Mark Roth overtakes Dave Ozio in GBT
Ball reaction to the lanes caused some difficulty for Ozio.
By PAUL TRGOVAC
BOARDMAN -- After the first round of bowling Sunday at Camelot Lanes in the Generations Bowling Tournament Boardman Challenge the Senior Division (50-59) leader Dave Ozio said he was being chased by Mark Roth.
Monday, Roth continued the chase, and with the help of the first perfect game of the tournament he was able to overtake Ozio for the lead.
Roth knocked down 190 pins on day two for a 16-game total of 3679, a 229 average and a 16-pin lead over Ozio. Roth had the top block of the day, as he shot 1907 for his eight games Monday.
Atria Classic leader
Vinnie Atria managed to hold onto the lead in the Classic Division (over 60) of the event as he held off a challenge from Gary Dickinson of Edmond, Okla. Atria has knocked down 3476 pins, a 217 average, and leads Dickinson by 23 pins. Dickinson shot 1813 for his eight games Monday, the third highest block on the day by any bowler.
"I don't worry about it [being in the lead]," said Roth. "We have 16 games of match play [today] and the step-ladder. I don't worry about being the leader until its over."
Roth, of Fulton, N.Y., a PBA Hall of Fame member and four-time player of the year, has been away from the competition for the last three years.
& quot;I was bowling, but not in tournaments. The first week back my hand blistered, but I got that under control. I still enjoy it [the competition], I love it."
Roth had seven games over 200 with a low of 192 on the day.
Ozio, of Beaumont, Texas, had a day that saw him knock down 1766 pins, some 133 less than Sunday.
"I didn't have a ball to match up today as well as I did yesterday. The lanes were two arrows tighter today," said Ozio. "The thing that is throwing me curveballs is that the lanes don't change a little bit, they change a lot."
Pair of Kerrys
In third and fourth place are a pair of Kerrys.
Kerry Painter of Henderson, Nev., and Kerry Fulford of Gatesville, Texas, have 3614, and 3539, respectively. Painter had the second highest block of the day as he knocked down 1866 pins Monday.
A pair of Ohio bowlers are next. Dave Patchen of Oregon is fifth with 3449, while Michael Henry of Brunswick sits sixth at 3442.
Following in seventh place is Sal Bongiorno of Hollywood, Fla., with 3396, followed by Lee Brosius of Centerville, Va., at 3393.
Gary Hiday of Indianapolis sits in ninth place with 3380 while Dick Gran of Hartville became the last qualifier at 3364.
Gran had day that saw him fall out of the top 10 midway through, but he recovered in the final two games with a 217 and 228 to edge Bruce Boyd of Warren by 42 sticks.
Boyd fell out of contention in the last two games as he managed just a 180 and 191 down the stretch.
Atria seemed amazed that he is still in the lead after the second day.
"I am still tired, and I don't understand how in the world I am still in first place," said Atria, of Louisville, Ky. "I have wasted so many shots not being there mentally, not being able to focus, and no matter how hard I try it just seems to be getting worse. I will just fight it out, and use some Lanacane patches or some Advil and just tough it out."
Bahny finishes 17th
Atria did not have any big games, but had seven of eight games over 200 with his low being 199. He knocked down 1721 pins after a 1755 block Sunday.
Following Dickinson is Chuck Pierce of Dallas with 3356, followed by Allie Clarke of Zanesville with 3332. Dale Eagle, of Tavares, Fla., is fifth at 3329 with the last spot in match play going to Grady Creasie of Olive Branch, Miss., at 3293.
Bill Bahny of Liberty finished 17th as he rolled 2957.
The first eight games of match play begin today at noon, with the second round at noon Wednesday.