Jurek Tops Qualifying at Senior U.S. Open

by Gianmarc Manzione 0

PBA: Detroit Winter SwingFirst and second-round leader, Jack Jurek, of Lackawanna, N.Y., stumbled a bit in the third round of the Suncoast PBA Senior U.S. Open presented by Storm Wednesday, but recovered to top qualifying with a 224.5 average.

The two-time PBA Tour and PBA50 Tour titlist finished qualifying with a 4,042 18-game pinfall total at the Suncoast Bowling Center, but had to overcome two sub-par games in the middle of the round. He bowled a 1,272 six-game pinfall in the third round on a fresh Senior U.S. Open lane condition with games of 217, 231, 159, 186, 223 and 256.

“I got caught up in the [Lane condition] transition there in the third game and it was a struggle,” said the 52-year-old Jurek. “I had to scramble to find the right ball and got some advice from the ball reps and eventually got back on track. Prior to game five, I made another ball change to something less aggressive and got the ball reaction I was looking for which brought my confidence level back.”

Heading into Thursday’s match play rounds, Jurek said his final qualifying round was a good learning experience.

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

Jurek led two-time PBA Tour winner, Rick Steelsmith, of Wichita, Kan., who vaulted from 13th in the second round to second thanks to a 1,402 six-game pinfall in the third round. Steelsmith finished with a 3,965 overall pinfall (220 average) for his 18 games of qualifying.

Amateur Mike Taylor, formerly of Las Vegas but now making his home in Havertown, Pa., qualified third with a 3,874 ahead of Hall of Famers Amleto Monacelli of Venezuela and Pete Weber of St. Ann, Mo., who tied for fourth with 3,856. Monacelli, along with Hall of Famer Tom Baker of King, N.C., who qualified 14th, are trying to become the first three-time winner of the Senior U.S. Open. Monacelli won back-to-back in 2012 and 2013 and Baker won consecutively in 2005 and 2006.

Former major league pitcher and PBA50 Tour rookie John Burkett of Southlake, Texas, rebounded after a 157 in the last game of the second round Tuesday to qualify ninth for match play with a 3,813 pinfall (211.8 average).

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

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

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

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

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SUNCOAST PBA SENIOR U.S. OPEN PRESENTED BY STORM

Suncoast Bowling Center, Las Vegas, Wednesday

Third Round Qualifying Standings (after 18 games. Top 48 advance to match play)

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

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

ss-denotes PBA60 players ages 60 and over out of the regular prize list cashing for $1,000

a-denotes amateur

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