Haugen’s Ability to Adjust Put to the Test In Retaining Lead After Suncoast PBA Senior U.S. Open Second Round

by Jerry Schneider June 12, 2018 18:31

LAS VEGAS  – Defending champion Michael Haugen Jr. of Phoenix, put his ability to adjust to the demanding Suncoast PBA Senior U.S. Open presented by Storm lane conditions to the test but still managed to retain his lead after Tuesday’s second round of qualifying.

After a 1,370 six-game pinfall total in Monday’s first round, Haugen bowled 1,399 with games of 267, 223, 193, 276, 244 and 196 in the second round at the Suncoast Bowling Center to finish with 2,769 for 12 games good for a 230.7 average.

“Those 190 games could very easily have been 170s,” said the two-time PBA50 and five-time PBA Tour titlist. “In those two games I just wasn’t playing the lanes right to start, I changed to another ball and fortunately I was able to bail them out.

“In qualifying it feels like a grind but you have to remember we’re only a third of the way through,” the 51-year-old Haugen continued. “Getting off to a fast start is beneficial because you don’t want to give anything back. I’ll take a couple 190s for a bad game.”

Haugen extended his lead over PBA Hall of Famer and 2010 Senior U.S. Open winner Mark Williams of Beaumont, Texas, who finished 24 pins behind Haugen with a 2,745 pinfall after two rounds.

Williams, a seven-time PBA Tour winner, including two Tournament of Champions titles and winner of three PBA50 Tour titles, trailed Haugen by one pin after the first round, but stayed close with 1,376 in the second round on games of 268,215, 192, 269, 212 and 220.

PBA50 Tour rookie Rolando Sebelen of the Dominican Republic finished the day in third with a 2,722 pinfall. He bowled 1,396 in the second round with games of 221, 226, 255, 231, 235 and 228.

IMG_2969“I love it because I’m bowling with all my idols,” said the 50-year-old Sebelen, who has been a member of the Dominican Republic’s national team for 32 years. “When I started I was nervous but eventually I found a line and got comfortable. I have a lot of expectations and I’m hoping to meet them.”

Vaulting from 20th after the first round to fourth was PBA Hall of Famer Parker Bohn III of Jackson, N.J., who finished the second round with a 2,681 pinfall. After Monday’s first round bowling 1,295 for six games, he came back in the second round with 1,386 on games 237, 235, 210, 268, 266 and 170.

“Those two 260 games looked better on paper than they actually were,” said the four-time PBA50 Tour and 35-time PBA Tour winner. “I had my share of strikes from crossovers and high hits so I have to admit I had my share of breaks, but I’ll take it.”

Also making big moves were 2016 PBA50 Rookie of the Year Eddie Graham of Kettering, Ohio, who improved from 19th to fifth and PBA Hall of Famer Mika Koivuniemi who jumped from 28th to sixth. Graham finished with a 2,634 two-round total and Koivuniemi with 2,632.

Qualifying continues Wednesday and Thursday with six-game rounds beginning at 9 a.m. PT. The field will then be cut to the top 40 players for modified round-robin match play which will begin Friday at 8 a.m. After Friday’s second match play round at noon the top five players will be determined for the stepladder finals scheduled to begin at 4:15 p.m.

PBA’s online bowling channel Xtra Frame is providing start to finish coverage of the Senior U.S. Open. For subscription and schedule information click on www.xtraframe.tv.

SUNCOAST PBA SENIOR U.S. OPEN

Presented by Storm

Suncoast Bowling Center, Las Vegas, Tuesday

SECOND ROUND (after 12 games)

1, Michael Haugen Jr., Phoenix, 2,769.
2, ss-Mark Williams, Beaumont, Texas, 2,745.
3, Rolando Sebelen, Dominican Republic, 2,722.
4, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 2,681.
5, Eddie Graham, Kettering, Ohio, 2,634.
6, Mika Koivuniemi, Hartland, Mich., 2,632.
7, Allan Sennevall, Sweden, 2,624.
8, n-Paul Fleming, Bedford, Texas, 2,611.
9, ss-Harry Sullins, Chesterfield Twp., Mich., 2,601.
10, (tie) Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., and ss-Rick Minier, Houston, 2,600.
12, Bob Learn Jr., Erie, Pa., 2,597.
13, Todd Kjell, Roscoe, Ill., 2,592.
14, Sammy Ventura, Syracuse, N.Y., 2,584.
15, Eric Forkel, Henderson, Nev., 2,582.
16, Andrew Frawley, Australia, 2,577.
17, Brian Voss, Centennial, Colo., 2,564.
18, Brian Kretzer, Dayton, Ohio, 2,560.
19, (tie) Lennie Boresch Jr., Kenosha, Wis., and Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, 2,541.
21, ss-Ron Mohr, Las Vegas, 2,540.
22, (tie) Noel Vazquez, Sacramento, Calif., and n-Steven Badovinac, Parker, Colo., 2,531.
24, Kimmo Lehtonen, Finland, 2,530.
25, Mike Edwards, Tulsa, Okla., 2,529.
26, Jeff Johnson, Freeport, Ill., 2,525.
27, Bo Goergen, Sanford, Mich., 2,521.
28, ss-Michael Lucente, Warren, Mich., 2,520.
29, Robert Lawrence, Austin, Texas, 2,519.
30, Mike Kanada, Camarillo, Calif., 2,515.
31, n,ss-Ben Hoefs, Mobile, Ala, 2,507.
32, Pat Nolan, Japan, 2,493.
33, Joseph Petrovich, Tracy, Calif, 2,492.
34, Ricky Schissler, Brighton, Colo., 2,490.
35, n-Marv Sargent, Temecula, Calif., 2,488.
36, n-Steven Smith, San Diego, 2,486.
37, ss-Kevin Croucher, Grants Pass, Ore., 2,483.
38, (tie) n-David Bolles, Stockton, Calif., and Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., 2,476.
40, (tie) Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., and n-Bob Baer, Henderson, Nev., 2,471.
42, Keith Lesko, Prosper, Texas, 2,470.
43, n,ss-Darwin Wimer, Mesquite, Nev., 2,464.
44, Bryan Goebel, Shawnee, Kan., 2,458.
45, Brian LeClair, Albany, N.Y., 2,455.
46, (tie) n-Dana Wright, St. Paul, Minn., and Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 2,453.
48, ss-Toby Contreras, Lee's Summit, Mo., 2,444.
49, ss-Don Blatchford, Santa Monica, Calif., 2,443.
50, Doug Kent, Newark, N.Y., 2,442.
51, Jan Larsen, Sweden, 2,440.
52, (tie)Tony Johnson, Canton, Ohio, and ss-Paul McCordic, Sugar Land, Texas, 2,439.
54, ss-Tom Carter, Columbus, Ohio, 2,438.
55, ss-David Axon, Bellevue, Neb., 2,426.
56, Dennis Horan Jr., Oakley, Calif., 2,424.
57, ss-Ted Staikoff, Black Hawk, S.D., 2,422.
58, Marty Deh, San Jose, Calif., 2,418.
59, (tie) ss-Mike Dias, Lafayette, Colo., and Mark Mazzulla, Brentwood, Calif., 2,416.
61, n-Jimmie Pritts Jr., Mathuen, Mass., 2,415.
62, Andrew Warren, Austin, Tex., 2,411.
63, Brian Cooper, Henderson, Nev., 2,407.
64, Peter Knopp, Germany, 2,406.
65, (tie) Hakan Fast, Sweden, and ss-Christopher Keane, Cape Coral, Fla., 2,404.
67, n-John Hricsina Jr., Las Vegas, 2,396.
68, n-Barry Zimmerman, Grand Forks, N.D., 2,394.
69, Wayne Garber, Modesto, Calif., 2,393.
70, Troy Kendrick, Las Vegas, Nev., 2,390.
71, (tie) ss-Dale Traber, Cedarburg, Wis., and n-Tish Johnson, Colorado Springs, Colo., 2,383.
73, Darron Peters, Temecula, Calif., 2,382.
74, (tie) ss-Paul Mielens, Menomonie, Wis., and ss-Edward Silva, Manteca, Calif., 2,377.
76, Christer Petersson, Gothenburg, Sweden, 2,371.
77, ss-John Petraglia, Jackson, N.J., 2,369.
78, Mike Mineman, St Louis, 2,366.
79, David Allen, Las Vegas, 2,363.
80, Scott Greiner, Sunrise Beach, Mo., 2,359.
81, Daniel Miyamoto, Mililani, Hawaii, 2,358.
82, Terry Metzner, Kentwood, Mich., 2,357.
83, n-Klaus Lischka, Germany, 2,356.
84, Lennart Nyman, Sweden, 2,355.
85, ss-Junichi Yajima, Japan, 2,352.
86, Chris Warren, Grants Pass, Ore., 2,350.
87, ss-John Dudak, Orland Park, Ill., 2,349.
88, n,ss-Ron Hosler, Englewood, Colo., 2,348.
89, Rob Rice, Sunnyside, Wash., 2,347.
90, ss-Crister Danielsson, Sweden, 2,346.
91, Olle Svenson, Lerum, Sweden, 2,345.
92, n-Dave Cirigliano, Phoenix, 2,341.
93, ss-Russ Simmons, Fontana, Calif., 2,333.
94, Gary Faulkner, Norfolk, Va., 2,321.
95, n-Joe Baca, Brentwood, Calif., 2,319.
96, ss-Henry Dawson, Elma, Wash., 2,318.
97, Warren Eales, Chandler, Ariz., 2,313.
98, ss-Kerry Fulford, Ft. Worth, Texas, 2,312.
99, Jon DeLaney, McKinney, Texas, 2,311.
100, Greg McDaniel, Kimball, Neb., 2,310.
101, n-Paul Renteria, Henderson, Nev., 2,308.
102, ss-Bruce Hall, Westborough, Mass., 2,306.
103, n-Anthony Figuiera, Gardena, Calif., 2,298.
104, n-Dennis Klein, Phoenix, 2,295.
105, ss-Warren Nelson, Hemet, Calif., 2,292.
106, ss-James Storts, Westfield, Ind., 2,291.
107, (tie) ss-Robert Donovan, Prattsville, N.Y., and ss-Skip Pavone, San Jose, Calif., 2,289.
109, ss-John Parry, Oak Park, Calif., 2,285.
110, n-John Marsala, St. Louis, 2,281.
111, ss-Brian Miller, Springfield, Ohio, 2,274.
112, (tie) Klas Thunberg, Sweden, and ss-Randy Turner, Shallowater, Texas, 2,273.
114, n-Mike Yuwiler, Las Vegas, 2,271.
115, ss-Stan Winters, Simi Valley, Calif., 2,270.
116, n-Pete Toth, Las Vegas, 2,266.
117, ss-Lew Elting, Carlsbad, Calif., 2,264.
118, Doug O'Bryant, Ball Ground, Ga., 2,263.
119, n,ss-Bill Oakes, Lawton, Okla, 2,255.
120, n-Marty Hinton, Henderson, Nev., 2,252.
121, n-Jeff Row, Humbolt, Ariz., 2,244.
122, n,ss-David Graber, Las Vegas, 2,243.
123, Tony Rodriguez Jr., Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., 2,242.
124, n,ss-Jay Gneiting, Aberdeen, Idaho, 2,237.
125, Jonny Hall, Sweden, 2,229.
126, Charles Allen Jr., Pell City, Ala., 2,228.
127, ss-Mike Schmid, St. Paul, Minn., 2,227.
128, ss-Don Lane, San Francisco, 2,218.
129, ss-Raymond Scrivens, Jr., Athens, Pa., 2,215.
130, Timothy Regan, East Northport, N.Y., 2,208.
131, ss-Ross McDonald, Las Vegas, Nev., 2,207.
132, ss-Steven Jansson, Barnes, Wis., 2,198.
133, Don Herrington, Ballston Lake, N.Y., 2,195.
134, Tomas Karlsson, Sweden, 2,185.
135, ss-Ray Valdovino, Sacramento, Calif., 2,177.
136, Richard McNeill, Yorktown, Va., 2,162.
137, ss-Garry Blanton, Owensboro, Ky., 2,157.
138, Norm Spurlock, Kenner, La., 2,155.
139, n,ss-Robert Callari, Cordova, Tenn.., 2,148.
140, n,ss-Nelson Sand, Maple Valley. Wash., 2,147.
141, Ron Anderson, Canyon Country, Calif., 2,146.
142, Daniel Knafo, Valencia, Calif., 2,145.
143, (tie) ss-Rodney Garrick, San Francisco, and Doug Kempt, Arcadia, Calif., 2,135.
145, (te)ss-Steve Stein, Staten Island, N.Y., and ss-Paul Appling, Camarillo, Calif., 2,121.
147, Jon J.J. Jensen, Olympia, Wash., 2,116.
148, n-Shane Horsman, Fircrest, Wash., 2,104.
149, John Kidwell, Indianapolis, Ind., 2,102.
150, Joe Beck, Montgomery, Ala., 2,098.
151, n-Sean Couse, Henderson, Nev., 2,093.
152, Frank Paganelli, Las Vegas, Nev., 2,088.
153, n,ss-William Mcgee, Great Falls, Mont., 2,085.
154, Glenn Morgan, Carson City, Nev., 2,081.
155, ss-Glen Nakagawa, Highland Village, Texas, 2,008.
156, John Austin Jr., League City, Texas, 1,992.
157, n,ss-Dale Knight, Las Vegas, 1,980.
158, ss-Galen Keas, Alda, Neb., 1,953.
159, ss-Tim Pierce, Portland, Ore., 1,938.
160, Brett Roberts, Taylor, Mich., 1,815.
161, Randy Macomber, University Place, Wash., 1,508.

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Defending Champion Michael Haugen Jr. Edges Mark Williams For First Round Lead in Suncoast PBA Senior U.S. Open

by Jerry Schneider June 11, 2018 18:22

LAS VEGAS (June 11, 2018) – Defending champion Michael Haugen Jr. of Phoenix, got his title defense off to a good start by taking the first round lead in the Suncoast PBA Senior U.S. Open presented Storm Monday at the Suncoast Bowling Center.

The 2017 PBA50 Rookie of the Year bowled a 1,370 six-game pinfall total (228.3 average) to edge out PBA Hall of Famer and 2010 Senior U.S. Open winner Mark Williams of Beaumont, Texas, who finished one pin behind in second with 1,369.

“I’m just trying to keep it simple,” said the 51-year-old Haugen. “I have my equipment where I want it to be, which makes it a lot easier to make the adjustments I need to make. I don’t have a lot of balls in my arsenal but the ones that I do have I’m really confident in.”

Haugen, who won the PBA50 Johnny Petraglia BVL Open presented by Brunswick in May for his second career PBA50 Tour title and finished third in the United States Bowling Congress Senior Masters Sunday for his second third-place finish of the season, bowled games of 255, 166, 235, 237, 247 and 230 in the first round.

“The 166 game was just a pair (of lanes) I couldn’t get a good read on,” said the five-time winner on the PBA Tour. “I wasn’t really worried about it at that point. I just had to make sure I got back to basics in the third game – make good shots, wash, rinse and repeat.”

Like a lot of bowlers on the PBA50 Tour, the experience gained over a long successful career many times substitutes for the lack of practice and regular competition.

Such was the case for Williams who bowled games of 225, 245, 238, 215 247 and 199 in his first round.

I’m thrilled with the start but it’s early yet,” said the 60-year-old bowling proprietor. “At this point in the tournament, you can’t win, you can only lose because of the challenging format and conditions.

“Because I don’t bowl as much as I used to I really have to rely on a good start to raise my confidence level for the rest of the tournament,” he added.

Rounding out the top five after the first round of the third major of the season were non-member Bob Baer of Henderson, Nev.; 1,340; PBA Hall of Famer Brian Voss, Centennial, Colo., 1,336 and Marty Deh, San Jose, Calif., 1,327.

Qualifying continues Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday with six-game rounds beginning at 9 a.m. PT. The field will then be cut to the top 40 players for modified round-robin match play which will begin Friday at 8 a.m. After Friday’s second match play round at noon the top five players will be determined for the stepladder finals scheduled to begin at 4:15 p.m.

PBA’s online bowling channel Xtra Frame is providing start to finish coverage of the Senior U.S. Open. For subscription and schedule information click on www.xtraframe.tv.

SUNCOAST PBA SENIOR U.S. OPEN

Presented by Storm

Suncoast Bowling Center, Las Vegas, Monday

FIRST ROUND (after 6 games)

1, Michael Haugen Jr., Phoenix, 1,370.
2, ss-Mark Williams, Beaumont, Texas, 1,369.
3, n-Bob Baer, Henderson, Nev., 1,340.
4, Brian Voss, Centennial, Colo., 1,336.
5, Marty Deh, San Jose, Calif., 1,327.
6, Rolando Sebelen, Dominican Republic, 1,326.
7, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 1,325.
8, ss-Harry Sullins, Chesterfield Twp., Mich., 1,323.
9, n-Steven Badovinac, Parker, Colo., 1,319.
10, (tie) Robert Lawrence, Austin, Texas, and Bob Learn Jr., Erie, Pa., 1,316.
12, (tie) n-Marv Sargent, Temecula, Calif., and Doug Kent, Newark, N.Y., 1,315.
14, Todd Kjell, Roscoe, Ill., 1,313.
15, ss-Rick Minier, Houston, 1,306.
16, Allan Sennevall, Sweden, 1,305.
17, Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., 1,302.
18, n-Paul Fleming, Bedford, Texas, 1,301.
19, Eddie Graham, Kettering, Ohio, 1,296.
20, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 1,295.
21, Andrew Frawley, Australia, 1,291.
22, Keith Lesko, Prosper, Texas, 1,290.
23, Joseph Petrovich, Tracy, Calif, 1,289.
24, Kimmo Lehtonen, Finland, 1,284.
25, n,ss-Ben Hoefs, Mobile, Ala, 1,282.
26, Sammy Ventura, Syracuse, N.Y., 1,281.
27, Eric Forkel, Henderson, Nev., 1,280.
28, (tie) Mike Edwards, Tulsa, Okla., and Mika Koivuniemi, Hartland, Mich., 1,268.
30, Brian Kretzer, Dayton, Ohio, 1,263.
31, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., 1,261.
32, (tie) n-Tish Johnson, Colorado Springs, Colo., and Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 1,260.
34, Brian LeClair, Albany, N.Y., 1,257.
35, Jeff Johnson, Freeport, Ill., 1,256.
36, ss-Michael Lucente, Warren, Mich., 1,255.
37, Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, 1,252.
38, ss-Tom Carter, Columbus, Ohio, 1,251.
39, n-Barry Zimmerman, Grand Forks, N.D., 1,250.
40, Peter Knopp, Germany, 1,249.
41, ss-David Axon, Bellevue, Neb., 1,243.
42, ss-Dale Traber, Cedarburg, Wis., 1,240.
43, Christer Petersson, Sweden, 1,238.
44, (tie) ss-Junichi Yajima, Japan, and Jan Larsen, Sweden, 1,236.
46, ss-Ron Mohr, Las Vegas, 1,235.
47, Mark Mazzulla, Brentwood, Calif., 1,234.
48, n-David Bolles, Stockton, Calif., 1,231.
49, Bo Goergen, Sanford, Mich., 1,229.
50, ss-Edward Silva, Manteca, Calif., 1,228.
51, (tie) Mike Kanada, Camarillo, Calif., Paul McCordic, Sugar Land, Texas, and Paul Mielens, Menomonie, Wis., 1,225.
54, ss-John Dudak, Orland Park, Ill., 1,224.
55, Mike Mineman, St Louis, 1,223.
56, (tie) Pat Nolan, Japan, and ss-Kevin Croucher, Grants Pass, Ore., 1,222.
58, Ricky Schissler, Brighton, Colo., 1,221.
59, Troy Kendrick, Las Vegas, Nev., 1,220.
60, ss-Brian Miller, Springfield, Ohio, 1,217.
61, n-John Hricsina Jr., Las Vegas, 1,216.
62, (tie) ss-Skip Pavone, San Jose, Calif., and Brian Cooper, Henderson, Nev., 1,215.
64, Noel Vazquez, Sacramento, Calif., 1,214.
65, n-Dana Wright, St. Paul, Minn., 1,212.
66, (tie) ss-Don Lane, San Francisco, and n-Pete Toth, Las Vegas, 1,210.
68, Wayne Garber, Modesto, Calif., 1,206.
69, n, ss-Bill Oakes, Lawton, Okla, 1,203.
69, (tie) ss-Stan Winters, Simi Valley, Calif., and Dennis Horan Jr., Oakley, Calif., 1,203.
72, Warren Eales, Chandler, Ariz., 1,199.
73, Doug O'Bryant, Ball Ground, Ga., 1,195.
74, (tie) Olle Svenson, Lerum, Sweden, and ss-Randy Turner, Shallowater, Texas, 1,194.
76, (tie) Charles Allen Jr., Pell City, Ala., and n-Jimmie Pritts Jr., Mathuen, Mass., 1,193.
78, ss-Don Blatchford, Santa Monica, Calif., 1,192.
79, Chris Warren, Grants Pass, Ore., 1,190.
80, n, ss-Darwin Wimer, Mesquite, Nev., 1,188.
81, n-Klaus Lischka, Germany, 1,187.
82, Tony Johnson, Canton, Ohio, 1,185.
83, n-Steven Smith, San Diego, 1,182.
84, (tie) Bryan Goebel, Shawnee, Kan., and Lennart Nyman, Sweden, 1,179.
86, ss-Ted Staikoff, Black Hawk, S.D., 1,178.
87, (tie) ss-Christopher Keane, Cape Coral, Fla., and n-Dave Cirigliano, Phoenix, 1,176.
89, ss-Robert Donovan, Prattsville, N.Y., 1,175.
89, Doug Kempt, Arcadia, Calif., 1,175.
91, (tie) Jonny Hall, Sweden, and Lennie Boresch Jr., Kenosha, Wis., 1,174.
93, Andrew Warren, Austin, Tex., 1,172.
94, Darron Peters, Temecula, Calif., 1,171.
95, (tie) ss-James Storts, Westfield, Ind., and ss-Mike Dias, Lafayette, Colo., 1,170.
97, ss-Henry Dawson, Elma, Wash., 1,167.
98, n,ss-Ron Hosler, Englewood, Colo., 1,165.
99, Hakan Fast, Sweden, 1,163.
100, Terry Metzner, Kentwood, Mich., 1,161.
101, ss-John Petraglia, Jackson, N.J., 1,160.
102, (tie) David Allen, Las Vegas, and ss-Steven Jansson, Barnes, Wis., 1,157.
104, Daniel Miyamoto, Mililani, Hawaii, 1,156.
105, ss-Kerry Fulford, Ft. Worth, Texas, 1,154.
106, Scott Greiner, Sunrise Beach, Mo., 1,148.
107, (tie) n-Jeff Row, Humbolt, Ariz., ss-Toby Contreras, Lee's Summit, Mo., and ss-Warren Nelson, Hemet, Calif., 1,144.
110, Randy Macomber, University Place, Wash., 1,143.
111, n-John Marsala, St. Louis, Mo. 1,139.
112, Tony Rodriguez Jr., Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., 1,132.
113, (tie) ss-John Parry, Oak Park, Calif., and ss-Mike Schmid, St. Paul, Minn., 1,131.
115, Greg McDaniel, Kimball, Neb., 1,127.
116, ss-Lew Elting, Carlsbad, Calif., 1,125.
117, n-Marty Hinton, Henderson, Nev., 1,120.
118, n-Sean Couse, Henderson, Nev., 1,118.
119, ss-Ray Valdovino, Sacramento, Calif., 1,117.
120, n-Joe Baca, Brentwood, Calif., 1,113.
121, n-Mike Yuwiler, Las Vegas, 1,111.
122, Rob Rice, Sunnyside, Wash., 1,108.
123, n,ss-Jay Gneiting, Aberdeen, Idaho, 1,106.
124, (tie) Klas Thunberg, Sweden, and ss-Raymond Scrivens, Jr., Athens, Pa., 1,104.
126, Daniel Knafo, Valencia, Calif., 1,101.
127, Gary Faulkner, Norfolk, Va., 1,100.
128, n-Dennis Klein, Phoenix, 1,099.
129, n-Paul Renteria, Henderson, Nev., 1,098.
130, Timothy Regan, East Northport, N.Y., 1,093.
131, John Kidwell, Indianapolis, Ind., 1,090.
132, (tie) Jon DeLaney, McKinney, Texas, and Don Herrington, Ballston Lake, N.Y., 1,089.
134, n,ss-Paul Appling, Camarillo, Calif., 1,088.
135, Norm Spurlock, Kenner, La., 1,087.
136, n-Anthony Figuiera, Gardena, Calif., 1,086.
137, (tie) n,ss-Robert Callari, Cordova, Tenn., and ss-Crister Danielsson, Sweden, 1,082.
139, Richard McNeill, Yorktown, Va., 1,081.
140, Tomas Karlsson, Sweden, 1,080.
141, ss-Bruce Hall, Westborough, Mass., 1,075.
142, n,ss-David Graber, Las Vegas, 1,074.
143, John Austin Jr., League City, Texas, 1,069.
144, n-Shane Horsman, Fircrest, Wash., 1,068.
145, Joe Beck, Montgomery, Ala., 1,063.
146, ss-Russ Simmons, Fontana, Calif., 1,061.
147, ss-Garry Blanton, Owensboro, Ky., 1,055.
148, ss-Glen Nakagawa, Highland Village, Texas, 1,053.
149, Frank Paganelli, Las Vegas, Nev., 1,043.
150, Glenn Morgan, Carson City, Nev., 1,040.
151, ss-Rodney Garrick, San Francisco, 1,038.
152, ss-Steve Stein, Staten Island, N.Y., 1,028.
153, n,ss-Nelson Sand, Maple Valley. Wash., 1,021.
154, Jon J.J. Jensen, Olympia, Wash., 1,020.
155, ss-Tim Pierce, Portland, Ore., 1,015.
156, n,ss-Dale Knight, Las Vegas, 1,014.
157, n,ss-William Mcgee, Great Falls, Mont., 1,012.
158, ss-Ross McDonald, Las Vegas, Nev., 999.
159, Ron Anderson, Canyon Country, Calif., 985.
160, ss-Galen Keas, Alda, Neb., 975.
161, Brett Roberts, Taylor, Mich., 949.

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Norm Duke Earns Top Seed for USBC Senior Masters Finals

by Jerry Schneider June 9, 2018 23:39

By Matt Cannizzaro, USBC Communications

LAS VEGAS - United States Bowling Congress and PBA Hall of Famer Norm Duke of Clermont, Florida, says he doesn't necessarily have an A-game.

Instead, he has multiple games, and the key to picking the right one is paying attention to what the lanes are telling him, a practice that has earned him a reputation as one of the world's most versatile bowlers and helped him secure the top seed for the stepladder finals of the 2018 USBC Senior Masters.

The 54-year-old right-hander averaged nearly 238 at the Sam's Town Bowling Center on the way to a 6-0 record in the event's double-elimination match-play bracket, and he locked up the No. 1 seed Saturday with a 706-660 win against 2017 PBA50 Rookie of the Year Michael Haugen Jr. of Phoenix.

Haugen will enter the stepladder in the second position, and he and Duke will be joined by No. 3 Keith Lesko of Prosper, Texas, No. 4 Chris Warren of Grants Pass, Oregon, and No. 5 Ron Mohr of nearby North Las Vegas, Nevada.

The championship round will be broadcast live on Bowltv on Sunday, beginning at 1 p.m. Eastern, with the winner taking home a $20,000 top prize and the second major title of the 2018 PBA50 season.

"I'm very happy with how things went, as this is what we work for and train for," said Duke, owner of 38 PBA Tour titles and four PBA50 wins. "And, yes, I'm in the enviable position, but I haven't won anything yet. There's still work to do."

Duke considers his opening match Saturday morning against Michael Calvin of Warren, Michigan, to be the most pivotal moment of the week for him because it was close throughout and came down to the final frames.

The win tested him both mentally and physically and set the tone for the rest of the day.

"I know that match was the one that got me here," Duke said. "It came down to the ninth and 10th, and while I was on the approach, I told myself, 'Norm, this is what major championships are about. You either rise now in the middle of this, or you may not last to the end.' I was able to lift myself and finished out strong to get that victory."

Duke noted that in the matches that followed, his opponents struggled early, and he was able to put together some big games, allowing him to build a lead from the start.

That's exactly how his meeting with Haugen went. Duke started with a 257 game, while Haugen finished with 178, a deficit he could not recover from, despite responding with a 269 effort the following game.

Haugen is the frontrunner in the 2018 PBA50 Player of the Year race after winning the PBA50 Johnny Petraglia BVL Open presented by Brunswick in early May.

A win at the Senior Masters this week would give him his third career PBA50 title and second major victory. He won the 2017 Suncoast PBA Senior U.S. Open, which came on the heels of an early exit from the 2017 Senior Masters. It was Duke who handed him the first of his two consecutive losses at the Senior Masters last year.

"I'm happy to be on the show, but now I have to win two games to win the title, and I'd definitely have to bowl Norm again to do it," Haugen said. "But, if you want to be the best, you have to beat the best, and he's one of the best in the world. I'll bring my game tomorrow and try to get it done."

Before getting a shot at redemption against Duke, Haugen will have to face one of the other three talented players who made the stepladder.

Lesko, Warren and Mohr emerged from a four-player shootout round Saturday that featured the last players in the Elimination Bracket.

Lesko, a 52-year-old right-hander competing in his first major of any kind, finished the three-game match with a 279 effort, including a rolled 2 pin late in the game, to catapult from third place after two games, to the top spot in the shootout with a 732 set.

Warren followed with a 724 series, while Mohr grabbed the final spot with 722. Mohr held a slim lead over Warren after two games, but a fourth-frame washout in the finale proved to be the difference. PBA titlist Darryl Bower of Middletown, Pennsylvania, finished fourth in the shootout with a 609 series and was eliminated, finishing sixth overall at the event.

Warren, a six-time PBA Tour champion who is seeking his first PBA50 title, had the most noteworthy run in match play this week, having won seven consecutive matches in the Elimination Bracket, just to earn a spot in the shootout round.

Shortly after receiving an award Friday for having the highest block in the third round of qualifying, the 54-year-old right-hander lost his first match, 511-501, to the No. 56 seed, Jerry Smith of Englewood, Colorado.
Over his next 24 games at Sam's Town, Warren averaged 251, rolled an 847 in a victory over Noel Vazquez of Sacramento, California, and used the second perfect game of the 2018 event to outlast and eliminate defending champion Walter Ray Williams Jr. of Oxford, Fla., 772-756.

Williams, who was looking to become the first bowler in more than a decade to win the Senior Masters in consecutive years, as well as become the event's first three-time winner, finished in a tie for ninth place. His first loss came to Lesko in the Winners Bracket.

If Warren or Duke can win the 2018 Senior Masters, the victor would add his name to the short list of bowlers who have won both the USBC Masters and Senior Masters. Only Dave Soutar and Williams have achieved the feat, with Williams winning each one twice. Warren is the 1990 Masters champion, while Duke claimed the title in 1993.

For complete bracket results click on http://scores.bowl.com/2018SeniorMasters/2018SeniorMastersBrackets.pdf

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Defending Champion Walter Ray Williams Jr. Unbeaten After First Day of USBC Senior Masters Match Play

by Jerry Schneider June 9, 2018 01:15

By Matt Cannizzaro, USBC Communications

LAS VEGAS - In nearly 40 years of PBA competition, Walter Ray Williams Jr. of Oxford, Florida, has been able to find continued success by navigating through constant changes in equipment and oil patterns and striving to be as versatile and prepared as possible.

This year, he is one of the early frontrunners in the PBA50 Player of the Year race and looking to pull ahead with a win at the 2018 United States Bowling Congress Senior Masters, where he is one of 16 unbeaten players at the Sam's Town Bowling Center. There's also 16 competitors remaining in the Elimination Bracket.

Williams, the defending champion this week, is looking to become the first person since Tom Baker in 2007 to successfully defend a USBC Senior Masters title. He also can become the event's first three-time winner, having won for the first time in 2014.

"I'm in the Winners Bracket after two matches, which is good, because that's where you want to be," Williams said. "Being in the (elimination) bracket is the long road. I've done that before, but I'd rather not have to go that route. If I can win six straight matches, I lead the tournament and only have to win one match on TV. That's the ultimate goal, but I need to take it one match at a time, and hopefully, I can continue winning. I had a couple good matches today, that were close after two games, but I was fortunate to win."

Among the other winners are USBC Hall of Famers Norm Duke of Clermont, Florida, and Harry Sullins of Chesterfield, Michigan, 2017 PBA50 Rookie of the Year Michael Haugen of Phoenix, new PBA Hall of Famer Ron Mohr of nearby North Las Vegas, Nevada, and No. 64 seed Michael Calvin of Warren, Michigan, who won a one-game roll-off to earn his place in match play, after tying for the final spot.

Competition resumes Saturday at noon Eastern with both Winners-Bracket and Elimination-Bracket matches, and Calvin is excited for a chance to keep the momentum going, even if his first match Saturday will be against Duke, who is aiming to become the third player to win both the USBC Masters and Senior Masters.

"I feel great, and I'm excited," said Calvin, the 2018 Michigan State Senior Masters champion. "This is more than I ever expected, and I probably won't sleep well, but tomorrow, I'll come out on the fresh, and I'll have a shot. I realize I'm bowling Norm Duke, one of the greatest of all-time, but I'll give it my best."

When Williams returns to the lanes at Sam's Town on Saturday, he'll face the red-hot Don Breeden of Urbandale, Iowa, who averaged 215.13 in qualifying and then tossed sets of 775 and 781 in wins over Steve Smith of San Diego and Brian LeClair of Delmar, New York, respectively.

This week, Williams used one of his newest tools, a work-in-progress two-handed approach, in tandem with the classic style and dead-eye spare shooting that have helped him win more than 100 combined PBA titles, to average more than 222 in qualifying. He then dispatched Australia's Andrew Frawley (750-611) and Robert Brown of Cody, Wyoming (683-593), to remain unbeaten.

Having the two-handed approach gives Williams another option to help him stay competitive in an ever-changing game. In addition to PBA50 events, he still competes regularly in PBA Tour and PBA regional competition.

"I'd been trying out bowling two-handed, and this year, I decided to get semi-serious about it and work at it a little bit," said Williams, who said he bowled seven of the 15 qualifying games this week two-handed. "I've got the fundamentals down, and now it's about minimizing my misses. I think that's what's holding me back from doing it a lot more. When the lanes break down and get a little nicer, my scores are probably just as good, if not better."

All 272 competitors at the 2018 Senior Masters bowled 15 games over three days to determine the 63 bowlers who joined Williams in the double-elimination match-play bracket.

All rounds of qualifying and match play are being broadcast live on BowlTV, and the five players who advance through the bracket will battle for the title and $20,000 top prize in the stepladder finals Sunday at 1 p.m. Eastern.

Now 58, the USBC and PBA Hall of Famer said he'll continue to practice bowling two-handed, as being multi-dimensional is a key to success.

"It's a matter of knowing when to do it and doing it right," Williams said. "If I can continue to get better at it, which I am, I think it will help me continue to compete with the young guys. Right now, though, I've still got a lot to go, because they're really, really good. It gives me a little something else to look at. Obviously, one-handed is my forte, but when the lanes open up a little bit, it's a very viable way for me to strike."

Coming into the 2018 Senior Masters, Haugen is just ahead of Williams in the PBA50 points list. The 2018 PBA50 season is nearing its halfway point, and in five events, Williams has three runner-up finishes.

Up next is the Suncoast PBA Senior U.S. Open presented by Storm, being held next week at Las Vegas' Suncoast Bowling Center. Haugen is the defending champion, and Williams never has won the event.

"I'm having a really good season, and I'd like to be the player of the year, but I need to have some really good finishes," said Williams, the PBA50 Player of the Year in 2012 and 2013 and PBA Player of the Year on seven occasions. "It would be great to win here, and we also have a lot tournaments left this season. I just want to keep bowling well and keep plugging along and maybe improve a little bit more."

For complete standings or more information on the Senior Masters, visit BOWL.com/SeniorMasters.

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Campbell, LeClair Top Qualifying Heading into USBC Senior Masters Match Play

by Jerry Schneider June 7, 2018 22:01

By Matt Cannizzaro, USBC Communications

LAS VEGAS - After three days of qualifying at the 2018 USBC Masters the 64-player match-play bracket is set.

James Campbell of Clearwater, Florida, and reigning PBA50 Player of the Year Brian LeClair of Delmar, New York, again took turns occupying the top spot in the standings Thursday, as they have all week, with Campbell settling into the lead for good late in the final qualifying block.

Campbell, a 54-year-old right-hander making his second appearance at the USBC Senior Masters, paced the 272-player field with a 15-game total of 3,571, a 238.07 average. He posted sets of 1,221, 1,171 and 1,179 this week at the Sam's Town Bowling Center.

LeClair finished qualifying with 3,527 total and was followed by 2017 PBA50 Rookie of the Year Michael Haugen Jr. of Phoenix (3,386), Noel Vazquez of Sacramento, California (3,384), and two-time Senior Masters champion Pete Weber of St. Ann, Missouri (3,369).

The final spot in the double-elimination bracket went to Michael Calvin of Warren, Michigan,, who defeated Johnny Manzella of McCalla, Alabama, 204-155, in a one-game roll-off after the two tied for 64th place with 3,141, a 209.4 average.

Calvin will take on Campbell in the first round of match play Friday morning. Three-game total pinfall will determine the winners in each match.

Matches will continue throughout the day Friday and Saturday, after which, five players will remain in contention for the $20,000 top prize. The stepladder finals of the 2018 Senior Masters will be broadcast live on BowlTV Sunday at 1 p.m. Eastern.

"My goal when I came here, like it is every year, was just to make the top 64, and it was nice to have a couple good days and some room going into today's block, especially with the start I had this morning," Campbell said. "I'm glad I was able to eventually find something, and I'm hoping what I found today, and what I learned, I can take forward with me into match play."

Defending champion Walter Ray Williams Jr. of Oxford, Florida, who was guaranteed the final spot in the bracket regardless of his performance in qualifying, averaged 222.27 over his 15 games on the way to a 3,334 total and will enter the bracket in the No. 15 spot. He'll face Australia's Andrew Frawley in the opening round.

Because the Sam's Town Bowling Center only has 56 lanes, the left side of the bracket, including Campbell and Calvin, will bowl at noon Eastern, and the right side of the bracket will get underway at 2:30 p.m. EDT.
All first-round matches will be contested on the fresh 41-foot oil pattern.

Campbell admitted to having struggled in the past when the lanes were fresh, but it's something he has been working to overcome and definitely focused on Thursday at Sam's Town. Calvin considers his best look to be on the fresh condition.

"I hope because today I bowled well on the fresh, it means I figured something out, but I also have to be prepared to try something different, if what I start with doesn't work," Campbell said. "I might even just start left sooner. I'll just see how practice goes and make the best decision I can. Today, I tried a couple balls in practice, and my game plan was to try some different things during the block, but it's really hard to switch balls after you just fell into the shot and shot 250."

The 272 competitors at Sam's Town this week all bowled 15 games of qualifying over three days, giving each the chance to experience the fresh, burn and double-burn variations of the challenging lane condition. The 15-game pinfall totals determined the 63 players joining Williams in match play.

For complete qualifying results click on http://scores.bowl.com/2018SeniorMasters/2018SeniorMastersQualifying3.pdf

For bracket pairings click on http://scores.bowl.com/2018SeniorMasters/2018SeniorMastersBrackets.pdf

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