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Kent tops Jurek in Masters

When Doug Kent won his first Masters title in 1991, he described himself as young and wild.

On Sunday, Kent showed discipline and poise in winning the 2006 USBC Masters at the Wisconsin Exposition Center, defeating No. 1 seed Jack Jurek of Lackawanna, 277-230, in the title match to earn $100,000 and a two-year Tour exemption.

"In 1991, I was very young and my game was kind of wild, so I didn't have real good mechanics," said Kent, of Newark, N.Y., who has eight career titles on the Denny's PBA Tour, including the GEICO Classic in February at AMF Thruway Lanes.

Kent was unstoppable, overcoming an early deficit by striking nine consecutive times after opening with two 10-pin spares. The key was the sixth frame when the headpin came across the deck late and barely knocked over the 10-pin.

Jurek opened with four strikes but couldn't maintain his momentum. He spared in the fifth, then missed the headpin in the sixth and had to convert the 1-2-5. The veteran pro, looking for his second tour victory and first since 1995 in Windsor Locks, Conn., struck in the seventh and eighth, but Kent had taken charge by then.

"It's disappointing not to finish it off, but it's probably the best week I've ever had," said Jurek, who earned $50,000 for finishing second. "This is my biggest payday, and no matter what happens from here I'm going to have my biggest year."

Last season, Jurek earned $53,075 for 20 tour events, by far his most lucrative year.

To get to the championship match, Kent defeated Tommy Jones of Greenville, S.C., winning a one-ball rolloff, 9-6, and then amateur George Lambert IV of Wellandport, Ont.

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