PBA Playoffs Round of 24 Action Continues on FS1 Monday at 8 p.m. ET

by Jerry Schneider April 12, 2019 09:16

PORTLAND, Maine  – FOX Sports coverage of the inaugural PBA Playoffs continues Monday, April 15 at 8 p.m. ET on FS1 with completion of Round of 24 single-game elimination action from Bayside Bowl.

The second half of the Round of 24 will feature No. 15 seed Wes Malott vs. No. 18 Josh Blanchard; No. 10 Marshall Kent vs. No. 23 Jesper Svensson; No. 14 Dom Barrett vs. No. 19 Brad Miller, and No. 11 Kyle Sherman vs. No. 22 DJ Archer.

Already advancing to the Round of 16 after one-game matches in the first half of the Round of 24 that aired live on FS1 on April 8 were Andres Gomez, Rhino Page, Kyle Troup and Kris Prather.

The winner of the Playoffs, which features the top 24 players in competition points after the first 13 Go Bowling! PBA Tour tournaments of the season, will earn a $100,000 first prize.

Once the Playoffs reach the Round of 16, the format will change to a Race to 2 Points format where each game won is worth one point. If the players split the first two games, a ninth and 10th frame tie-breaker will be used to award the deciding point. The eight winners from the Round of 24 will take on the top eight Playoffs seeds – Jason Belmonte, Jakob Butturff, Norm Duke, Anthony Simonsen, EJ Tackett, Sean Rash, Bill O’Neill and Tom Daugherty – who each earned a bye to automatically advance to the Round of 16.

Round of 16 and Round of 8 matches will be televised by FS1 on consecutive Monday nights at 9 p.m. ET beginning April 22 to reduce the field to four survivors who will return to Portland for the semifinal and final rounds June 1-2, with both shows airing live on FOX at noon Eastern.

To view a PBA Playoffs bracket click here: https://www.pba.com/Content/Images/playoffs/2019_PBA_Playoff_Bracket.pdf

PBA PLAYOFFS SECOND ROUND OF 24 MATCH SCHEDULE

(FS1 air date Monday, April 15, 8 p.m. ET)

No. 15 Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas vs. No.18 Josh Blanchard, Mesa, Ariz.

No. 10 Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash. vs. No. 23 Jesper Svensson, Sweden.

No. 14 Dom Barrett, England vs. No. 19 Brad Miller, Lees Summit, Mo.

No. 11 Kyle Sherman, O’Fallon, Mo. vs. No. 22 DJ Archer, Friendswood, Texas.

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PBA50 Tour Season Begins in Florida with Johnny Petraglia BVL Open and PBA50 National Championship Back-to-Back

by Jerry Schneider April 10, 2019 08:01

CHICAGO  -- The 2019 PBA50 Tour season gets underway April 14-17 when a full field of 160 players ages 50 and older compete in the Johnny Petraglia BVL Open presented by Lucas Magazine and Brunswick at Maple Countryside Lanes in Clearwater, Florida, followed by the season’s first major championship, the PBA50 National Championship at Spanish Springs Lanes in The Villages, Florida.

Fans can catch all the action live from start to finish for both events through PBA’s online streaming partner, FloBowling. For FloBowling subscription information and enrollment, visit flobowling.com.

Michael Haugen Jr.’s win in the 2018 Johnny Petraglia BVL Open, when it was held at Farmingdale Lanes in New York, was the launching point for PBA50 Player of the Year honors in a season in which he was the only multiple champion with two wins. The three-time PBA50 Tour winner defeated PBA Hall of Famer Walter Ray Williams Jr., 277-195, for his second career PBA50 tour title before going on to win the River City Extreme Open later in the year.          

Bowling legend Johnny Petraglia, 72, who is still competing on the PBA50 Tour more than a half-century after making his debut on the regular PBA Tour in 1965, also will compete in the tournament named in his honor. With 14 PBA Tour titles and eight PBA50 Tour titles, Petraglia is the only player in PBA history to win national titles in six different decades. He is one of six PBA Triple Crown winners and is a member of the PBA (1982) and USBC (2003) Halls of Fame.

Petraglia, a Vietnam War veteran, has been active for decades off the lanes in support of BVL (Bowlers to Veterans Link) and is an official spokesperson for the organization which provides recreational and therapeutic programs and services for America’s active duty and veteran service men and women.

Competition begins with the first seven-game qualifying round on Monday, April 15 with squads at 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. to be followed by another qualifying round on April 16. After a casher’s round on April 17 at 8:30 a.m., match play rounds are scheduled for noon and 3:15 p.m. that will determine the top five players for the stepladder finals at 7 p.m. A practice session will kick off the event on Sunday, April 14 from 8-11 a.m. 

All proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to BVL. Admission for practice day is $5 and qualifying on April 15 and 16 is $10 each day. An all-day pass for match play and the stepladder finals on April 17 is $20, with admission to the stepladder finals $10. An all-access pass for the entire tournament is $25. For additional admission and pro-am entry information contact Maple Countryside Lanes at (727) 796-8100.

The PBA50 Tour will then travel to longtime PBA50 Tour host Spanish Springs Lanes in The Villages April 22-26 for the PBA50 National Championship presented by Spanish Springs Lanes and Radical.

Defending champion Lennie Boresch Jr. beat Hall of Famer Norm Duke, 198-192, in the title match of the 2018 PBA National Championship to win his first PBA50 Tour major and fourth career title.

PBA50 National Championship competition begins with three six-game qualifying rounds on April 23, 24 and 25 with squads bowling at 9 a.m., 1 p.m. and 5 p.m.  After 18 games, the top 32 will advance to modified round robin match play at 9 a.m. on April 26. After a second round of match play round at 2 p.m., the top five players based on 34-game pinfall totals will compete in the stepladder finals at 7 p.m.

For the PBA50 National Championship, Spanish Springs Lanes is offering a Spare Package which includes a pro-am entry and weeklong admission to the tournament for $59.95 and a Strike Package, which includes a pro-am entry, a high-performance bowling ball, and weeklong admission to the tournament for $197.95. Daily ticket prices are $8 for qualifying April 23-25 and $12 for match play and finals April 26.

PBA50 JOHNNY PETRAGLIA BVL OPEN SCHEDULE

presented by Lucas Magazine and Brunswick

Maple Countryside Lanes, Clearwater, Fla. (All times Eastern)

Sunday, April 14

8 – 11 a.m. - Practice session

Noon, 2:30, 5:30 p.m. - Pro-am squads

Monday, April 15

9 a.m.  – A squad qualifying (7 games)

2 p.m. – B squad qualifying (7 games)

Tuesday, April 16

9 a.m.  – A squad qualifying (7 games)

2 p.m. – B squad qualifying (7 games)

Wednesday, April 17

8:30 a.m. – Casher’s Round (5 games)

Top eight advance to Match Play Round 1

Noon – Match Play Round 1 (5 games. Top eight from casher’s round plus qualifiers 9-24)

  Top eight bowlers advance to Match Play Round 2

3:15 p.m. - Match Play Round 2 (6 games. Top eight from Match Play Round 1 plus qualifiers 1-8)

  Top five advance to stepladder finals

7 p.m. - Stepladder Finals

PBA50 NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP

Presented by Spanish Springs Lanes and Radical

Spanish Springs Lanes, The Villages, Fla.

Monday, April 22

9-10 a.m. A squad practice session

10:15 a.m. - B squad practice session

11:30 a.m. - C squad practice session

2:30 and 5:30 p.m. - Pro-am squads

Tuesday, April 23

9 a.m. - A squad qualifying (6 games)

1 p.m. - B squad qualifying (6 games)

5 p.m. - C squad qualifying (6 games)

Wednesday, April 24

9 a.m. - B squad qualifying (6 games)

1 p.m. - C squad qualifying (6 games)

5 p.m. - A squad qualifying (6 games)

Thursday, April 25

9 a.m. - C squad qualifying (6 games)

1 p.m. - A squad qualifying (6 games)

5 p.m. - B squad qualifying (6 games)

Top 32 advance to Match Play Round 1

Friday, April 26

9 a.m. - Match Play Round 1 (8 games)

  Top 16 bowlers advance to Match Play Round 2

2 p.m. - Match Play Round 2 (8 games) 

  Top five advance to stepladder finals

7 p.m. - Stepladder finals

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Gomez, Page, Troup, Prather Advance to Round of 16 After Opening Round of PBA Playoffs

by Jerry Schneider April 8, 2019 18:50

PORTLAND, MAINE – After 13 tournaments on the 2019 Go Bowling! PBA Tour – including four majors – the journey to determine the winner of the inaugural PBA Playoffs and a $100,000 payday began Monday at Bayside Bowl with the first Round of 24 telecast that aired live on FS1.

GomezAdvancing to the Round of 16 after one-game matches in the first half of the Round of 24 were Colombian Andres Gomez (top left photo); Rhino Page, Orlando; Kyle Troup, Taylorsville, N.C. and Kris Prather, Plainfield, Ill.

In front of the normally wild Bayside Bowl crowd, No. 21 seed Gomez  defeated No. 12 seed Dick Allen, 236-199; No. 13 Page defeated No. 20 Shawn Maldonado, 266-205; No. 17 Troup (middle photo) def. No. 16 Chris Barnes, 236-205, and in the fourth match of the telecast No. 9 seed Prather (bottom photo) beat No. 24 seed Darren Tang, 207-183.

TroupThe PBA Playoffs continue Monday, April 15 at 8 p.m. ET on FS1 with the completion of Round of 24 single-game elimination action. The second half of the Round of 24 will feature Wes Malott vs. Josh Blanchard; Marshall Kent, vs. Jesper Svensson; Dom Barrett vs. Brad Miller and Kyle Sherman vs. DJ Archer.

Round of 16 and Round of 8 matches will be contested April 9 and 10 at Bayside Bowl – which will be televised by FS1 on Prather.Mattconsecutive Monday nights at 9 p.m. ET beginning April 22 – to reduce the field to four survivors who will return to Portland for the semifinal and final rounds June 1-2, with both shows airing live on FOX at noon Eastern.

Once the Playoffs reach the Round of 16, the format will change to a Race to 2 Points format where each game won is worth one point. If the players split the first two games, a ninth and 10th frame tie-breaker will be used to award the deciding point. The eight winners from the Round of 24 will take on the top eight Playoffs seeds – Jason Belmonte, Jakob Butturff, Norm Duke, Anthony Simonsen, EJ Tackett, Sean Rash, Bill O’Neill and Tom Daugherty – who earned a bye to the Round of 16.

Players earned their berths in the Playoffs by finishing in the top 24 in points which were awarded beginning with the season opening PBA Hall of Fame Classic in January and ended with the USBC Masters which concluded on April 1. Points were awarded based on tournament classification. Tier 1 (major championship), Tier 2 (traditional format tournament), or Tier 3 (small or limited field, short format) events. Tier 1 events awarded 50 percent more points than Tier 2 and three times as many as Tier 3 events

To view a PBA Playoffs bracket click on

https://www.pba.com/Content/Images/playoffs/2019_PBA_Playoff_Bracket.pdf

PBA PLAYOFFS FIRST FOUR ROUND OF 24 MATCH RESULTS
Bayside Bowl, Portland, Maine, Monday (aired live on FS1)
Round of 24 (one game, single-elimination matches; losers earn $3,000)
Match 1 – No. 17 Kyle Troup, Taylorsville, N.C. def. No. 16 Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 236-205.
Match 2 – No. 9 Kris Prather, Plainfield, Ill. def. No. 24 Darren Tang, San Francisco, 207-183.
Match 3 – No. 13 Rhino Page, Orlando, def. No. 20 Shawn Maldonado, 266-205.
Match 4 – No. 21 Andres Gomez, Colombia def. No. 12 Dick Allen, Lexington, S.C., 236-199.

Round of 16 (Race to 2 points based on one point per game won; losers earn $5,000; FS1 air date Monday, April 22, 9 p.m.)
Match 9 – Troup vs. No. 1 Jason Belmonte, Australia.
Match 10 – Prather vs. No. 8 Tom Daugherty, Riverview, Fla.
Round of 16 (Race to 2 points based on one point per game won; losers earn $5,000; FS1 air date Monday, April 29, 9 p.m.)
Match 11 – Page vs. No. 4 Anthony Simonsen, Little Elm, Texas.
Match 12 – Gomez vs. No. 5 EJ Tackett, Bluffton, Ind.

PBA PLAYOFFS SECOND ROUND OF 24 MATCH SCHEDULE
(FS1 air date Monday, April 15, 8 p.m.; order of matches to be determined)
Match 5 – No. 15 Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas vs. No. 8 Josh Blanchard, Mesa, Ariz.
Match 6 – No. 10 Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash. vs. No. 23 Jesper Svensson, Sweden.
Match 7 – No. 14 Dom Barrett, England vs. No. 19 Brad Miller, Lees Summit, Mo.
Match 8 – No. 11 Kyle Sherman, O’Fallon, Mo. vs. No. 22 DJ Archer, Friendswood, Texas.

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Kris Prather is First Pick in PBA League Draft as League Managers Complete 2019 Rosters

by Jerry Schneider April 8, 2019 15:38

PORTLAND, Maine  ­– Kris Prather was the first of 17 PBA members drafted Monday at Bayside Bowl as the eight PBA League teams filled out their rosters for the 2019 PBA League Elias Cup competition which returns to Bayside Bowl in July.

The PBA League draft – which was streamed live on FloBowling – began with Portland Lumberjacks manager Tim Mack, selecting Prather from a list of 15 first-round draft-eligible players.

Prather won the PBA Scorpion Championship in March at World Series of Bowling X for his first Go Bowling! PBA Tour title after compiling seven top five finishes over the past two seasons.

“It’s kind of a validation of how your peers see you as a player but I don’t want that to go to my head,” said Prather. “I’m fortunate to be on this team because I think there’s some great chemistry and mix of personalities that will make this a lot of fun which hopefully will translate into some positive results.”

Each team protected three players from the previous season heading into the draft except the Brooklyn Styles which protected two players.

The draft was conducted in reverse order of how teams finished in 2018, beginning with the No. 8 Portland Lumberjacks, followed by L.A. X, Brooklyn Styles, New York City Kingpins, Motown Muscle, Dallas Strikers, Philadelphia Hitmen, and defending champion Go Bowling! Silver Lake Atom-Splitters. The serpentine draft order then required the Atom Splitters to make the first pick in the second round.

Following Prather, Jason Belmonte, selecting for L.A. X team manager Andrew Cain, chose 2015 and 2018 Elias Cup winner and two-time 2019 tour winner Dick Allen with the second pick and Brooklyn Styles Manager Johnny Petraglia selected six-time tour winner and 2017 Elias Cup winner Rhino Page with the third pick. Other first round picks were Marshall Kent, selecting for New York City Kingpins manager Carolyn Dorin-Ballard picking Kyle Sherman; EJ Tackett, selecting for Motown Muscle manager Del Ballard, picking AJ Chapman; Dallas Strikers player-manager Norm Duke choosing 2018 PBA Player of the Year Andrew Anderson; Philadelphia Hitmen manager Jason Couch, selecting 2016 Elias Cup winner Shawn Maldonado and defending Elias Cup champion Go Bowling! Silver Lake Atom Splitters manager Mark Baker selecting DJ Archer.

With six additional players eligible for selection in the second round, the Atom Splitters chose 2018 Elias Cup winner AJ Johnson, followed by Philadelphia Hitmen selecting Canadian Patrick Girard; Dallas Strikers, Brad Miller; Motown Muscle, USBC Masters runner-up Mykell Holliman; New York City Kingpins, Darren Tang; Brooklyn Styles, three-time tour winner Andres Gomez; L.A X, Anthony Lavery-Spahr and Portland Lumberjacks, Canadian Mitch Hupe’.

With only two players protected, Brooklyn Styles Manager Johnny Petraglia chose two-time tour winner Brad Angelo to fill out his team’s roster.

With the conclusion of the draft managers will now have the opportunity to make player trades until the April 15 deadline.

PBA League players will return to Bayside Bowl for the 2019 PBA League Elias Cup competition on July 16, 17 and 18. All rounds will air live on FOX Sports’ FS1 in prime time.

During the draft livestream PBA Commissioner Tom Clark announced that the League would expand by two teams beginning in 2020. Details will be announced at a later date.

2019 PBA LEAGUE TEAM ROSTERS (Players in bold were protected from 2018 rosters)
● Portland Lumberjacks (manager Tim Mack): Ryan Ciminelli, Wes Malott, Kyle Troup, Kris Prather, Mitch Hupe’.
● L.A. X (manager Andrew Cain): Jason Belmonte, Stuart Williams, Jakob Butturff, Dick Allen, Anthony Lavery-Spahr
● Brooklyn Styles (manager Johnny Petraglia): Walter Ray Williams Jr., Sean Rash, Rhino Page, Andres Gomez, Brad Angelo.
● New York City KingPins (manager Carolyn Dorin-Ballard): Pete Weber, Marshall Kent, BJ Moore, Kyle Sherman, Darren Tang.
● Motown Muscle (manager Del Ballard Jr.): EJ Tackett, Anthony Simonsen, Josh Blanchard, AJ Chapman, Mykell Holliman.
● Dallas Strikers: Player-manager Norm Duke, Tommy Jones, Bill O’Neill, Andrew Anderson, Brad Miller.
● Philadelphia Hitmen (manager Jason Couch): Dom Barrett, Tom Smallwood, Matt Sanders, Shawn Maldonado, Patrick Girard.
● Go Bowling! Silver Lake Atom Splitters (manager Mark Baker): Chris Barnes, Jesper Svensson, Tom Daugherty, DJ Archer, AJ Johnson.

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Jakob Butturff Goes 6-0 in Match Play to Earn Top Seed for USBC Masters Finals

by Jerry Schneider March 31, 2019 19:58

By Aaron Smith, USBC Communication

LAS VEGAS - Jakob Butturff of Tempe, Arizona, will be bowling in the title match of a major championship for the third time since October after staying undefeated in match play at the 2019 USBC Masters.

The 24-year-old left-hander won six consecutive matches over Saturday and Sunday at the Gold Coast Hotel and Casino to claim the top seed for Monday's stepladder finals, including a 673-665 victory over fellow southpaw Mykel Holliman of Collierville, Tennessee, in the final of the winners bracket. Holliman, 26, will be the No. 2 seed Monday.

033119-Masters-Top-5[1]Butturff and Holliman will be joined on FS1 by Jake Peters of Henderson, Nevada, Canada's Mitch Hupé and Ireland's Christopher Sloan, who advanced from a four-player elimination match to earn the final spots in the stepladder finals.

The finals of the 2019 USBC Masters will be broadcast live at 9 p.m. Eastern on FS1. The champion will claim the $30,000 top prize and coveted major title on the Professional Bowlers Association Tour schedule.
Butturff still is looking for his first victory at a major championship after runner-up finishes at the U.S. Open (2017 and 2018) and PBA World Championship (2019). He also was the top seed at the U.S. Open in 2017 and 2018.

His run to the top seed proved to be challenging as he struggled with a back injury, but he was able to keep his focus through his nine games Sunday, averaging better than 225 in his three wins.

"I had a lot of pain in my upper back, near my left shoulder," said Butturff, a five-time PBA Tour titlist. "This morning, it was bad enough to where I had to get up and just kind of move around my muscles. I had a lot of pain when I went up to bowl, but I've learned to put pain aside. I just tried to focus on the bowling, not the pain."

Butturff admitted he began to notice some discomfort in the same area during qualifying earlier this week, but he did not experience the same type of pain he felt Sunday and plans to visit a chiropractor prior to Monday's finals.

Despite the pain, Butturff was able to get comfortable this week in a familiar part of the lane on the 39-foot lane condition being used at Gold Coast.

He's also comfortable at the 70-lane venue, having regularly competed at Gold Coast throughout the years. Butturff now hopes to add one more memory to his collection at the center.

"My A game definitely is getting out near the gutter, and I was able to do that all week," said Butturff, a three-time Team USA member. "Gold Coast was one of the centers I grew up in as well, since I used to live in Las Vegas, so I'm comfortable here. Tomorrow, I need to just go out there and bowl my own game. With Mykel on the show, I'll have another left-hander to watch, so I'll keep an eye on his game prior to mine, but I'm going to go out there and give it all I got."

Holliman, who made his debut this week at the Masters, posted the biggest scores throughout match play, averaging more than 230 in his six matches. He's making his first championship-round appearance after just missing the show at the PBA Cheetah Championship earlier this month, finishing in fifth place.
Peters is the only other PBA Tour champion in the finals. He claimed his title at the 2013 PBA Badger Open.

Hupé and Sloan will be making the first championship-round appearances of their careers.
Peters, Hupé and Sloan advanced to Monday's stepladder finals after making it through the shootout match that included the final four players in the elimination bracket.

Peters jumped into the top spot in the final game after rolling 226 to secure the No. 3 seed with a 668 series. Hupé followed with 648 to claim the No. 4 seed and will face Sloan (603) in Monday's opening match. Kenny Ryan of Farmingdale, New Jersey, finished with 576 and was eliminated in sixth place.

The 2019 Masters consisted of three five-game qualifying blocks for the 450-player field to determine the 63 bowlers joining defending champion Andrew Anderson of Holly, Michigan, in the tournament's double-elimination bracket. Anderson finished tied for 17th place.

For complete Masters bracket results click on http://scores.bowl.com/2019masters/bracket.pdf

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