Brian LeClair Wins Johnny Petraglia BVL Open to Become Season’s First PBA50 Tour Two-Time Winner

by Jerry Schneider May 9, 2017 18:53

Brian LeClair of Delmar, N.Y., won the PBA50 Johnny Petraglia BVL Open presented by Brunswick Tuesday to become the season’s first PBA50 Tour two-time winner.

LeClair defeated two-time PBA50 Player of the Year and eight-time winner Ron Mohr of Las Vegas, 245-195, in the championship match at Farmingdale Lanes to also win his third career PBA50 Tour title.

LeClair, who was the top qualifier for the finals, dominated from the start throwing strikes in the first eight of nine frames. Mohr, who qualified second, was able to get his ball to the pocket but had trouble with pin carry during the match.

“I don’t know that I bowled that much better of a game than Ron,” LeClair said. “The key for me was to keep my hand behind the ball at release to get more forward roll. Sometimes that’s an advantage and sometimes it’s not, but it looked like guys were having trouble with pin carry if they had too much side roll.”

LeClair went undefeated in the final round of match play winning all six of his matches to earn the top qualifying position for the stepladder finals.

“It was one of those days where it seemed like I couldn’t bowl a bad game and my opponents couldn’t get anything going,” said LeClair, who won the season-opening Pasco County Florida Open. “All the pieces just seemed to fit this week.”

LeClair finished second in last year’s Johnny Petraglia BVL Open losing to reigning PBA50 Player of the Year Pete Weber 223-204 in the title match.

In the semi-final match, Mohr, who was hoping to end a five-year drought without a PBA50 Tour win, defeated five-time PBA Tour and three-time PBA50 Tour winner Bob Learn Jr. of Erie, Pa., 226-168, to advance to the title match.

Learn advanced to the semi-final with a 243-197 win over PBA Hall of Famer Amleto Monacelli of Venezuela in the second stepladder match.

In the opening match, Monacelli, who was trying for his eighth PBA50 Tour title, beat John Conroy of Mahopac, N.Y., 224-194. Making his first finals appearance, Conroy earned a career-high fifth-place finish.

The PBA50 Tour travels to Woodland Bowl in Indianapolis May 13-16 for the PBA50 Miller Lite Players Championship, the first major of the season. Fans can catch all the action on PBA’s online bowling channel Xtra Frame. Visit www.xtraframe.tv for subscription and schedule information.

PBA50 JOHNNY PETRAGLIA BVL OPEN

Presented by Brunswick

Farmingdale Lanes, Farmingdale, N.Y., Tuesday

Final Standings

1, Brian LeClair, Delmar, N.Y., $7,500.

2, Ron Mohr, Las Vegas, $4,000.

3, Bob Learn Jr., Erie, Pa., $2,500.

4, Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, $2,000.

5, John Conroy, Mahopac, N.Y. $1,750.

Stepladder Results

Match One – Monacelli def. Conroy, 222-194.

Match Two – Learn def. Monacelli, 243-197.

Semi-final Match – Mohr def. Learn, 226-168.

Championship – LeClair def. Mohr, 245-195.

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

1, Brian LeClair, Delmar, N.Y., 6-0, 1,741.
2, ss-Ron Mohr, Las Vegas, 4-2, 1,585.
3, Bob Learn Jr., Erie, Pa., 4-2, 1,574.
4, Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, 4-2, 1,540.
5, John Conroy, Mahopac, N.Y., 4-2, 1,510.
6, Brian Voss, Centennial, Colo., 4-2, 1,498, $1,500.
7, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., 3-3, 1,474, $1,500.
8, Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., 3-3, 1,426, $1,500.
9, n-Todd Lathrop, Colchester, Conn., 4-2, 1,401, $1,400.
10, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 3-3, 1,388, $1,300.
11, Sammy Ventura, Syracuse, N.Y., 3-3, 1,358, $1,300.
12, Michael Haugen Jr., Phoenix, 1-5, 1,342, $1,400.
13, ss-n-John Masiello, Buffalo, N.Y., 2-4, 1,338, $1,300.
14, Glenn Smith, New York, 1-5, 1,308, $1,300.
15, Brian Kretzer, Dayton, Ohio, 1-5, 1,305, $1,300.
16, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 1-5, 1,286, $1,300.

Match Play Round 1

(after five games including match play record and bonus pins)

17, Peter Knopp, Germany, 2-3, 1,147, $1,100.
18, ss-Steve Ferraro, Kingston, N.Y., 1-4, 1,143, $1,100.
19, ss-Gary Shultis, Levittown, N.Y., 3-2, 1,107, $1,100.
20, Brian Cooper, Henderson, Nev., 2-3, 1,096, $1,100.
21, ss-Tom Laskow, Dover, N.J., 2-3, 1,086, $1,100.
22, ss-John Dudak, Orland Park, Ill., 1-4, 1,071, $1,100.
23, n-Geroge Szczublewski, West Seneca, N.Y., 0-4-1, 1,020, $1,100.
24, Michael Dioguardo, Patchogue, N.Y., 1-4, 1,005, $1,100.

Other Cashers (after five-game cashers’ round)

25, Patrick Shipley, Spring Valley, Calif., 1,094, $1,000.
26, ss-Tommy Brodowski, New Hyde Park, N.Y., 1,090, $1,000.
27, Jay Davis Jr., Silver Spring, Md., 1,086, $1,000.
28, ss-Andrew Smith, Colonie, N.Y., 1,082, $1,000.
29, Robert Leonard Sr, Lockwood, N.Y., 1,080, $1,000.
30, ss-Darryl Bower, Middletown, Pa., 1,079, $1,000.
31, (tie) ss-n-Rob Sperling, Livingston, N.J., 1,072, and n-Craig Schoonmaker, Glenville, N.Y., 1,072, $1,000.

32, ss-Chris Fedden, Albany, N.Y., 1,008, $1,000.
33, ss-Brendan Bierch, Grafton, Mass., 990, $1,000.
34, ss-Jay Boyle, Garnet Valley, Pa., 957, $1,000.
35, ss-n-Louis Getzelman, Massapequa, N.Y., 935, $1,000.

ss-PBA60 player age 60 and over; n-non-member

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Parker Bohn III Bowls a Clean Round and Averages 240 to Top Qualifying in PBA50 Johnny Petraglia BVL Open

by Jerry Schneider May 8, 2017 16:40

PBA Hall of Famer Parker Bohn III of Jackson, N.J., bowled eight games without an open frame and averaged 240 to lead qualifying after the second round in the PBA50 Johnny Petraglia BVL Open presented by Brunswick at Farmingdale Lanes.

Bohn, a 35-time PBA Tour titlist and three-time PBA50 Tour winner, led qualifying with a 3,845 16-game pinfall total bowling games of 278, 239, 278, 217, 217, 279, 245 and 216 in the second round after finishing the first round in fifth with 1,876.

“I’ve had a clean round a few times and there’s always a lot of satisfaction when you can do that.” said the 53-year-old Bohn. “When you think of everything that can happen in a round there’s a certain amount of pride you can take in bowling 80 clean frames.

“I did have a couple small splits and left the 3-7 (split) early on so I had to work a little to keep the string going,” Bohn added.

Bohn is hoping for his first PBA50 Tour title since winning the Pasco County Florida Open and Treasure Island Resort and Casino Open in 2015. He had a best finish of second in 2016 and this season has a best finish of third which came in the UnitedHealthcare Sun Bowl In The Villages.

“I would say I’m bowling okay,” Bohn said. “I haven’t done anything stellar but I think I’ve got a good foundation. I’m just looking for that breakthrough moment that will move my game up a notch.”

First round leader Todd Lathrop of Colchester, Conn., finished second 62 pins behind Bohn with a 3,783 pinfall.

Hall of Famer Brian Voss of Centennial, Colo., a 25-time PBA Tour and one-time PBA50 Tour titlist, finished third with 3,769, followed by five-time Tour and three-time PBA50 Tour winner Bob Learn Jr. of Erie, Pa., 3,694, and two-time PBA50 Player of the Year Ron Mohr of Las Vegas rounding out the top five with 3,688.

Defending champion Pete Weber of St. Ann, Mo., finished qualifying in ninth with 3,596. In 2016, the Johnny Petraglia BVL Open was the third of a record four consecutive PBA50 Tour wins during the season for the Hall of Famer. The two-time reigning PBA50 Player of the Year went on to win two more titles for a record six wins during the season.

The top 16 players advanced into Tuesday’s match play rounds. Players qualifying 17th-28th plus eight PBA60 players advanced to a cashers round that will determine eight additional match play spots. After match play concludes, the top five will be determined for the stepladder finals scheduled for 7 p.m. ET.

Johnny Petraglia BVL Open final day action will be covered live by PBA’s online bowling channel Xtra Frame. For subscription and schedule information visit www.xtraframe.tv.

PBA50 JOHNNY PETRAGLIA BVL OPEN

Presented by Brunswick  

Farmingdale Lanes, Farmingdale, N.Y., Monday

SECOND ROUND

(after 16 games; top 16 advance to match play; 17th-28th places plus eight PBA60 players advance to cashers round which determines eight additional match play finalists)

1, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 3,845.
2, n-Todd Lathrop, Colchester, Conn., 3,783.
3, Brian Voss, Centennial, Colo., 3,769.
4, Bob Learn Jr., Erie, Pa., 3,694.
5, Ron Mohr, Las Vegas, 3,688.
6, Brian LeClair, Delmar, N.Y., 3,676.
7, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., 3,658.
8, Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, 3,653.
9, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 3,596.
10, n-Geroge Szczublewski, West Seneca, N.Y., 3,588.
11, Michael Haugen Jr., Phoenix, 3,571.
12, Brian Kretzer, Dayton, Ohio, 3,530.
13, Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., 3,528.
14, John Dudak, Orland Park, Ill., 3,527.
15, n-Michael Dioguardo, Patchogue, N.Y., 3,524.
16, Brian Cooper, Henderson, Nev., 3,516.
17, Steve Ferraro, Kingston, N.Y., 3,512.
18, Patrick Shipley, Spring Valley, Calif., 3,507.
19, n-Craig Schoonmaker, Glenville, N.Y., 3,506.
20, Robert Leonard Sr, Lockwood, N.Y., 3,505.
21, n-John Masiello, Buffalo, N.Y., 3,495.
22, Glenn Smith, New York, 3,476.
23, Peter Knopp, Germany, 3,471.
24, John Conroy, Mahopac, N.Y., 3,470.
25, Andrew Smith, Colonie, N.Y., 3,467.
26, Sammy Ventura, Syracuse, N.Y., 3,455.
27, Jay Davis Jr., Silver Spring, Md., 3,447.
28, Darryl Bower, Middletown, Pa., 3,446.
29, n-Steven DiMartino, Upper Saddle River,N.J., 3,444.
30, ss-Chris Fedden, Albany, N.Y., 3,423.
31, Don Herrington, Ballston Lake, N.Y., 3,422.
32, Mike Hastings, Millsboro, Del., 3,417.
33, n-Jimmie Pritts Jr., Mathuen, Mass., 3,407.
34, Todd Kjell, Roscoe, Ill., 3,401.
35, Marty Berke, Allentown, Pa., 3,399.
36, David Taylor, Largo, Fla., 3,396.
37, Jim Pitts, Elmira, N.Y., 3,391.
37, Ray Edwards, Middle Island, N.Y., 3,391.
39, Michael Klosin, Windham, N.H., 3,390.
40, ss-Tom Laskow, Dover, N.J., 3,352.
41, ss-Gary Shultis, Levittown, N.Y., 3,351.
42, Ernie Segura Jr., Taylor, Mich., 3,347.
43, Ken Yokobosky, Fredon, N.J., 3,334.
44, ss-n-Rob Sperling, Livingston, N.J., 3,323.
45, Michael Vella, Bellport, N.Y., 3,322.
46, ss-Jay Boyle, Garnet Valley, Pa., 3,316.
47, James Hansen, Anchorage, Alaska, 3,307.
48, Timothy Regan, East Northport, N.Y., 3,289.
49, n-Arthur O'Connor, West Hempstead, N.Y., 3,286.
50, ss-n-Louis Getzelman, Massapequa, N.Y., 3,277.
51, ss-Tommy Brodowski, New Hyde Park, N.Y., 3,273.
52, Patric Donaghue, Honeoye Falls, N.Y., 3,265.
53, Craig Koppell, Syosett, N.Y., 3,257.
54, n-Jose Perez, East Elmhurst, N.Y., 3,249.
55, ss-Brendan Bierch, Grafton, Mass., 3,248.
56, John Petraglia, Jackson, N.J., 3,246.
57, Tom Carter, Columbus, Ohio, 3,233.
58, Norm Ginsberg, West Babylon, N.Y., 3,232.
59, Barry Clare, Bayside, N.Y., 3,226.
60, Louis Barbera, North Bellmore, N.Y., 3,225.
61, Bob Caruso, Dayton, N.J., 3,224.
62, Steve Stein, Staten Island, N.Y., 3,214.
63, n-James Wallace, Hicksville, N.Y., 3,200.
64, n-Chun Bae, Cedarhurst, N.Y., 3,194.
65, Fred Ferreira, Kings Park, N.Y., 3,156.
66, Mike Dias, Lafayette, Colo., 3,138.
67, Christopher Keane, Cape Coral, Fla., 3,117.
68, Robert Hoyser, Titusville, Fla., 3,115.
69, Scott Zimmerman, Brooklyn, N.Y., 3,090.
70, Raymond Scrivens, Jr., Athens, Pa., 3,079.
71, Al Spano, Massapequa Park, N.Y., 3,074.
72, Vincent Wright, New York, N.Y., 3,067.
73, Robert Donovan, Prattsville, N.Y., 3,062.
74, (tie) Tony Bellantoni, White Plains, N.Y., and Steve Bova, Massapequa, N.Y., 3,058.
76, Warren Burr, Wilmington, Del., 3,056.
77, n-Guy Wallach, Livingston, N.J., 3,037.
78, Dowell Milliken, Lake Grove, N.Y., 3,026.
79, Robert Petruschak, Athens, Pa., 3,017.
80, Richard McNeill, Yorktown, Va., 2,936.
81, Ralph Ehrlich, N.Massapequa, N.Y., 2,931.
82, n-Joe Biscardi, Wantagh, N.Y., 2,893.
83, Keith Glasgow, St. Petersburg, Fla., 2,873.
84, John Maglio, Oceanside, N.Y., 2,871.

300 games (1) – Bob Learn Jr.

n-non-member

ss-PBA60 players ages 60 and over advancing to cashers round

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Lathrop, Monacelli Lead PBA50 Johnny Petraglia BVL Open First Round

by Jerry Schneider May 7, 2017 19:04

Boosted by a 300 game, Todd Lathrop of Colchester, Conn., averaged 245.3 to take the first round lead in the PBA50 Johnny Petraglia BVL Open presented by Brunswick Sunday at Farmingdale Lanes.

LathropLathrop a 53-year-old electrician, who is competing in the tournament as a non-member, bowled a 1,963 eight-game pinfall total in the first round with games of 238, 236, 257, 300, 256, 214, 225 and 237.

“Everything just fell into place,” said Lathrop, who owns one PBA regional title. “Everything from my equipment choice to the adjustments I made seemed to be on target the entire round. I was able to anticipate the (lane condition) transition when I needed to which helped me carry the corner pins.”

Lathrop outscored two PBA Hall of Famers, who challenged for the first round lead.

Despite starting with a 189 game, Venezualan Amleto Monacelli, a 20-time PBA Tour and seven-time PBA50 Tour titlist, finished second 19 pins behind Lathrop with a 1,944 pinfall bowling games of 279, 225, 248, 266, 237, 221 and 279 after his slow start.

Monacelli won two titles in 2016 including the PBA50 National Championship for his fourth career PBA50 Tour major.

Hall of Famer Brian Voss of Centennial, Colo., who led after the first round of last week’s PBA50 Race City Open, finished the round in third with a 1,916 pinfall. Voss, a 25-time winner on the PBA Tour, won the Dave Small’s Championship Lanes Classic in 2016 for his first PBA50 Tour title.

Two-time PBA50 Player of the Year and eight-time PBA50 Tour titlist Ron Mohr of Las Vegas, finished the round in fourth with 1,900, followed by Hall of Famer Parker Bohn III of Jackson, N.J., in fifth with 1,876.

Defending champion Hall of Famer Pete Weber of St. Ann, Mo., finished the round in seventh with a 1,827 pinfall. The 2016 and 2015 PBA50 Player of the Year and 10-time PBA50 Tour winner, won the Johnny Petraglia BVL Open last season for the third of a record four consecutive PBA50 Tour wins.

After Monday’s second round the top 16 players will advance directly into Tuesday’s match play rounds with an additional eight players advancing to match play after a cashers round Tuesday morning.

The Johnny Petraglia BVL Open is being covered live by PBA’s online bowling channel Xtra Frame. For subscription and schedule information visit www.xtraframe.tv.

PBA50 JOHNNY PETRAGLIA BVL OPEN

Presented by Brunswick 

Farmingdale Lanes, Farmingdale, N.Y., Sunday

FIRST ROUND

(after 8 games)

1, n-Todd Lathrop, Colchester, Conn., 1,963.
2, Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, 1,944.
3, Brian Voss, Centennial, Colo., 1,916.
4, ss-Ron Mohr, Las Vegas, 1,900.
5, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 1,876.
6, ss-Steve Ferraro, Kingston, N.Y., 1,833.
7, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 1,827.
8, Ray Edwards, Middle Island, N.Y., 1,820.
9, n-Craig Schoonmaker, Glenville, N.Y., 1,809.
10, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., 1,806.
11, Brian LeClair, Delmar, N.Y., 1,802.
12, ss-n-John Masiello, Buffalo, N.Y., 1,784.
13, Patrick Shipley, Spring Valley, Calif., 1,780.
14, Mike Hastings, Millsboro, Del., 1,777.
15, ss-Darryl Bower, Middletown, Pa., 1,766.
16, Michael Haugen Jr., Phoenix, 1,760.
17, Bob Learn Jr., Erie, Pa., 1,755.
18, Michael Vella, Bellport, N.Y., 1,754.
19, n-Geroge Szczublewski, West Seneca, N.Y., 1,752.
20, Michael Klosin, Windham, N.H., 1,746.
21, Robert Leonard, Lockwood, N.Y., 1,742.
22, (tie) Brian Cooper, Henderson, Nev., and n-Steven DiMartino, Upper Saddle River,N.J., 1,736.
24, John Conroy, Mahopac, N.Y., 1,732.
25, Patric Donaghue, Honeoye Falls, N.Y., 1,731.
26, ss-n-Michael Dioguardo, Patchogue, N.Y., 1,730.
27, David Taylor, Largo, Fla., 1,729.
28, Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., 1,726.
29, Brian Kretzer, Dayton, Ohio, 1,725.
30, ss-John Dudak, Orland Park, Ill., 1,721.
31, ss-Jay Boyle, Garnet Valley, Pa., 1,718.
32, ss-Andrew Smith, Colonie, N.Y., 1,715.
33, (tie) Jay Davis Jr., Silver Spring, Md., and ss-Steve Stein, Staten Island, N.Y., 1,711.
35, Craig Koppell, Syosett, N.Y., 1,704.
36, Peter Knopp, Germany, 1,695.
37, n-Jimmie Pritts Jr., Mathuen, Mass., 1,693.
38, Glenn Smith, New York, 1,687.
39, Marty Berke, Allentown, Pa., and ss-n-Louis Getzelman, Massapequa, N.Y., 1,678.
42, Jim Pitts, Elmira, N.Y., 1,676.
43, ss-Johnny Petraglia, Jackson, N.J., 1,675.
44, Don Herrington, Ballston Lake, N.Y., 1,671.
45, ss-Fred Ferreira, Kings Park, N.Y., 1,670.
46, ss-Tom Laskow, Dover, N.J., 1,660.
47, Sammy Ventura, Syracuse, N.Y., 1,655.
48, ss-Gary Shultis, Levittown, N.Y., 1,653.
49, Louis Barbera, North Bellmore, N.Y., 1,643.
50, ss-n-Rob Sperling, Livingston, N.J., 1,642.
51, Timothy Regan, East Northport, N.Y., 1,641.
52, Ken Yokobosky, Fredon, N.J., 1,637.
53, n-Arthur O'connor, West Hempstead, N.Y., 1,636.
54, ss-Steve Bova, Massapequa, N.Y., 1,630.
55, n-James Wallace, Hicksville, N.Y., 1,626.
56, (tie) Barry Clare, Bayside, N.Y., and James Hansen, Anchorage, Alaska, 1,624.
58, ss-Vincent Wright, New York, N.Y., 1,619.
59, ss-Bob Caruso, Dayton, N.J., 1,616.
60, ss-Chris Fedden, Albany, N.Y., 1,615.
61, ss-Tommy Brodowski, New Hyde Park, N.Y., 1,614.
62, ss-Tom Carter, Columbus, Ohio, 1,607.
63, (tie) n-Chun Bae, Cedarhurst, N.Y., and Ernie Segura Jr., Taylor, Mich., 1,595.
65, (tie) Christopher Keane, Cape Coral, Fla., and ss-Mike Dias, Lafayette, Colo., 1,594.
67, Scott Zimmerman, Brooklyn, N.Y., 1,589.
68, ss-Norm Ginsberg, West Babylon, N.Y., 1,578.
69, ss-Brendan Bierch, Grafton, Mass., 1,576.
70, Raymond Scrivens, Jr., Athens, Pa., 1,562.
71, Warren Burr, Wilmington, Del., 1,559.
72, ss-n-Guy Wallach, Livingston, N.J., 1,532.
73, n-Jose Perez, East Elmhurst, N.Y., 1,531.
74, Robert Hoyser, Titusville, Fla., 1,523.
75, ss-Dowell Milliken, Lake Grove, N.Y., 1,521.
76, ss-Keith Glasgow, St. Petersburg, Fla., 1,520.
77, ss-Robert Donovan, Prattsville, N.Y., 1,519.
78, Al Spano, Massapequa Park, N.Y., 1,506.
79, Robert Petruschak, Athens, Pa., 1,486.
80, Richard McNeill, Yorktown, Va., 1,469.
81, ss-Tony Bellantoni, White Plains, N.Y., 1,465.
82, ss-John Maglio, Oceanside, N.Y., 1,417.
83, ss-Ralph Ehrlich, N.Massapequa, N.Y., 1,384.
84, n-Joe Biscardi, Wantagh, N.Y., 1,366.

300 games (1) – Todd Lathrop

n-non-member

ss-PBA60 player age 60 and over

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PBA50 Tour Heads to Farmingdale, N.Y. for Johnny Petraglia BVL Open May 6-9

by Jerry Schneider May 4, 2017 11:20

The PBA50 Tour heads to Farmingdale, N.Y., for the fourth stop of the 2017 season when Farmingdale Lanes hosts the 2017 Johnny Petraglia BVL Open presented by Brunswick May 6-9.

As part of a dominant season in 2016 in which he earned his second consecutive PBA50 Player of the Year crown, defending champion Pete Weber beat Brian LeClair of Delmar, N.Y., 223-204, in the title match for a record-tying third consecutive PBA50 Tour title. He went on to win a record fourth consecutive PBA50 Tour title three weeks later in the Suncoast PBA Senior U.S. Open.

After finishes of 21st and ninth in his first two tournaments this season, Weber will have another goal in mind when he defends his title in Farmingdale, and that will be to win his 100th career tournament in PBA competition which includes titles in PBA Tour, PBA50 Tour, PBA Regional and PBA50 regional events.

The Johnny Petraglia BVL Open is named after the PBA legend and Vietnam veteran who has won 14 PBA Tour and eight PBA50 Tour titles. The 70-year-old Hall of Famer will also be competing in this year’s event, which also is a significant fundraising event for BVL. In two previous years, the event has raised more than $100,000 of the BVL (Bowlers to Veterans Link) Fund which provides veterans and active duty personnel with recreational and therapeutic programs and services to improve their quality of life.

The tournament will kick off with a special “Clash of Legends” event Saturday night at 6 p.m. EDT that will feature Petraglia and Weber in addition to fellow Hall of Famers Walter Ray Williams Jr., Parker Bohn III and Amleto Monacelli. Each Hall of Famer will compete on one of five teams that will represent each military branch (Army, Air Force, Navy, Marines and Coast Guard).

Competition begins with eight games of qualifying on Sunday, May 7, beginning at 8 a.m. ET which will be followed by another eight-game round on Monday, May 8.  A final round Casher’s Round of qualifying takes play Tuesday morning, May 9 and will be followed by two rounds of match play which will determine the top five players who will advance to the stepladder finals at 7 p.m. The practice session will be held from 8-11 a.m. on Saturday, May 6 and pro-am squads are scheduled for noon, 3:30 and 7:30 p.m.

Spectator admission is $10 for practice session and pro-am squads, $20 for qualifying and match play rounds, $30 for stepladder finals and $50 for an “all-access pass” for the entire event.

Pro-am entry fee for youth bowlers is $49.99 (basic) or $174.99 which includes a Johnny Petraglia Brunswick Bowling ball. Adult pro-am entry fee is $69.99 (basic) or 194.99 with Johnny Petraglia ball. For additional admission and pro-am entry information contact Farmingdale Lanes at (631) 249-4300.

PBA50 JOHNNY PETRAGLIA BVL OPEN PRESENTED BY BRUNSWICK SCHEDULE

Farmingdale Lanes, Farmingdale, N.Y.

(All times Eastern)

Saturday, May 6
8 – 11 a.m. - Practice session
Pro-Am squads: Noon, 3:30, 7:30 p.m.
6 p.m. – Clash of Legends

Sunday, May 7
8 a.m. - A squad qualifying (8 games)
2:30 p.m. – B squad qualifying (8 games)

Monday, May 8
8 a.m. - B squad qualifying (8 games)
2:30 p.m. - A squad qualifying (8 games)

Tuesday, May 9
8:30 a.m. - Cashers Round
Noon – Match play round 1
3 p.m. – Match play round 2
Top 5 bowlers advance to a stepladder finals

7 p.m. Stepladder final

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Duke Comes Through in 10th Frame to Win PBA50 Race City Open for Fourth Career PBA50 Tour Title

by Jerry Schneider May 3, 2017 19:23

After a heartbreaking loss in the 10th frame of the championship match of the season-opening PBA50 Pasco County Florida Open, PBA Hall of Famer Norm Duke of Clermont, Fla., got some redemption by sealing the deal in the 10th frame of the PBA50 Race City Open presented by Columbia 300 Wednesday to notch his fourth career PBA50 Tour title.

Thanks to a clutch strike on the first ball of the 10th, Duke defeated top qualifier Kenny Parks of Hammond, Ind., 221-213, in the title match at George Pappas’ Victory Lanes.

“I tell you, nothing’s a given,” Duke said. “You just can’t take anything for granted. It seems like the lanes are changing every frame and it’s all you can do to get to the pocket. It’ a lot of guesswork and fortunately I guessed right this time.”

IMG_0704Taking the lead into the 10th frame of the Pasco County Open two weeks ago, Duke left the 2-4-8-10 split which handed the win over to Brian LeClair of Delmar, N.Y., for his second PBA50 Tour title.

“There’s one philosophy that says, put those situations behind you and move on, but for me, I stew over it,” said Duke, who ranks third on the all-time PBA Tour titles list with 38 wins. “That was a learning experience and I want to learn from it. I don’t want to get into a second-place cycle.”

Duke was able to overcome two splits in the Race City Open title match that he failed to convert but was able to come back with strikes at the end of the match when he needed them.

“I’ll be honest, this victory was probably more ball than it was me,” said Duke, who qualified third for the stepladder finals. “I needed every advantage I could get.”

Parks, the 2008 USBC Senior Masters winner, was trying for his second career PBA50 Tour title.

In the second stepladder match, Duke beat last week’s UnitedHealthcare Sun Bowl In The Villages winner Lennie Boresch Jr. of Kenosha, Wis., 216-187, and then went on to beat Sammy Ventura of Syracuse, N.Y., in the semi-final 210-202, to advance to the title match.

In the opening match, Boresch defeated five-time PBA Tour winner Michael Haugen Jr. of Phoenix, 223-216.

Two-time PBA Tour winner Jeff Bellinger earned a check the hard way when he showed up late for his second round qualifying squad on Tuesday. Commuting from his home in Columbia, S.C., the 63-year-old Bellinger got caught in a traffic jam caused by road construction in the Charlotte area.

Giving the field what amounted to an eight-frame head-start, he began competition in the ninth frame and bowled a 40 in his first game. He followed it up with games of 225, 248, 246, 257, 197, 211 and 225 which was good enough to finish 44th in qualifying advancing to Wednesday’s cashers round. Unfortunately he couldn’t get anything going in the cashers round finishing the tournament in 51st.

The PBA50 Tour travels to Farmingdale Lanes in Farmingdale, N.Y., May 6-9 for the Johnny Petraglia BVL Open presented by Brunswick. Fans can catch all the action on PBA’s online bowling channel Xtra Frame. Visit www.xtraframe.tv for subscription and schedule information.

PBA50 RACE CITY OPEN

Presented by Columbia 300

George Pappas’ Victory Lanes, Mooresville, N.C., Wednesday

Final Standings

1, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., $7,500.

2, Kenny Parks, Hammond, Ind., $4,000.

3, Sammy Ventura, Syracuse, N.Y., $2,500.

4, Lennie Boresch Jr., Kenosha, Wis., $2,000.

5, Michael Haugen Jr., Phoenix, $1,750.

Stepladder Results

Match One – Boresch def. Haugen, 223-216.

Match Two – Duke def. Boresch, 216-187.

Semifinal Match – Duke def. Ventura, 210-202.

Championship – Duke def. Parks, 221-213.

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

1, ss-Kenny Parks, Hammond, Ind., 5-1, 1,587.
2, Sammy Ventura, Syracuse, N.Y., 5-1, 1,553.
3, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 3-3, 1,521.
4, Lennie Boresch Jr., Kenosha, Wis., 4-2, 1,509.
5, Michael Haugen Jr., Phoenix, 4-2, 1,487.
6, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., 3-3, 1,477, $1,600.
7, Stoney Baker, Canton, Ga., 3-3, 1,462, $1,600.
8, Gary Faulkner, Norfolk, Va., 3-3, 1,461, $1,600.
9, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 2-4, 1,453, $1,400.
10, Brian LeClair, Delmar, N.Y., 3-3, 1,451, $1,400.
11, ss-Nick Morgan, Sacramento, Calif., 3-3, 1,427, $1,400.
12, Bob Learn Jr., Erie, Pa., 3-3, 1,398, $1,400.
13, ss-Warren Nelson, Hemet, Calif., 1-5, 1,345, $1,400.
14, Brian Kretzer, Dayton, Ohio, 3-3, 1,337, $1,400.
14, Craig Auerbach, Sunrise, Fla., 1-5, 1,337, $1,400.
16, ss-Greg McMahan, Dandridge, Tenn., 2-4, 1,278, $1,400.

Match Play Round 1

(after five games including match play record and bonus pins)

17, James Hansen, Anchorage, Alaska, 3-2, 1,180, $1,250.
18, (tie) ss-Tom Baker, King, N.C., 1-4, 1,171, and Todd Kjell, Roscoe, Ill., 3-2, 1,171, $1,250.
20, Jack Jurek, Lackawanna, N.Y., 3-2, 1,167, $1,250.
21, Brian Voss, Centennial, Colo., 2-3, 1,166, $1,250.
22, Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, 2-3, 1,153, $1,250.
23, Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., 3-2, 1,121, $1,250.
24, Don Breeden, Clive, Iowa, 2-3, 1,119, $1,250.
25, Bryan Goebel, Shawnee, Kan., 3-2, 1,114, $1,150.
26, Eddie Graham, Centerville, Ohio, 2-3, 1,088, $1,150.
27, Ralph Brunt Jr., Jensen Beach, Fla., 2-3, 1,066, $1,150.
28, ss-Thomas Ream, Tampa, Fla., 1-4, 1,058, $1,150.
29, Harry Sullins, Chesterfield Twp., Mich., 1-4, 1,047, $1,150.
30, Dave Han, Birmingham, Ala., 2-3, 1,046, $1,150.
31, Doug O'Bryant, Ball Ground, Ga., 2-3, 1,004, $1,150.
32, Tommy Martin, Olive Branch, Miss., 1-4, 995, $1,150.

Other Cashers (after five-game cashers’ round)

33, Curt Guinn, Greenwood, S.C., 1,084, $1,075.
34, ss-Lee Brosius, Ashburn, Va., 1,078, $1,075.
35, ss-Bobby Johnson, Chillicothe, Ohio, 1,070, $1,075.
36, ss-Ron Profitt, Brookville, Ohio, 1,056, $1,075.
37, ss-Ted Staikoff, Black Hawk, S.D., 1,046, $1,075.
38, Ernie Segura Jr., Taylor, Mich., 1,045, $1,075.
39, ss-Tom Howison, Chillicothe, Ohio, 1,044, $1,075.
40, Brian Cooper, Henderson, Nev., 1,024, $1,075.
41 (tie), ss-Don Blatchford, Santa Monica, Calif., and Mike Hastings, Millsboro, Del., 1,022, $1,000.
42, ss-Ken Gibson, Greenville, S.C., 1,020, $1,000.
43, ss-Gary Shultis, Levittown, N.Y., 1,008, $1,000.
44, ss-Dale Eagle, Twin Falls, Idaho, 1,004, $1,000.
45, Gary Alstott, Washington, Ill., 999, $1,000.
46, ss-Mark Scime, Winter Garden, Fla., 990, $1,000.
47, ss-Bill McCorkle, Westerville, Ohio, 956, $1,000.
48, ss-Ron Mohr, Las Vegas, 956, $1,000.
49, ss-Brian Miller, Springfield, Ohio, 953, $1,000.
50, Dave Sill, Titusville, Fla., 948, $1,000.
51, ss-Jeff Bellinger, Columbia, S.C., 901, $1,000.
52, ss-David Kneas, Annapolis, Md., 856, $1,000.

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