Eagle River bowler wins two in a row on PBA senior tour

BOWLING: Eagle River man wins second straight PBA senior tour event.

April 29, 2009 

Suddenly, Ron Mohr of Eagle River is the Tiger Woods of the Professional Bowlers Association Senior Tour.

Mohr, 53, won his second consecutive PBA Senior Tour event on Tuesday, capturing the Senior Dayton Classic at Capri Lanes in Dayton, Ohio. He dispatched Brian Voss of Alpharetta, Ga., 211-206, to earn an $8,000 winner's check.

"How could it be any better?" he said by phone from Ohio. "This is insane.

"I thought I was throwing the ball pretty good, but I wasn't expecting anything like this. It seems like all the breaks are going my way."

Needing a spare in the 10th frame of the final to wrap up victory, Mohr left a difficult 2-8 pin combination, but he converted.

"That's the second week in a row I didn't throw the best shot on the first ball in the 10th frame of the championship match," Mohr said. "Sometimes it feels easier to have to double to win than to make a spare."

Mohr's victory marked the 11th time in the 15-year history of the PBA's senior circuit that a bowler has won back-to-back tournaments, Mohr said.

A week ago, he earned the first PBA Senior Tour title won by an Alaskan when he took the Jackson Open in Michigan. Next up on the 12-stop seniors tour is the Mooresville Miller High Life Classic in Mooresville, N.C., beginning Sunday.

Tour events continue into the September finale, which is nationally televised. Victories keep bolstering Mohr's confidence.

"Every time I've needed to make a good shot in the last week and half, it's been there," he said. "Sometimes you don't get what you deserve, you get what you expect.

"Hall of Fame guys are beginning to recognize me a little bit. It's an honor."

Mohr advanced to Tuesday's championship match by defeating Ron Profitt of Brookville, Ohio, 205-172. Brookville is near Dayton, and the crowd was tilted towards Profitt.

"He's a local Dayton guy," Mohr said. "Now I know how the Christians must have felt when they were thrown to the lions."

In the earlier round of eight, Mohr defeated Keith Sharp of Orlando, Fla., 2-1.

Voss, who took home $4,500, is a 24-time tour champion.

Reach reporter Mike Campbell at mcampbell@adn.com or 257-4329.

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