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Ron Mohr takes first round lead in PBA50 Pasco County Florida Open

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After a tough loss in the championship match of Monday’s PBA60 Killer ‘B’ Open, two-time PBA50 Player of the Year Ron Mohr of Las Vegas averaged 244 to take the first round lead in the PBA50 Pasco County Florida Open Tuesday at Lane Glo Bowl in New Port Richey, Fla.

Mohr, an eight-time PBA50 Tour winner, had games of 218, 247, 279, 253, 258, 237 and 217 for a 1,709 seven-game pinfall total to lead the 140-player field.

Mohr lost the Killer ‘B’ Open title match when he threw a seven-count on the final ball of the 10th frame giving PBA Hall of Famer Tom Baker of King, N.C., the 247-245 win.

“Sure, it was disappointing but I look at the big picture,” said Mohr (pictured), who was PBA50 Player of the Year in 2009 and 2011. “Looking back, I bowled really well in the tournament and to be able to shoot 240 in the title match against a Hall of Famer like Tom, it softens the disappointment somewhat.

“I’m still bowling with a lot of confidence and feel like it’s just a matter of time before I get it done,” Mohr added. “I just need to step it up a little bit.”

Mohr, the 2016 PBA60 Player of the Year (for players 60 and over), had a combined eight PBA50 and PBA60 top-five finishes last season which included two runner-up finishes. He’s trying to win his first PBA50 Tour event since the 2012 Senior Decatur (Ill.) Open.

Mohr holds a 36-pin lead over Steve Pavlinko of Sewell, N.J., in second with 1,673, followed by Brian LeClair of Delmar, N.Y., 1,671; Hall of Famer Brian Voss, Centennial, Colo., 1,657, and Don Breeden of Clive, Iowa, 1,648, rounding out the top five.

Defending champion Hall of Famer and 10-time PBA50 Tour winner Walter Ray Williams Jr. (left) of Oxford, Fla., finished sixth after the first round with a 1,641 pinfall. Tom Baker (right), who is tied for second on the all-time PBA50 Tour titles list with Gary Dickinson and Dale Eagle at 12 wins, finished 14th with 1,582.

Qualifying continues Wednesday which will determine the top 32 players who will advance to match play on Thursday. The top five players will advance to the stepladder finals at 4 p.m. ET.

The Pasco County Open is streamed live on PBA’s online bowling channel Xtra Frame. For Xtra Frame subscription and schedule information click here.

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PBA50 Pasco County Florida Open – First Round Standings

Players with position, hometown and 7-game total; n-denotes non-member

1, Ron Mohr, Las Vegas, 1,709
2, Steve Pavlinko, Sewell, N.J., 1,673
3, Brian LeClair, Delmar, N.Y., 1,671
4, Brian Voss, Centennial, Colo., 1,657
5, Don Breeden, Clive, Iowa, 1,648
6, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., 1,641
7, Craig Auerbach, Sunrise, Fla., 1,629
8, Michael Haugen Jr., Phoenix, 1,627
9, James Hansen, Anchorage, Alaska, 1,603
10, Lennie Boresch Jr., Kenosha, Wis., 1,595
11, Bryan Goebel, Shawnee, Kan., 1,594
12, Glenn Smith, New York, 1,593
13, John Donovan, Melbourne, Fla., 1,587
14, Tom Baker, King, N.C., 1,582
15, (tie) Peter Knopp, Germany, and John Conroy, Mahopac, N.Y., 1,577
17, Billy Block, Pembroke Pines, Fla., 1,570
18, Patrick Shipley, Spring Valley, Calif., 1,568
19, Nick Morgan, Sacramento, Calif., 1,557
20, Todd Kjell, Roscoe, Ill., 1,553
21, Harry Sullins, Chesterfield Twp., Mich., 1,552
22, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 1,549
23, Todd Haney, Boiling Springs, S.C., 1,543
24, Gary Faulkner, Norfolk, Va., 1,540
25, William Peters, Dayton, Ohio, 1,539
26, Sam Maccarone, Blackwood, N.J., 1,536
27, Ralph Brunt Jr., Jensen Beach, Fla., 1,534
28, Tommy Brodowski, New Hyde Park, N.Y., 1,530
29, Pete Thomas, Oklahoma City, Okla., 1,527
30, Mark Sullivan, Indianapolis, 1,524
31, Tom Carter, Columbus, Ohio, 1,521
32, Mike Dias, Lafayette, Colo., 1,520
32, Mark Everette, Aliquippa, Pa., 1,520
34, Kenny Parks, Hammond, Ind., 1,519
34, (tie) Mark Scime, Winter Garden, Fla., and Ken Fishman, Lutz, Fla., 1,519
37, (tie) Ernie Segura Jr., Taylor, Mich., and Stoney Baker, Canton, Ga., 1,518
39, Joel Carlson, Omaha, Neb., 1,517
40, (tie) Scott Greiner, Platte City, Mo., Kevin Croucher, Grants Pass, Ore., and Bill Nichols, Bella Vista, Ark., 1,512
43, Mike Hastings, Millsboro, Del., 1,511
44, Bob Learn Jr., Erie, Pa., 1,506
45, Sammy Ventura, Syracuse, N.Y., 1,503
46, Warren Burr, Wilmington, Del., 1,502
47, Eddie Graham, Centerville, Ohio, 1,501
48, Harry Wright, Venice, Fla., 1,500
49, Ken Waters, Kingsport, Tenn., 1,499
50, Gary Alstott, Washington, Ill., 1,496
51, (tie) Terry Rohrer, Ft. Wayne, Ind., and Bruce Hall, Westborough, Mass., 1,494
53, Bobby Sense, Jr., Massillon, Ohio, 1,492
54, Warren Nelson, Hemet, Calif., 1,491
55, Steven Jansson, Barnes, Wis., 1,487
56, Doug Becker, Clermont, Fla., 1,484
57, Dave Sill, Titusville, Fla., 1,477
58, Bill Henson, Westerville, Ohio, 1,471
59, William Banks, Laurel Hill, N.C., 1,468
60, (tie) Brian Cooper, Henderson, Nev., and Jerry Brunette Jr., Rochester, N.Y., 1,466
62, (tie) n-Joe Barna, Stuart, Fla., and n-Widmar Vargas, Sun City Center, Fla., 1,464
64, (tie) Thomas Ream, Tampa, Fla., and Hugh Miller, Mercer Island, Wash., 1,463
66, Dale Traber, Cedarburg, Wis., 1,461
67, (tie) John Dudak, Orland Park, Ill., and n-James Campbell, Clearwater, Fla., 1,459
69, (tie) Brian Kretzer, Dayton, Ohio, and Doug O’Bryant, Ball Ground, Ga., 1,457
71, (tie) Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., and Charlie Gadd, Lake Worth, Fla., 1,455
73, n-John Thomspon, Sarasota, Fla., 1,448
74, Dale Eagle, Twin Falls, Idaho, 1,446
75, Danny Clark, New Palestine, Ind., 1,443
76, Michael Truitt, New Port Richey, Fla., 1,440
77, Steve Kenyon, Dade City, Fla., 1,439
78, n-William Tramel, Crawforville, Fla., 1,438
79, (tie) Harry Alchin III, Madeira Beach, Fla., and Brian Miller, Springfield, Ohio, 1,437
81, (tie) Ron Glick, Morganville, N.J., and Steve Stein, Staten Island, N.Y., 1,431
83, ss-Paul McCordic, Sugar Land, Texas, 1,429
84, Tommy Martin, Olive Branch, Miss., 1,423
85, Don Herrington, Ballston Lake, N.Y., 1,421
85, n-Edward Irwin, Hudson, Fla., 1,421
87, (tie) Dave Bernhardt, Romeo, Mich., and Darryl Dempsey, Pinellas Park, Fla., 1,418
89, (tie) Dennis Lane, Kingsport, Tenn., and James Storts, Westfield, Ind., 1,417
91, n-John Stronka, Davie, Fla., 1,412
92, Paul Mielens, Menomonie, Wis., 1,406
93, John Kidwell, Indianapolis, Ind., 1,398
94, Marty Berke, Allentown, Pa., 1,394
95, Don Blatchford, Santa Monica, Calif., 1,393
96, Mike Keough, Stockton, Calif., 1,390
97, James Deplanche, Taylor, Mich., 1,387
98, Han Chen, Wellington, Fla., 1,384
99, Christopher Keane, Cape Coral, Fla., 1,379
100, n-Peter Hernandez, Land O Lakes, Fla., 1,378
101, (tie) David Taylor, Largo, Fla., and Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 1,373
103, Galen Keas, Alda, Neb., 1,372
104, Tony Johnson, Canton, Ohio, 1,364
105, Kevin Foley, Reno, Nev., 1,363
106, Larry Gross, Ocala, Fla., 1,361
107, John Dougherty III, Fort Walton Beach, Fla., 1,359
108, n-Jeffery Roberson, Land O’ Lakes, Fla., 1,358
109, John Burkett, Southlake, Texas, 1,353
110, Michael Owen, Gainesville, Fla., 1,350
111, Joe Scarborough, Charlotte, N.C., 1,349
112, James Knoblauch, Waukesha, Wis., 1,342
113, Timothy Regan, East Northport, N.Y., 1,341
114, Edward Roberts, Braintree, Mass., 1,339
115, Pete Bryan, Laurel, Del., 1,332
116, Lee Brosius, Ashburn, Va., 1,329
117, Bill Hewlett, Las Vegas, 1,323
118, Frank Gallo Jr., Jacksonville, Fla., 1,320
119, Bob Chamberlain, The Villages, Fla., 1,318
120, (tie) Ted Staikoff, Black Hawk, S.D., and Jon DeLaney, McKinney, Texas, 1,312
122, (tie) John DiSantis, Wilmington, Del., and Jim Lesiuk, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., 1,306
124, Michael Shequin, Debary, Fla., 1,305
125, Tim Shirlock, Las Vegas, 1,302
126, Michael Chrzanowski, Shepherd, Mich., 1,301
127, Bob Kelly, Dayton, Ohio, 1,297
128, David Goldenberg, Holtsville, N.Y., 1,288
129, Keith Glasgow, St. Petersburg, Fla., 1,283
130, Peter Brainard, Tampa, Fla., 1,281
131, Barry Clare, Bayside, N.Y., 1,280
132, (tie) n-Joseph Woznicki, Lakeland, Fla., and Michael Vella, Bellport, N.Y., 1,272
134, Stephen Lippman, Palm Harbor, Fla., 1,263
135, Don Lane, San Francisco, 1,222
136, Lucien Casagrande, Canada, 1,221
137, Gary Morgan, Atlanta, 1,210
138, James Souder, Greeneville, Tenn., 1,209
139, Jim Dilyard, Burbank, Ohio, 1,172
140, John Austin Jr., League City, Texas, 1,115

Author: Herbert Bickel
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