O’Neill and Malott Survive Roll-offs in Round of 16 Matches to Advance in PBA Playoffs

by Jerry Schneider May 6, 2019 19:59

PORTLAND, Maine  – No. 7 seed Bill O’Neill of Langhorne, Pennsylvania and No. 15 seed Wes Malott of Pflugerville, Texas, survived PBA Playoffs Round of 16 Race to 2 Points matches that both required a ninth and 10th frame roll-off, to advance to the Round of 8 after FS1’s telecast Monday from Bayside Bowl.

O’Neill and Malott join No. 4 seed Anthony Simonsen, No. 21 Andres Gomez, No. 1 Jason Belmonte and No. 9 Kris Prather who have already advanced to the Round of 8 after winning Round of 16 matches.

In the first match, No. 2 seed Jakob Butturff of Mesa, Arizona, defeated Malott in the first game, 268-210, but the USBC Masters champion couldn’t keep the momentum going in the second game, losing to Malott, 226-193, to send their match into a roll-off.

MalottWith both players starting with a strike and spare, Malott, a 10-time tour winner, struck on his final ball and advanced when Butturff left a solid 7 pin on his fill ball, handing Malott a 40-39 win. It was the second time that Malott won a Playoffs match sitting on the bench. He also won his Round of 24 match-up against Josh Blanchard when Blanchard left the 1-2-4 on his final ball of the 10th frame.

“I felt like I was running out of lives when I was watching Jakob,” said Malott, the 2009 PBA Player of the Year. “I didn’t think either one of us had a really good look to start the second game. Jakob was struggling and I was still trying to get comfortable. It looked like it was going to be one of those matches where filling frames any way you can was going to get the job done.

“In the middle of the second game I was finally getting comfortable enough where I was getting the ball reaction I wanted so I could repeat good shots.”

No. 23 seed Sweden’s Jesper Svensson, a seven-time tour winner, jumped out to an early lead with a 222-211 win in the first game of the second match, but O’Neill capitalized on the struggling Svensson in the second game coming back to win, 247-164, to send the match into the roll-off. O’Neill, who won his 10th PBA Tour title in the season-opening PBA Hall of Fame Classic, struck in the ninth and the first two shots in the 10th to eliminate Svensson, 57-39.

“To start the first game, I really didn’t feel like I knew what I was doing,” said O’Neill.  “In practice everything felt good but I think I started to rush because the adrenaline was pumping. I felt lucky to get 211.

“Fortunately, I was able to settle down and I made really good shots down the stretch,” O’Neill continued. “With Jesper struggling I felt like the ball was in my court and was pretty confident going into the roll-off.  I made a ball change and threw three really good shots when I needed them.”

The Round of 16 concludes on May 13 at 9 p.m. ET on FS1 with two matches to determine the last two positions for the Round of 8 matches which will air on May 20 and May 27. The four Round of 8 winners will return to Portland for the semifinal and final rounds live on FOX on Saturday and Sunday, June 1-2.

The winner of the Playoffs, which features the top 24 players in competition points after the first 13 Go Bowling! PBA Tour tournaments of the 2019 season, will earn a $100,000 first prize.

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PBA PLAYOFFS ROUND OF 16 RESULTS

Bayside Bowl, Portland, Maine

(aired Monday on FS1. Race to 2 Points format. Winners advance to Round of 8. Losers earn $5,000)

Match One

Game 1 – No. 2 Jakob Butturff, Tempe, Ariz. def. No. 15 Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 268-210.

Game 2 – Malott def. Butturff, 226-193.

Malott won roll-off, 40-39.

Match Two

Game 1 – No. 23 Jesper Svensson, Sweden def. No. 7 Bill O’Neill, Langhorne, Pa., 222-211.

Game 2 – O’Neill def. Svensson, 247-164.

O’Neill won roll-off, 57-39.

PBA PLAYOFFS SCHEDULE

Bayside Bowl, Portland, Maine

Remaining Round of 16 pairings (Race to 2 Points format based on one point per game won)

Match 15 – No. 14 Dom Barrett, England, vs. No. 3 Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla. (airs May 13).

Match 16 – No. 11 Kyle Sherman, O’Fallon, Mo., vs. No. 6 Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill. (airs May 13).

Round of 8 Pairings (Race to 2 Points format)

Match 17 – No. 1 Jason Belmonte, Australia, vs. No. 9 Kris Prather, Plainfield, Ill. (airs May 20).

Match 18 – No. 4 Anthony Simonsen, Little Elm, Texas, vs. No. 21 Andres Gomez, Colombia (airs May 20).

Match 19 – No. 15 Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, vs. Bill O’Neill, Langhorne, Pa. (airs May 27).

Match 20 – Barrett-Duke winner vs. Sherman-Rash winner (airs May 27).

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Joel Carlson Beats Ron Mohr in Roll-Off to Win PBA50 Hamilton Lanes Open for First PBA50 Tour Title

by Jerry Schneider May 5, 2019 18:08

TRENTON, N.J. – After a 279-279 title match tie, PBA50 Tour veteran Joel Carlson of Omaha, Nebraska, defeated PBA Hall of Famer Ron Mohr of Las Vegas, in a one-ball roll-off 10-8 to win the PBA50 Hamilton Lanes & Entertainment Center Open presented by Columbia 300 Sunday for his first title on PBA’s tour for players 50 and over.

Carlson and Mohr went strike for strike through the first seven frames of the title match until Carlson left a 7 pin in the eighth. After making the spare he finished the match with four strikes to force the roll-off. Finishing the match first, Mohr, the stepladder finals top qualifier, threw the first nine strikes before leaving a 10 pin on his first ball in the 10th, made the spare and struck on his final ball of the 10th frame.

Mohr, trying for his 11th PBA50 Tour title, started the roll-off with an eight-count when his ball went high leaving the 4-7. Carlson took advantage of the opportunity by throwing a strike for the win.

“I didn’t watch,” said Carlson, when Mohr threw his ball in the roll-off. “When it was my turn, I just concentrated on keeping the ball on line and throw the best shot I possibly could. I could never have imagined winning my first title this way.”

Carlson’s previous high PBA50 Tour finishes were third in the 2016 Sun Bowl In The Villages and fourth in the 2018 PBA50 Lucas Magazine Classic.

“I always felt that I could win out here but winning like this was beyond expectations,” the 57-year-old Carlson added. “It’s awesome to win with the ball in your hand and then coming through with a strike to do it. It’s how you dream of winning, but right now I’m having a hard time believing my good fortune.”

Carlson, who entered the position round match in sixth, beat non-member Chris Viale 288-245 to make the finals and earn the No. 3 qualifying position for the finals. Ironically, earlier in the week, Carlson seemed to have a spot in the finals locked for the PBA50 Mooresville Open, but dropped from second to sixth when he lost in the position round to eventual winner Walter Ray Williams Jr. with a 185 game.

To get to the title match, Carlson beat PBA Hall of Famer and four-time PBA50 Tour winner Parker Bohn III, who qualified fifth for the finals, 227-182 in the second stepladder match, and then beat No. 2 qualifier reigning PBA50 Player of the Year Michael Haugen Jr., 268-248, in the semifinal to advance to the title match against Mohr.

In the opening stepladder match, Bohn defeated Viale, who qualified fourth for the finals, 268-173.

Williams’ bid for a record-tying fourth consecutive PBA50 Tour title to also become the sole all-time PBA50 Tour titles leader with 15 wins, ended with an eight-place finish. He remains tied with John Handegard at 14.

The PBA50 Tour takes a three-week break before it heads west to Brentwood, California for the PBA50 Northern California Classic presented by MOTIV May 25-28.

Fans can catch all the action via PBA’s online streaming partner FloBowliing. Visit www.flobowling.com for subscription and schedule information.

PBA50 HAMILTON LANES & ENTERTAINMENT CENTER OPEN

Presented by Columbia 300

Hamilton Lanes & Entertainment Center, Trenton, N.J., Sunday

Final standings:

1, Joel Carlson, Omaha, Neb., $7,500.

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

3, Michael Haugen Jr., Phoenix, $2,500

4, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., $2,000.

5, Chris Viale, Westfield, Mass., $1,750.

Stepladder Results:

Match One – Bohn def. Viale, 268-173.

Match Two – Carlson def. Bohn, 227-182.

Semifinal – Carlson def. Haugen, 268-248.

Championship – Carlson def. Mohr 279-279 (Carlson won one-ball roll-off 10-8)

FOURTH ROUND RESULTS (after 26 games. Top five advance to stepladder finals. Includes match play record and total pinfall with bonus pins)

1, ss-Ron Mohr, Las Vegas, 7-5, 6,396.
2, Michael Haugen Jr., Phoenix, 7-4-1, 6,309.
3, Joel Carlson, Omaha, Neb., 6-5-1, 6,301.
4, n-Christopher Viale, Westfield, Mass., 6-6, 6,289.
5, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 9-3, 6,275.
6, ss-William Peters, Dayton, Ohio, 9-3, 6,272, $1,500.
7, Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., 8-3-1, 6,234, $1,400.
8, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., 8-4, 6,225, $1,375.
9, n-Brian Boghosian, Agawam, Mass., 8-3-1, 6,204, $1,350.
10, Lennie Boresch Jr., Kenosha, Wis., 5-6-1, 6,173, $1,325.
11, ss-Keith Doran, Pomona, N.Y., 8-4, 6,154, $1,300.
12, Brian LeClair, Albany, N.Y., 8-3-1, 6,153, $1,280.
13, Jeff Zaffino, Warren, Pa., 7-5, 6,147, $1,260.
14, ss-Gary Shultis, Levittown, N.Y., 5-7, 6,125, $1,240.
15, Danny Wiseman, Baltimore, 7-5, 6,114, $1,220.
16, ss-Tom Baker, King, N.C., 6-6, 6,101, $1,200.
17, Bob Learn Jr., Erie, Pa., 8-3-1, 6,083, $1,190.
18, ss-Chris Fedden, Albany, N.Y., 5-5-2, 6,001, $1,180.
19, ss-Darryl Bower, Middletown, Pa., 5-6-1, 5,971, $1,170.
20, ss-James Knoblauch, Waukesha, Wis., 5-6-1, 5,961, $1,160.
21, Brian Kretzer, Dayton, Ohio, 6-6, 5,908, $1,155.
22, John Marsala, St. Louis, Mo., 5-7, 5,860, $1,150.
23, ss-Pete DiChiara, Ardsley, N.Y., 3-9, 5,841, $1,145.
24, Rick Graham, Lancaster, Pa., 6-6, 5,833, $1,140.
25, ss-Harry Sullins, Chesterfield Twp., Mich., 6-6-0, 5,829, $1,135.
26, Stephen Pavlinko, Sewell, N.J., 4-8, 5,797, $1,130.
27, ss-Mike Dias, Lafayette, Colo., 3-9, 5,794, $1,125.
28, John Neral, Vienna, Va., 3-8-1, 5,756, $1,120.
29, Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, 3-9, 5,742, $1,115.
30, Greg Thomas, Irmo, S.C., 4-8, 5,737, $1,110.
31, ss-John Dudak, Orland Park, Ill., 3-9, 5,634, $1,105.
32, Ricky Schissler, Brighton, Colo., 3-9, 5,598, $1,100.

THIRD ROUND RESULTS (after 20 games. All players advance to second match play round. Includes match play record and total pinfall with bonus pins)

1, ss-Ron Mohr, Las Vegas, 2-4, 4,824.
2, ss-Tom Baker, King, N.C., 5-1, 4,821.
3, Michael Haugen Jr., Phoenix, 3-2-1, 4,810.
4, n-Christopher Viale, Westfield, Mass., 3-3-, 4,798.
5, Brian LeClair, Albany, N.Y., 4-1-1, 4,768.
6, ss-Keith Doran, Pomona, N.Y., 5-1, 4,757.
7, ss-William Peters, Dayton, Ohio, 5-1, 4,749.
8, ss-Gary Shultis, Levittown, N.Y., 4-2, 4,743.
9, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 5-1, 4,720.
10, n-Brian Boghosian, Agawam, Mass., 3-2-1, 4,709.
11, Lennie Boresch Jr., Kenosha, Wis., 2-3-1, 4,699.
12, Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., 3-2-1, 4,697.
13, Joel Carlson, Omaha, Neb., 2-3-1, 4,684.
14, ss-Chris Fedden, Albany, N.Y., 3-2-1, 4,636.
15, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., 3-3, 4,632.
16, Danny Wiseman, Baltimore, 3-3, 4,617.
17, ss-James Knoblauch, Waukesha, Wis., 3-2-1, 4,599.
18, Jeff Zaffino, Warren, Pa., 2-4, 4,582.
19, ss-Darryl Bower, Middletown, Pa., 3-2-1, 4,562.
20, Brian Kretzer, Dayton, Ohio, 3-3, 4,557.
20, Stephen Pavlinko, Sewell, N.J., 3-3, 4,557.
22, John Marsala, St. Louis, Mo., 3-3, 4,528.
23, Greg Thomas, Irmo, S.C., 3-3, 4,508.
24, Bob Learn Jr., Erie, Pa., 3-2-1, 4,507.
25, Ricky Schissler, Brighton, Colo., 3-3, 4,491.
26, ss-Pete DiChiara, Ardsley, N.Y., 1-5, 4,476.
27, ss-Harry Sullins, Chesterfield Twp., Mich., 3-3, 4,456.
28, Rick Graham, Lancaster, Pa., 3-3, 4,440.
29, ss-Mike Dias, Lafayette, Colo., 0-6, 4,419.
30, John Neral, Vienna, Va., 1-5, 4,409.
31, Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, 1-5, 4,323.
32, ss-John Dudak, Orland Park, Ill., 1-5, 4,295.

n-non-member

ss-PBA60 players ages 60 and over

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Viale, Boresch Take Top Spots After PBA50 Hamilton Lanes & Entertainment Center Open Qualifying

by Jerry Schneider May 4, 2019 14:11

TRENTON, N.J. – Chris Viale of Westfield, Massachusetts earned top qualifier honors for the PBA50 Hamilton Lanes & Entertainment Center Open presented by Columbia 300 Saturday with a 3,375 14-game pinfall total (241 average) adding his name to the growing list of newcomers making their presence felt at the top of PBA50 leaderboards this season.

Bowling as a non-member, the 51-year-old Viale bowled a 1,745 pinfall in the second round with games of 287, 222, 234, 277, 248, 246 and 231 moving from seventh after Friday’s first round to lead 32 players who advanced to Sunday’s first match play round which begins at 10 a.m. ET.

Chris Viale headshot“I had a couple of bad starts today but basically finished strong in every game which meant I was making the right adjustments,” said the 51-year-old Viale. “I stayed patient and trusted what I was seeing on the lanes and made the changes I needed to make.

“I’m starting my target at around the seven to nine board, throwing it out almost to the gutter and that has resulted in great pin carry,” Viale added. “I think in all but one or two games I finished with a string of five or six strikes and it’s making it a lot fun.”

Viale, a former collegiate All-American and member of the 1992 William Patterson Intercollegiate Team Championship winning team, is bowling in his second PBA50 Tour event. He finished 15th in the 2018 Johnny Petraglia BVL Open.

After finishing 14th after the first round, four-time PBA50 Tour winner Lennie Boresch Jr. of Kenosha, Wisconsin, bowled a 1,761 pinfall in the second round to finish qualifying with a 3,363 14-game total just 12 pins behind Viale.

Rounding out the top five were PBA Hall of Famers Ron Mohr of Las Vegas in third with 3,300 and Tom Baker of King, North Carolina in fourth with 3,269. Mohr is a 10-time PBA50 Tour winner and two-time PBA50 Player of the Year and Baker is a 12-time PBA50 Tour winner and four-time PBA50 Player of the Year.

Rounding out the top five was Keith Doran of Pomona, N.Y., who finished with 3,261.

In his pursuit of a career record 15th PBA50 Tour title and record-tying four in a row, PBA Hall of Famer Walter Ray Williams Jr. will start match play from 16th after posting a 3,182 qualifying total.

After Sunday’s second match play round, scheduled for 1:45 p.m., the top five players will be determined for the stepladder finals set for 5:30 p.m.

Fans can catch all the action live via PBA’s online streaming partner FloBowling. Visit www.flobowling.com for subscription and schedule information.

PBA50 HAMILTON LANES & ENTERTAINMENT CENTER OPEN

Presented by Columbia 300

Hamilton Lanes & Entertainment Center, Trenton, N.J., Saturday

SECOND ROUND RESULTS (after 14 games. Top 32 advance to match play)

1, n-Chris Viale, Westfield, Mass., 3,375.
2, Lennie Boresch Jr., Kenosha, Wis., 3,363.
3, Ron Mohr, Las Vegas, 3,300.
4, Tom Baker, King, N.C., 3,269.
5, Keith Doran, Pomona, N.Y., 3,261.
6, Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., 3,250.
7, Joel Carlson, Omaha, Neb., 3,239.
8, Gary Shultis, Levittown, N.Y., 3,238.
9, Danny Wiseman, Baltimore, 3,212.
10, Michael Haugen Jr., Phoenix, 3,209.
11, Pete DiChiara, Ardsley, N.Y., 3,208.
12, n-Brian Boghosian, Agawam, Mass., 3,207.
13, John Marsala, St. Louis, Mo., 3,194.
14, Jeff Zaffino, Warren, Pa., 3,189.
15, Mike Dias, Lafayette, Colo., 3,186.
16, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., 3,182.
17, Brian LeClair, Albany, N.Y., 3,177.
18, Ricky Schissler, Brighton, Colo., 3,171.
19, John Neral, Vienna, Va., 3,146.
20, James Knoblauch, Waukesha, Wis., 3,142.
21, Stephen Pavlinko, Sewell, N.J., 3,141.
22, William Peters, Dayton, Ohio, 3,133.
23, Bob Learn Jr., Erie, Pa., 3,117.
23, Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, 3,117.
25, Greg Thomas, Irmo, S.C., 3,116.
26, Brian Kretzer, Dayton, Ohio, 3,112.
27, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 3,107.
28, Chris Fedden, Albany, N.Y., 3,099.
29, Darryl Bower, Middletown, Pa., 3,061.
30, Rick Graham, Lancaster, Pa., 3,057.
31, Harry Sullins, Chesterfield Twp., Mich., 3,056.
32, John Dudak, Orland Park, Ill., 3,047.

Did not advance:
33, Bill Neumann, Rensselaer, N.Y., 3,041, $1,000.
34, John Conroy, Mahopac, N.Y., 3,035.
35, ss-Jimmie Pritts Jr., Mathuen, Mass., and ss-Sammy Ventura, Syracuse, N.Y., 3,033, $1,000.
37, Don Herrington, Ballston Lake, N.Y., 3,029.
38, Craig Auerbach, Sunrise, Fla., 3,017.
39, Richard Strath, Schenectady, N.Y., 3,008.
40, ss-Jay Boyle, Garnet Valley, Pa., 2,981, $1,000.
41, ss-Sam Maccarone, Williamstown, N.J., 2,977, $1,000.
42, ss-Tom Carter, Columbus, Ohio, 2,976, $1,000.
43, Todd Kjell, Roscoe, Ill., 2,973.
44, Brian Menini, Brookfield, Mo., 2,970.
45, ss-Joe Salvemini, Colorado Springs, Colo., 2,953, $1,000.
46, ss-Kevin Foley, Reno, Nev., 2,948, $1,000.
47, ss-Jim Pitts, Elmira, N.Y., 2,940, $1,000.
48, Henry Dawson, Elma, Wash., 2,936.
49, Glenn Smith, New York, 2,928.
50, Vince Mazzanti Jr., Levittown, Pa., 2,927.
51, Bob Caruso, Dayton, N.J., 2,913.
52, Brendan Bierch, Grafton, Mass., 2,909.
52, Warren Eales, Chandler, Ariz., 2,909.
54, Robert Greene, Oxford, Conn., 2,904.
55, Lee Brosius, Ashburn, Va., 2,898.
56, Fran Luzzi, Port Jervis, N.Y., 2,896.
57, Timothy Regan, East Northport, N.Y., 2,894.
58, Ray Mahon, Hulmeville, Pa., 2,888.
59, Michael Healy, Yonkers, N.Y., 2,875.
60, Robert Leonard Sr, Lockwood, N.Y., 2,873.
61, n-Rob Sperling, Livingston, N.J., 2,866.
62, John DiSantis, Wilmington, Del., 2,856.
63, Michael Klosin, Windham, N.H., 2,851.
64, Terry Metzner, Kentwood, Mich., 2,850.
65, Steven DiMartino, Upper Saddle River, N.J., 2,848.
66, Terry Wiley, Vienna, Va., 2,846.
67, Richard Wilburn, Jr., Adamstown, Md., 2,844.
68, Johnny Petraglia, Jackson, N.J., 2,833.
69, Tony Johnson, Canton, Ohio, 2,830.
70, Rick Francis, Linden, Calif., 2,828.
71, Carl West, San Jose, Calif., 2,810.
72, Keith Lesko, Prosper, Texas, 2,808.
73, Mike Hastings, Millsboro, Del., 2,792.
74, Gary Faulkner, Norfolk, Va., 2,790.
75, Barry Clare, Bayside, N.Y., 2,786.
76, Ron Glick, Morganville, N.J., 2,763.
77, n-Clint Randall, Trenton, N.J., 2,756.
78, David Zelger, Red Lion, Pa., 2,755.
79, Widmar Vargas, Sun City Center, Fla., 2,748.
80, Fred Ferreira, Kings Park, N.Y., 2,720.
81, Christopher Keane, Cape Coral, Fla., 2,718.
82, Steve Bova, Massapequa, N.Y., 2,703.
83, Michael Vella, Medford, N.Y., 2,698.
84, William Keenan Jr., Orlando, Fla., 2,697.
85, Michael Robey, Morrisville, Pa., 2,673.
86, Naime Esteves, Clifton Park, N.Y., 2,641.
87, n-Scott Santos, Bethlehem, Pa., 2,630.
88, (tie) Robert Donovan, Prattsville, N.Y., and Jim Horan, Mountain View, Calif., 2,625.
90, n,-Guy Wallach, Livingston, N.J., 2,620.
91, Ross McDonald, Las Vegas, Nev., 2,612.
92, n-Jim DiNunzio, Williamstown, N.J., 2,604.
93, Pasquale Lucci, Sr., Hamilton, N.J., 2,531.
94, n-Edward Brabant Jr, Dracut, Mass., 2,529.
95, Thomas Sliwinski, Reynoldsville, Pa., 2,366.
96, Louis Barbera, North Bellmore, N.Y., 2,355.
97, John Christensen, Carmel, N.Y., 2,169.
98, n-Augustus Hover, Swedesboro, N.J., 1,115.
99, Tony Bellantoni, White Plains, N.Y., 1,053.

300 games – Ron Mohr, Jay Boyle

n-non-PBA member

ss-PBA60 players ages 60 and older out of the regular prize fund cashing for $1,000.

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Thomas Leads, Baker Second After PBA50 Hamilton Lanes & Entertainment Center Open First Round

by Jerry Schneider May 3, 2019 19:39

TRENTON, N.J. – Greg Thomas of Irmo, South Carolina, opened with a 300 and averaged 251 for seven games Friday to take the first-round lead in the PBA50 Hamilton Lanes & Entertainment Center Open presented by Columbia 300. 

Greg ThomasThomas, whose best PBA50 Tour finish was fourth in last season’s PBA50 South Shore Open, fired a 1,760 pinfall total with games of 300, 225, 270, 256, 249, 245 and 215 to lead PBA Hall of Famer and four-time PBA50 Player of the Year Tom Baker of King, North Carolina, who finished the round in second 38 pins behind with a 1,722 pinfall.

“I didn’t have a lot of confidence coming into the season, but that’s been steadily improving” said Thomas. “I feel like I’m bowling pretty well but I’m leaving a lot of nine counts. I think bowling on the shorter (PBA Del Ballard 34-foot) lane condition is helping me get the hook I need on the back end to get the carry—I just hope I can keep it going.”

The 64-year-old Baker, a 10-time PBA Tour and 12-time PBA50 Tour winner, bowled games of 234, 268, 235, 200, 248, 269 and 268 to make a late-round surge to finish second.

Brian Boghosian of Agawam, Massachusetts, the 1999 USBC Masters champion, finished the round in third with 1,716 followed by Gary Shultis of Levittown, New York, in fourth with 1,684.

Reigning PBA50 Player of the Year Michael Haugen Jr. of Phoenix, rounded out the top five with a 1,670 pinfall.

“I got caught out in the transition in the third game but I’m not disappointed,” said Haugen, who was runner-up to PBA50 National Championship winner hall of famer Walter Ray Williams Jr. “I probably lost my focus a little bit in that game, but the important thing is I adjusted and got back on track.”

In his pursuit of a record 15th career title on PBA’s tour for players 50 and over and a record-tying fourth in a row, Williams, the PBA Tour’s all-time titles leader with 47 wins, finished the first round in 10th with 1,623.

Competition continues Saturday with another seven-game qualifying round beginning at 8 a.m. ET.  Match play rounds get underway Sunday at 10 a.m. which will determine the five players for the stepladder finals schedule 5:30 p.m.

Fans can catch all the action live via PBA’s online streaming partner FloBowling. Visit www.flobowling.com for subscription and schedule information.

PBA50 HAMILTON LANES & ENTERTAINMENT CENTER OPEN

Presented by Columbia 300

Hamilton Lanes & Entertainment Center, Trenton, N.J., Friday

FIRST ROUND RESULTS (after seven games)

1, Greg Thomas, Irmo, S.C., 1,760.
2, ss-Tom Baker, King, N.C., 1,722.
3, n-Brian Boghosian, Agawam, Mass., 1,716.
4, ss-Gary Shultis, Levittown, N.Y., 1,684.
5, Michael Haugen Jr., Phoenix, 1,670.
6, ss-Keith Doran, Pomona, N.Y., 1,648.
7, n-Christopher Viale, Westfield, Mass., 1,630.
8, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 1,628.
9, Ricky Schissler, Brighton, Colo., 1,624.
10, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., 1,623.
11, ss-Pete DiChiara, Ardsley, N.Y., 1,621.
12, ss-Mike Dias, Lafayette, Colo., 1,613.
13, Craig Auerbach, Sunrise, Fla., 1,611.
14, Lennie Boresch Jr., Kenosha, Wis., 1,602.
15, ss-Ron Mohr, Las Vegas, 1,598.
16, Brian LeClair, Albany, N.Y., 1,594.
17, Joel Carlson, Omaha, Neb., 1,590.
18, Brian Menini, Brookfield, Mo., 1,589.
19, John Marsala, St. Louis, Mo., 1,583.
20, Brian Kretzer, Dayton, Ohio, 1,580.
21, Stephen Pavlinko, Sewell, N.J., 1,577.
22, Jeff Zaffino, Warren, Pa., 1,576.
23, Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., 1,572.
24, Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, 1,568.
25, ss-Darryl Bower, Middletown, Pa., 1,561.
26, Danny Wiseman, Baltimore, 1,559.
27, John Neral, Vienna, Va., 1,554.
28, ss-Harry Sullins, Chesterfield Twp., Mich., 1,552.
29, (tie) ss-James Knoblauch, Waukesha, Wis., and ss-Lee Brosius, Ashburn, Va., 1,546.
31, ss-John Dudak, Orland Park, Ill., 1,544.
32, ss-Henry Dawson, Elma, Wash., 1,542.
33, Rick Graham, Lancaster, Pa., 1,534.
34, Bob Learn Jr., Erie, Pa., 1,527.
35, ss-Sammy Ventura, Syracuse, N.Y., 1,514.
36, Todd Kjell, Roscoe, Ill., 1,513.
37, ss-William Peters, Dayton, Ohio, 1,509.
38, ss-n-Rob Sperling, Livingston, N.J., 1,505.
39, (tie) Tony Johnson, Canton, Ohio, and Richard Strath, Schenectady, N.Y., 1,503.
41, ss-Bill Neumann, Rensselaer, N.Y., 1,498.
42, ss-Jimmie Pritts Jr., Mathuen, Mass., 1,495.
43, ss-Sam Maccarone, Williamstown, N.J., 1,494.
44, ss-Chris Fedden, Albany, N.Y., 1,491.
45, ss-Fran Luzzi, Port Jervis, N.Y., 1,480.
46, ss-Joe Salvemini, Colorado Springs, Colo., 1,474.
47, ss-Tom Carter, Columbus, Ohio, 1,471.
48, Don Herrington, Ballston Lake, N.Y., 1,459.
49, Ray Mahon, Hulmeville, Pa., 1,457.
50, Robert Leonard Sr, Lockwood, N.Y., 1,455.
51, ss-Bob Caruso, Dayton, N.J., 1,452.
52, Rick Francis, Linden, Calif., 1,449.
53, ss-Mike Hastings, Millsboro, Del., 1,435.
54, (tie) Steven DiMartino, Upper Saddle River, N.J., and ss-Jim Pitts, Elmira, N.Y., 1,433.
56, John Conroy, Mahopac, N.Y., 1,427.
57, ss-Ron Glick, Morganville, N.J., 1,426.
58, Michael Healy, Yonkers, N.Y., 1,425.
59, ss-Kevin Foley, Reno, Nev., 1,424.
59, Gary Faulkner, Norfolk, Va., 1,424.
61, Timothy Regan, East Northport, N.Y., 1,423.
62, Carl West, San Jose, Calif., 1,421.
63, ss-Jay Boyle, Garnet Valley, Pa., 1,420.
64, Robert Greene, Oxford, Conn., 1,418.
65, Warren Eales, Chandler, Ariz., 1,414.
66, ss-Vince Mazzanti Jr., Levittown, Pa., 1,413.
67, ss-Barry Clare, Bayside, N.Y., 1,407.
68, ss-Brendan Bierch, Grafton, Mass., 1,399.
69, ss-Widmar Vargas, Sun City Center, Fla., 1,398.
70, Keith Lesko, Prosper, Texas, 1,396.
71, (tie) Naime Esteves, Clifton Park, N.Y., and n-Clint Randall, Trenton, N.J., 1,392.
73, ss-John DiSantis, Wilmington, Del., 1,382.
74, (tie) ss-Steve Bova, Massapequa, N.Y., and David Zelger, Red Lion, Pa., 1,376.
76, Richard Wilburn, Jr., Adamstown, Md., 1,372.
77, Michael Klosin, Windham, N.H., 1,370.
78, ss-John Petraglia, Jackson, N.J., 1,359.
79, Michael Vella, Medford, N.Y., 1,352.
80, Jim Horan, Mountain View, Calif., 1,350.
81, ss-William Keenan Jr., Orlando, Fla., 1,345.
82, n-Edward Brabant Jr, Dracut, Mass., 1,343.
83, Glenn Smith, New York, 1,333.
84, ss-Fred Ferreira, Kings Park, N.Y., 1,332.
85, ss-n-Guy Wallach, Livingston, N.J., 1,326.
86, Terry Metzner, Kentwood, Mich., 1,311.
87, ss-Christopher Keane, Cape Coral, Fla., 1,306.
88, n-Scott Santos, Bethlehem, Pa., 1,305.
89, ss-Robert Donovan, Prattsville, N.Y., 1,277.
90, n-Jim DiNunzio, Williamstown, N.J., 1,273.
91, Terry Wiley, Vienna, Va., 1,272.
92, Michael Robey, Morrisville, Pa., 1,245.
93, ss-Ross McDonald, Las Vegas, Nev., 1,233.
94, Pasquale Lucci, Sr., Hamilton, N.J., 1,222.
95, ss-Louis Barbera, North Bellmore, N.Y., 1,204.
96, ss-Thomas Sliwinski, Reynoldsville, Pa., 1,120.
97, ss-n-Augustus Hover, Swedesboro, N.J., 1,115.
98, ss-Tony Bellantoni, White Plains, N.Y., 1,053.
99, John Christensen, Carmel, N.Y., 1,000.

300 games – Greg Thomas

n-non-PBA member

ss-PBA60 player ages 60 and older

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PBA Spare Shots: New PBA Console Video Game to Debut in the Fall

by Bill Vint May 3, 2019 12:20

The PBA and FarSight Studios have partnered to create an official PBA-licensed console video game. The game will feature dozens of venues and playing environments, quickplay and local multi-player modes, online leaderboards, E-Sports style online tournaments and more. 

More than 20 PBA pros will be included in the launch of the game and PBA Hall of Famer Randy Pedersen will provide in-game commentary during all the action.

Due out in late Fall 2019, the game will be available for PC (Steam), Nintendo Switch, PS4, Xbox One and Oculus. A quick look at the PBA Pro Bowling can be found here: https://youtu.be/d6MCnY4Uq6w.

MISSOURI FRIENDS BUILDING FANS THROUGH SUCCESSFUL YOUTUBE VENTURE

Missouri friends, PBA doubles partners and singles rivals (depending upon the event), Brad Miller of Lee’s Summit and Kyle Sherman of O’Fallon have created a popular YouTube channel (Brad & Kyle) that has generated more than 30,000 subscribers and in excess of 3.5 million views since its debut in 2018.

MillerMiller and Sherman, who finished second as partners in the Mark Roth-Marshall Holman PBA Doubles Championship earlier in the 2019 season, have produced nearly 150 YouTube episodes providing their followers with an inside – sometimes irreverent – glimpse of life on the PBA Tour. Among their episodes: Dogs Vs. Hydrant, Cooking w/Pro Bowlers, We Made it to Portland, When Dreams Come True and many others.

To subscribe to Brad & Kyle’s channel at no cost, visit this link and click on the “Subscribe” button: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUf8pyBxiCWZXVeGf4eVn3g/featured.

PBA REGIONAL UPDATE: FINDLING WINS INTENSE FINALE IN OKLAHOMA CITY

Joe Findling from Mesquite, Texas, survived a tense final match to win his eighth PBA Regional title in the PBA Oklahoma City Planet Bowl Southwest Open, presented by Roto Grip, Sunday.

Findling led throughout qualifying and held a 64-pin lead over Sean Lavery-Spahr of Pasadena, Texas, going into the final position round match. Lavery-Spahr needed to win the match by 35 pins and pick up the 30 match play bonus pins to deny Findling the title. After both players opened in the first frame, Lavery-Spahr strung seven strikes before leaving a 10 pin in the ninth frame, eventually finishing with a 244 game.

It wasn’t enough. Findling threw two strikes in his 10th frame to finish with 227 and a 4,965 pinfall total, topping Lavery-Spahr’s 4,948 to claim the $2,500 winner’s check.

Kyle Cook of Centerville, Ohio defeated Mike Eaton Jr. of Wyoming, Mich., 201-180, to win the PBA’s Greater Richmond Central Open at Richmond 40 Bowl in Richmond, Ind., Sunday.

Cook, who earned his second regional title and $2,000 for the one-day, reduced entry fee event, downed Chris Via of Springfield, Ohio, 244-212, while Eaton eliminated Kyle Mayberry of Mechanicsburg, Ohio, 241-183, to set up the championship match.

• Brandon Curtis of Manson, N.C. wins his second PBA Regional title Sunday, defeating Chris Polizzi of Spring Hill, Fla., 222-178, to win the fourth annual PBA Brighton Construction Myrtle Beach South Open at Myrtle Beach Lanes in South Carolina.

Curtis, who qualified in the number one position for the stepladder finals with a 17-game pinfall of 3,875, led the event wire-to-wire. In the opening match, Polizzi eliminated Sean Connolly of Apopka, Fla., 211-191, and then easily defeated Mike Coffey of Melbourne, Fla., 246-189, in the semifinal contest to advance to the championship match.

In the title match Curtis started with three strikes while Polizzi had two opens in the first three frames. Curtis then coasted to the $2,600 first prize.

• Randy Macomber of University Place, Wash., and partner Dean Richards of Tacoma, Wash. teamed up to win Sunday’s PBA/PBA50 Tumwater Lanes Doubles title presented by MOTIV in Tumwater, Wash.

In Sunday’s title match, Macomber and Richards defeated Mark Hanken of Prineville, Ore., and Chris Tuholski of Troutdale, Ore., 447-433, to claim the $4,000 first prize. Macomber earned his first PBA Regional title and Richards his fifth Regional title.

In the best-of-three-game semifinal round, Macomber and Richards eliminated Rob Rice of Sunnyside, Wash. and Evan Nash of Kennewick, Wash., 2-1, while Hanken and Tuholski ousted Blaine Weninger of Happy Valley, Ore. and his partner, non-member Thomas Ault Jr., both of Portland, Ore., 2-0.

The May calendar of PBA Regional competition begins over the May 3-5 weekend with the Taylor Kia Central/East Open presented by Hammer at Holiday Bowl in Struthers, Ohio; the Bowlersmart/Bowlero Midwest Open presented by Brunswick at Brunswick Zone Lakeside in Valley Park, Mo.; the Junction City Bowl Southwest/Midwest Open in Junction City, Kan., and the B&R Hauling Aberdeen South Open at Sandhills Bowling Center in Aberdeen, N.C.

PBA Region tournaments over the May 9-11 weekend include the PBA and PBA50 Baldo Campana Memorial/Ohio Lottery Central Opens presented by DV8 and MOTIV, respectively, at Rebman Recreation in Lorain, Ohio, and a PBA Northwest Region “tripleheader” in Puyallup, Wash., including the PBA and PBA50 Daffodil Bowl Opens presented by Roto Grip plus the Daffodil Bowl Women’s Open.

Over the May 17-19 weekend, the PBA Midwest Region returns to Glo Bowl in Marengo, Ill., for the Glo Bowl Midwest Open presented by Global 900. Also scheduled are the PBA50 Cherokee Lanes South Open presented by Roto Grip in Canton, Ga., and the Waxahachie Southwest Challenge for non-titlists at Hilltop Lanes in Waxahachie, Texas.

PBA Regionals over the Memorial Day weekend (May 24-25) will include the Colony Park Lanes Challenge for non-titlists, presented by Columbia 300, in York, Pa., and the annual Celeste Walker Midwest/Central Open presented by Track at Strike N Spare II in Lockport, Ill.

● 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

• Denise Roth, wife of PBA Hall of Famer Mark Roth, has reported that Mark recently suffered a heart attack, but is in recovery in a New York hospital.

PBA’s YouTube followers can find weekly recaps on the PBA Channel. Here’s a link to Week 3 of the PBA Playoffs: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ceDWwCRvC8.

Newly-inducted USBC Hall of Famer Chris Barnes has been elected to a three-year term on the USBC Board of Directors by Team USA athletes, filling the vacancy created by the expiration of Bill O’Neill’s term as of August 1. The other athletes on the board are PBA titlist Rhino Page, PBA titlist and USBC Hall of Famer Kelly Kulick and PWBA champion Josie Barnes (no relation to Chris).

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