Two-time PBA50 Tour titlist Jack Jurek of Lackawanna, N.Y., and former major league pitcher John Burkett of Southlake, Texas, held the top two spots after first round qualifying Monday in the Suncoast PBA Senior U.S. Open presented by Storm at the Suncoast Bowling Center.
Jurek, who won the Miller High Life Classic earlier this season for his second PBA50 Tour title, topped qualifying with a 1,402 six-game pinfall total (233 average) bowling games of 212, 269, 201, 198, 289 and 233. He held a 25-pin lead over Burkett who finished the first round in second with a 1,377 pinfall total.
“Anytime you can shoot 200 over on a U.S. Open (lane) condition you have to be happy with that,” said Jurek, who also owns two PBA Tour titles. “Normally, for me anyway, bowling on the last squad of the day when the lanes are very dry I usually don’t expect to shoot a big game late in the round so that 289 game was a pleasant surprise.”
Burkett, who had a 16-year career in the majors and was a two-time all-star with the San Francisco Giants and Atlanta Braves, averaged 229 and had games of 192, 213, 258, 279, 222 and 213.
“It was a good start but today is today and it’s over until tomorrow,” Burkett said. “I was uncomfortable at first but gained some confidence mid-round and got into a groove. As well as I bowled, I believe I can still bowl better.
Burkett, who is competing in his PBA50 Tour rookie season, was able to overcome missed spares in the second and third frames of the last game to salvage his 213.
“I know how important spares are in this tournament,” Burkett said. “When I missed those spares I thought, oh boy, here we go, but I was able to recover and put four strikes together in the middle of the game.”
So far this season on the PBA50 Tour, Burkett has competed in two tournaments making steady improvement finishing 73rd in the Pasco County Florida Open in April but rebounding to make match play in the Sun Bowl In The Villages a week later where he eventually finished 24th.
“I still have a lot to learn,” Burkett said. “I’m watching these guys bowl on all the squads to see what I can pick for tomorrow and the next day and be as prepared as I can possibly be.”
Rounding out the top five after the first round were Rob Rice, Sunnyside, Wash., 1,355; Randy Peterson, Carrington, N.D., 1,353 and five-time PBA Tour winner Eric Forkel, Henderson, Nev., 1,350.
The 206-player field will return to bowl two more six-game qualifying rounds Tuesday and Wednesday after which the field will be cut to the top 48 players for match play on Thursday. Match play continues on Friday to determine the top four players for the stepladder finals at 4 p.m. PT.
The Senior U.S. Open, the first major of the season, is considered the most demanding test for players because of its grueling format. Like the U.S. Open on the PBA Tour, the Senior U.S. Open demands patience, quality shot-making and a strong mental game over 50 games of qualifying and match play to make the finals.
The PBA Senior U.S. Open is being covered live in its entirety on PBA’s online bowling channel Xtra Frame. For subscription information visit www.xtraframe.tv.com.
SUNCOAST PBA SENIOR U.S. OPEN PRESENTED BY STORM
Suncoast Bowling Center, Las Vegas, Monday
First Round Qualifying Standings (after 6 games)
1, Jack Jurek, Lackawanna, N.Y., 1,402.
2, John Burkett, Southlake, Texas, 1,377.
3, Rob Rice, Sunnyside, Wash., 1,355.
4, Randy Peterson, Carrington, N.D., 1,353.
5, Eric Forkel, Henderson, Nev., 1,350.
6, Mike Edwards, Tulsa, Okla., 1,348.
7, a-Mike Taylor, Las Vegas, 1,345.
8, David Bolles, Stockton, Calif., 1,326.
9, Harry Sullins, Chesterfield Twp., Mich., 1,323.
10, ss-Ty Dawson, Sunnyvale, Calif., 1,319.
11, (tie) Warren Nelson, Middleburg, Fla., and Robert Brown, Cody, Wyo., 1,316.
13, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 1,315.
14, (tie) Ron Mohr, Las Vegas, and Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, 1,310.
16, Lennie Boresch Jr., Kenosha, Wis., 1,307.
17, Marv Sargent, Temecula, Calif., 1,303.
18, Bryan Goebel, Shawnee, Kan., 1,302.
19, (tie) ss-Louis Moretti, Las Vegas, and Noel Vazquez, Sacramento, Calif., 1,301.
21, ss-Paul McCordic, Sugar Land, Texas, 1,292.
22, (tie) Mark Williams, Beaumont, Texas, and Joe Goldstein Sr., San Bruno, Calif., 1,290.
24, a-Bo Goergen, Sanford, Mich., 1,288.
25, a-Dean Hebner, Vancouver, Wash., 1,282.
26, Rick Steelsmith, Wichita, Kan., 1,281.
27, a-Skip Wolfe, Dixon, Ill., 1,278.
28, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 1,276.
29, ss-Ted Staikoff, Black Hawk, S.D., 1,275.
30, Robert Lawrence, Austin, Texas, 1,269.
31, Robert Spaulding, McKinney, Texas, 1,268.
32, Don Moser, Perris, Calif., 1,267.
33, (tie) ss-Tom Baker, King, N.C., and Wayne Stellick, Aurora, Colo., 1,265.
35, (tie) Mike Kanada, Camarillo, Calif., and ss-Thomas Ream, Tampa, Fla., 1,263.
37, Robert Harvey, Boise, Idaho, 1,257.
38, Kevin Croucher, Grants Pass, Ore., 1,255.
39, a-Robert Zeihen, Las Vegas, 1,254.
40, (tie) ss-a-Alvin Lou, El Cajon, Calif., and ss-Edward Silva, Manteca, Calif., 1,250.
42, ss-a-Willie Wells, Las Vegas, 1,249.
43, ss-John Dudak, Orland Park, Ill., 1,247.
44, Christopher Keane, Cape Coral, Fla., 1,243.
45, Dave Dayton, Reno, Nev., 1,241.
46, ss-Don Robinson, Boise, Idaho, 1,240.
47, ss-Michael Henry, Brunswick, Ohio, 1,238.
48, (tie) Tommy Martin, Olive Branch, Miss., and ss-a-Howard Partell, Las Vegas, 1,233.
48, Bob Learn Jr., Erie, Pa., 1,233.
51, ss-Dale Eagle, Laguna Niguel, Calif., 1,232.
52, ss-Roger Kossert, Lithia, Fla., 1,231.
53, Mark Scroggins, Canyon, Texas, 1,230.
54, Brian LeClair, Delmar, N.Y., 1,226.
55, John Austin Jr., Friendswood, Texas, 1,223.
56, Dale Traber, Cedarburg, Wis., 1,222.
57, ss-John Petraglia, Jackson, N.J., 1,221.
58, Hugh Miller, Mercer Island, Wash., 1,219.
59, ss-Jim Gordin, Modesto, Calif., 1,218.
60, Sammy Ventura, Syracuse, N.Y., 1,216.
61, (tie) Doug Kempt, Arcadia, Calif., and ss-Matt Surina, Puyallup, Wash., 1,215.
63, a-Pete Toth, Simi Valley, Calif., 1,214.
64, (tie) ss-a-Dave Washburn, Las Vegas, and ss-Gerald Calvin, Thousand Oaks, Calif., 1,211.
66, (tie) Craig Miller, Tracy, Calif., and ss-Jim Murtishaw, Menifee, Calif., 1,208.
68, (tie) ss-Kerry Fulford, Ft. Worth, Texas, and Brian Cooper, Henderson, Nev., 1,205.
70, (tie) a-Gene Azumi, North Las Vegas, Nev., and a-Billy Langford, Lone Grove, Okla., 1,203.
72, (tie) Scott Hansel, Stockton, Calif., and Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., 1,202.
74, (tie) a-Jimmie Pritts Jr., Mathuen, Mass., ss-Jeff Jamison, Boulder City, Nev., and Daniel Miyamoto, Mililani, Hawaii, 1,201.
77, Kent Wagner, Bradenton, Fla., 1,200.
78, Ron Boroff, Mansfield, Texas, 1,199.
79, Mike Scroggins, Amarillo, Texas, 1,196.
80, Chris Warren, Grants Pass, Ore., 1,194.
81, ss-Don Blatchford, Santa Monica, Calif., 1,193.
82, (tie) Todd Kjell, Roscoe, Ill., and David Allen, Las Vegas, 1,191.
84, ss-Frank Gallo Jr., Jacksonville, Fla., 1,187.
85, Mike Dias, Lafayette, Colo., 1,185.
86, (tie) ss-Norb Wetzel, Fond du Lac, Wis., ss-Bill Henson, Westerville, Ohio, and ss-Jim Starks, San Bernardino, Calif., 1,183.
89, (tie) a-Michael Clemence, Las Vegas, and a-Jeff Schlehuber, Highland Ranch, Colo., 1,182.
91, (tie) ss-a-Terry Leong, Las Vegas, and ss-John Shreve Sr., Sheffield Village, Ohio, 1,181.
93, (tie) Larry Popp, Marion, Ohio, and Tony Majcher, Rolling Meadows, Ill., 1,180.
95, (tie) Dana Wright, St. Paul, Minn., ss-Gregory Waldon, Sun City West, Ariz., and Kelly O'Driscoll, Herriman, Utah, 1,177.
98, Carey Hofmann, Phoenix, 1,176.
99, (tie) Glenn Morgan, Carson City, Nev., and Brian Voss, Centennial, Colo., 1,175.
101, Dean Mueller, Vernon Hills, Ill., 1,174.
102, (tie) ss-a-Vaughn Doody, Las Vegas, and a-Warren Eales, Chandler, Ariz., 1,172.
104, (tie) a-Warren Blankenship, Ardmore, Okla., and Joseph Jimenez, Rowland Hts, Calif., 1,171.
106, (tie) David Taylor, Largo, Fla., Randy Pedersen, Clermont, Fla., and ss-Lew Elting, Carlsbad, Calif., 1,168.
109, a-Bob Godden, Las Vegas, 1,166.
110, ss-Ron Winger, Las Vegas, 1,165.
111, (tie) ss-Ross McDonald, Clarksville, Md., and Brian Tinsley, Medford, Ore., 1,164.
113, Kevin Foley, Reno, Nev., 1,163.
114, ss-a-Edward Roberts, Braintree, Mass., 1,162.
115, ss-Bob Knipple, Long Beach, Calif., 1,159.
116, (tie) Scott Schimming, Tacoma, Wash., and Dave Arnold, Elk Grove, Calif., 1,158.
118, ss-a-Daniel Winter, Rockford, Ill., 1,157.
119, ss-a-Michael Lucente, Warren, Mich., 1,155.
120, Jon DeLaney, McKinney, Texas, 1,154.
121, (tie) Terry Metzner, Kentwood, Mich., and Gary Reh, Las Vegas, 1,153.
123, (tie) ss-Don Lane, San Francisco, and ss-a-Dick Baker, Henderson, Nev., 1,152.
125, Gary Johnson, Las Vegas, Nev., 1,151.
126, ss-a-David Chew, Brentwood, Calif., 1,150.
127, (tie) Tracy Teeters, Eugene, Ore., and ss-a-Darwin Wimer, Mesquite, Nev., 1,149.
129, James Hansen, Anchorage, Alaska, 1,147.
130, ss-a-Harry Mickelson, Yakima, Wash., 1,145.
131, (tie) ss-Ray Cobb, Highland, Calif., and Timothy Bell, Sacramento, Calif., 1,144.
133, Carl Labayan, Long Beach, Calif., 1,141.
134, ss-Herbye Mitchell, Granbury, Texas, 1,136.
135, (tie) ss-a-Norm Palomares, San Francisco, Calif., John Parry, Oak Park, Calif., Tom Carter, Columbus, Ohio, and ss-a-Paul Appling, Camarillo, Calif., 1,132.
139, Jerry Brunette Jr., Rochester, N.Y., 1,129.
140, Darron Peters, Temecula, Calif., 1,128.
141, (tie) Larry Jordan, Lebanon, Ore., and ss-Mike Schmid, Minneapolis, Minn., 1,126.
143, ss-a-David Graber, Las Vegas, 1,123.
144, ss-Bill McCorkle, Westerville, Ohio, 1,122.
145, ss-a-Howie Loosbroock, Henderson, Nev., 1,121.
146, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 1,120.
147, ss-Mitchell Vernon, Olympia, Wash., 1,119.
148, (tie) ss-a-Les Shirwindt, Las Vegas, and Michael Owen, Gainesville, Fla., 1,116.
150, ss-Galen Keas, Alda, Neb., 1,115.
151, ss-a-Nelson Sand, Auburn, Wash., 1,114.
152, (tie) Mark McCreary, Livermore, Calif., and ss-Bob Amoruso, Glenview, Ill, 1,113.
154, Rodney Garrick, San Francisco, 1,112.
155, Seppo Korpela, Sweden, 1,111.
156, (tie) Joe Salvemini, Mckinney, Texas, and ss-Kerry Painter, Henderson, Nev., 1,108.
158, ss-Diz Francisco, Bakersfield, Calif., 1,105.
159, Tomas Karlsson, Sweden, 1,104.
160, Mario Ortez, Visalia, Calif, 1,097.
161, a-Richard Cook, Olympia, Wash., 1,096.
162, ss-Steve Davis, Manteca, Calif., 1,090.
163, Brian Miller, Springfield, Ohio, 1,087.
164, ss-Glen Nakagawa, Highland Village, Texas, 1,084.
165, ss-a-Conway Sunell, Las Vegas, 1,083.
166, (tie) ss-Lee Brosius, Ashburn, Va., and ss-Chuck Best, Buda, Texas, 1,082.
168, a-Bob Baer, Simi Valley, Calif., 1,081.
169, ss-James Knoblauch, Waukesha, Wis., 1,080.
170, ss-Sal Bongiorno, Las Vegas, 1,079.
171, ss-Marvin Nezvensky Jr., Pueblo, Colo., 1,075.
172, ss-a-Nathaniel Lewis, Clinton, Md., 1,071.
173, ss-a-John Daily, Long Beach, Calif., 1,066.
174, ss-a-David Bass, Las Vegas, 1,065.
175, (tie) ss-Murray Hickman Sr, Las Vegas, and ss-Gregory Popham, Crestview Hill, Ky., 1,060.
177, (tie) ss-Darrell Adams, Flintstone, Ga., and ss-Gary Seney, North Las Vegas, Nev., 1,059.
179, Mike Webb, Red Oak, Iowa, 1,058.
180, (tie) a-Charles Allen Jr., Pinson, Ala., and Joe Beck, Montgomery, Ala., 1,057.
182, ss-Dave Nebe, Richmond, Va., 1,049.
183, (tie) ss-Carl Nichols, Blaine, Wash., ss-a-Jay Gneiting, Aberdeen, Idaho, and Garry Blanton, Owensboro, Ky., 1,048.
186, ss-Tim Pierce, Portland, Ore., 1,036.
187, ss-a-Leon Dent, Las Vegas, 1,028.
188, Rich Kleinman, Reno, Nev., 1,013.
189, a-Dennis Ferguson, Bellingham, Wash., 1,000.
190, Rick Childers, Littleton, Colo., 999.
191, ss-a-John Czipka, Las Vegas, 996.
192, ss-Stan Winters, Simi Valley, Calif., 995.
193, ss-Edgar Gomez, Colombia, 992.
194, ss-Jim Hutchinson, Ludlow Falls, Ohio, 991.
195, ss-Gene Morrison, Spring Lake, N.C., 985.
196, Tim Shirlock, Las Vegas, 983.
197, Jim Montgomery, Byron, Ill., 976.
198, ss-David Blades, East Wenatchee, Wash., 973.
199, ss-a-David Rhoads, Las Vegas, 971.
200, Eric Altenburg, Albuquerque, N.M., 966.
201, ss-James Gregware Jr, Rensselaer, N.Y., 963.
202, ss-Robert Walters, North Las Vegas, Nev., 952.
203, Don Michaelsen Sr., Plant City, Fla., 946.
204, ss-JamiLynn Fox, Toledo, Ohio, 942.
205, ss-Steven Banks, Leesburg, Va., 896.
206, Peter Becknall, Elgin, N.D., 895.
ss-denotes PBA60 players ages 60 and over