Brian LeClair Tops Qualifying After Johnny Petraglia BVL Open First Round

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CLEARWATER, Fla. – Hampered by a lingering knee injury, 2017 PBA50 Player of the Year Brian LeClair of Albany, N.Y., averaged 247 to take the first round lead in the PBA50 Johnny Petraglia BVL Open presented by Lucas Magazine and Brunswick Monday at Maple Countryside Lanes.

After starting the round with games of 207 and 212, LeClair, who uses a brace on his left knee, followed up with games of 256, 279, 238, 280 and 259 to finish with a 1,731 seven-game pinfall total.

“I switched to a ball with a medium reaction after the second game that went a little further down the lane and it was bombs away,” said the three-time PBA50 Tour winner. “This is one of those situations where having the right angle and right roll on the ball is critical to get the pin carry.”

LeClair, who won the 2017 Johnny Petraglia BVL Open, holds an eight-pin lead in the first tournament of the 2019 season over PBA Hall of Famer and eight-time PBA PBA50 Tour winner Amleto Monacelli in second with 1,723. Monacelli started his season with a 300 game and then bowled games of 218, 215, 236, 259, 258 and 237.

Rounding out the top five after the first round were Joe Scarborough, Charlotte, N.C., 1,690; PBA Hall of Famer Bryan Goebel, Shawnee, Kan., 1,685, and Gary Faulkner, Norfolk, Va., 1,672.

Reigning PBA50 Player of the Year Michael Haugen Jr. of Phoenix, finished in a tie for eighth with PBA Hall of Famer Ron Mohr of Las Vegas with a 1,647 pinfall. Haugen won the 2018 Johnny Petraglia BVL Open when it was conducted at Farmingdale Lanes in Farmingdale, N.Y.

PBA Hall of Famer Johnny Petraglia, who has won 14 PBA Tour and eight PBA50 Tour titles in his more than five decades of PBA competition, finished the first round in 70th with 1,476.

Competition continues Tuesday with another seven-game qualifying round beginning at 9 a.m. ET. Casher’s and match play rounds get underway Wednesday at 8:30 a.m., which will determine the five players for the stepladder finals at 7 p.m.

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Presented by Lucas Magazine and Brunswick

Maple Countryside Lanes, Monday

FIRST ROUND (after seven games)

1, Brian LeClair, Albany, N.Y., 1,731.
2, Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, 1,723.
3, Joe Scarborough, Charlotte, N.C., 1,690.
4, Bryan Goebel, Shawnee, Kan., 1,685.
5, Gary Faulkner, Norfolk, Va., 1,672.
6, ss-William Peters, Dayton, Ohio, 1,658.
7, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 1,649.
8, (tie) ss-Ron Mohr, Las Vegas, and Michael Haugen Jr., Phoenix, 1,647.
10, ss-Mike Hastings, Millsboro, Del., 1,640.
11, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 1,636.
12, Robert Leonard Sr, Lockwood, N.Y., 1,635.
13, Darin Hays, Wesley Chapel, Fla., 1,634.
14, Terry Metzner, Kentwood, Mich., 1,622.
15, Lennie Boresch Jr., Kenosha, Wis., 1,617.
16, Craig Auerbach, Sunrise, Fla., 1,616.
17, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., 1,609.
18, Carlos Denot, Mexico, 1,600.
19, David Taylor, Largo, Fla., 1,589.
20, n-Dennis Rakauskas, Apopka, Fla., 1,588.
21, Brian Menini, Brookfield, Mo., 1,584.
22, Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., 1,582.
23, ss-Sammy Ventura, Syracuse, N.Y., 1,578.
24, Stoney Baker, Canton, Ga., 1,576.
25, Tony Rodriguez Jr., Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., 1,573.
26, Jeff Johnson, Freeport, Ill., 1,569.
27, n-David Covington, Holland, Mich., 1,565.
28, (tie) Ralph Brunt Jr., Jensen Beach, Fla., and ss-Mike Mineman, St Louis, 1,563.
30, Peter Knopp, Germany, 1,562.
31, Paul LeMond, Jasper, Ind., 1,561.
32, Steve Hoskins, New Port Richey, Fla., 1,553.
33, ss-Kevin Foley, Reno, Nev., 1,551.
34, (tie) Keith Lesko, Prosper, Texas, and Glenn Smith, New York, 1,549.
36, Mark Sullivan, Indianapolis, 1,548.
37, ss-Don Blatchford, Santa Monica, Calif., 1,547.
38, Don Herrington, Ballston Lake, N.Y., 1,546.
39, ss-Patrick King, Yankton, S.D., 1,545.
40, (tie) Scott Greiner, Sunrise Beach, Mo., and Brian Kretzer, Dayton, Ohio, 1,544.
42, Joel Carlson, Omaha, Neb., 1,542.
43, ss-Mark Williams, Beaumont, Texas, 1,539.
44, (tie) Bob Learn Jr., Erie, Pa., 1,538 and ss-George Gomez, Orlando, Fla., 1,538.
46, Danny Clark, New Palestine, Ind., 1,524.
47, n-Rich Garner, Hudson, Fla., 1,522.
48, (tie) John Conroy, Mahopac, N.Y., and Warren Eales, Chandler, Ariz., 1,520.
50, John Burkett, Southlake, Texas, 1,519.
51, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 1,516.
52, ss-Bill Henson, Westerville, Ohio, 1,514.
53, John Dougherty III, Fort Walton Beach, Fla., 1,508.
54, Steve Kenyon, Grosse Ile., Mich., 1,506.
55, Paul Fleming, Ft. Worth, Texas, 1,505.
56, Todd Haney, Boiling Springs, S.C., 1,504.
57, James Hansen, Anchorage, Alaska, 1,500.
58, Michael Duran, Banning, Calif., 1,498.
59, ss-John Dudak, Orland Park, Ill., 1,496.
60, Doug Becker, Clermont, Fla., 1,494.
61, ss-Darryl Bower, Middletown, Pa., 1,492.
62, (tie) Steven DiMartino, Upper Saddle River,N.J., and Dan Schmerbach, St. Joseph, Mo., 1,489.
64, James Campbell, Clearwater, Fla., 1,486.
65, ss-Chris Fedden, Albany, N.Y., 1,482.
66, ss-Tom Carter, Columbus, Ohio, 1,481.
67, Michael Mikolajczyk, Boothwyn, Pa., and n-Peter Hernandez, Land O' Lakes, Fla., 1,480.
69, ss-John DiSantis, Wilmington, Del., 1,477.
70, ss-Johnny Petraglia, Jackson, N.J., 1,476.
71, Tony Johnson, Canton, Ohio, 1,475.
72, ss-Jim Pitts, Elmira, N.Y., 1,474.
73, (tie) ss-Pete DiChiara, Ardsley, N.Y., and ss-Harry Sullins, Chesterfield Twp., Mich., 1,470.
75, Rory Peterson, Jacksonville, Fla., 1,461.
76, ss-Chuck Richardson, The Villages, Fla., 1,460.
77, ss-Lee Brosius, Ashburn, Va., 1,458.
78, (tie) ss-n-Brian Brazeau, Ocala, Fla., and ss-Steven Jansson, Barnes, Wis., 1,457.
80, (tie) Rolando Sebelen, Dominica Republic, ss-George Litwin, Miami, and John Marsala, St. Louis, Mo., 1,456.
83, ss-n-Dennis Psaropolus, Lake Worth, Fla., 1,452.
84, Ricky Schissler, Brighton, Colo., 1,446.
85, ss-Frank Gallo Jr., Jacksonville, Fla., 1,441.
86, (tie) ss-Thomas Ream, Tampa, Fla., 1,437, and ss-Christopher Keane, Cape Coral, Fla., 1,437.
88, (tie) ss-James Storts, Westfield, Ind., and ss-Tom Baker, King, N.C., 1,434.
90, ss-Nick Panicaro, Ocala, Fla., 1,433.
91, n, ss-Lucy Sandelin, Tampa, Fla., 1,429.
92, Ken Shealy, Myrtle Beach, S.C., 1,421.
93, ss-Steve Bova, Massapequa, N.Y., 1,420.
94, ss-Sam Maccarone, Williamstown, N.J., 1,418.
95, (tie) ss-Marty Berke, Allentown, Pa., and ss-Kerry Fulford, Ft. Worth, Texas, 1,417.
97, ss-n-Stan Sprow, Lakeland, Fla., 1,413.
98, ss-Brian Voss, Centennial, Colo., 1,409.
99, David Bleggi, Jacksonville, N.C., 1,408.
100, (tie) ss-Widmar Vargas, Sun City Center, Fla., and Glenn Morgan, Carson City, Nev., 1,407.
102, Todd Kjell, Roscoe, Ill., 1,405.
103, n-John Stronka, Davie, Fla., 1,404.
104, ss-Ted Staikoff, Black Hawk, S.D., 1,402.
105, Ernie Segura Jr., Taylor, Mich., 1,398.
106, Jimmy Jean, Kathleen, Ga., 1,396.
107, ss-Michael Truitt, New Port Richey, Fla., 1,394.
108, ss-Steve Ferraro, Kingston, N.Y., 1,393.
109, John Donovan, Melbourne, Fla., 1,391.
110, (tie) ss-John Younger, The Villiages, Fla., and Timothy Regan, East Northport, N.Y., 1,390.
112, Jon DeLaney, McKinney, Texas, 1,389.
113, (tie) ss-Bob Kelly, Dayton, Ohio, and n-Michael Owen, Gainesville, Fla., 1,375.
115, ss-Willie Wells, Plano, Texas, 1,374.
116, ss-Kevin Croucher, Grants Pass, Ore., 1,367.
117, (tie) Bill Vannoy, Jacksonville, N.C., and ss-Brian Miller, Springfield, Ohio, 1,365.
119, Harry Alchin III, Madeira Beach, Fla., 1,363.
120, ss-Lee Rautenberg, Boynton Beach, Fla., 1,361.
121, Tom Johnson, Golfport, Fla., 1,357.
122, Mark Abraham, Lansing, Mich., 1,356.
123, ss-Mike Dias, Lafayette, Colo., 1,355.
124, David Sanders, Blythewood, S.C., 1,351.
125, (tie) Mal Williams, Jr, Greensboro, N.C., and ss-Ken Waters, Kingsport, Tenn., 1,350.
127, Darryl Dempsey, Pinellas Park, Fla., 1,341.
128, ss-Louis Alessi, Clearwater, Fla., 1,332.
129, Jim Horan, Mountain View, Calif., 1,321.
130, Gary Alstott, Washington, Ill., 1,312.
131, (tie) ss-Glen Nakagawa, Highland Village, Texas, and Fran Luzzi, Port Jervis, N.Y., 1,307.
133, ss-Larry Helton, Bolingbrook, Ill., 1,305.
134, Jay Hess, Gotha, Fla., 1,292.
135, (tie) ss-Dave Bernhardt, Romeo, Mich., and n,ss-Joe Barna, Stuart, Fla., 1,287.
137, Michael Vella, Medford, N.Y., 1,277.
138, (tie) Timothy Banks, Rosamond, Calif., and Larry Felts Jr., Simpsonville, S.C., 1,276.
140, Darren Hook, Santo, Texas, 1,253.
141, Richard Strath, Schenectady, N.Y., 1,248.
142, Carl West, San Jose, Calif., 1,243.
143, ss-Joe Salvemini, Colorado Springs, Colo., 1,220.
144, ss-Dan Howsmon, Land O'Lakes, Fla., 1,210.
145, ss-Garry Blanton, Owensboro, Ky., 1,209.
146, ss-Thomas Sliwinski, Reynoldsville, Pa., 1,207.
147, ss-Peter Brainard, Tampa, Fla., 1,190.
148, John Austin Jr., League City, Texas, 1,176.
149, ss-Galen Keas, Alda, Neb., 1,157.
150, ss-Stephen Lippman, Palm Harbor, Fla., 1,155.
151, ss-Robert Stevens, Zephyhills, Fla., 1,152.
152, n-Gavin Newman, Palm Harbor, Fla., 1,126.
153, ss-Vinny Rivas, Zepherhills, Fla., 1,114.
154, ss-Steven Grotowski, Ft Lauderdale, Fla, 1,100.
155, John Christensen, Carmel, N.Y., 1,080.
156, ss-Norm Ginsberg, Lady Lake, Fla., 1,119.
157, ss-Lucien Casagrande, Canada, 1,022.


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