LeClair Defeats Weber to Win PBA50 River City Extreme Open For Fourth Career PBA50 Tour Title

by Jerry Schneider July 12, 2019 18:50

MONTICELLO, Minn. (July 12, 2019) – Wearing a brace to shore up his ailing left knee, Brian LeClair of Albany, New York recovered from a slow start to beat PBA Hall of Famer Pete Weber 225-200 in the title match to win the PBA50 River City Extreme Open presented by Hammer Friday for his first win of the season and fourth of his career.

Leading by five pins in the ninth frame and finishing the title match first, LeClair threw two strikes and eight in the 10th frame which was enough to eliminate any chance for Weber to come back for the win. It was LeClair’s first PBA50 Tour win since winning the PBA50 Johnny Petraglia Open in May of 2017 and it was later that season that he began wearing the brace.

“I never thought I’d be in this position again,” said the 2017 PBA50 Player of the Year. “It’s been a long road and a constant work in progress for the last year and a half to get to a point where I can trust my leg and be confident that I can be competitive again.”

LeClair, who only needs to wear his brace when he bowls, started the title match with an open and a spare before striking on the next five of seven frames heading into the 10th frame.

“I was too amped up and just threw it too hard in the first frame and didn’t get settled down until the third frame,” the 54-year-old LeClair said. “I told myself to just slow down and throw it better like I had been doing the last two days.”

LeClair earned the top qualifier position for the stepladder finals thanks to a 11-1 match play record earlier in the day at River City Extreme.

“I was fortunate in match play,” said an emotional LeClair who dedicated the win to Eric Race, an employee at his pro shop who has cancer. “I won a few matches with 180s and 190s but then in the second match play round I was able to put the hammer down and I don’t think I bowled anything less than 230.”

Despite finishing second, it was also somewhat of a breakthrough tournament for Weber who hadn’t made a PBA50 championship round appearance for more than a year. His best finish this season was 10th in the Suncoast PBA Senior U.S. Open and his last PBA50 Tour win came in the DeHayes Insurance Group Classic in August of 2017.

Weber, who qualified second for the finals, was able to survive the semifinal match against newcomer No. 3 qualifier James Campbell of Clearwater, Florida, winning 215-214. After striking on the first ball in the 10th frame Campbell could have won the match with a double – or tie with a spare – but threw the ball slightly wide leaving the 2-10 split which he failed to convert.

Campbell, a seven-time PBA regional winner bowling in his sixth PBA50 Tour event, defeated No. 5 qualifier Hall of Famer Amleto Monacelli 247-199 in the second match to advance to the semifinal.

In the opening match, Monacelli beat No. 4 qualifier fellow Hall of Famer Ron Mohr 233-200 to open the finals. Monacelli, who won the 2019 USBC Senior Masters for his fifth PBA50 major, was trying for his second win of the season and Mohr was trying for his first.

The PBA50 Tour heads to Olympia Lanes in Hammond, Indiana for the PBA50 South Shore Open presented by Ebonite July 15-18. Fans can catch all the action from start to finish via PBA’s online streaming partner FloBowling.  For subscription and schedule information visit www.flobowling.com.

PBA50 RIVER CITY EXTREME OPEN

Presented by Hammer

River City Extreme, Monticello, Minn., Friday

Final Standings:

1,  Brian LeClair, Albany, N.Y., $8,000.

2,  Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., $4,300.

3,  James Campbell, Clearwater, Fla., $2,800.

4,  Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, $2,200.

5,  Ron Mohr, Las Vegas, $1,750.

Stepladder Results:

Match One – Monacelli def. Mohr, 233-200.

Match Two – Campbell def. Monacelli, 247-199.

Semifinal Match – Weber def. Campbell, 215-214.

Championship Match – LeClair def. Weber, 225-200.

Match Play Round 2 (28-game pinfall totals including match play bonus pins. Top five advance to stepladder finals)

1, Brian LeClair, Albany, N.Y., 11-1, 6,522.
2, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 9-3, 6,461.
3, James Campbell, Clearwater, Fla., 6-6, 6,451.
4, Ron Mohr, Las Vegas, 6-6, 6,360.
5, Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, 8-4, 6,332.
6, Steve Hoskins, New Port Richey, Fla., 8-4, 6,306, $1,500.
7, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 7-5, 6,250, $1,400.
8, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., 6-6, 6,183, $1,350.
9, Warren Eales, Chandler, Ariz., 5-7, 6,077, $1,300.
10, Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., 6-6, 6,044, $1,275.
11, Paul Fleming, Ft. Worth, Texas, 5-7, 6,043, $1,250.
12, Mike Dias, Lafayette, Colo., 5-7, 6,004, $1,225.
13, Jeff Johnson, Freeport, Ill., 6-6, 5,998, $1,200.
14, John Marsala, St. Louis, Mo., 7-5, 5,967, $1,190.
15, Ricky Schissler, Brighton, Colo., 6-6, 5,960, $1,180.
16, Brian Kretzer, Dayton, Ohio, 4-8, 5,922, $1,170.
17, John Burkett, Southlake, Texas, 6-6, 5,910, $1,160.
18, Christopher Keane, Cape Coral, Fla., 7-5, 5,891, $1,150.
19, Don Breeden, Clive, Iowa, 3-8-1, 5,867, $1,140.
20, Don Herrington, Ballston Lake, N.Y., 4-8, 5,837, $1,130.
21, n-Lyle Kuhlmann, Woodruff, Wis., 4-7-1, 5,836, $1,120.
22, Henry Dawson, Elma, Wash., 6-6, 5,818, $1,110.
23, Keith Lesko, Prosper, Texas, 5-7, 5,658, $1,105.
24, Brian Menini, Brookfield, Mo., 3-9, 5,587, $1,100.

Match Play Round 1 (22-game pinfall totals including match play bonus pins. All players advance to second match play round)

1, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 6-0 5,196.
2, James Campbell, Clearwater, Fla., 4-2, 5,156.
3, Ron Mohr, Las Vegas, 5-1, 5,003.
4, Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, 4-2, 4,979.
5, Brian LeClair, Albany, N.Y., 6-0, 4,971.
6, Steve Hoskins, New Port Richey, Fla., 5-1, 4,956.
7, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 4-2, 4,850.
8, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., 4-2, 4,837.
9, Paul Fleming, Fort Worth, Texas, 2-4, 4,794.
10, Warren Eales, Chandler, Ariz., 2-4, 4,765.
11, Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., 3-3, 4,758.
12, Jeff Johnson, Freeport, Ill., 2-4, 4,663.
13, Mike Dias, Lafayette, Colo., 2-4, 4,656.
14, Christopher Keane, Cape Coral, Fla., 4-2, 4,655.
14, Don Breeden, Clive, Iowa, 2-4, 4,655.
16, John Burkett, Southlake, Texas, 2-4, 4,638.
17, Don Herrington, Ballston Lake, N.Y., 1-5, 4,623.
18, n-Lyle Kuhlmann, Woodruff, Wis., 3-3, 4,610.
19, John Marsala, St. Louis, Mo., 3-3, 4,598.
20, Brian Kretzer, Dayton, Ohio, 1-5, 4,576.
21, Ricky Schissler, Brighton, Colo., 2-4, 4,568.
22, Henry Dawson, Elma, Wash., 2-4, 4,542.
23, Brian Menini, Brookfield, Mo., 2-4, 4,521.
24, Keith Lesko, Prosper, Texas, 1-5, 4,399.

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Go Bowling! PBA Tour’s Top Performers Over Two Years Take Center Stage in Barbasol PBA Tour Finals

by Jerry Schneider July 12, 2019 09:08

LAS VEGAS – Eight of the Go Bowling! PBA Tour’s top performers based on competition points earned over a two-year span – including defending champion Jason Belmonte – will take center stage July 20 and 21 in the Barbasol PBA Tour Finals presented by Red Rock Casino Resort & Spa which will be televised in its entirety live by the CBS Sports Network.

Belmonte, a four-time PBA Player of the Year award winner who won the PBA World Championship for a record 11th career PBA Tour major this season, led qualifying for the 2019 event after he accumulated 46,770 points in PBA Tour competition over the 24-month span ending with the USBC Masters on April 1.

Belmonte won the 2018 PBA Tour Finals by defeating 2017 winner EJ Tackett 2-1 in the Race to 2 Points title match at Thunderbowl Lanes in suburban Detroit. After splitting the first two games, Belmonte won the 9th and 10th frame roll-off 40-26 for the title.

Also qualifying for the 2019 Tour Finals are 2019 USBC Masters champion Jakob Butturff (40,267 points); 2019 PBA Players Championship winner Anthony Simonsen (38,919); Tackett (37,692); 2019 PBA Playoffs winner Kris Prather (31,266); reigning PBA Player of the Year Andrew Anderson (30,983); Marshall Kent (29,447), and 2019 PBA Hall of Fame Classic champion Bill O’Neill (28,937).

In another PBA landmark televised event, CBS Sports Network will air four live two-hour shows and the one-hour finale from the Red Rock Casino Resort & Spa (two shows on Saturday, July 20 and three on Sunday, July 21).

The Barbasol PBA Tour Finals will incorporate the same format as 2018 with the eight-player field divided into two four-player groups. The field will bowl four games of qualifying in their respective groups. The four-game pinfall totals for each player will be used to determine the seeding for a separate stepladder finals in each group. The final match of each group’s stepladder will be a “Race to Two Points” match with each game worth one point and, if the two games are split, the final point is awarded via a 9th and 10th frame roll off. The two group winners will then meet in another “Race to Two Points” championship match that will also use a 9th and 10th frame roll-off should there be a tie after two games.

Barbasol PBA Tour Finals tickets are still available and may be purchased by visiting https://www.eventbrite.com/e/barbasol-pba-tour-finals-presented-by-red-rock-casino-resort-spa-tickets-57610119418

The four total pinfall matches will air July 20 at 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. ET and will determine the order for the Group 1 stepladder matches at 3 p.m. on July 21 and the Group 2 stepladder at 5 p.m.  The winners of each group stepladder will the face off in the championship match at 7 p.m.

Here’s a look at some of the highlights for the eight finalists:

Jason Belmonte, Australia:  The two-handed PBA Tour Finals defending champion won the 2019 PBA Tournament of Champions and PBA World Championship earlier this year for his 10th and 11th PBA Tour major victories to top the all-time majors list. He also won the Chameleon Championship and Japan Cup. In 2018 he won the Mark Roth-Marshall Holman PBA Doubles Championship with Bill O’Neill. He also concluded the 2017 season by winning the PBA World Championship.

Jakob Butturff, Tempe, Arizona: The left-hander won the PBA Oklahoma Open, PBA Lubbock Sports Shootout and the USBC Masters this season for his first major title. He was runner-up in the season-opening 2019 PBA Hall of Fame Classic, the DHC PBA Japan Invitational and PBA World Championship. In 2018 he won two PBA Tour titles. 

Anthony Simonsen, Little Elm, Texas: The 22-year-old two-hander won the 2019 PBA Players Championship to become the youngest player to win two majors. He had a runner-up finish in the 2019 Go Bowling! PBA Jonesboro Open and won two titles in 2018.

EJ Tackett, Bluffton, Indiana: Was the 2018 season’s only three-time winner. Finished second in the 2019 PBA Tournament of Champions, third in the Go Bowling! PBA Jonesboro Open and fifth in the PBA Players Championship. He won the inaugural PBA Tour Finals in 2017 and finished second to Belmonte in 2018. 

Kris Prather, Plainfield, Illinois:  Won the PBA Scorpion Championship in 2019 for his first Go Bowling! PBA Tour title, ending a streak of seven top-five and four third-place finishes over the past two seasons. Won the inaugural PBA Playoffs earlier in 2019.    
 

Andrew Anderson, Holly, Michigan:  Earned PBA Player of the Year honors in 2018 with the help of two wins including the USBC Masters. Finished third in the 2018 PBA Tournament of Champions.         
 

Marshall Kent, Yakima, Washington:  Finished third in the 2019 PBA Tournament of Champions. In 2018 had five championship round appearances including third in the PBA Players Championship and fifth in the U.S. Open. Also had two wins in the second half of the 2017 season. 

Bill O’Neill, Langhorne, Pennsylvania: PBA Playoffs runner-up won the 2019 season-opening PBA Hall of Fame Classic for his 10th career tour win. Finished third in the PBA Scorpion Championship and fourth in the PBA World Championship. In 2018 he won the Roth-Holman Doubles Classic with Jason Belmonte and finished second in the Xtra Frame Parkside Lanes Open. 

BARBASOL PBA TOUR FINALS

Presented by Red Rock Casino Resort & Spa

CBS Sports Network television schedule (all times Eastern)

Saturday, July 20

3 p.m. – Group 1 total pinfall round (four games)

5 p.m. – Group 2 total pinfall round (four games)

Sunday, July 21

3 p.m. – Group 1 Stepladder Finals

5 p.m. – Group 2 Stepladder Finals

7 p.m. – Championship Match

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Monacelli Tops PBA50 River City Extreme Open Qualifying After Strong Finish in Second Round

by Jerry Schneider July 11, 2019 19:11

MONTICELLO, Minn. – PBA Hall of Famer Amleto Monacelli finished with games of 290, 234 and 247 in Thursday’s second round to top qualifying and lead 24 players who advanced to match play in the PBA50 River City Extreme Open presented by Hammer.

The 2019 USBC Senior Masters winner finished qualifying in the eighth stop of the season with a 3,666 16-game pinfall total (229 average). His strong finish in the second round came after strong start with 246 before falling into a slump with games of 197, 201, 195, and 204.

“It seems like I have had a lot of tournaments recently where I’m having trouble reading the lanes in the middle of the round,” said the 57-year-old Monacelli who his trying for his 10th career PBA50 Tour title and second of the season. “I was probably getting a little frustrated by what I expected the lanes should be doing rather than adjusting to what was actually happening.

“When I got to the sixth game I just looked at it like I was starting a new round, moved left and went to a ball that would skid farther down the lane,” the 20-time Go Bowling! PBA Tour winner added. “I’m just a little disappointed I didn’t refocus sooner.”

Monacelli holds a 14-pin lead over James Campbell of Clearwater, Florida, who finished qualifying in second with a 3,652 pinfall and Hall of Famer Pete Weber in third with 3,630.

Weber, an 11-time PBA50 Tour winner, is trying for his first PBA50 Tour win since winning the DeHayes Insurance Group Championship in August of 2017. He has a best finish of 10th this season which came in the Suncoast PBA Senior U.S. Open.

Rounding out the top five were Hall of Famers Steve Hoskins in fourth with 3,580 and Ron Mohr in fifth with 3,539. Best bowler ESPY winner Norm Duke finished qualifying in sixth with 3,497.

First-round leader Don Herrington of Ballston Lake, New York, dropped to 12th finishing with a 3,539 pinfall. Hall of Famer Walter Ray Williams Jr., who was in second after the first round, dropped to eighth finishing with 3,483. Williams is trying for his fourth win of the season and 15th of his career which would top the all-time list on the tour for players 50 and over.

Friday’s match play rounds get underway at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. CT. The top five players will advance to the stepladder finals at 5 p.m.

Fans can catch all the River City Extreme Open final day action via PBA’s live-streaming partner FloBowling. Subscription and schedule information is available by visiting www.flobowling.com.

PBA50 RIVER CITY EXTREME OPEN

Presented by Hammer

River City Extreme, Monticello, Minn., Thursday

SECOND ROUND (after 16 games. Top 24 players advance to Friday’s match play rounds)

1, Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, 3,666.
2, James Campbell, Clearwater, Fla., 3,652.
3, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 3,630.
4, Steve Hoskins, New Port Richey, Fla., 3,580.
5, Ron Mohr, Las Vegas, 3,539.
6, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 3,497.
7, Warren Eales, Chandler, Ariz., 3,491.
8, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., 3,483.
9, Paul Fleming, Fort Worth, Texas, 3,478.
10, Brian LeClair, Albany, N.Y., 3,469.
11, Jeff Johnson, Freeport, Ill., 3,456.
12, Don Herrington, Ballston Lake, N.Y., 3,450.
13, Henry Dawson, Elma, Wash., 3,408.
14, Mike Dias, Lafayette, Colo., 3,407.
15, Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., 3,388.
16, Don Breeden, Clive, Iowa, 3,387.
17, John Burkett, Southlake, Texas, 3,379.
18, Brian Menini, Brookfield, Mo., 3,373.
19, n-Lyle Kuhlmann, Woodruff, Wis., 3,330.
20, Brian Kretzer, Dayton, Ohio, 3,328.
21, John Marsala, St. Louis, Mo., 3,299.
22, Christopher Keane, Cape Coral, Fla., 3,283.
23, Keith Lesko, Prosper, Texas, 3,281.
24, Ricky Schissler, Brighton, Colo., 3,255.

Did not advance:
25, Todd Kjell, Roscoe, Ill., 3,253, $1,000.
26, Greg McDaniel, Kimball, Neb., 3,251.
27, Greg Thomas, Irmo, S.C., 3,249.
28, (tie) Rick Francis, Linden, Calif., and ss-Steven Jansson, Barnes, Wis., 3,245, $1,000.
30, Scott Greiner, Sunrise Beach, Mo., 3,240.
31, Lennie Boresch Jr., Kenosha, Wis., 3,238.
32, Bryan Goebel, Shawnee, Kan., 3,234.
33, ss-Tom Carter, Columbus, Ohio, 3,219, $1,000.
34, Bill Vannoy, Lexington, S.C., 3,218.
35, ss-Harry Sullins, Chesterfield Twp., Mich., 3,216, $1,000.
36, (tie) ss-Paul Mielens, Menomonie, Wis., $,1000, and Bob Learn Jr., Erie, Pa., 3,204.
38, Michael Haugen Jr., Phoenix, 3,200.
39, Michael Duran, Banning, Calif., 3,189.
40, Ernie Segura Jr., Taylor, Mich., 3,184.
41, Michael Smith, Centenniel, Colo., 3,176.
42, ss-Ted Staikoff, Black Hawk, S.D., 3,174, $1,000.
43, n-John Hommes, Crystal, Minn., 3,170.
44, ss, n-Gary Green, Houlton, Wis., 3,156, $1,000.
45, ss-Don Blatchford, Santa Monica, Calif., 3,148, $1,000.
46, Tommy Martin, Millington, Tenn., 3,138.
47, ss, n-Clark Poelzer, Arden Hills, Minn., 3,133, $1,000.
48, Terry Metzner, Kentwood, Mich., 3,110.
49, Joel Carlson, Omaha, Neb., 3,092.
50, John Dudak, Orland Park, Ill., 3,072.
51, n-Curtis Matlock, Cloquet, Minn., 3,071.
52, (tie) n-Tom Corbett, Brooklyn Park, Minn., and n-Thomas Jones, Blaine, Minn., 3,061.
54, n-William Faerber, ST. Cloud, Minn., 3,053.
54, Brad Snell, Mount Prospect, Ill., 3,053.
56, James Storts, Westfield, Ind., 3,034.
57, Edward Silva, Manteca, Calif., 3,033.
58, Gary Reh, Fort Mohave, Ariz., 3,019.
59, n-Dana Wright, St. Paul, Minn., 3,016.
60, n-Fred Schossow, Zimmerman, Minn., 3,000.
61, Richard Hunt, Valparaiso, Ind., 2,992.
62, n-Todd Nouis, St. Cloud, Minn., 2,975.
63, n-Daniel Frion, Anoka, Minn., 2,947.
64, n-Wayne Jensen, Rogers, Minn., 2,940.
65, Brian Miller, Springfield, Ohio, 2,933.
66, Dale Reh, Appleton, Wis., 2,930.
67, Mike Schmid, St. Paul, Minn., 2,909.
68, Thomas Sliwinski, Reynoldsville, Pa., 2,904.
69, Glen Nakagawa, Highland Village, Texas, 2,889.
70, Lucien Casagrande, Canada, 2,841.
71, n-Tim Petersen, Brooklyn Center, Minn., 2,750.
72, Brian Phillips, Quinnesec, Mich., 2,745.
73, Jim Horan, Mountain View, Calif., 2,722.
74, Galen Keas, Alda, Neb., 2,702.
75, n-Edward Peterson, Taylor, Mich., 1,526.

ss – PBA60 players ages 60 and over out of the regular prize fund earning $1,000

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PBA Spare Shots: HOFer Randy Pedersen to Anchor Facebook Live Coverage of PBAL Seeding Round

by Bill Vint July 11, 2019 09:24

PBA Hall of Famer Randy Pedersen will anchor the Facebook LIVE coverage of the PBA League’s eight-game seeding round Monday from Bayside Bowl in Portland, Maine, before joining his FOX Sports teammates Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings for the live FS1 coverage of the PBA League Elias Cup competition.

Pedersen will be joined during Monday’s eight-game Baker team qualifying round, beginning at 10:30 a.m. EDT, by PBAL team managers. The qualifying round will determine the pairings for the “race to two points” quarterfinal round matches that will air Tuesday beginning at 7 p.m. EDT on FS1. To watch the qualifying round, visit PBA’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/ProfessionalBowlersAssociation/.

For the FS1 telecasts, Pedersen will serve as color analyst alongside announcer Dave LaMont and sideline reporter Kimberly Pressler. FS1 coverage will include four hours of live quarterfinal round coverage Tuesday, two hours of semifinal round coverage Wednesday and two hours of Elias Cup championship round coverage Thursday. Tuesday’s telecast begins at 7 p.m. EDT; the Wednesday and Thursday telecasts start at 9 p.m. EDT.

PBA REGIONAL UPDATE: EX-WICHITA STATE PLAYERS WIN GRAND CASINO DOUBLES

Former Wichita State competitors A.J. Chapman of Manchester, Iowa, and Canadian Mitch Hupe’, both currently living in Wichita, Kan., teamed up to win the PBA FireLake Grand Casino Hotel & Resort Southwest Doubles, presented byDV8, at FireLake Bowling Center in Shawnee, Okla., Sunday, defeating Texans Joe Findling from Mesquite and Shawn Maldonado of Houston, 473-414, in the title match.

For Chapman, the win was his second in PBA Regional competition, while Hupé, the 2018 PBA Southwest Region Rookie of the Year, earned his first PBA title. Each collected $2,000 for the win.

The winning team qualified second after the eight-game qualifying round, earning byes directly into the best-of-three-game semifinal round where they defeated Englishman Stuart Williams, now living in Pflugerville, Texas, and his PBA Hall of Fame partner, Chris Barnes of Double Oak, Texas, 2-0.

Findling and Maldonado, qualified fourth, earning a first-round bye before defeating twin brothers Anthony and Sean Lavery-Spahr from Pasadena, Texas, 2-0, followed by a 2-1 win over qualifying leaders Paul Henderson from Watauga, Texas, and non-PBA member Marc Heninger of Tonganoxie, Kan., 2-1, in their semifinal round match.

• Will Garber of Modesto, Calif., defeated Jake Peters of Henderson, Nev., 254-225, to win the Vanessa Brown Homes West Open, presented by Track, at Yosemite Lanes in Modesto, Calif., on Sunday.

In the companion PBA50 Vanessa Brown Homes West Open, Ty Dawson of Sunnyvale, Calif., defeated Rick Memeley of Santa Maria, Calif., 225-215, for his fifth PBA50 Regional in addition to a $1,500 first prize.

In addition to the $2,000 first prize, the title was Garber’s second in PBA Regional competition. Garber defeated Taylor Jacobs of Auburn, Calif., 214-184, in the semifinal round while Peters advanced to the title match by defeating Warren Crawford of McKinleyville, Calif., 228-216.

In the PBA50 semifinal round, Dawson eliminated Chris Preble of Clovis, Calif., 191-190, and Memeley defeated Mark Mazzulla of Brentwood, Calif., 215-196.

• Brian Kretzer of Dayton, Ohio defeated Dave Axon of Bellevue, Neb., 200-190, to win the PBA50 Greater Freeport Midwest/Central Open at 4 Seasons Bowling Center in Freeport, Ill., Sunday for his 14th PBA50 Regional title and a $1,400 first prize.

Kretzer blanked tournament host Jeff Johnson, 2-0, while Axon downed Chris Gibbons of Madison, Wis., 2-1, in a best-of-three-game semifinal round to set up the championship match.

PBA Regional activity continues over the July 12-14 weekend with the PBA50 Cecil Raymond Memorial presented by Track at Brunswick Zone Deptford in Deptford, N.J., and the PBA50 Beverly Lanes Midwest/Central Open presented by MOTIV in Arlington Heights, Ill.

The July 19-21 PBA Regional calendar includes the Angola Central/Midwest Open presented by Storm at Angola Bowl in Angola, Ind., the Fort Sill Southwest Open presented by MOTIV at Twin Oaks Bowling Center in Fort Sill, Okla., and the Husted Member/Non-Member Doubles at Husted’s Hazel Dell Lanes in Vancouver, Wash.

• The July schedule of PBA Regionals concludes over the July 26-28 weekend with the PBA50 Tower Lanes Summer Classic in Tacoma, Wash.

● 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 and Android device users using the PBA app).

QUICK NOTES

• Pete McCordic of Katy, Texas, forfeited his eligibility to compete in PBA competition almost 20 years ago when he became PBA Southwest Region manager, but as a proven PBA competitor with two PBA Tour and seven PBA Regional titles to his credit (plus a memorable nationally-televised 300 game in Torrance, Calif., in 1987) prior to accepting his new job, he has pursued his competitive challenges elsewhere. Proving he can still roll the ball with authority, the 65-year-old McCordic won the Super Senior Singles title in the recently-completed Bowlers Journal Championships held in conjunction with the USBC Open Championships in Las Vegas. McCordic won the 60-and-older event with a 717 series, two years after winning the BJ Senior Singles title with an 812 series. For more information about how PBA members fared in the Bowlers Journal Championships as well as the USBC Open Championships, visit https://www.bowl.com/openchamp/.

• Julian Michael Salinas of Richmond, Texas, posted a 42-game total of 9,197 pins, including match play bonus pins, to defeat Bryce Oliver of Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, by 28 pins and Hannah Diem of Seminole, Fla., had a total of 8,653 pins to top Caroline Thesier of Mooresville, N.C., by 27 pins to win the boys’ and girls’ Teen Masters varsity titles Saturday at Sawgrass Lanes in Tamarac, Fla.


• Reminder
: Tickets to attend the Barbasol PBA Tour Finals presented by Red Rock Casino, Resort & Spa in Las Vegas are still available. Visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/barbasol-pba-tour-finals-presented-by-red-rock-casino-resort-spa-tickets-57610119418. Jason Belmonte, Jakob Butturff, Anthony Simonsen, EJ Tackett, Marshall Kent, Bill O’Neill, Andrew Anderson and Kris Prather will compete in the Finals live by CBS Sports Network over a span five shows (two two-hour shows on Saturday, July 20 and two two-hour shows plus the one-hour finale on Sunday, July 21).

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Norm Duke Wins Fifth ESPY “Best Bowler” Award

by Bill Vint July 10, 2019 20:24

LOS ANGELES – PBA Hall of Famer Norm Duke, after winning two 2019 Go Bowling! PBA Tour titles in back-to-back tournaments at age 54, has been selected by PBA fans as the winner of the 2019 ESPY Best Bowler Award. The announcement was made as part of the annual ESPYs telecast Wednesday from the Microsoft Theatre.

Duke, who became the third bowler ever to win 40 PBA Tour titles, won the ESPY fan vote for the fifth time, out-polling Australian two-handed star Jason Belmonte, 25-year-old Jakob Butturff and 22-year-old Anthony Simonsen. Duke won his 39th and 40th titles in the Go Bowling! Indianapolis Open and the Go Bowling! Greater Jonesboro Open.

“Just to be acknowledged alongside all of the other athletes for superior performance is quite enough for me,” Duke said. “To win is over-the-top special.”

With his fifth ESPY win, Duke moved into sole possession of second place on the all-time ESPY Best Bowler Award list, breaking a tie with Belmonte and Pete Weber who have both won the honor four times. Walter Ray Williams Jr. is the all-time ESPY award winner with seven.

The ESPYS and related events benefit the V Foundation for Cancer Research in memory of the late Jim Valvano. You can help raise awareness of Jimmy V’s dream by sharing/retweeting his powerful speech, which will be shared by @ESPN (Facebook, Instagram and Twitter) as well as @ESPYS (Twitter) on July 10.

HISTORY OF BEST BOWLER ESPY AWARD WINNERS
2019 – Norm Duke
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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