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Pete Weber moves into PBA50 National Championship lead

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Starting his 2018 PBA50 Tour season with a fresh outlook on his game, PBA Hall of Famer Pete Weber fired a 1,389 six-game pinfall total in the second round Thursday to take the lead in the PBA50 National Championship presented by Spanish Springs Lanes in The Villages, Florida, and Radical.

Looking to get back on the winning track after a winless 2017 season, Weber bowled games of 236, 269, 227, 246, 244 and 167 in the second round to move from seventh after the first round to take the lead with a 2,771 12-game pinfall and an average of 230.92.

“I’m making a very strong effort to change my attitude,” said the 55-year-old Weber (pictured right and above). “Basically, I’m trying not to get mad and keep my cool when things aren’t going well. The 167 I bowled in the last game was a good example. I was disappointed, but I didn’t let it upset me like it would normally.”

Weber, an 11-time PBA50 Tour titlist, is hoping to come back after a disappointing 2017 season which came after his record breaking 2016 PBA50 Player of the Year season in which he won six tournaments and four in a row.

“Last year wasn’t a good year and part of it was because I was probably making it worse by getting mad every time things weren’t going well,” Weber added. “This year I’m feeling good and I’m trying to enjoy myself a little more out here. “I’ve always enjoyed bowling out here on the senior tour but in general I’m trying to stay more positive.”

Weber holds a 26-pin lead over George Gomez of Orlando, Fla., bowling in only his second PBA50 Tour tournament. Gomez bowled games of 199, 225, 217, 202, 279 and 223 in the second round and finished with a 2,745 pinfall for two rounds.

Former Major League Baseball All-Star pitcher John Burkett of Southlake, Texas, who also bowled 1,389 in the second round, had games of 218, 279, 277, 193, 183 and 239, to finish the day in third with 2,715.

Burkett is hoping to improve upon his previous best PBA50 Tour finish of fourth in the 2015 Northern California Classic. His best finish in a major was 11th in the 2017 PBA50 Miller Lite Players Championship.

Rounding out the top five after the second round were Gary Faulkner of Norfolk, Va. in fourth place with 2,712 and PBA Hall of Famer Bryan Goebel (right) of Shawnee, Kan., in fifth place with 2,711. First round leader Brian Kretzer of Dayton, Ohio, fell to 10th place with 2,646.

The 171-player field returns for the final six-game qualifying round Friday beginning at 9 a.m. ET after which the top 32 players will be determined for Saturday’s first round of match play at 9 a.m. After the first round of match play the top 16 players will advance to the second match play round at 2 p.m. which will determine the top five players for the stepladder finals at 7 p.m.

All rounds of the tournament, including the stepladder finals, are streamed live exclusively on PBA’s online bowling channel Xtra Frame. For subscription and schedule information click here.

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PBA50 National Championship – Second Round Results

Players with position, hometown and 12-game total; ss indicates PBA60 players ages 60 and over, n-non-member

1, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 2,771
2, George Gomez, Orlando, Fla., 2,745
3, John Burkett, Southlake, Texas, 2,715
4, Gary Faulkner, Norfolk, Va., 2,712
5, Bryan Goebel, Shawnee, Kan., 2,711
6, Michael Haugen Jr., Phoenix, 2,707
7, Rolando Sebelen, Dominican Republic, 2,698
8, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 2,683
9, ss-Mark Williams, Beaumont, Texas, 2,649
10, Brian Kretzer, Dayton, Ohio, 2,646
11, ss-Ron Mohr, Las Vegas, 2,635
12, ss-Henry Dawson, Elma, Wash., 2,633
13, (tie)Joe Scarborough, Charlotte, N.C., and
n,ss-Mark Scime, Winter Garden, Fla., 2,632
15, Bo Goergen, Sanford, Mich., 2,625
16, ss-Johnny Petraglia, Jackson, N.J., 2,613
17, Lennie Boresch Jr., Kenosha, Wis., 2,611
18, ss-Steven Jansson, Barnes, Wis., 2,608
19, (tie) John Donovan, Melbourne, Fla., and
Ricky Schissler, Brighton, Colo., 2,602
21, n-Dennis Rakauskas, Apopka, Fla., 2,592
22, Mark Sullivan, Indianapolis, 2,590
23, ss-Christopher Keane, Cape Coral, Fla., 2,586
24, Steve Kenyon, Dade City, Fla., 2,585
25, John Conroy, Mahopac, N.Y., 2,584
26, Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, 2,583
27, ss-Warren Nelson, Hemet, Calif., 2,579
28, Gary Alstott, Washington, Ill., 2,578
29, (tie) Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., and
ss-Jeff Bellinger, Columbia, S.C., 2,568
31, ss-Kenny Parks, Hammond, Ind., 2,566
32, n-Rich Garner, Hudson, Fla., 2,563
33, Eddie Graham, Kettering, Ohio, 2,549
34, Dave Sill, Titusville, Fla., 2,547
35, Brian LeClair, Albany, N.Y., 2,545
36, ss-Don Blatchford, Santa Monica, Calif., 2,535
37, Doug Becker, Clermont, Fla., 2,530
38, Jimmy Jean, Kathleen, Ga., 2,525
39, ss-Bob Kelly, Dayton, Ohio, 2,521
40, Don Herrington, Ballston Lake, N.Y., 2,520
41, Ralph Brunt Jr., Jensen Beach, Fla., 2,511
42, Todd Kjell, Roscoe, Ill., 2,510
43, ss-Mike Dias, Lafayette, Colo., 2,508
44, ss-Tom Carter, Columbus, Ohio, 2,503
45, Bob Learn Jr., Erie, Pa., 2,499
46, ss-John Dudak, Orland Park, Ill., 2,494
47, Randy Rose, Davenport, Fla., 2,492
48, ss-Sam Maccarone, Williamstown, N.J., 2,491
49, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 2,486
50, Michael Craig, Westerville, Ohio, 2,485
51, n-Corbett Austin, North Ogden, Utah, 2,480
52, n-Don DuPree II, Fort Walton Beach, Fla., 2,475
53, (tie) ss-Jeff Schrum, Cherryville, N.C., and
Joel Carlson, Omaha, Neb., 2,473
55, (tie) Tommy Martin, Millington, Tenn., and
Charlie Toney, Oak Hill, W.Va., 2,471
57, Peter Knopp, Germany, 2,469
58, ss-Kevin Croucher, Grants Pass, Ore., 2,464
59, Stoney Baker, Canton, Ga., 2,463
60, (tie) ss-Lee Brosius, Ashburn, Va., and
ss-Harry Sullins, Chesterfield Twp., Mich., 2,451
62, (tie) Alan Wilson, Martinsville, Ind., and
Scott Greiner, Sunrise Beach, Mo., 2,446
64, ss-John Gant, Medford, Mass., 2,445
65, Darin Hays, Wesley Chapel, Fla., 2,442
66, (tie) Glenn Smith, New York, N.Y., and
Tony Rodriguez Jr., Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., 2,440
68, ss-Ted Staikoff, Black Hawk, S.D., 2,439
69, Sammy Ventura, Norwich, N.Y., 2,437
70, Don Breeden, Clive, Iowa, 2,433
71, Jon DeLaney, McKinney, Texas, 2,427
72, n-John Hough, Naples, Fla., 2,423
73, Bill Watson, Monroe, Ohio, 2,418
74, Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., 2,417
75, Greg Kemp, Conroe, Texas, 2,415
76, Craig Auerbach, Sunrise, Fla., 2,412
77, (tie) ss-Tommy Brodowski, New Hyde Park, N.Y., and
James Campbell, Clearwater, Fla., 2,409
79, Danny Clark, New Palestine, Ind., 2,406
80, James Hansen, Anchorage, Alaska, 2,402
81, ss-Lew Elting, Carlsbad, Calif., 2,401
82, n-ss-Michael Dioguardo, Patchogue, N.Y., 2,400
83, ss-Dale Traber, Cedarburg, Wis., 2,398
84, n-John Stronka, Davie, Fla., 2,397
85, ss-Bruce Hall, Westborough, Mass., 2,393
86, (tie) ss-Larry Gross, Ocala, Fla., and
Pete Arruda, Gilbert, S.C., 2,390
88, Mike Keough, Stockton, Calif., 2,389
89, (tie) Kevin Williams, Brooksville, Fla., and
Ernie Segura Jr., Taylor, Mich., 2,386
91, ss-Widmar Vargas, Riverview, Fla., 2,383
92, ss-n-John Pullen, Oyster Bay, N.Y., 2,380
93, Michael Byers, Charleston, S.C., 2,376
94, Timothy Regan, East Northport, N.Y., 2,375
95, ss-Mike Hastings, Millsboro, Del., 2,374
96, (tie) Terry Metzner, Kentwood, Mich., and
Robert Lawrence, Austin, Texas, 2,369
98, Glenn Morgan, Carson City, Nev., 2,366
99, John Kidwell, Indianapolis, Ind., 2,359
100, (tie) ss-Brian Miller, Springfield, Ohio, and
Timothy Martin, Harrisville, R.I., 2,357
102, ss-James Knoblauch, Waukesha, Wis., 2,343
103, Jerry Brunette Jr., Naples, Fla., 2,338
104, (tie) ss-Nick Panicaro, Ocala, Fla., and
ss-Don Sylvia, Port Orange, Fla., 2,334
106, ss-David Goldenberg, Holtsville, N.Y., 2,331
107, (tie) Darryl Dempsey, Pinellas Park, Fla., and
n-Michael Owen, Gainesville, Fla., 2,327
109, Harry Alchin III, Madeira Beach, Fla., 2,324
110, Mike Mineman, St Louis, 2,315
111, ss-Steve Bova, Massapequa, N.Y., 2,313
112, n-Rick Pittman, Fruitland Park, Fla., 2,311
113, ss-William Banks, Laurel Hill, N.C., 2,308
114, Doug O’Bryant, Ball Ground, Ga., 2,307
115, Marty Berke, Allentown, Pa., 2,303
116, Richard Morgan, Grand Island, Fla., 2,300
117, ss-Chuck Richardson, The Villages, Fla., 2,298
118, ss-John DiSantis, Wilmington, Del., 2,297
119, ss-Mike Schmid, St. Paul, Minn., 2,294
120, Rick Francis, Linden, Calif., 2,287
121,n,ss-Dennis Psaropolus, Lake Worth, Fla., 2,286
122,(tie) ss-Rich Giragosian, The Villages, Fla., and
ss-Ken Waters, Kingsport, Tenn., 2,282
124, Tony Johnson, Canton, Ohio, 2,277
125, ss-James Storts, Westfield, Ind., 2,273
126, ss-William Peters, Dayton, Ohio, 2,270
127, n-Lester See, Yulee, Fl., 2,267
128, (tie) n-Dave Van Riet, Summerfield, Fla., and
Norm Spurlock, Kenner, La., 2,265
130, ss-Chuck Best, Buda, Texas, 2,263
131, George Patel, England, 2,261
132, Ken Fishman, Lutz, Fla., 2,259
133, Todd Haney, Boiling Springs, S.C., 2,256
134, David Bleggi, Jacksonville, N.C., 2,251
135, ss-Paul McCordic, Sugar Land, Texas, 2,238
136, n,ss-Patrick Trudeau, St. Petersburg, Fla., 2,236
137, James Deplanche, Taylor, Mich., 2,232
138, (tie) Barry Clare, Bayside, N.Y., and
David Taylor, Largo, Fla., 2,229
140, John Austin Jr., League City, Texas, 2,212
141, ss-Steven Grotowski, Ft Lauderdale, Fla, 2,210
142, ss-Frank Gallo Jr., Jacksonville, Fla., 2,202
143, Joe Fulner III, Belleview, Fla., 2,200
144, ss-Thomas Ream, Tampa, Fla., 2,198
145, Tim Hartley, Englewood, Ohio, 2,193
146, Johnny Wilson, Colorado Springs, Colo., 2,183
147, ss-Jim Pitts, Elmira, N.Y., 2,161
148, ss-Louis Alessi, Clearwater, Fla., 2,157
149, Wayne Bolin, Lumberton, N.C., 2,149
150, ss-Bill Henson, Westerville, Ohio, 2,148
151, ss-Peter Brainard, Tampa, Fla., 2,146
152, Mal Williams, Jr, Greensboro, N.C., 2,130
153, ss-Larry Williams, St. Augustine, Fla., 2,127
154, ss-Fred Ferreira, Kings Park, N.Y., 2,121
155, ss-Rich Schubert, Cornith, Texas, 2,116
156, ss-Larry Helton, Bolingbrook, Ill., 2,108
157, ss-n-Joseph Woznicki, Lakeland, Fla., 2,102
158, ss-Dennis Thomas, Navarre, Fla., 2,100
159, ss-Ray Valdovino, Sacramento, Calif., 2,092
160, Michael Vella, Bellport, N.Y., 2,081
161, ss-David Martin, Chesapeake, Va., 2,079
162, ss-Dave Schultz, Summerfield, Fla., 2,073
163, ss-Bob Chamberlain, The Villages, Fla., 2,062
164, ss-Mark Nance Sr., Grove City, Ohio, 2,059
165, ss-Robert Donovan, Prattsville, N.Y., 2,053
166, Bill Ursillo, Bluffton, S.C., 2,032
167, ss-Timothy Bates, Orlando, Fla., 1,979
168, ss-Daniel Kelso, New Fairfield, Conn., 1,978
169, ss-Stephen Lippman, Palm Harbor, Fla., 1,967
170, ss-Lindell Woolard, Tallahassee, Fla., 1,938
171, ss-Dowell Milliken, Lake Grove, N.Y., 1,336

Herbert Bickel

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