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Lennie Boresch Jr. leads PBA50 Storm Invitational after first round

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After the first seven-game match play round, 2018 PBA50 National Championship winner Lennie Boresch Jr. of Kenosha, Wis., compiled a 6-1 match play record and averaged 243 to lead the 14-player field in the PBA50 Storm Invitational Saturday at Planet Fun Bowling & Entertainment Center in Shallotte, North Carolina.

Boresch (featured photo and right), who finished with a 1,882 overall pinfall total including 30 bonus pins for each match win, bowled games of 259, 224, 233, 259, 242, 238 and 247 on the 42-foot PBA Mark Roth lane condition. The USBC Hall of Famer’s only loss came in a 244-238 defeat at the hands of 2018 PBA50 Cup winner Brian Kretzer of Dayton, Ohio, in the sixth match of the round.

“When you’re in a field with this much talent I just wanted to be in contention to make the finals, so to be leading was a little unexpected,” said Boresch of the field that includes 10 hall of famers. “It seemed like every adjustment I was making was the right one and I only had one open so the goal going forward is simple—just keep doing the same thing tomorrow.”

Kretzer (left), who concluded the regular season with his PBA50 Cup win for his first career PBA50 Tour title, finished the first round in second 40 pins behind Boresch with a 1,842 pinfall and 5-2 match play record.

Rounding out the top five were Ryan Shafer (right), Horseheads, N.Y., 1,799; 2018 PBA50 Player of the Year Michael Haugen Jr. (left), Phoenix, 1,765, and PBA/USBC Hall of Famers Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., and Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford Fla., 1,726, who tied for fifth.

The “all-star” special event features the top 12 in 2018 PBA50 Tour points plus invitees hall of famers Johnny Petraglia and Brian Voss (right). The entire field returns Sunday for the second seven-game match play round at 1 p.m. ET which will determine the top five players for the stepladder finals set for 6 p.m.

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PBA50 Storm Invitational – First Round Results

Players with position, hometown, match play record and 7-game total, including bonus pins.

1, Lennie Boresch Jr, Kenosha, Wis., 6-1, 1,882
2, Brian Kretzer, Dayton, Ohio, 5-2, 1,842
3, Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., 5-2, 1,799
4, Michael Haugen Jr., Phoenix, 5-2, 1,765
5, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 4-2-1, 1,726
(tie) Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., 5-2, 1,726
7, Brian Voss, Cornelius, N.C., 4-3, 1,661
8, Bob Learn Jr, Erie, Pa., 2-5, 1,580
9, Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, 2-5, 1,570
(tie) Ron Mohr, Las Vegas, 2-3-2, 1,570
11, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 2-5, 1,546
12, Harry Sullins, Chesterfield Twp., Mich., 2-5, 1,479
13, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 1-6, 1,469
14, Johnny Petraglia, Jackson, N.J., 2-4-1, 1,422

Herbert Bickel

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