FloBowling PBA Summer Swing Returns to Illinois for Pivotal Tripleheader

by Jerry Schneider August 20, 2019 08:46

AURORA, Ill. – The Professional Bowlers Association returns to Parkside Lanes for a week-long, three-event series in late August, the finale to the FloBowling PBA Summer Tour that will award three PBA Tour titles and decide three important competition points races.

The FloBowling PBA Summer Swing, presented by the Brands of Ebonite International, will be livestreamed in its entirety by the PBA’s online streaming partner, FloBowling, which made its debut in Aurora in 2018. The tournament program has again been orchestrated by 13-time PBA Tour champion Sean Rash, an Aurora area resident.

The Summer Swing – a part of the 2019 Go Bowling! PBA Tour – will include the PBA Wolf, Bear and Illinois Open title events, each presenting a distinct lane conditioning challenge.

The Wolf Open will be contested on the PBA Wolf 32 oiling pattern featuring a 32-foot application of oil. The Wolf Open will include 14 qualifying games Monday and Tuesday, Aug. 26-27, plus a six-game cashers round for the top 18 cashers. The top five after 20 games will advance to the stepladder finals on Tuesday at 8:30 p.m. CT. Two-hander Anthony Simonsen of Little Elm, Texas, is defending champion.

The same format will apply to the PBA Bear Open Wednesday and Thursday, Aug. 28-29, except the players will bowl on the PBA Bear 41 oiling pattern. The FloBowling stepladder finals will be held on Thursday at 8:30 p.m. EJ Tackett of Bluffton, Indiana, won the 2018 Bear Open title.

The Summer Swing concludes with the PBA Illinois Open on Friday and Saturday, Aug. 30-31, featuring the top 24 players based on 28 combined games of Wolf and Bear qualifying totals. Those 24 will bowl three eight-game round-robin match play rounds with 52-game pinfall totals deciding the top five for the Illinois Open stepladder finals at 3:30 p.m. Saturday. The challenge in the Illinois Open involves coping with the Wolf 32 pattern on one lane and the Bear 41 on the other. England’s Stuart Williams won the 2018 Tulsa Open, an almost identical event held in Oklahoma.

In addition to titles in each event, the Wolf, Bear and Illinois Open tournaments – the seventh, eighth and final events in the nine-event Summer Tour – will award competition points that will decide the five players who will earn bonus cash in the USBC Cup series ($20,000 first place), the eight players who will receive invitations to participate in the inaugural FloBowling ATX Invite at Dart Bowl in FloBowling’s home city, Austin, Texas, on Saturday, Sept. 21 ($25,000 first prize) , and the eight bowlers who will win expenses-paid trips to participate in the PBA China Tiger Cup, Nov. 19-21, in Shanghai ($20,000 first prize). Fans can follow the points races throughout the summer at this link: https://www.pba.com/SeasonStats/PointsLists/132.

If titles, points and prize money aren’t enough, don’t forget the Aurora series may also play a key role in the 2019 PBA Player and Rookie of the Year races.

As expected, the FloBowling PBA Summer Swing has attracted a world-class field of PBA stars from around the world, including PBA Hall of Famers, PBA Tour champions and rising stars who are beginning to build their careers.

The event will also include special features such as a golf day for PBA players (Aug. 24) plus a free youth instructional clinic involving many of the PBA stars (noon on Aug. 25).

For continuing information about these and other PBA events, follow the PBA on pba.com and PBA’s home pages on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For FloBowling subscriptions, visit FloBowling.com. Additional Summer Swing information can also be obtained by calling Parkside Lanes at (630) 898-5678.

presented by the Brands of Ebonite International
(A 2019 Go Bowling! PBA Tour event)
Parkside Lanes, Aurora, Ill., Aug. 24-31 (All times Central)

Saturday, Aug. 24
8 a.m. – Golf outing
1 p.m. – Pre-Tournament Qualifier (PTQ), 8 games
6 p.m. - Pro-am

Sunday, Aug. 25
Noon – Free youth clinic
5 p.m. – Official tournament practice session

Monday, Aug. 26
3:30 p.m. – PBA Wolf Open qualifying, 8 games

Tuesday, Aug. 27
Noon – PBA Wolf Open qualifying, 6 games
            Top 18 after 14 games advance to Wolf Open cashers round

5 p.m. – PBA Wolf Open cashers round, 6 games
            Top 5 after 20 games advance to Wolf Open stepladder finals

8:30 p.m. – Top 5, PBA Wolf Open stepladder finals

Wednesday, Aug. 28
3:30 p.m. – PBA Bear Open qualifying, 8 games

Thursday, Aug. 29
Noon – PBA Bear Open qualifying, 6 games
            Top 18 after 14 games advance to Bear Open cashers round; top 24 after 28 games of Wolf and Bear Open qualifying advance to Illinois Open match play

5 p.m. – PBA Bear Open cashers round, 6 games
            Top 5 after 20 games advance to Bear Open stepladder finals

8:30 p.m. – PBA Bear Open stepladder finals

Friday, Aug. 30
11 a.m. – Illinois Open round robin match play, 8 games
5 p.m. – Illinois Open round robin match play, 8 games

Saturday, Aug. 31
11 a.m. – Illinois Open round robin match play, 8 games
            Top 5 after 52 games of qualifying and match play advance to stepladder finals

3:30 p.m. – Top 5, Illinois Open stepladder finals
6 p.m. – Champions dinner

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Walter Ray Williams Jr. Returns to Winning Form on Way to Third PBA50 Player of the Year Award

by Jerry Schneider August 15, 2019 08:19

CHICAGO  – After winning his third PBA50 Player of the Year Award in his 10th season competing on the tour for players 50 and over, 59-year-old PBA Hall of Famer Walter Ray Williams Jr. sent a message that he will be a major force for some time to come competing in the “senior” ranks.

Williams, who also earned the PBA50 Player of the Year crown in 2012 and 2013, opened the 2019 season with three consecutive wins including the PBA50 National Championship for his third career PBA50 Tour major, and never had a finish worse than ninth until a 17th-place finish in the PBA50 David Small’s JAX 60 Classic, the final PBA50 event of the season.  

The all-time Go Bowling! PBA Tour titles leader with 47 wins brought his career PBA50 Tour titles count to 14 which tied him for the all-time PBA50 Tour titles lead with retired Hall of Famer John Handegard.

“Obviously, it was a really good, encouraging season,” said Williams, who owns seven Chris Schenkel PBA Player of the Year honors on the PBA Tour.  “I wasn’t always the best bowler in the field (this season) but you can’t argue with three wins and the other top finishes I had.”

Williams is among a handful of players who continue to compete on both the PBA Tour and PBA50 Tour including fellow Hall of Famers and rivals for more than three decades, Norm Duke, Pete Weber, Parker Bohn III and Amleto Monacelli. Williams’ PBA50 Player of the Year award came at what could be a crossroads for his career on the PBA Tour.

“I wasn’t pleased with how I bowled on the regular tour this season so the PBA50 Tour gave me a lift,” he said. “Bowling on the regular tour has always been enjoyable for me but last season wasn’t enjoyable. I’m not ready to retire from bowling on the PBA Tour but that’s a tough tour with all those young guys.”

So tough, in fact, that Williams has added the two-handed delivery – made famous by tour stars Jason Belmonte, Anthony Simonsen and Jesper Svensson among a growing number of others – to his arsenal. He employs the technique to be more effective primarily when he has to play an “inside” shot.”

“Basically, if I have to move way inside and throw it right, that’s when I’ll use it,” Williams said. “It’s still a work in progress but it has become a useful tool for me when the (lane) conditions warrant it.  I like the results I’ve had with it, so I’ll continue to develop it.”

One example of the effectiveness of his two-handed technique was his performance in the Suncoast PBA Senior U.S. Open where he eventually finished sixth after starting the tournament in 53rd after the first round of qualifying. He used the two-handed delivery often in qualifying and match play to negotiate the challenging Senior U.S. Open lane condition eventually finishing sixth. The fruits of his labor with the two-handed delivery paid off again when he bowled a 300 game in qualifying for the PBA50 River Extreme Open to become the first player to bowl a 300 game using a traditional and two-handed delivery in national PBA competition.

Williams led the PBA50 season with 32,480 points, more than 10,000 ahead of 2017 PBA50 Player of the Year Brian LeClair, who finished second with 22,320. Williams also led in earnings with $42,525 and was third in average with 227.48.

Three-time PBA Tour titlist Eugene McCune won the PBA50 Spectrum Lanes Open which served as a springboard to winning PBA50 Rookie of the Year honors. Bowling in just six tournaments, the 51-year-old hard-throwing right-hander, also had ninth-place finishes in the Suncoast PBA Senior U.S. Open and the JAX 60 Classic and 13th in the USBC Senior Masters that contributed to his 11,070 point total leading rookie contenders. 

Ron Mohr action 1PBA Hall of Famer Ron Mohr once again dominated competition among players 60 years of age and older to win his fourth consecutive PBA60 Player of the Year Award.

The 63-year-old right-hander won the PBA50 David Small’s Championship Lanes Classic for his 11th career PBA50 Tour title and had a string of six top-five finishes in PBA50/60 tournaments plus a sixth-place finish in the PBA60 Dick Weber Championship to end the season.

“It’s been an unbelievable year, “said Mohr, a two-time PBA60 titlist who is the only player to win more than one PBA60 tournament since the category began in 2014. “I don’t recall ever being on a stretch where I’ve bowled that consistently well.

“I believe I have some good years left but what does concern me – like every athlete – is the time when you’re no longer competitive and you have a decision to make. But for now, I’m still seeing the lane (condition) well and throwing the ball with confidence.  Hopefully if I continue to focus on good execution the outcome will take care of itself.”

Mohr finished the PBA50 season third in points overall behind Williams and LeClair with 20,575, ranked fifth in average 222.53 and second in earnings with $33,440.

PBA50 Tour players will have the opportunity to vote on the PBA50 Dick Weber Sportsmanship award that will be announced later.

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Andrew Anderson Tops PBA Wilmington Open Qualifying To Lead 32 Players into Wednesday’s Cashers Round

by Jerry Schneider August 13, 2019 17:53

WILMINGTON, N.C.  – Trying for his first Go Bowling! PBA Tour title of the season, 2018 PBA Player of the Year Andrew Anderson of Holly, Michigan averaged 254 for eight games Tuesday to top qualifying for the PBA Wilmington Open leading 32 players who advanced to Wednesday’s cashers round.

Anderson, a two-time PBA Tour titlist, bowled a 2,034 eight-game pinfall total at Ten Pin Family Fun Center with games of 257, 275, 268, 256, 243, 259, 218 and 258 to lead BJ Moore of Greensburg, Pennsylvania who finished the day in second 40 pins behind with 1,994.

Brad Miller of Lees Summit, Missouri, bowled back-to-back 300 games on his way to finishing third in qualifying with 1,924. After bowling 223 in the first game of the round, Miller bowled 300s in the second and third games before finishing the round with games of 237, 213, 201, 235 and 215.

Finishing the day in fourth was 10-time PBA Tour titlist Wes Malott of Pflugerville, Texas with 1,900 and PBA Harry O’Neale Chesapeake Open winner Bill O’Neill of Langhorne, Pennsylvania, rounded out the top five with 1,897.

After tying for 32nd with a 1,754 pinfall, England’s Dom Barrett beat Connor Pickford of Charlotte, North Carolina, 196-179 in a one-game roll-off to advance to the cashers round.

Competition resumes Wednesday with the four-game cashers round at 9 a.m. The top 16 after 12 games will then advance to the three-game Round of 16 at 11:30 a.m. Eight players will then advance to the two-game Round of 8 which will determine the four players for the stepladder finals at 3 p.m. All times are Eastern.

All of Wednesday’s competition will be livestreamed on FloBowling. For subscription information, visit FloBowling.com.


Ten Pin Alley Family Fun Center, Wilmington, N.C., Tuesday

Final Qualifying Standings (after 8 games; top 32 advance to cashers round Wednesday at 9 a.m. ET)

1, Andrew Anderson, Holly, Mich., 2,034.
2, BJ Moore, Greensburg, Pa., 1,994.
3, Brad Miller, Lees Summit, Mo., 1,924.
4, Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 1,900.
5, Bill O'Neill, Langhorne, Pa., 1,897.
6, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 1,895.
7, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 1,884.
8, Nick Kruml, Downers Grove, Ill., 1,873.
9, AJ Johnson, Oswego, Ill., 1,866.
10, AJ Chapman, Manchester, Iowa, 1,864.
11, JR Raymond, Clinton Twp., Mich., 1,863.
12, Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., 1,857.
13, Kyle Sherman, O'Fallon, Mo., 1,842.
14, Zeke Bayt, Westerville, Ohio, 1,831.
15, Zacharay Wilkins, Canada, 1,826.
16, Cristian Azcona, Puerto Rico, 1,821.
17, Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 1,815.
18, William Svensson, Sweden, 1,814.
19, Christopher Sloan, Ireland, 1,812.
20, Andrew Suscreba, Clifton, N.J., 1,795.
21, Michael Davidson, Versailles, Ohio, 1,794.
22, EJ Tackett, Bluffton, Ind., 1,793.
23, Tom Daugherty, Riverview, Fla., 1,788.
24, Stuart Williams, England, 1,785.
25, Andres Gomez, Colombia, 1,779.
26, Nicholas Pate, Inver Grove Heights, Minn., 1,776.
27, Jeff Beasley, Angier, N.C., 1,774.
28, Mike Coffey, Melbourne, Fla., 1,773.
29, Greg Ostrander, Brick, N.J., 1,772.
30, Osku Palermaa, Finland, 1,767.
31, Josh Blanchard, Mesa, Ariz., 1,755.
*32, Dom Barrett, England, 1,754

*Barrett def. Connor Pickford 196-179 in one-game roll-off to advance to cashers round

Failed to advance:
33, Connor Pickford, Charlotte, N.C., 1,754.
34, Michael Martell, Brooklyn, N.Y., 1,753.
35, Tim Pfeifer, Oakdale, Pa., 1,749.
36, Darren Tang, Las Vegas, 1,748.
37, Kristopher Prather, Plainfield, Ill., 1,747.
38, (tie) Chris Polizzi, Spring Hill, Fla., and Thomas Larsen, Denmark, 1,744.
40, Tom Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich., 1,734.
41, Kyle Troup, Taylorsville, N.C., 1,730.
42, Michael Tang, Johnstown, Ohio, 1,728.
43, Kamron Doyle, Brentwood, Tenn., 1,727.
44, Trevor Roberts, Crystal River, Fla., 1,726.
45, Graham Fach, Urbana, Ohio, 1,719.
46, Francois Louw, South Africa, 1,716.
47, Jason Sterner, Rochester, N.Y., 1,713.
48, Brandon Curtis, Manson, N.C., 1,704.
49, Devin Bidwell, Wichita, Kan., 1,694.
50, Jesper Svensson, Sweden, 1,689.
51, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., 1,688.
52, Andrew Cain, Phoenix, 1,681.
53, Cody Mullis, Crystal River, Fla., 1,680.
54, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 1,676.
55, Shawn Maldonado, Houston, 1,672.
56, Anthony Simonsen, Little Elm, Texas, 1,669.
57, Jakob Butturff, Tempe, Ariz., 1,663.
58, Kevin Fischer, Winter Park, Fla., 1,661.
59, Tyler Troup, Taylorsville, N.C., 1,660.
60, Brian Robinson, Morgantown, W.Va., 1,651.
61, (tie) Patrick Hanrahan, Wichita, Kan., and Jake Rollins, Glen Rock, N.J., 1,647.
63, Mykel Holliman, Collierville, Tenn., 1,645.
64, Richard Teece, England, 1,641.
65, Roy Davis, Lumberton, N.C., 1,639.
66, Tom Sorce, Blasdell, N.Y., 1,636.
67, Greg Young, Viera, Fla., 1,635.
68, Sam Cooley, Australia, 1,631.
69, Zac Tackett, Huntington, Ind., 1,630.
70, Dick Allen, Lexington, S.C., 1,626.
71, Russ Oviatt, Chandler, Ariz., 1,624.
72, Nate Garcia, Port St. Lucie, Fla., 1,623.
73, Matt Sanders, Evansville, Ind., 1,604.
74, Oskar Wirefeldt, Sweden, 1,603.
75, Matt Kuba, Chicago Ridge, Ill., 1,585.
76, Pontus Andersson, Sweden, 1,581.
77, DJ Archer, Spring, Texas, 1,579.
78, Anthony Pepe, East Elmhurst, N.Y., 1,574.
78, Mark Tarkington, Elizabeth City, N.C., 1,574.
80, Brett Spangler, Niles, Ohio, 1,573.
81, Kenneth Ryan, Farmingdale, N.J., 1,571.
82, James Grago, Hampstead, N.C., 1,563.
83, Chris Arcaro, Wilmington, N.C., 1,550.
84, Leon Platt, Summerville, S.C., 1,546.
85, Chris Via, Springfield, Ohio, 1,531.
86, Victor Florie Jr., Richmond, Va., 1,525.
87, Anthony Lavery-Spahr, Pasadena, Texas, 1,521.
88, Jason Couch, Clermont, Fla., 1,506.
89, Cody Shoemaker, Hanover, Pa., 1,490.
90, n-Thomas Wall II, Fayetteville, N.C., 1,480.
91, Sean Connolly, Apopka, Fla., 1,478.
92, Joseph Grago, Hampstead, N.C., 1,473.
93, Stephen Hahn, Sterling, Va., 1,448.
94, Leonardo Apollonia, Raleigh, N.C., 1,445.
95, Louis Carrai, Wilmington, N.C., 1,420.
96, n-John Horsley, Leland, N.C., 1,175.

300 games – Brad Miller (2), Kris Prather, Cristian Azcona,

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Mark Williams Wins PBA60 Dick Weber Championship for First PBA60 Title

by Jerry Schneider August 9, 2019 12:11

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Seven-time Go Bowling! PBA Tour and three-time PBA50 Tour titlist Mark Williams defeated Rick Minier 177-175 in the title match to win the PBA60 Dick Weber Championship presented by DeHayes Insurance Group and 900 Global Friday at Pro Bowl West for his first PBA60 title.

In the final tournament of the 2019 PBA50/60 season and third event for players 60 and over, both Williams and Minier struggled in the title match with three open frames each. Minier’s most costly open came in the ninth when he left a 7-10 split.

Williams, who was the top seed for the stepladder finals, was working on a double heading into the 10th frame but got a scare when he left the 2-10 split after a light hit on his first shot of the frame. The resulting eight-count turned out to be enough to win the match.

“I knew I needed eight to be safe but it turned out I was lucky to get it,” the 61-year-old PBA Hall of Famer said. “I got the ball a little wide and it didn’t hook back like I thought it would. Sometimes you need breaks to win and I guess that was the one I needed.”

The low-scoring title match came as a surprise to Williams after a relatively high-scoring semifinal match in which Minier, the No. 2 seed for the finals, beat No. 5 seed Hall of Famer Brian Voss 279-228.

“I think the conditions really changed and caught both of us by surprise,” Williams said of the title match. “The way those guys were bowling I thought it would take 220 or 230 at least to win. I would have never thought that the (title) match would have been below 200.”

The stepladder finals started with Voss, trying for his second consecutive PBA60 title after winning the David Small’s JAX 60 National Championship Monday, beating No. 4 seed Jerry Sikora, who finished third in the JAX 60 National Championship, 246-226. Voss then went on to beat Emilio Mora 246-169 in the second stepladder match to advance to the semifinal.

Mora, trying for his first “senior” title, made a remarkable run to earn the No. 3 seed for the finals posting an 11-1 record in match play.

Defending champion and Fort Wayne native Ron Mohr, finished sixth ending his streak of six consecutive PBA50/60 tournament top-five finishes. The four-time and reigning PBA60 Player of the Year missed the stepladder final after losing his position round match to Mora 191-177.


Presented by DeHayes Insurance Group and 900 Global
Pro Bowl West, Fort Wayne, Ind., Friday

Final Standings:

1, Mark Williams, Beaumont, Texas, $7,500.

2, Rick Minier, Houston, $4,000.

3, Brian Voss, Centennial, Colo., $2,500.

4, Emilio Mora Sr., Defiance, Ohio, $2,000.

5, Jerry Sikora, Lake Havasu, Ariz., $1,750.

Stepladder Results:

Match One – Voss def. Sikora, 246-226.

Match Two – Voss def. Mora, 246-169.

Semifinal Match – Minier def. Voss, 279-228

Championship Match – Williams def. Minier, 177-175.

FOURTH ROUND RESULTS (includes match play record, 26-game pinfall totals, including match play bonus pins. Top five advance to stepladder finals)

1, Mark Williams, Beaumont, Texas, 8-4, 6,109.
2, Rick Minier, Houston, 8-4, 6,002.
3, Emilio Mora Sr., Defiance, Ohio, 11-1, 5,913
4, Jerry Sikora, Lake Havasu, Ariz., 7-5, 5,905
5, Brian Voss, Centennial, Colo., 9-3, 5,896.
6, Ron Mohr, Las Vegas, 5-7, 5,849, $1,500.
7, Sammy Ventura, Syracuse, N.Y., 6-6, 5,829, $1,450.
8, Darryl Bower, Middletown, Pa., 8-4, 5,807, $1,425.
9, Christopher Keane, Cape Coral, Fla., 7-5, 5,806, $1,400.
10, David Axon, Bellevue, Neb., 4-8, 5,785, $1,375.
11, Bob Caruso, Dayton, N.J., 9-3, 5,767, $1,350.
12, Jeff Bellinger, Columbia, S.C., 7-5, 5,731, $1,325.
13, Lee Brosius, Ashburn, Va., 7-5, 5,727, $1,300.
14, Mike Dias, Lafayette, Colo., 7-5, 5,695, $1,275.
15, Toby Contreras, Lee's Summit, Mo., 5-7, 5,681, $1,250.
16, Edward Silva, Manteca, Calif., 7-5, 5,662, $1,225.
17, John Dudak, Orland Park, Ill., 4-8, 5,657, $1,200.
18, Dale Csuhta, Wadsworth, Ohio, 4-8, 5,652, $1,190.
19, Don Blatchford, Santa Monica, Calif., 4-8, 5,649, $1,180.
20, Bill Henson, Westerville, Ohio, 6-6, 5,635, $1,170.
21, Tommy Kress, Rochester, N.Y., 7-5, 5,630, $1,160.
22, n-Leroy Johnson, Chicago, 7-5, 5,629, $1,150.
23, Mitchell Vernon, Olympia, Wash., 5-7, 5,628, $1,145.
24, James Storts, Westfield, Ind., 7-5, 5,618, $1,140.
25, Mike Mineman, St Louis, 6-6, 5,586, $1,135.
26, (tie) Harry Sullins, Chesterfield Twp., Mich., 4-8, 5,574, and William Essman, Angola, Ind., 4-8, 5,574, $1,128.
28, Charlie Tapp, Kalamazoo, Mich., 4-8, 5,495, $1,120.
29, Gene Bruihl, Petaluma, Calif., 4-8, 5,488, $1,115.
30, Conn Casey, Canada, 4-8, 5,430, $1,110.
31, n-Jerome Woodfork, Rockford, Ill., 5-7, 5,368, $1,105.
32, Tom Carter, Columbus, Ohio, 2-10, 5,340, $1,100.

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Mark Williams Goes 5-1 in First Match Play Round to Take PBA60 Dick Weber Championship Lead

by Jerry Schneider August 8, 2019 18:15

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Seven-time Go Bowling! PBA Tour and three-time PBA50 Tour titlist Mark Williams of Beaumont, Texas, compiled a 5-1 match play record and averaged 230 for two rounds to take the lead in the PBA60 Dick Weber Championship presented by DeHayes Insurance Group and 900 Global Thursday at Pro Bowl West.

Williams, fifth after Wednesday’s first round and eventually taking top qualifier honors after the second round earlier Thursday, finished the day with a 4,698 20-game pinfall total including 30 bonus pins for each win in match play.

“I got off to a great start in the first round but then had three 190 games to the end the round which was pretty discouraging,” said the PBA Hall of Famer who owns two PBA Tournament of Champions titles. “The majority of the guys have been playing the outside even when the lane (condition) breaks down but I wasn’t able to do that. I started outside but it became evident that as soon as the lanes broke down, I had to have a ball with a strong surface and had to moved inside to about fourth arrow.”

After leading the first round, defending champion Ron Mohr found the going tougher Thursday dropping to as low as 11th but then recovered to finish the day in seventh with a 2-4 record and 4,444 pinfall. The four-time and reigning PBA60 Player of the Year, who is a native of Fort Wayne, is on a string of six consecutive top-five PBA50/60 finishes including a win in the recent PBA50 David Small’s Championship Lanes Classic.

The next three players in the standings also benefited from 5-1 records in match play. Rick Minier of Houston finished the day in second with 4,605, followed by Emilio Mora, Defiance, Ohio, 4,513, and two-time PBA50 Dick Weber Sportsmanship award winner Chris Keane, Cape Coral, Florida, 4,487. Rounding out the top five was Sammy Ventura of Syracuse, New York (3-3), 4,479.

PBA60 David Small’s JAX 60 National Championship winner Brian Voss made a big surge coming all the way from 51st after the first round to ninth with a 4,436 pinfall heading into Friday morning’s second match play round. The Hall of Famer had a 4-2 record in Thursday’s match play round.

Tom Carter, who finished the day in 21st, bowled the only 300 game of the tournament thus far which came in the first game of the second qualifying round.

The 32 players in the match play field will bowl the second match play round Friday at 8:30 a.m. ET. The top five players after match play will advance to the stepladder finals at noon.

Fans can catch all the final day action of the last tournament of the PBA50/60 Tour season via PBA’s online streaming partner FloBowling. For subscription information visit www.flobowling.com.


Presented by DeHayes Insurance Group and 900 Global

Pro Bowl West, Fort Wayne, Ind., Thursday

THIRD ROUND RESULTS (after 20 games. Includes match play record and total pinfall including match play bonus pins. All 32 players advance to Friday morning’s second match play round)

1, Mark Williams, Beaumont, Texas, 5-1-0, 4,698.
2, Rick Minier, Houston, 5-1-0, 4,605.
3, Emilio Mora, Defiance, Ohio, 5-1-0, 4,513.
4, Chris Keane, Cape Coral, Fla., 5-1-0, 4,487.
5, Sammy Ventura, Syracuse, N.Y., 3-3-0, 4,479.
6, Darryl Bower, Middletown, Pa., 5-1-0, 4,462.
7, Ron Mohr, Las Vegas, 2-4-0, 4,444.
8, David Axon, Bellevue, Neb., 2-4-0, 4,440.
9, Brian Voss, Centennial, Colo., 4-2-0, 4,436.
10, Bill Henson, Westerville, Ohio, 4-2-0, 4,415.
11, Bob Caruso, Dayton, N.J., 5-1-0, 4,413.
12, Jerry Sikora, Lake Havasu, AZ, 3-3-0, 4,402.
13, Mike Dias, Lafayette, Colo., 4-2-0, 4,401.
14, Toby Contreras, Lee's Summit, Mo., 3-3-0, 4,400.
15, n-William Essman, Angola, Ind., 3-3-0, 4,352.
16, Jeff Bellinger, Columbia, S.C., 3-3-0, 4,319.
17, Mike Mineman, St Louis, 4-2-0, 4,309.
18, n-Leroy Johnson, Chicago, 4-2-0, 4,301.
19, Don Blatchford, Santa Monica, Calif., 1-5-0, 4,293.
20, Gene Bruihl, Petaluma, Calif., 3-3-0, 4,282.
21, Tom Carter, Columbus, Ohio, 2-4-0, 4,268.
22, Edward Silva, Manteca, Calif., 3-3-0, 4,265.
23, James Storts, Westfield, Ind., 4-2-0, 4,229.
24, Mitchell Vernon, Olympia, Wash., 1-5-0, 4,226.
25, Tommy Kress, Rochester, N.Y., 3-3-0, 4,219.
26, Charlie Tapp, Kalamazoo, Mich., 2-4-0, 4,214.
27, Dale Csuhta, Wadsworth, Ohio, 1-5-0, 4,211.
28, Lee Brosius, Ashburn, Va., 2-4-0, 4,186.
29, Harry Sullins, Chesterfield Twp., Mich., 1-5-0, 4,180.
30, John Dudak, Orland Park, Ill., 1-5-0, 4,161.
31, Conn Casey, Canada, 1-5-0, 4,143.
32, n-Jerome Woodfork, Rockford, Ill., 2-4-0, 4,067.

SECOND ROUND RESULTS (after 14 games. Top 32 advance to first match play round)

1, Mark Williams, Beaumont, Texas, 3,188.
2, Ron Mohr, Las Vegas, 3,176.
3, Rick Minier, Houston, 3,164.
4, Sammy Ventura, Syracuse, N.Y., 3,154.
5, David Axon, Bellevue, Neb., 3,113.
6, Toby Contreras, Lee's Summit, Mo., 3,079.
7, Emilio Mora Sr., Defiance, Ohio, 3,070.
8, Mitchell Vernon, Olympia, Wash., 3,068.
9, Tom Carter, Columbus, Ohio, 3,067.
10, Darryl Bower, Middletown, Pa., 3,064.
11, Bill Henson, Westerville, Ohio, 3,024.
12, Harry Sullins, Chesterfield Twp., Mich., 3,017.
13, n-William Essman, Angola, Ind., 3,013.
14, (tie) Brian Voss, Centennial, Colo., John Dudak, Orland Park, Ill., and Mike Dias, Lafayette, Colo., 3,005.
17, Edward Silva, Manteca, Calif., 2,996.
18, Christopher Keane, Cape Coral, Fla., 2,995.
19, Jeff Bellinger, Columbia, S.C., 2,980.
20, Charlie Tapp, Kalamazoo, Mich., 2,972.
21, Mike Mineman, St Louis, 2,964.
22, Jerry Sikora, Lake Havasu, Ariz., 2,961.
23, Bob Caruso, Dayton, N.J., 2,956.
24, Don Blatchford, Santa Monica, Calif., 2,953.
25, Gene Bruihl, Petaluma, Calif., 2,945.
26, (tie) Dale Csuhta, Wadsworth, Ohio, and n-Leroy Johnson, Chicago, 2,935.
28, Lee Brosius, Ashburn, Va., 2,931.
29, Tommy Kress, Rochester, N.Y., 2,929.
30, n-Jerome Woodfork, Rockford, Ill., 2,923.
31, James Storts, Westfield, Ind., 2,914.
32, Conn Casey, Canada, 2,899.

Did not advance:
33, n-Timothy Kauble, Marion, Ohio, 2,897.
34, Tom Baker, King, N.C., 2,892.
35, n-George Phillips, Centreville, Mich., 2,887.
36, William Peters, Dayton, Ohio, 2,882.
37, Bill Neumann, Rensselaer, N.Y., 2,881.
38, n-Gary Kresse, Chandler, Ariz., 2,878.
39, Mike Hastings, Millsboro, Del., 2,876.
40, n-Earl Bell, Troy, Tenn., 2,865.
41, (tie) Jim Heintz, St. Charles, Mo., and Lance Lorfeld, University Place, Wash., 2,863.
43, John DiSantis, Wilmington, Del., 2,860.
44, Michael Tweed Sr., Camp Hill, Pa., 2,854.
45, Marc Lineberry, Camanche, Iowa, 2,852.
46, Mark Everette, Aliquippa, Pa., 2,851.
47, Gary Kammes, Winfield, Ill., 2,849.
48, Henry Dawson, Elma, Wash., 2,842.
49, Richard Hunt, Valparaiso, Ind., 2,838.
50, Mike Moore, Marietta, Ohio, 2,833.
51, Joe Salvemini, Colorado Springs, Colo., 2,831.
52, Greg McMahan, Dandridge, Tenn., 2,827.
53, Lyle Zikes, Arlington Heights, Ill., 2,826.
54, Johnny Petraglia, Jackson, N.J., 2,820.
55, Julius Mickel, Omaha, Neb., 2,815.
56, Ted Staikoff, Black Hawk, S.D., 2,813.
57, Dave Bernhardt, Romeo, Mich., 2,810.
58, Gary Reh, Fort Mohave, Ariz., 2,809.
59, Bruce Hall, Westborough, Mass., 2,800.
60, Kevin Foley, Reno, Nev., 2,796.
61, Jim Dilyard, Burbank, Ohio, 2,783.
62, Bill Sell, Menasha, Wis., 2,782.
63, (tie) Galen Keas, Alda, Neb., and Dave Flemming, Fairborn, Ohio, 2,778.
65, Kurt Gengelbach, Lewisville, Texas, 2,766.
66, Paul Mielens, Menomonie, Wis., 2,757.
67, n-Dick Selgo, Archbold, Ohio, 2,754.
68, n-Peter Minaudo, Chesterfield, Mich., 2,749.
69, Michael Lucente, Warren, Mich., 2,745.
70, Brendan Bierch, Grafton, Mass., 2,743.
71, Chuck Richardson, The Villages, Fla., 2,741.
72, Jim Price, Harrrisburg, N.C., 2,732.
73, Greg Scheetz, Scottsdale, Ariz., 2,727.
74, Steve Bova, Massapequa, N.Y., 2,712.
75, n-Andrew Bizub, Huber Heights, Ohio, 2,711.
76, Tom Howison, Chillicothe, Ohio, 2,695.
77, Ron Boroff, Mansfield, Texas, 2,693.
78, Charlie Tomey, Spartanburg, S.C., 2,687.
79, n-Barry Gilitiuk, Mesa, Ariz., 2,668.
80, Don Lane, San Francisco, 2,667.
81, Pete Bryan, Laurel, Del., 2,656.
82, Brian Miller, Springfield, Ohio, 2,638.
83, Terry Metzner, Kentwood, Mich., 2,627.
84, n-Mike Haggerty, Montrose, Mich., 2,605.
85, Dave Dunphy, Canada, 2,582.
86, Larry Graybeal, Elizabethton, Tenn., 2,581.
87, Dale Holgate, Peninsula, Ohio, 2,579.
88, n-Jay Young, Pemberville, Ohio, 2,578.
89, Ken Waters, Kingsport, Tenn., 2,577.
90, Michael Chrzanowski, Shepherd, Mich., 2,566.
91, Glen Nakagawa, Highland Village, Texas, 2,547.
92, n-Roland Wright, Christianburg, Vir., 2,520.
93, Dennis Lane, Kingsport, Tenn., 2,517.
94, Ron Glick, Morganville, N.J., 2,454.
95, Lucien Casagrande, Canada, 2,449.
96, James Souder, Greeneville, Tenn., 2,366.
97, Bob Chamberlain, The Villages, Fla., 1,367.
98, n-Mostafa Nejatbakhsh, Canada, 1,263.

300 game – Tom Carter

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