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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Nationally-Televised 300 Game Means “Go Bowling Free America” for Nation’s Bowling Fans

by Bill Vint January 4, 2019 14:02

CHICAGO – A new “Go Bowling Free America” promotion by GoBowling.com will reward PBA fans, league and casual bowlers across America, with a free game of bowling at any participating Strike Ten Entertainment (STE) bowling center if a PBA player rolls a 300 game during a FOX or FS1 telecast of any Go Bowling! PBA Tour final in 2019.

To obtain the free game of bowling coupon in the event of a perfect game on TV, fans must pre-register to receive the coupon by email (visit: www.gobowling.com/BowlFreeAmerica). The free game offer will apply if any player bowls a perfect game during any FOX or FS1 nationally-televised PBA Tour finals during the 2019 Go Bowling! PBA Tour season.

The first telecast of the season will be the finals of the PBA Hall of Fame Classic Sunday on FS1 at 11 a.m. EST from the International Training and Research Center in Arlington, Texas.

In addition to the free game coupon promotion, all participating STE-member centers across America received complimentary posters promoting the 2019 Go Bowling! PBA Tour schedule. The promotions are being done in concert with the FOX Sport-PBA #Chasing300” rallying theme for the new season. A list of participating STE centers can be found through the GoBowling.com search engine.

During the 2019 season, the bowling family will see a variety of marketing initiatives emerge under the umbrella of #Chasing300, including a $1 million bonus prize being offered to any player bowling a 300 game in the championship match of one of the following 2019 PBA on FOX events: the PBA Tournament of Champions, PBA Players Championship, PBA Indianapolis Open and WSOB PBA World Championship.

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Australia’s Jason Belmonte Grabs Early Second-Round Qualifying Lead in PBA Hall of Fame Classic

by Bill Vint January 4, 2019 11:49

ARLINGTON, Texas – Four-time PBA Player of the Year Jason Belmonte rolled into the early second-round lead in the Professional Bowlers Association Hall of Fame Classic Friday at the International Training and Research Center. The tournament is the opening event of the 2019 Go Bowling! PBA Tour season.

Squad A, which includes first-round leader Jakob Butturff of Tempe, Ariz., begins its second qualifying round at 5 p.m. EST. The top 18 bowlers after 12 games will bowl a third six-game round Saturday at 10 a.m. to determine the top five players for Sunday’s live FS1 stepladder finals on FS1 at 11 a.m. EST.

All qualifying rounds are being live-streamed on FloBowling.com. Fans also can follow the tournament 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

Early Second Round Leaders (after 12 games, Squad B only)

1, Jason Belmonte, Australia, 2,856.
2, Bill O'Neill, Langhorne, Pa., 2,756.
3, Rhino Page, Orlando, 2,749.
4, Jesper Svensson, Sweden, 2,736.
5, Stuart Williams, England, 2,617.
6, Anthony Lavery-Spahr, Pasadena, Texas, 2,605.
7 (tie), Kyle Troup, Taylorsville, N.C., and Martin Larsen, Sweden, 2,590.
9, Brad Miller, Lees Summit, Mo., 2,569.
10, Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., 2,565.

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PBA Spare Shots: Newly Re-Dressed PBA Semi Trailers Ready to Roll Across America

by Bill Vint January 4, 2019 08:49

PBA Truck 2019 (rear view)If you are cruising America’s interstate highways in the months ahead, you may get a glimpse of the PBA’s newly re-dressed 18-wheel billboards, a pair of rolling tributes to the stars of the PBA, the major media outlets that will bring the world’s best bowlers to the public in the months ahead, and some of the PBA’s key business partners.

The PBA semis will travel from Maine to California, making 19 stops in between for Go Bowling! PBA Tour events and visiting another 12 cities for PBA50 Tour tournaments. The pair of 53-foot trailers each will transport roughly 25 tons of players’ equipment and resources necessary to conduct a professional bowling tournament. The trailers also include the PBA’s mobile pro shop which serves between 150 and 300 bowlers each week, drilling between 200 and 300 bowling balls per event.

If you happen to see a PBA semi, honk and wave. It’s a great way to let the driver know you’re following the PBA.

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WATCH THE PBA HALL OF FAME INDUCTIONS SATURDAY EVENING ON FLOBOWLING
PBA fans are invited to watch the PBA Hall of Fame induction ceremonies that will take place Saturday evening at the International Bowling Museum and Hall of Fame in Arlington, Texas, live on FloBowling, starting at 7:45 p.m. EST.

Entering the PBA Hall of Fame will be PBA Tour champions Patrick Allen of South Salem, N.Y., and Mika Koivuniemi of Finland for superior performance along with veteran bowling journalist Bob Johnson of Las Vegas and long-time Indianapolis tournament host Jim Doty.

The ceremonies also will recognize 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.; Steve Nagy Sportsmanship Award recipient Tom Smallwood of Saginaw, Mich., and Tony Reyes Memorial Community Service Award recipient Chris Barnes of Double Oak, Texas.

For FloBowling subscription information, visit FloBowling.com.

PBA STARS CHRIS BARNES, TOMMY JONES END LONG-TIME ROLES ON TEAM USA

PBA tour stars Tommy Jones of Simpsonville, S.C., and Chris Barnes of Double Oak, Texas, have mutually announced the 2018 World Bowling Men's Championships in Hong Kong marked their last as members of Team USA after a combined 27 years as members of the team.

Barnes, a 48-year-old right-hander, is a 16-time Team USA member, while Jones, a 40-year-old right-hander, has made 11 appearances on the team. Jones also spent one year on Junior Team USA.
Barnes, a 2018 PBA Hall of Fame inductee, and Jones have won dozens of medals competing for Team USA, including three five-player team gold medals (2008, 2010 and 2017) and one doubles title (2017). The duo will be recognized during a special Team USA celebration at the 2019 USBC Convention in Las Vegas April 29-May 2.

POPULAR PBA TOURNAMENT HOST, JOURNALIST RED BURNHAM DIES

Clinton George (Red) Burnham, a long-time PBA Tour tournament host as manager of Bradley Bowl in Windsor Locks, Conn., and a well-known bowling journalist, has died. The Tariffville, Conn., resident was 89.

Burnham.RedBurnham was active with the National Guard while he was working as a sportswriter and photographer for the Hartford Times. His bowling column, "Knock on Wood", ran for more than 50 years. He managed Simsbury Lanes before moving over to Bradley Bowl where he brought the PBA Tour to Windsor Locks with the help of his friend, Ken West.

Services were held at the Vincent Funeral Home in Simsbury, Conn., on Jan. 4, In lieu of flowers, the family requested that memorial donations may be made to the Special Olympics, 1133 19th Street NW, 12th Floor, Washington, DC 20036-3604. Friends are invited to visit Burnham’s "Book of Memories" at www.vincentfuneralhome.com for online condolences.

PBA REGIONAL UPDATE: PBA50 EVENT IN CALIFORNIA NEXT UP

PBA Regional competition resumes in the new year over the Jan. 11-13 weekend with the PBA50 Patton Amusement and Genesis Western Open presented by Ebonite at West Valley Bowl in Tracey, Calif.

● The PBA Central and Southwest Regions will hold their first events of 2019 over the Jan. 18-20 weekend. Legend Lanes in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, will host the PBA/PBA50 Don Vay Memorial Central Doubles while South Plains Lanes in Lubbock, Texas, hosts the Lubbock Sports Southwest Open presented by Ebonite.

● The only regional event on top for the Jan. 26-27 weekend is the PBA Japan Region’s Roto Grip Cup and Shark Open at PBA Fuji Bowl in Iruma, Japan.

● 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:

● Matchroom Multi Sport COO Emily Frazer has announced that England’s Dom Barrett will captain the European team while PBA Hall of Famer Chris Barnes of Double Oak, Texas, will be captain of the United States team in the Weber Cup’s first visit to the U.S., June 18-21, at Mandalay Bay Resort in Las Vegas. Team members will be announced later. Fans can follow @WeberCup on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to get all the latest news.

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Jakob Butturff Averages 258.5 to Take First Round Qualifying Lead in PBA Hall of Fame Classic

by Bill Vint January 3, 2019 12:25

ARLINGTON, Texas – Jakob Butturff, a 24-year-old left-hander from Tempe, Ariz., averaged 258.5 for six games Thursday to take the first-round lead in the Professional Bowlers Association Hall of Fame Classic, the first tournament of the 2019 Go Bowling! PBA Tour season.

Butturff, who is trying for his fifth career PBA Tour title, rolled games of 244, 279, 266, 226, 269 and 267 for a 1,551 pinfall total in cruising to a 135-pin lead over Australian two-handed star Jason Belmonte, who finished the opening six-game qualifying round with a 1,416 total. EJ Tackett of Bluffton, Ind., was third with 1,410 pins followed by Bill O’Neill of Langhorne, Pa., with a 1,383 total and Tom Smallwood of Saginaw, Mich., with 1,360 pins.

“I had a really good year in 2018 and what I want to do is prove to everyone that I can keep it going,” Butturff said. “I found the lane conditions today very much like the PBA 60th Anniversary Classic last year, which I won. If I’m on a lane condition where I see early hook, that fits my game perfectly. That’s what I saw today, and I just kept it going.”

Squad B returns to bowl its second six-game qualifying round Friday at 10 a.m.; Squad A will complete its qualifying at 5 p.m. The top 18 bowlers after 12 games will bowl a third six-game round Saturday at 10 a.m. to determine the top five players for Sunday’s live FS1 stepladder finals on FS1 at 11 a.m. EST.

All qualifying rounds are being live-streamed on FloBowling.com. Fans also can follow the tournament 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, Thursday

First Round Standings (after six games)

1, Jakob Butturff, Tempe, Ariz., 1,551.
2, Jason Belmonte, Australia, 1,416.
3, EJ Tackett, Bluffton, Ind., 1,410.
4, Bill O'Neill, Langhorne, Pa., 1,383.
5, Tom Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich., 1,360.
6, Jesper Svensson, Sweden, 1,358.
7, Devin Bidwell, Wichita, Kan., 1,348.
8, Martin Larsen, Sweden, 1,335.
9, Stuart Williams, England, 1,322.
10, Rhino Page, Orlando, 1,320.
11, Jason Sterner, Fayetteville, Ga., 1,316.
12, Cristian Azcona, Puerto Rico, 1,313.
13, Kristopher Prather, Plainfield, Ill., 1,306.
14, Brad Angelo, Lockport, N.Y., 1,303.
15, Sam Cooley, Australia, 1,295.
16, AJ Chapman, Manchester, Iowa, 1,288.
17, Arturo Quintero, Mexico, 1,286.
18, Gary Faulkner Jr., Memphis, Tenn., 1,281.
19 (tie), Thomas Larsen, Denmark, and Brian Robinson, Morgantown, W.Va., 1,274.
21, Chris Loschetter, Avon, Ohio, 1,271.
22, Anthony Simonsen, Little Elm, Texas, 1,270.
23, Anthony Pepe, East Elmhurst, N.Y., 1,266.
24 (tie), Ronnie Russell, Marion, Ind., and Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 1,259.
26, Josh Blanchard, Mesa, Ariz., 1,257.
27, Osku Palermaa, Finland, 1,256.
28 (tie), Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, and DJ Archer, Spring, Texas, 1,253.
30, Dino Castillo, Highland Village, Texas, 1,252.
31 (tie), Danielle McEwan, Stony Point, N.Y., and Tom Daugherty, Riverview, Fla., 1,251.
33 (tie), Ryan Ciminelli, Clarence, N.Y., and Brad Miller, Lees Summit, Mo., 1,248.
35, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 1,242.
36, Greg Young, Viera, Fla., 1,241.
37 (tie), Anthony Lavery-Spahr, Pasadena, Texas, and Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 1,234.
39, Kyle Troup, Taylorsville, N.C., 1,227.
40, Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., 1,226.
41, Graham Fach, Urbana, Ohio, 1,224.
42, Michael Haugen Jr., Phoenix, 1,218.
43, Matt Sanders, Indianapolis, 1,217.
44, Dom Barrett, England, 1,209.
45, Sean Lavery-Spahr, Pasadena, Texas, 1,207.
46, Matt O'Grady, Rahway, N.J., 1,206.
47, Jake Peters, Henderson, Nev., 1,205.
48, Greg Ostrander, Freehold, N.J., 1,194.
49, AJ Johnson, Oswego, Ill., 1,193.
50, Kamron Doyle, Brentwood, Tenn., 1,191.
51 (tie), Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., and Daria Pajak, Poland, 1,190.
53, Andres Gomez, Colombia, 1,189.
54, Mitch Hupe, Canada, 1,181.
55 (tie), Tim Foy Jr., Seaford, Del., and Nate Garcia, Port St. Lucie, Fla., 1,180.
57 (tie), Francois Lavoie, Canada; Andrew Anderson, Holly, Mich., and Richie Teece, England, 1,179.
60, Nathan Bohr, Austin, Texas, 1,166.
61, Justin Wyman, Fairport, N.Y., 1,157.
62, Dick Allen, Lexington, S.C., 1,155.
63, Allan Smith, Killeen, Texas, 1,151.
64, Shawn Maldonado, Houston, 1,148.
65, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 1,136.
66, Michael Davidson, Versailles, Ohio, 1,135.
67, Christopher Sloan, Ireland, 1,133.
68, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 1,103.
69, Kenneth Bland Jr., San Antonio, Texas, 1,090.
70, Mike Wolfe, New Albany, Ind., 1,070.

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