2011 Tour

PBA Senior Tour Awards

09/30/11

South Dakota's Ricky Beck elected PBA Senior Rookie of the Year

Ray Randall of Dearborn, Mich., earns Dick Weber Sportsmanship Award

2011PBASRickyBeck_small.jpgWith the help of three top-10 finishes, Ricky Beck (pictured) of Box Elder, S.D., was elected as the 2011 Professional Bowlers Association Senior Rookie of the Year. Beck, who is retired from the Air Force, finished sixth in the Senior Dayton Classic, eighth in the Senior Northern California Classic and 10th in the PBA Senior Decatur Open. Ray Randall of Dearborn, Mich. won the Senior Tour's Dick Weber Sportsmanship Award.

PBA Senior Tour News

09/09/11

Best Year Ever? Mohr dominates 2011 PBA Senior Tour statistical races

Williams shatters average record, but Alaskan star wins points, earnings titles

2011PBASRonMohr_small.jpgPBA Senior Player of the Year Ron Mohr (pictured) of Eagle River, Alaska, may have experienced the most successful year ever in dominating the 11-tournament 2011 PBA Senior Tour schedule. That lofty conclusion comes at the end of a year in which Mohr won a record-tying four titles in the 10 PBA Senior Tour events he entered, supported by a stunning 67-30 record in his head-to-head matches (a 69 percent success rate) and an equally impressive qualifying record.

2011 PBA Senior Tour #11

08/31/11

Hugh Miller wins his second career PBA Senior Tour title at Senior Dayton Classic

Defeats Tom Baker in the final of the season-ending tournament in Kettering, Ohio

2011PBAS11HughMiller_small.jpg2011PBASTomBaker_small.jpgHugh Miller (l.) of Seattle, Wash., defeated PBA Hall of Famer Tom Baker (r.), 234-227, in the title match to win the PBA Senior Dayton Classic Tuesday at Capri Lanes. In the semifinal round, Baker defeated recently crowned 2011 Senior Player of the Year Ron Mohr of Eagle River, Alaska, 238-181, thwarting Mohr's effort to become the first to win five Senior Tour titles in a season. In the other semifinal, Miller defeated Paul Gerard of Cincinnati, 268-202.

2011 PBA Senior Tour #11

08/30/11

Tom Baker continues strong performances in qualifying at PBA Senior Dayton Classic

Averages over 243 to lead top 32 into Tuesday's single-elimination match play

2011PBASTomBaker_small.jpgPBA Hall of Famer Tom Baker (pictured) continued to show his prowess in Senior Tour qualifying rounds emerging as the top qualifier in the PBA Senior Dayton Classic Monday at Capri Lanes. Baker, of King, N.C., moved into the second-round lead with a 3,891 16-game pinfall (243.1 average) to lead a field of 32 players who advanced to Tuesday's match play in the final tournament of the season. As a result of qualifying in the top eight Baker also earns a first and second-round bye in match play.

2011 PBA Senior Tour #11

08/29/11

Kenny Parks leads after first round in PBA Senior Dayton Classic

Capri Lanes in Kettering, Ohio (Aug., 27-30, 2011)

2011PBASKennyParks_small.jpg2010PBASJohnnyPetraglia2_small.jpgKenny Parks (l.) of Hammond, Ind., averaged 247.8 to lead the first round of the PBA Senior Dayton Classic Sunday at Capri Lanes. Parks had a 1,983 eight-game pinfall total and leads PBA Hall of Famer Johnny Petraglia (r.) of Jackson, N.J., in second with 1,953. The field of 125 players will bowl another eight-game qualifying round on Monday after which the field will be cut to the top 32 for match play on Tuesday.

2011 PBA Senior Tour #10

08/26/11

Ron Mohr wins PBA Senior Jackson Open to clinch his second Senior Player of the Year crown

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2011PBAS07RickVittone_small.jpgRon Mohr (l.) of Eagle River, Alaska, won the Professional Bowlers Association Senior Jackson Open Thursday at Airport Lanes for a record-tying fourth Senior Tour win of the season and clinching his second PBA Senior Player of the Year crown in the process. Mohr def. Rick Vittone (r.) of Ontario, Canada, 226-203, in the championship match in the bowling center where he won his first Senior Tour title in 2009 on his way to his first Senior Player of the Year honor.

2011 PBA Senior Tour #10

08/25/11

Williams keeps PBA Senior Player of the Year hopes alive in Senior Jackson Open

Points leader Mohr closes to within 50 pins; Sullins sits in third place

2011PBASWalterRayWilliams_small.jpg2011PBASRonMohr_small.jpgWalter Ray Williams Jr.'s (l.)  long-shot bid to add a PBA Senior Player of the Year title to his lengthy portfolio of PBA honors remains alive after he led qualifying in the PBA Senior Jackson Open at Airport Lanes Thursday. But the man he needs to beat, Ron Mohr (r.) of Eagle River, Alaska, is right on Williams' heels as the No. 2 qualifier. Competition continues Thursday when the top 32 will compete in single-elimination match play leading to the championship.

2011 PBA Senior Tour #10

08/24/11

Walter Ray Williams Jr. takes PBA Senior Jackson Open first round lead

PBA Hall of Famer continues to apply pressure in Senior Player of the Year chase

2011PBAS05RonMohrWalterRayWilliams_small.jpgThe race for PBA Senior Player of the Year is all but over, but don't tell 47-time PBA Tour champion Walter Ray Williams Jr. The PBA Tour's all-time leading title winner (r.) jumped into the first round lead in the PBA Senior Jackson Open at Airport Lanes Tuesday, firing games of 200, 258, 237, 244, 269, 216, 257 and 246 for an eight-game total of 1,927 pins. Williams is seeking his second PBA Senior Tour win of the year, and the third of his career, as he tries to overtake Ron Mohr (l.) in the Senior Player of the Year points race.

2011 PBA Senior Tour #9

08/17/11

Dale Eagle wins PBA Senior Decatur Open for 12th career Senior Tour title

Win ties him for second on all-time Senior Tour wins list

2011PBAS09DaleEagle_small.jpgDale Eagle (l.) of Tavares, Fla., won the PBA Senior Decatur Open Tuesday to notch his 12th career Senior Tour title putting him in a tie for second on the all-time Senior Tour wins list. The 65 year-old Eagle (pictured with Spare Times Lanes proprietor Gary Haines, left), who was inducted into the PBA Hall of Fame in January, defeated Kent Wagner (r.) of Palmetto, Fla., 223-186, in the title match at Spare Time Lanes. The next stop on the Senior Tour will be the Senior Jackson (Mich.) Open Aug. 22-25.

2011 PBA Senior Tour #9

08/16/11

Walter Ray Williams Jr. leads top 24 into Match Play in PBA Senior Decatur Open

Ron Mohr averages 241 Monday to leap from 77th to 24th place

201011PBAWalterRayWilliams_small.jpg2010PBASRonMohr_small.jpgWalter Ray Williams Jr. (l.) averaged 239 for 16 games to earn top qualifier honors of the PBA Senior Decatur Open. The PBA Hall of Famer led a field of 24 players into Tuesday's match play rounds with a 3,827 16-game pinfall total. Ron Mohr (r.) of Eagle River, Alaska, who has won three titles this season and is trying for his second Senior Player of the Year crown, made a remarkable comeback averaging 241.6 Monday to leap from 77th to 24th and last match play spot.

2011 PBA Senior Tour #9

08/15/11

Walter Ray Williams Jr. overcomes slow start to lead first round in PBA Senior Decatur Open

Player of the Year frontrunner Ron Mohr in danger to miss first cut

2011PBAS04WalterRayWilliams2_small.jpgWalter Ray Williams Jr. started the first round of the PBA Senior Decatur Open with a 192 game but he wasn't worried. It didn't take long for the PBA Hall of Famer from Ocala, Fla., to get back on track as he emerged as the first-round leader with a 1,900 eight-game pinfall total (237.5 average) Sunday at Spare Time Lanes. Alaskan Ron Mohr, who leads the Senior Player of the Year rankings by 26 points over Williams, finished the round in a disappointing tie for 77th with a 1,518 pinfall and will have some serious work to do in the second round for any chance to make the top 32 for match play.

2011 PBA Senior Tour #8

08/12/11

Harry Sullins wins PBA Senior Lake County Open for second title of the season

2011PBAS08HarrySullins2_small.jpgHarry Sullins (center) of Chesterfield Township, Mich., defeated the most dominant player on the PBA Senior Tour Thursday at Olympia Lanes to win his second Senior Tour title of the season. Sullins defeated Ron Mohr of Eagle River, Alaska, who was trying for a record-tying fourth title this season, 246-221, in the championship match. In the semifinals, Sullins defeated hometown favorite Kenny Parks, 246-189, while Mohr eliminated four-time Senior Player of the Year Tom Baker, 258-228.

2011 PBA Senior Tour #8

08/11/11

Tom Baker leads after second round in PBA Senior Lake County Open

Hammond's Kenny Parks in second heading into match play

2010PBASTomBaker3_small.jpgTom Baker has often found himself among the leaders in qualifying rounds of the PBA Senior Tour tournaments this season only to lose momentum in match play. With a 228.75 16-game average, the PBA Hall of Famer and four-time Senior Player of the Year found himself atop the leader board once again after the second round of the PBA Senior Lake County Open at Olympia Lanes Wednesday. Baker, a nine-time Senior Tour titlist, leads a list of 32 players from the original field of 108 who advanced to Thursday’s match play rounds which begin at 9 a.m.

2011 PBA Senior Tour #7

08/06/11

Dale Traber wins second career USBC Senior Masters title

Defeats Walter Ray Williams Jr. in the title match, 707-695

2011PBAS07DaleTraber_small.jpgDale Traber (l.) of Cedarburg, Wis., went undefeated in the double-elimination match-play bracket to win his second career UUSB Senior Masters title Friday. Traber, who also won the event in 2009, defeated USBC Hall of Famer Walter Ray Williams Jr. of Ocala, Fla., 707-695 in the championship match at Wayne Webb's Columbus Bowl. He won a total of seven matches en route to the title. Williams took home $7,000 while defending champion Wayne Webb of Grove City, Ohio, received $5,500 for third place.

2011 PBA Senior Tour #8

08/05/11

Mike Henry returns to Hammond, Ind. for PBA Senior Lake County Open

Defeating a pair of Hall of Famers makes triumph especially memorable for 2010 winner

2010PBASMikeHenry_small.jpgWinning the 2010 PBA Senior Lake County Open for his first career Senior Tour title was especially memorable for Senior Tour veteran Mike Henry of Brunswick, Ohio, considering the path he had to take to do it. After a 10-year career on the Senior Tour, Henry, at age 62, upset three consecutive favored players in the final rounds of last year’s event on his way to the title. Henry will defend his title against approximately 100 of the world’s top senior players when the PBA Senior Lake County Open returns to Olympia Lanes in Hammond, Ind., Aug 8-11.

2011 PBA Senior Tour #7

08/05/11

Defending champion Wayne Webb leads four unbeaten players at USBC Senior Masters

Takes on Walter Ray Williams Jr. Friday at Noon Eastern in a re-match of last year's championship

2010PBASWayneWebb2_small.jpgDefending champion Wayne Webb (l.) of Grove City, Ohio, is one of four players still unbeaten after the first day of double-elimination match-play bracket competition at the 2011 USBC Senior Masters. Webb won four matches Thursday and needs to win three more to successfully defend the title he won last year in Las Vegas. The winners bracket resumes play at Noon Eastern on Friday with Webb taking on Walter Ray Williams Jr. in a re-match of last year's championship. Chris Fedden will take on Dale Traber in the other nmatch.

2011 PBA Senior Tour #7

08/04/11

Oregon's Kevin Croucher top qualifier at USBC Senior Masters

Oregon's Kevin Croucher top qualifier at USBC Senior Masters

2008PBASKevinCroucher_small.jpg2011PBAS04WalterRayWilliams2_small.jpgKevin Croucher (l.) of Grants Pass, Ore., earned top qualifier honors Wednesday at the 2011 USBC Senior Masters, giving him the top seed for Thursday's double-elimination match-play bracket. Croucher finished qualifying with a 15-game total of 3,278, an average of 218.53, to lead a field of 249 of the country's top bowlers age 50 and older at Wayne Webb's Columbus Bowl. Qualifying second was USBC Hall of Famer Walter Ray Williams Jr. (r.) of Ocala, Fla., who has totaled 3,246.

2011 PBA Senior Tour #7

08/03/11

Past Champion Kenny Parks takes USBC Senior Masters lead

201011PBACentralKennyParks_small.jpgPowered by a perfect game, 2008 champion Kenny Parks of Hammond, Ind., charged into the lead Tuesday after two rounds of qualifying at the 2011 USBC Senior Masters. Parks has a 10-game total of 2,250, an average of 225 per game, to lead a field of 249 of the country's top bowlers age 50 and older at Wayne Webb's Columbus Bowl. The top 63 players after 15 games will join defending champion Wayne Webb in double-elimination match-play on Thursday and Friday. The winner will earn $14,000 and the total prize pool is more than $110,000.

2011 PBA Senior Tour #7

08/02/11

Rick Vittone leads USBC Senior Masters after Round One Qualifying

Wayne Webb's Columbus Bowl in Columbus, Ohio (July 31-Aug. 5, 2011)

2011PBAS07RickVittone_small.jpg2010PBASDavePatchen_small.jpgRick Vittone (l.), a native of Oregon who now lives in Canada, took the opening round lead Monday at the 2011 USBC Senior Masters. Vittone had a five-game total of 1,124, an average of 224.8, to lead a field of 249 of the country's top bowlers age 50 and older at Wayne Webb's Columbus Bowl. Dave Patchen (r.) of Oregon, Ohio, sits in second place with 1,121. The second round of qualifying takes place Tuesday and qualifying concludes Wednesday with five final games.

2011 PBA Senior Tour #7

07/30/11

Wayne Webb looks to defend Senior Masters title in Columbus, Ohio

2010PBASWayneWebb3_small.jpgWayne Webb attempts to successfully defend his United States Bowling Congress Senior Masters title next week, he will do so in the town he now calls home - Columbus, Ohio - and in a bowling center named after him. Webb hopes the local support will propel him to become just the third bowler to successfully defend a Senior Masters title. The event begins Monday with qualifying at Wayne Webb's Columbus Bowl and will feature over 250 of the top bowlers in the country age 50 and over. BOWL.com will have wire-to-wire live streaming of the event.

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