Trip to New York Between Rounds Doesn’t Stop Parker Bohn III from Becoming PBA50 Cup Top Qualifier
by Jerry Schneider | Saturday, August 11, 5:50 PM
WYOMING, Mich. – PBA Hall of Famer Parker Bohn III returned for Saturday afternoon’s second round of the PBA50 Cup presented by DV8 after an overnight trip to New York where he participated in a National Bowling Day segment on “FOX & Friends” Saturday morning. Despite a whirlwind trip, he proceeded to take top qualifier honors for the season’s final PBA50 Tour major.
After finishing sixth in Friday’s first round with a 1,730 eight-game pinfall total at Spectrum Lanes, Bohn caught a flight from Grand Rapids to Newark. He then returned to Grand Rapids after the early morning FOX appearance just in time for his second squad Saturday afternoon where he bowled 1,830 for eight games to take the tournament lead.
Bohn finished with a 16-game overall qualifying pinfall total of 3,560 (222.5 average), 60 pins ahead of Brian Kretzer of Dayton, Ohio, who held on to second finishing with 3,500 for his 16 games of qualifying.
Bohn, a 35-time PBA Tour and four-time PBA50 Tour winner, bowled games of 262, 211, 248, 185, 214, 246, 233 and 231 in the second round.
A delayed return flight from Newark nearly ended the tournament for Bohn.
“Everything went well on the trip there but on the way back it was another story,” said Bohn of his ordeal on the return trip. “My plane was supposed to leave at 11:50 a.m., but it was delayed and we didn’t leave until about 1 p.m.
“When I got to the Grand Rapids airport I had to sprint to the exit where my wife (Leslie) was waiting for me to take me to the center. As I was walking in the door at Spectrum Lanes (tournament director) John Weber was getting ready to start the squad.
“I didn’t get any practice,” Bohn continued. “I started with the same ball as I used on Friday and took a guess on my speed and where I should play and went from there.”
It was about a month ago that Bohn, along with PBA star Andrew Anderson and PWBA star Daria Pajak were asked to be part of the “FOX & Friends” National Bowling Day segment. After looking at the PBA50 Cup schedule and the airline schedule Bohn found that making the trip to New York was possible.
“I wanted to go because of my love for the game and to promote the sport – it’s as simple as that,” Bohn said. “I was running on adrenaline and pretty pumped so I think that’s how I got through the day today. I’m just glad it all worked out.”
Bohn led 30 players who advanced to two modified round-robin match play rounds which will begin Sunday morning at 9 a.m. ET. After match play, the top five players will be determined for the stepladder finals at 7 p.m.
A 253 final game in the second round helped PBA50 Tour rookie Rolando Sebelen of the Dominican Republic hang onto third place. The first round leader finished qualifying with a 3,480, finding the going tougher in the second round bowling 1,623 for eight games after 1,857 in the first round.
The final day of the PBA50 Cup will be streamed live on PBA’s online bowling channel PBA Xtra Frame on FloBowling. Subscription information is available by visiting www.flobowling.com.
Presented by DV8
Spectrum Lanes, Wyoming, Mich., Saturday
SECOND ROUND RESULTS (after 16 games. Top 30 advance to Sunday’s modified round-robin match play rounds)
1, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 3,560.
2, Brian Kretzer, Dayton, Ohio, 3,500.
3, Rolando Sebelen, Dominican Republic, 3,480.
4, Greg Thomas, Irmo, S.C., 3,433.
5, Keith Lesko, Prosper, Texas, 3,429.
6, Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, 3,424.
7, Harry Sullins, Chesterfield Twp., Mich., 3,389.
8, Ron Mohr, Las Vegas, 3,384.
9, Bryan Goebel, Shawnee, Kan., 3,365.
10, n-Michael Kereluk, Warren, Mich., 3,339.
11, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 3,336.
12, Tony Johnson, Canton, Ohio, 3,330.
13, Michael Haugen Jr., Phoenix, 3,327.
14, Peter Knopp, Germany, 3,315.
15, Doug Kent, Newark, N.Y., 3,300.
16, Brian Voss, Centennial, Colo., 3,299.
17, Mark Williams, Beaumont, Texas, 3,298.
18, Steve Jaros, Yorkville, Ill., 3,296.
19, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., 3,291.
20, Brian LeClair, Albany, N.Y., 3,285.
21, (tie) Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., and Mark Sullivan, Indianapolis, 3,282.
23, David Axon, Bellevue, Neb., 3,271.
24, John Burkett, Southlake, Texas, 3,266.
25, Tom Baker, King, N.C., 3,265.
26, Scott Greiner, Sunrise Beach, Mo., 3,248.
27, Lennie Boresch Jr., Kenosha, Wis., 3,244.
28, Bob Learn Jr., Erie, Pa., 3,242.
29, n-Eugene McCune, Munster, Ind., 3,241.
30, Tony Rodriguez Jr., Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., 3,224.
Did not advance:
31, Bo Goergen, Sanford, Mich., 3,223.
32, Larry Verble, Mason, Mich., 3,218.
33, Rick Zakrajsek, Lorain, Ohio, 3,217.
34, ss-Ted Staikoff, Black Hawk, S.D., 3,208, $1,050.
35, Jeff Johnson, Freeport, Ill., 3,203.
36, Gary Alstott, Washington, Ill., 3,178.
37, ss-Charlie Tapp, Kalamazoo, Mich., 3,172, $1,050.
38, ss-Michael Lucente, Warren, Mich., 3,158, $1,050.
39, ss-John Dudak, Orland Park, Ill., 3,127, $1,050.
40, ss-Dave Bernhardt, Romeo, Mich., 3,124, $1,050.
41, Eddie Graham, Kettering, Ohio, 3,123.
42, John Marsala, St. Louis, Mo., 3,110.
43, (tie)Gary Schluchter, Femont, Ohio, and
ss-Johnny Petraglia, Jackson, N.J., 3,107, $1,050.
45, ss-Lee Brosius, Ashburn, Va., 3,078, $1,050.
46, ss-Sammy Ventura, Syracuse, N.Y., 3,060, $1,050.
47, Larry Salvati, Canada, 3,059.
48, Glenn Smith, New York, 3,050.
49, n-George Phillips, Centreville, Mich., 3,049.
50, Tom Carter, Columbus, Ohio, 3,043.
51, Gary Reh, Fort Mohave, Ariz., 3,031.
52, Kevin Foley, Reno, Nev., 3,027.
53, Paul LeMond, Jasper, Ind., 3,021.
54, Marc Lineberry, Camanche, Iowa, 3,020.
55, Bruce Hall, Westborough, Mass., 3,019.
56, Gary Kammes, Winfield, Ill., 3,005.
57, (tie) Dave Han, Birmingham, Ala., and Christopher Keane, Cape Coral, Fla., 3,002.
59, (tie) Danny Clark, New Palestine, Ind., and Steven DiMartino, Upper Saddle River,N.J., 3,001.
61, John Kidwell, Indianapolis, Ind., 2,999.
62, Terry Metzner, Kentwood, Mich., 2,977.
63, Steve Kenyon, Grosse Ile., Mich., 2,975.
64, John Conroy, Mahopac, N.Y., 2,972.
65, Brendan Bierch, Grafton, Mass., 2,964.
66, Warren Nelson, Hemet, Calif., 2,961.
67, Edward Silva, Manteca, Calif., 2,956.
68, Don Blatchford, Santa Monica, Calif., 2,944.
69, Todd Kjell, Roscoe, Ill., 2,919.
70, (tie) Paul Mielens, Menomonie, Wis., and n-Curtis Matlock, Cloquet, Minn., 2,895.
72, n-Peter Minaudo, Chesterfield, Mich., 2,887.
73, Al Danz Jr., Escanaba, Mich., 2,870.
74, David Scardaville, Houston, Texas, 2,849.
75, Ernie Segura Jr., Taylor, Mich., 2,847.
76, Ross McDonald, Las Vegas, Nev., 2,805.
77, Mark Nance Sr., Grove City, Ohio, 2,794.
78, James Storts, Westfield, Ind., 2,784.
79, Dennis Briggs, New Galilee, Pa., 2,767.
80, Dale Reh, Appleton, Wis., 2,761.
81, Phillip Moros, Lombard, Ill., 2,725.
82, Glenn Morgan, Carson City, Nev., 2,684.
83, Robert Davis, Annapolis, Md., 2,541.
84, Galen Keas, Alda, Neb., 2,533.
300 games – Greg Thomas
ss-PBA60 player age 60 and over out of the regular prize fund cashing for $1,050