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Bob Learn Jr. takes early lead in PBA50 DeHayes Championship

2016PBA50BobLearn.jpgWith three top-10 finishes on the PBA50 Tour this season, including a season’s best sixth-place in last week’s Dave Small’s Championship Lanes Classic, Bob Learn Jr. of Erie, Pa., feels that if he can eliminate making bad decisions he can capture his first win of the season.

Learn (pictured left), who has three career PBA50 Tour titles, took the first round lead in the PBA50 DeHayes Insurance Group Championship presented by Pro Bowl West and Ebonite Sunday with a 1,894 eight-game pinfall total (236.7 average) bowling games of 248, 241, 213, 235, 279, 215, 268 and 195 at Pro Bowl West in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

“Overall it’s been kind of a lackluster year,” said Learn, whose last title came in the 2015 PBA/PBA50 South Shore Doubles with partner DJ Archer.

“There have been times when I felt like I was bowling real well but made some bad decisions when it was time to make adjustments that prevented me from getting some better finishes.

2014PBA50KennyParks.jpg2016PBA50AmletoMonacelli.jpg“Last week, I just missed the show but I bowled well and that’s given me a lot more confidence here,” the five-time PBA Tour winner added. “I just have to make sure I make smart adjustments because you’re not going to get away with too many mistakes out here.”

Heading into Monday’s second qualifying round, Learn leads 2008 USBC Senior Masters winner Kenny Parks (left) of Hammond, Ind., who finished the day in second 27 pins behind with a 1,867 pinfall.

PBA Hall of Famer Amleto Monacelli (right) of Venezuela, who won the Fountain Valley Open in June for his sixth career PBA50 Tour title, is in third with a 1,867 pinfall, followed by one-time PBA50 Tour titlist Brian LeClair of Delmar, N.Y. with 1,852, and 2015 PBA50 Rookie of the Year Mike Scroggins of Amarillo, Texas with 1,834.

Six-time 2016 season winner Pete Weber did not enter the event because of his lingering hip injury.

Fans can catch Monday’s second qualifying round and Tuesday’s match play rounds and stepladder finals live on PBA’s online bowling channel Xtra Frame. For subscription and schedule information, click here.

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PBA50 Dehayes Insurance Group Championship – First Round Standings

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

1, Bob Learn Jr., Erie, Pa., 1,894
2, Kenny Parks, Hammond, Ind., 1,867
3, Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, 1,864
4, Brian LeClair, Delmar, N.Y., 1,852
5, Mike Scroggins, Amarillo, Texas, 1,834
6, ss-Ron Mohr, Las Vegas, 1,818
7, Brian Kretzer, Dayton, Ohio, 1,795
8, Warren Burr, Wilmington, Del., 1,784
9, n-Jeff Richgels, Madison, Wis., 1,781
10, John Brockland, St. Charles, Mo., 1,769
11, Don Breeden, Clive, Iowa, 1,768
12, ss-David Axon, Bellevue, Neb., 1,762
13, Ralph Brunt Jr., Jensen Beach, Fla., 1,750
14, Rick Zakrajsek, Lorain, Ohio, 1,748
15, Mark Sullivan, Indianapolis, 1,746
16, (tie) Bo Goergen, Sanford, Mich., and Lennie Boresch Jr., Kenosha, Wis., 1,744
18, Eddie Graham, Centerville, Ohio, 1,732
19, ss-Thomas Ream, Tampa, Fla., 1,731
20, Steve Jaros, Yorkville, Ill., 1,724
21, ss-Edward Roberts, Braintree, Mass., 1,717
22, ss-Don Blatchford, Santa Monica, Calif., 1,715
23, Brian Cooper, Henderson, Nev., 1,714
24, (tie) ss-Tom Baker, King, N.C., and Christopher Keane, Cape Coral, Fla., 1,710
26, Rick Francis, Linden, Calif., 1,708
27, ss-Ron Boroff, Mansfield, Texas, 1,703
28, (tie) Neil Kassel, Beavercreek, Ohio, and ss-Paul McCordic, Sugar Land, Texas, 1,699
30, Doug Becker, Clermont, Fla., 1,698
31, (tie) ss-Dave Bernhardt, Romeo, Mich., and ss-Michael Henry, Brunswick, Ohio, 1,697
33, ss-Warren Nelson, Middleburg, Fla., 1,694
34, (tie) Todd Kjell, Roscoe, Ill., and Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., 1,693
36, John Kidwell, Indianapolis, Ind., 1,683
37, Jack Jurek, Lackawanna, N.Y., 1,681
38, Joe Scarborough, Charlotte, N.C., 1,680
39, Larry Salvati, Canada, 1,677
40, ss-Marc Lineberry, Camanche, Iowa, 1,676
41, Brian Voss, Centennial, Colo., 1,674
42, ss-John Dudak, Orland Park, Ill., 1,661
43, (tie) ss-Chris Fedden, Albany, N.Y., and Al Danz Jr., Escanaba, Mich., 1,660
45, ss-Edward Silva, Manteca, Calif., 1,659
46, ss-Bill Nichols, Bella Vista, Ark., 1,657
47, (tie) n-Mike Boogren, Bloomington, Ill., and Harry Sullins, Chesterfield Twp., Mich., 1,654
49, Frank Rose Jr, Bellaire, Texas, 1,651
50, (tie) Tom Carter, Columbus, Ohio, ss-Kerry Fulford, Ft. Worth, Texas, and Ernie Segura Jr., Taylor, Mich., 1,647
53, Bryan Goebel, Shawnee, Kan., 1,645
54, Randy Scharf, Gillette, Wyo., 1,642
55, n-Frank Lorenzini, Fort Wayne, Ind., 1,638
56, (tie) Robert Brown, Cody, Wyo., and Terry Rohrer, Fort. Wayne, Ind., 1,636
58, ss-Sam Maccarone, Blackwood, N.J., 1,627
59, Billy Froberg, St Joseph, Mich., 1,626
60, ss-Steve Stein, Staten Island, N.Y., 1,624
61, David Rosengarten, Gardendale, Ala., 1,623
62, Robert Nelson, Las Vegas, Nev., 1,622
63, ss-Ted Staikoff, Black Hawk, S.D., 1,616
64, (tie) Mike Dias, Lafayette, Colo., and Dave Han, Hoover, Ala., 1,613
66, ss-Paul Mielens, Menomonie, Wis., 1,612
67, Kevin Foley, Reno, Nev., 1,611
68, John Chapman, Canada, 1,610
69, ss-Chuck Richardson, The Villages, Fla., 1,608
70, ss-Steven Jansson, Barnes, Wis., 1,606
71, (tie) Mark Everette, Aliquippa, Pa., and ss-Lee Brosius, Ashburn, Va., 1,604
73, (tie) ss-Don Sylvia, Daytona Beach, Fla., ss-Dale Csuhta, Wadsworth, Ohio, and Glenn Morgan, Carson City, Nev., 1,602
76, ss-William Keenan Jr., Orlando, Fla., 1,597
77, (tie) ss-Mike Moore, Marietta, Ohio, and n, ss-Michael Lucente, Warren, Mich., 1,595
79, ss-Emilio Mora Sr., Defiance, Ohio, 1,594
80, Tim Hartley, Englewood, Ohio, 1,590
81, ss-Tom Howison, Chillicothe, Ohio, 1,586
82, ss-Dennis Lane, Kingsport, Tenn., 1,582
83, (tie) ss-Phillip Moros, Lombard, Ill., and ss-William Banks, Laurel Hill, N.C., 1,577
85, James Blackstone, Kennesaw, Ga., 1,573
86, Tommy Martin, Olive Branch, Miss., 1,572
87, Don Herrington, Ballston Lake, N.Y., 1,571
88, (tie) Marty Berke, Allentown, Pa., and ss-Galen Keas, Alda, Neb., 1,565
90, Danny Clark, New Palestine, Ind., 1,560
91, (tie) ss-Bill Hewlett, Las Vegas, Nev., and ss-Ray Johnson, Battle Creek, Mich., 1,555
93, ss-Brendan Bierch, Grafton, Mass., 1,547
94, Tracy Teeters, Eugene, Ore., 1,546
95, (tie) ss-Bill Henson, Westerville, Ohio, and ss-Patrick King, Yankton, S.D., 1,530
97, ss-John Petraglia, Jackson, N.J., 1,521
98, ss-Steven Banks, Leesburg, Va., 1,520
99, ss-Richard Hunt, Valparaiso, Ind., 1,515
100, ss-Tim Pierce, Portland, Ore., 1,514
101, Lyle Zikes, Arlington Heights, Ill., 1,509
102, ss-Don Lane, San Francisco, 1,506
103, Chuck Walker, Blaine, Tenn., 1,503
104, Steve Easterday, Strasburg, Ohio, 1,502
105, ss-Lee Rautenberg, Boynton Beach, Fla., 1,497
106, ss-Bill McCorkle, Westerville, Ohio, 1,496
107, Brad Snell, Mount Prospect, Ill., 1,495
108, ss-Fred Cole, Visalia, Calif., 1,493
109, ss-Dale Eagle, Twin Falls, Idaho, 1,485
110, ss-Roy Buckley, Westerville, Ohio, 1,473
111, ss-Ross McDonald, Clarksville, Md., 1,472
112, ss-n-Victor VanHentenryck, Fort Wayne, Ind., 1,442
113, Dennis Briggs, New Galilee, Pa., 1,436
114, ss-Ken Waters, Kingsport, Tenn., 1,431
115, ss-Robert Donovan, Prattsville, N.Y., 1,418
116, ss-James Souder, Greeneville, Tenn., 1,391
117, n, ss-Gary Gold, Whitney Point, N.Y., 1,381
118, ss-George Lord, Lakeland, Fla., 1,365
119, Les Ash, Washington Ct. House, Ohio, 1,354

Author: Herbert Bickel
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