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Bowler Kevin Gannon wins 43rd West Coast Senior Tour title

Kevin Gannon bowled a 255 and 258 in the finals in San Bernardino.
Kevin Gannon bowled a 255 and 258 in the finals in San Bernardino.
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Things were back to normal for the West Coast Senior Tour on Saturday.

Lefthander Kevin Gannon reasserted his dominance in claiming the 60-and-over tournament title at Del Rosa Lanes in San Bernardino in the tour’s second event of the year.

Gannon won his WCST-leading 43rd title by overwhelming Diz Francisco of Bakersfield, 255-182, in the championship match.

Last month Gannon also advanced to a WCST championship match, facing lefthander Steve Heinzman of Parker, Ariz, in Montclair, Calif. The 63-year-old Heinzman, in stunning fashion, defeated Gannon, 235-203, to register his first WCST title.

But Gannon could not be stopped in San Bernardino after placing second during the qualifying round of 32 players.

After receiving a first-round bye in the finals for his second-best qualifying effort, Gannon blasted a 258 in a second-round match to advance to the championship match. Gannon eliminated Chip Willett (247) of San Diego and Jim Lesiuk (203) of Rancho Cucamonga with his 258.

Top qualifier Don Blatchford (241) of Santa Monica and Dick Baker (213) of Henderson, Nev., were eliminated by Francisco (257) in the other second-round match.

For Gannon, who has won more than $110,000 in WCST tournaments, it was his second straight WCST title at Del Rosa Lanes.

In July, Gannon teamed with Bob Sittman of Cypress to claim a WCST doubles tournament championship in San Bernardino. It marked Gannon’s third WCST title of 2013 and his last one until Saturday’s championship.

Gannon earned $600 for his victory Saturday. Francisco won $500 for his second-place effort.

Willett, Baker, Lesiuk and Blatchford all picked up $300. Lesiuk, incidentally, rolled a 300 game during the qualifying phase.

Jerry Calvin of Thousand Oaks, Bill Stempke of Reseda, Ed Jamison of Brea and Ron Sandusky of San Bernardino each won $200.

As for Heinzman, he barely missed the cut, finishing 12th during qualifying. The top 10 bowlers advanced.

WCST bowlers will compete next on March 7-8 in Las Vegas.

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