Rookie Donovan tops PBA50 Pasco County Florida Open, Defending Champ Bohn Qualifies Third

by Bob Johnson 0

Parker Bohn III's title defense got off to a hot start as he qualified third going into the cashers' round.

NEW PORT RICHEY, Fla. –  Bowling in his first PBA50 Tour tournament, John Donovan of Melbourne, Fla., averaged  237 to earn top qualifier honors Monday after the second round of the PBA50 Pasco County Florida Open at Lane Glo Bowl.

Donovan, who owns two QubicaAMF PBA regional titles, led qualifying with a 3,799 16-game pinfall total to edge out first round leader Craig Auerbach of Sunrise, Fla., in second by 23 pins. Auerbach finished qualifying with 3,776.

Donovan credited bowling with fellow lefthander and Pasco County Florida Open defending champion Parker Bohn III of Jackson, N.J., during qualifying for his success. Bohn finished the day in third with a 3,774 pinfall.

“Parker was great and he kept things light,” said the 50-year-old Donovan, whose day job is a rural mail carrier. “With both of us bowling a similar line, we were kind of sharing notes out there.

“I’m definitely surprised to be where I’m at,” Donovan added. “This was an opportunity of a lifetime and I’m glad I made the decision to compete here.”

Bohn, a 35-time PBA Tour titlist and three-time PBA50 Tour winner, won last year’s Pasco County Open by beating fellow Hall of Famer Norm Duke 263-222 in the championship match. It was Bohn’s first of two PBA50 Tour wins in 2015 with a win in the Treasure Island Resort & Casino Open coming later in the season.

Rounding out the top five after qualifying were 2015 PBA50 Rookie of the Year Mike Scroggins of Amarillo, Texas, who was last season’s only three time winner (3,764), and two-time PBA50 Tour winner Jack Jurek of Lackawanna, N.Y. (3,723).

After Monday’s round, 24 players advanced directly into Tuesday’s match play rounds beginning at noon ET.  An additional eight players will earn match play spots after a cashers round Tuesday morning. Tuesday’s match play rounds will determine the top five players for the stepladder finals scheduled for 7 p.m.

Fans can catch all the action on PBA’s online bowling channel Xtra Frame. Subscription and schedule information is available by clicking on the Xtra Frame link on the homepage.

The Pasco County Florida Open is presented by the Pasco County Tourist Development Council and sponsored by the Law Office of Lucas Magazine.


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

Second Round Standings (after 16 games)

Top 24 advance to match play; 25th-50th places plus eight PBA60 players advance to cashers round which will determine eight additional match play finalists

1, John Donovan, Melbourne, Fla., 3,799.
2, Craig Auerbach, Sunrise, Fla., 3,776.
3, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 3,774.
4, Mike Scroggins, Amarillo, Texas, 3,764.
5, Jack Jurek, Lackawanna, N.Y., 3,723.
6, Tom Baker, King, N.C., 3,722.
7, John Dougherty III, Fort Walton Beach, Fla., 3,711.
8, Brian LeClair, Delmar, N.Y., 3,694.
9, Stoney Baker, Canton, Ga., 3,693.
10, Stephen Pavlinko, Sewell, N.J., 3,681.
11, Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, 3,674.
12, Darin Hays, Wesley Chapel, Fla., 3,662.
13, Brian Cooper, Henderson, Nev., 3,659.
14, Todd Haney, Boiling Springs, S.C., 3,652.
15, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 3,650.
16, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., 3,644.
17, Warren Nelson, Hemet, Calif., 3,639.
18, Harry Sullins, Chesterfield Twp., Mich., 3,631.
19, C.K. Moore, Gulf Breeze, Fla., 3,623.
20, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 3,608.
21, Sam Maccarone, Blackwood, N.J., 3,592.
22, David Williams Jr., Omaha, Neb., 3,573.
23, Brian Voss, Centennial, Colo., 3,566.
24, Darryl Bower, Middletown, Pa., 3,564.
25, John Conroy, Mahopac, N.Y., 3,557.
26, Bryan Goebel, Shawnee, Kan., 3,549.
27, Lennie Boresch Jr., Kenosha, Wis., 3,545.
28, Ernie Segura Jr., Taylor, Mich., 3,538.
29, Scott Greiner, Platte City, Mo., 3,536.
30, Roger Kossert, Lithia, Fla., 3,532.
31, Mike Dias, Lafayette, Colo., 3,531.
32, James Hansen, Anchorage, Alaska, 3,528.
33, (tie) Bob Learn Jr., Erie, Pa., and Dennis Rakauskas, Apopka, Fla., 3,522.
35, Brian Brazeau, Ocala, Fla., 3,519.
36, John Petraglia, Jackson, N.J., 3,514.
37, Kevin Croucher, Grants Pass, Ore., 3,505.
38, Marty Berke, Allentown, Pa., 3,504.
39, Tommy Martin, Olive Branch, Miss., 3,498.
40, Bo Goergen, Sanford, Mich., 3,497.
41, (tie) James Knoblauch, Waukesha, Wis., and Tracy Teeters, Eugene, Ore., 3,496.
43, Don Breeden, Clive, Iowa, 3,491.
44, (tie) Dave Sill, Titusville, Fla., and Steven Jansson, Barnes, Wis., 3,489.
46, Christopher Keane, Cape Coral, Fla., 3,474.
47, Todd Kjell, Roscoe, Ill., 3,471.
48, Doug O'Bryant, Ball Ground, Ga., 3,467.
49, Jerry Brunette Jr., Rochester, N.Y., 3,462.
50, Frank Gallo Jr., Jacksonville, Fla., 3,461.
51, Rory Peterson, Sacramento, Calif., 3,460.
52, n-John Hough, Naples, Fla., 3,459.
53, n-Ed Irwin, Hudson, Fla, 3,457.
54, John Gant, Medford, Mass., 3,452.
55, Ralph Brunt Jr., Jensen Beach, Fla., 3,450.
56, Michael Owen, Gainesville, Fla., 3,444.
57, Steve Kenyon, Dade City, Fla., 3,442.
58, ss-Dave Bernhardt, Romeo, Mich., 3,440.
59, Rick Woloszyn, Griffith, Ind., 3,434.
60, Joe Scarborough, Charlotte, N.C., 3,433.
61, (tie) n-Ken Fishman, Lutz, Fla., and Kenny Parks, Hammond, Ind., 3,432.
63, (tie) Gary Alstott, Washington, Ill., Robert Brown, Cody, Wyo., and Michael Shequin, Debary, Fla., 3,429.
66, ss-Lee Brosius, Ashburn, Va., 3,418.
67, Glenn Smith, New York, 3,415.
68, ss-Paul Mielens, Menomonie, Wis., 3,411.
69, Dave Han, Hoover, AL, 3,406.
70, ss-Thomas Ream, Tampa, Fla., 3,405.
71, Kenneth Bland Jr., Cibolo, Texas, 3,402.
72, ss-Bill Henson, Westerville, Ohio, 3,396.
73, Harry Alchin III, Madeira Beach, Fla., 3,393.
74, ss-Ron Mohr, Las Vegas, 3,388.
75, ss-Ted Staikoff, Black Hawk, S.D., 3,376.
76, James Luck, Jacksonville, Fla., 3,366.
77, (tie) Michael Truitt, New Port Richey, Fla., and ss-John Dudak, Orland Park, Ill., 3,364.
79, Sammy Ventura, Syracuse, N.Y., 3,358.
80, Jim Price, Harrrisburg, N.C., 3,357.
81, Michael DeVore, Brandon, Fla., 3,355.
82, Tony Johnson, Canton, Ohio, 3,348.
83, Mark Scime, Winter Garden, Fla., 3,345.
84, Brian Miller, Springfield, Ohio, 3,341.
85, Timothy Regan, East Northport, N.Y., 3,338.
86, John Burkett, Southlake, Texas, 3,336.
87, James Deplanche, Taylor, Mich., 3,334.
88, William Peters, Dayton, Ohio, 3,325.
89, Larry Gross, Ocala, Fla., 3,320.
90, Michael Kennedy, Victoria, Austraila, 3,309.
91, Bob Chamberlain, The Villages, Fla., 3,304.
92, Antonio Santa, San Juan, Puerto Rico, 3,303.
93, David Taylor, Largo, Fla., 3,296.
94, Warren Burr, Wilmington, Del., 3,278.
95, Bill McCorkle, Westerville, Ohio, 3,275.
96, Bill Sell, Menasha, Wis., 3,274.
97, Tom Carter, Columbus, Ohio, 3,272.
98, Don Herrington, Ballston Lake, N.Y., 3,271.
99, Jon DeLaney, McKinney, Texas, 3,263.
100, (tie) Michael Vella, Bellport, N.Y., and Mike Hastings, Millsboro, Del., 3,257.
102, Tom Howison, Chillicothe, Ohio, 3,255.
103, Peter Knopp, Germany, 3,253.
104, Doug Becker, Clermont, Fla., 3,250.
105, (tie) Tommy King, Oakdale, N.Y., 3,244.
105, Ramon Torres, Carolina, Puerto Rico, and Terry Metzner, Kentwood, Mich., 3,232.
108, Edgar Gomez, Colombia, 3,221.
109, n-Stan Sprow, Lakeland, Fla., 3,217.
110, David Welch, St. Louis, Mo., 3,212.
111, Dale Eagle, Laguna Niguel, Calif., 3,198.
112, n-Kenneth Smith, Spring Hill, Fla., 3,193.
113, n-Glenn Francis, Palm Harbor, Fla., 3,190.
114, Steve Stein, Staten Island, N.Y., 3,189.
115, n-Charlie Gadd, West Palm Beach, Fla., 3,182.
116, (tie) Glenn Morgan, Carson City, Nev., and Steven Grotowski, Ft Lauderdale, Fla, 3,180.
118, Bob Kelly, Dayton, Ohio, 3,174.
119, Bob Spaulding, Colorado Springs, Colo., 3,172.
120, Lew Elting, Carlsbad, Calif., 3,171.
121, (tie) Harry Wright, Venice, Fla., and Bob Pazur, Venice, Fla, 3,158.
123, n-John Stronka, Davie, Fla., 3,155.
124, Karl Ramonas, Port St. Lucie, Fla., 3,143.
125, Stephen Lippman, Palm Harbor, Fla., 3,117.
126, Lucien Casagrande, Canada, 3,114.
127, John Austin Jr., League City, Texas, 3,112.
128, Darrell Adams, Flintstone, Ga., 3,107.
129, Steve Bova, Massapequa, N.Y., 3,101.
130, Larry Montgomery, Safety Harbor, Fla., 3,097.
131, Kevin Foley, Reno, Nev., 3,092.
132, Dave Schultz, West Bend, Wis., 3,081.
133, Ken Waters, Kingsport, Tenn., 3,079.
134, Nick Panicaro, Ocala, Fla., 3,077.
135, Peter Brainard, Tampa, Fla., 3,072.
136, Dan Howsmon, Lutz, Fla., 3,059.
137, James Souder, Greeneville, Tenn., 3,027.
138, Larry Williams, St. Augustine, Fla., 3,011.
139, n-Leonard Salemme, Hudson, Fla., 3,007.
140, Howard Frostman, Washburn, Wis., 2,981.
141, (tie) Larry Woomer, State College, Pa., and Patsy DellaPenna, Palm Harbor, Fla., 2,969.
143, Robert Leonard Sr, Lockwood, N.Y., 2,952.
144, Rich Holden, Chinchilla, Pa., 2,941.
145, Joseph Long, Tarpon, Springs, Fla., 2,919.
146, William Banks, Laurel Hill, N.C., 2,913.
147, n-Jean-Marc Gagnon, Port Charlotte, Fla., 2,908.
148, Stephen Wood, Naylor, Ga., 2,874.
149, n-Michael Osterman, New Port Richey, Fla., 2,770.
150, n-Rolando Sebelen, Dominican Republic, 2,768.
151, William Medina, Whites Creek, Tenn., 2,761.
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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