Bob Learn Jr. Tops PBA50 Miller High Life Classic Qualifying With Help of Opening 300 Game in Second Round

by Jerry Schneider April 28, 2015 15:23

A 300 game to start the second round Tuesday helped Bob Learn Jr. of Erie, Pa., top qualifying in the PBA50 Miller High Life Classic presented by Columbia 300 at George Pappas’ Victory Lanes.

Learn a five-time PBA Tour and two-time PBA50 Tour titlist ended qualifying with a 3,898 16-game pinfall (243.6 average) bowling games of 300, 212, 249, 257, 258, 233, 248, 255 in the second round.

“I was fortunate I had the right ball the first game because I ended up changing balls three times until the fifth game when I found one I could stick with,” said Learn. “The lanes were really different the first part of the round, then they seemed to be more consistent later so I was able to finally stay with one ball.”

The 2014 Miller High Life Classic was the last PBA50 Tour event Learn bowled in because of a wrist problem that finally required surgery last June. He has been making a steady recovery since then.

“When I bowled here last year I don’t know how I made it through it so I knew I had to have something done,” said Learn, who managed a 15th place finish in last year’s event. “This is actually the first year in some time that I feel like I can bowl a full season.”

In the first two tournaments of the season, Learn finished 11th in the Pasco County Florida Open and 13th in the UnitedHealthcare Sun Bowl In The Villages.

Learn holds a 55-pin lead over 37-time PBA Tour titlist and three-time PBA50 Tour winner Hall of Famer Pete Weber who finished qualifying in second with a 3,843 16-game pinfall. Weber is hoping to turn around his season after finishing 24th in the Pasco County Florida Open and 44th in the United Healthcare Sun Bowl In The Villages.

The field has been cut to the top 24 players for Wednesday’s match play rounds and 34 players (positions 25-51 and eight PBA60 players) who will advance to Wednesday morning’s five-game cashers round that will determine eight additional match play spots. After match play, the top five players will advance to the stepladder finals at 7 p.m. ET.

Rounding out the top five after qualifying are Hall of Famers Tom Baker of King, N.C., and Parker Bohn III of Jackson, N.J., in third and fourth, respectively. Baker finished with a 3,836 pinfall and Bohn, the winner of the Pasco County Florida Open, with 3,833. Tom Howison of Chillicothe, Ohio finished fifth with 3,819.

Fans can follow PBA action through the entire PBA Network which includes wall-to-wall coverage of an expanded schedule of live events on Xtra Frame including the PBA50 Miller High Life Classic, player interactions through Facebook and Twitter, mobile gaming, original programming, archived events and immediate news updates 24/7 on varying communications devices anywhere in the world. For additional PBA Network information visit http://www.pba.com/PBANetwork.

PBA50 MILLER HIGH LIFE CLASSIC PRESENTED BY COLUMBIA 300

George Pappas’ Victory Lanes, Mooresville, N.C., Tuesday

Second Round Standings (after 16 games; top 24 advance to match play; 25th-51st places plus eight PBA60 players advance to cashers round to determine eight additional match play finalists)

1, Bob Learn Jr., Erie, Pa., 3,898.
2, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 3,843.
3, Tom Baker, King, N.C., 3,836.
4, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 3,833.
5, Tom Howison, Chillicothe, Ohio, 3,819.
6, Jack Jurek, Lackawanna, N.Y., 3,806.
7, Brian Voss, Centennial, Colo., 3,788.
8, Brian LeClair, Delmar, N.Y., 3,775.
9, Dale Eagle, Laguna Niguel, Calif., 3,753.
10, a-Ken Wyatt, Sterling Hts., Mich., 3,745.
11, John Petraglia, Jackson, N.J., 3,719.
12, a-John Hough, Naples, Fla., 3,709.
13, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 3,695.
14, Stoney Baker, Canton, Ga., 3,687.
15, Mike Dias, Lafayette, Colo., 3,686.
16, Jeff Bellinger, Columbia, S.C., 3,685.
17, Dennis Rakauskas, Apopka, Fla., 3,684.
18, Tracy Teeters, Eugene, Ore., 3,683.
19, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., 3,659.
20, Roy Buckley, Westerville, Ohio, 3,652.
21, Joe Scarborough, Charlotte, N.C., 3,651.
22, Lee Brosius, Ashburn, Va., 3,648.
23, David Kneas, Annapolis, Md., 3,639.
24, Warren Nelson, Middleburg, Fla., 3,636.
25, Frank Gallo Jr., Jacksonville, Fla., 3,621.
26, Ralph Brunt Jr., Jensen Beach, Fla., 3,617.
27, (tie)Timothy Kauble, Marion, Ohio, and Marty Berke, Allentown, Pa., 3,609.
29, a-Mike Long, Charlotte, N.C., 3,587.
30, Dave Patchen, Oregon, Ohio, 3,585.
31, James Knoblauch, Waukesha, Wis., 3,584.
32, Mike Scroggins, Amarillo, Texas, 3,578.
33, Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, 3,574.
34, Doug O'Bryant, Ball Ground, Ga., 3,573.
35, Jay Boyle, Garnet Valley, Pa., 3,570.
36, (tie) Ron Mohr, Las Vegas, and Peter Knopp, Germany, 3,564.
38, a-James Hansen, Anchorage, Alaska, 3,562.
39, John Conroy, Mahopac, N.Y., 3,561.
40, a-Louis Manzella Jr., Mt. Olive, Ala., 3,553.
41, Ted Staikoff, Black Hawk, S.D., 3,550.
42, Don Sylvia, Daytona Beach, Fla., 3,548.
43, (tie) Wayne Bolin, Lumberton, N.C., and ss-Michael Henry, Brunswick, Ohio, 3,541.
45, James Lord, Fort Mill, S.C., 3,539.
46, Bill Henson, Westerville, Ohio, 3,522.
47, Bryan Goebel, Shawnee, Kan., 3,502.
48, Mike Hastings, Millsboro, Del., 3,493.
49, Dave Sill, Titusville, Fla., 3,492.
50, Danny Weikel, Bessemer City, NC, 3,491.
51, Kevin Foley, Reno, Nev., 3,488.
52, Joe Salvemini, Mckinney, Texas, 3,487.
53, Robert Brown, Cody, Wyo., 3,485.
54, ss-Don Blatchford, Santa Monica, Calif., 3,483.
55, ss-Ron Profitt, Brookville, Ohio, 3,479.
56, ss-Greg McMahan, Dandridge, Tenn., 3,478.
57, Jeff Schrum, Cherryville, N.C., 3,476.
58, (tie) ss-Paul Bryant, Fayetteville, N.C., and Darryl Traber, Waterford, Wis., 3,472.
60, Jim Pitts, Elmira, N.Y., 3,471.
61, Paul LeMond, Jasper, Ind., 3,465.
62, Harry Sullins, Chesterfield Twp., Mich., 3,457.
63, James Blackstone, Marietta, Ga., 3,455.
64, ss-Gary Shultis, Levittown, N.Y., 3,440.
65, Dave Flemming, Fairborn, Ohio, 3,433.
66, ss-Dennis Lane, Kingsport, Tenn., 3,432.
67, Terry Metzner, Kentwood, Mich., 3,428.
68, ss-Tommy Brodowski, New Hyde Park, N.Y., 3,417.
69, Larry Woomer, State College, Pa., 3,416.
70, Freddie Childress, Bassett, Va., 3,407.
71, David Sanders, Blythewood, S.C., 3,405.
72, (tie) Brian Cooper, Henderson, Nev., and ss-David Hull, Lexington, N.C., 3,403.
74, George Pappas, Charlotte, N.C., 3,394.
75, Emilio Mora Sr., Defiance, Ohio, 3,389.
76, Dave Bernhardt, Romeo, Mich., 3,387.
77, Tom Carter, Columbus, Ohio, 3,386.
78, Bill McCorkle, Westerville, Ohio, 3,377.
79, Mike Tucker, Concord, N.C., 3,375.
80, Thomas Ream, Tampa, Fla., 3,366.
81, Todd Wilson, Summerfield, N.C., 3,364.
82, Darrell Adams, Flintstone, Ga., 3,353.
83, Larry Felts, Moore, S.C., 3,350.
84, Mike Moore, Marietta, Ohio, 3,346.
85, Christopher Keane, Cape Coral, Fla., 3,343.
86, Sam Perrotta, Newark, Del., 3,341.
87, Randy Robertson, Evansville, Ind., 3,339.
88, Tracy Golding, Winston-Salem, N.C., 3,338.
89, Sam Maccarone, Glassboro, N.J., 3,328.
90, Brendan Bierch, Grafton, Mass., 3,322.
91, Rich Giragosian, Charlotte, N.C., 3,317.
92, Charlie Toney, Oak Hill, W.Va., 3,314.
93, (tie) John Maloof, Park Hall, Md., and Brian Miller, Springfield, Ohio, 3,310.
95, Chuck Walker, Blaine, Tenn., 3,308.
96, Steve Ferraro, Kingston, N.Y., and Mark McNutt, Alpharetta, Ga., 3,304.
98, Greg Wilhelm, Saluda, Va., 3,297.
99, Larry Graybeal, Elizabethton, Tenn., 3,288.
100, Larry Popp, Marion, Ohio, 3,281.
101, Tommy Martin, Olive Branch, Miss., 3,271.
102, George Lord, Lakeland, Fla., 3,263.
102, Sammy Ventura, Syracuse, N.Y., 3,263.
104, Dale Csuhta, Wadsworth, Ohio, 3,256.
105, Chuck Anton, Chesterfield, Va., 3,252.
106, Robert Harvey, Boise, Idaho, 3,246.
107, David Taylor, Largo, Fla., 3,238.
108, James Souder, Greeneville, Tenn., 3,235.
109, Steve Bova, Massapequa, N.Y., 3,228.
110, Mark Scime, Winter Garden, Fla., 3,220.
111, Tim Pierce, Portland, Ore., 3,200.
112, Norm Spurlock, Kenner, La., 3,176.
113, Robert Callari, Fulton, Ky., 3,174.
114, Steve Stein, Staten Island, N.Y., 3,173.
115, Chuck Best, Buda, Texas, 3,165.
116, Todd Haney, Boiling Springs, S.C., 3,164.
117, Terry Wellman, Marengo, Ohio, 3,162.
118, Tim Hartley, Englewood, Ohio, 3,158.
119, Warren Burr, Wilmington, Del., 3,153.
120, Pete Arruda, Gilbert, S.C., 3,152.
121, Ron Rajcok, Stanley, N.C., 3,146.
122, Jim Price, Harrrisburg, N.C., 3,137.
123, William Keenan Jr., Orlando, Fla., 3,134.
124, Dannie Hettinger, Circleville, Ohio, 3,126.
125, Mike Walden, Stony Point, N.Y., 3,122.
126, a-Jerry Childers, Springville, Ala., 3,117.
127, Al Brooks, Bluefield, W.Va., 3,103.
128, Ken Waters, Kingsport, Tenn., 3,083.
129, Kerry Fulford, Ft. Worth, Texas, 3,076.
130, Ross McDonald, Clarksville, Md., 3,069.
131, Douglas Weese, Carson City, Mich., 3,060.
132, Rich Kleinman, Reno, Nev., 3,057.
133, a-Mike Bennett, Asheboro, N.C., 3,054.
134, Don Delisle, Canada, 3,043.
135, (tie) Ken Shealy, Myrtle Beach, S.C., and Jim Lesiuk, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., 3,041.
137, Steve Easterday, Strasburg, Ohio, 3,038.
138, (tie) Bobby Dunn, Augusta, Ga., and William Banks, Laurel Hill, N.C., 3,034.
140, Charlie Reier, Burlington, N.C., 3,029.
141, Gene Morrison, Spring Lake, N.C., 3,026.
142, a-Danny Williams, South Hill, Va., 3,014.
143, Glen Nakagawa, Highland Village, Texas, 2,989.
144, a-John Kidwell, Indianapolis, 2,981.
145, a-Jack Howell, Lyons, N.Y., 2,946.
146, Dennis Amato, Montville, N.J., 2,910.
147, Peter Brainard, Tampa, Fla., 2,902.
148, a-Mark Nance Sr., Grove City, Ohio, 2,807.
149, a-Bob Webb, Burnsville, NC, 2,731.
149, Rick LeChette, Lincoln University, Pa., 2,731.
151, James West, Catonsville, Md., 2,679.
152, Richard Felten, Rockville, Md., 2,627.
153, Bill Ursillo, Bluffton, S.C., 1,572.

300 games – Tom Baker, Tom Howison, Paul LeMond, Bob Learn Jr., Don Sylvia, John Hough, Louis Manzilla Jr.

a-denotes amateur

ss-denotes PBA60 players age 60 and over who advance to Wednesday’s cashers round

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World’s Best Bowlers Ready for Return to Oklahoma for PBA Summer Swing: FireLake Bowling Center, Grand Casino Hotel and Resort to Again Host Five-event Summer Series

by Jerry Schneider April 28, 2015 03:50

A sold-out field including 120 of the world’s best bowlers will resume competition when the Professional Bowlers Association returns to FireLake Bowling Center and the Grand Casino Hotel and Resort May 9-17 for the second annual Oklahoma’s Grand Casino Hotel and Resort PBA Summer Swing.

The Summer Swing will include four PBA Tour title events plus a special Oklahoma’s Grand Casino Hotel & Resort King of the Swing finale, all of which will air on CBS Sports Network. The finals will be contested in a special bowling arena installed inside the Grand Casino Event Center while the preliminary rounds will be hosted by the FireLake Bowling Center and covered by PBA’s online bowling channel Xtra Frame.

CBS Sports Network’s coverage begins Tuesday, May 26 (8 p.m. ET) with the Wolf Open. Coverage continues with the Bear Open (June 2, 9 p.m.), Badger Open (June 9, 9 p.m.), Oklahoma Open (June 16, 9 p.m.), and King of the Swing (June 23, 9 p.m.).

The Summer Swing will again include four PBA Tour title events – the Wolf, Bear and Badger Opens and the PBA Oklahoma Open. The Oklahoma’s Grand Casino Resort King of the Swing special event will feature the four winners plus a “wild card” player.

Returning to defend their titles will be Wolf Open champion Sean Rash of Montgomery, Ill.; Bear Open winner Ronnie Russell of Marion, Ind.; Oklahoma Open champ Jason Belmonte of Australia, and Badger Open and King of the Swing winner Bill O’Neill of Langhorne, Pa.

Heading into the Summer Swing, Belmonte is the front-runner for a third consecutive PBA Player of the Year title, a feat that hasn’t been accomplished since Walter Ray Williams Jr. won the PBA’s highest annual honor in 1996, ’97 and ’98. The only other player who has earned POY honors three years in a row was the late Earl Anthony, who did it twice (1981-83 and 1974-76).

Through the first 10 events of the 2015 campaign, Belmonte has won the first two major titles of the season (the USBC Masters and Barbasol PBA Tournament of Champions) to take the lead in the PBA Tour earnings race ($152,161 vs. $106,710 for current runner-up Chris Barnes of Double Oak, Texas) and is fifth in scoring average (231.46 vs. the 234.59 pace by leader Rhino Page of Dade City, Fla.).

In its brief three-year history, the PBA Summer Swing has established itself as one of professional bowling’s most demanding competitions. It involves three unique “animal pattern” lane conditions to test a variety of bowling skills, and requires players to excel on all three scoring environments in order to advance to the Oklahoma Open, where the three match play rounds are contested on each of the three lane conditions.

The Wolf Open uses the shortest of all PBA animal patterns, with oil applied only 32 feet down the lane. The Badger is the longest of all animal patterns, with oil applied 52 feet down lane. The Bear pattern may be the most challenging of all, applied to 40 feet, but virtually flat from gutter to gutter.

“The Summer Swing has quickly become one of the hallmark events on the PBA Tour calendar,” said PBA Commissioner Tom Clark. “It’s a great competitive challenge for our members, it has a great sponsor in the Citizen Potawatomi Nation and Grand Casino Hotel & Resort, and it will provide PBA fans around the world with more than 50 hours of live coverage on Xtra Frame in addition to 10 hours of nationally-televised coverage on CBS Sports Network.”

All qualifying and preliminary match play rounds of the PBA Summer Swing will be covered exclusively live on Xtra Frame. Three-day ($3.99), monthly ($7.99) and 12-month XF Season Ticket ($64.99) subscriptions are available.

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

Fans can also catch a recap of last year’s Oklahoma’s Grand Casino Hotel and Resort PBA Summer Swing by visiting PBA’s Youtube channel at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nVavkPbUzAI

For fans who will be attending the Summer Swing, individual day passes can be purchased at http://www.grandboxoffice.com/event?eventid=66 for $25. Day passes are for general admission seating in the balcony overlooking the two-lane bowling installation, and are good for all telecasts happening the day of purchase. Weekend passes can be purchased at http://www.grandboxoffice.com/event?eventid=65. Tickets are $60 each, allow access to all finals conducted over the weekend, and will be good for general admission seating on the first floor bleachers next to the lanes.

The May 16 schedule includes the Wolf Open finals at 11 a.m. (CT), Bear Open at 2:30 and Badger Open at 5:15. The May 17 schedule includes the Oklahoma Open finals at noon and the King of the Swing at 3:30 p.m.

OKLAHOMA’S GRAND CASINO HOTEL AND RESORT PBA SUMMER SWING SCHEDULE

FireLake Bowling Center and Grand Casino Hotel and Resort, Shawnee, Okla., May 9-17 (all times are Central)

Saturday, May 9

2 p.m. – Pro-am

Sunday, May 10

Noon – A Squad practice session

3:30 p.m. – B Squad practice session

Monday, May 11 - PBA Wolf Open

8 a.m. – A Squad, 6 qualifying games

2 p.m. – B Squad, 6 qualifying games

  Top 18 advance to second qualifying round

7:30 p.m. – Top 18, 6 qualifying games

Top 5 after 12 games advance to stepladder finals

Tuesday, May 12 - PBA Bear Open

8 a.m. – B Squad, 6 qualifying games

2 p.m. – A Squad, 6 qualifying games

  Top 18 advance to second qualifying round

7:30 p.m. – Top 18, 6 qualifying games

Top 5 after 12 games advance to stepladder finals

Wednesday, May 13 - PBA Badger Open

8 a.m. – A Squad, 6 qualifying games

2 p.m. – B Squad, 6 qualifying games

  Top 18 after 6 games advance to second qualifying round; top 18 after 18 games (combined 6-game first-round Wolf, Bear and Badger totals) advance to Oklahoma Open match play

7:30 p.m. – Top 18, 6 qualifying games

  Top 5 after 12 games advance to stepladder finals

Thursday, May 14 - PBA Oklahoma Open Round Robin Match Play

10 a.m. – Top 18, 6 games match play, Wolf pattern

2 p.m. – Top 18, 6 games match play, Bear pattern

6:30 p.m. – Top 18, 6 games match play, Badger pattern

  Top 5 advance to stepladder finals

CBS SPORTS NETWORK STEPLADDER FINALS

Grand Casino Resort Event Center, Shawnee, Okla.

Saturday, May 16

11 a.m. – PBA Wolf Open five-player stepladder finals

2:30 p.m. – PBA Bear Open five-player stepladder finals

5:15 p.m. – PBA Badger Open five-player stepladder finals

Sunday, May 17

Noon – PBA Oklahoma Open five-player stepladder finals

3:30 p.m. – Oklahoma’s Grand Casino Resort King of the Swing five-player stepladder finals (four title winners plus “wild card” player - highest in combined points for four events without a title).

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Brian Voss Averages 253.8 to Lead First Round In PBA50 Miller High Life Classic

by Jerry Schneider April 27, 2015 13:48

Professional Bowlers Association Hall of Famer Brian Voss averaged 253.8 Monday to lead qualifying after the first round of the PBA50 Miller High Life Classic presented by Columbia 300 at George Pappas’ Victory Lanes.

Voss, a 25-time winner on the PBA Tour who is trying for his first PBA50 Tour title, fired a 2,031 pinfall total with games of 224, 267, 258, 248, 278, 269, 218 and 269.

“I bowled pretty well that round but I’m still a little rusty believe it or not,” Voss said. “There are some things I still have to work on. Today, I had a good shot where I could throw pretty hard and straight and ended up moving maybe six boards or so from the start to the end of the round.”

The 57-year-old Voss has competed basically on a part-time basis on the PBA50 Tour the last several years because he has spent a lot of time competing internationally and conducting clinics. He plans to bowl in most of the PBA50 Tour tournaments this season.

“I’m still doing a lot of traveling but this year my schedule allows me to spend a lot more time on the PBA50 Tour,” said Voss, who was the 2009 PBA50 Rookie of the Year.

Voss holds a 36-pin lead over Hall of Famer Pete Weber in second who finished with a 1,995 pinfall. Rounding out the top five are Brian LeClair, 1,980; Tom Howison, 1,967 and Dennis Rakauskas, 1,941.

Three Hall of Famers hold down the next three spots, Dale Eagle, 1,936; Tom Baker, 1,913 and Johnny Petraglia, 1,911.

Voss’ best PBA50 Tour finish is second which he accomplished twice in the 2009 season including the Senior U.S. Open, where he lost to Wayne Webb 214-188 in the title match.

This season he finished 13th in the season-opening Pasco County Florida Open and 17th in the UnitedHealthcare Sun Bowl In the Villages.

The 153-player field returns Tuesday for another eight-game qualifying round which will determine the top 24 players who will advance to match play and 34 players (positions 25-51 and eight PBA60 players) who will advance to Wednesday morning’s five-game cashers round that will determine eight additional match play spots. After match play, the top five players will advance to the stepladder finals at 7 p.m. ET.

Fans can follow PBA action through the entire PBA Network which includes wall-to-wall coverage of an expanded schedule of live events on Xtra Frame including the PBA50 Miller High Life Classic, player interactions through Facebook and Twitter, mobile gaming, original programming, archived events and immediate news updates 24/7 on varying communications devices anywhere in the world. For additional PBA Network information visit http://www.pba.com/PBANetwork.

PBA50 MILLER HIGH LIFE CLASSIC PRESENTED BY COLUMBIA 300

George Pappas’ Victory Lanes, Mooresville, N.C., Monday

First round after 8 games

1, Brian Voss, Centennial, Colo., 2,031.
2, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 1,995.
3, Brian LeClair, Delmar, N.Y., 1,980.
4, Tom Howison, Chillicothe, Ohio, 1,967.
5, Dennis Rakauskas, Apopka, Fla., 1,941.
6, ss-Dale Eagle, Laguna Niguel, Calif., 1,936.
7, ss-Tom Baker, King, N.C., 1,913.
8, ss-Johnny Petraglia, Jackson, N.J., 1,911.
9, Warren Nelson, Middleburg, Fla., 1,890.
10, Joe Scarborough, Charlotte, N.C., 1,888.
11, a-John Hough, Naples, Fla., 1,887.
12, Bob Learn Jr., Erie, Pa., 1,886.
13, Stoney Baker, Canton, Ga., 1,884.
14, (tie) ss-Frank Gallo Jr., Jacksonville, Fla., and Tracy Teeters, Eugene, Ore., 1,882.
16, Mike Dias, Lafayette, Colo., 1,879.
17, Darryl Traber, Waterford, Wis., 1,853.
18, (tie) Ralph Brunt Jr., Jensen Beach, Fla., and a-Ken Wyatt, Sterling Hts., Mich., 1,849.
20, Peter Knopp, Germany, 1,842.
21, (tie) Marty Berke, Allentown, Pa., and Jack Jurek, Lackawanna, N.Y., 1,837.
23, ss-Lee Brosius, Ashburn, Va., 1,833.
24, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 1,826.
25, Larry Felts, Moore, S.C., 1,824.
26, ss-Tommy Brodowski, New Hyde Park, N.Y., 1,818.
27, ss-Timothy Kauble, Marion, Ohio, 1,814.
28, (tie) ss-Ted Staikoff, Black Hawk, S.D., and Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 1,813.
30, Jim Pitts, Elmira, N.Y., 1,806.
31, (tie) Bryan Goebel, Shawnee, Kan., Jeff Schrum, Cherryville, N.C., and ss-Dave Patchen, Oregon, Ohio, 1,804.
34, ss-Mike Moore, Marietta, Ohio, 1,799.
35, Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, 1,792.
36, ss-Jeff Bellinger, Columbia, S.C., 1,789.
37, John Conroy, Mahopac, N.Y., 1,787.
38, ss-David Kneas, Annapolis, Md., 1,786.
39, a-James Hansen, Anchorage, Alaska, 1,778.
40, Ron Mohr, Las Vegas, 1,777.
41, ss-Greg McMahan, Dandridge, Tenn., 1,775.
42, Joe Salvemini, Mckinney, Texas, 1,769.
43, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., 1,768.
44, Doug O'Bryant, Ball Ground, Ga., 1,767.
45, Norm Spurlock, Kenner, La., 1,765.
46, (tie) ss-Bill Henson, Westerville, Ohio, and a-Mike Long, Charlotte, N.C., 1,764.
48, ss-Ron Profitt, Brookville, Ohio, 1,763.
49, ss-Paul Bryant, Fayetteville, N.C., 1,751.
50, (tie) Chuck Walker, Blaine, Tenn., and ss-Thomas Ream, Tampa, Fla., 1,749.
52, Brian Miller, Springfield, Ohio, 1,748.
53, (tie) ss-Michael Henry, Brunswick, Ohio, and Danny Weikel, Bessemer City, NC, 1,747.
55, ss-George Pappas, Charlotte, N.C., 1,746.
56, ss-Don Blatchford, Santa Monica, Calif., 1,745.
57, ss-Emilio Mora Sr., Defiance, Ohio, 1,743.
58, Mike Scroggins, Amarillo, Texas, 1,740.
59, James Lord, Fort Mill, S.C., 1,732.
60, Tracy Golding, Winston-Salem, N.C., 1,729.
61, Chuck Anton, Chesterfield, Va., 1,726.
62, a-Louis Manzella Jr., Mt. Olive, Ala., 1,723.
63, Harry Sullins, Chesterfield Twp., Mich., 1,722.
64, Wayne Bolin, Lumberton, N.C., 1,721.
65, ss-James Knoblauch, Waukesha, Wis., 1,718.
66, Jay Boyle, Garnet Valley, Pa., 1,716.
67, Larry Popp, Marion, Ohio, 1,712.
68, ss-Roy Buckley, Westerville, Ohio, 1,703.
69, Freddie Childress, Bassett, Va., 1,702.
70, Paul LeMond, Jasper, Ind., 1,701.
71, Kevin Foley, Reno, Nev., 1,698.
72, ss-Bill McCorkle, Westerville, Ohio, 1,697.
73, ss-Dennis Lane, Kingsport, Tenn., 1,693.
74, ss-Brendan Bierch, Grafton, Mass., 1,689.
75, David Sanders, Blythewood, S.C., 1,688.
76, ss-Darrell Adams, Flintstone, Ga., 1,686.
77, ss-Dave Bernhardt, Romeo, Mich., 1,680.
78, Dave Flemming, Fairborn, Ohio, 1,677.
79, Robert Brown, Cody, Wyo., 1,672.
80, ss-Larry Graybeal, Elizabethton, Tenn., 1,668.
81, ss-Ross McDonald, Clarksville, Md., 1,665.
82, ss-Mark McNutt, Alpharetta, Ga., 1,664.
83, ss-Rich Giragosian, Charlotte, N.C., 1,662.
84, Jim Price, Harrrisburg, N.C., 1,659.
85, ss-Todd Wilson, Summerfield, N.C., 1,655.
86, (tie) Dale Csuhta, Wadsworth, Ohio, and ss-Gary Shultis, Levittown, N.Y., 1,654.
88, ss-David Hull, Lexington, N.C., 1,652.
89, (tie) Terry Metzner, Kentwood, Mich., John Maloof, Park Hall, Md., and ss-Don Sylvia, Daytona Beach, Fla., 1,646.
92, (tie) Tim Hartley, Englewood, Ohio, and ss-Dannie Hettinger, Circleville, Ohio, 1,644.
94, Sammy Ventura, Syracuse, N.Y., 1,639.
95, ss-George Lord, Lakeland, Fla., 1,637.
96, Robert Callari, Fulton, Ky., 1,635.
97, Randy Robertson, Evansville, Ind., 1,633.
98, Mike Hastings, Millsboro, Del., 1,632.
99, (tie) Brian Cooper, Henderson, Nev., and Mike Tucker, Concord, N.C., 1,631.
101, ss-William Keenan Jr., Orlando, Fla., 1,625.
102, Tom Carter, Columbus, Ohio, 1,624.
103, James Blackstone, Marietta, Ga., 1,623.
104, Mike Walden, Stony Point, N.Y., 1,621.
104, ss-Steve Stein, Staten Island, N.Y., 1,621.
106, ss-Greg Wilhelm, Saluda, Va., 1,620.
107, (tie) ss-Steve Ferraro, Kingston, N.Y., and ss-Sam Perrotta, Newark, Del., 1,618.
109, ss-Steve Bova, Massapequa, N.Y., 1,614.
110, (tie) ss-Chuck Best, Buda, Texas, and Tommy Martin, Olive Branch, Miss., 1,613.
112, Christopher Keane, Cape Coral, Fla., 1,612.
113, Dave Sill, Titusville, Fla., 1,610.
114, Charlie Toney, Oak Hill, W.Va., 1,602.
115, ss-Mark Scime, Winter Garden, Fla., 1,601.
116, (tie) ss-James Souder, Greeneville, Tenn., and Sam Maccarone, Glassboro, N.J., 1,592.
118, Pete Arruda, Gilbert, S.C., 1,575.
119, Bill Ursillo, Bluffton, S.C., 1,572.
120, Robert Harvey, Boise, Idaho, 1,571.
121, ss-Ken Waters, Kingsport, Tenn., 1,564.
122, (tie) Todd Haney, Boiling Springs, S.C., and ss-Tim Pierce, Portland, Ore., 1,560.
124, (tie) a-Jack Howell, Lyons, N.Y., and ss-Douglas Weese, Carson City, Mich., 1,554.
126, ss-William Banks, Laurel Hill, N.C., 1,550.
127, (tie) David Taylor, Largo, Fla., and Larry Woomer, State College, Pa., 1,533.
129, ss-Bobby Dunn, Augusta, Ga., 1,528.
130, ss-Jim Lesiuk, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., 1,513.
131, Don Delisle, Canada, 1,508.
132, Rich Kleinman, Reno, Nev., 1,502.
133, ss-Glen Nakagawa, Highland Village, Texas, 1,501.
134, (tie) ss-a-Mike Bennett, Asheboro, N.C., and a-Jerry Childers, Springville, Ala., 1,498.
136, Steve Easterday, Strasburg, Ohio, 1,495.
137, Terry Wellman, Marengo, Ohio, 1,493.
138, Warren Burr, Wilmington, Del., 1,485.
139, ss-Ron Rajcok, Stanley, N.C., 1,481.
140, Charlie Reier, Burlington, N.C., 1,479.
141, ss-Gene Morrison, Spring Lake, N.C., 1,478.
142, Ken Shealy, Myrtle Beach, S.C., 1,468.
143, ss-Dennis Amato, Montville, N.J., 1,456.
144, ss-Al Brooks, Bluefield, W.Va., 1,451.
145, Rick LeChette, Lincoln University, Pa., 1,433.
146, ss-Kerry Fulford, Ft. Worth, Texas, 1,431.
147, ss-Peter Brainard, Tampa, Fla., 1,419.
148, a-Danny Williams, South Hill, Va., 1,414.
149, a-John Kidwell, Indianapolis, 1,371.
150, a-Mark Nance Sr., Grove City, Ohio, 1,341.
151, ss-James West, Catonsville, Md., 1,322.
152, ss-a-Bob Webb, Burnsville, NC, 1,247.
153, ss-Richard Felten, Rockville, Md., 1,232.

a-denotes amateur

ss-denotes PBA60 players age 60 and over

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Tune in to the PBA50 Miller High Life Classic Live on Xtra Frame April 27-29

by Jerry Schneider April 24, 2015 03:06

 

A full field of 160 players will compete in the PBA50 Miller High Life Classic presented by Columbia 300 April 27-29 at George Pappas Victory Lanes in Mooresville, N.C. and bowling fans can once again catch all the action live on PBA’s online bowling channel Xtra Frame.

The third stop of the 2015 PBA50 Tour season moves to a Monday-Wednesday schedule, departing from the normal Sunday-Tuesday schedule so fans who take advantage of the new Xtra Frame 3-day subscription should take note (see schedule below).

Defending Miller High Life Open champion PBA Hall of Famer Parker Bohn III is coming off a win in the season-opening Pasco County Florida Open and second place finish in the UnitedHealthcare Sun Bowl In The Villages where he dominated the tournament but lost in the championship match to Mike Scroggins 255-246.

Bohn, a 34-time PBA Tour and two-time PBA50 Tour titlist, won his first PBA50 Tour event last year in Mooresville by defeating fellow Hall of Famer Pete Weber 232-229 in the title match.

Scroggins, an eight-time winner on the PBA Tour is coming off a nearly year-long absence from competition because of a foot ailment but will be trying for his second consecutive PBA50 Tour win in Mooreseville.

In addition to the 12-month Xtra Frame Season Ticket option ($64.99) and the monthly option ($7.99), fans can now subscribe to the new “3-Day Pass” option for the price of $3.99. To check out all of the Xtra Frame subscription options click on the Xtra Frame logo on the pba.com homepage, or visit  https://www.xtraframe.tv/pba/secure/registerform.

While fans can sign up at any time, and as often as they like, for the “3-Day Pass” option, it is important to note the subscription is only good for 72 hours from the time the subscription is purchased. Therefore, if the “3-Day Pass” is being purchased with the idea of using it for coverage of a specific event, fans should plan the activation of the subscription accordingly.

PBA50 Miller High Life Classic Presented by Columbia 300 Schedule

George Pappas Victory Lanes, Mooresville, N.C. (All times Eastern)

Sunday, April 26
Practice Session: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Pro-Am Squads 2, 4:30, & 7 p.m.

Monday, April 27
10 a.m. - A Squad qualifying (8 games)
4 p.m. - B Squad qualifying (8 games)

Tuesday, April 28
10 a.m. - B Squad qualifying (8 games)
4 p.m. A Squad qualifying (8 games)

Top 24 advance to match play.

Wednesday, April 29
9 a.m. - Cashers qualifying round
Players in cash positions below 24th place (including super senior cashers) bowl five games. Top eight advance to match play.
12:30 p.m. - Match Play Round 1
3:30 p.m. – Match Play Round 2

Top five players advance to stepladder finals

7 p.m. – Stepladder finals

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PBA Spare Shots: PBA Creates “Clash of the Legends” as Part of Big Sports Day on May 2

by Bill Vint April 22, 2015 08:04

The PBA will jump into a big day in the world of sports with a “Clash of the Legends” special event in conjunction with the PBA50 Johnny Petraglia BVL Open at Farmingdale Lanes in Farmingdale, N.Y. A special competition involving PBA Hall of Famers Parker Bohn III, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Pete Weber and Amleto Monacelli will be part of a unique contest that invites sports fans to pick the winners of the Kentucky Derby, Clash of Legends and the Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao championship boxing match.

The Clash of Legends, presented by BVL and emceed by tournament namesake Johnny Petraglia, will air live on Xtra Frame in the window between the Kentucky Derby (6:24 p.m. ET) and the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight (10 p.m. ET). Beginning 6:45 p.m. – prior to the start of the Johnny Petraglia BVL Open pro-am – the Clash will involve each player throwing one ball with the lowest count eliminated in each round. In case of ties, the tied players will have a head-to-head roll-off to determine who is eliminated in that round. The remaining players will bowl the next round on the other lane, repeating the format until one man remains to claim the winner-take-all cash prize.

The fan contest associated with the Clash of Legends will invite PBA fans to pick the winner of the Kentucky Derby, Clash of PBA Legends and Mayweather-Pacquiao fight on PBA’s Facebook page. Picks must be posted in the following format between noon and 3 p.m. ET on Saturday, May 2 (Derby: horse’s name. Clash: player’s name: Fight: winning boxer’s name).

Entrants must get all three correct in order to win. If multiple people pick all three winners, up to 10 PBA Fan Packs full of prizes will be awarded.

NEW THREE-DAY PASS HELPS FANS FOLLOW PBA50 TOUR ON XTRA FRAME

The PBA’s new $3.99, three-day pass to watch complete PBA50 Tour events is allowing a growing group of PBA50 fans an easy, inexpensive way to follow the “senior tour” from start to finish…and there are two more PBA50 events coming soon: the Miller High Life Classic presented by Columbia 300 from George Pappas’ Victory Lanes in Mooresville, N.C., Monday, April 27-Wednesday, April 29, followed by the Johnny Petraglia BVL Open presented by Brunswick at Farmingdale Lanes in Farmingdale, N.Y., Sunday, May 3-Tuesday, May 5.

Fans are reminded the three-day pass begins at the moment of registration, so plan accordingly. To subscribe, click on the Xtra Frame link on pba.com. One-month ($7.99) and full year XF Season Ticket ($64.99) subscriptions also are available.

VARIPAPA NIPS BARNES FOR “GREATEST TRICK SHOT”

PBA fans voting for the “greatest bowling trick shot ever” have awarded the honor to the late Andy Varipapa for his three-ball spare conversion, edging Chris Barnes’ two-lane “flying eagle” spare by a mere two percentage points. The winner was announced during Sunday’s ESPN telecast of the PBA League Elias Cup finals. Varipapa received 51 percent of the fan votes, compared to Barnes’ 49 percent.

Varipapa, a PBA charter member who died in 1984 at the age of 93, was a legendary showman and trick shot artist who also performed one of the most memorable feats in professional bowling – winning back-to-back titles in the grueling 100-game 1947 and 1948 BPAA All Star tournaments at the ages of 56 and 57.

MAINE SPORTS COMMISSION EAGER FOR PBA TO RETURN IN 2016

The three-year-old Maine Sports Commission, created to attract major sports events to the state, is eagerly awaiting the PBA’s return in 2016 after a successful first visit in 2015…and the PBA is already making plans for a return trip in 2016, PBA Commissioner Tom Clark has confirmed.

Shamrock Sports and Entertainment President Brian Corcoran, a member of the Maine Sports Commission board of directors, was a key player in securing the financial commitment needed to produce the inaugural “Maine Event” at Bayside Bowl in Portland. Based upon a sold-out event supported by hundreds of thousands of exposures for the Maine business community through the PBA’s media coverage and ESPN telecasts, Corcoran believes Maine can do an even better job in generating new sponsorship support for 2016.

USA TODAY FEATURES JASON BELMONTE’S TWO-HANDED TRICKERY

USAToday.com has produced a feature story on Australian two-handed star Jason Belmonte, showcasing his skills as a bowling trick shot artist in an online video. To read the feature story and watch Belmonte’s trick-shot skills as a two-handed player, click here: http://ftw.usatoday.com/2015/04/watch-5-mind-blowing-trick-shots-from-the-worlds-best-bowler.

PBA REGIONAL UPDATE: METZNER WINS FIRST PBA50 REGIONAL TITLE IN SARASOTA

In a best-of-three-game final between Terry Metzner of Kentwood, Mich., and Ron Mohr of Las Vegas, Metzner defeated Mohr, 199-232, 211-191, 203-199, to win his first PBA Regional title in the PBA50 Sarasota South Open at Sarasota (Fla.) Lanes on Friday, April 17.

Metzner earned $2,000 while Mohr earned $1,000 as the runner-up. The mid-week PBA50 regional event featured a number of PBA50 Tour stars who were traveling between the season-opening PBA50 Pasco County Florida Open and the tour’s second stop of the season at The Villages, Fla.

In the best-of-three semifinal round, Metzner swept Bill Peters of Dayton Ohio, 206-183, 222-198, while Mohr defeated Joe Scarborough of Charlotte, N.C., 207-172, 219-168.

J.R. Raymond of Bay City, Mich. defeated T.J. Schmidt of Mishawaka, Ind., 219-214, to win the PBA Country Club Lanes Central/Midwest Open at Country Club Lanes in Elkhart, Ind., Sunday.

The title was Raymond’s second PBA Regional title. He also earned $2,500. He eliminated Brad Miller of St. Charles, Mo., 257-203, and Schmidt defeated Jeff Zaffino of Warren, Pa., 236-224, to set up the championship match.

Paul Bajorski of West Babylon, N.Y., defeated John Furey of Freehold, N.J., 224-199, to win his first PBA Regional title in the Bowlers Discount Pro Shop Eastern Open presented by Hammer at Brunswick Zone Normandy in Ellicott City, Md., Sunday.

Bajorski, in his second year of regional competition, earned $2,500. Furey, a former East Region Player of the Year, lost his ball reaction late in the championship match, finishing with two open frames. Although Bajorski won the championship match while sitting on the bench, he threw three clutch strikes in the final frame of his semi-final match to advance over Eric Cornog of Cherry Hill, N.J. 200-190.

Dean Richards of Tacoma, Wash. and amateur partner Daniel Jackson Jr. of Portland, Ore. defeated Hugh Miller of Mercer Island, Wash. and non-member Bob Davidson of Mountlake Terrace, Wash., 512-396, to win the PBA Northwest Region Speedometer Member/Non-Member Doubles at Bowlero Lanes in Lakewood, Wash., Sunday.

Richards earned his fifth regional title but Jackson does not receive credit for a title as he is a non-member. They split a $3,000 first prize.

● Another mid-week PBA50 event is the PBA50 Tarheel Lanes South Open April 23-25 in Hendersonville, N.C. Players will then head to Hawaii for the annual tripleheader beginning April 26-27 with the Kona West/Northwest Open at KBXtreme Lanes in Kailua-Kona followed by the Hawaii West/Northwest Open presented by Storm at Scofield Air Base on April 29, and the Hickam AFB West/Northwest Open May 1-3.

● Leading off the month of May over the May 1-3 weekend will be the Junction City (Kan.) Bowl Southwest/Midwest Open presented by Radical, and the Pro Bowl West Tri-Region Member/Non-Member Doubles presented by the Proprietor’s Cup in Ft. Wayne, Ind.

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

Liz Johnson of Cheektowaga, N.Y., a two-time PBA Regional title winner and the only woman to appear in two PBA Tour national television finals, has been recognized as the 2015 Am-Pol Eagle Citizen of the Year for sports. The annual Am-Pol awards recognize outstanding Polish American citizens. Among her many accomplishments, Johnson also will be inducted into the United States Bowling Congress Hall of Fame in late April.

● The third annual Bill O’Neill Junior Scholarship Tournament is set for Sunday, May 3, at 12:30 p.m. ET at AMF Bristol Pike Lanes in in Croydon, Pa. Bowlers will compete in U20 and U15 age divisions, with girls receiving 7 handicap pins per game (if fewer than 32 girls enter). All players will bowl six qualifying games followed by three games of match play and a top four stepladder final in each division. For more information, or to sign up, click here: https://www.smore.com/1f2da. For the first two years, the O’Neill youth event has awarded more than $11,000 in scholarship money.

● PBA fans can help life-long bowling enthusiast and veteran CP3 PBA Celebrity Invitational host Chris Paul win the National Basketball Association’s Community Assist Award. Paul, the NBA all-star point guard with the Los Angeles Clippers, and one of the original PBA League owners (L.A. X) is well-known for his charitable and youth development programs, supported in part by the CP3 PBA Celebrity Invitational fund-raiser. If you’d like to help Paul win the award, cast your vote on Twitter: vote for @CP3 by tweeting w/ #NBACommunityAssist #ChrisPaul.

● Don’t forget: During the month of April, MOTIV is awarding another new ball to a new Xtra Frame subscriber. To enter, all you have to do is sign up for a new Xtra Frame subscription, either three-day ($3.99), monthly ($7.99) or 12-month XF Season Ticket ($64.99). The ball-a-month sweepstakes will continue throughout 2015.

● Reminder: Every month, HotelPlanner.com, the official travel partner of the PBA, is awarding a $200 lodging gift certificate to a lucky person who books a hotel room through HotelPlanner.com. Use the “Book Hotel” link on pba.com before the last day of the month, and you will be automatically entered. The $200 gift certificate will be valid for hotel room and tax only.

● Last call: You can still earn a discount on an Xtra Frame Season Ticket subscription with the purchase of a new bowling ball through a special limited-time arrangement with Bowling Infinity Group. Visit http://offthetrailer.com/ for details on how to earn a $25 discount and free shipping on the bowling ball-Xtra Frame Season Ticket package now through April 30.

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