MOORESVILLE, N.C. – 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.
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.
Round of 8 (best-of-three games, losers eliminated, $1,700 each)
Profitt def. Mark Williams, Beaumont, Texas, 2-0.
W.R. Williams def. Ricky Beck, Box Elder, S.D., 2-0.
Henry def. Roger Kossert, Lithia, Fla., 2-0.
Learn def. Johnny Petraglia, Jackson, N.J., 2-0.
Round of 16 (best-of-five games, losers eliminated, $1,300 each)
M. Williams def. Wayne Webb, Columbus, Ohio, 3-0.
Profitt def. Ron Mohr, Eagle River, Alaska, 3-1.
W.R. Williams def. Jeff Schrum, Cherryville, N.C., 3-0.
Beck def. Charlie Tapp, Kalamazoo, Mich., 3-2.
Henry def. Steve Ferraro, Kingston, N.Y., 3-1.
Kossert def. Kenny Parks, Hammond, Ind., 3-2.
Petraglia def. Tom Baker, King, N.C., 3-2.
Learn def. Henry Gonzalez, Colorado Springs, Colo., 3-2.
Round of 24 (best-of-five games, losers eliminated, $1,100 each)
M. Williams def. Brent Hunter, Glenville, Pa., 3-2.
Profitt def. Dave Sill, Titusville, Fla., 3-0.
Schrum def. Kerry Fulford, Brownwood, Texas, 3-1.
Ferraro def. Dave Soutar, Bradenton, Fla., 3-0.
Kossert def. Joel Carlson, Omaha, Neb., 3-0.
Petraglia def. Harry Sullins, Chesterfield Twp., Mich., 3-0.
Gonzalez def. Gary Shultis, Levittown, N.Y., 3-0.
Beck def. Sammy Ventura, Syracuse, N.Y., 3-2.
Round of 32 (best-of-five games, losers eliminated, $1,050 each)
Hunter def. Brian Gottry, Wilmington, N.C., 3-2.
Profitt def. Bob Handley, Winter Park, Fla., 3-0.
Schrum def. Dennis Lane, Kingsport, Tenn., 3-2.
Beck def. Al Brooks, Bluefield, W. Va., 3-0.
Ferraro def. Ron Glick, Morganville, N.J., 3-0.
Carlson def. Peter Knopp, Germany, 3-2.
Petraglia def. Peter King, Yankton, S.D., 3-2.
Gonzalez def. Tom Carter, Rockford, Ill. 3-2.