Puerto Rico’s Cristian Azcona Makes History with First PBA Tour Title in PBA Xtra Frame Wilmington Open

by Bill Vint May 20, 2018 14:13

WILMINGTON, N.C. – Puerto Rico’s Cristian Azcona became his country’s first Professional Bowlers Association champion Sunday when he defeated AJ Johnson of Oswego, Ill., 217-214, to win the PBA Xtra Frame Wilmington Open at Ten Pin Alley Family Fun Center.

In a title match between two players vying for their first PBA Tour title, three pins separated the pair heading into the 10th frame when the 24-year-old Azcona threw three strikes to clinch the title and hand the 25-year-old Johnson his fourth second-place finish in PBA Tour competition.

“It feels amazing,” Azcona said. “I’ve always thought about this, but it feels amazing.”

Both players struggled to deal with the touchy lane conditions but Azcona found the solution first, throwing a late string of three strikes to take the lead.

“I moved in a little and hooked the ball a little more,” he said. Knowing he needed two strikes and at least eight pins in the 10th frame to lock up his first title, “I thought thank God I’m finishing on my good lane, and then I just concentrated on making good shots.

“I wasn’t sure (I was the first Puerto Rican to win a PBA Tour title), but knowing the bowlers in Puerto Rico, I had a pretty good idea. I figured if it ever happened, I’d be the first one.”

Making bowling history for his country was secondary, however, to winning his first PBA Tour title.

“I’ve been thinking about that ever since I decided to take this sport seriously, which is most of my life,” he said. “It’s a dream come true.”

The two finalists have followed remarkably similar paths in their young PBA careers. Azcona, a former collegiate star at Lindenwood University, was the PBA South Region’s Player of the Year in 2017, his PBA rookie year. Johnson, a former All-American with McKendree University, was the 2017 PBA Midwest Region Player of the Year. Azcona is a five-time member of Puerto Rico’s national bowling team; Johnson is four-time member of Team USA.

In the opening match, Tom Daugherty of Riverview, Fla., took advantage of Tommy Jones’ inability to strike on the right lane until the ninth frame, eliminating the tournament qualifying leader, 214-185. But after building a 29-pin lead on four strikes in five frames in the semifinal match, Daugherty lost his shot at the title when he left and failed to convert the 4-6-9-10 split in the ninth frame while Johnson ran off a string of five strikes on his way to a 224-201 win.

The Wilmington Open is the second of eight PBA Xtra Frame Tour events in 2018 and a part of the Go
Bowling! PBA Tour. The third PBA Xtra Frame Tour event will be the Greater Jonesboro Open at Hijinx in Jonesboro, Ark., June 1-3.

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PBA XTRA FRAME WILMINGTON OPEN
Ten Pin Alley Family Fun Center, Wilmington, N.C., Sunday

Final Standings:
1, Cristian Azcona, Puerto Rico, $10,000.
2, AJ Johnson, Oswego, Ill., $5,000.
3, Tom Daugherty, Riverview, Fla., $3,000.
4, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., $2,000.

Stepladder Results:
Match One – Daugherty def. Jones, 214-185.
Semifinal Match – Johnson def. Daugherty, 224-201.
Championship – Azcona def. Johnson, 217-214.

Round of 8 Standings (after 17 games; top 4 advanced):
1, Azcona, 4,075.
2, Johnson, 3,922.
3, Jones, 3,914.
4, Daugherty, 3,905.
5, Andrew Anderson, Holly, Mich., 3,869, $1,500.
6, Chris Polizzi, Spring Hill, Fla., 3,857, $1,400.
7, Tim Foy Jr., Seaford, Del., 3,786, $1,300.
8, Bill O'Neill, Langhorne, Pa., 3,751, $1,200.

Round of 16 Cashers (after 15 games):
9, Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., 3,343, $1,250.
10, Anthony Simonsen, Austin, Texas, 3,321, $1,100.
11, Chris Loschetter, Avon, Ohio, 3,306, $1,000.
12, Michael Vitalone, Jr., Lake Worth, Fla., 3,302, $900.
13, Sean Wilcox, Altamonte Springs, Fla., 3,287, $875.
14, Richie Teece, England, 3,285, $850.
15, Eric Cornog, Cherry Hill, N.J., 3,238, $825.
16, Greg Ostrander, Freehold, N.J., 3,221, $800.

Cashers Round Cashers (after 12 games):
17 (tie), Graham Fach, Canada, and Andrew Klingler, Grand Rapids, Mich., 2,589, $745.
19, Brian Robinson, Morgantown, W.Va., 2,575, $730.
20, Brandon Curtis, Manson, N.C., 2,559, $720.
21, Bobby Hall II, Landover, Md., 2,545, $710.
22, Zachary Seals, Kingsland, Ga., 2,534, $700.
23, Zeke Bayt, Westerville, Ohio, 2,530, $690.
24, Kole Payne, Charlotte, N.C., 2,525, $680.
25, Lee Vanderhoef, Canton, Ga., 2,502, $670.
26, Connor Pickford, Charlotte, N.C., 2,486, $655.
26, n-Brian Locke, Raleigh, NC, 2,486, $655.
28, Leon Platt, Summerville, S.C., 2,474, $640.
29, Cody Mullis, Crystal River, Fla., 2,471, $625.
29, Mark Tarkington, Elizabeth City, N.C., 2,471, $625.
31, Kristian Rogers, Salisbury, N.C., 2,450, $610.
32, Joe Paluszek, Bensalem, Pa., 2,359, $600.

300 Games: Marshall Kent, Cristian Azcona.

n-denotes non-member.

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18-Time Titlist Tommy Jones Paces Qualifying in PBA Xtra Frame Wilmington Open; Finals Sunday

by Bill Vint May 19, 2018 18:02

WILMINGTON, N.C. – Eighteen-time Professional Bowlers Association titlist Tommy Jones of Simpsonville, S.C., finished his eight-game qualifying round with a 279 game Saturday to roll into an 88-pin lead in PBA’s Xtra Frame Wilmington Open Saturday at Ten Pin Alley Family Fun Center.

Jones, 39, rolled games of 200, 208, 256, 243, 247, 278, 235 and 279 for an eight-game total of 1,946 pins, averaging at a 243.25 pace to easily lead the top 32 qualifiers who advanced to Sunday’s 9 a.m. cashers round. Chris Polizzi of Spring Hill, Fla., a six-year PBA member who won his only title in a PBA South Region tournament in Valdosta, Ga., in March, finished with 1,858 pins, six ahead of 2018 United States Bowling Congress Masters champion Andrew Anderson of Holly, Mich.

Puerto Rico’s Cristian Azcona, with 1,843 pins, and two-handed player Tim Foy Jr. of Seaford, Del., with a 1,836 total, round out the top five. Defending Wilmington Open champion Anthony Simonsen of Austin, Texas, qualified for the cashers round in 24th place, 240 pins behind Jones.

The Wilmington Open is the second of eight PBA Xtra Frame Tour events in 2018 and a part of the Go Bowling! PBA Tour. Competition continues Sunday with the four-game cashers round at 9 a.m. The top 16 after 12 games will bowl a three-game round at 11:30 a.m.; the top eight after 15 games bowl two more qualifying games at 1:30 p.m., and the four bowlers after 17 games advance to the stepladder finals at 3 p.m.

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PBA XTRA FRAME WILMINGTON OPEN

Ten Pin Alley Family Fun Center, Wilmington, N.C., Saturday

Final Qualifying Standings (after 8 games; top 32 advance to Sunday’s cashers round at 9 a.m. ET):

1, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 1,946.
2, Chris Polizzi, Spring Hill, Fla., 1,858.
3, Andrew Anderson, Holly, Mich., 1,852.
4, Cristian Azcona, Puerto Rico, 1,843.
5, Tim Foy Jr., Seaford, Del., 1,836.
6, Eric Cornog, Cherry Hill, N.J., 1,835.
7, Tom Daugherty, Riverview, Fla., 1,793.
8, Greg Ostrander, Freehold, N.J., 1,787.
9, Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., 1,784, $100.
10, Bill O'Neill, Langhorne, Pa., 1,781.
11, Sean Wilcox, Altamonte Springs, Fla., 1,767.
12, n-Brian Locke, Raleigh, NC, 1,762.
13, Kole Payne, Charlotte, N.C., 1,752.
14, Michael Vitalone, Jr., Lake Worth, Fla., 1,750.
15, Brian Robinson, Morgantown, W.Va., 1,748.
16, Bobby Hall II, Landover, Md., 1,745.
17, Andrew Klingler, Grand Rapids, Mich., 1,741.
18, AJ Johnson, Oswego, Ill., 1,728.
19, Mark Tarkington, Elizabeth City, N.C., 1,726.
20, Lee Vanderhoef, Canton, Ga., 1,715.
21, Leon Platt, Summerville, S.C., 1,712.
22, Graham Fach, Canada, 1,711.
23, Zeke Bayt, Westerville, Ohio, 1,710.
24, Anthony Simonsen, Austin, Texas, 1,706.
25, Zachary Seals, Kingsland, Ga., 1,702.
26, Richie Teece, England, 1,697.
27, Brandon Curtis, Manson, N.C., 1,696.
28, Chris Loschetter, Avon, Ohio, 1,688.
29, Cody Mullis, Crystal River, Fla., 1,685.
30, Connor Pickford, Charlotte, N.C., 1,683.
31 (tie), Kristian Rogers, Salisbury, N.C., and Joe Paluszek, Bensalem, Pa., 1,679.

Failed to advance:
33, Jason Zook, Tampa, Fla., 1,677.
34, Kyle Cook, Centerville, Ohio, 1,674.
35, Dick Allen, Columbia, S.C., 1,663.
36, Kamron Doyle, Brentwood, Tenn., 1,647.
37, Adam Monks, Conway, S.C., 1,646.
38, Chris Arcaro, Carolina Beach, N.C., 1,637.
39, n-Anthony Marino, Elk Grove, Ill., 1,632.
40 (tie), Isaac Kim, Lebanon, Pa.; Dan Hochstein, Canton, Mich., and Brett Spangler, Niles, Ohio, 1,631.
43, n-Adam Van Fleet, Haw River, N.C., 1,619.
44, Randy Weiss, Columbia, S.C., 1,617.
45, Zack Brown, Holly Springs, N.C., 1,615.
46, Matt O'Grady, Rahway, N.J., 1,614.
47 (tie), Chris Barry, Black Mountain, N.C., and Greg Thomas, Irmo, S.C., 1,595.
49, Brian Hall, Macedon, N.Y., 1,590.
50, Stephen Hahn, Sterling, Va., 1,584.
51, CJ Kirchner, Herrin, Ill., 1,582.
52, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., 1,569.
53, Marty Berke, Allentown, Pa., 1,565.
54, Zachery Tackett, Huntington, Ind., 1,554.
55, John Furey, Howell, N.J., 1,547.
56, Matt Taylor, Youngsville, N.C., 1,545.
57, Gary Faulkner, Norfolk, Va., 1,543.
58, Anthony Caso, Spring Hill, Fla., 1,542.
59, Daniel Blakeslee, St. Marys, Ga., 1,539.
60, Victor Florie Jr, Richmond, Va., 1,523.
61, n-Mike Albert, Little River, S.C., 1,520.
62, Adam Chase, North Babylon, N.Y., 1,516.
63, David McCay Jr., Fredericksburg, Va., 1,510.
64, Marcus Collins, Pawleys Island, S.C., 1,508.
65, Kelly Lake, East Palatka, Fla., 1,506.
66, Michael Houtz, Myerstown, Pa., 1,498.
67 (tie), Anthony DeStasio, Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and David Bleggi, Jacksonville, N.C., 1,495.
69, Joseph Grago, Hampstead, N.C., 1,492.
70, James Grover, Breinigsville, Pa., 1,489.
71, Ben Zakrocki, Philadelphia, 1,485.
72, Maximilian Fishman, Greensboro, N.C., 1,480.
73, Nick Christy, Newport, N.C., 1,467.
74, ss-Kenny Shoulars, Wilmington, N.C., 1,459.
75, Leonardo Apollonia, Raleigh, N.C., 1,458.
76 (tie), James Grago, Hampstead, N.C., and Jason Gittleson, Southern Pines, N.C., 1,456.
78, Norm Spurlock, Kenner, La., 1,450.
79, Cody McCowin, Daytona Beach, Fla., 1,447.
80, Joey Burruel, Glendale, Ariz., 1,431.
81, Richard Horsley, Holly Springs, N.C., 1,426.
82, Wayne Bolin, Lumberton, N.C., 1,422.
83, Brian Levine, Knightdale, N.C., 1,418.
84, n-Larry Schroeder, Winston Salem, NC, 1,413.
85, Brett Caramagno, Goose Creek, S.C., 1,408.
86, Richard Martinez, Ballston Spa, N.Y., 1,391.
87, n-Brian Lamb, Rock Hill, SC, 1,389.
88, Charles Beam Jr., Mount Holly, N.C., 1,381.
89, Leonard Freeman, Riegelwood, N.C., 1,368.
90, ss-Jim Price, Harrrisburg, N.C., 1,279.
91, Lawrence Hamilton, Newport, N.C., 1,269.
92, Naime Esteves, Clifton Park, N.Y., 1,263.
93, Dennis Jacques, Surfside, S.C., 1,251.
94, Louis Carrai, Wilmington, N.C., 1,228.
95, Larry Soncrant, Palatka, 1,152.

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PBA Spare Shots: Australia’s Jason Belmonte Connects with Marjory Stoneman Douglas Teen

by Bill Vint May 18, 2018 12:45

For PBA star Jason Belmonte, the shots fired on that horrific day at south Florida’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas were, figuratively speaking, heard halfway around the world. Like millions of people, Belmonte wanted to do something. He just wasn’t sure what he could or should do.

When he heard that 17-year-old Hannah Carbocci was a member of the Stoneman Douglas girls’ bowling team and had not only survived the mass shooting, but had launched a fund-raising effort on behalf of the families of victims, Belmonte decided to make a phone call.

“What I thought was going to be my role was as simple as a phone call, and I was willing to do that,” Belmonte said in early May. “Within the first couple of minutes, I knew I wanted to meet the family.”

Admitting he knew nothing about the family, he decided to make a side trip to Florida after the PBA League competition in Portland, Maine, to visit Hannah and her family.

“It was a fantastic day,” he said. “I didn’t know what to expect; I just wanted to meet them. I knew nothing about them other than that terrible incident, but I could see they are very passionate about bowling, and the causes they fight for.

“When you talk about bowlers’ bad luck, you talk about ringing 10 pins and splits, but that is nothing compared to what this family went through. They used a community of bowlers to support other bowlers. That’s the one thing I’ve taken away from this trip.

“They raised more than $30,000 to support the victims’ families,” he continued. “That’s a lot of money to raise, and not from one person, but from hundreds of people. It just shows how amazing our family of bowlers really is.”

Belmonte made the trip to Florida and went bowling with the Carbocci family. He gave the family bowling balls and bags, and with the assistance of fellow PBA competitor and pro shop operator Andres Gomez, got the equipment drilled.

Belmonte’s gesture was merely something he did out of caring, and because he was in a position to do something positive.

“I don’t know what I’m doing in my future, but I’m very aware of my place in the bowling industry,” he said. “I think most of our guys know what their position is; it’s something that comes with the territory. If you’re not doing your share, you’re not taking care of your position atop the sport to help people.”

In a feature story by USBC’s Matt Cannizzaro, who originally broke the news about Belmonte’s plans to visit Hannah and family, Belmonte said, “If I do ever retire from competing, I would love to fly the flag for bowling on a more regular basis… Straight up, I love bowling and I want bowling to be healthier and better. I think the bowling community as a whole is a beautiful community. I think when bowlers need each other, we step up.”

So Belmonte put on his wings and flew. From Australia to Parkland, Fla. – a short trek northwest of Fort Lauderdale – by way of Portland. And he made a new friend.

“Hannah, in particular, we’re going to be good little friends,” Belmonte said. “She has some aspirations in the sport, and as time goes along, I’ll see what I can do to help her.”

HOW BELMO FLIES: IT’S A TESTAMENT TO PBA’S INTERNATIONAL PLAYERS

The story of Jason Belmonte’s “side trip” to visit Hannah Carbocci and her family in Parkland, Fla., after bowling in the OceanView at Falmouth PBA League in Portland, is a bit understated.

To get a feel for what “Belmo” (and other PBA players from Australia, Southeast Asia, Europe and other destinations around the world) have to go through to bowl in PBA Tour events in the United States, below is Belmonte’s itinerary to get to Portland:

● Drove four hours from his home in Orange, New South Wales to the Sydney airport;

● Waited two hours at the airport for his flight;

● Flew 16 hours from Sydney to Dallas;

● Waited three hours in Dallas for his next flight;

● Flew 3.5 hours from Dallas to Philadelphia;

● Waited 2 hours for his next leg;

● Flew 1.5 hours from Philadelphia to Portland;

● Called Uber for a ride to his hotel.

Grand total: roughly 10,000 miles – one way – over a span of 32 hours. The “side trip” to Florida added another 1,600 miles to the trip before he headed home to Australia to spend a few days with his wife and three children before returning to Detroit for the PBA Tour Finals. With modifications, it’s something he (and other PBA international players) repeat every time they compete in the U.S.

“I don’t know how many miles I fly per year,” Belmonte said in response to an email question. “It’s a number that I don’t want to know.”

But, he noted with a “smile” emoji: “I have just under 3 million miles/points in my (frequent flier) account. I very rarely use them because I am saving them to take my family on the most ridiculous, first class experience around the world. It will be a holiday to end all holidays that I will pay for using all of my points.”

XTRA FRAME

This weekend’s Xtra Frame schedule includes the PBA Xtra Frame Wilmington, Open, the second of eight Xtra Frame PBA Tour events on the 2018 schedule, and the USBC Queens from the National Bowling Stadium in Reno.

Anthony Simonsen of Austin, Texas, will defend his 2017 title Saturday-Sunday at Ten Pin Alley Family Fun Center in Wilmington, N.C. Defending champion Diana Zavjalova began her optional qualifying rounds in the Queens on Thursday (she’s exempt into the field of 64 match play finalists, but is bowling to try to improve her automatic spot as the no. 64 seed). Xtra Frame will cover Queens qualifying through Saturday along with three-game, double-elimination match play Sunday and Monday. The stepladder finals will air live on CBS Sports Network on Tuesday, May 22.

The PBA50 Tour returns to Xtra Frame May 28-30 with start-to-finish coverage of the Northern California Classic presented by MOTIV from Harvest Park Bowl in Brentwood, Calif.

PWBA follows the Queens with the East Hartford Open from Silver Lanes in East Hartford, Conn., June 1-2, and the PBA Xtra Frame Tour heads to Hijinx Family Entertainment Center in Jonesboro, Ark., June 2-3.

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PBA REGIONAL UPDATE: BUTTURFF WINS AGAIN IN THE WEST

Jakob Butturff of Tempe, Ariz.; PBA50 member Robert Brown of Cody, Wyo., and Correen Lieber of Phoenix, Ariz., were victorious in a PBA Northwest Region tripleheader at Daffodil Bowl in Puyallup, Wash., Sunday.

Butturff posted a 8-4 match play record and a 20-game total of 4,605 pins, including match play bonus pins, to win the PBA FiX Auto of Puyallup Open, a standard PBA Northwest Regional event, by 60 pins over Dean Richards of Tacoma, Wash. In addition to a $2,000 first prize, Butturff picked up his second PBA Regional title of the year and his 15th since his 2016 rookie year.

Brown won the PBA50 portion of the tripleheader with a 6-2 match play record and 3,508 total pins, beating Rob Rice of Sunnyside, Wash., by 138 pins for the $1,500 first prize and his second PBA50 Regional title.

Lieber, an amateur, had a 4-3 match play record and knocked down 3,146 total pins for her 15 games to top Lori Eskew of Hillsboro, Ore., and Kelsey Abrahamsen by 12 pins in the PBA-PWBA women’s event to earn the $1,000 prize. It was Lieber’s first PBA-PWBA regional win, but she doesn’t get credit for a title because she’s a non-member. Eskew and Abrahamsen both had 3,134 pins.

Dylan Burns from Garden City, Kan., won his second PBA Regional title in the PBA Oklahoma City Planet Bowl Southwest Open in Oklahoma City Sunday.

Burns built a comfortable lead in the qualifying round going into Sunday’s modified eight-game round robin finals. After losing his first two matches, Burns won four matches in a row to distance himself from top challenger Dino Castillo from Highland Village, Texas. After losing in game seven, Burns took a 58-pin lead over Castillo into position round where he expanded his winning margin to 92 pins with a 220-216 win over Castillo to claim the $2,500 winner’s check with a 21-game total of 4,601 pins, including match play bonus pins.

Ric McCormick of Cincinnati was almost perfect in defeating Chris Via of Springfield, Ohio, 299-239, 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, while 2017 PBA50 Rookie of the Year Michael Haugen Jr. of Phoenix won the “senior” half of the doubleheader. Both events were held on Saturday, May 12.

McCormick, a 22-year-old PBA rookie, missed a perfect game on his final shot in the title match. He earned $2,000 after he downed Zachery Tackett of Huntington, Ind., 245-174, while Via edged Dan Hochstein of Canton, Mich., 259-225, in the semifinal round to set up the championship match.

Haugen defeated amateur Carl Bishop of Tiffin, Ohio by 181 pins to win the PBA50 event. He finished with a 10-2 match play record and a total of 4,914 pins for 20 games, including match play bonus pins, to win the $1,400 first prize and his fifth PBA50 regional title.

● The only event on PBA’s Regional calendar for the May 18-20 weekend is the Waxahachie Southwest Challenge for non-title winners at Hilltop Lanes in Waxahachie, Texas.

● The May 24-26 PBA Regional schedule includes the PBA and PBA50 Vanessa Brown Homes West Open (PBA presented by Track, PBA50 presented by Ebonite); the Colony Park Lanes East Challenge presented by Columbia 300 in York, Pa., and the Celeste Walker Midwest/Central Open presented by American Family Insurance 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 device users using the PBA app).

QUICK NOTES

TOC Bowling ● PBA fans who would like a unique perspective on the PBA are invited to visit http://www.joshhydebowling.com/ to read Josh’s newsletters. Josh (at left with Danny Wiseman and Doug Kent) has been a “PBA Super Fan” since 1990 when, at age nine, he began befriending a number of PBA stars and chronicling PBA history. Regardless of being confined to a wheelchair, Hyde managed his website, writes his newsletter and bowls. One of his proudest accomplishments in bowling a 300 game using a ramp.

In cooperation with the PBA, youth bowlers planning to participate in the 2018 Teen Masters are invited to save $50 on a special PBA package. For details, visit: fans@pba.com

● The PBA has learned of the recent deaths of three former members. Stephen Dieter, a 12-year PBA member from Palmerton, Pa., died suddenly on May 8. A veteran of 67 PBA Regional events with a personal-best second place finish in Elmwood Park, N.J., in 2011, Dieter owned and operated a pharmaceutical delivery service and a pro shop in Haja Lanes.

Artur (Eric) Bergstrom, an 11-year PBA member from Meridian, Idaho, died on April 4. He was a retired U.S. Navy commander with 30 years of military service.

Rudy Garcia of Fort Worth, Texas, who joined the PBA at age 62, died on March 19 at age 67. He bowled in eight PBA50 Tour events during his limited PBA career.

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Go Bowling! PBA Tour Resumes on CBS Sports Network Tuesday, May 22 with PBA Tour Finals First Positioning Round at 10 p.m. ET

by Jerry Schneider May 16, 2018 09:27

ALLEN PARK, Mich.  — The 2018 Go Bowling! PBA Tour returns to CBS Sports Network Tuesday, May 22 at 10 p.m. ET with the first of two positioning rounds of the PBA Tour Finals from Thunderbowl Lanes.

Eight PBA Tour stars and top money earners from 2016, 2017 and the first four months of 2018, including defending champion EJ Tackett, runner-up Jason Belmonte, Dom Barrett, Anthony Simonsen, Sean Rash, Jesper Svensson, Marshall Kent and Tommy Jones will open the tournament’s first telecast with total pinfall competition on PBA’s 36-foot Johnny Petraglia and 42-foot Mark Roth lane conditions.

In a test of each player’s ability to navigate vastly different PBA lane conditions, the finalists are divided into two four-player groups with the first, fourth, fifth and eighth-place money earners in Group 1 and second, third, sixth and seventh money earners in Group 2.

Tuesday’s telecast will feature Group 1 players (No. 1 seed Belmonte, No. 4 seed Barrett, No. 5 seed Simonsen and No. 8 seed Rash) and Group 2 players (No. 2 seed Tackett, No. 3 seed Svensson, No. 6 seed Kent and No. 7 seed Jones) bowling one game on the Petraglia condition. Round 1 continues with each group bowling their second game on the Roth condition.

The second positioning round (airing on May 29, 8 p.m. ET) will involve one game for each group on the 39-foot Don Carter and 45-foot Dick Weber lane conditions. The four-game totals for each player will be used to determine the order players will bowl in their respective group stepladder matches in the semifinal rounds with the leader of each group choosing the lane condition.

Positioning round competition took place across four lanes which are dressed with lane conditioner that incorporates blue dye to help fans visualize the conditions the players had to solve. 

The Group 1 semifinal stepladder will air on CBSSN on June 5 at 8 p.m. ET and the Group 2 stepladder will air on June 12. The final match of each group’s stepladder will be a best-of-two-game match with ties broken by a 9th and 10th frame roll-off. The two group winners will then meet in the best-of-two-game championship match which will air June 19. The last four shows air on Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET.

CBS Sports Network PBA Tour Finals Schedule

Thunderbowl Lanes, Allen Park, Mich. (all times Eastern)

May 22 – 10 p.m. – PBA Tour Finals Positioning Round 1

May 29 – 8 p.m. - PBA Tour Finals Positioning Round 2

June 5 – 8 p.m. - PBA Tour Finals Semifinal Stepladder Round 1

June 12 – 8 p.m. - PBA Tour Finals Semifinal Stepladder Round 2

June 19 – 8 p.m. - PBA Tour Finals Championship

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PBA SW Region Grand Casino Hotel Points

by bturner May 14, 2018 16:02

Updated: 5/14/18

Grand Hotel Casino Resort Points

Grand Hotel Casino Resort Points will be awarded for all PBA Southwest Region open events from July 15, 2017 to July 14, 2018.

Invitational Field Makeup

The top 28 players from the Grand Hotel Casino Resort Point List that have bowled a minimum of three open Southwest region events will be invited. The top two players from the Grand Hotel Casino Resort Point List that bowled one-half the Southwest Region open events, but fell below the top 28 point leaders, will be invited. Two invitees that have bowled a minimum of three open Southwest Region events will be chosen by the Grand Hotel Casino Resort to complete the field of 32 players.

1. Anthony Lavery-Spahr 130159
2. Mike Bailey 126810
3. Francois Lavoie 117168
4. Sean Lavery-Spahr 92335
5. Shawn Maldonado 82543
6. Nathan Bohr 77841.5
7. Devin Bidwell 64405
8. Joe Findling 59612.5
9. Trey Ford 59244
10. Brad Miller 58885
11. Anthony Coats 56506
12. David 'Boog' Krol 54404
13. Beau Peterson 50550
14. David Scardaville 50473
15. Dylan Burns 49277
16. Ricky  Schissler 47086
17. Paul Brewbaker 46649
18. Austin Boulds 46068
19. Ronald Johnson, 43495
20. Michael Steele 43465
21. Mason Edmondson 43431
22. Roger Petrin 42735
23. Kurt  Gengelbach 41907
24. Dino Castillo 37252
25. Jeff Hatt 36338.5
26. Adam Pogge 35066
27. Chris Hibbitts 32161.5
28. James Mayer 31564
29. Wes Malott 30303
30. Andy Patterson 28750
31. Jason Duran 28635
32. Brett Cooper 27842.5
33. ss-Mike Dias 27708
34. Mark Morgan 25480
35. Mark  Scroggins 25392
36. Rick  Minier 25000
37. Cody Meiers 24883.5
38. Kyle Sherman 24540
39. Keith Lesko 24151
40. Marshal Morrison 23997
41. Zakary Edgerton 22363
42. Anthony Simonsen 21714
43. Robert  Lawrence 21481
44. Tyler Albracht 21341.5
45. ss-Paul McCordic 21260
46. s-Pete Thomas 20985
47. Mitch Hupe 20054
48. Scott McCleery 19961.5
49. Norm  Duke 19249
50. Michael Smith 19008
51. Kenneth  Harlan 18465
52. Martin Bedford 18408
53. s-Randy Turner 17103
54. Tyson Branagan 16976
55. Kris Koeltzow 16959
56. Pat Roth 16756
57. Scott  Greiner 16435
58. DJ Archer 16362
59. Lee White 16010
60. Kamron Doyle 15850.5
61. Raif Terry 15827
62. Chris  Barnes 15538
63. Robert Pohlman 15211
64. n-Harley Deckert 14916.5
65. Christopher Hull 14621
66. Juan Garza 14343
67. Jeremy Fowler 13540
68. Jay Nephew 13097
69. n-JIM Dougherty 12797
70. Paul Henderson 12790
71. James Cantere 12763
72. EJ Tackett 12212
73. Alex Cavagnaro 12212
74. Adam Tacker 12128
75. n-Rameses Chambers 11452
76. n-Lonnie Waliczek 11054
77. ss-Mark Williams 10909
78. John Caldwell 10737
79. Jared Wolf 10636
80. Keven Williams 10425
81. Matthew Tomsu 10397
82. Brian Burkett 10397
83. Mark Myers 10397
84. Michael Austin 9854
85. David Adcox 9766.5
86. Josh Montgomery 9561
87. Christopher Rogers 9428.333
88. Tom Hess 9314
89. s-Rick Lawrence 9314
90. Stephen  Keblish 8973
91. Philip Wong 8960
92. n-Thomas Patterson 8863
93. Gabriel  Yanes 8863
94. Clinton Holliday, 8671
95. David Tullos 8595
96. Bryan Pogor 8331
97. ss-Mike Benoit 8116
98. Wayne Stellick 8110
99. Clint Land 8096
100. Cody Copeland 8094
101. Johnny Wilson 7838
102. Vaughn Cruz 7376
103. Francis Russo 7311
104. Bryan Viator 7068
105. Justin Johnson 6950.5
106. Melvin Wilson 6743
107. Trevor Watkins 6670
108. w-Diana Zavjalova 6435
109. Travis Tribolet 6325
110. s-Tracy Camper 6249
111. Joey Burruel 6194
112. Timothy  Tripp 6156
113. n-Billy Rogers 6101
114. Gregory Johnson 6091
115. Jacob Cutler 6058
116. Dave Chubb 6046.5
117. Mike Edwards 6002
118. Brian Menini 6002
119. David Peterson 5873
120. Dylan Macon 5818.5
121. Casey Buller 5818.5
122. Warren Blankenship 5806
123. Adam Ortega 5806
124. Don Blankenship 5759
125. Donald Davis, 5732
126. David Wilson 5574
127. Paul Kaminski 5552
128. Kenneth Bland 5511.5
129. Charlie Whittle 5472.5
130. ss-William Panebianco 5427
131. Collin Howe 5393
132. Jorge Gutierrez 5243
133. Skylar Glanovsky 5105
134. n-Larry Harper 5052
135. Perry Kloska 4986
136. n-George Duke 4974
137. Billy Crider 4851
138. Gary Blair 4800
139. James Watson 4795
140. Grace Hall 4795
141. Shane Martin 4521
142. Lance Nikkel 4521
143. ss-Tim Collinsworth 4193
144. Connor Pickford 3930
145. Gary Faulkner 3930
146. Jay Witt 3930
147. ss-Don Blatchford 3930
148. Curt Dupre 3841
149. John Austin 3527
150. Jarek Vincent 3326
151. James Price 3326
152. ss-Michael James 3206
153. Alan Blankenship 3206
154. Pete  Weber 3206
155. Jon DeLaney 3206
156. John Gould 3149
157. Joshua Garrard 3149
158. s-Scotty Scott 3122
159. Michael Baker 3095
160. Hans Schell 3043
161. Mark London 3043
162. Dennis Scott 3043
163. s-Douglas Kirkman 2993
164. Aaron Ramsden 2944
165. s-Gregory Scheetz 2897
166. Tonio Childress 2897
167. Cory Lane 2852
168. Marvin  Williams 2808
169. Keith Desmarais 2808
170. Phillip Watson 2808
171. Dan Schmerbach 2766
172. Tracy Gainey 2725
173. ss-John Burns 2648
174. Jason Britain 2593
175. Brian Bledsoe 2476
176. Michael Savage 2414
177. Brandon Enyart 2414
178. Gregory Stauffer 2327
179. Justin Pittsinger 2260
180. n-James Montes 2247
181. Michael Creasey 2151
182. Charles Ganem, 2128
183. Jeff Steinbach 2063
184. Adam James 1983
185. ss-Thomas May 1928
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