Field Set for PBA Scorpion Championship Finals at 8 p.m. ET on FS1

by Jerry Schneider March 20, 2019 14:27

ALLEN PARK, Mich. – No. 3 and No. 5 PBA World Championship qualifiers Bill O’Neill and BJ Moore will have the opportunity to win a PBA Tour title before Thursday’s World Championship Finals by advancing to the FS1 finals of the PBA Scorpion Championship.

All four players survived Round of 16 and Round of 8 best-of-five game competition today in the third animal pattern event of PBA World Series of Bowling X at Thunderbowl Lanes.

Bowling on the PBA 42-foot Scorpion lane condition, O’Neill defeated EJ Tackett in the best-of-five elimination Round of 8, 3-2; Moore beat Thomas Larsen, 3-1; Two hander Kyle Troup advanced with a 3-1 record over fellow two-hander Shawn Maldonado, and Kristopher Prather beat two-hander Anthony Simonsen, 3-0.

O’Neill, a 10-time tour winner, won the Chameleon Championship in WSOB I in 2009 for his first PBA Tour title.

Jason Belmonte, who won yesterday’s PBA Chameleon Championship was eliminated by Moore in the Round of 16, 3-0.

Belmonte has already earned top qualifier honors for Thursday’s stepladder finals of the PBA World Championship when he will try for a record 11th major title. The World Championship finals will air live Thursday at 8 p.m. ET.

A $1 million bonus will be paid if Belmonte or his opponent can bowl a 300 game in the title match.

WSOB wraps up with the USA vs. The World team competition Friday also at 8 p.m.

PBA SCORPION CHAMPIONSHIP

Thunderbowl Lanes, Allen Park, Mich., Wednesday

Round of 8 (winners advance to championship round. Best-of-five matches, losers earned $3,000)

Kyle Troup, Taylorsville, N.C., def. Shawn Maldonado, Houston, 3-1 (189-203, 245-211, 176-175, 211-139).
Kristopher Prather, Plainfield, Ill., def. Anthony Simonsen, Little Elm, Texas, 3-0 (222-171, 234-166, 235-201).
Bill O'Neill, Langhorne, Pa., def. EJ Tackett, Bluffton, Ind., 3-2 (189-258, 268-190, 226-220, 211-249, 206-192).
BJ Moore, Greensburg, Pa., def. Thomas Larsen, Denmark, 3-1 (226-203, 244-200, 197-219, 212-205).

Round of 16 (winners advance to Round-of-8. Best-of-five matches, losers earned $1,500)

Bill O'Neill, Langhorne, Pa., def. Nathan Bohr, Austin, Texas, 3-1 (279-233, 186-218, 221-164, 233-177).
EJ Tackett, Bluffton, Ind., def. Matt Kuba, Chicago Ridge, IL, 3-2 (264-174, 224-232, 209-265, 245-175, 237-186).
Thomas Larsen, Denmark, def. Jakob Butturff , Tempe, Ariz., 3-2 (202-242, 249-186, 265-257, 227-247, 215-206).
BJ Moore, Greensburg, Pa., def. Jason Belmonte , Australia, 3-0 (258-243, 236-190, 209-175).
Anthony Simonsen, Little Elm, Texas, def. Marshall Kent , Yakima, Wash., 3-2 (187-182, 197-198, 276-204, 195-258, 237-223).
Kristopher Prather, Plainfield, Ill., def. Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 3-2 (211-218, 199-244, 205-196, 279-247, 300-211).

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Jason Belmonte Wins PBA Chameleon Championship for 20th Career Title

by Jerry Schneider March 19, 2019 21:02

ALLEN PARK, Mich. – Four-time PBA Player of the Year Jason Belmonte of Australia won the PBA Chameleon Championship Tuesday for his 20th career Go Bowling! PBA Tour title and to become the third two-time winner this season.

The 35-year-old two-hander from Australia defeated three-time tour winner and Chameleon Championship finals top qualifier Andres Gomez of Colombia 236-194 in the second event of PBA World Series of Bowling X at Thunderbowl Lanes which was televised live by FS1.

Belmonte threw seven strikes in the match and didn’t throw a shot worse than nine on the first ball to hold a comfortable lead over Gomez throughout the match.

“What you find is that making a good shot to get to the pocket really isn’t the issue, it’s how the ball goes through the pins once it gets there,” said Belmonte who won his 18th career title in the 2018 PBA Tour Finals at Thunderbowl Lanes. “When you leave a single pin, it puts you in an odd position of how much of a change you should make to carry those single pins because you’re basically making good shots. But, on the other hand, you don’t want to leave those single pins all day.”

Belmonte actionBy winning the Chameleon Championship Belmonte joined PBA Hall of Famer Norm Duke and Dick Allen as two-time winners this season. He also joined Hall of Famers Amleto Monacelli, Dick Ritger and Wayne Webb in the 20-win club.

Belmonte won the PBA Tournament of Champions in February for his 19th career title and to tie Hall of Famers Pete Weber and Earl Anthony for most major titles with 10.

“It’s a crazy big number I never thought I would reach,” Belmonte said. “I’m just enjoying the moment and then moving forward to the next tournament. I’ll celebrate a little tonight and then focus on what I need to do tomorrow. “You don’t want to live in the past or the future because it will distract you from what you need to do now.”

Bowling on the PBA 39-foot Chameleon lane condition, the finals opened with a seeding round that determined the qualifying order for three stepladder matches. Gomez earned the top seed for the finals with a 235 game followed by Belmonte, 227; No. 3 qualifier AJ Chapman, Manchester, Iowa, 205, and four-time tour winner Ronnie Russell, Marion, Ind., 179.

In the opening stepladder match, Chapman, making his second tour telecast and trying for his first tour win beat Russell 244-233 to advance to the semifinal match against Belmonte. Belmonte beat Chapman 200-197 in the semifinal to advance to the title match against Gomez.

The four finalists survived Round-of-16 and Round-of-8 best-of-five elimination rounds earlier Tuesday after qualifying rounds bowled last week to advance to the telecast.

Belmonte will have an opportunity to add more milestones to his career this week. He will try for his 21st tour win when WSOB X competition continues with Round-of-16 and Round-of-8 elimination rounds Wednesday for the PBA Scorpion Championship which will determine the four finalists for the finals telecast at 8 p.m. ET on FS1.

Belmonte has already earned top qualifier honors for Thursday’s stepladder finals of the PBA World Championship when he will try for a record 11th major title. The World Championship finals will air live Thursday at 8 p.m. ET.

A $1 million bonus will be paid if Belmonte or his opponent can bowl a 300 game in the title match.

WSOB wraps up with the tape-delayed USA vs. The World team competition Friday also at 8 p.m.

The match play rounds for the Scorpion Championships will be streamed live by FloBowling. For subscription information visit www.flobowling.com.

PBA CHAMELEON CHAMPIONSHIP

Thunderbowl Lanes, Allen Park, Mich., Tuesday

Final Standings

1, Jason Belmonte, Australia, $20,000

2, Andres Gomez, Colombia, $10,000

3, AJ Chapman, Manchester, Iowa, $7,000

4, Ronnie Russell, Marion, Ind., $6,000

Playoff Results

Seeding Round – Gomez, 235; Belmonte, 227; Chapman, 205; Russell, 179.

Match 1 – Chapman def. Russell, 244-233.

Semifinal – Belmonte def. Chapman, 200-197.

Championship – Belmonte def. Gomez, 236-194.

Round of 8 (winners advance to championship round. Best-of-five matches, losers earned $3,000)

Andres Gomez, Colombia, def. Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 3-2 (258-252, 225-274, 220-256, 213-201, 225-180).
Jason Belmonte, Australia, def. Tim Pfeifer, Oakdale, Pa., 3-2 (182-239, 255-187, 236-174, 226-232, 203-172).
AJ Chapman, Manchester, Iowa, def. Anthony Pepe, East Elmhurst, N.Y., 3-1 (219-175, 226-213, 226-242, 213-208).
Ronnie Russell, Marion, Ind., def. Rafiq Ismail, Malaysia, 3-1 (193-196, 173-165, 211-188, 199-197).

Round of 16 (winners advance to Round-of-8. Best-of-five matches, losers earned $1,500)

AJ Chapman, Manchester, Iowa, def. Mitch Hupe, Canada, 3-1 (174-189, 214-180, 211-192, 193-181).
Anthony Pepe, East Elmhurst, N.Y., def. Bill O'Neill, Langhorne, Pa., 3-2 (183-190, 211-168, 212-245, 277-221, 243-182).
Rafiq Ismail, Malaysia, def. Kyle Sherman, O'Fallon, Mo., 3-0 (239-188, 300-170, 279-232).
Ronnie Russell, Marion, Ind., def. Jimmy Cook, Indianapolis, 3-1 (246-205, 220-232, 247-245, 226-213).
Jason Belmonte, Australia, def. Matt McNiel, Minneapolis, Minn., 3-0 (258-247, 231-215, 211-192).
Tim Pfeifer, Oakdale, Pa., def. Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., 3-2 (207-252, 221-211, 215-234, 235-212, 201-190).
Andres Gomez, Colombia, def. Tom Daugherty, Riverview, Fla., 3-1 (255-141, 192-179, 193-197, 258-232).
Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., def. Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 3-1 (215-225, 248-168, 225-205, 238-207).

300 games – Rafiq Ismail

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Field Set for PBA Chameleon Championship Finals at 8 p.m. ET on FS1

by Jerry Schneider March 19, 2019 14:45

Four-time PBA Player of the Year and WSOB X World Championship top qualifier Jason Belmonte will try for his 20th career PBA Tour title and second of the season when he joins four-time tour winner Ronnie Russell, three-time winner Andres Gomez and AJ Chapman in tonight’s finals of the PBA Chameleon Championship live on FS1 at 8 p.m. ET

All four players survived Round of 16 and Round of 8 best-of-five game competition today in the second event of PBA World Series of Bowling X at Thunderbowl Lanes.

Bowling on the 39-foot PBA Chameleon lane condition, Belmonte beat Tim Pfeifer, who advanced all the way from the pre-tournament qualifier, 3-2. Gomez, who has won two of his tour titles in previous World Series events, beat PBA Hall of Famer and 40-time tour winner Norm Duke, 3-2, while Russell beat Rafiq Ismail of Malaysia, 3-1, and Chapman, trying for his first PBA Tour title, beat Anthony Pepe, 3-1, in Round-of-8 best-of-five elimination competition to advance to the telecast.

Belmonte owns the record for most titles bowled in WSOB events at four. He won his first title of the season in the PBA Tournament of Champions for a record-tying 10th major title.

WSOB competition continues with the Scorpion Championship Wednesday, with live finals also at 8 p.m. After the Scorpion Championship finals Wednesday, the stepladder finals for the PBA World Championship, the season’s third major, will take place Thursday at 8 p.m. ET on FS1. WSOB wraps up with the tape-delayed USA vs. The World team competition Friday at 8 p.m.

PBA CHAMELEON CHAMPIONSHIP
Thunderbowl Lanes, Allen Park, Mich.

Round of 8 (winners advance to championship round. Best-of-five matches, losers earned $3,000)

Andres Gomez, Colombia, def. Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 3-2 (258-252, 225-274, 220-256, 213-201, 225-180).
Jason Belmonte, Australia, def. Tim Pfeifer, Oakdale, Pa., 3-2 (182-239, 255-187, 236-174, 226-232, 203-172).
AJ Chapman, Manchester, Iowa, def. Anthony Pepe, East Elmhurst, N.Y., 3-1 (219-175, 226-213, 226-242, 213-208).
Ronnie Russell, Marion, Ind., def. Rafiq Ismail, Malaysia, 3-1 (193-196, 173-165, 211-188, 199-197).

Round of 16 (winners advance to Round-of-8. Best-of-five matches, losers earned $1,500)

AJ Chapman, Manchester, Iowa, def. Mitch Hupe, Canada, 3-1 (174-189, 214-180, 211-192, 193-181).
Anthony Pepe, East Elmhurst, N.Y., def. Bill O'Neill, Langhorne, Pa., 3-2 (183-190, 211-168, 212-245, 277-221, 243-182).
Rafiq Ismail, Malaysia, def. Kyle Sherman, O'Fallon, Mo., 3-0 (239-188, 300-170, 279-232).
Ronnie Russell, Marion, Ind., def. Jimmy Cook, Indianapolis, 3-1 (246-205, 220-232, 247-245, 226-213).
Jason Belmonte, Australia, def. Matt McNiel, Minneapolis, Minn., 3-0 (258-247, 231-215, 211-192).
Tim Pfeifer, Oakdale, Pa., def. Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., 3-2 (207-252, 221-211, 215-234, 235-212, 201-190).
Andres Gomez, Colombia, def. Tom Daugherty, Riverview, Fla., 3-1 (255-141, 192-179, 193-197, 258-232).
Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., def. Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 3-1 (215-225, 248-168, 225-205, 238-207).

300 games – Rafiq Ismail

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Dick Allen Wins PBA Cheetah Championship for Second Title of the Season

by Jerry Schneider March 18, 2019 21:01

ALLEN PARK, Mich.  – Dick Allen of Lexington, S.C., defeated Kyle Sherman of O’Fallon, Mo., 234-195, in the title match Monday to win the PBA Cheetah Championship for his second tour title of the season and seventh of his career.     

As the first event of PBA World Series of Bowling X, the Cheetah Championship finals telecast was the first of four consecutive live PBA Tour telecasts on FS1 this week from Thunderbowl Lanes.

The 40-year-old Allen, in his 20th year on the Go Bowling! PBA Tour, had things in hand from the start striking on the first five shots and opening up a lead that Sherman could not challenge.

March 18, 2019; Allen Park, MI, USA; During a PBA event at Thunderbowl Lanes. Credit: Tim Fuller-Professional Bowlers Association“I just focused on keeping it together and not falling apart,” Allen said. “When you have a good lead you don’t want to let the bad thoughts creep in, or the good thoughts either. Just focus on making the best shot possible shot every frame and fortunately I was able to do that.”

Allen, who won the PBA Lubbock Sports Open in January, ran his career title match record to 5-1 on TV (7-1 including live-streamed events) and joined PBA Hall of Famer Norm Duke as the only two-time winners this season.

“When I get to TV I’m hard to beat,” Allen said. “It’s a matter of getting here. I wish I could be as effective in the qualifying and match play rounds of tournaments and I then would be here (in the finals) more often.”

Bowling on the PBA 33-foot Cheetah lane condition, the telecast opened with a seeding round that determined the qualifying order for three stepladder matches. Allen earned the top seed for the finals with a 230 game followed by No. 2 qualifier Rhino Page, Orlando, 173; No. 3 qualifier Sherman, 172, and No. 4 qualifier Matt McNiel, Minneapolis, 163.

The four finalists survived Round-of-16 and Round-of-8 best-of-five elimination rounds earlier Monday after qualifying rounds bowled last week to advance to the telecast.

The 25-year-old Sherman burst out of the gate with a 290-152 win over McNiel and then went on to beat Page 229-204 in the semifinal match to advance to the final against Allen.

Sherman’s second-place finish was his career best in a tour singles event in three seasons as a pro. He finished second with partner Brad Miller in the Mark Roth-Marshall Holman Doubles Championship earlier this season.

Page’s third-place finish was his best of the season. The six-time tour winner also has three fifth-place finishes this season.

McNiel, who finished fourth and has already qualified second for the PBA World Championship finals which will be televised live Thursday on FS1, was making his first PBA Tour televised singles appearance.

WSOB X competition continues with Round-of-16 and Round-of-8 elimination rounds Tuesday for the PBA Chameleon Championship which will determine the four finalists for the finals telecast at 8 p.m. ET on FS1.

After the Scorpion Championship finals Wednesday, the stepladder finals for the World Championship – the season’s third major – will take place Thursday at 8 p.m. ET on FS1. WSOB wraps up with the tape-delayed USA vs. The World team competition Friday also at 8 p.m.

The match play rounds for the Chameleon and Scorpion Championships will be streamed live by FloBowling. For subscription information visit www.flobowling.com.

PBA CHEETAH CHAMPIONSHIP

Thunderbowl Lanes, Allen Park, Mich., Monday

Final Standings

1, Dick Allen, Lexington, S.C., $20,000

2, Kyle Sherman, O’Fallon, Mo., $10,000

3, Rhino Page, Orlando, $7,000

4, Matt McNiel, Minneapolis, $6,000

Playoff Results

Seeding Round – Allen, 230; Page, 173; Sherman, 172; McNiel, 163.

Match 1 - Sherman def. McNiel, 290-152.

Semifinal - Sherman def. Page, 229-204.

Championship – Allen def. Sherman, 234-195.

Round of 8 (winners advance to championship round. Best-of-five matches, losers earned $3,000)

Dick Allen, Lexington, S.C., def. Josh Blanchard, Mesa, Ariz., 3-2 (197-211, 207-223, 232-203, 232-209, 259-214).
Matt McNiel, Minneapolis, Minn., def. Bill O'Neill, Langhorne, Pa., 3-1 (213-217, 214-191, 217-205, 239-161).
Kyle Sherman, O'Fallon, Mo., def. Dom Barrett, England, 3-1 (279-200, 224-228, 214-189, 248-233).
Rhino Page, Orlando, def. Mykel Holliman, Collierville, Tenn., 3-2 (204-227, 249-236, 248-200, 228-237, 257-208).

Round of 16 (winners advance to Round-of-8. Best-of-five matches, losers earned $1,500)

Kyle Sherman, O'Fallon, Mo., def. Brad Miller, Lees Summit, Mo., 3-2 (208-245, 218-221, 264-230, 231-192, 224-177).
Dom Barrett, England, def. David Haynes, Las Vegas, 3-1 (248-174, 215-234, 223-204, 268-201).
Mykel Holliman, Collierville, Tenn., def. Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 3-1 (213-227, 252-144, 192-151, 279-247).
Rhino Page, Orlando, def. EJ Tackett, Bluffton, Ind., 3-0 (288-214, 236-219, 247-232).
Bill O'Neill, Langhorne, Pa., def. Darren Tang, Las Vegas, Nev., 3-2 (203-153, 182-223, 237-213, 211-267, 226-224).
Matthew McNiel, Minneapolis, Minn., def. BJ Moore, Greensburg, Pa., 3-0 (268-196, 267-257, 266-175).
Josh Blanchard, Mesa, Ariz., def. Brad Angelo, Lockport, N.Y., 3-2 (225-234, 228-206, 257-236, 195-205, 193-168).
Dick Allen, Lexington, S.C., def. Tom Daugherty, Riverview, Fla., 3-2 (189-193, 252-244, 209-234, 227-202, 258-184).

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Final Four Set for PBA Cheetah Championship Finals at 8 p.m. ET on FS1

by Jerry Schneider March 18, 2019 14:29

The PBA World Series of Bowling X Cheetah Championship final four have been determined for this evening’s live finals on FS1 at 8 p.m. Eastern.

Bowling on the 33-foot PBA Cheetah lane condition, five-time tour winner Rhino Page, six-time winner Dick Allen, Kyle Sherman and Matt McNiel advanced to the finals after Round-of-16 and Round-of-8 best-of-five elimination competition at Thunderbowl Lanes Monday.

Page has three fifth-place finishes this season and Allen already has one win which came in the Lubbock Sports Open. After a second-place finish with partner Brad Miller in the Roth-Holman Doubles earlier this season, Sherman will be trying for his first tour title. McNiel, who has already qualified second for the World Championship stepladder finals Thursday, also will be trying for his first PBA Tour title.

WSOB competition continues with the Chameleon Championship Tuesday and Scorpion Championship Wednesday with their live finals also at 8 p.m.. After the Scorpion Championship finals Wednesday, the stepladder finals for the PBA World Championship, the season’s third major, will take place Thursday at 8 p.m. ET on FS1. WSOB wraps up with the tape-delayed USA vs. The World team competition Friday at 8 p.m.

PBA CHEETAH CHAMPIONSHIP

Thunderbowl Lanes, Allen Park, Mich., Monday

Round of 8 (winners advance to championship round. Best-of-five matches, losers earned $3,000)

Dick Allen, Lexington, S.C., def. Josh Blanchard, Mesa, Ariz., 3-2 (197-211, 207-223, 232-203, 232-209, 259-214).
Matthew McNiel, Minneapolis, Minn., def. Bill O'Neill, Langhorne, Pa., 3-1 (213-217, 214-191, 217-205, 239-161).
Kyle Sherman, O'Fallon, Mo., def. Dom Barrett, England, 3-1 (279-200, 224-228, 214-189, 248-233).
Rhino Page, Orlando, def. Mykel Holliman, Collierville, Tenn., 3-2 (204-227, 249-236, 248-200, 228-237, 257-208).

Round of 16 (winners advance to Round-of-8. Best-of-five matches, losers earned $1,500)

Kyle Sherman, O'Fallon, Mo., def. Brad Miller, Lees Summit, Mo., 3-2 (208-245, 218-221, 264-230, 231-192, 224-177).
Dom Barrett, England, def. David Haynes, Las Vegas, 3-1 (248-174, 215-234, 223-204, 268-201).
Mykel Holliman, Collierville, Tenn., def. Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 3-1 (213-227, 252-144, 192-151, 279-247).
Rhino Page, Orlando, def. EJ Tackett, Bluffton, Ind., 3-0 (288-214, 236-219, 247-232).
Bill O'Neill, Langhorne, Pa., def. Darren Tang, Las Vegas, Nev., 3-2 (203-153, 182-223, 237-213, 211-267, 226-224).
Matthew McNiel, Minneapolis, Minn., def. BJ Moore, Greensburg, Pa., 3-0 (268-196, 267-257, 266-175).
Josh Blanchard, Mesa, Ariz., def. Brad Angelo, Lockport, N.Y., 3-2 (225-234, 228-206, 257-236, 195-205, 193-168).
Dick Allen, Lexington, S.C., def. Tom Daugherty, Riverview, Fla., 3-2 (189-193, 252-244, 209-234, 227-202, 258-184).

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