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.

ss-PBA60 player ages 60 and older.

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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.

ss-PBA60 Player ages 60 and over advancing to cashers round

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Hometown Favorite Eugene McCune Wins PBA50 South Shore Open as “Amateur”

by Bill Vint July 26, 2018 19:03

HAMMOND, Ind.  – Eugene McCune of nearby Munster, Ind., a 31-year member of the Professional Bowlers Association before “retiring” at the end of the 2016 season, won the PBA50 South Shore Open presented by Hammer at Olympia Lanes Thursday with a convincing 259-202 victory over leading PBA50 Player of the Year contender Michael Haugen Jr. of Phoenix.

“This is the first time since I retired I’ve bowled three days in a row,” McCune said. “I was really surprised after the way Mike spanked me twice in match play earlier in the day. He’s the best there is on the senior tour right now.”

McCune, who won three PBA Tour titles in 600 events and another 23 titles in 365 PBA Regional events, made a decision to not renew his PBA membership because of his work load and lack of time. While he won in his first PBA50 Tour event, he won’t get credit for a title because he’s not a PBA member.

“I work all of the time and the odds of making a show aren’t easy out here,” said McCune, who turned 50 in June. “These guys are still good; if they can get the ball to the pocket, they’ll strike all day long.

“It’s not a lack of desire to compete; it’s a financial decision now,” he added. “It’s always good to win, but right now it’s all about the money. I looked at the finals like bowling pot games – the first game was for $4,500, the next one for $7,500.”

Despite losing in his bid for a third PBA50 title this year, Haugen extended his PBA50 Player of the Year points lead.

“Eugene isn’t a member, so that means no one gained points on me,” Haugen said. “He out-bowled me, and if I couldn’t win, no one was a better story than Eugene. I always say, if a guy out-bowls me, I’m happy to shake his hand and tell him I’ll get him the next time.”

In the opening match, PBA50 Tour rookie Greg Thomas of Irmo, S.C., threw an early turkey that proved to be the difference in a 225-197 win over PBA Hall of Famer Bryan Goebel of Shawnee, Kan., who didn’t throw back-to-back strikes until the 10th frame.

In the second match, Bob Learn Jr. of Erie, Pa., the 2017 South Shore Open runner-up, gave Thomas an opening when he left the 4-6-7-10 split in the fifth frame, but Thomas missed a 9 pin in his seventh frame and failed to strike on his next three shots, handing Learn a 209-203 win.

McCune advanced to the championship match with a 248-215 victory over Learn in the semifinal match after Learn left a 7-10 split on his first shot and a 3-4-6-7-10 split on his second, failing to convert both. McCune struck on seven of his first eight shots and never trailed.

The tour’s next stop is the PBA50 Security Federal Savings Bank Championship presented by Track at Dave Small’s Heritage Lanes in Kokomo, Ind., beginning Saturday and concluding on Tuesday, July 31. After a brief respite, Xtra Frame on FloBowling resumes live coverage 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, the concluding event of the PBA50 season.

PBA Xtra Frame on FloBowling wraps up the “senior tour” regular season with 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.

All of the PBA50 Tour’s events will be covered from start to finish live, exclusively on PBA’s online bowling channel, PBA Xtra Frame on FloBowling. For subscription information, visit FloBowling.com.

PBA50 SOUTH SHORE OPEN

presented by Hammer
Olympia Lanes, Hammond, Ind., Thursday

Final Standings:

1, n-Eugene McCune, Munster, Ind., $7,500.

2, Michael Haugen Jr., Phoenix, $4,000.

3, Bob Learn Jr., Erie, Pa., $2,500.

4, Greg Thomas, Irmo, S.C., $2,000.

5, Bryan Goebel, Shawnee, Kan., $1,750.

Stepladder Results:

Match One – Thomas def. Goebel, 225-197.

Match Two – Learn def. Thomas, 209-203.

Semifinal Match – McCune def. Learn, 248-215.

Championship Match – McCune def. Haugen, 259-202.

Modified Match Play Round 2 (after six games, including match play bonus pins):

1, Haugen, 6-0, 1,711.
2, McCune, 4-2, 1,619.
3, Learn, 5-1, 1,540.
4, Goebel, 2-4, 1,481.
5, Thomas, 4-2, 1,477.
6, Doug Kent, Newark, N.Y., 4-2, 1,432, $1,500.
6, Brian Kretzer, Dayton, Ohio, 4-2, 1,432, $1,500.
8, ss-Harry Sullins, Chesterfield Twp., Mich., 3-3, 1,391, $1,500.
9, ss-Christopher Keane, Cape Coral, Fla., 3-3, 1,361, $1,250.
10, Chris Gibbons, Madison, Wis., 2-4, 1,352, $1,250.
11, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 2-4, 1,347, $1,250.
12, ss-Tom Baker, King, N.C., 2-4, 1,342, $1,250.
13, Scott Greiner, Sunrise Beach, Mo., 2-4, 1,337, $1,250.
14, Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., 3-3, 1,318, $1,250.
15, ss-Ron Mohr, Las Vegas, 2-4, 1,298, $1,250.
16, Mark Sullivan, Indianapolis, 0-6, 1,236, $1,250.

Modified Match Play Round 1 (other cashers after five games, including match play bonus pins, $1,100 each):

17, n-ss-Leroy Johnson, Chicago, 3-2, 1,130.
18, Lennie Boresch Jr., Kenosha, Wis., 2-3, 1,112.
19, Steve Kenyon, Grosse Ile., Mich., 2-3, 1,108.
20, ss-Darryl Bower, Middletown, Pa., 1-4, 1,085.
21, ss-Don Blatchford, Santa Monica, Calif., 2-3, 1,072.
22, n-John Chapman, Canada, 1-4, 1,062.
23, ss-Sammy Ventura, Syracuse, N.Y., 3-2, 1,044.
24, ss-Henry Dawson, Elma, Wash., 2-3, 1,030.

Other Cashers (after five-game cashers’ round, $1,000 each):

25, ss-Dale Traber, Cedarburg, Wis., 1,085.
26, ss-Tom Carter, Columbus, Ohio, 1,077.
27, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., 1,076.
28, Jeff Johnson, Freeport, Ill., 1,072.
29, Don Herrington, Ballston Lake, N.Y., 1,057.
30, Ernie Segura Jr., Taylor, Mich., 1,040.
31, ss-Mike Dias, Lafayette, Colo., 1,019.
32, ss-Bruce Hall, Westborough, Mass., 998.
33, ss-Warren Nelson, Hemet, Calif., 971.
34, ss-Lee Brosius, Ashburn, Va., 958.

n-denotes non-PBA member; ss-denotes PBA60 player.

300 Games: Chris Gibbons, Doug Kent.

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PBA Spare Shots: It’s Haugen in the Lead as PBA50 Player of the Year Race Enters Home Stretch

by Bill Vint July 19, 2018 13:20

As the PBA50 Tour makes its PBA Xtra Frame on FloBowling debut this week in the PBA50 River City Extreme Open, presented by Ebonite, from River City Extreme in Monticello, Minn., the chase for PBA50 Player of the Year honors heads into the home stretch with Michael Haugen Jr. at the head of the pack.

The annual honor in 2018 will be based upon standard PBA competition points that are being applied to all levels of PBA competition this year. Haugen, the 2017 PBA50 Rookie of the Year, won the BVL Johnny Petraglia Open earlier in the season and has four other top 10 finishes for a 2,400-point lead over PBA Hall of Famer Walter Ray Williams Jr., who has yet to add to his PBA50 Tour title total this year, but has three runner-up finishes.

For the current PBA50 Tour points standings heading into the Monticello event, click here: https://www.pba.com/SeasonStats/Points/130. Xtra Frame on FloBowling will air the finals of the River City Extreme Open on Friday at 8 p.m. EDT.

Coverage of the PBA50 Tour by PBA Xtra Frame on FloBowling continues with the PBA50 South Shore Open presented by Hammer at Olympia Lanes in Hammond, Ind., July 23-26, and the PBA50 Security Federal Savings Bank Championship, presented by Track, at Dave Small's Heritage Lanes, Kokomo, Ind., July 28-31. The PBA50 Dave Small’s Championship Lanes Classic, presented by Roto Grip, in Anderson, Ind., is set for Aug. 4-7 before the PBA50 Cup, presented by DV8, in Wyoming, Mich., Aug. 9-12, concludes the 2018 points competition that will decide the Player of the Year.

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 BOWLING CHALLENGE PRESENTS “MOTIV THROWBACK WEEKEND CHALLENGE”

pbavc_limitedtime_MOTIVThrowback_Social1The popular PBA Bowling Challenge Mobile Game is going to debut a new “MOTIV Throwback Weekend Challenge” starting Thursday at 1 p.m. EDT and running thru Monday, July 23 at 12:59 a.m. EDT.  It will operate under the same rules and Gold Pin prizes that previous regular “Weekend Challenge” events have used with one exception: users will be limited to the three ball options below (all three balls will be offered at 50% of usual prices for the weekend).

The balls in play will be the Venom Panic: http://bit.ly/Panic_50; the Venom Cobra: http://bit.ly/Cobra_50, and the Jackal Ghost: http://bit.ly/Ghost_50.

In a recent “Weekend Challenge,” more than 25,000 people took on PBA Commissioner Tom Clark’s lineup of PBA stars in the “PBA Bowling Commissioner’s Challenge” and only 1.16 percent beat the gauntlet of PBA stars in a series of matches, but in the end 283 “out-bowled” the entire field.

The good news is, it’s free to enter and you can bowl as many times as you want. Special stand-alone events within Concrete Software’s PBA Bowling Challenge game for mobile devices (Weekend Challenges, Commissioner’s Challenge, etc.) will be regular events in the future. If you are a registered PBA Bowling Challenge player, you’ll get notices when a new game or “challenge” is scheduled.

If you haven’t already done so, download the free PBA Bowling Challenge app at Google Play or the Apple App Store and start bowling immediate.

PBA REGIONAL UPDATE: SEAN WILCOX HELPS DICK ALLEN WIN 21ST REGIONAL TITLE

With help from partner Sean Wilcox of Altamonte Springs, Fla., Dick Allen of Lexington, S.C. picked up his 21st career PBA Regional title when the twosome defeated Kyle Troup of Taylorsville, N.C., and Steve Arehart of Chesapeake, Va., 243-213, to win the PBA Beltline Lanes Columbia 300 Baker Doubles title Sunday on the outskirts of Columbia, S.C.

Troup and Arehart qualified fourth for the stepladder finals and edged Connor Pickford of Plano, Texas, and Kole Payne of Charlotte, N.C., 183-182, to start the four-team stepladder finals. They then won another squeaker, eliminating Hall of Famer Walter Ray Williams Jr. of Oxford, Fla., and amateur partner Josh Johnson from Callahan, Fla., 198-179, to advance to the title match.

In addition to Allen’s 21st Regional title, Wilcox won his first title along with a share of the $4,000 top prize.

Michael Haugen Jr. of Phoenix defeated Ron Profitt of Brookville, Ohio by 182 pins to win the PBA50 Fairborn Central Classic presented by Roto Grip at Bowl 10 Fairborn in Fairborn, Ohio, Sunday.

Haugen, who averaged 221.7 for the tournament, claimed his second PBA50 central region title of the year along with the $1,500 first prize.

In a unique format, the top 16 players after qualifying bowled 10 games of round robin match play where the winner of each match received 10 bonus pins. After the 10th match, the top four advanced to a two-game, four-man match play final round where bonus pins were given based on two-game totals. The top scorer received 12 bonus pins, second received eight bonus pins, third four bonus pins and fourth received no bonus pins. Haugen rolled games of 219 and 186 for a 405 total, earning 12 bonus pins and finishing with a 4,506 pinfall total to top Profitt’s 4,324 total.

Jakob Butturff of Tempe, Ariz., defeated amateur Fidel Marchena of Dominican Republic, 234-194, to win the PBA Tony Grigat Allstate Midwest Open at Poplar Creek Bowl in Hoffman Estates, Ill., Sunday, for his 16th career PBA Regional title and first in the PBA Midwest Region. He also earned $2,000.

Marchena edged Kenny Calkins of Des Moines, Iowa, 215-214, in the semifinal game to advance to the championship match after also sneaking past Ryan Burks of Valparaiso, Ind., 192-190, in the first stepladder match.

● Over the July 20-22 weekend, PBA Regional events will include the PBA50 Parkway Lanes Eastern Open presented by Roto Grip in Elmwood Park, N.J.; the PBA Angola Central/Midwest Open presented by Ebonite at Angola Bowl in Angola, Ind.; the PBA Spring Hill Lanes South Open presented by Track in Spring Hill, Fla.; the PBA Fort Sill Southwest Open at Twin Oaks Bowling Center in Fort Sill, Okla.; the PBA, PBA50 and PBA-PWBA Secoma Lanes Northwest/West Open tripleheader in Federal Way, Wash., and the PBA50 Beverly Lanes Midwest/Central Open presented by Roto Grip in Arlington Heights, Ill.

● Closing out the July schedule of PBA Regional competitions will be the PBA50 Ned Micelli Memorial at Herrill Lanes in New Hyde Park, N.Y., over the July 27-28 weekend.

● 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:

● Dick Allen and his wife Sarah welcomed the third addition to their family on Tuesday, July 17 (coincidentally, Sarah’s birthday…) when Declain Atticus Allen arrived, weighing in at 7 pounds, 9 ounces, and measuring 21 inches. Declain joins future babysitters Piper and Arabella.

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PBA50 Tour Resumes with PBA50 River City Extreme Open July 17-20 in Monticello, Minn.

by Jerry Schneider July 12, 2018 08:01

MONTICELLO, Minn. – The 2018 PBA50 Tour started the season in the East, then ventured to the West, and now heads down the homestretch in the Midwest beginning with the PBA50 River City Extreme Open presented by Ebonite at River City Extreme July 17-20 in Monticello, Minn.

With five PBA50 events remaining on the 2018 schedule, 2017 PBA Rookie of the Year and Suncoast Senior U.S. Open winner Michael Haugen Jr. of Phoenix leads the PBA50 Player of the Year points race with a commanding 2,400 point lead over PBA Hall of Famer Walter Ray Williams Jr. of Oxford, Fla., in second. Hall of Famer Ron Mohr of Las Vegas, who has virtually wrapped up his third consecutive PBA60 Player of the Year honor, is in third place nearly 2,800 points behind.

Haugen, a five-time PBA Tour winner, won the PBA50 Johnny Petraglia BVL Open in May for his second career PBA50 Tour title. He also has four other top-10 finishes including two third-place finishes, one of which came in the USBC Senior Masters, in addition to a sixth and ninth-place finish.

Williams has three runner-up finishes this season, and Mohr won the PBA50 Northern California Classic for his 10th career title while also recording third, fifth and sixth-place finishes in 2018.     

Following the River City Extreme Open, the PBA50 Tour heads to Indiana for the first of three tournaments in the Hoosier State beginning with the PBA50 South Shore Open presented by Hammer July 23-26 at Olympia Lanes in Hammond followed by the PBA50 Security Federal Savings Bank Championship presented by Track July 28-31 at Dave Small’s Heritage Lanes in Kokomo, and the PBA50 Dave Small’s Championship Lanes Classic presented by Roto Grip Aug. 4-7 in Anderson.

The PBA50 Tour season then heads to Wyoming, Mich., for the PBA50 Cup presented by DV8, the season’s fourth and final major, Aug. 9-12 at Spectrum Lanes.

The regular season wraps up with the PBA60 Dick Weber Championship presented by 900 Global, for players 60 and over, at Pro Bowl West in Fort Wayne Aug. 14-16.

The top 12 players in PBA50 Tour points, plus two at-large berths, will earn spots into the PBA50 Storm Invitational at Planet Fun Bowling & Entertainment Center in Shallotte, N.C., Sept. 28-30.

Competition in the River Extreme Open begins with eight-game qualifying squads on Wednesday, July 18 at 10 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. CT to be followed by a second round of qualifying on July 19, also at 10 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. After a five-game cashers round on July 20 at 8:30 a.m., match play rounds will be conducted at noon and 3:15 p.m. to determine the top five players for the stepladder finals scheduled for 7 p.m.

The tournament practice session is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesday, July 17.  Pro-am squads, where grassroots amateur bowlers can compete with the pros, are scheduled for 3 and 6 p.m. For pro-am entry information contact River City Extreme by calling (763) 295-3390.

PBA’s online bowling channel, PBA Xtra Frame on FloBowling, will provide live start-to-finish coverage of the River City Extreme Open as well as the remaining events on the 2018 PBA50 Tour season. Subscription and schedule information is available by visiting www.flobowling.com.

PBA50 River City Extreme Open presented by Ebonite
River City Extreme, Monticello, Minn. (all times Central)

Tuesday, July 17
10 a.m. – Practice session
3, 6 p.m. – Pro-Am squads

Wednesday, July 18
10 a.m. – A squad qualifying (8 games)
3:30 p.m. - B squad qualifying (8 games)

Thursday, July 19
10 a.m. - B squad qualifying (8 games)
3:30 p.m. – A squad qualifying (8 games)

Friday, July 20
8:30 a.m. – Cashers round (5 games)
Noon – Modified match play round one (5 games)
3:15 p.m. – Modified match play round two (6 games)
  Top five advance to stepladder finals
7 p.m. – Stepladder finals

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