Bob Learn Jr. takes early lead in PBA50 DeHayes Championship


    2016 PBA50 Tour #13



    2016PBA50BobLearn.jpgWith three top-10 finishes on the PBA50 Tour this season, including a season's best sixth-place in last week's Dave Small's Championship Lanes Classic, Bob Learn Jr. of Erie, Pa., feels that if he can eliminate making bad decisions he can capture his first win of the season.

    Learn (pictured), who has three career PBA50 Tour titles, took the first round lead in the PBA50 DeHayes Insurance Group Championship presented by Pro Bowl West and Ebonite Sunday with a 1,894 eight-game pinfall total (236.7 average) bowling games of 248, 241, 213, 235, 279, 215, 268 and 195 at Pro Bowl West in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

    "Overall it's been kind of a lackluster year," said Learn, whose last title came in the 2015 PBA/PBA50 South Shore Doubles with partner DJ Archer.

    "There have been times when I felt like I was bowling real well but made some bad decisions when it was time to make adjustments that prevented me from getting some better finishes.

    2014PBA50KennyParks.jpg 2016PBA50AmletoMonacelli.jpg "Last week, I just missed the show but I bowled well and that's given me a lot more confidence here," the five-time PBA Tour winner added. "I just have to make sure I make smart adjustments because you're not going to get away with too many mistakes out here."

    Heading into Monday's second qualifying round, Learn leads 2008 USBC Senior Masters winner Kenny Parks (left) of Hammond, Ind., who finished the day in second 27 pins behind with a 1,867 pinfall.

    PBA Hall of Famer Amleto Monacelli (right) of Venezuela, who won the Fountain Valley Open in June for his sixth career PBA50 Tour title, is in third with a 1,867 pinfall, followed by one-time PBA50 Tour titlist Brian LeClair of Delmar, N.Y. with 1,852, and 2015 PBA50 Rookie of the Year Mike Scroggins of Amarillo, Texas with 1,834.

    Six-time 2016 season winner Pete Weber did not enter the event because of his lingering hip injury.

    Fans can catch Monday's second qualifying round and Tuesday's match play rounds and stepladder finals live on PBA's online bowling channel Xtra Frame. For subscription and schedule information, click here.


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    PBA50 Dehayes Insurance Group Championship - First Round Standings

    Players with position, hometown and 8-game total; n-denotes non-member, ss-denotes PBA60 player ages 60 and over

    1, Bob Learn Jr., Erie, Pa., 1,894
    2, Kenny Parks, Hammond, Ind., 1,867
    3, Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, 1,864
    4, Brian LeClair, Delmar, N.Y., 1,852
    5, Mike Scroggins, Amarillo, Texas, 1,834
    6, ss-Ron Mohr, Las Vegas, 1,818
    7, Brian Kretzer, Dayton, Ohio, 1,795
    8, Warren Burr, Wilmington, Del., 1,784
    9, n-Jeff Richgels, Madison, Wis., 1,781
    10, John Brockland, St. Charles, Mo., 1,769
    11, Don Breeden, Clive, Iowa, 1,768
    12, ss-David Axon, Bellevue, Neb., 1,762
    13, Ralph Brunt Jr., Jensen Beach, Fla., 1,750
    14, Rick Zakrajsek, Lorain, Ohio, 1,748
    15, Mark Sullivan, Indianapolis, 1,746
    16, (tie) Bo Goergen, Sanford, Mich., and Lennie Boresch Jr., Kenosha, Wis., 1,744
    18, Eddie Graham, Centerville, Ohio, 1,732
    19, ss-Thomas Ream, Tampa, Fla., 1,731
    20, Steve Jaros, Yorkville, Ill., 1,724
    21, ss-Edward Roberts, Braintree, Mass., 1,717
    22, ss-Don Blatchford, Santa Monica, Calif., 1,715
    23, Brian Cooper, Henderson, Nev., 1,714
    24, (tie) ss-Tom Baker, King, N.C., and Christopher Keane, Cape Coral, Fla., 1,710
    26, Rick Francis, Linden, Calif., 1,708
    27, ss-Ron Boroff, Mansfield, Texas, 1,703
    28, (tie) Neil Kassel, Beavercreek, Ohio, and ss-Paul McCordic, Sugar Land, Texas, 1,699
    30, Doug Becker, Clermont, Fla., 1,698
    31, (tie) ss-Dave Bernhardt, Romeo, Mich., and ss-Michael Henry, Brunswick, Ohio, 1,697
    33, ss-Warren Nelson, Middleburg, Fla., 1,694
    34, (tie) Todd Kjell, Roscoe, Ill., and Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., 1,693
    36, John Kidwell, Indianapolis, Ind., 1,683
    37, Jack Jurek, Lackawanna, N.Y., 1,681
    38, Joe Scarborough, Charlotte, N.C., 1,680
    39, Larry Salvati, Canada, 1,677
    40, ss-Marc Lineberry, Camanche, Iowa, 1,676
    41, Brian Voss, Centennial, Colo., 1,674
    42, ss-John Dudak, Orland Park, Ill., 1,661
    43, (tie) ss-Chris Fedden, Albany, N.Y., and Al Danz Jr., Escanaba, Mich., 1,660
    45, ss-Edward Silva, Manteca, Calif., 1,659
    46, ss-Bill Nichols, Bella Vista, Ark., 1,657
    47, (tie) n-Mike Boogren, Bloomington, Ill., and Harry Sullins, Chesterfield Twp., Mich., 1,654
    49, Frank Rose Jr, Bellaire, Texas, 1,651
    50, (tie) Tom Carter, Columbus, Ohio, ss-Kerry Fulford, Ft. Worth, Texas, and Ernie Segura Jr., Taylor, Mich., 1,647
    53, Bryan Goebel, Shawnee, Kan., 1,645
    54, Randy Scharf, Gillette, Wyo., 1,642
    55, n-Frank Lorenzini, Fort Wayne, Ind., 1,638
    56, (tie) Robert Brown, Cody, Wyo., and Terry Rohrer, Fort. Wayne, Ind., 1,636
    58, ss-Sam Maccarone, Blackwood, N.J., 1,627
    59, Billy Froberg, St Joseph, Mich., 1,626
    60, ss-Steve Stein, Staten Island, N.Y., 1,624
    61, David Rosengarten, Gardendale, Ala., 1,623
    62, Robert Nelson, Las Vegas, Nev., 1,622
    63, ss-Ted Staikoff, Black Hawk, S.D., 1,616
    64, (tie) Mike Dias, Lafayette, Colo., and Dave Han, Hoover, Ala., 1,613
    66, ss-Paul Mielens, Menomonie, Wis., 1,612
    67, Kevin Foley, Reno, Nev., 1,611
    68, John Chapman, Canada, 1,610
    69, ss-Chuck Richardson, The Villages, Fla., 1,608
    70, ss-Steven Jansson, Barnes, Wis., 1,606
    71, (tie) Mark Everette, Aliquippa, Pa., and ss-Lee Brosius, Ashburn, Va., 1,604
    73, (tie) ss-Don Sylvia, Daytona Beach, Fla., ss-Dale Csuhta, Wadsworth, Ohio, and Glenn Morgan, Carson City, Nev., 1,602
    76, ss-William Keenan Jr., Orlando, Fla., 1,597
    77, (tie) ss-Mike Moore, Marietta, Ohio, and n, ss-Michael Lucente, Warren, Mich., 1,595
    79, ss-Emilio Mora Sr., Defiance, Ohio, 1,594
    80, Tim Hartley, Englewood, Ohio, 1,590
    81, ss-Tom Howison, Chillicothe, Ohio, 1,586
    82, ss-Dennis Lane, Kingsport, Tenn., 1,582
    83, (tie) ss-Phillip Moros, Lombard, Ill., and ss-William Banks, Laurel Hill, N.C., 1,577
    85, James Blackstone, Kennesaw, Ga., 1,573
    86, Tommy Martin, Olive Branch, Miss., 1,572
    87, Don Herrington, Ballston Lake, N.Y., 1,571
    88, (tie) Marty Berke, Allentown, Pa., and ss-Galen Keas, Alda, Neb., 1,565
    90, Danny Clark, New Palestine, Ind., 1,560
    91, (tie) ss-Bill Hewlett, Las Vegas, Nev., and ss-Ray Johnson, Battle Creek, Mich., 1,555
    93, ss-Brendan Bierch, Grafton, Mass., 1,547
    94, Tracy Teeters, Eugene, Ore., 1,546
    95, (tie) ss-Bill Henson, Westerville, Ohio, and ss-Patrick King, Yankton, S.D., 1,530
    97, ss-John Petraglia, Jackson, N.J., 1,521
    98, ss-Steven Banks, Leesburg, Va., 1,520
    99, ss-Richard Hunt, Valparaiso, Ind., 1,515
    100, ss-Tim Pierce, Portland, Ore., 1,514
    101, Lyle Zikes, Arlington Heights, Ill., 1,509
    102, ss-Don Lane, San Francisco, 1,506
    103, Chuck Walker, Blaine, Tenn., 1,503
    104, Steve Easterday, Strasburg, Ohio, 1,502
    105, ss-Lee Rautenberg, Boynton Beach, Fla., 1,497
    106, ss-Bill McCorkle, Westerville, Ohio, 1,496
    107, Brad Snell, Mount Prospect, Ill., 1,495
    108, ss-Fred Cole, Visalia, Calif., 1,493
    109, ss-Dale Eagle, Twin Falls, Idaho, 1,485
    110, ss-Roy Buckley, Westerville, Ohio, 1,473
    111, ss-Ross McDonald, Clarksville, Md., 1,472
    112, ss-n-Victor VanHentenryck, Fort Wayne, Ind., 1,442
    113, Dennis Briggs, New Galilee, Pa., 1,436
    114, ss-Ken Waters, Kingsport, Tenn., 1,431
    115, ss-Robert Donovan, Prattsville, N.Y., 1,418
    116, ss-James Souder, Greeneville, Tenn., 1,391
    117, n, ss-Gary Gold, Whitney Point, N.Y., 1,381
    118, ss-George Lord, Lakeland, Fla., 1,365
    119, Les Ash, Washington Ct. House, Ohio, 1,354