Barrett Wins U.S. Open with Thrilling One-Pin Victory Over Butturff in Title Match

by Jerry Schneider October 31, 2018 21:45

By Aaron Smith, USBC Communications

WICHITA, Kan. – England’s Dom Barrett won four matches Wednesday on his way to claiming the 2018 U.S. Open, including a thrilling one-pin victory over top-seed Jakob Butturff of Chandler, Arizona, in the title match, 207-206.

The 33-year-old right-hander became the third foreign-born player to win the U.S. Open, joining Finland’s Mika Koivuniemi (2001) and Canada’s Francois Lavoie (2016). He earned the $30,000 top prize and coveted green jacket presented to the champion.

Wednesday’s stepladder finals at Northrock Lanes were televised live on CBS Sports Network.

The title match swung back and forth as both players tried to figure out the 43-foot oil pattern. An open in the fifth frame from Barrett gave Butturff a slight advantage, as both competitors headed into the final frame working on doubles.

Butturff, finishing the match first, nearly left a 7-10 split on his first shot before the 7 pin tumbled late. He converted the spare and struck on his fill ball, forcing Barrett to strike on his first shot for a chance at the title.

Barrett rolled the strike he needed to start the 10th frame, but a 4-6 split on his second shot left him needing to convert just one pin for the victory. His spare attempt was left of target, but it was enough to push over the 6 pin to give him his seventh PBA Tour title and second major championship.

“For me, it’s about slowing everything down as much as I can in those situations,” said Barrett, who won the 2013 PBA World Championship. “I threw the one in the 10th really well, and I thought the 11th shot was OK, but I must have grabbed a lot of that one. On the spare attempt, I told myself that I didn’t want to miss it right, and I certainly didn’t do that.”

Barrett credited his run through the stepladder to his aggressiveness. He made a big move to the left to start the third game and made multiple ball changes over the course of his final two wins. In all, he averaged more than 238 on his way to the title.

As exciting as the win is for Barrett, he looks forward to everything awaiting him across the Atlantic Ocean. Barrett and his wife, Cassie, recently welcomed son, Colby.

“This means so much,” said Barrett, the runner-up at the 2015 U.S. Open. “Especially for my family at home, too. My wife has hardly had any sleep for the last 10 weeks with a newborn baby, so I think it’s now time for me to take care of my dad duties and take care of my family.”

Butturff led the U.S. Open for the second consecutive year by a sizeable margin to earn the No. 1 seed for the TV show. The 24-year-old left-hander led this year’s field by 552 pins after leading by 617 pins in Liverpool, New York, in 2017.

He joined PBA and United States Bowling Congress Hall of Famer Earl Anthony as the only bowlers to earn the top seed in consecutive years at the U.S. Open since 1971. Anthony also was defeated in each title match, dropping the final game in 1979 and 1980.

“It definitely hurts, especially losing by one, but at least I can say I led this tournament two years in a row, by a lot,” said Butturff, a four-time PBA Tour champion. “It’s about the only thing I can take out of it, but it’s definitely an amazing feeling.

“I threw a couple of bad shots but threw one good when I needed to and (left a) 10 pin. At least I forced him to show up. You know, Dom bowled phenomenal this week, too; we all did on the TV show. It’s rough, but at the same time, I always think of it as another learning experience.”

Barrett also delivered in the 10th frame to advance to the championship match, beating Kristopher Prather of Plainfield, Illinois, 226-222.

Prather had built an early lead, striking on six of his first seven shots but missed a 6 pin in the eighth frame to allow Barrett, who had been struggling with carry, to tighten the match.

Prather missed the opportunity to shut out Barrett in the 10th. Given the chance to fill 26 pins in the 10th to advance, Barrett rolled a double and got nine pins on his fill ball to secure his spot in the championship match.

Barrett defeated EJ Tackett of Bluffton, Indiana, 264-248, to advance to the semifinals. Barrett finished the game first and delivered a double to force Tackett to do the same, but the 12-time PBA Tour champion was unable to get the 10 pin out on his first shot.

Tackett was hoping to become the seventh player to complete the PBA’s Triple Crown. He had claimed the 2016 PBA World Championship and 2017 PBA Tournament of Champions.

In the opening match of the stepladder, Barrett bested Marshall Kent of Yakima, Washington, 258-203. Barrett delivered 10 strikes on his way to the win, while Kent was unable to recover from opens in the third and fifth frames.

All competitors at the 2018 event bowled 24 qualifying games over three days to determine the 36 players advancing to a cashers’ round. After eight additional games, the field was cut to the top 24 players for round-robin match play.

The five finalists were determined by total pinfall, including bonus pins, for 56 games.

The U.S. Open is the fourth and final major championship on the 2018 Go Bowling! PBA Tour schedule and is conducted jointly by the United States Bowling Congress and Bowling Proprietors’ Association of America.

2018 U.S. OPEN
At Northrock Lanes, Wichita, Kan.
Wednesday’s results

FINAL STANDINGS
1, Dom Barrett, England, 955 (four games), $30,000
2, Jakob Butturff, Chandler, Ariz., 206 (one game), $15,000
3, Kris Prather, Plainfield, Ill., 222 (one game), $12,000
4, EJ Tackett, Bluffton, Ind., 248 (one game), $10,000
5, Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., 203 (one game), $8,000

STEPLADDER RESULTS
Match No. 1 – Barrett def. Kent, 258-203
Match No. 2 – Barrett def. Tackett, 264-248
Semifinal – Barrett def. Prather, 226-222
Championship – Barrett def. Butturff, 207-206

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Butturff Dominates in Match Play to Earn Second Consecutive Top Qualifier Honor for U.S. Open Stepladder Finals

by Jerry Schneider October 30, 2018 20:55

By Aaron Smith, USBC Communications

WICHITA, Kan. - Jakob Butturff once again finds himself one win away from his first major title after earning the top seed for the stepladder finals of the U.S. Open for the second consecutive year on Tuesday.

Butturff will be joined in the stepladder at Northrock Lanes by Kristopher Prather of Plainfield, Illinois; EJ Tackett of Bluffton, Indiana; Dom Barrett of England; and Marshall Kent of Yakima, Washington.

CBS Sports Network will have live coverage of Wednesday's stepladder finals starting at 8 p.m. Eastern. The champion will take home the $30,000 top prize and coveted green jacket.

Butturff shined in match play on Monday and Tuesday, averaging more than 243 and posting a 19-5 record to finish with a 13,452 total, including bonus pins, to lead Prather (12,900) by 552 pins. Prather had led for every round heading into Tuesday's competition.

"I'm speechless," said Butturff, who is a four-time champion on the Professional Bowlers Association Tour. "Kris had bowled so well, and I knew I had a lot of work to do. I worked as hard as I could to repeat shots and keep it going, and now I only have one more game to go."

Butturff displayed a similar performance leading to the top seed at the 2017 event in Liverpool, New York. He posted a 20-4 match-play record to lead the field by 617 pins but fell in the title match to Rhino Page of Orlando, Florida, 256-222.

Page advanced to match play at Northrock Lanes this week and finished his title defense in 13th place with a 12,056 total.

The 24-year-old left-hander now finds himself in elite company, joining PBA and United States Bowling Congress Hall of Famer Earl Anthony as the only bowlers since 1971 to earn the top seed for the stepladder finals in back-to-back years.

Anthony led by 578 pins in 1979 and 551 pins in 1980 but was unable to come away with the title either year.

Last year's stepladder at Flamingo Bowl featured three left-handers, as Page and Graham Fach of Canada joined Butturff on the left side. This year, he'll have the left side of the lane to himself and knows he can take advantage of it.

"Last year was a learning experience," said Butturff, who has won two titles this season. "This week, when I've been the only left-hander on the lane, I've performed much better. So, now I need to make sure I'm able to go out there and make the best shots I possibly can."

Tackett earned the No. 3 seed with a 12,644 total, while Barrett (12,402) and Kent (12,363) will face off in the opening match of Wednesday's stepladder finals.

Prather is in search of his first career PBA Tour title, while Tackett is looking to add a third major, the Triple Crown and another PBA Player of the Year award to his mantle.

Tackett captured the PBA World Championship in 2016 and PBA Tournament of Champions in 2017, and a win Wednesday would make him the seventh player in PBA history to complete the Triple Crown. His victory at the World Championship also helped him claim player of the year.

Tackett's the only player on tour this season to win three titles, and a fourth win would put him as the front-runner for the 2018 award.

Barrett has six career titles, including the 2013 World Championship. He advanced to the stepladder finals at the 2015 U.S. Open but lost to top-seed Ryan Ciminelli of Cheektowaga, New York, in the title match, 236-223.

Kent was the top seed at the 2016 U.S. Open but fell to Canada's Francois Lavoie in the championship match, 228-194. Kent has four career PBA Tour titles and is looking for his first major.

All competitors bowled 24 qualifying games over three days to determine the 36 players advancing to a cashers' round. After eight additional games, the field was cut to the top 24 players for round-robin match play.

The five finalists were determined by total pinfall, including bonus pins, for 56 games.

The U.S. Open is the fourth and final major championship on the 2018 Go Bowling! PBA Tour schedule and is conducted jointly by the USBC and Bowling Proprietors' Association of America

U.S. OPEN FINAL MATCH PLAY STANDINGS

(after 56 games. Includes match play record and total pinfall including bonus pins. Top five advance to stepladder finals)

1, Jakob Butturff, Chandler, Ariz., 19-5, 13,452.
2, Kristopher Prather, Plainfield, Ill., 14-8-2, 12,900.
3, EJ Tackett, Bluffton, Ind., 17-7, 12,644.
4, Dom Barrett, England, 12-12, 12,402.
5, Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., 19-5, 12,363.
6, Jason Sterner, Covington, Ga., 12-10, 12,251, $5,600.
7, JoJoe Yannaphon, Thailand, 13-10-1, 12,202, $5,350.
8, Anthony Simonsen, Austin, Texas, 10-14, 12,181, $5,200.
9, AJ Chapman, Wichita, Kan., 11-13, 12,169, $5,100.
10, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 13-11, 12,151, $5,000.
11, Tom Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich., 16-8, 12,148, $4,900.
12, Ryan Ciminelli, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 10-14, 12,111, $4,800.
13, Rhino Page, Orlando, Fla., 12-12, 12,056, $4,700.
14, Stuart Williams, England, 13-11, 12,029, $4,600.
15, Zacharay Wilkins, Canada, 11-13, 12,018, $4,500.
16, n-Dallas Leong, Las Vegas, 15-9, 11,971, $4,400.
17, Francois Lavoie, Canada, 11-13, 11,916, $4,300.
18, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 12-12, 11,869, $4,200.
19, Nathan Bohr, Austin, Texas, 10-14, 11,839, $4,100.
20, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., 8-15-1, 11,799, $4,000.
21, Brad Miller, Lees Summit, Mo., 6-18, 11,636, $3,900.
22, Greg Ostrander, Freehold, N.J., 10-14, 11,576, $3,800.
23, n-Tom Adcock, Decatur, Ill., 7-17, 11,541, $3,700.
24, n-Alex Hoskins, Pocatello, Idaho, 5-19, 11,116, $3,600.

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Prather Leads U.S. Open After First Round of Match Play With Butturff Not Far Behind in Second

by Jerry Schneider October 29, 2018 19:47

By Aaron Smith, USBC Communications

WICHITA, Kan. – Kristopher Prather may have given up his lead for a moment at the 2018 U.S. Open, but the 26-year-old right-hander finished strong in match play to return to the top of the standings.

Prather posted a 6-1-1 record during his eight matches at Northrock Lanes on Monday, averaging more than 221 to finish with a 9,125 total, including bonus pins.

Jakob Butturff of Chandler, Arizona, briefly took the overall lead after a 5-0 start in match play but settled into second after dropping his last three games to finish with 9,062. The 24-year-old left-hander was runner-up at the 2017 U.S. Open in Liverpool, New York, falling to Rhino Page of Orlando, Florida, in the title match, 256-222.

Both Prather and Butturff have built a sizeable lead over the field heading into Tuesday’s final rounds of match play and lead England’s Dom Barrett (8,715) by nearly 350 pins. Jason Sterner of Covington, Georgia (8,675), and 2015 U.S. Open champion Ryan Ciminelli of Cheektowaga, New York (8,672), round out the top five.

Page is in 15th place with 8,476.

After struggling during Sunday’s third round of qualifying, Prather walked into Northrock Lanes with a new mindset and was ready to attack the 43-foot oil pattern being used for the remainder of the tournament.

The 2018 U.S. Open has featured four different lane conditions. Three oil patterns were used during the first three rounds of qualifying, and the final condition was introduced during the cashers’ round.

“I was much more confident this morning,” Prather said. “This pattern definitely suits my game better, and I had a pretty simple game plan – control the pocket and make it into match play with as many pins as I could.”

Prather wasn’t surprised by Butturff’s run toward the top of the standings, but he credits his performance in match play in putting him in a favorable spot heading into the final two rounds.

“I knew Jakob was going to catch up to me,” Prather said. “He was striking so much, and I thought he was going to start to run away with it. Being able to keep up with him when he starts striking like that gives me even more confidence heading into tomorrow.

“Winning six matches and tying another was a huge bonus, since I normally don’t have match-play rounds like that. For tomorrow, I’m going to just keep doing the same thing and try to get as many pins as I can and do whatever I can to stay at the top to guarantee myself a shot at the title.”

The 144-player field was cut to the top 36 players after Sunday’s third round of qualifying, and all advancers returned to the lanes Monday morning for a cashers’ round, which included an additional eight games to determine the 24 players for round-robin match play.

Prather led the field heading into match play, finishing with a 32-game total of 7,160. Dallas Leong of Las Vegas earned the final spot with a 6,601 score, a 206.28 average.

Match play will resume Tuesday at 11 a.m. Eastern with the final two blocks, including a position round. The five finalists will be determined by total pinfall, including bonus pins, for 56 games.

The stepladder finals will take place Wednesday and air live on CBS Sports Network at 8 p.m. Eastern, awarding the champion the $30,000 top prize and coveted green jacket.

The U.S. Open is the fourth and final major championship on the 2018 Go Bowling! PBA Tour schedule and is conducted jointly by the United States Bowling Congress and Bowling Proprietors’ Association of America.

Each round of the 2018 U.S. Open leading up to the stepladder finals will be broadcast live on PBA’s online bowling channel Xtra Frame on FloBowling.

U.S. OPEN RESULTS AFTER FIRST MATCH PLAY ROUND

(Includes match play record and total pinfall including bonus pins after 40 games)

1, Kristopher Prather, Plainfield, Ill., 6-1-1, 9,125.
2, Jakob Butturff, Chandler, Ariz., 5-3, 9,062.
3, Dom Barrett, England, 3-5, 8,715.
4, Jason Sterner, Covington, Ga., 4-4, 8,675.
5, Ryan Ciminelli, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 3-5, 8,672.
6, AJ Chapman, Wichita, Kan., 4-4, 8,666.
7, JoJoe Yannaphon, Thailand, 4-3-1, 8,620.
8, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 4-4, 8,596.
9, Anthony Simonsen, Austin, Texas, 3-5, 8,591.
10, EJ Tackett, Bluffton, Ind., 5-3, 8,556.
11, Tom Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich., 5-3, 8,514.
12, Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., 6-2, 8,506.
13, n-Dallas Leong, Las Vegas, 6-2, 8,496.
14, Stuart Williams, England, 6-2, 8,477.
15, Rhino Page, Orlando, Fla., 4-4, 8,476.
16, Greg Ostrander, Freehold, N.J., 7-1, 8,445.
17, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 4-4, 8,418.
18, Francois Lavoie, Canada, 4-4, 8,417.
19, Nathan Bohr, Austin, Texas, 4-4, 8,399.
20, Zacharay Wilkins, Canada, 3-5, 8,338.
21, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., 2-6, 8,284.
22, Brad Miller, Lees Summit, Mo., 1-7, 8,261.
23, n-Alex Hoskins, Pocatello, Idaho, 1-7, 8,198.
24, n-Tom Adcock, Decatur, Ill., 1-7, 8,122.

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Prather Tops U.S. Open Qualifying After Third Round as 36 Players Advance to Cashers Round

by Jerry Schneider October 28, 2018 21:25

By Aaron Smith, USBC Communications

WICHITA, Kan. - Kristopher Prather may have slowed down Sunday at the U.S. Open, but he still finds himself in the driver's seat after finishing as the top qualifier at the 2018 edition at Northrock Lanes.

The 26-year-old right-hander led the overall standings for the third consecutive round, finishing Sunday's eight-game block with 1,576 to bring his overall total for 24 games to 5,355, a 223.13 average. Wichita's AJ Chapman is second with 5,254, and 2006 U.S. Open champion Tommy Jones of Simpsonville, South Carolina, is third with 5,210.

The 144-player field now has been cut to the top 36 players. All advancers will return to the lanes Monday at 11 a.m. Eastern for a cashers' round, which will include an additional eight games to determine the 24 players for round-robin match play.

Anthony Pepe of Elmhurst, New York, earned the final spot in the cashers' round, rolling 255 in his final game to get to 4,939, a 205.79 average. Defending champion Rhino Page of Orlando, Florida, also advanced, finishing qualifying in seventh place with 5,167.

Qualifying at the 2018 U.S. Open consisted of three eight-game blocks over three days.

Prather struggled to get comfortable on the 47-foot oil pattern being used during Sunday's third round.

The 2018 event featured a different lane condition for each of the three qualifying rounds.

"I'm annoyed with myself because I couldn't figure it out," Prather said. "I didn't throw it very well, either. I struggled getting my ball to go through the pins the right way, and I never really felt comfortable. It was just a bad day. But, I'm very fortunate that I bowled so well the first two days."

Monday's cashers' round will feature a fourth oil pattern, which will be used for the remainder of the tournament.

Prather gets an opportunity for a fresh start Monday on the 43-foot lane condition, and he's going to do his best to reset and move forward.

"The first thing I need to do is completely forget about today," Prather said. "I don't have to think about that pattern anytime soon, so I'm happy about that. I'm going to drill a couple of new bowling balls and try to get in the right mentality. Hopefully, I can figure out the right way to attack this looking ahead."

Match play will begin Monday at 6 p.m. Eastern with the first of three eight-game rounds. Match play resumes Tuesday at 11 a.m. Eastern with the final two blocks, including a position round. The five finalists will be determined by total pinfall, including bonus pins, for 56 games.

The stepladder finals will take place Wednesday and air live on CBS Sports Network at 8 p.m. Eastern, awarding the champion the $30,000 top prize and coveted green jacket.

The U.S. Open is the fourth and final major championship on the 2018 Go Bowling! PBA Tour schedule and is conducted jointly by the United States Bowling Congress and Bowling Proprietors' Association of America.

Each round of the 2018 U.S. Open leading up to the stepladder finals is broadcast live on PBA's online bowling channel Xtra Frame on FloBowling.

U.S. OPEN THIRD ROUND RESULTS

(After 24 games. Top 36 advance to cashers round)

1, Kristopher Prather, Plainfield, Ill., 5,355.
2, AJ Chapman, Wichita, Kan., 5,254.
3, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 5,210.
4, Dom Barrett, England, 5,193.
5, Jason Sterner, Covington, Ga., 5,190.
6, JoJoe Yannaphon, Thailand, 5,173.
7, Rhino Page, Orlando, Fla., 5,167.
8, Jakob Butturff, Chandler, Ariz., 5,096.
9, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., 5,093.
10, Greg Ostrander, Freehold, N.J., 5,079.
11, Ryan Ciminelli, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 5,078.
12, n-Alex Hoskins, Pocatello, Idaho, 5,070.
13, Stuart Williams, England, 5,064.
14, Anthony Simonsen, Austin, Texas, 5,052.
15, Tom Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich., 5,033.
16, n-David Simard, Canada, 5,032.
17, Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., 5,020.
18, Nathan Bohr, Austin, Texas, 5,019.
19, Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, 5,014.
20, Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 5,009.
21, n-Tom Adcock, Decatur, Ill., 5,002.
22, n-Dallas Leong, Las Vegas, 4,999.
22, Francois Lavoie, Canada, 4,999.
24, Richie Teece, England, 4,993.
25, Zacharay Wilkins, Canada, 4,991.
26, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 4,984.
27, w-Daria Pajak, Poland, 4,976.
28, Brad Miller, Lees Summit, Mo., 4,961.
29, EJ Tackett, Bluffton, Ind., 4,960.
30, Sean Lavery-Spahr, Pasadena, Texas, 4,957.
31, Michael Tang, San Francisco, 4,956.
32, Aaron Lorincz, Center Line, Mich., 4,952.
33, Mitch Hupe, Canada, 4,949.
34, Rafiq Ismail, Malaysia, 4,944.
35, Andrew Anderson, Holly, Mich., 4,940.
36, Anthony Pepe, Elmhurst, N.Y., 4,939.

Did not advance:
37, Matt O'Grady, Rahway, N.J., 4,933.
38, Matthew Ogle, Louisville, Ky., 4,930.
39, Andres Gomez, Colombia, 4,919.
40, Shawn Maldonado, Houston, Texas, 4,917.
41, Bill O'Neill, Langhorne, Pa., 4,915.
42, Dick Allen, Columbia, S.C., 4,911.
43, Jari Ratia, Finland, 4,903.
44, Chris Loschetter, Avon, Ohio, 4,897.
45, n-Wesley Low, Palmdale, Calif., 4,896.
46, Jason Belmonte, Australia, 4,886.
47, Austin Boulds, Creal Springs, Ill., 4,884.
47, AJ Johnson, Oswego, Ill., 4,884.
49, Graham Fach, Canada, 4,883.
50, Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 4,881.
51, Thomas Larsen, Denmark, 4,876.
52, Andrew Cain, Phoenix, 4,875.
52, Zeke Bayt, Westerville, Ohio, 4,875.
54, Mike Coffey, Melbourne, Fla., 4,858.
55, Jake Peters, Henderson, Nev., 4,856.
56, Cameron Weier, Tacoma, Wash., 4,855.
57, Josh Blanchard, Gilbert, Ariz., 4,849.
58, Alex George, Wichita, Kan., 4,838.
59, Ildemaro Ruiz, Venezuela, 4,833.
60, Ronnie Russell, Marion, Ind., 4,831.
61, BJ Moore, Greensburg, Pa., 4,825.
62, Jesper Svensson, Sweden, 4,824.
63, n-Brandon Biondo, Carpentersville, Ill., 4,821.
64, Roger Petrin, Taylor, Mich., 4,819.
64, David Beres, Waukesha, Wis., 4,819.
66, Martin Larsen, Sweden, 4,818.
67, Chris Via, Springfield, Ohio, 4,816.
68, Tom Daugherty, Tampa, Fla., 4,810.
69, Brett Cooper, Denver, 4,804.
70, Osku Palermaa, Finland, 4,798.
71, Chris Gibbons, Madison, Wis., 4,796.
72, Matt Kuba, Chicago Ridge, IL, 4,791.
73, Kenneth Ryan, Morganville, N.J., 4,790.
74, Anthony Lavery-Spahr, Pasadena, Texas, 4,788.
75, Dino Castillo, Carrollton, Texas, 4,786.
76, Nick Kruml, Downers Grove, Ill., 4,773.
76, Charlie Brown Jr., Grandville, Mich., 4,773.
78, Daria Kovalova, Wichita, Kan., 4,770.
78, Kamron Doyle, Brentwood, Tenn., 4,770.
80, Kyle Troup, Taylorsville, N.C., 4,767.
81, Chris Warren, Grants Pass, Ore., 4,764.
82, n-Daniel Hanson, Tacoma, Wash., 4,757.
83, Craig Tuholski, Troutdale, Ore., 4,752.
84, Darren Tang, San Francisco, 4,748.
85, Tim Foy Jr., Seaford, Del., 4,745.
86, n-Patrick Hanrahan, Wichita, Kan., 4,744.
87, w-Danielle McEwan, Stony Point, N.Y., 4,743.
88, Cristian Azcona, Puerto Rico, 4,736.
89, Sam Cooley, Australia, 4,735.
90, Kim Bolleby, Thailand, 4,729.
91, Daniel Fransson, Sweden, 4,724.
92, Joe Bailey, Wooster, Ohio, 4,711.
93, Pontus Andersson, Sweden, 4,709.
94, Brandon Curtis, Manson, N.C., 4,707.
95, n-Jacob Kersten, Wichita, Kan, 4,698.
96, n-Cotie Holbek, Burlington, Wis., 4,696.
97, Chris Polizzi, Spring Hill, Fla., 4,694.
97, Gregory Thompson Jr., Tempe, Ariz., 4,694.
99, Curt Dupre IV, Destrehan, La., 4,688.
100, n-Duane Kilts, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, 4,673.
101, David Haynes, Las Vegas, 4,669.
102, n-Brent Boho, Colgate, WI, 4,664.
103, Devin Bidwell, Wichita, Kan., 4,661.
104, Nicholas Pate, Inver Grove Heights, Minn., 4,639.
105, Joe Paluszek, Bensalem, Pa., 4,621.
106, Francois Louw, South Africa, 4,611.
107, Nathan Michalowski, Burlington, Wis., 4,603.
108, Brad Angelo, Lockport, N.Y., 4,601.
109, n-Joshua Schneider, Fond du Lac, Wis., 4,587.
110, n-Scott Hill, Belleville, Ill., 4,585.
111, n-Joseph Grondin, San Pedro, CA, 4,582.
112, n-Bryan Dragotta, Selden, N.Y., 4,580.
113, Kyle Mayberry, Mechanicsburg,Ohio, 4,578.
114, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 4,577.
115, n-Kennon McFalls, Gastonia, N.C., 4,570.
115, n-Briley Haugh, Fairbault, Minn., 4,570.
117, n-Cortez Schenck, Phoenix, Ariz., 4,567.
118, n-Jacob Boresch, Kenosha, Wis., 4,561.
119, n-Adrian Anderson, Roseburg, Ore., 4,559.
120, Brandon Novak, Chillicothe, Ohio, 4,550.
121, n-Joshua Link, Billings, Mont., 4,547.
122, n-Chris Szczepaniak, Wyandotte, Mich., 4,545.
123, Trey Ford III, Bartlesville, Okla., 4,542.
124, n-Spencer Robarge, Springfield, Mo., 4,525.
125, John Furey, Howell, N.J., 4,520.
126, James Hall, Daphne, Ala., 4,514.
127, n-Thomas McNeal, Seattle, Wash., 4,501.
128, n-Jared Armstrong, Louisville, Ky., 4,498.
129, n-Greg Young, Viera, Fla., 4,494.
130, Kevin Fanter, Maize, Kan., 4,488.
131, Joshua Roca, Wichita, Kan., 4,459.
132, Tom Hess, Urbandale, Iowa, 4,436.
133, Robert Lawrence, Austin, Texas, 4,385.
134, Humberto Vazquez, Mexico, 4,382.
135, n-Bryan Hahlen, Greenwood, S.C., 4,373.
136, Charles Clifford Jr., Ft. Walton Beach, Fla., 4,346.
137, n-Richard Paul, Winton, Calif., 4,337.
138, n-Nicholas Scelfo, Millstone, N.J., 4,272.
139, n-Justin Hromek, Towanda, Kan., 4,245.

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Prather Takes Commanding Lead in U.S. Open After Second Round

by Jerry Schneider October 27, 2018 22:00

By Aaron Smith, USBC Communications

Kristopher Prather of Plainfield, Illinois, separated himself from the rest of the field Saturday at the 2018 U.S. Open after averaging more than 244 in the second round of qualifying.

The 26-year-old right-hander shrugged off a slow start at Northrock Lanes on his way to an eight-game total of 1,956 to bring his overall score to 3,779, a 236.19 average. Prather sits 225 pins ahead of Greg Ostrander of Freehold, New Jersey, who remained in second place with a 3,554 total.

England’s Dom Barrett moved into third place with 3,527 and is followed by Jason Sterner of Covington, Georgia (3,483), and Wichita’s AJ Chapman (3,480).

Defending champion Rhino Page of Orlando, Florida, moved into 10th place with a 3,411 total.
After leading Friday’s opening round, Prather struggled to find the right feel with his equipment to start Saturday’s block, kicking off the round with a 169 game. He quickly resolved the issue, averaging more than 255 for his final seven games.

“During Game 1, I really didn’t have a great feel in the ball,” Prather said. “I was struggling and between (interchangeable) thumbs and tape. I didn’t throw a good shot until about the seventh frame, and that’s when I realized I was in the wrong ball. Even if I threw it well, I wasn’t going to strike, so I talked it over with

Mike (DeVaney) and got into the right ball. From there, I just tried to keep making the right adjustments.”
Prather credits his run the last several weeks, which includes a pair of third-place finishes and a fifth-place showing at the Professional Bowlers Association Fall Swing in Owasso, Oklahoma, to the work he’s put in on his mental game and the ability to quickly bounce back after an errant shot or frame.

He’s also been able to create different reactions with his ball roll this week while combating the 37- and 40-foot oil patterns featured during the first two rounds of qualifying. He’s still unsure of his plan of attack on Sunday’s 47-foot lane condition, but Prather has time and a sizeable lead on his side.

Competitors in the field will compete on three different lane conditions during the first three rounds of qualifying. A fourth oil pattern will be introduced for Monday’s cashers’ round and be used for the remainder of the tournament.

”The angles I’ve played each day weren’t very different, but it was more about ball selection and how the ball came off my hand,” Prather said. “Today, I was able to use more rotation to get it to go through the pins, while I really had to focus on rolling it yesterday, since the pattern was so short and flat. I think tomorrow will be very interesting. I didn’t have a great look in practice. Luckily, I don’t bowl until late in the afternoon. I’ll have all day to watch, and I think that will help a lot.”

Players will return to Northrock Lanes on Sunday for the third and final round of qualifying, starting at 9 a.m. Eastern. Qualifying consists of three eight-game blocks over three days.

After Sunday’s final round, the field will be cut to the top 36 players for the cashers’ round, which will include an additional eight games to determine the 24 players for round-robin match play.

Match play will begin Monday at 6 p.m. Eastern with the first of three eight-game rounds. Match play resumes Tuesday at 11 a.m. Eastern with the final two blocks, including a position round. The five finalists will be determined by total pinfall, including bonus pins, for 56 games.

The stepladder finals will take place Oct. 31 and air live on CBS Sports Network at 8 p.m. Eastern, awarding the champion the $30,000 top prize and coveted green jacket.

The U.S. Open is the fourth and final major championship on the 2018 Go Bowling! PBA Tour schedule and is conducted jointly by the United States Bowling Congress and Bowling Proprietors’ Association of America.

Each round of the 2018 U.S. Open leading up to the stepladder finals will be broadcast live on PBA’s online bowling channel Xtra Frame on FloBowling.

For more information on the U.S. Open, visit BOWL.com/USOpen.

U.S. OPEN SECOND ROUND RESULTS

After 16 Games

1, Kristopher Prather, Plainfield, Ill., 3,779.
2, Greg Ostrander, Freehold, N.J., 3,554.
3, Dom Barrett, England, 3,527.
4, Jason Sterner, Covington, Ga., 3,483.
5, AJ Chapman, Wichita, Kan., 3,480.
6, JoJoe Yannaphon, Thailand, 3,450.
7, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 3,443.
8, Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 3,425.
9, Stuart Williams, England, 3,414.
10, Rhino Page, Orlando, Fla., 3,411.
11, n-David Simard, Canada, 3,410.
12, Andrew Anderson, Holly, Mich., 3,385.
13, Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, 3,378.
14, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., 3,374.
15, Francois Lavoie, Canada, 3,366.
16, Richie Teece, England, 3,355.
17, Jakob Butturff, Chandler, Ariz., 3,353.
17, Matthew Ogle, Louisville, Ky., 3,353.
19, Josh Blanchard, Gilbert, Ariz., 3,350.
20, Matt O'Grady, Rahway, N.J., 3,342.
21, Shawn Maldonado, Houston, Texas, 3,339.
21, Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., 3,339.
23, n-Alex Hoskins, Pocatello, Idaho, 3,330.
23, Tom Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich., 3,330.
25, n-Brandon Biondo, Carpentersville, Ill., 3,324.
26, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 3,322.
27, Mitch Hupe, Canada, 3,321.
28, Jari Ratia, Finland, 3,318.
28, Rafiq Ismail, Malaysia, 3,318.
30, Anthony Simonsen, Austin, Texas, 3,313.
30, n-Patrick Hanrahan, Wichita, Kan., 3,313.
32, Anthony Pepe, Elmhurst, N.Y., 3,308.
33, Nathan Bohr, Austin, Texas, 3,300.
34, n-Brent Boho, Colgate, WI, 3,297.
35, Pontus Andersson, Sweden, 3,294.
36, Brad Miller, Lees Summit, Mo., 3,293.
37, Thomas Larsen, Denmark, 3,292.
38, n-Dallas Leong, Las Vegas, 3,285.
39, Bill O'Neill, Langhorne, Pa., 3,280.
40, Aaron Lorincz, Center Line, Mich., 3,278.
40, BJ Moore, Greensburg, Pa., 3,278.
42, Graham Fach, Canada, 3,276.
43, Martin Larsen, Sweden, 3,272.
44, AJ Johnson, Oswego, Ill., 3,268.
44, Cameron Weier, Tacoma, Wash., 3,268.
46, Jason Belmonte, Australia, 3,262.
47, Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 3,259.
48, w-Daria Pajak, Poland, 3,258.
48, David Beres, Waukesha, Wis., 3,258.
48, n-Tom Adcock, Decatur, Ill., 3,258.
51, EJ Tackett, Bluffton, Ind., 3,255.
52, Sean Lavery-Spahr, Pasadena, Texas, 3,253.
53, Zeke Bayt, Westerville, Ohio, 3,252.
54, Michael Tang, San Francisco, 3,249.
55, Kyle Troup, Taylorsville, N.C., 3,241.
56, Ryan Ciminelli, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 3,240.
57, Daniel Fransson, Sweden, 3,228.
58, Chris Loschetter, Avon, Ohio, 3,227.
59, Andres Gomez, Colombia, 3,226.
59, Gregory Thompson Jr., Tempe, Ariz., 3,226.
61, n-Jacob Kersten, Wichita, Kan, 3,222.
62, Dino Castillo, Carrollton, Texas, 3,219.
63, Mike Coffey, Melbourne, Fla., 3,218.
64, Andrew Cain, Phoenix, 3,209.
65, Tim Foy Jr., Seaford, Del., 3,205.
66, n-Wesley Low, Palmdale, Calif., 3,201.
67, Kamron Doyle, Brentwood, Tenn., 3,199.
68, w-Danielle McEwan, Stony Point, N.Y., 3,194.
69, Brandon Curtis, Manson, N.C., 3,193.
70, Ronnie Russell, Marion, Ind., 3,192.
71, Charlie Brown Jr., Grandville, Mich., 3,190.
72, Tom Daugherty, Tampa, Fla., 3,186.
72, n-Daniel Hanson, Tacoma, Wash., 3,186.
74, Francois Louw, South Africa, 3,180.
74, Ildemaro Ruiz, Venezuela, 3,180.
74, Brad Angelo, Lockport, N.Y., 3,180.
77, Jesper Svensson, Sweden, 3,173.
78, Zacharay Wilkins, Canada, 3,171.
78, Austin Boulds, Creal Springs, Ill., 3,171.
80, Sam Cooley, Australia, 3,170.
81, Curt Dupre IV, Destrehan, La., 3,166.
82, David Haynes, Las Vegas, 3,160.
83, Nick Kruml, Downers Grove, Ill., 3,150.
84, Osku Palermaa, Finland, 3,149.
85, Kenneth Ryan, Morganville, N.J., 3,148.
86, Devin Bidwell, Wichita, Kan., 3,146.
87, James Hall, Daphne, Ala., 3,143.
88, Jake Peters, Henderson, Nev., 3,138.
89, n-Cotie Holbek, Burlington, Wis., 3,134.
90, Darren Tang, San Francisco, 3,129.
91, Chris Warren, Grants Pass, Ore., 3,125.
92, Matt Kuba, Chicago Ridge, Ill., 3,124.
93, n-Bryan Dragotta, Selden, N.Y., 3,120.
93, Roger Petrin, Taylor, Mich., 3,120.
95, Joe Bailey, Wooster, Ohio, 3,117.
96, Chris Gibbons, Madison, Wis., 3,116.
97, n-Joshua Link, Billings, Mont., 3,112.
98, n-Michael Mak, Hong Kong, 3,111.
98, Alex George, Wichita, Kan., 3,111.
100, Chris Polizzi, Spring Hill, Fla., 3,109.
101, Nathan Michalowski, Burlington, Wis., 3,108.
102, Brett Cooper, Denver, 3,105.
103, Nicholas Pate, Inver Grove Heights, Minn., 3,104.
104, n-Duane Kilts, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, 3,103.
105, Cristian Azcona, Puerto Rico, 3,102.
106, Chris Via, Springfield, Ohio, 3,095.
107, Dick Allen, Columbia, S.C., 3,083.
108, Craig Tuholski, Troutdale, Ore., 3,081.
109, n-Joshua Schneider, Fond du Lac, Wis., 3,079.
110, Kevin Fanter, Maize, Kan., 3,078.
111, n-Chris Szczepaniak, Wyandotte, Mich., 3,076.
112, Anthony Lavery-Spahr, Pasadena, Texas, 3,073.
113, n-Cortez Schenck, Phoenix, Ariz., 3,071.
114, Humberto Vazquez, Mexico, 3,047.
115, n-Thomas McNeal, Seattle, Wash., 3,038.
116, Kim Bolleby, Thailand, 3,036.
117, n-Jacob Boresch, Kenosha, Wis., 3,032.
118, n-Adrian Anderson, Roseburg, Ore., 3,030.
119, Brandon Novak, Chillicothe, Ohio, 3,028.
119, Kyle Mayberry, Mechanicsburg,Ohio, 3,028.
121, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 3,017.
122, Daria Kovalova, Wichita, Kan., 3,015.
123, n-Spencer Robarge, Springfield, Mo., 3,013.
124, n-Joseph Grondin, San Pedro, CA, 3,007.
125, n-Briley Haugh, Fairbault, Minn., 3,006.
126, Joe Paluszek, Bensalem, Pa., 2,997.
127, n-Greg Young, Viera, Fla., 2,994.
128, Joshua Roca, Wichita, Kan., 2,968.
129, John Furey, Howell, N.J., 2,965.
130, n-Kennon McFalls, Gastonia, N.C., 2,964.
131, Trey Ford III, Bartlesville, Okla., 2,958.
132, n-Jared Armstrong, Louisville, Ky., 2,935.
133, Tom Hess, Urbandale, Iowa, 2,928.
134, n-Scott Hill, Belleville, Ill., 2,898.
135, Charles Clifford Jr., Ft. Walton Beach, Fla., 2,887.
136, n-Justin Hromek, Towanda, Kan., 2,873.
137, Robert Lawrence, Austin, Texas, 2,838.
138, n-Bryan Hahlen, Greenwood, S.C., 2,836.
139, n-Richard Paul, Winton, Calif., 2,830.
140, n-Nicholas Scelfo, Millstone, N.J., 2,824.
141, n-Frank Guccione, Castle Rock, Colo., 3,020.

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