Weber Wins PBA50 UnitedHealthcare Sun Bowl In The Villages For Fifth PBA50 Tour Title

by Bob Johnson 0


THE VILLAGES, Fla. – Professional Bowlers Association Hall of Famer Pete Weber of St. Ann, Mo., the 2015 PBA50 Player of the Year, began work defending that crown by winning the PBA50 UnitedHealthcare Sun Bowl In The Villages presented by Radical Tuesday at Spanish Springs Lanes.

Weber won his fifth career PBA50 Tour title by defeating two-time PBA50 Player of the Year and tournament top qualifier Ron Mohr of Las Vegas, 204-162, in the title match.

“I’ve always bowled well here,” said Weber. “I’ve made the finals here three out of the last four years and was hoping it would just be a matter of time to get a win.”

Weber, a winner of 37 titles, including a record-tying 10 majors on the PBA Tour, was helped by three open frames by Mohr, who missed two 10 pins and a four pin. Mohr, an eight-time PBA50 Tour titlist, was trying to end a nearly four-year drought without a win, with his last coming in the 2012 Senior Decatur Open.

“I feel bad for Ron but he’s the type of guy that will bounce back no doubt about that,” Weber said. “We’ve all been there. Sometimes when you miss an easy spare, that frustration can make things worse. We were both having trouble that game—I could barely get a double.”

The win solidified a good start to the season for Weber who finished fourth in last week’s season-opening Pasco County Florida Open.

“I’m feeling good physically and my game is in a good shape so I’m looking forward to another good season,” Weber added.

In the semifinal, Weber beat PBA50 Tour newcomer Joel Carlson of Omaha, Neb., 268-223, to advance to the championship match.

In the opening stepladder match, Carlson beat four-time PBA50 Player of the Year and 12-time PBA50 Tour winner Tom Baker of King, N.C., 224-213, and then went on to beat 2015 PBA50 Rookie of the Year Mike Scroggins of Amarillo, Texas, 268-217, to advance to the semifinal.

PBA Hall of Famer Amleto Monacelli bowled three 300 games which tied the record for most 300s in a PBA50 Tour tournament with four other bowlers – Mohr, Bob Kelly, Joe Scarborough and Walter Ray Williams Jr.

The PBA50 Tour’s third stop of the season will be George Pappas Victory Lanes in Mooresville, N.C. for the Mooresville Ford Open presented by Columbia 300 and Miller High Life May 1-4.



Spanish Springs Lanes, The Villages, Fla., Tuesday

Final Standings

1, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., $7,500.

2, Ron Mohr, Las Vegas, $4,000.

3, Joel Carlson, Omaha, Neb., $3,000.

4, Mike Scroggins, Amarillo, Texas, $2,500.

5, Tom Baker, King, N.C., $2,000.

Stepladder Results

Match One – Carlson def. Baker, 224-213.

Match Two – Carlson def. Scroggins, 268-217.

Semifinal Match – Weber def. Carlson, 268-223.

Championship – Weber def. Mohr, 204-162.

Match Play Round 2 results (32-game pinfall totals including bonus pins with match play record. Top five advance to stepladder finals)

1, Ron Mohr, Las Vegas, 6-9-1, 8,050.
2, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 6-9-1, 8,044.
3, Mike Scroggins, Amarillo, Texas, 9-6-1, 8,029.
4, Tom Baker, King, N.C., 11-3-2, 7,992.
5, Joel Carlson, Omaha, Neb., 10-6, 7,982.
6, Brian LeClair, Delmar, N.Y., 11-5, 7,951, $1,700.
7, Don Breeden, Clive, Iowa, 10-6, 7,923, $1,600.
8, Kevin Foley, Reno, Nev., 9-7, 7,899, $1,550.
9, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., 7-9, 7,853, $1,500.
10, Mike Dias, Lafayette, Colo., 9-7, 7,770, $1,475.
11, Robert Brown, Cody, Wyo., 9-7, 7,763, $1,450.
12, Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, 5-11, 7,750, $1,425.
13, Darryl Bower, Middletown, Pa., 7-8-1, 7,715, $1,400.
14, Dale Traber, Cedarburg, Wis., 9-7, 7,706, $1,380.
15, Scott Greiner, Platte City, Mo., 7-8-1, 7,611, $1,360.
16, Bob Spaulding, Colorado Springs, Colo., 8-7-1, 7,604, $1,350.

Match Play Round 1 results (24-game pinfall totals with match play record. Top 16 advanced to match play round 2)

1, Kevin Foley, Reno, Nev., 7-1, 6,085.
2, Ron Mohr, Las Vegas, 2-5-1, 6,028.
3, Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, 4-4, 5,969.
4, Mike Scroggins, Amarillo, Texas, 5-3, 5,899.
5, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 2-6, 5,894.
6, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., 4-4, 5,885.
7, Brian LeClair, Delmar, N.Y., 5-3, 5,842.
8, Mike Dias, Lafayette, Colo., 5-3, 5,822.
9, Scott Greiner, Platte City, Mo., 5-2-1, 5,786.
10, Dale Traber, Cedarburg, Wis., 6-2, 5,782.
11, Joel Carlson, Omaha, Neb., 4-4, 5,780.
12, Bob Spaulding, Colorado Springs, Colo., 5-3, 5,779.
13, Don Breeden, Clive, Iowa, 4-4, 5,763.
14, Robert Brown, Cody, Wyo., 5-3, 5,755.
15 (tie), Darryl Bower, Middletown, Pa., 4-4, and Tom Baker, King, N.C., 5-3, 5,723.

Did not advance:
17, Stephen Pavlinko, Sewell, N.J., 5-2-1, 5,722, $1,200.
18, Jerry Brunette Jr., Rochester, N.Y., 3-4-1, 5,719, $1,190.
19, Lennie Boresch Jr., Kenosha, Wis., 4-4, 5,713, $1,180.
20, Brian Cooper, Henderson, Nev., 2-6, 5,691, $1,170.
21, Sam Maccarone, Blackwood, N.J., 3-5, 5,652, $1,160.
22, Doug Becker, Clermont, Fla., 4-4, 5,645, $1,150.
23, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 4-4, 5,620, $1,145.
24, Chuck Richardson, The Villages, Fla., 4-4, 5,604, $1,140.
25, Johnny Petraglia, Jackson, N.J., 3-5, 5,598, $1,135.
26, Tracy Teeters, Eugene, Ore., 3-5, 5,589, $1,130.
27, Jack Jurek, Lackawanna, N.Y., 3-5, 5,566, $1,125.
28, Stoney Baker, Canton, Ga., 3-5, 5,544, $1,120.
29, Tommy Martin, Olive Branch, Miss., 6-2, 5,529, $1,115.
30, Bruce Hall, Westborough, Mass., 3-5, 5,506, $1,110.
31, David Taylor, Largo, Fla., 2-6, 5,456, $1,105.
32, Timothy Regan, East Northport, N.Y., 2-6, 5,394, $1,100.

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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