PBA Spare Shots: China Boosts World Series IX Entry to Record 28 Countries; British Virgin Islands is Out

by Bill Vint October 19, 2017 13:30

After losing his home and his job to Hurricanes Irma and Maria, 33-year-old Adrian McCoy of Road Town in the British Virgin Islands had to forego his fourth visit to GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling IX, presented by Eldorado Reno Properties, preventing the international field from being even larger than its record entry of 28 countries.

The opening events of the Go Bowling! PBA Tour season grew to 28 nations with the entry of China’s Fang Jiafei, but also will be without an entry from Bermuda for the first time since 2012.

“My family is good as well as I am,” McCoy, a corporate administrator for a trust company, told the PBA Media Relations staff. “The devastation of hurricane Irma and Maria left me without a home and a job, so regrettably I won’t be able to make it to the World Series this year. I’ve had an awesome time for the past three years and hoped to make it this year.

“Currently I’m still in the British Virgin Islands, but I’m anticipating traveling to Boston for a few weeks to get away from it all and do some bowling. I managed to save my equipment during the storm (that was a plus for me).

‘I just want to let the PBA know that I’m okay for the most part,” he continued” “I hope to be logged into Xtra Frame to watch all the action of the PBA qualifiers. Watch Belmo, Bob Learn, (Kyle) Troup, everyone that I’ve met over the years vie for the title.”

Also missing from the field will be Bermuda’s LeVinc Samuels, who said his island nation mostly escaped the hurricane devastation, but is unable to attend anyway. He noted he is already at work preparing for 2018.

BOWLER X SIGNS ON AS ROTH-HOLMAN PBA DOUBLES PRESENTING SPONSOR

Bowler X, the online bowling superstore, has signed on as presenting sponsor of the 2018 Mark Roth-Marshall Holman PBA Doubles Championship which will be held in the Feb. 18-25 window along with the Barbasol PBA Players Championship at Wayne Webb’s Columbus Bowl in Columbus, Ohio. The Roth-Holman Doubles finals will air on ESPN on Sunday, March 25 as part of the Go Bowling! PBA Tour series of ESPN telecasts.

Bowler X, based in Bethlehem, Pa., is a full-service provider of all major brands of bowling balls, bags, shoes and accessories through its website, bowlerx.com.

XTRA FRAME TO COVER KOKOMO REGIONAL SUNDAY; U.S. OPEN ON DECK

Xtra Frame returns to live action Sunday with coverage of the PBA Kokomo Central/Midwest Classic regional, presented by Security Federal Savings, from Heritage Lanes in Kokomo, Ind.

Coverage will begin with the seven-game qualifying round at 9 a.m. with the top 12 qualifiers moving on to single-elimination match play beginning at 1:30 p.m. when qualifiers five through 12 will bowl a best-of-three-game elimination round. The winners will join the top four qualifiers for the Round of 8 matches, followed by the semifinal and championship rounds.

Non-subscribers can sign up for Xtra Frame’s three-day subscription package for only $3.99, or a 30-day package, which will allow new subscribers from around the world to watch Xtra Frame’s comprehensive coverage of all preliminary rounds of the U.S. Open and the GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling IX, presented by Eldorado Reno Properties, Nov. 7-16. Plus all new subscribers are automatically entered into PBA’s monthly bowling ball sweepstakes which awards new MOTIV, Brunswick and DV8 bowling balls to randomly-selected subscribers.

U.S. Open coverage on Xtra Frame will include qualifying rounds at 8 a.m., 1:15 and 6:30 p.m. Friday through Sunday, Oct. 27-29, from Flamingo Bowl in Liverpool, N.Y.; the cashers round at 10 a.m. on Oct. 30, and match play rounds Oct. 30 at 6 p.m. and Oct. 31 at 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. The stepladder finals will air live on CBS Sports Network on Wednesday, Nov. 1, at 7:30 p.m. All times are Eastern.

To start your Xtra Frame subscription, visit xtraframe.tv.

FRANCOIS LAVOIE’S PBA PLAYER’S PERSPECTIVE DEBUTS ON XTRA FRAME

The Xtra Frame Player’s Perspective series introduced Francois Lavoie’s insights into his historic 300 game in the 2016 U.S. Open this week. The special series of personal conversations about key moments in PBA history is available to Xtra Frame subscribers.

Xtra Frame subscription packages are offered for seven days, a full month or a 12-month Xtra Frame Season Ticket. Visit xtraframe.com for details on how to subscribe.

Player’s Perspective features that have been previously released on Xtra Frame are being released on PBA’s YouTube channel on a regular basis. New YouTube releases include Ryan Ciminelli’s 2015 U.S. Open victory and Kyle Troup and Jesper Svensson providing insights into their 2017 Mark Roth/Marshall Holman PBA Doubles Championship victory. Fans can look for other Player’s Perspectives as they are added to the YouTube collection every Tuesday.

PBA REGIONAL UPDATE: TROUP, BOLIN WIN PBA-PBA50 DOUBLES TITLE

Kyle Troup of Taylorsville, N.C. and PBA50 partner Wayne Bolin of Lumberton, N.C. paired up to defeat the team of Dick Allen of Columbia, S.C., and Walter Ray Williams Jr. of Oxford, Fla., 234-226, to win the PBA/PBA50 D.A. Roofing Baker Doubles title Sunday at Station 300 in Bluffton, S.C.

With Bolin finishing the 10th frame first in the alternate-frame Baker format match, working on a strike by Troup in the ninth frame, Bolin struck to force a Allen to strike on his first shot in 10th frame. Allen threw what appeared to be a perfect shot to the pocket but left a solid 8 pin, handing Troup and Bolin the title after Allen and Williams had led the event from start to final match.

Troup and Bolin qualified third for the stepladder finals and defeated the team of Tom Daugherty of Riverview, Fla., and Doug Becker of Clermont, Fla., 231-222, to start the four-team stepladder finals. They then eliminated the father-son team of Jeff and James Campbell from Clearwater, Fla., 235-216, to advance to the title match.

The win marked Troup’s 11th PBA Regional win and Bolin’s first. The Troup/Bolin team earned $3,600.

PBA60 competitor Kenny Parks of Hammond, Ind. and his PBA50 partner Ernie Segura of Taylor, Mich., defeated amateurs Joseph Nuzzo of Girard, Ohio and Danny Guerrieri of Youngstown, Ohio, 2-1, in the best-of-three-game championship match to win the PBA50/PBA60 Park Centre Lanes Central Doubles title presented by Storm at Park Centre Lanes in North Canton, Ohio, Sunday.

Teams in the event included one bowler age 50 or older, and the other over the age of 60. The win was Parks’ 16th in PBA50 regional competition and Segura’s second. The champions split the $2,800 first prize.

In the best-of-three-game semifinal round, Parks and Segura defeated Dick Gran of Hartville, Ohio, and Brian Kretzer of Kettering, Ohio, 2-0, while Nuzzo and Guerrieri downed Vince Honeycutt of Franklin, N.C., and Joe Scarborough of Charlotte, N.C., 2-1, to set up the championship match.

Kenneth Harlan from Lubbock, Texas, completed his quest for his first PBA title in the final position round match, overtaking tournament leaders Cole Schroyer of Stanton, Texas, and Dylan Macon of Lubbock, Texas, to win the PBA Lubbock Sports Southwest Challenge, presented by Ebonite, Sunday at South Plains Lanes in Lubbock, Texas.

With only 49 pins separating the top four finalists and 30 match play bonus pins also at stake going into position round, Schroyer, an amateur, was the tournament leader but he struggled to defeat Macon, 181-178, while Harlan was rolling to a 245-228 victory over Cody Meiers, also from Lubbock. Picking up 75 pins allowed Harlan to leapfrog the other three to claim the victory.

Harlan, who qualified seventh for the round robin match play finals, won seven of his eight matches to finish with 5,015 total pins, including match play bonus pins.

● PBA Regional action continues over the Oct. 20-22 weekend with the PBA50 Bryan’s Bowling Center Eastern Open presented by The Insurance Market and 900 Global in Laurel, Del.; the NAS JAX Freedom Lanes South Open in Jacksonville, Fla.; the Wichita Southwest Open at Northrock Lanes in Wichita, Kan.; the PBA and PBA50 Spare Time Lanes Northwest Opens presented by Clover Island Hotel in Kennewick, Wash., and the Kokomo Central/Midwest Classic presented by Security Federal Savings in Kokomo, Ind.

● Closing the October PBA Regional calendar over the Oct. 27-29 weekend will be the South Point Challenge for non-champions and the South Point Member/Non-Member Doubles, both presented by Radical, at South Point Bowling Plaza in Las Vegas.

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

QUICK NOTES:

● Did you know that since the inaugural PBA World Series of Bowling in 2009, England’s Dom Barrett has bowled more 300 games in WSOB competition than any other player? Barrett has recorded eight 300 games (one each of the Cheetah, Chameleon, Scorpion, PBA World Championship and Carmen Salvino patterns, and three on the Viper). Jason Belmonte is second with five career 300s in WSOB competition while Eugene McCune, Bill O’Neill, Parker Bohn III and PJ Haggerty are tied for third with four 300s each.

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PBA Spare Shots: ‘Birthday Boy’ Walter Ray Williams Jr. Boosts Overall PBA Titles Total to 105

by Bill Vint October 6, 2017 11:39

Aging like a fine wine, PBA Hall of Famer Walter Ray Williams Jr. of Oxford, Fla., celebrated his 58th birthday Friday, six days after defeating amateur Robert Crain of Gray Court, S.C., 257-174, for his 105th career PBA title Sunday in Spartanburg, S.C.

Williams, PBA’s all-time leading title winner, picked up his third PBA50 regional title in the month of September in the PBA50 J & L Sports Spartanburg South Open at Paradise Lanes. Over his 37-year PBA career, he has won 47 PBA Tour, 32 PBA Regional, 11 PBA50 Tour and now 15 PBA50 Regional titles.

Unofficially, Williams has competed in 823 PBA Tour, 192 PBA Regional, 83 PBA50 Tour and 35 PBA50 Regional events – a grand total of 1,133 tournaments.

After qualifying in a tie for 15th place to slip into the Spartanburg elimination bracket finals, he never looked back in winning five consecutive matches on his way to the $1,900 first prize. Crain pocketed $1,000 as the runner-up.

Williams started his climb by eliminating Joe Scarborough of Charlotte, N.C., 2-0 in the best-of-three-game Round of 16, followed by a 2-0 sweep of Ernie Segura of Taylor, Mich., in the Round of 12; another 2-0 sweep of Roy Davis of Lumberton, N.C., in the Round of 8, and 210-195 victory over Doug Becker of Clermont, Fla., in the semifinal round. Crain won his Rounds of 12 and 8 matches before rallying to eliminate PBA Hall of Famer Tom Baker of King, N.C., 199-178, in his semifinal match.

XTRA FRAME’S PBA PLAYER’S PERSPECTIVE VISITS WITH SEAN RASH

Sean Rash won his 11th PBA Tour title when he defeated Australia’s Jason Belmonte in the finals of the 2016 PBA Detroit Open at Thunderbowl Lanes in Allen Park, Mich. In this new PBA Player’s Perspective that debuted on Xtra Frame on Friday, Oct. 6, Rash provides insight into that victory.

On Oct. 14, the Player’s Perspective series on Xtra Frame will be Francois Lavoie’s insights into his 300 game in the 2016 U.S. Open. Xtra Frame subscription packages are offered for seven days, a full month or a 12-month Xtra Frame Season Ticket. Visit xtraframe.com for details on how to enroll.

Additionally, Player’s Perspective features that have previously been released on Xtra Frame will be made available on the PBA’s YouTube channel. EJ Tackett’s Player’s Perspective from the 2016 PBA World Championship has already been posted and fans can look for other Player’s Perspectives to be added to YouTube beginning this Tuesday with Ryan Ciminelli’s description of the 2015 U.S. Open title match.

PBA REGIONAL UPDATE: FRANCOIS LAVOIE WINS IN KILLEEN, TEXAS

Reigning U.S. Open champion Francois Lavoie from Quebec City, Canada, defeated Kurt Gengelbach of Carrollton, Texas, 243-221, to win his third PBA Regional title in the 21st annual PBA Killeen Southwest Open at Hallmark Lanes in Killeen, Texas, Sunday.

Lavoie opened the title match with a spare and then struck six out of the next seven frames to outdistance Gengelbach who started the final game with four strikes before suffering opens in the fifth and seventh frames, allowing Lavoie to claim the $2,700 winner’s check.

Lavoie started his road to victory by topping Brian Burkett of Ennis, Texas, 2-1 in their best-of-three-game Round of 12 match. He then eliminated Andy Patterson from Tyler, Texas, in the Round of 8, 2-1. In his semifinal round match, PBA Southwest Region Hall of Famer Wes Malott of Pflugerville, Texas, could not keep up with Lavoie, succumbing, 231-183.

Gengelbach, who won his first of two PBA regional titles in 1982, defeated Gabe Yanes from Shertz, Texas, 2-1 in the Round of 16 and then topped Mike Bailey of Carrollton in the Round of 12, 2-0. In the round of 8, Gengelbach edged former Southwest Region Player of the Year Joe Findling of Mesquite, Texas, 2-1. In his semifinal match, Gengelbach ousted Anthony Lavery-Spahr from Pasadena, Texas, 208-203, to reach the final match.

Brian Kretzer of Dayton, Ohio, defeated Harry Sullins of Chesterfield Twp., Mich., by 161 pins to win the PBA50 Mel Westrich Memorial Central/Midwest Open at Delphos Recreation Center in Delphos, Ohio, Sunday.

Kretzer finished the 20-game event with a 9-3 match play record and a total of 4,706 pins, including match play bonus pins, to earn his second PBA50 Central Region title of the year and his sixth overall PBA50 Regional title. He also earned $1,500.

● PBA members bidding for points to qualify for the PBA Regional Challenge at the GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling IX will have the following opportunities over the Oct. 6-8 weekend, the next-to-last weekend of qualifying (points are not awarded for PBA50 events): the Tavares Member/Non-Member South Doubles presented by Columbia 300 at Break Point Alley in Tavares, Fla.; the PBA and PBA50 Junction City Southwest/Midwest Opens in Junction City, Kan.; the Battle at Black Oak Casino West Open in Tuolumne, Calif.; the PBA and PBA-PWBA Greater Muskegon Central Opens at Sherman Bowling Center in Muskegon, Mich.; the PBA Champion Bowl Midwest Open in Ottumwa, Iowa, and the PBA Japan Shark Open presented by Ebonite International in Iruma, Japan.

● The final weekend of qualifying for the PBA Regional Challenge at the GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling IX on Nov. 7 includes limited opportunities to add to players’ points totals. The Oct. 13-15 weekend includes the PBA50/PBA60 Centre Lanes Central Open presented by Storm in North Canton, Ohio; the PBA/PBA50 Over/Under D.A. Roofing Baker Doubles at Station 300 in Bluffton, S.C., and the Lubbock Sports Southwest Challenge presented by Ebonite for non-title winners at South Plains Lanes in Lubbock, Texas.

● PBA Regional action continues over the Oct. 20-22 weekend with the PBA50 Bryan’s Bowling Center Eastern Open presented by The Insurance Market and 900 Global in Laurel, Del.; the NAS JAX Freedom Lanes South Open in Jacksonville, Fla.; the Wichita Southwest Open at Northrock Lanes in Wichita, Kan.; the PBA and PBA50 Spare Time Lanes Northwest Opens presented by Clover Island Hotel in Kennewick, Wash., and the Kokomo Central/Midwest Classic presented by Security Federal Savings in Kokomo, Ind.

● Closing the October PBA Regional calendar over the Oct. 27-29 weekend will be the South Point Challenge for non-champions and the South Point Member/Non-Member Doubles, both presented by Radical, at South Point Bowling Plaza in Las Vegas.

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

QUICK NOTES

● Jermaine Baxter of Blythewood, S.C., is the winner of a new high-performance ball from DV8; Cal Yokomizo of San Diego, Calif., will receive a new high-performance ball from MOTIV, and Garrett Anderson of Atco, N.J., wins a new Brunswick ball as September sweepstakes winners for subscribing to Xtra Frame. The monthly sweepstakes is sponsored by the respective PBA Product Registered partners. Monthly winners are selected from among new Xtra Frame subscribers, who are automatically entered when they enroll as a monthly or Xtra Frame Season Ticket (full year) subscriber.

PBA60 member Ty Dawson of Sunnyvale, Calif., is the September winner of a $200 HotelPlanner.com certificate, redeemable for future lodging expenses, compliments of PBA’s official travel partner. The monthly sweepstakes is open to anyone who books a hotel through the HotelPlanner.com link on pba.com. Those who book through HotelPlanner.com are automatically entered.

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PBA50 Tour Veteran Ted Staikoff Named 2017 PBA50 Dick Weber Sportsmanship Award Winner

by Jerry Schneider September 11, 2017 09:34

Ted Staikoff of Black Hawk, S.D., a competitor on the PBA50 Tour for 20 seasons, was selected by his fellow competitors as the winner of the 2017 PBA50 Dick Weber Sportsmanship Award.

“When John (PBA50 Tour Director John Weber) called to tell me I won the award, I said, are you kidding?,” a surprised Staikoff said. “It’s quite an honor to receive an award with that name on it—probably the top honor of my career.”

Staikoff, who will turn 70 in November, is still competitive on the tour for players 50 and older. In 2017, he had a best finish of 11th in the Suncoast PBA Senior U.S. Open, matching his previous best finish in a major (2007 Senior U.S. Open). His career-best finish overall is fourth which he accomplished twice in 2004.

Ted Staikoff - Copy - Copy“I feel like I’m bowling better now than when I was younger,” said Staikoff, who is a retired lieutenant colonel in the South Dakota Army National Guard. “What makes it special for me is to see the great young bowlers – or young-old bowlers as I call them – come out to bowl on the senior tour and then have the opportunity to bowl against them.”

Staikoff got off to a slow start this season with finishes of 110th and 130th in the first two tournaments but thanks to some help from fellow competitors Bob Learn Jr. and Tom Carter, was able to turn his season around.

“Another thing that makes it so enjoyable to bowl out here is the help you get from the other guys,” he said. “Bob and Tom noticed that I needed to get the ball down on the lane sooner and stop muscling the ball. They found a problem with my arm swing and worked with me to correct it, and as a result I had some better finishes later in the season.”

In addition to his 11th-place Senior U.S. Open finish, Staikoff also finished 14th in the PBA50 South Shore Open in Hammond, Ind. He also finished 11th in the Super Senior Classic for players 60 and older.

“As long as I’m competitive I’ll keep going,” said the two-time PBA50 regional winner. “It’s an opportunity to bowl against some great bowlers and make a lot of friends along the way and you can’t ask for much more than that.”

The Dick Weber Sportsmanship Award is named after the late PBA Hall of Fame legend, who won 30 PBA Tour and six PBA50 Tour titles among his many accomplishments in the sport.

History of PBA50 Dick Weber Sportsmanship Award Winners

2017 – Ted Staikoff

2016 – Kerry Fulford

2015 - Tom Carter

2014 - Chris Keane

2013 - Robert Harvey

2012 - Dave Soutar

2011 - Ray Randall

2010 - Robert Harvey

2009 - Larry Graybeal

2008 - Fred Baldwin

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Journey to PBA50 Player of the Year Became a Nail-Biter for Brian LeClair

by Jerry Schneider August 17, 2017 08:22

For Brian LeClair, the quest to winning 2017 PBA50 Player of the Year honors, turned from a relatively sure thing into one of those “I can’t bear to watch” moments that characterized his earlier PBA Tour career.

LeClair, the 2017 season’s only two-time winner, held off challenges by two of the PBA’s all-time greats – Norm Duke and Parker Bohn III – who took the PBA50 Player of the Year race into the stepladder finals of the DeHayes Insurance Group Championship presented by Pro Bowl West and Ebonite in Fort Wayne, Ind., the final PBA50 Tour event of the season.

“I honestly thought they were going to do it,” LeClair said, referring to Duke and Bohn’s late-season challenge for the crown. “I thought the handwriting was on the wall for another disappointment in my career. I didn’t even stay for the finals to find out what happened.”

LeClair, who lives in Delmar, N.Y., spent nearly two decades competing regularly on the PBA Tour without a win but his lengthy career was finally rewarded when he won PBA50 Player of the Year honors on the strength of his wins in the Pasco County Florida Open and Johnny Petraglia BVL Open presented by Brunswick, and a runner-up finish in the Suncoast PBA Senior U.S. Open presented by Storm.

“The best thing about it is I finally have my name on something,” LeClair said. “I’m just as happy for my friends and family who supported me because I think they wanted it as bad as I did.”

Heading into the DeHayes Insurance Group Championship, LeClair held a substantial lead in player of the year points but because of the PBA50’s point structure which awards points for both qualifying and final finishing position, Bohn and Duke still had a chance to catch LeClair. It was a tall order for the pair of hall of famers because one-or-the-other needed to win and qualify either first or second. If Bohn had won, LeClair would have to finish second to clinch POY. If Duke had won, LeClair would have had to finish third.

LeClair left the door open when he finished seventh in the tournament and 19th in qualifying. But in the end, Bohn finished fourth, losing to Duke in the second stepladder match, 224-217, and Duke’s chances were then dashed when he lost to fellow hall of famer Pete Weber in the title match, 279-255.

“I was concerned heading into Fort Wayne because I was going to have to make the show at a center I really didn’t have a good handle on if I wanted to clinch it,” LeClair said. “Every time I bowled (in Fort Wayne) it seemed like I would come out of the gate just killing it in every round but then I’d lose it in the middle of the round. I could never figure it out.”

Competing on the PBA50 Tour has resulted in a resurgence of LeClair’s career. A big weight was lifted off his shoulders in his rookie season in 2015 when he won his first PBA national title in the PBA50 Fountain Valley Open. He had another quality season in 2016, without a title, but he was back in the winner’s circle right away in 2017.

“What makes winning (PBA50) player of the year so rewarding was doing it an era when so many of bowling’s all-time greats are competing,” said LeClair, who now owns three PBA50 Tour titles. “Just look at the finals in Fort Wayne as an example – Pete, Norm, Parker, Walter Ray (Williams Jr.) and Amleto (Monacelli) – and then all the other great bowlers who bowl week-in and week-out. I think that’s what means the most to me.”

Five-time PBA Tour winner Michael Haugen Jr. of Phoenix earned PBA50 Rookie of the Year honors. Haugen won the Suncoast PBA Senior U.S. Open defeating LeClair, 173-158, in the title match. He had three other top-five finishes including a third in the PBA50 Players Championship.

Ron Mohr of Las Vegas successfully defended his PBA60 Player of the Year crown, winning the PBA50 South Shore Open for his first win against the 50-and-older generation in five years as well as winning USBC’s Super Senior Classic for 60-and-older players. He had three other PBA50 top-five finishes during the season and a second in the PBA60 Killer ‘B’ Open.

Finishing in the top eight in PBA50 competition points were LeClair, Duke, Bohn, Bob Learn Jr., Williams, Haugen, Monacelli and Mohr who earned the opportunity to compete in the PBA50 Challenge which will be held in conjunction with GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling IX presented by Eldorado Reno Properties this November in Reno, Nev. All eight also earned paid entries into WSOB IX.

PBA50 players will vote on the Dick Weber Sportsmanship award at a later date.

For complete PBA50 stats click on https://www.pba.com/SeasonStats/Points/106

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Darryl Bower Throws Last Six Strikes in Title Match to Win PBA60 Dick Weber Championship

by Jerry Schneider August 12, 2017 12:01

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Darryl Bower of Middletown, Pa., threw the last six strikes in the championship match to win the PBA60 Dick Weber Championship presented by Hammer Saturday at Pro Bowl West for his first PBA60 national title.

Bower defeated the stepladder finals’ top qualifier Dave Axon of Bellevue, Neb., 255-208, to win the last of three PBA60 events for players 60 and older during the season.

Bower, a 61-year-old bowling proprietor, held a commanding lead until the sixth frame when he left the 4-6-7 split opening the door for Axon who was trying for his first national title. But then Bower made a small adjustment which enabled him to put the string of strikes together to seal the match.

“Being able to throw the ball straight and fairly slow allowed me to repeat shots,” Bower said. “I had that one bad shot in the sixth frame but I made a small adjustment by moving my feet to the left on the approach and that’s all I needed to get the ball back to the pocket.”

The win was Bower’s second national PBA title. He won the PBA Tour’s 1985 PBA True Value Open which was held in Indianapolis.

“Indiana has been good to me,” said Bower. “My PBA Tour win came in Indianapolis and now I’ve got a senior win here in Fort Wayne. I’m looking forward to coming back.”

Bower’s best finish on the PBA50 Tour was fifth in the 2012 PBA50 Senior Dayton Classic.

Bower, who qualified third for the finals, defeated No. 5 qualifier Hugh Miller of Mercer Island, Wash., 280-192, in the second stepladder match before advancing to the semi-final where he beat 2008 USBC Senior Masters winner Kenny Parks of Hammond, Ind., 234-206.

Miller, a seven-time PBA Tour and three-time PBA50 Tour winner, posted an 11-1 match play record to make it to the finals.

In the opening match, Miller beat three-time PBA Tour and two-time PBA50 Tour winner Charlie Tapp of Kalamazoo, Mich., 222-193.

The winner of the two previous PBA60 events this season were PBA Hall of Famer and four-time PBA50 Tour Player of the Year Tom Baker who won the season-opening PBA60 Killer ‘B’ Open and two-time PBA50 Player of the Year and reigning PBA60 Player of the Year Ron Mohr, who won the Super Senior Classic.

PBA60 DICK WEBER CHAMPIONSHIP

presented by Hammer
Pro Bowl West, Fort Wayne, Ind., Saturday

Final Standings:

1, Darryl Bower, Middletown, Pa., $7,500.

2, Dave Axon, Bellevue, Neb., $4,000.

3, Kenny Parks, Hammond, Ind., $2,500.

4, Hugh Miller, Mercer Island, Wash., $2,000.

5, Charlie Tapp, Kalamazoo, Mich., $1,750.

Stepladder Results:

Match One – Miller def. Tapp, 222-193.

Match Two – Bower def. Miller, 280-192.

Semi-final Match – Bower def. Parks, 234-206.

Championship Match – Bower def. Axon – 255-208.

Fourth Round

(After 24 games. Includes match play record and overall pinfall total including bonus pins. Top five advance to stepladder finals)

1, David Axon, Bellevue, Neb., 9-3, 5,918.
2, Kenny Parks, Hammond, Ind., 9-3, 5,891.
3, Darryl Bower, Middletown, Pa., 8-4, 5,846.
4, Charlie Tapp, Kalamazoo, Mich., 8-4, 5,717.
5, Hugh Miller, Mercer Island, Wash., 11-1, 5,709.
6, n-Henry Dawson, Elma, Wash., 9-3, 5,679, $1,600.
7, Edward Silva, Manteca, Calif., 7-5, 5,666, $1,550.
8, Bill Nichols, Bella Vista, Ark., 5-7, 5,660, $1,500.
9, Don Blatchford, Santa Monica, Calif., 7-5, 5,644, $1,450.
10, Warren Nelson, Hemet, Calif., 9-3, 5,640, $1,425.
11, n-Leroy Johnson, Chicago, 7-5, 5,633, $1,400.
12, Tom Baker, King, N.C., 7-5, 5,625, $1,375.
13, Ed Roberts, Braintree, Mass., 3-8-1, 5,579, $1,350.
14, Paul McCordic, Sugar Land, Texas, 4-7-1, 5,573, $1,325.
15, Raymond Scrivens, Jr., Athens, Pa., 7-5, 5,549, $1,300.
16, Don Sylvia, Daytona Beach, Fla., 7-5, 5,541, $1,275.
17, Marc Lineberry, Camanche, Iowa, 5-7, 5,486, $1,250.
18, Mike Dias, Lafayette, Colo., 7-5, 5,460, $1,225.
19, Brian Miller, Springfield, Ohio, 6-6, 5,456, $1,210.
20, James Storts, Westfield, Ind., 6-6, 5,444, $1,200.
21, Greg McMahan, Dandridge, Tenn., 5-7, 5,412, $1,190.
22, Brendan Bierch, Grafton, Mass., 5-7, 5,406, $1,180.
23, n-Ed Austreng, Waterford, Mich., 6-5-1, 5,387, $1,170.
24, Ted Staikoff, Black Hawk, S.D., 3-9, 5,383, $1,160.
25, Ray Johnson, Battle Creek, Mich., 5-7, 5,376, $1,150.
26, Mark Everette, Aliquippa, Pa., 4-8, 5,352, $1,140.
27, John Parry, Oak Park, Calif., 5-7, 5,328, $1,130.
28, (tie) n-Fred McClain, Allen Park, Mich., 5-6-1, 5,266, and n-Mitchell Jabczenski, Novi, Mich., 2-10, 5,266, $1,118.
30, Lee Brosius, Ashburn, Va., 3-9, 5,206, $1,110.
31, Chris Fedden, Albany, N.Y., 4-8, 5,135, $1,105.
32, Dale Eagle, Twin Falls, Idaho, 2-10, 5,029, $1,100.

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