Parker Bohn III defeats Norm Duke to win PBA50 Pasco County Florida Open


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    PBA Hall of Famer shoots 263 to win his second career PBA50 Tour title

    2015PBA5001ParkerBohn.jpgIn a title match that featured two of the Professional Bowlers Association's all-time greats with 72 PBA Tour wins between them, Parker Bohn III (second from left, with proprietors Chris and Christine Langlo and Gary Beck, l-r) defeated fellow Hall of Famer and reigning PBA50 Player of the Year Norm Duke Tuesday in the title match to win the PBA50 Pasco County Florida Open at Lane Glo Bowl in New Port Richey, Fla.

    2014PBANormDuke2.jpgBohn, a 34-time PBA Tour titlist, won his second PBA50 Tour title by defeating Duke (right), a 38-time Tour winner, 263-222, in the title match. Duke, who also finished second in the Pasco County Open last season, was trying for his third PBA50 Tour title.

    Bohn took the lead early in the match striking in the first three frames and after Duke opened in the second frame he was able to take command for good by throwing seven consecutive strikes to complete the match.

    2014PBAParkerBohn.jpg"We've bowled against each other many times during our careers," Bohn (left) said. "Even though I knew I had things pretty well under control heading into the end of the match you can never let up against guys like Norm because if there's room for him to catch you he will. The strikes I had in the eighth and ninth frame were crucial because they put the pressure on him."

    One of Bohn's concerns throughout the tournament was dealing with humid conditions that could play havoc with his grip.

    "It can be a challenge to get the right feel," Bohn said. "You can have a situation where you have to squeeze the ball to hold on or go the other way where the ball can hang in your hand. If you have either one of those situations you're not going to repeat shots. With the help of (Brunswick representative) Chuck Gardner we put a good game plan together with my equipment so then it was just a matter of me standing in the right place and hitting my target."

    2013PBA50BryanGoebel.jpg2013PBA50LennieBoresch.jpgBohn advanced to the championship match by defeating 10-time PBA Tour winner Bryan Goebel (left) of Shawnee, Kan., who was trying for his first PBA50 Tour title, in the semifinal match, 247-238.

    In the opening stepladder match United States Bowling Congress Hall of Famer Lennie Boresch Jr. (right) of Kenosha, Wis., trying for his third title, defeated Hall of Famer and nine-time PBA50 Tour winner Walter Ray Williams Jr., 255-209.

    In the second match Goebel defeated Boresch, 227-192, to advance to the semifinal.

    The PBA50 Tour travels to Spanish Springs Lanes in The Villages, Fla., April 18-21 for the PBA50 United Healthcare Sun Bowl In The Villages presented by Radical, the second stop of the 2015 season. Fans can catch all the action on PBA's online bowling channel Xtra Frame.


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    PBA50 Pasco County Florida Open

    Lane Glo Bowl in New Port Richey, Fla., USA (April 11-14, 2015)

    Championship Round:
    1, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., $7,500
    2, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., $4,000
    3, Bryan Goebel, Shawnee, Kan., $2,500
    4, Lennie Boresch Jr., Kenosha, Wis., $2,000
    5, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., $1,750

    Stepladder Results
    First Match: No. 4 Boresch def. No. 5 Williams, 255-209
    Second Match: No. 3 Goebel def. Boresch, 227-192
    Semifinal Match: No. 2 Bohn def. Goebel, 247-238
    Championship Match: Bohn def. No. 1 Duke, 263-222.

    Modified Match Play Round 2 Top 5 after six games, including match play bonus pins, advanced to stepladder finals; a-denotes amateur; ss-denotes PBA60 player

    1, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 5-1, 1,580
    2, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 4-2, 1,554
    3, Bryan Goebel, Shawnee, Kan., 6-0, 1,516
    4, Lennie Boresch Jr., Kenosha, Wis., 4-2, 1,511
    5, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., 5-1, 1,464

    Missed Cut:
    6, Brian LeClair, Albany, N.Y., 3-3, 1,449, $1,550
    7, Stephen Pavlinko, Sewell, N.J., 3-3, 1,417, $1,550
    8, Joe Scarborough, Charlotte, N.C., 4-2, 1,400, $1,550
    9, Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, 2-4, 1,385, $1,350
    10, Ralph Brunt Jr., Jensen Beach, Fla., 2-4, 1,383, $1,350
    11, Bob Learn Jr., Erie, Pa., 2-4, 1,373, $1,350
    12, a-Jerry Brunette Jr., Rochester, N.Y., 2-4, 1,320, $1,350
    13, Brian Voss, Centennial, Colo., 2-4, 1,301, $1,350
    14, Kevin Foley, Reno, Nev., 3-3, 1,267, $1,350
    15, ss-Tom Baker, King, N.C., 1-5, 1,263, $1,350
    16, Tom Carter, Rockford, Ill., 0-6, 1,237, $1,350

    Modified Match Play Round 1 Top 16 after five games, including match play bonus pins, advanced to Round 2

    17, ss-Paul McCordic, Sugar Land, Texas, 3-2, 1,190, $1,175
    18, Robert Brown, Cody, Wyo., 3-2, 1,170, $1,175
    19, Peter Knopp, Germany, 3-2, 1,143, $1,175
    20, Ron Mohr, Las Vegas, 2-3, 1,122, $1,175
    21, a-Tim Maiseroulle, Buford, Ga., 2-3, 1,080, $1,175
    22, ss-Chuck Richardson, The Villages, Fla., 2-2-1, 1,069, $1,175
    23, ss-Don Blatchford, Santa Monica, Calif., 2-3, 1,065, $1,175
    24, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 2-2-1, 1,064, $1,175
    25, Tracy Teeters, Eugene, Ore., 3-2, 1,046, $1,100
    26, Joe Salvemini, Henderson, Nev., 2-3, 1,041, $1,100
    27, Brian Miller, Springfield, Ohio, 2-3, 1,040, $1,100
    28, Todd Kjell, Roscoe, Ill., 1-4, 1,037, $1,100
    29, Dave Sill, Titusville, Fla., 1-4, 1,004, $1,100
    30, Harry Sullins, Chesterfield Twp., Mich., 2-3, 1,000, $1,100
    31, a-Darin Hays, Wesley Chapel, Fla., 1-4, 972, $1,100
    32, Christopher Keane, Cape Coral, Fla., 0-5, 952, $1,100

    Other Cashers:
    33, ss-Frank Gallo Jr., Jacksonville, Fla., 1,068, $1,050
    34, Doug O'Bryant, Ball Ground, Ga., 1,064, $1,050
    35, ss-Bill Henson, Westerville, Ohio, 1,048, $1,050
    36, ss-John Dudak, Orland Park, Ill., 1,046, $1,050
    37, ss-Bob Chamberlain, The Villages, Fla., 1,042, $1,050
    38, ss-Steve Ferraro, Kingston, N.Y., 1,027, $1,050
    39, ss-Dale Eagle, Laguna Niguel, Calif., 1,020, $1,000
    40, Gary Morgan, Atlanta, 1,007, $1,000
    41, ss-Lucien Casagrande, Canada, 1,005, $1,000
    42, ss-Thomas Ream, Tampa, Fla., 975, $1,000
    43, ss-Timothy Kauble, Marion, Ohio, 928, $1,000
    44, ss-Bill McCorkle, Westerville, Ohio, 918, $1,000
    45, ss-James Knoblauch, Waukesa, Wis., 914, $1,000
    46, ss-a-Joe Barna, Plantation ,Fla., 913, $1,000