PBA Spare Shots: Four PBA50 Superstars to Represent U.S. in 2019 World Bowling Senior Championships

by Bill Vint August 9, 2019 10:06

Four PBA50 superstars – Walter Ray Williams Jr., Parker Bohn III, Lennie Boresch Jr. and Ron Mohr – will represent the United States in the 2019 World Bowling Senior Championships Sept. 3-9 at South Point Bowling Plaza in Las Vegas along with four equally talented 50-and-older women stars.

Nearly 260 senior bowlers representing 41 countries are expected to compete for medals in singles, doubles, four-player team, all-events and masters competitions.

Williams has just completed a three-title PBA50 Tour season in which he earned Player of the Year honors for the third time after tying the record for career PBA50 Tour titles with 14. Bohn is a 35-time PBA Tour winner and a four-time PBA50 Tour titlist. Mohr, who has bowled for the U.S. ever since the World Senior Championships began in 2013, has just earned PBA60 Player of the Year honors for the fourth consecutive year. All three are PBA Hall of Famers while Boresch, a four-time PBA50 Tour winner, is a member of the USBC Hall of Fame.

On the women’s side, Leanne Hulsenberg, Tish Johnson and Lucy Sandelin are USBC Hall of Famers (Hulsenberg and Johnson also are members of the PWBA Hall of Fame). Sharon Powers will make her debut as a Team USA representative.

LEN NICHOLSON’S BOOK TO BENEFIT IBMA SCHOLARSHIP FUND

nicholson bookPBA Hall of Famer Len Nicholson’s latest book, “Stone 8,” provides insights into the “60 greatest moments in PBA history” as celebrated during the organization’s 60th anniversary season in 2018, and it’ll also benefit the International Bowling Media Association’s Chuck Pezzano Scholarship fund.

Nicholson’s book, illustrated by Sam Villareale, is available for $27.50 including shipping, handling, taxes and scholarship donation. To order, click here: https://jackie-wyckoff.square.site/.

About the book, Bowlers Journal International senior editor and PBA Hall of Famer Bob Johnson noted, “If a picture really does say a thousand words, then it would take 60,000 words to fully describe the artwork of Sam Villareale, whose drawings help bring the stories of legendary lane man Len Nicholson to life. Here's an opportunity to relive the top 60 moments in PBA history in both words and drawings - the words of a man who witnessed many of those moments and the drawings of a man whose talents span several art genres. No bowling library is complete without this book.”

PBA HALL OF FAMER RANDY PEDERSEN TO JOIN “NATIONAL BOWLING DAY” CELEBRATION

PBA Hall of Famer and veteran color analyst Randy Pedersen will participate along with Bowling Proprietors’ Association of America President Randy Thompson and PWBA champion Rocio Restrepo in a National Bowling Day celebration on the set of FOX and Friends in New York City Saturday morning.

In addition to taking about the role of bowling in society, the bowling guests will offer bowling tips to the FOX and Friends hosts, and introduce the Go Bowling Pin Car that will be on display on the FOX Plaza in New York. The show will air Saturday from 6-10 a.m. Eastern.

PBA REGIONAL UPDATE: TEENAGE SON OF PBA TITLIST WINS IN PBA EAST REGION

Anthony Neuer of Lewisburg, Pa., the 17-year-old son of PBA Tour titlist Andy Neuer, rolled two clutch strikes in the 10th frame to defeat Anthony Pepe of Long Island City, N.Y., 256-247, in the championship match of the PBA Bowlers Supply/Storm Open at Colony Park Lanes North Sunday.

Neuer, an accomplished bowler with two USBC Junior Gold Titles, advanced to the semifinal round in this same event in 2018. The future McKendree University student earned $2,500 in scholarship money as he became the second youngest amateur to win a PBA Regional event at the age of 17 years, 100 days. The youngest bowler to win a PBA Regional was Wesley Low Jr. at 15 years, 336 days, who won a PBA West Region tournament in Las Vegas in 2013.

Neuer qualified ninth and defeated Mark Scuderi Jr. of E. Rochester, N.Y., 2-0; Tommy Gollick of Oberlin, Pa., 2-0, and qualifying leader Kenneth Ryan of Farmingdale, N.J., 2-0, in best-of-three-game elimination matches before defeating Ryan Shafer, 279-187, in the semifinal match.

Pepe, a two-time Bowlers Supply Open champion, qualified third and defeated Tim Foy Jr. of Seaford, Del., 2-0, and Paul Bajorski of Islip, N.Y., 223-216, in the semifinal round to advance to the final match. Pepe earned $1,300 as the runner-up. Bajorski and Shafer earned $1,000 apiece as semifinal round losers.

Seven-time PBA Tour titlist Dick Allen of Lexington, S.C., won the 31st PBA Crystal Automotive Spring Hill South Open presented by Track Sunday at Spring Hill Lanes, defeating non-PBA member Colin Champion of Spring Hill, Fla., 247-234, in the title match.

Allen, a 40-year-old PBA Tour veteran, previously won the Spring Hill tournament 15 years ago at the age of 25. In addition to winning his 25th PBA Regional title, Allen also took home the $2,500 first prize.

While Allen waited in the wings as the No. 1 qualifier, Champion eliminated fellow non-pro Sean Riccardi of St. Petersburg, Fla., in the opening stepladder match, 254-213, and Cristian Azcona of Puerto Rico, 224-217, in the semifinal match.

The Spring Hill event is the PBA South Region’s longest-running tournament.

• Topping the PBA’s Aug. 9-11 weekend schedule of Regional tournaments 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 Lakewood Storm Southwest Open presented by New American Funding at Holiday Lanes in Lakewood, Colo., and the Tony Reyes Memorial West/Northwest Member/Non-Member Doubles presented by Ebonite at Fourth Street Bowl in San Jose, Calif.

The Aug. 16-18 PBA Regional calendar includes the PBA50 Greater Jasper Central/Midwest Open at Eastown Recreation in Jasper, Ind.; the Emerald Bowl Southwest Challenge for non-champions Houston, Texas, and the Dave Husted Northwest/West Open presented by Hammer at Husted’s Milwaukie Bowl in Milwaukie, Ore.

The PBA’s schedule of Regional tournaments over the Aug. 23-25 weekend will be the PBA50 Sky Lanes Asheville South Open in Asheville, N.C., and the PBA50 Coldwater/Roto Grip Central/Midwest Open at Pla-Mor Lanes in Coldwater, Ohio.

The PBA closes its August schedule of Regional activity with the PBA60 Kingsport Super Senior South Open presented by Storm at Warpath Lanes in Kingsport, Tenn., Aug. 26-28, followed by the PBA60 Wilson & Sons Pest Control Super Senior Open at Victory Lanes Family Entertainment Center in Mooresville, Tenn., Aug. 29-31. The end-of-month weekend also includes the PBA50 Strike Zone Alleys Eastern Open presented by Hammer in Pottsville, Pa.; the PBA Illinois Valley Midwest Open at I.V. Super Bowl in Peru, Ill., and the PBA50 Mooresville South Open presented By Columbia 300 at Victory Lanes Family Entertainment Center in Mooresville, N.C.

● 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 and Android device users using the PBA app).

QUICK NOTES

• Bowling fans who raise questions about the decorum of the unique fandom at Bayside Bowl in Portland, Maine, are encouraged to read the insightful feature story by Bryan Curtis for TheRinger.com. You can find the intriguing perspective by a non-bowler in his feature, “Can Bowling Win Over the ‘Lebowski’ Generation?’ at this link: “https://www.theringer.com/sports/2019/7/25/20726901/bowling-pba-tv-kyle-troup-big-lebowski-rob-stone-fox-sports.

Action resumes Saturday and Sunday in the FloBowling PBA Summer Tour points competition when AMF Western Branch in Chesapeake, Va., hosts the PBA Harry O’Neale Chesapeake Open, followed immediately by the PBA Wilmington Open Aug. 13-14 at Ten Pin Alley Family Fun Center in Wilmington, N.C. Updated points standings will follow each Summer Tour event at this link: https://www.pba.com/SeasonStats/PointsList/132?list=10. The FloBowling PBA Summer Tour points competitions also will determine the USBC Cup points leaders, and the eight qualifiers for both the FloBowling PBA ATX Invite and the PBA China Tiger Cup Invitational.

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