Down by more than 30 pins halfway through the title match, Lennie Boresch Jr. of Kenosha, Wis., came back to win the PBA50 Miller High Life Classic presented by Columbia 300 by one pin Wednesday at George Pappas’ Victory Lanes.
Boresch won his second career PBA50 Tour title by defeating Mike Henry of Brunswick, Ohio, 211-210 in the title match. In 2012 Boresch won in his PBA50 Tour debut capturing the Senior Sun Bowl In The Villages title.
Boresch used a Roto Grip Defiant Soul and Storm IQ Tour Pearl for the win. It was the second win in a row for Storm/Roto Grip. Tom Baker won in Birmingham last week.
After Boresch made his run to take the lead heading into the 10th frame, Henry still had a chance to win by throwing a double in the 10th. He got the first strike but threw a seven count on the second ball handing the win to Boresch.
“I figured I was done but then Mike threw a bad shot and then I started thinking, well, you never know what can happen.” Boresch said. “It was kind of early in the match and I looked up at the scoring monitor and saw I could strike out for 232. I didn’t strike out but I put enough strikes together to put a little pressure on Mike.”
It marked the second week in a row that the title match was decided by one pin. Hall of Famer Tom Baker defeated Bryan Goebel 227-226 to win last week’s Greater Birmingham Open.
“I thought Mike would get that double in the 10th frame after he got the first one because he was generally bowling pretty well,” Boresch added. “You just never know in this game.”
Henry, who was also trying for his second career PBA50 Tour title, was hoping to end a three-season winless streak dating back to 2010 when he won the Senior Lake County (Ind.) Open.
Boresch’s win was a confidence builder after a slow start to the season and having thoughts about taking this week off to work on his game.
“I’ll be honest I had some work to do,” Boresch said. “I thought about taking this tournament off and coming back home to work on my game but then I decided after bowling a little better in the second tournament of the season I could maybe work through it and that’s what happened. It’s nice to win again and not have to worry that you’ll be a one-hit wonder.”
In the semifinal, Boresch defeated seven-time PBA Tour and three-time PBA50 Tour winner Hugh Miller of Seattle, 205-191 and Henry defeated Dale Csuhta of Wadsworth, Ohio, 241-138 to advance to the title match.
Boresch’s win makes it four different winners in the first four tournaments of the season. The next stop for the PBA50 Tour will be Capri Lanes in Kettering, Ohio, for the PBA50 Dayton Classic presented by Roto Grip May 13-16.
PBA50 MILLER HIGH LIFE CLASSIC PRESENTED BY COLUMBIA 300
George Pappas’ Victory Lanes, Mooresville, N.C., Wednesday
Lennie Boresch Jr., Kenosha, Wis. ($7,500) def. Mike Henry, Brunswick, Ohio ($4,000), 211-210.
Semifinal Round (one-game matches, losers earn $2,500)
Boresch Jr. def. Hugh Miller, Seattle, 205-191.
Henry def. Dale Csuhta, Wadsworth, Ohio, 241-138.
Round of 8 (best-of-three games, losers eliminated, earn $1,700)
Boresch Jr. def. Henry Gonzalez, Colorado Springs, Colo., 2-0.
Miller def. Bryan Goebel, Shawnee, Kan., 2-1.
Csuhta def. Johnny Petraglia, Jackson, N.J., 2-1.
Henry def. Ron Mohr, Eagle River, Alaska, 2-1.
Round of 16 (best-of-five games, losers eliminated, earn $1,300)
Miller def. Tom Baker, King, N.C., 3-0.
Goebel def. Harry Sullins, Chesterfield Twp. Mich., 3-2
Boresch def. Tim Kauble, Marion, Ohio, 3-0.
Gonzalez def. Walter Ray Williams Jr., Ocala, Fla., 3-1.
Petraglia def. Michael Long, High Point, N.C., 3-0.
Csuhta def. Dennis Rakauskas, Apopka, Fla., 3-1.
Mohr def. Dale Traber, Cedarburg, Wis., 3-1.
Henry def. Bob Learn Jr., Erie, Pa., 3-1.
Round of 24 (best-of-five games, losers eliminated, earn $1,150)
Baker def. Charlie Tapp, Kalamazoo, Mich., 3-0.
Dias def. Harry Sullins, Chesterfield Twp., Mich., 3-1.
Kauble def. Darryl Bower, Middletown, Pa., 3-0.
Gonzalez def. William Peters, Dayton, Ohio, 3-1.
Long def. Steve Neff, Homosassa Springs, Fla., 3-1.
Rakauskas def. Gary Shultis, Levittown, N.Y., 3-0.
Traber def. Wayne Webb, Columbus, Ohio, 3-2.
Henry def. Mark Williams, Beaumont, Texas, 3-1.
Round of 32 (best-of-three games, losers eliminated, earn $1,050)
Tapp def. Don Sylvia, Lady Lake, Fla., 2-0.
Sullins def. Jeff Bellinger, Columbia, S.C., 2-1.
Kauble def. Michael Shequin, Orange City, Fla., 2-0.
Gonzalez def. Dale Eagle, Tavares, Fla., 2-0.
Long def. Joe Scarborough, Charlotte, N.C., 2-0.
Shultis def. Greg McMahan, Dandridge, Tenn., 2-0.
Traber def. Kenny Parks, Hammond, Ind., 2-0.
Henry def. Patrick King, Fayetteville, N.C., 2-1.
Round of 40 (best-of-three games, losers eliminated, earn $975)
Sylvia def. Jeff Schrum, Cherryville, N.C., 2-1.
Bellinger def. Mark Scime, Winter Garden, Fla., 2-1.
Kauble def. Sammy Ventura, Syracuse, N.Y., 2-0.
Eagle def. Robert Harvey, Boise, Idaho, 2-0.
Long def. Bill McCorkle, Westerville, Ohio 2-0.
Shultis def. Steve Ferraro, Kingston, N.Y., 2-0.
Traber def. Bob Kelly, Dayton, Ohio, 2-1.
Henry def. Sal Borngiorno, Hollywood, Fla., 2-0.