Darin Hays takes first round lead in PBA50 Pasco County Open

    04/14/14

    2014 PBA50 Tour #1

    Florida bowler hoping to make career comeback

    2014PBA5001DarinHays.jpgDarin Hays (pictured left) of Wesley Chapel, Fla., averaged 253.5 to take the first round lead in the 2014 PBA50 season-opening Pasco County Open Sunday at Lane Glo Bowl. Hays, a 51-year-old construction company accountant, bowled a remarkably consistent 2,028 eight-game pinfall total with games of 247, 246, 247, 240, 247, 290, 245 and 266.

    "I was a little nervous in the first game but I caught a couple good breaks that loosened me up," said Hays, bowling in his first PBA50 Tour event. "I bowl best when I'm relaxed and let things just happen — I just have to guard against getting too relaxed."

    Hays was primarily a PBA regional player from the early 1980s until 2005 when he broke his ankle in a car accident. He is hoping to return to PBA competition on a regular basis after having surgery to fuse his ankle joint two years ago.

    2012PBASJohnnyPetraglia.jpg"After I broke my ankle I drifted away from the sport because it just bothered me too much," Hays said. "After talking to my wife I decided to have the surgery so I could start bowling competitively again."

    Hays also bowled an occasional PBA Tour event and had a best finish of fifth in the 1997 Greater Sebring (Fla.) Open.

    Hays led the 120-player field that included six Hall of Famers in the top 10 after the first round. Finishing the round in second was PBA Hall of Famer and eight-time PBA50 Tour winner Johnny Petraglia (right) 95 pins behind Hays with a 1,933 pinfall.

    2013EBT14ParkerBohn.jpgMaking his PBA50 Tour debut, Hall of Famer Parker Bohn III (left) finished third with 1,922 followed by Tom Baker in fourth with 1,916 and 2013 PBA50 Rookie of the Year Pete Weber in fifth with 1,899.

    201213PBA16NormDuke3.jpgAlso making his PBA50 debut, Hall of Famer Norm Duke (right) finished the round in eighth with 1,884 and Amleto Monacelli was ninth with 1,864. Hall of Famer and two-time defending PBA50 Player of the Year Walter Ray Williams Jr. finished the round in 11th with a 1,865 pinfall.

    The 120-player field will return for another eight-game qualifying round Monday after which the field will be cut to the top 40 for match play rounds beginning Tuesday morning. Championship rounds are scheduled to start at 7 p.m. ET on Tuesday.

    PBA's online bowling channel Xtra Frame is providing start-to-finish coverage of the Pasco County Open.

     


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    PBA50 Pasco County Open - First Round Qualifying


    Players with position, hometown and 8-game total

    1, Darin Hays, Wesley Chapel, Fla., 2,028
    2, Johnny Petraglia, Jackson, N.J., 1,933
    3, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 1,922
    4, Tom Baker, King, N.C., 1,916
    5, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 1,899
    6, Tom Carter, Rockford, Ill., 1,892
    7, Mike Dias, Lafayette, Colo., 1,891
    8, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 1,884
    9, Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, 1,864
    10, Michael Shequin, Orange City, Fla., 1,857
    11, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Ocala, Fla., 1,856
    12, Lucy Sandelin, Tampa, Fla., 1,853
    13, Stan Sprow, Lakeland, Fla., 1,850
    14, Ron Mohr, Las Vegas, 1,837
    15, Bryan Goebel, Shawnee, Kan., 1,836
    16, Michael Henry, Brunswick, Ohio, 1,833
    17, Paul Lemond, Jasper, Ind., 1,827
    18, Marc Lineberry, Camanche, Iowa, 1,817
    19, Dale Traber, Cedarburg, Wis., 1,811
    20, Kevin Croucher, Grants Pass, Ore., 1,809
    21, Widmar Vargas, Riverview, Fla., 1,808
    22, Joe Scarborough, Mars Hill, N.C., 1,804
    23, Bill McCorkle, Westerville, Ohio, 1,800
    24, Kenny Parks, Hammond, Ind., 1,793
    25, Frank Gallo Jr., Jacksonville, Fla., 1,784
    26, Timothy Kauble, Marion, Ohio, 1,772
    27, (tie) Tommy Brodowski, New Hyde Park, N.Y., and Ted Staikoff, Black Hawk, S.D., 1,767
    29, Randy Pedersen, Clermont, Fla., 1,765
    30, Thomas Ream, Tampa, Fla., 1,755
    31, (tie) Tom Howison, Chillicothe, Ohio, and Jose Estevez, Spain, 1,753
    33, (tie) Terry Metzner, Kentwood, Mich., and Mark Scime, Winter Garden, Fla., 1,748
    35, Peter Knopp, Germany, 1,746
    36, Don Breeden, Clive, Iowa, 1,743
    37, Bob Learn Jr., Erie, Pa., 1,741
    38, (tie) Bob Kelly, Dayton, Ohio, and Dave Bernhardt, Romeo, Mich., 1,735
    40, Steve Ferraro, Kingston, N.Y., 1,729
    41, Dave Sill, Titusville, Fla., 1,728
    42, (tie) Christopher Keane, Cape Coral, Fla., and Henry Gonzalez, Colorado Springs, Colo., 1,727
    44, (tie) Dennis Lane, Kingsport, Tenn., and William Peters, Dayton, Ohio, 1,723
    46, Kevin Williams, Brooksville, Fla., 1,721
    47, David Zelger, Red Lion, Pa., 1,719
    48, Darryl Bower, Middletown, Pa., 1,714
    49, John Tavano, Sebring, Fla., 1,712
    50, Michael Owen, Gainesville, Fla., 1,707
    51, Pete Bryan, Laurel, Del., 1,706
    52, Stephen Pavlinko, Sewell, N.J., 1,705
    53, Gary LaCara, Huntington Station, N.Y., 1,702
    54, Dale Eagle, Tavares, Fla., 1,700
    55, Gary Morgan, Marietta, Ga., 1,699
    56, Dale Lee, Brandon, Fla., 1,698
    57, Sam Maccarone, Glassboro, N.J., 1,694
    58, Todd Kjell, Roscoe, Ill., 1,692
    59, Kevin Foley, Reno, Nev., 1,687
    60, Larry Barwick, Wauchula, Fla., 1,684
    61, Don Blatchford, Santa Monica, Calif., 1,682
    62, (tie) Harry Sullins, Chesterfield Twp., Mich., and Terry Wiley, Vienna, Va., 1,681
    64, Wayne Webb, Columbus, Ohio, 1,678
    65, Brian Voss, Alpharetta, Ga., 1,677
    66, Mike Watson, Grass Valley, Calif., 1,676
    67, Brian McMahon, Boca Raton, Fla., 1,672
    68, Doug O'Bryant, Jasper, Ga., 1,662
    69, Sam Perrotta, Lincoln Park, N.J., 1,652
    70, William Keenan, Jr., Orlando, Fla., 1,648
    71, (tie) Emilio Mora Sr., Defiance, Ohio, and Arturo Hernandez, Venezuela, 1,644
    73, Rich Garner, Crystal River, Fla., 1,639
    74, Jeffery Roberson, Land O'Lakes, Fla., 1,636
    75, Gale Voshell, Dover, Del., 1,635
    76, Robert Harvey, Boise, Idaho, 1,634
    77, Mike Buchanan, Hernando, Fla., 1,633
    78, Bill Henson, Westerville, Ohio, 1,626
    79, Jim Knoblauch, Waukesha, Wis., 1,618
    80, (tie) Brian Cooper, Henderson, Nev., and Daniel Miner, East Moline, Ill., 1,617
    82, Richard Esposito Sr., Clearwater, Fla., 1,616
    83, Ralph Brunt Jr., Ft. Pierce, Fla., 1,615
    84, Jimmy Jean, Kathleen, Ga., 1,610
    85, Kenneth Smith, Spring Hill, Fla., 1,608
    86, Rich Schubert, Longmont, Colo., 1,606
    87, Doug Evans, Southgate, Mich., 1,603
    88, Sammy Ventura, Syracuse, N.Y., 1,592
    89, Lucien Casagrande, Canada, 1,591
    90, Lee Brosius, Ashburn, Va., 1,585
    91, Larry Graybeal, Elizabethton, Tenn., 1,578
    92, (tie) Jeffrey Herman, Bonaire, Ga., and Philip Frey, Lutz, Fla., 1,576
    94, James Souder, Greeneville, Tenn, 1,575
    95, Don Michaelsen, Plant City, Fla., 1,567
    96, John Shreve Sr., Elyria, Ohio, 1,565
    97, Bill Argenbright, Fisherville, Va., 1,563
    98, David Taylor, Seminole, Fla., 1,557
    99, Sal Bongiorno, Hollywood, Fla., 1,546
    100, Robert Callari, Manchester, N.Y., 1,541
    101, Michael Truitt, New Port Richey, FL, 1,535
    102, John Dudak, Orland Park, Ill., 1,531
    103, Mark Merrill, St. Petersburg, Fla., 1,527
    104, Randy Robertson, Evansville, Ind., 1,524
    105, Dave Olm, Tampa, Fla., 1,520
    106, Patrick Trudeau, St. Petersburg, Fla., 1,518
    107, Dan Howsmon, Lutz, Fla., 1,503
    108, (tie) Tommy King, Oakdale, N.Y., and Larry Williams, St. Augustine, Fla., 1,498
    110, George Gibson, Palm Coast, Fla., 1,492
    111, Dave Schultz, Jackson, Wis., 1,488
    112, Rich Kleinman, Eureka, NV, 1,483
    113, Steve Bova, Massapequa, N.Y., 1,479
    114, Peter Brainard, Tampa, Fla., 1,471
    115, David Titer, Land O' Lakes, Fla., 1,468
    116, Robert Shannon, Wesley Chapel, Fla., 1,466
    117, Ken Waters, Kingsport, Tenn., 1,414
    118, Andy Anderson, Falls Church, Va., 1,413
    119, Lindell Woolard, Tallahassee, Fla., 1,393
    120, Brian DiCicco, Ridgefield, Conn., 1,392