Darren Tang Earns Top Seed for PBA Hall of Fame Classic Finals; Jones Earns No. 2 Seed in Same Weekend of Hall of Fame Induction

by Jerry Schneider January 17, 2020 20:36

ARLINGTON, Texas  – Darren Tang of Las Vegas rode a 10-4 match play record, including two match wins with 300 games Friday, on his way to earning the top seed for Sunday’s live FS1 finals telecast of the PBA Hall of Fame Classic, the first tournament of the 2020 Go Bowling PBA Tour season.

The 26-year-old Tang, who is trying for his first PBA Tour title, beat reigning PBA Player of the Year Jason Belmonte 300-191 in the second match of the final match play round and Anthony Lavery-Spahr 300-247 in the sixth match. A 246-202 win over Jakob Butturff of Tempe, Arizona in the position round match vaulted him to the top spot with a 6,299 26-game pinfall total including bonus pins. As the top seed, he will only have to win one match on Sunday’s telecast from the International Training and Research Center which gets underway at 1 p.m. ET (noon CT).

“I didn’t let the bad games get me discouraged,” said Tang, who owns two PBA Tour runner-up finishes. “I just stayed focused, stuck to my process and didn’t think about what else was going on around me. I’ve always been a believer that anything’s possible in this game and when it’s your day, it’s your day.”

In what is turning out to be a dream weekend for Tommy Jones of Simpsonville, South Carolina, who will be inducted into the PBA Hall of Fame Saturday, the former PBA Player of the Year and 19-time PBA Tour winner, qualified for the 14th and final match play position Thursday, but posted an 11-3 record Friday, that included a 300-240 win over Ryan Ciminelli in Friday’s first match play round, to earn the No. 2 seed. He finished 15 pins behind Tang with a 6,284 pinfall.

“This has made a special weekend even more special, but what’s offsetting that is I can’t help thinking about a lot of single pin spares I missed in the tournament,” the 41-year-old right-hander said. “With all the excitement of this weekend I’m trying to approach everything the same as I would for any other tournament. For the most part I’ve been successful doing that but I’ll need to make sure that something like missing easy spares doesn’t ruin the party.”

Three other players have made a TV final in the same weekend that they were inducted into the PBA Hall of Fame: Earl Anthony in 1981, Mike Durbin, who won his third PBA Tournament of Champions in 1984, and Mark Roth in 1987.

Five-time PBA Tour winner Osku Palermaa of Finland will be trying for his first title since the 2015 World Open in Tokyo and his first win on TV since the 2011 PBA World Championship. The 36-year-old two-hander entered match play in 11th and despite a 7-7 record in match play was still able to climb to the No. 3 seed finishing with a 6,264 pinfall.

Sunday’s stepladder will begin with Butturff, who earned the No. 4 seed taking on No. 5 seed hometown favorite PBA Hall of Famer Chris Barnes of Double Oak, Texas.

The 25-year-old Butturff, a seven-time tour winner who finished second in the 2019 Hall of Fame Classic, finished the day with an 8-6 match play record and 6,237 pinfall while the 49-year-old Barnes, also a 19-time tour winner, went 8-6 in match play and finished with a 6,198 pinfall to take the final stepladder slot.

PBA HALL OF FAME CLASSIC

(a 2020 Go Bowling PBA Tour event)

International Training and Research Center, Arlington, Texas, Friday

Final Match Play Standings

(after 26 games, including match play record, total pinfall including bonus pins and money earned. Top five players advance to Sunday’s live finals on FS1 at 1 p.m. ET)

1, Darren Tang, Las Vegas, 10-4, 6,299.
2, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 11-3, 6,284.
3, Osku Palermaa, Finland, 7-7, 6,264.
4, Jakob Butturff, Tempe, Ariz., 8-6, 6,237.
5, Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 8-6, 6,198.
6, Ryan Ciminelli, Lancaster, S.C., 8-6, 6,154, $4,800.
7, Patrick Hanrahan, Wichita, Kan., 7-7, 6,127, $4,400.
8, Tom Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich., 6-8, 6,061, $4,100.
9, Jason Belmonte, Australia, 4-9-1, 5,980, $3,800.
10, Jesper Svensson, Sweden, 6-8, 5,975, $3,600.
11, Anthony Lavery-Spahr, Pasadena, Texas, 5-9, 5,921, $3,400.
12, Kyle Troup, Taylorsville, N.C., 3-10-1, 5,853, $3,200.
13, Patrick Girard, Canada, 5-9, 5,834, $3,100.
14, x-Tom Hess, Granger, Iowa, 3-1, 5,626, $2,750.
15, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 7-4, 5,206, $2,750.

x-Tom Hess replaced Norm Duke who withdrew because of injury after third match in the final round

300 games – Darren Tang (2), Osku Palermaa

Third Round Standings

(after 19 games. Including match play record, total pinfall including bonus pins. All players advance to final match play round)

1, Jakob Butturff, Tempe, Ariz., 4-3, 4,525.
2, Darren Tang, Las Vegas, 5-2, 4,477.
3, Osku Palermaa, Finland, 4-3, 4,471.
4, Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 4-3, 4,466.
5, Ryan Ciminelli, Lancaster, S.C., 4-3, 4,465.
6, Tom Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich., 4-3, 4,438.
7, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 4-3, 4,432.
8, Patrick Hanrahan, Wichita, Kan., 3-4, 4,375.
9, Kyle Troup, Taylorsville, N.C., 2-4-1, 4,327.
10, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 5-2, 4,320.
11, Anthony Lavery-Spahr, Pasadena, Texas, 2-5, 4,315.
12, Patrick Girard, Canada, 3-4, 4,300.
13, Jesper Svensson, Sweden, 3-4, 4,292.
14, Jason Belmonte, Australia, 1-5-1, 4,257.

300 games – Tommy Jones

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Jakob Butturff Tops PBA Hall of Fame Classic Qualifying After Big Second Round

by Jerry Schneider January 16, 2020 20:21

ARLINGTON, Texas  – Finishing 18th after the first round of qualifying, seven-time Go Bowling PBA Tour winner Jakob Butturff of Tempe, Arizona, had better success navigating the challenging PBA Hall of Fame Classic dual lane conditions Thursday averaging 252 in the second round to emerge as the top qualifier for the opening event of the 2020 Go Bowling PBA Tour season and leading 14 players who advanced to match play.

Bowling on PBA’s 45-foot Dick Weber lane condition on the left lane and 38-foot Mike Aulby condition on the right lane at the International Training and Research Center, the 25-year-old Butturff, finished Wednesday’s first round with a 1,293 six-game pinfall total but roared back with 1,516 in the second round to lead the field with a 2,809 overall pinfall for 12 games. The left-hander had games of 280, 226, 238, 225, 268 and 279 in the second round.

“It was difficult to repeat shots yesterday because I’m nursing a slight muscle tear on my right thigh,” said Butturff, who also topped qualifying in the 2019 Hall of Fame Classic and eventually finished second losing to winner Bill O’Neill 199-194 in the title match. “Today it was a combination of the leg feeling much better and making the right equipment choices from the start. I was feeling much more comfortable which made it easier to repeat the good shots I needed to make.”

Anthony Lavery-Spahr of Pasadena, Texas, who led qualifying after the first round appeared to be on his way to the qualifying lead after starting the second round with games 239, 259, 258 but then struggled in the second half of the round finishing with games of 183, 212 and 183. Lavery-Spahr finished qualifying in second 23 pins behind Butturff with a 2,786.

Rounding out the top five heading into match play were Darren Tang, Las Vegas, 2,759; Ryan Ciminelli, Lancaster, South Carolina, 2,741 and Tom Smallwood, Saginaw, Michigan and PBA Hall of Famer Norm Duke, Clermont, Florida, tying for fifth with 2,740.

Five-time and reigning PBA Player of the Year Jason Belmonte of Australia, tied for 12th with fellow two-hander Jesper Svensson of Sweden, to advance with a 2,656 pinfall. Belmonte finished third in 2019 and Svensson finished fourth.

PBA Hall of Famer Chris Barnes of Double Oak, Texas, finished 10th with 2,659 and Tommy Jones of Simpsonville, South Carolina, who will be inducted into the PBA Hall of Fame this Saturday took the final match play spot finishing 14th with 2,650.

O’Neill failed to advance after finishing in a tie for 30th with 2,539. Boston Red Sox star Mookie Betts finished qualifying in 48th with 2,383.

The 14 players who made the cut will bowl two seven-game match play rounds Friday at 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. CT. Total pinfall, including match play bonus pins for 26 games will determine the top five for the live stepladder finals on FS1 Sunday at 1 p.m. ET (noon CT).

Friday’s match play will be streamed live by PBA’s live streaming partner FloBowling. For subscription information visit www.flobowling.com.

PBA HALL OF FAME CLASSIC

(a 2020 Go Bowling PBA Tour event)

International Training and Research Center, Arlington, Texas, Thursday

Final Qualifying Standings (after 12 games, top 14 players advance to Friday’s round-robin match play rounds)

1, Jakob Butturff, Tempe, Ariz., 2,809.
2, Anthony Lavery-Spahr, Pasadena, Texas, 2,786.
3, Darren Tang, Las Vegas, 2,759.
4, Ryan Ciminelli, Lancaster, S.C., 2,741.
5, (tie) Tom Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich., and Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 2,740.
7, Patrick Hanrahan, Wichita, Kan., 2,705.
8, Patrick Girard, Canada, 2,672.
9, Kyle Troup, Taylorsville, N.C., 2,660.
10, Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 2,659.
11, Osku Palermaa, Finland, 2,658.
12, (tie) Jason Belmonte, Australia, and Jesper Svensson, Sweden, 2,656.
14, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 2,650.

Did not advance:
15, Tom Hess, Granger, Iowa, 2,637, $2,500.
16, Anthony Simonsen, Little Elm, Texas, 2,623, $2,300.
17, Brad Miller, Lees Summit, Mo., 2,617, $2,100.
18, Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 2,614, $2,000.
19, Nicholas Pate, Inver Grove Heights, Minn., 2,605.
20, Stuart Williams, England, 2,597.
21, AJ Johnson, Oswego, Ill., 2,594.
22, Nate Garcia, Port St. Lucie, Fla., 2,584.
23, Tom Daugherty, Riverview, Fla., 2,576.
24, Matt Sanders, Evansville, Ind., 2,568.
25, Deo Benard, Henderson, Nev., 2,558.
26, Francois Lavoie, Canada, 2,557.
27, Jake Peters, Henderson, Nev., 2,552.
28, AJ Chapman, Manchester, Iowa, 2,544.
29, Josh Blanchard, Mesa, Ariz., 2,543.
30, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., 2,539.
30, Bill O'Neill, Langhorne, Pa., 2,539.
32, Andrew Anderson, Holly, Mich., 2,528.
33, Kristopher Prather, Plainfield, Ill., 2,526.
34, Mitch Hupe, Wichita, Kan., 2,515.
35, Kyle Sherman, O'Fallon, Mo., 2,508.
36, Shawn Maldonado, Houston, 2,494.
37, Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., 2,489.
38, EJ Tackett, Bluffton, Ind., 2,482.
39, Mark Williams, Beaumont, Texas, 2,476.
40, Gary Faulkner Jr., Memphis, Tenn., 2,473.
41, Ildemaro Ruiz, Venezuela, 2,472.
42, BJ Moore, Greensburg, Pa., 2,465.
43, Matthew Ogle, Louisville, Ky., 2,460.
44, Graham Fach, Urbana, Ohio, 2,418.
45, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 2,414.
46, Bryan Goebel, Shawnee, Kan., 2,410.
47, Dom Barrett, England, 2,387.
48, Mookie Betts, Studio City, Calif., 2,383.
49, DJ Archer, Spring, Texas, 2,382.
50, Richard Teece, England, 2,369.
51, (tie) Dick Allen, Lexington, S.C., and Ronnie Russell, Marion, Ind., 2,360.
53, Jason Sterner, Rochester, N.Y., 2,350.
54, Brent Boho, Colgate, Wis., 2,347.
55, Wesley Low Jr., Palmdale, Calif., 2,319.
56, Connor Pickford, Charlotte, N.C., 2,257.

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Anthony Lavery-Spahr Averages 242 to Lead PBA Hall of Fame Classic Qualifying After First Round

by Jerry Schneider January 15, 2020 19:28

ARLINGTON, Texas – Anthony Lavery-Spahr, a 29-year-old right-hander from Pasadena, Texas, beginning his third full season on the Go Bowling PBA Tour, averaged 242 for six games Wednesday to take the first-round lead in the PBA Hall of Fame Classic at the International Training and Research Center.

In the first tournament of the 2020 season, Lavery-Spahr, who is trying for his first career PBA Tour title, bowled games of 269, 226, 217, 235, 242 and 263 for a 1,452 pinfall total holding an 18-pin lead over Darren Tang of Las Vegas in second with 1,434.

I’m getting a lot better at putting myself in a position to succeed regardless of the lane condition,” said Lavery-Spahr, whose best tour finish was third in the 2019 PBA Roth-Holman Doubles Classic with Sam Cooley. “With a six-game block you hope you can keep your adjustments simple and fortunately I could rely mainly on speed control on all the pairs (of lanes) to make the adjustments I needed. I had a little bit of a concern about the shorter lane condition but I really had good touch all day.”

For the Hall of Fame Classic, players are facing the added challenge of competing on a dual lane condition scoring environment with PBA’s 45-foot Dick Weber lane condition applied to the left lane and the 38-foot Mike Aulby condition to the right lane throughout the event.

Competition continues with the field of 56 players that includes 40 PBA Tour Champions, bowling second-round qualifying Thursday with six-game blocks at 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. CT. After 12 qualifying games, the top 14 players will advance to match play rounds Friday at 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. Total pinfall, including match play bonus pins, for 26 games will determine the top five for the stepladder finals live on FS1 Sunday at 1 p.m. ET (noon CT).

Among other notables after the first round, defending champion Bill O’Neill finished 27th with 1,259; five-time and reigning PBA Player of the Year Jason Belmonte of Australia, who finished third in last season’s Hall of Fame Classic, in 11th with 1,325 and PBA Hall of Famer Chris Barnes of Double Oak, Texas, in a tie for third with Ryan Ciminelli with 1,412. Boston Red Sox star Mookie Betts, who is making his first PBA Tour appearance since the 2017 PBA World Series of Bowling, finished the first round in 45th with 1,187 for six games.

All preliminary rounds of the Hall of Fame Classic are live-streamed by PBA’s online streaming partner FloBowling. For subscription and schedule information visit www.flobowling.com.

PBA HALL OF FAME CLASSIC

(a 2020 Go Bowling PBA Tour event)

International Training and Research Center, Arlington, Texas, Wednesday

First Round Standings (after six games)

1, Anthony Lavery-Spahr, Pasadena, Texas, 1,452.
2, Darren Tang, Las Vegas, 1,434.
3, (tie) Ryan Ciminelli, Lancaster, S.C., and Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 1,412.
5, Patrick Hanrahan, Wichita, Kan., 1,339.
6, (tie) Deo Benard, Henderson, Nev., amd Jesper Svensson, Sweden, 1,329.
8, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 1,328.
9, (tie) Tom Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich., and Nicholas Pate, Inver Grove Heights, Minn., 1,327.
11, Jason Belmonte, Australia, 1,325.
12, (tie) Patrick Girard, Canada, and Osku Palermaa, Finland, 1,316.
14, Josh Blanchard, Mesa, Ariz., 1,310.
15, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 1,306.
16, Kyle Troup, Taylorsville, N.C., 1,301.
17, Andrew Anderson, Holly, Mich., 1,295.
18, Jakob Butturff, Tempe, Ariz., 1,293.
19, AJ Chapman, Manchester, Iowa, 1,290.
20, (tie) Tom Hess, Granger, Iowa, Kristopher Prather, Plainfield, Ill., and Mark Williams, Beaumont, Texas, 1,287.
23, Mitch Hupe, Wichita, Kan., 1,284.
24, Brad Miller, Lees Summit, Mo., 1,276.
25, Francois Lavoie, Canada, 1,274.
26, Shawn Maldonado, Houston, 1,271.
27, Bill O'Neill, Langhorne, Pa., 1,259.
28, Stuart Williams, England, 1,256.
29, BJ Moore, Greensburg, Pa., 1,253.
30, Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 1,248.
31, AJ Johnson, Oswego, Ill., 1,247.
32, Jake Peters, Henderson, Nev., 1,245.
33, Matthew Ogle, Louisville, Ky., 1,244.
34, Graham Fach, Urbana, Ohio, 1,241.
35, (tie) Ronnie Russell, Marion, Ind., and Matt Sanders, Evansville, Ind., 1,239.
37, EJ Tackett, Bluffton, Ind., 1,234.
38, (tie) Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., and Richard Teece, England, 1,232.
40, Anthony Simonsen, Little Elm, Texas, 1,221.
41, Nate Garcia, Port St. Lucie, Fla., 1,220.
42, Ildemaro Ruiz, Venezuela, 1,219.
43, Tom Daugherty, Riverview, Fla., 1,216.
44, Kyle Sherman, O'Fallon, Mo., 1,211.
45, Mookie Betts, Studio City, Calif., 1,187.
46, (tie) Dom Barrett, England, and Gary Faulkner Jr., Memphis, Tenn., 1,184.
48, Wesley Low Jr., Palmdale, Calif., 1,176.
49, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 1,170.
50, Bryan Goebel, Shawnee, Kan., 1,167.
51, Jason Sterner, Rochester, N.Y., 1,165.
52, Brent Boho, Colgate, Wis., 1,156.
53, Dick Allen, Lexington, S.C., 1,154.
54, DJ Archer, Spring, Texas, 1,145.
55, Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., 1,123.
56, Connor Pickford, Charlotte, N.C., 1,022.

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Wichita’s Hanrahan Tops Seven Players in PTQ Earning Berths in PBA Hall of Fame Classic

by Jerry Schneider January 13, 2020 18:33

ARLINGTON, Texas  – Left-handed two-hander Patrick Hanrahan of Wichita, Kansas, averaged 229 for the eight-game pre-tournament qualifier Monday at the International Training and Research Center to lead seven players who earned berths in the PBA Hall of Fame Classic. The seven players completed the field of 56 players who will begin the first tournament of the 2020 Go Bowling PBA Tour season with Wednesday’s first-round qualifying.

The 24-year-old former Wichita State University player, in his second season on tour, bowled games of 205, 224, 299, 226, 208, 222, 223 and 229 for an 1,836 pinfall total, qualifying first in the 35-player PTQ field. Deo Benard of Henderson, Nevada was second with 1,823.

Wesley Low Jr. of Palmdale, California, another former Wichita State player who uses a two-handed delivery from the left side and Canadian Patrick Girard tied for sixth with a 1,759 pinfall to take the final two spots in the tournament field.

After Tuesday’s practice sessions, half of the 56-player field will bowl first-round qualifying Wednesday at 11 a.m. and the other half will bowl at 5 p.m. Qualifying continues with second-round qualifying on Thursday also at 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. 

After 12 qualifying games, the top 14 players will advance to match play rounds at 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. Friday. Total pinfall, including match play bonus pins, for 26 games will determine the top five for the stepladder finals live on FS1 Sunday at 1 p.m. ET (noon CT).

For the complete PBA Hall of Fame Classic roster click on https://www.pba.com/Rosters/Details/3083

All qualifying and match play rounds leading up to the finals will be live-streamed by PBA’s online streaming partner, FloBowling. For subscription and schedule information, visit FloBowling.com.

PBA HALL OF FAME CLASSIC

Pre-Tournament Qualifier Results

International Training and Research Center, Arlington, Texas, Monday

(after eight games; top seven advance to Wednesday’s first-round qualifying)

1, Patrick Hanrahan, Wichita, Kan., 1,836.
2, Deo Benard, Henderson, Nev., 1,823.
3, Brent Boho, Colgate, Wis., 1,785.
4, Nate Garcia, Port St. Lucie, Fla., 1,777.
5, Ildemaro Ruiz, Venezuela, 1,768.
6 (tie), Wesley Low Jr., Palmdale, Calif., and Patrick Girard, Canada, 1,759.

Did not advance:

8, Greg Ostrander, Brick, N.J., 1,748.
9, Sean Lavery-Spahr, Pasadena, Texas, 1,747.
10, Chris Via, Springfield, Ohio, 1,732.
11, (tie) Arturo Quintero, Mexico, and Alex Martin, Kennesaw, Ga., 1,730.
13, Jim Pratt, Avondale, Ariz., 1,728.
14, (tie) Brandon Curtis, Manson, N.C., and Matt Kuba, Chicago Ridge, Ill., 1,726.
16, Sam Cooley, Australia, 1,724.
17, Brandon Novak, Chillicothe, Ohio, 1,691.
18, Dino Castillo, Highland Village, Texas, 1,679.
19, Michael Tang, Johnstown, Ohio, 1,670.
20, Nick Kruml, Downers Grove, Ill., 1,664.
21, Kamron Doyle, Brentwood, Tenn., 1,633.
22, Russ Oviatt, Sioux Falls, S.D., 1,630.
23, (tie) Mike Coffey, Melbourne, Fla., and Zachary Wilkins, Canada, 1,615.
25, Zeke Bayt, Westerville, Ohio, 1,610.
26, Gaetan Mouveroux, France, 1,602.
27, Andrew Silverman, Akron, Ohio, 1,594.
28, Michael Davidson, Versailles, Ohio, 1,591.
29, Brian Robinson, Morgantown, W.Va., 1,581.
30, Greg Young, Viera, Fla., 1,554.
31, Ryan Burks, Kansas City, Mo., 1,550.
32, Justin Wyman, Fairport, N.Y., 1,494.
33, Zac Tackett, Huntington, Ind., 1,492.
34, Trey Ford III, Bartlesville, Okla., 1,468.
35, Carl Hay, Redondo Beach, Calif., 1,338.

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PBA Announces 15-Tournament Schedule for 2020 PBA50 Tour Season

by Jerry Schneider January 10, 2020 10:54

CHICAGO – The Professional Bowlers Association today announced its 15-tournament schedule for the 2020 PBA50 Tour season, providing bowlers 50 and older with four major championships and a new year-end bracket elimination event for 24 PBA50 and PBA60 players.

PBA Hall of Famer Walter Ray Williams Jr. will defend his PBA50 Player of the Year honor (the third of his career) as a 60-year-old when the season kicks off in Florida with the PBA50 Johnny Petraglia BVL Open presented by Lucas Magazine & Brunswick at Maple Countryside Lanes in Clearwater, Florida, April 19-22. Williams, the all-time Go Bowling PBA Tour titles leader with 47 wins, also will be trying for his 15th career PBA50 Tour title which will give him sole possession of the all-time titles lead on both PBA national tours. He is currently tied with John Handegard for the PBA50 Tour career titles lead with 14 wins.

Among the newcomers eligible for PBA50 competition in 2020 are PBA Hall of Famers Jason Couch and Chris Barnes.

After the season-opening Petraglia BVL Open, the season’s first major returns to Spanish Springs Lanes in The Villages for the Florida Blue PBA50 National Championship April 26-30. The PBA50 Tour’s newest major will be familiar to Go Bowling PBA Tour fans when South Plains Lanes in Lubbock, Texas hosts the PBA50 Lubbock Sports Cup presented by South Plains Lanes May 16-19. 

The season’s other two majors will return to Las Vegas for the USBC Senior Masters May 31-June 7 at Sam’s Town and the Suncoast PBA Senior U.S. Open presented by Storm June 7-12 at the Suncoast Bowling Center.

The PBA50 Tour will also make return trips to Mooresville, North Carolina; Brentwood, California; Monticello, Minnesota, as well as Indiana stops in Hammond and Anderson before concluding the season in Michigan with visits to Wyoming and Jackson.

Two PBA60 events open exclusively to players 60 and older include the USBC Super Senior Classic May 27-31 at Sam’s Town and the season-ending PBA60 Dick Weber Championship in Jackson Aug. 23-25.

New for 2020, 13 events on the schedule conducted by PBA will include a special “bracket” side event competition for both the PBA50 and PBA60 divisions that will pay additional prize money for the first three bracket finishers within each tournament. The bracket program, which requires no additional entry fee, will also have its own year-long points list which will determine the top 24 players from each division for an end-of-season bracket championship. Details on the new PBA50/PBA60 bracket elimination program and season finale will be announced later.

All PBA50/60 events will be covered start to finish by PBA’s online streaming partner FloBowling. For subscription and schedule information visit www.flobowling.com.

Players can enter PBA50 Tour events beginning March 9 by downloading an entry form and emailing it to Mary von Krueger at maryvk@pba.com.

2020 PBA50 TOUR SCHEDULE

April 19-22 - PBA50 Johnny Petraglia BVL Open presented by Lucas Magazine & Brunswick, Maple Countryside Lanes      

April 26-30 - Florida Blue Medicare PBA50 National Championship, Spanish Springs Lanes, The Villages, Fla. (Major)

May 3-6 - PBA50 Mooresville Open presented by Mooresville CVB & Storm, Victory Lanes Family Entertainment Center, Mooresville, N.C.          

May 16-19 - PBA50 Lubbock Sports Cup presented by South Plains Lanes, Lubbock, Texas (Major)                              

May 23-26 -  PBA50 Northern California Classic, Harvest Park Bowl, Brentwood, Calif.      

May 27-31 -  USBC Super Senior Classic, Sam’s Town, Las Vegas

May 31-June 7 – USBC Senior Masters, Sam’s Town, Las Vegas (Major)  

June 7-12 – Suncoast PBA Senior U.S. Open, Suncoast Bowling Center, Las Vegas (Major)           

June 14-17 – PBA50 Fountain Valley Open, Fountain Bowl, Fountain Valley, Calif.

July 27-30 – PBA50 River City Extreme Open, River City Extreme, Monticello, Minn.        

Aug. 3-6 – PBA50 South Shore Open, Olympia Lanes, Hammond, Ind.                             

Aug. 8-11 – PBA50 David Small’s Championship Lanes Classic, Anderson, Ind.     

Aug. 14-17 – PBA50 Spectrum Lanes Open, Spectrum Lanes, Wyoming, Mich.     

Aug. 19-22 – PBA50 David Small’s Jax 60 Lanes Open, Jackson, Mich.

Aug. 23-25 – PBA60 Dick Weber Classic, Jackson, Mich.

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