Written by BILL RYAN, Sentinel Bowling Writer
Friday, 02 August 2013 08:37
The youngest professional in the field won the Professional Bowlers Association senior regional tournament on Thursday at Al-Mar Lanes.
|Bowler Jack Jurek (left) is congratulated by opponent Dale Eagle. (Photo: Enoch Wu/Sentinel-Tribune)
Jack Jurek turned 50 in April making him a rookie on the PBA50 tour.
Over 18 games in two days Jurek of Lackawanna, N.Y., averaged nearly 250 to claim his second PBA50 regional title in just two tournaments. He earned $4,000 for the win. He totaled 2,498 pins.
Dale Eagle, Laguna Niguel, Calif., had the lead at one point, but let it slip away. Eagle held on to second place at 4,426 to earn $2,000.
Jurek was a man on a mission Thursday. He began the day in 15th place after qualifying on Wednesday. He steadily climbed the leader board and once he had the top spot, never looked back. The new champion averaged 263.6 for the day.
"It's amazing what a difference a day makes," Jurek said of his improvement. "The lanes were very similar to Wednesday. But today I was getting some of my off hits to carry."
He added as the day progressed he "got pretty loose."
When a bowler is loose, they tend to make better shots instead of trying to force the ball into bad situations.
"When the title is on the line, it is easy to tense up," Jurek said.
Despite having the lead, after 15 games, Eagle stayed with Jurek and had some chances to regain the lead but could not deliver. Jurek was up 27 pins heading into the final game and bowled a 258 final game to 213 for Eagle.
Halfway through the final game, it would have taken a catastrophe for Jurek not to win.
"At that point I was pretty comfortable. It was nice to be able to coast at the end," the new champion admitted.
Eagle was pleased with his performance despite settling for his third second-place finish in this event. Unlike Jurek, who improved his carry, Eagle said he lost a bit of his.
"I just had to try to change the roll a bit," gesturing with his hand position. "I just had to make some minute changes."
He called the adjustment, his "calculated professional analyzing game."
Ken Wyatt, a non-member from Sterling Heights, Mich., nearly caught Eagle with a 300 in the 17th game and 258 in the final finishing in third at 4,420, just six pins behind Eagle. Eagle knew he needed to get the first strike in the 10th frame to stay ahead of Wyatt. Wyatt earned $1,500 for third. Two-time national PBA50 player of the year, Ron Mohr of Eagle River, Alaska, was fourth earning $1,000.
Two former champions earned $800 each as 2006 champion Bill Henson, of Westerville, was fifth with 4,083 pins for 17 games and 2012 champion Kevin Foley, Reno, Nev., finished seventh at 4,040.
Bowling Green league bowler Steve Jakubowski, Temperance, Mich. finished with 2,672 pins for 12 games in 24th place to earn $400. Emilio Mora Sr. of Defiance was 15th, earning $600, with 3,435 pins for 15 games.
Before becoming eligible for the senior tour, Jurek posted two national titles and 13 regional championships. Since competing on the senior circuit. He has bowled in three national events as a senior including finishing 12th in the Senior U.S. Open and 17th in the event held in Dayton.
Last Updated on Friday, 02 August 2013 11:14