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Professional Bowlers Association Hall of Famer Brian Voss averaged 253.8 Monday to lead qualifying after the first round of the PBA50 Miller High Life Classic presented by Columbia 300 at George Pappas’ Victory Lanes.
Voss, a 25-time winner on the PBA Tour who is trying for his first PBA50 Tour title, fired a 2,031 pinfall total with games of 224, 267, 258, 248, 278, 269, 218 and 269.
“I bowled pretty well that round but I’m still a little rusty believe it or not,” Voss said. “There are some things I still have to work on. Today, I had a good shot where I could throw pretty hard and straight and ended up moving maybe six boards or so from the start to the end of the round.”
The 57-year-old Voss has competed basically on a part-time basis on the PBA50 Tour the last several years because he has spent a lot of time competing internationally and conducting clinics. He plans to bowl in most of the PBA50 Tour tournaments this season.
“I’m still doing a lot of traveling but this year my schedule allows me to spend a lot more time on the PBA50 Tour,” said Voss, who was the 2009 PBA50 Rookie of the Year.
Voss holds a 36-lead over Hall of Famer Pete Weber in second who finished with a 1,995 pinfall. Rounding out the top five are Brian LeClair, 1,980; Tom Howison, 1,967 and Dennis Rakauskas, 1,941.
Three Hall of Famers hold down the next three spots, Dale Eagle, 1,936; Tom Baker, 1,913 and Johnny Petraglia, 1,911.
Voss’ best PBA50 Tour finish is second which he accomplished twice in the 2009 season including the Senior U.S. Open, where he lost to Wayne Webb 214-188 in the title match.
This season he finished 13th in the season-opening Pasco County Florida Open and 17th in the UnitedHealthcare Sun Bowl In the Villages.
The 153-player field returns Tuesday for another eight-game qualifying round which will determine the top 24 players who will advance to match play and 34 players (positions 25-51 and eight PBA60 players) who will advance to Wednesday morning’s five-game cashers round that will determine eight additional match play spots. After match play, the top five players will advance to the stepladder finals at 7 p.m. ET.
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1, Brian Voss, Centennial, Colo., 2,031.
2, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 1,995.
3, Brian LeClair, Delmar, N.Y., 1,980.
4, Tom Howison, Chillicothe, Ohio, 1,967.
5, Dennis Rakauskas, Apopka, Fla., 1,941.
6, ss-Dale Eagle, Laguna Niguel, Calif., 1,936.
7, ss-Tom Baker, King, N.C., 1,913.
8, ss-Johnny Petraglia, Jackson, N.J., 1,911.
9, Warren Nelson, Middleburg, Fla., 1,890.
10, Joe Scarborough, Charlotte, N.C., 1,888.
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