Jack Jurek of Lackawanna produced his third straight 6-2 match-play record in Friday night's concluding qualifying round at Bradley Bowl to emerge as the top seed for today's PBA Tums Classic.
The stepladder finals (3 p.m, Ch. 7) will mark Jurek's first as a No. 1 seed since he turned pro in 1986. He left full-time touring after the winter season in 1991 but has bowled in about a half-dozen events each year since then.
"A lot of years of frustration came to an end tonight," Jurek said after he totaled 10,226 pins and finished 170 pins ahead of runner-up David Traber. Jurek's actual average for 42 games was 230.6.
"Since being home and having some local success, I've regained the confidence that comes with it," Jurek said. The 31-year-old right-hander has made two previous top five PBA appearances, finishing fifth in 1986 in his first tournament and fourth in 1989.
In today's stepladder finals, Dave D'Entremont will face fifth place Steve Wilson with the winner to meet Danny Weissman. Traber will bowl in the third match with Jurek in the wings for the championship match.