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Graham, Williams Jr., lead first round in PBA50 South Shore Open

2009PBACentralEddieGraham.jpgWith the help of a 300 game, PBA50 Tour rookie Eddie Graham of Centerville, Ohio, averaged 257 to lead the first round of the PBA50 South Shore Open presented by DV8 Tuesday at Olympia Lanes.

Graham (pictured left), winner of five PBA regional titles including the 2007 Regional Players Invitational, fired a 2,058 eight-game pinfall total. He got his low game out of the way in the first game bowling 235 and then followed it up with games of 247, 269, 246, 300, 269, 248 and 244.

“This is the kind of round you want to have at least once in your life,” said Graham, who has a best finish of 12th this season in the Suncoast PBA Senior U.S. Open presented by 900 Global. “My equipment, ball roll, timing, everything just fell into place.

“I try to keep my expectations in check and try not to get to excited one way or the other,” he added. “Having some of the sport’s greats right behind you will keep you on your toes for sure.”

Greats indeed.

Trailing Graham in second 64 pins behind with a 1,994 pinfall is PBA Hall of Famer Walter Ray Williams Jr. (pictured above) of Oxford, Fla. Williams won the Treasure Island Resort & Casino Viper Championship last week to earn a PBA50 regional title that pushed his overall PBA titles total in PBA Tour, PBA50 Tour, PBA regional and PBA50 regional tournaments to 99.

2016PBA50AmletoMonacelli.jpg2016PBA5009PeteWeber2.jpgA win in the South Shore Open would give Williams, who won the season-opening PBA50 Pasco County Florida Open, 11 PBA50 Tour titles in addition to hitting the century mark for all PBA titles.

Trailing Williams are hall of famers Amleto Monacelli (left) in third with a 1,927 pinfall and Pete Weber (right), who has 98 career titles in PBA competition, in fourth with 1,894.

Weber is coming off a second-place finish in last week’s Treasure Island Resort & Casino PBA50 World Championship presented by Storm falling short of winning a record three consecutive PBA50 majors this season. He lost to winner Norm Duke 234-215 in the title match.

2015PBANormDuke.jpgDuke (left) continued his momentum after his World Championship win qualifying sixth with a 1,885 pinfall four pins behind Gary Alstott of Washington, Ill., in fifth with 1,889.

Two-time PBA Tour titlist Warren Nelson of Middleburg, Fla., who qualified 13th with 1,830, had two 300 games in his opening round.

Fans can catch Wednesday’s second qualifying round and Thursday’s match play rounds live on PBA’s online bowling channel Xtra Frame. Subscription and schedule information is available by clicking here here.

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PBA50 South Shore Open – First Round Standings

Players with position, hometown and 8-game total; n-denotes non-member,
ss-denotes PBA60 player ages 60 and over

1, Eddie Graham, Centerville, Ohio, 2,058
2, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., 1,994
3, Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, 1,927
4, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 1,894
5, Gary Alstott, Washington, Ill., 1,889
6, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 1,885
7, Lennie Boresch Jr., Kenosha, Wis., 1,863
8, Jerry Brunette Jr., Rochester, N.Y., 1,858
9, ss-Sam Maccarone, Blackwood, N.J., 1,857
10, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 1,846
11, Mike Scroggins, Amarillo, Texas, 1,844
12, Robert Brown, Cody, Wyo., 1,842
13, ss-Warren Nelson, Middleburg, Fla., 1,830
14, ss-Michael Henry, Brunswick, Ohio, 1,821
15, Brian Kretzer, Dayton, Ohio, 1,816
16, Brian Voss, Centennial, Colo., 1,815
17, Brian Cooper, Henderson, Nev., 1,812
18, Mark Sullivan, Indianapolis, 1,810
19, Robert Nelson, Las Vegas, Nev., 1,802
20, ss-Paul McCordic, Sugar Land, Texas, 1,801
21, ss-Steve Stein, Staten Island, N.Y., 1,798
22, Bryan Goebel, Shawnee, Kan., 1,795
23, Gregg Zicha, Glen Ellyn, Ill., 1,793
24, Kenny Parks, Hammond, Ind., 1,790
25, John Brockland, St. Charles, Mo., 1,787
26, ss-Emilio Mora Sr., Defiance, Ohio, 1,779
27, ss-Marc Lineberry, Camanche, Iowa, 1,775
28, (tie) Christopher Keane, Cape Coral, Fla., and Doug Becker, Clermont, Fla., 1,774
30, Ernie Segura Jr., Taylor, Mich., 1,767
31, (tie) n, ss-Ken Carcich, Sheridan, Wyo., and Sammy Ventura, Syracuse, N.Y., 1,765
33, Todd Kjell, Roscoe, Ill., 1,757
34, n-Rick Thomas, Willowbrook, Ill., 1,754
35, ss-James Knoblauch, Waukesha, Wis., 1,749
36, Billy Froberg, Baroda, Mich., 1,742
37, Brad Snell, Mount Prospect, Ill., 1,733
38, ss-Dennis Lane, Kingsport, Tenn., 1,729
39, (tie) ss-Galen Keas, Alda, Neb., and ss-Steven Jansson, Barnes, Wis., 1,726
41, ss-Dale Eagle, Twin Falls, Idaho, 1,721
42, Robert Kicmal, LaGrange, Ill., 1,717
43, ss-Dave Bernhardt, Romeo, Mich., 1,713
44, John Chapman, Canada, 1,712
45, ss-William Banks, Laurel Hill, N.C., 1,709
46, ss-John Dudak, Orland Park, Ill., 1,705
47, (tie) Leroy Johnson, Chicago, and Don Herrington, Ballston Lake, N.Y., 1,696
49, ss-Robert Donovan, Prattsville, N.Y., 1,689
50, ss-Edward Silva, Manteca, Calif., 1,686
51, Harry Sullins, Chesterfield Twp., Mich., 1,680
52, David Welch, St. Louis, Mo., 1,674
53, Bob Learn Jr., Erie, Pa., 1,670
54, William Scharf, Gillette, Wyo., 1,667
55, Rick Woloszyn, Griffith, Ind., 1,666
56, Rick Zakrajsek, Lorain, Ohio, 1,664
57, Jeff Richgels, Madison, Wis., 1,661
58, ss-Ted Staikoff, Black Hawk, S.D., 1,659
59, Rick Francis, Linden, Calif., 1,653
60, Dale Traber, Cedarburg, Wis., 1,649
61, ss-Bill Henson, Westerville, Ohio, 1,643
62, ss-Tom Baker, King, N.C., 1,640
63, (tie) Tom Carter, Columbus, Ohio, and Tracy Teeters, Eugene, Ore., 1,629
65, ss-Paul Mielens, Menomonie, Wis., 1,628
66, (tie) ss-Brendan Bierch, Grafton, Mass., and ss-Harv Pallas, Stevensville, Mich., 1,625
68, (tie) ss-Tim Pierce, Portland, Ore., and Glenn Morgan, Carson City, Nev., 1,624
70, Brian LeClair, Delmar, N.Y., 1,623
71, ss-Richard Hunt, Valparaiso, Ind., 1,608
72, Tommy Martin, Olive Branch, Miss., 1,607
73, ss-Kerry Fulford, Ft. Worth, Texas, 1,602
74, ss-Fred Cole, Visalia, Calif., 1,592
75, John Kidwell, Indianapolis, Ind., 1,550
76, ss-Ron Mohr, Las Vegas, 1,536
77, Lyle Zikes, Arlington Heights, Ill., 1,507
78, ss-n, Frank Tardio, Inverness, Ill., 1,504
79, Warren Burr, Wilmington, Del., 1,482
80, ss-Ken Waters, Kingsport, Tenn., 1,461
81, ss-William Keenan Jr., Orlando, Fla., 1,437
82, Danny Clark, New Palestine, Ind., 1,431
83, ss-Allen Meskan, Addison, Ill., 1,414

Author: Herbert Bickel
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