Brown Takes Over Lead at PBA60 Dick Weber Classic
Jackson, Michigan – Robert P. Brown had himself a day on Wednesday filled with a lot of highs and a few lows at the PBA60 Dick Weber Classic.
He started the day with 279, 236, 278, 248, 238, 214 and 257 for 1,750, an average of 250. That gave him a 75-pin lead over Ron Mohr after 14-games of qualifying. But over his six-games of match play, the righty finished with a 2-4 record, bringing his overall total with bonus pins to 4,982. His lead shrunk to just 5-pins.
“You average 250 and you just look up there and go, ‘I don’t know how I did it, but apparently I did,'” Brown said about his second qualifying block. “In match play, a lot of my opponents bowled really well. You needed 250s and 270s to win some matches on this pattern, but I wasn’t quite able to do that like I was in qualifying.”
Brown, who finished 21st at the PBA50 David Small’s Jax60 Open held at the same bowling center, had a strategy to battle the transition coming into this event and relied on a few new balls that helped him post high scores.
“I used a dull Storm Phaze II for two games then I switched to my Reality, which I had shined up,” the Wyoming native said. “That was a pretty good one-two punch. Then, I threw a Track Hybrid late in game six and in game seven. Some patterns just match up with what you try to do pretty well.”
Brown’s best finish on the PBA50 was 7th place in June at the PBA50 Cup in Lubbock, Texas. The 61-year-old is seeking his first PBA50 Tour title.
Mohr also had himself a strong day on Wednesday. He started the day in 8th place and shot 222, 279, 256, 213, 268, 280 and 257 for 1,775, a 253.57 average over his seven-game qualifying block. He posted a 3-3 record in match play to climb into 2nd place.
The field of bowlers, ages 60 and over, will begin six more games of match play starting at 9 a.m. Eastern. The top-five bowlers will then advance to the stepladder finals scheduled to start at 2 p.m., exclusively on FloBowling.com.
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Top 10 PBA60 Dick Weber Classic
- Robert P. Brown 4,982
- Ron Mohr 4,977
- Walter Ray Williams Jr. 4,899
- Bill Essman 4,881
- John Kirker Jr. 4,839
- Edward Silva 4,831
- Terry Metzner 4,792
- Charlie Toney 4,773
- Tony Rodriguez Jr. 4,768
- Todd Kjell 4,756