Mike Dias of Lafayette, Colorado, defeated PBA Hall of Famer and fellow left-hander Parker Bohn III of Jackson, New Jersey, 227-217, to win $7,500 and the title in the PBA50 Northern California Classic at Harvest Park Bowl Tuesday, May 28, for his third career PBA50 Tour title.
Dias, who was the top qualifier for the stepladder finals, had trouble with pin carry in the first half of the match, leaving four nine counts in the first five frames, but after making what he called a minor adjustment, struck on the next four shots.
“I was getting to the pocket fine, but needed to make a small adjustment with my hand position,” said the 62-year-old Dias. “I started getting a little more aggressive by getting my hand around the ball more at release, and just moved one board to the left to get a better angle, and that helped solve the carry problem.”
After striking on his first shot of the 10th frame, Bohn — trying for his fifth career PBA50 Tour title — had an opportunity to win the match with another strike on the second shot of the frame, but left a solid 7 pin, giving Dias the victory.
Bohn, who qualified second for the finals, beat No. 3 qualifier Skip Pavone of San Jose, 280-256, in the semifinal to advance to the title match.
“You know you’re going to have your hands full trying to beat a great bowler like Parker,” said Dias, who advanced all the way from the cashers round earlier in the day to take the top qualifying spot. “Even though he was coming off a big game, I knew he was going to have to adjust to some transition. I thought it might take something like 220 or 230 to win, and it turned out to be close to that.”
Dias’ last PBA50 Tour win came in the 2014 PBA50 Grants Pass Open, but he did win the USBC Super Senior Classic for players 60 and over, in 2018, for his first PBA60 title.
“I always thought I could win on the PBA50 Tour again,” Dias added. “You just never know how many opportunities you’ll get, but you try to make the most of every opportunity like I was able to do today.”