Wyoming, Michigan – Coming off another PBA50 regional title on Sunday, and a second-place finish at last week’s PBA50 South Shore Open, Eugene McCune is in the driver’s seat at the PBA50 Spectrum Lanes Open.

During day one of qualifying on Tuesday, McCune fired 242, 213, 233, 230, 257, 234 and 261 for 1,670, averaging 238.57 to take a 13-pin lead over Bill Watson, who is in second.

McCune is thrilled that for the third tournament in a row he is bowling at a center he feels extremely comfortable in and another he has had a lot of success at as well.

“I won here 20 years ago, my first national title against Walter (Ray Williams Jr.),” he said. “I made the arena show in 1997 here, and I won my first senior title two years ago here.”

Inside Spectrum Entertainment Complex, he played the lanes a little straighter and just started striking. He used his Storm Incite with some shine on it early then to his 900 Global Wolverine Dark Moss the last six games for even higher scores. He feels like the lanes are dry to the right and doesn’t expect he will have to move much during Wednesday's final seven-game qualifying block.

The 54-year-old who works two jobs always looks forward to when the PBA50 Tour makes its way closer to his home in Munster, Indiana. He admits he gets more sleep than usual, and he is just ready to compete. He also finds it hard to watch while sitting at home.

“I was dying,” he said. “I’m watching people bowl and I was like, I could be winning or at least bowling good enough to cash.”

Watson, James Campbell, Bruce Falcon and Gary Schluchter round out the top-five.

McCune and the rest of the field will be back on the lanes starting with the B-squad at 10 a.m. ET Wednesday followed by the A-squad at 3 p.m. ET for seven more games of qualifying before cutting to the top 29. Watch every game of PBA50 action exclusively on BowlTV.com.

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Top 10 PBA50 Spectrum Lanes Open

  1. Eugene McCune     1,670
  2. Bill Watson              1,657
  3. James Campbell     1,647
  4. Bruce Falcon           1,611
  5. Gary Schluchter      1,592
  6. Joe Ciach                1,572
  7. Ryan Shafer            1,564
  8. Larry Verble             1,561
  9. Tom Adcock             1,558
  10. Dave Johnson          1,548

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