Senior Masters bowling tourney champ crowned
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.