June 27, 2016

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Brunswick’s Mike Henry breaks through at PBA Senior Tour

BRUNSWICK — It took 10 years, but Brunswick’s Mike Henry recently got his first victory on the Professional Bowlers Association Senior Tour.

Henry, 62, routed Tim Kauble of Marion, Ohio, 247-166 to capture the PBA Senior Lake County Indi­ana Open at Olympia Lanes in Hammond, Ind.

“It’s been a lot of hard work and it paid off,” Henry said in a PBA press release.

To get to the title game, Henry defeated 47-time PBA Tour cham­pion Walter Ray Williams 235-192 in the semifinals and PBA Hall of Famer Wayne Webb 2-0 in a best-of­-three format in the quarterfinals.

“There were 117 great bowlers to start this tournament, but to beat Wayne Webb and Walter Ray?” Henry said. “I wouldn’t trade this for anything.”

Henry, a prominent local bowler for many years, received a large eagle trophy and $8,000 in prize money. He said after the Aug. 12 tournament he was going to mount the eagle on his motorcycle so everyone could see it as he drove down the highway to the tour’s next stop in Decatur, Ill.

Henry, a PBA Tour member for 27 years and Senior Tour member for 10, chose the Browns’ brown-and­-orange colors for his banner at Olympia Lanes, then em-“barked” on his first career victory.

In the round of 16, Henry downed Mark Zamora 3-0 in a best-of-five format, setting the stage for ensu­ing victories over Webb, Williams and Kauble.

“Mike made the lanes look easy, but they were tough,” Kauble said in a news release.

The Brunswick resident had pre­viously finished second in two PBA Senior Tour events.

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