Age and Wisdom Again Faces Youthful Challenge in PBA Xtra Frame Gene Carter’s Pro Shop Classic

by Jerry Schneider August 15, 2017 12:45

MIDDLETOWN, Del. – For the past two years, the PBA Tour Xtra Frame Gene Carter’s Pro Shop East Classic has featured a showdown between some of the Professional Bowlers Association’s established veteran stars and what many believe is the strongest generation of rising stars the PBA has seen in years. The story isn’t any different this year, except maybe the stakes are a bit higher.

This year, in addition to a $15,000 first prize and a PBA Tour title (if the winner is a PBA member), players are competing for PBA Xtra Frame Storm Cup series points, which are awarded to the top 20 players in each of seven tournaments in the series. Middletown is the sixth of seven Storm Cup series events which will reward the top five in points with shares of $50,000 in bonus prize, including $20,000 to the winner.

Heading into Delaware, the top five Storm Cup points leaders are: EJ Tackett (64), Marshall Kent (62), Dom Barrett (60), Dick Allen (59), Josh Blanchard (47). Blanchard is two points ahead of Ryan Ciminelli.

Whether or not youth will prevail in Middletown remains to be seen, because age-and-wisdom has proven to be the winning commodity the past two seasons. In 2016, it was Michael Haugen Jr. (featured photo) of Phoenix who took the title on the eve of launching his PBA50 Rookie of the Year campaign. In 2015, victory went to the older-and-wiser Ryan Shafer of Horseheads, N.Y., a 30-year PBA Tour veteran who ended a 12-year title slump with a 254-144 romp past then-22-year-old Marshall Kent of Yakima, Wash. The 2014 champ was PBA Hall of Famer Jason Couch of Clermont, Fla., who came out of retirement to win.

The 2017 field coming to Mid-County Bowling and Entertainment will include veteran PBA Tour champions including Dick Allen of Columbia, S.C., who won last Sunday’s PBA Xtra Frame Chesapeake Open in Virginia; Patrick Allen of Elmwood Park, N.J.; England’s Dom Barrett; Josh Blanchard of Mesa, Ariz.; Ryan Ciminelli of Cheektowaga, N.Y.; Couch; Tom Daugherty of Tampa, Fla.; Ray Edwards of Middle Island, N.Y.; Haugen; Tommy Jones of Simpsonville, S.C.; Bill O’Neill of Langhorne, Pa.; Anthony Pepe of Elmhurst, N.Y.; Sean Rash of Montgomery, Ill.; Ronnie Russell of Marion, Ind.; Shafer; Tom Smallwood of Saginaw, Mich.; Kyle Troup of Taylorsville, N.C.; Danny Wiseman of Baltimore; Dave Wodka of Beavercreek, Ohio, and the winningest PBA player of them all, 47-time PBA Tour champion Walter Ray Williams Jr. of Oxford, Fla.

Among the next-generation challengers will be reigning PBA Player of the Year EJ Tackett of Huntington, Ind.; Kent, the 2014 PBA Rookie of the Year; AJ Johnson of Oswego, Ill.; San Francisco’s Tang brothers, Darren and Michael; PBA rookie Cristian Azcona of Puerto Rico, and several others who are trying to establish names for themselves.

The Delaware field also has a distinct international flavor, including Japan’s Shota Kawazoe and Malaysian two-hander Zulmazran (ZZ) Zulkifli.

The entire tournament will be covered live, exclusively by PBA’s Xtra Frame online bowling channel. Xtra Frame is a subscription-based video-streaming service, available on a three-day plan for special price of $2.99, 30-day plan for $7.99 and full year XF Season Ticket plan for equivalent of about $1.25 a week. Visit xtraframe.tv for details.

The Gene Carter Pro Shop East Classic gets underway on Friday, Aug. 18, with a practice session for tournament players from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m., followed by pro-am squads at 3, 5:15 and 8 p.m. when grassroots league bowlers – men, women, kids, seniors – can bowl with PBA stars for their own prizes.

Competition begins on Saturday, Aug. 19 with seven-game qualifying squads bowling at 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. The top 50 players will advance to a four-game cashers round Sunday at 9 a.m., after which the top 16 will bowl a modified 12-game round-robin match play round. Based upon combined 23-game pinfall totals (including 30 bonus pins for matches won), the top four will compete in a stepladder finale at approximately 6:30 p.m.

For pro-am information, e-mail len.h@outlook.com.

PBA XTRA FRAME GENE CARTER’S PRO SHOP CLASSIC
Mid-County Bowling and Entertainment, Middletown, Del., Aug. 19-21 (all times Eastern)

Friday, Aug. 18
11 a.m. - Practice session
3 p.m. – AB Sports Junior Scholarship pro-am
5:15 and 8 p.m. – Anchor Buick-GMC/Williams Chevrolet pro-am squads

Saturday, Aug. 19
9 a.m. - A Squad, 7 qualifying games
4 p.m. – B Squad, 7 qualifying games
Top one-third of field after 7 games advances to match play

Sunday, Aug. 20
9 a.m. – Cashers round, 4 games (top 16 after 11 games advance to match play
1 p.m. – Top 16, 12 games modified round robin match play (top four after 23 games advance to stepladder finals)
6:30 p.m. - Top four stepladder finals

PBA XTRA FRAME STORM CUP POINTS LEADERS
(Players with 10 or more points after five of seven events; 25 points awarded to winner, 19 to second place, 18 to third, etc. through 20th place. Bonus prize money payable at the end of the season will include $20,000 for first place, $10,000 for second place, $8,000 for third, $7,000 for fourth and $5,000 for fifth place.)
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
27, Chris Loschetter, Avon, Ohio, 14
28, BJ Moore III, Greensburg, Pa., 13
28 (tie), Sean Lavery-Spahr, Pasadena, Texas, and Chris Spoo, Boynton Beach, Fla., 13
31 (tie), Kris Koeltzow, Wheat Ridge, Colo.; Andres Gomez, Colombia; Bill O'Neill, Langhorne, Pa., and Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., 12
35, Jeff Piroozshad, Coral Springs, Fla., 11

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Darryl Bower Throws Last Six Strikes in Title Match to Win PBA60 Dick Weber Championship

by Jerry Schneider August 12, 2017 12:01

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Darryl Bower of Middletown, Pa., threw the last six strikes in the championship match to win the PBA60 Dick Weber Championship presented by Hammer Saturday at Pro Bowl West for his first PBA60 national title.

Bower defeated the stepladder finals’ top qualifier Dave Axon of Bellevue, Neb., 255-208, to win the last of three PBA60 events for players 60 and older during the season.

Bower, a 61-year-old bowling proprietor, held a commanding lead until the sixth frame when he left the 4-6-7 split opening the door for Axon who was trying for his first national title. But then Bower made a small adjustment which enabled him to put the string of strikes together to seal the match.

“Being able to throw the ball straight and fairly slow allowed me to repeat shots,” Bower said. “I had that one bad shot in the sixth frame but I made a small adjustment by moving my feet to the left on the approach and that’s all I needed to get the ball back to the pocket.”

The win was Bower’s second national PBA title. He won the PBA Tour’s 1985 PBA True Value Open which was held in Indianapolis.

“Indiana has been good to me,” said Bower. “My PBA Tour win came in Indianapolis and now I’ve got a senior win here in Fort Wayne. I’m looking forward to coming back.”

Bower’s best finish on the PBA50 Tour was fifth in the 2012 PBA50 Senior Dayton Classic.

Bower, who qualified third for the finals, defeated No. 5 qualifier Hugh Miller of Mercer Island, Wash., 280-192, in the second stepladder match before advancing to the semi-final where he beat 2008 USBC Senior Masters winner Kenny Parks of Hammond, Ind., 234-206.

Miller, a seven-time PBA Tour and three-time PBA50 Tour winner, posted an 11-1 match play record to make it to the finals.

In the opening match, Miller beat three-time PBA Tour and two-time PBA50 Tour winner Charlie Tapp of Kalamazoo, Mich., 222-193.

The winner of the two previous PBA60 events this season were PBA Hall of Famer and four-time PBA50 Tour Player of the Year Tom Baker who won the season-opening PBA60 Killer ‘B’ Open and two-time PBA50 Player of the Year and reigning PBA60 Player of the Year Ron Mohr, who won the Super Senior Classic.

PBA60 DICK WEBER CHAMPIONSHIP

presented by Hammer
Pro Bowl West, Fort Wayne, Ind., Saturday

Final Standings:

1, Darryl Bower, Middletown, Pa., $7,500.

2, Dave Axon, Bellevue, Neb., $4,000.

3, Kenny Parks, Hammond, Ind., $2,500.

4, Hugh Miller, Mercer Island, Wash., $2,000.

5, Charlie Tapp, Kalamazoo, Mich., $1,750.

Stepladder Results:

Match One – Miller def. Tapp, 222-193.

Match Two – Bower def. Miller, 280-192.

Semi-final Match – Bower def. Parks, 234-206.

Championship Match – Bower def. Axon – 255-208.

Fourth Round

(After 24 games. Includes match play record and overall pinfall total including bonus pins. Top five advance to stepladder finals)

1, David Axon, Bellevue, Neb., 9-3, 5,918.
2, Kenny Parks, Hammond, Ind., 9-3, 5,891.
3, Darryl Bower, Middletown, Pa., 8-4, 5,846.
4, Charlie Tapp, Kalamazoo, Mich., 8-4, 5,717.
5, Hugh Miller, Mercer Island, Wash., 11-1, 5,709.
6, n-Henry Dawson, Elma, Wash., 9-3, 5,679, $1,600.
7, Edward Silva, Manteca, Calif., 7-5, 5,666, $1,550.
8, Bill Nichols, Bella Vista, Ark., 5-7, 5,660, $1,500.
9, Don Blatchford, Santa Monica, Calif., 7-5, 5,644, $1,450.
10, Warren Nelson, Hemet, Calif., 9-3, 5,640, $1,425.
11, n-Leroy Johnson, Chicago, 7-5, 5,633, $1,400.
12, Tom Baker, King, N.C., 7-5, 5,625, $1,375.
13, Ed Roberts, Braintree, Mass., 3-8-1, 5,579, $1,350.
14, Paul McCordic, Sugar Land, Texas, 4-7-1, 5,573, $1,325.
15, Raymond Scrivens, Jr., Athens, Pa., 7-5, 5,549, $1,300.
16, Don Sylvia, Daytona Beach, Fla., 7-5, 5,541, $1,275.
17, Marc Lineberry, Camanche, Iowa, 5-7, 5,486, $1,250.
18, Mike Dias, Lafayette, Colo., 7-5, 5,460, $1,225.
19, Brian Miller, Springfield, Ohio, 6-6, 5,456, $1,210.
20, James Storts, Westfield, Ind., 6-6, 5,444, $1,200.
21, Greg McMahan, Dandridge, Tenn., 5-7, 5,412, $1,190.
22, Brendan Bierch, Grafton, Mass., 5-7, 5,406, $1,180.
23, n-Ed Austreng, Waterford, Mich., 6-5-1, 5,387, $1,170.
24, Ted Staikoff, Black Hawk, S.D., 3-9, 5,383, $1,160.
25, Ray Johnson, Battle Creek, Mich., 5-7, 5,376, $1,150.
26, Mark Everette, Aliquippa, Pa., 4-8, 5,352, $1,140.
27, John Parry, Oak Park, Calif., 5-7, 5,328, $1,130.
28, (tie) n-Fred McClain, Allen Park, Mich., 5-6-1, 5,266, and n-Mitchell Jabczenski, Novi, Mich., 2-10, 5,266, $1,118.
30, Lee Brosius, Ashburn, Va., 3-9, 5,206, $1,110.
31, Chris Fedden, Albany, N.Y., 4-8, 5,135, $1,105.
32, Dale Eagle, Twin Falls, Idaho, 2-10, 5,029, $1,100.

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Kenny Parks Rebounds After First Two Matches to Take PBA60 Dick Weber Championship Third Round Lead

by Jerry Schneider August 11, 2017 17:48

FORT WAYNE, Ind. -- Kenny Parks of Hammond, Ind., overcame losses in the first two matches of the first match play round Friday at Pro Bowl West to take the third round lead in the PBA60 Dick Weber Championship presented by Hammer.

After losing the first two matches with games of 180 and 246, Parks came back to win the next four with games of 277, 247, 247 and 258 to compile a 4,374 18-game overall pinfall total (including match play bonus pins) to lead 32 players ages 60 and older into Saturday morning’s fourth round that will determine the top five for the stepladder finals set for noon EDT.

“I was just lost after the first game,” said the 2008 USBC Senior Masters champion. “After the first game I had a better look, started throwing it better and started striking.

“I think the key for me is to throw the ball straighter down the lane which is helping me throw better quality shots,” he continued. “I just need to keep fighting, hope I get a few breaks and good things will happen.”

Parks best finish on the PBA50 Tour this season was second in the Race City Open when he lost to Norm Duke 221-213 in the title match.

Parks holds a 27-pin lead over Darryl Bower of Middletown, Pa., in second who also posted a 4-2 record finishing with 4,347 pinfall. Bower won the 1985 True Value Open for his lone PBA Tour title.

Don Blatchford of Santa Monica, Calif., who had the day’s only 300 game, finished third with a 5-1 record and 4,275 pinfall. First round leader, three-time PBA Tour and two-time PBA50 Tour titlist Charlie Tapp of Kalamazoo, Mich., dropped to sixth with 4,197.

Saturday’s competition will be streamed live on PBA’s online bowling channel Xtra Frame. For subscription and schedule information visit www.xtraframe.tv. In addition to following the action on pba.com, Apple users can download the new PBA app, available through the Apple App store, to access live scoring.

PBA60 DICK WEBER CHAMPIONSHIP

Presented by Hammer

Pro Bowl West, Fort Wayne, Ind., Friday

Third Round (After 18 games including match play and bonus pins. All 32 players advance to Saturday’s fourth round)

1, Kenny Parks, Hammond, Ind., 4-2, 4,374.
2, Darryl Bower, Middletown, Pa., 4-2, 4,347.
3, Don Blatchford, Santa Monica, Calif., 5-1, 4,275.
4, Paul McCordic, Sugar Land, Texas, 2-3-1, 4,225.
5, David Axon, Bellevue, Neb., 4-2, 4,202.
6, Charlie Tapp, Kalamazoo, Mich., 4-2, 4,197.
7, n-Fred McClain, Allen Park, Mich., 4-1-1, 4,172.
8, Bill Nichols, Bella Vista, Ark., 3-3, 4,168.
9, n-Henry Dawson, Elma, Was., 4-2, 4,167.
10, Ray Scrivens, Jr., Athens, Pa., 4-2, 4,165.
11, Hugh Miller, Mercer Island, Wash., 5-1, 4,148.
12, Tom Baker, King, N.C., 4-2, 4,146.
13, Warren Nelson, Hemet, Calif., 5-1, 4,140.
14, Edward Silva, Manteca, Calif., 3-3, 4,139.
15, Edward Roberts, Braintree, Mass., 1-4-1, 4,130.
16, Ray Johnson, Battle Creek, Mich., 4-2, 4,104.
17, n-Leroy Johnson, Chicago, 2-4, 4,096.
18, James Storts, Westfield, Ind., 2-4, 4,094.
19, n-Ed Austreng, Waterford, Mich., 3-2-1, 4,086.
20, n-Mitchell Jabczenski, Novi, Mich., 2-4, 4,053.
21, Brian Miller, Springfield, Ohio, 2-4, 4,037.
22, Mike Dias, Lafayette, Colo., 3-3, 4,031.
23, Mark Everette, Aliquippa, Pa., 2-4, 4,012.
24, Brendan Bierch, Grafton, Mass., 2-4, 4,000.
25, Ted Staikoff, Black Hawk, S.D., 1-5, 3,992.
26, (tie) John Parry, Oak Park, Calif., 3-3, and Don Sylvia, Daytona Beach, Fla., 3-3, 3,990.
28, Greg McMahan, Dandridge, Tenn., 2-4, 3,983.
29, Marc Lineberry, Camanche, Iowa, 2-4, 3,976.
30, Lee Brosius, Ashburn, Va., 2-4, 3,908.
31, Chris Fedden, Albany, N.Y., 2-4, 3,858.
32, Dale Eagle, Twin Falls, Idaho, 1-5, 3,856.

Second Round (After 12 games. Top 32 advanced to match play)

1, Bill Nichols, Bella Vista, Ark., 2,816.
2, n-Fred McClain, Allen Park, Mich., 2,812.
3, Kenny Parks, Hammond, Ind., 2,796.
4, David Axon, Bellevue, Neb., 2,786.
5, Charlie Tapp, Kalamazoo, Mich., 2,779.
6, Darryl Bower, Middletown, Pa., 2,778.
7, Paul McCordic, Sugar Land, Texas, 2,747.
8, Ted Staikoff, Black Hawk, S.D., 2,746.
9, James Storts, Westfield, Ind., 2,744.
10, Don Blatchford, Santa Monica, Calif., 2,702.
11, n-Leroy Johnson, Chicago, 2,701.
12, Brian Miller, Springfield, Ohio, 2,697.
13, Mark Everette, Aliquippa, Pa., 2,686.
14, (tie) n-Mitchell Jabczenski, Novi, Mich., and Raymond Scrivens, Jr., Athens, Pa., 2,684.
16, n-Henry Dawson, Elma, Was., 2,675.
17, (tie) Ray Johnson, Battle Creek, Mich., and Brendan Bierch, Grafton, Mass., 2,656.
19, Warren Nelson, Hemet, Calif., 2,654.
20, (tie) Edward Roberts, Braintree, Mass., and Dale Eagle, Twin Falls, Idaho, 2,649.
22, Lee Brosius, Ashburn, Va., 2,645.
23, Don Sylvia, Daytona Beach, Fla., 2,643.
24, Edward Silva, Manteca, Calif., 2,641.
25, (tie) Greg McMahan, Dandridge, Tenn., and Tom Baker, King, N.C., 2,640.
27, Hugh Miller, Mercer Island, Wash., 2,629.
28, n-Ed Austreng, Waterford, Mich., 2,621.
29, Mike Dias, Lafayette, Colo., 2,600.
30, John Parry, Oak Park, Calif., 2,598.
31, Chris Fedden, Albany, N.Y., 2,592.
32, Marc Lineberry, Camanche, Iowa, 2,590.

Did not advance
33, Toby Contreras, Lee's Summit, Mo., 2,587, $1,000.
34, (tie) Tom Carter, Columbus, Ohio, 2,585, and n-Ron Burgess, Plymouth, Mich., 2,585, $1,000.
36, Paul Mielens, Menomonie, Wis., 2,579.
37, John Dudak, Orland Park, Ill., 2,578.
38, Bob Caruso, Dayton, N.J., 2,566.
39, Jim Heintz, St. Charles, Mo., 2,563.
40, Vince Honeycutt, Franklin, N.C., 2,561.
41, Emilio Mora Sr., Defiance, Ohio, 2,560.
42, George Miller III, Grand Rapids, Mich., 2,559.
43, n-Gary Kinyon, Lockport, N.Y., 2,554.
44, (tie) Dale Traber, Cedarburg, Wis., and n-Jim Lauricella, Sterling Hts., Mich., 2,549.
46, Michael James, Grafton, Neb., 2,547.
47, (tie) n-Robert Reeder Jr., Bellefonte, Pa., and Mike Moore, Marietta, Ohio, 2,544.
49, ss-Steve Stein, Staten Island, N.Y., 2,540.
50, Johnny Petraglia, Jackson, N.J., 2,538.
51, Curtis Aemisegger, Wauconda, Ill., 2,536.
52, Harv Pallas, Stevensville, Mich., 2,527.
53, Dale Csuhta, Wadsworth, Ohio, 2,521.
54, Dave Bernhardt, Romeo, Mich., 2,519.
55, Charlie Tomey, Spartanburg, S.C., 2,510.
56, n-Peter Minaudo, Chesterfield, Mich., 2,509.
57, Ross McDonald, Clarksville, Md., 2,502.
58, James Knoblauch, Waukesha, Wis., 2,500.
59, Tom Howison, Chillicothe, Ohio, 2,492.
60, Rich Giragosian, Charlotte, N.C., 2,488.
61, Richard Hunt, Valparaiso, Ind., 2,487.
62, n-Ted Hannahs, Zanesville, Ohio, 2,482.
63, Lew Elting, Carlsbad, Calif., 2,464.
64, Mike Walden, Stony Point, N.Y., 2,454.
65, (tie) n-Daniel Mayer, Fort Wayne, Ind., and n-Michael Chapman, Garden City, Mich., 2,450.
67, Bill Hewlett, Las Vegas, 2,447.
68, n-Gerry Loudin, Bridgeport, W.Va., 2,430.
69, Robert Donovan, Prattsville, N.Y., 2,428.
70, James Souder, Greeneville, Tenn., 2,424.
71, (tie) n-Joseph Woznicki, Lakeland, Fla., and Phillip Moros, Lombard, Ill., 2,422.
73, Tim Pierce, Portland, Ore., 2,414.
74, Mike Schmid, St. Paul, Minn., 2,408.
75, Bill Henson, Westerville, Ohio, 2,407.
76, John Younger, Winston-Salem, N.C., 2,399.
77, William Banks, Laurel Hill, N.C., 2,395.
78, Steven Banks, Leesburg, Va., 2,389.
79, Steven Jansson, Barnes, Wisc., 2,387.
80, Mark Pickford, Charlotte, N.C., 2,382.
81, (tie) n-Andrew Bizub, Huber Heights, Ohio, and Ken Ball, Avon, N.Y., 2,365.
83, Charlie Gadd, Lake Worth, Fla., 2,351.
84, (tie) n-Dick Selgo, Archbold, Ohio, and Gary Simon, Bridgeport, W.Va., 2,344.
86, Chris Patton, Park City, Utah, 2,334.
87, Don Lane, San Francisco, 2,332.
88, Larry Zacharias, Plainfield, Ill., 2,331.
89, Ron Profitt, Brookville, Ohio, 2,323.
90, n-Roland Wright, Christianburg, Vir., 2,320.
91, Bob Heath Sr., Grand Junction, Iowa, 2,311.
92, n-Louis Sturm, Canada, 2,308.
93, James Hutchinson, Ludlow Falls, Ohio, 2,299.
94, Robert Davis, Annapolis, Md., 2,297.
95, Daniel Seppa, Madison, Wis., 2,277.
96, Dan Dicus, Chillicothe, Ohio, 2,249.
97, n-Carleton Turley, Huntingtow, Md., 2,248.
98, n-John Henry Jr., Ft Wayne, Ind, 2,170.
99, Dale Holgate, Peninsula, Ohio, 2,157.
100, Jim Dilyard, Burbank, Ohio, 2,132.
101, Ronald Reitzel, Perrysburg, Ohio, 2,128.
102, Allen Meskan, Addison, Ill., 1,982.
103, Bruce Siegel, Highland Park, Ill., 1,952.
104, n-Bob Shank, Fort Wayne, Ind., 1,354.
105, Gary Kammes, Winfield, Ill., 1,261.

300 games (1)- Don Blatchford

n-non-member

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Charlie Tapp Averages 240 to Take First Round Lead In PBA60 Dick Weber Championship

by Jerry Schneider August 10, 2017 18:19

FORT WAYNE, Ind. - Charlie Tapp, a three-time winner in a 12-year career on the PBA Tour, averaged 240 to lead the first round of the PBA60 Dick Weber Championship presented by Hammer Thursday at Pro Bowl West.

The 66-year-old Tapp, of Kalamazoo, Mich., bowled a 1,442 six-game pinfall total with games of 224, 279, 287, 190, 237 and 225 to lead the field of 106 players 60 and older.

“I prepared pretty well for this tournament,” said Tapp, who works as a sales rep for a bowling distributor and is head coach for the Aquinas College bowling team. “I practiced pretty intensely for about four weeks and even took some lessons to get ready for it.

“It kind of felt like old times out there today,” he added. “I had a good ball reaction and I was reading the lanes real well so I’m pretty happy. In the 190 game, I had a couple splits and chopped a spare but otherwise everything was good.”

Tapp, who also owns two PBA50 Tour titles, competed on the PBA Tour from 1979-1991.

Tapp holds a narrow two-pin lead over 2006 USBC Senior Masters champion Kenny Parks of Hammond, Ind., in second with a 1,440 pinfall. Rounding out the top five are Darryl Bower, Middletown, Pa., 1,422; Brendan Bierch, Grafton, Mass., 1,404, and Brian Miller, Springfield, Ohio, 1,401.

The Dick Weber Championship is the last of three events limited to players 60 and over this season. Four-time PBA50 Player of the Year Tom Baker won the PBA60 Killer ‘B’ Open and two-time PBA50 Player of the Year Ron Mohr won the USBC Super Senior Classic.

Mohr, a Fort Wayne native who clinched his second consecutive PBA60 Player of the Year crown, is not competing in the Dick Weber Championship because he is traveling to Munich, Germany to compete in the World Senior Championships Aug. 13-20.

Competition continues with second round qualifying Friday beginning at 11 a.m. EDT with a cut to the top 32 players for match play at 5 p.m. The second match play round begins Saturday morning at 8:30 a.m. which will determine the top five for the stepladder finals at noon.

Fans can catch all the action on PBA’s online bowling channel Xtra Frame. For subscription and schedule information visit www.xtraframe.tv. In addition to following the action on pba.com, Apple users can download the new PBA app, available through the Apple App store, to access live scoring.

PBA60 DICK WEBER CHAMPIONSHIP

Presented by Hammer

Pro Bowl West, Fort Wayne, Ind., Thursday

First Round (After six games)

1, Charlie Tapp, Kalamazoo, Mich., 1,442.
2, Kenny Parks, Hammond, Ind., 1,440.
3, Darryl Bower, Middletown, Pa., 1,422.
4, Brendan Bierch, Grafton, Mass., 1,404.
5, Brian Miller, Springfield, Ohio, 1,401.
6, Mark Everette, Aliquippa, Pa., 1,391.
7, Ray Johnson, Battle Creek, Mich., 1,385.
8, Paul McCordic, Sugar Land, Texas, 1,384.
9, Tom Baker, King, N.C., 1,378.
10, Edward Silva, Manteca, Calif., 1,369.
11, Don Blatchford, Santa Monica, Calif., 1,367.
12, (tie) Dale Csuhta, Wadsworth, Ohio and Bill Nichols, Bella Vista, Ark., 1,364.
14, n-Henry Dawson, Elma, Was., 1,362.
15, n-Leroy Johnson, Chicago, 1,360.
16, James Storts, Westfield, Ind., 1,351.
17, John Dudak, Orland Park, Ill., 1,350.
18, David Axon, Bellevue, Neb., 1,349.
19, n-Fred McClain, Allen Park, Mich., 1,346.
20, Paul Mielens, Menomonie, Wis., 1,336.
21, Toby Contreras, Lee's Summit, Mo., 1,333.
22, n-Ron Burgess, Plymouth, Mich., 1,328.
23, Tom Carter, Columbus, Ohio, 1,324.
24, (tie) n-Ed Austreng, Waterford, Mich., and Dale Eagle, Twin Falls, Idaho, 1,313.
26, Greg McMahan, Dandridge, Tenn., 1,311.
27, John Parry, Oak Park, Calif., 1,305.
28, Lew Elting, Carlsbad, Calif., 1,304.
29, Mike Moore, Marietta, Ohio, 1,303.
30, Harv Pallas, Stevensville, Mich., 1,302.
31, Bob Caruso, Dayton, N.J., 1,301.
32, Ross McDonald, Clarksville, Md., 1,300.
33, Raymond Scrivens, Jr., Athens, Pa., 1,298.
34, n-Peter Minaudo, Chesterfield, Mich., 1,294.
34, Ted Staikoff, Black Hawk, S.D., 1,294.
36, Ed Roberts, Braintree, Mass., 1,292.
37, Richard Hunt, Valparaiso, Ind., 1,289.
38, Curtis Aemisegger, Wauconda, Ill., 1,286.
39, Johnny Petraglia, Jackson, N.J., 1,284.
40, James Knoblauch, Waukesha, Wis., 1,282.
41, n-Mitchell Jabczenski, Novi, Mich., 1,281.
42, Warren Nelson, Hemet, Calif., 1,274.
43, Lee Brosius, Ashburn, Va., 1,272.
44, Don Sylvia, Daytona Beach, Fla., 1,267.
45, Tim Pierce, Portland, Ore., 1,265.
46, George Miller III, Grand Rapids, Mich., 1,263.
47, Gary Kammes, Winfield, Ill., 1,261.
48, n-Michael Chapman, Garden City, Mich., 1,256.
49, Vince Honeycutt, Franklin, N.C., 1,255.
50, Steven Jansson, Barnes, Wisc., 1,253.
51, Phillip Moros, Lombard, Ill., 1,251.
52, (tie) Tom Howison, Chillicothe, Ohio, and Mike Dias, Lafayette, Colo., 1,243.
54, n-Gary Kinyon, Lockport, N.Y., 1,242.
54, Robert Donovan, Prattsville, N.Y., 1,242.
56, Rich Giragosian, Charlotte, N.C., 1,241.
57, -n-Robert Reeder Jr., Bellefonte, Pa., 1,238.
58, Michael James, Grafton, Neb., 1,237.
58, Hugh Miller, Mercer Island, Wash., 1,237.
60, Marc Lineberry, Camanche, Iowa, 1,236.
61, Mark Pickford, Charlotte, N.C., 1,227.
62, n-Jim Lauricella, Sterling Hts., Mich., 1,226.
63, Chris Fedden, Albany, N.Y., 1,224.
64, Gary Simon, Bridgeport, W.Va., 1,219.
65, Charlie Tomey, Spartanburg, S.C., 1,217.
66, Steve Stein, Staten Island, N.Y., 1,215.
67, n-Joseph Woznicki, Lakeland, Fla., 1,209.
68, Emilio Mora Sr., Defiance, Ohio, 1,208.
69, Dave Bernhardt, Romeo, Mich., 1,207.
70, Dale Traber, Cedarburg, Wis., 1,205.
71, Bill Henson, Westerville, Ohio, 1,201.
72, (tie) n-Ted Hannahs, Zanesville, Ohio, and Charlie Gadd, Lake Worth, Fla., 1,199.
74, (tie) Jim Heintz, St. Charles, Mo., and Mike Walden, Stony Point, N.Y., 1,198.
76, n-Bob Shank, Fort Wayne, Ind., 1,194.
77, n-Louis Sturm, Canada, 1,189.
78, Ron Profitt, Brookville, Ohio, 1,184.
79, Chris Patton, Park City, Utah, 1,177.
80, Bill Hewlett, Las Vegas, 1,169.
81, Mike Schmid, St. Paul, Minn., 1,166.
81, Tommy Brodowski, New Hyde Park, N.Y., 1,166.
83, (tie) James Hutchinson, Ludlow Falls, Ohio, and Dan Dicus, Chillicothe, Ohio, 1,164.
85, (tie) n-Dick Selgo, Archbold, Ohio, and n-Daniel Mayer, Fort Wayne, Ind., 1,163.
87, Larry Zacharias, Plainfield, Ill., 1,160.
88, (tie) Robert Davis, Annapolis, Md. and Roland Wright, Christianburg, Va., 1,154.
90, John Younger, Winston-Salem, N.C., 1,151.
91, Ken Ball, Avon, N.Y., 1,148.
92, Steven Banks, Leesburg, Va., 1,140.
93, n-Andrew Bizub, Huber Heights, Ohio, 1,129.
94, Don Lane, San Francisco, 1,120.
95, n-John Henry Jr., Fort Wayne, Ind., 1,117.
96, Daniel Seppa, Madison, Wis., 1,115.
97, Bob Heath Sr., Grand Junction, Iowa, 1,114.
98, ss-n-Gerry Loudin, Bridgeport, W.Va., 1,110.
99, ss-William Banks, Laurel Hill, N.C., 1,103.
100, n-Carleton Turley, Huntingtow, Md., 1,088.
101, Dale Holgate, Peninsula, Ohio, 1,087.
102, James Souder, Greeneville, Tenn., 1,070.
103, Jim Dilyard, Burbank, Ohio, 1,034.
104, Ronald Reitzel, Perrysburg, Ohio, 1,002.
105, Bruce Siegel, Highland Park, Ill., 991.
106, Allen Meskan, Addison, Ill., 988.

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Pete Weber Wins PBA50 DeHayes Insurance Group Championship for 100th Career PBA Title; Brian LeClair Wins PBA50 Player of the Year Crown

by Jerry Schneider August 8, 2017 19:42

FORT WAYNE, Ind. -- PBA Hall of Famer Pete Weber won the PBA50 DeHayes Insurance Group Championship presented by Pro Bowl West and Ebonite for his 100th overall title in PBA competition Tuesday, and Brian LeClair of Delmar, N.Y., survived challenges from Norm Duke and Parker Bohn III to win his first PBA50 Player of the Year crown.

Weber, who was the top seed for the finals, won his first PBA50 Tour title of the season by defeating Duke in the title match, 279-255, for his 11th career title on the tour for players 50 years and older.

“I thought it could come at any time but I might have taken it for granted a little bit,” said Weber of his 100th overall win. “You have to earn it – you can’t expect it.

“It’s been a humbling experience this year,” Weber admitted of his otherwise disappointing season in which his previous best finish was third in the USBC Senior Masters. “You’re going to have the down times no matter who you are. You have to take the good with the bad.”

Weber, the 2015 and 2016 PBA50 Player of the Year, has won 37 PBA Tour titles, 52 combined PBA regional and PBA50 regional titles in addition to his 11 on the PBA50 Tour. His 100 titles ranks second behind fellow hall of famer Walter Ray Williams Jr. who has 102 titles overall in PBA competition.

Both Weber and Duke got off to strong starts in the championship match. Weber started with the first seven strikes before leaving a solid nine pin in the eighth frame. Duke, who was also on a string of strikes, left a pocket 7-10 split in the eighth frame which pretty much ended his hopes for the win.

“I knew going in it was going to take a 260 game against Norm and fortunately I bowled 270,” Weber said. “I needed every bit of it because every time I bowl Norm, we always have a great match and it seems like it’s always a battle.”

Weber’s title also moved him into a tie for fifth with Williams and Gene Stus on the all-time PBA50 Tour titles list.

LeClair.Brian_2017SrUSOpen(26)Duke, who qualified third for the finals, needed a win to overtake LeClair in the player of the year point race. LeClair, who finished seventh in the tournament, was the only player to win more than one title during the season winning the Pasco County Florida Open and Johnny Petraglia BVL Opens. He also had a second-place finish in the Suncoast PBA Senior U.S. Open.

In Duke’s run to try and catch LeClair, he finished second twice and third in the last three PBA50 tournaments.

In the opening match of the final tournament of the season, Bohn, trying for his second consecutive title of the season after winning last week’s Dave Small’s Championship Lanes Classic, defeated Williams, the 2017 USBC Senior Masters winner, 212-206.

In the second match, Duke defeated Bohn 224-217 to advance to the semi-final match where he beat hall of famer Amleto Monacelli, 268-224. Both Duke and Monacelli were also trying for their second titles of the season. With a win Bohn could have also won the PBA50 Player of the Year crown.

In all, the five championship round finalists represented a combined 177 PBA Tour and 38 PBA50 Tour titles.

Finishing in the top eight in PBA50 points, LeClair, Duke, Bohn, Bob Learn Jr., Michael Haugen Jr., Williams, Monacelli and Ron Mohr 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.

PBA players 60 and older will wrap up their season with the PBA60 Dick Weber Championship presented by Hammer which begins with first round qualifying Thursday at 4 p.m. EDT.

PBA50 DeHAYES INSURANCE GROUP CHAMPIONSHIP
presented by Pro Bowl West and Ebonite
Pro Bowl West, Tuesday

Final Standings

1, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., $7,500.
2, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., $4,000.
3, Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, $2,500.
4, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., $2,000.
5, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., $1,750.

Stepladder Results

Match One – Bohn def. Williams, 212-206.
Match Two – Duke def. Bohn, 224-217.
Semifinal Match – Duke def. Monacelli, 268-224.
Championship Match – Weber def. Duke, 279-255.

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

1, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 5-1, 1,624.
2, Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, 4-1-1, 1,594.
3, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 3-2-1, 1,584.
4, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 4-2, 1,562.
5, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., 4-2, 1,551.
6, Brian Kretzer, Dayton, Ohio, 3-3, 1,508, $1,500.
7, Brian LeClair, Delmar, N.Y., 4-2, 1,501, $1,600.
8, Mike Dias, Lafayette, Colo., 5-1, 1,493, $1,500.
9, John Burkett, Southlake, Texas, 3-3, 1,459, $1,300.
10, Mark Sullivan, Indianapolis, 2-4, 1,444, $1,300.
11, (tie) Rick Francis, Linden, Calif., 3-3, 1,404, and Brian Voss, Centennial, Colo., 2-4, 1,404, $1,300.
13, Bryan Goebel, Shawnee, Kan., 2-4, 1,395, $1,300.
14, Gary Alstott, Washington, Ill., 1-5, 1,331, $1,300.
15, Mike Scroggins, Amarillo, Texas, 2-4, 1,291, $1,300.
16, Tom Baker, King, N.C., 0-6, 1,163, $1,300.

Modified Match Play Round 1 (Cashers after five games, including match play bonus pins)

17, Michael Haugen Jr., Phoenix, 2-2-1, 1,244, $1,150.
18, Kenny Parks, Hammond, Ind., 4-1, 1,228, $1,150.
19, Gary Schluchter, Femont, Ohio, 4-1, 1,221, $1,150.
20, Ron Mohr, Las Vegas, 3-2-0, 1,212, $1,150.
21, Tony Johnson, Canton, Ohio, 2-3, 1,203, $1,150.
22, Patrick Shipley, Spring Valley, Calif., 3-2, 1,185, $1,150.
23, Eddie Graham, Centerville, Ohio, 2-3, 1,170, $1,250.
24, Sammy Ventura, Syracuse, N.Y., 3-2, 1,169, $1,150.
25, John Dudak, Orland Park, Ill., 2-3, 1,164, $1,075.
26, Don Blatchford, Santa Monica, Calif., 3-2, 1,153, $1,075.
27, Hugh Miller, Mercer Island, Wash., 2-3, 1,141, $1,075.
28, Darryl Bower, Middletown, Pa., 1-4, 1,132, $1,075.
29, Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., 1-4, 1,126, $1,075.
30, Toby Contreras, Lee's Summit, Mo., 2-3, 1,116, $1,075.
31, Bob Learn Jr., Erie, Pa., 1-4, 1,089, $1,075.
32, Lennie Boresch Jr., Kenosha, Wis., 0-5, 1,017, $1,075.

Other Cashers (after five-game cashers’ round)

33, Paul McCordic, Sugar Land, Texas, 1,080, $1,000.
34, Warren Nelson, Hemet, Calif., 1,075, $1,000.
35, Harry Sullins, Chesterfield Twp., Mich., 1,065, $1,000.
36, Larry Verble, Mason, Mich., 1,064, $1,000.
37, Christopher Keane, Cape Coral, Fla., 1,059, $1,000.
38, Scott Greiner, Platte City, Mo., 1,055, $1,000.
39, Lee Brosius, Ashburn, Va., 1,052, $1,000.
40, Greg McDaniel, Kimball, Neb., 1,040, $1,000.
41, Rick Zakrajsek, Lorain, Ohio, 1,030, $1,000.
42, David Axon, Bellevue, Neb., 1,023, $1,000.
43, John Brockland, St. Charles, Mo., 1,017, $1,000.
44, Dave Bernhardt, Romeo, Mich., 1,014, $1,000.
45, Bill Nichols, Bella Vista, Ark., 995, $1,000.
46, Mark Everette, Aliquippa, Pa., 940, $1,000.
47, Johnny Petraglia, Jackson, N.J., 914, $1,000.
48, Tom Carter, Columbus, Ohio, 890, $1,000.

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