Ron Mohr of Eagle River, Alaska, won the Professional Bowlers Association Senior Jackson Open Thursday at Airport Lanes for a record-tying fourth Senior Tour win of the season and clinching his second PBA Senior Player of the Year crown in the process.
Mohr def. Rick Vittone of Ontario, Canada, 226-203, in the championship match in the bowling center where he won his first Senior Tour title in 2009 on his way to his first Senior Player of the Year honor.
In addition to his four titles this season, Mohr has two second-place, a third, a fourth and a 13-place finish with one more tournament remaining in Dayton, Ohio.
"This is the way I wanted to win it," said the 55-year-old Mohr, who clinched Senior Player of the Year by making the semifinal round. "I wanted to earn it and not back into it. To do it here where I have a lot of fond memories made it special because this is where I won my first Senior Tour title."
"I started out qualifying shooting 1728 for 8 games and was in 16th place." said Rick. "The next round I threw 17 in row, including my 2nd 300 game on the Senior Tour, (1st was in USBC National Masters in Columbus, Ohio a few weeks earlier). So, I qualified in 8th place, which gave me a 2-round bye in match play."
Rick said "My 1st match was against Tim Kauble I won 3 games to 1. The next round I won against Kent Wagner, who just beat Walter Ray in a 5 match set. The next round was a one game match against Tom Baker who was coming off a big Senior Regional win in Bowling Green Ohio. I started off slow, but beat him 205-170 to move on to the final match."
PBA Hall of Famer Walter Ray Williams Jr. of Ocala, Fla., and Harry Sullins of Chesterfield Township, Mich., a two-time winner this season, were long shot contenders for Senior Player of the Year but were eliminated from contention once Mohr made the semifinal round. Williams and Sullins would also have had to win the tournament and next week's season finale in Dayton for any shot at challenging Mohr for the honor.
"My target was to make the semifinal round and then let everything take care of itself," said Mohr, who now has seven career Senior Tour titles. "Once I accomplished that I felt really comfortable and just had to make some minor adjustments from the semifinal to final match."
Mohr's four titles tied the record for most in a season with Pete Couture (1998), Dale Eagle (1999) and Baker (2006).
"It's just been a great year and something I really didn't expect," Mohr said. "I've had a lot of breaks this year and a guardian angel on my shoulder. It's been an example of a year where you really need everything going your way to achieve something like this."