Buffalo native Tom Baker, a PBA Hall of Famer and four-time PBA50 Player of the Year, retained his lead after the second round of qualifying in the PBA50 Treasure Island Resort & Casino Open presented by MOTIV Tuesday. Baker, who now lives in King, N.C., leads a field of 24 players heading into match play.
In the final tournament of the season, Baker finished qualifying with a 3,985 16-game pinfall total (249 average) bowling games of 266, 258, 236, 209, 239, 228, 259 and 244 in Tuesday’s second round.
“For me it was pretty much the same as yesterday,” said Baker, who is a 10-time winner on both the PBA Tour and PBA50 Tour. The lane condition “transition came in the fourth game like usual and I changed to a stronger ball in the fourth game just like yesterday. The only difference was I probably ended up play a little further inside toward the end of the block today.”
Right on Baker’s heels are two more of PBA’s all-time greats. Hall of Famers Pete Weber of St. Ann, Mo., with a 3,970 pinfall and Walter Ray Williams Jr. of Ocala, Fla., with 3,921.