May 25, 2017
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Striking it big

Boresch wins third PBA50 crown



Kenosha’s Lennie Boresch Jr. must have good vibes whenever he’s bowling at The Villages, Fla.

Boresch captured a wire-to-wire victory from Sunday through Tuesday in the PBA50 UnitedHealthcare Sun Bowl In The Villages presented by Radical at Spanish Springs Lanes for his third career PBA50 Tour title.

Boresch’s first title came in his PBA50 Tour debut at the 2012 Sun Bowl In The Villages.

“It’s just a great, great place to bowl,” Boresch, 55, said in a phone interview Wednesday. “They love their bowling, they know their bowling. It just reminds me of the old days when you go there. They just come in. And then I run into a lot of people from Wisconsin that have relocated there.”

Boresch’s last win on the PBA50 Tour — considered the PBA’s senior tour — was at the 2013 Miller High Life Classic.

Since then, the United States Bowling Congress Hall of Famer — who’s won a record 10 Men’s Division titles in the Kenosha News Match Game Tournament — has four runner-up finishes, including two in 2016. He was also seventh at the Pasco County Open in New Port Richey, Fla., from April 17-20 and captured three different events at a tournament in Las Vegas in November.

What explains Boresch’s recent hot stretch?

“I really don’t know,” he said. “I don’t know what it is, to be honest with you. I’ve got some pretty good bowling balls going right now that I think are matching up pretty (well). I’ve learned to kind of control my emotions better and understand that there’s going to be some rough patches.

“You never stop learning in this sport. ... At my age, I just have to enjoy it.”

Boresch led all four rounds in qualifying this week to enter the stepladder finals as the top qualifier. He defeated Bob Learn Jr. of Erie, Pa., 264-213, in the title match to take home the top prize of $7,500.

He averaged a 245 for the tournament and went 13-3 in match play at The Villages. He opened with a strike and a spare against Learn in the title match before rattling off eight consecutive strikes.

“The way he was bowling, I thought I might be in trouble,” Boresch said in a release. “... All I knew was I was going to have to strike because he was lined up.”

Boresch rolled his way to the top of the field of 160 bowlers age 50 and over in Sunday’s first round of qualifying with an eight-game pinfall of 1,952, highlighted by a 300 in his fifth game.

He then advanced to Tuesday’s 32-player match-play round after Monday’s second round of qualifying before securing his third PBA50 Tour win.

Boresch now faces a scheduling dilemma to determine whether he’s in the field for the 54th annual Kenosha News Match Game Bowling Tournament at Sheridan Lanes. It starts on May 7 with practice, then qualifying runs from May 8-12 with the finals set for May 14-19.

The PBA50 Miller Lite Players Championship, a big event, is scheduled for May 13-16 in Indianapolis, so it runs concurrently with the Match Game.

Boresch, the defending Men’s Division Match Game champion, said he will bowl in qualifying for each tournament. If he qualifies for both the finals of the Match Game and the Players Championship, he said he’d bowl in the Players Championship and would likely have to miss the Match Game.

“I hate missing the Kenosha News, but what do you do?” said Boresch, who will compete in the PBA50 Race City Open in Mooresville, N.C., Sunday through Wednesday.

“We’ll play it by ear, I guess.”


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