Darren Tang Earns Top Seed for PBA Hall of Fame Classic Finals; Jones Earns No. 2 Seed in Same Weekend of Hall of Fame Induction

by Jerry Schneider January 17, 2020 20:36

ARLINGTON, Texas  – Darren Tang of Las Vegas rode a 10-4 match play record, including two match wins with 300 games Friday, on his way to earning the top seed for Sunday’s live FS1 finals telecast of the PBA Hall of Fame Classic, the first tournament of the 2020 Go Bowling PBA Tour season.

The 26-year-old Tang, who is trying for his first PBA Tour title, beat reigning PBA Player of the Year Jason Belmonte 300-191 in the second match of the final match play round and Anthony Lavery-Spahr 300-247 in the sixth match. A 246-202 win over Jakob Butturff of Tempe, Arizona in the position round match vaulted him to the top spot with a 6,299 26-game pinfall total including bonus pins. As the top seed, he will only have to win one match on Sunday’s telecast from the International Training and Research Center which gets underway at 1 p.m. ET (noon CT).

“I didn’t let the bad games get me discouraged,” said Tang, who owns two PBA Tour runner-up finishes. “I just stayed focused, stuck to my process and didn’t think about what else was going on around me. I’ve always been a believer that anything’s possible in this game and when it’s your day, it’s your day.”

In what is turning out to be a dream weekend for Tommy Jones of Simpsonville, South Carolina, who will be inducted into the PBA Hall of Fame Saturday, the former PBA Player of the Year and 19-time PBA Tour winner, qualified for the 14th and final match play position Thursday, but posted an 11-3 record Friday, that included a 300-240 win over Ryan Ciminelli in Friday’s first match play round, to earn the No. 2 seed. He finished 15 pins behind Tang with a 6,284 pinfall.

“This has made a special weekend even more special, but what’s offsetting that is I can’t help thinking about a lot of single pin spares I missed in the tournament,” the 41-year-old right-hander said. “With all the excitement of this weekend I’m trying to approach everything the same as I would for any other tournament. For the most part I’ve been successful doing that but I’ll need to make sure that something like missing easy spares doesn’t ruin the party.”

Three other players have made a TV final in the same weekend that they were inducted into the PBA Hall of Fame: Earl Anthony in 1981, Mike Durbin, who won his third PBA Tournament of Champions in 1984, and Mark Roth in 1987.

Five-time PBA Tour winner Osku Palermaa of Finland will be trying for his first title since the 2015 World Open in Tokyo and his first win on TV since the 2011 PBA World Championship. The 36-year-old two-hander entered match play in 11th and despite a 7-7 record in match play was still able to climb to the No. 3 seed finishing with a 6,264 pinfall.

Sunday’s stepladder will begin with Butturff, who earned the No. 4 seed taking on No. 5 seed hometown favorite PBA Hall of Famer Chris Barnes of Double Oak, Texas.

The 25-year-old Butturff, a seven-time tour winner who finished second in the 2019 Hall of Fame Classic, finished the day with an 8-6 match play record and 6,237 pinfall while the 49-year-old Barnes, also a 19-time tour winner, went 8-6 in match play and finished with a 6,198 pinfall to take the final stepladder slot.

PBA HALL OF FAME CLASSIC

(a 2020 Go Bowling PBA Tour event)

International Training and Research Center, Arlington, Texas, Friday

Final Match Play Standings

(after 26 games, including match play record, total pinfall including bonus pins and money earned. Top five players advance to Sunday’s live finals on FS1 at 1 p.m. ET)

1, Darren Tang, Las Vegas, 10-4, 6,299.
2, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 11-3, 6,284.
3, Osku Palermaa, Finland, 7-7, 6,264.
4, Jakob Butturff, Tempe, Ariz., 8-6, 6,237.
5, Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 8-6, 6,198.
6, Ryan Ciminelli, Lancaster, S.C., 8-6, 6,154, $4,800.
7, Patrick Hanrahan, Wichita, Kan., 7-7, 6,127, $4,400.
8, Tom Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich., 6-8, 6,061, $4,100.
9, Jason Belmonte, Australia, 4-9-1, 5,980, $3,800.
10, Jesper Svensson, Sweden, 6-8, 5,975, $3,600.
11, Anthony Lavery-Spahr, Pasadena, Texas, 5-9, 5,921, $3,400.
12, Kyle Troup, Taylorsville, N.C., 3-10-1, 5,853, $3,200.
13, Patrick Girard, Canada, 5-9, 5,834, $3,100.
14, x-Tom Hess, Granger, Iowa, 3-1, 5,626, $2,750.
15, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 7-4, 5,206, $2,750.

x-Tom Hess replaced Norm Duke who withdrew because of injury after third match in the final round

300 games – Darren Tang (2), Osku Palermaa

Third Round Standings

(after 19 games. Including match play record, total pinfall including bonus pins. All players advance to final match play round)

1, Jakob Butturff, Tempe, Ariz., 4-3, 4,525.
2, Darren Tang, Las Vegas, 5-2, 4,477.
3, Osku Palermaa, Finland, 4-3, 4,471.
4, Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 4-3, 4,466.
5, Ryan Ciminelli, Lancaster, S.C., 4-3, 4,465.
6, Tom Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich., 4-3, 4,438.
7, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 4-3, 4,432.
8, Patrick Hanrahan, Wichita, Kan., 3-4, 4,375.
9, Kyle Troup, Taylorsville, N.C., 2-4-1, 4,327.
10, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 5-2, 4,320.
11, Anthony Lavery-Spahr, Pasadena, Texas, 2-5, 4,315.
12, Patrick Girard, Canada, 3-4, 4,300.
13, Jesper Svensson, Sweden, 3-4, 4,292.
14, Jason Belmonte, Australia, 1-5-1, 4,257.

300 games – Tommy Jones

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PBA Spare Shots: Boston Red Sox Star Mookie Betts’ Skills Continue to Impress Fellow Competitors

by Bill Vint January 17, 2020 09:37

Boston Red Sox star Mookie Betts, in his first appearance in PBA Tour competition since the 2017 PBA World Series of Bowling, continued to impress his fellow competitors with his promise as a bowling talent.

A feature story by Fort Worth Star-Telegram writer Jeff Wilson (https://www.star-telegram.com/sports/article239305808.html) includes high praise for Betts’ bowling skills while competing at the highest level of the sport in this week’s PBA Hall of Fame Classic in Arlington, Texas. The first tournament of the 2020 Go Bowling PBA Tour season gave Betts a chance to bowl at an elite level before reporting to spring training with the Red Sox.

Bowling on a PBA Commissioner’s Exemption, Betts had no expectation of winning the tournament against a field of 55 PBA members, 40 of whom are PBA Tour champions.

“The No. 1 thing is don’t come in last,” Betts said. “After that, it’s still competition and making sure you enjoy yourself. Obviously, I’ll do a lot of learning, so when I go back home I can take these things and apply them.”

Bowling on a challenging scoring environment involving different lane conditions applied to the right and left lanes across the bowling center, Betts hoped to finish “even,” which is bowling parlance means a 200 average for his 12 qualifying games. He just missed, averaging 198.58, but he accomplished goal No. 1, finishing in 48th place in the field of 56 – outscoring six PBA title winners.

For additional insight into Betts’ competition in Arlington, watch Lucas Wiseman’s interview on FloBowling: https://www.flobowling.com/video/6650445-mookie-having-fun-enjoys-dream-cross-at-hof-classic.

FLOBOWLING TO LIVESTREAM PBA HALL OF FAME CEREMONIES SATURDAY

FloBowling.com will livestream Saturday’s PBA Hall of Fame induction ceremonies and 2019 awards presentations, beginning at 7:30 p.m. EST. Former PBA co-owners Rob Glaser and Mike Slade will join former partner Chris Peters in the hall while Tommy Jones will be inducted as the newest superior performance inductee. The ceremonies at the Arlington Hilton will include the presentation of PBA’s 2019 Player and Rookie of the Year, Nagy Sportsmanship and Tony Reyes Community Service Awards to Jason Belmonte, Mykel Holliman, Martin Larsen and Chuck Gardner, respectively.

KRIS PRATHER RANKS SECOND IN PBA TELEVISION WINNING PERCENTAGE

As the 2020 PBA Tour closes in on its first television final (PBA Hall of Fame Classic Sunday at 1 p.m. EST on FS1), it’s a good time to review a couple of the PBA’s most notable television records: winning percentage and scoring average.

In the aftermath of the 2019 season, when he won his first two PBA Tour titles (PBA Scorpion Championship and PBA Playoffs), Kris Prather of Plainfield, Ill., moved into second place in winning percentage among PBA Players who have made at least 10 television appearances in singles events. Prather, who has now bowled on television 12 times, has won 13 matches and lost only five times for a 72.22 winning percentage. He trails only Jim Pencak who posted a remarkable 22-8 record in his 12 TV appearances back in the 1989-90 era (73.33 percent success rate).

Currently in the top 10 among active players are Dick Allen (tied for seventh with Steve Martin with a 13-7 record in 14 appearances for a 65.00 winning percentage) and Jesper Svensson in ninth place (21-12, 63.63 per cent in 21 appearances).

It’s also interesting to note that in the history of PBA televised matches, only 25 qualifying players have won at least 60 per cent of their TV matches.

In the scoring category, five active players are among the top 10 in career averages for at least 10 singles events, led by Ryan Ciminelli with a 232.05 average for 31 games in 19 appearances and No. 2 Jakob Butturff who has averaged 230.14 for 15 games in 13 appearances. Svensson is eighth on the list with a 226.23 average for 33 games in 21 appearances.

But most impressive on the list – are two superstars with more than 100 games on television: PBA Hall of Famers Norm Duke, who ranks fourth on the all-time list with a 228.88 average for 189 games in 118 appearances, and Walter Ray Williams Jr. who is right behind Duke, scoring at a 228.21 pace for his record 228 games bowled in 177 TV appearances.

PBA, PWBA TO TEAM UP FOR SPECIAL MIXED DOUBLES EVENT AT BOWL EXPO

The PBA and PWBA will team up for a mixed doubles special event featuring four teams representing the sport’s biggest brand names that will be held in conjunction with International Bowl Expo, the bowling industry’s largest annual gathering, will host a special made-for-TV event featuring the biggest names on the sport’s professional tours.

StormrepHankBoomershine_BillONeill_ShannonOKeefe_tournamentfounderDonnaConners(6) (1)The made-for-TV event will be held at the Gaylord Rockies Resort and Convention Center in Denver, Colo., and televised live on FS1 on Sunday, July 5, at 7 p.m. Eastern. The two-hour show will include Bill O’Neill and Shannon O’Keefe (at left), representing Hammer; Dom Barrett and Dasha Kovalova as Brunswick teammates; Jason Belmonte and Danielle McEwan, bowling for Storm, and EJ Tackett and Maria José Rodriguez, competing for Team MOTIV.

Worth noting, the pairings will re-unite O’Neill and O’Keefe who are three-time winners of the PBA-PWBA Storm Striking Against Breast Cancer Mixed Doubles championship (2013, ’15 and ’16), held annually in Houston.

The PWBA/PBA Mixed Doubles will have two one-game Baker format semifinal matches, with matchups determined by blind draw. The winning teams will bowl for the title. The television show, organized in cooperation with the Bowling Proprietors’ Association of America and the USBC, also will include a special one-ball roll-off between the 2020 Intercollegiate Singles Championships men’s and women’s winners will be held between the PBA-PWBA semifinals and title matches.

International Bowl Expo will take place July 2-6 with the TV show taking place following the first day of the event’s trade show on July 5. Bowl Expo is the annual industry event hosted by BPAA, featuring educational seminars, trade show, national speakers, entertainment and more. Visit BPAA.com/BowlExpo to learn more.

PBA PLAYER’S PERSPECTIVE: JAKOB BUTTURFF RE-VISITS 2019 OKLAHOMA OPEN WIN

The newest edition of the PBA Player’s Perspective interview series features Jakob Butturff sharing insight into his victory in the 2019 PBA Oklahoma Open. The episode debuts on Tuesday, Jan. 21, as Butturff prepares to defend his title in the 2020 Oklahoma Open in Shawnee, Okla.

To view all of the PBA Player’s Perspective episodes, visit the PBA’s YouTube channel and click on the PBA Player’s Perspective play list. The weekly series will add a new perspective every Tuesday. The following players will provide personal play-by-play reflections in the weeks ahead:

Jan. 28 – Sean Rash will take a look into his past, revealing what he experienced in winning the 2012 PBA Tournament of Champions in Las Vegas.

Player’s Perspectives currently in the archives on YouTube include:

• Norm Duke’s stunning 2011 U.S. Open win (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pQ0cGzRfnBk).

• Kris Prather’s historic PBA Playoffs victory (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hISjw3KmGCk).

• Anthony Simonsen’s win in the 2019 Bear Open. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tt2k25WKNzQ).

Sean Rash’s 2019 Wolf Open title (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2GNxO2WdaZo).

• EJ Tackett’s Barbasol PBA Tour Finals victory (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wVuLOuU8btQ).

Bill O’Neill’s 2019 Harry O’Neale Chesapeake Open win (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xSwE3YYFjso).

• Jason Belmonte’s historic 11th major title victory in the 2019 PBA World Championship (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q4QqbkRPirM).

• Jakob Butturff’s 2019 USBC Masters win (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-cuYcXxfXXs).

EJ Tackett’s 2017 DHC PBA Japan Invitational victory. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=91yoFd7nd8g).

Kris Prather’s 2019 PBA Scorpion Championship win (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-aVe_n8uCOM).

• Bill O’Neill’s 2019 PBA Hall of Fame Classic victory that made him title-eligible for future PBA HOF consideration (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OeHXCYxWH4o).

Fans can follow all of the latest video clips and more by enrolling as a subscriber to PBA’s YouTube channel. It’s easy and it’s free. Visit YouTube.com/PBABowling and click on the “subscribe” button.

PBA REGIONAL UPDATE: 2020 SEASON BEGINS WITH TWO EVENTS JAN. 17-19

The 2020 PBA Regional season gets underway over the Jan. 17-19 weekend with tournaments in North Carolina and California for PBA50 competitors. Westview Lanes in Wilson, N.C., will host the PBA50 Richie’s Automotive South Open and Tracy Bowl in Tracy, Calif., will host the PBA50 Patton Amusement West Regional.

For complete PBA Regional schedules including 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. Whether you are a competitor or a fan, 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 dates for the PBA50 River City Extreme Open at River City Extreme in Monticello, Minn., have been changed to July 28-31, rather than the June dates previously announced.

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Jakob Butturff Tops PBA Hall of Fame Classic Qualifying After Big Second Round

by Jerry Schneider January 16, 2020 20:21

ARLINGTON, Texas  – Finishing 18th after the first round of qualifying, seven-time Go Bowling PBA Tour winner Jakob Butturff of Tempe, Arizona, had better success navigating the challenging PBA Hall of Fame Classic dual lane conditions Thursday averaging 252 in the second round to emerge as the top qualifier for the opening event of the 2020 Go Bowling PBA Tour season and leading 14 players who advanced to match play.

Bowling on PBA’s 45-foot Dick Weber lane condition on the left lane and 38-foot Mike Aulby condition on the right lane at the International Training and Research Center, the 25-year-old Butturff, finished Wednesday’s first round with a 1,293 six-game pinfall total but roared back with 1,516 in the second round to lead the field with a 2,809 overall pinfall for 12 games. The left-hander had games of 280, 226, 238, 225, 268 and 279 in the second round.

“It was difficult to repeat shots yesterday because I’m nursing a slight muscle tear on my right thigh,” said Butturff, who also topped qualifying in the 2019 Hall of Fame Classic and eventually finished second losing to winner Bill O’Neill 199-194 in the title match. “Today it was a combination of the leg feeling much better and making the right equipment choices from the start. I was feeling much more comfortable which made it easier to repeat the good shots I needed to make.”

Anthony Lavery-Spahr of Pasadena, Texas, who led qualifying after the first round appeared to be on his way to the qualifying lead after starting the second round with games 239, 259, 258 but then struggled in the second half of the round finishing with games of 183, 212 and 183. Lavery-Spahr finished qualifying in second 23 pins behind Butturff with a 2,786.

Rounding out the top five heading into match play were Darren Tang, Las Vegas, 2,759; Ryan Ciminelli, Lancaster, South Carolina, 2,741 and Tom Smallwood, Saginaw, Michigan and PBA Hall of Famer Norm Duke, Clermont, Florida, tying for fifth with 2,740.

Five-time and reigning PBA Player of the Year Jason Belmonte of Australia, tied for 12th with fellow two-hander Jesper Svensson of Sweden, to advance with a 2,656 pinfall. Belmonte finished third in 2019 and Svensson finished fourth.

PBA Hall of Famer Chris Barnes of Double Oak, Texas, finished 10th with 2,659 and Tommy Jones of Simpsonville, South Carolina, who will be inducted into the PBA Hall of Fame this Saturday took the final match play spot finishing 14th with 2,650.

O’Neill failed to advance after finishing in a tie for 30th with 2,539. Boston Red Sox star Mookie Betts finished qualifying in 48th with 2,383.

The 14 players who made the cut will bowl two seven-game match play rounds Friday at 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. CT. Total pinfall, including match play bonus pins for 26 games will determine the top five for the live stepladder finals on FS1 Sunday at 1 p.m. ET (noon CT).

Friday’s match play will be streamed live by PBA’s live streaming partner FloBowling. For subscription information visit www.flobowling.com.

PBA HALL OF FAME CLASSIC

(a 2020 Go Bowling PBA Tour event)

International Training and Research Center, Arlington, Texas, Thursday

Final Qualifying Standings (after 12 games, top 14 players advance to Friday’s round-robin match play rounds)

1, Jakob Butturff, Tempe, Ariz., 2,809.
2, Anthony Lavery-Spahr, Pasadena, Texas, 2,786.
3, Darren Tang, Las Vegas, 2,759.
4, Ryan Ciminelli, Lancaster, S.C., 2,741.
5, (tie) Tom Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich., and Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 2,740.
7, Patrick Hanrahan, Wichita, Kan., 2,705.
8, Patrick Girard, Canada, 2,672.
9, Kyle Troup, Taylorsville, N.C., 2,660.
10, Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 2,659.
11, Osku Palermaa, Finland, 2,658.
12, (tie) Jason Belmonte, Australia, and Jesper Svensson, Sweden, 2,656.
14, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 2,650.

Did not advance:
15, Tom Hess, Granger, Iowa, 2,637, $2,500.
16, Anthony Simonsen, Little Elm, Texas, 2,623, $2,300.
17, Brad Miller, Lees Summit, Mo., 2,617, $2,100.
18, Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 2,614, $2,000.
19, Nicholas Pate, Inver Grove Heights, Minn., 2,605.
20, Stuart Williams, England, 2,597.
21, AJ Johnson, Oswego, Ill., 2,594.
22, Nate Garcia, Port St. Lucie, Fla., 2,584.
23, Tom Daugherty, Riverview, Fla., 2,576.
24, Matt Sanders, Evansville, Ind., 2,568.
25, Deo Benard, Henderson, Nev., 2,558.
26, Francois Lavoie, Canada, 2,557.
27, Jake Peters, Henderson, Nev., 2,552.
28, AJ Chapman, Manchester, Iowa, 2,544.
29, Josh Blanchard, Mesa, Ariz., 2,543.
30, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., 2,539.
30, Bill O'Neill, Langhorne, Pa., 2,539.
32, Andrew Anderson, Holly, Mich., 2,528.
33, Kristopher Prather, Plainfield, Ill., 2,526.
34, Mitch Hupe, Wichita, Kan., 2,515.
35, Kyle Sherman, O'Fallon, Mo., 2,508.
36, Shawn Maldonado, Houston, 2,494.
37, Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., 2,489.
38, EJ Tackett, Bluffton, Ind., 2,482.
39, Mark Williams, Beaumont, Texas, 2,476.
40, Gary Faulkner Jr., Memphis, Tenn., 2,473.
41, Ildemaro Ruiz, Venezuela, 2,472.
42, BJ Moore, Greensburg, Pa., 2,465.
43, Matthew Ogle, Louisville, Ky., 2,460.
44, Graham Fach, Urbana, Ohio, 2,418.
45, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 2,414.
46, Bryan Goebel, Shawnee, Kan., 2,410.
47, Dom Barrett, England, 2,387.
48, Mookie Betts, Studio City, Calif., 2,383.
49, DJ Archer, Spring, Texas, 2,382.
50, Richard Teece, England, 2,369.
51, (tie) Dick Allen, Lexington, S.C., and Ronnie Russell, Marion, Ind., 2,360.
53, Jason Sterner, Rochester, N.Y., 2,350.
54, Brent Boho, Colgate, Wis., 2,347.
55, Wesley Low Jr., Palmdale, Calif., 2,319.
56, Connor Pickford, Charlotte, N.C., 2,257.

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Anthony Lavery-Spahr Averages 242 to Lead PBA Hall of Fame Classic Qualifying After First Round

by Jerry Schneider January 15, 2020 19:28

ARLINGTON, Texas – Anthony Lavery-Spahr, a 29-year-old right-hander from Pasadena, Texas, beginning his third full season on the Go Bowling PBA Tour, averaged 242 for six games Wednesday to take the first-round lead in the PBA Hall of Fame Classic at the International Training and Research Center.

In the first tournament of the 2020 season, Lavery-Spahr, who is trying for his first career PBA Tour title, bowled games of 269, 226, 217, 235, 242 and 263 for a 1,452 pinfall total holding an 18-pin lead over Darren Tang of Las Vegas in second with 1,434.

I’m getting a lot better at putting myself in a position to succeed regardless of the lane condition,” said Lavery-Spahr, whose best tour finish was third in the 2019 PBA Roth-Holman Doubles Classic with Sam Cooley. “With a six-game block you hope you can keep your adjustments simple and fortunately I could rely mainly on speed control on all the pairs (of lanes) to make the adjustments I needed. I had a little bit of a concern about the shorter lane condition but I really had good touch all day.”

For the Hall of Fame Classic, players are facing the added challenge of competing on a dual lane condition scoring environment with PBA’s 45-foot Dick Weber lane condition applied to the left lane and the 38-foot Mike Aulby condition to the right lane throughout the event.

Competition continues with the field of 56 players that includes 40 PBA Tour Champions, bowling second-round qualifying Thursday with six-game blocks at 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. CT. After 12 qualifying games, the top 14 players will advance to match play rounds Friday at 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. Total pinfall, including match play bonus pins, for 26 games will determine the top five for the stepladder finals live on FS1 Sunday at 1 p.m. ET (noon CT).

Among other notables after the first round, defending champion Bill O’Neill finished 27th with 1,259; five-time and reigning PBA Player of the Year Jason Belmonte of Australia, who finished third in last season’s Hall of Fame Classic, in 11th with 1,325 and PBA Hall of Famer Chris Barnes of Double Oak, Texas, in a tie for third with Ryan Ciminelli with 1,412. Boston Red Sox star Mookie Betts, who is making his first PBA Tour appearance since the 2017 PBA World Series of Bowling, finished the first round in 45th with 1,187 for six games.

All preliminary rounds of the Hall of Fame Classic are live-streamed by PBA’s online streaming partner FloBowling. For subscription and schedule information visit www.flobowling.com.

PBA HALL OF FAME CLASSIC

(a 2020 Go Bowling PBA Tour event)

International Training and Research Center, Arlington, Texas, Wednesday

First Round Standings (after six games)

1, Anthony Lavery-Spahr, Pasadena, Texas, 1,452.
2, Darren Tang, Las Vegas, 1,434.
3, (tie) Ryan Ciminelli, Lancaster, S.C., and Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 1,412.
5, Patrick Hanrahan, Wichita, Kan., 1,339.
6, (tie) Deo Benard, Henderson, Nev., amd Jesper Svensson, Sweden, 1,329.
8, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 1,328.
9, (tie) Tom Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich., and Nicholas Pate, Inver Grove Heights, Minn., 1,327.
11, Jason Belmonte, Australia, 1,325.
12, (tie) Patrick Girard, Canada, and Osku Palermaa, Finland, 1,316.
14, Josh Blanchard, Mesa, Ariz., 1,310.
15, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 1,306.
16, Kyle Troup, Taylorsville, N.C., 1,301.
17, Andrew Anderson, Holly, Mich., 1,295.
18, Jakob Butturff, Tempe, Ariz., 1,293.
19, AJ Chapman, Manchester, Iowa, 1,290.
20, (tie) Tom Hess, Granger, Iowa, Kristopher Prather, Plainfield, Ill., and Mark Williams, Beaumont, Texas, 1,287.
23, Mitch Hupe, Wichita, Kan., 1,284.
24, Brad Miller, Lees Summit, Mo., 1,276.
25, Francois Lavoie, Canada, 1,274.
26, Shawn Maldonado, Houston, 1,271.
27, Bill O'Neill, Langhorne, Pa., 1,259.
28, Stuart Williams, England, 1,256.
29, BJ Moore, Greensburg, Pa., 1,253.
30, Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 1,248.
31, AJ Johnson, Oswego, Ill., 1,247.
32, Jake Peters, Henderson, Nev., 1,245.
33, Matthew Ogle, Louisville, Ky., 1,244.
34, Graham Fach, Urbana, Ohio, 1,241.
35, (tie) Ronnie Russell, Marion, Ind., and Matt Sanders, Evansville, Ind., 1,239.
37, EJ Tackett, Bluffton, Ind., 1,234.
38, (tie) Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., and Richard Teece, England, 1,232.
40, Anthony Simonsen, Little Elm, Texas, 1,221.
41, Nate Garcia, Port St. Lucie, Fla., 1,220.
42, Ildemaro Ruiz, Venezuela, 1,219.
43, Tom Daugherty, Riverview, Fla., 1,216.
44, Kyle Sherman, O'Fallon, Mo., 1,211.
45, Mookie Betts, Studio City, Calif., 1,187.
46, (tie) Dom Barrett, England, and Gary Faulkner Jr., Memphis, Tenn., 1,184.
48, Wesley Low Jr., Palmdale, Calif., 1,176.
49, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 1,170.
50, Bryan Goebel, Shawnee, Kan., 1,167.
51, Jason Sterner, Rochester, N.Y., 1,165.
52, Brent Boho, Colgate, Wis., 1,156.
53, Dick Allen, Lexington, S.C., 1,154.
54, DJ Archer, Spring, Texas, 1,145.
55, Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., 1,123.
56, Connor Pickford, Charlotte, N.C., 1,022.

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2020 Bowl Expo to Host PWBA/PBA Mixed Doubles Special Event With Live Coverage on FS1

by Bill Vint January 14, 2020 15:32

ARLINGTON, Texas – International Bowl Expo, the bowling industry’s largest annual gathering, will host a special made-for-TV event featuring the biggest names on the sport’s professional tours.

Members of the Professional Women’s Bowling Association (PWBA) and Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) will team for a mixed doubles event at 2020 International Bowl Expo, which will be held at the Gaylord Rockies Resort and Convention Center in Denver in July.

The PWBA/PBA Mixed Doubles will be televised live on Sunday, July 5, at 8 p.m. (Eastern) on FS1.

The two-hour show will have four mixed doubles teams representing the biggest brands in the sport – Brunswick, Hammer, Motiv, Storm – and Brunswick will build two lanes, featuring their new SparkTM technology, for the event.

“Bowl Expo is the biggest annual event for the bowling industry and what a great way to showcase the highest levels of competition in our sport,” said Randy Thompson, president of the Bowling Proprietors’ Association of America (BPAA), the host organization of Bowl Expo. “To have the best bowlers in the world on a nationally televised TV show, on a Sunday, allows the bowling community to celebrate the passion and commitment we all have for the sport.”

The PWBA/PBA Mixed Doubles teams for the event are:

· Brunswick – Dasha Kovalova and Dom Barrett

· Hammer – Shannon O’Keefe and Bill O’Neill

· Motiv – Maria José Rodriguez and EJ Tackett

· Storm – Danielle McEwan and Jason Belmonte

O’Keefe won her second consecutive PWBA Player of the Year title while Belmonte was the PBA Player of the Year for the fifth time in 2019. Each of the eight participants has won a major title in their career, with Belmonte having a record 11 career major titles.

“This will be a fantastic event for Bowl Expo attendees, the national TV audience and for our sport,” said Colie Edison, CEO of the PBA. “The PBA Tour has seen tremendous viewership growth through our partnership with FOX Sports and this special event is a tremendous addition to the schedule. We appreciate the opportunity to partner with BPAA and the PWBA Tour on this.”

FOX Sports and its family of channels are the television partner for the 2020 Go Bowling! PBA Tour.

The PWBA/PBA Mixed Doubles will have two semifinal matches, with matchups determined by blind draw. The semifinals will be one-game matches using the Baker format, in which the bowlers will alternate each frame. The first competitor on the team bowls frames 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, and the second team member bowls frames 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, with the winning teams to bowl for the title.

College bowling and the scholarships offered in the sport also will be featured at Bowl Expo during the television show. A special roll-off featuring the 2020 Intercollegiate Singles Championships (ISC) winners will be held between the semifinals and title match of the PWBA/PBA Mixed Doubles.

The ISC boys champion and ISC girls champion each will get one roll on the TV lanes. If the player rolls strike on their one attempt, they will be awarded a $10,000 scholarship.

International Bowl Expo will take place July 2-6 with the TV show to be held immediately following the first day of the event’s trade show on July 5. All Bowl Expo attendees will be able to attend the event as part of their Bowl Expo registration.

The PWBA Tour is a collaborate effort of BPAA and the United States Bowling Congress (USBC). Visit PWBA.com to learn more.

The PBA Tour has more than 3,000 members from 27 countries competing in its competitions each year. Visit PBA.com for more information.

Bowl Expo is the annual industry event hosted by BPAA, featuring educational seminars, trade show, national speakers, entertainment and more. Visit BPAA.com/BowlExpo to learn more.

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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