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Bowling News USA - June 17, 2012 Mike Edwards Over Hugh Miller for Senior Masters Title...Win, Place, Show for Storm Products...

Storm staffer Mike Edwards of Tulsa, Okla., made it through the double-elimination match-play bracket undefeated to win the 2012 United States Bowling Congress Senior Masters on Friday.

Edwards, competing in his second Senior PBA Tour event, won the title with a 701-691 victory over Hugh Miller of Mercer Island, Wash., at the South Point Bowling Center. The victory gave Edwards a payday of $16,000 as he finished on top of the field of 283 of the top bowlers age 50 and older in the world.

Edwards, Miller, and third place finisher Amleto Monacelli, all used Storm equipment. Edwards used the new Storm Manic™ in the final, while Miller used a Storm Crossroad™. Monacelli used a Storm IQ™ Tour Edition, and fourth place finisher Gary Dickinson used a Roto Grip Outlaw™.

The win marked the 17th time this season a player has won a national PBA/Senior PBA tour stop using Storm or Roto Grip bowling balls.

Watch the final below:

"This is validation to let me know that I'm legitimately back because I have had a rough year and a half," said Edwards, who won seven matches en route to the title. "My father died five months ago, and I really lost my passion for bowling. I hope that the Senior Tour will revitalize my career, especially now that I've won a major."

Edwards, who turned 50 in December, sat and watched as Miller finished the championship match. Needing all three strikes in the 10th frame to win by one pin, Miller struck on his first shot and then left a 6 pin. In the double-elimination format, even had Miller won the match, the two would have bowled a second championship match.

"Sitting on the bench to win has never happened to me," said Edwards, who has been a PBA member since 1981 and won his lone PBA Tour title in 1994. "It didn't hit me for a second, and I had to add up the score again real quick. I don't think it has sunk in yet."

Miller, a seven-time winner on the PBA Tour and two-time Senior PBA Tour winner, defeated USBC Hall of Famer Monacelli of Venezuela, 634-571 for the right to take on Edwards for the title. The loss gave Monacelli a third-place finish in his Senior Masters debut.

Two-time Senior Masters champion and 69-year-old Gary Dickinson of Edmond, Okla., fell short in his bid to become the first player to win the event three times. Dickinson lost to Monacelli, 771-538, to finish fourth.

2012 USBC SENIOR MASTERS 
At South Point Bowling Center, Las Vegas 

CHAMPIONSHIP 

(Winner earns $16,000; Loser finishes second, earns $8,000)

Mike Edwards def. Hugh Miller, 701-691


Storm/Roto Grip Wins - 2012 PBA/PBA Senior Tour

1. 2012 USBC Senior Masters - Mike Edwards - Storm Manic™

2. 2012 Etonic PBA Senior U.S. Open - Amleto Monacelli - Storm Marvel™ Pearl

3. 2012 PBA Senior Mooresville Classic - Bob Learn Jr. - Storm Victory Road™ Pearl

4. 2012 PBA Senior Sun Bowl In The Villages - Lennie Boresch Jr. - Roto Grip - Roto Grip Nomad™  Pearl

5. 2012 PBA Pepsi Elite Players Championship - Jason Belmonte - Storm Marvel™ Pearl

6. 2012 PBA Dick Weber Playoffs - Norm Duke - Storm Frantic™

7. 2012 PBA Carmen Salvino Classic - Andres Gomez - Storm Marvel™ Pearl/Hy-Road™

8. 2012 PBA Mark Roth-Marshall Holman Doubles Championship - Norm Duke/Wes Malott - Storm Frantic™/Anarchy™

9. 2012 PBA Kuwait International Open - Osku Palermaa - Storm Natural™

10. 2012 PBA Detroit Open - Norm Duke - Roto Grip Outlaw™

11. 2012 PBA GEICO Shark Open - Jason Belmonte - Storm Marvel Pearl™/Roto Grip Critical Theory™

12. 2012 U.S Open - Pete Weber - Storm Marvel™ Pearl/Frantic™

13. 2012 PBA Ricart Ford Open - Scott Newell - Storm Victory Road™ Solid

14. 2012 PBA Scorpion Open - Dominic Barrett - Storm Marvel Pearl™/Roto Grip Critical Theory™

15. 2012 PBA Chameleon Open - Jason Belmonte - Storm Marvel Pearl™/Roto Grip Outlaw™

16. 2012 PBA Viper Open  - Stuart Williams - Storm Victory Road™ Solid/Tropical Heat™

17. 2012 PBA World Championship - Osku Palermaa -  Storm Hy-Road™/Roto Grip Outlaw™/Defiant™

 

(courtesy: pba.com)



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