The final round of the PBA Senior South Shore Open was held on Thursday, Aug. 9, in Hammond, IN. This was the second to last tournament on the PBA Senior Tour season, so all of the great bowlers came out looking to win a title. The PBA South Shore Open would help decide the winner of the PBA Senior Player of the Year award at the end of the season. While he was sitting outside the top 10 after qualifying, Hugh Miller was able to have a great day on Thursday in route to winning the title.
The title at the PBA Senior South Shore Open was the third Senior Tour title in Miller's career, and the first this season. Miller joins a long list of bowlers with one title this season,as Walter Ray Williams Jr is the only one that has been able to win multiple titles. Miller did not have the best qualifying round, so he would have a tougher time winning the tournament than some of the other bowlers. Miller faced Mike Dias in his first match in the match play round, and was able to win the best of five series 3-0. Miller would have another best of five series in the next round against Ron Profitt, and he would be able to win that match 3-0 too. Miller would then sweep his match against Jeff Richgels to advance to the semifinal round, where only one game would be bowled. Hugh Miller continued his great bowling and coasted to a 237-177 victory over Mike Edwards to advance to the title match to face Rick Minier. Miller would not maintain the high level of bowling, but he would be helped out by poor bowling from Minier. While Hugh Miller would bowl a rare game under 200, he was still able to win the title match by the score of 198-172.
The title victory was huge for Hugh Miller, but it also put him in the race for the PBA Senior Player of the Year award. Miller was able to jump to second place in the standings after the victory at the PBA Senior South Shore Open. Miller, Walter Ray Williams Jr and Mike Edwards are the only three bowlers that win the award with only one tournament remaining on the season. Miller is currently 12 points behind Williams, and Edwards is 14 points behind. Miller and Edwards will have to win the final tournament and hope that Williams does not finish in the top three in the standings to win the award. A top three finish will guarantee the award to Walter Ray. I personally do not see how Williams will allow someone to take that award that he has been working so hard all season. Walter Ray Williams Jr is one of those rare bowlers that can perform much better when the pressure is on, and that is exactly what I think we will see in the final tournament of the PBA Senior Tour season.
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