PBA50 Player and Rookie of the Year races heat up with four tournaments remaining


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    Pete Weber leads in points race for eight spots in GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling PBA50 Challenge event

    PBA50Logo.jpg2014PBA50PeteWeber.jpgWhen the 2015 PBA50 Tour resumes later this month, the races for PBA50 Player of the Year, PBA50 Rookie of the Year, and eight spots in the season-ending PBA50 Challenge will kick into high gear.

    With a win in the Suncoast PBA Senior U.S. Open presented by Storm plus second- and third-place finishes in the Johnny Petraglia BVL Open presented by Brunswick and Miller High Life Classic presented by Columbia 300, respectively, PBA Hall of Famer Pete Weber (pictured right) maintains the lead in Player of the Year points with 151,548.

    2014PBAMikeScroggins2.jpg2014PBAParkerBohn.jpgHe leads PBA50 Tour rookie Mike Scroggins (left), the season's only multiple winner, who is second with 133,992 points. Scroggins won the Johnny Petraglia BVL Open and PBA50 UnitedHealthcare Sun Bowl In The Villages presented by Radical. He also has a fifth-place finish in the Fountain Valley Open presented by Track.

    Leading the average list after seven tournaments are two PBA50 Tour winners from this season, PBA Hall of Famer Parker Bohn III (right), with a 229.1 average nearly three pins higher than Brian LeClair in second with a 226.66 average. Bohn also ranks third in points (118,020) and LeClair is fourth (105,408).

    2014PBAWSOBBrianLeClair.jpg2014PBA50JackJurek.jpgBohn won the season-opening Pasco County Florida Open while LeClair (left) won the Fountain Valley Open for his first national PBA title in nearly 30 years as a PBA member. LeClair also finished second in the Northern California Classic presented by MOTIV and fifth in the Petraglia BVL Open.

    Scroggins and LeClair are currently the points leaders for Rookie of the Year honors.

    Two other 2015 PBA50 Tour winners are fifth and sixth in points. Fifth is Jack Jurek (right; 99,792), who won the Miller High Life Classic for his second career PBA50 Tour title, and sixth is PBA Hall of Famer Amleto Monacelli (below left; 96,378) who won the Northern California Classic for his fourth career PBA50 Tour title.

    2013PBA50AmletoMonacelli2.jpg2014PBA50TomBaker.jpgLeading the PBA60 Player of the Year points is PBA Hall of Famer and four-time PBA50 Player of the Year Tom Baker (right) who is 10th on the overall list with 58,584 points. He has top finishes of third in the UnitedHealthcare Sun Bowl In The Villages and fourth in the Miller High Life Classic.

    With four tournaments remaining in the PBA50 Tour season, players will be vying for eight spots in the PBA50 Challenge, along with paid entries into GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling VII.

    The eight points leaders will bowl an eight-game round robin match play qualifying event on Dec. 7 at the National Bowling Stadium in Reno, Nev., with the top two players advancing to the PBA50 Challenge Finals which will be part of the PBA Challenge airing on ESPN.

    The PBA50 Tour season picks up again with the Treasure Island Resort & Casino Open presented by Roto Grip July 19-22 at Island Xtreme Bowl in Welch, Minn., to be followed by the season's final major, the United States Bowling Congress Senior Masters July 27-Aug. 1 from Ashwaubenon Bowling Lanes in Green Bay, Wis.

    The final two PBA50 Tour tournaments of 2015 are the PBA Tour/PBA50 Tour South Shore Doubles presented by DV8 at Olympia Lanes in Hammond, Ind., Aug. 5-8 and PBA50 DeHayes Insurance Group Championship presented by Pro Bowl West and Ebonite in Ft. Wayne, Ind., Aug. 9-12.

    Two PBA60 tournaments are on the schedule beginning with the USBC Super Senior Classic Aug. 2-5 and the PBA60 Dick Weber Super Senior Classic presented by Pro Bowl West and Hammer Aug. 14-16.

    All PBA50 events except the USBC Senior Masters will be covered live from start to finish, exclusively on PBA's online bowling channel Xtra Frame. The USBC Senior Masters will be covered by USBC's bowl.com BOWLTV video-streaming service.


    2015 PBA50 Tour Statistics as of July 1 (ss-denotes PBA60 player)

    Competition Points


    Averages (min. 125 games)