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Belmonte and O’Neill Run Away With Top Qualifier Spot for Roth/Holman Doubles Championship Finals

Fri, 2018-02-23 21:26

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Barbasol PBA Players Championship top qualifier Jason Belmonte and eight-time PBA Tour winner Bill O’Neill averaged 236.57 as a team to earn top qualifier honors for the Mark Roth/Marshall Holman PBA Doubles Championship presented by BowlerX.com stepladder finals.

After each player’s 30 games of qualifying during the Players Championship earlier in the week and 16 games of Baker format qualifying Friday, Belmonte and O’Neill led the field with a 17,979 pinfall total at Wayne Webb’s Columbus Bowl.

The Doubles Championship will be taped by ESPN Sunday at 5 p.m. ET after the Barbasol PBA Players Championship live finals which are scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Fans can also catch the livestream of the Roth/Holman Doubles finals on ESPN3. The Doubles Championship will air on ESPN March 25 at 2 p.m. ET.

Belmonte and O’Neill, looking for their first doubles title, held a commanding 327-pin lead over 2016 PBA Player of the Year EJ Tackett of Huntington, Ind., and four-time tour winner Marshall Kent of Yakima, Wash., who finished second with a 17,652 pinfall. Kent also qualified second for the Players Championship finals.

For Belmonte and O’Neill it’s their fourth consecutive Doubles Championship finals appearance having finished fourth in their three previous appearances. Kent and Tackett will be hoping to improve on their runner-up finish in 2017.

Qualifying third were Kris Prather of Milton, Fla., who qualified third for the Players Championship finals, and Brandon Novak of Chillicothe, Ohio, with a 17,382 pinfall.

Texans DJ Archer and Shawn Maldonado qualified fourth combining for a 17,316 pinfall. Archer will be trying for his third PBA Tour and Maldonado his first.

Brothers Michael and Darren Tang of San Francisco moved from seventh after the day’s first Baker round to take the fifth qualifying spot with a 17,273 pinfall. The Tang’s, collegiate standouts at San Jose State, combined for games of 249, 226, 185, 277, 290, 213, 257 and 205 to beat out two-time doubles champions PBA Hall of Famer Norm Duke and 10-time tour winner Wes Malott who finished sixth with 17,201.

In 2017 Michael, 22, finished second in the United States Bowling Congress Masters, and Darren, 24, finished fourth. Both players will be trying for their first PBA Tour titles.

The Baker format requires each player on the team to alternate frames in the game to combine for one score.

MARK ROTH/MARSHALL HOLMAN PBA DOUBLES CHAMPIONSHIP

Presented by BowlerX.com

Wayne Webb’s Columbus Bowl, Columbus, Ohio, Friday

Eighth Round Standings (after 76 games. Top five doubles teams advance to Sunday’s Baker format stepladder finals to be taped by ESPN at 5 p.m. ET)

1, Bill O'Neill, Langhorne, Pa./Jason Belmonte, Australia, 17,979.
2, EJ Tackett, Huntington, Ind./Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., 17,652.
3, Brandon Novak, Chillicothe, Ohio/Kristopher Prather, MIlton, Fla., 17,382.
4, DJ Archer, Friendswood, Texas/Shawn Maldonado, Houston, 17,316.
5, Darren Tang, San Francisco/Michael Tang, San Francisco, 17,273.
6, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla./Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 17,201, $7,000.
7, Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas/Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 17,153, $6,500.
8, Patrick Girard, Canada/Zacharay Wilkins, Canada, 17,145, $6,000.
9, Chris Loschetter, Avon, Ohio/Ronnie Russell, Marion, Ind., 17,053, $5,500.
10, Francois Lavoie, Canada/Stuart Williams, England, 17,039, $5,000.
11, Brad Miller, Maryland Heights, Mo./Kyle Sherman, O'Fallon, Mo., $4,500.
12, Anthony Lavery-Spahr, Pasadena, Texas/Sam Cooley, Australia, 16,928, $4,000.
13, Dom Barrett, England/Osku Palermaa, Finland, 16,870, $3,500.
14, Dino Castillo, Highland Village, Texas/Tom Daugherty, Riverview, Fla., 16,751, $3,000.

PBA Spare Shots: Don Johnson’s 299 is PBA’s Most Memorable Moment; More “Moments” to Come

Fri, 2018-02-23 12:28

On Saturday, April 4, 1970, eventual PBA Hall of Famer Don Johnson had already locked up the Firestone Tournament of Champions title with his 11th consecutive strike at Riviera Lanes in Fairlawn, Ohio. As opponent Dick Ritger and millions of ABC-TV fans watched, Johnson threw what appeared to be another perfect shot in pursuit of a $10,000 perfect game bonus.

But the 10 pin stood, and Johnson fell to the approach in disbelief and disappointment. That iconic image, captured on black-and-white film by an Akron Beacon-Journal photographer, is arguably the most reproduced photo in bowling history, and it spawned an artistic interpretation by Marc Moon that graced the cover of the 1971 PBA Tour Program.

Johnson’s historic 299 also has been selected as the “most memorable moment” in the PBA’s 60-year history, as revealed during Sunday’s ESPN telecast of the Go Bowling! PBA 60th Anniversary Classic from Woodland Bowl in Indianapolis. That moment along with the other “top 10” moments kicked off the unveiling of all 60 “most memorable moments” that will be revealed, one a day, Monday through Friday, on the PBA’s social media outlets beginning next Monday and continuing until all 60 moments are announced.

Sunday’s top 10 – which were previewed to the more than 300 attendees at the PBA 60th Anniversary Celebration dinner and hall of fame ceremonies Saturday night – include the following. Note the list actually includes 11 “memorable moments” due to a tie for 10th place. Keep in mind the list, selected by a large group of long-time industry veterans, players, PBA officials, etc., is focused on the “most memorable moments” in PBA history, not necessarily the “greatest” accomplishments:

1) Don Johnson’s 299 game in championship game of the 1970 Firestone Tournament of Champions. He fell to floor after leaving a 10 pin on his final shot, rising to a standing ovation at Riviera Lanes.

2) Eddie Elias’ meeting with PBA’s 33 founding members in Syracuse, N.Y., in 1958.

3) Kelly Kulick becoming the first woman to win a PBA Tour title in the 2010 PBA Tournament of Champions in Las Vegas.

4) Pete McCordic winning a $100,000 bonus with a nerve-wracked 300 game on ABC-TV in 1987.

5) Pete Weber striking in the 10th frame to claim a record fifth U.S. Open title by one pin in 2012, then uttering his famous, “Who Do You Think You Are, I Am!”

6) Earl Anthony surpassing the $1 million career earnings milestone for the first time in winning the 1982 PBA National Championship.

7) Del Ballard Jr., needing two strikes and 7 pins to win the 1991 Fair Lanes Open over Pete Weber, gets the first two but rolls a gutter ball on last shot to lose.

8) Mark Roth becoming the first player to convert the 7-10 split in a 1980 televised PBA final.

9) Bob Learn Jr. throws 44 out of a possible 48 strikes, including a 300 game, for a record four-game TV total of 1,129 pins to win the PBA Flagship Open in an arena in his hometown of Erie, Pa., in 1996.

10) A tie between the 2011 TOC from Red Rock in Las Vegas where Mika Koivuniemi defeated Tom Daugherty in the biggest margin of victory ever, 299-100 (lowest game ever bowled on TV) and then goes on to win the $250,000 record first prize. It was the PBA’s first live telecast on ABC-TV since 1997. The second half of the tie involves Randy Pedersen needing a strike to defeat Ernie Schlegel to win the 1995 Touring Players Championship. But Pedersen’s seemingly perfect shot leaves a stone 8 pin, prompting Schlegel to go into a wild celebration.

To make sure you don’t miss out, follow the PBA on Facebook (www.facebook.com/ProfessionalBowlersAssociation) or Instagram (pbatour), subscribe to the PBA channel on YouTube (PBABowling) and tweet along on Twitter (@pbatour).

CONCRETE SOFTWARE’S “BEAT THE CHAMPION” CHALLENGE IS UNDERWAY

The PBA Bowling Challenge Mobile Game’s PBA 60th Anniversary Classic Challenge is underway. If you are a mobile devise user, you can download the free PBA Bowling Challenge app, look for the PBA 60th Anniversary venue, and start bowling immediate. If you bowl a game that tops the 244 Jakob Butturff bowled in winning the Go Bowling! PBA 60th Anniversary Classic, you’ll be eligible to win the sweepstakes.

Each score you bowl that beats Butturff’s 244 will count as an entry. One entry will be randomly selected as the winner and will receive a bowling pin signed by Butturff plus 5,000 Gold Pins! Players can enter scores as often as they wish until 12:59 a.m. EST on Monday, Feb. 26. Here is a link to the official rules http://bit.ly/PBA60th_OfficialRules.

Everyone with a mobile device is invited to join the fun. The PBA Bowling Challenge Mobile Game app is a free download at Google Play and Apple App stores. Use these links: Google Play: http://bit.ly/PBABowlingChallengeAnd.

TWO NEW SPONSORS JOIN LINEUP FOR PBA LEAGUE, XTRA FRAME EVENT IN PORTLAND

The PBA has announced two new corporate sponsors have joined the lineup for its upcoming return trip to Bayside Bowl in Portland. OceanView at Falmouth will be the titled sponsor of the 2018 PBA League Elias Cup competition, and Port Property Management will be the titled sponsor for the PBA Xtra Frame Maine Shootout leading into the PBA League competition.

The PBA Xtra Frame Port Property Management Maine Shootout, a single-elimination match play event offering a PBA Tour title if the winner is a PBA member, will be held April 17-18 and will be covered from start to finish, live on PBA’s Xtra Frame live streaming channel.

The OceanView at Falmouth PBA League competition will begin with a “seeding” round for all eight teams on Friday, April 20, followed by quarterfinal, semifinal and Elias Cup championship rounds on Saturday and Sunday. All of the weekend rounds will be live streamed on ESPN3 and taped for delayed telecast on ESPN on four consecutive Sundays at 1 p.m. EST, beginning on April 22.

SKECHERS JOINS PBA’S ESPN TELECAST ADVERTISING FAMILY

Skechers, one of America’s leading footwear manufacturers, has joined the lineup of advertisers participating in the 2018 Go Bowling! PBA Tour telecast series on ESPN.

“Skechers is excited to be a part of the current schedule of PBA Tour telecasts on ESPN. The audience of the PBA Tour fits our demographic profile nicely for our ‘wide fit’ line promoted by Howie Long and our line of Skechers slip resistant “work” footwear,” said Skechers Senior Vice President of Advertising Gary Patrick.

PBA’s series of live telecasts in February will be followed by coverage of the Mark Roth-Marshall Holman PBA Doubles Championship, the USBC Masters and the PBA League Elias Cup series in late March and April, reaching millions of American sports fans.

SEAN RASH SHARES “PERSPECTIVE” ON 2017 GENE CARTER’S PRO SHOP CLASSIC WIN

In the newest edition of PBA Player’s Perspective on Xtra Frame, Sean Rash reflects upon his 2017 PBA Xtra Frame Gene Carter’s Pro Shop Classic victory. The Xtra Frame interview debuts today; the Perspective will be available on PBA’s YouTube channel on March 1.

Xtra Frame Player’s Perspectives currently archived on Xtra Frame and available on PBA’s YouTube channel include Pete Weber (2012 U.S. Open), Rhino Page (2017 PBA Xtra Frame Kenn-Feld Group Classic), Chris Barnes (2015 DHC PBA Japan Invitational), Tom Daugherty (2016 Wolf Open), EJ Tackett/Tommy Jones (2017 FireLake Tournament of Champions), and Marshall Kent (2017 Oklahoma Open).

Xtra Frame subscription packages are offered for three days, a full month or a 12-month Xtra Frame Season Ticket. Visit xtraframe.com for details on how to subscribe.

PBA REGIONAL UPDATE: STONEY BAKER WINS IN TWO-BALL ROLL-OFF

Stoney Baker of Canton, Ga., defeated Scott Thomsen of Sumter, S.C., in a one-ball sudden death roll off that went two frames to win the PBA50 Dave Edwards Toyota Spartanburg Southern Open presented by Global 900 at Paradise Lanes in Spartanburg, S.C., Sunday.

Baker, who won $2,000 along with his 28th career regional title, left a 4 pin on his second roll-off attempt after the players tied at 237-237 and both threw strikes with their first roll-off shots. Needing a strike to win or nine pins to extend the match, Thomsen left the 2-5 on his second shot to hand Baker the title. Thomsen pocketed $1,000 as the runner-up.

In the semifinal round, Baker defeated Dick Gran of Hartville, Ohio, 186-170, while Thomsen disposed of Brian Kretzer of Dayton, Ohio, 232-178.

● PBA’s 2018 regional tournament season kicks into full gear in March, beginning with the March 2-4 weekend when Strike Zone Lanes in Canton, Ohio, hosts the PBA50 Strike Zone Lanes Central Classic presented by Brunswick; Holiday Lanes in Lakewood, Colo., hosts the PBA Dreams Never Die Southwest Super Regional presented by Denver Broncos’ star CJ Anderson and Storm, and Gold Country Lanes in Sutter Creek, Calif., hosts the Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort Championship.

● The March 9-11 PBA Regional weekend calendar includes the PBA50 Fayetteville South Open at Lafayette Lanes in Fayetteville, N.C.; the Colorado Springs Southwest Super Regional at Harmony Bowl in Colorado Springs, Colo., and the Sands Regency tripleheader including the West/Northwest Winter Challenge presented by Hammer, West/Northwest Winter Classic presented by Ebonite and the PBA50 Winter Classic presented by Track – all at the National Bowling Stadium in Reno.

● A busy weekend is on tap for PBA Regional competitors over the March 16-18 weekend when the schedule includes the Trumbull County Tourism Bureau Central/East Open presented by Radical at Bell-Wick Bowl in Hubbard, Ohio; the PBA50 Showtime Lanes Midwest/Central Open in Virden, Ill.; the Jac’s Lanes Valdosta South Open in Valdosta, Ga., and the Odessa Southwest Open at Astro Bowl in Odessa, Texas.

● 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 new PBA app).

Jason Belmonte to Try for 10th Major Title From Top Qualifying Position in Barbasol PBA Players Championship Finals

Thu, 2018-02-22 21:33

COLUMBUS, Ohio  – After earning top qualifier honors for the Barbasol PBA Players Championship Thursday, defending champion Jason Belmonte of Australia is just one match win away from capturing a record-tying 10th Professional Bowlers Association major title.

After Thursday’s sixth round, the four-time PBA Player of the Year finished with a 7,337 30-game pinfall total to earn the top qualifying berth for Sunday’s live Players Championship stepladder finals which will be televised by ESPN at 1:30 p.m. ET from Wayne Webb’s Columbus Bowl.

A win in the title match would move Belmonte into a tie with Pete Weber and Earl Anthony for most career major victories.

At 34, Belmonte would become the youngest by far to win 10 majors with Anthony winning his 10th major at age 46, and Weber, who won his 10th at age 50.

In the second major of the 2018 Go Bowling! PBA Tour season, Belmonte, a 16-time tour winner whose major titles include the 2011 and 2017 Players Championships, led after every round and set a new average mark for highest qualifying average to make a stepladder final in a major averaging 244.57 for his 30 games.

“Today I was as focused as I could be which enabled me to put my foot on the pedal and continue to throw the best shots I could possibly throw,” Belmonte said. “If I didn’t strike, I wanted to make every spare. I didn’t want to take anything for granted.

“I’m in the best position I can be in to win,” he added. “Now I just need to continue to do the same thing I’ve done all week for one game and hopefully the rest will take care of itself.”

In the PBA Tournament of Champions, Belmonte made a run at his 10th major title but finished fourth in the finals at AMF Riviera Lanes in Fairlawn, Ohio on Feb. 11.

While Belmonte sits in the coveted top position for the finals, four challengers will be battling for the opportunity to meet him in the championship match.

Qualifying second for the finals and making his second consecutive television appearance after his runner-up finish in last week’s Go Bowling! PBA60 Anniversary Classic, was four-time Tour winner Marshall Kent of Yakima, Wash. Kent finished 278 pins behind Belmonte with a 7,059 pinfall.

Making his first television appearance and qualifying third for the finals was Kris Prather of Milton, Fla., who finished with a 6,995 pinfall for 30 games. Patrick Girard of Canada made his first TV finals appearance in 13 years and third overall to take the fourth qualifying position finishing with a 6,924 pinfall.

Two-time PBA Tour winner Tom Smallwood of Saginaw, Mich., who began the tournament in 93rd after the first round battled all the way back to earn the fifth and final TV finals position with a 6,903 pinfall. The 2009 PBA World Championship winner doubled in the 10th frame of the final game of qualifying to make it into the finals.

The Players Championship qualifying rounds also determined 14 doubles team that will advance to Friday’s Mark Roth/Marshall Holman Doubles Championship presented by BowlerX.com final two Baker format qualifying rounds. After Friday’s rounds the top five doubles teams will be determined for the taped ESPN telecast that will follow the Players Championship finals at 5 p.m. Fans will also be able to catch the doubles final live on ESPN3.

Belmonte and Bill O’Neill of Langhorne, Pa., also dominated the Doubles Championship after six rounds finishing with a combined 14,235 30-game total. The pair will lead the 14 doubles teams that advanced to Friday’s final two Baker format qualifying rounds.

BARBASOL PBA PLAYERS CHAMPIONSHIP

Wayne Webb’s Columbus Bowl, Columbus, Ohio, Thursday

Sixth Round Standings (after 30 games. Top five players advance to live ESPN stepladder finals Sunday at 1:30 p.m. ET)

1, Jason Belmonte, Australia, 7,337.
2, Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., 7,059.
3, Kristopher Prather, Plainfield, Ill., 6,995.
4, Patrick Girard, Canada, 6,924.
5, Tom Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich., 6,903.

Other cashers

6, Bill O'Neill, Langhorne, Pa., 6,898, $8,000.
7, Stuart Williams, England, 6,890, $7,000.
8, Patrick Dombrowski, Parma, Ohio, 6,875, $6,000.
9, Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 6,853, $5,500.
10, Anthony Lavery-Spahr, Pasadena, Texas, 6,847, $5,000.
11, Tom Daugherty, Riverview, Fla., 6,833, $4,500.
12, Darren Tang, San Francisco, 6,832, $4,200.
13, AJ Chapman, Manchester, Iowa, 6,823, $4,000.
14, Ronnie Russell, Marion, Ind., 6,793, $3,600.
15, Kyle Sherman, O'Fallon, Mo., 6,791, $3,400.
16, Shawn Maldonado, Houston, 6,783, $3,200.
17, DJ Archer, Friendswood, Texas, 6,760, $3,000.
18, Tim Foy Jr., Seaford, Del., 6,743, $2,800.
19, Liz Johnson, Palatine, Ill., 6,737, $2,600.
20, Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 6,726, $2,400.
21, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 6,719, $2,300.
22, Greg Ostrander, Freehold, N.J., 6,715, $2,200.
23, Richie Teece, England, 6,709, $2,100.
24, Dom Barrett, England, 6,697, $2,000.
25, Cameron Weier, Tacoma, Wash., 6,691, $1,900.
26, Shota Kawazoe, Japan, 6,690, $1,800.
27, EJ Tackett, Huntington, Ind., 6,684, $1,700.
28, Osku Palermaa, Finland, 6,672, $1,600.
29, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 6,667, $1,550.
30, Anthony Simonsen, Austin, Texas, 6,663, $1,500.

Failed to cash
31, Brandon Novak, Chillicothe, Ohio, 6,658.
32, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 6,640.
33, Ildemaro Ruiz, Venezuela, 6,634.
34, Thomas Larsen, Denmark, 6,626.
35, Kyle Troup, Taylorsville, N.C., 6,621.
36, BJ Moore, Greensburg, Pa., 6,616.
37 (tie), Daniel Fransson, Sweden, and Brad Angelo, Lockport, N.Y., 6,614.
39, Matt O'Grady, Rahway, N.J., 6,602.
40, Michael Tang, San Francisco, 6,597.
41, Zacharay Wilkins, Canada, 6,581.
42, Kim Bolleby, Thailand, 6,574.
43, Ryan Lakota, Shorewood, Ill., 6,571.
44, Brad Miller, Maryland Heights, Mo., 6,558.
45 (tie), Andres Gomez, Colombia, and Arturo Quintero, Mexico, 6,535.
47, Matt Kuba, Chicago Ridge, IL, 6,511.
48, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 6,510.
49, Yannaphon Larpapharat, Thailand, 6,509.
50, Anthony Pepe, Elmhurst, N.Y., 6,508.
51, Rhino Page, Orlando, 6,504.
52, Jesper Svensson, Sweden, 6,495.
53, Dick Allen, Columbia, S.C., 6,494.
54, Chris Loschetter, Avon, Ohio, 6,483.
55 (tie), Matthew Ogle, Louisville, Ky., and Sam Cooley, Australia, 6,482.
57, Matt Sanders, Indianapolis, 6,480.
58, David Haynes, Las Vegas, 6,479.
59, Jason Sterner, Rockledge, Fla., 6,475.
60, Francois Lavoie, Canada, 6,468.
61, Pontus Andersson, Sweden, 6,448.
62, Ray Teece, England, 6,439.
63, Dino Castillo, Highland Village, Texas, 6,435.
64, Josh Blanchard, Mesa, Ariz., 6,433.
65, Kyle Cook, Centerville, Ohio, 6,431.
66, Francois Louw, South Africa, 6,429.
67, Andrew Anderson, Holly, Mich., 6,427.
68, Jake Peters, Henderson, Nev., 6,423.
69, Chris Arcaro, Carolina Beach, N.C., 6,419.
70, Jakob Butturff, Tempe, Ariz., 6,404.
71, Nick Kruml, Downers Grove, Ill., 6,397.
72, Connor Pickford, Charlotte, N.C., 6,385.
73, Markus Jansson, Sweden, 6,380.
74, Kyle Bigelow, Troy, Ohio, 6,374.
75 (tie), Devin Bidwell, Wichita, Kan., and Dave Wodka, Clarksville, Tenn., 6,372.
77, Michael Schlabach, Goshen, Ind., 6,361.
78, Zulmazran Zulkifli, Malaysia, 6,349.
79, Tannya Roumimper, Indonesia, 6,333.
80, Scott Newell, Deland, Fla., 6,307.
81, Chris Via, Springfield, Ohio, 6,288.
82, Mitch Hupe, Towanda, Kan., 6,285.
83, Ryan Ciminelli, Clarence, N.Y., 6,277.
84, AJ Johnson, Oswego, Ill., 6,271.
85, Diana Zavjalova, Latvia, 6,254.
86, Zeke Bayt, Westerville, Ohio, 6,241.
87, Charlie Brown Jr, Grandville, Mich., 6,240.
88, Jeff Evans, Supply, N.C., 6,218.
89, Matthew Staninger, Highland, Ind., 6,204.
90, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., 6,199.
91, Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., 6,191.
92, Danielle McEwan, Stony Point, N.Y., 6,183.
93, Dwight Adams, Greensboro, N.C., 6,175.
94 (tie), Andrew Cain, Phoenix, and Robert Mushtare, Carthage, N.Y., 6,172.
96, Trey Ford III, Bartlesville, Okla., 6,170.
97, Tom Hess, Urbandale, Iowa, 6,146.
98, Gabriel Garcia, Port St. Lucie, Fla., 6,128.
99, Wayne Webb, Columbus, Ohio, 6,105.
100, Napatra Buspanikonkul, Thailand, 6,104.
101, Cristian Azcona, Puerto Rico, 6,099.
102, Kyle King, Glendale, Ariz., 6,094.
103, Kevin Kullman, Lockport, Ill., 6,089.
104, Timothy Steria, Watertown, N.Y., 6,078, $100.
105, Brian Robinson, Morgantown, W.Va., 6,070.
106, Kristian Rogers, Salisbury, N.C., 6,059.
107, Graham Fach, Canada, 6,054.
108, Sandra Gongora, Mexico, 6,008.
109, Christopher Sloan, Ireland, 6,000.
110, Justin Wyman, Fairport, N.Y., 5,958.
111, Russ Oviatt, Chandler, Ariz., 5,957.
112, Andrew Klingler, Grand Rapids, Mich., 5,898.
113, CJ Kirchner, Herrin, Ill., 5,740.
114, Tristan Butler, Fort Wayne, Ind., 5,611.
115, Gary Faulkner Jr., Memphis, Tenn., 5,595.
116, Myles Duty, Modesto, Calif., 5,534.
117, Matthew Ward, Fort Mohave, Ariz., 5,061.
118, Jean Perez, Puerto Rico, withdrew.
119, Chris Warren, Grants Pass, Ore., withdrew

120, Eric Cottrell, Grove City, Ohio, withdrew.

300 games – Sean Rash, Tim Steria

MARK ROTH/MARSHALL HOLMAN PBA DOUBLES CHAMPIONSHIP

Presented by BowlerX.com

Sixth Round Standings (after 30 games; top 14 teams advance to Baker format qualifying Friday)

1, Bill O'Neill, Langhorne, Pa./Jason Belmonte, Australia, 14,235.
2, EJ Tackett, Huntington, Ind./Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., 13,743.
3, Brandon Novak, Chillicothe, Ohio/Kristopher Prather, Plainfield, Ill., 13,653.
4, DJ Archer, Friendswood, Texas/Shawn Maldonado, Houston, 13,543.
5, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla./Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 13,520.
6, Patrick Girard, Canada/Zacharay Wilkins, Canada, 13,505.
7, Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas/Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 13,445.
8, Darren Tang, San Francisco/Michael Tang, San Francisco, 13,429.
9, Dom Barrett, England/Osku Palermaa, Finland, 13,369.
10, Francois Lavoie, Canada/Stuart Williams, England, 13,358.
11, Brad Miller, Maryland Heights, Mo./Kyle Sherman, O'Fallon, Mo., 13,349.
12, Anthony Lavery-Spahr, Pasadena, Texas/Sam Cooley, Australia, 13,329.
13, Chris Loschetter, Avon, Ohio/Ronnie Russell, Marion, Ind., 13,276.
14, Dino Castillo, Highland Village, Texas/Tom Daugherty, Riverview, Fla., 13,268.

Failed to advance
15, Anthony Pepe, Elmhurst, N.Y./Liz Johnson, Palatine, Ill., 13,245.
16, Brad Angelo, Lockport, N.Y./Thomas Larsen, Denmark, 13,240.
17, BJ Moore, Greensburg, Pa./Matt O'Grady, Rahway, N.J., 13,218.
18, Daniel Fransson, Sweden/Kim Bolleby, Thailand, 13,188.
19, Arturo Quintero, Mexico/Ildemaro Ruiz, Venezuela, 13,169.
20, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo./Yannaphon Larpapharat, Thailand, 13,149.
21, Ray Teece, England/Richie Teece, England, 13,148.
22, Jesper Svensson, Sweden/Kyle Troup, Taylorsville, N.C., 13,116.
23, AJ Chapman, Manchester, Iowa/Mitch Hupe, Towanda, Kan., 13,108.
24, Tom Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich./Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., 13,102.
25, Anthony Simonsen, Austin, Texas/Connor Pickford, Charlotte, N.C., 13,048.
26, Shota Kawazoe, Japan/Zulmazran Zulkifli, Malaysia, 13,039.
27, Matthew Ogle, Louisville, Ky./Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 12,992.
28, AJ Johnson, Oswego, Ill./Greg Ostrander, Freehold, N.J., 12,986.
29, Andres Gomez, Colombia/Josh Blanchard, Mesa, Ariz., 12,968.
30, Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y./Tim Foy Jr., Seaford, Del., 12,934.
31, Matt Kuba, Chicago Ridge, IL/Nick Kruml, Downers Grove, Ill., 12,908.
32, Justin Wyman, Fairport, N.Y./Patrick Dombrowski, Parma, Ohio, 12,833.
33, Markus Jansson, Sweden/Pontus Andersson, Sweden, 12,828.
34, Devin Bidwell, Wichita, Kan./Jake Peters, Henderson, Nev., 12,795.
35, Jason Sterner, Rockledge, Fla./Scott Newell, Deland, Fla., 12,782.
36, Rhino Page, Orlando/Ryan Ciminelli, Clarence, N.Y., 12,781.
37, Dick Allen, Columbia, S.C./Zeke Bayt, Westerville, Ohio, 12,735.
38, Diana Zavjalova, Latvia/Matt Sanders, Indianapolis, 12,734.
39, Kevin Kullman, Lockport, Ill./Ryan Lakota, Shorewood, Ill., 12,660.
40, Andrew Anderson, Holly, Mich./Jeff Evans, Supply, N.C., 12,645.
41, Andrew Cain, Phoenix/Jakob Butturff, Tempe, Ariz., 12,576.
42, Danielle McEwan, Stony Point, N.Y./Tannya Roumimper, Indonesia, 12,516.
43, Chris Arcaro, Carolina Beach, N.C./Kristian Rogers, Salisbury, N.C., 12,478.
44, Dave Wodka, Clarksville, Tenn. /Wayne Webb, Columbus, Ohio, 12,477.
45, Christopher Sloan, Ireland/Francois Louw, South Africa, 12,429.
46, Chris Via, Springfield, Ohio/Graham Fach, Canada, 12,342.
47, Gabriel Garcia, Port St. Lucie, Fla./Matthew Staninger, Highland, Ind., 12,332.
48, Andrew Klingler, Grand Rapids, Mich./Charlie Brown Jr, Grandville, Mich., 12,138.
49, Kyle King, Glendale, Ariz./Russ Oviatt, Chandler, Ariz., 12,051.
50, Dwight Adams, Greensboro, N.C./Gary Faulkner Jr., Memphis, Tenn., 11,770.

Australia’s Jason Belmonte Retains Lead in Barbasol PBA Players Championship Heading Into Final Two Qualifying Rounds

Wed, 2018-02-21 21:47

COLUMBUS, Ohio  – Australian Jason Belmonte took another step closer in his journey to win a record-tying 10th Professional Bowlers Association major title averaging 244 after four rounds to retain his lead in the Barbasol PBA Players Championship Wednesday at Wayne Webb’s Columbus Bowl.

In Wednesday’s third round, the two-hander who owns 2017 and 2011 Players Championships titles among his nine major wins, posted a 1,173 five-game pinfall total and followed up with 1,217 in the fourth round later in the day to bring his overall four-round pinfall total for 20 games to 4,884.

Belmonte posted games of 243, 236, 223, 224 and 247 in the third round and 278, 238, 279, 204 and 218 in the fourth round. The four-time PBA Player of the Year holds a 67-pin lead over four-time tour winner and last week’s Go Bowling! 60th Anniversary Classic runner-up Marshall Kent of Yakima, Wash., in second with 4,817.

Belmonte, a 16-time tour winner, is one major victory behind Pete Weber and Earl Anthony who lead the all-time list with 10 wins.

Finishing the day in third was Kristopher Prather of Plainfield, Ill., who started the day in 27th but rocketed to third finishing with 4,725. He bowled games of games of 258, 198, 279, 278 and 266 in Wednesday’s fourth round to help him move into the top five.

Rounding out the top five were one-time tour winners Stuart Williams and Richie Teece, both of England, with 4,686 and 4,667, respectively.

PBA Hall of Famer Norm Duke, a 38-time Tour titlist and winner of seven majors, who was second after Tuesday’s second round dropped to 17th with a 4,511 pinfall for four rounds. The Players Championship is the only major missing from the 53-year-olds resume.

Competition continues with two five-game qualifying rounds Thursday at 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. ET. After Thursday’s sixth qualifying round (30 games), the field will be cut to the top five players for the live ESPN finals Sunday at 1:30 p.m. ET.

The qualifying rounds for the Players Championship also determine the standings for the Mark Roth/Marshall Holman PBA Doubles Championship presented by BowlerX.com. After Thursday’s final qualifying round, the top 14 doubles team will advance to two Baker format qualifying rounds on Friday which will determine the top five doubles teams for the taped ESPN telecast that will follow the Players Championship finals at 5 p.m. Fans will be able to catch the doubles final live on ESPN3.

Belmonte, and doubles partner  Bill O’Neill of Langhorne, Pa., also retained their lead in the Doubles Championship standings with a combined 9,489 combined 20-game pinfall total. They hold a 265-pin lead over Kent and EJ Tackett of Huntington, Ind., in second with 9,224.

Rounding out the top five doubles teams were Prather and Brandon Novak of Chillicothe, Ohio, in third with 9,156; Duke and Wes Malott of Pflugervile, Texas, 9,142, and Canadians Patrick Girard and Zach Wilkens with 9,033.

All qualifying rounds for the Players Championship and Doubles Championship are streamed live on PBA’s online bowling channel Xtra Frame. For subscription and schedule information visit www.xtraframe.tv.

BARBASOL PBA PLAYERS CHAMPIONSHIP

Wayne Webb’s Columbus Bowl, Columbus, Ohio, Wednesday

Fourth Round Standings (after 20 games)

1, Jason Belmonte, Australia, 4,884.
2, Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., 4,817.
3, Kristopher Prather, Plainfield, Ill., 4,725.
4, Stuart Williams, England, 4,686.
5, Richie Teece, England, 4,667.
6, (tie) AJ Chapman, Manchester, Iowa, and Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 4,631.
8, Patrick Girard, Canada, 4,617.
9, Darren Tang, San Francisco, 4,606.
10, Bill O'Neill, Langhorne, Pa., 4,605.
11, Patrick Dombrowski, Parma, Ohio, 4,604.
12, Tom Daugherty, Riverview, Fla., 4,595.
13, Greg Ostrander, Freehold, N.J., 4,564.
14, Kyle Troup, Taylorsville, N.C., 4,551.
15, Ronnie Russell, Marion, Ind., 4,538.
16, Dom Barrett, England, 4,514.
17, (tie) Anthony Lavery-Spahr, Pasadena, Texas, and Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 4,511.
19, Tom Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich., 4,491.
20, Kyle Sherman, O'Fallon, Mo., 4,490.
21, Scott Newell, Deland, Fla., 4,482.
22, BJ Moore, Greensburg, Pa., 4,475.
23, DJ Archer, Friendswood, Texas, 4,472.
24, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 4,471.
25, Ildemaro Ruiz, Venezuela, 4,469.
26, Cameron Weier, Tacoma, Wash., 4,468.
27, Daniel Fransson, Sweden, 4,459.
28, Shawn Maldonado, Houston, 4,449.
29, (tie) Thomas Larsen, Denmark, and Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 4,442.
31, Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 4,440.
32, Anthony Simonsen, Austin, Texas, 4,432.
33, (tie) Osku Palermaa, Finland, and Brandon Novak, Chillicothe, Ohio, 4,431.
35, Jesper Svensson, Sweden, 4,429.
36, Anthony Pepe, Elmhurst, N.Y., 4,425.
37, Brad Angelo, Lockport, N.Y., 4,421.
38, Zacharay Wilkins, Canada, 4,416.
39, (tie) Matt Sanders, Indianapolis, and Kim Bolleby, Thailand, 4,415.
41, Shota Kawazoe, Japan, 4,411.
42, EJ Tackett, Huntington, Ind., 4,407.
43, Matthew Ogle, Louisville, Ky., 4,391.
44, Jason Sterner, Rockledge, Fla., 4,372.
45, Liz Johnson, Palatine, Ill., 4,367.
46, Andres Gomez, Colombia, 4,356.
47, (tie) Matt O'Grady, Rahway, N.J., and Matt Kuba, Chicago Ridge, Ill., 4,345.
49, Rhino Page, Orlando, 4,343.
50, Michael Tang, San Francisco, 4,340.
51, Ryan Lakota, Shorewood, Ill., 4,339.
52, Sam Cooley, Australia, 4,338.
53, Tim Foy Jr., Seaford, Del., 4,328.
54, Dave Wodka, Clarksville, Tenn., 4,325.
55, Yannaphon Larpapharat, Thailand, 4,319.
56, Pontus Andersson, Sweden, 4,314.
57, Brad Miller, Maryland Heights, Mo., 4,313.
58, Arturo Quintero, Mexico, 4,299.
59, Jeff Evans, Supply, N.C., 4,287.
60, Nick Kruml, Downers Grove, Ill., 4,274.
61, Josh Blanchard, Mesa, Ariz., 4,271.
62, (tie) Ryan Ciminelli, Clarence, N.Y., and Devin Bidwell, Wichita, Kan., 4,264.
64, Chris Loschetter, Avon, Ohio, 4,261.
65, David Haynes, Las Vegas, 4,259.
66, Dick Allen, Columbia, S.C., 4,256.
67, Kyle Cook, Centerville, Ohio, 4,254.
68, Ray Teece, England, 4,252.
69, Francois Louw, South Africa, 4,251.
70, (tie) Kyle Bigelow, Troy, Ohio, and Trey Ford III, Bartlesville, Okla., 4,243.
72, AJ Johnson, Oswego, Ill., 4,237.
73, Jake Peters, Henderson, Nev., 4,236.
74, Zulmazran Zulkifli, Malaysia, 4,229.
75, Connor Pickford, Charlotte, N.C., 4,227.
76, Francois Lavoie, Canada, 4,223.
77, Chris Arcaro, Carolina Beach, N.C., 4,219.
78, Andrew Anderson, Holly, Mich., 4,217.
79, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 4,196.
80, Tannya Roumimper, Indonesia, 4,193.
81, Dino Castillo, Highland Village, Texas, 4,185.
82, Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., 4,182.
83, Kyle King, Glendale, Ariz., 4,173.
84, Mitch Hupe, Towanda, Kan., 4,167.
85, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., 4,162.
86, Jakob Butturff, Tempe, Ariz., 4,154.
87, Chris Via, Springfield, Ohio, 4,145.
88, Diana Zavjalova, Latvia, 4,143.
89, Gabriel Garcia, Port St. Lucie, Fla., 4,141.
90, Andrew Cain, Phoenix, 4,137.
91, Michael Schlabach, Goshen, Ind., 4,136.
92, Danielle McEwan, Stony Point, N.Y., 4,131.
93, Matthew Staninger, Highland, Ind., 4,129.
94, Charlie Brown Jr, Grandville, Mich., 4,121.
95, Dwight Adams, Greensboro, N.C., 4,118.
96, Markus Jansson, Sweden, 4,117.
97, Sandra Gongora, Mexico, 4,110.
98, Robert Mushtare, Carthage, N.Y., 4,100.
99, Graham Fach, Canada, 4,095.
100, Zeke Bayt, Westerville, Ohio, 4,090.
101, Justin Wyman, Fairport, N.Y., 4,068.
102, Kristian Rogers, Salisbury, N.C., 4,045.
103, Wayne Webb, Columbus, Ohio, 4,023.
104, Cristian Azcona, Puerto Rico, 4,014.
105, Kevin Kullman, Lockport, Ill., 4,006.
106, Tom Hess, Urbandale, Iowa, 4,000.
107, Napatra Buspanikonkul, Thailand, 3,989.
108, Christopher Sloan, Ireland, 3,988.
109, Brian Robinson, Morgantown, W.Va., 3,973.
110, Timothy Steria, Watertown, N.Y., 3,965.
111, Jean Perez, Puerto Rico, 3,946.
112, Russ Oviatt, Chandler, Ariz., 3,831.
113, Andrew Klingler, Grand Rapids, Mich., 3,814.
114, CJ Kirchner, Herrin, Ill., 3,811.
115, Gary Faulkner Jr., Memphis, Tenn., 3,761.
116, Tristan Butler, Fort Wayne, Ind., 3,752.
117, Myles Duty, Modesto, Calif., 3,661.
118, Matthew Ward, Fort Mohave, Ariz., 3,353.
119, Chris Warren, Grants Pass, Ore., 2,127.
120, Eric Cottrell, Grove City, Ohio, 2,093.

300 games – Marshall Kent, Anthony Lavery-Spahr, Matt Staninger

MARK ROTH/MARSHALL HOLMAN PBA DOUBLES CHAMPIONSHIP

Presented by BowlerX.com

Fourth Round Standings (after 20 games)

1, Bill O'Neill, Langhorne, Pa./Jason Belmonte, Australia, 9,489.
2, EJ Tackett, Huntington, Ind./Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., 9,224.
3, Brandon Novak, Chillicothe, Ohio/Kristopher Prather, Plainfield, Ill., 9,156.
4, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla./Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 9,142.
5, Patrick Girard, Canada/Zach Wilkins, Canada, 9,033.
6, Jesper Svensson, Sweden/Kyle Troup, Taylorsville, N.C., 8,980.
7, Darren Tang, San Francisco/Michael Tang, San Francisco, 8,946.
8, Dom Barrett, England/Osku Palermaa, Finland, 8,945.
9, DJ Archer, Friendswood, Texas/Shawn Maldonado, Houston, 8,921.
10, Ray Teece, England/Richie Teece, England, 8,919.
11, Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas/Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 8,911.
12, Francois Lavoie, Canada/Stuart Williams, England, 8,909.
13, Daniel Fransson, Sweden/Kim Bolleby, Thailand, 8,874.
14, Brad Angelo, Lockport, N.Y./Thomas Larsen, Denmark, 8,863.
15, Jason Sterner, Rockledge, Fla./Scott Newell, Deland, Fla., 8,854.
16, Anthony Lavery-Spahr, Pasadena, Texas/Sam Cooley, Australia, 8,849.
17, BJ Moore, Greensburg, Pa./Matt O'Grady, Rahway, N.J., 8,820.
18, Brad Miller, Maryland Heights, Mo./Kyle Sherman, O'Fallon, Mo., 8,803.
19, AJ Johnson, Oswego, Ill./Greg Ostrander, Freehold, N.J., 8,801.
20, Chris Loschetter, Avon, Ohio/Ronnie Russell, Marion, Ind., 8,799.
21, AJ Chapman, Manchester, Iowa/Mitch Hupe, Towanda, Kan., 8,798.
22, Anthony Pepe, Elmhurst, N.Y./Liz Johnson, Palatine, Ill., 8,792.
23, Dino Castillo, Highland Village, Texas/Tom Daugherty, Riverview, Fla., 8,780.
24, Arturo Quintero, Mexico/Ildemaro Ruiz, Venezuela, 8,768.
25, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo./Yannaphon Larpapharat, Thailand, 8,761.
26, Justin Wyman, Fairport, N.Y./Patrick Dombrowski, Parma, Ohio, 8,672.
27, Anthony Simonsen, Austin, Texas/Connor Pickford, Charlotte, N.C., 8,659.
28, Tom Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich./Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., 8,653.
29, Shota Kawazoe, Japan/Zulmazran Zulkifli, Malaysia, 8,640.
30, Andres Gomez, Colombia/Josh Blanchard, Mesa, Ariz., 8,627.
31, Matt Kuba, Chicago Ridge, IL/Nick Kruml, Downers Grove, Ill., 8,619.
32, Rhino Page, Orlando/Ryan Ciminelli, Clarence, N.Y., 8,607.
33, Matthew Ogle, Louisville, Ky./Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 8,587.
34, Diana Zavjalova, Latvia/Matt Sanders, Indianapolis, 8,558.
35, Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y./Tim Foy Jr., Seaford, Del., 8,510.
36, Andrew Anderson, Holly, Mich./Jeff Evans, Supply, N.C., 8,504.
37, Devin Bidwell, Wichita, Kan./Jake Peters, Henderson, Nev., 8,500.
38, Markus Jansson, Sweden/Pontus Andersson, Sweden, 8,431.
39, Dave Wodka, Clarksville, Tenn. /Wayne Webb, Columbus, Ohio, 8,348.
40, Dick Allen, Columbia, S.C./Zeke Bayt, Westerville, Ohio, 8,346.
41, Kevin Kullman, Lockport, Ill./Ryan Lakota, Shorewood, Ill., 8,345.
42, Danielle McEwan, Stony Point, N.Y./Tannya Roumimper, Indonesia, 8,324.
43, Andrew Cain, Phoenix/Jakob Butturff, Tempe, Ariz., 8,291.
44, Gabriel Garcia, Port St. Lucie, Fla./Matthew Staninger, Highland, Ind., 8,270.
45, Chris Arcaro, Carolina Beach, N.C./Kristian Rogers, Salisbury, N.C., 8,264.
46, Chris Via, Springfield, Ohio/Graham Fach, Canada, 8,240.
47, Christopher Sloan, Ireland/Francois Louw, South Africa, 8,239.
48, Kyle King, Glendale, Ariz./Russ Oviatt, Chandler, Ariz., 8,004.
49, Jean Perez, Puerto Rico/Tom Hess, Urbandale, Iowa, 7,946.
50, Andrew Klingler, Grand Rapids, Mich./Charlie Brown Jr, Grandville, Mich., 7,935.
51, Dwight Adams, Greensboro, N.C./Gary Faulkner Jr., Memphis, Tenn., 7,879.

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Jason Belmonte Averages 249 to Take Barbasol PBA Players Championship Lead After Two Rounds

Tue, 2018-02-20 21:41

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Defending champion Jason Belmonte of Australia began work on winning a record-tying 10th Professional Bowlers Association major title by averaging 249 after the first two rounds in the Barbasol PBA Players Championship Tuesday at Wayne Webb’s Columbus Bowl.

In the second major of the 2018 Go Bowling! PBA Tour season, the four-time PBA Player of the Year, who is also trying for his third Players Championship title, leads the 120-player field with a 2,494 10-game pinfall total. He bowled a 1,274 five-game pinfall in Tuesday’s first round with games of 243, 255, 229, 300 and 247 and followed with a 1,220 pinfall in the second round on games of 213, 257, 247, 224 and 279.

“I’m leading right now but that’s not my goal at this point,” said the 34-year-old Belmonte, a 16-time Tour winner. “The scoring pace is pretty high and because of that nothing is guaranteed. You can shoot 210 or 220 and lose 50 or 60 pins. Thankfully, I was making good guesses on the adjustments and ball choices I needed to make today.”

With a win, Belmonte, who also won the 2011 Players Championship, would tie Pete Weber and Earl Anthony who are tied for most PBA major titles.

Belmonte holds a 97-pin lead over PBA Hall of Famer Norm Duke of Clermont, Fla. in second, who finished with a 2,397 pinfall. Duke, the 53-year-old winner of seven PBA majors, bowled 1,215 for five games in the first round and 1,182 in the second.

Weber can take sole possession of the all-time career majors title lead with a win in the Players Championship but will have some work to do after finishing the day in 33rd with a 2,242 pinfall.

Competition continues with two five-game qualifying rounds Wednesday and Thursday at 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. ET. After Thursday’s sixth qualifying round (30 games), the field will be cut to the top five players for the live ESPN finals Sunday at 1:30 p.m. ET.

The qualifying rounds of the Players Championship will also determine the standings for the Mark Roth/Marshall Holman PBA Doubles Championship presented by BowlerX.com. After Thursday’s final qualifying round, the top 14 doubles team will advance to two Baker format qualifying rounds on Friday which will determine the top five doubles teams for the taped ESPN telecast that will follow the Players Championship finals at 5 p.m. Fans will be able to catch the doubles final via livestream on ESPN3.

Belmonte, along with doubles partner eight-time PBA Tour winner Bill O’Neill of Langhorne, Pa., also lead the Doubles Championship standings with a 4,873 combined 10-game pinfall total. They hold a 133-pin lead over Duke and his partner 10-time Tour winner Wes Malott of Pflugerville, Texas, who combined 4,740.

All qualifying rounds for the Players Championship and Doubles Championship are streamed live on PBA’s online bowling channel Xtra Frame. For subscription and schedule information visit www.xtraframe.tv.

BARBASOL PBA PLAYERS CHAMPIONSHIP

Wayne Webb’s Columbus Bowl, Columbus, Ohio, Tuesday

Second Round Standings (after 10 games)

1, Jason Belmonte, Australia, 2,494.
2, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 2,397.
3, Bill O'Neill, Langhorne, Pa., 2,379.
4, Kyle Troup, Taylorsville, N.C., 2,374.
5, Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., 2,373.
6, Tom Daugherty, Riverview, Fla., 2,361.
7, Brandon Novak, Chillicothe, Ohio, 2,348.
8, (tie) Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, and Patrick Girard, Canada, 2,343.
10, Stuart Williams, England, 2,340.
11, Cameron Weier, Tacoma, Wash., 2,334.
12, Daniel Fransson, Sweden, 2,325.
13, Greg Ostrander, Freehold, N.J., 2,297.
14, Tim Foy Jr., Seaford, Del., 2,294.
15, Anthony Simonsen, Austin, Texas, 2,293.
16, Devin Bidwell, Wichita, Kan., 2,290.
17, Richie Teece, England, 2,289.
18, Jason Sterner, Rockledge, Fla., 2,284.
19, Jesper Svensson, Sweden, 2,283.
20, AJ Chapman, Manchester, Iowa, 2,278.
21, Brad Angelo, Lockport, N.Y., 2,275.
22, DJ Archer, Friendswood, Texas, 2,274.
23, Darren Tang, San Francisco, 2,268.
24, Kyle Sherman, O'Fallon, Mo., 2,267.
25, Dom Barrett, England, 2,266.
26, Patrick Dombrowski, Parma, Ohio, 2,265.
27, Kristopher Prather, Plainfield, Ill., 2,261.
28, BJ Moore, Greensburg, Pa., 2,256.
29, Anthony Lavery-Spahr, Pasadena, Texas, 2,255.
30, (tie) Anthony Pepe, Elmhurst, N.Y., and Matt Sanders, Indianapolis, 2,253.
32, EJ Tackett, Huntington, Ind., 2,248.
33, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 2,242.
34, Andres Gomez, Colombia, 2,236.
35, Matthew Ogle, Louisville, Ky., 2,226.
36, Dave Wodka, Clarksville, Tenn., 2,223.
37, Scott Newell, Deland, Fla., 2,221.
38, Shota Kawazoe, Japan, 2,218.
39, (tie) Osku Palermaa, Finland, Yannaphon Larpapharat, Thailand, and Liz Johnson, Palatine, Ill., 2,206.
42, Zulmazran Zulkifli, Malaysia, 2,202.
43, Shawn Maldonado, Houston, 2,200.
44, Matt O'Grady, Rahway, N.J., 2,197.
45, Ronnie Russell, Marion, Ind., 2,194.
46, Trey Ford III, Bartlesville, Okla., 2,191.
47, Nick Kruml, Downers Grove, Ill., 2,183.
48, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 2,180.
49, Kyle King, Glendale, Ariz., 2,179.
50, Tom Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich., 2,176.
51, Kim Bolleby, Thailand, 2,169.
52, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 2,168.
53, Mitch Hupe, Towanda, Kan., 2,167.
54, Rhino Page, Orlando, 2,165.
55, Zacharay Wilkins, Canada, 2,156.
56, (tie) David Haynes, Las Vegas, and Pontus Andersson, Sweden, 2,154.
58, (tie) Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., and Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 2,153.
60, Brad Miller, Maryland Heights, Mo., 2,152.
61, Ryan Lakota, Shorewood, Ill., 2,142.
62, Markus Jansson, Sweden, 2,139.
63, Dick Allen, Columbia, S.C., 2,138.
64, Thomas Larsen, Denmark, 2,136.
65, Sandra Gongora, Mexico, 2,129.
66, (tie) Chris Warren, Grants Pass, Ore., and Connor Pickford, Charlotte, N.C., 2,127.
68, Matt Kuba, Chicago Ridge, Ill., 2,125.
69, Arturo Quintero, Mexico, 2,124.
70, Jake Peters, Henderson, Nev., 2,123.
71, AJ Johnson, Oswego, Ill., 2,119.
72, Josh Blanchard, Mesa, Ariz., 2,116.
73, (tie) Michael Schlabach, Goshen, Ind., Napatra Buspanikonkul, Thailand, and Francois Lavoie, Canada, 2,115.
76, Jeff Evans, Supply, N.C., 2,113.
77, Zeke Bayt, Westerville, Ohio, 2,112.
78, Ildemaro Ruiz, Venezuela, 2,107.
79, Kevin Kullman, Lockport, Ill., 2,104.
80, Dwight Adams, Greensboro, N.C., 2,101.
81, Francois Louw, South Africa, 2,099.
82, Chris Via, Springfield, Ohio, 2,097.
83, Ryan Ciminelli, Clarence, N.Y., 2,096.
84, Sam Cooley, Australia, 2,094.
85, Michael Tang, San Francisco, 2,089.
86, Danielle McEwan, Stony Point, N.Y., 2,083.
87, Tannya Roumimper, Indonesia, 2,082.
88, Chris Arcaro, Carolina Beach, N.C., 2,078.
89, (tie) Ray Teece, England, and Graham Fach, Canada, 2,076.
91, Charlie Brown Jr, Grandville, Mich., 2,075.
92, (tie) Kyle Cook, Centerville, Ohio, and Dino Castillo, Highland Village, Texas, 2,074.
94, Jean Perez, Puerto Rico, 2,060.
95, Kristian Rogers, Salisbury, N.C., 2,057.
96, Kyle Bigelow, Troy, Ohio, 2,056.
97, (tie) Wayne Webb, Columbus, Ohio, and Tom Hess, Urbandale, Iowa, 2,049.
99, Chris Loschetter, Avon, Ohio, 2,048.
100, Jakob Butturff, Tempe, Ariz., 2,043.
101, Diana Zavjalova, Latvia, 2,037.
102, Andrew Cain, Phoenix, 2,029.
103, (tie) Cristian Azcona, Puerto Rico, and Christopher Sloan, Ireland, 2,027.
105, Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., 2,023.
106, Justin Wyman, Fairport, N.Y., 2,019.
107, Andrew Anderson, Holly, Mich., 2,011.
108, Brian Robinson, Morgantown, W.Va., 2,005.
109, Matthew Staninger, Highland, Ind., 1,988.
110, Gabriel Garcia, Port St. Lucie, Fla., 1,981.
111, Russ Oviatt, Chandler, Ariz., 1,970.
112, Robert Mushtare, Carthage, N.Y., 1,963.
113, Gary Faulkner Jr., Memphis, Tenn., 1,938.
114, Tristan Butler, Fort Wayne, Ind., 1,911.
115, Timothy Steria, Watertown, N.Y., 1,908.
116, CJ Kirchner, Herrin, Ill., 1,888.
117, Andrew Klingler, Grand Rapids, Mich., 1,887.
118, Myles Duty, Modesto, Calif., 1,827.
119, Matthew Ward, Fort Mohave, Ariz., 1,713.
120, Eric Cottrell, Grove City, Ohio, 1,647.

300 games – Patrick Girard, Michael Tang, Jason Belmonte, Trey Ford III, Stuart Williams

MARK ROTH/MARSHALL HOLMAN PBA DOUBLES CHAMPIONSHIP

Presented by BowlerX.com

Second Round Standings (after 10 games)

1, Bill O'Neill, Langhorne, Pa./Jason Belmonte, Australia, 4,873.
2, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla./Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 4,740.
3, Jesper Svensson, Sweden/Kyle Troup, Taylorsville, N.C., 4,657.
4, EJ Tackett, Huntington, Ind./Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., 4,621.
5, Brandon Novak, Chillicothe, Ohio/Kristopher Prather, Plainfield, Ill., 4,609.
6, Jason Sterner, Rockledge, Fla./Scott Newell, Deland, Fla., 4,505.
7, Patrick Girard, Canada/Zacharay Wilkins, Canada, 4,499.
8, Daniel Fransson, Sweden/Kim Bolleby, Thailand, 4,494.
9, DJ Archer, Friendswood, Texas/Shawn Maldonado, Houston, 4,474.
10, Dom Barrett, England/Osku Palermaa, Finland, 4,472.
11, Anthony Pepe, Elmhurst, N.Y./Liz Johnson, Palatine, Ill., 4,459.
12, Francois Lavoie, Canada/Stuart Williams, England, 4,455.
13, BJ Moore, Greensburg, Pa./Matt O'Grady, Rahway, N.J., 4,453.
14, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo./Yannaphon Larpapharat, Thailand, 4,448.
15, AJ Chapman, Manchester, Iowa/Mitch Hupe, Towanda, Kan., 4,445.
16, Dino Castillo, Highland Village, Texas/Tom Daugherty, Riverview, Fla., 4,435.
17, (tie) Shota Kawazoe, Japan/Zulmazran Zulkifli, Malaysia, and Anthony Simonsen, Austin, Texas/Connor Pickford, Charlotte, N.C., 4,420.
19, Brad Miller, Maryland Heights, Mo./Kyle Sherman, O'Fallon, Mo., 4,419.
20, AJ Johnson, Oswego, Ill./Greg Ostrander, Freehold, N.J., 4,416.
21, Devin Bidwell, Wichita, Kan./Jake Peters, Henderson, Nev., 4,413.
22, Brad Angelo, Lockport, N.Y./Thomas Larsen, Denmark, 4,411.
23, Matthew Ogle, Louisville, Ky./Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 4,394.
24, Ray Teece, England/Richie Teece, England, 4,365.
25, Darren Tang, San Francisco/Michael Tang, San Francisco, 4,357.
26, Andres Gomez, Colombia/Josh Blanchard, Mesa, Ariz., 4,352.
27, Anthony Lavery-Spahr, Pasadena, Texas/Sam Cooley, Australia, 4,349.
28, Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas/Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 4,333.
29, Tom Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich./Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., 4,329.
30, Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y./Tim Foy Jr., Seaford, Del., 4,317.
31, Matt Kuba, Chicago Ridge, Ill./Nick Kruml, Downers Grove, Ill., 4,308.
32, Markus Jansson, Sweden/Pontus Andersson, Sweden, 4,293.
33, Diana Zavjalova, Latvia/Matt Sanders, Indianapolis, 4,290.
34, Justin Wyman, Fairport, N.Y./Patrick Dombrowski, Parma, Ohio, 4,284.
35, Chris Warren, Grants Pass, Ore./David Haynes, Las Vegas, 4,281.
36, Dave Wodka, Clarksville, Tenn. /Wayne Webb, Columbus, Ohio, 4,272.
37, Rhino Page, Orlando/Ryan Ciminelli, Clarence, N.Y., 4,261.
38, Dick Allen, Columbia, S.C./Zeke Bayt, Westerville, Ohio, 4,250.
39, Kevin Kullman, Lockport, Ill./Ryan Lakota, Shorewood, Ill., 4,246.
40, Chris Loschetter, Avon, Ohio/Ronnie Russell, Marion, Ind., 4,242.
41, Arturo Quintero, Mexico/Ildemaro Ruiz, Venezuela, 4,231.
42, Chris Via, Springfield, Ohio/Graham Fach, Canada, 4,173.
43, Danielle McEwan, Stony Point, N.Y./Tannya Roumimper, Indonesia, 4,165.
44, Kyle King, Glendale, Ariz./Russ Oviatt, Chandler, Ariz., 4,149.
45, Chris Arcaro, Carolina Beach, N.C./Kristian Rogers, Salisbury, N.C., 4,135.
46, Christopher Sloan, Ireland/Francois Louw, South Africa, 4,126.
47, Andrew Anderson, Holly, Mich./Jeff Evans, Supply, N.C., 4,124.
48, Jean Perez, Puerto Rico/Tom Hess, Urbandale, Iowa, 4,109.
49, Andrew Cain, Phoenix/Jakob Butturff, Tempe, Ariz., 4,072.
50, Dwight Adams, Greensboro, N.C./Gary Faulkner Jr., Memphis, Tenn., 4,039.
51, Gabriel Garcia, Port St. Lucie, Fla./Matthew Staninger, Highland, Ind., 3,969.
52, Andrew Klingler, Grand Rapids, Mich./Charlie Brown Jr, Grandville, Mich., 3,962.

Arizona’s Jakob Butturff Completes Business, Wins Third Title in Go Bowling! PBA 60th Anniversary Classic

Sun, 2018-02-18 15:48

INDIANAPOLIS ( – After leading the Go Bowling! PBA 60th Anniversary Classic almost from the beginning, Jakob Butturff of Tempe, Ariz., finished his business at Woodland Bowl Sunday with a 244-154 victory over Marshall Kent of Yakima, Wash., to claim his third PBA Tour title.

Butturff, a 23-year-old left-hander, cruised to the $30,000 first prize behind an opening string of three strikes and another string of four late in the game after Kent ran into big trouble early in the game when he left three splits and failed to convert any of them.

It was an especially rewarding win for Butturff after leading the 2017 U.S. Open by a stunning 617 pins, only to lose the title to Rhino Page in the title match.

“This title means the world to me,” Butturff said. “The thought of the U.S. Open was in my mind before practice, but I told myself I was not going to get my nerves get to me this time. When Marshall struggled early in the match, I just put my foot to the metal.

“Redemption was on my mind, but I just wanted to make a better showing than I did in the U.S. Open.”

Kent advanced to the championship match with a 218-210 win over two-handed lefty Keven Williams of Springfield, Mo., who had never finished higher than 34th place in his limited three-year PBA career. Kent jumped into an early lead with four strikes, but left the 2-8-10 split and a five-count “washout,” failing to convert either one to let Williams back into the match. After a strike nine-count in the 10th to give Williams a chance, the 25-year-old two-hander struck on his first shot in the 10th, but then left a 3 pin on his second shot to end his upset bid.

Japan’s Shota Kawazoe, in his debut on American television, rallied to defeat Indianapolis’ Matt Sanders in the opening match, 183-160. After starting with back-to-back splits and open frames, Kawazoe struck on four of his next five shots while Sanders, the 24-year-old 2017 PBA Rookie of the Year, was unable to strike until the seventh frame. A pair of splits and opens in the final two frames sealed his fate.

In the second match, Williams started his television debut with four strikes, but Kawazoe again came from behind, throwing four strikes in a row to take the lead into the 10th frame. Needing to convert the 10 pin in the 10th frame, the 16-time Japan PBA champion missed, handing Williams a 229-225 win and a berth in the semifinal match.

The Go Bowling! PBA 60th Anniversary Classic was the third event of the 2018 Go Bowling! PBA Tour season and was part celebratory week that included the PBA 60th Anniversary Celebration dinner and hall of fame induction ceremonies Saturday. The PBA now heads to Columbus, Ohio, where Wayne Webb’s Columbus Bowl will host the season’s second major championship, the Barbasol PBA Players Championship, and the Mark Roth-Marshall Holman PBA Doubles Championship.

All preliminary rounds of the Players Championship and Roth-Holman Doubles Tuesday through Friday will be live streamed on PBA’s online bowling channel, Xtra Frame. To sign up, visit xtraframe.tv. The Players Championship finals will air live on ESPN next Sunday at 1:30 p.m. The Roth-Holman Doubles finals will be live streamed on ESPN3 at 5 p.m. and taped for delayed broadcast on ESPN on Sunday, March 25, at 2 p.m. All times are Eastern.

GO BOWLING! PBA 60TH ANNIVERSARY CLASSIC
Woodland Bowl, Indianapolis, Feb. 18

Final Standings
1, Jakob Butturff, Tempe, Ariz., $30,000.
2, Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., $15,000.
3, Keven Williams, Springfield, Mo., $13,000.
4, Shota Kawazoe, Japan, $11,000.
5, Matt Sanders, Indianapolis, $10,000.

Stepladder Results
Match One – Kawazoe def. Sanders, 183-160.
Match Two – Williams def. Kawazoe, 229-225.
Semifinal Match – Kent def. Williams, 218-210.
Championship – Butturff def. Kent, 244-154.

New Hall of Famers, 2017 Award Winners Honored During PBA’s 60th Anniversary Celebration Dinner

Sun, 2018-02-18 00:21

INDIANAPOLIS – On the eve of the finals of the Go Bowling! PBA 60th Anniversary Classic finals at Woodland Bowl, a crowd of more than 300 PBA fans, industry leaders and members of the bowling news media gathered at the Marriott North for the PBA 60th Anniversary Celebration Dinner to recognize the PBA’s three newest Hall of Famers – Chris Barnes, Ron Mohr and the late Don Mitchell; its 2017 award winners and to officially begin a year-long celebration of 60 years of professional bowling at its finest.

Above from left, Jason Belmonte, Matt Sanders, Chris Loschetter, Del Ballard Jr.

Kicking off the evening, PBA CEO and Commissioner Tom Clark introduced PBA’s four individual award winners. The entire celebration dinner was live streamed on PBA’s online bowling channel, Xtra Frame.

PBA Hall of Famer Del Ballard Jr. of Keller, Texas, who converted his own battle with tonsil cancer into a successful, ongoing “Ballard Vs. the Big C” fund-raising program, was selected as the recipient of PBA’s Tony Reyes Memorial Community Service Award.

“This is such an honor because Tony Reyes was close to me as his tour rep when he won his PBA title. This award is very humbling,” Ballard said. “All I did to earn it was supply the cancer. My wife and friends did the rest.”

Ballard’s life changed in May 2010 when he was diagnosed with tonsil cancer. One evening after a treatment, the 13-time PBA Tour titlist, wife Carolyn and a handful of friends got together at Ballard’s house and laid the groundwork for what would become “Ballard Vs. The Big C” – or BVBC for short. As of 2017, BVBC has raised in excess of $300,000 to carry out research on cancer treatments focused on the head, neck and throat.

Chris Loschetter of Avon, Ohio, was selected by his fellow competitors as the Steve Nagy PBA Sportsmanship Award winner.

“I bet 10 years ago a lot of didn’t think I’d win this award, but I’ve calmed down,” Loschetter said. “I’m in awe of how talented you guys are. Many of you should win this award, and I’m sure some of you will.

It’s been an amazing journey and I’m grateful you guys think I’m deserving. I’ll try to keep behaving myself on the lanes.”

Loschetter, a 37-year-old two-time PBA Tour champion, completed a nine-year quest for his first PBA Tour title in the 2012 Wolf Open in Milwaukee and won his second with the Merica Rooster Illusion team that won the 2016 PBA Team Challenge title while still in recovery from his own battle with cancer. Loschetter has been a member of the PBA League’s Philadelphia Hitmen since the program’s inception in 2013.

Matt Sanders, an Evansville, Ind., native now living in Indianapolis, was recognized as the 2017 Harry Golden PBA Rookie of the Year after winning two titles and leading a strong class of PBA rookies in both earnings and average.

“Just coming out here and living my dream is something special,” Sanders said. “I was lucky to have an awesome year and I loved every minute of it. Hopefully I can keep doing it.”

Sanders, a former two-time NAIA All-American with Marion University-Indiana, was the only rookie to win a PBA Tour title in 2017 (in the PBA Xtra Frame Billy Hardwick Memorial Open) and he concluded his first season with a fifth-place finish in the PBA World Championship.

For the fourth time in the past five seasons, Australia’s Jason Belmonte was recognized as the GEICO Chris Schenkel PBA Player of the Year.

“In my opinion this is the second greatest award a player can win behind being inducted into the hall of fame,” Belmonte said. “It isn’t something I take for granted; it inspires me to be better.”

Belmonte, after becoming the first player in PBA history to win three major championships among his four titles in 2017 and setting a PBA average record (229.39) in the process, was a landslide winner in Player of the Year voting. At age 34 he joined Mark Roth as a four-time winner of the award, trailing only Walter Ray Williams Jr.’s seven POY Awards, and the late Earl Anthony with six.

Mitchell, the first hall of fame inductee, succumbed to cancer in 2012 at age 80. He went from managing a small bowling center in Indianapolis to developing the Royal Pin Leisure Centers chain, which has hosted dozens of showcase events at all levels of bowling. Its centerpiece – Woodland Lanes on Indianapolis’ north side – has hosted every major championship the PBA has offered, which made it a natural choice to host the Go Bowling! PBA 60th Anniversary Classic.

Mitchell’s bowling center empire grew from one center in 1974 to multiple centers with more than 300 lanes and five pro shops. He was a vocal advocate for the PBA as the sport’s most prominent promotional vehicle, and he put his money behind his passions. He was equally enthusiastic as a bowler, competing in 50 USBC Open Championships. He is the first bowling proprietor elected to the PBA Hall of Fame exclusively based on his role as a bowling center owner.

Following a video tribute from a number of players who were benefactors of Mitchell’s hospitality and dedicated, son David said, “I know Dad is looking down on us and smiling. We’re very appreciative of this award. Dad would probably say he was very proud to receive the award, but didn’t do much to earn it.

“Don Mitchell had bowling running through his blood,” David Mitchell continued. “He brought first-class bowling experiences to the bowlers of Indianapolis. If you asked bowlers on tour about their favorite bowling center, many of them would say Woodland Bowl. I know the recognition he’s receiving tonight would make him burst at the seams. It’s a great honor.”

Mohr was a late starter. The Fort Wayne, Ind., native moved to Alaska at age 23 and got a job in a bowling center in Anchorage. He began dating a girl whose father worked for the FAA at the time President Ronald Reagan fired all of the striking air traffic controllers who refused his order to return to work. Mohr wound up working as an air traffic controller in Alaska for 25 years.

He also had a chance to develop bowling skills and in 1988 earned a berth on Team USA, where he got his first taste of elite level competition. When he retired from his air traffic controller position in 2008, he decided to try the PBA50 Tour. In his breakout season in 2009, Mohr won three of his nine career PBA50 Tour titles en route to his first POY award (he won again in 2011). In nine full seasons as a “senior” bowler, he has finished in the top 10 in earnings and averages each year, and has never had a season averaging below 220. He currently is the two-time defending PBA60 Player of the Year.

In presenting Mohr, his friend and fellow PBA50 competitor Mike Dias said, “Ron’s workout regime is legendary. He does 45 consecutive minutes of sit ups every day. I get so tired watching, I have to get a drink. But Ron bowls like he works out. He puts everything he has into every shot.”

“Wow. What an incredible journey. Induction into the PBA Hall of Fame is an individual honor, but it doesn’t happen by yourself,” Mohr said, recognizing the many friends and industry associates who played a role in his career. He also thanked PBA Hall of Famer Marshall Holman, “my role model who showed me that intensity and passion can make great things happen.” Of Walter Ray Williams Jr. Mohr said, “he showed me the desire to win doesn’t diminish with age.” And of Parker Bohn III: “he shows us all the world would be a better place if we all had a little bit of Parker Bohn in us.”

Barnes, an 18-time PBA Tour title winner, was a consensus selection. He was a late-comer to PBA competition an All-America career at Wichita State University, a starring role with Team USA and a prolific nine-year career as a “professional amateur,” finally joining the PBA just before his 28th birthday.

The Kansas native, now living in Double Oak, Texas, is one of five players to win both PBA Rookie and Player of the Year honors, and one of six players to complete the PBA Triple Crown (2005 U.S. Open, 2006 PBA Tournament of Champions and 2011 PBA World Championship). Now 47, and he ranked among the top 10 in PBA earnings for 16 consecutive seasons, surpassing the $1 million milestone in career earnings in a then-record 170 events.

“When Chris called me to present him into the PBA Hall of Fame, I began to wonder what you had to do to get in,” said former PBA star and Barnes’ personal coach, Mark Baker. “There are a number of boxes to check off, and Chris checked them all.”

Baker said the first time he worked with Barnes, he asked Baker for help and Baker answered, “No thanks, I’m good.” Barnes asked, “What do you mean?” Baker responded, “You’re the best player in the world, I don’t want to screw you up.”

“It’s great to think my name will be among the greatest our sport has known, but nothing happens on its own,” Barnes said. “Looking back, I never thought of myself as a great player, but I kept driving myself to find out what was wrong and how I could fix it.

“I’ve probably received more help from coaches than anyone else in this room, mostly because I needed it,” he added.

“It’s been a life-long goal to stand up here tonight, to be able to stand atop the mountain, so thank you very, very much.”

The Go Bowling! PBA 60th Anniversary Classic weekend concludes Sunday with live ESPN coverage of the stepladder finals at Woodland Bowl at 1 p.m. EST. Finalists include No. 5 Shota Kawazoe of Japan; No. 4 Matt Sanders of Indianapolis; No. 3 Keven Williams of Springfield, Mo.; No. 2 Marshall Kent of Yakima, Wash., and No. 1 Jakob Butturff of Tempe, Ariz.

TOC Champion Matt O’Grady First Pick as PBA League Managers Complete 2018 Team Rosters

Sat, 2018-02-17 12:46

INDIANAPOLIS ­– Matt O’Grady of Rahway, N.J., fresh off his first PBA Tour victory in last week’s PBA Tournament of Champions, was the first of 16 PBA members drafted Saturday at Woodland Bowl as the eight PBA League teams filled out their rosters for the 2018 PBA League Elias Cup competition April 20-22 at Bayside Bowl in Portland, Maine.

The PBA League Draft, held in Woodland Bowl’s Beer Thirty Lounge, began with OceanView at Falmouth Brooklyn Styles’ manager Johnny Petraglia, selecting O’Grady, a 31-year-old former Junior Team USA member, from a list of 49 eligible players.

“Matt has really dedicated himself the last six months,” Petraglia said. “He’s really stepped it up, worked hard to get himself into shape, and he’s a great competitor. He’s in a really good place and he’ll be a great addition to our team.”

“I’m elated,” O’Grady said. “I’ve never been selected (for PBA League competition) before and I know the atmosphere is something I’ll thrive in. I’m over the moon.”

O’Grady, who tends to exhibit his excitement in competition, will feel at home in the Bayside Bowl environment which traditionally features a full house of boisterous, exuberant fans.

Following O’Grady, Barbasol Motown Muscle manager Del Ballard Jr. picked Japan PBA star Shota Kawazoe, the No. 5 qualifier for Sunday’s Go Bowling! PBA 60th Anniversary Classic finals and another PBA League rookie. Sysco Philadelphia Hitmen manager Jason Couch also picked a PBAL first-timer, 2017 PBA Rookie of the Year Matt Sanders of Indianapolis.

PBA League veterans selected in the first round of picks included BJ Moore of Greensburg, Pa., by GEICO NYC WTT KingPins manager Carolyn Dorin-Ballard; Go Bowling! PBA 60th Anniversary Classic top qualifier Jakob Butturff of Tempe, Ariz., by bowlingball.com L.A. X manager Andrew Cain; Dick Allen of Columbia, S.C., by Go Bowling! Silver Lake Atom Splitters manager Mark Baker; DJ Archer of Friendswood, Texas, by Port Properties Portland manager Tim Mack, and, with the final pick of the first round, Rhino Page of Orlando, Fla., by two-time defending champion Shipyard Brewing Dallas Strikers player-manager Norm Duke.

The final round of selections saw more members of the PBA’s youth movement getting a chance to experience PBA League competition for the first time: Anthony Pepe of Elmhurst, N.Y., with the KingPins; AJ Johnson of Oswego, Ill., with the Atom Splitters; Thailand’s Yannaphon Larpapharat with the hometown Portland Lumberjacks, and, with the final pick of the draft, Kyle Sherman of O’Fallon, Mo., with the Strikers.

“The PBA League has become so popular, and there are so many talented players who deserve to bowl in the league, you can’t help but be disappointed if you don’t get picked,” said PBA CEO and Commissioner Tom Clark. “The only thing we can do at this point is encourage our players to keep trying. Remember that seven first-time players were selected this year.”

The draft order was in reverse order of how teams finished last year, beginning with the No. 8 OceanView Brooklyn Styles, followed by Barbasol Motown Muscle, GEICO NYC WTT KingPins, bowlingball.com L.A. X, Sysco Philadelphia Hitmen, Go Bowling! Silver Lake Atom-Splitters, Port Property Portland Lumberjacks and the two-time defending champion Shipyard Brewery Dallas Strikers.

The complete rosters for 2018, beginning with the three players each manager had earlier protected from his/her 2017 roster and followed by players drafted Saturday, includes the following:

● 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 Dallas Strikers: player-manager Norm Duke, Tommy Jones, Bill O’Neill, Rhino Page, Kyle Sherman.

The PBA returns to Portland in April. After the PBA Xtra Frame Maine Shootout April 17-18 (a PBA Tour title event), all PBAL teams will bowl an eight-game Baker format “seeding tournament” on April 20. The PBAL quarterfinals will take place on April 21 with the No. 1 seeded team vs. No. 8 and No. 4 vs. No. 5 on the first ESPN show that airs on April 22, followed by team No. 2 vs. No. 7, and No. 3 vs. No. 6 in the show that will air on April 29. Semifinal and Elias Cup final matches will be contested on April 22 to air on ESPN on May 6 and 13, respectively.

Battle for Five Berths in ESPN Finals Set for Tonight in Go Bowling! PBA 60th Anniversary Classic

Fri, 2018-02-16 14:39

INDIANAPOLIS – Frontrunners Jakob Butturff of Tempe, Ariz., and Marshall Kent of Yakima, Wash., are relatively comfortable heading into the final round of match play in the Go Bowling! PBA 60th Anniversary Classic at Woodland Bowl, but there will be an intense battle for the remaining three berths in Sunday’s ESPN finals during the pivotal eight-game round tonight.

The final match play round begins at 6 p.m. EST today. After 48 games, the top five players will advance to Sunday’s live ESPN stepladder finals at 1 p.m. EST.

Butturff, a 23-year-old left-hander who has hovered in or near the lead throughout the tournament, will be tournament leader after posting a 10-6 match play record and compiling 9,800 pins through the first 40 games. Kent, a 25-year-old right-hander, is second, 170 pins behind Butturff, with an 8-8 match play record and 9,630 total pins.

The chase for the final three five berths in Sunday’s finals will involve five players who are within less than 100 pins of making the show, and two longer-shots who are within a 200-pin range.

Keven Williams, a third-year PBA member who has never finished higher than 34th place, entered Friday night’s round in third place; 2017 PBA Rookie of the Year Matt Sanders of Indianapolis, was fourth; Japanese star Shota Kawazoe was fifth. Andrew Anderson of Holly, Mich., trailed Kawazoe by 60 pins and Bill O’Neill of Langhorne, Pa., was seventh, 88 pins out of fifth. A bit further off the pace were Kris Prather of Plainfield, Ill., and Ronnie Russell of Marion, Ind., who were 133 and 168 pins out of fifth place, respectively.

The Go Bowling! PBA 60th Anniversary Classic is the second PBA Tour event of the 2018 Go Bowling! PBA Tour season and is part of a series of celebratory events including the PBA 60th Anniversary Celebration dinner and hall of fame induction ceremonies Saturday.

All preliminary rounds, plus the annual PBA League Draft on Saturday at 10:30 a.m. and the PBA 60th Anniversary Celebration Dinner Saturday at 6:30 p.m., will be live streamed on PBA’s online bowling channel, Xtra Frame. To sign up, visit xtraframe.tv.

GO BOWLING! PBA 60TH ANNIVERSARY CLASSIC

Woodland Bowl, Indianapolis, Feb. 16

ROUND FIVE STANDINGS (after 40 games including match play bonus pins; top five after 48 games advance to ESPN stepladder finals Sunday at 1 p.m. EST)

1, Jakob Butturff, Tempe, Ariz., 10-6, 9,800.
2, Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., 8-8, 9,630.
3, Keven Williams, Springfield, Mo., 9-6-1, 9,579.
4, Matt Sanders, Indianapolis, 8-8, 9,449.
5, Shota Kawazoe, Japan, 10-6, 9,443.
6, Andrew Anderson, Holly, Mich., 7-9, 9,383.
7, Bill O'Neill, Langhorne, Pa., 11-5, 9,355.
8, Kristopher Prather, Plainfield, Ill., 10-6, 9,310.
9, Ronnie Russell, Marion, Ind., 9-7, 9,275.
10, Richie Teece, England, 8-6-2, 9,218.
11, Anthony Pepe, Elmhurst, N.Y., 7-9, 9,212.
12, Anthony Simonsen, Austin, Texas, 9-7, 9,192.
13, Dom Barrett, England, 9-6-1, 9,185.
14, Tom Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich., 8-7-1, 9,184.
15, Osku Palermaa, Finland, 6-9-1, 9,097.
16, AJ Chapman, Manchester, Iowa, 6-10, 9,095.
17, Andrew Cain, Phoenix, 8-8, 9,086.
18, Brandon Novak, Chillicothe, Ohio, 8-8, 9,059.
19, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 7-9, 8,985.
20, Graham Fach, Canada, 7-9, 8,976.
21, Arturo Quintero, Mexico, 6-10, 8,872.
22, Charlie Brown Jr, Grandville, Mich., 8-8, 8,847.
23, Richard McCormick, Cincinnati, Ohio, 7-9, 8,703.
24, DJ Archer, Friendswood, Texas, 3-13, 8,646.

300 Games: none.

300 Game Helps Jakob Butturff Take Lead as Go Bowling! PBA 60th Anniversary Classic Enters Match Play

Thu, 2018-02-15 13:53

INDIANAPOLIS – Helped by the only perfect game of the round, 23-year-old Jakob Butturff of Tempe, Ariz., took the lead at the end of the cashers round in the Go Bowling! PBA 60th Anniversary Classic Thursday at Woodland Bowl.

Butturff, an unorthodox double-jointed left-hander, entered the cashers round in a tie for second place, four pins out of the lead, but quickly overtook second-round leader Marshall Kent of Yakima, Wash., behind games of 268, 258, 290, 217, 185, 237, 300 and 209 for a 24-game average of 243.79 and a total of 5,851 pins – 98 pins ahead of Kent. Butturff is a two-time PBA Tour titlist, winning both titles during the 2016 season.

Following the cashers round, the field of 37 was trimmed to the top 24 for the start of round robin match play Thursday at 6 p.m. The finals two match play rounds are set for Friday at 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. EST. After 48 games, the top five players will advance to Sunday’s stepladder finals.

Heading into the opening round of match play, Indianapolis’ Matt Sanders was in third place with 5,622 pins followed by two-hander Keven Williams of Springfield, Mo., with a 5,593 total and Andrew Anderson of Holly, Mich., at 5,533 pins. Ronnie Russell of nearby Marion, Ind., was the other Hoosier to keep his title hopes alive, advancing in 13th place.

The Go Bowling! PBA 60th Anniversary Classic, dedicated to the organization’s 60th year of competition, is part of a season-long celebration will be the unveiling of the PBA’s 60 Most Memorable Moments, the PBA 60th Anniversary Celebration dinner and hall of fame induction ceremonies Saturday, and Sunday’s live 1 p.m. ESPN finals of the 60th Anniversary Classic. The Indianapolis tournament is part of the 2018 Go Bowling! PBA Tour schedule.

All preliminary rounds, plus the annual PBA League Draft on Saturday at 10:30 a.m. and the PBA 60th Anniversary Celebration Dinner Saturday at 6:30 p.m., will be live streamed on PBA’s online bowling channel, Xtra Frame. To sign up, visit xtraframe.tv.

GO BOWLING! PBA 60TH ANNIVERSARY CLASSIC

Woodland Bowl, Indianapolis, Feb. 14

CASHERS ROUND STANDINGS (after 24 games, top 24 advance to round robin match play)

1, Jakob Butturff, Tempe, Ariz., 5,851.
2, Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., 5,753.
3, Matt Sanders, Indianapolis, 5,622.
4, Keven Williams, Springfield, Mo.,, 5,593.
5, Andrew Anderson, Holly, Mich., 5,533.
6, Kristopher Prather, Plainfield, Ill., 5,512.
7, Osku Palermaa, Finland, 5,495.
8, AJ Chapman, Manchester, Iowa, 5,480.
9, Bill O'Neill, Langhorne, Pa., 5,459.
10, Anthony Pepe, Elmhurst, N.Y., 5,428.
11, Graham Fach, Canada, 5,417.
12, DJ Archer, Friendswood, Texas, 5,400.
13, Ronnie Russell, Marion, Ind., 5,394.
14, Dom Barrett, England, 5,388.
15, Shota Kawazoe, Japan, 5,374.
16, Andrew Cain, Phoenix, 5,363.
17, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 5,356.
18, Charlie Brown Jr, Grandville, Mich., 5,355.
18, Brandon Novak, Chillicothe, Ohio, 5,355.
20, Anthony Simonsen, Austin, Texas, 5,354.
21, Tom Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich., 5,345.
22, Richie Teece, England, 5,319.
23, Richard McCormick, Cincinnati, Ohio, 5,309.
24, Arturo Quintero, Mexico, 5,304.

Failed to advance

25, Chris Via, Springfield, Ohio, 5,296, $2,000.
26, Brian Robinson, Morgantown, W.Va., 5,286, $1,950.
27, Patrick Girard, Canada, 5,274, $1,900.
28, EJ Tackett, Huntington, Ind., 5,262, $1,850.
29 (tie), Brad Miller, Maryland Heights, Mo., and Andres Gomez, Colombia, 5,260, $1,775.
31, Jesper Svensson, Sweden, 5,248, $1,700.
32, Kyle Troup, Taylorsville, N.C., 5,241, $1,650.
33, Zeke Bayt, Westerville, Ohio, 5,240, $1,600.
34, Gary Faulkner Jr., Memphis, Tenn., 5,219, $1,550.
35, Darren Tang, San Francisco, 5,216, $1,500.
36, Gabriel Garcia, Port St. Lucie, Fla., 5,210, $1,450.
37, Tannya Roumimper, Indonesia, 5,117, $1,400.

300 Games: Jakob Butturff.

PBA Spare Shots: PBA to Reveal First of 60 Most Memorable Moments During Sunday’s ESPN Finals

Thu, 2018-02-15 12:35

For the past six months, the PBA has engaged in an extensive research project to try to identify “The 60 Most Memorable Moments in PBA History” with the help of past players, veteran bowling writers, industry representatives, etc.

The list that began with twice as many contending memories has been culled down to the 60 most memorable moments, and the top 10 will be revealed to the viewing public during Sunday’s live ESPN coverage of the Go Bowling! PBA 60th Anniversary Classic…and Xtra Frame viewers will get a sneak peak at the top 10 during coverage of Saturday night’s PBA 60th Anniversary Celebration dinner.

The remaining 50 moments will be revealed systematically in the weeks ahead, as part of the PBA’s year-long celebration of its first 60 years.

“It isn’t a list of the best moments, or the most historic,” said PBA Vice President of Marketing Janay Haggerty, who coordinated the project. “It boils down to the moments that made for the greatest memories, and as any PBA fan knows, there are hundreds of great memories to choose from. It’ll be fun to hear the reaction of fans as we reveal the moments our panel of experts selected.”

The 60 Most Memorable Moments in PBA History will be revealed on all of the PBA Network’s media platforms – Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, pba.com, etc. in the weeks ahead. To make sure you don’t miss out, follow the PBA on Facebook ((www.facebook.com/ProfessionalBowlersAssociation) or Instagram (pbatour), subscribe to the PBA channel on YouTube (PBABowling) and tweet along on Twitter (@pbatour).

FIELD OF ELIGIBLE CANDIDATES SET FOR SATURDAY’S PBA LEAGUE DRAFT

The list of eligible players for the 2018 PBA League Draft that takes place Saturday in Indianapolis has been confirmed. Each of the eight PBA League managers will select two players from the eligibility list beginning at 10:30 a.m. ET at Woodland Bowl. The draft will be lived streamed on PBA’s Xtra Frame online bowling channel.

The eligibility list consists of PBA members who are in the top 75 PBA on the National Tour/WBT earnings list for 2017 plus 2018 events through the just-completed PBA Tournament of Champions. No new names were added based on TOC results, but two players – Bryon Smith and Chris Warren – voluntarily withdrew their names from consideration.

The draft order will be reverse order of finish from last year, beginning with No. 8 Brooklyn followed by Motown, NYC, LA, Philadelphia, Silver Lake, Portland and Dallas.

The complete list of players who are already on team rosters includes the following:

● Shipyard Dallas Strikers: Player-manager Norm Duke, Tommy Jones, Bill O’Neill;
● Port Property Portland Lumberjacks: Ryan Ciminelli, Wes Malott, Kyle Troup;
● Go Bowling! Silver Lake Atom Splitters: Chris Barnes, Jesper Svensson, Tom Daugherty;
● Sysco Philadelphia Hitmen: Dom Barrett, Tom Smallwood, Ronnie Russell;
● bowlingball.com L.A. X: Jason Belmonte, Stuart Williams, Martin Larsen;
● GEICO NYC WTT KingPins: Pete Weber, Marshall Kent, Sam Cooley;
● Barbasol Motown Muscle: EJ Tackett, Francois Lavoie, Anthony Simonsen;
● Brooklyn Styles: Parker Bohn III, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Sean Rash.

Only 16 of the eligible players listed below (in alphabetical order) will be drafted, so it’s a certainty that a number of deserving players will have to wait another year:

Dick Allen
Andrew Anderson
Pontus Andersson
Brad Angelo
DJ Archer
Zeke Bayt
Josh Blanchard
Kim Bolleby
Charlie Brown
Jakob Butturff
AJ Chapman
Jeff Evans
Graham Fach
Trey Ford
Daniel Fransson
Andres Gomez
Rafiq Ismail
Liz Johnson
AJ Johnson
Shota Kawazoe
Nick Kruml
Yannaphon Larpapharat
Thomas Larsen
Brian LeClair
Chris Loschetter
Francois Louw
Shawn Maldonado
Danielle McEwan
Matthew McNiel
Brad Miller
BJ Moore
Brandon Novak
Matthew O'Grady
Greg Ostrander
Rhino Page
Osku Palermaa
Anthony Pepe
Connor Pickford
Kristopher Prather
Matthew Sanders
Kyle Sherman
Jason Sterner
John Szczerbinski
Darren Tang
Richie Teece
Chris Via
Cameron Weier
Zacharay Wilkins
Dave Wodka

The PBA League will return to Bayside Bowl in Portland, Maine, in April. After the PBA Xtra Frame Maine Shootout April 17-18 (a PBA Tour title event), all PBAL teams will bowl an eight-game Baker “seeding tournament” on April 20. The PBAL quarterfinals will take place on April 21 with the No. 1 seeded team vs. No. 8 and No. 4 vs. No. 5 on the first ESPN show that airs on April 22, followed by team No. 2 vs. No. 7, and No. 3 vs. No. 6 in the show that will air on April 29. Semifinal and Elias Cup final matches will be contested on April 22 to air on ESPN on May 6 and 13, respectively.

EVEN AT 84, CARMEN SALVINO ISN’T PLEASED WITH LEVEL OF PERFORMANCE

At 9 a.m. on Tuesday, PBA Hall of Famer Carmen Salvino made history again, throwing a ball in Professional Bowlers Association competition at age 84 to become the oldest player ever to compete in a PBA Tour event. He got nine pins on his first shot, converted his spare and completed game one with a respectable 204.

The only person in the field who also bowled in the first PBA tournament ever held (1959, Albany, N.Y.), Salvino had a mixed day. He followed his 204 with games of 146, 135, 152, 169, and just when you might think he was tired or ready to throw in the towel, he had a 205 followed by a 258 before closing with a 131. For his 16 qualifying games, he averaged a modest 178, disappointing by personal standards he set in a 17-title career spanning all 60 years of the PBA’s existence, but he partly blamed himself.

The biggest issue, he noted, was his recent lack of bowling in a competitive environment to get ready for the tournament.

“You can’t practice for PBA Tour lane conditions at home. When you get out here, moving from one pair of lanes to the next, things change so much it’s like bowling one game in this center and the next game in a completely different center,” he said, offering sound advice for any would-be PBA competitor. “You can’t practice for this level of competition by bowling in league play back home.”

Salvino concluded his tournament by bowling his final qualifying round Wednesday evening, but he wouldn’t concede this was his final PBA Tour event. “I bowled in the 50th anniversary event. I bowled in the 60th anniversary event and I’ll probably bowl in the 70th anniversary tournament,” he said. “I just hope the news media is still around to cover it when I do.”

Visit “In the News” on pba.com later in the week for links to newspaper and television features about Salvino’s historic appearance in Indianapolis.

TELECAST TIMES CHANGE FOR BARBASOL PBA PLAYERS CHAMPIONSHIP, DOUBLES FINALS

The live ESPN finals of the Barbasol PBA Players Championship from Wayne Webb’s Columbus Bowl next Sunday has been changed from 1 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. EST, the PBA has learned. In addition, the finals of the Mark Roth-Marshall Holman PBA Doubles Championship, also being held in Columbus, Ohio, will be delayed by 30 minutes, which means live streaming coverage on ESPN3 will begin at 5 p.m. The taped finals will air on ESPN as scheduled on Sunday, March 25, at 2 p.m. EST.

ESPN also has advised it will re-air the Players Championship finals on ESPN2 on Saturday, March 3, at 9 a.m. EST.

CONCRETE SOFTWARE’S “BEAT THE 60TH ANNIVERSARY CLASSIC” CHAMPION CHALLENGE BEGINS MONDAY

In honor of Go Bowling! PBA Tour's 60th Anniversary season, the PBA Bowling Challenge Mobile Game is offering players a PBA 60th Anniversary tournament inside the new Anniversary venue. To enter, download PBA Bowling Challenge and start bowling on Monday, Feb. 19 at noon. Beat the Go Bowling! PBA 60th Anniversary Classic winner’s score, and you’ll be eligible to win the sweepstakes.

The Go Bowling! PBA 60th Anniversary Classic finals air Sunday at 1 p.m. EST on ESPN. Each tournament score that beats the winner's score will count as an entry. One entry will be randomly selected as the winner and will receive a bowling pin signed by the winner plus 5,000 Gold Pins! Players can enter scores as often as they wish between 1 p.m. EST on Feb. 19 and 12:59 a.m. EST on Feb. 26. Here is a link to the official rules http://bit.ly/PBA60th_OfficialRules.

Everyone with a mobile device is invited to join the fun. The PBA Bowling Challenge Mobile Game app is a free download at Google Play and Apple App stores. Use these links: Google Play: http://bit.ly/PBABowlingChallengeAnd

MARSHALL KENT PROVIDES HIS “PERSPECTIVE” ON 2017 OKLAHOMA OPEN VICTORY

Marshall Kent reveals personal insights into his 2017 victory over Chris Barnes to win the Oklahoma Open in Shawnee, Okla., in the newest edition of PBA Player’s Perspective on Xtra Frame. The feature debuts today.

The Xtra Frame Player’s Perspective series presents a new inside look at PBA competition every Thursday, followed a week later by availability of the exclusive interview on PBA’s YouTube channel. Recent Perspective’s include Pete Weber (2012 U.S. Open). Rhino Page (2017 PBA Xtra Frame Kenn-Feld Group Classic); Chris Barnes (2015 DHC PBA Japan Invitational) Tom Daugherty (2016 Wolf Open) and EJ Tackett/Tommy Jones (2017 FireLake Tournament of Champions). Additional perspectives will be announced in the coming weeks.

Xtra Frame subscription packages are offered for three days, a full month or a 12-month Xtra Frame Season Ticket. Visit xtraframe.com for details on how to subscribe.

PBA REGIONAL UPDATE: AMATEURS WIN IN “CHALLENGE” DOUBLEHEADER

Amateurs Justin Mandell of Orlando, Fla., and Hector Valenzuela of Whitsett, N.C., were victorious in Sunday’s PBA and PBA50 BreakPoint Alley Challenge events in Tavares, Fla. Both tournaments, presented by DV8, were open to bowlers who had not previously won a PBA title.

Mandell defeated Anthony Coats of Pflugerville, Texas, 203-191, to win the standard challenge event and $1,600. Valenzuela defeated Craig Auerbach of Sunrise, Fla., 186-171, in the PBA50 event for a $1,500 payday. Neither player earned credit for a PBA title because they were not PBA members at the time they won.

● The PBA South Region’s second weekend of competition includes the PBA50 Dave Edwards Toyota Spartanburg South Open at Paradise Lanes in Spartanburg, S.C., over the Feb. 16-18 weekend.

● 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 new PBA app).

Indiana Native Matt Sanders Takes Early Second Round Lead in Go Bowling! PBA 60th Anniversary Classic

Wed, 2018-02-14 14:55

INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana native Matt Sanders, the 2017 Professional Bowlers Association Rookie of the Year, was feeling under the weather, but didn’t bowl like it in rolling into the early second round lead in the Go Bowling! PBA 60th Anniversary Classic Wednesday at Woodland Bowl.

The 24-year-old left-hander rolled games of 204, 222, 258, 278, 237, 279, 278 and 216 for 1,977 pins for the round and a 16-game total of 3,887 pins to pace the 73 players on B Squad, who completed their qualifying round Wednesday afternoon. The 75 players on A Squad bowled their final eight-game qualifying round at 4 p.m. EST.

Sanders, a former NAIA All-American with Marian University, was scoring at a 242.94 pace in build a 89-pin lead over Kris Prather of Plainfield, Ill., after 16 games. Andrew Anderson of Holly, Mich., was third among the early finishers with 3,751 pins.

“I got off to a slow start, but once I got going, I bowled pretty well,” said Sanders, an Evansville native who recently relocated to Indianapolis. “It would really mean a lot to win a title in my home state, but I have to make it to the stepladder finals first.”

Sanders won his first PBA Tour title in the Xtra Frame Billy Hardwick Memorial Open in Memphis last June. He also finished fifth in the 2017 PBA World Championship and finished sixth in last week’s PBA Tournament of Champions, missing the ESPN finals by 10 pins.

In addition to Sanders, fellow Hoosiers Ronnie Russell of Marion (fifth place) and EJ Tackett of Huntington (17th) were in solid position to remain in contention for the 60th Anniversary Classic title.

The Go Bowling! PBA 60th Anniversary Classic is special tournament at the heart of a week dedicated to the organization’s birth in 1958 and 60 years of competition. Included in the season-long celebration will be the unveiling of the PBA’s 60 Most Memorable Moments, the PBA 60th Anniversary Celebration dinner and hall of fame induction ceremonies Saturday, and Sunday’s live 1 p.m. ESPN finals of the 60th Anniversary Classic.

Based on 16-game qualifying totals, the top 37 players now advance to an eight-game cashers round Thursday at 9 a.m. After 24 qualifying games, the top 24 will bowl eight-game head-to-head match play rounds Thursday at 6 p.m. and Friday at 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. All preliminary rounds, plus the annual PBA League Draft on Saturday at 10:30 a.m. and the PBA 60th Anniversary Celebration Dinner Saturday at 6:30 p.m., will be live streamed on PBA’s online bowling channel, Xtra Frame. To sign up, visit xtraframe.tv.

GO BOWLING! PBA 60TH ANNIVERSARY CLASSIC

Woodland Bowl, Indianapolis, Feb. 14

EARLY SECOND ROUND STANDINGS (Squad B leaders after 16 games; Squad A bowled its final 8 games at 4 p.m. Wednesday)

1, Matthew Sanders, Evansville, Ind., 3,887.
2, Kristopher Prather, Plainfield, Ill., 3,798.
3, Andrew Anderson, Holly, Mich., 3,751.
4, Keven Williams, Springfield, Mo., 3,722.
5, Ronnie Russell, Marion, Ind., 3,697.
6, DJ Archer, Friendswood, Texas, 3,684.
7, Richie Teece, England, 3,665.
8, Shota Kawazoe, Japan, 3,654.
9, Brandon Novak, Chillicothe, Ohio, 3,636.
10, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 3,634.
11, Brian Robinson, Morgantown, W.Va., 3,615.
12, Zeke Bayt, Westerville, Ohio, 3,607.
13, Arturo Quintero, Mexico, 3,598.
14, Charlie Brown Jr, Grandville, Mich., 3,597.
15, Anthony Simonsen, Austin, Texas, 3,596.
16, Andres Gomez, Colombia, 3,594.
17, EJ Tackett, Huntington, Ind., 3,584.
18, Kyle Troup, Taylorsville, N.C., 3,568.
19, Tannya Roumimper, Indonesia, 3,567.
20, Richard McCormick, Cincinnati, Ohio, 3,560.
21, Shawn Maldonado, Houston, 3,552.
22, Cristian Azcona, Puerto Rico, 3,544.
23, Jason Sterner, Rockledge, Fla., 3,539.
24, Thomas Larsen, Denmark, 3,525.
25, Yannaphon Larpapharat, Thailand, 3,524.

300 Games: Russ Oviatt, Richard McCormick.

Anthony Pepe Averages 252 to Take Early First Round Lead in Go Bowling! PBA 60th Anniversary Classic

Tue, 2018-02-13 14:30

INDIANAPOLIS – Anthony Pepe, a 29-year-old left-hander from Elmhurst, N.Y., averaged 252 for his first eight games in the Go Bowling! PBA 60th Anniversary Classic Tuesday to take the early first round lead at Woodland Bowl by 20 pins fellow lefty Jakob Butturff of Tempe, Ariz.

Pepe, who is trying for his second Professional Bowlers Association Tour title, had a dazzling round, rolling games of 254, 266, 258, 257, 279, 202, 256 and 245 for a 2,017 total to pace the 75 players on A Squad. B squad, the other half of the tournament field, bowled its opening round at 4 p.m. EST.

Pepe, who came into the 2018 season off a solid performance in the GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling IX in Reno, Nev., in late November, said he had a game plan for playing the lanes at Woodland Bowl based on previous experiences in the center.

“The biggest thing was I had an arsenal of bowling balls in wanted to use, and I was able to make the ball choices quickly,” Pepe said. “I also came into the season with a lot of confidence after the World Series. After Matt O’Grady won the PBA Tournament of Champions last week, he said it was proof of what hard work can do, and I couldn’t agree more.”

The Go Bowling! PBA 60th Anniversary Classic is a one-time special event on the PBA schedule, commemorating the organization’s birth in 1958 and 60 years of memorable competition. Over the course of the next few weeks, the PBA will unveil its 60 Most Memorable Moments. This week’s tournament began with 84-year-old PBA Hall of Famer Carmen Salvino of Chicago (at left), who bowled in the first PBA tournament held in 1959, becoming the oldest bowler ever to participate in a PBA Tour event, and it will include the PBA 60th Anniversary Celebration dinner and hall of fame induction ceremonies Saturday, leading into Sunday’s live 1 p.m. ESPN finals of the 60th Anniversary Classic.

Qualifying continues Wednesday with B and A squads bowling another eight games at 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., respectively. After 16 games, the top 37 players will advance to an eight-game cashers round Thursday at 9 a.m. After 24 qualifying games, the top 24 will bowl eight-game head-to-head match play rounds Thursday at 6 p.m. and Friday at 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. All preliminary rounds, plus the annual PBA League Draft on Saturday at 10:30 a.m. and the 60th Anniversary Celebration dinner at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, will be live streamed on PBA’s online bowling channel, Xtra Frame. To sign up, visit xtraframe.tv.

GO BOWLING! PBA 60TH ANNIVERSARY CLASSIC

Woodland Bowl, Indianapolis, Feb. 13

EARLY FIRST ROUND STANDINGS (Squad A top 60 after 8 games; Squad B bowled its 8 games at 4 p.m.)

1, Anthony Pepe, Elmhurst, N.Y., 2,017.
2, Jakob Butturff, Tempe, Ariz., 1,997.
3, Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., 1,945.
4, Osku Palermaa, Finland, 1,924.
5, Chris Via, Springfield, Ohio, 1,869.
6, Darren Tang, San Francisco, 1,868.
7, Tom Hess, Urbandale, Iowa, 1,855.
7, Aaron Lorincz, Center Line, Mich., 1,855.
9, Gary Faulkner Jr., Memphis, Tenn., 1,853.
10, Gabriel Garcia, Port St. Lucie, Fla., 1,832.
11, Dom Barrett, England, 1,821.
12, Bill O'Neill, Langhorne, Pa., 1,814.
13, Ryan Ciminelli, Clarence, N.Y., 1,797.
14, Stuart Williams, England, 1,796.
15, Pontus Andersson, Sweden, 1,794.
16, Connor Pickford, Charlotte, N.C., 1,791.
17, Tom Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich., 1,788.
18, AJ Chapman, Wichita, Kan., 1,782.
19, Tim Foy Jr., Seaford, Del., 1,781.
20, Andrew Cain, Phoenix, 1,775.
21, Jason Belmonte, Australia, 1,770.
22, Joe Paluszek, Bensalem, Pa., 1,759.
23, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., 1,756.
24, Zacharay Wilkins, Canada, 1,755.
24, Kristian Sieradzki, Seminole, Fla., 1,755.
26, Sean Lavery-Spahr, Pasadena, Texas, 1,754.
27, Dwight Adams, Greensboro, N.C., 1,752.
28, Brad Miller, Maryland Heights, Mo., 1,750.
29, Matthew O'Grady, Rahway, N.J., 1,744.
30, Trey Ford III, Bartlesville, Okla., 1,743.
30, Mitch Beasley, Clarksville, Tenn., 1,743.
32, Greg Ostrander, Freehold, N.J., 1,742.
33, Francois Lavoie, Canada, 1,736.
34, Jean Perez, Puerto Rico, 1,734.
35, Kyle Sherman, O'Fallon, Mo., 1,727.
36, Andrew Klingler, Grand Rapids, Mich., 1,725.
37, Anthony Lavery-Spahr, Pasadena, Texas, 1,723.
38, Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 1,719.
39, Patrick Girard, Canada, 1,717.
40, Michael Tang, San Francisco, Calif., 1,716.
40, Graham Fach, Canada, 1,716.
42, Christopher Sloan, Ireland, 1,715.
43, Marco Moretti, Costa Rica, 1,709.
44, Jeff Evans, Supply, N.C., 1,705.
45, Jake Peters, Henderson, Nev., 1,703.
46, Cameron Weier, Tacoma, Wash., 1,695.
47, Kim Bolleby, Thailand, 1,689.
48, AJ Johnson, Oswego, Ill., 1,688.
48, Danielle McEwan, Stony Point, N.Y., 1,688.
50, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 1,685.
51, Steven Arehart, Chesapeake, Va., 1,672.
52, Kyle Bigelow, Troy, Ohio, 1,668.
53, Jesper Svensson, Sweden, 1,662.
54, Rhino Page, Orlando, 1,659.
55, John Furey, Freehold, N.J., 1,654.
55, Daniel Fransson, Sweden, 1,654.
57, JR Raymond, Clinton Twp., Mich., 1,631.
58, Chris Arcaro, Carolina Beach, N.C., 1,626.
59, Mitch Hupe, Towanda, Kan., 1,621.
59, Markus Jansson, Sweden, 1,621.

300 Games: Gary Faulkner Jr., Marshall Kent.

Matt O’Grady Defeats Jesper Svensson to Win 53rd PBA Tournament of Champions

Sun, 2018-02-11 17:17

FAIRLAWN, Ohio  – Advancing from a pre-tournament qualifier earlier in the week all the way to the title match, four-time Professional Bowlers Association regional tournament winner Matt O’Grady of Rahway, N.J., won the 53rd PBA Tournament of Champions Sunday for his first PBA Tour title.

O’Grady, whose best previous PBA Tour finish was fourth, won three stepladder finals matches at AMF Riviera Lanes before beating top qualifier and 2016 Tournament of Champions winner Jesper Svensson, 207-193, in the title match of the first major of the 2018 Go Bowling! PBA Tour season.

O’Grady held a three-pin lead over Svensson in the eighth frame but was able to pull away when he struck in the ninth frame and the first shot in the 10th frame. Except for strikes in the second and third frames, Svensson was not able to put another string of strikes together for the rest of the match.

“I feel like I’m sleepwalking—it’s a dream come true,” said the 31-year-old O’Grady, who won PBA’s signature event which requires a player to be a PBA champion to be eligible to enter. “It just shows you what hard work can do. I’ve been working hard the past year to be able to compete at this level.

“I admit that in the past I haven’t been as disciplined as I should be to be competitive out here on tour,” O’Grady added. “I just had to commit to putting my head down, grit my teeth, and do the hard work you have to do.”

For Svensson, it was his second consecutive runner-up finish in a major after finishing second in the PBA World Championship, the final major of the 2017 season.

O’Grady, who became the first player since Dave D’Entremont in the 1996 Tournament of Champions to win four stepladder matches for the title, started the championship round with a 219-174 victory over PBA regional winner BJ Moore of Greensburg, Pa., who finished fifth.

In the second match, O’Grady met four-time and reigning PBA Player of the Year Jason Belmonte of Australia, who was trying for a record-tying 10th major and third Tournament of Champions title. Needing a double in the 10th frame to pull out the win, Belmonte struck on the first ball but left a 10 pin on a pocket hit on the second shot giving O’Grady the 229-225 win.

Belmonte, who was the No. 3 qualifier, made a dramatic run to the finals just barely advancing to match play in the 24th and final position. Had he won, he would have been only the fourth player to win a major from that position.

“That was like climbing the mountain to win that match,” O’Grady said. “Obviously, I still had a lot of work to do but there was a lot of relief after beating Jason, especially with everything he was bowling for.”

Belmonte, who finished fourth, will have another opportunity to win a 10th major when the Barbasol PBA Players Championship is held Feb. 19-25 at Wayne Webb’s Columbus Bowl in Columbus, Ohio.

In the semi-final match, O’Grady beat Andrew Anderson of Holly, Mich., a second-year tour player who owns one regional title as a PBA member, 194-185.

Anderson and Moore also had to qualify through the tournament’s pre-tournament qualifier which was for non-tour winners who owned a title in one of PBA’s other divisions.

The 2018 Tournament of Champions marked the return of PBA’s signature tournament to historic AMF Riviera Lanes where it had been conducted from 1966 to 1994.

The PBA Tour moves to Indianapolis for the Go Bowling! 60th Anniversary Classic at Woodland Bowl which begins Tuesday and will conclude with the stepladder finals next Sunday (Feb. 18) at 1 p.m. ET on ESPN.

PBA TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS
AMF Riviera Lanes, Fairlawn, Ohio, Sunday

Final Standings
1, Matt O’Grady, Rahway, N.J., $50,000.
2, Jesper Svensson, Sweden, $25,000.
3, Andrew Anderson, Holly, Mich. $13,000.
4, Jason Belmonte, Australia, $11,000.
5, BJ Moore, Greensburg, Pa., $10,000.

Stepladder Results:
Match One – O’Grady def. Moore, 219-174
Match Two – O’Grady def. Belmonte, 229-225.
Semifinal Match – O’Grady def. Anderson, 195-185.
Championship – O’Grady def. Svensson, 207-193.

Jesper Svensson Takes Top Spot for PBA Tournament of Champions Stepladder Finals

Fri, 2018-02-09 23:45

FAIRLAWN, Ohio – Two-hander Jesper Svensson of Sweden will bowl for his second PBA Tournament of Champions title and eighth career tour title as the top qualifier for the 53rd edition of PBA’s signature championship Sunday at AMF Riviera Lanes.

The finals for the 2018 Go Bowling! PBA Tour season’s first major will air Sunday at 1 p.m. ET on ESPN.

Svensson compiled a 16-6-2 match play record and 10,159 42-game pinfall total including match play bonus pins to secure the top spot 147 pins ahead of No. 2 qualifier second-year pro Andrew Anderson of Holly, Mich., who finished with a 10,012 pinfall.

Svensson, who is already a seven-time Tour winner at age 22, became the youngest player to win the Tournament of Champions, when he captured the title in Shawnee, Okla., in 2016 at age 20, eight days short of his 21st birthday.

Nearly failing to advance to match play after earning the 24th and final match play spot after qualifying on Thursday, nine-time PBA Tour major winner Jason Belmonte of Australia made a dramatic drive to reach the No. 3 qualifying position for the finals finishing with a 9,928 pinfall and 14-10 match play record.

Belmonte, who won his fourth Player of the Year crown in 2017, is trying for his 10th PBA major title to tie PBA Hall of Famers Pete Weber and Earl Anthony for the all-time major title record. A win would also make the 2014 and 2015 Tournament of Champions winner the third player to win the major three times. Jason Couch and Mike Durbin are the other three-time winners.

Should Belmonte, a 16-time tour winner capture the title, he would become only the fourth player to come from the 24th qualifying position, using PBA’s traditional head-to-head match play format, to win a major. The last player to accomplish the feat was Hall of Famer Parker Bohn III in the 2012 PBA World Championship.

If Belmonte advances to the championship match against Svensson, it would also set up a rematch of the 2017 PBA World Championship title match where Belmonte beat Svensson for the win. Belmonte defeated Svensson 238-225 for a record third major win during the season with previous wins coming in the United States Bowling Congress Masters and Barbasol PBA Players Championship.

BJ Moore of Greensburg, Pa., a PBA regional titlist and Matt O’Grady of Rahway, N.J., a four-time regional winner, took the fourth and fifth stepladder spots, respectively. Moore finished with a 9,873 pinfall and O’Grady finished with a 9,824 to take the final spot. Both players had 15-9 records in match play.

Anderson, who owns one regional title as a PBA member, Moore and O’Grady advanced to the Tournament of Champions field through the pre-tournament qualifier. The PTQ enabled players who did not have tour titles, but owned titles in PBA’s other divisions, to earn spots in the field.

PBA TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS

AMF Riviera Lanes, Fairlawn, Ohio, Friday

Sixth Round Standings (after 42 games. Top five advance to Sunday’s stepladder finals on ESPN at 1 p.m. ET. Includes match play record, total pinfall including bonus pins and money earned.)

1, Jesper Svensson, Sweden, 16-6-2, 10,159.
2, Andrew Anderson, Holly, Mich., 15-9, 10,012.
3, Jason Belmonte, Australia, 14-10, 9,928.
4, BJ Moore, Greensburg, Pa., 15-9, 9,873.
5, Matt O'Grady, Rahway, N.J., 15-9, 9,824.
6, Matt Sanders, Evansville, Ind., 14-10, 9,814, $6,500.
7, Ronnie Russell, Marion, Ind., 13-11, 9,780, $6,000.
8, Anthony Simonsen, Austin, Texas, 14-10, 9,764, $5,500.
9, Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., 15-9, 9,723, $5,000.
10, Kristopher Prather, Plainfield, Ill., 11-12-1, 9,718, $4,800.
11, Tom Daugherty, Riverview, Fla., 11-13, 9,703, $4,700.
12, Kyle Troup, Taylorsville, N.C., 10-14, 9,691, $4,700.
13, EJ Tackett, Huntington, Ind., 13-10-1, 9,678, $4,500.
14, Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 11-13, 9,522, $4,400.
15, DJ Archer, Friendswood, Texas, 11-13, 9,515, $4,300.
16, Mitch Beasley, Clarksville, Tenn., 14-10, 9,495, $4,200.
17, Bill O'Neill, Langhorne, Pa., 8-16, 9,494, $4,100.
18, Jakob Butturff, Tempe, Ariz., 9-15, 9,469, $4,000.
19, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 10-14, 9,464, $3,900.
20, Chris Warren, Grants Pass, Ore., 9-15, 9,445, $3,800.
21, Kyle Sherman, O'Fallon, Mo., 10-13-1, 9,408, $3,700.
22, Connor Pickford, Charlotte, N.C., 12-12, 9,326, $3,600.
23, Shawn Maldonado, Houston, Texas, 8-15-1, 9,222, $3,650.
24, Kurt Pilon, Warren, Mich., 6-16-2, 9,039, $3,500.

300 games (3) – Matt O’Grady, Andrew Anderson, Kyle Troup

Jesper Svensson Posts 11-3-2 Overall Record in Match Play to Move Into PBA Tournament of Champions Lead

Fri, 2018-02-09 15:56

FAIRLAWN, Ohio – Swedish two-hander Jesper Svensson posted a 5-1-2 record after the second match play round Friday and averaged 240 to move into the PBA Tournament of Champions  lead at AMF Riviera Lanes.

With an 11-3-2 overall record and 8,238 pinfall (including 30 bonus pins for each match win) after two match play rounds, the 2016 Tournament of Champions winner holds a 171–pin lead over four-time Tour winner Ronnie Russell of Marion, Ind. in second who led after the Thursday’s first match play round. Russell finished the day with an 8,067 pinfall and 10-6 record.

The 24-player match play field will bowl the final eight-game round this evening at 6 p.m. to determine the five players who will compete in Sunday’s live stepladder finals on ESPN at 1 p.m. ET.

Matt O’Grady of Rahway, N.J., a four-time regional winner, moved up to third after posting a 7-1 record Friday giving him an 11-5 record overall for two rounds. He bowled the tournament’s second perfect game beating 12-time Tour winner Sean Rash of Montgomery, Ill., 300-278, in the seventh game.

Andrew Anderson, a two-time regional winner, holds the fourth spot with an 8,020 pinfall and 10-6 match play record. One-time Tour winner and 2017 PBA Rookie of the Year Matt Sanders of Evansville, Ind., is in fifth with a 7,941 pinfall and 11-5 match play record.

Both O’Grady and Anderson advanced to the TOC field through the pre-tournament qualifier. The PTQ enabled players who do not own Tour titles, but have titles in PBA’s other divisions, to earn spots in the field.

Nine-time PBA Tour major champion Jason Belmonte of Australia inched closer to the top five despite an 8-8 match play record for two rounds. He sits sixth with a 7,852 pinfall.

Nearly failing to advance to match play after earning the 24th and final match play spot Thursday, Belmonte has made a steady climb to stay in contention.

Belmonte, who won his fourth Player of the Year crown in 2017, is trying for his 10th PBA major title to tie PBA Hall of Famers Pete Weber and Earl Anthony for the all-time major title record. A win would also make the 2014 and 2015 TOC winner the third player to win the major three times. Jason Couch and Mike Durbin are the other three-time winners.

Using PBA’s traditional head-to-head match play format that advances 24 players from qualifying and awards 30 bonus pins for a match win, 15 players in PBA history have advanced from the 24th match play position to win a tournament. Three have accomplished it in majors.

Fans can catch the final round of match play this evening live on PBA’s online bowling channel Xtra Frame.

PBA TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS

AMF Riviera Lanes, Fairlawn, Ohio, Thursday

Fifth Round Standings (after 34 games. Includes match play record and total pinfall including bonus pins.)

1, Jesper Svensson, Sweden, 11-3-2, 8,238.
2, Ronnie Russell, Marion, Ind., 10-6, 8,067.
3, Matt O'Grady, Rahway, N.J., 11-5, 8,058.
4, Andrew Anderson, Holly, Mich., 10-6, 8,020.
5, Matthew Sanders, Evansville, Ind., 11-5, 7,941.
6, Jason Belmonte, Australia, 8-8, 7,852.
7, BJ Moore III, Greensburg, Pa., 10-6, 7,847.
8, Kyle Troup, Taylorsville, N.C., 8-8, 7,838.
9, Anthony Simonsen, Austin, Texas, 9-7, 7,835.
10, Tom Daugherty, Riverview, Fla., 7-9, 7,786.
11, Kristopher Prather, Plainfield, Ill., 6-9-1, 7,766.
12, Jakob Butturff, Tempe, Ariz., 8-8, 7,711.
13, Mitch Beasley, Clarksville, Tenn., 10-6, 7,659.
14, Bill O'Neill, Langhorne, Pa., 6-10, 7,653.
15, Chris Warren, Grants Pass, Ore., 6-10, 7,645.
16, EJ Tackett, Huntington, Ind., 7-8-1, 7,644.
17, DJ Archer, Friendswood, Texas, 7-9, 7,627.
17, Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 8-8, 7,627.
19, Kyle Sherman, O'Fallon, Mo., 7-8-1, 7,623.
20, Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., 8-8, 7,610.
21, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 5-11, 7,572.
22, Connor Pickford, Charlotte, N.C., 7-9, 7,475.
23, Shawn Maldonado, Houston, Texas, 5-10-1, 7,472.
24, Kurt Pilon, Warren, Mich., 3-11-2, 7,326.

Russell Posts 6-2 Record in First Match Play Round to Retain Lead in PBA Tournament of Champions

Thu, 2018-02-08 23:17

FAIRLAWN, Ohio – Four-time PBA Tour winner Ronnie Russell of Marion, Ind., retained his lead in the PBA Tournament of Champions Thursday at AMF Riviera Lanes after the first match play round but had to withstand a challenge from 2016 TOC winner Jesper Svensson of Sweden who moved into second.

Russell posted a 6-2 match play record and finished with a 6,201 four-round overall pinfall total, which includes 30 bonus pins for each match win, to lead Svensson who also recorded a 6-2 record and finished 73 pins behind with 6,128.

In the first major tournament of the 2018 Go Bowling! PBA Tour season, Russell reeled off match wins with games of 259, 266, 220, 267, 257, then lost with games of 158, 202 before winning the final match with 226.

“Bowling this well on a fresh condition isn’t really my game so I was pretty happy with the good start,” Russell said. “Everything was going well until I had trouble figuring out the pair of lanes in the sixth game. That was pretty frustrating but I was able to dig myself out of that whole and had a decent finish.

“I’ve been relying pretty heavily on my equipment choices so far in the tournament,” he added. “I’m probably going to drill up a couple more balls so I can be more prepared for what I might experience tomorrow.”

Svensson, a two-handed player who is already a seven-time Tour winner at age 22, became the youngest player to win the Tournament of Champions, when he captured the title in Shawnee, Okla., in 2016 at age 20, eight days short of his 21st birthday.

Finishing the day in third was 2017 PBA Rookie of the Year Matt Sanders of Evansville, Ind., with a 7-1 record and 6,092 pinfall.

Two-hander Anthony Simonsen of Austin, Texas, recorded a 5-3 record in match play and 6,052 pinfall to finish in fourth. Simonsen won the 2016 United States Bowling Congress Masters at age 19 to become the youngest player to win a major.

Nearly failing to advance to match play after the final qualifying round earlier in the day, nine-time major winner Australian two-hander Jason Belmonte made a dramatic rebound posting a 5-3 match play record and 5,947 pinfall to move from 24th to seventh.

Belmonte, who won his fourth Player of the Year crown in 2017, is trying for his 10th PBA major title to tie PBA Hall of Famers Pete Weber and Earl Anthony for the all-time major title record. A win would also make the 2014 and 2015 TOC winner the third player to win the major three times. Jason Couch and Mike Durbin are the other three-time winners.

Using PBA’s traditional head-to-head match play format that advances 24 players from qualifying and awards 30 bonus pins for a match win, 15 players in PBA history have advanced from the 24th match play position to win a tournament. Three have accomplished it in majors.

Match play continues Friday with rounds at 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. ET. After Friday’s match play the top five players will be determined for Sunday’s live stepladder finals on ESPN at 1 p.m. ET.

Fans can catch TOC qualifying and match play rounds on PBA’s online bowling channel Xtra Frame. For subscription and schedule information visit www.xtraframe.tv.

PBA TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS

AMF Riviera Lanes, Fairlawn, Ohio, Thursday

Fourth Round Standings (after 26 games. Includes match play record and total pinfall including bonus pins.)

1, Ronnie Russell, Marion, Ind., 6-2, 6,201.
2, Jesper Svensson, Sweden, 6-2, 6,128.
3, Matthew Sanders, Evansville, Ind., 7-1, 6,092.
4, Anthony Simonsen, Austin, Texas, 5-3, 6,052.
5, Matthew O'Grady, Rahway, N.J., 4-4, 5,984.
6, Andrew Anderson, Holly, Mich., 4-4, 5,975.
7, Jason Belmonte, Australia, 5-3, 5,947.
8, Tom Daugherty, Riverview, Fla., 5-3, 5,947.
9, Kristopher Prather, Plainfield, Ill., 3-5, 5,946.
10, Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., 5-3, 5,900.
11, Jakob Butturff, Tempe, Ariz., 5-3, 5,884.
12, Bill O'Neill, Langhorne, Pa., 3-5, 5,866.
13, Kyle Sherman, O'Fallon, Mo., 4-3-1, 5,850.
14, Mitch Beasley, Clarksville, Tenn., 5-3, 5,878.
15, Kyle Troup, Taylorsville, N.C., 2-6, 5,850.
16, Shawn Maldonado, Houston, Texas, 4-4, 5,828.
17, Chris Warren, Grants Pass, Ore., 2-6, 5,814.
18, EJ Tackett, Huntington, Ind., 3-5, 5,811.
19, BJ Moore III, Greensburg, Pa., 4-4, 5,747.
20, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 3-5, 5,740.
21, Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 3-5, 5,683.
22, Connor Pickford, Charlotte, N.C., 3-5, 5,661.
23, DJ Archer, Friendswood, Texas, 2-6, 5,647.
24, Kurt Pilon, Warren, Mich., 2-5-1, 5,606.

Russell Earns Top Qualifier Honors for PBA TOC; Belmonte Narrowly Makes Match Play Finishing 24th

Thu, 2018-02-08 16:21

FAIRLAWN, Ohio -- Four-time PBA Tour winner Ronnie Russell of Marion, Ind., averaged 231 to earn top qualifier honors in the PBA Tournament of Champions leading 24 players into this evening’s first match play round at AMF Riviera Lanes.

Russell retained his second round lead with a 1,376 six-game pinfall total in the third round finishing qualifying with a 4,166 overall pinfall total for 18 games. He holds a 75-pin lead over Matt O’Grady of Rahway, N.J., in second who posted a 4,091 pinfall total.

“I’ve really been relying on my equipment to this point,” said the 38-year-old Russell. “I’ve got a good rotation of two or three balls that I’m using and I’m making the right decisions at the right time for the most part.

“Heading into match play the plan is the old cliché, just take it one frame and one game at a time.”

After finishing qualifying in third after the second round, two-time TOC winner and four-time PBA Player of the Year Jason Belmonte struggled in the third round finishing with a 237 game to narrowly make the 24th and final match play spot by seven pins.

Belmonte, who is trying for his 10th PBA major title to tie PBA Hall of Famers Pete Weber and Earl Anthony for most major wins, finished qualifying with a 3,920 pinfall. The two-hander got off to a bad start with games of 186, 187, 171, in the third round before finishing with games of 228, 188 and 237.

“I’m a little down on my energy because the jetlag seems to have affected me more than usual this trip,” said the Australian. “My energy level has been pretty low and frankly I’m kind of exhausted right now. I’m hoping I can get the energy level back for tonight’s (match play) round.

“Fortunately, there are a lot of games left and anything can happen in match play especially with the bonus pins,” the 2014 and 2015 TOC winner added. “There’s a long way to go and I hope I can make the best of it.”

Tonight’s first match play round will consist of eight head-to-head single-game matches with 30 bonus points awarded for a match win.

Match play continues Friday with rounds at 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. ET. After Friday’s match play the top five players will be determined for Sunday’s live stepladder finals on ESPN at 1 p.m. ET.

Fans can catch TOC match play rounds live on PBA’s online bowling channel Xtra Frame. For subscription and schedule information visit www.xtraframe.tv.

TOC Stats by Lanetalk

After qualifying, the average for the 80-player field was 211.34. The first and third rounds both saw averages in the 213 range  but dropped to 208 in the second mainly because of a dramatic decrease in spare shooting.

Kyle Troup and Chris Warren are the bowlers with the highest pin carry percentages getting around 85% strikes on  pocket hits. 

Ronnie Russell leads the qualifying thanks to a combination of a high percentage of pocket hits (third highest), and a low number of splits.

PBA TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS

AMF Riviera Lanes, Fairlawn, Ohio, Thursday

Third Round Standings (after 18 games. Top 24 advance to Thursday evening’s match play round)

1, Ronnie Russell, Marion, Ind., 4,166.
2, Matt O'Grady, Rahway, N.J., 4,091.
3, Kristopher Prather, Plainfield, Ill., 4,081.
4, Anthony Simonsen, Austin, Texas, 4,065.
5, Kyle Troup, Taylorsville, N.C., 4,060.
6, Bill O'Neill, Langhorne, Pa., 4,054.
7, Chris Warren, Grants Pass, Ore., 4,053.
8, Andrew Anderson, Holly, Mich., 4,049.
9, (tie) BJ Moore III, Greensburg, Pa., and Jesper Svensson, Sweden, 4,000.
11, Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., 3,984.
12, EJ Tackett, Huntington, Ind., 3,967.
13, Shawn Maldonado, Houston, Texas, 3,965.
14, Mitch Beasley, Clarksville, Tenn., 3,964.
15, Tom Daugherty, Riverview, Fla., 3,963.
16, Matthew Sanders, Evansville, Ind., 3,948.
17, Jakob Butturff, Tempe, Ariz., 3,947.
18, Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 3,943.
19, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 3,939.
20, Connor Pickford, Charlotte, N.C., 3,930.
21, Kyle Sherman, O'Fallon, Mo., 3,929.
22, Kurt Pilon, Warren, Mich., 3,927.
23, DJ Archer, Friendswood, Texas, 3,925.
24, Jason Belmonte, Australia, 3,920.

Failed to advance:
25, Francois Lavoie, Canada, 3,913, $3,000.
26, Dick Allen, Columbia, S.C., 3,906.
27, Yannaphon Larpapharat, Thailand, 3,899.
28, Jake Peters, Henderson, Nev., 3,897.
29, Brandon Novak, Chillicothe, Ohio, 3,887.
30, Ryan Ciminelli, Clarence, N.Y., 3,883.
31, Jason Sterner, Rockledge, Fla., 3,882.
32, Dom Barrett, England, 3,881.
33, Brad Angelo, Lockport, N.Y., 3,880.
34, Jon Van Hees, Charlestown, R.I., 3,878.
35, Josh Blanchard, Mesa, Ariz., 3,871.
36, Greg Ostrander, Freehold, N.J., 3,868.
37, Rhino Page, Orlando, 3,848.
38, Thomas Larsen, Denmark, 3,846.
39, AJ Johnson, Oswego, Ill., 3,845.
40, Cristian Azcona, Puerto Rico, 3,835.
41, Osku Palermaa, Finland, 3,829.
42, Stuart Williams, England, 3,822.
43, Andres Gomez, Colombia, 3,820.
44, (tie) Chris Arcaro, Carolina Beach, N.C., and Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 3,817.
46, Anthony Lavery-Spahr, Pasadena, Texas, 3,816.
47, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., 3,811.
48, Patrick Dombrowski, Parma, Ohio, 3,810.
49, Darren Tang, San Francisco, 3,808.
50, Chris Via, Springfield, Ohio, 3,768.
51, Chris Loschetter, Avon, Ohio, 3,758.
52, Tom Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich., 3,744.
53, Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., 3,737.
54, Richie Teece, England, 3,736.
55, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 3,731.
56, Anthony Pepe, Elmhurst, N.Y., 3,714.
57, Gary Faulkner Jr., Memphis, Tenn., 3,713.
58, Aaron Lorincz, Center Line, Mich., 3,707.
59, Joe Bailey, Wooster, Ohio, 3,705.
60, Graham Fach, Canada, 3,692.
61, Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 3,691.
62, Brad Miller, Maryland Heights, Mo., 3,687.
63, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 3,677.
64, Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, 3,666.
65, Tim Foy Jr., Seaford, Del., 3,665.
66, Sean Lavery-Spahr, Pasadena, Texas, 3,660.
67, Kyle Mayberry, Mt. Vernon, Ohio, 3,656.
68, Tom Hess, Urbandale, Iowa, 3,645.
69, Cameron Weier, Tacoma, Wash., 3,618.
70, Kyle Bigelow, Troy, Ohio, 3,607.
71, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 3,575.
72, Brian Robinson, Morgantown, W.Va., 3,570.
73, Anthony LaCaze, Melrose Park, Ill., 3,567.
74, Andrew Klingler, Grand Rapids, Mich., 3,549.
75, Liz Johnson, Palatine, Ill., 3,531.
76, (tie) Michael Clark Jr., Cleveland, Ohio, and Scott Newell, Deland, Fla., 3,515.
78, Ed Carter, Austintown, Ohio, 3,329.
79, John Petraglia, Jackson, N.J., 3,262.
80, JT Jackson, Sherman Oaks, Calif., 3,096.

PBA Spare Shots: PBA Tournament of Champions Finals Return to AMF Riviera Lanes’ Historic TV Pair

Thu, 2018-02-08 12:56

Sunday’s live ESPN finals of the PBA Tournament of Champions in its return to historic AMF Riviera Lanes in Fairlawn, Ohio, also will feature a return to the pair of lanes where so much of the TOC’s history happened.

Sunday’s 1 p.m. EST finals will be contested on lanes 27 and 28, the same pair of lanes where Wayne Zahn defeated top qualifier Dick Weber, 203-170, in the first Firestone TOC held at Riviera Lanes in 1966. It’s the same pair of lanes that saw Jack Biondolillo roll the first nationally-televised 300 game in PBA history in 1967; where Don Johnson bowled his historic 299 game in winning the 1970 title (featured photo), and where Mike Durbin became the first three-time TOC champion with victories in 1972, 1982 and 1984.

The roster of players who won TOC titles on lanes 27 and 28 is a who’s who of future PBA Hall of Famers, including Norm Duke, who won the last TOC title contested on that pair of lanes in 1994.

What might be the most famous pair of lanes in the PBA’s 60-year history has undergone a significant change over the years, transitioning from natural wood to synthetic surfaces, but one thing that won’t change Sunday is the aura of nostalgia that will surround the setting as AMF Riviera Lanes adds another chapter to its colorful history.

If you’d like a taste of what the TOC was like in the good ol’ days, watch 1971 champion Johnny Petraglia’s Facebook Live interview from Tuesday morning as he prepared to bowl his final TOC at the age of 70. Click here: https://www.facebook.com/search/posts/?q=professional%20bowlers%20association%20(pba)

Fans can follow the qualifying and match play rounds of the TOC this week on Xtra Frame (visit xtraframe.tv for subscription information), via Live Scoring on PBA.com and Live Scoring by Lanetalk at this link (http://www.lanetalk.com/livescoring/?uuid=041ac2c4-fa3f-11e7-8972-005056a558aa) which allows fans to follow the entire field on a single screen.

BIG CROWDS SET FOR TOC, 60th ANNIVERSARY CLASSIC, COLUMBUS DOUBLEHEADER

Capacity crowds will be on hand for the live ESPN finals of the PBA Tournament of Champions from AMF Riviera Lanes in Fairlawn, Ohio, Sunday, and for the Barbasol PBA Players Championship from Wayne Webb’s Columbus Bowl in Columbus, Ohio, on Sunday, Feb. 25, the PBA has announced.

A full house also is expected for the Go Bowling! PBA 60th Anniversary Classic finals from Woodland Bowl in Indianapolis on Sunday, Feb. 18, but a few tickets are still available (visit https://www.pba.com/Tickets to reserve tickets on a first-come basis).

All three live ESPN telecasts, part of the 2018 Go Bowling! PBA Tour schedule, begin at 1 p.m. EST. The live Players Championship telecast will be part of a doubleheader in Columbus, followed by the finals of the Mark Roth-Marshall Holman PBA Doubles Championship presented by BowlerX.com which will be lived streamed on ESPN3 at 4 p.m. EST on Feb. 25 and taped for broadcast by ESPN on Sunday, March 25, also at 1 p.m. EST.

TACKETT, JONES REFLECT ON 2017 TOC MATCH IN NEW “PBA PLAYER’S PERSPECTIVE”

The rivals in one of the 2017 season’s most exciting title matches will reflect on their duel Thursday when the newest edition of PBA Player’s Perspective on Xtra Frame features FireLake PBA Tournament of Champions winner EJ Tackett and runner-up Tommy Jones.

Tackett’s 208-203 victory, which made him the youngest player ever to become title-eligible for the PBA Hall of Fame, came at Jones’ expense when he failed to convert the 1-2-4-10 washout in the 10th frame. The win was Tackett’s second major to go along with seven standard PBA Tour titles, fulfilling the “titles won” criteria for future hall of fame consideration, but he won’t be “membership eligible” for induction until 2032 – his 20th year of PBA membership. Jones, an 18-time titlist, will become eligible for HOF induction in 2020.

The Xtra Frame Player’s Perspective series presents a new inside look at PBA competition every Thursday, followed a week later by availability of the exclusive interview on PBA’s YouTube channel. Recent Perspective’s include Pete Weber re-living his emotional victory in the 2012 U.S. Open; Rhino Page’s insights into the 2017 Xtra Frame Kenn-Feld Group Classic; Chris Barnes’ victory in the 2015 DHC PBA Japan Invitational, and Tom Daugherty’s emotional win in the 2016 Wolf Open. Additional perspectives will be announced in the coming weeks.

Xtra Frame subscription packages are offered for seven days, a full month or a 12-month Xtra Frame Season Ticket. Visit xtraframe.com for details on how to subscribe.

PBA REGIONAL UPDATE: “CHALLENGE” DOUBLEHEADER THIS WEEKEND IN FLORIDA

Next up on the PBA Regional calendar will be a PBA South Region doubleheader, PBA and PBA50 Break Point Alley Challenge events, both open to players who have not won a PBA title. Break Point Alley in Tavares, Fla., will host the doubleheader this weekend.

● The PBA South Region’s second weekend of competition includes the PBA50 Dave Edwards Toyota Spartanburg South Open at Paradise Lanes in Spartanburg, S.C., over the Feb. 16-18 weekend.

● 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 new PBA app).

QUICK NOTES

BJ Moore and his wife T’nia welcomed their first child, son Lincoln James Moore, on Friday, Feb. 2. Lincoln arrived at 6 pounds, 9 ounces, and measured 18 inches long.

● The PBA extends its congratulations to frequent Chris Paul PBA Celebrity Invitational and former World Series of Bowling competitor Terrell Owens on his election to the National Football League Hall of Fame.

Kathy Pulliam of Silver Spring, Md., wins a new Brunswick ball; Angie Loyd of Monument, Colo., is the winner of a new high-performance ball from DV8, and Paul Heise of Elyria, Ohio, will receive a new high-performance ball from MOTIV as January 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.

● Phyllis Burrill is the January 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 Announces Seven-Event Xtra Frame PBA Tour Schedule for 2018

Thu, 2018-02-08 12:33

CHICAGO – Professional Bowlers Association players will have seven opportunities to win PBA Tour titles in a series of Xtra Frame PBA Tour tournaments during 2018, all of which will be live streamed from start to finish, exclusively on PBA’s online bowling channel.

The Xtra Frame series will begin with the PBA Xtra Frame Maine Shootout at Bayside Bowl in Portland, Maine, April 16-18, leading into the PBA League Elias Cup competition, which is set for April 20-22. Each of the tournaments will offer a PBA Tour title if the winner is a PBA member. Each will conclude with a stepladder final. Tournament schedules and entry information will soon be available on pba.com.

The Xtra Frame series will include trips to Wilmington, N.C., May 18-20; Jonesboro, Ark., June 1-3; Aurora, Ill., June 29-July 2; Houston, Texas for the PBA/PWBA Striking Against Breast Cancer Mixed Doubles, July 26-29; Middletown, Del., for Mid-County Lanes’ 10th anniversary event, Aug. 17-19, and Coldwater, Ohio, Aug. 24-26.

2018 XTRA FRAME PBA TOUR SCHEDULE

April 16-18 – PBA Xtra Frame Maine Shootout, Bayside Bowl, Portland, Maine

May 18-20 – PBA Xtra Frame Wilmington Open, Tenpin Alley, Wilmington, N.C.

June 1-3 – PBA Xtra Frame Jonesboro Open, Hijinx, Jonesboro, Ark.

June 29-July 2 – PBA Xtra Frame Parkside Open, Parkside Lanes, Aurora, Ill.

July 26-July 29 – Storm Xtra Frame PBA/PWBA Striking Against  Breast Cancer Mixed Doubles, Copperfield Bowl, Houston, Texas

Aug. 17-19 – PBA Xtra Frame Gene Carter’s Pro Shop Classic, Mid-County Lanes, Middletown, Del.

Aug. 24-26 – PBA Xtra Frame Kenn-Feld Group Classic, Pla-Mor Lanes, Coldwater, Ohio