Kenny Parks advances to match play at PBA Senior South Shore Open
BY ANTHONY NASELLA Post-Tribune correspondent August 8, 2012 11:12PM
Updated: September 10, 2012 1:47PM
HAMMOND — It came down to the final game of Wednesday’s qualifying round of the PBA Senior South Shore Open, but Hammond’s Kenny Parks finished strong enough to secure a spot in today’s match play.
It was looking a little iffy for the Hammond sharpshooter, who was in the final spot with just one game to go. But he rolled a 228 in his final game to finish in 29th with a 210 average for the tournament. The obvious local favorite, Parks is gunning for his first senior title since the 2008 USBC Senior Masters.
“I actually bowled good the last two games,” Parks said, “But I didn’t have the cushion from Tuesday, I wouldn’t be bowling match play. I believe I have a good attitude and have figured some things out, I’m happy to be playing.”
Feeling legit: Soon after Richard Hunt began competing in PBA Senior tournaments in the late 1990s, the Valparaiso resident began to flourish on the regional circuit, defeating the late Hall of Famer Dick Weber for his first regional title.
Griffith’s Rick Woloszyn, who competed in in the Hammond event for the third straight year and finished the PBA South Shore Open with a 204 average, believes his game is progressing in the right direction. He improved on Tuesday’s 194 average with a 214 average over eight games on Wednesday to finish in a respectable 51st.
“The beginning of the day was good, and I had some success toward the end with my Hammer Black Taboo,” Woloszyn said. “My spare game was on, and I missed no more than two spares that I should have got for the whole tournament. I feel I’m legit right now and that I can hang with these guys on the Senior Tour.”