PBA Spare Shots: Xtra Frame Begins Exclusive Coverage of PWBA’s 2017 Season in Sonoma County

Xtra Frame began its exclusive coverage of the 2017 PWBA Tour today with qualifying in the QubicaAMF Sonoma County Open from Double Decker Lanes in Rohnert Park, Calif. Xtra Frame will cover PWBA events through qualifying up to the stepladder finals, which will be recorded at a later date for broadcast on CBS Sports Network.

Following Rohnert Park will be the Storm Sacramento Open from Steve Cook’s Fireside Lanes in Sacramento, Calif., May 4-6, and Fountain Valley Open from Fountain Bowl in Fountain Valley, Calif.,, May 11-13. PWBA’s first major of the season, the USBC Queens, is set for May 17-23 in Baton Rouge, La.

Xtra Frame’s coverage of the PBA50 Tour heads north next week when the 50-and-older players gather in Mooresville, N.C., at George Pappas Victory Lanes for the Race City Open presented by Columbia 300 Monday through Wednesday. The “senior” players then travel to Farmingdale Lanes in Farmingdale, N.Y., for the PBA50 Johnny Petraglia BVL Open presented by Brunswick before heading to Indianapolis for the 2017 season’s first major, the PBA50 Tour Players Championship at Woodland Bowl, May 13-16.

Xtra Frame subscription packages are available for three days, 30 days and a full year. To sign up, visit xtraframe.tv for details.

PBA XTRA FRAME BILLY HARDWICK MEMORIAL TO GO “OLD SCHOOL”

The upcoming PBA Xtra Frame Billy Hardwick Memorial, scheduled for June 23-25 at the Memphis, Tenn., bowling center formerly owned by the late PBA Hall of Famer, will honor Hardwick in more than name only. It will be contested using the kind of limited-technology bowling balls the 18-time PBA Tour champion used when he became the PBA’s first “triple crown” winner back in the late 1960s.

The Hardwick Memorial, which will be live-streamed exclusively on PBA’s Xtra Frame online bowling channel, will be open to a field of 80 bowlers. All players must use approved polyester bowling balls manufactured by a PBA Product Registered company. A list of approved bowling balls can be found on pba.com (https://www.pba.com/Tournaments/Details/2331) and includes the PBA Skill Ball 2.0 which is used in Teen Masters competition.

The tournament will offer a $10,000 first prize and a PBA Tour title, if the winner is a PBA member. The event will not be part of the PBA Xtra Frame Storm Cup series because of its equipment limitations. Competition will include eight qualifying games for all players on Saturday, June 24, with the top one-third advancing to a four-game cashers’ round on Sunday. After 12 games, the top 16 will enter into three-game single elimination match play leading up to one-game semifinal and championship matches.

ENTRIES NOW OPEN FOR PBA XTRA FRAME TOUR EVENTS

Entries are now being accepted for upcoming PBA Xtra Frame Tour tournaments, beginning with the PBA XF Wilmington Open at Ten Pin Alley in Wilmington, N.C., May 26-29, followed by the PBA Xtra Frame Jonesboro Open at Jonesboro Bowling Center in Jonesboro, Ark., June 2-4; the PBA Xtra Frame Lubbock Sports Open presented by Ebonite at South Plains Lanes in Lubbock, Texas, June 9-11, and the PBA Xtra Frame Billy Hardwick Memorial at Billy Hardwick’s All Star Lanes in Memphis, Tenn., June 23-25.

The Wilmington, Jonesboro and Lubbock tournaments are Xtra Frame Storm Cup points events. The Memphis tournament, which will be a “throwback” tournament restricted to approved limited-technology bowling balls, is not part of the Storm Cup.

PBA members have preferred entry priority into all PBA Xtra Frame Tour events until 30 days prior to the start of the events when entries will be open to non-members. Entries for all Xtra Frame events must be submitted through the PBA Regional Manager who has responsibility for the area hosting the event.

PBA CHAMPIONS OZIO, SHADY ENTER USBC HALL OF FAME

David Ozio, an 11-time PBA Tour champion and member of the PBA Hall of Fame, and one-time PBA titlist Mike Shady were inducted into the USBC Hall of Fame Wednesday during the USBC Annual Meeting at The Orleans in Las Vegas.

Ozio, 63, resides in Beaumont, Texas. His resume includes 1991 PBA Player of the Year honors along with a PBA Tournament of Champions title. He was ranked 34th on the PBA’s list of the 50 greatest players in PBA history during the organization’s 50th anniversary celebration in 2009.

“When you think back to the dedication and the things it took to get here, was it worth it?” Ozio asked during his induction speech. “By all means, I would’ve done it again 10 times over.”

Shady, 51, is a former collegiate star at Nebraska and Wisconsin-LaCrosse who now lives in Girard, Pa. The 1992 Earl Anthony PBA Open winner also is a two-time USBC Open Championships title holder who currently leads the tournament’s lifetime average list with a 222.28 average for 21 years of participation.

THIS WEEK: “PICK THE RADICAL BALL” FOR PBA BOWLING CHALLENGE GAME

Concrete Software’s “pick the ball” survey for PBA Bowling Challenge mobile game continues this week with players invited to select a new Radical ball from among three options provided weekly for each PBA-participating brand.

Based on fan voting which begins Thursday (click here: http://bit.ly/Radical_17 to cast your vote), the “winning” Radical ball will be available for play on May 12.

A code to purchase the ball for 50% off (the code will be available on PBA’s and the specific companies’ social media pages) will be posted. Each company also will have a flashback weekend where all its previous balls will be available for that weekend only.

PBA REGIONAL UPDATE: WILLIAMS, DAUGHERTY WIN IN HAWAII

Stuart Williams of Phoenix, Ariz., defeated Tom Daugherty of Riverview, Fla., 199-191, to win the PBA Hawaii West/Northwest Open presented by Ebonite at Schofield Army Base Lanes Sunday, and on Wednesday, the top two swapped places in the Ft. Shafter Army Base event.

The Schofield and Ft. Shafter tournaments were the first two events in a traditional PBA West and Northwest Region Hawaii tripleheader series which concludes with the Hickam AFB West/Northwest Open presented by Ebonite Friday through Sunday.

Williams, who won his third PBA Regional title, received $2,000 for his win. He advanced to the title match by eliminating Troy Kendrick of Coto De Caza, Calif., 224-182, while Daugherty defeated Cameron Weier of Tacoma, Wash., 213-179, in the semifinal round.

On Wednesday, Daugherty posted an 8-2 match play record and an 18-game total of 4,215 pins to win his 13th PBA Regional title in the PBA Fort Shafter West/Northwest Hawaii Open presented by Ebonite, defeating Williams by 32 pins for the $2,000 top prize.

● Brandon Novak of Chillicothe, Ohio, defeated Larry Verble of Mason, Mich. by 165 pins Sunday to win the PBA Debbie & Leo Nunan Memorial Central Open presented by Track at AMF Stardust Lanes in Grove City, Ohio.

Novak finished with an 8-4 match play record and a total of 4,971 pins for 20 games, including match play bonus pins, for his first Central Region title of 2017 and his fourth overall title. He also earned $2,300.

● Mike Moore of Orlando, Fla., defeated Jason Sterner of Rockledge, Fla., 290-225, to take the first prize in the inaugural PBA Valdosta South Open at Jac’s Lanes in Valdosta, Ga., Sunday.

Moore qualified second for the stepladder finals with an 8-4 match play record and a 20-game total of 4,817 pins, including match play bonus pins, and earned $2,400. Sterner posted a 10-2 match play record and had 4,848 pins to qualify first, 31 pins ahead of Moore.

In the first stepladder match Jeff Piroozshad of Coral Springs, Fla. defeated Anthony DeStasio of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., 232-183. Moore then disposed of Piroozshad, 190-181, in the semifinal match.

● April’s PBA Regional competition concludes with the PBA50 Cherokee Lanes South Open presented by Roto Grip in Canton, Ga., April 27-29, and the Al Jones Memorial presented by Storm at Rockaway Lanes in Rockaway, N.J., April 28-30.

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

QUICK NOTES:

Reminder: Applications for the 2017 PBA Billy Welu Scholarship, recognizing exemplary qualities in male or female college students who compete in bowling, are due by June 15. Candidates must be currently attending college and maintaining at least a 2.5/4.0 GPA or equivalent. The two-part application can be retrieved using this link: http://www.pba.com/Corporate/Scholarships.







PBA50 Tour Travels to Mooresville, N.C. for PBA50 Race City Open

In 2016, George Pappas’ Victory Lanes was part of one of the most dominant seasons in PBA50 Tour history when PBA Hall of Famer Pete Weber won the PBA50 Tour’s Mooresville Ford Open, the second of a record four consecutive PBA50 Tour wins and six overall for the season.

The 54-year-old Weber hopes to improve on a 21st-place finish in last week’s UnitedHealthcare Sun Bowl In The Villages when he defends his title in the PBA50 Race City Open presented by Columbia 300 at George Pappas’ Victory Lanes April 30-May 3.

Fans can catch all the action on pba.com’s online bowling service Xtra Frame beginning with first round qualifying Monday at 9 a.m. ET.

In last year’s event, Weber, a 37-time winner on the PBA Tour, spoiled Jack Jurek’s bid to defend his 2015 Mooresville title with a 212-198 victory in the title match. Weber would continue his string of wins in 2016 with titles in Farmingdale, N.Y. and a successful defense of his Suncoast Senior U.S. Open title in successive weeks. Later in the season, he would add wins in the USBC Senior Masters and PBA50 South Shore Open to bring his career PBA50 Tour titles count to 10.

As one of a handful of players who compete on both the PBA Tour and Tour for players 50 and over, Weber has had a productive season on the PBA Tour in 2017 with top finishes in two majors, fifth in the FireLake PBA Tournament of Champions and seventh-place in the Barbasol PBA Players Championship. He also wrapped up the 2016 season with a sixth-place finish in the PBA World Championship last December.

Weber will have another goal in mind when he competes in the Race City Open and that will be to win his 100th career tournament in PBA competition which includes titles in PBA Tour, PBA50 Tour, PBA Regional and PBA50 regional events.

Weber’s overall win total currently stands at 99, two behind fellow Hall of Famer and PBA50 Tour competitor Walter Ray Williams Jr., who reached the century mark by winning a PBA regional tournament last summer. Williams, the PBA Tour’s all-time titles leader with 47 wins and is tied with Weber with 10 wins on the PBA50 Tour won his 101st overall title in PBA competition by winning a PBA50 regional in March.

In addition to Weber and Williams, other PBA50 Tour stars expected to compete in Mooresville will be a host of other Hall of Famers including Tom Baker, Amleto Monacelli, Dale Eagle, Bryan Goebel, Norm Duke, Brian Voss and tournament host George Pappas.

Competition begins with eight-game qualifying on Monday, May 1 beginning at 9 a.m. ET which will be followed by another eight-game round on Tuesday, May 2. Match play will be conducted on Wednesday May 3 which will determine the top five players who will advance to match play at 7 p.m. The practice session will be held from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. on Sunday, April 30 and pro-am squads are scheduled for 2, 4:30 and 7 p.m.

Pro-am entry is $55 for adults at $35 for youth and senior bowlers. Ticket prices range from $2-$10 with an all access pass available for $20 for the entire tournament. For ticket and pro-am entry information call (704) 663-5300.

PBA50 RACE CITY OPEN PRESENTED BY COLUMBIA 300 SCHEDULE
George Pappas’ Victory Lanes, Mooresville, N.C.
(All times Eastern)

Sunday, April 30
9 a.m. – 1 p.m. – Practice session
Pro-am squads: 2, 4:30, and 7 p.m.

Monday, May 1
9 a.m. – A squad qualifying (8 games)
4 p.m. – B squad qualifying (8 games)

Tuesday, May 2
9 a.m. – B squad qualifying (8 games)
4 p.m. – A squad qualifying (8 games)

Wednesday, May 3
8:30 am.- Cashers round (5 games)
Noon – Match play round 1(5 games)
3 p.m. – Match play round 2 (5 games)
7 p.m. – Stepladder finals







Sunday on ESPN: Atom Splitters Begin Bid for Third Elias Cup as L.L.Bean PBA League Quarterfinals Conclude

PORTLAND, Maine – After a two-match dress rehearsal to get their vocal chords loosened up and their chants in order, the rambunctious fans at Bayside Bowl will be in peak form for the final two L.L.Bean PBA League quarterfinal round matches airing Sunday at 1 p.m. Eastern on ESPN.

Sunday’s coverage will begin with the Live + Work in Maine Silver Lake Atom Splitters, the only team to win the PBA League Elias Cup twice, facing off against the MaineQuarterly.com Brooklyn Styles. The second and final quarterfinal match will send the hometown-favorite L.L.Bean Portland Lumberjacks against the Barbasol Motown Muscle.

The Atom Splitters, managed by Mark Baker and featuring a lineup of Chris Barnes, Tom Daugherty, Jesper Svensson, Shawn Maldonado and DJ Archer, won back-to-back Elias Cups, defeating L.A. X in both 2014 and ’15. Standing in the way to a trip to the semifinal round will be the Brooklyn Styles, managed by PBA Hall of Famer Johnny Petraglia and his all-star roster of Sean Rash, PBA Hall of Famers Parker Bohn III and Walter Ray Williams Jr., Jason Sterner and Jon Van Hees.

The quarterfinals will wrap up with the Portland Lumberjacks, managed by Tim Mack and featuring Wes Malott, Ryan Ciminelli, Kyle Troup, Bryon Smith and “Lumberjill” Liz Johnson taking on manager Del Ballard Jr.’s Barbasol Motown Muscle and its youthful lineup including reigning PBA Player of the Year EJ Tackett, Anthony Simonsen, 2016 Rookie of the Year Francois Lavoie, and PBA Tour veterans Josh Blanchard and Dick Allen. Neither team has ever won the Elias Cup.

In PBA League play, the best-of-two-game Baker matches are decided by a dramatic one-ball sudden-death roll-off if the teams split their two games.

The winning teams will advance to the semifinal round, where they will meet each other in an ESPN-televised match that will air on Sunday, May 7, at 1 p.m. EDT.

Already locked into the semifinal round are the Sysco Philadelphia Hitmen (manager Jason Couch, Dom Barrett, Tom Smallwood, Chris Loschetter, Ronnie Russell and Dave Wodka) and the defending Elias Cup champion Shipyard Dallas Strikers (player-manager Norm Duke, Tommy Jones, Bill O’Neill, Rhino Page and B.J. Moore), winners of quarterfinal round matches one and two.

The Elias Cup finals will air on Sunday, May 14, at 1 p.m. All ESPN telecasts also will be streamed simultaneously on ESPN3 and the WatchESPN app.







Lennie Boresch Jr. Goes Wire-to-Wire to Win PBA50 UnitedHealthcare Sun Bowl In the Villages For Third Career Title

In a wire-to-wire victory, Lennie Boresch Jr. of Kenosha, Wis., won the PBA50 UnitedHealthcare Sun Bowl In The Villages presented by Radical Tuesday for his third career PBA50 Tour title.

Boresch, who led all four rounds in qualifying and match play to enter the stepladder finals as the top qualifier, defeated Bob Learn Jr. of Erie, Pa., 264-213, in the title match at Spanish Springs Lanes.

“It’s a relief because even though I’ve been bowling pretty well you really never know when the opportunity will come again,” said Boresch, who averaged 245 for the tournament. “I just focused and stayed with what got me here.”

Boresch, who won the 2012 Sun Bowl In the Villages in his PBA50 Tour debut, started with a strike and spare in the title match and then threw eight consecutive strikes to clinch the win. Learn, a three-time PBA50 Tour and five-time PBA Tour titlist, opened in the first frame and couldn’t keep pace with Boresch for the rest of the match.

Learn, who qualified fifth for the finals, dominated the first three stepladder matches winning the opening match by beating Darin Hays of Wesley Chapel, Fla., 199-173, before defeating Sam Maccarone of Blackwood, N.J., 278-185, and then PBA Hall of Famer Parker Bohn III of Jackson, N.J., 279-245, in the semi-final match.

“The way he (Learn) was bowling I thought I might be in trouble,” said Boresch, who compiled a 13-3 record in match play. “Ironically, I bowled my lowest games of the tournament on the championship pair. All I knew was I was going to have to strike because he was lined up.”

Boresch’s last win came in the 2013 Miller High Life Classic. Since then, the USBC Hall of Famer has had four runner-up finishes including two in 2016.

The final day of competition of the Sun Bowl In The Villages will be available on PBA’s online bowling channel Xtra Frame beginning Wednesday at 9 a.m. ET. Visit www.xtraframe.tv for schedule and subscription information.

The PBA50 Tour travels to George Pappas’ Victory Lanes in Mooresville, N.C., for the PBA50 Race City Open presented by Columbia 300 April 30-May 3.

PBA50 SUN BOWL IN THE VILLAGES PRESENTED BY RADICAL

Spanish Springs Lanes, The Villages, Fla., Tuesday

Final Standings:

1, Lennie Boresch Jr., Kenosha, Wis. $7,500.

2, Bob Learn Jr., Erie, Pa., $4,000.

3, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., $3,000.

4, Sam Maccarone, Blackwood, N.J., $2,000.

5, Darin Hays, Wesley Chapel, Fla., $1,750. 

Stepladder Results:

Match One – Learn def. Hays, 199-173.

Match Two – Learn def. Maccarone, 278-185.

Semifinal Match – Learn def. Bohn, 279-245.

Championship – Boresch def. Learn, 264-213.

FOURTH ROUND

(Top five advanced to stepladder finals. Includes match play record and 32-game pinfall total including bonus)

1, Lennie Boresch Jr., Kenosha, Wis., 13-3, 8,222.
2, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 13-3, 8,087.
3, Sam Maccarone, Blackwood, N.J., 10-5-1, 7,815.
4, Darin Hays, Wesley Chapel, Fla., 9-7, 7,795.
5, Bob Learn Jr., Erie, Pa., 8-7-1, 7,787.
6, Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, 9-6-1, 7,771, $1,700.
7, Hugh Miller, Mercer Island, Wash., 9-7, 7,768, $1,600.
8, Peter Knopp, Germany, 8-8, 7,707, $1,550.
9, Bo Goergen, Sanford, Mich., 10-6, 7,702, $1,500.
10, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., 7-8-1, 7,692, $1,475.
11, Danny Clark, New Palestine, Ind., 9-6-1, 7,665, $1,450.
12, Bryan Goebel, Shawnee, Kan., 7-8-1, 7,658, $1,425.
13, Michael Haugen Jr., Phoenix, 8-8, 7,597, $1,400.
14, Jerry Brunette Jr., Rochester, N.Y., 10-6, 7,576, $1,380.
15, Mike Dias, Lafayette, Colo., 9-6-1, 7,557, $1,360.
16, Ron Mohr, Las Vegas, 7-9, 7,392, $1,350.

THIRD ROUND

(Top 16 advanced to fourth round. Includes match play record and 24-game total pinfall including bonus)

1, Lennie Boresch Jr., Kenosha, Wis., 6-2, 6,017.
2, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 7-1, 5,951.
3, Darin Hays, Wesley Chapel, Fla., 5-3, 5,880.
4, Hugh Miller, Mercer Island, Wash., 6-2, 5,866.
5, Bob Learn Jr., Erie, Pa., 4-4, 5,815.
6, Mike Dias, Lafayette, Colo., 7-1, 5,812.
7, Peter Knopp, Germany, 5-3, 5,794.
8, Sam Maccarone, Blackwood, N.J., 5-3, 5,791.
9, Ron Mohr, Las Vegas, 7-1, 5,771.
10, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., 4-4, 5,762.
11, Jerry Brunette Jr., Rochester, N.Y., 6-2, 5,709.
12, Bryan Goebel, Shawnee, Kan., 4-4, 5,685.
13, Michael Haugen Jr., Phoenix, 5-3, 5,681.
14, Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, 4-4, 5,661.
15, Bo Goergen, Sanford, Mich., 5-3, 5,649.
16, Danny Clark, New Palestine, Ind., 5-2-1, 5,618.

Did not advance:

17, David Williams Jr., Omaha, Neb., 2-6, 5,613, $1,200.
18, Sammy Ventura, Syracuse, N.Y., 4-4, 5,601, $1,190.
19, Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., 4-4, 5,600, $1,180.
20, Wayne Bolin, Lumberton, N.C., 3-5, 5,596, $1,170.
21, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 4-4, 5,539, $1,160.
22, Tony Adkins, Port Orange, Fla., 5-3, 5,537, $1,150.
23, James Hansen, Anchorage, Alaska, 4-4, 5,528, $1,145.
24, Mark Sullivan, Indianapolis, 2-6, 5,511, $1,140.
25, Paul McCordic, Sugar Land, Texas, 2-6, 5,461, $1,135.
26, n-John Hough, Naples, Fla., 4-4, 5,455, $1,130.
27, Eddie Graham, Centerville, Ohio, 3-5, 5,359, $1,125.
28, Ralph Brunt Jr., Jensen Beach, Fla., 1-6-1, 5,321, $1,120.
29, Scott Greiner, Platte City, Mo., 2-6, 5,304, $1,115.
30, Darryl Dempsey, Pinellas Park, Fla., 1-7, 5,281, $1,110.
31, Joe Fulner III, Belleview, Fla., 0-8, 5,220, $1,105.
32, Pete Thomas, Oklahoma City, Okla., 1-7-0, 5,137, $1,100.







Back-to-Back 279s Help Boresch Take Top Qualifier Honors In PBA50 UnitedHealthcare Sun Bowl In The Villages

With the help of back-to-back 279 games to open the second round, two-time PBA50 Tour winner Lennie Boresch Jr. of Kenosha, Wis., retained his lead in the PBA50 UnitedHealthcare Sun Bowl In The Villages presented by Radical after qualifying Monday to lead 32 players advancing to match play.

After bowling a 1,952 eight-game pinfall total in Sunday’s first round at Spanish Springs Lanes, Boresch bowled 1,935 in the second round with games of 279, 279, 247, 227, 223, 194, 228 and 258 for a 3,887 overall pinfall..

“Ever since I won it five years ago I haven’t bowled real well here so hopefully I’m turning things around,” said Boresch, who won the 2012 Sun Bowl In The Villages in his PBA50 Tour debut. “Thanks to a few good breaks I was fortunate to get two big games right out of the gate. Things can change quickly during the round so you always like to take advantage of a good start.”

The USBC Hall of Famer held a 58-pin lead over three-time PBA50 Tour and five-time PBA Tour winner Bob Learn Jr. of Erie, Pa., who finished qualifying in second with a 3,828 pinfall. Qualifying third was Peter Knopp of Germany with 3,802, followed by Sam Maccarone of Blackwood, N.J., 3,796, and Mark Sullivan, of Indianapolis, 3,793, to round out the top five.

Boresch is trying for his first title since winning the 2013 PBA50 Miller High Life Classic. He had two runner-up finishes in 2016 and kicked off the 2017 season with a seventh-place finish in last week’s Pasco County Florida Open.

Bowling in his first PBA50 tournament of the season, defending champion and reigning PBA50 Player of the Year Pete Weber of St. Ann, Mo., moved from 23rd after the first round to 15th with a 3,694 pinfall.

Other Hall of Famers advancing to match play were Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., in 10th with 3,724; Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, 11th with 3,718; Bryan Goebel, Shawnee, Kan., 13th with 3,706, and Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Calif., 16th with 3,670.

After Tuesday’s first match play round at 9 a.m. ET, the field will be cut to the top 16 for the second match play round at 2 p.m. which will determine the top five players for the stepladder finals scheduled for 7 p.m.

PBA50 SUN BOWL IN THE VILLAGES PRESENTED BY RADICAL

Spanish Springs Lanes, The Villages, Fla., Monday

SECOND ROUND

(after 16 games. Top 32 players advance to match play)

1, Lennie Boresch Jr., Kenosha, Wis., 3,887.
2, Bob Learn Jr., Erie, Pa., 3,828.
3, Peter Knopp, Germany, 3,802.
4, Sam Maccarone, Blackwood, N.J., 3,796.
5, Mark Sullivan, Indianapolis, 3,793.
6, James Hansen, Anchorage, Alaska, 3,776.
7, Wayne Bolin, Lumberton, N.C., 3,748.
8, David Williams Jr., Omaha, Neb., 3,732.
9, Mike Dias, Lafayette, Colo., 3,727.
10, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 3,724.
11, Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, 3,718.
12, Darin Hays, Wesley Chapel, Fla., 3,713.
13, Bryan Goebel, Shawnee, Kan., 3,706.
14, Hugh Miller, Mercer Island, Wash., 3,705.
15, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 3,694.
16, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., 3,670.
17, Danny Clark, New Palestine, Ind., 3,662.
18, Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., 3,655.
19, Jerry Brunette Jr., Rochester, N.Y., 3,648.
20, Bo Goergen, Sanford, Mich., 3,646.
21, Sammy Ventura, Syracuse, N.Y., 3,641.
22, (tie) Joe Fulner III, Belleview, Fla., and Ron Mohr, Las Vegas, 3,636.
24, Tony Adkins, Port Orange, Fla., 3,609.
25, Michael Shequin, Debary, Fla., 3,608.
26, Paul McCordic, Sugar Land, Texas, 3,602.
27, Darryl Dempsey, Pinellas Park, Fla., 3,601.
28, Ralph Brunt Jr., Jensen Beach, Fla., 3,595.
29, Eddie Graham, Centerville, Ohio, 3,588.
30, Scott Greiner, Platte City, Mo., 3,582.
31, n-John Hough, Naples, Fla., 3,579.
32, Michael Haugen Jr., Phoenix, 3,576.

Did not advance:
33, Pete Thomas, Oklahoma City, Okla., 3,566, $1,000.
34, (tie) Joel Carlson, Omaha, Neb., 3,554, and Don Breeden, Clive, Iowa, 3,554, $1,000.
36, n-John Thomspon, Sarasota, Fla., 3,547, $1,000.
37, Tony Johnson, Canton, Ohio, 3,527, $1,000.
38, Ernie Segura Jr., Taylor, Mich., 3,522, $1,000.
39, Darryl Bower, Middletown, Pa., 3,520, $1,000.
40, Brian LeClair, Delmar, N.Y., 3,519, $1,000.
41, Bruce Hall, Westborough, Mass., 3,513, $1,000.
42, Don Herrington, Ballston Lake, N.Y., 3,505, $1,000.
43, Bill Nichols, Bella Vista, Ark., 3,504, $1,000.
44, Tom Carter, Columbus, Ohio, 3,496, $1,000.
45, John Donovan, Melbourne, Fla., 3,495, $1,000.
46, (tie) Dale Eagle, Twin Falls, Idaho, Don Blatchford, Santa Monica, Calif., Doug O’Bryant, Ball Ground, Ga., and Tom Baker, King, N.C., 3,494, $1,000.
50, Patrick King, Yankton, S.D., 3,492, $1,000.
51, David Taylor, Largo, Fla., 3,486, $1,000.
52, Gary Alstott, Washington, Ill., 3,485, $1,000.
53, George Gomez, Orlando, Fla., 3,484, $1,000.
54, John Burkett, Southlake, Texas, 3,483.
55, ss-Mark Scime, Winter Garden, Fla., 3,481, $1,000.
55, Steve Kenyon, Dade City, Fla., 3,481.
57, Michael Byers, Charleston, S.C., 3,476.
58, ss-Frank Gallo Jr., Jacksonville, Fla., 3,474, $1,000.
59, Mike Hastings, Millsboro, Del., 3,466.
60, Gary Faulkner, Norfolk, Va., 3,463.
61, Dale Traber, Cedarburg, Wis., 3,461.
62, William Peters, Dayton, Ohio, 3,458.
63, ss-John Dudak, Orland Park, Ill., 3,453, $1,000.
64, Christopher Keane, Cape Coral, Fla., 3,445.
65, Craig Auerbach, Sunrise, Fla., 3,442.
66, ss-Kenny Parks, Hammond, Ind., 3,441, $1,000.
67, ss-John Petraglia, Jackson, N.J., 3,435, $1,000.
68, ss-James Knoblauch, Waukesha, Wis., 3,431, $1,000.
69, Tim Shirlock, Las Vegas, 3,429.
70, Doug Becker, Clermont, Fla., 3,427.
70, Glenn Smith, New York, 3,427.
72, ss-Brian Miller, Springfield, Ohio, 3,424, $1,000.
73, ss-James Storts, Westfield, Ind., 3,420, $1,000.
74, Chuck Richardson, The Villages, Fla., 3,417.
75, Richard McDaniel, Coconut Creek, Fla., 3,407.
76, Nick Morgan, Sacramento, Calif., 3,404.
77, n-Widmar Vargas, Sun City Center, Fla., 3,403.
78, Patrick Shipley, Spring Valley, Calif., 3,400.
79, Bobby Sense, Jr., Massillon, Ohio, 3,395.
80, John DiSantis, Wilmington, Del., 3,394.
81, David Goldenberg, Holtsville, N.Y., 3,392.
82, Brian Kretzer, Dayton, Ohio, 3,390.
83, n-Rick Pittman, Fruitland Park, Fla., 3,389.
84, Stephen Pavlinko, Sewell, N.J., 3,383.
85, James Lord, Fort Mill, S.C., 3,382.
86, John Conroy, Mahopac, N.Y., 3,381.
87, Marty Berke, Allentown, Pa., 3,380.
88, Todd Haney, Boiling Springs, S.C., 3,373.
89, Paul LeMond, Jasper, Ind., 3,372.
90, Timothy Regan, East Northport, N.Y., 3,365.
91, Kevin Croucher, Grants Pass, Ore., 3,364.
92, Warren Nelson, Hemet, Calif., 3,361.
93, Ken Fishman, Lutz, Fla., 3,359.
94, Kevin Foley, Reno, Nev., 3,350.
95, Gary Morgan, Atlanta, 3,349.
96, John Austin Jr., League City, Texas, 3,346.
97, Dave Sill, Titusville, Fla., 3,345.
98, Todd Kjell, Roscoe, Ill., 3,343.
99, John Dougherty, Fort Walton Beach, Fla., 3,339.
100, Charlie Gadd, Lake Worth, Fla., 3,334.
101, Steve Bova, Massapequa, N.Y., 3,333.
102, Doug Hergenrader, Griimes, Iowa, 3,328.
103, (tie) Thomas Ream, Tampa, Fla., and Joe Scarborough, Charlotte, N.C., 3,316.
105, Bill Henson, Westerville, Ohio, 3,312.
106, Bob Kelly, Dayton, Ohio, 3,297.
107, James Deplanche, Taylor, Mich., 3,292.
108, n-David Cushion, Dewitt, Mich., 3,290.
109, Bill Hewlett, Las Vegas, 3,279.
110, Brian Cooper, Henderson, Nev., 3,276.
111, Emilio Mora Sr., Defiance, Ohio, 3,273.
112, (tie) Barry Clare, Bayside, N.Y., and William Banks, Laurel Hill, N.C., 3,271.
114, Tommy Martin, Olive Branch, Miss., 3,255.
115, Lee Rautenberg, Boynton Beach, Fla., 3,240.
116, Jim Lesiuk, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., 3,238.
117, Pete Bryan, Laurel, Del., 3,213.
118, Michael Owen, Gainesville, Fla., 3,211.
119, James Blackstone, Kennesaw, Ga., 3,207.
120, Steven Grotowski, Ft Lauderdale, Fla, 3,206.
121, Dave Han, Birmingham, Ala., 3,204.
122, Han Chen, Wellington, Fla., 3,202.
123, Jim Pitts, Elmira, N.Y., 3,192.
124, Pete Arruda, Gilbert, S.C., 3,190.
125, Lee Brosius, Ashburn, Va., 3,187.
126, Dave Bernhardt, Romeo, Mich., 3,183.
127, Bill Ursillo, Bluffton, S.C., 3,174.
128, Paul Mielens, Menomonie, Wis., 3,169.
129, Darrell Adams, Flintstone, Ga., 3,166.
130, Ted Staikoff, Black Hawk, S.D., 3,156.
131, John Younger, Winston-Salem, N.C., 3,148.
132, James Souder, Greeneville, Tenn., 3,143.
133, Terry Rohrer, Ft. Wayne, Ind., 3,135.
134, (tie) Michael Truitt, New Port Richey, Fla., and Warren Burr, Wilmington, Del., 3,133.
136, n-Dave Van Riet, Summerfield, Fla., 3,129.
137, n-Adam Colton, Boynton Beach, Fla., 3,128.
138, Mike Schmid, St. Paul, Minn., 3,125.
139, Larry Williams, St. Augustine, Fla., 3,115.
140, Ron Glick, Morganville, N.J., 3,087.
141, Steven Jansson, Barnes, Wis., 3,072.
142, (tie) Nick Panicaro, Ocala, Fla., and Bob Chamberlain, The Villages, Fla., 3,071.
144, Jon DeLaney, McKinney, Texas, 3,067.
145, Harry Alchin III, Madeira Beach, Fla., 3,042.
146, William Keenan Jr., Orlando, Fla., 3,032.
147, Jim Dilyard, Burbank, Ohio, 3,025.
148, Rich Giragosian, Charlotte, N.C., 2,926.
149, Stephen Lippman, Palm Harbor, Fla., 2,923.
150, Ken Waters, Kingsport, Tenn., 2,921.
151, Galen Keas, Alda, Neb., 2,919.
152, Larry Felts Jr., Moore, S.C., 2,912.
153, Chuck Best, Buda, Texas, 2,899.
154, n-Joseph Woznicki, Lakeland, Fla., 2,851.
155, John Maloof, Park Hall, Md., 2,796.
156, Peter Brainard, Tampa, Fla., 2,772.
157, Keith Glasgow, St. Petersburg, Fla., 2,377.
158, Sam Perrotta, Newark, Del., 2,085.
159, Mike Walden, Stony Point, N.Y., 1,456.
160, Steve Stein, Staten Island, N.Y., 1,051

300 games (2) – Parker Bohn III, David Taylor

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ss-PBA60 players out of the regular prize fund cashing for $1,000







Boresch Takes Tip From LeClair to Take First Round Lead in PBA50 UnitedHealthcare Sun Bowl In The Villages

Thanks to a tip from last week’s Pasco County Florida Open winner Brian LeClair, two-time PBA50 Tour winner Lennie Boresch Jr. put it to good use by taking the first round lead Sunday in the PBA50 UnitedHealthcare Sun Bowl In The Villages presented by Radical at Spanish Springs Lanes in the Villages, Fla.

Boresch, of Kenosha, Wis., topped the field of 160 players 50 and over with a 1,952 eight-game pinfall total (244 average) bowling games of 226, 225, 228, 249, 300, 257, 223 and 244.

“After the third game I was talking with Brian and he suggested I try another ball,” Boresch said. “With both of us being pro shop operators we talk a lot about what equipment to use for various conditions.

“I was throwing the ball well the first three games but just couldn’t get the pin carry I wanted,” Boresch added. “I thought what the heck I’ll take Brian up on his suggestion and went to a new ball that hit a little more on the back end. Sure enough that was the right move.”

Boresch, who finished seventh in the Pasco County Open, held a 10-pin lead over three-time PBA50 and five-time PBA Tour winner Bob Learn Jr. of Erie. Pa. with 1,942. Rounding out the top five after the first round were Sam Maccarone, Blackwood, N.J., 1,935; PBA Hall of Famer Bryan Goebel, Shawnee, Kan., 1,921, and Sammy Ventura, Syracuse, N.Y., who also rolled a 300 in the round, 1,917.

Bowling in his first PBA50 tournament of the season, defending champion Pete Weber of St. Ann, Mo., finished the round in 23rd with a 1,822 pinfall.

LeClair, who won the Pasco County Open for his second career PBA50 Tour title, finished 12th with 1,873.

After Monday’s second qualifying round, the top 32 players will advance to Tuesday’s match play round. After match play, the top five will be determined for the stepladder finals scheduled for 7 p.m. ET.

The Sun Bowl In The Villages will be available on PBA’s online bowling channel Xtra Frame but on a one-day delayed basis beginning Monday at 9 a.m. ET with Sunday’s first round action. Visit www.xtraframe.tv for schedule and subscription information.

PBA50 SUN BOWL IN THE VILLAGES PRESENTED BY RADICAL

Spanish Springs Lanes, The Villages, Fla., Sunday

FIRST ROUND

(after 8 games)

1, Lennie Boresch Jr., Kenosha, Wis., 1,952.
2, Bob Learn Jr., Erie, Pa., 1,942.
3, Sam Maccarone, Blackwood, N.J., 1,935.
4, Bryan Goebel, Shawnee, Kan., 1,921.
5, Sammy Ventura, Syracuse, N.Y., 1,917.
6, Paul McCordic, Sugar Land, Texas, 1,891.
7, Darryl Dempsey, Pinellas Park, Fla., 1,884.
7, Mike Dias, Lafayette, Colo., 1,884.
9, Mark Sullivan, Indianapolis, 1,882.
10, Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., 1,881.
11, Ron Mohr, Las Vegas, 1,879.
12, Brian LeClair, Delmar, N.Y., 1,873.
13, Joe Fulner III, Belleview, Fla., 1,863.
14, Darin Hays, Wesley Chapel, Fla., 1,856.
15, Wayne Bolin, Lumberton, N.C., 1,855.
16, n-John Hough, Naples, Fla., 1,853.
17, James Hansen, Anchorage, Alaska, 1,842.
18, John Donovan, Melbourne, Fla., 1,840.
19, Tony Johnson, Canton, Ohio, 1,831.
20, (tie) Gary Alstott, Washington, Ill., and Tony Adkins, Port Orange, Fla., 1,829.
22, Peter Knopp, Germany, 1,825.
23, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 1,822.
24, Hugh Miller, Mercer Island, Wash., 1,820.
25, Pete Thomas, Oklahoma City, Okla., 1,816.
26, Frank Gallo Jr., Jacksonville, Fla., 1,815.
27, (tie) Eddie Graham, Centerville, Ohio, and David Williams Jr., Omaha, Neb., 1,814.
29, Steve Kenyon, Dade City, Fla., 1,813.
30, Ken Fishman, Lutz, Fla., 1,811.
31, Michael Shequin, Debary, Fla., 1,809.
32, Scott Greiner, Platte City, Mo., 1,803.
33, Kenny Parks, Hammond, Ind., 1,802.
34, Jerry Brunette Jr., Rochester, N.Y., 1,800.
35, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., 1,798.
36, (tie) Bruce Hall, Westborough, Mass., and William Peters, Dayton, Ohio, 1,797.
38, Tom Baker, King, N.C., 1,792.
39, Mark Scime, Winter Garden, Fla., 1,790.
40, Brian Miller, Springfield, Ohio, 1,789.
41, Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, 1,787.
42, Darryl Bower, Middletown, Pa., 1,785.
43, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 1,771.
44, Michael Haugen Jr., Phoenix, 1,769.
45, (tie) Doug O’Bryant, Ball Ground, Ga., and Christopher Keane, Cape Coral, Fla., 1,767.
47, Don Breeden, Clive, Iowa, 1,763.
48, Joel Carlson, Omaha, Neb., 1,759.
49, Tom Carter, Columbus, Ohio, 1,756.
50, Michael Byers, Charleston, S.C., 1,754.
51, Don Blatchford, Santa Monica, Calif., 1,752.
52, n-John Thomspon, Sarasota, Fla., 1,751.
53, Ralph Brunt Jr., Jensen Beach, Fla., 1,748.
54, n-Rick Pittman, Fruitland Park, Fla., 1,747.
55, Bo Goergen, Sanford, Mich., 1,745.
56, Richard McDaniel, Coconut Creek, Fla., 1,742.
57, Dale Eagle, Twin Falls, Idaho, 1,734.
58, Danny Clark, New Palestine, Ind., 1,733.
59, Timothy Regan, East Northport, N.Y., 1,732.
60, Don Herrington, Ballston Lake, N.Y., 1,730.
61, Glenn Smith, New York, 1,727.
62, Ernie Segura Jr., Taylor, Mich., 1,725.
63, Mike Hastings, Millsboro, Del., 1,724.
64, Dave Bernhardt, Romeo, Mich., 1,723.
65, James Knoblauch, Waukesha, Wis., 1,721.
66, Patrick King, Yankton, S.D., 1,720.
67, John Dudak, Orland Park, Ill., 1,717.
68, Stephen Pavlinko, Sewell, N.J., 1,712.
69, Patrick Shipley, Spring Valley, Calif., 1,710.
70, Gary Faulkner, Norfolk, Va., 1,707.
71, (tie) Doug Hergenrader, Griimes, Iowa, and David Taylor, Largo, Fla., 1,706.
73, Gary Morgan, Atlanta, 1,701.
74, Charlie Gadd, Lake Worth, Fla., 1,696.
74, Keith Glasgow, St. Petersburg, Fla., 1,696.
76, Joe Scarborough, Charlotte, N.C., 1,695.
76, Nick Morgan, Sacramento, Calif., 1,695.
78, (tie) n-Widmar Vargas, Sun City Center, Fla., and Michael Owen, Gainesville, Fla., 1,694.
80, Dale Traber, Cedarburg, Wis., 1,692.
81, Paul Mielens, Menomonie, Wis., 1,691.
82, Doug Becker, Clermont, Fla., 1,688.
83, (tie) Paul LeMond, Jasper, Ind., and Bob Kelly, Dayton, Ohio, 1,679.
85, Bill Nichols, Bella Vista, Ark., 1,676.
86, Chuck Richardson, The Villages, Fla., 1,674.
87, Tim Shirlock, Las Vegas, 1,671.
88, Bobby Sense, Jr., Massillon, Ohio, 1,669.
89, James Storts, Westfield, Ind., 1,666.
90, (tie), William Banks, Laurel Hill, N.C., and Emilio Mora Sr., Defiance, Ohio, 1,664.
92, (tie) Craig Auerbach, Sunrise, Fla., and Marty Berke, Allentown, Pa., 1,660.
94, n-David Cushion, Dewitt, Mich., 1,652.
95, John Burkett, Southlake, Texas, 1,651.
96, (tie) Barry Clare, Bayside, N.Y., and James Lord, Fort Mill, S.C., 1,649.
98, Johnny Petraglia, Jackson, N.J., 1,647.
99, Thomas Ream, Tampa, Fla., 1,641.
100, (tie) Dave Han, Birmingham, Ala., and Tommy Martin, Olive Branch, Miss., 1,640.
102, (tie) John DiSantis, Wilmington, Del., and George Gomez, Orlando, Fla., 1,638.
104, Dave Sill, Titusville, Fla., 1,636.
105, Lee Rautenberg, Boynton Beach, Fla., 1,633.
106, John Austin Jr., League City, Texas, 1,627.
107, John Younger, Winston-Salem, N.C., 1,624.
108, Brian Kretzer, Dayton, Ohio, 1,622.
109, Brian Cooper, Henderson, Nev., 1,620.
110, Todd Haney, Boiling Springs, S.C., 1,618.
111, Jon DeLaney, McKinney, Texas, 1,616.
112, (tie) Ted Staikoff, Black Hawk, S.D., and David Goldenberg, Holtsville, N.Y., 1,605.
114, Ron Glick, Morganville, N.J., 1,597.
115, James Deplanche, Taylor, Mich., 1,595.
116, Bill Ursillo, Bluffton, S.C., 1,593.
117, Warren Nelson, Hemet, Calif., 1,592.
118, Steve Bova, Massapequa, N.Y., 1,590.
119, James Blackstone, Kennesaw, Ga., 1,587.
120, (tie) James Souder, Greeneville, Tenn., and Warren Burr, Wilmington, Del., 1,586.
122, John Conroy, Mahopac, N.Y., 1,583.
123, Mike Schmid, St. Paul, Minn., 1,582.
124, Bill Henson, Westerville, Ohio, 1,581.
125, John Dougherty, Fort Walton Beach, Fla., 1,578.
126, Kevin Foley, Reno, Nev., 1,574.
127, Bill Hewlett, Las Vegas, 1,570.
128, Todd Kjell, Roscoe, Ill., 1,559.
129, Han Chen, Wellington, Fla., 1,553.
129, Terry Rohrer, Ft. Wayne, Ind., 1,553.
131, Darrell Adams, Flintstone, Ga., 1,545.
132, Jim Pitts, Elmira, N.Y., 1,540.
133, Kevin Croucher, Grants Pass, Ore., 1,537.
134, Pete Arruda, Gilbert, S.C., 1,533.
135, n-Adam Colton, Boynton Beach, Fla., 1,528.
136, Pete Bryan, Laurel, Del., 1,527.
137, Larry Williams, St. Augustine, Fla., 1,520.
138, Chuck Best, Buda, Texas, 1,519.
139, Larry Felts Jr., Moore, S.C., 1,509.
140, Jim Lesiuk, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., 1,508.
141, Bob Chamberlain, The Villages, Fla., 1,497.
142, Lee Brosius, Ashburn, Va., 1,496.
143, Jim Dilyard, Burbank, Ohio, 1,495.
144, Nick Panicaro, Ocala, Fla., 1,493.
145, n-Dave Van Riet, Summerfield, Fla., 1,489.
146, Sam Perrotta, Newark, Del., 1,481.
147, Harry Alchin III, Madeira Beach, Fla., 1,478.
148, Steven Jansson, Barnes, Wisc., 1,471.
149, (tie) Steven Grotowski, Ft Lauderdale, Fla., and Rich Giragosian, Charlotte, N.C., 1,466.
151, Mike Walden, Stony Point, N.Y., 1,456.
152, William Keenan Jr., Orlando, Fla., 1,455.
153, Michael Truitt, New Port Richey, Fla., 1,454.
154, Ken Waters, Kingsport, Tenn., 1,445.
155, Galen Keas, Alda, Neb., 1,432.
156, n-Joseph Woznicki, Lakeland, Fla., 1,430.
157, Stephen Lippman, Palm Harbor, Fla., 1,418.
158, John Maloof, Park Hall, Md., 1,380.
159, Peter Brainard, Tampa, Fla., 1,348.
160, Steve Stein, Staten Island, N.Y., 1,051.

300 games (3) – Lennie Boresch Jr., Sammy Ventura, Gary Alstott







Philadelphia Hitmen, Dallas Strikers Win As L.L.Bean PBA League Competition Gets Underway in Maine

PORTLAND, Maine – The underdog Sysco Philadelphia Hitmen and the defending champion Shipyard Dallas Strikers got the fifth edition of the L.L.Bean PBA League Elias Cup competition off to a roaring start with sudden-death victories in front of a sold-out crowd at Bayside Bowl.

The first two best-of-two-game quarterfinal rounds matches aired Sunday on ESPN.

The Philadelphia Hitmen, after finishing last in the eight-game league a year earlier and qualifying eighth in the seeding competition two days earlier at Bayside Bowl, were on the brink of another disappointment in Portland when the top-seeded GEICO NYC WTT KingPins won the opening Baker format game, 248-238, thanks to a closing string of six strikes including three in the 10th frame by anchor bowler Marshall Kent.

The Hitmen forced the one-ball sudden-death roll-off by staging their own five-strike rally in the second game, winning a 227-223 battle when anchor bowler Tom Smallwood struck on his first shot in the 10th frame.

In the roll-off, Philadelphia’s Dom Barrett matched KingPins’ leader Pete Weber’s strike. On the second try, New York City’s John Szczerbinski left a 10 pin that a rebounding “messenger” pin failed to topple. Tom Smallwood ended the drama when his “messenger” connected, tipping over the 10 pin for a strike and the victory.

“It’s been a rough couple of years for us,” Philadelphia manager Jason Couch said. “We’ve been on the losing end despite bowling the two highest scores other than the people we bowled against. I told our guys when we got here, we haven’t had the greatest luck but when they get on the approach, I wanted them to be committed and just go do it. That was my speech of the day.

“Tom (Smallwood) bowled phenomenal, but our whole team bowled well. Tom just looked comfortable on the lanes, so I moved him to anchor,” Couch added. “I don’t know who we bowl next and I don’t care because my guys are really committed and I feel good about our chances.”

Smallwood embraced the opportunity to throw the sudden-death shot.

“I had a great ball reaction,” he said. “I could hit the pocket basically from everywhere. In the end, my messenger delivered, John’s didn’t.”

Dallas jumped in front in the second quarterfinal match, tripping the Lee Auto Malls L.A. X team, 223-215, when L.A. X anchor Jason Belmonte left a 2 pin on his second shot in the 10th frame after striking on his first shot. L.A. X was almost perfect in the second game with Martin Larsen, Jakob Butturff, Osku Palermaa, Stuart Williams and Belmonte throwing 11 strikes, just missing 300 when the Australian two-hander left a 10 pin on his final shot.

In their sudden-death duel, the Strikers insisted reluctant player-manager Norm Duke throw their first shot, and the PBA Hall of Famer struck. Belmonte then stunned the Portland crowd when he left a 4 pin.

Dallas_Duke.Norm_2017PBA_1(8)“That was exciting, nerve-wracking, what sports is all about,” Duke said, “especially when you’ve got the team behind you. They know if you falter, they falter. (PBA players) don’t get a lot of that and when we do, it’s thrilling. We’re used to being individuals.

“I’m sure golfers would understand, but Jack Nicklaus would tell you the Ryder Cup is a different feeling.

This (PBA League) is building,” Duke continued. “Don’t think for a minute it doesn’t mean anything to these guys. If it didn’t mean anything, you wouldn’t see the level of fear or the level of confidence in two players standing right next to each other.”

Duke said he didn’t want to be the guy throwing the sudden-death shot, “but my team came to me and said it was either Rhino (Page, a left-hander) or me because we had the best chance of throwing a strike. They thought my ball was going through the pins better and they were right. They put it all on me. I was scared of it, to be honest, but we all know that’s why we’re here and every one of us would have thrown that shot.”

Duke also said winning the Elias Cup in 2016 “was one of the highlights of my entire career. It wasn’t because I was player-manager; it was because there wasn’t a match where we weren’t down 40 pins and had to come back, just like today. And then we bowled that 300 (en route to winning the Elias Cup). That’s why it meant so much. Now we’re in the top four, and I like our chances.”

The final two quarterfinal round matches, airing next Sunday at 1 p.m. EDT, will send the MaineQuarterly.com Brooklyn Styles against the Live + Work in Maine Silver Lake Atom Splitters in the first match, and the Barbasol Motown Muscle against the hometown-favorite L.L.Bean Portland Lumberjacks in the fourth quarterfinal round contest.

The ESPN telecast will be simultaneously streamed on ESPN3 and the WatchESPN app.

L.L.BEAN PBA LEAGUE

Bayside Bowl, Portland, Maine (aired Sunday on ESPN)

Quarterfinal Round Results (best-of-two-game Baker format)

Match One: Sysco Philadelphia Hitmen (Ronnie Russell, Dave Wodka, Chris Loschetter, Dom Barrett, Tom Smallwood) def. GEICO NYC WTT KingPins (Danielle McEwan, Sam Cooley, John Szczerbinski, Pete Weber, Marshall Kent), 238-248, 227-223, 10-10, 10-9 in one-ball sudden-death roll-off.

Match Two: Shipyard Dallas Strikers (Bill O’Neill, Norm Duke, B.J. Moore III, Rhino Page, Tommy Jones) def. Lee Auto Malls L.A. X (Martin Larsen, Jakob Butturff, Osku Palermaa, Stuart Williams, Jason Belmonte), 223-215, 217-299, 10-9 in one-ball sudden-death roll-off.







LeClair Benefits From Open by Duke in 10th Frame To Win Pasco County Florida Open for Second Career PBA50 Tour Title

An open in the 10th frame of the championship match by PBA Hall of Famer Norm Duke of Clermont, Fla., enabled tournament top qualifier Brian LeClair of Delmar, N.Y., to win the PBA50 Pasco County Florida Open at Lane Glo Bowl Thursday for his second career PBA50 Tour title.

After LeClair finished with 191 in the title match, Duke needed to mark in the 10th to win but left the 2-4-8-10 split which he failed to convert finishing with 187. It was the fourth consecutive runner-up finish for Duke in the Pasco County Florida Open.

“I’ve lost a few that way, so it was nice to be on the winning end this time,” said an emotional LeClair, whose brother Kevin passed away of natural causes in February. “I don’t know what else to say but I think someone was maybe looking down on me today.”

After breezing to wins in the first three stepladder matches, Duke, trying for his fourth career PBA50 Tour title, struggled in the title match throwing splits that he failed to convert in the first three of four frames. He rallied back with five consecutive strikes but the missed split in the 10th ended his title hopes.

“I could see how that could have happened to Norm because I was having trouble with that right lane, too,” LeClair said. “If I had it to do over again I would have made another ball choice but I decided to stick with it because I could see Norm was struggling. Fortunately, I was able to fill the frames when I needed to.”

Duke, the No. 5 qualifier, opened the stepladder finals with a 258-215 win over No. 4 qualifier two-time PBA50 Player of the Year Ron Mohr of Las Vegas who was trying for his ninth PBA50 Tour title and first since 2012. It was yet another top-five finish without a win for Mohr who had a combined eight PBA50/PBA60 top-five finishes in 2016 and finished second to Hall of Famer Tom Baker in the PBA60 Killer ‘B’ Open which concluded on Monday.

Duke then went on to beat No. 3 qualifier Stoney Baker of Canton, Ga., who was making his first PBA50 finals appearance, 266-202, before defeating five-time PBA Tour winner Michael Haugen Jr. of Phoenix, who was making his PBA50 Tour debut, 241-227, in the semi-final.

As the top qualifier, LeClair dominated taking a 9-3 match play record and 180-pin lead into the finals over Haugen who was the No. 2 qualifier.

The PBA50 Tour travels to The Villages, Fla., April 22-25 for the UnitedHealthcare Sun Bowl In The Villages presented by Radical.

The Sun Bowl In The Villages will be available on PBA’s online bowling channel Xtra Frame but on a one-day delayed basis. Visit www.xtraframe.tv for schedule and subscription information.

PBA50 PASCO COUNTY FLORIDA OPEN

Lane Glo Bowl, New Port Richey, Fla., Thursday

Final Standings:

1, Brian LeClair, Delmar, N.Y., $7,500.

2, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., $4,000.

3, Michael Haugen Jr., Phoenix, $3,000.

4, Stoney Baker, Canton, Ga., $2,000.

5, Ron Mohr, Las Vegas, $1,750. 

Stepladder Results:

Match One – Duke def. Mohr, 258-215.

Match Two – Duke def. Baker, 266-202.

Semifinal Match – Duke def. Haugen, 241-227.

Championship – LeClair def. Duke, 191-187.

FOURTH ROUND

(Top five advance to stepladder finals. Includes match play record and 26-game total pinfall including bonus)

1, Brian LeClair, Delmar, N.Y., 9-3, 6,531.
2, Michael Haugen Jr., Phoenix, 9-3, 6,351.
3, Stoney Baker, Canton, Ga., 10-2, 6,283.
4, Ron Mohr, Las Vegas, 8-3-1, 6,254.
5, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 7-5, 6,233.
6, Steve Pavlinko, Sewell, N.J., 7-5, 6,127, $1,600.
7, Lennie Boresch Jr., Kenosha, Wis., 7-5, 6,108, $1,550.
8, Brian Cooper, Henderson, Nev., 6-6, 6,077, $1,500.
9, Eddie Graham, Centerville, Ohio, 6-6, 6,074, $1,450.
10, Bryan Goebel, Shawnee, Kan., 7-4-1, 6,042, $1,425.
11, Brian Voss, Centennial, Colo., 6-5-1, 6,008, $1,400.
12, Nick Morgan, Sacramento, Calif., 5-7, 5,987, $1,375.
13, Patrick Shipley, Spring Valley, Calif., 6-6, 5,953, $1,350.
14, Ernie Segura Jr., Taylor, Mich., 6-6, 5,947, $1,325.
15, Kenny Parks, Hammond, Ind., 9-3, 5,937, $1,300.
16, Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., 4-8, 5,935, $1,275.
17, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., 7-5, 5,933, $1,250.
18, Don Breeden, Clive, Iowa, 6-6, 5,927, $1,240.
19, Christopher Keane, Cape Coral, Fla., 6-0, 5,890, $1,230.
20, Mark Sullivan, Indianapolis, 4-8, 5,861, $1,220.
21, Peter Knopp, Germany, 5-7, 5,838, $1,210.
22, Dale Eagle, Twin Falls, Idaho, 8-4, 5,823, $1,200.
23, Pete Thomas, Oklahoma City, Okla., 3-9, 5,806, $1,190.
24, Joel Carlson, Omaha, Neb., 5-7, 5,804, $1,180.
25, Tommy Brodowski, New Hyde Park, N.Y., 6-6, 5,803, $1,170.
26, Harry Sullins, Chesterfield Twp., Mich., 4-8, 5,741, $1,160.
27, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 4-8, 5,739, $1,150.
28, Mark Scime, Winter Garden, Fla., 4-8, 5,711, $1,140.
29, James Hansen, Anchorage, Alaska, 4-8, 5,691, $1,130.
30, John Conroy, Mahopac, N.Y., 4-8, 5,675, $1,120.
31, Craig Auerbach, Sunrise, Fla., 3-9, 5,623, $1,110.
32, Doug Becker, Clermont, Fla., 2-10, 5,525, $1,100.

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PBA Spare Shots: Auto Accident Doesn’t Deter Maine Bowler from Competing in Roth/Holman Doubles

Another illustration of just how passionate the Maine bowling community is for PBA’s annual stop in Portland was the plight of Sarah Pelletier of Lewiston, who escaped serious injury when her car was totaled in an accident the day before the MaineQuarterly.com Mark Roth/Marshall Holman PBA Doubles event got underway at Bayside Bowl.

Pelletier, who was entered in the tournament with partner Joe Ramsdell, wasn’t about to let her bruised sliding leg and balance arm keep her out of the tournament. The three local teams failed to make the cashers’ cut, but they loved the experience.

You can get the details from an article in the Portland Press Herald by reporter Taylor Vortherms:

http://www.pressherald.com/2017/04/11/maine-bowlers-and-fans-are-having-a-ball-at-portland-tournament/

THIS WEEK: “PICK THE COLUMBIA 300 BALL” FOR PBA BOWLING CHALLENGE GAME

Concrete Software’s “pick the ball” survey for PBA Bowling Challenge mobile game continues this week with players invited to select a new Columbia 300 ball from among three options provided weekly for each PBA-participating brand.

Based on fan voting which begins Thursday (click here: http://bit.ly/C300_17 to cast your vote), the “winning” Columbia 300 ball will be available for play on May 5.

A code to purchase the ball for 50% off (the code will be available on PBA’s and the specific companies’ social media pages) will be posted. Each company also will have a flashback weekend where all its previous balls will be available for that weekend only.

XTRA FRAME CONTINUES PBA50 COVERAGE; VILLAGES BROADCAST TO BE DELAYED

Xtra Frame’s coverage of the PBA50 Tour continues next week at the UnitedHealthcare Sun Bowl in The Villages presented by Radical, but due to internet restrictions at The Villages, the tournament will be streaming from the event on a one-day delayed basis. Sun Bowl’s XF coverage will start on Monday and will conclude with coverage of the finals on Wednesday, April 26.

Rather than the normal “Live Now” link, fans will be directed to a link to the Xtra Frame archive that will house the round they are looking for.

Xtra Frame will resume its normal live coverage of PBA50 Tour action when the players head north to Mooresville, N.C., for the Race City Open presented by Columbia 300 Monday, May 1 through Wednesday, May 3.

Xtra Frame also begins its coverage of the Professional Women’s Bowling Association Friday, April 28-Saturday, April 29, when the QubicaAMF PWBA Sonoma County Open kicks off the women’s tour’s 2017 season in Rohnert Park, Calif.

PBA REGIONAL UPDATE: McMAHAN WINS SECOND KINGSPORT PBA50 TITLE

Greg McMahan of Dandridge, Tenn., defeated Darryl Bower of Middletown, Pa., 227-164, to take the first prize in the 4th Annual PBA60 Blue Ridge Properties/Kingsport C.V.B. South Open presented by Storm at Warpath Lanes in Kingsport, Tenn., on April 12.

McMahan, who also won this event in 2015, earned the top spot in the stepladder finals with an 8-2 match play record and an 18-game total of 4,343 pins. He earned $1,700. Bower qualified second, 88 pins behind McMahan, and earned $1,000.

In the first stepladder match PBA Hall of Famer Tom Baker of King, N.C. defeated Ted Staikoff of Black Hawk, S.D., 237-194. Bower then disposed of Baker, 237-227, in the semifinal match.

● Non-member Pat McGainey Jr. of Baltimore defeated PBA Hall of Famer Danny Wiseman, also of Baltimore, 258-214, to win the PBA Bowlers Discount Pro Shop Eastern Open presented by Hammer at Brunswick Zone Normandy Sunday. 

McGainey, who finished fifth in this event in 2015, faced elimination in the round of 16 against Andrew Lazarchick of Brick, N.J., but rallied from a 2-1 deficit and went undefeated the rest of the way to claim the $2,500 top prize. He does not receive credit for a PBA title, however, because he is a non-member.  Wiseman, coming off wrist surgery in 2015, earned $1,300 for his runner-up finish.

In the semifinal matches, McGainey bested Kevin Donovan of Painted Post, N.Y., 200-173, while Wiseman ousted qualifying leader Greg Ostrander of Freehold, N.J., 268-238.

George Duke from Vidor, Texas, won six of his first seven matches and coasted to victory in the PBA Copperfield Bowl Southwest Challenge, presented by Global 900, in Houston, Texas, Sunday.

Duke, who finished fifth in last year’s Copperfield event, and also has a second place finish in PBA competition, earned a $2,200 winner’s check.

Duke, who led the 13-game qualifying portion of the event, started the modified round robin match play finals by losing his first match, then won his next six matches to build a 156-pin lead over Marshall Morrison from Wills Point, Texas. Morrison prevailed in position round over Duke, 201-161, but Duke had enough of a margin to win while Morrison dropped to third as Houston’s Jay Nephew leapfrogged from fourth to second with a 236-212 over amateur Tyler Wright of Gonzales, La.

● The April 21-23 PBA Regional schedule features the Debbie & Leo Nunan Memorial Central Open presented by Track at AMF Stardust Lanes in Grove City, Ohio, and the Jac’s Lanes Valdosta South Open in Valdosta, Ga. April 23 also kicks of the PBA West Region’s annual tripleheader in Hawaii, including the Hawaii West/Northwest Open presented by Ebonite at Schofield AFB (April 23), the Fort Shafter West/Northwest Hawaii Open in Honolulu (April 26) and the Hickam AFB West/Northwest Open presented by Ebonite (April 28-30).

● April’s PBA Regional competition concludes with the PBA50 Cherokee Lanes South Open presented by Roto Grip in Canton, Ga., April 27-29, and the Al Jones Memorial presented by Storm at Rockaway Lanes in Rockaway, N.J., April 28-30.

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

QUICK NOTES:

Andrew Gomez and wife Mirley welcomed son Christopher on April 14. Christopher weighed in at 8.14 pounds and measured 20 inches. He joins big sister Isabella.







Sunday on ESPN: Maine’s Energetic Fans Welcome Opening Round of L.L.Bean PBA League Competition

PORTLAND, Maine – The most energetic fans in bowling will provide the background as L.L.Bean PBA League competition returns to ESPN Sunday at 1 p.m. Eastern with a pair of quarterfinal matches involving the inaugural Elias Cup champion GEICO New York City WTT KingPins facing the Sysco Philadelphia Hitmen and the Lee Auto Malls L.A.X challenging the defending champion Shipyard Dallas Strikers.

The PBA League returns to an expanded Bayside Bowl in Portland for third third consecutive year, this time under the umbrella sponsorship of one of Maine’s most famous brands, L.L.Bean.

In Sunday’s opening match, the top-seeded GEICO New York City WTT KingPins, led by PBA Hall of Famer Pete Weber and his supporting cast of Marshall Kent, John Szczerbinski, Danielle McEwan and Sam Cooley will meet the No. 8-seeded Sysco Philadelphia Hitmen (Dom Barrett; Tom Smallwood; Chris Loschetter, Ronnie Russell, Dave Wodka) in a best-of-two-game Baker format contest.

In PBA League play, the best-of-two-game Baker matches are decided by a dramatic one-ball sudden-death roll-off if the teams split their two games.

The second quarterfinal match will feature the No. 4-seeded defending champion Dallas Strikers, led by player-manager Norm Duke and featuring 2016 Mark Roth MVP Tommy Jones, Bill O’Neill, Rhino Page and B.J. Moore. The Strikers will need to eliminate the No. 5 L.A. X squad led by Australia’s Jason Belmonte, Stuart Williams, Martin Larsen, Osku Palermaa and newcomer Jakob Butturff.

The winning teams will advance to the semifinal round, where they will meet each other in an ESPN-televised match that will air on Sunday, May 7, at 1 p.m. EDT. The Elias Cup finals will air on Sunday, May 14, at 1 p.m. All ESPN telecasts also will be streamed simultaneously on ESPN3 and the WatchESPN app.







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