THE VILLAGES, Fla. – Joe Scarborough of Charlotte, N.C., rolled three consecutive 300 games to start the first round of qualifying in the PBA50 Sun Bowl at The Villages at Spanish Springs Lanes Sunday, recording the first 900 series in Professional Bowlers Association history.
Scarborough, who turned 50 in October 2012, is bowling in only his second PBA50 Tour event. He qualified 38th in the re-named PBA Senior Tour’s season-opener in New Port Richey, Fla., last week, but lost his first best-of-three-game single-elimination match.
The self-employed electrical contractor threw another strike to start his fourth game, but his streak ended at 37 in a row when he left a split on his 38th shot. Three straight sub-200 games then toppled him out of the lead and into a tie for 12th place with 1,921 pins, 77 pins behind leader PBA Hall of Famer Mark Williams of Beaumont, Texas, who averaged 249.75 for eight games to lead the field of 159 bowlers with a 1,998 total.
“I’m pretty surprised,” Scarborough said. “I had the shot, I took my time and it worked out. To be honest, no, I wasn’t nervous. I was pretending I was at home practicing, and I blocked out the crowd and focused on executing every shot.
“After the first three games, I moved to the other end of the house where the lanes were drier and I just couldn’t get the ball down the lane the same way. It wasn’t the pressure.
“It’s unbelievable, especially to be the first in the PBA to do it,” he added. Scarborough said his previous high three-game series was an 838 and he had 14 previous 300 games.
“It’s interesting that I used a different ball to start practice, but I switched (to a Storm IQ Tour Pearl) and I threw six strikes in a row to end practice. So I decided to start with that ball. I knew I had something good, but not this good.
“I’m proud of what I’ve done so far,” he added, “but I’ve still got work to do.”
Scarborough’s perfect start set PBA50 Tour records for consecutive 300 games (the previous record was two by Norb Wetzel of Fond du Lac, Wis., in Albany, N.Y., in 1998 and by Rohn Morton of Portland, Ore., in Tucson, Ariz., in 2005), and highest three-game series. He also tied the record for most 300s by an individual in a PBA50 Tour tournament, shared by Ron Mohr of Eagle River, Alaska (Columbus, Ohio, 2010) and Bob Kelly of Dayton, Ohio (Mooresville, N.C., 2010).
Norm Duke of Clermont, Fla., bowled three consecutive 300s in a standard PBA Tour event in North Brunswick, N.J., in 1996, but the performance didn’t count as a 900 series because he ended one round with two perfect games and started the next round with the third perfect game.
Williams, who rolled games of 269, 234, 259, 268, 204, 279, 268 and 217 on the PBA’s Cheetah lane conditioning pattern, said he had his only open frame in the 204 game.
“The conditions were really good,” Williams said. “There was a lot of oil in the front, some hold area and the carry was good. But there are a lot of games to go, so we’ll see how things go.”
The PBA50 Sun Bowl in The Villages produced another record when 87-year-old Darrell Ducat of Perrysville, Ohio, became the oldest player to compete in a PBA tournament.
Qualifying continues Monday at 9 a.m. and 3 p.m., with the top 32 advancing to match play on Tuesday. Match play rounds are scheduled for 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. Tuesday, followed by a four-player stepladder final at 7 p.m.
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PBA50 SUN BOWL AT THE VILLAGES
Spanish Springs Lanes, The Villages, Fla., Sunday
First Round Qualifying (after 8 games)
1, Mark Williams, Beaumont, Texas, 1,998.
2, Ron Dixon, Boynton Beach, Fla., 1,993.
3, Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, 1,982.
4, Bo Goergen, Sanford, Mich., 1,978.
5, Wayne Webb, Columbus, Ohio, 1,970.
6, Kevin Croucher, Grants Pass, Ore., 1,960.
7, Tom Baker, King, N.C., 1,949.
8, Steve Ferraro, Kingston, N.Y., 1,945.
9, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Ocala, Fla., 1,939.
10, Sammy Ventura, Syracuse, N.Y., 1,934.
11, a-Larry Barwick, Wauchula, Fla., 1,931.
12 (tie), Steve Neff, Homosassa Springs, Fla., and Joe Scarborough, Charlotte, N.C., 1,921
14, Mike Edwards, Tulsa, Okla., 1,920.
15, a-Philip Frey, Lutz, Fla., 1,918.
16, Rick Minier, Houston, Texas, 1,916.
17 (tie), Don Blatchford, Santa Monica, Calif., and Keith Sharp, Orlando, Fla., 1,915.
19, Hugh Miller, Seattle, 1,906.
20, John Petraglia, Jackson, N.J., 1,902.
21, Richard McDaniel, Coconut Creek, Fla., 1,901.
22, Bob Learn Jr., Erie, Pa., 1,898.
23, Paul Lemond, Jasper, Ind, 1,892.
24, Dale Traber, Cedarburg, Wis., 1,886.
25, Marty Berke, Allentown, Pa., 1,882.
26, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 1,865.
27 (tie), Michael Henry, Brunswick, Ohio, and Bryan Goebel, Shawnee, Kan., 1,860.
29, John Conroy, Mahopac, N.Y., 1,856.
30, John Shreve Sr., Elyria, Ohio, 1,855.
31, Darrell Adams, Flintstone, Ga., 1,853.
32, Gene Morrison, Spring Lake, N.C., 1,848.
33, Christopher Keane, New City, N.Y., 1,844.
34, a-Duane Podgorski, Lakeland, Fla., 1,843.
35, Darryl Bower, Middletown, Pa., 1,842.
36, Don Sylvia, Lady Lake, FL, 1,841.
37, Wayne Bolin, Lumberton, N.C., 1,836.
38, Mike Dias, Lafayette, Colo., 1,834.
39, Timothy Kauble, Marion, Ohio, 1,826.
40 (tie), Ted Staikoff, Black Hawk, S.D., and a-Howard Crowder, Tamarac, Fla., 1,824.
42, Bob Brady, Santa Monica, Calif., 1,815.
43, Bob Handley, Winter Park, Fla., 1,812.
44, Leif Sjoberg, Sweden, 1,810.
45, Gary Hiday, Indianapolis, 1,807.
46, a-Bob Caputo Sr., The Villages, Fla., 1,804.
47, Joel Carlson, Omaha, Neb., 1,803.
48, Daniel Miner, East Moline, Ill., 1,802.
49, Harry Sullins, Chesterfield Twp, Mich., 1,798.
50, Terry Metzner, Kentwood, Mich., 1,797.
51 (tie), Tom Kennedy, Shepherdsville, Ky., and Nick Morgan, Sacramento, Calif., 1,795.
53, Mark Scime, Winter Garden, Fla., 1,793.
54, Patrick King, Yankton, S.D., 1,792.
55 (tie), David Taylor, Seminole, Fla., and Mike Hastings, Millsboro, Del., 1,790.
57 (tie), a-Roger Kossert, Lithia, Fla.; Robert Harvey, Boise, Idaho, and Kevin Foley, Reno, Nev., 1,788.
60, Ron Mohr, Eagle River, Alaska, 1,782.
61, William Peters, Dayton, Ohio, 1,781.
62 (tie), Thomas Ream, Tampa, Fla., and Charlie Tomey, Spartanburg, S.C., 1,780.
64, Tommy Kress, Rochester, N.Y., 1,778.
65 (tie), Gary Morgan, Marietta, Ga.; Kenny Parks, Hammond, Ind., and Henry Gonzalez, Colorado Springs, Colo., 1,777
68 (tie), a-Lucy Sandelin, Tampa, Fla., and Bill McCorkle, Westerville, Ohio, 1,776.
70 (tie), Frank Gallo Jr., Jacksonville, Fla., and Kevin Humble, Lake Mary, Fla., 1,764.
72, Dale Eagle, Tavares, Fla., 1,763.
73, Ron Jacobson, Jupiter, Fla., 1,758.
74 (tie), Fred Ferreira, Kings Park, N.Y., and Pete Couture, Titusville, Fla., 1,751.
76, Andy Ippolito, Forest Hills, N.Y., 1,745.
77, Jim Pitts, Elmira, N.Y., 1,742.
78, Rich Giragosian, Charlotte, N.C., 1,737.
79, Jim Lesiuk, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., 1,734.
80, a-huck Richardson, The Villages, Fla., 1,733.
81, Dan Howsmon, Lutz, Fla., 1,727.
82 (tie), Lennie Boresch Jr., Kenosha, Wis., and Marc Lineberry, Camanche, Iowa, 1,725.
84 (tie), Bob Kelly, Dayton, Ohio, and Dennis Rakauskas, Apopka, Fla., 1,721
86, Dennis Farris, The Villages, Fla., 1,719.
87, Todd Haney, Spartanburg, S.C., 1,716.
88 (tie), Brian Cooper, Henderson, Nev., and Jerry Lau, St. Peters, Mo., 1,714.
90, Ed Cutter, Manassas Park, Va., 1,711.
91, Guppy Troup, Taylorsville, N.C., 1,709.
92, Steve Lang, Indianapolis, Ind., 1,708.
93, Tom Carter, Rockford, Ill., 1,707.
94, Emilio Mora Sr., Defiance, Ohio, 1,706.
95, Danny Gould, Palm Bay, Fla, 1,705.
96 (tie), Vince Mazzanti Jr., Levittown, Pa.; Doug O'Bryant, Jasper, Ga., and Larry Graybeal, Elizabethton, Tenn., 1,704.
99, Bill Argenbright, Fisherville, Va., 1,701.
100, Ron Profitt, Brookville, Ohio, 1,698.
101, Jim Knoblauch, Waukesha, Wis., 1,697.
102, Peter Knopp, Germany, 1,696.
103, Robert Callari, Bloomfield, N.Y., 1,694.
104, Lee Rucker, Fort Myers, Fla., 1,690.
105, Randy Robertson, Evansville, Ind., 1,686.
106, Jim Price, Harrrisburg, N.C., 1,684.
107 (tie), Dan Ahlquist, Sweden, and Tom Howison, Chillicothe, Ohio, 1,683.
109, a-Robert Vega, The Villages, Fla., 1,680.
110, Randy Rose, Gloucester, Va., 1,676.
111, a-Roger Tramp, Deltona, Fla., 1,675.
112, a-Edward Roberts, Braintree, Mass., 1,674.
113 (tie), Steve Bova, Massapequa, N.Y., and William Keenan, Jr., Orlando, Fla., 1,671.
115, a-Widmar Vargas, Riverview, Fla., 1,666.
116, Dave Paquin, Kannapolis, N.C., 1,656.
117, Lee Brosius, Ashburn, Va., 1,654.
118, J.C. Quintana, Miami, 1,641.
119, Chuck Best, Buda, Texas, 1,640.
120, Larry Williams, St. Augustine, Fla., 1,636.
121 (tie), Garry Blanton, Owensboro, Ky., and Larry Felts Jr., Moore, S.C., 1,632.
123, Bob Chamberlain, The Villages, Fla., 1,628.
124 (tie), Bob Andersen, Forest City, N.C., and Steve Stein, Staten Island, N.Y., 1,616.
126, a-Gerald Teel, The Villages, Fla., 1,614.
127, Nick Panicaro, Ocala, Fla., 1,610.
128, Todd Kjell, Roscoe, Ill., 1,601.
129, a-John Pullen, Oyster Bay, NY, 1,598.
130, Steven Boxerman, University City, Mo., 1,594.
131, a-Ed Fenstermacher, Summerfield, FL, 1,589.
132, Michael Owen, Gainesville, Fla., 1,588.
133, Jeffrey Herman, Bonaire, Ga., 1,585.
134 (tie), George Lord, Lakeland, Fla., and Ron Glick, Morganville, N.J., 1,583.
136, a-Patrick Trudeau, St. Petersburg, Fla., 1,578.
137 (tie), Bill Ursillo, Bluffton, S.C., and Dale Lee, Brandon, Fla., 1,568.
139, Timothy Bates, Orlando, Fla., 1,565.
140, Brian Miller, Springfield, Ohio, 1,564.
141, a-Mike Schmid St. Paul, Minn., 1,561.
142 (tie), Dave Bernhardt, Romeo, Mich., and Don Michaelsen Sr., Plant City, Fla., 1,557.
144, a-Gene Masterson Jr., Port Orange, Fla., 1,549.
145, a-Edgar Gomez, Colombia, 1,540.
146, Sal Bongiorno, Hollywood, Fla., 1,527.
147, Larry Montgomery, Safety Harbor, Fla., 1,513.
148, Dennis Amato, Pine Brook, N.J., 1,503.
149, Ken Waters, Kingsport, Tenn., 1,484.
150, Ray Randall, Dearborn, Mich., 1,469.
151, Stephen Lippman, Palm Harbor, Fla, 1,468.
152, Scott Ettinger, Westfield, N.J., 1,066 (WD).
153, Sam Perrotta, Lincoln Park, N.J., 1,436.
154, Lindell Woolard, Tallahassee, Fla., 1,433.
155, Patsy DellaPenna, Palm Harbor, Fla., 1,416.
156, Richard Felten, Rockville, Md., 1,403.
157, a-Ricky Bolatto, Sebring, Fla., 1,362.
158, Dave Schultz, Jackson, Wis., 1,322.
159, a-Darrell Ducat, Perrysburg, Ohio, 1,177.
300 Games: Don Batchford, Wayne Webb, Joe Scarborough (3), Christopher Keane.