PBA Spare Shots: Walter Ray Williams Jr. Tops FloBowling’s PBA50 “Power Rankings” List
by Bill Vint | Friday, May 31, 11:33 AM
After kicking off the 2019 PBA50 Tour season with three consecutive victories, boosting his career total to a record-tying 14 PBA50 Tour titles, it’s no surprise that PBA Hall of Famer Walter Ray Williams Jr. earned the No. 1 ranking in FloBowling’s unofficial ranking of “senior tour” players.
Rounding out the top 10 in the power rankings after five tournaments and leading into the PBA50 Tour’s second and third major tournaments of 2019, is a Hall of Fame-dominated field. The players’ ranking position prior to last week’s Northern California Classic are listed in parenthesis. The PBA50 power rankings are arbitrarily selected by FloBowling announcers who regularly cover PBA50 events:
1) Walter Ray Williams Jr. (1);
2) Norm Duke (2);
3) Michael Haugen Jr. (3);
4) Amleto Monacelli (4);
5) Parker Bohn III (7);
6) Ron Mohr (6);
7) Brian LeClair (5);
8) Bryan Goebel (14);
9) Lennie Boresch Jr. (8);
10) Danny Wiseman (9).
Previously unranked Mike Dias, the NorCal Classic winner, just missed the top 10, earning the No. 11 ranking. Among the top 10, all except Haugen, LeClair and Boresch are not members of the PBA Hall of Fame.
Next up for the PBA50 Tour are the USBC Super Senior Classic (for players 60-and-older), the USBC Senior Masters and the Suncoast PBA Senior U.S. Open presented by Storm – all in Las Vegas. The Senior U.S. Open and all regularly-schedule PBA50 Tour events are covered live, from start to finish, by FloBowling. The USBC Super Senior Classic and Senior Masters will be live streamed by USBC’s BowlTV premium service. Visit Bowl.com for details.
PBA BOWLING CHALLENGE MOBILE GAME OFFERS “PBA PLAYOFFS” SPECIAL EVENT
The inaugural PBA Playoffs calls for a special limited-time tournament for Concrete Software’s PBA Bowling Challenge mobile device players.
The PBA Bowling Challenge mobile game will offer a PBA Playoffs tournament inside a custom PBA venue. To enter, download PBA Bowling Challenge to your mobile device and start bowling in the limited-time tournament on June 3 at 1 p.m. EDT and try to post a higher score than the PBA Playoffs winner bowls in game two of the championship match (you can find out the score to beat during the live telecast on FOX on Sunday, June 2 at 12:30 p.m. EDT).
Each score you bowl that beats the winner’s game two score will count as an entry. One entry will be randomly selected as the winner and will receive a bowling pin signed by the PBA Playoffs champion plus 6,000 Gold Pins. The sweepstakes ends at 1 a.m. EDT on June 10.
PBA REGIONAL UPDATE: DAVIDSON, RIGGLE WIN FIRST PBA REGIONAL TITLES
• Michael Davidson of Versailles, Ohio defeated Michael Martell of Brooklyn, N.Y., 247-194, to win the PBA Celeste Walker Midwest/Central Open presented by American Family Insurance and Track at Strike & Spare II in Lockport, Ill., Saturday.
Davidson, who earned his first regional title and $1,800 for the one-day, reduced entry fee event, downed non-PBA member Bryan Bourget of Woonsocket, R.I., 200-169, while Martell edged Matt Staninger of Centerville, Ohio, 247-231, in semifinal round matches to set up the championship match.
• Robert Riggle of Virginia Beach, Va., defeated Brian Kasperowski of Dickson City, Pa., 238-164, to win his first PBA title in the PBA Colony Park Lanes Eastern Challenge presented by Columbia 300 in York, Pa., on Saturday. PBA Challenge events are open to any member or non-member who has never won a PBA event.
Riggle, who recently reinstated his membership, was bowling in his fourth career PBA event. He was one of the final bowlers to get into the sold-out field. Kasperowski, a second-year member, was bowling in his eighth career event and had a previous best finish of 20th. Riggle also earned $1,500 for the win.
• PBA’s Regional program moves into the summer with a trio of tournaments over the June 8-9 weekend including the Elkhart Central/Midwest Open presented by 900 Global at Country Club Lanes in Elkhart, Ind., and a pair of one-day events in Minnesota: the River City Extreme Midwest Open presented by Hammer on June 8 in Monticello followed by the Mermaid Lanes Midwest Open presented by Columbia 300 in Moundsview on Sunday.
• The June 14-16 weekend schedule of PBA Regional activity features the Homefield Bowl Eastern Open presented by MOTIV in Yonkers, N.Y., and the Timmy See Memorial Tavares South Open at Break Point Alley in Tavares, Fla.
• PBA Regional tournaments on tap for the June 21-23 weekend include the PBA50 Ned Micelli Memorial presented by Ebonite at Herrill Lanes in New Hyde Park, N.Y.; the Pro Bowl West/Midwest Challenge presented by Ebonite for non-title winners in Fort Wayne, Ind.; the PBA50 Sand Hills South Open at Sand Hills Bowling Center in Aberdeen, N.C., and the PBA/PBA50 Epicenter Northwest/West Open doubleheader in Klamath Falls, Ore.
• Closing out the June PBA Regional calendar will be the PBA-PBA50 John Kontos Memorial Midwest/Central Doubles Open at Town & Country Lanes in Joliet, Ill., and the Century Lanes Hampton South Open in Hampton, Va. Also on the June 28-30 schedule is the PBA Tour’s Lubbock Sports Shootout presented by Ebonite at South Plains Lanes in Lubbock, Texas. The Lubbock Sports Shootout kicks off the Go Bowling! PBA Summer Tour and USBC Cup points series.
• Heading into the 4th of July weekend, Bowl 10 Fairborn will host the PBA50 Fairborn Central Classic presented by Roto Grip Monday-Wednesday, July 1-3, in Fairborn, Ohio. Closing the extended holiday weekend July 5-7 will be the PBA50 Greater Freeport Midwest/Central Open at 4 Seasons Bowl in Freeport, Ill.; the Grand Casino Hotel & Resort Southwest Doubles presented by DV8 at FireLake Bowling Center in Shawnee, Okla., and the PBA/PBA50 Vanessa Brown Homes West Open doubleheader presented by Track at Yosemite Lanes in Modesto, Calif.
● For complete PBA Regional schedules, rules and entry information, visit pba.com, open the “schedules” tab and click on PBA Regional Tours to find the event(s) in your area…and remember, you can follow “live scoring” for all PBA Regional events on pba.com (easily accessible for Apple and Android device users using the PBA app).
• The two most recent PBA Playoffs In Brief episodes covering the past two week’s telecasts are now available at the following links: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kxX6WpyUOp8 and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xnuhMJKbFMc.
• Reminder: Applications for the 2019 PBA Billy Welu Scholarship Award, recognizing exemplary qualities in male or female college students who excel in academics as well as in the sport of bowling, are being accepted through June 21. The winner will receive a $1,000 scholarship. To be eligible candidates must be amateur bowlers who are currently in college (preceding the application date) and maintaining at least a 2.5/4.0 GPA or equivalent. The two-part application can be retrieved by downloading the files from this link http://www.pba.com/Corporate/Scholarships.
• Reminder: The 10th annual Rhino Page Lace Up to Strike Out Crohn’s and Colitis fundraiser is set for Saturday, June 15, at South Levittown Lanes in Levittown, N.Y. Since its inception in cooperation with the Tyler Cacioppo family event has raised more than $300,000 to fight the debilitating gastrointestinal diseases. For more information about the event, visit: www.strikeoutcrohns.com.
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