Bohn Tops Qualifying to Lead 32 Players Into PBA50 UnitedHealthcare Sun Bowl In The Villages Match Play

by Jerry Schneider April 20, 2015 14:36

For the time being there seems to be no stopping Parker Bohn III as the Professional Bowlers Association Hall of Famer averaged 253 to top qualifying Monday in the PBA50 UnitedHealthcare Sun Bowl In The Villages presented by Radical at Spanish Springs Lanes.

Bohn, who won the season opening Pasco County Florida Open last week, led a field of 32 players who advanced to Tuesday’s match play with a 4,052 16-game pinfall total. In Monday’s second round he had games of 254, 300, 204, 279, 268, 238, 252 and 268.

“I’m not going to take anything lightly,” said the 34-time PBA Tour and two-time PBA50 Tour winner. “We know who the superstars are but you have to remember that there are the other players who want to make their name out here and want to beat me as much as I want to beat them.

“I’m just going to go out there and keep doing what I’ve been doing,” Bohn added. “I’ll find a ball that will give me the best look to the pocket and stay focused on what I need to do to keep the ball in the pocket. If I can keep bowling the way I am, I won’t need to worry that much about winning matches because that should take care of itself.”

Rounding out the top five heading into Tuesday’s match play were eight-time PBA50 Tour titlist and two-time PBA50 Player of the Year Ron Mohr, Las Vegas, 3,909; eight -time PBA Tour winner and PBA50 rookie Mike Scroggins, Amarillo, Texas, 3,883; Terry Metzner, Kentwood, Mich., 3,845, and 10-time PBA Tour winner Bryan Goebel, Shawnee, Kan., 3,812.

Two other notables advancing to match play were PBA50 Tour rookies United States Bowling Congress Hall of Famer Carolyn Dorin-Ballard, bowling in her first PBA50 Tour tournament and former major league pitcher John Burkett.

Dorin-Ballard fired a 3,714 pinfall finishing in a tie for 17th. She’ll be hoping to top the previous high finish by a woman in a PBA50 Tour event which is ninth by Linda Kelly in the 2006 Senior Decatur.

Burkett a two-time All-Star during a 16-year major league career, finished in 21st with a 3,692 pinfall.

Tuesday’s match play rounds will determine the top five players for the stepladder finals scheduled for 7 p.m. ET.

Fans can follow PBA action through the entire PBA Network which includes wall-to-wall coverage of an expanded schedule of live events on Xtra Frame including the Sun Bowl In The Villages, player interactions through Facebook and Twitter, mobile gaming, original programming, archived events and immediate news updates 24/7 on varying communications devices anywhere in the world. For additional PBA Network information visit http://www.pba.com/PBANetwork.

PBA50 UNITEDHEALTHCARE SUN BOWL IN THE VILLAGES PRESENTED BY RADICAL

Spanish Springs Lanes, The Villages, Fla., Monday

Second round after 16 games

Top 32 advance to Tuesday’s match play round

1, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 4,052.
2, Ron Mohr, Las Vegas, 3,909.
3, Mike Scroggins, Amarillo, Texas, 3,883.
4, Terry Metzner, Kentwood, Mich., 3,845.
5, Bryan Goebel, Shawnee, Kan., 3,812.
6, Tom Baker, King, N.C., 3,810.
7, a-John Dougherty, Fort Walton Beach, Fla., 3,777.
8, Roger Kossert, Lithia, Fla., 3,776.
9, John Petraglia, Jackson, N.J., 3,763.
10, a-Jerry Brunette Jr., Rochester, N.Y., 3,759.
11, a-Darin Hays, Wesley Chapel, Fla., 3,754.
12, Bob Learn Jr., Erie, Pa., 3,741.
13, Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, 3,740.
14, Mark Scime, Winter Garden, Fla., 3,729.
15, Stoney Baker, Canton, Ga., 3,726.
16, Frank Gallo Jr., Jacksonville, Fla., 3,716.
17, (tie) Bill McCorkle, Westerville, Ohio, and Carolyn Dorin-Ballard, Keller, Texas, 3,714.
19, Warren Nelson, Middleburg, Fla., 3,706.
20, Lennie Boresch Jr., Kenosha, Wis., 3,693.
21, John Burkett, Southlake, Texas, 3,692.
22, a-Bo Goergen, Sanford, Mich., 3,687.
23, Peter Knopp, Germany, 3,683.
24, Ernie Segura Jr., Taylor, Mich., 3,681.
25, Mike Dias, Lafayette, Colo., 3,679.
26, James Lord, Fort Mill, S.C., 3,674.
27, Michael Henry, Brunswick, Ohio, 3,673.
28, Joe Scarborough, Charlotte, N.C., 3,668.
29, a-Craig Auerbach, Sunrise, Fla., 3,658.
29, Don Sylvia, Daytona Beach, Fla., 3,658.
31, Brian Voss, Centennial, Colo., 3,656.
32, Gary Morgan, Atlanta, 3,654.

Did not advance:
33, (tie) Dave Sill, Titusville, Fla., $1,000, and Christopher Keane, Cape Coral, Fla., 3,646, $1,000.
35, Brian LeClair, Delmar, N.Y., 3,643, $1,000.
36, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., 3,638, $1,000.
37, Dennis Rakauskas, Apopka, Fla., 3,624, $1,000.
38, (tie) a-John Stronka, Davie, Fla., and Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 3,621, $1,000.
40, Ron Profitt, Brookville, Ohio, 3,618, $1,000.
41, Brian Cooper, Henderson, Nev., 3,610, $1,000.
42, Harry Sullins, Chesterfield Twp., Mich., 3,595, $1,000.
43, Rick Woloszyn, Griffith, Ind., 3,590, $1,000.
44, (tie) Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., $1,000, and Sammy Ventura, Syracuse, N.Y., 3,588, $1,000.
46, Paul McCordic, Sugar Land, Texas, 3,587, $1,000.
47, Todd Kjell, Roscoe, Ill., 3,581, $1,000.
48, (tie) Jim Price, Harrrisburg, N.C., $1,000, and Robert Brown, Cody, Wyo., 3,571, $1,000.
50, David Taylor, Largo, Fla., 3,570, $1,000.
51, Bill Henson, Westerville, Ohio, 3,565, $1,000.
52, Tom Carter, Columbus, Ohio, 3,557, $1,000.
53, (tie) ss-Dave Bernhardt, Romeo, Mich., $1,000 and Michael Owen, Gainesville, Fla., 3,556.
55, Jeff Schrum, Cherryville, N.C., 3,552.
56, Tracy Teeters, Eugene, Ore., 3,548.
57, Kenneth Bland Jr., Cibolo, Texas, 3,539.
58, (tie) Dale Traber, Cedarburg, Wis., and ss-Dennis Lane, Kingsport, Tenn., 3,537, $1,000.
60, Don Blatchford, Santa Monica, Calif., 3,536.
61, (tie) Jimmy Jean, Kathleen, Ga., and Robert Harvey, Boise, Idaho, 3,531.
63, Larry Woomer, State College, Pa., 3,526.
64, ss-Steve Stein, Staten Island, N.Y., 3,521, $1,000.
65, (tie) ss-a-Lenny Biondi, Winter Garden, Fla., $1,000 and ss-John Dudak, Orland Park, Ill., 3,519, $1,000.
67, a-James Hansen, Anchorage, Alaska, 3,513.
68, a-Widmar Vargas, Sun City Center, Fla., 3,512.
69, Tom Howison, Chillicothe, Ohio, 3,508.
70, ss-Michael Truitt, New Port Richey, Fla., 3,491, $1,000.
71, ss-Marc Lineberry, Camanche, Iowa, 3,490, $1,000.
72, a-John Hough, Naples, Fla., 3,488.
73, (tie) Joe Salvemini, Mckinney, Texas, and a, Andy Ippolito, The Villages, Fla., 3,483.
75, William Peters, Dayton, Ohio, 3,482.
76, a-Kenneth May, Titusville, Fla., 3,481.
77, a-Jace Peterson, Ocala, Fla., 3,480.
78, Wayne Bolin, Lumberton, N.C., 3,472.
79, Scott Thomsen, Sumter, S.C., 3,468.
80, Tony Myers, Pensacola, Fla., 3,463.
81, Glen Nakagawa, Highland Village, Texas, 3,461.
82, (tie) Douglas Weese, Carson City, Mich., and Kevin Foley, Reno, Nev., 3,459.
84, Thomas Ream, Tampa, Fla., 3,455.
85, Doug O'Bryant, Ball Ground, Ga., 3,452.
86, Steve Ferraro, Kingston, N.Y., 3,444.
87, Ted Staikoff, Black Hawk, S.D., 3,437.
88, Brian McMahon, Boca Raton, Fla., 3,431.
89, Brian Miller, Springfield, Ohio, 3,430.
90, Warren Burr, Wilmington, DE, 3,429.
91, Chuck Richardson, The Villages, Fla., 3,423.
92, Bob Chamberlain, The Villages, Fla., 3,420.
93, Ralph Brunt Jr., Jensen Beach, Fla., 3,418.
94, Kerry Fulford, Ft. Worth, Texas, 3,415.
95, Emilio Mora Sr., Defiance, Ohio, 3,414.
96, Kevin Schofield, Canada, 3,411.
97, Lee Rautenberg, Boynton Beach, Fla., 3,407.
98, Tommy Brodowski, New Hyde Park, N.Y., 3,401.
99, Jerry Lau, St. Peters, Mo., 3,400.
100, Chuck Best, Buda, Texas, 3,393.
101, William Banks, Laurel Hill, N.C., 3,392.
102, Jim Lesiuk, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., 3,382.
103, Lucien Casagrande, Canada, 3,378.
104, a-Jimmie Pritts Jr., Methuen, Mass., 3,371.
105, Richard McDaniel, Coconut Creek, Fla., 3,364.
106, Nick Panicaro, Ocala, Fla., 3,351.
107, (tie) Ron Rajcok, Stanley, N.C., and Mike Walden, Stony Point, N.Y., 3,348.
109, Dale Eagle, Laguna Niguel, Calif., 3,347.
110, Mitchell Jabczenski, Novi, Mich., 3,333.
111, James Knoblauch, Waukesha, Wis., 3,331.
112, Steve Bova, Massapequa, N.Y., 3,325.
113, Tim Pierce, Portland, Ore., 3,321.
114, Marty Berke, Allentown, Pa., 3,313.
115, Norm Spurlock, Kenner, La., 3,306.
116, Lew Elting, Carlsbad, Calif., 3,297.
117, Steven Banks, Leesburg, Va., 3,293.
118, James Souder, Greeneville, Tenn, 3,291.
119, John Conroy, Mahopac, N.Y., 3,284.
120, Timothy Kauble, Marion, Ohio, 3,274.
121, Mike Hastings, Millsboro, Del., 3,271.
122, Rich Giragosian, Charlotte, N.C., 3,268.
123, John Younger, Winston-Salem, N.C., 3,257.
124, Sam Perrotta, Newark, Del., 3,253.
125, Dan Palmiotto, Merritt Island, Fla., 3,244.
126, a-Rickey Kendrick, Castle Rock, Colo., 3,241.
127, a-Dave Van Riet, Summerfield, Fla., 3,222.
128, Ron Glick, Morganville, N.J., 3,214.
128, Barry Warshafsky, Peabody, Mass., 3,214.
130, Edgar Gomez, Colombia, 3,212.
131, (tie) Garry Blanton, Owensboro, Ky., and Larry Williams, St. Augustine, Fla., 3,205.
133, Bill Ursillo, Bluffton, S.C., 3,203.
134, Larry Graybeal, Elizabethton, Tenn., 3,181.
135, (tie) Walter Sova Sr., Columbus, Ohio, and Peter Brainard, Tampa, Fla., 3,179.
137, Mike Schmid, St. Paul, Minn., 3,176.
138, Pete Couture, Titusville, Fla., 3,172.
139, Robert Shannon, Wesley Chapel, Fla., 3,170.
140, a-Walter Grzybowski, Port St. Lucie, Fla., 3,165.
141, Larry Felts Jr., Moore, S.C., 3,162.
142, George Lord, Lakeland, Fla., 3,155.
143, Gene Morrison, Spring Lake, N.C., 3,145.
144, Stephen Lippman, Palm Harbor, Fla., 3,131.
145, Dave Schultz, Jackson, Wis., 3,129.
146, Patsy DellaPenna, Palm Harbor, Fla., 3,127.
147, Adrian Eckroth, Ocala, Fla., 3,079.
148, Dan Howsmon, Lutz, Fla., 3,040.
149, Bob Kelly, Dayton, Ohio, 3,027.
150, Bobby Dunn, Augusta, Ga., 3,003.
151, Ken Waters, Kingsport, Tenn., 2,965.
152, Rich Kleinman, Reno, Nev., 2,899.
153, a-Ray Randall, Dearborn, Mich., 2,865.
154, William Keenan Jr., Orlando, Fla., 2,857.
155, Pete Nastasi, Rock Hill, N.Y., 2,639.
156, Teata Semiz, Hopatcong, N.J., 2,581.
157, Billy Block, Pembroke Pines, Fla., 1,941.
158, Scott Smith, Warrenville, Ill., 1,638.

300 games – Joe Scarborough, Tracy Teeters, Mark Scime, John Dougherty, Tom Baker, Parker Bohn III, Tony Myers.

a-denotes amateur

ss-denotes PBA60 players age 60 and over outside cashing spots also earning $1,000.

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Parker Bohn III Averages 248.6 to Top Qualifying After First Round In PBA50 UnitedHealthcare Sun Bowl In The Villages

by Jerry Schneider April 19, 2015 14:29

Coming off a win in the season-opening PBA50 Pasco County Florida Open last week, Parker Bohn III kept the momentum alive by averaging 248.6 Sunday to take the first round lead in the PBA50 UnitedHealthcare Sun Bowl In The Villages presented by Radical at Spanish Springs Lanes in The Villages, Fla.

The PBA Hall of Famer finished the first round with a 1,989 eight-game pinfall total with games of 247, 212, 228, 259, 239, 278, 279 and 247.

“Like every sport you ride the highs as long as you can and hope it stays that way for a while,” said Bohn, who owns 34 PBA Tour and two PBA50 Tour titles. “You never know when the roller coaster ride ends so you just ride it as long as you can.”

Despite a good first game and strong finish, Bohn said he had trouble getting comfortable at the start of the round.

“I think the main issue I had was just getting out of my own way,” Bohn said. “I just wasn’t making enough good shots consistently. I really didn’t have to make too many major adjustments – I just had to analyze what I was doing and bear down.”

Bohn held a 31-pin lead over eight-time PBA50 Tour winner and two-time PBA50 Tour Player of the Year Ron Mohr of Las Vegas in second who finished with a 1,958 pinfall.

Rounding out the top five were Terry Metzner of Kentwood, Mich., with 1,944 in third and PBA Hall of Famer and eight–time PBA50 Tour champion Johnny Petraglia who finished the day in fourth with 1,936.

United States Bowling Congress Hall of Famer Carolyn Dorin-Ballard, the lone woman in the 158-player field, finished with a 1,934 pinfall to finish fifth. Ballard is a two-time PBA Women’s Series winner and 20-time Professional Women’s Bowling Association titlist.

Ballard will be hoping to top the highest finish by a woman in a PBA50 event which is ninth by Linda Kelly in the 2006 Senior Decatur Open.

The field returns Monday for another eight-game qualifying round to determine the 32 players who will advance to match play on Tuesday. After match play, the top five will advance to the stepladder finals scheduled for 7 p.m. ET on Tuesday.

Fans can follow PBA action through the entire PBA Network which includes wall-to-wall coverage of an expanded schedule of live events on Xtra Frame including the Sun Bowl In The Villages, player interactions through Facebook and Twitter, mobile gaming, original programming, archived events and immediate news updates 24/7 on varying communications devices anywhere in the world. For additional PBA Network information visit http://www.pba.com/PBANetwork.

PBA50 UNITEDHEALTHCARE SUN BOWL IN THE VILLAGES PRESENTED BY RADICAL

Spanish Springs Lanes, The Villages, Fla., Sunday

First round after 8 games

1, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 1,989.
2, Ron Mohr, Las Vegas, 1,958.
3, Terry Metzner, Kentwood, Mich., 1,944.
4, ss-John Petraglia, Jackson, N.J., 1,936.
5, Carolyn Dorin-Ballard, Keller, Texas, 1,934.
6, James Lord, Fort Mill, S.C., 1,930.
7, Rick Woloszyn, Griffith, Ind., 1,928.
8, Peter Knopp, Germany, 1,925.
9, ss-Don Sylvia, Daytona Beach, Fla., 1,915.
10, Bryan Goebel, Shawnee, Kan., 1,904.
11, Christopher Keane, Cape Coral, Fla., 1,896.
12, ss-Bill McCorkle, Westerville, Ohio, 1,886.
13, a-Jerry Brunette Jr., Rochester, N.Y., 1,885.
14, Mike Dias, Lafayette, Colo., 1,875.
15, ss-Frank Gallo Jr., Jacksonville, Fla., 1,874.
16, Dennis Rakauskas, Apopka, Fla., 1,873.
17, Dave Sill, Titusville, Fla., 1,869.
18, Stoney Baker, Canton, Ga., 1,868.
19, Mike Scroggins, Amarillo, Texas, 1,861.
20, Robert Brown, Cody, Wyo., 1,860.
21, (tie)Bob Learn Jr., Erie, Pa., 1,857, and Brian Cooper, Henderson, Nev., 1,857.
23, ss-Tom Baker, King, N.C., 1,850.
24, Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, 1,846.
25, a-John Dougherty, Fort Walton Beach, Fla., 1,843.
26, Scott Thomsen, Sumter, S.C., 1,838.
27, ss-Don Blatchford, Santa Monica, Calif., 1,832.
28, Sammy Ventura, Syracuse, N.Y., 1,827.
29, (tie) ss-Roger Kossert, Lithia, Fla., and ss-Dennis Lane, Kingsport, Tenn., 1,826.
31, Michael Owen, Gainesville, Fla., 1,825.
32, Brian Voss, Centennial, Colo., 1,818.
33, ss-Mark Scime, Winter Garden, Fla., 1,815.
34, Tom Carter, Columbus, Ohio, 1,814.
35, (tie) ss-Steve Ferraro, Kingston, N.Y., and a-Bo Goergen, Sanford, Mich., 1,811.
37, Tracy Teeters, Eugene, Ore., 1,809.
38, (tie) a-Darin Hays, Wesley Chapel, Fla., and ss-Ted Staikoff, Black Hawk, S.D., 1,807.
40, Warren Nelson, Middleburg, Fla., 1,800.
41, Harry Sullins, Chesterfield Twp., Mich., 1,799.
42, Joe Scarborough, Charlotte, N.C., 1,794.
43, (tie) John Burkett, Southlake, Texas, and Kevin Foley, Reno, Nev., 1,791.
43, a-James Hansen, Anchorage, Alaska, 1,791.
46, (tie) Gary Morgan, Atlanta, and a-Craig Auerbach, Sunrise, Fla., 1,790.
48, (tie) Billy Block, Pembroke Pines, Fla., and ss-Chuck Best, Buda, Texas, 1,787.
50, (tie) William Peters, Dayton, Ohio, and Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 1,783.
52, Jim Price, Harrrisburg, N.C., 1,781.
53, Ernie Segura Jr., Taylor, Mich., 1,780.
54, ss-Lee Rautenberg, Boynton Beach, Fla., 1,777.
55, a-Jace Peterson, Ocala, Fla., 1,774.
56, Lennie Boresch Jr., Kenosha, Wis., 1,772.
57, ss-Sam Perrotta, Newark, Del., 1,769.
58, ss-Dave Bernhardt, Romeo, Mich., 1,765.
59, ss-Paul McCordic, Sugar Land, Texas, 1,764.
60, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., 1,762.
61, Dale Traber, Cedarburg, Wis., 1,757.
62, ss-Kerry Fulford, Ft. Worth, Texas, 1,756.
63, David Taylor, Largo, Fla., 1,755.
64, a-John Hough, Naples, Fla., 1,753.
65, Brian McMahon, Boca Raton, Fla., 1,750.
66, ss-Jerry Lau, St. Peters, Mo., 1,749.
67, ss-John Dudak, Orland Park, Ill., 1,748.
68, Marty Berke, Allentown, Pa., 1,746.
69, ss-Emilio Mora Sr., Defiance, Ohio, 1,745.
70, ss-Bill Henson, Westerville, Ohio, 1,744.
71, Robert Harvey, Boise, Idaho, 1,742.
72, (tie) a-John Stronka, Davie, Fla., ss-Thomas Ream, Tampa, Fla., and Norm Spurlock, Kenner, La., 1,740.
75, ss-Steve Bova, Massapequa, N.Y., 1,739.
76, ss-Ron Profitt, Brookville, Ohio, 1,737.
77, ss-aAndy Ippolito, The Villages, Fla., 1,734.
78, Brian LeClair, Delmar, N.Y., 1,733.
79, ss-Marc Lineberry, Camanche, Iowa, 1,730.
80, ss-Kevin Schofield, Canada, 1,728.
81, Kenneth Bland Jr., Cibolo, Texas, 1,727.
82, (tie) ss-Lucien Casagrande, Canada, and ss-John Younger, Winston-Salem, N.C., 1,725.
84, (tie) Warren Burr, Wilmington, Del., and Joe Salvemini, Mckinney, Texas, 1,724.
86, (tie) ss-Bob Chamberlain, The Villages, Fla., and a-Widmar Vargas, Sun City Center, Fla., 1,721.
88, John Conroy, Mahopac, N.Y., 1,719.
89, ss-Michael Truitt, New Port Richey, Fla., 1,717.
90, ss-Glen Nakagawa, Highland Village, Texas, 1,716.
91, (tie) ss-Jim Lesiuk, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., Jeff Schrum, Cherryville, N.C., and Ralph Brunt Jr., Jensen Beach, Fla., 1,715.
94, Tom Howison, Chillicothe, Ohio, 1,712.
95, ss-Steve Stein, Staten Island, N.Y., 1,711.
96, Todd Kjell, Roscoe, Ill., 1,710.
97, Larry Woomer, State College, Pa., 1,709.
98, ss-Chuck Richardson, The Villages, Fla., 1,708.
99, ss-Michael Henry, Brunswick, Ohio, 1,702.
100, Mike Walden, Stony Point, N.Y., 1,698.
101, ss-Rich Giragosian, Charlotte, N.C., 1,695.
102, (tie) ss-William Banks, Laurel Hill, N.C., and ss-Dale Eagle, Laguna Niguel, Calif., 1,693.
104, Richard McDaniel, Coconut Creek, Fla., 1,688.
105, a-Jimmie Pritts Jr., Methuen, Mass., 1,687.
106, Brian Miller, Springfield, Ohio, 1,685.
107, (tie) ss-Douglas Weese, Carson City, Mich., and ss-Mitchell Jabczenski, Novi, Mich., 1,672.
109, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 1,671.
110, ss-James Souder, Greeneville, Tenn, 1,669.
111, ss-a-Lenny Biondi, Maitland, Fla., 1,663.
112, Jimmy Jean, Kathleen, Ga., 1,660.
113, Tony Myers, Pensacola, Fla., 1,659.
114, Wayne Bolin, Lumberton, N.C., 1,648.
115, a-Kenneth May, Titusville, Fla., 1,647.
116, Doug O'Bryant, Ball Ground, Ga., 1,644.
117, (tie) ss-Tim Pierce, Portland, Ore., and ss-Steven Banks, Leesburg, Va., 1,641.
119, Scott Smith, Warrenville, Ill., 1,638.
120, ss-Larry Williams, St. Augustine, Fla., 1,635.
121, ss-Barry Warshafsky, Peabody, Mass., 1,633.
122, Dan Palmiotto, Merritt Island, Fla., 1,627.
123, (tie) ss-Tommy Brodowski, New Hyde Park, N.Y., and ss-Stephen Lippman, Palm Harbor, Fla., 1,613.
125, ss-Lew Elting, Carlsbad, Calif., 1,607.
126, ss-Robert Shannon, Wesley Chapel, Fla., 1,603.
127, ss-James Knoblauch, Waukesha, Wis., 1,601.
128, Bill Ursillo, Bluffton, S.C., 1,600.
129, ss-Mike Schmid, St. Paul, Minn., 1,599.
130, (tie) a-Dave Van Riet, Summerfield, Fla., and Garry Blanton, Owensboro, Ky., 1,597.
132, ss-Ron Glick, Morganville, N.J., 1,592.
133, ss-Edgar Gomez, Colombia, 1,581.
134, ss-a-Walter Grzybowski, Port St. Lucie, Fla., 1,580.
135, ss-Timothy Kauble, Marion, Ohio, 1,578.
136, ss-Pete Couture, Titusville, Fla., 1,573.
137, (tie) ss-Dan Howsmon, Lutz, Fla., and ss-Peter Brainard, Tampa, Fla., 1,572.
139, ss-Nick Panicaro, Ocala, Fla., 1,571.
140, ss-a-Rickey Kendrick, Castle Rock, Colo., 1,561.
141, Larry Felts Jr., Moore, S.C., 1,560.
142, (tie) ss-Bob Kelly, Dayton, Ohio, and ss-Walter Sova Sr., Columbus, Ohio, 1,530.
144, Mike Hastings, Millsboro, Del., 1,528.
145, ss-Teata Semiz, Hopatcong, N.J., 1,502.
146, ss-George Lord, Lakeland, Fla., 1,499.
147, ss-Ron Rajcok, Stanley, N.C., 1,496.
148, Rich Kleinman, Reno, Nev., 1,487.
149, ss-Ken Waters, Kingsport, Tenn., 1,484.
150, ss-Bobby Dunn, Augusta, Ga., 1,481.
151, ss-Patsy DellaPenna, Palm Harbor, Fla., 1,478.
152, Adrian Eckroth, Ocala, Fla., 1,468.
153, ss-Larry Graybeal, Elizabethton, Tenn., 1,460.
154, ss-William Keenan Jr., Orlando, Fla., 1,448.
155, ss-Gene Morrison, Spring Lake, N.C., 1,432.
156, ss-a-Ray Randall, Dearborn, Mich., 1,396.
157, ss-Dave Schultz, Jackson, Wis., 1,387.
158, Pete Nastasi, Rock Hill, N.Y., 1,338.

a-denotes amateur

ss-denotes PBA60 players age 60 and over

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Bass Pro Shops Silver Lake Atom Splitters Repeat as PBA League Elias Cup Champions

by Bill Vint April 19, 2015 06:54

PORTLAND, Maine – Helped greatly by a series of clutch 10th-frame strikes, the Bass Pro Shops Silver Lake Atom Splitters won their second straight Professional Bowlers Association League Elias Cup with an impressive 5-1 decision over the Wheaties L.A. X at Bayside Bowl.

The Elias Cup finals, which aired Sunday on ESPN, concluded the PBA Tour’s first visit to the state of Maine. At the close of the competition – eight days after escaping serious injury in an automobile accident – Silver Lake anchor bowler Dick Allen of Columbia, S.C., was selected as the PBA League’s Mark Roth Most Valuable Player.

Silver Lake opened the multi-event Elias Cup finals with a 223-211 victory by Chris Barnes over L.A. X’s Jason Belmonte in the singles match. Barnes survived a 4-6 split in the third frame and a missed 4 pin in the ninth with a string of five strikes in the middle of his game, followed by two strikes and a nine-count in the 10th frame to win the first point.

L.A. X evened the score at 1-1 when Stuart Williams and Patrick Allen escaped with a 212-211 win in the alternate ball doubles match against Barnes and Mika Koivuniemi. Barnes’ seven-count 4-6-7 split on his final shot proved to be the difference.

The Atom Splitters quickly righted their ship in Baker Trios when Allen, Craig Nidiffer and Tom Daugherty were nearly perfect in posting a 297-246 victory over Belmonte, Andres Gomez and Martin Larsen. A 2-8-10 split on Allen’s final ball in the 10th frame was Silver Lake’s only flaw as it took a 2-1 lead.

With three points at stake in the Baker team finale, Silver Lake again responded. After defeating L.A. X in the 2014 team finale, 225-203, the Atom Splitters rallied from an early 10-pin deficit for a 236-215 victory to retain the Elias Cup. Allen started the come-from-behind victory with a strike in the fifth frame, and capped a string of six straight strikes with the first strike in the 10th frame to ice the title.

“This is definitely the highlight of my career,” the 36-year-old Allen said. “The whole situation of being chosen by (team manager) Mark Baker and Chris (Barnes) and Mika (Koivuniemi) to put me at anchor surprised me a little, but I like that position. They instilled a lot of confidence in me this week. It did a lot of good for me personally.”

Heading into the Elias Cup finals, Allen had made clutch sudden-death roll-off shots to give Silver Lake victories in both the quarterfinal and semifinal rounds despite a stiff, sore neck sustained in his one-car accident the previous Sunday near his home in South Carolina.

“I was coming around a corner, swerved to avoid hitting a dog in the road, and lost control,” he said. “I went into a ditch and hit a pole. I thought I was done for, but I got away with just some whiplash.”

His pain-in-the-neck was one issue, Allen said, but the loud, non-stop chanting and cheering by the Bayside Bowl fans didn’t bother him at all. In fact, it actually made him feel at home.

“The more you bowl on TV, the more loosened up you get,” Allen, a three-time PBA Tour title winner, said, “but the crowd here was highly unexpected. Fortunately I’m used to that because back home, I practice with my buddies after the bowling center closes, and we crank up the music, and my buddies trash-talk non-stop, so bowling here was just like after-hours practice at home.”

Allen admitted the crowd did influence his errant final shot in the Baker trios match, spoiling the team’s bid for a 300.

“The crowd got me,” he grinned. “They had been so loud, but in about my third step, they got quiet. I didn’t expect that. In that little moment, it kinda got me. My fundamentals collapsed.”

The PBA Tour will resume competition May 9-17 when FireLake Bowling Center hosts the preliminary rounds of the Oklahoma Grand Casino Hotel and Resort Summer Swing in Shawnee, Okla. The multi-event competition will include the Wolf, Badger, Bear and Oklahoma Open title events, followed by the King of the Swing special event. All finals will be held in the Grand Casino Event Center and will air on CBS Sports Network. Dates and times will be announced later.

PBA LEAGUE ELIAS CUP FINALS

Bayside Bowl, Portland, Maine, March 29 (aired April 19)

Final Standings

Bass Pro Shops Silver Lake Atom def. Wheaties L.A. X, 5-1.

Singles Match (one point)

Chris Barnes, Silver Lake Atom Splitters, def. Jason Belmonte, L.A. X, 223-211.

Alternate Ball Doubles (one point)

L.A. X (Stuart Williams/Patrick Allen) def. Silver Lake Atom Splitters (Mika Koivuniemi/Chris Barnes), 212-211.

Baker Trios (one point)

Silver Lake Atom Splitters (Dick Allen/Craig Nidiffer/Tom Daugherty) def. L.A. X (Jason Belmonte/Andres Gomez/Martin Larsen), 297-246.

Five-Player Baker Team (three points)

Silver Lake Atom Splitters (Mika Koivuniemi/Chris Barnes/Craig Nidiffer/Tom Daugherty/Dick Allen) def. L.A. X (Stuart Williams/Andres Gomez/Patrick Allen/Martin Larsen/Jason Belmonte), 236-215.

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PBA50 Tour Heads to The Villages for UnitedHealthcare Sun Bowl In The Villages April 19-21; Catch All the Action on Xtra Frame

by Jerry Schneider April 17, 2015 03:15

 

Last Tuesday PBA fans who subscribe to Xtra Frame and tuned into the stepladder finals of the season-opening PBA50 Pasco County Florida Open witnessed a match between two of PBA’s all-time greats when Parker Bohn III won his second PBA50 Tour title by defeating reigning PBA50 Player of the Year Norm Duke, 263-222, in the championship match.

The two Hall of Famers, who have 72 PBA Tour titles between them, will be among a capacity field of 160 players who will compete in the PBA50 UnitedHealthcare Sun Bowl In The Villages presented by Radical starting Sunday at Spanish Springs Lanes. The tournament will be covered live in its entirety on Xtra Frame.

Duke will try to defend his Sun Bowl In The Villages title which was one of two titles he won in his rookie 2014 season on the way to PBA50 Player and Rookie of the Year honors. He defeated fellow Hall of Famer Tom Baker in the championship match, 256-228.

In addition to the 12-month Xtra Frame Season Ticket option ($64.99) and the monthly option ($7.99), fans can now subscribe to the new “3-Day Pass” option for the price of $3.99. To check out all of the Xtra Frame subscription options click on the Xtra Frame logo on the pba.com homepage, or visit  https://www.xtraframe.tv/pba/secure/registerform.

While fans can sign up at any time, and as often as they like, for the “3-Day Pass” option, it is important to note the subscription is only good for 72 hours from the time the subscription is purchased. Therefore, if the “3-Day Pass” is being purchased with the idea of using it for coverage of a specific event, fans should plan the activation of the subscription accordingly.

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PBA Spare Shots: PBA Hall of Famer Johnny Petraglia Receives BBIA Industry Service Award

by Bill Vint April 16, 2015 06:11

The Billiard and Bowling Institute of America presented PBA Hall of Famer Johnny Petraglia with its Industry Service Award Tuesday night at the organization’s annual meeting in Hilton Head, S.C.

Petraglia, the only player ever to win PBA national titles in six different decades, is currently competing on the PBA50 Tour – 50 years after making his debut in 1965. The 67-year-old lefthander from Jackson, N.J., has won 14 PBA Tour and eight PBA50 Tour titles; is one of six PBA Triple Crown winners; ranks 31st on the all-time PBA earnings list with $1,249,250, and his a member of the PBA (1982) and USBC (2003) Halls of Fame. He also was the recipient of the 2010 BPAA Dick Weber Bowling Ambassador Award.

In addition to his sterling record as a competitor, Petraglia has been active for decades off the lanes in BVL and other charitable programs in support of United States military veterans. Petraglia served a tour of duty with the U.S. armed forces during the Vietnam War.

OSKU PALERMAA PROVES “SPEED THRILLS”

Whether Finland’s Osku Palermaa can throw a bowling ball faster than anyone in history is up for debate – and probably something no one could ever prove – but the reality is, when the high-rev two-handed player reverts to using only his right hand to shoot at single pin spares, it has become a thrill to watch.

During the recent Mark Roth/Marshall Holman PBA Doubles Championship at Woodland Bowl in Indianapolis, where Palermaa left his fair share of 10 pins, fans began to add a “nneeeeeooooowwww…” sound effect every time the powerful Finn unleashed a spare attempt, imitating the sound of the high-speed ball buzzing down the lane.

During the PBA Xtra Frame Maine Shootout in Portland, Bayside Bowl left the speed recording feature on its automatic scoring system during the best-of-three-game elimination matches. During Palermaa’s match with eventual champion Josh Blanchard, Palermaa’s two-handed strike shots were measuring in the 20-21 miles per hour range. But on four consecutive 10 pin spare attempts, his ball speed was measured at 28.51, 28.01, 28.42 and 28.97 miles per hour – all astonishing ball speeds to throw a 15-pound bowling ball.

While speed has no bearing on spare-shooting accuracy, it seems to help when trying to convert “impossible” splits by bouncing pins out of the pit area. After successfully converting a 7-10 split during the PBA World Series of Bowling V in 2014 by bouncing the 10 pin out of the pit, into the 7 pin, Palermaa said it wasn’t an uncommon feat for him. “I’ve converted the 7-10 more times than I’ve bowled 300 games,” he said.

Watching the six-foot, 200-pound 31-year-old throw a bowling ball at those remarkable speeds makes one wonder if Palermaa has ever been clocked throwing a baseball.

“I’ve never played baseball; it isn’t a sport we play in Finland,” Palermaa said, “but I did try it one time at an ESPN sports bar. I threw the ball three times.”

His baseball pitching speeds, he said, were recorded 92, 93 and 96 miles per hour. “But I don’t know if those were accurate speeds or not.”

PBA REGIONAL UPDATE: SEAN LAVERY-SPAHR WINS FIRELAKE SOUTHWEST OPEN

Sean Lavery-Spahr of Pasadena, Texas, defeated defending champion Dino Castillo of Carrollton, Texas, 195-188, to win the PBA FireLake Grand Casino Resort Southwest Open presented by Hammer at FireLake Bowling Center in Shawnee, Okla., Sunday.

After qualifying for match play in ninth place, Lavery-Spahr won his best two-of-three-game Round of 16 match over PBA50 titlist Mike Edwards from Tulsa, Okla., 2-0; followed with a 2-0 victory over Oklahoma City’s Eric Wigger in the Round of 8; posted a 2-1 win over qualifying leader Nathan Bohr of Austin, Texas, in the quarterfinal round, and edged amateur Clint Dacy of Fort Worth, Texas, 200-195, in the semifinal round.

Castillo, who qualified seventh, edged Colombia’s Clara Guerrero in the Round of 12, 2-1; eliminated Roger Petrin of Wichita, Kan., in the Round of 8, 2-1; and disposed of former Southwest Region Player of the Year Joe Findling of Greenville, Texas, 279-237, in the semifinal round.

The pro-am portion of the event on Friday included a fundraiser for the Shawnee area Big Brother/Big Sister chapter. FireLake General Manager Chris Skillings announced more than $30,000 was raised for that cause.

Amateur Wesley Low Jr. of Palmdale, Calif., posted a 9-3 match play record and a 20-game total of 5,028 pins Sunday to win the PBA Earl Anthony West/Northwest Memorial at Earl Anthony’s Dublin Bowl Sunday while Marty Deh of San Jose, Calif., won the PBA50 portion of the doubleheader weekend.

Low, who turns 18 on April 27 (coincidentally the late Earl Anthony’s birthday), won his second PBA West Region event, but as an amateur, he does not receive credit for a title and his $2,500 first prize goes to his SMART scholarship account. The two-handed, left-handed player defeated Josh Blanchard of Phoenix, Ariz., by 166 pins for the win. Blanchard had an 8-4 match play record and 4,862 pins including match play bonus pins.

Deh went 10-2 and knocked down 4,768 total pins for his 20 games to top Chris Warren of Grants Pass, Ore., for his fifth West PBA50 Regional title and $1,500. Warren had 4,686 pins.

Patrick Allen of Wesley Chapel, Fla. defeated Noel Vega of Kew Gardens, N.Y., 236-147, to win his 25th PBA Regional title and a $2,500 first prize in the PBA Rockaway Eastern Open presented by Storm at Rockaway Lanes in Rockaway, N.J., Sunday.

Allen qualified second for match play and posted an 8-4 match play record to retain second place for the stepladder finals. Vega qualified third and moved into the lead by rolling a 300 game in game five on Sunday. He posted a 11-1 match play record to earn the top position for the stepladder finals, and matched his best career finish, achieved three years ago, by finishing second. He earned $1,300.

Kyle Troup of Taylorsville, N.C., defeated three-time PBA Tour titlist Dick Allen of Columbia, S.C., 259-207, 234-226, in a best-of-three-game championship match to win the inaugural PBA Bluffton South Open title at Station 300 Lanes in Bluffton, S.C., Sunday.

In the semifinal round, Troup defeated Lee Vanderhoef of Raleigh, N.C., 238-215, 275-269, while Allen rallied from a 1-0 deficit to defeat B.J. Moore of Apex, N.C., 202-205, 258-211, 279-229, in the semifinal round.

Jesse Buss of Belvidere, Ill., defeated Dave Wodka of Beaver Creek, Ohio, 225-222, to win the PBA Fun Time Centers Central/Midwest Classic at Heritage Lanes in Kokomo, Ind., on April 12. Along with his fourth regional title, Buss earned $2,000.

Buss topped amateur Andrew Anderson of Holly, Mich. 2-0, and Wodka blanked Anthony LaCaze of Melrose Park, Ill., 2-0, in the best-of-three-game semifinal round to set up the championship match.

On the April 15-17 PBA Regional calendar is the PBA50 Sarasota South Open at Sarasota Lanes in Sarasota, Fla. The April 17-19 weekend includes the Bowlers Discount Eastern Open presented by Hammer at Brunswick Zone Normandy in Elliott City, Md.; back-to-back one-day reduced entry fee Country Club Lanes Central/Midwest Opens in Elkhart, Ind., and the Tacoma Speedometer Member/Non-Member Doubles, a reduced entry fee event presented by Pawnbrokers Northwest, at Bowlero Lanes in Lakewood, Wash.

● Another mid-week PBA50 event is the PBA50 Tarheel Lanes South Open April 23-25 in Hendersonville, N.C. Players will then head to Hawaii for the annual tripleheader beginning April 26-27 with the Kona West/Northwest Open at KBXtreme Lanes in Kailua-Kona followed by the Hawaii West/Northwest Open presented by Storm at Scofield Air Base on April 29, and the Hickam AFB West/Northwest Open May 1-3.

● Also leading off the month of May over the May 1-3 weekend will be the Junction City (Kan.) Bowl Southwest/Midwest Open presented by Radical, and the Pro Bowl West Tri-Region Member/Non-Member Doubles presented by the Proprietor’s Cup in Ft. Wayne, Ind.

For complete PBA Regional schedules, rules and entry information, visit pba.com, open the “schedules” tab and click on Regional Tours to find the event(s) in your area.

QUICK NOTES

● On the basis of winning his first two PBA Tour titles in the Brunswick Euro Challenge and, nine days later, the PBA Xtra Frame Maine Shootout, Josh Blanchard of Gilbert, Ariz., has been selected as the International Bowling Media Association’s Kegel Bowler of the Month for March.

● Don’t forget: During the April MOTIV sweepstakes is awarding another new ball to a new Xtra Frame subscriber. To enter, all you have to do is sign up for a new Xtra Frame subscription, either three-day ($3.99), monthly ($7.99) or 12-month XF Season Ticket ($64.99). The ball-a-month promotion will continue every month through 2015.

● Reminder: Every month, HotelPlanner.com, the official travel partner of the PBA, is awarding a $200 lodging gift certificate to a lucky person who books a hotel room through HotelPlanner.com. Use the “Book Hotel” link on pba.com before the last day of the month, and you will be automatically entered. The $200 gift certificate will be valid for hotel room and tax only.

● Last call: You can still earn a discount on an Xtra Frame Season Ticket subscription with the purchase of a new bowling ball through a special limited-time arrangement with Bowling Infinity Group. Visit http://offthetrailer.com/ for details on how to earn a $25 discount and free shipping on the bowling ball-Xtra Frame Season Ticket package now through April 30.

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