71-Year-Old Ron Winger Leads After First Round of PBA50 Northern California Classic

by jthomas  |  Monday, June 17, 5:56 PM

Five-time PBA50 Tour champion Ron Winger of Las Vegas, averaged 251.8 to lead first round qualifying Monday in the PBA50 Northern California Classic presented by Track at Harvest Park Bowl.

The 71-year-old Winger, whose last PBA50 Tour win came almost 10 years ago in the 2003 PBA Senior Clarksville Open, had a 2,015 eight-game pinfall total with games of 215, 248, 255, 278, 290, 215, 214 and 300.

“I’m staying in good shape and I’ve changed my game a bit by moving back on the approach so I have more of a slide at the foul line,” said Winger. “I’ve kind of rebuilt my game and I’m to the point where I’m really enjoying the game again and having fun.”

Winger’s 300 enabled him to move ahead of recent Suncoast PBA Senior U.S. Open presented by Storm winner Amleto Monacelli of Venezuela, who finished the round in second with a 1,982 pinfall.

“Normally I prefer to bowl on a condition where you have to play inside on the lane but I played outside for most of the round,” Winger said. “When you’re out here on Tour you have to be prepared to play anywhere and fortunately I was today.”

If Monacelli, who won his second consecutive Senior U.S. Open title June 7 in Las Vegas, can take the qualifying lead after Tuesday’s second round it will be the fourth time this season he has earned top qualifier honors.

“I got off to a good start and the lane conditions continued to come to me,” said the PBA Hall of Famer and winner of 19 PBA Tour titles. “I just had to be careful not to open up the angles to the pocket too much. Getting the ball to the pocket is one thing but finding the right speed and angle to get the pin carry is something you have to always adjust to.”

Rounding out the top five after the first round were Hall of Famer and reigning PBA50 Player of the Year Walter Ray Williams Jr., Ocala, Fla., 1,976; two-time PBA50 Player of the Year Ron Mohr, Las Vegas, 1,947 and Bob Learn Jr., Erie, Pa., 1,913.

The 88-player field returns for another eight-game qualifying round Tuesday to determine the top 24 who will advance to Wednesday’s match play rounds. Round of eight and championship rounds are scheduled for 5:30 p.m. PT on Wednesday.

Harvest Park Bowl, Brentwood, Calif.
Monday’s Results


1, Ron Winger, Las Vegas, 2,015.
2, Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, 1,982.
3, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Ocala, Fla., 1,976.
4, Ron Mohr, Las Vegas, 1,947.
5, Bob Learn Jr., Erie, Pa., 1,913.
6, Dave Dayton, Reno, Nev., 1,912.
7, Rodney Garrick, San Francisco, 1,903.
8, Noel Vazquez, Sacramento, Calif., 1,893.
9, a-Pete Thomas, Oklahoma City, Okla., 1,889.
10, Rob Rice, Sunnyside, Wash., 1,887.
11, John Dudak, Orland Park, Ill., 1,886.
12, Dale Eagle, Tavares, Fla., 1,884.
13, Wayne Webb, Columbus, Ohio, 1,881.
14, Kenny Parks, Hammond, Ind., 1,878.
15, a-Sam Carter, BenLomond, Calif., 1,873.
16, Rohn Morton, Vancouver, Wash., 1,871.
17, (tie) Nick Morgan, Sacramento, Calif., and Eric Forkel, Las Vegas, 1,869.
19, (tie) Lennie Boresch Jr., Kenosha, Wis., and Dale Traber, Cedarburg, Wis., 1,866.
21, Joe Goldstein Sr., San Bruno, Calif., 1,860.
22, Mike Dias, Lafayette, Colo., 1,857.
23, Hugh Miller, Seattle, 1,852.
24, Don Blatchford, Santa Monica, Calif., 1,844.
25, a-Terry Leong, Las Vegas, 1,841.
26, Kevin Croucher, Grants Pass, Ore., 1,835.
27, Kevin Foley, Reno, Nev., 1,816.
28, Don Sylvia, Lady Lake, FL, 1,805.
29, Thomas Ream, Tampa, Fla., 1,802.
30, Bill Nichols, Roseville, Calif., 1,797.
31, Henry Gonzalez, Colorado Springs, Colo., 1,796.
32, Barry Richards, Lodi, Calif., 1,790.
33, Peter Knopp, Germany, 1,787.
34, Dennis Jones, Fremont, Calif., 1,784.
35, Paul Appling, Camarillo, Calif., 1,780.
36, Bill McCorkle, Westerville, Ohio, 1,777.
37, Michael Henry, Brunswick, Ohio, 1,760.
38, Scott Hansel, Stockton, Calif., 1,757.
39, Harry Sullins, Chesterfield Twp, Mich., 1,742.
40, Johnny Petraglia, Jackson, N.J., 1,741.
41, Tim Pierce, Portland, Ore., 1,729.
42, Bill Henson, Westerville, Ohio, 1,724.
43, Robert Harvey, Boise, Idaho, 1,720.
44, Ed Silva, Manteca, Calif., 1,716.
45, Al Bella, Pittsburg, Calif., 1,715.
46, Terry Metzner, Kentwood, Mich., 1,688.
47, Christopher Keane, Cape Coral, Fla., 1,678.
48, Mark McCreary, Livermore, Calif., 1,664.
49, a-Dick Baker, Henderson, Nev., 1,662.
50, David Wilson, Reno, Nev, 1,660.
51, (tie) a-Pete Milkovich, Hercules, Calif., and Todd Kjell, Roscoe, Ill., 1,655.
53, Norm Wolff Jr., Modesto, Calif., 1,650.
54, Ted Staikoff, Black Hawk, S.D., 1,644.
55, Lorrie Sims, Oakley, Calif., 1,642.
56, Lauri Karppala Jr., Folsom, Calif., 1,639.
57, Doug Kempt, Monrovia, Calif., 1,622.
58, Duane Wilson, Brentwood, Calif., 1,620.
59, Steve Davis, Manteca, Calif., 1,617.
60, Gerald Calvin, Thousand Oaks, Calif., 1,611.
61, Ross Packard, San Jose, Calif., 1,609.
62, Thomas Goodchild, Fairfield, Calif., 1,600.
63, John Gould, Orangevale, Calif., 1,598.
64, Michael Cristofani, Grass Valley, Calif., 1,596.
65, Joe Salvemini, Silt, Colo., 1,580.
66, Tom Carter, Rockford, Ill., 1,570.
67, Frank Gallo Jr., Jacksonville, Fla., 1,568.
68, Ed Cutter, Manassas Park, Va., 1,559.
69, Don Lane, San Francisco, 1,552.
70, Galen Keas, Alda, Neb., 1,549.
71, a-Larry Dyson, Stockton, Calif, 1,545.
72, Jeff Mann, Clearlake Oaks, Calif., 1,541.
73, Stan Winters, Simi Valley, Calif., 1,533.
74, Ty Dawson, Sunnyvale, Calif., 1,529.
75, Jim Gordin, Modesto, Calif., 1,519.
76, Rod Michael, Florissant, Mo., 1,516.
77, Keith Pridgeon, Antioch, Calif., 1,483.
78, Junior Self, Martinez, Calif., 1,475.
79, Jim Lesiuk, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., 1,461.
80, Dave Schultz, Jackson, Wis., 1,451.
81, Chuck Best, Buda, Texas, 1,439.
82, Fred Cole, Visalia, Calif., 1,431.
83, Dan Clausse, Reno, Nev., 1,420.
84, Jim Hageman, San Jose, Calif., 1,418.
85, Van Fenner, Reno, Nev., 1,416.
86, Rudy Garcia, Ft. Worth, Texas, 1,400.
87, Doug Thompson, Aberdeen, S.D., 1,384.
88, Dale Ballou, Seaside, Ore., 1,332.

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