Sold-Out Field Set for PBA Xtra Frame Tour Stop in Wilmington Over Memorial Day Weekend

by Bill Vint May 23, 2017 08:03

WILMINGTON, N.C. – The Professional Bowlers Association’s Xtra Frame Storm Cup Tour will make its first visit to Wilmington over Memorial Day weekend when a sold-out field of established PBA champions, future stars and top-caliber amateur bowlers compete in the PBA Xtra Frame Wilmington Open at Ten Pin Alley Family Fun Center.

A capacity field of 96 players is will compete in the second event of the seven-tournament XF Storm Cup series that will pay $50,000 in bonus prize money at the conclusion of the 2017 series. Leading the Storm Cup points race after one event is Josh Blanchard of Mesa, Ariz. (feature photo), who earned 25 points for his win in the Xtra Frame Reality Check Classic in Tamarac, Fla., in March. Trailing Blanchard are AJ Johnson of Oswego, Ill.; Dom Barrett of England; Shawn Maldonado of Houston, Texas, and Dick Allen of Columbia, S.C. All except Maldonado are entered in Wilmington.

All of the XF Storm Cup tournaments will be covered live, from first ball to last, by PBA’s Xtra Frame live streaming service. PBA created the online Xtra Frame Tour in 2014 to supplement its national television coverage on ESPN and the CBS Sports network and to enable more fans throughout the country to see the world’s greatest bowlers compete for a PBA Tour title in person.

In addition to the Storm Cup points leaders, entrants in Wilmington include PBA Tour champions Ryan Ciminelli, Tom Daugherty, Graham Fach, Tommy Jones, Marshall Kent, Bill O’Neill, Rhino Page, Connor Pickford, Sean Rash, Anthony Simonsen, Jason Sterner, reigning PBA Player of the Year EJ Tackett and North Carolina native Kyle Troup.

Competition begins on Saturday, May 27 with six-game qualifying squads at 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. ET. After a second qualifying round Sunday at 9 a.m. and 2 p.m., the top 16 players will advance to a modified 12-game round robin match play round Monday at 9 a.m.  The top four players after 24 games will advance to the stepladder finals at 3 p.m. Monday to compete for a $10,000 first prize and a PBA Tour title.

A practice session is scheduled for 1 p.m. Friday and a pro-am where grassroots amateur bowlers can bowl with the pros will be conducted at 7 p.m.  For tournament pro-am and admission information contact Ten Pin Alley Family Fun Center at (910) 452-5455.

For Xtra Frame subscriptions, visit xtraframe.tv. Subscriptions are available for three days ($3.99), 30 days ($7.99) or for a full year at a cost of about $1.25 per week.

PBA XTRA FRAME WILMINGTON OPEN
Ten Pin Alley Family Fun Center, Wilmington, N.C. (All times Eastern)

Friday, May 26
1 p.m. - Practice Session
3:30 p.m. – New player orientation meeting
7 p.m. - Pro-am

Saturday, May 27
9 a.m. - A Squad, six qualifying games
2 p.m. - B Squad, six qualifying games

Sunday, May 28
9 a.m. – Squad B, six qualifying games
2 p.m. – Squad A, six qualifying games
Top 16 after 12 games advance to match play

Monday, May 29
9 a.m. – Top 16, 12 games modified round robin match play
Top four after 24 games advance to stepladder finals
3 p.m. – Top four stepladder finals

PBA XTRA FRAME STORM CUP POINTS LEADERS
(After one of seven events; 25 points to winner, 19 to second place, 18 to third, etc. through 20th place)

1, Josh Blanchard, 25; 2, AJ Johnson, 19; 3, Dom Barrett, 18; 4, Shawn Maldonado, 17; 5, Dick Allen, 16; 6, Ildemaro Ruiz, 15; 7, Tom Daugherty, 14; 8, Chris Spoo, 13; 9, Walter Ray Williams Jr., 12; 10, Jeff Piroozshad, 11; 11, Chris Loschetter, 10; 12, Cristian Azcona, 9; 13, Ryan Ciminelli, 7; 14, Michael Azcarate, 5 ; 15, DJ Archer, 4; 16, Brad Miller, 2; 18, Darren Tang, 1.

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PBA Spare Shots: Oklahoma Open to Feature Two-Day, Nine-Player Finals Live on ESPN

by Bill Vint May 19, 2017 09:34

The PBA will return to FireLake Bowling Center and the Grand Casino Event Center in Shawnee, Okla., this summer with a unique two-day, nine-player stepladder finals live on ESPN and a $30,000 first prize culminating the Grand Casino Hotel & Resort PBA Oklahoma Open. The tournament is open to all PBA members.

The new tournament, to be held at the home of the FireLake PBA Tournament of Champions, will include eight-game qualifying rounds on the Wolf, Bear and Badger lane conditions on June 27, 28 and 29, respectively. The top 33 players based on combined 24-game pinfall totals on the animal pattern conditions traditionally used in the PBA’s Summer/Fall Swing will advance to an eight-game cashers’ round on the Oklahoma Open lane condition on June 30, and 32-game totals will determine the nine players who will bowl on ESPN.

Back-to-back live telecasts on Saturday and Sunday, July 1 and 2, will begin at 1 p.m. EDT, starting with the no. 9 qualifier meeting no. 8 in the opening match. The 32-game qualifying leader, who will pick the lane conditioning pattern used for all of the TV shows, will bowl whomever survives the stepladder in Sunday’s final match.

PBA50 STARS TO COMPETE IN WORLD SENIOR CHAMPIONSHIPS

PBA50 Tour stars Parker Bohn III, Lennie Boresch Jr., Bob Learn Jr. and Ron Mohr have been selected by the Team USA coaching staff to represent the United States in the World Bowling Senior Championships Aug. 13-20 in Munich, Germany.

The women’s contingent will include USBC Hall of Famers Lynda Barnes, Carolyn Dorin-Ballard, Leanne Hulsenberg and Tish Johnson. Both groups will try to defend the team titles won by the U.S. in the 2015 championships in Las Vegas. The World Senior Championships have been held every two years since the event’s inception in 2013. In 2015, U.S. bowlers won 14 of the 38 available medals awarded in singles, doubles, four-player team, all-events and Masters events.

PBA INTERNATIONAL STARS TO COMPETE IN WORLD GAMES

In addition to American PBA stars Jakob Butturff, Tommy Jones, Kelly Kulick and Danielle McEwan, who will represent the United States in the World Games in Wroclaw, Poland, July 20-30, several international PBA members also are scheduled to participate in the multi-sport extravaganza for sports that are not officially part of the Olympic Games.

Among the international players scheduled to compete in Poland are Canada’s Francois Lavoie, Colombia’s Clara Guerrero and Rocio Restrepo, Denmark’s Thomas Larsen, Finland’s Osku Palermaa, Germany’s Pascal Winternheimer, Poland’s Daria Pajak, Puerto Rico’s Cristian Azcona, and Venezuela’s Ildemaro Ruiz.

MAJOR CHAMPIONSHIPS HIGHLIGHT XTRA FRAME SCHEDULE

Major championships on the PBA50 Tour and PWBA Tour highlight the upcoming schedule of Xtra Frame events, beginning with the USBC Queens, the PWBA Tour’s first major of the year, from Baton Rouge, La., now through Monday. Xtra Frame will provide exclusive coverage of all qualifying and match play elimination rounds leading up to the same-day tape-delayed telecast of the CBS Sports Network finals on Tuesday, May 23, at 10 p.m. EDT.

After streaming newly-inducted PBA Hall of Famer Bryan Goebel’s victory in the PBA50 Miller Lite Championship at Woodland Bowl in Indianapolis on Tuesday, the PBA50 Tour heads west to resume competition in the Northern California Classic from Harvest Park Bowl in Brentwood, Calif., May 29-31, followed by USBC’s Super Senior Classic (June 1-3); the USBC Senior Masters (June 4-10) at Sam’s Town Bowling Center, and the Suncoast PBA Senior U.S. Open presented by Storm (June 12-16) at Suncoast Bowling Center in Las Vegas. The NorCal Classic and Senior U.S. Open will be streamed live on Xtra Frame. The USBC events will be live streamed on BOWL.tv.

PBA Tour competition also is on tap, with the PBA Xtra Frame Wilmington Open from Ten Pin Alley in Wilmington, N.C., May 27-29, followed by the PBA Xtra Frame Jonesboro Open from Jonesboro Bowling Center in Jonesboro, Ark., June 3-4, and the PBA Xtra Frame Lubbock Sports Open from South Plains Lanes in Lubbock, Texas, June 10-11. All three are PBA Xtra Frame Storm Cup events and each will be covered live, exclusively on Xtra Frame, from first ball to last.

Xtra Frame subscription packages are available for three days, 30 days and a full year. To sign up, visit xtraframe.tv for details.

THIS WEEK: “PICK THE ROTO GRIP BALL” FOR PBA BOWLING CHALLENGE GAME

Concrete Software’s “pick the ball” survey for PBA Bowling Challenge mobile game continues this week with players invited to select a new Roto Grip ball from among three options provided weekly for each PBA-participating brand.

Based on fan voting which begins Thursday (click here: http://bit.ly/RotoGrip_17 to cast your vote), the “winning” Roto Grip will be available for play on May 26.

A code to purchase the ball for 50% off (the code will be available on PBA’s and the specific companies’ social media pages) will be posted. Each company also will have a flashback weekend where all its previous balls will be available for that weekend only.

PBA REGIONAL UPDATE: RAYMOND WINS THIRD REGIONAL TITLE IN OHIO

J.R Raymond of Clinton Township, Mich. defeated Kyle Mayberry of Mt. Vernon, Ohio by eight pins Sunday to win the PBA Taylor Kia Central Open presented by Hammer at Holiday Bowl in Struthers, Ohio.

Raymond finished with a 10-2 match play record and a total of 4,943 pins for 20 games, including match play bonus pins, to win his third PBA Regional title and the $2,500 top prize. Mayberry posted an 8-4 match play record and knocked down 4,931 pins to finish second.

Kyle Sherman from O’Fallon, Mo., won his first PBA Regional title in the PBA Oklahoma City Planet Bowl Southwest Open presented by Radical Sunday, topping PBA Southwest Region veterans and twin brothers Sean and Anthony Lavery-Spahr of Pasadena, Texas.

Sherman, in his first event as a PBA member, led the qualifying going into Sunday’s modified eight-game round robin finals. After losing two of his first three matches, Sherman won his next four matches, highlighted by a 277-176 victory over defending champion Brett Cooper of Denver, Colo. Heading into position round, Sherman held an 85-pin lead over Sean Lavery-Spahr. Lavery-Spahr finished with a 257 but Sherman’s 247 was enough to claim the $2,500 winner’s check.  

Anthony Lavery-Spahr held on to third place, squeaking out a 167-163 win over Canada’s Francois Lavoie in their position round match.

● PBA Regional competition over the May 19-21 weekend includes the Romeo Chevrolet/Buick/GMC Open presented by Ebonite from Patel’s Kingston Lanes in Kingston, N.Y.; the PBA50 Baldo Campana Memorial/Ohio Lottery Central/Midwest Open presented by DV8 plus the one-day PBA Baldo Campana Memorial/Ohio Lottery Central Open from Rebman Recreation in Lorain, Ohio; the American Family Insurance Midwest Open presented by Homewood Chevrolet from Oak Forest Bowl in Oak Forest, Ill., and the PBA50 Spare Times Hampton South Open presented by Ebonite from Spare Times Bowling Center in Hampton, Va.

● PBA Regional events over Memorial Day weekend include the Colony Lanes Eastern Challenge, a reduced entry fee event, in York, Pa., and the Celeste Walker Midwest Challenge at Strike N Spare II in Lockport, Ill. – two events for players who have not won a PBA title.

● 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.

QUICK NOTES

● Tamara Widdell has been selected as winner of the Barbasol Ultimate Fan Package, conducted in conjunction with the Barbasol PBA Players Championship. As winner of the sweepstakes, Widdell receives a personal phone call for the PBA Player of her choice, a bowling pin autographed by top PBA players, a customized PBA replica player jersey and a prize pack from Barbasol.

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Bryan Goebel Wins PBA50 Miller Lite Players Championship For First PBA50 Tour Title

by Jerry Schneider May 16, 2017 19:13

Professional Bowlers Association Hall of Famer Bryan Goebel of Shawnee, Kan., a 10-time winner on the PBA Tour, won the PBA50 Miller Lite Players Championship Tuesday for his first title on PBA’s tour for players 50 and over.

Goebel won the first major of the 2017 season by beating fellow hall of famer and stepladder finals top qualifier Parker Bohn III of Jackson, N.J., 264-230, in the championship match at Woodland Bowl.

“I feel so fortunate to win because it’s so tough with all the great players we have out here,” said Goebel, who was inducted into the PBA Hall of Fame in February. “I had a very rewarding career on the PBA Tour but it’s an honor to be part of that club that has won titles on both the PBA Tour and PBA50 Tour.”

Bohn and Goebel traded strikes in the first four frames of the title match until Bohn pulled away by continuing his string with strikes in the fifth and six frames. Bohn ran into trouble in the seventh frame when he left the 7-10 split and then left the 4-7-10 split in the ninth which turned the momentum back to Goebel who put together a string of five strikes at the end of the match to seal the win.

Goebel’s win came in his 51st PBA50 Tour tournament. His previous best finishes in five full seasons were two runner-up finishes which came in 2013 and 2015.

“What makes it special is you want to beat the best and Parker is one of the best,” said the 55-year-old Goebel. “It’s a huge relief to finally get that first win and to beat a great player like Parker in a major, that makes it that much more satisfying.”

For Goebel, the Miller Lite Players Championship win was his second major title on the national stage. He won the PBA Tour’s PBA Tournament of Champions in 1998.

As the No. 2 qualifier for the finals, Goebel advanced to the title match by beating PBA50 Tour rookie Michael Haugen Jr. of Phoenix, 200-181, in the semifinal match. Haugen, a five-time PBA Tour winner who qualified fourth for the finals, was making his third championship round appearance of the season and tied his best finish of third.

In the opening match Haugen beat No. 5 qualifier Scott Greiner of Platte City, Mo., 238-159, and then defeated No. 3 qualifier Bob Learn Jr. of Erie, Pa., 222-190, to advance to the semi-final match against Goebel.

Learn, who dominated qualifying by averaging 245, was trying for his fourth career PBA50 Tour title while Greiner was trying for his first win.

The next stop for the PBA50 Tour is Harvest Park Bowl in Brentwood, Calif. for the PBA50 Northern California Classic presented by MOTIV May 28-31.

PBA50 MILLER LITE PLAYERS CHAMPIONSHIP
Woodland Bowl, Indianapolis, Tuesday
Final Standings:
1,  Bryan Goebel, Shawnee, Kan., $10,000
2,  Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., $5,500.
3,  Michael Haugen Jr., Phoenix, $3,000.
4,  Bob Learn Jr., Erie, Pa., $2,500.
5,  Scott Greiner, Platte City, Mo., $2,000. 

Stepladder Results:
Match One – Haugen def. Greiner, 238-159.
Match Two – Haugen def. Learn, 222-190.
Semifinal Match – Goebel def. Haugen, 200-181.
Championship – Goebel def. Bohn, 264-230.

FOURTH ROUND

(Top five advanced to stepladder finals. Includes match play record and 32-game pinfall total including bonus)

1, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 11-5, 7,997.
2, Bryan Goebel, Shawnee, Kan., 11-5, 7,927.
3, Bob Learn Jr., Erie, Pa., 9-7, 7,917.
4, Michael Haugen Jr., Phoenix, 11-4-1, 7,817.
5, Scott Greiner, Platte City, Mo., 13-3, 7,778, $2,000.
6, Danny Clark, New Palestine, Ind., 7-8-1, 7,731, $1,800.
7, Jack Jurek, Lackawanna, N.Y., 10-6, 7,701, $1,700.
8, Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, 8-8, 7,673, $1,650.
9, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 11-5, 7,631, $1,600.
10, Lennie Boresch Jr., Kenosha, Wis., 6-10, 7,527, $1,550.
11, John Burkett, Southlake, Texas, 12-4, 7,461, $1,525.
12, Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., 10-6, 7,445, $1,500.
13, Eddie Graham, Centerville, Ohio, 5-11, 7,404, $1,475.
14, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., 7-9, 7,333, $1,450.
15, ss-Tom Baker, King, N.C., 5-11, 7,320, $1,425.
16, ss-Kenny Parks, Hammond, Ind., 5-11, 7,206, $1,400.

THIRD ROUND

(Top 16 advanced to fourth round. Includes match play record and 24-game total pinfall including bonus)

1, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 6-2, 6,000.
2, Bryan Goebel, Shawnee, Kan., 7-1, 5,961.
3, Bob Learn Jr., Erie, Pa., 4-4, 5,952.
4, Michael Haugen Jr., Phoenix, 7-1, 5,817.
5, Danny Clark, New Palestine, Ind., 4-4, 5,764.
6, Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, 4-4, 5,736.
7, Scott Greiner, Platte City, Mo., 6-2, 5,706.
8, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 5-3, 5,702.
9, Jack Jurek, Lackawanna, N.Y., 5-3, 5,679.
10, *Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 5-3, 5,613.
11, Lennie Boresch Jr., Kenosha, Wis., 3-5, 5,611.
12, Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., 7-1, 5,606.
13, John Burkett, Southlake, Texas, 7-1, 5,574.
14, Eddie Graham, Centerville, Ohio, 2-6, 5,566.
15, ss-Kenny Parks, Hammond, Ind., 4-4, 5,550.
16, ss-Tom Baker, King, N.C., 3-5, 5,526.
17, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., 4-4, 5,518.
18, Brian LeClair, Delmar, N.Y., 4-4, 5,484, $1,280.
19, ss-Ron Mohr, Las Vegas, 4-3-1, 5,473, $1,260.
20, Harry Sullins, Chesterfield Twp., Mich., 5-3, 5,459, $1,240.
21, Sammy Ventura, Syracuse, N.Y., 3-4-1, 5,434, $1,220.
22, Tim Shirlock, Las Vegas, 3-5, 5,428, $1,200.
23, Stoney Baker, Canton, Ga., 4-4, 5,397, $1,190.
24, Mark Sullivan, Indianapolis, 1-7, 5,348, $1,180.
25, Bo Goergen, Sanford, Mich., 3-5, 5,339, $1,170.
26, Larry Verble, Mason, Mich., 3-5, 5,319, $1,160.
27, Patrick Shipley, Spring Valley, Calif., 4-4, 5,308, $1,150.
28, Brian Kretzer, Dayton, Ohio, 2-6, 5,284, $1,140.
29, ss-John Dudak, Orland Park, Ill., 2-6, 5,231, $1,130.
30, ss-Ted Staikoff, Black Hawk, S.D., 2-6, 5,229, $1,120.
31, (tie) ss-Dale Eagle, Twin Falls, Idaho, 2-6, and David Axon, Bellevue, Neb., 2-6, 5,185, $1,105.

*Pete Weber withdrew after third round due to injury and was replaced by Walter Ray Williams Jr. in fourth round

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Bob Learn Jr. Averages 245 to Set Pace in PBA50 Miller Lite Players Championship Qualifying

by Jerry Schneider May 15, 2017 17:45

Three-time PBA50 Tour titlist Bob Learn Jr. of Erie, Pa., managed to say ahead of the changing lane conditions and average 245 to set the pace after qualifying Monday in the PBA50 Miller Lite Players Championship at Woodland Bowl.

Learn finished with a 3,921 16-game pinfall total after the second round to lead 32 players advancing to Tuesday’s match play. After bowling 1,949 for eight games to lead Sunday’s first round, Learn bowled 1,972 in the second round with games of 236, 246, 233, 270, 245, 247, 248 and 247.

“I managed to avoid the bad game today,” said Learn, who also owns five PBA Tour titles including the 1999 U.S. Open. “Today I was getting a good read on the lane conditions which enabled me to get lined up quickly on each pair (of lanes). By the end of the round I was working hard revving it up as much as I could to get the ball reaction I needed.”

Learn will be trying for his first win of the season after best finishes of second in the UnitedHealthcare Sun Bowl In The Villages and third in last week’s Johnny Petraglia BVL Open.

The 55-year-old Learn enters a new phase of his bowling career this summer as the head bowling coach for Martin Methodist College, located in Pulaski, Tenn.

“I’ve been involved in coaching in one way or another for 25 years and I really love that aspect of the sport,” said Learn. “My bowling days aren’t going to last forever. The good thing about it is that it’s still competition—just a different kind of competition.”

PBA Hall of Famer Parker Bohn III retained his second-place position after qualifying finishing 66 pins behind Learn with a 3,855 pinfall.

The 35-time PBA Tour and three-time PBA50 Tour winner will be trying to improve upon a season’s best third-place finish which came in the Sun Bowl In The Villages in April.

“I didn’t shoot myself in the foot today,” said Bohn, who had a 1,912 eight-game pinfall in the second round. “Bob put up a number and it was up to us to go get it. I fell a little short but you don’t win the tournament after two rounds—there’s a long way to go.”

After Tuesday’s first match play round, the field will be cut to the top 16 players for the second round which will determine the top five for the stepladder finals at 7 p.m. EDT.

Finishing qualifying in third was Danny Clark of New Palestine, Ind., with 3,816 followed by PBA Hall of Famer and seven-time PBA50 Tour winner Amleto Monacelli of Venezuela with 3,784, and Scott Greiner of Platte City, Mo. who rounded out the top five with 3,734.

The PBA50 Miller Lite Players Championship is being covered live by PBA’s online bowling channel Xtra Frame. For subscription and schedule information visit www.xtraframe.tv.

PBA50 MILLER LITE PLAYERS CHAMPIONSHIP

Woodland Bowl, Indianapolis, Monday

SECOND ROUND

(after 16 games. Top 32 advance to Tuesday’s match play round)

1, Bob Learn Jr., Erie, Pa., 3,921.
2, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 3,855.
3, Danny Clark, New Palestine, Ind., 3,816.
4, Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, 3,784.
5, Scott Greiner, Platte City, Mo., 3,734.
6, Bryan Goebel, Shawnee, Kan., 3,701.
7, Lennie Boresch Jr., Kenosha, Wis., 3,691.
8, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 3,649.
9, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 3,635.
10, Kenny Parks, Hammond, Ind., 3,624.
11, Jack Jurek, Lackawanna, N.Y., 3,620.
12, Michael Haugen Jr., Phoenix, 3,605.
13, Tom Baker, King, N.C., 3,600.
14, Eddie Graham, Centerville, Ohio, 3,583.
15, Mark Sullivan, Indianapolis, 3,578.
16, Bo Goergen, Sanford, Mich., 3,564.
17, Brian LeClair, Delmar, N.Y., 3,557.
18, Sammy Ventura, Syracuse, N.Y., 3,520.
19, Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., 3,492.
20, (tie) John Dudak, Orland Park, Ill., and Tim Shirlock, Las Vegas, 3,491.
22, Ron Mohr, Las Vegas, 3,484.
23, John Burkett, Southlake, Texas, 3,483.
24, Stoney Baker, Canton, Ga., 3,476.
25, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., 3,475.
26, Larry Verble, Mason, Mich., 3,474.
27, Dale Eagle, Twin Falls, Idaho, 3,460.
28, Harry Sullins, Chesterfield Twp., Mich., 3,453.
29, Ted Staikoff, Black Hawk, S.D., 3,448.
29, Brian Kretzer, Dayton, Ohio, 3,448.
31, David Axon, Bellevue, Neb., 3,438.
32, Patrick Shipley, Spring Valley, Calif., 3,437.

Did not advance
33, ss-Gary Kammes, Winfield, Ill., 3,427, $1,000.
34, Andrew Frawley, Australia, 3,423.
35, (tie) Scott Merritt, Iowa City, Iowa, and ss-Brian Miller, Springfield, Ohio, 3,422, $1,000.
37, Mike Edwards, Tulsa, Okla., 3,418.
38, James Hansen, Anchorage, Alaska, 3,414.
39, Troy Stus, South Lyon, Mich., 3,404.
40, Brian Voss, Centennial, Colo., 3,402.
41, Gary Faulkner, Norfolk, Va., 3,399.
42, ss-Warren Nelson, Hemet, Calif., 3,398, $1,000.
43, (tie) Tommy Martin, Olive Branch, Miss., Mark Williams, Beaumont, Texas, and Peter Knopp, Germany, 3,381.
46, (tie) Gary Schluchter, Femont, Ohio, and Terry Rohrer, Ft. Wayne, Ind., 3,376.
48, ss-Bill Nichols, Bella Vista, Ark., 3,371, $1,000.
49, Christopher Keane, Cape Coral, Fla., 3,368.
50, Mike Keough, Stockton, Calif., 3,367.
51, ss-Ron Profitt, Brookville, Ohio, 3,361, $1,000.
52, Don Breeden, Clive, Iowa, 3,356.
53, Patric Donaghue, Honeoye Falls, N.Y., 3,351.
54, Jay Davis Jr., Silver Spring, Md., 3,325.
55, ss-Tom Carter, Columbus, Ohio, 3,315, $1,000.
56, Brian Cooper, Henderson, Nev., 3,307.
57, Conn Casey, Canada, 3,306.
58, Todd Kjell, Roscoe, Ill., 3,304.
59, ss-Bill McCorkle, Westerville, Ohio, 3,300, $1,000.
60, Al Danz Jr., Escanaba, Mich., 3,294.
61, (tie) Richie Brown, Marion, Ohio, and ss-Dale Csuhta, Wadsworth, Ohio, 3,282, $1,000.
63, Marty Berke, Allentown, Pa., 3,281.
64, Anthony Moses, Southfield, Mich., 3,271.
65, Terry Metzner, Kentwood, Mich., 3,266.
66, Rick Zakrajsek, Lorain, Ohio, 3,265.
67, (tie) Brad Snell, Mount Prospect, Ill., and Jim Storts, Westfield, Ind., 3,251.
69, Mike Hastings, Millsboro, Del., 3,245.
70, Tony Johnson, Canton, Ohio, 3,243.
71, Dave Han, Birmingham, Ala., 3,240.
72, Don Herrington, Ballston Lake, N.Y., 3,230.
73, Steve Kenyon, Dade City, Fla., 3,229.
74, Rick Francis, Linden, Calif., 3,222.
75, Sam Maccarone, Blackwood, N.J., 3,219.
76, Michael Chrzanowski, Shepherd, Mich., 3,208.
77, Michael Lucente, Warren, Mich., 3,199.
78, Paul LeMond, Jasper, Ind., 3,177.
79, Scott Weber, La Salle, Ill., 3,176.
80, Emilio Mora Sr., Defiance, Ohio, 3,174.
81, Gary Alstott, Washington, Ill., 3,161.
82, Kevin Duncan, Mexico, Mo., 3,160.
83, John Kidwell, Indianapolis, Ind., 3,150.
84, James Knoblauch, Waukesha, Wis., 3,146.
85, Ernie Segura Jr., Taylor, Mich., 3,132.
86, Dave Bernhardt, Romeo, Mich., 3,118.
87, Warren Burr, Wilmington, Del., 3,084.
88, Tony Gilbert, Indianapolis, 3,072.
89, Tim Pierce, Portland, Ore., 3,040.
90, Dale Traber, Cedarburg, Wis., 3,037.
91, John Thullen, Whiteland, Ind., 3,030.
92, Charles Gadd, Lake Worth, Fla., 3,006.
93, Mark Nance Sr., Grove City, Ohio, 2,992.
94, Steve Stein, Staten Island, N.Y., 2,959.
95, Randy Leszczynski, Kronenwetter, Wis., 2,893.
96, Galen Keas, Alda, Neb., 2,839.
97, James Hutchinson, Ludlow Falls, Ohio, 2,822.
98, Allen Meskan, Addison, Ill., 2,687.

300 games (1) – Patrick Shipley

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Bob Learn Jr. Makes Late Surge to Take First Round Lead in PBA50 Miller Lite Players Championship

by Jerry Schneider May 14, 2017 17:38

Making a late-round surge, three-time PBA50 Tour winner Bob Learn Jr. of Erie, Pa., averaged 243.6 for eight games to take the first round lead Sunday in the PBA50 Miller Lite Players Championship at Woodland Bowl.

Learn bowled games of 248, 237, 214, 197, 289, 264, 235 and 265 for a 1,949 pinfall total to hold a six- pin lead over PBA Hall of Famer Parker Bohn III of Jackson, N.J., in second with 1,943.

Learn, who is also a five-time PBA Tour titlist, including the 1999 U.S. Open, found that changing the interchangeable sole on his slide shoe helped give him a more consistent delivery that resulted in better shot-making.

“Usually you go to a different ball for the changing lane conditions, but it was a variation in the approaches that I had to deal with today” Learn said. “I used the same ball the whole round but used three different soles on my slide shoe.”

Learn, who finished second in the Sun Bowl In The Villages and third in last week’s Johnny Petraglia BVL Open, is trying for his first win of the season and first PBA50 Tour major title.

“My confidence level is high right now,” Learn said. “I’m able to put the big strings of strike together. I just need to make it happen in the title match.”

Bohn also had a bad fourth game starting with 257, 236 and 235 before a 184. He got back on track with games 257, 268, 300 and 206 to finish the round.

“That fourth game faked me out a little bit,” said Bohn, who is a 35-time PBA Tour and three-time PBA50 Tour titlist. “I changed balls after the third game to stay ahead of the lane condition but I didn’t make the right adjustments with where I was throwing it on the lane. I stuck with the same ball and finally made the right adjustments and everything came together after that.”

PBA Hall of Famer Pete Weber of St. Ann, Mo., finished the round in third with a 1,925 pinfall. The two-time reigning PBA50 Player of the Year has gotten off to a slow start this season with finishes of ninth, 16th and 21st.

PBA50 Tour newcomer Danny Clark of New Palestine, Ind., finished fourth with a 1,912 pinfall and Scott Greiner of Platte city, Mo. finished with 1,889 to round out the top five.

The 98-player field returns for another eight-game round of qualifying Monday which will determine the top 32 players who will advance to match play on Tuesday. After Tuesday’s first match play round, the field will be cut to the top 16 players for the second match play round which will determine the top five for the stepladder finals Tuesday at 7 p.m. EDT.

The PBA50 Miller Lite Players Championship is being covered live by PBA’s online bowling channel Xtra Frame. For subscription and schedule information visit www.xtraframe.tv.

PBA50 MILLER LITE PLAYERS CHAMPIONSHIP

Woodland Bowl, Indianapolis, Sunday

FIRST ROUND

(after 8 games)

1, Bob Learn Jr., Erie, Pa., 1,949.
2, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 1,943.
3, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 1,925.
4, Danny Clark, New Palestine, Ind., 1,912.
5, Scott Greiner, Platte City, Mo., 1,889.
6, Bryan Goebel, Shawnee, Kan., 1,874.
7, Michael Haugen Jr., Phoenix, 1,873.
8, Lennie Boresch Jr., Kenosha, Wis., 1,855.
9, Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, 1,849.
10, ss-Tom Baker, King, N.C., 1,833.
11, Terry Rohrer, Ft. Wayne, Ind., 1,821.
12, Jack Jurek, Lackawanna, N.Y., 1,819.
13, Mike Keough, Stockton, Calif., 1,800.
14, Mike Edwards, Tulsa, Okla., 1,792.
15, Bo Goergen, Sanford, Mich., 1,785.
16, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., 1,780.
17, Peter Knopp, Germany, 1,771.
18, Tim Shirlock, Las Vegas, 1,770.
19, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 1,767.
20, ss-John Dudak, Orland Park, Ill., 1,759.
21, Mark Sullivan, Indianapolis, 1,749.
22, ss-Gary Kammes, Winfield, Ill., 1,748.
23, ss-David Axon, Bellevue, Neb., 1,744.
24, Brian Kretzer, Dayton, Ohio, 1,735.
25, Sammy Ventura, Syracuse, N.Y., 1,727.
26, ss-Warren Nelson, Hemet, Calif., 1,722.
27, ss-Kenny Parks, Hammond, Ind., 1,720.
28, Brian Voss, Centennial, Colo., 1,719.
29, John Burkett, Southlake, Texas, 1,718.
30, ss-Dale Csuhta, Wadsworth, Ohio, 1,716.
31, James Hansen, Anchorage, Alaska, 1,715.
32, Todd Kjell, Roscoe, Ill., 1,702.
33, Andrew Frawley, Australia, 1,698.
34, Eddie Graham, Centerville, Ohio, 1,680.
35, Dave Han, Birmingham, Ala., 1,677.
36, Patrick Shipley, Spring Valley, Calif., 1,676.
37, (tie) ss-Ron Mohr, Las Vegas, Larry Verble, Mason, Mich., and ss-Dale Eagle, Twin Falls, Idaho, 1,675.
40, Troy Stus, South Lyon, Mich., 1,672.
41, ss-James Storts, Westfield, Ind., 1,671.
42, Don Breeden, Clive, Iowa, 1,670.
43, Brian LeClair, Delmar, N.Y., 1,669.
44, Paul LeMond, Jasper, Ind., 1,668.
45, ss-Ted Staikoff, Black Hawk, S.D., 1,665.
46, Stoney Baker, Canton, Ga., 1,662.
47, ss-Brian Miller, Springfield, Ohio, 1,661.
48, ss-Bill Nichols, Bella Vista, Ark., 1,659.
49, Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., 1,657.
50, Harry Sullins, Chesterfield Twp., Mich., 1,655.
51, Brian Cooper, Henderson, Nev., 1,653.
52, Al Danz Jr., Escanaba, Mich., 1,646.
53, (tie) Gary Schluchter, Femont, Ohio, and Mark Williams, Beaumont, Texas, 1,644.
55, (tie) Marty Berke, Allentown, Pa., and ss-Tom Carter, Columbus, Ohio, 1,637.
57, (tie) ss-Ron Profitt, Brookville, Ohio, and Conn Casey, Canada, 1,635.
59, Scott Merritt, Iowa City, Iowa, 1,625.
60, Mike Hastings, Millsboro, Del., 1,615.
61, ss-Michael Chrzanowski, Shepherd, Mich., 1,613.
62, (tie) Anthony Moses, Southfield, Mich., and Gary Faulkner, Norfolk, Va., 1,611.
64, Gary Alstott, Washington, Ill., 1,604.
65, ss-Sam Maccarone, Blackwood, N.J., 1,603.
66, (tie) Scott Weber, La Salle, Ill., and Brad Snell, Mount Prospect, Ill., 1,598.
68, Christopher Keane, Cape Coral, Fla., 1,594.
69, Patric Donaghue, Honeoye Falls, N.Y., 1,588.
70, ss-Michael Lucente, Warren, Mich., 1,587.
71, Tommy Martin, Olive Branch, Miss., 1,584.
72, Ernie Segura Jr., Taylor, Mich., 1,578.
73, Terry Metzner, Kentwood, Mich., 1,576.
74, ss-Bill McCorkle, Westerville, Ohio, 1,573.
75, ss-Tim Pierce, Portland, Ore., 1,569.
76, Tony Johnson, Canton, Ohio, 1,565.
77, Richie Brown, Marion, Ohio, 1,562.
78, ss-Dave Bernhardt, Romeo, Mich., 1,550.
79, Don Herrington, Ballston Lake, N.Y., 1,540.
80, Kevin Duncan, Mexico, Mo., 1,538.
81, Rick Zakrajsek, Lorain, Ohio, 1,536.
82, Rick Francis, Linden, Calif., 1,526.
83, Randy Leszczynski, Kronenwetter, Wis., 1,521.
84, Steve Kenyon, Dade City, Fla., 1,520.
85, Dale Traber, Cedarburg, Wis., 1,515.
86, ss-Emilio Mora Sr., Defiance, Ohio, 1,489.
87, (tie) ss-John Thullen, Whiteland, Ind., and Warren Burr, Wilmington, Del., 1,477.
89, ss-Galen Keas, Alda, Neb., 1,475.
90, ss-James Knoblauch, Waukesha, Wis., 1,472.
91, John Kidwell, Indianapolis, Ind., 1,461.
92, Charles Gadd, Lake Worth, Fla., 1,460.
93, Tony Gilbert, Indianapolis, 1,459.
94, Mark Nance Sr., Grove City, Ohio, 1,458.
95, Jay Davis Jr., Silver Spring, Md., 1,450.
96, ss-Steve Stein, Staten Island, N.Y., 1,422.
97, ss-James Hutchinson, Ludlow Falls, Ohio, 1,398.
98, ss-Allen Meskan, Addison, Ill., 1,350.

300 games – Parker Bohn III, Bo Goergen

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ss-PBA60 player ages 60 and over

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