Ron Mohr Ends Five-Year Title Drought, Wins Ninth Career Title in PBA50 South Shore Open

by Bill Vint July 27, 2017 19:10

HAMMOND, Ind. – Ron Mohr of Las Vegas, a two-time PBA50 Tour Player of the Year, ended a five-year title drought Thursday, winning the PBA50 South Shore Open presented by DV8 at Olympia Lanes for his ninth career PBA50 Tour title with a 213-194 victory over Bob Learn of Erie, Pa.

Mohr, now a 61-year-old “super senior,” threw five strikes on his first six attempts to build a 41-pin lead over Learn and he held on despite leaving a 4-6-7-10 split in the ninth frame. Learn’s inability to put two strikes together until the final two frames gave Mohr a big cushion, and he sealed the win with a strike on his first attempt in the 10th frame.

“That’s nine titles, and it’s nine more than I expected when I came out here to bowl,” said Mohr, who retired from his career as an air traffic controller in Alaska to try his hand in professional bowling. “It’s great to win, but when it’s over, you still have to go home and mow the lawn and pick up dog poop. It’s not life changing to win out here, but it sure is nice.”

The turning point in Mohr’s title quest actually came in the semifinal match, when it looked like PBA Hall of Famer Norm Duke of Clermont, Fla., was going to extend Mohr’s frustrating streak of 15 championship round appearances in the past two years without a title. Needing a strike in the 10th frame to complete a comeback victory against Mohr, Duke left a pocket 7-10 split, handing Mohr a 210-200 victory and a berth in the championship match.

“You never expect that from Norm,” Mohr said. “If all Norm needs is a mark to win, he’ll never miss. He was by far the best bowler in the tournament this week, but I guess it was my turn. To get past Norm was a real blessing. He just got a really bad break, but I’ve been on that side myself.”

In the opening match, PBA50 rookie Gary Faulkner of Norfolk, Va., a two-time PBA Regional title winner bowling in his sixth event as a “senior” player, struck on eight of his first nine shots (leaving a pocket 7-10 split on his only non-strike shot). But a 4-7-10 split in the 10th frame gave Venezuela’s Amleto Monacelli a chance to win with two strikes in his 10th frame. Monacelli, who was trying for his ninth PBA50 Tour title and second of the year, got the first strike, but left his fourth 10 pin of the game in a 229-225 loss to Faulkner.

Duke ended Faulkner’s title hopes in the second game, 278-247, throwing nine strikes before leaving a 10 pin on his first shot in the 10th frame. Faulkner didn’t miss the pocket on his first nine shots, but a pair of single pins prevented him from keeping pace the 38-time PBA Tour title winner.

The tour’s next stop is the PBA50 Dave Small’s Championship Lanes Classic presented by Roto Grip in Anderson, Ind., beginning Sunday and concluding on Wednesday, Aug. 2. The PBA50 Tour will then complete its season with the DeHayes Insurance Group Championship presented by Pro Bowl West and Ebonite Aug. 6-8. The final senior event of the year will be the PBA60 Dick Weber Championship for players 60 and older Aug. 10-12 at Pro Bowl West.

All three events will be covered from start to finish live, exclusively on PBA’s online bowling channel. Xtra Frame. For subscription information, visit xtraframe.tv.

PBA50 SOUTH SHORE OPEN
presented by DV8
Olympia Lanes, Hammond, Ind., Thursday

Final Standings:
1, ss-Ron Mohr, Las Vegas, $7,500.
2, Bob Learn Jr., Erie, Pa., $4,000.
3, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., $2,500.
4, Gary Faulkner, Norfolk, Va., $2,000.
5, Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, $1,750.

Stepladder Results:
Match One – Faulkner def. Monacelli, 229-225.
Match Two – Duke def. Faulkner, 278-247.
Semifinal Match – Mohr def. Duke, 210-200.
Championship Match – Mohr def. Learn, 213-194.

Modified Match Play Round 2 (after six games, including match play bonus pins:
1, Learn, 4-2, 1,662.
2, Mohr, 5-1, 1,646.
3, Duke, 5-1, 1,630.
4, Monacelli, 5-1, 1,593.
5, Faulkner, 3-3, 1,561.
6, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., 3-3, 1,531, $1,500.
7, Eddie Graham, Centerville, Ohio, 5-1, 1,528, $1,500.
8, Doug Kent, Newark, N.Y., 3-3, 1,520, $1,500.
9, Harry Sullins, Chesterfield Twp., Mich., 2-4, 1,499, $1,300.
10, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 3-2-1, 1,445, $1,300.
11, Brian Kretzer, Dayton, Ohio, 2-3-1, 1,399, $1,300.
12, ss-Paul McCordic, Sugar Land, Texas, 2-4, 1,376, $1,300.
13, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 2-4, 1,361, $1,300.
14, ss-Ted Staikoff, Black Hawk, S.D., 2-4, 1,276, $1,300.
15, Brian LeClair, Delmar, N.Y., 1-5, 1,264, $1,300.
16, ss-Bill Henson, Westerville, Ohio, 0-6, 1,173, $1,300.

Modified Match Play Round 1 (other cashers after five games, including match play bonus pins):
17, ss-Warren Nelson, Hemet, Calif., 3-2, 1,199, $1,100.
18, ss-Tom Baker, King, N.C., 2-3, 1,192, $1,100.
19, ss-Darryl Bower, Middletown, Pa., 3-2, 1,191, $1,100.
20, Keith Lesko, Chicago, 2-3, 1,151, $1,100.
21, Gary Schluchter, Fremont, Ohio, 2-3, 1,144, $1,100.
22 (tie), Mark Sullivan, Indianapolis, 2-3, and Lennie Boresch Jr., Kenosha, Wis., 2-3, 1,116, $1,100.
24, Sammy Ventura, Syracuse, N.Y., 2-3, 1,102, $1,100.

Other Cashers (after five-game cashers’ round, $1,000 each):
25, ss-n-Leroy Johnson, Chicago, 1,005.
26, ss-James Storts, Westfield, Ind., 958.
27, ss-Gary Kammes, Winfield, Ill., 954.
28, ss-Emilio Mora Sr, Defiance, Ohio, 950.
29, ss-Steven Jansson, Barnes, Wis., 943.
30, Billy Froberg, St Joseph, Mich., 942.
31, ss-Kenny Parks, Hammond, Ind., 937.
32, ss-Ed Silva, Manteca, Calif., 904.

ss-denotes PBA60 player.

300 Games: Pete Weber, Brian LeClair, Gary Faulkner, Eddie Graham.

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PBA Spare Shots: PBA50 South Shore Open Finals to Air Live on Xtra Frame Tonight

by Bill Vint July 27, 2017 08:44

Coverage of the stepladder finals of the PBA50 South Shore Open are set to begin at 7:45 p.m. EDT tonight as the countdown to the conclusion of 2017 PBA50 Tour season continues. Among the leaders heading into today’s finals was Brian LeClair of Delmar, N.Y., who is trying to add to his lead in the 2017 PBA50 Player of the Year points race.

Following the finals at Olympia Lanes in Hammond, Ind., the PBA50 Tour wraps up its year with the Dave Small’s Championship Lanes Classic presented by Roto Grip July 30-Aug. 1 and the DeHayes Insurance Group Championship presented by Pro Bowl West and Ebonite Aug. 6-8. The final senior event of the year will be the PBA60 Dick Weber Championship for players 60 and older Aug. 10-12 at Pro Bowl West.

As the curtain comes down on the PBA50 Tour, competition resumes for PBA Tour players with the PBA-PWBA Xtra Frame Storm Striking Against Breast Cancer Mixed Doubles from Copperfield Bowl in Houston, Texas, July 28-30, which will award PBA and PWBA Tour titles if either/both winners are PBA and/or PWBA members.

Xtra Frame will then follow the women bowlers to Plano, Texas, for the preliminary rounds of the U.S. Women’s Open from Plano Super Bowl Aug. 1-5. The U.S. Women’s Open finals will air live on CBS Sports Network on Sunday, Aug. 6, at noon EDT.

The PBA Xtra Frame Storm Cup will become August’s focal point with the final three events in the 2017 series on tap: the Xtra Frame Chesapeake Open from AMF Western Branch in Chesapeake, Va., Aug. 12-13; the Xtra Frame Gene Carter’s Pro Shop Classic from Mid-County Bowling and Entertainment in Middletown, Del., Aug. 19-20, and the series finale, the Xtra Frame Kenn-Feld Group Classic from Pla-Mor Lanes in Coldwater, Ohio, Aug. 26-27. Michael Haugen Jr., a leading contender for PBA50 Rookie of the Year honors in 2017, is defending champion in Delaware. The Chesapeake and Coldwater tournaments are new to the PBA Xtra Frame Tour schedule. EJ Tackett of Huntington, Ind. (53 points) will take a narrow lead over England’s Dom Barrett and Marshall Kent of Yakima, Wash. (46 points each) into the final three events in the Xtra Frame Storm Cup series, which will award the top five players with shares of $50,000 in bonus prize money.

For live streaming time and other details, check under the “schedules” tab on pba.com. Xtra Frame subscription packages are available for three days, 30 days and a full year. To sign up, visit xtraframe.tv for details.

PBA fans also can follow real-time results for PBA50, PBA Xtra Frame Tour and all PBA Regional events by visiting the “live scoring” feature on pba.com or by downloading the new PBA app on Apple devices. PWBA live scoring is available on pwba.com.

Xtra Frame subscribers also are invited to tune in to a special “PBA Perspective” feature in which 2017 Mark Roth/Marshall Holman PBA Doubles champions Kyle Troup and Jesper Svensson share their insights about their victory over EJ Tackett and Marshall Kent at Bayside Bowl in Portland, Maine. Next up for release in this series will be Francois Lavoie taking Xtra Frame subscribers through his 2016 U.S. Open victory. That feature will make its Xtra Frame debut on August 2.

INTERNATIONAL, U.S. PBA STARS SHINE IN WORLD GAMES

PBA members on both the men’s and women’s sides starred in the medal rounds of the 2017 World Games, an international competition for sports that are not included on the Olympic Games program, last week in Wroclaw, Poland. The bowling program included singles and doubles events for both genders.

In the men’s competition, Venezuela’s Ildemaro Ruiz won the silver medal in singles, losing to Korea’s Youngseon Cho in the two-game title match, 483-435. Germany’s Tobias Bording was bronze medalist. In doubles, 2016 PBA Rookie of the Year Francois Lavoie and former PBA member Dan MacLelland won the gold medal over Ruiz and Venezuelan teammate Massimiliano Fridegotto, 972-935. Hong Kong’s Siu Hong Wu and Michael Mak won bronze.

American stars Tommy Jones and Marshall Kent were eliminated in the quarterfinal round in doubles. Jones also made it to the quarterfinals in singles before he was eliminated. Kent didn’t make it into the 16-man elimination rounds.

In women’s singles, Germany’s Laura Beuthner defeated PBA champion Kelly Kulick of Union, N.J., 509-372 in the title match while Colombia’s Clara Guerrero took bronze. Guerrero and fellow PBA member Rocio Restrepo earned gold for Colombia in doubles, defeating the U.S. team of Kulick and Danielle McEwan of Stony Point, N.Y., 922-875. Mexico’s Tannya Lopez and Sandra Gongora won the bronze medal.

PBA REGIONAL UPDATE: KLINGLER UPSETS TACKETT FOR SECOND PBA TITLE

Andrew Klingler of Grand Rapids, Mich., won his second PBA title in style Sunday, defeating reigning PBA Player of the Year EJ Tackett of Huntington, Ind. by 55 pins to win the Angola Central/Midwest Open at Angola Bowl in Angola, Ind.

Klingler, a 25-year-old second-year PBA member, finished with a 5-3 match play record and a total of 4,816 pins for 21 games, including match play bonus pins, to upset Tackett and a field including several PBA Tour title-winners for the $2,600 first prize.

● A day after celebrating his 23rd birthday, Anthony Caso won his first PBA title in his hometown center Sunday, defeating PBA Tour titlist Tom Daugherty of Riverview, Fla., to win the 29th PBA Crystal Automotive Spring Hill South Open in Spring Hill, Fla.

Caso, a third-year PBA member, spoiled Daugherty’s run at defending his Spring Hill title by defeating Daugherty in the championship match, 244-225. The no. 3 qualifier for the stepladder, Caso took care of Jason Sterner of Rockledge, Fla., in his first match, 279-221, and then defeated Chris Arcaro of Carolina Beach, N.C., 268-203, to advance to the title match. Caso earned $2,500 along with his title in the PBA South Region’s longest-running tournament.

Bob Leonard of Lockwood, N.Y. recorded an 8-0 match play record to win the PBA50 Investors Bank Open at Parkway Lanes Saturday for his first PBA title, and Liz Kuhlkin of Rotterdam, N.Y., completed the weekend program at Parkway Lanes with a victory in the PBA-PWBA Investors Bank Open in Elmwood Park, N.J., on Sunday.

Leonard, an 18-year PBA member, qualified ninth in the 52-man field. He moved steadily through the field but did not take the lead until position round where he retained his perfect match play record for a 101-pin victory over runner-up Sammy Ventura of Norwich, N.Y. The victory was worth $1,500.

In Sunday’s women’s event, Kuhlkin compiled a 4-2 match play record to outscore Jennifer Russo of Monmouth Junction, N.J., by 50 pins to win her second PBA-PWBA Women’s Regional title and a $1,700 prize. Kuhlkin won last season’s East Region PBA-PWBA event in Hornell, N.Y.

Russo, a non-member, finished with a 5-1 match play record and earned $925 as the runner-up. USBC Hall of Famer and New Jersey native Carolyn Dorin-Ballard of Keller, Texas, was third, another 63 pins behind Russo.

Keith Lesko of Chicago began the title match of the Beverly Lanes PBA50 Midwest Regional Open with eight straight strikes, routing top qualifier Patrick Shipley of Spring Valley, Calif., 279-165, to win his second PBA50 regional title in three weeks Sunday in Arlington Heights, Ill.

Lesko, who won a pair of PBA South Region titles in 2001 and 2003 before taking an extended sabbatical from PBA competition, advanced to the title match by getting past Chris Keane of Cape Coral, Fla., 215-194, in the semifinal match after Keane eliminated defending champ Harry Sullins of Chesterfield Township, Mich., 236-225, in the opening game of the stepladder finals.

Mike Bailey of Irving, Texas, dominated the match play finals of the eighth annual PBA Fort Sill Southwest Open, presented by DV8, Sunday at Twin Oaks Bowling Center in Fort Sill, Okla., to win his fifth PBA Southwest Region title.

Bailey opened the tournament with a 290 game and built his tournament lead to 73 pins after the 13 games of qualifying. Losing his first match in the modified eight-game round robin finals allowed 2014 USBC Queens champion Maria Rodriguez of Colombia to take a one-pin lead, but Bailey rebounded by winning five of his next six matches to build an insurmountable 272-pin lead heading into position round. Amateur Jack Zuniga of Tulsa, Okla., beat Bailey in the final match, 244-237, to retain second place but Bailey earned the $2,500 winner’s check with a 5,114 total.

Cameron Weier of Tacoma, Wash.; Hugh Miller of Mercer Island, Wash., and Catherine Rawsthorne of Federal Way, Wash., were victorious in a PBA Northwest Region tripleheader at Secoma Lanes in Federal Way Sunday.

Weier posted a 10-2 match play record and a 20-game total of 5,181 pins, including match play bonus pins, to win Sunday’s Secoma Lanes Open, a standard PBA Northwest/ West Regional event, by 144 pins over Darren Tang of San Francisco. Weier’s performance included a trio of 300s (including back-to-back) in match play on his way to the $2,500 first-place check.

Miller won the PBA50 portion of the tripleheader with a 6-5-1 match play record and 5,075 total pins, beating Robert Harvey of Boise, Idaho by 262 pins for the $1,500 first prize.

Rawsthorne had a 4-4 match play record and knocked down 3,499 total pins for her 16 games to top Lori Eskew of Hillsboro, Ore., for the win in the PBA/PWBA women’s event to earn the $1,000 prize. Eskew had 3,417 pins.

Paul McCordic of Sugar Land, Texas, defeated PBA Hall of Famer Tom Baker of King, N.C. by 50 pins to win the PBA50 Fairborn Central Classic at Bowl 10 Fairborn in Fairborn, Ohio, on Thursday, July 20. McCordic averaged 218.7 for the tournament to claim his second PBA50 regional title along with the $1,500 first prize.

In a unique format, the top 14 players after qualifying bowled 10 games of round robin match play where the winner received 10 bonus pins. After the final position round match, the top four advanced to a two-game final round where bonus pins were awarded based on score. The top scorer received 12 bonus pins, second place received eight bonus pins, third four bonus pins and fourth received no bonus pins.

● Closing the July regional schedule are the PBA Japan Region’s first events of 2017, the PBA Chameleon Open on July 23 followed by the Women’s Chameleon Championship on July 30, both at Shinsayama Grand Bowl in Sayama.

● PBA’s August regional calendar gets underway over the Aug. 4-6 weekend with the PBA50 Progressive/Gerdman Insurance Agency/Al Smith Chrysler/Dodge/Jeep Central/Midwest Classic at Al-Mar Colonial Lanes in Bowling Green, Ohio; the Bowlers Supply/Storm Products Open at Colony Park Lanes North in York, Pa.; the Boss Snow Plows/Ebonite Central Open at PinHeads in Fishers, Ind., and the Poplar Creek Bowl Midwest Open presented by Columbia 300 in Hoffman Estates, Ill.

● A mid-week event for PBA50 players – the PBA50 Pro Bowl West Central/Midwest Shootout – is set for Aug. 9 in Fort Wayne, Ind.

● The Greater Richmond Central Open at Richmond 40 Bowl in Richmond, Ind., a one-day event on Aug. 13, is the lone regional event over the Aug. 11-13 weekend.

● The Aug. 18-20 PBA Regional calendar includes the Emerald Bowl Houston Southwest Challenge for non-title winners plus the PBA-PWBA Emerald Bowl Southwest Open in Houston, Texas, for women, and the Dave Husted Northwest Open presented by 900 Global at Husted’s Milwaukie Bowl in Milwaukie, Ore.

● Closing out the August schedule will be the PBA60 Wilson & Sons Super Senior Open presented by the Mooresville Convention and Visitors Bureau Aug. 31-Sept. 2 at George Pappas’ Victory Lanes in Mooresville, N.C., followed immediately by the PBA50 Samuel Adams South Open presented by the Mooresville Convention and Visitors Bureau at George Pappas’ Victory Lanes in Mooresville, N.C.

● The Labor Day weekend calendar of PBA Regional action includes the PBA50 Strike Zone Open presented by Track in Pottsville, Pa.; the Tony Reyes Memorial Member/Non-Member Doubles at Fourth Street Bowl in San Jose, Calif.; the Illinois Valley Midwest Open at IV Super Bowl in Peru, Ill., and the DHC Japan PBA Doubles Open, Japan Cheetah Masters and Japan Cheetah Queens at Nagoya Grand Bowl in Nagoya, Japan.

● 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 new PBA app).

Pierce.Ted_Portland OR_2017 PBA50QUICK NOTES:

Tim Pierce (left) of Portland, Ore., went from embarrassed to elated in record time Tuesday morning in the PBA50 South Shore Open. On his first shot of the tournament at Olympia Lanes in Hammond, Ind., the 62-year-old Pierce left the dreaded 5-7-10 split. On his second shot, he converted the “lily” for a spare. It’s extremely unusual for PBA competitors (of any age) to leave the 5-7-10…but it’s even more uncommon to convert the spare.

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Duke Has Roller Coaster Second Round But Still Dominates PBA50 South Shore Open Qualifying

by Jerry Schneider July 26, 2017 19:09

PBA Hall of Famer Norm Duke’s second round in the PBA50 South Shore Open presented by DV8 felt like a roller coaster ride but he still managed to dominate qualifying finishing with a 4,007 16-game pinfall total Wednesday at Olympia Lanes in Hammond, Ind.

Duke, who is trying for his second PBA50 Tour title of the season, followed up his monster 2,088 eight-game pinfall in Tuesday’s first round with 1,919 in the second round bowling games of 187, 180, 279, 279, 275, 194, 248 and 277.

“Boy, that was either feast or famine,” said Duke, who averaged 250 in qualifying. “I waited a little longer than I should have to go to another ball after those first two games but I had a game plan to turn it around.

“I couldn’t have predicted coming back with three 270 games but going to a different ball and making a few other adjustments was going to result in something a lot better than 180.”

Duke holds a 190-pin lead over fellow hall of famer and tournament defending champion Pete Weber who finished qualifying in second with a 3,817 pinfall.

Weber, the 2016 and 2015 PBA50 Player of the Year, had a 1,814 pinfall in the second round with games of 233, 207, 257, 259, 214, 185, 224 and 235, after finishing second behind Duke in the first round with 2,003.

Weber, who is winless this season, won the 2016 South Shore Open to finish the season with a record six PBA50 Tour titles.

If Weber can win this year’s event, he will reach 100 PBA titles overall for his career which includes wins in PBA Tour, PBA50 Tour, PBA Regional and PBA50 Regional competition. PBA Hall of Famer Walter Ray Williams Jr., who qualified seventh with 3,692, holds the record with 102 wins overall.

Brian LeClair of Delmar, N.Y., the season’s only multiple winner with two titles, finished qualifying in third with a 3,776 pinfall.

LeClair, who currently leads the PBA50 Player of the Year point standings, had games of 217, 222, 246, 300, 211, 246 and 254 in the second round after finishing 12th in the first round with 1,824.

Rounding out the top five were three-time PBA50 Tour winner Bob Learn Jr., Erie, Pa., 3,766 and Brian Kretzer, Dayton, Ohio, 3,752.

The top 24 players advanced directly to Thursday’s match play. Eight additional spots will be determined through a casher’s round Thursday morning. After match play the top five players will advance to the stepladder finals scheduled for 7 p.m. CDT (8 p.m. EDT).

Fans can catch all of Thursday’s action on PBA’s online bowling channel Xtra Frame. For subscription and schedule information visit www.xtraframe.tv.

PBA50 SOUTH SHORE OPEN PRESENTED BY DV8

Olympia Lanes, Hammond, Ind., Wednesday

Second Round

(After 16 games. top 24 advance to match play; 25th-32nd plus eight PBA60 players advance to cashers round which determines eight additional match play spots)

1, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 4,007.
2, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 3,817.
3, Brian LeClair, Delmar, N.Y., 3,776.
4, Bob Learn Jr., Erie, Pa., 3,766.
5, Brian Kretzer, Dayton, Ohio, 3,752.
6, Harry Sullins, Chesterfield Twp., Mich., 3,701.
7, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., 3,692.
8, Ron Mohr, Las Vegas, 3,687.
9, (tie) Doug Kent, Newark, N.Y., and Bill Henson, Westerville, Ohio, 3,677.
11, Lennie Boresch Jr., Kenosha, Wis., 3,670.
12, Danny Clark, New Palestine, Ind., 3,667.
13, Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, 3,660.
14, Mark Sullivan, Indianapolis, 3,654.
15, Tom Baker, King, N.C., 3,631.
16, Gary Faulkner, Norfolk, Va., 3,595.
17, Sammy Ventura, Syracuse, N.Y., 3,584.
18, Michael Chrzanowski, Shepherd, Mich., 3,573.
19, Mike Scroggins, Amarillo, Texas, 3,571.
20, Sam Maccarone, Blackwood, N.J., 3,561.
21, Keith Lesko, Chicago, 3,557.
22, Gary Schluchter, Femont, Ohio, 3,556.
23, John Burkett, Southlake, Texas, 3,549.
24, Gary Alstott, Washington, Ill., 3,548.
25, n-Leroy Johnson, Chicago, 3,545.
26, Eddie Graham, Centerville, Ohio, 3,530.
27, (tie) James Storts, Westfield, Ind., and Billy Froberg, St Joseph, Mich., 3,519.
29, Paul McCordic, Sugar Land, Texas, 3,516.
30, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 3,502.
31, Edward Silva, Manteca, Calif., 3,483.
32, Kenny Parks, Hammond, Ind., 3,462.
33, ss-Ted Staikoff, Black Hawk, S.D., 3,457.
34, John Kidwell, Indianapolis, Ind., 3,451.
35, n-Gregg Zicha, Glen Ellyn, Ill., 3,444.
36, ss-Brian Miller, Springfield, Ohio, 3,442.
37, ss-Darryl Bower, Middletown, Pa., 3,437.
38, Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., 3,424.
39, Bryan Goebel, Shawnee, Kan., 3,422.
40, n-John Chapman, Canada, 3,421.
41, Christopher Keane, Cape Coral, Fla., 3,414.
42, Michael Haugen Jr., Phoenix, 3,398.
43, Rick Zakrajsek, Lorain, Ohio, 3,394.
44, ss-Warren Nelson, Hemet, Calif., 3,390.
45, Todd Haney, Boiling Springs, S.C., 3,385.
46, Steve Kenyon, Dade City, Fla., 3,381.
47, Joel Carlson, Omaha, Neb., 3,376.
48, ss-Steven Jansson, Barnes, Wis., 3,374.
49, ss-Don Blatchford, Santa Monica, Calif., 3,372.
50, Glenn Morgan, Carson City, Nev., 3,370.
51, Ernie Segura, Taylor, Mich., 3,369.
52, ss-Emilio Mora Sr, Defiance, Ohio, 3,355.
53, Rick Francis, Linden, Calif., 3,353.
54, Craig O'Reilly, Orland Hills, Ill., 3,352.
55, ss-Gary Kammes, Winfield, Ill., 3,347.
56, Lee Brosius, Ashburn, Va., 3,345.
57, John Dudak, Orland Park, Ill., 3,340.
58, (tie) n-Jeff Richgels, Madison, Wis., and Tony Johnson, Canton, Ohio, 3,333.
60, Kevin Foley, Reno, Nev., 3,331.
61, (tie) John Brockland, St. Charles, Mo., and Timothy Regan, East Northport, N.Y., 3,327.
63, Greg McDaniel, Kimball, Neb., 3,313.
64, Don Herrington, Ballston Lake, N.Y., 3,311.
65, Marc Lineberry, Camanche, Iowa, 3,292.
66, Warren Burr, Wilmington, Del., 3,289.
67, Tom Carter, Columbus, Ohio, 3,276.
68, Jeffery Johnson, Freeport, Ill., 3,274.
69, (tie) Mike Keough, Stockton, Calif., and Richard Hunt, Valparaiso, Ind., 3,254.
71, Scott Greiner, Platte City, Mo., 3,251.
72, Brian Cooper, Henderson, Nev., 3,248.
73, Harry Wright, Venice, Fla., 3,235.
74, Tommy Martin, Millington, Tenn., 3,232.
75, Patrick Shipley, Spring Valley, Calif., 3,225.
76, Fred Phillips, Canada, 3,218.
77, n-John Thompson, Sarasota, Fla., 3,217.
78, Rick Woloszyn, Griffith, Ind., 3,211.
79, Daniel Twomey, Teaneck, N.J., 3,201.
80, Robert Kicmal, LaGrange, Ill., 3,198.
81, Dave Bernhardt, Romeo, Mich., 3,183.
82, Nile Konicek, Gilbert, Ariz., 3,180.
83, Vince Honeycutt, Franklin, N.C., 3,179.
84, Todd Kjell, Roscoe, Ill., 3,177.
85, Bill Argenbright, New Hope, Va., 3,160.
86, Doug O'Bryant, Ball Ground, Ga., 3,156.
87, Paul Mielens, Menomonie, Wis., 3,122.
88, William Banks, Laurel Hill, N.C., 3,107.
89, n-Jerry Krause, Mudelein, Ill., 3,106.
90, Michael Truitt, New Port Richey, Fla., 3,080.
91, Brendan Bierch, Grafton, Mass., 3,065.
92, Mike Watson, Grass Valley, Calif., 2,988.
93, Tim Pierce, Portland, Ore., 2,949.
94, Garry Blanton, Owensboro, Ky., 2,926.
95, Steve Stein, Staten Island, N.Y., 2,874.
96, Brian Dunn, Plainfield, Ill, 2,836.
97, Allen Meskan, Addison, Ill., 2,684.

300 games (2) – Brian LeClair, Gary Faulkner

n-non-member

ss-PBA60 players advancing to casher’s round

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O’Keefe, O’Neill Bid for Fourth Title in PBA-PWBA Xtra Frame Striking Against Breast Cancer Mixed Doubles

by Bill Vint July 26, 2017 13:24

HOUSTON, Texas – Remembering back to 1999, when Donna Conners decided to launch a tribute bowling tournament to honor the memory of her late friend, breast cancer victim Luci Bonneau, some people might think the event has now achieved success beyond Conners’ wildest dreams.

But that wouldn’t be true, because Donna Conners dreams big. The on-going success of the PBA-PWBA Xtra Frame Striking Against Breast Cancer Mixed Doubles tournament, sponsored by Storm, has made it the most successful tournament of its kind, but if Conners has her way, it still has room to get bigger and better.

For the third year in a row, bowling fans around the world will be able to follow the event from start to finish, live on PBA’s Xtra Frame online video-streaming service. To subscribe to Xtra Frame, xtraframe.tv. A three-day subscription is available for $3.99, a 30-day subscription is $7.99 and a full year XF Season Ticket costs less than $1.25 a week.

This year’s step forward involves a new home – Houston’s Copperfield Bowl – and a capacity field of 160 teams representing a stellar field of Professional Bowlers Association, Professional Women’s Bowlers Association, collegiate, amateur and international champions from 14 different countries (Aruba, Australia, Colombia, England, Latvia, Lithuania, Mexico, Netherlands, Poland, Puerto Rico, Sweden, Ukraine, Venezuela plus the U.S.).

The field will attempt to de-throne two-time defending champions Shannon O’Keefe of O’Fallon, Ill., and Bill O’Neill of Langhorne, Pa. O’Keefe is a PWBA champion who also recently coached the McKendree University women to both NCAA and USBC Intercollegiate Team Championships. She will be trying for an unprecedented fifth women’s title in the tournament affectionately called “The Luci.” She and O’Neill, an eight-time PBA Tour titlist, will be trying for a fourth title as teammates, which would tie the tournament record currently held by Shannon Pluhowsky of Dayton, Ohio, and Tommy Jones of Simpsonville, S.C. Pluhowsky and Jones won the event in 2007, ’08, ’10 and ’11. O’Keefe and O’Neill won in 2013, ’15 and ’16, and O’Keefe also won in 2012 with her husband, Bryan.

While the tournament will feature the strongest mixed doubles field found anywhere in the world, it also will include a number of grassroots league bowlers who have participated in the event since it began in 2000 in support of Conners’ cause. The tournament, which also features an exceptional pro-am, has surpassed $800,000 in contributions for breast cancer research and assistance for those who may not be able to afford proper care.

Balancing her fund-raising goals, Conners continues to enhance the tournament to attract a large contingent of world-class competitors. The $15,000 guaranteed first prize for the winning team is a nice carrot to dangle in front of the players, but bowlers from around the world show up regardless of the prize money to support the cause named for a beloved former competitor. The winners, if PBA and/or PWBA members, also will win PBA and/or PWBA Tour titles.

Amateur bowlers also play a significant role, bowling with PBA and PWBA stars as pro-am partners for a variety of merchandise prizes donated by a number of Houston area retailers, bowling industry companies and the players themselves. All of the activities are aimed at raising money for The Rose, a Houston-based organization that helps women who can’t afford breast care treatment or mammograms, and the Huntsman Group, a cancer research based in Utah.

The tournament gets underway with practice sessions Thursday at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Competition begins Friday and Saturday with qualifying squads bowling seven games. Forty teams will bowl at 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. on each day, with the top 40 teams after all four squads advancing to Sunday’s five-game cashers’ round at 8:30 a.m. After 12 games, the top eight teams will advance to the eight-game round-robin match play finals at 12:30 p.m. Final standings will be based on total pinfall for 20 combined team games (40 individual games).

“My mission statement is that you have to have players to bowl the tournament. If you don’t have the players, you don’t have a pro-am,” Conners said. “If you don’t have a pro-am, you can’t raise money. It’s all about the players. That’s the rule we live by. The players are great; they make it happen.”

For those who would like to support Conners’ efforts, but can’t attend the event, visit http://www.strikingagainstbreastcancer.org/ to make a contribution online.

PBA/PWBA XTRA FRAME STRIKING AGAINST BREAST CANCER MIXED DOUBLES SCHEDULE
Copperfield Bowl, Houston, Texas, July 27-30

Thursday, July 27
9 a.m. and 1 p.m. – Open practice sessions
Friday, July 28
8 a.m. – A Squad, 7 qualifying games
2 p.m. - B Squad, 7 qualifying games
8 p.m. - Pro-am squad
Saturday, July 29
8 a.m. - C Squad, 7 qualifying games
2 p.m. - D Squad, 7 qualifying games
  Top 40 teams after 7 games advance to cashers’ round
8 p.m. - Pro-am squad
Sunday, July 30
8:30 a.m. - Top 38 teams, 5-game cashers’ round
  Top 8 teams after 12 games advance to round-robin match play
12:30 - Top 8 teams, 8 games round robin match play

HISTORY OF STRIKING AGAINST BREAST CANCER
(LUCI BONNEAU MEMORIAL) MIXED DOUBLES WINNERS
2000 - Donna Conners/Mark Scroggins
2001 - Amy Dillon/Chris Barnes
2002 - Diandra (Hyman) Asbaty/Dino Castillo
2003 - Genie Franklin/Wes Malott
2004 - Krystal Scott/Russ Wilson
2005 - Rachel Perez/Paul Fleming
2006 - Carolyn Dorin-Ballard/Marc Laracuente
2007 - Shannon Pluhowsky/Tommy Jones
2008 - Shannon Pluhowsky/Tommy Jones
2009 - Carolyn Dorin-Ballard/Parker Bohn III
2010 - Shannon Pluhowsky/Tommy Jones
2011 - Shannon Pluhowsky/Tommy Jones
2012 - Shannon O’Keefe/Bryan O’Keefe
2013 - Shannon O’Keefe/Bill O’Neill
2014 - Missy Parkin/Scott Norton
2015 – Shannon O’Keefe/Bill O’Neill
2016 – Shannon O’Keefe/Bill O’Neill

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Duke Averages 261 to Lead PBA50 South Shore Open First Round

by Jerry Schneider July 25, 2017 18:31

PBA Hall of Famer Norm Duke of Clermont, Fla., made it look easy by averaging 261 for eight games Tuesday to dominate first round qualifying in the PBA50 South Shore Open presented by DV8 at Olympia Lanes.

Duke, who is trying for his second win of the season on the tour for players 50 and older, bowled games of 237, 279, 279, 246, 265, 268, 289 and 225 for a 2,088 pinfall total falling 72 pins short of the eight-game round record of 2,160 set by Ron Mohr in the 2010 Senior Columbus (Ohio) Open.

“When 225 is your bad game you can’t complain about that,” said the 53-year-old Duke, who won the Race City Open in Mooresville, N.C. in May for his fourth PBA50 Tour title. “That was a monster block for me. It would be asking a lot to repeat one like that but I’ll try – I always do.

Duke credited a change to a less aggressive ball after the fourth game for being able to maintain his high-scoring pace.

“I was fortunate that I was able to anticipate a change in my ball reaction,” Duke said. “Sometimes you wait too long and get that subpar game before you realize you need to do something different. I could see a little wiggle that I didn’t like as my ball was going down the lane at the end of the fourth game so that was a sign that maybe it was time for a change.”

Finishing the round 85 pins behind Duke in second was defending champion and fellow hall of famer Pete Weber of St. Ann, Mo., who bowled a 2,003 pinfall (250 average). The two-time defending PBA50 Player of the Year, who has yet to win this season, had games of 197, 245, 257, 300, 243, 214, 268 and 279.

In 2016 Weber won the South Shore Open to finish the season with a record six PBA50 Tour wins.

Rounding out the top five after the first round were three-time PBA50 Tour winner Bob Learn Jr. of Erie, Pa., 1,966; Paul McCordic, Sugar Land, Texas, 1,902, and USBC Hall of Famer Lennie Boresch Jr., Kenosha, Wis., 1,884.

After Wednesday’s second round the top 24 players will advance to Thursday’s match play rounds with eight players advancing to match play after a cashers round Thursday morning. After match play, the top five players will advance to the stepladder finals at 7 p.m. CDT.

In addition to following the action on pba.com, Apple users can download the new PBA app, available through the Apple App store, to access live scoring.

PBA50 SOUTH SHORE OPEN PRESENTED BY DV8

Olympia Lanes, Hammond, Ind., Tuesday

FIRST ROUND (after eight games)

1, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 2,088.
2, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 2,003.
3, Bob Learn Jr., Erie, Pa., 1,966.
4, ss-Paul McCordic, Sugar Land, Texas, 1,902.
5, Lennie Boresch Jr., Kenosha, Wis., 1,884.
6, John Kidwell, Indianapolis, Ind., 1,882.
7, Brian Kretzer, Dayton, Ohio, 1,873.
8, Mark Sullivan, Indianapolis, 1,872.
9, Mike Scroggins, Amarillo, Texas, 1,847.
10, ss-Bill Henson, Westerville, Ohio, 1,844.
11, Harry Sullins, Chesterfield Twp., Mich., 1,832.
12, Brian LeClair, Delmar, N.Y., 1,824.
13, (tie) Keith Lesko, Chicago, and ss-Tom Baker, King, N.C., 1,812.
15, Danny Clark, New Palestine, Ind., 1,811.
16, Gary Schluchter, Femont, Ohio, 1,810.
17, Bryan Goebel, Shawnee, Kan., 1,801.
18, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., 1,792.
19, Doug Kent, Newark, N.Y., 1,786.
20, (tie) ss-Darryl Bower, Middletown, Pa., and Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., 1,784.
22, ss-Ron Mohr, Las Vegas, 1,782.
23, Tony Johnson, Canton, Ohio, 1,773.
24, Gary Faulkner, Norfolk, Va., 1,772.
25, ss-Sam Maccarone, Blackwood, N.J., 1,768.
26, John Burkett, Southlake, Texas, 1,764.
27, Rick Zakrajsek, Lorain, Ohio, 1,761.
28, Billy Froberg, St Joseph, Mich., 1,760.
29, ss-n-Leroy Johnson, Chicago, 1,756.
30, ss-Warren Nelson, Hemet, Calif., 1,753.
31, Christopher Keane, Cape Coral, Fla., 1,751.
32, Sammy Ventura, Syracuse, N.Y., 1,749.
33, Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, 1,748.
34, Eddie Graham, Centerville, Ohio, 1,739.
35, ss-Ted Staikoff, Black Hawk, S.D., 1,738.
36, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 1,732.
37, (tie) ss-Lee Brosius, Ashburn, Va., and Michael Haugen Jr., Phoenix, 1,728.
39, ss-James Storts, Westfield, Ind., 1,727.
40, Gary Alstott, Washington, Ill., 1,725.
41, ss-Michael Chrzanowski, Shepherd, Mich., 1,722.
42, ss-Kenny Parks, Hammond, Ind., 1,721.
43, Steve Kenyon, Dade City, Fla., 1,712.
44, ss-Glenn Morgan, Carson City, Nev., 1,711.
45, Timothy Regan, East Northport, N.Y., 1,706.
46, n-John Chapman, Canada, 1,704.
47, ss-Kevin Foley, Reno, Nev., 1,702.
48, ss-Edward Silva, Manteca, Calif., 1,699.
49, ss-Brian Miller, Springfield, Ohio, 1,696.
50, Don Herrington, Ballston Lake, N.Y., 1,681.
51, ss-Tom Carter, Columbus, Ohio, 1,680.
52, ss-Marc Lineberry, Camanche, Iowa, 1,674.
53, Harry Wright, Venice, Fla., 1,668.
54, Tommy Martin, Millington, Tenn., 1,665.
55, Craig O'Reilly, Orland Hills, Ill., 1,661.
56, ss-Richard Hunt, Valparaiso, Ind., 1,655.
57, John Brockland, St. Charles, Mo., 1,646.
58, n-Gregg Zicha, Glen Ellyn, Ill., 1,643.
59, Scott Greiner, Platte City, Mo., 1,637.
60, ss-Daniel Twomey, Hammond, Ind., 1,634.
61, Patrick Shipley, Spring Valley, Calif., 1,632.
62, Ernie Segura, Taylor, Mich., 1,629.
63, n-John Thompson, Sarasota, Fla., 1,628.
64, Robert Kicmal, LaGrange, Ill., 1,625.
65, ss-Don Blatchford, Santa Monica, Calif., 1,623.
66, ss-Vince Honeycutt, Franklin, N.C., 1,622.
67, ss-John Dudak, Orland Park, Ill., 1,619.
68, Joel Carlson, Omaha, Neb., 1,617.
69, ss-Emilio Mora Sr, Defiance, Ohio, 1,607.
70, ss-William Banks, Laurel Hill, N.C., 1,606.
71, ss-Steven Jansson, Barnes, Wis., 1,600.
72, (tie) ss-Nile Konicek, Gilbert, Ariz., and s-Rick Francis, Linden, Calif., 1,595.
74, Rick Woloszyn, Griffith, Ind., 1,592.
75, Todd Haney, Boiling Springs, S.C., 1,587.
76, Warren Burr, Wilmington, Del., 1,586.
77, ss-Michael Truitt, New Port Richey, Fla., 1,582.
78, (tie) ss-Gary Kammes, Winfield, Ill., and Jeffery Johnson, Freeport, Ill., 1,580.
80, ss-Brian Cooper, Henderson, Nev., 1,574.
81, n-Jeff Richgels, Madison, Wis., 1,551.
82, Doug O'Bryant, Ball Ground, Ga., 1,550.
83, ss-Dave Bernhardt, Romeo, Mich., 1,543.
84, Fred Phillips, Canada, 1,539.
85, Mike Keough, Stockton, Calif., 1,535.
86, ss-Brendan Bierch, Grafton, Mass., 1,533.
86, Mike Watson, Grass Valley, Calif., 1,533.
88, Todd Kjell, Roscoe, Ill., 1,521.
89, ss-Paul Mielens, Menomonie, Wis., 1,516.
90, n-Jerry Krause, Mudelein, Ill., 1,514.
91, Greg McDaniel, Kimball, Neb., 1,513.
92, ss-Tim Pierce, Portland, Ore., 1,511.
93, ss-Steve Stein, Staten Island, N.Y., 1,504.
94, ss-Bill Argenbright, New Hope, Va., 1,489.
95, ss-Garry Blanton, Owensboro, Ky., 1,464.
96, Brian Dunn, Plainfield, Ill, 1,397.
97, ss-Allen Meskan, Addison, Ill., 1,309.

300 games (1) – Pete Weber

n-non-member

ss-PBA60 player ages 60 and older

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