Tom Baker tops qualifying for PBA50 Treasure Island Resort & Casino Open


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    Lennie Boresch Jr. and Pete Weber to battle for last PBA50 Tour Finals berth

    2013PBA50TomBaker.jpgProfessional Bowlers Association Hall of Famer and four-time PBA50 Player of the Year Tom Baker (pictured left) of King, N.C., retained his lead after the second round of qualifying in the PBA50 Treasure Island Resort & Casino Open presented by MOTIV Tuesday, leading a field of 24 players heading into match play.

    In the final tournament of the season, Baker finished qualifying with a 3,985 16-game pinfall total (249 average) bowling games of 266, 258, 236, 209, 239, 228, 259 and 244 in Tuesday's second round.

    "For me it was pretty much the same as yesterday," said Baker, who is a 10-time winner on both the PBA Tour and PBA50 Tour. "The (lane condition) transition came in the fourth game like usual and I changed to a stronger ball in the fourth game just like yesterday. The only difference was I probably ended up play a little further inside toward the end of the block today."

    201213PBA14PeteWeber2.jpg201213PBAWalterRayWilliams.jpgBaker, who holds a record four PBA50 Player of the Year crowns, which he earned consecutively from 2005 to 2008, will be trying for his second title of the season, having won the PBA50 Greater Birmingham (Ala.) Open in May.

    Right on Baker's heels are two more of PBA's all-time greats heading into match play. Hall of Famers Pete Weber (left) of St. Ann, Mo., finished qualifying in second with a 3,970 pinfall and Walter Ray Williams Jr. (right) of Ocala, Fla., finished third with a 3,921 pinfall.

    In his rookie season on the PBA50 Tour, Weber, the winner of his second Barbasol PBA Tournament of Champions title in April for his 37th career Tour win, won the United States Bowling Congress Senior Masters in June for his first PBA50 Tour title.

    Still up for grabs is the third and final berth for the PBA50 Tour Finals with Weber and two-time PBA50 Tour winner Lennie Boresch Jr. of Kenosha, Wis., battling for the spot. The Finals will be conducted as part of the World Series of Bowling V in Las Vegas in early November and telecast by ESPN.

    Boresch qualified 29th after the first round and was in danger of missing the cut but rocketed to fifth with a 3,826 pinfall after bowling 2,068 (260.7 average) in the second round.

    2013PBA50AmletoMonacelli.jpg2012PBAS09RonMohr2.jpgWilliams, the PBA Tour's career titles leader with 47 wins, clinched his second consecutive PBA50 Player of the Year crown after last week's Senior/Super Senior Doubles Classic and along with Hall of Famer Amleto Monacelli (left), who is not competing this week, already clinched berths for the PBA50 Tour Finals.

    Two-time PBA50 Player of the year Ron Mohr (right) of Las Vegas finished the day in fourth with a 3,861 pinfall.

    Wednesday's match play rounds get underway at 11 a.m. CT with championship rounds scheduled to begin at 5 p.m.

    PBA's online bowling channel Xtra Frame will provide full coverage of match play and championship rounds. Click on the Xtra Frame logo on for more information.


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    PBA50 Treasure Island Resort & Casino Open - Second Round Qualifying

    Players with position, hometown and 16-game total. The top 24 advance to match play. a-amateur, s-super seniors (ages 60 and over) out of the regular prize fund cashing for $700.

    1, Tom Baker, King, N.C., 3,985
    2, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 3,970
    3, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Ocala, Fla., 3,921
    4, Ron Mohr, Las Vegas, 3,861
    5, Lennie Boresch Jr., Kenosha, Wis., 3,826
    6, Michael Shequin, Orange City, Fla., 3,809
    7, Timothy Kauble, Marion, Ohio, 3,791
    8, (tie) Patrick King, Yankton, S.D., and Ted Staikoff, Black Hawk, S.D., 3,752
    10, Dale Eagle, Tavares, Fla., 3,745
    11, Dale Traber, Cedarburg, Wis., 3,744
    12, Wayne Webb, Columbus, Ohio, 3,731
    13, Kent Wagner, Palmetto, Fla., 3,693
    14, Kerry Painter, Henderson, Nev., 3,656
    15, Kevin Foley, Reno, Nev., 3,632
    16, Mike Dias, Lafayette, Colo., 3,630
    17, Robert Harvey, Boise, Idaho, 3,611
    18, Kenny Parks, Hammond, Ind., 3,604
    19, Jeff Richgels, Madison, Wis., 3,602
    20, Bryan Goebel, Shawnee, Kan., 3,572
    21, Scott Lindsey, Omaha, Neb., 3,568
    22, Joel Carlson, Omaha, Neb., 3,561
    23, Jim Knoblauch, Waukesha, Wis., 3,556
    24, Marc Lineberry, Camanche, Iowa, 3,522

    Missed Cut:
    25, s-Bill Henson, Westerville, Ohio, 3,510, $700
    26, Bob Markiewicz, San Diego, 3,506
    27, s-Bill McCorkle, Westerville, Ohio, 3,499, $700
    28, a-Chuck Schuette, Davenport, Iowa, 3,494
    29, Don Holmes, Itasca, Ill., 3,477
    30, s-Harv Pallas, Stevensville, Mich., 3,451, $700
    31, a-Steve Calyore, Naples, Fla., 3,450
    32, s-Steve Stein, Staten Island, N.Y., 3,437, $700
    33, Dave Osim, Roscommon, Mich., 3,424
    34, a-Jerome Penxa, Romeo, Mich., 3,384
    35, Tom Carter, Rockford, Ill., 3,382
    36, a-Alan Harteneck, Red Wing, Minn., 3,379
    37, s-Brendan Bierch, Grafton, Mass., 3,371, $700
    38, Jerry Sikora, Wisconsin Rapids, Wis., 3,339
    39, Michael Lucente, Warren, Mich., 3,320
    40, s-Richard Hunt, Valparaiso, Ind., 3,314, $700
    41, s-William Keenan, Jr., Orlando, Fla., 3,309, $700
    42, Todd Kjell, Roscoe, Ill., 3,306
    43, Roger Painter, Woodbridge, Va., 3,301
    44, s-Bill Idzior, Crown Point, Ind., 3,298, $700
    45, Tim Pierce, Portland, Ore., 3,280
    46, Scott Smith, North Aurora, Ill., 3,263
    47, Bob Heath Sr., Grand Junction, Iowa, 3,260
    48, Steven Jansson, Barnes, Wis., 3,254
    49, a-Bob Micek, Woodbury, Minn., 3,246
    50, George Lord, Lakeland, Fla., 3,234
    51, Daniel Miner, East Moline, Ill., 3,205
    52, Lucien Casagrande, Canada, 3,193
    53, a-David Freeman, Rochester, Minn., 3,176
    54, Galen Keas, Alda, Neb., 3,161
    55, Allen Meskan, Addison, Ill., 3,124
    56, a-Murray Hickman Sr., Las Vegas, 3,103
    57, a-Scott Rygol, Henderson, Nev., 3,092
    58, a-Tim Knutson, Brooklyn Park, Minn., 3,082
    59, John Hunt, Grayling, Mich., 3,069
    60, a-James Martin, Vero Beach, Fla., 3,064
    61, Doug Thompson, Aberdeen, S.D., 3,049
    62, Dan Clausse, Reno, Nev., 3,033
    63, a-Tomas Karlsson, Sweden, 3,021
    64, Jared Cudnohufsky, Kingsford, Mich., 3,017
    65, Keith Hennricks, Green Bay, Wis., 3,002
    66, Mike Schmid, St. Paul, Minn., 2,986
    67, Jeff Moore, Boone, Iowa, 2,977
    68, a-Dean Bruinsma, Clear Lake, S.D., 2,844
    69, Will Friedrich, Green Bay, Wis., 2,840
    70, a-Glen St. Onge, Canada, 2,810
    71, a-Dale Lipovsky, Apple Valley, Minn., 2,733
    72, Robert Teeters, Lapel, Ind., 1,379 (withdrew)

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