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Scott Greiner takes PBA50 River City Extreme Open top qualifier honors


Scott Greiner of Sunrise Beach, Mo., made the right equipment adjustments and fired a 1,860 eight-game pinfall total in the second round Thursday to take top qualifier honors in the PBA50 River City Extreme Open presented by Ebonite.

Greiner (featured photo) led qualifying with a 3,626 16-game overall pinfall total (226.63 average) bowling games of 231, 247, 223, 182, 246, 245, 249 and 237 in the second round after finishing Wednesday’s first round with a seventh-place 1,766 pinfall.

“I made all the right ball choices in the second round and that doesn’t happen often,” said Greiner, who earned his first PBA50 Tour top qualifier honor. “I changed balls three times and I started striking with them right away. I didn’t have to waste many frames getting lined up after each change.”

As a result of finishing in the top eight, Greiner leads eight players who will be seeded into Friday’s second round of match play.

Greiner (right), in his third season on the PBA50 Tour, will be trying to improve on a career-best finish of fifth which came in the 2017 PBA50 Tour Players Championship. His best finish this season was eighth in the PBA50 Mooresville Open.

Greiner edged out PBA Hall of Famer Norm Duke (left) of Clermont, Fla., who finished qualifying in second with a 3,616 pinfall total bowling games of 212, 239, 212, 205, 212, 247, 245 and 256 in the second round.

“Strings of strikes were hard to come by,” said Duke of his second round. “I felt fortunate to get four strikes in a row. Sometimes the best thing to do is acknowledge that it’s going to be difficult and move on from there.

“You never know what you’re going to run into moving from pair to pair,” Duke continued. “You just deal with what’s in front of you and do everything you can to generate some type of momentum.”

In addition to Greiner and Duke, other players finishing in the top eight and advancing to the second round of match play were Brian Kretzer (right), Dayton, Ohio, 3,607; first round leader Ralph Brunt Jr., Jensen Beach, Fla., 3,593; 2016 PBA50 Rookie of the Year Eddie Graham (left), Kettering, Ohio, 3,591; 2017 PBA50 Rookie of the Year Michael Haugen Jr., Phoenix, 3,528; Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., 3,521, and Lennie Boresch Jr., Kenosha, Wis., 3,520.

Haugen (right), who currently leads this season’s PBA50 Player of the Year points race, rocketed from 20th in the first round to sixth thanks to a 1,825 pinfall in his second round bowling games of 203, 238, 279, 243, 237, 231, 205 and 189.

Competition continues Friday with a cashers round at 8:30 a.m. CDT followed by the first match play round at noon. After the second match play round at 3:15 p.m. the top five players will be determined for the stepladder finals at 7 p.m.

All final day action will be covered live on PBA’s online bowling channel PBA Xtra Frame on FloBowling. Subscription and schedule information is available here.

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PBA50 River City Extreme Open – Second Round Results

Players with position, hometown and 16-game total. Positions 1-16 advance to match play rounds. Positions 17-23 plus eight PBA60 players advance to cashers round to determine eight additional match play spots. n denotes non-member; ss-PBA60 player ages 60 and over advancing to cashers round.

1, Scott Greiner, Sunrise Beach, Mo., 3,626
2, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 3,616
3, Brian Kretzer, Dayton, Ohio, 3,607
4, Ralph Brunt Jr., Jensen Beach, Fla., 3,593
5, Eddie Graham, Kettering, Ohio, 3,591
6, Michael Haugen Jr., Phoenix, 3,528
7, Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., 3,521
8, Lennie Boresch Jr., Kenosha, Wis., 3,520
9, (tie) Mark Sullivan, Indianapolis, and
Bob Learn Jr., Erie, Pa., 3,504
11, Don Blatchford, Santa Monica, Calif., 3,503
12, Peter Knopp, Germany, 3,470
13, Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, 3,451
14, Greg Thomas, Irmo, S.C., 3,450
15, Sammy Ventura, Syracuse, N.Y., 3,427
16, Harry Sullins, Chesterfield Twp., Mich., 3,426

17, Jeff Johnson, Freeport, Ill., 3,413
18, Tony Johnson, Canton, Ohio, 3,412
19, Joel Carlson, Omaha, Neb., 3,400
20, Gary Alstott, Washington, Ill., 3,384
21, John Marsala, St. Louis, Mo., 3,380
22, n-Thomas Jones, Blaine, Mnn., 3,348
23, John Dudak, Orland Park, Ill., 3,326

24, ss-Tom Carter, Columbus, Ohio, 3,310
25, ss-Henry Dawson, Elma, Wash., 3,297
26, ss-Ron Mohr, Las Vegas, 3,271
27, ss-James Storts, Westfield, Ind., 3,261
28, ss-Mike Dias, Lafayette, Colo., 3,258
29, ss-Christopher Keane, Cape Coral, Fla., 3,234
30, ss-Edward Silva, Manteca, Calif., 3,198
31, ss-Kevin Foley, Reno, Nev., 3,183

Missed Cut:
32, Todd Kjell, Roscoe, Ill., 3,318
33, Brian Voss, Centennial, Colo., 3,287
34, Don Breeden, Clive, Iowa, 3,278
35, Bryan Goebel, Shawnee, Kan., 3,277
36, n-David Oulman, Medford, Minn., 3,273
37, n-Ron Cleveland, St. Paul, Minn., 3,264
38, n-John Hommes, Crystal, Minn., 3,252
39, Tony Rodriguez Jr., Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., 3,246
40, n-Larry Birkedahl, Sartell, Minn., 3,240
41, Dale Traber, Cedarburg, Wis., 3,175
42, Ted Staikoff, Black Hawk, S.D., 3,157
43, Greg McDaniel, Kimball, Neb., 3,153
44, n-Craig Schiffler, Melrose, Minn., 3,136
45, John Burkett, Southlake, Texas, 3,117
46, Patrick King, Yankton, S.D., 3,113
47, n-Dana Wright, St. Paul, Minn., 3,112
48, Craig O’Reilly, Tinley Park, Ill., 3,105
49, n-David Green, St. Michael, Minn., 3,104
50, Steven Jansson, Barnes, Wis., 3,097
51, Timothy Regan, East Northport, N.Y., 3,093
52, Brad Snell, Mount Prospect, Ill., 3,059
53, Glenn Morgan, Carson City, Nev., 3,048
54, John Kidwell, Indianapolis, Ind., 3,024
55, n-Fred Schossow, Zimmerman, Minn., 3,016
56, n-Robert Robillard, Savage, Minn., 2,998
57, Gary Kammes, Winfield, Ill., 2,992
58, Paul Mielens, Menomonie, Wis., 2,988
59, n-Curtis Matlock, Cloquet, Minn., 2,973
60, Bob Heath Sr., Grand Junction, Iowa, 2,942
61, Lucien Casagrande, Canada, 2,911
62, n-Lawrence Harvanko, Champlin, Minn., 2,900
63, Steve Stein, Staten Island, N.Y., 2,899
64, Jeff Moore, Boone, Iowa, 2,877
65, Jared Cudnohufsky, Kingsford, Mich., 2,875
66, Mike Schmid, St. Paul, Minn., 2,802
67, n-Ermon Dixon, Waite Park, Minn., 2,801
68, Dean Bruinsma, Clear Lake, S.D., 2,744
69, n-Peter Williams, Buffalo, Minn., 2,729
70, n-James Friend, Big Lake, Minn., 2,687
71, n-Fred van De, Elk River, Minn., 2,659

Herbert Bickel

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