PBA50 Tour rookie Mike Scroggins of Amarillo, Texas, won his third PBA50 Tour title of the season and Pete Weber clinched PBA50 Player of the Year honors Wednesday in the PBA50 DeHayes Insurance Group Championship presented by Pro Bowl West and Ebonite.
Scroggins, who returned to PBA competition in April after a year-long absence because of a serious foot ailment, defeated 10-time PBA Tour winner and finals top qualifier Bryan Goebel of Shawnee, Kan., 278-221, in the title match at Pro Bowl West to become the season’s only three-time winner.
With his three wins Scroggins was the runaway winner for PBA50 Rookie of the Year honors.
“I just wanted to be in the running for rookie of the year when the season started,” Scroggins said. “Winning one tournament would have been icing on the cake. I didn’t know what to expect this season but to have the year I had was much more than I expected.”
Scroggins, who qualified third for the finals defeated Ed Silva of Manteca, Calif., in the second stepladder match, 227-217, and then beat Hall of Famer, Walter Ray Williams Jr. of Oxford, Fla., in the semifinal 248-212, to reach the championship match against Goebel.
In the finals Scroggins had to use two different balls, one for each lane, to attack the challenging finals lane condition.
“When I was practicing I was surprised by the ball reaction on the left lane so I had to use a different ball there,” Scroggins said. “It’s something I’ve done before because I prefer to make my adjustments with my equipment rather than moving left or right on the lane.”
In the opening stepladder match, Silva, making his first finals appearance, defeated Hall of Famer Parker Bohn III of Jackson, N.J., 186-184. Bohn, who left a pocket 7-10 split in the 10th frame to lose the match, was also trying for a third PBA50 Tour title this season.
Weber’s seventh-place finish in the tournament was enough to secure PBA50 Player of the Year, his first player of the year crown of any kind during his more than three-decade-long PBA Hall of Fame career.
“It took me 35 years to do it but I’ve got a Player of the Year title – PBA Tour or PBA50 Tour I don’t care – I’ll take it,” said Weber, who owns 37 PBA Tour titles including a record-tying 10 major wins. “I didn’t have a lot of wins this season, but I had a lot of top finishes and did well in the majors which was good enough to achieve another goal in my career.”
Weber earned PBA50 Player of the Year in large part because of his performances in the Suncoast Senior U.S. Open and USBC Senior Masters, the season’s two majors. He won the Senior U.S. Open and finished second in the Senior Masters. He had other top finishes of second in the Treasure Island Resort & Casino Open and Johnny Petraglia BVL Open, and a third-place finish in the PBA50 Miller High Life Classic.
Hall of Famer and four-time PBA50 Player of the Year Tom Baker of King, N.C., earned his first PBA60 Player of the Year award for players 60 and over.
The top eight players in competition points also earned berths in the PBA Challenge Finals qualifier which is part of the GEICO World Series of Bowling VII this December in Reno, Nev. The qualifier will determine two finalists who will compete in the PBA50 title match which will be televised by ESPN. Advancing will be Weber, Scroggins, Bohn, Williams, Amleto Monacelli, Brian LeClair, Jack Jurek and Bob Learn Jr.
The PBA50 Tour season will wrap up with the PBA60 Dick Weber Super Senior Classic presented by Pro Bowl West and Hammer, Friday through Sunday for players 60 years and older. Fans can catch all the action on PBA’s online bowling channel Xtra Frame. For subscription information click on http://www.xtraframe.tv/pba/.
PBA50 DeHAYES INSURANCE GROUP CHAMPIONSHIP
PRESENTED BY PRO BOWL WEST AND EBONITE
Pro Bowl West, Fort Wayne, Ind., Wednesday
1, Mike Scroggins, Amarillo, Texas, $7,500.
2, Bryan Goebel, Shawnee, Kan., $4,000.
3, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., $2,500.
4, Ed Silva, Manteca, Calif., $2,000.
5, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., $1,750.
Match One – Silva def. Bohn, 186-184.
Match Two – Scroggins def. Silva, 227-217.
Semifinal Match – Scroggins def. Williams, 248-212.
Championship – Scroggins def. Goebel, 278-221.
Modified Match Play Round 2 (after six games, including match play record and bonus pins. Top five advanced to stepladder finals)
1, Bryan Goebel, Shawnee, Kan., 5-1, 1,661.
2, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., 4-2, 1,606.
3, Mike Scroggins, Amarillo, Texas, 5-1, 1,590.
4, Edward Silva, Manteca, Calif., 4-2, 1,556.
5, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 4-2, 1,540.
6, Willie Wells, Las Vegas, 4-2, 1,527, $1,500.
7, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 2-4, 1,507, and John Brockland, St. Charles, Mo., 4-2, 1,507, $1,500.
9, Lennie Boresch Jr, Kenosha, Wis., 2-4, 1,450, $1,300.
10, Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, 2-4, 1,441, $1,300.
11, Michael Henry, Brunswick, Ohio, 3-3, 1,440, $1,300.
12, Sam Maccarone, Blackwood, N.J., 2-4, 1,373, $1,300.
13, Christopher Keane, Cape Coral, Fla., 3-3, 1,354, $1,300.
14, Kerry Painter, Henderson, Nev., 1-5, 1,339, $1,300.
15, Mark Sullivan, Indianapolis, 1-5, 1,335, $1,300.
16, Jerry Brunette Jr., Rochester, N.Y., 2-4, 1,314, $1,300.
Modified Match Play Round 1 (after five games, including match play bonus pins)
17, Ralph Brunt Jr., Jensen Beach, Fla., 3-2, 1,239, $1,200.
18, Mike Dias, Lafayette, Colo., 3-2, 1,235, $1,200.
19, Brian LeClair, Delmar, N.Y., 3-2, 1,230, $1,200
20, Terry Metzner, Kentwood, Mich., 2-3, 1,215, $1,200.
21, Lee Brosius, Ashburn, Va., 2-2-1, 1,193, $1,200.
22, Brian Cooper, Henderson, Nev., 3-2, 1,179, $1,200.
23, Bill Henson, Westerville, Ohio, 2-3, 1,152, $1,200.
24,Ron Profitt, Brookville, Ohio, 2-3, 1,140, $1,200.
25, Kent Wagner, Bradenton, Fla., 2-3, 1,138, $1,100.
26, Bob Learn Jr., Erie, Pa., 3-2, 1,136, $1,100.
27, Sammy Ventura, Syracuse, N.Y., 1-4, 1,127, $1,100.
28, Gary Kammes, Winfield, Ill., 1-4, 1,125, $1,100.
29, Paul McCordic, Sugar Land, Texas, 2-3, 1,121, $1,100.
30, Jack Jurek, Lackawanna, N.Y., 1-4, 1,082, $1,100.
31, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 1-4, 1,049, $1,100.
32, Todd Kjell, Roscoe, Ill., 2-3, 1,031, $1,100.
Other Cashers (after five-game cashers’ round)
33, Peter Knopp, Germany, 1,116, $1,000.
34, John Conroy, Mahopac, N.Y., 1,110, $1,000.
35, Phillip Moros, Lombard, Ill., 1,101, $1,000.
36, Tom Baker, King, N.C., 1,075, $1,000.
37, Brent Beery, Kansas City, Mo., 1,073, $1,000.
38, Dale Eagle, Laguna Niguel, Calif., 1,061, $1,000.
39, Thomas Ream, Tampa, Fla., 1,056, $1,000.
40, Brian Miller, Springfield, Ohio, 1055, $1,000.
41, Bill Hewlett, Eagle, Idaho, 1,030, $1,000.
42, Bill Argenbright, New Hope, Va., 1,023, $1,000.
43, Tracy Teeters, Eugene, Ore., 997, $1,000.
44, Dick Gran, Hartville, Ohio, 983, $1,000.
45, Steve Stein, Staten Island, N.Y., 900, $1,000.