Malott Defeats Jones to Retain King of Bowling Crown

by Jerry Schneider June 26, 2017 18:35

Ten-time PBA Tour winner Wes Malott defended his King of Bowling crown Monday for the second time in a best-of-three-game Xtra Frame pay-per-view showdown by defeating 18-time Tour winner Tommy Jones at FireLake Bowling Center in Shawnee, Okla.

In the third installment of the King of Bowling challenge series, Malott came back from a loss in the first game and won the next two to beat Jones 2-1 for the title contested on the 44-foot Oklahoma Open lane condition.

Jones got off to a strong start winning the first match 278-200, but Malott was able to come back with a 258-238 win in the second game and a 212-204 win in the third game for the title. Jones had a 34-pin lead in the third game but had back-to-back splits in the sixth and seventh frames that he did not convert which turned the momentum back to Malott.

“Those were the best matches I’ve bowled in a long time,” said Malott. “I consider myself fortunate to come away with a win with the start Tommy had.

“You never give up in a match like this because you have the opportunity to come back,” Malott added. “I’m just happy to win it again and now I’m ready for the next opponent.”

Despite the slow start Malott made the decision to stay with the same ball and just make the necessary physical adjustments to his delivery.

“Bowling in general is a guess,” he said. “I wasn’t 100 percent sure what ball would be best so I went with the ball I felt most comfortable with. Fortunately, it was a ball that I could make the right adjustments with.”

Malott, who dominated the original King of Bowling series held at Kegel Training Center in Lake Wales, Fla., in 2009, successfully defended his throne when he won the revival of the competition on April 12 in Portland, Maine, defeating reigning PBA Player of the Year EJ Tackett and Australia’s Jason Belmonte, PBA Player of the Year the three previous years, with a 721 series. Tackett had a 664 series and Belmonte a 640 in the three-game, total pinfall contest.

Jones was selected as Malott’s challenger through fan voting on pba.com and PBA’s Twitter account which concluded on June 16.

The King of Bowling event was a prelude to The Grand Casino Hotel & Resort PBA Oklahoma Open which gets underway at the FireLake Bowling Center Tuesday with first round qualifying at 10 a.m. CDT (11 a.m. ET). Xtra Frame will provide live coverage of all Oklahoma Open qualifying action Tuesday through Friday leading up to the live ESPN stepladder finals from the Grand Hotel Event Center Saturday and Sunday at 1 p.m. EDT (noon CDT).

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Tuesday on CBS Sports Network: Indiana’s EJ Tackett Meets Australia’s Jason Belmonte in Main Event PBA Tour Finals Championship Match

by Bill Vint June 26, 2017 09:03

ORLANDO, Fla. – Reigning PBA Player of the Year EJ Tackett of Huntington, Ind., will meet Australia’s Jason Belmonte in the three-game total pinfall match to decide the title in the inaugural Main Event PBA Tour Finals, the Professional Bowlers Association’s newest showcase event, Tuesday at 9:30 p.m. EDT on CBS Sports Network.

The PBA Tour Finals will air following a one-game contest between Group One runner-up Jesper Svensson of Sweden and Group Two runner-up Tommy Jones of Simpsonville, S.C., to decide third- and fourth-place in the elite eight-player tournament. Tackett and Belmonte earned their berths in the title match as the winners of the Group Two and Group One stepladder rounds leading up to the finale.

Tackett and Belmonte, two of five players in the PBA’s 58-year history to win both Rookie and Player of the Year awards, have met twice previously in title matches with Belmonte winning both times. Belmonte defeated the previously undefeated Tackett in the title match of the 2014 USBC Masters in North Brunswick, N.J., 221-177, and later in the same year, beat Tackett in the PBA Oklahoma Open title match in Shawnee, Okla., 193-145.

Entering the championship match, Tackett and Belmonte also are early leaders in the 2017 PBA Player of the Year competition as two-time titlists. Tackett won the DHC Japan Invitational in January and the FireLake PBA Tournament of Champions in February. Belmonte won his seventh and eighth PBA major championships in the Barbasol PBA Players Championship followed by the USBC Masters two weeks later where he became the Masters’ first four-time winner.

At stake in the PBA Tour Finals title match is a $30,000 first prize plus a third 2017 PBA Tour title for the winner.

Each of the CBS Sports Network telecasts will be re-broadcast. Check your local listings for times and dates.

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Indiana Rookie Matt Sanders Wins PBA Xtra Frame Billy Hardwick Memorial Open for First PBA Title

by Bill Vint June 25, 2017 18:20

MEMPHIS, Tenn.  – Matt Sanders, a 23-year-old rookie from Evansville, Ind., bowling in his third national tournament as a member, defeated Brian LeClair of Delmar, N.Y., 243-237, to win the Professional Bowlers Association’s Xtra Frame Billy Hardwick Memorial Open presented by Chris Hardwick at Billy Hardwick’s All Star Lanes.

Sanders, who had his best PBA finish a week ago when he lost to Craig Nidiffer of Trenton, Mich., 279-268, in the PBA Greater Marion Central Open title match in Marion, Ohio. The former two-time All-American with Marion University-Indiana earned $10,000 – enough to finance his tour activities for the rest of the 2017 season – along with his first title.

“That was my first plastic ball tournament so, so far so good,” he said with a smile. “I had an okay day in qualifying, but I think I figured the lanes out going into today and today I got locked in.

“I was extremely nervous before we started the title match, but I told myself I’ve done this a few times before, so after we got started, there was no reason to be nervous. I wanted to win.”

The loss was another disappointment for LeClair, a 33-year PBA member who has not won a PBA Tour title in 434 events. The 52-year-old has won three times since joining the PBA50 Tour in 2015, but it hurt to have this one slip through his fingers.

“This may have been my last shot at a ‘junior tour’ title,” LeClair said. “Bowling on the senior tour is the same in a lot of ways as it was earlier in my career. My life is a lot more stable, which helps, but it would be nice to have that one missing title.”

Sanders earned his trip to the title match with a 253-223 victory over fellow rookie Francois Louw of South Africa. In his previous three-game total pinfall matches, Sanders eliminated top qualifier Kris Prather of Plainfield, Ill., 707-679; rookie Zulmazran Zulkifli of Malaysia, 632-602, and Trevor Roberts of Crystal River, Fla., 683-675.

LeClair advanced to the title match with a 237-236 victory over Chris Barnes of Double Oak, Texas, when Barnes’ rally ended with a 4 pin on his first shot in the 10th frame. In his two preliminary matches, LeClair defeated Cody Shoemaker of Hanover, Pa., 656-584, and amateur Wesley Low Jr. of Palmdale, Calif., 641-624.

Next up on PBA’s Xtra Frame live streaming service is a special pay-per-view ($2.99) King of Bowling challenge match Monday starting at 7:40 p.m. EDT when reigning KOB Wes Malott of Pflugerville, Texas, will meet challenger Tommy Jones of Simpsonville, S.C., in a best-of-three-game match. To sign up for the special event, use this link: http://www.xtraframe.tv/#!liveevent?EV_pid=3794.

Following the King of Bowling match, Xtra Frame will provide live coverage of the Grand Casino Hotel & Resort Oklahoma Open qualifying rounds Tuesday through Friday, leading up to ESPN’s coverage of the unique Oklahoma Open nine-player stepladder finals Saturday and Sunday at 1 p.m. EDT both days. ESPN2 and the WatchESPN app will also provide simultaneous live streaming coverage.

The PBA Xtra Frame Tour’s next event will be the XF Striking Against Breast Cancer Mixed Doubles from Copperfield Bowl in Houston, Texas, July 28-30, which will award PBA and PWBA Tour titles.

For Xtra Frame subscriptions, visit xtraframe.tv. Subscription packages are available for three days ($2.99), 30 days ($7.99) and a full year (about $1.25 a week).

PBA XTRA FRAME BILLY HARDWICK MEMORIAL OPEN
presented by Chris Hardwick
Billy Hardwick’s All Star Lanes, Memphis, Tenn., Sunday

Championship:
Matt Sanders, Evansville, Ind. ($10,000) def. Brian LeClair, Delmar, N.Y. ($5,500), 243-237.

Semifinal Round (losers earned $2,500):
Sanders def. Francois Louw, South Africa, 253-223.
LeClair def. Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 237-236.

Round Three (qualifiers 1-4 vs. Round Two winners; three games total pinfall, losers earned $1,350):
Sanders def. Kris Prather, Plainfield, Ill., 707-679.
Barnes def. Dick Allen, Columbia, S.C., 662-657.
LeClair def. Cody Shoemaker, Hanover, Pa., 656-584.
Louw def. Mike Wolfe, New Albany, Ind., 629-525.

Round Two (qualifiers 5-8 vs. Round One winners; three games total pinfall, losers earned $1,150):
Sanders def. Zulmazran Zulkifli, Malaysia, 632-602.
Allen def. Kim Bolleby, Thailand, 714-675.
LeClair def. n-Wesley Low Jr., Palmdale, Calif., 641-624.
Louw def. Jason Couch, Clermont, Fla., 669-598.

Round One: (qualifiers 9-16, three games total pinfall, losers earned $1,000):
Sanders def. Trevor Roberts, Crystal River, Fla., 683-675.
Bolleby def. Sam Cooley, Australia, 716-680.
Low def. Jeff Evans, Supply, N.C., 685-596.
Couch def. Kyle Troup, Taylorsville, N.C., 645-634.

Cashers Round Standings (after 12 games; top 16 advanced to match play):
1, Prather, 2,754.
2, Barnes, 2,697.
3, Shoemaker, 2,670.
4, Wolfe, 2,660.
5, Louw, 2,654.
6 Itie), LeClair and Allen, 2,652.
8, Zulkifli, 2,648.
9, Sanders, 2,645.
10, Cooley, 2,643.
11, Low, 2,617.
12, Troup, 2,581.
13, Couch, 2,580.
14, Evans, 2,561.
15, Bolleby, 2,554.
16, Roberts, 2,552.

Other Cashers (after 12 games):
17, n-Mykel Holliman, Collierville, Tenn., 2,539, $650.
18, Isaac Kim, Lebanon, Pa., 2,534, $650.
19, AJ Chapman, Wichita, Kan., 2,522, $650.
20, n-Tommy Berish III, Cordova, Tenn., 2,492, $625.
21, Chris Loschetter, Avon, Ohio, 2,478, $625.
22, Ryan Ciminelli, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 2,473, $625.
23, Johnathan Bower, Middletown, Pa., 2,469, $600.
24, Tom Daugherty, Riverview, Fla., 2,432, $600.

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Kris Prather Averages 239 to Lead Qualifying in PBA Xtra Frame Billy Hardwick Memorial Open

by Bill Vint June 24, 2017 17:08

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Florida native Kris Prather, newly-relocated to Plainfield, Ill., averaged 239 for eight games Saturday to lead the top 24 qualifiers into Sunday’s final rounds in the Professional Bowlers Association’s Xtra Frame Billy Hardwick Memorial Open presented by Chris Hardwick at Billy Hardwick’s All Star Lanes.

Prather, a former Wichita State University collegiate star who is trying for his first title, fired games of 199, 289, 206, 244, 193 and 223 before closing his round with games of 168 and 290 for a 1,912 total and a 70-pin lead over 40-year-old PBA Tour veteran Mike Wolfe of New Albany, Ind. Wolfe is a five-time PBA Tour titlist; Prather, 25, is trying for his first title in his third year as a touring pro.

Australia’s Sam Cooley was third with 1,794 pins followed by Dick Allen of Columbia, S.C., at 1,792 and Cody Shoemaker of Hanover, Pa., with a 1,786 total.

The Hardwick Open is a “throwback” tournament named in honor of the late PBA Hall of Famer. It presents players with a one-of-a-kind challenge, requiring all bowlers to compete with only two polyester plastic bowling balls which lack the aggressive hooking power of contemporary high-tech balls.

The parity created by the plastic ball restriction was evident at the “cut” number where Johnathan Bower of Middletown, Pa., and amateur Mykel Holliman of Collierville, Tenn., tied for the last advancing spot for Sunday’s cashers round with 1,663 pins, a modest 207.8 average. Another 11 players were within 30 pins of the cut number.

The tournament is one of nine PBA Xtra Frame events in 2017 season that are being covered live in their entirety, exclusively by PBA’s Xtra Frame live streaming service, which is seen by bowling fans around the world. For Xtra Frame subscriptions, visit xtraframe.tv. Subscription packages are available for three days ($2.99), 30 days ($7.99) and a full year (about $1.25 a week).

Sunday’s finals will begin with a four-game cashers round at 8 a.m. CDT, followed by the top 16 players advancing to three-game single-elimination match play rounds at 11 a.m. (qualifiers 9-16), 1:30 p.m. (winners plus qualifiers 5-8), and 4 p.m. (winners plus qualifiers 1-4). The four survivors will bowl a one-game match at 6:30 p.m., with the top two scores advancing to the one-game championship match at 7 p.m. All times are Central

PBA XTRA FRAME BILLY HARDWICK MEMORIAL OPEN

presented by Chris Hardwick

Billy Hardwick’s All Star Lanes, Memphis, Tenn., Saturday

Final Qualifying Standings (after 8 games)

1, Kristopher Prather, Milton, Fla., 1,912.
2, Mike Wolfe, New Albany, Ind., 1,842.
3, Sam Cooley, Australia, 1,794.
4, Dick Allen, Columbia, S.C., 1,792.
5, Cody Shoemaker, Hanover, Pa., 1,786.
6, Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 1,753.
7, Isaac Kim, Lebanon, Pa., 1,739.
8, n-Wesley Low Jr., Palmdale, Calif., 1,730.
9, Trevor Roberts, Crystal River, Fla., 1,729.
10, Jeff Evans, Supply, N.C., 1,727.
11, Zulmazran Zulkifli, Malaysia, 1,724.
12, Kyle Troup, Taylorsville, N.C., 1,723.
13, Brian LeClair, Delmar, N.Y., 1,720.
14, Francois Louw, South Africa, 1,719.
15, Tom Daugherty, Riverview, Fla., 1,706.
16, Chris Loschetter, Avon, Ohio, 1,705.
17 (tie), Matt Sanders, Evansville, Ind., and n-Tommy Berish III, Cordova, Tenn., 1,683.
19, Ryan Ciminelli, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 1,674.
20, Jason Couch, Clermont, Fla., 1,672.
21, Kim Bolleby, Thailand, 1,670.
22, AJ Chapman, Wichita, Kan., 1,668.
23 (tie), Johnathan Bower, Middletown, Pa., and n-Mykel Holliman, Collierville, Tenn., 1,663.

Failed to advance:

25, Jake Peters, Henderson, Nev., 1,659.
26, Pontus Andersson, Sweden, 1,656.
27, Stoney Baker, Canton, Ga., 1,655.
28, Shota Kawazoe, Japan, 1,653.
29, Anthony Simonsen, Austin, Texas, 1,650.
30, Thomas Larsen, Denmark, 1,648.
31, Martin Larsen, Sweden, 1,638.
32, n-Michael Brewer, Memphis, Tenn., 1,636.
33, Gary Faulkner Jr., Memphis, Tenn., 1,633.
34, Graham Fach, Canada, 1,625.
35, Kyle Sherman, O'Fallon, Mo., 1,623.
36, Matt Taylor, Youngsville, N.C., 1,615.
37, n-Vic Culbreth, Cordova, Tenn., 1,614.
38, Kristian Sieradzki, Seminole, Fla., 1,607.
39, Adam Monks, Conway, S.C., 1,606.
40, Jesper Svensson, Sweden, 1,601.
41, CJ Kirchner, Herrin, Ill., 1,600.
42 (tie), David Krol, Nixa, Mo., and n-Kamron Doyle, Brentwood, Tenn., 1,579.
44, n-Jeff Atkins, Hot Springs Village, Ark., 1,563.
45 (tie), Dave Wodka, Beavercreek, Ohio, and Mark Smith, Memphis, Tenn., 1,562.
47, n-Christopher Forrester, Memphis, Tenn., 1,554.
48, Michael Houtz, Myerstown, Pa., 1,548.
49, Ramon Hilferink, Netherlands, 1,544.
50 (tie), Zachary Wright, Roseburg, Ore., and Thomas Berish Jr., Cordova, Tenn., 1,542.
52, n-Ross Jenner, Collierville, Tenn., 1,523.
53 (tie), n-Michael Brownlee, Memphis, Tenn., and Tommy Martin, Olive Branch, Miss., 1,522.
55, Christian Smith, Cordova, Tenn., 1,503.
56, n-David White, Collierville, Tenn., 1,500.
57, Wendell Barger, Dry Ridge, Ky., 1,499.
58, n-Rudy Kasimakis, Baldwyn, Miss., 1,491.
59, Christopher Sloan, Ireland, 1,482.
60, n-Richard Howell, Collierville, Tenn., 1,478.
61, Seth Hillis, Lebanon, Tenn., 1,476.
62, n-John Rutigliano, Cordova, Tenn, 1,467.
63, n-Tim Hartigan, Tupelo, Miss., 1,456.
64, n-Chucky Minter, Jackson, Tenn., 1,450.
65, n-Kenneth Corley, Memphis, Tenn., 1,428.
66, n-Josh Turberville, Tupelo, Miss., 1,402.
67, n-Chris Goodwin, Southaven, Miss., 1,396.
68, n-Danny Schubert, Byhalia, Miss., 1,392.
69, n-Matt Hartigan, Tupelo, Miss., 1,378.
70, n-Jimbo Martin, Covington, Tenn., 1,356.
71, n-Tim Parlow, Memphis, Tenn., 1,341.
72, Mark Payne Sr., Amarillo, Texas, 1,339.
73, n-Russ Wheeler, Memphis, Tenn., 1,336.

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PBA Spare Shots: Will Tommy Jones Remove Wes Malott’s Crown in Pay-Per-View King of Bowling Duel?

by Bill Vint June 23, 2017 13:07

The question of the week is, can Wes Malott retain his “King of Bowling” crown one more time against a sure-fire future PBA Hall of Famer, South Carolina’s Tommy Jones?

In an online vote, PBA fans selected Jones – an 18-time PBA Tour titlist, former Rookie and Player of the Year – as Malott’s opponent for the next chapter of PBA’s King of Bowling challenge series. The exclusive best-of-three-game Xtra Frame pay-per-view match will take place Monday at FireLake Bowling Center in Shawnee, Okla., prior to the start of PBA’s Grand Casino Hotel & Resort Oklahoma Open.

The pay-per-view match will begin with a pre-game show at 7:40 p.m. EDT on Monday with the match starting at 8 p.m. It’s easy to sign up and costs only $2.99. All money generated from PPV fees will be awarded as prize money to the winning bowler. (Xtra Frame subscribers please note: this is a special event and is not included in your subscription package).

To sign up, click here: http://www.xtraframe.tv/#!liveevent?EV_pid=3794

Malott, nicknamed “Big Nasty” and “Sir Strikes-a-Lot,” has successfully defended his King of Bowling crown six consecutive times, dating back to the original series held at Kegel Training Center in Lake Wales, Fla., in 2009. Most recently he won the revival of the competition in April in Portland, Maine, where he rolled a 721 series to defeat reigning PBA Player of the Year EJ Tackett (664) and Australia’s Jason Belmonte, PBA Player of the Year the three previous years (640). Malott’s victims in Lake Wales included, in order: Chris Barnes, 268-214; Patrick Allen, 258-234; Walter Ray Williams Jr., 300-238; Rhino Page, 257-233, and Parker Bohn III, 300-223.

PBA Hall of Famer Randy Pedersen will man the Xtra Frame announce booth and Chris Barnes, the first player Malott dispatched to start his winning streak, will work the event as Xtra Frame’s “sideline reporter.” Barnes will be in the settee with the players asking them questions before, during and after the match.

XTRA FRAME SCHEDULE INCLUDES HARDWICK OPEN, OKLAHOMA PRELIMS, PWBA ACTION

Headlining Xtra Frame’s upcoming live streaming schedule will be the “throwback” PBA Xtra Frame Billy Hardwick Memorial Open presented by his son, Chris Hardwick, from Billy Hardwick’s All Star Lanes in Memphis, Tenn., Saturday and Sunday, followed by qualifying round coverage of the PBA Grand Casino Hotel & Resort Oklahoma Open from FireLake Bowling Center in Shawnee, Okla., June 27-30.

Two days of live ESPN coverage of the Oklahoma Open’s nine-player stepladder finals is set for Saturday and Sunday, July 1-2, at 1 p.m. EDT both days. Live ESPN coverage also will be available on ESPN and the WatchESPN app.

The Hardwick Memorial Open, which will limit all players to using two low-tech polyester plastic bowling balls for the duration of the tournament, is the sixth PBA Xtra Frame Tour event of the season, offering a $10,000 first prize and a PBA Tour title if the winner is a PBA member.

This week’s PWBA Tour coverage focuses on the qualifying and match play rounds of the Go Bowling PWBA Players Championship from The Ashwaubenon Bowling Alley in Green Bay, Wis. today and Saturday, leading to the live CBS Sports Network stepladder finals Sunday at 10 a.m. CDT. Coverage of PWBA’s Orlando Open will follow June 30-July 1.

Xtra Frame’s July schedule includes the Teen Masters from Richmond, Va., July 5-7; the PWBA St. Petersburg-Clearwater Open from Seminole, Fla., July 7-8; the Proprietors Cup from Beavercreek, Ohio, July 8-9; the Nationwide PWBA Rochester (N.Y.) Open, July 14-15; the PBA50 South Shore Open from Hammond, Ind., July 25-27; the XF Striking Against Breast Cancer Mixed Doubles from Copperfield Bowl in Houston, Texas, July 28-30, which will award PBA and PWBA Tour titles; and the PBA50 Dave Small’s Championship Lanes Classic from Anderson, Ind., July 30-Aug. 1. For broadcast time and other details, check under the “schedules” tab on pba.com.

Xtra Frame subscription packages are available for three days, 30 days and a full year. To sign up, visit xtraframe.tv for details.

PBA fans also can follow real-time results for PBA50, PBA Xtra Frame Tour and all PBA Regional events by visiting the “live scoring” feature on pba.com. PWBA live scoring is available on pwba.com.

WORLD BOWLING TOUR FINALS ADDED TO GEICO PBA WSOB IX SCHEDULE

Due to the re-scheduling of World Bowling Men’s World Championships and end-of-year World Bowling Tour events in the Middle East, the World Bowling Tour Men’s and Women’s Finals presented by the PBA have been added to the GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling IX ESPN television schedule.

The WBT Finals, featuring the three men and three women who are leading PBA International-World Bowling Tour points lists at the end of the PBA World Championship in Reno, will be held following the PBA World Championship stepladder finals at the National Bowling Stadium in Reno on Sunday, Nov. 19.

WBT points events yet to be contested include the Sweden WBT in Malmo, Sweden, Aug. 14-28, and the Thailand WBT in Bangkok, Sept.30-Oct.

Construction of a new Kuwait Bowling Center in Kuwait City has been delayed, forcing World Bowling to move its Men’s World Championship to the South Point Bowling Plaza in Las Vegas, Nov. 24-Dec. 4, following PBA’s WSOB IX in Reno. The Kuwait construction issue also led to the cancellation of planned WBT events in Bahrain and Saudi Arabia. World Bowling has awarded the 2021 World Championships to Kuwait.

USBC HONORS LONG-TIME PBA REGIONAL COMPETITOR BOB HILEMAN

Bob Hileman of Portage, Ind., a three-time PBA Midwest Region Pat Patterson Award winner, has been named recipient of the 2017 Jim Jaryszak Laneman Award by the United States Bowling Congress Equipment Specifications and Certifications team in recognition of his behind-the-scenes work as a laneman.

“It was a total surprise,” said Hileman, who competed in 205 PBA Regional events, winning his only title in Raytown, Mo., in 2002. “I’m deeply honored and humbled at the same time. Jim Jaryszak and I were very good friends, and I miss him dearly. To have my name associated with all the lanemen in the world – Lenny Nicholson, John Davis, everyone – I’m quite honored.”

Hileman has been the laneman at Stardust Bowl II in Merrillville, Ind., for more than 35 years. He was instrumental in running PBA national and regional events held at Stardust Bowl, including the PBA Tour Trials. He earned his Pat Patterson Awards for individual contributions toward the PBA Midwest Region program.

Past recipients include Sam Baca, the PBA’s first Director of Lane Maintenance; Kegel founder John Davis, and PBA Tour titlist John Forst, who died hours after receiving his award in 2016 of circumstances related to terminal brain cancer. Len Nicholson, also a former PBA director of lane maintenance and a member of the PBA Hall of Fame, was the first recipient of the award.

PBA REGIONAL UPDATE: DARREN ANDRETTA ENDS SEVEN-YEAR TITLE QUEST

Darren Andretta of New Hyde Park, N.Y., defeated Matt O’Grady of Rahway, N.J., 258-230, to win the PBA Homefield Bowl Open presented by MOTIV at Homefield Bowl in Yonkers, N.Y., Sunday.

The win, his first in seven years of membership, proved a perfect Father’s Day gift to his father Bob. His father, also a PBA member, arrived during the match play finals along with the rest of the Andretta family.

Andretta, who earned $3,000, compiled a 10-2 match play record to qualify second. He defeated Jon Van Hees of Charlestown, R.I., 257-209, in the semifinal match to advance to the championship game. Van Hees eliminated defending champion Billy Asbury of Odenton, Md., 224-205, in the preliminary match.

Brian Menini from Brookfield, Mo., thwarted David Beres’ bid for his eighth PBA Regional title, 258-172, and won the second annual Glo Bowl Midwest Open, presented by Samuel Adams and Global 900, in Marengo, Ill.

The match turned in Menini’s favor when he converted the 3-4-6-7 split in the sixth frame. Beres was unable to string strikes and when he left a 7 pin in the ninth frame, Menini doubled in the 10th to claim his second PBA Regional title and the $2,300 winner’s check.

Menini, who finished qualifying in eighth place, defeated top qualifier AJ Johnson of Oswego, Ill., 3-1, in the best-of-five-game Round of 8 and earned his way to the championship match by defeating Nathan Michalowski of Brookfield, Wis., 2-0, in the best-of-three semifinal round. Beres advanced by defeating Christopher Hill of Franklin, Wis., 3-1, in the Round of 8 and defending champion Tom Hess of Urbandale, Iowa, 2-0, in the semifinal round.

Greg Young of Viera, Fla., rallied to defeat Orlando’s Shawn Naumann, 195-247, 258-236, 234-177, in a best-of-three-game championship match between amateur players to win the PBA Timmy See Memorial South Open presented by MOTIV at Nassau Bowling Lanes in Yulee, Fla., Sunday.

Young, a former three-time Junior Team USA member, earned $2,500 for the win but he doesn’t get credit for a PBA title because he’s a non-member.

In the semifinal round, Young defeated Brandon Curtis of Manson, N.C., 2-1, while Naumann also rallied from a 1-0 deficit to defeat Jeff Evans of Supply, N.C., 2-1, in the semifinal round.

Craig Nidiffer of Trenton, Mich., defeated Matt Sanders of Evansville, Ind., 279-268, to win the PBA Greater Marion Central Open presented by MOTIV at BlueFusion Fun Center in Marion, Ohio, Sunday. Nidiffer claimed his fourth career PBA region title along with the $2,500 first prize.

Sanders defeated Kyle Cook of Centerville, Ohio, 289-247, to advance to the championship match. In the first stepladder match, Cook downed J.R. Raymond of Clinton Twp., Mich., 235-216.

● A busy schedule of PBA Regional events is on tap for the June 23-24 weekend, including the Pro Bowl West Central/Midwest Challenge presented by Roto Grip in Fort Wayne, Ind.; the PBA50 Ultimate Inserts Midwest Open presented by Hammer at Lakeside Lanes in Davis, Ill., and the PBA/PBA50 Sands Regency Doubles presented by MOTIV at High Sierra Lanes in Reno, Nev.

● The June PBA Regional calendar closes and July begins with the Grand Casino Hotel & Resort Southwest Doubles at FireLake Bowling Center in Shawnee, Okla., on June 30, preceding the Grand Casino Hotel & Resort PBA Oklahoma Open. Also scheduled for the June 30-July 2 weekend is the PBA and PBA50 Vanessa Brown Homes West Opens, both presented by Columbia 300 at Yosemite Lanes, in Modesto, Calif.

● 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.

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