Bohn Defeats Duke to Win PBA50 Pasco County Florida Open

by Gianmarc Manzione 0

ParkerPascoIn a title match that featured two of the Professional Bowlers Association’s all-time greats with 72 PBA Tour wins between them, Parker Bohn III defeated fellow Hall of Famer and reigning PBA50 Player of the Year Norm Duke Tuesday in the title match to win the PBA50 Pasco County Florida Open at Lane Glo Bowl in New Port Richey, Fla.

Bohn, a 34-time PBA Tour titlist, won his second PBA50 Tour title by defeating Duke, a 38-time Tour winner, 263-222, in the title match. Duke, who also finished second in the Pasco County Open last season, was trying for his third PBA50 Tour title.

Bohn took the lead early in the match striking in the first three frames and after Duke opened in the second frame he was able to take command for good by throwing seven consecutive strikes to complete the match.

“We’ve bowled against each other many times during our careers,” Bohn said. “Even though I knew I had things pretty well under control heading into the end of the match you can never let up against guys like Norm because if there’s room for them to catch you they will. The strikes I had in the eighth and ninth frame were crucial because they put the pressure on him.”

One of Bohn’s concerns throughout the tournament was dealing with humid conditions that could play havoc with his grip.

“It can be a challenge to get the right feel,” Bohn said. “You can have a situation where you have to squeeze the ball to hold on or go the other way where the ball can hang in your hand. If you have either one of those situations you’re not going to repeat shots. With the help of (Brunswick representative) Chuck Gardner we put a good game plan together with my equipment so then it was just a matter of me standing in the right place and hitting my target.”

Bohn advanced to the championship match by defeating 10-time PBA Tour winner Bryan Goebel of Shawnee, Kan., who was trying for his first PBA50 Tour title, in the semifinal match 247-238.

In the opening stepladder match United States Bowling Congress Hall of Famer Lennie Boresch Jr. of Kenosha, Wis., trying for his third title, defeated Hall of Famer and nine-time PBA50 Tour winner Walter Ray Williams Jr., 255-209.

In the second match Goebel defeated Boresch 227-192 to advance to the semifinal.

The PBA50 Tour travels to Spanish Springs Lanes in The Villages, Fla., April 18-21 for the PBA50 Sun Bowl In The Villages presented by Radical, the second stop of the 2015 season. Fans can catch all the action on PBA’s online bowling channel Xtra Frame. For subscription and schedule information click on the Xtra Frame logo on the pba.com homepage.

PBA50 PASCO COUNTY FLORIDA OPEN
Lane Glo Bowl, New Port Richey, Fla., Tuesday

Final Standings

1, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., $7,500.
2, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., $4,000.
3, Bryan Goebel, Shawnee, Kan., $2,500.
4, Lennie Boresch Jr., Kenosha, Wis., $2,000.
5, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., $1,750.

Stepladder Results

Match One – Boresch def. Williams, 255-209.
Match Two – Goebel def. Boresch, 227-192.
Semifinal Match – Bohn def. Goebel, 247-238.
Championship – Bohn def. Duke, 263-222.

Modified Match Play Round 2 (after six games, including match play bonus pins. Top five advanced to stepladder finals)

1, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 5-1, 1,580.
2, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 4-2, 1,554.
3, Bryan Goebel, Shawnee, Kan., 6-0, 1,516.
4, Lennie Boresch Jr., Kenosha, Wis., 4-2, 1,511.
5, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., 5-1, 1,464.
6, Brian LeClair, Albany, N.Y., 3-3, 1,449, $1,550.
7, Stephen Pavlinko, Sewell, N.J., 3-3, 1,417, $1,550.
8, Joe Scarborough, Charlotte, N.C., 4-2, 1,400, $1,550.
9, Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, 2-4, 1,385, $1,350.
10, Ralph Brunt Jr., Jensen Beach, Fla., 2-4, 1,383, $1,350.
11, Bob Learn Jr., Erie, Pa., 2-4, 1,373, $1,350.
12, a-Jerry Brunette Jr., Rochester, N.Y., 2-4, 1,320, $1,350.
13, Brian Voss, Centennial, Colo., 2-4, 1,301, $1,350.
14, Kevin Foley, Reno, Nev., 3-3, 1,267, $1,350.
15, ss-Tom Baker, King, N.C., 1-5, 1,263, $1,350.
16, Tom Carter, Rockford, Ill., 0-6, 1,237, $1,350.

Modified Match Play Round 1 (after five games, including match play bonus pins)

17, ss-Paul McCordic, Sugar Land, Texas, 3-2, 1,190, $1,175.
18, Robert Brown, Cody, Wyo., 3-2, 1,170, $1,175.
19, Peter Knopp, Germany, 3-2, 1,143, $1,175.
20, Ron Mohr, Las Vegas, 2-3, 1,122, $1,175.
21, a-Tim Maiseroulle, Buford, Ga., 2-3, 1,080, $1,175.
22, ss-Chuck Richardson, The Villages, Fla., 2-2-1, 1,069, $1,175.
23, ss-Don Blatchford, Santa Monica, Calif., 2-3, 1,065, $1,175.
24, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 2-2-1, 1,064, $1,175.
25, Tracy Teeters, Eugene, Ore., 3-2, 1,046, $1,100.
26, Joe Salvemini, Henderson, Nev., 2-3, 1,041, $1,100.
27, Brian Miller, Springfield, Ohio, 2-3, 1,040, $1,100.
28, Todd Kjell, Roscoe, Ill., 1-4, 1,037, $1,100.
29, Dave Sill, Titusville, Fla., 1-4, 1,004, $1,100.
30, Harry Sullins, Chesterfield Twp., Mich., 2-3, 1,000, $1,100.
31, a-Darin Hays, Wesley Chapel, Fla., 1-4, 972, $1,100.
32, Christopher Keane, Cape Coral, Fla., 0-5, 952, $1,100.

Other Cashers (after five-game cashers’ round)

33, ss-Frank Gallo Jr., Jacksonville, Fla., 1,068, $1,050.
34, Doug O'Bryant, Ball Ground, Ga., 1,064, $1,050.
35, ss-Bill Henson, Westerville, Ohio, 1,048, $1,050.
36, ss-John Dudak, Orland Park, Ill., 1,046, $1,050.
37, ss-Bob Chamberlain, The Villages, Fla., 1,042, $1,050.
38, ss-Steve Ferraro, Kingston, N.Y., 1,027, $1,050.

39, ss-Dale Eagle, Laguna Niguel, Calif., 1,020, $1,000.
40, Gary Morgan, Atlanta, 1,007, $1,000.
41, ss-Lucien Casagrande, Canada, 1,005, $1,000.
42, ss-Thomas Ream, Tampa, Fla., 975, $1,000.
43, ss-Timothy Kauble, Marion, Ohio, 928, $1,000.
44, ss-Bill McCorkle, Westerville, Ohio, 918, $1,000.
45, ss-James Knoblauch, Waukesa, Wis., 914, $1,000.
46, ss-a-Joe Barna, Plantation ,Fla., 913, $1,000.

a-denotes amateur

ss-denotes PBA60 player

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