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Parker Bohn III takes top qualifier honors in PBA50 Cup

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PBA Hall of Famer Parker Bohn III returned for Saturday afternoon’s second round of the PBA50 Cup presented by DV8 after an overnight trip to New York where he participated in a National Bowling Day segment on “FOX & Friends” Saturday morning. Despite a whirlwind trip, he proceeded to take top qualifier honors for the season’s final PBA50 Tour major.

After finishing sixth in Friday’s first round with a 1,730 eight-game pinfall total at Spectrum Lanes, Bohn (featured photo) caught a flight from Grand Rapids to Newark. He then returned to Grand Rapids after the early morning FOX appearance just in time for his second squad Saturday afternoon where he bowled 1,830 for eight games to take the tournament lead.

Bohn (left) finished with a 16-game overall qualifying pinfall total of 3,560 (222.5 average), 60 pins ahead of Brian Kretzer (right) of Dayton, Ohio, who held on to second with 3,500 for his 16 games of qualifying.

Bohn, a 35-time PBA Tour and four-time PBA50 Tour winner, bowled games of 262, 211, 248, 185, 214, 246, 233 and 231 in the second round but it almost didn’t happen. A delayed return flight from Newark nearly ended the tournament for Bohn.

“Everything went well on the trip there but on the way back it was another story,” said Bohn of his ordeal on the return trip. “My plane was supposed to leave at 11:50 a.m., but it was delayed and we didn’t leave until about 1 p.m.

“When I got to the Grand Rapids airport I had to sprint to the exit where my wife (Leslie) was waiting for me to take me to the center. As I was walking in the door at Spectrum Lanes (tournament director) John Weber (left) was getting ready to start the squad.

“I didn’t get any practice,” Bohn continued. “I started with the same ball as I used on Friday and took a guess on my speed and where I should play and went from there.”

It was about a month ago that Bohn, along with PBA Tour star Andrew Anderson (right) and PWBA star Daria Pajak (below left) were asked to be part of the “FOX & Friends” National Bowling Day segment. After looking at the PBA50 Cup schedule, and the airline schedule, Bohn found that making the trip to New York was possible.

“I wanted to go because of my love for the game and to promote the sport – it’s as simple as that,” Bohn said. “I was running on adrenaline and pretty pumped so I think that’s how I got through the day today. I’m just glad it all worked out.”

Bohn led 30 players who advanced to two modified round-robin match play rounds which will begin Sunday morning at 9 a.m. ET. After match play, the top five players will be determined for the stepladder finals at 7 p.m.

A 253 final game in the second round helped PBA50 Tour rookie Rolando Sebelen (right) of the Dominican Republic hang onto third place. The first round leader finished qualifying with a 3,480 pinfall, finding the going tougher in the second round bowling 1,623 for eight games after 1,857 in the first round.

The final day of the PBA50 Cup will be streamed live on PBA’s online bowling channel PBA Xtra Frame on FloBowling. For subscription and schedule information click here.

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PBA50 Cup – Second Round Results

Players with position, hometown and 16-game total. Top 30 advance to Sunday’s modified round-robin match play rounds. n-non-member; ss-PBA60 players ages 60 and over out of the regular prize fund cashing for $1,050.

1, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 3,560
2, Brian Kretzer, Dayton, Ohio, 3,500
3, Rolando Sebelen, Dominican Republic, 3,480
4, Greg Thomas, Irmo, S.C., 3,433
5, Keith Lesko, Prosper, Texas, 3,429
6, Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, 3,424
7, Harry Sullins, Chesterfield Twp., Mich., 3,389
8, Ron Mohr, Las Vegas, 3,384
9, Bryan Goebel, Shawnee, Kan., 3,365
10, n-Michael Kereluk, Warren, Mich., 3,339
11, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 3,336
12, Tony Johnson, Canton, Ohio, 3,330
13, Michael Haugen Jr., Phoenix, 3,327
14, Peter Knopp, Germany, 3,315
15, Doug Kent, Newark, N.Y., 3,300
16, Brian Voss, Centennial, Colo., 3,299
17, Mark Williams, Beaumont, Texas, 3,298
18, Steve Jaros, Yorkville, Ill., 3,296
19, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., 3,291
20, Brian LeClair, Albany, N.Y., 3,285
21, (tie) Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., and
Mark Sullivan, Indianapolis, 3,282
23, David Axon, Bellevue, Neb., 3,271
24, John Burkett, Southlake, Texas, 3,266
25, Tom Baker, King, N.C., 3,265
26, Scott Greiner, Sunrise Beach, Mo., 3,248
27, Lennie Boresch Jr., Kenosha, Wis., 3,244
28, Bob Learn Jr., Erie, Pa., 3,242
29, n-Eugene McCune, Munster, Ind., 3,241
30, Tony Rodriguez Jr., Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., 3,224

Missed Cut:
31, Bo Goergen, Sanford, Mich., 3,223
32, Larry Verble, Mason, Mich., 3,218
33, Rick Zakrajsek, Lorain, Ohio, 3,217
34, ss-Ted Staikoff, Black Hawk, S.D., 3,208, $1,050
35, Jeff Johnson, Freeport, Ill., 3,203
36, Gary Alstott, Washington, Ill., 3,178
37, ss-Charlie Tapp, Kalamazoo, Mich., 3,172, $1,050
38, ss-Michael Lucente, Warren, Mich., 3,158, $1,050
39, ss-John Dudak, Orland Park, Ill., 3,127, $1,050
40, ss-Dave Bernhardt, Romeo, Mich., 3,124, $1,050
41, Eddie Graham, Kettering, Ohio, 3,123
42, John Marsala, St. Louis, Mo., 3,110
43, (tie) Gary Schluchter, Femont, Ohio, and
ss-Johnny Petraglia, Jackson, N.J., 3,107, $1,050
45, ss-Lee Brosius, Ashburn, Va., 3,078, $1,050
46, ss-Sammy Ventura, Syracuse, N.Y., 3,060, $1,050
47, Larry Salvati, Canada, 3,059
48, Glenn Smith, New York, 3,050
49, n-George Phillips, Centreville, Mich., 3,049
50, Tom Carter, Columbus, Ohio, 3,043
51, Gary Reh, Fort Mohave, Ariz., 3,031
52, Kevin Foley, Reno, Nev., 3,027
53, Paul LeMond, Jasper, Ind., 3,021
54, Marc Lineberry, Camanche, Iowa, 3,020
55, Bruce Hall, Westborough, Mass., 3,019
56, Gary Kammes, Winfield, Ill., 3,005
57, (tie) Dave Han, Birmingham, Ala., and
Christopher Keane, Cape Coral, Fla., 3,002
59, (tie) Danny Clark, New Palestine, Ind., and
Steven DiMartino, Upper Saddle River,N.J., 3,001
61, John Kidwell, Indianapolis, Ind., 2,999
62, Terry Metzner, Kentwood, Mich., 2,977
63, Steve Kenyon, Grosse Ile., Mich., 2,975
64, John Conroy, Mahopac, N.Y., 2,972
65, Brendan Bierch, Grafton, Mass., 2,964
66, Warren Nelson, Hemet, Calif., 2,961
67, Edward Silva, Manteca, Calif., 2,956
68, Don Blatchford, Santa Monica, Calif., 2,944
69, Todd Kjell, Roscoe, Ill., 2,919
70, (tie) Paul Mielens, Menomonie, Wis., and
n-Curtis Matlock, Cloquet, Minn., 2,895
72, n-Peter Minaudo, Chesterfield, Mich., 2,887
73, Al Danz Jr., Escanaba, Mich., 2,870
74, David Scardaville, Houston, Texas, 2,849
75, Ernie Segura Jr., Taylor, Mich., 2,847
76, Ross McDonald, Las Vegas, Nev., 2,805
77, Mark Nance Sr., Grove City, Ohio, 2,794
78, James Storts, Westfield, Ind., 2,784
79, Dennis Briggs, New Galilee, Pa., 2,767
80, Dale Reh, Appleton, Wis., 2,761
81, Phillip Moros, Lombard, Ill., 2,725
82, Glenn Morgan, Carson City, Nev., 2,684
83, Robert Davis, Annapolis, Md., 2,541
84, Galen Keas, Alda, Neb., 2,533

300 games (1) – Greg Thomas.

Herbert Bickel

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