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Lennie Boresch goes wire-to-wire to win PBA50 Sun Bowl In The Villages

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In a wire-to-wire victory, Lennie Boresch Jr. of Kenosha, Wis., won the PBA50 UnitedHealthcare Sun Bowl In The Villages presented by Radical Tuesday for his third career PBA50 Tour title.

Boresch, who led all four rounds in qualifying and match play to enter the stepladder finals as the top qualifier, defeated Bob Learn Jr. of Erie, Pa., 264-213, in the title match at Spanish Springs Lanes In The Villages, Florida.

Pictured above from left to right: Proprietors Brian Ducat and Larry Ducat with champion Lennie Boresch Jr. in the middle.

“It’s a relief because even though I’ve been bowling pretty well you really never know when the opportunity will come again,” said Boresch, who averaged 245 for the tournament. “I just focused and stayed with what got me here.”

Boresch, who won the 2012 Sun Bowl In The Villages in his PBA50 Tour debut, started with a strike and spare in the title match and then threw eight consecutive strikes to clinch the win. Learn (left), a three-time PBA50 Tour and five-time PBA Tour titlist, opened in the first frame and couldn’t keep pace with Boresch for the rest of the match.

Learn, who qualified fifth for the finals, dominated the first three stepladder matches winning the opening match by beating Darin Hays of Wesley Chapel, Fla., 199-173, before defeating Sam Maccarone of Blackwood, N.J., 278-185, and then PBA Hall of Famer Parker Bohn III (right) of Jackson, N.J., 279-245, in the semi-final match.

“The way he (Learn) was bowling I thought I might be in trouble,” said Boresch, who compiled a 13-3 record in match play. “Ironically, I bowled my lowest games of the tournament on the championship pair. All I knew was I was going to have to strike because he was lined up.”

Boresch’s last win came in the 2013 PBA50 Miller High Life Classic. Since then, the USBC Hall of Famer has had four runner-up finishes including two in 2016.

The final day of competition of the Sun Bowl In The Villages will be available on PBA’s online bowling channel Xtra Frame beginning Wednesday at 9 a.m. ET. For schedule and subscription information, click here.

The PBA50 Tour travels to George Pappas’ Victory Lanes in Mooresville, N.C., for the PBA50 Race City Open presented by Columbia 300 April 30-May 3.

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PBA50 UnitedHealthcare Sun Bowl In The Villages – Stepladder Results

Spanish Springs Lanes In The Villages, Fla., United States (April 22-25, 2017)

Championship Round:
1. Lennie Boresch Jr., Kenosha, Wis., 264 (1 game), $7,500
2. Bob Learn Jr., Erie, Pa., 969 (4 games), $4,000
3. Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 245 (1 game), $3,000
4. Sam Maccarone, Blackwood, N.J., 185 (1 game), $2,000
5. Darin Hays, Wesley Chapel, Fla., 173 (1 game), $1,750

Playoff Results:
First Match: No. 5 Learn def. No. 4 Hays, 199-173
Second Match: Learn def. No. 3 Maccarone, 278-185
Semifinal Match: Learn def. No. 2 Bohn, 279-245
Championship: No. 1 Boresch def. Learn, 264-213

PBA50 UnitedHealthcare Sun Bowl In The Villages – Fourth Round Results

Players with position, hometown, match play record and 32-game total, including bonus. Top five advanced to stepladder finals. Places 6-16 show earnings.

1, Lennie Boresch Jr., Kenosha, Wis., 13-3, 8,222
2, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 13-3, 8,087
3, Sam Maccarone, Blackwood, N.J., 10-5-1, 7,815
4, Darin Hays, Wesley Chapel, Fla., 9-7, 7,795
5, Bob Learn Jr., Erie, Pa., 8-7-1, 7,787

Missed Cut:
6, Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, 9-6-1, 7,771, $1,700
7, Hugh Miller, Mercer Island, Wash., 9-7, 7,768, $1,600
8, Peter Knopp, Germany, 8-8, 7,707, $1,550
9, Bo Goergen, Sanford, Mich., 10-6, 7,702, $1,500
10, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., 7-8-1, 7,692, $1,475
11, Danny Clark, New Palestine, Ind., 9-6-1, 7,665, $1,450
12, Bryan Goebel, Shawnee, Kan., 7-8-1, 7,658, $1,425
13, Michael Haugen Jr., Phoenix, 8-8, 7,597, $1,400
14, Jerry Brunette Jr., Rochester, N.Y., 10-6, 7,576, $1,380
15, Mike Dias, Lafayette, Colo., 9-6-1, 7,557, $1,360
16, Ron Mohr, Las Vegas, 7-9, 7,392, $1,350

PBA50 UnitedHealthcare Sun Bowl In The Villages – Third Round Results

Players with position, hometown, match play record and 24-game total, including bonus. Top 16 advanced to fourth round. Places 17-32 show earnings.

1, Lennie Boresch Jr., Kenosha, Wis., 6-2, 6,017
2, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 7-1, 5,951
3, Darin Hays, Wesley Chapel, Fla., 5-3, 5,880
4, Hugh Miller, Mercer Island, Wash., 6-2, 5,866
5, Bob Learn Jr., Erie, Pa., 4-4, 5,815
6, Mike Dias, Lafayette, Colo., 7-1, 5,812
7, Peter Knopp, Germany, 5-3, 5,794
8, Sam Maccarone, Blackwood, N.J., 5-3, 5,791
9, Ron Mohr, Las Vegas, 7-1, 5,771
10, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., 4-4, 5,762
11, Jerry Brunette Jr., Rochester, N.Y., 6-2, 5,709
12, Bryan Goebel, Shawnee, Kan., 4-4, 5,685
13, Michael Haugen Jr., Phoenix, 5-3, 5,681
14, Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, 4-4, 5,661
15, Bo Goergen, Sanford, Mich., 5-3, 5,649
16, Danny Clark, New Palestine, Ind., 5-2-1, 5,618

Missed Cut:
17, David Williams Jr., Omaha, Neb., 2-6, 5,613, $1,200
18, Sammy Ventura, Syracuse, N.Y., 4-4, 5,601, $1,190
19, Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., 4-4, 5,600, $1,180
20, Wayne Bolin, Lumberton, N.C., 3-5, 5,596, $1,170
21, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 4-4, 5,539, $1,160
22, Tony Adkins, Port Orange, Fla., 5-3, 5,537, $1,150
23, James Hansen, Anchorage, Alaska, 4-4, 5,528, $1,145
24, Mark Sullivan, Indianapolis, 2-6, 5,511, $1,140
25, Paul McCordic, Sugar Land, Texas, 2-6, 5,461, $1,135
26, n-John Hough, Naples, Fla., 4-4, 5,455, $1,130
27, Eddie Graham, Centerville, Ohio, 3-5, 5,359, $1,125
28, Ralph Brunt Jr., Jensen Beach, Fla., 1-6-1, 5,321, $1,120
29, Scott Greiner, Platte City, Mo., 2-6, 5,304, $1,115
30, Darryl Dempsey, Pinellas Park, Fla., 1-7, 5,281, $1,110
31, Joe Fulner III, Belleview, Fla., 0-8, 5,220, $1,105
32, Pete Thomas, Oklahoma City, Okla., 1-7-0, 5,137, $1,100

Herbert Bickel

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