Date Posted: November 7th, 2021
Newark, NY – Pat Brick of Tonawanda knocked top seeded Rich Strath of Schenectady to capture the crown at the 5th New York State Senior Masters which was held at Doug Kent’s Rose Bowl Lanes in Newark on Saturday, November 5.
After two qualifying squads the top 16 bowlers advanced to the Match-Play Round which consisted of two-game single elimination matches. Seeds 1-4 received a two-round bye and seed 5-8 received a one-round bye during match play.
Brick rolled 834 for four games during the qualifying round and was tied for third place with Keith Garceau of Rochester. He won the tie-breaker with a high game of 232 over Garceau 226 to give him the third seed.
Joining the party in round 3, Brick bowled Dan Gizzi of Depew. After a close first game (246-244) Brick was able to pull away in the second game to win the match 493 to 460 to advance to the semi-finals. Brick then rolled 223-258 to beat Ray LaChase II of Spencenport 194-179 to earn his spot in the finals.
The top seed after qualifying Strath squeaked by defending champion Glenn Smith of New York City 434-430, he then rolled past Jeff Dewar of Rochester 390-370 to advance to the finals.
In game one of the finals Brick shot a 242 while Strath rolled a 224. Brick continued his hot hand in game two shooting a 256 over Strath’s 210. This was Brick’s first New York State Senior title, he also won the 1999 New York Masters.
“I’m loving it,” Brick said when asked how it feels to win the Senior Masters. “On a personal level, I wanted this one. I won the Masters a few years ago and have a few titles at the states (Open Championships) but this one is special.”
Brick averaged 230 over the long day to take home a $750 prize and Strath won $390.
Meanwhile in Round one of match-play, Michael Marciano of Rochester defeated Richard Perricone II of Dansville 401-341; LaChase II defeated Bill Young of Cortland 402-332; Deric Houpert of Fairport defeated John Maloy of Middletown 371-369 and Gizzi defeated Jacqueline Delawaski of Williston Park 300-293.
This set up the round two matches where seeds 4-8 joined the field. Smith defeated Marciano 503-325; LaChase II defeated Troy McClure of Marion 432-418; Gizzi defeated Mike Donovan of Painted Post 370-367; and Dewar defeated Houppert 385-375.
For the full results and prize list click here.
Next year’s event will be held at Allie Brandt’s Lanes in Lockport in Saturday, November 5.