 2,338
    294, Gary Friedman, Farmingdale, N.Y., 2,290
    295, *Walter Roy, Redding, Calif., 2,277
    296, Steve Gustafson, Little Falls, Minn., 2,135
    297, *Norm Black Sr., Whittier, Calif., 841
    298, Henry Fonvergne, Canoga Park, Calif., 823
    299, *George Norris Jr., Elk Grove, Calif., 385
    * denotes Super Senior


    Oregon bowler maintains lead at USBC Senior Masters


    2007PBAS06KevinCroucher_small.jpg Last year, Kevin Croucher of Grants Pass, Ore., made his first appearance at the United States Bowling Congress Senior Masters as a rookie on the Professional Bowlers Association Senior Tour, but didn't turn in the debut performance he was hoping for.

    Now, the 51-year-old is looking to redeem himself at this year's USBC Senior Masters where he leads the field of nearly 300 competitors after 10 games of qualifying at the National Bowling Stadium in Reno, Nev.

    Croucher posted games of 233, 242, 201, 224 and 178 Tuesday for a 1,078 five-game effort and 2,230 total for 10 games to maintain the lead he established Monday night. USBC Hall of Famer Bob Chamberlain of The Villages, Fla., is second overall with 2,196, while Henry Gonzalez of Colorado Springs, Colo., is third with 2,171.

    "I've learned a lot about my game since last year," Croucher said. "I've focused on making a higher percentage of spares since then, not counting impossible splits. The makeable spares are all the difference over the course of a tournament."

    On the way to a runner-up finish in the 2006 PBA Senior Tour Rookie of the Year voting, Croucher made match play in five of the six events he participated in, but a 75th-place finish at the Senior Masters was the only blemish on a stellar rookie season.

    This year, Croucher already has logged six match play appearances in seven events, and as the leader after two of three qualifying blocks at the Senior Masters, he is in good position to finish among the 63 competitors who will join defending champion, Tom Baker of King, N.C., in the double-elimination match play portion of the tournament.

    Match play is scheduled to begin Wednesday night after the 15 games of qualifying are complete, and the championship match is scheduled for noon PDT on Friday. Bowlers are competing for a $16,000 top prize.

    And while Croucher quickly is making a name for himself on the PBA Senior Tour, part of his success and ability to adapt to life on the road can be attributed to a brief stint on the Denny's PBA Tour in the late 1980s.

    "I tried a few PBA Tour events once, but I had better business opportunities at home and was able to stay around and raise my kids," said Croucher, who owns Caveman Bowl in Grants Pass, Ore. "I have no regrets about that decision, plus it still allowed me to bowl PBA regionals."

    Although his time on Tour only lasted for a handful of events and didn't come at the right time in his life, it allowed him to try it, focus on other things and try it again when he was ready. Now Croucher is motivated and focused and has his sights set on his first Senior Tour title.

    "I work very hard on my game, so it really would mean a lot to finally get that first win," Croucher said. "But the Senior Masters is more prestigious, and it's a bigger event with more bowlers, so it would be extra special to win here."

    The Senior Masters was first conducted in 1993 in Tulsa, Okla., and has traditionally featured bowling's strongest and deepest field of senior bowlers.


    The Eldorado Hotel and Casino is the official Senior Masters hotel.


    Qualifying standings after 10 games


    Top 63 (after 15 games) join defending champion Tom Baker in match play

    1, Kevin Croucher, Grants Pass, Ore., 2,230
    2, Bob Chamberlain, The Villages, Fla., 2,196
    3, Henry Gonzalez, Colorado Springs, Colo., 2,171
    4, Dennis Psaropoulos, Lake Worth, Fla., 2,1 47
    5, Norm Palomares, San Francisco, 2,140
    6, Rohn Morton, Portland, Ore., 2,127
    7, Bob Handley, Winter Park, Fla., 2,118
    8, Rod Tramp, Porterville, Calif., 2,105
    9, Tom Carter, Rockford, Ill., 2,097
    10, Roger Kossert, Lithia, Fla., 2,095
    11, Sam Zurich, Grant, Fla., 2,090
    12, Mark Estes, Grapevine, Texas, 2,079
    13, *Danny Carbone, Broomfield, Colo., 2,063
    14, David Ozio, Beaumont, Texas, 2,062
    15, Mark Glover, Woodbridge, Va., 2,061
    16, Roger Le Clair, Clackamas, Ore., 2,061
    17, *Ron Winger, Las Vegas, 2,058
    18, *William Keenan Jr., Orlando, Fla., 2,057
    19, Mark Van Meter, Albuquerque, N.M., 2,048
    20, Mike Truitt, Roscoe, Ill., 2,043
    21, *Harry Mickelson, Yakima, Wash., 2,040
    22, Bob Hanson, Spokane, Wash., 2,036
    23, *Dave Soutar, Bradenton, Fla., 2,034
    24, *Ronald Krys, Sparks, Nev., 2,027
    25, Tim Ruelle, Racine, Wis., 2,025
    26, Don Sylvia, Discovery Bay, Calif., 2,025
    27, *Gary Dickinson, Edmond, Okla., 2,023
    28, *Norb Wetzel, Fond Du Lac, Wis., 2,022
    29, *Vinnie Atria, Louisville, Ky., 2,014
    30, Terry Leong, Henderson, Nev., 2,014
    31, Mark Roth, Fulton, N.Y., 2,014
    32, Joe Salvemini, Klamath Falls, Ore., 2,012
    33, Ralph Smith, Colorado Springs, Colo., 2,012
    34, Sam Carter, Ben Lemond, Calif., 2,006
    35, Ernie Harding, Reno, Nev., 2,006
    36, Pete McCordic, Katy, Texas, 2,003
    37, Ken Gibson, Greenville, S.C., 1,996
    38, Steve Stein, Staten Island, N.Y., 1,996
    39, Tom Smith, Wilmington, Del., 1,995
    40, Don Blatchford, Santa Monica, Calif., 1,989
    41, *Larry Laub, Lincoln, Calif., 1,988
    42, *Rudy Moreno, Reno, Nev., 1,986
    43, Nick Morgan, Sacramento, Calif., 1,986
    44, Shannon Starnes, Fort Worth, Texas, 1,986
    45, *Bob Knipple, Long Beach, Calif., 1,984
    46, *Ernie Schlegel, Vancouver, Wash., 1,981
    47, Pete Bryan, Laurel, Del., 1,979
    48, *Mel Wolf, Jackson, Mich., 1,979
    49, Gary Skidmore, Albuquerque, N.M., 1,976
    50, Carey Hofmann, Phoenix, 1,973
    51, Kevin Humble, Lake Mary, Fla., 1,972
    52, Jeff Suma, Auburn Hills, Mich., 1,972
    53, Billy Young, Tulsa, Okla., 1,972
    54, Trent Zabelle, Portland, Ore., 1,972
    55, Mike Henry, Brunswick, Ohio, 1,970
    56, Bob Brady, Santa Monica, Calif., 1,969
    57, Warren Nelson, Madera, Calif., 1,967
    58, *Dan Kukuk, Spokane, Wash., 1,965
    59, Timothy Pierce, Portland, Ore., 1,965
    60, Gregory Waldon, Sun City West, Ariz., 1,964
    61, Matt Surina, Everett, Wash., 1,963
    62, Danny Gould, Palm Bay, Fla., 1,962
    63, *Irwyn Atkinson, Raleigh, N.C., 1,959
    64, *Phil Prieto, El Paso, Texas, 1,959
    65, Brian Brazeau, Ocala, Fla., 1,957
    66, Fred Kaczmarczyk, Martinez, Calif., 1,956
    67, *George Lord, Mulberry, Fla., 1,956
    68, Steve Calyore, Naples , Fla., 1,955
    69, Carl Chavez, Albuquerque, N.M., 1,955
    70, *Ed Roberts, Braintree, Mass., 1,955
    71, *Tim Bowers, East Wenatchee, Wash., 1,952
    72, Michael Landrith, Chandler, Ariz., 1,952
    73, Steve Jansson, Blaine, Minn., 1,951
    74, Jay Aono, Boise, Idaho, 1,949
    75, Rickey Kendrick, Castle Rock, Colo., 1,949
    76, *Greg Goetz, Crofton, Md., 1,946
    77, Kerry Painter, Henderson, Nev., 1,944
    78, Tim Fife, Proctorville, Ohio, 1,942
    79, Dick Selgo Jr., Archbold, Ohio, 1,941
    80, Bill Argenbright, Fishesrville, Va., 1,940
    81, *Larry Graybeal, Elizabethton, Tenn., 1,940
    82, Paul Kreins, Lakewood, Colo., 1,939
    83, Joseph Andreone, New Freedom, Pa., 1,938
    84, Larry Cooper, Reno, Nev., 1,937
    85, Lenny Biondi, Maitland, Fla., 1,935
    86, *Bob Neuerburg, Ceres, Calif., 1,935
    87, *Fred Cole, Visalia, Calif., 1,933
    88, Skip Pavone, San Jose, Calif., 1,933
    89, *James Garriott, Reno, Nev., 1,931
    90, *Robert Pazur, Venice, Fla., 1,930
    91, *Bob Lite, Portland, Ore., 1,927
    92, *Ron Garr, Ridgedale, Mo., 1,926
    93, Arnie Goldman, Inkster, Mich., 1,924
    94, Robert Reed, Weed, Calif., 1,921
    95, Steve Ferraro, Kingston, N.Y., 1,920
    96, Paul McCordic, Sugar Land, Texas, 1,920
    97, Paul Herrera, San Jose, Calif., 1,918
    98, Chris Magory, Lauallette, N.J., 1,917
    99, *Gary Bessette, Summerdale, Ala., 1,915
    100, *Darrel Curtis, Las Vegas, 1,914
    101, Don Lane, Oakland, Calif., 1,914
    102, *Frank Gallo Jr., Newport News, Va., 1,913
    103, Jim Gordin, Modesto, Calif., 1,913
    104, Jim Plessinger, York, Pa., 1,913
    105, John Czipka, Sparks, Nev., 1,911
    106, *Dennis Jones, Fremont, Calif., 1,911
    107, *Del Lee, Hayward, Calif., 1,911
    108, Ross Packard, San Jose, Calif., 1,911
    109, *Barry Gurney, West Hills, Calif., 1,910
    110, P. Gregory Jackson, Bellflower, Calif., 1,910
    111, Marc Clyburn, Pittsburgh, 1,909
    112, Donald Robinson, Boise, Idaho, 1,909
    113, Tony Maresca, Mesa, Ariz., 1,908
    114, Bill Henson, Westerville, Ohio, 1,907
    115, Frank Fiscello, Bloomfield, N.J., 1,905
    116, David Chew, Brentwood, Calif., 1,904
    117, Jerry Owczarski, South Lyon, Mich., 1,900
    118, *Thomas Carbone, Arvada, Colo., 1,898
    119, *Roger Wiemer, Springfield, Mo., 1,898
    120, *Dale Eagle, Kingsport, Tenn., 1,897
    121, *Kirk Tupper, Phoenix, 1,897
    122, Dennis Powell, Eugene, Ore., 1,895
    123, Lyle Elo, Spokane, Wash., 1,894
    124, Vince Mazzanti Jr., Levittown, Pa., 1,894
    125, *Teata Semiz, North Brunswick, N.J., 1,894
    126, Linda Kelly, Dayton, Ohio, 1,892
    127, *Pete Couture, Cocoa, Fla., 1,891
    128, Lela Larkin, Medford, Ore., 1,890
    129, Robert Maki, Ishpeming, Mich., 1,889
    130, Michael Marks, Elmira, N.Y., 1,889
    131, Mark Scime, Winter Garden, Fla., 1,888
    132, Ronald Boroff, Mansfield, Texas, 1,887
    133, Wayne Perry, Fort Meyers, Fla., 1,887
    134, *Donald Kilgore, Las Vegas, 1,886
    135, Robin Romeo, Newhall, Calif., 1,886
    136, *Harley Trumbull, New Boston, Mich., 1,885
    137, Edwin Case, Albuquerque, N.M., 1,883
    138, Johnny Cook, Oneonta, Ala., 1,883
    139, Chuck Huckelberry, Rockford, Ill., 1,880
    140, Jack Nelson, Bismarck, N.D., 1,879
    141, Jace Peterson, Elkhorn, Wis., 1,879
    142, *Dan Clausse, Reno, Nev., 1,878
    143, Michael Lucente, Warren, Mich., 1,878
    144, Ron Ware, Huntsville, Ala., 1,877
    145, Michael Hastings, Georgetown, Del., 1,876
    146, *David Kangas, Gwinn, Mich., 1,874
    147, Bob Kelly, Dayton, Ohio, 1,874
    148, Marc Scherlis, Littleton, Colo., 1,874
    149, Vince Honeycutt, Charlotte, N.C., 1,873
    150, Conway Sunell, Eugene, Ore., 1,871
    151, Frank Verni, Brewerton, N.Y., 1,871
    152, *Gary Workman, Chattanooga, Tenn., 1,870
    153, Bob Amoruso, Glenview, Ill., 1,867
    154, *William Mose Jr., Piscataway, N.J., 1,867
    155, *Donald Breihan, Columbia, S.C., 1,866
    156, Bill Hewlett, Meridian, Idaho, 1,866
    157, *Frank Bellinder, Fullerton, Calif., 1,865
    158, Phil Mann, Hazen, N.D., 1,865
    159, Jim Cote, Spokane, Wash., 1,864
    160, Jim King, New Braunfels, Texas, 1,863
    161, Rob Forest, Reno, Nev., 1,862
    162, Bob Priess, Las Vegas, 1,862
    163, Donnie Todd Sr., Somerset, Ky., 1,861
    164, Ted Staikoff, Black Hawk, S.D., 1,859
    165, Diogenes Perez, New York, 1,858
    166, Robert Michaux, Detroit, Mich., 1,857
    167, *Bobby Hall Sr., Landover, Md., 1,856
    168, Rick Vashaw, Chester, Calif., 1,856
    169, *Stan Winters, Simi Valley, Calif., 1,855
    170, Hugh Miller, Marcos Island, Wash., 1,854
    171, John Tolnai, Portland, Ore., 1,853
    172, Ron Hosler, Denver, 1,852
    173, Greg Mc Mahan, Dandridge, Ind., 1,852
    174, *Doug Gray, Powell Butte, Ore., 1,851
    175, *Jerome Lee, Medford, Ore., 1,851
    176, *Gene Johnson, Brier, Wash., 1,850
    177, *Thomas Ream, Tampa, Fla., 1,849
    178, Rick Beighley, Levittown, Pa., 1,847
    179, Roger Koplin Jr, Citrus Heights, Calif., 1,847
    180, John Curtis, San Jose, Calif., 1,845
    181, Robert Harvey, Boise, Idaho, 1,845
    182, Jim Hutchinson, Ludlow Falls, Ohio, 1,845
    183, *David Rhoads, Las Vegas, 1,840
    184, Tom Lovely, Pittsburgh, 1,839
    185, Wash Haney Sr., Mansfield, Ohio, 1,838
    186, *Hal Wilber, Las Vegas, 1,838
    187, Dean Butz, Las Vegas, 1,837
    188, Tom Havlish, Fridley, Minn., 1,837
    189, *Mike Schmid, St Paul, Minn., 1,837
    190, *Glen Smith, Seattle, 1,837
    191, *Jim Brenner, Le Claire, Iowa, 1,836
    192, George Gibson, Palm Coast, Fla., 1,835
    193, *Jim Micus, Renton, Wash., 1,835
    194, *Wes Puishis, Seattle, 1,835
    195, Steve Kame ntz, Dubuque, Iowa, 1,833
    196, Gordon Terakami, West Jordan, Utah, 1,833
    197, *Ken Waters, Kingsport, Tenn., 1,831
    198, Tony Castillo, Stockton, Calif., 1,830
    199, *Ron Merritt, Florence, Ore., 1,830
    200, Stan Krisch, San Diego, 1,829
    201, *Henry Blough, Elizabethtown, Pa., 1,828
    202, *Robert Andersen, Forest City, N.C., 1,827
    203, Raymond Howard, Paradise, Calif., 1,826
    204, Mark Bourdase, Clovis, Calif., 1,825
    205, Ron Libs, Tinley Park, Ill., 1,823
    206, Jack Renshaw, Rifle, Colo., 1,820
    207, *Duane Cagley, Shasta Lake, Calif., 1,819
    208, *Joe Colley, El Cajon, Calif., 1,818
    209, George Sanders, Golden Valley, Ariz., 1,818
    210, *Bob Teeters, Anderson, Ind., 1,818
    211, *Jerry Calvin, Thousand Oaks, Calif., 1,816
    212, Larry Plecha, Reno, Nev., 1,816
    213, Murray Hickman Sr., Las Vegas, 1,810
    214, *Bob Janego, Longwood, Fla., 1,810
    215, John Chapman, Manchester, Iowa, 1,809
    216, Butch Hrouda, Dickinson, N.D., 1,803
    217, Sammy Dillard, Raleigh, N.C., 1,802
    218, *John Mc Cloud, Lincoln City, Ore., 1,800
    219, *Len Mawson, Albany, Ore., 1,787
    220, *Bob Alstott, Vero Beach, Fla., 1,786
    221, *Richard Felten, Rockville, Md., 1,786
    222, Rick Winther, Fairbanks, Alaska, 1,786
    223, *Tom Garbarini, Jackson, Calif., 1,785
    224, *Jerry Netherton, Reno, Nev., 1,784
    225, Alan Sabin, Winston, Ore.,1,783
    226, Greg Bellm, Tulsa, Okla., 1,782
    227, *John Campbell, Vero Beach, Fla., 1,782
    228, Colin Leisy, Wilson, N.C., 1,782
    229, Joseph Bachan II, Little Falls, Minn., 1,781
    230, *William Hrouda, Helena, Mont., 1,781
    231, *Bob Spore, Princeton, Ind., 1,778
    232, Gary Morgan, Marietta, Ga., 1,774
    233, Sal Bongiorno, Hollywood, Fla., 1,771
    234, *Frank Weiler, San Bernadino, Calif., 1,771
    235, *Jack Martin, Hillsboro, Kan., 1,769
    236, Ron Melson, Hannibal, Mo., 1,765
    237, Mike Stewart, Fernley, Nev., 1,762
    238, *Sam Perrotta Jr., Lincoln Park, N.J., 1,761
    239, Pat Kruse, Castro Valley, Calif., 1,760
    240, Daniel Young, Kathleen, Fla., 1,759
    241, Don Simonian, Carson City, Nev., 1,757
    242, *Jerry Walls, Klamath Falls, Ore., 1,755
    243, Gregg Zanfino, Gold Canyon, Ariz., 1,754
    244, *John Eberhard, Reno, Nev., 1,747
    245, *Mike Servenack, Colusa, Calif., 1,747
    246, *Allen Krieger, Albany, Ore., 1,746
    247, Stephen Rosen, Toronto, Ontario, 1,746 s25
    248, Glenn Masukawa, San Ramon, Calif., 1,745
    249, *Charles Best, Buda, Texas, 1,742
    250, *Gerry Chinn, Castaic, Calif., 1,738
    251, *Dan Duskin Sr., Atlantic, Iowa, 1,738
    252, Tony Gervasini, Melbourne, Fla., 1,738
    253, *Wayne Brandwein, Centennial, Colo., 1,737
    254, Chuck Rigsby, Spokane, Wash., 1,737
    255, Ray Gaunt, El Monte, Calif., 1,735
    256, *Ron Bloodworth, Yukon, Okla., 1,733
    257, Randy Niehaus, Rockford, Ill., 1,731
    258, *William Zuben, Largo, Fla., 1,731
    259, *Daniel Schumann, Palm Coast, Fla., 1,725
    260, Joseph Buggs, Honolulu, 1,721
    261, Tom Mc Naughton, Sylmar, Calif., 1,714
    262, Barry Richards, Lodi, Calif., 1,714
    263, *Jim Lee, Rogersville, Ind., 1,711
    264, Jeff Henry, Hales Corners, Wis., 1,707
    265, Steve Marchino, Huntingburg, Ind., 1,706
    266, Spencer Combs, Troy, Idaho, 1,700
    267, James Kurisu, Henderson, Nev., 1,695
    268, Jay Spellman, Gresham, Ore., 1,694 s25
    269, Rich Cutler, Valley Springs, Calif., 1,693
    270, *Dom Esposito, Vero Beach, Fla., 1,693
    271, Bill Goodenough, Spanaway, Wash., 1,693
    272, *Larry Galloway, Fresno, Calif., 1,690
    273, Rickey Smith, Gulf Breeze, Fla., 1,686
    274, Lauri Karppala, Sacramento, Calif., 1,677
    275, *Elmer Wessels, Greencreek, Idaho, 1,670
    276, *Peter George, Rochelle, Ill., 1,666
    277, *Bobby Dunn, Evans, Ga., 1,657
    278, Gary Hadley, Santa Fe, N.M., 1,657
    279, *Fred Baldwin, Sturgis, Mich., 1,648
    280, *Tenos Pete, Beno, Ore., 1,648
    281, *Earl Yohn, Shermans Dale, Pa., 1,644
    282, *Wayne Shank, Winter Park, Fla., 1,638
    283, Randolph Kerr, Troutdale, Ore., 1,633
    284, Payton Reddick, Norman, Okla., 1,626
    285, Phillip Williams, Bradenton, Fla., 1,621
    286, Gregory Miller, Bonney Lake, Wash., 1,616
    287, *Len Comden, Tarzana, Calif., 1,606
    288, *Ray Randall, Dearborn, Mich., 1,606
    289, J R Myers, Cottonwood, Calif., 1,598
    290, Ross Larsen, Riverside, Calif., 1,560
    291, *Charles Gadd, Grand Junction, Colo., 1,556
    292, Paul Leymeister, Buddlake, N.J., 1,547
    293, Gary Friedman, Farmingdale, N.Y., 1,508
    294, Paul Mullis, Murry, Utah, 1,498
    295, *Walter Roy, Redding, Calif., 1,489
    296, Steve Gustafson, Little Falls, Minn., 1,363
    297, *Norm Black Sr., Whittier, Calif., 841
    298, Henry Fonvergne, Canoga Park, Calif., 823
    299, *George Norris Jr., Elk Grove, Calif., 385
    * denotes Super Senior


    Oregon bowler leads after first day at USBC Senior Masters


    2007PBAS09KevinCroucher_small.jpg After the first of three days of qualifying at the 2007 USBC Senior Masters, Kevin Croucher of Grants Pass, Ore., tops the list of nearly 300 competitors.

    The 51-year-old right-hander is a regular on the Professional Bowlers Association Senior Tour and is no stranger to opening day success, most recently enjoying an early lead at last month's PBA Senior U.S. Open.

    This time, Croucher posted games of 259, 207, 223, 214 and 249 for a 1,152 total at the National Bowling Stadium in Reno, Nev. Rod Tramp of Porterville, Calif., is second with 1,146, and Harry Mickelson of Yakima, Wash., is third with 1,129.

    "I've been bowling well all year long, and I am comfortable with my game right now," said Croucher, who went on to finish sixth at the Senior U.S. Open. "It's great to get out in front, but I'd much rather be leading the last day instead of the first. If I can continue to repeat shots and know that I'm throwing the ball well, then I won't make as many mistakes as everyone else, and I know I will have a chance at the lead."

    With two more days and 10 games of qualifying to go before match play, Croucher has a solid game plan that he hopes will take him to his first USBC Senior Masters title.

    "I expect tomorrow to be a little more difficult, but I should be able to play the same area of the lane with more aggressive equipment," said Croucher, who finished second in PBA Senior Tour Rookie of the Year voting in 2006. "I'll just try to go out and do a lot of what I did today and focus on staying clean throughout the day."

    Competition at the Senior Masters consists of 15 games of qualifying in three five-game blocks over three days. The field then will be cut to the top 63 players who will join defending champion, Tom Baker, in double-elimination match play. The championship match is scheduled for noon PDT on Friday.

    The Senior Masters was first conducted in 1993 in Tulsa, Okla., and has traditionally featured bowling's strongest and deepest field of senior bowlers.

    The Eldorado Hotel and Casino is the official Senior Masters hotel.


    Qualifying standings after 5 games


    Top 63 (after 15 games) join defending champion Tom Baker in match play

    1, Kevin Croucher, Grants Pass, Ore., 1,152
    2, Rod Tramp, Porterville, Calif., 1,146
    3, *Harry Mickelson, Yakima, Wash., 1,129
    4, Bob Handley, Winter Park, Fla., 1,109
    5, Bob Chamberlain, Villages, Fla., 1,104
    6, Sam Zurich, Grant, Fla., 1,094
    7, David Ozio, Beaumont, Texas, 1,087
    8, Dennis Psaropoulos, Lake Worth, Fla., 1,085
    9, Norm Palomares, San Francisco, 1,078
    10, Roger LeClair, Clackamas, Ore., 1,070
    11, Nick Morgan, Sacramento, Calif., 1,067
    12, Mike Truitt, Roscoe, Ill., 1,066
    13, *Norb Wetzel, Fond Du Lac, Wis., 1,066
    14, *Dan Kukuk, Spokane, Wash., 1,060
    15, *Danny Carbone, Broomfield, Colo., 1,058
    16, Henry Gonzalez, Colorado Springs, Colo., 1,058
    17, Kevin Humble, Lake Mary, Fla., 1,058
    18, Bob Hanson, Spokane, Wash., 1,057
    19, Rohn Morton, Portland, Ore., 1,054
    20, Mark Estes, Grapevine, Texas, 1,052
    21, Hugh Miller, Marcos Island, Wash., 1,050
    22, Ken Gibson, Greenville, S.C., 1,048
    23, Mark Glover, Woodbridge, Va., 1,047
    24, Jay Aono, Boise, Idaho, 1,045
    25, Trent Zabelle, Portland, Ore., 1,045
    26, Carl Chavez, Albuquerque, N.M., 1,044
    27, Pete Mc Cordic, Katy, Texas, 1,043
    28, Terry Leong, Henderson, Nev., 1,042
    29, Jeff Suma, Auburn Hills, Mich., 1,040
    30, Don Blatchford, Santa Monica, Calif., 1,039
    31, *Fred Cole, Visalia, Calif., 1,038
    32, Tom Carter, Rockford, Ill., 1,031
    33, Mark Van Meter, Albuquerque, N.M., 1,028
    34, *Ronald Krys, Sparks, Nev., 1,027
    35, *Dave Soutar, Bradenton, Fla., 1,026
    36, Chris Magory, Lauallette, N.J., 1,025
    37, Tim Ruelle, Racine, Wis., 1,024
    38, *William Keenan Jr., Orlando, Fla., 1,023
    39, Arnie Goldman, Inkster, Mich., 1,021
    40, Paul Herrera, San Jose, Calif., 1,019
    41, Joe Salvemini, Klamath Falls, Ore., 1,019
    42, *Irwyn Atkinson, Raleigh, N.C., 1,017
    43, Robert Maki, Ishpeming, Mich., 1,017
    44, Matt Surina, Everett, Wash., 1,017
    45, *Kirk Tupper, Phoenix, 1,017
    46, *Bob Knipple, Long Beach, Calif., 1,016
    47, Ernie Harding, Reno, Nev., 1,014
    48, *Roger Wiemer, Springfield, Mo., 1,014
    49, David Chew, Brentwood, Calif., 1,013
    50, Roger Kossert, Lithia, Fla., 1,012
    51, Don Lane, Oakland, Calif., 1,010
    52, *Ron Winger, Las Vegas, 1,009
    53, *Thomas Carbone, Arvada, Colo., 1,005
    54, Shannon Starnes, Fort Worth, Texas, 1,005
    55, Danny Gould, Palm Bay, Fla., 1,004
    56, Steve Stein, Staten Island, N.Y., 1,004
    57, Michael Landrith, Chandler, Ariz., 1,003
    58, *Larry Laub, Lincoln, Calif., 1,003
    59, Sam Carter, Ben Lemond, Calif., 1,001
    60, Timothy Pierce, Portland, Ore., 1,001
    61, Gregory Waldon, Sun City West, Ariz., 1,000
    62, Mark Roth, Fulton, N.Y., 999
    63, Steve Calyore, Naples, Fla., 998
    64, *George Lord, Mulberry, Fla., 998
    65, Kerry Painter, Henderson, Nev., 994
    66, Bob Brady, Santa Monica, Calif., 993
    67, Tony Castillo, Stockton, Calif., 993
    68, John Curtis, San Jose, Calif., 991
    69, Ross Packard, San Jose, Calif., 991
    70, Bob Amoruso, Glenview, Ill., 990
    71, Carey Hofmann, Phoenix, 990
    72, *James Garriott, Reno, Nev., 987
    73, *Larry Graybeal, Elizabethton, Tenn., 987
    74, Joseph Andreone, New Freedom, Pa., 986
    75, Michael Hastings, Georgetown, Del., 986
    76, Mark Scime, Winter Garden, Fla., 985
    77, *Robert Andersen, Forest City, N.C., 984
    78, Pete Bryan, Laurel, Del., 984
    79, *Mel Wolf, Jackson, Mich., 984
    80, *Dennis Jones, Fremont, Calif., 982
    81, *Ernie Schlegel, Vancouver, Wash., 982
    82, John Czipka, Sparks, Nev., 981
    83, Billy Young, Tulsa, Okla., 981
    84, *Robert Pazur, Venice, Fla., 979
    85, Robin Romeo, Newhall, Calif., 979
    86, P. Gregory Jackson, Bellflower, Calif., 978
    87, Joseph Bachan II, Little Falls, Minn., 976
    88, Alan Sabin, Winston, Ore., 976
    89, *Teata Semiz, North Brunswick, N.J., 975
    90, Dick Selgo Jr., Archbold, Ohio, 974
    91, Lenny Biondi, Maitland, Fla., 973
    92, *Ron Garr, Ridgedale, Mo., 973
    93, Vince Honeycutt, Charlotte, N.C., 973
    94, Steve Jansson, Blaine, Minn., 973
    95, *Rudy Moreno, Reno, Nev., 972
    96, *Ed Roberts, Braintree, Mass., 970
    97, Tom Smith, Wilmington, Del., 970
    98, Paul McCordic, Sugar Land, Texas, 968
    99, Brian Brazeau, Ocala, Fla., 967
    100, *Del Lee, Hayward, Calif., 967
    101, Ron Libs, Tinley Park, Ill., 967
    102, Dean Butz, Las Vegas, 965
    103, Michael Marks, Elmira, N.Y., 965
    104, *Greg Goetz, Crofton, Md., 963
    105, *Donald Kilgore, Las Vegas, 963
    106, Skip Pavone, San Jose, Calif., 963
    107, Warren Nelson, Madera, Calif., 962
    108, Greg Bellm, Tulsa, Okla., 961
    109, Tim Fife, Proctorville, Ohio, 961
    110, Mike Henry, Brunswick, Ohio, 961
    111, Jerry Owczarski, South Lyon, Mich., 961
    112, Dale Eagle, Kingsport, Tenn., 960
    113, Rickey Kendrick, Castle Rock, Colo., 959
    114, *Bob Neuerburg, Ceres, Calif., 959
    115, *Bob Janego, Longwood, Fla., 958
    116, Lela Larkin, Medford, Ore., 958
    117, *Tim Bowers, East Wenatchee, Wash., 956
    118, *Barry Gurney, West Hills, Calif., 956
    119, Roger Koplin Jr, Citrus Heights, Calif., 956
    120, Jim King, New Braunfels, Texas, 954
    121, Ron Ware, Huntsville, Ala., 954
    122, *Thomas Ream, Tampa, Fla., 953
    123, *Henry Blough, Elizabethtown, Pa., 952
    124, Frank Fiscello, Bloomfield, N.J., 952
    125, Bill Hewlett, Meridian, Idaho, 952
    126, Bob Kelly, Dayton, Ohio, 952
    127, Phil Mann, Hazen, N.D., 952
    128, Linda Kelly, Dayton, Ohio, 951
    129, Jim Hutchinson, Ludlow Falls, Ohio, 949
    130, Ronald Boroff, Mansfield, Texas, 948
    131, Tom Lovely, Pittsburgh, 948
    132, Conway Sunell, Eugene, Ore., 948
    133, Jim Plessinger, York, Pa., 947
    134, Marc Scherlis, Littleton, Colo., 947
    135, *Mike Schmid, St. Paul, Minn., 947
    136, Don Sylvia, Discovery Bay, Calif., 947
    137, *Bob Lite, Portland, Ore., 946
    138, *William Mose Jr., Piscataway, N.J., 946
    139, *Frank Gallo Jr., Newport News, Va., 945
    140, Chuck Huckelberry, Rockford, Ill., 944
    141, Bob Priess, Las Vegas, 944
    142, Gary Skidmore, Albuquerque, N.M., 944
    143, *Gary Bessette, Summerdale, Ala., 943
    144, Larry Cooper, Reno, Nev., 943
    145, Lyle Elo, Spokane, Wash., 943
    146, Dennis Powell, Eugene, Ore., 942
    147, Jace Peterson, Elkhorn, Wis., 941
    148, *Harley Trumbull, New Boston, Mich., 941
    149, Ron Hosler, Denver, Colo., 940
    150, Donald Robinson, Boise, Idaho, 939
    151, Ralph Smith, Colorado Springs, Colo., 939
    152, *Donald Breihan, Columbia, S.C., 936
    153, *John Eberhard, Reno, Nev., 936
    154, John Tolnai, Portland, Ore., 936
    155, Jim Cote, Spokane, Wash., 935
    156, Jack Nelson, Bismarck, N.D., 935
    157, Edwin Case, Albuquerque, N.M., 933
    158, *Jerome Lee, Medford, Ore., 933
    159, *Phil Prieto, El Paso, Texas, 932
    160, *Duane Cagley, Shasta Lake, Calif., 931
    161, *Dan Clausse, Reno, Nev., 931
    162, Fred Kaczmarczyk, Martinez, Calif., 928
    163, *Jim Brenner, Le Claire, Iowa, 927
    164, Robert Michaux, Detroit, 927
    165, Paul Kreins, Lakewood, Colo., 926
    166, *Stan Winters, Simi Valley, Calif., 926
    167, Colin Leisy, Wilson, N.C., 925
    168, *Ron Merritt, Florence, Ore., 925
    169, Diogenes Perez, New York, 924
    170, Daniel Young, Kathleen, Fla., 924
    171, Jim Gordin, Modesto, Calif., 923
    172, Frank Verni, Brewerton, N.Y., 923
    173, Rick Winther, Fairbanks, Alaska, 922
    174, Wayne Perry, Fort Meyers, Fla., 921
    175, Jay Spellman, Gresham, Ore., 921
    176, *Bobby Hall Sr., Landover, Md., 920
    177, Tom Havlish, Fridley, Minn., 919
    178, Michael Lucente, Warren, Mich., 916
    179, *Jim Micus, Renton, Wash., 916
    180, Robert Harvey, Boise, Idaho, 915
    181, *Wes Puishis, Seattle, 915
    182, *Frank Weiler, San Bernadino, Calif., 913
    183, *Frank Bellinder, Fullerton, Calif., 912
    184, *Pete Couture, Cocoa, Fla., 912
    185, *Joe Colley, El Cajon, Calif., 911
    186, *Gary Dickinson, Edmond, Okla., 911
    187, Ray Gaunt, El Monte, Calif., 911
    188, George Gibson, Palm Coast, Fla., 911
    189, *Elmer Wessels, Greencreek, Idaho, 910
    190, Sammy Dillard, Raleigh, N.C., 908
    191, Murray Hickman Sr., Las Vegas, 907
    192, Raymond Howard, Paradise, Calif., 907
    193, Stan Krisch, San Diego, 906
    194, Vince Mazzanti Jr., Levittown, Pa., 906
    195, Johnny Cook, Oneonta, Ala., 905
    196, Randy Niehaus, Rockford, Ill., 905
    197, Rob Forest, Reno, Nev., 904
    198, *William Hrouda, Helena, Mont., 903
    199, *Ron Bloodworth, Yukon, Okla., 902
    200, Steve Kamentz, Dubuque, Iowa, 902
    201, Bill Argenbright, Fishesrville, Va., 901
    202, *Bob Alstott, Vero Beach, Fla., 900
    203, Rick Beighley, Levittown, Pa., 899
    204, *John Campbell, Vero Beach, Fla., 899
    205, Marc Clyburn, Pittsburgh, 899
    206, *David Kangas, Gwinn, Mich., 899
    207, *Vinnie Atria, Louisville, Ky., 897
    208, Mark Bourdase, Clovis, Calif., 896
    209, *Bob Spore, Princeton, Ind., 896
    210, *Ken Waters, Kingsport, Tenn., 895
    211, Rick Vashaw, Chester, Calif., 893
    212, Steve Ferraro, Kingston, N.Y., 892
    213, Ron Melson, Hannibal, Mo., 892
    214, Robert Reed, Weed, Calif., 892
    215, *Len Mawson, Albany, Ore., 891
    216, Wash Haney Sr., Mansfield, Ohio, 890
    217, *Gene Johnson, Brier, Wash., 890
    218, *David Rhoads, Las Vegas, 890
    219, *Richard Felten, Rockville, Md., 888
    220, *Tom Garbarini, Jackson, Calif., 887
    221, *Jerry Walls, Klamath Falls, Ore., 887
    222, *Wayne Brandwein, Centennial, Colo., 886
    223, *Glen Smith, Seattle, 886
    224, Ted Staikoff, Black Hawk, S.D., 886
    225, *Gary Workman, Chattanooga, Tenn., 886
    226, Stephen Rosen, Toronto, Ontarior, , 885
    227, Joseph Buggs, Honolulu, 883
    228, Butch Hrouda, Dickinson, N.D., 878
    229, Larry Plecha, Reno, Nev., 877
    230, Tony Maresca, Mesa, Ariz., 874
    231, *John Mc Cloud, Lincoln City, Ore., 874
    232, Mike Stewart, Fernley, Nev., 874
    233, Phillip Williams, Bradenton, Fla., 874
    234, Gordon Terakami, West Jordan, Utah, 873
    235, *Bobby Dunn, Evans, Ga., 872
    236, Ross Larsen, Riverside, Calif., 872
    237, *Hal Wilber, Las Vegas, 872
    238, *Gerry Chinn, Castaic, Calif., 871
    239, *Sam Perrotta Jr., Lincoln Park, N.J., 871
    240, *Jack Martin, Hilsboro, Kan., 869
    241, Lauri Karppala, Sacramento, Calif., 868
    242, *William Zuben, Largo, Fla., 868
    243, Randolph Kerr, Troutdale, Ore., 867
    244, Steve Marchino, Huntingburg, Ind., 867
    245, *Jerry Calvin, Thousand Oaks, Calif., 866
    246, Greg Mc Mahan, Dandridge, Ind., 864
    247, Tony Gervasini, Melbourne, Fla., 862
    248, Chuck Rigsby, Spokane, Wash., 862
    249, Rich Cutler, Valley Springs, Calif., 861
    250, *Allen Krieger, Albany, Ore., 860
    251, *Bob Teeters, Anderson, Ind., 858
    252, Spencer Combs, Troy, Idaho, 857
    253, *Mike Servenack, Colusa, Calif., 856
    254, Gregg Zanfino, Gold Canyon, Ariz., 855
    255, Pat Kruse, Castro Valley, Calif., 853
    256, *Darrel Curtis, Las Vegas, 852
    257, Donnie Todd Sr., Somerset, Ky., 851
    258, *Charles Best, Buda, Texas, 850
    259, John Chapman, Manchester, Iowa, 849
    260, *Peter George, Rochelle, Ill., 844
    261, Tom Mc Naughton, Sylmar, Calif., 844
    262, *Earl Yohn, Shermans Dale, Pa., 844
    263, *Doug Gray, Powell Butte, Ore., 842
    264, *Tenos Pete, Beno, Ore., 842
    265, *Norm Black Sr., Whittier, Calif., 841
    266, Jeff Henry, Hales Corners, Wis., 838
    267, Barry Richards, Lodi, Calif., 834
    268, Rickey Smith, Gulf Breeze, Fla., 834
    269, *Len Comden, Tarzana, Calif., 833
    270, Gary Morgan, Marietta, Ga., 832
    271, Sal Bongiorno, Hollywood, Fla., 831
    272, Payton Reddick, Norman, Okla., 831
    273, George Sanders, Golden Valley, Ariz., 829
    274, Don Simonian, Carson City, Nev., 827
    275, J R Myers, Cottonwood, Calif., 826
    276, *Daniel Schumann, Palm Coast, Fla., 825
    277, *Dan Duskin Sr., Atlantic, Iowa, 824
    278, Bill Goodenough, Spanaway, Wash., 824
    279, Henry Fonvergne, Canoga Park, Calif., 823
    280, *Dom Esposito, Vero Beach, Fla., 821
    281, *Larry Galloway, Fresno, Calif., 820
    282, Jack Renshaw, Rifle, Colo., 817
    283, James Kurisu, Henderson, Nev., 815
    284, *Jim Lee, Rogersville, Ind., 815
    285, *Fred Baldwin, Sturgis, Mich., 814
    286, Glenn Masukawa, San Ramon, Calif., 812
    287, *Ray Randall, Dearborn, Mich., 812
    288, *Jerry Netherton, Reno, Nev., 810
    289, *Wayne Shank, Winter Park, Fla., 806
    290, *Charles Gadd, Grand Junction, Colo., 782
    291, Paul Mullis, Murry, Utah, 781
    292, Gregory Miller, Bonney Lake, Wash., 779
    293, Gary Hadley, Santa Fe, N.M., 764
    294, Paul Leymeister, Buddlake, N.J., 763
    295, Gary Friedman, Farmingdale, N.Y., 757
    296, *Walter Roy, Redding, Calif., 750
    297, Steve Gustafson, Little Falls, Minn., 704
    298, *George Norris Jr., Elk Grove, Calif., 385
    * denotes Super Senior