Touring pro Randy Pedersen of Santa Maria, Calif., and senior Carmen Salvino o
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) _ Touring pro Randy Pedersen of Santa Maria, Calif., and senior Carmen Salvino of Chicago, downed Ron Palombi Jr. of Erie, Pa., and senior Billy Walden of Troy, Mo., 221-202, to capture the Professional Bowlers Association $140,000 Senior Touring Pro Doubles Championship Wednesday night.
For PBA hall of famer Salvino, it was his second senior title and 19th overall. Pedersen collected PBA crown No. 4 and he and Salvino split the winner’s share of $28,000.
Of the six shots Pedersen threw during the title match, he struck on five.
″Everything he (Salvino) said kept me loose,″ Pedersen said, referring to Salvino’s banter between shots.
″The man can still bowl,″ Pedersen said.
The top-seeded pair overcame a missed spare by Salvino in the ninth frame. When Palombi failed to strike on his first shot of the final frame, Pedersen rolled a strike and spare in the 10th frame to seal the victory.
″When I saw I had (Pedersen) for a partner, I was very happy. I think certain personalities match up,″ Salvino said.
Second-seeded Palombi and Walden, who settled for runner-up money of $7,500 each, earned their berth in the title game by knocking off third-seeded Brian Voss of Seattle and senior John Hricsina Sr. of Franklin, Pa., 258-203. The resulting third-place finish for Voss and Hricsina gave the pair $5,000 each. Voss’ PBA leading money total jumped to $169,885.
Voss and Hricsina had earlier slipped past Tom Milton of St. Petersburg, Fla., and senior Bill Johnson of New Orleans, 203-200. Milton and Johnson settled for fourth-place money of $4,250 each.
That pair opened the national telecast by eliminating Dallas’ Chris Warren and senior Teata Semiz of Wanaque, N.J., 203-177. Warren and Semiz garnered $3,500 each.