3rd NYS Senior Masters -- RESULTS

Miseno Adds 50 & Over Victory to His Two Regular Masters' Titles

NOVEMBER 10, 2019 – Nick Miseno Jr. of Ballston Lake now has a New York State Senior Masters crown to go along with his two New York State Masters titles.

The 51-year-old right-hander, bowling in his first state singles event for NYS USBC members 50 years of age and up, defeated Bill Young of Cortland, 436-372, in the two-game championship match on Saturday to win the 3rd NYS Senior Masters at Owego Bowl.

Miseno posted 240 and 196 to outdistance Young, who rolled 173-199, on the Route 66 “challenge” oil pattern.

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The victory was worth $800 for Miseno, a high school special education teacher, while Young, a NYS USBC Hall of Famer, took home $450.

The tournament, which was sponsored by A.L. George Distributing of Binghamton and Hemp Geek of Owego, drew 62 entrants.

Miseno said that “trusting his arm swing and staying in the moment” were keys to his success on a day where he averaged 225.

“I’m all about ‘feel’ and more than anything it is putting trust in my arm swing,” he said. “Even when I felt that I didn’t have a good ball reaction, I felt like my timing and my arm swing – as comfortable as I felt – were going to help me get through some of those tough times.”

Miseno qualified as the No. 8 seed for the 16-bowler finals with an 889 four-game total on the second squad (after posting 824 on the opening squad), and then went on to post two-game match totals of 452, 455, 494 and 436.

“Those high scores in match play came out of nowhere because during qualifying on both squads my carry wasn’t the best it could have been,” he said. “It wasn’t until really that last game (in the second qualifying round) when I shot 256, and that just carried over into match play.”

He said he used three bowling balls -- Ebonite Futura, Solid Choice, Track Mako (in finals).

Miseno won the NYS Masters in 1997 and 2016, and also won the Super Bud Bowl in Oswego in 2006.

Young qualified as the 11th seed and had to win four matches to reach the title match.

The most exciting was an opening round 514-509 victory over Ryan Shafer of Horseheads. Young rolled 245-269 while Shafer had 247-262.

In the semifinals, he defeated Joe Scianna of Ronkonkoma, 478-390, while Miseno ousted Ken Ball of Avon, 494-363.  Scianna, a quarterfinalist last year, and Ball each earned $275.

Other cashers were:

-- No. 1 seed Troy McClure of Marion, Ken Hoalcraft of Elbridge, Glenn Smith of New York City and Merle Foster of Rome ($200 apiece);

-- Chuck Pitts of Cortland, Steve Chiarella of Staten Island, Don Herrington of Ballston Lake and Jim Pitts of Elmira ($150 each);

--Shafer, Michael Palozzi of Webster, James Willey of Jamestown and Sam Ventura of Norwich ($120 apiece).

It took a score of 852 to qualify for the match play rounds.

Two-time defending champion Ray Textor of Kennedy rolled 825 in qualifying, missing the cut by 27 pins.


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