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With five PBA50 events remaining on the 2018 schedule, 2017 PBA Rookie of the Year and Suncoast Senior U.S. Open winner Michael Haugen Jr. (featured photo) of Phoenix leads the PBA50 Player of the Year points race with a commanding 2,400 point lead over PBA Hall of Famer Walter Ray Williams Jr. of Oxford, Fla., in second.
Hall of Famer Ron Mohr of Las Vegas, who has virtually wrapped up his third consecutive PBA60 Player of the Year honor, is in third place nearly 2,800 points behind.
Haugen (right), a five-time PBA Tour winner, won the PBA50 Johnny Petraglia BVL Open in May for his second career PBA50 Tour title. He also has four other top-10 finishes including two third-place finishes, one of which came in the USBC Senior Masters, in addition to a sixth and ninth-place finish.
Williams (left) has three runner-up finishes this season, and Mohr (below right) won the PBA50 Northern California Classic for his 10th career title while also recording third, fifth and sixth-place finishes so far in 2018.
Following the River City Extreme Open, the PBA50 Tour heads to Indiana for the first of three tournaments in the Hoosier State beginning with the PBA50 South Shore Open presented by Hammer July 23-26 at Olympia Lanes in Hammond followed by the PBA50 Security Federal Savings Bank Championship presented by Track July 28-31 at Dave Small’s Heritage Lanes in Kokomo, and the PBA50 Dave Small’s Championship Lanes Classic presented by Roto Grip Aug. 4-7 in Anderson.
The PBA50 Tour season then heads to Wyoming, Mich., for the PBA50 Cup presented by DV8, the season’s fourth and final major, Aug. 9-12 at Spectrum Lanes.
The regular season wraps up with the PBA60 Dick Weber Championship presented by 900 Global, for players 60 and over, at Pro Bowl West in Fort Wayne, Ind., Aug. 14-16. The top 12 players in PBA50 Tour points, plus two at-large berths, will earn spots into the PBA50 Storm Invitational at Planet Fun Bowling & Entertainment Center in Shallotte, N.C., Sept. 28-30.
Competition in the River Extreme Open begins with eight-game qualifying squads on Wednesday, July 18 at 10 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. CT to be followed by a second round of qualifying on July 19, also at 10 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. After a five-game cashers round on July 20 at 8:30 a.m., match play rounds will be conducted at noon and 3:15 p.m. to determine the top five players for the stepladder finals scheduled for 7 p.m.
The tournament practice session is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesday, July 17. Pro-am squads, where grassroots amateur bowlers can compete with the pros, are scheduled for 3 and 6 p.m. For pro-am entry information contact River City Extreme by calling (763) 295-3390.
PBA’s online bowling channel, PBA Xtra Frame on FloBowling, will provide live start-to-finish coverage of the River City Extreme Open as well as the remaining events on the 2018 PBA50 Tour season. Subscription and schedule information is available by visiting www.flobowling.com.
Mika Koivuniemi wins Suncoast PBA Senior U.S. Open for first PBA50 Tour title
Chris Warren wins 2018 USBC Senior Masters
Mike Dias wins his first PBA60 title in 2018 Super Senior Classic
Ron Mohr wins Northern California Classic for 10th PBA50 Tour title
Michael Haugen Jr. wins second PBA50 Tour title in Johnny Petraglia BVL Open
Brian Voss wins second PBA50 Tour Title in Mooresville Open
Lennie Boresch Jr. wins PBA50 National Championship
Warren Eales out strikes WRW to win PBA50 Lucas Magazine Classic
2018 PBA50 Tour Schedule & Champions
River City Extreme in Monticello, Minn., United States (July 17-20, 2018)
All times Central
Tuesday, July 17, 2018
10 a.m.-1 p.m. – Practice session
3, 6 p.m. – Pro-Am squads
Wednesday, July 18, 2018
10 a.m. – A squad qualifying (8 games)
3:30 p.m. – B squad qualifying (8 games)
Thursday, July 19, 2018
10 a.m. – B squad qualifying (8 games)
3:30 p.m. – A squad qualifying (8 games)
Friday, July 20, 2018
8:30 a.m. – Cashers’ round (5 games)
Noon – Modified match play round one (5 games)
3:15 p.m. – Modified match play round two (6 games)
Top five advance to stepladder finals
7 p.m. – Stepladder finals
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