Jack Jurek, who earlier this year lost in the USBC Senior Masters title match, finally got to experience that winning feeling as he captured his first PBA50 Tour event championship Thursday night.
The two-time PBA Tour winner from Lackawanna rolled strikes on eight of his first nine shots to beat PBA Hall of Famer Randy Pedersen, 242-205, in the title match of the PBA50 South Shore Open at Olympia Lanes in Hammond, Ind.
“It’s never an easy battle out here,” said Jurek, whose last PBA win came Oct. 25, 2009 in the PBA Shark Championship. “I’ve won a couple of Steve Nagy Sportsmanship Awards because I’ve lost a lot of times in title matches and people think I’m a nice guy.”
He’s a nice guy who likes to win and took a more aggressive approach this week with an assist from Pedersen, his traveling roommate who helped him get into the right frame of mind for this event after a disappointing semifinal loss last week in Dayton, Ohio. Jurek posted a 167 in losing that match to Brian Voss by 49 pins.
“It helped,” Jurek said. “I’ve got a lot of guys who have been trying to help. (PBA legend) Mark Roth has been telling me, stop being so nice. Go beat people, so tonight I just decided to go for it. I was a lot more aggressive than I have been.”
Against Pedersen, Jurek’s only error was a 2-4-8-10 split in the fourth frame.
“Jack was due,” Pedersen said. “He’s been bowling really well. After he left the 2-4-8-10, I was wondering if the old Jack was going to show up or the new one. He preserved.”
Jurek beat former Buffalo resident Tom Baker of North Carolina two games to none in the best-of-three quarterfinals.