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.
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PBA50 TREASURE ISLAND RESORT & CASINO OPEN PRESENTED BY ROTO GRIP
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.