Tom Baker averages 255 to lead first round in PBA50 Treasure Island Resort & Casino Open


    2013 PBA50 Tour #11

    2013PBA50TomBaker.jpg Four-time PBA50 Player of the Year Tom Baker (pictured left) averaged 255 to lead the first round of the PBA50 Treasure Island Resort and Casino Open presented by MOTIV Monday at Island Xtreme Bowl.

    Trying for his second win of the season, the PBA Hall of Famer had a 2,046 eight-game pinfall total with games of 276, 280, 246, 206, 248, 279, 255 and 256 to lead Michael Shequin of Orange City, Fla., in second with 1,989.

    "The (lane) condition seems to be holding up pretty well but the transition came into play in the fourth game and I adjusted by going to a stronger ball," said Baker, who won the PBA50 Greater Birmingham (Ala.) Open in May for his 10th career PBA50 Tour title.

    2013PBA50TedStaikoff.jpg201213PBAWalterRayWilliams.jpg"Everyone looks for the transition about the fourth or fifth game and you just need to be prepared to make a ball change or some other adjustment, but overall the condition is holding up so you don't have to make any radical moves to the inside."

    Rounding out the top eight in the final tournament of the season are Ted Staikoff (left), 1,966; Hall of Famer Pete Weber, 1,959; Hall of Famer Walter Ray Williams Jr. (right) and Dale Traber tied for fifth with 1,929; two-time PBA50 Player of the Year Ron Mohr, 1,903 and Scott Lindsey, 1,883.

    Williams, who clinched his second consecutive PBA50 Player of the Year crown in last week's Senior/Super Senior Doubles Classic, and Amleto Monacelli, who is not competing this week, have already clinched berths for the PBA50 Tour Finals which will be conducted in early November as part of World Series of Bowling V at the South Point Hotel, Casino and Bowling Center in Las Vegas.

    2013PBA50LennieBoresch.jpg201213PBA14PeteWeber4.jpgOne more spot for the finals remains available for the finals with Lennie Boresch Jr. (left) currently holding the third spot with Pete Weber (right) three points behind in fourth and last week's Senior/Super Senior Doubles Classic winner Kerry Painter of Henderson, Nev., a distant fifth 13 points behind.

    Competition continues with another eight-game qualifying round on Tuesday after which the field will be cut to the top 24 for Wednesday's match play rounds. Championship rounds are scheduled to begin at 5 p.m. CT on Wednesday.

    PBA's online bowling channel Xtra Frame is providing full coverage of the Treasure Island Resort and Casino Open. Click on the Xtra Frame logo on for more information.


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    PBA50 Treasure Island Resort & Casino Open - First Round Qualifying

    Players with position, hometown and 8-game total

    1, Tom Baker, King, N.C., 2,046
    2, Michael Shequin, Orange City, Fla., 1,989
    3, Ted Staikoff, Black Hawk, S.D., 1,966
    4, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 1,959
    5, (tie) Walter Ray Williams Jr., Ocala, Fla., and Dale Traber, Cedarburg, Wis., 1,929
    7, Ron Mohr, Las Vegas, 1,903
    8, Scott Lindsey, Omaha, Neb., 1,883
    9, Timothy Kauble, Marion, Ohio, 1,872
    10, Patrick King, Yankton, S.D., 1,869
    11, Kerry Painter, Henderson, Nev., 1,858
    12, Kenny Parks, Hammond, Ind., 1,845
    13, Kent Wagner, Palmetto, Fla., 1,840
    14, Joel Carlson, Omaha, Neb., 1,823
    15, Jeff Richgels, Madison, Wis., 1,818
    16, Wayne Webb, Columbus, Ohio, 1,809
    17, Kevin Foley, Reno, Nev., 1,808
    18, Mike Dias, Lafayette, Colo., 1,797
    19, Bryan Goebel, Shawnee, Kan., 1,781
    20, a-Chuck Schuette, Davenport, Iowa, 1,780
    21, Dale Eagle, Tavares, Fla., 1,775
    22, a-Steve Calyore, Naples, Fla., 1,767
    23, Robert Harvey, Boise, Idaho, 1,766
    24, Bill McCorkle, Westerville, Ohio, 1,753
    25, Don Holmes, Itasca, Ill., 1,752
    26, Steve Stein, Staten Island, N.Y., 1,748
    27, (tie) Bill Henson, Westerville, Ohio, and Daniel Miner, East Moline, Ill., 1,747
    29, Lennie Boresch Jr., Kenosha, Wis., 1,740
    30, Bob Markiewicz, San Diego, 1,729
    31, Marc Lineberry, Camanche, Iowa, 1,728
    32, Tom Carter, Rockford, Ill., 1,719
    33, William Keenan, Jr., Orlando, Fla., 1,716
    34, Jim Knoblauch, Waukesha, Wis., 1,698
    35, Brendan Bierch, Grafton, Mass., 1,696
    36, Dave Osim, Roscommon, Mich., 1,693
    37, Todd Kjell, Roscoe, Ill., 1,690
    38, (tie) Tim Pierce, Portland, Ore., and Richard Hunt, Valparaiso, Ind., 1,684
    40, Alan Harteneck, Red Wing, Minn., 1,676
    41, Roger Painter, Woodbridge, Va., 1,657
    42, Jerry Sikora, Wisconsin Rapids, Wis., 1,656
    43, Bill Idzior, Crown Point, Ind., 1,655
    44, Steven Jansson, Barnes, Wis., 1,653
    45, Harv Pallas, Stevensville, Mich., 1,651
    46, Michael Lucente, Warren, Mich., 1,627
    47, George Lord, Lakeland, Fla., 1,623
    48, a-Jerome Penxa, Romeo, Mich., 1,610
    49, Bob Heath Sr., Grand Junction, Iowa, 1,586
    50, a-Bob Micek, Woodbury, Minn., 1,583
    51, Scott Smith, North Aurora, Ill., 1,570
    52, Dan Clausse, Reno, Nev., 1,554
    53, Doug Thompson, Aberdeen, S.D., 1,553
    54, Lucien Casagrande, Canada, 1,548
    55, Galen Keas, Alda, Neb., 1,546
    56, a-Murray Hickman, Las Vegas, 1,543
    57, Allen Meskan, Addison, Ill., 1,537
    58, Keith Hennricks, Green Bay, Wis., 1,536
    59, a-David Freeman, Rochester, Minn., 1,528
    60, a-Scott Rygol, Henderson, Nev., 1,526
    61, Jared Cudnohufsky, Kingsford, Mich., 1,520
    62, a-Tim Knutson, Brooklyn Park, Minn., 1,482
    63, John Hunt, Grayling, Mich., 1,474
    64, a-James Martin, Vero Beach, Fla., 1,449
    65, Jeff Moore, Boone, Iowa, 1,425
    66, a-Dean Bruinsma, Clear Lake, S.D., 1,423
    67, a-Mike Schmid, St. Paul, Minn., 1,420
    68, (tie) a-Tomas Karlsson, Sweden, and Will Friedrich, Green Bay, Wis., 1,394
    70, Robert Teeters, Lapel, Ind., 1,379
    71, a-Dale Lipovsky, Apple Valley, Minn., 1,347
    72, a-Glen St. Onge, Canada, 1,320

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