Bohn, Weber, Allen, Blanchard Earn PBA Challenge Finals Berths as GEICO WSOB VII Gets Underway

by Bill Vint December 7, 2015 16:29

RENO, Nev. – Parker Bohn III of Jackson, N.J.; Pete Weber of St. Ann, Mo.; Patrick Allen of Mt. Kisco, N.Y., and Josh Blanchard of Phoenix earned berths in the PBA Challenge Finals Monday to kick off 14 days of competition in the GEICO Professional Bowlers Association World Series of Bowling VII presented by Silver Legacy at the National Bowling Stadium.

Bohn, with a 257-236 victory in the eighth and final match, advanced from fourth place to first in the PBA50 Tour Challenge qualifying event, breaking open an intense position round that began with the top four players only 27 pins apart. Weber claimed the second berth in the PBA50 Tour Challenge Finals when Ron Mohr of Las Vegas, who led by one pin heading into the final match, failed to strike out in his match against Bob Learn Jr. of Erie, Pa. Mohr defeated Learn, 185-174, but it wasn’t enough to hold off Weber.

Bohn finished the eight-game contest with 1,911 pins, including match play bonus pins, while Weber finished with a 1,884 total. Venezuela’s Amleto Monacelli threw a closing 258 to finish third with 1,868 pins and Mohr, a last-minute substitute in the PBA50 Tour event for injured Mike Scroggins of Amarillo, Texas, dropped to fourth with 1,866 pins.

The PBA50 Tour field featured the top eight players in competition points during the 2015 PBA Tour season.

In the PBA Regional Challenge included the 2015 points leaders in the eight PBA Regional programs. Allen, representing the PBA East Region, defeated Blanchard in the final match, 256-203, to overtake the defending PBA Regional Challenge champion with 2,019 total pins. Blanchard, the PBA West Region representative, finished with 1,962 pins, 19 ahead of Northwest Region representative Scott Norton of Mission Viejo, Calif.

Monday’s four qualifiers will be joined in the PBA Challenge Finals by the top two players in the PWBA-PBA Women’s Regional qualifying event that will be held on Friday, Dec. 18, and Teen Masters boys and girls champions Brandon Soedarmasto of Levittown, N.Y., and Brigitte Jacobs of Freeport, Ill. The four-match special event will be contested on Saturday, Dec. 19, at the National Bowling Stadium for telecast by ESPN on Sunday, Jan. 24 at 3 p.m. ET.

GEICO WSOB VII competition continues Tuesday with the nine-game qualifying round in the PBA Cheetah Championship presented by PBA Bowling Challenge Mobile Game. A field of 245 players from 21 countries will battle for 24 positions in the best-of-five-game match play elimination round that will take place on Monday, Dec. 14.

All qualifying and match play rounds of the World Series of Bowling will be covered live, exclusively by PBA’s online video streaming service, Xtra Frame. For subscription information, visit and click on the Xtra Frame link. Real-time results also will be posted on under its “live scoring” link.


Final Standings (after 8 games including match play bonus pins; top two players advance to PBA Challenge Finals on Saturday, Dec. 18; ESPN telecast on Sunday, Jan. 24, at 3 p.m. ET):

1, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 4-4, 1,911.
2, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 5-3, 1,884.
3, Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, 4-4, 1,868, $1,000.
4, Ron Mohr, Las Vegas, 6-2, 1,866, $700.
5, Jack Jurek, Lackawanna, N.Y., 3-5, 1,827, $600.
6, Bob Learn Jr., Erie, Pa., 4-4, 1,824, $500.
7, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., 3-5, 1,792, $400.
8, Brian LeClair, Delmar, N.Y., 3-5, 1,722, $300.


Final Standings (after 8 games including match play bonus pins; top two players advance to PBA Challenge Finals on Saturday, Dec. 18; ESPN telecast on Sunday, Jan. 24, at 3 p.m. ET):

1, Patrick Allen, Wesley Chapel, Fla., 6-2, 2,019.
2, Josh Blanchard, Gilbert, Ariz., 5-3, 1,962.
3, Scott Norton, Costa Mesa, Calif., 5-3, 1,943, $1,000.
4, Mitch Beasley, Nashville, Tenn., 3-5, 1,845, $700.
5, Nathan Bohr, Austin, Texas, 4-4, 1,838, $600.
6, Tom Daugherty, Tampa, Fla., 4-4, 1,767, $500.
7, Patrick Dombrowski, Parma, Ohio, 3-5, 1,697, $400.
8, Pat Nolan, Japan, 2-6, 1,594, $300.

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Lifelong Friends Bill McCorkle, Bill Henson Achieve Their PBA Dream in Ironically Coincidental Fashion

by Bill Vint August 24, 2015 04:09

Editor’s Note: Friends since childhood, growing up together in Westerville, Ohio, PBA60 players Bill McCorkle and Bill Henson achieved their dream of winning a national PBA title by winning the same tournament in Fort Wayne, Ind., in back-to-back years.

Below, McCorkle tells the story of the pair’s friendship and oddly similar experiences.

Bill Henson and I were born in 1952 and grew up together in Westerville, Ohio. We began bowling at an early age at Westerville Lanes, one of the last “dry” (no alcohol served) bowling centers in the country.

We both played all sports. We were both pitchers in Little League baseball, advancing to Pony League and eventually to high school. Around 1961 at age 9, we became good friends bowling in youth bowling leagues on Saturday mornings. Both of us admired and respected each other when we pitched on opposing teams in Little League. We still have the score sheet from the 1-0 pitcher’s duel in 1962. (Footnote: McCorkle was the winning pitcher that day, allowing only one hit. Henson allowed two, but one of them was a home run “by the only good hitter we had,” McCorkle recalls. “I always remind him he never should have pitched to that kid.”)

Both of us also worked at Westerville Lanes as porters, cleaning the ash trays and filling the pop machines and we even did a little pin jumping in the back. While in high school, both of us practiced a lot and worked very hard on our games. We bowled in the adult All Star and Classic leagues as youngsters and dreamed of becoming professional bowlers. We earned the nicknames “Mac” and “Hac.” And we graduated from Westerville High School together in 1970.

Let’s fast forward about 52 years later to 2014. Both of us are in our 60s. We are both very proud grandfathers and still live in Westerville, just north of Columbus. We bowl together in a high-powered scratch league in Columbus along with a couple of fellow PBA champions, PBA Hall of Famer Roy Buckley and Mike Henry of nearby Gahanna. We compete regularly on the PBA50 Tour, traveling the country to compete against the greatest bowlers in the world.

We’ve both had success winning PBA regional titles, but neither of us has ever given up our childhood dream to be a national PBA champion and earn a banner that is displayed over the lanes at each tournament site along with the best champions ever to throw a bowling ball.

My bowling dream came true in 2014 when I won my first national title in the inaugural PBA60 Dick Weber Super Senior Classic at Pro Bowl West in Ft. Wayne, Ind. In an odd coincidence, left-handed Mike Henry, a teammate of mine in league in Columbus, was leading the tournament going into the final position round game. A loss in the last game dropped Henry to fifth place for the stepladder finals and I qualified second behind Johnny Petraglia, one of the greatest bowlers in PBA history.

After I beat Dave Patchen, another Ohioan, 212-195, in the semifinal match, I defeated Petraglia in the title match, 244-173. Petraglia, the legendary lefthander who was the bowler of the year in 1971, is the only bowler in PBA history to win national titles in six different decades and he was trying to become the oldest bowler to win a PBA national event at age of 67.

At the end of the 2014 season, both were nominees for the PBA50 Tour’s Dick Weber Sportsmanship Award, which is voted on by our peers. It was a proud moment even though Chris Keane of Cape Coral, Fla., was the top vote-getter.

This year, one year after my win, my good friend “Hac” made his bowling dream come true when he won his first national title in the second annual Dick Weber Super Senior Classic, also at Pro Bowl West in Fort Wayne.

Once again, our friend Mike Henry was leading the tournament going into position round before he lost and dropped into third place for the stepladder finals. Once again the title went through Petraglia who this time was the tournament leader, and now trying to become the oldest to win a PBA national event at age 68.

On the same pair of lanes (41-42) at Pro Bowl West, Henson began his climb from fourth place, defeating yet another Ohioan, Dave Csuhta of Wadsworth, 247-214; then Henry, 256-225, and finally Kerry Painter of Henderson, Nev., 256-225, to advance to the title match against Petraglia.

In the championship match, Henson def. Petraglia, 244-233, rolling the same winning score I had bowled in winning my first title the previous year.

When I congratulated Bill on his win, it took us both back to memories more than 50 years old. Mac said, “I know how you feel.” Hac laughed and said, “I know you do.”

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PBA Spare Shots: PBA Players Continue Making “Make-A-Wish” Dreams Come True

by Bill Vint August 13, 2015 03:01

Over the years, a number of PBA Tour players have been asked to make dreams come true for youngsters through the Make-A-Wish Foundation. The latest was PBA Tour star Sean Rash of Montgomery, Ill., who granted the wish of 11-year-old cancer survivor Solomon Wohrer of Lancaster, Ohio.

Wohrer, who is recovering from Ewing’s Sarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer, realized his dream by meeting and bowling with Rash prior to the PBA/PBA50 South Shore Doubles at Olympia Lanes in Hammond, Ind.

“I really like bowling and Sean is my favorite bowler,” Wohrer told the Northwest Indiana Tribune. “I thought about meeting wrestler Dean Ambrose, but I really wanted to meet Sean. It’s awesome to have my whole family here.”

In March Rash fulfilled a dream for Make-A-Wish kid Demetri Przybylinski, a 12-year-old from Mokena, Ill., who had a cardiac condition. Przbylinski and his family attended all of the PBA League shows in Portland, Maine, met and bowled with Rash, toured the behind-the-scenes of a PBA Tour stop including ESPN and PBA trucks, and he received a new a Radical ball from Rash.

“It isn’t anything you get used to or want to get used to,” said the eight-time Tour winner and former Player of the Year. “Anytime you can make a young kid smile, that’s what it’s all about.”

Earlier this season PBA Hall of Famer Walter Ray Williams Jr. made a dream come true for 14-year-old Matt Brauckman of Carroll, Iowa at the Barbasol PBA Tournament of Champions in Indianapolis. Brauckman, who has Hodgkin’s lymphoma, beat Williams in a challenge match, 213-206.


Next up on Xtra Frame will be PBA60 Dick Weber Super Senior Open, presented by Pro Bowl West and Hammer, from Ft. Wayne, Ind., Friday thru Sunday, and the PWBA Lincoln Open from Sun Valley Lanes in Lincoln, Neb., Friday and Saturday.

The Xtra Frame PBA Gene Carter’s Pro Shop Eastern Classic from Mid-County Bowling and Entertainment Center in Middletown, Del., Aug. 22-23, and the PWBA Minnesota Open from Island Xtreme Bowl in Welch, Minn., Aug. 21-22, are set for the following week. Wrapping up the August schedule will be the PWBA Detroit Open from Super Bowl in Canton, Mich., Aug. 28-29.

Bowling fans who want to sample Xtra Frame can subscribe on a three-day (72-hour) basis for only $3.99. Fans can lock in the entire August package with a full month Xtra Frame subscription for only $7.99. But PBA’s best package is the 12-month XF Season Ticket for $64.99, or $5.41 per month. To sign up, visit and click on the Xtra Frame link.


Tom Smallwood’s underdog victory in the 2009 PBA World Championship will be the newest addition to the PBA Modern Classics library on PBA’s YouTube channel, starting Friday. Smallwood’s victory was an American success story, emerging from the ranks of America’s unemployed after being laid off at General Motors to chase a dream. He entered the old PBA Tour Trials, earned an exemption to bowl a full season on the PBA Tour, and converted his chance into the World Championship with an upset win over Wes Malott of Pflugerville, Texas, earning his first PBA Tour title along with a $50,000 first prize. To watch all of the PBA Modern Classic championship events on YouTube, click here:


PBA Tour titlist Tom Daugherty of Wesley Chapel, Fla., defeated future PBA Hall of Famer Tommy Jones of Simpsonville, S.C. 268-170, to win the PBA Strike N Spare II Midwest Region Open at Strike N Spare II in Lockport, Ill., Sunday.

Daugherty collected his first PBA Midwest Region title and earned $2,200 in an event that featured a number of top PBA Tour players who were in the area in advance of the Xtra Frame PBA/PBA50 Tour South Shore Double at Olympia Lanes in Hammond, Ind. Jones, a 16-time PBA Tour winner, defeated former PBA Player of the Year Sean Rash of Montgomery, Ill., 228-169, in the semifinal game to advance to the championship match after defeating Mitchell Katic of Whiting, Ill., 214-206, to start the stepladder finals.

Rick Graham of Lancaster, Pa. defeated Rusty Thomsen of South Amboy, N.J., 225-205, to win the PBA Bowlers Supply/Storm Products Eastern Open at Colony Park North Lanes in York, Pa., Sunday. It was Graham’s third PBA Regional title, his first since 2011, and earned him $2,700.

Graham advanced to the championship match by defeating Jon Van Hees of Charlestown, R.I., 211-197, in the semifinal round while Thomsen defeated Greg Ostrander of Freehold, N.J., 258-187, in the other semi-final match.

Former PBA member Clint Dacy from Keller, Texas, defeated Andy Patterson of Tyler, Texas, 210-180, to win the 19th annual PBA Killeen Southwest Open at Hallmark Lanes in Killeen, Texas, Sunday.

After receiving a first round bye in the single-elimination match play finals, Dacy eliminated Anthony Lavery-Spahr of Pasadena, Texas, 2-1, in the best-of-three-game Round of 12; three-time Southwest Region Player of the Year David Anthony of Austin, Texas, in the Round of 8, 2-0, and Brandon Bivens of East Ridge, Tenn., in the semifinal round, 208-203.

After qualifying in 14th place, Patterson eliminated Amarillo’s Mason Edmondson in the Round of 12, 2-1; Josh Maxson of Arlington, Texas, 2-0, in the Round of 8, and 18-year-old two-hander Anthony Simonsen of Princeton, Texas, 226-204, to reach the final match.

● The Aug. 14-16 PBA Regional schedule includes the Lefeld Implement Central/Midwest Classic at Pla-Mor Lanes in Coldwater, Ohio; the Dave Husted Northwest Open presented by MOTIV at Husted’s Milwaukie Bowl In Milwaukie, Ore.; the Crystal Automotive Spring Hill South Open presented by Track at Spring Hill Lanes in Spring Hill, Fla.; the Emerald Bowl Houston Southwest Challenge for non-title winners, presented by Track, in Houston, Texas, and the PBA50 Craig Mueller Memorial presented by Ebonite at Jersey Lanes in Linden, N.J.

● PBA50 Central and Midwest players will visit Bowling Green, Ohio, Aug. 17-19, for the PBA50 Progressive/German Insurance/Al Smith Chrysler-Dodge-Jeep Central/Midwest Classic at Al-Mar Lanes followed by the PBA50 Beverly Lanes Midwest/Central Open in Arlington Heights, Ill., Aug. 21-23. Also on the Aug. 21-23 schedule are the Greenville Southwest Open presented by DV8 at Shenaniganz in Greenville, Texas, and the PBA Xtra Frame Gene Carter Pro Shop East Classic at Mid-County Lanes in Middletown, Del., where a projected $15,000 first prize and a PBA Tour title will be at stake (Xtra Frame will cover the Gene Carter Pro Shop event live from start to finish).

● Closing out the August schedule over the Aug. 28-30 weekend will be the Tony Reyes Memorial Member/Non-Member Doubles presented by Brunswick at Fourth Street Bowl in San Jose, Calif.; the Grand Hotel, Casino & Resort Southwest Invitation at FireLake Bowling Center in Shawnee, Okla.; the LaFayette Lanes Fayetteville (N.C.) South Open presented by 900 Global, and the Illinois Valley Midwest/Central Open at I.V. Super Bowl in Peru, Ill.

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


Craig Pezzano, the 57-year-old son of the late PBA Hall of Famer Chuck Pezzano, died unexpectedly Monday in Clifton, N.J. Craig Pezzano operated Pezzano’s Pro Shop inside Van Houten Lanes for 25 years, and had been employed by the center for an even longer period of time. He is survived by brothers Charles (Linda) Pezzano of Hawthorne, N.J.; Curt (Diane) Pezzano of Stevensville, Md., and Clay Pezzano of Clifton. Funeral services will be held Friday at the Bizub-Quinlan Funeral Home in Clifton. In lieu of flowers, the family asked that a donation be made to the Junior Bowlers Tour Scholarship Fund, 198 10th Ave., Hawthorne, NJ 07506.

● DV8 has joined the PBA “sweepstakes club,” offering a new high-performance DV8 Vandal to a lucky person who becomes a first-time Xtra Frame subscriber. A DV8 winner will be selected each month among those who purchase a monthly ($7.99) or XF Season Ticket (12-month plan for $64.99). New subscribers will be automatically entered into the sweepstakes.

● Book a room through’s link on and you’ll automatically become eligible to win a $200 lodging certificate in the monthly sweepstakes sponsored by PBA’s official hotel booking partner. Subscribe to Xtra Frame (monthly plan at $7.99 or XF Season Ticket for $64.99) to automatically enter MOTIV’s monthly sweepstakes for a chance to win a new high-performance MOTIV bowling ball.

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Scroggins Wins PBA50 DeHayes Insurance Group Championship for Third Title of the Season; Weber Earns PBA50 Player of the Year

by Jerry Schneider August 12, 2015 13:37

PBA50 Tour rookie Mike Scroggins of Amarillo, Texas, won his third PBA50 Tour title of the season and Pete Weber clinched PBA50 Player of the Year honors Wednesday in the PBA50 DeHayes Insurance Group Championship presented by Pro Bowl West and Ebonite.

Scroggins, who returned to PBA competition in April after a year-long absence because of a serious foot ailment, defeated 10-time PBA Tour winner and finals top qualifier Bryan Goebel of Shawnee, Kan., 278-221, in the title match at Pro Bowl West to become the season’s only three-time winner.

With his three wins Scroggins was the runaway winner for PBA50 Rookie of the Year honors.

“I just wanted to be in the running for rookie of the year when the season started,” Scroggins said. “Winning one tournament would have been icing on the cake. I didn’t know what to expect this season but to have the year I had was much more than I expected.”

Scroggins, who qualified third for the finals defeated Ed Silva of Manteca, Calif., in the second stepladder match, 227-217, and then beat Hall of Famer Walter Ray Williams Jr. of Oxford, Fla., in the semifinal 248-212, to reach the championship match against Goebel.

In the finals Scroggins had to use two different balls, one for each lane, to attack the challenging finals lane condition.

“When I was practicing I was surprised by the ball reaction on the left lane so I had to use a different ball there,” Scroggins said. “It’s something I’ve done before because I prefer to make my adjustments with my equipment rather than moving left or right on the lane.”

In the opening stepladder match, Silva, making his first finals appearance, defeated Hall of Famer Parker Bohn III of Jackson, N.J., 186-184. Bohn, who left a pocket 7-10 split in the 10th frame to lose the match, was also trying for a third PBA50 Tour title this season.

Weber’s seventh-place finish in the tournament was enough to secure PBA50 Player of the Year, his first player of the year crown of any kind during his more than three decade long PBA Hall of Fame career.

“It took me 35 years to do it but I’ve got a Player of the Year title – PBA Tour or PBA50 Tour I don’t care – I’ll take it,” said Weber, who owns 37 PBA Tour titles including a record-tying 10 major wins. “I didn’t have a lot of wins this season, but I had a lot of top finishes and did well in the majors which was good enough to achieve another goal in my career.”

Weber earned PBA50 Player of the Year in large part because of his performances in the Suncoast Senior U.S. Open and USBC Senior Masters, the season’s two majors. He won the Senior U.S. Open and finished second in the Senior Masters. He had other top finishes of second in the Treasure Island Resort & Casino Open and Johnny Petraglia BVL Open, and a third-place finish in the PBA50 Miller High Life Classic.

Hall of Famer and four-time PBA50 Player of the Year Tom Baker of King, N.C., earned his first PBA60 Player of the Year award for players 60 and over.

The top eight players in competition points also earned berths in the PBA Challenge Finals qualifier which is part of the GEICO World Series of Bowling VII this December in Reno, Nev.  The qualifier will determine two finalists who will compete in the PBA50 title match which will be televised by ESPN. Advancing will be Weber, Scroggins, Bohn, Williams, Amleto Monacelli, Brian LeClair, Jack Jurek and Bob Learn Jr.

The PBA50 Tour season will wrap up with the PBA60 Dick Weber Super Senior Classic presented by Pro Bowl West and Hammer, Friday through Sunday for players 60 years and older. Fans can catch all the action on PBA’s online bowling channel Xtra Frame. For subscription information click on


Pro Bowl West, Fort Wayne, Ind., Wednesday

Final Standings

1, Mike Scroggins, Amarillo, Texas, $7,500.
2, Bryan Goebel, Shawnee, Kan., $4,000.
3, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., $2,500.
4, Ed Silva, Manteca, Calif., $2,000.
5, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., $1,750.

Stepladder Results

Match One – Silva def. Bohn, 186-184.
Match Two – Scroggins def. Silva, 227-217.
Semifinal Match – Scroggins def. Williams, 248-212.
Championship – Scroggins def. Goebel, 278-221.

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

1, Bryan Goebel, Shawnee, Kan., 5-1, 1,661.
2, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., 4-2, 1,606.
3, Mike Scroggins, Amarillo, Texas, 5-1, 1,590.
4, Edward Silva, Manteca, Calif., 4-2, 1,556.
5, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 4-2, 1,540.
6, Willie Wells, Las Vegas, 4-2, 1,527, $1,500.
7, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 2-4, 1,507, and John Brockland, St. Charles, Mo., 4-2, 1,507, $1,500.
9, Lennie Boresch Jr, Kenosha, Wis., 2-4, 1,450, $1,300.
10, Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, 2-4, 1,441, $1,300.
11, Michael Henry, Brunswick, Ohio, 3-3, 1,440, $1,300.
12, Sam Maccarone, Blackwood, N.J., 2-4, 1,373, $1,300.
13, Christopher Keane, Cape Coral, Fla., 3-3, 1,354, $1,300.
14, Kerry Painter, Henderson, Nev., 1-5, 1,339, $1,300.
15, Mark Sullivan, Indianapolis, 1-5, 1,335, $1,300.
16, Jerry Brunette Jr., Rochester, N.Y., 2-4, 1,314, $1,300.

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

17, Ralph Brunt Jr., Jensen Beach, Fla., 3-2, 1,239, $1,200.
18, Mike Dias, Lafayette, Colo., 3-2, 1,235, $1,200.
19, Brian LeClair, Delmar, N.Y., 3-2, 1,230, $1,200
20, Terry Metzner, Kentwood, Mich., 2-3, 1,215, $1,200.
21, Lee Brosius, Ashburn, Va., 2-2-1, 1,193, $1,200.
22, Brian Cooper, Henderson, Nev., 3-2, 1,179, $1,200.
23, Bill Henson, Westerville, Ohio, 2-3, 1,152, $1,200.
24,Ron Profitt, Brookville, Ohio, 2-3, 1,140, $1,200.
25, Kent Wagner, Bradenton, Fla., 2-3, 1,138, $1,100.
26, Bob Learn Jr., Erie, Pa., 3-2, 1,136, $1,100.
27, Sammy Ventura, Syracuse, N.Y., 1-4, 1,127, $1,100.
28, Gary Kammes, Winfield, Ill., 1-4, 1,125, $1,100.
29, Paul McCordic, Sugar Land, Texas, 2-3, 1,121, $1,100.
30, Jack Jurek, Lackawanna, N.Y., 1-4, 1,082, $1,100.
31, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 1-4, 1,049, $1,100.
32, Todd Kjell, Roscoe, Ill., 2-3, 1,031, $1,100.

Other Cashers (after five-game cashers’ round)

33, Peter Knopp, Germany, 1,116, $1,000.
34, John Conroy, Mahopac, N.Y., 1,110, $1,000.
35, Phillip Moros, Lombard, Ill., 1,101, $1,000.
36, Tom Baker, King, N.C., 1,075, $1,000.

37, Brent Beery, Kansas City, Mo., 1,073, $1,000.
38, Dale Eagle, Laguna Niguel, Calif., 1,061, $1,000.
39, Thomas Ream, Tampa, Fla., 1,056, $1,000.
40, Brian Miller, Springfield, Ohio, 1055, $1,000.
41, Bill Hewlett, Eagle, Idaho, 1,030, $1,000.
42, Bill Argenbright, New Hope, Va., 1,023, $1,000.
43, Tracy Teeters, Eugene, Ore., 997, $1,000.
44, Dick Gran, Hartville, Ohio, 983, $1,000.
45, Steve Stein, Staten Island, N.Y., 900, $1,000.

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Mike Scroggins Averages 253.8 to Top PBA50 DeHayes Insurance Group Championship Qualifying

by Jerry Schneider August 11, 2015 09:21

Mike Scroggins of Amarillo, Texas, averaged 253.8 to earn top qualifier honors Tuesday in the PBA50 DeHayes Insurance Group Championship presented by Pro Bowl West and Ebonite.

Scroggins, a PBA50 Tour rookie who started the season in April after a year-long absence from competition because of a serious foot ailment, led a field of 37 players advancing to Wednesday’s match play rounds which will determine the top five players for the stepladder finals scheduled for 7 p.m. ET.

The eight-time PBA Tour titlist and 2009 U.S. Open winner, maintained his first round lead finishing qualifying with a 4,062 16-game game pinfall total bowling games of 299, 224, 280, 289, 216, 227, 279 and 215 in Tuesday’s second eight-game round.

With his physical game back in order, Scroggins turned his attention to guarding against becoming too complacent after getting off to a fast start in the tournament.

“I didn’t want to repeat what I did last week,” said Scroggins, who was well up in the qualifying order in the PBA/PBA50 South Shore Doubles only to bowl poorly in the second round to miss the cut. “I looked at today as a clean slate, as if I had to battle to make the cut.

“When I shot the 299 in the first game it was a reminder of what I could do if I just kept my focus. It was a good momentum builder for the rest of the block.”

A win in the DeHayes Insurance Group Championship would make Scroggins the season’s only three-time winner. His two wins this season came in the UnitedHealthcare Sun Bowl In The Villages and the Johnny Petraglia BVL Open.

Scroggins held a 62-pin lead over PBA Hall of Famer and fellow lefthander Parker Bohn III of Jackson, N.J., finishing qualifying with a 4,000 pinfall with the help of two 300 games in the second round. Bohn, who is also trying for a third title, had games of 279, 204, 195, 257, 300, 280, 300 and 236 Tuesday. Bohn’s wins this season came in the Pasco County Florida Open and the Treasure Island Resort & Casino Open.

By finishing in the top eight Scroggins and Bohn will take advantage of a two-round bye for Wednesday’s match play.

Scroggins and Bohn dominated qualifying with Bohn finishing 220 pins ahead of Mike Henry of Brunswick, Ohio in third with 3,790; Rounding out the top eight were Jerry Brunette Jr., Rochester, N.Y., 3,784; Hall of Famers Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, 3,774, and Walter Ray Williams Jr., 3,741; Chris Keane, Cape Coral, Fla., 3,721 and Lennie Boresch Jr., Kenosha, Wis., 3,692.

Xtra Frame, PBA’s online bowling channel, is providing live coverage of the DeHayes Insurance Group Championship. For subscription information visit



Pro Bowl West, Fort Wayne, Ind., Tuesday

Second Round Standings (after 16 games. Top 24 advance to match play; places 25-37th plus eight PBA60 players advance to cashers round to determine eight additional match play finalists)

1, Mike Scroggins, Amarillo, Texas, 4,062.
2, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 4,000.
3, Mike Henry, Brunswick, Ohio, 3,790.
4, Jerry Brunette Jr., Rochester, N.Y., 3,784.
5, Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, 3,774.
6, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., 3,741.
7, Chris Keane, Cape Coral, Fla., 3,721.
8, Lennie Boresch Jr, Kenosha, Wis., 3,692.
9, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 3,679.
10, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 3,651.
11, Kent Wagner, Bradenton, Fla., 3,644.
12, Mike Dias, Lafayette, Colo., 3,639.
13, Paul McCordic, Sugar Land, Texas, 3,637.
14, Jack Jurek, Lackawanna, N.Y., 3,622.
15, Sammy Ventura, Syracuse, N.Y., 3,611.
16, John Brockland, St. Charles, Mo., 3,610.
17, Sam Maccarone, Blackwood, N.J., 3,605.
18, Bill Henson, Westerville, Ohio, 3,600.
19, Kerry Painter, Henderson, Nev., 3,599.
20, Gary Kammes, Winfield, Ill., 3,597.
21, Lee Brosius, Ashburn, Va., 3,583.
22, (tie) Bryan Goebel, Shawnee, Kan., and Bob Learn Jr., Erie, Pa., 3,579.
24, Ron Profitt, Brookville, Ohio, 3,565.
25, Ralph Brunt Jr., Jensen Beach, Fla., 3,560.
26, Brent Beery, Kansas City, Mo., 3,553.
27, Peter Knopp, Germany, 3,546.
28, Willie Wells, Las Vegas, 3,542.
29, Brian Cooper, Henderson, Nev., 3,541.
30, Terry Metzner, Kentwood, Mich., 3,538.
31, Brian Miller, Springfield, Ohio, 3,527.
32, Todd Kjell, Roscoe, Ill., 3,526.
33, Mark Sullivan, Indianapolis, 3,501.
34, (tie) Tracy Teeters, Eugene, Ore., and John Conroy, Mahopac, N.Y., 3,500.
36, Brian LeClair, Delmar, N.Y., 3,495.
37, Bill Hewlett, Eagle, Idaho, 3,490.
38, Edward Silva, Manteca, Calif., 3,487.
39, Bob Spaulding, Colorado Springs, Colo., 3,482.
40, Rick Zakrajsek, Lorain, Ohio, 3,480.
41, Bill Argenbright, New Hope, Va., 3,478.
42, Harry Sullins, Chesterfield Twp., Mich., 3,477.
43, Mark Everette, Aliquippa, Pa., 3,473.
44, Thomas Ream, Tampa, Fla., 3,468.
45, Ron Mohr, Las Vegas, 3,466.
46, Dale Eagle, Laguna Niguel, Calif., 3,465.
47, (tie) Tom Howison, Chillicothe, Ohio, and Phillip Moros, Lombard, Ill., 3,464.
49, Robert Brown, Cody, Wyo., 3,463.
50, (tie) Tom Baker, King, N.C., and Darron Peters, Temecula, Calif., 3,462.
52, Don Herrington, Ballston Lake, N.Y., 3,461.
53, Dick Gran, Hartville, Ohio, 3,458.
54, Steve Stein, Staten Island, N.Y., 3,447.
55, John Burkett, Southlake, Texas, 3,446.
56, Kevin Foley, Reno, Nev., 3,436.
57, (tie) Roy Buckley, Westerville, Ohio, and Tommy Brodowski, New Hyde Park, N.Y., 3,431.
59, Bill McCorkle, Westerville, Ohio, 3,428.
60, Mitchell Vernon, Olympia, Wash., 3,427.
61, Brendan Bierch, Grafton, Mass., 3,408.
62, (tie) William Keenan Jr., Orlando, Fla., and John Dudak, Orland Park, Ill., 3,400.
64, Lyle Zikes, Arlington Heights, Ill., 3,395.
65, Dave Flemming, Fairborn, Ohio, 3,393.
66, (tie) Bill Neumann, Rensselaer, and Dave Bernhardt, Romeo, Mich., 3,382.
68, Don Sylvia, Daytona Beach, Fla., 3,380.
69, Al Danz Jr., Escanaba, Mich., 3,370.
70, Ernie Segura Jr., Taylor, Mich., 3,368.
71, (tie) Emilio Mora Sr., Defiance, Ohio, and a-Robert Reeder Jr., Bellefonte, Pa., 3,356.
73, Tommy Kress, Rochester, N.Y., 3,354.
74, Dale Csuhta, Wadsworth, Ohio, 3,345.
75, Rick Woloszyn, Griffith, Ind., 3,334.
76, Bill Idzior, Crown Point, Ind., 3,332.
77, Frank Gallo Jr., Jacksonville, Fla., 3,329.
78, Lee Rautenberg, Boynton Beach, Fla., 3,314.
79, Warren Burr, Wilmington, Del., 3,313.
80, Mark Scime, Winter Garden, Fla., 3,309.
81, Bob Knipple, Long Beach, Calif., 3,307.
82, Ross McDonald, Clarksville, Md., 3,300.
83, (tie) a-Victor VanHentenryck, Fort Wayne, Ind., and a-John Chapman, Canada, 3,293.
85, Robert Harvey, Boise, Idaho, 3,279.
86, (tie) ss-Tim Pierce, Portland, Ore., and a-Gary Gatchell, Fort Wayne, Ind., 3,271.
88, Marc Lineberry, Camanche, Iowa, 3,270.
89, Ted Staikoff, Black Hawk, S.D., 3,264.
90, Darrell Adams, Flintstone, Ga., 3,255.
91, Tommy Martin, Olive Branch, Miss., 3,252.
92, Paul LeMond, Jasper, Ind., 3,250.
93, a-Mark Nance Sr., Grove City, Ohio, 3,248.
94, Lew Elting, Carlsbad, Calif., 3,232.
95, a-Dave Welch, St.Louis, Mo., 3,228.
96, Steven Jansson, Barnes, Wisc., 3,225.
97, John Scully, Streamwood, Ill., 3,217.
98, Kerry Fulford, Ft. Worth, Texas, 3,211.
99, Don Birkentall, Omaha, Neb., 3,202.
100, Tom Carter, Columbus, Ohio, 3,191.
101, Richard Hunt, Valparaiso, Ind., 3,164.
102, Galen Keas, Alda, Neb., 3,141.
103, Mike Moore, Marietta, Ohio, 3,128.
104, Steven Banks, Leesburg, Va., 3,124.
105, Kenneth Galitsky, Plainfield, Ind., 3,110.
106, Terry Fronterhouse, Phoenix, 3,106.
107, Howard Frostman, Washburn, Wis., 3,092.
108, Edgar Gomez, Colombia, 3,086.
109, Robert Michalojko, Pittsburgh, Pa., 2,999.
110, Ray Johnson, Battle Creek, Mich., 2,986.
111, ss-Glen Nakagawa, Highland Village, Texas, 2,943.

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