Norway’s Torgersen Defeats Finland’s Koivuniemi in Title Match to Win Suncoast PBA Senior U.S. Open

LAS VEGAS – Tore Torgersen of Norway, a highly-decorated bowler on the international stage, thwarted PBA Hall of Famer Mika Koivuniemi’s bid for a second consecutive Suncoast PBA Senior U.S. Open presented by Storm title Friday by winning the low-scoring title match 184-178 at the Suncoast Bowling Center.

In a title match where strikes were hard to come by, the 50-year-old Torgersen, bowling as a non-PBA member, was able to take an early lead in the match when Finland native Koivuniemi, who was top qualifier for the stepladder finals for the second consecutive year, failed to convert the 1-2-10 washout in the fourth frame. Torgersen missed a 10 pin in the seventh frame, but the 52-year-old Koivuniemi, who won last year’s Senior U.S. Open for his first PBA50 Tour title, couldn’t take advantage of the opportunity giving the win in the season’s third and final major for players 50 and over to the Norwegian.

IMG_3765“I made the mistake about thinking about the 10 pin,” said Torgersen, the 2000 World Amateur Bowler of the Year and a member of the World Bowling Writers Hall of Fame. “I was thinking that I hadn’t missed a 10 pin in a while, no problem – and what happened? I missed it. I was very fortunate to get away with winning after missing that.”

Torgersen joined 2007 Senior U.S. Open winner Rick Minier as the only non-members to win the major.

Torgersen, who lists the 1994 Qubica/AMF World Cup title and the 1999 World Championships all-events gold medal among his many accomplishments in international competition, qualified second for the stepladder finals.

In the semifinal match he beat No. 3 qualifier PBA Hall of Famer Norm Duke who was trying for his second Senior U.S. Open win and sixth career PBA50 Tour title, 196-180, to advance to the title match.

“I could tell it wasn’t going to be a strikefest but I like the challenge of thinking your way out of trouble and that’s the way it was the whole tournament,” Torgersen said. “Once you get in that mindset that’s how the tournament is going to be, you just adjust to it. Don’t get me wrong, I’ll join in on a strikefest party, but if it’s not, I’m not afraid of making the big changes you need to make on a challenging condition.”

Torgersen also had a two-season stint on the Go Bowling! PBA Tour 15 years ago when he had a career-high third-place finish in the 2005 Birmingham Open.

In the opening stepladder match, No. 5 seed 2018 PBA50 Rookie of the Year Rolando Sebelen of the Dominican Republic, defeated No. 4 seed three-time Team USA member Steven Smith of San Diego, 246-200, to advance to the second stepladder match against Duke. Sebelen, who finished fourth, improved on his 10th-place finish in his Senior U.S. Open debut in 2018. Smith, also bowling as a non-member, finished fifth improving on his eighth-place finish in 2018.

In the second match, Duke defeated Sebelen 245-193 to advance to the semifinal against Torgersen.

Earlier this season the 55-year-old Duke won the Go Bowling! Indianapolis and Go Bowling! Jonesboro Opens for the 39th and 40th PBA Tour titles of his career becoming the oldest player to win back-to-back tour titles.

The 2019 PBA50 Tour season will take a four-week break before starting up again with the PBA50 River City Extreme Open presented by Hammer July 9-12. Fans can catch all the action via PBA’s online streaming partner FloBowling. Visit www.flobowling.com for subscription and schedule information.

SUNCOAST PBA SENIOR U.S. OPEN

Presented by Storm

Suncoast Bowling Center, Las Vegas, Friday

Final Standings:

1, Tore Torgersen, Norway, $15,000

2, Mika Koivuniemi, Finland, $7,500

3, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., $5,000

4, Rolando Sebelen, Dominican Republic, $4,000

5, Steven Smith, San Diego, $3,000

Stepladder Results:

Match One – Sebelen def. Smith, 246-200.

Match Two – Duke def. Sebelen, 245-193.

Semifinal Match – Torgersen def. Duke, 196-180.

Championship Match – Torgersen def. Koivuniemi, 184-178.

SIXTH ROUND (after 36 games. Includes match play record and total pinfall including bonus pins. Top five players advance to stepladder finals)

1, Mika Koivuniemi, Finland, 10-2, 8,172.
2, n-Tore Torgersen, Norway, 8-4, 8,109.
3, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 7-5, 8,057.
4, n-Steven Smith, San Diego, 9-3, 8,049.
5, Rolando Sebelen, Dominican Republic, 8-4, 7,985.
6, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., 9-3, 7,899, $2,700.
7, Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., 10-2, 7,885, $2,400.
8, Brian LeClair, Albany, N.Y., 8-4, 7,857, $2,250.
9, Eugene McCune, Munster, Ind., 9-3, 7,847, $2,150.
10, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 4-8, 7,844, $2,100.
11, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 8-4, 7,771, $2,050.
12, Blaine Weninger, Happy Valley, Ore., 7-5, 7,757, $2,000.
13, Kimmo Lehtonen, Finland, 7-5, 7,749, $1,950.
14, Doug Kent, Newark, N.Y., 5-7, 7,720, $1,900.
15, Kevin Croucher, Grants Pass, Ore., 7-5, 7,685, $1,850.
16, Paul Fleming, Ft. Worth, Texas, 7-5, 7,674, $1,800.
17, Lennie Boresch Jr., Kenosha, Wis., 5-7, 7,664, $1,750.
18, n-Ron Nelson Jr., Bridgeview, Ill., 6-6, 7,652, $1,700.
19, Steven Badovinac, Parker, Colo., 5-7, 7,639, $1,650.
20, Greg McDaniel, Kimball, Neb., 7-5, 7,609, $1,600.
21, Chris Warren, Grants Pass, Ore., 6-6, 7,606, $1,575.
22, Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, 5-7, 7,568, $1,550.
23, Wayne Garber, Modesto, Calif., 6-5-1, 7,549, $1,525.
24, Brian Kretzer, Dayton, Ohio, 4-8, 7,548, $1,500.
25, Robert Lawrence, Austin, Texas, 5-7, 7,543, $1,475.
26, Mark Mazzulla, Brentwood, Calif., 5-7, 7,535, $1,450.
27, Dennis Horan Jr., Oakley, Calif., 6-6, 7,501, $1,425.
28, Ron Mohr, Las Vegas, 5-7, 7,489, $1,400.
29, Stoney Baker, Canton, Ga., 3-8-1, 7,457, $1,380.
30, Greg Thomas, Irmo, S.C., 2-10, 7,451, $1,360.
31, Mark Williams, Beaumont, Texas, 6-6, 7,440, $1,340.
32, Tony Johnson, Canton, Ohio, 4-8, 7,425, $1,320.
33, Steve Hoskins, New Port Richey, Fla., 4-8-0, 7,400, $1,300.
34, Eric Forkel, Henderson, Nev., 2-9-1, 7,386, $1,280.
35, Tom Baker, King, N.C., 5-7, 7,358, $1,260.
36, Bob Learn Jr., Erie, Pa., 5-7, 7,357, $1,240.
37, Jay Hess, Gotha, Fla., 4-8, 7,270, $1,220.
38, Martin Bedford, Gasport, N.Y., 3-8-1, 7,168, $1,200.

FIFTH ROUND (after 30 games. Includes match play record and total pinfall including bonus pins. All players advance to the sixth round)

1, n-Tore Torgersen, Norway, 5-1, 6,742.
2, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 5-1, 6,741.
3, Mika Koivuniemi, Finland, 5-1, 6,718.
4, n-Steven Smith, San Diego, 5-1, 6,628.
5, Rolando Sebelen, Dominica Republic, 4-2-0, 6,516.
6, Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., 5-1, 6,504.
7, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 4-2, 6,487.
8, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 1-5, 6,486.
9, Brian LeClair, Albany, N.Y., 4-2, 6,470.
10, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., 5-1, 6,428.
11, Blaine Weninger, Happy Valley, Ore., 3-3, 6,422.
12, n-Ron Nelson Jr., Bridgeview, Ill., 4-2, 6,398.
13, Eugene McCune, Munster, Ind., 4-2, 6,390.
14, Doug Kent, Newark, N.Y., 2-4, 6,380.
15, Chris Warren, Grants Pass, Ore., 3-3, 6,376.
16, Kevin Croucher, Grants Pass, Ore., 4-2, 6,355.
17, Wayne Garber, Modesto, Calif., 4-1-1, 6,304.
18, Brian Kretzer, Dayton, Ohio, 1-5, 6,300.
19, Lennie Boresch Jr., Kenosha, Wis., 2-4, 6,297.
20, Robert Lawrence, Austin, Texas, 2-4, 6,295.
21, Steven Badovinac, Parker, Colo., 2-4, 6,284.
22, Stoney Baker, Canton, Ga., 2-4, 6,240.
23, Bob Learn Jr., Erie, Pa., 4-2, 6,237.
23, Mark Williams, Beaumont, Texas, 4-2, 6,237.
25, Mark Mazzulla, Brentwood, Calif., 2-4, 6,233.
26, Greg Thomas, Irmo, S.C., 1-5, 6,231.
27, Paul Fleming, Ft. Worth, Texas, 3-3, 6,228.
28, Kimmo Lehtonen, Finland, 3-3, 6,211.
29, Tony Johnson, Canton, Ohio, 2-4, 6,201.
30, Ron Mohr, Las Vegas, 2-4, 6,199.
31, Dennis Horan Jr., Oakley, Calif., 3-3, 6,195.
32, Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, 1-5, 6,193.
33, Steve Hoskins, New Port Richey, Fla., 3-3, 6,189.
34, Greg McDaniel, Kimball, Neb., 3-3, 6,175.
35, Eric Forkel, Henderson, Nev., 1-4-1, 6,110.
36, Tom Baker, King, N.C., 2-4, 6,105.
37, Jay Hess, Gotha, Fla., 1-5, 6,095.
38, Martin Bedford, Gasport, New York, 2-4, 6,013.

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PBA Spare Shots: PBA’s Mermaid Lanes Midwest Open Features a Bizarre Ending

Brady Stearns of Saint Augusta, Minn., won his first PBA Regional title Sunday in Mounds View, Minn., in what might have been the most bizarre ending in PBA Regional tournament history.

Stearns.Brady_2019 Mounds View MN w GM Greg HolemanIn Sunday’s PBA Mermaid Lanes Midwest Open presented by Columbia 300 in Mounds View, Stearns defeated Nick Pate of Inver Grove Heights, Minn., 240-239, to win the title and $2,500 first prize after Pate, needing two pins on his fill ball after converting a 10 pin spare in the 10th frame, saw his final shot drift right into the gutter.

(At left, Brady Stearns with Mermaid Lanes general manager Greg Holeman)

Ironically, Stearns had opened the door for Pate in similar fashion just moments earlier. Working on a string of six strikes including the first two in his 10th frame, Stearns also threw his final shot into the gutter to give Pate an easier chance to win. Had Stearns struck on his fill ball, he would have forced Pate to also strike on his first shot in the 10th for the title, but his gutterball meant Pate only had to spare and get two pins.

Adding to the irony, the Mermaid Lanes Midwest Open was contested on the Del Ballard Jr. lane oiling pattern. The lane conditioning pattern was named in honor of the PBA Hall of Famer who infamously rolled a gutter ball on his final shot to lose the 1991 PBA Fair Lanes Open title to Pete Weber.

“It was the most bizarre finish I’ve ever seen, and I’ve been involved with the PBA since 1976 – 43 years. And I bowled a few years before that,” said veteran PBA East Region Manager Russ Mills, who served as tournament director for the event. “I thought Nick was going to throw it right down the middle, but he didn’t. I don’t think he was aware of the situation, but hopefully he’ll learn from it.”

You can watch the drama unfold on YouTube:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_nNKGdgPOS4&feature=youtu.be&fbclid=IwAR1SFYH7beVyQv4Luj8CxrrlfPnJqUjHtAOzsMyoTOms754dhuUf1p2CPBE

Prior to the climactic title match, Pate defeated Russ Oviatt of Chandler, Ariz., 279-236, to advance to the championship match after Pate downed Kiho Kyun of Plymouth, Minn., 257-219, in the first stepladder match.

In Saturday’s PBA River City Extreme Midwest Open presented by Hammer in Monticello, Minn., non-PBA member John Kreyer Jr. of Mounds View defeated Stearns, 213-202, to win in Monticello. Kreyer earned $2,500 but doesn’t get credited with a PBA regional title since he is a non-member.

Kreyer defeated Mike Fagan of Las Vegas, 209-179, to advance to the championship match after Kreyer edged Blake Demore of Springfield, Mo., 214-212, in the first stepladder match.

FLOSPORTS ANNOUNCES NEW APPS AVAILABLE FOR INSTANT ACCESS

FloSports, the parent of PBA’s official livestreaming partner FloBowling, has announced the launch of its new app on Amazon Fire TV, and updated-and-improved apps on Roku and Apple TV.

The user experience streamlines the ability to explore live events and content across the entire FloSports network of more than 20 sports. Improvements have been made to navigation, stream switching capabilities, instant auto-play, content automation, and more.

The apps have many new features, highlighted by instant auto-play, which allows users who are watching long-form events to resume watching where they left off, and seamlessly switch between different live event streams, archives, and camera angles. Additionally, users are able to login and return to the sport vertical they last watched.

“We are excited to offer sports fans more ways to live stream their favorite events on the big screen,” FloSports CEO and Co-Founder Mark Floreani said. “With the launch of our new apps, fans now have multiple ways to watch from any device with a streamlined experience.  We have simplified the ability to search for videos and events, get breaking news, and watch event highlights and replays.”

To access live and on-demand coverage of events across the entire FloSports network become a monthly or annual PRO subscriber. Either subscription provides access to content to all of FloSports partners.

Streaming more than 10,000 live competitions per year, FloSports continues to emerge as the global leader in live, in-depth, and on-demand digital coverage for passionate sports fans.

TICKETS, SPECIAL ROOM RATES AVAILABLE FOR PBA TOUR FINALS AT RED ROCK

Tickets to watch the 2019 Barbasol PBA Tour Finals, as well as special room rates at the host Red Rock Casino Resort & Spa in Las Vegas, are still available. For tickets for the two-day battle in July between the PBA’s elite eight players based upon composite competition points earned during the 2018 and 2019 Go Bowling! PBA Tour seasons, visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/barbasol-pba-tour-finals-presented-by-red-rock-casino-resort-spa-tickets-57610119418.

For room reservations at Red Rock, visit:  https://reservations.redrockresort.com/cgi-bin/lansaweb?PROCFUN+RN+RESNET+RRS+funcparms+UP%28A2560%29:;PBARATE;;;;;;?/ Fans also may call the hotel reservation line (702-797-7625 or 866-767-7773) and use the code PBARATE to reserve within the block. All reservations need to be made prior to the June 26 cutoff date.

The field of eight for the Barbasol PBA Tour Finals will include top qualifier and defending champion Jason Belmonte, 2019 USBC Masters champion Jakob Butturff, Anthony Simonsen, EJ Tackett, Marshall Kent and PBA Tour Finals newcomers Bill O’Neill, 2018 PBA Player of the Year Andrew Anderson and newly-crowned PBA Playoffs champion Kris Prather.

The Barbasol PBA Tour Finals, presented by Red Rock Casino, Resort & Spa, will take place at Red Rock Lanes in Las Vegas and will be televised live by CBS Sports Network over a span five shows (two on Saturday, July 20 and three on Sunday, July 21).

PBA REGIONAL UPDATE: BRAD ANGELO WINS IN ELKHART, INDIANA

Brad Angelo of Lockport, N.Y. defeated JR Raymond of Clinton Twp., Mich., 195-167, to win the PBA Elkhart Central Open presented by 900 Global at Country Club Lanes in Elkhart, Ind., Sunday for his third PBA Regional title and a $2,000 first prize.

Angelo topped Greg Young of Viera, Fla., 227-199, while Raymond downed Tristan Butler of Ft. Wayne, Ind., 201-155, in the semifinal round to set up the championship match.

The June 14-16 weekend schedule of PBA Regional activity features the Homefield Bowl Eastern Open presented by MOTIV in Yonkers, N.Y., and the Timmy See Memorial Tavares South Open at Break Point Alley in Tavares, Fla.

PBA Regional tournaments on tap for the June 21-23 weekend include the PBA50 Ned Micelli Memorial presented by Ebonite at Herrill Lanes in New Hyde Park, N.Y.; the Pro Bowl West Central/Midwest Challenge presented by Ebonite for non-title winners in Fort Wayne, Ind.; the PBA50 Sand Hills South Open at Sand Hills Bowling Center in Aberdeen, N.C., and the PBA/PBA50 Epicenter Northwest/West Open doubleheader in Klamath Falls, Ore.

Closing out the June PBA Regional calendar will be the PBA-PBA50 John Kontos Memorial Midwest/Central Doubles Open at Town & Country Lanes in Joliet, Ill., and the Century Lanes Hampton South Open in Hampton, Va.

Heading into the 4th of July weekend, Bowl 10 Fairborn will host the PBA50 Fairborn Central Classic presented by Roto Grip Monday-Wednesday, July 1-3, in Fairborn, Ohio. Closing the extended holiday weekend July 5-7 will be the PBA50 Greater Freeport Midwest/Central Open at 4 Seasons Bowl in Freeport, Ill.; the Grand Casino Hotel & Resort Southwest Doubles presented by DV8 at FireLake Bowling Center in Shawnee, Okla., and the PBA/PBA50 Vanessa Brown Homes West Open doubleheader presented by Track at Yosemite Lanes in Modesto, Calif.

● 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…and remember, you can follow “live scoring” for all PBA Regional events on pba.com (easily accessible for Apple and Android device users using the PBA app).

QUICK NOTES

• Last Call: Applications for the 2019 PBA Billy Welu Scholarship Award, recognizing exemplary qualities in male or female college students who excel in academics as well as in the sport of bowling, are being accepted through June 21. The winner will receive a $1,000 scholarship. To be 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 two-part application can be retrieved by downloading the files from this link http://www.pba.com/Corporate/Scholarships.

Reminder: The 10th annual Rhino Page Lace Up to Strike Out Crohn’s and Colitis fundraiser is set for Saturday, June 15, at South Levittown Lanes in Levittown, N.Y. For more information about the event, visit: www.strikeoutcrohns.com.

Torgersen Recovers from Slow Start in Fourth Round to Top Suncoast PBA Senior U.S. Open Qualifying

LAS VEGAS – Norway’s Tore Torgersen bounced back from a 166 in the first game of Thursday’s fourth round to top qualifying in the Suncoast PBA Senior U.S. Open presented by Storm heading into Friday’s match play rounds.

Torgersen, the 2000 World Amateur Bowler of the Year and a member of the World Bowling Writers Hall of Fame, came back from the slow start with games of 213, 246, 256, 208 and 209 to finish the qualifying portion of the season’s third major with a 5,257 24-game pinfall total (219 average).

“Some of the guys were moving to the outside of the lane so I thought I would try it, but I never got comfortable and didn’t get results,” Torgersen said of the first game. “It was probably a strategic miss on my part. I went back to bowling from the inside part of the lane, where I was yesterday, and I found a good comfort level.

“Except for the first game I had good games bowling across the center which was encouraging,” he added. “With two rounds of match play before the finals there’s still a long way to go but I’m gaining confidence all the time.”

The 50-year-old Torgersen holds a 15-pin lead over PBA Hall of Famer Pete Weber in second who finished with 5,242.

Weber, a two-time Senior U.S. Open winner who is trying to end a two-year drought without a PBA50 Tour win, bowled 1,319 in Thursday’s round with games of 203, 217, 245, 205, 232 and 217 to move into second heading into match play.

“I’m feeling great and throwing the ball good,” said the 56-year-old Weber, who is trying to become the Senior U.S. Open’s first three-time winner. “I’m hitting the pocket eight or nine times a game and if I can keep doing that, I’ll be in good shape the rest of the way.”

Hall of Famer Norm Duke, who is trying for his second Senior U.S. Open title, finished qualifying in third just one pin behind Weber with 5,241. Duke bowled 1,393 in the final qualifying round with games of 201, 234, 259, 205, 259 and 235.

Trying for his first PBA50 Tour title of the season, the 55-year-old Duke won the Go Bowling! Indianapolis and Go Bowling! Jonesboro Opens in February for the 39th and 40th PBA Tour titles of his career becoming the oldest player to win back-to-back tour titles.

After leading the first three rounds, Senior U.S. Open defending champion Mika Koivuniemi of Finland, dropped to fourth finishing with a 5,228 pinfall, followed by former Team USA member Steven Smith of San Diego who qualified fifth with 5,210.

Two other two-time winners, Hall of Famers Amleto Monacelli and Tom Baker, also made the cut to match play. Monacelli finished qualifying in 18th with 4,971 and Baker took the 38th and final match play spot with 4,863.

Hall of Famer Walter Ray Williams Jr., who is trying for his fourth PBA50 Tour title of the season and the 15th of his career to top the all-time list, finished qualifying in a tie for 24th with 4,952.

The intensity will ramp up for Friday’s match play rounds where 30 bonus pins are awarded for each match win. The 38 players will bowl six-game match play rounds at 8 a.m. and noon PT which will determine the top five for the stepladder finals scheduled to begin at 4 p.m.

The Senior U.S. Open is streamed live in its entirety by PBA’s streaming partner FloBowling. For subscription and schedule information visit www.flobowling.com.

SUNCOAST PBA SENIOR U.S. OPEN

Presented by Storm

Suncoast Bowling Center, Las Vegas, Thursday

FOURTH ROUND (after 24 games. Top 38 players advance to Friday’s match play rounds)

1, n-Tore Torgersen, Norway, 5,257.
2, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 5,242.
3, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 5,241.
4, Mika Koivuniemi, Finland, 5,228.
5, n-Steven Smith, San Diego, 5,210.
6, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 5,077.
7, Doug Kent, Newark, N.Y., 5,075.
8, Rolando Sebelen, Dominican Republic, 5,074.
9, Lennie Boresch Jr., Kenosha, Wis., 5,058.
10, Robert Lawrence, Austin, Texas, 5,049.
11, Brian Kretzer, Dayton, Ohio, 5,040.
12, Greg Thomas, Irmo, S.C., 5,027.
13, Eugene McCune, Munster, Ind., 5,023.
14, Brian LeClair, Albany, N.Y., 5,001.
15, Chris Warren, Grants Pass, Ore., 4,996.
16, Blaine Weninger, Happy Valley, Ore., 4,986.
17, Tony Johnson, Canton, Ohio, 4,980.
18, Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, 4,971.
19, Steven Badovinac, Parker, Colo., 4,970.
20, Mark Mazzulla, Brentwood, Calif., 4,966.
21, Wayne Garber, Modesto, Calif., 4,963.
22, Ron Mohr, Las Vegas, 4,961.
23, Kevin Croucher, Grants Pass, Ore., 4,956.
24, (tie) Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., and Steve Hoskins, New Port Richey, Fla., 4,952.
26, Mark Williams, Beaumont, Texas, 4,944.
27, n-Ron Nelson Jr., Bridgeview, Ill., 4,941.
28, Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., 4,940.
29, Paul Fleming, Ft. Worth, Texas, 4,912.
30, Greg McDaniel, Kimball, Neb., 4,906.
31, Martin Bedford, Gasport, New York, 4,905.
32, Bob Learn Jr., Erie, Pa., 4,904.
33, Dennis Horan Jr., Oakley, Calif., 4,892.
34, Stoney Baker, Canton, Ga., 4,887.
35, Eric Forkel, Henderson, Nev., 4,886.
36, Kimmo Lehtonen, Finland, 4,876.
37, Jay Hess, Gotha, Fla., 4,867.
38, Tom Baker, King, N.C., 4,863.

Did not advance:
39, ss-Junichi Yajima, Japan, 4,859, $1,100.
40, n-Don Moser, Menifee, Calif., 4,852.
41, Bryan Goebel, Shawnee, Kan., 4,850.
42, Daniel Miyamoto, Mililani, Hawaii, 4,846.
43, ss-Harry Sullins, Chesterfield Twp., Mich., 4,828, $1,100.
44, Michael Haugen Jr., Phoenix, 4,824.
45, Jeff Johnson, Freeport, Ill., 4,811.
46, Ricky Schissler, Brighton, Colo., 4,810.
47, Bob Rosenau, Redding, Calif., 4,792.
48, Brian Menini, Brookfield, Mo., 4,787.
49, Tommy Martin, Millington, Tenn., 4,779.
50, ss-Edward Silva, Manteca, Calif., 4,773, $1,100.
51, ss-John Dudak, Orland Park, Ill., 4,761, $1,100.
52, ss-Michael Lucente, Warren, Mich., 4,760, $1,100.
53, Bill Watson, Monroe, Ohio, 4,746.
54, Noel Vazquez, Sacramento, Calif., 4,741.
55, Doug Kempt, Arcadia, Calif., 4,740.
56, ss-Don Blatchford, Santa Monica, Calif., 4,738, $1,100.
57, (tie) n-Jerry Johnson Jr., Las Vegas, and Joseph Petrovich, Tracy, Calif, 4,737.
59, ss-Warren Nelson, Hemet, Calif., 4,733, $1,100.
60, Peter Knopp, Germany, 4,732.
61, Randy Peterson, Carrington, N.D., 4,730.
62, ss-Skip Pavone, San Jose, Calif., 4,728, $1,100.
63, n-James Wallace, Hicksville, N.Y., 4,724.
64, Johnny Petraglia, Manalapan, N.J., 4,719.
65, Henry Dawson, Elma, Wash., 4,713.
65, n-Barry Zimmerman, Grand Forks, N.D., 4,713.
67, Christopher Keane, Cape Coral, Fla., 4,710.
68, Robert Brown, Cody, Wyo., 4,706.
69, Darryl Bower, Middletown, Pa., 4,694.
70, Mike Dias, Lafayette, Colo., 4,689.
71, (tie) Jerry Sikora, Huron, S.D., and Joe Salvemini, Colorado Springs, Colo., 4,684.
73, Widmar Vargas, Sun City Center, Fla., 4,678.
74, Paul Mielens, Menomonie, Wis., 4,654.
75, Sammy Ventura, Syracuse, N.Y., 4,651.
76, Michael Duran, Banning, Calif., 4,649.
77, Joe Goldstein Sr., San Bruno, Calif., 4,642.
78, Scott Greiner, Sunrise Beach, Mo., 4,637.
79, John Marsala, St. Louis, Mo., 4,634.
80, Rick Minier, Houston, 4,629.
81, Gary Faulkner, Norfolk, Va., 4,628.
82, Rob Rice, Sunnyside, Wash., 4,618.
83, Todd Kjell, Roscoe, Ill., 4,614.
84, Todd Haney, Boiling Springs, S.C., 4,612.
85, Takeo Sakai, Japan, 4,600.
86, Pat Nolan, Japan, 4,586.
87, n-Steven Jeeves, England, 4,581.
88, n-David Waswo, Lees Summit, Mo., 4,578.
89, Dale Traber, Cedarburg, Wis., 4,577.
90, John Dougherty, Fort Walton Beach, Fla., 4,568.
91, Russ Simmons, Fontana, Calif., 4,567.
92, Gary Alstott, Washington, Ill., 4,563.
93, n-Bob Baer, Henderson, Nev., 4,557.
94, n-Paul Renteria, Henderson, Nev., 4,553.
95, n,ss-Darwin Wimer, Mesquite, Nev., 4,527.
96, (tie) Tony Rodriguez Jr., Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., and Carlos Denot, Mexico, 4,515.
98, (tie) n-John Hricsina Jr., Las Vegas, and Jon DeLaney, McKinney, Texas, 4,508.
100, Jeff Mann Sr., Clearlake Oaks, Calif., 4,494.
101, Tom Sellers, Barstow, Calif., 4,488.
102, n-Bill Oakes, Lawton, Okla., 4,475.
103, Richard Strath, Schenectady, N.Y., 4,469.
104, n-Linda Walbaum, Brighton, Colo., 4,462.
105, Gary Kammes, Winfield, Ill., 4,453.
106, Tom Carter, Columbus, Ohio, 4,447.
107, Brian McMahon, Boca Raton, Fla., 4,445.
108, n-Jim Montgomery, Byron, Ill., 4,444.
109, Michael Smith, Centenniel, Colo., 4,436.
110, Stan Winters, Simi Valley, Calif., 4,406.
111, Mark Abraham, Lansing, Mich., and n-Rolly Sebelen, Dominican Republic, 4,404.
113, n-Robert Callari, Cordova, Tenn., 4,399.
114, n-Paul Appling, Camarillo, Calif., 4,397.
115, n-Ron Hosler, Englewood, Colo., 4,390.
116, n-David Graber, Las Vegas, 4,373.
117, Timothy Banks, Rosamond, Calif., 4,363.
118, Julius Mickel, Omaha, Neb., 4,358.
119, Steven Jansson, Barnes, Wis., 4,356.
120, Paul LeMond, Jasper, Ind., 4,344.
121, James Storts, Westfield, Ind., 4,343.
122, Ross McDonald, Las Vegas, Nev., 4,340.
123, n-Troy Silfies, Northglenn, Colo., 4,326.
124, (tie) Carl West, San Jose, Calif., and Joe Beck, Montgomery, Ala., 4,324.
126, Rodney Remmers, Moore, Texas, 4,308.
127, Terry Metzner, Kentwood, Mich., 4,297.
128, Jack Wofford, Flagstaff, Ariz., 4,280.
129, n-Steven Atkinson, Hollywood Park, Texas, 4,260.
130, Bill Vannoy, Lexington, S.C., 4,258.
131, n-Jeff Atkins, Hot Springs Village, Ark., 4,256.
132, n-Michael Mellick, Whittier, Calif., 4,253.
133, n-Tish Johnson, Colorado Springs, Colo., 4,245.
134, Brian Miller, Springfield, Ohio, 4,243.
135, Rick Francis, Linden, Calif., 4,241.
136, n-Vic Karbowski, Sommerton, Ariz., 4,198.
137, Cephas Hensley, Jonesboro, Tenn., 4,189.
138, Glen Nakagawa, Highland Village, Texas, 4,166.
139, n-Charles Allen Jr., Pell City, Ala., 4,161.
140, Thomas Sliwinski, Reynoldsville, Pa., 4,159.
141, Garry Blanton, Owensboro, Ky., 4,154.
142, Don Lane, San Francisco, 4,118.
143, Robert Walters, North Las Vegas, Nev., 4,110.
144, n-Robert Reeder Jr., Bellefonte, Pa., 4,054.
145, n-Dale Knight, Las Vegas, 4,037.
146, Galen Keas, Alda, Neb., 3,877.

n – non-member

ss – PBA60 players ages 60 and over out of the regular prize list earning $1,100

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Koivuniemi Holds Off Charge by Torgersen to Retain Suncoast PBA Senior U.S. Open Lead After Third Round

LAS VEGAS – Defending champion Mika Koivuniemi retained his Suncoast PBA Senior U.S. Open presented by Storm lead after Wednesday’s third round, but another northern European native, Tore Torgersen of Norway, made some news of his own as the season’s third and final major for players 50 and over reached the halfway mark.

After three rounds, Koivuniemi, a native of Finland, holds the lead with a 3,980 18-game pinfall total (221 average), just 21 pins ahead of Torgersen in second with 3,959.

A lackluster third round in which Koivuniemi could only manage games of 202, 196, 183, 199, 216 and 203, enabled Torgersen to close the gap after he bowled games of 257, 240, 214, 207, 183 and 256.

“I didn’t bowl good, but I didn’t bowl bad either,” said Koivuniemi, a PBA Hall of Famer and two-time PBA Player of the Year. “I guess you could call it a good bad block.

“It was one of those blocks where I couldn’t get the perfect ball reaction,” the 14-time PBA Tour and three-time major winner added. “I felt like I was getting to the pocket consistently but just wasn’t striking. I think the most strikes I had in a row was three.”

Torgersen head shotTorgersen, the 2000 World Amateur Bowler of the Year and a member of the World Bowling Writers Hall of Fame, is a former PBA member who owns a best tour finish of third which came in the 2005 PBA Birmingham Open.

“This is the first time I’ve been nervous about bowling in a long time, said the 50-year-old Torgersen, who is bowling in the Senior U.S. Open as a non-member. “This is a special opportunity to bowl at this level of competition at my age. I like the challenge of having to think your way out of trouble. Hopefully, I can continue to focus on what I’m doing and be up there to give myself a chance.”

PBA Hall of Famer Pete Weber retained his position in third with a 3,923 pinfall after bowling games of 200, 194, 220, 237, 224 and 246 in the third round.

Weber, a two-time Senior U.S. Open winner, along with fellow two-time winners Amleto Monacelli and Tom Baker, are trying to become the first to win the Senior U.S. Open three times. Monacelli finished the day in 11th with 3,781 while Baker finished 26th with 3,688.

Finishing 88th after the first round, former Team USA member Steven Smith of San Diego, surged to fourth after the third round with a 3,876 pinfall.

Also bowling as a non-member, the multi-medalist in international competition, made a big comeback in the third round with games of 231, 234, 223, 229 and 244 after starting with 146 in the first game.

Rounding out the top five was 2018 PBA50 Rookie of the Year Rolando Sebelen of the Dominican Republic who posted a 3,874 pinfall for three rounds.

Finishing 59th after the second round, PBA Hall of Famer Walter Ray Williams Jr. surged to 22nd with a 3,707 pinfall after bowling games of 208, 255, 195, 222, 226 and 229 in the third round. Williams, the all-time Go Bowling! PBA Tour titles leader with 47 wins, is trying for his fourth PBA50 win of the season and a record 15th career title. He is currently tied with John Handegard on the all-time PBA50 titles list with 14.

Thursday’s final six-game qualifying round gets underway with squads at 9 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. PT. The field will then be cut to the top 38 players for match play which begins Friday at 8 a.m. After Friday’s second match play round at noon, the top five players will be determined for the stepladder finals scheduled to begin at 4 p.m.

The Senior U.S. Open is streamed live in its entirety by PBA’s streaming partner FloBowling. For subscription and schedule information visit www.flobowling.com.

SUNCOAST PBA SENIOR U.S. OPEN
Presented by Storm
Suncoast Bowling Center, Las Vegas, Wednesday

THIRD ROUND (after 18 games)

1, Mika Koivuniemi, Finland, 3,980.
2, n-Tore Torgersen, Norway, 3,959.
3, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 3,923.
4, n-Steven Smith, San Diego, 3,876.
5, Rolando Sebelen, Dominican Republic, 3,874.
6, Brian Kretzer, Dayton, Ohio, 3,860.
7, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 3,848.
8, n-Ron Nelson Jr., Bridgeview, Ill., 3,811.
9, Doug Kent, Newark, N.Y., 3,802.
10, Greg Thomas, Irmo, S.C., 3,792.
11, Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, 3,781.
12, Steve Hoskins, New Port Richey, Fla., 3,776.
13, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 3,769.
14, Eugene McCune, Munster, Ind., 3,767.
15, Blaine Weninger, Happy Valley, Ore., 3,752.
16, (tie) ss-Kevin Croucher, Grants Pass, Ore., and Brian LeClair, Albany, N.Y., 3,751.
18, (tie) Robert Lawrence, Austin, Texas, and ss-Ron Mohr, Las Vegas, 3,736.
20, Martin Bedford, Gasport, New York, 3,714.
21, Steven Badovinac, Parker, Colo., 3,712.
22, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., 3,707.
23, Bob Learn Jr., Erie, Pa., 3,698.
24, n-Don Moser, Menifee, Calif., 3,695.
25, Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., 3,694.
26, ss-Tom Baker, King, N.C., 3,688.
27, ss-Michael Lucente, Warren, Mich., 3,685.
28, Lennie Boresch Jr., Kenosha, Wis., 3,684.
29, Daniel Miyamoto, Mililani, Hawaii, 3,681.
30, Ricky Schissler, Brighton, Colo., 3,672.
31, Wayne Garber, Modesto, Calif., 3,663.
32, Tony Johnson, Canton, Ohio, 3,662.
33, (tie) Mark Mazzulla, Brentwood, Calif., and ss-Mark Williams, Beaumont, Texas, 3,660.
35, Jay Hess, Gotha, Fla., 3,650.
36, Jeff Johnson, Freeport, Ill., 3,649.
37, (tie) Brian Menini, Brookfield, Mo., and Kimmo Lehtonen, Finland, 3,647.
39, Paul Fleming, Ft. Worth, Texas, 3,646.
40, Eric Forkel, Henderson, Nev., 3,645.
41, Dennis Horan Jr., Oakley, Calif., 3,642.
42, Chris Warren, Grants Pass, Ore., 3,637.
43, Michael Haugen Jr., Phoenix, 3,611.
44, ss-Junichi Yajima, Japan, 3,608.
45, Bryan Goebel, Shawnee, Kan., 3,605.
46, Stoney Baker, Canton, Ga., 3,601.
47, ss-Skip Pavone, San Jose, Calif., 3,597.
48, Michael Duran, Banning, Calif., 3,596.
49, Bob Rosenau, Redding, Calif., 3,584.
50, ss-Don Blatchford, Santa Monica, Calif., 3,583.
51, Tommy Martin, Millington, Tenn., 3,577.
52, ss-John Petraglia, Manalapan, N.J., 3,576.
53, Randy Peterson, Carrington, N.D., 3,573.
54, n-James Wallace, Hicksville, N.Y., 3,571.
55, ss-Harry Sullins, Chesterfield Twp., Mich., 3,568.
56, ss-Edward Silva, Manteca, Calif., 3,562.
57, Gary Faulkner, Norfolk, Va., 3,554.
58, Noel Vazquez, Sacramento, Calif., 3,552.
59, n-David Waswo, Lees Summit, Mo., 3,549.
60, ss-John Dudak, Orland Park, Ill., 3,546.
61, Greg McDaniel, Kimball, Neb., 3,545.
62, Robert Brown, Cody, Wyo., 3,542.
63, n-Barry Zimmerman, Grand Forks, N.D., 3,541.
64, ss-Christopher Keane, Cape Coral, Fla., 3,539.
65, ss-Widmar Vargas, Sun City Center, Fla., 3,534.
66, Scott Greiner, Sunrise Beach, Mo., 3,533.
67, Joseph Petrovich, Tracy, Calif., 3,530.
68, n-Jerry Johnson Jr., Las Vegas, 3,526.
69, ss-Joe Salvemini, Colorado Springs, Colo., 3,520.
70, ss-Mike Dias, Lafayette, Colo., 3,519.
71, Rob Rice, Sunnyside, Wash., 3,518.
72, ss-Jerry Sikora, Huron, S.D., 3,512.
73, Pat Nolan, Japan, 3,508.
74, Doug Kempt, Arcadia, Calif., 3,504.
75, Joe Goldstein Sr., San Bruno, Calif., 3,502.
76, n-Steven Jeeves, England, 3,496.
77, ss-Henry Dawson, Elma, Wash., 3,495.
78, ss-Warren Nelson, Hemet, Calif., 3,494.
78, Todd Kjell, Roscoe, Ill., 3,494.
80, Bill Watson, Monroe, Ohio, 3,482.
81, ss-Darryl Bower, Middletown, Pa., 3,477.
82, John Marsala, St. Louis, Mo., 3,472.
83, ss-Sammy Ventura, Syracuse, N.Y., 3,471.
84, ss-Dale Traber, Cedarburg, Wis., 3,467.
85, Jon DeLaney, McKinney, Texas, 3,464.
86, Peter Knopp, Germany, 3,455.
87, (tie) ss-Takeo Sakai, Japan, and ss-Paul Mielens, Menomonie, Wis., 3,450.
89, Gary Alstott, Washington, Ill., 3,446.
90, ss-Rick Minier, Houston, 3,430.
91, Todd Haney, Boiling Springs, S.C., 3,426.
92, n-Dana Wright, St. Paul, Minn., 3,422
93, Richard Strath, Schenectady, N.Y., 3,419.
94, ss-Jeff Mann Sr., Clearlake Oaks, Calif., 3,413.
95, n-Bob Baer, Henderson, Nev., 3,410.
96, John Dougherty III, Fort Walton Beach, Fla., 3,409.
97, Carlos Denot, Mexico, 3,407.
98, ss-Russ Simmons, Fontana, Calif., 3,402.
99, n,ss-Bill Oakes, Lawton, Okla, 3,392.
100, (tie) n-Paul Renteria, Henderson, Nev., and ss-Gary Kammes, Winfield, Ill., 3,385.
102, n-John Hricsina Jr., Las Vegas, 3,382.
103, Tony Rodriguez Jr., Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., 3,381.
104, n,ss-Darwin Wimer, Mesquite, Nev., 3,371.
105, n-Rolly Sebelen, Dominican Republic, 3,363.
106, ss-Stan Winters, Simi Valley, Calif., 3,342.
107, n-Jim Montgomery, Byron, Ill., 3,342.
108, ss-Tom Carter, Columbus, Ohio, 3,339.
109, (tie) Paul LeMond, Jasper, Ind., n,ss-Robert Callari, Cordova, Tenn. And Brian McMahon, Boca Raton, Fla., 3,326.
112, ss-Steven Jansson, Barnes, Wis., 3,324.
113, ss-Ross McDonald, Las Vegas, Nev., 3,318.
114, n-Linda Walbaum, Brighton, Colo., 3,303.
115, Bill Vannoy, Lexington, S.C., 3,300.
116, Michael Smith, Centenniel, Colo., 3,298.
117, Timothy Banks, Rosamond, Calif., 3,280.
118, n-Troy Silfies, Northglenn, Colo., 3,260.
119, n,ss-Paul Appling, Camarillo, Calif., 3,250.
120, n,ss-David Graber, Las Vegas, 3,249.
121, n,ss-Ron Hosler, Englewood, Colo., 3,247.
122, (tie) ss-James Storts, Westfield, Ind., and Joe Beck, Montgomery, Ala., 3,246.
124, Carl West, San Jose, Calif., 3,234.
125, (tie) Jack Wofford, Flagstaff, Ariz., and ss-Julius Mickel, Omaha, Neb., 3,216.
127, Mark Abraham, Lansing, Mich., 3,208.
128, Tom Sellers, Barstow, Calif., 3,204.
129, Rick Francis, Linden, Calif., 3,200.
130, Rodney Remmers, Moore, Texas, 3,195.
131, n-Michael Mellick, Whittier, Calif., 3,193.
132, n-Vic Karbowski, Sommerton, Ariz., 3,191.
133, n,ss-Dale Knight, Las Vegas, 3,169.
134, n-Jeff Atkins, Hot Springs Village, Ark., 3,162.
135, n-Steven Atkinson, Hollywood Park, Texas, 3,152.
136, ss-Terry Metzner, Kentwood, Mich., 3,145.
137, ss-Brian Miller, Springfield, Ohio, 3,129.
138, ss-Glen Nakagawa, Highland Village, Texas, 3,122.
139, n-Tish Johnson, Colorado Springs, Colo., 3,099.
140, Cephas Hensley, Jonesboro, Tenn., 3,091.
141, ss-Thomas Sliwinski, Reynoldsville, Pa., 3,080.
142, ss-Don Lane, San Francisco, 3,069.
143, ss-Robert Walters, North Las Vegas, Nev., 3,068.
144, ss-Garry Blanton, Owensboro, Ky., 3,030.
145, n-Charles Allen Jr., Pell City, Ala., 2,996.
146, ss-n-Robert Reeder Jr., Bellefonte, Pa., 2,982.
146, ss-n-Robert Reeder Jr., Bellefonte, Pa., 2,982.
147, ss-Galean Keas, Alda, Neb., 2,917.

n – non-member
ss – PBA60 players ages 60 and over

Defending Champion Koivuniemi Extends Lead After Suncoast PBA Senior U.S. Open Second Round

LAS VEGAS – No matter how good of a run a player is on in the Suncoast PBA Senior U.S. Open presented by Storm, the specter of bowling a bad game – or more than one – is always looming.

Defending champion Mika Koivuniemi managed to overcome 174 and 190 games in the second round of the 2019 Senior U.S. Open at the Suncoast Bowling Center Tuesday to extend his lead finishing with a 2,781 12-game pinfall (231 average).

The Hall of Famer holds a commanding 166-pin lead over last year’s Senior U.S. Open runner-up Brian Kretzer in second with  a 2,615 pinfall.

Koivuniemi, a 14-time Go Bowling! PBA Tour titlist who won the 2018 Senior U.S. Open for his first title on the tour for players 50 and over, salvaged a 1,316 pinfall in the second round with games of 243, 223, 174, 210, 276 and 190.

“When you are making good shots, you must take advantage by bowling the big game because you can lose so much ground with a bad game,” said Koivuniemi, who owns three PBA Tour major titles including the 2001 U.S. Open. “You want to be able to control the pocket and I wasn’t able to do that in the 174 game.

“I was hitting the pocket consistently in the 276 and 190 game but the results weren’t the same,” the 52-year-old Koivuniemi continued. “You just keep calm and stay adjustable to the situation.

“For me, it comes down to if I’m throwing the ball well, I feel confident that I can control the pocket,” he added. “Getting the ball to the pocket is something you can control – what happens once the ball hits the pins is something you can’t control. If I’m not throwing the ball well, it can go anywhere.”

Kretzer, the 2018 PBA50 Cup winner, bowled 1,331 in the second round with games of 249, 252, 205, 222, 199 and 204 to jump from 16th after the first round to second.

“I’m kind of in conservative mode when it comes to the Senior U.S. Open,” said the 53-year-old Kretzer, who lost to Koivuniemi 259-237 in last year’s title match. “I don’t plan on big numbers – I look at 215 as my goal every game and if I can string some strikes for a big game that’s great.”

PBA Hall of Famer Pete Weber vaulted from 31st after the first round to tie for third thanks to a 1,361 pinfall with games of 187, 258, 221, 259, 200 and 236 in the second round finishing 13-pins behind Kretzer with  2,602. Weber is tied with Norway’s Tore Torgersen.

Weber, a two-time Senior U.S. Open winner, along with fellow hall of famers and two-time winners Amleto Monacelli and Tom Baker are trying to become the first three-time Senior U.S. Open champion.

Monacelli, the winner of the recent USBC Senior Masters for his fifth PBA50 major title finished the day in 11th with 2,549 and Baker is in 22nd with 2,511.

The Senior U.S. Open is streamed live in its entirety by PBA’s streaming partner FloBowling. For subscription and schedule information visit www.flobowling.com.

Qualifying continues Wednesday and Thursday with six-game rounds at 9 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. PT. The field will then be cut to the top 38 players for match play which will begins Friday at 8 a.m. After Friday’s second match play round at noon, the top five players will be determined for the stepladder finals scheduled to begin at 4 p.m.

SUNCOAST PBA SENIOR U.S. OPEN

Presented by Storm

Suncoast Bowling Center, Las Vegas, Tuesday

SECOND ROUND (after 12 games)

1, Mika Koivuniemi, Finland, 2,781.
2, Brian Kretzer, Dayton, Ohio, 2,615.
3, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 2,602.
3, n-Tore Torgersen, Norway, 2,602.
5, Rolando Sebelen, Dominican Republic, 2,580.
6, Michael Haugen Jr., Phoenix, 2,575.
7, n-Steven Smith, San Diego, 2,569.
8, n-Don Moser, Menifee, Calif., 2,567.
9, Lennie Boresch Jr., Kenosha, Wis., 2,560.
10, Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., 2,555.
11, Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, 2,549.
12, n-Ron Nelson Jr., Bridgeview, Ill., 2,547.
13, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 2,542.
14, Doug Kent, Newark, N.Y., 2,539.
15, Eugene McCune, Munster, Ind., 2,537.
16, Kimmo Lehtonen, Finland, 2,535.
17, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 2,529.
18, ss-Ron Mohr, Las Vegas, 2,518.
19, Bob Learn Jr., Erie, Pa., 2,516.
20, ss-Michael Lucente, Warren, Mich., 2,514.
21, Dennis Horan Jr., Oakley, Calif., 2,513.
22, ss-Tom Baker, King, N.C., 2,511.
23, Blaine Weninger, Happy Valley, Ore., 2,496.
24, Brian LeClair, Albany, N.Y., 2,480.
25, Daniel Miyamoto, Mililani, Hawaii, 2,475.
26, ss-Junichi Yajima, Japan, 2,470.
27, Martin Bedford, Gasport, New York, 2,469.
28, Steve Hoskins, New Port Richey, Fla., 2,460.
29, Greg Thomas, Irmo, S.C., 2,455.
30, ss-Kevin Croucher, Grants Pass, Ore., 2,452.
31, (tie) n-Barry Zimmerman, Grand Forks, N.D., Paul Fleming, Fort Worth, Texas, and Jeff Johnson, Freeport, Ill., 2,448.
34, Robert Lawrence, Austin, Texas, 2,446.
35, Chris Warren, Grants Pass, Ore., 2,442.
36, (tie) Wayne Garber, Modesto, Calif., and Tony Johnson, Canton, Ohio, 2,439.
38, Joe Goldstein Sr., San Bruno, Calif., 2,437.
39, Steven Badovinac, Parker, Colo., 2,432.
40, ss-Don Blatchford, Santa Monica, Calif., 2,426.
41, Eric Forkel, Henderson, Nev., 2,425.
42, (tie) Randy Peterson, Carrington, N.D., and Bob Rosenau, Redding, Calif., 2,420.
44, ss-John Dudak, Orland Park, Ill., 2,411.
45, (tie) Michael Duran, Banning, Calif., and Noel Vazquez, Sacramento, Calif., 2,407.
47, (tie) Jay Hess, Gotha, Fla., and Doug Kempt, Arcadia, Calif., 2,404.
49, ss-Widmar Vargas, Sun City Center, Fla., 2,403.
50, Robert Brown, Cody, Wyo., 2,400.
51, Brian Menini, Brookfield, Mo., 2,398.
52, ss-Skip Pavone, San Jose, Calif., 2,391.
53, ss-Mark Williams, Beaumont, Texas, 2,388.
54, Ricky Schissler, Brighton, Colo., 2,383.
55, Tommy Martin, Millington, Tenn., 2,380.
56, Greg McDaniel, Kimball, Neb., 2,379.
57, Stoney Baker, Canton, Ga., 2,376.
58, Todd Kjell, Roscoe, Ill., 2,374.
59, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., 2,372.
60, Joseph Petrovich, Tracy, Calif, 2,369.
61, (tie) Mark Mazzulla, Brentwood, Calif., and ss-Henry Dawson, Elma, Wash., 2,367.
63, Bryan Goebel, Shawnee, Kan., 2,364.
64, (tie) ss-Joe Salvemini, Colorado Springs, Colo., and n-James Wallace, Hicksville, N.Y., 2,363.
66, ss-Edward Silva, Manteca, Calif., 2,361.
67, Peter Knopp, Germany, 2,355.
68, (tie) n-Steven Jeeves, England, ss-John Petraglia, Manalapan, N.J., and Todd Haney, Boiling Springs, S.C., 2,354.
71, ss-Dale Traber, Cedarburg, Wis., 2,348.
72, ss-Jeff Mann, Clearlake Oaks, Calif., 2,340.
73, ss-Harry Sullins, Chesterfield Twp., Mich., 2,332.
74, Gary Faulkner, Norfolk, Va., 2,315.
75, (tie) Bill Watson, Monroe, Ohio, and Rob Rice, Sunnyside, Wash., 2,310.
77, Richard Strath, Schenectady, N.Y., 2,301.
78, Pat Nolan, Japan, 2,300.
79, n-Troy Silfies, Northglenn, Colo., 2,297.
80, ss-Jerry Sikora, Huron, S.D., 2,294.
81, ss-Darryl Bower, Middletown, Pa., 2,293.
82, n-David Waswo, Lees Summit, Mo., 2,292.
83, (tie) ss-Warren Nelson, Hemet, Calif., and Bill Vannoy, Lexington, S.C., 2,291.
85, n-Bob Baer, Henderson, Nev., 2,290.
86, (tie) Gary Alstott, Washington, Ill., and ss-Paul Mielens, Menomonie, Wis., 2,286.
88, John Dougherty III, Fort Walton Beach, Fla., 2,282.
89, (tie) ss-Christopher Keane, Cape Coral, Fla., and Jon DeLaney, McKinney, Texas, 2,277.
91, ss-n-Bill Oakes, Lawton, Okla, 2,275.
92, ss-Mike Dias, Lafayette, Colo., 2,265.
93, n-John Hricsina Jr., Las Vegas, 2,263.
94, ss-Rick Minier, Houston, 2,262.
95, Scott Greiner, Sunrise Beach, Mo., 2,253.
96, n-Dana Wright, St. Paul, Minn., 2,250.
97, ss-Gary Kammes, Winfield, Ill., 2,245.
98, n-Jerry Johnson Jr., Las Vegas, 2,238.
99, Mark Abraham, Lansing, Mich., 2,233.
100, ss-Sammy Ventura, Syracuse, N.Y., 2,225.
101, ss-Russ Simmons, Fontana, Calif., 2,209.
102, Rick Francis, Linden, Calif., 2,207.
103, ss-Tom Carter, Columbus, Ohio, 2,206.
104, John Marsala, St. Louis, Mo., 2,205.
105, Carlos Denot, Mexico, 2,202.
106, Timothy Banks, Rosamond, Calif., 2,199.
107, ss-Steven Jansson, Barnes, Wis., 2,198.
108, Brian McMahon, Boca Raton, Fla., 2,194.
109, n,ss-Ron Hosler, Englewood, Colo., 2,192.
110, Michael Smith, Centenniel, Colo., 2,187.
111, (tie) n-Rolly Sebelen, Dominican Republic, and Joe Beck, Montgomery, Ala., 2,184.
113, Paul LeMond, Jasper, Ind., 2,183.
114, ss-James Storts, Westfield, Ind., 2,182.
115, n-Darwin Wimer, Mesquite, Nev., 2,178.
116, Rodney Remmers, Moore, Texas, 2,176.
116, n,ss-Robert Callari, Cordova, Tenn.., 2,176.
118, ss-Takeo Sakai, Japan, 2,175.
119, ss-Thomas Sliwinski, Reynoldsville, Pa., 2,171.
120, n-Paul Renteria, Henderson, Nev., 2,168.
121, ss-n-Paul Appling, Camarillo, Calif., 2,165.
122, Tony Rodriguez Jr., Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., 2,164.
123, n-Jim Montgomery, Byron, Ill., 2,163.
124, ss-Julius Mickel, Omaha, Neb., 2,162.
125, n-Michael Mellick, Whittier, Calif., 2,161.
126, n,ss-David Graber, Las Vegas, 2,156.
127, n-Vic Karbowski, Sommerton, Ariz., 2,154.
128, n-Linda Walbaum, Brighton, Colo., 2,147.
129, ss-Stan Winters, Simi Valley, Calif., 2,138.
130, Carl West, San Jose, Calif., 2,131.
131, Tom Sellers, Barstow, Calif., 2,119.
132, ss-Terry Metzner, Kentwood, Mich., 2,116.
133, Jack Wofford, Flagstaff, Ariz., 2,115.
134, n-Steven Atkinson, Hollywood Park, Texas, 2,106.
135, ss-Ross McDonald, Las Vegas, Nev., 2,103.
136, n-Jeff Atkins, Hot Springs Village, Ark., 2,101.
137, ss-Brian Miller, Springfield, Ohio, 2,081.
138, (tie) ss-Glen Nakagawa, Highland Village, Texas, and Cephas Hensley, Jonesboro, Tenn., 2,066.
140, ss-Don Lane, San Francisco, 2,063.
141, n,ss-Dale Knight, Las Vegas, 2,041.
142, n-Tish Johnson, Colorado Springs, Colo., 2,020.
143, ss-Robert Walters, North Las Vegas, Nev., 2,019.
144, n-Charles Allen Jr., Pell City, Ala., 2,018.
145, ss-Galen Keas, Alda, Neb., 1,998.
146, ss-n-Robert Reeder Jr., Bellefonte, Pa., 1,977.
147, ss-Garry Blanton, Owensboro, Ky., 1,959.
148, Don Herrington, Ballston Lake, N.Y., 2,201.
149, ss-n-John Shreve Sr., Sheffield Village, Ohio, 2,089.
150, n-Billy Bundza, Tucson, Ariz., 2,078.

n – non-member

ss – PBA60 players ages 60 and over

Defending Champion Koivuniemi Extends Lead After Suncoast PBA Senior U.S. Open Second Round

LAS VEGAS – No matter how good of a run a player is on in the Suncoast PBA Senior U.S. Open presented by Storm, the specter of bowling a bad game – or more than one – is always looming.

Defending champion Mika Koivuniemi managed to overcome 174 and 190 games in the second round of the 2019 Senior U.S. Open at the Suncoast Bowling Center Tuesday to extend his lead finishing with a 2,781 12-game pinfall (231 average).

The Hall of Famer holds a commanding 166-pin lead over last year’s Senior U.S. Open runner-up Brian Kretzer in second with  a 2,615 pinfall.

Koivuniemi, a 14-time Go Bowling! PBA Tour titlist who won the 2018 Senior U.S. Open for his first title on the tour for players 50 and over, salvaged a 1,316 pinfall in the second round with games of 243, 223, 174, 210, 276 and 190.

“When you are making good shots, you must take advantage by bowling the big game because you can lose so much ground with a bad game,” said Koivuniemi, who owns three PBA Tour major titles including the 2001 U.S. Open. “You want to be able to control the pocket and I wasn’t able to do that in the 174 game.

“I was hitting the pocket consistently in the 276 and 190 game but the results weren’t the same,” the 52-year-old Koivuniemi continued. “You just keep calm and stay adjustable to the situation.

“For me, it comes down to if I’m throwing the ball well, I feel confident that I can control the pocket,” he added. “Getting the ball to the pocket is something you can control – what happens once the ball hits the pins is something you can’t control. If I’m not throwing the ball well, it can go anywhere.”

Kretzer, the 2018 PBA50 Cup winner, bowled 1,331 in the second round with games of 249, 252, 205, 222, 199 and 204 to jump from 16th after the first round to second.

“I’m kind of in conservative mode when it comes to the Senior U.S. Open,” said the 53-year-old Kretzer, who lost to Koivuniemi 259-237 in last year’s title match. “I don’t plan on big numbers – I look at 215 as my goal every game and if I can string some strikes for a big game that’s great.”

PBA Hall of Famer Pete Weber vaulted from 31st after the first round to tie for third thanks to a 1,361 pinfall with games of 187, 258, 221, 259, 200 and 236 in the second round finishing 13-pins behind Kretzer with  2,602. Weber is tied with Norway’s Tore Torgersen.

Weber, a two-time Senior U.S. Open winner, along with fellow hall of famers and two-time winners Amleto Monacelli and Tom Baker are trying to become the first three-time Senior U.S. Open champion.

Monacelli, the winner of the recent USBC Senior Masters for his fifth PBA50 major title finished the day in 11th with 2,549 and Baker is in 22nd with 2,511.

The Senior U.S. Open is streamed live in its entirety by PBA’s streaming partner FloBowling. For subscription and schedule information visit www.flobowling.com.

Qualifying continues Wednesday and Thursday with six-game rounds at 9 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. PT. The field will then be cut to the top 38 players for match play which will begins Friday at 8 a.m. After Friday’s second match play round at noon, the top five players will be determined for the stepladder finals scheduled to begin at 4 p.m.

SUNCOAST PBA SENIOR U.S. OPEN

Presented by Storm

Suncoast Bowling Center, Las Vegas, Tuesday

SECOND ROUND (after 12 games)

1, Mika Koivuniemi, Finland, 2,781.
2, Brian Kretzer, Dayton, Ohio, 2,615.
3, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 2,602.
3, n-Tore Torgersen, Norway, 2,602.
5, Rolando Sebelen, Dominican Republic, 2,580.
6, Michael Haugen Jr., Phoenix, 2,575.
7, n-Steven Smith, San Diego, 2,569.
8, n-Don Moser, Menifee, Calif., 2,567.
9, Lennie Boresch Jr., Kenosha, Wis., 2,560.
10, Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., 2,555.
11, Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, 2,549.
12, n-Ron Nelson Jr., Bridgeview, Ill., 2,547.
13, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 2,542.
14, Doug Kent, Newark, N.Y., 2,539.
15, Eugene McCune, Munster, Ind., 2,537.
16, Kimmo Lehtonen, Finland, 2,535.
17, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 2,529.
18, ss-Ron Mohr, Las Vegas, 2,518.
19, Bob Learn Jr., Erie, Pa., 2,516.
20, ss-Michael Lucente, Warren, Mich., 2,514.
21, Dennis Horan Jr., Oakley, Calif., 2,513.
22, ss-Tom Baker, King, N.C., 2,511.
23, Blaine Weninger, Happy Valley, Ore., 2,496.
24, Brian LeClair, Albany, N.Y., 2,480.
25, Daniel Miyamoto, Mililani, Hawaii, 2,475.
26, ss-Junichi Yajima, Japan, 2,470.
27, Martin Bedford, Gasport, New York, 2,469.
28, Steve Hoskins, New Port Richey, Fla., 2,460.
29, Greg Thomas, Irmo, S.C., 2,455.
30, ss-Kevin Croucher, Grants Pass, Ore., 2,452.
31, (tie) n-Barry Zimmerman, Grand Forks, N.D., Paul Fleming, Fort Worth, Texas, and Jeff Johnson, Freeport, Ill., 2,448.
34, Robert Lawrence, Austin, Texas, 2,446.
35, Chris Warren, Grants Pass, Ore., 2,442.
36, (tie) Wayne Garber, Modesto, Calif., and Tony Johnson, Canton, Ohio, 2,439.
38, Joe Goldstein Sr., San Bruno, Calif., 2,437.
39, Steven Badovinac, Parker, Colo., 2,432.
40, ss-Don Blatchford, Santa Monica, Calif., 2,426.
41, Eric Forkel, Henderson, Nev., 2,425.
42, (tie) Randy Peterson, Carrington, N.D., and Bob Rosenau, Redding, Calif., 2,420.
44, ss-John Dudak, Orland Park, Ill., 2,411.
45, (tie) Michael Duran, Banning, Calif., and Noel Vazquez, Sacramento, Calif., 2,407.
47, (tie) Jay Hess, Gotha, Fla., and Doug Kempt, Arcadia, Calif., 2,404.
49, ss-Widmar Vargas, Sun City Center, Fla., 2,403.
50, Robert Brown, Cody, Wyo., 2,400.
51, Brian Menini, Brookfield, Mo., 2,398.
52, ss-Skip Pavone, San Jose, Calif., 2,391.
53, ss-Mark Williams, Beaumont, Texas, 2,388.
54, Ricky Schissler, Brighton, Colo., 2,383.
55, Tommy Martin, Millington, Tenn., 2,380.
56, Greg McDaniel, Kimball, Neb., 2,379.
57, Stoney Baker, Canton, Ga., 2,376.
58, Todd Kjell, Roscoe, Ill., 2,374.
59, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., 2,372.
60, Joseph Petrovich, Tracy, Calif, 2,369.
61, (tie) Mark Mazzulla, Brentwood, Calif., and ss-Henry Dawson, Elma, Wash., 2,367.
63, Bryan Goebel, Shawnee, Kan., 2,364.
64, (tie) ss-Joe Salvemini, Colorado Springs, Colo., and n-James Wallace, Hicksville, N.Y., 2,363.
66, ss-Edward Silva, Manteca, Calif., 2,361.
67, Peter Knopp, Germany, 2,355.
68, (tie) n-Steven Jeeves, England, ss-John Petraglia, Manalapan, N.J., and Todd Haney, Boiling Springs, S.C., 2,354.
71, ss-Dale Traber, Cedarburg, Wis., 2,348.
72, ss-Jeff Mann, Clearlake Oaks, Calif., 2,340.
73, ss-Harry Sullins, Chesterfield Twp., Mich., 2,332.
74, Gary Faulkner, Norfolk, Va., 2,315.
75, (tie) Bill Watson, Monroe, Ohio, and Rob Rice, Sunnyside, Wash., 2,310.
77, Richard Strath, Schenectady, N.Y., 2,301.
78, Pat Nolan, Japan, 2,300.
79, n-Troy Silfies, Northglenn, Colo., 2,297.
80, ss-Jerry Sikora, Huron, S.D., 2,294.
81, ss-Darryl Bower, Middletown, Pa., 2,293.
82, n-David Waswo, Lees Summit, Mo., 2,292.
83, (tie) ss-Warren Nelson, Hemet, Calif., and Bill Vannoy, Lexington, S.C., 2,291.
85, n-Bob Baer, Henderson, Nev., 2,290.
86, (tie) Gary Alstott, Washington, Ill., and ss-Paul Mielens, Menomonie, Wis., 2,286.
88, John Dougherty III, Fort Walton Beach, Fla., 2,282.
89, (tie) ss-Christopher Keane, Cape Coral, Fla., and Jon DeLaney, McKinney, Texas, 2,277.
91, ss-n-Bill Oakes, Lawton, Okla, 2,275.
92, ss-Mike Dias, Lafayette, Colo., 2,265.
93, n-John Hricsina Jr., Las Vegas, 2,263.
94, ss-Rick Minier, Houston, 2,262.
95, Scott Greiner, Sunrise Beach, Mo., 2,253.
96, n-Dana Wright, St. Paul, Minn., 2,250.
97, ss-Gary Kammes, Winfield, Ill., 2,245.
98, n-Jerry Johnson Jr., Las Vegas, 2,238.
99, Mark Abraham, Lansing, Mich., 2,233.
100, ss-Sammy Ventura, Syracuse, N.Y., 2,225.
101, ss-Russ Simmons, Fontana, Calif., 2,209.
102, Rick Francis, Linden, Calif., 2,207.
103, ss-Tom Carter, Columbus, Ohio, 2,206.
104, John Marsala, St. Louis, Mo., 2,205.
105, Carlos Denot, Mexico, 2,202.
106, Timothy Banks, Rosamond, Calif., 2,199.
107, ss-Steven Jansson, Barnes, Wis., 2,198.
108, Brian McMahon, Boca Raton, Fla., 2,194.
109, n,ss-Ron Hosler, Englewood, Colo., 2,192.
110, Michael Smith, Centenniel, Colo., 2,187.
111, (tie) n-Rolly Sebelen, Dominican Republic, and Joe Beck, Montgomery, Ala., 2,184.
113, Paul LeMond, Jasper, Ind., 2,183.
114, ss-James Storts, Westfield, Ind., 2,182.
115, n-Darwin Wimer, Mesquite, Nev., 2,178.
116, Rodney Remmers, Moore, Texas, 2,176.
116, n,ss-Robert Callari, Cordova, Tenn.., 2,176.
118, ss-Takeo Sakai, Japan, 2,175.
119, ss-Thomas Sliwinski, Reynoldsville, Pa., 2,171.
120, n-Paul Renteria, Henderson, Nev., 2,168.
121, ss-n-Paul Appling, Camarillo, Calif., 2,165.
122, Tony Rodriguez Jr., Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., 2,164.
123, n-Jim Montgomery, Byron, Ill., 2,163.
124, ss-Julius Mickel, Omaha, Neb., 2,162.
125, n-Michael Mellick, Whittier, Calif., 2,161.
126, n,ss-David Graber, Las Vegas, 2,156.
127, n-Vic Karbowski, Sommerton, Ariz., 2,154.
128, n-Linda Walbaum, Brighton, Colo., 2,147.
129, ss-Stan Winters, Simi Valley, Calif., 2,138.
130, Carl West, San Jose, Calif., 2,131.
131, Tom Sellers, Barstow, Calif., 2,119.
132, ss-Terry Metzner, Kentwood, Mich., 2,116.
133, Jack Wofford, Flagstaff, Ariz., 2,115.
134, n-Steven Atkinson, Hollywood Park, Texas, 2,106.
135, ss-Ross McDonald, Las Vegas, Nev., 2,103.
136, n-Jeff Atkins, Hot Springs Village, Ark., 2,101.
137, ss-Brian Miller, Springfield, Ohio, 2,081.
138, (tie) ss-Glen Nakagawa, Highland Village, Texas, and Cephas Hensley, Jonesboro, Tenn., 2,066.
140, ss-Don Lane, San Francisco, 2,063.
141, n,ss-Dale Knight, Las Vegas, 2,041.
142, n-Tish Johnson, Colorado Springs, Colo., 2,020.
143, ss-Robert Walters, North Las Vegas, Nev., 2,019.
144, n-Charles Allen Jr., Pell City, Ala., 2,018.
145, ss-Galen Keas, Alda, Neb., 1,998.
146, ss-n-Robert Reeder Jr., Bellefonte, Pa., 1,977.
147, ss-Garry Blanton, Owensboro, Ky., 1,959.
148, Don Herrington, Ballston Lake, N.Y., 2,201.
149, ss-n-John Shreve Sr., Sheffield Village, Ohio, 2,089.
150, n-Billy Bundza, Tucson, Ariz., 2,078.

n – non-member

ss – PBA60 players ages 60 and over

2019 Go Bowling! PBA Tour Heats Up Again with Start of 10-Event Summer Tour in Lubbock June 28-30

CHICAGO – After a modest break to catch its collective breath, the 2019 Go Bowling! Professional Bowlers Association Tour returns to action June 28-30 at South Plains Lanes in Lubbock, Texas, with an incentive-packed 10-event PBA Summer Tour that will be livestreamed in its entirety by PBA’s online streaming partner, FloBowling.

From late June through August, with a finale in September, the Go Bowling! PBA Summer Tour will visit Lubbock; Houston, Texas; Chesapeake, Virginia; Wilmington, North Carolina; Middletown, Delaware; Coldwater, Ohio, and Aurora, Illinois before wrapping up in Austin, Texas.

During the summer series, EJ Tackett and Anthony Simonsen will both have opportunities to defend two titles won in 2018. Tackett and partner Liz Johnson won the Storm PBA/PWBA Striking Against Breast Cancer Mixed Doubles event in Houston, and Tackett also won the PBA Bear Open in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Simonsen will defend titles in Middletown, where he won the Gene Carter’s Pro Shop Classic, and in the PBA Wolf Open, a part of the 2019 PBA Summer Swing that will move from Tulsa to Aurora in August.

The 2019 Go Bowling! PBA Summer Tour will have its own points list, with enticing and historic bonus incentives involving three inaugural competitions serving as top story lines throughout the Tour:

The inaugural USBC Cup will reward the top five players in PBA Summer Tour points with bonus cash prizes, including $20,000 to the points leader;

•  The inaugural FloBowling PBA ATX Invite will award berths into a special event for the top eight PBA Summer Tour points leaders at Dart Bowl in the hometown of FloSports, Austin, Texas, on Sept. 21. First prize in the FloBowling Invite will be $25,000 and all participants in the event will cash;

The inaugural PBA China Tiger Cup will award the top eight PBA Summer Tour points leaders with expenses-paid trips to Shanghai, Nov. 19-21, for a 16-player singles event including eight Chinese bowlers, and a separate USA vs. China team match. All players will cash in the PBA Tiger Cup singles event which offers a $20,000 first prize, and in the team event the winning five-player team will divide $15,000.

The PBA Summer Tour events will be open to non-PBA members as well as members, but non-members will not be eligible for any of the special events or bonus prizes.

Points earned during the PBA Summer Tour will also count toward 2020 DHC PBA Japan Invitational and 2020 PBA Tour Finals eligibility, as well as figuring into consideration for the end-of-season Player and Rookie of the Year awards.

For PBA Tour rookies, the Summer Tour also means a resumption of the 2019 Bowl4life PBA Rookie Watch points competition, which will strongly influence Rookie of the Year voting at year’s end. USBC Masters runner-up Mykel Holliman of Collierville, Tenn., is the competition points leader among rookies followed by Kenneth Ryan of Farmingdale, N.J., and Patrick Hanrahan of Wichita, Kan. The 2019 PBA Rookie of the Year will receive a $2,500 bonus from Chuck Gardner’s Bowl4Life Foundation and the foundation will donate an additional $2,500 to a youth bowler scholarship in the ROY’s name.

All Summer Tour tournaments except the Aurora Open and the end-of-season FloBowling PBA ATX Invite will be Tier 3 events under the PBA’s Tier 1-2-3 points system. The Aurora Open will be a Tier 2 event. The PBA ATX Invite will be a non-points, non-title special event.

PBA SUMMER TOUR SCHEDULE (USBC Cup points series)

June 28-30 – PBA Lubbock Sports Shootout (Tier 3 event), South Plains Lanes, Lubbock, Texas (new event).

July 25-28 – Storm PBA/PWBA Striking Against Breast Cancer Mixed Doubles (Tier 3 event), Copperfield Bowl, Houston, Texas (defending champions EJ Tackett/Liz Johnson).

Aug. 9-11 – PBA Harry O’Neale Chesapeake Open (Tier 3 event), AMF Western Branch, Chesapeake, Va. (defending champion from 2017, Dick Allen).

Aug. 12-14 – PBA Wilmington Open (Tier 3 event), Ten Pin Alley Family Fun Center, Wilmington, N.C. (defending champion Cristian Azcona).

Aug. 16-18 – PBA Gene Carter’s Pro Shop Classic (Tier 3 event), Mid-County Bowling & Entertainment Center, Middletown, Del. (defending champion Anthony Simonsen).

Aug. 21-23 – PBA Bowlerstore Classic presented by Moxy’s Xtra Pair (Tier 3 event), Pla-Mor Lanes, Coldwater, Ohio (defending champion Jakob Butturff).

Aug. 24-31 – FloBowling PBA Summer Swing (PBA Wolf, Bear and Aurora Open), Parkside Lanes, Aurora, Ill. (PBA Wolf Open, a Tier 3 event, defending champion Anthony Simonsen; PBA Bear Open, a Tier 3 event, defending champion EJ Tackett; PBA Aurora Open, a Tier 2 event, defending Tulsa Open champion Stuart Williams).

Sept. 21 – FloBowling PBA Summer Tour Finals: FloBowling PBA ATX Invite, Dart Bowl, Austin, Texas (new event).

Mika Koivuniemi Begins Title Defense with Suncoast PBA Senior U.S. Open First-Round Lead

LAS VEGAS (June 10, 2019) – Boosted by a 300 game, defending champion Mika Koivuniemi of Finland, began his Suncoast PBA Senior U.S. Open presented by Storm title defense Monday at the Suncoast Bowling Center with the first-round lead in the season’s third major for players 50 and over.

The PBA Hall of Famer, who was inducted into the United States Bowling Congress Hall of Fame in May, bowled a 1,465 six-game pinfall total (244 average) with games of 203, 253, 300, 229, 234 and 246 to hold a 63-pin lead over fellow countryman Kimmo Lehtonen in second with 1,402.

“I don’t think I bowled 10 bad shots the whole round and when you do that it makes everything else easier,” said the 52-year-old Koivuniemi, who owns three Go Bowling! PBA Tour major titles including the 2001 U.S. Open. “I was able to use the same ball and the main adjustment I had to make was in the middle of the first game when I started putting more forward roll on the ball which helped me carry the 10 pins.

“I could tell by the third or fourth frame of the third game I had a really good shot and it was probably going to be a matter of just kicking out the 10 pins and a 300 was certainly going to be possible,” he added.

As top qualifier for the stepladder finals, Koivuniemi won the 2018 Senior U.S. Open by defeating Brian Kretzer of Dayton, Ohio, 259-237, in the title match for his first PBA50 Tour win.

Because of his commitments as the head bowling coach for the United Arab Emirates national bowling team, the Senior U.S. Open is the only PBA event Koivuniemi plans to bowl this year.

“For the past two months I started practicing regularly about three or four games a day five or six games a week to get ready,” he said. “Nothing very strenuous – just enough to stay in good playing shape.”

Rounding out the top five after the first round were Jeff Johnson, Freeport, Illinois, 1,358; Don Moser, Menifee, California., 1,347, and PBA Hall of Famer and 2011 Senior U.S. Open winner Ron Mohr, Las Vegas, 1,327.

A day after winning the USBC Senior Masters for his fifth PBA50 major and ninth career title, PBA Hall of Famer Amleto Monacelli is in 20th place after the first round with a 1,276 pinfall bowling games of 211, 198, 224, 193, 222 and 228.

The 57-year-old Monacelli, who is trying to become the Senior U.S. Open’s first three-time champion after winning back-to-back in 2012 and 2013, says he has had to put the Senior Masters win out of his mind in preparation for the U.S. Open.

“I need to refocus my mental concentration and keep my emotions stable,” said Monacelli, a 20-time PBA Tour winner. “There’s a lot of talent and experience out here (on the PBA50 Tour) so for me it comes down to the mental game, trusting my instincts and just figuring out how to win. Sometimes I’m so focused, I don’t even know what frame I’m in.”

Former Major League All-Star pitcher John Burkett, who has a best finish of ninth this season that came in the Northern California Classic, withdrew after the second game with a knee injury.

The Senior U.S. Open – the season’s final major – is streamed live in its entirety by PBA’s streaming partner FloBowling. For subscription and schedule information visit www.flobowling.com.

Qualifying continues Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday with six-game rounds beginning at 9 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. PT. The field will then be cut to the top 38 players for match play which will begins Friday at 8 a.m. After Friday’s second match play round at noon, the top five players will be determined for the stepladder finals scheduled to begin at 4 p.m.

SUNCOAST PBA SENIOR U.S. OPEN

Presented by Storm

Suncoast Bowling Center, Las Vegas, Monday

FIRST ROUND (after six games)

1, Mika Koivuniemi, Finland, 1,465.
2, Kimmo Lehtonen, Finland, 1,402.
3, Jeff Johnson, Freeport, Ill., 1,358.
4, n-Don Moser, Menifee, Calif., 1,347.
5, ss-Ron Mohr, Las Vegas, 1,327.
6, n-Tore Torgersen, Sweden, 1,318.
7, Joe Goldstein, San Bruno, Calif., 1,313.
7, n-Ron Nelson Jr., Bridgeview, Ill., 1,313.
9, Michael Haugen Jr., Phoenix, 1,312.
10, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 1,311.
11, Bob Rosenau, Redding, Calif., 1,303.
12, ss-Michael Lucente, Warren, Mich., 1,301.
13, Daniel Miyamoto, Mililani, Hawaii, 1,292.
14, Tony Johnson, Canton, Ohio, 1,291.
15, Steve Hoskins, New Port Richey, Fla., 1,287.
16, Brian Kretzer, Dayton, Ohio, 1,284.
17, ss-Kevin Croucher, Grants Pass, Ore., 1,282.
18, Paul Fleming, Fort Worth, Texas, 1,281.
19, Todd Kjell, Roscoe, Ill., 1,280.
20, Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, 1,276.
21, Noel Vazquez, Sacramento, Calif., 1,274.
22, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 1,271.
23, Bob Learn Jr., Erie, Pa., 1,261.
24, Stoney Baker, Canton, Ga., 1,260.
25, Eugene McCune, Munster, Ind., 1,259.
26, ss-Tom Baker, King, N.C., 1,258.
27, ss-Widmar Vargas, Sun City Center, Fla., 1,257.
28, Greg McDaniel, Kimball, Neb., 1,256.
29, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., 1,244.
30, Peter Knopp, Germany, 1,242.
31, Rolando Sebelen, Dominican Republic, 1,241.
31, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 1,241.
33, ss-Henry Dawson, Elma, Wash., 1,238.
34, Robert Lawrence, Austin, Texas, 1,235.
35, Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., 1,234.
36, Dennis Horan Jr., Oakley, Calif., 1,233.
37, Blaine Weninger, Happy Valley, Ore., 1,232.
38, Todd Haney, Boiling Springs, S.C., 1,228.
39, (tie) ss-Jeff Mann Sr., Clearlake Oaks, Calif., and ss-Johnny Petraglia, Manalapan, NJ, 1,227.
41, Doug Kent, Newark, N.Y., 1,226.
42, (tie) ss-Dale Traber, Cedarburg, Wis., and ss-Don Blatchford, Santa Monica, Calif., 1,225.
44, (tie) ss-Junichi Yajima, Japan, and n-James Wallace, Hicksville, N.Y., 1,223.
46, (tie) Greg Thomas, Irmo, S.C., and Robert P Brown, Cody, Wyo., 1,221.
48, Brian LeClair, Albany, N.Y., 1,220.
49, ss-Edward Silva, Manteca, Calif., 1,218.
50, Chris Warren, Grants Pass, Ore., 1,217.
51, Steven Badovinac, Parker, Colo., 1,216.
52, Lennie Boresch Jr., Kenosha, Wis., 1,212.
53, ss-Mark Williams, Beaumont, Texas, 1,210.
54, (tie) ss-James Storts, Westfield, Ind., and Pat Nolan, Japan, 1,209.
56, (tie) Richard Strath, Schenectady, N.Y., and Ricky Schissler, Brighton, Colo., 1,203.
58, (tie) Joseph Petrovich, Tracy, Calif., Jon DeLaney, McKinney, Texas, and Martin Bedford, Gasport, New York, 1,201.
61, (tie) Brian Menini, Brookfield, Mo., and Rob Rice, Sunnyside, Wash., 1,200.
63, Tommy Martin, Millington, Tenn., 1,199.
64, n-Dana Wright, St. Paul, Minn., 1,195.
65, ss-Skip Pavone, San Jose, Calif., 1,192.
66, Paul LeMond, Jasper, Ind., 1,189.
67, ss-Joe Salvemini, Colorado Springs, Colo., 1,188.
68, n, ss-Bill Oakes, Lawton, Okla., 1,187.
69, ss-Darryl Bower, Middletown, Pa., 1,184.
70, Doug Kempt, Arcadia, Calif., 1,183.
71, Rick Francis, Linden, Calif., 1,181.
72, Bryan Goebel, Shawnee, Kan., 1,180.
73, (tie) Mark Mazzulla, Brentwood, Calif., and Don Herrington, Ballston Lake, N.Y., 1,179.
75, Eric Forkel, Henderson, Nev., 1,175.
76, (tie) n-Barry Zimmerman, Grand Forks, N.D., and Wayne Garber, Modesto, Calif., 1,174.
78, ss-Christopher Keane, Cape Coral, Fla., 1,171.
79, Bill Vannoy, Lexington, S.C., 1,168.
80, Michael Duran, Banning, Calif., 1,164.
81, (tie) ss-John Dudak, Orland Park, Ill., and ss-Warren Nelson, Hemet, Calif., 1,160.
83, ss-Sammy Ventura, Syracuse, N.Y., 1,158.
84, n-Steven Smith, San Diego, 1,157.
85, n,ss-Robert Callari, Cordova, Tenn.., 1,153.
86, n-Paul Renteria, Henderson, Nev., 1,152.
87, n-Bob Baer, Henderson, Nev., 1,151.
88, n-Jerry Johnson Jr., Las Vegas, 1,150.
89, (tie) ss-Paul Mielens, Menomonie, Wis., and ss-Mike Dias, Lafayette, Colo., 1,149.
91, n-David Waswo, Lees Summit, Mo., 1,148.
92, Bill Watson, Monroe, Ohio, 1,144.
93, n-Troy Silfies, Northglenn, Colo., 1,142.
94, (tie) Tony Rodriguez Jr., Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., and ss-Russ Simmons, Fontana, Calif., 1,141.
96, (tie) n,ss-Darwin Wimer, Mesquite, Nev., and John Marsala, St. Louis, Mo., 1,140.
98, ss-Steven Jansson, Barnes, Wis., 1,136.
99, Randy Peterson, Carrington, N.D., 1,133.
100, Michael Smith, Centenniel, Colo., 1,131.
101, (tie) Gary Alstott, Washington, Ill., n-Steven Jeeves, England, Gary Faulkner, Norfolk, Va., and Scott Greiner, Sunrise Beach, Mo., 1,130.
105, (tie) ss-Julius Mickel, Omaha, Neb., and n,ss-Dale Knight, Las Vegas, 1,124.
107, n-Jim Montgomery, Byron, Ill., 1,123.
108, Brian McMahon, Boca Raton, Fla., 1,119.
109, (tie) ss-Thomas Sliwinski, Reynoldsville, Pa., and Jay Hess, Gotha, Fla., 1,110.
111, ss-Takeo Sakai, Japan, 1,108.
112, ss-Ross McDonald, Las Vegas, Nev., 1,105.
113, ss-Gary Kammes, Winfield, Ill., 1,100.
114, Rodney Remmers, Moore, Texas, 1,099.
115, (tie) ss-Jerry Sikora, Huron, S.D. and n-Charles Allen Jr., Pell City, Ala., 1,098.
117, (tie) n,ss-Paul Appling, Camarillo, Calif., and ss-Stan Winters, Simi Valley, Calif., 1,096.
119, Tom Sellers, Barstow, Calif., 1,095.
120, ss-Rick Minier, Houston, 1,094.
121, n-Tish Johnson, Colorado Springs, Colo., 1,089.
122, n-John Shreve Sr., Sheffield Village, Ohio, 1,088.
123, John Dougherty, Fort Walton Beach, Fla., 1,084.
123, n-Linda Walbaum, Brighton, Colo., 1,084.
125, n-Billy Bundza, Tucson, Ariz., 1,083.
126, Timothy Banks, Rosamond, Calif., 1,082.
127, Mark Abraham, Lansing, Mich., 1,081.
128, Carlos Denot, Mexico, 1,077.
129, n-Jeff Atkins, Hot Springs Village, Ark., 1,076.
130, ss-Tom Carter, Columbus, Ohio, 1,075.
131, ss-Harry Sullins, Chesterfield Twp., Mich., 1,070.
132, Joe Beck, Montgomery, Ala., 1,062.
133, n-Steven Atkinson, Hollywood Park, Texas, 1,060.
134, Cephas Hensley, Jonesboro, Tenn., 1,059.
135, n-John Hricsina Jr., Las Vegas, 1,055.
136, Carl West, San Jose, Calif., 1,048.
137, ss-Don Lane, San Francisco, 1,045.
138, Ron Hosler, Denver, 1,038.
139, ss-Terry Metzner, Kentwood, Mich., 1,037.
140, ss-Garry Blanton, Owensboro, Ky., 1,032.
141, ss-Glen Nakagawa, Highland Village, Texas, 1,029.
142, n-Rolly Sebelen, Dominican Republic, 1,019.
143, ss-Brian Miller, Springfield, Ohio, 1,013.
144, Jack Wofford, Flagstaff, Ariz., 1,011.
145, n-Michael Mellick, Whittier, Calif., 1,010.
146, n,ss-David Graber, Las Vegas, 1,007.
147, n-Vic Karbowski, Sommerton, Ariz., 1,004.
148, n,ss-Robert Reeder, Bellefonte, Pa., 996.
149, ss-Galen Keas, Alda, Neb., 975.
150, ss-Robert Walters, North Las Vegas, Nev., 934.
151, ss-Bill Kaiser, Allen, Texas, 966.
152, John Burkett, Southlake, Texas, 327, WD.

300 games – Mika Koivuniemi

n – non-member

ss – PBA60 players ages 60 and over

Monacelli Wins USBC Senior Masters for Fifth Major and Ninth Career PBA50 Title

LAS VEGAS – For the second time in his career, Venezuela’s Amleto Monacelli hoisted the trophy at the USBC Senior Masters  this time averaging more than 246 while climbing the stepladder at the Sam’s Town Bowling Center.

The 57-year-old right-hander entered Sunday’s championship round as the No. 5 seed and won five games to secure the coveted major title and $20,000 top prize. His run included a pair of wins over top seed Stoney Baker of Canton, Georgia, and made him the eighth bowler in history to win the USBC Senior Masters twice. His Senior Masters win was his fifth major on the tour for players 50 and over.

Monacelli, a USBC and PBA Hall of Famer struck at least eight times in each match and closed the finale against Baker with five strikes for a 237-200 victory.

Because Baker had made it through the event’s 64-player double-elimination match-play bracket without being beaten, he needed to be defeated twice to be denied the title. Monacelli topped Baker 255-243 to force the second game.

“It’s a great feeling, and running through the stepladder, which is the hardest way, is even more special,” said Monacelli, now a nine-time PBA50 Tour winner and 20-time PBA Tour titlist. “I think when I have to run the stepladder, it makes me a little more relaxed and more focused about how I’m going to play the lanes. I tried to come in without any expectations and just bowl my best. Luckily, things went my way today.”

Baker, a 56-year-old right-hander and 31-time PBA regional champion, started the opening game with seven consecutive strikes, before a 10 pin ended his run at perfection. An unconverted 1-2-10 washout in the ninth frame gave Monacelli a chance to lock up the game, and the 2015 Senior Masters champion took advantage of the opportunity.

Monacelli, who defeated fellow hall of famer Pete Weber of St. Ann, Missouri, two times to win the 2015 event, kept pace with Baker, slowed only briefly by a 7-10 split in the third frame. He followed the open frame with seven consecutive strikes and a single-pin spare to shut out Baker.

“I was two good shots away from winning this thing,” Baker said. “I kind of rolled the thumb in the eighth frame. In the ninth, I didn’t quite roll it off my hand. It didn’t see any early friction at all, and that’s why it just kept going on that shot.”

Even as a part-timer on the PBA50 Tour, Baker has found success, including a previous-best finish of fourth. He’s also the reigning PBA South Region Senior Player of the Year.

Since joining the PBA in 1986, the bowling center proprietor has enjoyed competing with and against the Tour’s top stars, two of whom joined him in the finals Sunday – Monacelli and Norm Duke of Clermont, Florida.

“Amleto had great reaction and is a fabulous bowler, so you have to bring it when you bowl him, especially when he’s got a few games on the pair and knows what’s going on,” Baker said. “It was my first time in a title match in a national event. I don’t care who you are, you’re going to have some nerves. I just didn’t make enough good shots.

“If I could have thrown those two shots in the first game a little better, it might have been a different story. But, I’m not blaming anybody but myself. Overall, though, I’m happy to do what I did.”

To earn his meeting with Baker, Monacelli remained unrattled after an eighth-frame gutter ball against Duke and closed with four strikes to escape with a 239-222 victory. Sunday marked Duke’s third consecutive appearances in the Senior Masters stepladder, where he has collected finishes of fourth, second and third, respectively.

“The key today was just to get within myself and my process and try to keep my heart rate down, because I needed to be really relaxed before throwing the ball,” Monacelli said. “My game is a game where I need to be careful about getting too fast. Overcoming a mistake like throwing it in the gutter is more of a mental test, but you have to remember, it was just a mistake. If anything, it reminded me to stay more behind it and throw good shots, and that’s what I did the rest of the time.”

Monacelli was one of the three players who advanced to Sunday’s stepladder through a four-player shootout that included the last competitors in the Elimination Bracket. Having the third-highest score in the shootout earned him the No. 5 spot.

In the opening match of the championship round, Monacelli struck six times on his first seven shots on the way to a 258-188 win over Tom Adcock of Decatur, Illinois. He then overcame a missed single pin to defeat Gary Faulkner of Norfolk, Virginia, 245-223.

“It was a long road, but winning this title means a lot,” said Monacelli, who now will head across town to compete in the 2019 Suncoast PBA Senior U.S. Open presented by Storm. “It’s always special when you win, but this is another major title, and it’s a tough tournament with 300 bowlers. I am going to enjoy today and think about tomorrow’s event tomorrow.”

Walter Ray Williams Jr., the only player to win both the USBC Masters and Seniors Masters twice each, was the last No. 1 seed to win the senior edition, doing so in 2017.

In 2018, Chris Warren of Grants Pass, Oregon, defeated the top-seeded Duke twice to join Williams and Dave Soutar as the only players to win both the Masters and Senior Masters.

Warren’s title defense this week at Sam’s Town was short-lived. After qualifying third for match play, he lost his first two matches and was eliminated.

The Senior U.S. Open begins with first-round qualifying Monday at 9 a.m. PT and continues  with qualifying rounds Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. The field will then be cut the top 25 percent of the field who will advance to match play on Friday which will determine the top five players for the stepladder finals to begin at 4 p.m.

The Senior U.S. Open will be streamed live on FloBowling.com.  Visit www.flobowling.com for subscription and schedule information.

Undefeated in Match Play, Stoney Baker Earns Top Seed for USBC Senior Masters Finals

By Aaron Smith, USBC Communications

LAS VEGAS – Early in his career, Stoney Baker of Canton, Georgia, decided he was going to be a part-time bowler and full-time businessman.

The 56-year-old right-hander was all business Saturday at the Sam’s Town Bowling Center as he rolled undefeated through match play to earn the No. 1 seed for the stepladder finals of the 2019 USBC Masters.
Baker, the owner of Canton’s Cherokee Lanes, defeated USBC and PBA Hall of Famer Norm Duke of Clermont, Florida, 717-672, in the match to determine the top seed.

The championship round will be broadcast live on BowlTV.com on Sunday, beginning at 1 p.m. Eastern, with the winner taking home a $20,000 top prize and the second major title of the 2019 PBA50 Tour season.

Duke will make his third consecutive appearance in the USBC Senior Masters stepladder, this time as the No. 2 seed, and he’ll look to improve on last year’s runner-up finish, which was the result of a final-frame miscue that has haunted him on the PBA50 Tour ever since.

Baker and Duke will be joined in the championship round by No. 3 Gary Faulkner of Norfolk, Virginia, No. 4 Tom Adcock of Decatur, Illinois, and No. 5 Amleto Monacelli of Venezuela, who all advanced to the stepladder from an exciting four-player shootout Saturday evening.

Adcock and Monacelli will face off in the opening match, and the winner will meet Faulkner.

“My first line of business is my bowling center, which is my baby, but I like to get out and bowl whenever I can, and I’ve kind of been a part-time bowler my whole life,” Baker said. “I’m 56 years old, and I just enjoy the game. To be on the lanes with guys like Walter (Ray Williams Jr.) and Norm is an incredible thing.

They’re the best. All these guys, I look up to them, and it’s an honor to bowl with and against them. Norm, he’s my idol, and to beat him is an amazing feeling.”

Total pinfall for three games determined the winner of each match in the double-elimination match-play bracket, while the championship round will be single-game matches. As the undefeated top seed, Baker must be defeated twice to be denied his first PBA50 Tour title.

Baker averaged more than 231 in his six match-play wins this week at Sam’s Town but saved his two biggest sets for last.

To guarantee himself a spot in the stepladder, he rolled the event’s 13th perfect game and downed PBA Hall of Famer Ron Mohr of Las Vegas, 772-680. That set up the meeting with Duke, and a 290 in the second game propelled Baker to the top seed.

“Being in this position feels amazing,” Baker said. “I plan to go out there and give it my best and make the 10 best shots I can. To win this event would mean everything. I have bowled a decent amount of PBA50 events, and being able to win one would be incredibly special.”

To earn their spots in Sunday’s stepladder, Faulkner, Adcock and Monacelli made their way through the Elimination Bracket and survived the three-game shootout round.

Faulkner posted the highest score, a 719 series, to take the third spot, while Adcock and Monacelli had 711 and 691, respectively. Ron Mohr of Las Vegas shot 594 and was eliminated, finishing sixth overall.

Monacelli is the 2015 Senior Masters champion and is looking to become the eighth two-time winner. 
As a PBA member since 1986, Baker has collected 31 PBA regional titles and is the reigning Senior Player of the Year in the PBA South Region. Nationally, his best finish on the PBA50 Tour prior to this week was fourth.

“I went out on the PBA Tour for a while and just didn’t love all the travel and being gone all the time,” Baker said. “I decided to go into the bowling business, which started with a pro shop, and then I got the bowling center. I chose to be a part-time bowler, and I sometimes wonder ‘what if,’ but I’m ultimately very happy with the direction I chose.”

Duke, a 55-year-old right-hander, has made his career on the lanes, collecting 40 PBA Tour titles and five PBA50 Tour wins along the way.

After finishing fourth at the 2017 Senior Masters, Duke turned in another solid performance in 2018, earning the No. 1 seed for the finals, but was defeated by Chris Warren of Grants Pass, Oregon, 269-220 and 246-241.

In the deciding game of the title tilt, Duke stepped up in his final frame needing to strike on the first shot and get at least eight and a spare to win by a single pin.

After delivering the strike he needed, Duke left the 3-4-6-7-9-10 combination to fall short, a moment that has stuck with him for a year and stalled his success on the PBA50 Tour.

norm dukeAs a competitor on both the Go Bowling! PBA Tour and the PBA50 Tour, Duke essentially is living two separate lives.

Earlier this year, he proved he still can strike and win against the up-and-coming stars of the PBA Tour, winning a pair of titles in back-to-back weeks, but he has been winless on the PBA50 Tour this year, despite making the stepladder of all three events he’s entered. He has collected finishes of fifth, third and fourth.

“I’ve had more trouble on this tour than I have on the regular tour for two years now, but as easily as you can lose yourself out of a roll you’re on, you also can win your way out of a funk,” Duke said. “I feel like I’ve been bowling well out here, but I just haven’t taken anything home as far as hardware. I know it’s up to me to step up and perform, if I’m going to get out of this thing. Right now, there’s the mental battle, along with the physical requirement to out-bowl people. It’s not anything I haven’t experienced before, but unless I can rise to the occasion, it’s going to be prolonged.”

A win at the 2019 Senior Masters would make Duke the fourth player in history to win both the USBC Masters and the senior version. Dave Soutar, Williams and Warren are the other three, with Williams winning each twice. Duke’s Masters title came in 1993.

“I think the way last year’s Senior Masters ended is the major contributing factor in what I’m dealing with mentally right now,” Duke said. “I let that one get away, and if I get that one, maybe that’s the start of a serious roll. But, I didn’t. Honestly, it’s agonizing at times, and the longer it takes, the more pressure there is. There’s a lot of talent on the show, but I’m grateful for the chance. If I’m going to get it done, I’ve got a lot of work to do.”

Duke, who owns two PBA50 major titles, joins fellow hall of famer Pete Weber of St. Ann, Missouri, as the only bowlers to win both the U.S. Open and PBA Senior U.S. Open.

A total of 300 USBC members age 50 and older took to the lanes this week at the 2019 Senior Masters for three five-game sets over three days to determine the 63 bowlers who joined Warren in the double-elimination bracket. Match play features three-game total-pinfall contests to determine which players advance.

As the defending champion, Warren was guaranteed the No. 64 spot in the bracket, but he averaged 232 through 15 games to improve his seeding to No. 3. He then lost to Mark Williams of Beaumont, Texas, and

Ryan Shafer of Horseheads, New York, in consecutive matches to end his hopes of becoming the first repeat winner since USBC Hall of Famer Tom Baker in 2007.

For complete Senior Masters results click on https://www.bowl.com/Senior_Masters/Senior_Masters_Home/2019_Results/

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