PBA Spare Shots: 2019 PBA Tour Award Winners to be Announced on December 11 on FloBowling

by Bill Vint November 15, 2019 09:14

The winners of the 2019 Chris Schenkel PBA Player of the Year, Harry Golden PBA Rookie of the Year, Steve Nagy Sportsmanship and Tony Reyes PBA Community Service Awards will be announced live on FloBowling on Wednesday, December 11, from FloSports studios in Austin, Texas.

The annual awards announcements by PBA CEO Colie Edison and PBA Commissioner Tom Clark will be livestreamed by FloBowling at a time to be announced later.

(Featured photo: PBA Commissioner Tom Clark presented the 2018 Player of the Year award to, from left, Andrew Anderson and the 2018 Rookie of the Year award to Kamron Doyle)

The PBA Player and Rookie of the Year winners will be selected by a panel of veteran bowling writers and the entire PBA membership. The Nagy Sportsmanship Award winner is selected by PBA Tour players who have bowled in at last half of the current season’s tournaments. The Tony Reyes award winner is selected by a special executive panel.

Last year’s winners of the PBA’s four prestigious awards were Andrew Anderson, Player of the Year; Kamron Doyle, Rookie of the Year; Tom Smallwood, Nagy Sportsmanship Award, and Chris Barnes, Tony Reyes Community Service Award.

VISA DELAY FORCES EJ TACKETT OUT OF TRIP TO COMPETE IN PBA CHINA TIGER CUP

Former PBA Rookie and Player of the Year EJ Tackett has been forced to cancel plans to compete in next week’s PBA China Tiger Cup in suburban Shanghai, China, because of a delay in obtaining a visa in time to make the trip.

Tackett was scheduled to be part of an eight-player PBA contingent competing in the PBA’s first-ever competition in mainland China. The invitational China Cup field, based on competition points earned during the FloBowling PBA Summer Tour, will include Sean Rash, Jason Sterner, AJ Johnson, Bill O'Neill, Kyle Sherman, newly-elected PBA Hall of Famer Tommy Jones and Kyle Troup, who will replace Anthony Simonsen. Simonsen declined his invitation due to a prior commitment, but Tackett’s spot in the field won’t be filled due to time constraints.

The tournament will now include seven PBA Tour players who have earned expenses-paid trips to China. The PBA qualifiers will join a contingent of bowlers from China, Korean, Japan and other Asian countries in a singles tournament with a $20,000 first prize. A special USA vs. China team event will conclude the event.

WESLEY LOW TO BEGIN CHASING PBA DREAMS

The widely anticipated arrival of Wesley Low Jr. to the PBA ranks will begin in January when the highly decorated two-handed left-hander begins his quest for 2020 PBA Rookie of the Year honors.

Low, now 22 and a graduate of the famous Wichita State University collegiate program, was the youngest bowler ever to win a PBA Regional tournament when he won a PBA West Region “challenge” event for non-title winners in Las Vegas in 2013 at the age of 15 years, 336 days. He didn’t get credit for an official title because he was not a PBA member at the time.

He also was the second-youngest player ever to “cash” in a PBA Regional when he finished third in the same non-champions event in Las Vegas the previous year at age 14. The youngest casher record is held by 2018 PBA Rookie of the Year Kamron Doyle who was 12 when he “cashed” in a PBA Regional in Canton, Ga., in 2010. In both cases, Low and Doyle competed as youth bowlers and accepted prize money in the form of contributions to their SMART scholarship funds.

Low, who has achieved success at virtually every level of youth and collegiate bowling leading up to his PBA debut, announced he will begin chasing his PBA dreams in an interview with FloBowling Senior Editor Lucas Wiseman (https://www.flobowling.com/video/6598050-wesley-low-talks-about-chasing-his-pba-dreams).

The Palmdale, Calif., resident said, “I’m nervous but excited. I’ll probably be humbled for a bit. I’d like to go on to great success, but there’s no guarantee.”

PBA PLAYER’S PERSPECTIVE: SEAN RASH DISCUSSES 2019 WOLF OPEN WIN

The newest PBA Player’s Perspective interview with PBA title winners reflecting on their victories continues on Tuesday, Nov. 19, when Sean Rash reflects on his 2019 Wolf Open title. To view all of the PBA Player’s Perspective episodes, visit the PBA’s YouTube page and click on the PBA Player’s Perspective play list.

The weekly series includes a new perspective released every Tuesday on to the PBA’s YouTube channel. The following players will provide personal play-by-play reflections in the weeks ahead:

Nov. 26 – EJ Tackett reflects on winning the 2019 PBA Tour Finals.

Dec. 3 – Bill O’Neill talks about his 2019 Harry O’Neale Chesapeake Open triumph.

Dec. 10 – Jason Belmonte provides insights about capturing his record-breaking 11th major title in the 2019 PBA World Championship during PBA World Series of Bowling X in Allen Park, Mich.

Player’s Perspectives currently in the archives on YouTube include:

• Norm Duke’s stunning 2011 U.S. Open win (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pQ0cGzRfnBk).

• Kris Prather’s historic PBA Playoffs victory (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hISjw3KmGCk).

• Anthony Simonsen’s win in the 2019 Bear Open (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tt2k25WKNzQ).

PBA REGIONAL UPDATE: 25 YEARS LATER, JOE FIRPO WINS AGAIN

A quarter of a century later, Joe Firpo of Tucker, Ga., defeated Gary Shultis of Levittown, N.Y., 258-214, to win a PBA Regional tournament when he won the PBA50 Gastonia Southern Open presented by Brunswick at George Pappas Liberty Lanes in Gastonia, N.C., Sunday.

Firpo, a 54-year-old former PBA member, won $2,000 in his first PBA Regional win since a tournament in Tallahassee, Fla., in 1994. But because he dropped his PBA membership 15 years ago, he doesn’t get credit for a fourth PBA title. Firpo won his only PBA Tour title with partner Del Warren in winning the 1987 Showboat PBA Doubles Classic in Las Vegas,

In the semifinal round Firpo easily disposed of Ken Shealy of Myrtle Beach, S.C., 227-190, while Shultis made it to the championship match for a third consecutive year by defeating Bill Vannoy of Lexington, S.C., 275-248. Shultis, who had won at Liberty Lanes three times in the past, pocketed 1,000 as the runner-up.

• Tom Hess of Granger, Iowa defeated Dakota Vostry of Chicago, 225-193, to win the PBA Plaza Bowl Midwest Open presented by Roto Grip in Clinton, Iowa, Sunday for his 11th PBA Regional title and the $2,000 first prize.

In the first match of the three-player stepladder finals, Vostry defeated Kenny Calkins III of Des Moines, Iowa, 222-215, to advance to the title match to face Hess, the top qualifier. The tournament was the final PBA Midwest Region event of the 2019 season.

• Brendon Miller of Urban, Ohio defeated Michael Adams of Fresno, Mich., 208-166, to win the PBA La-Z-Boy Central Challenge at Monroe Sport Center in Monroe, Mich., Saturday for a $1,500 first prize and his first PBA title.

The tournament field consisted of PBA members who had not won a PBA title and non-members who have never won a PBA event (non-members are not eligible to win PBA titles).

Miller blanked David Harold II of Columbus, Ohio, 2-0, while Adams downed Corey Miller of Waterford, Mich., 2-1, in a best-of-three-game semifinal round to set up the championship match.

On this weekend’s PBA Regional schedule are the PBA50 Bryan’s Bowling Center Eastern Open presented by 900 Global in Laurel, Del.; the PBA50 PLYGEM Windows South Open at Rocky Mount Bowling Center in Rocky Mount, Va., and the Japan Region’s High Sports Cup Chameleon Open at Kashima Bowl in Kashima, Japan.

On the pre-Thanksgiving Day weekend schedule, Nov. 22-24, is the PBA50 Allstate Central Match Classic at Westland Bowl in Westland, Mich.; the Break Point Alley Member/Non-Member Doubles in Tavares, Fla., and the PBA and PBA50 Epicenter Northwest-West Open tournaments in Klamath Falls, Ore.

The only PBA Regional tournament over the Nov. 29-Dec. 1 Thanksgiving weekend will be the PBA50 Beaumont Southwest Open at Crossroads Bowling Center in Beaumont, Texas.

The PBA Regional schedule over the Dec. 6-8 weekend includes the Knob Hill East Challenge at Knob Hill Country Lanes in Manalapan, N.J., and the Warren Harley-Davidson Central Challenge at Freeway Lanes of Warren, Ohio. Both “challenge” tournaments are open exclusively to non-title winners.

The PBA Regional program concludes its 2019 season with PBA/PBA50 Houston Emerald Bowl Doubles Dec. 20-22 in Houston, Texas. The Southwest Region event is projected to pay a projected $7,000 first place.

For complete PBA Regional schedules, rules and entry information, visit pba.com, open the “schedules” tab and click on PBA Regional Tours to find the event(s) in your area…and remember, you can follow “live scoring” for all PBA Regional events on pba.com (easily accessible for Apple and Android device users using the PBA app).

QUICK NOTES

• Jason Belmonte’s newest off-the-lanes venture is serving as a “mentor” to help novice inventors improve their pitches to judges on the upcoming series “Everyday Edison” that will begin livestreaming on Amazon Prime in February. You can view Belmonte’s preview of his role in the show on his Facebook page.

• Last Call: Nominations are being accepted through Nov. 22 for the 2019 PBA Tony Reyes Community Service award. To be eligible, the nominee must be a PBA member in good standing. To nominate an individual, use the nomination form available at this link:  (https://www.pba.com/Content/files/awards/TonyReyes_App_2019.pdf).

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PBA Adds Nearly Half a Million Dollars to Prize Fund for 2020 Season on FOX; Three Events to Pay $100,000

by Bill Vint November 8, 2019 12:59

CHICAGO – Building on this year's strong inaugural season on FOX Sports and bolstered by the recent acquisition by Bowlero Corp., the Professional Bowlers Association has announced a $400,000 boost in prize money for the 2020 Go Bowling! PBA Tour on FOX Sports season.

Every event on the schedule will enjoy prize fund increases and two of the PBA's most prestigious major championships, the PBA Tournament of Champions and PBA World Championship, will now award six-figure first place prizes.

All roads lead towards the PBA Playoffs, with the season’s top 24 points earners clinching a spot in the $320,000 event, which again features a $100,000 first place prize.

Entries opened today for the full schedule of PBA on FOX season events, which will all pay a 1-in-3 cash ratio (other than the animal pattern stages of World Series of Bowling XI). Revised competition formats and conditions await, including more dual-pattern events at both classic and new venues around the U.S.

Qualifying and match play rounds of the events will be livestreamed on FloBowling, with the finals on either FOX or FS1. Twenty-three telecasts on FOX or FS1 are live, kicking off with the PBA Hall of Fame Classic on Jan. 19 on FS1. Highlights of the broadcast schedule include three straight majors including the U.S. Open for the first time on FOX during "Big February," and five-straight days of PBA WSOB XI coverage in March.

More detailed tournament information is listed event-by-event in chronological order below or click on the 2020 season tab under the “schedules” link on pba.com. The link to each tournament includes information on how to enter.

2020 PBA Tour on FOX Sports

PBA HALL OF FAME CLASSIC

Where: Arlington, TX (International Training and Research Center)

When: January 13-19

TV: Finals Sunday, Jan. 19, 1 pm ET (Noon CT), FS1 (Live)

Digital: Qualifying, match play, FloBowling (Live).

Field: 56 (48 + 8 PTQ)

Format: 2 squads. 12 qualifying games (6 per day, per squad). Cut to top 14 for 14 games round robin match play. Top five advance to stepladder finals. 

Conditions: Dual patterns throughout (Left lane: Weber 45, Right lane: Aulby 38). 

PBA Playoffs points: Tier 3 event

Defending champion: Bill O'Neill

Prize fund, ratio: $110,000. 1 in 3 cash.

Top prizes: 1. $30,000, 2. $15,000, 3. $9,000, 4. $7,000, 5. $5,000

PBA OKLAHOMA OPEN

Where: Shawnee, OK (FireLake Bowling Center)

When: January 20-26

TV: Sunday, Jan. 26, 2 pm ET (1 pm CT), FS1 (Live)

Digital: Qualifying, match play, FloBowling (Live).

Field: 88 (80 + 8 PTQ)

Format: 2 squads. 12 qualifying games (6 per day, per squad). Cut to top 16 for 16 games round robin match play. Top five advance to stepladder finals. 

Conditions: Dual patterns throughout (Left lane: Dragon 45, Right lane: Wolf 32).

PBA Playoffs points: Tier 2 event

Defending champion: Jakob Butturff

Prize fund, ratio: $130,000. 1 in 3 cash.

Top prizes: 1. $30,000, 2. $15,000, 3. $9,000, 4. $7,000, 5. $5,000

PBA JONESBORO OPEN

Where: Jonesboro, AR (Hijinx Lanes)

When: January 27 - February 1

TV: Saturday, Feb. 1, 4:30 ET (3:30 CT), FS1 (Live)

Digital: Qualifying, match play, FloBowling (Live).

Field: 60 (52 + 8 PTQ)

Format: 1 squad. 14 qualifying games (two 7 game blocks in one day). Cut to top 16 for 16 games round robin match play. Top five advance to stepladder finals.

Conditions: Dual patterns throughout (Left lane: Shark 48, Right lane: Viper 36).

PBA Playoffs points: Tier 2 event

Defending champion: Norm Duke

Prize fund, ratio: $120,000. 1 in 3 cash.

Top prizes: 1. $30,000, 2. $15,000, 3. $9,000, 4. $7,000, 5. $5,000

PBA TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS (Major Championship)

Where: Fairlawn, OH (AMF Riviera Lanes)

When: February 3-9

TV: Sunday, Feb. 9, 5 pm ET, FOX (Live)

Digital: Qualifying, match play, FloBowling (Live).

Field: 76 (70 national champions + 6 regional champion PTQ)

Format: 1 squad. 18 qualifying games (3 game blocks). Cut to top 24 for 24 games round robin match play. Top five advance to stepladder finals.

Conditions: Johnson 40.

PBA Playoffs points: Tier 1 event

Defending champion: Jason Belmonte

Prize fund, ratio: $283,000. 1 in 3 cash.

Top prizes: 1. $100,000, 2. $50,000, 3. $25,000, 4. $12,000, 5. $10,000

PBA PLAYERS CHAMPIONSHIP (Major Championship)

Where: Columbus, OH (Wayne Webb's Columbus Bowl)

When: February 9-15

TV: Saturday, Feb. 15, 5:30 ET, FS1 (Live)

Digital: Qualifying, match play, FloBowling (Live).

Field: 92 (82 + 10 PTQ)

Format: 1 squad. 18 qualifying games (3 game blocks). Cut to top 24 for 24 games round robin match play. Top five advance to stepladder finals.

Conditions: Webb 38.

PBA Playoffs points: Tier 1 event

Defending champion: Anthony Simonsen

Prize fund, ratio: $246,000. 1 in 3 cash

Top prizes: 1. $70,000, 2. $35,000, 3. $17,000, 4. $11,000, 5. $10,000

US OPEN (Major Championship)

Where: Lincoln, NE (Sun Valley Lanes)

When: February 16-23

TV: Sunday, Feb. 23, 1 pm ET (Noon CT), FOX (Live)

Digital: Qualifying, match play, BowlTV and FloBowling (Live).

PBA Playoffs points: Tier 1 event

Defending champion: Francois Lavoie

Other details: TBA

PBA INDIANAPOLIS OPEN

Where: Indianapolis (Woodland Bowl)

When: February 24-29

TV: Saturday, Feb. 29, 8:30 pm ET, FS1 (Live)

Digital: Qualifying, match play, FloBowling (Live).

Field: 120 (no PTQ)

Format: 1 squad. Two blocks of 7 games qualifying (14 total). Cut to top 16 for 16 games round robin match play. Top five advance to stepladder finals.

Conditions: Dual patterns throughout (Left lane: Roth 42, Right lane: Holman 37).

PBA Playoffs points: Tier 2

Defending champion: Norm Duke

Prize fund, ratio: $152,000. 1 in 3 cash

Top prizes: 1. $30,000, 2. $15,000, 3. $10,000, 4. $8,000, 5. $7,000

MARK ROTH/MARSHALL HOLMAN PBA DOUBLES CHAMPIONSHIP

Where: Indianapolis (Woodland Bowl)

When: February 27-29

TV: Taped Saturday, Feb. 29, 4:30 ET. Airs Sunday, March 8, Noon ET, FS1 (taped)

Digital: Qualifying, match play, FloBowling (Live).

Field: 60 doubles teams

Format: 1 squad. Two blocks of 7 games (14 total, 28 games per team). Top 16 teams advance to 16 games of round robin match play using Baker system).

Conditions: Dual patterns throughout (Left lane: Roth 42, Right lane: Holman 37).

PBA Playoffs points: Tier 3

Defending champions: Sean Rash and Matt Ogle

Prize fund, ratio: $147,000. 1 in 3 teams cash.

Top prizes (per team): 1. $30,000, 2. $15,000, 3. $13,000, 4. $12,000, 5. $11,000

PBA WORLD SERIES OF BOWLING XI

Where: Las Vegas (South Point Bowling Plaza)

When: March 6-18

TV: Five consecutive days (first four live), FS1 (Sunday, March 15 - Thursday, March 19). Times below.

Field: 120 (110 + 10 PTQ)

Total prize fund: $685,000

Events: PBA Cheetah, PBA Chameleon, PBA Scorpion, PBA World Championship, USA vs. World. Notes on all below.

WSOB PBA Cheetah Championship

TV: Sunday, March 15, 1:30 ET (10:30 am PT), FS1 (Live)

Format: One squad. 2 blocks of 5 games qualifying (10 games total). Top 16 advance to elimination match play bracket. Surviving four players advance to TV finals. TV finals all four bowl one seeding game, then stepladder.

Conditions: Cheetah 33.

PBA Playoffs points: Tier 3 event

Defending champion: Dick Allen

Prize fund, ratio: $79,000. 1 in 7.5 cash.

Top prizes: 1. $25,000, 2. $13,000, 3. $7,000, 4. $6,000

WSOB PBA Chameleon Championship

TV: Monday, March 16, 8 ET (5 PT), FS1 (Live)

Format: One squad. 2 blocks of 5 games qualifying (10 games total). Top 16 advance to elimination match play bracket. Surviving four players advance to TV finals. TV finals all four bowl one seeding game, then stepladder.

Conditions: Chameleon 39.

PBA Playoffs points: Tier 3 event

Defending champion: Jason Belmonte

Prize fund, ratio: $79,000. 1 in 7.5 cash.

Top prizes: 1. $25,000, 2. $13,000, 3. $7,000, 4. $6,000

WSOB PBA Scorpion Championship

TV: Tuesday, March 17, 8 ET (5 PT), FS1 (Live)

Format: One squad. 2 blocks of 5 games qualifying (10 games total). Top 16 advance to elimination match play bracket. Surviving four players advance to TV finals. TV finals all four bowl one seeding game, then stepladder.

Conditions: Scorpion 42.

PBA Playoffs points: Tier 3 event

Defending champion: Kris Prather

Prize fund, ratio: $79,000. 1 in 7.5 cash.

Top prizes: 1. $25,000, 2. $13,000, 3. $7,000, 4. $6,000

WSOB PBA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP (Major Championship)

TV: Wednesday, March 18, 8 ET (5 PT), FS1 (Live)

Format: 30 games qualifying (10 games each on Cheetah, Chameleon and Scorpion patterns). Top 40 advance to cashers round, 10 games on Anthony. Cut to top 24 for 24 games round robin match play. Top five advance to stepladder finals.

Conditions: After cut to top 40, Anthony 43.

PBA Playoffs points: Tier 1 event

Defending champion: Jason Belmonte

Prize fund, ratio: $385,000. 1 in 3 cash.

Top prizes: 1. $100,000, 2. $50,000, 3. $25,000, 4. $20,000, 5. $15,000

WSOB USA vs. The World

TV: Taped Wednesday, March 18, 1 pm PT. Airs next day Thursday, March 19, 8 pm ET, FS1 (taped)

Format: Team event. The Top 5 USA players and Top 5 international players after the first 30 games of WSOB qualifying form the teams.

Prize fund: $60,000 (Winning team: $40,000, losing team: $20,000)

Defending champions: The World

USBC MASTERS (Major Championship)

Where: Reno, NV (Grand Sierra Bowling Center)

When: March 23-29

TV: Sunday, March 29, 2:30 ET (11:30 am PT), FOX (Live)

PBA Playoffs points: Tier 1 event

Defending champion: Jakob Butturff

Other details: TBA

PBA PLAYOFFS

Where: Round of 24, Bowlero Norco, Norco, CA; Round of 16, Bowlero Lone Tree, Lone Tree, CO; Round of 8, Texas Bowlero, Euless, TX, Final Four, Bowlero North Brunswick, North Brunswick, NJ.

When: Round of 24, April 6. Round of 16, April 20-21. Round of 8, May 10-11. Final Four, May 16-17.

TV: Monday, April 6, 7 pm ET (4 pm PT), FS1 (Live)

Monday, April 13, 9 pm ET, FS1 (Taped April 6)

Monday, April 20, 7 pm ET, (5 pm MT), FS1 (Live)

Monday, April 20, 9 pm ET (7 pm MT), FS1 (Live)

Monday, April 27, 9 pm ET, FS1 (Taped April 21)

Monday, May 4, 9 pm ET, FS1 (Taped April 21)

Sunday, May 10, 2 pm ET (1 pm CT), FS1 (Live)

Monday, May 11, 9 pm ET, FS1 (Taped May 10)

Saturday, May 16, 2 pm ET, FOX (Live)

Sunday, May 17, 2 pm ET, FOX (Live)

Field: Top 24 in points from 2020 PBA on FOX season. All cash.

Format: Single elimination bracket. Top 8 seeds get byes into second round. First round one game matches, subsequent matches best of 2.

Conditions: Carter 39.

Defending champion: Kris Prather

Prize fund: $320,000

Top prizes: 1. $100,000, 2. $50,000, 3. $25,000, 4. $25,000

Special non-Tour events:

PWBA/PBA Mixed (Special event)

Where: Denver, CO (Bowl Expo special lane construct)

When: July 5

TV: Sunday, July 5, 7 pm ET (6 pm MT), FS1 (Live)

Other details: TBA

PBA SUMMER LEAGUE

Where: Portland, ME (Bayside Bowl)

When: July 19-23

TV (4 telecasts): Tuesday, July 21, 7 pm ET, FS1 (Live)

Tuesday, July 21, 9 pm ET, FS1 (Live)

Wednesday, July 22, 9 pm ET, FS1 (Live)

Thursday, July 23, 9 pm ET, FS1 (Live)

Format: TBA. 10 teams. All players cash.

Conditions: Roth 42.

Defending champions: Portland Lumberjacks

Prize fund: $360,000

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PBA Spare Shots: Dom Barrett Wins PBA-WBT Kuwait Open for Eighth Career PBA Tour Title

by Bill Vint November 8, 2019 08:29

England’s Dom Barrett defeated Iceland’s Arnar Jonsson, 289-235 and 278-277, Wednesday to win his eighth PBA Tour title in the PBA-World Bowling Tour Kuwait Open in Kuwait City, Kuwait. Barrett, who qualified third for the stepladder finals, had to beat Jonsson, the top qualifier, twice to claim the $50,000 first prize under tournament rules.

(Featured photo: Sheikh Talal Mohammad Al-Sabah presents the Kuwait Open championship trophy and check to Dom Barrett. Asian Bowling Federation photo by Terence Yaw)

Jonsson, 25, joined the PBA in August. He became the first Iceland native to bowl for a PBA Tour title.

Barrett, 34, advanced to the title match by defeating Venezuela’s Ildemaro Ruiz, 276-223, in the second stepladder match and Canada’s Mitch Hupé, 253-230, in the semifinal contest. Ruiz opened the stepladder finals with a 275-234 win over Hong Kong’s Michael Mak.

In the World Bowling Tour Men’s and Women’s Finals held in conjunction with the Kuwait Open, Barrett again defeated Jonsson in the title match, 276-232, after Jonsson eliminated Sean Rash in the semifinal match, 289-223. Colombia’s Maria Jose Rodriguez defeated defending champion Liz Johnson, 252-234, for the women’s title after Johnson eliminated Clara Guerrero, 255-232, in semifinal match.

JAKOB BUTTURFF NEWS: A UNIQUE TROPHY AND AN UNEXPECTED SETBACK

Unorthodox left-hander Jakob Butturff of Tempe, Ariz., made PBA news for a couple of different reasons over the past couple of weeks.

Butturff.Jakob_2019 PBA Clash (1)On the good news side, the 25-year-old Arizona native defeated EJ Tackett, 258-244, to claim the $50,000 winner-take-all prize in the PBA Clash. Along with his cash prize, he also received a unique bowling pin trophy made of Legos by a company called “Custom Brick Sculptures.”

Unique trophies are kind of a badge of honor to distinguish certain events, but this trophy was the first one made of Legos. The tie-in to Legos is that the popular Legoland Theme Park Florida is located in Winter Haven, Fla., just up the road from the Kegel Training Center in Lake Wales, Fla.

On the bad news side, Butturff was noticeably absent from the ranks of contenders in the U.S. Open in Mooresville, N.C., especially after finishing as U.S. Open runner-up in both 2017 and ’18. He was forced to withdraw after suffering a severe, but mysterious, allergic reaction that landed him in the emergency room at a nearby hospital.

Butturff came into the U.S. Open as a three-time PBA Tour title winner in 2019 but suffered a setback in his bid for 2019 PBA Player of the Year consideration when he was forced to withdraw.

PBA PLAYER’S PERSPECTIVE: ANTHONY SIMONSEN TO DISCUSS 2019 BEAR OPEN WIN

PBA Player’s Perspective, a series of YouTube interviews with PBA title winners reflecting on their victories in selected title matches, continues on Tuesday, Nov. 12, when Anthony Simonsen of Little Elm, Texas, discusses his double-extra frame victory over EJ Tackett to win the 2019 Bear Open in Aurora, Ill.

To view all of the PBA Player’s Perspective episodes, visit the PBA home page on YouTube and click on the appropriate link. Currently available is Norm Duke’s perspective on his stunning 2011 U.S. Open win over Mika Koivuniemi (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pQ0cGzRfnBk) and Kris Prather’s historic PBA Playoffs victory (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hISjw3KmGCk).

The weekly series, with new perspectives released to the PBA’s YouTube home page, will feature the following players providing personal play-by-play reflections in the weeks ahead:

  • Nov. 19 – Sean Rash discusses his 2019 Wolf Open title.

  • Nov. 26 – EJ Tackett reflects on winning the 2019 PBA Tour Finals.

• Dec. 3 – Bill O’Neill talks about his 2019 Harry O’Neale Chesapeake Open triumph.

• Dec 10 – Jason Belmonte provides insights about capturing his record-breaking 11th major title in the 2019 PBA World Championship during PBA World Series of Bowling X in Allen Park, Mich.

PBA REGIONAL UPDATE: WILLIAMS-ALLEN PARTNERSHIP WINS AGAIN

The partnership of seven-time PBA Tour titlist Dick Allen of Lexington, S.C. and PBA Hall of Famer Walter Ray Williams Jr. of Oxford, Fla., has proven to be highly successful in PBA/PBA50 doubles competition where the duo was victorious again Sunday.

Williams, in winning for a 114th time at all levels of PBA competition, and Allen defeated Brandon Curtis of Manson, N.C., and Troy McKinney of Yorktown, Va., 202-197, to win the PBA/PBA50 Decker Appraisal Services Baker Doubles title presented by Hammer Sunday at Interstate Lanes in Bristol, Va., for the second year in a row.

Williams, who recently celebrated his 60th birthday, and Allen qualified first for the stepladder finals and watched as Kristian Rogers of Salisbury, N.C. and Craig Auerbach of Sunrise, Fla., eliminated Joe Scarborough of Charlotte, N.C., and Nick Christy of Newport, N.C., 251-216, to start the four-team stepladder finals. Curtis and McKinney then defeated Rogers and Auerbach, 246-201, to advance to the title match.

Allen and Williams, along with Dennis Lane, were partners in winning the 2016 PBA/PBA50/PBA60 trios event in Bristol that made Williams the first player in PBA history to win a grand total of 100 titles. Allen and Williams have bowled as doubles partners four times in PBA Regional events, winning twice and finishing second in the other two events.

This year’s win was Williams’ 20th in PBA50 Regional competition to go along with 33 standard PBA Regional, 47 PBA Tour and 14 PBA50 Tour titles. Allen picked up his 26th PBA Regional win and a share of the $4,000 first prize in Bristol. Allen’s 26 titles are tied for 18th place on the list of 1,903 players who have won at least one title in PBA Regional competition.

• Chandler Stevens of Archbold, Ohio defeated Patrick Dombrowski of Parma, Ohio, 214-195, to win the PBA Fort Wayne Central/Midwest Open at Pro Bowl West in Fort Wayne, Ind., Sunday, for his first PBA title and a $1,700 first prize.

In the semifinal round, Stevens topped Nathan Michalowski of Mount Pleasant, Wis., 219-199, and Dombrowski downed Aaron Lorincz of Center Line, Mich., 190-145, to set up the championship match.

• Brian Boghosian of Springfield, Mass. and Keith Laing of Oakdale, Conn., defeated local non-PBA members Mark Bouchard of Deep River, Conn. and Matt Dzikiewicz of Rocky Hill, Conn., 176-224, 200-194, 169-167 in the best-of-three-game title match to win the PBA/PBA50 Callahan’s Bowling for Gold Doubles presented by Tech Vision Sunday at Callahan’s Bowl-O-Rama in Newington, Conn.

Boghosian, the 1999 USBC Masters champion, and Laing overcame a loss in the first game of the title round. After winning game two by six pins, the winners needed a mark and good count to win the final game. Laing, who won his first PBA Regional title in April, got a spare and a nine count to secure the victory.

The win meant the first PBA Regional title for Boghosian who had won a regional in 2016 as a non-member. Boghosian and Laing each earned $2,000. The tournament was open to teams include one member under the age of 50 with a 50-plus partner.

In the best-of-three semifinal round, Boghosian and Laing defeated Sam Ventura of Norwich, N.Y. and Anthony Pepe of Long Island City, N.Y., 2-0, while Bouchard and Dzikiewicz defeated Ryan Shafer and Howard Ayres, both of Horseheads, N.Y., 2-0.

• Jordan Jung of Canada defeated Jake Peters of Henderson, Nev., 216-213, to win the PBA Mesa East Bowl Western Open presented by Columbia 300 at Mesa East Bowl Sunday for a $2,500 first prize along with his first PBA Regional title.

Peters topped Lanndyn Carnate of Modesto, Calif., 208-194, to advance to the title match after eliminating Jakob Butturff of Tempe, Ariz., 212-202, in the first stepladder finals match.

The Nov. 8-10 calendar of PBA Regional activity includes the La-Z-Boy Central Challenge for non-title winners at Monroe Sports Center in Monroe, Mich.; the Plaza Bowl Midwest Open presented by Roto Grip in Clinton, Iowa, and the Gastonia South Open presented by Brunswick at George Pappas’ Liberty Lanes in Gastonia, N.C.

On the Nov. 15-17 PBA Regional weekend schedule are the PBA50 Bryan’s Bowling Center Eastern Open presented by 900 Global in Laurel, Del.; the PBA50 PLYGEM Windows Rocky Mount South Open at Rocky Mount Bowling Center in Rocky Mount, Va., and the Japan Region’s High Sports Cup Chameleon Open at Kashima Bowl in Kashima, Japan.

On the pre-Thanksgiving Day weekend schedule, Nov. 22-24, is the PBA50 Allstate Central Match Classic at Westland Bowl in Westland, Mich.; the Break Point Alley Member/Non-Member Doubles in Tavares, Fla., and the PBA and PBA50 Epicenter Northwest-West Open tournaments in Klamath Falls, Ore.

• The only PBA Regional tournament over the Nov. 29-Dec. 1 Thanksgiving weekend will be the PBA50 Beaumont Southwest Open at Crossroads Bowling Center in Beaumont, Texas.

• The PBA Regional schedule over the Dec. 6-8 weekend includes the Knob Hill East Challenge at Knob Hill Country Lanes in Manalapan, N.J., and the Warren Harley-Davidson Central Challenge at Freeway Lanes of Warren, Ohio. Both “challenge” tournaments are open exclusively to non-title winners.

• The PBA Regional program concludes its 2019 season with PBA/PBA50 Houston Emerald Bowl Doubles Dec. 20-22 in Houston, Texas. The Southwest Region event is projected to pay a projected $7,000 first place.

• For complete PBA Regional schedules, rules and entry information, visit pba.com, open the “schedules” tab and click on PBA Regional Tours to find the event(s) in your area…and remember, you can follow “live scoring” for all PBA Regional events on pba.com (easily accessible for Apple and Android device users using the PBA app).

QUICK NOTES

• Kyle Troup and Kris Prather have joined the ranks of PBA Tour players that are now rostered members of the PBA Challenge Game for mobile devices. Concrete Software’s wildly popular bowling game for mobile devices is also initiating a new series of daily challenges, so everyone who has downloaded the game should check their apps for more information. If you haven’t yet downloaded the free app, visit Google Play or the Apple Store to acquire the game…and take on Troup, Prather or any of the other PBA stars who are participants in the game.

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PBA Spare Shots: Kris Prather Discusses PBA Playoffs Victory in New PBA Player’s Perspective Interview

by Bill Vint November 1, 2019 10:13

PBA Player’s Perspective, a series of YouTube interviews with PBA title winners reflecting on their victories in selected title matches, continues on Tuesday, Nov. 5, when Kris Prather of Plainfield, Ill., explains what was going through his mind when the won the inaugural PBA Playoffs in Portland, Maine.

To view the episodes, visit the PBA home page on YouTube and click on the appropriate link. Currently available is Norm Duke’s perspectives on his 2011 U.S. Open victory over Mika Koivuniemi (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pQ0cGzRfnBk).

The weekly series, with new perspectives released to the PBA’s YouTube home page, will feature the following players providing personal play-by-play reflections in the weeks ahead:
  • Nov. 12 – Anthony Simonsen’s win in the 2019 Bear Open.
  • Nov. 19 – Sean Rash discusses his 2019 Wolf Open title.
  • Nov. 26 – EJ Tackett reflects on winning the 2019 PBA Tour Finals.

NICK PATE, RAFIQ ISMAIL INVITED TO WORLD BOWLING TOUR FINALS
PBA members Nick Pate of Inver Grove Heights, Minn., representing the Pan American zone, and Malaysia’s Rafiq Ismail, representing the Asian Zone, have been invited to participate in the 2019 World Bowling Tour Men’s Finals along with European Zone representative Arnard David Jonsson. Those three will join the top six male points leaders in World Bowling Tour for 2019 in the WBT Finals in Kuwait on Nov. 7.

The top five men, along with the top five women in WBT points, will be determined at the conclusion of the PBA-WBT Kuwait Open on Nov. 6. In the wake of his U.S. Open victory, Canada’s Francois Lavoie has taken the men’s points lead. The top five heading into the Kuwait Open, with current points in parenthesis, are: Lavoie (1,384); Anthony Simonsen (1,344); U.S. Open runner-up Sean Rash (1,272); AJ Johnson (1,268); Kyle Sherman (1,256), and Jakob Butturff and Jason Belmonte, who are tied with 1,240 points.

The women’s points leaders heading into the U.S. Open were Danielle McEwan (2,192); Liz Johnson (2,084); Tannya Roumimper (1,720); Clara Guerrero (1,248); and Missy Parkin (1,184) and Maria Jose Rodriguez (1,084). Women invited to represent their respective zones are Guerrero (Pan American Zone), Women invited to represent their respective zones are Guerrero (Pan American Zone), Singapore’s Cherie Tan (Asian Zone) and Sweden’s Anna Andersson, European Zone.

Both the Kuwait Open and WBT Men’s and Women’s Finals will be livestreamed on Nov. 6 and 7, respectively, on dailymotion.com.

PBA REGIONAL UPDATE: HATTORI, WILSON, KLOEMPKEN WIN AT SOUTH POINT
Zach Hattori and partner Ari Wilson,  both from Henderson, Nev., teamed up to win Sunday’s PBA South Point Member/Non-Member Doubles title at South Point Bowling Plaza after fellow non-PBA member Steve Kloempken of Pleasant Valley, Utah, won the South Point West Challenge portion of the PBA West Region doubleheader on Friday.

In the preliminary singles event open to non-PBA title winners, Kloempken, a former Team USA member who currently is Storm Products Vice President of Marketing, was perfect in defeating Deo Benard of Rio Rancho, N.M., 300-217, to earn the $2,000 first prize.

Kloempken knocked out another non-member, Kyle Duster of La Habra, Calif., 236-192, in the semifinal round while Benard eliminated Lanndyn Carnate of Modesto, Calif., 279-236, to set up the championship match.

In Sunday’s doubles title match, Hattori and Wilson defeated Cortez Schenck of Phoenix, Ariz. and Eric Hatchett of Las Vegas, 458-414, to claim the $4,000 first prize.

Hattori and Wilson advanced to the title match by eliminating Curtis Woods of Santa Rosa, Calf. and Josh Blanchard of Mesa, Ariz., 482-459, while Schenck and Hatchett ousted Ramsey Basurto of Lancaster, Calif., and Tim Cagle II of Hercules, Calif. 435-423, in the other semifinal match.

Kloempken, Hattori and Wilson are all non-members so none of the three receive credit for a PBA title.

• A busy schedule of events is on tap for November as the PBA Regional program starts to wrap up the 2019 season, beginning this weekend. On the schedule are the PBA-PBA50 Callahan’s Bowling for Gold Over-Under Doubles presented by TechVision at Callahan’s Bowl O Rama in Newington, Conn.; the PBA-PBA50 Decker Appraisal Services Doubles presented by Hammer at Interstate Bowl in Bristol, Va.; the Mesa East Open presented by Columbia 300 at Mesa East Bowl in Mesa, Ariz., and the one-day Ft. Wayne Central-Midwest Open at Pro Bowl West in Ft. Wayne, Ind.

• The Nov. 8-10 calendar of PBA Regional activity includes the La-Z-Boy Central Challenge for non-title winners at Monroe Sports Center in Monroe, Mich.; the Plaza Bowl Midwest Open presented by Roto Grip in Clinton, Iowa, and the Gastonia South Open presented by Brunswick at George Pappas’ Liberty Lanes in Gastonia, N.C.

—• On the Nov. 15-17 PBA Regional weekend schedule are the PBA50 Bryan’s Bowling Center Eastern Open presented by 900 Global in Laurel, Del.; the PBA50 PLYGEM Windows Rocky Mount South Open at Rocky Mount Bowling Center in Rocky Mount, Va., and the Japan Region’s High Sports Cup Chameleon Open at Kashima Bowl in Kashima, Japan.

—• On the pre-Thanksgiving Day weekend schedule, Nov. 22-24, is the PBA50 Allstate Central Match Classic at Westland Bowl in Westland, Mich.; the Break Point Alley Member/Non-Member Doubles in Tavares, Fla., and the PBA and PBA50 Epicenter Northwest-West Open tournaments in Klamath Falls, Ore.

• The only PBA Regional tournament over the Nov. 29-Dec. 1 Thanksgiving weekend will be the PBA50 Beaumont Southwest Open at Crossroads Bowling Center in Beaumont, Texas.

• The PBA Regional program concludes its 2019 season with a pair of tournaments over the Dec. 6-8 weekend: the Knob Hill East Challenge at Knob Hill Country Lanes in Manalapan, N.J., and the Warren Harley-Davidson Central Challenge at Freeway Lanes of Warren, Ohio. Both “challenge” tournaments are open exclusively to non-title winners.

• For complete PBA Regional schedules, rules and entry information, visit pba.com, open the “schedules” tab and click on PBA Regional Tours to find the event(s) in your area…and remember, you can follow “live scoring” for all PBA Regional events on pba.com (easily accessible for Apple and Android device users using the PBA app).

QUICK NOTES
tackett wedding photo• Thirteen-time PBA Tour champion EJ Tackett and Natalie Goodman, a two-time Junior Team USA member and former Vanderbilt University bowler, will be married Saturday in Pigeon Forge, Tenn. Fellow competitors and close friends Ronnie Russell and Marshall Kent will be groomsmen.

Danny Wiseman’s eighth annual Youth Scholarship Tournament held over the Oct. 12-13 weekend at AMF Country Club Lanes in Baltimore drew a sold-out field of 342 competitors and paid out $33,850 in scholarship money. For details, visit Wiseman’s website: http://dannywisemanbowling.com.

Reminder: The IBM/HF is holding a special auction with one fan receiving a PBA Hall of Fame Classic VIP Experience Jan. 18-19. Fans who would like to place a bid for the package must visit BowlingMuseumAuctions.com. The winner will be announced on Dec. 11 on the IBM/HF Facebook page. The PBA and the International Bowling Museum and Hall of Fame are teaming up to offer the unique experience in conjunction with the PBA Hall of Fame Classic in January that will kick off the PBA Tour’s 2020 season.

Reminder: Nominations are being accepted through Nov. 22 for the 2019 PBA Tony Reyes Community Service award. To be eligible, the nominee must be a PBA member in good standing. To nominate an individual, use the nomination form available at this link:  (https://www.pba.com/Content/files/awards/TonyReyes_App_2019.pdf).

—• Update: Upon further review of PBA Regional records, Ron Mohr is tied for second place among all-time PBA50 Regional winners with 19 titles. Harry Sullins is the leader with 24. Walter Ray Williams Jr. and Tom Baker also have won 19 PBA50 Regional titles.

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Lavoie Defeats Rash to Win His Second U.S. Open Title

by Bill Vint October 30, 2019 21:56

By Matt Cannizzaro, USBC Communications

MOORESVILLE, N.C. - For the second time in his short professional career, Canada's Francois Lavoie donned the coveted green jacket at the U.S. Open.

The 26-year-old right-hander defeated 14-time Go Bowling! PBA Tour champion and top seed Sean Rash of Montgomery, Illinois, 221-172, on Wednesday night to become the 12th bowler in history to win the prestigious title multiple times.

lavoieHis first time hoisting the U.S. Open trophy was in 2016 on the way to PBA Rookie of the Year honors.
The latest win gave Lavoie his fourth PBA Tour title and made the fourth-year professional the first foreign-born player to win the U.S. Open more than once. Finland's Mika Koivuniemi (2001) and Dom Barrett of England (2018) also have won the event.

Wednesday's star-studded stepladder at Victory Lanes was broadcast live on CBS Sports Network.
Along with the iconic outerwear, Lavoie also earned a $30,000 top prize. The U.S. Open was the fifth, and final, major of the 2019 PBA Tour season. The win was Lavoie's first since 2017.

"This is so surreal, and I don't even know where to begin," Lavoie said. "To win the first one was unbelievable and a dream come true. Winning the second one, wow. Especially with the way the season started, I never could've expected this. It's not something you think will happen again, and definitely not this year of all years. I feel so fortunate."

Lavoie started the final match with five consecutive strikes and cruised to the title. Rash opened with a strike but did not throw another until the ninth frame when his third major title already was out of reach.
Rash was in a familiar position as the No. 1 seed, having won the 2007 United States Bowling Congress Masters and 2012 PBA Tournament of Champions from there.

"I'm great, honestly," Rash said after the loss. "I led the U.S. Open, which is a dream come true. I've always wanted to make this show. Frankie bowled unbelievable. He started with the front five on a pair that was extremely brutal. He's a two-time champion at this event for a reason. It was a great performance, and he out-bowled me. I'm happy with my preparation and thought process and everything that was going on. I have no regrets from today, and I feel like this still was one of my best seasons overall."

Despite the loss, Rash indeed is winding down one of his best seasons in a career that began in 2005. His 2019 campaign includes two titles and more than $145,000 in earnings. He took home $15,000 for Wednesday's runner-up finish.

In the night's four matches, there only were three strings of strikes longer than a double, and Lavoie had two of them on what he considered the most challenging of the week's four oil patterns.
His keys to success on all the patterns were surface management and different hand positions.

"I wasn't ever really comfortable on this pattern for the 32 games we bowled on it, and going into match play, I was pretty nervous about holding onto a spot on the show for another 24 games," said Lavoie, who averaged less than 200 for his first eight games on the week's final oil pattern. "I had a hard time getting my hand to do what I wanted to get the right ball motion, but we stuck with it and stayed in it. Throwing the front five in the final game was huge, especially since our plan was just to try to hit the 1-3 every time. That pair was really hard."

On the way to his first U.S. Open title in Las Vegas, Lavoie also managed to string strikes in what is considered one of the sport's toughest environments. That year, he also was the second seed and advanced to the title match by becoming the first bowler in history to roll a perfect game on a U.S. Open television show.

Lavoie rolled into this year's championship match simply by filling frames, another key to success on the demanding conditions at the U.S. Open.

The Team Canada member posted a clean 214-164 win against two-time major champion Anthony Simonsen, 22, of Little Elm, Texas, who was looking to earn his eighth PBA Tour title and become the youngest player to win three majors.

Simonsen, who won the 2016 USBC Masters and 2019 PBA Players Championship, advanced to Wednesday's semifinal with a 187-148 against 11-time major champion and 2019 PBA Player of the Year front-runner Jason Belmonte of Australia.

After three solid shots to start the match, Belmonte failed to get more than six pins on four of his next five first balls. The 36-year-old two-hander tried everything to get back in the match, including a switch to a urethane ball in the seventh frame and moving from the left side of the lane to the right.

The move worked on the right lane, but the 22-time PBA Tour champion split twice on the left lane, including the 2-8-10 combination in his final frame. A missed 10 pin from Simonsen in the ninth frame gave Belmonte an opportunity to at least force Simonsen to mark, but the final split ended his chances for a fifth title in 2019.

A win Wednesday would've given Belmonte his first U.S. Open title, and he would've joined USBC and PBA Hall of Famer Mike Aulby as the only players to win the Super Slam.

Belmonte has four wins at the USBC Masters, three PBA Tournament of Champions titles, two victories at the PBA World Championship and two wins at the PBA Players Championship.

His 148 game was the lowest he has bowled on TV. His previous low came in a 214-156 loss to Wes Malott in the title match of the 2013 U.S. Open.

In Wednesday's opening match, neither Simonsen nor Bill O'Neill of Langhorne, Pennsylvania, looked immediately comfortable on the fresh 40-foot oil pattern, but two rolled 10 pins early in the game gave Simonsen a small advantage over O'Neill, who didn't deliver his first strike until the fifth frame.

A 2-8-10 split from O'Neill in the sixth frame widened the deficit, and Simonsen followed the first commercial break with four consecutive strikes to pull away for a 226-193 victory.

O'Neill, the 2010 U.S. Open winner, also was looking to become the 12th bowler in history to win the event multiple times. The 38-year-old right-hander owns 11 PBA Tour titles, including two this season.

The field this week started with 144 players, all of whom bowled 24 games of qualifying over three days (eight games each day). Each round featured a different oil pattern, and a fourth lane condition was introduced for the cashers' round, match play and championship round.

The U.S. Open is conducted jointly by USBC and the Bowling Proprietors' Association of America.

2019 U.S. Open
At Victory Lanes, Mooresville, N.C.

Wednesday's results

FINAL STANDINGS
1, Francois Lavoie, Canada, 435 (two games), $30,000
2, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Illinois, 172 (one game), $15,000
3, Anthony Simonsen, Little Elm, Texas, 577 (three games), $12,000
4, Jason Belmonte, Australia, 148 (one game), $10,000
5, Bill O'Neill, Langhorne, Pa., 193 (one game), $8,000

STEPLADDER RESULTS
Match No. 1 - Simonsen def. O'Neill, 226-193
Match No. 2 - Simonsen def. Belmonte, 187-148
Semifinal - Lavoie def. Simonsen, 214-164
Championship - Lavoie def. Rash, 221-172

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