PBA Senior rookie Joe Scarborough rolls first 900 series in PBA history


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    Scarborough starts PBA50 Sun Bowl in The Villages presented by Hammer with three consecutive 300 games; Mark Williams leads the field after first round qualifying

    20130421PBA5002JoeScarborough300a.jpg Joe Scarborough of Charlotte, N.C., rolled three consecutive 300 games to start the first round of qualifying in the PBA50 Sun Bowl in The Villages presented by Hammer at Spanish Springs Lanes Sunday, recording the first 900 series in Professional Bowlers Association history.

    Scarborough (pictured left), who turned 50 in October 2012, is bowling in only his second PBA50 Tour event. He qualified 38th in the re-named PBA Senior Tour's season-opener in New Port Richey, Fla., last week, but lost his first best-of-three-game single-elimination match.

    The self-employed electrical contractor threw another strike to start his fourth game, but his streak ended at 37 in a row when he left a split on his 38th shot.

    2010PBASMarkWilliams.jpgThree straight sub-200 games then toppled him out of the lead and into a tie for 12th place with 1,921 pins, 77 pins behind leader PBA Hall of Famer Mark Williams (right) of Beaumont, Texas, who averaged 249.75 for eight games to lead the field of 159 bowlers with a 1,998 total.

    "I'm pretty surprised," Scarborough said. "I had the shot, I took my time and it worked out. To be honest, no, I wasn't nervous. I was pretending I was at home practicing, and I blocked out the crowd and focused on executing every shot.

    "After the first three games, I moved to the other end of the house where the lanes were drier and I just couldn't get the ball down the lane the same way. It wasn't the pressure.

    20130421PBA5002JoeScarborough300.jpg "It's unbelievable, especially to be the first in the PBA to do it," he added. Scarborough said his previous high three-game series was an 838 and he had 14 previous 300 games.

    "It's interesting that I used a different ball to start practice, but I switched (to a Storm IQ Tour Pearl) and I threw six strikes in a row to end practice. So I decided to start with that ball. I knew I had something good, but not this good.

    "I'm proud of what I've done so far," he added, "but I've still got work to do."

    Scarborough's perfect start set PBA50 Tour records for consecutive 300 games (the previous record was two by Norb Wetzel of Fond du Lac, Wis., in Albany, N.Y., in 1998 and by Rohn Morton of Portland, Ore., in Tucson, Ariz., in 2005), and highest three-game series.

    He also tied the record for most 300s by an individual in a PBA50 Tour tournament, shared by Ron Mohr of Eagle River, Alaska (Columbus, Ohio, 2010) and Bob Kelly of Dayton, Ohio (Mooresville, N.C., 2010).

    Norm Duke of Clermont, Fla., bowled three consecutive 300s in a standard PBA Tour event in North Brunswick, N.J., in 1996, but the performance didn't count as a 900 series because he ended one round with two perfect games and started the next round with the third perfect game.

    Williams, who rolled games of 269, 234, 259, 268, 204, 279, 268 and 217, said he had his only open frame in the 204 game.

    "The conditions were really good," Williams said. "There was a lot of oil in the front, some hold area and the carry was good. But there are a lot of games to go, so we'll see how things go."

    The PBA50 Sun Bowl in The Villages presented by Hammer produced another record when 87-year-old Darrell Ducat (159th, 1,177) of Perrysville, Ohio, became the oldest player to compete in a PBA tournament.

    Qualifying continues Monday at 9 a.m. and 3 p.m., with the top 32 advancing to match play on Tuesday. Match play rounds are scheduled for 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. Tuesday, followed by a four-player stepladder final at 7 p.m.

    PBA's online bowling channel Xtra Frame is providing start to finish coverage of the PBA50 Sun Bowl.


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    PBA50 Sun Bowl in The Villages - First Round Qualifying

    Players with position, hometown and 8-game total. a-denotes amateur

    1, Mark Williams, Beaumont, Texas, 1,998
    2, Ron Dixon, Boynton Beach, Fla., 1,993
    3, Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, 1,982
    4, Bo Goergen, Sanford, Mich., 1,978
    5, Wayne Webb, Columbus, Ohio, 1,970
    6, Kevin Croucher, Grants Pass, Ore., 1,960
    7, Tom Baker, King, N.C., 1,949
    8, Steve Ferraro, Kingston, N.Y., 1,945
    9, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Ocala, Fla., 1,939
    10, Sammy Ventura, Syracuse, N.Y., 1,934
    11, a-Larry Barwick, Wauchula, Fla., 1,931
    12 (tie), Steve Neff, Homosassa Springs, Fla., and Joe Scarborough, Charlotte, N.C., 1,921
    14, Mike Edwards, Tulsa, Okla., 1,920
    15, a-Philip Frey, Lutz, Fla., 1,918
    16, Rick Minier, Houston, Texas, 1,916
    17 (tie), Don Blatchford, Santa Monica, Calif., and Keith Sharp, Orlando, Fla., 1,915
    19, Hugh Miller, Seattle, 1,906
    20, John Petraglia, Jackson, N.J., 1,902
    21, Richard McDaniel, Coconut Creek, Fla., 1,901
    22, Bob Learn Jr., Erie, Pa., 1,898
    23, Paul Lemond, Jasper, Ind, 1,892
    24, Dale Traber, Cedarburg, Wis., 1,886
    25, Marty Berke, Allentown, Pa., 1,882
    26, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 1,865
    27 (tie), Michael Henry, Brunswick, Ohio, and Bryan Goebel, Shawnee, Kan., 1,860
    29, John Conroy, Mahopac, N.Y., 1,856
    30, John Shreve Sr., Elyria, Ohio, 1,855
    31, Darrell Adams, Flintstone, Ga., 1,853
    32, Gene Morrison, Spring Lake, N.C., 1,848
    33, Christopher Keane, New City, N.Y., 1,844
    34, a-Duane Podgorski, Lakeland, Fla., 1,843
    35, Darryl Bower, Middletown, Pa., 1,842
    36, Don Sylvia, Lady Lake, FL, 1,841
    37, Wayne Bolin, Lumberton, N.C., 1,836
    38, Mike Dias, Lafayette, Colo., 1,834
    39, Timothy Kauble, Marion, Ohio, 1,826
    40 (tie), Ted Staikoff, Black Hawk, S.D., and a-Howard Crowder, Tamarac, Fla., 1,824
    42, Bob Brady, Santa Monica, Calif., 1,815
    43, Bob Handley, Winter Park, Fla., 1,812
    44, Leif Sjoberg, Sweden, 1,810
    45, Gary Hiday, Indianapolis, 1,807
    46, a-Bob Caputo Sr., The Villages, Fla., 1,804
    47, Joel Carlson, Omaha, Neb., 1,803
    48, Daniel Miner, East Moline, Ill., 1,802
    49, Harry Sullins, Chesterfield Twp, Mich., 1,798
    50, Terry Metzner, Kentwood, Mich., 1,797
    51 (tie), Tom Kennedy, Shepherdsville, Ky., and Nick Morgan, Sacramento, Calif., 1,795
    53, Mark Scime, Winter Garden, Fla., 1,793
    54, Patrick King, Yankton, S.D., 1,792
    55 (tie), David Taylor, Seminole, Fla., and Mike Hastings, Millsboro, Del., 1,790
    57 (tie), a-Roger Kossert, Lithia, Fla.; Robert Harvey, Boise, Idaho, and Kevin Foley, Reno, Nev., 1,788
    60, Ron Mohr, Eagle River, Alaska, 1,782
    61, William Peters, Dayton, Ohio, 1,781
    62 (tie), Thomas Ream, Tampa, Fla., and Charlie Tomey, Spartanburg, S.C., 1,780
    64, Tommy Kress, Rochester, N.Y., 1,778
    65 (tie), Gary Morgan, Marietta, Ga.; Kenny Parks, Hammond, Ind., and Henry Gonzalez, Colorado Springs, Colo., 1,777
    68 (tie), a-Lucy Sandelin, Tampa, Fla., and Bill McCorkle, Westerville, Ohio, 1,776
    70 (tie), Frank Gallo Jr., Jacksonville, Fla., and Kevin Humble, Lake Mary, Fla., 1,764
    72, Dale Eagle, Tavares, Fla., 1,763
    73, Ron Jacobson, Jupiter, Fla., 1,758
    74 (tie), Fred Ferreira, Kings Park, N.Y., and Pete Couture, Titusville, Fla., 1,751
    76, Andy Ippolito, Forest Hills, N.Y., 1,745
    77, Jim Pitts, Elmira, N.Y., 1,742
    78, Rich Giragosian, Charlotte, N.C., 1,737
    79, Jim Lesiuk, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., 1,734
    80, a-huck Richardson, The Villages, Fla., 1,733
    81, Dan Howsmon, Lutz, Fla., 1,727
    82 (tie), Lennie Boresch Jr., Kenosha, Wis., and Marc Lineberry, Camanche, Iowa, 1,725
    84 (tie), Bob Kelly, Dayton, Ohio, and Dennis Rakauskas, Apopka, Fla., 1,721
    86, Dennis Farris, The Villages, Fla., 1,719
    87, Todd Haney, Spartanburg, S.C., 1,716
    88 (tie), Brian Cooper, Henderson, Nev., and Jerry Lau, St. Peters, Mo., 1,714
    90, Ed Cutter, Manassas Park, Va., 1,711
    91, Guppy Troup, Taylorsville, N.C., 1,709
    92, Steve Lang, Indianapolis, Ind., 1,708
    93, Tom Carter, Rockford, Ill., 1,707
    94, Emilio Mora Sr., Defiance, Ohio, 1,706
    95, Danny Gould, Palm Bay, Fla, 1,705
    96 (tie), Vince Mazzanti Jr., Levittown, Pa.; Doug O'Bryant, Jasper, Ga., and Larry Graybeal, Elizabethton, Tenn., 1,704
    99, Bill Argenbright, Fisherville, Va., 1,701
    100, Ron Profitt, Brookville, Ohio, 1,698
    101, Jim Knoblauch, Waukesha, Wis., 1,697
    102, Peter Knopp, Germany, 1,696
    103, Robert Callari, Bloomfield, N.Y., 1,694
    104, Lee Rucker, Fort Myers, Fla., 1,690
    105, Randy Robertson, Evansville, Ind., 1,686
    106, Jim Price, Harrrisburg, N.C., 1,684
    107 (tie), Dan Ahlquist, Sweden, and Tom Howison, Chillicothe, Ohio, 1,683
    109, a-Robert Vega, The Villages, Fla., 1,680
    110, Randy Rose, Gloucester, Va., 1,676
    111, a-Roger Tramp, Deltona, Fla., 1,675
    112, a-Edward Roberts, Braintree, Mass., 1,674
    113 (tie), Steve Bova, Massapequa, N.Y., and William Keenan, Jr., Orlando, Fla., 1,671
    115, a-Widmar Vargas, Riverview, Fla., 1,666
    116, Dave Paquin, Kannapolis, N.C., 1,656
    117, Lee Brosius, Ashburn, Va., 1,654
    118, J.C. Quintana, Miami, 1,641
    119, Chuck Best, Buda, Texas, 1,640
    120, Larry Williams, St. Augustine, Fla., 1,636
    121 (tie), Garry Blanton, Owensboro, Ky., and Larry Felts Jr., Moore, S.C., 1,632
    123, Bob Chamberlain, The Villages, Fla., 1,628
    124 (tie), Bob Andersen, Forest City, N.C., and Steve Stein, Staten Island, N.Y., 1,616
    126, a-Gerald Teel, The Villages, Fla., 1,614
    127, Nick Panicaro, Ocala, Fla., 1,610
    128, Todd Kjell, Roscoe, Ill., 1,601
    129, a-John Pullen, Oyster Bay, NY, 1,598
    130, Steven Boxerman, University City, Mo., 1,594
    131, a-Ed Fenstermacher, Summerfield, FL, 1,589
    132, Michael Owen, Gainesville, Fla., 1,588
    133, Jeffrey Herman, Bonaire, Ga., 1,585
    134 (tie), George Lord, Lakeland, Fla., and Ron Glick, Morganville, N.J., 1,583
    136, a-Patrick Trudeau, St. Petersburg, Fla., 1,578
    137 (tie), Bill Ursillo, Bluffton, S.C., and Dale Lee, Brandon, Fla., 1,568
    139, Timothy Bates, Orlando, Fla., 1,565
    140, Brian Miller, Springfield, Ohio, 1,564
    141, a-Mike Schmid St. Paul, Minn., 1,561
    142 (tie), Dave Bernhardt, Romeo, Mich., and Don Michaelsen Sr., Plant City, Fla., 1,557
    144, a-Gene Masterson Jr., Port Orange, Fla., 1,549
    145, a-Edgar Gomez, Colombia, 1,540
    146, Sal Bongiorno, Hollywood, Fla., 1,527
    147, Larry Montgomery, Safety Harbor, Fla., 1,513
    148, Dennis Amato, Pine Brook, N.J., 1,503
    149, Ken Waters, Kingsport, Tenn., 1,484
    150, Ray Randall, Dearborn, Mich., 1,469
    151, Stephen Lippman, Palm Harbor, Fla, 1,468
    152, Scott Ettinger, Westfield, N.J., 1,066 (WD)
    153, Sam Perrotta, Lincoln Park, N.J., 1,436
    154, Lindell Woolard, Tallahassee, Fla., 1,433
    155, Patsy DellaPenna, Palm Harbor, Fla., 1,416
    156, Richard Felten, Rockville, Md., 1,403
    157, a-Ricky Bolatto, Sebring, Fla., 1,362
    158, Dave Schultz, Jackson, Wis., 1,322
    159, a-Darrell Ducat, Perrysburg, Ohio, 1,177

    300 Games (6) - Don Batchford, Wayne Webb, Joe Scarborough (3), Christopher Keane.