Section: Sports,  Page: C4

Date: Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Old bowlers never die, they just look for places to compete. They may have a new home.

Local senior bowler Jim Burton is hoping to spur interest in the Northeast Senior Tour, patterned after events held in the New Jersey and Long Island areas. The initial venture is Sunday, Jan. 30, at Westlawn. Subsequent events will be added based on the success of the first tournament.

"We don't know if the area will accept it or support it," Burton said. "If they do, it will be a nice thing. If not, then we'll know."

The key to the downstate senior tournaments, which usually draw more than 100 entries, is that the seniors qualify against bowlers in their age bracket. Burton plans to follow that plan. One in four will advance in each of three age groups: 50-59, 60-66 and 67 and older.

A bracket with one-game matches follows qualifying. Entry fee is $100. Advance registration can be made with Burton by e-mail ( or phone (248) 894-0912.

"We're after a different audience," Burton said of potential conflicts with other local events. "We won't ever go directly against an NBA. We've looked at the turnouts in the NBAs, and they maybe have eight seniors, and the Huck Finns have five at the most."

National news

Del Ballard Jr., Wayne Webb and Carol Gianotti have been elected to the U.S. Bowling Congress Hall of Fame in the superior performance category. ... In recognition of his contributions as a writer, competitor, regional director and historian, Chuck Pezzano will have his name attached to the press room at all PBA Tour events beginning with the Tournament of Champions later this month. Pezzano, 81, who lives in Clifton, N.J., has been a trusted contact whenever I've been in need of PBA background.

Local scene

Dan Ahl of Colonie posted a 243-188 victory over Johnstown native Ryan Axel, now of Wichita, Kan., in the championship match of the New Year's Day tournament at Saratoga Strike Zone. Ahl won $2,000. There were 112 entries. ... The January tournament for the Capital District Youth Scholarship Tour has been changed to Jan. 22 at Alpha Lanes. It had been scheduled for a week earlier.

This week's schedule

Towne Academy Team Tournament: Four-person team handicap (85 percent of 240). 9:15 p.m. Friday at Towne Academy (additional squads Jan. 15). Entry fee $140/team. First place $4,000 guaranteed. 355-3939.

Huck Finn/Northeast Bowling Proprietors of New York: Singles scratch. Qualifying 1 and 3 p.m. Saturday at Green Island and 9:30 and 11:30 a.m. Sunday at Sportsman's. Finals at 1:15 p.m. Sunday at Sportsman's. Top four advance to TV taping at 5:30 p.m. Jan. 16 at Tippy Bowl (Ballston Spa). Entry fee $45 Saturday, $55 Sunday (re-entry $40). First place $1,000 guaranteed. Jeff Segel, 439-7628.

Pete Dougherty's column is published Tuesdays during the bowling season. Items to be considered for publication can be submitted by fax (454-5819) or e-mail (

300 games

Bowler LANES Series

Dave Dalbec Redwood 719

Tom Egan Town 'n Country 976 *

Richard Funaro Hometown 695

Brian LeClair Saratoga Strike Zone 802

Rich Manzer Town 'n Country 1,030 *

John Pulver Town 'n Country 843 *

Tony Reynaud Saratoga Strike Zone 791

Lou Stoller Spare Time-Clifton Park 696

* -- four-game series (all others three games)