By Matt Cannizzaro, USBC Communications
Hall of Famer Pete Weber turned in a steady performance Wednesday at The Ashwaubenon Bowling Alley in Green Bay to maintain his lead at the 2015 United States Bowling Congress Senior Masters after the second qualifying round.
The 52-year-old right-hander rolled games of 197, 206, 269, 226 and 257 for a 1,155 total, and his 2,338 two-day effort, a 233.8 average, puts him 84 pins ahead of fellow Hall of Famer Amleto Monacelli who has toppled 2,254 pins in his first 10 games this week.
Mike Edwards of Tulsa, Oklahoma, the 2012 USBC Senior Masters champion, is third with 2,234, Brian LeClair is fourth with 2,214, and Mike Dias and Mark Williams are tied for fifth with 2,186.
Some might say Weber has a leg up on the competition this week in Green Bay after leading every qualifying round on the way to a third-place finish at the 2015 USBC Masters, which was held in the same bowling center in February, and he agrees that being familiar with the venue certainly is a factor in his continued success in The Badger State.
"I do like the house, and my guesses and ball choices have been good, too, but I also feel like I've been bowling well overall," said Weber, the 2013 Senior Masters winner. "In February, I learned to switch balls quicker when I get to a pair and start getting in trouble. I also remember some of the characteristics of the center, and that has helped."
Weber is hoping to win his second title of the season which would make it a PBA50 Tour major sweep having won the Suncoast Senior U.S. Open in June.
For Monacelli, experience definitely played a role in Wednesday's success.
The 53-year-old right-hander quickly realized what the fresh 40-foot lane condition was giving him, and he was able to confidently make a move that helped him score until the lanes opened up.
"I had no expectations for today," said Monacelli, who owns 19 PBA Tour titles and four PBA50 victories including the Northern California Classic earlier this season. "I had an idea, but that's never definite until I go out there and throw the ball. Today, it only took four frames for me to realize I started too far left. I moved right and changed balls and bowled well until I was able to move left to where I was yesterday."
Robert Brown of Cody, Wyoming, rolled the first perfect game of the Senior Masters during qualifying Wednesday. He finished the day 31st overall with a 2,056 total.
All 194 competitors will be back on the lanes for five more games Thursday as qualifying concludes with squads at noon and 6 p.m. Eastern.
After 15 games, the field will be cut to the top 63 bowlers, who will join defending champion Walter Ray Williams Jr. in the double-elimination match-play bracket.
Williams finished the second day in 44th place with a 2,032 total. Should he not make the top 63, he still is guaranteed the No. 64 spot in match play. He is looking to become the first player since Tom Baker of King, North Carolina, in 2007, to win the Senior Masters in consecutive years.
All rounds of qualifying and match play are being broadcast live on BowlTV and will conclude with the stepladder finals Sunday at noon Eastern.
All qualifying and match-play rounds at the Super Senior Classic also will be broadcast live on BowlTV.
2015 USBC SENIOR MASTERS
At The Ashwaubenon Bowling Alley, Green Bay, Wisconsin
QUALIFYING - ROUND 2
1, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 2,338. 2, Amleto Monacelli, Aventura, Fla., 2,254. 3, Michael Edwards, Tulsa, Okla., 2,234. 4, Brian LeClair, Delmar, N.Y., 2,214. 5, (TIE) Mike Dias, Lafayette, Colo., and Mark Williams, Beaumont, Texas, 2,186.
7, Pete McCordic, Katy, Texas, 2,183. 8, Jeff Nimke, Oshkosh, Wis., 2,159. 9, Sam Ventura, Norwich, N.Y., 2,149. 10, Mark Abraham, Lansing, Mich., 2,145. 11, Marc McDowell, Madison, Wis., 2,141. 12, Sam Lantto, Eden Prairie, Minn., 2,134.
13, (TIE) Ron Mohr, North Las Vegas, Nev., and Bo Goergen, Sanford, Mich., 2,132. 15, Christopher Keane, Cape Coral, Fla., 2,130. 16, Harvey Pallas, Stevensville, Mich., 2,117. 17, Jim Knoblauch, Waukesha, Wis., 2,108. 18, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 2,095.
19, Doug Hayes, Clarksville, Tenn., 2,092. 20, (TIE) Harry Sullins, Chesterfield, Mich., and Lyle Zikes, Arlington Heights, Ill., 2,089. 22, Michael Tryniski, Fulton, N.Y., 2,088. 23, Gregg Zicha, Glen Ellyn, Ill., 2,082. 24, Scott Weber, Green Bay, Wis., 2,081.
25, Lennie Boresch, Kenosha, Wis., 2,079. 26, John Burkett, Southlake, Texas, 2,077. 27, Bob Learn Jr., Lake Worth, Fla., 2,074. 28, Paul McCordic, Sugar Land, Texas, 2,070. 29, Brian Cooper, Henderson, Nev., 2,067. 30, Bill Sell, Menasha, Wis., 2,057.
31, Robert Brown, Cody, Wyo., 2,056. 32, Mike Thill, Oshkosh, Wis., 2,054. 33, (TIE) David Bordson, St. Paul, Minn., and Rob Rice, Sunnyside, Wash., 2,053. 35, Mark Sullivan, Indianapolis, 2,051. 36, (TIE) Rick Steelsmith, Wichita, Kan., and Thomas Baker SS, King, N.C., 2,049.
38, (TIE) Toby Contreras, Lees Summit, Mo., and Steve Anderson, Colorado Springs, Colo., 2,043. 40, Marc Lineberry, Camanche, Iowa, 2,041. 41, William Mueller, Vernon Hills, Ill., 2,040. 42, (TIE) Ernie Segura, Taylor, Mich., and Stephen Kenyon, Dade City, Fla., 2,034.
44, Walter Ray Williams Jr, Oxford, Fla., 2,032. 45, (TIE) Ted Staikoff, Black Hawk, S.D., and Kurt Bogner, Longview, Wash., 2,031. 47, Darron Peters, Temecula, Calif., 2,030. 48, Michael Karch, Edgewood, Wash., 2,026.
49, Duane Mellinger, Aurora, Colo., 2,025. 50, Dale Strike, Saginaw, Mich., 2,024. 51, Bob Spaulding, Colorado Springs, Colo., 2,021. 52, (TIE) Tom Adcock, Decatur, Ill., and Kent Wagner, Bradenton, Fla., 2,018. 54, Doug Becker, Clermont, Fla., 2,017.
55, Gary Kammes, Winfield, Ill., 2,013. 56, (TIE) Willie Wells, Brandon, Fla., and James DePlanche, Taylor, Mich., 2,011. 58, Steven Brinkman, Sussex, Wis., 2,001. 59, (TIE) Mike Schmid, Arden Hills, Minn., and Kerry Fulford, Fort Worth, Texas, 1,999.
61, Jerry Brunette Jr., Rochester, N.Y., 1,994. 62, Bryan Goebel, Shawnee, Kan., 1,989. 63, Tim Ruelle, Racine, Wis., 1,986. 64, Brian Voss, Centennial, Colo., 1,985. 65, (TIE) Ricky Woods, Whites Creek, Tenn., and Frank Gallo Jr., Jacksonville, Fla., and
Charles Cannon, Springs, Fla., and Jeff Shaw, Kennesaw, Ga., 1,984. 69, (TIE) James Kedroski, Kansasville, Wis., and John Dudak SS, Orland Park, Ill., 1,983. 71, Sam Maccarone, Blackwood, N.J., 1,982. 72, Tommy Martin, Millington, Tenn., 1,981.
73, Charles Toney, Oak Hill, W. Va., 1,975. 74, Dale Traber, Cedarburg, Wis., 1,974. 75, Kerry Painter, Henderson, Nev., 1,972. 76, Ronald Boroff, Mansfield, Texas, 1,970. 77, Dale Eagle, Newport Beach, Calif., 1,969. 78, Steve Kiss, Clackamas, Ore., 1,966.
79, Peter Knopp, Bremen, N.C., 1,961. 80, Dave Kucera, Urbandale, Iowa, 1,959. 81, (TIE) Tracy Teeters, Eugene, Ore., and Ron Glick, Wickatunk, N.J., 1,952. 83, Karl Schmidt, Arvada, Colo., 1,951. 84, (TIE) Craig Frankel, Highland Park, Ill., and Thomas Ream, Temple Terrace, Fla., and David Bannach, Stevens Point, Wis., 1,950.
87, Robert Harvey, Boise, Idaho, 1,949. 88, (TIE) James Martin, Vero Beach, Fla., and Robert Amoruso, Glenview, Ill., 1,946. 90, Kevin Thompson, Madison, Wis., 1,944.
91, Craig Schiffler, Melrose, Minn., 1,942. 92, Jeff Richgels, Oregon, Wis., 1,940. 93, Dana Wright, St. Paul, Minn., 940. 94, Kevin Anderson, Mt. Juliet, Tenn., 1,939. 95, (TIE) Ed Silva, Manteca, Calif., and Rick Erce, Madison, Wis., 1,935.
97, (TIE) Tom Carter, Columbus, Ohio, and Michael Lucente, Warren, Mich., and Steve Wiemer, Springfield, Mo., and Darwin Wimer, Mesquite, Nev., 1,932. 101, (TIE) Jerome Penxa, Romeo, Mich., and Roger Taylor, Marshalltown, Iowa, 1,928.
103, Dennis Rakauskas, Apopka, Fla., 1,927. 104, (TIE) Gary Reynolds, Groton, N.Y., and Michael Owen, Gainesville, Fla., 1,924. 106, (TIE) John Brockland, St. Charles, Mo., and Tim Kauble SS, Marion, Ohio, 1,920. 108, Bob Micek, Northfield, Minn., 899.
109, Kevin Foley, Reno, Nev., 1,897. 110, (TIE) Warren Burr, Wilmington, Del., and Michael Walters, Sheboygan, Wis., 1,896. 112, Ralph Brunt Jr., Port St. Lucie, Fla., 1,891. 113, Donald Blatchford SS, Santa Monica, Calif., 1,888. 114, Dennis Lane, Kingsport, Tenn., 1,887.
115, Darryl Traber, Waterford, Wis., 1,884. 116, Charles Moore, Gulf Breeze, Fla., 1,883. 117, Scott Canfield, Mountville, Pa., 1,882. 118, Robert Leavy, Manitowoc, Wis., 1,881. 119, Jay Joyner SS, Minneapolis, Minn., 1,880. 120, Terry Metzner, Kentwood, Mich., 1,879.
121, (TIE) Todd Kjell, Roscoe, Ill., and Jeff Moore, Boone, Iowa, 1,877. 123, Charles Vashaw, Deephaven, Minn., 1,876. 124, Martin Berke, Allentown, Pa., 1,873. 125, Paul Mielens, Menomonie, Wis., 1,872. 126, (TIE) Don Burdick, Dekalb, Ill., and William Keenan Jr., Orlando, Fla., and David Axon, Bellevue, Neb., 1,871.
129, Timothy Hartley, Englewood, Ohio, 1,870. 130, Bill Hewlett, Eagle, Idaho, 1,868. 131, Paul Kwiecien, Lansing, Mich., 1,866. 132, James Lord, Fort Mill, S.C., 1,862.
133, Steve Jansson, Barnes, Wis., 1,859. 134, Michael Henry, Brunswick, Ohio, 1,858. 135, Steve Ferraro, Kingston, N.Y., 1,854. 136, Lee Brosius, Ashburn, Va., 1,851. 137, Bobby Knipple, Long Beach, Calif., 1,850. 138, Steve Caughey, Park Rapids, Minn., 1,845.
139, Butch Hrouda, Dickinson, N.D., 1,834. 140, Pete Arruda, Gilbert, S.C., 1,830. 141, Brad Snell, Mount Prospect, Ill., 1,825. 142, Richard Wilkinson, Bennington, Neb., 1,824. 143, Dean Reid, New Whiteland, Ind., 1,818. 144, Wayne Teske, Green Bay, Wis., 1,817.
145, Dave Bernhardt, Romeo, Mich., 1,812. 146, (TIE) Jeff Prein, Stoughton, Wis., and Jim Montgomery, Byron, Ill., 1,808. 148, (TIE) Gus Yannaras, Waukesha, Wis., and Tim Pierce, Portland, Ore., 1,807. 150, Steve Banks, Leesburg, Va., 1,804.
151, (TIE) Brendan Bierch, Grafton, Mass., and Jim Heintz, St. Charles, Mo., 1,803. 153, Gregory Bard, Fond du lac, Wis., 1,800. 154, Kenny Waters, Kingsport, Tenn., 1,799. 155, Brian Miller, Springfield, Ohio, 1,798. 156, Donald Herrington, Ballston Lake, N.Y., 1,786.
157, Joe Alivo, Lannon, Wis., 1,784. 158, Steve Stein, Staten Island, N.Y., 1,780. 159, Neil Southern, Centennial, Colo., 1,779. 160, Bill McCorkle, Westerville, Ohio, 1,776. 161, Brent Beery, Lombard, Ill., 1,775. 162, Mark Hildebrandt, Appleton, Wis., 1,771.
163, Albert Danz, Escanaba, Mich., 1,770. 164, Norbert Wetzel, Fon Du Lac, Wis., 1,768. 165, Curtis Matlock, Cloquet, Minn., 1,765. 166, Robert Pazur, Venice, Fla., 1,764. 167, Bill Henson, Wewsterville, Ohio, 1,755. 168, Wayne Clark, Locke, N.Y., 1,754.
169, Glen Nakagawa, Village, Texas, 1,753. 170, Garry Blanton, Owensboro, Ky., 1,744. 171, Jared Cudnohufsky, Kingsford, Mich., 1,739. 172, James Senatore, Fountain Hills, Ariz., 1,738. 173, Dennis Galen Keas, Alda, Neb., 1,735. 174, Jim Darvin, Waupaca, Wis., 1,725.
175, Randy Leszczynski, Kronewetter, Wis., 1,715. 176, Larry Acre, Benton, Mo., 1,714. 177, Ken Charbonneau, Northfield, Vt., 1,711. 178, George Lord SS, Mulberry, Fla., 1,707. 179, Bruce Postel, Raytown, Mo., 1,702. 180, Rod Hafeman, Wausau, Wis., 1,699.
181, Mark Nance Sr., Grove City, Ohio, 1,696. 182, Larry Helton, Bolingbrook, Ill., 1,692. 183, Dave LaBar, Green Bay, Wis., 1,680. 184, Ken Ulicny, Swartz Creek, Mich., 1,678. 185, Pete Zerger, Livonia, Mich., 1,661. 186, Bill Mason, Grove City, Ohio, 1,660.
187, Robert Holzbauer, Madison, Wis., 1,654. 188, Richard Spaulding, Morrisville, Vt., 1,645. 189, Dennis Frawley, Binghamton, N.Y., 1,641. 190, Ed Campbell, Denham Springs, La., 1,638. 191, Bud Young, Ladysmith, Wis., 1,631. 192, Bill Cody, Niagara, Wis., 1,571.
193, Robert Heroux SS, Green Bay, Wis., 1,560. 194, Howard Frostman, Washburn, Wis., 1,475.