Bowling News USA - May 14, 2012 Bob Learn Jr. Fires Victory Road™ Pearl for First PBA Senior Win...
In only his third tournament on the PBA Senior Tour, Bob Learn Jr. of Erie, Pa., won the Senior Mooresville Classic presented by Columbia Wednesday for his first Senior Tour title.
Learn, who won five PBA Tour titles including the 1999 U.S. Open in a 15-year PBA Tour career, defeated Ron Profitt of Brookville, Ohio, 203-196, in the championship match at George Pappas Victory Lanes.
Learn used the Storm Victory Road™ Pearl in the title match.
After starting the match with two strikes, Profitt ran into trouble early with a split and a washout in the third and fourth frames, respectively, which he failed to convert and was not able to recover from later in the match.
“When he threw the split and the washout it definitely changed the tone of the match,” said the 50-year-old Learn. “Even though I didn’t have a good look on the pair either, from that point on I was able to bowl just good enough to stay ahead of him.”
In his two previous Senior Tour tournaments this season Learn finished ninth in both the Senior Sun Bowl In The Villages and Senior Don Carter Memorial Open.
“Third time’s the charm I guess,” said Learn. “I’m qualifying well but you have to get some breaks in the match play rounds and it kind of made up for some bad breaks I had in the first two tournaments.”
Profitt was trying for his first win in six seasons on the Senior Tour. He had a long road to the championship match winning three best-of-five matches, a best-of-three match and the semifinal. His runnerup finish was a career best with fourth being his best previous finish.
In the semifinal matches, Learn defeated Mike Henry of Brunswick, Ohio, 201-189, and Profitt defeated last week’s Senior Don Carter Memorial winner Walter Ray Williams Jr., 248-206.
The next stop for the PBA Senior Tour will be the Senior Dayton Classic presented by Roto Grip May 14-17 at Capri Lanes in Kettering, Ohio. The tournament will be streamed live in its entirety on pba.com’s online bowling channel Xtra Frame. For Xtra Frame subscription information click on the Xtra Frame logo on the pba.com homepage.
PBA SENIOR MOORESVILLE CLASSIC PRESENTED BY COLUMBIA
George Pappas Victory Lanes, Mooresville, N.C., Wednesday
Bob Learn Jr., Erie, Pa. ($8,000) def. Ron Profitt, Brookville, Ohio ($4,500), 203-196.
Semifinal Round (one-game matches, losers earn $3,000)
Profitt def. Walter Ray Williams Jr., Ocala, Fla., 248-206.
Learn def. Mike Henry, Brunswick, Ohio, 201-189.
Storm/Roto Grip Wins - 2012 PBA/PBA Senior Tour
1. 2012 PBA Senior Mooresville Classic - Bob Learn Jr. - Storm Victory Road™ Pearl
2. 2012 PBA Pepsi Elite Players Championship - Jason Belmonte - Storm Marvel™ Pearl
3.. 2012 PBA Dick Weber Playoffs - Norm Duke - Storm Frantic™
4. 2012 PBA Carmen Salvino Classic - Andres Gomez - Storm Marvel™ Pearl/Hy-Road™
5. 2012 PBA Mark Roth-Marshall Holman Doubles Championship - Norm Duke/Wes Malott - Storm Frantic™/Anarchy™
6. 2012 PBA Kuwait International Open - Osku Palermaa - Storm Natural™
7. 2012 PBA Detroit Open - Norm Duke - Roto Grip Outlaw™
8. 2012 PBA GEICO Shark Open - Jason Belmonte - Storm Marvel Pearl™/Roto Grip Critical Theory™
9. 2012 U.S Open - Pete Weber - Storm Marvel™ Pearl/Frantic™
10. 2012 PBA Ricart Ford Open - Scott Newell - Storm Victory Road™ Solid
11. 2012 PBA Scorpion Open - Dominic Barrett - Storm Marvel Pearl™/Roto Grip Critical Theory™
12. 2012 PBA Chameleon Open - Jason Belmonte - Storm Marvel Pearl™/Roto Grip Outlaw™
13. 2012 PBA Viper Open - Stuart Williams - Storm Victory Road™ Solid/Tropical Heat™
14. 2012 PBA World Championship - Osku Palermaa - Storm Hy-Road™/Roto Grip Outlaw™/Defiant™
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