Brunswick News

February 22, 2015

Bohn Wins PBA Players Championship in Overtime

Parker Bohn III of Jackson, N.J., struck on his second shot in sudden-death to win the Professional Bowlers Association Players Championship at Woodland Bowl, earning his 34th career title and moving into a tie for fifth place on the all-time PBA career titles list with legendary star Mark Roth.

The finals aired Sunday on ESPN.

Bohn, a PBA Hall of Famer, rebounded from a pocket 7-10 split in the first frame of the championship match, throwing nine strikes on his next 11 shots to tie hometown favorite Ronnie Russell of nearby Marion, 237-237, at the end of 10 frames. The 51-year-old left-hander then threw two strikes in the one-ball sudden-death roll-off, defeating Russell when the Indiana native struck on his first attempt, but left a 10 pin on his second shot.

“I was only 16 when I met Mark Roth,” Bohn said, “and I had no idea I’d be standing here tied with him with 34 titles. He obviously got there much faster than I did, but when you think about Roth, he single-handedly revolutionized the sport. Anyone who hooks the ball today does it because of what Mark did in the late 1960s and ‘70s. I couldn’t be happier to share this distinction with him.”

Roth, who was in Indianapolis for the anniversary TOC weekend, said, “It was just a matter of time before Parker caught up with me. We went about it in different ways, but it couldn’t have been a nicer guy to do it.”

Walter Ray Williams Jr. is the all-time PBA Tour titles leader with 47, followed by the late Earl Anthony with 43, and Norm Duke and Pete Weber who are tied for third with 37 each. Among left-handed players, Bohn trails only Anthony in career titles.

Bohn, who qualified No. 1 for the Players Championship finals two weeks earlier in Milwaukee, said he had an issue with his grip in the first few frames, but “once I figured out how to keep my hand dry, I was in good shape.”

Bohn also accomplished another personal goal with his win.

“I’ve been coming to Woodland Bowl for 34 years, and I don’t have a championship banner hanging up here,” Bohn said of the bowling center’s tradition of recognizing its past champions. “I’ve been assured that after tonight, my banner will be hanging up here.”

Bill Vint
PBA Media Relations