PBA50 Player and Rookie of the Year Races Heat Up with Four Tournaments Remaining

by Jerry Schneider July 3, 2015 03:38

When the 2015 PBA50 Tour resumes later this month, the races for PBA50 Player of the Year, PBA50 Rookie of the Year, and eight spots in the season-ending PBA50 Challenge will kick into high gear.

With a win in the Senior U.S. Open presented by Storm plus second- and third-place finishes in the Johnny Petraglia BVL Open presented by Brunswick and Miller High Life Classic presented by Columbia 300, respectively, PBA Hall of Famer Pete Weber maintains the lead in Player of the Year points with 151,548. He leads PBA50 Tour rookie Mike Scroggins, the season’s only multiple winner, who is second with 133,992 points.

Scroggins won the Johnny Petraglia BVL Open and UnitedHealthcare Sun Bowl In the Villages presented by Radical. He also has a fifth-place finish in the Fountain Valley Open presented by Track.

Leading the average list after seven tournaments are two PBA50 Tour winners from this season, PBA Hall of Famer Parker Bohn III, with a 229.1 average nearly three pins higher than Brian LeClair in second with a 226.66 average.

Bohn also ranks third in points (118,020) and LeClair is fourth (105,408). Bohn won the season-opening Pasco County Florida Open while LeClair won the Fountain Valley Open for his first national PBA title in nearly 30 years as a PBA member. LeClair also finished second in the Northern California Classic presented by MOTIV and fifth in the Petraglia BVL Open.

Scroggins and LeClair are currently the points leaders for Rookie of the Year honors.

Two other 2015 PBA50 Tour winners are fifth and sixth in points. Fifth is Jack Jurek (99,792), who won the Miller High Life Classic for his second career PBA50 Tour title, and sixth is PBA Hall of Famer Amleto Monacelli (96,378) who won the Northern California Classic for his fourth career PBA50 Tour title.

Leading the PBA60 Player of the Year points is PBA Hall of Famer and four-time PBA50 Player of the Year Tom Baker. He has top finishes of third in the UnitedHealthcare Sun Bowl In The Villages and fourth in the Miller High Life Classic.

With four tournaments remaining in the 2015 PBA50 Tour season, players will be vying for eight spots in the PBA50 Challenge, along with paid entries into GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling VII. The eight points leaders will bowl an eight-game round robin match play qualifying event on Dec. 7 at the National Bowling Stadium in Reno, Nev., with the top two players advancing to the PBA50 Challenge Finals which will be part of the PBA Challenge airing on ESPN.

The PBA50 Tour season picks up again with the Treasure Island Resort & Casino Open presented by Roto Grip July 19-22 at Island Xtreme Bowl in Welch, Minn. to be followed by the season’s final major, the United States Bowling Congress Senior Masters July 27-Aug. 1 from Ashwaubenon Bowling Lanes in Green Bay, Wis. The final two PBA50 Tour tournaments of 2015 are the PBA Tour/PBA50 Tour South Shore Doubles presented by DV8 at Olympia Lanes in Hammond, Ind., Aug. 5-8 and PBA50 DeHayes Insurance Group Championship presented by Pro Bowl West and Ebonite in Ft. Wayne, Ind., Aug. 9-12.

Two PBA60 tournaments are on the schedule beginning with the USBC Super Senior Classic Aug. 2-5 and the PBA60 Dick Weber Super Senior Classic presented by Pro Bowl West and Hammer Aug. 14-16.

All PBA50 events except the USBC Senior Masters will be covered live from start to finish, exclusively on PBA’s online bowling channel Xtra Frame. For subscription information visit http://www.xtraframe.tv/pba/. The USBC Senior Masters will be covered by USBC’s bowl.com BOWLTV video-streaming service.

2015 PBA50 TOUR STATISTICS (as of July 1)

COMPETITION POINTS

                                                              Events    Points

1, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo.                       7      151,548
2, Mike Scroggins, Amarillo, Texas               6      133,992
3, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J.                  7      118,020
4, Brian LeClair, Delmar, N.Y.                       7      105,408
5, Jack Jurek, Lackawanna, N.Y.                 4        99,792
6, Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela                  7        96,378
7, Bob Learn Jr., Erie, Pa.                           7        75,582
8, Ron Mohr, Las Vegas                               7        66,798
9, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla.                      4        62,910
10, ss-Tom Baker, King, N.C.                       7        58,584
11, Lennie Boresch Jr., Kenosha, Wis.        4        51,756
12, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla.      7        49,548
13, Eric Forkel, Henderson, Nev.                 3        45,006
14, Bryan Goebel, Shawnee, Kan.                5        43,278
15, Harry Sullins, Chesterfield Twp., Mich.  7        37,428
16, Brian Voss, Centennial, Colo.                 6        36,648
17, Mike Dias, Lafayette, Colo.                    7        36,432
18, Chris Warren, Grants Pass, Ore.              3        31,404
19, John Burkett, Southlake, Texas              5        30,540
20, ss-John Petraglia, Jackson, N.J.             6        27,354

AVERAGES (min. 125 games)

                                                                 Games     Average

1, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J.                    222      229.10
2, Brian LeClair, Delmar, N.Y.                         222      226.66
3, Brian Voss, Centennial, Colo.                    169       226.24
4, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo.                         242       226.16
5, Norm Duke Clermont, Fla.                          134       224.69
6, Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela                    228       224.00
7, Ron Mohr, Las Vegas                                 285       224.00
8, Bob Learn Jr., Erie, Pa.                             246       222.89
9, ss-Tom Baker, King, N.C.                           247       221.57
10, Jack Jurek, Lackawanna, N.Y.                 153       221.32
11, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla.        261       221.05
12, Bryan Goebel, Shawnee, Kan.                 168       221.04
13, Mike Scroggins, Amarillo, Texas               253       220.71
14, ss-John Petraglia, Jackson, N.J.             184       220.22
15, Chris Warren, Grants Pass, Ore.              130       220.14
16, Mike Dias, Lafayette, Colo.                     222       218.91
17, Lennie Boresch Jr., Kenosha, Wis.          156      218.86
18, Harry Sullins, Chesterfield Twp., Mich.    252      216.00
19, Warren Nelson, Middleburg, Fla.              169      215.49
20, John Burkett, Southlake, Texas              160      214.99

EARNINGS

                                                          Titles        Total

1, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo.                          1           $23,275
2, Mike Scroggins, Amarillo, Texas                  2           $19,475
3, Brian LeClair, Delmar, N.Y.                          1           $18,025
4, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J.                     1           $17,175
5, Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela                     1            $16,275
6, Jack Jurek, Lackawanna, N.Y.                    1            $13,550
7, Bob Learn Jr., Erie, Pa.                              0            $12,313
8, Ron Mohr, Las Vegas                                  0            $12,300
9, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla.                         0            $12,025
10, ss-Tom Baker, King, N.C.                          0            $11,150
11, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla.         0            $11,000
12, Lennie Boresch Jr., Kenosha, Wis.           0             $9,500
13, Eric Forkel, Henderson, Nev.                    0             $8,300
14, Harry Sullins, Chesterfield Twp., Mich.     0             $8,100
15, Mike Dias, Lafayette, Colo.                       0             $7,950
16, Bryan Goebel, Shawnee, Kan.                   0             $7,750
17, Chris Warren, Grants Pass, Ore.                0             $7,150
18, Brian Voss, Centennial, Colo.                    0             $6,800
19, ss-Paul McCordic, Sugar Land, Texas        0              $6,425
20, Warren Nelson, Middleburg, Fla.               0              $6,325

ss-denotes PBA60 player

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Belmonte, Bohn, Fagan Nominated for “Best Bowler” ESPY; Voting Now Open

by Jerry Schneider June 26, 2015 03:10

Two-time defending PBA Player of the Year Jason Belmonte, PBA Hall of Famer Parker Bohn III and five-time Tour winner Mike Fagan have been selected as Best Bowler nominees for the 2015 ESPY Best Bowler Award.

Fans can vote for their selections by clicking on http://espn.go.com/espys/2015/?voting=bestbowler

Awards will be announced July 15 during ceremonies at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles Wednesday, July 15 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

In 2015, Belmonte won the United States Bowling Congress Masters for an unprecedented third consecutive year and successfully defended his Barbasol PBA Tournament of Champions title to boost his career win total to 13.  He has five other top-five finishes including runnerup finishes in the Oklahoma Open and Maine Xtra Frame Shootout.

Bohn won the PBA Players Championship for his 34th career PBA Tour title. He had two other top-10 finishes including eighth in the Barbasol Tournament of Champions and 10th in the Mark Roth/Marshall Holman Doubles Championship.

Fagan won the 2014 PBA World Championship for his fifth career title and second major.  He also had three other top 10 finishes including second in the Japan Invitational and sixth in the Bahrain International and Badger Opens.

HISTORY OF ESPY BEST BOWLER AWARD WINNERS

2014 -  Pete Weber

2013 – Pete Weber

2012 – Sean Rash

2011 – Jason Belmonte

2010 – Walter Ray Williams Jr.

2009 – Norm Duke

2008 – Norm Duke

2007 – Norm Duke

2006 – Walter Ray Williams Jr.

2005 – Walter Ray Williams Jr.

2004 – Pete Weber

2003 – Walter Ray Williams Jr.

2002 – Pete Weber

2001 – Walter Ray Williams Jr.

2000 – Parker Bohn III

1999 – Walter Ray Williams Jr.

1998 – Walter Ray Williams Jr.

1997 – Bob Learn Jr.

1996 – Mike Aulby

1995 – Norm Duke

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Bill O’Neill Caps Oklahoma’s Grand Casino Hotel & Resort PBA Summer Swing With King of the Swing Victory

by Jerry Schneider June 23, 2015 15:05

In what could be considered the all-star event of the 2015 Oklahoma’s Grand Casino Hotel & Resort PBA Summer Swing, Bill O’Neill of Langhorne, Pa., beat Tommy Jones of Simpsonville, S.C., 191-164, to successfully defend his Oklahoma’s Grand Casino Resort King of the Swing title at the Grand Event Center.

The concluding event of the Summer Swing, which aired Tuesday on the CBS Sports Network, provided a unique challenge, requiring the finalists to compete on a dramatically different lane condition on each lane. The special two-lane arena installation in the Grand Event Center featured the 32-foot Wolf lane condition on the left lane and the 52-foot Badger lane condition on the right lane, putting a premium on adjustments, shot-making and equipment selections for the players. 

“I enjoy dueling lane conditions,” said O’Neill, who won the Oklahoma Open to earn his spot in the special event, a non-PBA title finale to the Summer Swing. “You have to use all the tricks in the bag. In this case it turned out to be a grind out, but I enjoyed the test.”

In winning last year’s King of the Swing, O’Neill defeated Sean Rash, 254-181, for the title.

“The trophies will make good bookends,” said O’Neill, who also finished third in the Bear and Wolf Opens earlier in the Summer Swing. “I might have let a couple opportunities get away from me this year but in the end I can go to sleep happy after winning the Oklahoma Open and the King of the Swing.”

Leading up to the title match, two-time defending PBA Player of the Year Jason Belmonte of Australia defeated Wolf Open winner Kyle Troup of Taylorsville, N.C., 201-182, in a battle between a pair of two-handers to start the finals. Belmonte, who earned the wild card spot in the King of the Swing as the top point-getter in the Summer Swing without a title, then lost to Badger Open winner Ronnie Russell of Marion, Ind., in the second match, 233-211. Jones, the Bear Open winner, then defeated Russell, 208-178, to meet O’Neill in the title match. 

Xtra Frame, the PBA’s on-line video subscription service, features a preview and post-game show for all CBS Sports Network telecasts of Summer Swing events. PBA fans can find additional coverage of Summer Swing action through the PBA Network which includes archived coverage of all preliminary rounds on Xtra Frame, 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.

CBS Sports Network is available across the country through local cable, video and telco providers and via satellite on DirecTV Channel 221 and Dish Network Channel 158.  For more information, including a full programming schedule and how to get CBS Sports Network, go to www.cbssportsnetwork.com.

PBA OKLAHOMA’S GRAND RESORT KING OF THE SWING

Grand Casino Resort Event Center, Shawnee, Okla.

Final Standings

1, Bill O’Neill, Langhorne, Pa. $10,000.

2, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., $5,000

3, Ronnie Russell, Marion, Ind., $4,000.

4, Jason Belmonte, Australia, $3,000.

5. Kyle Troup, Taylorsville, N.C., $2,000.

Playoff Results

Match One – Belmonte def. Troup, 201-182.

Match Two – Russell def. Belmonte, 233-211.

Semifinal Match – Jones def. Russell, 208-178.

Championship – O’Neill def. Jones, 191-164.

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Amleto Monacelli Battles Mental Game to Win PBA50 Northern California Classic

by Jerry Schneider June 17, 2015 16:10

With his mental game still a work in progress, Professional Bowlers Association Hall of Famer Amleto Monacelli was able to keep his emotions in check enough to win the PBA50 Northern California Classic presented by MOTIV at Harvest Park Bowl in Brentwood, Calif., Wednesday for his fourth career PBA50 Tour title.

The Venezuelan defeated last week’s Fountain Valley Open winner Brian LeClair of Delmar, N.Y., 237-225, in the championship match for his first title of the season.

With his physical game and his equipment choices in good shape, the 53-year-old Monacelli admits he needs to work on his emotions during the course of a tournament if he wants to be a consistent winner on the PBA50 Tour.

“I still have the tendency to get down on myself and get mad when things aren’t going my way,” said the 19-time PBA Tour winner. “It’s something that I have to keep working on and don’t let it get to me.

“I think I have too much expectation and just need to relax. Sometimes before each squad I will do a little meditation which helps, but sometimes I just need to tell myself to let it go when I throw a bad shot or get a bad break.”

Monacelli, who qualified for the top spot in the stepladder final, said that he was very focused in the championship match which translated into good shot-making.

“I had a game plan for what I wanted to do because I could see how the lanes were changing in the previous matches,” he said. “I basically took a guess at what ball I thought would work best and it all came together very well.”

Previous to his win, Monacelli had four top-10 finishes this season including two sixth-place finishes as his best.

Two-time major league all-star pitcher John Burkett of Southlake, Texas, established himself as a force to be reckoned with in his new career as a professional bowler finishing fourth for his best finish of the season. He started the stepladder final with a come-from-behind, 226-216, win over Bob Spaulding of McKinney, Texas, but then lost to LeClair in the second match 212-196.

In the five tournaments Burkett has competed in this season he has made the cut to match play in four of them with a previous best finish of 15th in the Suncoast PBA Senior U.S. Open.

LeClair went on to beat PBA50 Tour newcomer Jimmy Hansen of Anchorage, Alaska, 214-202, in the semifinal to advance to the title match against Monacelli.

The 2015 PBA50 Tour season will take a month-long break before returning to action July 19-22 for the PBA50 Treasure Island Resort & Casino Open presented by Roto Grip at Island Xtreme Bowl in Welch, Minn.

PBA50 NORTHERN CALIFORNIA CLASSIC PRESENTED BY MOTIV
Harvest Park Bowl, Brentwood, Calif., Wednesday

Final Standings

1, Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, $8,000.
2, Brian LeClair, Delmar, N.Y., $4,000.
3, Jimmy Hansen, Anchorage, Alaska, $2,500.
4, John Burkett, Southlake, Texas, $2,000
5, Bob Spaulding, McKinney, Texas, $1,750.

Stepladder Results

Match One – Burkett def. Spaulding, 226-216.
Match Two – LeClair def. Burkett, 212-196.
Semifinal Match – LeClair def. Hansen, 214-202.
Championship – Monacelli def. LeClair, 237-225.

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

1, Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, 4-2, 1,559.
2, Jimmy Hansen, Anchorage, Alaska, 4-2, 1,532.
3, Brian LeClair, Delmar, N.Y., 5-1, 1,525.
4, John Burkett, Southlake, Texas, 3-3, and
Bob Spaulding, McKinney, Texas, 4-2, 1,512.
6, Joe Goldstein Sr., San Bruno, Calif., 4-2, 1,489, $1,500.
7, Bob Learn Jr., Erie, Pa., 4-2, 1,477, $1,500.
8, Ron Mohr, Las Vegas, 3-3, 1,453, $1,500.
9, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., 3-3, 1,452, $1,350.
10, Brian Cooper, Henderson, Nev., 3-3, 1,436, $1,350.
11, Chris Warren, Grants Pass, Ore., 2-4, 1,417, $1,350.
12, Harry Sullins, Chesterfield Twp., Mich., 1-4-1, 1,412, $1,350.
13, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 2-4, 1,381, $1,350.
14, Brian Voss, Centennial, Colo., 1-5, 1,371, $1,350.
15, Dave Arnold, Elk Grove, Calif., 1-4-1, 1,311, $1,350.
16, Rob Rice, Sunnyside, Wash., 3-3, 1,290, $1,350.

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

17, Nick Morgan, Sacramento, Calif., 2-3, 1,237, $1,200.
18, Darron Peters, Temecula, Calif., 2-3, 1,220, $1,200.
19, Kerry Painter, Henderson, Nev., 3-2, 1,209, $1,200.
20, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 3-2, 1,208, $1,200.
21, Ron Winger, Las Vegas, 2-3, 1,204, $1,200.
22, Tom Baker, King, N.C., 2-3, 1,196, $1,200.
23, a-Sam Carter, Ben Lomond, Calif., 2-3, 1,166, $1,200.
24, Bill Nichols, Roseville, Calif., 4-1, 1,139, $1,200.
25, Dale Eagle, Laguna Niguel, Calif., 2-3, 1,135, $1,100.
26, Mike Dias, Lafayette, Colo., 2-3, 1,127, $1,100.
27, Thomas Ream, Tampa, Fla., 2-3, 1,106, $1,100.
28, Bill Henson, Westerville, Ohio, 1-3-1, 1,101, $1,100.
29, Edward Silva, Manteca, Calif., 2-3, 1,082, $1,100.
30, Robert Harvey, Boise, Idaho, 1-4, 1,074, $1,100.
31, Noel Vazquez, Sacramento, Calif., 1-3-1, 1,026, $1,100.
32, Tony Majcher, Rolling Meadows, Ill., 0-5, 930, $1,100.

Other Cashers (after five-game cashers’ round)

33, (tie) Warren Nelson, Middleburg, Fla., 1,090, and a-Terry Leong, Las Vegas, 1,090, $1,000.
35, Tom Carter, Columbus, Ohio, 1,060, $1,000.
36, Bill McCorkle, Westerville, Ohio, 1,038, $1,000.
37, Stan Winters, Simi Valley, Calif., 1,019, $1,000.
38, Frank Gallo Jr., Jacksonville, Fla., 1,006, $1,000.
39, Ray Cobb, Highland, Calif., 968, $1,000.
40, Gerald Calvin, Thousand Oaks, Calif., 957, $1,000.

41, a-John Dorsett, Concord, Calif., 919, $1,000.

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Bill O’Neill Bowls ‘Angry’ to Win PBA Oklahoma Open

by Jerry Schneider June 16, 2015 14:56

In the culmination of one of the biggest tests of versatility on the PBA Tour, Bill O’Neill of Langhorne, Pa., took command early in the championship match and never looked back to win the PBA Oklahoma Open, the most prestigious event of the Oklahoma’s Grand Casino Hotel & Resort PBA Summer Swing.

O’Neill won his sixth career PBA Tour title by defeating two-time defending PBA Player of the Year Jason Belmonte of Australia, 247-172, in the title match seen Tuesday on CBS Sports Network.

“I need to bowl angry, like Pete Weber,” said O’Neill. “Over my career I’ve let some matches get away because I probably haven’t bowled aggressive enough. I told Jason he wasn’t going to beat me tonight.”

O’Neill had a very productive Summer Swing to this point, qualifying for the stepladder finals in two Summer Swing events and finishing third in both the Wolf and Bear Opens. But he admitted he might have let a win or two slip away in those events.

“I was confident going into those shows,” O’Neill said, “but it upset me that I basically gave them away. I felt I could have won both of them. To be so close…you just don’t want to give opportunities like those away.”

O’Neill, who has had success in previous Summer Swings, won the Badger Open and King of the Swing last year in addition to finishing third in the 2014 Bear Open, eighth in the Wolf Open and fourth in the Oklahoma Open.

As the top qualifier for the Oklahoma Open by virtue of aggregate pinfall from first-round qualifying in the Wolf, Bear and Badger Opens, O’Neill earned the right to select the lane condition for the Oklahoma Open finals. He picked the 40-foot Bear lane condition which he quickly pointed out is not necessarily his favorite condition to bowl on.

“It’s not about just bowling on your favorite pattern,” O’Neill said. “You have to also take into account who’s bowling on the show and how you think they’ll be playing the lanes. With that in mind I thought the Bear would give me the best chance to succeed.”

The Oklahoma stepladder final opened with 13-time PBA Tour winner Patrick Allen of Mount Kisco, N.Y., defeating two-time Tour winner Andres Gomez of Colombia, 211-200. Allen, who was hoping to break a six-year drought without a title, then went on to beat Bear Open winner Tommy Jones of Simpsonville, S.C., 225-215, before losing to Belmonte in the semifinal, 237-203.

“I just didn’t have anything going. The condition was brutal for me,” said Belmonte who was trying for his third win of the season and 13th of his career. “I changed balls twice in the match and tried a few other things but it would have been tough to beat Bill anyway because he got off to a good start right out of the box. I was never in a position to put anything together to get back in the match.”

The Summer Swing on CBS Sports Network concludes Tuesday, June 23 with the Oklahoma’s Grand Casino Hotel & Resort King of the Swing special event which will air at 9 p.m. ET. The King of the Swing telecast will feature Wolf Open winner Kyle Troup, Bear Open winner Jones, Badger Open winner Ronnie Russell, O’Neill as Oklahoma Open winner, and Belmonte as highest player in Summer Swing points without a title.

Xtra Frame, the PBA’s on-line video subscription service, features a preview and post-game show for all CBS Sports Network telecasts of Summer Swing events. PBA fans can find additional coverage of Summer Swing action through the PBA Network which includes archived coverage of all preliminary rounds on Xtra Frame, 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.

CBS Sports Network is available across the country through local cable, video and telco providers and via satellite on DirecTV Channel 221 and Dish Network Channel 158.  For more information, including a full programming schedule and how to get CBS Sports Network, go to www.cbssportsnetwork.com.

PBA OKLAHOMA OPEN

Grand Casino Resort Event Center, Shawnee, Okla.

Final Standings

1, Bill O’Neill, Langhorne, Pa. $18,000.

2, Jason Belmonte, Australia, $9,000.

3, Patrick Allen, Mount Kisco, N.Y., $7,000.

4, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., $6,000.

5. Andres Gomez, Colombia, $5,000.

Playoff Results

Match One – Allen def. Gomez, 211-200.

Match Two – Allen def. Jones, 225-215.

Semifinal Match – Belmonte def. Allen, 237-203.

Championship – O’Neill def. Belmonte, 247-172.

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