Sweden’s Jesper Svensson Averages 259 to Lead PBA Oklahoma Open First Round

by Jerry Schneider January 8, 2019 20:06

SHAWNEE, Okla.  – Seven-time Go Bowling! Professional Bowlers Association Tour winner Jesper Svensson of Sweden averaged 259 for seven games to lead after the first round of the PBA Oklahoma Open Tuesday at the FireLake Bowling Center.

The two-handed left-hander bowled an 1,814 pinfall total with games of 237, 275, 299, 268, 228, 257 and 250 to hold a 70-pin lead over four-time tour winner Jakob Butturff of Tempe, Ariz., who finished the round in second with a 1,740 pinfall.

“That was crazy,” said the 23-year-old Svensson, who won the 2016 PBA Tournament of Champions in Shawnee. “I didn’t have a bad game and I really only had a few bad shots. Everything was working the way I wanted it to.”

Svensson won twice in 2017 but failed to win in 2018 with best tour finishes of second in the PBA Tournament of Champions and third in the PBA Tour Finals. He finished fourth in the PBA Hall of Fame Classic 2019 season opener last Sunday in Arlington, Texas.

“Since the second half of last year I’ve been struggling with my mental game,” Svensson added. “I’ve worked with a coach to help improve my focus and I feel like I’m in a good place with that now. The goal is to recognize when you’re in a good flow or rhythm and stay in that moment.”

Butturff, who finished second in the Hall of Fame Classic, had games of 216, 227, 258, 266, 256, 239 and 278 in the first round.

Qualifying continues Wednesday with the second seven-game qualifying round after which the field will be cut to the top 24 players for a casher’s round Thursday morning. The top 16 players after the cashers round will advance to the first match play round Thursday afternoon and the second match play round Friday morning that will determine the top five for the stepladder finals which will air live on FS1 Sunday at 11 a.m. ET (10 a.m. CT).

The qualifying rounds of the Oklahoma Open also determine the standings for the Mark Roth-Marshall Holman PBA Doubles Championship. After Wednesday’s qualifying round, the top 12 doubles team will advance to two Baker format match play rounds on Friday and Saturday that will determine the top five doubles teams for the taped FS1 telecast at 1:30 p.m. ET (12:30 p.m. CT) on Sunday. The Doubles Championship will air on FS1 Jan. 20 at 1 p.m. ET (noon CT).

Svensson and three-time tour winner Kyle Troup of Taylorsville, N.C., who teamed up to win the 2017 Roth-Holman Doubles Championship, lead after the first round with a 3,471 combined seven-game pinfall total holding a 117-pin lead over Sean Rash of Montgomery, Ill. and Matt Ogle of Louisville, Ky., who finished with 3,354.

All preliminary rounds of the Oklahoma Open and Roth-Holman Doubles Championship are live-streamed on FloBowling.com.

PBA OKLAHOMA OPEN

FireLake Bowling Center, Shawnee, Okla., Tuesday

First Round Standings (after 7 games)

1, Jesper Svensson, Sweden, 1,814.
2, Jakob Butturff, Tempe, Ariz., 1,740.
3, Christopher Sloan, Ireland, 1,739.
4, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 1,714.
5, Anthony Lavery-Spahr, Pasadena, Texas, 1,713.
5, Jake Rollins, Glen Rock, N.J., 1,713.
7, Darren Tang, Las Vegas, Nev., 1,711.
8, Dom Barrett, England, 1,708.
9, Zacharay Wilkins, Canada, 1,697.
10, (tie) Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, and Nate Garcia, Port St. Lucie, Fla., 1,675.
12, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 1,660.
13, Kyle Troup, Taylorsville, N.C., 1,657.
14, Kyle Sherman, O'Fallon, Mo., 1,655.
15, Brad Miller, Lees Summit, Mo., 1,647.
16, DJ Archer, Spring, Texas, 1,642.
17, Matthew Ogle, Louisville, Ky., 1,640.
18, Patrick Girard, Canada, 1,639.
19, Kristopher Prather, Plainfield, Ill., 1,635.
20, (tie) Tom Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich., and Jason Belmonte, Australia, 1,633.
22, Michael Tang, Johnstown, Ohio, 1,628.
23, Sam Cooley, Australia, 1,625.
24, Tom Daugherty, Riverview, Fla., 1,622.
25, EJ Tackett, Bluffton, Ind., 1,617.
26, Zeke Bayt, Westerville, Ohio, 1,613.
27, Mitch Hupe, Canada, 1,609.
28, Nicholas Pate, Inver Grove Heights, Minn., 1,604.
29, Ryan Ciminelli, Clarence, N.Y., 1,599.
30, Ildemaro Ruiz, Venezuela, 1,594.
31, (tie) Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., and Dick Allen, Lexington, S.C., 1,593.
33, Greg Ostrander, Freehold, N.J., 1,592.
34, Tim Foy Jr., Seaford, Del., 1,591.
35, Andrew Anderson, Holly, Mich., 1,582.
36, Andres Gomez, Colombia, 1,579.
37, AJ Johnson, Oswego, Ill., 1,574.
38, Patrick Hanrahan, Wichita, Kan., 1,572.
39, Chris Loschetter, Avon, Ohio, 1,569.
40, (tie) Martin Larsen, Sweden, and Graham Fach, Urbana, Ohio, 1,566.
42, Francois Lavoie, Canada, 1,562.
43, Osku Palermaa, Finland, 1,559.
44, (tie) Dino Castillo, Highland Village, Texas, and Josh Blanchard, Mesa, Ariz., 1,558.
46, (tie) Mykel Holliman, Collierville, Tenn., Sean Lavery-Spahr, Pasadena, Texas, Devin Bidwell, Wichita, Kan., and Liz Johnson, Palatine, Ill., 1,548.
50, Charlie Brown Jr., Grandville, Mich., 1,546.
51, Gary Faulkner Jr., Memphis, Tenn., 1,543.
51, Bill O'Neill, Langhorne, Pa., 1,543.
53, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 1,530.
54, Connor Pickford, Charlotte, N.C., 1,529.
55, Brad Angelo, Lockport, N.Y., 1,525.
56, (tie) Kamron Doyle, Brentwood, Tenn., and Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., 1,524.
58, Michael Haugen Jr., Phoenix, 1,522.
59, Richie Teece, England, 1,519.
60, AJ Chapman, Manchester, Iowa, 1,518.
61, Michael Davidson, Versailles, Ohio, 1,513.
62, (tie) Keven Williams, Springfield, Mo., Chris Via, Springfield, Ohio, and Anthony Pepe, East Elmhurst, N.Y., 1,511.
65, (tie) Arturo Quintero, Mexico, and Ronnie Russell, Marion, Ind., 1,508.
67, Matt O'Grady, Rahway, N.J., 1,506.
68, Rhino Page, Orlando, 1,505.
69, Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 1,504.
70, Stuart Williams, England, 1,501.
71, Thomas Larsen, Denmark, 1,500.
72, (tie) Pontus Andersson, Sweden, and Jason Sterner, Fayetteville, Ga., 1,498.
74, Jake Peters, Henderson, Nev., 1,496.
75, Stephen Pavlinko, Sewell, N.J., 1,494.
76, Austin Boulds, Creal Springs, Ill., 1,491.
77, (tie) Blake Demore, Springfield, Mo., and Nick Kruml, Downers Grove, Ill., 1,490.
79, Shawn Maldonado, Houston, 1,485.
80, Greg Young, Viera, Fla., 1,479.
81, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., 1,466.
82, (tie) Allan Smith, Killeen, Texas, and David Krol, Nixa, Mo., 1,461.
84, Paul Brewbaker, Taylor, Mich., 1,446.
85, A.J. Rice, Salem, Ala., 1,444.
86, Anthony Simonsen, Little Elm, Texas, 1,442.
87, Andrew Suscreba, Clifton, N.J., 1,432.
88, Cristian Azcona, Puerto Rico, 1,430.
89, Justin Wyman, Fairport, N.Y., 1,399.
90, Justin Knowles, Okemos, Mich., 1,388.
91, Matt Sanders, Indianapolis, 1,386.
92, Trey Ford, Bartlesville, Okla., 1,379.
93, Eduardo Astiazaran, Tucson, Ariz.., 1,373.
94, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 1,347.
95, Kenneth Bland Jr., San Antonio, Texas, 1,330.
96, Matt Kuba, Chicago Ridge, Ill., 1,317.

MARK ROTH-MARSHALL HOLMAN PBA DOUBLES CHAMPIONSHIP

First Round Standings (combined pinfall totals after 7 games)

1, Jesper Svensson, Sweden/Kyle Troup, Taylorsville, N.C., 3,471.
2, Matthew Ogle, Louisville, Ky./Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 3,354.
3, Darren Tang, Las Vegas, Nev./Michael Tang, Johnstown, Ohio, 3,339.
4, Anthony Lavery-Spahr, Pasadena, Texas/Sam Cooley, Australia, 3,338.
5, Patrick Girard, Canada/Zacharay Wilkins, Canada, 3,336.
6, Brad Miller, Lees Summit, Mo./Kyle Sherman, O'Fallon, Mo., 3,302.
7, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla./Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 3,268.
8, Dom Barrett, England/Osku Palermaa, Finland, 3,267.
9, Jakob Butturff, Tempe, Ariz./Michael Haugen Jr., Phoenix, 3,262.
10, Christopher Sloan, Ireland/Pontus Andersson, Sweden, 3,237.
11, Gary Faulkner Jr., Memphis, Tenn./Nate Garcia, Port St. Lucie, Fla., 3,218.
12, Dick Allen, Lexington, S.C./Zeke Bayt, Westerville, Ohio, 3,206.
13, Dino Castillo, Highland Village, Texas/Tom Daugherty, Riverview, Fla., 3,180.
14, Bill O'Neill, Langhorne, Pa./Jason Belmonte, Australia, 3,176.
15, AJ Johnson, Oswego, Ill./Greg Ostrander, Freehold, N.J., 3,166.
16, Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas/Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 3,164.
17, Kristopher Prather, Plainfield, Ill./Richie Teece, England, 3,154.
18, Andrew Suscreba, Clifton, N.J./Jake Rollins, Glen Rock, N.J., 3,145.
19, EJ Tackett, Bluffton, Ind./Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., 3,141.
20, (tie) Charlie Brown Jr, Grandville, Mich./Tim Foy Jr., Seaford, Del., and Andres Gomez, Colombia/Josh Blanchard, Mesa, Ariz., 3,137.
22, (tie) AJ Chapman, Manchester, Iowa/Mitch Hupe, Canada, and DJ Archer, Spring, Texas/Shawn Maldonado, Houston, 3,127.
24, Devin Bidwell, Wichita, Kan./Martin Larsen, Sweden, 3,114.
25, Rhino Page, Orlando/Ryan Ciminelli, Clarence, N.Y., 3,104.
26, Arturo Quintero, Mexico/Ildemaro Ruiz, Venezuela, 3,102.
27, Tom Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich./Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., 3,099.
28, Nicholas Pate, Inver Grove Heights, Minn./Nick Kruml, Downers Grove, Ill., 3,094.
29, Keven Williams, Springfield, Mo.,/Patrick Hanrahan, Wichita, Kan., 3,083.
30, (tie) Chris Loschetter, Avon, Ohio/Ronnie Russell, Marion, Ind., and Chris Via, Springfield, Ohio/Graham Fach, Urbana, Ohio, 3,077.
32, Francois Lavoie, Canada/Stuart Williams, England, 3,063.
33, Anthony Pepe, East Elmhurst, N.Y./Liz Johnson, Palatine, Ill., 3,059.
34, Austin Boulds, Creal Springs, Ill./Sean Lavery-Spahr, Pasadena, Texas, 3,039.
35, Brad Angelo, Lockport, N.Y./Thomas Larsen, Denmark, 3,025.
36, Greg Young, Viera, Fla./Kamron Doyle, Brentwood, Tenn., 3,003.
37, Matt O'Grady, Rahway, N.J./Stephen Pavlinko Jr., Sewell, N.J., 3,000.
38, A.J. Rice, Salem, Ala./Mykel Holliman, Collierville, Tenn., 2,992.
39, Anthony Simonsen, Little Elm, Texas/Connor Pickford, Charlotte, N.C., 2,971.
40, Andrew Anderson, Holly, Mich./Matt Sanders, Indianapolis, 2,968.
41, Jason Sterner, Fayetteville, Ga./Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 2,845.
42, Matt Kuba, Chicago Ridge, Ill./Michael Davidson, Versailles, Ohio, 2,830.
43, Allan Smith, Killeen, Texas/Kenneth Bland Jr., San Antonio, Texas, 2,791.

300 games - Nicholas Pate, Darren Tang, Christopher Sloan, Zachery Wilkins

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Bill O’Neill Becomes Hall of Fame Eligible with Victory in PBA Hall of Fame Classic to Kick Off 2019 Season

by Bill Vint January 6, 2019 10:55

ARLINGTON, Texas – Bill O’Neill of Langhorne, Pa., defeated top qualifier Jakob Butturff of Tempe, Ariz., 199-194, to win the Professional Bowlers Association Hall of Fame Classic title at the International Training and Research Center Sunday and in the process became title-eligible for election to the PBA Hall of Fame in the future.

The finals aired live on FOX Sports’ FS1 channel in the 2019 Go Bowling! PBA Tour’s debut event in its new multi-year television agreement with FOX.

O’Neill, after throwing 17 strikes on 22 attempt in eliminating Sweden’s Jesper Svensson, 258-219, and Australia’s Jason Belmonte, 268-188, struggled through his first four frames of the title match before throwing four strikes in a row to take the lead against Butturff, who missed two spare attempts. Butturff’s failure to convert the 4-7 in the ninth frame proved to be the difference.

“It might have appeared on TV that I got super nervous (early in the title match), but actually I was really calm,” O’Neill said. “I just made a bad shot and got a little out of rhythm, so in the third frame we talked about trying another ball. I wanted to try one more hand position change, and I made what I thought was a pretty good shot, but I left the 7-10, so I switched balls and I was good to go.

“It was one of those things,” he continued. “When it’s your day, it’s your day. I believed in myself. I believed in my game plan. I’ve been on TV enough to know things happen fast and you have to stick with your plan, and you go down with the ship.”

With his 10th title, O’Neill will be eligible for the 2025 PBA Hall of Fame ballot, his 20th year of PBA membership. But reaching the title-eligible part of the criteria was the key step.

“Anyone in my position who says he isn’t thinking about it would be a liar,” O’Neill added. “To become Hall of Fame eligible in the Hall of Fame Classic is pretty cool, but I’m not done yet. I’m ready to keep going.”

In the opening match, Svensson defeated Rhino Page of Orlando, Fla., 201-198.

The Go Bowling! PBA Tour’s next events will be the PBA Oklahoma Open and Mark Roth-Marshall Holman PBA Doubles Championship at FireLake Bowling Center in Shawnee, Okla. Qualifying will run concurrently for both events, beginning Tuesday. FloBowling will live-stream all qualifying rounds. The finals of the Oklahoma Open will air live on FS1 on Sunday, Jan. 13, at 11 a.m. EST. The Roth-Holman Doubles finals will air on FS1 the following Sunday, Jan. 20, at 1 p.m. EST.

PBA HALL OF FAME CLASSIC
International Training and Research Center, Arlington, Texas, Sunday

Final Standings
1, Bill O'Neill, Langhorne, Pa., $25,000.
2, Jakob Butturff, Tempe, Ariz., $13,000.
3, Jason Belmonte, Australia, $8,000.
4, Jesper Svensson, Sweden, $7,000.
5, Rhino Page, Orlando, $6,000.

Playoff Results:
Match One: Svensson def. Page, 201-198.
Match Two: O’Neill def. Svensson, 258-219.
Semifinal Match: O’Neill def. Belmonte, 268-188.
Championship: O’Neill def. Butturff, 199-194.

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PBA Inducts Four into Hall of Fame in First Ceremonies Held in International Bowling Museum and Hall of Fame

by Bill Vint January 5, 2019 19:57

ARLINGTON, Texas – There was no more appropriate place to welcome the Professional Bowlers Association’s four newest Hall of Fame members than the International Bowling Museum and Hall of Fame itself, and that’s exactly what happened Saturday when Finland’s Mika Koivuniemi; Patrick Allen of South Salem, N.Y.; Jim Doty of Indianapolis, and Bob Johnson of Las Vegas joined the PBA’s elite.

The first induction ceremonies ever held within the IBM/HF itself were part of the PBA Hall of Fame Classic weekend which concludes Sunday with the PBA’s first live stepladder finals telecast on FOX Sport’s FS1 channel at 11 a.m. EST. The HOF Classic is the first tournament of the 2019 Go Bowling! PBA Tour season.

But Saturday night was for coats and ties, and cocktail dresses, as two decorated PBA Tour champions, a long-time PBA tournament host and an award-winning bowling journalist were honored for their highly successful careers contributions to professional bowling. It was a ceremony filled with good humor, serious appreciation and moments of emotion.

MIKA KOIVUNIEMI

Koivuniemi, who now resides in the United Arab Emirates where he is coaching the UAE national bowling team, is a 14-time PBA Tour champion who earned his nickname – Major Mika – after winning two majors before he won his first “standard” PBA Tour title. In his first PBA television appearance, he defeated PBA star Pete Weber by a single pin to win the 2000 USBC Masters. A year later he won the U.S. Open, and he claimed the crown jewel of his PBA career in 2011, when he won the $250,000 first prize in the $1 million PBA Tournament of Champions.

“I have sat in these ceremonies many times and don’t remember what anyone said,” Koivuniemi began, “so I thought, how can I do something people will remember? Maybe give my speech in Finnish. Or maybe with my accent, they won’t remember anyway.

“I’ve very proud to be the first European elected to the PBA Hall of Fame,” he continued on a more serious note. “In 1995, I decided to come to the U.S. to see how good I was.”

He related how after one early failure, PBA member Mike Miller offered him some advice that stuck.

“Mike Miller said to me, you have to get better or you’ll go back home in a year,” Koivuniemi said. “I decided to work harder.”

PATRICK ALLEN

Allen, a 13-time PBA Tour title winner, won PBA’s 2004-05 Chris Schenkel PBA Player of the Year after becoming the second player in PBA history to finish among the top five in all four PBA majors during the same season – finishing second in the USBC Masters and U.S. Open, fifth in the PBA Tournament of Champions and winning the PBA World Championship.

“To make it into the hall of fame on the first ballot was a thrill,” Allen said. “Seventeen years later, it was like it all happened in a flash. But here we are. The day comes when you have to say when. It’s painful, but it’s great to be back among my friends tonight.”

Allen also had special words for his presenter, fellow PBA Hall of Famer Doug Kent.

“Doug was responsible for two careers: his own and mine,” Allen said. “He told me I had to learn the technical side of the sport, and then he taught me.”

JIM DOTY

Doty is general manager of Royal Pin Leisure centers, the Indianapolis chain that includes long-time PBA host Woodland Bowl. Under his leadership, Woodland Bowl has hosted PBA events over a span of 20 years, including the U.S. Open, PBA Touring Players Championship, USBC Masters, PBA World Championship, PBA Tournament of Champions and PBA League Elias Cup finals among other events. Woodland Bowl is the only center to host all five PBA major Championships.

“It’s been close to 40 years we’ve been hosting tournaments, and I’ve got a lot of stuff on some of you,” he said jokingly to the numerous PBA players in the room.

“It’s been a labor of love,” he said, “but if it wasn’t for my dedicated staff, we’d never host the PBA. I can’t put into words how important this is to me. It’s amazing the talent the players have; you have to love having these guys come to our place.

“Randy Pedersen once called Woodland Bowl the Yankee Stadium of bowling, and he’s right. The list of players who have grown up here is a long one. It’s great to know all of the people who know us as the place where the pros bowl. I’m proud of that.”

BOB JOHNSON

Johnson began his journey into bowling journalism at age 15 and eventually served as editor of four national bowling magazines, winning 75 national writing awards for his news, feature and editorial compositions, many of which directly involved the PBA. Currently Senior Editor of Bowlers Journal International and editor of the BJI Cyber Report, he is a recipient of both the International Bowling Media Association’s Luby Hall of Fame Award and the Mid-America Bowling Writers Golden Quill Award.

To mark the occasion, Johnson and his wife Michelle purchased a commemorative brick for the sidewalk outside the IGM/HF, wrote a check to the breast cancer charity of PBA staffer Mary von Krueger’s charity of choice and donated the cost of his Hall of Fame ring to BVL, bowling’s official charity in support of the nation’s military veterans.

“I’m not a ring guy,” Johnson said, “except for this one (pointing to his wedding ring).”

“I learned that one of the secrets to bringing a story to life is what you put between the commas,” he noted. “I’ve always tried to write the best stories I can. I doesn’t always work… Telling PBA players’ stories has been a real pleasure and I hope I can continue doing it for many more years.”

Also recognized during the ceremonies were 2018 Chris Schenkel PBA Player of the Year Andrew Anderson of Holly, Mich.; Harry Golden PBA Rookie of the Year Kamron Doyle of Brentwood, Tenn.; PBA Steve Nagy Sportsmanship Award winner Tom Smallwood of Saginaw, Mich., and PBA Tony Reyes Memorial Community Service Award recipient Chris Barnes of Double Oak, Texas.

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Jakob Butturff Holds Off Jason Belmonte to Earn Top Berth for Sunday’s PBA Hall of Fame Classic Finals

by Bill Vint January 5, 2019 10:39

ARLINGTON, Texas – Jakob Butturff of Tempe, Ariz., held off a hard-charging Jason Belmonte of Australia to earn the top berth for Sunday’s Professional Bowlers Association Hall of Fame Classic finals at the International Training and Research Center.

The finals will air live on FOX Sports’ FS1 channel at 11 a.m. EST. The Hall of Fame Classic will be the first title decided in the 2019 Go Bowling! PBA Tour season.

Butturff, a 24-year-old left-hander who is trying for his fifth PBA Tour title, led the tournament through all three qualifying rounds, finishing with an 18-game total of 4,284 pins, 11 ahead of Belmonte. After scoring at a 252 clip for the first 12 games, Butturff slowed down Saturday, rolling games of 268, 214, 215, 138, 215 and 203 while Belmonte steadily closed in. A split in the 10th frame, which he converted, prevent Belmonte from overtaking the young left-hander.

“It was a bit of a struggle today. There were fewer bowlers and a different crossing pattern, so the lanes played differently, “Butturff said. “But I was able to hold on to the lead and tomorrow’s a different day.”

Belmonte, who finished with 4,273 pins, wasn’t disappointed about his finish. The Australian two-hander and four-time PBA Player of the Year had games of 185, 260, 247, 228, 253 and 244 to close the gap.

“I got off to a slow start, but I bowled well after that,” the 18-time titlist said. “I have no goals this year. I’m just going to try to be the best bowler I can every week. I want to be bowler of the year again, but if I start to focus on things like that, I get in my own way. If I bowl my best, good things will happen.”

Rounding out the top five are Bill O’Neill of Langhorne, Pa., who finished with 4,111 pins; Swedish two-hander Jesper Svensson with a 4,091 total and veteran left-hander Rhino Page of Orlando with 4,076 pins.

The GoBowling! PBA Tour’s next events will be the PBA Oklahoma Open and Mark Roth-Marshall Holman PBA Doubles Championship at FireLake Bowling Center in Shawnee, Okla. Qualifying, which will run concurrently for both events, begins Tuesday. FloBowling will live-stream all qualifying rounds. The finals of the Oklahoma Open will air live on FS1 on Sunday, Jan. 13, at 11 a.m. EST. The Roth-Holman Doubles finals will air on FS1 on Sunday, Jan. 20, at 1 p.m. EST.

PBA HALL OF FAME CLASSIC
International Training and Research Center, Arlington, Texas, Saturday

Final Qualifying Standings (after 18 games, top five advance to Sunday’s FS1 stepladder finals)
1, Jakob Butturff, Tempe, Ariz., 4,284.
2, Jason Belmonte, Australia, 4,273.
3, Bill O'Neill, Langhorne, Pa., 4,111.
4, Jesper Svensson, Sweden, 4,091.
5, Rhino Page, Orlando, 4,076.
6, Jason Sterner, Fayetteville, Ga., 4,022, $4,800.
7, EJ Tackett, Bluffton, Ind., 3,980, $4,300.
8, Sam Cooley, Australia, 3,971, $3,900.
9, DJ Archer, Spring, Texas, 3,970, $3,600.
10, Kristopher Prather, Plainfield, Ill., 3,930, $3,400.
11, Stuart Williams, England, 3,884, $3,200.
12, Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 3,881, $3,000.
13, Tom Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich., 3,871, $2,800.
14, Kyle Troup, Taylorsville, N.C., 3,863, $2,600.
15, Devin Bidwell, Wichita, Kan., 3,842, $2,400.
16, Cristian Azcona, Puerto Rico, 3,827, $2,200.
17, Tom Daugherty, Riverview, Fla., 3,822, $2,100.
18, Anthony Lavery-Spahr, Pasadena, Texas, 3,810, $2,000.

300 Game: Bill O’Neill.

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Red-Hot Jakob Butturff Continues to Dominate PBA Hall of Fame Classic After Two Rounds

by Bill Vint January 4, 2019 19:09

ARLINGTON, Texas – Jakob Butturff, the unorthodox 24-year-old left-hander from Tempe, Ariz., continued his torrid scoring pace, threatening the Professional Bowlers Association’s 12-game scoring record as he dominated qualifying in the PBA Hall of Fame Classic Friday at the International Training and Research Center.

The Hall of Fame Classic is the opening event of the 2019 Go Bowling! PBA Tour season.

After averaging 258 for his first six qualifying games Thursday, Butturff he nearly duplicated that performance Friday, starting the second round with games of 238, 259, 255, 263 and 268. Needing to finish with a 249 game to break the PBA 12-game record of 3,083 pins set by PBA Hall of Famer Mike Aulby in Baltimore, Md., in 1996, Butturff closed with a 197 (his only sub-200 game of the tournament) for a 3,031 pinfall total and a 175-pin lead over four-time PBA Player of the Year Jason Belmonte of Australia who had 2,856 pins.

“I came up short of the record, but a record’s a record, and winning a title is just as important. When I bowl, I always put my foot down,” Butturff said. “I may lead by 300 pins, but I’m never going to let my opponent think it’s a gimme. I have a pretty comfortable lead, but I’m still going to give it the best I’ve got. I know the other guys are capable of putting up big numbers.”

Rounding out the top five were Jason Sterner, Fayetteville, Ga., and Bill O'Neill, Langhorne, Pa., who were tied for third with 2,756 pins, and Rhino Page, Orlando, with a 2,749 total.

The top 18 bowlers after 12 games will bowl a third six-game round Saturday morning to determine the top five players for Sunday’s live FS1 stepladder finals on FS1 at 11 a.m. EST.

Saturday’s final qualifying round will be being live-streamed on FloBowling.com at 10 a.m. EST, followed by coverage of the PBA Hall of Fame induction ceremonies Saturday at 7:45 p.m. EST. Fans also can follow Saturday’s qualifying round as it happens on pba.com’s live scoring feature: (https://www.pba.com/PBALiveScoring?TournamentID=2755).

PBA HALL OF FAME CLASSIC
International Training and Research Center, Arlington, Texas, Friday

Second Round Standings (after 12 games, top 18 players advance)
1, Jakob Butturff, Tempe, Ariz., 3,031.
2, Jason Belmonte, Australia, 2,856.
3 (tie), Jason Sterner, Fayetteville, Ga., and Bill O'Neill, Langhorne, Pa., 2,756.
5, Rhino Page, Orlando, 2,749.
6, EJ Tackett, Bluffton, Ind., 2,740.
7, Jesper Svensson, Sweden, 2,736.
8, Sam Cooley, Australia, 2,691.
9 (tie), Kristopher Prather, Plainfield, Ill., and Tom Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich., 2,663.
11, Cristian Azcona, Puerto Rico, 2,645.
12, DJ Archer, Spring, Texas, 2,636.
13, Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 2,620.
14, Stuart Williams, England, 2,617.
15, Anthony Lavery-Spahr, Pasadena, Texas, 2,605.
16, Tom Daugherty, Riverview, Fla., 2,592.
17, Devin Bidwell, Wichita, Kan., 2,591.
18, x-Kyle Troup, Taylorsville, N.C., 2,590.
Failed to advance:
19, Martin Larsen, Sweden, 2,590.
20, Brad Angelo, Lockport, N.Y., 2,576.
21, Brad Miller, Lees Summit, Mo., 2,569.
22, Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., 2,565.
23, Ronnie Russell, Marion, Ind., 2,561.
24 (tie), Greg Ostrander, Freehold, N.J., and Graham Fach, Urbana, Ohio, 2,557.
26, Matt Sanders, Indianapolis, 2,544.
27 (tie), Anthony Simonsen, Little Elm, Texas, and Chris Loschetter, Avon, Ohio, 2,536.
29, Osku Palermaa, Finland, 2,531.
30, Josh Blanchard, Mesa, Ariz., 2,530.
31, Dick Allen, Lexington, S.C., 2,520.
32 (tie), Matt O'Grady, Rahway, N.J., and AJ Chapman, Manchester, Iowa, 2,519.
34, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 2,517.
35, Gary Faulkner Jr., Memphis, Tenn., 2,505.
36, Tim Foy Jr., Seaford, Del., 2,493.
37 (tie), Andrew Anderson, Holly, Mich., and Thomas Larsen, Denmark, 2,492.
39, Danielle McEwan, Stony Point, N.Y., 2,491.
40, Ryan Ciminelli, Clarence, N.Y., 2,487.
41, Shawn Maldonado, Houston, 2,484.
42, Brian Robinson, Morgantown, W.Va., 2,483.
43, Arturo Quintero, Mexico, 2,473.
44, Allan Smith, Killeen, Texas, 2,449.
45 (tie), Mitch Hupe, Canada; Jake Peters, Henderson, Nev., and Dino Castillo, Highland Village, Texas, 2,443.
48, Nathan Bohr, Austin, Texas, 2,442.
49, Sean Lavery-Spahr, Pasadena, Texas, 2,438.
50, Dom Barrett, England, 2,437.
51 (tie), Kamron Doyle, Brentwood, Tenn., and Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 2,436.
53, Anthony Pepe, East Elmhurst, N.Y., 2,431.
54, Richie Teece, England, 2,419.
55, Nate Garcia, Port St. Lucie, Fla., 2,417.
56, Andres Gomez, Colombia, 2,416.
57, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 2,414.
58, Michael Haugen Jr., Phoenix, 2,403.
59, Greg Young, Viera, Fla., 2,391.
60, AJ Johnson, Oswego, Ill., 2,379.
61, Francois Lavoie, Canada, 2,370.
62, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., 2,360.
63, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 2,339.
64, Daria Pajak, Poland, 2,310.
65, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 2,304.
66, Mike Wolfe, New Albany, Ind., 2,289.
67, Christopher Sloan, Ireland, 2,268.
68, Michael Davidson, Versailles, Ohio, 2,239.
69, Justin Wyman, Fairport, N.Y., 2,224.
70, Kenneth Bland Jr., San Antonio, Texas, 2,181.

x- Troup def. Larsen, 218-211, in a one-game roll-off to break a tie for 18th place.

300 Game: EJ Tackett.

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