Pete Weber moves into Suncoast PBA Senior U.S. Open lead


    2016 PBA50 Tour #5

    Beats weekend warrior tournament bowler Mike Klosin in position round match to take 15-pin lead heading into the final two match play rounds Friday



    2015PBAPeteWeber.jpg Defending champion Pete Weber of St. Ann, Mo., put together a 7-5 record and averaged 234.5 Thursday after two match play rounds to move into the Suncoast PBA Senior U.S. Open presented by 900 Global lead at the Suncoast Bowling Center in Las Vegas.

    In his quest to win a record fourth consecutive PBA50 Tour title, the PBA Hall of Famer put together a 5-1 record in the morning round and then followed up with a 2-4 record in the afternoon round.

    "I ran into some tough matches in that second round," said the 53-year-old Weber. "It seemed like my opponents were all throwing the first six or seven strikes at me and that's a tough challenge to overcome."

    2016PBA5005MikeKlosin.jpgWeber moved into the lead in the position round match when he beat weekend warrior tournament bowler Mike Klosin (right) of Windham, N.H., 278-216. Weber has a 30-game 7,094 pinfall total (including bonus pins), just 15 pins ahead of Klosin in second with 7,079.

    "Overall I was satisfied with the way I bowled all day, but that 278 was probably my best game of the day," Weber added. "I'm really relaxed and throwing the ball the way I want to, so the plan is just to hit the pocket, and if I don't, leave a spare I can make."

    Weber led a field of 20 players who advanced to Friday's final two six-game match play rounds that will determine the top four players for the stepladder finals at 4:15 p.m. PT (7:15 p.m. ET).

    Bowling as a non-member in his first PBA50 Tour tournament, the 51-year-old Klosin compiled a 9-3 record and averaged 223.5 for the day.

    "To be in second surprises me but I was confident I could make a good showing here," said Klosin, who is originally from the Buffalo suburb of Orchard Park, N.Y., one of the country's bowling hotbeds.

    "I've bowled against some of the best players western New York has to offer, so even though I don't have a lot of experience at the national tournament level, I've bowled against some high-caliber players in the east and western New York for most of my life."

    2014PBA50HarrySullins.jpg 2015PBANormDuke.jpg Three-time PBA50 Tour winner Harry Sullins (left) of Chesterfield Twp., Mich., is in third after a 7-5 record in match play and finishing with a 7,033 pinfall.

    Hall of Famer Norm Duke (right) of Clermont, Fla., who led after the first four rounds, fell to fourth after going 5-1 in the first match play round but then failed to win a match in the second round finishing with 5-7 overall record and 6,938 pinfall. Duke won the 2014 Senior U.S. Open and finished third in 2015.

    Friday's match play rounds and stepladder finals will be covered live on PBA's Xtra Frame online video streaming service. Live scoring also is available on PBA's official website,


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    Suncoast PBA Senior U.S. Open - Fifth Round Standings

    Players with position, hometown, match play record and 30-game total pinfall including bonus pins; top 20 players advance to Friday's match play; n-denotes non-member

    1, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 7-5, 7,094
    2, n-Mike Klosin, Windham, N.H., 9-3, 7,079
    3, Harry Sullins, Chesterfield Twp., Mich., 7-5, 7,033
    4, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 5-7, 6,938
    5, Andrew Frawley, Australia, 7-5, 6,925
    6, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., 9-3, 6,901
    7, Eddie Graham, Centerville, Ohio, 6-6, 6,877
    8, Brian Voss, Centennial, Colo., 6-6, 6,855
    9, Mike Edwards, Tulsa, Okla., 8-4, 6,842
    10, (tie) Eric Forkel, Henderson, Nev., 5-7, and Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, 7-5, 6,834
    12, Mike Scroggins, Amarillo, Texas, 8-4, 6,786
    13, Brian Kretzer, Dayton, Ohio, 8-4, 6,770
    14, Rick Steelsmith, Wichita, Kan., 5-7, 6,762
    15, Ron Mohr, Las Vegas, 7-5, 6,721
    16, (tie) Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 6-6, and Johnny Petraglia, Jackson, N.J., 7-5, 6,660
    18, Dave Arnold, Elk Grove, Calif., 7-5, 6,648
    19, Tom Baker, King, N.C., 5-7, 6,627
    20, n-Mike Taylor, Las Vegas, 5-7, 6,605

    Missed Cut:
    21, David Williams Jr., Omaha, Neb., 6-6, 6,583, $1,400
    22, Christer Petersson, Gothenburg, Sweden, 5-7, 6,579, $1,375
    23, Robert Brown, Cody, Wyo., 6-6, 6,578, $1,350
    24, Don Blatchford, Santa Monica, Calif., 7-5, 6,558, $1,325
    25, Jim Murtishaw, Menifee, Calif., 6-6, 6,534, $1,300
    26, n-Andrew Neuer, Lewisburg, Penn., 7-5, 6,532, $1,280
    27, n-Bill Oakes, Lawton, Okla, 6-6, 6,488, $1,260
    28, Jack Jurek, Lackawanna, N.Y., 6-6, 6,485, $1,240
    29, Jerry Brunette Jr., Rochester, N.Y., 8-4, 6,480, $1,220
    30, Brian LeClair, Delmar, N.Y., 5-7, 6,474, $1,200
    31, Bob Learn Jr., Erie, Pa., 5-7, 6,466, $1,190
    32, Hugh Miller, Mercer Island, Wash., 6-6, 6,450, $1,180
    33, n-Paul Renteria, Henderson, Nev., 4-8, 6,449, $1,170
    34, Mark Williams, Beaumont, Texas, 5-7, 6,436, $1,160
    35, n-Warren Eales, Chandler, Ariz., 4-8, 6,420, $1,150
    36, Bryan Goebel, Shawnee, Kan., 2-10, 6,415, $1,140
    37, n-Alvin Lou, El Cajon, Calif., 5-7, 6,337, $1,130
    38, John Dudak, Orland Park, Ill., 5-7, 6,324, $1,120
    39, Mike Kanada, Camarillo, Calif., 6-6, 6,270, $1,110
    40, John Burkett, Southlake, Texas, 2-10, 6,176, $1,100