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Dick Allen Wins 5th Career Title in Port Property Management PBA Xtra Frame Maine Shootout

Wed, 2018-04-18 20:39

PORTLAND, Maine – Dick Allen of Columbia, S.C., a 39-year-old 18-year Professional Bowlers Association touring player, captured his fifth career title in the Port Property Management Xtra Frame Maine Shootout at Bayside Bowl Wednesday.

Allen, who is known as a free spirit, embraced the equally free-spirited Bayside Bowl crowd in defeating journeyman John Furey of Howell, N.J., 269-226, 247-235, to sweep the best-of-three-game title match and end Furey’s bid for his first PBA Tour title.

“I don’t know what it is,” Allen said. “I love this place. I always bowl well here. It’s the fans, the atmosphere, everything about it. I love it here.”

Allen had a split and open in his first frame, but then ran off a string of strikes to take the lead into the final two frames where single-pin spares gave Furey a chance to throw two strikes and good count in his 10th frame to win. But Furey, the 2012 PBA East Region Player of the Year, left the 3-6-10 on his first shot in the 10th.

Allen earned his berth in the title match by denying 58-year-old PBA Hall of Famer Walter Ray Williams Jr. a chance to win a record 48th PBA Tour title, eliminating the PBA’s all-time winningest bowler, 2-1, in the semifinal round while Furey pulled off the upset of the tournament, sweeping Australia’s Jason Belmonte, 254-248, 244-226, in the other semifinal match.

Allen lost the first game to Williams, 258-226, but won a one-ball, two-shot sudden-death roll-off after they tied at 258 in game two to avoid elimination. Both players struck on their first roll-off shots, but Williams left a 10 pin on his second and Allen struck again to force a third game which Allen won, 279-247.

The Maine Shootout was the first of eight PBA Tour Xtra Frame events scheduled for 2018. Xtra Frame’s next event will be live coverage of the OceanView at Falmouth PBA League seeding tournament from Bayside Bowl Friday at 7 p.m. EDT. For subscription information, visit xtraframe.tv.

PORT PROPERTY MANAGEMENT PBA XTRA FRAME MAINE SHOOTOUT
Bayside Bowl, Portland, Maine, April 18 (all matches are best of three games)

Championship:
Dick Allen, Columbia, S.C. ($10,000) def. John Furey, Howell, N.J. ($6,000), 269-226, 247-235.

Semifinal round (losers earned $4,000):
Furey def. Jason Belmonte, Australia, 2-0 (254-248, 244-226).
Allen def. Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., 1-1 (226-258, 258-258, 10-10, 10-9 in one-ball sudden death roll-off; 279-247).

Round of 8 (losers earned $2,500):
Williams def. Thomas Larsen, Denmark, 2-1 (258-225, 199-277, 259-226).
Allen def. Bill O'Neill, Langhorne, Pa., 2-1 (194-223, 276-238, 265-182).
Belmonte def. Francois Louw, South Africa, 2-1 (249-182, 226-247, 279-214).
Furey def. Cody Shoemaker, Hanover, Pa., 2-0 (189-186, 217-191).

Round of 16 (losers earned $1,500):
O'Neill def. Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 2-1 (238-216, 184-191, 255-193).
Larsen def. Ryan Ciminelli, Clarence, N.Y., 2-1 (258-200, 249-256, 257-212).
Shoemaker def. Matt Sanders, Indianapolis, 2-0 (235-226, 232-213).
Louw def. Anthony Pepe, Elmhurst, N.Y., 2-1 (214-236, 237-212, 258-227).
Williams def. Osku Palermaa, Finland, 2-0 (247-200, 290-277).
Furey def. Patrick Girard, Canada, 2-1 (201-278, 267-191, 225-217).
Belmonte def. Anthony Simonsen, Austin, Texas, 2-0 (265-210, 249-212).
Allen def. Andrew Anderson, Holly, Mich., 2-0 (243-190, 199-191).

PBA Spare Shots: A Funny Thing Happened to Andrew Anderson…

Wed, 2018-04-18 11:26

Winning the United States Bowling Congress Masters Sunday in Syracuse, N.Y., was the biggest moment in 22-year-old Andrew Anderson’s young bowling career, but it’s what happened afterward that will make the experience unforgettable.

The second-year PBA member, riding a hot streak after a third-place finish in the PBA Tournament of Champions in February followed by his first PBA Tour victory in the Masters, was headed back home to Holly, Mich., when PBA CEO and Commissioner Tom Clark, fellow competitor Chris Barnes, the recently-inducted PBA Hall of Famer, and others convinced Anderson he should head to Portland, Maine, instead to bowl in the Port Property Management PBA Xtra Frame Maine Shootout.

Because Anderson had not been drafted by an OceanView at Falmouth PBA League team, which will compete later in the week at Bayside Bowl in Portland, he had planned to bypass the Xtra Frame event preceding PBA League competition in Maine.

But with his plans changed, Anderson headed to the airport in Syracuse to fly to Portland. Clark, Barnes, PBA Vice President-Marketing Janay Haggerty, PBA Social Media Manager Kim Richter and a bunch of other PBA players and staff members also were at the airport when all flights out of Syracuse were cancelled. That’s when the “fun” began as everyone scrambled to figure out how to get to Portland.

“I’m at the airport when Barnes texted me and asked what I was going to do,” Anderson said. “I was headed off to rent a car when I ran into Kim (Richter) and Tom (Clark) coming down the stairs.”

Haggerty was off looking for a car to rent for the PBA staffers drive to Portland, and they asked Anderson and Barnes if they’d like to ride along.

“I’m waiting for Chris, who was trying to get a refund for his flight, when Janay rolls up with a mini van,” Anderson said.

Despite horrid weather conditions, including freezing rain and frigid wind, the fivesome headed to Portland – about a half-hour behind PBA Deputy Commissioner Kirk von Krueger and his wife, Mary, who had gotten a head start. Richter was behind the wheel at the start, and Barnes took over driving duties as they headed through New Hampshire, when the van’s digital reading suddenly indicated the left rear tire was losing air…at a rapid pace.

“There was no exit for about five miles,” Haggerty said, “but we finally got to a gas station in the middle of nowhere that was still open at around midnight on Sunday.

“Tom and Barnes went into the gas station, and Tom comes out with a can of inflate-a-tire,” the 6-foot-2 Anderson said. “He wasn’t sure what to do with it, so Janay (who is 5-foot-4) loaned me her jacket, and I tried to inflate the tire for 15-20 minutes in cold, freezing rain. The tire looked better, but then I saw big hole blowing air out as fast as it was going in.”

So Anderson gave up and went inside for a cup of hot chocolate. “I had $1 in my pocket,” he grinned. “…And a check for $30,000,” Haggerty added with a laugh.

The station attendant “comped” the hot chocolate, and told the group he had a buddy who did roadside repairs. So a quick call summoned help.

The PBA group never got his name, but afterward they nicknamed their rescuer “Lugnut.” Haggerty’s earlier call to the car rental company had resulted in little help other than learning most rental cars these days do not include a spare tire…and that help would not be on its way until Monday morning.

“Lugnut,” however, knew there was a “secret compartment” in the van that housed an emergency “tire” of sorts. After unloading all of the luggage and bowling equipment in the van, Lugnut found the emergency tire, inflated it and the group was almost ready to resume the trip as Lugnut drove away. But suddenly Lugnut put his tow truck in reverse and roared back at high speed.

“I forgot to check lugnuts,” he said. “I wouldn’t be able to sleep if I didn’t check the lugnuts.” Hence the nickname…

Like all good stories, this one ended at almost 4 a.m. when the cold, weary PBA travelers checked into their hotel rooms in Portland, fortunate that there was no serious activity other than a practice session scheduled for Monday.

“I’m going to tell this story the rest of my life,” Anderson said. “Who would have thought… I had no plans whatsoever about coming to Maine, but those guys all talked me into coming, so it’s their fault…”

Editor’s Note: There are no photos available. What happens in New Hampshire stays in New Hampshire…

PBA-PWBA’S NEW 18-WHEEL BILLBOARD READY TO ROLL ACROSS AMERICA

The PBA and Professional Women’s Bowling Association have unveiled a cooperative billboard on 18 wheels that will be seen by thousands of motorists who will “follow” professional bowling as it traverses the country in the months ahead.

The co-branded PBA-PWBA semi-trailer – one of two that transport bowling equipment for the professional tours – prominently features PBA stars Jason Belmonte, EJ Tackett and Dom Barrett on one half, and PWBA stars Shannon O’Keefe, Daria Pajak and Liz Johnson on the other, with other stars in the background. The 53-foot trailer is expected to travel roughly 65,000 miles in a given year. For perspective, that translates into roughly 21 one-way trips between Portland, Maine, and the Pacific Coast.

SEAN RASH CLINCHES BERTH IN 2018 PBA TOUR FINALS

In the wake of last week’s USBC Masters in Syracuse, N.Y., the field of possible contenders to unseat Sean Rash as the eighth player in the elite field for the upcoming PBA Tour Finals in Allen Park, Mich., was reduced to Tom Smallwood of Saginaw, Mich.

With only this week’s Port Property Management PBA Xtra Frame Maine Shootout remaining to qualify for the PBA Tour Finals, Smallwood’s bid to displace Rash fell short when he lost his best-of-three-game Round of 32 match to 2017 PBA Rookie of the Year Matt Sanders of Indianapolis. Coming into the Xtra Frame event in Portland, Smallwood had to finish fourth or higher to overtake Rash after Rash was eliminated in the opening round in Portland, failing to cash. Smallwood, who was $3,995 behind, earned $1,000 in his loss.

The PBA Tour Finals, which will be contested May 4-6 at Thunderbowl Lanes and televised by CBS Sports Network as part of the 2018 Go Bowling! PBA Tour schedule. The players who had secured their berths in the PBA Tour Finals prior to the XF Maine Shootout are defending champion EJ Tackett, Jason Belmonte, Jesper Svensson, Dom Barrett, Anthony Simonsen, Marshall Kent and Tommy Jones.

BAYSIDE BOWL INTRODUCES “PBA SPECIALITY PIZZAS”

Before Bayside Bowl opened a few years back, co-owners Charlie Mitchell and Justin Alfond did considerable research into bowling center menus to plan their food service offerings. Since bringing PBA competition to Portland, Maine, Bayside Bowl has expanded its menu with a few PBA-inspired specialty pizzas.

“Named after a few of our favorite PBA bowlers, these pizzas will bring out the pro in you,” the menu says. Mitchell admitted they aren’t actually pizzas created by the players themselves, but, well, they each have a certain flair:

The Malott: bbq, chicken, corn, shaved red onion, bacon with farmer cheese.

The Troup: Carolina gold sauce, hamburger, fresh tomato, red onion, house pickles, fresh mozzarella and American cheese, topped with lettuce.

The Duke: pesto, roasted cherry tomatoes, carmelized onions, mushrooms, roasted red peppers and fontal cheese.

The Weber: red sauce, meatball, fresh mozzarella, mixed herbs.

PBA50, PWBA COVERAGE TO FOLLOW XTRA FRAME’S PBA LEAGUE SEEDING TOURNAMENT

PBA’s live Xtra Frame coverage in Portland, Maine, concludes Friday at 7 p.m. EDT with the OceanView at Falmouth PBA League seeding tournament to determine the matchups for Saturday’s opening round of best-of-two-game Baker team matches. PBA League telecasts will air four consecutive Sundays at 1 p.m. ET on ESPN, beginning on April 22.

Next up will be the start of the 2018 PBA50 Tour season where Xtra Frame will provide live start-to-finish coverage of the PBA50 Florida Open from New Port Richey, Fla., April 22-23, followed by the PBA50 National Championship presented by Spanish Springs Lanes and Radical – the senior tour’s first major of the year – from The Villages, April 24-28, and the PBA50 Mooresville Ford Open from Mooresville, N.C., April 29-May 2.

Xtra Frame also will cover the PWBA Las Vegas Open from start to finish, April 27-28, kicking off the women’s pro tour’s 2018 season.

Fans can watch the entire month of coverage for only $7.99. A three-day subscription is also available, for $3.99, and the 12-month Season Ticket plan is offered for about $1.25 week. To sign up for the plan that works best for you, visit xtraframe.tv.

PBA’S “60 MOST MEMORABLE MOMENTS” UNVEILING CONTINUES: 26 THRU 30

The countdown to unveil the complete list of the PBA”s “60 most memorable moments” in its 60-year history continues, one a day, Monday through Friday, on all PBA Network outlets. Last week, “memorable moments” 26 through 30 were unveiled. Here are those five moments as the countdown continues:

26) The PBA Hall of Fame’s inaugural class included one of the most talented groups in bowling history. Above, from left, are Ray Bluth, Don Carter, Carmen Salvino, Harry Smith, Dick Weber and Billy Welu in the Performance category, and Frank Esposito and Chuck Pezzano for Meritorious Service.

27) Bob Benoit, in his first game ever on national television, defeated Mark Roth, 300-255, to win the 1988 PBA Quaker State Open, becoming the first player to throw a perfect game in a nationally-televised title match.

28) PBA Hall of Famer Johnny Petraglia became the first player in PBA history to win a national tour or national senior tour title in six different decades after winning the 2012 PBA Senior Dayton Classic. Petraglia joined the PBA in 1965 and won his first title in the 1966 PBA Fort Smith Open. In 1971, Petraglia won five titles including three consecutive wins culminating with his first major championship - the 1971 Firestone Tournament of Champions. The TOC title, coupled with his 1977 BPAA U.S. Open and 1980 PBA National Championship wins, made him the second player ever to win the PBA’s prestigious Triple Crown (joining Billy Hardwick). Today there are six players who have completed the Triple Crown.

29) During the PBA’s 25th anniversary season, Norm Duke became the youngest bowler to win a PBA Tour title when he won the 1983 Cleveland Open at the age of 18 years, 345 days.

30) In 1965, Firestone begins its sponsorship of the PBA Tournament of Champions, a partnership that started at Firestone Bowlarama Lanes in Akron, Ohio. The partnership, which was the first commercially-titled sports event ever on national network television, lasted 29 consecutive years. In 1966, Fairlawn (Akron), Ohio-based Riviera Lanes hosted its first Firestone Tournament of Champions and would become the iconic home to the Tour’s most prestigious major through 1994.

To check on releases of subsequent “moments” as they are revealed, check the PBA Network: PBA on Facebook (www.facebook.com/ProfessionalBowlersAssociation) or Instagram (pbatour); subscribe to the PBA channel on YouTube (PBABowling); tweet along on Twitter (@pbatour), and on the web: https://www.pba.com/PBANetwork/MostMemorableMoments.

PBA REGIONAL UPDATE: WALTER RAY WINS TITLE NO. 107 IN MARYLAND

PBA Hall of Famer Walter Ray Williams Jr. of Oxford, Fla., rolled the final five strikes to defeat Adam Chase of North Babylon, N.Y., 237-235, in the title match of the PBA Bowlers Discount Eastern Open presented by Hammer at AMF Towson Lanes in Towson, Md., Sunday, boosting his all-time PBA titles record total to 107. 

Williams, who had a free weekend between the USBC Masters and the Port Property Management PBA Xtra Frame Maine Shootout in Portland, qualified second behind Australia’s Sam Cooley. He disposed of Eric Cornog of Cherry Hill, N.J., 2-1, in the best-of-three-game Round of 8 before slipping past Ryan Shafer of Horseheads, N.Y., in the semifinal round, 172-163, when Shafer failed to strike in his 10th frame. 

Chase, who was looking for his first PBA title, qualified fourth and eliminated Gary Haines of West Babylon, N.Y., 2-0, before ousting Steve Pavlinko Jr. of Sewell, N.J., 213-157, in his semifinal match. Chase saw his chance to beat Williams disappear when he left a 10 pin on his second shot in the 10th frame after striking on his first shot.

For the 58-year-old Williams, the win meant $2,500 in prize money along with his 33rd standard PBA Regional title to go along with 47 PBA Tour, 11 PBA50 Tour and 16 PBA50 Regional titles.

● As the PBA50 Tour season closes in, PBA50 players will have a final tuneup opportunity in the PBA50 Sarasota South Open at Sarasota Lanes in Sarasota, Fla., April 18-20.

● The April 20-22 PBA Regional calendar includes the Debbie & Leo Nunan Memorial Central Open presented by Track at AMF Stardust Lanes in Grove City, Ohio; and PBA South Point West Challenge for non-champions plus the South Point Member/Non-Member Doubles, both presented by Brunswick, in Las Vegas.

● Closing out the month over the April 27-29 weekend will be the PBA Rockaway Lanes East Open, presented by Storm, in Rockaway, N.J., and the PBA Brighton Construction Myrtle Beach South Open at Myrtle Beach Bowl in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

● For complete PBA Regional schedules, rules and entry information, visit pba.com, open the “schedules” tab and click on PBA Regional Tours to find the event(s) in your area…and remember, you can follow “live scoring” for all PBA Regional events on pba.com (easily accessible for Apple device users using the PBA app).

QUICK NOTES

Jason Belmonte lives half a world away but like millions of others, he was profoundly affected by the shootings at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. How he was impacted and what he plans to do in the wake of the South Florida tragedy are explained in a feature story by USBC’s Matt Cannizzaro on bowl.com. To read Cannizzaro’s story, click here: https://www.bowl.com/News/NewsDetails.aspx?id=23622330943

HOFer Walter Ray Williams Jr. Among 16 Finalists in Port Property Management PBA Maine Shootout

Tue, 2018-04-17 22:00

PORTLAND, Maine – The field of survivors in the Professional Bowlers Association’s Port Property Management PBA Maine Shootout is down to 16 after two rounds of best-of-three-game, single elimination matches at Bayside Bowl Tuesday.

Among the players still in contention for Wednesday’s final rounds, in addition to defending champion Ryan Ciminelli of Clarence, N.Y., is 58-year-old PBA Hall of Famer Walter Ray Williams Jr. of Oxford, Fla., who last won a PBA Tour title eight years ago.

“As long as I still have my sponsors, I’m going to keep bowling,” the PBA’s all-time titles record-holder said. “I don’t care for this kind of tournament format, but maybe it’s to my advantage at this point. I always believed the more games you bowled, the better bowlers would always win, but I’m not sure I could keep up with all of the young guys these days if that’s what we had to do all of the time.”

Williams, who won his record 47th PBA Tour title in the 2010 USBC Masters, still competes in all of the PBA Tour events against a majority of players half his age, and he’s an active – and highly competitive – player on the PBA50 Tour. In between national tournaments, he bowls weekend PBA Regional events against both “kids” and seniors. On Sunday while on his way to Portland, Williams made a stop in Towson, Md., where he won another PBA Regional. He now has an all-time record of 107 victories at all levels of PBA tournament competition.

Tuesday, Williams swept 23-year-old Swedish two-handed star Jesper Svensson in his first best-of-three-game match, 194-184 and 225-215. In the evening Round of 16, he rallied from a one-game deficit to eliminate recently-inducted PBA Hall of Famer Chris Barnes of Double Oak, Texas, 188-223, 257-226, 227-222.

Ciminelli, who won the last PBA Xtra Frame Maine Shootout held in 2016, advanced with a 219-181, 248-257, 288-263 victory over Jason Sterner of Rockledge, Fla., and a 256-159, 214-193 sweep of BJ Moore of Greensburg, Pa., in the Round of 16.

Also advancing was 2017 PBA Player of the Year Jason Belmonte of Australia who threw the tournament’s first perfect game as part of a 217-191, 300-236 sweep of 2016 Player of the Year EJ Tackett of Huntington, Ind. And in a battle of emerging stars, 22-year-old Andrew Anderson of Holly, Mich., fresh off winning his first PBA Tour title in the USBC Masters Sunday in Syracuse, N.Y., had to rally to oust highly-regarded rookie Kamron Doyle of Brentwood, Tenn., 189-252, 201-201, 10-9 in one ball roll-off, 238-227. In the second game, Anderson struck in the one-ball roll-off after they tied at 201 and Doyle left a wobbling 10 pin that eventually cost him the game.

All rounds of the Maine Shootout, the first of eight PBA Tour Xtra Frame events scheduled for 2018, is being covered live on PBA’s exclusive online bowling channel, Xtra Frame. For subscription information, visit xtraframe.tv.

Round of 16, Round of 8, semifinal and championship rounds will be contested Wednesday, with the best-of-three-game title match scheduled for 7:30 p.m. EDT. Every match will be covered live on Xtra Frame.

PORT PROPERTY MANAGEMENT PBA XTRA FRAME
MAINE SHOOTOUT MATCH PLAY SCHEDULE
Bayside Bowl, Portland, Maine, April 17 (all matches are best of three games, winners advance to Round of 32; losers are eliminated; all times are Eastern)

Round of 64 (best of three games, losers eliminated):
n-Alex Aguiar, Dartmouth, Mass., def. Martin Larsen, Sweden, 2-0 (265-238, 257-248).
Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, def. Joey Burruel, Glendale, Ariz., 2-0 (188-175, 202-171).
Bill O'Neill, Langhorne, Pa., def. n-Jimmy Clark, Hermon, N.H., 2-0 (237-175, 265-205).
DJ Archer, Friendswood, Texas, def. n-Joseph Colcord, Portland, Maine, 2-0 (222-195, 223-179).
Kamron Doyle, Brentwood, Tenn., def. Brad Angelo, Lockport, N.Y., 2-1 (223-235, 279-248, 224-211).
Andrew Anderson, Holly, Mich., def. Steven Black, Maricopa, Ariz., 2-0 (246-183, 233-195).
Kyle Troup, Taylorsville, N.C., def. Brad Miller, Maryland Heights, Mo., 2-1 (204-216, 197-164, 202-180).
Dick Allen, Columbia, S.C., def. Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 2-0 (258-256, 266-223).
Ryan Ciminelli, Clarence, N.Y., def. Jason Sterner, Rockledge, Fla., 2-1 (219-181, 248-257, 288-263).
BJ Moore, Greensburg, Pa., def. Matt O'Grady, Rahway, N.J., 2-1 (254-233, 183-186, 256-172).
Thomas Larsen, Denmark, def. Ronnie Russell, Marion, Ind., 2-0 (239-224, 255-236).
Charlie Brown Jr., Grandville, Mich., def. Michael Markis, Tafton, Pa., 2-0 (223-144, 216-213).
Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, def. Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., 2-0 (232-229, 190-184).
Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., def. Jesper Svensson, Sweden, 2-0 (194-184, 225-215).
Osku Palermaa, Finland, def. Joshua Porter, Arundel, Maine, 2-0 (220-170, 245-154).
Kyle Sherman, O'Fallon, Mo., def. Chris Loschetter, Avon, Ohio, 2-0 (210-161, 237-219).
Tom Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich., def. Greg Ostrander, Freehold, N.J., 2-1 (212-232, 213-178, 246-189).
Matt Sanders, Indianapolis, def. Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 2-1 (224-224, 193-192, 211-194).
Cody Shoemaker, Hanover, Pa., def. Andrew Cain, Phoenix, 2-0 (268-178, 230-209).
Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., def. Jakob Butturff, Tempe, Ariz., 2-1 (179-213, 278-247, 213-190).
John Furey, Howell, N.J., def. n-Zachary Louten, Portland, Maine, 2-1 (183-204, 175-146, 191-137).
Francois Lavoie, Canada, def. Shota Kawazoe, Japan, 2-1 (243-208, 226-238, 225-213).
Patrick Girard, Canada, def. n-Rauno Kuusk, Portland, Maine, 2-0 (238-128, 241-146).
Joe Paluszek, Bensalem, Pa., def. n-Charlie Mitchell, Portland, Maine, 2-0 (216-178, 226-183).
Anthony Pepe, Elmhurst, N.Y., def. Nicholas Pate, Inver Grove Heights, Minn., 2-0 (246-246, 269-238).
Stuart Williams, England, def. Nate Garcia, Port St. Lucie, Fla., 2-0 (255-213, 245-237).
Dom Barrett, England, def. Josh Blanchard, Mesa, Ariz., 2-1 (237-250, 257-239, 270-236).
Francois Louw, South Africa, def. AJ Johnson, Oswego, Ill., 2-0 (238-217, 210-204).
EJ Tackett, Huntington, Ind., def. Tom Daugherty, Riverview, Fla., 2-0 (255-191, 247-205).
Jason Belmonte, Australia, def. Sam Cooley, Australia, 2-1 (245-246, 258-210, 234-195).
Anthony Simonsen, Austin, Texas, def. Michael Klosin, Windham, N.H., 2-0 (232-193, 248-213).
Yannaphon Larpapharat, Thailand, def. Andres Gomez, Colombia, 2-0 (244-213, 204-203).

Round of 32 (best of three games, single-elimination match play; winners advance to Round of 16, losers each earned $1,000):
Belmonte def. Tackett, 2-0 (217-191, 300-236).
Simonsen def. Larpapharat, 2-0 (222-222, 9-10; 224-220, 259-233).
Anderson def. Doyle, 2-1 (189-252, 201-201, 10-9; 238-227).
Allen def. Troup, 2-0 (269-180, 226-207).
Pepe def. S. Williams, 2-1 (172-168, 186-238, 245-203).
Louw def. Barrett, 2-0 (213-193, 236-165).
Malott def. Aguiar, 2-0 (259-233, 256-212).
O'Neill def. Archer, 2-0 (248-180, 264-158).
W.R. Williams def. Barnes, 2-1 (188-223, 257-226, 227-222).
Palermaa def. Sherman, 2-1 (244-227, 227-279, 259-199).
Furey def. Lavoie, 2-0 (254-205, 252-248).
Girard def. Paluszek, 2-0 (243-176, 258-169).
Shoemaker def. Duke, 2-1 (217-211, 196-255, 238-236).
Ciminelli def. Moore, 2-0 (256-159, 214-193).
T. Larsen def. Brown, 2-1 (198-221, 269-193, 226-225).
Sanders def. Smallwood, 2-0 (234-203, 191-166).

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 18
11 a.m. – Round of 16 pairings (winners advance to Round of 8, losers earn $1,500):

    Belmonte vs. Simonsen.
    Anderson vs. Allen.
    Pepe vs. Louw.
    Malott vs. O’Neill.
    W.R. Williams vs. Palermaa.
    Furey vs. Girard.
    Shoemaker vs. Ciminelli.
     T. Larsen vs. Sanders.
2 p.m. – Round of 8, best-of-three-game single elimination matches (losers earn $2,500).
6 p.m. – Semifinal round, best-of-three-game single elimination matches (losers earned $4,000).
7:30 p.m. – Championship match, best of three games (winner earns $10,000, loser earns $6,000).

n-denotes non-member

64-Player Match Play Brackets Set for Port Property Management PBA Xtra Frame Maine Shootout

Mon, 2018-04-16 14:51

PORTLAND, Maine – Matchups for the Professional Bowlers Association’s Port Property Management PBA Xtra Frame Maine Shootout, a 64-player single-elimination match play tournament, were decided by random draw at Bayside Bowl Monday, heading into the two-day, best-of-three-game competition Tuesday and Wednesday.

The Maine Shootout is the first of eight PBA Tour Xtra Frame events scheduled for 2018, and it will be the final qualifying event in decided the top eight players in combined earnings from 2016 through this event who will compete in the PBA Tour Finals in May at Thunderbowl Lanes in Allen Park, Mich.

The match play eliminations begin with Tuesday’s starting field of 64 players, with winners advancing to the Round of 32 later Tuesday. Those winners will battle Wednesday in elimination rounds to determine the winner of the $10,000 first prize and a PBA Tour title, if the winner is a PBA member. All of the competition will be covered live on PBA’s exclusive online bowling channel, Xtra Frame.

Some of Tuesday’s featured opening-round matches will include: PBA Tour titlists Sean Rash of Montgomery, Ill., vs. Dick Allen of Columbia, S.C., in Bracket A; 2018 Go Bowling! PBA 60th Anniversary Classic winner Jakob Butturff of Tempe, Ariz., vs. PBA Hall of Famer Norm Duke in Bracket B; Jason Belmonte vs. Sam Cooley in a Bracket C battle of Australian stars; and 2016 Xtra Frame Maine Shootout champion Ryan Ciminelli of Clarence, N.Y., vs. Jason Sterner of Rockledge, Fla., plus the PBA’s all-time leading title winner, 58-year-old Walter Ray Williams Jr., vs. Sweden’s 23-year-old two-handed star, Jesper Svensson, in Bracket D.

The Bracket B and D winners will advance to the Round of 32 Tuesday at 7 p.m. while the Bracket A and C winners will bowl their second round at 8:30 p.m.

Round of 16, Round of 8, semifinal and championship rounds will be contested Wednesday, with the best-of-three-game title match scheduled for 7:30 p.m. EDT. Every match will be covered live on Xtra Frame. For subscription information, visit xtraframe.tv.

PORT PROPERTY MANAGEMENT PBA XTRA FRAME
MAINE SHOOTOUT MATCH PLAY SCHEDULE
Bayside Bowl, Portland, Maine, (all matches are best of three games, winners advance to Round of 32; losers are eliminated; all times are Eastern)

TUESDAY, APRIL 17

10 a.m. - Round of 64, Bracket A
Martin Larsen, Sweden, vs. n-Alex Aguiar, Dartmouth, Mass.
Joey Burruel, Glendale, Ariz., vs. Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas
n-Jimmy Clark, Hermon, N.H., vs. Bill O'Neill, Langhorne, Pa.
n-Joseph Colcord, Portland, Maine, vs. DJ Archer, Friendswood, Texas
Brad Angelo, Lockport, N.Y., vs. Kamron Doyle, Brentwood, Tenn.
Steven Black, Maricopa, Ariz., vs. Andrew Anderson, Holly, Mich.
Kyle Troup, Taylorsville, N.C., vs. Brad Miller, Maryland Heights, Mo.
Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., vs. Dick Allen, Columbia, S.C.

11:30 a.m. - Round of 64, Bracket B
Greg Ostrander, Freehold, N.J., vs. Tom Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich.
Matt Sanders, Indianapolis, vs. Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C.
Cody Shoemaker, Hanover, Pa., vs. Andrew Cain, Phoenix
Jakob Butturff, Tempe, Ariz., vs. Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla.
John Furey, Howell, N.J., vs. n-Zachary Louten, Portland, Maine
Shota Kawazoe, Japan, vs. Francois Lavoie, Canada
Patrick Girard, Canada, vs. n-Rauno Kuusk, Portland, Maine
n-Charlie Mitchell, Portland, Maine, vs. Joe Paluszek, Bensalem, Pa.,

2:30 p.m. - Round of 64, Bracket C
Nicholas Pate, Inver Grove Heights, Minn., vs. Anthony Pepe, Elmhurst, N.Y.
Stuart Williams, England, vs. Nate Garcia, Port St. Lucie, Fla.
Josh Blanchard, Mesa, Ariz., vs. Dom Barrett, England
Francois Louw, South Africa, vs. AJ Johnson, Oswego, Ill.
EJ Tackett, Huntington, Ind., vs. Tom Daugherty, Riverview, Fla.
Sam Cooley, Australia, vs. Jason Belmonte, Australia
Michael Klosin, Windham, N.H., vs. Anthony Simonsen, Austin, Texas
Yannaphon Larpapharat, Thailand, vs. Andres Gomez, Colombia

4 p.m. - Round of 64, Bracket D
Ryan Ciminelli, Clarence, N.Y. vs. Jason Sterner, Rockledge, Fla.
BJ Moore, Greensburg, Pa., vs. Matt O'Grady, Rahway, N.J.
Ronnie Russell, Marion, Ind., vs. Thomas Larsen, Denmark
Charlie Brown Jr, Grandville, Mich., vs. Michael Markis, Tafton, Pa.
Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., vs. Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas
Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., vs. Jesper Svensson, Sweden
n-Joshua Porter, Arundel, Maine, vs. Osku Palermaa, Finland
Kyle Sherman, O'Fallon, Mo., vs. Chris Loschetter, Avon, Ohio

7 p.m. – Round of 32, Bracket B & D winners
8:30 p.m. – Round of 32, Bracket A & C winners

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 18
11 a.m. – Round of 16 best-of-three-game single elimination matches
2 p.m. – Round of 8 best-of-three-game single elimination matches
6 p.m. – Semifinal round best-of-three-game single elimination matches
7:30 p.m. – Championship match, best of three games

n-denotes non-member

2018 PBA50 Tour Season Kicks Off in Sunshine State With Florida Open and PBA50 National Championship

Mon, 2018-04-16 12:17

Reigning PBA50 Player of the Year Brian LeClair heads a list of PBA’s top players ages 50 and over who will open the 2018 PBA50 Tour season in the Sunshine State on April 22 with the PBA50 Florida Open and the PBA50 National Championship.

The PBA50 Florida Open, formerly the Pasco County Florida Open, will be conducted April 22-23 at Lane Glo Bowl in New Port Richey followed by the season’s first major championship, the PBA50 National Championship presented by Spanish Springs Lanes and Radical April 24-28, in The Villages, Fla.

Both events will be streamed live in their entirety on PBA’s online bowling channel Xtra Frame. For Xtra Frame subscription and schedule information visit www.xtraframe.tv.

LeClair enters the 2018 season with some trepidation because of an aggravated ACL injury to his left knee. He sustained the injury while bowling in a local tournament in early March and has been able to bowl only a few games over the last several weeks.

“I started bowling last week for the first time in more than a month,” said the 53-year-old LeClair.  “I probably won’t know how well it will hold up until I start competing. I’m not so much worried about the pain because I can bowl through some of that – it’s the stability that I’m worried about.”

Ironically, it’s the second consecutive year that LeClair has had to deal with an injury shortly before the start of the season. Last year it was a recurring back injury.

“Last year I had an issue with my back but was able to get it worked out before the season started,” he said. “Now, I have this issue with the knee, which is very disappointing because I’ve been looking forward to the start of this season since the day after last season ended.”

LeClair got his player of the year season off to a fast start with a 258-214 win over Norm Duke to win the 2017 Pasco County Florida Open. It was the first of two wins that made him the only player to win more than one title in 2017. His second win came in the Johnny Petraglia BVL Open.

He spent nearly two decades competing regularly on the PBA Tour without a win but his lengthy career was finally rewarded when he won PBA50 Player of the Year honors thanks to his two titles and a runner-up finish in the Suncoast PBA Senior U.S. Open.

“I’m anxious to get back out there if all goes well and prove that last season wasn’t a fluke,” LeClair added. “As I said before, it was the most satisfying accomplishment in my career because I was able to achieve it bowling on a tour that included some of bowling’s all-time greats.”

Among those greats scheduled to compete in the opening events of the season will be a host of Hall of Famers including Walter Ray Williams Jr., Pete Weber, Parker Bohn III, Amleto Monacelli, Johnny Petraglia, Mark Williams, Bryan Goebel and two-time PBA50 Player of the Year Ron Mohr, who was inducted into the PBA Hall of Fame in 2018.

While not a major in 2017, top qualifier Lennie Boresch Jr. of Kenosha, Wis., led The Villages event wire-to-wire and beat Bob Learn Jr., 264-213, in the title match for his second Sun Bowl In The Villages win and third career PBA50 Tour title.

Competition begins with Florida Open qualifying on Sunday, April 22 at 8 a.m. ET with one 10-game qualifying round followed by cashers and match play rounds beginning at 8:30 a.m. on Monday, April 23.  After match play the top five players will advance to the stepladder finals scheduled for 7 p.m. Practice for the event is scheduled for 3-5 p.m. on Saturday, April 21.

The PBA50 National Championship will get underway with the first of three six-game qualifying rounds on Wednesday, April 25, beginning at 9 a.m. followed by second and third rounds on April 26 and 27. The top 32 players will then advance to the first eight-game match play round at 9 a.m. on April 28 before a cut to the top 16 players for the second match play round at 2 p.m. which will determine the top five for the stepladder finals at 7 p.m. The practice session is scheduled for April 24 from 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

For PBA50 Florida Open admission and pro-am information contact Lane Glo Bowl at (727) 376-1164. For PBA50 National Championship admission and pro-am information contact Spanish Springs Lanes at (352) 750-9440.

PBA50 FLORIDA OPEN SCHEDULE
Lane Glo Bowl, New Port Richey, Fla.
(All times Eastern)

Saturday, April 21
3 - 5 p.m. - Practice Session

Sunday, April 22
8 a.m. - A Squad qualifying (10 games)
1:30 p.m. - B Squad qualifying (10 games)

Monday, April 23
8:30 a.m. – Cashers Round  (5 games)
Noon – Match Play Round 1 Qualifying (5 games)
3:15 p.m. – Match Play Round 2 (6 games)
Top five advance to stepladder finals
7 p.m. – Stepladder finals

PBA50 NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE
Presented by Spanish Springs Lanes and Radical
Spanish Springs Lanes, The Villages, Fla.

Tuesday, April 24

A Squad Practice Session: 9-10 a.m.
B Squad Practice Session: 10:15-11:15 a.m.
C Squad Practice Session: 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Pro-Am squads: 2, 4:30 p.m.

Wednesday, April 25
9 a.m. - A Squad qualifying (6 games)
1 p.m. - B Squad qualifying (6 games)
5 p.m. - C Squad qualifying (6 games)

Thursday, April 26
9 a.m. - B Squad qualifying (6 games)
1 p.m. - C Squad qualifying (6 games)
5 p.m. - A Squad qualifying (6 games)

Friday, April 27
9 a.m. - C Squad qualifying (6 games)
1 p.m. - A Squad qualifying (6 games)
5 p.m. - B Squad qualifying (6 games)
Top 32 advance to Match Play Round 1

Saturday, April 28
9 a.m. - Match Play Round 1 (8 games)
Top 16 bowlers advance to Match Play Round 2
2 p.m. - Match Play Round 2 (8 games)
Top five bowlers advance to stepladder finals
7 p.m. – Stepladder finals

Michigan’s Andrew Anderson Wins USBC Masters for First PBA Tour Title

Sun, 2018-04-15 18:18

By Aaron Smith, USBC Communications

Andrew Anderson completed his schooling of the 360-player field at the 2018 USBC Masters by capturing his first career PBA Tour title on Sunday.

The 22-year-old Team USA member from Holly, Michigan, went undefeated in match play at the Oncenter Convention Center this week and held off Alex Hoskins of Brigham City, Utah, in the championship match, 213-199, to win the coveted title and $30,000 top prize. Hoskins claimed $25,000 for the runner-up finish.

The USBC Masters is a major on the PBA Tour schedule, and Sunday's championship round was broadcast live on ESPN.

"This is surreal," said Anderson, who is working toward a degree in elementary education. "You think about it all the time, how cool it would be to hold up that trophy, and it's unbelievable. I can't believe that just happened."

Anderson and Hoskins were even early in the title tilt, before Anderson surged into the lead with four consecutive strikes starting in the fourth frame. He opened the door for Hoskins by chopping the 6-10 combination in the eighth frame, but Hoskins was unable to take advantage, recording an open of his own in the eighth frame.

Anderson finished the match first and had the opportunity to lock out Hoskins with a strike on the first delivery of his 10th frame, but he left a 4 pin. After converting the spare, Anderson left another 4 pin on his fill ball to give Hoskins a chance to throw three strikes for a one-pin victory.

"The shot in the eighth was just a bad, bad shot," Anderson said. "I threw the shots in the ninth and 10th really well, and I would throw those over and over again. A couple of 4 pins gave him an opportunity."

Hoskins recorded the first strike, but he left a 3-6-10 combination on his second shot to fall short.

Anderson has had a memorable 2018, which also includes earning a spot on Team USA and a third-place finish at the PBA Tournament of Champions. Sunday marked the second TV appearance of his professional career, and he was able to put his experience to work as his game plan came together.

"It really gave me so much more confidence," Anderson said. "I knew what to look for and was ready and more prepared. The game plan was always to be farther left than everybody, and the three right-handers ahead of me made a little more hook to the right for me, so that helped me feel comfortable going in."

Hoskins was making his second consecutive trip to the stepladder finals at the Masters. He finished third in his tournament debut last year in Las Vegas. Sunday, he again was looking to become the first amateur to win the Masters since Arizona's Brett Wolfe won the 2002 event.

"I surprisingly wasn't as nervous as I thought I'd be in that moment," Hoskins said of his final frame. "I was pretty calm and threw the first one really well. I think with how I saw the ball go through the pins, I felt like I needed to hit it a little harder on the second shot, and I got a little slow. It wasn't my best shot, and that's what it comes down to. He made better shots than I did, and that's why he's the winner."

Hoskins' start to his semifinal match against USBC Hall of Famer and co-worker at Storm, Steve Kloempken of Pleasant View, Utah, didn't bode well for a trip to the championship match as he opened in three of his first four frames.

After discussing what he was seeing on the lanes with his ball representatives, the 25-year-old right-hander made a move and fired six consecutive strikes, including one in a must-strike situation to start the 10th frame, to record the win and advance to face Anderson, 213-197.

Kloempken survived a back-and-forth match with Joe Paluszek of Bensalem, Pennsylvania, to advance to the semifinal, 189-188. With Paluszek finishing first, Kloempken converted a 10 pin after a strike in the 10th frame to secure the win.

In Sunday's opening match, Kloempken rebounded from an early open frame to deliver seven consecutive strikes on his way to a 243-211 victory over 2017 U.S. Open champion Rhino Page of Orlando, Florida.

Competitors in the sold-out field this week bowled 15 games of qualifying, before a cut was made to the top 63, who joined defending champion Jason Belmonte of Australia in the double-elimination match-play bracket. Belmonte finished tied for 25th place.

2018 USBC MASTERS
At Oncenter Convention Center
Syracuse, N.Y.

Sunday’s Results
Final standings

1, Andrew Anderson, Holly, Mich., 213 (one game), $30,000.
2, Alex Hoskins (a), Brigham City, Utah, 412 (two games), $25,000.
3, Steve Kloempken (a), Pleasant View, Utah, 629 (three games), $15,000.
4, Joe Paluszek, Bensalem, Pa., 188 (one game), $10,000.
5, Rhino Page, Orlando, Fla., 211 (one game), $8,000.

Stepladder results
Match One – Kloempken def. Page, 243-211.
Match Two – Kloempken def. Paluszek, 189-188.
Semifinal – Hoskins def. Kloempken, 213-197.
Championship – Anderson def. Hoskins, 213-199.

a-denotes amateur

Andrew Anderson Goes Undefeated in Match Play to Take Top Qualifier Honors For USBC Masters Finals

Sat, 2018-04-14 21:20

By Matt Cannizzaro, USBC Communications

Andrew Anderson's 2018 continues to get better and better, and he's now one win away from earning his first PBA Tour title as the top seed for the televised finals of the United States Bowling Congress Masters.

The 22-year-old right-hander from Holly, Michigan, set the tone for the week when he paced the field through the first squad of qualifying at the Oncenter Convention Center, and a combination of patience, consistency and mental toughness helped him navigate unscathed through three rounds of qualifying and the double-elimination match-play bracket.

In the three-game match to determine the No. 1 seed for Sunday's championship round, Anderson topped Alex Hoskins of Brigham City, Utah, 613-487. Hoskins will enter the USBC Masters stepladder as the No. 2 seed for the second consecutive year.

The two will be joined on the show by Joe Paluszek of Bensalem, Pennsylvania, USBC Hall of Famer Steve Kloempken of Pleasant View, Utah, and six-time PBA Tour winner Rhino Page of Orlando, Florida, who survived the four-player elimination match that determined the last three seeds.

The Masters stepladder will be broadcast live on ESPN, beginning at 1 p.m. Eastern, with the champion taking home the coveted Masters trophy and $30,000 top prize.

"There have been some blessings in disguise this year, and I've experienced some upset moments that have really driven me to get that much better," said Anderson, who had a high set of 663 and low set of 613 in six matches this week. "I'm tired of not being good enough, so this year is kind of like my coming out party. I feel like I have something to prove to these guys, and I think I'm doing that so far, but a major and a title would be really nice."

Anderson began his year by earning a spot on Team USA 2018, and he followed that with the first TV appearance of his PBA Tour career a month later at the PBA Tournament of Champions, where he lost to eventual champion Matt O'Grady in the semifinal.

Though that experience didn't end with a trophy or a banner bearing his name, Anderson is ready to use what he learned from his TV debut to his advantage Sunday in Syracuse.

"It was my first show, and they said it was going to go fast," said Anderson, who has a pair of third-place finishes in his two full seasons on the PBA Tour. "It went terribly fast, and before I knew it, my shoes were off. This time, I really want to be the one holding the trophy. I want to be able to stick around and enjoy that, so I'm going to take the idea that I've been there before, and I can do it this time. I am thankful for the opportunity, and I want to take advantage of it."

Hoskins also will be drawing on the experience he gained in his TV debut, noting that the nerves he felt in 2017 have been replaced by excitement and confidence.

The 25-year-old right-hander snuck into the 64-player bracket this week in the No. 56 spot and rolled to five consecutive wins before running out of gas against Anderson. He lost in the same match last year, falling to Australia's Jason Belmonte, who went on to win his record fourth Masters title.

"I was basically just thrown out there last year and had no idea what to expect, since it was my first show," Hoskins said. "Even though this is only my second show, I can't even describe how valuable last year's experience was and how much that will help me tomorrow. I feel so much more confident and excited to bowl, compared to being incredibly nervous last year."

Anderson and Hoskins will be appearing on a PBA Tour telecast for the second time each, and Paluszek and Kloempken will make their debuts under the PBA's TV lights, meaning the top four seeds have a combined two PBA television appearances, while Page, a six-time PBA Tour champion, will make the 20th of his career.

Page's most recent win happened just a few miles away at Flamingo Bowl in Liverpool, New York, where he won the first major of his career - the 2017 U.S. Open - in November.

Page and Kloempken will meet in the opening match Sunday, with the winner moving on to face Paluszek.

The three emerged from the shootout match that included the final four players in the elimination bracket. Paluszek led the way with a 669 series to earn the No. 3 seed for TV and was followed by Kloempken (638) and Page (614), who will be No. 4 and No. 5, respectively. Andrew Suscreba of Clifton, New Jersey, rolled a 593 set and was eliminated.

Beyond Page's past success in Syracuse, Kloempken recently found the spotlight at the Oncenter Convention Center by rolling the first perfect game of the 2018 USBC Open Championships on the way to the lead in Regular Doubles with former Team USA member David Haynes of Las Vegas.

Hoskins also was a member of their team this year at the Open Championships, while Kloempken and Page have competed together in the past.

All competitors at the 2018 Masters bowled 15 games of qualifying over three days to determine the 63 players who joined Belmonte in match play.

Defending champion Jason Belmonte finished tied for 25th after losing his second match earlier in the day Saturday.

For complete Masters match play results click on http://scores.bowl.com/2018_Masters/Bracket.pdf

Williams, Belmonte Among Players Advancing to Second Day of USBC Masters Match Play

Fri, 2018-04-13 21:20

By Matt Cannizzaro, USBC Communications

Despite a disappointing final round of qualifying at the 2018 United States Bowling Congress Masters, Alex Hoskins of Brigham City, Utah, was able to sneak into this year's double-elimination bracket, and he took advantage of the opportunity by notching two wins Friday at the Oncenter Convention Center.

The 25-year-old right-hander defeated Denmark's Thomas Larsen (696-620) and Nick Pate of Inver Grove Heights, Minnesota (606-585), to remain undefeated in the 64-player bracket.

Also among the 16 unbeaten players are top qualifier Stuart Williams of England, 2007 USBC Masters champion Sean Rash of Montgomery, Illinois, USBC Hall of Famer Steve Kloempken of Pleasant View, Utah, and 2017 U.S. Open winner Rhino Page of Orlando, Florida.

"I definitely felt like I was out after the third round of qualifying," said Hoskins, who only rolled one game over 200 on the way to a 929 five-game set in Thursday's final qualifying round. "When I saw that I'd made it, it was kind of like I was playing with house money. I came out today with nothing to lose, no chip on my shoulder, and threw it pretty well the first two matches to come away with a couple of wins."

Match play at the 2018 Masters will continue Saturday at 9 a.m. Eastern with 16 matches - eight in the winners bracket and eight in the elimination bracket. The 32 competitors are vying for the coveted Masters trophy and $30,000 top prize.

The list of players remaining in the elimination bracket includes defending champion Jason Belmonte of Australia, Professional Bowlers Association Hall of Famer Chris Barnes of Double Oak, Texas, 2009 PBA Player of the Year Wes Malott of Pflugerville, Texas, and Pate, the 2016-2017 National Collegiate Bowling Coaches Association Most Valuable Player.

The five-player stepladder finals will be broadcast live on ESPN on Sunday at 1 p.m. Eastern.

Hoskins is competing in his second Masters and is looking to improve on the third-place finish he registered last year in his tournament debut.

On the way to the No. 2 spot for last year's championship round, Hoskins collected wins against Barnes, 2016 PBA Player of the Year EJ Tackett of Huntington, Indiana, Argentina's Lucas Legnani, USBC and PBA Hall of Famer Pete Weber and Sweden's Martin Larsen, before falling to Belmonte in the match to determine the top seed.

The memorable run through match play did amazing things for the young right-hander's confidence, and he returned this year intent on proving that his success wasn't a fluke.

He also has watched last year's telecast on more than one occasion to see what he did right and what he could do differently. He described bowling on TV as the highest amount of pressure you can feel as a bowler and admits that nerves definitely were a factor.

"Getting through some big names last year really has helped show me that I belong out here, and I can compete with these guys," said Hoskins, who fell to Michael Tang, 227-217, in the semifinal of the 2017 Masters. "I wanted to come show that it wasn't a one-time thing. Even though I don't bowl out here full-time, it's nice to get a week out here to compete."

Hoskins will take on Larsen in Saturday's opening round.

Four left-handers remain in contention at the 2018 Masters, and the group includes a pair of U.S. Open winners - Page and Ryan Ciminelli of Cheektowaga, New York - the 2017 PBA Rookie of the Year (Matt Sanders of Evansville, Indiana) and a former member of Junior Team USA (Kenny Ryan of Farmingdale, New Jersey). Page and Ciminelli are in the winners bracket, and Sanders and Ryan are in the elimination bracket.

Page's U.S. Open victory, the first major title of his career, came just down the street at Flamingo Bowl in Liverpool, New York, and his friends joked that if he's able to also win this week's Masters, he should consider buying a house in Syracuse.

The 34-year-old's success at the Oncenter Convention Center has been well-earned after some recent changes in his game. Even after winning the U.S. Open in November, Page struggled in recent events, necessitating the changes.

"I just made some recent changes in my game, but I'm still fighting the old me a little bit," said Page, a six-time PBA Tour champion. "Confidence-wise, I feel great. When I execute the way I want to, it's very good, but there is a little fighting back and forth that I'm dealing with. I've also struggled in this tournament in the past, so being able to win a couple matches today has me feeling a lot better, and I'm looking forward to the rest of the week."

Page will meet Andrew Suscreba of Clifton, New Jersey, on Saturday morning.

Belmonte, who is seeking his fifth Masters title since 2013 and record-tying 10th career major, will bowl Tim Pfeifer of Oak Dale, Pennsylvania, in his opening match Saturday.

All competitors at the 2018 Masters bowled 15 games of qualifying over three days to determine the 63 players joining Belmonte in match play.

The Masters is a major title on the PBA Tour, and all rounds of qualifying and match play are being livestreamed on Xtra Frame, the PBA's online bowling channel. For subscription information, visit PBA.com.

For complete Masters match play results click on http://scores.bowl.com/2018_Masters/Bracket.pdf

Dallas Strikers Bid for Third Consecutive Elias Cup as OceanView at Falmouth PBA League Returns to Maine

Fri, 2018-04-13 14:28

PORTLAND, Maine – Led by player-manager and PBA Hall of Famer Norm Duke, the Shipyard Brewery Dallas Strikers will return to Bayside Bowl in Portland next week in pursuit of a third consecutive Professional Bowlers Association League title, cheered on by the most fun-loving fans in bowling.

The 2018 OceanView at Falmouth PBA League will celebrate its sixth season – and fourth year in Portland – with three days of team competition to decide the 2018 Elias Cup. The PBA League, which is part of the 2018 Go Bowling! PBA Tour schedule, will conclude the PBA’s 38th consecutive year of ESPN coverage with four consecutive Sunday telecasts, including the PBA League Elias Cup finals on Sunday, May 13, at 1 p.m. EDT.

Duke, who won the 2017 Mark Roth PBA League Most Valuable Player Award, will return with a solid core of Dallas Strikers stars including 2016 MVP Tommy Jones, veterans Bill O’Neill and Rhino Page, and newcomer Kyle Sherman of O’Fallon, Mo.

Chasing the Strikers will be the hometown Port Property Portland Lumberjacks, managed by Tim Mack; the Go Bowling! Silver Lake Atom Splitters, managed by Mark Baker; the Sysco Philadelphia Hitmen, managed by Jason Couch; bowlingball.com L.A. X, managed by Andrew Cain; the GEICO New York City WTT KingPins, managed by Carolyn Dorin-Ballard; the Barbasol Motown Muscle, managed by Del Ballard, and the OceanView at Falmouth Brooklyn Styles, managed by Johnny Petraglia.

Each of the 2018 teams will field a roster of previous team members, but a number of newcomers will get an opportunity to experience Portland’s raucous fans for the first time. Rather than approaching their deliveries in silence, a long-time tradition in professional bowling, Bayside Bowl fans encourage the PBA players with loud chants, slogans and newly-created nicknames while waving “fatheads” and dressing in sometimes strange costumes.

Players who will experience Portland bowling fans for the first time include 2018 PBA Tournament of Champions winner Matt O’Grady of Rahway, N.J., with the Brooklyn Styles; Japanese star Shota Kawazoe with the Motown Muscle; Anthony Pepe of Elmhurst, N.Y., with the NYC KingPins; 2017 PBA Rookie of the Year Matt Sanders of Indianapolis with the Philadelphia Hitmen; AJ Johnson of Oswego, Ill., with the Silver Lake Atom Splitters, and Thailand’s Yannaphon Larpapharat with the Portland Lumberjacks.

The PBA League’s return to Portland will get underway with the Port Property Portland PBA Xtra Frame Maine Shootout April 16-18, a singles competition with a PBA Tour title at stake. The Maine Shootout will be covered from start to finish, live on PBA’s Xtra Frame online bowling channel (subscriptions are available at xtraframe.tv).

On Friday, April 20, all PBA League teams will bowl an eight-game Baker format “seeding tournament” to determine seeding positions for the Baker format single-elimination match play bracket. In Baker format team bowling, each of the five players bowls two frames to complete a game.

The PBAL quarterfinal matches will take place on Saturday, April 21, with the No. 1 seeded team vs. No. 8 and No. 4 vs. No. 5 on the first ESPN telecast that will air on Sunday, April 22. Immediately following on Saturday will be the second round of quarterfinal round matches between team No. 2 vs. No. 7, and No. 3 vs. No. 6. Those matches will air on ESPN on Sunday, April 29. All quarterfinal matches will be “best-of-two-game” Baker format team contests with a one-ball roll-off if necessary to break any ties.

Saturday’s winning teams will advance to the semifinal round on Sunday at noon. The semifinal round winners will then bowl for the Elias Cup later on Sunday. The semifinal matches will air on ESPN on Sunday, May 6, with the Elias Cup finals airing on May 13, also at 1 p.m. ET.

All of the PBA League matches will be live streamed as they happen on ESPN3 and the ESPN app.

At the conclusion of the competition, the PBA will announce the Mark Roth PBA League Most Valuable Player.

PORT PROPERTY MANAGEMENT PBA XTRA FRAME MAINE SHOOTOUT SCHEDULE
Bayside Bowl, Portland, Maine, April 16-18

Monday, April 16
10 a.m. - Maine Shootout official practice session
1 p.m. - Port Property Management PBA Xtra Frame Maine Shootout draw party (to determine pairings for single-elimination match play)
4 p.m. – Full Plates Full Potential pro-am

Tuesday, April 17
10 and 11:30 a.m., 2:30 and 4 p.m. – Round of 64 best-of-three-game single elimination matches
7 and 8:30 p.m. – Round of 32 best-of-three-game single elimination matches

Wednesday, April 18
11 a.m. – Round of 16 best-of-three-game single elimination matches
2 p.m. – Round of 8 best-of-three-game single elimination matches
6 p.m. – Semifinal round best-of-three-game single elimination matches
7:30 p.m. – Championship match, best of three games

OCEANVIEW AT FALMOUTH PBA LEAGUE SCHEDULE
Bayside Bowl, Portland, Maine, April 20-22

Friday, April 20
7 p.m. – OceanView at Falmouth PBA League seeding tournament (8 games, Baker team format to determine pairings for PBA League competition)

Saturday, April 21
Noon – PBA League Quarterfinal Match 1, Teams #1 vs. #8 (best of two games, Baker format; ESPN telecast Sunday, April 22, 1 p.m. ET)
    PBA League Quarterfinal Match 2, Teams #5 vs. #4 (best of two games, Baker format; ESPN telecast Sunday, April 22, 1 p.m. ET)
3:30 p.m. - PBA League Quarterfinal Match 3, Teams #2 vs. #7 (best of two games, Baker format; ESPN telecast Sunday, April 29, 1 p.m. ET)
    PBA League Quarterfinal Match 4, Teams #6 vs. #3 (best of two games, Baker format; ESPN telecast Sunday, April 29, 1 p.m. ET)

Sunday, April 22
Noon – PBA League Semifinal Match #1, Winner Match #1 vs. Winner Match #2 (best of two games, Baker format; ESPN telecast Sunday, May 6, 1 p.m. ET)
    PBA League Semifinal Match #2, Winner Match #3 vs. Winner Match #4 (best of two games, Baker format; ESPN telecast Sunday, May 6, 1 p.m. ET)
3:30 p.m. – PBA League Elias Cup Championship (ESPN telecast Sunday, May 13, 1 p.m. ET)

2018 PBA LEAGUE ROSTERS
● OceanView at Falmouth Brooklyn Styles (manager Johnny Petraglia): Parker Bohn III, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Sean Rash, Matt O’Grady, Jason Sterner.
● Barbasol Motown Muscle (manager Del Ballard Jr.): EJ Tackett, Francois Lavoie, Anthony Simonsen, Shota Kawazoe, Josh Blanchard.
● GEICO NYC WTT KingPins (manager Carolyn Dorin-Ballard): Pete Weber, Marshall Kent, Sam Cooley, BJ Moore, Anthony Pepe.
● bowlingball.com L.A. X (manager Andrew Cain): Jason Belmonte, Stuart Williams, Martin Larsen, Jakob Butturff, Osku Palermaa.
● Sysco Philadelphia Hitmen (manager Jason Couch): Dom Barrett, Tom Smallwood, Ronnie Russell, Matt Sanders, Chris Loschetter.
● Go Bowling! Silver Lake Atom Splitters (manager Mark Baker): Chris Barnes, Jesper Svensson, Tom Daugherty, Dick Allen, AJ Johnson.
● Port Property Portland Lumberjacks (manager Tim Mack): Ryan Ciminelli, Wes Malott, Kyle Troup, DJ Archer, Yannaphon Larpapharat.
● Shipyard Brewing Dallas Strikers: player-manager Norm Duke, Tommy Jones, Bill O’Neill, Rhino Page, Kyle Sherman.

HISTORY OF PBA LEAGUE ELIAS CUP CHAMPIONS
2013    NYC WTT KingPins presented by GEICO (Tommy Jones/Jack Jurek/John Szczerbinski/Scott Norton/Pete Weber/Kelly Kulick).
2014     Silver Lake Atom Splitters (Bryon Smith/Chris Barnes/Dom Barrett/Wes Malott/Tommy Jones).
2015    Bass Pro Shops Silver Lake Atom Splitters (Mika Koivuniemi/Chris Barnes/Craig Nidiffer/Tom Daugherty/Dick Allen)
2016    GoBowling.com Dallas Strikers (Norm Duke/Bill O’Neill/Shawn Maldonado/BJ Moore/Tommy Jones)
2017     Shipyard Brewing Dallas Strikers (Norm Duke/Bill O’Neill/Rhino Page/BJ Moore/Tommy Jones)

HISTORY OF MARK ROTH PBA LEAGUE MVP AWARD WINNERS
2014    Chris Barnes
2015    Dick Allen
2016    Tommy Jones
2017    Norm Duke

Stuart Williams is Top Qualifier Heading Into USBC Masters Match Play

Fri, 2018-04-13 00:17

By Aaron Smith, USBC Communications

England's Stuart Williams paced the field for the second consecutive day at the 2018 USBC Masters  to finish as the top overall qualifier for the tournament's double-elimination match-play bracket.

After surging to the top of the standings at the Oncenter Convention Center on Wednesday, Williams added a 1,076 set Thursday to finish qualifying with a 15-game total of 3,295, a 219.6 average.

Anthony Simonsen of Austin, Texas, the 2016 USBC Masters champion, qualified second with 3,250, Team USA's Andrew Anderson of Holly, Michigan, was third with 3,247, tournament newcomer Brandon Biondo of Carpentersville, Illinois, was fourth with 3,234 and Sean Lavery-Spahr of Pasadena, Texas, rounded out the top five with 3,224.

Action at the 2018 Masters now shifts to match play, with the first half of the bracket taking the lanes Friday at 9 a.m. Eastern. Winners will be determined by three-game total pinfall.

Match play will continue throughout the day Friday and into Saturday, and the final five players will advance to the stepladder finals, which will be broadcast live on ESPN on Sunday at 1 p.m. Eastern.

Williams, a 36-year-old right-hander who now resides in Phoenix, averaged more than 224 during his two blocks on the tournament's fresh 40-foot lane condition. He's seen favorable ball reaction throughout the week, and now will rely on his experience to help him back to the stepladder finals. He finished third at the 2013 Masters held in North Brunswick, New Jersey.

"I've been able to have good ball reaction for most of this week from multiple angles, so that should play favorably for me in matches," said Williams, who won the 2011 Professional Bowlers Association Bayer Viper Open. "From here out, it's just about making good shots, hopefully staying ahead of the transition and making good choices."

Williams also thinks this week's challenging condition will lead to some interesting decisions in match play.

"I think with how challenging the pattern played, urethane will be out of play for most of the guys," Williams said. "I'm sure a few will try, but there seems to be way too much oil to the outside part of the lane. That'll bring a few more tactics into play for matches, like being able to break it down in different parts of the lane, so it should be interesting."

Williams will face Ramon Hilferink of the Netherlands in the first round of match play Friday. Hilferink earned the No. 64 seed in a four-way roll-off to determine the final two spots in the bracket.

Hilferink rolled a 190 game to hold on to the final spot, while Charlie Brown of Grandville, Michigan, will be No. 63 in the bracket after posting 201. Ryan Patterson of Washington, West Virginia, and Chad Roberts of Reynoldsburg, Ohio, were eliminated after games of 182 and 177, respectively. All four players finished qualifying with a 3,054 total, a 203.6 average.

Brown will start match play against Simonsen, who had a much different experience in Syracuse this week compared to his time in Las Vegas for the 2017 event, where he entered as the defending champion and automatically was seeded into match play.

With some extra excitement and fanfare heading into last year's event, the 21-year-old two-hander qualified 59th, slightly improving his spot in the bracket after being guaranteed the No. 64 spot. He admitted he really didn't settle into the right frame of mind as early as he would've liked. He won his first match but eventually finished tied for 17th place.

"It's different coming back to try and defend a title, especially at this event and with how the seeding works," said Simonsen, whose Masters win made him the youngest major champion in PBA history at 19 years and 39 days old. "It was tougher to get into tournament mode knowing I already was in the top 64, and I ended up getting a slower start in match play before everything kicked back to normal. Having to earn my spot this week, I was in the right mindset from the get go."

Simonsen will look to take what he's learned through qualifying at the Oncenter Convention Center and match his performance from 2016, where he went undefeated in match play and defeated Canada's Dan MacLelland in the title match, 245-207.

"I've figured out a trick to keep it around the pocket on the fresh and was able to get away with a couple of good games," said Simonsen, who owns three PBA Tour titles. "I'm going to stick with that as the game plan tomorrow. I'll have a couple of ball options available but plan on staying in that same zone."

This year's defending champion, Jason Belmonte of Australia, also improved his seeding, finishing qualifying in a tie for 42nd place with a 3,097 total.

Belmonte, who is seeking his fifth Masters title since 2013 and record-tying 10th career major, will bowl 2015 U.S. Open champion Ryan Ciminelli of Cheektowaga, New York, in his opening match Friday.

Other past champions advancing to match play include 2007 winner Sean Rash of Montgomery, Illinois, and Tom Hess of Urbandale, Iowa, who captured the title in 2011.

Rash will face Tommy Jones of Simpsonville, South Carolina, in the first round, while Hess squares off against Steven Arehart of Chesapeake, Virginia.

All competitors at the 2018 Masters bowled 15 games of qualifying over three days to determine the 63 players joining Belmonte in match play.

The Masters, a major title on the PBA Tour, will have livestream coverage leading up to the stepladder finals on Xtra Frame, the PBA's online bowling channel. For subscription information, www.xtraframe.tv.

Big Second Round Helps Stuart Williams Take USBC Masters Lead

Wed, 2018-04-11 23:52

By Matt Cannizzaro, USBC Communications

England's Stuart Williams holds the overall lead through two rounds of the 2018 USBC Masters with a 2,219 pinfall total, a 221.9 average, which included sets of 1,048 on the burn Tuesday and 1,171 on the fresh Wednesday morning. He catapulted from 48th place into the lead with the second-highest block of the day.

For Williams, a veteran on the international bowling scene, the initial expectation this week was that the bigger scores would come from the burn squad, and that would be the time to get all you could. That was how he found early success at the 2017 event in Las Vegas.

When that wasn't exactly the case this year at the Oncenter Convention Center in Syracuse, his experience and versatility helped him adapt on the fly.

"The lanes were actually quite a bit harder on the burn than I think most people expected them to be, so I was a little anxious this morning with only shooting 48 over on what we thought would be the "easy" squad," said Williams, a 36-year-old right-hander who finished third at the 2013 Masters. "I came in and made a decision that I wasn't going to try and play to the right too much because it seemed like it was very difficult out there. I figured we were going to get into the middle of the lane anyway, so I might as well be there to start with, so I wouldn't miss the transition."

Like any bowling event, the USBC Masters presents competitors with an ever-changing puzzle that must be solved in a set period of time, or games, often through a series of educated guesses.

Through two days of qualifying at the 2018 USBC Masters, PBA Hall of Famer Chris Barnes of Double Oak, Texas, has proven to be the among the most versatile problem solvers, turning in consistent performances on both variations of this week's 40-foot oil pattern - the fresh and the "burn."

The 48-year-old right-hander and three-time Masters runner-up rolled nearly identical scores during his first two qualifying blocks shooting 1,082 on the fresh lane condition Tuesday and 1,078 on the burn Wednesday for a 10-game total of 2,160, which is 10th overall.

"Over the years, I've been pretty lucky and gotten to lead this event three times, and most of those times, I had a look from a few different parts of the lane, so it didn't really matter if I bowled on the fresh or the hook or this type of player or that type of player," Barnes said. "Based on that, I'm looking for as many different avenues to get there, so that no matter what you bowl on, you have a plan of attack that will allow you to succeed."

Other competitors in the 360-player field claimed their spots near the top of the leaderboard with help from a big block on either the fresh or the burn, while grinding along on the other.

Williams is followed in the standings by 2016 Masters champion Anthony Simonsen of Austin, Texas (2,214), Kyle Cook of Centerville, Ohio (2,182), and Chris Loschetter of Avon, Ohio, and Sean Lavery-Spahr of Pasadena, Texas, who are tied for fourth place with 2,178.

The Masters stepladder finals will be broadcast live on ESPN on Sunday at 1 p.m. Eastern.

Defending champion Jason Belmonte of Australia is 32nd with a 2,100 total. The Australian two-hander is seeking his fifth Masters title since 2013 and record-tying 10th career major victory to tie PBA Hall of Famers Pete Weber and the late Earl Anthony who share the record.

As the defending champion, Belmonte is guaranteed the No. 64 spot in the bracket, but bowling qualifying gives him a chance to improve his seeding, as well as get a feel for the bowling center and oil pattern.

Another big performer Wednesday was Andrew Suscreba of Clifton, New Jersey, whose experience this week has been the opposite of Williams.

Suscreba, 25-year-old right-hander and former collegiate bowler at William Paterson, experienced a couple of hiccups and challenges with ball reaction Tuesday on the way to a 987 opening round on the fresh oil pattern, but he bounced back Wednesday with an 1,176 effort on the burn, the highest block of the day. He is eighth after two rounds with a 2,163 total. 

Despite finishing the first day of competition tied for 128th place, Suscreba feels his strategy is sound, and he expects to see a better result when he bowls on the fresh again in Thursday's third round.

Qualifying at the Oncenter Convention Center continues Thursday at 8 a.m. Eastern, and 15-game pinfall totals will determine the match-play field. The top 63 players will join Belmonte in the double-elimination bracket, where three-game total pinfall determines who advances.

Match play will take place Friday and Saturday and determine the five players for the championship stepladder. All preliminary rounds are streamed live on PBA’s online bowling channel Xtra Frame. For subscription information visit www.xtraframe.tv.

For complete second round standings click on http://scores.bowl.com/2018_Masters/Qualifying2.pdf

PBA Spare Shots: Oklahoma’s Trey Ford III Becomes Youngest PBA Regional Titlist at Age 17

Wed, 2018-04-11 15:27

Trey Ford III, a 17-year-old two-handed bowler from Bartlesville, Okla., threw three strikes in the 10th frame of the championship match to defeat David (Boog) Krol of Nixa, Mo., 245-229, in the seventh annual PBA FireLake/Grand Casino Resort Southwest Open presented by Hammer at FireLake Bowling Center in Shawnee, Okla., Sunday, winning his first PBA Regional title and becoming the youngest player ever to win a PBA Regional title.

Ford, who began bowling PBA events with parental consent as a 13-year-old amateur, became PBA’s youngest member ever when he joined the organization at age 15 years, 157 days in 2016. He previously had a second-place finish in a PBA Southwest Region event at FireLake last September, and won Sunday’s $2,700 first prize at the age of 17 years, 226 days.

After leading the 13 games of qualifying and receiving byes into the Round of 8, Ford eliminated two Wichita State collegiate players to advance to the finals. Thomas McNeal Jr. of Puyallup, Wash., was Ford’s first victim, losing 2-0 in the best-of-three-game Round of 8. Jacob Kersten, originally from Clarkston, Mich., came up short in the one game semifinal round, 236-222. 

Krol, also a two-handed player, qualified in second place and had a similar road to the final. In his opening match, he defeated Scott McCleery of Lubbock, Texas, 2-0, and then put away another Wichita State Shocker, Cortez Schenck of Scottsdale, Ariz., 192-191.

The pro-am portion of the event on Friday included a fundraiser for the Shawnee area Big Brothers Big Sisters chapter. FireLake General Manager Chris Skillings announced more than $10,000 was raised for that cause.

FURTHER REVIEW COSTS PETE WEBER A REGIONAL TITLE

Research into Trey Ford’s first PBA Regional victory also uncovered a mistake dating back to 1979 when Pete Weber won his first regional in early fall in St. Louis, also at age 17. At the time, however, Weber was credited with a PBA Regional title although he didn’t become a PBA member until Nov. 30 of that year. So while he was the youngest player ever to win a PBA Regional at that time, he should not have been credited with a title because he wasn’t a member.

The correction means Weber now has 46 standard regional titles, one behind Chris Warren of Grants Pass, Ore., and Weber, who has won five PBA50 regional titles, has 51 overall – one behind Dale Traber of Cedarburg, Wis. (39 standard and 13 PBA50).

NEXT 10 DAYS WILL BE MEANINGFUL FOR TOM SMALLWOOD & FRIENDS

The next 10 days will be especially meaningful to Tom Smallwood of Saginaw, Mich., and, presumably, fellow PBA Tour competitors Bill O’Neill of Langhorne, Pa.; Ryan Ciminelli of Clarence, N.Y.; Canada’s Francois Lavoie; two-hander Kyle Troup of Taylorsville, N.C., and Texan Wes Malott as they pursue the eighth and final berth in the 2018 PBA Tour Finals which will take place May 4-5 at Thunderbowl Lanes in Allen Park, Mich.

The PBA Tour Finals, which will be televised by CBS Sports Network as part of the 2018 Go Bowling! PBA Tour schedule, will include the top eight players in combined PBA Tour/World Bowling Tour earnings from the start of the 2016 season through this week’s USBC Masters and the Port Property Management PBA Xtra Frame Maine Shootout April 17-18 at Bayside Bowl in Portland, Maine.

Heading into the Masters, the top eight players in combined earnings were EJ Tackett ($380,828), Jason Belmonte ($380,357), Jesper Svensson ($296,456), Dom Barrett ($254,490), Anthony Simonsen ($236,834), Marshall Kent ($223,745), Tommy Jones ($175,652) and, in the No. 8 position, Sean Rash ($154,472).

With a $30,000 first prize at stake in the Masters and $10,000 to the winner in Maine, Smallwood has the best chance to break into the elite eight-man field. Smallwood’s combined earnings are $153,057, just over $1,000 behind Rash. Longer shots, but still mathematically in contention, are O’Neill ($147,275), Ciminelli ($137,080), Lavoie ($128,055), Troup ($125,780) and Malott ($118,883).

The final results will be decided live on Xtra Frame during its exclusive coverage of the Maine Shootout on April 17-18. To watch that event, subscribe to Xtra Frame. Details can be found at xtraframe.tv.

PBA’S APRIL XTRA FRAME COVERAGE INCLUDES PBA TOUR, SENIORS, WOMEN

PBA’s Xtra Frame live coverage of the best in bowling in April will include all qualifying and three-game match play elimination rounds of the USBC Masters from Syracuse today through the final matches on Saturday leading into Sunday’s live ESPN telecast at 1 p.m. ET followed by the PBA Tour’s return to Portland, Maine, for the Port Property Management PBA Xtra Frame Maine Shootout and the OceanView at Falmouth PBA League Elias Cup finals.

Coverage in Portland begins with the “draw party” to determine the bracket positions for the 64 players entered in the Maine Shootout next Monday at 1 p.m. Three-game single-elimination matches will be live-streamed on Tuesday and Wednesday, including the semifinal and title matches beginning at 6 p.m. ET on Wednesday, April 18. The XF Maine Shootout will be the final qualifying event to determine the eight players who will compete in the PBA Tour Finals May 4-5 in Allen Park, Mich.

Following the Maine Shootout, Xtra Frame will cover the PBA League “seeding” tournament on Friday, April 20, to determine the matchups for Saturday’s opening round of best-of-two-game Baker team matches. PBA League telecasts will air four consecutive Sundays at 1 p.m. ET on ESPN, beginning on April 22.

Next up will be the start of the 2018 PBA50 Tour season where Xtra Frame will provide live start-to-finish coverage of the PBA50 Florida Open from New Port Richey, Fla., April 21-23, followed by the PBA50 UnitedHealthcare National Championship presented by Spanish Springs Lanes and Radical – the senior tour’s first major of the year – from The Villages, April 24-28, and the PBA50 Mooresville Ford Open from Mooresville, N.C., April 29-May 2.

April also means the start of the 2018 PWBA season. Xtra Frame will cover preliminary rounds of the Las Vegas Open, April 27-28.

Fans can watch the entire month of coverage for only $7.99. A three-day subscription is also available, for $3.99, and the 12-month Season Ticket plan is offered for about $1.25 week. To sign up for the plan that works best for you, visit xtraframe.tv.

PBA’S “60 MOST MEMORABLE MOMENTS” UNVEILING CONTINUES: 31 THRU 35

The countdown to unveil the complete list of the PBA”s “60 most memorable moments” in its 60-year history continues, one a day, Monday through Friday, on all PBA Network outlets. Last week, “memorable moments” 31 through 35 were unveiled. Here are those five moments as the countdown continues:

31) Mike Aulby won the 1996 Bayer/Brunswick Touring Players Championship to become the only player to win bowling’s “Super Slam” consisting of all five majors (U.S. Open, PBA National/World Championship, PBA Tournament of Champions, USBC Masters & PBA Touring Players Championship). Aulby also won Showboat Invitational and Brunswick Memorial World Open titles, and remains the only player to win every 56-game format tournament the PBA has offered.  Aulby also was the first player to earn PBA Rookie (1979) and Player of the Year (1985) honors.

32) In 2017, Jason Belmonte became the only player to win the USBC Masters four times, defeating then-amateur Michael Tang, 279–212, in Las Vegas for his eighth PBA major title.  By winning the 2015 Masters, Belmonte became the only player to win the event three consecutive time, defeating AJ Johnson in Green Bay, Wis.

33) In 1981, Bill Beach defeated Bill Lillard, 200-191, in the first “PBA Senior Tour” event, the PBA Senior Championship in New Orleans, La. The re-named PBA50 Tour has provided 50-and-older players with numerous memorable moments, including Mark Roth becoming the first player to earn both “PBA Senior” (2001) and PBA Player of the Year honors (1977-’79 and 1984), and where Joe Scarborough bowled the first certified 900 series in PBA history in his first three games of the 2013 PBA50 Sun Bowl at The Villages.

34) In 1975, Earl Anthony became the first player to earn $100,000 in a sin­gle season with his victory in the Buzz Fazio Open in Battle Creek, Mich. Anthony’s seventh win of the year was worth $5,000 and put his season earnings at $100,890.  Earlier that year, Anthony won a record third consecutive PBA National Championship in Toledo, Ohio...a feat he repeated in the same event in 1981, ’82 and ’83. In 2009, Anthony was selected as No. 1 on the PBA’s list of the 50 Greatest Players during its 50th Anniversary Gala in Las Vegas.

35) - “Wrong Foot” Lou Campi of Dumont, N.J., won the PBA’s first event, the 1959 Empire State Open in Albany, N.Y., and collected a $2,500 first prize.

To check on releases of subsequent “moments” as they are revealed, check the PBA Network: PBA on Facebook (www.facebook.com/ProfessionalBowlersAssociation) or Instagram (pbatour); subscribe to the PBA channel on YouTube (PBABowling); tweet along on Twitter (@pbatour), and on the web: https://www.pba.com/PBANetwork/MostMemorableMoments.

PBA REGIONAL UPDATE: BUTTURFF WINS 14TH REGIONAL TITLE IN DUBLIN

Jakob Butturff of Tempe, Ariz., posted a 14-2 match play record and a 24-game total of 5,967 pins Sunday to win the PBA Earl Anthony West/Northwest Memorial at Earl Anthony’s Dublin Bowl in Dublin, Calif., Sunday while amateur Dennis Acma of San Ramon, Calif., won the PBA50 Earl Anthony Memorial.

Butturff cruised to his 14th PBA Regional title and the $2,500 first prize by 299 pins over Canadian native Ray Lussier of San Jose, Calif., who had an 11-5 record and a 24-game total of 5,668 pins, including match play bonus pins.

Acma went 7-5 in the 12-game match play finals and knocked down 4,482 total pins for his 20 games to top Bob Rosenau of Redding Calif., by 35 pins. Acma collected $1,500, but doesn’t get credit for a PBA title because he isn’t a PBA member.

● The only PBA Regional event on the April 13-15 calendar is the PBA Bowlers Discount Pro Shop East Open, presented by Hammer, at AMF Towson Lanes in Towson, Md.

● As the PBA50 Tour season closes in, PBA50 players will have a final tune-up opportunity in the PBA50 Sarasota South Open at Sarasota Lanes in Sarasota, Fla., April 18-20.

● The April 20-22 PBA Regional calendar includes the Debbie & Leo Nunan Memorial Central Open presented by Track at AMF Stardust Lanes in Grove City, Ohio; and PBA South Point West Challenge for non-champions plus the South Point Member/Non-Member Doubles, both presented by Brunswick, in Las Vegas.

● Closing out the month over the April 27-29 weekend will be the PBA Rockaway Lanes East Open, presented by Storm, in Rockaway, N.J., and the PBA Brighton Construction Myrtle Beach South Open at Myrtle Beach Bowl in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

● For complete PBA Regional schedules, rules and entry information, visit pba.com, open the “schedules” tab and click on PBA Regional Tours to find the event(s) in your area…and remember, you can follow “live scoring” for all PBA Regional events on pba.com (easily accessible for Apple device users using the PBA app).

Jacob Kent Averages 228 to Take USBC Masters First Round Lead

Wed, 2018-04-11 00:13

By Matt Cannizzaro, USBC Communications

The year Jacob Kent of Newark, New York, was born, his father, USBC and PBA Hall of Famer Doug Kent, won the first of his two USBC Masters titles.

Jacob grew up seeing that trophy, and many others, on a daily basis, and it motivated him to want one of his own someday. 

The younger Kent now is 26 years old and has his sights set on the 2018 edition of the Masters trophy, which is up for grabs this week at the Oncenter Convention Center. He paced the sold-out 360-player field through the first of three days of qualifying, averaging 228 for five games Tuesday.

Kent's 1,140 total landed him seven pins ahead of France's Gaetan Mouveroux (1,133), who was followed by Anthony Lavery-Spahr of Little Elm, Texas, and Wes Malott of Pflugerville, Texas (1,130), and Sean Rash of Montgomery, Illinois (1,123). Defending champion Jason Belmonte of Australia finished the day in 26th place with a 1,066 total.

"This is one of the tournaments I look forward to every year," Kent said. "I think it's one of the most prestigious events besides the U.S. Open, and I definitely think it's the hardest to win because of how the match-play style is. It's very difficult to make it to the TV show. For my dad to win it two times is special, and it would be awesome if I was ever able to win, too. Having a third title in the family would be absolutely incredible and a dream come true."

Because Jacob Kent works full-time at a bank and part-time at his family's bowling center, Doug Kent's Rose Bowl Lanes, he doesn't have much time to bowl, but he did everything to make sure he was ready for this week's event.

All qualifying and match play rounds of the Masters are covered live on Xtra Frame, the PBA's online bowling channel. For subscription information, visit PBA.com.

And, where competing approximately 60 miles from home might add pressure for some bowlers, Kent is embracing the opportunity to represent upstate New York on the lanes. Getting to sleep in his own bed also is a comforting bonus. 

Oh, and there's the unlimited support and sage fatherly advice from a 10-time PBA champion, whose list of accomplishments includes six standard PBA Tour titles and four majors, which earned him the No. 43 spot on the 2009 list of the 50 Greatest Players in PBA History.

"My dad always says he's past his prime, but he still throws it amazing," said Jacob Kent, a former Junior Team USA member and collegiate national champion with Robert Morris-Illinois in 2013. "He's always willing to give advice and reminds me to take it one shot at a time and not try to win the tournament in one shot or the first game. It's a long format, so don't think that one game is going to cost you the whole tournament and knock you out. It's just a matter of grinding it out, being yourself and taking it one shot at a time."

All competitors at the Oncenter Convention Center this week will bowl 15 games of qualifying over three days to determine the match-play field. The top 63 players will join Belmonte in the double-elimination bracket, where three-game total pinfall determines who advances.

Match play will take place Friday and Saturday and determine the five players for the championship stepladder, which will be televised live on ESPN on Sunday, beginning at 1 p.m. Eastern.

As the defending champion, Belmonte is guaranteed the No. 64 spot in the bracket, but bowling qualifying gives him a chance to improve his seeding, as well as get a feel for the bowling center and oil pattern. 
The Australian two-hander is seeking his fifth Masters title since 2013 and record-tying 10th career major victory. PBA Tour star Pete Weber and the late Earl Anthony share the record. 

Jacob Kent's five games Tuesday were contested on the "burn" squad, meaning one group of competitors already had bowled on the lanes before his squad. Each of the next two rounds, Kent will face a fresh version of the 40-foot oil pattern, which will require a completely different game plan.

When he returns to the lanes Wednesday at 8 a.m. Eastern, the young right-hander will rely on a combination of what he experienced in practice Monday and what he saw throughout the day Tuesday. He'll also consider what he learned in previous Masters appearances.

"I was kind of young and still learning a lot about the game when I bowled the Masters before, and I didn't see it the way I do now, which is a lot like my dad does," Kent said. "It's a lot safer, and I know not to go for the home run all the time, but when it's there, you have to go for it. That's one thing I did today. I know I had a really good ball reaction compared to a lot of people, so I really tried to go after it and use it to my advantage to get as much as I could. I hope I can do that tomorrow, too, though I'll be playing much straighter."

When Doug Kent claimed his second Masters title in 2006, Jacob was in high school and unable to make the trip to Milwaukee due to his workload at school. By then, though, he was old enough to understand the significance of winning such a prestigious event once, let alone multiple times, a feat accomplished by just eight bowlers since the event debuted in 1951.

"My dad's first title was the Masters in 1991, so I think it would be really cool if somehow I could carry on that legacy and win my first title at the Masters, too," Kent said.

Doug Kent finished the first day of qualifying Tuesday tied for 130th place with a 986 total.  
The 2018 Masters features a total prize fund of $270,000 and is a major event on the PBA Tour. The winner will take home $30,000.

For complete Masters first round results click on http://scores.bowl.com/2018_Masters/Qualifying1.pdf

PBA Spare Shots: Jason Belmonte Escapes Serious Injury on Eve of USBC Masters Title Defense

Thu, 2018-04-05 16:19

Australia’s Jason Belmonte, arguably the most successful bowler in USBC Masters history, may limp into Syracuse, N.Y., next week after escaping serious injury earlier this week while helping his grandmother move.

Belmonte, in a Facebook post where he included a photo of his foot covered with colorful ice packs, said his father accidentally ran over his right (push away) foot with a one-ton trailer.

“It’s fine,” the defending Masters champion reported. “A little sore, but I can walk just fine. (I) was helping my grandmother move house and my foot got in the way of the trailer. But no breaks. All good.”

In addition to trying to defend his 2017 Masters title, the Australian two-handed star also will be trying to win the Masters for a fifth time (he’s the only four-time winner), and if he’s successful, he will join the late Earl Anthony and Pete Weber as the third player in PBA history to win 10 major championships.

Belmonte will bowl the qualifying rounds beginning Tuesday, but because he’s automatically seeded into the 64-player double-elimination match play field, his real competition will begin next Friday. All qualifying and three-day match play elimination rounds of the Masters will be covered live, exclusively by PBA’s Xtra Frame online video streaming channel.

PBA’S XTRA FRAME COVERAGE OFFERS HOURS OF EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE IN APRIL

Now that the “madness” is over, PBA’s Xtra Frame will resume its exclusive coverage of PBA action in a big way, beginning with coverage of all qualifying and three-game match play elimination rounds of the USBC Masters from the Oncenter Convention Center in Syracuse, Tuesday, April 10, through the final matches on Saturday, April 14, to determine the five finalists for Sunday’s live ESPN telecast at 1 p.m. ET.

Following the Masters, Xtra Frame heads to Portland, Maine, for the “draw party” to determine the bracket positions for the 64 players enter in the PBA Xtra Frame Port Property Management Maine Shootout. Coverage of the draw party on Monday, April 16, at 12:50 p.m. will be followed by the elimination matches Tuesday and Wednesday, including the semifinal and title matches beginning at 5:50 p.m. The XF Maine Shootout will be the final qualifying event to determine the eight-player field for the PBA Tour Finals May 4-6 at Thunderbowl Lanes in Allen Park, Mich.

On the heels of the Maine Shootout, Xtra Frame will cover all eight OceanView at Falmouth PBA League teams as they bowl a “seeding” tournament on Friday, April 20, to determine the matchups for Saturday’s opening round of best-of-two-game Baker team matches.

Following its Maine schedule, Xtra Frame heads south to kick off the 2018 PBA50 Tour season with start-to-finish coverage of the PBA50 Florida Open from New Port Richey, Fla., April 21-23; the PBA National Championship presented by Radical – the senior tour’s first major of the year – from The Villages, April 24-28, and the PBA50 Mooresville Ford Open from Mooresville, N.C., April 29-May 2.

Also in April will be the first event of the 2018 PWBA season, the Las Vegas Open, April 27-28.

Fans can watch the entire month of coverage for only $7.99. A three-day subscription is also available, for $3.99, and the 12-month Season Ticket plan is offered for about $1.25 week. To sign up for the plan that works best for you, visit xtraframe.tv.

PBA’S “60 MOST MEMORABLE MOMENTS” UNVEILING CONTINUES: 36 THRU 40

The countdown to unveil the complete list of the PBA”s “60 most memorable moments” in its 60-year history continues, one a day, Monday through Friday, on all PBA Network outlets. Last week, “memorable moments” 36 through 40 were unveiled. Here are those five moments as the countdown continues:

36) At age 50, Walter Ray Williams Jr. swept every major statistical category during the 2009-10 PBA Tour season en route to a record seventh Chris Schenkel PBA Player of the Year honor. Williams also was named Bowler of the Decade for the second consecutive decade – a feat unprecedented in the sports world.  A season earlier Williams became the first player to surpass $4 million in PBA career earnings.

37) PBA Hall of Famer Pete Weber became the first player to complete the PBA Triple Crown for a second time when he defeated Jason Belmonte, 224-179, to win the 2013 PBA Tournament of Champions at Woodland Bowl in Indianapolis. He also became the oldest player to win the TOC at age 50.

38) The 1991 PBA Tournament of Champions was delayed 40 minutes due to a bomb threat at Riviera Lanes. It turned out to be a hoax and David Ozio went on to defeat Amleto Monacelli, 236-203, for the title which led to 1991 PBA Player of the Year honors.

39 In 2016 at age 20 years and 357 days, Jesper Svensson defeated Mitch Beasley, 231-221, to become the youngest player to win the PBA Tournament of Champions. The previous record was set in 1976, 40 years earlier, when Marshall Holman won the TOC at age 21 years, 207 days.

40) In 1994, Bryan Goebel defeated Norm Duke, 296-280, in the title match of the PBA True Value Open in Peoria, Ill. Goebel left the 3-6-9-10 on his final shot to lose a $200,000 perfect-game bonus offered by True Value in its own tournament and Duke’s 280 game still remains the highest losing score in a televised title match.

To check on releases of subsequent “moments” as they are revealed, check the PBA Network: PBA on Facebook (www.facebook.com/ProfessionalBowlersAssociation) or Instagram (pbatour); subscribe to the PBA channel on YouTube (PBABowling); tweet along on Twitter (@pbatour), and on the web: https://www.pba.com/PBANetwork/MostMemorableMoments.

PBA HALL OF FAMER DANNY WISEMAN GETS ANOTHER 15 MINUTES OF FAME

Baltimore’s Danny Wiseman has had his share of time in the spotlight as a 12-time PBA Tour champion and PBA Hall of Fame inductee, but he got an unexpected “15 minutes of fame” on opening day of the Major League Baseball season when he attended the Orioles’ home opener against the Minnesota Twins – and caught the game-winning 11th-inning walk-off home run by Baltimore’s Adam Jones.

Well, he sort of caught the ball. Wiseman admitted the sizzling line drive went right through his hands and hit him the chest. But, he noted, he got the ball…and a sizeable welt.

“It won’t out-rank my (USBC) Masters win (at Miller Park in Milwaukee) or my title in Baltimore in 1990, but in terms of excitement, yah, it ranks right up there,” Wiseman said.

For a more detailed explanation, check out Wiseman’s television interview: https://www.facebook.com/107752155919763/videos/2011323902229236/

PBA REGIONAL UPDATE: JAY NEPHEW WINS FIRST PBA TITLE IN SOUTHWEST CHALLENGE

Houston’s Jay Nephew won his last seven matches in the eight-game modified round robin finals to pull away from the field and win his first PBA title in the Houston Copperfield Bowl Southwest Challenge, presented by 900 Global, on Easter Sunday.

Nephew, who finished second in last year’s Copperfield event, had previously won a Challenge event as a non-member, but didn’t earn a PBA title because he was an amateur until 2015. Along with his title he earned the $2,000 winner’s check.

After qualifying fifth in the 13-game qualifying portion of the event, Nephew started the match play finals with a loss in his first match, but won his next six matches to build a 24-pin lead over amateur Jacob Heger from Spring, Texas, going into the final position round match where he defeated Heger, 247-183, for the win. Heger maintained second place over former USBC Queens champion Maria Rodriguez, a Colombia native now living in Austin, Texas, who finished third.

● April’s busy regional schedule continues over the April 6-8 weekend with the PBA Grand Casino/Hotel/Resort Southwest Open, presented by Hammer, at FireLake Bowling Center in Shawnee, Okla., and the PBA and PBA50 Earl Anthony West/Northwest Memorial doubleheader at Earl Anthony’s Dublin Bowl in Dublin, Calif.

● The only PBA Regional event on the April 13-15 calendar is the PBA Bowlers Discount Pro Shop East Open, presented by Hammer, at AMF Towson Lanes in Towson, Md.

● As the PBA50 Tour season closes in, PBA50 players will have a final tuneup opportunity in the PBA50 Sarasota South Open at Sarasota Lanes in Sarasota, Fla., April 18-20.

● The April 20-22 PBA Regional calendar includes the Debbie & Leo Nunan Memorial Central Open presented by Track at AMF Stardust Lanes in Grove City, Ohio; and PBA South Point West Challenge for non-champions plus the South Point Member/Non-Member Doubles, both presented by Brunswick, in Las Vegas.

● Closing out the month over the April 27-29 weekend will be the PBA Rockaway Lanes East Open, presented by Storm, in Rockaway , N.J., and the PBA Brighton Construction Myrtle Beach South Open at Myrtle Beach Bowl in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

● For complete PBA Regional schedules, rules and entry information, visit pba.com, open the “schedules” tab and click on PBA Regional Tours to find the event(s) in your area…and remember, you can follow “live scoring” for all PBA Regional events on pba.com (easily accessible for Apple device users using the PBA app).

QUICK NOTES

Martha Smith of Clyo, Ga., is the winner of a new high-performance ball from DV8, Dennis LeFevre of Los Banos, Calif., will receive a new high-performance ball from MOTIV and Marvin Toennies of Arnold, Mo., wins a new Brunswick ball as March sweepstakes winners for subscribing to Xtra Frame. The monthly sweepstakes is sponsored by the respective PBA Product Registered partners. Monthly winners are selected from among new Xtra Frame subscribers, who are automatically entered when they enroll as a monthly or Xtra Frame Season Ticket (full year) subscriber.

Ted Bogumil is the March winner of a $200 HotelPlanner.com certificate, redeemable for future lodging expenses, compliments of PBA’s official travel partner. The monthly sweepstakes is open to anyone who books a hotel through the HotelPlanner.com link on pba.com. Those who book through HotelPlanner.com are automatically entered.

PBA Spare Shots: PBA’s 60 Most Memorable Moments Unveiling Continues: 41 Thru 45

Thu, 2018-03-29 16:10

The countdown to unveil the complete list of the PBA”s “60 most memorable moments” in its 60-year history continues, one a day, Monday through Friday, on all PBA Network outlets. Last week, “memorable moments” 41 through 45 were unveiled. Here are those five moments as the countdown continues:

41) With his 259-189 win over Chris Barnes in the 2008 PBA World Championship, Norm Duke became the first and only bowler to win three consecutive PBA major championships: Denny’s World Championship (Indianapolis in February 2008), 65th Denny’s U.S. Open (North Brunswick, N.J., in March 2008) and his second PBA World Championship (Wichita in October 2008).

42) The PBA launched its online streaming service, Xtra Frame, during the 2007 Lumber Liquidators Championship in Baltimore. The service promised fans a live “Match of the Week.” Today, Xtra Frame features more than 1,200 hours of live bowling from the PBA Tour, PBA50 Tour, PWBA Tour, PBA Xtra Frame Tour Series and select PBA Regional Tour and special events each year. Xtra Frame evolved from PBA's Strike Pass, a vision of the new PBA owners to bring bowling to the World Wide Web back in 2002.

43) Liz Johnson became the first woman to advance to a PBA Tour TV finals during the 2005 PBA Banquet Open in Wyoming, Mich., defeating Wes Malott, 235-228, before losing to Tommy Jones, 219-192, in the championship match.

44) In 1973 Don McCune (feature photo) used chemicals to soften the surface of his bowling balls, creating hooking power no other player could match. Legal at the time, McCune’s ingenuity led to a six-title season, a tour-best $69,000 in earnings and PBA Player of the Year honors…and a bunch of new rules regulating altering bowling balls. The ultimate impact was a new era of bowling balls designed to create hooking power.

45) Del Ballard Jr. made history by winning $100,000, the richest first prize in PBA history, when he defeated Pete Weber, 247-209, in the 1987 Seagram’s Coolers U.S. Open at Narrows Plaza Bowl in Tacoma, Wash.

To check on releases of subsequent “moments” as they are revealed, check the PBA Network: PBA on Facebook (www.facebook.com/ProfessionalBowlersAssociation) or Instagram (pbatour); subscribe to the PBA channel on YouTube (PBABowling); tweet along on Twitter (@pbatour), and on the web: https://www.pba.com/PBANetwork/MostMemorableMoments.

TICKETS AVAILABLE FOR CBS SPORTS NETWORK TAPINGS OF PBA TOUR FINALS

Tickets are now available for the May 4 and May 5 CBS Sports Network tapings of the PBA Tour Finals at Thunderbowl Lanes in suburban Detroit. The PBA Tour Finals will feature the top eight players in PBA Tour earnings for the past two seasons. Round robin match play tapings on May 4 are at 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. ET. The semifinal and final rounds on May 5 will be taped at noon, 2:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Tickets, which are $10, $20 and $30, may be purchased by visiting https://www.eventbrite.com/e/pba-tour-finals-tickets-42645582084. Tickets also will be available at the door.

The USBC Masters (April 10-15) in Syracuse, N.Y., and the PBA Xtra Frame Port Property Management Maine Shootout at Bayside Bowl in Portland, Maine (April 16-18) are the final two events that will affect the combined earnings list. Going into those events, the top eight players are: EJ Tackett ($380,828), Jason Belmonte ($380,357), Jesper Svensson ($296,456), Dom Barrett ($254,490), Anthony Simonsen ($236,834), Marshall Kent ($223,745), Tommy Jones ($175,652) and, in the No. 8 position, Sean Rash ($154,472). Tom Smallwood is right behind Rash with a $153,057 total.

The PBA Tour finals will air on five consecutive Tuesdays at 9:30 p.m. ET on CBS Sports Network beginning May 15.

PBA REGIONAL UPDATE: PB3 WINS THIRD PBA50 REGIONAL TITLE

PBA Hall of Famer Parker Bohn III of Jackson, N.J., defeated Rick Graham of Lancaster, Pa., 245-212, to win the $3,000 first prize in the PBA50 Rossi Lanes Eastern Open at Rossi Lanes in Elmira, N.Y., Sunday. For Bohn it was his third career PBA50 Regional title to go along with 35 PBA Tour, 35 standard PBA Regional and four PBA50 Tour titles.

Bohn, who had just returned from bowling in the Brunswick Euro Challenge in Munich, Germany, qualified second, earning byes for two rounds. In the finals, he defeated defending champion David Kneas of Annapolis, Md., 2-0, in the best-of-three-game Round of 8 before eliminating 2016 Rossi Lanes champ Brian Boghosian of Springfield, Mass., 202-163, in the semifinal round.

Graham, who turned 50 last August, was the qualifying leader. He defeated Darryl Bower of Middletown, Pa., 2-0, in the Round of 8, and Don Herrington of Ballston Lake, N.Y., 200-198, in his semifinal round match.

Quebec native Ray Lussier of San Jose, Calif., defeated Jakob Butturff of Tempe, Ariz., 244-236, to win the PBA Northwest/West DV8 Open at Caveman Bowl in Grants Pass, Ore., Sunday for a $2,000 first prize and his first PBA Northwest/West Region title.

Butturff defeated Blaine Weninger of Happy Valley, Ore., 228-206, in the semifinal match after defeating Warren Crawford of McKinleyville, Calif., in the opening match, 279-217.

Mike Mineman of St. Louis defeated Brian Kretzer of Dayton, Ohio, 212-196, to win the PBA50 Monte Skeels Allstate Midwest/Central Open at Liberty Lanes in Carpentersville, Ill., Saturday. Mineman earned $1,500 along with his seventh overall PBA Regional title.

In the semifinal round, Mineman defeated Walt Schaub of Schaumburg, Ill., 222-203, and Kretzer edged Jeff Johnson of Freeport, Ill., 196-151, to set up the championship match.

● Closing out the March PBA Regional schedule will be the Copperfield Bowl Southwest Challenge for non-title winners over Easter weekend in Houston, Texas.

● For complete PBA Regional schedules, rules and entry information, visit pba.com, open the “schedules” tab and click on PBA Regional Tours to find the event(s) in your area…and remember, you can follow “live scoring” for all PBA Regional events on pba.com (easily accessible for Apple device users using the PBA app).

QUICK NOTES

● Listen to PBA CEO/Commissioner Tom Clark’s interview with Herb FM Sports Radio’s Chris Heidel regarding the PBA’s new television agreement with FOX Sports on https://www.iheart.com/podcast/herbfm-sports-radio-28673959/

Fourth Time’s the Charm for Jason Belmonte & Bill O’Neill in Roth-Holman PBA Doubles Championship presented by BowlerX.com

Sun, 2018-03-25 15:57

COLUMBUS, Ohio – After fourth-place finishes as partners in three previous Mark Roth-Marshall Holman PBA Doubles Championships, Australia’s Jason Belmonte and his “best mate,” Bill O’Neill of Langhorne, Pa., finally won in their fourth try.

With the tournament’s namesake PBA Hall of Fame partners in the crowd for the finals of the event that was presented by BowlerX.com, Belmonte and O’Neill defeated brothers Darren and Michael Tang of San Francisco, 205-185, at Wayne Webb’s Columbus Bowl. The finals of the fourth event of the 2018 Go Bowling! PBA Tour season aired Sunday on ESPN.

After a dominating performance in the preliminary qualifying rounds where they averaged a combined 238.31 for 76 games, earning the top berth in the finals by 327 pins, Belmonte and O’Neill finished in convincing style. The win was the 17th of Belmonte’s career and the ninth for O’Neill.

The championship came down to age-and-experience out-matching the youthful exuberance of third-year PBA member Darren Tang, 24, and his 22-year-old brother Michael, a PBA Tour rookie. O’Neill and Belmonte threw only four strikes in the title match – including one double – and converted six single-pin spares. It was enough to stave off the Tangs, who had won three consecutive matches to reach the title contest, but were unable to put together back-to-back strikes in the final match. And one missed 10 pin spare by Darren Tang in the eighth frame was a setback that proved costly.

“The lanes transitioned in a way I didn’t see coming, but during the semifinal match you could see they weren’t right,” O’Neill said. “Marshall (Kent) isn’t going to bowl a game like he did very often. We decided we’d be content to hit the pocket and if (the pins) fell, they fell. We were hoping we could get it done with a 2-oh game, and fortunately that’s what we did.”

“It wasn’t playing defense; it was more that we were playing safe,” Belmonte said of the team’s conservative approach. “The adjustment either one of us could have made to be more aggressive was a risk, so if (the Tangs) couldn’t show us they were going to put together a string of strikes, there was no reason to take that risk.

“We bowled amazing all week,” Belmonte continued. “Winning was kind of getting the monkey off our back. We’ve been there three other times when we didn’t perform amazingly and today we didn’t have to perform amazingly, but we did exactly what we needed to do.”

In the alternate-frame format, where each teammate bowled five frames on one lane, the Tang brothers came out of the gate on fire, putting together a string of six strikes early on their way to a 223-203 win over Texans Shawn Maldonado and DJ Archer in game one. Splits and open frames in the final two frames by the Tangs were the only flaws that kept the score close in the end.

In game two, Brandon Novak of Chillicothe, Ohio, and Kris Prather of Plainfield, Ill., looked like they were going to eliminate the brother team when they put together a string of five early strikes. But the Tangs started with three strikes, converted two single-pin spares and combined for three strikes to take the see-saw battle into the 10th frame where Michael Tang doubled and Prather, after a strike on his first ball, left a 10 pin on his second. The Tangs escaped with a 243-235 decision.

The semifinal contest against two of the PBA’s top high-rev power players, Marshall Kent of Yakima, Wash., and EJ Tackett of Huntington, Ind., was a struggle for both teams as they quickly degraded an oil pattern that had already undergone the wear-and-tear of two earlier matches. Kent was especially vulnerable, throwing three consecutive splits he was unable to convert. Michael Tang also failed to convert a split, but otherwise the brothers left single pins they were able to spare in posting a 172-151 win to advance to the title match.

PBA players now head to Syracuse, N.Y., where the 2018 Go Bowling! PBA Tour continues with the United States Bowling Congress Masters. As defending champion, Belmonte is automatically seeded into the 64-player three-game total pinfall double-elimination match play finals field and will try for an unprecedented fifth Masters title. If successful, he’ll also tie for the PBA record for major championships won with 10, joining the late Earl Anthony and PBA Hall of Famer Pete Weber in that elite group.

All qualifying and match play rounds of the USBC Masters in the Oncenter Convention Center in Syracuse, Tuesday, April 10 through Saturday, April 14, will be live streamed on PBA’s online bowling channel, Xtra Frame. To sign up, visit xtraframe.tv. The stepladder finals will air live on ESPN on Sunday, April 15, at 1 p.m. ET.

MARK ROTH-MARSHALL HOLMAN PBA DOUBLES CHAMPIONSHIP

presented by BowlerX.com

Wayne Webb’s Columbus Bowl, Columbus, Ohio, Feb. 20-25 (aired on ESPN, March 25)

Final Standings:

1, Bill O’Neill, Langhorne, Pa./Jason Belmonte, Australia, $24,000.

2, Darren Tang/Michael Tang, San Francisco, $12,000.

3, EJ Tackett, Huntington, Ind./Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., $10,000.

4, Brandon Novak, Chillicothe, Ohio/Kris Prather, Plainfield, Ill., $9,000.

5, Shawn Maldonado, Houston, Texas/DJ Archer, Friendswood, Texas, $8,000.

Stepladder Results:

Match One – D. Tang/M. Tang def. Maldonado/Archer, 223-203.

Match Two – D. Tang/M. Tang def. Novak/Prather, 243-235.

Semifinal Match – D. Tang/M. Tang def. Tackett/Kent, 172-151.

Championship – O’Neill/Belmonte def. D. Tang/M. Tang, 205-185.

PBA Spare Shots: Wiseman Wins Miller Park Masters and Other “60 Memorable Moments” Unveiled

Fri, 2018-03-23 11:20

The countdown to unveil the complete list of the PBA”s “60 most memorable moments” in its 60-year history continues, one a day, Monday through Friday, on all PBA Network outlets. Last week, “memorable moments” 46 through 50 were unveiled. Here are those five moments as the countdown continues:

46) In 1999, the PBA contested its first outdoor event, The New York City PBA Experience, on a two-lane installation in Manhattan’s Bryant Park. Eric Forkel won. In another first, Milwaukee’s Miller Park became the first major league stadium to host a PBA title event when Danny Wiseman won the 2004 USBC Masters. Madison Square Garden hosted several PBA events including three U.S. Opens and Joe Louis Arena in Detroit hosted the largest crowd in PBA History when 7,212 fans watched Dave Husted win the 1995 U.S. Open title.

47) After qualifying for the finals during the inaugural World Series of Bowling at Thunderbowl Lanes in Allen Park, Mich., Tom Smallwood won the 2009 PBA World Championship in Wichita, Kan., defeating Wes Malott, 244-228. Smallwood’s rags-to-riches story after being laid off from his job in the auto industry became a national news story during the nation’s economic downturn.

48) The PBA Regional Tour was launched in 1969 with its inaugural event - the Regional Players Championship - at Kingpin Lanes in Cincinnati. Tom Hennessey (at left) topped a field of 12 regional players representing the PBA’s new six-region program. Since then, the PBA Regional program has awarded nearly 6,400 titles to more than 1,840 different bowlers.

49) PBA Hall of Famer Nelson “Bo” Burton Jr. set a four-game TV record during the finals the 1984 Angle Open at Dick Weber Lanes in Florissant, Mo., rolling games of 278, 279, 257 and 236 for a 1,050 total to pick up his 17th title.

50) In 1989, Venezuela’s Amleto Monacelli became the first foreign-born player to win the PBA Player of the Year award after winning four titles. He won POY again in 1990 and became the first foreign player inducted into the PBA Hall of Fame in 1997.

To check on releases of subsequent “moments” as they are revealed, check the PBA Network: PBA on Facebook (www.facebook.com/ProfessionalBowlersAssociation) or Instagram (pbatour); subscribe to the PBA channel on YouTube (PBABowling); tweet along on Twitter (@pbatour), and on the web: https://www.pba.com/PBANetwork/MostMemorableMoments.

PBA REGIONAL UPDATE:

Matt O’Grady of Rahway, N.J. defeated 2017 PBA Rookie of the Year Matt Sanders of Indianapolis, 244-216, to claim his third consecutive PBA Trumbull County Tourism Bureau Central/East Open title presented by Radical at Bell-Wick Bowl in Hubbard, Ohio, Sunday.

O’Grady, who won his first PBA Tour title in the PBA Tournament of Champions in Fairlawn, Ohio, in February, picked up his sixth PBA Regional title of his career and the $2,600 first prize.

Frank Snodgrass of Center Line, Mich., defeated John Furey of Howell, N.J., 236-185, and Ryan Shafer of Horseheads, N.Y., 256-237, before losing to O’Grady in the semifinal match stepladder, 269-166.

Anthony Lavery-Spahr of Pasadena, Texas, opened the seventh annual PBA Odessa Southwest Open, presented by Brunswick, with games of 279, 300 and 279 – an 858 series – to build a huge lead over twin brother Sean as he coasted to his fifth PBA Regional title and second in a row at Astro Bowl in Odessa, Texas, Sunday.

Anthony Lavery-Spahr held a 200-pin lead after qualifying and won five of his eight matches, tying another, to finish with 5,078 total pins, including bonus pins, to finish 240 pins ahead of his twin brother who also resides in Pasadena. 

Sean Lavery-Spahr finished second after a 223-202 win over Joe Findling of Mesquite, Texas, in their position round match, edging Adam Pogge of Austin, Texas, who finished third.

Also of note, 71-year-old amateur Phil Bailey from San Angelo, Texas, not only bowled in the event, but finished sixth against a field comprised mostly of players young enough to be his grandchildren.

Chris Polizzi of Spring Hill, Fla. wins his first PBA title Sunday, defeating PBA Tour titlist Tom Daugherty of Riverview, Fla., 235-212, to win the second annual PBA Jac’s Lanes Valdosta South Open at Jac’s Lanes in Valdosta, Ga.

Daugherty, the top qualifier with a 17-game pinfall of 4,108, led no. 2 qualifier Brandon Curtis of Manson, N.C., by more than 300 pins. In the first stepladder match, Polizzi defeated four-time PBA Tour champion Dick Allen of Columbia, S.C., 243-184, and he then eliminated Curtis, 198-180, in the semifinal match.

Tom Adcock of Decatur, Ill., defeated Dean Mueller of Vernon Hills, Ill., 192-177, to win the PBA50 Showtime Lanes Midwest/Central Open at Showtime Lanes in Virden, Ill., Sunday.

Adcock, an amateur, won his third PBA50 Regional in the last three years at Showtime Lanes and earned $1,500, but doesn’t receive credit for a PBA title because he isn’t a member.

Adcock defeated Steve Jaros of Yorkville, Ill., 2-0, and Mueller edged Jeff Johnson of Freeport, Ill., 2-1, in the best-of-three-game semifinal round.

● PBA’s March 23-25 regional tournament schedule includes the PBA50 Rossi Lanes Open in Elmira, N.Y.; the PBA50 Monte Skeels Allstate Midwest/Central Open at Liberty Lanes in Carpentersville, Ill.. and the Caveman Bowl Northwest/West Open presented by DV8 in Grants Pass, Ore.

● Closing out the March PBA Regional schedule will be the Copperfield Bowl Southwest Challenge for non-title winners over the March 30-April 1 weekend in Houston, Texas.

● For complete PBA Regional schedules, rules and entry information, visit pba.com, open the “schedules” tab and click on PBA Regional Tours to find the event(s) in your area…and remember, you can follow “live scoring” for all PBA Regional events on pba.com (easily accessible for Apple device users using the PBA app).

QUICK NOTES

● A “Pro Bowlers Tour” retro t-shirt is the newest item available exclusively from the PBA Store (http://pba.firelakedesigns.com/) where PBA League fans also can find t-shirts and baseball caps specific to their favorite team (http://pba.firelakedesigns.com/categories/apparel/league/), a line of PBA legends signature t-shirts, and more. It’s full of great gift ideas for the PBA fan in your life with Mother’s and Father’s Days on the horizon.

● The PBA has learned that Art Pappa, an Akron, Ohio, native and PBA charter member, died in Las Vegas in mid-February. He was 92.

● USBC and the Bowling Proprietors’ Association of America have announced the 2019 U.S. Open will be held Oct. 23-30 at Victory Lanes in Mooresville, N.C. The finals will air on CBS Sports Network.

SUNDAY ON ESPN: Mark Roth/Marshall Holman PBA Doubles Championship Presented by BowlerX.com at 2 p.m. ET

Wed, 2018-03-21 11:04

COLUMBUS, Ohio  – Australia’s Jason Belmonte and partner Bill O’Neill of Langhorne, Pa., will be the top qualifiers when the Go Bowling! PBA Tour returns to ESPN Sunday at 2 p.m. EDT for the finals of the Mark Roth/Marshall Holman PBA Doubles Championship presented by BowlerX.com from Wayne Webb’s Columbus Bowl in Columbus, Ohio.

In the opening Baker format stepladder match, where each player on the team alternates frames, brothers Michael and Darren Tang of San Francisco will face off against Texans DJ Archer and Shawn Maldonado.

The Tang brothers, who were collegiate standouts with San Jose State, will be looking for their first PBA Tour titles. Maldonado will also be trying for his first tour win while Archer will be trying for his third.

The Tang brothers each made the USBC Masters stepladder finals in 2017 with Michael finishing second for his best tour finish and Darren finishing fourth. Darren’s best tour finish was second in the 2016 PBA Cheetah Championship.

The winner of the opening match will then take on Brandon Novak of Chillicothe, Ohio and Kris Prather of Plainfield, Ill., who are also looking for their first PBA Tour titles, in the second stepladder match. Prather is coming off a fourth-place finish in the Barbasol PBA Players Championship, his best as a tour player, and an eighth-place finish in the 60th Anniversary Classic.

The match two winner will then meet 2016 PBA Player of the Year and nine-time tour winner EJ Tackett of Huntington, Ind., and four-time tour titlist Marshall Kent of Yakima, Wash., in the semifinal match. Kent is coming off a second-place finish in the Go Bowling! 60th Anniversary Classic and third-place finish in the Players Championship.

Belmonte, who will be trying for his 17th Tour title, is coming off a fourth-place finish in the Tournament of Champions and runner-up finish in the Players Championship. O’Neill, trying for his ninth tour title, finished sixth in both the Players Championship and 60th Anniversary Classic.

Belmonte, the reigning four-time PBA Player of the Year, and O’Neill have made it into the Roth/Holman Doubles finals three previous times, finishing fourth on each occasion.

The Doubles Championship finalists earned their spots in the stepladder finals through their combined qualifying scores and a separate 16-game Baker format qualifying round held in conjunction with the Players Championship.

The Doubles Championship is named in honor of the PBA Hall of Famers who were two-time PBA doubles champions. Both will be on hand to present the championship trophies to the winners.

PBA and FOX Sports Announce Multi-Year, Multi-Platform Deal; PBA Returns to Broadcast TV in 2019

Tue, 2018-03-20 10:21

LOS ANGELES and CHICAGO – The Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) and FOX Sports today announced a multi-year, multi-platform agreement making FOX Sports the new television partner for the Go Bowling! PBA Tour starting in 2019. The package will bring a substantial schedule of live PBA events to television, including prime time events and a new bracket-style, multi-week PBA Playoffs tournament that concludes with a unique PBA championship finale. The announcement was made by PBA CEO and Commissioner Tom Clark and William Wanger, FOX Sports Executive VP of Programming, Live Operations and Research.

“The PBA has been searching for the best possible broadcast partner to serve our fans, players and the bowling industry, and we have determined that partner is FOX Sports,” Clark said. “We are particularly excited that the PBA Tour returns to broadcast television, where it started 56 years ago, with shows on FOX next year.”

In 2019, FOX Sports will televise four PBA Tour shows on FOX and 25 on FS1 in a series of two-hour telecasts. All programs will also be streamed on FOX Sports GO. Details pertaining to the FOX Sports-PBA package regarding PBA Tour locations, dates and times, and the television announcing team will be released at a later date.

“FOX Sports is thrilled to add the highly rated PBA Tour to our extensive lineup, joining other sport partners including the NFL, the FIFA World Cup, MLB, NASCAR, MLS, UFC, NHRA, Supercross, USGA, college football and basketball, and others,” said Wanger. “We believe that adding a FOX Sports look and feel to bowling will help bring the sport to a whole new level.”

The PBA was represented in the transaction by Ed Desser of Desser Sports Media (www.desser.tv).

The agreement between FOX Sports and the PBA extends a non-stop television presence for professional bowling that began in 1962 with ABC Television’s 36 years of continuous coverage of the Pro Bowlers Tour and 38 consecutive years of coverage on ESPN, beginning with ESPN’s formation in 1979.

Both parties plan to supplement the broadcast and cable coverage of the PBA Tour’s premier events with live-streaming of preliminary rounds by PBA’s Xtra Frame online bowling channel as well as extensive use of the FOX Sports and PBA Network outlets including Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram and their respective websites.

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About FOX Sports

FOX Sports is the umbrella entity representing 21st Century FOX’s wide array of multi-platform US-based sports assets.  Built with brands capable of reaching more than 100 million viewers in a single weekend, FOX Sports includes ownership and interests in linear television networks, digital and mobile programming, broadband platforms, multiple web sites, joint-venture businesses and several licensing partnerships.  FOX Sports includes the sports television arm of the FOX Broadcasting Company; FS1, FS2; FOX Sports Regional Networks, their affiliated regional web sites and national programming; FOX Soccer Plus; FOX Deportes and FOX College Sports.  In addition, FOX Sports also encompasses FOX Sports Digital, which includes FOXSports.com and FOX Sports GO.  Also included in the Group are FOX’s interests in joint-venture businesses Big Ten Network and BTN 2Go, as well as a licensing agreement that established the FOX Sports Radio Network.

About the PBA

In 2018 the Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) celebrates its 60th anniversary. The PBA is an organization of more than 3,000 of the best bowlers from 27 countries who compete in Go Bowling! PBA Tour, PBA International Tour, PBA Regional Tour, PBA Women’s Regional and PBA50 Tour events. The 2018 season also marks the 59th consecutive year of nationally-televised competition, reaching bowling fans around the world who follow PBA activities through the PBA Network which includes Xtra Frame, the PBA’s exclusive online bowling channel, ESPN and CBS Sports Network, and the PBA on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. PBA sponsors include Barbasol, Brunswick, Ebonite International, GEICO, GoBowling.com, HotelPlanner.com, MOTIV, 900 Global, PBA Bowling Challenge Mobile Game, Storm Products and the United States Bowling Congress, among others. For more information, log on to www.pba.com.

Handicap Pins Help Sweden’s Jenny Wegner win Brunswick Euro Challenge over Anthony Simonsen

Sun, 2018-03-18 14:35

MUNICH, Germany – Thanks to the assistance of eight handicap pins awarded to all women bowlers in the tournament, Sweden’s Jenny Wegner won the PBA International-World Bowling Tour Brunswick Euro Challenge Sunday at Dream-Bowl Palace, thwarting a 10th frame comeback bid by tournament leader Anthony Simonsen.

Simonsen, the top qualifier, quickly fell behind when Wegner, the 2016 Qubica AMF World Cup women’s champion, started the title match with five strikes. But the contest changed direction when the 23-year-old Swedish kindergarten teacher failed to convert the 1-2-4-10 washout in the seven frame. She still had the match under control until she left the 2-8 in both the ninth and 10th frames. Despite failing to convert the 1-8 spare in her final frame, the eight handicap pins-per-game awarded to all women in the tournament allowed Wegner hold off Simonsen for the title.

Simonsen, who had thrown only one strike on the right lane previously in the match, threw two strikes before leaving the 10 pin on his final shot for an actual 213-211 margin, but with her handicap pins, Wegner won by a 219-213 margin.

Simonsen, a 21-year-old two-handed player from Austin, Texas, started the seven-game Step Three match play round with games of 300, 287 and 278 – an 865 series – to expand his lead and he comfortably maintained his position all the way to the championship match.

In the first match of the three-player stepladder finals, Thailand’s Yannaphon Larpapharat dug himself into a 21-pin hole after failing to convert a pair of splits, and Wegner had a double and a turkey in a clean game for a 233-214 win to advance to the title match.

Next on the Go Bowling! PBA Tour’s 2018 schedule will be the United States Bowling Congress Masters April 8-15 at the Oncenter Convention Center in Syracuse, N.Y., where defending champion Jason Belmonte of Australia will try for an unprecedented fifth Masters title, which also would result in a PBA record-tying 10th major championship.

PBA’s Xtra Frame online bowling channel will live stream all qualifying and three-game double-elimination match play rounds of the Masters before the finals air live on ESPN on April 15 at 1 p.m. EDT. For Xtra Frame subscription information, visit xtraframe.tv.

BRUNSWICK EURO CHALLENGE
Dream-Bowl Palace, Munich, Germany, Sunday

Final Standings:
1, w-Jenny Wegner, Sweden, $14,150.
2, Anthony Simonsen, Austin, Texas, $10,460.
3, Yannaphon Larpapharat, Thailand, $6,700.

Stepladder Results:
Match One – Wegner def. Larpapharat, 233-214. Championship – Wegner def. Simonsen, 219-213.

Final Step 3 Standings (after 13 games, including 30 match play bonus pins for each match win; prize money is converted from Euros to U.S. dollars):
1, Simonsen, 5-2, 3,408.
2, w-Wegner, 6-1, 3,281.
3, Larpapharat, 5-2, 3,271.
4, Stuart Williams, England, 2-5, 3,217, $4,180.
5, w-Siti Safiyah Amirah, Malaysia, 2-5, 3,210, $3,690.
6, w-Cherie Tan, Singapore, 3-4, 3,150, $3,440.
7, David Simard, Canada, 3-4, 3,119, $3,080.
8, w-Mai Ginge Jensen, Denmark, 2-5, 3,107, $2,710.

Step 2 Cashers (after six games):
9, w-Daphne Tan, Singapore, 1,420, $2,340.
10, Kyle Troup, Taylorsville, N.C., 1,410, $2,340.
11, w-Shayna Ng, Singapore, 1,409, $2,340.
12, w-Ghislaine Stigter-Van Der Tol, Netherlands, 1,408, $2,340.
13, Jesper Svensson, Sweden, 1,395, $1,970.
14, w-Bernice Lim, Singapore, 1,393, $1,970.
15, w-Danielle McEwan, Stony Point, N.Y., 1,390, $1,970.
16, Adrian Ang, Malaysia, 1,385, $1,970.
17, Rafiq Ismail, Malaysia, 1,380, $1,720.
18, Andrew Anderson, Holly, Mich., 1,372, $1,720.
19, Kim Bolleby, Thailand, 1,371, $1,720.
20, w-Anggie Ramirez Perea, 1,358, $1,720.
21, w-Esther Cheah, Malaysia, 1,351, $1,600.
22, Annop Arromsaranon, Thailand, 1,345, $1,600.
23, Jaroslav Lorenc, Czechoslovakia, 1,343, $1,600.
24, Emil Ågren, Sweden, $1,600.
25, Shawn Maldonado, Houston, Texas, 1,289, $1,480.
26, Syafiq Ridhwan, Malaysia, 1,286, $1,480.
27, Timmy Tan, Malaysia, 1,270, $1,480.
28, w-Cajsa Wegner, Sweden, 1,243, $1,480.

Step 1 Cashers (after six games):
29 (tie), Darren Tang, San Francisco, and Wicky Yeung, Hong Kong, 1,405, $1,350.
31 (tie), w-Tannya Roumimper, Indonesia, and Hassan Alshaikh, Saudi Arabia, 1,401, $1,350.
33, Jimmy Mortensen, Denmark, 1,400, $1,350.
34, Patrick Weichert, Germany, 1,397, $1,350.
35, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 1,387, $1,230.
36, Francois Louw, South Africa, 1,370, $1,230.
37, Jason Sterner, Rockledge, Fla., 1,367, $1,230.
38 (tie), John Wells, England, and Niko Oksanen, Finland, 1,361, $1,230.
40, Dom Barrett, England, 1,360, $1,230.
41, Oliver Morig, Germany, 1,351, $1,230.
42, Jamie McDermott, Jamie, Germany, 1,350, $1,230.
43, w-Jazreel Tan, Singapore, 1,349, $1,230.
44, Richie Teece, England, 1,347, $1,230.
45, w-Sin Li Jane, Malaysia, 1,340, $1,107.
45, Manuel Otalora, Colombia, 1,338, $1,107.
46, Kimmo Lehtonen, Finland, 1,337, $1,107.
48, w-Hui Fen New, Singapore, 1,336, $1,107.
49, Raymond Teece, England, 1,335, $1,107.
50, Nathan Ruest-Lajoie, Canada, 1,332, $1,107.
51, Karl Wahlgren, Sweden, 1,316, $1,107.
52, Markus Jansson, Sweden, 1,300, $1,107.
53, Thomas Larsen, Denmark, 1,299, $1,107.
54, Tobia Börding, Germany, 1,296, $1,107.
55, w-Shalin Zulkifli, Malaysia, 1,284, $984.
56, Rasmus Edvall, Sweden, 1,270, $984.
57, Kwun Ho Lau, Hong Kong, 1,240, $984.
58, Christoph Schurian, Germany, 1,231, $984.
59, Christopher Sloan, Ireland, 1,228, $984.
60, Timo Schroeder, Germany, 1,223, $984.
61, Andres Juliusson, Israel, 1,221, $984.
62, w-Birgit Pöppler, Germany, 1,216, $984.
63, Surasak Manuwong, Thailand, 1,211, $984.
64, Moued Saad Alqahtani, Saudi Arabia, 1,121, $984.

w–denotes woman (women received 8 handicap pins per game except during the championship round).