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Noel Vazquez defeats Pete Weber for first PBA50 Tour title


Noel Vazquez of Sacramento, Calif., won the PBA50 Northern California Classic presented by MOTIV Wednesday for his first career PBA50 Tour title and in the process ended Pete Weber‘s record run of consecutive PBA50 Tour titles at four.

Vazquez, who has won two PBA regional and six PBA50 regional titles, defeated Weber, 255-224, in the title match at Harvest Park Bowl.

L-R PBA50 Northern California Classic champion Noel Vazquez with Harvest Park Bowl proprietor Jim Wangaman, right, and manager Sherry Mackenzie, left.

“I’m shocked and at a loss for words,” said the 56-year-old Vazquez. “To bowl against the greatest bowlers in the game is unbelievable and something you only dream about.”

Vazquez, who qualified second for the finals, took an 11-pin lead in the fifth frame and then threw five consecutive strikes which were too much for Weber, who was the finals top qualifier, to overcome.

“I just had to keep thinking to stay within myself and make the shots I’m capable of,” Vazquez said. “You bring your “A” game and win or lose you can take satisfaction that you did your best.

“I’m pretty goal oriented,” Vazquez added. “That’s what helped me win my regional titles and it helped me get this win. I’ve always kidded my friends that if I won a national title I’d retire but I’m rethinking that right now.”

Vazquez’s previous best PBA50 Tour finish was 11th in the 2015 Suncoast PBA Senior U.S. Open.

2015PBAPeteWeber.jpgWeber (left), a 37-time winner on the PBA Tour, which includes a record-tying 10 majors, was trying for his ninth career PBA50 Tour win. His streak of four wins started with the UnitedHealthcare Sun Bowl in The Villages in April which was followed by wins in the Mooresville Ford Open, Johnny Petraglia BVL Open and his second consecutive Suncoast PBA Senior U.S. Open win.

“My hat is off to Noel,” said Weber, who is the defending PBA50 Player of the Year. “He broke the streak by bowling great and deserved to win.”

Vazquez reached the title match by beating Ty Dawson of Sunnyvale, Calif., who was also making his first finals appearance, 213-195, in the semifinal.

In the opening stepladder match two-time PBA50 Player of the Year and eight-time PBA50 Tour winner Ron Mohr of Las Vegas defeated Brian LeClair of Delmar, N.Y, 256-238, who was trying for his second title. In the second match, Dawson defeated Mohr, 279-235, to advance to the semifinal.

The PBA50 Tour returns to Las Vegas for the USBC Super Senior Classic June 16-19 followed by the USBC Senior Masters June 19-25 at Sam’s Town Bowling Center.

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PBA50 Northern California Classic – Stepladder Results

Harvest Park Bowl in Brentwood, Calif., USA (June 12-15, 2016)

Championship Round:
1, Noel Vazquez, Sacramento, Calif., 468 (2 games), $8,000
2, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 224 (1 game), $4,500
3, Ty Dawson, Sunnyvale, Calif., 474 (2 games), $2,700
4, Ron Mohr, Las Vegas, 491 (2 games), $2,200
5, Brian LeClair, Delmar, N.Y., 238 (1 game), $1,800

Playoff Results:
First Match: No. 5 Mohr def. No. 4 LeClair, 256-238
Second Match: No. 3 Dawson def. Mohr, 279-235
Semifinal Match: No. 2 Vazquez def. Dawson, 213-195
Championship: Vazquez def. No. 1 Weber, 255-224

PBA50 Northern California Classic – Modified Match Play Round 2

Players with position, hometown and 6-game total, including match play bonus pins; top five advanced to stepladder finals; places 6-16 show earnings; ss-denotes PBA60 player ages 60 and over

1, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 5-1, 1,648
2, Noel Vazquez, Sacramento, Calif., 4-2, 1,567
3, Ty Dawson, Sunnyvale, Calif., 5-1, 1,548
4, Brian LeClair, Delmar, N.Y., 4-2, 1,539
5, Ron Mohr, Las Vegas, 4-2, 1,525

Missed Cut:
6, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., 3-3, 1,502, $1,500
7, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 3-3, 1,467, $1,500
8, Harry Sullins, Chesterfield Twp., Mich., 2-4, 1,413, $1,500
9, Robert Brown, Cody, Wyo., 3-3, 1,409, $1,350
10, Warren Nelson, Middleburg, Fla., 3-3, 1,389, $1,350
11, Craig Miller, Tracy, Calif., 2-4, 1,379, $1,350
12, Chuck Richardson, The Villages, Fla., 2-4, 1,369, $1,350
13, Eddie Graham, Centerville, Ohio, 2-4, 1,357, $1,350
14, Brian Cooper, Henderson, Nev., 2-4, 1,345, $1,350
15, Sam Maccarone, Blackwood, N.J., 2-4, 1,335, $1,350
16, Mark McCreary, Livermore, Calif., 2-4, 1,302, $1,350

PBA50 Northern California Classic – Modified Match Play Round 1

Players with position, hometown and 5-game total, including match play bonus pins; top 16 advance to second round; places 17-32 show earnings; ss-denotes PBA60 player ages 60 and over

17, John Burkett, Southlake, Texas, 2-3, 1,258, $1,200
18, Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, 4-1, 1,255, $1,200
19, Bryan Goebel, Shawnee, Kan., 3-2, 1,224, $1,200
20, Brian Kretzer, Dayton, Ohio, 3-2, 1,223, $1,200
21, Christopher Keane, Cape Coral, Fla., 3-2, 1,202, $1,200
22, Bob Learn Jr., Erie, Pa., 2-3, 1,200, $1,200
23, Tom Baker, King, N.C., 3-2, 1,197, $1,200
24, John Dudak, Orland Park, Ill., 3-2, 1,186, $1,200
25, Skip Pavone, San Jose, Calif., 3-2, 1,160, $1,100
26, Kevin Croucher, Grants Pass, Ore., 1-4, 1,156, $1,100
27, Sammy Ventura, Syracuse, N.Y., 1-4, 1,141, $1,100
28, Joe Goldstein, San Bruno, Calif., 1-4, 1,132, $1,100
29, Dave Arnold, Elk Grove, Calif., 0-5, 1,109, $1,100
30, Mike Scroggins, Amarillo, Texas, 1-4, 1,076, $1,100
31, Jim Horan, Mountain View, Calif., 1-4, 1,015, $1,100
32, Johnny Petraglia, Jackson, N.J., 0-5, 977, $1,100

PBA50 Northern California Classic – Other Cashers

Players with position, hometown, five-game total and earnings; ss-denotes PBA60 player ages 60 and over, n-denotes non-member

33, ss-n-Sam Carter, Ben Lomond, Calif., 1,104, $1,000
34, ss-n-Terry Leong, Las Vegas, 1,085, $1,000
35, ss-Lee Brosius, Ashburn, Va., 1,043, $1,000
36, James Hansen, Anchorage, Alaska, 1,039, $1,000
37, ss-Don Blatchford, Santa Monica, Calif., 1,031, $1,000
38 ss-n-Dennis Jones, Fremont, Calif., 1,030, $1,000
39, Peter Knopp, Germany, 1,025, $1,000
40, Wayne Webb, Columbus, Ohio, 989, $1,000
41, Bill Hewlett, Las Vegas, Nev., 988, $1,000
42, Bill Nichols, Bella Vista, Calif., 958, $1,000
43, Galen Keas, Alda, Neb., 954, $1,000
44, Dale Eagle, New Port Beach, Calif., 944, $1,000

Herbert Bickel

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