Weber Maintains Lead After USBC Senior Masters Second Round

by Jerry Schneider July 29, 2015 15:12

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
Wednesday's Results

QUALIFYING - ROUND 2
(10 games)

      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.

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PBA Spare Shots: China’s PBA Pioneers League Continues to Pursue PBA Status

by Bill Vint July 29, 2015 04:23

The Longmarch PBA Pioneers League in China is currently in its fifth season of working to develop players to PBA membership eligibility status. The PBA Pioneers League program involves rigorous three-day, 12-games-a-day qualifying events, and requires players to average at least 200 in order to meet the PBA’s minimum eligibility requirement before applying for membership.

Longmarch Bowling owner Frank Zhao, who founded the PBA league program, said 26 bowlers from all parts of China are competing in the current session, which got underway following a Brunswick-sponsored visit to China by PBA Tour champion Sean Rash, PBA Tour Reps Chuck Gardner and Pat Mitchell for a series of clinics, pro-ams and exhibitions.

Representatives of the Pioneers league program will travel to Reno in December to compete in the GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling VII, following in the footsteps of the first delegation of Chinese bowlers ever to compete in the WSOB last fall at South Point in Las Vegas.

Zhao also said it appears representatives of the China Bowling Association and the China Sport Bureau will join the Chinese PBA members in Reno this year as the world’s largest nation continues to pursue training and education for its emerging bowling programs.

PBA, PWBA MEMBERS WIN GOLD MEDALS IN PAN AMERICAN GAMES BOWLING

PBA member Dan MacLelland of Canada, and PBA/PWBA members Clara Guerrero of Colombia and Shannon Pluhowsky of Dayton, Ohio, were gold-medal winners in the recently-completed Pan American Games bowling competition in Toronto.

MacLelland and Wichita State University star Francois Lavoie won the men’s doubles gold medal with a 12-game combined total of 5,607 pins, topping Colombia’s Jaime Gonzalez and Manual Otalora by 318 pins and Team USA bronze medalists Tommy Jones and Devin Bidwell, who finished with 5,203 pins.

Guerrero and Rocio Restrepo won women’s doubles with 5074 pins, topping former PBA Women’s Series titlists Pluhowsky and Liz Johnson by 149 pins.

Brazil’s Marcelo Suartz won men’s singles with a 201-189 over PBA Hall of Famer Amleto Monacelli, who was representing his home country of Venezuela. Monacelli defeated MacLelland, 187-178, and Suartz eliminated Bidwell, 202-182, in the semifinal round.

Pluhowsky, who also won women’s singles in 2003, got her second gold medal in the event with a 223-212 victory over Aumi Guerra of the Dominican Republic. Pluhowsky defeated Restrepo, 214-212, and Guerra defeated Johnson, 258-181, in the women’s semifinal round.

SEAN RASH TO FULFILL “WISH” FOR 11-YEAR-OLD OHIO BOY

Eight-time PBA Tour titlist Sean Rash of Montgomery, Ill., will meet and bowl with 11-year-old Solomon Wohrer of Lancaster, Ohio, on Wednesday, Aug. 5, at Olympia Lanes in Hammond, Ind., prior to the start of the PBA/PBA50 South Shore Doubles, fulfilling Wohrer’s request through the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Wohrer, who suffers from Ewing’s Sarcoma, a form of bone cancer that affects mostly young people, will bowl with Rash at 6 p.m. on Wednesday. Thursday morning, he will again meet Rash, have a bowling ball drilled on the PBA truck while touring the PBA’s equipment transport, and meet other PBA players.

Wohrer and his family will then be guests of the PBA and Olympia Lanes to attend the rest of the tournament.

UPCOMING ON XTRA FRAME: PBA/PWBA STRIKING AGAINST BREAST CANCER DOUBLES

PBA’s exclusive online bowling channel, Xtra Frame, will close out its July schedule with live start-to-finish coverage of the PBA/PWBA Xtra Frame Striking Against Breast Cancer Mixed Doubles from Palace Lanes in Houston, Texas, July 31-Aug. 2. A sold-out field of 128 teams, including a number of PBA Tour champions and current PWBA Tour competitors, will compete for the $15,000 first prize.

Bowling fans who want to sample Xtra Frame can subscribe on a three-day basis for only $3.99. A full month’s worth of Xtra Frame programming cost only $7.99. PBA’s best package is the 12-month XF Season Ticket for $64.99, or $5.41 per month. To sign up, visit pba.com and click on the Xtra Frame link.

Bowling fans also can watch coverage of the USBC Senior Masters from Green Bay, Wis., on USBC’s BowlTV video-streaming service, and link to “live scoring” by visiting pba.com’s home page. Visit bowl.com for the full schedule. BowlTV is a free service.

The August 6-8 Xtra Frame schedule includes doubleheader coverage of the PBA/PBA50 South Shore Doubles from Olympia Lanes in Hammond, Ind., along with the PWBA Topeka Open presented by Prairie Band Resort & Casino from West Ridge Lanes in Topeka, Kan.

PBA REGIONAL UPDATE: 22 YEARS LATER, STAIKOFF GETS FIRST PBA TITLE

With a bit of help from partner Mike Scroggins of Amarillo, Texas, PBA veteran Ted Staikoff of Black Hawk, S.D., won his first PBA title in 22 years as a member on Friday, July 24, when the duo won the PBA50 Treasure Island Resort & Casino Midwest Doubles title at Island Xtreme Bowl in Welch, Minn.

Staikoff, 67, teamed with Scroggins, a two-time PBA50 Tour winner in his PBA50 rookie year, to defeat Harry Sullins of Chesterfield Twp., Mich. and partner Dave Axon of Bellevue, Neb., 258-232, in the final Baker format doubles match.

After competing on the PBA50 Tour for 17 years, Staikoff made news earlier this season when he led after the first round of qualifying in the PBA50 Fountain Valley Open presented by Track. His best previous PBA50 Tour finish was third in the 2003 Senior Manassas Open.

Patrick Allen of Mt. Kisco, N.Y., defeated Anthony Pepe of Elmhurst, N.Y., 227-187, to win the PBA Pure-It Pro Shop Eastern Open presented by DV8 at Cedar Lanes in Lebanon, Pa., Sunday. The win was Allen’s third of the year and the 27th title of his career. 

Allen used two different bowling balls throughout the stepladder finals to deal with a tricky left lane. Allen posted a 10-2 match play record to qualify third for the stepladder finals and won three straight matches to claim the title. After defeating John Furey of Freehold, N.J., 218-187, in the opening match, he defeated Tommy Gollick of Oberlin, Pa., 201-181, to advance to the title match.

Craig Nidiffer of Trenton, Mich. defeated E.J. Tackett of Huntington, Ind., by 123 pins to win the PBA Farmer’s State Bank Central Open presented by Roto Grip at Angola Bowl in Angola, Ind., Sunday. Nidiffer finished with a 4-4 match play record and a total of 5,179 pins for 21 games, including match play bonus pins for his third career PBA Regional title. He also earned $2,600.

Marty Deh of San Jose, Calif. and Greg Thompson Jr. of Dublin, Calif., teamed up to defeat Chris Warren of Grants Pass, Ore., and Jeff Frankos of Daly City, Calif., 426-391, to win the PBA Sands Regency West\Northwest Doubles presented by MOTIV at High Sierra Lanes in Reno, Nev., Sunday.

Deh earned his sixth PBA Regional title while Thompson picked up his third. The winning team shared the $3,600 first prize. The winning team defeated Californians Nick Morgan of Sacramento and Robby Porter of Rancho Cordova, 445-370, in the semifinal round while Warren and Frankos defeated another set of Californians, Ty Dawson of Sunnyvale and PJ Haggerty of Roseville, 20-18 in a two-ball (one shot by each player) sudden death roll-off after the teams tied at 352-352.

● Closing out the July schedule over the July 31-Aug. 2 weekend will be the PBA Xtra Frame Striking Against Breast Cancer Mixed Doubles, a PBA Tour-PWBA Tour title event, at Palace Lanes in Houston, Texas; the Lakewood Bowl Midwest Open in Richton Park, Ill.; the PBA/PBA50 Northwest/West Open from 20th Century Lanes in Boise, Idaho, and the PBA Japan Region’s first events of the year, the DHC Japan Cheetah and Women’s Cheetah Opens at Nagoya Grandbowl in Aichi, Japan.

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

QUICK NOTES

● Reminder: book a room through HotelPlanner.com’s link on pba.com to become eligible for a $200 lodging certificate in the monthly sweepstakes sponsored by PBA’s official hotel booking partner. And 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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Weber Averages 236 to Take First Round Lead in USBC Senior Masters

by Jerry Schneider July 28, 2015 15:17

By Matt Cannizzaro, USBC Communications

PBA and USBC Hall of Famer Pete Weber returned to The Ashwaubenon Bowling Alley in Green Bay, Wisconsin, both comfortable and confident after his last visit to the 60-lane center, and he set the pace through the first day of qualifying Tuesday at the 2015 United States Bowling Congress Senior Masters.

The 52-year-old right-hander averaged more than 236 on the way to a 1,183 five-game total, 27 pins better than Ron Mohr of Las Vegas who finished the opening round with a 1,156 total.

Mike Edwards of Tulsa, Oklahoma, the 2012 USBC Senior Masters winner, is third with 1,149, Hall of Famer Mark Williams is fourth with 1,136 and five-time PBA titlist Marc McDowell of nearby Madison, Wisconsin, rounds out the top five with 1,134.

"I had an idea how the lanes were going to play, so I knew what kind of bowling balls and layouts I wanted to bring in," said Weber, who led qualifying and finished third at the 2015 USBC Masters, held at The Ashwaubenon Bowling Alley in February. "I don't plan on changing anything tomorrow, unless I need to. As long as I feel like I'm throwing the ball well, I won't have to worry about that. I just plan to keep doing what I'm doing."

Weber, who won the Senior Masters in 2013, knows the unique format essentially separates the tournament into two different events - qualifying and the double-elimination match-play bracket.

Weber is trying to sweep the PBA50 majors this season after winning the Suncoast PBA Senior U.S. Open in June.

After 15 games of qualifying over three days, the top 63 bowlers will join defending champion and Hall of Famer Walter Ray Williams Jr. in the bracket. Since all pinfall is dropped after qualifying, just getting there is the first goal for most competitors.

"Naturally, you want be the leader, but the main goal is to make the top 63," said Weber, who has 37 PBA Tour titles and four PBA50 wins. "Then, it's about winning matches and staying in the winners bracket."

Qualifying at the 2015 Senior Masters continues Wednesday with squads at 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. Eastern. All rounds of qualifying and match play will be broadcast live on BowlTV, concluding with the stepladder finals Aug. 2 at noon Eastern.

The ninth tournament and second and final PBA50 Tour major of the season attracted an entry of 194 players ages 50 and older.

Williams finished the first day in a tie for 46th place with a 1,032 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 in 2007, to win the Senior Masters in consecutive years.

To watch the Senior Masters and Super Senior Classic live, visit YouTube.com/BowlTV.

2015 USBC SENIOR MASTERS
At The Ashwaubenon Bowling Alley, Green Bay, Wisconsin
Tuesday's Results

QUALIFYING - ROUND 1
(Five games)

      1, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 1,183. 2, Ron Mohr, North Las Vegas, Nev., 1,156. 3, Michael Edwards, Tulsa, Okla., 1,149. 4, Mark Williams, Beaumont, Texas, 1,136. 5, Marc McDowell, Madison, Wis., 1,134. 6, Mike Dias, Lafayette, Colo., 1,133.
      7, Bo Goergen, Sanford, Mich., 1,131. 8, Jeff Nimke, Oshkosh, Wis., 1,122. 9, Amleto Monacelli, Aventura, Fla., 1,120. 10, Michael Tryniski, Fulton, N.Y., 1,114. 11, Gregg Zicha, Glen Ellyn, Ill., 1,112. 12, Kerry Painter, Henderson, Nev., 1,109.
      13, Christopher Keane, Cape Coral, Fla., 1,106. 14, Jim Knoblauch, Waukesha, Wis., 1,105. 15, Bob Spaulding, Colorado Springs, Colo., 1,102. 16, Bill Sell, Menasha, Wis., 1,101. 17, Ted Staikoff, Black Hawk, S.D., 1,097. 18, (TIE) Brian Voss, Centennial, Colo., and Paul McCordic, Sugar Land, Texas, and Darron Peters, Temecula, Calif., 1,088.
      21, Brian Cooper, Henderson, Nev., 1,087. 22, Marc Lineberry, Camanche, Iowa, 1,085. 23, Brian LeClair, Delmar, N.Y., 1,082. 24, Sam Lantto, Eden Prairie, Minn., 1,076.
      25, Rick Steelsmith, Wichita, Kan., 1,068. 26, (TIE) Harvey Pallas, Stevensville, Mich., and Dale Strike, Saginaw, Mich., and John Brockland, St. Charles, Mo., and Dale Eagle, Newport Beach, Calif., 1,065. 30, (TIE) Rob Rice, Sunnyside, Wash., and Toby Contreras, Lees Summit, Mo., and Ricky Woods, Whites Creek, Tenn., 1,064.
      33, Mark Abraham, Lansing, Mich., 1,058. 34, Jerome Penxa, Romeo, Mich., 1,051. 35, (TIE) Ernie Segura, Taylor, Mich., and Pete McCordic, Katy, Texas, 1,050.
      37, Thomas Baker, King, N.C., 1,048. 38, Jeff Shaw, Kennesaw, Ga., 1,047. 39, Kent Wagner, Bradentown, Fla., 1,045. 40, Kevin Thompson, Madison, Wis., 1,042. 41, David Bordson, Saint Paul, Minn., 1,040. 42, (TIE) Mark Sullivan, Indianpolis, Ind., and Ronald Boroff, Mansfield, Texas, 1,035.
     44, Doug Becker, Clermont, Fla., 1,034. 45, Kevin Anderson, Mt. Juliet, Tenn., 1,033. 46, (TIE) James Kedroski, Kansasville, Wis., and Walter Ray Williams Jr, Oxford, Fla., and James DePlanche, Taylor, Mich., 1,032.
      49, Duane Mellinger, Aurora, Colo., 1,029. 50, Frank Gallo Jr., Jacksonville, Fla., 1,028. 51, (TIE) Bob Learn Jr., Lake Worth, Fla., and Darwin Wimer, Mesquite, Nev., 1,026. 53, (TIE) Tim Kauble, Marion, Ohio, and Sam Ventura, Norwich, N.Y., 1,025.
      55, William Mueller, Vernon Hills, Ill., 1,023. 56, David Bannach, Stevens Point, Wis., 1,022. 57, Steve Anderson, Colorado Springs, Colo., 1,021. 58, (TIE) Sam Maccarone, Blackwood, N.J., and Lennie Boresch, Kenosha, Wis., 1,020. 60, (TIE) Steven Brinkman, Sussex, Wis., and Scott Weber, Green Bay, Wis., 1,016.
      62, Harry Sullins, Chesterfield, Mich., 1,015. 63, (TIE) Doug Hayes, Clarksville, Tenn., and Tom Adcock, Decatur, Ill., 1,013. 65, Paul Mielens, Menomonie, Wis., 1,011. 66, (TIE) Lyle Zikes, Arlington Heights, Ill., and John Dudak, Orland Park, Ill., 1,004.       
      68, (TIE) Craig Frankel, Highland Park, Ill., and John Burkett, Southlake, Texas, 1,002. 70, Gary Kammes, Winfield, Ill., 1,001. 71, (TIE) Craig Schiffler, Melrose, Minn., and Michael Owen, Gainesville, Fla., 999.
      73, Mike Thill, Oshkosh, Wis., 993. 74, (TIE) Brian Miller, Springfield, Ohio, and Robert Harvey, Boise, Idaho, 991. 76, Tom Carter, Columbus, Ohio, 989. 77, Tim Ruelle, Racine, Wis., 988. 78, Jerry Brunette Jr., Rochester, N.Y., 985.
      79, Robert Amoruso, Glenview, Ill., 984. 80, Ed Silva, Manteca, Calif., 982. 81, Charles Vashaw, Deephaven, Minn., 981. 82, (TIE) Kenny Waters, Kingsport, Tenn., and Jeff Richgels, Oregon, Wis., 980. 84, (TIE) Willie Wells, Brandon, Fla., and James Martin, Vero Beach, Fla., 979.
      86, (TIE) Charles Toney, Oak Hill, W. Va., and Ron Glick, Wickatunk, N.J., 977. 88, Robert Brown, Cody, Wyo., 976. 89, Dennis Lane, Kingsport, Tenn., 974. 90, (TIE) Michael Lucente, Warren, Mich., and Michael Karch, Edgewood, Wash., 971.
      92, Steve Ferraro, Kingston, N.Y., 967. 93, Mike Schmid, Arden Hills, Minn., 966. 94, Warren Burr, Wilmington, Del., 965. 95, (TIE) Kurt Bogner, Longview, Wash., and Steve Wiemer, Springfield, Mo., 964.
      97, Kevin Foley, Reno, Nev., 963. 98, Lee Brosius, Ashburn, Va., 961. 99, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 959. 100, Bill Hewlett, Eagle, Idaho, 957. 101, Kerry Fulford, Fort Worth, Texas, 956. 102, Karl Schmidt, Arvada, Colo., 954.
      103, Charles Cannon, Springs, Fla., 953. 104, Stephen Kenyon, Dade City, Fla., 951. 105, Ralph Brunt Jr., Port St. Lucie, Fla., 950. 106, Bryan Goebel, Shawnee, Kan., 946. 107, (TIE) Dennis Rakauskas, Apopka, Fla., and Robert Leavy, Manitowoc, Wis., and Scott Canfield, Mountville, Pa., 945.
      110, (TIE) Brendan Bierch, Grafton, Mass., and Gary Reynolds, Groton, N.Y., 944. 112, (TIE) Steve Caughey, Park Rapids, Minn., and Don Burdick, Dekalb, Ill., 943. 114, Peter Knopp, Bremen, N.C., 942.
      115, Dana Wright, St. Paul, Minn., 940. 116, (TIE) Michael Henry, Brunswick, Ohio, and William Keenan Jr., Orlando, Fla., and Bobby Knipple, Long Beach, Calif., 939. 119, Albert Danz, Escanaba, Mich., 937. 120, (TIE) Jay Joyner, Minneapolis, Minn., and Steve Kiss, Clackamas, Ore., and Dave Kucera, Urbandale, Iowa, 936.
      123, Todd Kjell, Roscoe, Ill., 935. 124, Tim Pierce, Portland, Ore., 934. 125, Roger Taylor, Marshalltown, Iowa, 931. 126, (TIE) Thomas Ream, Temple Terrace, Fla., and
     Steve Jansson, Barnes, Wis., 930. 128, Brad Snell, Mt. Prospect, Ill., 929. 129, (TIE) Jeff Moore, Boone, Iowa, and Pete Arruda, Gilbert, S.C., 928. 131, (TIE) Steve Banks, Leesburg, Va., and Tracy Teeters, Eugene, Ore., 926.
      133, Rick Erce, Madison, Wis., 924. 134, Paul Kwiecien, Lansing, Mich., 923. 135, (TIE) David Axon, Bellevue, Neb., and Terry Metzner, Kentwood, Mich., 922. 137, Donald Blatchford, Santa Monica, Calif., 918. 138, Butch Hrouda, Dickinson, N.D., 916.
      139, Gregory Bard, Fond du lac, Wis., 915. 140, (TIE) Martin Berke, Allentown, Pa., and Norbert Wetzel, Fon Du Lac, Wis., 914. 142, Jim Darvin, Waupaca, Wis., 913. 143, Donald Herrington, Ballston Lake, N.Y., 912. 144, Jared Cudnohufsky, Kingsford, Mich., 911.
      145, Richard Wilkinson, Bennington, Neb., 909. 146, (TIE) James Lord, Fort Mill, S.C., and Michael Walters, Sheboygan, Wis., 905. 148, Mark Hildebrandt, Appleton, Wis., 904. 149, Gus Yannaras, Waukesha, Wis., 903. 150, (TIE) Bob Micek, Northfield, Minn., and Bill McCorkle, Westerville, Ohio, and Mark Nance Sr., Grove City, Ohio, 899.
      153, (TIE) Wayne Clark, Locke, N.Y., and Timothy Hartley, Englewood, Ohio, 898. 155, Steve Stein, Staten Island, N.Y., 892. 156, (TIE) Dale Traber, Cedarburg, Wis., and Charles Moore, Gulf Breeze, Fla., 884.
      158, Tommy Martin, Millington, Tenn., 882. 159, Randy Leszczynski, Kronewetter, Wis., 881. 160, Darryl Traber, Waterford, Wis., 878. 161, Neil Southern, Centennial, Colo., 875. 162, Dean Reid, New Whiteland, Ind., 871.
      163, Dave Bernhardt, Romeo, Mich., 870. 164, Ed Campbell, Denham Springs, La., 869. 165, Brent Beery, Lombard, Ill., 864. 166, Ken Charbonneau, Northfield, Vt., 863. 167, (TIE) Garry Blanton, Owensboro, Ky., and Dave LaBar, Green Bay, Wis., 862.
      169, (TIE) Jeff Prein, Stoughton, Wis., and James Senatore, Fountain Hills, Ariz., 860. 171, (TIE) Jim Montgomery, Byron, Ill., and Bud Young, Ladysmith, Wis., 859. 173, (TIE) Wayne Teske, Green Bay, Wis., and Bill Henson, Wewsterville, Ohio, 855.
      175, George Lord, Mulberry, Fla., 853. 176, (TIE) Bruce Postel, Raytown, Mo., and Robert Pazur, Venice, Fla., 851. 178, Larry Acre, Benton, Mo., 849. 179, Robert Holzbauer, Madison, Wis., 841. 180, Jim Heintz, St. Charles, Mo., 839.
      181, Pete Zerger, Livonia, Mich., 837. 182, Glen Nakagawa, Village, Texas, 836. 183, Joe Alivo, Lannon, Wis., 829. 184, Dennis Frawley, Binghamton, N.Y., 828. 185, Dennis Galen Keas, ALDA, Neb., 825. 186, Larry Helton, Bolingbrook, Ill., 821.
      187, Curtis Matlock, Cloquet, Minn., 818. 188, Rod Hafeman, Wausau, Wis., 813. 189, Ken Ulicny, Swartz Creek, Mich., 790. 190, Richard Spaulding, Morrisville, Vt., 782. 191, Robert Heroux, Green Bay, Wis., 772. 192, Bill Mason, Grove City, Ohio, 765.
      193, Howard Frostman, Washburn, Wis., 737. 194, Bill Cody, Niagara, Wis., 712.

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Next Up on Xtra Frame: PBA/PWBA Striking Against Breast Cancer Mixed Doubles

by Bill Vint July 28, 2015 03:59

HOUSTON, Texas – The PBA Tour returns to action this week when it joins hands with the PWBA in a special event, the PBA/PWBA Xtra Frame Striking Against Breast Cancer Mixed Doubles, from Palace Lanes Friday, July 31-Sunday, Aug. 2.

For the first time, the 16-year-old fund-raising tournament, held in the memory of former PWBA competitor Luci Bonneau, will award PBA Tour and PWBA Tour titles to the winners, if they are PBA/PWBA members. PBA/PWBA stars Scott Norton of Mission Viejo, Calif., and Missy Parkin of Laguna Hills, Calif., are defending champions.

Fans can catch all the action when live wire-to-wire coverage begins on PBA’s online bowling channel, Xtra Frame, on Friday, July 31 at 2 p.m. ET (1 p.m. CT), when the first of three squads will bowl their eight-game qualifying round. Qualifying continues Saturday with the two more squads bowling at 9 a.m. ET (8 a.m. CT) and 2:30 p.m. ET (1:30 p.m. CT).  The top 30 teams after eight games will advance to a four-game cashers’ round at 9 a.m. ET (8 a.m. CT) Sunday, and the top eight teams will then bowl the eight-game round robin match play final round at 1 p.m. ET (12 noon CT). The winner will be decided based upon combined 20-game pinfall totals.

The tournament, affectionately called “The Luci,” features an all-star field of 128 teams, plus two sold-out pro-am squads. Since its inception, the tournament has raised more than $650,000 in support of the fight against breast cancer in Bonneau’s memory.

For Xtra Frame subscription and schedule information click on the Xtra Frame logo on the pba.com homepage. Three-day subscriptions after available for $3.99, a full-month subscription costs $7.99 and the 12-month XF Season Ticket is offered at $64.99.

For a complete roster of players, click here: http://www.pba.com/Tournaments/Regional/3594. To make an online donation to the cause, click here: http://www.strikingagainstbreastcancer.org/.

PBA/PWBA XTRA FRAME STRIKING AGAINST BREAST CANCER MIXED DOUBLES

Palace Lanes, Houston, Texas, July 31-Aug. 2 (all times are Central)

Thursday, July 30
2 p.m. – Open practice session
Friday, July 31
9 a.m. – Open practice session
1 p.m. - C Squad, 8 qualifying games
7 p.m. - Pro-am squad
Saturday, Aug. 1
8 a.m. - A Squad, 8 qualifying games
1:30 p.m. - B Squad, 8 qualifying games

  Top 30 teams after 8 games advance to cashers’ round
8 p.m. - Pro-am squad

Sunday, Aug. 2
8 a.m. - Top 30 teams, 4-game cashers’ round
  Top 8 teams after 12 games advance to round-robin match play
Noon - Top 8 teams, 8 games round robin match play

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PBA50 Tour Visits Green Bay for USBC Senior Masters July 28-Aug. 2

by Jerry Schneider July 27, 2015 04:42

 

The USBC Senior Masters, the ninth stop and final major of the 2015 PBA50 Tour season, will headline with nearly 200 PBA and USBC members ages 50 and older set to take on the unique double-elimination format from July 28-Aug. 2 at Ashwaubenon Lanes in Green Bay, Wis..

USBC and PBA Hall of Famer Walter Ray Williams Jr. of Oxford, Fla., is the defending Senior Masters champion. His 240-219 victory against No. 1 seed Jack Jurek of Lackawanna, N.Y., in 2014 in Las Vegas came in dramatic fashion when Williams collapsed the 2-4-5 combination to log a must-have strike in his final frame.

Williams, the 2004 (January) and 2010 USBC Masters champion, became the second bowler in history to win both the Masters and Senior Masters, joining fellow hall of famer Dave Soutar of Bradenton, Florida.

Now, the 55-year-old Williams looks to become the sixth competitor to win multiple Senior Masters titles and first to win in back-to-back years since USBC and PBA Hall of Famer Tom Baker of King, North Carolina, accomplished the feat in 2007.

Earlier this year, Williams finished tied for 78th in the 2015 Masters, which was held at The Ashwaubenon Bowling Alley, so he has some familiarity with the 60-lane facility.

As the defending Senior Masters champion, Williams automatically will have a spot in the three-game double-elimination bracket portion of the event. However, he will bowl qualifying to try and improve his seeding in the bracket. If he finishes outside of the top 63 in qualifying, he will earn the No. 64 spot in the bracket.

Qualifying begins Tuesday July 28 at 1 p.m. Eastern, and all players will bowl 15 games over three days to determine the 63 bowlers who will join Williams in match play. The player who survives the bracket to win the event will take home $18,000 of the estimated $128,000 prize fund.

After the Senior Masters, the International Training and Research Center Super Senior Classic, the premier event for USBC members age 60 and older, will get underway at Ashwaubenon Bowling Lanes Aug. 2-5, 

All qualifying and match-play rounds at the Senior Masters and Super Senior Classic will be broadcast live on BowlTV.

Competitors at the 2015 Super Senior Classic will compete for an estimated top prize of $4,000.

After 16 games of qualifying over two days, beginning Aug. 3, the top 25 percent of the field will advance to the four-game cashers' round, which will determine the five players for the stepladder finals.

Jim Knoblauch of Waukesha, Wisconsin, defeated defending champion Kerry Painter of Henderson, Nevada, 224-213, to win the 2014 Super Senior Classic at the ITRC in Arlington, Texas.

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