Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Mark Williams Wins PBA Senior Lake County Indiana Open

Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) Hall of Famer Mark Williams defeated Harry Sullins, 246-183, to win his second consecutive PBA Senior Lake County Indiana Open at Olympia Lanes, Hammond, IN, Tuesday.

It was Williams’ first title of the 2009 season having had previous best finishes of second in Mooresville, NC, in May and third at the Senior U.S. Open in Las Vegas in June.

Williams gave some of the credit for his win to bowling in a center that seemed
to match up well with his game which was also the case when he won the
Tournament of Champions on the regular PBA Tour in 1985 and 1988 at Riviera Lanes in Fairlawn, Ohio.

“You definitely have centers where your game matches up better than others,”
Williams said. “You can’t always put your finger on why but I think that’s the
case here. It was a similar case bowling at Rivera Lanes where I won my two Tournament of Champions titles.”

The 51-year-old Williams, who earned $8,000 for the win, advanced to the
championship match by defeating Ron Mohr of Eagle River, Alaska in the
semifinal, 221-177. Mohr won the first two Senior Tour events of the 2009
season and is the current PBA Senior Tour points leader.

Sullins, of Chesterfield Township, Mich., advanced to the championship match by
defeating Kevin Croucher of Grants Pass, OR, 176-160.

“I think I had an advantage where I was able to play inside or outside to get
the ball reaction I wanted,” Williams added. “The other guys seemed to be
having trouble getting the ball through the front part of the lane from where
they were playing.”

The PBA Senior Tour moves to Spare Time Lanes in Decatur, Ill. for the PBA
Senior Decatur Open Aug. 8-11.

PBA Senior Lake County Indiana Open
Olympia Lanes, Hammond, Ind.
Aug. 4, 2009
Match play results - Championship
Mark Williams, Beaumont, TX ($8,000) def. Harry Sullins, Chesterfield Township, MI ($4,500), 246-183

Semifinal Round (losers earned $3,000)
Williams def. Ron Mohr, Anchorage, Alaska, 221-177
Sullins def. Kevin Croucher, Grants Pass, Ore., 176-160

Round of 8 (best of three games, losers eliminated, $1,700 each)
Mohr def. Keith Sharp, Orlando, Fla., 2-0
Williams def. Tom Baker, King, N.C., 2-0
Sullins def. Brian Brazeau, Ocala, Fla., 2-1
Croucher def. Robert Harvey, Boise, Idaho, 2-1
Round of 16 (best of five games, losers eliminated, $1,300 each)
Mohr def. Rodney Tramp, Porterville, Calif., 3-0
Sharp def. Russ Freeman, Antioch, Ill., 3-2
Baker def. Bill Spigner, Vernon Hills, Ill., 3-0
Williams def. Tom Carter, Rockford, Ill., 3-2
Brazeau def. Kerry Painter, Henderson, Nev., 3-0
Sullins def. Curtis Aemisegger, Wauconda, Ill., 3-2
Croucher def. Mickey Higham, Wood Dale, Ill., 3-1
Harvey def. Wayne Webb, Sacramento, Calif., 3-2

Round of 24 (best of five games, losers eliminated, $1,150 each)
Tramp def. Charlie Tapp, Kalamazoo, Mich., 3-2
Freeman def. Bill Neumann, Rensselaer, N.Y., 3-1
Spigner def. Kent Wagner, Palmetto, Fla., 3-0
Carter def. Doug Spicer, Canton, Mich., 3-2
Brazeau def. John Chapman, Canada, 3-1
Aemisegger def. Robert Flaws, Chicago Ridge, Ill., 3-0
Higham def. Dave Patchen, Oregon, Ohio, 3-2
Harvey def. Bill Henson, Westerville, Ohio, 3-2

Round of 32 (best of five games, losers eliminated, $1,050 each)
Tapp def. Kerry Fulford, Brownwood, Texas, 3-1
Freeman def. Bob Chamberlain, The Villages, Fla., 3-1
Wagner def. Gary Blanton, Owensboro, Ky., 3-1
Spicer def. Greg Goetz, Washington D.C., 3-0
Chapman def. Bobby Knipple, Long Beach, Calif., 3-2
Aemisegger def. Michael Truitt, Orland Park, Ill., 3-2
Patchen def. Mark Jones, Amelia, Ohio, 3-1
Harvey def. Ron Profitt, Brookville, Ohio, 3-2

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