Working His Way Back Into Shape, Bryan Goebel Tops PBA50 Security Federal Savings Bank Championship Qualifying

KOKOMO, Ind. (July 30, 2018) - PBA Hall of FamerBryan Goebel of Shawnee, Kan., who spent the first half of the year working himself back into shape after abdominal surgery last December, bowled a 1,807 eight-game pinfall total in the second round to emerge as the top qualifier in the PBA50 Security Federal Savings Bank Championship presented by Track Monday at Dave Small’s Heritage Lanes. 

Goebel finished with a 3,592 overall pinfall total for 16 games to lead qualifying after bowling games of 216, 214, 228, 239, 223, 216, 245 and 226 in the second round. 

“It was a good round overall but a little frustrating at the same time,” the 10-time PBA Tour winner said. “It feels good to be the leader but with a little better (pin) carry I think I could have had a lot more. 

“I’m feel like I’m in good playing shape,” Goebel added. “It’s been a long road but I’m just now finding my way of throwing the ball. During the recovery I lost a lot of muscle so I’ve been practicing a lot to get that muscle memory back.” 

The 56-year-old Goebel owns one PBA50 Tour title which came in the 2017 Miller Lite Players Championship. 

Finishing just three pins behind Goebel was fellow hall of famer Norm Duke of Clermont, Fla., who finished with a 3,589 pinfall.  Duke had games of 235, 203, 200, 246, 232, 258, 205 and 213 in his second round. 

Michael Haugen Jr. of Phoenix, who has a commanding lead in the PBA50 Player of the Year points race and is the only two-time winner this year, also advanced to the second match play round finishing eighth with 3,453.    

Other players advancing to the second match play round were Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., 3,575; Jack Jurek, Lackawanna, N.Y., 3,540; Harry Sullins, Chesterfield Twp., Mich., 3,518; Tony Johnson, Canton, Ohio, 3,506, and hall of famer Doug Kent, Newark, N.Y., 3,496. 

The top 16 players advanced to Tuesday’s match play rounds with positions 17-25 and eight PBA60 players advancing to a cashers’ round to determine eight additional match play spots. After match play the top five players will be determined for the stepladder finals scheduled for 7 p.m. EDT.

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