Ron Mohr Continues Qualifying Hot Streak Averaging 246.8 To Lead PBA50 Northern California Classic First Round

by Bob Johnson 0

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As qualifying leader for two tournaments this season, two-time PBA50 Player of the Year Ron Mohr of Las Vegas is on his way to making it three after averaging 246.8 to lead first round qualifying Monday in the PBA50 Northern California Classic presented by MOTIV.

Mohr bowled a 1,975 eight-game pinfall total with games of 244, 278, 199, 237, 258, 235, 247 and 277 at Harvest Park Bowl to hold a 49-pin lead over Robert Brown of Cody, Wyo., in second with 1,926.

Mohr, an eight-time PBA50 Tour titlist, led qualifying in last week’s PBA50 Fountain Valley Open with a 241 average and averaged 251 to lead qualifying in the UnitedHealthcare Sun Bowl In the Villages in April where he finished second to Pete Weber after losing 204-162 in the title match.

“I feel like I’m bowling the best I have the last couple of years, but it is becoming a bit of an issue that I can’t continue the momentum of qualifying into match play and win,” said the 60-year-old Mohr, whose last win came in the 2012 Senior Decatur (Ill.) Open. “It kind of seems like I can throw the ball great until I have to.

“I don’t have any excuses,” Mohr added. “My game is a work in progress so I’m hoping the work will pay off soon. I have good success here so hopefully it will continue for the rest of the tournament.”

Brown, who has committed to a full season on the PBA50 Tour this year after bowling eight events in 2015, had games of 225, 268, 233, 213, 279, 228, 234 and 246.

After taking last week off, PBA Hall of Famer Pete Weber of St. Ann, Mo. who is trying to extend his record of four consecutive PBA50 Tour titles, finished the first round in third with a 1,917 pinfall. He bowled games of 226, 279, 289, 247, 246, 254, 206 and 170.

Defending champion Hall of Famer Amleto Monacelli of Venezuela, who is trying for his second consecutive win of the season after winning in Fountain Valley, struggled after the first round finishing 30th with a 1,746 pinfall.

Rounding out the top five after the first round were Mark McCreary of Livermore, Calif., in fourth with 1,899, and Craig Miller of Tracy, Calif., in fifth with 1,896.

Second round qualifying continues Tuesday which will be followed by match play on Wednesday. Once match play is concluded, the top five players will advance to the stepladder finals scheduled for 6:30 p.m. PT.

The Northern California Classic is streamed live on PBA’s online bowling channel Xtra Frame. Subscription and schedule information is available by clicking on www.xtraframe.tv.

PBA50 NORTHERN CALIFORNIA CLASSIC PRESENTED BY MOTIV

Harvest Park Bowl, Brentwood, Calif., Monday

FIRST ROUND STANDINGS (after eight games)

1, ss-Ron Mohr, Las Vegas, 1,975.
2, Robert Brown, Cody, Wyo., 1,926.
3, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 1,917.
4, Mark McCreary, Livermore, Calif., 1,899.
5, Craig Miller, Tracy, Calif., 1,896.
6, Dave Arnold, Elk Grove, Calif., 1,891.
7, ss-Tom Baker, King, N.C., 1,871.
8, ss-Ty Dawson, Sunnyvale, Calif., 1,866.
9, Brian Kretzer, Dayton, Ohio, 1,845.
10, Brian Cooper, Henderson, Nev., 1,843.
11, (tie) Sammy Ventura, Syracuse, N.Y., and ss-Johnny Petraglia, Jackson, N.J., 1,833.
13, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 1,828.
14, Harry Sullins, Chesterfield Twp., Mich., 1,821.
15, Brian LeClair, Delmar, N.Y., 1,816.
16, (tie_ Bryan Goebel, Shawnee, Kan., and ss-n-Terry Leong, Las Vegas, 1,811.
18, ss-Sam Maccarone, Blackwood, N.J., 1,792.
19, Wayne Webb, Columbus, Ohio, 1,787.
20, Joe Goldstein Sr., San Bruno, Calif., 1,782.
21, ss-Warren Nelson, Middleburg, Fla., 1,776.
22, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., 1,773.
23, Bob Learn Jr., Erie, Pa., 1,768.
24, Ray Valdovino, Sacramento, Calif., 1,762.
25, (tie) Don Herrington, Ballston Lake, N.Y., and Jim Horan, Mountain View, Calif., 1,761.
27, ss-Bill Hewlett, Las Vegas, Nev., 1,759.
28, Christopher Keane, Cape Coral, Fla., 1,757.
29, John Burkett, Southlake, Texas, 1,751.
30, Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, 1,746.
31, James Hansen, Anchorage, Alaska, 1,744.
32, Brian Voss, Centennial, Colo., 1,741.
33, Noel Vazquez, Sacramento, Calif., 1,740.
34, ss-Kevin Croucher, Grants Pass, Ore., 1,739.
35, ss-Steve Stein, Staten Island, N.Y., 1,738.
36, ss-Don Blatchford, Santa Monica, Calif., 1,737.
37, (tie)Rick Francis, Linden, Calif., and Eddie Graham, Centerville, Ohio, 1,723.
39, Peter Knopp, Germany, 1,719.
40, ss-John Dudak, Orland Park, Ill., 1,710.
41, (tie)Scott Hansel, Stockton, Calif., and ss-n-Dennis Jones, Fremont, Calif., 1,705.
43, n-Joe Baca, Brentwood, Calif., 1,703.
44, ss-Henry Gonzalez, Colorado Springs, Colo., 1,699.
45, Dennis Horan Jr., Oakley, Calif., 1,697.
46, Bob Spaulding, Colorado Springs, Colo., 1,691.
47, ss-Don Sylvia, Daytona Beach, Fla., 1,685.
48, Mike Scroggins, Amarillo, Texas, 1,684.
49, ss-Skip Pavone, San Jose, Calif. 1,683.
50, (tie) Todd Kjell, Roscoe, Ill., Dave Dayton, Reno, Nev., and David Bolles, Stockton, Calif., 1,680.
53, Junior Self, Martinez, Calif., 1,679.
54, Jerry Brunette Jr., Rochester, N.Y., 1,676.
55, ss-Galen Keas, Alda, Neb., 1,668.
56, Norm Spurlock, Kenner, La., 1,662.
57, Rory Peterson, Sacramento, Calif., 1,660.
58, ss-Lee Brosius, Ashburn, Va., 1,659.
59, ss-Jim Gordin, Modesto, Calif., 1,658.
60, (tie) Tom Carter, Columbus, Ohio, and ss-Steven Jansson, Barnes, Wisc., 1,657.
62, (tie) ss-Paul McCordic, Sugar Land, Texas, and Tommy Martin, Olive Branch, Miss., 1,651.
64, Tracy Teeters, Eugene, Ore., 1,649.
65, n-Larry Dyson, Stockton, Calif., 1,644.
66, Kevin Foley, Reno, Nev., 1,643.
67, Mike Dias, Lafayette, Colo., 1,642.
68, ss-Chuck Best, Buda, Texas, 1,640.
69, ss-Bill Nichols, Bella Vista, Calif., 1,636.
70, ss-Dan Sasaki, Richmond, Callif., 1,631.
71, ss-Edward Silva, Manteca, Calif., 1,628.
72, Kenneth Bland Jr., Cibilo, Texas, 1,627.
73, Joseph Petrovich, Tracy, Calif, 1,624.
74, ss-Thomas Ream, Tampa, Fla., 1,623.
75, Joel Carlson, Omaha, Neb., 1,622.
76, n-Forrest Cole, Riverton, Wyo., 1,620.
77, ss-Edward Roberts, Braintree, Mass., 1,619.
78, Mike Keough, Stockton, Calif., 1,617.
79, ss-n-Sam Carter, Ben Lomond, Calif., 1,611.
80, ss-Steve Davis, Manteca, Calif., 1,606.
81, ss-n-John Dorsett, Concord, Calif., 1,597.
82, (tie) ss-Fred Cole, Visalia, Calif., and ss-Chuck Richardson, The Villages, Fla., 1,595.
84, n-Al Bella, Pittsburg, Calif., 1,594.
85, (tie) Mike Hastings, Millsboro, Del., and n-Jim Taliaferro, Turlock, Calif., 1,583.
87, Terry Metzner, Kentwood, Mich., 1,581.
88, Nick Morgan, Sacramento, Calif., 1,569.
89, n-Chris Sargent, Crockett, CA, 1,560.
90, (tie) ss-n-Phillip Spruill, San Francisco, and Brian Miller, Springfield, Ohio, 1,554.
92, ss-Phil Regan, Mendocino, Calif., 1,548.
93, ss-Dale Eagle, New Port Beach, Calif., 1,545.
94, ss-Jim Lesiuk, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., 1,535.
95, ss-Tim Pierce, Portland, Ore., 1,515.
96, ss-Ted Staikoff, Black Hawk, S.D., 1,508.
97, ss-Kerry Fulford, Ft. Worth, Texas, 1,506.
98, ss-n-David Chew, Brentwood, Calif., 1,503.
99, (tie) ss-Duane Wilson, Brentwood, Calif., and Joe Beck, Montgomery, Ala., 1,500.
101, ss-Larry Galloway, Lakewood, Calif., 1,484.
102, ss-Don Lane, San Francisco, 1,473.
103, Warren Burr, Wilmington, Del., 1,455.
104, Timothy Bell, Sacramento, Calif., 1,438.
105, n-Kevin Sweetman, Henderson, Colo., 1,420.
106, Glenn Morgan, Carson City, Nev., 1,373.
107, Lauri Karppala Jr., Folsom, Calif., 1,337.
108, n-ss-Roy Thomas, Visalia, Calif., 1,333.
109, ss-Bill Kaiser, Allen, Texas, 1,295.
110, ss-Mike Saraiva, Napa, Calif., 1,428.

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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