Jack Jurek of Lackawanna proved to be a survivor as well as a winner Sunday as he captured the Wild Turkey PBA East/Central Region Open at Recckio's Lanes.
"I survived quite a few things this weekend," Jurek said after he successfully defended the title he won last year with a 182-172 victory over Chris Marshall of Mason, Mich., in the championship match at the South Buffalo establishment.
Jurek virtually clinched the Central Region points championship and the 2005-06 PBA Tour exemption that goes with it.
"I've definitely put myself in a good position," said Jurek. "There are only two tournaments left on the schedule as of now. All I basically have to do is show up and I'll get another shot at the big boys on the tour."
None of Jurek's four closest pursuers made it to match play at Recckio's. Jurek picked up 25,000 points to give him 227,235, nearly 46,000 more than second-place Riga Kalfas of Florence, Ky., who has 181,467 after finishing 59th.
Jurek, who has won four of the last nine Central Region tournaments, earned $2,500 and has won $19,425 in 16 events on the Regional Tour, cashing in 14 of 16 tournaments and making the finals 11 times.
In the title match, Jurek picked up the 9-10 split in the ninth then struck out. Marshall struck in the ninth but needed two more in the 10th. He got the first, then left the 2-4 pins to give Jurek the match.
In the semifinals, a 4-6-7-10 split in the 10th frame by Patrick Dombrowski of Parma, Ohio, helped Jurek to a 186-182 victory.
Jurek was 10th in Saturday's eight-game qualifying round with 1,671, despite a 128 in his final game.
Liz Johnson of Cheektowaga qualified third but lost to Troy Wollenbecker of Toledo, Ohio, three games to two. Johnson shot a 252 in the second game and a 268 in the third for a 2-1 lead, but Wollenbecker won the next two games.
No. 40 for Walter Ray
WICKLIFFE, Ohio -- Walter Ray Williams Jr. became just the second bowler to reach 40 career PBA Tour titles when he defeated Doug Kent of Newark, N.Y., in the title match of the PBA Uniroyal Tire Classic, 268-248, Sunday at Freeway Lanes.
The PBA Hall of Famer needed to double in the 10th frame to move within one win of the all-time Tour title winner, Earl Anthony (41).
"To get up there in the 10th frame needing to throw a strike and coming through, that is one of the best moments for a bowler," said Williams, who won $40,000.