Columbus, OH - The Generations Bowling Tour has a new champion from it's Classic Division. 64-year-old Dave Davis defeated the GBT's #1 player David Ozio 203-194 Monday evening here at HP Lanes to win his first GBT title to go with his 18 PBA crowns from his Hall of Fame career. Davis earned $8,000 for the victory, and Ozio got $4,500 as runner-up.
In the championship match, Davis took control in the second half of the game when he got three strikes in frames 7 through 9 when Ozio got into trouble in frames 5 through 7 with three short counts. Ozio got 5, 6 and 7, but still had a chance to get back in the match in the ninth. After a strike in the eighth, he came up a little high, leaving a four pin, and the match was over.
" All titles mean everything, and this one is very special because you never know when it's your last," said Davis. " I was feeling the nerves. It's been a long time since I bowled for a title. When you are bowling against great players like Semiz and Ozio and all the rest, it's nerve-racking. Every ball is critical."
In prior matches in the senior division, Ozio defeated Dave Patchen in a hard fought game 256-247 to reach the final. Before that, Patchen defeated Dennis Lane257-179, and lane beat Mark Estes 187-184.
In the Classic Division final game, Davis defeated Dale Eagle 228-189, Teata Semiz 206-192, and David Bernhardt 277-192.
The Generations Bowling Tour now takes a two-week break until itís final swing begins with April 6-9 with the Wichita Open at Northrock Lanes in Wichita, KS. The final two events of the inaugural GBT season will be in Austin and Houston, Texas.