Tom Baker Survives 10th Frame Shootout with Ron Mohr To Win PBA60 Killer ‘B’ Open

by Jerry Schneider April 17, 2017 13:13

Professional Bowlers Association Hall of Famer and Four-time PBA50 Player of the Year Tom Baker of King, N.C., survived a 10th frame shootout in the title match to win the PBA60 Killer ‘B’ Open at Lane Glo Bowl Monday for his first PBA60 title.

Baker, who had thrown a double and nine-count to finish with a 247 game, had to wait in the wings as tournament top qualifier two-time PBA50 Player of the Year Ron Mohr of Las Vegas, had a chance to win the match by one pin with three strikes in the 10th frame. Mohr threw the first two strikes but on the third shot left the 2-4-8 to finish with 245.

“That was a great back and forth match,” said Baker, who is a 12-time winner on the PBA50 Tour and 10-time winner on the PBA Tour. “You couldn’t ask for more than that.

“It’s very rewarding when you can win with a big finish,” the 62-year-old Baker added. “The way Ron was bowling I expected he would probably do the same thing but it looked like he got the ball a little inside in the oil and the ball didn’t have a chance to finish.”

For Baker it was his first national tournament title since winning the 2014 PBA50 Dayton Classic. In 2016, on the PBA50 Tour, he had four top-five finishes with a best of third in the Mooresville Classic.

“I’m looking forward to a good season,” Baker said. “To get a win right out of the gate really adds to your confidence so hopefully there will be more to come.”

Mohr, an eight-time PBA50 Tour winner, who was trying for his first national PBA tournament win since capturing the 2012 PBA50 Senior Decatur (Ill.) Open title, had a combined eight top-five finishes in PBA50 and PBA60 tournaments in 2016 with a best finish of second in the UnitedHealthcare Sun Bowl In The Villages and PBA60 Dick Weber Classic.

In the semifinal match, Mohr beat John Dudak of Orland Park, Ill., 236-231, to advance to the final. Dudak, beat Mike Chrzanowski of Shepherd, Mich., 257-215 in the opening match and Don Blatchford of Santa Monica, Calif., 203-151, in the second match to advance to the semifinal against Mohr.

All five players will join a field of approximately 150 players, including defending champion Walter Ray Williams Jr., for the PBA50 Pasco County Florida Open which begins Tuesday at Lane Glo Bowl with first round qualifying. Qualifying continues on Wednesday which will determine the top 32 players who will advance to match play on Thursday. The top five players will advance to the stepladder finals at 4 p.m. ET.

The Pasco County Florida Open will also be streamed live on PBA’s online bowling channel Xtra Frame. For Xtra Frame subscription and schedule information visit www.xtraframe.tv.

PBA60 KILLER ‘B’ OPEN 

Lane Glo Bowl, New Port Richey, Fla., Monday

Final Standings:

1, Tom Baker, King, N.C., $7,500

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

3, John Dudak, Orland Park, Ill., $3,000

4, Don Blatchford, Santa Monica, Calif., $2,000

5, Mike Chrzanowski, Shepherd, Mich., $1,750.

Stepladder Results:

Match One – Dudak def. Chrzanowski, 257-215.

Match Two – Dudak def. Blatchford, 203-151.

Semifinal Match – Mohr def. Dudak, 236-231.

Championship – Baker def. Mohr, 247-245.

Second Round Standings

(Top five advance to stepladder finals. Includes match play record and 20-game total pinfall including bonus)

1, Tom Baker, King, N.C., 7-1, 4,870.
2, Ron Mohr, Las Vegas, 5-3, 4,757.
3, Don Blatchford, Santa Monica, Calif., 7-1, 4,756.
4, (tie) John Dudak, Orland Park, Ill., 6-2, and Michael Chrzanowski, Shepherd, Mich., 6-2, 4,720.
6, Jeff Bellinger, Columbia, S.C., 4-4, 4,688, $1,600.
7, Emilio Mora Sr., Defiance, Ohio, 7-1, 4,660, $1,500.
8, Sam Maccarone, Blackwood, N.J., 3-5, 4,645, $1,450.
9, Kevin Croucher, Grants Pass, Ore., 3-5, 4,624, $1,400.
10, Thomas Ream, Tampa, Fla., 4-4, 4,595, $1,375.
11, Bill Nichols, Bella Vista, Ark., 5-3, 4,578, $1,350.
12, Steven Jansson, Barnes, Wis., 5-3, 4,575, $1,325.
13, Paul McCordic, Sugar Land, Texas, 4-4, 4,570, $1,288.
13, Bill Hewlett, Las Vegas, 5-3, 4,570, $1,288.
15, Kenny Parks, Hammond, Ind., 5-3, 4,556, $1,250.
16, Darryl Bower, Middletown, Pa., 3-5, 4,538, $1,225.
17, Bill Henson, Westerville, Ohio, 4-4, 4,514, $1,200.
18, Warren Nelson, Hemet, Calif., 3-5, 4,506, $1,190.
19, Chuck Richardson, The Villages, Fla., 4-4, 4,493, $1,180.
20, n-John Weltzien, Wellington, Fla., 4-4, 4,490, $1,170.
21, n-Widmar Vargas, Sun City Center, Fla., 4-4, 4,480, $1,160.
22, Tom Carter, Columbus, Ohio, 4-4, 4,464, $1,150.
23, Charlie Tomey, Spartanburg, S.C., 4-4, 4,415, $1,140.
24, (tie) Mark Scime, Winter Garden, Fla., 3-5, and Bob Kelly, Dayton, Ohio, 3-5, 4,399, $1,125.
26, n-Tom Milton, St. Petersburg, Fla., 3-5, 4,379, $1,110.
27, Hugh Miller, Mercer Island, Wash., 2-6, 4,377, $1,100.
28, Ken Gibson, Greenville, S.C., 2-6, 4,360, $1,090.
29, Michael Truitt, New Port Richey, Fla., 4-4, 4,345, $1,080.
30, David Goldenberg, Holtsville, N.Y., 1-7, 4,342, $1,070.
31, Dennis Lane, Kingsport, Tenn., 3-5, 4,300, $1,060.
32, Mike Dias, Lafayette, Colo., 1-7, 4,180, $1,050.

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2016 PBA60 Player of the Year Ron Mohr Averages 232.5 to Top Qualifying in PBA60 Killer ‘B’ Open

by Jerry Schneider April 16, 2017 18:40

Two-time PBA50 Player of the Year, and defending PBA60 Player of the Year Ron Mohr of Las Vegas, averaged 232.5 to top qualifying in the PBA60 Killer ‘B’ Open at Lane Glo Bowl leading 32 players into Monday’s match play round.

Mohr, who is still trying for his first title in a PBA60 event (for players 60 and over), finished with a 1,401 pinfall total in the first six-game block Sunday and followed it up with 1,390 in the second for a 2,791 overall pinfall to edge four-time PBA50 Player of the Year Tom Baker of King, N.C., in second with 2,785.

“I bowled really well last year but could never finish the deal,” said Mohr, an eight-time PBA50 Tour winner. “That’s why I’ve really been excited about getting back out here and see what I can do about that.

“I don’t know how much I can tell from qualifying today but it’s a good start and a good confidence builder to be sure,” Mohr added. “I had a bad fourth game in the second block mainly because I didn’t have a good read on that pair but overall things were good.”

Last season Mohr had a combined eight top-five finishes in PBA50 and PBA60 events with a best of second in the PBA50 UnitedHealthcare Sun Bowl In The Villages and the PBA60 Dick Weber Classic. His last win on the PBA50 Tour came in the 2012 PBA Senior Decatur (Ill.) Open.

Rounding out the top five were Jeff Bellinger, Columbia, S.C., 2,778; Sam Maccarone, Blackwood, N.J., 2,769, and Kevin Croucher, Grants Pass, Ore., 2,764.

After Monday’s match play round, the top five players will be determined for the stepladder finals at noon ET.

The PBA50 Pasco County Florida Open, for players 50 and over, begins Tuesday at Lane Glo Bowl with first round qualifying. Qualifying continues on Wednesday which will determine the top 32 players who will advance to match play on Thursday. The top five players will advance to the stepladder finals at 4 p.m.

Both tournaments are streamed live on PBA’s online bowling channel Xtra Frame. For Xtra Frame subscription and schedule information visit www.xtraframe.tv.

PBA60 KILLER ‘B’ OPEN 

Lane Glo Bowl, New Port Richey, Fla., Sunday

Second Round Standings (after 12 games)

Top 32 players advance to match play

1, Ron Mohr, Las Vegas, 2,791.
2, Tom Baker, King, N.C., 2,785.
3, Jeff Bellinger, Columbia, S.C., 2,778.
4, Sam Maccarone, Blackwood, N.J., 2,769.
5, Kevin Croucher, Grants Pass, Ore., 2,764.
6, Ken Gibson, Greenville, S.C., 2,717.
7, Michael Chrzanowski, Shepherd, Mich., 2,690.
8, Thomas Ream, Tampa, Fla., 2,687.
9, Bill Hewlett, Las Vegas, 2,680.
10, Emilio Mora Sr., Defiance, Ohio, 2,679.
11, Paul McCordic, Sugar Land, Texas, 2,667.
12, John Dudak, Orland Park, Ill., 2,666.
13, Darryl Bower, Middletown, Pa., 2,660.
14, n-Tom Milton, St. Petersburg, Fla., 2,649.
15, Don Blatchford, Santa Monica, Calif., 2,647.
16, n-John Weltzien, Wellington, Fla., 2,634.
17, Bob Kelly, Dayton, Ohio, 2,630.
18, Mark Scime, Winter Garden, Fla., 2,629.
19, Warren Nelson, Hemet, Calif., 2,627.
20, Kenny Parks, Hammond, Ind., 2,619.
21, David Goldenberg, Holtsville, N.Y., 2,616.
22, Bill Henson, Westerville, Ohio, 2,615.
23, Bill Nichols, Bella Vista, Ark., 2,614.
24, Mike Dias, Lafayette, Colo., 2,603.
25, Chuck Richardson, The Villages, Fla., 2,596.
26, Hugh Miller, Mercer Island, Wash., 2,584.
27, Dennis Lane, Kingsport, Tenn., 2,582.
28, Michael Truitt, New Port Richey, Fla., 2,575.
29, Steven Jansson, Barnes, Wisc., 2,573.
30, Charlie Tomey, Spartanburg, S.C., 2,572.
31, Tom Carter, Columbus, Ohio, 2,568.
32, n-Widmar Vargas, Sun City Center, Fla., 2,567.

Failed to advance:
33, Mark Everette, Aliquippa, Pa., 2,565.
34, Danny Gould, Palm Bay, Fla., 2,564.
35, James Storts, Westfield, Ind., 2,561.
36, Keith Glasgow, St. Petersburg, Fla., 2,559.
37, Nick Morgan, Sacramento, Calif., 2,552.
38, (tie) Tommy Brodowski, New Hyde Park, N.Y., and Ross McDonald, Clarksville, Md., 2,549.
40, John Younger, Winston-Salem, N.C., 2,543.
41, n-Brian Brazeau, Ocala, Fla., 2,522.
42, Lee Brosius, Ashburn, Va., 2,517.
43, ss-Larry Williams, St. Augustine, Fla., 2,510.
44, n-Lucy Sandelin, Tampa, Fla., 2,503.
45, Ted Staikoff, Black Hawk, S.D., 2,500.
46, n-Steve Kiss, Clackamas, Ore., 2,497.
47, Dave Bernhardt, Romeo, Mich., 2,494.
48, Greg McMahan, Dandridge, Tenn., 2,490.
49, Dale Eagle, Twin Falls, Idaho, 2,482.
50, William Keenan Jr., Orlando, Fla., 2,467.
51, Pete Bryan, Laurel, Del., 2,465.
52, n-Chuck Ludwig, Treasure Island, Fla., 2,463.
53, Rich Giragosian, Charlotte, N.C., 2,457.
54, Donald MacDonald Jr., Seminole, Fla., 2,453.
55, Jim Lesiuk, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., 2,448.
56, Charlie Gadd, Lake Worth, Fla., 2,444.
57, James Knoblauch, Waukesha, Wis., 2,440.
58, (tie) Bob Chamberlain, The Villages, Fla., and Nick Panicaro, Ocala, Fla., 2,435.
60, Mark McNutt, Alpharetta, Ga., 2,427.
61, Edward Roberts, Braintree, Mass., 2,422.
62, Stephen Lippman, Palm Harbor, Fla., 2,419.
63, n-Frank Cascio, Tonawanda, N.Y., 2,411.
64, Frank Gallo Jr., Jacksonville, Fla., 2,410.
65, Steve Stein, Staten Island, N.Y., 2,401.
66, n-Kenneth Smith, Spring Hill, Fla., 2,393.
67, Brian Miller, Springfield, Ohio, 2,380.
68, n-Patrick Trudeau, St. Petersburg, Fla., 2,379.
69, Mark Pickford, Charlotte, N.C., 2,372.
70, Ron Glick, Morganville, N.J., 2,366.
71, n-Stan Sprow, Lakeland, Fla., 2,364.
72, Ken Waters, Kingsport, Tenn., 2,362.
73, n-Joe Barna, Stuart, Fla., 2,359.
74, Gary Morgan, Atlanta, 2,347.
75, Lee Rautenberg, Boynton Beach, Fla., 2,339.
76, (tie) William Banks, Laurel Hill, N.C., and Steven Grotowski, Ft Lauderdale, Fla, 2,336.
78, James Souder, Greeneville, Tenn., 2,326.
79, n-Roger Kossert, Lithia, Fla., 2,321.
80, Galen Keas, Alda, Neb., 2,308.
81, Lindell Woolard, Tallahassee, Fla., 2,306.
82, Lucien Casagrande, Canada, 2,296.
83, Paul Mielens, Menomonie, Wis., 2,287.
84, Jim Dilyard, Burbank, Ohio, 2,285.
85, n-Ron Wagner, Cinnaminson, N.J., 2,282.
86, (tie) Richard Felten, Rockville, Md., and n-Joseph Woznicki, Lakeland, Fla., 2,263.
88, Peter Brainard, Tampa, Fla., 2,261.
89, Don Lane, San Francisco, 2,224.
90, n-Chris Patton, Park City, Utah, 2,205.
91, John Thomas, Fort Myers, Fla., 2,194.
92, Lonnie Dyer, Charlotte, N.C., 2,175.
93, Sidney Stafford, Texas City, Texas, 2,148.
94, n-David Titer, Land O' Lakes, Fla., 2,114.
95, Randy Mitchell, Mechanicsburg, Ohio, 2,101.

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2017 PBA50 Tour Season Begins With PBA50/PBA60 Doubleheader April 15-20 in New Port Richey, Fla.

by Jerry Schneider April 6, 2017 08:25

The 2017 PBA50 Tour season opens with a PBA50/PBA60 doubleheader when Lane Glo Bowl in New Port Richey, Fla., hosts the PBA60 Killer ‘B’ Open and the PBA50 Pasco County Florida Open back-to-back April 15-20.

The inaugural Killer ‘B’ Open, for players ages 60 and over, will take place April 15-17 and will be followed by the Pasco County Florida Open April 18-20. Both events will be covered live in their entirety by PBA’s online bowling channel Xtra Frame.

Defending champion Walter Ray Williams Jr. of Oxford, Fla., highlights the list of approximately 150 players ages 50 and over who are entered in the Pasco County Florida Open which will be the first of 13 tournaments during the 2017 season.

Williams, the PBA Tour’s all-time titles leader with 47 wins, won his 10th career PBA50 Tour title in Pasco County last year by defeating fellow PBA Hall of Famer Norm Duke of Clermont, Fla., 245-225, in the title match.

The Pasco County win was part of another milestone chapter in the Hall of Famer’s more than three decade career in which he won his record 100th career overall title in PBA competition (including PBA Tour, PBA50 Tour, PBA regional and PBA50 regional wins). He achieved the century mark last December in the Decker Appraisal Services Trios regional tournament in Harrisonburg, Va.

Williams’ win total now stands at 101 after winning the PBA50 Fayetteville Southern Open regional tournament in Fayetteville, N.C., in March.

Other PBA50 Tour stars expected to compete in New Port Richey will be a host of other Hall of Famers including Tom Baker, 2015 winner Parker Bohn III, 2014 winner Amleto Monacelli, Dale Eagle, Bryan Goebel and Brian Voss. Baker and Eagle will be doing double duty as they will also compete in the PBA60 Killer ‘B’ Open. Also competing in both events will be defending PBA60 Player of the Year and two-time PBA50 Player of the Year Ron Mohr of Las Vegas.

Two-time defending PBA50 Player of the Year Pete Weber is not expected to compete in New Port Richey, but plans to begin his Player of the Year defense in the UnitedHealthcare Sun Bowl in the Villages presented by Radical April 22-25.

The tournament will also mark the return of former Major League Baseball All-Star pitcher John Burkett, who missed most of last year following ankle surgery. Five-time PBA Tour champions Michael Haugen Jr. and Ryan Shafer are expected to make their PBA50 Tour debuts.

Competition begins with PBA60 Killer ‘B’ Open qualifying on Sunday, April 16 at 8 a.m. ET and continues with match play on Monday, April 17 that will determine the top five for the stepladder finals at noon. PBA50 Pasco County Open qualifying begins Tuesday April 18 at 8 a.m. and continues on April 19 before match play gets underway April 20 which will determine the top five for the stepladder final that will get underway at 4 p.m.

For admission and pro-am information contact Lane Glo Bowl at (727) 376-1164.

For Xtra Frame subscription information visit www.xtraframe.tv.

PBA60 KILLER ‘B’ OPEN SCHEDULE

Lane Glo Bowl, New Port Richey, Fla.

(All times Eastern)

Saturday, April 15
9 a.m. - Practice Session
3, 5 p.m. - Pro-Am Squads
Sunday, April 16
8 a.m. - Qualifying (6 games)
3 p.m. – Qualifying (6 games)

Top 32 players advance to match play
Monday, April 17
8 a.m. - Match Play (8 games)
Top 5 bowlers advance to a stepladder final

Noon – Stepladder finals

PBA50 PASCO COUNTY FLORIDA OPEN SCHEDULE

Lane Glo Bowl, New Port Richey, Fla.

Monday, April 17
3 - 5 p.m. - Practice Session
Tuesday, April 18
8 a.m. - A squad qualifying (7 games)
1 p.m. - B squad qualifying (7 games)
Wednesday, April 19
8 a.m. - B squad qualifying (7 games)
1 p.m. - A squad qualifying (7 games)
Top 32 bowlers advance to match play

Thursday, April 20
8 a.m. - Match Play Round One (6 games) 
Noon - Match Play Round Two (6 games)
Top 5 bowlers advance to a stepladder final

4 p.m. - Stepladder finals

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O’Grady, Williams, Parkin Win PBA Challenge Titles to Kick Off GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling VIII

by Bill Vint November 27, 2016 20:07

RENO, Nev. – Matt O’Grady of Matawan, N.J.; Walter Ray Williams Jr. of Oxford, Fla., and Missy Parkin of Laguna Hills, Calif., kicked off the GEICO Professional Bowlers Association World Series of Bowling VIII, presented by Silver Legacy Resort and Casino, with victories in the special PBA50 Tour, PBA Regional and PBA-PWBA Women’s Regional Challenge events Sunday at the National Bowling Stadium.

O’Grady, representing the PBA East Region, threw a clutch strike on his first shot in the 10th frame to nip South Region represent Dick Allen of Columbia, S.C., 225-217, handing Allen his first loss in the nine-game PBA Regional Challenge special event.

“I know it doesn’t count as a title, but it sure feels like one to me,” O’Grady said. “Being here on bowling’s biggest stage, live on Xtra Frame, against a stellar field of players who all have a lot more experience than I do feels pretty good. Maybe, at age 30, I’m just hitting my prime a little late.”

Williams, at age 57, survived another in a series of battles with veteran Ron Mohr of Las Vegas, throwing the only double of the match and clinching the 192-187 win with a strike on his first ball in the 10th frame after a pair of costly 10 pins thwarted Mohr again. For the ninth time in 2016, Mohr made a championship round without winning the title.

“It’s a great opportunity for the PBA50 Tour guys to have an event like this at the end of the season,” Williams said. “I was fortunate Ron didn’t double in the 10th, but I thought I threw some good shots that didn’t carry, too. That’s the challenge of this game. You have to figure out what to do to carry those shots.

“It’s a great confidence-builder to start the World Series,” he added, noting the win doesn’t end his ongoing duel with fellow PBA Hall of Famer Pete Weber to become the first PBA player to win a combined 100 PBA Tour, PBA50 Tour, PBA Regional and PBA50 Regional titles. Both have 99.

“No, this wasn’t the 100th title,” Williams said. “It’s a special event. Never had been a PBA title, so it doesn’t count.”

Parkin, bowling with medical approval by her doctor after undergoing surgery nearly six weeks, saved her best game for last, defeating top qualifying and PBA South Region representative Ashly Galante of Palm Harbor, Fla., 267-188, for the PBA-PWBA Women’s Regional Challenge title. After a first-frame spare, Parkin reeled off eight strikes in a row to run away with the $8,000 first prize.

“I changed strategy based on what I was doing in qualifying,” Parkin said. “I overheard the guys say they were playing farther right on the pair of lanes we used for the finals, and I’m perfectly fine with that. I tried it in practice and it was amazing, so I stayed out there.

“I’m really grateful I got cleared to bowl this event,” the PBA West Region representative said. “I’m bummed I can’t bowl the rest of the World Series, but I’m really glad I got to do this one.”

Each of the three Challenge events culminated season-long competition points qualifiers to reach the World Series, and entitled each of the competitors to paid entries into the World Series as well. The Challenge events were covered live, exclusively on PBA’s online video streaming service, Xtra Frame.

The eighth annual WSOB officially gets underway Tuesday with the first of four animal pattern qualifying stages leading into the PBA World Championship that will conclude with live ESPN television coverage on Sunday, Dec. 11, at 1 p.m. ET (10 a.m. PT). All preliminary qualifying rounds of the Cheetah, Chameleon, Scorpion and Shark Championships also will be covered live on Xtra Frame between Tuesday and Thursday, Dec. 8.

PBA-PBA WOMEN’S REGIONAL CHALLENGE

Championship: Missy Parkin, Laguna Hills, Calif. ($8,000) def. Ashly Galanta, Palm Harbor, Fla. ($4,000), 267-188.

Final Match Play Standings (after 8 games, including match play bonus pins; top two advanced to championship match): 1, Galante, 7-1, 2,018. 2, Parkin, 4-4, 1,828. 3, Diana Zavjalova, Latvia, 6-2, 1,777, $1,000. 4, Clara Guerrero, Colombia, 5-3, 1,751, $700. 5, Liz Kuhlkin, Rotterdam, N.Y., 4-4, 1,728, $600. 6, April Lord Wittig, Steilacoom, Wash., 4-4, 1,648, $500. 7, Summer Jasmin, Beckley, W.Va., 2-6, 1,538, $400.

PBA50 TOUR CHALLENGE

Championship: Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla. ($8,000) def. Ron Mohr, Las Vegas ($4,000), 192-187.

Final Match Play Standings (after 8 games, including match play bonus pins; top two advanced to championship match): 1, Mohr, 7-1, 2,031. 2, Williams, 6-2, 2,012. 3, Bob Learn Jr, Erie, Pa., 4-4, 1,968, $1,000. 4, Lennie Boresch Jr, Kenosha, Wis., 4-4, 1,963, $700. 5, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 3-5, 1,820, $600. 6, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 3-5, 1,797, $500. 7, Mike Scroggins, Amarillo, Texas, 5-3, 1,754, $400.

PBA REGIONAL CHALLENGE

Championship: Matt O’Grady, Matawan, N.J. ($8,000) def. Dick Allen, Columbia, S.C. ($4,000), 225-217.

Final Match Play Standings (after 8 games, including match play bonus pins; top two advanced to championship match): 1, Allen, 8-0, 2,202. 2, O'Grady, 4-4, 1,974. 3, Tom Hess, Urbandale, Iowa, 4-4, 1,959, $1,000. 4, Jakob Butturff, Tempe, Ariz., 4-4, 1,944, $700. 5, Shawn Maldonado, Houston, Texas, 5-3, 1,847, $600. 6, Eugene McCune, Munster, Ind., 4-4, 1,825, $500. 7, David Haynes, Las Vegas, 3-5, 1,776, $400.

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Fort Worth’s Kerry Fulford Earns 2016 PBA50 Dick Weber Sportsmanship Award

by Jerry Schneider September 29, 2016 11:34

Bowling in his first season full-time on the PBA50 Tour, 64-year-old Kerry Fulford of Fort Worth, Texas was selected as the winner of the 2016 PBA50 Dick Weber Sportsmanship award as voted on by his fellow players.

“Tom Carter (last year’s Dick Weber Sportsmanship recipient) told me that receiving the award was as good, if not better than winning a title,” said Fulford. “I’ve never won a title but I would have to agree with Tom on that.”

Because of a bad back which was injured while serving in the U.S. Army in the mid-70s, Fulford has his good and bad days on the PBA50 Tour.

“I decided that I felt well enough to go full time this year,” said Fulford, who has bowled in PBA50 events since 2003. “The best I can be is 90 percent. It’s something I just have to deal with. Just to be able to be out here with all these guys is great. Even though realistically I can’t be competitive day-in and day-out, I go into it thinking I can win, otherwise, why show up?”

Despite his back ailment, Fulford did throw a 300 game in the PBA50 National Championship, the final tournament of the season.

“Until I learned I got the (sportsmanship) award the 300 game was probably the highlight of the season and to do it in the last tournament of the season was extra special,” said Fulford, who began bowling in PBA competition in 1986.

“I learned early on how important it was to be respectful of everyone in the sport, from the players, to the fans, sponsors and proprietors. Without them we couldn’t do it.”

Among other top vote-getters for the award were Paul McCordic, John Dudak, Warren Burr and Sam Maccarone.

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

PBA50 Dick Weber Sportsmanship Award Winners

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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