Fort Wayne, IN - Brian Brazeau turned 50 years old on January 17, and on March 12 he won his first national professional title. Brazeau, a pro shop operator and sales rep for Morich Bowling Products, defeated Hall of Famer Gary Dickinson 234-214 here at Georgetown Bowl Monday evening.
He earned $8000, and Dickinson claimed $4500 as the runner-up.
In the championship match, Brazeau was in control the whole way. He started with a four-bagger, left a 4 pin, then reeled off three more strikes to seal the victory. Dickinson started with a spare, then got three strikes, but left the 2-4-10 in the fifth., he made the split, but never could catch up without a double in the second half of the game.
"This whole day is a blur," said Brazeau. "Good fortune was with me all week. I'm kind of speechless. I had to beat two Hall of Famers to do this, and it's just a fantastic feeling. I just called my wife, and she's crying - everybody's happy! This is just great, really great!"
"I had a decent start," said Dickinson, "but I didn't throw it very good after that split in the fifth. I made it, but never got it going again. Even if I did, Brian had a really good look and he bowled so good he would have been hard to beat."
In the matches to determine the division winners, Brazeau defeated David Ozio 216-193, and Dickinson beat Ron Winger 216-179.
Prior to that, Dickinson downed Ben Hoefs 232-212, and Ozio got by Gary Smith 233-216. In the first game of the stepladder finals, Ozio beat Mitch Jabczenski 214-188, and Hoefs defeated last week's GBT champion Dale Eagle 227-174.
The GBT Indiana Open was the 13th of 17 events in the Generations Bowling Tour's inaugural season, and it drew a full field of 80 top senior bowlers. Event #14 will roll March16-19 at HP Lanes in Columbus, Ohio.