Tom Baker Wins PBA50 Dayton Classic for 12th Career Title and Second of the Season

by JSchneider  |  Thursday, July 31, 6:38 PM

 

Professional Bowlers Association Hall of Famer Tom Baker of King, N.C., won the PBA50 Dayton Classic presented by Roto Grip Thursday to capture his 12th career PBA50 Tour title and second of the season.

The 59-year-old Baker defeated fellow Hall of Famer and top qualifier Norm Duke of Clermont, Fla., 265-217, in the title match at Capri Lanes to join Duke as the tour’s only two-time winners this season. The win also propelled Baker into a three-way tie for second on the PBA50 Tour career titles list with Gary Dickinson and Dale Eagle. John Handegard leads the list with 14 titles.

“When you bowl a great player like Norm you know you’re going to have your hands full,” said Baker, who also owns 10 PBA Tour titles. “I knew I was going to need a good game. I think we were all a little surprised that the lanes were playing a little straighter than we thought.

“I was fortunate to start the game with four strikes and Norm struggled so I was able to build up a little bit of a cushion which put me in good mindset as the match went on.”

Baker’s win avenged a loss to Duke in the title match of the UnitedHealthcare Sun Bowl In The Villages earlier this season which Duke won 256-228.

“I told Norm that now we’re even,” said Baker, who won his first title of the season in the Northern California Classic in June. “With two tournaments left this season hopefully we’ll meet again to bowl for a title, you never know.”

In the semifinal match, Baker defeated Hall of Famer Brian Voss of Alpharetta, Ga., 213-203, to advance to the title match. In the opening stepladder match, Voss defeated two-time PBA Tour winner Jack Jurek of Lackawanna, N.Y., 216-167. Jurek and Voss were both trying for their first PBA50 Tour title.

Heading into the final two tournaments of the season, Baker, a four-time PBA50 Player of the Year, moved into a tie with Pete Weber for second in the PBA50 Player of the Year points race, 12 points behind Duke who leads.

The PBA50 Tour travels to Hammond, Ind. Aug 4-7 for the PBA50 South Shore Open presented by DV8 to be followed by the season-ending Treasure Island Resort & Casino Open presented by Hammer in Welch, Minn., Aug. 10-13. Both events can be seen on PBA’s online bowling channel Xtra Frame. For subscription and schedule information click on the Xtra Frame logo on the pba.com homepage.

PBA50 DAYTON CLASSIC PRESENTED BY ROTO GRIP
Thursday’s final results
At Capri Lanes
Kettering, Ohio

Final standings:

1, Tom Baker, King, N.C., $7,500.
2, Norm Nuke, Clermont, Fla., $4,500.
3, Brian Voss, Alpharetta, Ga., $2,500.
4, Jack Jurek, Lackawanna, N.Y., $2,000.

Playoff results:

Match one: Voss def. Jurek, 216-167.
Semifinal match: Baker def. Voss, 213-203.
Championship match: Baker def. Duke, 265-217.

FOURTH ROUND RESULTS
After 32-games including match play record and money earned
Top four advanced to stepladder finals 1, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 12-4, 7,805.2, Tom Baker, King, N.C., 12-4, 7,787.

3, Brian Voss, Alpharetta, Ga., 11-5, 7,751.
4, Jack Jurek, Lackawanna, N.Y., 10-6, 7,725.
5, (tie) Harry Sullins, Chesterfield Twp., Mich., 12-4, and
Randy Pedersen, Orlando, Fla., 10-6, 7,616, $1,700.
7, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Ocala, Fla., 8-7-1, 7,578, $1,500.
8, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 9-7, 7,567, $1,475.
9, Mike Edwards, Tulsa, Okla., 5-11, 7,538, $1,450.
10, Ron Mohr, Las Vegas, 11-5, 7,527, $1,425.
11, Bryan Goebel, Shawnee, Kan., 10-6, 7,494, $1,400.
12, Lennie Boresch Jr., Kenosha, Wis., 6-9-1, 7,407, $1,380.
13, Wayne Webb, Columbus, Ohio, 7-9, 7,388, $1,360.
14, Kerry Painter, Henderson, Nev., 5-11, 7,348, $1,340.
15, Christopher Keane, Cape Coral, Fla., 7-9, 7,215, $1,320.
16, Kent Wagner, Palmetto, Fla., 6-10, 7,210, $1,300.

THIRD ROUND RESULTS
After 24 games
Top 16 advanced to fourth round

1, Tom Baker, King, N.C., 8-0, 5,898.
2, Mike Edwards, Tulsa, Okla., 5-3, 5,810.
3, Jack Jurek, Lackawanna, N.Y., 6-2, 5,789.
4, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 5-3, 5,719.
5, Brian Voss, Alpharetta, Ga., 5-3, 5,655.
6, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 6-2, 5,639.
7, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Ocala, Fla., 4-4, 5,625.
8, Ron Mohr, Las Vegas, 6-2, 5,622.
9, Harry Sullins, Chesterfield Twp., Mich., 5-3, 5,571.
10, Bryan Goebel, Shawnee, Kan., 6-2, 5,543.
11, Christopher Keane, Cape Coral, Fla., 6-2, 5,536.
12, Wayne Webb, Columbus, Ohio, 3-5, 5,530.
13, Kent Wagner, Palmetto, Fla., 3-5, 5,520.
14, Kerry Painter, Henderson, Nev., 3-5, 5,504.
15, Randy Pedersen, Orlando, Fla., 4-4, 5,477.
16, Lennie Boresch Jr., Kenosha, Wis., 3-5, 5,476.
17, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 4-4, 5,451, $1,150.
18, Tommy Martin, Arlington, Tenn., 3-5, 5,417, $1,130.
19, Michael Henry, Brunswick, Ohio, 3-5, 5,367, $1,120.
20, Ralph Brunt Jr., Ft. Pierce, Fla., 4-4, 5,354, $1,110.
21, Tracy Teeters, Salem, Ore., 3-5, 5,327, $1,100.
22, Tom Carter, Rockford, Ill., 3-5, 5,302, $1,090.
23, Timothy Kauble, Marion, Ohio, 2-6, 5,296, $1,080.
24, Dale Csuhta, Wadsworth, Ohio, 3-5, 5,255, $1,070.
25, Ron Profitt, Brookville, Ohio, 3-5, 5,252, $1,065.
26, Bill McCorkle, Westerville, Ohio, 1-7, 5,251, $1,060.
27, Don Blatchford, Santa Monica, Calif., 3-5, 5,216, $1,055.
28, Darron Peters, Murrieta, Calif., 2-6, 5,183, $1,050.