Jason Belmonte Qualifies No. 1 in Go Bowling! PBA Indianapolis Open for Record-Tying Third Straight Event

by Bill Vint February 22, 2019 13:12

INDIANAPOLIS – Australia’s Jason Belmonte rolled a perfect game to close the fifth round of the Go Bowling! PBA Indianapolis Open Friday at Woodland Bowl to take the lead and he continued his torrid pace in the final round to earn top qualifier honors for a record-tying third consecutive tournament.

As the no. 1 qualifier, Belmonte will head the five-player stepladder finals field that will air live on FS1 Sunday at 3 p.m. EST. A win Sunday will give Belmonte his second title of the 2019 Go Bowling! PBA Tour season and the 20th of his career.

Belmonte, a 35-year-old two-handed player, posted a 16-8 match play record while averaging 229.69 for 42 games to finish with 10,127 pins, 386 pins ahead of PBA Hall of Famer Norm Duke of Clermont, Fla.

Belmonte became the fifth player in the PBA’s 61-year history to lead qualifying in three consecutive tournaments. He joins Jakob Butturff of Tempe, Ariz., who accomplished the feat in the 2019 season’s first three tournaments; Earl Anthony, who did it in 1976; Johnny Petraglia in 1971, and Walter Ray Williams Jr. in 1993. Petraglia is the only one in the group who won all three tournaments he led.

Belmonte, who won the PBA Tournament of Champions two weeks ago, also led qualifying in the PBA Players Championship last week but lost in the title match to fellow two-hander Anthony Simonsen when he left a pocket 7-10 split in the 10th frame. Regardless of that loss, the Australian star has taken a big lead in the new PBA Playoffs points race and has established himself as an early favorite to win a fifth PBA Player of the Year award.

“We’re in the beginning stages of the season,” Belmonte said of the Player of the Year idea. “There are a lot of majors coming up. It’s way too early. I’m not taking anything for granted.”

But tying the record as top qualifier for a third consecutive tournament was another matter.

“Someone told me about that tonight.,” he said. “That’s pretty cool. It’s fun to lead but it’s a lot more fun to win the tournaments. It’s now a matter of bowling the best game I can on Sunday.”

Reinforcing his lead in the PBA Playoffs points race also is a big deal.

“The Playoffs is a huge event for us,” he said. “I’m going to miss a few events, so it’s important for me to do as well as I can when I have the opportunity. That’s my job; that’s why I fly around the world, to do the best I can and capitalize on the moment. Now it’s one more match. Ten little pins, knock them over 12 times and walk away happy.”

Duke, who ranks third on the all-time PBA Tour titles list with 38 – behind only Williams’ 47 and Anthony’s 43, posted a 14-9-1 match play record and a 9,741 pinfall total. He is trying for his first title since winning the 2015 Mark Roth-Marshall Holman PBA Doubles Championship with partner Wes Malott of Pflugerville, Texas. Rounding out Sunday’s stepladder finals field will be Tom Daugherty of Riverview, Fla., with 9,695 pins; Malott with a 9,672 total, and Rhino Page of Orlando, Fla., with a 9,649 total.

All rounds of the Indianapolis Open, a Tier 2 event in the 2019 PBA Playoffs points competition, are being contested on a mixed lane conditioning environment where the Dick Weber 45 oiling pattern is applied to the left lane and the Mike Aulby 38 oiling pattern is applied to the right lane. The numerical designation refers to the length in feet oil is applied to each lane.

GO BOWLING! PBA INDIANAPOLIS OPEN
Woodland Bowl, Indianapolis, Friday

Final Match Play Standings (after 42 games, including match play records; top five after 42 games advance to Sunday’s live FS1 finals at 3 p.m. EST):
1, Jason Belmonte, Australia, 16-8, 10,127.
2, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 14-9-1, 9,741.
3, Tom Daugherty, Riverview, Fla., 14-10, 9,695.
4, Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 15-9, 9,672.
5, Rhino Page, Orlando, 13-11, 9,649.
6, Josh Blanchard, Mesa, Ariz., 13-11, 9,551, $6,000.
7, Shawn Maldonado, Houston, 12-11-1, 9,546, $5,500.
8, Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., 13-11, 9,535, $5,000.
9 (tie), Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 11-11-2, and Jakob Butturff, Tempe, Ariz., 11-13, 9,527, $4,250.
11, Osku Palermaa, Finland, 15-8-1, 9,526, $3,800.
12, BJ Moore, Greensburg, Pa., 8-16, 9,490, $3,600.
13, Patrick Girard, Canada, 11-11-2, 9,488, $3,500.
14, Kyle Sherman, O'Fallon, Mo., 12-12, 9,422, $3,300.
15, Richie Teece, England, 10-14, 9,411, $3,100.
16, Matt Kuba, Chicago Ridge, Ill., 12-12, 9,394, $3,000.
17, Nicholas Pate, Inver Grove Heights, Minn., 12-11-1, 9,334, $2,900.
18, Matt Sanders, Indianapolis, 14-10, 9,328, $2,800.
19, DJ Archer, Spring, Texas, 10-14, 9,282, $2,700.
20, Martin Larsen, Sweden, 10-14, 9,275, $2,600.
21, Tom Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich., 10-14, 9,261, $2,500.
22, Brad Miller, Lees Summit, Mo., 10-13-1, 9,116, $2,400.
23, Brian Robinson, Morgantown, W.Va., 11-13, 9,106, $2,300.
24, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., 6-17-1, 9,033, $2,200.
300 Games: Jason Belmonte, Patrick Girard.

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2019 PBA League Draft Set for April 8 at Bayside Bowl in Portland, Maine; FloBowling to Provide Live Coverage

by Bill Vint February 22, 2019 10:18

PORTLAND, Maine – For the past four years, tournament host Bayside Bowl in Portland has given the PBA League team bowling competition a jolt of electricity because of its exuberant fans and unique location.

Crowd_2018PBALEliasCup(4)Now for the first time, Bayside fans will get a chance to see up close how the 2019 teams take shape when the PBA League Draft is held at Bayside Bowl on Monday, April 8.

The draft will be covered live on FloBowling, PBA’s official online live-streaming outlet, beginning at 4 p.m. EDT.

Adding to the drama for the hometown fans, their own Portland Lumberjacks, managed by Tim Mack, will own the first pick by virtue of their last-place finish in the 2018 Elias Cup tournament.

Choosing second will be L.A. X, followed by the Brooklyn Styles, New York City Kingpins, Motown Muscle, Dallas Strikers, Philadelphia Hitmen and defending champion Go Bowling! Silver Lake Atom Splitters. The serpentine draft will then find the Atom Splitters making the first selection of the second round.
 
In order to be eligible for the draft pool, PBA members must be ranked in the top 40 in the 2019 PBA competition points standings at the conclusion of the 2019 USBC Masters on April 1.

Leading up to the draft, each team manager will be allowed to protect and retain up to three members from current rosters regardless of their PBA Points standing, with those decisions made by March 25.

MotownMuscle_Simonsen.Anthony_2018PBALSemi1(1)April 8 will be a big day for Portland’s enthusiastic PBA fans who are invited to attend the PBAL Draft and stick around for the inaugural round of PBA Playoffs matches that will air later in the evening, live on FS1 at 7 p.m. Eastern. The PBA Playoffs is a new PBA Tour singles competition that will feature the season’s top 24 players in competition points in a single-elimination match play series that will result in eight FS1 telecasts in April and May, leading up to the live FOX telecasts of the semifinal and final rounds on June 1 and 2. Bayside Bowl will host the entire PBA Playoffs series.

PBA League players will then return to Bayside Bowl where all rounds of the 2019 PBA League Elias Cup competition will take place July 16, 17 and 18, airing live for the first time on FOX Sports’ FS1 in prime time.

CURRENT TEAM MAKEUPS
(Managers may protect up to 3 players by March 25)

● Portland Lumberjacks (manager Mack): Ryan Ciminelli, Wes Malott, Kyle Troup, DJ Archer, JoJoe Yannaphon.
● L.A. X (manager Andrew Cain): Jason Belmonte, Stuart Williams, Martin Larsen, Jakob Butturff, Osku Palermaa.
● Brooklyn Styles (manager Johnny Petraglia): Parker Bohn III, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Sean Rash, Matt O’Grady, Jason Sterner.
● New York City KingPins (manager Carolyn Dorin-Ballard): Pete Weber, Marshall Kent, Sam Cooley, BJ Moore, Anthony Pepe.
● Motown Muscle (manager Del Ballard Jr.): EJ Tackett, Francois Lavoie, Anthony Simonsen, Shota Kawazoe, Josh Blanchard.
● Dallas Strikers: player-manager Norm Duke, Tommy Jones, Bill O’Neill, Rhino Page, Kyle Sherman.
● 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.

PBA LEAGUE DATES
Monday, March 25: Selection of protected players. 
Monday, April 1: PBA Playoffs point list finalized. 
Wednesday, April 3: Draft declaration deadline (draft pool consists of the top 40 on the PBA Playoff points list; eligible players must declare their intent to enter the draft).
Monday, April 8: 2019 PBA League Draft (4 p.m. EDT, live on FloBowling). 
Monday, April 15: Player trade deadline.

2019 PBA LEAGUE ELIAS CUP FINALS SCHEDULE
Bayside Bowl, Portland, Maine, July 16-18 (live on FS1)
 
2018 PBAL Bayside Bowl rooftop tailgate (15)Tuesday, July 16

3:30 p.m. – Bayside Bowl rooftop “tailgate party” (at left) 
7 p.m. – Quarterfinal Match One: Team #1 vs. Team #8
8 p.m. – Quarterfinal Match Two: Team #5 vs. Team #4
9 p.m. – Quarterfinal Match Three: Team #2 vs. Team #7
10 p.m. – Quarterfinal Match Four: Team #6 vs. Team #3
Wednesday, July 17
9 p.m. – Semifinal Match One: Winner Match One vs. Winner Match Two
10 p.m. – Semifinal Match Two: Winner Match Three vs. Winner Match Four
Thursday, July 18
9 p.m. – Elias Cup Championship: Winner Semifinal One vs. Winner Semifinal Two

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PBA Spare Shots: Marshall Holman, Amleto Monacelli to Manage “USA vs. The World” at WSOB X

by Bill Vint February 22, 2019 09:35

With a pair of PBA Hall of Famers guiding them, the USA vs. The World team match will return to the 10th anniversary PBA World Series of Bowling as the fifth consecutive night of WSOB coverage on FOX Sports’ FS1 channel. The team match will air on Friday, March 22 at 8 p.m. EST from the historic Thunderbowl Lanes arena in Allen Park, Mich.

Monacelli.Amleto_Venezuela_2017WSOB (1)Back to manage the two-time defending champion USA team will be PBA Hall of Famer Marshall Holman (at left in PBA.com home page photo). Under Holman’s guidance, the USA won the 2017 match after Tommy Jones managed the U.S. win in 2016. The World will be managed for the first time by fellow PBA Hall of Famer and Venezuela native Amleto Monacelli (at left) who bowled as a member of the international team when it won the first two matches in 2010 and 2013.

Players from the United States and the international contingent will qualify for their respective teams based on 30-game qualifying pinfall totals for the Cheetah, Chameleon and Scorpion Championships held earlier in the WSOB. The best-of-three-game Baker format team match will conclude FOX Sports’ WSOB coverage that will begin with live telecasts of the Cheetah Championship on Monday, March 18; Chameleon Championship on Tuesday, March 19; Scorpion Championship on Wednesday, March 20, and PBA World Championship on Thursday, March 21. All five shows will air at 8 p.m. Eastern.

ANTHONY SIMONSEN ADVANCES TO FOURTH PLACE IN PBA PLAYOFFS POINTS RACE

Thanks to his victory in the PBA Players Championship Sunday, Anthony Simonsen moved into fourth place in the race to qualify for the inaugural PBA Playoffs.

Finishing second in the second Tier 1 event on the 2019 Go Bowling! PBA Tour schedule helped Jason Belmonte expand his lead in the 2019 PBA Playoffs points lead to 15,550 points while EJ Tackett, moved into second place on the basis of his second straight top five finish in the PBA’s first two major championships of the year.

Under the new PBA competition points structure in play this season, a win in a Tier 1 (major championship) event is worth 7,500 points – triple the value of the base points total for a victory (2,500 points) in a Tier 3 (limited entry and/or modified format) tournament. Tier 2 (standard PBA Tour) events award double the Tier 3 points.

Sean Rash dropped one spot to third, Jakob Butturff fell from third to fifth, and Kyle Troup advanced to sixth. Rounding out the top eight heading into the Go Bowling! PBA Indianapolis Open (a Tier 2 event) were Dick Allen in seventh place and Bill O’Neill in eighth. Marshall Kent and Jesper Svensson dropped out of the top eight to ninth and 10th, respectively.

The race for the 24th-and-final berth in the PBA Playoffs currently involves Kyle Sherman in 24th with Darren Tang, Patrick Girard and Zacharay Wilkins in hot pursuit.

Finishing in the top eight as of the end of the USBC Masters on April 1 means those players will earn a first-round bye in the single-elimination PBA Playoffs. Finishing in the top 24 is a necessity to qualify for a place in the Playoffs; finishing in the top 40 is required for eligibility to enter the 2019 PBA League Draft. To follow the points competition as the season progresses, use this link: https://www.pba.com/SeasonStats/PointsList/132?list=1.

The PBA Playoffs begin on Monday, April 8, with live coverage of the opening Round of 24 matches on FS1 at 7 p.m. Eastern from Bayside Bowl in Portland, Maine.

PBA REGIONAL UPDATE: AUERBACH WINS FIRST REGIONAL TITLE IN SPARTANBURG

Craig Auerbach of Sunrise, Florida, defeated Troy McKinney of Yorktown, Va., 214-197, to win the PBA50 Dave Edwards Toyota Spartanburg South Open presented by Global 900 at Paradise Lanes in Spartanburg, S.C., Sunday.

Auerbach won $2,000 and his first PBA Regional title. He won a PBA Regional in Brunswick, Ga., in 2008, but didn’t get credit for a title because he was a non-PBA member at the time.

The championship match was close in the first half of the game, but after McKinney left a 6-7-10 split in the seventh frame and failed to convert, Auerbach stayed clean and doubled in the ninth and 10th frames to lock it up.

In the semifinal round, Auerbach def. Mac Sanders of Taylors, S.C., 246-194, while McKinney disposed of Hall of Famer Walter Ray Williams Jr. of Oxford, Fla., 241-208.

• The PBA Central and Midwest Regions will participate in the joint PBA50 Plaza Lanes Central/Midwest Open in Crawfordsville, Ind., over the Feb. 22-24 weekend. Over the same weekend, South Point Bowling Plaza in Las Vegas will host a doubleheader including the South Point West Challenge on Friday, and the South Point Member/Non-Member Doubles, both presented by Radical.

● 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 and Android device users using the PBA app).

QUICK NOTES:

• PBA and FOX Sports reporter Kimberly Pressler will appear on FOX59’s Morning News show in Indianapolis Saturday at 8:20 a.m. to help promote Sunday’s Go Bowling! PBA Indianapolis Open telecast live on FS1 Sunday at 3 p.m. EST.

• How a player ranks in the 2019 Go Bowling! PBA Tour competition points race won’t necessary determine who wins Rookie of the Year honors, but it’s an important part of the 2019 Bowl4life PBA Rookie Watch because the 2019 PBA Rookie of the Year will earn a $2,500 bonus from Chuck Gardner’s Bowl4Life Foundation and the foundation will donate an additional $2,500 to a youth bowler scholarship in the Rookie of the Year’s name. After the PBA Players Championship, the three top rookies on the PBA Playoffs points list are Jake Rollins of Glen Rock, N.J.; AJ Rice of Salem, Ala., and Patrick Hanrahan of Wichita, Kan.

• The unofficial FloBowling PBA Power Rankings top 10 following the PBA Players Championship include: Jason Belmonte (retaining his No. 1 ranking from the previous week); 2, EJ Tackett (2); 3, Sean Rash (5); 4, Jakob Butturff (3); 5, Dom Barrett (4); 6, Jesper Svensson (8); 7, Kyle Troup (12); 8, Kris Prather (7); 9, Rhino Page (6) and 10, Anthony Simonsen (unranked). Visit FloBowling.com for a complete list along with Flo’s rationale for its rankings.

• Australia’s Jason Belmonte and 10-time PBA Tour titlist Bill O’Neill of Langhorne, Pa., will make an appearance on March 9 at the Detroit Athletic Club to help promote the 10th anniversary PBA World Series of Bowling which will take place March 11-21 at Thunderbowl Lanes in Allen Park, Mich.

• World Bowling announced Friday that it has learned the Paris 2024 Olympic Organizing Committee has rejected bowling’s bid to become one of the new sports to be included in the 2024 Games. Paris 2024 has named breakdancing, climbing, surfing and skateboarding as the additional sports it will ask the IOC Executive Committee to include in the 2024 Olympic Games.

• BJI Cyber Report has reported that Reg Pearson, one of the “architects” of the National Bowling Stadium and the facility’s manager from its opening in 1995 until 1998, died on Jan. 28. He was 82.

• Two-time PBA Tour titlist Mike Machuga of Erie, Pa., has been named as the first women’s bowling coach at Mercyhurst University in his hometown. Mercyhurst will launch its women’s collegiate bowling program in the 2019-20 season.

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Jason Belmonte Handles Lane Conditioning Challenge, Rolls into Go Bowling! PBA Indianapolis Open Lead

by Bill Vint February 21, 2019 13:36

INDIANAPOLIS (Feb. 21, 2019) – Australia’s Jason Belmonte has demonstrated time and again that once he figures out how to attack the lanes, other PBA players have a difficult time keeping up. He did it again Thursday when he charged into the lead in the Go Bowling! PBA Indianapolis Open, and held on despite an up-and-down fourth round.

Belmonte, the 35-year-old two-handed player and four-time PBA Player of the Year, averaged 247.8 for his final six qualifying games on the mixed lane conditioning environment at Woodland Bowl Thursday morning to overtake second-round leader BJ Moore of Greensburg, Pa. He then retained his lead in Thursday evening’s first round of match play, winning five of his eight matches and maintaining a 230.6 average for the tournament, finishing a rocky evening round with a 26-game total of 6,146 pins, including match play bonus pins, for a 52-pin lead over defending Indianapolis champion Jakob Butturff of Tempe, Ariz.

All rounds of the tournament are being contested on a mixed lane conditioning environment where the Dick Weber 45 oiling pattern is applied to the left lane and the Mike Aulby 38 oiling pattern is applied to the right lane. The numerical designation refers to the length in feet oil is applied to each lane.

“Pair to pair tonight was night-and-day, especially when you are dealing with a dual oiling pattern,” Belmonte said. “You’re trying to find a way to strike, but you have nothing to guide you because the two lanes are so different. It’ll take your two or three shots on each lane to figure it out, and by then the game’s half over, so you have to take your poison, make your spares and go from there.”

Belmonte won his 19th PBA Tour title two weeks ago when he won the PBA Tournament of Champions in Fairlawn, Ohio, for a record-tying 10th major title, matching Earl Anthony and Pete Weber for the most career PBA major titles. Last week he finished second in the PBA Players Championship, another major, after leading all week. In Indianapolis, he has continued to bowl with a high level of confidence and it’s again producing positive results.

“It’s a culmination of some changes I’ve made in my physical and mental game,” he said. “When you have confidence in your physical game, it helps you mentally, and when your mental game is good, you tend to make better shots. When you put a lot of work in, it really feels good when you’re able to put it all together on the biggest stage.”

Rounding out the top five after four rounds were Moore with 5,965 pins; Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, with a 5,886 total, and Tom Daugherty, Riverview, Fla., with 5,874 pins.

The Indianapolis Open, a Tier 2 PBA Playoffs points event, continues with the final two eight-game match play rounds Friday at 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. The top five players after 42 games will compete in Sunday’s stepladder finals, live on FS1, beginning at 3 p.m. EST.

All qualifying and match play rounds will be live-streamed by PBA’s online streaming partner, FloBowling. For subscription information, visit FloBowling.com.

To follow the tournament as it happens, visit Live Scoring on the pba.com home page.

GO BOWLING! PBA INDIANAPOLIS OPEN

Woodland Bowl, Indianapolis, Thursday

Fourth Round Standings (after 26 games, including match play records; top five after 42 games to Sunday’s live FS1 finals at 3 p.m. EST):

1, Jason Belmonte, Australia, 5-3, 6,146.
2, Jakob Butturff, Tempe, Ariz., 5-3, 6,094.
3, BJ Moore, Greensburg, Pa., 2-6, 5,965.
4, Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 4-4, 5,886.
5, Tom Daugherty, Riverview, Fla., 5-3, 5,874.
6, Josh Blanchard, Mesa, Ariz., 6-2, 5,871.
7, Osku Palermaa, Finland, 5-3, 5,865.
8, Matt Kuba, Chicago Ridge, IL, 6-2, 5,837.
9 (tie), Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 4-3-1, and Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., 4-3-1, 5,802.
11, Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., 4-4, 5,795.
12, Kyle Sherman, O'Fallon, Mo., 5-3, 5,772.
13, DJ Archer, Spring, Texas, 4-4, 5,771.
14 (tie), Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 3-5, and Rhino Page, Orlando, 5-3, 5,762.
16, Matt Sanders, Indianapolis, 5-3, 5,732.
17, Richie Teece, England, 2-6, 5,725.
18, Shawn Maldonado, Houston, 3-5, 5,689.
19, Tom Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich., 3-5, 5,683.
20, Martin Larsen, Sweden, 2-6, 5,662.
21, Brian Robinson, Morgantown, W.Va., 4-4, 5,661.
22, Nicholas Pate, Inver Grove Heights, Minn., 2-6, 5,613.
23, Brad Miller, Lees Summit, Mo., 4-4, 5,566.
24, Patrick Girard, Canada, 3-5, 5,558.

Other Cashers (after 18 games):
25, JR Raymond, Clinton Twp., Mich., 3,902, $1,700.
26, Dom Barrett, England, 3,896, $1,650.
27 (tie), Michael Machuga, Erie, Pa., and Bill O'Neill, Langhorne, Pa., 3,889, $1,575.
29, Charlie Brown Jr, Grandville, Mich., 3,882, $1,530.
30, Andrew Anderson, Holly, Mich., 3,878, $1,500.

Failed to Cash (after 18 games):
31, Kris Prather, Plainfield, Ill., 3,877.
32, Brad Angelo, Lockport, N.Y., 3,872.
33, AJ Johnson, Oswego, Ill., 3,857.
34, Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., 3,827.
35, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 3,825.
36, Nick Kruml, Downers Grove, Ill., 3,816.
37, Chris Via, Springfield, Ohio, 3,813.
38, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 3,801.
39, Kim Bolleby, Sweden, 3,796.
40, Jesper Svensson, Sweden, 3,795.
41, Francois Louw, South Africa, 3,792.
42, Darren Tang, Las Vegas, Nev., 3,790.
43, Annop Arromsaranon, Thailand, 3,788.
44, Ronnie Russell, Marion, Ind., 3,780.
45, Zacharay Wilkins, Canada, 3,778.
46, EJ Tackett, Bluffton, Ind., 3,777.
47, Justin Knowles, Okemos, Mich., 3,753.
48 (tie), Kenneth Ryan, Farmingdale, NJ, and Graham Fach, Urbana, Ohio, 3,751.
50, Kyle Mayberry, Mechanicsburg, Ohio, 3,750.
51, Arturo Quintero, Mexico, 3,749.
52, Mykel Holliman, Collierville, Tenn., 3,737.
53, Greg Ostrander, Brick, N.J., 3,734.
54, Shota Kawazoe, Japan, 3,729.
55, Anthony Pepe, East Elmhurst, N.Y., 3,723.
56, Andrew Cain, Phoenix, 3,718.
57, Geoffrey Young, Roanoke, Texas, 3,716.
58, Chris Loschetter, Avon, Ohio, 3,705.
59 (tie), Tom Hess, Urbandale, Iowa, and Zeke Bayt, Westerville, Ohio, 3,704.
61, Thomas Larsen, Denmark, 3,700.
62 (tie), Pontus Andersson, Sweden, and Dick Allen, Lexington, S.C., 3,697.
64, Jake Rollins, Glen Rock, N.J., 3,687.
65, Jean Perez, Puerto Rico, 3,685.
66, Cristian Azcona, Puerto Rico, 3,683.
67, Sam Cooley, Australia, 3,678.
68, Anthony Lavery-Spahr, Pasadena, Texas, 3,670.
69, Tim Foy Jr., Seaford, Del., 3,666.
70 (tie), Gaetan Mouveroux, France, and Zac Tackett, Huntington, Ind., 3,665.
72, Ryan Ciminelli, Clarence, N.Y., 3,660.
73 (tie), Mike Wolfe, New Albany, Ind., and Dwight Adams, Greensboro, N.C., 3,659.
75, Chris Colella, Indianapolis, Ind., 3,656.
76, David Krol, Nixa, Mo., 3,653.
77, Brandon Novak, Chillicothe, Ohio, 3,652.
78, Rafiq Ismail, Malaysia, 3,650.
79, Andres Gomez, Colombia, 3,646.
80 (tie), Joe Paluszek, Bensalem, Pa., and Anthony Simonsen, Little Elm, Texas, 3,643.
82, Keven Williams, Springfield, Mo.,, 3,635.
83, Francois Lavoie, Canada, 3,632.
84 (tie), Johnathan Bower, Middletown, Pa., and Matthew Ogle, Louisville, Ky., 3,626.
86, Michael Tang, Johnstown, Ohio, 3,622.
87, A.J. Rice, Salem, Ala., 3,609.
88 (tie), Brandon Robertson, Venice, Fla., and Zach Doty, Campbellsville, Ky., 3,607.
90, Jimmy Cook, Indianapolis, 3,605.
91, AJ Chapman, Manchester, Iowa, 3,604.
92, Stuart Williams, England, 3,593.
93, Matthew Staninger, Centerville, Ohio, 3,590.
94, Ildemaro Ruiz, Venezuela, 3,583.
95, Michael Haugen Jr., Phoenix, 3,578.
96, Gary Faulkner Jr., Memphis, Tenn., 3,563.
97, Kevin Kullman, Lockport, Ill., 3,552.
98, Richard McCormick, Cincinnati, Ohio, 3,544.
99 (tie), Sean Lavery-Spahr, Pasadena, Texas, and Samuel DeWitt III, Pittsburgh, Pa., 3,539.
101, Christopher Sloan, Ireland, 3,538.
102, Michael Davidson, Versailles, Ohio, 3,536.
103, Cody Shoemaker, Hanover, Pa., 3,533.
104, Mitch Hupe, Canada, 3,527.
105, John Furey, Howell, N.J., 3,500.
106, Jim Pratt, Avondale, Ariz., 3,496.
107, Greg Young, Viera, Fla., 3,491.
108, Jason Sterner, Fayetteville, Ga., 3,477.
109, Kamron Doyle, Brentwood, Tenn., 3,453.
110, Tony Johnson, Canton, Ohio, 3,439.
111, Nate Garcia, Port St. Lucie, Fla., 3,430.
112, Eduardo Astiazaran, Mexico, 3,418.
113, Andrew Suscreba, Clifton, N.J., 3,417.
114, Christopher Jones, Edinbugh, Ind., 3,401.
115, Mike Eaton Jr., Wyoming, Mich., 3,397.
116, Michael Baker, Moline, Ill., 3,323.
117, Tristan Butler, Fort Wayne, Ind., 3,178.
118, Justin Wyman, Fairport, N.Y., 3,129.
119, Aaron Lorincz, Center Line, Mich., 2,940
300 Games: none.

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BJ Moore Averages 248 to Advance from 10th into Lead in Go Bowling! PBA Indianapolis Open

by Bill Vint February 20, 2019 18:55

INDIANAPOLIS – BJ Moore, a nine-year PBA member from Greensburg, Pa., who is trying for his first PBA Tour title, averaged an impressive 248 during his second qualifying round Wednesday to advance from 10th place into the lead in the Go Bowling! PBA Indianapolis Open at Woodland Bowl.

Moore, a 30-year-old right-hander who is bowling in only his second tournament of the 2019 Go Bowling! PBA Tour season, rolled games of 266, 248, 259, 209, 279 and 227 in Wednesday’s second round to take a 51-pin lead over Wes Malott of Pflugerville, Texas. Australia’s Jason Belmonte was third with 2,803 pins followed by Shawn Maldonado of Houston, Texas, with 2,797 pins and defending Indianapolis champion Jakob Butturff of Tempe, Ariz., with a 2,796 total.

Moore, whose best finish in PBA Tour competition was second place in the 2016 PBA Scorpion Championship, bowled in the pre-tournament qualifier prior to the PBA Tournament of Champions two weeks ago, but failed to make the field. Last week, he bowled in the PBA Players Championship, where he finished 49th.

“It was a good practice session,” Moore said with a grin. “I worked out some physical things which I was able to apply this week.”

All rounds of the Indianapolis Open are being contested on a challenging mixed lane conditioning environment where the 45-foot Dick Weber oiling pattern is applied to the left lane and the 38-foot Mike Aulby oiling pattern is applied to the right lane, requiring players to change equipment and angles of attack on each lane.

“This is the first mixed pattern event I’ve bowled,” Moore said. “I’ve always been a fan of the concept. I like the challenge. It kinda levels out the playing field. It was fun, but it’s always fun when you bowl well.

“I was kind of the pace car in the morning round, but I figured I could do something different in the night block and everything kind of fell into place for me.”

The pursuit of his first PBA Tour title isn’t something Moore is dwelling on, but it remains a goal.

“I’ve been close a couple of times,” he said. “It’s more of a process for me, applying things I’ve learned. It’s a roller coaster, but my ball reps have helped me a lot, especially with my mental game. I’ll just have to keep after it.”

Qualifying in the Indianapolis Open, a Tier 2 PBA Playoffs points event, continues a third six-game round round Thursday at 10 a.m. The top 24 players based on 18-game pinfall totals will then advance to eight-game match play rounds Thursday at 6 p.m. and Friday at 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. The top five players after 42 games will compete for the title in Sunday’s stepladder finals, live on FS1, beginning at 3 p.m. EST.

All qualifying and match play rounds will be live-streamed by PBA’s online streaming partner, FloBowling. For subscription information, visit FloBowling.com. To follow the tournament as it happens, fans also can visit Live Scoring on the pba.com home page.

GO BOWLING! PBA INDIANAPOLIS OPEN

Woodland Bowl, Indianapolis, Wednesday

Second Round Standings (after 12 games; top 24 after 18 games advance to match play):

1, BJ Moore, Greensburg, Pa., 2,855.
2, Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 2,804.
3, Jason Belmonte, Australia, 2,803.
4, Shawn Maldonado, Houston, 2,797.
5, Jakob Butturff, Tempe, Ariz., 2,796.
6, DJ Archer, Spring, Texas, 2,772.
7, Matt Kuba, Chicago Ridge, IL, 2,741.
8, Josh Blanchard, Mesa, Ariz., 2,728.
9, Brad Miller, Lees Summit, Mo., 2,719.
10, Charlie Brown Jr, Grandville, Mich., 2,690.
11, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., 2,651.
12, Tom Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich., 2,640.
13, Brad Angelo, Lockport, N.Y., 2,638.
14, Rhino Page, Orlando, 2,635.
15, JR Raymond, Clinton Twp., Mich., 2,630.
16, Matt Sanders, Indianapolis, 2,629.
17, Patrick Girard, Canada, 2,628.
18, Justin Knowles, Okemos, Mich., 2,616.
19, Tom Daugherty, Riverview, Fla., 2,606.
20, Darren Tang, Las Vegas, Nev., 2,604.
21, Brian Robinson, Morgantown, W.Va., 2,599.
22, Richie Teece, England, 2,597.
23 (tie), Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, and Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 2,591.
25, Martin Larsen, Sweden, 2,590.
26, Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., 2,587.
27 (tie), Dom Barrett, England, and Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 2,582.
29, Kris Prather, Plainfield, Ill., 2,579.
30, Osku Palermaa, Finland, 2,576.
31, David Krol, Nixa, Mo., 2,574.
32, Kyle Sherman, O'Fallon, Mo., 2,572.
33, EJ Tackett, Bluffton, Ind., 2,569.
34, Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., 2,560.
35, Thomas Larsen, Denmark, 2,557.
36, Nicholas Pate, Inver Grove Heights, Minn., 2,556.
37, Mykel Holliman, Collierville, Tenn., 2,549.
38, Andrew Anderson, Holly, Mich., 2,548.
39, AJ Johnson, Oswego, Ill., 2,546.
40, Bill O'Neill, Langhorne, Pa., 2,545.
41, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 2,542.
42 (tie), Kyle Mayberry, Mechanicsburg, Ohio, and Zacharay Wilkins, Canada, 2,538.
44, Chris Via, Springfield, Ohio, 2,536.
45 (tie), Graham Fach, Urbana, Ohio, and Annop Arromsaranon, Thailand, 2,531.
47, Jesper Svensson, Sweden, 2,527.
48 (tie), Francois Lavoie, Canada, and Anthony Pepe, East Elmhurst, N.Y., 2,516.
50, Kenneth Ryan, Farmingdale, NJ, 2,515.
51 (tie), Zeke Bayt, Westerville, Ohio, and Kim Bolleby, Sweden, 2,512.
53, Anthony Lavery-Spahr, Pasadena, Texas, 2,492.
54 (tie), Zac Tackett, Huntington, Ind.; Michael Machuga, Erie, Pa., and Nick Kruml, Downers Grove, Ill., 2,491.
57, Francois Louw, South Africa, 2,485.
58, Jimmy Cook, Indianapolis, 2,483.
59, Brandon Novak, Chillicothe, Ohio, 2,477.
60 (tie), Dick Allen, Lexington, S.C., and Cristian Azcona, Puerto Rico, 2,473.
62, Rafiq Ismail, Malaysia, 2,466.
63, Greg Ostrander, Brick, N.J., 2,464.
64, Michael Haugen Jr., Phoenix, 2,462.
65, Chris Colella, Indianapolis, Ind., 2,461.
66 (tie), Dwight Adams, Greensboro, N.C., and Jake Rollins, Glen Rock, N.J., 2,460.
68, Ildemaro Ruiz, Venezuela, 2,459.
69, Zach Doty, Campbellsville, Ky., 2,457.
70, AJ Chapman, Manchester, Iowa, 2,454.
71, Matthew Ogle, Louisville, Ky., 2,451.
72, Cody Shoemaker, Hanover, Pa., 2,449.
73, Shota Kawazoe, Japan, 2,448.
74, Ronnie Russell, Marion, Ind., 2,440.
75, Andrew Cain, Phoenix, 2,436.
76, Anthony Simonsen, Little Elm, Texas, 2,434.
77, Gary Faulkner Jr., Memphis, Tenn., 2,432.
78, Tom Hess, Urbandale, Iowa, 2,430.
79, Arturo Quintero, Mexico, 2,429.
80, Johnathan Bower, Middletown, Pa., 2,423.
81, Geoffrey Young, Roanoke, Texas, 2,411.
82, Pontus Andersson, Sweden, 2,404.
83 (tie), Sam Cooley, Australia, and Kevin Kullman, Lockport, Ill., 2,401.
85 (tie), Jean Perez, Puerto Rico; Michael Tang, Johnstown, Ohio, and Richard McCormick, Cincinnati, Ohio, 2,391.
88 (tie), Andres Gomez, Colombia, and Stuart Williams, England, 2,390.
90, Joe Paluszek, Bensalem, Pa., 2,387.
91, Matthew Staninger, Centerville, Ohio, 2,385.
92, Aaron Lorincz, Center Line, Mich., 2,384.
93, Tim Foy Jr., Seaford, Del., 2,370.
94, Samuel DeWitt III, Pittsburgh, Pa., 2,369.
95, Brandon Robertson, Venice, Fla., 2,356.
96, Christopher Sloan, Ireland, 2,351.
97, Mike Wolfe, New Albany, Ind., 2,350.
98, Ryan Ciminelli, Clarence, N.Y., 2,344.
99, Chris Loschetter, Avon, Ohio, 2,340.
100, Jason Sterner, Fayetteville, Ga., 2,338.
101, Nate Garcia, Port St. Lucie, Fla., 2,337.
102, Greg Young, Viera, Fla., 2,324.
103, Andrew Suscreba, Clifton, N.J., 2,322.
104, Mike Eaton Jr., Wyoming, Mich., 2,321.
105, Eduardo Astiazaran, Mexico, 2,318.
106, Keven Williams, Springfield, Mo.,, 2,315.
107, Kamron Doyle, Brentwood, Tenn., 2,313.
108, Sean Lavery-Spahr, Pasadena, Texas, 2,307.
109, Michael Davidson, Versailles, Ohio, 2,298.
110, John Furey, Howell, N.J., 2,292.
111, Gaetan Mouveroux, France, 2,277.
112, Christopher Jones, Edinbugh, Ind., 2,269.
113, Mitch Hupe, Canada, 2,268.
114, Jim Pratt, Avondale, Ariz., 2,264.
115, A.J. Rice, Salem, Ala., 2,263.
116, Tristan Butler, Fort Wayne, Ind., 2,169.
117, Tony Johnson, Canton, Ohio, 2,160.
118, Justin Wyman, Fairport, N.Y., 2,110.
119, Michael Baker, Moline, Ill., 2,105.
120, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., withdrew.

300 Games: Wes Malott, Cristian Azcona, DJ Archer.

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