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Four players remain undefeated

Lucas Wiseman
USBC Communications
Published: June 17, 2010 | Bowl.com
MATCH PLAY: Brackets

LAS VEGAS -
Wayne Webb of Grove City, Ohio, was ready to withdraw with a left knee injury even before the 2010 United States Bowling Congress Senior Masters started. Now he's one of four undefeated players in match play heading into the final day.

Webb is joined in the winners bracket by Henry Gonzalez of Colorado Springs, Colo., Pete McCordic of Katy, Texas, and Peter Knopp of Germany. The four players will hit the lanes again Friday at 9:15 a.m. PDT, just three wins away from the $16,000 top prize at the South Point Hotel and Casino Bowling Center.

Webb, a 20-time Professional Bowlers Association national champion and two-time Senior U.S. Open winner, injured his left knee last week at the 2010 Senior U.S. Open, but it didn't keep him from rolling to four consecutive victories Thursday.

"It still doesn't feel good, but with pain pills and a knee brace, it doesn't bother me that much," said Webb, who stayed in the winners bracket with a 682-623 win over Marv Sargent in the fourth round. "Everything is looking good at this point. When I threw it good today, I struck. At the beginning of the week, I didn't have that. So maybe I've found something."

Webb will take on Gonzalez in the morning, while McCordic will try to be the first bowler to take down top seed Knopp, who stayed alive in the winners bracket with an overtime victory against Robert Harvey of Boise, Idaho.

Knopp and Harvey finished tied at 606 in the fourth round with Knopp coming out on top 188-161 in the one-game roll-off.

In the losers bracket, eight bowlers remain in the hunt, including reigning PBA Player of the Year Walter Ray Williams Jr., who is looking to win his second senior title in his first year on the Senior PBA Tour.

Williams lost his opening match to Hugh Miller of Mercer Island, Wash., 674-648, but then rattled off five consecutive victories in the losers bracket. He finished the day with a dominating 782-661 victory in a rematch with Miller.

"The last four matches I threw it better and actually started carrying," Williams said. "There's still a long way to go. All of these guys are capable of beating me."

All 297 Senior Masters competitors bowled 15 qualifying games over three days before the field was cut to the top 63, who joined defending champion Dale Traber of Cedarburg, Wis., in the double-elimination match-play bracket.

Traber won his first match before being sent into the losers bracket, where he eventually lost his second match to 2008 Senior Masters champion Kenny Parks of Hammond, Ind., 677-554.

Match play continues Friday at 8 a.m. PDT. All matches consist of three games, with total pins determining the winners. Competition will continue throughout the day, and the championship match is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. PDT.


USBC SENIOR MASTERS
(at South Point Hotel and Casino Bowling Center, Las Vegas)
Thursday's Results

MATCH PLAY
Double elimination, three-game matches decided by total pinfall
(Name/hometown followed by three-game pinfall total)

OPENING MATCH PLAY ROUND
(Winners remain in winners bracket. Losers move to losers bracket)


(1) Peter Knopp, Germany, def. (61) Anthony Myers, Pensacola, Fla., 591-535
(33) Christopher Keane, New City, N.Y., def. (29) Bobby Johnson, Chillicothe, Ohio, 633-604
(17) Joe Salvemini, Las Vegas, def. (45) Clark Poelzer, Arden Hills, Minn., 701-601
(13) Bo Goergen, Sanford, Mich., def. (49) Jim Murtishaw, Menifee, Calif., 628-564
(21) Barry Gurney, West Hills, Calif., def. (41) Ron Winger, Las Vegas, 688-534
(53) Dave Soutar, Bradenton, Fla., def. (9) Dean Jones, San Marcos, Texas, 565-532
(25) Robert Harvey, Boise, Idaho, def. (37) Warren Blankenship, Ardmore, Okla., 532-530
(57) Robert Faragon, Schenectady, N.Y., def. (5) Bob Handley, Winter Park, Fla., 633-622

(3) Ross Packard, San Jose, Calif., def. (63) Vince Honeycutt, Buford, Ga., 629-607
(31) Gary Morgan, Marietta, Ga., def. (35) John Di Santis, Wilmington, Del., 580-552
(19) Pete McCordic, Katy, Texas, def. (47) Darwin Wimer, Mesquite, Nev., 610-598
(51) John Dudak, Orland Park, Ill., def. (15) Keith Kolozsi, Las Vegas, 598-567    
(43) Michael Karch, Edgewood, Wash., def. (23) Greg Shields, Independence, Mo., 596-561
(55) Dick Baker, Las Vegas, def. (11) Noel Vazquez, Sacramento, Calif., 591-566
(27) Marc Lineberry, Camanche, Iowa, def. (39) Don Fowler, Overland Park, Kan., 553-551
(7) Harry Sullins, Chesterfield, Mich., def. (59) Paul McCordic, Sugarland, Texas, 610-591

(2) Roger Kossert, Lithia, Fla., def. (62) Gary Bessette, Summerdale, Ala., 654-484
(34) Wayne Webb, Grove City, Ohio, def. (30) Phillip Karwoski Sr., South Hadley, Mass., 657-543
(18) David Eatmon, Ferndale, Mich., def. (46) Donald Breihan, Columbia, S.C., 630-567
(50) Charlie Tapp, Portage, Mich., def. (14) Tom Baker, King, N.C., 605-603
(42) Marv Sargent, Temecula, Calif., def. (22) Bob Purzycki, Las Vegas, 640-561
(10) Cliff Connors, Tempe, Ariz., def. (54) John Chapman, Canada, 678-579
(26) Les Shirwindt, Las Vegas, def. (38) Mark Williams, Beaumont, Texas, 559-558
(58) Rohn Morton, Portland, Ore., def. (6) Kenny Parks, Hammond, Ind., 615-514

(4) Kent Wagner, Palmetto, Fla., def. (64) Dave Sill, Rockledge, Fla., 582-499
(32) Dale Traber, Cedarburg, Wis., def. (36) Gary Dickinson, Edmond, Okla., 595-571
(48) Marc Scherlis, Littleton, Colo., def. (20) Brad Snell, Mount Prospect, Ill., 710-643
(52) Mike Dias, Lafayette, Colo., def. (16) Brian Brazeau, Ocala, Fla., 606-605
(24) Darryl Bower, Midletown, Pa., def. (44) Samuel Perrotta, Lincoln Park, N.J., 569-542
(56) Hugh Miller, Mercer Island, Wash., def. (12) Walter Ray Williams Jr., Ocala, Fla., 674-648
(28) Howie Partell, Las Vegas,  def. (40) Ted Staikoff, Black Hawk, S.D., 646-602
(60) Henry Gonzalez, Colorado Springs, Colo., def. (8) Gary Hiday, Indianapolis, 589-588


ROUND 1 WINNERS BRACKET

Knopp def. Keane, 646-550
Salvemini def. Goergen, 625-600
Soutar def. Gurney, 676-610
Harvey def. Faragon, 601-598
Packard def. Morgan 646-604
Pete McCordic def. Dudak, 715-509
Karch def. D. Baker, 644-596
Lineberry def. Sullins, 610-591

Webb def. Kossert, 722-605
Tapp def. Eatmon, 650-621
Sargent def. Connors 721-562
Shirwindt def. Morton, 651-603
Wagner def. Traber, 713-682
Dias def. Scherlis, 693-603
Miller def. Bower, 609-576
Gonzalez def. Partell, 530-510


ROUND 1 LOSERS BRACKET
(Losers eliminated, earn $950)

Myers def. Staikoff, 627-573
Hiday def. Johnson, 565-474
Perrotta def. Poelzer, 631-509
W.R. Williams def. Murtishaw, 598-593
Winger def. Snell, 703-539
Brazeau def. Jones, 645-532
Sill def. Blankenship, 600-594
Dickinson def. Handley, 635-622

M. Williams def. Honeycutt, 718-591
Parks def. Di Santis, 664-639
Purzycki def. Wimer, 565-524
Kolozsi def. Chapman, 567-550
Breihan def. Shields, 615-611
T. Baker def. Vazquez, 660-627
Bessette def. Fowler, 568-516
Paul McCordic def. Karwoski, 601-562


ROUND 2 LOSERS BRACKET
(Losers eliminated, earn $1,000)

Sullins def. Myers, 706-586
Hiday def. Dudak, 628-568
D. Baker def. Perrotta, 628-626
W.R. Williams def. Morgan, 718-542
Gurney def. Winger, 667-596
Keane def. Brazeau, 603-534
Sill def. Faragon, 545-537
Goergen def. Dickinson, 670-609

M. Williams def. Partell, 707-669
Parks def. Scherlis, 624-588
Purzycki def. Bower, 576-531
Traber def. Kolozsi, 628-608
Connors def. Breihan, 611-556
Kossert def. T. Baker, 691-654
Bessette def. Morton, 701-596
Eatmon def. Paul McCordic, 616-582


ROUND 2 WINNERS BRACKET

Knopp def. Salvemini, 584-570
Harvey def. Soutar, 600-527
Pete McCordic def. Packard, 631-615
Lineberry def. Karch, 645-575

Webb def. Tapp, 655-567
Sargent vs. Shirwindt, 721-576
Dias def. Wagner, 543-479
Gonzalez def. Miller, 615-589


ROUND 3 LOSERS BRACKET
(Losers eliminated, earn $1,100)

Sullins def. Hiday, 606-598
W.R. Williams def. D. Baker, 654-568
Keane def. Gurney, 588-531
Goergen def. Sill, 629-500

Parks def. M. Williams, 585-408 (Williams withdrew due to injury)
Traber def. Purzycki, 622-613
Kossert def. Connors, 628-566
Eatmon def. Bessette, 611-563

ROUND 4 LOSERS BRACKET
(Losers eliminated, earn $1,300)

Miller def. Sullins, 672-595
W.R. Williams def. Tapp, 742-686
Packard def. Keane, 605-498
Goergen def. Salvemini, 653-636

Parks def. Soutar, 650-598
Traber def. Shirwindt, 696-585
Wagner def. Kossert, 727-683
Karch def. Eatmon, 673-666


ROUND 3 WINNERS BRACKET

Knopp def. Harvey, 606-606 (188-161)
Pete McCordic def. Lineberry, 610-503
Webb def. Sargent, 682-623
Gonzalez def. Dias, 608-586


ROUND 5 LOSERS BRACKET
(Losers eliminated, earn $1,500)

W.R. Williams def. Miller, 782-661
Packard def. Goergen, 699-550
Parks def. Traber, 677-554
Wagner def. Karch, 666-596

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