Mike Rose Jr. of Rochester on Saturday once again showed why he’s one of the best tournament bowlers in the nation, rolling three strikes in the 10th frame to win the T.F. Brown’s Scratch Eliminator Tournament at Mancuso Bowling Center.
Needing the first strike in the final frame to secure the victory, Rose came through to post a 207 game, edging Rochester’s Phil Kaiser, who posted 194, to win the $1,200 first prize.
Rose qualified second off the Saturday 2 p.m. squad with 883 for four games.
Kaiser earned $800 for placing second while Kevin Alajko of Buffalo took home $700 for finishing third, posting 148 in the three-bowler title match.
Four Genesee Region USBC bowlers cashed in the event, which was bowled on a challenging oil pattern.
Adam Philp of Le Roy advanced to the semifinals where he rolled a 198 game, just short of reaching the finals as Alajko rolled 199. Philp won $190.
Mike Pettinella of Batavia, the tournament’s high qualifier with 893 for four games, made it to the second round, but missed by 10 pins from advancing to the semifinals. Pettinella earned $160.
Rich Wagner of Batavia and Marty Lindner of Scottsville were eliminated in the first round. Both won $130.
The tournament drew 60 bowlers.
In Genesee Region USBC league action last week, Brian Green of Batavia fired a 300 game and 770 series in the Mancuso Real Estate Doubles League at Mancuso Bowling Center.
Other high series for the week:
-- Hayden Allis, 794, to end the season with a 237 average; Eric Kraus, 298—756; Alex Allis, 746, Sunday Rolloffs, Medina Lanes;
-- James Townsend’s 764, Toyota of Batavia 5-Man, Mancuso’s;
-- Curtis Foss’ 761, in the Sneezy’s Monday Night League at Oak Orchard Bowl, Albion;
-- Mike Pettinella, 744, Turnbull Heating Triples League, Mancuso’s;
-- Josh Elliott, 741, and Frank Jarkiewicz, 740, Wednesday Men’s Handicap League, Rose Garden Bowl, Bergen.
For a list of high scores, click on the Pin Points tab at the top of the home page.
Submitted photo: Mark Brown, tournament director, left, congratulates Mike Rose Jr., Phil Kaiser and Kevin Alajko -- finalists in T.F. Brown's Eliminator on Saturday.