Belmonte, Duke, Butturff and Simonsen Nominated for 2019 ESPY Best Bowler Award; Voting Now Open

by Jerry Schneider June 20, 2019 09:01

CHICAGO – Four-time PBA Player of the Year Jason Belmonte, PBA Hall of Famer Norm Duke, and rising stars Jakob Butturff and Anthony Simonsen – four players who have already put together milestone seasons on the GoBowling! PBA Tour season in 2019 – have been selected by ESPN as nominees for the 2019 ESPY Best Bowler Award.

Fans have the opportunity to select the winners by voting online at ESPN.com/ESPYS and social media platforms. Visit this link to vote: https://www.espn.com/espys/story/_/page/voting48/best-athlete-sport

Hosted by actor/comedian Tracy Morgan, the awards will be announced Wednesday, July 10 during the ESPYs telecast from the Microsoft Theatre in Los Angeles beginning at 8 p.m. ET on ABC. Voting will remain open until the start of the ESPYs telecast.

Belmonte, a four-time winner in 2019, has won four previous ESPYs. During the 2019 Go Bowling! PBA Tour season, he has won the PBA Tournament of Champions and a second consecutive PBA World Championship for his 10th and 11th PBA Tour major titles, surpassing Earl Anthony and Pete Weber for first on the all-time majors titles list.

Just shy of his 55th birthday, Duke, a four-time ESPY winner, won the Go Bowling! PBA Indianapolis Open and the Go Bowling! PBA Jonesboro Open for his 39th and 40th tour titles, becoming the oldest player to win back-to-back tour titles. He joins all-time PBA Tour titles record-holder Walter Ray Williams Jr. (47) and Earl Anthony (43) as the third player ever to win 40 PBA Tour titles.

Butturff, a two-time winner so far in 2019, is looking for his first ESPY. He won the USBC Masters for his first PBA Tour major. He also was runner-up to Belmonte in the PBA World Championship.

Simonsen, who became the youngest player ever to win a major when he won the 2016 USBC Masters at age 19, became the youngest to win two majors when he captured the 2019 PBA Players Championship at age 22. He also is hoping for his first ESPY.

The ESPYS and related events benefit the V Foundation for Cancer Research in memory of the late Jim Valvano. You can help raise awareness of Jimmy V’s dream by sharing/retweeting his powerful speech, which will be shared by @ESPN (Facebook, Instagram and Twitter) as well as @ESPYS (Twitter) on July 10th.

HISTORY OF BEST BOWLER ESPY AWARD WINNERS

2018 – Rhino Page

2017 – Jason Belmonte

2016 – Jason Belmonte

2015 – Jason Belmonte

2014 – Pete Weber

2013 – Pete Weber

2012 – Sean Rash

2011 – Jason Belmonte

2010 – Walter Ray Williams Jr.

2009 – Norm Duke

2008 – Norm Duke

2007 – Norm Duke

2006 – Walter Ray Williams Jr.

2005 – Walter Ray Williams Jr.

2004 – Pete Weber

2003 – Walter Ray Williams Jr.

2002 – Pete Weber

2001 – Walter Ray Williams Jr.

2000 – Parker Bohn III

1999 – Walter Ray Williams Jr.

1998 – Walter Ray Williams Jr.

1997 – Bob Learn Jr.

1996 – Mike Aulby

1995 – Norm Duke

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Norway’s Torgersen Defeats Finland’s Koivuniemi in Title Match to Win Suncoast PBA Senior U.S. Open

by Jerry Schneider June 14, 2019 19:57

LAS VEGAS – Tore Torgersen of Norway, a highly-decorated bowler on the international stage, thwarted PBA Hall of Famer Mika Koivuniemi’s bid for a second consecutive Suncoast PBA Senior U.S. Open presented by Storm title Friday by winning the low-scoring title match 184-178 at the Suncoast Bowling Center.

In a title match where strikes were hard to come by, the 50-year-old Torgersen, bowling as a non-PBA member, was able to take an early lead in the match when Finland native Koivuniemi, who was top qualifier for the stepladder finals for the second consecutive year, failed to convert the 1-2-10 washout in the fourth frame. Torgersen missed a 10 pin in the seventh frame, but the 52-year-old Koivuniemi, who won last year’s Senior U.S. Open for his first PBA50 Tour title, couldn’t take advantage of the opportunity giving the win in the season’s third and final major for players 50 and over to the Norwegian.

IMG_3765“I made the mistake about thinking about the 10 pin,” said Torgersen, the 2000 World Amateur Bowler of the Year and a member of the World Bowling Writers Hall of Fame. “I was thinking that I hadn’t missed a 10 pin in a while, no problem – and what happened? I missed it. I was very fortunate to get away with winning after missing that.”

Torgersen joined 2007 Senior U.S. Open winner Rick Minier as the only non-members to win the major.

Torgersen, who lists the 1994 Qubica/AMF World Cup title and the 1999 World Championships all-events gold medal among his many accomplishments in international competition, qualified second for the stepladder finals.

In the semifinal match he beat No. 3 qualifier PBA Hall of Famer Norm Duke who was trying for his second Senior U.S. Open win and sixth career PBA50 Tour title, 196-180, to advance to the title match.

“I could tell it wasn’t going to be a strikefest but I like the challenge of thinking your way out of trouble and that’s the way it was the whole tournament,” Torgersen said. “Once you get in that mindset that’s how the tournament is going to be, you just adjust to it. Don’t get me wrong, I’ll join in on a strikefest party, but if it’s not, I’m not afraid of making the big changes you need to make on a challenging condition.”

Torgersen also had a two-season stint on the Go Bowling! PBA Tour 15 years ago when he had a career-high third-place finish in the 2005 Birmingham Open.

In the opening stepladder match, No. 5 seed 2018 PBA50 Rookie of the Year Rolando Sebelen of the Dominican Republic, defeated No. 4 seed three-time Team USA member Steven Smith of San Diego, 246-200, to advance to the second stepladder match against Duke. Sebelen, who finished fourth, improved on his 10th-place finish in his Senior U.S. Open debut in 2018. Smith, also bowling as a non-member, finished fifth improving on his eighth-place finish in 2018.

In the second match, Duke defeated Sebelen 245-193 to advance to the semifinal against Torgersen.

Earlier this season the 55-year-old Duke won the Go Bowling! Indianapolis and Go Bowling! Jonesboro Opens for the 39th and 40th PBA Tour titles of his career becoming the oldest player to win back-to-back tour titles.

The 2019 PBA50 Tour season will take a four-week break before starting up again with the PBA50 River City Extreme Open presented by Hammer July 9-12. Fans can catch all the action via PBA’s online streaming partner FloBowling. Visit www.flobowling.com for subscription and schedule information.

SUNCOAST PBA SENIOR U.S. OPEN

Presented by Storm

Suncoast Bowling Center, Las Vegas, Friday

Final Standings:

1, Tore Torgersen, Norway, $15,000

2, Mika Koivuniemi, Finland, $7,500

3, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., $5,000

4, Rolando Sebelen, Dominican Republic, $4,000

5, Steven Smith, San Diego, $3,000

Stepladder Results:

Match One – Sebelen def. Smith, 246-200.

Match Two – Duke def. Sebelen, 245-193.

Semifinal Match – Torgersen def. Duke, 196-180.

Championship Match – Torgersen def. Koivuniemi, 184-178.

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

1, Mika Koivuniemi, Finland, 10-2, 8,172.
2, n-Tore Torgersen, Norway, 8-4, 8,109.
3, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 7-5, 8,057.
4, n-Steven Smith, San Diego, 9-3, 8,049.
5, Rolando Sebelen, Dominican Republic, 8-4, 7,985.
6, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., 9-3, 7,899, $2,700.
7, Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., 10-2, 7,885, $2,400.
8, Brian LeClair, Albany, N.Y., 8-4, 7,857, $2,250.
9, Eugene McCune, Munster, Ind., 9-3, 7,847, $2,150.
10, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 4-8, 7,844, $2,100.
11, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 8-4, 7,771, $2,050.
12, Blaine Weninger, Happy Valley, Ore., 7-5, 7,757, $2,000.
13, Kimmo Lehtonen, Finland, 7-5, 7,749, $1,950.
14, Doug Kent, Newark, N.Y., 5-7, 7,720, $1,900.
15, Kevin Croucher, Grants Pass, Ore., 7-5, 7,685, $1,850.
16, Paul Fleming, Ft. Worth, Texas, 7-5, 7,674, $1,800.
17, Lennie Boresch Jr., Kenosha, Wis., 5-7, 7,664, $1,750.
18, n-Ron Nelson Jr., Bridgeview, Ill., 6-6, 7,652, $1,700.
19, Steven Badovinac, Parker, Colo., 5-7, 7,639, $1,650.
20, Greg McDaniel, Kimball, Neb., 7-5, 7,609, $1,600.
21, Chris Warren, Grants Pass, Ore., 6-6, 7,606, $1,575.
22, Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, 5-7, 7,568, $1,550.
23, Wayne Garber, Modesto, Calif., 6-5-1, 7,549, $1,525.
24, Brian Kretzer, Dayton, Ohio, 4-8, 7,548, $1,500.
25, Robert Lawrence, Austin, Texas, 5-7, 7,543, $1,475.
26, Mark Mazzulla, Brentwood, Calif., 5-7, 7,535, $1,450.
27, Dennis Horan Jr., Oakley, Calif., 6-6, 7,501, $1,425.
28, Ron Mohr, Las Vegas, 5-7, 7,489, $1,400.
29, Stoney Baker, Canton, Ga., 3-8-1, 7,457, $1,380.
30, Greg Thomas, Irmo, S.C., 2-10, 7,451, $1,360.
31, Mark Williams, Beaumont, Texas, 6-6, 7,440, $1,340.
32, Tony Johnson, Canton, Ohio, 4-8, 7,425, $1,320.
33, Steve Hoskins, New Port Richey, Fla., 4-8-0, 7,400, $1,300.
34, Eric Forkel, Henderson, Nev., 2-9-1, 7,386, $1,280.
35, Tom Baker, King, N.C., 5-7, 7,358, $1,260.
36, Bob Learn Jr., Erie, Pa., 5-7, 7,357, $1,240.
37, Jay Hess, Gotha, Fla., 4-8, 7,270, $1,220.
38, Martin Bedford, Gasport, N.Y., 3-8-1, 7,168, $1,200.

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

1, n-Tore Torgersen, Norway, 5-1, 6,742.
2, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 5-1, 6,741.
3, Mika Koivuniemi, Finland, 5-1, 6,718.
4, n-Steven Smith, San Diego, 5-1, 6,628.
5, Rolando Sebelen, Dominica Republic, 4-2-0, 6,516.
6, Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., 5-1, 6,504.
7, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 4-2, 6,487.
8, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 1-5, 6,486.
9, Brian LeClair, Albany, N.Y., 4-2, 6,470.
10, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., 5-1, 6,428.
11, Blaine Weninger, Happy Valley, Ore., 3-3, 6,422.
12, n-Ron Nelson Jr., Bridgeview, Ill., 4-2, 6,398.
13, Eugene McCune, Munster, Ind., 4-2, 6,390.
14, Doug Kent, Newark, N.Y., 2-4, 6,380.
15, Chris Warren, Grants Pass, Ore., 3-3, 6,376.
16, Kevin Croucher, Grants Pass, Ore., 4-2, 6,355.
17, Wayne Garber, Modesto, Calif., 4-1-1, 6,304.
18, Brian Kretzer, Dayton, Ohio, 1-5, 6,300.
19, Lennie Boresch Jr., Kenosha, Wis., 2-4, 6,297.
20, Robert Lawrence, Austin, Texas, 2-4, 6,295.
21, Steven Badovinac, Parker, Colo., 2-4, 6,284.
22, Stoney Baker, Canton, Ga., 2-4, 6,240.
23, Bob Learn Jr., Erie, Pa., 4-2, 6,237.
23, Mark Williams, Beaumont, Texas, 4-2, 6,237.
25, Mark Mazzulla, Brentwood, Calif., 2-4, 6,233.
26, Greg Thomas, Irmo, S.C., 1-5, 6,231.
27, Paul Fleming, Ft. Worth, Texas, 3-3, 6,228.
28, Kimmo Lehtonen, Finland, 3-3, 6,211.
29, Tony Johnson, Canton, Ohio, 2-4, 6,201.
30, Ron Mohr, Las Vegas, 2-4, 6,199.
31, Dennis Horan Jr., Oakley, Calif., 3-3, 6,195.
32, Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, 1-5, 6,193.
33, Steve Hoskins, New Port Richey, Fla., 3-3, 6,189.
34, Greg McDaniel, Kimball, Neb., 3-3, 6,175.
35, Eric Forkel, Henderson, Nev., 1-4-1, 6,110.
36, Tom Baker, King, N.C., 2-4, 6,105.
37, Jay Hess, Gotha, Fla., 1-5, 6,095.
38, Martin Bedford, Gasport, New York, 2-4, 6,013.

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PBA Spare Shots: PBA’s Mermaid Lanes Midwest Open Features a Bizarre Ending

by Bill Vint June 14, 2019 10:15

Brady Stearns of Saint Augusta, Minn., won his first PBA Regional title Sunday in Mounds View, Minn., in what might have been the most bizarre ending in PBA Regional tournament history.

Stearns.Brady_2019 Mounds View MN w GM Greg HolemanIn Sunday’s PBA Mermaid Lanes Midwest Open presented by Columbia 300 in Mounds View, Stearns defeated Nick Pate of Inver Grove Heights, Minn., 240-239, to win the title and $2,500 first prize after Pate, needing two pins on his fill ball after converting a 10 pin spare in the 10th frame, saw his final shot drift right into the gutter.

(At left, Brady Stearns with Mermaid Lanes general manager Greg Holeman)

Ironically, Stearns had opened the door for Pate in similar fashion just moments earlier. Working on a string of six strikes including the first two in his 10th frame, Stearns also threw his final shot into the gutter to give Pate an easier chance to win. Had Stearns struck on his fill ball, he would have forced Pate to also strike on his first shot in the 10th for the title, but his gutterball meant Pate only had to spare and get two pins.

Adding to the irony, the Mermaid Lanes Midwest Open was contested on the Del Ballard Jr. lane oiling pattern. The lane conditioning pattern was named in honor of the PBA Hall of Famer who infamously rolled a gutter ball on his final shot to lose the 1991 PBA Fair Lanes Open title to Pete Weber.

“It was the most bizarre finish I’ve ever seen, and I’ve been involved with the PBA since 1976 – 43 years. And I bowled a few years before that,” said veteran PBA East Region Manager Russ Mills, who served as tournament director for the event. “I thought Nick was going to throw it right down the middle, but he didn’t. I don’t think he was aware of the situation, but hopefully he’ll learn from it.”

You can watch the drama unfold on YouTube:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_nNKGdgPOS4&feature=youtu.be&fbclid=IwAR1SFYH7beVyQv4Luj8CxrrlfPnJqUjHtAOzsMyoTOms754dhuUf1p2CPBE

Prior to the climactic title match, Pate defeated Russ Oviatt of Chandler, Ariz., 279-236, to advance to the championship match after Pate downed Kiho Kyun of Plymouth, Minn., 257-219, in the first stepladder match.

In Saturday’s PBA River City Extreme Midwest Open presented by Hammer in Monticello, Minn., non-PBA member John Kreyer Jr. of Mounds View defeated Stearns, 213-202, to win in Monticello. Kreyer earned $2,500 but doesn’t get credited with a PBA regional title since he is a non-member.

Kreyer defeated Mike Fagan of Las Vegas, 209-179, to advance to the championship match after Kreyer edged Blake Demore of Springfield, Mo., 214-212, in the first stepladder match.

FLOSPORTS ANNOUNCES NEW APPS AVAILABLE FOR INSTANT ACCESS

FloSports, the parent of PBA’s official livestreaming partner FloBowling, has announced the launch of its new app on Amazon Fire TV, and updated-and-improved apps on Roku and Apple TV.

The user experience streamlines the ability to explore live events and content across the entire FloSports network of more than 20 sports. Improvements have been made to navigation, stream switching capabilities, instant auto-play, content automation, and more.

The apps have many new features, highlighted by instant auto-play, which allows users who are watching long-form events to resume watching where they left off, and seamlessly switch between different live event streams, archives, and camera angles. Additionally, users are able to login and return to the sport vertical they last watched.

“We are excited to offer sports fans more ways to live stream their favorite events on the big screen,” FloSports CEO and Co-Founder Mark Floreani said. “With the launch of our new apps, fans now have multiple ways to watch from any device with a streamlined experience.  We have simplified the ability to search for videos and events, get breaking news, and watch event highlights and replays.”

To access live and on-demand coverage of events across the entire FloSports network become a monthly or annual PRO subscriber. Either subscription provides access to content to all of FloSports partners.

Streaming more than 10,000 live competitions per year, FloSports continues to emerge as the global leader in live, in-depth, and on-demand digital coverage for passionate sports fans.

TICKETS, SPECIAL ROOM RATES AVAILABLE FOR PBA TOUR FINALS AT RED ROCK

Tickets to watch the 2019 Barbasol PBA Tour Finals, as well as special room rates at the host Red Rock Casino Resort & Spa in Las Vegas, are still available. For tickets for the two-day battle in July between the PBA’s elite eight players based upon composite competition points earned during the 2018 and 2019 Go Bowling! PBA Tour seasons, visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/barbasol-pba-tour-finals-presented-by-red-rock-casino-resort-spa-tickets-57610119418.

For room reservations at Red Rock, visit:  https://reservations.redrockresort.com/cgi-bin/lansaweb?PROCFUN+RN+RESNET+RRS+funcparms+UP%28A2560%29:;PBARATE;;;;;;?/ Fans also may call the hotel reservation line (702-797-7625 or 866-767-7773) and use the code PBARATE to reserve within the block. All reservations need to be made prior to the June 26 cutoff date.

The field of eight for the Barbasol PBA Tour Finals will include top qualifier and defending champion Jason Belmonte, 2019 USBC Masters champion Jakob Butturff, Anthony Simonsen, EJ Tackett, Marshall Kent and PBA Tour Finals newcomers Bill O’Neill, 2018 PBA Player of the Year Andrew Anderson and newly-crowned PBA Playoffs champion Kris Prather.

The Barbasol PBA Tour Finals, presented by Red Rock Casino, Resort & Spa, will take place at Red Rock Lanes in Las Vegas and will be televised live by CBS Sports Network over a span five shows (two on Saturday, July 20 and three on Sunday, July 21).

PBA REGIONAL UPDATE: BRAD ANGELO WINS IN ELKHART, INDIANA

Brad Angelo of Lockport, N.Y. defeated JR Raymond of Clinton Twp., Mich., 195-167, to win the PBA Elkhart Central Open presented by 900 Global at Country Club Lanes in Elkhart, Ind., Sunday for his third PBA Regional title and a $2,000 first prize.

Angelo topped Greg Young of Viera, Fla., 227-199, while Raymond downed Tristan Butler of Ft. Wayne, Ind., 201-155, in the semifinal round to set up the championship match.

The June 14-16 weekend schedule of PBA Regional activity features the Homefield Bowl Eastern Open presented by MOTIV in Yonkers, N.Y., and the Timmy See Memorial Tavares South Open at Break Point Alley in Tavares, Fla.

PBA Regional tournaments on tap for the June 21-23 weekend include the PBA50 Ned Micelli Memorial presented by Ebonite at Herrill Lanes in New Hyde Park, N.Y.; the Pro Bowl West Central/Midwest Challenge presented by Ebonite for non-title winners in Fort Wayne, Ind.; the PBA50 Sand Hills South Open at Sand Hills Bowling Center in Aberdeen, N.C., and the PBA/PBA50 Epicenter Northwest/West Open doubleheader in Klamath Falls, Ore.

Closing out the June PBA Regional calendar will be the PBA-PBA50 John Kontos Memorial Midwest/Central Doubles Open at Town & Country Lanes in Joliet, Ill., and the Century Lanes Hampton South Open in Hampton, Va.

Heading into the 4th of July weekend, Bowl 10 Fairborn will host the PBA50 Fairborn Central Classic presented by Roto Grip Monday-Wednesday, July 1-3, in Fairborn, Ohio. Closing the extended holiday weekend July 5-7 will be the PBA50 Greater Freeport Midwest/Central Open at 4 Seasons Bowl in Freeport, Ill.; the Grand Casino Hotel & Resort Southwest Doubles presented by DV8 at FireLake Bowling Center in Shawnee, Okla., and the PBA/PBA50 Vanessa Brown Homes West Open doubleheader presented by Track at Yosemite Lanes in Modesto, Calif.

● For complete PBA Regional schedules, rules and entry information, visit pba.com, open the “schedules” tab and click on PBA Regional Tours to find the event(s) in your area…and remember, you can follow “live scoring” for all PBA Regional events on pba.com (easily accessible for Apple and Android device users using the PBA app).

QUICK NOTES

• Last Call: Applications for the 2019 PBA Billy Welu Scholarship Award, recognizing exemplary qualities in male or female college students who excel in academics as well as in the sport of bowling, are being accepted through June 21. The winner will receive a $1,000 scholarship. To be eligible candidates must be amateur bowlers who are currently in college (preceding the application date) and maintaining at least a 2.5/4.0 GPA or equivalent. The two-part application can be retrieved by downloading the files from this link http://www.pba.com/Corporate/Scholarships.

Reminder: The 10th annual Rhino Page Lace Up to Strike Out Crohn’s and Colitis fundraiser is set for Saturday, June 15, at South Levittown Lanes in Levittown, N.Y. For more information about the event, visit: www.strikeoutcrohns.com.

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Torgersen Recovers from Slow Start in Fourth Round to Top Suncoast PBA Senior U.S. Open Qualifying

by Jerry Schneider June 13, 2019 18:19

LAS VEGAS – Norway’s Tore Torgersen bounced back from a 166 in the first game of Thursday’s fourth round to top qualifying in the Suncoast PBA Senior U.S. Open presented by Storm heading into Friday’s match play rounds.

Torgersen, the 2000 World Amateur Bowler of the Year and a member of the World Bowling Writers Hall of Fame, came back from the slow start with games of 213, 246, 256, 208 and 209 to finish the qualifying portion of the season’s third major with a 5,257 24-game pinfall total (219 average).

“Some of the guys were moving to the outside of the lane so I thought I would try it, but I never got comfortable and didn’t get results,” Torgersen said of the first game. “It was probably a strategic miss on my part. I went back to bowling from the inside part of the lane, where I was yesterday, and I found a good comfort level.

“Except for the first game I had good games bowling across the center which was encouraging,” he added. “With two rounds of match play before the finals there’s still a long way to go but I’m gaining confidence all the time.”

The 50-year-old Torgersen holds a 15-pin lead over PBA Hall of Famer Pete Weber in second who finished with 5,242.

Weber, a two-time Senior U.S. Open winner who is trying to end a two-year drought without a PBA50 Tour win, bowled 1,319 in Thursday’s round with games of 203, 217, 245, 205, 232 and 217 to move into second heading into match play.

“I’m feeling great and throwing the ball good,” said the 56-year-old Weber, who is trying to become the Senior U.S. Open’s first three-time winner. “I’m hitting the pocket eight or nine times a game and if I can keep doing that, I’ll be in good shape the rest of the way.”

Hall of Famer Norm Duke, who is trying for his second Senior U.S. Open title, finished qualifying in third just one pin behind Weber with 5,241. Duke bowled 1,393 in the final qualifying round with games of 201, 234, 259, 205, 259 and 235.

Trying for his first PBA50 Tour title of the season, the 55-year-old Duke won the Go Bowling! Indianapolis and Go Bowling! Jonesboro Opens in February for the 39th and 40th PBA Tour titles of his career becoming the oldest player to win back-to-back tour titles.

After leading the first three rounds, Senior U.S. Open defending champion Mika Koivuniemi of Finland, dropped to fourth finishing with a 5,228 pinfall, followed by former Team USA member Steven Smith of San Diego who qualified fifth with 5,210.

Two other two-time winners, Hall of Famers Amleto Monacelli and Tom Baker, also made the cut to match play. Monacelli finished qualifying in 18th with 4,971 and Baker took the 38th and final match play spot with 4,863.

Hall of Famer Walter Ray Williams Jr., who is trying for his fourth PBA50 Tour title of the season and the 15th of his career to top the all-time list, finished qualifying in a tie for 24th with 4,952.

The intensity will ramp up for Friday’s match play rounds where 30 bonus pins are awarded for each match win. The 38 players will bowl six-game match play rounds at 8 a.m. and noon PT which will determine the top five for the stepladder finals scheduled to begin at 4 p.m.

The Senior U.S. Open is streamed live in its entirety by PBA’s streaming partner FloBowling. For subscription and schedule information visit www.flobowling.com.

SUNCOAST PBA SENIOR U.S. OPEN

Presented by Storm

Suncoast Bowling Center, Las Vegas, Thursday

FOURTH ROUND (after 24 games. Top 38 players advance to Friday’s match play rounds)

1, n-Tore Torgersen, Norway, 5,257.
2, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 5,242.
3, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 5,241.
4, Mika Koivuniemi, Finland, 5,228.
5, n-Steven Smith, San Diego, 5,210.
6, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 5,077.
7, Doug Kent, Newark, N.Y., 5,075.
8, Rolando Sebelen, Dominican Republic, 5,074.
9, Lennie Boresch Jr., Kenosha, Wis., 5,058.
10, Robert Lawrence, Austin, Texas, 5,049.
11, Brian Kretzer, Dayton, Ohio, 5,040.
12, Greg Thomas, Irmo, S.C., 5,027.
13, Eugene McCune, Munster, Ind., 5,023.
14, Brian LeClair, Albany, N.Y., 5,001.
15, Chris Warren, Grants Pass, Ore., 4,996.
16, Blaine Weninger, Happy Valley, Ore., 4,986.
17, Tony Johnson, Canton, Ohio, 4,980.
18, Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, 4,971.
19, Steven Badovinac, Parker, Colo., 4,970.
20, Mark Mazzulla, Brentwood, Calif., 4,966.
21, Wayne Garber, Modesto, Calif., 4,963.
22, Ron Mohr, Las Vegas, 4,961.
23, Kevin Croucher, Grants Pass, Ore., 4,956.
24, (tie) Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., and Steve Hoskins, New Port Richey, Fla., 4,952.
26, Mark Williams, Beaumont, Texas, 4,944.
27, n-Ron Nelson Jr., Bridgeview, Ill., 4,941.
28, Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., 4,940.
29, Paul Fleming, Ft. Worth, Texas, 4,912.
30, Greg McDaniel, Kimball, Neb., 4,906.
31, Martin Bedford, Gasport, New York, 4,905.
32, Bob Learn Jr., Erie, Pa., 4,904.
33, Dennis Horan Jr., Oakley, Calif., 4,892.
34, Stoney Baker, Canton, Ga., 4,887.
35, Eric Forkel, Henderson, Nev., 4,886.
36, Kimmo Lehtonen, Finland, 4,876.
37, Jay Hess, Gotha, Fla., 4,867.
38, Tom Baker, King, N.C., 4,863.

Did not advance:
39, ss-Junichi Yajima, Japan, 4,859, $1,100.
40, n-Don Moser, Menifee, Calif., 4,852.
41, Bryan Goebel, Shawnee, Kan., 4,850.
42, Daniel Miyamoto, Mililani, Hawaii, 4,846.
43, ss-Harry Sullins, Chesterfield Twp., Mich., 4,828, $1,100.
44, Michael Haugen Jr., Phoenix, 4,824.
45, Jeff Johnson, Freeport, Ill., 4,811.
46, Ricky Schissler, Brighton, Colo., 4,810.
47, Bob Rosenau, Redding, Calif., 4,792.
48, Brian Menini, Brookfield, Mo., 4,787.
49, Tommy Martin, Millington, Tenn., 4,779.
50, ss-Edward Silva, Manteca, Calif., 4,773, $1,100.
51, ss-John Dudak, Orland Park, Ill., 4,761, $1,100.
52, ss-Michael Lucente, Warren, Mich., 4,760, $1,100.
53, Bill Watson, Monroe, Ohio, 4,746.
54, Noel Vazquez, Sacramento, Calif., 4,741.
55, Doug Kempt, Arcadia, Calif., 4,740.
56, ss-Don Blatchford, Santa Monica, Calif., 4,738, $1,100.
57, (tie) n-Jerry Johnson Jr., Las Vegas, and Joseph Petrovich, Tracy, Calif, 4,737.
59, ss-Warren Nelson, Hemet, Calif., 4,733, $1,100.
60, Peter Knopp, Germany, 4,732.
61, Randy Peterson, Carrington, N.D., 4,730.
62, ss-Skip Pavone, San Jose, Calif., 4,728, $1,100.
63, n-James Wallace, Hicksville, N.Y., 4,724.
64, Johnny Petraglia, Manalapan, N.J., 4,719.
65, Henry Dawson, Elma, Wash., 4,713.
65, n-Barry Zimmerman, Grand Forks, N.D., 4,713.
67, Christopher Keane, Cape Coral, Fla., 4,710.
68, Robert Brown, Cody, Wyo., 4,706.
69, Darryl Bower, Middletown, Pa., 4,694.
70, Mike Dias, Lafayette, Colo., 4,689.
71, (tie) Jerry Sikora, Huron, S.D., and Joe Salvemini, Colorado Springs, Colo., 4,684.
73, Widmar Vargas, Sun City Center, Fla., 4,678.
74, Paul Mielens, Menomonie, Wis., 4,654.
75, Sammy Ventura, Syracuse, N.Y., 4,651.
76, Michael Duran, Banning, Calif., 4,649.
77, Joe Goldstein Sr., San Bruno, Calif., 4,642.
78, Scott Greiner, Sunrise Beach, Mo., 4,637.
79, John Marsala, St. Louis, Mo., 4,634.
80, Rick Minier, Houston, 4,629.
81, Gary Faulkner, Norfolk, Va., 4,628.
82, Rob Rice, Sunnyside, Wash., 4,618.
83, Todd Kjell, Roscoe, Ill., 4,614.
84, Todd Haney, Boiling Springs, S.C., 4,612.
85, Takeo Sakai, Japan, 4,600.
86, Pat Nolan, Japan, 4,586.
87, n-Steven Jeeves, England, 4,581.
88, n-David Waswo, Lees Summit, Mo., 4,578.
89, Dale Traber, Cedarburg, Wis., 4,577.
90, John Dougherty, Fort Walton Beach, Fla., 4,568.
91, Russ Simmons, Fontana, Calif., 4,567.
92, Gary Alstott, Washington, Ill., 4,563.
93, n-Bob Baer, Henderson, Nev., 4,557.
94, n-Paul Renteria, Henderson, Nev., 4,553.
95, n,ss-Darwin Wimer, Mesquite, Nev., 4,527.
96, (tie) Tony Rodriguez Jr., Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., and Carlos Denot, Mexico, 4,515.
98, (tie) n-John Hricsina Jr., Las Vegas, and Jon DeLaney, McKinney, Texas, 4,508.
100, Jeff Mann Sr., Clearlake Oaks, Calif., 4,494.
101, Tom Sellers, Barstow, Calif., 4,488.
102, n-Bill Oakes, Lawton, Okla., 4,475.
103, Richard Strath, Schenectady, N.Y., 4,469.
104, n-Linda Walbaum, Brighton, Colo., 4,462.
105, Gary Kammes, Winfield, Ill., 4,453.
106, Tom Carter, Columbus, Ohio, 4,447.
107, Brian McMahon, Boca Raton, Fla., 4,445.
108, n-Jim Montgomery, Byron, Ill., 4,444.
109, Michael Smith, Centenniel, Colo., 4,436.
110, Stan Winters, Simi Valley, Calif., 4,406.
111, Mark Abraham, Lansing, Mich., and n-Rolly Sebelen, Dominican Republic, 4,404.
113, n-Robert Callari, Cordova, Tenn., 4,399.
114, n-Paul Appling, Camarillo, Calif., 4,397.
115, n-Ron Hosler, Englewood, Colo., 4,390.
116, n-David Graber, Las Vegas, 4,373.
117, Timothy Banks, Rosamond, Calif., 4,363.
118, Julius Mickel, Omaha, Neb., 4,358.
119, Steven Jansson, Barnes, Wis., 4,356.
120, Paul LeMond, Jasper, Ind., 4,344.
121, James Storts, Westfield, Ind., 4,343.
122, Ross McDonald, Las Vegas, Nev., 4,340.
123, n-Troy Silfies, Northglenn, Colo., 4,326.
124, (tie) Carl West, San Jose, Calif., and Joe Beck, Montgomery, Ala., 4,324.
126, Rodney Remmers, Moore, Texas, 4,308.
127, Terry Metzner, Kentwood, Mich., 4,297.
128, Jack Wofford, Flagstaff, Ariz., 4,280.
129, n-Steven Atkinson, Hollywood Park, Texas, 4,260.
130, Bill Vannoy, Lexington, S.C., 4,258.
131, n-Jeff Atkins, Hot Springs Village, Ark., 4,256.
132, n-Michael Mellick, Whittier, Calif., 4,253.
133, n-Tish Johnson, Colorado Springs, Colo., 4,245.
134, Brian Miller, Springfield, Ohio, 4,243.
135, Rick Francis, Linden, Calif., 4,241.
136, n-Vic Karbowski, Sommerton, Ariz., 4,198.
137, Cephas Hensley, Jonesboro, Tenn., 4,189.
138, Glen Nakagawa, Highland Village, Texas, 4,166.
139, n-Charles Allen Jr., Pell City, Ala., 4,161.
140, Thomas Sliwinski, Reynoldsville, Pa., 4,159.
141, Garry Blanton, Owensboro, Ky., 4,154.
142, Don Lane, San Francisco, 4,118.
143, Robert Walters, North Las Vegas, Nev., 4,110.
144, n-Robert Reeder Jr., Bellefonte, Pa., 4,054.
145, n-Dale Knight, Las Vegas, 4,037.
146, Galen Keas, Alda, Neb., 3,877.

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Koivuniemi Holds Off Charge by Torgersen to Retain Suncoast PBA Senior U.S. Open Lead After Third Round

by Jerry Schneider June 12, 2019 18:48

LAS VEGAS – Defending champion Mika Koivuniemi retained his Suncoast PBA Senior U.S. Open presented by Storm lead after Wednesday’s third round, but another northern European native, Tore Torgersen of Norway, made some news of his own as the season’s third and final major for players 50 and over reached the halfway mark.

After three rounds, Koivuniemi, a native of Finland, holds the lead with a 3,980 18-game pinfall total (221 average), just 21 pins ahead of Torgersen in second with 3,959.

A lackluster third round in which Koivuniemi could only manage games of 202, 196, 183, 199, 216 and 203, enabled Torgersen to close the gap after he bowled games of 257, 240, 214, 207, 183 and 256.

“I didn’t bowl good, but I didn’t bowl bad either,” said Koivuniemi, a PBA Hall of Famer and two-time PBA Player of the Year. “I guess you could call it a good bad block.

“It was one of those blocks where I couldn’t get the perfect ball reaction,” the 14-time PBA Tour and three-time major winner added. “I felt like I was getting to the pocket consistently but just wasn’t striking. I think the most strikes I had in a row was three.”

Torgersen head shotTorgersen, the 2000 World Amateur Bowler of the Year and a member of the World Bowling Writers Hall of Fame, is a former PBA member who owns a best tour finish of third which came in the 2005 PBA Birmingham Open.

“This is the first time I’ve been nervous about bowling in a long time, said the 50-year-old Torgersen, who is bowling in the Senior U.S. Open as a non-member. “This is a special opportunity to bowl at this level of competition at my age. I like the challenge of having to think your way out of trouble. Hopefully, I can continue to focus on what I’m doing and be up there to give myself a chance.”

PBA Hall of Famer Pete Weber retained his position in third with a 3,923 pinfall after bowling games of 200, 194, 220, 237, 224 and 246 in the third round.

Weber, a two-time Senior U.S. Open winner, along with fellow two-time winners Amleto Monacelli and Tom Baker, are trying to become the first to win the Senior U.S. Open three times. Monacelli finished the day in 11th with 3,781 while Baker finished 26th with 3,688.

Finishing 84th after the first round, former Team USA member Steven Smith of San Diego, surged to fourth after the third round with a 3,876 pinfall.

Also bowling as a non-member, the multi-medalist in international competition, made a big comeback in the third round with games of 231, 234, 223, 229 and 244 after starting with 146 in the first game.

Rounding out the top five was 2018 PBA50 Rookie of the Year Rolando Sebelen of the Dominican Republic who posted a 3,874 pinfall for three rounds.

Finishing 59th after the second round, PBA Hall of Famer Walter Ray Williams Jr. surged to 22nd with a 3,707 pinfall after bowling games of 208, 255, 195, 222, 226 and 229 in the third round. Williams, the all-time Go Bowling! PBA Tour titles leader with 47 wins, is trying for his fourth PBA50 win of the season and a record 15th career title. He is currently tied with John Handegard on the all-time PBA50 titles list with 14.

Thursday’s final six-game qualifying round gets underway with squads at 9 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. PT. The field will then be cut to the top 38 players for match play which begins 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 p.m.

The Senior U.S. Open is streamed live in its entirety by PBA’s streaming partner FloBowling. For subscription and schedule information visit www.flobowling.com.

SUNCOAST PBA SENIOR U.S. OPEN
Presented by Storm
Suncoast Bowling Center, Las Vegas, Wednesday

THIRD ROUND (after 18 games)

1, Mika Koivuniemi, Finland, 3,980.
2, n-Tore Torgersen, Norway, 3,959.
3, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 3,923.
4, n-Steven Smith, San Diego, 3,876.
5, Rolando Sebelen, Dominican Republic, 3,874.
6, Brian Kretzer, Dayton, Ohio, 3,860.
7, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 3,848.
8, n-Ron Nelson Jr., Bridgeview, Ill., 3,811.
9, Doug Kent, Newark, N.Y., 3,802.
10, Greg Thomas, Irmo, S.C., 3,792.
11, Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, 3,781.
12, Steve Hoskins, New Port Richey, Fla., 3,776.
13, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 3,769.
14, Eugene McCune, Munster, Ind., 3,767.
15, Blaine Weninger, Happy Valley, Ore., 3,752.
16, (tie) ss-Kevin Croucher, Grants Pass, Ore., and Brian LeClair, Albany, N.Y., 3,751.
18, (tie) Robert Lawrence, Austin, Texas, and ss-Ron Mohr, Las Vegas, 3,736.
20, Martin Bedford, Gasport, New York, 3,714.
21, Steven Badovinac, Parker, Colo., 3,712.
22, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., 3,707.
23, Bob Learn Jr., Erie, Pa., 3,698.
24, n-Don Moser, Menifee, Calif., 3,695.
25, Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., 3,694.
26, ss-Tom Baker, King, N.C., 3,688.
27, ss-Michael Lucente, Warren, Mich., 3,685.
28, Lennie Boresch Jr., Kenosha, Wis., 3,684.
29, Daniel Miyamoto, Mililani, Hawaii, 3,681.
30, Ricky Schissler, Brighton, Colo., 3,672.
31, Wayne Garber, Modesto, Calif., 3,663.
32, Tony Johnson, Canton, Ohio, 3,662.
33, (tie) Mark Mazzulla, Brentwood, Calif., and ss-Mark Williams, Beaumont, Texas, 3,660.
35, Jay Hess, Gotha, Fla., 3,650.
36, Jeff Johnson, Freeport, Ill., 3,649.
37, (tie) Brian Menini, Brookfield, Mo., and Kimmo Lehtonen, Finland, 3,647.
39, Paul Fleming, Ft. Worth, Texas, 3,646.
40, Eric Forkel, Henderson, Nev., 3,645.
41, Dennis Horan Jr., Oakley, Calif., 3,642.
42, Chris Warren, Grants Pass, Ore., 3,637.
43, Michael Haugen Jr., Phoenix, 3,611.
44, ss-Junichi Yajima, Japan, 3,608.
45, Bryan Goebel, Shawnee, Kan., 3,605.
46, Stoney Baker, Canton, Ga., 3,601.
47, ss-Skip Pavone, San Jose, Calif., 3,597.
48, Michael Duran, Banning, Calif., 3,596.
49, Bob Rosenau, Redding, Calif., 3,584.
50, ss-Don Blatchford, Santa Monica, Calif., 3,583.
51, Tommy Martin, Millington, Tenn., 3,577.
52, ss-John Petraglia, Manalapan, N.J., 3,576.
53, Randy Peterson, Carrington, N.D., 3,573.
54, n-James Wallace, Hicksville, N.Y., 3,571.
55, ss-Harry Sullins, Chesterfield Twp., Mich., 3,568.
56, ss-Edward Silva, Manteca, Calif., 3,562.
57, Gary Faulkner, Norfolk, Va., 3,554.
58, Noel Vazquez, Sacramento, Calif., 3,552.
59, n-David Waswo, Lees Summit, Mo., 3,549.
60, ss-John Dudak, Orland Park, Ill., 3,546.
61, Greg McDaniel, Kimball, Neb., 3,545.
62, Robert Brown, Cody, Wyo., 3,542.
63, n-Barry Zimmerman, Grand Forks, N.D., 3,541.
64, ss-Christopher Keane, Cape Coral, Fla., 3,539.
65, ss-Widmar Vargas, Sun City Center, Fla., 3,534.
66, Scott Greiner, Sunrise Beach, Mo., 3,533.
67, Joseph Petrovich, Tracy, Calif., 3,530.
68, n-Jerry Johnson Jr., Las Vegas, 3,526.
69, ss-Joe Salvemini, Colorado Springs, Colo., 3,520.
70, ss-Mike Dias, Lafayette, Colo., 3,519.
71, Rob Rice, Sunnyside, Wash., 3,518.
72, ss-Jerry Sikora, Huron, S.D., 3,512.
73, Pat Nolan, Japan, 3,508.
74, Doug Kempt, Arcadia, Calif., 3,504.
75, Joe Goldstein Sr., San Bruno, Calif., 3,502.
76, n-Steven Jeeves, England, 3,496.
77, ss-Henry Dawson, Elma, Wash., 3,495.
78, ss-Warren Nelson, Hemet, Calif., 3,494.
78, Todd Kjell, Roscoe, Ill., 3,494.
80, Bill Watson, Monroe, Ohio, 3,482.
81, ss-Darryl Bower, Middletown, Pa., 3,477.
82, John Marsala, St. Louis, Mo., 3,472.
83, ss-Sammy Ventura, Syracuse, N.Y., 3,471.
84, ss-Dale Traber, Cedarburg, Wis., 3,467.
85, Jon DeLaney, McKinney, Texas, 3,464.
86, Peter Knopp, Germany, 3,455.
87, (tie) ss-Takeo Sakai, Japan, and ss-Paul Mielens, Menomonie, Wis., 3,450.
89, Gary Alstott, Washington, Ill., 3,446.
90, ss-Rick Minier, Houston, 3,430.
91, Todd Haney, Boiling Springs, S.C., 3,426.
92, n-Dana Wright, St. Paul, Minn., 3,422
93, Richard Strath, Schenectady, N.Y., 3,419.
94, ss-Jeff Mann Sr., Clearlake Oaks, Calif., 3,413.
95, n-Bob Baer, Henderson, Nev., 3,410.
96, John Dougherty III, Fort Walton Beach, Fla., 3,409.
97, Carlos Denot, Mexico, 3,407.
98, ss-Russ Simmons, Fontana, Calif., 3,402.
99, n,ss-Bill Oakes, Lawton, Okla, 3,392.
100, (tie) n-Paul Renteria, Henderson, Nev., and ss-Gary Kammes, Winfield, Ill., 3,385.
102, n-John Hricsina Jr., Las Vegas, 3,382.
103, Tony Rodriguez Jr., Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., 3,381.
104, n,ss-Darwin Wimer, Mesquite, Nev., 3,371.
105, n-Rolly Sebelen, Dominican Republic, 3,363.
106, ss-Stan Winters, Simi Valley, Calif., 3,342.
107, n-Jim Montgomery, Byron, Ill., 3,342.
108, ss-Tom Carter, Columbus, Ohio, 3,339.
109, (tie) Paul LeMond, Jasper, Ind., n,ss-Robert Callari, Cordova, Tenn. And Brian McMahon, Boca Raton, Fla., 3,326.
112, ss-Steven Jansson, Barnes, Wis., 3,324.
113, ss-Ross McDonald, Las Vegas, Nev., 3,318.
114, n-Linda Walbaum, Brighton, Colo., 3,303.
115, Bill Vannoy, Lexington, S.C., 3,300.
116, Michael Smith, Centenniel, Colo., 3,298.
117, Timothy Banks, Rosamond, Calif., 3,280.
118, n-Troy Silfies, Northglenn, Colo., 3,260.
119, n,ss-Paul Appling, Camarillo, Calif., 3,250.
120, n,ss-David Graber, Las Vegas, 3,249.
121, n,ss-Ron Hosler, Englewood, Colo., 3,247.
122, (tie) ss-James Storts, Westfield, Ind., and Joe Beck, Montgomery, Ala., 3,246.
124, Carl West, San Jose, Calif., 3,234.
125, (tie) Jack Wofford, Flagstaff, Ariz., and ss-Julius Mickel, Omaha, Neb., 3,216.
127, Mark Abraham, Lansing, Mich., 3,208.
128, Tom Sellers, Barstow, Calif., 3,204.
129, Rick Francis, Linden, Calif., 3,200.
130, Rodney Remmers, Moore, Texas, 3,195.
131, n-Michael Mellick, Whittier, Calif., 3,193.
132, n-Vic Karbowski, Sommerton, Ariz., 3,191.
133, n,ss-Dale Knight, Las Vegas, 3,169.
134, n-Jeff Atkins, Hot Springs Village, Ark., 3,162.
135, n-Steven Atkinson, Hollywood Park, Texas, 3,152.
136, ss-Terry Metzner, Kentwood, Mich., 3,145.
137, ss-Brian Miller, Springfield, Ohio, 3,129.
138, ss-Glen Nakagawa, Highland Village, Texas, 3,122.
139, n-Tish Johnson, Colorado Springs, Colo., 3,099.
140, Cephas Hensley, Jonesboro, Tenn., 3,091.
141, ss-Thomas Sliwinski, Reynoldsville, Pa., 3,080.
142, ss-Don Lane, San Francisco, 3,069.
143, ss-Robert Walters, North Las Vegas, Nev., 3,068.
144, ss-Garry Blanton, Owensboro, Ky., 3,030.
145, n-Charles Allen Jr., Pell City, Ala., 2,996.
146, ss-n-Robert Reeder Jr., Bellefonte, Pa., 2,982.
146, ss-n-Robert Reeder Jr., Bellefonte, Pa., 2,982.
147, ss-Galean Keas, Alda, Neb., 2,917.

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ss – PBA60 players ages 60 and over

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