Norm Duke Turns His Attention to PBA50 Tour Where He Takes Johnny Petraglia BVL Open Top Qualifier Honors

by Jerry Schneider April 16, 2019 17:03

CLEARWATER, Fla. – If Norm Duke isn’t busy enough challenging for Player of the Year honors on the 2019 Go Bowling! PBA Tour, the 55-year-old hall of famer has turned his attention to the PBA50 Tour this week where he finds himself as the qualifying leader after the second round of the Johnny Petraglia BVL Open presented by Lucas Magazine and Brunswick.

After finishing the first round in 11th, Duke surged to the top spot finishing with a 3,370 14-game qualifying pinfall total (240 average) Tuesday at Maple Country Lanes after bowling games of 268, 254, 255, 247, 225, 227 and 258 in the second round.

“The center and the lanes are in great condition which is making it easy to get a good read right away,” Duke said. “Nothing is confusing me and I’m able to get lined up quick, so pair to pair there’s a consistency that I’m able to take advantage of.”

On the PBA Tour, Duke won his 39th and 40th titles back-to-back in February to become the oldest player to accomplish the feat.

“I’m getting better at managing the nagging little injuries in recent years and I’m committed to not over-hooking the ball which puts me in a better place from a physical standpoint,” said Duke, who is in his 37th season on the PBA Tour and sixth season on the tour for players 50 and over. “The kids tour is still the priority for me but I’m going to bowl the PBA50 Tour as much as I can. Managing my schedule going forward is also something I’m going to have to do.”

After qualifying, the top 24 players advanced to Wednesday’s match play with an additional eight players that will be determined through a casher’s round that begins at 8:30 a.m. ET.

In the first tournament of the season, Duke held a 47-pin lead over fellow hall of famers Bryan Goebel of Shawnee, Kan., in second with a 3,323 pinfall and a 53-pin lead over Amleto Monacelli of Venezuela in third with 3,317. Robert Leonard of Lockwood, N.Y., finished fourth with 3,307 and Joe Scarborough of Charlotte, N.C. rounded out the top five with 3,288.

Reigning PBA50 Player of the Year and 2018 Johnny Petraglia BVL Open winner Michael Haugen Jr. of Phoenix, finished qualifying in sixth with 3,274 followed by Gary Faulkner of Norfolk, Va., in seventh with 3,264. First round leader Brian LeClair of Albany, N.Y., the winner of the 2017 Johnny Petraglia BVL Open, rounded out the top eight with 3,258. The top eight players will be seeded into Wednesday’s second match play round.

PBA Hall of Famer Johnny Petraglia advanced to the casher’s round by finishing sixth among the PBA60 players (ages 60 and over) out of the regular prize fund. The 72-year-old left-hander finished qualifying with a 2,970 14-game pinfall.

After match play the top five players will advance to the stepladder finals scheduled for 7 p.m.

PBA’s online streaming partner FloBowling will provide all the Johnny Petraglia BVL Open final-day action. Visit www.flobowling.com for subscription and schedule information.

PBA50 JOHNNY PETRAGLIA BVL OPEN 

Presented by Lucas Magazine and Brunswick

Maple Country Lanes, Clearwater, Fla., Tuesday

SECOND ROUND (after 14 games. Positions 1-24 advance to match play. Positions 25-52 plus eight PBA60 players advance to casher’s round to determine eight match play spots)

1, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 3,370.
2, Bryan Goebel, Shawnee, Kan., 3,323.
3, Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, 3,317.
4, Robert Leonard, Lockwood, N.Y., 3,307.
5, Joe Scarborough, Charlotte, N.C., 3,288.
6, Michael Haugen Jr., Phoenix, 3,274.
7, Gary Faulkner, Norfolk, Va., 3,264.
8, Brian LeClair, Albany, N.Y., 3,258.
9, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 3,244.
10, Ron Mohr, Las Vegas, 3,241.
11, Mark Sullivan, Indianapolis, 3,222.
12, William Peters, Dayton, Ohio, 3,208.
13, Don Herrington, Ballston Lake, N.Y., 3,191.
14, Lennie Boresch Jr., Kenosha, Wis., 3,190.
15, Don Blatchford, Santa Monica, Calif., 3,171.
16, Craig Auerbach, Sunrise, Fla., 3,166.
17, Mike Hastings, Millsboro, Del., 3,164.
18, Steve Hoskins, New Port Richey, Fla., 3,144.
19, (tie) Steve Kenyon, Grosse Ile., Mich., and Sammy Ventura, Syracuse, N.Y., 3,136.
21, (tie) Michael Duran, Banning, Calif., and George Gomez, Orlando, Fla., 3,134.
23, Terry Metzner, Kentwood, Mich., 3,128.
24, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 3,121.
25, (tie) James Campbell, Clearwater, Fla., and Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., 3,093.
27, Joel Carlson, Omaha, Neb., 3,090.
28, Paul Fleming, Ft. Worth, Texas, 3,083.
29, Darin Hays, Wesley Chapel, Fla., 3,080.
30, n-Brian Brazeau, Ocala, Fla., 3,079.
31, (tie) Ralph Brunt Jr., Jensen Beach, Fla., and Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., 3,067.
33, Mark Williams, Beaumont, Texas, 3,063.
34, Rolando Sebelen, Dominica Republic, 3,060.
35, (tie) John Burkett, Southlake, Texas, Brian Kretzer, Dayton, Ohio, and Brian Menini, Brookfield, Mo., 3,055.
38, Tony Rodriguez Jr., Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., 3,053.
39, Carlos Denot, Mexico, 3,050.
40, Stoney Baker, Canton, Ga., 3,046.
41, Ricky Schissler, Brighton, Colo., 3,043.
42, Mike Mineman, St Louis, 3,042.
43, David Taylor, Largo, Fla., 3,031.
44, Lee Brosius, Ashburn, Va., 3,027.
45, Warren Eales, Chandler, Ariz., 3,025.
46, (tie) Tom Baker, King, N.C., and Kevin Foley, Reno, Nev., 3,022.
48, Pete DiChiara, Ardsley, N.Y., 3,018.
49, Keith Lesko, Prosper, Texas, 3,013.
50, (tie) Harry Sullins, Chesterfield Twp., Mich., and Bill Henson, Westerville, Ohio, 3,007.
52, Doug Becker, Clermont, Fla., 3,004.
53, ss-John Dudak, Orland Park, Ill., 3,002.
54, ss-Darryl Bower, Middletown, Pa., 3,000.
55, ss-Chris Fedden, Albany, N.Y., 2,998.
56, John Dougherty III, Fort Walton Beach, Fla., 2,997.
57, ss-Jim Pitts, Elmira, N.Y., 2,992.
58, (tie) John Marsala, St. Louis, Mo., and Peter Knopp, Germany, 2,985.
60, n-Dennis Rakauskas, Apopka, Fla., 2,983.
61, ss-James Storts, Westfield, Ind., 2,981.
62, Steven DiMartino, Upper Saddle River, N.J., 2,979.
63, Bob Learn Jr., Erie, Pa., 2,978.
64, John Conroy, Mahopac, N.Y., 2,975.
65, Paul LeMond, Jasper, Ind., 2,973.
66, Dan Schmerbach, St. Joseph, Mo., 2,971.
67, ss-Johnny Petraglia, Jackson, N.J., 2,970.
68, n-Peter Hernandez, Land O' Lakes, Fla., 2,964.
69, (tie) ss-Kerry Fulford, Ft. Worth, Texas, Todd Haney, Boiling Springs, S.C., and Scott Greiner, Sunrise Beach, Mo., 2,960.
72, James Hansen, Anchorage, Alaska, 2,957.
73, John Donovan, Melbourne, Fla., 2,955.
74, Todd Kjell, Roscoe, Ill., 2,954.
75, Danny Clark, New Palestine, Ind., 2,951.
76, ss-Patrick King, Yankton, S.D., 2,931.
77, n-Rich Garner, Hudson, Fla., 2,927.
78, Kevin Croucher, Grants Pass, Ore., 2,925.
79, n-Dennis Psaropolus, Lake Worth, Fla., 2,917.
80, (tie) Chuck Richardson, The Villages, Fla., and Tony Johnson, Canton, Ohio, 2,913.
82, Glenn Morgan, Carson City, Nev., 2,912.
83, n-David Covington, Holland, Mich., 2,911.
84, Glenn Smith, New York, 2,908.
85, Carl West, San Jose, Calif., 2,905.
86, Rory Peterson, Jacksonville, Fl, 2,902.
87, Ted Staikoff, Black Hawk, S.D., 2,901.
88, Michael Mikolajczyk, Boothwyn, Pa., 2,900.
89, Widmar Vargas, Sun City Center, Fla., 2,897.
90, David Bleggi, Jacksonville, N.C., 2,893.
91, Bill Vannoy, Jacksonville, N.C., 2,890.
92, Thomas Ream, Tampa, Fla., 2,888.
93, (tie) Christopher Keane, Cape Coral, Fla., and Steven Jansson, Barnes, Wis., 2,885.
95, Brian Voss, Centennial, Colo., 2,884.
96, Steve Ferraro, Kingston, N.Y., 2,878.
97, Tom Carter, Columbus, Ohio, 2,875.
98, George Litwin, Miami, 2,872.
99, Joe Salvemini, Colorado Springs, Colo., 2,869.
100, John Younger, The Villiages, Fla., 2,856.
101, Lee Rautenberg, Boynton Beach, Fla., 2,854.
102, (tie) n-Michael Owen, Gainesville, Fla., and Ken Shealy, Myrtle Beach, S.C., 2,853.
104, (tie) Brian Miller, Springfield, Ohio, n-Lucy Sandelin, Tampa, Fla., and Jeff Johnson, Freeport, Ill., 2,852.
107, Frank Gallo Jr., Jacksonville, Fla., 2,849.
108, Sam Maccarone, Williamstown, N.J., 2,835.
109, n-Stan Sprow, Lakeland, Fla., 2,834.
110, (tie) Marty Berke, Allentown, Pa., and John DiSantis, Wilmington, Del., 2,833.
112, Steve Bova, Massapequa, N.Y., 2,830.
113, Fran Luzzi, Port Jervis, N.Y., 2,825.
114, ss-Louis Alessi, Clearwater, Fla., 2,810.
115, Gary Alstott, Washington, Ill., 2,766.
116, (tie) Bob Kelly, Dayton, Ohio, and Nick Panicaro, Ocala, Fla., 2,763.
118, Mark Abraham, Lansing, Mich., 2,758.
119, Timothy Regan, East Northport, N.Y., 2,753.
120, (tie) Mike Dias, Lafayette, Colo., and Jimmy Jean, Kathleen, Ga., 2,742.
122, n-John Stronka, Davie, Fla., 2,740.
123, Mal Williams, Jr, Greensboro, N.C., 2,732.
124, Michael Truitt, New Port Richey, Fla., 2,728.
125, Darryl Dempsey, Pinellas Park, Fla., 2,727.
126, Ernie Segura Jr., Taylor, Mich., 2,723.
127, David Sanders, Blythewood, S.C., 2,715.
128, Richard Strath, Schenectady, N.Y., 2,712.
129, Jim Horan, Mountain View, Calif., 2,703.
130, Harry Alchin III, Madeira Beach, Fla., 2,682.
131, Willie Wells, Plano, Texas, 2,669.
132, Dave Bernhardt, Romeo, Mich., 2,656.
133, Timothy Banks, Rosamond, Calif., 2,653.
134, Jay Hess, Gotha, Fla., 2,634.
135, Tom Johnson, Gulfport, Fla., 2,626.
135, Jon DeLaney, McKinney, Texas, 2,626.
137, Michael Vella, Medford, N.Y., 2,620.
138, Larry Helton, Bolingbrook, Ill., 2,588.
139, (tie) Thomas Sliwinski, Reynoldsville, Pa., and Ken Waters, Kingsport, Tenn., 2,583.
141, Larry Felts Jr., Simpsonville, S.C., 2,582.
142, Glen Nakagawa, Highland Village, Texas, 2,581.
143, Dan Howsmon, Land O'Lakes, Fla., 2,573.
144, John Austin Jr., League City, Texas, 2,567.
145, Steven Grotowski, Ft Lauderdale, Fla, 2,562.
146, n-Joe Barna, Stuart, Fla., 2,551.
147, n-Gavin Newman, Palm Harbor, Fla., 2,504.
148, Garry Blanton, Owensboro, Ky., 2,495.
149, Darren Hook, Santo, Texas, 2,453.
150, Peter Brainard, Tampa, Fla., 2,398.
151, Stephen Lippman, Palm Harbor, Fla., 2,390.
152, Galen Keas, Alda, Neb., 2,378.
153, Vinny Rivas, Zephyrhills, Fla., 2,364.
154, John Christensen, Carmel, N.Y., 2,313.
155, Robert Stevens, Zephyhills, Fla., 2,044.

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ss-PBA60 players ages 60 and over out of the regular prize fund advancing to cashers round

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Auto Accident Claims PBA50 Double Lung Transplant Recipient David Williams Jr.

by Bill Vint April 12, 2019 11:46

IOWA CITY, Iowa ­– The Professional Bowlers Association today learned that David Williams Jr., 53, of Omaha has died of injuries sustained in an automobile accident Thursday while on his way to compete in the opening tournament of the PBA50 Tour season in Clearwater, Florida.

Williams, a double lung transplant recipient, was a 27-year member of the PBA who had won two PBA Regional tournament titles and a PBA50 Regional title in Council Bluffs, Iowa, in 2016. After being diagnosed with sarcoidosis, an incurable hereditary form of lung cancer, Williams continued to bowl – commonly with an oxygen tank at his side to assist his breathing between shots.

Williams underwent his double lung transplant at the University of Iowa hospital in Iowa City on March 29, 2018, and less than a year later – on March 10, 2019 – he finished third in a Pre-Tournament Qualifier to earn a berth in the PBA’s 10th anniversary World Series of Bowling in suburban Detroit.

Williams told the story of his battles and determination to continue competing to Bowlers Journal International editor Gianmarc Manzione just a week before his fatal accident: http://www.bowlersjournal.com/meet-the-double-lung-transplant-recipient-who-advanced-into-the-wsob-x-field/?fbclid=IwAR2a6KebxQxbFcdQfAZf2FYrAKGH63lkGUFy2J5naJgbJ4O9S3VNj7jXY9Y.

Details regarding the accident were not immediately available although Williams’ wife Sheri had announced on her Facebook page Thursday that he was hospitalized in a coma in Iowa City where he died later in the day. Information regarding services will be announced later.

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PBA Midwest Region Manager Rich Weber Announces Retirement After Three Decades of Service to PBA

by Bill Vint November 14, 2018 13:27

Rich Weber, the oldest of PBA legend Dick Weber’s four children, has announced he will retire from PBA active duty at the end of the year after more than 30 years of service to the organization.

Weber, who turned 68 on Oct. 2, will conclude his latest role as PBA Midwest Region manager when he supervises the PBA50 Victory Lanes Midwest Open presented by Allstate in Kankakee, Ill., over the Nov. 30-Dec. 2 weekend.

Featured photo: PBA Regional Managers, from left, Russ Mills (East), Rich Weber (Midwest), Bobby Jakel (Central), Gary Mage (West-Northwest), Director of PBA Regional and PBA50 Tours John Weber. Not pictured: Sam Zurich (South).

A life-long St. Louis area resident, Weber began his administrative work with the PBA in 1984 as an assistant to then-PBA Midwest Region manager Don McClaren. He and younger brother John continued to work with the Midwest Region when their father took over McClaren’s post in 1987. He also served a year as assistant tournament director for the PBA Senior Tour under Mike Durbin in 1989 and in 1990, began a seven-year tour of duty as PBA Senior Tour Tournament Director.

John Weber succeeded his father as PBA Midwest manager in 1997, running the region with Rich’s help until 2006 when John was named Director of the PBA Regional and Senior Tours. Rich then assumed the helm of the Midwest Region, a position he has held for the past 12 years.

“The most fun I had was running the senior tour,” Rich said. “It was a close-knit group. We needled each other, played golf together, had dinners…it was an amazing time.

“The best part of running the regional program was watching the young guys develop,” he added. “The AJ Johnsons, AJ Chapmans today have a good time. They have grown up bowling with and against each other in college. They’re a close-knit group. Guys were a lot more serious years ago.”

Beyond his service to the PBA, Rich also has been the personal coach to his youngest brother – 37-time PBA Tour champion Pete Weber – throughout Pete’s career.

PBA CEO and Commissioner Tom Clark was among many players, proprietors and industry leaders who expressed their thanks to Weber for his contributions to the sport.

“It is difficult to live up to the greatest name in bowling – Weber – and yet Rich did it with talent and class in all his roles with the PBA,” Clark said. “The PBA is very proud of Rich and happy for him. We can’t thank Rich enough for all he has done for the Midwest Region and the entire PBA.”

The PBA is expected to announce Weber’s successor as PBA Midwest Region manager soon.

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Lennie Boresch Jr. Compiles 6-1 Match Play Record to Lead PBA50 Storm Invitational First Round

by Jerry Schneider September 29, 2018 11:03

SHALLOTTE, N.C. – After the first seven-game match play round, 2018 PBA50 National Championship winner Lennie Boresch Jr. of Kenosha, Wis., compiled a 6-1 match play record and averaged 243 to lead the 14-player field in the PBA50 Storm Invitational Saturday at Planet Fun Bowling & Entertainment Center.

Boresch, who finished with a 1,882 overall pinfall total including 30 bonus pins for each match win, bowled games of 259, 224, 233, 259, 242, 238 and 247 on the 42-foot PBA Mark Roth lane condition. The USBC Hall of Famer’s only loss came in a 244-238 defeat at the hands of 2018 PBA50 Cup winner Brian Kretzer of Dayton, Ohio, in the sixth match of the round.

“When you’re in a field with this much talent I just wanted to be in contention to make the finals, so to be leading was a little unexpected,” said Boresch of the field that includes 10 hall of famers. “It seemed like every adjustment I was making was the right one and I only had one open so the goal going forward is simple—just keep doing the same thing tomorrow.”

Kretzer, who concluded the regular season with his PBA50 Cup win for his first career PBA50 Tour title, finished the first round in second 40 pins behind Boresch with a 1,842 pinfall and 5-2 match play record.

Rounding out the top five after the first round were Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., 1,799; 2018 PBA50 Player of the Year Michael Haugen Jr., Phoenix, 1,765, and PBA/USBC Hall of Famers Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., and Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford Fla., 1,726.

The “all-star” special event features the top 12 in 2018 PBA50 Tour points plus invitees hall of famers Johnny Petraglia and Brian Voss. The entire field returns Sunday for the second seven-game match play round at 1 p.m. ET which will determine the top five players for the stepladder finals set for 6 p.m.

Fans can catch all the action on PBA’s online bowling channel Xtra Frame on FloBowling. For subscription and schedule information visit www.flobowling.com.

PBA50 STORM INVITATIONAL

Planet Fun Bowling & Entertainment Center

Shallotte, N.C.

FIRST ROUND RESULTS

(after 7 games. Includes match play record and total pinfall including bonus pins)

1, Lennie Boresch Jr, Kenosha, Wis., 6-1, 1,882.
2, Brian Kretzer, Dayton, Ohio, 5-2, 1,842.
3, Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., 5-2, 1,799.
4, Michael Haugen Jr., Phoenix, 5-2, 1,765.
5, (tie) Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 4-2-1, and Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., 5-2, 1,726.
7, Brian Voss, Cornelius, N.C., 4-3, 1,661.
8, Bob Learn Jr, Erie, Pa., 2-5, 1,580.
9, (tie) Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, 2-5, and Ron Mohr, Las Vegas, 2-3-2, 1,570.
11, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 2-5, 1,546.
12, Harry Sullins, Chesterfield Twp., Mich., 2-5, 1,479.
13, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 1-6, 1,469.
14, Johnny Petraglia, Jackson, N.J., 2-4-1, 1,422.

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PBA Spare Shots: All Systems “Go” for PBA50 Storm Invitational as Hurricane Florence Flooding Subsides

by Bill Vint September 19, 2018 09:11

Thanks in great part to the foresight of its builders, Planet Fun Bowling and Entertainment Center in Shallotte, N.C., has escaped the ravages of Hurricane Florence and the show will go on as planned.

“The show” is the PBA50 Storm Invitational, a new end-of-season tournament for 12 elite “senior” stars who excelled during the 2018 season (Michael Haugen Jr., Brian Kretzer, Ron Mohr, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Norm Duke, Parker Bohn III, Lennie Boresch Jr., Amleto Monacelli, Ryan Shafer, Bob Learn Jr., Pete Weber and Harry Sullins) plus PBA Hall of Fame legends Johnny Petraglia and Brian Voss, will take place at 32-lane Planet Fun Sept. 29-30. PBA Xtra Frame on FloBowling will live-stream the entire 14-game round-robin match play event plus the stepladder finals.

In the wake of the tragic flooding and wind damage caused by Hurricane Florence, the Planet Fun family entertainment complex in the sleepy little resort area of 3,600 residents escaped with minimal damage and is now patiently waiting for flood waters to recede.

”We’re doing okay,” proprietor Brian McCall said Tuesday. “We made it through the storm with very little damage. The area is still in the midst of trying to recover; roads are still really bad, but flooding is supposed to crest soon so we’re hoping we’ll get back to normal soon.”

Shallotte, McCall noted, is only a couple of miles from the ocean. It’s midway between Wilmington to the north and Myrtle Beach to the south. Shallotte got about 15 inches of rain – far less than areas of the north – and winds that hit the 80-100 mph range. But the bowling center itself escaped, despite having a river right behind it, because “we raised the center about 11 feet to get out of flood plain when we built it,” McCall said. “We got it about 19 feet above sea level. It certainly has paid for itself a couple of times over. The river has never gotten to our parking lot, but we can see it from there.”

The upcoming PBA50 event, he said, may prove to be therapeutic for the region.

“We look forward to hosting the event,” McCall said. “We know people will show up to support it. We hope it’ll be a breath of fresh air for people around here. We had to shut down the center for a week because our league bowlers couldn’t get here, but as bad as things have been, they could have been a whole lot worse.”

chinese bowlersEIGHT MORE CHINESE BOWLERS QUALIFY FOR PBA MEMBERSHIP

Thanks to the on-going efforts of Frank Zhao (third from left), owner of Longmarch Bowling in China, eight more Chinese bowlers have qualified to apply for PBA membership by participating in the 14th Longmarch Pioneers Tournament at Tian-Cheng-Hong-Ri Bowling Center in Shenyang in north China.

To qualify for PBA membership, the bowlers have to average 200 or more over a minimum of 21 games on PBA-level lane conditions. In the Longmarch tournament, 25 players bowled 36 games in three days and eight topped the 200 average target.

Since China entered players in PBA World Series of Bowling VI in 2014, a total of 94 bowlers have qualified and applied for PBA membership through Zhao’s Pioneers Tournaments, including 89 men and five women representing players from Taiwan, The Philippines and Hong Kong as well as China. Six of the 94 were younger than 24; the rest were 24 or older.

Zhao hopes to bring a contingent of Chinese PBA members to WSOB X at Thunderbowl Lanes in Allen Park, Mich., in March of 2019.

PBA REGIONAL UPDATE: SIMONSEN NIPS LAVERY-SPAHR IN KANSAS

Four-time PBA Tour champion Anthony Simonsen from Austin, Texas, won five of his eight matches to overtake Anthony Lavery-Spahr of Pasadena, Texas, and claim his fifth PBA Regional title in the second annual PBA Liberal Kansas Southwest Open Sunday at Ayr Lanes.

Simonsen began the eight-game modified round-robin finals with 102-pin lead over Lavery-Spahr, but dropped his first two matches before eking out a 177-163 win over Dylan Burns from Garden City, Kan. Meanwhile, Lavery-Spahr won his first three matches with games of 239, 229, and 247, to build his lead to over 120 pins. Simonsen then out-dueled Anthony’s twin brother, Sean Lavery-Spahr, to win a 279-275 decision in game 4 to narrow the gap as the top two players pulled away from the rest of the field.

Going into position round, Anthony Lavery-Spahr held a nine-pin lead, needing to defeat Simonsen for the title. But Simonsen coverted the 6-7-10 split in the ninth frame and then filled the 10th frame with a strike and spare to win the match, 226-223, and claim the $4,500 first place check. Simonsen finished with a 21-game total of 5,019 pins, including match play bonus pins, for a 24-pin margin of victory over Anthony Lavery-Spahr, who earned $3,000 as runner-up.

● Ryan Ciminelli of Clarence, N.Y. defeated Chris Loschetter of Avon, Ohio by 42 pins to win the Professional Bowlers Association Sturgis Central/Midwest Open at Sturgis Bowl in Sturgis, Mich., Sunday.

Ciminelli finished with a 6-2 match play record and a total of 4,738 pins for 21 games, including match play bonus pins, to win his 12th career title along with the $2,600 first prize.

● The PBA Century Lanes South Open, scheduled for last weekend in Hampton, Va., was cancelled due to the presence of Hurricane Florence in the Atlantic Coast region.

● September’s PBA Regional calendar continues this weekend with the PBA/PBA50 Millsboro Lanes Eastern Doubles in Millsboro, Del.; the one-day Florence Bowling Center Central Open in Florence, Ky.; the PBA50 Cherokee Lanes South Open presented by Roto Grip in Canton, Ga.; the Lubbock Sports Southwest Challenge at South Plains Lanes in Lubbock, Texas, the one-day Mockingbird Lanes PBA and PBA50 Midwest Open doubleheader presented by Hammer in Omaha, Neb., and a Northwest/West tripleheader at Paradise Lanes in Tacoma, Wash., including the Always Painting Northwest/West Open presented by Vac-Tec; the Gary Mage PBA50 Northwest/West Open presented by Great American Casino, and the Jeanne Naccarato Women’s Open.

● The September PBA Regional schedule concludes over the Sept. 28-30 weekend with the Bluffton Central/Midwest Open at EZ Bowl in Bluffton, Ind.; the PBA50 J&L Sports South Open at Paradise Lanes in Spartanburg, S.C., and the Double Decker West/Northwest Open presented by Roto Grip in Rohnert Park, Calif. The Double Decker event will be live-streamed by PBA Xtra Frame on FloBowling.

● 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 PBA app).

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