Senior Player of the Year contenders W.R. Williams, Miller and Edwards, qualify 22nd, 68th and fifth, respectively, in last tournament of the season
DECATUR, Ill. – Three-time Professional Bowlers Association Senior Tour titlist Harry Sullins of Chesterfield Twp., Mich., averaged 237.7 to emerge as the first round leader Sunday in the PBA Senior Decatur Open presented by Brunswick at Spare Time Lanes.
Sullins bowled a 1,902 eight-game pinfall total with games of 221, 237, 265, 213, 279, 251, 216 and 220 to hold a 61-pin lead over Hall of Famer Wayne Webb of Columbus, Ohio, in the final tournament of the 2012 season.
“I was trying to make a decision on two balls that I wanted to use,” said Sullins, who is also a five-time PBA Tour titlist. “At the last minute I decided to go with a new ball that I drilled during practice and it was the right one because I was able to use it for the whole block.
“I’ve made match play in all but one tournament this season but I just can’t make it to the top eight,” Sullins said. “My goal right now is to finish the season with a good tournament and make a run for the win.”
Senior Player of the Year points leader Hall of Famer Walter Ray Williams Jr. of Ocala, Fla., qualified 22nd in the first round with contenders Hugh Miller of Seattle, 12 points behind, qualifying 68th, and Mike Edwards of Tulsa, who is third in the race 14 points behind qualifying fifth.
A second-place finish or better will clinch Senior Player of the Year for Williams. Both Miller and Edwards have to win for any chance at the title.
Bowling in his final Senior Tour tournament, PBA Hall of Famer Dave Soutar of Bradenton, Fla., who announced his retirement after 51 years of PBA competition earlier this season ended the day in a tie for 61st. Soutar is an 18-time PBA Tour winner and seven-time winner on the Senior Tour and was voted PBA’s 20th greatest player of all-time in 2009.
The field will bowl another eight-game qualifying round Monday after which the field will be cut to the top 32 players who will advance to match play Tuesday morning. Round of 8 and championship rounds get underway at 6 p.m. CT on Tuesday.
The PBA Senior Decatur Open is being streamed live on the sport’s online bowling channel Xtra Frame. For subscription information visit the pba.com homepage and click on the Xtra Frame logo.
PBA SENIOR DECATUR OPEN PRESENTED BY BRUNSWICK
Spare Time Lanes, Decatur, Ill. Sunday
FIRST ROUND RESULTS
(After 8 games)
1, Harry Sullins, Chesterfield Twp, Mich., 1,902.
2, Wayne Webb, Columbus, Ohio, 1,841.
3, (tie) Bob Learn Jr., Erie, Pa., and Mark Williams, Beaumont, Texas, 1,830.
5, Mike Edwards, Tulsa, Okla., 1,811.
6, Lennie Boresch Jr., Kenosha, Wis., 1,806.
7, (tie) Jeff Richgels, Madison, Wis., and Ron Mohr, Eagle River, Alaska, 1,798.
9, Rick Minier, Houston, Texas, 1,785.
10, Sammy Ventura, Syracuse, N.Y., 1,782.
11, Kenny Parks, Hammond, Ind., 1,781.
12, Peter Knopp, Germany, 1,778.
13, Larry Graybeal, Elizabethton, Tenn., 1,772.
14, Charlie Tapp, Kalamazoo, Mich., 1,760.
15, David Axon, Bellevue, Neb., 1,743.
16, (tie) Ricky Beck, Box Elder, S.D., and Darryl Bower, Middletown, Pa., 1,734.
18, Michael Henry, Brunswick, Ohio, 1,731.
19, Robert Harvey, Boise, Idaho, 1,727.
20, Mike Mineman, Belleville, Ill., 1,723.
21, a-Tom Adcock, Decatur, Ill., 1,712.
22, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Ocala, Fla., 1,711.
23, Ron Winger, Las Vegas, 1,698.
24, Brendan Bierch, Grafton, Mass., 1,697.
25, Dale Traber, Cedarburg, Wis., 1,695.
26, Vince Mazzanti Jr., Levittown, Pa., 1,693.
27, Barry Gurney, West Hills, Calif., 1,680.
28, (tie) Dale Csuhta, Wadsworth, Ohio, and a-Kevin Humble, Lake Mary, Fla., 1,679.
30, Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, 1,673.
31, Tom Baker, King, N.C., 1,664.
32, Ted Staikoff, Black Hawk, S.D., 1,657.
33, William Keenan, Jr., Orlando, Fla., 1,654.
34, Marc Lineberry, Camanche, Iowa, 1,648.
35, Don Sylvia, Reno, Nev., 1,645.
36, John Dudak, Orland Park, Ill., 1,644.
37, Kent Wagner, Palmetto, Fla., 1,641.
38, Bill Henson, Westerville, Ohio, 1,639.
39, Jerry Lau, St. Peters, Mo., 1,637.
40, Lyle Zikes, Arlington Heights, Ill., 1,632.
41, Dennis Lane, Kingsport, Tenn., 1,629.
42, Richard Hunt, Valparaiso, Ind., 1,625.
43, Dave Bernhardt, Romeo, Mich., 1,621.
44, Tom Carter, Rockford, Ill., 1,613.
45, a-Al Pote, Lake City, Ill., 1,611.
46, Henry Gonzalez, Colorado Springs, Colo., 1,610.
47, Bill McCorkle, Westerville, Ohio, 1,609.
48, Frank Gallo Jr., Jacksonville, Fla., 1,606.
49, Terry Metzner, Kentwood, Mich., 1,605.
50, Tom Kennedy, Shepherdsville, Ky., 1,601.
51, (tie) Conn Casey, Canada, Brian Miller, Springfield, Ohio, and Dale Eagle, Tavares, Fla., 1,599.
54, (tie) a-Larry Earnest, Vandalia, Ill., and Patrick King, Yankton, S.D., 1,597.
56, Mitch Jabczenski, Novi, Mich., 1,596.
57, Joel Carlson, Omaha, Neb., 1,595.
58, Christopher Keane, New City, N.Y., 1,592.
59, (tie) Rudy Garcia, Ft. Worth, Texas, and Gene Vincent, Decatur, Ill., 1,591.
61, (tie) Timothy Kauble, Marion, Ohio, John Chapman, Canada, and Dave Soutar, Bradenton, Fla., 1,584.
64, Michael Chrzanowski, Shepherd, Mich., 1,580.
65, (tie)Todd Kjell, Roscoe, Ill., and Gary Hiday, Indianapolis, 1,577 67, R.J. Alman, Murrysville, Pa., 1,576.
68, Hugh Miller, Seattle, 1,564.
69, Emilio Mora Sr., Defiance, Ohio, 1,559.
70, Steve Bergan, O'Fallon, Ill., 1,557.
71, Bill Nichols, Roseville, Calif., 1,554.
72, Michael Nottelmann, Downers Grove, Ill., 1,553.
73, Daniel Miner, East Moline, Ill., 1,544.
74, Larry Popp, Marion, Ohio, 1,539.
75, Randy Shewmake, Ft. Worth, Texas, 1,538.
76, Johnny Petraglia, Jackson, N.J., 1,537.
77, (tie) Bill Idzior, Crown Point, Ind., William Banks, Laurel Hill, N.C., Bennie Holman, Decatur, Ill., and Dave Osim, Roscommon, Mich., 1,536.
81, Bob Andersen, Forest City, N.C., 1,524.
82, Michael Truitt, Orland Park, Ill., 1,520.
83, Ron Profitt, Brookville, Ohio, 1,519.
84, Rich Wilkinson, Bennington, Neb., 1,516.
85, Roy Buckley, New Albany, Ohio, 1,515.
86, Don Blatchford, Santa Monica, Calif., 1,510.
87, Robert Holzbauer, Madison, Wis., 1,505.
88, Ernie Segura Jr., Taylor, Mich., 1,499.
89, William Peters, Dayton, Ohio, 1,497.
90, Galen Keas, Alda, Neb., 1,490.
91, Paul McCordic, Sugar Land, Texas, 1,487.
92, a-Mike Schmid, St. Paul, Minn., 1,484.
93, Barry Witmer, St. Charles, Mo., 1,476.
94, George Lord, Lakeland, Fla., 1,475.
95, Ron Garr, Ridgedale, Mo., 1,462.
96, Tom Howison, Chillicothe, Ohio, 1,458.
97, Harv Pallas, Stevensville, Mich., 1,455.
98, Mike Dias, Lafayette, Colo., 1,453.
99, John Thullen, Whiteland, Ind., 1,451.
100, Sam Perrotta, Lincoln Park, N.J., 1,441.
101, Dick Gran, Hartville, Ohio, 1,440.
102, Kim Kirkpatrick, Rockford, Ill., 1,432.
103, a-William Zwit, Galesburg, Ill., 1,426.
104, Bob Kelly, Dayton, Ohio, 1,419.
105, Dan Clausse, Reno, Nev., 1,407.
106, Dave Dunphy, Canada, 1,385.
107, Harley Trumbull, New Boston, Mich., 1,360.
108, Andy Anderson, Falls Church, Va., 1,350.
109, Donald Breihan, Columbia, S.C., 1,343.
110, Tim Pierce, Portland, Ore., 1,330.
111, Allen Meskan, Addison, Ill., 1,323.
112, Freddie Childress, Bassett, Va., 1,309.
113, Ray Randall, Dearborn, Mich., 1,256.
114, Peter Brainard, Tampa, Fla., 1,229.
115, Mark Jones, Amelia, Ohio, 1,015 (WD).