PBA Spare Shots: Michael Haugen Jr. Locks Up PBA50 Player of the Year Honors; Top 12 Still in Question

by Bill Vint August 9, 2018 13:20

On the basis of points earned for his runner-up finish in Tuesday’s PBA50 Security Federal Savings Bank Championship, presented by Track, in Anderson, Ind., 2017 PBA50 Rookie of the Year Michael Haugen Jr. of Phoenix has added the 2018 PBA50 Player of the Year award to his portfolio.

With only the PBA50 Cup presented by DV8 remaining on the PBA50 Tour’s regular-season schedule, Haugen ended the PBA50 Player of the Year drama in Anderson by boosting his tour-leading competition points total to 28,500 – eliminating Norm Duke (20,014), Ron Mohr (19,721) and Walter Ray Williams Jr. (19,027) from contention. All three had mathematical chances to catch Haugen entering last week’s tournament.

By locking up Player of the Year, Haugen became the second player to win PBA50 ROY and POY honors in consecutive years, joining Mark Roth who accomplished the feat in 2001 and ’02. Duke and Tom Baker are the only two to win ROY and POY in the same year. A handful of others have won both awards, but not in the same or consecutive years.

With POY settled, the PBA50 Rookie of the Year race is still up in the air heading into the PBA50 Cup in Wyoming, Mich., along with the 12 berths in a new end-of-season PBA50 Storm Invitational that will be held at Planet Fun Bowling and Entertainment Center in Shallotte, N.C., Sept. 28-30. In addition to Haugen, Duke, Mohr and Williams, the other eight players among the top 12 in points after Anderson include Brian Kretzer (17,015), Lennie Boresch Jr. (16,089), Ryan Shafer (14,684), Parker Bohn III (14,533), Bob Learn Jr. (14,049), Amleto Monacelli (12,634), Pete Weber (10,307) and Harry Sullins (9,814). Just off the pace are Brian Voss (9,664) and Bryan Goebel (9,430).

The PBA50 Storm Invitational will feature a field of 14 including two invitational spots to be decided later. The special event will offer a $10,000 first prize.

Following the PBA50 Cup, Xtra Frame will cover the PBA60 Dick Weber Championship for players 60 and older, presented by 900 Global, at Pro Bowl West in Fort Wayne, Ind., Aug. 14-16, before the 2018 Go Bowling! PBA Tour resumes competition Aug. 17-19 with the 10th anniversary Gene Carter’s Pro Shop Classic at Mid-County Lanes in Middletown, Del., followed by the Kenn-Feld Group Classic at Pla-Mor Lanes in Coldwater, Ohio, Aug. 24-26. PBA Tour titles will be at stake in both exclusive PBA Xtra Frame Tour events.

All PBA Xtra Frame events on FloBowling are covered live, from first ball to last. Existing Xtra Frame subscribers need to transition their current subscriptions to FloBowling by visiting https://www.flobowling.com/claim-account. New subscribers can enroll at FloBowling.com.

PBA CEO-COMMISSIONER ATTENDS TERRELL OWENS’ NFL HALL OF FAME CEREMONY

Clark.Tom_Owens.Terrell_2018 Owens NFL HOF party in Chattanooga TNPBA CEO and Commissioner Tom Clark was on hand to help his long-time PBA friend, Terrell Owens, celebrate his entry into the NFL Hall of Fame in a unique ceremony held at Owens’ alma mater, the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga, on Aug. 4.

Owens, who has been a friend of the PBA since becoming one of the original PBA League owners (Dallas Strikers) in 2013, has since competed as a player in the PBA World Series of Bowling in Las Vegas, participated in five CP3 PBA Celebrity invitational events (winning in 2013 in Los Angeles with partner Pete Weber), and hosted the 2017 Main Event Terrell Owens PBA Super Clash in Houston. He has attended several other PBA events as a fan, and has competed in two USBC Open Championships with Clark and others on a Bowlers Journal team as an active bowler.

Owens, in making a statement to the football writers who select NFL Hall of Famers, decided not to participate in the traditional induction ceremonies in Canton, Ohio, but hosted his own induction ceremony in Chattanooga.

Belmonte.Jason_ Pinman_disc jockey.Aric.Almirola_2018 Go Bowling! NASCAR race at Watkins Glen NYJASON BELMONTE GOES BOWLING AT “GO BOWLING IN THE GLEN” NASCAR EVENT

Australia’s Jason Belmonte put his bowling skills on display in a new venue last weekend, bowling on special lanes installed in a tent as part of the “Go Bowling at the Glen” NASCAR race at Watkins Glen, N.Y. Belmonte did bowling exhibitions along with NASCAR driver Aric Almirola who drove the Go Bowling! entry in the race. PBA REGIONAL UPDATE: JAKOB BUTTURFF WINS 17TH PBA REGIONAL TITLE

Third-year PBA member Jakob Butturff of Tempe, Ariz., defeated AJ Johnson of Oswego, Ill., 249-234, to win the PBA Glo Bowl Midwest Open at Glo Bowl Fun Center in Hoffman Estates, Ill., Sunday for his 17th career PBA Regional title.

Butturff, a 24-year-old left-hander, earned $1,600 along with his second PBA Midwest Region title of the 2018 season to go along with two other titles won in the PBA’s West and Northwest Regions earlier in the season.

Johnson, the PBA Midwest Region’s reigning Player of the Year, defeated Nick Kruml of Downers Grove, Ill., 268-190, in the first stepladder match and then eliminated Tom Hess of Urbandale, Iowa, 236-197, in the semifinal game to advance to the championship match.

Harry Sullins of Chesterfield Twp., Mich. defeated Ryan Shafer of Horseheads, N.Y., 246-213, to win the 21st PBA50 Progressive/Gerdeman Insurance-Al Smith Chrysler/Dodge/Jeep Central/Midwest Classic at Al-Mar Lanes in Bowling Green, Ohio, Saturday.

The title was Sullins’ second of the year in the PBA Central Region and his 35th career PBA Regional title. He also earned $3,500.

Sullins defeated Eddie Graham of Centerville, Ohio, 181-158, to advance to the championship match after eliminating Brian Kretzer of Dayton, Ohio, 222-194, in the first stepladder match.

Darren Andretta of Wantagh, N.Y., rallied from a 30-pin deficit after seven frames to defeat Brad Angelo of Lockport, N.Y., 228-207, in the championship round of the PBA Bowlers Supply/Storm Open at Colony Park Lanes North in York, Pa., Sunday.

Angelo was leading by 30 pins when he opened in the eighth frame. After Angelo converted a single-pin spare in the ninth frame, Andretta rolled strikes in the ninth and the first two in the 10th to clinch his third career title and his second of the 2018 season along with the $2,500 first prize.

Andretta reached the finals by defeating Tom Daugherty of Riverview, Fla., 236-211, in the semifinal round while Angelo defeated teenager Anthony Neuer of Lewisburg, Pa., 217-185, in the other semifinal match. Neuer, the 16-year old son of PBA Tour titlist Andy Neuer, recently won the U20 division of the USBC Junior Gold Championships, earned $1,000 for his SMART scholarship account.

Richard Wilburn of Adamstown, Md., defeated Mike Hastings of Millsboro, Del., 245-211, in the title match to win his first PBA title in the PBA50 Sparetimes Hampton Southern Open presented by Radical at Sparetimes Family Fun Center Sunday.

Wilburn started the title match with five strikes while Hastings had two open frames in his first five. Hastings rallied behind a string of four strikes to threaten, but Wilburn answered with strikes in the ninth and 10th frames to seal the $2,000 top prize.

In the semifinal round, Wilburn defeated Chris Johnson of Nashville, N.C., 217-167, while Hastings took out Tommy Brodowski of New Hyde Park, N.Y., 204-172.

● The Aug. 10-12 PBA Regional schedule will include the AMF Western Branch South Open presented by Hammer in Chesapeake, Va.; the annual Tony Reyes Memorial West/Northwest Member/Non-Member Doubles at Fourth Street Bowl in San Jose, Calif., and the Greater Richmond Central Open at Richmond 40 Bowl in Richmond, Ind.

● On tap over the Aug. 17-19 weekend will be the Emerald Bowl Southwest Challenge presented by Track and Bowling Dynamix for non-PBA title winners in Houston, Texas; the Dave Husted Northwest/West Open presented by MOTIV at Husted’s Milwaukie Bowl in Milwaukie, Ore., and the Sunday-only BowlerX.com Midwest Challenge for non-titlists at Strike N Spare II in Lockport, Ill.

● PBA’s Japan Region will hold the DHC Chameleon Open and Women’s Chameleon Open Aug. 25-26 in Nagano, Japan.

● Labor Day weekend will include the PBA60 Wilson & Sons Pest Control Super Senior Open and the PBA50 Mooresville South Open presented by Columbia 300 at George Pappas’ Victory Lanes in Mooresville, N.C.; the PBA50 Hammer/Strike Zone Alleys Open in Pottsville, Pa., and the annual Illinois Valley Midwest/Central Open presented by Ebonite at Illinois Valley Super Bowl in Peru, Ill.

● 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).

QUICK NOTES

Sean and Sara Rash welcomed the arrival of daughter Olivia Lynn Rash on Wednesday. Olivia, who weighed in at 7 pounds, 1 ounce and measured 20 inches long, joins sister Kaylee as a member of the Rash family.

● PBA Hall of Famer Parker Bohn III and 2018 USBC Masters champion Andrew Anderson will join PWBA titlist Daria Pajak on Fox & Friends on Saturday, Aug. 11, between 6 and 10 a.m. EDT to help promote National Bowling Day. The trio is expected to appear in at least three full segments featuring bowling, as well as multiple bumps and quick shots.

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Strong Start Helps Ron Mohr Take First Round Lead In PBA50 Dave Small’s Championship Lanes Classic

by Jerry Schneider August 5, 2018 14:07

ANDERSON, Ind. – PBA Hall of Famer Ron Mohr of Las Vegas, opened qualifying with a 300 game and never looked back to take the first round lead Sunday in the PBA50 Dave Small’s Championship Lanes Classic presented by Roto Grip.

Mohr, a two-time PBA50 Player of the Year, bowled a 1,959 eight-game pinfall total with games of 300, 248, 238, 214, 207, 269, 226 and 257 to hold a 40-pin lead over Marty Berke of Allentown, Pa., who finished the round in second with 1,919.

“I had a good look on the fresh condition right from the start,” said the 62-year-old Mohr. “My ball speed has a tendency to overpower my rev rate so I really had to concentrate on keeping good control of my ball speed. I was able to keep my ball speed slow and just had to make a few small adjustment and a ball change before the last game to put together a good round.”

Mohr is trying for his second win of the season after winning the PBA50 Northern California Classic in May for his 10th career PBA50 Tour title. He also has a third-place finish in the PBA50 National Championship and fifth-place finishes in the USBC Senior Masters and PBA50 Lucas Magazine Classic.

“This season has actually been beyond my expectations,” said Mohr, who is a native of Fort Wayne, Ind. “I really didn’t know what was going to happen when the season started so it’s been a pleasant surprise for sure.”

The entire field returns Monday for the second eight-game qualifying round beginning at 11 a.m. ET. After qualifying, the top 16 players advance to match play with positions 17-28 and eight PBA60 players advancing to a cashers round to determine eight additional match play spots. After Tuesday’s match play rounds the top five bowlers will be determined for the stepladder finals at 7 p.m.

Rounding out the top eight after the first round were Dave Han, Birmingham, Ala., 1,914; PBA Hall of Famer Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, 1,903; John Marsala, St. Louis, Mo., 1,902; Hall of Famers Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla. and defending champion Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., tied at 1,901, and Rolando Sebelen, Dominican Republic, 1,899.

The Dave Small’s Championship Lanes Classic is streamed live on PBA’s online bowling channel PBA Xtra Frame on FloBowling. Subscription information is available by visiting www.flobowling.com.

PBA50 DAVE SMALL’S CHAMPIONSHIP LANES CLASSIC

Presented by Roto Grip

Dave Small’s Championship Lanes, Anderson, Ind., Sunday

FIRST ROUND (after eight games)

1, ss-Ron Mohr, Las Vegas, 1,959.
2, ss-Marty Berke, Allentown, Pa., 1,919.
3, Dave Han, Birmingham, Ala., 1,914.
4, Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, 1,903.
5, John Marsala, St. Louis, Mo., 1,902.
6, (tie) Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., and Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 1,901.
8, Rolando Sebelen, Dominica Republic, 1,899.
9, ss-John Dudak, Orland Park, Ill., 1,894.
10, Kevin Duncan, Mexico, Mo., 1,886.
11, ss-Charlie Tapp, Kalamazoo, Mich., 1,859.
12, Eddie Graham, Kettering, Ohio, 1,855.
13, Bryan Goebel, Shawnee, Kan., 1,847.
14, Michael Haugen Jr., Phoenix, 1,833.
15, ss-Christopher Keane, Cape Coral, Fla., 1,827.
16, Stoney Baker, Canton, Ga., 1,826.
17, Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., 1,823.
18, Brian Kretzer, Dayton, Ohio, 1,818.
19, (tie) Steve Jaros, Yorkville, Ill., and Doug Henry, Columbus, Ind., 1,814.
21, ss-Ron Profitt, Brookville, Ohio, 1,793.
22, ss-Dale Csuhta, Wadsworth, Ohio, 1,792.
23, (tie) ss-Harry Sullins, Chesterfield Twp., Mich., and Danny Clark, New Palestine, Ind., 1,788.
25, ss-Warren Nelson, Hemet, Calif., 1,783.
26, ss-Tom Baker, King, N.C., 1,773.
27, (tie) Bob Learn Jr., Erie, Pa., and ss-Paul Mielens, Menomonie, Wis., 1,772.
29, Scott Greiner, Sunrise Beach, Mo., 1,765.
30, Lennie Boresch Jr., Kenosha, Wis., 1,763.
31, ss-Mike Dias, Lafayette, Colo., 1,761.
32, (tie) ss-David Axon, Bellevue, Neb., and ss-Sammy Ventura, Syracuse, N.Y., 1,759.
34, ss-Edward Silva, Manteca, Calif., 1,753.
35, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 1,747.
36, Doug Kent, Newark, N.Y., 1,744.
37, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 1,737.
38, Gary Alstott, Washington, Ill., 1,729.
39, Todd Kjell, Roscoe, Ill., 1,727.
40, Brian Voss, Centennial, Colo., 1,719.
41, ss-James Storts, Westfield, Ind., 1,713.
42, Mark Sullivan, Indianapolis, 1,709.
43, John Conroy, Mahopac, N.Y., 1,704.
44, ss-Kevin Foley, Reno, Nev., 1,698.
45, n-Curtis Matlock, Cloquet, Minn., 1,697.
46, ss-Don Blatchford, Santa Monica, Calif., 1,696.
47, Rick Zakrajsek, Lorain, Ohio, 1,690.
48, ss-Gary Reh, Fort Mohave, Ariz., 1,689.
49, (tie) Dennis Klein, Phoenix, n, ss-Julius Mickel, Omaha, Neb., and Tony Johnson, Canton, Ohio, 1,688.
52, ss-Lee Brosius, Ashburn, Va., 1,686.
53, ss-Darryl Bower, Middletown, Pa., 1,684.
54, Bill Watson, Monroe, Ohio, 1,682.
55, Greg Thomas, Irmo, S.C., 1,680.
56, Chris Gibbons, Madison, Wis., 1,669.
57, Peter Knopp, Germany, 1,667.
58, Ed Carter, Austintown, Ohio, 1,666.
59, (tie) Tony Rodriguez Jr., Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., and Ernie Segura Jr., Taylor, Mich., 1,659.
61, Jack Jurek, Lackawanna, N.Y., 1,657.
62, ss-Ross McDonald, Las Vegas, Nev., 1,653.
63, David Rosengarten, Gardendale, Ala., 1,650.
64, Gary Schluchter, Femont, Ohio, 1,646.
65, ss-Dave Dunphy, Canada, 1,644.
66, Keith Lesko, Prosper, Texas, 1,642.
67, David Williams Jr., Omaha, Neb., 1,621.
68, ss-Ted Staikoff, Black Hawk, S.D., 1,615.
69, ss-Dick Gran, Hartville, Ohio, 1,611.
70, ss-Gary Kammes, Winfield, Ill., 1,596.
71, (tie) Glenn Morgan, Carson City, Nev., and Conn Casey, Canada, 1,590.
73, ss-Tom Carter, Columbus, Ohio, 1,588.
74, ss-Emilio Mora Sr., Defiance, Ohio, 1,587.
75, Jeff Johnson, Freeport, Ill., 1,569.
76, ss-Henry Dawson, Elma, Wash., 1,565.
77, Steve Easterday, Strasburg, Ohio, 1,555.
78, ss-Garry Blanton, Owensboro, Ky., 1,528.
79, ss-Richard Hunt, Valparaiso, Ind., 1,516.
80, ss-Dale Reh, Appleton, Wis., 1,502.
81, ss-Galen Keas, Alda, Neb., 1,490.
82, n-ss-Rick York, Whiteland, Ind., 1,439.
83, John Kidwell, Indianapolis, Ind., 1,422.
84, ss-Brendan Bierch, Grafton, Mass., 1,419.
85, ss-Allen Meskan, Addison, Ill., 1,331.

300 games – Ron Mohr, Charlie Tapp, Kevin Duncan, Warren Nelson, Rolando Sebelen

n-non-member

ss-PBA60 players ages 60 and over

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PBA Spare Shots: PBA50 Players in Hammond Teach a Lesson About the Value of a Pin

by Bill Vint August 1, 2018 11:11

There’s a school of thought in bowling that you should never throw away a pin, and if you need an object lesson, consider what happened during the PBA50 South Shore Open at Olympic Lanes in Hammond, Ind., last week.

● The first cut after 16 games of qualifying saw Ernie Segura Jr. survive with a 3,475 total, one pin ahead of PBA Hall of Famer Parker Bohn III and Rick Zakrajsek, who went home with 3,474 pins.

● In the five-game cashers round, PBA Hall of Famer Tom Baker (featured photo) and fellow PBA50 competitor Leroy Johnson tied for seventh place, advancing to modified match play with 1,086 totals – one pin ahead of Dale Traber.

● In the first five-game modified match play elimination round, Tom Baker again slipped through, qualifying eighth with a 1,131 total – one pin ahead of Leroy Johnson, who went home.

Thus in three consecutive rounds, players saw their chance to remain in the title hunt disappear by a single pin. It happens more often than you might think. Remember the old adage: when in doubt, go for count…

MARK SCROGGINS, JOE ELLISON TO ENTER PBA SOUTHWEST HALL OF FAME

Ma.scrogs. joe ellisonThe PBA Southwest Region has announced that 13-time PBA Regional Tour champion Mark Scroggins (at left) of Canyon, Texas, and long-time PBA Southwest tournament host Joe Ellison (at right) of Junction City, Kan., will be the 2018 inductees into the PBA Southwest Region Hall of Fame on Sept. 8 at the Grand Casino Hotel & Resort in Shawnee, Okla.

Scroggins, an Amarillo native and the twin brother of PBA Hall of Famer Mike Scroggins, will be inducted in the Performance category. In addition to his regional titles, he was the 1993 PBA Tour Rookie of the Year and the 2001 PBA Southwest Region Player of the Year. He has recorded 19 PBA 300 games and career earnings of over $314,000, with approximately $200,000 coming in regional events. Brother Mike is already a member of the region’s Hall of Fame.

Ellison, the proprietor of Junction City Bowl, will be inducted in the Meritorious Service category. He has hosted PBA Southwest Regional events for 11 consecutive years, and in 2014 added PBA50 Regional events to the Southwest schedule. All of his events have been joint tournaments with the PBA Midwest Region.

Ticket information for the Southwest Region Hall of Fame ceremonies will be announced later.

“BEASTS” WIN “LUCI MIXED DOUBLES” SPECIAL EVENT

The team of five leading male qualifiers from the 2017 Striking Against Breast Cancer Mixed Doubles tournament – affectionately called “The Luci” in honor of the late Luci Bonneau, a breast cancer victim who inspired the creation of the event – won a new special event kicking off the 2018 event, edging an all-female team in a one-game roll-off.

2018Lucidoubles_BeastsvsBeautieswinners_fromleftCarolNorman_Miller.Brad_Land.Clint_Barns.Chris_Troup.Kyle_Jones.Tommy_Conners.Donna“The Beauties vs. The Beasts” competition began as a five-game Baker format contest pitting Birgit Poppler, Stefanie Johnson, Holly Harris, Josie Earnest-Barnes and Natalie Cortese against Brad Miller, Clint Land, Chris Barnes,  Kyle Troup and Tommy Jones (shown with Carol Norman, left, and Donna Conners, right). The “Beasts” won the first two games, 198-188 and 190-181, and game four, 216-192. But the “Beauties,” with 223-199 and 223-204 wins in games three and five, created a 1,007-1,007 tie. In the one-game roll-off concluding the live stream coverage by PBA Xtra Frame on FloBowling, the “Beasts” won, 225-197, to claim the $5,000 first prize.

HAUGEN HOLDS BIG LEAD AS PBA50 PLAYER OF YEAR RACE ENTERS FINAL TWO EVENTS

With the PBA50 Security Federal Savings Bank Championship, presented by Track, in the books, two events remain on the PBA Xtra Frame on FloBowling schedule to decide the 2018 PBA50 Player of the Year race plus 12 berths in a new end-of-season PBA50 Storm Invitational that will be held at Planet Fun Bowling and Entertainment Center in Shallotte, N.C., Sept. 28-30.

The Player of the Year race, based on competition points, concludes with the PBA50 Dave Small’s Championship Lanes Classic, presented by Roto Grip, in Anderson, Ind., Aug. 4-7, and the PBA50 Cup, presented by DV8, from Wyoming, Mich., Aug. 9-12. Heading into Anderson, Michael Haugen Jr. continues to lead the race with 25,998 points, more than 6,000 ahead of Kokomo winner Norm Duke (19,734). A PBA50 Tour player can earn a maximum of 5,000 points in a standard event (Anderson, Ind.) and up to 7,500 in a major (Wyoming, Mich.), so Duke would need a big finish and some help in order to overtake Haugen, the 2017 PBA50 Rookie of the Year.

Others in the top 12 in points as of today are Ron Mohr (17,817), Walter Ray Williams Jr. (17,207), Brian Kretzer (16,201), Lennie Boresch Jr. (15,235), Ryan Shafer (14,294), Bob Learn Jr. (12,525), Parker Bohn III (12,093), Amleto Monacelli (11,054), Chris Warren (9,302) and, in 12th place, Pete Weber (9,261). Also in the top 12 hunt are Brian Voss (8,750) and Harry Sullins (8,724).

The PBA50 Storm Invitational will feature a field of 14 including two invitational spots to be decided later. The special event offers a $10,000 first prize. To follow the Player of the Year and PBA50 Storm Invitational points races, click here: https://www.pba.com/SeasonStats/Points/130.

“Bonus coverage” on Xtra Frame will also include the PBA60 Dick Weber Championship for players 60 and older, presented by 900 Global, at Pro Bowl West in Fort Wayne, Ind., Aug. 14-16.

The PBA Xtra Frame Tour resumes Aug. 17-19 with the 10th anniversary Gene Carter’s Pro Shop Classic at Mid-County Lanes in Middletown, Del., followed by the Kenn-Feld Group Classic at Pla-Mor Lanes in Coldwater, Ohio, Aug. 24-26. PBA Tour titles will be at stake in both exclusive PBA Xtra Frame Tour events.

All PBA Xtra Frame events on FloBowling are covered live, from first ball to last. Existing Xtra Frame subscribers need to transition their current subscriptions to FloBowling by visiting https://www.flobowling.com/claim-account. New subscribers can enroll at FloBowling.com.

USBC/BPAA ANNOUNCE CHANGES FOR 2018 U.S. OPEN

The U.S. Open, the final major championship on the 2018 Go Bowling! PBA Tour schedule, will include some notable breaks from tradition when it takes place Oct. 24-31 at Northrock Lanes in Wichita, Kan.

● This year’s U.S. Open will use four different lane conditioning patterns for qualifying and match play, with a fresh application of oil planned before each squad. The oil patterns will be posted before the start of the official practice sessions.

● All players will be limited to a maximum of 10 bowling balls for qualifying which must be listed on an equipment registration form before A Squad begins its first round of competition. Players will be able to make changes to their ball registration cards prior to the cashers round and stepladder finals.

● The tournament will be limited to a field of 144 players. Warmup lanes will be designated for 20 minutes of use prior to each round, but at the start of competition, players will be limited to one warmup ball on each of their starting lanes.

● The U.S. Open will use its traditional format: three eight-game qualifying rounds for all players, a cashers round for the top 36 after 24 games, and three eight-game round robin match play rounds leading to the five-man stepladder finals airing live on CBS Sports Network on Wednesday, Oct. 31.

Visit BOWL.com/USOpen for the complete rules and to see how bowlers qualify for the event.

PBA REGIONAL UPDATE: ROOKIE DIMARTINO WINS INAUGURAL NED MICELLI MEMORIAL

Steven DiMartino of Upper Saddle River, N.J., bowling in his first PBA regional event as a member, compiled a 5-2-1 match play record and a 15-game total of 3,352 pins to win the PBA50 Ned Micelli Memorial at Herrill Lanes Saturday by 49 pins over reigning PBA50 East Region Player of the Year Ray Edwards of Middle Island, N.Y.

DiMartino, who bowled in a handful of events as a non-member prior to joining in February, qualified for the match play finals in 10th position. He then rolled games of 256, 255, 232, 229, 170, 215, and 228 prior to the final position round match where he tied Edwards at 224-224 to split the 30 bonus pins awarded for match play wins, but it was enough to secure the victory and the $1,500 first prize. Edwards earned $800 as the runner-up.

The event, which was new to the PBA East Region, was organized by PBA member Glenn Smith of New York to honor Ned Micelli, a long-time fellow competitor. Micelli, who died in July 2017, competed well into his 80s throughout the Long Island area.

● Kicking off the August PBA Regional calendar this week will be the PBA50 Progressive/Gerdeman Insurance Agency/Al Smith Chrysler/Dodge/Jeep Central/Midwest Classic at Al-Mar Colonial Lanes in Bowling Green, Ohio; the Bowlers Supply/Storm Open at Colony Park Lanes North in York, Pa.; the Glo Bowl Midwest Open presented by 900 Global in Marengo, Ill., and the PBA50 SpareTimes Hampton South Open presented by Radical in Hampton, Va.

● The Aug. 10-12 PBA Regional schedule will include the AMF Western Branch South Open presented by Hammer in Chesapeake, Va.; the annual Tony Reyes Memorial West/Northwest Member/Non-Member Doubles at Fourth Street Bowl in San Jose, Calif., and the Greater Richmond Central Open at Richmond 40 Bowl in Richmond, Ind.

● On tap over the Aug. 17-19 weekend will be the Emerald Bowl Southwest Challenge presented by Track and Bowling Dynamix for non-PBA title winners in Houston, Texas; the Dave Husted Northwest/West Open presented by MOTIV at Husted’s Milwaukie Bowl in Milwaukie, Ore., and the Sunday-only BowlerX.com Midwest Challenge for non-titlists at Strike N Spare II in Lockport, Ill.

● PBA’s Japan Region will hold the DHC Chameleon Open and Women’s Chameleon Open Aug. 25-26 in Nagano, Japan.

● Labor Day weekend will include the PBA60 Wilson & Sons Pest Control Super Senior Open and the PBA50 Mooresville South Open presented by Columbia 300 at George Pappas’ Victory Lanes in Mooresville, N.C.; the PBA50 Hammer/Strike Zone Alleys Open in Pottsville, Pa., and the annual Illinois Valley Midwest/Central Open presented by Ebonite at Illinois Valley Super Bowl in Peru, Ill.

● 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).

QUICK NOTES

● The PBA has advised its members that the PBA will comply with new United States Bowling Congress bowling ball specifications and timelines as announced by USBC in late June. The specs and timelines are effective as of today (Aug. 1, 2018). For a complete explanation of the specifications and timelines, click here: https://www.bowl.com/News/NewsDetails.aspx?id=23622331380

● The PBA has learned of the late June death of PBA50 competitor John Bennett (at left), a Detroit area native who was living in The Villages, Fla., at the time of his death after a lengthy battle with ALS. The two-time PBA50 Tour titlist was 70.

● Check out the new PBA-logoed products at the PBA Store: http://pba.firelakedesigns.com/.

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Norm Duke Closes the Deal to Win PBA50 Security Federal Savings Bank Championship

by Jerry Schneider July 31, 2018 19:17

KOKOMO, Ind. – After two tough losses in PBA50 Tour majors earlier in the season, PBA Hall of Famer Norm Duke of Clermont, Fla., was starting to question his ability to close the deal.

He regained his confidence Tuesday by defeating five-time PBA Tour winner and stepladder finals top qualifier Ryan Shafer of Horseheads, N.Y., 236-222, in the title match to win the PBA50 Security Federal Savings Bank Championship presented by Track at Dave Small’s Heritage Lanes for his first win of the season.

“I’m just elated to get the monkey off my back,” said the 54-year-old Duke, who finished second in the PBA50 National Championship and USBC Senior Masters. “In my opinion a second-place finish is one of the worst places you can finish.”

In the title match, Duke got off to a strong start with four strikes in a row and took advantage of an open frame by Shafer in the third frame when he left the 4-6-7-10 split. Shafer, whose second-place finish was his career best on the PBA50 Tour, was able to make a run by throwing five consecutive strikes to close the match but Duke through a nine-count on his first ball in the 10th frame to seal the win.

“The main thing for me was to manage the pocket hits,” said Duke, who qualified second for the finals. “You had to work to put a string of strikes together because light hits weren’t getting it done.

“When you do get on a string you’re adjusting on every shot,” he added. “It’s not like you get lined up and you can stay in one place for a while.”

Duke, who won his fifth career PBA50 Tour title, last won on the tour for players 50 and over in the 2017 Race City Open in Mooresville, N.C.

“I’ve had a lot of second-place finishes,” said Duke, a 38-time winner on the PBA Tour. “I knew I would win again but I just didn’t know when. I needed this and I’m glad I won it the way I did.”

In the semifinal match, Duke beat No. 3 qualifier Brian Kretzer of Dayton, Ohio, 244-226, to advance to the title match. Kretzer’ third-place finish was his third top-five of the season.

In the opening match, No. 4 qualifier Dale Csuhta of Wadsworth, Ohio, making his fifth career stepladder finals appearance and trying for his first PBA50 Tour win, defeated No. 5 qualifier two-time PBA50 Tour winner Jack Jurek of Lackawana, N.Y., 236-207.

In the second match Kretzer beat Csuhta, 216-201, to advance to the semifinal match against Duke.

The next stop for the PBA50 Tour will be the PBA50 Dave Small’s Championship Lanes Classic presented by Roto Grip Aug. 4-7 in Anderson, Ind.

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

PBA50 SECURITY FEDERAL SAVINGS BANK CHAMPIONSHIP

Presented by Track

Dave Small’s Heritage Lanes, Kokomo, Ind., Tuesday

Final Standings:

1, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., $7,500.

2, Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., $4,000.

3, Brian Kretzer, Dayton, Ohio, $2,500.

4, Dale Csuhta, Wadsworth, Ohio, $2,000.

5, Jack Jurek, Lackawanna, N.Y., $1,750.

Stepladder Results:

Match One – Csuhta def. Jurek, 236-207.

Match Two – Kretzer def. Csuhta, 216-201.

Semifinal Match – Duke def. Kretzer, 244-226.

Championship Match – Duke def. Shafer, 236-222.

Modified Match Play Round 2 (after six games, including match play bonus pins. Top five advance to stepladder finals)

1, Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., 5-1, 1,592.
2, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 4-1-1, 1,528.
3, Brian Kretzer, Dayton, Ohio, 4-2, 1,485.
4, ss-Dale Csuhta, Wadsworth, Ohio, 4-2, 1,430.
5, Jack Jurek, Lackawanna, N.Y., 4-2, 1,420.
6, ss-Sammy Ventura, Syracuse, N.Y., 3-3, 1,381, $1,500.
7, Bryan Goebel, Shawnee, Kan., 3-3, 1,376, $1,500.
8, Doug Kent, Newark, N.Y., 3-3, 1,372, $1,500.
9, ss-Ron Mohr, Las Vegas, 2-4, 1,366, $1,250.
10, Tony Johnson, Canton, Ohio, 2-3-1, 1,345, $1,250.
11, ss-Harry Sullins, Chesterfield Twp., Mich., 3-1-2, 1,344, $1,250.
12, Greg Thomas, Irmo, S.C., 3-3, 1,327, $1,250.
13, Michael Haugen Jr., Phoenix, 2-4, 1,324, $1,250.
14, Stoney Baker, Canton, Ga., 2-4, 1,304, $1,250.
15, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., 2-4, 1,295, $1,250.
16, ss-Lee Brosius, Ashburn, Va., 0-6, 1,123, $1,250.

Modified Match Play Round 1 (after five games, including match play bonus pins)
17, ss-Mike Dias, Lafayette, Colo., 2-3, 1,130, $1,100.
18, Ernie Segura Jr., Taylor, Mich., 3-2, 1,126, $1,100.
19, ss-Bruce Hall, Westborough, Mass., 2-3, 1,079, $1,100.
20, Neil Kassel, Beavercreek, Ohio, 2-3, 1,075, $1,100.
21, ss-Tom Baker, King, N.C., 3-2, 1,060, $1,100.
22, Rick Zakrajsek, Lorain, Ohio, 1-4, 1,054, $1,100.
23, Ed Carter, Austintown, Ohio, 2-3, 1,051, $1,100.
24, Eddie Graham, Kettering, Ohio, 1-4, 1,022, $1,100.

Other Cashers (after five-game cashers’ round)

25, John Marsala, St. Louis, Mo., 981, $1,000.
26, ss-Warren Nelson, Hemet, Calif., 966, $1,000.
27, ss-Christopher Keane, Cape Coral, Fla., 963, $1,000.
28, ss-Tom Carter, Columbus, Ohio, 960, $1,000.
29, ss-Darryl Bower, Middletown, Pa., 959, $1,000.
30, ss-Johnny Petraglia, Jackson, N.J., 947, $1,000.
31, ss-Edward Silva, Manteca, Calif., 942, $1,000.
32, Dave Han, Birmingham, Ala., 927, $1,000.
33, Gary Alstott, Washington, Ill., 919., $1,000.

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Working His Way Back Into Shape, Bryan Goebel Tops PBA50 Security Federal Savings Bank Championship Qualifying

by Jerry Schneider July 30, 2018 18:36

KOKOMO, Ind. - PBA Hall of Famer Bryan Goebel of Shawnee, Kan., who spent the first half of the year working himself back into shape after abdominal surgery last December, bowled a 1,807 eight-game pinfall total in the second round to emerge as the top qualifier in the PBA50 Security Federal Savings Bank Championship presented by Track Monday at Dave Small’s Heritage Lanes.

Goebel finished with a 3,592 overall pinfall total for 16 games to lead qualifying bowling games of 216, 214, 228, 239, 223, 216, 245 and 226 in the second round.

“It was a good round overall but a little frustrating at the same time,” the 10-time PBA Tour winner said. “It feels good to be the leader but with a little better (pin) carry I think I could have had a lot more.

“I’m just now feeling like I’m in good playing shape,” Goebel added. “It’s been a long road but I’m just now finding my way of throwing the ball. During the recovery I lost a lot of muscle so I’ve been practicing a lot to get that muscle memory back.”

The 56-year-old Goebel owns one PBA50 Tour title which came in the 2017 Miller Lite Players Championship.

Finishing just three pins behind Goebel was fellow Hall of Famer Norm Duke of Clermont, Fla., who finished with a 3,589 pinfall. Duke had games of 235, 203, 200, 246, 232, 258, 205 and 213 in his second round.

Michael Haugen Jr. of Phoenix, who has a commanding lead in the PBA50 Player of the Year points race and is the only two-time winner this year, also advanced to the second match play round finishing eighth with a 3,453 pinfall.

Other players advancing to the second match play round were Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., 3,575; Jack Jurek, Lackawanna, N.Y., 3,540; Harry Sullins, Chesterfield Twp., Mich., 3,518; Tony Johnson, Canton, Ohio, 3,506, and PBA Hall of Famer Doug Kent, Newark, N.Y., 3,496.

The top 16 players advanced to Tuesday’s match play rounds with positions 17-25 and eight PBA60 players advancing to a cashers’ round to determine eight additional match play spots. After match play the top five players will be determined for the stepladder finals scheduled for 7 p.m.

The Security Federal Savings Bank Championship is streamed live on PBA Xtra Frame on FloBowling. For subscription information visit Flobowling.com.

PBA50 SECURITY FEDERAL SAVINGS BANK CHAMPIONSHIP

Presented by Track

Dave Small’s Heritage Lanes, Kokomo, Ind., Monday

SECOND ROUND (top 16 advance to match play. Places 17-25 plus eight PBA60 players advance to cashers round to determine eight additional match play spots)

1, Bryan Goebel, Shawnee, Kan., 3,592.
2, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 3,589.
3, Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., 3,575.
4, Jack Jurek, Lackawanna, N.Y., 3,540.
5, Harry Sullins, Chesterfield Twp., Mich., 3,518.
6, Tony Johnson, Canton, Ohio, 3,506.
7, Doug Kent, Newark, N.Y., 3,496.
8, Michael Haugen Jr., Phoenix, 3,453.
9, Brian Kretzer, Dayton, Ohio, 3,441.
10, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., 3,438.
11, Dale Csuhta, Wadsworth, Ohio, 3,431.
12, Greg Thomas, Irmo, S.C., 3,426.
13, Eddie Graham, Kettering, Ohio, 3,418.
14, Ron Mohr, Las Vegas, 3,411.
15, Ernie Segura Jr., Taylor, Mich., 3,396.
16, Lee Brosius, Ashburn, Va., 3,348.
17, Ed Carter, Austintown, Ohio, 3,343.
18, Rick Zakrajsek, Lorain, Ohio, 3,330.
19, Neil Kassel, Beavercreek, Ohio, 3,316.
20, (tie) Edward Silva, Manteca, Calif., Stoney Baker, Canton, Ga., and John Marsala, St. Louis, Mo., 3,313.
23, Dave Han, Birmingham, Ala., 3,310.
24, Gary Alstott, Washington, Ill., 3,302.
25, Warren Nelson, Hemet, Calif., 3,298.
26, Steve Kenyon, Grosse Ile., Mich., 3,294.
27, ss-Tom Baker, King, N.C., 3,278.
28, Steve Jaros, Yorkville, Ill., 3,270.
29, ss-Tom Carter, Columbus, Ohio, 3,260.
30, Peter Knopp, Germany, 3,251.
31, Lennie Boresch Jr., Kenosha, Wis., 3,246.
32, Mike Edwards, Tulsa, Okla., 3,244.
33, Doug Henry, Columbus, Ind., 3,239.
34, Keith Lesko, Prosper, Texas, 3,229.
35, Tony Rodriguez Jr., Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., 3,219.
36, Mark Sullivan, Indianapolis, 3,215.
37, Brian LeClair, Albany, N.Y., 3,212.
38, Gary Schluchter, Femont, Ohio, 3,209.
39, Bo Goergen, Sanford, Mich., 3,202.
40, ss-John Petraglia, Jackson, N.J., 3,193.
41, Bob Learn Jr., Erie, Pa., 3,187.
42, ss-Mike Dias, Lafayette, Colo., 3,173.
43, Jeff Johnson, Freeport, Ill., 3,169.
44, ss-Bruce Hall, Westborough, Mass., 3,168.
45, ss-Sammy Ventura, Syracuse, N.Y., 3,164.
46, ss-Christopher Keane, Cape Coral, Fla., 3,157.
47, Don Herrington, Ballston Lake, N.Y., 3,154.
48, ss-Darryl Bower, Middletown, Pa., 3,151.
49, Ted Staikoff, Black Hawk, S.D., 3,150.
50, Chris Gibbons, Madison, Wis., 3,130.
51, Paul Mielens, Menomonie, Wis., 3,108.
52, Gary Kammes, Winfield, Ill., 3,105.
53, Ron Profitt, Brookville, Ohio, 3,098.
54, Don Blatchford, Santa Monica, Calif., 3,065.
55, Gary Reh, Fort Mohave, Ariz., 3,064.
56, Kevin Foley, Reno, Nev., 3,062.
57, Henry Dawson, Elma, Wash., 3,039.
58, Glenn Morgan, Carson City, Nev., 3,036.
59, Craig O'Reilly, Tinley Park, Ill., 3,007.
60, Scott Greiner, Sunrise Beach, Mo., 2,998.
61, Dave Bernhardt, Romeo, Mich., 2,989.
62, David Rosengarten, Gardendale, Ala., 2,952.
63, James Storts, Westfield, Ind., 2,934.
64, John Kidwell, Indianapolis, Ind., 2,928.
65, Richard Hunt, Valparaiso, Ind., 2,903.
66, Danny Clark, New Palestine, Ind., 2,884.
67, Steve Easterday, Strasburg, Ohio, 2,877.
68, Jim Heintz, St. Charles, Mo., 2,863.
69, John Dudak, Orland Park, Ill., 2,851.
70, Dick Gran, Hartville, Ohio, 2,837.
71, Brendan Bierch, Grafton, Mass., 2,814.
72, Dale Reh, Appleton, Wis., 2,676.
73, John Christensen, Carmel, N.Y., 2,653.
74, Jim Dilyard, Burbank, Ohio, 2,628.

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