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

by Jerry Schneider June 11, 2018 18:22

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Presented by Storm

Suncoast Bowling Center, Las Vegas, Monday

FIRST ROUND (after 6 games)

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


ss-PBA60 player ages 60 and over

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Chris Warren Defeats Childhood Friend Norm Duke, Wins USBC Senior Masters for First PBA50 Tour Title

by Bill Vint June 10, 2018 17:20

By Matt Cannizzaro, USBC Communications

LAS VEGAS - For more than 40 years, Chris Warren of Grants Pass, Oregon, has looked up to and learned from United States Bowling Congress and PBA Hall of Famer Norm Duke of Clermont, Florida.

Warren was able to put those lessons to work Sunday at the Sam's Town Bowling Center as he defeated his childhood friend, live on BowlTV, two times to win the 2018 USBC Senior Masters for his first PBA50 title.

He earned $20,000 for the victory and became the third bowler in history to win both the USBC Masters and Senior Masters, joining Dave Soutar and Walter Ray Williams Jr. in the exclusive club. Warren's Masters title came in 1990 as one of his six career wins on the PBA Tour.

As the undefeated top seed in the double-elimination format, Duke had a second chance at the title after falling 269-220 in the first game of the title tilt.

DukeNorm2018SrMastersDespairForWeb275x155Duke got out to an early lead in the rematch after Warren left, and failed to convert, a 7-10 split in the second frame. Warren rallied to finish with seven consecutive strikes and a nine-count on his fill ball, forcing Duke to strike on the first shot of his final frame and get at least eight and a spare to win by a single pin.
After delivering the strike he needed, Duke left the 3-4-6-7-9-10 combination to fall short, 246-241.

"There's no words to describe how good Norm Duke is," said Warren, a PBA journeyman whose last national title came in 1992. "Norm beat me at what I do best, which is throwing strikes, but it came down to one error. I outscored him, but he bowled an incredible game. You never want to see that happen to your buddies, and it happened. I just feel fortunate to have been there, and winning really is incredibly special."

Prior to making the deciding shot, Duke did the math, knew what he needed to win, or at least tie, and used his decades of experience to make the best shot he could.

"I trusted myself to make my shot, and I didn't," said Duke, who has 38 PBA Tour titles and four PBA50 wins. "But, I look back and say, 'Norm, you made the greatest shot in the history of your lifetime for the win, and you won it there, and then you lost it.' I won it with one shot and lost it with another. That is sport. This is hurting right now, and it's supposed to. If it didn't hurt, we wouldn't care. And if we care, it hurts. This is a tough one, but Chris is an excellent, excellent, excellent player, and a well-deserving champion, and I'm so happy for him."

Warren, Duke, hall of famer Del Ballard Jr. and a slew of other Southwest standouts grew up bowling together in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. They've pushed each other for decades and shared countless successes and defeats.

In Warren's recollection, they beat up on him pretty handily, but it helped make him the bowler he is. That's still true today, along with the continued support of his six brothers, three sisters, wife, Michelle, and mother, Mary, who turned 92 this weekend.

"Norm is someone who could always execute and make his spares, and I learned a lot from him in those areas, and Del is someone I always looked up to because he had no fear," Warren said. "Del still helps me work on a lot of things, both mentally and physically, and Norm has helped me with my spare game tremendously. It's amazing. Yes, we're competitors, but we're also lifelong friends. We're family."

On the way to the 2018 Senior Masters title, Warren broke four tournament records. Including the shootout round that helped him earn his spot in the stepladder finals, and the second game with Duke on Sunday, Warren bowled a record 14 matches at the Sam's Town Bowling Center. He collected 13 wins, which were consecutive, both records, after losing his first match to Jerry Smith or Englewood, Colorado, 511-501. The streak includes surviving the shootout round.

In his 14 matches, Warren averaged a record 243.9, including a high series of 847 in a win over Noel Vazquez of Sacramento, California, and a 300 game on the way to eliminating Williams, the defending champion, 772-756.

Two-time Senior Masters champion Tom Baker of King, North Carolina, previously held the tournament records for most matches (13), most wins in one tournament (12) and most consecutive wins (nine), all set in 2006 on the way the first of his two consecutive Senior Masters wins. Ross Packard of San Jose, California, averaged 243.8 in match play at the 2005 event.

As he climbed his way to the title from the No. 4 position Sunday at Sam's Town, Warren averaged 255 for his five games, shooting 236, 234, 290, 269 and 246.

In the semifinal Sunday at Sam's Town, Warren defeated 2017 PBA50 Rookie of the Year and 2018 PBA50 Player of the Year frontrunner Michael Haugen Jr. of Phoenix, 290-197.

Warren left a 2 pin in the first frame and then rattled off 11 consecutive strikes, while Haugen left a 7-10 split on his first offering and only was able to throw one double the rest of the way.

Warren earned the meeting with Haugen by defeating PBA50 newcomer Keith Lesko of Prosper, Texas, who was competing in the first major event of his career, 234-168.

The opening match of the stepladder was a nail-biter against two-time PBA50 Player of the Year Ron Mohr of North Las Vegas, Nevada, in which Mohr had an opportunity to shut out Warren with two strikes and nine pins in his final frame.

Instead, Mohr left a ringing 10 pin on his first shot, allowing Warren to strike on his first shot to seal the win. He achieved that and tossed two more strikes to escape with a 236-217 victory.

The Senior Masters is the premier event for USBC members age 50 and older, and the 2018 edition featured 272 entries.

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

by Jerry Schneider June 7, 2018 22:01

By Matt Cannizzaro, USBC Communications

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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PBA50 Player of the Year Race Heats Up With Suncoast PBA Senior U.S. Open

by Jerry Schneider June 7, 2018 07:53

LAS VEGAS – As the 2018 PBA50 Tour season reaches the halfway mark, the Suncoast PBA Senior U.S. Open presented by Storm, which gets underway June 11-15 at the Suncoast Bowling Center in Las Vegas, will no doubt be a pivotal event in establishing momentum for the PBA50 Player of the Year race as it heads into the second half of the season.

Among the players 50 years of age and older competing this week in the USBC Senior Masters who will also compete in the Senior U.S. Open, defending champion and 2017 PBA50 Rookie of the Year Michael Haugen Jr. currently leads in points with 12,604 after five events. Haugen won the PBA50 Johnny Petraglia BVL Open in May and also has third-, sixth- and ninth-place finishes to his credit so far this season.

In 2017, the five-time winner on the regular PBA Tour won the low-scoring Senior U.S. Open championship match over eventual 2017 PBA50 Player of the Year Brian LeClair, 173-158, for his first PBA50 Tour title.

Less than 200 points behind Haugen is ageless PBA Hall of Famer Walter Ray Williams Jr., who has three runner-up finishes this season. Williams, at age 58, is in pursuit of his 12th PBA50 Tour title and has accumulated 12,449 points thus far in 2018. 

Depending on his performance in this week’s Senior Masters, Williams, an 11-time PBA50 Tour winner, would tie for second on the all-time list with Gary Dickinson, Tom Baker and Dale Eagle if he were to win the Senior U.S. Open. While he has won two Senior Masters titles, (2014 and 2017), he is still trying for his first Senior U.S. Open win.

Williams, despite his plethora of PBA records at all levels, always wants to add to his portfolio. Among the records he is chasing is the all-time record of 14 PBA50 Tour titles held by John Handegard.

With one win this season, PBA Hall of Famer Ron Mohr of Las Vegas sits in third on the points list with 11,037. Mohr achieved professional bowling’s highest honor earlier this year when he was inducted into the PBA Hall of Fame because of his accomplishments on PBA’s tour for players 50 years of age and older. Still highly competitive at age 62, the 2011 Senior U.S. Open champion and two-time runner-up has established one of the most successful track records in PBA50 Tour history ranking among the top 10 in every key statistical category every year he has competed as a “senior” player. He has never had a PBA50 season averaging below 220.

While he’s a distant seventh in the POY points standings, PBA Hall of Famer Amleto Monacelli, who has top finishes of fifth, sixth and seventh so far this season, will try to make history as the Senior U.S. Open’s first three-time winner. The eight-time PBA50 Tour winner won back-to-back Senior U.S. Open titles in 2012 and ‘13.

Also trying for a third Senior U.S. Open title will be PBA Hall of Famer.  The 11-time PBA50 Tour and 37-time PBA Tour winner also won back-to-back in 2015 and 2016.

The Senior U.S. Open begins with the first of four six-game qualifying rounds on June 11 at 9 a.m. PT. Qualifying continues Tuesday through Thursday after which the top 25 percent of the field will advance to Friday’s first match play round at 8 a.m. After the second match play round at noon, the top five players will be determined for the stepladder finals scheduled for 4:15 p.m.

Practice sessions are scheduled for June 10 at 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. with pro-am squads, where grassroots amateur bowlers and bowl with the pros, scheduled for 1 and 3 p.m. For pro-am entry information fans should contact the Suncoast Bowling Center at (702) 636-7400.

The entire Senior U.S. Open will be covered live on PBA’s online bowling channel Xtra Frame. For subscription and schedule information visit


Suncoast Bowling Center, Las Vegas (all times Pacific)

Sunday, June 10

8 a.m. A Squad practice

10 a.m. - B Squad practice

1, 3 p.m. - Pro-Am squads

Monday, June 11

9 a.m. - A Squad qualifying (6 games)

1:30 p.m. - B Squad qualifying (6 games)

Tuesday, June 12

9 a.m. - B Squad qualifying (6 games)

1:30 p.m. - A Squad qualifying (6 games)

Wednesday, June 13

9 a.m. - A Squad qualifying (6 games)

1:30 p.m. - B Squad qualifying (6 games)

Thursday, June 14

9 a.m. - B Squad qualifying (6 games)

1:30 p.m - A Squad qualifying (6 games)

  (Top 25 percent of the field after 24 games advance to modified round robin match play)

Friday, June 15

8 a.m. - Match Play Round 1 (6 games)

Noon - Match Play Round 2 (6 games)

(Top five advance to stepladder finals)

4:15 p.m. - Stepladder Finals

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Knee Injury Doesn’t Prevent Brian LeClair From Taking Second Round Lead in USBC Senior Masters

by Jerry Schneider June 6, 2018 21:31

By Matt Cannizzaro, USBC Communications

LAS VEGAS - A month ago, Brian LeClair rolled a 123 game at a PBA50 event, and he thought it might be the last game he ever bowled.

While shooting a left-side spare during match play at the PBA50 Johnny Petraglia BVL Open presented by Brunswick in Farmingdale, New York, something popped in his left knee. The result was excruciating pain, an early exit from the event and an uncertain competitive future.

With the help of a specially made knee brace, which was expensive and is quite robust, the reigning PBA50 Player of the Year has been able to continue bowling, and you'd never be able to tell by his scores at the 2018 USBC Senior Masters that anything is off.

The 53-year-old right-hander has averaged more than 240 through two rounds of qualifying this week at the Sam's Town Bowling Center and tops the standings with a 10-game total of 2,406, which includes 10 games over 200 on the way to blocks of 1,187 and 1,219.

LeClair moved past first-round leader James Campbell of Clearwater, Florida, during the final game of Wednesday's second round, and while there would have to be a lot of miles on his knee brace between now and hoisting the USBC Senior Masters trophy on Sunday, he's just grateful to even have the chance to compete.

"When I got done in Long Island at the last senior stop of the East Coast swing, I thought I was done," said LeClair, a three-time PBA50 champion. "I was in so much pain. I bowled 120 the last game to miss the cut, and I really thought that was it. If I can come back and win the Senior Masters after walking off the lanes that day, it would be pretty special and something I never could've expected."

However, there are 271 other competitors at Sam's Town this week also gunning for the coveted title and $20,000 top prize, including defending champion Walter Ray Williams Jr. of Oxford, Florida, who is one of three bowlers in the field looking to win the event for a record third time.

Campbell finished Wednesday's second round 14 pins behind LeClair with a 2,392 total and was followed by Keith Lesko of Prosper, Texas (2,343), two-time Senior Masters champion Pete Weber of St. Ann, Missouri (2,308), and 2015 Senior Masters winner Amleto Monacelli of Venezuela (2,293).

Williams, a USBC and PBA Hall of Famer and the only bowler to win both the Senior Masters and USBC Masters twice each, is in 16th place after two days of qualifying with a 2,210 total. He is guaranteed the No. 64 seed if he falls out of the cut, but he can improve his seeding for match play during qualifying.

LeClair's current condition stems back two decades to a blown-out anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) that needed to be reconstructed. The pop on the lanes in May, which he described as an awful sound, essentially was the ACL graft coming loose. With the lack of cartilage on the right side of his knee, the pain he feels is the bones moving around and hitting each other.

Cortisone shots did not help, and he's not yet a candidate for a knee replacement, so the options were pretty limited. The custom knee brace turned out to be the best choice for now and clearly hasn't slowed down his scoring pace, but it will take some time to manage the limitations and pain associated with it.

"I'm pretty sore today, and it's the first time I've bowled back-to-back days since getting the brace," LeClair said. "It's not so much the pain, because the brace helps with that. It's more the achiness and swelling, and I'm going to have to put some serious ice on it tonight to be ready for the morning."

Since the competitors at the Senior Masters bowl at a different time each day to give them a chance to see all three variations of the 41-foot oil pattern - fresh, burn and double-burn - LeClair will return to the Sam's Town Bowling Center bright and early to lead C Squad back onto the lanes at 11 a.m. Eastern.

Additional qualifying squads will take place at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Eastern, after which, the field will be cut from 272 to the 63 bowlers who will join Williams in the double-elimination match-play bracket.
After 10 games, Ted Staikoff of Black Hawk, South Dakota, is 64th with a 2,106 total, a 210.6 average.

As a side note, if LeClair is able to maintain his place in the top 64 and advance to match play, his $1,200 knee brace could be paid in full, even if he doesn't win a match.

"It's hard to put it all in perspective because I honestly thought I was done, since I was in so much pain," said LeClair, who also is in the bowling pro shop business. "I'm in pain now, but nothing like the pain I was in after it happened. I didn't know what my future was when I walked off the lanes in Farmingdale, one of my favorite places to bowl, and to be here this week means a lot. I bowled yesterday with no pain and bowled even better today, even with some pain. But, at least I can bowl."

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

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