Super Senior Ron Winger paces field in PBA50 Northern California Classic


    2013 PBA50 Tour #8

    71-year-old five-time PBA50 Tour champion averages over 250 in opening round


    Five-time PBA50 Tour champion Ron Winger (pictured left) 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."

    2013PBA5006AmletoMonacelli3.jpgWinger's 300 enabled him to move ahead of recent Suncoast PBA Senior U.S. Open presented by Storm winner Amleto Monacelli (right) 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," said Winger. "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 in eight tournaments this season he has earned top qualifier honors.

    2013PBA5002WalterRayWilliams2.jpg2011PBASRonMohr.jpg"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. (left), Ocala, Fla., 1,976; two-time PBA50 Player of the Year Ron Mohr (right), Las Vegas, 1,947 and Bob Learn Jr., Erie, Pa., 1,913, who won the season opening PBA50 Pasco County Suncoast Open.

    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.


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    PBA50 Northern California Classic - First Round Qualifying

    Players with position, hometown and 8-game total; a indicates amateur

    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