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Eric Forkel eliminated from match play in USBC Senior Masters

Eric Forkel bowled well Thursday but ran into two strong opponents.
Courtesy of Eric Forkel

Eric Forkel bowed out from double-elimination match play at the United States Bowling Congress Senior Masters on Thursday after delivering three strong outings that were just not strong enough.

Forkel, one of the top bowlers to come out of the San Fernando Valley, cruised past Mitch Vernon, 666-560, in his opening match at South Point Bowling Center in Las Vegas.

The left-handed Forkel then ran into Professional Bowlers Assn. and USBC Hall-of-Famer Walter Ray Williams Jr. in his second match. Williams was the top qualifier of the tournament’s 310 senior bowlers age 50 and older by averaging 236.8.

And Williams was at his best, defeating Forkel, 726-686. Williams averaged 242 and Forkel 228.7

Forkel, a Henderson, Nev., resident, then lost his first match in the elimination bracket to another hot bowler, succumbing to Bo Goergen, 720-669. Forkel won $1,100 for advancing to Round 2 of the elimination bracket.

The top 64 bowlers during the qualifying round advanced to the match-play bracket.

The tournament ends Friday with match play and stepladder finals.