Mike Dias Beats Parker Bohn III to Win PBA50 Northern California Classic for Third PBA50 Tour title

by Jerry Schneider May 28, 2019 22:05

BRENTWOOD, Calif.  – Mike Dias of Lafayette, Colorado, defeated PBA Hall of Famer and fellow left-hander Parker Bohn III of Jackson, New Jersey., 227-217, in the title match to win the PBA50 Northern California Classic presented by MOTIV at Harvest Park Bowl Tuesday for his third career PBA50 Tour title.

Dias, who was the top qualifier for the stepladder finals, had trouble with pin carry in the first half of the match leaving four nine counts in the first five frames, but after making what he called a minor adjustment, struck on the next four shots.

“I was getting to the pocket fine but needed to make a small adjustment with my hand position,” said the 62-year-old Dias. “I started getting a little more aggressive by getting my hand around the ball more at release and just moved one board to the left to get a better angle and that helped solve the carry problem.”

After striking on his first shot of the 10th frame, Bohn, trying for his fifth career PBA50 Tour title, had an opportunity to win the match with another strike on the second shot of the frame but left a solid 7 pin which gave Dias the victory.

Bohn, who qualified second for the finals, beat No. 3 qualifier Skip Pavone of San Jose, California, 280-256, in the semifinal to advance to the title match.

“You know you’re going to have your hands full trying to beat a great bowler like Parker,” said Dias, who advanced all the way from the cashers round earlier in the day to take the top qualifying spot. “Even though he was coming off a big game, I knew he was going to have to adjust to some transition. I thought it might take something like 220 or 230 to win and it turned out to be pretty close to that.”

Dias’ last PBA50 Tour win came in the 2014 PBA50 Grants Pass Open but he did win the USBC Super Senior Classic for players 60 and over in 2018 for his first PBA60 title.

“I always thought I could win on the PBA50 Tour again,” Dias added. “You just never know how many opportunities you’ll get but you try to make the most of every opportunity like I was able to do today.”

In a match between two hall of famers, five-time PBA50 Tour winner Norm Duke of Clermont, Florida, beat 2017 PBA50 Miller Lite Players Championship winner Bryan Goebel of Shawnee, Kansas, in the opening stepladder match 268-212. In the second match, Pavone, making his first championship round appearance, beat Duke 245-228 to advance to the semifinal against Bohn.

The PBA50 Tour heads to Las Vegas for the USBC Super Senior Classic May 29-June 2, where Dias will defend his title, to be followed by the USBC Senior Masters June 3-9. Both events are hosted by Sam’s Town and will be streamed live on bowltv.com.

The Suncoast PBA Senior U.S. Open presented by Storm, the season’s third major, follows the Senior Masters June 10-14 and will be streamed live by FloBowling.

PBA50 NORTHERN CALIFORNIA CLASSIC

Presented by MOTIV

Harvest Park Bowl, Brentwood, Calif., Tuesday

Final standings:

1, Mike Dias, Lafayette, Colo., $7,500.

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

3, Skip Pavone, San Jose, Calif., $3,000.

4, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., $2,500.

5, Bryan Goebel, Shawnee, Kan., $2,000.

Stepladder Results:

Match One – Duke def. Goebel, 268-212.

Match Two – Pavone def. Duke, 245-228.

Semifinal – Bohn def. Pavone, 280-256.

Championship – Dias def. Bohn, 227-217.

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

1, ss-Mike Dias, Lafayette, Colo., 5-1, 1,663.
2, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 5-1, 1,651.
3, ss-Skip Pavone, San Jose, Calif., 3-3, 1,635.
4, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 4-2, 1,590.
5, Bryan Goebel, Shawnee, Kan., 4-2, 1,565.
6, Michael Haugen Jr., Phoenix, 4-2, 1,544, $1,500.
7, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., 3-3, 1,509, $1,500.
8, n-George Aboud, San Jose, Calif., 4-2, 1,500, $1,500.
9, John Burkett, Fort Worth, Texas, 3-3, 1,479, $1,400.
10, Dennis Horan Jr., Oakley, Calif., 3-2-1, 1,436, $1,300.
11, Todd Kjell, Roscoe, Ill., 2-3-1, 1,424, $1,300.
12, Scott Greiner, Sunrise Beach, Mo., 2-4, 1,405, $1,300.
13, Don Herrington, Ballston Lake, N.Y., 2-4, 1,372, $1,300.
14, Bob Rosenau, Redding, Calif., 1-5, 1,315, $1,300.
15, ss-Paul Herrera, San Jose, Calif., 2-4, 1,221, $1,300.
16, Bob Newman, Pacifica, Calif., 0-6, 1,094, $1,300.

Match Play Round 1 (after five games, including match play record and total pinfall including bonus pins)

17, Tony Rodriguez Jr., Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., 3-2, 1,157, $1,100.
18, Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, 2-3, 1,141, $1,100.
19, ss-Ron Mohr, Las Vegas, 3-2, 1,139, $1,100.
20, Gary Faulkner, Norfolk, Va., 1-4, 1,114, $1,100.
21, ss-Darryl Bower, Middletown, Pa., 1-3-1, 1,108, $1,100.
22, Michael Smith, Centenniel, Colo., 3-2, 1,089, $1,100.
23, ss-Hugh Miller, Mercer Island, Wash., 0-5, 1,063, $1,100.
24, Wayne Garber, Modesto, Calif., 1-4, 1,056, $1,100.

Other Cashers (after five-game cashers round)

25, (tie) Ricky Schissler, Brighton, Colo., and John Marsala, St. Louis, Mo., 1,119, $1,050.
26, ss-Mike Mineman, St Louis, 1,112, $1,050.
27, Mark Mazzulla, Brentwood, Calif., 1,111, $1,050.
28, ss-Henry Dawson, Elma, Wash., 1,106, $1,050.
29, Brian Kretzer, Dayton, Ohio, 1,095, $1,050.
30, ss-Joe Salvemini, Colorado Springs, Colo., 1,085, $1,000.
31, ss-Marty Deh, San Jose, Calif., 1,084, $1,000.
32, ss-Edward Silva, Manteca, Calif., 1,083, $1,000.
33, ss-Kevin Foley, Reno, Nev., 1,071, $1,000.
34, ss-Tom Baker, King, N.C., 1,069, $1,000.
35, ss-Alan Sabin, Winston, Ore, 1,044, $1,000.
37 (tie) ss-Don Blatchford, Santa Monica, Calif., 993 and ss-John Dudak, Orland Park, Ill., 974, $1,000.

n-non-member

ss-PBA60 players ages 60 and over

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“Final Four” Set for Historic Weekend as Inaugural PBA Playoffs Conclude Live on FOX

by Bill Vint May 28, 2019 14:45

PORTLAND, Maine – Two players who have already locked up their futures as Professional Bowlers Association Hall of Famers and two others who represent the elite among the rising young stars of the PBA will return to center stage at Bayside Bowl this weekend as the inaugural PBA Playoffs concludes with live telecasts Saturday at noon and Sunday at 12:30 p.m. EDT on FOX.

The PBA Playoffs, a showcase competition that began with 13 Go Bowling! PBA Tour events just to qualify for its elite 24-player field, is the spotlight event in the PBA’s first year of broadcast and cable television coverage by FOX Sports on its FS1 and FOX networks. It will conclude Sunday when the two winners from Saturday’s semifinal round matches meet on FOX in a “race to 2 points” finale with a $100,000 first prize at stake.

The weekend script goes like this:

On Saturday at noon, the semifinals will begin with 27-year-old Kris Prather of Plainfield, Illinois, taking on 22-year-old Anthony Simonsen of Little Elm, Texas, in the opening “race to 2 points” match.

PratherKris Prather: a native of Milton, Florida and a former Wichita State University star, used his new-found confidence to win his first PBA Tour title in the PBA Scorpion Championship during the 2019 PBA World Series of Bowling. Six championship round appearances in 2018 without a title suggested that Prather was on the final lap of his title chase, and he finally took the checkered flag in Detroit. He barely missed earning a first-round bye for the Playoffs (qualifying as the No. 9 seed), but he made his presence known quickly by knocking off Darren Tang of San Francisco, 207-183, in the one-game Round of 24. He then eliminated Tom Daugherty of Riverview, Florida, 2-0, in his Round of 16 “race to 2 points” match; and pulled off the biggest upset of the Playoffs when he sent No. 1 seed Jason Belmonte of Australia to the sidelines with a 197-165, 224-214 sweep in the quarterfinal round. The enthusiastic fans in Portland, Maine, call Prather “the Shark.”

SimonsenAnthony Simonsen: Simonsen, a six-time PBA Tour title winner, is the youngest player ever to win two PBA major titles (2016 USBC Masters at age 19 and the 2019 PBA Players Championship at age 22). He won the Players Championship title by defeating fellow two-hander Jason Belmonte, 232-212. Simonsen enters Saturday’s match as the highest-seeded survivor in the Playoffs, seeded No. 4, after eliminating Rhino Page of Orlando, Florida, 2-1 in a match decided by his 49-39 win in a two-frame roll-off in the Round of 16 followed by a similar 56-39 two-frame roll-off victory over Colombia’s Andres Gomez in the Round of 8. Simonsen, a fan favorite in Portland, has been nicknamed “Juiceboxx” in reference to his tender age.

The winner of the match between the two young 20-something stars will bowl for the Playoffs championship on Sunday against the winner of the second semifinal match between a pair of future PBA Hall of Famers, 37-year-old Bill O’Neill of Langhorne, Pennsylvania, and 36-year-old Sean Rash of Montgomery, Illinois:

Bill O’Neill: the former Saginaw Valley State collegiate star ONeill 5x7punched his future election into the PBA Hall of Fame in the 2019 season-opener when he won his 10th career title in the PBA Hall of Fame Classic. A 14-year PBA member, O’Neill was PBA’s 2006 Rookie of the Year and won his only major title in the 2010 U.S. Open. Four championship round finishes in 2019 helped him earn the No. 7 seed and a first-round bye in the PBA Playoffs. He then rolled his way into the semifinals with a 57-39 two-frame roll-off victory over Sweden’s Jesper Svensson in the Round of 16 followed by a 229-217, 246-202 sweep of Wes Malott of Pflugerville, Texas in the Round of 8. His fans call him “The Real Deal.”

Sean Rash: an Alaska native and former Wichita State star, Rash also is PBA Hall of Fame title-eligible based upon his 13 career titles including two majors (2007 USBC Masters and 2012 PBA Tournament Rash 5x7of Champions), plus 2012 PBA Player of the Year honors. He won his 13th title in partnership with Matt Ogle of Louisville, Kentucky, in the 2019 Mark Roth-Marshall Holman PBA Doubles Championship, and earned the No. 6 seed for the Playoffs to also earn a first-round bye. In the Round of 16, he dispatched young Kyle Sherman of O’Fallon, Missouri, 227-175, 237-214, and then earned his berth in the semifinals with a come-from-behind battle with England’s Dom Barrett. After losing the first game, 268-205, Rash out-lasted Barrett, 268-253, to send the match into overtime where Rash won the two-frame roll-off with a perfect four-strike performance, 60-40. The Bayside Bowl faithful know Rash as “Rash.”

In keeping with the format used throughout the PBA Playoffs finals (except for the single-game Round of 24), the semifinal and championship rounds will be decided in “race to 2 points” matches. Each game is worth one point. If the match is tied at 1-1 after two regulation games, the final point will be determined in a ninth-and-10th frame roll-off. In the Rounds of 16 and 8, seven of the 12 matches were decided by roll-offs.

Sunday’s championship telecast will be a 90-minute telecast beginning at 12:30 p.m. EDT. In addition to the championship match, the special live FOX telecast will include the traditional broadcast team of announcer Rob Stone, analyst Randy Pedersen and sideline reporter Kimberly Pressler, plus input by PBA Tour competitors Jason Belmonte and Kyle Troup as bonus commentators. The telecast also will include the special analytics introduced by FOX for the 2019 season plus the addition of a second super slow-motion camera, and a “jib” camera that will provide unique perspective shots inside Bayside Bowl.

A limited number of standing room only tickets are still available. To order, visit: https://www.pba.com/Tickets.

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O’Neill, Rash Win Round of 8 Matches to Complete PBA Playoffs Semifinals Matchups

by Jerry Schneider May 27, 2019 19:56

PORTLAND, Maine  – With wins by No. 6 seed Sean Rash and No. 7 seed Bill O’Neill in their Round of 8 matches that aired Monday on FS1, the stage has been set for the historic PBA Playoffs semifinal round matches that will be televised live on FOX on Saturday, June 1, leading into Sunday’s championship finals at Bayside Bowl.

O’Neill and Rash will join No. 4 seed Anthony Simonsen and No. 9 seed Kris Prather in the Race to 2 Points format semifinal matches at Noon ET with the winners advancing to the championship match on Sunday at 12:30 p.m. The winner will take home $100,000, the richest prize of the 2019 Go Bowling! PBA Tour season.

In Monday’s first Round of 8 contest, O’Neill, the winner of the season-opening PBA Hall of Fame Classic, beat fellow 10-time Go Bowling! PBA Tour winner No. 15 seed Wes Malott in both games of the Race to 2 Points match – 229-217 and 246-202 – to advance to the semifinals.

ONeill.Bill_2019PBAPlayoffsRd8-M3(11) (1)In the first game, the 37-year-old O’Neill recovered from a 4-6-7-10 split and an open in the third frame to defeat Malott.

“I could feel myself rushing and was having a little trouble trying to calm down,” said O’Neill. “I was confident in my ball reaction but had to keep telling myself to settle down so I could focus on making good shots.  In the Round of 16 against Jesper (Svensson) I learned that lesson. The crowd and atmosphere here just get you so amped up which adds to the normal pressure you experience to win the match.

“It been a super season so far,” O’Neill said of his journey to the semifinals. “With the help of my dad I’ve put in a lot of work in the offseason and it’s obviously paid off. I’ve had a great support system all around to get to this point so I’m confident I’ll be as prepared as I can be when we come back.”

In the second match, No. 14 seed Dom Barrett won the first game over Rash 226-205, and seemed to be in control in the second game after starting with a spare and six straight strikes, but an eight count and spare in the eighth frame provided a hard-charging Rash with an opportunity to come back for the win. Rash.Sean_2019PBAPlayoffsRd8-M4(27) (1)Down by 21 in the fourth frame, Rash reeled off seven strikes to take the second game 268-253 to force the ninth and 10th frame roll-off. Rash completed the comeback victory in the roll-off with four strikes and the maximum 60 pins to Barrett’s 40 to advance to the semifinals.

“I was just concentrating on filling frames and hoped it was enough to beat a great player,” said Rash, who won the Mark Roth-Marshall Holman Doubles Classic with Matt Ogle for his 13th tour win earlier this season. “If I hit the pocket and didn’t strike, I had to re-group and make sure I made the spares.

“I had two bad shots in the first game and I paid the penalty for both of them,” Rash continued. “In the second game I made a decision to move right and could have bowled a 180 or 280. Fortunately, I was closer to 280 and was able to carry that momentum into the roll-off.

“The season’s been a little frustrating with some highs and lows, but right now things are good and I’m looking forward to coming back to Bayside Bowl to make some history.”

Rash, who earned a first-round bye advanced to the Round of 8 with a win against No. 11 Kyle Sherman in the Round of 16. O’Neill, who also earned a bye, advanced by beating No. 23 Jesper Svensson in the Round of 16.

The journey to the PBA Playoffs semifinals started in January with the PBA Hall of Fame Classic. After 13 Go Bowling! PBA Tour tournaments – including three majors – the top 24 players on the PBA Playoffs points list earned berths in the Playoffs and a trip to Bayside Bowl for Round of 24, 16 and 8 matches that aired on FS1 over the past eight weeks.

To view a PBA Playoffs bracket click on

https://www.pba.com/Content/Images/playoffs/2019_PBA_Playoff_Bracket.pdf

PBA PLAYOFFS ROUND OF 8 RESULTS

Bayside Bowl, Portland, Maine

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

Match One

No. 7 Bill O’Neill, Langhorne, Pa. def. No. 15 Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 2-0

Game 1 – O’Neill def. Malott, 229-217 (one point earned for O’Neill).

Game 2 – O’Neill def. Malott, 246-202 (one point earned for O’Neill).

Match Two

No. 6 Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill. def. No. 14 Dom Barrett, England, 2-1

Game 1 – Barrett def. Rash, 226-205 (one point earned for Barrett).

Game 2 – Rash def. Barrett, 268-253 (one point earned for Rash).

Roll-off - Rash won roll-off 60-40 (one point earned for Rash).

PBA PLAYOFFS SEMIFINAL AND CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH SCHEDULE

Bayside Bowl, Portland, Maine (Race to 2 Points format, live on FOX)

June 1 (Noon ET)

Match One - Anthony Simonsen vs. Kris Prather.

Match Two – Bill O’Neill vs. Sean Rash.

June 2 (12:30 p.m.) – Simonsen-Prather winner vs. O’Neill-Rash winner.

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Norm Duke Advances into PBA50 Northern California Classic Lead by 45 Pins Over John Burkett

by Bill Vint May 27, 2019 18:08

BRENTWOOD, Calif. – Norm Duke of Clermont, Florida, seeking his first PBA50 Tour title of the 2019 season, advanced from fourth place into the lead in the PBA50 Northern California Classic presented by MOTIV title Monday at Harvest Park Bowl.

Duke, a five-time PBA50 Tour titlist, rolled games of 243, 168, 248, 229, 254, 279 and 248 Monday for an eight-game total of 1,904 and a 16-game total of 3,836 pins – a 239.75 average – to take a 45-pin lead over former major league baseball pitcher John Burkett of Fort Worth, Texas.

Duke, 55, earlier this year won his 39th and 40th titles in Go Bowling! PBA Tour competition to become the third player in PBA Tour history to win 40 titles. In his two PBA50 Tour appearances in 2019, he finished fifth in the season-opening PBA50 Johnny Petraglia BVL Open in Clearwater, Florida, and third in the PBA50 National Championship in The Villages, Florida.

Burkett, 54, is trying for his first PBA50 Tour title in his fifth year as a “senior” player. Burkett, who grew up bowling in the Pittsburgh area, finished fourth in the 2015 Northern California Classic for his best career PBA50 Tour finish.

Bob Rosenau of Redding, California, retained third place with 3,778 pins. He was followed by Walter Ray Williams Jr. of Oxford, Florida, with a 3,769 total and Parker Bohn III of Jackson, New Jersey, with 3,734 pins.

Tuesday’s five-game cashers round begins at 8 a.m. Pacific followed by two eight-game modified round robin match play rounds to determine the top five players for the stepladder finals at 6:30 p.m.

The entire PBA50 Northern California Open is being live-streamed by PBA’s online streaming partner, FloBowling. Visit FloBowling.com for subscription and schedule information.

PBA50 NORTHERN CALIFORNIA CLASSIC 
presented by MOTIV
Harvest Park Bowl, Brentwood, Calif., Monday

SECOND ROUND STANDINGS (after 16 games. Top 16 advance to match play. Qualifiers 17-30 plus top eight PBA60 players out of the regular prize fund advance to five-game cashers round Tuesday at 8 a.m. to determine eight additional match play spots)
1, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 3,836.
2, John Burkett, Fort Worth, Texas, 3,791.
3, Bob Rosenau, Redding, Calif., 3,778.
4, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., 3,769.
5, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 3,734.
6, Bryan Goebel, Shawnee, Kan., 3,728.
7, Scott Greiner, Sunrise Beach, Mo., 3,703.
8, n-George Aboud, San Jose, Calif., 3,671.
9, Tony Rodriguez Jr., Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., 3,666.
10, Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, 3,662.
11, ss-Skip Pavone, San Jose, Calif., 3,646.
12, ss-Ron Mohr, Las Vegas, 3,638.
13, Todd Kjell, Roscoe, Ill., 3,637.
14, Michael Smith, Centenniel, Colo., 3,636.
15, Michael Haugen Jr., Phoenix, 3,630.
16, ss-Paul Herrera, San Jose, Calif., 3,628.
17, Ricky Schissler, Brighton, Colo., 3,620.
18, Brian Kretzer, Dayton, Ohio, 3,599.
19, Mark Mazzulla, Brentwood, Calif., 3,588.
20, ss-Mike Mineman, St Louis, 3,581.
21, Wayne Garber, Modesto, Calif., 3,578.
22, Don Herrington, Ballston Lake, N.Y., 3,570.
23, John Marsala, St. Louis, Mo., 3,550.
24, ss-Joe Salvemini, Colorado Springs, Colo., 3,538.
25, Gary Faulkner, Norfolk, Va., 3,536.
26, ss-Hugh Miller, Mercer Island, Wash., 3,534.
27, Bob Newman, Pacifica, Calif., 3,525.
28, Dennis Horan Jr., Oakley, Calif., 3,522.
29, ss-Mike Dias, Lafayette, Colo., 3,520.
30, ss-Henry Dawson, Elma, Wash., 3,518.
31, n-David Bolles, Stockton, Calif., 3,502.
32, ss-Alan Sabin, Winston, Ore, 3,500.
33, Joseph Petrovich, Tracy, Calif, 3,498.
34, Chris Warren, Grants Pass, Ore., 3,493.
35, Bob Learn Jr., Erie, Pa., 3,490.
36, Jay Hess, Gotha, Fla., 3,483.
37, ss-Darryl Bower, Middletown, Pa., 3,481.
38, ss-Marty Deh, San Jose, Calif., 3,474.
39, Rick Francis, Linden, Calif., 3,470.
40, ss-Edward Silva, Manteca, Calif., 3,459.
41, ss-Don Blatchford, Santa Monica, Calif., 3,457.
42, Brian Menini, Brookfield, Mo., 3,449.
43, Joe Goldstein Sr., San Bruno, Calif., 3,447.
44, Michael Duran, Banning, Calif., 3,444.
45, n-Rich Feinberg, Danville, Calif., 3,436.
46, Dave Han, Birmingham, Ala., 3,422.
47, ss-Tom Baker, King, N.C., 3,418.
48, ss-Kevin Foley, Reno, Nev., 3,402.
49, ss-John Dudak, Orland Park, Ill., 3,401.
50, ss-Dan Sasaki, Richmond, Callif., 3,400.
51, Russ Hunt, Kennewick, Wash., 3,393.
52, ss-James Storts, Westfield, Ind., 3,391.
53, ss-n-Dennis Jones, Fremont, Calif., 3,386.
54, ss-Kevin Croucher, Grants Pass, Ore., 3,376.
55, n-Joe Baca, Brentwood, Calif., 3,363.
56, ss-Bruce Hall, Westborough, Mass., 3,340.
57, Mark McCreary, Livermore, Calif., 3,332.
58, Rob Rice, Sunnyside, Wash., 3,328.
59, Ralph Reynolds, Upperlake, Calif., 3,326.
60, ss-Paul Mielens, Menomonie, Wis., 3,325.
61, ss-Jim Lesiuk, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., 3,314.
62, Troy Silfies, Northglenn, Colo., 3,307.
63, ss-Mitchell Vernon, Olympia, Wash., 3,300.
64, ss-Rick Vandenberg, Ontario, Calif., 3,277.
65, ss-Gary Reh, Fort Mohave, Ariz., 3,273.
66, Keith Lesko, Prosper, Texas, 3,269.
67, ss-Stan Winters, Simi Valley, Calif., 3,268.
68, ss-Jim Gordin, Modesto, Calif., 3,261.
69, ss-Steve Davis, Manteca, Calif., 3,251.
70 (tie), Carl West, San Jose, Calif., and ss-Steven Jansson, Barnes, Wisc., 3,230.
72, Dan Schmerbach, St. Joseph, Mo., 3,213.
73, n-ss-Rodney Bridgeman, Vallejo, Calif., 3,199.
74, n-Keith Schmidt, Park City, Utah, 3,192.
75, Shane Horsman, Firerest, Wash., 3,180.
76, Juergen Siemers, Brentwood, Calif., 3,175.
77, n-Scott Luba, Dublin, Calif., 3,171.
78, n-Eric Hattrup, Martinez, Calif., 3,146.
79, n-ss-Pete Milkovich, Hercules, Calif., 3,130.
80, n-Larry Dyson, Stockton, Calif, 3,122.
81, ss-Scott Schimming, Tacoma, Wash., 3,115.
82, ss-Steve Ford, Seaside, Ore., 3,112.
83, ss-n-Paul Appling, Camarillo, Calif., 3,100.
84, Joe Beck, Montgomery, Ala., 3,070.
85, ss-Don Lane, San Francisco, 3,050.
86, ss-James Skaife, Antioch, Calif., 3,031.
87, Jim Horan, Mountain View, Calif., 3,027.
88, n-Steven Soto, Port Orchard, Wash., 2,997.
89, ss-Galen Keas, Alda, Neb., 2,910.
90, Craig Miller, Tracy, Calif., 1,410.

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ss-PBA60 players ages 60 and over

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Walter Ray Williams Jr. Leads PBA50 Northern California Classic in Quest for Record 15th Career Title

by Bill Vint May 26, 2019 19:33

BRENTWOOD, Calif. – PBA Hall of Famer Walter Ray Williams Jr. continued his torrid 2019 pace, racing into the first-round lead in the PBA50 Northern California Classic presented by MOTIV Sunday at Harvest Park Bowl in his quest for his fourth PBA50 title of the year and sole possession of the all-time PBA50 Tour titles lead.

Williams, who bowled much of his career as a resident of nearby Stockton, California, averaged a blistering 243.63 for his first eight-game round that included games of 195, 237, 237, 300, 238, 226, 237 and 279. With a 1,949 pinfall total, the Oxford, Florida resident barely held off fellow PBA Hall of Famer Bryan Goebel of Shawnee, Kansas, who had 1,938 pins. Bob Rosenau of Redding, California, was in third place with 1,936 followed by Norm Duke of Clermont, Florida, with a 1,932 total and Tony Rodriguez Jr. of Rancho Cucamonga, California, with 1,896 pins. Defending champion Ron Mohr of Las Vegas was in 23rd place after the first eight games with a 1,786 total.

Williams, 59, won the first three tournaments of the year to boost his career total of 14 PBA Tour titles, tying him with John Handegard for the “senior tour” titles record. He also holds the PBA Tour titles record with 47 and has won a combined total of 115 titles at all levels of PBA competition.

The entire field returns for another eight-game qualifying round Monday which begins at 8 a.m. PT. Cashers and match play rounds then begin at 8 a.m. on Tuesday which will determine the top five players for the stepladder finals at 6:30 p.m.

The entire PBA50 Northern California Open is being live-streamed by PBA’s online streaming partner, FloBowling. Visit FloBowling.com for subscription and schedule information.

PBA50 NORTHERN CALIFORNIA CLASSIC 
presented by MOTIV
Harvest Park Bowl, Brentwood, Calif., Sunday

FIRST ROUND (after eight games)
1, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., 1,949.
2, Bryan Goebel, Shawnee, Kan., 1,938.
3, Bob Rosenau, Redding, Calif., 1,936.
4, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 1,932.
5, Tony Rodriguez Jr., Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., 1,896.
6, Scott Greiner, Sunrise Beach, Mo., 1,893.
7, n-George Aboud, San Jose, Calif., 1,892.
8, Michael Haugen Jr., Phoenix, 1,882.
9, John Burkett, Southlake, Texas, 1,872.
10, Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, 1,860.
11, Ricky Schissler, Brighton, Colo., 1,857.
12, ss-Skip Pavone, San Jose, Calif., 1,854.
13, ss-Edward Silva, Manteca, Calif., 1,845.
14, Wayne Garber, Modesto, Calif., 1,840.
15, ss-Joe Salvemini, Colorado Springs, Colo., 1,835.
16, Rick Francis, Linden, Calif., 1,833.
17, Brian Kretzer, Dayton, Ohio, 1,823.
18, Bob Learn Jr., Erie, Pa., 1,822.
19 (tie), ss-Mike Dias, Lafayette, Colo., and Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 1,810.
21, Todd Kjell, Roscoe, Ill., 1,800.
22, Dennis Horan Jr., Oakley, Calif., 1,799.
23, ss-Ron Mohr, Las Vegas, 1,786.
24, ss-Don Blatchford, Santa Monica, Calif., 1,785.
25, ss-Mike Mineman, St Louis, 1,781.
26, Don Herrington, Ballston Lake, N.Y., 1,774.
27 (tie), Chris Warren, Grants Pass, Ore., and ss-Marty Deh, San Jose, Calif., 1,771.
29, Michael Smith, Centenniel, Colo., 1,769.
30, ss-Paul Herrera, San Jose, Calif., 1,762.
31, ss-Kevin Croucher, Grants Pass, Ore., 1,761.
32, ss-Hugh Miller, Mercer Island, Wash., 1,759.
33, ss-Paul Mielens, Menomonie, Wis., 1,757.
34, Gary Faulkner, Norfolk, Va., 1,745.
35, ss-Mitchell Vernon, Olympia, Wash., 1,741.
36, ss-Alan Sabin, Winston, Ore, 1,738.
37, Joseph Petrovich, Tracy, Calif, 1,736.
38, Joe Goldstein Sr., San Bruno, Calif., 1,734.
39, Bob Newman, Pacifica, Calif., 1,729.
40, Jay Hess, Gotha, Fla., 1,727.
41, n-Rich Feinberg, Danville, Calif., 1,718.
42 (tie), Brian Menini, Brookfield, Mo., and Michael Duran, Banning, Calif., 1,717.
44, n-David Bolles, Stockton, Calif., 1,711.
45, Mark McCreary, Livermore, Calif., 1,708.
46, ss-Henry Dawson, Elma, Wash., 1,704.
47, Mark Mazzulla, Brentwood, Calif., 1,687.
48, Rob Rice, Sunnyside, Wash., 1,685.
49, John Marsala, St. Louis, Mo., 1,684.
50 (tie), Russ Hunt, Kennewick, Wash., and ss-n-Dennis Jones, Fremont, Calif., 1,682.
52, ss-John Dudak, Orland Park, Ill., 1,681.
53, Dave Han, Birmingham, Ala., 1,680.
54, ss-Bruce Hall, Westborough, Mass., 1,679.
55, Ralph Reynolds, Upperlake, Calif., 1,677.
56, ss-Tom Baker, King, N.C., 1,673.
57, Troy Silfies, Northglenn, Colo., 1,666.
58, ss-Rick Vandenberg, Ontario, Calif., 1,660.
59, ss-Dan Sasaki, Richmond, Callif., 1,659.
60, ss-James Storts, Westfield, Ind., 1,658.
61, ss-Jim Lesiuk, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., 1,653.
62, Juergen Siemers, Brentwood, Calif., 1,625.
63, n-Joe Baca, Brentwood, Calif., 1,616.
64, ss-Darryl Bower, Middletown, Pa., 1,614.
65, n-Scott Luba, Dublin, Calif., 1,603.
66, Keith Lesko, Prosper, Texas, 1,600.
67, ss-Kevin Foley, Reno, Nev., 1,597.
68, n-ss-Pete Milkovich, Hercules, Calif., 1,586.
69, ss-Jim Gordin, Modesto, Calif., 1,580.
70, n-ss-Rodney Bridgeman, Vallejo, Calif., 1,578.
71, n-Eric Hattrup, Martinez, Calif., 1,573.
72, Dan Schmerbach, St. Joseph, Mo., 1,569.
73, ss-Gary Reh, Fort Mohave, Ariz., 1,567.
74, ss-Steven Jansson, Barnes, Wisc., 1,565.
75, Joe Beck, Montgomery, Ala., 1,560.
76, ss-Stan Winters, Simi Valley, Calif., 1,556.
77, ss-Steve Ford, Seaside, Ore., 1,553.
78, ss-Steve Davis, Manteca, Calif., 1,535.
79, ss-James Skaife, Antioch, Calif., 1,532.
80, ss-Scott Schimming, Tacoma, Wash., 1,518.
81, n-Keith Schmidt, Park City, Utah, 1,512.
82, n-Larry Dyson, Stockton, Calif, 1,510.
83, ss-Don Lane, San Francisco, 1,504.
84, Jim Horan, Mountain View, Calif., 1,486.
85, Shane Horsman, Firerest, Wash., 1,485.
86, Carl West, San Jose, Calif., 1,481.
87, ss-Galen Keas, Alda, Neb., 1,478.
88, n-Steven Soto, Port Orchard, Wash., 1,421.
89, ss-n-Paul Appling, Camarillo, Calif., 1,416.
90, Craig Miller, Tracy, Calif., 1,410.

n-denotes non-PBA member
ss-PBA60 players ages 60 and over

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