Chris Warren's rehabilitation seems to be on course in PBA50 Northern California Classic


    2015 PBA50 Tour #7

    After one-and-a-half year recovery from broken leg six-time PBA Tour winner averages 246 to lead field of 101 after first round

    201112PBAChrisWarren.jpgWhen six-time PBA Tour champion Chris Warren (pictured left) of Grants Pass, Ore., broke his right leg in December 2013, he wasn't sure what the future would hold for his bowling career.

    But, after a fourth-place finish in the recent Suncoast PBA Senior U.S. Open and averaging 246 to take the first round lead in the PBA50 Northern California Classic presented by MOTIV, his rehabilitation seems to be on course.

    Warren, who hadn't bowled in topflight competition until the Senior U.S. Open two weeks ago, bowled a 1,968 eight-game pinfall Monday at Harvest Park Bowl in Brentwood, Calif., with games of 258, 225, 225, 279, 257, 208, 227 and 289 to hold a 42-pin lead over one-time PBA Tour winner Bob Spaulding of McKinney, Texas, in second with 1,926.

    "I'm taking it a day at a time," said Warren, who broke his leg severely during a roller skating accident. "I had some luck today. My shot making was about 70 percent but my carry was about 90 percent so I feel fortunate to score as well as I did today.

    "The first day of the tournament isn't bad but we'll have to see what happens after that," said the 51-year-old Warren, who was planning to start his PBA50 Tour career a year ago. "The leg can get a little swollen after a while. After bowling 50 games to get to the finals in the (Senior) U.S. Open it was pretty sore."

    2014PBAWSOBBrianLeClair.jpg2014PBA50TomBaker.jpgRounding out the top five after Monday's first round were last week's PBA50 Fountain Valley Open winner Brian LeClair (left), Delmar, N.Y., 1,908; James Hansen, Anchorage, Alaska, 1,876, and Nick Morgan, Sacramento, Calif., 1,863.

    Defending champion Hall of Famer Tom Baker (right) of King, N.C., finished the first round in 18th with 1,782.

    The 101-player field will return for another eight-game qualifying round Tuesday which will determine 34 players who will advance to match play on Wednesday. The top five after match play will advance to the stepladder finals scheduled for 6 p.m. PT.

    Xtra Frame, PBA's online bowling channel, is providing live coverage of the PBA50 Northern California Classic.


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    PBA50 Northern California Classic - First Round Standings

    Players with position, hometown and 8-game total; ss-denotes PBA60 players ages 60 and over; a-denotes amateur

    1, Chris Warren, Grants Pass, Ore., 1,968
    2, Bob Spaulding, McKinney, Texas, 1,926
    3, Brian LeClair, Delmar, N.Y., 1,908
    4, James Hansen, Anchorage, Alaska, 1,876
    5, Nick Morgan, Sacramento, Calif., 1,863
    6, Dave Arnold, Elk Grove, Calif., 1,860
    7, ss-Bill Henson, Westerville, Ohio, 1,848
    8, (tie) Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, Todd Kjell, Roscoe, Ill., Joe Goldstein Sr., San Bruno, Calif., and
    Brian Voss, Centennial, Colo., 1,838
    12, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 1,832
    13, Harry Sullins, Chesterfield Twp., Mich., 1,824
    14, Tony Majcher, Rolling Meadows, Ill., 1,815
    15, Robert Harvey, Boise, Idaho, 1,810
    16, Mike Dias, Lafayette, Colo., 1,787
    17, Bob Learn Jr., Erie, Pa., 1,783
    18, ss-Tom Baker, King, N.C., 1,782
    19, ss-Edward Silva, Manteca, Calif., 1,780
    20, John Burkett, Southlake, Texas, 1,779
    21, (tie) Ron Mohr, Las Vegas, and Warren Nelson, Middleburg, Fla., 1,767
    23, ss-a-Terry Leong, Las Vegas, 1,766
    24, Tom Carter, Columbus, Ohio, 1,762
    25, Mark McCreary, Livermore, Calif., 1,761
    26, ss-Ray Cobb, Highland, Calif., 1,752
    27, ss-Dan Sasaki, Richmond, Calif., 1,747
    28, Brian Cooper, Henderson, Nev., 1,742
    29, (tie) ss-Gerald Calvin, Thousand Oaks, Calif., and Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., 1,741
    31, Doug Kempt, Arcadia, Calif., 1,736
    32, Darron Peters, Temecula, Calif., 1,733
    33, ss-Stan Winters, Simi Valley, Calif., 1,731
    34, Noel Vazquez, Sacramento, Calif., 1,730
    35, Craig Miller, Tracy, Calif., 1,725
    36, a-Al Bella, Pittsburg, Calif., 1,723
    37, ss-Don Blatchford, Santa Monica, Calif., 1,721
    38, Kevin Croucher, Grants Pass, Ore., 1,720
    39, ss-Ron Winger, Las Vegas, 1,718
    40, ss-a-Sam Carter, Ben Lomond, Calif., 1,717
    41, ss-Kerry Painter, Henderson, Nev., 1,709
    42, Mike Scroggins, Amarillo, Texas, 1,702
    43, Terry Metzner, Kentwood, Mich., 1,698
    44, Brian Tinsley, Medford, Ore., 1,697
    45, ss-Lew Elting, Carlsbad, Calif., 1,696
    46, ss-Dale Eagle, Laguna Niguel, Calif., 1,688
    47, ss-Fred Cole, Visalia, Calif., 1,687
    48, (tie) a-John Dorsett, Concord, Calif., and Junior Self, Martinez, Calif., 1,685
    50, Pat Nolan, Japan, 1,680
    51, Rodney Garrick, San Francisco, 1,678
    52, Rory Peterson, Sacramento, Calif., 1,676
    53, Scott Hansel, Stockton, Calif., 1,670
    54, Christopher Keane, Cape Coral, Fla., 1,666
    55, Rob Rice, Sunnyside, Wash., 1,664
    56, (tie) ss-Galen Keas, Alda, Neb., and ss-Frank Gallo Jr., Jacksonville, Fla., 1,659
    58, ss-Bill McCorkle, Westerville, Ohio, 1,656
    59, ss-Thomas Ream, Tampa, Fla., 1,654
    60, Dave Dayton, Reno, Nev., 1,652
    61, ss-a-Paul Herrera, San Jose, Calif., 1,648
    62, Glenn Morgan, Carson City, Nev., 1,646
    63, ss-John Petraglia, Jackson, N.J., 1,645
    64, a-Larry Dyson, Stockton, Calif., 1,644
    65, Joe Beck, Montgomery, Ala., 1,636
    66, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 1,634
    67, Eric Forkel, Henderson, Nev., 1,627
    68, (tie) ss-a-Dennis Jones, Fremont, Calif., and ss-Steve Stein, Staten Island, N.Y., 1,614
    70, (tie) Mike Watson, Grass Valley, Calif., and Dave Bolles, Stockton, Calif., 1,612
    72, ss-Jim Gordin, Modesto, Calif., 1,605
    73, ss-Bill Nichols, Roseville, Calif., 1,597
    74, ss-Michael Henry, Brunswick, Ohio, 1,594
    75, ss-Ted Staikoff, Black Hawk, S.D., 1,574
    76, (tie) Joseph Jimenez, Rowland Heights, Calif., and a-Steve Adams, Grass Valley, Calif., 1,563
    78, Dick Baker, Henderson, Nev., 1,558
    79, Duane Wilson, Brentwood, Calif., 1,557
    80, Mike Hastings, Millsboro, Del., 1,546
    81, ss-a-David Chew, Brentwood, Calif., 1,544
    82, (tie) Brian Miller, Springfield, Ohio, and a-Scott DeSelms Sr., Castro Valley, Calif., 1,539
    84, Eddie Katz, Lakewood, Calif., 1,528
    85, Kevin Foley, Reno, Nev., 1,527
    86, ss-Paul McCordic, Sugar Land, Texas, 1,513
    87, Keith Pridgeon, Antioch, Calif., 1,503
    88, Rich Kleinman, Reno, Nev., 1,499
    89, John Austin, Friendswood, Texas, 1,497
    90, Timothy Bell, Sacramento, Calif., 1,495
    91, ss-Don Lane, San Francisco, 1,494
    92, ss-Tim Pierce, Portland, Ore., 1,490
    93, ss-a-Phillip Spruill, San Francisco, 1,481
    94, Larry Galloway, Lakewood, Calif., 1,474
    95, ss-Mike Saraiva, Napa, Calif., 1,470
    96, ss-Chuck Best, Buda, Texas, 1,467
    97, (tie) ss-Glen Nakagawa, Highland Village, Texas, and ss-Dave Schultz, West Bend, Wis., 1,457
    99, a-Kenneth Daily, Danville, Calif., 1,410
    100, a-Christopher Sargent, Crockett, Calif., 1,368
    101, Lauri Karppala Jr., Folsom, Calif., 1,248