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Brian Voss takes first round lead in PBA50 Race City Open

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Relying on his experience and some additional practice seemed to be the right formula for PBA Hall of Famer Brian Voss of Centennial, Colo., after taking the first round lead in the PBA50 Race City Open presented by Columbia 300 Monday at George Pappas’ Victory Lanes in Mooresville, N.C.

Voss (pictured above), a 25-time PBA Tour and one-time PBA50 Tour winner, topped the 136-player field with a 1,899 eight-game pinfall total (237.3 average) to edge out Brian Kretzer (left) of Dayton, Ohio, in second by one pin. Voss bowled games of 219, 236, 259, 218, 279, 215, 236 and 237.

After bowling on and off on the PBA50 Tour for seven seasons, Voss won his first PBA50 Tour title in the PBA50 Dave Small’s Championship Lanes Classic in 2016.

“I’m older but wiser,” said the 58-year-old Voss (right), who had a more than two decade career on the PBA Tour. “I’ve never stopped learning but I just wish I could apply all that experience when I need it.

“I’ve been practicing quite a bit more which is helping,” he continued. “I had been practicing four or five times a week. The only difference is I’m practicing four or five games each time as opposed to 20 or 30 when I was bowling on the regular tour.”

Defending champion Pete Weber (left) of St. Ann, Mo., finished the round in third with a 1,852 pinfall followed by fellow Hall of Famer Walter Ray Williams Jr. (right) of Oxford, Fla., in fourth with 1,846. Williams, the PBA Tour’s all-time titles leader with 47 wins, and Weber, who has 37 wins which ranks fourth all-time, are tied with 10 career PBA50 Tour titles.

Weber, the 2016 and 2015 PBA50 Player of the Year, won the PBA50 Mooresville Ford Open last year for the second of a record four consecutive PBA50 Tour wins.

Weber is also trying for his 100th career title in PBA competition, which includes PBA Tour, PBA50 Tour, PBA regional and PBA50 regional titles. He is two behind Williams who reached the century mark by winning a regional in December 2016 and a PBA50 regional in March for his 101st title.

Five-time PBA Tour winner Michael Haugen Jr. (left) of Phoenix, who is bowling in his rookie season on the PBA50 Tour, finished the round in fifth with a 1,838 pinfall.

After Tuesday’s second round the top 24 players will advance directly into Wednesday’s match play rounds with an additional eight players advancing to match play after a cashers round Wednesday morning.

The Race City Open is being covered live by PBA’s online bowling channel Xtra Frame. For subscription and schedule information click here.

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PBA50 Race City Open – First Round Results

Players with position, hometown and 8-game total; n-non-member

1, Brian Voss, Centennial, Colo., 1,899
2, Brian Kretzer, Dayton, Ohio, 1,898
3, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 1,852
4, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., 1,846
5, Michael Haugen Jr., Phoenix, 1,838
6, Mike Hastings, Millsboro, Del., 1,836
7, Greg McMahan, Dandridge, Tenn., 1,827
8, Tommy Martin, Olive Branch, Miss., 1,824
9, Don Breeden, Clive, Iowa, 1,812
10, James Hansen, Anchorage, Alaska, 1,810
11, Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, 1,799
12, Jack Jurek, Lackawanna, N.Y., 1,797
13, Ralph Brunt Jr., Jensen Beach, Fla., 1,794
14, Nick Morgan, Sacramento, Calif., 1,790
15, Dale Eagle, Twin Falls, Idaho, 1,777
16, Lennie Boresch Jr., Kenosha, Wis., 1,768
17, Warren Nelson, Hemet, Calif., 1,765
18, (tie) Eddie Graham, Centerville, Ohio, and
Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 1,762
20, Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., 1,757
21, Lee Brosius, Ashburn, Va., 1,756
22, Doug O’Bryant, Ball Ground, Ga., 1,749
23, Kenny Parks, Hammond, Ind., 1,744
24, Brian LeClair, Delmar, N.Y., 1,743
25, James Storts, Westfield, Ind., 1,734
26, n-John Thompson, Sarasota, Fla., 1,731
27, (tie) Todd Kjell, Roscoe, Ill., and
Ken Gibson, Greenville, S.C., 1,729
29, Curt Guinn, Greenwood, S.C., 1,728
30, Bryan Goebel, Shawnee, Kan., 1,720
31, (tie) Sammy Ventura, Syracuse, N.Y., and
Jeff Bellinger, Columbia, S.C., 1,713
33, Charlie Toney, Oak Hill, W.Va., 1,708
34, Tom Baker, King, N.C., 1,706
35, Don Herrington, Ballston Lake, N.Y., 1,705
36, Stoney Baker, Canton, Ga., 1,704
37, (tie) Ernie Segura Jr., Taylor, Mich., and
Ted Staikoff, Black Hawk, S.D., 1,703
39, Don Blatchford, Santa Monica, Calif., 1,697
40, (tie) Gary Shultis, Levittown, N.Y., and
Bob Learn Jr., Erie, Pa., 1,696
42, (tie) Michael Byers, Charleston, S.C., and
Tom Howison, Chillicothe, Ohio, 1,693
44, Craig Auerbach, Sunrise, Fla., 1,692
45, Mal Williams, Jr, Greensboro, N.C., 1,691
46, Jeff Schrum, Cherryville, N.C., 1,690
47, Bobby Johnson, Chillicothe, Ohio, 1,688
48, Gary Faulkner, Norfolk, Va., 1,686
49, Bill McCorkle, Westerville, Ohio, 1,685
50, Mark Scime, Winter Garden, Fla., 1,683
51, Christopher Keane, Cape Coral, Fla., 1,681
52, Paul Mielens, Menomonie, Wis., 1,674
53, Brian Cooper, Henderson, Nev., 1,670
54, (tie) Jimmy Jean, Kathleen, Ga., and
Gary Alstott, Washington, Ill., 1,669
56, Dave Han, Birmingham, Ala., 1,667
57, Dave Sill, Titusville, Fla., 1,662
58, Ken Shealy, Myrtle Beach, S.C., 1,659
59, Dannie Hettinger, Circleville, Ohio, 1,658
60, Warren Burr, Wilmington, Del., 1,654
60, Chuck Walker, Blaine, Tenn., 1,654
62, David Sanders, Blythewood, S.C., 1,653
63, Darryl Bower, Middletown, Pa., 1,650
64, Patrick Shipley, Spring Valley, Calif., 1,647
65, n-Paul Kreins, Mooresville, NC, 1,646
66, Jon DeLaney, McKinney, Texas, 1,642
67, Marty Berke, Allentown, Pa., 1,639
68, David Kneas, Annapolis, Md., 1,638
69, Roy Buckley, Westerville, Ohio, 1,636
70, Joe Scarborough, Charlotte, N.C., 1,634
71, George Pappas, Charlotte, N.C., 1,632
72, Ron Mohr, Las Vegas, 1,628
73, Ron Profitt, Brookville, Ohio, 1,626
74, Charlie Tomey, Spartanburg, S.C., 1,625
75, Brian Miller, Springfield, Ohio, 1,621
76, Peter Knopp, Germany, 1,618
77, James Blackstone, Kennesaw, Ga., 1,615
78, Thomas Ream, Tampa, Fla., 1,611
79, Terry Metzner, Kentwood, Mich., 1,610
80, Dave Bernhardt, Romeo, Mich., 1,603
81, James Knoblauch, Waukesha, Wis., 1,598
82, Tom Carter, Columbus, Ohio, 1,596
83, Mac Sanders, Taylors, S.C., 1,590
84, Gary Simon, Bridgeport, W.Va., 1,587
85, Jesse Phillips, Charlotte, N.C., 1,583
86, Mike Dias, Lafayette, Colo., 1,577
87, Steve Easterday, Strasburg, Ohio, 1,576
88, Scott Greiner, Platte City, Mo., 1,574
89, William Keenan Jr., Orlando, Fla., 1,572
90, (tie) Harry Sullins, Chesterfield Twp., Mich., and
John Conroy, Mahopac, N.Y., 1,571
92, (tie) Pete Arruda, Gilbert, S.C., and
John Dudak, Orland Park, Ill., 1,570
94, Richard Wilburn, Jr., Adamstown, Md., 1,565
95, Doug Becker, Clermont, Fla., 1,562
96, David Goldenberg, Holtsville, N.Y., 1,559
97, Kevin Foley, Reno, Nev., 1,556
98, n-Brian Wallace, Lexington, Ky., 1,555
99, Scott Thomsen, Sumter, S.C., 1,554
100, n-David Cushion, Dewitt, Mich., 1,553
101, Chuck Best, Buda, Texas, 1,548
101, Todd Wilson, Summerfield, N.C., 1,548
103, (tie) Brendan Bierch, Grafton, Mass., and
Keith Lesko, Chicago, Ill., 1,545
105, Wayne Bolin, Lumberton, N.C., 1,544
106, Nile Konicek, Gilbert, Ariz., 1,539
107, Steven Grotowski, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla, 1,538
108, Tommy Brodowski, New Hyde Park, N.Y., 1,535
109, Darryl Traber, Waterford, Wis., 1,533
110, Todd Haney, Boiling Springs, S.C., 1,519
111, David Taylor, Largo, Fla., 1,509
112, (tie) Kevin Croucher, Grants Pass, Ore., and
William Banks, Laurel Hill, N.C., 1,508
114, Greg Wilhelm, Laurel Hill, N.C., 1,506
115, Charlie Earnst, York, Pa., 1,505
116, Johnny Petraglia, Jackson, N.J., 1,503
117, Ken Waters, Kingsport, Tenn., 1,501
118, Tim Shirlock, Las Vegas, 1,499
119, Dennis Lane, Kingsport, Tenn., 1,494
120, Joe Beck, Montgomery, Ala., 1,486
121, Timothy Regan, East Northport, N.Y., 1,478
122, Charles Gadd, Lake Worth, Fla., 1,477
123, Robert Leonard Sr, Lockwood, N.Y., 1,472
124, Steven Jansson, Barnes, Wis., 1,469
125, James Cayton, Canton, N.C., 1,451
126, James Lord, Fort Mill, S.C., 1,446
127, Chuck Anton, Chesterfield, Va., 1,437
128, Chris Fedden, Albany, N.Y., 1,435
129, n-Charles Allen Jr., Pell City, Ala., 1,430
130, Steve Petroff, Concord, N.C., 1,429
131, Lonnie Dyer, Charlotte, NC, 1,427
132, Mike Moore, Marietta, Ohio, 1,422
133, James Souder, Greeneville, Tenn., 1,411
134, Larry Graybeal, Elizabethton, Tenn., 1,403
135, n-Sherwin Bates, Cullman, Ala., 1,397
136, n-Andrew Bizub, Huber Heights, Ohio, 1,337

300 games (1) – David Cushion

Herbert Bickel

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