PBA50 Tour Veteran Ted Staikoff Named 2017 PBA50 Dick Weber Sportsmanship Award Winner

by Jerry Schneider September 11, 2017 09:34

Ted Staikoff of Black Hawk, S.D., a competitor on the PBA50 Tour for 20 seasons, was selected by his fellow competitors as the winner of the 2017 PBA50 Dick Weber Sportsmanship Award.

“When John (PBA50 Tour Director John Weber) called to tell me I won the award, I said, are you kidding?,” a surprised Staikoff said. “It’s quite an honor to receive an award with that name on it—probably the top honor of my career.”

Staikoff, who will turn 70 in November, is still competitive on the tour for players 50 and older. In 2017, he had a best finish of 11th in the Suncoast PBA Senior U.S. Open, matching his previous best finish in a major (2007 Senior U.S. Open). His career-best finish overall is fourth which he accomplished twice in 2004.

Ted Staikoff - Copy - Copy“I feel like I’m bowling better now than when I was younger,” said Staikoff, who is a retired lieutenant colonel in the South Dakota Army National Guard. “What makes it special for me is to see the great young bowlers – or young-old bowlers as I call them – come out to bowl on the senior tour and then have the opportunity to bowl against them.”

Staikoff got off to a slow start this season with finishes of 110th and 130th in the first two tournaments but thanks to some help from fellow competitors Bob Learn Jr. and Tom Carter, was able to turn his season around.

“Another thing that makes it so enjoyable to bowl out here is the help you get from the other guys,” he said. “Bob and Tom noticed that I needed to get the ball down on the lane sooner and stop muscling the ball. They found a problem with my arm swing and worked with me to correct it, and as a result I had some better finishes later in the season.”

In addition to his 11th-place Senior U.S. Open finish, Staikoff also finished 14th in the PBA50 South Shore Open in Hammond, Ind. He also finished 11th in the Super Senior Classic for players 60 and older.

“As long as I’m competitive I’ll keep going,” said the two-time PBA50 regional winner. “It’s an opportunity to bowl against some great bowlers and make a lot of friends along the way and you can’t ask for much more than that.”

The Dick Weber Sportsmanship Award is named after the late PBA Hall of Fame legend, who won 30 PBA Tour and six PBA50 Tour titles among his many accomplishments in the sport.

History of PBA50 Dick Weber Sportsmanship Award Winners

2017 – Ted Staikoff

2016 – Kerry Fulford

2015 - Tom Carter

2014 - Chris Keane

2013 - Robert Harvey

2012 - Dave Soutar

2011 - Ray Randall

2010 - Robert Harvey

2009 - Larry Graybeal

2008 - Fred Baldwin

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Ohio’s Chris Via Takes First Round Lead In Xtra Frame Kenn-Feld Group Classic; Tackett Takes Storm Cup

by Jerry Schneider August 26, 2017 22:14

In a tournament that is putting a player’s ability to navigate demanding lane conditions to the test, Team USA member and one-time PBA regional winner Chris Via of Springfield, Ohio, seemed to have found the key to success averaging 221 to lead the first round of the PBA Xtra Frame Kenn-Feld Group Classic, the final event of the 2017 PBA Xtra Frame Storm Cup series.

Reigning PBA Player of the Year EJ Tackett of Huntington, Ind., who has led the Storm Cup points race for most of the season, qualified 17th with 1,611 which was good enough to secure the Storm Cup title and the $20,000 in bonus money that goes with the crown.

Dom Barrett, Marshall Kent and Dick Allen, who were second through fourth in the Storm Cup standings, were still in contention heading into the tournament, but all three failed to advance to Sunday’s cashers’ round handing the crown to Tackett.

Tackett, who is trying for his fourth PBA Tour win of the season, is hoping to win the Kenn-Feld Group Classic for his first win in the seven-tournament Storm Cup series.

Competing on the Tournament of Champions lane condition at Pla-Mor Lanes, Via bowled games of 221, 244, 277, 233, 223, 188, 177 and 208 for a 1,771 eight-game pinfall total to lead 32 players from the original 96-player field into Sunday’s cashers’ round.

Via finished 67 pins ahead of Joe Bailey of Wooster, Ohio in second with 1,704, and Sean Rash of Montgomery, Ohio, who won last week’s Xtra Frame Gene Carter’s Pro Shop Classic for his 12th career PBA Tour title, in third with 1,691.

Rash, who ranks fifth in Storm Cup points, can move as high as second in the standings if he can win the tournament.

After Sunday morning’s cashers’ round the field will be cut to the top 16 players for match play beginning at 12:30 p.m. EDT which will determine the top four players for the stepladder finals at 3:30 p.m.

To catch all the action on PBA’s online bowling channel click on www.xtraframe.tv for subscription and schedule information.


Pla-Mor Lanes, Coldwater, Ohio, Saturday

First Round (After eight games. Top 32 advance to Sunday’s cashers’ qualifying round)

1, Chris Via, Springfield, Ohio, 1,771.
2, Joe Bailey, Wooster, Ohio, 1,704.
3, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 1,691.
4, (tie) Michael Davidson, Versailles, Ohio, and Andrew Anderson, Holly, Mich., 1,655.
6, Rhino Page, Orlando, Fla., 1,640.
7, Jason Sterner, Rockledge, Fla., 1,633.
8, Jake Peters, Henderson, Nev., 1,629.
9, Matthew Staninger, Highland, Ind., 1,627.
10, (tie) Tom Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich., and AJ Johnson, Oswego, Ill., 1,626.
12, Brad Angelo, Lockport, N.Y., 1,625.
13, Anthony LaCaze, Melrose Park, Ill., 1,621.
14, Chris Loschetter, Avon, Ohio, 1,618.
15, (tie) Mason Brantley, Detroit, and Anthony Kennard, Wapakoneta, Ohio, 1,614.
17, EJ Tackett, Huntington, Ind., 1,611.
18, Chris Arcaro, Carolina Beach, N.C., 1,608.
19, Michael Tang, San Francisco, 1,604.
20, Darren Tang, San Francisco, 1,602.
21, (tie) Bo Goergen, Sanford, Mich., and Patrick Dombrowski, Parma, Ohio, 1,582.
23, Carleton Chambers, Detroit, 1,580.
24, Michael Clark Jr., Cleveland, Ohio, 1,571.
25, CJ Kirchner, Herrin, Ill., 1,559.
26, Dave Wodka, Beavercreek, Ohio, 1,553.
27, Graham Fach, Canada, 1,552.
28, (tie) Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., and James Hennessey, Adrian, Mich, 1,549.
30, Josh Blanchard, Mesa, Ariz, 1,546.
31, Frank Snodgrass, Center Line, Mich., 1,535.
32, (tie) J.R. Raymond, Clinton Twp., Mich., and Aaron Lorincz, Center Line, Mich., 1,533.
34, Bryan Paul, Brooklyn, N.Y., 1,524.
35, Gabriel Garcia, Port St. Lucie, Fla., 1,523.
36, Brian Kretzer, Dayton, Ohio, 1,522.
37, (tie) Michael Schlabach, Goshen, Ind., Charlie Brown Jr, Grandville, Mich., and Matthew Sanders, Evansville, Ind., 1,514.
40, Terry Rohrer, Ft. Wayne, Ind., 1,510.
41, Chris Hartung, Goshen, Ind., 1,509.
42, Tom Daugherty, Riverview, Fla., 1,502.
43, Jeff Evans, Supply, N.C., 1,501.
44, (tie) Matthew Ogle, Louisville, Ky., and Matt Kuba, Chicago Ridge, IL, 1,494.
46, Zeke Bayt, Westerville, Ohio, 1,493.
47, BJ Moore III, Greensburg, Pa., 1,490.
48, Ronnie Russell, Marion, Ind., 1,489.
49, (tie) Zachery Tackett, Huntington, Ind., and John Szczerbinski, N. Tonawanda, N.Y., 1,488.
51, Matt Taylor, Youngsville, N.C., 1,482.
52, AJ Chapman, Wichita, Kan., 1,480.
53, Tom Hess, Urbandale, Iowa, 1,477.
54, Brandon Novak, Chillicothe, Ohio, 1,474.
55, Kelly Jordon, Marion, Ohio, 1,465.
56, (tie) Kyle Troup, Taylorsville, N.C., and Kyle Mayberry, Mt. Vernon, Ohio, 1,464.
58, Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., 1,460.
59, (tie) Chandler Stevens, Archbold, Ohio; Ryan Patterson, Washington, W.Va.; David Haynes, Las Vegas; Josh Conner, Columbus, Ohio, and Craig LeMond, Jasper, Ind., 1,456.
64, Nick Kruml, Downers Grove, Ill., 1,454.
65, Dom Barrett, England, 1,451.
66, Tom Sorce, Blasdell, N.Y., 1,448.
67, (tie) Jason Lundquist, Columbus, Ohio, and Michael Jachcinski, Macomb, Mich., 1,446.
69, Andrew Klingler, Grand Rapids, Mich., 1,443.
70, Noel Vega, Noblesville, Ind., 1,438.
71, (tie) Ronnie Sparks JR, Redford, Mich., and BJ Satkowski, Jackson, Mich., 1,437.
73, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., 1,436.
74, Ryan Lakota, Shorewood, Ill., 1,414.
75, Mitch Beasley, Clarksville, Tenn., 1,397.
76, Dick Allen, Columbia, S.C., 1,384.
77, Tyler Wilds, Three Rivers, Mich., 1,382.
78, Tony Johnson, Canton, Ohio, 1,374.
79, Tommy Parker III, Bowling Green, Ohio, 1,371.
80, D.J. Rose, Ypsilanti, Mich., 1,363.
81, Matthew Burgin, Decatur, Ind., 1,361.
82, Kyle Bigelow, Troy, Ohio, 1,358.
83, Steven Arehart, Chesapeake, Va., 1,353.
84, Brandon Keirns, Marion, Ohio, 1,348.
85, Brian Robinson, Morgantown, W.Va., 1,333.
86, Gary Zwiezinski, Elyria, Ohio, 1,316.
87, William Tarpein, McDonough, Ga., 1,292.
88, Bill Burke, Angola, Ind., 1,283.
89, Chris Mays, Muncie, Ind, 1,272.
90, Wendell Barger, Dry Ridge, Ky., 1,267.
91, Tristan Butler, Fort Wayne, Ind., 1,260.
92, Anthony Smith, Defiance, Ohio, 1,255.
93, David Rosengarten, Gardendale, Ala., 1,250.
94, Derek Engeln, Miamisburg, Ohio, 1,217.
95, Steve Tobolt, Chicago, Ill., 1,197.
96, Aaron Pond, Fort Edward, N.Y., 1,175.

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Jones, Kent Lead PBA Xtra Frame Gene Carter’s Pro Shop Classic First Round

by Jerry Schneider August 19, 2017 20:10

WILMINGTON, Del. – Eighteen-time PBA Tour winner Tommy Jones of Simpsonville, S.C., averaged 238 for seven games Saturday to lead 50 players who advanced to Sunday’s cashers’ qualifying round in the PBA Xtra Frame Gene Carter’s Pro Shop Classic at Mid-County Bowling and Entertainment Center.

Jones bowled a 1,669 seven-game pinfall total to lead Marshall Kent of Yakima, Wash., who finished the round in second just one pin behind with 1,668. Starting the round with a 299, Jones recovered after a 191 in the second game with games of 204, 262, 237, 256 and 220.

Kent is currently in second in the PBA Xtra Frame Storm Cup points race trailing reigning PBA Player of the Year EJ Tackett of Huntington, Ind., by two points with one event to go after the Gene Carter’s Pro Shop Classic. Tackett finished eighth in the first round with 1,610.

Kent owns two PBA Tour titles this season winning the Grand Casino Hotel & Resort PBA Oklahoma Open and the Xtra Frame Lubbock Sports Open. Jones, who is trying for his first win of the season, finished second in the FireLake PBA Tournament of Champions in February.

Tackett, who has three Tour wins this season including the Tournament of Champions, is trying for his first Storm Cup Tour event win this year but has three top-five finishes in the last four events including a second to Kent in the Lubbock Sports Open.

The Xtra Frame Storm Cup series concludes with the Xtra Frame Kenn-Feld Group Classic from Pla-Mor Lanes in Coldwater, Ohio, Aug. 26-27. At the conclusion of the tournament $50,000 in Storm Cup bonus money will be awarded.

Rounding out the Gene Carter’s Pro Shop Classic top five are Tim Foy Jr., Seaford, Del., 1,655; last week’s Chesapeake Open winner Dick Allen, Columbia, S.C., 1,651, and four-time PBA Tour winner Ronnie Russell, Marion, Ind., 1,633.

Allen also is in contention in the Storm Cup Points race just five pins behind Tackett. Five-time Tour winner Dom Barrett of England, who is third on the points list four points behind Tackett, finished the first round in 11th with 1,602.

After Sunday’s cashers’ round the field will be cut to the top 16 players for match play beginning at 1 p.m. EDT which will determine the top four players for the stepladder finals at 6:30 p.m.

The Xtra Frame Storm Cup series concludes with the Kenn-Feld Group Classic from Pla-Mor Lanes in Coldwater, Ohio, Aug. 26-27. At the conclusion of the tournament $50,000 in in Storm Cup bonus money will be awarded.

To catch all the action on PBA’s online bowling channel click on www.xtraframe.tv for subscription and schedule information.


Mid-County Bowling and Entertainment Center, Middletown, Del., Saturday

First Round (After seven games. Top 50 advance to Sunday’s cashers’ qualifying round)

1, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 1,669.
2, Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., 1,668.
3, Tim Foy Jr., Seaford, Del., 1,655.
4, Dick Allen, Columbia, S.C., 1,651.
5, Ronnie Russell, Marion, Ind., 1,633.
6, BJ Moore III, Greensburg, Pa., 1,616.
7, Steven Arehart, Chesapeake, Va., 1,612.
8, EJ Tackett, Huntington, Ind., 1,610.
9, Andrew Anderson, Holly, Mich., 1,604.
10, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 1,603.
11, Dom Barrett, England, 1,602.
12, Tom Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich., 1,596.
13, Chris Via, Springfield, Ohio, 1,593.
14, Bill O'Neill, Langhorne, Pa., 1,592.
15, Tom Daugherty, Riverview, Fla., 1,590.
16, Brent Tishuk, Belvidere, N.J., 1,569.
17, Matt Taylor, Youngsville, N.C., 1,562.
18, Billy Asbury, Odenton, Md., 1,559.
19, (tie) Jason Stadtler, Lafayette, N.J., Shota Kawazoe, Japan, and David Stouffer, Lehigh Acres, Fla., 1,554.
22, Chris Blackmore, Aldie, Va., 1,548.
23, Michael Tang, San Francisco, Calif., 1,546.
24, Daniel Mitchell, Elkton, Md., 1,543.
25, Alex Cavagnaro, Massapequa, N.Y., 1,534.
26, Patrick Allen, Elmwood Park, N.J., 1,529.
27, Jon Van Hees, Charlestown, R.I., 1,527.
28, Brian Elder, Newark, Del., 1,508.
29, Dave Wodka, Beavercreek, Ohio, 1,505.
30, Dwight Adams, Greensboro, N.C., 1,504.
31, (tie) n-James Johnson III, Wilmington, Del., and Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., 1,498.
33, Adam Chase, North Babylon, N.Y., 1,497.
34, Chris Bolosan, Newport News, Va., 1,496.
35, Joe Paluszek, Bensalem, Pa., 1,494.
36, Ray Edwards, Middle Island, N.Y., 1,493.
37, (tie) Johnathan Bower, Middletown, Pa., and Michael Haugen Jr., Phoenix, 1,491.
39, Paul Brion, Mansfield, Pa., 1,490.
40, Michael Markis, Tafton, Pa., 1,486.
41, John Furey, Freehold, N.J., 1,485.
42, Bryan Paul, Brooklyn, N.Y., 1,484.
43, Brett Cunningham, Clay, N.Y., 1,483.
44, Cristian Azcona, Puerto Rico, 1,481.
45, Darren Tang, San Francisco, 1,480.
46, Tommy Barna, Westminster, Md., 1,478.
47, Ryan Galli, Binghamton, N.Y., 1,475.
48, Gabriel Garcia, Port St. Lucie, Fla., 1,469.
49, Rick Graham, Lancaster, Pa., 1,465.
50, Marty Berke, Allentown, Pa., 1,464.

Did not advance
51, Greg Ostrander, Freehold, N.J., 1,459.
52, (tie) Theodore Fedder III, Berwick, Pa, and Kevin Donovan, Painted Post, N.Y., 1,455.
54, Victor Florie Jr, Richmond, Va., 1,454.
55, Josh Schmehl, Millsboro, Del., 1,449.
56, Jim Tomek Jr., New Cumberland, Pa., 1,448.
57, Rusty Thomsen, Cateret, N.J., 1,438.
58, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., 1,436.
59, Josh Blanchard, Mesa, Ariz, 1,434.
60, Kristian Rogers, Salisbury, N.C., 1,430.
61, Jack Bogan, Kensington, Md., 1,428.
62, (tie) Cody Shoemaker, Hanover, Pa., and Paul Nickle III, Rising Sun, Md., 1,427.
64, (tie) Andrew Klingler, Grand Rapids, Mich., and Sam Maccarone, Blackwood, N.J., 1,426.
66, Matthew O'Grady, Rahway, N.J., 1,425.
67, Ernest Lukacs Jr., Manville, N.J., 1,424.
68, Louis Gaudio, Morganville, N.J., 1,421.
69, Robert Mockenhaupt, Rutherford, N.J., 1,415.
70, Kyle Troup, Taylorsville, N.C., 1,412.
71, n-Tom Norris, Elkton, Md., 1,411.
72, Bradley Hoffman, Lemoyne, Pa, 1,408.
73, (tie) Craig Schneider, Marcy, N.Y., and Brian Robinson, Morgantown, W.Va., 1,404.
75, David Asbury, Ellicott City, Md., 1,403.
76, Zeke Bayt, Westerville, Ohio, 1,398.
77, Mike McDonnell, Chesterfield, Va., 1,395.
78, (tie) Scott Denlinger, Lancaster, Pa. and Isaac Kim, Lebanon, Pa., 1,394.
80, Chris Arcaro, Carolina Beach, N.C., 1,392.
81, Ben Zakrocki, Philadelphia, 1,391.
82, Paul Bajorski, West Babylon, N.Y., 1,390.
83, Tommy Gollick, Oberlin, Pa., 1,387.
84, (tie) AJ Johnson, Oswego, Ill., and Jay Davis, Silver Spring, Md., 1,381.
86, Justin D'Amico, Staten Island, N.Y., 1,379.
87, Ryan Ciminelli, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 1,377.
88, Tim Gillick, Milford, Conn., 1,374.
89, Doug Scheidig, Royersford, Pa., 1,371.
90, (tie) Ethan Gray, North East, Md., and Danny Wiseman, Baltimore, 1,370.
92, n-Jeffrey Roberts, Clermont, Fla., 1,363.
93, w-Stephanie Sheridan, Factoryville, Pa., 1,361.
94, Jeffrey Voght, Canojaharie, N.Y., 1,349.
95, Mike Hastings, Millsboro, Del., 1,346.
96, Darryl Bower, Middletown, Pa., 1,345.
97, Ervin Raines, New Cummberland, Pa., 1,342.
98, Jeremy Domingo, Sewell, N.J., 1,340.
99, (tie) Clifton Wolfe, West Grove, Pa., and Gary Haines, West Babylon, N.Y., 1,339.
101, Darryl Carreon, Woodbridge, Va., 1,335.
102, Frank Gray Jr., North East, Md., 1,334.
103, John Mertz III, Lancaster, Pa., 1,332.
104, Ronnie Horton, Christiansburg, Va., 1,331.
105, (tie) Stephen Dieter, Palmerton, Pa., and Rob Hoffman, Freehold, N.J., 1,328.
107, Bob Caruso, Dayton, N.J., 1,326.
108, Benjamin Thompson, New Castle, Del., 1,325.
109, John Conroy, Mahopac, N.Y., 1,324.
110, Brandon Hinderer, York, Pa., 1,323.
111, Scott Canfield, Mountville, Pa., 1,320.
112, Andrew Suscreba, Clifton, N.J., 1,319.
113, Rocco Serpico, Hazlet, N.J., 1,317.
114, Larry Ivey, Berwick, Pa., 1,312.
115, Zulmazran Zulkifli, Malaysia, 1,305.
116, Adam Travis, Cockeysville, Md., 1,300.
117, Jackson Getting, Portsmouth, N.H., 1,292.
118, Hector Medina, Woodbridge, Va., 1,291.
119, (tie) Michael Vella, Bellport, N.Y., and Lee Brosius, Ashburn, Va., 1,289.
121, Stephen Haas, Enola, Pa., 1,280.
122, Stephen Pavlinko Jr., Sewell, N.J., 1,279.
123, Thad Rand, Rapidan, Va., 1,278.
124, Vincent Wright, New York, N.Y., 1,277.
125, Jay Boyle, Garnet Valley, Pa., 1,276.
126, Tommy Dakouvanos, N. Middletown, N.J., 1,270.
127, Michael Houtz, Myerstown, Pa., 1,268.
128, Robert Perniciaro Jr., Yardley, Pa., 1,262.
129, Fran Luzzi, Geneva, N.Y., 1,253.
130, Joseph Rzemieniewski, Middletown, Del., 1,251.
131, Jason Couch, Clermont, Fla., 1,249.
132, Geordin Krupski, Newtonville, N.J., 1,246.
133, n-Terry Wiley, Vienna, Va., 1,244.
134, n-Arthur Nowlin, New Castle, Del., 1,240.
135, Rob Manley Jr., Newark, Del., 1,230.
136, n-Jonathon Bush, Clermont, Fla., 1,227.
137, Mike Lattuca, Harrisburg, Pa, 1,208.
138, Collin Raineri, Gilbertsville, Pa., 1,203.
139, Christopher Clay, Woodbridge, Va., 1,197.
140, Joshua Marino, Forest Hills, N.Y., 1,176.
141, Nathan Johnson, Elmira, N.Y., 1,174.
142, Nathan Lidke, Elkton, Md., 1,166.
143, Austin Boone, Blackwood, 1,155.
144, Williard Isaacs Jr, Kenton, Del., 1,149.
145, Richard Walker, Owings Mills, Md., 1,148.
146, James Scott, Manassas, Va., 1,147.
147, Mike Gossman, Allentown, Pa., 1,121.
148, Matthew Wozney, Clayton, Del., 1,109.
149, Joseph Steuber, Lakehurst, N.J., 1,100.
150, Brian Bradley, Fredericksburg, Va., 1,067.


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Journey to PBA50 Player of the Year Became a Nail-Biter for Brian LeClair

by Jerry Schneider August 17, 2017 08:22

For Brian LeClair, the quest to winning 2017 PBA50 Player of the Year honors, turned from a relatively sure thing into one of those “I can’t bear to watch” moments that characterized his earlier PBA Tour career.

LeClair, the 2017 season’s only two-time winner, held off challenges by two of the PBA’s all-time greats – Norm Duke and Parker Bohn III – who took the PBA50 Player of the Year race into the stepladder finals of the DeHayes Insurance Group Championship presented by Pro Bowl West and Ebonite in Fort Wayne, Ind., the final PBA50 Tour event of the season.

“I honestly thought they were going to do it,” LeClair said, referring to Duke and Bohn’s late-season challenge for the crown. “I thought the handwriting was on the wall for another disappointment in my career. I didn’t even stay for the finals to find out what happened.”

LeClair, who lives in Delmar, N.Y., spent nearly two decades competing regularly on the PBA Tour without a win but his lengthy career was finally rewarded when he won PBA50 Player of the Year honors on the strength of his wins in the Pasco County Florida Open and Johnny Petraglia BVL Open presented by Brunswick, and a runner-up finish in the Suncoast PBA Senior U.S. Open presented by Storm.

“The best thing about it is I finally have my name on something,” LeClair said. “I’m just as happy for my friends and family who supported me because I think they wanted it as bad as I did.”

Heading into the DeHayes Insurance Group Championship, LeClair held a substantial lead in player of the year points but because of the PBA50’s point structure which awards points for both qualifying and final finishing position, Bohn and Duke still had a chance to catch LeClair. It was a tall order for the pair of hall of famers because one-or-the-other needed to win and qualify either first or second. If Bohn had won, LeClair would have to finish second to clinch POY. If Duke had won, LeClair would have had to finish third.

LeClair left the door open when he finished seventh in the tournament and 19th in qualifying. But in the end, Bohn finished fourth, losing to Duke in the second stepladder match, 224-217, and Duke’s chances were then dashed when he lost to fellow hall of famer Pete Weber in the title match, 279-255.

“I was concerned heading into Fort Wayne because I was going to have to make the show at a center I really didn’t have a good handle on if I wanted to clinch it,” LeClair said. “Every time I bowled (in Fort Wayne) it seemed like I would come out of the gate just killing it in every round but then I’d lose it in the middle of the round. I could never figure it out.”

Competing on the PBA50 Tour has resulted in a resurgence of LeClair’s career. A big weight was lifted off his shoulders in his rookie season in 2015 when he won his first PBA national title in the PBA50 Fountain Valley Open. He had another quality season in 2016, without a title, but he was back in the winner’s circle right away in 2017.

“What makes winning (PBA50) player of the year so rewarding was doing it an era when so many of bowling’s all-time greats are competing,” said LeClair, who now owns three PBA50 Tour titles. “Just look at the finals in Fort Wayne as an example – Pete, Norm, Parker, Walter Ray (Williams Jr.) and Amleto (Monacelli) – and then all the other great bowlers who bowl week-in and week-out. I think that’s what means the most to me.”

Five-time PBA Tour winner Michael Haugen Jr. of Phoenix earned PBA50 Rookie of the Year honors. Haugen won the Suncoast PBA Senior U.S. Open defeating LeClair, 173-158, in the title match. He had three other top-five finishes including a third in the PBA50 Players Championship.

Ron Mohr of Las Vegas successfully defended his PBA60 Player of the Year crown, winning the PBA50 South Shore Open for his first win against the 50-and-older generation in five years as well as winning USBC’s Super Senior Classic for 60-and-older players. He had three other PBA50 top-five finishes during the season and a second in the PBA60 Killer ‘B’ Open.

Finishing in the top eight in PBA50 competition points were LeClair, Duke, Bohn, Bob Learn Jr., Williams, Haugen, Monacelli and Mohr who earned the opportunity to compete in the PBA50 Challenge which will be held in conjunction with GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling IX presented by Eldorado Reno Properties this November in Reno, Nev. All eight also earned paid entries into WSOB IX.

PBA50 players will vote on the Dick Weber Sportsmanship award at a later date.

For complete PBA50 stats click on https://www.pba.com/SeasonStats/Points/106

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PBA Spare Shots: Despite 10th Place Finish, Tackett Clings to PBA Xtra Frame Storm Cup Points Lead

by Jerry Schneider August 16, 2017 13:41

Despite his 10th place finish in the PBA Xtra Frame Chesapeake Open Sunday, which earned him 11 points in the Xtra Frame Storm Cup points race, EJ Tackett of Huntington, Ind., held on to a slim two-point lead in the 2017 points race over Marshall Kent of Yakima, Wash., heading into the final two events in the series.

Tackett, who finished second in the Xtra Frame Tour points race in 2016 to Tommy Jones Simpsonville, S.C., has yet to win an Xtra Frame Tour event this year, but three top-five finishes in the last four events while Kent has closed the gap with a win in the Lubbock Sports Open in June (worth 25 Storm Cup series points) and a fifth-place finish in Chesapeake (worth 16 points). Right behind the two leaders are England’s Dom Barrett with 60 points and Chesapeake Open winner Dick Allen of Columbia, S.C., with 59. Holding down fifth place on the points list is Josh Blanchard of Gilbert, Ariz., with 47.

In the Xtra Frame Storm Cup series, 25 points are awarded to each tournament winner, 19 to second place, 18 to third, etc. through 20th place. Even one point is valuable because there is significant bonus prize money at stake. At the end of the season, the points champion will earn a $20,000 bonus while other top-five finishers will earn $10,000 for second place, $8,000 for third, $7,000 for fourth and $5,000 for fifth place.

The top 25 in points heading into this weekend’s PBA Xtra Frame Gene Carter’s Pro Shop Classic from Mid-County Bowling and Entertainment in Middletown, Del., are as follows (the series concludes with the Xtra Frame Kenn-Feld Group Classic from Pla-Mor Lanes in Coldwater, Ohio, Aug. 26-27). For a complete Storm Cup points list, click here: https://www.pba.com/SeasonStats/XtraFrameTourPoints/95?page=1 .

PBA Xtra Frame Storm Cup points leaders after five of seven events are:
1, EJ Tackett, Huntington, Ind., 64.
2, Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., 62
3, Dom Barrett, England, 60.
4, Dick Allen, Columbia, S.C., 59
5, Josh Blanchard, Gilbert, Ariz., 47.
6, Ryan Ciminelli, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 45.
7, Anthony Simonsen, Austin, Texas, 39.
8 (tie), AJ Johnson, Oswego, Ill., and Tom Daugherty, Tampa, Fla., 37.
10, Shota Kawazoe, Japan, 35.
11, Kyle Troup, Taylorsville, N.C., 32.
12, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 29.
13 (tie), Rhino Page, Orlando, FL, and Francois Lavoie, Quebec City, Quebec, 27.
15 (tie), Cristian Azcona, Puerto Rico, and Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 26.
17, Ildemaro Ruiz, Venezuela, 25.
18, Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 24.
19 (tie), Jakob Butturff, Chandler, Ariz.; Jason Sterner, Cocoa Beach, Fla.; Stuart Williams, England, and Anthony Caso, Spring Hill, Fla., 18.
23 (tie), Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, and Shawn Maldonado, Houston, Texas, 17.
25 (tie), Craig Nidiffer, Trenton, Mich., and Steven Arehart, Chesapeake, Va., 15.

PBA fans also are reminded that for a limited time, Xtra Frame is available for a special $2.99 three-day subscription rate, a $1 savings over its normal rate. The special offer, good now through August 27, makes it possible to watch each of the remaining PBA Xtra Frame Storm Cup Series tournaments at the special rate.

In addition, fans can follow real-time results for PBA50, PBA Xtra Frame Tour and all PBA Regional events by downloading the new PBA app on Apple devices or by visiting the “live scoring” feature on pba.com.


Gary Faulkner Jr. of Memphis, Tenn., provides insights into his 2015 Rolltech PBA World Championship victory over EJ Tackett in the newest PBA Player Perspective that debuts on Xtra Frame on Wednesday.

Faulkner defeated Tackett, 216-178, to win his first PBA Tour title at the National Bowling Stadium in Reno, Nevada.

PBA Player Perspective is an ongoing series of special interviews with PBA Tour players which will debut every other week on Xtra Frame.


Graham Fach of Guelph, Ontario, defeated C.J. Kirchner of Herrin, Ill., 176-147, to win the PBA Greater Richmond Central Open at Richmond 40 Bowl Sunday.

Fach, who earned his fourth regional title and $1,600 for the one-day, reduced entry fee event, downed Craig Nidiffer of Trenton, Mich., 2-0, while Kirchner eliminated Aaron Lorincz of Center Line, Mich., 2-0, in the best-of-three-game semifinal round to set up the championship match.

● The Aug. 18-20 PBA Regional calendar includes the Emerald Bowl Houston Southwest Challenge for non-title winners plus the PBA-PWBA Emerald Bowl Southwest Open in Houston, Texas, for women, and the Dave Husted Northwest Open presented by 900 Global at Husted’s Milwaukie Bowl in Milwaukie, Ore.

● Closing out the August schedule will be the PBA60 Wilson & Sons Super Senior Open presented by the Mooresville Convention and Visitors Bureau Aug. 31-Sept. 2 at George Pappas’ Victory Lanes in Mooresville, N.C., followed immediately by the PBA50 Samuel Adams South Open presented by the Mooresville Convention and Visitors Bureau at George Pappas’ Victory Lanes in Mooresville, N.C.

● The Labor Day weekend calendar of PBA Regional action includes the PBA50 Strike Zone Open presented by Track in Pottsville, Pa.; the Tony Reyes Memorial Member/Non-Member Doubles at Fourth Street Bowl in San Jose, Calif.; the Illinois Valley Midwest Open at IV Super Bowl in Peru, Ill., and the DHC Japan PBA Doubles Open, Japan Cheetah Masters and Japan Cheetah Queens at Nagoya Grand Bowl in Nagoya, Japan.

● 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 new PBA app).

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