MOORESVILLE, N.C. – Ron Mohr of Eagle River, Alaska, won the PBA Senior Miller High Life Classic Wednesday at George Pappas’ Victory Lanes for his fourth career Senior Tour title.
Mohr, the 2009 PBA Senior Player of the Year, defeated Tim Kauble of Marion, Ohio, 248-236, in the title match for his first win of the season after a third-place finish in last week’s Sun Bowl In the Villages and fourth-place finish in the season-opening Senior Don Carter Open.
It was an especially emotional win for Mohr, whose wife Linda passed away in January as the result of treatment complications from surgery last September. He had to miss most of the second half of the 2010 Senior Tour season to return home to be with his wife and family.
“My plan was to approach this season like I did when I first came out on Tour in 2008,” said the 55-year-old Mohr. “I’d bowl the first three tournaments or so and see how it goes and then make a decision on if I should continue.
“It’s a big relief, he continued. “Prior to the start of this season I hadn’t bowled competitively for seven months so I wasn’t sure what the future was going to hold. I’ll be honest, winning in the third tournament of the season was more than I could expect.”
With Mohr down by 20 pins in the fifth frame, Kauble missed a 10 pin in the sixth frame which turned out to be a turning point in the match.
“He started with the first five (strikes) but when he missed that spare it put me back in the match,” Mohr said. “Then, I had four strikes in a row from the sixth to the ninth and all I needed to do was mark in the 10th frame to shut him out.”
Mohr defeated Keith Sharp of Orlando, Fla., 268-249, in the semifinal to advance to the championship match. Kauble defeated PBA Hall of Famer and four-time Senior Player of the Year Tom Baker of King, N.C., in the other semifinal match, 268-238.
The PBA Senior Tour will take a short break and resume May 21-24 for the Mark Roth Allentown Open at Playdrome Rose Bowl in Allentown, Pa.
PBA SENIOR MILLER HIGH LIFE CLASSIC
George Pappas’ Victory Lanes, Mooresville, N.C.
Ron Mohr, Eagle River, Alaska ($8,000) def. Tim Kauble, Marion, Ohio ($4,500), 248-236.
Semifinal Round (one-game matches, losers earn $2,500)
Kauble, def. Tom Baker, King, N.C., 268-238.
Mohr def. Keith Sharp, Orlando, Fla., 268-249.
Round of 8 (best-of-three games, losers eliminated, $1,700 each)
Kauble def. Steve Lickliter, Beckley, W. Va., 2-1
Baker def. Kenny Parks, Hammond, Ind., 2-0.
Sharp def. Marty Berke, Allentown, Pa., 2-0.
Mohr def. Roger Kossert, Lithia, Fla., 2-0.
Round of 16 (best-of-five games, losers eliminated, $1,300 each)
Lickliter def. Walter Ray Williams Jr., Ocala, Fla., 3-2.
Kauble def. William Keene, Orlando, Fla., 3-1.
Baker def. Warren Blankenship, Ardmore, Okla., 3-0.
Parks def. Brian Brazeau, Ocala, Fla., 3-1.
Mohr def. Henry Gonzalez, Colorado Springs, Colo., 3-0.
Kossert def. Gary Shultis, Levittown, N.Y., 3-1.
Berke def. Bill McCorkle, Westerville, Ohio, 3-2.
Sharp def. David Kneas, Annapolis, Md., 3-2.
Round of 24 (best-of-five games, losers eliminated, $1,150 each)
Lickliter def. Dave Patchen, Oregon, Ohio, 3-2.
Kauble def. Harry Sullins, Chesterfield Township, Mich., 3-0.
Blankenship def. Dave Goldenberg, Selden, N.Y., 3-0.
Parks def. Hugh Miller, Seattle, 3-0.
Kneas def. Larry Popp, Marion, Ohio, 3-1.
McCorkle def. Russ Freeman, Antioch, Ill., 3-2.
Gonzalez def. Dale Eagle, Tavares, Fla., 3-0.
Kossert def. Mark Williams, Beaumont, Texas, 3-0.
Round of 32 (best-of-five games, losers eliminated, $1,050 each)
Patchen def. George Pappas, Charlotte, 3-2.
Sullins def. Jeff Bellinger, Columbia, S.C., 3-1.
Goldenberg def. Kerry Painter, Henderson, Nev., 3-1.
Parks def. Guppy Troup, Taylorsville, S.C., 3-1.
Kneas def. Charlie Tomey, Spartanburg, S.C., 3-1.
McCorkle def. Darryl Bower, Mechanicsburg, Pa., 3-1.
Eagle def. Bob Brady, Santa Monica, Calif., 3-0.
Kossert def. Vince Honeycutt, Bufurd, Ga., 3-1.