Thursday, June 23, 2011

Mohr Wins Another PBA Senior Title Defeating Hugh Miller

Ron Mohr of Eagle River, Alaska, has established himself as the player to
beat on the Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) Senior Tour, by winning
the PBA Senior Northern California Classic Wednesday for his second
consecutive, and third title overall, this season.

Mohr, who won the PBA Senior U.S. Open just last Friday in Las Vegas for his 
first major, defeated Hugh Miller of Seattle 223-215, at Harvest Park Bowl in 
the dramatic title match that wasn’t decided until the 10th frame.

Mohr’s win continued a dream season in which he has competed in four consecutive 
title matches and also has second, third and fourth-place finishes to go along 
with his three wins through the first six tournaments of the season.  His first 
win came in the Senior Miller High Life Classic in May.

“The dream continues I guess—it’s absurd,” Mohr admitted. “What can you say but 
that I’ve been extremely fortunate this year.  It’s all been so unexpected 
coming into this season after not having bowled competitively for seven months.”

The winning shot came on the second ball of the 10th frame when Mohr doubled as 
a result of a “messenger” – a late-arriving pin that flew across the pin deck— 
knocking down a stubborn 10 pin.

“I needed the first two strikes in the 10th and after I got the first one I felt 
like I had a good look, so I was pretty confident I could get the second one,” 
said the 2009 Senior Player of the Year. “The second shot was good but a little 
light and I thought well I gave it a shot, but here comes a pin out of nowhere 
to take out the 10 pin.

“I thought maybe I used up all of my nine lives at that point,” he continued. 
“In match play I had some breaks and got away with winning some matches I 
probably shouldn’t have—it’s all really just unbelievable.”

With his win, Mohr has a commanding lead in the Player of the Year race but said 
he will miss the United States Bowling Congress Senior Masters, the season’s 
next stop and second major which will be conducted the first week in August so 
that he can attend his stepson Justin’s wedding. Mohr, who now has six career 
Senior Tour titles, missed most of the second half of last season to be with his 
wife, Linda, who eventually passed away in January as the result of 
complications from surgery.

In the semifinals, Mohr defeated Hall of Famer Wayne Webb 223-195, to advance to 
the final match and Miller defeated Dick Baker of Henderson, NV, 248-237. At 
age 69, Baker was trying to become the oldest player to win a Senior Tour title.

Miller, a seven-time Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour and one-time Senior Tour 
titlist, decided to enter the tournament at the last minute and dominated the 
qualifying portion of the tournament as top qualifier averaging 247, which was 
10 pins better than No. 2 qualifier Hall of Famer Walter Ray Williams Jr., who 
eventually was eliminated in the tournament’s Round of 8.

Webb will be the host proprietor for the Senior Masters when the event is 
conducted July 31-Aug. 5 at his Wayne Webb’s Columbus Bowl in Columbus, Ohio.

Harvest Park Bowl, Brentwood, Calif.

Final Results

Championship Match
Ron Mohr, Eagle River, Alaska ($8,000) def. Hugh Miller, Seattle ($4,500), 

Semifinal Round (losers earn $3,000)
Miller def. Dick Baker, Henderson, Nev., 248-237.
Mohr def. Wayne Webb, Columbus, Ohio, 223-195.

Round of 8 (best-of-three games, losers eliminated, $1,700 each)
Miller def. Junichi Yajima, Japan, 2-1.
Baker def. Ricky Beck, Box Elder, S.D., 2-0.
Webb def. Walter Ray Williams, Jr., Ocala, Fla., 2-0.
Mohr def. Kent Wagner, Bradenton, Fla., 2-1.

Round of 16 (best-of-five games, losers eliminated, $1,300 each)
Miller def. Warren Nelson, Fresno, Calif., 3-2.
Yajima def. Mark McCreary, Livermore, Calif., 3-0.
Beck def. Harry Sullins, Chesterfield Township, Mich., 3-0.
Baker def. Dave Soutar, Bradenton, Fla., 3-1.
W.R Williams def. Chris Keane, New City, N.Y., 3-0.
Webb def. Noel Vazquez, Sacramento, Calif., 3-0.
Mohr def. Mark Williams, Beaumont, Texas, 3-2.
Wagner def. Michael Henry, Brunswick, Ohio, 3-2.

Round of 24 (best-of-five games, losers eliminated, $1,150 each)
Nelson def. Bill Nichols, Roseville, Calif., 3-2.
Yajima def. Kenny Parks, Hammond, Ind., 3-2.
Beck def. Bob Brady, Santa Monica, Calif., 3-2.
Soutar def. Koichiro Tamaki, Japan, 3-0.
Keane def. Don Blatchford, Santa Monica, Calif., 3-1.
Webb def. Kerry Painter, Henderson, Nev., 3-2.
M. Williams def. Frank Gallo Jr., Jacksonville, Fla., 3-0.
Dawson def. Ty Dawson, Sunnyvale, Calif., 3-1.

Round of 32 (best-of-five games, losers eliminated, $1,050 each)
Nelson def. Mike Dias, Lafayette, Colo., 3-1.
Yajima def. Darryl Bower, Mechanicsburg, Pa., 3-0.
Brady def. Don Sylvia, Reno, Nev., 3-2.
Soutar def. Jim Gordin, Modesto, Calif., 3-0.
Keane def. Peter Knopp, Germany, 3-1.
Painter def. Gerald Calvin, Thousand Oaks, Calif., 3-0.
Gallo def. Mark Scime, Winter Garden, Fla., 3-0
Wagner def. Ty Dawson, Sunnyvale, Calif., 3-1

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