Weber Averages 250 to Take First Round Lead in PBA50 Mooresville Open

by Bob Johnson 0

Jerry Schneider
Professional Bowlers Association

Weber.Pete_AS_2014Badger(14)MOORESVILLE, N.C. – Trying for his second consecutive win of the young 2016 PBA50 Tour season, defending PBA50 Player of the Year Pete Weber of St. Ann, Mo., averaged 249.7 Monday to take the first round lead in the PBA50 Mooresville Ford Open presented by Columbia 300 and Miller High Life at George Pappas’ Victory Lanes.

Starting the round with games of 258 and 300, the PBA Hall of Famer followed up with games of 256, 279, 247, 196, 247 and 215 for a 1,998 pinfall total.

“You just focus on hitting the pocket,” Weber said. “You’re going to leave a 7-pin or 10-pin here or there, but if you’re hitting the pocket on a regular basis you’re going to get your share of strikes.

“Even when I had the 196 game, I was still throwing the ball like I wanted to. I just didn’t make the adjustment fast enough. It actually gave me a good baseline to get back on track in the seventh game.”

Weber won last week’s PBA50 Sun Bowl In The Villages by beating Ron Mohr, 204-162, in the championship match for his fifth career PBA50 Tour title.  In the season-opening Pasco County Florida Open, the 37-time PBA Tour titlist finished fourth.

Weber holds a 70-pin lead over Hall of Famer, Norm Duke of Clermont, Fla., who also had a 300 game, in second with 1,928, followed by Ralph Brunt Jr., Jensen Beach, Fla., 1,927; Bob Learn Jr., Erie, Pa., 1,889, and Don Herrington of Ballston Lake, N.Y. in fifth with 1,885.

Defending champion Jack Jurek of Lackawanna, N.Y., finished the day in sixth with 1,877.

The 151-player field returns Tuesday for another eight-game qualifying round which will determine the top 32 players who will advance to Wednesday’s match play rounds. 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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George Pappas’ Victory Lanes, Mooresville, N.C., Monday

First Round Standings (after eight games)

1, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 1,998.
2, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 1,928.
3, Ralph Brunt Jr., Jensen Beach, Fla., 1,927.
4, Bob Learn Jr., Erie, Pa., 1,889.
5, Don Herrington, Ballston Lake, N.Y., 1,885.
6, Jack Jurek, Lackawanna, N.Y., 1,877.
7, Stoney Baker, Canton, Ga., 1,868.
8, Kenneth Bland Jr., Cibilo, Texas, 1,866.
9, ss-Tom Baker, King, N.C., 1,865.
10, Tommy Martin, Olive Branch, Miss., 1,862.
11, Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, 1,839.
12, Keith Lesko, Lancerster, S.C., 1,838.
13, Kenny Parks, Hammond, Ind., 1,830.
14, ss-George Pappas, Charlotte, N.C., 1,829.
15, Brian Voss, Centennial, Colo., 1,827.
16, Joe Scarborough, Charlotte, N.C., 1,821.
17, Robert Brown, Cody, Wyo., 1,819.
18, Doug O'Bryant, Ball Ground, Ga., 1,810.
19, Christopher Keane, Cape Coral, Fla., 1,809.
20, Dave Han, Hoover, Ala., 1,805.
21, ss-Greg McMahan, Dandridge, Tenn., 1,801.
22, ss-John Dudak, Orland Park, Ill., 1,796.
23, Mac Sanders, Taylors, S.C., 1,791.
24, ss-Warren Nelson, Middleburg, Fla., 1,771.
25, ss-Darryl Bower, Middletown, Pa., 1,767.
26, n-Mal Williams Jr., Hicoh Point, N.C., 1,762.
27, (tie) Ken Shealy, Myrtle Beach, S.C., and ss-Ron Mohr, Las Vegas, 1,758.
29, ss-Kevin Croucher, Grants Pass, Ore., 1,755.
30, (tie) ss-Dale Csuhta, Wadsworth, Ohio, and Robert Leonard Sr, Lockwood, N.Y., 1,754.
32, ss-Don Blatchford, Santa Monica, Calif., 1,752.
33, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 1,736.
34, Bryan Goebel, Shawnee, Kan., 1,734.
35, (tie) Dennis Rakauskas, Apopka, Fla., and Tom Carter, Columbus, Ohio, 1,732.
37, Peter Knopp, Germany, 1,728.
38, ss-Dannie Hettinger, Circleville, Ohio, 1,727.
39, Marty Berke, Allentown, Pa., 1,726.
40, Bob Spaulding, Colorado Springs, Colo., 1,720.
41, ss-Bobby Johnson, Chillicothe, Ohio, 1,713.
42, Tim Hartley, Englewood, Ohio, 1,712.
43, (tie) Lennie Boresch Jr., Kenosha, Wis., and ss-James Knoblauch, Waukesha, Wis., 1,711.
45, Mike Scroggins, Amarillo, Texas, 1,709.
46, Todd Kjell, Roscoe, Ill., 1,707.
47, ss-Dave Bernhardt, Romeo, Mich., 1,704.
48, Todd Haney, Boiling Springs, S.C., 1,701.
49, ss-Ted Staikoff, Black Hawk, S.D., 1,699.
50, ss-Paul McCordic, Sugar Land, Texas, 1,696.
51, n-Charles Allen Jr., Pell City, Ala., 1,695.
52, Brian LeClair, Delmar, N.Y., 1,693.
53, (tie) ss-Jeff Bellinger, Columbia, S.C., and  James Hansen, Anchorage, Alaska, 1,691.
55, Curt Guinn, Greenwood, S.C., 1,687.
56, ss-Bill Henson, Westerville, Ohio, 1,686.
57, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., 1,682.
58, Pete Arruda, Gilbert, S.C., 1,680.
59, Mike Mineman, St Louis, 1,679.
60, Brent Hunter, Glenville, Pa., 1,673.
61, (tie) n-ss-Charlie Gadd, Lake Worth, Fla., and Larry Woomer, State College, Pa., 1,671.
63, ss-Lee Brosius, Ashburn, Va., 1,669.
64, Darryl Traber, Waterford, Wis., 1,667.
65, (tie) Harry Sullins, Chesterfield Twp., Mich., and David Zelger, Red Lion, Pa., 1,665.
67, Sammy Ventura, Syracuse, N.Y., 1,663.
68, Tom Howison, Chillicothe, Ohio, 1,662.
69, ss-William Keenan Jr., Orlando, Fla., 1,660.
70, Jim Price, Harrrisburg, N.C., 1,657.
71, Leon Davis Jr., Silver Spring, Md., 1,651.
72, (tie) John Gant, Medford, Mass., Barry Slater, Locust, N.C., and ss-Sam Maccarone, Blackwood, N.J., 1,647.
75, Larry Popp, Marion, Ohio, 1,643.
76, Terry Metzner, Kentwood, Mich., 1,640.
77, Dave Flemming, Fairborn, Ohio, 1,638.
78, John Conroy, Mahopac, N.Y., 1,637.
79, Dave Sill, Titusville, Fla., 1,633.
80, (tie) ss-David Kneas, Annapolis, Md., and ss-Ken Gibson, Greenville, S.C., 1,632.
82, Mike Dias, Lafayette, Colo., 1,627.
83, ss-William Banks, Laurel Hill, N.C., 1,626.
84, ss-Thomas Ream, Tampa, Fla., 1,623.
85, (tie) Richard Beeson, Lexington, N.C., and Glenn Morgan, Carson City, Nev., 1,622.
87, Scott Greiner, Platte City, Mo., 1,618.
88, (tie) ss-Edward Roberts, Braintree, Mass., and Jeff Porter, Morristown, Tenn., 1,616.
90, ss-Steve Stein, Staten Island, N.Y., 1,615.
91, (tie) Tracy Teeters, Eugene, Ore., and ss-Todd Wilson, Summerfield, N.C., 1,612.
93, (tie) Gary Alstott, Washington, Ill., and Chuck Walker, Blaine, Tenn., 1,611.
95, ss-Ken Waters, Kingsport, Tenn., 1,610.
96, Brian Cooper, Henderson, Nev., 1,608.
97, ss-Don Sylvia, Daytona Beach, Fla., 1,604.
98, ss-Gary Shultis, Levittown, N.Y., 1,599.
99, ss-Dale Eagle, Laguna Niguel, Calif., 1,597.
100, ss-Mark Scime, Winter Garden, Fla., 1,591.
101, Larry Felts Jr., Moore, S.C., 1,587.
102, ss-Kerry Fulford, Ft. Worth, Texas, 1,585.
103, ss-Sam Perrotta, Newark, Del., 1,580.
104, David Taylor, Largo, Fla., 1,577.
105, (tie) Steven Grotowski, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., and Mark Nance Sr., Grove City, Ohio, 1,575.
107, ss-Mike Walden, Stony Point, N.Y., 1,572.
108, ss-John Younger, Winston-Salem, N.C., 1,571.
109, John Austin Jr., League City, Texas, 1,570.
110, ss-Ron Glick, Morganville, N.J., 1,569.
111, Timothy Regan, East Northport, N.Y., 1,565.
112, ss-William Tenan Jr, Hayes, Va., 1,564.
113, (tie)Tony Myers, Pensacola, Fla., and n-Mike Long, Charlotte, N.C., 1,558.
115, Kevin Foley, Reno, Nev., 1,557.
116, ss-Brendan Bierch, Grafton, Mass., 1,556.
117, ss-Paul Kreins, Mooresville, N.C., 1,555.
118, ss-Pete Bryan, Laurel, Del., 1,554.
119, Karl Ramonas, Port St. Lucie, Fla., 1,553.
120, ss-Ross McDonald, Clarksville, Md., 1,551.
121, n-John Stronka, Davie, Fla., 1,547.
122, Warren Burr, Wilmington, Del., 1,544.
123, Wayne Bolin, Lumberton, N.C., 1,537.
124, ss-Steven Jansson, Barnes, Wis., 1,531.
125, Michael Byers, Charleston, S.C., 1,525.
126, Randy Robertson, Evansville, Ind., 1,520.
127, ss-Johnny Petraglia, Jackson, N.J., 1,519.
128, (tie) ss-Tommy Brodowski, New Hyde Park, N.Y., David Sanders, Blythewood, S.C., and ss-Bill McCorkle, Westerville, Ohio, 1,516.
131, ss-Rich Giragosian, Charlotte, N.C., 1,505.
132, Ken Fishman, Lutz, Fla., 1,502.
133, (tie) n-ss-Henry Blough, Elizabethtown, Pa., and ss-Roy Buckley, Westerville, Ohio, 1,501.
135, (tie)Jerry Brunette Jr., Rochester, N.Y., and Rick LeChette, Lincoln University, Pa., 1,494.
137, Steve Easterday, Strasburg, Ohio, 1,492.
138, n-Jerry Childers, Springville, Ala., 1,490.
139, ss-Peter Brainard, Tampa, Fla., 1,485.
140, James Cayton, Canton, N.C., 1,475.
141, ss-Bobby Dunn, Augusta, Ga., 1,450.
142, ss-Ron Profitt, Brookville, Ohio, 1,449.
143, Ben Snyder, Maryville, Tenn., 1,447.
144, ss-George Lord, Lakeland, Fla., 1,439.
145, ss-Richard Felten, Rockville, Md., 1,429.
146, ss-James West, Catonsville, Md., 1,423.
147, ss-James Hutchinson, Ludlow Falls, Ohio, 1,419.
148, William Medina, Whites Creek, Tenn., 1,406.
149, n-Andrew Jones, Danville, Va., 1,370.
150, Chuck Anton, Chesterfield, Va., 1,358.
151, ss-Gary Simon, Bridgeport, W.Va., 1,331.

300 games – Norm Duke, Pete Weber, Amleto Monacelli

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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