Bob Learn Jr. Takes First Round Lead In PBA50 Miller High Life Classic

by Jason Thomas May 6, 2013 16:34

Defending champion Bob Learn Jr. of Erie, Pa., averaged 248 to take the first round lead Monday in the PBA50 Miller High Life Classic presented by Columbia 300 at George Pappas’ Victory Lanes in Mooresville, N.C.

Learn, who won the 2012 Miller High Life Classic for his first PBA50 Tour title, had a 1,984 eight-game pinfall with games of 200, 226, 300, 225, 243, 257, 266 and 267.

“After watching the first block today it seemed like a lot of guys were having trouble with the first game so it was just a matter of getting through it and hopefully finding the shot after that,” said Learn, who was also a five-time winner on the PBA Tour. “For me it was a matter of moving farther inside to find a shot to the pocket that would carry.”

Learn is trying for his second PBA50 Tour title of the season and third of his career having won the season-opening Pasco County Suncoast Open while bowling with a sprained lower back.

“I feel like this could be one of my best opportunities to defend a title,” Learn said. “My game matches up well with this center and I’m feeling good now so I’m optimistic.”

Learn holds a 42-pin lead over two-time PBA50 Player of the Year Ron Mohr of Eagle River, Alaska, in second with a 1,942 pinfall. Rounding out the top five are 10-time PBA Tour winner and last week’s Greater Birmingham Open runner-up Bryan Goebel, Shawnee, Kan., 1,941; Lennie Boresch Jr., Kenosha, Wis., 1,914, and Dale Csuhta, Wadsworth, Ohio, 1,909.

It’s been quite an eventful first two tournaments for hometown bowler Joe Scarborough of Charlotte. In the recent Sun Bowl In the Villages, he rolled the first 900 series in PBA history. In Monday’s first round of the Miller High Life Classic, the electrical contractor was pressed into service with fellow competitor Ken Shealy and another electrician to restore power at the center after a 90-minute power outage. Scarborough finished the round in 12th with a 1,853 pinfall.

Learn had to wait out the delay to complete his 300 game in game three having bowled the first four strikes and then the next eight when competition resumed after the delay.

The 140-player field returns Tuesday for another eight-game qualifying round beginning at 11 a.m. ET. After qualifying the field will be cut to the top 40 for match play which gets underway Wednesday at 11 a.m. Championship rounds are scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

PBA.com’s online bowling channel Xtra Frame is providing start-to-finish coverage of the Miller High Life Classic. For subscription information click on the Xtra Frame logo on the pba.com homepage.

PBA50 MILLER HIGH LIFE CLASSIC PRESENTED BY COLUMBIA 300
George Pappas’ Victory Lanes, Mooresville, N.C., Monday

First Round Qualifying (after 8 games)
a-amateur

1, Bob Learn Jr., Erie, Pa., 1,984.
2, Ron Mohr, Eagle River, Alaska, 1,942.
3, Bryan Goebel, Shawnee, Kan., 1,941.
4, Lennie Boresch Jr., Kenosha, Wis., 1,914.
5, Dale Csuhta, Wadsworth, Ohio, 1,909.
6, Tom Baker, King, N.C., 1,906.
7, John Petraglia, Jackson, N.J., 1,887.
8, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Ocala, Fla., 1,875.
9, Mike Dias, Lafayette, Colo., 1,862.
10, Steve Neff, Homosassa Springs, Fla., 1,855.
11, Hugh Miller, Seattle, 1,854.
12, Joe Scarborough, Charlotte, N.C., 1,853.
13, William Peters, Dayton, Ohio, 1,851.
14, Mark Williams, Beaumont, Texas, 1,817.
15, Dennis Rakauskas, Apopka, Fla., 1,811.
16, a-Michael Long, High Point, N.C., 1,802.
17, Robert Harvey, Boise, Idaho, 1,799.
18, Darryl Bower, Middletown, Pa., 1,797.
19, Michael Shequin, Orange City, Fla., 1,790.
20, Don Sylvia, Lady Lake, Fla., 1,786.
21, Harry Sullins, Chesterfield Twp, Mich., 1,773.
22, Wayne Bolin, Lumberton, N.C., 1,771.
23, Charlie Tapp, Kalamazoo, Mich., 1,770.
24, Christopher Keane, Cape Coral, Fla., 1,767.
25, Dale Traber, Cedarburg, Wis., 1,763.
26, Jeff Bellinger, Columbia, S.C., 1,760.
27, Dave Bernhardt, Romeo, Mich., 1,757.
28, Wayne Webb, Columbus, Ohio, 1,756.
29, Brendan Bierch, Grafton, Mass., 1,751.
30, Mike Hastings, Millsboro, Del., 1,747.
31, Dale Eagle, Tavares, Fla., 1,743.
32, Timothy Kauble, Marion, Ohio, 1,739.
33, Tom Howison, Chillicothe, Ohio, 1,733.
34, (tie) Henry Gonzalez, Colorado Springs, Colo., and Bill McCorkle, Westerville, Ohio, 1,732.
36, Greg McMahan, Dandridge, Tenn., 1,731.
37, Patrick King, Yankton, S.D., 1,726.
38, Mark Scime, Winter Garden, Fla., 1,724.
39, Kenny Parks, Hammond, Ind., 1,722.
40, Ted Staikoff, Black Hawk, S.D., 1,712.
41, Steve Stein, Staten Island, N.Y., 1,711.
42, John Conroy, Mahopac, N.Y., 1,710.
43, Sal Bongiorno, Hollywood, Fla., 1,709.
44, Ron Profitt, Brookville, Ohio, 1,696.
45, Gary Shultis, Levittown, N.Y., 1,695.
46, Jeff Schrum, Cherryville, N.C., 1,686.
47, a-Brian Gottry, Wilmington, N.C., 1,684.
48, Kevin Croucher, Grants Pass, Ore., 1,683.
49, Don Blatchford, Santa Monica, Calif., 1,679.
50, (tie) Frank Manley Jr., Fletcher, N.C., and Lee Brosius, Ashburn, Va., 1,678.
52, William Keenan, Jr., Orlando, Fla., 1,676.
53, Dennis Lane, Kingsport, Tenn., 1,674.
54, Larry Popp, Marion, Ohio, 1,672.
55, Steve Ferraro, Kingston, N.Y., 1,663.
56, Tim Pierce, Portland, Ore., 1,661.
57, (tie) Stoney Baker, Canton, Ga., and Keith Sharp, Orlando, Fla., 1,658.
59, (tie) Sammy Ventura, Syracuse, N.Y., and Ken Shealy, Myrtle Beach, S.C., 1,656.
61, George Pappas, Charlotte, N.C., 1,655.
62, a-Danny Williams, South Hill, Va., 1,653.
63, Terry Metzner, Kentwood, Mich., 1,652.
64, (tie) Tracy Golding, Winston-Salem, N.C., and Ray Johnson, Battle Creek, Mich., 1,645.
66, Marty Berke, Allentown, Pa., 1,644.
67, Dick Gran, Hartville, Ohio, 1,641.
68, Larry Williams, St. Augustine, Fla., 1,637.
69, (tie) John Shreve Sr., Elyria, Ohio, and Rick Minier, Houston, Texas, 1,636.
71, Michael Henry, Brunswick, Ohio, 1,630.
72, Rich Giragosian, Charlotte, N.C., 1,629.
73, Mark Jones, Amelia, Ohio, 1,626.
74, (tie) Ron Glick, Morganville, N.J., and Doug O'Bryant, Jasper, Ga., 1,617.
76, Fred Ferreira, Kings Park, N.Y., 1,616.
77, (tie) Todd Kjell, Roscoe, Ill., and Bob Kelly, Dayton, Ohio, 1,611.
79, Danny Weikel, Dallas, N.C., 1,609.
80, Guppy Troup, Taylorsville, N.C., 1,608.
81, Bruce VanMetre, Delphos, Ohio, 1,607.
82, Ken Gibson, Greenville, S.C., 1,605.
83, Bob Brady, Santa Monica, Calif., 1,604.
84, (tie) Dave Flemming, Fairborn, Ohio, and Al Brooks, Bluefield, W.Va., 1,601.
86, Brian Cooper, Henderson, Nev., 1,600.
87, Richard Hunt, Valparaiso, Ind., 1,595.
88, Roy Buckley, New Albany, Ohio, 1,591.
89, Tom Kennedy, Shepherdsville, Ky., 1,590.
90, Todd Haney, Spartanburg, S.C., 1,586.
91, (tie) Steve Easterday, Strasburg, Ohio, Emilio Mora Sr., Defiance, Ohio, and Larry Graybeal, Elizabethton, Tenn., 1,581.
94, Ross McDonald, Clarksville, Md., 1,579.
95, Bill Argenbright, Fisherville, Va., 1,563.
96, Tom Carter, Rockford, Ill., 1,562.
97, Nick Morgan, Sacramento, Calif., 1,557.
98, Freddie Childress, Bassett, Va., 1,551.
99, Charlie Tomey, Spartanburg, S.C., 1,549.
100, a-Jason Gordon, Concord, N.C., 1,548.
101, Gene Morrison, Spring Lake, N.C., 1,546.
102, Carl Breaman, Greer, S.C., 1,545.
103, Frank Gallo Jr., Jacksonville, Fla., 1,542.
104, James Cayton, Canton, N.C., 1,541.
105, Thomas Ream, Tampa, Fla., 1,539.
106, Paul Bryant, Fayetteville, N.C., 1,537.
107, Dave Schultz, Jackson, Wis., 1,531.
108, (tie) Nicholas Serino, Simpsonville, S.C., Barry Warshafsky, Lowell, Mass., and a-Sidney Elkins, Belton, Mo., 1,527.
111, Jeffrey Herman, Bonaire, Ga., 1,525.
112, Brent Hunter, Glenville, Pa., 1,515.
113, (tie) William Banks, Laurel Hill, N.C., and Ed Cutter, Manassas Park, Va., 1,511.
115, Don Delisle, Canada, 1,505.
116, Paul Kreins, Lake Forest Park, Wash., 1,504.
117, Michael Sullivan, Midway Park, N.C., 1,496.
118, Larry Felts Jr., Moore, S.C., 1,489.
119, John Maloof, Park Hall, Md., 1,486.
120, Jim Price, Harrrisburg, N.C., 1,483.
121, Peter Brainard, Tampa, Fla., 1,480.
122, Sam Perrotta, Lincoln Park, N.J., 1,479.
123, Ken Waters, Kingsport, Tenn., 1,476.
124, Bob Andersen, Forest City, N.C., 1,467.
125, Rudy Garcia, Ft. Worth, Texas, 1,459.
126, a-Bob Webb, Burnsville, N.C., 1,457.
127, James Souder, Greeneville, Tenn, 1,442.
128, Dave Rossi, Morgantown, W. Va., 1,439.
129, George Lord, Lakeland, Fla., 1,434.
130, John Younger, High Point, N.C, 1,433.
131, Dave Paquin, Kannapolis, N.C., 1,427.
132, Darryl Traber, Waterford, Wis., 1,422.
133, Paul Lemond, Jasper, Ind, 1,418.
134, Rick Salyer, Kingsport, Tenn., 1,415.
135, a-Ray King, Fayetteville, N.C., 1,396.
136, Donald Breihan, Columbia, S.C., 1,380.
137, Richard Felten, Rockville, Md., 1,368.
138, Todd Wilson, Summerfield, N.C., 1,364.
139, a-Dennis Mignogno, Lincoln, Del, 1,339.
140, a-Butch Conz, Mooresville, N.C., 1,216.

300 Games (2) - Bryan Goebel, Bob Learn Jr.

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