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Dick Baker claims WCST bowling title in Las Vegas

Jerry Calvin of Thousand Oaks was the top California finisher in the WCST event in Las Vegas.
Jerry Calvin of Thousand Oaks was the top California finisher in the WCST event in Las Vegas.
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The West Coast Senior Tour enjoyed a strong turnout for its one-day tournament Saturday, but it was not a strong showing by California bowlers.

Jerry Calvin of Thousand Oaks was the highest finisher from California at South Point Lanes in Las Vegas, placing fourth and winning $350.

The top three finishers all resided from Nevada.

Dick Baker of Henderson took home the $650 first-place prize in winning his seventh WCST championship.

Dave Washburn of Las Vegas won $550 for second place and Jeff Jamison of Boulder City earned $450 for third place.

Thirty-eight bowlers took part in the competition, the WCST’s third tournament of the year. It marked another excellent turnout this year for the WCST, whose participation seems to have benefited from its newly changed 60-and-over restriction.

The WCST used a stepladder format for the finals with Baker winning all three of his duels to record his first tour title since July 2012.

Baker beat Calvin, 259-247, in his first match and edged Jamison, 257-256 in his second match. Baker defeated Washburn in the championship match, 228-194.

Washburn won the WCST title in November at South Point when he claimed his first tour title and also blasted a perfect game in the championship round. On Saturday, Washburn once again bowled a perfect game – this time during the eight-game qualifying round. Washburn also was the leading qualifier, averaging 239.

Craig Kisro of Granada Hills placed fifth, Vaughn Doody of Las Vegas took sixth, Ron Winger of Las Vegas finished seventh, Ron Sandusky of San Bernardino took eighth, Don Blatchford of Santa Monica was ninth and Mike Randesi of Las Vegas placed 10th.

Kevin Gannon of Lakewood, the WCST’s all-time money winner, finished 29th during the qualifying round with a 1,578 (197.25 average) and did not advance.

For more information, contact WCST owner and director Dick Sanders at 760-363-6064.