PBA Spare Shots: Australia’s Jason Belmonte Becomes “Super Sub” in USBC Open Championships Debut

by Bill Vint July 7, 2017 08:11

Australia’s Jason Belmonte, a three-time PBA Player of the Year and USBC’s only four-time Masters champion, joined a significant group of PBA Tour champions who got an opportunity to bowl in the USBC Open Championships this year at South Point Bowling Plaza in Las Vegas, thanks to a change in USBC Open eligibility rules.

Having never bowled in the USBC Open Championships, and really having limited knowledge about how the event works, “Belmo” got an unusual, but very warm, introduction to the event on Wednesday.

According to USBC personnel, it happened like this:

Belmonte, who hadn’t made plans to bowl in the tournament, was still in the U.S. after bowling in the Grand Casino Hotel & Resort PBA Oklahoma Open, so he made a stop in Las Vegas and decided to put his name on the “sub board,” offering to fill in if a team needed a last-minute bowler. That turned into a very good situation for Rich Belcher, captain of “Round the Corner 1” from Naples, Fla., who happened to be searching the board while Belmonte was filling out his “sub slip.” So Belcher immediately asked Belmo if he’d like to bowl with his group (which included “Round the Corner 2” companion team members Peter Falzo, Jeffrey Jones, Kevin Day, Thomas Baker and Victor Serrano). Belcher quickly called his team members to see if it was okay with them…and Belmo had his team.

In his USBC Open Championships debut, Belmonte contributed games of 170, 225 and 257 (a 652 series) to “Round the Corner 1” (Belcher, Jacob Flicker, Richard Rathjen and Jeffrey Hogan). Belmonte concluded his USBC Open experience with a 716 series in doubles (with Belcher as his partner) and 705 in singles for a 2,073 all-events total, ranking 16th in the Regular Division standings.

USBC Public Relations Manager Matt Cannizzaro also noted, “Funny thing: we take the event for granted, but he's never seen it. I realized that when he asked where to put his equipment after (ball weigh-in at) the scales. We told him about the march out. He said he thought that only was for opening ceremonies.

“As (USBC media representative) Aaron Smith noted, ‘Every day is opening day’ at the USBC Open Championships.”

JULY OFFERS BUSY AND VARIED XTRA FRAME SCHEDULE

Who says bowling slows down during the summer months. According to the PBA’s Xtra Frame schedule, summer – and July in particular – is filled with a variety of bowling events for fans of all kinds.

July’s schedule gets underway with live coverage of many of the nation’s premier youth bowlers competing in the Teen Masters finals at AMF Hanover Lanes in Richmond, Va., today. The world’s top women bowlers will compete in the PWBA St. Petersburg-Clearwater Open from Seminole, Fla., today and Saturday, and PBA and amateur bowlers will be featured on Xtra Frame in the Proprietors Cup from Beavercreek, Ohio, Saturday and Sunday.

Action continues in July with the Nationwide PWBA Rochester (N.Y.) Open, July 14-15; the return of the PBA50 Tour as it begins the final leg of its 2017 season in the South Shore Open from Hammond, Ind., July 25-27; the XF Striking Against Breast Cancer Mixed Doubles from Copperfield Bowl in Houston, Texas, July 28-30, which will award PBA and PWBA Tour titles; and the PBA50 Dave Small’s Championship Lanes Classic from Anderson, Ind., July 30-Aug. 1.

For broadcast time and other details, check under the “schedules” tab on pba.com. Xtra Frame subscription packages are available for three days, 30 days and a full year. To sign up, visit xtraframe.tv for details.

PBA fans also can follow real-time results for PBA50, PBA Xtra Frame Tour and all PBA Regional events by visiting the “live scoring” feature on pba.com. PWBA live scoring is available on pwba.com.

PBA REGIONAL UPDATE: CHRIS WARREN TIES PETE WEBER’S REGIONAL TITLES RECORD

Warren.Chris 2017A week after winning his fourth PBA50 Regional title in Reno, Chris Warren (left) of Grants Pass, Ore., returned to standard PBA Regional competition in Modesto, Calif., defeating PJ Haggerty of Roseville, Calif., 268-235, to win his 47th title the Vanessa Brown Homes West Open presented by Columbia 300 at Yosemite Lanes to tie PBA Hall of Famer Pete Weber’s record for standard PBA Regional titles.

Including his four PBA50 Regional wins, Warren now has a composite total of 51 PBA regional titles, one shy of the overall record shared by Weber and fellow PBA Midwest Region veteran Dale Traber of Cedarburg, Wis.

Warren also won $2,000 in Modesto, where Warren Nelson of Hemet, Calif., won the PBA50 half of the doubleheader, defeating Skip Pavone of San Jose, Calif., 255-232, for his first PBA50 regional title and a $1,500 first prize.

Chris Warren advanced to the title match in the standard event by defeating amateur Wesley Low Jr. of Palmdale, Calif., 248-180, in the semifinal round while Haggerty advanced by defeating Will Garber of Modesto, Calif., 234-185. In the PBA50 semifinal round, Nelson eliminated Rick Meneley of Santa Maria, Calif., 200-192, and Pavone defeated Joe Petrovich of Tracy, Calif., 239-207, in their respective semifinal matches.

Darren Tang of San Francisco and Chris Via of Springfield, Ohio, teamed up to win the PBA FireLake Grand Casino Hotel & Resort Southwest Doubles at FireLake Bowling Center Sunday.

Tang’s win was his third in PBA Regional competition, and all three have come in doubles events. Via’s win was his first as a PBA member. Each collected $2,500 in the companion event following the Grand Casino Hotel & Resort PBA Oklahoma Open.

Tang and Via defeated the international team of England’s Stuart Williams and Canadian Francois Lavoie, 514-469, to claim the title.

● On the July 7-9 weekend schedule is the PBA50 Cecil Raymond Memorial presented by Columbia 300 at 30 Strikes Bowling Pub & Pizza in Stratford, N.J.

● July 14-16 weekend activity for PBA Regional players includes the Albany Strikers South Open at in Albany, Ga., and the St. Charles Lanes Midwest Open presented by Storm in St. Charles, Mo. The PBA Central Region will conduct a mid-week event, the PBA50 Fairborn Central Classic at Bowl 10 Fairborn in Fairborn, Ohio, July 18-20.

● On the busy July 21-22 PBA Regional calendar are the PBA50 Parkway Lanes Open and the PWBA/PBA Parkway Lanes Open in Elmwood Park, N.J.; the Angola Central/Midwest Open at Angola Bowl in Angola, Ind.; the PBA50 Beverly Lanes Midwest/Central Open presented by Roto Grip in Arlington Heights, Ill.; the Spring Hill South Open at Spring Hill Lanes in Spring Hill, Fla.; the Fort Sill Southwest Open at Twins Oaks Bowling Center in Fort Sill, Okla., and the Secoma Lanes Northwest/West Open, PBA50 Northwest/West Open and PWBA/PBA Open, all presented by Storm, in Federal Way, Wash.

● Also in July are the PBA Japan Region’s first events of 2017, the PBA Chameleon Open on July 23 followed by the Women’s Chameleon Championship on July 30, both at Shinsayama Grand Bowl in Sayama.

● 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.

QUICK NOTES:

● Douglas Lee of Irwin, Pa., wins a new high-performance MOTIV ball; Joan Talamantez of Santa Rosa, Calif., wins a new Brunswick ball, and Richard Howard of Lady Lake, Fla., will receive a new high-performance ball from DV8 as June sweepstakes prizes for subscribing to Xtra Frame. The monthly sweepstakes is sponsored by the respective PBA Product Registered partners. Monthly winners are selected from among new Xtra Frame subscribers, who are automatically entered when they enroll as a monthly or Xtra Frame Season Ticket (full year) subscriber.

● Roger Connolly is the June winner of a $200 HotelPlanner.com certificate, redeemable for future lodging expenses, compliments of PBA’s official travel partner. The monthly sweepstakes is open to anyone who books a hotel through the HotelPlanner.com link on pba.com. Those who book through HotelPlanner.com are automatically entered.

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PBA Spare Shots: PBA’s Influence on International Bowling Community Continues to Grow

by Bill Vint June 29, 2017 13:19

Bowlers from around the world have always considered the PBA as the gold standard. If you wanted to find out how good you are, you had to bowl against – and beat – the world’s best. For decades, that was a difficult decision to make because the Fédération Internationale des Quilleurs, the international governing body in the eyes of the International Olympic Committee, banned professionals from its ranks.

(Feature photo, from left: Members of the victorious international team in the inaugural USA Vs. The World team match held during PBA World Series of Bowling II in Las Vegas in 2010 were Finland’s Osku Palermaa, Kimmo Lehtonen and Mika Koivuniemi, Canada’s Dan MacLelland, Australia’s Jason Belmonte and Venezuela’s Amleto Monacelli)

That policy changed in 2008, when the World Tenpin Bowling Association (WTBA) – now World Bowling – became the official governing body of tenpin bowling and opened its doors to professionals in the hopes of advancing bowling’s hope to gain Olympic acceptance, meaning that international players would no longer jeopardize eligibility to represent their national teams if the joined the PBA.

The introduction of the multi-event PBA World Series of Bowling concept a year later brought a veritable flood of international players into PBA competition. While notable players like PBA Tour champions Amleto Monacelli of Venezuela (1982), Sweden’s Mats Karlsson (1983) and Finland’s Mika Koivuniemi (1999), among a handful of others, had ventured into the PBA arena prior to 2008, the inaugural WSOB included an unprecedented 28 players from 14 different countries.

flagsThe WSOB has continued to welcome players from around the world. Since 2009, 38 different countries have been represented in the World Series, including a record 23 countries and 55 international players last year in Reno. The same sort of trend has had an impact of the recently-resurrected Professional Women’s Bowling Association Tour, which has featured a strong influx of international players.

In 2017, the PBA has seen international competition grow in events not previously known for global appeal, such as the Xtra Frame PBA Tour program and, this week, the Grand Casino Hotel & Resort Oklahoma Open, which includes 16 nations and 26 international players in its field of 91.

It’s an exciting trend for bowling, especially as the sport continues to seek the attention of the IOC and bowling manufacturers continue to expand their global markets. It’s good for bowling fans around the world, who can cheer for their home-country favorites thanks to the advent of Xtra Frame, pba.com and other social media outlets with world-wide accessibility. And it’s good for competition, because the level of talent in PBA competition has never been stronger, which only adds to the prestige of winning a PBA Tour title.

XTRA FRAME SCHEDULE INCLUDES OKLAHOMA PRELIMS, PWBA ACTION

This week’s Xtra Frame’s live streaming schedule will feature qualifying round coverage of the PBA Grand Casino Hotel & Resort Oklahoma Open from FireLake Bowling Center in Shawnee, Okla., through Friday, leading up to two days of live ESPN coverage of the Oklahoma Open’s nine-player stepladder finals Saturday and Sunday, July 1-2, at 1 p.m. EDT both days. The Oklahoma Open finals also will be live streamed on ESPN and the WatchESPN app.

This week’s PWBA Tour coverage features the Orlando Open Friday and Saturday.

Heading into July, Xtra Frame’s schedule includes the Teen Masters from Richmond, Va., July 5-7; the PWBA St. Petersburg-Clearwater Open from Seminole, Fla., July 7-8; the Proprietors Cup from Beavercreek, Ohio, July 8-9; the Nationwide PWBA Rochester (N.Y.) Open, July 14-15; the PBA50 South Shore Open from Hammond, Ind., July 25-27; the XF Striking Against Breast Cancer Mixed Doubles from Copperfield Bowl in Houston, Texas, July 28-30, which will award PBA and PWBA Tour titles; and the PBA50 Dave Small’s Championship Lanes Classic from Anderson, Ind., July 30-Aug. 1. For broadcast time and other details, check under the “schedules” tab on pba.com.

PBA fans also can follow real-time results for PBA50, PBA Xtra Frame Tour and all PBA Regional events by visiting the “live scoring” feature on pba.com. PWBA live scoring is available on pwba.com.

Xtra Frame subscription packages are available for three days, 30 days and a full year. To sign up, visit xtraframe.tv for details.

PBA REGIONAL UPDATE: WARREN, TANG WIN PBA50/PBA DOUBLES TITLE IN RENO

PBA50 competitor Chris Warren of Grants Pass, Ore., teamed up with Darren Tang of San Francisco to win the PBA50/PBA Sands Regency West/Northwest Doubles Open, presented by MOTIV, at High Sierra Lanes Sunday over PBA50 rookie Michael Haugen Jr. of Phoenix and Tang’s younger brother, amateur Michael Tang, 449-422.

Warren and Darren Tang took an early lead and a costly open late in the game by Michael Tang, combined with Haugen’s inability to carry pocket hits, resulted in Warren claiming his fourth PBA50 Regional title while Darren Tang picked up his second title since becoming a member a year ago.

In the single elimination match play leading up to the title match, the Warren/Tang team swept Utah amateurs Clay Rees from Riverton and Craig Harrington of Harriman, 3-0. Warren/Tang then defeated the San Jose, Calif., team of Gregory Thompson Jr. and Marty Deh in the semifinal match, 490-416, while the Haugen/Tang team survived a semifinal round shootout against PJ Haggerty from Roseville, Calif., and Las Vegan Ron Mohr, 546-545.

● PBA rookie Andrew Anderson of Holly, Mich., defeated Chandler Stevens of Archbold, Ohio, 216-177, to win his first PBA title in the PBA Pro Bowl West Central/Midwest Challenge presented by Roto Grip at Pro Bowl West on Saturday.

Challenge events are open to PBA members without a PBA title or non-members who have never won a PBA event. In addition to his first title, Anderson won $1,500.

Anderson downed Frank Snodgrass of Center Line, Mich., 228-161, in the semifinal round while Stevens topped Charlie Brown of Grandville, Mich., 208-159, to set up the championship match.

Keith Lesko of Chicago defeated Mark Sullivan of Indianapolis, 222-202, to win the PBA50 Ultimate Inserts Midwest Open presented by Hammer at Lakeside Lanes in Davis, Ill., Sunday. 

Lesko, who led qualifying, took each of the preliminary matches to the maximum number of games.  He defeated Jeff Johnson of Freeport, Ill. 3-2, in the best-of-five-game Round of 8, and then defeated R.J. Alman of Murrysville, Pa., 2-1, in the best-of-three semifinal round. Sullivan bested his travelling partner Danny Clark of New Palestine, Ind. 3-2, before beating Dave Traber of Hebron, Ill., 2-1, in his semifinal match.

Along with his third PBA Regional title Lesko received $1,700.

● The July PBA Regional calendar begins with the PBA and PBA50 Vanessa Brown Homes West Opens, both presented by Columbia 300 at Yosemite Lanes, in Modesto, Calif.

● On the July 7-9 weekend schedule is the PBA50 Cecil Raymond Memorial presented by Columbia 300 at 30 Strikes Bowling Pub & Pizza in Stratford, N.J.

● July 14-16 weekend activity for PBA Regional players includes the Albany Strikers South Open at in Albany, Ga., and the St. Charles Lanes Midwest Open presented by Storm in St. Charles, Mo. The PBA Central Region will conduct a mid-week event, the PBA50 Fairborn Central Classic at Bowl 10 Fairborn in Fairborn, Ohio, July 18-20.

● On the busy July 21-22 PBA Regional calendar are the PBA50 Parkway Lanes Open and the PWBA/PBA Parkway Lanes Open in Elmwood Park, N.J.; the Angola Central/Midwest Open at Angola Bowl in Angola, Ind.; the PBA50 Beverly Lanes Midwest/Central Open presented by Roto Grip in Arlington Heights, Ill.; the Spring Hill South Open at Spring Hill Lanes in Spring Hill, Fla.; the Fort Sill Southwest Open at Twins Oaks Bowling Center in Fort Sill, Okla., and the Secoma Lanes Northwest/West Open, PBA50 Northwest/West Open and PWBA/PBA Open, all presented by Storm, in Federal Way, Wash.

● Also in July are the PBA Japan Region’s first events of 2017, the PBA Chameleon Open on July 23 followed by the Women’s Chameleon Championship on July 30, both at Shinsayama Grand Bowl in Sayama.

● 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.

MageQUICK NOTES:

● Chris Paul’s blockbuster trade to the Houston Rockets this week also means the annual CP3 PBA Celebrity Invitational will move to Houston in 2018. Details will be announced later.

PBA West/Northwest Region manager Gary Mage (at left with wife Toni) was inducted into the Washington State USBC Hall of Fame Saturday at the Lucky Eagle Casino and Hotel in Rochester, Wash.

● Now available in the PBA Store (http://pba.firelakedesigns.com/), the Marshall Holman t-shirt and polo joins the Signature Collection which already includes Earl Anthony, Mark Roth and Dick Weber signature apparel.

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PBA Unveils Ultimate Fan Experience Packages for GEICO World Series of Bowling IX in Reno

by Bill Vint June 29, 2017 09:22

RENO, Nev. – The Professional Bowlers Association has announced new Ultimate WSOB Fan Experience Packages for fans who would like to watch the world’s greatest bowlers compete for nationally-televised titles in the sport’s premier showcase, the GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling IX Nov. 17-19 at the National Bowling Stadium in Reno.

In addition to the special packages for fans, PBA and the Eldorado Resorts Reno Properties’ three properties – Silver Legacy, Eldorado and Circus Circus – have announced reservations are now being accepted for WSOB IX competitors.

The Ultimate Fan Experience Packages include a two-night “Strike” package and a three-night “300 Game” package. Prices depend on the accommodations each fan prefers, but the basics of each package include the following:

STRIKE PACKAGE (starting at $200)

Two (2) nights’ accommodation at Silver Legacy Resort & Casino.

● Two VIP tickets to all ESPN shows including the PBA World Championship.

● Round trip transportation to and from the Reno-Tahoe International Airport and Silver Legacy.

300 GAME PACKAGE (starting at $340)

Three (3) nights’ accommodation at Silver Legacy Resort & Casino.

● Two VIP tickets to all ESPN shows including the PBA World Championship.

● Behind the scenes tour of PBA Player Services Trucks and ESPN Production Truck.

● Official autographed PBA Tour bowling pin.

● Official WSOB t-shirt.

● Round trip transportation to and from the Reno-Tahoe International Airport and Silver Legacy.

GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling Ultimate Experience Fan packages are available at www.pba.com/tickets.

PBA members and others attending the GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling IX Nov. 7-19 can now make standard room reservations at their choice of any of the three Eldorado Resorts Reno properties. Special room rates also are available not only to players, but to news media representatives, family members, fans, manufacturers and any other interested parties. Room rates, reservation code and telephone/online reservation contacts for each property are listed below.

Silver Legacy: Room rates: $50 Sunday–Thursday, $70 Friday & Saturday. Silver Legacy code ISPBA17. Reservations phone number: 800-687-8733. Online reservations: https://silverlegacyreno.reztrip.com/ext/promoRate?property=1080&mode=b&pm=true&sr=242404&vr=3&accessCode=ISPBA17

Eldorado: Room rates $50 Sunday–Thursday; $80 Friday & Saturday. Eldorado code IEPBA17. Reservations phone number: 800-879-8879. Online reservations: https://eldoradoreno.reztrip.com/ext/promoRate?property=1079&mode=b&pm=true&sr=242406&vr=3&accessCode=IEPBA17

Circus Circus: Room rates: $38 Sunday–Thursday; $60 Friday & Saturday. Circus Circus code ICPBA17. Reservations phone number: 800-648-5010. Online reservations: https://circusreno.reztrip.com/ext/promoRate?property=1081&mode=b&pm=true&sr=242416&vr=3&accessCode=ICPBA17

Entries into the World Series, which are available exclusively to PBA Members, will be accepted beginning July 10. Players will be asked to confirm their hotel reservations at the time of entry.

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Indiana’s EJ Tackett Wins Inaugural Main Event PBA Tour Finals for Third 2017 Title

by Bill Vint June 27, 2017 20:18

ORLANDO, Fla. – After winning his first GEICO Chris Schenkel PBA Player of the Year Award in 2016 at age 24, EJ Tackett of Huntington, Ind., has indicated he’s not ready to relinquish his role as the Professional Bowlers Association’s premier player.

ej trophyTackett (at left with Main Event Senior Promotions Manager Jeremy Carter) became the 2017 season’s first three-time title winner when he defeated Australia’s Jason Belmonte, 666-628, in the three-game total pinfall title match in the inaugural Main Event PBA Tour Finals at Main Event Entertainment.

The finals aired Tuesday on CBS Sports Network. Tackett earned $30,000 (along with his eighth career PBA Tour title) which will go toward his two-year earnings total in his ongoing bid for a return trip to the 2018 Main Event PBA Tour Finals.

Tackett won his berth in the title match as winner of the Group Two preliminary rounds, topping 18-time PBA Tour champion Tommy Jones of Simpsonville, S.C.; Dom Barrett of England, and Ryan Ciminelli of Cheektowaga, N.Y. Belmonte had an uphill battle in his four-player pod, but led Group One over competitors Jesper Svensson of Sweden; Sean Rash of Montgomery, Ill., and Anthony Simonsen of Austin, Texas.

In the title match against Belmonte, who had held the PBA Player of the Year title for three years in a row before Tackett overtook him in 2016, Belmonte took a one-pin lead after the first game, 225-224. Tackett then took charge, winning game two, 222-191, when Belmonte failed to convert two difficult splits. The young Indiana high-rev player kept Belmonte at bay throughout game three, winning again, 220-212, for a 38-pin margin of victory.

“The lanes were a little weird at times,” Tackett said of the title match. “I don’t know if it was from Tommy (Jones) or Belmo, or a little of both of them moving the oil around. But I threw a couple of shots that I thought were really, really good, and I had a solid 10 pin on one and a stone 9 pin on the other that I didn’t see coming at all. I really thought I had struck.

“I also threw a couple of bad shots that shouldn’t have struck, and did, so it all evens out,” he added. “It was back and forth, not only with pin carry but bad shot making. I missed a couple of spares; he missed a couple. I had chances to take the lead in both 10th frames in the first two games but didn’t. In the second game I could have taken a huge lead but left that stone 9 pin. That’s stuff you can’t control.

“The last game I threw a couple of bad shots, but down the stretch I threw probably my best two shots of the tournament in the eighth and ninth frames,” Tackett continued. “I knew getting those two strikes would force (Belmonte) to strike out to force me to spare, so they were very important.”

The win was Tackett’s first against Belmonte after losses in 2014 title matches in the USBC Masters and the Grand Casino Hotel & Resort Oklahoma Open, so a fledgling rivalry has taken root.

“I beat (Belmonte) in the Detroit King of the Swing, but that doesn’t count,” Tackett said of the 2016 non-title special event, “so now I’m 1-2 against him. We’ll have to meet more and see where the record goes.”

In the preliminary match to decide third and fourth places, Jones started with five strikes, but Svensson started with six and never slowed down in winning 267-224.

Going into the Main Event title match, Tackett had won 2017 titles in the DHC PBA Japan Invitational and the FireLake PBA Tournament of Champions. Belmonte also had won two titles in 2017, both majors – the USBC Masters and the Barbasol PBA Players Championship – setting the stage for an exciting PBA Player of the Year race as the PBA Tour heads into the second half of season.

Next up is the Grand Casino Hotel & Resort Oklahoma Open at FireLake Bowling Center in Shawnee, Okla., which will conclude Saturday and Sunday with a unique nine-player, two-day live ESPN stepladder finals from a special installation in Grand Casino’s Event Center. Both telecasts, which will be live streamed simultaneously on ESPN3 and the WatchESPN app, begin Saturday and Sunday at 1 p.m. EDT.

MAIN EVENT PBA TOUR FINALS
Main Event, Orlando, Fla., (aired Tuesday on CBS Sports Network)

Final Standings:
1, EJ Tackett, Huntington, Ind., $30,000.
2, Jason Belmonte, Australia, $18,000
3, Jesper Svensson, Sweden, $10,000.
4, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., $5,000.

Stepladder Results:
Third-Place Match: Svensson def. Jones, 267-224.
Championship (three games, total pinfall): Tackett (224-222-220) def. Belmonte (225-191-212), 666-628.

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Tuesday on CBS Sports Network: Indiana’s EJ Tackett Meets Australia’s Jason Belmonte in Main Event PBA Tour Finals Championship Match

by Bill Vint June 26, 2017 09:03

ORLANDO, Fla. – Reigning PBA Player of the Year EJ Tackett of Huntington, Ind., will meet Australia’s Jason Belmonte in the three-game total pinfall match to decide the title in the inaugural Main Event PBA Tour Finals, the Professional Bowlers Association’s newest showcase event, Tuesday at 9:30 p.m. EDT on CBS Sports Network.

The PBA Tour Finals will air following a one-game contest between Group One runner-up Jesper Svensson of Sweden and Group Two runner-up Tommy Jones of Simpsonville, S.C., to decide third- and fourth-place in the elite eight-player tournament. Tackett and Belmonte earned their berths in the title match as the winners of the Group Two and Group One stepladder rounds leading up to the finale.

Tackett and Belmonte, two of five players in the PBA’s 58-year history to win both Rookie and Player of the Year awards, have met twice previously in title matches with Belmonte winning both times. Belmonte defeated the previously undefeated Tackett in the title match of the 2014 USBC Masters in North Brunswick, N.J., 221-177, and later in the same year, beat Tackett in the PBA Oklahoma Open title match in Shawnee, Okla., 193-145.

Entering the championship match, Tackett and Belmonte also are early leaders in the 2017 PBA Player of the Year competition as two-time titlists. Tackett won the DHC Japan Invitational in January and the FireLake PBA Tournament of Champions in February. Belmonte won his seventh and eighth PBA major championships in the Barbasol PBA Players Championship followed by the USBC Masters two weeks later where he became the Masters’ first four-time winner.

At stake in the PBA Tour Finals title match is a $30,000 first prize plus a third 2017 PBA Tour title for the winner.

Each of the CBS Sports Network telecasts will be re-broadcast. Check your local listings for times and dates.

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