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Vol. 73 No.26 August 29 - September 4, 2012 50 cents

Ron Mohr Wins PBA Senior Decatur Open
Walter Ray Williams Jr. Earns First Senior POY Crown
By Jerry Schneider - PBA DECATUR, Ill. – Ron Mohr of Williams in the Player of the Eagle River, Alaska, won the Year race but both had to win for Professional Bowlers Association any chance. Edwards was also Senior Decatur Open presented eliminated in the Round of 16 by Brunswick for his eighth and Miller failed to advance to career Senior Tour title while match play handing Senior PBA Hall of Famer Walter Ray Player of the Year to Williams. Williams Jr. captured his first “The guys that had a chance PBA Senior Player of the Year didn’t bowl all the tournaments crown in the final tournament of this year so it would have been the 2012 season. interesting to see how it would Mohr, the 2011 and 2009 have turned out if they did,” said Senior Player of the Year, defeatWilliams, who was the Senior ed three-time Senior Tour titlist Tour’s Rookie of the Year in Harry Sullins of Chesterfield 2010. “I would have liked to finTwp., Mich., 243-181, in the ish it off with a win or at least a championship match to win his better finish but the breaks didn’t first title of the 2012 season. go my way and I let it get to me “It really wasn’t realistic to a little bit today.” expect I would have a season like The PBA Tour’s all-time career last year,” Mohr said. “Plus, I titles leader with 47 wins, came PBA Photo was having trouble matching up off of what was probably his Senior Decatur Open Champion my ball drilling layouts with the worst PBA Tour season in April Ron Mohr. conditions for the first half of this failing to make a television season. It comes down to having appearance for the first time in to adjust and I really didn’t start 26 seasons, but he rebounded to making the right adjustments win two titles during the Senior until about the middle of the seaTour season. He will now turn his son.” attention to the 2012-13 PBA Both Mohr and Sullins had Tour season which starts with the trouble finding the pocket in the PBA World Series of Bowling in first half of the championship Las Vegas in November. match but Mohr was able to “I’m looking forward to the string six strikes in a row from World Series and probably am the fifth frame while Sullins congoing to give it another year on tinued to struggle. the PBA Tour and evaluate it after “When you’re given the opporthat,” Williams said. “It’s a little tunity you have to take advantage different bowling out here on the of it,” Mohr said. “I could see he Senior Tour than the regular Tour PBA Photo was struggling and I knew if I Walter Ray Williams Jr. Senior POY but I’m encouraged by the season could just put a few good shots I had on the Senior Tour.” Prior to the start of the tournatogether I could win it.” In the semifinal matches, Sullins Despite being eliminated in the ment, 2012 USBC Senior Masters defeated Wayne Webb, of match play Round of 16, Williams winner Mike Edwards of Tulsa Columbus, Ohio, 257-237, to earned his first Senior Player of and Hugh Miller of Seattle, who advance to the championship match the Year title to go along with his won last week’s Senior South with Mohr beating Michael Henry Shore Open, had a chance to catch of Brunswick, Ohio, 222-175. record seven on the PBA Tour.

Brandon Barboza Posted a 299 In Teen League At Ocean Lanes
STATEN ISLAND, NY – Brandon Barboza topped the scoring in the Friday Sport Teen League at Ocean Lanes blasting a near perfect 299 game then added a 226 to lead the league. Christopher Lietz rolled 257, Domenick Luonco and Kenny Ryan 244, Kaitlynn Nardiello 241, Shawn Kollmer 224-201, Franklin DiGiacome 220, Mike Ormsby 209, and Karyn Lukosius 202.

Frank Wilkinson Blasted 774 At Rab’s Country Lanes
STATEN ISLAND, NY – Frank Wilkinson led the scoring in the Wednesday Summer Mixed League at Rab’s Country Lanes firing games of 257-279 for a high series of 774 (yes that is scratch). Frank holds a personal best series of 858. Andrew LoBasso shot 246-701 followed by Scott McAuliffe with 266-687, John Wilders 245-681, Joe Valente 255-665, John Derbyshire 264-649, Joe D’Esposito and Tom Farina 257, and Matthew Cohen rolled a 252 game.

Tommy Martino Rolled 1030 At Majestic Lanes
HOPELAWN, NJ – Tommy Martino topped the scoring in the Handicap Doubles League firing games of 244-229-267-290 for a high series of 1030 while contesting at Majestic Lanes. Joe Hendricks rolled 288-256231-251-1026, Michael Consiglio 255-216-266-279-1016, David Andriola 280-220-288-978, Ray Velazquez 250-228-262-226-966, Steve Venito 237-213-236-268854, Amanda Hermann 212-226231-236-905, and Dotti Artale 206-238-228-871. In the Performance Ball Trios League John Kertesz rolled 245, Matt Mitchell 161, and Ryan Mench 151.

William Watson Tops LIGBT
PLAINVIEW, NY: The LIGBT made a stop at AMF Plainview and a great crowd of 107 bowlers competed for the $1,000 top prize. At the end of the day the bowler with the winner’s trophy was William Watson, Hempstead, NY. This was William’s first LIGBT title and he did it in style with a 271 game in the final shootout. William, who recently converted to a 2-handed release, was the 1pm squad leader with a 782 series which seeded him directly into the finals. The 23-year old bowled great in the shootout as he defeated second place finisher Steven Williams, Bellrose, NY by 36 pins. Steve earned $500 with his 235 game while Frank Lunghi, Farmingdale, NY finished third with a 213 worth $250.



August 29 - September 4, 2012

Dave Soutar Concludes Career in PBA Senior Decatur Open After More than Half-Century of PBA Competition
By Jerry Schneider - PBA DECATUR, Ill. - Professional Bowlers Association Hall of Famer Dave Soutar ended his career in PBA competition in appropriate fashion during the final day of qualifying of the PBA Senior Decatur Open presented by Brunswick before a big crowd and throwing three strikes in the 10th frame of his last game. It brought an end to more than a halfcentury of PBA competition for the 72-year-old who won 18 titles on the PBA Tour and seven on the Senior Tour. “He was my roommate on Tour and has been a close friend for 50 years,” fellow Hall of Famer and competitor Johnny Petraglia said of Soutar. “It marks the end of an era and it’s going to be tough bowling out here without him.” Soutar, who was the only player to win both the United States Bowling Congress Masters (1973) and Senior Masters (2000), finished the Senior Decatur Open in 52nd with a 3,183 pinfall and a 214 in his final game in qualifying. “It wasn’t until the last game that I thought about it being my last tournament,” said Soutar, “Then I saw people gathering around and it started to hit me. I don’t show much emotion but I started to get tears in my mind in the 10th frame—so much so that I couldn’t see my target. With everyone gathering around I thought to

myself, please let me strike in the 10th frame. It was probably as nervous as I’ve ever been bowling in a tournament.” Soutar began his career in 1961 and in only his fifth tournament as a professional, he won a major – the PBA National Championship – for his first PBA title. From that launching pad to stardom, he would go on to win 11 titles over the next seven years, finishing in the top 10 in earnings six times over that same period. His best season came in 1970 when he won five titles, the most of any player on Tour that year. In what he admitted was his biggest disappointment, he did not earn Player of the Year honors that season. That distinction went to another Hall of Famer Nelson Burton Jr., who won four titles. Soutar’s consolation prize was the PBA’s prestigious Steve Nagy Sportsmanship Award, awarded by his fellow competitors. A member of both the PBA and USBC Halls of Fame, Soutar was voted 20th greatest PBA player of alltime in 2009. “I have to admit that realizing I’m not going to be doing this anymore, is a little depressing, but time goes on,” added Soutar, who now makes his home in Bradenton, Fla., but got his start in the sport in his native Detroit. As the crowd gathered for his last game, Soutar’s wife, Hall of Fame bowler Judy Soutar, was also hanging on every shot in the last game of his career. “I so much wanted him to bowl a good game that last game,” Judy said. “As it turned out it was the ultimate ending for a great career. When he got the first strike I was satisfied but the next two were just a bonus.”

August 29 - September 4, 2012



By Gloria Volpe

Tuesday Trios Gianvito Clavelli had a nice 268, 258, 256-771, Adam Strand 268, 221, Matt Donders 242, Dave Cicero 236, Willie

Townsend 232, Tony Rigano 224, Ray Appelt and Hector Valladares each hit 222 and Kelle Trabucco rolled a 201.

Gloria’s Anyway Doubles Mike Roman And Kevin (Tito) Jackson had the high games of the night with their 279 and 268. Kevin had a 770 high series. Pino Tortorici rolled 267, Travis Komar 267, Joseph Leardo Jr. 260, Bret Contreras 259,237-730 Paul Tortorici 257, our own Nick Mancini had a nice 255, Austin Masser 246, 236-717 Marc Makowsky 240, Mike (Mush ) Barone 237, Marc Miller 236, and Marie Briamonte 225. Tuesday Anyway Foursome Mike Letiza came up with the high score of 267 and followed up with a 243 and a 228 for a 738 series. Tom Twist bowled 256, 234-697, Al Luzzi 236, 235-684, Mike Polito 231, Mike Letiza 228, Brian Masincup 227, Shannon Kelly 237, and Kim Bernardi 208. Marko’s Foursome Mike Polito had the high game for the week along with Charles Petros each rolling a 268. John Rebecky hit 259, 232, Joe Leardo 252, 236, Chris Ferrara and Dave Cosentino, Mike Kavanagh and Alan Kowal 237, Cas Kostniicki 234. High Series was shot by Chris Ferrara posting a 709 set. Tuesday Trios Gianvito Clavelli had a nice 259, 236, 215-710, Adam Strand 237, Matt Donders 245, Dave Cicero 247, Tim Fouucher 223 Tony Rigano 234, Cindy Hastie 209.

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August 29 - September 4, 2012

Jonathan Petrizzi 279
STATEN ISLAND, NY – Jonathan Petrizzi led the scoring in the Staten Island Youth Leaders Triples League firing a high game of 279. Vincent Giof hit 236, Sean Walsh 225, Nicholas Anderson 219, Ashely Martinez 227, and Paul Circolone 206.

Don Schwed 695
STATEN ISLAND, NY – Don Schwed topped the scoring in the Senior Men’s League firing games of 277-224 for a high series of 695. Pat Valenti rolled 265, Al Felline 236, Ray Keller 231, Stu Isaacs 225-221, Frank Polizzi 225, and Howie Weiss 212.

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Adam Chase 717


August 29 - September 4, 2012

FARMINGDALE, NY – Adam Chase led the scoring in the Pro Shot Challenge League firing games of 249245-223 for a high series of 717. Joe Costanzo rolled 233-224-241-698, Marc Bieler 225-216-633, and Ralph Elrich 238-211-610.

Dave Panichi 269
FARMINGDALE, NY – Dave Panichi paced the scoring in the Wednesday Friends League firing a high game of 269. Joe Montefusco rolled 243, Robert Engellau 225-203, Bunnie Doherty 226, and Steve Butera 223. Joe Stainkamp rolled 209, Paul Kester 193, Marguerite Lauri 168, and Sophie Laccone 167 in the Summer Sunshine Kids League.

Brandon Soedarmasto 677
FAERMINGDALE, NY – Brandon Soedarmasto paced the scoring in the Junior Pro Shot Challenge League firing games of 233-207-237 for a high series of 677. Aaron Knoll 226, Meghan Wing 205, and Joseph Ready 203.

August 29 - September 4, 2012



Tuesday Mixed Handicap
James Barakakos 288 David Wong 267 James Cianelli 267 Kathleen Young 234 Lauren DeTommaso 222

Thursday Triples
Harry Bates 278 John Prestigiacomo 277/706 Michael Kaye 265/713 Johnny Villarreal 267 April Tardona 247 Kelsey Fisher 226/665 Colleen Meehan 226

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August 29 - September 4, 2012

Matt Mitchell 733
HOPELAWN, NJ – Matt Mitchell led the scoring in the Performance Ball Trios League firing games of 231-246-256 for a high series of 733. John Kertesz shot 217-236638, and Bill Bailey 181-181163. Branden Barrese hit 170-171 in the Junior Hav-A-Ball League.

Mika Koivuniemi expanded his list of countries where he has won a title to 18 on Sunday, Aug. 12, when he defeated native Colombian Clara Guerrero, 2-1, in the best-of-three-game title match of the Columbia 300 Bogota City Open in Bogota, Colombia. After defeating fellow PBA Tour competitor Dan MacLelland, 2-1, in the semifinal round, Koivuniemi lost his first game against Guerrero, 268-258, but rallied to win the next two, 211-188 and 233-218, for the title.

Don Anione 691
HOPELAWN, NJ – Don Anione led the scoring in the Guys & Dolls League firing games of 275-214-202 for a high series of 691. Andre Leverett shot 235-245663, Jim Desimone 227-234659, Elio Carrasco 227-247-650, Cecil Nelson 245-206-643, Nicole Baginski 224, and Bonnie Desimone and Kelly Daunno 214. In the Monday Junior/Adult League Dorien Soto shot 227607, Mark Wiget 217, Joe Plescia 222, and Lisa Kjersgaard 216. Wayne Michel rolled 232211-611, Mary Ann Riley 214, and Larry Johnson 243 in the Senior No-Tap League.

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