The final round of the PBA Midwest/Central Region Wood Dale Senior Open was held on Sunday, July 15, in Wood Dale, IL. The tournament was open to anyone over the age of 50, and brought out some of the best senior bowlers in the Midwest. Since the PBA Senior Tour did not have a tournament this week, several of the bowlers decided to take part in this tournament. Some of the Senior Tour regulars included Lennie Boresch Jr, Dale Traber and Mike Mineman. While the tournament feature some impressive talent, nobody was able to top Harry Sullins.
There were 53 participants in the PBA Midwest/Central Region Wood Dale Senior Open, and they all bowled eight games of qualifying on the first day of the tournament. After the qualifying round was completed, the field was cut to the top 16 bowlers. The top 16 bowlers would then compete in single elimination match play bowling until there was only one bowler left standing.
Harry Sullins was the top seed heading into the match play round thanks to his 228 average in the qualifying round. Sullins would easily dispatch of Alan Grobmeier in the first match play round to set up a match against Lennie Boresch Jr. Boresch was the most accomplished bowler in the tournament, but he was he was also easily defeated by Sullins. Sullins then defeated Don Holmes in the next round to set up a title match with Kenny Parks. Parks was the 7th seed in the tournament and was bowling great heading into the final match. Sullins would save his best for last, and would defeat Parks 258-192.
Harry Sullins owns three titles on the Senior Tour, and he proved his talents again during this tournament. Harry Sullins may not be a household name, but that does not mean he can not beat some of the best bowlers in the world. This is why I love the Regional tour and the sport of bowling so much. Just because there are some huge names in a tournament, does not mean that they are automatically going to win the tournament. Anyone can win any given bowling tournament, and this is proven every week on the PBA Regional Tour.
Jake has been an avid bowler since the age of 8, and regularly follows the PBA throughout the year.