FORT WAYNE, Ind. – John Dudak of Orland Park, Ill., a journeyman player on the PBA50 Tour, averaged 240 for six games to take the first round lead in the PBA60 Dick Weber Championship presented by Hammer Thursday at Pro Bowl West.
Dudak topped a field of 105 players, ages 60 and older, with a 1,442 pinfall total bowling games of 245, 258, 268, 234, 199 and 238. He holds a narrow two-pin lead over local player Bob Shank of Fort Wayne, Ind., who finished second with 1,440.
“Being able to bowl pretty much full time this year I’ve really learned how to make adjustments faster and with more confidence,” Dudak said. “You can never assume anything and if something’s not working you need to make a quick change.”
The 62-year-old Dudak, who has competed on the PBA50 Tour since turning 50, made the commitment to bowl full time this year and has been rewarded with eight cashes in eight tournaments.
“I don’t have a lot of big titles but we’ll see if this good start can lead to something big here,” said Dudak, who works as an automotive parts sales manager when not competing in PBA events.
Dudak’s best finish on the PBA50 Tour was 14th in the 2011 PBA Senior Lake County Open and he has several runner-up finishes in PBA regional competition.
The PBA60 Dick Weber Championship is one of two tournaments conducted during the PBA50 Tour season that is limited to players who are 60 and older. The other tournament open to 60-and-over players is the USBC Super Senior Classic.
Rounding out the top five after the first round were Chuck Richardson, The Villages, Fla., 1,421; Don Blatchford, Santa Monica, Calif., 1,398, and Marc Lineberry, Camanche, Iowa, 1,395.
The entire field returns to bowl another six-game qualifying round Friday morning which will determine the top 32 players who will advance to match play Friday afternoon. After the second round of match play Saturday morning, the top five will be determined for the stepladder finals scheduled Saturday afternoon at noon.
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PBA60 DICK WEBER CHAMPIONSHIP
Presented by Hammer
Pro Bowl West, Fort Wayne, Ind., Thursday
FIRST ROUND STANDINGS (after six games)
1, John Dudak, Orland Park, Ill., 1,442.
2, Bob Shank, Fort Wayne, Ind., 1,440.
3, Chuck Richardson, The Villages, Fla., 1,421.
4, Don Blatchford, Santa Monica, Calif., 1,398.
5, Marc Lineberry, Camanche, Iowa, 1,395.
6, Don Sylvia, Daytona Beach, Fla., 1,387.
7, Timothy Kauble, Marion, Ohio, 1,370.
8, Ted Staikoff, Black Hawk, S.D., 1,357.
9, n-John Weltzien, Wellington, Fla., 1,341.
10, Ron Profitt, Brookville, Ohio, 1,340.
11, Ron Mohr, Las Vegas, 1,326.
12, Edward Szklarski, Lockport, Ill, 1,323.
13, n-Robert Reeder Jr., Bellefonte, Pa., 1,321.
14, Patrick King, Yankton, S.D., 1,320.
15, (tie) Chris Fedden, Albany, N.Y., and Warren Nelson, Middleburg, Fla., 1,305.
17, Dennis Lane, Kingsport, Tenn., 1,304.
18, n-Gary Kinyon, Lockport, N.Y., 1,297.
19, (tie) n-Michael Lucente, Warren, Mich., and n-Charlie Gadd, Lake Worth, Fla., 1,296.
21, Edward Roberts, Braintree, Mass., 1,293.
22, n-Gene Vincent, Decatur, Ill., 1,292.
23, (tie) Brendan Bierch, Grafton, Mass., and George Miller III, Grand Rapids, Mich., 1,288.
25, n-Fred McClain, Allen Park, Mich., 1,286.
26, (tie) George Pappas, Charlotte, N.C., Paul Mielens, Menomonie, Wis., and n-George Hall, Genoa, Ill., 1,284.
29, (tie) Dale Csuhta, Wadsworth, Ohio, and Larry Zacharias, Naperville, Ill., 1,281.
31, Ron Boroff, Mansfield, Texas, 1,278.
32, n-Frank Cascio, Tonawanda, N.Y., 1,274.
33, David Axon, Bellevue, Neb., 1,271.
34, (tie) Bill Nichols, Bella Vista, Calif., and Mitchell Vernon, Olympia, Wash., 1,268.
36, Johnny Petraglia, Jackson, N.J., 1,263.
37, Michael Truitt, New Port Richey, Fla., 1,261.
38, n-John Henry Jr., Ft Wayne, Ind, 1,259.
39, n-David Clark, Clinton, Okla., 1,257.
40, (tie) Gary Kammes, Winfield, Ill., and Bill Henson, Westerville, Ohio, 1,255.
42, (tie) Paul McCordic, Sugar Land, Texas, and Edward Silva, Manteca, Calif., 1,253.
44, (tie) Sam Maccarone, Blackwood, N.J., and Bob Caruso, Dayton, N.J., 1,250.
46, (tie)n-Steve Kiss, Clackamas, Ore., and Dick Gran, Hartville, Ohio, 1,249.
48, James Knoblauch, Waukesha, Wis., 1,245.
49, Bill Hewlett, Las Vegas, Nev., 1,242.
50, Tom Baker, King, N.C., 1,236.
51, Richard Hunt, Valparaiso, Ind., 1,235.
52, Dave Bernhardt, Romeo, Mich., 1,228.
53, Bob Heath Sr., Grand Junction, Iowa, 1,225.
54, John Younger, Winston-Salem, N.C., 1,223.
55, Ken Waters, Kingsport, Tenn., 1,222.
56, Robert Flaws, Chicago Ridge, Ill., 1,221.
57, Tim Pierce, Portland, Ore., 1,220.
58, (tie) Bill McCorkle, Westerville, Ohio, and n-Dick Selgo, Archbold, Ohio, 1,218.
60, Phillip Moros, Lombard, Ill., 1,215.
61, Harv Pallas, Stevensville, Mich., 1,214.
62, Dale Eagle, Twin Falls, Idaho, 1,207.
63, Steve Stein, Staten Island, N.Y., 1,206.
64, Lee Rautenberg, Boynton Beach, Fla., 1,205.
65, William Keenan Jr., Orlando, Fla., 1,203.
66, n-Peter Minaudo, Chesterfield, Mich., 1,202.
67, Tommy Kress, Rochester, N.Y., 1,200.
68, Galen Keas, Alda, Neb., 1,198.
69, Daniel Seppa, Madison, Wis., 1,195.
70, (tie) Kerry Fulford, Ft. Worth, Texas, and Steven Jansson, Barnes, Wis., 1,194.
72, Don Lane, San Francisco, 1,193.
73, Sam Perrotta, Newark, Del., 1,192.
74, (tie) Michael Henry, Brunswick, Ohio, and Fred Cole, Visalia, Calif., 1,188.
76, n-Dennis Illig, North Tonawanda, N.Y., 1,184.
77, n-Robert Davis, Annapolis, Md., 1,179.
78, n-Ed Austreng, Wterford, Mich., 1,173.
79, (tie)Mike Schmid, St. Paul, Minn., and Dave Kangas, Gwinn, Mich., 1,170.
81, William Banks, Laurel Hill, N.C., 1,169.
82, n-Michael Chapman, Garden City, Mich., 1,164.
83, Thomas Ream, Tampa, Fla., 1,162.
84, (tie) Pete Gurskis, Orland Park, Ill., and Peter Brainard, Tampa, Fla., 1,157.
86, Ross McDonald, Clarksville, Md., 1,152.
87, Emilio Mora Sr., Defiance, Ohio, 1,150.
88, James Souder, Greeneville, Tenn., 1,149.
89, Dale Diamond, Chatham, Ill., 1,147.
89, n-Victor VanHentenryck, Fort Wayne, Ind., 1,147.
91, Lee Brosius, Ashburn, Va., 1,140.
92, Larry Graybeal, Elizabethton, Tenn., 1,134.
93, n-Richard Logan, Indianapolis, Ind., 1,119.
94, Allen Meskan, Addison, Ill., 1,090.
95, Tom Howison, Chillicothe, Ohio, 1,081.
96, Bill Idzior, Crown Point, Ind., 1,080.
97, Ronald Reitzel, Perrysburg, Ohio, 1,076.
98, Robert Donovan, Prattsville, N.Y., 1,075.
99, Roy Buckley, Westerville, Ohio, 1,068.
100, Mike Moore, Marietta, Ohio, 1,067.
101, Dale Holgate, Peninsula, Ohio, 1,058.
102, George Lord, Lakeland, Fla., 1,053.
103, n-Jon McKeever, Marshalltown, Iowa, 1,013.
104, Robert Teeters, Lapel, Ind., 996.
105, Steven Banks, Leesburg, Va., 630.