Ron Mohr Averages 257 to Take Lead at Second PBA50 Tour Stop of 2016

by Bob Johnson 0

Mohr.Ron_AS_2013SrUSOpen(11)THE VILLAGES, Fla. – With an eye on his own eight-game qualifying record, two-time PBA50 Tour Player of the Year Ron Mohr of Las Vegas, averaged 257 to lead the first round of the UnitedHealthcare Sun Bowl In The Villages presented by Radical at Spanish Springs Lanes.

Mohr, who owns the eight-game block qualifying mark of 2,160 (270 average) set during the 2010 HP Lanes Senior Open fired a 2,056 pinfall total Sunday with games of 237, 248, 275, 248, 298, 235, 236 and 279.

“The thought entered my mind but I left too many 10 pins,” said the eight-time PBA50 Tour titlist about the record. “Obviously on a higher scoring condition pin carry is everything.”

Mohr is hoping to end a nearly four-year drought without a PBA50 Tour win. His last win came in the 2012 Senior Decatur Open.

“With so much talent out on the PBA50 Tour now you really have to be at the top of your game day in and day out,” said Mohr, who had a best finish of third in 2015. “To help me get back to that top level I’ve been working on improving my mental game. It’s a work in progress but I’m close to being where I want to be.”

Not far behind Mohr was PBA Hall of Famer Walter Ray Williams Jr. of Oxford, Fla., 23 pins back with 2,033. Williams won last week’s season opening Pasco County Florida Open for his 10th career PBA50 Tour title, followed that up with a win in the PBA50 Sarasota South Open presented by Ebonite QubicaAMF regional tournament on Friday, then shot 300 in his first qualifying game at The Villages.

Rounding out the top five after the first round were Brian LeClair, Delmar, N.Y., 1,960; Brian Cooper, Henderson, Nev., 1,958, and reigning PBA50 Player of the Year Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 1,956.

Defending champion, Mike Scroggins of Amarillo, Texas finished the day in 26th with 1,842.

The 160-player field returns Monday for another eight-game qualifying round which will determine the top 32 players who will advance to Tuesday’s match play. Once match play is concluded the top five players will advance to the stepladder finals scheduled for 7 p.m. ET.

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Spanish Springs Lanes, The Villages, Fla., Sunday

First Round Standings (after eight games)

1, ss-Ron Mohr, Las Vegas, 2,056.
2, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., 2,033.
3, Brian LeClair, Delmar, N.Y., 1,960.
4, Brian Cooper, Henderson, Nev., 1,958.
5, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 1,956.
6, Joel Carlson, Omaha, Neb., 1,951.
7, Lennie Boresch Jr., Kenosha, Wis., 1,949.
8, Dale Traber, Cedarburg, Wis., 1,941.
9, ss-William Keenan Jr., Orlando, Fla., 1,929.
10, (tie) ss-Darryl Bower, Middletown, Pa., and Doug Becker, Clermont, Fla., 1,922.
12, Jerry Brunette Jr., Rochester, N.Y., 1,911.
13, Steve Kenyon, Dade City, Fla., 1,910.
14, ss-Sam Maccarone, Blackwood, N.J., 1,908.
15, Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, 1,905.
16, Sammy Ventura, Syracuse, N.Y., 1,902.
17, Bob Spaulding, Colorado Springs, Colo., 1,896.
18, ss-Kevin Croucher, Grants Pass, Ore., 1,890.
19, Stephen Pavlinko, Sewell, N.J., 1,884.
20, (tie) David Taylor, Largo, Fla., and Kevin Foley, Reno, Nev., 1,866.
22, Dennis Rakauskas, Apopka, Fla., 1,859.
23, Ralph Brunt Jr., Jensen Beach, Fla., 1,854.
24, (tie) John Austin Jr., League City, Texas, and James Hansen, Anchorage, Alaska, 1,850.
26, Mike Scroggins, Amarillo, Texas, 1,842.
27, (tie) Jim Pitts, Elmira, N.Y., and Scott Greiner, Platte City, Mo., 1,834.
29, Don Breeden, Clive, Iowa, 1,833.
30, (tie) Timothy Regan, East Northport, N.Y., and Craig Auerbach, Sunrise, Fla., 1,831.
32, Michael Owen, Gainesville, Fla., 1,827.
33, Stoney Baker, Canton, Ga., 1,821.
34, Bruce Hall, Westborough, Mass., 1,820.
35, (tie) Tommy Martin, Olive Branch, Miss., and Terry Metzner, Kentwood, Mich., 1,818.
37, ss-Bob Kelly, Dayton, Ohio, 1,810.
38, n-John Hough, Naples, Fla., 1,809.
39, ss-James Knoblauch, Waukesha, Wis., 1,807.
40, ss-Johnny Petraglia, Jackson, N.J., 1,804.
41, ss-Chuck Richardson, The Villages, Fla., 1,803.
42, John Burkett, Southlake, Texas, 1,802.
43, ss-Emilio Mora Sr., Defiance, Ohio, 1,801.
44, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 1,800.
45, Tracy Teeters, Eugene, Ore., 1,798.
46, (tie) ss-Dick Gran, Hartville, Ohio, and Paul LeMond, Jasper, Ind., 1,796.
48, William Peters, Dayton, Ohio, 1,794.
49, Tony Johnson, Canton, Ohio, 1,790.
50, Mike Dias, Lafayette, Colo., 1,785.
51, Jack Jurek, Lackawanna, N.Y., 1,782.
52, ss-John Dudak, Orland Park, Ill., 1,777.
53, (tie) Kenneth Bland Jr., Cibilo, Texas, and Bo Goergen, Sanford, Mich., 1,776.
55, (tie) Robert Brown, Cody, Wyo., and Darin Hays, Wesley Chapel, Fla., 1,773.
57, Robert Leonard Sr, Lockwood, N.Y., 1,771.
58, (tie) Rory Peterson, Sacramento, Calif., John Gant, Medford, Mass., and Todd Haney, Boiling Springs, S.C., 1,769.
61, (tie) Dan Schmerbach, St. Joseph, Mo., and David Welch, St. Louis, Mo., 1,761.
63, (tie) ss-Ron Profitt, Brookville, Ohio, Harry Sullins, Chesterfield Twp., Mich., and Mike Hastings, Millsboro, Del., 1,751.
66, Bob Learn Jr., Erie, Pa., 1,749.
67, ss-Don Sylvia, Daytona Beach, Fla., 1,748.
68, ss-Dave Bernhardt, Romeo, Mich., 1,747.
69, Todd Kjell, Roscoe, Ill., 1,745.
70, (tie) ss-Michael Truitt, New Port Richey, Fla., ss-Michael Kennedy, Victoria, Austraila, ss-Fred Ferreira, Kings Park, N.Y., ss-John Younger, Winston-Salem, N.C., and Warren Burr, Wilmington, Del., 1,739.
75, ss-Frank Gallo Jr., Jacksonville, Fla., 1,733.
76, ss-Lee Rautenberg, Boynton Beach, Fla., 1,732.
77, Brian Miller, Springfield, Ohio, 1,730.
78, ss-Mark Scime, Winter Garden, Fla., 1,726.
79, Dave Sill, Titusville, Fla., 1,722.
80, Michael Holden, Victoria, Australia, 1,720.
81, ss-William Banks, Laurel Hill, N.C., 1,716.
82, ss-Roger Kossert, Lithia, Fla., 1,714.
83, (tie) ss-Ken Waters, Kingsport, Tenn., and ss-James Souder, Greeneville, Tenn., 1,713.
85, Peter Knopp, Germany, 1,710.
86, ss-Timothy Kauble, Marion, Ohio, 1,709.
87, Dave Han, Hoover, Ala., 1,707.
88, ss-George Lord, Lakeland, Fla., 1,704.
89, Larry Woomer, State College, Pa., 1,703.
90, ss-Steven Jansson, Barnes, Wis., 1,702.
91, Randy Robertson, Evansville, Ind., 1,700.
92, Kenny Parks, Hammond, Ind., 1,698.
93, Gary Alstott, Washington, Ill., 1,696.
94, (tie) ss-Rich Giragosian, Charlotte, N.C., and Bryan Goebel, Shawnee, Kan., 1,695.
96, ss-Tom Baker, King, N.C., 1,692.
97, Bill Ursillo, Bluffton, S.C., 1,691.
98, (tie) John Conroy, Mahopac, N.Y., and ss-Bob Chamberlain, The Villages, Fla., 1,689.
100, James Lord, Fort Mill, S.C., 1,683.
101, ss-Lee Brosius, Ashburn, Va., 1,681.
102, ss-John Pullen, Oyster Bay, N.Y., 1,678.
103, ss-Warren Nelson, Middleburg, Fla., 1,677.
104, ss-Ted Staikoff, Black Hawk, S.D., 1,675.
105, Steven Grotowski, Ft Lauderdale, Fla, 1,674.
106, John Donovan, Melbourne, Fla., 1,673.
107, ss-Steve Bova, Massapequa, N.Y., 1,671.
108, ss-Marc Lineberry, Camanche, Iowa, 1,670.
109, Don Herrington, Ballston Lake, N.Y., 1,669.
109, Ernie Segura Jr., Taylor, Mich., 1,669.
111, ss-Steve Stein, Staten Island, N.Y., 1,668.
112, Joe Scarborough, Charlotte, N.C., 1,659.
113, (tie) Wayne Bolin, Lumberton, N.C., and David Williams Jr., Omaha, Neb., 1,656.
115, ss-Dale Eagle, Laguna Niguel, Calif., 1,647.
116, (tie) ss-Paul Mielens, Menomonie, Wis., and ss-Antonio Santa, San Juan, Puerto Rico, 1,644.
118, Jim Price, Harrrisburg, N.C., 1,642.
119, James Deplanche, Taylor, Mich., 1,639.
120, Harry Alchin III, Madeira Beach, Fla., 1,630.
121, Adam Colton, Boynton Beach, Fla., 1,627.
122, John Dougherty III, Fort Walton Beach, Fla., 1,626.
123, ss-Bill Henson, Westerville, Ohio, 1,625.
124, John DiSantis, Wilmington, Del., 1,624.
125, (tie) ss-Michael Chrzanowski, Shepherd, Mich., and ss-Nick Panicaro, Ocala, Fla., 1,623.
127, ss-Mike Walden, Stony Point, N.Y., 1,621.
128, ss-Patsy DellaPenna, Palm Harbor, Fla., 1,620.
129, ss-Mike Schmid, St. Paul, Minn., 1,612.
130, Billy Block, Pembroke Pines, Fla., 1,610.
131, ss-Thomas Ream, Tampa, Fla., 1,609.
132, (tie) ss-Larry Gross, Ocala, Fla., and Tom Carter, Columbus, Ohio, 1,608.
134, (tie) Marty Berke, Allentown, Pa., and ss-Greg Wilhelm, Saluda, Va., 1,599.
136, Pete Arruda, Gilbert, S.C., 1,595.
137, Stephen Wood, Naylor, Ga., 1,593.
138, Tom Howison, Chillicothe, Ohio, 1,589.
139, ss-Sam Perrotta, Newark, Del., 1,584.
140, ss-Darrell Adams, Flintstone, Ga., 1,571.
141, Doug O'Bryant, Ball Ground, Ga., 1,564.
142, ss-Edgar Gomez, Colombia, 1,562.
143, John Kidwell, Indianapolis, Ind., 1,558.
144, Jon DeLaney, McKinney, Texas, 1,552.
145, Christopher Keane, Cape Coral, Fla., 1,551.
146, ss-Howard Frostman, Washburn, Wis., 1,547.
147, ss-Lew Elting, Carlsbad, Calif., 1,538.
148, ss-Adrian Eckroth, Ocala, Fla., 1,535.
149, ss-Lindell Woolard, Tallahassee, Fla., 1,533.
150, ss-Larry Montgomery, Safety Harbor, Fla., 1,529.
151, Joseph Long, Tarpon, Springs, Fla., 1,516.
152, William Medina, Camillus, N.Y., 1,499.
153, ss-Dan Howsmon, Lutz, Fla., 1,498.
154, ss-Peter Brainard, Tampa, Fla., 1,485.
155, ss-Dave Schultz, West Bend, Wis., 1,467.
156, Glenn Morgan, Carson City, Nev., 1,455.
157, Larry Felts Jr., Moore, S.C., 1,452.
158, ss-Bobby Dunn, Augusta, Ga., 1,441.
159, ss-Stephen Lippman, Palm Harbor, Fla., 1,399.
160, ss-Gerald Dost, Hilton Head, S.C., 1,351.

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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