PBA50 Tour Rookie Don Breeden Leads Qualifying After Second Round in Grants Pass Open

by Jason Thomas June 22, 2014 15:15

PBA50 Tour rookie Don Breeden of Clive, Iowa, averaged 240 in Sunday’s second round to take top qualifier honors for the PBA50 Grants Pass Open presented by Track at Caveman Bowl.

Finishing fifth after the first round with a 1,873 pinfall total for eight games, the 50-year-old Breeden bowled games of 259, 226, 278, 258, 210, 221, 259 and 212 in the second round to finish qualifying with a 3,796 16-game overall pinfall.

Breeden, whose best PBA50 Tour finish was eighth in the season opening Pasco County (Fla.) Open, led 24 players who advanced to Monday’s match play rounds.

“I’m getting more comfortable out here every tournament,” said Breeden, who owns one PBA regional title which he won as an amateur in 1993. “It’s been a learning experience but I feel like I’m making steady improvement.

“Leading qualifying is a big step for me,” he added. “I just have to keep believing in myself and continue to hope for the best.”

Breeden had long considered competing on the PBA Tour but ultimately decided against it. As the years went by and eligibility for the PBA50 Tour grew near he decided to make the commitment.

“I made the decision a couple years ago to compete on the PBA50 Tour and since then I have really taken my preparation seriously to give it my best shot,” Breeden said.

Finishing qualifying in second 13 pins behind Breeden, was PBA Hall of Famer and two-time defending PBA50 Player of the Year Walter Ray Williams Jr. who finished with a 3,783 pinfall. The 2014 USBC Senior Masters champion, is trying for his second win of the season and ninth of his career.

Rounding out the top eight who earned a one-round bye for match play were: Darron Peters, Murrietta, Calif., 3,781; two-time PBA50 Player of the Year Ron Mohr, Las Vegas, 3,780; Mike Dias, Lafayette, Colo., 3,749; Terry Metzner, Kentwood, Mich., 3,713; Mike Henry, Brunswick, Ohio, 3,712, and Bill Nichols, Roseville, Calif., 3,703.

Monday’s championship rounds are scheduled to get underway at 6 p.m. PT.

PBA50 GRANTS PASS OPEN PRESENTED BY TRACK
Sunday’s Second Round Results After 16 Games. Top 24 advance to match play
At Caveman Bowl
Grants Pass, Ore.
a-denotes amateur
s-denotes super senior

1, Don Breeden, Clive, Iowa, 3,796.
2, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Ocala, Fla., 3,783.
3, Darron Peters, Murrieta, Calif., 3,781.
4, Ron Mohr, Las Vegas, 3,780.
5, Mike Dias, Lafayette, Colo., 3,749.
6, Terry Metzner, Kentwood, Mich., 3,713.
7, Mike Henry, Brunswick, Ohio, 3,712.
8, Bill Nichols, Roseville, Calif., 3,703.
9, Harry Sullins, Chesterfield Twp., Mich., 3,702.
10, Paul McCordic, Sugar Land, Texas, 3,658.
11, Scott Hansel, Stockton, Calif., 3,641.
12, Craig Kisro, Granada Hills, Calif., 3,638.
13, Dave Bolles, Modesto, Calif., 3,636.
14, Bryan Goebel, Shawnee, Kan., 3,632.
15, John Petraglia, Jackson, N.J., 3,622.
16, Kenny Parks, Hammond, Ind., 3,610.
17, Wayne Webb, Columbus, Ohio, 3,598.
18, Rohn Morton, Vancouver, Wash., 3,595.
19, Noel Vazquez, Sacramento, Calif., 3,592.
20, Tom Baker, King, N.C., 3,583.
21, Kevin Croucher, Grants Pass, Ore., 3,576.
22, Dale Eagle, Newport Beach, Calif., 3,574.
23, Rick Francis, Linden, Calif., 3,570.
24, Hugh Miller, Seattle, 3,550.

Missed cut:

25, Christopher Keane, Cape Coral, Fla., 3,541.
26, Dale Traber, Cedarburg, Wis., 3,524.
67, Dave Sill, Titusville, Fla., 3,511.
28, Tom Carter, Rockford, Ill., 3,493.
29, Brian Cooper, Henderson, Nev., 3,491.
30, s-Don Blatchford, Santa Monica, Calif., 3,490, $700.
31, Rob Rice, Sunnyside, Wash., 3,485.
32, s-Chuck Best, Buda, Texas, 3,483, $700.
33, Tim Pierce, Portland, Ore., 3,461.
34, s-Kerry Painter, Henderson, Nev., 3,444, $700.
35, Michael Shequin, Orange City, FL, 3,442.
36, s-Thomas Ream, Tampa, Fla., 3,425, $700.
37, a-Mitchell Vernon, Olympia, Wash., 3,411.
38, Dave Dayton, Reno, Nev., 3,404.
39, s-Steve Stein, Staten Island, N.Y., 3,377, $700.
40, Darryl Traber, Waterford, Wis., 3,363.
41, Tracy Teeters, Salem, Ore., 3,359.
42, (tie) Larry Jordan, Lebanon, Ore., and Kevin Foley, Reno, Nev., 3,356
44, Sammy Ventura, Syracuse, N.Y., 3,346.
45, Barry Tate, Wenatchee, Wash, 3,337.
46, a-Jay Spellman, Gresham, Ore., 3,336.
47, Ted Staikoff, Black Hawk, S.D., 3,333, $700.
48, a,s-Ralph Jenning, Roseberg, Ore., 3,324, $700.
49, s-Gerald Calvin, Thousand Oaks, Calif., 3,317, $700.
50, Dwayne Webb, Olympia, Wash, 3,313.
51, Glenn Morgan, Carson City, Nev., 3,300.
52, Jim Lesiuk, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., 3,291.
53, (tie) Jim Gordin, Modesto, Calif., and Lew Elting, Carlsbad, Calif., 3,250.
55, a-Al Bella, Pittsburg, Calif., 3,222.
56, a-Randy Scruggs, Brookings, Ore., 3,209.
57, a-Randy Cochran, Medford, Ore., 3,200.
58, Larry Galloway, Fresno, Calif., 3,169.
59, Fred Cole, Visalia, Calif., 3,163.
60, Galen Keas, Alda, Neb., 3,136.
61, (tie) Ernie Schlegel, Vancouver, Wash., and William Keenan, Jr., Orlando, Fla., 3,133.
63, a-Kevin Sweetman, Henderson, Colo., 3,121.
64, Mark Scime, Winter Garden, Fla., 3,082.
65, Jimmy Smith, Puyallup, Wash., 3,081.
66, Norm Wolff, Modesto, Calif., 3,080.
67, a-Terry Johnson, Sherwood, Ore., 3,049.
68, a-David Blades, East Wenatchee, Wash., 2,961.
69, Rich Kleinman, Eureka, Nev., 2,894.
70, a-Tom Gulman, Portland, Ore., 2,752.
71, Alex Romanowsky, Eagle Point, Ore., 1,528 (withdrew).

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