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Ron Mohr takes first round lead in PBA50 Dave Small’s Championship Lanes Classic

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PBA Hall of Famer Ron Mohr of Las Vegas, opened qualifying with a 300 game and never looked back to take the first round lead Sunday in the PBA50 Dave Small’s Championship Lanes Classic presented by Roto Grip.

Mohr (featured photo), a two-time PBA50 Player of the Year, bowled a 1,959 eight-game pinfall total with games of 300, 248, 238, 214, 207, 269, 226 and 257 to hold a 40-pin lead over Marty Berke of Allentown, Pa., who finished the round in second with 1,919.

“I had a good look on the fresh condition right from the start,” said the 62-year-old Mohr. “My ball speed has a tendency to overpower my rev rate so I really had to concentrate on keeping good control of my ball speed. I was able to keep my ball speed slow and just had to make a few small adjustment and a ball change before the last game to put together a good round.”

Mohr (right) is trying for his second win of the season after winning the PBA50 Northern California Classic in May for his 10th career PBA50 Tour title. He also has a third-place finish in the PBA50 National Championship and fifth-place finishes in the USBC Senior Masters and PBA50 Lucas Magazine Classic.

“This season has actually been beyond my expectations,” said Mohr, who is a native of Fort Wayne, Ind. “I really didn’t know what was going to happen when the season started so it’s been a pleasant surprise for sure.”

The entire field returns Monday for the second eight-game qualifying round beginning at 11 a.m. ET. After qualifying, the top 16 players advance to match play with positions 17-28 and eight PBA60 players advancing to a cashers round to determine eight additional match play spots. After Tuesday’s match play rounds the top five bowlers will be determined for the stepladder finals at 7 p.m.

Rounding out the top eight after the first round were Dave Han, Birmingham, Ala., 1,914; PBA Hall of Famer Amleto Monacelli (left), Venezuela, 1,903; John Marsala, St. Louis, Mo., 1,902; Hall of Famers Walter Ray Williams Jr. (right), Oxford, Fla. and Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., tied at 1,901, and Rolando Sebelen, Dominican Republic, 1,899.

The Dave Small’s Championship Lanes Classic is streamed live on PBA’s online bowling channel PBA Xtra Frame on FloBowling. Subscription information is available here.

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PBA50 Dave Small’s Championship Lanes Classic – First Round Results

Players with position, hometown and 8-game total. n-non-member; ss-PBA60 players ages 60 and over.

1, ss-Ron Mohr, Las Vegas, 1,959
2, ss-Marty Berke, Allentown, Pa., 1,919
3, Dave Han, Birmingham, Ala., 1,914
4, Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, 1,903
5, John Marsala, St. Louis, Mo., 1,902
6, (tie) Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., and
Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 1,901
8, Rolando Sebelen, Dominica Republic, 1,899
9, ss-John Dudak, Orland Park, Ill., 1,894
10, Kevin Duncan, Mexico, Mo., 1,886
11, ss-Charlie Tapp, Kalamazoo, Mich., 1,859
12, Eddie Graham, Kettering, Ohio, 1,855
13, Bryan Goebel, Shawnee, Kan., 1,847
14, Michael Haugen Jr., Phoenix, 1,833
15, ss-Christopher Keane, Cape Coral, Fla., 1,827
16, Stoney Baker, Canton, Ga., 1,826
17, Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., 1,823
18, Brian Kretzer, Dayton, Ohio, 1,818
19, (tie) Steve Jaros, Yorkville, Ill., and
Doug Henry, Columbus, Ind., 1,814
21, ss-Ron Profitt, Brookville, Ohio, 1,793
22, ss-Dale Csuhta, Wadsworth, Ohio, 1,792
23, (tie) ss-Harry Sullins, Chesterfield Twp., Mich., and
Danny Clark, New Palestine, Ind., 1,788
25, ss-Warren Nelson, Hemet, Calif., 1,783
26, ss-Tom Baker, King, N.C., 1,773
27, (tie) Bob Learn Jr., Erie, Pa., and
ss-Paul Mielens, Menomonie, Wis., 1,772
29, Scott Greiner, Sunrise Beach, Mo., 1,765
30, Lennie Boresch Jr., Kenosha, Wis., 1,763
31, ss-Mike Dias, Lafayette, Colo., 1,761
32, (tie) ss-David Axon, Bellevue, Neb., and
ss-Sammy Ventura, Syracuse, N.Y., 1,759
34, ss-Edward Silva, Manteca, Calif., 1,753
35, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 1,747
36, Doug Kent, Newark, N.Y., 1,744
37, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 1,737
38, Gary Alstott, Washington, Ill., 1,729
39, Todd Kjell, Roscoe, Ill., 1,727
40, Brian Voss, Centennial, Colo., 1,719
41, ss-James Storts, Westfield, Ind., 1,713
42, Mark Sullivan, Indianapolis, 1,709
43, John Conroy, Mahopac, N.Y., 1,704
44, ss-Kevin Foley, Reno, Nev., 1,698
45, n-Curtis Matlock, Cloquet, Minn., 1,697
46, ss-Don Blatchford, Santa Monica, Calif., 1,696
47, Rick Zakrajsek, Lorain, Ohio, 1,690
48, ss-Gary Reh, Fort Mohave, Ariz., 1,689
49, (tie) Dennis Klein, Phoenix,
n, ss-Julius Mickel, Omaha, Neb., and
Tony Johnson, Canton, Ohio, 1,688
52, ss-Lee Brosius, Ashburn, Va., 1,686
53, ss-Darryl Bower, Middletown, Pa., 1,684
54, Bill Watson, Monroe, Ohio, 1,682
55, Greg Thomas, Irmo, S.C., 1,680
56, Chris Gibbons, Madison, Wis., 1,669
57, Peter Knopp, Germany, 1,667
58, Ed Carter, Austintown, Ohio, 1,666
59, (tie) Tony Rodriguez Jr., Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., and
Ernie Segura Jr., Taylor, Mich., 1,659
61, Jack Jurek, Lackawanna, N.Y., 1,657
62, ss-Ross McDonald, Las Vegas, Nev., 1,653
63, David Rosengarten, Gardendale, Ala., 1,650
64, Gary Schluchter, Femont, Ohio, 1,646
65, ss-Dave Dunphy, Canada, 1,644
66, Keith Lesko, Prosper, Texas, 1,642
67, David Williams Jr., Omaha, Neb., 1,621
68, ss-Ted Staikoff, Black Hawk, S.D., 1,615
69, ss-Dick Gran, Hartville, Ohio, 1,611
70, ss-Gary Kammes, Winfield, Ill., 1,596
71, (tie) Glenn Morgan, Carson City, Nev., and
Conn Casey, Canada, 1,590
73, ss-Tom Carter, Columbus, Ohio, 1,588
74, ss-Emilio Mora Sr., Defiance, Ohio, 1,587
75, Jeff Johnson, Freeport, Ill., 1,569
76, ss-Henry Dawson, Elma, Wash., 1,565
77, Steve Easterday, Strasburg, Ohio, 1,555
78, ss-Garry Blanton, Owensboro, Ky., 1,528
79, ss-Richard Hunt, Valparaiso, Ind., 1,516
80, ss-Dale Reh, Appleton, Wis., 1,502
81, ss-Galen Keas, Alda, Neb., 1,490
82, n,ss-Rick York, Whiteland, Ind., 1,439
83, John Kidwell, Indianapolis, Ind., 1,422
84, ss-Brendan Bierch, Grafton, Mass., 1,419
85, ss-Allen Meskan, Addison, Ill., 1,331

300 games (5) – Ron Mohr, Charlie Tapp, Kevin Duncan, Warren Nelson, Rolando Sebelen.

Herbert Bickel

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