Morton Takes Day One Lead

by PBA Editor May 10, 2008 19:00
Rohn Morton averaged 236.50 over his eight games Sunday to take the lead after the first day of qualifying in the 2008 PBA Senior Jackson Open at Airport Lanes.

Morton was the No. 3 ranked player in the 2007 PBA Senior Point Rankings but came up empty in his search for his second career PBA Senior Tour title. His first and only title came in the 2001 National/Senior Doubles event.

On Sunday, Morton started off slowly with a 191 but bounced back in a big way with a 267 in game two. He stayed steady over the next three games with scores of 224, 215 and 225 before nearly reaching perfection in game six with a 290. After a 201 in game seven, Morton strung another big game together with a 279 to close out the block and take the overall lead.

“I got off to a really slow start but I made some good ball changes and got half my score over three games and just stayed steady the rest of the time,” Morton (Vancouver, Wash.) said. “It’s been a long time since I’ve won and it sure would be nice to get another one. I’ve always bowled well in Jackson so this would be a nice week to do it.”

Morton finished second in the 2000 PBA Senior National Championship when the event was held at Airport Lanes. He also led qualifying throughout the 2002 PBA Senior Jackson Open before falling in match play.

PBA Senior Tour titlist Gary Hiday (Indianapolis) finished second with 1,889, just shy of Morton’s 1,892. Like Morton, Hiday has been searching a while for his second title and his first came in the 2004 PBA Senior Clarksville Open.

PBA Hall of Famer Mark Roth (Fulton, N.Y.) finished third after firing the only 300 game of the day which came in his eighth and final game of the block. He finished with 1,883. Brian Brazeau (Ocala, Fla.) was fourth with 1,875 while Doug Spicer (Canton, Mich.) and Bob Brady (Santa Monica, Calif.) tied for fifth with 1,859.

Qualifying continues Monday with two squads bowling another eight-game block each with B squad getting underway at 9 a.m. ET and A squad rolling at 4 p.m. ET. The top 32 will advance to single elimination match play on Tuesday.

The final two bowlers will roll-off for the $8,000 top prize Tuesday evening at Airport Lanes.


PBA Senior Tour
PBA Senior Jackson Open
Airport Lanes
Jackson, Mich.
Sunday, May 11

ROUND ONE QUALIFYING


(Pos., name, hometown, eight-game pinfall.)

1, Rohn Morton, Vancouver, Wash., 1,892.
2, Gary Hiday, Indianapolis, 1,889.
3, Mark Roth, Fulton, N.Y., 1,883.
4, Brian Brazeau, Ocala, Fla., 1,875.
5, (TIE) Doug Spicer, Canton, Mich., and Bob Brady, Santa Monica, Calif., and Henry Gonzalez, Colorado Springs, Colo., 1,859.
8, Kevin Croucher, Grants Pass, Ore., 1,858.
9, Dennis Psaropoulos, Lake Worth, Fla., 1,854.
10, Robert Flaws, Chicago Ridge, Ill., 1,836.
11, Hugh Miller, Seattle, 1,825.
12, Dave Bernhardt, Shelby Twp., Mich., 1,823.
13, Barry Gurney, West Hills, Calif., 1,820.
14, Dale Eagle, Tavares, Fla., 1,805.
15, Mark Glover, Woodbridge, Va., 1,803.
16, John Bennett, Clarkston, Mich., 1,801.
17, Ron Profitt, Brookville, Ohio, 1,797.
18, Rick Vittone, Canada, 1,788.
19, Jim Shuck, Huntingdon, Pa., 1,784.
20, Norb Wetzel, Fond du Lac, Wis., 1,781.
21, Vince Honeycutt, Monroe, Ga., 1,778.
22, James Stanley, Cincinnati, Ohio, 1,777.
23, (TIE) John Petraglia, Manalapan, N.J., and Chuck Haus, Linden, Mich., 1,772.
25, (TIE) Kenny Parks, East Chicago, Ind., and Keith Sharp, Orlando, Fla., and Mel Wolf, Jackson, Mich., 1,762.
28, Larry Galloway, Fresno, Calif., 1,760.
29, Marc Lineberry, Camanche, Iowa, 1,759.
30, Mickey Higham, Bowling Green, Ohio, 1,755.
31, Scott Weston, Auburn, Mich., 1,752.
32, Karl Wolf, Saratoga Springs, N.Y., 1,750.
33, Charlie Tapp, Kalamazoo, Mich., 1,749.
34, Patrick Cahalan, Gilbert, Ariz., 1,747.
35, (TIE) Dave Patchen, Oregon, Ohio, and Bob Chamberlain, The Villages, Fla., 1,741.
37, Tom Baker, King, N.C., 1,740.
38, Sam Zurich, Grant, Fla., 1,739.
39, (TIE) Ted Hannahs, Zanesville, Ohio, and Mike Dias, Lafayette, Colo., 1,728.
41, (TIE) Mitchell Jabczenski, Novi, Mich., and John Shreve Sr., Elyria, Ohio, and Steven Jansson, Barnes, Wis., 1,727.
44, Dale Traber, Cedarburg, Wis., 1,726.
45, Steve Ferraro, Kingston, N.Y., 1,724.
46, Paul McCordic, Sugarland, Texas, 1,723.
47, (TIE) Linda Carter, Rockford, Ill., and Ron Garr, Ridgedale, Mo., 1,718.
49, Frank Gallo Jr., Newport News, VA., 1,715.
50, Tom Carter, Rockford, Ill., 1,711.
51, Bill Spigner, Vernon Hills, Ill., 1,706.
52, Don Sylvia, Discovery Bay, Calif., 1,702.
53, (TIE) Steve Stein, Staten Island, N.Y., and Jerry Owczarski, South Lyon, Mich., 1,701.
55, Don Blatchford, Santa Monica, Calif., 1,699.
56, Ray Johnson, Battle Creek, Mich., 1,698.
57, Michael Longmire, Urbandale, Iowa, 1,697.
58, Roy Buckley, New Albany, Ohio, 1,696.
59, Michael Truitt, Orland Park, Ill., 1,690.
60, Chuck Huckelberry, Rockford, Ill., 1,686.
61, Steve Fulton, Lansing, Mich., 1,684.
62, Daniel Miner, East Moline, Ill., 1,681.
63, Ron Mohr, Eagle River, Alaska, 1,680.
64, Kerry Painter, Henderson, Nev., 1,679.
65, Emilio Mora Sr., Defiance, Ohio, 1,677.
66, (TIE) William Keenan, Jr., Orlando, Fla., and Tim Stancil, North Augusta, SC, 1,675.
68, Dave Soutar, Bradenton, Fla., 1,667.
69, Mark Scime, Winter Garden, Fla., 1,666.
70, Steve Rosen, Toronto, Canada, 1,665.
71, (TIE) Leo Plaia, New Orleans, and Matt Buxton, Jefferson City, Mo., 1,664.
73, John Hunt, Grayling, Mich., 1,661.
74, Vince Mazzanti Jr., Levittown, Pa., 1,659.
75, Larry Graybeal, Elizabethton, Tenn., 1,658.
76, Larry Montgomery, Safety Harbor, Fla., 1,657.
77, Brian Miller, Springfield, Ohio, 1,656.
78, George Miller III, Grand Rapids, Mich., 1,654.
79, Bill Hewlett, Meridian, Idaho, 1,652.
80, Mark Koehler, Saint Clair Shores, Mich., 1,650.
81, (TIE) Pete Bryan, Laurel, Del., and Michael Henry, Brunswick, Ohio, 1,649.
83, (TIE) Edward Buco, Berlin, Md., and Mark Weller, Jonesville, Mich., 1,647.
85, (TIE) John McClure, Maumee, Ohio, and Gregg Getzlow, St Peters, Mo., 1,641.
87, Doug Arden, Havelock, N.C., 1,640.
88, (TIE) Allen Meskan, Wood Dale, Ill., and Terry Hockstad, Shelby Twp, Mich., 1,639.
90, (TIE) Mark Fahy, Chicago, Ill., and Teata Semiz, North Brunswick, N.J., 1,638.
92, Michael LaRocca, New Hudson, Mich., 1,637.
93, (TIE) Robert Harvey, Boise, Idaho, and Timothy Kauble, Marion, Ohio, 1,631.
95, Doug Evans, Southgate, Mich., 1,630.
96, Bobby Johnson, Chillicothe, Ohio, 1,628.
97, (TIE) Bill McCorkle, Westerville, Ohio, and Randy Rau, Belleville, Ill, and Aron Lipshy, Roseville, Mich., 1,626.
100, (TIE) Thomas Kelley Sr., Omaha, Neb., and Dick Baker, Henderson, Nev., 1,625.
102, Jerry Lau, St. Peters, Mo., 1,623.
103, Dannie Hettinger, Circleville, Ohio, 1,619.
104, (TIE) Barry Mefford, Aurora, Ill, and Fred Kaczmarczyk, Martinez, Calif., 1,618.
106, Douglas Weese, Carson City, Mich., 1,615.
107, Vic Portalatin, Jackson, Mich., 1,613.
108, Michael Chrzanowski, Shepherd, Mich., 1,612.
109, Rod Michael, Florissant, Mo., 1,611.
110, D.A. Carbone, Broomfield, Colo., 1,603.
111, Jamie Lawrence, Camillus, N.Y., 1,601.
112, Leo Scantamburlo, Riverview, Mich., 1,598.
113, Perry Keplinger, Amherst, Ohio, 1,594.
114, Bob Oakes, Akron, Ohio, 1,589.
115, Oliver Mabry, West Bloomfield, Mich., 1,586.
116, Charlie Juliano, Batavia, N.Y., 1,580.
117, Barry Witmer, St. Charles, Mo., 1,579.
118, Tom Howison, Chillicothe, Ohio, 1,575.
119, (TIE) Ken Waters, Kingsport, Tenn., and Dan Clausse, Reno, Nev., 1,573.
121, Patrick King, Yankton, S.D., 1,572.
122, Joseph Venezio, Linden, N.J., 1,571.
123, Bill Argenbright, Fisherville, Va., 1,567.
124, Fred Baldwin, Sturgis, Mich., 1,562.
125, Mark Fordin, Oceanside, N.Y., 1,561.
126, Paul Mielens, Menomonie, Wis., 1,560.
127, Fred McClain, Lincoln Park, Mich., 1,559.
128, Don Boone, South Euclid, Ohio, 1,548.
129, Terence Freeman, Union City, Mich., 1,542.
130, Richard Felten, Rockville, Md., 1,540.
131, Mike Schmid, St. Paul, Minn., 1,537.
132, Harley Trumbull, New Boston, Mich., 1,536.
133, Robert Teeters, Lapel, Ind., 1,528.
134, Jay Aono, Boise, Idaho, 1,523.
135, Donald Greer, Bourbon, Ind., 1,522.
136, Ron Sandusky, Visalia, Calif., 1,513.
137, George Lord, Lakeland, Fla., 1,506.
138, Charles Sitko, Jackson, Mich., 1,505.
139, Bob Brissette, Toledo, Ohio, 1,504.
140, Steve Tetil, Albion, Mich., 1,494.
141, James Scott, Villa Park, Ill, 1,493.
142, (TIE) Frank Ensweiler, Lowell, Ind., and Donald Breihan, Columbia, S.C., 1,491.
144, Howard Frostman, Washburn, Wis., 1,490.
145, Bob Kelly, Dayton, Ohio, 1,485.
146, Brian Buczek, Brighton, Mich., 1,483.
147, (TIE) Bill Henson, Westerville, Ohio, and Bruce Himschoot, Sanford, Fla., 1,471.
149, Jim Hunt, Albion, Mich., 1,462.
150, Frank Fiscello, Bloomfield, N.J., 1,457.
151, Timothy Bates, Orlando, Fla., 1,453.
152, Larry Grandt, Gurnee, Ill, 1,444.
153, Dale Diamond, Springfield, Ill., 1,434.
154, Andy Anderson, Falls Church, Va., 1,431.
155, John Milletics, Sandusky, Mich., 1,423.
156, Dave Kangas, Gwinn, Mich., 1,377.
157, Bob Powers, Port Charlotte, Fla., 1,341.
158, Ray Randall, Dearborn, Mich., 1,248.

300 games - Mark Roth.
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