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24th Malta Open Championships
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Haugen, the 2017 PBA50 Rookie of the Year and winner of the 2017 Suncoast PBA Senior U.S. Open, defeated PBA Hall of Famer and stepladder finals top qualifier Walter Ray Williams Jr. of Oxford, Fla., 277-195, in the title match at Farmingdale Lanes in Farmingdale, N.Y., to win his first PBA50 Tour title of the season.
From left Johnny Petraglia, Michael Haugen Jr. and host proprietors Joe and John LaSpina.
“It’s pretty special anytime you can beat the most prolific winner in our sport because he doesn’t give them away,” said Haugen (right) of his win over Williams. “To beat Walter Ray for the title in a tournament named after Johnny Petraglia, it doesn’t get much better than that.”
The 51-year-old Haugen used three different balls in the finals, often using a different ball on each lane in his three matches.
“I used three different balls and just rotated them in and out depending on what I felt I needed to get the reaction I wanted,” said Haugen, a five-time PBA Tour winner. “It’s all about knowing what’s in your (bowling) bag and choosing the right ball for the right situation.”
Haugen, the No. 3 qualifier for the finals, started each match he bowled with at least four strikes. He beat No. 4 qualifier Marty Berke of Allentown, Pa., who was making his first finals appearance, 224-170, in the second match and then went on to beat three-time PBA50 Tour winner and No. 2 qaulifier Bob Learn Jr. (left) of Erie, Pa., in the semifinal match, 244-194, to advance to the championship match against Williams.
“Whenever you can get off to a good start with early strings it’s going to put the pressure on your opponent,” Haugen added. “Fortunately, I was able to make the right decisions and didn’t waste those good starts.”
For Williams (right), who was trying for his 12th PBA50 Tour title, it was his second runner-up finish of the season after finishing second in the PBA50 Lucas/Magazine Classic to open the season. He also finished fifth in the PBA50 National Championship.
In the opening stepladder match, Berke, who turned 60 on Monday, defeated five-time PBA Tour winner Ryan Shafer (left) of Horseheads, N.Y., 237-188, whose fifth-place finish was his first PBA50 Tour finals appearance.
The fourth tournament of the season was named after PBA legend and Vietnam War veteran Johnny Petraglia (right) who is a 14-time PBA Tour and eight-time PBA50 Tour winner. The BVL fund provides recreational and therapeutic programs and services to military veterans.
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2018 PBA50 Tour Season kicks off with Florida Open, National Championship
Farmingdale Lanes in Farmingdale, N.Y., USA (May 5-8, 2017)
1, Michael Haugen Jr., Phoenix, 745 (3 games), $7,500
2, Walter Ray Williams, Jr., Oxford, Fla., 195 (1 game), $4,000
3, Bob Learn Jr., Erie, Pa., 194 (1 game), $2,500
4, Marty Berke, Allentown, Pa., 407 (2 games), $2,000
5, Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., 188 (1 game), $1,750
First Match: No. 5 Berke def. No. 4 Shafer, 237-188
Second Match: No. 3 Haugen def. Berke, 224-170
Semifinal Match: Haugen def. No. 2 Learn, 244-194
Championship Match: Haugen def. No. 1 Williams, 277-195.
Players with position, hometown, match play record and 6-game total, including match play bonus pins. Top five advance to stepladder finals. Places 6-16 show earnings. n-indicates non-member, ss-denotes PBA60 bowler.
1, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., 5-1, 1,595
2, Bob Learn Jr., Erie, Pa., 4-2, 1,585
3, Michael Haugen Jr., Phoenix, 4-2, 1,556
4, Marty Berke, Allentown, Pa., 4-2, 1,514
5, Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., 4-2, 1,503
6, ss-Ron Mohr, Las Vegas, 3-3, 1,498, $1,500
7, Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, 3-3, 1,489, $1,500
8, (tie) Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 3-3, and
Don Breeden, Clive, Iowa, 3-3, 1,433, $1,500
10, Sammy Ventura, Norwich, N.Y., 3-3, 1,391, $1,300
11, Glenn Smith, New York, 3-3, 1,371, $1,300
12, ss-Bob Caruso, Dayton, N.J., 2-4, 1,340, $1,300
13, Danny Clark, New Palestine, Ind., 2-4, 1,323, $1,300
14, Ken Yokobosky, Fredon, N.J., 2-4, 1,310, $1,300
15, n-Christopher Viale, Westfield, Mass., 2-4, 1,274, $1,300
16, ss-Bruce Hall, Westborough, Mass., 1-5, 1,224, $1,300
Places 17-24 with position, hometown, match play record, 5-game total, including match play bonus pins, and earnings. Top 16 advanced to the second
17, ss-Sam Maccarone, Williamstown, N.J., 3-2, 1,169, $1,100
18, John Conroy, Mahopac, N.Y., 1-4, 1,156, $1,100
19, Mark Sullivan, Indianapolis, 2-3, 1,132, $1,100
20, Brian Kretzer, Dayton, Ohio, 1-4, 1,104, $1,100
21, Brian LeClair, Albany, N.Y., 2-3, 1,086, $1,100
22, ss-Bill Neumann, Rensselaer, N.Y., 2-3, 1,077, $1,100
23, n,ss-John Masiello, Southgate, Mich., 1-4, 1,040, $1,100
24, Michael Healy, Yonkers, N.Y., 1-4, 977, $1,100
Other Cashers (after five-game cashers’ round)
25, Rick Graham, Lancaster, Pa., 1,110, $1,000
26, ss-Christopher Keane, Cape Coral, Fla., 1,109, $1,000
27, Craig Auerbach, Sunrise, Fla., 1,103, $1,000
28, ss-John Dudak, Orland Park, Ill., 1,097, $1,000
29, ss-Mike Dias, Lafayette, Colo., 1,084, $1,000
30, ss-James Knoblauch, Waukesha, Wis., 1,082, $1,000
31, Tony Johnson, Canton, Ohio, 1,077, $1,000
32, ss-Keith Doran, Pomona, N.Y., 1,077, $1,000
33, ss-Tom Carter, Columbus, Ohio, 1,075, $1,000
34, ss-Pete DiChiara, Ardsley, N.Y., 1,016, $1,000
35, ss-Jim Pitts, Elmira, N.Y., 1,007, $1,000
36, ss-Frank Gallo Jr., Jacksonville, Fla., 1,003, $1,000
37, John Burkett, Southlake, Texas, 967, $1,000
38, ss-Tommy Brodowski, New Hyde Park, N.Y., 913, $1,000
300 games (1) – Bob Learn Jr.
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