Pete Weber Wins PBA50 Pro Bowl West Fort Wayne Classic For Third Career PBA50 Tour title

by Jerry Schneider July 23, 2014 14:10

After five top-eight finishes, PBA Hall of Famer Pete Weber finally broke through to win his first PBA50 Tour title of the season Wednesday by winning the PBA50 Pro Bowl West Fort Wayne Classic presented by Ebonite.

Weber defeated fellow Hall of Famer and PBA Tour telecast color analyst Randy Pedersen of Orlando, Fla., 259-207, in the title match at Pro Bowl West, also notching his third career PBA50 Tour title.

Pedersen, trying for his second career PBA50 Tour title, jumped out to the early lead in the title match with the first three strikes, but ran into trouble in the seventh frame when he missed the 2-10 split. Weber took control by the mid-point of the match striking in seven of the first eight frames.

“We were all leaving a lot of corner pins so I thought it was a good time to change to a different ball for the final match,” said the 51-year-old Weber. “The lane conditions were transitioning pretty quickly and the ball wasn’t driving into the pocket like it should so I went to a ball that hooked more and revved sooner and it was the right choice.”

With his win, Weber, who recently won his fourth ESPY, moved into second in the PBA50 Player of the Year race behind Hall of Famer Norm Duke with three tournaments remaining in the season. Duke did not compete in the Fort Wayne event.

“If you want to be the best, you have to keep at it,” said the 37-time PBA Tour winner and 2013 PBA50 Rookie of the Year. “I still look at guys like Walter Ray (Williams Jr.) and the other great bowlers and that’s what keeps me going. I still love to bowl and love to travel.”

In the all-Hall of Fame semifinals, Weber beat Wayne Webb of Columbus, Ohio, 223-210, and Pedersen defeated Johnny Petraglia of Jackson, N.J., 207-192, to advance to the championship match.

Bill McCorkle of Westerville, Ohio, who won the PBA50 Dick Weber Super Senior Classic presented by Storm on July 20 at Pro Bowl West, made a run at winning back-to-back tournaments but lost to Pedersen in the Round of 8.

Petraglia, trying for his ninth career PBA50 Tour title, finished second to McCorkle in the Super Senior Classic, losing in the championship match 244-173.

Weber’s win marked seven of nine PBA50 Tour tournaments this season which have been won by PBA Hall of Famers.  His previous best finishes this season were second in the PBA50 Miller High Life Classic and Suncoast Senior U.S. Open.

The PBA50 Tour moves to Capri Lanes in Kettering, Ohio, July 28-31 for the PBA50 Dayton Classic presented by Roto Grip, the 10th stop of the season. Bowling fans can catch all the action on PBA’s online bowling channel Xtra Frame by clicking on the Xtra Frame logo on the pba.com homepage for subscription and schedule information.

PBA50 PRO BOWL WEST FORT WAYNE CLASSIC PRESENTED BY EBONITE
Wednesday’s Final Results
At Pro Bowl West
Fort Wayne, Ind.
a-Denotes amateur

Championship Match
Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo. ($7,500) def. Randy Pedersen, Orlando, Fla. ($4,000), 259-207.

Semifinal Round (one-game matches, losers earn $2,300)
Weber def. Wayne Webb, Columbus, Ohio, 223-210.
Pedersen def. Johnny Petraglia, Jackson, N.J., 207-192.

Round of 8 (best-of-three games, losers eliminated, earn $1,600)
Pedersen def. Bill McCorkle, Westerville, Ohio, 2-0.
Petraglia def. Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 2-0.
Webb def. Ralph Brunt Jr., Ft. Pierce, Fla., 2-1.
Weber def. a-Sam Lantto, Eden Prairie, Minn. 2-1.

Round of 16 (best-of-five games, losers eliminated, earn $1,300)
Weber def. Bryan Goebel, Shawnee, Kan., 3-1.
Lantto def. Ron Mohr, Las Vegas, 3-2.
Brunt def. Mike Henry, Brunswick, Ohio, 3-0.
Webb def. Darron Peters, Dayton, Ohio, 3-1.
Pedersen def. Dale Traber, Cedarburg, Wis., 3-2.
McCorkle def. Kent Wagner, Palmetto, Fla., 3-2.
Petraglia def. Harry Sullins, Chesterfield Twp., Mich., 3-0.
Bohn def. Mike Edwards, Tulsa, Okla., 3-0.

Round of 24 (best-of-five games, losers eliminate, earn $1,100)
Goebel def. a-Jim Starks, San Bernardino, Calif., 3-0.
Lantto def. Walter Ray Williams Jr., Ocala, Fla., 3-1.
Brunt def. Dale Eagle, Laguna Hills, Calif., 3-0.
Traber def. Lennie Boresch Jr. Kenosha, Wis., 3-1.
McCorkle def. Lee Brosius, Ashburn, Va., 3-1.
Petraglia def. Ross McDonald, Clarksville, Md., 3-1.
Bohn def. Ted Staikoff, Black Hawk, S.D., 3-0.
Peters def. John Chapman, Canada, 3-2.

Round of 32 (best-of-five games, losers eliminated, earn $1,000)
Goebel def. Bob Caruso, Dayton, N.J., 3-2.
Lantto def. Chris Keane, Cape Coral, Fla., 3-2.
Brunt def. Tom Baker, King, N.C., 3-0.
Peters def. Kenny Parks, Hammond, Ind., 3-1.
Boresch def. Sammy Ventura, Syracuse, N.Y., 3-2.
McCorkle def. Williams Peters, Dayton, Ohio, 3-0.
McDonald def. Marc Lineberry, Comanche, Iowa, 3-2.
Staikoff def. Don Breeden, Clive, Iowa, 3-1.

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PBA50 Pro Bowl West Fort Wayne Classic, presented by Ebonite - Match Play Rounds

by John Weber July 23, 2014 00:26

								
PBA50 Tour								
PBA50 Pro Bowl West Fort Wayne Classic, presented by Ebonite								
Pro Bowl West								
Fort Wayne, IN								
								
Wednesday, July 23, 2014								
								
WATCH LIVE ON PBA XTRA FRAME!!!!!!								


ROUND OF 2				
Winners from the round of 4.   				
Single elimination, single-game match play.				
Loser eliminated, earns $4,000.				
Winner earns $7,500.				
				
Champion -  Pete Weber				
				
Seed #	Name			Game 1
				
#2	Randy Pedersen		207	
#1	Pete Weber		259	
Winner - Pete Weber				




ROUND OF 4				
Winners from the round of 8.   				
Single elimination, single-game match play.				
Losers eliminated, earn $2,300.				
				
Seed #	Name			Game 1
				
#1	Pete Weber		223	
#4	Wayne Webb		210	
Winner - Pete Weber				
				
#2	Randy Pedersen		207	
#11	John Petraglia		193	
Winner - Randy Pedersen				



ROUND OF 8						
Winners from the round of 16.   						
Single elimination, best-of-three games match play.						
Losers eliminated, earn $1,600.						
						
Seed #	Name			Game 1	Game 2	Game 3
						
#1	Pete Weber		248	238	225	
#24	Sam Lantto		200	247	214	
Winner - Pete Weber						
						
#21	Ralph Brunt Jr		241	210	179	
#4	Wayne Webb		248	204	269	
Winner - Wayne Webb						
						
#2	Randy Pedersen		247	289		
#26	Bill McCorkle		209	199		
Winner - Randy Pedersen						
						
#11	John Petraglia		214	244		
#14	Parker Bohn		206	182		
Winner - Johnny Petraglia						




ROUND OF 16								
Winners from the round of 24 and Qualifiers 1-8.   								
Single elimination, best-of-five games match play.								
Losers eliminated, earn $1,300.								
								
Seed #	Name			Game 1	Game 2	Game 3	Game 4	Game 5
								
#17	Bryan Goebel		198	232	168	222		
#1	Pete Weber		246	196	228	279		
Winner - Pete Weber								
								
#24	Sam Lantto		226	245	253	218	247	
#8	Ron Mohr		201	257	216	259	243	
Winner - Sam Lantto								
								
#5	Michael Henry		203	170	153			
#21	Ralph Brunt Jr		236	222	201			
Winner - Ralph Brunt Jr.								
								
#4	Wayne Webb		234	223	226	256		
#20	Darron Peters		195	216	245	248		
Winner - Wayne Webb								
								
#15	Dale Traber		278	227	226	236	229	
#2	Randy Pedersen		236	236	194	238	246	
Winner - Randy Pedersen								
								
#26	Bill McCorkle		237	225	193	235	245	
#7	Ken Wagner		236	237	258	213	226	
Winner - Bill McCorkle								
								
#6	Harry Sullins		194	212	269			
#11	John Petraglia		236	217	289			
Winner - Johnny Petraglia								
								
#3	Mike Edwards		193	217	239			
#14	Parker Bohn III		243	258	266			
Winner - Parker Bohn III								
	


ROUND OF 24							
Qualifiers 9-24.   							
Single elimination, best-of-five games match play.							
Losers eliminated, earn $1,100.							
							
Seed #	Name			Game 1	Game 2	Game 3	Game 4
							
#17	Bryan Goebel		279	241	246		
#16	Jim Starks		219	223	210		
Winner - Bryan Goebel							
							
#24	Sam Lantto		245	270	240	245	
#9	WR Williams Jr		227	207	246	218	
Winner - Sam Lantto							
							
#12	Dale Eagle		204	201	193		
#21	Ralph Brunt Jr		237	212	270		
Winner - Ralph Brunt Jr.							
							
#13	John Chapman		186	237	300	213	239
#20	Darron Peters		290	235	279	238	244
Winner - Darron Peters							
							
#18	Lennie Boresch		200	227	238	205	
#15	Dale Traber		237	269	236	224	
Winner - Dale Traber							
							
#26	Bill McCorkle		227	207	211	210	
#10	Lee Brosius		226	203	228	208	
Winner - Bill McCorkle							
							
#11	John Petraglia		249	205	244	300	
#22	Ross McDonald		247	246	200	220	
Winner - Johnny Petraglia							
							
#14	Parker Bohn III		259	191	265		
#30	Ted Staikoff		216	186	205		
Winner - Parker Bohn III							



ROUND OF 32								
Qualifiers 17-32.   								
Single elimination, best-of-five games match play.								
Losers eliminated, earn $1,000.								
								
Seed #	Name			Game 1	Game 2	Game 3	Game 4	Game 5
								
#17	Bryan Goebel		237	180	195	267	201	
#32	Bob Caruso		213	206	213	236	189	
Winner - Bryan Goebel								
								
#25	Chris Keane		214(9)	245	247	228	189	
#24	Sam Lantto		214(10)	181	246	248	231	
winner - Sam Lantto								
								
#21	Ralph Brunt Jr.		210	215	217			
#28	Tom Baker		205	202	210			
Winner - Ralph Brunt Jr.								
								
#29	Kenny Parks		268	237	248	258		
#20	Darron Peters		222	279	265	266		
Winner - Darron Peters								
								
#18	Lennie Boresch		268	219	246	213	186	
#31	Sammy Ventura		234	234	255	179	173	
Winner - Lennie Boresch Jr.								
								
#26	Bill McCorkle		226	255	212			
#23	William Peters		180	206	205			
Winner - Bill McCorkle								
								
#22	Ross McDonald		202	203	208	179	246	
#27	Marc Lineberry		185	180	235	225	235	
Winner - Ross McDonald								
								
#30	Ted Staikoff		245	214	216	266		
#19	Don Breeden		232	259	209	226		
Winner - Ted Staikoff								
								
								
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Pete Weber Tops PBA50 Pro Bowl West Fort Wayne Classic Qualifying

by Jerry Schneider July 22, 2014 13:34

 

Trying for his first PBA50 Tour win of the season, Pete Weber moved a step closer to that goal Tuesday by taking the lead after the second round of the PBA50 Pro Bowl West Fort Wayne Classic presented by Ebonite.

The PBA Hall of Famer and 2013 PBA50 Rookie of the Year bowled games of 289, 222, 258, 238, 258, 257, 244 and 247 in Tuesday’s second round at Pro Bowl West to top the field with a 16-game overall pinfall of 3,982.

“It’s a higher scoring condition so it’s a matter of finding the right ball and angle to the pocket, then it’s just going through the motions,” said Weber who recently won ESPN’s Best Bowler ESPY. “The goal was to finish in the top eight to get the two byes for match play and from there it’s up to me to finish the job.

“I’ll have plenty of time to relax before match play so I’ll have time to be as prepared as I can be.”

The field has been cut to 32 players for match play but Weber and the seven other finishers in the top eight receive two match play round byes.

Weber, a 37-time winner on the PBA Tour, held a 59-pin lead over Hall of Famer and PBA Tour telecast color commentator Randy Pedersen who finished the round in second with 3,923.

Rounding out the top eight were Mike Edwards, Tulsa, Okla., 3,826; Wayne Webb, Columbus, Ohio, 3,794; Mike Henry, Brunswick, Ohio, 3,784; Harry Sullins, Chesterfield Twp., Mich., 3,772; Kent Wagner, Palmetto, Fla., 3,756, and Ron Mohr, Las Vegas, 3,748.

Weber won two titles in his first season on the PBA50 Tour including the USBC Senior Masters. This season he has five top-eight finishes including second-place finishes in the Suncoast Senior U.S. Open and PBA50 Miller High Life Classic, and a fourth-place finish in the USBC Senior Masters.

Wednesday’s match play gets underway at 10 a.m. ET with the championship rounds scheduled for 7 p.m.

The final day of the Fort Wayne Classic can be seen on PBA’s online bowling channel Xtra Frame. For subscription and schedule information click on the Xtra Frame logo on the pba.com homepage.

PBA50 PRO BOWL WEST FORT WAYNE CLASSIC PRESENTED BY EBONITE
Tuesday’s second round results after 16 games
Top 32 advance to match play
At Pro Bowl West
Fort Wayne, Ind.
a-Denotes amateur
s-denotes super seniors ages 60 and over out of the regular prize fund cashing for $700

1, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 3,982.
2, Randy Pedersen, Orlando, Fla., 3,923.
3, Mike Edwards, Tulsa, Okla., 3,826.
4, Wayne Webb, Columbus, Ohio, 3,794.
5, Mike Henry, Brunswick, Ohio, 3,784.
6, Harry Sullins, Chesterfield Twp., Mich., 3,772.
7, Kent Wagner, Palmetto, Fla., 3,756.
8, Ron Mohr, Las Vegas, 3,748.
9, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Ocala, Fla., 3,746.
10, Lee Brosius, Ashburn, Va., 3,743.
11, Johnny Petraglia, Jackson, N.J., 3,737.
12, (TIE) Dale Eagle, Newport Beach, Calif., and John Chapman, Canada, 3,732
14, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 3,726.
15, Dale Traber, Cedarburg, Wis., 3,724.
16, a-Jim Starks, San Bernardino, Calif., 3,723.
17, Bryan Goebel, Shawnee, Kan., 3,712.
18, Lennie Boresch Jr., Kenosha, Wis., 3,691.
19, Don Breeden, Clive, Iowa, 3,689.
20, Darron Peters, Murrieta, Calif., 3,687.
21, Ralph Brunt Jr., Ft. Pierce, Fla., 3,681.
22, Ross McDonald, Clarksville, Md., 3,659.
23, William Peters, Dayton, Ohio, 3,640.
24, a-Sam Lantto, Eden Prairie, Minn., 3,623.
25, Christopher Keane, Cape Coral, Fla., 3,618.
26, Bill McCorkle, Westerville, Ohio, 3,606.
27, Marc Lineberry, Camanche, Iowa, 3,602.
28, Tom Baker, King, N.C., 3,597.
29, (tie) Kenny Parks, Hammond, Ind., and Ted Staikoff, Black Hawk, S.D., 3,595.
31, Sammy Ventura, Syracuse, N.Y., 3,582.
32, Bob Caruso, Dayton, N.J., 3,578.

Missed Cut

33, Dale Csuhta, Wadsworth, Ohio, 3,575, $900.
34, s-Kerry Painter, Henderson, Nev., 3,570, $700.
35, s-Don Blatchford, Santa Monica, Calif., 3,562, $700.
36, s-Patrick King, Yankton, S.D., 3,560, $700.
37, Bruce VanMetre, Delphos, Ohio, 3,555.
38, Mark Everette, Aliquippa, Pa., 3,543.
39, s-Ron Profitt, Brookville, Ohio, 3,537, $700.
40, s-Paul Mielens, Menomonie, Wis., 3,532, $700.
41, Terry Metzner, Kentwood, Mich., 3,525.
42, Scott Sustar, Medina, Ohio, 3,522.
43, (tie) a-Larry Salvati , Canada, and s-John Dudak, Orland Park, Ill., 3,518, $700.
45, Mike Dias, Lafayette, Colo., 3,516.
46, s-Bill Nichols, Roseville, Calif., 3,509, $700.
47, s-Steve Ferraro, Kingston, N.Y., 3,507, $700.
48, Tommy Kress, Rochester, N.Y., 3,503.
49, Dale Strike, Saginaw, Mich., 3,495.
50, Jeffrey Taylor, Madison, Wis., 3,482.
51, Bill Henson, Westerville, Ohio, 3,475.
52, Roy Buckley, New Albany, Ohio, 3,470.
53, Norb Wetzel, Fond du Lac, Wis., 3,468.
54, (tie) Rick Woloszyn, Griffith, Ind., and Frank Gallo Jr., Jacksonville, Fla., 3,444.
56, George Lord, Lakeland, Fla., 3,432.
57, Tom Carter, Rockford, Ill., 3,426.
58, Sal Bongiorno, Hollywood, Fla., 3,418.
59, Mike Mineman, Belleville, Ill., 3,411.
60, Brian Miller, Springfield, Ohio, 3,398.
61, (tie) Thomas Ream, Tampa, Fla., and Mark Medler, Waterloo, Ind., 3,391.
63, Tommy Martin, Arlington, Tenn., 3,389.
64, (tie) Timothy Kauble, Marion, Ohio, and Jeff Richgels, Madison, Wis., 3,383.
66, (tie) Ernie Segura Jr., Taylor, Mich., and Kevin Foley, Reno, Nev., 3,374.
68, Paul McCordic, Sugar Land, Texas, 3,373.
69, Steve Stein, Staten Island, N.Y., 3,370.
70, Ray Johnson, Battle Creek, Mich., 3,363.
71, a-Fred Phillips, Canada, 3,344.
72, Rick Zakrajsek, Lorain, Ohio, 3,339.
73, a-Gary Gatchell, Fort Wayne, Ind., 3,338.
74, Lucien Casagrande, Canada, 3,337.
75, Bobby Johnson, Chillicothe, Ohio, 3,334.
76, Steve Jones, Berlin, Md., 3,333.
77, Bob Kelly, Dayton, Ohio, 3,326.
78, Sam Perrotta, Lincoln Park, N.J., 3,304.
79, Chris Fedden, Albany, N.Y., 3,300.
80, Dan Duskin, Atlantic, Iowa, 3,279.
81, James Souder, Greeneville, Tenn., 3,268.
82, Steve Easterday, Strasburg, Ohio, 3,264.
83, Norm Ginsberg, West Babylon, 3,234.
84, Brendan Bierch, Grafton, Mass., 3,211.
85, Tom Howison, Chillicothe, Ohio, 3,196.
86, Tim Pierce, Portland, Ore., 3,189.
87, Gary Kammes, Winfield, Ill., 3,142.
88, a-Gilbert Kuchta, West Allis, Wis., 3,133.
89, Galen Keas, Alda, Neb., 3,127.
90, Phillip Moros, Lombard, Ill., 3,121.
91, Bill Idzior, Crown Point, Ind., 3,110.
92, Thomas Kelley Sr., Omaha, Neb., 3,096.
93, a-Victor VanHentenryck, Fort Wayne, Ind., 3,085.
94, Edgar Gomez, Colombia, 3,079.
95, a-Scott Winschief, New Richmond, Ind., 3,074.
96, Rich Kleinman, Reno, Nev., 3,049.
97, Mike Moore, Marietta, Ohio, 3,032.
98, Dale Holgate, Silver Lake, Ohio, 3,008.
99, Dennis Lane, Kingsport, Tenn., 1,498 (withdrew).

300 Games - Frank Gallo Jr., Michael Henry, Lee Brosius

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Ohio’s Bill McCorkle Wins Inaugural PBA50 Dick Weber Super Senior Classic for First PBA50 Title

by Jerry Schneider July 20, 2014 07:01

 

Bill McCorkle of Westerville, Ohio, won the biggest tournament of his professional career Sunday by defeating PBA Hall of Famer and eight-time PBA50 Tour winner Johnny Petraglia in the championship match of the PBA50 Dick Weber Super Senior Classic presented by Storm.

In the inaugural event for PBA50 Tour players ages 60 and over, McCorkle defeated the top-seeded Petraglia 244-173 at Pro Bowl West in Fort Wayne to record his first PBA50 Tour title.

McCorkle got off to the early lead stringing the first five strikes while Petraglia struggled missing the 2-4-6-10 split in the first frame and the 1-3-6-7 washout in the fifth frame.

“I’ve been bowling in PBA competition for 40 years and never won at the national level so I’m a little overwhelmed,” said the 61-year-old McCorkle whose best previous PBA50 Tour finish was sixth. “I was fortunate to get off to a good start but then I had to remind myself to stay loose and continue to throw good shots.

“Toward the end of the match I started to get a little emotional but then I looked over at the Dick Weber trophy and thought what would Dick do, and at that moment I was able to get the inspiration I needed.”

McCorkle qualified second for the stepladder final thanks to a 11-1 record in match play.

“My goal was to make the top five,” McCorkle said. “I think I benefited from the tougher condition because it enabled me to throw harder which I like to do. The big games weren’t out there so there was a premium on making good shots.”

In the opening stepladder match one-time PBA50 Tour winner No. 4 seed Dave Patchen of Oregon, Ohio, defeated one-time PBA50 Tour winner No. 5 seed Mike Henry of Brunswick, Ohio, 258-190, and then went on to beat Don Blatchford of Santa Monica, Calif., 207-202, in the second match to eventually finish third. McCorkle defeated Patchen 212-195 in the semifinal to advance to the title match.

PBA50 Tour action continues Monday with the start of the PBA50 Pro Bowl West Fort Wayne Classic presented by Ebonite open to all PBA50 Tour players ages 50 and over. The first qualifying round will get underway at 10 a.m.

The Fort Wayne Classic can be seen on PBA’s online bowling channel Xtra Frame. For subscription and schedule information click on the Xtra Frame logo on the pba.com homepage.

PBA50 DICK WEBER SUPER SENIOR CLASSIC PRESENTED BY STORM
Sunday's Final Results
At Pro Bowl West
Fort Wayne, Ind.

Final Standings: 1, Bill McCorkle, Westerville, Ohio, $7,500. 2, Johnny Petraglia, Jackson, N.J., $4,000. 3, Dave Patchen, Oregon, Ohio, $2,500 4, Don Blatchford, Santa Monica, Calif., $2,000. 5, Mike Henry, Brunswick, Ohio, $1,700.

Playoff Results: Match One – Patchen def. Henry, 258-190. Match Two – Patchen def. Blatchford – 207-202. Semifinal – McCorkle def. Patchen, 212-195. Championship match – McCorkle def. Petraglia, 244-173.

FOURTH ROUND RESULTS
24-game pinfall totals including bonus pins, match play record and money earned.
Top five advanced to stepladder
a-denotes amateur

1, Johnny Petraglia, Jackson, N.J., 8-4, 5,318.
2, Bill McCorkle, Westerville, Ohio, 11-1, 5,298.
3, Don Blatchford, Santa Monica, Calif., 9-3, 5,295.
4, Dave Patchen, Oregon, Ohio, 9-3, 5,263.
5, Mike Henry, Brunswick, Ohio, 7-5, 5,230.
6, Paul McCordic, Sugar Land, Texas, 8-4, 5,224, $1,500.
7, Pete Gurskis, Orland Park, Ill., 10-2, 5,181, $1,475.
8, Gary Kammes, Winfield, Ill., 9-3, 5,098, $1,450.
9, Ron Profitt, Brookville, Ohio, 6-6, 5,084, $1,425.
10, Bob Caruso, Dayton, N.J., 8-4, 5,083, $1,400.
11, Timothy Kauble, Marion, Ohio, 7-5, 5,052, $1,375.
12, Patrick King, Yankton, S.D., 6-6, 5,047, $1,350.
13, Kerry Painter, Henderson, Nev., 5-7, 5,035, $1,325.
14, Marc Lineberry, Camanche, Iowa, 6-6, 5,012, $1,300.
15, Dick Gran, Hartville, Ohio, 8-4, 5,006, $1,275.
16, Sam Perrotta, Lincoln Park, N.J., 4-7-1, 4,965, $1,250.
17, a-Bob Shank, Fort Wayne, Ind., 6-6, 4,956, $1,225.
18, Henry Gonzalez, Colorado Springs, Colo., 7-5, 4,949, $1,200.
19, a-Michael Lucente, Warren, Mich., 5-7, 4,907, $1,180.
20, Tommy Kress, Rochester, N.Y., 5-7, 4,900, $1,160.
21, Dennis Lane, Kingsport, Tenn., 3-8-1, 4,898, $1,140.
22, Norb Wetzel, Fond du Lac, Wis., 6-6, 4,896, $1,120.
23, Ted Staikoff, Black Hawk, S.D., 5-7, 4,874, $1,100.
24, a-Jim Starks, San Bernardino, Calif., 6-6, 4,866, $1,090.
25, a-Linda Kelly, Dayton, Ohio, 6-6, 4,816, $1,085.
26, Chris Fedden, Albany, N.Y., 3-9, 4,802, $1,080.
27, Greg McMahan, Dandridge, Tenn., 4-8, 4,793, $1,075.
28, Mitchell Jabczenski, Novi, Mich., 2-10, 4,763, $1,070.
29, Brendan Bierch, Grafton, Mass., 6-6, 4,742, $1,065.
30, a-Mike Buchanan, Crystal River, Fla., 3-9, 4,673, $1,060.
31, Don Lane, San Francisco, 3-9, 4,643, $1,055.
32, Mike Moore, Marietta, Ohio, 0-12, 4,521, $1,050.

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PBA Adjusts Women’s Dues, Re-Schedules Central, Midwest Region Events

by Bill Vint July 18, 2014 08:11

SEATTLE – Based upon input from women bowlers, Professional Bowlers Association Deputy Commissioner Kirk von Krueger announced Friday that the PBA has adjusted membership dues for women for the balance of the 2014 season as part of a revised PBA Women’s Regional program.

The inaugural PBA Women’s Regional program, offering women bowlers close-to-home opportunities to bowl in PBA-caliber competition, will culminate with a PBA Challenge television event on ESPN which also will feature the PBA Regional Finals match, PBA50 Tour Finals match and Teen Masters Grand Championship match. To enhance the program, the PBA will pro-rate membership dues for women to $75 for the balance of the 2014 season, and waive the standard initiation fee for new members.

Von Krueger also announced tournaments originally scheduled for this weekend in the Central and Midwest Regions have been replaced due to an unforeseen conflict with the BPAA Women’s All Star which gets underway Sunday in Rockford, Ill.

“We’ve received a lot of favorable reaction from interested women bowlers since we announced this new program, and based upon that feedback, we’re making a few other adjustments to the program – including a pro-rated membership structure for women for the rest of the 2014 season – to make it more accessible and more affordable,” von Krueger said.

The new regional program will result in eight women’s points leaders based on three-tournament series conducted by the PBA’s East, South, Central, Midwest, Southwest, West/Northwest combined and Japan Regions advancing the PBA World Series of Bowling VI in Las Vegas.

The PBA Women’s Regional Finals in Las Vegas will feature an eight-game round-robin match play competition at South Point Bowling Center on Oct. 24. The top two players will advance to the ESPN telecast. The eight regional qualifiers also will receive paid entries into the World Series where they will compete in the PBA Cheetah, Scorpion, Chameleon and Viper Opens – all leading to a chance to qualify for the PBA World Championship.

Additional updates to the women’s program announced Friday include:

● A new $75 PBA membership, with no initiation fee, will be offered to women for the duration of 2014 if they wish to join. Women who want to compete for berths in the PBA Women’s Regional Finals in Las Vegas must be PBA members in order to earn points in their regions, and to enter the PBA World Series of Bowling VI.

● Tournaments scheduled in the PBA Central and Midwest Regions for the July 19-20 weekend have been re-scheduled to avoid a conflict with the BPAA Women’s All Star in Rockford, Ill., and to give more players an opportunity to enter (see revised schedule below).

● The competition points leaders for three designated tournaments in the eight regional programs will also receive paid entries to bowl in the PBA World Series of Bowling VI. The top two women in combined West/Northwest Region points will qualify for the PBAW Regional Finals.

● A PBA Regional title will be awarded if the regional tournament field includes 20 or more PBA women members, or if a woman wins the “open” portion of the regional outright. Winning a PBA Regional title also means a player is eligible to enter the PBA Tournament of Champions.

Other aspects of the PBA Women’s Regional program will continue as originally announced:

● Women will bowl with and against male bowlers in each regional tournament, but women will be guaranteed at last one cashing spot (minimum $250). All women will be eligible to cash in the general prize fund and if she is a PBA member and wins the regional, she will earn a PBA Regional title (which also means eligibility for the PBA Tournament of Champions).

● Women who are PBA members may enter regionals at the PBA member entry fee; non-member women will pay the non-member entry fee.

“This is an entirely new program for us,” von Krueger added. “We are going to watch it closely, listen to players and do whatever we can to make it bigger and better in the future. We know there are hundreds of women bowlers across the United States who are looking for a place to bowl in high-level competition, and that’s what we’re striving to provide.”

2014 PBA WOMEN’S REGIONAL TOUR SCHEDULE

PBA East Region

July 25-27 – PBA Pure-It Pro Shop East Open presented by DV8, Cedar Lanes, Lebanon, Pa.

Aug. 15-17 – PBA Bethmann Russell Syracuse Eastern Open presented by Radical, Flamingo Bowl, Liverpool, N.Y.

Aug. 22-24 – PBA Mil-Ray Foods East Open presented by Columbia 300, Brunswick Zone Deptford, Deptford, N.J.

PBA South Region

July 11-13 – PBA Spring Hill South Open, Spring Hill Lanes, Spring Hill, Fla. (top woman finisher: a-Kimberly Roe, New Smyrna Beach, Fla.; top PBA member woman finisher: Christina Hardee, Mount Dora, Fla.)

Aug. 8-10 – PBA Waccamaw Bowling Center Myrtle Beach South Classic, Waccamaw Lanes, Myrtle Beach, S.C.

Aug. 22-24 – PBA Fayetteville South Open, Lafayette Lanes, Fayetteville, N.C.

PBA Central Region

Aug. 15-17 – PBA Lefeld Implement Central Classic, Pla-Mor Lanes, Coldwater, Ohio

Sept. 19-21 – PBA Rex & Griffin Bigelow Memorial Central Open, Troy Bowl, Troy, Ohio

Oct. 5 – PBA Northway Lanes/Muskegon Central Open, Northway Lanes, Muskegon, Mich.

PBA Midwest Region

Aug. 22-24 - PBA Bowlerama Lanes Midwest Open presented by Radical, Bowlerama Lanes, Des Moines, Iowa

Sept. 13-14 – PBA Diamond Jo's Casino Midwest Open presented by Dexter, Cherry Lanes, Dubuque, Iowa

Oct. 3-5 – PBA Calvert's Express Auto Midwest/Southwest Open, Aaron’s Family Fun Center, Belton, Mo.

PBA Southwest Region

Aug. 8-10 – PBA Killeen Southwest Open, Hallmark Lanes, Killeen, Texas

Aug. 22-24 – PBA Greenville Southwest Open, Shenaniganz, Greenville, Texas

Sept. 26-28 – PBA Tomball Southwest Open, Tomball Lanes, Tomball, Texas

PBA West/Northwest Region

Aug. 22-24 – PBA Steve Cook's Capital City West/NW Open presented by DV8, Fireside Lanes, Citrus Heights, Calif.

Sept. 26-28 – PBA Fog City West Open presented by Roto Grip, Classic Bowling Center, Daly City, Calif.

Oct. 10-12 – PBA Battle at Black Oak Casino West Open, Black Oak Lanes, Tuolumne, Calif.

PBA World Series of Bowling VI, South Point Casino, Hotel and Bowling Center, Las Vegas

Oct. 24 – PBA Women’s Regional Finals match play round (point leaders in eight PBA regions bowl eight games round-robin match play; top two advance to PBA Challenge Women’s Regional Finals match)

Nov. 2 – PBA Women’s Regional Finals (part of PBA Challenge ESPN television event)

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