John Conroy Averages 240.3 to Lead Qualifying After First Round in PBA50 Johnny Petraglia BVL Open

by Jerry Schneider May 3, 2015 11:57

In his third season bowling on the PBA50 Tour, decorated paramedic John Conroy of Mahopac, N.Y., averaged 240.3 Sunday to lead qualifying after the first round in the PBA50 Johnny Petraglia BVL Open presented by Brunswick at Farmingdale, Lanes in Farmingdale, N.Y.

Conroy, who owns one PBA50 regional title, bowled a 1,923 eight-game pinfall total that included games of 217, 299, 215, 286, 206, 216, 236 and 248.

“I just tried to stay in the moment and keep focused on bowling the (lane) condition and not the other bowlers,” said Conroy, whose best PBA50 Tour finish was 13th in the 2014 United States Bowling Congress Senior Masters. “I had some problems picking up my spares today but I was able to overcome that by hanging in there and making the right adjustments at the right time.”

Conroy, a 52-year-old New York City native and 2013 East Region PBA50 Player of the Year, earned the American Ambulance Association Star of Life Award and Emergency Medical Services Award in 2014 for his work in the emergency medical field for 31 years, including 28 as a paramedic. He worked most of his career in New York City where he was among the first responders not only for the 9-11 attack but also the 1993 bomb attack on the World Trade Center’s north tower.

Conroy topped PBA50 UnitedHealthcare Sun Bowl In the Villages winner Mike Scroggins of Amarillo, Texas, who finished the first round in second with a 1,910 pinfall.

“It’s a funny game,” said Scroggins, an eight-time winner on the PBA Tour who won the Sun Bowl In The Villages in his PBA50 debut. “When I won the Sun Bowl In The Villages everything just fell into place, last week I felt like I bowled pretty well but didn’t make the cut and now after the first round in this tournament I don’t feel comfortable at all but I’m near the top.”

Rounding out the top five after the first round were Hall of Famer and Pasco County Florida Open winner Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 1,904; Brian LeClair, Delmar, N.Y., 1,889, and Mike Dias of Lafayette, Colo., 1,888.

After feeling ill on Saturday, PBA Hall of Famer Johnny Petraglia of Jackson, N.J., was able to bounce back to bowl a 300 game in the first game of the first round and eventually finished 16th with an 1,825 pinfall total.

The 94-player field returns Monday for another eight-game qualifying round which will determine the top 24 players who will advance to match play and 15 players (positions 25-31 and eight PBA60 players) who will advance to Tuesday 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 Johnny Petraglia BVL Open, 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 JOHNNY PETRAGLIA BVL OPEN PRESENTED BY BRUNSWICK

Farmingdale Lanes, Farmingdale, N.Y., Sunday

First round after 8 games

1, John Conroy, Mahopac, N.Y., 1,923.
2, Mike Scroggins, Amarillo, Texas, 1,910.
3, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 1,904.
4, Brian LeClair, Delmar, N.Y., 1,889.
5, Mike Dias, Lafayette, Colo., 1,888.
6, Ron Mohr, Las Vegas, 1,867.
7, Ray Edwards, Middle Island, N.Y., 1,866.
8, a-John Kirker Jr., Taftville, Conn., 1,857.
9, a-Todd Lathrop, Colchester, Conn., 1,855.
10, Jerry Brunette Jr., Rochester, N.Y., 1,852.
11, Stephen Pavlinko, Sewell, N.J., 1,848.
12, ss-Ted Staikoff, Black Hawk, S.D., 1,842.
13, Jack Jurek, Lackawanna, N.Y., 1,837.
14, Christopher Keane, Cape Coral, Fla., 1,836.
15, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 1,827.
16, ss-John Petraglia, Jackson, N.J., 1,825.
17, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., 1,817.
18, James Hansen, Anchorage, Alaska, 1,812.
19, Dave Mutch, Oakland, N.J., 1,805.
20, Peter Knopp, Germany, 1,803.
21, Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, 1,784.
22, ss-Bill McCorkle, Westerville, Ohio, 1,778.
23, ss-Tom Baker, King, N.C., 1,776.
24, David Zelger, Red Lion, Pa., 1,770.
25, ss-Tommy Brodowski, New Hyde Park, N.Y., 1,768.
26, Mike Hastings, Millsboro, Del., 1,756.
27, ss-Steve Stein, Staten Island, N.Y., 1,749.
28, Al Spano, Massapequa Park, N.Y., 1,748.
29, Harry Sullins, Chesterfield Twp., Mich., 1,746.
30, Brian Miller, Springfield, Ohio, 1,742.
31, Dave Sill, Titusville, Fla., 1,740.
32, Bob Learn Jr., Erie, Pa., 1,736.
33, a-Jose Zambrano, Jackson Heights, N.Y., 1,735.
34, Don Hicks, West Babylon, N.Y., 1,732.
35, Joe Salvemini, Mckinney, Texas, 1,731.
36, ss-Michael Henry, Brunswick, Ohio, 1,726.
37, Glenn Smith, New York, 1,710.
38, (tie) Warren Burr, Wilmington, Del., and ss-a-Jim Ruccione, Ozone Park, N.Y., 1,700.
40, ss-Gary Shultis, Levittown, N.Y., 1,695.
41, (tie) John DiSantis, Wilmington, Del., and ss-Andrew Smith, Colonie, N.Y., 1,689.
43, Brian Cooper, Henderson, Nev., 1,683.
44, ss-Brendan Bierch, Grafton, Mass., 1,682.
45, Robert Brown, Cody, Wyo., 1,679.
46, a-Russell Michaud, Hudson, N.H., 1,676.
47, ss-Dale Eagle, Laguna Niguel, Calif., 1,674.
48, a-Steven DiMartino, Upper Saddle River, N.J., 1,672.
49, Sammy Ventura, Syracuse, N.Y., 1,671.
50, Marty Berke, Allentown, Pa., 1,670.
51, (tie) a-Johnathan Francis, Briarcliff Manor, N.Y., and ss-Chris Fedden, Albany, N.Y., 1,660.
53, Tracy Teeters, Eugene, Ore., 1,659.
54, Barry Clare, Bayside, N.Y., 1,657.
55, ss-Bob Caruso, Dayton, N.J., 1,650.
56, Tom Carter, Columbus, Ohio, 1,647.
57, ss-Steve Bova, Massapequa, N.Y., 1,637.
58, ss-Norm Ginsberg, West Babylon, N.Y., 1,634.
59, Michael Vella, Bellport, N.Y., 1,632.
60, Dale Csuhta, Wadsworth, Ohio, 1,631.
61, ss-a-Rob Sperling, Livingston, N.J., 1,623.
62, Jeffrey Koenig, Melville, N.Y., 1,620.
63, Timothy Regan, East Northport, N.Y., 1,618.
64, ss-Bill Henson, Westerville, Ohio, 1,617.
65, ss-Ron Glick, Morganville, N.J., 1,616.
66, ss-Timothy Kauble, Marion, Ohio, 1,615.
67, Tom Yadanza, Saratoga Springs, N.Y., 1,611.
68, Terry Metzner, Kentwood, Mich., 1,606.
69, ss-Tim Pierce, Portland, Ore., 1,605.
70, ss-Glen Nakagawa, Highland Village, Texas, 1,603.
71, ss-Steven Banks, Leesburg, Va., 1,594.
72, ss-Tony Bellantoni, White Plains, N.Y., 1,592.
73, ss-Ross McDonald, Clarksville, Md., 1,590.
74, ss-Salvatore Mattera, Nesconset, N.Y., 1,574.
75, David Taylor, Largo, Fla., 1,572.
76, a-Guy Wallach, Livingston, N.J., 1,568.
77, ss-Rich Giragosian, Charlotte, N.C., 1,565.
78, ss-Frank Gallo Jr., Jacksonville, Fla., 1,554.
79, ss-Stephen Nowicki, Rochester, N.Y., 1,552.
80, (tie) a-Joe Biscardi, Wantagh, N.Y., and ss-Stephen Lippman, Palm Harbor, Fla., 1,548.
82, a-Joseph Natoli, West Babylon, N.Y., 1,532.
83, ss-a-Scott Salem, Oradell, N.J., 1,530.
84, ss-Ralph Ehrlich, N.Massapequa, N.Y., 1,526.
85, Eddie Wu, New York, 1,516.
86, a-Greg Eskow, Syosset, N.Y., 1,514.
87, Robert Donovan, Prattsville, N.Y., 1,512.
88, ss-Dowell Milliken, Lake Grove, N.Y., 1,509.
89, ss-Walter Davis Jr., St. Petersburg, Fla., 1,485.
90, Scott Zimmerman, Brooklyn, N.Y., 1,472.
91, Gary Elferis, Flushing, N.Y., 1,436.
92, a-Richard Carosella, North Merrick, N.Y., 1,341.
93, a-Sal Palmeri, Middle Village, N.Y., 1,317.
94, ss-Michael Brower, Amsterdam, N.Y., 519.

a-denotes amateur

ss-denotes PBA60 players age 60 and over

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Amateur Jerry Brunette Averages 233.6 to Lead Qualifying In PBA50 Pasco County Florida Open

by Jerry Schneider April 13, 2015 14:11

Amateur Jerry Brunette Jr. of Rochester, N.Y., averaged 233.6 to take the second round lead Monday in the PBA50 Pasco County Florida Open at Lane Glo Bowl heading into Tuesday’s match play rounds.

Brunette completed qualifying with a 3,738 16-game pinfall total bowling 1,890 in Monday’s eight-game second round with games of 203, 199, 236, 217, 258, 247, 264 and 266. He edged out reigning PBA50 Player of the Year Hall of Famer Norm Duke of Clermont, Fla., for the lead by two pins.

“I’m living the dream,” said Brunette, who is primarily a local tournament bowler in western and northern New York and is competing in his first PBA tournament of any kind. “I’ve been dreaming about, and working to compete, at this level for more than 30 years and now here I am.”

Brunette, who works in the pharmaceutical industry, made an adjustment in the middle of Monday’s round to make his run at the tournament lead.

“I didn’t have a good feel at the start of the fourth game so I made some adjustments and a ball change and put it all together at that point. Generally, I feel like I’m getting stronger as the tournament goes on so I’m looking forward to match play.”

The top 24 players advanced to Tuesday’s match play rounds and 22 players (positions 25-38 plus eight PBA60 players) advanced to Tuesday 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 Monday’s second round were Duke with 3,736; Hall of Famer Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 3,710; Joe Scarborough, Charlotte, N.C., 3,677 and Brian LeClair, Albany, N.Y., 3,660.

Sunday’s first round leader and defending champion Hall of Famer Amleto Monacelli of Venezuela finished qualifying in seventh with 3,621.

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, 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 PASCO COUNTY FLORIDA OPEN
Monday’s Second Round Standings
(After 16 games; top 24 advance to match play; 25th-38th places plus eight PBA60 players advance to cashers round to determine eight additional match play finalists)
At Lane Glo Bowl
New Port Richey, Fla.

1, a-Jerry Brunette Jr., Rochester, N.Y., 3,738.
2, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 3,736.
3, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 3,710.
4, Joe Scarborough, Charlotte, N.C., 3,677.
5, Brian LeClair, Albany, N.Y., 3,660.
6, Brian Voss, Centennial, Colo., 3,642.
7, Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, 3,621.
8, Lennie Boresch Jr., Kenosha, Wis., 3,607.
9, Ron Mohr, Las Vegas, 3,563.
10, ss-Don Blatchford, Santa Monica, Calif., 3,555.
11, Bob Learn Jr., Erie, Pa., 3,551.
12, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 3,542.
13, Robert Brown, Cody, Wyo., 3,532.
14, Ralph Brunt Jr., Jensen Beach, Fla., 3,524.
15, Dave Sill, Titusville, Fla., 3,486.
16, a-Darin Hays, Wesley Chapel, Fla., 3,482.
17, Bryan Goebel, Shawnee, Kan., 3,465.
18, Stephen Pavlinko, Sewell, N.J., 3,464.
19, Joe Salvemini, Henderson, Nev., 3,444.
20, Peter Knopp, Germany, 3,422.
21, ss-Paul McCordic, Sugar Land, Texas, 3,414.
22, Harry Sullins, Chesterfield Twp., Mich., 3,379.
23, Christopher Keane, Cape Coral, Fla., 3,376.
24, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., 3,375.
25, Gary Morgan, Atlanta, 3,367.
26, Kevin Foley, Reno, Nev., 3,364.
27, ss-Steve Ferraro, Kingston, N.Y., 3,357.
28, ss-Tom Baker, King, N.C., 3,342.
29, Tom Carter, Rockford, Ill., 3,341.
30, ss-Bill Henson, Westerville, Ohio, 3,328.
31, ss-John Dudak, Orland Park, Ill., 3,322.
32, Doug O'Bryant, Ball Ground, Ga., 3,317.
33, a-Tim Maiseroulle, Buford, Ga., 3,302.
34, Brian Miller, Springfield, Ohio, 3,287.
35, Todd Kjell, Roscoe, Ill., 3,282.
36, (tie) Tracy Teeters, Eugene, Ore., and ss-Timothy Kauble, Marion, Ohio, 3,272.
38, ss-Bob Chamberlain, The Villages, Fla., 3,256.
39, Jimmy Jean, Kathleen, Ga., 3,255.
40, ss-Bill McCorkle, Westerville, Ohio, 3,254.
41, a-Widmar Vargas, Riverview, Fla., 3,247.
42, ss-Chuck Richardson, The Villages, Fla., 3,231.
43, Scott Smith, Warrenville, Ill., 3,223.
44, a-Craig Auerbach, Sunrise, Fla., 3,218.
45, Kenneth Bland Jr., Cibolo, Texas, 3,215.
46, ss-Frank Gallo Jr., Jacksonville, Fla., 3,211.
47, Sammy Ventura, Syracuse, N.Y., 3,207.
48, David Taylor, Largo, Fla., 3,203.
49, Marty Berke, Allentown, Pa., 3,194.
50, Robert Harvey, Boise, Idaho, 3,193.
51, Mike Dias, Lafayette, Colo., 3,191.
52, Tommy King, Oakdale, N.Y., 3,181.
53, Warren Burr, Wilmington, Del., 3,176.
54, a-James Hansen, Anchorage, Alaska, 3,175.
55, ss-Thomas Ream, Tampa, Fla., 3,173.
56, Larry Barwick, Wauchula, Fla., 3,172.
57, Terry Metzner, Kentwood, Mich., 3,169.
58, ss-Lucien Casagrande, Canada, 3,158.
59, ss-James Knoblauch, Waukesa, Wis., 3,154.
60, ss-Dale Eagle, Laguna Niguel, Calif., 3,153.
61, (tie) ss-a-Joe Barna, Plantation ,Fla., and John Conroy, Mahopac, N.Y., 3,149.
63, William Peters, Dayton, Ohio, 3,141.
64, ss-Steve Stein, Staten Island, N.Y., 3,130.
65, ss-William Banks, Laurel Hill, N.C., 3,127.
66, ss-Roger Kossert, Lithia, Fla., 3,115.
67, ss-Larry Montgomery, Safety Harbor, Fla., 3,111.
68, Jeff Schrum, Cherryville, N.C., 3,101.
69, Randy Robertson, Evansville, Ind., 3,082.
70, Garry Blanton, Owensboro, Ky., 3,078.
71, ss-Edgar Gomez, Colombia, 3,076.
72, Larry Woomer, State College, Pa., 3,073.
73, John Burkett, Southlake, Texas, 3,069.
74, ss-Mark Scime, Winter Garden, Fla., 3,067.
75, ss-William Keenan Jr., Orlando, Fla., 3,063.
76, ss-Larry Graybeal, Elizabethton, Tenn., 3,060.
77, a-Lucy Sandelin, Tampa, Fla., 3,053.
78, Brian Cooper, Henderson, Nev., 3,043.
79, ss-Ted Staikoff, Black Hawk, S.D., 3,036.
80, Tom Howison, Chillicothe, Ohio, 3,034.
81, Paul LeMond, Jasper, Ind., 3,021.
82, ss-Tommy Brodowski, New Hyde Park, N.Y., 3,018.
83, Glen Nakagawa, Highland Village, Texas, 3,007.
84, ss-Steve Bova, Massapequa, N.Y., 2,984.
85, ss-Dave Bernhardt, Romeo, Mich., 2,971.
86, ss-Bob Kelly, Dayton, Ohio, 2,969.
87, Gene Morrison, Spring Lake, N.C., 2,961.
88, ss-Michael Henry, Brunswick, Ohio, 2,945.
89, ss-James Souder, Greeneville, Tenn, 2,933.
90, ss-a-Frank Barnett, New Port Richey, Fla., 2,932.
91, ss-Ron Glick, Morganville, N.J., 2,911.
92, ss-Barry Warshafsky, Peabody, Mass., 2,897.
93, ss-Sam Perrotta, Newark, Del., 2,879.
94, Michael Owen, Gainesville, Fla., 2,861.
95, ss-Dave Schultz, Jackson, Wis., 2,858.
96, Steve Petroff, Concord, N.C., 2,850.
97, a-Charles Brush, Pinellas Park, Fla., 2,849.
98, ss-Larry Williams, St. Augustine, Fla., 2,833.
99, ss-Don Torok, South Bend, Ind., 2,810.
100, ss-Dan Howsmon, Lutz, Fla., 2,800.
101, ss-George Lord, Lakeland, Fla., 2,779.
102, ss-Steven Banks, Leesburg, Va., 2,751.
103, ss-William Elvery Mines, New Brunswick, N.J., 2,747.
104, Jim Hutchinson, Ludlow Falls, Ohio, 2,745.
105, ss-Ken Waters, Kingsport, Tenn., 2,744.
106, ss-Patsy DellaPenna, Palm Harbor, Fla., 2,740.
107, a-Rick Johnson, Fort Lauderdale, Fla., 2,720.
108, ss-Peter Brainard, Tampa, Fla., 2,717.
109, ss-Michael Truitt, New Port Richey, Fla., 2,702.
110, a-William Medina, Whites Creek, Tenn., 2,645.
111, ss-Jim Lesiuk, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., 2,615.
112, ss-Lew Elting, Carlsbad, Calif., 2,581.
113, a-Mike Jakubowski, Oak Creek, Wis., 2,522.
114, a-Ken Fishman, Lutz, Fla., 2,576.
115, a-Stan Sprow, Lakeland, Fla., 1,686.
116, Rich Kleinman, Reno, Nev., 1,504.

a-denotes amateur

ss-denotes PBA60 players ages 60 and over

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PBA Spare Shots: ESPN’s “30 for 30” Documentary on “Bad Boy of Bowling” Debuts at Film Festivals

by Bill Vint April 8, 2015 06:35

After months in the making, the ESPN “30 for 30” documentary about PBA Hall of Famer Pete Weber, “The Bad Boy of Bowling,” is making its debut at film festivals around the country on its way to a yet-to-be-announced premier as part of ESPN “30 for 30“ series.

“It's been a secret until now, but we are happy to announce that our film, “The Bad Boy of Bowling,” will be making its way into the world in the upcoming months,” said Bryan Storkel, director/producer with SideStilt Films. “The film tells the story of Pete Weber, the self-declared 'bad boy of bowling' and the first rock star of the sport.”

The film will make its formal debut at the Ashland Independent Film Festival in Ashland, Ore., April 10, 11, 12 and 13, followed by showings at IFF Boston April 22-29 and the San Francisco International Film Festival at Sundance Kabuki Cinemas April 25 and May 5. Additional film festival showings will be announced later. The ESPN “30 for 30” premier also will be announced later.

MIKE J. LANESIDE TO PARTICIPATE IN PBA50 PASCO COUNTY OPEN

On the heels of celebrating his 50th birthday during the PBA League competition in Portland, Maine, Mike Jakubowski, also known as Mike J. Laneside, the voice of Xtra Frame, will participate in his first PBA50 Tour event when he competes in the PBA50 Pasco County Open in Port St. Lucie, Fla., starting Sunday.

Jakubowski is bowling in order to relate his first-hand experiences as a PBA50 Tour participant to the Xtra Frame audience following the qualifying rounds Sunday and Monday at Lane Glo Bowl – and beyond if he’s able to make the cut to match play. During the 2015 PBA50 Tour season, all tournaments (except the USBC Senior Masters) will be covered start-to-finish live on PBA’s exclusive online bowling channel, Xtra Frame. For subscription information, visit pba.com and click on the Xtra Frame link.

MONACELLI, LEARN FORM NEW COACHING SERVICES COMPANY

PBA Hall of Famer Amleto Monacelli, a 19-time title winner and 33-year veteran of PBA competition, and five-time PBA Tour champion Bob Learn Jr. have formed a new coaching services company, Bowling Revolutions.

Both players, who are long-time friends, have been actively involved in coaching for several years and join a growing group of PBA champions who are entering the coaching business. Learn’s background includes former positions with the USBC Coaching Department, where he worked with Team USA for five years, and work with the Turbo 2n1 Grips’ Turbo Tech Training Center for five years. For information about upcoming events, go to: www.BowlingRevolutions.com

PBA REGIONAL UPDATE: VILLANUEVA, RUFFNER, FORKEL WIN AT SOUTH POINT

Amateur Steven Villanueva of North Las Vegas defeated fellow non-member Bobby Hornacek of Redlands, Calif., 213-203, to win the PBA South Point West Challenge at South Point Bowling Center on Friday, April 3, and amateur Darris Ruffner of Visalia, Calif., and Eric Forkel of Henderson, Nev., teamed up to win the companion PBA South Point Member/Non-Member Doubles on Sunday April 5.

Villanueva earned $1,800, but doesn’t get credit for a PBA title because he is not a PBA member. PBA Challenge events are open to non-champions only. Both weekend tournaments were presented by Ebonite.

Ruffner and five-time PBA Tour titlist Forkel defeated non-member Gary Estep Jr. of Peoria, Ariz. and Jim Pratt of Glendale, Ariz., 470-341, in the title match to claim the $3,600 first prize in the doubles event.

Josh Maxson of Killeen, Texas, defeated former member C.J. Thomas of Shreveport, La., 217-194, to win his first PBA Regional title and the $2,000 first prize in the PBA U Can Bowl 2 Houston Southwest Challenge presented by Roto Grip, at Houston’s Del-Mar Lanes Sunday. PBA Challenge events are limited to bowlers who have never won a PBA event.

● The April 10-12 PBA Regional calendar includes a PBA and PBA50 Earl Anthony West/Northwest Memorial Classic doubleheader at Earl Anthony’s Dublin Bowl in Dublin, Calif.; the FireLake Grand Casino Hotel & Resort Southwest Open presented by Hammer in Shawnee, Okla.; the Station 300 Bluffton South Open in Bluffton, S.C.; the Rockaway Lanes Eastern Open presented by Storm in Rockaway, N.J., and a pair of one-day reduced entry fee Fun Time Center Central/Midwest Open events in Kokomo, Ind.

On the April 15-17 PBA Regional calendar is the PBA50 Sarasota South Open at Sarasota Lanes in Sarasota, Fla. The April 17-19 weekend includes the Bowlers Discount Eastern Open presented by Hammer at Brunswick Zone Normandy in Elliott City, Md.; back-to-back one-day reduced entry fee Country Club Lanes Central/Midwest Opens in Elkhart, Ind., and the Tacoma Speedometer Member/Non-Member Doubles, a reduced entry fee event presented by Pawnbrokers Northwest, at Bowlero Lanes in Lakewood, Wash.

● 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.

● Also 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

Reminder: You could win free bowling for a year by entering the Barbasol PBA Clean Sweep Promotion by no later than April 19. To enter, click on the Barbasol Clean Sweep Promotion graphic on the pba.com homepage or on pba’s facebook page and simply provide your name and email address. A random draw from all entries will determine the winner of a Barbasol PBA Clean Sweep Prize Pack that includes a bowling ball, PBA Jersey and Barbasol shaving cream. Entrants must be 16 years or older.

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Former MLB Pitcher John Burkett Looking Forward to Second Sports Career as PBA50 Tour Player

by Jerry Schneider April 7, 2015 05:39

Former major league pitching star John Burkett’s career as an athlete enters a new chapter when the two-time all-star begins his professional bowling career in earnest in the PBA50 Pasco County Florida Open.

Burkett, an accomplished bowler for most of his life, is not a stranger to bowling in PBA competition, having bowled in a handful of Tour events since making his debut in 1990 in Pinole, Calif. He also competed in several regionals along the way, and most recently, he competed in PBA’s 2014 Oklahoma’s Grand Resort Summer Swing and the GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling VI as part of the process to get ready for PBA50 competition.

On April 12 he will join a field of approximately 120 players 50 years of age and older in the Pasco County Florida Open at Lane Glo Bowl in New Port Richey, Fla., which kicks off the 2015 PBA50 Tour season. The entire event will be streamed live exclusively on Xtra Frame, the PBA’s on-line bowling channel.

“I’ve been practicing and working out,” Burkett said. “More recently I’ve been working on getting my rev rate back up by changing my grip. I have a tendency to squeeze it and the ball knuckles off my hand, but I’m starting to turn that problem around.”

The 50-year-old Burkett pitched for the San Francisco Giants, Florida Marlins, Texas Rangers, Atlanta Braves and Boston Red Sox during a 16-year career that began in 1987 and ended with his retirement in 2003 at age 38. He posted a 166-136 record with 1,766 career strikeouts. He was an all-star with the Giants in 1993 (when he contended for the National League Cy Young Award with a 22-7 record) and in 2001 with the Braves.

Now that he plans to make the commitment to bowl a majority of the PBA50 Tour events this season, Burkett likes his chances of putting together a successful season, although he is hesitant to make any specific goals.

“I have high expectations and I believe in myself, but I’m not kidding myself that it won’t be a work in progress,” said Burkett, who plans to bowl seven or eight stops this year. “For most of the guys, making the right adjustments and ball moves is second nature, where for me it’s going to be more of a continual learning experience.

“Being an athlete and bowling more competitive games on a regular basis should produce some good results,” he added. “What I’m going to have to guard against is getting too anxious and going into panic mode when I get lost. If there’s an area that I really need to concentrate on, that would probably be it.”

Burkett’s introduction to the sport came as a youngster when his first job was setting pins at Wedgewood Lanes, a duckpin center which converted to tenpins, in his hometown of Beaver, Pa. A career as a professional bowler might have been in his future had he not also found he had exceptional skills throwing a baseball at a young age. Now, after a successful professional baseball career, he can return his sights to his other passion of bowling.

“I’m so excited and blessed to be able to do it,” he said. “I want to bowl and get to know the guys that I’ve admired for so many years. I’m just looking forward to the whole experience.”

Also scheduled to compete in the Pasco County Florida Open will be many of bowling’s legends including Floridians Walter Ray Williams Jr. of Oxford and Norm Duke of Clermont. Other Hall of Famers entered include defending champion Amleto Monacelli, Pete Weber, Parker Bohn III, Brian Voss, Tom Baker and Dale Eagle.

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, 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

For admission and pro-am entry information contact Lane Glo Bowl at (727) 376-1164.

PBA50 PASCO COUNTY FLORIDA OPEN SCHEDULE

Lane Glo Bowl, New Port Richey, Fla. (All times Eastern)

Saturday, April 11
A & B Squad practice session: 9 a.m. – Noon
Pro-Am Squads 1, 3, 5 p.m.
Sunday, April 12

(8-game qualifying)
10 a.m. - A squad qualifying
4 p.m. - B squad qualifying
Monday, April 13

(8-game qualifying)
10 a.m. – B squad qualifying
4 p.m. – A squad qualifying
All cashers advance (including super senior cashers)
Pinfall dropped

Tuesday, April 14
Cashers Round
9 a.m. - Players in cash positions below 24th place (including super senior cashers) bowl five qualifying games. Top eight advance to match play.

Modified Match Play Round One
12:30 p.m. - Top eight from the cashers round and qualifiers 9-24 bowl five match play games. Top eight advance.

Modified Match Play Round Two
4 p.m. - Top eight from match play round one and qualifiers 1-8 bowl six match play games. Top five advance to stepladder finals which start immediately after match play round 2.

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Norm Duke Turns Sights on Defending PBA50 Player of the Year Crown as 2015 Season Begins in Florida

by Jerry Schneider April 3, 2015 02:29

Prior to making his PBA50 Tour debut in the Pasco County Florida Open to kick off the 2014 PBA50 season, Hall of Famer Norm Duke was quick to point out that starting another new chapter in his legendary career on the so-called PBA senior tour was something he was going to take very seriously. It wasn’t going to be some kind of leisurely hobby.

He’s lived up to his word.

In 2014 Duke went on to become only the second player to earn PBA50 Player of the Year and PBA50 Rookie of the Year in the same season, winning two titles including the Senior U.S. Open.

The Clermont, Fla., resident will begin his POY title defense when he joins a field of approximately 120 50-and-older players who will compete in the 2015 season-opening PBA50 Pasco County Florida Open at Lane Glo Bowl in New Port Richey, Fla., April 11-14.

The 2015 PBA season marks Duke’s 33rd season in PBA competition. His career dates back to 1983 when, at age 18, he won the Cleveland Open to become the youngest player ever to win a PBA Tour title. Since then he has amassed a PBA career that puts him among the PBA’s elite.

“You know how it is when you’re young you think you’re going to take the world by the horns,” Duke said of his early days on Tour. “But I quickly learned that as good as I thought I was, I had a lot to learn, not only about bowling, but life in general.

“I learned some lessons along the way and am pretty proud about the body of work I’ve been able to put together on the PBA Tour. I hope I can continue to build it on the PBA50 Tour.”

The latest milestone for the 51-year-old was teaming with Wes Malott to win the Mark Roth/Marshall Holman PBA Doubles Championship in February to move into third place on the all-time PBA Tour titles list with 38 titles, trailing only all-time leader Walter Ray Williams Jr. with 47 wins and Earl Anthony with 43.

“Obviously, myself and some of the other guys who have been around a long time can’t compete with the players of today using the power game, so we have become what I like to call ‘craft players,’” Duke said. “Through all the years you develop your ability so much that it becomes a craft where you take your experiences and techniques and draw on them to stay competitive, rather than just being able to rely on one particular dimension of your game. It’s something that has just naturally prepared me well for the PBA50 Tour.”

Once again Duke will be among a field of PBA legends competing in New Port Richey who compete full time on both the PBA Tour and PBA50 Tour. They include fellow Hall of Famers Walter Ray Williams Jr., Pete Weber, Parker Bohn III and Pasco County Open defending champion Amleto Monacelli.

“I’ll say one thing, on both Tours there’s no “just getting by days,” Duke said. “You need to be strong day in and day out if you want to be successful.

“When I was young I never saw myself competing on the PBA50 Tour but now I’m embracing it,” he added. “I’ve accepted that this is another stage in my career and I need to build on that.”

The Pasco County Open begins on Sunday, April 12 with qualifying rounds at 10 a.m. Qualifying continues on April 13. Match play rounds will take place on April 14 with the stepladder finals getting underway at approximately 7 p.m. Practice and pro-ams will be conducted on Saturday, April 11.

The Pasco County Open will be covered start-to-finish on PBA’s online bowling channel Xtra Frame. 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, 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

For Pasco County admission and pro-am entry information contact Lane Glo Bowl at (727) 376-1164.

PBA50 PASCO COUNTY FLORIDA OPEN SCHEDULE

Lane Glo Bowl, New Port Richey, Fla. (All times Eastern)

Saturday, April 11
A & B Squad practice session: 9 a.m. – Noon
Pro-Am Squads 1, 3, 5 p.m.
Sunday, April 12

(8-game qualifying)
10 a.m. - A squad qualifying
4 p.m. - B squad qualifying
Monday, April 13

(8-game qualifying)
10 a.m. – B squad qualifying
4 p.m. – A squad qualifying
All cashers advance (including super senior cashers)
Pinfall dropped

Tuesday, April 14
Cashers Round
9 a.m. - Players in cash positions below 24th place (including super senior cashers) bowl five qualifying games. Top eight advance to match play.

Modified Match Play Round One
12:30 p.m. - Top eight from the cashers round and qualifiers 9-24 bowl five match play games. Top eight advance.

Modified Match Play Round Two
4 p.m. - Top eight from match play round one and qualifiers 1-8 bowl six match play games. Top five advance to stepladder finals which start immediately after match play round 2.


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