Michael Haugen Jr. Wins PBA50 River City Extreme Open For Second Title of the Season

by Jerry Schneider July 20, 2018 20:08

MONTICELLO, Minn. – Michael Haugen Jr. defeated Bob Learn Jr., 247-246, in the title match to win the PBA50 River City Extreme Open presented by Ebonite Friday for his second title of the season and third of his career.

Haugen, the 2017 PBA50 Rookie of the Year, became the first two-time winner this season and further tightened his grip on the PBA50 Player of the Year points lead with four tournaments remaining in the season.

In the title match, Haugen, who finished the match first, was able to shut Learn out when he struck on the first ball in the 10th frame and then made the 6-10 spare.

Haugen trophy shot“It was a good thing I got eight and not six or seven on the second ball otherwise I might not be standing here,” said Haugen of his second shot in the 10th frame. “I lost focus for a moment and the result of that shot could have been a lot worse.”

It was a long road for Haugen to reach the No. 1 qualifying position for the stepladder finals coming all the way from 20th after the first round of qualifying on Wednesday. Haugen made his dramatic climb with the help of a 5-0-1 match play round earlier in the day Friday.

“The lanes were tough for me at the start of the tournament but that just meant I had to do what I do best and that is adjust,” said Haugen, who won the Johnny Petraglia BVL Open in May for his first win of the season. “As the tournament went on I started getting more comfortable to the point where I was able to use my ball speed to make the adjustments I needed.

“I’m just keeping it simple and continuing to do what I have been doing all season,” Haugen continued. “If I keep executing and making good decisions I’ll keep getting good results.”

In the opening stepladder match No. 4 qualifier Brian Kretzer beat No. 5 qualifier PBA Hall of Famer and four-time PBA50 Tour winner Norm Duke, 290-228, to advance to the second match. Kretzer left a 10 pin in the first frame, made the spare, and then strung the next 11 strikes.

In the second match Kretzer, who was trying for his first PBA50 Tour title, beat No. 3 qualifier four-time PBA50 Tour winner Lennie Boresch Jr., 202-199, to advance to the semifinal match against Learn. Kretzer, the 2018 Suncoast PBA Senior U.S. Open runner-up, threw three strikes in the 10th to beat Boresch after Boresch chopped the 6-10 spare.

Learn, who qualified second for the finals, then beat Kretzer, 238-225, in the semifinal to advance to the title match against Haugen. Learn was trying for his fourth PBA50 Tour title and first since 2015.

The next stop for the PBA50 Tour will be the PBA50 South Shore Open presented by Hammer July 23-26 at Olympia Lanes in Hammond, Ind.

Fans can catch all the action on PBA’s online bowling channel PBA Xtra Frame on FloBowling. For subscription and schedule information visit www.flobowling.com.

PBA50 RIVER CITY EXTREME OPEN
presented by Ebonite
River City Extreme, Monticello, Minn., Friday

Final Standings:

1, Michael Haugen Jr., Phoenix, $7,500.

2, Bob Learn Jr., Erie, Pa., $4,000.

3, Brian Kretzer, Dayton, Ohio, $2,500.

4, Lennie Boresch Jr., Kenosha, Wis., $2,000.

5, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., $1,750.

Stepladder Results:

Match One – Kretzer def. Duke, 290-228.

Match Two – Kretzer def. Boresch, 202-199.

Semifinal Match – Learn def. Kretzer, 238-225.

Championship Match – Haugen def. Learn, 247-246.

Modified Match Play Round 2 (after six games, including match play bonus pins. Top five advance to stepladder finals )

1, Michael Haugen Jr., Phoenix, 5-0-1, 1,617.
2, Bob Learn Jr., Erie, Pa., 5-1, 1,604.
3, Lennie Boresch Jr., Kenosha, Wis., 5-1, 1,575.
4, Brian Kretzer, Dayton, Ohio, 4-2, 1,538.
5, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 4-2, 1,530.
6, Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., 4-2, 1,506, $1,500.
7, ss-Ron Mohr, Las Vegas, 3-3, 1,492, $1,500.
8, Gary Alstott, Washington, Ill., 4-2, 1,453, $1,500.
9, Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, 2-4, 1,447, $1,250.
10, Mark Sullivan, Indianapolis, 3-3, 1,446, $1,250.
11, n-Thomas Jones, Blaine, Minn., 2-4, 1,367, $1,250.
12, Scott Greiner, Sunrise Beach, Mo., 1-5, 1,357, $1,250.
13, Eddie Graham, Kettering, Ohio, 3-3, 1,335, $1,250.
14, ss-Edward Silva, Manteca, Calif., 1-4-1, 1,294, $1,250.
15, ss-Don Blatchford, Santa Monica, Calif., 1-5, 1,245, $1,250.
16, Ralph Brunt Jr., Jensen Beach, Fla., 0-6, 1,192, $1,250.

Modified Match Play Round 1 (after five games, including match play bonus pins.)

17, Peter Knopp, Germany, 2-3, 1,135, $1,100.
18, Joel Carlson, Omaha, Neb., 0-4-1, 1,126, $1,100.
19, ss-Sammy Ventura, Syracuse, N.Y., 1-3-1, 1,120, $1,100.
20, Greg Thomas, Irmo, S.C., 2-3, 1,106, $1,100.
21, ss-Harry Sullins, Chesterfield Twp., Mich., 2-3, 1,100, $1,100.
22, ss-Tom Carter, Columbus, Ohio, 3-2, 1,090, $1,100.
23, Jeff Johnson, Freeport, Ill., 2-3, 1,062, $1,100.
24, ss-John Dudak, Orland Park, Ill., 1-4, 995, $1,000.

Other Cashers (after five-game cashers’ round)

25, ss-Christopher Keane, Cape Coral, Fla., 1,032, $1,000.
26, ss-Henry Dawson, Elma, Wash., 1,027, $1,000.
27, John Marsala, St. Louis, Mo., 1,022, $1,000.
28, ss-Mike Dias, Lafayette, Colo., 1,021, $1,000.
29, ss-Kevin Foley, Reno, Nev., 1,013, $1,000.
30, ss-James Storts, Westfield, Ind., 1,010, $1,000.
31, Tony Johnson, Canton, Ohio, 948, $1,000.

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Right Ball Choices Help Scott Greiner Take PBA50 River City Extreme Open Top Qualifier Honors

by Jerry Schneider July 19, 2018 18:58

MONTICELLO, Minn.  – Scott Greiner of Sunrise Beach, Mo., made the right equipment adjustments and fired a 1,860 eight-game pinfall total in the second round Thursday to take top qualifier honors in the PBA50 River City Extreme Open presented by Ebonite.

Greiner led qualifying with a 3,626 16-game overall pinfall total (226.63 average) bowling games of 231, 247, 223, 182, 246, 245, 249 and 237 in the second round after finishing Wednesday’s first round with a seventh-place 1,766 pinfall.

“I made all the right ball choices in the second round and that doesn’t happen often,” said Greiner, who earned his first PBA50 Tour top qualifier honor. “I changed balls three times and I started striking with them right away. I didn’t have to waste many frames getting lined up after each change.”

As a result of finishing in the top eight, Greiner leads eight players who will be seeded into Friday’s second round of match play.

Greiner, in his third season on the PBA50 Tour, will be trying to improve on a career-best finish of fifth which came in the 2017 PBA50 Tour Players Championship. His best finish this season was eighth in the PBA50 Mooresville Open.

Greiner edged out PBA Hall of Famer Norm Duke of Clermont, Fla., who finished qualifying in second with a 3,616 pinfall total bowling games of 212, 239, 212, 205, 212, 247, 245 and 256 in the second round.

“Strings of strikes were hard to come by,” said Duke of his second round. “I felt fortunate to get four strikes in a row. Sometimes the best thing to do is acknowledge that it’s going to be difficult and move on from there.

“You never know what you’re going to run into moving from pair to pair,” Duke added. “You just deal with what’s in front of you and do everything you can to generate some type of momentum.”

In addition to Greiner and Duke, other players finishing in the top eight and advancing to the second round of match play were Brian Kretzer, Dayton, Ohio, 3,607; first round leader Ralph Brunt Jr., Jensen Beach, Fla., 3,593; 2016 PBA50 Rookie of the Year Eddie Graham, Kettering, Ohio, 3,591, 2017 PBA50 Rookie of the Year Michael Haugen Jr., Phoenix, 3,528; Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., 3,521, and Lennie Boresch Jr., Kenosha, Wis., 3,520.

Haugen, who currently leads this season’s PBA50 Player of the Year points race, rocketed from 20th in the first round to sixth thanks to a 1,825 pinfall in his second round bowling games of 203, 238, 279, 243, 237, 231, 205 and 189.

Competition continues Friday with a cashers round at 8:30 a.m. CDT followed by the first match play round at noon. After the second match play round at 3:15 p.m. the top five players will be determined for the stepladder finals at 7 p.m.

All final day action will be covered live on PBA’s online bowling channel PBA Xtra Frame on Flobowling. Subscription and schedule information is available by visiting www.flobowling.com.

PBA50 RIVER CITY EXTREME OPEN

Presented by Ebonite

River City Extreme, Monticello, Minn., Thursday

SECOND ROUND RESULTS (after 16 games. Positions 1-16 advance to match play rounds. Positions 17-23 plus eight PBA60 players advance to cashers round to determine eight additional match play spots.)

1, Scott Greiner, Sunrise Beach, Mo., 3,626.
2, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 3,616.
3, Brian Kretzer, Dayton, Ohio, 3,607.
4, Ralph Brunt Jr., Jensen Beach, Fla., 3,593.
5, Eddie Graham, Kettering, Ohio, 3,591.
6, Michael Haugen Jr., Phoenix, 3,528.
7, Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., 3,521.
8, Lennie Boresch Jr., Kenosha, Wis., 3,520.
9, (tie) Mark Sullivan, Indianapolis, and Bob Learn Jr., Erie, Pa., 3,504.
11, Don Blatchford, Santa Monica, Calif., 3,503.
12, Peter Knopp, Germany, 3,470.
13, Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, 3,451.
14, Greg Thomas, Irmo, S.C., 3,450.
15, Sammy Ventura, Syracuse, N.Y., 3,427.
16, Harry Sullins, Chesterfield Twp., Mich., 3,426.
17, Jeff Johnson, Freeport, Ill., 3,413.
18, Tony Johnson, Canton, Ohio, 3,412.
19, Joel Carlson, Omaha, Neb., 3,400.
20, Gary Alstott, Washington, Ill., 3,384.
21, John Marsala, St. Louis, Mo., 3,380.
22, n-Thomas Jones, Blaine, Mnn., 3,348.
23, John Dudak, Orland Park, Ill., 3,326.
24, Todd Kjell, Roscoe, Ill., 3,318.
25, ss-Tom Carter, Columbus, Ohio, 3,310.
26, ss-Henry Dawson, Elma, Wash., 3,297.
27, Brian Voss, Centennial, Colo., 3,287.
28, Don Breeden, Clive, Iowa, 3,278.
29, Bryan Goebel, Shawnee, Kan., 3,277.
30, n-David Oulman, Medford, Minn., 3,273.
31, ss-Ron Mohr, Las Vegas, 3,271.
32, n-Ron Cleveland, St. Paul, Minn., 3,264.
33, ss-James Storts, Westfield, Ind., 3,261.
34, ss-Mike Dias, Lafayette, Colo., 3,258.
35, n-John Hommes, Crystal, Minn., 3,252.
36, Tony Rodriguez Jr., Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., 3,246.
37, n-Larry Birkedahl, Sartell, Minn., 3,240.
38, ss-Christopher Keane, Cape Coral, Fla., 3,234.
39, ss-Edward Silva, Manteca, Calif., 3,198.
40, ss-Kevin Foley, Reno, Nev., 3,183.
41, Dale Traber, Cedarburg, Wis., 3,175.
42, Ted Staikoff, Black Hawk, S.D., 3,157.
43, Greg McDaniel, Kimball, Neb., 3,153.
44, n-Craig Schiffler, Melrose, Minn., 3,136.
45, John Burkett, Southlake, Texas, 3,117.
46, Patrick King, Yankton, S.D., 3,113.
47, n-Dana Wright, St. Paul, Minn., 3,112.
48, Craig O'Reilly, Tinley Park, Ill., 3,105.
49, n-David Green, St. Michael, Minn., 3,104.
50, Steven Jansson, Barnes, Wis., 3,097.
51, Timothy Regan, East Northport, N.Y., 3,093.
52, Brad Snell, Mount Prospect, Ill., 3,059.
53, Glenn Morgan, Carson City, Nev., 3,048.
54, John Kidwell, Indianapolis, Ind., 3,024.
55, n-Fred Schossow, Zimmerman, Minn., 3,016.
56, n-Robert Robillard, Savage, Minn., 2,998.
57, Gary Kammes, Winfield, Ill., 2,992.
58, Paul Mielens, Menomonie, Wis., 2,988.
59, n-Curtis Matlock, Cloquet, Minn., 2,973.
60, Bob Heath Sr., Grand Junction, Iowa, 2,942.
61, Lucien Casagrande, Canada, 2,911.
62, n-Lawrence Harvanko, Champlin, Minn., 2,900.
63, Steve Stein, Staten Island, N.Y., 2,899.
64, Jeff Moore, Boone, Iowa, 2,877.
65, Jared Cudnohufsky, Kingsford, Mich., 2,875.
66, Mike Schmid, St. Paul, Minn., 2,802.
67, n-Ermon Dixon, Waite Park, Minn., 2,801.
68, Dean Bruinsma, Clear Lake, S.D., 2,744.
69, n-Peter Williams, Buffalo, Minn., 2,729.
70, n-James Friend, Big Lake, Minn., 2,687.
71, n-Fred van De, Elk River, Minn., 2,659.

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Florida’s Ralph Brunt Jr. Avoids Mistakes to Take First Round Lead in PBA50 River City Extreme Open

by Jerry Schneider July 18, 2018 19:20

MONTICELLO, Minn. – Ralph Brunt Jr. of Jensen Beach, Fla., kept his mistakes to a minimum and was rewarded with a 1,828 eight-game pinfall total to take the first round lead Wednesday in the PBA50 River City Extreme Open presented by Ebonite.

Bowling on PBA’s 39-foot Don Carter lane condition, Brunt bowled games of 209, 241, 232, 218, 195, 267, 218 and 248 to take a five-pin lead over 2016 PBA50 Rookie of the Year Eddie Graham of Kettering Ohio, who finished the round in second with 1,823.

“When the round started it was a matter of staying out of trouble and keeping the ball in play,” said Brunt, whose best PBA50 Tour finish was fifth in the 2014 Pro Bowl West Fort Wayne Classic. “In the first four games I was happy to get a double or three strikes in a row so I was just grinding it out and making the spares.

“In the sixth game I changed to a ball that didn’t hook quite as much and started throwing the ball a little softer to get a better angle to the pocket and that improved my carry quite a bit,” Brunt added. “I started playing a little more aggressively because I didn’t want to lose the pocket.”

Finishing the round in third was Greg Thomas of Irmo, S.C., bowling in his first PBA50 Tour tournament, with 1,813, followed by PBA Hall of Famer Norm Duke of Clermont, Fla. in fourth with 1,788 and Sammy Ventura of Syracuse, N.Y., rounding out the top five with 1,771.

The entire field returns for another eight-game qualifying round Thursday which begins at 10 a.m. CDT. Friday’s cashers and match play rounds will begin at 8:30 a.m. After match play the top five players will be determined for the stepladder finals at 7 p.m.

PBA’s online bowling channel, PBA Xtra Frame on FloBowling, is providing live start-to-finish coverage of the River City Extreme Open as well as the remaining events during the 2018 PBA50 Tour season. Subscription and schedule information is available by visiting www.flobowling.com.

PBA50 RIVER CITY EXTREME OPEN

Presented by Ebonite

River City Extreme, Monticello, Minn., Wednesday

FIRST ROUND (after eight games)

1, Ralph Brunt Jr., Jensen Beach, Fla., 1,828.
2, Eddie Graham, Kettering, Ohio, 1,823.
3, Greg Thomas, Irmo, S.C., 1,813.
4, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 1,788.
5, ss-Sammy Ventura, Syracuse, N.Y., 1,771.
6, ss-Harry Sullins, Chesterfield Twp., Mich., 1,769.
7, Scott Greiner, Sunrise Beach, Mo., 1,766.
8, Joel Carlson, Omaha, Neb., 1,743.
9, Brian Kretzer, Dayton, Ohio, 1,742.
10, Bob Learn Jr., Erie, Pa., 1,741.
11, Jeff Johnson, Freeport, Ill., 1,728.
12, (tie) Lennie Boresch Jr., Kenosha, Wis., and n-David Oulman, Medford, Minn., 1,720.
14, Gary Alstott, Washington, Ill., 1,715.
14, John Marsala, St. Louis, Mo., 1,715.
16, Tony Johnson, Canton, Ohio, 1,709.
17, Mark Sullivan, Indianapolis, 1,705.
18, (tie) Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, and Bryan Goebel, Shawnee, Kan., 1,704.
20, Michael Haugen Jr., Phoenix, 1,703.
21, ss-Don Blatchford, Santa Monica, Calif., 1,697.
22, ss-Tom Carter, Columbus, Ohio, 1,696.
23, Todd Kjell, Roscoe, Ill., 1,692.
24, ss-John Dudak, Orland Park, Ill., 1,681.
25, Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., 1,677.
26, Peter Knopp, Germany, 1,676.
27, Greg McDaniel, Kimball, Neb., 1,675.
28, n-Thomas Jones, Blaine, Mnn., 1,656.
29, Tony Rodriguez Jr., Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., 1,653.
30, Brian Voss, Centennial, Colo., 1,641.
31, ss-Ron Mohr, Las Vegas, 1,631.
32, ss-Mike Dias, Lafayette, Colo., 1,630.
33, n-John Hommes, Crystal, Minn., 1,620.
34, John Burkett, Southlake, Texas, 1,607.
35, ss-Henry Dawson, Elma, Wash., 1,605.
36, n-Larry Birkedahl, Sartell, Minn., 1,594.
37, n-Ron Cleveland, St. Paul, Minn., 1,587.
38, Glenn Morgan, Carson City, Nev., 1,586.
39, ss-Edward Silva, Manteca, Calif., 1,571.
40, ss-Steven Jansson, Barnes, Wis., 1,569.
41, Brad Snell, Mount Prospect, Ill., 1,552.
42, John Kidwell, Indianapolis, Ind., 1,551.
43, ss-Patrick King, Yankton, S.D., 1,550.
44, ss-Steve Stein, Staten Island, N.Y., 1,544.
45, n-David Green, St. Michael, Minn., 1,543.
46, n-Craig Schiffler, Melrose, Minn., 1,542.
47, Don Breeden, Clive, Iowa, 1,537.
48, n-Curtis Matlock, Cloquet, Minn., 1,535.
49, Timothy Regan, East Northport, N.Y., 1,532.
50, ss-Dale Traber, Cedarburg, Wis., 1,520.
51, ss-Bob Heath Sr., Grand Junction, Iowa, 1,512.
52, ss-Lucien Casagrande, Canada, 1,505.
53, ss-Kevin Foley, Reno, Nev., 1,499.
54, ss-James Storts, Westfield, Ind., 1,497.
55, n-ss-Robert Robillard, Savage, Minn., 1,484.
56, n-Dana Wright, St. Paul, Minn., 1,470.
57, ss-Christopher Keane, Cape Coral, Fla., 1,468.
58, Craig O'Reilly, Tinley Park, Ill., 1,466.
59, ss-Gary Kammes, Winfield, Ill., 1,464.
60, ss-Jared Cudnohufsky, Kingsford, Mich., 1,460.
61, ss-Ted Staikoff, Black Hawk, S.D., 1,459.
62, (tie) Jeff Moore, Boone, Iowa, 1,451 and ss-Paul Mielens, Menomonie, Wis., 1,451.
64, n-Fred Schossow, Zimmerman, Minn., 1,430.
65, n-Ermon Dixon, Waite Park, Minn., 1,420.
66, n-Peter Williams, Buffalo, Minn., 1,414.
67, Dean Bruinsma, Clear Lake, S.D., 1,394.
68, n-ss-Lawrence Harvanko, Champlin, Minn., 1,390.
69, n-James Friend, Big Lake, Minn., 1,358.
70, ss-Mike Schmid, St. Paul, Minn., 1,342.
71, n-Fred van De, Elk River, Minn., 1,279.

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PBA50 Tour Resumes with PBA50 River City Extreme Open July 17-20 in Monticello, Minn.

by Jerry Schneider July 12, 2018 08:01

MONTICELLO, Minn. – The 2018 PBA50 Tour started the season in the East, then ventured to the West, and now heads down the homestretch in the Midwest beginning with the PBA50 River City Extreme Open presented by Ebonite at River City Extreme July 17-20 in Monticello, Minn.

With five PBA50 events remaining on the 2018 schedule, 2017 PBA Rookie of the Year and Suncoast Senior U.S. Open winner Michael Haugen Jr. of Phoenix leads the PBA50 Player of the Year points race with a commanding 2,400 point lead over PBA Hall of Famer Walter Ray Williams Jr. of Oxford, Fla., in second. Hall of Famer Ron Mohr of Las Vegas, who has virtually wrapped up his third consecutive PBA60 Player of the Year honor, is in third place nearly 2,800 points behind.

Haugen, a five-time PBA Tour winner, won the PBA50 Johnny Petraglia BVL Open in May for his second career PBA50 Tour title. He also has four other top-10 finishes including two third-place finishes, one of which came in the USBC Senior Masters, in addition to a sixth and ninth-place finish.

Williams has three runner-up finishes this season, and Mohr won the PBA50 Northern California Classic for his 10th career title while also recording third, fifth and sixth-place finishes in 2018.     

Following the River City Extreme Open, the PBA50 Tour heads to Indiana for the first of three tournaments in the Hoosier State beginning with the PBA50 South Shore Open presented by Hammer July 23-26 at Olympia Lanes in Hammond followed by the PBA50 Security Federal Savings Bank Championship presented by Track July 28-31 at Dave Small’s Heritage Lanes in Kokomo, and the PBA50 Dave Small’s Championship Lanes Classic presented by Roto Grip Aug. 4-7 in Anderson.

The PBA50 Tour season then heads to Wyoming, Mich., for the PBA50 Cup presented by DV8, the season’s fourth and final major, Aug. 9-12 at Spectrum Lanes.

The regular season wraps up with the PBA60 Dick Weber Championship presented by 900 Global, for players 60 and over, at Pro Bowl West in Fort Wayne Aug. 14-16.

The top 12 players in PBA50 Tour points, plus two at-large berths, will earn spots into the PBA50 Storm Invitational at Planet Fun Bowling & Entertainment Center in Shallotte, N.C., Sept. 28-30.

Competition in the River Extreme Open begins with eight-game qualifying squads on Wednesday, July 18 at 10 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. CT to be followed by a second round of qualifying on July 19, also at 10 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. After a five-game cashers round on July 20 at 8:30 a.m., match play rounds will be conducted at noon and 3:15 p.m. to determine the top five players for the stepladder finals scheduled for 7 p.m.

The tournament practice session is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesday, July 17.  Pro-am squads, where grassroots amateur bowlers can compete with the pros, are scheduled for 3 and 6 p.m. For pro-am entry information contact River City Extreme by calling (763) 295-3390.

PBA’s online bowling channel, PBA Xtra Frame on FloBowling, will provide live start-to-finish coverage of the River City Extreme Open as well as the remaining events on the 2018 PBA50 Tour season. Subscription and schedule information is available by visiting www.flobowling.com.

PBA50 River City Extreme Open presented by Ebonite
River City Extreme, Monticello, Minn. (all times Central)

Tuesday, July 17
10 a.m. – Practice session
3, 6 p.m. – Pro-Am squads

Wednesday, July 18
10 a.m. – A squad qualifying (8 games)
3:30 p.m. - B squad qualifying (8 games)

Thursday, July 19
10 a.m. - B squad qualifying (8 games)
3:30 p.m. – A squad qualifying (8 games)

Friday, July 20
8:30 a.m. – Cashers round (5 games)
Noon – Modified match play round one (5 games)
3:15 p.m. – Modified match play round two (6 games)
  Top five advance to stepladder finals
7 p.m. – Stepladder finals

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EJ Tackett Wins PBA Xtra Frame Parkside Lanes Open For 10th Career PBA Tour Title

by Jerry Schneider July 2, 2018 16:42

AURORA, Ill. – Entering the stepladder finals as the top qualifier, 25-year-old EJ Tackett of Huntington, Ind., beat a struggling Bill O’Neill of Langhorne, Pa., Monday to win the PBA Xtra Frame Parkside Lanes Open for his 10th Go Bowling! PBA Tour title.

Tackett beat O’Neill, who was also trying for his 10th win, 210-171, in the title match to also record his first win of the season.

“To make it to double digits is one of those milestones you always hope to accomplish.” Tackett said of the 10-win milestone. “It’s like winning your second title because it’s another validation in your career that you can compete against the best in the world.”

In the title match, O’Neill ran into problems early when he left the 2-10 and 2-7-10 splits back-to-back in the third and fourth frames and was not able to convert the splits.

IMG_3055Tackett, using a urethane ball on the PBA Chameleon 39-foot condition, which he chose for the title match, was able to hit the pocket consistently and never threw anything less than a nine-count until the 10th frame when the match had already been decided.

In each stepladder match the higher qualifier was able to select the lane condition for the match.

“Bowling on the Chameleon condition was the easiest for me to break down with a urethane ball,” Tackett said. “I just felt that I could avoid bowling 180 and it was my best chance to keep the ball in play. If I could bowl over 200 I felt my chances of winning the match were pretty good. I did exactly what I wanted to do.”

In the opening stepladder match, six-time Tour winner Dom Barrett of England defeated four-time titlist Marshall Kent of Yakima Wash., 235-226, to advance to the second match against O’Neill who qualified third for the finals.

O’Neill went on to beat Barrett, 245-216, in the second match and then two-hander Chris Via of Springfield, Ohio, 209-198, in the semifinal to advance to the title match.

Intended to put added emphasis on performing well every game, the unique qualifying portion of the tournament awarded bonus pins to players for each game depending on how they finished against their competitors on each pair of lanes. As an example, with four players on a pair of lanes, the top scorer would earn 30 bonus pins, the second high scorer 20 pins and third 10 pins with the lowest scoring player receiving no bonus.

The tournament was also conducted on three different PBA lane conditions with the first round conducted on the Chameleon followed by the second round on the 39-foot Don Carter and the third round conducted on the 39-foot Bear condition.

All PBA Xtra Frame events for the rest of the season will be covered live, from first ball to last, by PBA’s new live streaming partner, FloBowling. Subscriptions are available at FloBowling.com (existing Xtra Frame subscribers can transition their current subscriptions by visiting https://www.flobowling.com/claim-account).

The next event on the PBA Xtra Frame on FloBowling.com and Go Bowling! PBA Tour schedule for 2018 is the PBA/PWBA Storm Striking for Breast Cancer Mixed Doubles Tournament that will take place with a sold-out field of 160 teams July 26-29 at Copperfield Bowl in Houston, Texas. Jason Sterner of Rockledge, Fla., and Birgit Poppler of Germany are defending champions.

PBA XTRA FRAME PARKSIDE LANES OPEN
(A 2018 Go Bowling! PBA Tour event)
Parkside Lanes, Aurora, Ill., Monday, July 2

Final Standings:
1, EJ Tackett, Huntington, Ind., $10,000.
2, Bill O’Neill, Langhorne, Pa., $6,300.
3, Chris Via, Springfield, Ohio, $4,000.
4, Dom Barrett, England, $3,000.
5, Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., $2,000.

Stepladder Results:
Match one – Barrett def. Kent, 235-226.
Match two – O’Neill def. Barrett, 245-216.
Semifinal – O’Neill def. Via, 209-198.
Championship – Tackett def. O’Neill, 210-171.

Final Qualifying Standings (after 24 games, including bonus pins):
1, Tackett, 5,979.
2, Via, 5,919.
3, O'Neill, 5,864.
4, Barrett, 5,840.
5, Kent, 5,830.
6, Chris Loschetter, Avon, Ohio, 5,800, $1,750.
7, Andrew Anderson, Holly, Mich., 5,770, $1,500.
8, Matt Kuba, Chicago Ridge, Ill., 5,765, $1,475.
9, AJ Johnson, Oswego, Ill., 5,764, $1,550.
10, Jason Sterner, Rockledge, Fla., 5,757, $1,425.
11, Greg Ostrander, Freehold, N.J., 5,716, $1,400.
12, Anthony Simonsen, Austin, Texas, 5,695, $1,375.
13, Kyle Sherman, O'Fallon, Mo., 5,647, $1,350.
14, Kurt Pilon, Warren, Mich., 5,642, $1,325.
15, Kamron Doyle, Brentwood, Tenn., 5,620, $1,300.
16, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 5,527, $1,275.
17, Kristopher Prather, Plainfield, Ill., 5,523, $1,250.
18, Steve Jaros, Yorkville, Ill., 5,428, $1,225.
19 (tie), Mitch Hupe, Canada, and Anthony Pepe, Elmhurst, N.Y., 5,421, $1,188.
21, JR Raymond, Clinton Twp., Mich., 5,399, $1,150.
22, Nathan Michalowski, Burlington, Wis., 5,382, $1,125.
23, Nick Kruml, Downers Grove, Ill., 5,381, $1,100.
24, Jason Miller, Plano, Ill., 5,355, $1,075.
25, Graham Fach, Canada, 5,244, $1,050.
26, n-Mike Dole, Loves Park, Ill., 5,202, $1,025.
27, Matt O'Grady, Rahway, N.J., 4,345 (withdrew after 19 games), $1,000.

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