Svensson Maintains World Championship Lead After Cheetah Round

by Jerry Schneider November 14, 2017 15:48

RENO, Nev. - With one more round and five games to go this afternoon, two-handers Jesper Svensson and Jason Belmonte maintained the top two positions after the Cheetah round of the PBA World Championship at the National Bowling Stadium, but the battle to fill out other stepladder positions intensified heading into this evening’s final Scorpion pattern cashers’ round.

The PBA World Championship is the crown jewel of the GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling IX, presented by Eldorado Reno Resorts Properties, and the final major championship of the PBA’s 2017 season. WSOB IX is also a part of the 2017-18 Go Bowling! PBA Tour schedule.

Svensson bowled games of 233, 247, 258, 257 and 255 in the Cheetah round bringing his overall pinfall total for 55 games to 13,333 (242 average), ahead of Belmonte who maintained second with a 12,961 pinfall.

In third place heading into this evening’s cashers’ round on the 42-foot Scorpion pattern (at 5 p.m. PST) was Ryan Ciminelli of Cheektowaga, N.Y., who finished with 12,855.

Making a surge into fourth place was PBA Rookie of the Year contender Matt Sanders of Evansville, Ind., in with 12,749. Sanders won the Xtra Frame Billy Hardwick Memorial Open earlier this year for his first PBA Tour title.

Rounding out the top five was Kyle Troup who finished the round with a 12,737 pinfall total

Just outside of the cutline are Bill O’Neill of Langhorne, Pa., in sixth with 12,710, followed by Anthony Pepe of Elmhurst, N.Y., 12,680, and Matt McNiel of Minneapolis with 12,653.

Svensson is trying for his second PBA major title; Belmonte is after major title number nine, which would put him alone in third place among the PBA’s all-time major title winners. Neither player has won the PBA World Championship.

After this evening’s Scorpion round, the top five bowlers after a total of 60 games will advance to the World Championship finals on Sunday, Nov. 19 at noon PST (live streamed on ESPN3, taped for telecast on ESPN on Dec. 31 at 1 p.m. EST.

All preliminary rounds of WSOB IX are being covered live on PBA’s Xtra Frame online video streaming channel, and all competition throughout the WSOB also will be covered in real time game-by-game detail on pba.com’s “live scoring” feature.

PBA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP

(a part of the 2017-18 Go Bowling! PBA Tour)

National Bowling Stadium, Reno, Nev., Tuesday

Cashers’ Round 3 Standings (after Cheetah round, 55 of 60 games completed):

1, Jesper Svensson, Sweden, 13,333.
2, Jason Belmonte, Australia, 12,961.
3, Ryan Ciminelli, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 12,855.
4, Matthew Sanders, Evansville, Ind., 12,738.
5, Kyle Troup, Taylorsville, N.C., 12,737.
6, Bill O'Neill, Langhorne, Pa., 12,680.
7, Matthew McNiel, Minneapolis, Minn., 12,644.
8, Francois Lavoie, Canada, 12,641.
9, Anthony Pepe, Elmhurst, N.Y., 12,636.
10, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 12,630.
11, Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., 12,621.
12, Tom Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich., 12,573.
13, Dick Allen, Columbia, S.C., 12,553.
14, Thomas Larsen, Denmark, 12,551.
15, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 12,539.
16, Muhammad Rafiq Ismail, Malaysia, 12,536.
17, Brad Angelo, Lockport, N.Y., 12,528.
18, Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 12,518.
19, w-Liz Johnson, Palatine, Ill., 12,504.
20, Zacharay Wilkins, Canada, 12,497.
21, Francois Louw, South Africa, 12,496.
22, BJ Moore III, Greensburg, Pa., 12,477.
23, Glenn Pedersen, Norway, 12,468.
24, Tobias Boerding, Germany, 12,456.
25, Chris Warren, Grants Pass, Ore., 12,446.
26, Kim Bolleby, Thailand, 12,445.
27, Sam Cooley, Australia, 12,441.
28, Chris Via, Springfield, Ohio, 12,433.
29, Shota Kawazoe, Japan, 12,421.
30, Rhino Page, Orlando, Fla., 12,420.
31, Josh Blanchard, Mesa, Ariz., 12,419.
32, Dom Barrett, England, 12,415.
33, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 12,403.
34, EJ Tackett, Huntington, Ind., 12,387.
35, Kristopher Prather, Plainfield, Ill., 12,386.
36, Richie Teece, England, 12,349.
37 (tie), Darren Tang, San Francisco, and Stuart Williams, England, 12,330.
39, Tom Daugherty, Riverview, Fla., 12,315.
40, Arturo Quintero, Mexico, 12,312.
41, Connor Pickford, Plano, Texas, 12,281.
42, Nick Kruml, Downers Grove, Ill., 12,279.
43 (tie), Daniel Fransson, Sweden, and DJ Archer, Friendswood, Texas, 12,278.
45, Brandon Novak, Chillicothe, Ohio, 12,256.
46, Trey Ford III, Bartlesville, Okla., 12,229.
47, Anthony Simonsen, Austin, Texas, 12,210.
48, Cristian Azcona, Puerto Rico, 12,125.
49, Chris Loschetter, Avon, Ohio, 12,105.

300 Games: none

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Jesper Svensson Takes Commanding PBA World Championship Lead After Shark Round

by Jerry Schneider November 13, 2017 17:15

RENO, Nev.  – Sweden’s left-handed, two-handed star, Jesper Svensson averaged 250 for 10 games to take a commanding lead after the Chameleon and Shark rounds of the PBA World Championship Monday at the National Bowling Stadium.

The PBA World Championship is the crown jewel of the GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling IX, presented by Eldorado Reno Resorts Properties, and the final major championship of the PBA’s 2017 season. WSOB IX is also a part of the 2017-18 Go Bowling! PBA Tour schedule.

The 22-year-old Svensson, who entered the PBA World Championship as the qualifying leader, rolled games of 246, 224, 247, 268 and 269 on the 45-foot Shark lane conditioning pattern after posting games of 237, 247, 245, 237 and 269 on the 39-foot Chameleon pattern earlier in the day to finish with a 12,083 50-game overall pinfall total, good for a 241.6 average.

Svensson leads Australia’s Jason Belmonte, a right-handed two-handed player, who is 303 pins behind in second with a 11,780 50-game pinfall total.

“I’m the guy they want to beat at this point so the thing to do now is stay focused,” said Svensson, who is the winner of six PBA Tour titles including the 2016 PBA Tournament of Champions. “Today, I bowled well in both rounds but it felt good to have a strong finish on the Shark pattern. To this point I’ve been able to avoid major mistakes and have been able to do what I do best.”

Svensson is trying for his second PBA major title; Belmonte is after major title number nine, which would put him alone in third place among the PBA’s all-time major title winners. Neither player has won the PBA World Championship.

In third place heading into Tuesday afternoon’s qualifying round on the 33-foot Cheetah lane condition was another two-hander, Kyle Troup of Taylorsville, N.C., with 11,625 pins. Ryan Ciminelli of Cheektowaga, N.Y., finished the day in fourth with 11,601 and 2009 PBA World Championship winner Tom Smallwood of Saginaw, Mich., finished fifth with 11,553.

The PBA World Championship cashers’ rounds will conclude with five games on the 42-foot Scorpion Tuesday at 5 p.m. The top five bowlers after a total of 60 games will advance to the World Championship finals on Sunday, Nov. 19 at noon PST (live streamed on ESPN3, taped for telecast on ESPN on Dec. 31 at 1 p.m. EST.

All preliminary rounds of WSOB IX are being covered live on PBA’s Xtra Frame online video streaming channel, and all competition throughout the WSOB also will be covered in real time game-by-game detail on pba.com’s “live scoring” feature.

PBA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP

(a part of the 2017-18 Go Bowling! PBA Tour)

National Bowling Stadium, Reno, Nev., Monday

Cashers’ Round 2 Standings (after Shark round, 50 of 60 games completed):

1, Jesper Svensson, Sweden, 12,083.
2, Jason Belmonte, Australia, 11,780.
3, Kyle Troup, Taylorsville, N.C., 11,625.
4, Ryan Ciminelli, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 11,601.
5, Tom Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich., 11,553.
6, Bill O'Neill, Langhorne, Pa., 11,518.
7, Matthew Sanders, Evansville, Ind., 11,506.
8, Matthew McNiel, Minneapolis, Minn., 11,502.
9, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 11,472.
10, Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., 11,469.
11, Dick Allen, Columbia, S.C., 11,454.
12, Francois Lavoie, Canada, 11,453.
13, BJ Moore III, Greensburg, Pa., 11,434.
14, Anthony Pepe, Elmhurst, N.Y., 11,423.
15, Muhammad Rafiq Ismail, Malaysia, 11,400.
16, Liz Johnson, Palatine, Ill., 11,397.
17, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 11,396.
18, Brad Angelo, Lockport, N.Y., 11,395.
19, Thomas Larsen, Denmark, 11,384.
20, Glenn Pedersen, Norway, 11,376.
21, Shota Kawazoe, Japan, 11,361.
22, Zacharay Wilkins, Canada, 11,346
23, Dom Barrett, England, 11,342.
24, Rhino Page, Orlando, Fla., 11,340.
25, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 11,332.
26, Sam Cooley, Australia, 11,330.
27, Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 11,319.
28, EJ Tackett, Huntington, Ind., 11,303.
29, Francois Louw, South Africa, 11,270.
30, Nick Kruml, Downers Grove, Ill., 11,261.
31, Chris Via, Springfield, Ohio, 11,250.
32, Josh Blanchard, Mesa, Ariz., 11,240.
33, Tobias Boerding, Germany, 11,236.
34, (tie) Kristopher Prather, Plainfield, Ill., and Tom Daugherty, Riverview, Fla., 11,228.
36, Brandon Novak, Chillicothe, Ohio, 11,226.
37, Connor Pickford, Plano, Texas, 11,220.
38, Chris Warren, Grants Pass, Ore., 11,218.
39, Richie Teece, England, 11,204.
40, Anthony Simonsen, Austin, Texas, 11,195.
41, Kim Bolleby, Thailand, 11,191.
42, Trey Ford III, Bartlesville, Okla., 11,182.
43, Stuart Williams, England, 11,180.
44, DJ Archer, Friendswood, Texas, 11,177.
45, Arturo Quintero, Mexico, 11,154.
46, Cristian Azcona, Puerto Rico, 11,130.
47, Daniel Fransson, Sweden, 11,120.
48, Darren Tang, San Francisco, 11,114.
49, Chris Loschetter, Avon, Ohio, 11,017.

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Houston Rockets Star Chris Paul Brings His CP3 PBA Celebrity Invitational to Houston Dec. 1 at Bowlero The Woodlands

by Jerry Schneider November 10, 2017 12:02

HOUSTON – Houston Rockets All-Star point guard Chris Paul brings his State Farm® CP3 PBA Celebrity Invitational presented by Go Bowling! to his new home of Houston when he hosts the ninth fundraiser Friday, Dec. 1 at Bowlero The Woodlands in the Houston suburb of Conroe, Texas.

Paul, also an accomplished bowler, is the event’s defending champion and will be joined by an A-list group of celebrities and PBA Tour players who will compete in the doubles format event which benefits the Chris Paul Family Foundation. The foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting youth education, health, sports and social responsibility.

The show will air on ESPN Sunday, Feb. 4 at 2 p.m. ET.

In addition to Paul, the early list of celebrities anticipated to compete are former NFL star and 2017 Dancing With The Stars contestant Terrell Owens, Boston Red Sox All-star outfielder Mookie Betts and Paul’s All-Star Rockets teammate James Harden. Additional celebrities will be announced at a later date.

PBA Tour stars scheduled to compete in the Celebrity Invitational are:

· EJ Tackett, defending PBA Player of the Year and eight-time Tour titlist

· Pete Weber, PBA Hall of Famer and 37-time Tour winner

· Norm Duke, PBA Hall of Famer and 38-time Tour winner

· Bill O’Neill, 8-time Tour winner

· Sean Rash, former Player of the Year and 12-time Tour winner

· DJ Archer, two-time PBA Tour champion from Houston

Paul won last year’s event with Barnes as his partner for his third Invitational title.

Celebrity bowlers who have participated in previous events include NBA stars LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Blake Griffin, Rudy Gay and Kevin Durant; National Football League stars Michael Strahan, Hines Ward, LaMarr Woodley, Reggie Bush, C.J. Anderson and hip-hop stars DJ Khaled, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, Lil Wayne, French Montana and Nelly, television personality Chris Hardwick, comedian/motion picture star Kevin Hart and television star Jesse Williams.

Ticket packages for the ESPN taping of the event are available by visiting pba.com/tickets.

VIP Package - $250 - includes meet & greet with Chris Paul, dinner, open bar, premium seat and signed Bowlero Pin

Premium Package - $80 – Includes premium seat and two drink tickets

Stadium Seat – $50 - General Admission seating

Admission Ticket – $20 - Standing room only; does not include a seat on set

The Celebrity Invitational begins with a red carpet ceremony at 5:30 p.m. CT at Bowlero The Woodlands (27000 I-45 N, Conroe, TX 77385) with the ESPN-taping of competition beginning at 6:30 p.m.

State Farm CP3 PBA Celebrity Invitational pres. by Go Bowling! past winners:

2017 – Chris Barnes/Chris Paul

2016 – Pete Weber/Terrell Owens

2015 – Ronnie Russell/French Montana

2013 – Chris Barnes/Chris Hardwick

2012 – Pete Weber/Jerry Ferrara/Blake Griffin

2011 – Jason Belmonte/Chris Paul

2010 – Jason Belmonte/Chris Paul

2009 – Jason Couch/LeBron James

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PBA’s 38th Year of ESPN Coverage Begins Sunday, December 10

by Jerry Schneider November 8, 2017 08:54

The Professional Bowlers Association and ESPN are teaming up for the 38th consecutive year to provide millions of sports fans with world-class bowling action beginning Sunday, Dec. 10, from the GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling IX presented by Eldorado Reno Properties.

A total of 17 competitions on Sundays through May will feature the best players in the world in a diverse series of events that will decide the 2017 Player of the Year race and kickstart the 2018 Go Bowling PBA Tour’s benchmark 60th anniversary season. All events will also stream live via the ESPN app.

Providing the commentary will be lead announcer Dave LaMont in his second season, PBA Hall of Famer Randy Pedersen in his 17th year as color analyst and former Miss USA Kimberly Pressler returning for her eighth season as sideline reporter.

"ESPN is looking forward to another year of PBA on our networks," said Burke Magnus, ESPN Executive Vice President of Programming and Scheduling. "One of our longest-standing relationships, PBA on ESPN provides exciting content for both avid and casual bowling fans, and it continues to serve an important sector of our fan base."

Looking ahead at notable highlights for what promises to be one of the PBA’s most interesting TV seasons ever:

- The PBA Tournament of Champions will make an historic return to its longtime host center AMF Riviera Lanes near Akron, Ohio, where the PBA’s signature event was held from 1966-1994.

- The United States Bowling Congress Masters will be contested in a special arena setting in Syracuse, N.Y.’s downtown Convention Center.

- The PBA’s new Go Bowling! PBA 60th Anniversary Classic, as part of a season-long celebration

highlighting the PBA’s creation in 1958, will come from Woodland Bowl in Indianapolis, one of the leading tournament venues in the country and host of numerous PBA major championships. 

- The State Farm Chris Paul PBA Celebrity Invitational presented by Go Bowling, in its eighth year moves to NBA star Paul’s new home in Houston and returns to a Super Bowl Sunday air date.

- The PBA World Championship as the WSOB’s main event, along with all PBA animal pattern championships, a USA vs. World team event and the World Bowling Finals come from bowling’s greatest stage, the National Bowling Stadium in Reno, Nev. 

- The PBA League team event returns to raucous Bayside Bowl in Portland, Maine, where the Elias Cup will be decided over a series of four telecasts.

- Columbus, Ohio, hosts both the Barbasol PBA Players Championship and the Mark Roth/Marshall Holman Doubles Championship presented by BowlerX.com.

In addition to 29 hours of live coverage of PBA competition on ESPN, ESPN3 and streaming on the ESPN app, the Go Bowling! PBA Tour schedule will feature a season-long celebration of the “60 Greatest Moments in PBA History.” Those moments will be counted down and revealed on the ESPN telecasts beginning with the PBA’s “Big February” slate of events. And, as part of the 60th Anniversary celebration, a new opening for the ESPN telecasts has been produced and can be seen here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BUdShnqLUgA

Promotional tune-in posters will also be in more than 2,500 Bowling Proprietor Association of America Strike Ten participating centers as part of the Go Bowling umbrella sponsorship of the PBA.

All qualifying rounds of competition and archived ESPN finals will be on the PBA’s online bowling channel, Xtra Frame. For subscription and scheduling information go to xtraframe.tv or download the PBA Xtra Frame app.

2017-18 GO BOWLING! PBA TOUR ESPN SCHEDULE (all times Eastern)

Sunday, Dec. 10, 1 p.m.** – USA vs. The World, National Bowling Stadium, Reno, Nev. (live on ESPN3 and ESPN app, Nov. 17, 9 p.m.)

Sunday, Dec. 17, 1 p.m.** – PBA Chameleon Championship presented by Reno Tahoe, National Bowling Stadium, Reno, Nev. (live on ESPN3 and ESPN app, Nov. 18, 3 p.m.)

Sunday, Dec. 17, 2 p.m.** – PBA Shark Championship presented by Xtra Frame, National Bowling Stadium, Reno, Nev. (live on ESPN3 and ESPN app, Nov. 18, 5:30 p.m.)

Sunday, Dec. 24, 1 p.m.** – PBA Cheetah Championship presented by PBA Bowling Challenge Mobile Game, National Bowling Stadium, Reno, Nev. (live on ESPN3 and ESPN app, Nov. 18, 7:15 p.m.)

Sunday, Dec, 24, 2 p.m.** – Pepsi PBA Scorpion Championship presented by Go Bowling!, National Bowling Stadium, Reno, Nev. (live on ESPN3 and ESPN app, Nov. 18, 9 p.m.)

Sunday, Dec. 31, 1 p.m.** – PBA World Championship, National Bowling Stadium, Reno, Nev. (live on ESPN3 and ESPN app, Nov. 19, 3 p.m.)

Sunday, Jan. 7, 1 p.m.** – World Bowling Tour Men’s and Women’s Finals presented by PBA, National Bowling Stadium, Reno, Nev. (live on ESPN3 and ESPN app, Nov. 19, 6:30 p.m.)

Sunday, Feb. 4, 2 p.m. – State Farm CP3 PBA Celebrity Invitational presented by Go Bowling! (Houston, Texas, tba)

Sunday, Feb. 11, 1 p.m. – PBA Tournament of Champions, AMF Riviera Lanes, Fairlawn, Ohio, live.

Sunday, Feb. 18, 1 p.m. – Go Bowling! PBA 60th Anniversary Classic, Woodland Bowl, Indianapolis, live.

Sunday, Feb. 25, 1 p.m. – Barbasol PBA Players Championship, Wayne Webb’s Columbus Bowl, Columbus, Ohio, live.

Sunday, March 25, 2 p.m.** – Mark Roth/Marshall Holman PBA Doubles Championship presented by BowlerX.com, Wayne Webb’s Columbus Bowl, Columbus, Ohio (live on ESPN3 and ESPN app, Feb. 25, 4:30 p.m.)

Sunday, April 15, 1 p.m. – USBC Masters, Nicholas J. Pirro Convention Center, Syracuse, N.Y., live.

Sunday, April 22, 1 p.m.** – PBA League Quarterfinals 1 & 2, Bayside Bowl, Portland, Maine (live on ESPN3 and ESPN app, April 21, noon)

Sunday, April 29, 1 p.m.** – PBA League Quarterfinals 3 & 4, Bayside Bowl, Portland, Maine (live on ESPN3 and ESPN app, April 21, 3:30 p.m.)

Sunday, May 6, 1 p.m.** – PBA League Semifinals 1 & 2, Bayside Bowl, Portland, Maine (live on ESPN3 and ESPN app, April 22, noon)

Sunday, May 13, 1 p.m.** – PBA League Elias Cup Finals, Bayside Bowl, Portland, Maine (live on ESPN3 and ESPN app, April 22, 3:30 p.m.)

**Presentations will air live on ESPN3 and the ESPN app, then re-air

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Rhino Page Wins 2017 U.S. Open for First Major Title

by Jerry Schneider November 1, 2017 20:25

By Aaron Smith, IBC Communications

Rhino Page captured his first career major championship after defeating top seed Jakob Butturff of Tempe, Arizona, in the title match of the 2017 U.S. Open, 256-222.

Page struck on eight of his first nine deliveries during the championship round Wednesday at Flamingo Bowl, winning his sixth career PBA Tour title, the coveted green jacket and $30,000 top prize. The stepladder finals of the 2017 U.S. Open were broadcast live on CBS Sports Network.

“I don’t know if I can put it into words,” said Page, a 34-year-old left-hander. “As I looked down as I was holding the trophy, I almost started to cry. It means everything to me and makes me want to work even harder to win more.”

Page and Butturff matched each other shot for shot for the first five frames of the title match, but Butturff was unable to strike in the sixth and seventh frames, leaving and converting a pair of single pins.
Butturff, a 23-year-old left-hander, opened in the eighth frame after leaving the 4-6-10 split as Page continued to strike through the ninth frame. Page sealed the victory with an eight count on his first shot of the 10th frame.

A ball change in his semifinal win against 2013 U.S. Open champion Wes Malott of Pflugerville, Texas, gave Page the look he needed heading into the title match against Butturff, who averaged more than 223 throughout the week at Flamingo Bowl. Page defeated Malott, 226-155.

“I was going back and forth with two balls that were counter opposites,” Page said. “One was a little faster off the friction, and the other was a little slower. It became evident in the fifth frame that maybe the ball I was using was just a little too slow, and I knew I had to find a way to strike with Jakob coming up. I was really happy with my ball reaction when I made the change, and that alone let me know I had everything in place. If something happened with ball motion, I knew where to go next, and that made me extremely confident.”

Butturff led the field after 56 games by 617 pins, including bonus pins, and he found a similar fate as several others who have held sizable leads heading into the title match. He earned $15,000 for the runner-up finish.

United States Bowling Congress and PBA Hall of Famer Earl Anthony led the 1979 and 1980 U.S. Open by 578 and 551 pins, respectively, only to finish as the runner-up, while two-time U.S. Open champion Walter Ray Williams Jr. led the 1993 event by 537 pins before falling in the title match.

“This was by far one of the best journeys I’ve had in my career,” said Butturff, a Team USA member who now will head to Hermosillo, Mexico, to represent the United States at the QubicaAMF World Cup.

“Second place at the end of the day is always the roughest, especially when you are leading a tournament by two games. At the same time, I put my foot down and I struck as much as I could this week. I bowled an OK game on TV, and Rhino just bowled a better game.”

Malott earned his spot in the semifinal after picking up a 2-10 split in the 10th frame to lock up his match against Canada’s Graham Fach, 186-179.

In Wednesday’s opening match, Fach rolled seven consecutive strikes on his way to a 259-222 win against USBC and PBA Hall of Famer Norm Duke of Clermont, Florida. Duke was in search of his 39th national title and third U.S. Open title, winning the green jacket in 2008 and 2011.

All competitors at the 2017 U.S. Open bowled 24 games of qualifying over three days to determine the 36 players advancing to the cashers’ round. After eight additional games, the field was cut to the top 24 players for round-robin match play.

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

The U.S. Open was the fourth of five major championships on the 2017 PBA Tour schedule and is conducted jointly by the USBC and Bowling Proprietors’ Association of America.

Network; the Billiard and Bowling Institute of America; and the International Training and Research Center.

2017 U.S. OPEN
At Flamingo Bowl, Liverpool, N.Y.
Wednesday’s results

FINAL STANDINGS
1, Rhino Page, Orlando, Fla., 482 (two games), $30,000
2, Jakob Butturff, Tempe, Ariz., 222 (one game), $15,000
3, Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 341 (two games), $12,000
4, Graham Fach, Canada, 438 (two games), $10,000
5, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 222 (one game), $8,000

STEPLADDER RESULTS
Match One – Fach def. Duke, 259-222
Match Two – Malott def. Fach, 186-179
Semifinal – Page def. Malott, 226-155
Championship – Page def. Butturff, 256-222

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