Ed Jamison of Brea defied the odds Saturday.
The 67-year-old right-handed bowler got scorching hot in the stepladder finals and ran the table en route to winning the West Coast Senior Tour title at Oak Tree Lanes in Diamond Bar.
It was Jamison’s first WCST title.
He’s competed in more than 100 WCST events and he had to win the Diamond Bar event the hard way.
Jamison reached the finals in the 60-and-older tournament as the fourth and final qualifier. In his first match, Jamison defeated Mike Rausch of San Juan Capistrano, 211-190.
Then Jamison was paired against Vaughn Doody of Las Vegas, who has registered the second-most WCST victories with 35. Jamison won the match, 255-238.
That victory put Jamison into the championship match against left-hander Kevin Gannon of Lakewood, who happens to be the WCST’s all-time money winner with more than $110,000 in earnings.
Gannon, who was the top qualifier in the 20-man field with a 248 average, also is tops in WCST tournament titles with 43.
Still, Jamison overwhelmed Gannon, 279-227, in a nearly flawless effort to win the $500 first-place prize.
Gannon won $375, Doody $290 and Rausch $240.
Dick Sanders, the WCST owner and director, marveled at the magnitude of Jamison’s victory. “He’s bowled over 100 tournaments and 10 years with us and he hardly makes it the finals. He’s made it seven times in 118 tournaments,” Sanders said.
“And you have to remember who he beat – the leading [WCST] money winner.
“He felt this was the best thing that ever happened to him.”
Jamison also bowled a 300 during the eight-game qualifying round. It was a high-scoring tournament as Rausch and Stan Caswell of Pine Valley also rolled perfect games.
This was the WCST’s sixth event of a 12-tournament season and there have been six different champions. The WCST’s next event is scheduled for July 12-13 in Laughlin, Nev.
For more information, contact Sanders at 760-363-6064