Kretzer, Russell win PBA/PBA50 Don Vay Memorial Doubles

Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio (Jan. 20, 2019) – Brian Kretzer of Dayton, Ohio and partner Ronnie Russell of Marion, Ind., defeated Eugene McCune of Munster, Ind. and non-PBA member Ryan Burks of Valparaiso, Ind., 2-0, in a best-of-three-game title match to win the Professional Bowlers Association’s PBA/PBA50 Don Vay Memorial Central Doubles Classic title at Legend Lanes Sunday. 

Teams in the PBA Central Region’s first tournament of 2019 included one bowler age 50 or older, and one bowler under the age of 50. The title was the Kretzer’s 25th and Russell’s ninth. They also split a $4,000 first prize. 

Kretzer and Russell blanked Larry Verble of Mason, Mich., and T.J. Schmidt of Mishawaka, Ind., 2-0, while McCune and Burks topped Doug Kent of Newark, N.Y. and Tim Pfeifer of Oakdale, Pa., 2-1, in the best-of-three semifinal round to set up the championship match.

 McCune and Burks earned $1,000 each for second place while the Verble/Schmidt and Kent/Pfeifer teams each earned $800 as semifinal round losers. 

The event drew a field of 45 teams. 

The next PBA Central Region event will be a PBA50 tournament in Crawfordsville, Ohio, Feb. 22-24.

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