2015 PBA50 Tour resumes with Suncoast PBA Senior U.S. Open


    2015 PBA50 Tour #5

    Suncoast Bowling Center in Las Vegas, Nev., United States (May 31 - June 5, 2015)

    PBA50Logo.jpgThe PBA50 Tour returns to action as the world's top bowlers ages 50 years and older will compete in the first major tournament of the 2015 season when the Suncoast PBA Senior U.S. Open presented by Storm gets underway at the Suncoast Bowling Center June 1-5.

    While this will mark the 13th PBA Senior U.S. Open, it will be the 10th time the Suncoast has hosted the event.

    2014PBA5004NormDuke.jpgPBA Hall of Famer Norm Duke won the 2014 Senior U.S. Open (pictured right) in his rookie PBA50 Tour campaign for his second win of the season and what turned out to be the launching pad for PBA50 Player and Rookie of the Year honors.

    Fans can catch wire-to-wire coverage of the Senior U.S. Open via PBA's online bowling channel Xtra Frame beginning with first round qualifying at 11 a.m. ET (8 a.m. PT) Monday, June 1.

    Here's a look at several of the compelling storylines for the 13th annual PBA Senior U.S. Open:

    2013PBA50AmletoMonacelli2.jpg2014PBA50TomBaker.jpgPlayers hoping to become Senior U.S. Open's first three-time winner: PBA Hall of Famers and Senior U.S. Open double winners Amleto Monacelli (left) and Tom Baker (right) will be trying to become the tournament's first three-time winner. Monacelli won in 2012 and 2013 and Baker in 2005 and 2006.

    PBA legend still going strong at 68: PBA Hall of Famer Johnny Petraglia, the only player in PBA history to win a national tour or PBA50 Tour title in six different decades, will try to set another longevity mark by becoming the oldest to win a PBA50 Tour event at age 68. The 14-time PBA Tour and eight-time PBA50 Tour winner is in his 50th year of PBA competition and will be trying for his first Senior U.S. Open title.

    2014PBAWSOBJohnBurkett.jpgFormer major league pitcher to compete in first Senior U.S. Open: Two-time all-star John Burkett (left), who played Major League Baseball for 16 years, is competing in his rookie season on the PBA50 Tour. Burkett, who has competed in several PBA Tour and regional tournaments, had a successful run at the UnitedHealthcare Sun Bowl In the Villages earlier this season where he made match play and eventually finished 24th for his best finish of the season.

    2012PBASRonMohr.jpgLas Vegas' Ron Mohr tries for second Senior U.S. Open win: Two-time PBA50 Player of the Year Ron Mohr (right), who moved to Las Vegas from Alaska about a year ago, will be trying for his second Senior U.S. Open. He won it for the first time in 2011.

    2014PBAWalterRayWilliams2.jpgPBA legends trying for first Senior U.S. Open win: Two-time PBA50 Player of the Year Walter Ray Williams Jr. (left), the PBA Tour's all-time leader in career titles with 47 wins, will be trying for his 10th PBA50 Tour title and first Senior U.S. Open title after finishing second in 2011 and 2012. Williams, with best finishes of fifth and sixth this season, won the PBA50 Tour's other major, the USBC Senior Masters, in 2014.

    2014PBA50PeteWeber.jpgPete Weber (right), a 37-time PBA Tour winner on the national Tour, will be trying for his fourth PBA50 Tour title. So far this season Weber has second and third-place finishes to his credit. He won the USBC Senior Masters in 2013.

    2014PBAMikeScroggins2.jpgPBA50 Tour rookie tries to become season's first three-time winner: Mike Scroggins (left) of Amarillo, Texas, will be trying to become the season's first three-time winner. The eight-time PBA Tour titlist is the season's only multiple winner thus far capturing the Johnny Petraglia BVL Open and UnitedHealthcare Sun Bowl In The Villages titles.

    Hall of Famers competing in the Senior U.S. Open: 10 PBA Hall of Famers are entered in the Senior U.S. Open including Monacelli, Williams Jr., Weber, Baker, Duke, Petraglia, Parker Bohn III, Mark Williams, Randy Pedersen and Dale Eagle.

    Challenging format: The Senior U.S. Open is considered the most demanding test for players because of its grueling format. Like the U.S. Open on the PBA Tour, the Senior U.S. Open demands patience, quality shot-making and a strong mental game over 50 games of qualifying and match play. The top four players will then meet in the stepladder finals to determine the winner.

    Throughout the 2015 PBA50 Tour season, players are competing for the opportunity to advance to the PBA50 Tour Finals which will be held later this year at the PBA World Series of Bowling VII.


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    Suncoast PBA Senior U.S. Open, presented by Storm

    Suncoast Bowling Center in Las Vegas, Nev., United States (May 31 - June 5, 2015); all times Pacific; admission is free for all rounds

    Sunday, May 31, 2015
    A Squad practice: 8 - 9 a.m.
    B Squad practice: 9:15 - 10:15 a.m.
    C Squad practice: 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
    Pro-Am squads to follow

    Monday, June 1, 2015
    (Round 1 Qualifying – 6 games)
    7 a.m. - A Squad
    10:45 a.m. - B Squad
    2:30 p.m. - C Squad

    Tuesday, June 2, 2015
    (Round 2 Qualifying – 6 games)
    7 a.m. - B Squad
    10:45 a.m. - C Squad
    2:30 p.m. - A Squad

    Wednesday, June 3, 2015
    (Round 3 Qualifying – 6 games)
    7 a.m. - C Squad
    10:45 a.m. - A Squad
    2:30 p.m. - B Squad

    Thursday, June 4, 2015
    11:30 a.m. - Match Play Round 1
    1:30 p.m. - Match Play Round 2

    Friday, June 5, 2015
    7 a.m. - Match Play Round 3
    Noon - Match Play Round 4
    4 p.m. - Four-player stepladder finals.