Sacramento’s Nick Morgan Averages 247 to Take First Round Lead In PBA50 Greater Birmingham Open

by Jason Thomas April 29, 2013 13:39

Nick Morgan of Sacramento, Calif., averaged 247.7 to take the first round lead in the PBA50 Greater Birmingham Open presented by Ebonite Monday at Lightning Strikes Lanes.

Morgan, recently retired from UPS and coach for the University of California-Davis bowling team, had a 1,982 eight-game pinfall with games of 241, 247, 235, 278, 235, 268, 268 and 210. He holds an 88-pin lead over Hall of Fame and 2012 PBA50 Tour Rookie of the Year Amleto Monacelli in second with 1,894.

“I felt comfortable right away,” said the 56-year old Morgan, who won the 2008 Senior Northern California Classic as a non-member. “I only had to make a six-board adjustment the whole block and used the same ball and when you can do that you can do some good things.”

Morgan recently retired from UPS to compete full-time on the PBA50 Tour.

“This is something I’ve always wanted to do,” he said. “I drove all the way from California to Florida to start the season so my plan is just to keep going and hope for the best.”

Two more Hall of Famers, Wayne Webb, with a 1,829 pinfall and reigning PBA50 Player of the Year Walter Ray Williams Jr., with 1,822, finished the round in third and fourth, respectively.

Williams defeated Monacelli 276-216 in last week’s Sun Bowl In The Villages title match to win his fifth career PBA50 Tour title and first of the season. Webb finished fifth in the tournament.

“I’m bowling real well and I think it’s just a matter of time before I win,” Monacelli said. “I just need to make sure I continue to react quickly to the changes and make the right adjustments and hopefully get a few breaks.”

Qualifying continues Tuesday with another eight-game round after which the field will be cut to the top 32 for match play which begins at 8 a.m. Central on Wednesday. Championship rounds will get under way at 7 p.m.

PBA50 GREATER BIRMINGHAM OPEN PRESENTED BY EBONITE
Lightning Strikes Lanes, Trussville, Ala., Monday

First Round Qualifying (after 8 games)
a-amateur

1, Nick Morgan, Sacramento, Calif., 1,982.
2, Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, 1,894.
3, Wayne Webb, Columbus, Ohio, 1,829.
4, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Ocala, Fla., 1,822.
5, Hugh Miller, Seattle, 1,809.
6, Dale Eagle, Tavares, Fla., 1,805.
7, Robert Harvey, Boise, Idaho, 1,803.
8, Tom Baker, King, N.C., 1,793.
9, Ron Mohr, Eagle River, Alaska, 1,791.
10, Kenny Parks, Hammond, Ind., 1,771.
11, Harry Sullins, Chesterfield Twp, Mich., 1,767.
12, Christopher Keane, Cape Coral, Fla., 1,764.
13, (tie) Sammy Ventura, Syracuse, N.Y., and
Timothy Kauble, Marion, Ohio, 1,752.
15, Mike Edwards, Tulsa, Okla., 1,746.
16, (tie) a-Richard Bowen, Pell City, Ala., and Bob Learn Jr., Erie, Pa., 1,740.
18, Dale Traber, Cedarburg, Wis., 1,734.
19, (tie) Kevin Croucher, Grants Pass, Ore., and Jeff Schrum, Cherryville, N.C., 1,721.
21, a-Keith Nance, Calera, Ala., 1,716.
22, Todd Haney, Spartanburg, S.C., 1,707.
23, (TIE) Brian Cooper, Henderson, Nev., and a-David White, Collierville, Tenn., 1,703.
25, Terry Metzner, Kentwood, Mich., 1,701.
26, Jim Knoblauch, Waukesha, Wis., 1,696.
27, Bryan Goebel, Shawnee, Kan., 1,694.
28, Marc Lineberry, Camanche, Iowa, 1,693.
29, Stoney Baker, Canton, Ga., 1,691.
30, Doug O'Bryant, Jasper, Ga., 1,686.
31, Lennie Boresch Jr., Kenosha, Wis., 1,685.
32, Rick Minier, Houston, Texas, 1,677.
33, Danny Weikel, Dallas, N.C., 1,676.
34, (tie) Bob Brady, Santa Monica, Calif., and Mark Scime, Winter Garden, Fla., 1,674.
36, Mark Williams, Beaumont, Texas, 1,673.
37, Michael Henry, Brunswick, Ohio, 1,670.
38, William Peters, Dayton, Ohio, 1,667.
39, Gary Morgan, Marietta, Ga., 1,666.
40, Dave Bernhardt, Romeo, Mich., 1,663.
41, Gary Hiday, Indianapolis, 1,661.
42, a-Tony Churchey, Madison, Ala., 1,658.
43, (tie) Charlie Tapp, Kalamazoo, Mich., Bill McCorkle, Westerville, Ohio, and
Thomas Ream, Tampa, Fla., 1,650.
46, Steve Ferraro, Kingston, N.Y., 1,644.
47, Ken Shealy, Myrtle Beach, S.C., 1,641.
48, Keith Sharp, Orlando, Fla., 1,640.
49, Tommy Martin, Arlington, Tenn., 1,639.
50, Tom Howison, Chillicothe, Ohio, 1,636.
51, Bob Pazur, Venice, Fla., 1,634.
52, Henry Gonzalez, Colorado Springs, Colo., 1,629.
53, Bob Kelly, Dayton, Ohio, 1,623.
54, Ernie Segura Jr., Taylor, Mich., 1,618.
55, Frank Gallo Jr., Jacksonville, Fla., 1,616.
56, Tom Carter, Rockford, Ill., 1,614.
57, Don Blatchford, Santa Monica, Calif., 1,613.
58, a-Jerry Childers, Springville, Ala., 1,608.
59, a-Louis Manzella Jr., Mt. Olive, Ala., 1,606.
60, Sal Bongiorno, Hollywood, Fla., 1,603.
61, William Banks, Laurel Hill, N.C., 1,601.
62, William Keenan, Jr., Orlando, Fla., 1,595.
63, (tie) Garry Blanton, Owensboro, Ky., and Ted Staikoff, Black Hawk, S.D., 1,593.
65, Larry Graybeal, Elizabethton, Tenn., 1,582.
66, James Souder, Greeneville, Tenn., 1,581.
67, Tom Kennedy, Shepherdsville, Ky., 1,568.
68, a-Jimmy Jean, Kathleen, Ga., 1,566.
69, a-Rodney Graves , Huntsville, Ala., 1,561.
70, Larry Williams, St. Augustine, Fla., 1,548.
71, a-Charles Bianco, Fayette, Ala., 1,540.
72, Charles Jones, Dacula, Ga., 1,538.
73, a-Wayne Austin, Muscle Shoals, Ala., 1,535.
74, Larry Popp, Marion, Ohio, 1,534.
75, Ed Cutter, Manassas Park, Va., 1,531.
76, Chuck Best, Buda, Texas, 1,528.
77, David Taylor, Seminole, Fla., 1,526.
78, Todd Kjell, Roscoe, Ill., 1,517.
79, Joe Beck, Montgomery, Ala., 1,515.
80, Dave Schultz, Jackson, Wis., 1,508.
81, Rudy Garcia, Ft. Worth, Texas, 1,503.
82, Timothy Bates, Orlando, Fla., 1,494.
83, Steve Evans, Cumming, Ga., 1,487.
84, Dale Lee, Brandon, Fla., 1,482.
85, Ken Gibson, Greenville, S.C., 1,467.
86, Ken Waters, Kingsport, Tenn., 1,460.
87, Dyer Honeycutt Jr., Southside, Ala., 1,450.
88, Nick Panicaro, Ocala, Fla., 1,448.
89, Mark Jones, Amelia, Ohio, 1,439.
90, a-Charles Allen Jr., Pinson, Ala., 1,417.
91, a-William Taylor, Empire, Ala., 1,414.
92, Daniel Miner, East Moline, Ill., 1,400.
93, Scott Thomsen, Hastings, Neb., 1,373.
94, Robert Teeters, Lapel, Ind., 1,322.

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