Friday, August 31, 2012

Storm Adds New Lucid

Storm introduces a new high performance ball, the new Storm Lucid™. In order to create that extra backend hook without sacrificing any midlane traction and performance, Storm Products developed a new coverstock. A later break point position and sharper transition shape were the two key points they were shooting for.

Starting at the center of the new Storm Lucid™, the heart of the bowling ball, the Storm technical team incorporated one of Storm’s strongest designs to date, an asymmetrical shape known as the M.A.D.™ core, currently available in the Storm Vivid.

Moving to the shell, the new ERG™ pearl coverstock utilizes similar technology from the NRG™ coverstock but without the Nano additive. Evolution Reactive Genesis, ERG for short, is closer to a pure reactive which creates a later break point, putting more emphasis on the backend. The Lucid is prepped with a 4000 - grit smooth matte finish. 


Hammer Adds the Taboo Deep Purple

Hammer adds a new Taboo. Deep Purple in color the new Grand Theft reactive pearl (GTR IV Pearl) coverstock is finished with 800 Abranet®, 1000, 2000, 2000 Abralon­™ which surrounds the Black Widow/Taboo Gas Mask core w/ flip block.


MOTIV Introduces the Primal Scream

MOTIV recently released new Whiplash™ cover technology on the 2Cruel and that same shell is utilized on the Primal Scream in a solid reactive formulation. The black and neon green cover is sanded to 4000 grit to compliment the chemistry of the shell.

The core being used on the Primal Scream is a modified dual-density Impulse core.  MOTIV brought the RG down from 2.60 to 2.55 to provide exactly the right amount of length down the lane.  This allows the Whiplash™ Solid Reactive shell to fully engage at the backend of the lane.  This new symmetric Impulse V2 core has a .050 differential to provide a track flare potential of at least 5 inches. WWRD: September 26, 2012


Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Sullins Still Leads After Second Round of PBA Senior Decatur Open

Harry Sullins of Chesterfield Twp., MI, retained his lead after the second round of the Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) Senior Decatur Open presented by Brunswick Monday at Spare Time Lanes while PBA Senior Player of the Year contenders Walter Ray Williams Jr. and Mike Edwards advanced to match play in the final tournament of the season.

Sullins, a three-time Senior Tour titlist ended qualifying with a 3,663 16-game pinfall total (228.9 average) to lead 32 players advancing to Tuesday’s match play rounds. He had games of 221, 223, 243, 217, 211, 258, 206 and 182 in Monday’s eight-game qualifying round and as a result of finishing in the top eight will receive two first-round byes for match play.

“The main thing was to make the top eight to get the two byes and some momentum for match play,” Sullins said. “I want to finish strong and bail out a good finish to end the season.”

PBA Hall of Famer Williams, a two-time winner on the Senior Tour this season, needs to finish second or better to lock up Senior Player of the Year, with Edwards, the 2012 USBC Senior Masters winner, needing to win to have a shot at the title. Hugh Miller of Seattle, who was second in Player of the Year points heading into Decatur was eliminated from contention after failing to advance to match play, finishing 38th.

Both Williams and Edwards also received two-round byes in match play for qualifying in the top eight.  Edwards of Tulsa, OK, qualified sixth with 3,586, and Williams of Ocala, FL, finished eighth with 3,550.

Also finishing in the top eight were Bob Learn Jr. of Erie, PA, in second 38 pins behind Sullins; Hall of Famers Mark Williams of Beaumont, Texas, in third and Wayne Webb of Columbus, Ohio, in fourth; Lennie Boresch Jr. of Kenosha, WI, in fifth, and 2011 Senior Player of the Year Ron Mohr of Eagle, River, Alaska in seventh.

Learn and Boresch, who each won a title earlier in the season, are contenders for Senior Rookie of the Year honors. Senior Rookie of the Year is determined by vote by PBA members and selected bowling media.

Hall of Famer Dave Soutar of Bradenton, FL, who bowled in his final PBA event after more than a half-century competing on the national and senior tours, finished 52nd in qualifying finishing with 3,183. The 18-time PBA Tour and seven-time Senior Tour titlist was voted the 20th greatest PBA player of all-time in 2009.

“I have to admit that realizing I’m not going to be doing this anymore, is a little depressing, but time goes on,” said Soutar. “It’s been a great career and I have no regrets.”

Round of 8 and match play rounds get underway at 6 p.m. CT on Tuesday. The PBA Senior Decatur Open is being streamed live on the sport’s online bowling channel Xtra Frame.  For subscription information visit the homepage and click on the Xtra Frame logo.

Spare Time Lanes, Decatur, Ill., Monday
(16 game pinfall totals) Top 32 advance to Tuesday’s match play rounds
ss-indicates super seniors out of the regular prize fund cashing for $700
a-indicates amateur

1, Harry Sullins, Chesterfield Twp, Mich., 3,663.
2, Bob Learn Jr., Erie, Pa., 3,625.
3, Mark Williams, Beaumont, Texas, 3,614.
4, Wayne Webb, Columbus, Ohio, 3,607.
5, Lennie Boresch Jr., Kenosha, Wis., 3,593.
6, Mike Edwards, Tulsa, Okla., 3,586.
7, Ron Mohr, Eagle River, Alaska, 3,553.
8, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Ocala, Fla., 3,550.
9, Sammy Ventura, Syracuse, N.Y., 3,537.
10, Charlie Tapp, Kalamazoo, Mich., 3,516.
11, Michael Henry, Brunswick, Ohio, 3,513.
12, Ricky Beck, Box Elder, S.D., 3,511.
13, Peter Knopp, Germany, 3,494.
14, Jeff Richgels, Madison, Wis., 3,482.
15, Dale Traber, Cedarburg, Wis., 3,460.
16, Tom Baker, King, N.C., 3,459.
17, a-Tom Adcock, Decatur, Ill., 3,451.
18, Darryl Bower, Middletown, Pa., 3,430.
19, Rick Minier, Houston, Texas, 3,429.
20, Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, 3,419.
21, Dale Csuhta, Wadsworth, Ohio, 3,416.
22, Robert Harvey, Boise, Idaho, 3,414.
23, Mike Mineman, Belleville, Ill., 3,409.
24, David Axon, Bellevue, Neb., 3,402.
25, Dale Eagle, Tavares, Fla., 3,395.
26, Kent Wagner, Palmetto, Fla., 3,390.
27, Dennis Lane, Kingsport, Tenn., 3,389.
28, Kenny Parks, Hammond, Ind., 3,388.
29, William Keenan, Jr., Orlando, Fla., 3,319.
30, Don Sylvia, Reno, Nev., 3,318.
31, Ron Winger, Las Vegas, 3,310.
32, a-Kevin Humble, Lake Mary, Fla., 3,308.

Did not advance
33, Ted Staikoff, Black Hawk, S.D., 3,306, $900.
34, Mitchell Jabczenski, Novi, Mich., 3,303, $900.
35, Conn Casey, Canada, 3,299, $900.
36, John Dudak, Orland Park, Ill., 3,286, $900.
37, John Chapman, Canada, 3,274, $900.
38, Hugh Miller, Seattle, 3,261, $900.
39, ss-Larry Graybeal, Elizabethton, Tenn., 3,252, $700.
40, Lyle Zikes, Arlington Heights, Ill., 3,247.
41, ss-Michael Chrzanowski, Shepherd, Mich., 3,243, $700.
42, ss-Dave Bernhardt, Romeo, Mich., 3,238, $700.
43, Todd Kjell, Roscoe, Ill., 3,234.
44, ss-Vince Mazzanti Jr., Levittown, Pa., 3,233, $700.
45, ss-Gary Hiday, Indianapolis, 3,231, $700.
46, Steve Bergan, O'Fallon, Ill., 3,222.
47, R.J. Alman, Murrysville, Pa., 3,220.
48, ss-Henry Gonzalez, Colorado Springs, Colo., 3,207, $700.
49, Joel Carlson, Omaha, Neb., 3,202.
50, ss-Barry Gurney, West Hills, Calif., 3,188, $700.
51, ss-Timothy Kauble, Marion, Ohio, 3,186, $700.
52, Dave Soutar, Bradenton, Fla., 3,183.
53, (tie) Bill McCorkle, Westerville, Ohio, and Marc Lineberry, Camanche, Iowa, 3,178.
55, Ernie Segura Jr., Taylor, Mich., 3,171.
56, Jerry Lau, St. Peters, Mo., 3,164.
57, Frank Gallo Jr., Jacksonville, Fla., 3,163.
58, Tom Carter, Rockford, Ill., 3,159.
59, Christopher Keane, New City, N.Y., 3,150.
60, Johnny Petraglia, Jackson, N.J., 3,147.
61, Bennie Holman, Decatur, Ill., 3,138.
62, Emilio Mora Sr., Defiance, Ohio, 3,137.
63, Terry Metzner, Kentwood, Mich., 3,134.
64, Michael Truitt, Orland Park, Ill., 3,132.
65, Brian Miller, Springfield, Ohio, 3,117.
66, Dave Osim, Roscommon, Mich., 3,116.
67, Larry Popp, Marion, Ohio, 3,115.
68, Bill Nichols, Roseville, Calif., 3,110.
69, Rudy Garcia, Ft. Worth, Texas, 3,109.
70, Bill Henson, Westerville, Ohio, 3,106.
71, Richard Hunt, Valparaiso, Ind., 3,105.
72, Brendan Bierch, Grafton, Mass., 3,102.
73, a-Al Pote, Lake City, Ill., 3,101.
74, William Peters, Dayton, Ohio, 3,100.
75, Bill Idzior, Crown Point, Ind., 3,092.
76, Patrick King, Yankton, S.D., 3,085.
77, Roy Buckley, New Albany, Ohio, 3,068.
78, Mike Dias, Lafayette, Colo., 3,064.
79, a-Larry Earnest, Vandalia, Ill., 3,059.
80, Ron Profitt, Brookville, Ohio, 3,055.
81, Randy Shewmake, Ft. Worth, Texas, 3,048.
82, Don Blatchford, Santa Monica, Calif., 3,034.
83, Paul McCordic, Sugar Land, Texas, 3,027.
84, Galen Keas, Alda, Neb., 3,025.
85, Rich Wilkinson, Bennington, Neb., 3,012.
86, Daniel Miner, East Moline, Ill., 3,011.
87, Bob Andersen, Forest City, N.C., 3,009.
88, Tom Kennedy, Shepherdsville, Ky., 3,007.
89, Harv Pallas, Stevensville, Mich., 2,993.
90, Gene Vincent, Decatur, Ill., 2,991.
91, Ron Garr, Ridgedale, Mo., 2,987.
92, Michael Nottelmann, Downers Grove, Ill., 2,967.
93, Dick Gran, Hartville, Ohio, 2,963.
94, William Banks, Laurel Hill, N.C., 2,961.
95, a-Mike Schmid, St. Paul, Minn., 2,958.
96, Barry Witmer, St. Charles, Mo., 2,950.
97, Bob Kelly, Dayton, Ohio, 2,943.
98, George Lord, Lakeland, Fla., 2,936.
99, Robert Holzbauer, Madison, Wis., 2,891.
100, John Thullen, Whiteland, Ind., 2,869.
101, Sam Perrotta, Lincoln Park, N.J., 2,864.
102, Dave Dunphy, Canada, 2,856.
103, (tie)Dan Clausse, Reno, Nev., and Tom Howison, Chillicothe, Ohio, 2,852.
105, Freddie Childress, Bassett, Va., 2,847.
106, Harley Trumbull, New Boston, Mich., 2,844.
107, a-William Zwit, Galesburg, Ill., 2,839.
108, Tim Pierce, Portland, Ore., 2,815.
109, Andy Anderson, Falls Church, Va., 2,758.
110, Allen Meskan, Addison, Ill., 2,711.
111, Donald Breihan, Columbia, S.C., 2,661.
112, Kim Kirkpatrick, Rockford, Ill., 2,602.
113, Ray Randall, Dearborn, Mich., 2,501.
114, Peter Brainard, Tampa, Fla., 2,454.
115, Mark Jones, Amelia, Ohio, 1,015 (WD).

Monday, August 13, 2012

PBA Renames Senior Tour

The Professional Bowlers Association Senior Tour will be re-named as the PBA50 Tour beginning with the 2013 season, PBA Commissioner Tom Clark announced today from the PBA Senior Decatur Open presented by Brunswick, the concluding tournament of the 2012 Senior Tour

“The word ‘senior’ is outdated and the title PBA50 more accurately reflects the
vibrancy of the players and our competition in this age group,” Clark said.

The change in name is underscored by the continuing stream of stars to the over-50 circuit.

During the 2012 season alone, players including Lennie Boresch Jr., Mike Edwards, Bob Learn Jr. and Amleto Monacelli immediately won titles in their first year of Senior Tour eligibility. Monacelli, the 2012 Senior U.S. Open winner, and Edwards, the 2012 USBC Senior Masters winner, also remain active – and competitive - on the PBA Tour, along with other 50-plus members.

On the PBA50 Tour eligibility horizon are PBA Hall of Famers Pete Weber (Aug. 21), Parker Bohn III (July 13, 2013) and ESPN analyst Randy Pedersen (turned 50 on May 28). Also on the list of future PBA50 competitors are PBA Tour champions Jack Jurek (April 23), Chris Warren (Aug. 27, 2013), David Traber (Jan. 18) and Robert Lawrence (Sept. 29).

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

PBA Senior South Shore Open Qualifying

Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) Senior Tour rookie Bob Learn Jr. of Erie, PA, averaged 234.2 to take the first round lead Tuesday in the PBA Senior South Shore Open presented by DV8 at Olympia Lanes, Hammond, IN.

The 50-year-old Learn opened qualifying in the next-to-last tournament of the
season with an 1,874 eight-game pinfall total with games of 225, 259, 237, 243, 223, 234, 228 and 225.

Learn, a five-time PBA Tour winner, is trying for his second title of the season
having won the PBA Senior Mooresville Classic in May in just his third Senior
Tour event. He was somewhat surprised at how well he did in the Tuesday's first
round after a six-week break for the Senior Tour.

“I was pretty busy working during the break so basically the only bowling I did
were demonstrations at bowling trade shows,” said Learn, who also works as a
regional sales manager for bowling grip manufacturer Turbo Grips.
Learn was able to adjust quickly to a challenging lane condition that required
him to throw the ball hard with little hook.

“It was a low-volume (lane conditioning) pattern, so the best thing for me to do
was throw with a lot of speed and straight,” he said. “I think I was
consistently throwing the ball well over 20 miles per hour for most of the
block. I like to throw it hard and I had a ball that rolled more end-over-end so
I was pretty well prepared.”

Learn holds a 15-pin lead over PBA Hall of Famer Wayne Webb of Columbus, Ohio, in second with 1,859. Rounding out the top five are Rick Minier, Cypress, Texas with 1,845, followed by Hall of Famers Tom Baker, King, NC, and Johnny
Petraglia, Jackson, NJ, with 1,826 and 1,825, respectively.

Eight-game qualifying continues Wednesday after which the field of 124 players
will be cut to the top 32 who will advance to match play Thursday morning. Round of 8 and championship rounds will get underway Thursday at 5 p.m.
Olympia Lanes, Hammond, Ind., Tuesday

1, Bob Learn Jr., Erie, Pa., 1,874.
2, Wayne Webb, Columbus, Ohio, 1,859.
3, Rick Minier, Cypress, Texas, 1,845.
4, Tom Baker, King, N.C., 1,826.
5, Johnny Petraglia, Jackson, N.J., 1,825.
6, Jeff Richgels, Madison, Wis., 1,822.
7, Dave Bernhardt, Romeo, Mich., 1,820.
8, Dale Csuhta, Wadsworth, Ohio, 1,818.
9, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Ocala, Fla., 1,816.
10, Lennie Boresch Jr., Kenosha, Wis., 1,803.
11, Hugh Miller, Seattle, 1,795.
12, Sammy Ventura, Syracuse, N.Y., 1,784.
13, Jim Knoblauch, Waukesha, Wis., 1,776.
14, Ron Profitt, Brookville, Ohio, 1,773.
15, Mike Dias, Lafayette, Colo., 1,771.
16, Kenny Parks, Hammond, Ind., 1,767.
17, Dale Eagle, Tavares, Fla., 1,752.
18, John Chapman, Canada, 1,734.
19, Charlie Tapp, Kalamazoo, Mich., 1,732.
20, Ron Winger, Las Vegas, 1,729.
21, Dennis Lane, Kingsport, Tenn., 1,727.
22, Paul McCordic, Sugar Land, Texas, 1,717.
23, (tie) a- Doug Spicer, Canton, Mich., and Ron Mohr, Eagle River, Alaska, 1,716.
25, Robert Flaws, Chicago Ridge, Ill., 1,711.
26, Bill Neumann, Rensselaer, NY, 1,708.
27, Henry Gonzalez, Colorado Springs, Colo., 1,707.
28, Dale Traber, Cedarburg, Wis., 1,705.
29, (tie) Don Holmes, Itasca, Ill., and Mark Williams, Beaumont, Texas, 1,696.
31, Harley Trumbull, New Boston, Mich., 1,687.
32, Peter Knopp, Germany, 1,680.
33, (tie) Larry Popp, Marion, Ohio, and Dick Gran, Hartville, Ohio, 1,668.
35, John Shreve Sr., Elyria, Ohio, 1,666.
36, William Peters, Dayton, Ohio, 1,664.
37, Marc Lineberry, Camanche, Iowa, 1,663.

38, Ted Staikoff, Black Hawk, S.D., 1,658.
39, (tie) a-Peter Minaudo, Chesterfield, Mich., and Joel Carlson, Omaha, Neb., 1,653.
41, Harry Sullins, Chesterfield Twp., Mich., 1,651.
42, Michael Chrzanowski, Shepherd, Mich., 1,650.
43, Daniel Miner, East Moline, Ill., 1,643.
44, Mark Jones, Amelia, OH, Tom Carter, Rockford, IL, and Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, 1,639.
47, Bruce Hall, Los Altos Hills, Calif., and Michael Henry, Brunswick, Ohio, 1,638.
49, Dave Sill, Titusville, Fla., 1,637.
50, (tie) Richard Nardozza, Clearfield, Pa., William Banks, Laurel Hill, N.C., and Don Blatchford, Santa Monica, Calif., 1,636.
53, Dave Soutar, Bradenton, Fla., 1,635.
54, (tie) a-Jake Greene, Chicago, Ill., and Christopher Keane, New City, N.Y., 1,634.
56, a-Kevin Humble, Lake Mary, Fla., 1,633.
57, Bill Idzior, Crown Point, Ind., 1,631.
58, Larry Graybeal, Elizabethton, Tenn., 1,628.
59, Roy Buckley, New Albany, Ohio, 1,624.
60, Vince Honeycutt, Buford, Ga., 1,619.
61, Timothy Kauble, Marion, Ohio, 1,618.
62, (tie) Richard Hunt, Valparaiso, Ind., and Vince Mazzanti Jr., Levittown,
Pa., 1,612.
64, Mark Everette, Aliquippa, Pa., 1,611.
65, (tie) Mike Edwards, Tulsa, Okla., and Michael Truitt, Orland Park, Ill., 1,606.
67, (tie) Norb Wetzel, Fond du Lac, Wis., and Bill Sell, Menasha, Wis., 1,604.
69, Bill McCorkle, Westerville, Ohio, 1,598.
70, Don Sylvia, Reno, Nev., 1,595.
71, (tie) Robert Harvey, Boise, Idaho, and Emilio Mora Sr., Defiance, Ohio, 1,594.
73, Bob Kelly, Dayton, Ohio, 1,590.
74, Freddie Childress, Bassett, Va., 1,583.
75, (tie) Dave Osim, Roscommon, Mich., William Keenan, Jr., Orlando, Fla., and Frank Miceli, Elk Grove Vlg, Ill, 1,580.
78, (tie) Bo Goergen, Sanford, Mich., and Tim Pierce, Portland, Ore., 1,576.
80, Gary Hiday, Indianapolis, 1,575.
81, Barry Witmer, St. Charles, Mo., 1,574.
82, Bill Spigner, Vernon Hills, Ill., 1,573.
83, (tie) Bob Andersen, Forest City, N.C., and Dannie Hettinger, Circleville, Ohio, 1,569.
85, Frank Gallo Jr., Jacksonville, Fla., 1,567.
86, (tie) Bill Nichols, Roseville, Calif., and Barry Gurney, West Hills, Calif., 1,563.
88, Randy Shewmake, Ft. Worth, Texas, 1,557.
89, (tie) Tom Howison, Chillicothe, Ohio, Patrick King, Yankton, S.D., and Rudy
Garcia, Ft. Worth, Texas, 1,553.
92, (tie) Rick Woloszyn, Griffith, Ind., and Ricky Beck, Box Elder, S.D., 1,552.
94, Ron Garr, Ridgedale, Mo., 1,551.
95, R.J. Alman, Murrysville, Pa., 1,549.
96, Bill Henson, Westerville, Ohio, 1,548.
97, Donald Breihan, Columbia, S.C., 1,543.
98, Kent Wagner, Palmetto, Fla., 1,535.
99, Dave Dunphy, Canada, 1,510.
100, Keith Hennricks, Green Bay, Wis., 1,508.
101, Galen Keas, Alda, Neb., 1,506.
102, John Dudak, Orland Park, Ill., 1,503.

103, Brendan Bierch, Grafton, Mass., 1,497.
104, Andy Anderson, Falls Church, Va., 1,480.
105, James Souder, Greeneville, Tenn, 1,478.
106, Todd Kjell, Roscoe, Ill., 1,475.
107, Michael Camerano, Brookfield, Ill., 1,471.
108, Ken Waters, Kingsport, Tenn., 1,468.
109, a-Norm Ginsberg, Kissimmee, Fla., 1,464.
110, Harv Pallas, Stevensville, Mich., 1,455.
111, Jim Sanford, Painesville, Ohio, 1,447.
112, Dan Clausse, Reno, Nev., 1,444.
113, (tie) Garry Blanton, Owensboro, Ky., and Rich Wilkinson, Bennington, Neb., 1,443.
115, (tie) William Zwit, Galesburg, Ill., 1,433.
116, Sam Perrotta, Lincoln Park, N.J., 1,415.
117, Allen Brothers, Punxsutawney, Pa., 1,387.
118, George Lord, Lakeland, Fla., 1,382.
119, a-Bill Carpenter, Middletown, Ohio, 1,381.
120, Edward Szklarski, Burbank, Ill., 1,362.
121, Allen Meskan, Addison, Ill., 1,320.
122, Ronald Gustainus, Lake Worth, Fla., 1,316.
123, Ray Randall, Dearborn, Mich., 1,302.
124, Robert Teeters, Lapel, Ind., 1,258.

300 Games - Rick Minie

Friday, August 3, 2012

Rash Deals Eoff 5th Consecutive Runner-Up Finish

Derek Eoff is off to a blazing start as a PBA Midwest Regional “rookie,” advancing to the title match in his first five tournaments over a span of six weeks. But if anyone knows how Eoff feels after finishing second in all five events, it’s probably Sean Rash, who denied Eoff his first PBA title in his most recent event.
Rash, who now lives in Montgomery, IL, defeated Eoff, 215-208, in the title match of the joint PBA Midwest/Central Region Dragon Palace Open at Orland Bowl in Orland Park, IL, on Sunday, July 29. It was the former Team USA member and University of Nebraska collegiate All-American’s fifth runner-up finish in his first five events since joining the PBA in late June.
Whether the runner-up string is a record is unknown because it’s not a record category the PBA maintains, but “I can’t imagine anyone, at least in their first five events as a member, finishing second in all of them,” Eoff said.
Eoff, who recently moved to Madison, WI, from Arlington, Texas, is employed by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.
“I’m bowling well; I can’t really complain although obviously I want to win,” Eoff said. “It’s aggravating when you bowl that well for all those (qualifying) games and it comes down to one game at the end, but obviously I haven’t bowled as well as my opponent in that last game.
“I’m not questioning my abilities by any means. You can’t take away what I’ve done to get to the title matches. I have no doubt it’s going to happen.”
Rash, who ended a personal four-year PBA Tour title drought when he won the PBA Tournament of Champions in April, knows was Eoff is going through.
“It comes down to a one-game match and everyone wants to win,” Rash said. “Derek is a phenomenal player, a great talent and he has been for a long time. The only advice I have for him is to keep doing what he’s doing.
“I’ve been in his position; I know what it’s like to finish second,” Rash added. “All you can do it put yourself in position to win. I want to see him succeed, but it’s an individual game. I hope he wins soon. Just not against me.”
During his streak, Eoff lost title matches to PBA Hall of Famer Pete Weber (248-217 in Oak Forest, IL); Dale Traber (by 10 pins in a 19-game total pinfall event in Wheaton, IL); Dave Beres and Lennie Boresch Jr. (459-439 in doubles event with partner Wayne Webb in Johnsburg, IL), and David Traber (226-223 in Peru, IL).

Thursday, August 2, 2012

PBA Senior Tour Heads for Oympia Lanes in Hammond

As the 2012 PBA Senior Tour season draws to a close, a field of approximately 120 players will compete in the PBA Senior South Shore Open presented by DV8 Aug. 6-9 at Olympia Lanes in Hammond, Ind.  The Senior South Shore Open is the second-to-last event of the season which wraps up with the Senior Decatur Open presented by Brunswick Aug. 11-14. Here are a few storylines heading into the Hammond event:

Walter Ray Williams Jr. hopes to clinch first Senior POY crown: Heading into the final two tournaments of the PBA’s 2012 Senior Tour season, Hall of Famer Walter Ray Williams Jr., holds a commanding lead in the Senior Player of the Year points race. As the Senior Tour’s only two-time winner this season, the
52-year-old  holds a 16-point lead over fellow Hall of Famer Amleto Monacelli
and Mike Edwards. If he can clinch POY in Hammond it would be his first Senior
honor to go along with a record seven PBA Tour POY awards. Williams was also the 2010 Senior Rookie of the Year.

Return of Johnny Petraglia to 2012 season: PBA Hall of Famer Johnny Petraglia will make his return to the 2012 season after a three-month absence because of shoulder surgery. Right before his surgery, Petraglia, a 14-time winner on the PBA Tour and seven-time winner on the Senior Tour, became the only bowler in PBA history to win a PBA Tour or Senior Tour title in six different decades when he won the Senior Dayton Classic in May. Fellow PBA great Dick Weber also won titles in six decades but his final tournament win was a PBA regional title.

Former Tour players make their mark on Senior Tour in first year of eligibility:
This season four players have scored wins in their first year of eligibility
including Lennie Boresch Jr., who won the Sun Bowl in The Villages in his Senior Tour debut; former PBA Tour player Bob Learn Jr. (Senior Mooresville Classic), Amleto Monacelli (Senior U.S. Open) and Mike Edwards (USBC Senior Masters).  All are in contention for Senior Rookie of the Year honors which is determined by a vote by PBA members and selected bowling media.

Harry Sullins hoping to defend his title: In 2011, Harry Sullins, a winner of
five PBA Tour titles, won his second Senior Tour title of the season and third
of his career by defeating eventual Senior Player of the Year Ron Mohr of Eagle
River, Alaska, 246-221, in the championship match of the Senior Lake County

PBA legend Dave Soutar’s career coming to a close: After more than a
half-century competing on the PBA National and Senior Tours, Hall of Famer Dave Soutar of Bradenton, FL, will call it a career at the conclusion of the 2012
Senior Tour season. Soutar has logged 51 years in PBA competition and a record
257 Senior Tour tournaments heading into the Hammond event. He is an 18-time PBA Tour winner and seven-time winner on the Senior Tour which includes the 2002 Senior Lake County Open.

Hammond’s own Kenny Parks hoping for first title of the season and second of his career:  Kenny Parks of Hammond, the winner of the 2008 USBC Senior Masters, will be trying for his second career Senior Tour title. His best finishes this season are a seventh and 11th and he finished fourth in last year’s Senior Lake County Open.