PBA Spare Shots: Parker Bohn III Sets USBC 8-Game Record En Route to PBA Northwest Region Victory

by Bill Vint May 21, 2014 04:32

On his way to winning his 21st PBA Regional title Sunday in Puyallup, Wash., PBA Hall of Famer Parker Bohn III of Jackson, N.J., rolled the highest eight-game series in United States Bowling Congress history.

Bohn rolled games of 267, 278, 300, 300, 289, 258, 279 and 258 for a 2,229 series in the round-robin match play portion of the PBA Chevrolet Northwest Open at Daffodil Bowl. He averaged 278.62 in breaking the USBC overall record of 2,203 set by women’s hall of famer, Tish Johnson, in Panorama City, Calif., in 1990. Bohn said he had one open frame in the series – an unconverted 7-10 split – and actually lost one of his eight matches.

The series is certified by USBC under the PBA’s blanket-certification program, but PBA scoring records involve PBA Tour and PBA50 Tour events only; the PBA doesn’t track records for regional competition.The PBA Tour 8-game record is the oldest scoring record remaining in the PBA record book: a 2,165 bowled by the late Billy Hardwick in the 1968 Japan Cup.

Bohn, who was in the Pacific Northwest on a business trip, used his stunning series to run away from Blaine Weninger of Happy Valley, Ore., by 469 pins for the Puyallup title, finishing with a 16-game total of 4,495 pins, including match play bonus pins.

In the companion PBA50 U.S. Foods Northwest Open at Daffodil Bowl, Bob Davidson of Mountlake Terrace, Wash., went 4-2 in match play and knocked down 3,601 total pins for 14 games to top Kurt Bogner of Longview, Wash., for his first PBA50 Northwest title. Bogner had a 4-2 match play record and 3,427 pins.


Teenager Kamron Doyle of Brentwood, Tenn., defeated fellow amateur Derek Phillips of Kingsport, Tenn., 201-182, to become the second youngest player to win a Professional Bowlers Association Regional event in the Marion Lightning Lanes South Challenge Sunday in Marion, N.C.

Doyle, at age 16 years, 125 days, is second only to Wesley Low Jr. of Palmdale, Calif., who won a PBA West Region Challenge event in 2013 at the age of 15 years, 336 days. PBA Challenge tournaments are open only to players who have never won a PBA event. Neither Doyle nor Low will be credited for PBA titles because they are non-members.

Doyle, a Junior Team USA member who earned $1,500 towards his SMART scholarship account, holds the record as the youngest player ever to cash in a PBA tournament. He was 12 years, 117 days old when he finished 30th in a PBA Regional in Canton, Ga., in 2010.


Memorial Day weekend will include a Saturday-Sunday PBA Southwest Region event at FireLake Bowling Center in Shawnee, Okla.; the Colony Park Lanes East Challenge (a reduced entry fee non-champions event) in York, Pa.; the Brookmont Bowling Center Midwest/Central Challenge (a non-champions event); the Brookmont Bowling Center Midwest/Central Re-Entry Classic presented by Radical Bowling in Kankakee, Ill., and a pair of West Region PBA50 events in Arizona – the fifth annual Lona King Sagurao West Open at Johnson Lanes in Sun City West followed by the Miller Lite Western Open at Starlite Lanes in Flagstaff.

For complete PBA Regional schedules, rules and entry information, visit pba.com, open the “schedules” tab and click on Regional Tours to find the event(s) in your area.


Stuart Williams, England's first winner of both the World Ranking Masters and a Professional Bowlers Association Tour title (the 2011 PBA Viper Open during PBA World Series of Bowling III in Las Vegas), will be inducted into the UK Tenpin Hall of Fame on Oct. 19, the opening day of the 2014 Weber Cup at Barnsley Metrodome. Williams, who now competes as a regular on the PBA Tour, has rolled perfect games in 14 countries.

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Last call: If you know a deserving young bowler who could use $1,000 in financial help to attend college, encourage him/her to apply for the 2014 PBA Billy Welu Scholarship Award. Applications must be postmarked by June 15. Eligible candidates must be amateur bowlers who are currently in college (preceding the application date) and maintaining at least a 2.5/4.0 GPA or equivalent. The application form can be retrieved by using this link: http://pba.com/Corporate/Scholarships/.

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