Jason Sterner Wins FloBowling PBA Illinois Open For Third Career Go Bowling! PBA Tour Title

by Jerry Schneider August 31, 2019 18:15

AURORA, Ill.  – Jason Sterner of Rochester, New York, won all four stepladder final matches including a 243-212 title match victory over top seed EJ Tackett of Bluffton, Indiana, to win the FloBowling PBA Illinois Open Saturday for his third career Go Bowling! PBA Tour title. The Illinois Open was the pinnacle event of the three-tournament FloBowling PBA Summer Swing presented by the Brands of Ebonite International at Parkside Lanes.

In a stepladder final that featured a dual lane condition pattern – PBA 41-foot Bear condition on the left lane and 32-foot Wolf condition on the right lane – both players started the title match with a spare and two strikes but Sterner was able to pull away when Tackett missed a 3-6-10 spare in the fourth frame. Sterner put together four more strikes that ultimately proved too much for Tackett to overcome.

(Feature Photo caption: Jason Sterner en route to winning the PBA Illinois Open at Parkside Lanes in Aurora, Illinois. USA Today Sports photo by Mike DiNovo)

As the No. 5 seed for the finals, Sterner won his position round match in the final match play round against 11-time tour winner Bill O’Neill of Langhorne, Pennsylvania, 256-199, to make it into the finals.

“I think that (position round) win really relaxed me and put me in a good mindset for the finals,” said the 35-year-old Sterner. “I felt fortunate to make the finals, so my attitude was let’s throw a lot of strikes and go have some fun.”

Sterner Trophy IIThe win ended a two-year drought for Sterner whose last title came in the PBA/PWBA Striking Against Breast Cancer Mixed Doubles (with Birgit Poppler) in July of 2017.

“I had been struggling for a long time, but I made a (ball) grip change about four months ago and made some other physical changes,” Sterner said. “My game wasn’t evolving the way it should to keep up with the younger guys so I had to make some changes and just committed to them. There was some trial and error but now I’m really confident my game’s moving in the right direction.”

Sterner opened the stepladder finals with a 248-184 win over No. 4 seed Anthony Simonsen of Little Elm, Texas, who won the PBA Bear Open on Thursday for his seventh career title.

In the second match, Sterner then beat PBA Wolf Open winner Sean Rash of Montgomery, Illinois, 259-225, to advance to the semifinal match where he beat No. 2 seed two-hander Jason Belmonte of Australia, 236-208, to advance to the title match against Tackett. Tackett, who also finished second in the Bear Open,  was trying for his second win of the season and 14th of his career.

“The win against Jason (Belmonte) gave me a lot of confidence heading into the title match,” Sterner said. “I had my share of ugly strikes, but I was thinking just knock 10 pins down, fill the frames and hope the breaks would go my way.”

Belmonte, a four-time PBA Player of the Year, was trying for his fifth win of the season and 23rd of his career.

As the points leader for the nine-tournament FloBowling PBA Summer Tour, Rash, whose Wolf Open win was the 14th of his career and second of the season, won the USBC Cup and a $20,000 bonus.

To make the Illinois Open stepladder finals, the five finalists advanced from the 14 games of qualifying in both the PBA Wolf and Bear Opens earlier in the week and then competed in 24 games of match play which also used the mixed Wolf and Bear lane conditions.

The entire Summer Swing was streamed live on FloBowling. For subscription and schedule information visit www.flobowling.com.

FLOBOWLING PBA ILLINOIS OPEN
Third event of the FloBowling PBA Summer Swing presented by the Brands of Ebonite International
Parkside Lanes, Aurora, Ill., Saturday

Final Standings
1, Jason Sterner, Rochester, N.Y., $20,000.
2, EJ Tackett, Bluffton, Ind., $10,000.
3, Jason Belmonte, Australia, $7,000.
4, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., $6,000.
5, Anthony Simonsen, Little Elm, Texas, $5,000.

Stepladder Results
Match One – Sterner def. Simonsen, 248-184.
Match Two – Sterner def. Rash, 259-225.
Semifinal – Sterner def. Belmonte, 236-208.
Championship – Sterner def. Tackett, 243-212.

    

FINAL MATCH PLAY RESULTS

(includes match play record and total pinfall for 52 games including match play bonus pins. Top five advance to stepladder finals)

1, EJ Tackett, Bluffton, Ind., 16-7-1, 12,426.
2, Jason Belmonte, Australia, 17-7, 12,272.
3, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 15-9, 12,235.
4, Anthony Simonsen, Little Elm, Texas, 13-10-1, 12,175.
5, Jason Sterner, Rochester, N.Y., 14-10, 12,074.
6, Bill O'Neill, Langhorne, Pa., 15-8-1, 12,037, $4,100.
7, Kyle Troup, Taylorsville, N.C., 14-10, 12,020, $3,500.
8, Francois Lavoie, Canada, 10-13-1, 11,871, $3,500.
9, AJ Johnson, Oswego, Ill., 12-10-2, 11,861, $3,100.
10, Dick Allen, Lexington, S.C., 14-10, 11,850, $2,900.
11, Jake Peters, Henderson, Nev., 13-10-1, 11,826, $2,800.
12, Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., 11-13, 11,784, $2,700.
13, Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 13-10-1, 11,739, $2,600.
14, Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 11-13, 11,698, $2,500.
15, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 12-12, 11,656, $2,450.
16, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 10-14, 11,628, $2,400.
17, Dom Barrett, England, 11-13, 11,614, $2,350.
18, (tie) Brad Miller, Lees Summit, Mo., 11-13-0, 11,578, and Kyle Sherman, O'Fallon, Mo., 8-16, 11,578, $2,275.
20, Kamron Doyle, Brentwood, Tenn., 10-14, 11,506, $2,200.
21, Sam Cooley, Australia, 10-14, 11,504, $2,150.
22, Tun Ameerul Al-Hakim, Malaysia, 9-13-2, 11,463, $2,100.
23, Tom Daugherty, Riverview, Fla., 6-18, 11,306, $2,050.
24, Arturo Quintero, Mexico, 8-16, 11,219, $2,000.

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Simonsen Retains Slim Lead in FloBowling PBA Illinois Open After Second Round of Match Play

by Jerry Schneider August 30, 2019 19:45

AURORA, Ill.  – PBA Bear Open winner Anthony Simonsen of Little Elm, Texas, compiled an 8-7-1 match play record and averaged 220 for 16 games Friday which was good enough to retain a narrow lead after the first two rounds of match play in the FloBowling PBA Illinois Open at Parkside Lanes.

In the pinnacle event of the FloBowling PBA Summer Swing presented by the Brands of Ebonite International, the two-hander finished the day with a 10,306 44-game pinfall total (including 30 bonus pins for each match win) to hold a six-pin lead over 13-time Go Bowling! PBA Tour titlist and Bear Open runner-up EJ Tackett of Bluffton, Indiana, in second with a 9-6-1 match play record and 10,300 pinfall.

Simonsen beat Tackett in Thursday’s dramatic Bear Open title match 10-9 in the second one-ball roll-off after tying 267-267.

The 24 players in the Illinois Open match play field have the added challenge of competing on a mixed lane condition pattern – the Bear 41-foot lane condition on the left lane and the Wolf 32-foot condition on the right lane in each match which puts a premium on the players’ ability to adjust, including often using a different ball on each lane.

Everybody out here on tour has the physical ability but the players who can deal with the mental grind, especially in a tournament like this, are going to have the advantage,” said the 22-year-old Simonsen who won the Bear Open for his seventh career Go Bowling! PBA Tour title. “You’re using different equipment and playing totally different lines so it kind of multiplies the variables you might normally have to deal with.”

In Friday’s second match play round Simonsen started strong with games of 279 and 235 but then fell off with games of 193, 177 and 170 before finishing strong with games of 246, 259 and 268.

“It seems like I go through streaks where I’m either bowling well in the middle of the round and not so well at the beginning and end, or like I did tonight, where I’m bowling well at the beginning and end but not in the middle,” Simonsen said. “Tomorrow I’ll need to string together at least a few good games so I make the show.”

The final match play round gets underway Saturday at 11 a.m. CT and will determine the top five players for the Illinois Open stepladder finals at 3:30 p.m.

Australian two-hander Jason Belmonte climbed to third with a 10,238 pinfall helped by an 11-5 record in match play. The 36-year-old four-time PBA Player of the Year is trying for his fifth win of the season and the 23rd of his career.

Rounding out the top five heading into tomorrow’s final match play round are 11-time tour winner Bill O’Neill of Langhorne, Pennsylvania, who jumped from 12th after the first match play round finishing with a 11-4-1 record and 10,222 pinfall. Hometown favorite Sean Rash of Montgomery, Illinois, who defeated Simonsen in the title match to win the Wolf Open on Tuesday for his 14th tour title, put together a 10-6 record and finished with a 10,200 pinfall.

Fans can catch all the Illinois Open final-day action on FloBowling. For subscription information visit www.flobowling.com.

FLOBOWLING PBA ILLINOIS OPEN

Third event of the FloBowling PBA Summer Swing presented by the Brands of Ebonite International

Parkside Lanes, Aurora, Ill., Friday

MATCH PLAY ROUND TWO RESULTS

(includes match play record and total pinfall for 44 games including match play bonus pins)

1, Anthony Simonsen, Little Elm, Texas, 8-7-1, 10,306.
2, EJ Tackett, Bluffton, Ind., 9-6-1, 10,300.
3, Jason Belmonte, Australia, 11-5, 10,238.
4, Bill O'Neill, Langhorne, Pa., 11-4-1, 10,222.
5, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 10-6, 10,200.
6, Jason Sterner, Rochester, N.Y., 10-6, 10,130.
7, Dick Allen, Lexington, S.C., 12-4, 10,108.
8, Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., 10-6, 10,075.
9, Francois Lavoie, Canada, 7-8-1, 10,021.
10, Jake Peters, Henderson, Nev., 9-6-1, 9,964.
11, Kyle Troup, Taylorsville, N.C., 9-7, 9,944.
12, Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 9-6-1, 9,933.
13, AJ Johnson, Oswego, Ill., 7-7-2, 9,842.
14, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 8-8, 9,777.
15, Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 6-10, 9,756.
16, Brad Miller, Lees Summit, Mo., 7-9, 9,691.
17, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 5-11, 9,679.
18, Tun Ameerul Al-Hakim, Malaysia, 6-8-2, 9,678.
19, Arturo Quintero, Mexico, 7-9, 9,669.
20, Tom Daugherty, Riverview, Fla., 5-11, 9,645.
21, Kyle Sherman, O'Fallon, Mo., 5-11, 9,644.
22, Kamron Doyle, Brentwood, Tenn., 6-10, 9,564.
23, Dom Barrett, England, 6-10, 9,561.
24, Sam Cooley, Australia, 4-12, 9,545.

300 games – Bill O’Neill

MATCH PLAY ROUND ONE RESULTS

(includes match play record and total pinfall for 36 games including match play bonus pins)

1, Anthony Simonsen, Little Elm, Texas, 4-3-1, 8,359
2, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 5-3, 8,291.
3, EJ Tackett, Bluffton, Ind., 4-3-1, 8,260.
4, Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., 7-1, 8,219.
5, Kyle Troup, Taylorsville, N.C., 7-1, 8,186.
6, Francois Lavoie, Canada, 4-4, 8,178.
7, (tie) Dick Allen, Lexington, S.C., 7-1, and Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 4-3-1, 8,148.
9, Jason Belmonte, Australia, 5-3, 8,119.
10, Jason Sterner, Rochester, N.Y., 6-2, 8,100.
11, Jake Peters, Henderson, Nev., 4-3-1, 8,051.
12, Bill O'Neill, Langhorne, Pa., 4-3-1, 8,042.
13, Kyle Sherman, O'Fallon, Mo., 4-4, 7,974.
14, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 3-5, 7,935.
15, Brad Miller, Lees Summit, Mo., 3-5, 7,886.
16, AJ Johnson, Oswego, Ill., 3-4-1, 7,861.
17, Arturo Quintero, Mexico, 3-5, 7,854.
18, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 4-4, 7,834.
19, Tom Daugherty, Riverview, Fla., 1-7, 7,828.
20, Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 3-5, 7,807.
21, Dom Barrett, England, 3-5, 7,784.
22, Tun Ameerul Al-Hakim, Malaysia, 1-5-2, 7,758.
23, Sam Cooley, Australia, 1-7, 7,754.
24, Kamron Doyle, Brentwood, Tenn., 2-6, 7,683.

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Simonsen Retains Lead in FloBowling PBA Illinois Open After First Round of Match Play

by Jerry Schneider August 30, 2019 13:31

AURORA, Ill. (Aug. 30, 2019) – PBA Bear Open winner Anthony Simonsen compiled a 4-3-1 match play record and averaged 212.6 for eight games but still retained his lead after the first match play round of the FloBowling PBA Illinois Open Friday at Parkside Lanes.

In the pinnacle event of the FloBowling PBA Summer Swing presented by the Brands of Ebonite International, Simonsen finished the round with a 8,224 36-game overall pinfall total (including 30 bonus pins for each match win) to hold an 83-pin lead over PBA Wolf Open winner Sean Rash in second with 8,141. Rash posted a 5-3 record in match play.

Finishing the round in third was EJ Tackett, who suffered a heartbreaking loss in the title match of Thursday’s Bear Open to Simonsen. Tackett finished with a 4-3-1 match play record and 8,125 pinfall.

Marshall Kent and Kyle Troup both posted 7-1 records to surge into fourth and fifth place, respectively. Kent, finished with an 8,009 pinfall and Troup with 7,976.

Match play continues this afternoon at 5 p.m. with the second eight-game match play round. The final match play round gets underway Saturday at 11 a.m. which will determine the top five players for the Illinois Open stepladder finals at 3:30 p.m.

The 24 players in the match play field have the added challenge of competing on a dual lane condition – the Bear 41-foot lane condition on the left lane and the Wolf 32-foot condition on the right lane in each match which puts a premium on the players’ ability to adjust including using a different ball on each lane.

The entire Summer Swing is streamed live on FloBowling. For subscription information visit www.flobowling.com.

FLOBOWLING PBA ILLINOIS OPEN
Third event of the FloBowling PBA Summer Swing presented by the Brands of Ebonite International
Parkside Lanes, Aurora, Ill., Friday

MATCH PLAY ROUND ONE RESULTS
(includes match play record and total pinfall for 36 games including bonus pins)

1, Anthony Simonsen, Little Elm, Texas, 4-3-1, 8,359.
2, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 5-3, 8,291.
3, EJ Tackett, Bluffton, Ind., 4-3-1, 8,260.
4, Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., 7-1, 8,219.
5, Kyle Troup, Taylorsville, N.C., 7-1, 8,186.
6, Francois Lavoie, Canada, 4-4, 8,178.
7, Dick Allen, Lexington, S.C., 7-1, 8,148.
7, Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 4-3-1, 8,148.
9, Jason Belmonte, Australia, 5-3, 8,119.
10, Jason Sterner, Rochester, N.Y., 6-2, 8,100.
11, Jake Peters, Henderson, Nev., 4-3-1, 8,051.
12, Bill O'Neill, Langhorne, Pa., 4-3-1, 8,042.
13, Kyle Sherman, O'Fallon, Mo., 4-4, 7,974.
14, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 3-5, 7,935.
15, Brad Miller, Lees Summit, Mo., 3-5, 7,886.
16, AJ Johnson, Oswego, Ill., 3-4-1, 7,861.
17, Arturo Quintero, Mexico, 3-5, 7,854.
18, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 4-4, 7,834.
19, Tom Daugherty, Riverview, Fla., 1-7, 7,828.
20, Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 3-5, 7,807.
21, Dom Barrett, England, 3-5, 7,784.
22, Tun Ameerul Al-Hakim, Malaysia, 1-5-2, 7,758.
23, Sam Cooley, Australia, 1-7, 7,754.
24, Kamron Doyle, Brentwood, Tenn., 2-6, 7,683.
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Simonsen Beats Tackett in Roll-off to Win PBA Bear Open For Seventh Career Go Bowling! PBA Tour Title

by Jerry Schneider August 29, 2019 22:02

AURORA, Ill.  – After tying 267-267 in the title match, Anthony Simonsen defeated stepladder finals top seed EJ Tackett 10-9 in a second one-ball roll-off to win the PBA Bear Open Thursday at Parkside Lanes for his second Go Bowling! PBA Tour title of the season and seventh of his career.

In the second tournament of the FloBowling PBA Summer Swing presented by the Brands of Ebonite International, Simonsen’s win came after a runner-up finish to Sean Rash in the PBA Wolf Open Tuesday, the first tournament of the Summer Swing.

Tackett, who finished the title match first, missed a 2 pin on his fill ball in the 10th frame which opened the door for Simonsen who needed two strikes and a nine count on his fill ball to win. Simonsen couldn’t take advantage of the opportunity after he got the two strikes leaving the 3-10 split on his fill ball sending the match into overtime. Both players struck on the first roll-off ball forcing another tiebreaker which Simonsen won with a strike after Tackett left a four pin on his shot.

“I was fortunate to get into a roll-off but I didn’t get it done on that last shot,” said the 22-year-old Simonsen who uses the two-handed delivery. “I threw two good shots in the 10th but I rushed the last shot and it got a way from me a little bit. Looking back, I probably should have backed off and taken more time to refocus.

“Once we both struck on the first ball (of the roll-off) I felt I had to get it done the second time because EJ was throwing the ball well too and you’re not going to get many chances against a player of his ability, said Simonsen, who was the No. 2 seed for the finals.

Simonsen won the PBA Players Championship in February for his first title of the season to become the youngest player to win two majors.

“When I first started my dream was to win one title by this time in my career but to have seven is unbelievable,” Simonsen added.”

Tackett was trying for his second title of the season and 14th of his career after winning the Barbasol PBA Tour Finals in July.  Tackett was also trying for his third consecutive Bear Open title winning in 2016 and 2018.

The stepladder finals started with No. 5 seed Kyle Sherman, trying for a second tour title, beating No. 4 seed 10-time tour winner Wes Malott 207-191 in the opening match. In the second match, Sherman beat No. 3 seed four-time PBA Player of the Year Jason Belmonte 247-237 who was trying for his fifth win of the season and 23rd of his career. Simonsen then went on to beat Sherman 278-225 in the semifinal to advance to the title match.

With the conclusion of Bear Open qualifying earlier in the day, Simonsen led 24 players who advanced to PBA Illinois Open match play with a 6,532 28-game pinfall total (233 average). The Illinois Open is the third and final event of the week-long Summer Swing at Parkside Lanes.

The first of two Illinois Open eight-game round robin match play rounds begin Friday at 11 a.m. CT with the second round at 5 p.m. The final match play round gets underway Saturday morning 11 a.m. which will determine the top five players for the Illinois Open stepladder finals at 3:30 p.m.

The 24 players who advanced to match play will have the added challenge of bowling on the PBA Bear 41-foot lane condition on the left lane and the Wolf 32-foot lane condition on the right lane in each match.

The entire Summer Swing is streamed live on FloBowling. For subscription information visit www.flobowling.com.

   

PBA BEAR OPEN
Second event of the FloBowling PBA Summer Swing presented by the Brands of Ebonite International
Parkside Lanes, Aurora, Ill., Thursday

Final Standings
1, Anthony Simonsen, Little Elm, Texas, $10,000
2, EJ Tackett, Bluffton, Ind. $6,000
3, Kyle Sherman, O’Fallon, Mo., $4,000.
4, Jason Belmonte, Australia, $3,500.
5, Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, $2,500.

Stepladder Results
Match One –.Sherman def. Malott, 207-191.
Match Two – Sherman def. Belmonte, 247-237
Semifinal – Simonsen def. Sherman, 278-225.
Final – Simonsen def. Tackett, 267-267
(Simonsen won second one-ball roll-off 10-9 for title)

   

CASHERS ROUND RESULTS
(20-game pinfall totals. Top five advance to stepladder finals)

1, EJ Tackett, Bluffton, Ind., 4,672.
2, Anthony Simonsen, Little Elm, Texas, 4,647.
3, Jason Belmonte, Australia, 4,631.
4, Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 4,505.
5, Kyle Sherman, O'Fallon, Mo., 4,493.
6, AJ Johnson, Oswego, Ill., 4,488, $2,000.
7, Jakob Butturff, Tempe, Ariz., 4,476, $1,600.
8, Jake Peters, Henderson, Nev., 4,445, $1,400.
9, Francois Lavoie, Canada, 4,422, $1,400.
10, Dom Barrett, England, 4,420, $1,000.
11, Kyle Troup, Taylorsville, N.C., 4,419, $900.
12, Tom Daugherty, Riverview, Fla., 4,402, $800.
13, Rhino Page, Spokane, Wash., 4,401, $750.
14, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 4,326, $740.
15, Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., 4,315, $730.
16, Patrick Hanrahan, Wichita, Kan., 4,297, $720.
17, (tie) Dakota Vostry, Chicago, Ill., 4,265, and Tun Ameerul Al-Hakim, Malaysia, 4,265, $705. 

SECOND ROUND QUALIFYING RESULTS

(14-game pinfall totals. Top 18 advance to cashers round)

1, EJ Tackett, Bluffton, Ind., 3,297.
2, Anthony Simonsen, Little Elm, Texas, 3,294.
3, Kyle Sherman, O'Fallon, Mo., 3,240.
4, Francois Lavoie, Canada, 3,153.
5, Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 3,146.
6, Jason Belmonte, Australia, 3,140.
7, Kyle Troup, Taylorsville, N.C., 3,122.
8, Tom Daugherty, Riverview, Fla., 3,115.
9, Jakob Butturff, Tempe, Ariz., 3,111.
10, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 3,103.
11, Dom Barrett, England, 3,095.
12, Jake Peters, Henderson, Nev., 3,088.
13, Tun Ameerul Al-Hakim, Malaysia, 3,054.
14, AJ Johnson, Oswego, Ill., 3,045.
15, Dakota Vostry, Chicago, Ill., 3,036.
16, (tie) Rhino Page, Spokane, Wash., and Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., 3,033.
18, Patrick Hanrahan, Wichita, Kan., 3,027.

Failed to advance:
19, Tom Sorce, Blasdell, N.Y., 3,016.
20, Bill O'Neill, Langhorne, Pa., 3,009.
21, Sam Cooley, Australia, 3,005.
22, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 2,996.
23, Ryan Ciminelli, Lancaster, S.C., 2,992.
24, Jesper Svensson, Sweden, 2,988.
25, Kamron Doyle, Brentwood, Tenn., 2,987.
26, Christopher Sloan, Ireland, 2,979.
27, Dick Allen, Lexington, S.C., 2,978.
28, (tie) Ildemaro Ruiz, Venezuela, and Shawn Maldonado, Houston, 2,975.
30, Mitch Hupe, Canada, 2,968.
31, Nicholas Pate, Inver Grove Heights, Minn., 2,965.
32, Brad Angelo, Lockport, N.Y., 2,961.
33, Brad Miller, Lees Summit, Mo., 2,958.
34, Matt Sanders, Evansville, Ind., 2,956.
35, Pontus Andersson, Sweden, 2,954.
36, Zach Doty, Campbellsville, Ky., 2,951.
37, (tie) George Duke, Vidor, Texas, and Nick Kruml, Downers Grove, Ill., 2,949.
39, Richard Teece, England, 2,941.
40, Zach Wilkins, Canada, 2,939.
41, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 2,937.
42, Greg Ostrander, Brick, N.J., 2,921.
43, Arturo Quintero, Mexico, 2,919.
44, BJ Moore, Greensburg, Pa., 2,917.
45, Michael Davidson, Versailles, Ohio, 2,916.
46, Kristopher Prather, Plainfield, Ill., 2,911.
47, Jason Sterner, Rochester, N.Y., 2,908.
48, Andrew Anderson, Holly, Mich., 2,907.
49, Michael Tang, Johnstown, Ohio, 2,902.
50, Christopher O'Neil, Decatur, Ill., 2,898.
51, (tie) Steve Jaros, Yorkville, Ill., and Chris Via, Springfield, Ohio, 2,895.
53, James Grago, Hampstead, N.C., 2,893.
54, Josh Blanchard, Mesa, Ariz., 2,886.
55, (tie) Anthony Lavery-Spahr, Pasadena, Texas, and Zeke Bayt, Westerville, Ohio, 2,884.
57, Raul Ayala Salazar, Ecuador, 2,880.
58, Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 2,875.
59, JR Raymond, Clinton Twp., Mich., 2,872.
60, (tie) John Furey, Howell, N.J., and Kurt Pilon, Sterling Heights, Mich., 2,869.
62, William Svensson, Sweden, 2,868.
63, DJ Archer, Spring, Texas, 2,854.
64, Graham Fach, Urbana, Ohio, 2,851.
65, Rafiq Ismail, Malaysia, 2,846.
66, AJ Chapman, Manchester, Iowa, 2,829.
67, Kenneth Ryan, Farmingdale, NJ, 2,818.
68, n-Kyle Salter, Montgomery. Ill., 2,807.
69, Mykel Holliman, Collierville, Tenn., 2,803.
70, (tie) Darren Tang, Las Vegas, and Tim Foy Jr., Seaford, Del., 2,794.
72, (tie) Matt Kuba, Chicago Ridge, Ill. and Zac Tackett, Huntington, Ind., 2,790.
74, (tie) Oskar Wirefeldt, Sweden, and Stuart Williams, England, 2,788.
76, Jake Rollins, Glen Rock, N.J., 2,782.
77, Greg Young, Viera, Fla., 2,771.
78, Mike Coffey, Melbourne, Fla., 2,746.
79, Osku Palermaa, Finland, 2,745.
80, (tie) Francois Louw, South Africa, and Andrew Cain, Phoenix, 2,741.
82, Russ Oviatt, Chandler, Ariz., 2,737.
83, n-Matt Russo, Fariview Heights, Ill., 2,733.
84, Christopher Dower, Cary, Ill., 2,718.
85, Andres Gomez, Colombia, 2,713.
86, Brian Robinson, Morgantown, W.Va., 2,711.
87, Ryan Lakota, Shorewood, Ill., 2,709.
88, Cody Shoemaker, Hanover, Pa., 2,706.
89, Craig Schneider, Marcy, N.Y., 2,702.
90, Chandler Stevens, Archbold, Ohio, 2,692.
91, n-Tannya Lopez, Mexico, 2,670.
92, (tie) Eduardo Astiazaran, Mexico, and Michael Martell, Brooklyn, N.Y., 2,668.
94, Andrew Suscreba, Clifton, N.J., 2,651.
95, Devin Bidwell, Wichita, Kan., 2,650.
96, John Contos, Crystal Lake, 2,640.
97, Stephen Hahn, Sterling, Va., 2,616.
98, Joe Paluszek, Bensalem, Pa., 2,542.
99, Joseph Grago, Hampstead, N.C., 2,541.
100, Richard Lupo, St. Charles, Mo., 2,493.
101, Armando Santacruz, Ecuador, 2,444.

300 games – Francois Lavoie (2)

n-denotes non-PBA member

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Simonsen Leads 24 Players Advancing to PBA Illinois Open Match Play

by Jerry Schneider August 29, 2019 14:34

AURORA, Ill. - With the conclusion of Thursday’s PBA Bear Open final qualifying round, two-hander Anthony Simonsen led 24 players who advanced to match play for the PBA Illinois Open, the third and final event of the FloBowling PBA Summer Swing presented by the brands of Ebonite International at Parkside Lanes.

After 14 qualifying games from both the Wolf and Bear Opens, Simonsen bowled a 6,532 28-game pinfall total (233 average) to lead Bear Open defending champion EJ Tackett in second with 6,356. Rounding out the top five are Wolf Open winner Sean Rash, 6,320; Canada’s Francois Lavoie, who bowled back-to-back 300 games in the second Bear qualifying round, 6,265, and Wes Malott with 6,243. Arturo Quintero of Mexico earned the 24th and final match play spot with a 6,003 pinfall. .

The first of two Illinois Open eight-game round-robin match play rounds is scheduled for Friday at 11 a.m. CT with the second round at 5 p.m. The final match play round gets underway Saturday morning at 11 a.m. which will determine the top five players for the stepladder finals at 3:30 p.m.

The 24 players who advanced to Illinois Open match play – and the five who advance to the stepladder finals – will have the added challenge of bowling on the Bear 41-foot lane condition on the left lane and the Wolf 32-foot condition on the right lane in each match.

Also, with the conclusion of the second Bear Open qualifying round, Tackett, a 13-time Go Bowling! PBA Tour winner, led 18 players who advanced to this afternoon’s Bear Open cashers round which will determine the top five for tonight’s Bear Open  stepladder finals at 8:30 p.m.

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PBA ILLINOIS OPEN

FINAL QUALIFYING TOTALS

(28-game pinfall totals. Top 24 advance to Friday’s match play rounds)

1, Anthony Simonsen, Little Elm, Texas, 6,532
2, EJ Tackett, Bluffton, Ind., 6,356.
3, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 6,320.
4, Francois Lavoie, Canada, 6,265.
5, Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 6,243.
6, Jason Belmonte, Australia, 6,223.
7, Kyle Troup, Taylorsville, N.C., 6,197.
8, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 6,170.
9, Kyle Sherman, O'Fallon, Mo., 6,135.
10, Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., 6,109.
11, Tom Daugherty, Riverview, Fla., 6,106.
12, Jason Sterner, Rochester, N.Y., 6,100.
13, Dom Barrett, England, 6,076.
14, Jake Peters, Henderson, Nev., 6,075.
15, Sam Cooley, Australia, 6,067.
16, Dick Allen, Lexington, S.C., 6,062.
17, Tun Ameerul Al-Hakim, Malaysia, 6,052.
18, Bill O'Neill, Langhorne, Pa., 6,040.
19, Kamron Doyle, Brentwood, Tenn., 6,025.
20, Brad Miller, Lees Summit, Mo., 6,022.
21, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 6,009.
22, AJ Johnson, Oswego, Ill., 6,004.
22, Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 6,004.
24, Arturo Quintero, Mexico, 6,003.

Failed to advance:
25, Nicholas Pate, Inver Grove Heights, Minn., 5,992, $1,550.
26, Greg Ostrander, Brick, N.J., 5,987, $1,500.
27, Pontus Andersson, Sweden, 5,978.
28, Josh Blanchard, Mesa, Ariz., 5,972.
29, Mitch Hupe, Canada, 5,960, $100.
30, Jesper Svensson, Sweden, 5,929.
31, Kristopher Prather, Plainfield, Ill., 5,917.
32, BJ Moore, Greensburg, Pa., 5,906.
33, Tom Sorce, Blasdell, N.Y., 5,888.
34, Nick Kruml, Downers Grove, Ill., 5,885.
35, Ildemaro Ruiz, Venezuela, 5,868.
36, Dakota Vostry, Chicago, Ill., 5,866.
37, Zacharay Wilkins, Canada, 5,861.
38, Jakob Butturff, Tempe, Ariz., 5,855.
39, Greg Young, Viera, Fla., 5,831.
40, Christopher Sloan, Ireland, 5,830.
41, (tie) Zach Doty, Campbellsville, Ky., and Andrew Anderson, Holly, Mich., 5,829.
43, William Svensson, Sweden, 5,825.
44, Michael Tang, Johnstown, Ohio, 5,824.
45, John Furey, Howell, N.J., 5,821.
46, Anthony Lavery-Spahr, Pasadena, Texas, 5,816.
47, Ryan Ciminelli, Lancaster, S.C., 5,811.
48, Kurt Pilon, Sterling Heights, Mich., 5,809.
49, Michael Davidson, Versailles, Ohio, 5,807.
50, AJ Chapman, Manchester, Iowa, 5,803.
51, Brad Angelo, Lockport, N.Y., 5,802.
52, Patrick Hanrahan, Wichita, Kan., 5,797.
53, Osku Palermaa, Finland, 5,789.
54, Stuart Williams, England, 5,785.
55, (tie) Chris Via, Springfield, Ohio, and Shawn Maldonado, Houston, 5,784.
57, Zeke Bayt, Westerville, Ohio, 5,779.
58, Jake Rollins, Glen Rock, N.J., 5,713.
59, Rhino Page, Spokane, Wash., 5,698.
60, Kenneth Ryan, Farmingdale, NJ, 5,687.
61, DJ Archer, Spring, Texas, 5,685.
62, Matt Sanders, Evansville, Ind., 5,678.
63, Darren Tang, Las Vegas, 5,664.
64, JR Raymond, Clinton Twp., Mich., 5,650.
65, Richard Teece, England, 5,637.
66, Francois Louw, South Africa, 5,620.
67, Raul Ayala Salazar, Ecuador, 5,615.
68, Christopher O'Neil, Decatur, Ill., 5,613.
69, Russ Oviatt, Chandler, Ariz., 5,607.
70, Graham Fach, Urbana, Ohio, 5,568.
71, Zac Tackett, Huntington, Ind., 5,565.
72, (tie) Mike Coffey, Melbourne, Fla., and Michael Martell, Brooklyn, N.Y., 5,555.
74, Devin Bidwell, Wichita, Kan., 5,537.
75, Steve Jaros, Yorkville, Ill., 5,534.
76, Andres Gomez, Colombia, 5,506.
77, Ryan Lakota, Shorewood, Ill., 5,503.
78, Eduardo Astiazaran, Mexico, 5,481.
79, Matt Kuba, Chicago Ridge, Ill., 5,480.
80, Stephen Hahn, Sterling, Va., 5,476.
81, Brian Robinson, Morgantown, W.Va., 5,456.
82, Andrew Suscreba, Clifton, N.J., 5,423.
83, Cody Shoemaker, Hanover, Pa., 5,416.
84, Mykel Holliman, Collierville, Tenn., 5,407.
85, Tim Foy Jr., Seaford, Del., 5,392.
86, George Duke, Vidor, Texas, 5,360.
87, Rafiq Ismail, Malaysia, 5,346.
88, Joe Paluszek, Bensalem, Pa., 5,321.
89, n-Matt Russo, Fariview Heights, Ill., 5,310.
90, Andrew Cain, Phoenix, 5,248.
91, James Grago, Hampstead, N.C., 5,247.
92, Chandler Stevens, Archbold, Ohio, 5,234.
93, Christopher Dower, Cary, Ill., 5,226.
94, Oskar Wirefeldt, Sweden, 5,223.
95, n-Kyle Salter, Montgomery. Ill., 5,205.
96, Craig Schneider, Marcy, N.Y., 5,135.
97, n-Tannya Lopez, Mexico, 5,031.
98, Joseph Grago, Hampstead, N.C., 4,999.
99, John Contos, Crystal Lake, 4,939.
100, Richard Lupo, St. Charles, Mo., 4,792.
101, Armando Santacruz, Ecuador, 4,595.

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PBA BEAR OPEN

FINAL QUALIFYING RESULTS

(14-game pinfall totals. Top 18 advance to Thursday’s cashers round)

1, EJ Tackett, Bluffton, Ind., 3,297.
2, Anthony Simonsen, Little Elm, Texas, 3,294.
3, Kyle Sherman, O'Fallon, Mo., 3,240.
4, Francois Lavoie, Canada, 3,153.
5, Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 3,146.
6, Jason Belmonte, Australia, 3,140.
7, Kyle Troup, Taylorsville, N.C., 3,122.
8, Tom Daugherty, Riverview, Fla., 3,115.
9, Jakob Butturff, Tempe, Ariz., 3,111.
10, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 3,103.
11, Dom Barrett, England, 3,095.
12, Jake Peters, Henderson, Nev., 3,088.
13, Tun Ameerul Al-Hakim, Malaysia, 3,054.
14, AJ Johnson, Oswego, Ill., 3,045.
15, Dakota Vostry, Chicago, Ill., 3,036.
16, (tie) Rhino Page, Spokane, Wash., and Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., 3,033.
18, Patrick Hanrahan, Wichita, Kan., 3,027.

Failed to advance:
19, Tom Sorce, Blasdell, N.Y., 3,016.
20, Bill O'Neill, Langhorne, Pa., 3,009.
21, Sam Cooley, Australia, 3,005.
22, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 2,996.
23, Ryan Ciminelli, Lancaster, S.C., 2,992.
24, Jesper Svensson, Sweden, 2,988.
25, Kamron Doyle, Brentwood, Tenn., 2,987.
26, Christopher Sloan, Ireland, 2,979.
27, Dick Allen, Lexington, S.C., 2,978.
28, (tie) Ildemaro Ruiz, Venezuela, and Shawn Maldonado, Houston, 2,975.
30, Mitch Hupe, Canada, 2,968.
31, Nicholas Pate, Inver Grove Heights, Minn., 2,965.
32, Brad Angelo, Lockport, N.Y., 2,961.
33, Brad Miller, Lees Summit, Mo., 2,958.
34, Matt Sanders, Evansville, Ind., 2,956.
35, Pontus Andersson, Sweden, 2,954.
36, Zach Doty, Campbellsville, Ky., 2,951.
37, (tie) George Duke, Vidor, Texas, and Nick Kruml, Downers Grove, Ill., 2,949.
39, Richard Teece, England, 2,941.
40, Zach Wilkins, Canada, 2,939.
41, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 2,937.
42, Greg Ostrander, Brick, N.J., 2,921.
43, Arturo Quintero, Mexico, 2,919.
44, BJ Moore, Greensburg, Pa., 2,917.
45, Michael Davidson, Versailles, Ohio, 2,916.
46, Kristopher Prather, Plainfield, Ill., 2,911.
47, Jason Sterner, Rochester, N.Y., 2,908.
48, Andrew Anderson, Holly, Mich., 2,907.
49, Michael Tang, Johnstown, Ohio, 2,902.
50, Christopher O'Neil, Decatur, Ill., 2,898.
51, (tie) Steve Jaros, Yorkville, Ill., and Chris Via, Springfield, Ohio, 2,895.
53, James Grago, Hampstead, N.C., 2,893.
54, Josh Blanchard, Mesa, Ariz., 2,886.
55, (tie) Anthony Lavery-Spahr, Pasadena, Texas, and Zeke Bayt, Westerville, Ohio, 2,884.
57, Raul Ayala Salazar, Ecuador, 2,880.
58, Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 2,875.
59, JR Raymond, Clinton Twp., Mich., 2,872.
60, (tie) John Furey, Howell, N.J., and Kurt Pilon, Sterling Heights, Mich., 2,869.
62, William Svensson, Sweden, 2,868.
63, DJ Archer, Spring, Texas, 2,854.
64, Graham Fach, Urbana, Ohio, 2,851.
65, Rafiq Ismail, Malaysia, 2,846.
66, AJ Chapman, Manchester, Iowa, 2,829.
67, Kenneth Ryan, Farmingdale, NJ, 2,818.
68, n-Kyle Salter, Montgomery. Ill., 2,807.
69, Mykel Holliman, Collierville, Tenn., 2,803.
70, (tie) Darren Tang, Las Vegas, and Tim Foy Jr., Seaford, Del., 2,794.
72, (tie) Matt Kuba, Chicago Ridge, Ill. and Zac Tackett, Huntington, Ind., 2,790.
74, (tie) Oskar Wirefeldt, Sweden, and Stuart Williams, England, 2,788.
76, Jake Rollins, Glen Rock, N.J., 2,782.
77, Greg Young, Viera, Fla., 2,771.
78, Mike Coffey, Melbourne, Fla., 2,746.
79, Osku Palermaa, Finland, 2,745.
80, (tie) Francois Louw, South Africa, and Andrew Cain, Phoenix, 2,741.
82, Russ Oviatt, Chandler, Ariz., 2,737.
83, n-Matt Russo, Fariview Heights, Ill., 2,733.
84, Christopher Dower, Cary, Ill., 2,718.
85, Andres Gomez, Colombia, 2,713.
86, Brian Robinson, Morgantown, W.Va., 2,711.
87, Ryan Lakota, Shorewood, Ill., 2,709.
88, Cody Shoemaker, Hanover, Pa., 2,706.
89, Craig Schneider, Marcy, N.Y., 2,702.
90, Chandler Stevens, Archbold, Ohio, 2,692.
91, n-Tannya Lopez, Mexico, 2,670.
92, (tie) Eduardo Astiazaran, Mexico, and Michael Martell, Brooklyn, N.Y., 2,668.
94, Andrew Suscreba, Clifton, N.J., 2,651.
95, Devin Bidwell, Wichita, Kan., 2,650.
96, John Contos, Crystal Lake, 2,640.
97, Stephen Hahn, Sterling, Va., 2,616.
98, Joe Paluszek, Bensalem, Pa., 2,542.
99, Joseph Grago, Hampstead, N.C., 2,541.
100, Richard Lupo, St. Charles, Mo., 2,493.
101, Armando Santacruz, Ecuador, 2,444.

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