Coming off the month-long break in the 2015 PBA50 Tour season schedule, two-time PBA50 Player of the Year Ron Mohr of Las Vegas came back refreshed by averaging 246.6 to take the first round lead Monday in the PBA50 Treasure Island Resort & Casino Open presented by Roto Grip at Island Xtreme Bowl.
The eight-time PBA50 Tour winner finished the round with a 1,973 pinfall bowling games of 225, 269, 236, 216, 258, 227, 277 and 265.
“I missed a single-pin spare in the first game and that was a wake-up call,” said Mohr. “It was kind of a good thing it happened because it reminded me to pay attention and focus on every shot.”
Mohr’s best finish this season was third in the Johnny Petraglia BVL Open. He is hoping to end a three-year drought without a PBA50 Tour win.
“I’ve been bowling well and really can’t complain,” said Mohr, whose last win came in the 2012 Senior Decatur (Ill.) Open. “I just need to concentrate on making good shots in key situations and hope I get a few breaks along the way.”
Mohr holds a 57-pin lead over two-time PBA50 Tour winner Bob Learn Jr. of Erie, Pa., who finished the round in second with a 1,916 pinfall.
Rounding out the top five after the first round were Chris Keane, Cape Coral, Fla., 1,870; PBA Hall of Famer Pete Weber of St. Ann, Mo., 1,851, and retired two-time major league all-star pitcher John Burkett of Southlake, Texas, 1,842.
Weber, the 2015 Suncoast PBA Senior U.S. Open winner, is trying for his second win of the season and fifth of his career. Burkett, competing in his PBA50 Tour rookie season, is trying to improve upon a season’s-best finish of fourth which came in the Northern California Classic.
Defending champion Hall of Famer Walter Ray Williams Jr. of Oxford, Fla., finished the first round in 19th with a 1,725 pinfall.
The 90-player field will return for another eight-game qualifying round Tuesday which will determine the 30 players who will advance to match play on Wednesday. The top five after match play will advance to the stepladder finals scheduled for 6:30 p.m. CT.
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PBA50 TREASURE ISLAND RESORT & CASINO OPEN PRESENTED BY ROTO GRIP
Island Xtreme Bowl, Welch, Minn., Monday
First Round Standings (after 8 games)
1, Ron Mohr, Las Vegas, 1,973.
2, Bob Learn Jr., Erie, Pa., 1,916.
3, Chris Keane, Cape Coral, Fla., 1,870.
4, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 1,851.
5, John Burkett, Southlake, Texas, 1,842.
6, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 1,824.
7, Bryan Goebel, Shawnee, Kan., 1,801.
8, ss-Tom Baker, King, N.C., 1,797.
9, a-Sam Lantto, Eden Prairie, Minn., 1,789.
10, Harry Sullins, Chesterfield Twp., Mich., 1,785.
11, Peter Knopp, Germany, 1,772.
12, Mike Scroggins, Amarillo, Texas, 1,766.
13, Bob Micek, Woodbury, Minn., 1,764.
14, (tie) Mike Dias, Lafayette, Colo., and ss-Dave Bernhardt, Romeo, Mich., 1,747.
16, Brian Cooper, Henderson, Nev., 1,745.
17, ss-Dale Eagle, Laguna Niguel, Calif., 1,742.
18, ss-Paul McCordic, Sugar Land, Texas, 1,727.
19, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., 1,725.
20, ss-Don Blatchford, Santa Monica, Calif., 1,713.
21, Brian Voss, Centennial, Colo., 1,704.
22, Kevin Foley, Reno, Nev., 1,701.
23, Darron Peters, Temecula, Calif., 1,699.
24, ss-John Dudak, Orland Park, Ill., 1,695.
25, Tommy Martin, Olive Branch, Miss., 1,693.
26, Todd Kjell, Roscoe, Ill., 1,690.
27, Darryl Traber, Waterford, Wis., 1,687.
28, (tie) Lennie Boresch Jr., Kenosha, Wis., and ss-James Knoblauch, Waukesha, Wis., 1,676.
30, (tie) Rob Rice, Sunnyside, Wash., and a-Ron Cleveland, St. Paul, Minn., 1,669.
32, ss-Edward Silva, Manteca, Calif., 1,667.
33, John Brockland, St. Charles, Mo., 1,663.
34, (tie) ss-Kerry Painter, Henderson, Nev., and Terry Metzner, Kentwood, Mich., 1,658.
36, Joel Carlson, Omaha, Neb., 1,651.
37, Brian LeClair, Delmar, N.Y., 1,640.
38, ss-Steven Jansson, Barnes, Wisc., 1,639.
39, David Axon, Bellevue, Neb., 1,632.
40, ss-Ted Staikoff, Black Hawk, S.D., 1,631.
41, Jerry Brunette Jr., Rochester, N.Y., 1,627.
42, Jeff Richgels, Madison, Wis., 1,615.
43, Kent Wagner, Bradenton, Fla., 1,599.
44, ss-Michael Henry, Brunswick, Ohio, 1,594.
45, (tie) ss-Phillip Moros, Lombard, Ill., and ss-Steve Stein, Staten Island, N.Y., 1,592.
47, ss-Thomas Ream, Tampa, Fla., 1,589.
48, Dale Traber, Cedarburg, Wis., 1,587.
49, ss-Marc Lineberry, Camanche, Iowa, 1,586.
50, ss-Jerry Lau, St. Peters, Mo., 1,579.
51, Tracy Teeters, Eugene, Ore., 1,578.
52, (tie) Michael Chrzanowski, Shepherd, Mich., and Robert Harvey, Boise, Idaho, 1,577.
54, Robert Spaulding, Mckinney, Texas, 1,574.
55, ss-Bill Henson, Westerville, Ohio, 1,571.
56, Lyle Zikes, Arlington Heights, Ill., 1,570.
57, Brent Beery, Kansas City, Mo., 1,564.
58, Dave Flemming, Fairborn, Ohio, 1,563.
59, Tom Carter, Columbus, Ohio, 1,561.
60, ss-Bill McCorkle, Westerville, Ohio, 1,557.
61, Don Breeden, Clive, Iowa, 1,555.
62, a-David Oulman, Medford, Minn., 1,554.
63, Dana Wright, St. Paul, Minn., 1,552.
64, ss-Dennis Lane, Kingsport, Tenn., 1,543.
65, Jeff Moore, Boone, Iowa, 1,537.
66, Tony Majcher, Rolling Meadows, Ill., 1,535.
67, ss-Tim Pierce, Portland, Ore., 1,527.
68, ss-Bill Hewlett, Eagle, Idaho, 1,526.
69, ss-Paul Mielens, Menomonie, Wis., 1,525.
70, (tie) Dennis Erckfritz, Sioux Falls, S.D., and ss-Howard Frostman, Washburn, Wis., 1,514.
72, ss-Bob Knipple, Long Beach, Calif., 1,510.
73, Warren Burr, Wilmington, Del., 1,497.
74, ss-Mike Schmid, St. Paul, Minn., 1,495.
75, ss-Brendan Bierch, Grafton, Mass., 1,481.
76, a-Curtis Matlock, Cloquet, Minn., 1,472.
77, ss-George Lord, Lakeland, Fla., 1,463.
78, ss-a-Dale Lipovsky, Apple Valley, Minn., 1,455.
79, ss-Galen Keas, Alda, Neb., 1,442.
80, John Austin, Friendswood, Texas, 1,441.
81, ss-Glen Nakagawa, Highland Village, Texas, 1,439.
82, ss-Larry Helton, Bolingbrook, Ill., 1,435.
83, ss-Bill Idzior, Crown Point, Ind., 1,421.
84, Al Danz Jr., Escanaba, Mich., 1,412.
85, ss-Ken Waters, Kingsport, Tenn., 1,408.
86, Robert Teeters, Lapel, Ind., 1,405.
87, Brian Miller, Springfield, Ohio, 1,399.
88, ss-Lew Elting, Carlsbad, Calif., 1,388.
89, ss-Allen Meskan, Addison, Ill., 1,316.
90, a- Dean Bruinsma, Clear Lake, S.D., 1,288.
ss-denotes PBA60 players ages 60 and over