With only two pins separating the first three positions, Harry Sullins of Chesterfield Township, Mich., averaged 240 to lead qualifying after the first round of the PBA50 Grants Pass Open presented by Track Saturday at Caveman Bowl.
Sullins, a five-time PBA Tour and three-time PBA50 Tour winner, bowled a 1,921 eight-game pinfall total with games of 223, 201, 257, 279, 226, 232, 276 and 227. He led PBA Hall of Famer and two-time defending PBA50 Player of the Year Walter Ray Williams Jr. of Ocala, Fla., in second with 1,920, and Terry Metzner of Kentwood, Mich., in third with 1,919.
“After the first couple of games I noticed everybody was striking except me so I thought I better get going,” Sullins said. “I had some adjusting to do so I switched to a ball that would get into a roll earlier and did some experimenting with my release and was able to get to the ball to the pocket pretty consistently.”
Sullins is hoping to improve on a best finish of fourth this season and also end a three-year streak without a win.
“It’s been awhile,” Sullins said. “There’s a lot of great players out here right now and it doesn’t get any easier. Generally, I’ve been qualifying well but to lead a round is a good boost of confidence.”
Williams, who bowled a 300 game in the round, is trying for his second title of the season and ninth of his career having won the USBC Senior Masters June 13 for his first PBA50 Tour major. Metzner will be trying to improve upon a career-best 16th-place finish in this season’s Miller High Life Classic.
Rounding out the top five were Bill Nichols of Roseville, Calif., with 1,880 and Don Breeden of Clive Iowa, with 1,873.
The 71-player field returns for another eight-game qualifying round on Sunday to determine the top 24 players who will advance to match play on Monday with the championship rounds scheduled for 6 p.m. PT.
PBA50 GRANTS PASS OPEN PRESENTED BY TRACK
Saturday’s First Round Results After 8 Games
Grants Pass, Ore.
1, Harry Sullins, Chesterfield Twp., Mich., 1,921.
2, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Ocala, Fla., 1,920.
3, Terry Metzner, Kentwood, Mich., 1,919.
4, Bill Nichols, Roseville, Calif., 1,880.
5, Don Breeden, Clive, Iowa, 1,873.
6, Rohn Morton, Vancouver, Wash., 1,865.
7, Paul McCordic, Sugar Land, Texas, 1,859.
8, Michael Henry, Brunswick, Ohio, 1,850.
9, Craig Kisro, Granada Hills, Calif., 1,849.
10, Don Blatchford, Santa Monica, Calif., 1,848.
11, Kevin Croucher, Grants Pass, Ore., 1,844.
12, Dave Bolles, Modesto, Calif., 1,841.
13, Bryan Goebel, Shawnee, Kan., 1,839.
14, Johnny Petraglia, Jackson, N.J., 1,837.
15, Tom Baker, King, N.C., 1,821.
16, (tie) Scott Hansel, Stockton, Calif., and Mike Dias, Lafayette, Colo., 1,811.
18, Ron Mohr, Las Vegas, 1,804.
19, Darron Peters, Murrieta, Calif., 1,802.
20, Thomas Ream, Tampa, Fla., 1,798.
21, Dale Traber, Cedarburg, Wis., 1,796.
22, Brian Cooper, Henderson, Nev., 1,794.
23, Sammy Ventura, Syracuse, N.Y., 1,784.
24, Hugh Miller, Seattle, 1,768.
25, Christopher Keane, Cape Coral, Fla., 1,763.
26, Kenny Parks, Hammond, Ind., 1,762.
27, (tie) Dale Eagle, Newport Beach, Calif., a-Mitchell Vernon, Olympia, Wash., 1,751.
29, Chuck Best, Buda, Texas, 1,748.
30, (tie) Tim Pierce, Portland, Ore., and Kevin Foley, Reno, Nev., 1,735
32, Rob Rice, Sunnyside, Wash., 1,733.
33, Kerry Painter, Henderson, Nev., 1,722.
34, Rick Francis, Linden, Calif., 1,721.
35, (tie) Michael Shequin, Orange City, Fla., and Dave Dayton, Reno, Nev., 1,702.
37, Larry Jordan, Lebanon, Ore., 1,695.
38, Steve Stein, Staten Island, N.Y., 1,694.
39, Barry Tate, Wenatchee, Wash, 1,684.
40, Tom Carter, Rockford, Ill., 1,683.
41, (tie) a-Al Bella, Pittsburg, Calif., and Ted Staikoff, Black Hawk, S.D., 1,682.
43, Darryl Traber, Waterford, Wis., 1,671.
44, Lew Elting, Carlsbad, Calif., 1,669.
45, (tie) a-Jay Spellman, Gresham, Ore., and Wayne Webb, Columbus, Ohio, 1,653.
47, Tracy Teeters, Salem, Ore., 1,651.
48, Dwayne Webb, Olympia, Wash., 1,630.
49, Noel Vazquez, Sacramento, Calif., 1,627.
50, a-Randy Cochran, Medford, Ore., 1,624.
51, (tie) Dave Sill, Titusville, Fla., and Mark Scime, Winter Garden, Fla., 1,614.
53, Larry Galloway, Fresno, Calif., 1,612.
54, a-Ralph Jennings, Roseberg, Ore., 1,610.
55, William Keenan, Jr., Orlando, Fla., 1,605.
56, Jim Lesiuk, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., 1,601.
57, Jim Gordin, Modesto, Calif., 1,597.
58, Gerald Calvin, Thousand Oaks, Calif., 1,594.
59, a-Randy Scruggs, Brookings, Ore., 1,586.
60, (tie) Ernie Schlegel, Vancouver, Wash., and a-Terry Johnson, Sherwood, Ore., 1,580
62, Fred Cole, Visalia, Calif., 1,575.
63, Glenn Morgan, Carson City, Nev., 1,546.
64, Alex Romanowsky, Eagle Point, Ore., 1,528.
65, a-David Blades, East Wenatchee, Wash., 1,509.
66, a-Kevin Sweetman, Henderson, Colo., 1,498.
67, Norm Wolff Jr., Modesto, Calif, 1,488.
68, (tie) Jimmy Smith, Puyallup, Wash., and Galen Keas, Alda, Neb., 1,487.
70, Rich Kleinman, Eureka, NV, 1,367.
71, a-Tom Gulman, Portland, Ore., 1,328.
300 Games - Walter Ray Williams Jr.