Despite qualifying as the No. 2 seed, Kenosha’s Lennie Boresch Jr. suffered an early exit Wednesday in the PBA50 Treasure Island Resort & Casino Open at Island Xtreme Bowl in Welch, Minn.
It was the last “regular season” event of the PBA50 schedule.
Boresch earned a bye into the round of 16 but was swept 3-0 by 18th-seeded Jeff Richgels in the best-of-5 match. Richgels won by scores of 233-224, 242-178 and 208-203. Boresch earned $1,300 in prize money.
Boresch, a two-time PBA50 winner, finished just 25 pins behind PBA Hall of Famer Norm Duke, a 37-time winner on the PBA Tour, after Tuesday’s second round of qualifying. Duke was eliminated by ninth-seeded Tom Baker, 2-1, in the best-of-3 quarterfinals.
Baker faced another PBA Hall of Famer in No. 10 seed Walter Ray Williams Jr. in the championship round, and Williams won by a score of 268-224.
“It’s a great way to end a season,” said Williams, who won the USBC Senior Masters for his first title of the season and is the PBA Tour’s all-time wins leader with 47, in a press release.
“I had a good season, and when you can win against the talent that’s out here now it makes it that much more satisfying.”
Despite losing in the quarterfinals, Duke earned enough points to be named the PBA50 Player of the Year. Duke won two times this season, including the Senior U.S. Open, and joins Baker as the only players to win PBA50 Player of the Year and Rookie of the Year honors in the same season.
Had he defeated Williams in the title match, Baker would’ve accrued the 16 points necessary to edge Duke for Player of the Year this season.
The top eight players in competition points earned an entry into the World Series of Bowling VI in Las Vegas Oct. 24-Nov. 2 and a special PBA50 qualifier preceding the World Series which will determine the two players who will face off in the WSOB Challenge telecast on ESPN.
Boresch entered the week 22nd in the points standings.