ELKHART — Eddie Graham picked up right where he left off last week on Monday.
Graham, who hails from Centerville, Ohio, fired an eight-game total of 1,925 to take the first-round lead in the PBA50 National Championship to Benefit Riley Hospital for Children at Signature Lanes.
Graham, who won his first career PBA 50 event last week in Fort Wayne, averaged 240.6 pins per game to rank almost seven ahead of Bob Learn Jr.’s 233.75. He had a high game of 279 and overcame a low of 188.
Learn Jr., from Eerie, Pa., had a total pinfall of 1,870 to sit in second place after the first day of eight-game qualifying. Tom Carter from Columbus, Ohio stood third (1,850 pins, 231.25 average), Mark Sullivan of Indianapolis fourth (1,845, 230.6) and Hall of Famer Norm Duke of Clermont, Fla., fifth (1,834, 229.25).
Walter Ray Williams Jr. averaged 222.9 during his opening round Monday. Parker Bohn II came in at 212.1 for his first eight-game qualifying round.
A pair of perfect games were rolled on Monday, one by Johnny Petraglia and the other by Brian Voss.
The 80-player field returns Tuesday for the second eight-game qualifying round, with sessions at 8 a.m. and 3 p.m.
On Wednesday, match-play rounds are slated for noon and 3 p.m., with the top five moving on to the 7 p.m. stepladder finals.
Complete results are available at www.pba.com.