|Tryniski leads PBA qualifying|
|Written by BILL RYAN, Sentinel Bowling Writer|
|Thursday, 01 August 2013 09:34|
Despite the late hour Wednesday night, both professional bowlers and the fans watching were checking scores closely at Al-Mar Lanes.
Only the top 24 advanced to today's competition in the PBA 50 Regional Midwest Classic.
After the last pin fell, Michael Tryniski of Fulton, N.Y. had the top spot in qualifying at 2,053 pins, a nearly 257 average for the eight games. Ron Mohr of Eagle River, Alaska, was 12 pins back at 2,041.
Bowling Green league bowler Steve Jakubowski survived a torrent of late scoring on the second squad of the day to finish in 23rd at 1,840.
Despite making the cut, Jakubowski of Temperance, Mich., who makes the trip each Monday night to bowl in the Sentinel Classic at Al-Mar, told one of his friends, he was not going to be satisfied just to make the cut, he wanted to advance further in the event.
Tryniski said he saw in practice what he needed to do and it carried him to the top of the leader board.
"I knew that straighter was better than curving and I just had to stay strong with the ball," he said.
Most of the bowlers were playing the extreme outside line with quite a bit of speed.
Mohr, who has had quite a bit of success on the national PBA tour, now called PBA50, said he feels very comfortable which helps him toward his goal "to play well. If I play well, I will usually score well."
As far as his career, he said he has far exceeded his expectations since he came out on tour in 2008.
"I'm in a really good place right now," he said. "I'm very comfortable."
Despite being near the top of the standings, he and all the competitors know there are a lot more games today before the champion is crowned and the competition is fierce. It required nearly a 230 average to make the first cut.
The top 24 will bowl four more games today starting at noon, prior to the field being cut to the top 16. After three more games, the third cut will reduce the competitors to the top eight. Those eight will bowl two more games, at which time the final cut will be made to the top four for one final game to be able to advance to the championship.
While everyone was doing the math to determine the standings, three bowlers advanced from outside the 24 on the final game of the day. With less than an hour before it became Thursday, Bob Kelly of Dayton rolled the fourth 300 game of the day to advance to 1,849 pins, good for 20th place.
Also rolling 300 games were Tryniski, Mohr and Dave Osim. Kelly said he made an adjustment just prior to the final game.
"I moved in a little farther and stayed firm with my shots," Kelly said.
Heading into today's action Dale Eagle is in third place at 2,017. Many Al-Mar regulars know Eagle has coveted a title here for years. Though he calls Laguna Niguel, Calif., home, Eagle's RV is frequently parked behind Al-Mar throughout the year and has been known to sub in local leagues. He also covets the trophy awarded featuring his namesake eagle on top.
Defending champion Kevin Foley of Reno, Nev. enters today with 2,013 pins, only 40 off the leader.
"I qualified higher this year as far as scores, but last year I was leading," Foley said. "I'm in the hunt, but this year have to do a little catch up."
In addition to Kelly, Roy Buckley had a final 236 game to advance in 21st place; and Bill Idzior, struck out in the 10th frame to get just enough pins to pass Sammy Ventura of Syracuse, N.Y., for the last advancing spot. Idzior carried a cross-over "Brooklyn" strike in the 10th to edge Ventura 1,839 to 1,834. The 2011 champion of this event, Tom Baker, King N.C., was also knocked out of the advancement as he had 1,826 pins.
Former Bowling Green league bowler Emilio Mora Sr. of Defiance qualified in eighth place at 1,957.
Other notables advancing included Wayne Webb, Columbus, at 1,878 and Jack Jurek, Lackawanna, N.Y., at 1,862.
Perrysburg resident Larry Smith finished 55th at 1,598.
Action begins at noon today. The final game will start around 5:30 p.m.
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