Michael Haugen Jr. Wins PBA50 River City Extreme Open For Second Title of the Season

by Jerry Schneider July 20, 2018 20:08

MONTICELLO, Minn. – Michael Haugen Jr. defeated Bob Learn Jr., 247-246, in the title match to win the PBA50 River City Extreme Open presented by Ebonite Friday for his second title of the season and third of his career.

Haugen, the 2017 PBA50 Rookie of the Year, became the first two-time winner this season and further tightened his grip on the PBA50 Player of the Year points lead with four tournaments remaining in the season.

In the title match, Haugen, who finished the match first, was able to shut Learn out when he struck on the first ball in the 10th frame and then made the 6-10 spare.

Haugen trophy shot“It was a good thing I got eight and not six or seven on the second ball otherwise I might not be standing here,” said Haugen of his second shot in the 10th frame. “I lost focus for a moment and the result of that shot could have been a lot worse.”

It was a long road for Haugen to reach the No. 1 qualifying position for the stepladder finals coming all the way from 20th after the first round of qualifying on Wednesday. Haugen made his dramatic climb with the help of a 5-0-1 match play round earlier in the day Friday.

“The lanes were tough for me at the start of the tournament but that just meant I had to do what I do best and that is adjust,” said Haugen, who won the Johnny Petraglia BVL Open in May for his first win of the season. “As the tournament went on I started getting more comfortable to the point where I was able to use my ball speed to make the adjustments I needed.

“I’m just keeping it simple and continuing to do what I have been doing all season,” Haugen continued. “If I keep executing and making good decisions I’ll keep getting good results.”

In the opening stepladder match No. 4 qualifier Brian Kretzer beat No. 5 qualifier PBA Hall of Famer and four-time PBA50 Tour winner Norm Duke, 290-228, to advance to the second match. Kretzer left a 10 pin in the first frame, made the spare, and then strung the next 11 strikes.

In the second match Kretzer, who was trying for his first PBA50 Tour title, beat No. 3 qualifier four-time PBA50 Tour winner Lennie Boresch Jr., 202-199, to advance to the semifinal match against Learn. Kretzer, the 2018 Suncoast PBA Senior U.S. Open runner-up, threw three strikes in the 10th to beat Boresch after Boresch chopped the 6-10 spare.

Learn, who qualified second for the finals, then beat Kretzer, 238-225, in the semifinal to advance to the title match against Haugen. Learn was trying for his fourth PBA50 Tour title and first since 2015.

The next stop for the PBA50 Tour will be the PBA50 South Shore Open presented by Hammer July 23-26 at Olympia Lanes in Hammond, Ind.

Fans can catch all the action on PBA’s online bowling channel PBA Xtra Frame on FloBowling. For subscription and schedule information visit www.flobowling.com.

PBA50 RIVER CITY EXTREME OPEN
presented by Ebonite
River City Extreme, Monticello, Minn., Friday

Final Standings:

1, Michael Haugen Jr., Phoenix, $7,500.

2, Bob Learn Jr., Erie, Pa., $4,000.

3, Brian Kretzer, Dayton, Ohio, $2,500.

4, Lennie Boresch Jr., Kenosha, Wis., $2,000.

5, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., $1,750.

Stepladder Results:

Match One – Kretzer def. Duke, 290-228.

Match Two – Kretzer def. Boresch, 202-199.

Semifinal Match – Learn def. Kretzer, 238-225.

Championship Match – Haugen def. Learn, 247-246.

Modified Match Play Round 2 (after six games, including match play bonus pins. Top five advance to stepladder finals )

1, Michael Haugen Jr., Phoenix, 5-0-1, 1,617.
2, Bob Learn Jr., Erie, Pa., 5-1, 1,604.
3, Lennie Boresch Jr., Kenosha, Wis., 5-1, 1,575.
4, Brian Kretzer, Dayton, Ohio, 4-2, 1,538.
5, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 4-2, 1,530.
6, Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., 4-2, 1,506, $1,500.
7, ss-Ron Mohr, Las Vegas, 3-3, 1,492, $1,500.
8, Gary Alstott, Washington, Ill., 4-2, 1,453, $1,500.
9, Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, 2-4, 1,447, $1,250.
10, Mark Sullivan, Indianapolis, 3-3, 1,446, $1,250.
11, n-Thomas Jones, Blaine, Minn., 2-4, 1,367, $1,250.
12, Scott Greiner, Sunrise Beach, Mo., 1-5, 1,357, $1,250.
13, Eddie Graham, Kettering, Ohio, 3-3, 1,335, $1,250.
14, ss-Edward Silva, Manteca, Calif., 1-4-1, 1,294, $1,250.
15, ss-Don Blatchford, Santa Monica, Calif., 1-5, 1,245, $1,250.
16, Ralph Brunt Jr., Jensen Beach, Fla., 0-6, 1,192, $1,250.

Modified Match Play Round 1 (after five games, including match play bonus pins.)

17, Peter Knopp, Germany, 2-3, 1,135, $1,100.
18, Joel Carlson, Omaha, Neb., 0-4-1, 1,126, $1,100.
19, ss-Sammy Ventura, Syracuse, N.Y., 1-3-1, 1,120, $1,100.
20, Greg Thomas, Irmo, S.C., 2-3, 1,106, $1,100.
21, ss-Harry Sullins, Chesterfield Twp., Mich., 2-3, 1,100, $1,100.
22, ss-Tom Carter, Columbus, Ohio, 3-2, 1,090, $1,100.
23, Jeff Johnson, Freeport, Ill., 2-3, 1,062, $1,100.
24, ss-John Dudak, Orland Park, Ill., 1-4, 995, $1,000.

Other Cashers (after five-game cashers’ round)

25, ss-Christopher Keane, Cape Coral, Fla., 1,032, $1,000.
26, ss-Henry Dawson, Elma, Wash., 1,027, $1,000.
27, John Marsala, St. Louis, Mo., 1,022, $1,000.
28, ss-Mike Dias, Lafayette, Colo., 1,021, $1,000.
29, ss-Kevin Foley, Reno, Nev., 1,013, $1,000.
30, ss-James Storts, Westfield, Ind., 1,010, $1,000.
31, Tony Johnson, Canton, Ohio, 948, $1,000.

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Right Ball Choices Help Scott Greiner Take PBA50 River City Extreme Open Top Qualifier Honors

by Jerry Schneider July 19, 2018 18:58

MONTICELLO, Minn.  – Scott Greiner of Sunrise Beach, Mo., made the right equipment adjustments and fired a 1,860 eight-game pinfall total in the second round Thursday to take top qualifier honors in the PBA50 River City Extreme Open presented by Ebonite.

Greiner led qualifying with a 3,626 16-game overall pinfall total (226.63 average) bowling games of 231, 247, 223, 182, 246, 245, 249 and 237 in the second round after finishing Wednesday’s first round with a seventh-place 1,766 pinfall.

“I made all the right ball choices in the second round and that doesn’t happen often,” said Greiner, who earned his first PBA50 Tour top qualifier honor. “I changed balls three times and I started striking with them right away. I didn’t have to waste many frames getting lined up after each change.”

As a result of finishing in the top eight, Greiner leads eight players who will be seeded into Friday’s second round of match play.

Greiner, in his third season on the PBA50 Tour, will be trying to improve on a career-best finish of fifth which came in the 2017 PBA50 Tour Players Championship. His best finish this season was eighth in the PBA50 Mooresville Open.

Greiner edged out PBA Hall of Famer Norm Duke of Clermont, Fla., who finished qualifying in second with a 3,616 pinfall total bowling games of 212, 239, 212, 205, 212, 247, 245 and 256 in the second round.

“Strings of strikes were hard to come by,” said Duke of his second round. “I felt fortunate to get four strikes in a row. Sometimes the best thing to do is acknowledge that it’s going to be difficult and move on from there.

“You never know what you’re going to run into moving from pair to pair,” Duke added. “You just deal with what’s in front of you and do everything you can to generate some type of momentum.”

In addition to Greiner and Duke, other players finishing in the top eight and advancing to the second round of match play were Brian Kretzer, Dayton, Ohio, 3,607; first round leader Ralph Brunt Jr., Jensen Beach, Fla., 3,593; 2016 PBA50 Rookie of the Year Eddie Graham, Kettering, Ohio, 3,591, 2017 PBA50 Rookie of the Year Michael Haugen Jr., Phoenix, 3,528; Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., 3,521, and Lennie Boresch Jr., Kenosha, Wis., 3,520.

Haugen, who currently leads this season’s PBA50 Player of the Year points race, rocketed from 20th in the first round to sixth thanks to a 1,825 pinfall in his second round bowling games of 203, 238, 279, 243, 237, 231, 205 and 189.

Competition continues Friday with a cashers round at 8:30 a.m. CDT followed by the first match play round at noon. After the second match play round at 3:15 p.m. the top five players will be determined for the stepladder finals at 7 p.m.

All final day action will be covered live on PBA’s online bowling channel PBA Xtra Frame on Flobowling. Subscription and schedule information is available by visiting www.flobowling.com.

PBA50 RIVER CITY EXTREME OPEN

Presented by Ebonite

River City Extreme, Monticello, Minn., Thursday

SECOND ROUND RESULTS (after 16 games. Positions 1-16 advance to match play rounds. Positions 17-23 plus eight PBA60 players advance to cashers round to determine eight additional match play spots.)

1, Scott Greiner, Sunrise Beach, Mo., 3,626.
2, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 3,616.
3, Brian Kretzer, Dayton, Ohio, 3,607.
4, Ralph Brunt Jr., Jensen Beach, Fla., 3,593.
5, Eddie Graham, Kettering, Ohio, 3,591.
6, Michael Haugen Jr., Phoenix, 3,528.
7, Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., 3,521.
8, Lennie Boresch Jr., Kenosha, Wis., 3,520.
9, (tie) Mark Sullivan, Indianapolis, and Bob Learn Jr., Erie, Pa., 3,504.
11, Don Blatchford, Santa Monica, Calif., 3,503.
12, Peter Knopp, Germany, 3,470.
13, Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, 3,451.
14, Greg Thomas, Irmo, S.C., 3,450.
15, Sammy Ventura, Syracuse, N.Y., 3,427.
16, Harry Sullins, Chesterfield Twp., Mich., 3,426.
17, Jeff Johnson, Freeport, Ill., 3,413.
18, Tony Johnson, Canton, Ohio, 3,412.
19, Joel Carlson, Omaha, Neb., 3,400.
20, Gary Alstott, Washington, Ill., 3,384.
21, John Marsala, St. Louis, Mo., 3,380.
22, n-Thomas Jones, Blaine, Mnn., 3,348.
23, John Dudak, Orland Park, Ill., 3,326.
24, Todd Kjell, Roscoe, Ill., 3,318.
25, ss-Tom Carter, Columbus, Ohio, 3,310.
26, ss-Henry Dawson, Elma, Wash., 3,297.
27, Brian Voss, Centennial, Colo., 3,287.
28, Don Breeden, Clive, Iowa, 3,278.
29, Bryan Goebel, Shawnee, Kan., 3,277.
30, n-David Oulman, Medford, Minn., 3,273.
31, ss-Ron Mohr, Las Vegas, 3,271.
32, n-Ron Cleveland, St. Paul, Minn., 3,264.
33, ss-James Storts, Westfield, Ind., 3,261.
34, ss-Mike Dias, Lafayette, Colo., 3,258.
35, n-John Hommes, Crystal, Minn., 3,252.
36, Tony Rodriguez Jr., Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., 3,246.
37, n-Larry Birkedahl, Sartell, Minn., 3,240.
38, ss-Christopher Keane, Cape Coral, Fla., 3,234.
39, ss-Edward Silva, Manteca, Calif., 3,198.
40, ss-Kevin Foley, Reno, Nev., 3,183.
41, Dale Traber, Cedarburg, Wis., 3,175.
42, Ted Staikoff, Black Hawk, S.D., 3,157.
43, Greg McDaniel, Kimball, Neb., 3,153.
44, n-Craig Schiffler, Melrose, Minn., 3,136.
45, John Burkett, Southlake, Texas, 3,117.
46, Patrick King, Yankton, S.D., 3,113.
47, n-Dana Wright, St. Paul, Minn., 3,112.
48, Craig O'Reilly, Tinley Park, Ill., 3,105.
49, n-David Green, St. Michael, Minn., 3,104.
50, Steven Jansson, Barnes, Wis., 3,097.
51, Timothy Regan, East Northport, N.Y., 3,093.
52, Brad Snell, Mount Prospect, Ill., 3,059.
53, Glenn Morgan, Carson City, Nev., 3,048.
54, John Kidwell, Indianapolis, Ind., 3,024.
55, n-Fred Schossow, Zimmerman, Minn., 3,016.
56, n-Robert Robillard, Savage, Minn., 2,998.
57, Gary Kammes, Winfield, Ill., 2,992.
58, Paul Mielens, Menomonie, Wis., 2,988.
59, n-Curtis Matlock, Cloquet, Minn., 2,973.
60, Bob Heath Sr., Grand Junction, Iowa, 2,942.
61, Lucien Casagrande, Canada, 2,911.
62, n-Lawrence Harvanko, Champlin, Minn., 2,900.
63, Steve Stein, Staten Island, N.Y., 2,899.
64, Jeff Moore, Boone, Iowa, 2,877.
65, Jared Cudnohufsky, Kingsford, Mich., 2,875.
66, Mike Schmid, St. Paul, Minn., 2,802.
67, n-Ermon Dixon, Waite Park, Minn., 2,801.
68, Dean Bruinsma, Clear Lake, S.D., 2,744.
69, n-Peter Williams, Buffalo, Minn., 2,729.
70, n-James Friend, Big Lake, Minn., 2,687.
71, n-Fred van De, Elk River, Minn., 2,659.

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PBA Spare Shots: It’s Haugen in the Lead as PBA50 Player of the Year Race Enters Home Stretch

by Bill Vint July 19, 2018 13:20

As the PBA50 Tour makes its PBA Xtra Frame on FloBowling debut this week in the PBA50 River City Extreme Open, presented by Ebonite, from River City Extreme in Monticello, Minn., the chase for PBA50 Player of the Year honors heads into the home stretch with Michael Haugen Jr. at the head of the pack.

The annual honor in 2018 will be based upon standard PBA competition points that are being applied to all levels of PBA competition this year. Haugen, the 2017 PBA50 Rookie of the Year, won the BVL Johnny Petraglia Open earlier in the season and has four other top 10 finishes for a 2,400-point lead over PBA Hall of Famer Walter Ray Williams Jr., who has yet to add to his PBA50 Tour title total this year, but has three runner-up finishes.

For the current PBA50 Tour points standings heading into the Monticello event, click here: https://www.pba.com/SeasonStats/Points/130. Xtra Frame on FloBowling will air the finals of the River City Extreme Open on Friday at 8 p.m. EDT.

Coverage of the PBA50 Tour by PBA Xtra Frame on FloBowling continues with the PBA50 South Shore Open presented by Hammer at Olympia Lanes in Hammond, Ind., July 23-26, and the PBA50 Security Federal Savings Bank Championship, presented by Track, at Dave Small's Heritage Lanes, Kokomo, Ind., July 28-31. The PBA50 Dave Small’s Championship Lanes Classic, presented by Roto Grip, in Anderson, Ind., is set for Aug. 4-7 before the PBA50 Cup, presented by DV8, in Wyoming, Mich., Aug. 9-12, concludes the 2018 points competition that will decide the Player of the Year.

All PBA Xtra Frame events on FloBowling are covered live, from first ball to last. Existing Xtra Frame subscribers need to transition their current subscriptions to FloBowling by visiting https://www.flobowling.com/claim-account. New subscribers can enroll at FloBowling.com.

PBA BOWLING CHALLENGE PRESENTS “MOTIV THROWBACK WEEKEND CHALLENGE”

pbavc_limitedtime_MOTIVThrowback_Social1The popular PBA Bowling Challenge Mobile Game is going to debut a new “MOTIV Throwback Weekend Challenge” starting Thursday at 1 p.m. EDT and running thru Monday, July 23 at 12:59 a.m. EDT.  It will operate under the same rules and Gold Pin prizes that previous regular “Weekend Challenge” events have used with one exception: users will be limited to the three ball options below (all three balls will be offered at 50% of usual prices for the weekend).

The balls in play will be the Venom Panic: http://bit.ly/Panic_50; the Venom Cobra: http://bit.ly/Cobra_50, and the Jackal Ghost: http://bit.ly/Ghost_50.

In a recent “Weekend Challenge,” more than 25,000 people took on PBA Commissioner Tom Clark’s lineup of PBA stars in the “PBA Bowling Commissioner’s Challenge” and only 1.16 percent beat the gauntlet of PBA stars in a series of matches, but in the end 283 “out-bowled” the entire field.

The good news is, it’s free to enter and you can bowl as many times as you want. Special stand-alone events within Concrete Software’s PBA Bowling Challenge game for mobile devices (Weekend Challenges, Commissioner’s Challenge, etc.) will be regular events in the future. If you are a registered PBA Bowling Challenge player, you’ll get notices when a new game or “challenge” is scheduled.

If you haven’t already done so, download the free PBA Bowling Challenge app at Google Play or the Apple App Store and start bowling immediate.

PBA REGIONAL UPDATE: SEAN WILCOX HELPS DICK ALLEN WIN 21ST REGIONAL TITLE

With help from partner Sean Wilcox of Altamonte Springs, Fla., Dick Allen of Lexington, S.C. picked up his 21st career PBA Regional title when the twosome defeated Kyle Troup of Taylorsville, N.C., and Steve Arehart of Chesapeake, Va., 243-213, to win the PBA Beltline Lanes Columbia 300 Baker Doubles title Sunday on the outskirts of Columbia, S.C.

Troup and Arehart qualified fourth for the stepladder finals and edged Connor Pickford of Plano, Texas, and Kole Payne of Charlotte, N.C., 183-182, to start the four-team stepladder finals. They then won another squeaker, eliminating Hall of Famer Walter Ray Williams Jr. of Oxford, Fla., and amateur partner Josh Johnson from Callahan, Fla., 198-179, to advance to the title match.

In addition to Allen’s 21st Regional title, Wilcox won his first title along with a share of the $4,000 top prize.

Michael Haugen Jr. of Phoenix defeated Ron Profitt of Brookville, Ohio by 182 pins to win the PBA50 Fairborn Central Classic presented by Roto Grip at Bowl 10 Fairborn in Fairborn, Ohio, Sunday.

Haugen, who averaged 221.7 for the tournament, claimed his second PBA50 central region title of the year along with the $1,500 first prize.

In a unique format, the top 16 players after qualifying bowled 10 games of round robin match play where the winner of each match received 10 bonus pins. After the 10th match, the top four advanced to a two-game, four-man match play final round where bonus pins were given based on two-game totals. The top scorer received 12 bonus pins, second received eight bonus pins, third four bonus pins and fourth received no bonus pins. Haugen rolled games of 219 and 186 for a 405 total, earning 12 bonus pins and finishing with a 4,506 pinfall total to top Profitt’s 4,324 total.

Jakob Butturff of Tempe, Ariz., defeated amateur Fidel Marchena of Dominican Republic, 234-194, to win the PBA Tony Grigat Allstate Midwest Open at Poplar Creek Bowl in Hoffman Estates, Ill., Sunday, for his 16th career PBA Regional title and first in the PBA Midwest Region. He also earned $2,000.

Marchena edged Kenny Calkins of Des Moines, Iowa, 215-214, in the semifinal game to advance to the championship match after also sneaking past Ryan Burks of Valparaiso, Ind., 192-190, in the first stepladder match.

● Over the July 20-22 weekend, PBA Regional events will include the PBA50 Parkway Lanes Eastern Open presented by Roto Grip in Elmwood Park, N.J.; the PBA Angola Central/Midwest Open presented by Ebonite at Angola Bowl in Angola, Ind.; the PBA Spring Hill Lanes South Open presented by Track in Spring Hill, Fla.; the PBA Fort Sill Southwest Open at Twin Oaks Bowling Center in Fort Sill, Okla.; the PBA, PBA50 and PBA-PWBA Secoma Lanes Northwest/West Open tripleheader in Federal Way, Wash., and the PBA50 Beverly Lanes Midwest/Central Open presented by Roto Grip in Arlington Heights, Ill.

● Closing out the July schedule of PBA Regional competitions will be the PBA50 Ned Micelli Memorial at Herrill Lanes in New Hyde Park, N.Y., over the July 27-28 weekend.

● For complete PBA Regional schedules, rules and entry information, visit pba.com, open the “schedules” tab and click on PBA Regional Tours to find the event(s) in your area…and remember, you can follow “live scoring” for all PBA Regional events on pba.com (easily accessible for Apple device users using the PBA app).

QUICK NOTES:

● Dick Allen and his wife Sarah welcomed the third addition to their family on Tuesday, July 17 (coincidentally, Sarah’s birthday…) when Declain Atticus Allen arrived, weighing in at 7 pounds, 9 ounces, and measuring 21 inches. Declain joins future babysitters Piper and Arabella.

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2017 U.S. Open Champion Rhino Page Wins Best Bowler ESPY

by Bill Vint July 18, 2018 20:00

LOS ANGELES – Rhino Page of Orlando, Fla., who ended a six-year singles title drought with two victories including the 2017 U.S. Open, has been selected winner of the 2018 Best Bowler ESPY award in fan voting conducted by ESPN.

Page.Rhino_2018 ESPY award winner (2)Page, a 35-year-old left-hander, received his award Wednesday evening during the 2018 ESPY Awards ceremony at the Microsoft Theater.

“I think it’s pretty simple to sum up what it means just to be nominated for an ESPY,” Page said. “Five years ago I went through wrist surgery not knowing if I was ever going to be able to throw a ball again, let alone get back to playing at the highest level. To be here at the ESPYs after the long journey back is something I am incredibly honored and humbled by.

“I’m so thankful for God’s grace through it all,” he continued. “I can’t thank my friends, my family, my sponsors and my fans enough. They have been there for me every step of the way.  They supported me in the times I needed them the most. To represent the sport I love and have dedicated my life to is truly an honor and a blessing.”

During the voting cycle leading up to the 2018 announcement, Page won his first singles title since 2009 in the 2017 PBA Xtra Frame Kenn-Feld Group Classic in Coldwater, Ohio, and captured his first major in the U.S. Open, defeating top qualifier Jakob Butturff, 256-222, for his sixth career PBA Tour title. He also finished fifth in the USBC Masters earlier in 2018.

Also nominated by ESPN’s staff in the Best Bowler category were 2017 PBA Player of the Year and three-time major championships winner Jason Belmonte; 2018 Barbasol PBA Players Championship titlist Tom Smallwood and Swedish two-handed sensation Jesper Svensson.

HISTORY OF BEST BOWLER ESPY AWARD WINNERS
2018 – Rhino Page
2017 – Jason Belmonte
2016 – Jason Belmonte
2015 – Jason Belmonte
2014 – Pete Weber
2013 – Pete Weber
2012 – Sean Rash
2011 – Jason Belmonte
2010 – Walter Ray Williams Jr.
2009 – Norm Duke
2008 – Norm Duke
2007 – Norm Duke
2006 – Walter Ray Williams Jr.
2005 – Walter Ray Williams Jr.
2004 – Pete Weber
2003 – Walter Ray Williams Jr.
2002 – Pete Weber
2001 – Walter Ray Williams Jr.
2000 – Parker Bohn III
1999 – Walter Ray Williams Jr.
1998 – Walter Ray Williams Jr.
1997 – Bob Learn Jr.
1996 – Mike Aulby
1995 – Norm Duke

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Florida’s Ralph Brunt Jr. Avoids Mistakes to Take First Round Lead in PBA50 River City Extreme Open

by Jerry Schneider July 18, 2018 19:20

MONTICELLO, Minn. – Ralph Brunt Jr. of Jensen Beach, Fla., kept his mistakes to a minimum and was rewarded with a 1,828 eight-game pinfall total to take the first round lead Wednesday in the PBA50 River City Extreme Open presented by Ebonite.

Bowling on PBA’s 39-foot Don Carter lane condition, Brunt bowled games of 209, 241, 232, 218, 195, 267, 218 and 248 to take a five-pin lead over 2016 PBA50 Rookie of the Year Eddie Graham of Kettering Ohio, who finished the round in second with 1,823.

“When the round started it was a matter of staying out of trouble and keeping the ball in play,” said Brunt, whose best PBA50 Tour finish was fifth in the 2014 Pro Bowl West Fort Wayne Classic. “In the first four games I was happy to get a double or three strikes in a row so I was just grinding it out and making the spares.

“In the sixth game I changed to a ball that didn’t hook quite as much and started throwing the ball a little softer to get a better angle to the pocket and that improved my carry quite a bit,” Brunt added. “I started playing a little more aggressively because I didn’t want to lose the pocket.”

Finishing the round in third was Greg Thomas of Irmo, S.C., bowling in his first PBA50 Tour tournament, with 1,813, followed by PBA Hall of Famer Norm Duke of Clermont, Fla. in fourth with 1,788 and Sammy Ventura of Syracuse, N.Y., rounding out the top five with 1,771.

The entire field returns for another eight-game qualifying round Thursday which begins at 10 a.m. CDT. Friday’s cashers and match play rounds will begin at 8:30 a.m. After match play the top five players will be determined for the stepladder finals at 7 p.m.

PBA’s online bowling channel, PBA Xtra Frame on FloBowling, is providing live start-to-finish coverage of the River City Extreme Open as well as the remaining events during the 2018 PBA50 Tour season. Subscription and schedule information is available by visiting www.flobowling.com.

PBA50 RIVER CITY EXTREME OPEN

Presented by Ebonite

River City Extreme, Monticello, Minn., Wednesday

FIRST ROUND (after eight games)

1, Ralph Brunt Jr., Jensen Beach, Fla., 1,828.
2, Eddie Graham, Kettering, Ohio, 1,823.
3, Greg Thomas, Irmo, S.C., 1,813.
4, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 1,788.
5, ss-Sammy Ventura, Syracuse, N.Y., 1,771.
6, ss-Harry Sullins, Chesterfield Twp., Mich., 1,769.
7, Scott Greiner, Sunrise Beach, Mo., 1,766.
8, Joel Carlson, Omaha, Neb., 1,743.
9, Brian Kretzer, Dayton, Ohio, 1,742.
10, Bob Learn Jr., Erie, Pa., 1,741.
11, Jeff Johnson, Freeport, Ill., 1,728.
12, (tie) Lennie Boresch Jr., Kenosha, Wis., and n-David Oulman, Medford, Minn., 1,720.
14, Gary Alstott, Washington, Ill., 1,715.
14, John Marsala, St. Louis, Mo., 1,715.
16, Tony Johnson, Canton, Ohio, 1,709.
17, Mark Sullivan, Indianapolis, 1,705.
18, (tie) Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, and Bryan Goebel, Shawnee, Kan., 1,704.
20, Michael Haugen Jr., Phoenix, 1,703.
21, ss-Don Blatchford, Santa Monica, Calif., 1,697.
22, ss-Tom Carter, Columbus, Ohio, 1,696.
23, Todd Kjell, Roscoe, Ill., 1,692.
24, ss-John Dudak, Orland Park, Ill., 1,681.
25, Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., 1,677.
26, Peter Knopp, Germany, 1,676.
27, Greg McDaniel, Kimball, Neb., 1,675.
28, n-Thomas Jones, Blaine, Mnn., 1,656.
29, Tony Rodriguez Jr., Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., 1,653.
30, Brian Voss, Centennial, Colo., 1,641.
31, ss-Ron Mohr, Las Vegas, 1,631.
32, ss-Mike Dias, Lafayette, Colo., 1,630.
33, n-John Hommes, Crystal, Minn., 1,620.
34, John Burkett, Southlake, Texas, 1,607.
35, ss-Henry Dawson, Elma, Wash., 1,605.
36, n-Larry Birkedahl, Sartell, Minn., 1,594.
37, n-Ron Cleveland, St. Paul, Minn., 1,587.
38, Glenn Morgan, Carson City, Nev., 1,586.
39, ss-Edward Silva, Manteca, Calif., 1,571.
40, ss-Steven Jansson, Barnes, Wis., 1,569.
41, Brad Snell, Mount Prospect, Ill., 1,552.
42, John Kidwell, Indianapolis, Ind., 1,551.
43, ss-Patrick King, Yankton, S.D., 1,550.
44, ss-Steve Stein, Staten Island, N.Y., 1,544.
45, n-David Green, St. Michael, Minn., 1,543.
46, n-Craig Schiffler, Melrose, Minn., 1,542.
47, Don Breeden, Clive, Iowa, 1,537.
48, n-Curtis Matlock, Cloquet, Minn., 1,535.
49, Timothy Regan, East Northport, N.Y., 1,532.
50, ss-Dale Traber, Cedarburg, Wis., 1,520.
51, ss-Bob Heath Sr., Grand Junction, Iowa, 1,512.
52, ss-Lucien Casagrande, Canada, 1,505.
53, ss-Kevin Foley, Reno, Nev., 1,499.
54, ss-James Storts, Westfield, Ind., 1,497.
55, n-ss-Robert Robillard, Savage, Minn., 1,484.
56, n-Dana Wright, St. Paul, Minn., 1,470.
57, ss-Christopher Keane, Cape Coral, Fla., 1,468.
58, Craig O'Reilly, Tinley Park, Ill., 1,466.
59, ss-Gary Kammes, Winfield, Ill., 1,464.
60, ss-Jared Cudnohufsky, Kingsford, Mich., 1,460.
61, ss-Ted Staikoff, Black Hawk, S.D., 1,459.
62, (tie) Jeff Moore, Boone, Iowa, 1,451 and ss-Paul Mielens, Menomonie, Wis., 1,451.
64, n-Fred Schossow, Zimmerman, Minn., 1,430.
65, n-Ermon Dixon, Waite Park, Minn., 1,420.
66, n-Peter Williams, Buffalo, Minn., 1,414.
67, Dean Bruinsma, Clear Lake, S.D., 1,394.
68, n-ss-Lawrence Harvanko, Champlin, Minn., 1,390.
69, n-James Friend, Big Lake, Minn., 1,358.
70, ss-Mike Schmid, St. Paul, Minn., 1,342.
71, n-Fred van De, Elk River, Minn., 1,279.

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ss-PBA60 player ages 60 and over

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