Duke Has Roller Coaster Second Round But Still Dominates PBA50 South Shore Open Qualifying

by Jerry Schneider July 26, 2017 19:09

PBA Hall of Famer Norm Duke’s second round in the PBA50 South Shore Open presented by DV8 felt like a roller coaster ride but he still managed to dominate qualifying finishing with a 4,007 16-game pinfall total Wednesday at Olympia Lanes in Hammond, Ind.

Duke, who is trying for his second PBA50 Tour title of the season, followed up his monster 2,088 eight-game pinfall in Tuesday’s first round with 1,919 in the second round bowling games of 187, 180, 279, 279, 275, 194, 248 and 277.

“Boy, that was either feast or famine,” said Duke, who averaged 250 in qualifying. “I waited a little longer than I should have to go to another ball after those first two games but I had a game plan to turn it around.

“I couldn’t have predicted coming back with three 270 games but going to a different ball and making a few other adjustments was going to result in something a lot better than 180.”

Duke holds a 190-pin lead over fellow hall of famer and tournament defending champion Pete Weber who finished qualifying in second with a 3,817 pinfall.

Weber, the 2016 and 2015 PBA50 Player of the Year, had a 1,814 pinfall in the second round with games of 233, 207, 257, 259, 214, 185, 224 and 235, after finishing second behind Duke in the first round with 2,003.

Weber, who is winless this season, won the 2016 South Shore Open to finish the season with a record six PBA50 Tour titles.

If Weber can win this year’s event, he will reach 100 PBA titles overall for his career which includes wins in PBA Tour, PBA50 Tour, PBA Regional and PBA50 Regional competition. PBA Hall of Famer Walter Ray Williams Jr., who qualified seventh with 3,692, holds the record with 102 wins overall.

Brian LeClair of Delmar, N.Y., the season’s only multiple winner with two titles, finished qualifying in third with a 3,776 pinfall.

LeClair, who currently leads the PBA50 Player of the Year point standings, had games of 217, 222, 246, 300, 211, 246 and 254 in the second round after finishing 12th in the first round with 1,824.

Rounding out the top five were three-time PBA50 Tour winner Bob Learn Jr., Erie, Pa., 3,766 and Brian Kretzer, Dayton, Ohio, 3,752.

The top 24 players advanced directly to Thursday’s match play. Eight additional spots will be determined through a casher’s round Thursday morning. After match play the top five players will advance to the stepladder finals scheduled for 7 p.m. CDT (8 p.m. EDT).

Fans can catch all of Thursday’s action on PBA’s online bowling channel Xtra Frame. For subscription and schedule information visit www.xtraframe.tv.

PBA50 SOUTH SHORE OPEN PRESENTED BY DV8

Olympia Lanes, Hammond, Ind., Wednesday

Second Round

(After 16 games. top 24 advance to match play; 25th-32nd plus eight PBA60 players advance to cashers round which determines eight additional match play spots)

1, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 4,007.
2, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 3,817.
3, Brian LeClair, Delmar, N.Y., 3,776.
4, Bob Learn Jr., Erie, Pa., 3,766.
5, Brian Kretzer, Dayton, Ohio, 3,752.
6, Harry Sullins, Chesterfield Twp., Mich., 3,701.
7, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., 3,692.
8, Ron Mohr, Las Vegas, 3,687.
9, (tie) Doug Kent, Newark, N.Y., and Bill Henson, Westerville, Ohio, 3,677.
11, Lennie Boresch Jr., Kenosha, Wis., 3,670.
12, Danny Clark, New Palestine, Ind., 3,667.
13, Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, 3,660.
14, Mark Sullivan, Indianapolis, 3,654.
15, Tom Baker, King, N.C., 3,631.
16, Gary Faulkner, Norfolk, Va., 3,595.
17, Sammy Ventura, Syracuse, N.Y., 3,584.
18, Michael Chrzanowski, Shepherd, Mich., 3,573.
19, Mike Scroggins, Amarillo, Texas, 3,571.
20, Sam Maccarone, Blackwood, N.J., 3,561.
21, Keith Lesko, Chicago, 3,557.
22, Gary Schluchter, Femont, Ohio, 3,556.
23, John Burkett, Southlake, Texas, 3,549.
24, Gary Alstott, Washington, Ill., 3,548.
25, n-Leroy Johnson, Chicago, 3,545.
26, Eddie Graham, Centerville, Ohio, 3,530.
27, (tie) James Storts, Westfield, Ind., and Billy Froberg, St Joseph, Mich., 3,519.
29, Paul McCordic, Sugar Land, Texas, 3,516.
30, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 3,502.
31, Edward Silva, Manteca, Calif., 3,483.
32, Kenny Parks, Hammond, Ind., 3,462.
33, ss-Ted Staikoff, Black Hawk, S.D., 3,457.
34, John Kidwell, Indianapolis, Ind., 3,451.
35, n-Gregg Zicha, Glen Ellyn, Ill., 3,444.
36, ss-Brian Miller, Springfield, Ohio, 3,442.
37, ss-Darryl Bower, Middletown, Pa., 3,437.
38, Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., 3,424.
39, Bryan Goebel, Shawnee, Kan., 3,422.
40, n-John Chapman, Canada, 3,421.
41, Christopher Keane, Cape Coral, Fla., 3,414.
42, Michael Haugen Jr., Phoenix, 3,398.
43, Rick Zakrajsek, Lorain, Ohio, 3,394.
44, ss-Warren Nelson, Hemet, Calif., 3,390.
45, Todd Haney, Boiling Springs, S.C., 3,385.
46, Steve Kenyon, Dade City, Fla., 3,381.
47, Joel Carlson, Omaha, Neb., 3,376.
48, ss-Steven Jansson, Barnes, Wis., 3,374.
49, ss-Don Blatchford, Santa Monica, Calif., 3,372.
50, Glenn Morgan, Carson City, Nev., 3,370.
51, Ernie Segura, Taylor, Mich., 3,369.
52, ss-Emilio Mora Sr, Defiance, Ohio, 3,355.
53, Rick Francis, Linden, Calif., 3,353.
54, Craig O'Reilly, Orland Hills, Ill., 3,352.
55, ss-Gary Kammes, Winfield, Ill., 3,347.
56, Lee Brosius, Ashburn, Va., 3,345.
57, John Dudak, Orland Park, Ill., 3,340.
58, (tie) n-Jeff Richgels, Madison, Wis., and Tony Johnson, Canton, Ohio, 3,333.
60, Kevin Foley, Reno, Nev., 3,331.
61, (tie) John Brockland, St. Charles, Mo., and Timothy Regan, East Northport, N.Y., 3,327.
63, Greg McDaniel, Kimball, Neb., 3,313.
64, Don Herrington, Ballston Lake, N.Y., 3,311.
65, Marc Lineberry, Camanche, Iowa, 3,292.
66, Warren Burr, Wilmington, Del., 3,289.
67, Tom Carter, Columbus, Ohio, 3,276.
68, Jeffery Johnson, Freeport, Ill., 3,274.
69, (tie) Mike Keough, Stockton, Calif., and Richard Hunt, Valparaiso, Ind., 3,254.
71, Scott Greiner, Platte City, Mo., 3,251.
72, Brian Cooper, Henderson, Nev., 3,248.
73, Harry Wright, Venice, Fla., 3,235.
74, Tommy Martin, Millington, Tenn., 3,232.
75, Patrick Shipley, Spring Valley, Calif., 3,225.
76, Fred Phillips, Canada, 3,218.
77, n-John Thompson, Sarasota, Fla., 3,217.
78, Rick Woloszyn, Griffith, Ind., 3,211.
79, Daniel Twomey, Teaneck, N.J., 3,201.
80, Robert Kicmal, LaGrange, Ill., 3,198.
81, Dave Bernhardt, Romeo, Mich., 3,183.
82, Nile Konicek, Gilbert, Ariz., 3,180.
83, Vince Honeycutt, Franklin, N.C., 3,179.
84, Todd Kjell, Roscoe, Ill., 3,177.
85, Bill Argenbright, New Hope, Va., 3,160.
86, Doug O'Bryant, Ball Ground, Ga., 3,156.
87, Paul Mielens, Menomonie, Wis., 3,122.
88, William Banks, Laurel Hill, N.C., 3,107.
89, n-Jerry Krause, Mudelein, Ill., 3,106.
90, Michael Truitt, New Port Richey, Fla., 3,080.
91, Brendan Bierch, Grafton, Mass., 3,065.
92, Mike Watson, Grass Valley, Calif., 2,988.
93, Tim Pierce, Portland, Ore., 2,949.
94, Garry Blanton, Owensboro, Ky., 2,926.
95, Steve Stein, Staten Island, N.Y., 2,874.
96, Brian Dunn, Plainfield, Ill, 2,836.
97, Allen Meskan, Addison, Ill., 2,684.

300 games (2) – Brian LeClair, Gary Faulkner

n-non-member

ss-PBA60 players advancing to casher’s round

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Duke Averages 261 to Lead PBA50 South Shore Open First Round

by Jerry Schneider July 25, 2017 18:31

PBA Hall of Famer Norm Duke of Clermont, Fla., made it look easy by averaging 261 for eight games Tuesday to dominate first round qualifying in the PBA50 South Shore Open presented by DV8 at Olympia Lanes.

Duke, who is trying for his second win of the season on the tour for players 50 and older, bowled games of 237, 279, 279, 246, 265, 268, 289 and 225 for a 2,088 pinfall total falling 72 pins short of the eight-game round record of 2,160 set by Ron Mohr in the 2010 Senior Columbus (Ohio) Open.

“When 225 is your bad game you can’t complain about that,” said the 53-year-old Duke, who won the Race City Open in Mooresville, N.C. in May for his fourth PBA50 Tour title. “That was a monster block for me. It would be asking a lot to repeat one like that but I’ll try – I always do.

Duke credited a change to a less aggressive ball after the fourth game for being able to maintain his high-scoring pace.

“I was fortunate that I was able to anticipate a change in my ball reaction,” Duke said. “Sometimes you wait too long and get that subpar game before you realize you need to do something different. I could see a little wiggle that I didn’t like as my ball was going down the lane at the end of the fourth game so that was a sign that maybe it was time for a change.”

Finishing the round 85 pins behind Duke in second was defending champion and fellow hall of famer Pete Weber of St. Ann, Mo., who bowled a 2,003 pinfall (250 average). The two-time defending PBA50 Player of the Year, who has yet to win this season, had games of 197, 245, 257, 300, 243, 214, 268 and 279.

In 2016 Weber won the South Shore Open to finish the season with a record six PBA50 Tour wins.

Rounding out the top five after the first round were three-time PBA50 Tour winner Bob Learn Jr. of Erie, Pa., 1,966; Paul McCordic, Sugar Land, Texas, 1,902, and USBC Hall of Famer Lennie Boresch Jr., Kenosha, Wis., 1,884.

After Wednesday’s second round the top 24 players will advance to Thursday’s match play rounds with eight players advancing to match play after a cashers round Thursday morning. After match play, the top five players will advance to the stepladder finals at 7 p.m. CDT.

In addition to following the action on pba.com, Apple users can download the new PBA app, available through the Apple App store, to access live scoring.

PBA50 SOUTH SHORE OPEN PRESENTED BY DV8

Olympia Lanes, Hammond, Ind., Tuesday

FIRST ROUND (after eight games)

1, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 2,088.
2, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 2,003.
3, Bob Learn Jr., Erie, Pa., 1,966.
4, ss-Paul McCordic, Sugar Land, Texas, 1,902.
5, Lennie Boresch Jr., Kenosha, Wis., 1,884.
6, John Kidwell, Indianapolis, Ind., 1,882.
7, Brian Kretzer, Dayton, Ohio, 1,873.
8, Mark Sullivan, Indianapolis, 1,872.
9, Mike Scroggins, Amarillo, Texas, 1,847.
10, ss-Bill Henson, Westerville, Ohio, 1,844.
11, Harry Sullins, Chesterfield Twp., Mich., 1,832.
12, Brian LeClair, Delmar, N.Y., 1,824.
13, (tie) Keith Lesko, Chicago, and ss-Tom Baker, King, N.C., 1,812.
15, Danny Clark, New Palestine, Ind., 1,811.
16, Gary Schluchter, Femont, Ohio, 1,810.
17, Bryan Goebel, Shawnee, Kan., 1,801.
18, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., 1,792.
19, Doug Kent, Newark, N.Y., 1,786.
20, (tie) ss-Darryl Bower, Middletown, Pa., and Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., 1,784.
22, ss-Ron Mohr, Las Vegas, 1,782.
23, Tony Johnson, Canton, Ohio, 1,773.
24, Gary Faulkner, Norfolk, Va., 1,772.
25, ss-Sam Maccarone, Blackwood, N.J., 1,768.
26, John Burkett, Southlake, Texas, 1,764.
27, Rick Zakrajsek, Lorain, Ohio, 1,761.
28, Billy Froberg, St Joseph, Mich., 1,760.
29, ss-n-Leroy Johnson, Chicago, 1,756.
30, ss-Warren Nelson, Hemet, Calif., 1,753.
31, Christopher Keane, Cape Coral, Fla., 1,751.
32, Sammy Ventura, Syracuse, N.Y., 1,749.
33, Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, 1,748.
34, Eddie Graham, Centerville, Ohio, 1,739.
35, ss-Ted Staikoff, Black Hawk, S.D., 1,738.
36, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 1,732.
37, (tie) ss-Lee Brosius, Ashburn, Va., and Michael Haugen Jr., Phoenix, 1,728.
39, ss-James Storts, Westfield, Ind., 1,727.
40, Gary Alstott, Washington, Ill., 1,725.
41, ss-Michael Chrzanowski, Shepherd, Mich., 1,722.
42, ss-Kenny Parks, Hammond, Ind., 1,721.
43, Steve Kenyon, Dade City, Fla., 1,712.
44, ss-Glenn Morgan, Carson City, Nev., 1,711.
45, Timothy Regan, East Northport, N.Y., 1,706.
46, n-John Chapman, Canada, 1,704.
47, ss-Kevin Foley, Reno, Nev., 1,702.
48, ss-Edward Silva, Manteca, Calif., 1,699.
49, ss-Brian Miller, Springfield, Ohio, 1,696.
50, Don Herrington, Ballston Lake, N.Y., 1,681.
51, ss-Tom Carter, Columbus, Ohio, 1,680.
52, ss-Marc Lineberry, Camanche, Iowa, 1,674.
53, Harry Wright, Venice, Fla., 1,668.
54, Tommy Martin, Millington, Tenn., 1,665.
55, Craig O'Reilly, Orland Hills, Ill., 1,661.
56, ss-Richard Hunt, Valparaiso, Ind., 1,655.
57, John Brockland, St. Charles, Mo., 1,646.
58, n-Gregg Zicha, Glen Ellyn, Ill., 1,643.
59, Scott Greiner, Platte City, Mo., 1,637.
60, ss-Daniel Twomey, Hammond, Ind., 1,634.
61, Patrick Shipley, Spring Valley, Calif., 1,632.
62, Ernie Segura, Taylor, Mich., 1,629.
63, n-John Thompson, Sarasota, Fla., 1,628.
64, Robert Kicmal, LaGrange, Ill., 1,625.
65, ss-Don Blatchford, Santa Monica, Calif., 1,623.
66, ss-Vince Honeycutt, Franklin, N.C., 1,622.
67, ss-John Dudak, Orland Park, Ill., 1,619.
68, Joel Carlson, Omaha, Neb., 1,617.
69, ss-Emilio Mora Sr, Defiance, Ohio, 1,607.
70, ss-William Banks, Laurel Hill, N.C., 1,606.
71, ss-Steven Jansson, Barnes, Wis., 1,600.
72, (tie) ss-Nile Konicek, Gilbert, Ariz., and s-Rick Francis, Linden, Calif., 1,595.
74, Rick Woloszyn, Griffith, Ind., 1,592.
75, Todd Haney, Boiling Springs, S.C., 1,587.
76, Warren Burr, Wilmington, Del., 1,586.
77, ss-Michael Truitt, New Port Richey, Fla., 1,582.
78, (tie) ss-Gary Kammes, Winfield, Ill., and Jeffery Johnson, Freeport, Ill., 1,580.
80, ss-Brian Cooper, Henderson, Nev., 1,574.
81, n-Jeff Richgels, Madison, Wis., 1,551.
82, Doug O'Bryant, Ball Ground, Ga., 1,550.
83, ss-Dave Bernhardt, Romeo, Mich., 1,543.
84, Fred Phillips, Canada, 1,539.
85, Mike Keough, Stockton, Calif., 1,535.
86, ss-Brendan Bierch, Grafton, Mass., 1,533.
86, Mike Watson, Grass Valley, Calif., 1,533.
88, Todd Kjell, Roscoe, Ill., 1,521.
89, ss-Paul Mielens, Menomonie, Wis., 1,516.
90, n-Jerry Krause, Mudelein, Ill., 1,514.
91, Greg McDaniel, Kimball, Neb., 1,513.
92, ss-Tim Pierce, Portland, Ore., 1,511.
93, ss-Steve Stein, Staten Island, N.Y., 1,504.
94, ss-Bill Argenbright, New Hope, Va., 1,489.
95, ss-Garry Blanton, Owensboro, Ky., 1,464.
96, Brian Dunn, Plainfield, Ill, 1,397.
97, ss-Allen Meskan, Addison, Ill., 1,309.

300 games (1) – Pete Weber

n-non-member

ss-PBA60 player ages 60 and older

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PBA50 Tour Begins Stretch Run in Indiana With the PBA50 South Shore Open July 24-27

by Jerry Schneider July 19, 2017 07:56

After a four-week break, the 2017 PBA50 Tour season makes its stretch run with three tournaments in Indiana to close the season beginning with its traditional stop in Hammond, Ind., for the PBA50 South Shore Open presented by DV8 at Olympia Lanes July 24-27.

Heading into the South Shore Open, Brian LeClair of Delmar, N.Y., who is the season’s only multiple winner with two titles, holds a healthy lead in the PBA50 Player of the Year points race over 2017 Senior U.S. Open winner Michael Haugen Jr. – who also leads the Rookie of the Year race – in second, and USBC Senior Masters winner Walter Ray Williams Jr. in third place.

PBA fans will be able to follow all the action streamed live on PBA’s online bowling channel Xtra Frame. In addition to following the action on pba.com, Apple users will be able to use the new PBA app, available through the Apple App store, to access live scoring.

In 2016, two-time defending PBA50 Player of the Year Pete Weber defeated tournament top qualifier Lennie Boresch Jr., 241-203, in the title match to win the South Shore Open to finish the season with a record six PBA50 Tour victories that included a record string of four in a row. It was also his 99th title overall in PBA competition.

Weber, who is winless this season, is hoping to win his elusive 100th career title in Hammond. He has won 37 PBA Tour, 10 PBA50 Tour, 48 PBA regional and four PBA50 regional titles which ranks second all-time to fellow Hall of Famer Walter Ray Williams Jr. who owns 102 titles in PBA competition.

Also among the field of 90 players will be fellow Hall of Famers Tom Baker, 2017 PBA50 Players Championship winner Bryan Goebel, Amleto Monacelli and Parker Bohn III.

The South Shore Open could also play an important role in determining the top eight players from the season’s points list who will have the opportunity to advance to the PBA Challenge held in conjunction with the GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling IX presented by Eldorado Reno Properties this November in Reno, Nev.

South Shore Open competition begins with the first eight-game qualifying round on Tuesday, July 25 to be followed by the second eight-game round on Wednesday, July 26. Match play begins Thursday, July 27 which will determine the top five for the stepladder finals scheduled for 7 p.m. Central Time. The official practice session is scheduled for 9 a.m. – noon on Monday, July 24 followed by pro-am squads conducted at 1, 3 and 6 p.m. For pro-am entry information call Olympia Lanes at (219) 933-6677.

After the South Shore Open, the PBA50 Tour heads to Anderson, Ind., for the Dave Small’s Championship Lanes Classic presented by Roto Grip July 29 – Aug. 1 to be followed by the DeHayes Insurance Group Championship presented by Pro Bowl West and Ebonite in Fort Wayne, Aug. 5-8.

The season wraps up with the PBA60 Dick Weber Championship presented by Hammer, for players 60 and older, Aug. 10-12 also at Pro Bowl West in Fort Wayne.

PBA50 SOUTH SHORE OPEN PRESENTED BY DV8 SCHEDULE
Olympia Lanes, Hammond, Ind.
(all times are Central)

Monday, July 24
9 a.m. – noon – Practice session.
Pro-am squads - 1, 3, and 6 p.m.

Tuesday, July 25
10 a.m. – A squad qualifying (8 games)
3:30 p.m. - B squad qualifying (8 games)

Wednesday, July 26
10 a.m. - B squad qualifying (8 games)
3:30 p.m. - A squad qualifying (8 games)

Thursday, July 27
8:30 a.m. - Cashers round (5 games)
Noon – Match Play Round 1 (5 games)
3 p.m. – Match Play Round 2 (6 games)
Top five bowlers advance to stepladder finals
7 p.m. - Stepladder Finals

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PBA Introduces Official PBA App That Will Provide Immediate Access to Live Scoring for PBA Events

by Jerry Schneider July 18, 2017 09:31

The PBA has introduced an official PBA app available through the Apple App Store which will provide fans with immediate access to live scoring for the PBA Tour, PBA50 Tour and all PBA Regional events.

The new PBA app will provide users with quick access to live scoring when any of the PBA events are underway, plus access to the latest PBA news, schedules, bowler profiles and more – all at no cost.

The app is a companion app to the popular Xtra Frame app, which allows fans to watch live bowling from their mobile and tablet devices, as well as the PBA Bowling Challenge mobile game app which has 18 million users.

The PBA app, which is currently only available through the Apple App Store, will be available in Google Play soon.

The newest product is one more addition to the PBA Network, which provides PBA fans around the world with access to PBA news and information through a comprehensive system of mass-media and social media outlets.

To download the apps use the links provided below:

The new PBA app – Apple App Store: https://itunes.apple.com/us/developer/professional-bowlers-association/id1249507892

Xtra Frame app – Apple App Store: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/pba-xtraframe/id600637358?mt=8 Android Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.neulion.android.pba&hl=en

PBA Bowling Challenge app – Apple App Store: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/pba-bowling-challenge/id657459418?mt=8

Android Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.concretesoftware.pbachallenge_androidmarket&hl=en

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Jason Belmonte Wins Third Consecutive Best Bowler ESPY

by Jerry Schneider July 12, 2017 21:35

Australia’s Jason Belmonte received his third consecutive Best Bowler ESPY Award Wednesday evening during the 2017 ESPY Awards ceremony at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.

Belmonte, who now owns four ESPY awards, became the second player to earn three consecutive ESPYs joining PBA Hall of Famer Norm Duke who won three consecutively in 2007, ’08 and ’09. 

Belmonte, a three-time PBA Player of the Year, was among winners in a variety of sports and special moment categories that were determined by fan voting on espn.com with the winners announced during ABC-TV’s live ESPY Awards telecast.

In 2017, Belmonte won the USBC Masters for a record fourth time and brought his PBA major win total to eight by winning the Barbasol PBA Players Championship.

Since last summer Belmonte also has compiled eight other top-10 finishes including seventh in the 2017 FireLake PBA Tournament of Champions and fourth in the 2016 PBA World Championship. Most recently, he finished second in the inaugural Main Event PBA Tour Finals and third in the Grand Casino Hotel & Resort PBA Oklahoma Open. 

"I'm absolutely stoked about winning this year’s ESPY award,” said Belmonte, who won his first ESPY in 2011. “I can't thank the fans enough for voting for me. The support and passion I receive from people all around the world is a huge motivation to keep pushing myself to raise the bar.

“To show my fans the appreciation I have for them, I will continue to work hard on and off the lanes and be as interactive as possible with them through social media and appearances. In addition to the fans I’d also like to thank ESPN for establishing an award that honors outstanding achievement in our sport.”

Also nominated in the Best Bowler category were 2016 PBA Player of the Year EJ Tackett of Huntington, Ind. and 2016 PBA Rookie of the Year Francois Lavoie of Canada.

Among Tackett’s wins in 2017 were the Tournament of Champions, DHC Japan Invitational and the recent Main Event PBA Tour Finals. In the last half of 2016, he won the PBA World Championship, Bear Open and was a member of the winning Merica Rooster Illusion PBA Team Challenge team.

Lavoie became only the second foreign-born winner of the U.S. Open when he beat Marshall Kent 228-194 in the title match last November. During the stepladder finals he also bowled the 26th televised 300 game when he beat Shawn Maldonado 300-211 in the semi-final match. In June, Lavoie won the Xtra Frame Jonesboro Open for his third career PBA Tour title.

Belmonte is tied with Duke and PBA Hall of Famer Pete Weber for second with four Best Bowler ESPY awards trailing PBA Hall of Famer Walter Ray Williams Jr. who tops the list with seven.

HISTORY OF ESPY BEST BOWLER AWARD WINNERS

2017 – Jason Belmonte

2016 – Jason Belmonte

2015 – Jason Belmonte

2014 -  Pete Weber

2013 – Pete Weber

2012 – Sean Rash

2011 – Jason Belmonte

2010 – Walter Ray Williams Jr.

2009 – Norm Duke

2008 – Norm Duke

2007 – Norm Duke

2006 – Walter Ray Williams Jr.

2005 – Walter Ray Williams Jr.

2004 – Pete Weber

2003 – Walter Ray Williams Jr.

2002 – Pete Weber

2001 – Walter Ray Williams Jr.

2000 – Parker Bohn III

1999 – Walter Ray Williams Jr.

1998 – Walter Ray Williams Jr.

1997 – Bob Learn Jr.

1996 – Mike Aulby

1995 – Norm Duke

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