Ryan Ciminelli Wins PBA Gene Carter’s Pro Shop Classic for Eighth Career Title

by Bill Vint August 18, 2019 17:26

MIDDLETOWN, Del. – Ryan Ciminelli of Lancaster, South Carolina, defeated top qualifier Tom Daugherty of Riverview, Florida, 217-209, to win his eighth Go Bowling! Professional Bowlers Association Tour title Sunday in the Gene Carter’s Pro Shop Classic at Mid-County Bowling and Entertainment Center.

Ciminelli.Ryan_2019 Gene Carters Pro Shop Classic w Mid-County Bowling and Entertainment Center repCiminelli, ending a three-year title slump, took an early lead against Daugherty, starting with three strikes and getting help when Daugherty left the 3-6-7-10 split and opened in the fourth frame. But Ciminelli returned the favor, leaving the 4-6-7-9-10 “Greek church” in his ninth frame to give Daugherty a chance to shut him out. When Daugherty failed to strike out, Ciminelli locked up the title with strikes on his first two shots in the 10th frame.

“I really don’t know what to say,” the 33-year-old left-hander said. “There’s a few different reasons why this one means so much to me. What really matters is all the people here watching me win. There were a lot of people who helped me out. I can’t thank them enough.”

Daugherty, a 44-year-old two-time PBA Tour title winner, took the lead in Sunday’s five-game cashers round and systematically won every match he needed to win in the 12-game match play round to secure the top berth for the stepladder finals. But he fell one match shy of picking up his third PBA Tour title.

“Maybe I’ll get (Ciminelli) next week in Coldwater (Ohio),” Daugherty said.

In the first stepladder match, Ciminelli threw strikes on his first two shots in the 10th frame to lock out Tom Smallwood of Saginaw, Michigan, 224-214. Ciminelli, pursuing his first title since winning the 2016 Parkside Lanes Open in Aurora, Illinois, was nearly perfect in eliminating Canadian two-hander Zacharay Wilkins of Barrie, Ontario, 266-223, in the semifinal match. After a spare in the first frame, Ciminelli threw eight consecutive strikes to deny Wilkins’ bid for his first PBA Tour title.

The Gene Carter’s Pro Shop Classic was the fifth of 10 events that are part of the FloBowling PBA Summer Tour.

The FloBowling PBA Summer Tour now moves west to Coldwater, Ohio, for the PBA Bowlerstore.com Classic presented by Moxy’s Xtra Pair at 16-lane Pla-Mor Lanes where qualifying will take place on Thursday followed by the cashers round, Rounds of 16 and 8, and stepladder finals on Friday. All rounds of the sixth FloBowling Summer Tour event will be livestreamed on FloBowling.com. For additional information, visit FloBowling.com.

PBA GENE CARTER’S PRO SHOP CLASSIC
(A 2019 FloBowling PBA Summer Tour event)
Mid-County Bowling and Entertainment, Middletown, Del., Sunday

Final Standings:

1, Ryan Ciminelli, Lancaster, S.C., $10,000,
2, Tom Daugherty, Riverview, Fla., $6,000.
3, Zacharay Wilkins, Canada, $3,000.
4, Tom Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich., $2,400.

Playoff Results:
Match One – Ciminelli def. Smallwood, 224-214.
Semifinal Match – Ciminelli def. Wilkins, 266-223.
Championship – Ciminelli def. Daugherty, 217-209.

Final Match Play Standings (after 24 games, including match play bonus pins; top 4 advanced):
1, Daugherty, 8-4, 5,703.
2, Wilkins, 9-2-1, 5,533.
3, Ciminelli, 8-4, 5,509.
4, Smallwood, 7-5, 5,474.
5, EJ Tackett, Bluffton, Ind., 7-5, 5,429, $2,000.
6, BJ Moore, Greensburg, Pa., 5-7, 5,428, $1,600.
7, DJ Archer, Spring, Texas, 7-5, 5,379, $1,500.
8, AJ Johnson, Oswego, Ill., 5-6-1, 5,291, $1,400.
9, Andrew Anderson, Holly, Mich., 6-6, 5,285, $1,350.
10, Brad Angelo, Lockport, N.Y., 2-10, 5,149, $1,300.
11, Shawn Maldonado, Houston, 2-8-2, 5,035, $1,250.
12, Kyle Sherman, O'Fallon, Mo., 4-8, 4,994, $1,200.

Cashers Round Cashers (after 12 games):
13, Kyle Troup, Taylorsville, N.C., 2,615, $1,000.
14, Matt O'Grady, Rahway, N.J., 2,613, $900.
15, Anthony Simonsen, Little Elm, Texas, 2,612, $850.
16, Bill O'Neill, Langhorne, Pa., 2,610, $825.
17, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 2,602, $800.
18, Brad Miller, Lees Summit, Mo., 2,593, $780.
19, Thomas Larsen, Denmark, 2,584, $760.
20, Tim Pfeifer, Oakdale, Pa., 2,569, $750.
21, Kamron Doyle, Brentwood, Tenn., 2,566, $745.
22, Alex Cavagnaro, Massapequa, N.Y., 2,563, $740.
23 (tie), Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., and Devin Bidwell, Wichita, Kan., 2,548, $733.
25, Matt Kuba, Chicago Ridge, Ill., 2,547, $725.
26, Dom Barrett, England, 2,533, $720.
27, Kristopher Prather, Plainfield, Ill., 2,531, $715.
28, Darren Tang, Las Vegas, 2,526, $710.
29, Zeke Bayt, Westerville, Ohio, 2,523, $705.
30, Zac Tackett, Huntington, Ind., 2,518, $700.
31, Danny Wiseman, Baltimore, 2,511, $695.
32, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 2,504, $690.
33, Cody Shoemaker, Hanover, Pa., 2,501, $685.
34, Michael Haugen Jr., Phoenix, 2,497, $680.
35 (tie), Brian Robinson, Morgantown, W.Va., and Michael Davidson, Versailles, Ohio, 2,495, $673.
37, Francois Louw, South Africa, 2,492, $665.
38, Scott Denlinger, Lancaster, Pa, 2,491, $660.
39, Michael Tang, Johnstown, Ohio, 2,490, $655.
40, Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 2,487, $650.
41, Kenneth Ryan, Farmingdale, NJ, 2,476, $645.
42, Gary Haines, West Babylon, N.Y., 2,469, $640.
43, Patrick Hanrahan, Wichita, Kan., 2,456, $635.
44, Corey Umbrello, Westminster, Mass., 2,455, $630.
45, Nick Kruml, Downers Grove, Ill., 2,451, $625.
46, Osku Palermaa, Finland, 2,426, $620.
47, Adam Chase, North Babylon, N.Y., 2,419, $615.
48 (tie), Stephen Haas, Enola, Pa., and James Grago, Hampstead, N.C., 2,403, $608.
50, AJ Chapman, Manchester, Iowa, 2,377, $600.

UPCOMING FLOBOWLING PBA SUMMER TOUR SCHEDULES

PBA BOWLERSTORE.COM CLASSIC
presented by Moxy’s Xtra Pair
Pla-Mor Lanes, Coldwater, Ohio, Aug. 24-26 (all times Eastern)

Wednesday, Aug. 21
2 p.m. - Practice session
5:30 and 8:30 p.m. – Pro-am squads
Thursday, Aug. 22
8 a.m. - A Squad, 8 qualifying games
1:30 p.m. – B Squad, 8 qualifying games
7 p.m. – C Squad, 8 qualifying games
            Top on one-third of field players after 8 games advances to cashers round
Friday, Aug. 23
11 a.m. – Cashers round, 4 games (top 16 after 12 games advance to Round of 16)
1:30 p.m. – Round of 16, three games (top 8 after 15 games advance to Round of 8)
3 p.m. – Round of 8, two games (top 4 after17 games advance to stepladder finals)
5 p.m. - Top four stepladder finals

FLOBOWLING PBA SUMMER SWING
presented by the Brands of Ebonite International
(A 2019 Go Bowling! PBA Tour event)
Parkside Lanes, Aurora, Ill., Aug. 24-31 (All times Central)

Saturday, Aug. 24
8 a.m. – Golf outing
1 p.m. – Pre-Tournament Qualifier (PTQ), 8 games
6 p.m. - Pro-am
Sunday, Aug. 25
Noon – Free youth clinic
5 p.m. – Official tournament practice session
Monday, Aug. 26
3:30 p.m. – PBA Wolf Open qualifying, 7 games
Tuesday, Aug. 27
Noon – PBA Wolf Open qualifying, 7 games
             Top 18 after 14 games advance to Wolf Open cashers round
5 p.m. – PBA Wolf Open cashers round, 6 games
      Top 5 after 20 games advance to Wolf Open stepladder finals
8:30 p.m. – Top 5, PBA Wolf Open stepladder finals
Wednesday, Aug. 28
3:30 p.m. – PBA Bear Open qualifying, 7 games
Thursday, Aug. 29
Noon – PBA Bear Open qualifying, 7 games
            Top 18 after 14 games advance to Bear Open cashers round; top 24 after 28 games of combined Wolf and Bear Open qualifying totals advance to Illinois Open match play
5 p.m. – PBA Bear Open cashers round, 6 games
       Top 5 after 20 games advance to Bear Open stepladder finals
8:30 p.m. – Top 5, PBA Bear Open stepladder finals
Friday, Aug. 30
11 a.m. – Illinois Open round robin match play, 8 games
5 p.m. – Illinois Open round robin match play, 8 games
Saturday, Aug. 31
11 a.m. – Illinois Open round robin match play, 8 games
      Top 5 after 52 games of qualifying and match play advance to stepladder finals
3:30 p.m. – Top 5, Illinois Open stepladder finals
6 p.m. – Champions dinner

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Newest Titlist BJ Moore Leads Gene Carter’s Pro Shop Classic Qualifiers in Bid for Back-to-Back Victories

by Bill Vint August 17, 2019 19:32

MIDDLETOWN, Del. – Three days after winning his first Go Bowling! Professional Bowlers Association Tour title, BJ Moore of Greensburg, Pennsylvania averaged 242.43 Saturday to lead the field of 150 competitors after qualifying in the PBA Gene Carter’s Pro Shop Classic at Mid-County Bowling and Entertainment Center.

Moore, a 30-year-old seventh-year PBA Tour veteran, rolled games of 225, 229, 298, 267, 215, 259 and 204 for a seven-game total of 1,697 pins for a 72-pin lead over AJ Johnson of Oswego, Illinois, and an 86-pin lead over third-place Zacharay Wilkins, a two-handed player from Canada. Moore won the PBA Wilmington Open Wednesday in North Carolina. Johnson and Wilkins are both trying for their first PBA Tour title.

The Gene Carter’s Pro Shop Classic is the fifth of 10 events that are part of the FloBowling PBA Summer Tour.

Heading into Sunday’s final day of action at Mid-County Bowling and Entertainment Center, Denmark’s Thomas Larsen was in fourth place with 1,609 pins – two behind Wilkins – and Tom Daugherty of Riverview, Florida, was fifth, two pins behind Larsen.

The Delaware tournament’s Sunday schedule begins with the four-game cashers round for the top 50 qualifiers at 9 a.m. The top 12 after 11 games will bowl a 12-game head-to-head match play round at 12:30 p.m. leading into the four-player stepladder finals at 5 p.m. All times are Eastern. All of Sunday’s competition will be livestreamed on FloBowling. For subscription information, visit FloBowling.com.

PBA GENE CARTER’S PRO SHOP CLASSIC

(A 2019 FloBowling PBA Summer Tour event)

Mid-County Bowling and Entertainment, Middletown, Del., Saturday

Final Qualifying Standings (after seven games; top 50 advance to Sunday’s cashers round):

1, BJ Moore, Greensburg, Pa., 1,697.
2, AJ Johnson, Oswego, Ill., 1,625.
3, Zacharay Wilkins, Canada, 1,611.
4, Thomas Larsen, Denmark, 1,609.
5, Tom Daugherty, Riverview, Fla., 1,607.
6 (tie), Bill O'Neill, Langhorne, Pa., and DJ Archer, Spring, Texas, 1,582.
8, Matt O'Grady, Rahway, N.J., 1,579.
9, Kyle Sherman, O'Fallon, Mo., 1,571.
10, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 1,547.
11, Andrew Anderson, Holly, Mich., 1,546.
12, Zeke Bayt, Westerville, Ohio, 1,537.
13, Brad Miller, Lee’s Summit, Mo., 1,528.
14, Dom Barrett, England, 1,520.
15, Tom Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich., 1,514.
16, Cody Shoemaker, Hanover, Pa., 1,510.
17, Brad Angelo, Lockport, N.Y., 1,508.
18, Patrick Hanrahan, Wichita, Kan., 1,507.
19, Alex Cavagnaro, Massapequa, N.Y., 1,502.
20, Devin Bidwell, Wichita, Kan., 1,499.
21, Scott Denlinger, Lancaster, Pa, 1,497.
22, Shawn Maldonado, Houston, 1,496.
23, Kristopher Prather, Plainfield, Ill., 1,492.
24, Francois Louw, South Africa, 1,490.
25, Tim Pfeifer, Oakdale, Pa., 1,489.
26 (tie), AJ Chapman, Manchester, Iowa, and Ryan Ciminelli, Lancaster, S.C., 1,487.
28 (tie), Michael Haugen Jr., Phoenix, and Darren Tang, Las Vegas, 1,484.
30, Michael Davidson, Versailles, Ohio, 1,482.
31, James Grago, Hampstead, N.C., 1,481.
31, Danny Wiseman, Baltimore, 1,481.
33, Kyle Troup, Taylorsville, N.C., 1,479.
34, Kenneth Ryan, Farmingdale, NJ, 1,477.
35, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 1,476.
36, Michael Tang, Johnstown, Ohio, 1,472.
37, Matt Kuba, Chicago Ridge, Ill., 1,468.
38, Gary Haines, West Babylon, N.Y., 1,465.
39, Anthony Simonsen, Little Elm, Texas, 1,463.
40, Brian Robinson, Morgantown, W.Va., 1,462.
41, Nick Kruml, Downers Grove, Ill., 1,460.
42, EJ Tackett, Bluffton, Ind., 1,458.
43, Zac Tackett, Huntington, Ind., 1,457.
44, Corey Umbrello, Westminster, Mass., 1,456.
45, Adam Chase, North Babylon, N.Y., 1,454.
46 (tie), Stephen Haas, Enola, Pa., and Kamron Doyle, Brentwood, Tenn., 1,449.
48 (tie), Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., and Osku Palermaa, Finland, 1,445.
50, x-Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 1,443.

Failed to advance:

51, Todd Sigeti, Lititz, Pa., 1,443.
52, Anthony Lavery-Spahr, Pasadena, Texas, 1,441.
53, Matt Sanders, Evansville, Ind., 1,440.
53, Jason Stadtler, Lafayette, N.J., 1,440.
55, Tim Foy Jr., Seaford, Del., 1,439.
56, Tommy Dakouvanos, N. Middletown, N.J., 1,430.
56, Geordin Krupski, Newtonville, N.J., 1,430.
58, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 1,422.
58, Jason Couch, Clermont, Fla., 1,422.
58, Christopher Sloan, Ireland, 1,422.
61, Anthony Pepe, East Elmhurst, N.Y., 1,419.
62, Jason Sterner, Rochester, N.Y., 1,417.
63, Scott Schnur Jr., Churchville, Md., 1,414.
64, Pontus Andersson, Sweden, 1,413.
65, Scott Kinkaid, Elizabethtown, Pa., 1,411.
66, Paul Brion, Mansfield, Pa., 1,406.
67, Jake Rollins, Glen Rock, N.J., 1,405.
68, Michael Martell, Brooklyn, N.Y., 1,404.
69, Stuart Williams, England, 1,400.
70, Connor Pickford, Charlotte, N.C., 1,399.
71, Nicholas Pate, Inver Grove Heights, Minn., 1,397.
72, n-P.J. Sonday, Luzerne, Pa., 1,394.
73, Sam Cooley, Australia, 1,392.
73, Nate Garcia, Port St. Lucie, Fla., 1,392.
75, Greg Ostrander, Brick, N.J., 1,389.
76, Andrew Suscreba, Clifton, N.J., 1,387.
77, Jeremy Domingo, Sewell, N.J., 1,385.
77, JR Raymond, Clinton Twp., Mich., 1,385.
79, Chris Via, Springfield, Ohio, 1,383.
80, Andrew Cain, Phoenix, 1,382.
81, Jesper Svensson, Sweden, 1,381.
82, John Furey, Howell, N.J., 1,379.
83, Ken Yokobosky, Fredon, N.J., 1,372.
84, Dick Allen, Lexington, S.C., 1,371.
85, Greg Young, Viera, Fla., 1,369.
86, Brett Spangler, Niles, Ohio, 1,363.
87, Rick Graham, Lancaster, Pa., 1,361.
88, Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., 1,356.
89, Isaac Kim, Lebanon, Pa., 1,355.
90, n-Conrad Chapple, West Pittston, Pa., 1,354.
91, Joe Paluszek, Bensalem, Pa., 1,353.
92, Jay Boyle, Garnet Valley, Pa., 1,352.
93, Mike Coffey, Melbourne, Fla., 1,351.
94, Josh Schmehl, Millsboro, Del., 1,348.
95, John Neral, Vienna, Va., 1,346.
96, Graham Fach, Urbana, Ohio, 1,343.
97, Pete DiChiara, Ardsley, N.Y., 1,337.
98, n-Dylan Bowers, Wilmington, Del., 1,330.
98, Keith Laing, Oakdale, Conn., 1,330.
100, Theo Johnson, Oswego, N.Y., 1,329.
101, Stephen Hahn, Sterling, Va., 1,328.
102, Steven Arehart, Chesapeake, Va., 1,324.
103, Kevin Donovan, Painted Post, N.Y., 1,322.
104, Jeffrey Voght, Canojaharie, N.Y., 1,321.
104, Jack Bogan, Silver Spring, Md., 1,321.
104, Ronnie Russell, Marion, Ind., 1,321.
107, Tommy Gollick, Oberlin, Pa., 1,316.
107, Brent Tishuk, Belvidere, N.J., 1,316.
107, Rob Manley, Newark, Del., 1,316.
110, Tom Sorce, Blasdell, N.Y., 1,314.
111, Travis Kreiger, Harrisburg, Pa., 1,313.
111, Michael Markis, Scranton, Pa., 1,313.
113, Oskar Wirefeldt, Sweden, 1,312.
113, Michael Sumerano, Dunmore, Pa., 1,312.
115, David Harvey, Danville, Pa., 1,309.
116, Benjamin Rynes, Forest Hill, Md., 1,307.
117, Leonardo Apollonia, Raleigh, N.C., 1,306.
118, Richard Teece, England, 1,305.
119, n-James Levendis, Kennett Square, Pa., 1,304.
120, Stephen Pavlinko, Sewell, N.J., 1,297.
121, Michael Houtz, Myerstown, Pa., 1,291.
122, Kyle Gillum, Columbus, Ohio, 1,284.
123, John DiSantis, Wilmington, Del., 1,281.
124, Brandon Curtis, Manson, N.C., 1,277.
125, Frank Gray Jr., North East, Md., 1,271.
125, William Svensson, Sweden, 1,271.
127, Scott Canfield, Conestoga, Pa., 1,267.
128, Robert Fusik III, Lawrenceville, N.J., 1,263.
129, Mykel Holliman, Collierville, Tenn., 1,261.
130, Paul Bajorski, Islip, N.Y., 1,258.
131, Victor Florie Jr, Richmond, Va., 1,250.
132, Clifford Scranton, Chester, Pa., 1,249.
133, Bobby Hall II, Landover, Md., 1,246.
134, Brian Elder, Newark, Del., 1,245.
135, Joseph Grago, Hampstead, N.C., 1,242.
136, Hector Medina II, Woodbridge, Va., 1,234.
137, Collin Raineri, Gilbertsville, Pa., 1,229.
138, Mike Hastings, Millsboro, Del., 1,226.
139, Brian Kasperowski, Dickson City, Pa., 1,224.
140, Matt Wozney, Clayton, Del., 1,213.
141, Joseph Rzemieniewski, Middletown, Del., 1,211.
142, Larry Hall, Millsboro, Del., 1,201.
143, n-Jason Pavlinko, Sewell, N.J., 1,199.
144, Adam Travis, Cockeysville, Md., 1,176.
145, n-Arthur Nowlin, New Castle, Del., 1,163.
146, Nicholas Vanderwende, Ephrata, Pa., 1,139.
147, Greg Hilyard, Clark, N.J., 1,132.
148, Michael Vella, Medford, N.Y., 1,117.
149, Michael Hunter, District of Columbia, 1,099.
150, Rick LeChette, Lincoln University, Pa., 1,064.

x- Barnes def. Sigeti, 257-188, in a one-game roll-off to break a tie for 50th place.

n-denotes non-PBA member.

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Consistent Kyle Sherman Takes the Lead in FloBowling PBA Summer Tour Points Race; Bill O’Neill Second

by Bill Vint August 16, 2019 08:25

CHICAGO – Kyle Sherman of O’Fallon, Missouri has established himself as the steadiest player on the FloBowling PBA Summer Tour, winning his first PBA Tour title in the PBA-PWBA Storm Striking Against Breast Cancer Mixed Doubles, finishing 17th in the Harry O’Neale Chesapeake Open and adding a fifth-place finish in last weekend’s Wilmington Open to take sole possession of the FloBowling PBA Summer Tour competition points lead heading into this weekend’s Gene Carter’s Pro Shop Classic in Middletown, Delaware.

Right on Sherman’s heels is Chesapeake Open winner Bill O’Neill of Langhorne, Pennsylvania, who followed his win in Virginia with an 11th-place finish in Wilmington. For the third week in a row, AJ Johnson of Oswego, Illinois, was in third place. Last week’s leader, Jakob Butturff of Tempe, Arizona, slipped to fourth and Chesapeake runner-up AJ Chapman of Manchester, Iowa, moved up one spot to fifth.

The biggest moves made earlier this week in Wilmington were by first-time PBA Tour titlist BJ Moore of Greensburg, Pennsylvania, who jumped from 108th to seventh after picking up 2,500 points, and runner-up Sean Rash of Montgomery, Illinois, who climbed into ninth place after ranking 28th the previous week.

The FloBowling PBA Summer Tour points race involves incentives including bonus cash to the top five in the USBC Cup points standings, eight berths in the end-of-summer FloBowling ATX Invite and eight expenses-paid trips to China for the inaugural PBA China Tiger Cup in November. All are part of the 2019 Go Bowling! PBA Tour schedule.

The third and final stop on the eastern swing – the Gene Carter’s Pro Shop Classic – will take place Saturday and Sunday at Mid-County Bowling & Entertainment Center in Middletown, Delaware. Anthony Simonsen of Little Elm, Texas, is defending champion.

Fans can follow the summer points races (USBC Cup, FloBowling ATX Invite and PBA China Tiger Cup) by clicking on this link: https://www.pba.com/SeasonStats/PointsList/132?list=10. Points also play a key role in selection of PBA’s 2019 Player and Rookie of the Year, and for entry priority consideration for selected 2020 PBA Tour events.

After the Delaware stop, the FloBowling PBA Summer Tour heads to Coldwater, Ohio, for the PBA Bowlerstore.com Classic presented by Moxy’s Xtra Pair at Pla-Mor Lanes. Coldwater will be followed by the FloBowling PBA Summer Swing presented by the Brands of Ebonite International at Parkside Lanes in Aurora, Illinois, where the PBA Wolf, PBA Bear and Illinois Open titles will be at stake.

The Aurora tripleheader will be the final points event in the Summer Tour leading into the FloBowling ATX Invite at Dart Bowl in Austin, Texas, on Sept. 21. All PBA Summer Tour events except the Illinois Open are Tier 3 events (2,500 points for first place) while the Illinois Open is a Tier 2 event (double the Tier 3 points including 5,000 points for first).

The entire FloBowling PBA Summer Tour will be livestreamed exclusively on FloBowling. For start-to-finish coverage of all events, visit FloBowling.com and sign up for a subscription.

FLOBOWLING PBA SUMMER TOUR POINT LEADERS
(Top 20 after four of nine events; previous ranking in parenthesis)
1, Kyle Sherman, O'Fallon, Mo., 3,785 (2).
2, Bill O'Neill, Langhorne, Pa., 3,490 (4).
3, AJ Johnson, Oswego, Ill., 3,465 (3).
4, Jakob Butturff, Tempe, Ariz., 3,180 (1).
5, AJ Chapman, Manchester, Iowa, 2,705 (5).
6, EJ Tackett, Bluffton, Ind., 2,690 (7).
7, BJ Moore, Greensburg, Pa., 2,580 (108).
8, Stuart Williams, England, 2,505 (8).
9, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 2,255 (28).
10, Andrew Anderson, Holly, Mich., 2,190 (T-15).
11, Kris Prather, Plainfield, Ill., 2,110 (6).
12, Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., 2,040 (23).
13, Dom Barrett, England, 1,935 (18).
14, Anthony Lavery-Spahr, Pasadena, Texas, 1,890 (9).
15, Josh Blanchard, Mesa, Ariz., 1,780 (10).
16, Zeke Bayt, Westerville, Ohio, 1,620 (13).
17, Brad Miller, Lees Summit, Mo., 1,600 (24).
18, Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 1,560 (17).
19, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 1,535 (20).
20, Kyle Troup, Taylorsville, N.C., 1,520 (12).

SCHEDULES FOR UPCOMING FLOBOWLING PBA SUMMER TOUR EVENTS

PBA GENE CARTER’S PRO SHOP CLASSIC
(A 2019 FloBowling PBA Summer Tour event)
Mid-County Bowling and Entertainment, Middletown, Del., Aug. 16-18 (all times Eastern)

Friday, Aug. 16
11 a.m. - Practice session
2:30 p.m. – AB Sports Youth Scholarship Pro-am
5:15 and 8 p.m. – Anchor Buick-GMC/Williams Chevrolet adult pro-am squads
Saturday, Aug. 17
8 a.m. - A Squad, 7 qualifying games
4 p.m. – B Squad, 7 qualifying games
             Top one-third of field after 7 games advances to cashers round
Sunday, Aug. 18
9 a.m. – Cashers round, 4 games (top 16 after 11 games advance to match play)
12:30 p.m. – Top 16, 12 games modified round robin match play (top four after 23 games advance to stepladder finals)
5 p.m. - Top 4 stepladder finals

PBA BOWLERSTORE.COM CLASSIC
presented by Moxy’s Xtra Pair
Pla-Mor Lanes, Coldwater, Ohio, Aug. 24-26 (all times Eastern)

Wednesday, Aug. 21
2 p.m. - Practice session
5:30 and 8:30 p.m. – Pro-am squads
Thursday, Aug. 22
8 a.m. - A Squad, 8 qualifying games
1:30 p.m. – B Squad, 8 qualifying games
7 p.m. – C Squad, 8 qualifying games
            Top on one-third of field players after 8 games advances to cashers round
Friday, Aug. 23
11 a.m. – Cashers round, 4 games (top 16 after 12 games advance to Round of 16)
1:30 p.m. – Round of 16, three games (top 8 after 15 games advance to Round of 8)
3 p.m. – Round of 8, two games (top 4 after17 games advance to stepladder finals)
5 p.m. - Top four stepladder finals

FLOBOWLING PBA SUMMER SWING
presented by the Brands of Ebonite International
(A 2019 Go Bowling! PBA Tour event)
Parkside Lanes, Aurora, Ill., Aug. 24-31 (All times Central)

Saturday, Aug. 24
8 a.m. – Golf outing
1 p.m. – Pre-Tournament Qualifier (PTQ), 8 games
6 p.m. - Pro-am
Sunday, Aug. 25
Noon – Free youth clinic
5 p.m. – Official tournament practice session
Monday, Aug. 26
3:30 p.m. – PBA Wolf Open qualifying, 7 games
Tuesday, Aug. 27
Noon – PBA Wolf Open qualifying, 7 games
    Top 18 after 14 games advance to Wolf Open cashers round
5 p.m. – PBA Wolf Open cashers round, 6 games
   Top 5 after 20 games advance to Wolf Open stepladder finals
8:30 p.m. – Top 5, PBA Wolf Open stepladder finals
Wednesday, Aug. 28
3:30 p.m. – PBA Bear Open qualifying, 7 games
Thursday, Aug. 29
Noon – PBA Bear Open qualifying, 7 games
    Top 18 after 14 games advance to Bear Open cashers round; top 24 after 28 games of Wolf and Bear Open qualifying advance to Illinois Open match play
5 p.m. – PBA Bear Open cashers round, 6 games
    Top 5 after 20 games advance to Bear Open stepladder finals
8:30 p.m. – Top 5, PBA Bear Open stepladder finals
Friday, Aug. 30
11 a.m. – Illinois Open round robin match play, 8 games
5 p.m. – Illinois Open round robin match play, 8 games
Saturday, Aug. 31
11 a.m. – Illinois Open round robin match play, 8 games
    Top 5 after 52 games of qualifying and match play advance to stepladder finals
3:30 p.m. – Top 5, Illinois Open stepladder finals
6 p.m. – Champions dinner

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Stakes are High as World’s Best Bowlers Head East for Three-Tournament FloBowling PBA Summer Tour Series

by Bill Vint July 31, 2019 08:55

CHICAGO - The best bowlers in the world are on their way to the East Coast for a three-tournament series as part of the FloBowling PBA Summer Tour, a 10-event program that features lucrative side benefits for those bowlers who perform at a high level across a variety of scoring challenges in a variety of locations.

Those who excel will be rewarded with bonus prize money and incentives including bonus cash to the top five in the USBC Cup points standings, eight berths in the end-of-summer FloBowling ATX Invite and eight expenses-paid trips to China for the inaugural PBA China Tiger Cup in November. It’s all part of the 2019 Go Bowling! PBA Tour.

The first stop on the eastern swing will be the PBA Harry O’Neale Chesapeake Open hosted by AMF Western Branch in Chesapeake, Virginia, Aug. 9-11, where seven-time PBA Tour titlist Dick Allen of Lexington, South Carolina, will defend his 2017 title, won during the PBA Tour’s last visit to Chesapeake. Allen also will be trying for his third title of the 2019 season.

The Chesapeake Open is named in honor of long-time PBA South Region tournament manager Harry O’Neale, who was inducted into the PBA Hall of Fame for his service to the organization in 2016.

Ten Pin Alley Family Fun Center in Wilmington, North Carolina, will host the second stop, Aug. 12-14, where 22-year-old two-hander Anthony Simonsen of Little Elm, Texas, won his third career title in Wilmington’s inaugural PBA Tour event in 2017. Puerto Rico’s Cristian Azcona is the defending champion.

The stars of the PBA will complete their eastern swing Aug. 16-18 at Mid-County Bowling & Entertainment Center in Middletown, Delaware, where Simonsen won the 2018 Gene Carter’s Pro Shop Classic in historic fashion, using his two-handed technique as a left-hander to defeat Matt Sanders of Evansville, Indiana, 216-194, in the title match.

After the first two events of the FloBowling PBA Summer Tour, Lubbock Sports Shootout winner Jakob Butturff of Tempe, Ariz., and “Luci” Mixed Doubles title-winner Kyle Sherman of O’Fallon, Missouri, shared the points lead with 2,500 points. They are followed by AJ Johnson of Oswego, Illinois, with 2,245 points; EJ Tackett of Bluffton, Indiana, with 1,895, and England’s Stuart Williams with 1,805.

Fans can follow the summer points races (USBC Cup, FloBowling ATX Invite and PBA China Tiger Cup) by clicking on this link: https://www.pba.com/SeasonStats/PointsList/132?list=10. Points also play a key role in selection of PBA’s 2019 Player and Rookie of the Year, and for entry priority consideration for selected 2020 PBA Tour events.

At the completion of the 11th annual Delaware tournament, the PBA Tour heads to the Midwest for the PBA Bowlerstore.com Classic presented by Moxy’s Xtra Pair at Pla-Mor Lanes in Clearwater, Ohio, followed by the FloBowling PBA Summer Swing presented by the Brands of Ebonite International at Parkside Lanes in Aurora, Illinois, where the PBA Wolf, PBA Bear and Aurora Open titles will be at stake. The Summer Tour will conclude with the FloBowling ATX Invite at Dart Bowl in Austin, Texas, on Sept. 21.

The entire FloBowling PBA Summer Tour will be livestreamed exclusively on FloBowling. For start-to-finish coverage of all events, visit FloBowling.com and sign up for a subscription.

PBA HARRY O’NEALE CHESAPEAKE OPEN
(A 2019 FloBowling PBA Summer Tour event)
AMF Western Branch Lanes, Chesapeake, Va.  (all times are Eastern)

Friday, Aug. 9
Noon - Practice Session
1 p.m. – New player orientation meeting
3, 6 & 8:30 p.m. - Pro-am squads
Saturday, Aug. 10
9 a.m. - A Squad, eight qualifying games
3 p.m. - B Squad, eight qualifying games
            Top 1/3 of qualifying field advances to cashers’ round on Sunday
Sunday, Aug. 11
9 a.m. – Cashers’ Round (four games; top 16 after 12 games advance)
11:30 a.m. – Round of 16 (three games; top 8 after 15 games advance)
1:30 p.m. – Round of 8 (two games; top 4 after 17 games advance to stepladder finals)
3 p.m. – Top 4 stepladder finals

PBA WILMINGTON OPEN
(A 2019 FloBowling PBA Summer Tour event)
Ten Pin Alley Family Fun Center, Wilmington, N.C. (All times Eastern)

Monday, Aug. 12
4 p.m. - Practice Session
5 p.m. – New player orientation meeting
6:30 p.m. - Pro-am
Tuesday, Aug. 13
9 a.m. - A Squad, eight qualifying games
3 p.m. - B Squad, eight qualifying games
    Top 1/3 of field advances to cashers round
Wednesday, Aug. 14
9 a.m. – Cashers round, four games (top 16 after 12 games advance)
11:30 a.m. – Round of 16, three games (top 8 after 15 games advance)
1:30 p.m. – Round of 8, two games (top 4 after 17 games advance)
3 p.m. – Top 4 stepladder finals

PBA GENE CARTER’S PRO SHOP CLASSIC
(A 2019 FloBowling PBA Summer Tour event)
Mid-County Bowling and Entertainment, Middletown, Del., Aug. 16-18 (all times Eastern)

Friday, Aug. 16
11 a.m. - Practice session
2:30 p.m. – AB Sports Youth Scholarship Pro-am
5:15 and 8 p.m. – Anchor Buick-GMC/Williams Chevrolet adult pro-am squads
Saturday, Aug. 17
8 a.m. - A Squad, 7 qualifying games
4 p.m. – B Squad, 7 qualifying games
            Top one-third of field after 7 games advances to cashers round
Sunday, Aug. 18
9 a.m. – Cashers round, 4 games (top 16 after 11 games advance to match play)
12:30 p.m. – Top 16, 12 games modified round robin match play (top four after 23 games advance to stepladder finals)
5 p.m. - Top 4 stepladder finals

2019 FLOBOWLING PBA SUMMER TOUR POINTS STANDINGS
(After two of nine events)
1 (tie), Kyle Sherman, O'Fallon, Mo., 2,500
   Jakob Butturff, Tempe, Ariz., 2,500
3, AJ Johnson, Oswego, Ill., 2,245
4, EJ Tackett, Bluffton, Ind., 1,895
5, Stuart Williams, England, 1,805
6, Anthony Lavery-Spahr, Pasadena, Texas, 1,800
7, Kyle Troup, Taylorsville, N.C., 1,195
8, Kris Prather, Plainfield, Ill., 1,150
9, Zeke Bayt, Westerville, Ohio, 1,130
10, Andrew Anderson, Holly, Mich., 1,095
11, Tom Daugherty, Riverview, Fla., 1,070
12, Josh Blanchard, Mesa, Ariz., 1,060
13, DJ Archer, Friendswood, Texas, 880
14, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 810
15 (tie), PJ Haggerty, Roseville, Calif., 775
   Francois Lavoie, Canada, 775
17, Brad Miller, Lees Summit, Mo., 770
18, Dylan Burns, Garden City, Kan., 715
19 (tie), Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., 695
   Sean Lavery-Spahr, Pasadena, Texas, 695

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Anthony Simonsen Gets Creative, Wins Fourth PBA Title in PBA Xtra Frame Gene Carter’s Pro Shop Classic

by Bill Vint August 19, 2018 18:16

WILMINGTON, Del. – Anthony Simonsen, a 21-year-old two-handed bowler from Austin, Texas, got creative to win his fourth career PBA Tour title in the 10th anniversary PBA Xtra Frame Gene Carter’s Pro Shop Classic at Mid-County Bowling and Entertainment Center Sunday.

Simonsen – who normally plays the lanes from the right side – resorted to a reverse hook, bowling like a left-hander and targeting the 1-2 pocket, to defeat left-hander Matt Sanders of Indianapolis, 216-194, for the title.

Simonsen made a dramatic change after scoring conditions proved more than a little difficult, forcing many of the right-handed players to move to a deep inside angle that was unmanageable for most.

“To be honest with you, I’m a bit speechless,” he said. “These guys are the best bowlers in the world, and to beat them, sometimes you’ve got to be creative. I didn’t have any (kind of consistent shot) on the right, so I had to try something different.”

Simonsen said he had tried the so-called “backup ball” technique in a couple of recent PBA Regional tournaments, with limited success, “but I did it enough to think it might work if I practiced a little. I actually practiced three times last week, which is three times more than I usually practice, and I decided to try it in game 10 of match play, and it worked.”

Simonsen became the second-youngest player ever to win a PBA Tour title when he won the 2016 Mark Roth-Marshall Holman PBA Doubles Championship with partner Connor Pickford as an 18-year-old, and shortly thereafter won the 2016 USBC Masters at age 19. He won his third PBA Tour title in the 2017 Xtra Frame Wilmington Open, but several other opportunities have escaped him.

“It’s been frustrating, but if you keep knocking, they’re eventually going to let you in,” he said. “You never know if (the reverse hook) will have to come out again, but I’m going to practice and see if I can get better at it.”

In the opening match, Sanders, PBA’s 2017 Rookie of the Year, had a string of six strikes in an otherwise error-free game, eliminating Kyle Troup of Taylorsville, N.C., who failed to convert a 2-4-8-10 split in the third frame and a 2-10 split in the eighth, 256-210.

In the semifinal match of the four-man stepladder finals, Sanders converted a 2 pin in the first frame and threw four strikes in a row, threatening to blow open his match against 20-year-old PBA Rookie of the Year contender Kamron Doyle of Brentwood, Tenn. But Sanders missed a 7 pin in the sixth frame, giving Doyle an opening and Doyle took advantage, throwing his own string of four strikes to take the lead. After converting a 6 pin in the eighth frame, Sanders finished with four strikes to put the pressure on Doyle, who needed to throw a fifth straight strike to remain in contention for his first PBA Tour title. Doyle left a 10 pin on his first shot, and Sanders moved on to the title match with a 237-223 decision.

The 2018 Go Bowling! PBA Tour continues with the PBA Xtra Frame Kenn-Feld Group Classic from Pla-Mor Lanes in Coldwater, Ohio, next Saturday and Sunday, where EJ Tackett of Huntington, Ind., and Andrew Anderson of Holly, Mich., will again try for a third 2018 title. Tackett led the Delaware event until the final two games when his inability to overcome the deteriorating lane conditions led to a 4-8 match play record and ultimately a fifth-place finish. Anderson came into Sunday’s competition in a tie for 30th place, made a big move to sneak into match play as the 16th qualifier and eventually he finished 14th.

PBA Xtra Frame on FloBowling will cover all rounds using its new “FloZone” coverage system which gives viewers the opportunity to follow all of the action simultaneously on all eight pairs of lanes at Pla-Mor. For FloBowling subscription and schedule information, visit FloBowling.com.

10TH ANNIVERSARY PBA XTRA FRAME GENE CARTER’S PRO SHOP CLASSIC
(A 2018 Go Bowling! PBA Tour event)
Mid-County Bowling and Entertainment Center, Middletown, Del., Sunday

Final Standings:
1, Anthony Simonsen, Austin, Texas, $15,000.
2, Matt Sanders, Indianapolis, $7,800.
3, Kamron Doyle, Brentwood, Tenn., $4,000.
4, Kyle Troup, Taylorsville, N.C., $2,500.

Stepladder Results:
Match One – Sanders def. Troup, 256-210.
Semifinal Match – Sanders def. Doyle, 237-223.
Championship – Simonsen def. Sanders, 216-194.

Final Match Play Standings (after 23 games, including match play bonus pins):
1, Simonsen, 7-5, 5,380.
2, Doyle, 10-2, 5,342.
3, Sanders, 5-7, 5,329.
4, Troup, 9-3, 5,318.
5, EJ Tackett, Huntington, Ind., 4-8, 5,281, $1,600.
6, Tim Foy Jr., Seaford, Del., 6-6, 5,219, $1,400.
7, Tom Daugherty, Riverview, Fla., 7-5, 5,171, $1,200.
8, Shawn Maldonado, Houston, 6-6, 5,168, $1,100.
9, Jason Sterner, Atlanta, 6-6, 5,140, $1,080.
10, Kurt Pilon, Warren, Mich., 7-5, 5,132, $1,060.
11, Brett Spangler, Niles, Ohio, 6-6, 5,118, $1,050.
12, Dick Allen, Lexington, S.C., 5-7, 5,107, $1,040.
13, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 5-7, 5,056, $1,030.
14, Andrew Anderson, Holly, Mich., 5-7, 5,013, $1,020.
15, Connor Pickford, Charlotte, N.C., 6-6, 4,985, $1,010.
16, Michael Markis, Scranton, Pa., 2-10, 4,801, $1,000.

Cashers Round Cashers (did not advance, after 11 games):
17, Ryan Ciminelli, Clarence, N.Y., 2,422, $700.
18, Brad Angelo, Lockport, N.Y., 2,415, $700.
19, BJ Moore, Greensburg, Pa., 2,411, $700.
20, Matt O'Grady, Rahway, N.J., 2,410, $700.
21, Rick Graham, Lancaster, Pa., 2,408, $700.
22, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 2,405, $700.
23, Anthony Pepe, Elmhurst, N.Y., 2,401, $700.
24, David Knight Jr., Glassboro, N.J., 2,398, $700.
25, Sam Cooley, Australia, 2,393, $650.
26, Graham Fach, Canada, 2,387, $650.
27, David Stouffer, Lehigh Acres, Fla., 2,380, $650.
28, Joe Paluszek, Bensalem, Pa., 2,368, $650.
29, Josh Schmehl, Millsboro, Del., 2,364, $650.
30, Tim Pfeifer, Oakdale, Pa., 2,354, $650.
31, Daniel Mitchell, Elkton, Md., 2,348, $650.
32 (tie), Victor Florie Jr., Richmond, Va., and Brian Elder, Newark, Del., 2,329, $625.
34 (tie), Zeke Bayt, Westerville, Ohio, and Chris Via, Springfield, Ohio, 2,325, $600.
36, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., 2,322, $600.
37, Jason Couch, Clermont, Fla., 2,321, $600.
38, Jason Cornog, Cherry Hill, N.J., 2,319, $600.
39, Gary Faulkner, Norfolk, Va., 2,316, $600.
40, Richie Teece, England, 2,315, $600.
41, Bryan Paul, Brooklyn, N.Y., 2,305, $600.
42, Greg Ostrander, Freehold, N.J., 2,290, $600.
43, Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., 2,286, $600.
44, Bobby Hall II, Landover, Md., 2,282, $600.
45, Michael Haugen Jr., Phoenix, 2,280, $600.
46, Stephen Pavlinko Jr., Sewell, N.J., 2,235, $600.
47, Keith Laing, Oakdale, Conn., 2,232, $600.
48, Robert Mockenhaupt, Rutherford, N.J., 2,206, $600.
49, AJ Johnson, Oswego, Ill., 2,202, $600.
50, Todd Sigeti, Lititz, Pa., 2,190, $600.

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