Auerbach and Baker Top PBA50 Pasco County Florida Open First Round

by Bob Johnson 0

Baker.Tom_KingNC_2015WSOB(2)Craig Auerbach of Sunrise, Fla., got the 2016 PBA50 Tour season started by averaging 245 to lead first round qualifying Sunday in the season opening Pasco County Florida Open at Lane Glo Bowl.

The 52-year-old Auerbach, bowling in his fourth PBA50 Tour tournament, bowled a very consistent round with a 1,961 eight-game pinfall total on games of 242, 247, 245, 268, 235, 254, 245 and 225.

“My ball reaction was strong all day long and it was just one of those rounds where there were no dramatic changes from lane to lane,” Auerbach said. “Everything was real consistent. I used the same ball the entire round and didn’t miss any spares so I was able to avoid a roller coaster round where you have a good game one game and a bad one the next.”

Auerbach holds a four-pin lead over four-time PBA50 Player of the Year Tom Baker of King, N.C., who finished with a 1,957 pinfall. Baker had games of 244, 193, 280, 224, 256, 234, 279 and 247.

The 61-year-old Hall of Famer will be trying for his 13th PBA50 Tour title which would put him second all alone on the all-time titles list behind John Handegard with 14 wins.

Rounding out the top five were Brian LeClair, Delmar, N.Y. and John Donovan, Melbourne, Fla., tied with 1,904, and Harry Sullins of Chesterfield Twp., Mich. and John Dougherty of Fort Walton Beach, Fla., tied with 1,891.

Defending champion Hall of Famer Parker Bohn III of Jackson, N.J., finished the round in ninth with 1,874.

The entire 152-player field returns Monday for the second eight-game qualifying round. The field will be cut to 32 players for Tuesday’s match play rounds which will determine the top five players for the stepladder finals scheduled for 7 p.m. ET.

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


First Round Standings (after 8 games)


1, Craig Auerbach, Sunrise, Fla., 1,961.
2, ss-Tom Baker, King, N.C., 1,957.
3 (tie), Brian LeClair, Delmar, N.Y., and John Donovan, Melbourne, Fla., 1,904.
5, (tie) Harry Sullins, Chesterfield Twp., Mich., and John Dougherty, Fort Walton Beach, Fla., 1,891.
7, Christopher Keane, Cape Coral, Fla., 1,879.
8, Jack Jurek, Lackawanna, N.Y., 1,876.
9, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 1,874.
10, ss-Darryl Bower, Middletown, Pa., 1,866.
11, Mike Scroggins, Amarillo, Texas, 1,859.
12, Stoney Baker, Canton, Ga., 1,857.
13, Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, 1,847.
14, ss-Sam Maccarone, Blackwood, N.J., 1,835.
15, (tie) ss-Warren Nelson, Hemet, Calif., and David Williams Jr., Omaha, Neb., 1,832.
17, Tommy Martin, Olive Branch, Miss., 1,830.
18, Stephen Pavlinko, Sewell, N.J., 1,828.
19, Darin Hays, Wesley Chapel, Fla., 1,826.
20, Lennie Boresch Jr., Kenosha, Wis., 1,825.
21, Bo Goergen, Sanford, Mich., 1,819.
22, Tracy Teeters, Eugene, Ore., 1,817.
23, (tie) C.K. Moore, Gulf Breeze, Fla., and Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 1,807.
25, Bryan Goebel, Shawnee, Kan., 1,798.
26, (tie) Todd Haney, Boiling Springs, S.C., and ss-Steven Jansson, Barnes, Wisc., 1,794.
28, Michael Owen, Gainesville, Fla., 1,789.
29, ss-Ron Mohr, Las Vegas, 1,788.
30, Jerry Brunette Jr., Rochester, N.Y., 1,787.
31, Rory Peterson, Sacramento, Calif., 1,782.
32, ss-Kevin Croucher, Grants Pass, Ore., 1,775.
33, Doug O'Bryant, Ball Ground, Ga., 1,774.
34, James Luck, Jacksonville, Fla., 1,765.
35, n-John Hough, Naples, Fla., 1,762.
36, Brian Voss, Centennial, Colo., 1,758.
37, Michael Shequin, Debary, Fla., 1,754.
38, n-Ed Irwin, Hudson, Fla, 1,749.
39, Scott Greiner, Platte City, Mo., 1,748.
40, Dennis Rakauskas, Apopka, Fla., 1,744.
41, James Hansen, Anchorage, Alaska, 1,742.
42, Sammy Ventura, Syracuse, N.Y., 1,741.
43, Don Breeden, Clive, Iowa, 1,740.
44, (tie) Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., and Brian Brazeau, Ocala, Fla., 1,737.
46, Brian Cooper, Henderson, Nev., 1,734.
47, ss-Thomas Ream, Tampa, Fla., 1,733.
48, Jim Price, Harrrisburg, N.C., 1,731.
49, ss-Frank Gallo Jr., Jacksonville, Fla., 1,727.
50, Robert Brown, Cody, Wyo., 1,724.
51, (tie Kenny Parks, Hammond, Ind., Ralph Brunt Jr., Jensen Beach, Fla., and ss-Paul Mielens, Menomonie, Wis., 1,722.
54, ss-Lee Brosius, Ashburn, Va., 1,712.
55, Tony Johnson, Canton, Ohio, 1,711.
56, Marty Berke, Allentown, Pa., 1,708.
57, Joe Scarborough, Charlotte, N.C., 1,707.
58, Timothy Regan, East Northport, N.Y., 1,703.
59, (tie) John Conroy, Mahopac, N.Y., Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., and William Peters, Dayton, Ohio, 1,701.
62, Mike Dias, Lafayette, Colo., 1,697.
63, ss-Roger Kossert, Lithia, Fla., 1,696.
64, ss-James Knoblauch, Waukesha, Wis., 1,695.
65, (tie) Ernie Segura Jr., Taylor, Mich., and ss-Larry Gross, Ocala, Fla., 1,694.
67, Bob Learn Jr., Erie, Pa., 1,691.
68, Glenn Smith, New York, 1,690.
69, (tie) Mike Hastings, Millsboro, Del., and Dave Sill, Titusville, Fla., 1,685.
71, ss-Bill Henson, Westerville, Ohio, 1,678.
72, n-ss-Stan Sprow, Lakeland, Fla., 1,677.
73, ss-Dave Bernhardt, Romeo, Mich., 1,672.
74, ss-Johnny Petraglia, Jackson, N.J., 1,670.
75, Steven Grotowski, Ft Lauderdale, Fla, 1,667.
76, Kevin Foley, Reno, Nev., 1,665.
77, Steve Kenyon, Dade City, Fla., 1,664.
78, (tie) Todd Kjell, Roscoe, Ill., and Dave Han, Hoover, Ala., 1,661.
80, John Gant, Medford, Mass., 1,657.
81, Rick Woloszyn, Griffith, Ind., 1,653.
82, n-Glenn Francis, Palm Harbor, Fla., 1,651.
83, ss-John Dudak, Orland Park, Ill., 1,650.
84, Peter Knopp, Germany, 1,649.
85, Gary Alstott, Washington, Ill., 1,648.
86, Kenneth Bland Jr., Cibolo, Texas, 1,647.
87, ss-Mark Scime, Winter Garden, Fla., 1,645.
88, Brian Miller, Springfield, Ohio, 1,642.
89, (tie) Ramon Torres, Carolina, Puerto Rico, and Harry Alchin III, Madeira Beach, Fla., 1,639.
91, n-Ken Fishman, Lutz, Fla., 1,637.
92, ss-Bill Sell, Menasha, Wis., 1,632.
93, (tie) Michael DeVore, Brandon, Fla., and Don Herrington, Ballston Lake, N.Y., 1,631.
95, (tie) Tom Carter, Columbus, Ohio, and John Austin Jr., League City, Texas, 1,629.
97, ss-Michael Kennedy, Victoria, Austraila, 1,628.
98, Doug Becker, Clermont, Fla., 1,627.
99, ss-Bob Chamberlain, The Villages, Fla., 1,626.
100, James Deplanche, Taylor, Mich., 1,623.
101, Warren Burr, Wilmington, Del., 1,622.
102, ss-Bob Kelly, Dayton, Ohio, 1,621.
103, Jon DeLaney, McKinney, Texas, 1,620.
104, (tie) ss-Nick Panicaro, Ocala, Fla., and David Taylor, Largo, Fla., 1,617.
106, Terry Metzner, Kentwood, Mich., 1,614.
107, n-ss-Charlie Gadd, West Palm Beach, Fla., 1,612.
108, ss-Bill McCorkle, Westerville, Ohio, 1,603.
109, ss-Ted Staikoff, Black Hawk, S.D., 1,597.
110, n-John Stronka, Davie, Fla., 1,594.
111, Tom Howison, Chillicothe, Ohio, 1,591.
112, Michael Vella, Bellport, N.Y., 1,590.
113, (tie) ss-Edgar Gomez, Colombia, and ss-Steve Stein, Staten Island, N.Y., 1,589.
115, (tie) Antonio Santa, San Juan, Puerto Rico, and Karl Ramonas, Port St. Lucie, Fla., 1,584.
117, ss-Bob Pazur, Venice, Fla, 1,583.
118, Glenn Morgan, Carson City, Nev., 1,580.
119, John Burkett, Southlake, Texas, 1,574.
120, n-ss-Leonard Salemme, Hudson, Fla., 1,571.
121, ss-Stephen Lippman, Palm Harbor, Fla., 1,567.
121, David Welch, St. Louis, Mo., 1,567.
123, ss-Dale Eagle, Laguna Niguel, Calif., 1,562.
124, ss-Michael Truitt, New Port Richey, Fla., 1,556.
124, Bob Spaulding, Colorado Springs, Colo., 1,556.
126, ss-Lucien Casagrande, Canada, 1,548.
127, ss-Dan Howsmon, Lutz, Fla., 1,547.
128, Tommy King, Oakdale, N.Y., 1,542.
129, (tie) ss-Larry Montgomery, Safety Harbor, Fla., and ss-Steve Bova, Massapequa, N.Y., 1,541.
131, Harry Wright, Venice, Fla., 1,538.
132, (tie) ss-Patsy DellaPenna, Palm Harbor, Fla., and ss-Ken Waters, Kingsport, Tenn., 1,537.
134, Joseph Long, Tarpon, Springs, Fla., 1,531.
135, n-ss-Kenneth Smith, Spring Hill, Fla., 1,520.
136, ss-Dave Schultz, West Bend, Wis., 1,518.
137, ss-James Souder, Greeneville, Tenn., 1,506.
138, ss-William Banks, Laurel Hill, N.C., 1,505.
139, (tie) ss-Peter Brainard, Tampa, Fla., and ss-Darrell Adams, Flintstone, Ga., 1,504.
141, ss-Lew Elting, Carlsbad, Calif., 1,499.
142, Robert Leonard Sr, Lockwood, N.Y., 1,495.
143, ss-Howard Frostman, Washburn, Wis., 1,488.
144, ss-Larry Williams, St. Augustine, Fla., 1,432.
145, n-ss-Jean-Marc Gagnon, Port Charlotte, Fla., 1,431.
146, Larry Woomer, State College, Pa., 1,423.
147, Stephen Wood, Naylor, Ga., 1,418.
148, William Medina, Whites Creek, Tenn., 1,413.
149, n-ss-Rolando Sebelen, Dominican Republic, 1,388.
150, ss-Rich Holden, Chinchilla, Pa., 1,387.
151, n-ss-Michael Osterman, New Port Richey, Fla., 1,312.
152, n-Domingo Castro, Weston, Fla., 1,416.

n-denotes non-member

ss-denotes PBA60 player ages 60 and over

Bob Johnson

Bob Johnson has received more national writing awards than any other bowling writer — close to 70 over the course of his 40-year career. He began at age 16 as a staff writer and then assistant editor for the weekly Pacific Bowler newspaper in his native California, and within three years was writing feature stories for Bowlers Journal. He has written for the magazine ever since, except for a five-year span when he was hired as the founding editor of another magazine. He moved to Chicago in 2000 and spent 13 years in the Windy City, including five as Bowlers Journal’s Editor. In 1975, Johnson received the Robert E. Kennedy Award as California’s top undergraduate high school journalist. Five years earlier, on the lanes, he had shared the Bantam Division Doubles championship in the Orange County Junior Bowling Association Championships. Today, he continues to work full-time for Bowlers Journal as its Senior Editor, to write his popular “Strikes Me” column, and to edit Luby Publishing Inc.’s weekly business-to-business Cyber Report.

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