Hall of Famer Chris Barnes to Defend PBA Lubbock Sports Open Title

by Jerry Schneider January 17, 2019 12:35

LUBBOCK, Texas  – PBA Hall of Famer and defending champion Chris Barnes will lead a world-class field of established and rising PBA stars from around the globe who will return to South Plains Lanes for the 2019 PBA Lubbock Sports Open.

This year, the Lubbock Sports Open will be in the national sports spotlight when FS1 televises the stepladder finals of the fourth stop of the 2019 Go Bowling! PBA Tour season live at 3 p.m. ET (2 p.m. CT) on Sunday, Jan. 27.

One of the PBA’s young stars competing in Lubbock will be last week’s PBA Oklahoma Open winner and last season’s Lubbock Sports Open runner-up Jakob Butturff of Tempe, Ariz., who will be trying to break a record he currently shares with PBA greats Walter Ray Williams Jr., Earl Anthony and Johnny Petraglia.

If Butturff can qualify first for the stepladder finals in Lubbock, he would become the first player to be the No. 1 seed in four consecutive singles PBA Tour tournaments.

Butturff finally broke through to win from the No. 1 stepladder finals qualifying spot in last Sunday’s Oklahoma Open on FS1 for his fifth tour title after losing the title match in two previous tournaments. He lost the season-ending 2018 U.S. Open as No. 1 qualifier to winner Dom Barrett of England, and the 2019 season-opening PBA Hall of Fame Classic to winner Bill O’Neill before a 267-201 title match win in the Oklahoma Open over Jesper Svensson.

Barnes, a 2018 PBA Hall of Fame inductee who also will join the USBC Hall of Fame on May 1, won his 19th PBA singles title in Lubbock last year, striking out in the 10th frame to defeat top qualifier Butturff, 207-206. Lubbock was also the site of Butturff’s first PBA Tour title victory in 2016.

The Lubbock Sports Open will also feature a mixed (or dual) lane condition which will add to the challenge for the 90-player field.

The tournament officially gets underway at 8 a.m. Wednesday with the first of two seven-game qualifying squads on the PBA’s 32-foot Wolf oiling pattern. The other half of the field will bowl its first qualifying round at 1:30 p.m. The two squads reverse order for a second seven-game qualifying round on the 42-foot Scorpion lane condition Thursday, after which the top 25 percent of the field advance to a seven-game cashers round Friday at 8 a.m. on mixed lane conditions – the Scorpion on the left lane and the Wolf on the right. The top 16 players after 21 games will bowl two eight-game match play rounds at 1:30 p.m. on Friday and 8 a.m. Saturday. The top five after 37 games will compete in the stepladder finals live on FS1 Sunday at 3 p.m. ET (2 p.m. CT). The stepladder finals will also feature the Scorpion pattern on the left lane and Wolf pattern on the right lane.

Fans can also catch all the action through PBA’s online streaming partner FloBowling. For schedule and subscription information visit FloBowling.com.

In addition to the PBA competition, Lubbock area grassroots bowlers will have an opportunity to bowl with the PBA stars in a pro-am on Saturday at 2 and 5:30 p.m.  For pro-am information, call South Plaines Lanes at (806) 794-4844.

PBA XTRA FRAME LUBBOCK SPORTS OPEN

South Plains Lanes, Lubbock, Texas, Jan. 22-27 (all times CT)

Tuesday, Jan. 22

9 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. - Practice sessions

7 p.m. – Pro-Am squads

Wednesday, Jan. 23

8 a.m. - A Squad, 7 qualifying games (Wolf 32 oil pattern)

1:30 p.m. – B Squad, 7 qualifying games (Wolf 32 oil pattern)
Thursday, Jan. 24

8 a.m. - B Squad, 7 qualifying games (Scorpion 42 oil pattern)

1:30 p.m. – A Squad, 7 qualifying games (Scorpion 42 oil pattern)
            Top 25% of field after 14 games advances to cashers round

Friday, Jan. 25

8 a.m. – Cashers round, 7 games (Scorpion 42 on left lane, Wolf 32 on right lane)

            Top 16 after 21 games advance to round robin match play

1:30 p.m. – Top 16, match play round one, 8 games (Scorpion 42 on left lane, Wolf 32 on right lane)

Saturday, Jan. 26

8 a.m. – Top 16, match play round two, 8 games (Scorpion 42 on left lane, Wolf 32 on right lane)

            Top five after 37 games advance to stepladder finals

2 & 5:30 p.m. – Pro-Am squads

Sunday, Jan. 27

2 p.m.  – Top five stepladder finals, live on FS1 (Scorpion 42 on left lane, Wolf 32 on right lane)

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PBA Announces Multi-Year Agreement to Add USBC Masters, U.S. Open to PBA on FOX Sports Schedule

by Bill Vint January 15, 2019 15:36

ARLINGTON, Texas – The Professional Bowlers Association, United States Bowling Congress and Bowling Proprietors’ Association of America today announced a multi-year agreement to include the USBC Masters and U.S. Open as major events on the Go Bowling! PBA Tour television package on FOX Sports.

FOX Sports will televise the U.S. Open live on FOX from 2020 through 2022 and the USBC Masters live on FS1 from 2019 through 2022. The announcement was made today at the BPAA Mid-Winter Summit in New Orleans.

“The PBA is thrilled to have these two major professional events as part of the PBA Tour television package on FOX Sports for years to come,” PBA CEO and Commissioner Tom Clark said. “It is terrific for the bowling industry to rally behind the PBA Tour on FOX Sports and collaborate on a long-term commitment for these major events.”

As a result of the agreement, the 2020 U.S. Open will move up in the calendar with the televised finals set for Sunday, Feb. 23, 2020. The current U.S. Open format will continue, with a host venue for the 2020 event to be announced later.

The USBC Masters will continue to be conducted in its traditional time window in conjunction with the USBC Open Championships.

“The PBA Tour move to FOX Sports is fantastic for bowling and everyone associated with the U.S. Open and USBC Masters is excited to be part of it,” USBC Executive Director Chad Murphy said. “The media attention and investment in competitive bowling keeps growing and this partnership is another great win-win for the sport.”

Known as the BPAA All-Star from 1941-1970, the U.S. Open now is a collaborative effort of the BPAA and USBC.

“Elevating the U.S. Open to FOX provides a new level of exposure for a tournament with a rich BPAA history,” BPAA Executive Director Frank DeSocio said. “The launch of the PBA Tour on FOX has been extremely impressive and we are proud to be involved.”

About PBA

Now in its 61st year, the Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) is an organization of more than 3,000 of the best bowlers from 27 countries who compete in Go Bowling! PBA Tour, PBA International Tour, PBA50 Tour, and PBA, PBA50 and PBA-PWBA Women’s Regional events. In 2019, the PBA enters its 60th consecutive year of nationally-televised competition, reaching bowling fans around the world who follow PBA activities through the PBA Network which includes Xtra Frame on FloBowling, the PBA’s exclusive online bowling channel, FOX Sports, FS1 and CBS Sports Network, and the PBA on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube. PBA sponsors include Brunswick, Ebonite International, FloBowling.com, GoBowling.com, MOTIV, 900 Global, PBA Bowling Challenge Mobile Game, Storm Products and the United States Bowling Congress, among others. Learn more at www.pba.com.

About International Bowling Campus

The International Bowling Campus (IBC) is the headquarters for the bowling industry and directly serves the more than 69 million bowlers in the United States. The IBC houses the resources of the United States Bowling Congress, the governing body and membership organization for the sport; the Bowling Proprietors’ Association of America, representing the business interests of bowling centers; IBC Youth Development; Strike Ten Entertainment, the marketing arm for the industry; the International Bowling Museum and Hall of Fame; the International Bowling Pro Shop and Instructors Association; the International Bowling Media Association; the Bowling News Network; the Billiard and Bowling Institute of America; and the International Training and Research Center.

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Jakob Butturff Ends Top Qualifier Slump to Win PBA Oklahoma Open for Fifth Career Tour Title

by Jerry Schneider January 13, 2019 11:48

SHAWNEE, Okla. – Jakob Butturff of Tempe, Ariz., finally closed the deal by winning the PBA Oklahoma Open as the stepladder finals top qualifier to capture his fifth career tour title Sunday at the FireLake Bowling Center.

After losing last week’s 2019 season-opening PBA Hall of Fame Classic and the 2018 season-ending U.S. Open title match as top qualifier, the 24-year-old left-hander finally broke the slump by defeating Sweden’s Jesper Svensson, 267-201, in the title match of the second stop of the 2019 Go Bowling! PBA Tour season televised live by FS1.

2019.01.13_pba-oklahoma-open_01236In the title match it looked like missing easy spares might again prove to be Butturff’s undoing when he missed a seven pin in the second frame. As it turned out, he wouldn’t need to attempt a spare again in the match, throwing the next nine strikes to seal the win against Svensson who couldn’t mount a challenge to Butturff’s strike barrage.

“I did have flashbacks from last week, but I got over it quickly and was able to get back in the mindset of letting that go and start fresh with the next shot,” Butturff said. “I decided to make a ball change to improve pin carry at that point and fortunately started striking again.”

Butturff joined Hall of Famers Earl Anthony, Johnny Petraglia and Walter Ray Williams Jr. as the only players to earn a top seed for the stepladder finals in three consecutive PBA Tour telecasts. Had he lost, he would have become the first player to lose three consecutive tournaments from the top qualifier position.

Butturff missed two easy spares in his loss to Bill O’Neill in the Hall of Fame Classic title match which ended up costing him the win.

“I knew I would break through with a win sooner or later because I’ve had experience winning out here (on tour),” Butturff added. “I feel like I’m in good company when you think of the greats in the game who were in a similar position that have had their share of second-place finishes.

“I will say that I think after all I’ve been through recently, this is probably my most satisfying win so far,” he added.

Svensson, 23, who qualified third for the finals and was trying for his eighth tour title, advanced to the championship match by beating No. 2 qualifier Patrick Girard of Canada, 239-218, in the semifinal. Girard was trying for his first PBA Tour title and to become only the third Canadian to win on tour.

In the opening stepladder match, No. 4 qualifier seven-time tour winner Dom Barrett of England beat No. 5 qualifier two-time Tour winner Tom Daugherty of Riverview, Fla., 245-162, to advance to the second match against Svensson. Svensson then beat Barrett in the second match, 267-231, to advance to the semifinal.

The next stop for the PBA Tour will be the PBA Lubbock Sports Open Jan. 22-27 at South Plains Lanes. The finals will be televised live by FS1 at 3 p.m. ET on Sunday, Jan. 27. The taped PBA Mark Roth-Holman Doubles Championship from the FireLake Bowling Center will be televised Jan. 20 at 1 p.m. ET on FS1.

PBA OKLAHOMA OPEN

FireLake Bowling Center, Shawnee, Okla., Sunday

Final Standings

1, Jakob Butturff, Tempe, Ariz., $25,000.

2, Jesper Svensson, Sweden, $13,000.

3, Patrick Girard, Canada, $9,000.

4, Dom Barrett, England, $7,000.

5, Tom Daugherty, Riverview, Fla., $6,000.

Playoff Results:
Match One: Barrett def. Daugherty, 245-162.
Match Two: Svensson def. Barrett, 267-231.

Semifinal Match: Svensson def. Girard, 239-218.

Championship: Butturff def. Svensson, 267-201.

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Miller, Sherman Go 6-0 in Final Match Play Round to Earn Top Qualifier Honors for PBA Roth-Holman Doubles Championship

by Jerry Schneider January 12, 2019 12:38

SHAWNEE, Okla.  – Trying for their first Go Bowling! PBA Tour titles, Brad Miller and Kyle Sherman rode a 6-0 record in the final Baker format match play round to earn top qualifier honors for Sunday’s FS1 taping of the PBA Mark Roth-Marshall Holman Doubles Championship at the FireLake Bowling Center.

Miller, of Lees Summitt, Mo., and Sherman of O’Fallon, Mo., who finished with a 9,802 pinfall total (including match play bonus pins) and 9-3 overall record in match play, combined for games of 279, 266, 279 248, 248 and 246 (261 average) to move from fifth heading into the round to the top qualifier spot.

The Baker format requires each player to alternate frames in a game combining for one score.

Miller’s best previous best tour finish was fifth in the 2015 Xtra Frame Iowa Open and Sherman’s previous best was ninth in the 2017 U.S. Open.

“Our game plan was to stay slow in all parts of the game,” said the 28-year-old Miller. “Our experience throughout the whole tournament was if we got too fast in our approach or with our ball speed we would leave a lot 10 pins. So, staying was the key for us.”

Both players star in a popular YouTube channel called Brad & Kyle, with more than 10,000 subscribers, which chronicles their exploits on and off the bowling circuit.

“We’ll have a lot of good content for that now,” Miller said. “We’re both a little bit in dreamland at the moment, so we want to just soak it all in and enjoy the experience of making our first TV show.”

Another feature on the channel is the 24-year-old Sherman’s recovery after hip surgery for a torn labrum in August. The Oklahoma Open and Roth-Holman Doubles Championship are his first tournaments back since then.

Also trying for their first PBA Tour titles will be No. 2 qualifiers Sam Cooley of Australia and Anthony Lavery-Spahr of Pasadena, Texas, and No. 3 qualifiers Canadians Patrick Girard and two-hander Zachary Wilkins.

Cooley and Lavery-Spahr combined for an 8-4 overall match play record and finished with a 9,724 pinfall. Girard, who also qualified second for Sunday’s live FS1 Oklahoma Open finals, and Wilkins posted a 6-6 record and 9,671 pinfall.

Defending champions four-time PBA Player of the Year Jason Belmonte of Australia and Bill O’Neill of Langhorne, Pa., qualified fourth thanks to a 9-3 overall match play record and finishing with a 9,658 pinfall. Their second match play round was highlighted by a 300-268 win over Cooley and Lavery-Spahr. Belmonte will be trying for his 19th tour win and O’Neill his 11th after winning the season-opening PBA Hall of Fame Classic.

Twelve-time tour winner Sean Rash of Montgomery, Ill. and partner Matt Ogle of Louisville, Ky., making his first stepladder final, made a dramatic run in the position round match jumping from eighth to qualify for the fifth and final stepladder spot with a 279-245 win over brothers Darren and Michael Tang.

PBA Hall of Famer Norm Duke and 2008-09 PBA Player of the Year Wes Malott found the going tougher in the second match play round dropping from first before the round to seventh. The 2011 and 2015 Roth-Holman Doubles champions finished with a 6-6 match play record and 9,600 pinfall

The Roth-Holman Doubles Championship taping on Sunday will take place at 1:30 p.m. CT after the live PBA Oklahoma Open Championships on FS1 at 10 a.m. CT. The Doubles Championship will air on FS1 Sunday, Jan. 20 at 1 p.m. ET (noon CT).

PBA MARK ROTH-MARSHALL HOLMAN DOUBLES CHAMPIONSHIP

FireLake Bowling Center, Shawnee, Okla., Saturday

Fourth Round Standings (after 40 games. Top five advance to Sunday’s Baker format stepladder finals. Includes match play record and total pinfall including bonus pins).

1, Brad Miller, Lees Summit, Mo./Kyle Sherman, O'Fallon, Mo., 9-3, 9,802.
2, Anthony Lavery-Spahr, Pasadena, Texas/Sam Cooley, Australia, 8-4, 9,724.
3, Patrick Girard, Canada/Zachary Wilkins, Canada, 6-6, 9,671.
4, Bill O'Neill, Langhorne, Pa./Jason Belmonte, Australia, 9-3, 9,658.
5, Matthew Ogle, Louisville, Ky./Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 5-6-1, 9,622.
6, Jesper Svensson, Sweden/Kyle Troup, Taylorsville, N.C., 4-7-1, 9,601.
7, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla./Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 6-6, 9,600.
8, Darren Tang, Las Vegas, Nev./Michael Tang, Johnstown, Ohio, 5-7, 9,546.
9, Jakob Butturff, Tempe, Ariz./Michael Haugen Jr., Phoenix, 5-7, 9,491.
10, AJ Johnson, Oswego, Ill./Greg Ostrander, Freehold, N.J., 5-7, 9,398.
11, Dom Barrett, England/Osku Palermaa, Finland, 4-6-2, 9,388.
12, Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas/Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 4-8, 9,253.

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Duke, Malott Lead Roth-Holman Doubles Championship After First Baker Match Play Round

by Jerry Schneider January 11, 2019 19:03

SHAWNEE, Okla.  – After two qualifying rounds from the PBA Oklahoma Open and Friday’s first Baker format match play round, PBA Hall of Famer Norm Duke and 2008-09 PBA Player of the Year Wes Malott lead the PBA Mark Roth-Marshall Holman Doubles Championship at the FireLake Bowling Center.

The 2011 and 2015 Roth-Holman Doubles champions combined for a 5-1 record and averaged 259 in Friday’s first Baker format match play to vault from 10th to the top spot finishing with a 8,185 34-game pinfall total (including match play bonus pins).

The Baker format requires each player to alternate frames in a game combining for one score.

“I can tell you that each one of us wants this win bad,” said the 54-year-old Duke, who is trying for his 39th PBA Tour title. We’re confident in one another’s ability and we don’t do a lot of talking and strategizing. We just play our own games and feed off the natural chemistry that we have as doubles partners.”

Defending Roth-Holman Doubles Championship winners four-time PBA Player of the Year Jason Belmonte and 10-time tour winner Bill O’Neill posted a 6-0 record in match play and averaged 243 to finish the day in second just 12 pins behind Duke and Malott with a 8,173 pinfall.

Rounding out the top five heading into Saturday’s final match play round are Patrick Girard/Zach Wilkins (4-2) 8,159; Sam Cooley/Anthony Lavery-Spahr (5-1) 8,111, and Kyle Sherman/Brad Miller (3-3) 8,056.

The 12-team field will return Saturday morning at 10 a.m. CT for the final Baker six-game Baker round which will determine the top five teams for the taped FS1 telecast at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday which will take place after the live PBA Oklahoma Open Championships. The Doubles Championship will air on FS1 Sunday, Jan. 20 at 1 p.m. ET (noon CT).

Fans can catch the final match play round on FloBowling.com.

PBA MARK ROTH-MARSHALL HOLMAN DOUBLES CHAMPIONSHIP

FireLake Bowling Center, Shawnee, Okla., Friday

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

1, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla./Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 5-1, 8,185.
2, Bill O'Neill, Langhorne, Pa./Jason Belmonte, Australia, 6-0, 8,173.
3, Patrick Girard, Canada/Zach Wilkins, Canada, 4-2, 8,159.
4, Anthony Lavery-Spahr, Pasadena, Texas/Sam Cooley, Australia, 5-1, 8,111.
5, Brad Miller, Lees Summit, Mo./Kyle Sherman, O'Fallon, Mo., 3-3, 8,056.
6, Darren Tang, Las Vegas, Nev./Michael Tang, Johnstown, Ohio, 3-3, 8,035.
7, Jesper Svensson, Sweden/Kyle Troup, Taylorsville, N.C., 1-5, 8,003.
8, Matthew Ogle, Louisville, Ky./Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 2-4, 7,970.
9, AJ Johnson, Oswego, Ill./Greg Ostrander, Freehold, N.J., 3-3, 7,901.
10, Jakob Butturff, Tempe, Ariz./Michael Haugen Jr., Phoenix, 1-5, 7,897.
11, Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas/Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 2-4, 7,848.
12, Dom Barrett, England/Osku Palermaa, Finland, 1-5, 7,829.

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