EJ Tackett Bids for Eighth PBA Tour Title Monday in PBA Xtra Frame Wilmington Open

by Bill Vint May 28, 2017 16:01

WILMINGTON, N.C. - Reigning Professional Bowlers Association Player of the Year EJ Tackett of Huntington, Ind., who won the first of his seven PBA Tour titles in PBA Xtra Frame Tour competition, will try for his eighth PBA Tour title and fourth in Xtra Frame Tour competition, Monday in the PBA Xtra Frame Wilmington Open at Ten Pin Alley Family Fun Center.

Tackett, 24, claimed the qualifying lead in Wilmington behind games of 222, 215, 257, 279, 268 and 214 Sunday, finishing qualifying with a 12-game total of 2,824 pins and a 13-pin lead over Rhino Page of Orlando, Fla. Tackett, the 2013 PBA Rookie of the Year, also is trying for his third title of the 2017 season. He previously won Xtra Frame events in Lubbock, Texas, in 2015 and in Carpentersville, Ill., and Las Vegas in 2016.

England’s Dom Barrett and Jason Sterner of Rockledge, Fla., will advance to match play tied for third place with 2,796 pins, 10 ahead of Venezuela’s Ildemaro Ruiz, who finished Sunday’s final qualifying round with 2,786 pins.

The top 16 players advanced to Monday’s 12-game modified round robin match play finals, which begins at 9 a.m. EDT. After 24 games, the top four players will bowl for the $10,000 first prize and a PBA Tour title in the stepladder finals at 3 p.m.

The top 16 also are competing for Xtra Frame Storm Cup points. In Storm Cup events, the tournament winner earns 25 points, second place earns 19 points, third 18 points, with points diminishing by one point through 20th place. The Storm Cup points leader after one event is Josh Blanchard of Mesa, Ariz., who won the Xtra Frame Reality Check Open in Tamarac, Fla., in March. Blanchard was tied for eighth place at the end of qualifying.

The final rounds of the Xtra Frame Wilmington Open, the second tournament in the seven-event Xtra Frame Storm Cup point series, will be live streamed on PBA’s online bowling channel, Xtra Frame. For Xtra Frame subscription information, visit xtraframe.tv.

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

Final Qualifying Standings (after 12 games; top 16 advance to match play finals Monday):
1, EJ Tackett, Huntington, Ind., 2,824.
2, Rhino Page, Orlando, Fla., 2,811.
3 (tie), Dom Barrett, England, and Jason Sterner, Rockledge, Fla., 2,796.
5, Ildemaro Ruiz, Venezuela, 2,786.
6, Kyle Troup, Taylorsville, N.C., 2,772.
7, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 2,734.
8 (tie), Josh Blanchard, Mesa, Ariz, and Anthony Simonsen, Austin, Texas, 2,714.
10, Tom Daugherty, Riverview, Fla., 2,666.
11, Isaac Kim, Lebanon, Pa., 2,663.
12, Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., 2,651.
13, Shota Kawazoe, Japan, 2,650.
14, Jeff Evans, Supply, N.C., 2,637.
15, BJ Moore III, Greensburg, Pa., 2,620.
16, Bill O'Neill, Langhorne, Pa., 2,618.
Failed to advance:
17, Dick Allen, Columbia, S.C., 2,617, $675.
18, Scott Newell, Deland, Fla., 2,615, $675.
19, Michael Schlabach, Goshen, Ind., 2,604, $675.
20, Connor Pickford, Plano, Texas, 2,599, $675.
21, Greg Ostrander, Freehold, N.J., 2,592, $650.
22, AJ Johnson, Oswego, Ill., 2,590, $650.
23, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 2,586, $650.
24, Mitch Beasley, Clarksville, Tenn., 2,583, $650.
25, Chris Arcaro, Carolina Beach, N.C., 2,581, $625.
26, Randy Weiss, Columbia, S.C., 2,558, $625.
27, Mike Williams II, Montgomery, Ala., 2,538, $625.
28, Kristian Rogers, Salisbury, N.C., 2,537, $625.
29, Graham Fach, Canada, 2,503, $600.
30, Zachary Seals, Kingsland, Ga., 2,502, $600.
31, Victor Florie Jr, Richmond, Va., 2,496, $600.
32, Patrick Dombrowski, Parma, Ohio, 2,483, $600.
33, Adam Monks, Conway, S.C., 2,482.
34, David Bleggi, Jacksonville, N.C., 2,463.
35, n-Massimliano Fridegotto, Venezuela, 2,456.
36, Darryl Carreon, Woodbridge, Va., 2,447.
37, Kip Roberts, Glen Allen, Va., 2,441.
38, John Furey, Freehold, N.J., 2,438.
39, Cody Shoemaker, Hanover, Pa., 2,434.
40, Gabriel Garcia, Port St. Lucie, Fla., 2,432.
41, n-Leonard Freeman, Bolton, N.C., 2,431.
42, Nick Christy, Newport, N.C., 2,424.
43, n-Greg Thomas, Irmo, S.C., 2,419.
44, Fran Luzzi, Geneva, N.Y., 2,416.
45, Chris Blackmore, Aldie, Va., 2,411.
46, Trevor Roberts, Crystal River, Fla., 2,400.
47, n-Joseph Grago, Hampstead, N.C., 2,384.
48, Matt Taylor, Youngsville, N.C., 2,382.
49, Mark Tarkington, Elizabeth City, N.C., 2,377.
50, n-James Kniffen, Raleigh, N.C., 2,371.
51, Steven Arehart, Chesapeake, Va., 2,369.
52, Darrin Casstevens, Winston-Salem, N.C., 2,358.
53, Billy Rohde, Lilburn, GA, 2,355.
54, w-Tannya Roumimper, Indonesia, 2,345.
55, n-Daniel McCaskill, Raleigh, N.C., 2,330.
56, Maximilian Fishman, Greensboro, N.C., 2,323.
57, n-Brandon Smith, Newport News, Va., 2,304.
58, Gary Haines, West Babylon, N.Y., 2,303.
59, Ronnie Horton, Christiansburg, Va., 2,299.
60, Kristian Sieradzki, Seminole, Fla., 2,297.
61, Bill Vannoy, Jacksonville, N.C., 2,296.
62, n-Andrew Diley, Conway, S.C., 2,292.
63, n-Kole Payne, Matthews, N.C., 2,291.
64, n-Daniel Hamilton, LaGrange, N.C., 2,288.
65, Bryan Gallahan, Fredericksburg, Va, 2,270.
66, n-Houston Compton, Cameron, N.C., 2,250.
67, Mike McDonnell, Chesterfield, Va., 2,240.
68, Ryan Ciminelli, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 2,238.
69, n-David Schmidtmann, Norfolk, Va., 2,237.
70, James Grago, Hampstead, N.C., 2,232.
71, Ben Zakrocki, Philadelphia, 2,229.
72 (tie), Shane Yesovich, Boardman, Ohio, and Michael Byers, Charleston, S.C., 2,216.
74, Christopher Miller, Rural Hull, N.C., 2,202.
75, Richard Horsley, Morrisville, N.C., 2,200.
76, n-Bryan Hahlen, Greenwood, S.C., 2,192.
77, George Adkins, Statesboro, Ga., 2,189.
78, Brett Caramagno, Goose Creek, S.C., 2,178.
79, n-Kenneth Turner, Augusta, Ga., 2,177.
80, Nick Johnston, Asheville, N.C., 2,166.
81, n-Thomas Jones, Pittsboro, N.C., 2,163.
82, n-Will Hill, LaGrange, N.C., 2,162.
83, Marcus Collins, Pawleys Island, S.C., 2,138.
84, Leon Platt, Summerville, S.C., 2,131.
85, David McCay Jr., Fredericksburg, Va., 2,129.
86, w-Crystal Hall, St. Pauls, N.C., 2,123.
87, Chip Tyson, Gastonia, N.C., 2,095.
88, n-Troy White, Carolina Beach, N.C., 2,092.
89, Antonino Grippi, Wilmington, N.C., 2,087.
90, n-Cameron Pressley, Sanford, S.C., 2,078.
91, Ochbayar Munkhgerel, Tuv, Mongolia, 2,028.
92, Aaron Finley, New Bern, Conn., 2,008.
93, n-Patrick Phillips, Roseboro, N.C., 1,977.
94, Glenn Williams, King George, Va., 1,872.
95, Mark Ellis, Charlotte, 1,862.
96, Tyler Troup, Taylorsville, N.C., 1,846.

n-denotes non-member; w-denotes woman.

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Tuesday on CBS Sports Network: PBA Unveils Open Round of New Main Event PBA Tour Finals

by Bill Vint May 28, 2017 14:26

ORLANDO, Fla. – The Professional Bowlers Association’s eight leading players in combined earnings over a span of the past 30 months will begin competition in a new event that will become an annual PBA tradition. CBS Sports Network will air the complete Main Event PBA Tour Finals from Main Event-Orlando on five consecutive Tuesdays at 9:30 p.m. EDT, beginning Tuesday.

The unique competition, which will feature the eight PBA superstars in a unique format, begins with two rounds of head-to-head match play. In the PBA Tour Finals, the eight PBA stars are assigned to two four-man pods for four matches, each including 50 bonus pins for a match win. The four-player pods include Australia’s Jason Belmonte, Sweden’s Jesper Svensson, Texan Anthony Simonsen and Sean Rash of Montgomery, Ill., in Group One, and reigning PB A Player of the Year EJ Tackett of Huntington, Ind.; Tommy Jones of Simpsonville, S.C.; Dom Barrett of England, and Ryan Ciminelli of Cheektowaga, N.Y., in Group Two.

Round One matches Tuesday will include Rash vs. Belmonte, Svensson vs. Simonsen, Jones vs. Tackett and Barrett vs. Ciminelli. Round Two matches Tuesday will pit Simonsen against Belmonte, Rash against Svensson, Ciminelli against Tackett and Jones against Barrett.

Round Three and position round matches within each group will be shown on the June 6 telecast. The June 13 and June 20 telecasts will feature stepladder finals within each group to determine the finalists for the June 26 finale. At stake is a $30,000 first prize and a PBA Tour title for the winner.

Each of the CBS Sports Network telecasts will be re-broadcast. Check your local listings for times and dates.

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Tommy Jones Averages 242 to Lead Tightly-Contested Opening Round in PBA Xtra Frame Wilmington Open

by Bill Vint May 27, 2017 15:19

WILMINGTON, N.C. - Tommy Jones of Simpsonville, S.C., averaged 242.8 Saturday to take the first-round qualifying lead in the Professional Bowlers Association’s Xtra Frame Wilmington Open at Ten Pin Alley Family Fun Center by seven pins over Jason Sterner of Rockledge, Fla.

Jones, a 38-year-old 18-time PBA Tour champion, rolled games of 232, 221, 236, 279, 257 and 232 for his first six qualifying games for a 1,457 pinfall total in a closely contested round that saw six players finish within 37 pins of the leader. Mitch Beasley of Clarksville, Tenn., was third with 1,440 pins followed by BJ Moore III of Greensburg, Pa., and Rhino Page of Orlando, Fla., tied for fourth with 1,424 totals, and two-hander Kyle Troup of Taylorsville, N.C., with 1,420 pins.

The field of 96 bowlers will return for a second six-game qualifying round Sunday, with two squads starting at 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. EDT. The top 16 players after 12 games will advance to Monday’s 12-game modified round robin match play finals, leading into the four-player stepladder finals at 3 p.m.

All rounds of the Xtra Frame Wilmington Open, the second tournament in a seven-event Xtra Frame Storm Cup point series, will be live streamed on PBA’s online bowling channel, Xtra Frame. For Xtra Frame subscription information, visit xtraframe.tv.

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

First Round Standings (after six games):
1, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 1,457.
2, Jason Sterner, Rockledge, Fla., 1,450.
3, Mitch Beasley, Clarksville, Tenn., 1,440.
4 (tie), BJ Moore III, Greensburg, Pa., and Rhino Page, Orlando, Fla., 1,424,
6, Kyle Troup, Taylorsville, N.C., 1,420.
7, Ildemaro Ruiz, Venezuela, 1,384.
8, Shota Kawazoe, Japan, 1,381.
9, Anthony Simonsen, Austin, Texas, 1,380.
10, Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., 1,377.
11, Connor Pickford, Plano, Texas, 1,374.
12, EJ Tackett, Huntington, Ind., 1,369.
13, Bill O'Neill, Langhorne, Pa., 1,359.
14, Michael Schlabach, Goshen, Ind., 1,355.
15, AJ Johnson, Oswego, Ill., 1,351.
16, Kristian Rogers, Salisbury, N.C., 1,341.
17, Dom Barrett, England, 1,324.
18, Scott Newell, Deland, Fla., 1,319.
19, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 1,313.
20, Dick Allen, Columbia, S.C., 1,308.
21, Greg Ostrander, Freehold, N.J., 1,300.
22, Graham Fach, Canada, 1,296.
23, Isaac Kim, Lebanon, Pa., 1,295.
24 (tie), Victor Florie Jr, Richmond, Va., and Mark Tarkington, Elizabeth City, N.C., 1,290.
26, Tom Daugherty, Riverview, Fla., 1,288.
27, Randy Weiss, Columbia, S.C., 1,282.
28, Josh Blanchard, Mesa, Ariz, 1,279.
29, Chris Blackmore, Aldie, Va., 1,275.
30, Matt Taylor, Youngsville, N.C., 1,274.
31, Jeff Evans, Supply, N.C., 1,272.
32, Cody Shoemaker, Hanover, Pa., 1,269.
33, n-Massimliano Fridegotto, Venezuela, 1,266.
34, Zachary Seals, Kingsland, Ga., 1,265.
35 (tie), Trevor Roberts, Crystal River, Fla., and Darryl Carreon, Woodbridge, Va., 1,263.
37, n-Leonard Freeman, Bolton, N.C., 1,261.
38, Nick Christy, Newport, N.C., 1,255.
39, Chris Arcaro, Carolina Beach, N.C., 1,251.
40, Adam Monks, Conway, S.C., 1,248.
41, Kristian Sieradzki, Seminole, Fla., 1,244.
42, Patrick Dombrowski, Parma, Ohio, 1,243.
43, David Bleggi, Jacksonville, N.C., 1,232.
44 (tie), n-Brandon Smith, Newport News, Va., and George Adkins, Statesboro, Ga., 1,230.
46, n-Joseph Grago, Hampstead, N.C., 1,224.
47, n-Andrew Diley, Conway, S.C., 1,213.
48, Maximilian Fishman, Greensboro, N.C., 1,204.
49, Fran Luzzi, Geneva, N.Y., 1,203.
50 (tie), Tannya Roumimper, Indonesia, and n-Greg Thomas, Oak Creek, Wis., 1,198.
52 (tie), Mike Williams II, Montgomery, Ala., and Ronnie Horton, Christiansburg, Va., 1,192,
54, Kip Roberts, Glen Allen, Va., 1,190.
55, Brett Caramagno, Goose Creek, S.C., 1,189.
56, Michael Byers, Charleston, S.C., 1,186.
57, Gabriel Garcia, Port St. Lucie, Fla., 1,178.
58, John Furey, Freehold, N.J., 1,170.
59 (tie), Billy Rohde, Lilburn, GA, and Steven Arehart, Chesapeake, Va., 1,166.
61, n-Bryan Hahlen, Greenwood, S.C., 1,162,
62, n-Will Hill, LaGrange, N.C., 1,153,
63, Gary Haines, West Babylon, N.Y., 1,148,
64, n-Kole Payne, Matthews, N.C., 1,139,
65, n-Houston Compton, Cameron, N.C., 1,136,
66, Mike McDonnell, Chesterfield, Va., 1,135,
67 (tie), Christopher Miller, Rural Hull, N.C., and n-Daniel Hamilton, LaGrange, N.C., 1,130.
69, Ben Zakrocki, Philadelphia, 1,120.
70, Bill Vannoy, Jacksonville, N.C., 1,119.
71, Darrin Casstevens, Winston-Salem, N.C., 1,118.
72, n-Daniel McCaskill, Raleigh, N.C., 1,112.
73, n-Troy White, Carolina Beach, N.C., 1,105.
74 (tie), n-David Schmidtmann, Norfolk, Va., and n-James Kniffen, Raleigh, N.C., 1,094.
76, w-Crystal Hall, St. Pauls, N.C., 1,087.
77, Shane Yesovich, Boardman, Ohio, 1,085.
78 (tie), Bryan Gallahan, Fredericksburg, Va, and n-Kenneth Turner, Augusta, Ga., 1,083,
80, Ochbayar Munkhgerel, Tuv, Mongolia, 1,072.
81, Richard Horsley, Morrisville, N.C., 1,071.
82 (tie), David McCay Jr., Fredericksburg, Va., and Leon Platt, Summerville, S.C., 1,069.
84, n-Cameron Pressley, Sanford, S.C., 1,063.
85, James Grago, Hampstead, N.C., 1,062.
86, Antonino Grippi, Wilmington, N.C., 1,061.
87, n-Thomas Jones, Pittsboro, N.C., 1,059.
88, Aaron Finley, New Bern, Conn., 1,053.
89, Chip Tyson, Gastonia, N.C., 1,040.
90, Nick Johnston, Asheville, N.C., 1,039.
91, n-Patrick Phillips, Roseboro, N.C., 1,032.
92, Marcus Collins, Pawleys Island, S.C., 1,027.
93, Ryan Ciminelli, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 1,024.
94, Tyler Troup, Taylorsville, N.C., 980.
95, Glenn Williams, King George, Va., 927.
96, Mark Ellis, Charlotte, N.C., 888.

n-denotes non-member

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PBA Spare Shots: Main Event PBA Tour Finals to Feature Blue Oil with a Twist

by Bill Vint May 25, 2017 09:58

The inaugural Main Event PBA Tour Finals, hosted by Main Event Entertainment in Orlando, Fla., will introduce CBS Sports Network viewers to blue oil with a twist when the new event begins its five-week run on Tuesday, May 30, at 9:30 p.m. EDT.

Not only will fans be able to see the 42-foot “PBA Tour Finals” oiling pattern because of a blue dye added to the conditioner, but the pattern is more easily seen because the synthetic lanes at Main Event Orlando are white, with black striping to indicate the “boards” across each lane.

PBA introduced the blue-dyed oil during the 2014 PBA World Series of Bowling in Las Vegas as a way to illustrate the differences in the applications of oil for the PBA’s animal patterns, and the visual aid has been used in a wide variety of televised PBA events ever since. The colored oil – which has no effect on the oil itself – not only allows fans to see how the oil is applied to the lanes, but also makes it much easier to see how oil is moved around and depleted during competition. The depletion and movement of oil is what creates the transitions on the playing surface, requiring bowlers to make adjustments based upon how their bowling balls react to the constantly changing lane conditions.

The question of the day was, did the white lane surface in combination with the blue oil have any impact on the PBA Tour Finals competitors?

“Nah,” said Sean Rash of Montgomery, Ill. “You learn to do what your ball tells you to do.”

“It didn’t bother me at all,” said Sweden’s Jesper Svensson. “You get used to it. Besides, it’s the same for everyone.”

“The white surface is a little brighter than a wood surface,” said EJ Tackett, “but the blue oil kind of mutes the brightness, so it isn’t much different.”

FOR JON VAN HEES, ONE OUT OF THREE AIN’T BAD…

VanHees.Jon)As the classic Meatloaf lyrics noted, “two out of three ain’t bad.” But for Rhode Island’s Jon Van Hees (at left), one out of three worked out pretty well in the PBA Romeo Chevrolet/Buick/GMC East Open presented by Ebonite at Patel’s Kingston Lanes in Kingston, N.Y., Sunday.

Van Hees started the final round of match play bowling his way to a 234-234 tie with non-member William Donahue of Accord, N.Y. He then nipped Rick Graham of Lancaster, Pa., 235-234, before bowling a perfect tie in his third match – 300-300 – vs. Ryan Galli of Binghamton, N.Y.

Perfect-game ties in match play are rare in PBA competition, but they have been done before. In Van Hees’ case, he had to share the 30 bonus pins for match play ties with Donahue and Gallie, but he got all 30 in his win against Graham which helped him qualify second for the stepladder finals where he lost to eventual tournament winner Greg Ostrander of Freehold, N.J., 258-225.

MAJOR CHAMPIONSHIPS HIGHLIGHT XTRA FRAME SCHEDULE

The PBA50 Tour returns to action in its annual western swing, the PWBA Tour resumes its normal schedule in the wake of the USBC Queens, and the PBA Tour returns to Xtra Frame with three consecutive Xtra Frame Storm Cup series events in the weeks ahead.

The PBA50 Tour resumes competition on Xtra Frame in the Northern California Classic from Harvest Park Bowl in Brentwood, Calif., May 29-31, followed by a pair of USBC events on Bowl.tv (USBC’s Super Senior Classic, June 1-3, and the USBC Senior Masters, June 4-10, both at Sam’s Town Bowling Center). Xtra Frame will then cover the Suncoast PBA Senior U.S. Open presented by Storm, June 12-16, from Suncoast Bowling Center in Las Vegas.

PBA Tour competition returns to Xtra Frame with the PBA Xtra Frame Wilmington Open from Ten Pin Alley Family Fun Center in Wilmington, N.C., May 27-29; the PBA Xtra Frame Jonesboro Open from Jonesboro Bowling Center in Jonesboro, Ark., June 3-4, and the PBA Xtra Frame Lubbock Sports Open presented by Ebonite from South Plains Lanes in Lubbock, Texas, June 9-11. All three are PBA Xtra Frame Storm Cup events and each will be covered live, exclusively on Xtra Frame, from first ball to last.

Upcoming PWBA Tour coverage includes qualifying and match play rounds of the Wichita Open from Northrock Lanes in Wichita, Kan., June 2-3; the Pepsi Lincoln Open from Sun Valley Lanes in Lincoln, Neb., June 9-10; the Greater Detroit Open from Super Bowl in Canton, Mich., June 16-17, and the Go Bowling PWBA Players Championship from The Ashwaubenon Bowling Alley in Green Bay, Wis., June 22-24.

Xtra Frame subscription packages are available for three days, 30 days and a full year. To sign up, visit xtraframe.tv for details.

PBA fans also are reminded they can follow real-time results for PBA50 and PBA Xtra Frame Tour events by visiting the “live scoring” feature on pba.com.

THIS WEEK: “PICK THE 900 GLOBAL BALL” FOR PBA BOWLING CHALLENGE GAME

Concrete Software’s “pick the ball” survey for PBA Bowling Challenge mobile game continues this week with players invited to select a new 900 Global ball from among three options provided weekly for each PBA-participating brand.

Based on fan voting which begins Thursday (click here: http://bit.ly/Global_17 to cast your vote), the “winning” 900 Global will be available for play on June 9.

A code to purchase the ball for 50% off (the code will be available on PBA’s and the specific companies’ social media pages) will be posted. Each company also will have a flashback weekend where all its previous balls will be available for that weekend only.

PBA REGIONAL UPDATE: GREG OSTRANDER DEFENDS KINGSTON TITLE

Greg Ostrander of Freehold, N.J. defeated amateur Zach Doty of Nassau, N.Y., 227-192, to successfully defend his title in the PBA Romeo Chevrolet/Buick/GMC East Open presented by Ebonite at Patel’s Kingston Lanes in Kingston, N.Y., Sunday.

Prior his victory, Ostrander’s only other PBA title came in the same event in 2016.

Ostrander took advantage of an early open frame by Doty, a recent college graduate who rolled perfect games in both the qualifying and match play portions of the event, to build his winning margin. Ostrander earned $3,000 for the win.

● Brian Robinson of Morgantown, W. Va. defeated Matt White of Warren, Pa., 234-212, to win the PBA Baldo Campana Memorial/Ohio Lottery Central Open, presented by DV8, at Rebman Recreation in Loraine, Ohio, Saturday, and Brian Kretzer of Dayton, Ohio, won the PBA50 half of the Campana Memorial doubleheader on Sunday, edging Dean Billings of Rootstown, Ohio, by six pins.

In Saturday’s event, Robinson won his first PBA Regional title and $2,000 after bowling a perfect game to eliminate Andrew Anderson of Holly, Mich., 300-243, in the semifinal round while White edged Chris Loschetter of Avon, Ohio, 256-251, to also advance to the championship match. White earned $1,000 for second place. Anderson and Loschetter each earned $750 as semifinal round losers.

On Sunday, Kretzer finished with an 8-4 match play record and a total of 4,838 pins for 20 games, including match play bonus pins, to win the $1,400 first prize and his fifth PBA50 Regional title.

Gary Morgan of Atlanta, Ga., defeated Jeff Bellinger of Columbia, S.C., 234-215 and 214-178, in the best-of-three-game title match Sunday to win his 15th PBA Regional title in the PBA50 SpareTimes Hampton South Open presented by Ebonite at SpareTimes Lanes in Hampton, Va.

Morgan considered his win a milestone after overcoming a bout with cancer in 2016. He earned $1,600.

In the best-of-three semifinal round matches, Morgan eliminated Sam Maccarone of Blackwood, N.J., 268-213, 258-172, while Bellinger defeated Lee Brosius of Ashburn, Va., 244-206, 210-228, 233-222.

Kris Prather of Milton, Fla., defeated AJ Chapman of Wichita, Kan., 259-235, to win the PBA Family Insurance Midwest Open presented by Hometown Chevrolet at Oak Forest Bowl in Oak Forest, Ill., Sunday for his first PBA Midwest title and a $2,400 first prize.

Prather defeated AJ Johnson of Oswego, Ill., 279-224, in the semifinal game to advance to the championship match after Johnson eliminated Matt Kuba of Chicago Ridge, Ill., 279-210, in the first match.

● PBA Regional events over Memorial Day weekend include the Colony Lanes Eastern Challenge, a reduced entry fee event, in York, Pa., and the Celeste Walker Midwest Challenge at Strike N Spare II in Lockport, Ill. – two events for players who have not won a PBA title.

● 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.

QUICK NOTES

● Newly-inducted PBA Hall of Famer and former PBA Commissioner Mark Gerberich will become the new president and CEO of the International Soap Box Derby Inc. June 12. Gerberich succeeds Joe Mazur, who resigned in March to become president of the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad.

● The ESPN telecast of the Grand Casino Hotel & Resort PBA Oklahoma Open semifinals, which will air live on Saturday, July 1 at 1 p.m. EDT, also will re-air on Sunday, July 2, at 11 a.m. on ESPN2. The re-air precedes the live finals of the event which will air on ESPN at 1 p.m. that same day.

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2017 PBA50 Tour Western Swing Begins With Northern California Classic May 28-31

by Jerry Schneider May 24, 2017 11:39

After a one-week break, the PBA50 Tour heads west for the PBA50 Northern California Classic presented by MOTIV May 28-31 at Harvest Park Bowl in Brentwood, Calif.

The sixth stop of the season will be covered live from start to finish on PBA’s online bowling channel Xtra Frame.

As the PBA50 Tour reaches the halfway mark for 2017, Brian LeClair of Delmar, N.Y., tops the PBA50 Player of the Year race with the help of his two wins which came in the Pasco County Florida Open and Johnny Petraglia BVL Open. He is the season’s only multiple winner.

LeClair holds a commanding lead over last week’s PBA50 Miller Lite Players Championship winner Bryan Goebel of Shawnee, Kan., in second. Goebel, who was inducted into the PBA Hall of Fame in February of this year, won his first PBA50 Tour title in the season’s first major by defeating Parker Bohn III, 264-230, in the title match.

In last season’s Northern California Classic, Noel Vazquez of Sacramento, Calif., won his first PBA50 Tour title by beating defending PBA50 Player of the Year Pete Weber 255-224 in the title match.

Following the Northern California Classic, the PBA50 Tour heads to Las Vegas for the USBC Super Senior Classic (for players 60 and over) June 1-4; USBC Senior Masters, June 4-11, both at Sam’s Town, and the Suncoast Senior U.S. Open presented by Storm at the Suncoast Bowling Center June 11-16.

In addition to Player of the Year honors, the players who compete on PBA’s tour for players 50 and over are battling to become one of the top eight players from the points list to advance to the PBA50 segment of the PBA Challenge which will be held in conjunction with the GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling IX set for Nov. 7-19 in Reno, Nev.

Northern California Classic competition begins with the first of two eight-game qualifying rounds on Monday, May 29 at 8 a.m. PT to be followed by the second round on Tuesday, May 30. After a cashers round on Wednesday, May 31, the top 24 players will advance to match play which will determine the top five for the stepladder finals schedule for 6:30 p.m.

The practice session is scheduled from 9 a.m. – noon on Sunday, May 28 with pro-am squads scheduled for 1, 3 and 7 p.m.

For admission and pro-am entry information call Harvest Park Bowl at (925) 516-1221. For Xtra Frame subscription information visit www.xtraframe.tv.

PBA50 NORTHERN CALIFORNIA CLASSIC PRESENTED BY MOTIV SCHEDULE

Harvest Park Bowl, Brentwood, Calif. (all times Pacific)

Sunday, May 28

9 a.m. – Noon – Practice session

Pro-ams – 1, 3, 7 p.m.

Monday, May 29

8 a.m. – A squad qualifying (8 games)

1:30 p.m. – B squad qualifying (8 games)

Tuesday, May 30

8 a.m. – B squad qualifying (8 games)

1:30 p.m. – A squad qualifying (8 games)

Wednesday, May 31

8 a.m. – Cashers Round

11:30 a.m. – Match play round 1 (five games)

2:30 p.m. – Match play round 2 (six games)

Top five advance to stepladder finals

6:30 p.m. - Stepladder finals

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