Viale, Boresch Take Top Spots After PBA50 Hamilton Lanes & Entertainment Center Open Qualifying

by Jerry Schneider  |  Saturday, May 04, 2:11 PM

TRENTON, N.J. – Chris Viale of Westfield, Massachusetts earned top qualifier honors for the PBA50 Hamilton Lanes & Entertainment Center Open presented by Columbia 300 Saturday with a 3,375 14-game pinfall total (241 average) adding his name to the growing list of newcomers making their presence felt at the top of PBA50 leaderboards this season.

Bowling as a non-member, the 51-year-old Viale bowled a 1,745 pinfall in the second round with games of 287, 222, 234, 277, 248, 246 and 231 moving from seventh after Friday’s first round to lead 32 players who advanced to Sunday’s first match play round which begins at 10 a.m. ET.

Chris Viale headshot“I had a couple of bad starts today but basically finished strong in every game which meant I was making the right adjustments,” said the 51-year-old Viale. “I stayed patient and trusted what I was seeing on the lanes and made the changes I needed to make.

“I’m starting my target at around the seven to nine board, throwing it out almost to the gutter and that has resulted in great pin carry,” Viale added. “I think in all but one or two games I finished with a string of five or six strikes and it’s making it a lot fun.”

Viale, a former collegiate All-American and member of the 1992 William Patterson Intercollegiate Team Championship winning team, is bowling in his second PBA50 Tour event. He finished 15th in the 2018 Johnny Petraglia BVL Open.

After finishing 14th after the first round, four-time PBA50 Tour winner Lennie Boresch Jr. of Kenosha, Wisconsin, bowled a 1,761 pinfall in the second round to finish qualifying with a 3,363 14-game total just 12 pins behind Viale.

Rounding out the top five were PBA Hall of Famers Ron Mohr of Las Vegas in third with 3,300 and Tom Baker of King, North Carolina in fourth with 3,269. Mohr is a 10-time PBA50 Tour winner and two-time PBA50 Player of the Year and Baker is a 12-time PBA50 Tour winner and four-time PBA50 Player of the Year.

Rounding out the top five was Keith Doran of Pomona, N.Y., who finished with 3,261.

In his pursuit of a career record 15th PBA50 Tour title and record-tying four in a row, PBA Hall of Famer Walter Ray Williams Jr. will start match play from 16th after posting a 3,182 qualifying total.

After Sunday’s second match play round, scheduled for 1:45 p.m., the top five players will be determined for the stepladder finals set for 5:30 p.m.

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PBA50 HAMILTON LANES & ENTERTAINMENT CENTER OPEN

Presented by Columbia 300

Hamilton Lanes & Entertainment Center, Trenton, N.J., Saturday

SECOND ROUND RESULTS (after 14 games. Top 32 advance to match play)

1, n-Chris Viale, Westfield, Mass., 3,375.
2, Lennie Boresch Jr., Kenosha, Wis., 3,363.
3, Ron Mohr, Las Vegas, 3,300.
4, Tom Baker, King, N.C., 3,269.
5, Keith Doran, Pomona, N.Y., 3,261.
6, Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., 3,250.
7, Joel Carlson, Omaha, Neb., 3,239.
8, Gary Shultis, Levittown, N.Y., 3,238.
9, Danny Wiseman, Baltimore, 3,212.
10, Michael Haugen Jr., Phoenix, 3,209.
11, Pete DiChiara, Ardsley, N.Y., 3,208.
12, n-Brian Boghosian, Agawam, Mass., 3,207.
13, John Marsala, St. Louis, Mo., 3,194.
14, Jeff Zaffino, Warren, Pa., 3,189.
15, Mike Dias, Lafayette, Colo., 3,186.
16, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., 3,182.
17, Brian LeClair, Albany, N.Y., 3,177.
18, Ricky Schissler, Brighton, Colo., 3,171.
19, John Neral, Vienna, Va., 3,146.
20, James Knoblauch, Waukesha, Wis., 3,142.
21, Stephen Pavlinko, Sewell, N.J., 3,141.
22, William Peters, Dayton, Ohio, 3,133.
23, Bob Learn Jr., Erie, Pa., 3,117.
23, Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, 3,117.
25, Greg Thomas, Irmo, S.C., 3,116.
26, Brian Kretzer, Dayton, Ohio, 3,112.
27, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 3,107.
28, Chris Fedden, Albany, N.Y., 3,099.
29, Darryl Bower, Middletown, Pa., 3,061.
30, Rick Graham, Lancaster, Pa., 3,057.
31, Harry Sullins, Chesterfield Twp., Mich., 3,056.
32, John Dudak, Orland Park, Ill., 3,047.

Did not advance:
33, Bill Neumann, Rensselaer, N.Y., 3,041, $1,000.
34, John Conroy, Mahopac, N.Y., 3,035.
35, ss-Jimmie Pritts Jr., Mathuen, Mass., and ss-Sammy Ventura, Syracuse, N.Y., 3,033, $1,000.
37, Don Herrington, Ballston Lake, N.Y., 3,029.
38, Craig Auerbach, Sunrise, Fla., 3,017.
39, Richard Strath, Schenectady, N.Y., 3,008.
40, ss-Jay Boyle, Garnet Valley, Pa., 2,981, $1,000.
41, ss-Sam Maccarone, Williamstown, N.J., 2,977, $1,000.
42, ss-Tom Carter, Columbus, Ohio, 2,976, $1,000.
43, Todd Kjell, Roscoe, Ill., 2,973.
44, Brian Menini, Brookfield, Mo., 2,970.
45, ss-Joe Salvemini, Colorado Springs, Colo., 2,953, $1,000.
46, ss-Kevin Foley, Reno, Nev., 2,948, $1,000.
47, ss-Jim Pitts, Elmira, N.Y., 2,940, $1,000.
48, Henry Dawson, Elma, Wash., 2,936.
49, Glenn Smith, New York, 2,928.
50, Vince Mazzanti Jr., Levittown, Pa., 2,927.
51, Bob Caruso, Dayton, N.J., 2,913.
52, Brendan Bierch, Grafton, Mass., 2,909.
52, Warren Eales, Chandler, Ariz., 2,909.
54, Robert Greene, Oxford, Conn., 2,904.
55, Lee Brosius, Ashburn, Va., 2,898.
56, Fran Luzzi, Port Jervis, N.Y., 2,896.
57, Timothy Regan, East Northport, N.Y., 2,894.
58, Ray Mahon, Hulmeville, Pa., 2,888.
59, Michael Healy, Yonkers, N.Y., 2,875.
60, Robert Leonard Sr, Lockwood, N.Y., 2,873.
61, n-Rob Sperling, Livingston, N.J., 2,866.
62, John DiSantis, Wilmington, Del., 2,856.
63, Michael Klosin, Windham, N.H., 2,851.
64, Terry Metzner, Kentwood, Mich., 2,850.
65, Steven DiMartino, Upper Saddle River, N.J., 2,848.
66, Terry Wiley, Vienna, Va., 2,846.
67, Richard Wilburn, Jr., Adamstown, Md., 2,844.
68, Johnny Petraglia, Jackson, N.J., 2,833.
69, Tony Johnson, Canton, Ohio, 2,830.
70, Rick Francis, Linden, Calif., 2,828.
71, Carl West, San Jose, Calif., 2,810.
72, Keith Lesko, Prosper, Texas, 2,808.
73, Mike Hastings, Millsboro, Del., 2,792.
74, Gary Faulkner, Norfolk, Va., 2,790.
75, Barry Clare, Bayside, N.Y., 2,786.
76, Ron Glick, Morganville, N.J., 2,763.
77, n-Clint Randall, Trenton, N.J., 2,756.
78, David Zelger, Red Lion, Pa., 2,755.
79, Widmar Vargas, Sun City Center, Fla., 2,748.
80, Fred Ferreira, Kings Park, N.Y., 2,720.
81, Christopher Keane, Cape Coral, Fla., 2,718.
82, Steve Bova, Massapequa, N.Y., 2,703.
83, Michael Vella, Medford, N.Y., 2,698.
84, William Keenan Jr., Orlando, Fla., 2,697.
85, Michael Robey, Morrisville, Pa., 2,673.
86, Naime Esteves, Clifton Park, N.Y., 2,641.
87, n-Scott Santos, Bethlehem, Pa., 2,630.
88, (tie) Robert Donovan, Prattsville, N.Y., and Jim Horan, Mountain View, Calif., 2,625.
90, n,-Guy Wallach, Livingston, N.J., 2,620.
91, Ross McDonald, Las Vegas, Nev., 2,612.
92, n-Jim DiNunzio, Williamstown, N.J., 2,604.
93, Pasquale Lucci, Sr., Hamilton, N.J., 2,531.
94, n-Edward Brabant Jr, Dracut, Mass., 2,529.
95, Thomas Sliwinski, Reynoldsville, Pa., 2,366.
96, Louis Barbera, North Bellmore, N.Y., 2,355.
97, John Christensen, Carmel, N.Y., 2,169.
98, n-Augustus Hover, Swedesboro, N.J., 1,115.
99, Tony Bellantoni, White Plains, N.Y., 1,053.

300 games – Ron Mohr, Jay Boyle

n-non-PBA member

ss-PBA60 players ages 60 and older out of the regular prize fund cashing for $1,000.