Pete Weber of St. Ann, Mo., returned to The Ashwaubenon Bowling Alley in Green Bay, Wis., both comfortable and confident after his last visit to the 60-lane center, setting the pace through the first day of qualifying Tuesday at the 2015 United States Bowling Congress Senior Masters.
The 52-year-old right-hander averaged more than 236 on the way to a 1,183 five-game total, 27 pins better than Ron Mohr of North Las Vegas, Nev., who finished the opening round with a 1,156 total.
Mike Edwards of Tulsa, Okla., the 2012 USBC Senior Masters winner, is third with 1,149; Mark Williams of Beaumont, Texas, is fourth with 1,136, and five-time Professional Bowlers Association titlist Marc McDowell of nearby Madison, Wis., rounds out the top five with 1,134.
"I had an idea how the lanes were going to play, so I knew what kind of bowling balls and layouts I wanted to bring in," said Weber, who led qualifying and finished third at the 2015 USBC Masters, held at The Ashwaubenon Bowling Alley in February. "I don't plan on changing anything tomorrow, unless I need to. As long as I feel like I'm throwing the ball well, I won't have to worry about that. I just plan to keep doing what I'm doing."
Weber, who won the Senior Masters in 2013, knows the unique format essentially separates the tournament into two different events -- qualifying and the double-elimination match-play bracket.
After 15 games of qualifying over three days, the top 63 bowlers will join defending champion Walter Ray Williams Jr. of Oxford, Fla., in the bracket. Since all pinfall is dropped after qualifying, just getting there is the first goal for most competitors.
"Naturally, you want be the leader, but the main goal is to make the top 63," said Weber, who has 37 PBA Tour titles and four PBA50 wins. "Then, it's about winning matches and staying in the winners bracket."
Qualifying at the 2015 Senior Masters continues Wednesday with squads at 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. Eastern. All rounds of qualifying and match play will be broadcast live on BowlTV, concluding with the stepladder finals Aug. 2 at noon Eastern.
This week's event includes 194 USBC members age 50 and older and is the first of three USBC tournaments that will take place in Green Bay in the coming weeks. Senior Masters bowlers are competing for a $16,000 top prize.
Williams finished the first day in a tie for 46th place with a 1,032 total. Should he not make the top 63, he still is guaranteed the No. 64 spot in match play. He is looking to become the first player since Tom Baker of King, North Carolina, in 2007, to win the Senior Masters in consecutive years.
Williams, a USBC and PBA Hall of Famer finished tied for 78th at the Masters in February.
The Senior Masters will be followed by the International Training and Research Center Super Senior Classic, the premier event for USBC members age 60 and older, and the USBC Senior Championships, which will bring bowlers from across the United States and Canada.
All qualifying and match-play rounds at the Super Senior Classic also will be broadcast live on BowlTV.
2015 USBC SENIOR MASTERS
At The Ashwaubenon Bowling Alley, Green Bay, Wisconsin
QUALIFYING - ROUND 1
1, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 1,183. 2, Ron Mohr, North Las Vegas, Nev., 1,156. 3, Michael Edwards, Tulsa, Okla., 1,149. 4, Mark Williams, Beaumont, Texas, 1,136. 5, Marc McDowell, Madison, Wis., 1,134. 6, Mike Dias, Lafayette, Colo., 1,133.
7, Bo Goergen, Sanford, Mich., 1,131. 8, Jeff Nimke, Oshkosh, Wis., 1,122. 9, Amleto Monacelli, Aventura, Fla., 1,120. 10, Michael Tryniski, Fulton, N.Y., 1,114. 11, Gregg Zicha, Glen Ellyn, Ill., 1,112. 12, Kerry Painter, Henderson, Nev., 1,109.
13, Christopher Keane, Cape Coral, Fla., 1,106. 14, Jim Knoblauch, Waukesha, Wis., 1,105. 15, Bob Spaulding, Colorado Springs, Colo., 1,102. 16, Bill Sell, Menasha, Wis., 1,101. 17, Ted Staikoff, Black Hawk, S.D., 1,097. 18, (TIE) Brian Voss, Centennial, Colo., and Paul McCordic, Sugar Land, Texas, and Darron Peters, Temecula, Calif., 1,088.
21, Brian Cooper, Henderson, Nev., 1,087. 22, Marc Lineberry, Camanche, Iowa, 1,085. 23, Brian LeClair, Delmar, N.Y., 1,082. 24, Sam Lantto, Eden Prairie, Minn., 1,076.
25, Rick Steelsmith, Wichita, Kan., 1,068. 26, (TIE) Harvey Pallas, Stevensville, Mich., and Dale Strike, Saginaw, Mich., and John Brockland, St. Charles, Mo., and Dale Eagle, Newport Beach, Calif., 1,065. 30, (TIE) Rob Rice, Sunnyside, Wash., and Toby Contreras, Lees Summit, Mo., and Ricky Woods, Whites Creek, Tenn., 1,064.
33, Mark Abraham, Lansing, Mich., 1,058. 34, Jerome Penxa, Romeo, Mich., 1,051. 35, (TIE) Ernie Segura, Taylor, Mich., and Pete McCordic, Katy, Texas, 1,050.
37, Thomas Baker, King, N.C., 1,048. 38, Jeff Shaw, Kennesaw, Ga., 1,047. 39, Kent Wagner, Bradentown, Fla., 1,045. 40, Kevin Thompson, Madison, Wis., 1,042. 41, David Bordson, Saint Paul, Minn., 1,040. 42, (TIE) Mark Sullivan, Indianpolis, Ind., and Ronald Boroff, Mansfield, Texas, 1,035.
44, Doug Becker, Clermont, Fla., 1,034. 45, Kevin Anderson, Mt. Juliet, Tenn., 1,033. 46, (TIE) James Kedroski, Kansasville, Wis., and Walter Ray Williams Jr, Oxford, Fla., and James DePlanche, Taylor, Mich., 1,032.
49, Duane Mellinger, Aurora, Colo., 1,029. 50, Frank Gallo Jr., Jacksonville, Fla., 1,028. 51, (TIE) Bob Learn Jr., Lake Worth, Fla., and Darwin Wimer, Mesquite, Nev., 1,026. 53, (TIE) Tim Kauble, Marion, Ohio, and Sam Ventura, Norwich, N.Y., 1,025.
55, William Mueller, Vernon Hills, Ill., 1,023. 56, David Bannach, Stevens Point, Wis., 1,022. 57, Steve Anderson, Colorado Springs, Colo., 1,021. 58, (TIE) Sam Maccarone, Blackwood, N.J., and Lennie Boresch, Kenosha, Wis., 1,020. 60, (TIE) Steven Brinkman, Sussex, Wis., and Scott Weber, Green Bay, Wis., 1,016.
62, Harry Sullins, Chesterfield, Mich., 1,015. 63, (TIE) Doug Hayes, Clarksville, Tenn., and Tom Adcock, Decatur, Ill., 1,013. 65, Paul Mielens, Menomonie, Wis., 1,011. 66, (TIE) Lyle Zikes, Arlington Heights, Ill., and John Dudak, Orland Park, Ill., 1,004.
68, (TIE) Craig Frankel, Highland Park, Ill., and John Burkett, Southlake, Texas, 1,002. 70, Gary Kammes, Winfield, Ill., 1,001. 71, (TIE) Craig Schiffler, Melrose, Minn., and Michael Owen, Gainesville, Fla., 999.
73, Mike Thill, Oshkosh, Wis., 993. 74, (TIE) Brian Miller, Springfield, Ohio, and Robert Harvey, Boise, Idaho, 991. 76, Tom Carter, Columbus, Ohio, 989. 77, Tim Ruelle, Racine, Wis., 988. 78, Jerry Brunette Jr., Rochester, N.Y., 985.
79, Robert Amoruso, Glenview, Ill., 984. 80, Ed Silva, Manteca, Calif., 982. 81, Charles Vashaw, Deephaven, Minn., 981. 82, (TIE) Kenny Waters, Kingsport, Tenn., and Jeff Richgels, Oregon, Wis., 980. 84, (TIE) Willie Wells, Brandon, Fla., and James Martin, Vero Beach, Fla., 979.
86, (TIE) Charles Toney, Oak Hill, W. Va., and Ron Glick, Wickatunk, N.J., 977. 88, Robert Brown, Cody, Wyo., 976. 89, Dennis Lane, Kingsport, Tenn., 974. 90, (TIE) Michael Lucente, Warren, Mich., and Michael Karch, Edgewood, Wash., 971.
92, Steve Ferraro, Kingston, N.Y., 967. 93, Mike Schmid, Arden Hills, Minn., 966. 94, Warren Burr, Wilmington, Del., 965. 95, (TIE) Kurt Bogner, Longview, Wash., and Steve Wiemer, Springfield, Mo., 964.
97, Kevin Foley, Reno, Nev., 963. 98, Lee Brosius, Ashburn, Va., 961. 99, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 959. 100, Bill Hewlett, Eagle, Idaho, 957. 101, Kerry Fulford, Fort Worth, Texas, 956. 102, Karl Schmidt, Arvada, Colo., 954.
103, Charles Cannon, Springs, Fla., 953. 104, Stephen Kenyon, Dade City, Fla., 951. 105, Ralph Brunt Jr., Port St. Lucie, Fla., 950. 106, Bryan Goebel, Shawnee, Kan., 946. 107, (TIE) Dennis Rakauskas, Apopka, Fla., and Robert Leavy, Manitowoc, Wis., and Scott Canfield, Mountville, Pa., 945.
110, (TIE) Brendan Bierch, Grafton, Mass., and Gary Reynolds, Groton, N.Y., 944. 112, (TIE) Steve Caughey, Park Rapids, Minn., and Don Burdick, Dekalb, Ill., 943. 114, Peter Knopp, Bremen, N.C., 942.
115, Dana Wright, St. Paul, Minn., 940. 116, (TIE) Michael Henry, Brunswick, Ohio, and William Keenan Jr., Orlando, Fla., and Bobby Knipple, Long Beach, Calif., 939. 119, Albert Danz, Escanaba, Mich., 937. 120, (TIE) Jay Joyner, Minneapolis, Minn., and Steve Kiss, Clackamas, Ore., and Dave Kucera, Urbandale, Iowa, 936.
123, Todd Kjell, Roscoe, Ill., 935. 124, Tim Pierce, Portland, Ore., 934. 125, Roger Taylor, Marshalltown, Iowa, 931. 126, (TIE) Thomas Ream, Temple Terrace, Fla., and
Steve Jansson, Barnes, Wis., 930. 128, Brad Snell, Mt. Prospect, Ill., 929. 129, (TIE) Jeff Moore, Boone, Iowa, and Pete Arruda, Gilbert, S.C., 928. 131, (TIE) Steve Banks, Leesburg, Va., and Tracy Teeters, Eugene, Ore., 926.
133, Rick Erce, Madison, Wis., 924. 134, Paul Kwiecien, Lansing, Mich., 923. 135, (TIE) David Axon, Bellevue, Neb., and Terry Metzner, Kentwood, Mich., 922. 137, Donald Blatchford, Santa Monica, Calif., 918. 138, Butch Hrouda, Dickinson, N.D., 916.
139, Gregory Bard, Fond du lac, Wis., 915. 140, (TIE) Martin Berke, Allentown, Pa., and Norbert Wetzel, Fon Du Lac, Wis., 914. 142, Jim Darvin, Waupaca, Wis., 913. 143, Donald Herrington, Ballston Lake, N.Y., 912. 144, Jared Cudnohufsky, Kingsford, Mich., 911.
145, Richard Wilkinson, Bennington, Neb., 909. 146, (TIE) James Lord, Fort Mill, S.C., and Michael Walters, Sheboygan, Wis., 905. 148, Mark Hildebrandt, Appleton, Wis., 904. 149, Gus Yannaras, Waukesha, Wis., 903. 150, (TIE) Bob Micek, Northfield, Minn., and Bill McCorkle, Westerville, Ohio, and Mark Nance Sr., Grove City, Ohio, 899.
153, (TIE) Wayne Clark, Locke, N.Y., and Timothy Hartley, Englewood, Ohio, 898. 155, Steve Stein, Staten Island, N.Y., 892. 156, (TIE) Dale Traber, Cedarburg, Wis., and Charles Moore, Gulf Breeze, Fla., 884.
158, Tommy Martin, Millington, Tenn., 882. 159, Randy Leszczynski, Kronewetter, Wis., 881. 160, Darryl Traber, Waterford, Wis., 878. 161, Neil Southern, Centennial, Colo., 875. 162, Dean Reid, New Whiteland, Ind., 871.
163, Dave Bernhardt, Romeo, Mich., 870. 164, Ed Campbell, Denham Springs, La., 869. 165, Brent Beery, Lombard, Ill., 864. 166, Ken Charbonneau, Northfield, Vt., 863. 167, (TIE) Garry Blanton, Owensboro, Ky., and Dave LaBar, Green Bay, Wis., 862.
169, (TIE) Jeff Prein, Stoughton, Wis., and James Senatore, Fountain Hills, Ariz., 860. 171, (TIE) Jim Montgomery, Byron, Ill., and Bud Young, Ladysmith, Wis., 859. 173, (TIE) Wayne Teske, Green Bay, Wis., and Bill Henson, Wewsterville, Ohio, 855.
175, George Lord, Mulberry, Fla., 853. 176, (TIE) Bruce Postel, Raytown, Mo., and Robert Pazur, Venice, Fla., 851. 178, Larry Acre, Benton, Mo., 849. 179, Robert Holzbauer, Madison, Wis., 841. 180, Jim Heintz, St. Charles, Mo., 839.
181, Pete Zerger, Livonia, Mich., 837. 182, Glen Nakagawa, Village, Texas, 836. 183, Joe Alivo, Lannon, Wis., 829. 184, Dennis Frawley, Binghamton, N.Y., 828. 185, Dennis Galen Keas, ALDA, Neb., 825. 186, Larry Helton, Bolingbrook, Ill., 821.
187, Curtis Matlock, Cloquet, Minn., 818. 188, Rod Hafeman, Wausau, Wis., 813. 189, Ken Ulicny, Swartz Creek, Mich., 790. 190, Richard Spaulding, Morrisville, Vt., 782. 191, Robert Heroux, Green Bay, Wis., 772. 192, Bill Mason, Grove City, Ohio, 765.
193, Howard Frostman, Washburn, Wis., 737. 194, Bill Cody, Niagara, Wis., 712.