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Bohn catches a break, wins PBA50 Miller High Life Classic

By Bill Kiser
Correspondent

MOORESVILLE After falling behind early in the final match at the PBA50 Miller High Life Classic, all Hall of Fame bowler Parker Bohn III wanted was an opportunity to catch up.

Two standing pins and a late run of strikes gave Bohn the opening he needed, as he rallied to beat fellow Hall of Famer Pete Weber by three pins (232-229) for his first title on the Pro Bowlers Association’s 50-and-over tour.

Bohn, 50, overcame an ugly five-pin split on the third frame at George Pappas’ Victory Lanes by closing out with six consecutive strikes. However, Weber, 51, saw his lead disappear after a pair of spares late in the match.

“When you're bowling somebody like Pete Weber, you don’t expect a runaway,” said Bohn, who won $7,500. “Fortunately, this time it worked out in Parker Bohn’s favor.”

Bohn, of Jackson, N.J., qualified second for the 40-man elimination round, then he advanced to face Weber by beating Bryan Goebel, Ron Mohr and Harry Sullins. Weber, who had a pair of 300 games in becoming the No. 1 qualifier, beat Terry Metzner, defending champ Lennie Boresch and Tom Baker to advance.

In the final, both bowlers opened with strikes on the first two frames. But Bohn opened the door for Weber on the third frame with a 4-6-7-8-10 split, and just missed converting the spare. Meanwhile, Weber rolled strikes in the first four frames, and held a 36-pin lead.

“I knew (the split) was a very unfortunate, unforced error, that I gave a lot of pins away with one shot,” Bohn said. “But you can’t worry about stuff like that, because anything can happen.”

Weber went on to roll strikes on six of the first seven frames, while Bohn added a strike and two one-pin spares. But Bohn rolled a strike on his seventh frame, and kept rolling strikes.

Meanwhile, Weber had to settle for one-pin spares on the eighth and ninth frames before closing out the 10th frame with three straight strikes. Bohn eventually took the lead after Weber’s spare on the ninth frame.

“The eighth and ninth frame really hurt,” Weber said. “(But) you can’t win if you don’t have any luck.”

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