PBA Spare Shots: Bowlers Journal Features Veteran Go Bowling! PBA Tour Sideline Reporter Kimberly Pressler

by Bill Vint May 17, 2019 12:16

Kimberly Pressler, the cover subject for the May issue of Bowlers Journal International, has been a mainstay on the sidelines of Go Bowling! PBA Tour telecasts now for nine years. The dawn of the PBA Tour’s FOX Sports era this season saw her role expand with that network as she now serves up scoops for viewers about adjustments and storylines the audience would not know about if Pressler were not down in the trenches with the players and tour reps.

But Pressler had been doing TV long before her arrival in the pro bowling world. She covered a range of sports including Motocross, snocross, truck racing, X Games events and much more for major networks such as MTV, NBC and ABC. As you will hear in her conversation with BJI Editor Gianmarc Manzione in a Bowlers Journal Podcast, some of those prior TV gigs made for some pretty hair-raising experiences that Pressler never will forget.

The conversation covers a broad range of topics, including the 20th anniversary of Pressler's win in the 1999 Miss USA pageant, what it was like to subsequently work for Donald Trump and live in Trump Tower as the first Miss USA since his acquisition of the Miss Universe Organization, and what it was like to dine with Trump and his then-girlfriend Melania (now First Lady Melania Trump) after Pressler arrived in New York City following her Miss USA win.

To listen to the conversation, visit: https://soundcloud.com/user-658733792/kimberlyeditfinal

PBA REGIONAL UPDATE: DOTY, KRETZER WIN BALDO CAMPANA MEMORIAL TITLES

Zach Doty of Campbellsville, Ky. defeated Graham Fach of Urbana, Ohio, 208-202, to win his first PBA Regional title in the PBA Baldo Campana Memorial/Ohio Lottery Central Open presented by DV8 at Rebman Recreation in Lorain, Ohio Saturday while Brian Kretzer of Kettering, Ohio won the “senior” half of the doubleheader.

Doty, a 24-year-old PBA rookie, earned $2,000 along with his first title. He downed Chris Loschetter of Avon, Ohio, 231-200, while Fach edged Mike Clark Jr. of Cleveland, Ohio, 199-168, in the semifinal round to set up the championship match.

Kretzer defeated non-PBA member Chuck Tompkins of Reynoldsburg, Ohio by 62 pins to win the PBA50 Baldo Campana Memorial/Ohio Lottery Central/Midwest Open title, presented by MOTIV.

Kretzer finished with a 6-4 match play record and a total of 4,283 pins for 18 games, including match play bonus pins, to win the $1,500 first prize, his 12th career PBA50 regional title and his fourth PBA50 regional title of 2019.

• Darren Tang of Las Vegas; Henry Dawson of Elma, Wash., and Danaka Heekin of Woodinville, Wash., were victorious in a PBA Northwest Region tripleheader at Daffodil Bowl at Puyallup, Wash., Sunday.

Tang posted a 5-7 match play record and a 20-game total of 4,836 pins, including match play bonus pins, to win Sunday’s PBA FiX Auto of Puyallup Open, a standard PBA Northwest Regional event, by 47 pins over Jordan Jung of Canada. The win was worth $2,000 first prize and his fifth regional title.

Dawson won the PBA50 portion of the tripleheader with a 5-3 match play record and 3,354 total pins, beating Rob Rice of Sunnyside, Wash., by two pins for the $1,500 first prize and his first PBA50 Regional title.

Heekin had a 5-2 match play record and knocked down 3,081 total pins for her 14 games to top non-PBA member Correen Lieber of Phoenix, Ariz. in the PBA special women’s event to earn the $800 first prize.

Over the May 17-19 weekend, the PBA Midwest Region returns to Glo Bowl in Marengo, Ill., for the Glo Bowl Midwest Open presented by 900 Global. Also scheduled are the PBA50 Cherokee Lanes South Open presented by Roto Grip in Canton, Ga., and the Waxahachie Southwest Challenge for non-titlists at Hilltop Lanes in Waxahachie, Texas.

PBA Regionals over the Memorial Day weekend (May 24-25) will include the Colony Park Lanes Challenge for non-titlists, presented by Columbia 300, in York, Pa., and the annual Celeste Walker Midwest/Central Open presented by Track at Strike N Spare II in Lockport, Ill.

● 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

The 17th Pioneers Tournament for PBA membership in China this week in Shanghai qualified three more bowlers for PBA membership eligibility. They join 97 players who qualified in previous Pioneers Tournaments conducted by Frank Zhao since 2014, bringing the total number of Chinese bowlers who have qualified for PBA membership to 100. Since the program began, Pioneers Tournaments have been held throughout China with hundreds of bowlers from mainland China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Germany, Japan and The Philippines participating.

Kai Strothers, the 10-year-old Maplewood boy who became the youngest New Jersey bowler to roll a certified 300 game and later rolled the ceremonial first ball at the PBA Tournament of Champions at the PBA’s invitation, was recognized as part of the annual "Essex County Celebrates Youth" Program at the Hall of Records in Newark recently. The annual event acknowledges outstanding young people throughout Essex County for their notable achievements.

Strothers, who is passionate and knowledgeable about bowling, bears the nickname "Popcorn" because while bowling he was snacking on popcorn and it was said the secret was in the popcorn.

The latest Playoffs In Brief episode covering last week’s telecast is now available at this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DsfecmEdxbs

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MONDAY ON FS1: Belmonte vs. Prather and Simonsen vs. Gomez in PBA Playoffs Round of 8 Matches at 9 p.m. ET

by Jerry Schneider May 16, 2019 10:27

PORTLAND, Maine  – The stretch drive for a return trip to Bayside Bowl for the semifinal and final rounds of the inaugural PBA Playoffs June 1-2 begins Monday on FS1 with No. 1 seed two-hander Jason Belmonte taking on No. 9 Kris Prather and No. 4 Anthony Simonsen meeting No. 21 Andres Gomez in Round of 8 matchups.

The Round of 8 matches will once again use the Race to 2 Points format where one point is awarded for each of two games in the match. If both players win a game, the tie will be broken by a ninth and 10th frame roll-off to determine the winner. 

After Monday’s FS1 Round of 8 telecast, the other two spots for the semifinals will be determined after No. 7 Bill O’Neill vs. No. 15 Wes Malott and No. 6 Sean Rash vs. No. 14 Dom Barrett Round of 8 matches air May 27 on FS1 at 9 p.m. ET.

Belmonte won three titles including the PBA Tournament of Champions and PBA World Championship for his 10th and record 11th major titles on his way to the top of the points list to earn the No. 1 seed. To get to the Round of 8 he won a Round of 16 match against No. 17 Kyle Troup.

Prather, who won the PBA Scorpion Championship at World Series of Bowling X for his first Go Bowling! PBA Tour title, advanced to the Round of 8 by defeating No. 24 Darren Tang in the Round of 24 and No. 8 Tom Daugherty in the Round of 16.

Simonsen, the winner of the PBA Players Championship for his fourth career tour title and second major, won his Round of 16 match against No. 13 Rhino Page, and Gomez, with a season’s best runner-up finish in the Chameleon Championship, advanced with wins in the Round of 24 against No. 12 Dick Allen and No. 5 EJ Tackett in the Round of 16.

To view a PBA Playoffs bracket click on

https://www.pba.com/Content/Images/playoffs/2019_PBA_Playoff_Bracket.pdf

PBA PLAYOFFS SCHEDULE

Bayside Bowl, Portland, Maine

Round of 8 Pairings (Race to 2 Points format. Winners earn berth in semifinals to be televised live on FOX June 1 at noon Eastern)

Match 17 – No. 1 Jason Belmonte, Australia vs. No. 9 Kris Prather, Plainfield, Ill. (airs May 20).

Match 18 – No. 4 Anthony Simonsen, Little Elm, Texas vs. No. 21 Andres Gomez, Colombia (airs May 20).

Match 19 – No. 7 Bill O’Neill, Langhorne, Pa. vs. No. 15 Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas (airs May 27).

Match 20 – No. 6 Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill. vs. No. 14 Dom Barrett, England (airs May 27).

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Barrett, Rash Win in Round of 16 to Complete PBA Playoffs Round of 8 Matchups

by Jerry Schneider May 13, 2019 19:58

PORTLAND, Maine – Seven-time Go Bowling! PBA Tour winner Dom Barrett of England, and 13-time tour winner Sean Rash of Montgomery, Illinois, won their PBA Playoffs Round of 16 Race to 2 Points matches that aired on FS1 Monday from Bayside Bowl to complete the lineup of players who advanced to the Round of 8.

Barrett, the No. 14 seed, won the first game of the Round of 16 match 236-222 over No. 3 seed Norm Duke of Clermont, Florida, who won his 39th and 40th career tour titles back-to-back earlier this season, but the PBA Hall of Famer came back in the second game by starting with the first five strikes to beat Barrett 236-174 forcing a ninth and 10th frame roll-off.

BarrettBoth players tied in the roll-off, 40-40, which then sent the match into a one-ball roll-off. Barrett won the match with a strike when Duke left a 6 pin on his shot.

“I was comfortable in the first game, but I knew it was going to be a challenge in the second game when Norm started with the first five,” Barrett said. “I could feel it start to go away from me toward the end of the second game, but since I was out of it at that point, I changed to a different ball in the eighth frame and then used the remaining frames to figure out what I should do.

“I still wasn’t real comfortable in the two-frame roll-off but managed to hang in there. When Norm got nine in the one-ball roll-off, I thought that was my opportunity and I had better take advantage of it.”

In the second Round of 16 match, the No. 6-seeded Rash defeated No. 11 Kyle Sherman of O’Fallon, Missouri in both games – 227-175 and 237-214 – to advance to the Round of 8.

“I had a good ball reaction in both games and was fortunate to take advantage of the opportunity I was given,” said Rash, who won the Mark Roth-Marshall Holman Doubles Championship with Matt Ogle for his 13th PBA Tour title earlier this season. “You need to fill frames anyway you can, but in the end, I felt like I only threw one bad shot.

“I was pretty much in control and Kyle was struggling in the first game,” Rash added. “It came down to strong finishes in both games. Kyle’s an excellent player and I didn’t want to give him too much hope.”

The first of two Round of 8 telecasts will air next Monday (May 20) on FS1 at 9 p.m. ET with No. 1 seed Jason Belmonte taking on No. 9 Kris Prather and No. 4 Anthony Simonsen meeting No. 21 Andres Gomez. The second Round of 8 telecast on May 27 will feature No. 7 Bill O’Neill vs. No. 15 Wes Malott and Barrett vs. Rash, which will determine the four players who will battle for the $100,000 first prize June 1-2 with live FOX semifinal and final matches from Bayside Bowl.

To view a PBA Playoffs bracket click on

https://www.pba.com/Content/Images/playoffs/2019_PBA_Playoff_Bracket.pdf

PBA PLAYOFFS ROUND OF 16 RESULTS

Bayside Bowl, Portland, Maine

(aired Monday on FS1. Race to 2 Points format. Winners advance to Round of 8. Losers earn $5,000)

Match One

Game 1 – No. 14 Dom Barrett, England def. No. 3 Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 236-222.

Game 2 – Duke def. Barrett, 236-174.

Barrett won one-ball roll-off 10-9 after tying with Duke in two-frame roll-off 40-40.

Match Two

Game 1 – No. 6 Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill. def. No. 11 Kyle Sherman, O’Fallon, Mo., 227-175.

Game 2 – Rash def. Sherman, 237-214.

Round of 8 pairings (Race to 2 Points format)

Match 17 – No. 1 Jason Belmonte, Australia, vs. No. 9 Kris Prather, Plainfield, Ill. (airs May 20).

Match 18 – No. 4 Anthony Simonsen, Little Elm, Texas, vs. No. 21 Andres Gomez, Colombia (airs May 20).

Match 19 – No. 7 Bill O’Neill, Langhorne, Pa. vs. No. 15 Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas (airs May 27).

Match 20 – No. 6 Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill. vs. No. 14 Dom Barrett, England (airs May 27).

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MONDAY ON FS1: Duke vs. Barrett, Rash vs. Sherman in Final PBA Playoffs Round of 16 Matches at 9 p.m. ET

by Jerry Schneider May 10, 2019 07:28

PORTLAND, Maine – The race for the $100,000 first prize in the inaugural PBA Playoffs will come down to eight players after the final Round of 16 Race to 2 Points matches between No. 3 seed Norm Duke and No. 14 Dom Barrett, and No. 6 Sean Rash and No. 11 Kyle Sherman, that will air on FS1 Monday at 9 p.m. ET from Bayside Bowl.

The winners of Monday’s matches will join No. 1 Jason Belmonte, No. 9 Kris Prather, No. 4 Anthony Simonsen, No. 21 Andres Gomez, No. 7 Bill O’Neill and No. 15 Wes Malott who have already earned berths in the Round of 8 after winning their Round of 16 matches on FS1 telecasts over the past three weeks.

The PBA Playoffs champion will be determined Saturday and Sunday, June 1-2, when the final four return to Bayside Bowl for the live FOX semifinal and championship matches.

Earlier in the 2019 Go Bowling! PBA Tour season, the 55-year-old Duke became the oldest player to win back-to-back PBA Tour titles when he won the Go Bowling! Indianapolis and Jonesboro Opens for his 39th and 40th titles. Barrett, a seven-time tour winner, has had a best finish of fourth this season which came in the PBA Oklahoma Open.        

Rash won his 13th PBA Tour title earlier this year when he teamed with Matt Ogle to win the PBA Mark Roth-Marshall Holman Doubles Championship, while Sherman has two runner-up finishes that include the PBA Cheetah Championship and the Roth-Holman Doubles Championship with partner Brad Miller.

To view a PBA Playoffs bracket click on

https://www.pba.com/Content/Images/playoffs/2019_PBA_Playoff_Bracket.pdf

PBA PLAYOFFS SCHEDULE

Bayside Bowl, Portland, Maine

Round of 16 pairings (Race to 2 Points format based on one point per game won)

Match 15 – No. 3 Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla. vs. No. 14 Dom Barrett, England, (airs May 13).

Match 16 – No. 6 Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill. vs. No. 11 Kyle Sherman, O’Fallon, Mo., (airs May 13).

Round of 8 pairings ( Race to 2 Points format)

Match 17 – No. 1 Jason Belmonte, Australia, vs. No. 9 Kris Prather, Plainfield, Ill. (airs May 20).

Match 18 – No. 4 Anthony Simonsen, Little Elm, Texas, vs. No. 21 Andres Gomez, Colombia (airs May 20).

Match 19 – No. 7 Bill O’Neill, Langhorne, Pa. vs. No. 15 Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas (airs May 27).

Match 20 – Barrett-Duke winner vs. Sherman-Rash winner (airs May 27).

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PBA Spare Shots: Pete Weber Wins 47th Regional, Joins Walter Ray Williams Jr. in “100 PBA Titles Club”

by Bill Vint May 7, 2019 12:12

PBA Hall of Famer Pete Weber has now won 37 PBA Tour, 47 standard PBA Regional, 11 PBA50 Tour and five PBA50 Regional titles, joining Walter Ray Williams Jr. as the only players to win a combined total of 100 PBA titles.

The 56-year-old St. Ann, Mo., resident joined the exclusive “100 PBA Titles” club after defeating Kyle Sherman of O’Fallon, Mo., by 75 pins to win the BowlersMart/Bowlero Midwest Open presented by Brunswick at Brunswick Zone Lakeside in Valley Park, Mo., Sunday.

Weber, who won his 99th title almost two years ago in the 2017 PBA50 DeHayes Insurance Group Championship in Fort Wayne, Ind., won nine of his 12 matches and posted a 20-game total of 4,643 pins Sunday, including match play bonus pins, to win his 100th combined PBA title.

Williams is the record-holder, with a total of 112 titles at all levels of PBA competition (47 PBA Tour, 33 PBA Regional, 14 PBA50 Tour and 18 PBA50 Regional). Weber also joined Williams late in 2018 as the second player in PBA history to surpass $4 million in career earnings. Williams is the all-time PBA earnings leader with just over $4.8 million.

By winning his 47th standard Regional title and his 52nd including his five PBA50 Regional wins, Weber is one title behind Chris Warren of Grants Pass, Ore., in both of those categories.

Sherman finished the Valley Park tournament with a 7-5 match play record and 4,568 pins, 70 ahead of 2018 PBA Rookie of the Year Kamron Doyle of Brentwood, Tenn. Weber earned $2,500, Sherman $1,500 and Doyle $1,250.

YOUNG CANCER SURVIVOR HONORED AT PBA REGIONAL IN MYRTLE BEACH

The PBA South Region and Myrtle Beach Bowl, the host center for the Brighton Construction Myrtle Beach South Open, paid tribute to 8-year-old cancer survivor and PBA super fan Titus Radosti in late April, according to reporter Ian Klein of WMBF News in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

“I like when you throw the ball and it hits these pins,” the young Radosti told Klein.

While dealing with leukemia, Titus found peace watching professional bowling, his father, Rob Radosti, said. “It was like a glimmer of hope for him among just a couple other things.”

Now in remission, Titus has been able to fulfill his dream by joining a local youth bowling league and he got to take part in the Myrtle Beach PBA event, including rolling the ceremonial first ball.

“If he can beat cancer, he can become a pro. I’m sure he has his dreams and his goals set high,” said seven-time PBA Tour titlist Ryan Ciminelli.

“We just hope that our story can be a glimmer of hope for anyone in Myrtle Beach who is facing a giant like we faced,” said Rob Radosti.

PBA REGIONAL UPDATE: BRAD MILLER REPEATS AS JUNCTION CITY CHAMP

Brad Miller from Lee’s Summit, Mo., defeated Canada’s Francois Lavoie in their final position round match, 247-181, to successfully defend his 2018 Junction City Bowl title and claim his fourth PBA Regional title in the 12th annual PBA Junction City Bowl Southwest/Midwest Open on Sunday in Junction City, Kan.

After eight games, Miller was in 10th place, advancing to third after the five-game casher’s round before finally overtaking Lavoie after game five of the eight-game round-robin match play finals. Lavoie regained the lead after game six before Miller took a five-pin lead going into the final game. Miller started the pivotal game with four strikes as Lavoie suffered an early open and was unable to offer any challenge after that. Miller’s win earned him the $2,500 first prize.

• Dick Allen of Lexington, S.C., won his 24th PBA Regional title Sunday, defeating seven-time PBA Tour champion Ryan Ciminelli of Clarence, N.Y., 222-163, to win the second annual PBA B&R Hauling Aberdeen South Open at Sandhills Bowling Center in Aberdeen, N.C.

Allen, who led the event wire-to-wire, qualified in the number one position for the stepladder finals with a 20-game pinfall including bonus pins of 4,499. Allen started the final match with a spare followed by three strikes while Ciminelli suffered two unmakeable splits in the first three frames and could never overcome the early deficit.  

In the first stepladder match, Trevor Roberts of Crystal River, Fla., defeated last week’s Myrtle Beach Open champion, Brandon Curtis of Manson, N.C., 240-213. Ciminelli then eliminated Roberts, 215-190, in the semifinal match.

• Chris Via of Springfield, Ohio defeated Patrick Dombrowski of Parma, Ohio by 20 pins Sunday to win the PBA Taylor Kia Central/East Open presented by Hammer at Holiday Bowl in Struthers, Ohio.

Via finished with a 9-3 match play record and a total of 4,616 pins for 20 games, including match play bonus pins, for his second PBA Regional title and the $2,500 top prize. Dombrowski posted an 8-4 match play record and knocked down 4,596 pins.

PBA Regional tournaments over the May 10-12 weekend include the PBA and PBA50 Baldo Campana Memorial/Ohio Lottery Central Opens presented by DV8 and MOTIV, respectively, at Rebman Recreation in Lorain, Ohio, and a PBA Northwest Region “tripleheader” in Puyallup, Wash., including the PBA and PBA50 Daffodil Bowl Opens presented by Roto Grip plus the Daffodil Bowl Women’s Open.

Over the May 17-19 weekend, the PBA Midwest Region returns to Glo Bowl in Marengo, Ill., for the Glo Bowl Midwest Open presented by Global 900. Also scheduled are the PBA50 Cherokee Lanes South Open presented by Roto Grip in Canton, Ga., and the Waxahachie Southwest Challenge for non-titlists at Hilltop Lanes in Waxahachie, Texas.

PBA Regionals over the Memorial Day weekend (May 24-25) will include the Colony Park Lanes Challenge for non-titlists, presented by Columbia 300, in York, Pa., and the annual Celeste Walker Midwest/Central Open presented by Track at Strike N Spare II in Lockport, Ill.

● 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

The latest “PBA Playoffs in Brief” episode is now available on PBA’s YouTube channel at this link: https://youtu.be/Ibje4PBibKs.

Renowned bowling instructor Tom Kouros, the author of the best-selling “Par Bowling” and a member of the USBC Hall of Fame, died on April 28 at his home in Deer Park, Ill., after a lengthy illness. He was 92.

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