2nd NYS Senior Masters -- RESULTS
Jamestown Area's Ray Textor Claims Second Straight Crown
NOVEMBER 4, 2018 -- Another great turnout. Another strong field. Another victory for Ray Textor.
That's the story of Saturday's 2nd NYS Senior Masters Championship at Cort Lanes in Cortland.
Textor, a Kennedy resident (Jamestown Area USBC), defeated Pat Brick of Buffalo (Greater Buffalo USBC), 414-388, in the title match to capture the $1,250 first prize. Brick took home $750.
"I guess I'm getting better as I'm getting older," said Textor, a 60-year-old right-hander who placed second and sixth in a pair of PBA Regionals since his victory in the inaugural NYS Senior Masters last year at Lakeview Lanes in Fulton. "But, in that match (against Brick), I got a little luck ... Pat bowled better than I did; he just couldn't carry."
Both the second-seeded Brick and fourth-seeded Textor entered the two-game match play finals in the third round as they received two-round byes for their 1,003 and 935 scores in the four-game qualifying round.
Brick, 51, the only lefty among the top 16 finalists, eliminated PBA National Regional champion Ray Edwards of Middle Island (Long Island USBC), 463-400, and John Masiello of Kenmore (Greater Buffalo USBC), 435-408, while Textor ousted PBA Regional titlist Bob Leonard of Lockwood (Southern Tier USBC), 406-369, and NYS USBC Hall of Famer Mike Faliero of West Seneca, 472-420, to reach the title match.
In the finals, Textor rolled a pair of doubles in the first game, leading to a 214-199 win, and held off Brick, who was unable to carry the corner pins, 200-189, in the second game.
"I tightened up a little bit, and amped up my speed a bit, making the ball carry down too far," said Brick, who admitted he really wants to add a NYS Senior Masters crown to his impressive tournament resume. "But what Ray did, I can't express enough how hard it is to win a tournament of this caliber two years in a row. He deserved it."
Textor used Storm balls -- Sure Lock during qualifying and IQ Tour Nano and Phaze II in match play-- while Brick used Roto-Grip Idol exclusively.
The tournament drew 94 entrants – the same number as last year – and it took 878 for four games to advance to match play. The final cash number was 861. The event was contested on a 44-foot Challenge pattern designed by Kegel specifically for the tournament.
Joe Scianna Jr. of Ronkonkoma (Long Island USBC) was the top qualifier with 1,013 on games of 224-248-276-265. He was followed by Brick, Frank Cataldo of Fort Edward (Adirondack USBC), 952, and Textor. Those four received two-round byes.
Bowlers in the fifth through eighth spots received one-round byes. They were PBA Regional competitor Don Herrington of Ballston Lake (Schenectady USBC), 923; Masiello, 919; Carl Kinyon of Lockport (Lockport USBC), 908, and PBA Regional competitor Pat Donaghue of Honeoye Falls (Rochester NY USBC), 905.
The remaining eight finalists were Larry Case Jr. of Jamestown (Jamestown Area USBC), 902; Edwards, 900; Chuck Pitts of Cortland (Seven Valley USBC), 895; Robert Putman of Beaver Dams (Corning USBC), 887; Leonard, 884; Bill Hasiotis of Rochester (Rochester NY USBC), 882; PBA Regional champion Sam Ventura of Norwich (Norwich USBC), 879, and Faliero, 878.
Highlights of match play included:
-- Edwards' 279 game to cap a 523-411 win over Ventura in Round 1.
-- Masiello stringing the final six strikes in the second game to defeat Hasiotis, 471-465, in Round 2. A solid 7-pin on his first ball in the 10th frame kept Hasiotis, a right-hander, from winning.
-- Edwards striking in the 10th frame, getting the 2-pin from behind, to eliminate Kinyon, 456-438, in Round 2.
-- Masiello striking out in the 10th frame to edge Cataldo, 395-392, in Round 3.
-- Brick striking out in the 10th frame to shut out Masiello, 435-408, in Round 4.
Faliero, who bowled in both qualifying rounds (re-entering), bowled the most games – eight in qualifying and eight more in match play.
The 60-and-Over Bonus winners were Textor ($70), Masiello ($40) and Ventura ($20).
Next year's NYS Senior Masters is scheduled for Nov. 2, 2019 at Owego Bowl.
The NYS USBC wishes to thank the management and staff of Cort Lanes for hosting the tournament and delivering exceptional service.