Joel Carlson Throws Three Strikes in 10th Frame to Win PBA50 David Small’s JAX 60 Classic


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Joel Carlson Throws Three Strikes in 10th Frame

to Win PBA50 David Small’s JAX 60 Classic

Missed spare in 10th by Brian Kretzer leaves door open for Carlson

to take home second PBA50 Tour title in final PBA50 event of the season

JACKSON, Mich. (Aug. 2, 2019) – Joel Carlson of Omaha, Nebraska threw three pressure-filled strikes in the 10th frame of the title match to beat top seed Brian Kretzer of Dayton, Ohio, 259-255, to win the PBA50 David Small’s JAX 60 Classic presented by Track Friday for his second PBA50 Tour title of the season.

Carlson, who won the PBA50 Hamilton Lanes & Entertainment Center Open earlier in the season for his first career PBA50 Tour title, also took advantage of a missed 3-6-10 spare by Kretzer in the 10th who had started the match by converting the 3-6-10 spare in the first frame and then threw eight strikes in a row before missing the spare in the 10th.

“That’s one thing I’ve learned and that is never give up,” said Carlson, who watched as Kretzer finished the match first by missing the spare and leaving him the opportunity to win with a double and seven count. “Once he got the strike in the ninth, I thought it was over and even in the 10th I fully expected him to make that spare. But when something happens and you get the opportunity you have to take it and prove you can win.”

Carlson, who was seeded fourth for the finals, won the three previous stepladder matches to advance to the title match against Kretzer who was also trying for his second career PBA50 Tour title.

Carlson opened with a 236-213 win over 11-time PBA50 Tour winner Ron Mohr of Las Vegas who was making his fifth consecutive championship round appearance and was trying for his second win of the season.

Carlson then advanced to meet Hall of Famer Doug Kent of Newark, New York, in the second stepladder match also winning 236-213.

In the semifinal, Carlson beat No. 2 seed 68-year-old Charlie Tapp of Kalamazoo, Michigan, 216-175, to advance to the title match. Tapp a three-time PBA Tour winner was trying for his third PBA50 Tour title and first since 2006.

It was another eventful title match for Carlson as he won the Hamilton Lanes Open in a roll-off with Mohr after tying in the title match 279-279.

“It was unbelievable to win the first one and just as remarkable to win the second one,” said the 57-year-old Carlson. “I’ve always felt I could win out here and I have the confidence. I don’t know if there’s anything like a normal way to win a match but it seems like every match I’ve bowled (in a stepladder) has had more than its share of excitement.”

After winning the recent PBA50 Spectrum Lanes Open, Eugene McCune of Munster, Indiana finished ninth in the JAX 60 Classic which was good enough to lock up 2019 PBA50 Rookie of the Year honors.

PBA Hall of Fame Walter Ray Williams Jr. had already clinched his third PBA50 Player of the Year honor but his quest for a record 15th career PBA50 Tour title will have to wait until the 2020 season after he just missed advancing out of the first match play round finishing the tournament in 17th. Williams started the season with three consecutive wins, including the PBA50 National Championship, and never finished out of the top 10 in any other event until his 17th-place finish in Jackson.

Two PBA60 events (for players 60 and over) will conclude the “senior” season. The PBA60 Jax 60 National Championship in memory of Mel Wolf will be conducted Aug. 3-5 at JAX 60 Lanes and the PBA60 Dick Weber Championship presented by The DeHayes Insurance Group and 900 Global in Fort Wayne is scheduled for Aug. 7-9. Fans can follow all the action via PBA’s online streaming partner FloBowling. For subscription and schedule information visit


presented by Track
JAX 60 Lanes, Jackson, Mich., Friday

Final Standings:

1, Joel Carlson, Omaha, Nebraska, $7,500.

2, Brian Kretzer, Dayton, Ohio, $4,000.

3, Charlie Tapp, Kalamazoo, Mich., $2,500.

4, Doug Kent, Newark, N.Y., $2,000.

5, Ron Mohr, Las Vegas, $1,750.

Stepladder Results:

Match One – Carlson def. Mohr, 236-213.

Match Two – Carlson def. Kent, 236-213.

Semifinal Match – Carlson def. Tapp, 216-175.

Championship Match – Carlson def. Kretzer, 259-255.

Modified Match Play Round 2 (after six games, including match play bonus pins. Top five advance to stepladder finals)

1, Brian Kretzer, Dayton, Ohio, 6-0, 1,573.
2, ss-Charlie Tapp, Kalamazoo, Mich., 5-1, 1,542.
3, Doug Kent, Newark, N.Y., 4-2, 1,488.
3, Joel Carlson, Omaha, Neb., 4-2, 1,488.
5, ss-Ron Mohr, Las Vegas, 4-2, 1,486.
6, Steve Jaros, Yorkville, Ill., 4-2, 1,437, $1,500.
7, ss-Dale Csuhta, Wadsworth, Ohio, 4-2, 1,415, $1,500.
8, ss-Brian Voss, Centennial, Colo., 3-3, 1,406, $1,500.
9, Eugene McCune, Munster, Ind., 3-2-1, 1,367, $1,300.
10, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 1-4-1, 1,339, $1,300.
11, ss-Mike Dias, Lafayette, Colo., 2-4, 1,329, $1,300.
12, ss-Harry Sullins, Chesterfield Twp., Mich., 1-5, 1,291, $1,300.
13, ss-Terry Metzner, Kentwood, Mich., 1-5, 1,254, $1,300.
14, Brian Menini, Brookfield, Mo., 2-4, 1,220, $1,300.
15, ss-Mark Williams, Beaumont, Texas, 2-4, 1,209, $1,300.

16, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 1-5, 1,150, $1,300.

Modified Match Play Round 1 (other cashers after five games, including match play bonus pins.)

17, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., 3-2-0, 1,225, $1,100.
18, Scott Greiner, Sunrise Beach, Mo., 3-2-0, 1,209, $1,100.
19, Warren Eales, Chandler, Ariz., 2-3-0, 1,204, $1,100.
20, Lennie Boresch Jr., Kenosha, Wis., 2-3-0, 1,191, $1,100.
21, Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., 2-3-0, 1,175, $1,100.
22, Mark Sullivan, Indianapolis, 3-2-0, 1,165, $1,100.
23, Bob Learn Jr., Erie, Pa., 2-3-0, 1,155, $1,100.
24, ss-Kevin Foley, Reno, Nev., 2-3-0, 1,125, $1,100.
25, ss-Tom Baker, King, N.C., 1-4-0, 1,113, $1,050.
26, Todd Kjell, Roscoe, Ill., 2-3-0, 1,111, $1,050.
27, Steve Hoskins, New Port Richey, Fla., 3-2-0, 1,111, $1,050.
28, Keith Lesko, Prosper, Texas, 1-4-0, 1,092, $1,050.
29, ss-Sammy Ventura, Syracuse, N.Y., 2-3-0, 1,084, $1,050.
30, Gary Faulkner, Norfolk, Va., 2-3-0, 1,018, $1,050.
31, ss-Mike Hastings, Millsboro, Del., 1-4-0, 1,013, $1,050.
32, ss-Lee Brosius, Ashburn, Va., 1-4-0, 989, $1,050.

Other Cashers (after five-game cashers round, $1,000 each)

33, Ricky Schissler, Brighton, Colo., 1,112.
34, Bo Goergen, Sanford, Mich., 1,107.
35, ss-Michael Lucente, Warren, Mich., 1,087.
36, n-Michael Snow, Canada, 1,084.
37, ss-Chuck Richardson, The Villages, Fla., 1,076.
38, ss-Bruce Hall, Westborough, Mass., 1,063.
39, Don Herrington, Ballston Lake, N.Y., 1,043.
40, ss-Edward Silva, Manteca, Calif., 1,034.
41, Brian LeClair, Albany, N.Y., 1,023.
42, ss-Paul Mielens, Menomonie, Wis., 965.
43, Jeff Johnson, Freeport, Ill., 940.
44, ss-Christopher Keane, Cape Coral, Fla., 925.

n-non-PBA member.

ss-PBA60 player ages 60 and over.

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