PBA Xtra Frame Gene Carter’s Pro Shop Classic Could Play a Pivotal Role in 2018 PBA Player of Year Race

by Bill Vint August 8, 2018 09:20

MIDDLETOWN, Del. – As the world’s top bowlers prepare to arrive in Delaware for the 10th anniversary PBA Tour Xtra Frame Gene Carter’s Pro Shop Classic August 17-19, focus on winning the event may have far-reaching consequences as the race for 2018 PBA Player of the Year honors heats up.

In addition to a $15,000 first prize, the PBA Tour title that will be awarded to the winner at Mid-County Lanes could be a significant factor in determining the PBA’s best player in 2018. Two of the Go Bowling! PBA Tour season’s three two-time title winners – Andrew Anderson of Holly, Mich. (USBC Masters and PBA Xtra Frame Greater Jonesboro Open) and EJ Tackett of Huntington, Ind. (PBA Xtra Frame Parkside Lanes Open and PBA-PWBA Storm Striking Against Breast Cancer Open) – will be in the Delaware field (the other two-time titlist, reigning PBA Player of the Year Jason Belmonte of Australia, is not entered).

Other title winners who will be looking for a second 2018 title include Matt O’Grady of Rahway, N.J. (PBA Tournament of Champions); Bill O’Neill of Langhorne, Pa. (Mark Roth-Marshall Holman PBA Doubles Championship), and Dick Allen of Lexington, S.C. (PBA Xtra Frame Port Property Management Maine Shootout).

Defending Gene Carter’s Pro Shop Classic winner Sean Rash of Montgomery, Ill.; 2016 winner Michael Haugen Jr. of Phoenix; 2015 winner Ryan Shafer of Horseheads, N.Y., and 2014 Delaware champ Jason Couch of Clermont, Fla., are among the 22 PBA Tour champions in the field. Among those established stars are a trio of PBA Hall of Famers: Couch, Parker Bohn III and Walter Ray Williams Jr.

The capacity field of 150 will also include many of the PBA East Region’s top players along with several emerging stars looking for their first PBA Tour title.

The entire tournament will be covered live, exclusively by PBA’s Xtra Frame on FloBowling online bowling channel. Xtra Frame on FloBowling is a subscription-based video-streaming service, available on monthly or annual subscription plans. For more details and enrollment information, visit FloBowling.com.

The Gene Carter Pro Shop East Classic gets underway on Friday, Aug. 17, with a practice session for tournament players from 11 a.m., followed by pro-am squads at 3, 5:15 and 8 p.m. when grassroots league bowlers – men, women, kids, seniors – can bowl with PBA stars for their own prizes. For pro-am information, send an email to: len.h@outlook.com.

Competition begins with two seven-game qualifying squads on Saturday at 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. The top 50 players after seven games will advance to a four-game cashers round Sunday at 9 a.m., after which the top 16 will bowl a modified 12-game round-robin match play round. Based upon combined 23-game pinfall totals (including 30 bonus pins for matches won), the top four will compete in a stepladder finals at 6:30 p.m.

PBA XTRA FRAME GENE CARTER’S PRO SHOP CLASSIC
(A 2018 Go Bowling! PBA Tour event)
Mid-County Bowling and Entertainment, Middletown, Del., Aug. 17-19 (all times Eastern)

Friday, Aug. 17
11 a.m. - Practice session
3 p.m. – AB Sports Junior Scholarship pro-am
5:15 and 8 p.m. – Anchor Buick-GMC/Williams Chevrolet adult pro-am squads

Saturday, Aug. 18
9 a.m. - A Squad, 7 qualifying games
4 p.m. – B Squad, 7 qualifying games
            Top one-third of field after 7 games advances to cashers round

Sunday, Aug. 19
9 a.m. – Cashers round, 4 games (top 16 after 11 games advance to match play)
1 p.m. – Top 16, 12 games modified round robin match play (top four after 23 games advance to stepladder finals)
6:30 p.m. - Top four stepladder finals

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Marsala Beats Haugen to Win PBA50 Dave Small’s Championship Lanes Classic For First PBA50 Tour Title

by Jerry Schneider August 7, 2018 19:24

ANDERSON, Ind. – Newcomer John Marsala of St. Louis, beat Michael Haugen Jr. of Phoenix, 224-218, in the title match to win the PBA50 Dave Small’s Championship Lanes Classic presented by Roto Grip Tuesday for his first PBA50 Tour title.

Marsala, bowling in his fifth PBA50 Tour tournament, took control after five consecutive strikes in the middle of the title match and sewed up the win with a nine count on his first ball in the 10th frame. Haugen, whose second-place finish was enough to win PBA50 Player of the Year, was unable to string strikes until the ninth and 10th frame but by then it was too late.

Marsala won all six of his matches in the final round of match play earlier in the day to earn the top spot for the stepladder finals.

“It’s a dream come true,” said Marsala, who won his first title in topflight competition. “It’s something I’ve thought about since I was a kid.

“I knew I had to stay relaxed because I had to make sure I kept the ball in play,” the 55-year-old left-hander said of the title match. “I just had the attitude that win or lose, this tournament was a win for me. It was beyond my expectations.”

Haugen, the only two-time winner this season, also has two second-place and two third-place finishes which helped him take the player of the year crown.

The 51-year-old Haugen had to work hard for his runner-up finish earning the last position in the cashers’ round and then advanced through two match play rounds to earn the No. 2 qualifying position for the finals.

Haugen.MichaelJr_2017SrUSOpen(60) (1)“To win player of the year was a goal but you never know when it’s going to happen,” said the 2017 PBA50 Rookie of the Year. “As the season went on the confidence was building especially after my second win but all you can do is believe in yourself and hope good things will happen.

“Like I often say; wash, rinse and repeat,” Haugen added. “My goal is to keep it simple because it puts me in the best position to make the right adjustments and ball choices. I knew if I kept making shows I’d have a good shot at player of the year so I guess the formula worked.”

In the opening stepladder match between two of PBA’s all-time greats, No. 5 qualifier Parker Bohn III of Jackson, N.J. beat fellow PBA Hall of Famer and 11-time PBA50 Tour winner Walter Ray Williams Jr. of Oxford, Fla., when he won a one-frame roll-off, 10-9, after tying the match 247-247.

In the second match, Bohn, a four-time PBA50 Tour titlist and the tournament defending champion, defeated seven-time PBA Tour winner Steve Jaros of Yorkville, Ill., 279-241, to advance to the semifinal where he lost to Haugen, 257-178.

The PBA50 Tour regular season concludes with the season’s final major when Spectrum Lanes in Wyoming, Mich., hosts the PBA50 Cup presented by DV8 Aug. 9-12. Players 60 and over will conclude the season with the PBA60 Dick Weber Championship Aug. 14-16 at Pro Bowl West in Fort Wayne, Ind.

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

PBA50 DAVE SMALL’S CHAMPIONSHIP LANES CLASSIC

Presented by Roto Grip

Dave Small’s Championship Lanes, Anderson, Ind., Tuesday

Final Standings:

1, John Marsala, St. Louis, $7,500.

2, Michael Haugen Jr., Phoenix, $4,000.

3, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., $2,500.

4, Steve Jaros, Yorkville, Ill., $2,000.

5, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla. $1,750.

Stepladder Results:

Match One – Bohn def. Williams, 247-247 (Bohn won one-frame roll-off, 10-9).

Match Two – Bohn def. Jaros, 279-241.

Semifinal Match – Haugen def. Bohn, 257-178.

Championship Match – Marsala def. Haugen, 224-218.

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

1, John Marsala, St. Louis, Mo., 6-0, 1,701.
2, Michael Haugen Jr., Phoenix, 5-1, 1,618.
3, Steve Jaros, Yorkville, Ill., 3-3, 1,613.
4, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., 4-2, 1,577.
5, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 3-3, 1,575.
6, Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, 3-3, 1,520, $1,500.
7, Bryan Goebel, Shawnee, Kan., 4-2, 1,515, $1,500.
8, Bob Learn Jr., Erie, Pa., 4-2, 1,509, $1,500.
9, Eddie Graham, Kettering, Ohio, 3-3, 1,496, $1,250.
10, Doug Henry, Columbus, Ind., 2-3-1, 1,446, $1,250.
11, Kevin Duncan, Mexico, Mo., 3-3, 1,441, $1,250.
12, ss-Harry Sullins, Chesterfield Twp., Mich., 1-4-1, 1,431, $1,250.
13, ss-Ron Mohr, Las Vegas, 1-5, 1,354, $1,250.
14, ss-David Axon, Bellevue, Neb., 2-4, 1,348, $1,250.
15, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 2-4, 1,320, $1,250.
16, Brian Voss, Centennial, Colo., 1-5, 1,307, $1,250.

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

17, Doug Kent, Newark, N.Y., 2-3, 1,228, $1,100.
18, Rolando Sebelen, Dominican Republic, 3-2, 1,190, $1,100.
19, Stoney Baker, Canton, Ga., 2-3, 1,179, $1,100.
20, ss-Mike Dias, Lafayette, Colo., 2-3, 1,157, $1,100.
21, Lennie Boresch Jr., Kenosha, Wis., 3-2, 1,153, $1,100.
22, ss-Christopher Keane, Cape Coral, Fla., 2-3, 1,098, $1,100.
23, ss-Tom Carter, Columbus, Ohio, 1-4, 1,086, $1,100.
24, Brian Kretzer, Dayton, Ohio, 1-4, 942, $1,100.

Other Cashers (after five-game cashers’ round)

25, Danny Clark, New Palestine, Ind., 1,124, $1,000.
26, ss-Marty Berke, Allentown, Pa., 1,099, $1,000.
27, Chris Gibbons, Madison, Wis., 1,094, $1,000.
28, ss-Gary Reh, Fort Mohave, Ariz., 1,064, $1,000.
29, ss-Charlie Tapp, Kalamazoo, Mich., 1,047, $1,100.
30, ss-Sammy Ventura, Syracuse, N.Y., 1,041, $1,000.
31, n, ss-Julius Mickel, Omaha, Neb., 1,029, $1,000.
32, ss-John Dudak, Orland Park, Ill., 1,024, $1,000.
33, ss-Warren Nelson, Hemet, Calif., 1,016, $1,000.
34, ss-Paul Mielens, Menomonie, Wis., 1,012, $1,000.
35, ss-Tom Baker, King, N.C., 1,007, $1,000.
36, ss-Ron Profitt, Brookville, Ohio, 697, $1,000.

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Mohr Bowls Second Perfect Game on Way to Top Qualifier Honors in PBA50 Dave Small’s Championship Lanes Classic

by Jerry Schneider August 6, 2018 14:50

ANDERSON, Ind. – Ron Mohr of Las Vegas, bowled his second 300 game in two days on his way to becoming the top qualifier Monday in the PBA50 Dave Small’s Championship Lanes Classic presented by Roto Grip.

The 62-year-old Mohr, who led after Sunday’s first round, finished qualifying with a 3,912 16-game overall pinfall total (244.5 average) after bowling games of 256, 238, 300, 247, 247, 206, 234 and 225 in the second round.

“You never know what’s going to happen from one day to the next but I made sure to make a mental note of how the lanes played yesterday,” Mohr said. “Today, they were pretty close to yesterday so that helped me make the adjustments I needed to make throughout the round a little easier.”

The PBA Hall of Famer and two-time PBA50 Player of the Year holds the record for most 300s in a tournament with four other players at three. With one day to go in the tournament, the Fort Wayne, Ind., native will have another opportunity to challenge the record.

“As the tournament leader, the target’s on your back somewhat but that’s a good position to be in,” Mohr added. “So far, I’ve had as good a look as I’ve had all year so I’m heading into match play with a lot of confidence.”

Mohr is trying for his second win of the season having won the PBA50 Northern California Classic in May for his 10th career PBA50 Tour title.

Tournament defending champion hall of famer Parker Bohn III of Jackson, N.J., bowled the 114th 300 game of his PBA career in the second round finishing qualifying in second 34 pins behind Mohr with 3,878. Bohn, who leads the PBA perfect game all-time list, had games of 239, 268, 187, 216, 236, 300, 265 and 266 in his second round.

By finishing in the top eight, Mohr, Bohn and six other players will advance directly into Tuesday’s second match play round. Also, advancing will be hall of famer Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., 3,756; three-time PBA50 Tour winner Bob Learn Jr., Erie, Pa., 3,752; hall of famer Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, 3,751; Kevin Duncan, Mexico, Mo., who also bowled his second 300 game of the tournament, 3,706; Doug Henry, Columbus, Ind., 3,688, and John Marsala, St. Louis, Mo., 3,658.

The top 16 players advance to match play with positions 17-28 and eight PBA60 players advancing to a cashers’ round Tuesday morning at 8:30 a.m. ET to determine eight additional match play spots. After Tuesday’s match play rounds the top five bowlers will be determined for the stepladder finals at 7 p.m.

The Dave Small’s Championship Lanes Classic is streamed live on PBA’s online bowling channel PBA Xtra Frame on FloBowling. Subscription information is available by visiting www.flobowling.com.

PBA50 DAVE SMALL’S CHAMPIONSHIP LANES CLASSIC

Presented by Roto Grip

Dave Small’s Championship Lanes, Anderson, Ind., Monday

SECOND ROUND RESULTS (after 16 games. Top 16 players advance to match play. Places 17-28 plus eight PBA60 players advance to cashers’ round to determine eight additional match play spots)

1, Ron Mohr, Las Vegas, 3,912.
2, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 3,878.
3, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., 3,756.
4, Bob Learn Jr., Erie, Pa., 3,752.
5, Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, 3,751.
6, Kevin Duncan, Mexico, Mo., 3,706.
7, Doug Henry, Columbus, Ind., 3,688.
8, John Marsala, St. Louis, Mo., 3,658.
9, Stoney Baker, Canton, Ga., 3,640.
10, Brian Kretzer, Dayton, Ohio, 3,631.
11, Doug Kent, Newark, N.Y., 3,630.
12, Lennie Boresch Jr., Kenosha, Wis., 3,628.
13, Steve Jaros, Yorkville, Ill., 3,616.
14, Christopher Keane, Cape Coral, Fla., 3,606.
15, Bryan Goebel, Shawnee, Kan., 3,601.
16, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 3,595.
17, (tie) John Dudak, Orland Park, Ill., and Rolando Sebelen, Dominican Republic, 3,584.
19, Danny Clark, New Palestine, Ind., 3,577.
20, Eddie Graham, Kettering, Ohio, 3,573.
21, Warren Nelson, Hemet, Calif., 3,563.
22, Harry Sullins, Chesterfield Twp., Mich., 3,554.
23, (tie) Chris Gibbons, Madison, Wis., and Marty Berke, Allentown, Pa., 3,535.
25, (tie) n-Julius Mickel, Omaha, Neb., and Mike Dias, Lafayette, Colo., 3,531.
27, (tie) Brian Voss, Centennial, Colo., 3,527.
28, Michael Haugen Jr., Phoenix, 3,526.
29, ss-Charlie Tapp, Kalamazoo, Mich., 3,526.
30, ss-Gary Reh, Fort Mohave, Ariz., 3,521.
31, (tie) ss-Tom Baker, King, N.C., and Dave Han, Birmingham, Ala., 3,515.
33, Greg Thomas, Irmo, S.C., 3,495.
34, ss-Ron Profitt, Brookville, Ohio, 3,492.
35, Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., 3,487.
36, Jack Jurek, Lackawanna, N.Y., 3,484.
37, ss-Paul Mielens, Menomonie, Wis., 3,481.
38, ss-Sammy Ventura, Syracuse, N.Y., 3,466.
39, Mark Sullivan, Indianapolis, 3,452.
40, Tony Johnson, Canton, Ohio, 3,451.
41, ss-Tom Carter, Columbus, Ohio, 3,450.
42, Todd Kjell, Roscoe, Ill., 3,438.
43, Rick Zakrajsek, Lorain, Ohio, 3,434.
44, ss-David Axon, Bellevue, Neb., 3,416.
45, Emilio Mora Sr., Defiance, Ohio, 3,409.
45, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 3,409.
47, Edward Silva, Manteca, Calif., 3,407.
48, Ted Staikoff, Black Hawk, S.D., 3,406.
49, Henry Dawson, Elma, Wash., 3,405.
50, David Williams Jr., Omaha, Neb., 3,399.
51, Darryl Bower, Middletown, Pa., 3,395.
52, Keith Lesko, Prosper, Texas, 3,391.
53, John Conroy, Mahopac, N.Y., and Scott Greiner, Sunrise Beach, Mo., 3,388.
55, Gary Alstott, Washington, Ill., 3,380.
56, James Storts, Westfield, Ind., 3,378.
57, Dick Gran, Hartville, Ohio, 3,377.
58, Bill Watson, Monroe, Ohio, 3,376.
59, Gary Kammes, Winfield, Ill., 3,373.
60, Jeff Johnson, Freeport, Ill., 3,367.
61, Gary Schluchter, Fremont, Ohio, 3,363.
62, Ernie Segura Jr., Taylor, Mich., 3,359.
63, Don Blatchford, Santa Monica, Calif., 3,350.
64, Lee Brosius, Ashburn, Va., 3,349.
65, Dennis Klein, Phoenix, 3,315.
66, Peter Knopp, Germany, 3,298.
67, Dale Csuhta, Wadsworth, Ohio, 3,297.
68, Tony Rodriguez Jr., Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., 3,286.
69, Conn Casey, Canada, 3,281.
70, Kevin Foley, Reno, Nev., 3,280.
71, Ross McDonald, Las Vegas, Nev., 3,258.
72, Glenn Morgan, Carson City, Nev., 3,251.
72, Dave Dunphy, Canada, 3,251.
74, n-Curtis Matlock, Cloquet, Minn., 3,235.
75, Ed Carter, Austintown, Ohio, 3,208.
76, David Rosengarten, Gardendale, Ala., 3,204.
77, Steve Easterday, Strasburg, Ohio, 3,135.
78, Richard Hunt, Valparaiso, Ind., 3,103.
79, Dale Reh, Appleton, Wis., 3,058.
80, Galen Keas, Alda, Neb., 3,012.
81, Garry Blanton, Owensboro, Ky., 3,009.
82, Brendan Bierch, Grafton, Mass., 2,950.
83, n-Rick York, Whiteland, Ind., 2,853.
84, John Kidwell, Indianapolis, Ind., 2,844.
85, Allen Meskan, Addison, Ill., 2,651.

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Strong Start Helps Ron Mohr Take First Round Lead In PBA50 Dave Small’s Championship Lanes Classic

by Jerry Schneider August 5, 2018 14:07

ANDERSON, Ind. – PBA Hall of Famer Ron Mohr of Las Vegas, opened qualifying with a 300 game and never looked back to take the first round lead Sunday in the PBA50 Dave Small’s Championship Lanes Classic presented by Roto Grip.

Mohr, a two-time PBA50 Player of the Year, bowled a 1,959 eight-game pinfall total with games of 300, 248, 238, 214, 207, 269, 226 and 257 to hold a 40-pin lead over Marty Berke of Allentown, Pa., who finished the round in second with 1,919.

“I had a good look on the fresh condition right from the start,” said the 62-year-old Mohr. “My ball speed has a tendency to overpower my rev rate so I really had to concentrate on keeping good control of my ball speed. I was able to keep my ball speed slow and just had to make a few small adjustment and a ball change before the last game to put together a good round.”

Mohr is trying for his second win of the season after winning the PBA50 Northern California Classic in May for his 10th career PBA50 Tour title. He also has a third-place finish in the PBA50 National Championship and fifth-place finishes in the USBC Senior Masters and PBA50 Lucas Magazine Classic.

“This season has actually been beyond my expectations,” said Mohr, who is a native of Fort Wayne, Ind. “I really didn’t know what was going to happen when the season started so it’s been a pleasant surprise for sure.”

The entire field returns Monday for the second eight-game qualifying round beginning at 11 a.m. ET. After qualifying, the top 16 players advance to match play with positions 17-28 and eight PBA60 players advancing to a cashers round to determine eight additional match play spots. After Tuesday’s match play rounds the top five bowlers will be determined for the stepladder finals at 7 p.m.

Rounding out the top eight after the first round were Dave Han, Birmingham, Ala., 1,914; PBA Hall of Famer Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, 1,903; John Marsala, St. Louis, Mo., 1,902; Hall of Famers Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla. and defending champion Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., tied at 1,901, and Rolando Sebelen, Dominican Republic, 1,899.

The Dave Small’s Championship Lanes Classic is streamed live on PBA’s online bowling channel PBA Xtra Frame on FloBowling. Subscription information is available by visiting www.flobowling.com.

PBA50 DAVE SMALL’S CHAMPIONSHIP LANES CLASSIC

Presented by Roto Grip

Dave Small’s Championship Lanes, Anderson, Ind., Sunday

FIRST ROUND (after eight games)

1, ss-Ron Mohr, Las Vegas, 1,959.
2, ss-Marty Berke, Allentown, Pa., 1,919.
3, Dave Han, Birmingham, Ala., 1,914.
4, Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, 1,903.
5, John Marsala, St. Louis, Mo., 1,902.
6, (tie) Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., and Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 1,901.
8, Rolando Sebelen, Dominica Republic, 1,899.
9, ss-John Dudak, Orland Park, Ill., 1,894.
10, Kevin Duncan, Mexico, Mo., 1,886.
11, ss-Charlie Tapp, Kalamazoo, Mich., 1,859.
12, Eddie Graham, Kettering, Ohio, 1,855.
13, Bryan Goebel, Shawnee, Kan., 1,847.
14, Michael Haugen Jr., Phoenix, 1,833.
15, ss-Christopher Keane, Cape Coral, Fla., 1,827.
16, Stoney Baker, Canton, Ga., 1,826.
17, Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., 1,823.
18, Brian Kretzer, Dayton, Ohio, 1,818.
19, (tie) Steve Jaros, Yorkville, Ill., and Doug Henry, Columbus, Ind., 1,814.
21, ss-Ron Profitt, Brookville, Ohio, 1,793.
22, ss-Dale Csuhta, Wadsworth, Ohio, 1,792.
23, (tie) ss-Harry Sullins, Chesterfield Twp., Mich., and Danny Clark, New Palestine, Ind., 1,788.
25, ss-Warren Nelson, Hemet, Calif., 1,783.
26, ss-Tom Baker, King, N.C., 1,773.
27, (tie) Bob Learn Jr., Erie, Pa., and ss-Paul Mielens, Menomonie, Wis., 1,772.
29, Scott Greiner, Sunrise Beach, Mo., 1,765.
30, Lennie Boresch Jr., Kenosha, Wis., 1,763.
31, ss-Mike Dias, Lafayette, Colo., 1,761.
32, (tie) ss-David Axon, Bellevue, Neb., and ss-Sammy Ventura, Syracuse, N.Y., 1,759.
34, ss-Edward Silva, Manteca, Calif., 1,753.
35, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 1,747.
36, Doug Kent, Newark, N.Y., 1,744.
37, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 1,737.
38, Gary Alstott, Washington, Ill., 1,729.
39, Todd Kjell, Roscoe, Ill., 1,727.
40, Brian Voss, Centennial, Colo., 1,719.
41, ss-James Storts, Westfield, Ind., 1,713.
42, Mark Sullivan, Indianapolis, 1,709.
43, John Conroy, Mahopac, N.Y., 1,704.
44, ss-Kevin Foley, Reno, Nev., 1,698.
45, n-Curtis Matlock, Cloquet, Minn., 1,697.
46, ss-Don Blatchford, Santa Monica, Calif., 1,696.
47, Rick Zakrajsek, Lorain, Ohio, 1,690.
48, ss-Gary Reh, Fort Mohave, Ariz., 1,689.
49, (tie) Dennis Klein, Phoenix, n, ss-Julius Mickel, Omaha, Neb., and Tony Johnson, Canton, Ohio, 1,688.
52, ss-Lee Brosius, Ashburn, Va., 1,686.
53, ss-Darryl Bower, Middletown, Pa., 1,684.
54, Bill Watson, Monroe, Ohio, 1,682.
55, Greg Thomas, Irmo, S.C., 1,680.
56, Chris Gibbons, Madison, Wis., 1,669.
57, Peter Knopp, Germany, 1,667.
58, Ed Carter, Austintown, Ohio, 1,666.
59, (tie) Tony Rodriguez Jr., Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., and Ernie Segura Jr., Taylor, Mich., 1,659.
61, Jack Jurek, Lackawanna, N.Y., 1,657.
62, ss-Ross McDonald, Las Vegas, Nev., 1,653.
63, David Rosengarten, Gardendale, Ala., 1,650.
64, Gary Schluchter, Femont, Ohio, 1,646.
65, ss-Dave Dunphy, Canada, 1,644.
66, Keith Lesko, Prosper, Texas, 1,642.
67, David Williams Jr., Omaha, Neb., 1,621.
68, ss-Ted Staikoff, Black Hawk, S.D., 1,615.
69, ss-Dick Gran, Hartville, Ohio, 1,611.
70, ss-Gary Kammes, Winfield, Ill., 1,596.
71, (tie) Glenn Morgan, Carson City, Nev., and Conn Casey, Canada, 1,590.
73, ss-Tom Carter, Columbus, Ohio, 1,588.
74, ss-Emilio Mora Sr., Defiance, Ohio, 1,587.
75, Jeff Johnson, Freeport, Ill., 1,569.
76, ss-Henry Dawson, Elma, Wash., 1,565.
77, Steve Easterday, Strasburg, Ohio, 1,555.
78, ss-Garry Blanton, Owensboro, Ky., 1,528.
79, ss-Richard Hunt, Valparaiso, Ind., 1,516.
80, ss-Dale Reh, Appleton, Wis., 1,502.
81, ss-Galen Keas, Alda, Neb., 1,490.
82, n-ss-Rick York, Whiteland, Ind., 1,439.
83, John Kidwell, Indianapolis, Ind., 1,422.
84, ss-Brendan Bierch, Grafton, Mass., 1,419.
85, ss-Allen Meskan, Addison, Ill., 1,331.

300 games – Ron Mohr, Charlie Tapp, Kevin Duncan, Warren Nelson, Rolando Sebelen

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PBA Spare Shots: PBA50 Players in Hammond Teach a Lesson About the Value of a Pin

by Bill Vint August 1, 2018 11:11

There’s a school of thought in bowling that you should never throw away a pin, and if you need an object lesson, consider what happened during the PBA50 South Shore Open at Olympic Lanes in Hammond, Ind., last week.

● The first cut after 16 games of qualifying saw Ernie Segura Jr. survive with a 3,475 total, one pin ahead of PBA Hall of Famer Parker Bohn III and Rick Zakrajsek, who went home with 3,474 pins.

● In the five-game cashers round, PBA Hall of Famer Tom Baker (featured photo) and fellow PBA50 competitor Leroy Johnson tied for seventh place, advancing to modified match play with 1,086 totals – one pin ahead of Dale Traber.

● In the first five-game modified match play elimination round, Tom Baker again slipped through, qualifying eighth with a 1,131 total – one pin ahead of Leroy Johnson, who went home.

Thus in three consecutive rounds, players saw their chance to remain in the title hunt disappear by a single pin. It happens more often than you might think. Remember the old adage: when in doubt, go for count…

MARK SCROGGINS, JOE ELLISON TO ENTER PBA SOUTHWEST HALL OF FAME

Ma.scrogs. joe ellisonThe PBA Southwest Region has announced that 13-time PBA Regional Tour champion Mark Scroggins (at left) of Canyon, Texas, and long-time PBA Southwest tournament host Joe Ellison (at right) of Junction City, Kan., will be the 2018 inductees into the PBA Southwest Region Hall of Fame on Sept. 8 at the Grand Casino Hotel & Resort in Shawnee, Okla.

Scroggins, an Amarillo native and the twin brother of PBA Hall of Famer Mike Scroggins, will be inducted in the Performance category. In addition to his regional titles, he was the 1993 PBA Tour Rookie of the Year and the 2001 PBA Southwest Region Player of the Year. He has recorded 19 PBA 300 games and career earnings of over $314,000, with approximately $200,000 coming in regional events. Brother Mike is already a member of the region’s Hall of Fame.

Ellison, the proprietor of Junction City Bowl, will be inducted in the Meritorious Service category. He has hosted PBA Southwest Regional events for 11 consecutive years, and in 2014 added PBA50 Regional events to the Southwest schedule. All of his events have been joint tournaments with the PBA Midwest Region.

Ticket information for the Southwest Region Hall of Fame ceremonies will be announced later.

“BEASTS” WIN “LUCI MIXED DOUBLES” SPECIAL EVENT

The team of five leading male qualifiers from the 2017 Striking Against Breast Cancer Mixed Doubles tournament – affectionately called “The Luci” in honor of the late Luci Bonneau, a breast cancer victim who inspired the creation of the event – won a new special event kicking off the 2018 event, edging an all-female team in a one-game roll-off.

2018Lucidoubles_BeastsvsBeautieswinners_fromleftCarolNorman_Miller.Brad_Land.Clint_Barns.Chris_Troup.Kyle_Jones.Tommy_Conners.Donna“The Beauties vs. The Beasts” competition began as a five-game Baker format contest pitting Birgit Poppler, Stefanie Johnson, Holly Harris, Josie Earnest-Barnes and Natalie Cortese against Brad Miller, Clint Land, Chris Barnes,  Kyle Troup and Tommy Jones (shown with Carol Norman, left, and Donna Conners, right). The “Beasts” won the first two games, 198-188 and 190-181, and game four, 216-192. But the “Beauties,” with 223-199 and 223-204 wins in games three and five, created a 1,007-1,007 tie. In the one-game roll-off concluding the live stream coverage by PBA Xtra Frame on FloBowling, the “Beasts” won, 225-197, to claim the $5,000 first prize.

HAUGEN HOLDS BIG LEAD AS PBA50 PLAYER OF YEAR RACE ENTERS FINAL TWO EVENTS

With the PBA50 Security Federal Savings Bank Championship, presented by Track, in the books, two events remain on the PBA Xtra Frame on FloBowling schedule to decide the 2018 PBA50 Player of the Year race plus 12 berths in a new end-of-season PBA50 Storm Invitational that will be held at Planet Fun Bowling and Entertainment Center in Shallotte, N.C., Sept. 28-30.

The Player of the Year race, based on competition points, concludes with the PBA50 Dave Small’s Championship Lanes Classic, presented by Roto Grip, in Anderson, Ind., Aug. 4-7, and the PBA50 Cup, presented by DV8, from Wyoming, Mich., Aug. 9-12. Heading into Anderson, Michael Haugen Jr. continues to lead the race with 25,998 points, more than 6,000 ahead of Kokomo winner Norm Duke (19,734). A PBA50 Tour player can earn a maximum of 5,000 points in a standard event (Anderson, Ind.) and up to 7,500 in a major (Wyoming, Mich.), so Duke would need a big finish and some help in order to overtake Haugen, the 2017 PBA50 Rookie of the Year.

Others in the top 12 in points as of today are Ron Mohr (17,817), Walter Ray Williams Jr. (17,207), Brian Kretzer (16,201), Lennie Boresch Jr. (15,235), Ryan Shafer (14,294), Bob Learn Jr. (12,525), Parker Bohn III (12,093), Amleto Monacelli (11,054), Chris Warren (9,302) and, in 12th place, Pete Weber (9,261). Also in the top 12 hunt are Brian Voss (8,750) and Harry Sullins (8,724).

The PBA50 Storm Invitational will feature a field of 14 including two invitational spots to be decided later. The special event offers a $10,000 first prize. To follow the Player of the Year and PBA50 Storm Invitational points races, click here: https://www.pba.com/SeasonStats/Points/130.

“Bonus coverage” on Xtra Frame will also include the PBA60 Dick Weber Championship for players 60 and older, presented by 900 Global, at Pro Bowl West in Fort Wayne, Ind., Aug. 14-16.

The PBA Xtra Frame Tour resumes Aug. 17-19 with the 10th anniversary Gene Carter’s Pro Shop Classic at Mid-County Lanes in Middletown, Del., followed by the Kenn-Feld Group Classic at Pla-Mor Lanes in Coldwater, Ohio, Aug. 24-26. PBA Tour titles will be at stake in both exclusive PBA Xtra Frame Tour events.

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

USBC/BPAA ANNOUNCE CHANGES FOR 2018 U.S. OPEN

The U.S. Open, the final major championship on the 2018 Go Bowling! PBA Tour schedule, will include some notable breaks from tradition when it takes place Oct. 24-31 at Northrock Lanes in Wichita, Kan.

● This year’s U.S. Open will use four different lane conditioning patterns for qualifying and match play, with a fresh application of oil planned before each squad. The oil patterns will be posted before the start of the official practice sessions.

● All players will be limited to a maximum of 10 bowling balls for qualifying which must be listed on an equipment registration form before A Squad begins its first round of competition. Players will be able to make changes to their ball registration cards prior to the cashers round and stepladder finals.

● The tournament will be limited to a field of 144 players. Warmup lanes will be designated for 20 minutes of use prior to each round, but at the start of competition, players will be limited to one warmup ball on each of their starting lanes.

● The U.S. Open will use its traditional format: three eight-game qualifying rounds for all players, a cashers round for the top 36 after 24 games, and three eight-game round robin match play rounds leading to the five-man stepladder finals airing live on CBS Sports Network on Wednesday, Oct. 31.

Visit BOWL.com/USOpen for the complete rules and to see how bowlers qualify for the event.

PBA REGIONAL UPDATE: ROOKIE DIMARTINO WINS INAUGURAL NED MICELLI MEMORIAL

Steven DiMartino of Upper Saddle River, N.J., bowling in his first PBA regional event as a member, compiled a 5-2-1 match play record and a 15-game total of 3,352 pins to win the PBA50 Ned Micelli Memorial at Herrill Lanes Saturday by 49 pins over reigning PBA50 East Region Player of the Year Ray Edwards of Middle Island, N.Y.

DiMartino, who bowled in a handful of events as a non-member prior to joining in February, qualified for the match play finals in 10th position. He then rolled games of 256, 255, 232, 229, 170, 215, and 228 prior to the final position round match where he tied Edwards at 224-224 to split the 30 bonus pins awarded for match play wins, but it was enough to secure the victory and the $1,500 first prize. Edwards earned $800 as the runner-up.

The event, which was new to the PBA East Region, was organized by PBA member Glenn Smith of New York to honor Ned Micelli, a long-time fellow competitor. Micelli, who died in July 2017, competed well into his 80s throughout the Long Island area.

● Kicking off the August PBA Regional calendar this week will be the PBA50 Progressive/Gerdeman Insurance Agency/Al Smith Chrysler/Dodge/Jeep Central/Midwest Classic at Al-Mar Colonial Lanes in Bowling Green, Ohio; the Bowlers Supply/Storm Open at Colony Park Lanes North in York, Pa.; the Glo Bowl Midwest Open presented by 900 Global in Marengo, Ill., and the PBA50 SpareTimes Hampton South Open presented by Radical in Hampton, Va.

● The Aug. 10-12 PBA Regional schedule will include the AMF Western Branch South Open presented by Hammer in Chesapeake, Va.; the annual Tony Reyes Memorial West/Northwest Member/Non-Member Doubles at Fourth Street Bowl in San Jose, Calif., and the Greater Richmond Central Open at Richmond 40 Bowl in Richmond, Ind.

● On tap over the Aug. 17-19 weekend will be the Emerald Bowl Southwest Challenge presented by Track and Bowling Dynamix for non-PBA title winners in Houston, Texas; the Dave Husted Northwest/West Open presented by MOTIV at Husted’s Milwaukie Bowl in Milwaukie, Ore., and the Sunday-only BowlerX.com Midwest Challenge for non-titlists at Strike N Spare II in Lockport, Ill.

● PBA’s Japan Region will hold the DHC Chameleon Open and Women’s Chameleon Open Aug. 25-26 in Nagano, Japan.

● Labor Day weekend will include the PBA60 Wilson & Sons Pest Control Super Senior Open and the PBA50 Mooresville South Open presented by Columbia 300 at George Pappas’ Victory Lanes in Mooresville, N.C.; the PBA50 Hammer/Strike Zone Alleys Open in Pottsville, Pa., and the annual Illinois Valley Midwest/Central Open presented by Ebonite at Illinois Valley Super Bowl in Peru, Ill.

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

QUICK NOTES

● The PBA has advised its members that the PBA will comply with new United States Bowling Congress bowling ball specifications and timelines as announced by USBC in late June. The specs and timelines are effective as of today (Aug. 1, 2018). For a complete explanation of the specifications and timelines, click here: https://www.bowl.com/News/NewsDetails.aspx?id=23622331380

● The PBA has learned of the late June death of PBA50 competitor John Bennett (at left), a Detroit area native who was living in The Villages, Fla., at the time of his death after a lengthy battle with ALS. The two-time PBA50 Tour titlist was 70.

● Check out the new PBA-logoed products at the PBA Store: http://pba.firelakedesigns.com/.

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