Graham, Williams Jr., lead first round in PBA50 South Shore Open


    2016 PBA50 Tour #11

    Rookie Eddie Graham averages 257 and shoots 300 game to dominate first round



    2009PBACentralEddieGraham.jpgWith the help of a 300 game, PBA50 Tour rookie Eddie Graham of Centerville, Ohio, averaged 257 to lead the first round of the PBA50 South Shore Open presented by DV8 Tuesday at Olympia Lanes.

    Graham (pictured left), winner of five PBA regional titles including the 2007 Regional Players Invitational, fired a 2,058 eight-game pinfall total. He got his low game out of the way in the first game bowling 235 and then followed it up with games of 247, 269, 246, 300, 269, 248 and 244.

    "This is the kind of round you want to have at least once in your life," said Graham, who has a best finish of 12th this season in the Suncoast PBA Senior U.S. Open presented by 900 Global. "My equipment, ball roll, timing, everything just fell into place.

    "I try to keep my expectations in check and try not to get to excited one way or the other," he added. "Having some of the sport's greats right behind you will keep you on your toes for sure."

    Greats indeed.

    Trailing Graham in second 64 pins behind with a 1,994 pinfall is PBA Hall of Famer Walter Ray Williams Jr. (pictured above) of Oxford, Fla. Williams won the Treasure Island Resort & Casino Viper Championship last week to earn a PBA50 regional title that pushed his overall PBA titles total in PBA Tour, PBA50 Tour, PBA regional and PBA50 regional tournaments to 99.

    2016PBA50AmletoMonacelli.jpg 2016PBA5009PeteWeber2.jpg A win in the South Shore Open would give Williams, who won the season-opening PBA50 Pasco County Florida Open, 11 PBA50 Tour titles in addition to hitting the century mark for all PBA titles.

    Trailing Williams are hall of famers Amleto Monacelli (left) in third with a 1,927 pinfall and Pete Weber (right), who has 98 career titles in PBA competition, in fourth with 1,894.

    Weber is coming off a second-place finish in last week's Treasure Island Resort & Casino PBA50 World Championship presented by Storm falling short of winning a record three consecutive PBA50 majors this season. He lost to winner Norm Duke 234-215 in the title match.

    2015PBANormDuke.jpgDuke (left) continued his momentum after his World Championship win qualifying sixth with a 1,885 pinfall four pins behind Gary Alstott of Washington, Ill., in fifth with 1,889.

    Two-time PBA Tour titlist Warren Nelson of Middleburg, Fla., who qualified 13th with 1,830, had two 300 games in his opening round.

    Fans can catch Wednesday's second qualifying round and Thursday's match play rounds live on PBA's online bowling channel Xtra Frame. Subscription and schedule information is available by clicking here here.


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    PBA50 South Shore Open - First Round Standings

    Players with position, hometown and 8-game total; n-denotes non-member, ss-denotes PBA60 player ages 60 and over

    1, Eddie Graham, Centerville, Ohio, 2,058
    2, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., 1,994
    3, Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, 1,927
    4, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 1,894
    5, Gary Alstott, Washington, Ill., 1,889
    6, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 1,885
    7, Lennie Boresch Jr., Kenosha, Wis., 1,863
    8, Jerry Brunette Jr., Rochester, N.Y., 1,858
    9, ss-Sam Maccarone, Blackwood, N.J., 1,857
    10, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 1,846
    11, Mike Scroggins, Amarillo, Texas, 1,844
    12, Robert Brown, Cody, Wyo., 1,842
    13, ss-Warren Nelson, Middleburg, Fla., 1,830
    14, ss-Michael Henry, Brunswick, Ohio, 1,821
    15, Brian Kretzer, Dayton, Ohio, 1,816
    16, Brian Voss, Centennial, Colo., 1,815
    17, Brian Cooper, Henderson, Nev., 1,812
    18, Mark Sullivan, Indianapolis, 1,810
    19, Robert Nelson, Las Vegas, Nev., 1,802
    20, ss-Paul McCordic, Sugar Land, Texas, 1,801
    21, ss-Steve Stein, Staten Island, N.Y., 1,798
    22, Bryan Goebel, Shawnee, Kan., 1,795
    23, Gregg Zicha, Glen Ellyn, Ill., 1,793
    24, Kenny Parks, Hammond, Ind., 1,790
    25, John Brockland, St. Charles, Mo., 1,787
    26, ss-Emilio Mora Sr., Defiance, Ohio, 1,779
    27, ss-Marc Lineberry, Camanche, Iowa, 1,775
    28, (tie) Christopher Keane, Cape Coral, Fla., and Doug Becker, Clermont, Fla., 1,774
    30, Ernie Segura Jr., Taylor, Mich., 1,767
    31, (tie) n, ss-Ken Carcich, Sheridan, Wyo., and Sammy Ventura, Syracuse, N.Y., 1,765
    33, Todd Kjell, Roscoe, Ill., 1,757
    34, n-Rick Thomas, Willowbrook, Ill., 1,754
    35, ss-James Knoblauch, Waukesha, Wis., 1,749
    36, Billy Froberg, Baroda, Mich., 1,742
    37, Brad Snell, Mount Prospect, Ill., 1,733
    38, ss-Dennis Lane, Kingsport, Tenn., 1,729
    39, (tie) ss-Galen Keas, Alda, Neb., and ss-Steven Jansson, Barnes, Wis., 1,726
    41, ss-Dale Eagle, Twin Falls, Idaho, 1,721
    42, Robert Kicmal, LaGrange, Ill., 1,717
    43, ss-Dave Bernhardt, Romeo, Mich., 1,713
    44, John Chapman, Canada, 1,712
    45, ss-William Banks, Laurel Hill, N.C., 1,709
    46, ss-John Dudak, Orland Park, Ill., 1,705
    47, (tie) Leroy Johnson, Chicago, and Don Herrington, Ballston Lake, N.Y., 1,696
    49, ss-Robert Donovan, Prattsville, N.Y., 1,689
    50, ss-Edward Silva, Manteca, Calif., 1,686
    51, Harry Sullins, Chesterfield Twp., Mich., 1,680
    52, David Welch, St. Louis, Mo., 1,674
    53, Bob Learn Jr., Erie, Pa., 1,670
    54, William Scharf, Gillette, Wyo., 1,667
    55, Rick Woloszyn, Griffith, Ind., 1,666
    56, Rick Zakrajsek, Lorain, Ohio, 1,664
    57, Jeff Richgels, Madison, Wis., 1,661
    58, ss-Ted Staikoff, Black Hawk, S.D., 1,659
    59, Rick Francis, Linden, Calif., 1,653
    60, Dale Traber, Cedarburg, Wis., 1,649
    61, ss-Bill Henson, Westerville, Ohio, 1,643
    62, ss-Tom Baker, King, N.C., 1,640
    63, (tie) Tom Carter, Columbus, Ohio, and Tracy Teeters, Eugene, Ore., 1,629
    65, ss-Paul Mielens, Menomonie, Wis., 1,628
    66, (tie) ss-Brendan Bierch, Grafton, Mass., and ss-Harv Pallas, Stevensville, Mich., 1,625
    68, (tie) ss-Tim Pierce, Portland, Ore., and Glenn Morgan, Carson City, Nev., 1,624
    70, Brian LeClair, Delmar, N.Y., 1,623
    71, ss-Richard Hunt, Valparaiso, Ind., 1,608
    72, Tommy Martin, Olive Branch, Miss., 1,607
    73, ss-Kerry Fulford, Ft. Worth, Texas, 1,602
    74, ss-Fred Cole, Visalia, Calif., 1,592
    75, John Kidwell, Indianapolis, Ind., 1,550
    76, ss-Ron Mohr, Las Vegas, 1,536
    77, Lyle Zikes, Arlington Heights, Ill., 1,507
    78, ss-n, Frank Tardio, Inverness, Ill., 1,504
    79, Warren Burr, Wilmington, Del., 1,482
    80, ss-Ken Waters, Kingsport, Tenn., 1,461
    81, ss-William Keenan Jr., Orlando, Fla., 1,437
    82, Danny Clark, New Palestine, Ind., 1,431
    83, ss-Allen Meskan, Addison, Ill., 1,414