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Bradenton's Soutar loses Masters Championship defense

By PHIL GULICK

© St. Petersburg Times, published January 18, 2001


Bradenton's Dave Soutar was derailed in defense of his ABC Senior Masters Championship Jan. 7 at Reno, Nev., by PBA Senior player of the year Bob Glass.

Glass defeated Soutar 696-616 in the three-game final to earn $18,000 and his second major title in his second tour year. He won the Brunswick Senior National Championship last year and has three tour titles. Glass and Soutar cashed in all 12 seniors events last year, the only senior pros to do so, and Glass finished second on the money list with more than $67,000.

Soutar, a member of the PBA and ABC Halls of Fame and the second player to win the Masters and Senior Masters, struggled. Glass converted two challenging splits in the second game, then reeled off five straight strikes to win the final game 226-174.

"There are some guys you can beat all the time, but Bob Glass is not one of them," Soutar said. "I've beaten him only once that I can remember." Steve Neff of Homosassa Springs, also in his second tour year, finished fourth.

Last week, senior players joined national tour players for the National Senior Doubles at the National Bowling Stadium in Reno, the first stop on the PBA Tour. Parker Bohn III and senior player Rohn Morton teamed to beat the international team of Mika Koivuniemi of Finland and Junichi Yajima of Tokyo 248-185. Bohn and Morton each won $15,000.

The national tour returned to the San Francisco Bay area for the inaugural Silicon Valley Open on Tuesday with the final slated for 12:30-2 p.m. Sunday on ESPN. The seniors are off until late spring. Next stop for the national players is the Orleans Casino Open in Las Vegas, Sunday through Jan. 25.

The Professional Women's Bowling Association opens with the Queens Tournament May 7-11 during the WIBC Championship Tournament at Fort Lauderdale.

UF, FSU IN ACTION: The Florida State men's team was 12th and Florida 23rd in the Las Vegas Invitational Collegiate tournament last month. The FSU women were 11th and UF 15th. Arizona State won the men's title and Wichita State the women's.

At the Sam's Town Shootout in Las Vegas two days later, FSU's men were 11th and UF 15th, and the FSU women were ninth and UF 10th. Central Missouri State won the men's title and Morehead State (Ky.) the women's.

NEW YABA SANCTION: The Young American Bowling Alliance, which governs youth competition, has instituted a sanction certificate to aid programs outside the normal YABA structure.

The "moral sanction certificate" will be issued to programs conducted by civic, fraternal, scholastic, benevolent or religious organizations. These would include the Boy and Girl Scouts of America and high school programs. Programs will not need to have 100 percent of their members in YABA to receive sanction and partial benefits. The hope is that these partial members later would join as full-time members.

-- Phil Gulick can be reached at xerxes6@aol.com or xerxes6@juno.com.

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