Alaskan Ron Mohr Wins First PBA Senior Tour Title in Season Opener

by PBA Editor April 20, 2009 19:00

Ron Mohr of Eagle River, Alaska, defeated James Stanley of Cincinnati, Ohio, 246-236, to win his first Professional Bowlers Association Senior Tour title in the PBA Senior Jackson Open at Airport Lanes Tuesday.

 

It was the opening event on the PBA Senior Tour’s 2009 schedule.

 

“I’m not sure if I’m dreaming or not,” Mohr, a four-time Team USA member and second-year PBA Senior said. “I’m thrilled.”

 

Mohr, who retired as a full-time air traffic controller in 2007, but is now “teaching the next generation of air traffic controllers” on a contract basis, said the lessons learned in his first year led to his first professional title.

 

“I qualified well last year,” Mohr said, “but I learned that in match play, you can’t fool around. You have to make changes quickly and with confidence. There are some great players out here. You can’t afford to give away 15 pins.

 

“And I came out this year feeling pretty good. I shot 835 my last night of league, and I drilled up a new ball that worked great. With any luck, I’ll keep it going. My plan right now is to bowl all of the Senior Tour events this year.”

 

Stanley advanced to the title match after eliminating defending Senior Jackson Open champion Johnny Petraglia of Jackson, N.J., 10-9, in a one-ball roll-off after they tied at 226-226. Petraglia started the roll-off by leaving a solid 7 pin and Stanley then struck to end the PBA Hall of Famer’s bid for his eighth PBA Senior Tour title.

 

Mohr defeated Bill Henson of Westerville, Ohio, 289-258, in their semifinal round match.

 

The tournament produced a PBA Senior Tour record 17 300 games, breaking the record of 16 set in Lady Lake, Fla., in 1991. Mitch Jabczenski of Novi, Mich., had two of the perfect games, and also converted the 7-10 split.

 

For complete, game-by-game match play results, visit pba.com and click on the Senior Tour tab.

 

The PBA Senior Tour’s next stop is the PBA Senior Dayton Classic, April 25-28, at Capri Bowling Lanes. Keith Sharp of Orlando, Fla., is defending champion. For more information, visit pba.com.

 

PBA SENIOR JACKSON OPEN

Airport Lanes, Jackson, Mich., April 21, 2009

 

Championship

Ron Mohr, Eagle River, Alaska ($8,000) def. James Stanley, Cincinnati, Ohio, ($4,500), 246-236.

 

Semifinal Round (losers earned $3,000)

Mohr def. Bill Henson, Westerville, Ohio, 289-258

Stanley def. Johnny Petraglia, Jackson, N.J., 226-226, 10-9 in a one-ball roll-off

 

Round of 8 (best of three games, losers eliminated, $1,700 each)

Henson def. Fred McClain, Lincoln Park, Mich., 2-0

Mohr def. Dale Csuhta, Wadsworth, Ohio, 2-0

Petraglia def. Larry Walker, Garden City, Mich., 2-1

Stanley def. Hugh Miller, Seattle, 2-1

 

Round of 16 (best of five games, losers eliminated, $1,300 each)

Henson def. Kenny Parks, Hammond, Ind., 3-2

McClain def. Charlie Tapp, Kalamazoo, Mich., 3-2

Csuhta def. Keith Sharp, Orlando, Fla., 3-1

Mohr def. Ron Profitt, Brookville, Ohio, 3-2

Walker def. Wayne Webb, Sacramento, Calif., 3-0

Petraglia def. Rohn Morton, Vancouver, Wash., 3-0

Stanley def. Dale Traber, Cedarburg, Wis., 3-2

Miller def. Mitch Jabczenski, Novi, Mich., 3-0

 

Round of 24 (best of five games, losers eliminated, $1,150 each)

Henson def. Steve Cook, Granite Bay, Calif., 3-1

McClain def. Dave Patchen, Oregon, Ohio, 3-2

Sharp def. Tom Baker, King, NC., 3-2

Mohr def. Gary Hiday, Indianapolis, 3-1

Walker def. Mike Henry, Brunswick, Ohio, 3-0

Morton def. Chuck Haus, Linden, Mich., 3-2

Stanley def. Steve Lickliter, Beckley, W.Va., 3-0

Jabczenski def. Tom Carter, Rockford, Ill., 3-2

 

Round of 32 (best of five games, losers eliminated, $1,050 each)

Cook def. Dick Baker, Henderson, Nev., 3-1

McClain def. Henry Gonzalez, Colorado Springs, Colo., 3-1

Sharp def. Dale Eagle, Tavares, Fla., 3-2

Hiday def. Curt Aemisegger, Wauconda, Ill., 3-2

Walker def. Jay Young, Bowling Green, Ohio, 3-1

Haus def. Bill Hewlett, Meridian, Idaho, 3-2

Stanley def. Kerry Painter, Henderson, Nev., 3-0

Jabczenski def. Mike Hastings, Georgetown, Del., 3-1

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