Se­nior Mas­ters bowl­ing tour­ney champ crowned

Imperial Valley Press - - SPORTS - BY MICKEY DALE

EL CEN­TRO — Im­pe­rial res­i­dent Jerry Vaught made the most of his first time com­pet­ing in the Se­nior Mas­ters Bowl­ing Tour­na­ment, here on Feb. 3.

Vaught de­feated James Gray, 447-422, in the ti­tle match of the two-game scratch for­mat to claim the 2018 Im­pe­rial Val­ley U.S. Bowl­ing Congress Se­niors Mas­ters ti­tle at the Strike Zone Bowl­ing Cen­ter here.

“It turned out good,” said Vaught. “I was happy with the way I bowled.”

Vaught posted games of 224-223 to edge Gray’s 199-226 to earn the cham­pi­onship con­sist­ing of bowlers over the age of 50.

“It was a good match with him, he’s a good bowler,” Vaught said of the fi­nal match. “I know he can throw eight to 10 (strikes) in a row. And I told him that, you’re not out of it.”

Gray bowled six con­sec­u­tive two-game matches in the dou­ble-elim­i­na­tion tour­na­ment be­fore start­ing to feel fa­tigued.

“I was get­ting tired,” he said.

It wasn’t an easy tour­na­ment for the win­ner, who strug­gled to nar­row a 340-324 victory over Dan Stauf early in the day, but quickly made cor­rec­tions in his me­chan­ics.

“I kept mov­ing to the right a lit­tle bit (on his ap­proach), the ball wasn’t com­ing in,” Vaught ex­plained. “So I moved two boards to the right. It worked and I was pretty happy”.

Vaught also beat Glenn Svare 420-334 in the sec­ond round be­fore sit­ting out a round.

Svare then got his re­venge and handed Vaught his only de­feat, 395-374.

Vaught rolled a 279 in the fi­nale of the Svare re­match to post a 503-407 two-game se­ries win to en­ter the cham­pi­onship, where he faced Gray.

Gray’s path to the fi­nal needed an ad­di­tional two games. He had the high­est two-game to­tal of the tour­na­ment, beat­ing Mickey Dale 544-414 in the open­ing round.

Ger­ald Bon­neau, Jr. topped Gray 473-453, forc­ing Gray to bat­tle back in con­sec­u­tive se­ries’ to reach the cham­pi­onship.

Gray elim­i­nated Dale 424-399 be­fore beat­ing Bon­neau 436-346, then elim­i­nat­ing him 459-372, set­ting up the ti­tle match.

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