Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Croucher Leads Senior US Open Field in First round

Kevin Croucher of Grants Pass, OR, averaged 239.6 
to lead the 227-player field after first-round qualifying Monday in the 
Professional Bowlers Association Senior U.S. Open presented by the Suncoast at 
the Suncoast Bowling Center in Las Vegas, NV.

Croucher, winner of the 2007 Senior Decatur (IL) Open for his lone Senior Tour 
title, had a 1,438 six-game pinfall total with games of 216, 243, 222, 257, 233 
and 267, and had only one open frame which came in the third game.

“You want to get as many pins as you can in the later blocks because they are 
generally higher scoring,” said Croucher, bowling in the final block of the day. 
“Bowling the second or third block you can take advantage of the shot that 
develops when the lanes burn out.  You just need to make all your spares and 
strike as much as possible.”

Rounding out the top five after first-day qualifying were Bo Goergen of Sanford, 
MI, 1,424; Junichi Yajima, Japan, 1,421; Dale Traber, Cedarburg, WI, 1,416 
and Hugh Miller, Seattle, 1,396.

Croucher, whose best Senior U.S. Open finish was sixth which also came in 2007, 
has had a disappointing start to the 2011 season and decided to take some time 
off to work on his game which proved productive as he discovered a flaw in his 

“I went back home and thanks to being able to use video I noticed that I was 
pulling up dramatically at the line,” said the 55-year-old bowling proprietor. 
“You could see it right away and I was able to fix it simply by staying down at 
the line.  Had I not been able to see it on video I don’t know how long it would 
have taken me to figure it out.”

In what is considered the toughest test on the Senior Tour, all players will 
bowl two more six-game qualifying rounds Tuesday and Wednesday after which the 
field will be cut to the top quarter of the field for another nine-game 
qualifying round Thursday morning. The field will then be cut to the top 24 
players for three eight-game round-robin match play rounds conducted Thursday 
and Friday to determine the top four for the stepladder finals scheduled for 
Friday at 3:30 p.m. PT.

Bowling fans can check out coverage of the match play portions of the Senior 
U.S. Open on’s Xtra Frame video service. 

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