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Pete Weber moves into Suncoast PBA Senior U.S. Open lead


2015PBAPeteWeber.jpgDefending champion Pete Weber of St. Ann, Mo., put together a 7-5 record and averaged 234.5 Thursday after two match play rounds to move into the Suncoast PBA Senior U.S. Open presented by 900 Global lead at the Suncoast Bowling Center in Las Vegas.

In his quest to win a record fourth consecutive PBA50 Tour title, the PBA Hall of Famer put together a 5-1 record in the morning round and then followed up with a 2-4 record in the afternoon round.

“I ran into some tough matches in that second round,” said the 53-year-old Weber. “It seemed like my opponents were all throwing the first six or seven strikes at me and that’s a tough challenge to overcome.”

2016PBA5005MikeKlosin.jpgWeber moved into the lead in the position round match when he beat weekend warrior tournament bowler Mike Klosin (right) of Windham, N.H., 278-216. Weber has a 30-game 7,094 pinfall total (including bonus pins), just 15 pins ahead of Klosin in second with 7,079.

“Overall I was satisfied with the way I bowled all day, but that 278 was probably my best game of the day,” Weber added. “I’m really relaxed and throwing the ball the way I want to, so the plan is just to hit the pocket, and if I don’t, leave a spare I can make.”

Weber led a field of 20 players who advanced to Friday’s final two six-game match play rounds that will determine the top four players for the stepladder finals at 4:15 p.m. PT (7:15 p.m. ET).

Bowling as a non-member in his first PBA50 Tour tournament, the 51-year-old Klosin compiled a 9-3 record and averaged 223.5 for the day.

“To be in second surprises me but I was confident I could make a good showing here,” said Klosin, who is originally from the Buffalo suburb of Orchard Park, N.Y., one of the country’s bowling hotbeds.

“I’ve bowled against some of the best players western New York has to offer, so even though I don’t have a lot of experience at the national tournament level, I’ve bowled against some high-caliber players in the east and western New York for most of my life.”

2014PBA50HarrySullins.jpg2015PBANormDuke.jpgThree-time PBA50 Tour winner Harry Sullins (left) of Chesterfield Twp., Mich., is in third after a 7-5 record in match play and finishing with a 7,033 pinfall.

Hall of Famer Norm Duke (right) of Clermont, Fla., who led after the first four rounds, fell to fourth after going 5-1 in the first match play round but then failed to win a match in the second round finishing with 5-7 overall record and 6,938 pinfall. Duke won the 2014 Senior U.S. Open and finished third in 2015.

Friday’s match play rounds and stepladder finals will be covered live on PBA’s Xtra Frame online video streaming service. Live scoring also is available on PBA’s official website, pba.com.

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Suncoast PBA Senior U.S. Open – Fifth Round Standings

Players with position, hometown, match play record and 30-game total pinfall including bonus pins; top 20 players advance to Friday’s match play; n-denotes non-member

1, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 7-5, 7,094
2, n-Mike Klosin, Windham, N.H., 9-3, 7,079
3, Harry Sullins, Chesterfield Twp., Mich., 7-5, 7,033
4, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 5-7, 6,938
5, Andrew Frawley, Australia, 7-5, 6,925
6, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., 9-3, 6,901
7, Eddie Graham, Centerville, Ohio, 6-6, 6,877
8, Brian Voss, Centennial, Colo., 6-6, 6,855
9, Mike Edwards, Tulsa, Okla., 8-4, 6,842
10, (tie) Eric Forkel, Henderson, Nev., 5-7, and Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, 7-5, 6,834
12, Mike Scroggins, Amarillo, Texas, 8-4, 6,786
13, Brian Kretzer, Dayton, Ohio, 8-4, 6,770
14, Rick Steelsmith, Wichita, Kan., 5-7, 6,762
15, Ron Mohr, Las Vegas, 7-5, 6,721
16, (tie) Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 6-6, and Johnny Petraglia, Jackson, N.J., 7-5, 6,660
18, Dave Arnold, Elk Grove, Calif., 7-5, 6,648
19, Tom Baker, King, N.C., 5-7, 6,627
20, n-Mike Taylor, Las Vegas, 5-7, 6,605

Missed Cut:
21, David Williams Jr., Omaha, Neb., 6-6, 6,583, $1,400
22, Christer Petersson, Gothenburg, Sweden, 5-7, 6,579, $1,375
23, Robert Brown, Cody, Wyo., 6-6, 6,578, $1,350
24, Don Blatchford, Santa Monica, Calif., 7-5, 6,558, $1,325
25, Jim Murtishaw, Menifee, Calif., 6-6, 6,534, $1,300
26, n-Andrew Neuer, Lewisburg, Penn., 7-5, 6,532, $1,280
27, n-Bill Oakes, Lawton, Okla, 6-6, 6,488, $1,260
28, Jack Jurek, Lackawanna, N.Y., 6-6, 6,485, $1,240
29, Jerry Brunette Jr., Rochester, N.Y., 8-4, 6,480, $1,220
30, Brian LeClair, Delmar, N.Y., 5-7, 6,474, $1,200
31, Bob Learn Jr., Erie, Pa., 5-7, 6,466, $1,190
32, Hugh Miller, Mercer Island, Wash., 6-6, 6,450, $1,180
33, n-Paul Renteria, Henderson, Nev., 4-8, 6,449, $1,170
34, Mark Williams, Beaumont, Texas, 5-7, 6,436, $1,160
35, n-Warren Eales, Chandler, Ariz., 4-8, 6,420, $1,150
36, Bryan Goebel, Shawnee, Kan., 2-10, 6,415, $1,140
37, n-Alvin Lou, El Cajon, Calif., 5-7, 6,337, $1,130
38, John Dudak, Orland Park, Ill., 5-7, 6,324, $1,120
39, Mike Kanada, Camarillo, Calif., 6-6, 6,270, $1,110
40, John Burkett, Southlake, Texas, 2-10, 6,176, $1,100

Herbert Bickel

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