Newcomer Matt Kuba Takes PBA Xtra Frame Parkside Lanes Open Lead After Second Round

by Jerry Schneider July 1, 2018 14:40

AURORA, Ill. – Matt Kuba of Chicago Ridge, Ill., a 26-year-old newcomer to Professional Bowlers Association competition, surged from ninth after the first round to take the second round lead in the PBA Xtra Frame Parkside Lanes Open Sunday, leading a field of 27 players advancing to Monday’s semifinal round.

Bowling on the PBA Don Carter 39-foot lane condition, Kuba averaged 227 in the second round bowling games of 269, 245, 190, 223, 210, 226, 256 and 197, and picked up 200 bonus pins to bring his overall pinfall for 16 games to 3,964.

The tournament incorporates a bonus pin scoring system that is intended to put added emphasis on performing well every game. With four players on each pair of lanes, the player who bowls the highest score each game earns an additional 30 bonus pins, the second highest player earns 20 bonus pins, and the third-high player gets an extra 10 pins. The lowest scoring player receives no bonus pins. In case of ties, bonus pins are divided.

IMG_3035Kuba holds a slim eight-pin lead over first round leader EJ Tackett of Huntington, Ind., in second, who finished with a 3,956 pinfall after the second round. Tackett, the 2016 PBA Player of the Year, bowled 188, 200, 214, 189, 259, 184, 220 and 246 in the second round and picked up 170 bonus pins.

“I’m pretty surprised to be in this position,” said Kuba, whose previous best PBA finish was 10th in a regional tournament as a non-member in 2017. “I tried not to pay too much attention to the scores and just stay focused.

“One good thing about this format – for me anyway – is that it slows the game down mentally for me,” Kuba continued. “You find yourself concentrating on yourself and the three other guys on your pair and not worrying about what the rest of the field is doing.”

Rounding out the top five after the second round were 2018 USBC Masters winner Andrew Anderson, Holly, Mich., 3,918; Chris Loschetter, Avon, Ohio, 3,909, and Chris Via, Springfield, Ohio, 3,905.

Saturday’s first round was conducted on the PBA Chameleon 39-foot condition. The 27 players advancing to Monday’s semifinal round will compete on the PBA Bear 39-foot condition.

After Monday’s eight-game semifinal round which begins at 10 a.m. CT, the top five players will bowl in the stepladder finals at 3 p.m. with the top qualifier selecting the oil pattern for the finals.

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(A 2018 Go Bowling! PBA Tour event)

Parkside Lanes, Aurora, Ill., Sunday

Second Round Standings (after 16 games, including bonus pins. Top 27 players advance to Monday’s semifinal round)

1, Matt Kuba, Chicago Ridge, Ill., 3,964.
2, EJ Tackett, Huntington, Ind., 3,956
3, Andrew Anderson, Holly, Mich., 3,918.
4, Chris Loschetter, Avon, Ohio, 3,909.
5, Chris Via, Springfield, Ohio, 3,905.
6, Jason Sterner, Rockledge, Fla., 3,891.
7, Dom Barrett, England, 3,888.
8, AJ Johnson, Oswego, Ill., 3,880.
9, Greg Ostrander, Freehold, N.J., 3,864.
10, Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., 3,841.
11, Graham Fach, Canada, 3,837.
12, Bill O'Neill, Langhorne, Pa., 3,819.
13, Anthony Simonsen, Austin, Texas, 3,794.
14, Nick Kruml, Downers Grove, Ill., 3,767.
15, Matt O'Grady, Rahway, N.J., 3,756.
16, Kamron Doyle, Brentwood, Tenn., 3,752.
17, Steve Jaros, Yorkville, Ill., 3,747.
18, Kurt Pilon, Warren, Mich., 3,719.
19, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 3,706.
20, Kyle Sherman, O'Fallon, Mo., 3,701.
21, JR Raymond, Clinton Twp., Mich., 3,684.
22, Mitch Hupe, Canada, 3,683.
23, Kristopher Prather, Plainfield, Ill., 3,667.
24, Anthony Pepe, Elmhurst, N.Y., 3,660.
25, n-Mike Dole, Loves Park, Ill., 3,656.
26, Jason Miller, Plano, Ill., 3,655.
27, Nathan Michalowski, Burlington, Wis., 3,645.

Did not advance:
28, Kyle Troup, Taylorsville, N.C., 3,641.
29, AJ Chapman, Manchester, Iowa, 3,638.
30, Zach Doty, Campbellsville, Ky., 3,625.
31, Tim Foy Jr., Seaford, Del., 3,601.
32, Richard McCormick, Cincinnati, Ohio, 3,596.
33, Matthew McNiel, Minneapolis, Minn., 3,561.
34, n-Ron Fujita, El Sobrente, Calif., 3,560.
35, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 3,552.
36, n-Brent Boho, Colgate, Wis., 3,551.
37, Tom Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich., 3,547.
38, Aaron Beaver, Goshen, Ind., 3,525.
39, Dakota Vostry, Chicago, 3,510.
40, (tie) Richie Teece, England, and n-Patrick Hanrahan, Greenwich, Conn., 3,504.
42, (tie) Francois Lavoie, Canada, and Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., 3,500.
44, Michael Schlabach, Goshen, Ind., 3,494.
45, Nicholas Pate, Inver Grove Heights, Minn., 3,484.
46, (tie) Charlie Brown Jr, Grandville, Mich., and Gerald Marrs, Lake in the Hills, Ill., 3,469.
48, Joe Paluszek, Bensalem, Pa., 3,456.
49, Brad Miller, Lees Summit, Mo., 3,453.
50, Joseph Kruzel Jr, Addison, Ill., 3,450.
51, Keven Williams, Springfield, Mo.,, 3,445.
52, Ryan Zagar, Racine, Wis., 3,438.
53, n-Alex Leeman, Appleton, Wis., 3,432.
54, Matt Sanders, Indianapolis, 3,426.
55, Michael Vitalone, Jr., Lake Worth, Fla., 3,423.
56, Devin Bidwell, Wichita, Kan., 3,404.
57, n-Joseph Grondin, San Pedro, Calif., 3,400.
58, Steven Taylor, Tremont, Ill., 3,394.
59, (tie) John Furey, Howell, N.J., and Michael Davidson, Versailles, Ohio, 3,387.
61, Kyle Walther, Columbus, Ohio, 3,379.
62, Trent Knoop, Sidney, Ohio, 3,370.
63, Cameron Weier, Tacoma, Wash., 3,362.
64, n-Zach Rhoades, Lafayette, Ind., 3,360.
65, Kenny Calkins III, Des Moines, Iowa, 3,358.
66, n-Victor Cortez, Waukegan, Ill., 3,334.
67, Kyle Cook, Centerville, Ohio, 3,331.
68, n-Christopher Dower, Cary, Ill., 3,319.
69, n-Jim Spigner, Vernon Hills, Ill., 3,310.
70, Francois Louw, South Africa, 3,301.
71, n-Tom Carter, Aurora, Ill., 3,294.
72, Tyler Wilds, Three Rivers, Mich., 3,288.
73, Scott Merritt, Iowa City, Iowa, 3,269.
74, n-Josh Parkin, Urbana, Ohio, 3,261.
75, n-Joshua Berry, Glasgow, Ky., 3,235.
76, CJ Kirchner, Cartersville, Ill., 3,218.
77, Brandon Curtis, Manson, N.C., 3,158.
78, n-William Guszczo, Orland Park, Ill., 3,152.
79, n-Kevin Sickler, Plainfield, Ill., 3,118.
80, Dakoda Christianson, Rice Lake, Wis., 3,109.
81, n-Mike Kicmal, LaGrange, Ill., 3,091.
82, Christopher O'Neil, Decatur, Ill., 3,068.
83, Phillip Watson, Belleville, Ill., 3,051.
84, Jason Gittleson, Southern Pines, N.C., 3,043.
85, Michael Baker, Moline, Ill., 3,037.
86, Peter Switalski, Oak Forest, Ill., 3,035.
87, n-Daniel Hall, Wolfforth, Texas, 3,004.
88, (tie) Ryan Lakota, Shorewood, Ill., and Tristan Butler, Fort Wayne, Ind., 2,987.
90, n-Glenn Itter, Aurora, Ill., 2,983.
91, Shane Yesovich, Boardman, Ohio, 2,933.
92, ss-Larry Helton, Bolingbrook, Ill., 2,888.
93, n-Kevin Henkens, West Burlington, Iowa, 2,794.
94, John Contos, Crystal Lake, Ill., 2,720.
95, n-Will Clark, Montgomery, Ill., 2,407.
96, n-Germaine Tyler, Bolingbrook, Ill., 2,406.
97, Bobby Hall II, Landover, Md., 1,903.
98, Cristian Azcona, Puerto Rico, 1,605.
99, Matt Taylor, Youngsville, N.C., 1,487.
100, n-William Thompson, Romeoville, Ill., 1,389.

300 games – Bill O’Neill, AJ Johnson


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PBA Hall of Famer Johnny Guenther Dies at Age 82

by Jerry Schneider June 28, 2018 09:16

CHICAGO - Professional Bowlers Association Hall of Famer and 11-time PBA Tour champion Johnny Guenther of Edmonds, Wash., died Wednesday after a short illness at the age of 82.

Among his 11 titles was the 1972 PBA National Championship for his lone major, but he was probably most remembered for his 1969 San Jose Open title where he bowled only the second 300 game seen on live television.

On ABC’s Pro Bowlers Tour stepladder final telecast that featured four other PBA greats, Guenther, the No. 4 qualifier, beat Buzz Fazio, 203-195, in the first match and then went on to beat Don Johnson in the second match, where he threw the historic 300 game (300-189). He then defeated Billy Hardwick, 233-214, in the semifinal, and finally top-seeded Wayne Zahn, 268-194, for the title.

“To tell you the truth, I never thought about it until I hit the last strike,” Guenther said after bowling the historic perfect game. “I’ve had nine or 10 300 games in my career but that one was the only one on television. You never think you’re going to get them all – you just keep adding one at a time.”

To view a clip of Guenther’s 300 game in the San Jose Open click on

The 300 game and tournament win also netted Guenther a $10,000 bonus and a new Mercury Cougar.

Guenther’s very first PBA win in the 1965 Oxnard (Calif.) Open was also memorable setting two PBA scoring records on his way to the title. He set the then eight-game pinfall record of 2,022 and 16-game record of 3,830 which eclipsed the previous marks of 1,983 and 3,793 set by Ray Bluth in 1964.

Guenther, who was voted as PBA’s 45th greatest player in 2009, was also a three-time Steve Nagy Sportsmanship Award winner, earning the honor in 1966 and 1967 and then shared the award again with Dick Ritger and Dave Soutar in 1970.

Also a member of the United States Bowling Congress Hall of Fame, Guenther was the winner of two USBC Open Championship titles, winning the 1967 and 1974 Classic Team titles.

According to an obituary in the Seattle Times, Guenther was born in Langdon, N.D., and his family moved to Seattle in 1947. He graduated from West Seattle High School where he had met his wife, Patricia Ann, who died in 2014.

Guenther learned the game fast as a teenager, rolling an 809 league series as an 18-year-old in an elite Seattle traveling league.

The former bowling proprietor and Army veteran owned and operated Georgetown Lanes in Seattle and Robin Hood Lanes in Edmonds before finally retiring from the bowling business in 2013.

In addition to daughter Lynn Ressler of Edmonds and son Mark Guenther of Whitefish, Mont., Guenther is survived by granddaughters Blair Klumpyan of Houston and Lauren McCants of suburban Cincinnati and two great-grandsons.

A family service will be planned for the near future but the family suggests donations to the American Heart Association and National Kidney Foundation be made in his name.

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Jason Belmonte Wins 2018 PBA Tour Finals for 18th Career PBA Tour Title

by Jerry Schneider June 19, 2018 18:55

ALLEN PARK, Mich. - In a hotly-contested rematch between the last two Professional Bowlers Association Players of the Year, Australian two-hander Jason Belmonte defeated defending champion EJ Tackett of Huntington, Ind., in a two-frame roll-off to win the 2018 PBA Tour Finals, earning his 18th career Go Bowling! PBA Tour title.

The finale was telecast Tuesday on the CBS Sports Network from suburban Detroit’s famous Thunderbowl Lanes.

Bowling on the 45-foot Dick Weber lane condition chosen by Belmonte, the 2017 PBA Tour Finals runner-up held the upper hand in the best-of-two-game match after defeating Tackett in the first game, 239-205. But Tackett, the 2017 PBA Tour Finals winner, rebounded to win game two, 219-170, to force the 9th and 10th frame roll-off for the title.

“I didn’t know what to do,” said Belmonte after appearing to be lost following his 170 game. “I tried playing outside and then I went back to playing inside. I think I probably was overplaying my adjustments and making too radical of changes, so I went back to my original ball and started playing in the middle of what I was trying to do earlier in the game.”

May 4, 2018; Allen Park, MI, USA; During a PBA event at Thunderbowl Lanes. Credit: Tim Fuller-Professional Bowlers Association  
In the roll-off, Belmonte started with a strike and finished with a spare/strike in his 10th frame while Tackett, who was trying for his 10th career title, spared in his ninth but left the 2-8-10 split on his first ball of his 10th frame, resulting in a 40-26 loss and giving the title to Belmonte.

Belmonte stressed the importance of his strike on his fill ball in the 10th frame of the second game leading into the roll-off.

“That (final ball) in the 10th was huge because that was the only indicator I had that I could find some kind of shot going into the playoff.”

The PBA Tour Finals was draining for Belmonte because it followed an especially grueling travel schedule for him just prior to the event.

After competing in the Oceanview at Falmouth PBA League in Portland and then traveling to Florida to visit with Hannah Carbocci, a member of Stoneman Douglas’ high school bowling team, he returned home to Australia for a short four-day break before flying all the way back to Detroit for the PBA Tour Finals.

“I’m exhausted, but I wouldn’t miss this event in this historic venue and the great Detroit bowling fans,” Belmonte said. “This is a great event that I believe really puts a spotlight on our top players so I really enjoy competing in it.  Plus, I had some unfinished business after last year’s runner-up finish (when he lost to Tackett).”

The PBA Tour Finals featured an elite field of the top eight players in combined PBA earnings from the 2016, 2017 and first four months of 2018. Competition consisted of four games of total pinfall positioning round competition on four different lane conditions, followed by a semifinal stepladder round for each four-man group. Belmonte won Group 1 over Anthony Simonsen, Dom Barrett and Sean Rash while Tackett topped Group 2, topping Jesper Svensson, Marshall Kent and Tommy Jones.

As the high average leader heading into the title match, Belmonte got to select the lane conditioning pattern out of the four patterns used in the event: Johnny Petraglia 36, Mark Roth 42, Don Carter 39 or Dick Weber 45 (the numerical distinction behind each pattern name refers to the distance in feet oil is applied to the lanes). Coincidentally, Tackett also favored the Weber pattern.

Preceding the title match, a match to decide third- and fourth-place featured the No. 2 qualifiers from each semifinal round. Sweden’s Svensson, a left-handed two-hander, defeated Simonsen, a right-handed two-hander from Austin, Texas, in another best-of-two-game match that also resulted in a 9th and 10th frame roll-off. Svensson won game one, 248-204. After Simonsen came back to win the second, 229-201, Svensson won the roll-off, 49-39, to finish third.

For Belmonte, the title was his second of the 2018 Go Bowling! PBA Tour season after a win with partner Bill O’Neill in the Mark Roth/Marshall Holman PBA Doubles Championship in February. Belmonte is trying to defend his 2017 PBA Player of the Year title and win PBA’s most prized individual honor for the fifth time in six years. Tackett disrupted Belmonte’s reign when he won the 2016 PBA Player of the Year award.


Thunderbowl Lanes, Allen Park, Mich. (finals aired June 19 on CBS Sports Network)

Championship (best of two games; 9th and 10th frame roll-off to break tie)

Game 1 – Jason Belmonte, Australia def. EJ Tackett, Huntington, Ind., 239-205.

Game 2 – Tackett def. Belmonte, 219-170.

Roll-off - Belmonte ($30,000) def. Tackett ($18,000), 40-26.

Third-Place Match  (best of two games; 9th and 10th frame roll-off to break tie)

Game 1 – Jesper Svensson, Sweden def. Anthony Simonsen, Austin, Texas, 248-204.

Game 2 – Simonsen def. Svensson, 229-201.

Roll-off – Svensson ($10,000) def. Simonsen ($5,000), 49-39.

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Mika Koivuniemi Wins Suncoast PBA Senior U.S. Open For First PBA50 Tour Title

by Jerry Schneider June 15, 2018 19:49

LAS VEGAS – Known as Major Mika during a 16-year career on the PBA Tour, 14-time PBA Tour winner Mika Koivuniemi lived up to that nickname by winning the Suncoast PBA Senior U.S. Open presented by Storm Friday for his first title on PBA’s tour for players 50 and over.

The 51-year-old native of Finland, who was top qualifier for the stepladder finals, reeled off the first six strikes in a 259-237 win over Brian Kretzer of Dayton, Ohio, in the title match at the Suncoast Bowling Center to win the season’s third PBA50 Tour major.

“We may be getting older but winning never gets old,” said Koivuniemi, who won three majors during his PBA Tour career. “There’s a lot of great bowlers out here and many of them are bowlers who I bowled against on the PBA Tour so the competition is still tough.”

S75_0997 copyWith the first six strikes in the title match, Koivuniemi was able to build a lead that was just too much for Kretzer to overcome.

“I really felt good mentally and couldn’t have thrown the ball better considering I don’t bowl as much as I used to,” said Koivuniemi. “I used a ball that I felt good about but it’s one that I either throw a lot of strikes with or throw a lot of splits. Fortunately, it was strikes today.

“My attitude has always been to focus on what I can do to win,” he added. “Even though Brian was bowling well it didn’t have any effect on what I needed to do going into the (title) match.”

Koivuniemi, who has been retired from the PBA Tour for three years, isn’t able to bowl as much because he is the full-time head coach for the United Arab Emirates national bowling team.

“I’m fortunate that I’m still able to get time off to bowl these tournaments,” Koivuniemi said of competing in the Senior U.S. Open and USBC Senior Masters. “I believe I can win these tournaments so that’s why I make the trip.”

The two-time PBA Player of the Year also joined Amleto Monacelli of Venezuela as the only international players to win  the Senior U.S. Open.

Koivuniemi’s previous best PBA50 major finishes were seventh in the 2017 Senior Masters and ninth in the 2017 Senior U.S. Open.

Kretzer, who qualified fifth for the finals after making a big move from 14th after Friday’s first match play round, started by winning the opening match against No. 4 qualifier five-time PBA Tour winner Ryan Shafer of Horseheads, N.Y., 208-196. He then went on to beat PBA Hall of Famers Parker Bohn III of Jackson, N.J., 243-193, and Brian Voss of Centennial, Colo., 257-196, on his way to the title match.

Kretzer, who owns one PBA Tour title, was trying for his first PBA50 Tour title. Bohn was trying for his fifth PBA50 Tour title and Voss was trying for his third and second of the season.

In danger of missing the cut to match play, PBA Hall of Famer Pete Weber of St. Ann, Mo., who was trying to become the Senior U.S. Open’s first three-time winner rallied in the final two rounds of match play with an 11-1 match play record but fell just short of making the finals finishing sixth.

The PBA50 Tour will take a four-week break and return to action with the PBA50 River City Xtreme Open presented by Ebonite in Monticello, Minn., July 17-20.


Presented by Storm

Suncoast Bowling Center, Las Vegas, Friday

Final Standings:

1, Mika Koivuniemi, Finland, $10,000.

2, Brian Kretzer, Dayton, Ohio, $6,000.

3, Brian Voss, Centennial, Colo., $5,000.

4, Parker Bohn, III, Jackson, N.J., $4,000.

5, Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., $3,500.

Stepladder Results:

Match One – Kretzer def. Shafer, 208-196.

Match Two – Kretzer def. Bohn, 243-193.

Semifinal Match – Kretzer def. Voss, 257-196.

Championship Match – Koivuniemi def. Kretzer, 259-237.


(after 36 games. Includes match play record and total pinfall including bonus pins. Top five players advance to stepladder finals).

1, Mika Koivuniemi, Hartland, Mich., 9-3, 8,206.
2, Brian Voss, Centennial, Colo., 7-5, 8,095.
3, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 8-3-1, 8,078.
4, Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., 5-6-1, 8,057.
5, Brian Kretzer, Dayton, Ohio, 8-4, 8,042.
6, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 11-1, 7,974, $3,000.
7, Allan Sennevall, Sweden, 9-3, 7,966, $2,800.
8, n-Steven Smith, San Diego, 8-4, 7,964, $2,600.
9, Eric Forkel, Henderson, Nev., 6-6, 7,959, $2,500.
10, Rolando Sebelen, Dominican Republic, 6-6, 7,944, $2,400.
11, Kimmo Lehtonen, Finland, 7-5, 7,926, $2,300.
12, Ron Mohr, Las Vegas, 7-5, 7,912, $2,200.
13, Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, 4-7-1, 7,894, $2,100.
14, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 5-7, 7,859, $2,050.
15, Andrew Frawley, Australia, 8-4, 7,842, $2,000.
16, Michael Haugen Jr., Phoenix, 4-8, 7,841, $1,950.
17, Mark Williams, Beaumont, Texas, 7-5, 7,832, $1,900.
18, Harry Sullins, Chesterfield Twp., Mich., 4-8, 7,788, $1,850.
19, n-Steven Badovinac, Parker, Colo., 7-5, 7,778, $1,800.
20, Lennie Boresch Jr., Kenosha, Wis., 8-4, 7,771, $1,750.
21, n-Paul Fleming, Bedford, Texas, 4-8, 7,767, $1,700.
22, Doug Kent, Newark, N.Y., 6-6, 7,755, $1,650.
23, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., 6-6, 7,714, $1,600.
24, Bo Goergen, Sanford, Mich., 7-5, 7,705, $1,575.
25, Eddie Graham, Kettering, Ohio, 4-8, 7,698, $1,550.
26, Chris Warren, Grants Pass, Ore., 6-6, 7,690, $1,525.
27, Rick Minier, Houston, 4-8, 7,675, $1,500.
28, Jeff Johnson, Freeport, Ill., 6-6, 7,625, $1,475.
29, Bob Learn Jr., Erie, Pa., 6-6, 7,590, $1,450.
30, Todd Kjell, Roscoe, Ill., 4-8, 7,579, $1,425.
31, (tie) Kevin Croucher, Grants Pass, Ore., 4-8, 7,567, and n-David Bolles, Stockton, Calif., 6-6, 7,567, $1,388.
33, n-Ben Hoefs, Mobile, Ala., 7-5, 7,558, $1,350.
34, Ricky Schissler, Brighton, Colo., 5-6-1, 7,550, $1,325.
35, Wayne Garber, Modesto, Calif., 7-5, 7,531, $1,300.
36, Mark Mazzulla, Brentwood, Calif., 5-7, 7,442, $1,290.
37, Jan Larsen, Sweden, 4-8, 7,421, $1,280.
38, Sammy Ventura, Syracuse, N.Y., 2-10, 7,370, $1,270.
39, Robert Lawrence, Austin, Texas, 3-9, 7,361, $1,260.
40, *Pat Nolan, Japan, 2-3-0, 7,348, $1,250.
41, Mike Edwards, Tulsa, Okla., 2-5-0, 6,490.

*Alternate Pat Nolan replaced Mike Edwards who withdrew in second game.


(after 30 games. Includes match play record and total pinfall including bonus pins. All players advance to sixth round)

1, Mika Koivuniemi, Hartland, Mich., 5-1, 6,697.
2, Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., 3-3, 6,691.
3, n-Steven Smith, San Diego, 5-1, 6,660.
4, Brian Voss, Centennial, Colo., 4-2, 6,655.
5, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 4-1-1, 6,630.
6, Michael Haugen Jr., Phoenix, 3-3, 6,615.
7, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 4-2, 6,592.
8, Allan Sennevall, Sweden, 5-1, 6,559.
9, Harry Sullins, Chesterfield Twp., Mich., 3-3, 6,533.
10, Eric Forkel, Henderson, Nev., 3-3, 6,517.
11, Ron Mohr, Las Vegas, 3-3, 6,502.
12, Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, 2-4-0, 6,497.
13, Rolando Sebelen, Dominican Republic, 2-4, 6,491.
14, Brian Kretzer, Dayton, Ohio, 3-3-0, 6,487.
15, Mark Williams, Beaumont, Texas, 3-3, 6,453.
16, Doug Kent, Newark, N.Y., 4-2, 6,438.
17, Kimmo Lehtonen, Finland, 2-4, 6,426.
18, n-Steven Badovinac, Parker, Colo., 4-2, 6,421.
19, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 5-1, 6,418.
20, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., 4-2, 6,389.
21, Todd Kjell, Roscoe, Ill., 2-4, 6,369.
22, Mike Edwards, Tulsa, Okla., 2-4, 6,366.
23, Bo Goergen, Sanford, Mich., 3-3, 6,356.
24, Jeff Johnson, Freeport, Ill., 4-2, 6,342.
25, Rick Minier, Houston, 2-4, 6,340.
26, Bob Learn Jr., Erie, Pa., 4-2, 6,335.
27, Eddie Graham, Kettering, Ohio, 2-4, 6,311.
28, Lennie Boresch Jr., Kenosha, Wis., 3-3, 6,293.
29, Andrew Frawley, Australia, 3-3, 6,290.
30, (tie) Chris Warren, Grants Pass, Ore., 3-3, and n-Paul Fleming, Bedford, Texas, 1-5, 6,287.
32, Wayne Garber, Modesto, Calif., 4-2, 6,286.
33, Kevin Croucher, Grants Pass, Ore., 1-5, 6,285.
34, n-David Bolles, Stockton, Calif., 3-3, 6,258.
35, Ricky Schissler, Brighton, Colo., 3-2-1, 6,243.
36, n-Ben Hoefs, Mobile, Ala., 3-3, 6,237.
37, Robert Lawrence, Austin, Texas, 2-4, 6,181.
38, Sammy Ventura, Syracuse, N.Y., 1-5, 6,178.
39, Jan Larsen, Sweden, 1-5, 6,150.
40, Mark Mazzulla, Brentwood, Calif., 1-5, 6,126.


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Bad Game Doesn’t Prevent Ryan Shafer from Taking Top Qualifier Honors In Suncoast PBA Senior U.S. Open

by Jerry Schneider June 14, 2018 18:41

LAS VEGAS – Despite bowling 154 in his final game of qualifying in the fourth round, Ryan Shafer of Horseheads, N.Y., earned top qualifier honors in the Suncoast PBA Senior U.S. Open presented by Storm Thursday to lead 40 players who advanced to Friday’s match play rounds.

Shafer finished the qualifying portion of the third PBA50 Tour major of the season with a 5,340 24-game pinfall total (222.5 average) to lead 14-time PBA Tour winner Mika Koivuniemi who surged into second from 10th in the third round, with 5,256.

“You have to put that experience in your memory bank for the future,” said a frustrated Shafer. “I used four different balls on the right lane alone and just couldn’t get anything going.”

While he ended the round poorly, Shafer, a five-time winner on the PBA Tour who is trying for his first PBA50 Tour title, did bowl well the rest of the round with games of 279, 221, 210, 227 and 212 before the 154 game.

“I felt good about all the decisions I made for playing the lanes and my equipment choices for the whole round,” he continued. “Even in the last game I don’t think there’s any decision I would change — I just got to a pair (of lanes) where I couldn’t figure it out.”

Trailing by 164 pins heading into the final round of qualifying, Koivuniemi bowled a 1,383 six-game pinfall in the fourth round with games of 268, 186, 279, 236, 218 and 196.

Koivuniemi, a native of Finland, is currently the head coach of the United Arab Emirates national bowling team and has been retired from PBA Tour competition for three years, but still manages to bowl an occasional professional event.

“Of course, you can find places where you could have scored higher but I’m really happy with the way I’m bowling,” said the 51-year-old Koivuniemi who has won three PBA Tour majors. “Today was a little better because I could play further inside and loft the ball more which is more the game I like to play.”

PBA50 Tour rookie Rolando Sebelen of the Dominican Republic finished qualifying in third with a 5,210 pinfall. He bowled a 1,246 in Thursday’s round with games of 212, 211, 244, 161, 185 and 233.

Sebelen, a member of the Dominican Republic national bowling team for more than 30 years, is a multi-medalist in international competition, most notably winning a doubles bronze medal in the 2007 Pan Am Games and a team gold medal in the 1989 World Bowling Championships.

Qualifying fourth was defending champion Michael Haugen Jr. of Phoenix with a 5,205 pinfall, followed by three-time PBA50 Tour winner Harry Sullins of Chesterfield Twp., Mich., who bowled the tournament’s first 300 game, in fifth with 5,204.

The top 40 players will bowl two six-game match play rounds Friday beginning at 8 a.m. PT. At the end of match play the top five players will be determined for the stepladder finals schedule for 4:15 p.m.

PBA Hall of Famer and 2014 Senior U.S. Open winner Norm Duke of Clermont, Fla., finished qualifying in sixth with 5,188, followed by fellow hall of famer Parker Bohn III of Jackson, N.J., in seventh with 5,167.

Two-time Senior U.S. Open winners hall of famers Amleto Monacelli of Venezuela, who finished 10th with 5,149, and Pete Weber of St. Ann, Mo., who finished 31st with 4,942, are trying to become the tournament’s first three-time winner. Monacelli won back-to-back in 2012 and 2013 and Weber won consecutively in 2015 and 2016.

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Suncoast Bowling Center, Las Vegas, Thursday

FOURTH ROUND (after 24 games. Field cut to top 40 players for Friday’s match play rounds)

1, Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., 5,340.
2, Mika Koivuniemi, Hartland, Mich., 5,256.
3, Rolando Sebelen, Dominican Republic, 5,210.
4, Michael Haugen Jr., Phoenix, 5,205.
5, Harry Sullins, Chesterfield Twp., Mich., 5,204.
6, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 5,188.
7, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 5,167.
8, n-Paul Fleming, Bedford, Texas, 5,161.
9, n-Steven Smith, San Diego, 5,153.
10, Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, 5,149.
11, Brian Kretzer, Dayton, Ohio, 5,131.
12, Eddie Graham, Kettering, Ohio, 5,104.
13, Rick Minier, Houston, 5,096.
14, Ron Mohr, Las Vegas, 5,095.
15, Brian Voss, Centennial, Colo., 5,094.
16, Todd Kjell, Roscoe, Ill., 5,083.
16, Allan Sennevall, Sweden, 5,083.
18, Mark Williams, Beaumont, Texas, 5,081.
19, Kimmo Lehtonen, Finland, 5,077.
20, n-Steven Badovinac, Parker, Colo., 5,072.
21, Eric Forkel, Henderson, Nev., 5,067.
22, Kevin Croucher, Grants Pass, Ore., 5,054.
23, n-Ben Hoefs, Mobile, Ala., 5,003.
24, Mike Edwards, Tulsa, Okla., 4,997.
25, Lennie Boresch Jr., Kenosha, Wis., 4,976.
26, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., 4,974.
27, Sammy Ventura, Syracuse, N.Y., 4,961.
28, Doug Kent, Newark, N.Y., 4,955.
29, Ricky Schissler, Brighton, Colo., 4,954.
30, Robert Lawrence, Austin, Texas, 4,953.
31, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 4,942.
32, Bob Learn Jr., Erie, Pa., 4,937.
33, Bo Goergen, Sanford, Mich., 4,933.
34, Andrew Frawley, Australia, 4,930.
35, n-David Bolles, Stockton, Calif., 4,922.
36, Jan Larsen, Sweden, 4,918.
37, Chris Warren, Grants Pass, Ore., 4,915.
38, Wayne Garber, Modesto, Calif., 4,913.
39, Jeff Johnson, Freeport, Ill., 4,908.
40, Mark Mazzulla, Brentwood, Calif., 4,906.

Failed to advance:
41, Pat Nolan, Japan, 4,901.
42, Keith Lesko, Prosper, Texas, 4,894.
43, Noel Vazquez, Sacramento, Calif., 4,893.
44, ss-Mike Dias, Lafayette, Colo., 4,882, $1,100.
45, Dennis Horan Jr., Oakley, Calif., 4,872.
46, ss-Ted Staikoff, Black Hawk, S.D., 4,864, $1,100.
47, ss-Paul McCordic, Sugar Land, Texas, 4,859, $1,100.
48, ss-David Axon, Bellevue, Neb., 4,853, $1,100.
49, Peter Knopp, Germany, 4,850.
50, (tie) ss-Don Blatchford, Santa Monica, Calif., and ss-Darwin Wimer, Mesquite, Nev., 4,845, $1,100.
52, ss-Michael Lucente, Warren, Mich., 4,842, $1,100.
53, Mike Kanada, Camarillo, Calif., 4,839.
54, Brian LeClair, Albany, N.Y., 4,836.
55, Bryan Goebel, Shawnee, Kan., 4,835.
56, n-Marv Sargent, Temecula, Calif., 4,826.
57, ss-Junichi Yajima, Japan, 4,824, $1,100.
58, Terry Metzner, Kentwood, Mich., 4,817.
59, Andrew Warren, Austin, Tex., 4,812.
60, n-Paul Renteria, Henderson, Nev., 4,809.
61, Joseph Petrovich, Tracy, Calif, 4,804.
62, n-Bob Baer, Henderson, Nev., 4,802.
63, Tom Carter, Columbus, Ohio, 4,798.
64, Christer Petersson, Gothenburg, Sweden, 4,787.
65, n-Dave Cirigliano, Phoenix, 4,785.
66, Hakan Fast, Sweden, 4,756.
67, Dale Traber, Cedarburg, Wis., 4,755.
68, Marty Deh, San Jose, Calif., 4,751.
69, Bruce Hall, Westborough, Mass., 4,749.
70, (tie) Brian Cooper, Henderson, Nev., and Gary Faulkner, Norfolk, Va., 4,747.
72, Tony Johnson, Canton, Ohio, 4,743.
73, Christopher Keane, Cape Coral, Fla., 4,740.
74, Edward Silva, Manteca, Calif., 4,737.
75, (tie) Daniel Miyamoto, Mililani, Hawaii, and Toby Contreras, Lee's Summit, Mo., 4,735.
77, David Allen, Las Vegas, 4,729.
78, n-Barry Zimmerman, Grand Forks, N.D., 4,727.
79, Olle Svenson, Lerum, Sweden, 4,721.
80, Mike Mineman, St Louis, 4,720.
81, n-John Hricsina Jr., Las Vegas, 4,719.
82, n-Klaus Lischka, Germany, 4,713.
83, John Dudak, Orland Park, Ill., 4,711.
84, Troy Kendrick, Las Vegas, Nev., 4,707.
85, Scott Greiner, Sunrise Beach, Mo., 4,704.
86, Darron Peters, Temecula, Calif., 4,702.
87, n-Tish Johnson, Colorado Springs, Colo., 4,695.
88, n-Dana Wright, St. Paul, Minn., 4,689.
89, Rob Rice, Sunnyside, Wash., 4,685.
90, Lennart Nyman, Sweden, 4,682.
91, Paul Mielens, Menomonie, Wis., 4,677.
92, Skip Pavone, San Jose, Calif., 4,672.
93, Brian Miller, Springfield, Ohio, 4,667.
94, Johnny Petraglia, Jackson, N.J., 4,666.
95, n-Jimmie Pritts Jr., Mathuen, Mass., 4,660.
96, Lew Elting, Carlsbad, Calif., 4,658.
97, Crister Danielsson, Sweden, 4,654.
98, Kerry Fulford, Ft. Worth, Texas, 4,653.
99, Greg McDaniel, Kimball, Neb., 4,651.
100, n-Anthony Figuiera, Gardena, Calif., 4,643.
101, Doug O'Bryant, Ball Ground, Ga., 4,639.
102, (tie) n-John Marsala, St. Louis, and Klas Thunberg, Sweden, 4,635.
104, (tie) n-Paul Appling, Camarillo, Calif., and Tony Rodriguez Jr., Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., 4,628.
106, n-Bill Oakes, Lawton, Okla, 4,625.
107, n-Joe Baca, Brentwood, Calif., 4,623.
108, Stan Winters, Simi Valley, Calif., 4,621.
109, Warren Nelson, Hemet, Calif., 4,618.
110, Randy Turner, Shallowater, Texas, 4,614.
111, n-David Graber, Las Vegas, 4,584.
112, Warren Eales, Chandler, Ariz., 4,573.
113, Jonny Hall, Sweden, 4,565.
114, Don Herrington, Ballston Lake, N.Y., 4,553.
115, n-Dennis Klein, Phoenix, 4,532.
116, Russ Simmons, Fontana, Calif., 4,531.
117, n-Jeff Row, Humbolt, Ariz., 4,505.
118, Henry Dawson, Elma, Wash., 4,494.
119, Jon DeLaney, McKinney, Texas, 4,488.
120, Ray Valdovino, Sacramento, Calif., 4,459.
121, n-Ron Hosler, Englewood, Colo., 4,447.
122, Don Lane, San Francisco, 4,412.
123, n-Nelson Sand, Maple Valley. Wash., 4,400.
124, n-Robert Callari, Cordova, Tenn.., 4,389.
125, Norm Spurlock, Kenner, La., 4,388.
126, Raymond Scrivens, Jr., Athens, Pa., 4,387.
127, James Storts, Westfield, Ind., 4,384.
128, Mike Schmid, St. Paul, Minn., 4,378.
129, Steven Jansson, Barnes, Wis., 4,365.
130, Timothy Regan, East Northport, N.Y., 4,360.
131, Doug Kempt, Arcadia, Calif., 4,342.
132, Robert Donovan, Prattsville, N.Y., 4,317.
133, Daniel Knafo, Valencia, Calif., 4,316.
134, Ron Anderson, Canyon Country, Calif., 4,309.
135, Jon J.J. Jensen, Olympia, Wash., 4,302.
136, n-Marty Hinton, Henderson, Nev., 4,299.
137, Garry Blanton, Owensboro, Ky., 4,274.
138, Rodney Garrick, San Francisco, 4,273.
139, Richard McNeill, Yorktown, Va., 4,263.
140, Glen Nakagawa, Highland Village, Texas, 4,245.
141, Glenn Morgan, Carson City, Nev., 4,211.
142, John Kidwell, Indianapolis, Ind., 4,202.
143, Frank Paganelli, Las Vegas, Nev., 4,195.
144, Charles Allen Jr., Pell City, Ala., 4,178.
145, Ross McDonald, Las Vegas, Nev., 4,170.
146, n-Jay Gneiting, Aberdeen, Idaho, 4,155.
147, Steve Stein, Staten Island, N.Y., 4,128.
148, Joe Beck, Montgomery, Ala., 4,120.
149, n-William Mcgee, Great Falls, Mont., 4,080.
150, Tim Pierce, Portland, Ore., 4,020.
151, John Austin Jr., League City, Texas, 3,996.
152, n-Dale Knight, Las Vegas, 3,805.
153, Galen Keas, Alda, Neb., 3,762.   


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