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  • PBA50 Tour rookie Breeden leads qualifying at GP Open

  • GRANTS PASS — PBA50 Tour rookie Don Breeden of Clive, Iowa, averaged 240 in Sunday's second round to take top qualifier honors for the PBA50 Grants Pass Open at Caveman Bowl.
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  • GRANTS PASS — PBA50 Tour rookie Don Breeden of Clive, Iowa, averaged 240 in Sunday's second round to take top qualifier honors for the PBA50 Grants Pass Open at Caveman Bowl.
    Finishing fifth after the first round with a 1,873 pinfall total for eight games, the 50-year-old Breeden bowled games of 259, 226, 278, 258, 210, 221, 259 and 212 in the second round to finish qualifying with a 3,796 16-game overall pinfall.
    Breeden, whose best PBA50 Tour finish was eighth in the season opening Pasco County (Fla.) Open, led 24 players who advanced to today's match play rounds.
    "I'm getting more comfortable out here every tournament," said Breeden, who owns one PBA regional title which he won as an amateur in 1993. "It's been a learning experience but I feel like I'm making steady improvement.
    "Leading qualifying is a big step for me," he added. "I just have to keep believing in myself and continue to hope for the best."
    Breeden had long considered competing on the PBA Tour but ultimately decided against it. As the years went by and eligibility for the PBA50 Tour grew near he decided to make the commitment.
    "I made the decision a couple years ago to compete on the PBA50 Tour and since then I have really taken my preparation seriously to give it my best shot," Breeden said.
    Finishing qualifying in second 13 pins behind Breeden was PBA Hall of Famer and two-time defending PBA50 Player of the Year Walter Ray Williams Jr. of Ocala, Fla., who finished with a 3,783 pinfall. Williams, the 2014 USBC Senior Masters champion, is trying for his second win of the season and ninth of his career.
    Rounding out the top eight who earned a one-round bye for match play were: Darron Peters, Murrietta, Calif., 3,781; two-time PBA50 Player of the Year Ron Mohr, Las Vegas, 3,780; Mike Dias, Lafayette, Colo., 3,749; Terry Metzner, Kentwood, Mich., 3,713; Mike Henry, Brunswick, Ohio, 3,712, and Bill Nichols, Roseville, Calif., 3,703.
    Today's championship rounds are scheduled to get underway at 6 p.m.
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