Marc McDowell had a “pretty solid” start in his first national PBA tournament in more than 15 years as lefty Mike Dias took the lead after Monday’s opening round in an atypically high scoring PBA Senior U.S. Open in Las Vegas.
Dias, who has one PBA Senior Tour title, totaled 1,488 (248 average) on games of 214, 300, 237, 212, 257 and 268 for a 4-pin lead over Sammy Ventura, PBA reported.
Three Las Vegas area bowlers followed: non-PBA member Terry Leong at 1,470, former touring pro Joe Salvemini at 1,465 and non-PBA member Dick Baker at 1,452.
“You wouldn’t know it by the way I’ve bowled in past U.S. Opens but I actually like these longer-format tournaments,” Dias, whose best Senior U.S. Open finish was 43rd in 2007, said in this PBA news release. “I’m trying to treat it like any other tournament to avoid putting too much pressure on myself. It’s just one block and there’s a long way to go but even after six games I’ve got a good picture of how the house is playing and just need to get all the pins I can.”
McDowell totaled 1,338 for 41st competing on C squad, which he said was the lowest scoring of the day as the lanes were oiled once in the morning and left for the rest of the day.
The long-retired PBA Tour star and 1992 BWAA Bowler of the Year will rotate to the second squad Tuesday and the first Squad Wednesday as the 220-player field bowl 18 games of qualifying. The top 55 then advance to a 9-game cashers round on Thursday. The top 24 then advance to 24 games of round robin match play Thursday and Friday before the top four compete in a stepladder finals about 5:30 p.m. Central time on Friday.
The competition is being webcast live on PBA’s Xtra Frame online channel.
“I’m right ahead of Ron Mohr and Walter Ray (Williams Jr.) so I guess I’m in pretty good company,” the Monona native and Madison Bowling Association Hall of Famer said, adding the quip that he is was the seventh high “amateur.”
Mohr, the reigning Senior Player of the Year, and Williams, the living legend, are tied for 42nd.
“I feel pretty solid,” McDowell said. “C squad probably is the lowest scoring squad and I feel pretty good with how I managed the lanes and my equipment. It was challenging. I made good moves moving deeper: I slowed down and let it arc.”
McDowell said his games ranged from a 238 start to a 201 finish with no big numbers.
“I was steady but I just couldn’t punch out any games,” he said.
The Ebonite staffer used a Mission X out of the gate, switched to a Mission 250K for games two through four, then finished with an Elevate.
“I had a good time and enjoyed it,” McDowell said, adding that he had a chance to have a beverage and catch up with old friends Brian Voss and Mike Edwards after he finished, which is part of what the Senior Tour is about.
Lennie Boresch Jr. of Kenosha leads the Wisconsin contingent at eighth with 1,411. Dale Traber of Cedarburg is 49th at 1,325, Jerry Sikora of Wisconsin Rapids tied for 68th at 1,296, frequent MAST competitor Todd Kjell of Roscoe, Ill., 80th at 1,282, MBA Hall of Famer Joel Carlson of Omaha, Neb., 103rd at 1,256, Dave Schultz of Jackson tied for 140th at 1,210, Jace Peterson of Elkhorn tied for 147th at 1,207, Dennis Bremer of Stoughton 171st at 1,171, and Norb Wetzel of Fond du Lac 177th at 1,160.
Boresch won his Senior Tour debut to start this season and is third in the Senior Player of the Year race, according to this PBA news release.
Williams Jr. leads the Senior Player of the Year points race going into the Senior Open with 20 points, two more than Bob Learn Jr. and four more than Boresch and Johnny Petraglia.
Points in standard events are 16, 8, 4, 2 and 1 for first through fifth, but the points rise to 24, 12, 8, 4 and 2 for the Senior Open and USBC Senior Masters.
ETONIC PBA SENIOR U.S. OPEN PRESENTED BY SUNCOAST
Suncoast Bowling Center, Las Vegas, Monday
1, Mike Dias, Lafayette, Colo., 1,488.
2, Sammy Ventura, Syracuse, N.Y., 1,484.
3, a-Terry Leong, Las Vegas, 1,470.
4, Joe Salvemini, Las Vegas, Nev., 1,465.
5, a-Dick Baker, Henderson, Nev., 1,452.
6, Kerry Fulford, Brownwood, Texas, 1,433.
7, Charlie Tapp, Kalamazoo, Mich., 1,425.
8, Lennie Boresch Jr., Kenosha, Wis., 1,411.
9, Wayne Webb, Columbus, Ohio, 1,407.
10, Eric Forkel, Las Vegas, 1,404.
11, Brad Snell, Mount Prospect, Ill., 1,401.
12, William Keenan, Jr., Orlando, Fla., 1,399.
13, Kevin Foley, Reno, Nev., 1,390.
14, Ron Winger, Las Vegas, 1,389.
15, Don Moser, Murrieta, Calif., 1,388.
16, Bruce Hall, Los Altos Hills, Calif., 1,386.
17, Bill Nichols, Roseville, Calif., 1,383.
18, Marv Sargent, Temecula, Calif., 1,382.
19, Noel Vazquez, Sacramento, Calif., 1,381.
20, (tie)Brian Voss, Alpharetta, Ga., and Tom Baker, King, N.C., 1,375.
22, Bo Goergen, Sanford, Mich., 1,372.
23, (tie) a-Henry Dawson, Elma, Wash., and Steve Davis, Manteca, Calif., 1,368.
25, Mike Edwards, Tulsa, Okla., 1,367.
26, a-Darwin Wimer, Mesquite, Nev., 1,364.
27, (tie) Kenny Parks, Hammond, Ind., and Robert Harvey, Boise, Idaho, 1,361.
29, (tie) Dave Soutar, Bradenton, Fla., Mark Williams, Beaumont, Texas, and John Dudak, Orland Park, Ill., 1,357.
32, Peter Knopp, Germany, 1,355.
33, Bob Learn Jr., Erie, Pa., 1,354.
34, Harry Sullins, Chesterfield Twp., Mich., 1,350.
35, Fred Cole, Visalia, Calif., 1,348.
36, (tie) Les Shirwindt, Las Vegas, and Koichiro Tamaki, Japan, 1,343.
38, (tie) Bryan Goebel, Shawnee, Kan., a-Rodney Tramp, Porterville, Calif., and a-Cliff Connors, Tempe, Ariz., 1,340.
41, a-Marc McDowell, Madison, 1,338.
42, (tie) Ron Mohr, Eagle River, Alaska, and Walter Ray Williams Jr., Ocala, Fla., 1,337.
44, Tony Rodriguez Jr., Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., 1,331.
45, (tie) Frank Gallo Jr., Jacksonville, Fla., and Kevin Fatherree, Northridge, Calif., 1,328.
47, Hugh Miller, Seattle, 1,327.
48, Sal Bongiorno, Hollywood, Fla., 1,326.
49, Dale Traber, Cedarburg, Wis., 1,325.
50, Gregory Waldon, Manhattan, Mont., 1,322.
51, a-Dan Roberts, Brentwood, Calif., 1,321.
52, (tie) a-Ron Hosler, Denver, Colo., and a-Rudy Moreno, Reno, Nev., 1,320.
54, Dale Eagle, Tavares, Fla., 1,319.
55, Don Blatchford, Santa Monica, Calif., 1,317.
56, Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, 1,313.
57, (tie) Gary Skidmore, Albuquerque, N.M., and a-Crister Danielsson, Sweden, 1,312.
59, Vince Honeycutt, Buford, Ga., 1,310.
60, Vince Mazzanti Jr., Levittown, Pa., 1,307.
61, (tie) Ricky Beck, Box Elder, S.D., and Robert Brown, Cody, Wyo., 1,304.
63, (tie) a- Michael Clemence, Las Vegas, Kevin Croucher, Grants Pass, Ore., a-Edward Roberts, Braintree, Mass., 1,302.
66, a-Jeff Suma, Auburn Hills, Mich., 1,300.
67, Garry Blanton, Owensboro, Ky., 1,298.
68, (tie) Dave Flemming, Fairborn, Ohio, a-Dave Washburn, Las Vegas,
Roger Kossert, Lithia, Fla., and Jerry Sikora, Wisconsin Rapids, Wis., 1,296.
72, (tie) a- Bob Markiewicz , San Diego, and Mike Henry, Brunswick, Ohio, 1,294.
74, a-Paul Appling, Camarillo, Calif., 1,291.
75, (tie) Lee Rucker, Fort Myers, Fla., Rohn Morton, Vancouver, Wash., and Mike Raleigh, Clyde, Mich., 1,288.
78, Randy Shewmake, Ft. Worth, Texas, 1,284.
79, Rick Francis, Galt, Calif., 1,283.
80, Todd Kjell, Roscoe, Ill., 1,282.
81, a-Pete Thomas, Oklahoma City, Okla., 1,281.
82, Ted Staikoff, Black Hawk, S.D., 1,280.
83, (TIE) a-Harry Mickelson, Yakima, Wash., and Junichi Yajima, Japan, 1,278.
85, Kerry Painter, Henderson, Nev., 1,276.
86, a-Barry Zimmerman, Grand Forks, N.D., 1,275.
87, a-Masato Hanamoto, Japan, 1,272.
88, Christopher Keane, New City, N.Y., 1,269.
89, (tie) Henry Gonzalez, Colorado Springs, Colo., and Darrell Adams, Flintstone, Ga., 1,268.
91, Rick Minier, Cypress, Texas, 1,267.
92, Bob Kelly, Dayton, Ohio, 1,266.
93, George Patel, England, 1,265.
94, (tie) Dave Bernhardt, Romeo, Mich., and a-Steve Corsaro, Tracy, Calif., 1,263.
96, Don Lane, San Francisco, 1,262.
97, (tie) Brian Brazeau, Ocala, Fla., and Edward Silva, Manteca, Calif., 1,260.
99, Don Sylvia, Reno, Nev., 1,259.
100, (tie) Marc Clyburn, Pittsburg, Calif., Larry Popp, Marion, Ohio, and David Axon, Bellevue, Neb., 1,257.
103, Joel Carlson, Omaha, Neb., 1,256.
104, Barry Gurney, West Hills, Calif., 1,255.
105, Arturo Hernandez, Venezuela, 1,254.
106, Ross Larsen, Riverside, Calif., 1,251.
107, a-Dan Ahlquist, Sweden, 1,249.
108, Rodney Garrick, San Francisco, 1,248.
109, Tom Carter, Rockford, Ill., 1,247.
110, a-D.A. Wright, Palm Desert, Calif., 1,244.
111, (tie) Michael Lucente, Warren, Mich., and Tom Ream, Tampa, Fla., 1,243.
113, (tie) Mike Hastings, Millsboro, Del., and Robert Sturdevant Jr., Long Beach, Wash., 1,242.
115, (tie) Steven Withrow, Puyallup, Wash., and Gary Livingston, Papillion, Neb., 1,240.
117, Daniel Miyamoto, Mililani, Hawaii, 1,239.
118, a-Howard Loosbroock, Henderson, Nev., 1,237.
119, Bob Amoruso, Glenview, Ill., 1,236.
120, a-Mike Castleton, San Diego, 1,231.
121, (tie) Don Hicks, West Babylon, N.Y., and C.K. Moore, Redding, Calif., 1,230.
123, a-Ed Jablonski, Las Vegas, 1,229.
124, a-Douglas Thompson, Aberdeen, S.D., 1,227.
125, Randy Peterson, Carrington, N.D., 1,225.
126, a-Randy Jackman, Hammond, Ind., 1,223.
127, a-Max Shellabarger, Layton, Utah, 1,221.
128, Marc Lineberry, Camanche, Iowa, 1,220.
129, (tie) a-Gary Johnson, Las Vegas, Nev., Craig Kisro, Granada Hills, Calif., a-Gerald Calvin, Thousand Oaks, Calif., and Ron Profitt, Brookville, Ohio, 1,219.
133, Bill Stempke, Moorpark, Calif., 1,218.
134, a-Jim Stevens, Eagan, Minn., 1,217.
135, Mal Helmuth, Elk Grove, Calif., 1,216.
136, a-Stan Winters, Simi Valley, Calif., 1,214.
137, (tie) Steve Ferraro, Kingston, N.Y., and Ron Dixon, Boynton Beach, Fla., 1,213.
139, George Lord, Lakeland, Fla., 1,212.
140, (tie) Dave Schultz, Jackson, Wis., Keith Sharp, Orlando, Fla., Rich Wilkinson, Bennington, Neb.,
and Van Fenner, Reno, Nev., 1,210.
144, (tie) Daniel Miner, East Moline, Ill., Mark Scime, Winter Garden, Fla., and a-Mike Locorriere, Las Vegas, 1,208.
147, (tie) Emilio Mora Sr., Defiance, Ohio, and a-Jace Peterson, Elkhorn, Wis., 1,207.
149, (tie) Timothy Kauble, Marion, Ohio, and Bill Hewlett, Eagle, Idaho, 1,205.
151, Fred Kouri, Castle Rock, Colo., 1,200.
152, a-David Graber, Las Vegas, 1,199.
153, Donald Breihan, Columbia, S.C., 1,198.
154, Paul McCordic, Sugar Land, Texas, 1,197.
155, (tie) Ron Garr, Ridgedale, Mo., and a-Gary Coultas, Huntington Beach, Calif., 1,196.
157, Jorge Gutierrez, Las Cruces, N.M., 1,195.
158, (tie) John Thullen, Whiteland, Ind., and a-Butch Hrouda, Dickinson, N.D., 1,193.
160, Rickey Smith, Milton, Fla., 1,189.
161, (tie) Marvin Nezvensky Jr., Pueblo, Colo., a-Donald Kilgore, Las Vegas, and Frank DeFilippo, Las Vegas, 1,188.
164, Darryl Bower, Middletown, Pa., 1,187.
165, (tie) D.A. Carbone, Broomfield, Colo., and a-Dewaine West, Temecula, Calif., 1,185.
167, a-Jim Cote, Spokane, Wash., 1,184.
168, Ed Bordenka, Las Vegas, 1,178.
169, Jim Gordin, Modesto, Calif., 1,176.
170, a-Leif Sjoberg, Sweden, 1,174.
171, Dennis Bremer, Stoughton, Wis., 1,171.
172, Chuck Schuette, Davenport, Iowa, 1,170.
173, (tie) Doug Kempt, Monrovia, Calif., and a-Al Bella, Antioch, Calif., 1,169.
175, Brian Cooper, Visalia, Calif., 1,166.
176, a-Jim Moran, Las Vegas, 1,163.
177, Norb Wetzel, Fond du Lac, Wis., 1,160.
178, (tie) a-Wayne Manwill, Boise, Idaho, and a-John Reed, Pueblo, Colo., 1,155.
180, a-Robert Priess, Las Vegas, Nev., 1,154.
181, (tie) Scott Lindsey, Omaha, Neb., and Dave Gualeni, Roswell, N.M., 1,153.
183, a-Darrel Curtis, Las Vegas, 1,152.
184, Randy Niehaus, Rockford, Ill., 1,149.
185, Steve Lennard, Palmdale, Calif., 1,147.
186, Howard Partell, Las Vegas, 1,146.
187, Lucien Casagrande, Canada, 1,141.
188, a-Dale Rider, Las Vegas, 1,138.
189, a- Thomas Smith, San Bernardino, Calif., 1,134.
190, Tim Pierce, Portland, Ore., 1,132.
191, Gary Simon, Philippi, W.Va., 1,131.
192, Ray Randall, Dearborn, Mich., 1,130.
193, a-Mark Fenton, Aurora, Colo., 1,129.
194, a-Dan Winter, Rockford, Ill., 1,126.
195, a-Kiyoshi Nakarai, Japan, 1,120.
196, (tie) a-Mike Schmid, St. Paul, Minn., and Larry Grandt, Lake Bluff, Ill., 1,119.
198, a-Murray Hickman, Las Vegas, 1,118.
199, (tie) Larry Jordan, Lebanon, Ore., and Harley Trumbull, New Boston, Mich., 1,111.
201, (tie) Ross McDonald, Clarksville, Md., and a-Kenneth Daily, San Leanardo, Calif., 1,110.
203, Lauri Karppala Jr., Folsom, Ca., 1,108.
204, a-Larry O’Neill, Alexandria, Va., 1,103.
205, Tony Majcher, Rolling Meadows, Ill., 1,101.
206, a-David Thomas, Las Vegas, 1,098.
207, a-Trent Zabelle, Beaverton, Ore., 1,096.
208, a-James Snyder, Fair Oaks, Calif., 1,092.
209, Jerry Watkins, Bloomfield, N.M., 1,091.
210, Gerry Chinn, Castaic, Calif., 1,088.
211, Don Michaelsen Sr., Plant City, Fla., 1,072.
212, John Shreve Sr., Elyria, Ohio, 1,071.
213, Herbye Mitchell, Granbury, Texas, 1,059.
214, (tie) Randee Fry, Scottsbluff, Neb., and Ken Waltman, Tokeland, Wash., 1,052.
216, Andy Anderson, Falls Church, Va., 1,048.
217, Ray Shuel, Canada, 1,030.
218, a-Lamonte Lovering, San Mateo, Calif., 1,022.
219, James Gregware Jr., Rensselaer, N.Y., 1,006.
220, a-Ted Clampitt, Denton, Texas, 974.
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