January 16, 2008 19:00
They say in the round robin format the cream normally rises to the crop. PBA Hall of Famer Parker Bohn III has once again proven the adage true.
Bohn went 7-1 in the first round of match play Thursday night to take the top spot heading into the final two rounds in the 2008 Motel 6 Dick Weber Open at Fountain Bowl.
The 31-time Denny’s PBA Tour titlist broke a career-long 61-event winless streak in December to win for the first time since 2005, a victory which also came in the round robin format. Bohn has been a dominant force in round robin events, making the finals in seven of the 13 events the format has been used in over the past three season. Of those seven finals appearances, two came in the 2006 and 2007 Dick Weber Open events, where he finished second and fifth, respectively.
“I always try to get every pin I can, regardless of the format. I rarely throw away pins,” Bohn (Jackson, N.J.) said. “Today it felt like we were bowling on the U.S. Open pattern, it was survival of the fittest out there. I think the pattern is scoreable but I think because of the characteristic of the center it’s making it very challenging for everyone. You can get lined up and bowl a good game but as soon as you get to the next pair it’s up for grabs.”
On Thursday, Bohn was sixth after the 15 games of qualifying round, but he won his first four matches to make his way up the standings. After falling to Chris Loschetter in his fifth game, Bohn defeated his next three opponents to take the lead heading into the final 16 games.
“I had a pretty good look early on playing inside with a ball that had a little more surface. I bowled very well the first four games and obviously got some breaks,” Bohn said. “I came down to the high end of the bowling center and my ball was out of control, not to mention there was some operator error. When I bowled a 150 the fifth game I decided I better go back to what I had done earlier in the week when the lanes got challenging. I decided to bring out a shinier ball and punt. I just kept it very hard and firm and tried not to give the 1-2 pocket away.”
Bohn, who also finished second in the 1994 AMF Dick Weber Classic named in the PBA Hall of Famer’s honor, will look to become the third consecutive lefty to win the event after Jason Couch won the first two Dick Weber Open tournaments.
Ritchie Allen ( Columbia, S.C.) went 6-2 on the night and finished with a 5,180 23-game pinfall, just 10 pins behind Bohn. Total pinfall includes all pins from qualifying and match play plus 30 bonus pins for each win and 15 for each tie.
Mike Scroggins (Amarillo, Texas) went 7-1 and is third with 5,126, Chris Loschetter (Avon, Ohio) went 6-2 and is fourth with 5,096, while Brian Kretzer (Dayton, Ohio) went 4-4 and is fifth with 5,083.
PBA Hall of Famer Pete Weber (St. Ann, Mo.), looking to make the finals for the first time in his father’s event, went 4-4 and is eighth, just 85 pins out of fifth place.
All 24 bowlers return Friday for the final two eight-game blocks, the first of which gets underway at 11 a.m. PST. The top five will advance to Sunday’s live ESPN-televised championship round.
Sunday’s finals get underway at 10 a.m. PST at Fountain Bowl with the winner taking home $25,000 and an exemption for the 2008-09 season.
Notes: Brad Angelo withdrew following the round Thursday night and will be replaced Friday by alternate Jim Tomek Jr. (Camp Hill, Pa.). Tomek carries over his own pins from qualifying plus he inherits all of Angelo’s scratch pins from match play, but does not inherit Angelo’s bonus pins.
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