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Germany’s Knopp on Top at USBC Senior Masters After Third Round

by Jerry Schneider June 16, 2010 14:03


By Lucas Wiseman, USBC Communications

LAS VEGAS - Peter Knopp of Bremen, Germany, earned high qualifier honors Wednesday at the 2010 United States Bowling Congress Senior Masters.

Knopp, who was in fifth place after the second round, has a 15-game total of 3,296, an average of 219.7, at the South Point Hotel and Casino Bowling Center. He shot 1,095 in Round 3 and leads Roger Kossert of Lithia, Fla., by six pins.

"There are so many good players here, and I still don't have the confidence I should," said Knopp, who finished 29th at the Senior U.S. Open last week. "I am the underdog. I'm just happy I made the cut."

Knopp, who turned 50 in April, opened the tournament with a five-game block of 1,077 and then shot 1,124 in Tuesday's second round. He said he has bowled well on what he considers tough lane conditions.

"If you bowl good, it might look easy but I think it's pretty tough," Knopp said. "I kept the ball in play, and even though I missed some spares, I got lucky a couple times."

Ross Packard of San Jose, Calif., sits in third position at 3,286, while Kent Wagner of Palmetto, Fla., is fourth at 3,269.

Bob Handley of Winter Park, Fla., who led after the first and second rounds, dropped to fifth with 3,254 after shooting 963 on Wednesday.

The top 63 players advanced to the double-elimination match-play bracket, which will take place Thursday and Friday. Kevin Gannon of Lakewood, Calif., and Dave Sill of Rockledge, Fla., tied for the final spot at 3,017. Sill won a one-game roll-off, 232-196, to advance to the match-play bracket.

Defending champion Dale Traber of Cedarburg, Wis., now joins the field to complete the 64-player bracket. Traber will be seeded No. 32 in the bracket and will take on Gary Dickinson of Edmond, Okla., in the opening round Thursday morning.

Match play will continue throughout Thursday and Friday with the championship match scheduled for 3:30 p.m. PDT on Friday.


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South Point Hotel and Casino Bowling Center, Las Vegas

Wednesday's Results


(15 games)

1, Peter Knopp, Germany, 3,296.

2, Roger Kossert, Lithia, Fla., 3,290.

3, Ross Packard, San Jose, Calif., 3,286.

4, Kent Wagner, Palmetto, Fla., 3,269.

5, Bob Handley, Winter Park, Fla., 3,254.

6, Kenny Parks, Hammond, Ind., 3,237.

7, Harry Sullins, Chesterfield, Mich., 3,221.

8, Gary Hiday, Indianapolis, Ind., 3,220.

9, Dean Jones, San Marcos, Texas, 3,195.

10, Cliff Connors, Tempe, Ariz., 3,195.

11, Noel Vazquez, Sacramento, Calif., 3,175.

12, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Ocala, Fla., 3,160.

13, Bo Goergen, Sanford, Mich., 3,160.

14, Tom Baker, King, N.C., 3,142.

15, Keith Kolozsi, Las Vegas, Nev., 3,138.

16, Brian Brazeau, Ocala, Fla., 3,116.

17, Joe Salvemini, Las Vegas, Nev., 3,111.

18, David Eatmon, Ferndale, Mich., 3,110.

19, Pete McCordic, Katy, Texas, 3,105.

20, Brad Snell, Mount Prospect, Ill., 3,101.

21, Barry Gurney, West Hills, Calif., 3,097.

22, Bob Purzycki, Las Vegas, Nev., 3,094.

23, Greg Shields, Independence, Mo., 3,091.

24, Darryl Bower, Middletown, Pa., 3,087.

25, Robert Harvey, Boise, Idaho, 3,085.

26, Les Shirwindt, Las Vegas, Nev., 3,080.

27, Marc Lineberry, Camanche, Iowa, 3,077.

28, Howie Partell, Las Vegas, Nev., 3,075.

29, Bobby Johnson, Chillicothe, Ohio, 3,074.

30, Phillip Karwoski Sr., South Hadley, Mass., 3,073.

31, Gary Morgan, Marietta, Ga., 3,072.

32, (TIE) Christopher Keane, New City, N.Y., 3,072 and

Wayne Webb, Grove City, Ohio, 3,072.

34, John Di Santis, Wilmington, Del., 3,071.

35, Gary Dickinson, Edmond, Okla., 3,070.

36, Warren Blankenship, Ardmore, Okla., 3,061.

37, Mark Williams, Beaumont, Texas, 3,053.

38, Don Fowler, Overland Park, Kan., 3,051.

39, (TIE) Ted Staikoff, Black Hawk, S.D., 3,050 and

Ron Winger, Las Vegas, Nev., 3,050.

41, Marv Sargent, Temecula, Calif., 3,048.

42, Michael Karch, Edgewood, Wash., 3,045.

43, (TIE) Samuel Perrotta, Lincoln Park, N.J., 3,044 and

Clark Poelzer, Arden Hills, Minn., 3,044.

45, Donald Breihan, Columbia, S.C., 3,041.

46, Darwin Wimer, Mesquite, Nev., 3,037.

47, Marc Scherlis, Littleton, Colo., 3,036.

48, Jim Murtishaw, Menifee, Calif., 3,032.

49, Charlie Tapp, Portage, Mich., 3,029.

50, John Dudak, Orland Park, Ill., 3,029.

51, Mike Dias, Lafayette, Colo., 3,029.

52, (TIE) Dave Soutar, Bradenton, Fla., 3,026,

John Chapman, Canada, 3,026 and

Dick Baker, Las Vegas, Nev., 3,026.

55, (TIE) Hugh Miller, Mercer Island, Wash., 3,025,

Robert Faragon, Schenectady, N.Y., 3,025

and Rohn Morton, Portland, Ore., 3,025.

58, Paul McCordic, Sugarland, Texas, 3,024.

59, Henry Gonzalez, Colorado Springs, Colo., 3,022.

60, Anthony Myers, Pensacola, Fla., 3,021.

61, Gary Bessette, Summerdale, Ala., 3,020.

62, Vince Honeycutt, Buford, Ga., 3,018.

63, Dave Sill, Rockledge, Fla., 3,017. (Sill def. Gannon 232-196 in roll-off)

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