Robert Gibbs led the 229-man field Monday after the second round of the $85,000 Pinellas Suncoast Pinwheel PBA Senior Open at Seminole Lanes.
Gibbs averaged 202 over his second eight-game block and topped the final 32 qualifiers with a 3,632 pinfall over 16 games. Gibbs, from Abilene, Texas, was 30 pins ahead of Harley Trumbull of New Boston, Mich., going into today's match play.
The 32 final qualifiers will bowl eight games beginning at 8:30 this morning and return for another eight games at 2:30 this afternoon. The same field bowls eight more games Wednesday at 8:30 a.m. The finals will be telecast live Wednesday night on ESPN.
"I don't know what it is about bowling the Florida tour, but I seem to do very well down here," said Gibbs, who won his only tour event at Naples last year and finished third there last week. "I guess it's maybe by the time I get here, I've figured everything out."
Sunday's leader, Hobo Boothe of Canoga Park, Calif., dropped to ninth. Jim Brown of Columbia, Md., was third and Wil Strickland was fourth.
PBA-ABC Hall of Famer Dick Weber of St. Louis was fifth.
John Handegard, 1991 Senior Player of the Year from Thousand Oaks, Calif., stood 11th. Other familiar names in the top 32 included Jimmy Certain, Gene Stus, Dave Davis and Dave Soutar.
St. Petersburg's Ernie Strandberg was the only Suncoast bowler to make the cut.
The highest non-qualifier from the Suncoast was Tampa's Shell Wilson at 49th.