November 22, 2006 19:00
PBA Hall of Famer Parker Bohn III has been around long enough to know when to go after the pins and when to be cautious.
With this week’s event featuring a round robin format every pin counts, and pins were knocked down at an unusually high rate Thursday. The 30-time Denny’s PBA Tour titlist knocked down the most, averaging 251.86 with a 3,526 seven-game pinfall to take the top spot heading into match play in the 2006 Discover® Card Windy City Classic at Hawthorn Lanes.
Bohn (Jackson, N.J.) has made the championship round in two of the last four round robin events on the Denny’s PBA Tour. He finished second in the Dick Weber Open last season and third in this season’s Motor City Classic. He held off a barrage of strikes from the entire field in Thursday’s qualifying round, which saw seven 300 games.
“I normally try to get every pin I can, but in this format I do it with a little more fishing and have a little more tunnel vision and really try to get every pin I can,” said Bohn, who took the lead away Danny Wiseman, whom he crossed with, with a 279 in the 13th game. “Everyone was doing a lot of striking but Danny and I happened to be on the same pair. It was his turn early on and fortunately for me it was my turn later.”
Wiseman (Baltimore) is second with 3,454 and will be looking to make his first championship round appearance since the 2004-05 season. Last week’s Lake County Indiana Classic champion Norm Duke (Clermont, Fla.) is sixth with 3,392.
Making news Thursday was Ryan Shafer (Horseheads, N.Y.), who bowled consecutive 300 games in his 10th and 11th games. It’s believed to be the first time a bowler has had back-to-back 300s in a Tour event since 1996 when Duke set a record with three consecutive 300s. Ironically, Shafer nearly missed the cut after a 158 in game 13, but rebounded with a 214 to finish tied for 26th with 3,297.
Match play gets underway Friday morning at 11 a.m. CST with the top 32 bowling nine games of round robin match play. The field will then be cut to the top 16 who will bowl another nine games of round robin.
The top five bowlers will advance to Sunday’s live ESPN-televised stepladder finals at Noon CST at Hawthorn Lanes. The winner will take home $25,000 and an exemption for the 2007-08 Denny’s PBA Tour season.
300 games (7) - Brian LeClair, Carolyn Dorin-Ballard, Brian Voss, Ryan Shafer (2), Dale Traber, Tommy Delutz. Jr.
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