of North Las Vegas, Nevada, has been on a roll and turned that momentum into an opening-round lead Friday at the 2016 International Training and Research Center Super Senior Classic.
The two-time Professional Bowlers Association 50 Tour Player of the Year averaged more than 232 for his eight-game block to finish at the top of the standings at Sam’s Town Bowling Center with a 1,860 total.
The 60-year-old right-hander has led qualifying at the last two PBA50 Tour stops, which included a fourth-place finish Wednesday at the PBA50 Northern California Classic presented by Motiv.
Mohr also found success at Sam’s Town in 2015, helping Team USA to a gold medal in the team event at the World Bowling Senior Championships.
“I’ve been throwing the ball well for a few weeks now,” said Mohr, who owns eight PBA50 titles.
“Today’s performance obviously loosens the arm swing, and with pinfall carrying over, a great start is huge. There are a bunch of great players here this week, so I’m not going to look too far ahead and just keep doing what I’ve been doing.”
Japan’s Junichi Yajima sits in second place with 1,815, and United States Bowling Congress and PBA Hall of Famer Johnny Petraglia (left) of Jackson, New Jersey, is third with 1,808. Don Blatchford (right) of Santa Monica, California, and Ronald Holt of Upper Marlboro, Maryland, are fourth and fifth with 1,784 and 1,776, respectively.
Defending Super Senior Classic champion Sam Maccarone of Blackwood, New Jersey, is 31st with 1,621.
The field of 126 competitors will return to Sam’s Town for the second round of qualifying Saturday morning, before the field is cut to the top 32 for Sunday’s cashers’ round.
Michael Lucente of Warren, Michigan, who finished fourth at last year’s event, and Gary Johnson of Las Vegas are tied for 32nd after the opening round with 1,617.
All bowlers who advance to the cashers’ round will bowl four additional games starting at 11 a.m. Eastern, which will determine the top five for the stepladder finals, based on the 20-game total pinfall. The winner of the 2016 Super Senior Classic will earn a $6,500 top prize.
The cashers’ round and stepladder finals of the 2016 Super Senior Classic will be broadcast live on BOWL.com’s BowlTV. For more information on the ITRC Super Senior Classic, click here.
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ITRC Super Senior Classic – First Round Standings
Players with position, hometown and 8-game total
Round 1 Results
1, Ron Mohr, North Las Vegas, Nev., 1,860. 2, Junichi Yajima, Japan, 1,815. 3, John Petraglia, Jackson, N.J., 1,808. 4, Donald Blatchford, Santa Monica, Calif., 1,784. 5, Ronald Holt (a), Upper Marlboro, Md., 1,776. 6, Sam Carter (a), Ben Lomond, Calif., 1,766.
7, Harry Mickelson (a), Yakima, Wash., 1,752. 8, Terry Leong (a), Henderson, Nev., 1,741. 9, Darryl Bower, Middletown, Pa., 1,730. 10, Ted Staikoff, Black Hawk, S.D., 1,725. 11 (tie), Jack Nelson (a), Bismarck, N.D., and Dave Washburn (a), Las Vegas, 1,721.
13, Kerry Painter, Henderson, Nev., 1,718. 14, Phil Prieto (a), El Paso, Texas, 1,711. 15, Tony Maresca (a), Mesa, Ariz., 1,697. 16, Paul McCordic, Sugar Land, Texas, 1,691. 17, Ed Silva, Manteca, Calif., 1,681. 18, William Nichols, Bella Vista, Ark., 1,677.
19 (tie), Greg Waldon, Sun City West, Ariz., and Warren Nelson, Hemet, Calif., 1,676. 21, Rick Minier, Houston, 1,671. 22, Robert Reed (a), Weed, Calif., 1,670. 23, John Babbitt (a), Goodyear, Ariz., 1,664. 24, Ron Winger, Las Vegas, 1,661.
25, Pete McCordic (a), Katy, Texas, 1,658. 26, Howard Partell (a), Las Vegas, 1,638. 27, Darwin Wimer, Mesquite, Nev., 1,637. 28, Bill Hewlett, Eagle, Idaho, 1,634. 29, Chuck Richardson, The Villages, Fla., 1,632. 30, Thomas Baker, King, N.C., 1,628.
31, Sam Maccarone, Blackwood, N.J., 1,621. 32 (tie), Michael Lucente, Warren, Mich., and Gary Johnson (a), Las Vegas, 1,617. 34, John Dudak, Orland Park, Ill., 1,604. 35, Dick Baker (a), Henderson, Nev., 1,602. 36, Donald Robinson (a), Houston, 1,601.
37, Jeff Suma Sr., Auburn Hills, Mich., 1,597. 38, Roger Kossert, Lithia, Fla., 1,595. 39 (tie), Marc Lineberry, Camanche, Iowa, and Edward Roberts, Braintree, Mass., 1,589. 41 (tie), Jim Lesiuk, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., and Diz Francisco, Bakersfield, Calif., 1,573.
43 (tie), Roland Wright Jr., Pulaski, Va., and Steve Jansson, Barnes, Wis., 1,572. 45, Paul Mielens, Menomonie, Wis., 1,571. 46, Kevin Croucher, Grants Pass, Ore., 1,570. 47, Steve Stein, Staten Island, N.Y., 1,567. 48 (tie), Alvin Lou (a), El Cajon, Calif., and William Keenan Jr., Orlando, Fla., 1,565.
50, Dick Selgo, Archbold, Ohio, 1,563. 51, Bruce Lamb (a), Sun City, Ariz., 1,562. 52, Russ Davies, Las Vegas, 1,561. 53, Henry Gonzalez, Colorado Springs, Colo., 1,560. 54, Matt Surina, Auburn, Wash., 1,557.
55, Steve Kiss (a), Clackamas, Ore., 1,556. 56, Jim Jakus (a), Las Vegas, 1,555. 57, Erwin Rezendes, Aurora, Colo., 1,554. 58, George Gibson, Stuart, Fla., 1,549. 59, Dennis Jones (a), Fremont, Calif., 1,547. 60, P. Gregory Jackson (a), Spring Valley, Calif., 1,543.
61, Joe Tusa (a), Las Vegas, 1,539. 62, Frank DeFilippo (a), Las Vegas, 1,538. 63 (tie), Tim Pierce, Portland, Ore., and Gary Kinyon (a), Lockport, N.Y., 1,534. 65, Fred Cole, Visalia, Calif., 1,530. 66, John Bertolina (a), Henderson, Nev., 1,529.
67, Howard Loosbroock (a), Henderson, Nev., 1,526. 68, Jim Gordin, Modesto, Calif., 1,524. 69 (tie), Dale Ballou (a), Seaside, Ore., and Don Sylvia, Daytona Beach, Fla., 1,518. 71, Conway Sunell (a), Las Vegas, 1,517. 72 (tie), Eddie Katz (a), Lakewood, Calif., and Thomas Buffamonte (a), Brownsville, Texas, 1,515.
74, David Rhoads (a), Las Vegas, 1,514. 75 (tie), Roger Painter II (a), Woodbridge, Va., and Jim Knoblauch, Waukesha, Wis., 1,508. 77, Jeff Jamison, Boulder City, Nev., 1,504. 78, Sal Bongiorno, Las Vegas, 1,501.
79, Carl Nichols, Blaine, Wash., 1,500. 80, John Parry, Oak Park, Calif., 1,498. 81, Vaughn Doody (a), Las Vegas, 1,497. 82, Richard Hubitsky (a), Centreville, Md., 1,496. 83 (tie), Jim Starks, San Bernardino, Calif., and Don Robinson, Boise, Idaho, 1,493.
85, Lee Brosius, Ashburn, Va., 1,492. 86, Mike Schmid, Arden Hills, Minn., 1,490. 87, Ray Cobb, Highland, Calif., 1,484. 88, Clark Poelzer, Arden Hills, Minn., 1,483. 89, John Younger, Winston Salem, N.C., 1,481. 90 (tie), Randy Turner, Shallowater, Texas, and Chester Gilliam (a), Lovell, Wyo., 1,478.
92, Douglas McDonald (a), Honeyville, Utah, 1,471. 93, Joseph Barna (a), Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif., 1,469. 94, Jay Gneiting, Aberdeen, Idaho, 1,467. 95, Lewis Elting, Carlsbad, Calif., 1,466. 96 (tie), Tom Havlish (a), Coon Rapids, Minn., and John Reichert (a), Dalhart, Texas, 1,464.
98, Philip Davis (a), Union City, Calif., 1,459. 99, Kerry Fulford, Fort Worth, Texas, 1,458. 100, Michael Super (a), Washington, Utah, 1,452. 101 (tie), Char Hammel, Las Vegas, and Robert Pohlman (a), Cedar Park, Texas, 1,450.
103, John Brannock (a), Kettle Falls, Wash., 1,448. 104, Gregory Popham, Crestview Hills, Ky., 1,444. 105, David Wilson (a), Las Vegas, 1,435. 106, Mike Matosich, Phoenix, 1,420. 107, Phillip Moros, Lombard, Ill., 1,417. 108, Thomas Ream, Temple Terrace, Fla., 1,415.
109, David Chew, Brentwood, Calif., 1,414. 110, Ross McDonald, Clarksville, Md., 1,409. 111, David Graber (a), Las Vegas, 1,404. 112, James Moran (a), Henderson, Nev., 1,403. 113, Edgar Gomez, Colombia, 1,400. 114, Dennis Galen Keas, Alda, Neb., 1,395.
115, William Kaiser, Allen, Texas, 1,379. 116, Murray Hickman, Las Vegas, 1,372. 117, Glenn Masukawa (a), Henderson, Nev., 1,358. 118, Charles Ramay (a), Lubbock, Texas, 1,341. 119, Don Lane, Emeryville, Calif., 1,324. 120, Donald Robertson (a), Secane, Pa., 1,321.
121, Frank Kebis, Denver, 1,316. 122, James Ellison (a), Houston, 1,280. 123, J. Kent Johnson, Yucca Valley, Calif., 1,276. 124, Mark Blome, Green Forest, Ark., 1,220. 125, Gilbert Willette (a), Dover, N.H., 1,207. 126, Roy Thomas (a), Visalia, Calif., 1,196.