PBA Spare Shots: New “Beauties vs. Beasts” Special Event to Kick Off Annual Mixed Doubles Event

by Bill Vint July 13, 2018 08:29

A new “Beauties vs. Beasts” five-game Baker format team match will kick off the annual PBA-PWBA Striking Against Breast Cancer Mixed Doubles Tournament presented by Storm on Thursday, July 26, at 4 p.m. CDT at Copperfield Bowl in Houston, Texas. PBA Xtra Frame on FloBowling will cover the event.

Tournament founder Donna Conners, who is always looking to add bigger-and-better features to the event, will pit last year’s top male qualifiers against last year’s leading female qualifiers in a Baker format team competition. At stake will be $5,000 in bonus prize money for the winning team, with $1,000 to the losing team.

Bowling on the female side will be Germany’s Birgit Popplar (who won the 2017 mixed doubles title with partner Jason Sterner); Stefanie Johnson of McKinney, Texas; Holly Harris of Wichita, Kan.; Josie Earnest-Barnes of Nashville, Tenn., and Natalie Cortese of Hoffman Estates, Ill. (Cortese replaces Sweden’s Jenny Wegner, who is not entered this year). The male side will feature Kyle Troup of Taylorsville, N.C.; Tommy Jones of Simpsonville, S.C.; Chris Barnes of Double Oak, Texas; Brad Miller of Raytown, Mo., and Clint Land of Houston.

The 19th annual mixed doubles tournament, the largest event of its kind in professional bowling, will feature a world-class field of 160 teams including players from around the world. It will be covered from start to finish by PBA Xtra Frame on FloBowling, beginning with the first of four eight-game qualifying squads at 8 a.m. CDT on Friday, July 27.

PBA50 TOUR NEXT TO MAKE PBA XTRA FRAME ON FLOBOWLING DEBUT

The PBA50 Tour will be the next to make its PBA Xtra Frame on FloBowling debut when the “senior tour” resumes its 2018 schedule July 17-20 in the PBA50 River City Extreme Open, presented by Ebonite, from River City Extreme in Monticello, Minn.

July coverage of the PBA50 Tour by PBA Xtra Frame on FloBowling continues with the PBA50 South Shore Open presented by Hammer at Olympia Lanes in Hammond, Ind., July 23-26, and the PBA50 Security Federal Savings Bank Championship, presented by Track, at Dave Small's Heritage Lanes, Kokomo, Ind., July 28-31.

All PBA Xtra Frame on FloBowling events are covered live, from first ball to last, at

FloBowling.com. Existing Xtra Frame subscribers can transition their current subscriptions by visiting https://www.flobowling.com/claim-account or new subscribers can sign-up at FloBowling.com.

USBC EXTENDS SENIOR MASTERS, SUPER SENIOR CLASSIC THROUGH 2021 AT SAM’S TOWN

The United States Bowling Congress has extended its agreement with Sam’s Town Bowling Center in Las Vegas to host the Senior Masters and Super Senior Classic through 2021. Sam’s Town has hosted both events since 2016.

In 2019, the Super Senior Classic for players 60 and older will begin on May 29 with the Senior Masters set for June 2-9. The Super Senior Classic has grown from 28 competitors in 2013 to 184 bowlers in 2018.

The 2020 Senior Masters is set for May 31-June 7, while the 2021 event will take place June 6-13. The 2020 Super Senior Classic is scheduled for May 27-31 and the 2021 tournament will be June 2-6.

PBA REGIONAL UPDATE: BOB CARUSO WINS CECIL RAYMOND MEMORIAL TITLE

Bob Caruso of Dayton, N.J. defeated Steve Pavlinko of Sewell, N.J., 246-218, to win the PBA50 Cecil Raymond Memorial presented by Ebonite at Brunswick Zone Deptford on Sunday.

Caruso, who qualified second, held a comfortable lead throughout the title match on his way to his fourth career PBA Regional title and his second in Deptford. He also won the 2014 Mil-Ray Foods Open. Pavlinko is the co-sponsor of the event and operates the pro shop inside the center. Caruso won $2,000 while Pavlinko earned $1,000 for his runner-up finish.

The tournament, which began in 2004, was renamed in 2014 to honor its sponsor, Cecil Raymond, who passed away in January 2014. Raymond was the 2013 recipient of the East Region’s Pat Patterson Award for outstanding contributions to the region.

In the semifinal round, Caruso edged Tommy Brodowski of New Hyde Park, N.Y., 174-173, when Brodowski opened in the 10th frame while Pavlinko defeated three-time East Region PBA50 Player of the Year Sam Maccarone of Williamstown, N.J., 227-207. Brodowski and Maccarone each earned $750 as semifinal round losers.

● The July 13-15 PBA Regional schedule includes the PBA50 Fairborn Central Classic presented by Roto Grip at Bowl 10 Fairborn in Fairborn, Ohio; the PBA Allstate Tony Grigat Midwest Open presented by Columbia 300 at Poplar Creek Bowl in Hoffman Estates, Ill., and the PBA Beltline Lanes Columbia Baker Doubles South Open in Columbia, S.C.

● Over the July 20-22 weekend, PBA Regional events will include the PBA50 Parkway Lanes Eastern Open presented by Roto Grip in Elmwood Park, N.J.; the PBA Angola Central/Midwest Open presented by Ebonite at Angola Bowl in Angola, Ind.; the PBA Spring Hill Lanes South Open presented by Track in Spring Hill, Fla.; the PBA Fort Sill Southwest Open at Twin Oaks Bowling Center in Fort Sill, Okla.; the PBA, PBA50 and PBA-PWBA Secoma Lanes Northwest/West Open tripleheader in Federal Way, Wash., and the PBA50 Beverly Lanes Midwest/Central Open presented by Roto Grip in Arlington Heights, Ill.

● Closing out the July schedule of PBA Regional competitions will be the PBA50 Ned Micelli Memorial at Herrill Lanes in New Hyde Park, N.Y., over the July 27-28 weekend.

● 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

● Last call for fans to vote on the “best bowler” in the 2018 ESPY competition. Click on this link (http://www.espn.com/espys/story/_/page/voting54/best-athlete-sport) and look for the “best bowler” ballot which includes Jason Belmonte, Rhino Page, Tom Smallwood and Jesper Svensson. The winner will be announced when the ESPY shows airs on ESPN on Wednesday, July 18.

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PBA50 Tour Resumes with PBA50 River City Extreme Open July 17-20 in Monticello, Minn.

by Jerry Schneider July 12, 2018 08:01

MONTICELLO, Minn. – The 2018 PBA50 Tour started the season in the East, then ventured to the West, and now heads down the homestretch in the Midwest beginning with the PBA50 River City Extreme Open presented by Ebonite at River City Extreme July 17-20 in Monticello, Minn.

With five PBA50 events remaining on the 2018 schedule, 2017 PBA Rookie of the Year and Suncoast Senior U.S. Open winner Michael Haugen Jr. of Phoenix leads the PBA50 Player of the Year points race with a commanding 2,400 point lead over PBA Hall of Famer Walter Ray Williams Jr. of Oxford, Fla., in second. Hall of Famer Ron Mohr of Las Vegas, who has virtually wrapped up his third consecutive PBA60 Player of the Year honor, is in third place nearly 2,800 points behind.

Haugen, a five-time PBA Tour winner, won the PBA50 Johnny Petraglia BVL Open in May for his second career PBA50 Tour title. He also has four other top-10 finishes including two third-place finishes, one of which came in the USBC Senior Masters, in addition to a sixth and ninth-place finish.

Williams has three runner-up finishes this season, and Mohr won the PBA50 Northern California Classic for his 10th career title while also recording third, fifth and sixth-place finishes in 2018.     

Following the River City Extreme Open, the PBA50 Tour heads to Indiana for the first of three tournaments in the Hoosier State beginning with the PBA50 South Shore Open presented by Hammer July 23-26 at Olympia Lanes in Hammond followed by the PBA50 Security Federal Savings Bank Championship presented by Track July 28-31 at Dave Small’s Heritage Lanes in Kokomo, and the PBA50 Dave Small’s Championship Lanes Classic presented by Roto Grip Aug. 4-7 in Anderson.

The PBA50 Tour season then heads to Wyoming, Mich., for the PBA50 Cup presented by DV8, the season’s fourth and final major, Aug. 9-12 at Spectrum Lanes.

The regular season wraps up with the PBA60 Dick Weber Championship presented by 900 Global, for players 60 and over, at Pro Bowl West in Fort Wayne Aug. 14-16.

The top 12 players in PBA50 Tour points, plus two at-large berths, will earn spots into the PBA50 Storm Invitational at Planet Fun Bowling & Entertainment Center in Shallotte, N.C., Sept. 28-30.

Competition in the River Extreme Open begins with eight-game qualifying squads on Wednesday, July 18 at 10 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. CT to be followed by a second round of qualifying on July 19, also at 10 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. After a five-game cashers round on July 20 at 8:30 a.m., match play rounds will be conducted at noon and 3:15 p.m. to determine the top five players for the stepladder finals scheduled for 7 p.m.

The tournament practice session is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesday, July 17.  Pro-am squads, where grassroots amateur bowlers can compete with the pros, are scheduled for 3 and 6 p.m. For pro-am entry information contact River City Extreme by calling (763) 295-3390.

PBA’s online bowling channel, PBA Xtra Frame on FloBowling, will provide live start-to-finish coverage of the River City Extreme Open as well as the remaining events on the 2018 PBA50 Tour season. Subscription and schedule information is available by visiting www.flobowling.com.

PBA50 River City Extreme Open presented by Ebonite
River City Extreme, Monticello, Minn. (all times Central)

Tuesday, July 17
10 a.m. – Practice session
3, 6 p.m. – Pro-Am squads

Wednesday, July 18
10 a.m. – A squad qualifying (8 games)
3:30 p.m. - B squad qualifying (8 games)

Thursday, July 19
10 a.m. - B squad qualifying (8 games)
3:30 p.m. – A squad qualifying (8 games)

Friday, July 20
8:30 a.m. – Cashers round (5 games)
Noon – Modified match play round one (5 games)
3:15 p.m. – Modified match play round two (6 games)
  Top five advance to stepladder finals
7 p.m. – Stepladder finals

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PBA Spare Shots: EJ Tackett Joins Elite List of Young PBA Tour Winners with 10 Titles

by Bill Vint July 6, 2018 08:19

By winning his 10th PBA Tour title in the PBA Xtra Frame Parkside Lanes Open Monday in Aurora, Ill., EJ Tackett of Huntington, Ind., joined an elite list of PBA players to win 10 titles at a young age.

The youngest player to win 10 PBA Tour titles was Pete Weber who accomplished that feat at the age of 24 years, 247 days. Mike Aulby did it at 25 years, 89 days – one day faster than Wayne Webb. Tackett, who hit the career milestone at 25 years, 329 days (he turns 26 on August 7), is fourth-youngest on that list after his win in Aurora.

Tackett was already PBA Hall of Fame “title-eligible” after he won his second major (and seventh overall title) in the 2017 PBA Tournament of Champions at the age of 24 years, 191 days. He won’t become “participation eligible” for election, however, until 2032 – his 20th year of PBA membership – so he has plenty of time to pad his resumé.

For the record, PBA Hall of Fame eligibility is a two-step process. “Title eligibility” requires 10 standard PBA Tour titles or five standard titles plus two majors. The second requirement is “participation eligibility” which means a player must have been a PBA member for at least 20 years.

As a side note, had he won Monday, Parkside Lanes Open runner-up Bill O’Neill would have become “title eligible.” O’Neill has won eight standard titles and one major (2010 U.S. Open). When he wins his 10th title or second major, O’Neill (a PBA member since 2005) will become “participation eligible” in 2025.

CELEBRATION OF LIFE FOR PETE COUTURE SET FOR AUG. 4 IN FLORIDA

A Celebration of Life for PBA Hall of Famer Pete Couture of Cocoa, Fla., has been scheduled for 6-10 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 4, at 2950 Pineda Plaza Way, Palm Shores, FL 32940.

At Couture’s request, memorial contributions should be made to the Wounded Warriors Project in his name.

Couture, a 2016 inductee into the Professional Bowlers Association Hall of Fame, died Saturday at his Florida residence of undetermined medical issues. He was 73.

PBA TO COMPLY WITH USBC BOWLING BALL SPECIFICATIONS AS OF AUGUST 1

The PBA will comply with new United States Bowling Congress bowling ball specifications that take effect on August 1 under revised timelines issued by USBC, PBA Deputy Commissioner Kirk von Krueger has announced. For details about the new bowling ball specifications and timelines, click here: https://www.bowl.com/News/NewsDetails.aspx?id=23622331380. The new specifications will apply to all levels of PBA competition.

PBA50 TOUR NEXT TO MAKE PBA XTRA FRAME ON FLOBOWLING DEBUT

The PBA50 Tour will be the next to make its PBA Xtra Frame on FloBowling debut when the “senior tour” resumes its 2018 schedule July 17-20 in the PBA50 River City Extreme Open, presented by Ebonite, from River City Extreme in Monticello, Minn.

For those of you who are curious about FloSports, whether you are a paid subscriber or not, you are invited to preview free content on FloBowling.com which includes features on Walter Ray Williams Jr.’s experimentation with two-handed bowling, Sean Rash’s behind-the-scenes role with the Xtra Frame Parkside Lanes Open in Aurora, Ill.; Andrew Anderson’s breakout season as a second-year PBA member; a nice feature about Wes Malott’s rise to PBA stardom; podcasts, video features, the live streaming schedule, and a number of video clips from last weekend’s Parkside Lanes Open.

As the transition to FloBowling continues, PBA fans can also follow FloBowling on Facebook and @FloBowling on Twitter and Instagram where features and conversation about the PBA is growing daily for everyone – not just paid subscribers.

FINAL QUALIFYING STANDINGS FOR PBA XTRA FRAME PARKSIDE LANES OPEN

Due to technical issues, final qualifying standings for the PBA Xtra Frame Parkside Lanes Open were not included in Monday’s final news release. The complete agate summary is listed below.

PBA XTRA FRAME PARKSIDE LANES OPEN
(A 2018 Go Bowling! PBA Tour event)
Parkside Lanes, Aurora, Ill., Monday, July 2

Final Standings:
1, EJ Tackett, Huntington, Ind., $10,000.
2, Bill O’Neill, Langhorne, Pa., $6,300.
3, Chris Via, Springfield, Ohio, $4,000.
4, Dom Barrett, England, $3,000.
5, Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., $2,000.

Stepladder Results:
Match one – Barrett def. Kent, 235-226.
Match two – O’Neill def. Barrett, 245-216.
Semifinal – O’Neill def. Via, 209-198.
Championship – Tackett def. O’Neill, 210-171.

Final Qualifying Standings (after 24 games, including bonus pins):

1, Tackett, 5,979.
2, Via, 5,919.
3, O'Neill, 5,864.
4, Barrett, 5,840.
5, Kent, 5,830.
6, Chris Loschetter, Avon, Ohio, 5,800, $1,750.
7, Andrew Anderson, Holly, Mich., 5,770, $1,500.
8, Matt Kuba, Chicago Ridge, Ill., 5,765, $1,475.
9, AJ Johnson, Oswego, Ill., 5,764, $1,550.
10, Jason Sterner, Rockledge, Fla., 5,757, $1,425.
11, Greg Ostrander, Freehold, N.J., 5,716, $1,400.
12, Anthony Simonsen, Austin, Texas, 5,695, $1,375.
13, Kyle Sherman, O'Fallon, Mo., 5,647, $1,350.
14, Kurt Pilon, Warren, Mich., 5,642, $1,325.
15, Kamron Doyle, Brentwood, Tenn., 5,620, $1,300.
16, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 5,527, $1,275.
17, Kristopher Prather, Plainfield, Ill., 5,523, $1,250.
18, Steve Jaros, Yorkville, Ill., 5,428, $1,225.
19 (tie), Mitch Hupe, Canada, and Anthony Pepe, Elmhurst, N.Y., 5,421, $1,188.
21, JR Raymond, Clinton Twp., Mich., 5,399, $1,150.
22, Nathan Michalowski, Burlington, Wis., 5,382, $1,125.
23, Nick Kruml, Downers Grove, Ill., 5,381, $1,100.
24, Jason Miller, Plano, Ill., 5,355, $1,075.
25, Graham Fach, Canada, 5,244, $1,050.
26, n-Mike Dole, Loves Park, Ill., 5,202, $1,025.
27, Matt O'Grady, Rahway, N.J., 4,345 (withdrew after 19 games), $1,000.

PBA REGIONAL UPDATE: STONEY WINS BATTLE OF BAKERS IN NORTH CAROLINA

Stoney Baker of Canton, Ga., defeated PBA Hall of Famer Tom Baker of King, N.C., 236-227 to win the PBA50 UltraStar Multi-Tainment Center at Harrahs Cherokee South Open at UltraStar Lanes in Cherokee, N.C., Sunday.

Stoney Baker, who won $2,100 along with his 29th overall regional title, went into the 10th frame needing a double to take the title and threw three solid strikes for the win. Tom Baker – no relation – pocketed $1,100 as the runner-up.

In the semifinal round, Stoney Baker defeated another PBA Hall of Famer, Walter Ray Williams Jr. of Oxford, Fla., 248-226, while Tom Baker disposed of Chuck Walker of Blaine, Tenn., 257-191.

● The only event on the July 6-8 PBA Regional calendar is the PBA50 Cecil Raymond Memorial presented by Ebonite at Brunswick Deptford Lanes in Deptford, N.J.

● The July 13-15 PBA Regional schedule includes the PBA50 Fairborn Central Classic presented by Roto Grip at Bowl 10 Fairborn in Fairborn, Ohio; the PBA Allstate Tony Grigat Midwest Open presented by Columbia 300 at Poplar Creek Bowl in Hoffman Estates, Ill., and the PBA Beltline Lanes Columbia Baker Doubles South Open in Columbia, S.C.

● Over the July 20-22 weekend, PBA Regional events will include the PBA50 Parkway Lanes Eastern Open presented by Roto Grip in Elmwood Park, N.J.; the PBA Angola Central/Midwest Open presented by Ebonite at Angola Bowl in Angola, Ind.; the PBA Spring Hill Lanes South Open presented by Track in Spring Hill, Fla.; the PBA Fort Sill Southwest Open at Twin Oaks Bowling Center in Fort Sill, Okla.; the PBA, PBA50 and PBA-PWBA Secoma Lanes Northwest/West Open tripleheader in Federal Way, Wash., and the PBA50 Beverly Lanes Midwest/Central Open presented by Roto Grip in Arlington Heights, Ill.

● Closing out the July schedule of PBA Regional competitions will be the PBA50 Ned Micelli Memorial at Herrill Lanes in New Hyde Park, N.Y., over the July 27-28 weekend.

● 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

Reminder: Fan voting is now open to select the “best bowler” in the 2018 ESPY competition.Click on this link (http://www.espn.com/espys/story/_/page/voting54/best-athlete-sport) and look for the “best bowler” ballot which includes Jason Belmonte, Rhino Page, Tom Smallwood and Jesper Svensson. The winner will be announced when the ESPY shows airs on ESPN on Wednesday, July 18.

Rodney Irving of Richardson, Texas, is the winner of a new high-performance ball from DV8 , Matthew Conger of Thornton, Colo., will receive a new high-performance ball from MOTIV, and Taron Blount of Country Club Hills, Ill., wins a new Brunswick ball as June Xtra Frame sweepstakes winners. The monthly sweepstakes is sponsored by the respective PBA Product Registered partners. Winners are randomly selected from among new monthly or full-year Xtra Frame subscribers.

● The June winner of the HotelPlanner.com sweepstakes, earning a $200 gift certificate redeemable for future lodging expenses booked through HotelPlanner.com, is Louis Guadio. Those who booked through HotelPlanner.com were automatically entered in the sweepstakes.

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EJ Tackett Wins PBA Xtra Frame Parkside Lanes Open For 10th Career PBA Tour Title

by Jerry Schneider July 2, 2018 16:42

AURORA, Ill. – Entering the stepladder finals as the top qualifier, 25-year-old EJ Tackett of Huntington, Ind., beat a struggling Bill O’Neill of Langhorne, Pa., Monday to win the PBA Xtra Frame Parkside Lanes Open for his 10th Go Bowling! PBA Tour title.

Tackett beat O’Neill, who was also trying for his 10th win, 210-171, in the title match to also record his first win of the season.

“To make it to double digits is one of those milestones you always hope to accomplish.” Tackett said of the 10-win milestone. “It’s like winning your second title because it’s another validation in your career that you can compete against the best in the world.”

In the title match, O’Neill ran into problems early when he left the 2-10 and 2-7-10 splits back-to-back in the third and fourth frames and was not able to convert the splits.

IMG_3055Tackett, using a urethane ball on the PBA Chameleon 39-foot condition, which he chose for the title match, was able to hit the pocket consistently and never threw anything less than a nine-count until the 10th frame when the match had already been decided.

In each stepladder match the higher qualifier was able to select the lane condition for the match.

“Bowling on the Chameleon condition was the easiest for me to break down with a urethane ball,” Tackett said. “I just felt that I could avoid bowling 180 and it was my best chance to keep the ball in play. If I could bowl over 200 I felt my chances of winning the match were pretty good. I did exactly what I wanted to do.”

In the opening stepladder match, six-time Tour winner Dom Barrett of England defeated four-time titlist Marshall Kent of Yakima Wash., 235-226, to advance to the second match against O’Neill who qualified third for the finals.

O’Neill went on to beat Barrett, 245-216, in the second match and then two-hander Chris Via of Springfield, Ohio, 209-198, in the semifinal to advance to the title match.

Intended to put added emphasis on performing well every game, the unique qualifying portion of the tournament awarded bonus pins to players for each game depending on how they finished against their competitors on each pair of lanes. As an example, with four players on a pair of lanes, the top scorer would earn 30 bonus pins, the second high scorer 20 pins and third 10 pins with the lowest scoring player receiving no bonus.

The tournament was also conducted on three different PBA lane conditions with the first round conducted on the Chameleon followed by the second round on the 39-foot Don Carter and the third round conducted on the 39-foot Bear condition.

All PBA Xtra Frame events for the rest of the season will be covered live, from first ball to last, by PBA’s new live streaming partner, FloBowling. Subscriptions are available at FloBowling.com (existing Xtra Frame subscribers can transition their current subscriptions by visiting https://www.flobowling.com/claim-account).

The next event on the PBA Xtra Frame on FloBowling.com and Go Bowling! PBA Tour schedule for 2018 is the PBA/PWBA Storm Striking for Breast Cancer Mixed Doubles Tournament that will take place with a sold-out field of 160 teams July 26-29 at Copperfield Bowl in Houston, Texas. Jason Sterner of Rockledge, Fla., and Birgit Poppler of Germany are defending champions.

PBA XTRA FRAME PARKSIDE LANES OPEN
(A 2018 Go Bowling! PBA Tour event)
Parkside Lanes, Aurora, Ill., Monday, July 2

Final Standings:
1, EJ Tackett, Huntington, Ind., $10,000.
2, Bill O’Neill, Langhorne, Pa., $6,300.
3, Chris Via, Springfield, Ohio, $4,000.
4, Dom Barrett, England, $3,000.
5, Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., $2,000.

Stepladder Results:
Match one – Barrett def. Kent, 235-226.
Match two – O’Neill def. Barrett, 245-216.
Semifinal – O’Neill def. Via, 209-198.
Championship – Tackett def. O’Neill, 210-171.

Final Qualifying Standings (after 24 games, including bonus pins):
1, Tackett, 5,979.
2, Via, 5,919.
3, O'Neill, 5,864.
4, Barrett, 5,840.
5, Kent, 5,830.
6, Chris Loschetter, Avon, Ohio, 5,800, $1,750.
7, Andrew Anderson, Holly, Mich., 5,770, $1,500.
8, Matt Kuba, Chicago Ridge, Ill., 5,765, $1,475.
9, AJ Johnson, Oswego, Ill., 5,764, $1,550.
10, Jason Sterner, Rockledge, Fla., 5,757, $1,425.
11, Greg Ostrander, Freehold, N.J., 5,716, $1,400.
12, Anthony Simonsen, Austin, Texas, 5,695, $1,375.
13, Kyle Sherman, O'Fallon, Mo., 5,647, $1,350.
14, Kurt Pilon, Warren, Mich., 5,642, $1,325.
15, Kamron Doyle, Brentwood, Tenn., 5,620, $1,300.
16, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 5,527, $1,275.
17, Kristopher Prather, Plainfield, Ill., 5,523, $1,250.
18, Steve Jaros, Yorkville, Ill., 5,428, $1,225.
19 (tie), Mitch Hupe, Canada, and Anthony Pepe, Elmhurst, N.Y., 5,421, $1,188.
21, JR Raymond, Clinton Twp., Mich., 5,399, $1,150.
22, Nathan Michalowski, Burlington, Wis., 5,382, $1,125.
23, Nick Kruml, Downers Grove, Ill., 5,381, $1,100.
24, Jason Miller, Plano, Ill., 5,355, $1,075.
25, Graham Fach, Canada, 5,244, $1,050.
26, n-Mike Dole, Loves Park, Ill., 5,202, $1,025.
27, Matt O'Grady, Rahway, N.J., 4,345 (withdrew after 19 games), $1,000.

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Newcomer Matt Kuba Takes PBA Xtra Frame Parkside Lanes Open Lead After Second Round

by Jerry Schneider July 1, 2018 14:40

AURORA, Ill. – Matt Kuba of Chicago Ridge, Ill., a 26-year-old newcomer to Professional Bowlers Association competition, surged from ninth after the first round to take the second round lead in the PBA Xtra Frame Parkside Lanes Open Sunday, leading a field of 27 players advancing to Monday’s semifinal round.

Bowling on the PBA Don Carter 39-foot lane condition, Kuba averaged 227 in the second round bowling games of 269, 245, 190, 223, 210, 226, 256 and 197, and picked up 200 bonus pins to bring his overall pinfall for 16 games to 3,964.

The tournament incorporates a bonus pin scoring system that is intended to put added emphasis on performing well every game. With four players on each pair of lanes, the player who bowls the highest score each game earns an additional 30 bonus pins, the second highest player earns 20 bonus pins, and the third-high player gets an extra 10 pins. The lowest scoring player receives no bonus pins. In case of ties, bonus pins are divided.

IMG_3035Kuba holds a slim eight-pin lead over first round leader EJ Tackett of Huntington, Ind., in second, who finished with a 3,956 pinfall after the second round. Tackett, the 2016 PBA Player of the Year, bowled 188, 200, 214, 189, 259, 184, 220 and 246 in the second round and picked up 170 bonus pins.

“I’m pretty surprised to be in this position,” said Kuba, whose previous best PBA finish was 10th in a regional tournament as a non-member in 2017. “I tried not to pay too much attention to the scores and just stay focused.

“One good thing about this format – for me anyway – is that it slows the game down mentally for me,” Kuba continued. “You find yourself concentrating on yourself and the three other guys on your pair and not worrying about what the rest of the field is doing.”

Rounding out the top five after the second round were 2018 USBC Masters winner Andrew Anderson, Holly, Mich., 3,918; Chris Loschetter, Avon, Ohio, 3,909, and Chris Via, Springfield, Ohio, 3,905.

Saturday’s first round was conducted on the PBA Chameleon 39-foot condition. The 27 players advancing to Monday’s semifinal round will compete on the PBA Bear 39-foot condition.

After Monday’s eight-game semifinal round which begins at 10 a.m. CT, the top five players will bowl in the stepladder finals at 3 p.m. with the top qualifier selecting the oil pattern for the finals.

All PBA Xtra Frame events for the rest of the season will be covered live, from first ball to last, by PBA’s new live streaming partner, FloBowling. Subscriptions are available at FloBowling.com (existing Xtra Frame subscribers can transition their current subscriptions by visiting https://www.flobowling.com/claim-account).

PBA XTRA FRAME PARKSIDE LANES OPEN

(A 2018 Go Bowling! PBA Tour event)

Parkside Lanes, Aurora, Ill., Sunday

Second Round Standings (after 16 games, including bonus pins. Top 27 players advance to Monday’s semifinal round)

1, Matt Kuba, Chicago Ridge, Ill., 3,964.
2, EJ Tackett, Huntington, Ind., 3,956
3, Andrew Anderson, Holly, Mich., 3,918.
4, Chris Loschetter, Avon, Ohio, 3,909.
5, Chris Via, Springfield, Ohio, 3,905.
6, Jason Sterner, Rockledge, Fla., 3,891.
7, Dom Barrett, England, 3,888.
8, AJ Johnson, Oswego, Ill., 3,880.
9, Greg Ostrander, Freehold, N.J., 3,864.
10, Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., 3,841.
11, Graham Fach, Canada, 3,837.
12, Bill O'Neill, Langhorne, Pa., 3,819.
13, Anthony Simonsen, Austin, Texas, 3,794.
14, Nick Kruml, Downers Grove, Ill., 3,767.
15, Matt O'Grady, Rahway, N.J., 3,756.
16, Kamron Doyle, Brentwood, Tenn., 3,752.
17, Steve Jaros, Yorkville, Ill., 3,747.
18, Kurt Pilon, Warren, Mich., 3,719.
19, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 3,706.
20, Kyle Sherman, O'Fallon, Mo., 3,701.
21, JR Raymond, Clinton Twp., Mich., 3,684.
22, Mitch Hupe, Canada, 3,683.
23, Kristopher Prather, Plainfield, Ill., 3,667.
24, Anthony Pepe, Elmhurst, N.Y., 3,660.
25, n-Mike Dole, Loves Park, Ill., 3,656.
26, Jason Miller, Plano, Ill., 3,655.
27, Nathan Michalowski, Burlington, Wis., 3,645.

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28, Kyle Troup, Taylorsville, N.C., 3,641.
29, AJ Chapman, Manchester, Iowa, 3,638.
30, Zach Doty, Campbellsville, Ky., 3,625.
31, Tim Foy Jr., Seaford, Del., 3,601.
32, Richard McCormick, Cincinnati, Ohio, 3,596.
33, Matthew McNiel, Minneapolis, Minn., 3,561.
34, n-Ron Fujita, El Sobrente, Calif., 3,560.
35, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 3,552.
36, n-Brent Boho, Colgate, Wis., 3,551.
37, Tom Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich., 3,547.
38, Aaron Beaver, Goshen, Ind., 3,525.
39, Dakota Vostry, Chicago, 3,510.
40, (tie) Richie Teece, England, and n-Patrick Hanrahan, Greenwich, Conn., 3,504.
42, (tie) Francois Lavoie, Canada, and Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., 3,500.
44, Michael Schlabach, Goshen, Ind., 3,494.
45, Nicholas Pate, Inver Grove Heights, Minn., 3,484.
46, (tie) Charlie Brown Jr, Grandville, Mich., and Gerald Marrs, Lake in the Hills, Ill., 3,469.
48, Joe Paluszek, Bensalem, Pa., 3,456.
49, Brad Miller, Lees Summit, Mo., 3,453.
50, Joseph Kruzel Jr, Addison, Ill., 3,450.
51, Keven Williams, Springfield, Mo.,, 3,445.
52, Ryan Zagar, Racine, Wis., 3,438.
53, n-Alex Leeman, Appleton, Wis., 3,432.
54, Matt Sanders, Indianapolis, 3,426.
55, Michael Vitalone, Jr., Lake Worth, Fla., 3,423.
56, Devin Bidwell, Wichita, Kan., 3,404.
57, n-Joseph Grondin, San Pedro, Calif., 3,400.
58, Steven Taylor, Tremont, Ill., 3,394.
59, (tie) John Furey, Howell, N.J., and Michael Davidson, Versailles, Ohio, 3,387.
61, Kyle Walther, Columbus, Ohio, 3,379.
62, Trent Knoop, Sidney, Ohio, 3,370.
63, Cameron Weier, Tacoma, Wash., 3,362.
64, n-Zach Rhoades, Lafayette, Ind., 3,360.
65, Kenny Calkins III, Des Moines, Iowa, 3,358.
66, n-Victor Cortez, Waukegan, Ill., 3,334.
67, Kyle Cook, Centerville, Ohio, 3,331.
68, n-Christopher Dower, Cary, Ill., 3,319.
69, n-Jim Spigner, Vernon Hills, Ill., 3,310.
70, Francois Louw, South Africa, 3,301.
71, n-Tom Carter, Aurora, Ill., 3,294.
72, Tyler Wilds, Three Rivers, Mich., 3,288.
73, Scott Merritt, Iowa City, Iowa, 3,269.
74, n-Josh Parkin, Urbana, Ohio, 3,261.
75, n-Joshua Berry, Glasgow, Ky., 3,235.
76, CJ Kirchner, Cartersville, Ill., 3,218.
77, Brandon Curtis, Manson, N.C., 3,158.
78, n-William Guszczo, Orland Park, Ill., 3,152.
79, n-Kevin Sickler, Plainfield, Ill., 3,118.
80, Dakoda Christianson, Rice Lake, Wis., 3,109.
81, n-Mike Kicmal, LaGrange, Ill., 3,091.
82, Christopher O'Neil, Decatur, Ill., 3,068.
83, Phillip Watson, Belleville, Ill., 3,051.
84, Jason Gittleson, Southern Pines, N.C., 3,043.
85, Michael Baker, Moline, Ill., 3,037.
86, Peter Switalski, Oak Forest, Ill., 3,035.
87, n-Daniel Hall, Wolfforth, Texas, 3,004.
88, (tie) Ryan Lakota, Shorewood, Ill., and Tristan Butler, Fort Wayne, Ind., 2,987.
90, n-Glenn Itter, Aurora, Ill., 2,983.
91, Shane Yesovich, Boardman, Ohio, 2,933.
92, ss-Larry Helton, Bolingbrook, Ill., 2,888.
93, n-Kevin Henkens, West Burlington, Iowa, 2,794.
94, John Contos, Crystal Lake, Ill., 2,720.
95, n-Will Clark, Montgomery, Ill., 2,407.
96, n-Germaine Tyler, Bolingbrook, Ill., 2,406.
97, Bobby Hall II, Landover, Md., 1,903.
98, Cristian Azcona, Puerto Rico, 1,605.
99, Matt Taylor, Youngsville, N.C., 1,487.
100, n-William Thompson, Romeoville, Ill., 1,389.

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