Pro bowler Jack Jurek saved his best for last Wednesday.
Jurek rolled nine consecutive strikes to close out a 40-pin victory over No. 1 qualifier Bob Learn Jr. in the final match of the PBA50 Miller High Life Classic.
Jurek, 52, beat Learn 264-224 at George Pappas’ Victory Lanes to claim his second title on the Professional Bowlers Association’s 50-and-over tour.
“I really felt coming into this year that I could be a factor,” said Jurek, who won $7,500. “I changed my equipment, felt pretty good about doing that and felt pretty good about my game.”
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It was an emotional win for Jurek, of Lackawanna, N.Y., a four-time winner of the PBA Tour’s sportsmanship award. He missed the previous PBA50 Tour event in Florida after his father, Jerry, passed away two weeks ago at age 85.
Jurek, the No. 2 qualifier, advanced to the final by pulling out a 224-200 win against Hall of Famer Pete Weber. Jurek closed out that win with five consecutive strikes, but he needed a spare by Weber in the 10th frame to clinch.
In the final, Jurek left a pin standing on the third frame, giving Learn, 53, the early lead. But he responded with his nine-strike run, and Learn had to settle for spares on four frames.
“I didn’t miss any spares all week, and I was feeling it,” said Learn, whose first PBA50 title came at Victory Lanes in 2012. “But (Jurek) came on strong. That was going to be hard to beat.”
“The last thing you want to do is give Bob Learn an opportunity like that. But it was early enough that I had a chance to get some good shots in, and get back in the game.” – Jurek said about the open frame.
Charlotte’s Joe Scarborough, the first bowler to roll a 900 series in PBA competition two years ago, finished 32nd. He won $1,175. … Eight bowlers rolled 300 games during the three-day tournament: Learn, Tom Baker of King; Tom Howison of Chillicothe, Ohio; Paul LeMond of Jasper, Ind.; Don Sylvia of Daytona Beach, Fla.; John Hough of Naples, Fla.; Louis Manzilla Jr. of Mount Olive, Ala.; and Brian LeClair of Delmar, N.Y.
The PBA50 Tour will head to Farmingdale, N.Y., for the Johnny Petraglia BVL Open. Practice rounds will begin Saturday, with the final Tuesday.