PBA50 Tour Visits Green Bay for USBC Senior Masters July 28-Aug. 2

by Jerry Schneider July 27, 2015 04:42


The USBC Senior Masters, the ninth stop and final major of the 2015 PBA50 Tour season, will headline with nearly 200 PBA and USBC members ages 50 and older set to take on the unique double-elimination format from July 28-Aug. 2 at Ashwaubenon Lanes in Green Bay, Wis..

USBC and PBA Hall of Famer Walter Ray Williams Jr. of Oxford, Fla., is the defending Senior Masters champion. His 240-219 victory against No. 1 seed Jack Jurek of Lackawanna, N.Y., in 2014 in Las Vegas came in dramatic fashion when Williams collapsed the 2-4-5 combination to log a must-have strike in his final frame.

Williams, the 2004 (January) and 2010 USBC Masters champion, became the second bowler in history to win both the Masters and Senior Masters, joining fellow hall of famer Dave Soutar of Bradenton, Florida.

Now, the 55-year-old Williams looks to become the sixth competitor to win multiple Senior Masters titles and first to win in back-to-back years since USBC and PBA Hall of Famer Tom Baker of King, North Carolina, accomplished the feat in 2007.

Earlier this year, Williams finished tied for 78th in the 2015 Masters, which was held at The Ashwaubenon Bowling Alley, so he has some familiarity with the 60-lane facility.

As the defending Senior Masters champion, Williams automatically will have a spot in the three-game double-elimination bracket portion of the event. However, he will bowl qualifying to try and improve his seeding in the bracket. If he finishes outside of the top 63 in qualifying, he will earn the No. 64 spot in the bracket.

Qualifying begins Tuesday July 28 at 1 p.m. Eastern, and all players will bowl 15 games over three days to determine the 63 bowlers who will join Williams in match play. The player who survives the bracket to win the event will take home $18,000 of the estimated $128,000 prize fund.

After the Senior Masters, the International Training and Research Center Super Senior Classic, the premier event for USBC members age 60 and older, will get underway at Ashwaubenon Bowling Lanes Aug. 2-5, 

All qualifying and match-play rounds at the Senior Masters and Super Senior Classic will be broadcast live on BowlTV.

Competitors at the 2015 Super Senior Classic will compete for an estimated top prize of $4,000.

After 16 games of qualifying over two days, beginning Aug. 3, the top 25 percent of the field will advance to the four-game cashers' round, which will determine the five players for the stepladder finals.

Jim Knoblauch of Waukesha, Wisconsin, defeated defending champion Kerry Painter of Henderson, Nevada, 224-213, to win the 2014 Super Senior Classic at the ITRC in Arlington, Texas.

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PBA Spare Shots: PBA Stars Jones, Johnson, Pluhowsky Bowling for U.S. in Pan Am Games

by Bill Vint July 23, 2015 05:14

PBA Tour star Tommy Jones of Simpsonville, S.C., along with PBA Women’s Series winners Liz Johnson of Cheektowaga, N.Y., and Shannon Pluhowsky of Dayton, Ohio, plus with amateur Devin Bidwell of Wichita, Kan., are representing the United States in the Pan American Games bowling competition this week at the Pan Am Bowling Centre in Toronto. Several other PBA international members are bowling for their home countries in the Games.

Jones, a 16-time PBA Tour winner and an eight-year member of Team USA with more than 20 medals earned in international competition, is bowling in the Pan Am Games for the first time. Johnson is the defending champion in women’s singles and doubles, and also won women’s all-events plus a team silver medal in 1995, in the first of her three Pan Am Games appearances. Pluhowsky, a 15-time Team USA member, won women’s singles and a silver in doubles in the 2003 Pan Am Games. Bidwell is making his international debut for Team USA.

Bowling competition in Toronto got underway Wednesday with the first six of 12 games of doubles. Heading into today’s final six games, Jones and Bidwell were in second place, 53 pins behind Canada’s Dan MacLelland and Francois Lavoie while Johnson and Pluhowsky also were in second place, 28 pins behind Colombia’s Clara Guerrero and Rocio Restrepo. All players will bowl 12 qualifying games in singles Friday with the top eight advancing to Saturday’s match play and medal rounds.


Bowlmor AMF, a PBA Product Registered partner, is making it much more affordable for PBA members to practice, offering a $1-per-game practice rate at all 340 of its domestic locations, including the recently-acquired Brunswick bowling centers.

One of the long-standing benefits of PBA membership has been deeply-discounted practice rates at participating centers, and BowlmorAMF has joined the program with a set price at its properties across the country, subject only to the following conditions:

● The special rate is for practice only; it does not apply for league, glow bowling, or tournament lineage.

● The special rate is available only on a "lanes available" basis. PBA members must agree to give up the lane if the proprietor expects league, tournament, or heavy open play.

● Discounts are available to the PBA card holder only.

● PBA membership card and a picture ID must be presented when the lanes are assigned.


PBA’s exclusive online bowling channel, Xtra Frame, will close out its July schedule with live start-to-finish coverage of the PWBA Wichita Open from Northrock Lanes in Wichita, Kan., Friday and Saturday, followed by the PBA/PWBA Xtra Frame Striking Against Breast Cancer Mixed Doubles from Palace Lanes in Houston, Texas, July 31-Aug. 2.

Bowling fans who want to sample Xtra Frame can subscribe on a three-day basis for only $3.99. A full month’s worth of Xtra Frame programming cost only $7.99. PBA’s best package is the 12-month XF Season Ticket for $64.99, or $5.41 per month. To sign up, visit pba.com and click on the Xtra Frame link.


A memorial service for former PBA50 star John Hricsina of Franklin, Pa., who died Monday of complications from injuries sustained in a fall, will be held Friday at 1 p.m. ET at First Church of the Nazarene in Franklin.

Hricsina, a seven-time PBA50 Tour winner and former PBA50 Player of the Year, is survived by his wife Susan; sons Bill and John Jr.; daughters Sandy Hricsina and Valerie Hijar, and grandchildren Nick, Nathan, Jackie, Chandler and Jessica Hricsina, and Jordan and Brooke Hijar.

At the family’s request, memorial donations may be made to the Kirkland Cancer Foundation, PO Box 108, Franklin, PA 16323. To send condolences, cards, flowers or additional information, visit: http://www.gardinierfuneralhome.com/obituaries/obituary-listings?obId=587216#/obituaryInfo.

Hricsina, a U.S. Navy veteran, worked as a rural postal carrier for the Polk County, Pa. post office before turning 50 and trying his luck on the PBA “senior tour.” He also ran a pro shop out of his home and enjoyed bowling duckpins and singing Karaoke which he did frequently with his friends on tour.

“He was a great bowler, but most of all he wanted to be remembered as a working man and a family man and he was definitely both of those,” his grandson, Nick Hricsina, said.

“He was just a wonderful person,” said USBC Hall of Famer and Storm Products Global Ambassador Bob Hart. “We’ve been friends since our 20s and some of my greatest memories are of bowling with him and just being good friends.

“He was a great bowler,” Hart added. “The best way I could describe him as a competitor was that he was a bulldog on the lanes. He was fierce competitor and would bowl any place, any time.”


Finland’s Mika Koivuniemi, already one of the world’s most successful amateur players when he decided to join the PBA in 1999 at age 32, has announced he has accepted the head coaching position for the United Arab Emirates national bowling team, and plans to limit his PBA Tour activities in the future, in part due to lingering back and knee injuries.

The 14-time PBA Tour champion and two-time PBA Player of the Year (2003-04 and 2010-11) is now 48 and living in Hartland, Mich., with wife Leena and daughters Ida and Lidia. A 13-year member of Team Finland, Koivuniemi has bowled around the world since the 1980s, winning titles in 21 different countries and has bowled 300 games in as many countries, as well.

In addition to his 14 PBA Tour titles – which include the 2000 USBC Masters, 2001 U.S. Open and record-setting 2011 PBA Tournament of Champions – Koivuniemi has bowled a nationally-televised 300 game and with more than $1.9 million in PBA earnings, he is poised to become the 10th player in PBA history to surpass $2 million in career earnings.

In a post on his Facebook page from Munich, where he is competing in the Track Open, Koivuniemi noted, “I been battling with injuries (for a) long time with my back. But this year also my left knee has been pretty bad. I…didn't bowl any tournament without pain! So that made my decision much easier, especially when UAE will let me bowl tournaments when they (won’t be at the) same time at (PBA events).”

For the record, Koivuniemi will become age-eligible to compete on the PBA50 Tour on April 6, 2017.


Josh Conner of Columbus, Ohio, defeated Brad Angelo of Lockport, N.Y., 250-173, to win $2,300 and his first PBA Regional title in the Boss Snow Plows/Ebonite Central/Midwest Open at PinHeads in Fishers, Ind., Sunday.

Conner downed Kelly Jordon of Marion, Ohio, 417-399, and Angelo topped E.J. Tackett of Huntington, Ind., 520-508, in the two-game, total pinfall semifinal round to set up the championship match.

Lee Brosius of Pomona, N.Y., defeated Tracy Golding of Winston-Salem, N.C., 2-1 in the best-of-three-game final match at AMF Fredericksburg (Va.) Lanes Sunday to win the PBA50 AMF Fredericksburg South Open for his first PBA title in 32 years.

Brosius was soundly defeated in the first game, 251-172; edged Golding in game two, 213-210, Brosius then got a mark in the final frame of game three to win, 207-180, ending his dry spell.

The victory was Brosius’ third, but his first since winning his previous titles in 1982 and 1983. He resigned from PBA membership in 1990 when he retired from the military, but reinstated his membership in the 2013, competing on the PBA50 Tour the past two seasons.

Joe Findling from Greenville, Texas, edged Tyler Jensen of Fort Worth, Texas, 216-215, to win his sixth PBA Southwest Region title Sunday in the sixth annual PBA Fort Sill (Okla.) Southwest Open, presented by Ebonite, at Twin Oaks Bowling Center.

After Jensen finished with five strikes, Findling spared the 2-8 in the 10th frame of the title match and struck on his final shot to squeak by Jensen and claim the $2,500 winner’s check. After Findling qualified 14th and Jensen 16th, each won four elimination matches to reach the title match.

● Next up for the PBA Midwest Region is the PBA50 Treasure Island Resort & Casino Baker Doubles Classic in Welch, Minn., Thursday and Friday. The weekend schedule features the Pure-It Pro Shop East Open presented by DV8 at Cedar Lanes in Lebanon, Pa.; the Farmer’s State Bank Central Open presented by Roto Grip at Angola Bowl in Angola, Ind.; the Poplar Creek Bowl Midwest Open at Hoffman Estates, Ill., and the PBA/PBA50 Sands Regency West/Northwest Doubles presented by MOTIV at High Sierra Lanes in Reno, Nev.

● Closing out the July schedule over the July 31-Aug. 2 weekend will be the PBA Xtra Frame Striking Against Breast Cancer Mixed Doubles, a PBA Tour-PWBA Tour title event, at Palace Lanes in Houston, Texas; the Lakewood Bowl Midwest Open in Richton Park, Ill.; the PBA/PBA50 Northwest/West Open from 20th Century Lanes in Boise, Idaho, and the PBA Japan Region’s first events of the year, the DHC Japan Cheetah and Women’s Cheetah Opens at Nagoya Grandbowl in Aichi, Japan.

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.


● “Let’s Go Bowling Show,” which debuted in 2006 in Clearwater, Fla., with host Ken Van Baber and PBA legend Mark Roth, celebrated its 500th broadcast in mid-July. Now available by audio and video streaming around the world, the weekly radio show has regularly featured PBA champions, industry leaders and other bowling news-makers. Tampa area pro shop operator and bowling instructor Bill Zuben is currently co-host. To watch current and archived programs, visit www.gobowlingshow.com.

● Storm Products Global Ambassador Bob Hart, a former PBA Tour rep and member of the USBC Hall of Fame, will be inducted into the Georgia State Bowling Hall of Fame on August 8.

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Parker Bohn III Wins Treasure Island Resort & Casino Open for Second PBA50 Tour Title of the Season

by Jerry Schneider July 22, 2015 15:00

In a title match featuring two PBA Hall of Fame players with a combined 71 titles on the PBA Tour, Parker Bohn III of Jackson, N.J., defeated Pete Weber of St. Ann, Mo., to win the PBA50 Treasure Island Resort & Casino Open presented by Roto Grip Wednesday to notch his second PBA50 Tour title of the season.

Bohn, who solidified his position as a contender for PBA50 Player of the Year honors, defeated 37-time PBA Tour winner Weber, 259-238, in the championship match which was also his third career PBA50 Tour title.

In the title match, Bohn survived a potentially devastating open in the eighth frame when he left the 2-4-6-7-10 split which he failed to convert after bowling the first seven strikes of the match.

“The ball just hung up in my hand which threw off my push-away,” said Bohn, who has won 34 titles on the PBA Tour. “I wasn’t too worried because I had a pretty good lead at that point and I knew right away what to do to correct it.”

Bohn, who won the season-opening Pasco County Florida Open, did indeed correct the problem throwing strikes in the ninth and the first ball in the 10th which was enough to shut out Weber who was trying for his second win of the season after winning the Suncoast PBA Senior U.S. Open in June.

As the No. 4 qualifier in the finals, Bohn had to win three matches against tough opponents to get to the championship match against Weber who was the No. 1 qualifier.

In the opening match Bohn defeated eight-time PBA50 Tour champion and two-time PBA50 Tour Player of the Year Ron Mohr of Las Vegas, 242-193. In a battle of lefthanders, Bohn defeated eight-time PBA Tour winner and PBA50 Tour rookie Mike Scroggins of Amarillo, Texas, who was trying for his third win of the season, 268-216. In the semifinal match Bohn defeated Hall of Famer and 25-time PBA Tour winner Brian Voss of Centennial, Colo., 258-202, who was trying for his first PBA50 Tour win.

“I know it sounds like a cliché but you have to take one game and one tournament at a time, especially at this point in the season,” Bohn said. “When you look at a finals lineup like we had tonight with this much talent, if you even think about thinking too far ahead you’re asking for trouble.”

By winning the title Bohn joined Scroggins, also a Player of the Year contender and leading contender for Rookie of the Year, as the only two-time winners this season.

In addition to the race for PBA Player of the Year, the top eight in points will earn entries into the GEICO World Series of Bowling VII in Reno this December where they will vie for the two championship match spots in the PBA Challenge finals which will be televised by ESPN. Weber, Scroggins, Bohn and Mohr are all presently solidly in the top eight in points.

The PBA50 Tour travels to Ashwaubenon Bowling Lanes in Green Bay, Wis. July 27-Aug. 2 for the United States Bowling Congress Senior Masters. The Senior Masters is the second and final major of the season.

Island Xtreme Bowl, Welch, Minn., Wednesday

Final Standings

1, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., $7,500.
2, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., $4,000.
3, Brian Voss, Centennial, Colo., $2,500.
4, Mike Scroggins, Amarillo, Texas, $2,000.
5, Ron Mohr, Las Vegas, $1,750.

Stepladder Results

Match One – Bohn def. Mohr, 242-193.
Match Two – Bohn def. Scroggins, 268-216.
Semifinal Match – Bohn def. Voss, 258-202.
Championship – Bohn def. Weber, 259-238.

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

1, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 5-1, 1,570.
2, Brian Voss, Centennial, Colo., 3-2-1, 1,549.
3, Mike Scroggins, Amarillo, Texas, 4-2, 1,509.
4, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 4-2, 1,494.
5, Ron Mohr, Las Vegas, 4-1-1, 1,484.
6, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., 3-3, 1,446, $1,500.
7, Bob Learn Jr., Erie, Pa., 4-2, 1,442, $1,500.
8, Bryan Goebel, Shawnee, Kan., 4-2, 1,405, $1,500.
9, Brian LeClair, Delmar, N.Y., 3-3, 1,386, $1,300.
10, Mike Dias, Lafayette, Colo., 3-3, 1,384, $1,300.
11, Harry Sullins, Chesterfield Twp., Mich., 2-4, 1,370, $1,300.
12, a-Sam Lantto, Eden Prairie, Minn., 1-5, 1,345, $1,300.
13, Peter Knopp, Germany, 1-5, 1,318, $1,300.
14, Tom Baker, King, N.C., 2-4, 1,317, $1,300.
15, John Burkett, Southlake, Texas, 2-3-1, 1,306, $1,300.
16, Don Blatchford, Santa Monica, Calif., 1-4-1, 1,216, $1,300.

Modified Match Play Round 1 (after five games, including match play bonus pins)

17, Darron Peters, Temecula, Calif., 3-2, 1,133, $1,125.
18, David Axon, Bellevue, Neb., 2-3, 1,086, $1,125.
19, Michael Henry, Brunswick, Ohio, 1-4, 1,081, $1,125.
20, Bill McCorkle, Westerville, Ohio, 2-3, 1,054, $1,125.
21, Darryl Traber, Waterford, Wis., 2-3, 1,030, $1,125.
22, Steve Stein, Staten Island, N.Y., 1-4, 1,017, $1,125.
23, Christopher Keane, Cape Coral, Fla., 1-4, 1,001, $1,125.
24, Dale Eagle, Laguna Niguel, Calif., 1-4, 939, $1,125.

Other Cashers (after five-game cashers’ round)

25, Lennie Boresch Jr., Kenosha, Wis., 1,049, $1,050.
26, Paul McCordic, Sugar Land, Texas, 1,040, $1,050.
27, Tommy Martin, Olive Branch, Miss., 1,024, $1,050.
28, Dave Bernhardt, Romeo, Mich., 1,015, $1,050.
29, Jerry Brunette Jr., Rochester, N.Y., 1,005, $1,050.
30, James Knoblauch, Waukesha, Wis., 1,000, $1,050.
31, Edward Silva, Manteca, Calif., 995, $1,000.
32, Jeff Richgels, Madison, Wis., 982, $1,000.
33, Ted Staikoff, Black Hawk, S.D., 981, $1,000.
34, Bob Micek, Woodbury, Minn., 973, $1,000.
35, Todd Kjell, Roscoe, Ill., 961, $1,000.
36, John Dudak, Orland Park, Ill., 930, $1,000.
37, Brian Cooper, Henderson, Nev., 917, $1,000.
38, Thomas Ream, Tampa, Fla., 876, $1,000.

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Striking Against Breast Cancer Mixed Doubles Continues to Honor Luci Bonneau’s Memory; Sold Out Field Heads to Houston July 31-Aug. 2

by Bill Vint July 22, 2015 07:09

HOUSTON, Texas - After watching her best friend, Luci Bonneau, lose her painful struggle against breast cancer in 1999, Donna Conners made a pledge to honor Bonneau’s memory in a way that would have a lasting impact.

Sixteen years and $650,000 later, Luci Bonneau has not been forgotten and her memory has never been more appreciated, thanks to Conners’ dedication to do something special.

Most bowling fans refer to it as “The Luci,” but the mixed doubles bowling tournament that Conners created in Bonneau’s memory will reach new heights when it takes place July 31-Aug. 2 at Palace Lanes in Houston.

It is now more accurately called the PBA/PWBA Xtra Frame Striking Against Breast Cancer Mixed Doubles. In its 16th year, the tournament will include its largest entry ever, including a large contingent of Professional Bowlers Association and Professional Women’s Bowling Association stars headlining a sold-out field of 256 competitors. Latecomers are hoping for no-shows so they can get into the championship tournament, and Houston area grassroots bowlers are hoping for vacancies in the sold-out pro-am tournament field.

This year, for the first time, the male and female winners (assuming they are PBA or PWBA members) will earn PBA/PWBA national titles in addition to splitting a $15,000 first prize. And bowling fans around the world will be able to follow the event from start to finish, live on PBA’s Xtra Frame online video-streaming service.

“In 1999 when Luci died, we were talking and decided, let’s run a bowling tournament,” Conners said. “In 2000, I decided I was going to put together an event the way I wanted it to be, with tough conditions because breast cancer is a tough battle. It was a shot in the dark, and it worked, and it sold out.”

The inaugural event at 32-lane Dynamic Lanes sold out its pro-am tournament for two nights. Conners said the first event raised $7,000 for the weekend. “We thought we had really raised some money,” she said. “So we kept at it, involving vendors I work with at our pro shop and we reached the outside world when (Storm Products co-owner) Barb Chrisman got involved. From that day forward, Storm has sponsored us every year and we just keep growing.”

Since its inception, “The Luci” has sold out. In previous years, the tournament field was open to 84 teams, bowling on two squads, before the event moved to 44-lane Palace Lanes, which is owned by PBA and USBC Hall of Famer Bill Lillard, after Dynamic Lanes closed. This year, Conners added a third squad, opened the tournament to 126 teams, and immediately filled that quota with 15 additional teams on the waiting list.

“We were going to stay with 84 teams, but those sold out in 24 hours and I’m asking myself, am I going to turn away teams?,” she said. “No way.”

Over the years, the tournament originally called the Luci Bonneau Memorial Mixed Doubles has raised approximately $650,000 to combat breast cancer. Until two years ago, all of the money was donated to the Stehlin Foundation, a research facility looking for a cure to breast cancer. Bonneau, a talented bowler and one of the former Ladies Pro Bowlers Tour’s most popular regional competitors, had been treated at St. Joseph’s Hospital by Dr. Stehlin, Conners explained. Two years ago, St. Joseph’s Hospital was sold and the new ownership shut down the Stehlin Foundation “so we started our own 501(c)3 Striking Against Breast Cancer charity,” she said “The money we’ve raised is now being donated to The Rose, a Houston-based organization that helps women who can’t afford breast care treatment or mammograms, and the Huntsman Group, a cancer research based in Utah.”

The tournament has never forgotten Conners’ original philosophy. It’s deliberately difficult.

“We’ve made changes in the format to make things tough,” Conners said. “I don’t ever want people to forget what Luci had to go through.

“It’s insane,” she added, referring to the overwhelming support she has received. “Our vendors provide all kinds of giveaways for the pro-am. We have drawings, prizes, a lot going on from the day we start until it’s over.

“My mission statement is that you have to have players to bowl the tournament. If you don’t have the players, you don’t have a pro-am. If you don’t have pro-am, you can’t raise money. It’s all about the players. That’s the rule we live by. (PBA Tour competitor) Dino Castillo organizes the pro-am. Our rule is, if a player entered in the pro-am doesn’t show up to bowl, he/she is fined $500 and the money goes to PBA,” Conners said. “But the players are so involved. They’re great; they make it happen.”

Conners is hoping to raise between $80,000 and $90,000 this year, but “we can only fit so many people into the building at one time.”

Among the all-star cast of competitors entered are three-time winners Shannon Pluhowsky of Kettering, Ohio, and Tommy Jones, a 16-time PBA Tour champion from Simpsonville, S.C.; defending champions Missy Parkin of Laguna Hills, Calif., and former PBA Rookie of the Year Scott Norton of Mission Viejo, Calif.; the husband and wife teams of Chris and Lynda Barnes of Double Oak, Texas, and Tina and Stu Williams of Phoenix, Ariz.; native Colombians Clara Guerrero and Andres Gomez, and two-time former winners Shannon O’Keefe (with Bill O’Neill) and Carolyn Dorin-Ballard (with Mike Fagan). The field also includes a number of PBA Tour, PWBA Tour, PBA Regional and collegiate champions as well as past-and-present Team USA members.

For a complete roster of bowlers entered, visit pba.com, click here: http://www.pba.com/Tournaments/Regional/3594

To subscribe to Xtra Frame, visit pba.com and click on the Xtra Frame link. Subscriptions are available for three days ($3.99), a full month ($7.99) or a full year (XF Season Ticket for $64.99).

For those who would like to support Conners’ efforts, but can’t attend the event, visit http://www.strikingagainstbreastcancer.org/ to make a contribution online.


Palace Lanes, Houston, Texas, July 31-Aug. 2

Thursday, July 30
2 p.m. – Open practice session
Friday, July 31
9 a.m. – Open practice session
1 p.m. - C Squad, 8 qualifying games
7 p.m. - Pro-am squad
Saturday, Aug. 1
8 a.m. - A Squad, 8 qualifying games
1 p.m. - B Squad, 8 qualifying games

Top 30 games after 8 games advance to cashers’ round
8 p.m. - Pro-am squad

Sunday, Aug. 20
8 a.m. - Top 30 teams, 4-game cashers’ round
Top 8 teams after 12 games advance to round-robin match play
Noon - Top 8 teams, 8 games round robin match play



2000 - Donna Conners/Mark Scroggins

2001 - Amy Dillon/Chris Barnes

2002 - Diandra (Hyman) Asbaty/Dino Castillo

2003 - Genie Franklin/Wes Malott

2004 - Krystal Scott/Russ Wilson

2005 - Rachel Perez/Paul Fleming

2006 - Carolyn Dorin-Ballard/Marc Laracuente

2007 - Shannon Pluhowsky/Tommy Jones

2008 - Shannon Pluhowsky/Tommy Jones

2009 - Carolyn Dorin-Ballard/Parker Bohn III

2010 - Shannon Pluhowsky/Tommy Jones

2011 - Shannon Pluhowsky/Tommy Jones

2012 - Shannon O’Keefe/Bryan O’Keefe

2013 - Shannon O’Keefe/Bill O’Neill

2014 - Missy Parkin/Scott Norton

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Ron Mohr and John Burkett Top PBA50 Treasure Island Resort & Casino Open Qualifying

by Jerry Schneider July 21, 2015 14:48

Ron Mohr of Las Vegas earned top qualifier honors for the PBA50 Treasure Island Resort & Casino Open presented by Roto Grip Tuesday at Island Xtreme Bowl, but withstood a charge from retired Major League Baseball All-Star pitcher John Burkett of Southlake, Texas, who finished the day in second just eight pins behind.

Mohr and Burkett led a field of 30 players from the original 90-player field who advanced to Wednesday’s match play rounds.

Mohr, an eight-time PBA50 Tour winner and two-time PBA50 Player of the Year, finished the round with a 3,777 16-game pinfall (236 average) bowling games of 227, 213, 259, 213, 233, 217, 216 and 226 in Tuesday’s eight-game second round.

“My goal was to earn the two-round bye for match play but after that I wanted to go for the lead,” said Mohr. “I was able to find a good shot on each pair of lanes today. Bowling on a fresh lane condition this morning I knew it was going to be a little harder to shoot a big number but I bowled well enough where at least I wasn’t going backwards.”

Burkett earned his best qualifying finish of the season with a 3,769 16-game pinfall (235.5 average). He bowled games of 213, 204, 256, 226, 275, 267, 248 and 238 in the second round.

“This is definitely another milestone for me,” said the 50-year-old Burkett who has made match play in five of the six tournaments he has entered this season. “To be able to challenge for the qualifying lead in a field with this much talent is a huge confidence boost for me.”

Mohr’s best finish this season was third in the Johnny Petraglia BVL Open and he is hoping to end a three-year drought without a PBA50 Tour win.

Burkett, competing in his PBA50 Tour rookie season, is trying to improve upon a season’s-best finish of fourth which came in the Northern California Classic back in June.

Rounding out the top eight players who earned a two-round match play bye were PBA Hall of Famers Parker Bohn III of Jackson, N.J. and Pete Weber of St. Ann, Mo. who finished third and fourth respectively, with 3,685 and 3,671 pinfall totals. Finishing fifth was two-time PBA50 Tour winner Bob Learn Jr. of Erie, Pa., with 3,656, followed by 10-time PBA Tour winner Bryan Goebel, Shawnee, Kan., 3,654; three-time PBA50 Tour winner Harry Sullins, Chesterfield Twp., Mich., 3,644, and two-time PBA50 Tour winner Mike Dias, Lafayette, Colo., 3,625.

Defending champion Hall of Famer Walter Ray Williams Jr. of Oxford, Fla., advanced to match play finishing 17th with a 3,478 pinfall.

Wednesday’s rounds begin at 9 a.m. CT. The top five after match play will advance to the stepladder finals scheduled for 6 p.m. CT.

Xtra Frame, PBA’s online bowling channel, is providing live coverage of the Treasure Island Resort & Casino Open . For subscription information visit http://www.xtraframe.tv/pba/.


Island Xtreme Bowl, Welch, Minn., Tuesday

Second Round Standings

(after 16 games; top 16 advance to match play; 17th-30th places plus eight PBA60 players advance to cashers round to determine eight additional match play finalists)

1, Ron Mohr, Las Vegas, 3,777.
2, John Burkett, Southlake, Texas, 3,769.
3, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 3,685.
4, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 3,671.
5, Bob Learn Jr., Erie, Pa., 3,656.
6, Bryan Goebel, Shawnee, Kan., 3,654.
7, Harry Sullins, Chesterfield Twp., Mich., 3,644.
8, Mike Dias, Lafayette, Colo., 3,625.
9, Brian Voss, Centennial, Colo., 3,603.
10, Tom Baker, King, N.C., 3,566.
11, a-Sam Lantto, Eden Prairie, Minn., 3,564.
12, Christopher Keane, Cape Coral, Fla., 3,563.
13, Mike Scroggins, Amarillo, Texas, 3,542.
14, Dale Eagle, Laguna Niguel, Calif., 3,519.
15, Brian LeClair, Delmar, N.Y., 3,513.
16, Don Blatchford, Santa Monica, Calif., 3,499.
17, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., 3,478.
18, Paul McCordic, Sugar Land, Texas, 3,443.
19, David Axon, Bellevue, Neb., 3,442.
20, Brian Cooper, Henderson, Nev., 3,440.
21, Jeff Richgels, Madison, Wis., 3,437.
22, Peter Knopp, Germany, 3,434.
23, Tommy Martin, Olive Branch, Miss., 3,421.
24, Lennie Boresch Jr., Kenosha, Wis., 3,408.
25, Darron Peters, Temecula, Calif., 3,405.
26, Todd Kjell, Roscoe, Ill., 3,383.
27, Jerry Brunette Jr., Rochester, N.Y., 3,369.
28, Bob Micek, Woodbury, Minn., 3,367.
29, Darryl Traber, Waterford, Wis., 3,363.
30, John Dudak, Orland Park, Ill., 3,344.
31, Dave Flemming, Fairborn, Ohio, 3,329.
32, a-Ron Cleveland, St. Paul, Minn., 3,316.
33, (tie) ss-Bill McCorkle, Westerville, Ohio, and Kevin Foley, Reno, Nev., 3,312.
35, Joel Carlson, Omaha, Neb., 3,304.
36, ss-Edward Silva, Manteca, Calif., 3,302,
37, ss-Steve Stein, Staten Island, N.Y., 3,300.
38, (tie) Brent Beery, Kansas City, Mo., and Dale Traber, Cedarburg, Wis., 3,291.
40, ss-Michael Henry, Brunswick, Ohio, 3,282.
41, Rob Rice, Sunnyside, Wash., 3,281.
42, Terry Metzner, Kentwood, Mich., 3,273.
43, a-David Oulman, Medford, Minn., 3,268.
44, ss-Ted Staikoff, Black Hawk, S.D., 3,267.
45, ss-James Knoblauch, Waukesha, Wis., 3,258.
46, ss-Dave Bernhardt, Romeo, Mich., 3,255.
47, ss-Thomas Ream, Tampa, Fla., 3,253.
48, Kerry Painter, Henderson, Nev., 3,252.
49, Kent Wagner, Bradenton, Fla., 3,249.
50, Robert Spaulding, Mckinney, Texas, 3,233.
51, John Brockland, St. Charles, Mo., 3,223.
52, Lyle Zikes, Arlington Heights, Ill., 3,222.
53, Dennis Lane, Kingsport, Tenn., 3,215.
54, Tracy Teeters, Eugene, Ore., 3,204.
55, Phillip Moros, Lombard, Ill., 3,186.
56, Warren Burr, Wilmington, Del., 3,181.
57, Marc Lineberry, Camanche, Iowa, 3,178.
58, Jerry Lau, St. Peters, Mo., 3,177.
59, Bill Hewlett, Eagle, Idaho, 3,156.
60, Don Breeden, Clive, Iowa, 3,143.
61, Tony Majcher, Rolling Meadows, Ill., 3,133.
62, Jeff Moore, Boone, Iowa, 3,116.
63, Robert Harvey, Boise, Idaho, 3,112.
64, Tom Carter, Columbus, Ohio, 3,111.
65, Bob Knipple, Long Beach, Calif., 3,102.
66, Michael Chrzanowski, Shepherd, Mich., 3,101.
67, Steven Jansson, Barnes, Wisc., 3,093.
68, Dana Wright, St. Paul, Minn., 3,090.
69, John Austin, Friendswood, Texas, 3,050.
70, Paul Mielens, Menomonie, Wis., 3,023.
71, Bill Henson, Westerville, Ohio, 3,017.
72, Brian Miller, Springfield, Ohio, 2,999.
73, a-Curtis Matlock, Cloquet, Minn., 2,988.
74, Brendan Bierch, Grafton, Mass., 2,983.
75, Glen Nakagawa, Highland Village, Texas, 2,982.
76, George Lord, Lakeland, Fla., 2,978.
77, Tim Pierce, Portland, Ore., 2,972.
78, Dennis Erckfritz, Sioux Falls, S.D., 2,935.
79, Howard Frostman, Washburn, Wis., 2,915.
80, Mike Schmid, St. Paul, Minn., 2,910.
81, Ken Waters, Kingsport, Tenn., 2,905.
82, Galen Keas, Alda, Neb., 2,903.
83, Bill Idzior, Crown Point, Ind., 2,895.
84, Larry Helton, Bolingbrook, Ill., 2,836.
85, Lew Elting, Carlsbad, Calif., 2,808.
86, Allen Meskan, Addison, Ill., 2,722.
87, Al Danz Jr., Escanaba, Mich., 2,714.
88, Robert Teeters, Lapel, Ind., 2,670.
89, a- Dean Bruinsma, Clear Lake, S.D., 2,601.
90, a-Dale Lipovsky, Apple Valley, Minn., 1,455.

ss-denotes PBA60 players ages 60 and over out of the regular prize list cashing for $1,000.

a-denotes amateur

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