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

by Jerry Schneider June 14, 2019 19:57

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

SUNCOAST PBA SENIOR U.S. OPEN

Presented by Storm

Suncoast Bowling Center, Las Vegas, Friday

Final Standings:

1, Tore Torgersen, Norway, $15,000

2, Mika Koivuniemi, Finland, $7,500

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

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

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

Stepladder Results:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

by Jerry Schneider June 13, 2019 18:19

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

SUNCOAST PBA SENIOR U.S. OPEN

Presented by Storm

Suncoast Bowling Center, Las Vegas, Thursday

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

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

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

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

by Jerry Schneider June 12, 2019 18:48

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thursday’s final six-game qualifying round gets underway with squads at 9 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. PT. The field will then be cut to the top 38 players for match play which begins Friday at 8 a.m. After Friday’s second match play round at noon, the top five players will be determined for the stepladder finals scheduled to begin at 4 p.m.

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

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

THIRD ROUND (after 18 games)

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

n - non-member
ss – PBA60 players ages 60 and over

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Monacelli Wins USBC Senior Masters for Fifth Major and Ninth Career PBA50 Title

by Jerry Schneider June 9, 2019 15:57

LAS VEGAS - For the second time in his career, Venezuela's Amleto Monacelli hoisted the trophy at the USBC Senior Masters  this time averaging more than 246 while climbing the stepladder at the Sam's Town Bowling Center.

The 57-year-old right-hander entered Sunday's championship round as the No. 5 seed and won five games to secure the coveted major title and $20,000 top prize. His run included a pair of wins over top seed Stoney Baker of Canton, Georgia, and made him the eighth bowler in history to win the USBC Senior Masters twice. His Senior Masters win was also his fifth major on the tour for players 50 and over.

Monacelli, a USBC and PBA Hall of Famer struck at least eight times in each match and closed the finale against Baker with five strikes for a 237-200 victory.

Because Baker had made it through the event's 64-player double-elimination match-play bracket without being beaten, he needed to be defeated twice to be denied the title. Monacelli topped Baker 255-243 to force the second game.

"It's a great feeling, and running through the stepladder, which is the hardest way, is even more special," said Monacelli, now a nine-time PBA50 Tour winner and 20-time PBA Tour titlist. "I think when I have to run the stepladder, it makes me a little more relaxed and more focused about how I'm going to play the lanes. I tried to come in without any expectations and just bowl my best. Luckily, things went my way today."

Baker, a 56-year-old right-hander and 31-time PBA regional champion, started the opening game with seven consecutive strikes, before a 10 pin ended his run at perfection. An unconverted 1-2-10 washout in the ninth frame gave Monacelli a chance to lock up the game, and the 2015 Senior Masters champion took advantage of the opportunity.

Monacelli, who defeated fellow hall of famer Pete Weber of St. Ann, Missouri, two times to win the 2015 event, kept pace with Baker, slowed only briefly by a 7-10 split in the third frame. He followed the open frame with seven consecutive strikes and a single-pin spare to shut out Baker.

"I was two good shots away from winning this thing," Baker said. "I kind of rolled the thumb in the eighth frame. In the ninth, I didn't quite roll it off my hand. It didn't see any early friction at all, and that's why it just kept going on that shot."

Even as a part-timer on the PBA50 Tour, Baker has found success, including a previous-best finish of fourth. He's also the reigning PBA South Region Senior Player of the Year.

Since joining the PBA in 1986, the bowling center proprietor has enjoyed competing with and against the Tour's top stars, two of whom joined him in the finals Sunday - Monacelli and Norm Duke of Clermont, Florida.

"Amleto had great reaction and is a fabulous bowler, so you have to bring it when you bowl him, especially when he's got a few games on the pair and knows what's going on," Baker said. "It was my first time in a title match in a national event. I don't care who you are, you're going to have some nerves. I just didn't make enough good shots.

"If I could have thrown those two shots in the first game a little better, it might have been a different story. But, I'm not blaming anybody but myself. Overall, though, I'm happy to do what I did."

To earn his meeting with Baker, Monacelli remained unrattled after an eighth-frame gutter ball against Duke and closed with four strikes to escape with a 239-222 victory. Sunday marked Duke's third consecutive appearances in the Senior Masters stepladder, where he has collected finishes of fourth, second and third, respectively.

“The key today was just to get within myself and my process and try to keep my heart rate down, because I needed to be really relaxed before throwing the ball," Monacelli said. "My game is a game where I need to be careful about getting too fast. Overcoming a mistake like throwing it in the gutter is more of a mental test, but you have to remember, it was just a mistake. If anything, it reminded me to stay more behind it and throw good shots, and that's what I did the rest of the time."

Monacelli was one of the three players who advanced to Sunday's stepladder through a four-player shootout that included the last competitors in the Elimination Bracket. Having the third-highest score in the shootout earned him the No. 5 spot.

In the opening match of the championship round, Monacelli struck six times on his first seven shots on the way to a 258-188 win over Tom Adcock of Decatur, Illinois. He then overcame a missed single pin to defeat Gary Faulkner of Norfolk, Virginia, 245-223.

"It was a long road, but winning this title means a lot," said Monacelli, who now will head across town to compete in the 2019 Suncoast PBA Senior U.S. Open presented by Storm. "It's always special when you win, but this is another major title, and it's a tough tournament with 300 bowlers. I am going to enjoy today and think about tomorrow's event tomorrow."

Walter Ray Williams Jr., the only player to win both the USBC Masters and Seniors Masters twice each, was the last No. 1 seed to win the senior edition, doing so in 2017.

In 2018, Chris Warren of Grants Pass, Oregon, defeated the top-seeded Duke twice to join Williams and Dave Soutar as the only players to win both the Masters and Senior Masters.

Warren's title defense this week at Sam's Town was short-lived. After qualifying third for match play, he lost his first two matches and was eliminated.

The Senior U.S. Open begins with first-round qualifying Monday at 9 a.m. PT and continues  with qualifying rounds Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. The field will then be cut the top 25 percent of the field that will advance to match play on Friday which will determine the top five players for the stepladder finals to begin at 4 p.m.

The Senior U.S. Open will be streamed live on FloBowling.com.  Visit www.flobowling.com for subscription and schedule information.

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Undefeated in Match Play, Stoney Baker Earns Top Seed for USBC Senior Masters Finals

by Jerry Schneider June 8, 2019 21:24

By Aaron Smith, USBC Communications

LAS VEGAS - Early in his career, Stoney Baker of Canton, Georgia, decided he was going to be a part-time bowler and full-time businessman.

The 56-year-old right-hander was all business Saturday at the Sam's Town Bowling Center as he rolled undefeated through match play to earn the No. 1 seed for the stepladder finals of the 2019 USBC Masters.
Baker, the owner of Canton's Cherokee Lanes, defeated USBC and PBA Hall of Famer Norm Duke of Clermont, Florida, 717-672, in the match to determine the top seed.

The championship round will be broadcast live on BowlTV.com on Sunday, beginning at 1 p.m. Eastern, with the winner taking home a $20,000 top prize and the second major title of the 2019 PBA50 Tour season.

Duke will make his third consecutive appearance in the USBC Senior Masters stepladder, this time as the No. 2 seed, and he'll look to improve on last year's runner-up finish, which was the result of a final-frame miscue that has haunted him on the PBA50 Tour ever since.

Baker and Duke will be joined in the championship round by No. 3 Gary Faulkner of Norfolk, Virginia, No. 4 Tom Adcock of Decatur, Illinois, and No. 5 Amleto Monacelli of Venezuela, who all advanced to the stepladder from an exciting four-player shootout Saturday evening.

Adcock and Monacelli will face off in the opening match, and the winner will meet Faulkner.

"My first line of business is my bowling center, which is my baby, but I like to get out and bowl whenever I can, and I've kind of been a part-time bowler my whole life," Baker said. "I'm 56 years old, and I just enjoy the game. To be on the lanes with guys like Walter (Ray Williams Jr.) and Norm is an incredible thing.

They're the best. All these guys, I look up to them, and it's an honor to bowl with and against them. Norm, he's my idol, and to beat him is an amazing feeling."

Total pinfall for three games determined the winner of each match in the double-elimination match-play bracket, while the championship round will be single-game matches. As the undefeated top seed, Baker must be defeated twice to be denied his first PBA50 Tour title.

Baker averaged more than 231 in his six match-play wins this week at Sam's Town but saved his two biggest sets for last.

To guarantee himself a spot in the stepladder, he rolled the event's 13th perfect game and downed PBA Hall of Famer Ron Mohr of Las Vegas, 772-680. That set up the meeting with Duke, and a 290 in the second game propelled Baker to the top seed.

"Being in this position feels amazing," Baker said. "I plan to go out there and give it my best and make the 10 best shots I can. To win this event would mean everything. I have bowled a decent amount of PBA50 events, and being able to win one would be incredibly special."

To earn their spots in Sunday's stepladder, Faulkner, Adcock and Monacelli made their way through the Elimination Bracket and survived the three-game shootout round.

Faulkner posted the highest score, a 719 series, to take the third spot, while Adcock and Monacelli had 711 and 691, respectively. Ron Mohr of Las Vegas shot 594 and was eliminated, finishing sixth overall.

Monacelli is the 2015 Senior Masters champion and is looking to become the eighth two-time winner. 
As a PBA member since 1986, Baker has collected 31 PBA regional titles and is the reigning Senior Player of the Year in the PBA South Region. Nationally, his best finish on the PBA50 Tour prior to this week was fourth.

“I went out on the PBA Tour for a while and just didn't love all the travel and being gone all the time," Baker said. "I decided to go into the bowling business, which started with a pro shop, and then I got the bowling center. I chose to be a part-time bowler, and I sometimes wonder 'what if,' but I'm ultimately very happy with the direction I chose."

Duke, a 55-year-old right-hander, has made his career on the lanes, collecting 40 PBA Tour titles and five PBA50 Tour wins along the way.

After finishing fourth at the 2017 Senior Masters, Duke turned in another solid performance in 2018, earning the No. 1 seed for the finals, but was defeated by Chris Warren of Grants Pass, Oregon, 269-220 and 246-241.

In the deciding game of the title tilt, Duke stepped up in his final frame needing to strike on the first shot 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, a moment that has stuck with him for a year and stalled his success on the PBA50 Tour.

norm dukeAs a competitor on both the Go Bowling! PBA Tour and the PBA50 Tour, Duke essentially is living two separate lives.

Earlier this year, he proved he still can strike and win against the up-and-coming stars of the PBA Tour, winning a pair of titles in back-to-back weeks, but he has been winless on the PBA50 Tour this year, despite making the stepladder of all three events he's entered. He has collected finishes of fifth, third and fourth.

"I've had more trouble on this tour than I have on the regular tour for two years now, but as easily as you can lose yourself out of a roll you're on, you also can win your way out of a funk," Duke said. "I feel like I've been bowling well out here, but I just haven't taken anything home as far as hardware. I know it's up to me to step up and perform, if I'm going to get out of this thing. Right now, there's the mental battle, along with the physical requirement to out-bowl people. It's not anything I haven't experienced before, but unless I can rise to the occasion, it's going to be prolonged."

A win at the 2019 Senior Masters would make Duke the fourth player in history to win both the USBC Masters and the senior version. Dave Soutar, Williams and Warren are the other three, with Williams winning each twice. Duke's Masters title came in 1993.

"I think the way last year's Senior Masters ended is the major contributing factor in what I'm dealing with mentally right now," Duke said. "I let that one get away, and if I get that one, maybe that's the start of a serious roll. But, I didn't. Honestly, it's agonizing at times, and the longer it takes, the more pressure there is. There's a lot of talent on the show, but I'm grateful for the chance. If I'm going to get it done, I've got a lot of work to do."

Duke, who owns two PBA50 major titles, joins fellow hall of famer Pete Weber of St. Ann, Missouri, as the only bowlers to win both the U.S. Open and PBA Senior U.S. Open.

A total of 300 USBC members age 50 and older took to the lanes this week at the 2019 Senior Masters for three five-game sets over three days to determine the 63 bowlers who joined Warren in the double-elimination bracket. Match play features three-game total-pinfall contests to determine which players advance.

As the defending champion, Warren was guaranteed the No. 64 spot in the bracket, but he averaged 232 through 15 games to improve his seeding to No. 3. He then lost to Mark Williams of Beaumont, Texas, and

Ryan Shafer of Horseheads, New York, in consecutive matches to end his hopes of becoming the first repeat winner since USBC Hall of Famer Tom Baker in 2007.

For complete Senior Masters results click on https://www.bowl.com/Senior_Masters/Senior_Masters_Home/2019_Results/

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