Ryan Shafer Tops Qualifying for PBA50 South Shore Open Heading Into Match Play

by Jerry Schneider July 17, 2019 15:32

HAMMOND, Ind. – In pursuit of his first PBA50 Tour title, five-time Go Bowling! PBA Tour winner Ryan Shafer of Horseheads, New York, averaged 232 for 16 games to top qualifying for the PBA50 South Shore Open presented by Ebonite at Olympia Lanes.

Finishing fourth after Tuesday’s first round with an 1,856 eight-game pinfall total, Shafer returned Wednesday to post a nearly identical 1,858 in the second round to top qualifying with a 3,714 16-game pinfall total, 32 pins ahead of Paul Fleming of Fort Worth, Texas in second with 3,682. 

In his third season bowling on the PBA50 Tour, the 52-year-old Shafer bowled games of 279, 236, 235, 238, 212, 245, 232 and 181 in the second round.

“Both rounds were very similar,” said Shafer. “I was bowling really well for seven games and then finished with 180 games.

“Today I had the right ball right out of the gate and was able to play outside where I could make small adjustments from there,” Shafer added. “Playing outside enabled me to roll the ball the way I wanted and I never had to force anything.

In 2018 Shafer had five top-10 finishes with a career best of second in the PBA50 Security Federal Savings Bank Championship.

“The hard part is that there can be a lot of expectations and you have to remember this isn’t a tour of old people,” said Shafer. “Some of PBA’s all-time greats are out here and still bowling at a very high level. It’s hard to win but I feel that if I continue to execute, good things will happen.”

As a result of finishing in the top eight, Shafer and Fleming advanced directly into Thursday’s second match play round. 

The other six players who earned a bye into the second match play round were Harry Sullins, Chesterfield Twp., Michigan, 3,655; Dean Billings, Rootstown, Ohio, 3,640; Bob Learn Jr., Erie, Pennsylvania., 3,633; Brian Kretzer, Dayton, Ohio, 3,626; 2017 PBA50 Player of the Year Brian LeClair, Albany, New York, 3,620, and PBA Hall of Famer Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, 3,584.

Last season’s South Shore Open winner Eugene McCune of Munster, Indiana surged from 31st after the first round to qualify 10th with a 3,536 pinfall to earn a spot in Thursday’s first match play round.

Thursday’s competition begins with a cashers round at 8:30 a.m. CT with match play rounds at noon and 3 p.m. After match play is completed the top five players will advance to the stepladder finals at 7 p.m. CT.

South Shore Open final day coverage will be streamed live by PBA’s online streaming partner FloBowling. For subscription and schedule information visit www.flobowling.com.

PBA50 SOUTH SHORE OPEN PRESENTED BY EBONITE

Olympia Lanes, Hammond, Ind., Wednesday

SECOND ROUND RESULTS (after 16 games. Top 16 advance to match play. Positions 17-30 plus eight PBA60 players advance to cashers’ round to determine eight additional match play spots)

1, Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., 3,714.
2, Paul Fleming, Fort Worth, Texas, 3,682.
3, Harry Sullins, Chesterfield Twp., Mich., 3,655.
4, Dean Billings, Rootstown, Ohio, 3,640.
5, Bob Learn Jr., Erie, Pa., 3,633.
6, Brian Kretzer, Dayton, Ohio, 3,626.
7, Brian LeClair, Albany, N.Y., 3,620.
8, Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, 3,584.
9, Sammy Ventura, Syracuse, N.Y., 3,549.
10, Eugene McCune, Munster, Ind., 3,536.
11, Lennie Boresch Jr., Kenosha, Wis., 3,502.
12, Jeff Richgels, Oregon, Wis., 3,498.
13, Greg Thomas, Irmo, S.C., 3,487.
14, Gary Alstott, Washington, Ill., 3,476.
15, Doug Becker, Clermont, Fla., 3,470.
16, Gary Faulkner, Norfolk, Va., 3,456.
17, James Campbell, Clearwater, Fla., 3,449.
18, Chris Gibbons, Madison, Wis., 3,443.
19, John Marsala, St. Louis, Mo., 3,433.
20, Brad Snell, Mount Prospect, Ill., 3,426.
21, Edward Silva, Manteca, Calif., 3,424.
22, Tony Johnson, Canton, Ohio, 3,419.
23, Michael Haugen Jr., Phoenix, 3,418.
24, John Dudak, Orland Park, Ill., 3,410.
25, Bruce Hall, Westborough, Mass., 3,389.
26, (tie) Jeff Johnson, Freeport, Ill., and Mike Dias, Lafayette, Colo., 3,375.
28, n-Leroy Johnson, Chicago, 3,374.
29, Todd Kjell, Roscoe, Ill., 3,363.
30, John Burkett, Southlake, Texas, 3,358.
31, Steve Hoskins, New Port Richey, Fla., 3,352.
32, Michael Smith, Centenniel, Colo., 3,351.
33, Stoney Baker, Canton, Ga., 3,334.
34, Bryan Goebel, Shawnee, Kan., 3,333.
35, Don Herrington, Ballston Lake, N.Y., 3,327.
36, (tie) Scott Greiner, Sunrise Beach, Mo., and ss-Terry Metzner, Kentwood, Mich., 3,326.
38, ss-Steven Jansson, Barnes, Wis., 3,317.
39, ss-Ron Mohr, Las Vegas, 3,311.
40, Brian Menini, Brookfield, Mo., 3,305.
41, ss-Dick Gran, Hartville, Ohio, 3,302.
42, ss-Darryl Bower, Middletown, Pa., 3,301.
43, Ricky Schissler, Brighton, Colo., 3,291.
44, Mark Sullivan, Indianapolis, 3,270.
45, Steve Kenyon, Grosse Ile., Mich., 3,265.
46, ss-Gary Kammes, Winfield, Ill., 3,264.
47, Rolando Sebelen, Dominican Republican, 3,259.
48, ss-Lee Brosius, Ashburn, Va., 3,251.
49, ss-Dave Bernhardt, Romeo, Mich., 3,247.
50, Gary Reh, Fort Mohave, Ariz., 3,238.
51, Rick Woloszyn, Griffith, Ind., 3,218.
52, (tie) Robert Kicmal, LaGrange, Ill., and Rick Francis, Linden, Calif., 3,217.
54, Tom Carter, Columbus, Ohio, 3,203.
55, Mike Hastings, Millsboro, Del., 3,196.
56, Al Hardesty, Orland Hills, Ill., 3,190.
56, Charlie Tapp, Kalamazoo, Mich., 3,190.
58, Joel Carlson, Omaha, Neb., 3,177.
59, (tie) Tom Baker, King, N.C., and Tracy Teeters, Eugene, Ore., 3,166.
61, Tommy Martin, Millington, Tenn., 3,159.
62, n-Rick Thomas, Willowbrook, Ill., 3,157.
63, Paul Mielens, Menomonie, Wis., 3,152.
64, Christopher Keane, Cape Coral, Fla., 3,150.
65, (tie) Greg Wilson, Warrenton, Va., and Danny Clark, New Palestine, Ind., 3,137.
67, Emilio Mora Sr., Defiance, Ohio, 3,132.
68, Doug Henry, Columbus, Ind., 3,130.
69, Bill Vannoy, Lexington, S.C., 3,127.
70, James Storts, Westfield, Ind., 3,111.
71, Gary Schluchter, Femont, Ohio, 3,105.
72, Ted Staikoff, Black Hawk, S.D., 3,104.
73, Carl West, San Jose, Calif., 3,096.
74, Marc Lineberry, Camanche, Iowa, 3,095.
75, Henry Dawson, Elma, Wash., 3,081.
76, Chris Fedden, Albany, N.Y., 3,076.
77, Brian Miller, Springfield, Ohio, 3,072.
78, Don Blatchford, Santa Monica, Calif., 3,069.
79, Rick Zakrajsek, Lorain, Ohio, 3,052.
80, Kevin Foley, Reno, Nev., 3,051.
81, Brendan Bierch, Grafton, Mass., 3,034.
82, n-Robert Drew, O'Fallon, Mo., 3,002.
83, Ed Carter, Austintown, Ohio, 2,998.
84, Dale Reh, Appleton, Wis., 2,939.
85, Ken Waters, Kingsport, Tenn., 2,846.
86, Glen Nakagawa, Highland Village, Texas, 2,842.
87, Galen Keas, Alda, Neb., 2,763.
88, n-Jeff Zidek, Greensburg, Penn., 2,737.
89, Randy Robertson, Evansville, Ind., 2,731.
90, Allen Meskan, Addison, Ill., 2,711.
91, Larry Helton, Bolingbrook, Ill., 2,702.

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Brian LeClair Closes with 296 to Take PBA50 South Shore Open Lead After First Round

by Jerry Schneider July 16, 2019 15:17

HAMMOND, Ind. – Last week’s PBA50 River City Extreme Open winner Brian LeClair of Albany, New York, closed with a 296 to surge into the first-round lead in the PBA50 South Shore Open presented by Ebonite Tuesday at Olympia Lanes.

The 2017 PBA50 Player of the Year bowled an 1,882 eight-game pinfall with games of 191, 255, 227, 240, 234, 214 and 225 before his big finish. On the final shot in the 10th of the 296 game his ball went high leaving the 3-6-9-10.

“Ride it while it’s hot and hopefully keep the momentum going,” said LeClair whose win in the River City Extreme Open was his first of the season and fourth of his career on the tour for players 50 and over. “I started the round with two opens and spent the rest of the first game making adjustments. My first adjustment was moving right on the lane but that wasn’t working so moving left and eventually going to a ball that had a more smooth track to the pocket was the answer.

“The round was actually kind of ugly for me,” LeClair added. “I think I only had three clean games and there was a stretch of three games in a row when I opened in the 10th frame. Overall, I’m satisfied with how I bowled, but obviously I’m going to have to work on fixing those mistakes.”

LeClair edged Paul Fleming of Fort Worth, Texas, who finished four pins behind in second with 1,878. Rounding out the top eight were Brian Kretzer, Dayton, Ohio, 1,857; Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, New York, 1,856; Dean Billings, Rootstown, Ohio, 1,825; Bob Learn Jr., Erie, Pennsylvania, 1,808; PBA Hall of Famer Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, 1,788, and Harry Sullins, Chesterfield Twp., Michigan, 1,783.

Three-time Go Bowling! PBA Tour winner and last season’s South Shore Open winner Eugene McCune of Munster, Indiana, got off to a slow start finishing the round in 31st with 1,671.

The field returns for another eight-game qualifying round Wednesday which begins at 10 a.m. CT. After a cashers round Thursday morning at 8:30 a.m., match play rounds are scheduled for noon and 3 p.m. which will determine the top five players for the stepladder finals at 7 p.m.

FloBowling, is providing live start-to-finish coverage of the South Shore Open as well as the remaining events during the 2019 PBA50 Tour season. Subscription and schedule information is available by visiting www.flobowling.com.

PBA50 SOUTH SHORE OPEN

Presented by Ebonite

Olympia Lanes, Hammond, Ind., Tuesday

FIRST ROUND (after eight games)

1, Brian LeClair, Albany, N.Y., 1,882.
2, Paul Fleming, Fort. Worth, Texas, 1,878.
3, Brian Kretzer, Dayton, Ohio, 1,857.
4, Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., 1,856.
5, Dean Billings, Rootstown, Ohio, 1,825.
6, Bob Learn Jr., Erie, Pa., 1,808.
7, Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, 1,788.
8, ss-Harry Sullins, Chesterfield Twp., Mich., 1,783.
9, Jeff Richgels, Oregon, Wis., 1,782.
10, Todd Kjell, Roscoe, Ill., 1,777.
11, ss-Dave Bernhardt, Romeo, Mich., 1,740.
12, (tie) ss-Mike Dias, Lafayette, Colo., Lennie Boresch Jr., Kenosha, Wis., and Steve Hoskins, New Port Richey, Fla., 1,738.
15, Gary Alstott, Washington, Ill., 1,737.
16, Greg Thomas, Irmo, S.C., 1,734.
17, (tie) ss-Sammy Ventura, Syracuse, N.Y., and Chris Gibbons, Madison, Wis., 1,728.
19, ss-Bruce Hall, Westborough, Mass., 1,724.
20, Gary Faulkner, Norfolk, Va., 1,715.
21, ss-John Dudak, Orland Park, Ill., 1,707.
22, Rick Woloszyn, Griffith, Ind., 1,704.
23, ss-Steven Jansson, Barnes, Wis., 1,688.
24, (tie) ss-Gary Kammes, Winfield, Ill., n, ss-Leroy Johnson, Chicago, and ss-Terry Metzner, Kentwood, Mich., 1,685.
27, Michael Smith, Centenniel, Colo., 1,681.
28, Doug Becker, Clermont, Fla., 1,679.
29, Don Herrington, Ballston Lake, N.Y., 1,677.
30, Tony Johnson, Canton, Ohio, 1,672.
31, Eugene McCune, Munster, Ind., 1,671.
32, Rolando Sebelen, Dominican Republic, 1,664.
33, ss-Charlie Tapp, Kalamazoo, Mich., 1,663.
34, (tie) ss-Dick Gran, Hartville, Ohio, and ss-Paul Mielens, Menomonie, Wis., 1,662.
36, Gary Schluchter, Femont, Ohio, 1,660.
37, Steve Kenyon, Grosse Ile., Mich., 1,659.
38, Scott Greiner, Sunrise Beach, Mo., 1,657.
39, Tracy Teeters, Eugene, Ore., 1,655.
40, ss-Mike Hastings, Millsboro, Del., 1,654.
41, Jeff Johnson, Freeport, Ill., 1,653.
42, Brad Snell, Mount Prospect, Ill., 1,650.
43, ss-Edward Silva, Manteca, Calif., 1,647.
44, ss-Lee Brosius, Ashburn, Va., 1,642.
45, James Campbell, Clearwater, Fla., 1,641.
46, John Burkett, Southlake, Texas, 1,639.
47, Rick Francis, Linden, Calif., 1,637.
48, Brian Menini, Brookfield, Mo., 1,636.
49, Mark Sullivan, Indianapolis, 1,627.
50, (tie) ss-Robert Kicmal, LaGrange, Ill., and ss-Christopher Keane, Cape Coral, Fla., 1,623.
52, John Marsala, St. Louis, Mo., 1,620.
53, ss-Darryl Bower, Middletown, Pa., 1,617.
54, Tommy Martin, Millington, Tenn., 1,612.
55, ss-James Storts, Westfield, Ind., 1,604.
56, ss-Tom Carter, Columbus, Ohio, 1,597.
57, ss-Henry Dawson, Elma, Wash., 1,595.
58, Ed Carter, Austintown, Ohio, 1,594.
59, ss-Gary Reh, Fort Mohave, Ariz., 1,589.
60, Doug Henry, Columbus, Ind., 1,575.
61, Carl West, San Jose, Calif., 1,574.
62, Michael Haugen Jr., Phoenix, 1,571.
63, ss-Marc Lineberry, Camanche, Iowa, 1,562.
64, Al Hardesty, Orland Hills, Ill., 1,558.
65, Ricky Schissler, Brighton, Colo., 1,555.
66, Stoney Baker, Canton, Ga., 1,554.
67, ss-Ron Mohr, Las Vegas, 1,552.
68, Bryan Goebel, Shawnee, Kan., 1,551.
69, Joel Carlson, Omaha, Neb., 1,549.
70, ss-Brian Miller, Springfield, Ohio, 1,548.
71, ss-n-Rick Thomas, Willowbrook, Ill., 1,532.
72, Rick Zakrajsek, Lorain, Ohio, 1,531.
73, Bill Vannoy, Lexington, S.C., 1,514.
74, ss-Dale Reh, Appleton, Wis., 1,510.
75, ss-Kevin Foley, Reno, Nev., 1,509.
76, Danny Clark, New Palestine, Ind., 1,506.
77, ss-Chris Fedden, Albany, N.Y., 1,489.
78, ss-Tom Baker, King, N.C., 1,485.
79, ss-Ted Staikoff, Black Hawk, S.D., 1,479.
80, ss-Ken Waters, Kingsport, Tenn., 1,474.
81, ss-Don Blatchford, Santa Monica, Calif., 1,461.
82, ss-Emilio Mora Sr., Defiance, Ohio, 1,454.
83, ss-Allen Meskan, Addison, Ill., 1,442.
84, n-Robert Drew, O'Fallon, Mo., 1,434.
85, ss-Brendan Bierch, Grafton, Mass., 1,420.
86, ss-Larry Helton, Bolingbrook, Ill., 1,412.
87, Greg Wilson, Warrenton, Va., 1,402.
88, ss-Galen Keas, Alda, Neb., 1,385.
89, n-Jeff Zidek, Greensburg, Penn., 1,365.
90, ss-Glen Nakagawa, Highland Village, Texas, 1,326.
91, Randy Robertson, Evansville, Ind., 1,266.

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LeClair Defeats Weber to Win PBA50 River City Extreme Open For Fourth Career PBA50 Tour Title

by Jerry Schneider July 12, 2019 18:50

MONTICELLO, Minn. (July 12, 2019) – Wearing a brace to shore up his ailing left knee, Brian LeClair of Albany, New York recovered from a slow start to beat PBA Hall of Famer Pete Weber 225-200 in the title match to win the PBA50 River City Extreme Open presented by Hammer Friday for his first win of the season and fourth of his career.

Leading by five pins in the ninth frame and finishing the title match first, LeClair threw two strikes and eight in the 10th frame which was enough to eliminate any chance for Weber to come back for the win. It was LeClair’s first PBA50 Tour win since winning the PBA50 Johnny Petraglia Open in May of 2017 and it was later that season that he began wearing the brace.

“I never thought I’d be in this position again,” said the 2017 PBA50 Player of the Year. “It’s been a long road and a constant work in progress for the last year and a half to get to a point where I can trust my leg and be confident that I can be competitive again.”

LeClair, who only needs to wear his brace when he bowls, started the title match with an open and a spare before striking on the next five of seven frames heading into the 10th frame.

“I was too amped up and just threw it too hard in the first frame and didn’t get settled down until the third frame,” the 54-year-old LeClair said. “I told myself to just slow down and throw it better like I had been doing the last two days.”

LeClair earned the top qualifier position for the stepladder finals thanks to a 11-1 match play record earlier in the day at River City Extreme.

“I was fortunate in match play,” said an emotional LeClair who dedicated the win to Eric Race, an employee at his pro shop who has cancer. “I won a few matches with 180s and 190s but then in the second match play round I was able to put the hammer down and I don’t think I bowled anything less than 230.”

Despite finishing second, it was also somewhat of a breakthrough tournament for Weber who hadn’t made a PBA50 championship round appearance for more than a year. His best finish this season was 10th in the Suncoast PBA Senior U.S. Open and his last PBA50 Tour win came in the DeHayes Insurance Group Classic in August of 2017.

Weber, who qualified second for the finals, was able to survive the semifinal match against newcomer No. 3 qualifier James Campbell of Clearwater, Florida, winning 215-214. After striking on the first ball in the 10th frame Campbell could have won the match with a double – or tie with a spare – but threw the ball slightly wide leaving the 2-10 split which he failed to convert.

Campbell, a seven-time PBA regional winner bowling in his sixth PBA50 Tour event, defeated No. 5 qualifier Hall of Famer Amleto Monacelli 247-199 in the second match to advance to the semifinal.

In the opening match, Monacelli beat No. 4 qualifier fellow Hall of Famer Ron Mohr 233-200 to open the finals. Monacelli, who won the 2019 USBC Senior Masters for his fifth PBA50 major, was trying for his second win of the season and Mohr was trying for his first.

The PBA50 Tour heads to Olympia Lanes in Hammond, Indiana for the PBA50 South Shore Open presented by Ebonite July 15-18. Fans can catch all the action from start to finish via PBA’s online streaming partner FloBowling.  For subscription and schedule information visit www.flobowling.com.

PBA50 RIVER CITY EXTREME OPEN

Presented by Hammer

River City Extreme, Monticello, Minn., Friday

Final Standings:

1,  Brian LeClair, Albany, N.Y., $8,000.

2,  Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., $4,300.

3,  James Campbell, Clearwater, Fla., $2,800.

4,  Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, $2,200.

5,  Ron Mohr, Las Vegas, $1,750.

Stepladder Results:

Match One – Monacelli def. Mohr, 233-200.

Match Two – Campbell def. Monacelli, 247-199.

Semifinal Match – Weber def. Campbell, 215-214.

Championship Match – LeClair def. Weber, 225-200.

Match Play Round 2 (28-game pinfall totals including match play bonus pins. Top five advance to stepladder finals)

1, Brian LeClair, Albany, N.Y., 11-1, 6,522.
2, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 9-3, 6,461.
3, James Campbell, Clearwater, Fla., 6-6, 6,451.
4, Ron Mohr, Las Vegas, 6-6, 6,360.
5, Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, 8-4, 6,332.
6, Steve Hoskins, New Port Richey, Fla., 8-4, 6,306, $1,500.
7, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 7-5, 6,250, $1,400.
8, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., 6-6, 6,183, $1,350.
9, Warren Eales, Chandler, Ariz., 5-7, 6,077, $1,300.
10, Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., 6-6, 6,044, $1,275.
11, Paul Fleming, Ft. Worth, Texas, 5-7, 6,043, $1,250.
12, Mike Dias, Lafayette, Colo., 5-7, 6,004, $1,225.
13, Jeff Johnson, Freeport, Ill., 6-6, 5,998, $1,200.
14, John Marsala, St. Louis, Mo., 7-5, 5,967, $1,190.
15, Ricky Schissler, Brighton, Colo., 6-6, 5,960, $1,180.
16, Brian Kretzer, Dayton, Ohio, 4-8, 5,922, $1,170.
17, John Burkett, Southlake, Texas, 6-6, 5,910, $1,160.
18, Christopher Keane, Cape Coral, Fla., 7-5, 5,891, $1,150.
19, Don Breeden, Clive, Iowa, 3-8-1, 5,867, $1,140.
20, Don Herrington, Ballston Lake, N.Y., 4-8, 5,837, $1,130.
21, n-Lyle Kuhlmann, Woodruff, Wis., 4-7-1, 5,836, $1,120.
22, Henry Dawson, Elma, Wash., 6-6, 5,818, $1,110.
23, Keith Lesko, Prosper, Texas, 5-7, 5,658, $1,105.
24, Brian Menini, Brookfield, Mo., 3-9, 5,587, $1,100.

Match Play Round 1 (22-game pinfall totals including match play bonus pins. All players advance to second match play round)

1, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 6-0 5,196.
2, James Campbell, Clearwater, Fla., 4-2, 5,156.
3, Ron Mohr, Las Vegas, 5-1, 5,003.
4, Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, 4-2, 4,979.
5, Brian LeClair, Albany, N.Y., 6-0, 4,971.
6, Steve Hoskins, New Port Richey, Fla., 5-1, 4,956.
7, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 4-2, 4,850.
8, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., 4-2, 4,837.
9, Paul Fleming, Fort Worth, Texas, 2-4, 4,794.
10, Warren Eales, Chandler, Ariz., 2-4, 4,765.
11, Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., 3-3, 4,758.
12, Jeff Johnson, Freeport, Ill., 2-4, 4,663.
13, Mike Dias, Lafayette, Colo., 2-4, 4,656.
14, Christopher Keane, Cape Coral, Fla., 4-2, 4,655.
14, Don Breeden, Clive, Iowa, 2-4, 4,655.
16, John Burkett, Southlake, Texas, 2-4, 4,638.
17, Don Herrington, Ballston Lake, N.Y., 1-5, 4,623.
18, n-Lyle Kuhlmann, Woodruff, Wis., 3-3, 4,610.
19, John Marsala, St. Louis, Mo., 3-3, 4,598.
20, Brian Kretzer, Dayton, Ohio, 1-5, 4,576.
21, Ricky Schissler, Brighton, Colo., 2-4, 4,568.
22, Henry Dawson, Elma, Wash., 2-4, 4,542.
23, Brian Menini, Brookfield, Mo., 2-4, 4,521.
24, Keith Lesko, Prosper, Texas, 1-5, 4,399.

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Go Bowling! PBA Tour’s Top Performers Over Two Years Take Center Stage in Barbasol PBA Tour Finals

by Jerry Schneider July 12, 2019 09:08

LAS VEGAS – Eight of the Go Bowling! PBA Tour’s top performers based on competition points earned over a two-year span – including defending champion Jason Belmonte – will take center stage July 20 and 21 in the Barbasol PBA Tour Finals presented by Red Rock Casino Resort & Spa which will be televised in its entirety live by the CBS Sports Network.

Belmonte, a four-time PBA Player of the Year award winner who won the PBA World Championship for a record 11th career PBA Tour major this season, led qualifying for the 2019 event after he accumulated 46,770 points in PBA Tour competition over the 24-month span ending with the USBC Masters on April 1.

Belmonte won the 2018 PBA Tour Finals by defeating 2017 winner EJ Tackett 2-1 in the Race to 2 Points title match at Thunderbowl Lanes in suburban Detroit. After splitting the first two games, Belmonte won the 9th and 10th frame roll-off 40-26 for the title.

Also qualifying for the 2019 Tour Finals are 2019 USBC Masters champion Jakob Butturff (40,267 points); 2019 PBA Players Championship winner Anthony Simonsen (38,919); Tackett (37,692); 2019 PBA Playoffs winner Kris Prather (31,266); reigning PBA Player of the Year Andrew Anderson (30,983); Marshall Kent (29,447), and 2019 PBA Hall of Fame Classic champion Bill O’Neill (28,937).

In another PBA landmark televised event, CBS Sports Network will air four live two-hour shows and the one-hour finale from the Red Rock Casino Resort & Spa (two shows on Saturday, July 20 and three on Sunday, July 21).

The Barbasol PBA Tour Finals will incorporate the same format as 2018 with the eight-player field divided into two four-player groups. The field will bowl four games of qualifying in their respective groups. The four-game pinfall totals for each player will be used to determine the seeding for a separate stepladder finals in each group. The final match of each group’s stepladder will be a “Race to Two Points” match with each game worth one point and, if the two games are split, the final point is awarded via a 9th and 10th frame roll off. The two group winners will then meet in another “Race to Two Points” championship match that will also use a 9th and 10th frame roll-off should there be a tie after two games.

Barbasol PBA Tour Finals tickets are still available and may be purchased by visiting https://www.eventbrite.com/e/barbasol-pba-tour-finals-presented-by-red-rock-casino-resort-spa-tickets-57610119418

The four total pinfall matches will air July 20 at 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. ET and will determine the order for the Group 1 stepladder matches at 3 p.m. on July 21 and the Group 2 stepladder at 5 p.m.  The winners of each group stepladder will the face off in the championship match at 7 p.m.

Here’s a look at some of the highlights for the eight finalists:

Jason Belmonte, Australia:  The two-handed PBA Tour Finals defending champion won the 2019 PBA Tournament of Champions and PBA World Championship earlier this year for his 10th and 11th PBA Tour major victories to top the all-time majors list. He also won the Chameleon Championship and Japan Cup. In 2018 he won the Mark Roth-Marshall Holman PBA Doubles Championship with Bill O’Neill. He also concluded the 2017 season by winning the PBA World Championship.

Jakob Butturff, Tempe, Arizona: The left-hander won the PBA Oklahoma Open, PBA Lubbock Sports Shootout and the USBC Masters this season for his first major title. He was runner-up in the season-opening 2019 PBA Hall of Fame Classic, the DHC PBA Japan Invitational and PBA World Championship. In 2018 he won two PBA Tour titles. 

Anthony Simonsen, Little Elm, Texas: The 22-year-old two-hander won the 2019 PBA Players Championship to become the youngest player to win two majors. He had a runner-up finish in the 2019 Go Bowling! PBA Jonesboro Open and won two titles in 2018.

EJ Tackett, Bluffton, Indiana: Was the 2018 season’s only three-time winner. Finished second in the 2019 PBA Tournament of Champions, third in the Go Bowling! PBA Jonesboro Open and fifth in the PBA Players Championship. He won the inaugural PBA Tour Finals in 2017 and finished second to Belmonte in 2018. 

Kris Prather, Plainfield, Illinois:  Won the PBA Scorpion Championship in 2019 for his first Go Bowling! PBA Tour title, ending a streak of seven top-five and four third-place finishes over the past two seasons. Won the inaugural PBA Playoffs earlier in 2019.    
 

Andrew Anderson, Holly, Michigan:  Earned PBA Player of the Year honors in 2018 with the help of two wins including the USBC Masters. Finished third in the 2018 PBA Tournament of Champions.         
 

Marshall Kent, Yakima, Washington:  Finished third in the 2019 PBA Tournament of Champions. In 2018 had five championship round appearances including third in the PBA Players Championship and fifth in the U.S. Open. Also had two wins in the second half of the 2017 season. 

Bill O’Neill, Langhorne, Pennsylvania: PBA Playoffs runner-up won the 2019 season-opening PBA Hall of Fame Classic for his 10th career tour win. Finished third in the PBA Scorpion Championship and fourth in the PBA World Championship. In 2018 he won the Roth-Holman Doubles Classic with Jason Belmonte and finished second in the Xtra Frame Parkside Lanes Open. 

BARBASOL PBA TOUR FINALS

Presented by Red Rock Casino Resort & Spa

CBS Sports Network television schedule (all times Eastern)

Saturday, July 20

3 p.m. – Group 1 total pinfall round (four games)

5 p.m. – Group 2 total pinfall round (four games)

Sunday, July 21

3 p.m. – Group 1 Stepladder Finals

5 p.m. – Group 2 Stepladder Finals

7 p.m. – Championship Match

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Monacelli Tops PBA50 River City Extreme Open Qualifying After Strong Finish in Second Round

by Jerry Schneider July 11, 2019 19:11

MONTICELLO, Minn. – PBA Hall of Famer Amleto Monacelli finished with games of 290, 234 and 247 in Thursday’s second round to top qualifying and lead 24 players who advanced to match play in the PBA50 River City Extreme Open presented by Hammer.

The 2019 USBC Senior Masters winner finished qualifying in the eighth stop of the season with a 3,666 16-game pinfall total (229 average). His strong finish in the second round came after strong start with 246 before falling into a slump with games of 197, 201, 195, and 204.

“It seems like I have had a lot of tournaments recently where I’m having trouble reading the lanes in the middle of the round,” said the 57-year-old Monacelli who his trying for his 10th career PBA50 Tour title and second of the season. “I was probably getting a little frustrated by what I expected the lanes should be doing rather than adjusting to what was actually happening.

“When I got to the sixth game I just looked at it like I was starting a new round, moved left and went to a ball that would skid farther down the lane,” the 20-time Go Bowling! PBA Tour winner added. “I’m just a little disappointed I didn’t refocus sooner.”

Monacelli holds a 14-pin lead over James Campbell of Clearwater, Florida, who finished qualifying in second with a 3,652 pinfall and Hall of Famer Pete Weber in third with 3,630.

Weber, an 11-time PBA50 Tour winner, is trying for his first PBA50 Tour win since winning the DeHayes Insurance Group Championship in August of 2017. He has a best finish of 10th this season which came in the Suncoast PBA Senior U.S. Open.

Rounding out the top five were Hall of Famers Steve Hoskins in fourth with 3,580 and Ron Mohr in fifth with 3,539. Best bowler ESPY winner Norm Duke finished qualifying in sixth with 3,497.

First-round leader Don Herrington of Ballston Lake, New York, dropped to 12th finishing with a 3,539 pinfall. Hall of Famer Walter Ray Williams Jr., who was in second after the first round, dropped to eighth finishing with 3,483. Williams is trying for his fourth win of the season and 15th of his career which would top the all-time list on the tour for players 50 and over.

Friday’s match play rounds get underway at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. CT. The top five players will advance to the stepladder finals at 5 p.m.

Fans can catch all the River City Extreme Open final day action via PBA’s live-streaming partner FloBowling. Subscription and schedule information is available by visiting www.flobowling.com.

PBA50 RIVER CITY EXTREME OPEN

Presented by Hammer

River City Extreme, Monticello, Minn., Thursday

SECOND ROUND (after 16 games. Top 24 players advance to Friday’s match play rounds)

1, Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, 3,666.
2, James Campbell, Clearwater, Fla., 3,652.
3, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 3,630.
4, Steve Hoskins, New Port Richey, Fla., 3,580.
5, Ron Mohr, Las Vegas, 3,539.
6, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 3,497.
7, Warren Eales, Chandler, Ariz., 3,491.
8, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., 3,483.
9, Paul Fleming, Fort Worth, Texas, 3,478.
10, Brian LeClair, Albany, N.Y., 3,469.
11, Jeff Johnson, Freeport, Ill., 3,456.
12, Don Herrington, Ballston Lake, N.Y., 3,450.
13, Henry Dawson, Elma, Wash., 3,408.
14, Mike Dias, Lafayette, Colo., 3,407.
15, Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., 3,388.
16, Don Breeden, Clive, Iowa, 3,387.
17, John Burkett, Southlake, Texas, 3,379.
18, Brian Menini, Brookfield, Mo., 3,373.
19, n-Lyle Kuhlmann, Woodruff, Wis., 3,330.
20, Brian Kretzer, Dayton, Ohio, 3,328.
21, John Marsala, St. Louis, Mo., 3,299.
22, Christopher Keane, Cape Coral, Fla., 3,283.
23, Keith Lesko, Prosper, Texas, 3,281.
24, Ricky Schissler, Brighton, Colo., 3,255.

Did not advance:
25, Todd Kjell, Roscoe, Ill., 3,253, $1,000.
26, Greg McDaniel, Kimball, Neb., 3,251.
27, Greg Thomas, Irmo, S.C., 3,249.
28, (tie) Rick Francis, Linden, Calif., and ss-Steven Jansson, Barnes, Wis., 3,245, $1,000.
30, Scott Greiner, Sunrise Beach, Mo., 3,240.
31, Lennie Boresch Jr., Kenosha, Wis., 3,238.
32, Bryan Goebel, Shawnee, Kan., 3,234.
33, ss-Tom Carter, Columbus, Ohio, 3,219, $1,000.
34, Bill Vannoy, Lexington, S.C., 3,218.
35, ss-Harry Sullins, Chesterfield Twp., Mich., 3,216, $1,000.
36, (tie) ss-Paul Mielens, Menomonie, Wis., $,1000, and Bob Learn Jr., Erie, Pa., 3,204.
38, Michael Haugen Jr., Phoenix, 3,200.
39, Michael Duran, Banning, Calif., 3,189.
40, Ernie Segura Jr., Taylor, Mich., 3,184.
41, Michael Smith, Centenniel, Colo., 3,176.
42, ss-Ted Staikoff, Black Hawk, S.D., 3,174, $1,000.
43, n-John Hommes, Crystal, Minn., 3,170.
44, ss, n-Gary Green, Houlton, Wis., 3,156, $1,000.
45, ss-Don Blatchford, Santa Monica, Calif., 3,148, $1,000.
46, Tommy Martin, Millington, Tenn., 3,138.
47, ss, n-Clark Poelzer, Arden Hills, Minn., 3,133, $1,000.
48, Terry Metzner, Kentwood, Mich., 3,110.
49, Joel Carlson, Omaha, Neb., 3,092.
50, John Dudak, Orland Park, Ill., 3,072.
51, n-Curtis Matlock, Cloquet, Minn., 3,071.
52, (tie) n-Tom Corbett, Brooklyn Park, Minn., and n-Thomas Jones, Blaine, Minn., 3,061.
54, n-William Faerber, ST. Cloud, Minn., 3,053.
54, Brad Snell, Mount Prospect, Ill., 3,053.
56, James Storts, Westfield, Ind., 3,034.
57, Edward Silva, Manteca, Calif., 3,033.
58, Gary Reh, Fort Mohave, Ariz., 3,019.
59, n-Dana Wright, St. Paul, Minn., 3,016.
60, n-Fred Schossow, Zimmerman, Minn., 3,000.
61, Richard Hunt, Valparaiso, Ind., 2,992.
62, n-Todd Nouis, St. Cloud, Minn., 2,975.
63, n-Daniel Frion, Anoka, Minn., 2,947.
64, n-Wayne Jensen, Rogers, Minn., 2,940.
65, Brian Miller, Springfield, Ohio, 2,933.
66, Dale Reh, Appleton, Wis., 2,930.
67, Mike Schmid, St. Paul, Minn., 2,909.
68, Thomas Sliwinski, Reynoldsville, Pa., 2,904.
69, Glen Nakagawa, Highland Village, Texas, 2,889.
70, Lucien Casagrande, Canada, 2,841.
71, n-Tim Petersen, Brooklyn Center, Minn., 2,750.
72, Brian Phillips, Quinnesec, Mich., 2,745.
73, Jim Horan, Mountain View, Calif., 2,722.
74, Galen Keas, Alda, Neb., 2,702.
75, n-Edward Peterson, Taylor, Mich., 1,526.

ss – PBA60 players ages 60 and over out of the regular prize fund earning $1,000

n – non-member

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