Mike Edwards tops first round qualifying in PBA50 Treasure Island Resort & Casino Open


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    PBA50 Player of the Year contenders Pete Weber, Norm Duke and Tom Baker sit in second, sixth and 13th place in the 2014 PBA50 season-ending tournament

    2013PBA50MikeEdwards.jpg2013BrunswickSeniorProStaffWayneWebb.jpgPBA Tour and PBA50 Tour titlist Mike Edwards (pictured left) of Tulsa, Oklahoma, averaged 228.5 Monday to lead the first round of the season-ending PBA50 Treasure Island Resort & Casino Open presented by Hammer.

    Edwards bowled an 1,828 eight-game pinfall total at Island Xtreme Bowl in Welch, Minn., with games of 227, 213, 223, 245, 203, 268, 226 and 223 to lead PBA Hall of Famers Wayne Webb (right) of Columbus, Ohio, and PBA50 Player of the Year contender Pete Weber of St. Ann, Missouri, tied for second with 1,817.

    "We're playing on a tougher condition this week where you want to avoid shooting the 150 or 160 game," said Edwards, the 2012 USBC Senior Masters winner. "You don't have that hold area you usually get and you have to create some different angles to the pocket – sometimes you pick the wrong one.

    "For the most part I made the right adjustments and made three ball changes which is a lot for me," Edwards added. "It's a condition where you have to think about it more and I like that."

    2014PBANormDuke.jpg2014PBA5010TomBaker3.jpgEdwards, who was top qualifier in the recent Dayton Classic where he finished ninth, is trying for his first win of the season and has best finishes of third and eighth which came in the USBC Senior Masters and Suncoast PBA Senior U.S. Open.

    The two other PBA50 Player of the Year contenders Hall of Famers Norm Duke of Clermont, Florida, who leads the Player of the Year points race, and Tom Baker (right) of King, North Carolina, qualified sixth and 13th respectively, after the first round. Duke has already clinched Rookie of the Year honors.

    Duke leads the PBA50 Player of the Year race with 56 points, holding an eight-point lead over Weber in second with 48 points. Baker remains in contention with 44 points. In the Player of the Year competition, 16 points are awarded to the tournament winner, the runner-up gets eight points, third-place is worth four points and the fourth-place finisher earns two points.

    Also at stake are the top eight spots in competition points (not player of the year points) which will earn an entry into World Series of Bowling VI in Las Vegas Oct. 24-Nov. 2, and a special PBA50 qualifier preceding the World Series which will determine the two players who will face off in the WSOB PBA50 Challenge to be televised by ESPN.

    The 69-player field will return Tuesday for another eight-game qualifying round which will determine the top 24 players who will advance to Wednesday's match play rounds. Championship rounds are schedule to begin at 5 p.m. CT on Wednesday.

    The Treasure Island Resort & Casino Open is being streamed live on pba.com's online bowling channel Xtra Frame Frame.


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    PBA50 Treasure Island Resort & Casino Open - First Round Results

    Players with position, hometown and 8-game total, a-denotes amateur.

    1, Mike Edwards, Tulsa, Okla., 1,828
    2, (tie) Wayne Webb, Columbus, Ohio, and Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 1,817
    4, Harry Sullins, Chesterfield Twp., Mich., 1,805
    5, Bill Henson, Westerville, Ohio, 1,790
    6, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 1,784
    7, Randy Pedersen, Orlando, Fla., 1,775
    8, Lennie Boresch Jr., Kenosha, Wis., 1,774
    9, Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, 1,758
    10, Bryan Goebel, Shawnee, Kan., 1,754
    11, Ron Mohr, Las Vegas, 1,753
    12, Christopher Keane, Cape Coral, Fla., 1,749
    13, Tom Baker, King, N.C., 1,729
    14, Jeff Richgels, Madison, Wis., 1,722
    15, David Axon, Bellevue, Neb., 1,716
    16, Don Breeden, Clive, Iowa, 1,707
    17, Ted Staikoff, Black Hawk, S.D., 1,704
    18, Steve Stein, Staten Island, N.Y., 1,696
    19, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Ocala, Fla., 1,693
    20, Kenny Parks, Hammond, Ind., 1,678
    21, Timothy Kauble, Marion, Ohio, 1,665
    22, Phillip Moros, Lombard, Ill., 1,652
    23, John Dudak, Orland Park, Ill., 1,651
    24, Rick Francis, Linden, Calif., 1,645
    25, a-Bob Markiewicz, San Diego, 1,638
    26, a-Sam Lantto, Eden Prairie, Minn., 1,631
    27, Gary Livingston, Papillion, Neb., 1,621
    28, (tie) a- Dana Wright, St. Paul, Minn., Patrick King, Yankton, S.D., and
    Mike Dias, Lafayette, Colo., 1,612
    31, Michael Henry, Brunswick, Ohio, 1,608
    32, Harv Pallas, Stevensville, Mich., 1,604
    33, a-Alan Harteneck, Red Wing, Minn., 1,603
    34, a-James Martin, Vero Beach, Fla., 1,601
    35, Lucien Casagrande, Canada, 1,590
    36, William Keenan, Jr., Orlando, Fla., 1,587
    37, Bill Idzior, Crown Point, Ind., 1,583
    38, a-John Brockland, St. Charles, Mo., 1,574
    39, Dale Traber, Cedarburg, Wis., 1,569
    40, Tracy Teeters, Salem, Ore., 1,564
    41, Tom Carter, Rockford, Ill., 1,563
    42, a-Gilbert Kuchta, West Allis, Wis., 1,562
    43, Terry Metzner, Kentwood, Mich., 1,556
    44, Darron Peters, Murrieta, Calif., 1,539
    45, Kevin Foley, Reno, Nev., 1,532
    46, Todd Kjell, Roscoe, Ill., 1,523
    47, a-Curtis Matlock, Cloquet, Minn., 1,518
    48, Steven Jansson, Barnes, Wis., 1,517
    49, Bill Sell, Menasha, Wis., 1,503
    50, Dave Sill, Titusville, Fla., 1,489
    51, a-Mike Schmid, St. Paul, Minn., 1,483
    52, Michael Chrzanowski, Shepherd, Mich., 1,480
    53, (tie) Bill McCorkle, Westerville, Ohio, and Darryl Traber, Waterford, Wis., 1,478
    55, Jerry Lau, St. Peters, Mo., 1,475
    56, Tim Pierce, Portland, Ore., 1,474
    57, Dan Schmerbach, St. Joseph, Mo., 1,455
    58, Don Birkentall, Omaha, Neb., 1,454
    59, Dale Eagle, Newport Beach, Calif., 1,452
    60, Paul Mielens, Menomonie, Wis., 1,414
    61, a-Tom Havlish, Coon Rapids, Minn., 1,383
    62, Will Friedrich, Green Bay, Wis., 1,372
    63, Rich Kleinman, Reno, Nev., 1,367
    64, a-Gary Ring, Woodbury, Minn., 1,361
    65, a-Dean Bruinsma, Clear Lake, S.D., 1,357
    66, Galen Keas, Alda, Neb., 1,334
    67, a-Joe Kolodziejczak, Thunder Bay Ontario, Canada, 1,330
    68, Howard Frostman, Washburn, Wis., 1,306
    69, Allen Meskan, Addison, Ill., 1,293