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Brian LeClair defeats Ron Mohr to win Johnny Petraglia BVL Open

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Brian LeClair of Delmar, N.Y., won the PBA50 Johnny Petraglia BVL Open presented by Brunswick Tuesday to become the season’s first PBA50 Tour two-time winner.

LeClair defeated two-time PBA50 Player of the Year and eight-time winner Ron Mohr of Las Vegas, 245-195, in the championship match at Farmingdale Lanes to also win his third career PBA50 Tour title.

From left to right: Johnny Petraglia, Joe Caspian (Farmingdale Lanes), Brian LeClair and host proprietor John LaSpina.

LeClair, who was the top qualifier for the finals, dominated from the start throwing strikes in the first eight of nine frames. Mohr, who qualified second, was able to get his ball to the pocket but had trouble with pin carry during the match.

“I don’t know that I bowled that much better of a game than Ron,” LeClair (right) said.

“The key for me was to keep my hand behind the ball at release to get more forward roll. Sometimes that’s an advantage and sometimes it’s not, but it looked like guys were having trouble with pin carry if they had too much side roll.”

LeClair went undefeated in the final round of match play winning all six of his matches to earn the top qualifying position for the stepladder finals.

“It was one of those days where it seemed like I couldn’t bowl a bad game and my opponents couldn’t get anything going,” said LeClair, who won the season-opening Pasco County Florida Open. “All the pieces just seemed to fit this week.”

LeClair finished second in last year’s Johnny Petraglia BVL Open losing to reigning PBA50 Player of the Year Pete Weber 223-204 in the title match.

In the semi-final match, Mohr (left), who was hoping to end a five-year drought without a PBA50 Tour win, defeated five-time PBA Tour and three-time PBA50 Tour winner Bob Learn Jr. (right) of Erie, Pa., 226-168, to advance to the title match.

Learn advanced to the semifinal match with a 243-197 win over PBA Hall of Famer Amleto Monacelli of Venezuela in the second stepladder match.

In the opening match, Monacelli (left), who was trying for his eighth PBA50 Tour title, beat John Conroy of Mahopoc, N.Y., 224-194. Making his first stepladder final appearance, Conroy earned a career-high fifth-place finish.

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PBA50 Johnny Petraglia BVL Open – Stepladder Results

Farmingdale Lanes in Farmingdale, N.Y., USA (May 6-9, 2017)

Championship Round:
1, Brian LeClair, Delmar, N.Y., 245 (1 game), $7,500
2, Ron Mohr, Las Vegas, 421 (2 games), $4,000
3, Bob Learn Jr., Erie, Pa., 411 (2 games), $2,500
4, Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, 419 (2 games), $2,000
5, John Conroy, Mahopoc, N.Y., 194 (1 game), $1,750

Playoff Results:
First Match: No. 4 Monacelli def. No. 5 Conroy, 222-194
Second Match: No. 3 Learn def. Monacelli, 243-197
Semifinal Match: No. 2 Mohr def. Learn, 226-168
Championship: No. 1 LeClair def. Mohr, 245-195.

PBA50 Johnny Petraglia BVL Open – Match Play Round 2

Players with position, hometown, match play record and 6-game total, including bonus. Top five advanced to stepladder finals. Places 6-16 show earnings. ss-PBA60 player; n-non-member.

1, Brian LeClair, Delmar, N.Y., 6-0, 1,741
2, ss-Ron Mohr, Las Vegas, 4-2, 1,585
3, Bob Learn Jr., Erie, Pa., 4-2, 1,574
4, Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, 4-2, 1,540
5, John Conroy, Mahopac, N.Y., 4-2, 1,510

Missed Cut:
6, Brian Voss, Centennial, Colo., 4-2, 1,498, $1,500
7, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., 3-3, 1,474, $1,500
8, Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., 3-3, 1,426, $1,500
9, n-Todd Lathrop, Colchester, Conn., 4-2, 1,401, $1,400
10, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 3-3, 1,388, $1,300
11, Sammy Ventura, Syracuse, N.Y., 3-3, 1,358, $1,300
12, Michael Haugen Jr., Phoenix, 1-5, 1,342, $1,400
13, ss-n-John Masiello, Buffalo, N.Y., 2-4, 1,338, $1,300
14, Glenn Smith, New York, 1-5, 1,308, $1,300
15, Brian Kretzer, Dayton, Ohio, 1-5, 1,305, $1,300
16, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 1-5, 1,286, $1,300

PBA50 Johnny Petraglia BVL Open – Match Play Round 1

Places 17-24 with position, hometown, match play record, 5-game total, including bonus, and earnings. Top 16 advanced to the second. ss-PBA60 player; n-non-member.

17, Peter Knopp, Germany, 2-3, 1,147, $1,100
18, ss-Steve Ferraro, Kingston, N.Y., 1-4, 1,143, $1,100
19, ss-Gary Shultis, Levittown, N.Y., 3-2, 1,107, $1,100
20, Brian Cooper, Henderson, Nev., 2-3, 1,096, $1,100
21, ss-Tom Laskow, Dover, N.J., 2-3, 1,086, $1,100
22, ss-John Dudak, Orland Park, Ill., 1-4, 1,071, $1,100
23, n-Geroge Szczublewski, West Seneca, N.Y., 0-4-1, 1,020, $1,100
24, Michael Dioguardo, Patchogue, N.Y., 1-4, 1,005, $1,100

Other Cashers (after five-game cashers’ round)
25, Patrick Shipley, Spring Valley, Calif., 1,094, $1,000
26, ss-Tommy Brodowski, New Hyde Park, N.Y., 1,090, $1,000
27, Jay Davis Jr., Silver Spring, Md., 1,086, $1,000
28, ss-Andrew Smith, Colonie, N.Y., 1,082, $1,000
29, Robert Leonard Sr, Lockwood, N.Y., 1,080, $1,000
30, ss-Darryl Bower, Middletown, Pa., 1,079, $1,000
31, (tie) ss-n-Rob Sperling, Livingston, N.J., 1,072,
and n-Craig Schoonmaker, Glenville, N.Y., 1,072, $1,000
32, ss-Chris Fedden, Albany, N.Y., 1,008, $1,000
33, ss-Brendan Bierch, Grafton, Mass., 990, $1,000
34, ss-Jay Boyle, Garnet Valley, Pa., 957, $1,000
35, ss-n-Louis Getzelman, Massapequa, N.Y., 935, $1,000

300 games (1) – Michael Haugen Jr.

Herbert Bickel

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