Thomas Leads, Baker Second After PBA50 Hamilton Lanes & Entertainment Center Open First Round

by Jerry Schneider May 3, 2019 19:39

TRENTON, N.J. – Greg Thomas of Irmo, South Carolina, opened with a 300 and averaged 251 for seven games Friday to take the first-round lead in the PBA50 Hamilton Lanes & Entertainment Center Open presented by Columbia 300. 

Greg ThomasThomas, whose best PBA50 Tour finish was fourth in last season’s PBA50 South Shore Open, fired a 1,760 pinfall total with games of 300, 225, 270, 256, 249, 245 and 215 to lead PBA Hall of Famer and four-time PBA50 Player of the Year Tom Baker of King, North Carolina, who finished the round in second 38 pins behind with a 1,722 pinfall.

“I didn’t have a lot of confidence coming into the season, but that’s been steadily improving” said Thomas. “I feel like I’m bowling pretty well but I’m leaving a lot of nine counts. I think bowling on the shorter (PBA Del Ballard 34-foot) lane condition is helping me get the hook I need on the back end to get the carry—I just hope I can keep it going.”

The 64-year-old Baker, a 10-time PBA Tour and 12-time PBA50 Tour winner, bowled games of 234, 268, 235, 200, 248, 269 and 268 to make a late-round surge to finish second.

Brian Boghosian of Agawam, Massachusetts, the 1999 USBC Masters champion, finished the round in third with 1,716 followed by Gary Shultis of Levittown, New York, in fourth with 1,684.

Reigning PBA50 Player of the Year Michael Haugen Jr. of Phoenix, rounded out the top five with a 1,670 pinfall.

“I got caught out in the transition in the third game but I’m not disappointed,” said Haugen, who was runner-up to PBA50 National Championship winner hall of famer Walter Ray Williams Jr. “I probably lost my focus a little bit in that game, but the important thing is I adjusted and got back on track.”

In his pursuit of a record 15th career title on PBA’s tour for players 50 and over and a record-tying fourth in a row, Williams, the PBA Tour’s all-time titles leader with 47 wins, finished the first round in 10th with 1,623.

Competition continues Saturday with another seven-game qualifying round beginning at 8 a.m. ET.  Match play rounds get underway Sunday at 10 a.m. which will determine the five players for the stepladder finals schedule 5:30 p.m.

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PBA50 HAMILTON LANES & ENTERTAINMENT CENTER OPEN

Presented by Columbia 300

Hamilton Lanes & Entertainment Center, Trenton, N.J., Friday

FIRST ROUND RESULTS (after seven games)

1, Greg Thomas, Irmo, S.C., 1,760.
2, ss-Tom Baker, King, N.C., 1,722.
3, n-Brian Boghosian, Agawam, Mass., 1,716.
4, ss-Gary Shultis, Levittown, N.Y., 1,684.
5, Michael Haugen Jr., Phoenix, 1,670.
6, ss-Keith Doran, Pomona, N.Y., 1,648.
7, n-Christopher Viale, Westfield, Mass., 1,630.
8, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 1,628.
9, Ricky Schissler, Brighton, Colo., 1,624.
10, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., 1,623.
11, ss-Pete DiChiara, Ardsley, N.Y., 1,621.
12, ss-Mike Dias, Lafayette, Colo., 1,613.
13, Craig Auerbach, Sunrise, Fla., 1,611.
14, Lennie Boresch Jr., Kenosha, Wis., 1,602.
15, ss-Ron Mohr, Las Vegas, 1,598.
16, Brian LeClair, Albany, N.Y., 1,594.
17, Joel Carlson, Omaha, Neb., 1,590.
18, Brian Menini, Brookfield, Mo., 1,589.
19, John Marsala, St. Louis, Mo., 1,583.
20, Brian Kretzer, Dayton, Ohio, 1,580.
21, Stephen Pavlinko, Sewell, N.J., 1,577.
22, Jeff Zaffino, Warren, Pa., 1,576.
23, Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., 1,572.
24, Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, 1,568.
25, ss-Darryl Bower, Middletown, Pa., 1,561.
26, Danny Wiseman, Baltimore, 1,559.
27, John Neral, Vienna, Va., 1,554.
28, ss-Harry Sullins, Chesterfield Twp., Mich., 1,552.
29, (tie) ss-James Knoblauch, Waukesha, Wis., and ss-Lee Brosius, Ashburn, Va., 1,546.
31, ss-John Dudak, Orland Park, Ill., 1,544.
32, ss-Henry Dawson, Elma, Wash., 1,542.
33, Rick Graham, Lancaster, Pa., 1,534.
34, Bob Learn Jr., Erie, Pa., 1,527.
35, ss-Sammy Ventura, Syracuse, N.Y., 1,514.
36, Todd Kjell, Roscoe, Ill., 1,513.
37, ss-William Peters, Dayton, Ohio, 1,509.
38, ss-n-Rob Sperling, Livingston, N.J., 1,505.
39, (tie) Tony Johnson, Canton, Ohio, and Richard Strath, Schenectady, N.Y., 1,503.
41, ss-Bill Neumann, Rensselaer, N.Y., 1,498.
42, ss-Jimmie Pritts Jr., Mathuen, Mass., 1,495.
43, ss-Sam Maccarone, Williamstown, N.J., 1,494.
44, ss-Chris Fedden, Albany, N.Y., 1,491.
45, ss-Fran Luzzi, Port Jervis, N.Y., 1,480.
46, ss-Joe Salvemini, Colorado Springs, Colo., 1,474.
47, ss-Tom Carter, Columbus, Ohio, 1,471.
48, Don Herrington, Ballston Lake, N.Y., 1,459.
49, Ray Mahon, Hulmeville, Pa., 1,457.
50, Robert Leonard Sr, Lockwood, N.Y., 1,455.
51, ss-Bob Caruso, Dayton, N.J., 1,452.
52, Rick Francis, Linden, Calif., 1,449.
53, ss-Mike Hastings, Millsboro, Del., 1,435.
54, (tie) Steven DiMartino, Upper Saddle River, N.J., and ss-Jim Pitts, Elmira, N.Y., 1,433.
56, John Conroy, Mahopac, N.Y., 1,427.
57, ss-Ron Glick, Morganville, N.J., 1,426.
58, Michael Healy, Yonkers, N.Y., 1,425.
59, ss-Kevin Foley, Reno, Nev., 1,424.
59, Gary Faulkner, Norfolk, Va., 1,424.
61, Timothy Regan, East Northport, N.Y., 1,423.
62, Carl West, San Jose, Calif., 1,421.
63, ss-Jay Boyle, Garnet Valley, Pa., 1,420.
64, Robert Greene, Oxford, Conn., 1,418.
65, Warren Eales, Chandler, Ariz., 1,414.
66, ss-Vince Mazzanti Jr., Levittown, Pa., 1,413.
67, ss-Barry Clare, Bayside, N.Y., 1,407.
68, ss-Brendan Bierch, Grafton, Mass., 1,399.
69, ss-Widmar Vargas, Sun City Center, Fla., 1,398.
70, Keith Lesko, Prosper, Texas, 1,396.
71, (tie) Naime Esteves, Clifton Park, N.Y., and n-Clint Randall, Trenton, N.J., 1,392.
73, ss-John DiSantis, Wilmington, Del., 1,382.
74, (tie) ss-Steve Bova, Massapequa, N.Y., and David Zelger, Red Lion, Pa., 1,376.
76, Richard Wilburn, Jr., Adamstown, Md., 1,372.
77, Michael Klosin, Windham, N.H., 1,370.
78, ss-John Petraglia, Jackson, N.J., 1,359.
79, Michael Vella, Medford, N.Y., 1,352.
80, Jim Horan, Mountain View, Calif., 1,350.
81, ss-William Keenan Jr., Orlando, Fla., 1,345.
82, n-Edward Brabant Jr, Dracut, Mass., 1,343.
83, Glenn Smith, New York, 1,333.
84, ss-Fred Ferreira, Kings Park, N.Y., 1,332.
85, ss-n-Guy Wallach, Livingston, N.J., 1,326.
86, Terry Metzner, Kentwood, Mich., 1,311.
87, ss-Christopher Keane, Cape Coral, Fla., 1,306.
88, n-Scott Santos, Bethlehem, Pa., 1,305.
89, ss-Robert Donovan, Prattsville, N.Y., 1,277.
90, n-Jim DiNunzio, Williamstown, N.J., 1,273.
91, Terry Wiley, Vienna, Va., 1,272.
92, Michael Robey, Morrisville, Pa., 1,245.
93, ss-Ross McDonald, Las Vegas, Nev., 1,233.
94, Pasquale Lucci, Sr., Hamilton, N.J., 1,222.
95, ss-Louis Barbera, North Bellmore, N.Y., 1,204.
96, ss-Thomas Sliwinski, Reynoldsville, Pa., 1,120.
97, ss-n-Augustus Hover, Swedesboro, N.J., 1,115.
98, ss-Tony Bellantoni, White Plains, N.Y., 1,053.
99, John Christensen, Carmel, N.Y., 1,000.

300 games – Greg Thomas

n-non-PBA member

ss-PBA60 player ages 60 and older

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