Hugh Miller wins his second career PBA Senior Tour title at Senior Dayton Classic

    08/31/11

    2011 PBA Senior Tour #11

    Defeats Tom Baker in the final of the season-ending tournament in Kettering, Ohio

    2011PBAS11HughMiller.jpg2011PBASTomBaker.jpgHugh Miller (pictured left) of Seattle, Wash., defeated Professional Bowlers Association Hall of Famer Tom Baker (right), 234-227, in the title match to win the PBA Senior Dayton Classic Tuesday at Capri Lanes.

    Leading throughout the match, Miller gave Baker a chance to get back in it when he threw a 7-10 split in the ninth frame but Baker wasn't able to capitalize on the opportunity. Miller notched his second career Senior Tour title in the final event of the season with a spare in the 10th frame.

    "I had a good look the whole match but I just didn't throw a good shot in that frame," said Miller, who also owns seven career PBA Tour titles. "That's just something you really don't like to do, especially in the title match.

    "I used one ball all day which enabled me to play straight down the lane which has been my game for 30 years."

    Miller's previous best finish this season was second in the Senior Northern California Classic back in June.

    2011PBASRonMohr.jpg"I've finished second several times since I last won on the Senior Tour," said Miller, whose first Senior Tour title came in 2008. "It feels good to be back in the winner's circle."

    In the semifinal round, Baker defeated recently crowned 2011 Senior Player of the Year Ron Mohr (left) of Eagle River, Alaska, 238-181, thwarting Mohr's effort to become the first to win five Senior Tour titles in a season.

    Mohr clinched his second Senior Player of the Year honor by winning a record-tying fourth tournament of the season in the Senior Jackson (Mich.) Open last week. In addition to his four titles, Mohr also registered two seconds, two thirds, a fourth and a 13th-place finish during the season.

    In the other semifinal, Miller defeated Paul Gerard of Cincinnati, 268-202 to advance to the title match.

     


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    PBA Senior Dayton Classic


    Capri Lanes in Kettering, Ohio (Aug., 27-30, 2011)

    Championship Match
    Hugh Miller, Seattle ($8,000) def. Tom Baker, King, N.C. ($4,500), 234-227

    Semifinal Round (losers earn $3,000)
    Baker def. Ron Mohr, Eagle River, Alaska, 238-181
    Miller def. Paul Gerard, Cincinnati, 268-202

    Round of 8 (best of three games, losers eliminated, $1,700 each)
    Mohr def. Dale Eagle, Tavares, Fla., 2-0
    Baker def. Ricky Beck, Box Elder, S.D., 2-0
    Gerard def. Mark Williams, Beaumont, Texas, 2-0
    Miller def. Keith Sharp, Orlando, Fla., 2-1

    Round of 16 (best of five games, losers eliminated, $1,300 each)
    Baker def. Todd Kjell, Roscoe, Ill., 3-0
    Beck def. Mike Henry, Brunswick, Ohio, 3-1
    Mohr def. Mike Dias, Lafayette, Colo., 3-1
    Eagle def. Ron Profitt, Brookville, Ohio, 3-0
    Williams def. Steve Ferraro, Kingston, N.Y., 3-1
    Gerard def. Johnny Petraglia, Jackson, N.J., 3-0
    Miller def. Bill Peters, Dayton, Ohio, 3-0
    Sharp def. Kenny Parks, Hammond, Ind., 3-1

    Round of 24 (best of five games, losers eliminated, $1,150 each)
    Kjell def. Guppy Troup, Taylorsville, S.C., 3-1
    Henry def. Jeff Zaffino, Warren, Pa., 3-1
    Dias def. Dick Gran, Hartville, Ohio, 3-1
    Eagle def. Vince Mazzaniti Jr., Levittown, Pa., 3-2
    Williams def. Harry Sullins, Chesterfield Township, Mich., 3-2
    Gerard def. Charlie Tapp, Kalamazoo, Mich., 3-1
    Peters def. Don Sylvia, Reno, Nev., 3-1
    Sharp def. Marty Berke, Allentown, Pa., 3-1

    Round of 32 (best of five games, losers eliminated, $1,050 each)
    Troup def. Kevin Croucher, Grants Pass, Ore., 3-1
    Henry def. Terry Metzner, Kentwood, Mich., 3-0
    Dias def. Bill Idzior, Crown Point, Ind., 3-0
    Sullins def. Ernie Segura, Taylor, Mich., 3-2
    Eagle def. Peter Knopp, Germany, 3-0
    Tapp def. David Goldenberg, Lake Grove, N.Y., 3-0
    Peters def. Kerry Painter, Henderson, Nev., 3-2
    Sharp def. Darryl Traber, Waterford, Wis., 3-0