Boresch Rides 6-1 Match Play Record to Early Lead in PBA50 Storm Invitational

by Jerry Schneider, Professional Bowlers Association 0

SHALLOTTE, N.C. (Sept. 29, 2018) – After the first seven-game match play round, 2018 PBA50 National Championship winner Lennie Boresch Jr. of Kenosha, Wis., compiled a 6-1 match play record and averaged 243 to lead the 14-player field in the PBA50 Storm Invitational Saturday at Planet Fun Bowling & Entertainment Center.

Boresch, who finished with a 1,882 overall pinfall total including 30 bonus pins for each match win, bowled games of 259, 224, 233, 259, 242, 238 and 247 on the 42-foot PBA Mark Roth lane condition. The USBC Hall of Famer’s only loss came in a 244-238 defeat at the hands of 2018 PBA50 Cup winner Brian Kretzer of Dayton, Ohio, in the sixth match of the round.

“When you’re in a field with this much talent I just wanted to be in contention to make the finals, so to be leading was a little unexpected,” said Boresch of the field that includes 10 hall of famers. “It seemed like every adjustment I was making was the right one and I only had one open so the goal going forward is simple—just keep doing the same thing tomorrow.”

Kretzer, who concluded the regular season with his PBA50 Cup win for his first career PBA50 Tour title, finished the first round in second 40 pins behind Boresch with a 1,842 pinfall and 5-2 match play record.

Rounding out the top five were Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., 1,799; 2018 PBA50 Player of the Year Michael Haugen Jr., Phoenix, 1,765, and PBA/USBC Hall of Famers Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., and Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford Fla., 1,726, who tied for fifth.

The “all-star” special event features the top 12 in 2018 PBA50 Tour points plus invitees hall of famers Johnny Petraglia and Brian Voss.  The entire field returns Sunday for the second seven-game match play round at 1 p.m. ET which will determine the top five players for the stepladder finals set for 6 p.m.

Fans can catch all the action on PBA’s online bowling channel PBA Xtra Frame on FloBowling. For subscription and schedule information visit www.flobowling.com.

PBA50 STORM INVITATIONAL

Planet Fun Bowling & Entertainment Center

Shallotte, N.C.

FIRST ROUND RESULTS

(after 7 games. Includes match play record and total pinfall including bonus pins)

1, Lennie Boresch Jr, Kenosha, Wis., 6-1, 1,882.
2, Brian Kretzer, Dayton, Ohio, 5-2, 1,842.
3, Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., 5-2, 1,799.
4, Michael Haugen Jr., Phoenix, 5-2, 1,765.
5, (tie) Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 4-2-1, and Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., 5-2, 1,726.
7, Brian Voss, Cornelius, N.C., 4-3, 1,661.
8, Bob Learn Jr, Erie, Pa., 2-5, 1,580.
9, (tie) Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, 2-5, and Ron Mohr, Las Vegas, 2-3-2, 1,570.
11, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 2-5, 1,546.
12, Harry Sullins, Chesterfield Twp., Mich., 2-5, 1,479.
13, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 1-6, 1,469.
14, Johnny Petraglia, Jackson, N.J., 2-4-1, 1,422.

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