MONDAY ON FS1: PBA Playoffs Round of 16 Matchups - Bill O’Neill vs. Jesper Svensson and Jakob Butturff vs. Wes Malott at 9 p.m. ET

by Jerry Schneider May 3, 2019 08:56

PORTLAND, Maine  – PBA Playoffs Round of 16 action continues from Bayside Bowl on FS1 Monday at 9 p.m. ET when No. 7 seed Bill O’Neill of Langhorne, Pennsylvania takes on Sweden’s Jesper Svensson (No. 23 seed) and No. 2 seed Jakob Butturff of Tempe, Arizona meets No. 15 seed Wes Malott of Pflugerville, Texas in matchups that will determine the fifth and sixth spots in the Round of 8.

Already advancing to the Round of 8 were Australia’s Jason Belmonte (No. 1 seed), who will bowl No. 9 seed Kris Prather of Plainfield, Illinois, and No. 4 seed Anthony Simonsen, Little Elm, Texas, who takes on Colombia’s Andres Gomez (No. 21 seed). Both of those Round of 8 matches take place May 20 on FS1.

Competition will once again feature the Race to 2 Points format where each game won in the match is worth one point. If the players split the first two games, a ninth and 10th frame tie-breaker is used to award the deciding point.

After Round of 8 competition, the top four players will return to Bayside Bowl June 1-2 for the live semifinal and championship rounds on FOX. The winner will take home the $100,000 first prize.

O’Neill, who won the season-opening PBA Hall of Fame Classic for his 10th Go Bowling! PBA Tour title will face off against Svensson, a seven-time title winner, in the first match.  In the second match, Butturff, who won the 2019 USBC Masters for his sixth tour title, will meet 10-time tour winner Malott, whose best finish in 2019 was third in the Go Bowling! Indianapolis Open.

Round of 16 action, completing the Round of 8, concludes on FS1 May 13 at 9 p.m. ET. Two Round of 8 telecasts on May 20 and 27 will reduce the field to the final four survivors.

To view a PBA Playoffs bracket click on

https://www.pba.com/Content/Images/playoffs/2019_PBA_Playoff_Bracket.pdf

PBA PLAYOFFS SCHEDULE

Bayside Bowl, Portland, Maine

Remaining Round of 16 pairings (Race to 2 Points format based on one point per game won)

Match 13 – No. 23 Jesper Svensson, Sweden, vs. No. 7 Bill O’Neill, Langhorne, Pa. (airs May 6)

Match 14 – No. 15 Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, vs. No. 2 Jakob Butturff, Tempe, Ariz. (airs May 6)

Match 15 – No. 14 Dom Barrett, England, vs. No. 3 Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla. (airs May 13).

Match 16 – No. 11 Kyle Sherman, O’Fallon, Mo., vs. No. 6 Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill. (airs May 13).

Round of 8 Pairings (Race to 2 Points format based on one point per game won)

Match 17 – No. 1 Jason Belmonte, Australia, vs. No. 9 Kris Prather, Plainfield, Ill. (airs May 20).

Match 18 – No. 4 Anthony Simonsen, Little Elm, Texas, vs. No. 21 Andres Gomez, Colombia (airs May 20).

Match 19 – Malott-Butturff winner vs. Svensson-O’Neill winner (airs May 27).

Match 20 – Barrett-Duke winner vs. Sherman-Rash winner (airs May 27).

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Walter Ray Williams Jr. Wins PBA50 Mooresville Open for Third Consecutive Title and Record-Tying 14th of His Career

by Jerry Schneider May 1, 2019 19:19

MOORESVILLE, N.C. – The Professional Bowlers Association’s all-time PBA Tour career titles leader Walter Ray Williams Jr., won the PBA50 Mooresville Open presented by the Mooresville Convention & Visitors Bureau and Storm Wednesday to start the 2019 season with three consecutive wins and notch his 14th career title, tying him for the all-time career titles record in PBA’s tour for players 50 and over.

Williams, the Go Bowling! PBA Tour’s all-time career titles leader with 47 wins, tied John Handegard for most career titles on the PBA50 Tour.

In a dramatic comeback effort in the title match, the 59-year-old Williams, who was the top qualifier for the finals, threw the last five strikes of the match to beat fellow hall of famer Danny Wiseman 229-227. Wiseman, a 12-time PBA Tour winner bowling in his second PBA50 Tour tournament, had an opportunity to win the match with a strike on the first ball in the 10th frame but left a 10 pin.

“I came out of practice all lined up on both lanes, but things got a little tricky in the middle of the game,” said Williams, who left the 3-6-10 in the fifth frame and 3-6 in the seventh frame. “The right lane was a little tighter for me, so I thought I needed to hit the ball a little more at release but the reaction I got was totally unexpected.

“In the ninth frame I moved one board left and that was the right move,” Williams added, after being down as much as 28 pins in the match. “You’ve got to bowl well and get the breaks. I was able to finish strong and caught a break when Danny left the 10 pin in the 10th frame.”

The win also marked the second time this season that Williams advanced all the way from the cashers round to reach the finals. He won the season-opening PBA50 Johnny Petraglia BVL Open by advancing from the cashers round.

“Even though I’m bowling pretty well, I’ve been a little frustrated in qualifying,” Williams admitted. “In general, it seems like I’m not getting good pin carry until I get to match play for whatever reason.”

Williams, who won the 2010 Senior Miller High Life Classic at Victory Lanes for his first PBA50 Tour title, was especially fortunate to advance to match play earlier Wednesday bowling a 256 in the final game of the cashers round to earn a spot in the first match play round.

“All I can say is it’s crazy,” Williams said about his journey to the Mooresville Open title. “I didn’t expect to win the first three titles of the season, but it feels awesome.”

Williams’ second win of the season came in the PBA50 National Championship for his third career major title.

The stepladder final, streamed live on FloBowling, began with No. 5 qualifier hall of famer Parker Bohn III of Jackson, New Jersey beating No. 4 qualifier Todd Kjell of Roscoe, Illinois, 196-181.

Bohn, trying for his fifth PBA50 Tour title, then beat No. 3 qualifier Scott Greiner of Sunrise Beach, Missouri, 258-229, to advance to the semifinal match against Wiseman.

Wiseman, who finished 10th in last week’s PBA50 National Championship, then beat Bohn 258-223 to advance to the title match against Williams. Greiner and Kjell were both trying for their first PBA50 Tour titles.

The PBA50 Tour heads to Hamilton Lanes in Trenton, New Jersey for the PBA50 Hamilton Lanes & Entertainment Center Open presented by Columbia 300 May 3-5. Fans can catch all the action from start to finish via PBA’s online streaming partner FloBowling. For subscription and schedule information visit www.flobowling.com.

PBA50 MOORESVILLE OPEN

Presented by the Mooresville Convention & Visitors Bureau and Storm

Victory Lanes Family Entertainment Center, Wednesday

Final Standings:

1, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., $7,500.

2, Danny Wiseman, Baltimore, $4,000.

3, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., $2,700.

4, Scott Greiner, Sunrise Beach, Mo., $2,200.

5, Todd Kjell, Roscoe, Ill.,$1,900.

Stepladder Results:

Match One – Bohn def. Kjell, 196-181.

Match Two – Bohn def. Greiner, 258-229.

Semifinal Match – Wiseman def. Bohn, 258-223.

Championship Match – Williams def. Wiseman, 229-227.

Match Play Round 2 (after six games, including match play bonus pins. Top five advance to stepladder finals)

1, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., 4-2, 1,601.
2, Danny Wiseman, Baltimore, 4-2, 1,590.
3, Scott Greiner, Sunrise Beach, Mo., 4-2, 1,562.
4, Todd Kjell, Roscoe, Ill., 5-1, 1,532.
5, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 4-2, 1,515.
6, Joel Carlson, Omaha, Neb., 4-2, 1,513, $1,600.
7, Ricky Schissler, Brighton, Colo., 4-2, 1,510, $1,600.
8, Bryan Goebel, Shawnee, Kan., 3-3, 1,496, $1,600.
9, ss-Ron Mohr, Las Vegas, 2-4, 1,471, $1,350.
10, Rick Graham, Lancaster, Pa., 3-3, 1,461, $1,350.
11, Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, 3-3, 1,396, $1,350.
12, Chris Collins, Myrlte Beach, S.C., 2-4, 1,376, $1,350.
13, John Marsala, St. Louis, Mo., 2-4, 1,351, $1,350.
14, n-Jerry Horn, West Columbia, S.C., 2-4, 1,326, $1,350.
15, Doug Henry, Columbus, Ind., 2-4, 1,304, $1,450.
16, Tony Johnson, Canton, Ohio, 0-6, 1,123, $1,350.

Match Play Round 1 (After five games, including match play bonus pins)

17, Brian Kretzer, Dayton, Ohio, 3-2, 1,239, $1,250.
18, ss-Widmar Vargas, Sun City Center, Fla., 3-2, 1,226, $1,250.
19, ss-Jeff Bellinger, Columbia, S.C., 3-2, 1,209, $1,250.
20, Jack Jurek, Lackawanna, N.Y., 3-2, 1,204, $1,250.
21, Brian LeClair, Albany, N.Y., 2-3, 1,149, $1,250.
22, Brian Menini, Brookfield, Mo., 2-3, 1,142, $1,250.
23, Mac Sanders, Taylors, S.C., 3-2, 1,139, $1,250.
24, ss-Harry Sullins, Chesterfield Twp., Mich., 2-3, 1,133, $1,350.
25, Greg Thomas, Irmo, S.C., 0-5, 1,128, $1,150.
26, Michael Haugen Jr., Phoenix, 1-4, 1,124, $1,150.
26, ss-Chuck Richardson, The Villages, Fla., 3-2, 1,109, $1,150.
28, Lennie Boresch Jr., Kenosha, Wis., 2-3, 1,093, $1,150.
29, Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., 1-3-1, 1,092, $1,150.
30, ss-Brian Voss, Centennial, Colo., 1-4, 1,091, $1,150.
31, ss-Don Blatchford, Santa Monica, Calif., 1-4, 1,034, $1,150.
32, Michael Smith, Centennial, Colo., 0-5, 1,015, $1,150.

Other Cashers (after five-game cashers round)

33, Troy McKinney, Yorktown, Va., 1,122, $1,050.
34, Keith Lesko, Prosper, Texas, 1,113, $1,050.
35, ss-Mike Mineman, St Louis, 1,108, $1,050.
36, ss-Frank Gallo Jr, Jacksonville, Fla., 1,107, $1,050.
37, n-Tony Todd, Myrtle Beach, S.C., 1,105, $1,050.
38, Terry Metzner, Kentwood, Mich., 1,099, $1,050.
39, Stoney Baker, Canton, Ga., 1,097, $1,050.
40, ss-Ron Profitt, Brookville, Ohio, 1,092, $1,050.
41, ss-Greg McMahan, Dandridge, Tenn., 1,079, $1,025.
42, ss-Henry Dawson, Elma, Wash., 1,043, $1,025.
43, ss-Ted Staikoff, Black Hawk, S.D., 1,003, $1,025.
44, ss-Tom Baker, King, N.C., 998, $1,025.
45, (tie) , ss-Lee Brosius, Ashburn, Va., 994, and Gary Faulkner, Norfolk, Va., 994, $1,025.
47, ss-Tom Carter, Columbus, Ohio, 989, $1,000.
48, ss-Mike Moore, Marietta, Ohio, 986, $1,000.
49, ss-Mike Dias, Lafayette, Colo., 982, $1,000.
50, ss-John Dudak, Orland Park, Ill., 978, $1,000.
51, ss-William Peters, Dayton, Ohio, 975, $1,000.
52, Craig Auerbach, Sunrise, Fla., 974, $1,000.
53, n,ss-Paul Kreins, Mooresville, N.C., 967, $1,000.

n-non-member

ss-PBA60 players ages 60 years and older

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Parker Bohn III, Jerry Horn Top PBA50 Mooresville Open Qualifying

by Jerry Schneider April 30, 2019 19:38

MOORESVILLE, N.C. – PBA Hall of Famer Parker Bohn III and non-member Jerry Horn of West Columbia, South Carolina, both bowled a 3,693 16-game pinfall total to tie for top-qualifier honors in the PBA50 Mooresville Open presented by the Mooresville Convention & Visitors Bureau and Storm Tuesday at Victory Lanes Family Entertainment Center.

Bohn, a 35-time Go Bowling! PBA Tour and four-time PBA50 Tour titlist, bowled games of 192, 255, 206, 236, 246, 237, 212 and 248 in Tuesday’s final round to tie Horn for the lead.

“So far, everything is going pretty well but I’m having trouble in the 10th frame for some reason,” said the 55-year-old Bohn, whose last PBA50 Tour win came in the 2017 Dave Small’s Championship Lanes Classic. “I’m putting together nine solid frames but I’m finishing with a lot of splits and opens at the end and I’m going to have to fix that.

“When it comes time for when we start match play, it becomes a sprint to the finish,” Bohn added. “I can guarantee you that I’m going to have to finish games better than I did today to make it to the finals.”

Horn, bowling in his first PBA50 Tour tournament, bowled games of 246, 209, 215, 268, 205, 254, 202 and 248 after Tuesday’s first second-round block.

Jerry Horn II“It was a different block for me today than the first round,” said Horn, who works full-time as an ATM technician. “Today, I was able to use one ball and just make the adjustments with my speed and angles to the pocket. I’m just trying to not look too far ahead and keep focused on what I need to do each frame.”

Bohn and Horn led eight players who earned two-round byes into match play. Rounding out the top eight were Todd Kjell, Roscoe, Illinois and Scott Greiner, Sunrise Beach, Missouri, who tied for third with 3,692; first-round leader Rick Graham, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, 3,683; Ricky Schissler, Brighton, Colorado, 3,681; John Marsala, St. Louis, Missouri, 3,660 and PBA Hall of Famer Bryan Goebel, Shawnee, Kansas, 3,644.

The top 24 players advanced to Wednesday’s match play who will be joined by an additional eight players that will be determined through a casher’s round that begins at 8:30 a.m. ET. After match play the top five players will be determined for the stepladder finals at 7 p.m.

PBA Hall of Famer Walter Ray Williams Jr., the winner of the first two tournaments of the season, climbed from 55th after the first round to finish qualifying in 33rd with a 3,529 pinfall advancing to the cashers round.

Defending champion 60-year-old PBA Hall of Famer Brian Voss also advanced to the cashers round by placing second among the eight PBA60 Players finishing out of the regular prize fund. Voss finished with a 3,453 pinfall.

John Dudak of Orland Park, Illinois earned the last PBA60 spot (eighth) for the cashers round by beating James Storts of Westfield, Indiana in a one-game roll-off 182-176 after tying with 3,415.

Fans can catch all the final day action live via PBA’s online streaming partner FloBowling. Visit www.flobowling.com for subscription and schedule information.

PBA50 MOORESVILLE OPEN

Presented by Mooresville Convention & Visitors Bureau and Storm

Victory Lanes Family Entertainment Center, Mooresville, N.C., Tuesday

SECOND ROUND RESULTS (after 16 games. Top 24 players advance to match play. Positions 25-46 plus top eight PBA60 players out of the regular prize fund advance to cashers round to determine eight additional match play spots)

1, (tie) n-Jerry Horn, West Columbia, S.C., and Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 3,693.
3, (tie) Todd Kjell, Roscoe, Ill., and Scott Greiner, Sunrise Beach, Mo., 3,692.
5, Rick Graham, Lancaster, Pa., 3,683.
6, Ricky Schissler, Brighton, Colo., 3,681.
7, John Marsala, St. Louis, Mo., 3,660.
8, Bryan Goebel, Shawnee, Kan., 3,644.
9, Tony Johnson, Canton, Ohio, 3,634.
10, Brian Menini, Brookfield, Mo., 3,632.
11, Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, 3,622.
12, Widmar Vargas, Sun City Center, Fla., 3,621.
13, Lennie Boresch Jr., Kenosha, Wis., 3,619.
14, Chris Collins, Myrlte Beach, S.C., 3,612.
14, Doug Henry, Columbus, Ind., 3,612.
16, Brian LeClair, Albany, N.Y., 3,608.
17, Danny Wiseman, Baltimore, 3,602.
18, Ron Mohr, Las Vegas, 3,601.
19, Chuck Richardson, The Villages, Fla., 3,595.
19, Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., 3,595.
21, Greg Thomas, Irmo, S.C., 3,583.
22, Michael Smith, Centennial, Colo., 3,580.
23, Jack Jurek, Lackawanna, N.Y., 3,576.
24, Harry Sullins, Chesterfield Twp., Mich., 3,575.
25, Mac Sanders, Taylors, S.C., 3,572.
26, Ron Profitt, Brookville, Ohio, 3,559.
27, Brian Kretzer, Dayton, Ohio, 3,557.
28, Tom Baker, King, N.C., 3,555.
29, Troy McKinney, Yorktown, Va., 3,547.
30, Michael Haugen Jr., Phoenix, 3,546.
31, Jeff Bellinger, Columbia, S.C., 3,541.
32, Gary Faulkner, Norfolk, Va., 3,537.
33, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., 3,529.
34, Frank Gallo Jr, Jacksonville, Fla., 3,525.
35, Mike Dias, Lafayette, Colo., 3,509.
36, Tom Carter, Columbus, Ohio, 3,506.
37, Terry Metzner, Kentwood, Mich., 3,502.
38, (tie) n-Tony Todd, Myrtle Beach, S.C., and Stoney Baker, Canton, Ga., 3,501.
40, William Peters, Dayton, Ohio, 3,498.
41, Keith Lesko, Prosper, Texas, 3,496.
42, Ted Staikoff, Black Hawk, S.D., 3,490.
43, Craig Auerbach, Sunrise, Fla., 3,481.
44, Joel Carlson, Omaha, Neb., 3,474.
45, Chris Fedden, Albany, N.Y., 3,468.
46, Mike Moore, Marietta, Ohio, 3,465.
47, ss-Don Blatchford, Santa Monica, Calif., 3,456.
48, (tie) Joe Scarborough, Charlotte, N.C., and ss-Brian Voss, Centennial, Colo., 3,453.
50, (tie) ss-Henry Dawson, Elma, Wash., and ss-Mike Mineman, St Louis, 3,451.
52, Chris Johnson, Nashville, N.C., 3,449.
53, n-Chuck Richey, Charlotte, N.C., 3,446.
54, ss-Lee Brosius, Ashburn, Va., 3,445.
55, Pete Arruda, Gilbert, S.C., 3,444.
56, John Conroy, Mahopac, N.Y., 3,435.
57, John Neral, Vienna, Va., 3,434.
58, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 3,429.
59, (tie) Scott Thomsen, Sumter, S.C., and n-Jeff Atkins, Hot Springs Village, Ark., 3,422.
61, Ralph Brunt Jr., Jensen Beach, Fla., 3,420.
62, ss-n-Paul Kreins, Mooresville, N.C., 3,419.
63, ss-Greg McMahan, Dandridge, Tenn., 3,416.
64, *(tie) ss-John Dudak, Orland Park, Ill., and ss-James Storts, Westfield, Ind., 3,415.
66, Michael Duran, Banning, Calif., 3,410.
67, Christopher Keane, Cape Coral, Fla., 3,407.
68, Kevin Duncan, Mexico, Mo., 3,406.
69, (tie) Pasquale Lucci, Sr., Hamilton, N.J., and Peter Knopp, Germany, 3,404.
71, Kevin Foley, Reno, Nev., 3,401.
72, James Hansen, Anchorage, Alaska, 3,399.
73, Tommy Martin, Millington, Tenn., 3,395.
74, Bob Learn Jr., Erie, Pa., 3,393.
75, Todd Haney, Boiling Springs, S.C., 3,390.
76, Robert Leonard Sr, Lockwood, N.Y., 3,387.
77, John Burkett, Southlake, Texas, 3,383.
78, Tom Howison, Chillicothe, Ohio, 3,380.
79, Fran Luzzi, Port Jervis, N.Y., 3,375.
80, Steve Hoskins, New Port Richey, Fla., 3,370.
81, (tie) Richard Strath, Schenectady, N.Y., and n-Curt Guinn, Greenwood, S.C., 3,364.
83, Dale Csuhta, Wadsworth, Ohio, 3,345.
84, James Campbell, Clearwater, Fla., 3,344.
85, Jim Pitts, Elmira, N.Y., 3,342.
86, Chuck Walker, Rutledge, Tenn., 3,339.
87, Steve Easterday, Strasburg, Ohio, 3,327.
88, Sammy Ventura, Syracuse, N.Y., 3,326.
89, Jeffrey Campbell, Newport News, Va., 3,324.
90, Gary Alstott, Washington, Ill., 3,319.
91, Marty Berke, Allentown, Pa., 3,302.
92, Doug O'Bryant, Ball Ground, Ga., 3,297.
93, Charlie Toney, Oak Hill, W.Va., 3,295.
94, David Zelger, Red Lion, Pa., 3,292.
95, Carl West, San Jose, Calif., 3,291.
96, Steven Grotowski, Ft Lauderdale, Fla, 3,276.
97, Jim Price, Harrrisburg, N.C., 3,273.
98, Rick Francis, Linden, Calif., 3,271.
99, Don Herrington, Ballston Lake, N.Y., 3,269.
100, Kerry Fulford, Ft. Worth, Texas, 3,264.
101, David Kneas, Annapolis, Md., 3,262.
102, Tony Rodriguez Jr., Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., 3,241.
103, Gary Shultis, Levittown, N.Y., 3,240.
104, Dave Han, Birmingham, Ala., 3,235.
105, Mike Hastings, Millsboro, Del., 3,232.
106, Joe Salvemini, Colorado Springs, Colo., 3,231.
107, Jim Horan, Mountain View, Calif., 3,217.
108, Dave Flemming, Fairborn, Ohio, 3,206.
109, Jon DeLaney, McKinney, Texas, 3,195.
110, Thomas Ream, Tampa, Fla., 3,180.
111, n-Peter Minaudo, Chesterfield, Mich., 3,168.
112, Bill Henson, Westerville, Ohio, 3,167.
113, Brett Caramagno, Goose Creek, S.C., 3,166.
114, Brian Miller, Springfield, Ohio, 3,165.
115, Steven Jansson, Barnes, Wis., 3,150.
116, Larry Helton, Bolingbrook, Ill., 3,132.
117, n-Jason Gordon, Concord, N.C., 3,117.
118, Bill Vannoy, Lexington, S.C., 3,109.
119, Ken Shealy, Myrtle Beach, S.C., 3,087.
120, James Souder, Greeneville, Tenn., 3,080.
121, Charlie Tomey, Spartanburg, S.C., 3,079.
122, Jay Hess, Gotha, Fla., 3,051.
123, n-Ron Jenkins, Statesville, N.C., 3,047.
124, Mark Pickford, Charlotte, N.C., 3,027.
125, Ernie Segura Jr., Taylor, Mich., 3,021.
126, David Bleggi, Jacksonville, N.C., 2,986.
127, Galen Keas, Alda, Neb., 2,969.
128, Larry Felts Jr., Simpsonville, S.C., 2,965.
129, Dave Bernhardt, Romeo, Mich., 2,955.
130, Steven Hartzell, Hanahan, S.C., 2,936.
131, Tom Griffin, Martinsville, Va., 2,919.
132, Ross McDonald, Las Vegas, Nev., 2,910.
133, Thomas Sliwinski, Reynoldsville, Pa., 2,883.
134, Harry Alchin III, Madeira Beach, Fla., 2,879.
135, Glen Nakagawa, Highland Village, Texas, 2,757.
136, n-Charles Allen Jr., Pell City, Ala., 2,724.
137, Ken Waters, Kingsport, Tenn., 2,704.
138, Richard Felten, Rockville, Md., 2,669.
139, Jeff Caudle, Lexington, N.C., 2,503.
140, Michael Whittington, Matthews, N.C., 1,453.

n-non-PBA member

ss-PBA60 player ages 60 and older advancing to Wednesday cashers round

*John Dudak defeated James Storts 182-176 in roll-off for final PBA60 spot for cashers round

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Applications Now Being Accepted for 2019 PBA Billy Welu Scholarship Award

by Bill Vint April 30, 2019 09:40

CHICAGO -- The Professional Bowlers Association is now accepting applications for the 2019 PBA Billy Welu Scholarship Award which recognizes exemplary qualities in male or female college students who excel in academics as well as in the sport of bowling.

The winner will receive a $1,000 scholarship. To be eligible candidates must be amateur bowlers who are currently in college (preceding the application date) and maintaining at least a 2.5/4.0 GPA or equivalent. Applications must be postmarked by June 21.

The scholarship was established in 1982 in memory of the PBA Hall of Famer who served as television analyst alongside legendary ABC broadcaster and PBA Hall of Famer Chris Schenkel (featured photo, along with Don Carter) on the “Pro Bowlers Tour” series prior to his death in 1974. Over the years, 33 outstanding student athletes have been selected as Welu Scholarship recipients, including 2018 winner Wesley Low Jr. of Wichita State.

The application is in two parts and can be retrieved by downloading both files using this link http://www.pba.com/Corporate/Scholarships. Nominations can be sent to scholarships@pba.com or through the U.S. mail at PBA Billy Welu Scholarship, 55 E. Jackson Blvd., Suite 401, Chicago, IL 60604.

HISTORY OF PBA BILLY WELU SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS
2018 – Wesley Low Jr. (Wichita State)
2017 – Kristie Lopez (Wichita State)
2016 – Sydney Brummett (Wichita State)
2015 – Ramon Hilferink (Webber International)
2014 – Melanie Hannon (Fairleigh Dickinson)
2013 – Katie Thornton (Webber International)
2012 – Danielle McEwan (Fairleigh Dickinson)
2011 – Kristina Frahm (Maryland Eastern Shore)
2010 – Kim Yioulos (Pikeville)
2009 – Elizabeth Seibel (Penn State)
2008 – Heather D’Errico (Robert Morris-Illinois)
2007 – Ricki Williams (Wichita State)
2006 – Jerrod Reece (Creighton University)
2005 – Mandy Pezzano (University of Pennsylvania)
2004 – Holly Pusok (University of Houston)
2003 – Robby Spigner (Indiana University)
2002 – N/A
2001 – Jennie Snoddy (Notre Dame College of Ohio)
2000 – Jackie Edwards (Cal State-Fresno)
1999 – Steven Svetlik (University of Illinois-Chicago)
1998 – Nicholas Hoagland (Indiana University)
1997 – Preston Brunswig (Wichita State)
1996 – Brenda Dosher (University of Southern Indiana)
1995 – Michael Lamont (University of Florida)
1994 – Joe Ciccone (Erie Community College)
1993 – N/A
1992 – Stephen Dale Jr. (Northeastern University)
1991 – Kari Murph (Morehead State)
1990 – Kimberly Berke (University of Nebraska-Lincoln)
1989 – Ronni Shehorn (San Jose State)
1988 – Julie Powell (University of Michigan)             
1987 – N/A
1986 – Paul Kaib (University of Florida)
1985 – Curt Pezzano (University of Miami (Fla))
1984 – Michelle Mullen (University of Illinois)
1983 – Jeri Edwards (Penn State)
1982 – Patricia Bowie (Arizona State)

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Anthony Simonsen, Andres Gomez Advance to PBA Playoffs Round of 8

by Jerry Schneider April 29, 2019 19:57

PORTLAND, Maine  – Anthony Simonsen of Little Elm, Texas and Colombia’s Andres Gomez filled two more spots in the PBA Playoffs Round of 8 after winning their Round of 16 Race to 2 Points matches that aired Monday on FS1 from Bayside Bowl.

Simonsen and Gomez joined Jason Belmonte of Australia, who leads the 2019 Go Bowling! PBA Tour season with four wins, and 2019 PBA Scorpion Championship winner Kris Prather of Plainfield, Illinois, who advanced by winning their Round of 16 matches that aired April 22 on FS1 and will meet in the Round of 8 on May 20.

Simonsen, who became the youngest to win two majors at 22 with his win in the PBA Players Championship in February, beat Page in the first game of their Race to 2 Points match, 237-214, but Page, a six-time tour winner with four top-five finishes this season, came back to win the second game, 226-214, to send the match to a ninth and 10th frame roll-off. Simonsen won the roll-off, 49-39, to advance to the Round of 8.

“The adrenaline was really flowing after the first game and I was a little too pumped up heading into the second game,” said Simonsen of dealing with the energy from the boisterous Bayside Bowl crowd. “When we got to the second game the crowd got a little quiet for some reason and that actually threw me off a little bit.

“Rhino got off to a good start in the second game, but I knew with one game in the bank I still had an opportunity in the roll-off,” Simonsen added. “I looked at the roll-off as another game – just make the best shots I can.”

GomezIn the second Round of 16 match, Gomez, a three-time tour winner, beat 2016 PBA Player of the Year EJ Tackett of Bluffton, Indiana in both games – 231-228 and 245-193 – to advance.

Gomez put together a string of five strikes heading into the 10th frame of the first game to overtake Tackett after being down 37 pins in the fifth frame.

“In the first half of the first game I was still trying to figure it out,” said Gomez. “I needed to do what I do best and that was slow down. I don’t have the power that these guys have out here on tour so having the right hand position and ball speed are critical for me to get a good ball reaction.”

Gomez found the right combination in the second game, striking in seven of the first nine frames to breeze past a struggling Tackett.

The winner of the Playoffs, which features the top 24 players in competition points after the first 13 Go Bowling! PBA Tour tournaments of the 2019 season, will earn a $100,000 first prize.

Round of 16 action continues on FS1 on May 6 and May 13 with both two-match telecasts airing at 9 p.m. EDT. The eight survivors will bowl Round of 8 Race to 2 Points matches on May 20 and May 27, reducing the field to the four survivors who will return to Portland for the semifinal and final rounds June 1-2. Both of those rounds will air live on FOX at noon Eastern.

To view a PBA Playoffs bracket click on

https://www.pba.com/Content/Images/playoffs/2019_PBA_Playoff_Bracket.pdf

PBA PLAYOFFS ROUND OF 16 RESULTS

Bayside Bowl, Portland, Maine

(aired Monday on FS1. Race to 2 Points format. Winners advance to Round of 8. Losers earn $5,000)

Match One

Game 1 – No. 4 Anthony Simonsen, Little Elm, Texas def. No. 13 Rhino Page, Orlando, 237-214.

Game 2 – Page def. Simonsen 226-214.

Simonsen won roll-off 49-39

Match Two

Game 1 – No. 21 Andres Gomez, Colombia def. No. 5 EJ Tackett, Bluffton, Ind., 231-228.

Game 2 – Gomez def. Tackett, 245-193

Remaining Round of 16 pairings (Race to 2 Points format based on one point per game won)

Match 13 – No. 15 Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, vs. No. 2 Jakob Butturff, Tempe, Ariz. (airs May 6).

Match 14 – No. 23 Jesper Svensson, Sweden, vs. No. 7 Bill O’Neill, Langhorne, Pa. (airs May 6).

Match 15 – No. 14 Dom Barrett, England, vs. No. 3 Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla. (airs May 13).

Match 16 – No. 11 Kyle Sherman, O’Fallon, Mo., vs. No. 6 Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill. (airs May 13).

Round of 8 Pairings (Race to 2 Points format based on one point per game won)

Match 17 – No. 1 Jason Belmonte, Australia, vs. No. 9 Kris Prather, Plainfield, Ill. (airs May 20).

Match 18 – No. 4 Anthony Simonsen, Little Elm, Texas, vs. No. 21 Andres Gomez, Colombia (airs May 20).

Match 19 – Malott-Butturff winner vs. Svensson-O’Neill winner (airs May 27).

Match 20 – Barrett-Duke winner vs. Sherman-Rash winner (airs May 27).

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