Hugh Miller Wins PBA Senior Dayton Classic for Second Career Senior Tour Title
Hugh Miller of Seattle, Wash., defeated PBA Hall of Famer Tom Baker, 234-227, in the title match to win the PBA Senior Dayton Classic Tuesday at Capri Lanes.
Leading throughout the match, Miller gave Baker a chance to get back in it when he left a 7-10 split in the ninth frame but Baker wasn't able to capitalize on the opportunity. Miller notched his second career Senior Tour title in the final event of the season with a spare in the 10th frame.
"I had a good look the whole match but I just didn't throw a good shot in that frame," said Miller, who also owns seven career PBA Tour titles. "That's just something you really don't like to do, especially in the title match."
"I used one ball all day which enabled me to play straight down the lane which has been my game for 30 years."
Miller's previous best finish this season was second in the Senior Northern California Classic back in June.
"I've finished second several times since I last won," said Miller, whose first Senior Tour title came in 2008. "It feels good to be back in the winner's circle."
In the semifinal round, Baker defeated recently crowned 2011 Senior Player of the Year Ron Mohr of Eagle River, Alaska, 238-181, thwarting Mohr's effort to become the first player to win five Senior Tour titles in a season.
Mohr clinched his second Senior Player of the Year honor by winning a record-tying fourth tournament of the season in the Senior Jackson (Mich.) Open last week. In addition to his four titles, Mohr also registered two seconds, two thirds, a fourth and a 13th-place finish during the season.
In the other semifinal, Miller defeated Paul Gerard of Cincinnati, 268-202 to advance to the title match.
Ron Mohr Wins PBA Senior Jackson Open to Clinch Second Senior Player of the Year Crown
Ron Mohr of Eagle River, Alaska, won the PBA Senior Jackson Open Thursday at Airport Lanes for a record-tying fourth Senior Tour win of the season and clinching his second PBA Senior Player of the Year crown in the process.
Mohr def. Rick Vittone of Ontario, Canada, 226-203, in the championship match in the bowling center where he won his first Senior Tour title in 2009 on his way to his first Senior Player of the Year crown.
In addition to his four titles this season, Mohr has two second-place, a third, a fourth and a 13-place finish with one more tournament remaining in Dayton, Ohio.
"This is the way I wanted to win it," said the 55-year-old Mohr, who clinched Senior Player of the Year by making the semifinal round. "I wanted to earn it and not back into it. To do it here where I have a lot of fond memories made it special because this is where I won my first Senior Tour title."
PBA Hall of Famer Walter Ray Williams Jr. of Ocala, Fla., and Harry Sullins of Chesterfield Township, Mich., a two-time winner this season, were long shot contenders for Senior Player of the Year but were eliminated from contention once Mohr made the semifinal round. Williams and Sullins would also have had to win the tournament and next week's season finale in Dayton for any shot at challenging Mohr for the honor.
"My target was to make the semifinal round and then let everything take care of itself," said Mohr, who now has seven career Senior Tour titles. "Once I accomplished that I felt really comfortable and just had to make some minor adjustments from the semifinal to final match."
In the semifinal round, Mohr defeated Sullins 268-227 and Vittone defeated Hall of Famer Tom Baker of King, N.C., 205-172, to advance to the title match.
Mohr's four titles tied the record for most in a season with Pete Couture (1998), Dale Eagle (1999) and Baker (2006).
"It's just been a great year and something I really didn't expect," Mohr said. I've had a lot of breaks this year and a guardian angel looking over my shoulder. It's been an example of a year where you really need everything going your way to achieve something like this."
The Senior Dayton Classic will conclude the 2011 season Aug. 27-30. PBA.com's Xtra Frame will provide live coverage beginning at 3 p.m. on Aug. 29. Click on the XtraFrame logo on the pba.com homepage for subscription details.
Dale Eagle Wins PBA Senior Decatur Open for 12th Career Senior Tour Title
Dale Eagle of Tavares, Fla., won the Professional Bowlers Association Senior Decatur Open Tuesday to notch his 12th career Senior Tour title putting him in a tie for second on the all-time Senior Tour wins list.
The 65 year-old Eagle, who was inducted into the PBA Hall of Fame in January, defeated Kent Wagner of Palmetto, Fla., 223-186, in the title match at Spare Time Lanes.
"I was trying to be perfect on every shot and maybe too perfect," said Eagle. "It was a tough shot where I had to play a straighter line. It was one of those tournaments where you needed some breaks to win and I got a lot of breaks in match play."
Eagle is tied for second with Gary Dickinson on the Senior Tour all-time wins list and both bowlers trail career titles leader John Handegard with 14.
Eagle's win was his first in two years with his last title coming in the 2009 Senior Miller High Life Classic. His previous best finish this season was sixth in the Senior Don Carter Open.
"I've had some health issues especially with my knees and back and I'm working hard on getting in better shape," said Eagle, the 1999 PBA Senior Player of the Year and 1996 Senior Rookie of the Year. "I'm working hard on my game and learning a lot from the younger guys. Norm Duke has helped me work out a problem with my release."
In the semifinals, Eagle defeated Harry Sullins of Chesterfield Township, Mich., 192-171, to advance to the championship match. Sullins was trying for his second consecutive and third win overall this season. In the other semifinal match, Wagner, a two-time PBA Tour winner, defeated Dave Axon of Bellevue, Neb., 237-194. Both players were trying for their first Senior Tour win.
The next stop on the Senior Tour will be the Senior Jackson (Mich.) Open Aug. 22-25, and the Senior Dayton (Ohio) Classic will conclude the 2011 season Aug. 27-30. PBA.com's Xtra Frame will provide live coverage of both events. Click on the Xtra Frame logo on the pba.com homepage subscription details.
Harry Sullins Wins PBA Senior Lake County Open for Second Title of the Season
Harry Sullins of Chesterfield Township, Mich., defeated the most dominant player on the Professional Bowlers Association Senior Tour Thursday at Olympia Lanes to win his second Senior Tour title of the season.
Sullins defeated Ron Mohr of Eagle River, Alaska, who was trying for a record-tying fourth title this season, 246-221, in the championship match.
"It's hard enough to win one title in a season, much less two," said Sullins, who won the Senior Sun Bowl in the Villages earlier this season. "That's especially true when you have to beat someone like Ron who's having an unbelievable year."
Mohr, who did not compete in last week's USBC Senior Masters, got off to the early lead in the title match throwing five strikes before leaving the 1-2-4-7 in the sixth frame and failing to convert the spare.
"I had a lapse in concentration and never got back in the moment," said Mohr, who was also trying to win the last three tournaments he has competed in this season. "I was having such a good time that I probably let the emotion get the best of me."
Sullins, who is also a five-time winner on the PBA Tour and won a senior regional event Sunday in Arlington Heights, Ill., knew the importance of taking advantage of Mohr's misfortune.
"I knew if I could just double after Ron's open it would turn the match around," said Sullins whose first Senior Tour title came in the 2009 PBA Senior World Championship. "I had to draw on all of my experience making adjustments throughout the whole tournament to make the shots I needed in the semifinal and title matches."
In the semifinals, Sullins defeated hometown favorite and 2008 USBC Senior Masters winner Kenny Parks of Hammond, 246-189, while Mohr eliminated Hall of Famer and four-time Senior Player of the Year Tom Baker of King, N.C., 258-228.
The next stop for the Senior Tour will be the Senior Decatur Open in Decatur, Ill., Aug. 13-16. PBA.com's Xtra Frame will provide coverage of the Decatur Open beginning at 3 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 15 and all match play rounds on Tuesday, Aug. 16.
【USBC】 USBC Senior Masters 【Finals】
Dale Traber wins second career USBC Senior Masters title
Dale Traber of Cedarburg, Wis., went undefeated in the double-elimination match-play bracket to win his second career United States Bowling Congress Senior Masters title Friday.
Traber, who also won the event in 2009, defeated USBC Hall of Famer Walter Ray Williams Jr. of Ocala, Fla., 707-695 in the championship match at Wayne Webb's Columbus Bowl. He won a total of seven matches en route to the title.
"This is very unexpected and surprising, but breaks have to go your way at the right time to win a tournament like this," Traber said. "For me, the stars all aligned at the right time."
Traber said the victory was especially sweet because of his lack of success on the Professional Bowlers Association Senior Tour this season.
"Trust me, I didn't expect to win given the way I've been bowling," Traber said. "I did my hotel reservation for this week night-by-night. I was planning to go to the stock car races tonight in Wisconsin, not be bowling."
Williams actually took a one-pin lead, 238-237, after one game in the three games, total pins match, but Traber roared back 267-201 to take a 65-pin lead into the final game. Williams mounted a comeback, but came up short the final game, 256-203, failing to make up enough ground.
Williams finished as the runner-up for the second consecutive year at the Senior Masters, one of two majors on the PBA Senior Tour. He also finished second at this year's other major - the Senior U.S. Open.
"This is the third major in a row where I have finished second," Williams said. "I bowled really well this week, and I guess second isn't that bad. It's better than finishing 41st or something."
Traber earned $14,000 for first place, while Williams took home $7,000. Defending champion Wayne Webb of Grove City, Ohio, finished third after losing in the semifinals to Williams, 666-600.
The USBC Senior Masters attracted a field of 249 of the top bowlers in the country age 50 and higher and featured a total prize fund of more than $110,000.
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