Parker Bohn III Wins Treasure Island Resort & Casino Open for Second PBA50 Tour Title of the Season

by Jerry Schneider July 22, 2015 15:00

In a title match featuring two PBA Hall of Fame players with a combined 71 titles on the PBA Tour, Parker Bohn III of Jackson, N.J., defeated Pete Weber of St. Ann, Mo., to win the PBA50 Treasure Island Resort & Casino Open presented by Roto Grip Wednesday to notch his second PBA50 Tour title of the season.

Bohn, who solidified his position as a contender for PBA50 Player of the Year honors, defeated 37-time PBA Tour winner Weber, 259-238, in the championship match which was also his third career PBA50 Tour title.

In the title match, Bohn survived a potentially devastating open in the eighth frame when he left the 2-4-6-7-10 split which he failed to convert after bowling the first seven strikes of the match.

“The ball just hung up in my hand which threw off my push-away,” said Bohn, who has won 34 titles on the PBA Tour. “I wasn’t too worried because I had a pretty good lead at that point and I knew right away what to do to correct it.”

Bohn, who won the season-opening Pasco County Florida Open, did indeed correct the problem throwing strikes in the ninth and the first ball in the 10th which was enough to shut out Weber who was trying for his second win of the season after winning the Suncoast PBA Senior U.S. Open in June.

As the No. 4 qualifier in the finals, Bohn had to win three matches against tough opponents to get to the championship match against Weber who was the No. 1 qualifier.

In the opening match Bohn defeated eight-time PBA50 Tour champion and two-time PBA50 Tour Player of the Year Ron Mohr of Las Vegas, 242-193. In a battle of lefthanders, Bohn defeated eight-time PBA Tour winner and PBA50 Tour rookie Mike Scroggins of Amarillo, Texas, who was trying for his third win of the season, 268-216. In the semifinal match Bohn defeated Hall of Famer and 25-time PBA Tour winner Brian Voss of Centennial, Colo., 258-202, who was trying for his first PBA50 Tour win.

“I know it sounds like a cliché but you have to take one game and one tournament at a time, especially at this point in the season,” Bohn said. “When you look at a finals lineup like we had tonight with this much talent, if you even think about thinking too far ahead you’re asking for trouble.”

By winning the title Bohn joined Scroggins, also a Player of the Year contender and leading contender for Rookie of the Year, as the only two-time winners this season.

In addition to the race for PBA Player of the Year, the top eight in points will earn entries into the GEICO World Series of Bowling VII in Reno this December where they will vie for the two championship match spots in the PBA Challenge finals which will be televised by ESPN. Weber, Scroggins, Bohn and Mohr are all presently solidly in the top eight in points.

The PBA50 Tour travels to Ashwaubenon Bowling Lanes in Green Bay, Wis. July 27-Aug. 2 for the United States Bowling Congress Senior Masters. The Senior Masters is the second and final major of the season.

PBA50 TREASURE ISLAND RESORT & CASINO OPEN PRESENTED BY ROTO GRIP
Island Xtreme Bowl, Welch, Minn., Wednesday

Final Standings

1, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., $7,500.
2, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., $4,000.
3, Brian Voss, Centennial, Colo., $2,500.
4, Mike Scroggins, Amarillo, Texas, $2,000.
5, Ron Mohr, Las Vegas, $1,750.

Stepladder Results

Match One – Bohn def. Mohr, 242-193.
Match Two – Bohn def. Scroggins, 268-216.
Semifinal Match – Bohn def. Voss, 258-202.
Championship – Bohn def. Weber, 259-238.

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

1, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 5-1, 1,570.
2, Brian Voss, Centennial, Colo., 3-2-1, 1,549.
3, Mike Scroggins, Amarillo, Texas, 4-2, 1,509.
4, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 4-2, 1,494.
5, Ron Mohr, Las Vegas, 4-1-1, 1,484.
6, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., 3-3, 1,446, $1,500.
7, Bob Learn Jr., Erie, Pa., 4-2, 1,442, $1,500.
8, Bryan Goebel, Shawnee, Kan., 4-2, 1,405, $1,500.
9, Brian LeClair, Delmar, N.Y., 3-3, 1,386, $1,300.
10, Mike Dias, Lafayette, Colo., 3-3, 1,384, $1,300.
11, Harry Sullins, Chesterfield Twp., Mich., 2-4, 1,370, $1,300.
12, a-Sam Lantto, Eden Prairie, Minn., 1-5, 1,345, $1,300.
13, Peter Knopp, Germany, 1-5, 1,318, $1,300.
14, Tom Baker, King, N.C., 2-4, 1,317, $1,300.
15, John Burkett, Southlake, Texas, 2-3-1, 1,306, $1,300.
16, Don Blatchford, Santa Monica, Calif., 1-4-1, 1,216, $1,300.

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

17, Darron Peters, Temecula, Calif., 3-2, 1,133, $1,125.
18, David Axon, Bellevue, Neb., 2-3, 1,086, $1,125.
19, Michael Henry, Brunswick, Ohio, 1-4, 1,081, $1,125.
20, Bill McCorkle, Westerville, Ohio, 2-3, 1,054, $1,125.
21, Darryl Traber, Waterford, Wis., 2-3, 1,030, $1,125.
22, Steve Stein, Staten Island, N.Y., 1-4, 1,017, $1,125.
23, Christopher Keane, Cape Coral, Fla., 1-4, 1,001, $1,125.
24, Dale Eagle, Laguna Niguel, Calif., 1-4, 939, $1,125.

Other Cashers (after five-game cashers’ round)

25, Lennie Boresch Jr., Kenosha, Wis., 1,049, $1,050.
26, Paul McCordic, Sugar Land, Texas, 1,040, $1,050.
27, Tommy Martin, Olive Branch, Miss., 1,024, $1,050.
28, Dave Bernhardt, Romeo, Mich., 1,015, $1,050.
29, Jerry Brunette Jr., Rochester, N.Y., 1,005, $1,050.
30, James Knoblauch, Waukesha, Wis., 1,000, $1,050.
31, Edward Silva, Manteca, Calif., 995, $1,000.
32, Jeff Richgels, Madison, Wis., 982, $1,000.
33, Ted Staikoff, Black Hawk, S.D., 981, $1,000.
34, Bob Micek, Woodbury, Minn., 973, $1,000.
35, Todd Kjell, Roscoe, Ill., 961, $1,000.
36, John Dudak, Orland Park, Ill., 930, $1,000.
37, Brian Cooper, Henderson, Nev., 917, $1,000.
38, Thomas Ream, Tampa, Fla., 876, $1,000.

a-denotes amateur

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Striking Against Breast Cancer Mixed Doubles Continues to Honor Luci Bonneau’s Memory; Sold Out Field Heads to Houston July 31-Aug. 2

by Bill Vint July 22, 2015 07:09

HOUSTON, Texas - After watching her best friend, Luci Bonneau, lose her painful struggle against breast cancer in 1999, Donna Conners made a pledge to honor Bonneau’s memory in a way that would have a lasting impact.

Sixteen years and $650,000 later, Luci Bonneau has not been forgotten and her memory has never been more appreciated, thanks to Conners’ dedication to do something special.

Most bowling fans refer to it as “The Luci,” but the mixed doubles bowling tournament that Conners created in Bonneau’s memory will reach new heights when it takes place July 31-Aug. 2 at Palace Lanes in Houston.

It is now more accurately called the PBA/PWBA Xtra Frame Striking Against Breast Cancer Mixed Doubles. In its 16th year, the tournament will include its largest entry ever, including a large contingent of Professional Bowlers Association and Professional Women’s Bowling Association stars headlining a sold-out field of 256 competitors. Latecomers are hoping for no-shows so they can get into the championship tournament, and Houston area grassroots bowlers are hoping for vacancies in the sold-out pro-am tournament field.

This year, for the first time, the male and female winners (assuming they are PBA or PWBA members) will earn PBA/PWBA national titles in addition to splitting a $15,000 first prize. And bowling fans around the world will be able to follow the event from start to finish, live on PBA’s Xtra Frame online video-streaming service.

“In 1999 when Luci died, we were talking and decided, let’s run a bowling tournament,” Conners said. “In 2000, I decided I was going to put together an event the way I wanted it to be, with tough conditions because breast cancer is a tough battle. It was a shot in the dark, and it worked, and it sold out.”

The inaugural event at 32-lane Dynamic Lanes sold out its pro-am tournament for two nights. Conners said the first event raised $7,000 for the weekend. “We thought we had really raised some money,” she said. “So we kept at it, involving vendors I work with at our pro shop and we reached the outside world when (Storm Products co-owner) Barb Chrisman got involved. From that day forward, Storm has sponsored us every year and we just keep growing.”

Since its inception, “The Luci” has sold out. In previous years, the tournament field was open to 84 teams, bowling on two squads, before the event moved to 44-lane Palace Lanes, which is owned by PBA and USBC Hall of Famer Bill Lillard, after Dynamic Lanes closed. This year, Conners added a third squad, opened the tournament to 126 teams, and immediately filled that quota with 15 additional teams on the waiting list.

“We were going to stay with 84 teams, but those sold out in 24 hours and I’m asking myself, am I going to turn away teams?,” she said. “No way.”

Over the years, the tournament originally called the Luci Bonneau Memorial Mixed Doubles has raised approximately $650,000 to combat breast cancer. Until two years ago, all of the money was donated to the Stehlin Foundation, a research facility looking for a cure to breast cancer. Bonneau, a talented bowler and one of the former Ladies Pro Bowlers Tour’s most popular regional competitors, had been treated at St. Joseph’s Hospital by Dr. Stehlin, Conners explained. Two years ago, St. Joseph’s Hospital was sold and the new ownership shut down the Stehlin Foundation “so we started our own 501(c)3 Striking Against Breast Cancer charity,” she said “The money we’ve raised is now being donated to The Rose, a Houston-based organization that helps women who can’t afford breast care treatment or mammograms, and the Huntsman Group, a cancer research based in Utah.”

The tournament has never forgotten Conners’ original philosophy. It’s deliberately difficult.

“We’ve made changes in the format to make things tough,” Conners said. “I don’t ever want people to forget what Luci had to go through.

“It’s insane,” she added, referring to the overwhelming support she has received. “Our vendors provide all kinds of giveaways for the pro-am. We have drawings, prizes, a lot going on from the day we start until it’s over.

“My mission statement is that you have to have players to bowl the tournament. If you don’t have the players, you don’t have a pro-am. If you don’t have pro-am, you can’t raise money. It’s all about the players. That’s the rule we live by. (PBA Tour competitor) Dino Castillo organizes the pro-am. Our rule is, if a player entered in the pro-am doesn’t show up to bowl, he/she is fined $500 and the money goes to PBA,” Conners said. “But the players are so involved. They’re great; they make it happen.”

Conners is hoping to raise between $80,000 and $90,000 this year, but “we can only fit so many people into the building at one time.”

Among the all-star cast of competitors entered are three-time winners Shannon Pluhowsky of Kettering, Ohio, and Tommy Jones, a 16-time PBA Tour champion from Simpsonville, S.C.; defending champions Missy Parkin of Laguna Hills, Calif., and former PBA Rookie of the Year Scott Norton of Mission Viejo, Calif.; the husband and wife teams of Chris and Lynda Barnes of Double Oak, Texas, and Tina and Stu Williams of Phoenix, Ariz.; native Colombians Clara Guerrero and Andres Gomez, and two-time former winners Shannon O’Keefe (with Bill O’Neill) and Carolyn Dorin-Ballard (with Mike Fagan). The field also includes a number of PBA Tour, PWBA Tour, PBA Regional and collegiate champions as well as past-and-present Team USA members.

For a complete roster of bowlers entered, visit pba.com, click here: http://www.pba.com/Tournaments/Regional/3594

To subscribe to Xtra Frame, visit pba.com and click on the Xtra Frame link. Subscriptions are available for three days ($3.99), a full month ($7.99) or a full year (XF Season Ticket for $64.99).

For those who would like to support Conners’ efforts, but can’t attend the event, visit http://www.strikingagainstbreastcancer.org/ to make a contribution online.

PBA/PWBA XTRA FRAME STRIKING AGAINST BREAST CANCER MIXED DOUBLES SCHEDULE

Palace Lanes, Houston, Texas, July 31-Aug. 2

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 p.m. - B Squad, 8 qualifying games

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

Sunday, Aug. 20
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

HISTORY OF STRIKING AGAINST BREAST CANCER

(LUCI BONNEAU MEMORIAL) MIXED DOUBLES WINNERS

2000 - Donna Conners/Mark Scroggins

2001 - Amy Dillon/Chris Barnes

2002 - Diandra (Hyman) Asbaty/Dino Castillo

2003 - Genie Franklin/Wes Malott

2004 - Krystal Scott/Russ Wilson

2005 - Rachel Perez/Paul Fleming

2006 - Carolyn Dorin-Ballard/Marc Laracuente

2007 - Shannon Pluhowsky/Tommy Jones

2008 - Shannon Pluhowsky/Tommy Jones

2009 - Carolyn Dorin-Ballard/Parker Bohn III

2010 - Shannon Pluhowsky/Tommy Jones

2011 - Shannon Pluhowsky/Tommy Jones

2012 - Shannon O’Keefe/Bryan O’Keefe

2013 - Shannon O’Keefe/Bill O’Neill

2014 - Missy Parkin/Scott Norton

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Ron Mohr and John Burkett Top PBA50 Treasure Island Resort & Casino Open Qualifying

by Jerry Schneider July 21, 2015 14:48

Ron Mohr of Las Vegas earned top qualifier honors for the PBA50 Treasure Island Resort & Casino Open presented by Roto Grip Tuesday at Island Xtreme Bowl, but withstood a charge from retired Major League Baseball All-Star pitcher John Burkett of Southlake, Texas, who finished the day in second just eight pins behind.

Mohr and Burkett led a field of 30 players from the original 90-player field who advanced to Wednesday’s match play rounds.

Mohr, an eight-time PBA50 Tour winner and two-time PBA50 Player of the Year, finished the round with a 3,777 16-game pinfall (236 average) bowling games of 227, 213, 259, 213, 233, 217, 216 and 226 in Tuesday’s eight-game second round.

“My goal was to earn the two-round bye for match play but after that I wanted to go for the lead,” said Mohr. “I was able to find a good shot on each pair of lanes today. Bowling on a fresh lane condition this morning I knew it was going to be a little harder to shoot a big number but I bowled well enough where at least I wasn’t going backwards.”

Burkett earned his best qualifying finish of the season with a 3,769 16-game pinfall (235.5 average). He bowled games of 213, 204, 256, 226, 275, 267, 248 and 238 in the second round.

“This is definitely another milestone for me,” said the 50-year-old Burkett who has made match play in five of the six tournaments he has entered this season. “To be able to challenge for the qualifying lead in a field with this much talent is a huge confidence boost for me.”

Mohr’s best finish this season was third in the Johnny Petraglia BVL Open and he is hoping to end a three-year drought without a PBA50 Tour win.

Burkett, competing in his PBA50 Tour rookie season, is trying to improve upon a season’s-best finish of fourth which came in the Northern California Classic back in June.

Rounding out the top eight players who earned a two-round match play bye were PBA Hall of Famers Parker Bohn III of Jackson, N.J. and Pete Weber of St. Ann, Mo. who finished third and fourth respectively, with 3,685 and 3,671 pinfall totals. Finishing fifth was two-time PBA50 Tour winner Bob Learn Jr. of Erie, Pa., with 3,656, followed by 10-time PBA Tour winner Bryan Goebel, Shawnee, Kan., 3,654; three-time PBA50 Tour winner Harry Sullins, Chesterfield Twp., Mich., 3,644, and two-time PBA50 Tour winner Mike Dias, Lafayette, Colo., 3,625.

Defending champion Hall of Famer Walter Ray Williams Jr. of Oxford, Fla., advanced to match play finishing 17th with a 3,478 pinfall.

Wednesday’s rounds begin at 9 a.m. CT. The top five after match play will advance to the stepladder finals scheduled for 6 p.m. CT.

Xtra Frame, PBA’s online bowling channel, is providing live coverage of the Treasure Island Resort & Casino Open . For subscription information visit http://www.xtraframe.tv/pba/.

PBA50 TREASURE ISLAND RESORT & CASINO OPEN PRESENTED BY ROTO GRIP

Island Xtreme Bowl, Welch, Minn., Tuesday

Second Round Standings

(after 16 games; top 16 advance to match play; 17th-30th places plus eight PBA60 players advance to cashers round to determine eight additional match play finalists)

1, Ron Mohr, Las Vegas, 3,777.
2, John Burkett, Southlake, Texas, 3,769.
3, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 3,685.
4, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 3,671.
5, Bob Learn Jr., Erie, Pa., 3,656.
6, Bryan Goebel, Shawnee, Kan., 3,654.
7, Harry Sullins, Chesterfield Twp., Mich., 3,644.
8, Mike Dias, Lafayette, Colo., 3,625.
9, Brian Voss, Centennial, Colo., 3,603.
10, Tom Baker, King, N.C., 3,566.
11, a-Sam Lantto, Eden Prairie, Minn., 3,564.
12, Christopher Keane, Cape Coral, Fla., 3,563.
13, Mike Scroggins, Amarillo, Texas, 3,542.
14, Dale Eagle, Laguna Niguel, Calif., 3,519.
15, Brian LeClair, Delmar, N.Y., 3,513.
16, Don Blatchford, Santa Monica, Calif., 3,499.
17, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., 3,478.
18, Paul McCordic, Sugar Land, Texas, 3,443.
19, David Axon, Bellevue, Neb., 3,442.
20, Brian Cooper, Henderson, Nev., 3,440.
21, Jeff Richgels, Madison, Wis., 3,437.
22, Peter Knopp, Germany, 3,434.
23, Tommy Martin, Olive Branch, Miss., 3,421.
24, Lennie Boresch Jr., Kenosha, Wis., 3,408.
25, Darron Peters, Temecula, Calif., 3,405.
26, Todd Kjell, Roscoe, Ill., 3,383.
27, Jerry Brunette Jr., Rochester, N.Y., 3,369.
28, Bob Micek, Woodbury, Minn., 3,367.
29, Darryl Traber, Waterford, Wis., 3,363.
30, John Dudak, Orland Park, Ill., 3,344.
31, Dave Flemming, Fairborn, Ohio, 3,329.
32, a-Ron Cleveland, St. Paul, Minn., 3,316.
33, (tie) ss-Bill McCorkle, Westerville, Ohio, and Kevin Foley, Reno, Nev., 3,312.
35, Joel Carlson, Omaha, Neb., 3,304.
36, ss-Edward Silva, Manteca, Calif., 3,302,
37, ss-Steve Stein, Staten Island, N.Y., 3,300.
38, (tie) Brent Beery, Kansas City, Mo., and Dale Traber, Cedarburg, Wis., 3,291.
40, ss-Michael Henry, Brunswick, Ohio, 3,282.
41, Rob Rice, Sunnyside, Wash., 3,281.
42, Terry Metzner, Kentwood, Mich., 3,273.
43, a-David Oulman, Medford, Minn., 3,268.
44, ss-Ted Staikoff, Black Hawk, S.D., 3,267.
45, ss-James Knoblauch, Waukesha, Wis., 3,258.
46, ss-Dave Bernhardt, Romeo, Mich., 3,255.
47, ss-Thomas Ream, Tampa, Fla., 3,253.
48, Kerry Painter, Henderson, Nev., 3,252.
49, Kent Wagner, Bradenton, Fla., 3,249.
50, Robert Spaulding, Mckinney, Texas, 3,233.
51, John Brockland, St. Charles, Mo., 3,223.
52, Lyle Zikes, Arlington Heights, Ill., 3,222.
53, Dennis Lane, Kingsport, Tenn., 3,215.
54, Tracy Teeters, Eugene, Ore., 3,204.
55, Phillip Moros, Lombard, Ill., 3,186.
56, Warren Burr, Wilmington, Del., 3,181.
57, Marc Lineberry, Camanche, Iowa, 3,178.
58, Jerry Lau, St. Peters, Mo., 3,177.
59, Bill Hewlett, Eagle, Idaho, 3,156.
60, Don Breeden, Clive, Iowa, 3,143.
61, Tony Majcher, Rolling Meadows, Ill., 3,133.
62, Jeff Moore, Boone, Iowa, 3,116.
63, Robert Harvey, Boise, Idaho, 3,112.
64, Tom Carter, Columbus, Ohio, 3,111.
65, Bob Knipple, Long Beach, Calif., 3,102.
66, Michael Chrzanowski, Shepherd, Mich., 3,101.
67, Steven Jansson, Barnes, Wisc., 3,093.
68, Dana Wright, St. Paul, Minn., 3,090.
69, John Austin, Friendswood, Texas, 3,050.
70, Paul Mielens, Menomonie, Wis., 3,023.
71, Bill Henson, Westerville, Ohio, 3,017.
72, Brian Miller, Springfield, Ohio, 2,999.
73, a-Curtis Matlock, Cloquet, Minn., 2,988.
74, Brendan Bierch, Grafton, Mass., 2,983.
75, Glen Nakagawa, Highland Village, Texas, 2,982.
76, George Lord, Lakeland, Fla., 2,978.
77, Tim Pierce, Portland, Ore., 2,972.
78, Dennis Erckfritz, Sioux Falls, S.D., 2,935.
79, Howard Frostman, Washburn, Wis., 2,915.
80, Mike Schmid, St. Paul, Minn., 2,910.
81, Ken Waters, Kingsport, Tenn., 2,905.
82, Galen Keas, Alda, Neb., 2,903.
83, Bill Idzior, Crown Point, Ind., 2,895.
84, Larry Helton, Bolingbrook, Ill., 2,836.
85, Lew Elting, Carlsbad, Calif., 2,808.
86, Allen Meskan, Addison, Ill., 2,722.
87, Al Danz Jr., Escanaba, Mich., 2,714.
88, Robert Teeters, Lapel, Ind., 2,670.
89, a- Dean Bruinsma, Clear Lake, S.D., 2,601.
90, a-Dale Lipovsky, Apple Valley, Minn., 1,455.

ss-denotes PBA60 players ages 60 and over out of the regular prize list cashing for $1,000.

a-denotes amateur

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Former PBA50 Player of the Year John Hricsina Dies at 77

by Jerry Schneider July 21, 2015 06:28

 

The PBA has learned that seven-time PBA50 Tour champion and 1990 PBA50 Player of the Year John Hricsina of Franklin, Pa., died Monday from complications from a fall at the age of 77.

Hricsina competed in 193 PBA50 (Senior Tour) events, making 48 television appearances and compiling nearly $394,000 in career earnings.  In addition to his seven PBA50 Tour wins, he also won five PBA50 regional titles.

Hricsina’s Player of the Year season included one title (St. Charles AMF Bobcat Open), but in 1993 he recorded his only multiple win season winning two titles (Canadian Senior Open and Rocky Mountain Senior Open).  His last PBA Tour win came in the 1998 Showboat Vermont PBA Senior Classic in which he tied Pete Couture in the championship match 215-215 and then went on to win the sudden-death roll-off 10-9.

Other notable accomplishments during his PBA50 career included becoming one of seven players to bowl a 300 game in a championship round when he defeated Avery LeBlanc 300-213 in the second match of the 1996 Reno Open.  He finished third in the tournament losing to eventual winner Pete Couture 205-189 in the semifinal.

He also bowled four 300 games during the 1991 season which is a record he holds with three other players.

Hricsina is survived by his wife Susan, sons Bill and John Jr., daughters Sandy Hricsina and Valerie Hijar, and grandchildren Nick, Nathan, Jackie, Chandler and Jessica Hricsina, and Jordan and Brooke Hijar.

Hricsina worked a rural postal carrier for Polk County, Pa. post office. He ran a pro shop out of his home and enjoyed bowling duckpins and singing Karaoke which he did often with several other of his friends on tour.

“He was just a wonderful person,” said USBC Hall of Famer and Global Ambassador for Storm Products Bob Hart. “We’ve been friends since our 20’s and some of my greatest memories are of bowling with him and just being good friends.

“He was a great bowler and the best way I could describe him as a competitor was that he was a bulldog on the lanes,” Hart added.  “He was fierce competitor and would bowl any place, any time.”

“He was a great bowler but most of all he wanted to be remembered as a working man and a family man and he was definitely both of those,” Nick said.

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Ron Mohr Averages 246.6 to Take First Round Lead In PBA50 Treasure Island Resort & Casino Open First Round

by Jerry Schneider July 20, 2015 14:26

Coming off the one-month break in the 2015 PBA50 Tour season schedule, two-time PBA50 Player of the Year Ron Mohr of Las Vegas came back refreshed by averaging 246.6 to take the first round lead Monday in the PBA50 Treasure Island Resort & Casino Open presented by Roto Grip at Island Xtreme Bowl in Welch, Minn.

The eight-time PBA50 Tour winner finished the round with a 1,973 pinfall bowling games of 225, 269, 236, 216, 258, 227, 277 and 265.

“I missed a single-pin spare in the first game and that was a wake-up call,” said Mohr. “It was kind of a good thing it happened because it reminded me to pay attention and focus on every shot.”

Mohr’s best finish this season was third in the Johnny Petraglia BVL Open. He is hoping to end a three-year drought without a PBA50 Tour win.

“I’ve been bowling well and really can’t complain,” said Mohr, whose last win came in the 2012 Senior Decatur (Ill.) Open. “I just need to concentrate on making good shots in key situations and hope I get a few breaks along the way.”

Mohr holds a 57-pin lead over two-time PBA50 Tour winner Bob Learn Jr. of Erie, Pa., who finished the round in second with a 1,916 pinfall.

Rounding out the top five after the first round were Chris Keane, Cape Coral, Fla., 1,870; PBA Hall of Famer Pete Weber of St. Ann, Mo., 1,851 and retired two-time major league all-star pitcher John Burkett of Southlake, Texas, 1,842.

Weber, the Suncoast Senior U.S. Open winner, is trying for his second win of the season and fifth of his career. Burkett, competing in his PBA50 Tour rookie season, is trying to improve upon a season’s-best finish of fourth which came in the Northern California Classic.

Defending champion Hall of Famer Walter Ray Williams Jr. of Oxford, Fla., finished the first round in 19th with a 1,725 pinfall.

The 90-player field will return for another eight-game qualifying round Tuesday which will determine 30 players who will advance to match play on Wednesday. The top five after match play will advance to the stepladder finals scheduled for 6 p.m. CT.

Xtra Frame, PBA’s online bowling channel, is providing live coverage of the Treasure Island Resort & Casino Open . For subscription information visit http://www.xtraframe.tv/pba/.

PBA50 TREASURE ISLAND RESORT & CASINO OPEN PRESENTED BY ROTO GRIP

Island Xtreme Bowl, Welch, Minn., Monday

First Round Standings (after 8 games)

1, Ron Mohr, Las Vegas, 1,973.
2, Bob Learn Jr., Erie, Pa., 1,916.
3, Chris Keane, Cape Coral, Fla., 1,870.
4, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 1,851.
5, John Burkett, Southlake, Texas, 1,842.
6, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 1,824.
7, Bryan Goebel, Shawnee, Kan., 1,801.
8, ss-Tom Baker, King, N.C., 1,797.
9, a-Sam Lantto, Eden Prairie, Minn., 1,789.
10, Harry Sullins, Chesterfield Twp., Mich., 1,785.
11, Peter Knopp, Germany, 1,772.
12, Mike Scroggins, Amarillo, Texas, 1,766.
13, Bob Micek, Woodbury, Minn., 1,764.
14, (tie) Mike Dias, Lafayette, Colo., and ss-Dave Bernhardt, Romeo, Mich., 1,747.
16, Brian Cooper, Henderson, Nev., 1,745.
17, ss-Dale Eagle, Laguna Niguel, Calif., 1,742.
18, ss-Paul McCordic, Sugar Land, Texas, 1,727.
19, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., 1,725.
20, ss-Don Blatchford, Santa Monica, Calif., 1,713.
21, Brian Voss, Centennial, Colo., 1,704.
22, Kevin Foley, Reno, Nev., 1,701.
23, Darron Peters, Temecula, Calif., 1,699.
24, ss-John Dudak, Orland Park, Ill., 1,695.
25, Tommy Martin, Olive Branch, Miss., 1,693.
26, Todd Kjell, Roscoe, Ill., 1,690.
27, Darryl Traber, Waterford, Wis., 1,687.
28, (tie) Lennie Boresch Jr., Kenosha, Wis., and ss-James Knoblauch, Waukesha, Wis., 1,676.
30, (tie) Rob Rice, Sunnyside, Wash., and a-Ron Cleveland, St. Paul, Minn., 1,669.
32, ss-Edward Silva, Manteca, Calif., 1,667.
33, John Brockland, St. Charles, Mo., 1,663.
34, (tie) ss-Kerry Painter, Henderson, Nev., and Terry Metzner, Kentwood, Mich., 1,658.
36, Joel Carlson, Omaha, Neb., 1,651.
37, Brian LeClair, Delmar, N.Y., 1,640.
38, ss-Steven Jansson, Barnes, Wisc., 1,639.
39, David Axon, Bellevue, Neb., 1,632.
40, ss-Ted Staikoff, Black Hawk, S.D., 1,631.
41, Jerry Brunette Jr., Rochester, N.Y., 1,627.
42, Jeff Richgels, Madison, Wis., 1,615.
43, Kent Wagner, Bradenton, Fla., 1,599.
44, ss-Michael Henry, Brunswick, Ohio, 1,594.
45, (tie) ss-Phillip Moros, Lombard, Ill., and ss-Steve Stein, Staten Island, N.Y., 1,592.
47, ss-Thomas Ream, Tampa, Fla., 1,589.
48, Dale Traber, Cedarburg, Wis., 1,587.
49, ss-Marc Lineberry, Camanche, Iowa, 1,586.
50, ss-Jerry Lau, St. Peters, Mo., 1,579.
51, Tracy Teeters, Eugene, Ore., 1,578.
52, (tie) Michael Chrzanowski, Shepherd, Mich., and Robert Harvey, Boise, Idaho, 1,577.
54, Robert Spaulding, Mckinney, Texas, 1,574.
55, ss-Bill Henson, Westerville, Ohio, 1,571.
56, Lyle Zikes, Arlington Heights, Ill., 1,570.
57, Brent Beery, Kansas City, Mo., 1,564.
58, Dave Flemming, Fairborn, Ohio, 1,563.
59, Tom Carter, Columbus, Ohio, 1,561.
60, ss-Bill McCorkle, Westerville, Ohio, 1,557.
61, Don Breeden, Clive, Iowa, 1,555.
62, a-David Oulman, Medford, Minn., 1,554.
63, Dana Wright, St. Paul, Minn., 1,552.
64, ss-Dennis Lane, Kingsport, Tenn., 1,543.
65, Jeff Moore, Boone, Iowa, 1,537.
66, Tony Majcher, Rolling Meadows, Ill., 1,535.
67, ss-Tim Pierce, Portland, Ore., 1,527.
68, ss-Bill Hewlett, Eagle, Idaho, 1,526.
69, ss-Paul Mielens, Menomonie, Wis., 1,525.
70, (tie) Dennis Erckfritz, Sioux Falls, S.D., and ss-Howard Frostman, Washburn, Wis., 1,514.
72, ss-Bob Knipple, Long Beach, Calif., 1,510.
73, Warren Burr, Wilmington, Del., 1,497.
74, ss-Mike Schmid, St. Paul, Minn., 1,495.
75, ss-Brendan Bierch, Grafton, Mass., 1,481.
76, a-Curtis Matlock, Cloquet, Minn., 1,472.
77, ss-George Lord, Lakeland, Fla., 1,463.
78, ss-a-Dale Lipovsky, Apple Valley, Minn., 1,455.
79, ss-Galen Keas, Alda, Neb., 1,442.
80, John Austin, Friendswood, Texas, 1,441.
81, ss-Glen Nakagawa, Highland Village, Texas, 1,439.
82, ss-Larry Helton, Bolingbrook, Ill., 1,435.
83, ss-Bill Idzior, Crown Point, Ind., 1,421.
84, Al Danz Jr., Escanaba, Mich., 1,412.
85, ss-Ken Waters, Kingsport, Tenn., 1,408.
86, Robert Teeters, Lapel, Ind., 1,405.
87, Brian Miller, Springfield, Ohio, 1,399.
88, ss-Lew Elting, Carlsbad, Calif., 1,388.
89, ss-Allen Meskan, Addison, Ill., 1,316.
90, a- Dean Bruinsma, Clear Lake, S.D., 1,288.

ss-denotes PBA60 players ages 60 and over

a-denotes amateur

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