Powered by a perfect game, Kenny Parks charged into the lead Tuesday after two rounds of qualifying at the 2011 USBC Senior Masters at Wayne Webb’s Columbus Bowl in Columbus, Ohio.
Parks, who won the event in 2008 and finished fourth last year, had a 10-game total of 2250 to lead a field of 249 of the country’s top bowlers age 50 and older.
Parks started the day with a 226 game before tossing his lowest score of the tournament, a 153. He then rebounded to finish with 300, 255 and 203 to surge into the lead.
“The very last shot in that 153 game, I threw a different ball and decided to stay with it, and was fortunate it worked out,” Parks said. “I was really happy with the 300 because I felt like I made really good shots that entire game.”
Five final games of qualifying are being contested today before the cut is made to the double-elimination match play bracket. Parks said he liked the position he was in heading into the final day of qualifying.
“Overall, I'm happy and sitting okay,” he said. “I have to keep it going... and I’ve got a good idea where to play the lanes.”
In second place, just nine pins behind Parks, was Sam Maccarone. Kevin Croucher was in third place with 2212, while first-round leader Rick Vittone was fourth with 2140.