2017 PBA50 Tour Western Swing Begins With Northern California Classic May 28-31

by Jerry Schneider May 24, 2017 11:39

After a one-week break, the PBA50 Tour heads west for the PBA50 Northern California Classic presented by MOTIV May 28-31 at Harvest Park Bowl in Brentwood, Calif.

The sixth stop of the season will be covered live from start to finish on PBA’s online bowling channel Xtra Frame.

As the PBA50 Tour reaches the halfway mark for 2017, Brian LeClair of Delmar, N.Y., tops the PBA50 Player of the Year race with the help of his two wins which came in the Pasco County Florida Open and Johnny Petraglia BVL Open. He is the season’s only multiple winner.

LeClair holds a commanding lead over last week’s PBA50 Miller Lite Players Championship winner Bryan Goebel of Shawnee, Kan., in second. Goebel, who was inducted into the PBA Hall of Fame in February of this year, won his first PBA50 Tour title in the season’s first major by defeating Parker Bohn III, 264-230, in the title match.

In last season’s Northern California Classic, Noel Vazquez of Sacramento, Calif., won his first PBA50 Tour title by beating defending PBA50 Player of the Year Pete Weber 255-224 in the title match.

Following the Northern California Classic, the PBA50 Tour heads to Las Vegas for the USBC Super Senior Classic (for players 60 and over) June 1-4; USBC Senior Masters, June 4-11, both at Sam’s Town, and the Suncoast Senior U.S. Open presented by Storm at the Suncoast Bowling Center June 11-16.

In addition to Player of the Year honors, the players who compete on PBA’s tour for players 50 and over are battling to become one of the top eight players from the points list to advance to the PBA50 segment of the PBA Challenge which will be held in conjunction with the GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling IX set for Nov. 7-19 in Reno, Nev.

Northern California Classic competition begins with the first of two eight-game qualifying rounds on Monday, May 29 at 8 a.m. PT to be followed by the second round on Tuesday, May 30. After a cashers round on Wednesday, May 31, the top 24 players will advance to match play which will determine the top five for the stepladder finals schedule for 6:30 p.m.

The practice session is scheduled from 9 a.m. – noon on Sunday, May 28 with pro-am squads scheduled for 1, 3 and 7 p.m.

For admission and pro-am entry information call Harvest Park Bowl at (925) 516-1221. For Xtra Frame subscription information visit www.xtraframe.tv.

PBA50 NORTHERN CALIFORNIA CLASSIC PRESENTED BY MOTIV SCHEDULE

Harvest Park Bowl, Brentwood, Calif. (all times Pacific)

Sunday, May 28

9 a.m. – Noon – Practice session

Pro-ams – 1, 3, 7 p.m.

Monday, May 29

8 a.m. – A squad qualifying (8 games)

1:30 p.m. – B squad qualifying (8 games)

Tuesday, May 30

8 a.m. – B squad qualifying (8 games)

1:30 p.m. – A squad qualifying (8 games)

Wednesday, May 31

8 a.m. – Cashers Round

11:30 a.m. – Match play round 1 (five games)

2:30 p.m. – Match play round 2 (six games)

Top five advance to stepladder finals

6:30 p.m. - Stepladder finals

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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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Indianapolis’ Woodland Bowl Continues Rich PBA Tradition as Host of Inaugural PBA50 Miller Lite Players Championship May 13-16

by Jerry Schneider May 10, 2017 13:31

The season’s first multiple winner, Brian LeClair of Delmar, N.Y., and a host of PBA Hall of Famers head the list of approximately 100 players ages 50 and over who will compete in the season’s first major when Woodland Bowl in Indianapolis hosts the inaugural PBA50 Miller Lite Players Championship May 13-16.

Woodland Bowl has been a longtime host of PBA Tour events and the site of some the most memorable championships in PBA history for nearly three decades, including all of the PBA Tour majors. The venue will add another chapter to that illustrious history when it hosts its first PBA50 Tour major tournament, an event that will include a number of players who wrote chapters in their own histories at Woodland Bowl as younger stars.

The entire tournament, from first ball to last, will be live streamed exclusively on PBA’s online bowling channel, Xtra Frame. To subscribe to Xtra Frame, visit xtraframe.tv.

Throughout its history Woodland Bowl has hosted more than 30 PBA Tour events. It is the only bowling center that has hosted all five PBA Tour majors, including four U.S. Opens, two PBA World Championships, two PBA Players Championships, two Tournament of Champions and, most recently, the 2016 United States Bowling Congress Masters. It also is the favorite center of PBA Hall of Famer and two-time reigning PBA50 Player of the Year Pete Weber.

Weber, a 10-time PBA50 Tour winner, is off to a slow start in the relatively young 2017 season but Woodland Bowl has been very good to the son of Indianapolis native and bowling legend Dick Weber. The late Dick Weber’s youngest son has won three of his record-tying 10 PBA Tour majors at Woodland, including the 1991 U.S. Open, 1992 Players Championship and 2013 Tournament of Champions.

In addition to Weber, other PBA50 Tour stars expected to compete in Indianapolis include PBA Hall of Famers Walter Ray Williams Jr., Tom Baker, Parker Bohn III, Dale Eagle, Bryan Goebel, Amleto Monacelli and Brian Voss, among others who have impacted the “senior tour” since reaching age 50.

LeClair, for example, won his second title of the season and third of his career when he beat two-time PBA50 Player of the Year Ron Mohr of Las Vegas, 245-195, in Tuesday’s title match of the Johnny Petraglia BVL Open presented by Brunswick. LeClair bowled in a record 433 PBA Tour events without winning a title, but has blossomed as a “senior” player. Ditto for Mohr, who never joined the PBA until he reached 50 and retired from his career as an air traffic controller in Alaska.

The other PBA50 Tour majors that will be conducted in 2017 are the USBC Senior Masters, June 4-11, and the Suncoast PBA Senior U.S. Open presented by Storm June 11-16, both in Las Vegas.

Players Championship competition begins on Sunday, May 14 at 10 a.m. EDT with the first of two eight-game qualifying rounds. Qualifying continues on Monday at 11 a.m. with second round qualifying. After 16 qualifying games, the field will be cut to the top 32 players for match play beginning Tuesday, May 16 at 9 a.m.  Match play continues with the top 16 players advancing to the second round at 2 p.m. which will determine the top five for the stepladder finals scheduled for 7 p.m.

A practice session will be held on Saturday, May 13 beginning at 9 a.m. and pro-ams are scheduled for 2, 4:30 and 7 p.m.

Spectator ticket prices are $5 for the practice session and the pro-am with an all-day pass available for $9. For qualifying on Sunday and Monday, ticket prices are $10 for each session or $15 for an all-day pass.  For Tuesday’s match play rounds, tickets are $5 for each round and $10 for the stepladder finals. An all-day pass is available on Tuesday for $15. Entry fee for the pro-am, which enables grassroots bowlers to compete with the pro stars, is $65 for adults and $50 for juniors. 

For additional ticket and pro-am entry information contact Woodland Bowl at (317) 844-4099.

PBA50 MILLER LITE PLAYERS CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE
Woodland Bowl, Indianapolis

Saturday, May 13
9 a.m. – Practice session
2, 4:30, 7 p.m. - Pro-Am Squads

Sunday, May 14
10 a.m. - A Squad qualifying (8 games)
3 p.m. - B Squad qualifying (8 games)

Monday, May 15
11 a.m. - B Squad qualifying (8 games)
4 p.m. – A Squad qualifying (8 games
Top 32 after 16 games advance to match play

Tuesday, May 16
9 a.m. - Match Play Round One (8 games)
Top 16 after 24 games advance to Match Play Round Two
2 p.m. - Match Play Round Two (8 games)

Top 5 bowlers advance to stepladder final

7 p.m.  – Stepladder finals

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