After starting qualifying dead last with a 144 game, and not bowling competitively for six years, winning the PBA50 Dayton Classic presented by Roto Grip was the furthest thing from PBA Hall of Famer Randy Pedersen’s mind.
After his rough start, the 50-year-old color analyst for ESPN and CBS Sports Network PBA Tour telecasts rocketed through the field to win in his PBA50 Tour debut by defeating fellow Hall of Famer Amleto Monacelli, 232-226, in the championship match Thursday at Capri Lanes.
“It was a combination of just bowling bad and maybe being on a tough pair of lanes,” Pedersen of his first game. “But after that I bowled a 240, then a 230 and thought, okay, things are getting better.
“It was a combination of things,” he added. “I got some good advice, made the right ball choices and adjustments and then got a good sense pretty quickly for how the lanes were reacting and how I could adjust for it.”
In the championship match, Pedersen won by striking on his first ball in the 10th frame on a light hit.
“Amleto had lane choice and that left me finishing on the right lane which we both knew was the toughest,” Pedersen said, “but as the match progressed I thought, hey, even though it’s been 11 years since I’ve won, I remember how to do this, so I threw what I thought was a pretty good shot and got a lucky break with the high hit.”
After winning a tournament he admitted to being a little reluctant about even entering, Pedersen plans to continue his PBA50 career by taking it tournament-by-tournament. He was a 13-time PBA Tour winner during a 25-year career (1981-2006-07). Knee injuries after the 2006-07 season and two subsequent surgeries led to his retirement.
Qualifying third for the stepladder finals, Pedersen defeated 2012 USBC Senior Masters winner Mike Edwards of Tulsa, 244-191, in the opening match and then defeated Pasco County Suncoast Open winner Bob Learn Jr. of Erie, Pa., 268-223, in the semifinal.
Throughout the 2013 PBA50 Tour season, players are competing for the opportunity to advance to the nationally-televised PBA50 Tour Finals which will be conducted as part of the World Series of Bowling V in Las Vegas in November. The top three players in points at the conclusion of the season will advance to the PBA50 Tour Finals. The top three after five tournaments this season are Walter Ray Williams Jr., Bob Learn Jr., and Lennie Boresch Jr.
The PBA50 Tour takes a short break but will return for the season’s two majors in Las Vegas. The Suncoast PBA Senior U.S. Open presented by Storm will be conducted June 2-7 at the Suncoast Bowling Center and the USBC Senior Masters June 9-14 at the South Point Bowling Center.
PBA50 DAYTON CLASSIC PRESENTED BY ROTO GRIP
Capri Lanes, Kettering Ohio, Thursday
1, Randy Pedersen, Clermont, Fla., $7,500.
2, Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, $4,000.
3, Bob Learn Jr., Erie, Pa., $2,500.
4, Mike Edwards, Tulsa, $2,000.
Match One: Pedersen def. Edwards, 244-191.
Semifinal Match: Pedersen def. Bob Learn Jr., 268-223.
Championship: Pedersen def. Monacelli, 232-226.
Match play results after 32 games
Includes match play record and money won. Top four advanced to stepladder finals.
1, Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, 9-7, 7,768.
2, Bob Learn Jr., Erie, Pa., 11-5, 7,748.
3, Randy Pedersen, Clermont, Fla., 12-4, 7,573.
4, Mike Edwards, Tulsa, Okla., 9-6-1, 7,533.
Missed cut to stepladder finals
5, Lennie Boresch Jr., Kenosha, Wis., 6-9-1, 7,495, $1,800.
6, Wayne Webb, Columbus, Ohio, 8-8, 7,478, $1,600.
7, Mike Dias, Lafayette, Colo., 9-6-1, 7,470, $1,550.
8, Darryl Bower, Middletown, Pa., 8-6-2, 7,460, $1,500.
9, Ron Mohr, Eagle River, Alaska, 11-5, 7,432, $1,475.
10, Dale Csuhta, Wadsworth, Ohio, 8-8, 7,358, $1,450.
11, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Ocala, Fla., 6-9-1, 7,346, $1,425.
12, Bryan Goebel, Shawnee, Kan., 8-8, 7,285, $1,400.
13, Tom Baker, King, N.C., 9-7, 7,226, $1,375.
14, Harry Sullins, Chesterfield Twp, Mich., 7-9, 7,225, $1,350.
15, Hugh Miller, Seattle, 8-8, 7,171, $1,325.
16, John Petraglia, Jackson, N.J., 4-11-1, 7,085, $1,300.
Missed cut to final match play round
17, Jack Jurek, Lackawanna, N.Y., 3-5, 5,354, $1,200.
18, Michael Henry, Brunswick, Ohio, 5-2-1, 5,336, $1,180.
19, Charlie Tapp, Kalamazoo, Mich., 3-5, 5,310, $1,160.
20, Brad Snell, Mount Prospect, Ill., 5-3, 5,305, $1,140.
21, Nick Morgan, Sacramento, Calif., 2-6, 5,277, $1,120.
22, Ron Profitt, Brookville, Ohio, 4-4, 5,264, $1,100.
23, Don Sylvia, Lady Lake, Fla., 4-4, 5,245, $1,090.
24, Jeff Schrum, Cherryville, N.C., 3-5, 5,241, $1,080.
25, Dale Traber, Cedarburg, Wis., 3-5, 5,193, $1,070.
26, Mark Everette, Aliquippa, Pa., 5-3, 5,169, $1,060.
27, Sammy Ventura, Syracuse, N.Y., 4-4, 5,150, $1,050.
28, Kenny Parks, Hammond, Ind., 4-4, 5,149, $1,040.
29, Rick Minier, Houston, Texas, 2-6, 5,125, $1,030.
30, Les Ash, Washington Court House, Ohio, 3-5, 5,093, $1,020.
31, Michael Tryniski, Fulton, N.Y., 3-5, 5,080, $1,010.
32, Brian Cooper, Henderson, Nev., 2-6, 5,035, $1,000.
300 game – Bob Learn Jr.