Howell, N.J. – Gary Shultis of Levittown, N.Y., defeated Mike Tryniski of Fulton, N.Y., 280-226, in the championship round to win the Professional Bowlers Association East Region Howell Senior Open at Howell Lanes Sunday for his 19th career regional title and a $1,500 first prize.
Tryniski, a seven-time East Region titlist who is looking for his first senior regional title, earned $800 as the runner-up.
Shultis, a former East Region Senior Player of the Year, had a long battle to win after qualifying for the 16th and final position for the single-elimination match play finals by seven pins. As the No. 16 qualifier, he faced top qualifier and current Senior Regional Player of the Year Sammy Ventura of Syracuse, N.Y. in his opening match. After falling behind, 2-1 in their best-of-five-game contest, Shultis rolled consecutive 267 games to advance.
In his second match, he met three-time regional Senior Player of the Year Sam Maccarone of Glassboro, N.J. Maccarone won the first game in the best of three match, but Shultis again rallied with back-to-back victories to win that best-of-three-game contest.
In the semifinal round, Shultis defeated Kent Wagner of Palmetto, Fla., 258-193, while Tryniski defeated Eddie Wu of New York, 205-162, to set up the championship match. Wagner and Wu each earned $700 as semifinal round losers.
PBA HOWELL SENIOR OPEN
Howell Lane, Howell, N.J., Sunday
Gary Shultis, Levittown, N.Y. ($1,500) def. Mike Tryniski, Fulton, N.Y., ($800), 280-226.
(losers earned $700):
Shultis def. Kent Wagner, Palmetto, Fla., 258-193.
Tryniski def. Eddie Wu, New York, 205-162.
Round of 8
(best of three games, losers eliminated and earned $600 each):
Shultis def. Sam Maccarone, Glassboro, N.J., 2-1.
Tryniski def. Bill Neumann, Rensselaer, N.Y., 2-0.
Wagner def. Steve Stein, Staten Island, N.Y., 2-0.
Wu def. Jay Boyle, Garnet Valley, Pa., 2-1.
Round of 16
(best of five games, losers eliminated and earned $500 each):
Shultis def. Sammy Ventura, Syracuse, N.Y., 3-2.
Tryniski def. Robert Bohner, Milton, Pa., 3-1.
Wagner def. Ernie Segura Jr., Taylor, Mich., 3-1.
Wu def. Tom Yadanza, Saratoga Springs, N.Y., 3-2.
Maccarone def. John DiSantis, Wilmington, Del., 3-0.
Neumann def. Vince Mazzanti, Langhorne, Pa., 3-2.
Stein def. Marvin Mora, Howell, N.J., 3-0.
Boyle def. Kevin Quinn, Bordentown, N.J. 3-0.
300 Games (2): Kent Wagner, John DiSantis