January 16, 2007 19:00
In a day dominated by left-handers, Parker Bohn III took control after the first 10 games of qualifying Wednesday in the 2007 Dick Weber Open at Fountain Bowl despite a little more on his mind than bowling.
“My father-in-law passed away about 11 hours ago,” said the 2006 Dick Weber Open runner-up. “I have a little extra help right now from above. He’s pulling for Doug (Kent, Bohn’s brother-in-law) as well. My wife, Leslie, told me to go out and win one for dad.”
Bohn (Jackson, N.J.), who bowled one of the day’s four perfect games in the first block, opened the second block with a 269 before throwing a 279 in the third game and ending with a 248 to take the lead with a 10-game pinfall of 2,474.
Joel Reyes (Chula Vista, Calif.) opened Wednesday night’s five-game block with a 300 and followed it up with three consecutive games of at least 259 before finishing with a 244. His total of 2,470 puts him four pins behind Bohn in second place.
“When I first got here this morning, I was watching the left-handers in the first block and planned to bring the same game in the second block,” said the left-hander who has won two regional titles in the PBA West Region. “I didn’t blow the lanes up like I wanted to this morning, so tonight I took advantage of the fresh oil like the lefties did this morning. Things started to fall my way and I took advantage.”
Defending champion Jason Couch (Clermont, Fla.) is in third with 2,448. The left hander finished Wednesday night with a 255.
Patrick Allen (Wesley Chapel, Fla.), who won the 2007 H&R Block Classic, continues his recent streak, sitting in fourth with 2,391.
Mike Scroggins (Amarillo, Texas) rounds out the top five with 2,352.
All 153 bowlers return Thursday for another five games with the first squad bowling at 8 a.m. PST and the second at 1 p.m. The top 24 will advance to round robin match play which begins tomorrow at 6 p.m.
The top five bowlers will advance to Sunday’s live ESPN televised finals at 10 a.m. PST at Fountain Bowl. The winner will take home $25,000 and a one-season Denny’s PBA Tour exemption.
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