Senior Player of the Year Ron Mohr set to defend Etonic PBA Senior U.S. Open title

    05/26/12

    2012 PBA Senior Tour #5

    More than 200 players will compete in Senior Tour's first major of 2012 season at Suncoast in Las Vegas

    2011PBAS05RonMohr.jpgFor reigning Professional Bowlers Association Senior Player of the Year Ron Mohr (pictured left with the Eagle trophy), his win in the 2011 PBA Senior U.S. Open was the launching pad for one of the most dominant Senior Tour seasons in PBA history.

    That's why he's looking forward to the first Senior Tour major championship of the 2012 season June 3-8 at the Suncoast Bowling Center. Leading into last year's U.S. Open, the Eagle River, Alaska, resident had started his season with finishes of fourth, third, second and a win in the Senior Mooresville Classic.

    2011PBAS05RonMohrWalterRayWilliams.jpgBut his Senior U.S. Open victory, where he defeated Walter Ray Williams Jr. (right) in the championship match, 246-189, was really the starting point of what became a dream year. He went on to win two more tournaments and had only one tournament all season where he finished lower than fourth place, finishing 13th in Decatur, Ill.

    This season, Mohr is getting off to a more modest start with finishes of fifth, 21st, 13th and second, but he's confident the Senior U.S. Open can create the needed spark for another run at Senior Player of the Year honors.

    "Heading into the U.S. Open, the race is pretty wide open," said Mohr, who was also the 2009 Senior Player of the Year. "We've had four different winners in four tournaments and it's as competitive as ever with a lot of excellent players becoming eligible for the Senior Tour this season, so a win in the U.S. Open can put me right back in contention."

    2010PBAS05MarkWilliams2.jpgMohr is especially looking forward to the Etonic PBA Senior U.S. Open because he likes to bowl at Suncoast. Prior to his win in 2011, he finished second to Mark Williams (pictured left with trophy and check) in the 2010 Senior U.S. Open at the same center.

    "I'm one of those players who likes a longer format. I think it favors me and I've kept a winning attitude. I feel as well prepared if not better than last year," said Mohr. "Bowling 50 games over the course of the tournament is a lot and with a format where pins carry over after each round, there's always that little extra pressure to not give pins away.

    "It's going to be a more challenging condition than we usually face, so making your spares is always especially important. Giving just 10 pins away can be critical."

    As the season approaches the halfway mark, the players who have won in the first four events this season are Senior Tour "rookie" Lennie Boresch Jr.; Walter Ray Williams Jr.; rookie Bob Learn Jr. and Johnny Petraglia. All four titles were memorable for each player.

    2012PBAS01LennieBoresch.jpg2012PBAS02WalterRayWilliams.jpgBoresch (left photo, on the right) won the Senior Sun Bowl In the Villages in his Senior Tour debut the same week he was inducted into the USBC Hall of Fame.

    Williams (right photo, on the right) won the Senior Don Carter Memorial for his third career Senior Tour title the same week his father passed away and after a PBA Tour season in which he ended his 26-season streak of making a television finals appearance.

    2012PBAS03BobLearn.jpg2012PBAS04JohnnyPetraglia.jpgLearn (left photo, center) won the Senior Mooresville Classic in just his third tournament competing on the Senior Tour.

    Petraglia (right) made PBA history when his win in the Senior Dayton Classic made him the first player to win a PBA Tour or Senior Tour event in six different decades. That win was especially important for Petraglia because he's likely to miss most, if not all, of rest of the season due to shoulder surgery.

    Like its U.S. Open counterpart on the PBA Tour, the Senior U.S. Open is one of the most demanding tournaments in professional bowling. Four players will have to survive 51 games of qualifying and match play to reach the stepladder finals.

    Competition begins Monday, June 4, with the first of three six-game qualifying rounds. Qualifying continues Tuesday and Wednesday. The top 25 percent of the field will then advance to a nine-game cashers' round Thursday to determine the top 24 players who will advance to round-robin match play Thursday afternoon and Friday. The stepladder finals will get underway at Friday afternoon at 3:30 p.m. PT.

    All qualifying, match play and stepladder rounds in the Senior U.S. Open will be covered live on PBA's exclusive online bowling channel, Xtra Frame.

     


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    Etonic PBA Senior U.S. Open presented by Suncoast - Schedule of Events


    All times Pacific

    Sunday, June 3, 2012
    8-9 a.m. - A Squad practice
    9:15-10:15 .am. - B Squad practice
    10:30-11:30 a.m. - C Squad practice
    Pro-Am squads to follow

    Monday, June 4, 2012
    7 a.m. – Squad A, 6 qualifying games
    10:45 a.m. – Squad B, 6 qualifying games
    2:30 p.m. – Squad C, 6 qualifying games

    Tuesday, June 5, 2012
    7 a.m. – Squad B, 6 qualifying games
    10:45 a.m. – Squad C, 6 qualifying games
    2:30 p.m. – Squad A, 6 qualifying games

    Wednesday, June 6, 2012
    7 a.m. – Squad C, 6 qualifying games
    10:45 a.m. – Squad A, 6 qualifying games
    2:30 p.m. – Squad B, 6 qualifying games
    Cut to the top 25% of the field

    Thursday, June 7, 2012
    7 a.m. – 9-game cashers round
    Cut to the top 24
    2 p.m. - Top 24, 8 games match play

    Friday, June 8, 2012
    7 a.m. - Top 24, 8 games match play
    Noon - Top 24, 8 games match play
    Cut to the top 4
    3:30 p.m. – Top 4 advance to stepladder finals