Kris Prather Reigns Supreme as the New PBA King of the Lanes on the Final Night of the Six-Part Series

by kwarner2 July 23, 2020 07:22

Jupiter, Fla. – The King of the Lanes six-part series on FS1 came down to an exciting finish with Kris Prather’s reign as King just getting started. Prather outlasted King Sean Rash and battled for the crown in the final contenders match against Pete Weber.

Three-time title winner and 2020 PBA Strike Derby Champion Kris Prather began his night by defeating PWBA’s Gazmine Mason, 230-194 in the first Contenders Match. Mason led the match leading up to the ninth frame, but missed a single spare conversion in the 10th which ultimately cost her. Prather took advantage and struck out during his last four shots for the win. Prather moved on to bowl 15-time title winner Sean Rash and captured the crown by defeating Rash, 243-213.

With a new King on the throne for the third time of the series, two new contenders took to the lanes for the ultimate royal battle – 37-time title winner and PBA Hall of Famer Pete Weber and six-time title winner Kyle Troup, who won his last title at the 2020 PBA Tour Finals on Sunday. Weber, known for his showmanship on the lanes, had fun with his young opponent, copying his signature style and donning an afro wig as soon as the match got underway. Weber then started off shaky with a 3-4-6-7-10 split, but rebounded with six strikes in a row to defeat Troup, 235-227.

With the final King match set, Prather and Weber took to the lanes and did not disappoint. After seven frames, the match was even, but Weber caught a tough break in the eighth frame leaving a seven-pin. With an opportunity to take the lead, Prather responded with a strike in the ninth frame and secured the win, 279-226.

“It’s an honor just to bowl against Pete on TV,” said Prather about bowling Weber. “For him to have such high praise for me, it just feels incredible. I never thought that someone of his caliber would have such high regard for me as a bowler.”

12 worthy contenders and 4 Kings later, the 2020 PBA King of the Lanes three-night event ends with Prather’s reign.

“As far as winning goes, it’s going to be so much fun getting on all my friends nerves having them call me King,” said Prather.

The PBA King of the Lanes series’ Golden Strike promotion, sponsored by Go Bowling!, added one final Golden Strike (a strike when the head pin is gold) thrown by Weber. With seven strikes thrown throughout the series, fans can get seven free games of bowing at participating centers, redeemable at GoBowling.com/FreeAmerica.

Results Night 1

Contenders Match 1
Norm Duke def. Walter Ray Williams Jr., 266-211

King Match 1
Duke def. Wes Malott, 248-219. Duke is the new King.

Contenders Match 2
Anthony Simonsen def. EJ Tackett, 217-193

King Match 2
Simonsen vs. Duke, 198-185. Duke remains King.

Results Night 2

Contenders Match 3
Sean Rash def. Bill O’Neill, 256-227

King Match 3
Rash def. Norm Duke, 262-255. Rash is the new King.

Contenders Match 4
Clara Guerrero def. Jakob Butturff, 204-195

King Match 4
Rash def. Guerrero, 289-237. Rash remains King.

Results Night 3

Contenders Match 5
Kris Prather def. Gazmine Mason, 230-194

King Match 5
Prather def. Sean Rash, 243-213. Prather is the new king.

Contenders Match 6
Pete Weber def. Kyle Troup, 235-227

King Match 6
Prather def. Weber, 279-226. Prather remains king.

With health and safety top of mind, the PBA is following local and federal guidelines on COVID-19. The PBA is significantly modifying event procedures as well as taking all necessary precautions to reduce health risks for players and staff during competition. For a complete list of standards, please visit pba.com.

About the PBA
The Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) is the world’s preeminent organization dedicated to the sport of bowling and its professional competition, with thousands of members and millions of fans throughout the world. The PBA plays host to bowling’s biggest tournaments from the Go Bowling! PBA Tour, PBA Regional Tour, and PBA50 Tour. In 2019, the PBA was acquired by Bowlero Corporation, the world’s largest owner and operator of bowling entertainment centers with more than 300 locations throughout North America. For more information, please visit PBA.com.

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Norm Duke Dethrones Wes Malott to Capture the PBA King of Lanes Crown on Night One of the Series

by kwarner2 July 21, 2020 08:36

Jupiter, Fla. – Bowling royalty hit the lanes for an exciting night at Bowlero Jupiter in Florida where PBA Hall of Famer Norm Duke captured the King of the Lanes crown on night one of the the six-part series airing on FS1. Duke defeated defending King Wes Malott and was able to hold off contender Anthony Simonsen and retain the throne.

40-time title winner and PBA Hall of Famer, Norm Duke started the night off strong in a battle of the greatest bowlers of all time, defeating 47-time title winner and PBA Hall of Famer Walter Ray Williams Jr. 266-211 in the first Contenders Match. As the winner, Duke went on to bowl 10-time title winner Wes Malott for the crown and won the King Match, 248-219.

With Duke residing on the throne, two of the PBA Tour’s youngest stars contended for the crown – 13-time title winner EJ Tackett and seven-time title winner Anthony Simonsen. Both players struggled to get comfortable on the lanes, with Simonsen emerging victorious, 217-193, by favoring his unique backup-ball style for most of the Contenders Match. Then in the first defense of his crown, Duke displayed his versatility and spare-making talent, converting a washout in the 8th frame to down Simonsen, 198-185.

The PBA King of the Lanes series’ Golden Strike promotion, sponsored by Go Bowling!, got off to a great start, with multiple Golden Strikes thrown by Williams Jr. (two), Duke (two), and Simonsen. With four Golden Strikes thrown (a strike when the head pin is gold) fans can now get four free games of bowing at participating centers, redeemable at GoBowling.com/FreeAmerica.

Duke lives to see another night as the King, but will he hold onto the crown? He’ll face competition from the winner of the first Contenders Match between two Go Bowing! PBA Tour stars – 12-time title winner Bill O’Neill and 15-time title winner Sean Rash.

Viewers can live stream the King of the Lanes series on the FOX Sports and FOX NOW apps or at FOXSports.com. Select highlights will be available on @FOXSports social handles across Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube. International fans can watch live on FloBowling.com.

FS1 will telecast the rest of the series live in prime time.

  • Tuesday, July 21 – 7-8 PM ET
    • Contenders Match: Bill O’Neill vs. Sean Rash
    • King Match 3: Winner from King 2 vs. Contenders Winner
  • Tuesday, July 21 – 8-9 PM ET
    • Contenders Match: Jakob Butturff vs. Clara Guerrero
    • King Match 4: Winner from King 3 vs. Contenders Winner
  • Wednesday, July 22 – 8-9 PM ET
    • Contenders Match: Kris Prather vs. Gazmine Mason
    • King Match 5: Winner from King 4 vs. Contenders Winner
  • Wednesday, July 22 – 9-10 PM ET
    • Contenders Match: Kyle Troup vs. Pete Weber
    • King Match 6: Winner from King 5 vs. Contenders Winner

Results Night 1

Contenders Match 1
Norm Duke def. Walter Ray Williams Jr., 266-211

King Match 1
Duke def. Wes Malott, 248-219. Duke is the new King.

Contenders Match 2
Anthony Simonsen def. EJ Tackett, 217-193

King Match 2
Simonsen vs. Duke, 198-185. Duke remains King.

With health and safety top of mind, the PBA is following local and federal guidelines on COVID-19. The PBA is significantly modifying event procedures as well as taking all necessary precautions to reduce health risks for players and staff during competition. For a complete list of standards, please visit pba.com.

About the PBA
The Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) is the world’s preeminent organization dedicated to the sport of bowling and its professional competition, with thousands of members and millions of fans throughout the world. The PBA plays host to bowling’s biggest tournaments from the Go Bowling! PBA Tour, PBA Regional Tour, and PBA50 Tour. In 2019, the PBA was acquired by Bowlero Corporation, the world’s largest owner and operator of bowling entertainment centers with more than 300 locations throughout North America. For more information, please visit PBA.com.

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Kyle Troup Wins His First PBA Tour Finals for 6th Career PBA Tour Title

by kwarner2 July 19, 2020 07:40

Jupiter, Fla. – Kyle Troup prevailed in back-to-back matches on Sunday to win his first PBA Tour Finals and sixth Go Bowling! PBA Tour title of his career defeating Anthony Simonsen 2-1, in a “race-to-2-points” format title match.

The 23-year-old Simonsen, who was trying for his first win of the season, got off to an early lead with a 223-204 win in the first game of the title match, but Troup, rebounded in game two winning 237-210 to force a 9th and 10th frame roll-off for the deciding point.

In the roll-off, Simonsen posted a total of 39 pins, leaving a four pin in the ninth and a 10 pin in the 10th, giving Troup the opportunity to clinch the win.

Troup delivered with a strike in the ninth frame, followed by a spare knocking down the 4-pin, and a final strike that buried the pocket for a 40-39 win.

“It was a quick turnaround from the time I bowled Kris Prather to Simonsen so I was trying to stay calm and present,“ said Troup. “You don’t expect a guy like Simonsen to miss and I knew I had to throw four really good shots to put up a score of 60 in the roll-off.”

Troup, who won the PBA Jonesboro Open and the PBA Doubles Championship with Jesper Svensson earlier this year, is the first player to win three titles this season and is well in contention for 2020 PBA Player of the Year honors.

“I’m still trying to make a run at Player of the Year,” said Troup. “My mindset is that I have to win everything that I bowl, but I know now I have a pretty good chance if I stay focused.”

The PBA Tour Finals, which featured nine hours of live coverage on CBS Sports Network over a two-day span at Bowlero Jupiter was filled with non-stop action and incredible moments. During the qualifying round of competition, seven-time tour winner Jakob Butturff bowled a perfect 300-game, the 28th televised 300 game in PBA history.

“First word – amazing,” said Butturff about his perfect game. “I never thought I would do it so early in my career, let alone ever. It was definitely nerve-racking but incredible to be added to the PBA history books.”

The PBA Tour Finals featured the top eight PBA Tour players in points over a two-year span ending with the 2020 PBA World Championship. Points leader Jason Belmonte was unable to participate due to COVID-19 travel restrictions from Australia. Norm Duke as the 9th place finisher in points moved up to take his place in the field as the 8th seed. The eight finalists were split into two four-player groups with competition consisting of two rounds of total pinfall positioning rounds Saturday, followed by Sunday’s semifinal round for each group. The winner of each semifinal stepladder advanced to the title match. The final match of each stepladder also used the race-to-2-points format.

In the Group 1 semifinal stepladder round, Simonsen advanced to the championship match by defeating Jakob Butturff, 2-0 in the race-to-2-points final match, winning the first game 245-200 and the second game 237-184.

Troup advanced to the title match by beating three-time tour winner, Kris Prather in the Group 2 semifinal stepladder final 2-1. Prather won the first game 227-213, but Troup rallied in game 2 winning 257-232 to force a 9th and 10th frame roll-off which was won by Troup, 60-49.

In the Group 1 opening stepladder match, 15-time title winner Sean Rash defeated PBA Hall of Famer Norm Duke 246-236, to meet Butturff in the second match. Butturff then beat Rash 232-226 in the second match to face Simonsen in the Group 1 final.

In the Group 2 opening stepladder match, 12-time title winner Bill O’Neill beat 13-time title winner EJ Tackett 255-213 to advance to the second match against Kris Prather. Prather beat O’Neill in the second match 221-211 to advance to the Group 2 final against Butturff.

PBA Tour Finals Results

Group 1 Stepladder Results

  • Match One – Sean Rash def. Norm Duke ($3,000) 246-236
  • Match Two – Jackob Butturff def. Sean Rash ($3,000) 232-226
  • Final Match (race-to-2-points format) – Simonsen def. Jakob Butturff ($7,500), 2-1
    • Game 1 – Simonsen def. Butturff 245-200
    • Game 2 – Simonsen def. Butturff 237-184

Simonsen advanced to championship match against Kyle Troup.

Group 2 Stepladder Results

  • Match One – Bill O’Neill def. EJ Tackett ($3,000) 255-213
  • Match Two – Kris Prather def. Bill O’Neill ($3,000) 221-211
  • Final Match (race-to-2-points format) – Troup def. Kris Prather ($7,500), 2-1
    • Game 1 – Prather def. Troup 221-213
    • Game 2 – Troup def. Prather 257-232

Troup won 9th and 10th frame roll-off 60 to 49 to advance to championship match against Anthony Simonsen.

Championship Match (race-to-2 points format)
Kyle Troup ($30,000) def. Anthony Simonsen ($18,000), 2-1

  • Game 1 – Simonsen def. Troup 223-204
  • Game 2 – Troup def. Simonsen 237-210

Troup won 9th and 10th frame roll-off 40-39.

History of PBA Tour Finals Winners
2017 - EJ Tackett
2018 - Jason Belmonte
2019 - EJ Tackett
2020 - Kyle Troup

About the PBA
The Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) is the world’s preeminent organization dedicated to the sport of bowling and its professional competition, with thousands of members and millions of fans throughout the world. The PBA plays host to bowling’s biggest tournaments from the Go Bowling! PBA Tour, PBA Regional Tour, and PBA50 Tour. In 2019, the PBA was acquired by Bowlero Corporation, the world’s largest owner and operator of bowling entertainment centers with more than 300 locations throughout North America. For more information, please visit PBA.com.

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The PBA Returns with 5 Back-to-Back Action-Packed Days of LIVE Competition Starting on Saturday

by kwarner2 July 16, 2020 11:44

Top male and female professional bowlers take to the lanes for the 2020 PBA Tour Finals on CBS Sports Network and PBA King of the Lanes six-part series on FS1

New York, NY – The Professional Bowlers Association returns to the lanes this weekend as the world’s best bowlers compete in two special events live from Bowlero Jupiter in Jupiter, FL. – the 2020 PBA Tour Finals on CBS Sports Network and the six-part PBA King of the Lanes series on Fox Sports’ FS1.

First up is the PBA Tour Finals, where eight of the tour’s top performers, based on competition points earned over a two-year-span, will take to the lanes on July 18 and July 19 to compete for a Go Bowling PBA Tour national title, the first since March.

All eyes will be on defending champion E.J. Tackett, as he looks to take home his first title of the 2020 season. Points leader Jason Belmonte will be missing as he’s unable to participate due to COVID-19 travel restrictions from Australia. In his place will be Hall of Famer Norm Duke, as the 9th place finisher in points. Anthony Simonsen, Bill O’Neill, Sean Rash, Jakob Butturff, Kris Prather, and Kyle Troup are also set to compete.

CBS Sports Network will present nine total hours of coverage over the weekend. Starting with two back-to-back live shows on Saturday, July 18 starting at 12 PM ET, followed by five consecutive hours of coverage on Sunday, July 19 beginning at 12 PM ET. International fans can watch live on FloBowling.com.

Saturday, July 18

  • 12 PM ET – Qualifying Group 1: Simonsen, Rash, Butturff, Duke
  • 2 PM ET – Qualifying Group 2: Tackett, O’Neill, Prather, Troup

Sunday, July 19

  • 12 PM ET – Stepladder Finals Group 1
  • 2PM ET – Stepladder Finals Group 2
  • 4 PM ET – Championship Match

The following week, bowling royalty will take to the lanes in a new six-part series on FS1, with PBA Tour, PBA50, and PWBA bowlers looking to capture the coveted title as PBA King of the Lanes.

Head to head matches will determine a King of each show, who will try to defend their crown for as long as they can throughout the series. At the end of the six episodes, there can only be one King (or Queen).

The undefeated King from 2009, Wes Malott, will return as the first King and face competition from the eight PBA Tour Finals bowlers. PBA Hall of Famers Walter Ray Williams Jr. and Pete Weber, plus PWBA’s Clara Guerrero and Gazmine Mason are also set to compete and vie for the crown.

Viewers can live stream the King of the Lanes series on the FOX Sports and FOX NOW apps or at FOXSports.com. Select highlights will be available on @FOXSports social handles across Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube. International fans can watch live on FloBowling.com.

FS1 will air the six-part series live in prime time.

Monday, July 20 – 8-9 PM ET

  • Contenders Match: Norm Duke vs. Walter Ray Williams
  • King Match 1: Wes Malott vs. Contender Winner

Monday, July 20 – 9-10 PM ET

  • Contenders Match: Anthony Simonsen vs. EJ Tackett
  • King Match 2: Winner from King 1 vs. Contenders Winner

Tuesday, July 21 – 7-8 PM ET

  • Contenders Match: Bill O’Neill vs. Sean Rash
  • King Match 3: Winner from King 2 vs. Contenders Winner

Tuesday, July 21 – 8-9 PM ET

  • Contenders Match: Jakob Butturff vs. Clara Guerrero
  • King Match 4: Winner from King 3 vs. Contenders Winner

Wednesday, July 22 – 8-9 PM ET

  • Contenders Match: Kris Prather vs. Gazmine Mason
  • King Match 5: Winner from King 4 vs. Contenders Winner

Wednesday, July 22 – 9-10 PM ET

  • Contenders Match: Kyle Troup vs. Pete Weber
  • King Match 6: Winner from King 5 vs. Contenders Winner

With health and safety top of mind, the PBA is following local and federal guidelines on COVID-19. The PBA is significantly modifying event procedures as well as taking all necessary precautions to reduce health risks for players and staff during competition. For a complete list of standards, please visit pba.com.

About the PBA
The Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) is the world’s preeminent organization dedicated to the sport of bowling and its professional competition, with thousands of members and millions of fans throughout the world. The PBA plays host to bowling’s biggest tournaments from the Go Bowling! PBA Tour, PBA Regional Tour, and PBA50 Tour. In 2019, the PBA was acquired by Bowlero Corporation, the world’s largest owner and operator of bowling entertainment centers with more than 300 locations throughout North America. For more information, please visit PBA.com.

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PBA League Rescheduled for September 26-28; Miami Waves and Phoenix Fury Teams Drafted

by kwarner2 July 8, 2020 09:21

New York, NY – The Professional Bowlers Association has completed its roster of twelve teams to compete in the 2020 PBA League Elias Cup with the addition of 10 of the world’s best female bowlers to the Miami Waves and Phoenix Fury.

The twelve teams now split into two divisions, Carter and Anthony, will take to the lanes at *Bayside Bowl in Portland, ME, on September 26-28, with hometown team Portland Lumberjacks, looking to defend the prestigious Elias Cup. Bowling’s most thrilling team event was postponed due to Covid-19 health and safety precautions.

The seeding round will take place on September 26, followed by eight hours of live competition broadcasted on FS1 in four telecasts on consecutive days as follows:

PBA Elias Cup: Quarterfinals – Sunday, September 27, 12 p.m. ET on FS1
PBA Elias Cup: Quarterfinals – Sunday, September 27, 7 p.m. ET on FS1
PBA Elias Cup: Semifinals – Monday, September 28, 7 p.m. ET on FS1
PBA Elias Cup: Finals – Monday, September 28, 9 p.m. ET on FS1

After winning the coin toss, Phoenix Fury selected two-time, reigning PWBA Player of the Year Shannon O’Keefe as the first pick of the special PBA League Draft, followed by 5-time PWBA Champion Danielle McEwan to the Miami Waves. The draft was conducted virtually live on FloBowling with 35 eligible players based on 2019 PWBA Points. The two new 5-player rosters were selected in order (listed below), followed by 2020 full rosters.

  1. Shannon O’Keefe, Phoenix Fury
  2. Danielle McEwan, Miami Waves
  3. Liz Johnson, Phoenix Fury
  4. Dasha Kovalova, Miami Waves
  5. Jordan Richard, Phoenix Fury
  6. Clara Guerrero, Miami Waves
  7. Stefanie Johnson, Phoenix Fury
  8. Liz Kuhlkin, Miami Waves
  9. Maria José Rodriguez, Phoenix Fury
  10. Missy Parkin, Miami Waves

2020 PBA League Division Line-Ups and Rosters

Carter Division:

Dallas Strikers
Manager: Norm Duke
Norm Duke
Tommy Jones
Bill O'Neill
Brad Miller
Nick Pate

Philadelphia Hitmen
Manager: Jason Couch
Dom Barrett
Tom Smallwood
Shawn Maldonado
Jason Sterner
Matt Ogle

Brooklyn Styles
Manager: Johnny Petraglia
Walter Ray Williams Jr.
Brad Angelo
Rhino Page
BJ Moore
Thomas Larsen

Silver Lake Atom Splitters
Manager: Mark Baker
Chris Barnes
Jesper Svensson
Tom Daugherty
Chris Via
AJ Chapman

Las Vegas High Rollers
Manager: Amleto Monacelli
Francois Lavoie
Andrew Anderson
AJ Johnson
Richie Teece
Ildemaro Ruiz

Phoenix Fury
Manager: Kim Terrell-Kearney
Shannon O’Keefe
Liz Johnson
Jordan Richard
Stefanie Johnson
Maria José Rodriguez

Anthony Division:

NYC KingPins
Manager: Carolyn Dorin-Ballard
Pete Weber
Marshall Kent
Kyle Sherman
Darren Tang
Osku Palermaa

Motown Muscle
Manager: Del Ballard
EJ Tackett
Anthony Simonsen
Josh Blanchard
Mitch Hupe
Matt McNiel

Portland Lumberjacks
Manager: Tim Mack
Wes Malott
Kyle Troup
Kris Prather
Martin Larsen
Packy Hanrahan

L.A. X
Manager: Andrew Cain
Jason Belmonte
Jakob Butturff
Stu Williams
Patrick Girard
Anthony Lavery-Spahr

Brew City Ballers
Manager: Marshall Holman
Sean Rash
Ryan Ciminelli
Dick Allen
Christopher Sloan
Zeke Bayt

Miami Waves
Manager: Bob Learn Jr.
Danielle McEwan
Dasha Kovalova
Clara Guerrero
Liz Kuhlkin
Missy Parkin

*Location subject to change due to local government restrictions.

About the PBA
The Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) is the world’s preeminent organization dedicated to the sport of bowling and its professional competition, with thousands of members and millions of fans throughout the world. The PBA plays host to bowling’s biggest tournaments from the Go Bowling! PBA Tour, PBA Regional Tour, and PBA50 Tour. In 2019, the PBA was acquired by Bowlero Corporation, the world’s largest owner and operator of bowling entertainment centers with more than 300 locations throughout North America. For more information, please visit PBA.com.

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