"Two things," Glass said. "In the last tournament, I tweaked my forearm. That, and I was absolutely burned out."
Eight weeks of competitive bowling and 10,000 miles of driving helped convince Glass, the 2000 PBA Senior Bowler of the Year, to skip this week's season-ending Northern California Open.
Glass settled for third place in last week's Tucson Open after he began experiencing pain in his right forearm.
"It was very frustrating," Glass said. "Last week I was 19-5 in match play and I got to the stepladder finals, and I couldn't throw because of my arm."
It was an injury Glass did not take lightly based on his history.
"I've had problems with tendinitis in the past," he said. "Several years ago I couldn't even turn the ignition on my car."
In eight PBA Senior Tour stops during the last two months, Glass won twice, finished second once and third twice. That's a glossy five Top Three finishes in eight starts.
In his most unusual tournament, Glass came within one pin of winning a third title. He tied Johnny Petraglia 237-237 in the finals of the meet in Klamath Falls, Ore., and meet officials opted for a one-ball playoff.
Petraglia threw a strike. Glass left the 10 pin.
"I don't know why they didn't have us roll another game," Glass said. "The meet wasn't on television, or anything like that."
Glass can count the Seattle Shootout among his victories, too. He defeated seven other senior bowlers head-to-head in that one-time exhibition and won $4,000.
On Sunday night, Glass returned to Lawrence after an absence of more than two months with about $45,000 in prize and bonus money.
"That will play the bills for the next four months," Glass said.
After that, who knows? The Senior Tour, Glass said, is up in the air because the PBA wants to emphasize its regular tour.
"I've heard there may be only three (senior) stops this fall, but there may be more and may be less," Glass said.
If there is no senior tour, the 53-year-old Glass said he may try his luck on the regular PBA Tour which he calls the "kids tour."
"My ball company wants me on the kids tour and most of the stops are in the Midwest so that wouldn't involve bad drives," Glass said. "But I don't know. Those kids are awfully good."
First things first, though, and Glass's first priority is to treat bowling balls like they're coated with poison ivy. In other words, don't touch them.
"My physical therapist said not to do anything for two weeks and then see how the arm feels," he said.
-- Sports editor Chuck Woodling can be reached at 832-7147.