Jason Belmonte Averages 249 to Take Barbasol PBA Players Championship Lead After Two Rounds

by Jerry Schneider February 20, 2018 18:41

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Defending champion Jason Belmonte of Australia began work on winning a record-tying 10th Professional Bowlers Association major title by averaging 249 after the first two rounds in the Barbasol PBA Players Championship Tuesday at Wayne Webb’s Columbus Bowl.

In the second major of the 2018 Go Bowling! PBA Tour season, the four-time PBA Player of the Year, who is also trying for his third Players Championship title, leads the 120-player field with a 2,494 10-game pinfall total. He bowled a 1,274 five-game pinfall in Tuesday’s first round with games of 243, 255, 229, 300 and 247 and followed with a 1,220 pinfall in the second round on games of 213, 257, 247, 224 and 279.

“I’m leading right now but that’s not my goal at this point,” said the 34-year-old Belmonte, a 16-time Tour winner. “The scoring pace is pretty high and because of that nothing is guaranteed. You can shoot 210 or 220 and lose 50 or 60 pins. Thankfully, I was making good guesses on the adjustments and ball choices I needed to make today.”

With a win, Belmonte, who also won the 2011 Players Championship, would tie Pete Weber and Earl Anthony who are tied for most PBA major titles.

Belmonte holds a 97-pin lead over PBA Hall of Famer Norm Duke of Clermont, Fla. in second, who finished with a 2,397 pinfall. Duke, the 53-year-old winner of seven PBA majors, bowled 1,215 for five games in the first round and 1,182 in the second.

Weber can take sole possession of the all-time career majors title lead with a win in the Players Championship but will have some work to do after finishing the day in 33rd with a 2,242 pinfall.

Competition continues with two five-game qualifying rounds Wednesday and Thursday at 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. ET. After Thursday’s sixth qualifying round (30 games), the field will be cut to the top five players for the live ESPN finals Sunday at 1:30 p.m. ET.

The qualifying rounds of the Players Championship will also determine the standings for the Mark Roth/Marshall Holman PBA Doubles Championship presented by BowlerX.com. After Thursday’s final qualifying round, the top 14 doubles team will advance to two Baker format qualifying rounds on Friday which will determine the top five doubles teams for the taped ESPN telecast that will follow the Players Championship finals at 5 p.m. Fans will be able to catch the doubles final via livestream on ESPN3.

Belmonte, along with doubles partner eight-time PBA Tour winner Bill O’Neill of Langhorne, Pa., also lead the Doubles Championship standings with a 4,873 combined 10-game pinfall total. They hold a 133-pin lead over Duke and his partner 10-time Tour winner Wes Malott of Pflugerville, Texas, who combined 4,740.

All qualifying rounds for the Players Championship and Doubles Championship are streamed live on PBA’s online bowling channel Xtra Frame. For subscription and schedule information visit www.xtraframe.tv.

BARBASOL PBA PLAYERS CHAMPIONSHIP

Wayne Webb’s Columbus Bowl, Columbus, Ohio, Tuesday

Second Round Standings (after 10 games)

1, Jason Belmonte, Australia, 2,494.
2, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 2,397.
3, Bill O'Neill, Langhorne, Pa., 2,379.
4, Kyle Troup, Taylorsville, N.C., 2,374.
5, Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., 2,373.
6, Tom Daugherty, Riverview, Fla., 2,361.
7, Brandon Novak, Chillicothe, Ohio, 2,348.
8, (tie) Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, and Patrick Girard, Canada, 2,343.
10, Stuart Williams, England, 2,340.
11, Cameron Weier, Tacoma, Wash., 2,334.
12, Daniel Fransson, Sweden, 2,325.
13, Greg Ostrander, Freehold, N.J., 2,297.
14, Tim Foy Jr., Seaford, Del., 2,294.
15, Anthony Simonsen, Austin, Texas, 2,293.
16, Devin Bidwell, Wichita, Kan., 2,290.
17, Richie Teece, England, 2,289.
18, Jason Sterner, Rockledge, Fla., 2,284.
19, Jesper Svensson, Sweden, 2,283.
20, AJ Chapman, Manchester, Iowa, 2,278.
21, Brad Angelo, Lockport, N.Y., 2,275.
22, DJ Archer, Friendswood, Texas, 2,274.
23, Darren Tang, San Francisco, 2,268.
24, Kyle Sherman, O'Fallon, Mo., 2,267.
25, Dom Barrett, England, 2,266.
26, Patrick Dombrowski, Parma, Ohio, 2,265.
27, Kristopher Prather, Plainfield, Ill., 2,261.
28, BJ Moore, Greensburg, Pa., 2,256.
29, Anthony Lavery-Spahr, Pasadena, Texas, 2,255.
30, (tie) Anthony Pepe, Elmhurst, N.Y., and Matt Sanders, Indianapolis, 2,253.
32, EJ Tackett, Huntington, Ind., 2,248.
33, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 2,242.
34, Andres Gomez, Colombia, 2,236.
35, Matthew Ogle, Louisville, Ky., 2,226.
36, Dave Wodka, Clarksville, Tenn., 2,223.
37, Scott Newell, Deland, Fla., 2,221.
38, Shota Kawazoe, Japan, 2,218.
39, (tie) Osku Palermaa, Finland, Yannaphon Larpapharat, Thailand, and Liz Johnson, Palatine, Ill., 2,206.
42, Zulmazran Zulkifli, Malaysia, 2,202.
43, Shawn Maldonado, Houston, 2,200.
44, Matt O'Grady, Rahway, N.J., 2,197.
45, Ronnie Russell, Marion, Ind., 2,194.
46, Trey Ford III, Bartlesville, Okla., 2,191.
47, Nick Kruml, Downers Grove, Ill., 2,183.
48, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 2,180.
49, Kyle King, Glendale, Ariz., 2,179.
50, Tom Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich., 2,176.
51, Kim Bolleby, Thailand, 2,169.
52, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 2,168.
53, Mitch Hupe, Towanda, Kan., 2,167.
54, Rhino Page, Orlando, 2,165.
55, Zacharay Wilkins, Canada, 2,156.
56, (tie) David Haynes, Las Vegas, and Pontus Andersson, Sweden, 2,154.
58, (tie) Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., and Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 2,153.
60, Brad Miller, Maryland Heights, Mo., 2,152.
61, Ryan Lakota, Shorewood, Ill., 2,142.
62, Markus Jansson, Sweden, 2,139.
63, Dick Allen, Columbia, S.C., 2,138.
64, Thomas Larsen, Denmark, 2,136.
65, Sandra Gongora, Mexico, 2,129.
66, (tie) Chris Warren, Grants Pass, Ore., and Connor Pickford, Charlotte, N.C., 2,127.
68, Matt Kuba, Chicago Ridge, Ill., 2,125.
69, Arturo Quintero, Mexico, 2,124.
70, Jake Peters, Henderson, Nev., 2,123.
71, AJ Johnson, Oswego, Ill., 2,119.
72, Josh Blanchard, Mesa, Ariz., 2,116.
73, (tie) Michael Schlabach, Goshen, Ind., Napatra Buspanikonkul, Thailand, and Francois Lavoie, Canada, 2,115.
76, Jeff Evans, Supply, N.C., 2,113.
77, Zeke Bayt, Westerville, Ohio, 2,112.
78, Ildemaro Ruiz, Venezuela, 2,107.
79, Kevin Kullman, Lockport, Ill., 2,104.
80, Dwight Adams, Greensboro, N.C., 2,101.
81, Francois Louw, South Africa, 2,099.
82, Chris Via, Springfield, Ohio, 2,097.
83, Ryan Ciminelli, Clarence, N.Y., 2,096.
84, Sam Cooley, Australia, 2,094.
85, Michael Tang, San Francisco, 2,089.
86, Danielle McEwan, Stony Point, N.Y., 2,083.
87, Tannya Roumimper, Indonesia, 2,082.
88, Chris Arcaro, Carolina Beach, N.C., 2,078.
89, (tie) Ray Teece, England, and Graham Fach, Canada, 2,076.
91, Charlie Brown Jr, Grandville, Mich., 2,075.
92, (tie) Kyle Cook, Centerville, Ohio, and Dino Castillo, Highland Village, Texas, 2,074.
94, Jean Perez, Puerto Rico, 2,060.
95, Kristian Rogers, Salisbury, N.C., 2,057.
96, Kyle Bigelow, Troy, Ohio, 2,056.
97, (tie) Wayne Webb, Columbus, Ohio, and Tom Hess, Urbandale, Iowa, 2,049.
99, Chris Loschetter, Avon, Ohio, 2,048.
100, Jakob Butturff, Tempe, Ariz., 2,043.
101, Diana Zavjalova, Latvia, 2,037.
102, Andrew Cain, Phoenix, 2,029.
103, (tie) Cristian Azcona, Puerto Rico, and Christopher Sloan, Ireland, 2,027.
105, Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., 2,023.
106, Justin Wyman, Fairport, N.Y., 2,019.
107, Andrew Anderson, Holly, Mich., 2,011.
108, Brian Robinson, Morgantown, W.Va., 2,005.
109, Matthew Staninger, Highland, Ind., 1,988.
110, Gabriel Garcia, Port St. Lucie, Fla., 1,981.
111, Russ Oviatt, Chandler, Ariz., 1,970.
112, Robert Mushtare, Carthage, N.Y., 1,963.
113, Gary Faulkner Jr., Memphis, Tenn., 1,938.
114, Tristan Butler, Fort Wayne, Ind., 1,911.
115, Timothy Steria, Watertown, N.Y., 1,908.
116, CJ Kirchner, Herrin, Ill., 1,888.
117, Andrew Klingler, Grand Rapids, Mich., 1,887.
118, Myles Duty, Modesto, Calif., 1,827.
119, Matthew Ward, Fort Mohave, Ariz., 1,713.
120, Eric Cottrell, Grove City, Ohio, 1,647.

300 games – Patrick Girard, Michael Tang, Jason Belmonte, Trey Ford III, Stuart Williams

MARK ROTH/MARSHALL HOLMAN PBA DOUBLES CHAMPIONSHIP

Presented by BowlerX.com

Second Round Standings (after 10 games)

1, Bill O'Neill, Langhorne, Pa./Jason Belmonte, Australia, 4,873.
2, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla./Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 4,740.
3, Jesper Svensson, Sweden/Kyle Troup, Taylorsville, N.C., 4,657.
4, EJ Tackett, Huntington, Ind./Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., 4,621.
5, Brandon Novak, Chillicothe, Ohio/Kristopher Prather, Plainfield, Ill., 4,609.
6, Jason Sterner, Rockledge, Fla./Scott Newell, Deland, Fla., 4,505.
7, Patrick Girard, Canada/Zacharay Wilkins, Canada, 4,499.
8, Daniel Fransson, Sweden/Kim Bolleby, Thailand, 4,494.
9, DJ Archer, Friendswood, Texas/Shawn Maldonado, Houston, 4,474.
10, Dom Barrett, England/Osku Palermaa, Finland, 4,472.
11, Anthony Pepe, Elmhurst, N.Y./Liz Johnson, Palatine, Ill., 4,459.
12, Francois Lavoie, Canada/Stuart Williams, England, 4,455.
13, BJ Moore, Greensburg, Pa./Matt O'Grady, Rahway, N.J., 4,453.
14, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo./Yannaphon Larpapharat, Thailand, 4,448.
15, AJ Chapman, Manchester, Iowa/Mitch Hupe, Towanda, Kan., 4,445.
16, Dino Castillo, Highland Village, Texas/Tom Daugherty, Riverview, Fla., 4,435.
17, (tie) Shota Kawazoe, Japan/Zulmazran Zulkifli, Malaysia, and Anthony Simonsen, Austin, Texas/Connor Pickford, Charlotte, N.C., 4,420.
19, Brad Miller, Maryland Heights, Mo./Kyle Sherman, O'Fallon, Mo., 4,419.
20, AJ Johnson, Oswego, Ill./Greg Ostrander, Freehold, N.J., 4,416.
21, Devin Bidwell, Wichita, Kan./Jake Peters, Henderson, Nev., 4,413.
22, Brad Angelo, Lockport, N.Y./Thomas Larsen, Denmark, 4,411.
23, Matthew Ogle, Louisville, Ky./Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 4,394.
24, Ray Teece, England/Richie Teece, England, 4,365.
25, Darren Tang, San Francisco/Michael Tang, San Francisco, 4,357.
26, Andres Gomez, Colombia/Josh Blanchard, Mesa, Ariz., 4,352.
27, Anthony Lavery-Spahr, Pasadena, Texas/Sam Cooley, Australia, 4,349.
28, Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas/Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 4,333.
29, Tom Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich./Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., 4,329.
30, Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y./Tim Foy Jr., Seaford, Del., 4,317.
31, Matt Kuba, Chicago Ridge, Ill./Nick Kruml, Downers Grove, Ill., 4,308.
32, Markus Jansson, Sweden/Pontus Andersson, Sweden, 4,293.
33, Diana Zavjalova, Latvia/Matt Sanders, Indianapolis, 4,290.
34, Justin Wyman, Fairport, N.Y./Patrick Dombrowski, Parma, Ohio, 4,284.
35, Chris Warren, Grants Pass, Ore./David Haynes, Las Vegas, 4,281.
36, Dave Wodka, Clarksville, Tenn. /Wayne Webb, Columbus, Ohio, 4,272.
37, Rhino Page, Orlando/Ryan Ciminelli, Clarence, N.Y., 4,261.
38, Dick Allen, Columbia, S.C./Zeke Bayt, Westerville, Ohio, 4,250.
39, Kevin Kullman, Lockport, Ill./Ryan Lakota, Shorewood, Ill., 4,246.
40, Chris Loschetter, Avon, Ohio/Ronnie Russell, Marion, Ind., 4,242.
41, Arturo Quintero, Mexico/Ildemaro Ruiz, Venezuela, 4,231.
42, Chris Via, Springfield, Ohio/Graham Fach, Canada, 4,173.
43, Danielle McEwan, Stony Point, N.Y./Tannya Roumimper, Indonesia, 4,165.
44, Kyle King, Glendale, Ariz./Russ Oviatt, Chandler, Ariz., 4,149.
45, Chris Arcaro, Carolina Beach, N.C./Kristian Rogers, Salisbury, N.C., 4,135.
46, Christopher Sloan, Ireland/Francois Louw, South Africa, 4,126.
47, Andrew Anderson, Holly, Mich./Jeff Evans, Supply, N.C., 4,124.
48, Jean Perez, Puerto Rico/Tom Hess, Urbandale, Iowa, 4,109.
49, Andrew Cain, Phoenix/Jakob Butturff, Tempe, Ariz., 4,072.
50, Dwight Adams, Greensboro, N.C./Gary Faulkner Jr., Memphis, Tenn., 4,039.
51, Gabriel Garcia, Port St. Lucie, Fla./Matthew Staninger, Highland, Ind., 3,969.
52, Andrew Klingler, Grand Rapids, Mich./Charlie Brown Jr, Grandville, Mich., 3,962.

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Arizona’s Jakob Butturff Completes Business, Wins Third Title in Go Bowling! PBA 60th Anniversary Classic

by Jerry Schneider February 18, 2018 12:48

INDIANAPOLIS – After leading the Go Bowling! PBA 60th Anniversary Classic almost from the beginning, Jakob Butturff of Tempe, Ariz., finished his business at Woodland Bowl Sunday with a 244-154 victory over Marshall Kent of Yakima, Wash., to claim his third PBA Tour title.

Butturff, a 23-year-old left-hander, cruised to the $30,000 first prize behind an opening string of three strikes and another string of four late in the game after Kent ran into big trouble early in the game when he left three splits and failed to convert any of them.

It was an especially rewarding win for Butturff after leading the 2017 U.S. Open by a stunning 617 pins, only to lose the title to Rhino Page in the title match.

Photos from the PBA Players Draft at Woodland Bowl in 
Indianapolis, IN.  Sunday, Feb. 18 2018. (Photo Alan Petersime)“This title means the world to me,” Butturff said. “The thought of the U.S. Open was in my mind before practice, but I told myself I was not going to get my nerves get to me this time. When Marshall struggled early in the match, I just put my foot to the metal.

“Redemption was on my mind, but I just wanted to make a better showing than I did in the U.S. Open.”

Kent advanced to the championship match with a 218-210 win over two-handed lefty Keven Williams of Springfield, Mo., who had never finished higher than 34th place in his limited three-year PBA career. Kent jumped into an early lead with four strikes, but left the 2-8-10 split and a five-count “washout,” failing to convert either one to let Williams back into the match. After a strike nine-count in the 10th to give Williams a chance, the 25-year-old two-hander struck on his first shot in the 10th, but then left a 3 pin on his second shot to end his upset bid.

Japan’s Shota Kawazoe, in his debut on American television, rallied to defeat Indianapolis’ Matt Sanders in the opening match, 183-160. After starting with back-to-back splits and open frames, Kawazoe struck on four of his next five shots while Sanders, the 24-year-old 2017 PBA Rookie of the Year, was unable to strike until the seventh frame. A pair of splits and opens in the final two frames sealed his fate.

In the second match, Williams started his television debut with four strikes, but Kawazoe again came from behind, throwing four strikes in a row to take the lead into the 10th frame. Needing to convert the 10 pin in the 10th frame, the 16-time Japan PBA champion missed, handing Williams a 229-225 win and a berth in the semifinal match.

The Go Bowling! PBA 60th Anniversary Classic was the third event of the 2018 Go Bowling! PBA Tour season and was part celebratory week that included the PBA 60th Anniversary Celebration dinner and hall of fame induction ceremonies Saturday. The PBA now heads to Columbus, Ohio, where Wayne Webb’s Columbus Bowl will host the season’s second major championship, the Barbasol PBA Players Championship, and the Mark Roth-Marshall Holman PBA Doubles Championship.

All preliminary rounds of the Players Championship and Roth-Holman Doubles Tuesday through Friday will be live streamed on PBA’s online bowling channel, Xtra Frame. To sign up, visit xtraframe.tv. The Players Championship finals will air live on ESPN next Sunday at 1:30 p.m. The Roth-Holman Doubles finals will be live streamed on ESPN3 at 5 p.m. and taped for delayed broadcast on ESPN on Sunday, March 25, at 2 p.m. All times are Eastern.

GO BOWLING! PBA 60TH ANNIVERSARY CLASSIC
Woodland Bowl, Indianapolis, Feb. 18

Final Standings
1, Jakob Butturff, Tempe, Ariz., $30,000.
2, Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., $15,000.
3, Keven Williams, Springfield, Mo., $13,000.
4, Shota Kawazoe, Japan, $11,000.
5, Matt Sanders, Indianapolis, $10,000.

Stepladder Results
Match One – Kawazoe def. Sanders, 183-160.
Match Two – Williams def. Kawazoe, 229-225.
Semifinal Match – Kent def. Williams, 218-210.
Championship – Butturff def. Kent, 244-154.

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New Hall of Famers, 2017 Award Winners Honored During PBA’s 60th Anniversary Celebration Dinner

by Bill Vint February 17, 2018 21:21

INDIANAPOLIS – On the eve of the finals of the Go Bowling! PBA 60th Anniversary Classic finals at Woodland Bowl, a crowd of more than 300 PBA fans, industry leaders and members of the bowling news media gathered at the Marriott North for the PBA 60th Anniversary Celebration Dinner to recognize the PBA’s three newest Hall of Famers – Chris Barnes, Ron Mohr and the late Don Mitchell; its 2017 award winners and to officially begin a year-long celebration of 60 years of professional bowling at its finest.

Photos from the PBA Players Draft at Woodland Bowl in 
Indianapolis, IN.  Saturday, Feb. 17 2018. (Photo Alan Petersime)

Above from left, Jason Belmonte, Matt Sanders, Chris Loschetter, Del Ballard Jr.

Kicking off the evening, PBA CEO and Commissioner Tom Clark introduced PBA’s four individual award winners. The entire celebration dinner was live streamed on PBA’s online bowling channel, Xtra Frame.

PBA Hall of Famer Del Ballard Jr. of Keller, Texas, who converted his own battle with tonsil cancer into a successful, ongoing “Ballard Vs. the Big C” fund-raising program, was selected as the recipient of PBA’s Tony Reyes Memorial Community Service Award.

“This is such an honor because Tony Reyes was close to me as his tour rep when he won his PBA title. This award is very humbling,” Ballard said. “All I did to earn it was supply the cancer. My wife and friends did the rest.”

Ballard’s life changed in May 2010 when he was diagnosed with tonsil cancer. One evening after a treatment, the 13-time PBA Tour titlist, wife Carolyn and a handful of friends got together at Ballard’s house and laid the groundwork for what would become “Ballard Vs. The Big C” – or BVBC for short. As of 2017, BVBC has raised in excess of $300,000 to carry out research on cancer treatments focused on the head, neck and throat.

Chris Loschetter of Avon, Ohio, was selected by his fellow competitors as the Steve Nagy PBA Sportsmanship Award winner.

“I bet 10 years ago a lot of didn’t think I’d win this award, but I’ve calmed down,” Loschetter said. “I’m in awe of how talented you guys are. Many of you should win this award, and I’m sure some of you will.

It’s been an amazing journey and I’m grateful you guys think I’m deserving. I’ll try to keep behaving myself on the lanes.”

Loschetter, a 37-year-old two-time PBA Tour champion, completed a nine-year quest for his first PBA Tour title in the 2012 Wolf Open in Milwaukee and won his second with the Merica Rooster Illusion team that won the 2016 PBA Team Challenge title while still in recovery from his own battle with cancer. Loschetter has been a member of the PBA League’s Philadelphia Hitmen since the program’s inception in 2013.

Matt Sanders, an Evansville, Ind., native now living in Indianapolis, was recognized as the 2017 Harry Golden PBA Rookie of the Year after winning two titles and leading a strong class of PBA rookies in both earnings and average.

“Just coming out here and living my dream is something special,” Sanders said. “I was lucky to have an awesome year and I loved every minute of it. Hopefully I can keep doing it.”

Sanders, a former two-time NAIA All-American with Marion University-Indiana, was the only rookie to win a PBA Tour title in 2017 (in the PBA Xtra Frame Billy Hardwick Memorial Open) and he concluded his first season with a fifth-place finish in the PBA World Championship.

For the fourth time in the past five seasons, Australia’s Jason Belmonte was recognized as the GEICO Chris Schenkel PBA Player of the Year.

“In my opinion this is the second greatest award a player can win behind being inducted into the hall of fame,” Belmonte said. “It isn’t something I take for granted; it inspires me to be better.”

Belmonte, after becoming the first player in PBA history to win three major championships among his four titles in 2017 and setting a PBA average record (229.39) in the process, was a landslide winner in Player of the Year voting. At age 34 he joined Mark Roth as a four-time winner of the award, trailing only Walter Ray Williams Jr.’s seven POY Awards, and the late Earl Anthony with six.

Mitchell, the first hall of fame inductee, succumbed to cancer in 2012 at age 80. He went from managing a small bowling center in Indianapolis to developing the Royal Pin Leisure Centers chain, which has hosted dozens of showcase events at all levels of bowling. Its centerpiece – Woodland Lanes on Indianapolis’ north side – has hosted every major championship the PBA has offered, which made it a natural choice to host the Go Bowling! PBA 60th Anniversary Classic.

Mitchell’s bowling center empire grew from one center in 1974 to multiple centers with more than 300 lanes and five pro shops. He was a vocal advocate for the PBA as the sport’s most prominent promotional vehicle, and he put his money behind his passions. He was equally enthusiastic as a bowler, competing in 50 USBC Open Championships. He is the first bowling proprietor elected to the PBA Hall of Fame exclusively based on his role as a bowling center owner.

Following a video tribute from a number of players who were benefactors of Mitchell’s hospitality and dedicated, son David said, “I know Dad is looking down on us and smiling. We’re very appreciative of this award. Dad would probably say he was very proud to receive the award, but didn’t do much to earn it.

“Don Mitchell had bowling running through his blood,” David Mitchell continued. “He brought first-class bowling experiences to the bowlers of Indianapolis. If you asked bowlers on tour about their favorite bowling center, many of them would say Woodland Bowl. I know the recognition he’s receiving tonight would make him burst at the seams. It’s a great honor.”

Mohr was a late starter. The Fort Wayne, Ind., native moved to Alaska at age 23 and got a job in a bowling center in Anchorage. He began dating a girl whose father worked for the FAA at the time President Ronald Reagan fired all of the striking air traffic controllers who refused his order to return to work. Mohr wound up working as an air traffic controller in Alaska for 25 years.

He also had a chance to develop bowling skills and in 1988 earned a berth on Team USA, where he got his first taste of elite level competition. When he retired from his air traffic controller position in 2008, he decided to try the PBA50 Tour. In his breakout season in 2009, Mohr won three of his nine career PBA50 Tour titles en route to his first POY award (he won again in 2011). In nine full seasons as a “senior” bowler, he has finished in the top 10 in earnings and averages each year, and has never had a season averaging below 220. He currently is the two-time defending PBA60 Player of the Year.

In presenting Mohr, his friend and fellow PBA50 competitor Mike Dias said, “Ron’s workout regime is legendary. He does 45 consecutive minutes of sit ups every day. I get so tired watching, I have to get a drink. But Ron bowls like he works out. He puts everything he has into every shot.”

“Wow. What an incredible journey. Induction into the PBA Hall of Fame is an individual honor, but it doesn’t happen by yourself,” Mohr said, recognizing the many friends and industry associates who played a role in his career. He also thanked PBA Hall of Famer Marshall Holman, “my role model who showed me that intensity and passion can make great things happen.” Of Walter Ray Williams Jr. Mohr said, “he showed me the desire to win doesn’t diminish with age.” And of Parker Bohn III: “he shows us all the world would be a better place if we all had a little bit of Parker Bohn in us.”

Barnes, an 18-time PBA Tour title winner, was a consensus selection. He was a late-comer to PBA competition an All-America career at Wichita State University, a starring role with Team USA and a prolific nine-year career as a “professional amateur,” finally joining the PBA just before his 28th birthday.

The Kansas native, now living in Double Oak, Texas, is one of five players to win both PBA Rookie and Player of the Year honors, and one of six players to complete the PBA Triple Crown (2005 U.S. Open, 2006 PBA Tournament of Champions and 2011 PBA World Championship). Now 47, and he ranked among the top 10 in PBA earnings for 16 consecutive seasons, surpassing the $1 million milestone in career earnings in a then-record 170 events.

“When Chris called me to present him into the PBA Hall of Fame, I began to wonder what you had to do to get in,” said former PBA star and Barnes’ personal coach, Mark Baker. “There are a number of boxes to check off, and Chris checked them all.”

Baker said the first time he worked with Barnes, he asked Baker for help and Baker answered, “No thanks, I’m good.” Barnes asked, “What do you mean?” Baker responded, “You’re the best player in the world, I don’t want to screw you up.”

“It’s great to think my name will be among the greatest our sport has known, but nothing happens on its own,” Barnes said. “Looking back, I never thought of myself as a great player, but I kept driving myself to find out what was wrong and how I could fix it.

“I’ve probably received more help from coaches than anyone else in this room, mostly because I needed it,” he added.

“It’s been a life-long goal to stand up here tonight, to be able to stand atop the mountain, so thank you very, very much.”

The Go Bowling! PBA 60th Anniversary Classic weekend concludes Sunday with live ESPN coverage of the stepladder finals at Woodland Bowl at 1 p.m. EST. Finalists include No. 5 Shota Kawazoe of Japan; No. 4 Matt Sanders of Indianapolis; No. 3 Keven Williams of Springfield, Mo.; No. 2 Marshall Kent of Yakima, Wash., and No. 1 Jakob Butturff of Tempe, Ariz.

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TOC Champion Matt O’Grady First Pick as PBA League Managers Complete 2018 Team Rosters

by Bill Vint February 17, 2018 09:46

INDIANAPOLIS ­– Matt O’Grady of Rahway, N.J., fresh off his first PBA Tour victory in last week’s PBA Tournament of Champions, was the first of 16 PBA members drafted Saturday at Woodland Bowl as the eight PBA League teams filled out their rosters for the 2018 PBA League Elias Cup competition April 20-22 at Bayside Bowl in Portland, Maine.

The PBA League Draft, held in Woodland Bowl’s Beer Thirty Lounge, began with OceanView at Falmouth Brooklyn Styles’ manager Johnny Petraglia, selecting O’Grady, a 31-year-old former Junior Team USA member, from a list of 49 eligible players.

“Matt has really dedicated himself the last six months,” Petraglia said. “He’s really stepped it up, worked hard to get himself into shape, and he’s a great competitor. He’s in a really good place and he’ll be a great addition to our team.”

“I’m elated,” O’Grady said. “I’ve never been selected (for PBA League competition) before and I know the atmosphere is something I’ll thrive in. I’m over the moon.”

O’Grady, who tends to exhibit his excitement in competition, will feel at home in the Bayside Bowl environment which traditionally features a full house of boisterous, exuberant fans.

Following O’Grady, Barbasol Motown Muscle manager Del Ballard Jr. picked Japan PBA star Shota Kawazoe, the No. 5 qualifier for Sunday’s Go Bowling! PBA 60th Anniversary Classic finals and another PBA League rookie. Sysco Philadelphia Hitmen manager Jason Couch also picked a PBAL first-timer, 2017 PBA Rookie of the Year Matt Sanders of Indianapolis.

PBA League veterans selected in the first round of picks included BJ Moore of Greensburg, Pa., by GEICO NYC WTT KingPins manager Carolyn Dorin-Ballard; Go Bowling! PBA 60th Anniversary Classic top qualifier Jakob Butturff of Tempe, Ariz., by bowlingball.com L.A. X manager Andrew Cain; Dick Allen of Columbia, S.C., by Go Bowling! Silver Lake Atom Splitters manager Mark Baker; DJ Archer of Friendswood, Texas, by Port Properties Portland manager Tim Mack, and, with the final pick of the first round, Rhino Page of Orlando, Fla., by two-time defending champion Shipyard Brewing Dallas Strikers player-manager Norm Duke.

The final round of selections saw more members of the PBA’s youth movement getting a chance to experience PBA League competition for the first time: Anthony Pepe of Elmhurst, N.Y., with the KingPins; AJ Johnson of Oswego, Ill., with the Atom Splitters; Thailand’s Yannaphon Larpapharat with the hometown Portland Lumberjacks, and, with the final pick of the draft, Kyle Sherman of O’Fallon, Mo., with the Strikers.

Photos from the PBA Players Draft at Woodland Bowl in 
Indianapolis, IN.  Saturday, Feb. 17 2018. (Photo Alan Petersime)“The PBA League has become so popular, and there are so many talented players who deserve to bowl in the league, you can’t help but be disappointed if you don’t get picked,” said PBA CEO and Commissioner Tom Clark. “The only thing we can do at this point is encourage our players to keep trying. Remember that seven first-time players were selected this year.”

The draft order was in reverse order of how teams finished last year, beginning with the No. 8 OceanView Brooklyn Styles, followed by Barbasol Motown Muscle, GEICO NYC WTT KingPins, bowlingball.com L.A. X, Sysco Philadelphia Hitmen, Go Bowling! Silver Lake Atom-Splitters, Port Property Portland Lumberjacks and the two-time defending champion Shipyard Brewery Dallas Strikers.

The complete rosters for 2018, beginning with the three players each manager had earlier protected from his/her 2017 roster and followed by players drafted Saturday, includes the following:

● OceanView at Falmouth Brooklyn Styles (manager Johnny Petraglia): Parker Bohn III, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Sean Rash, Matt O’Grady, Jason Sterner.

● Barbasol Motown Muscle (manager Del Ballard Jr.): EJ Tackett, Francois Lavoie, Anthony Simonsen, Shota Kawazoe, Josh Blanchard.

● GEICO NYC WTT KingPins (manager Carolyn Dorin-Ballard): Pete Weber, Marshall Kent, Sam Cooley, BJ Moore, Anthony Pepe.

● bowlingball.com L.A. X (manager Andrew Cain): Jason Belmonte, Stuart Williams, Martin Larsen, Jakob Butturff, Osku Palermaa.

● Sysco Philadelphia Hitmen (manager Jason Couch): Dom Barrett, Tom Smallwood, Ronnie Russell, Matt Sanders, Chris Loschetter.

● Go Bowling! Silver Lake Atom Splitters (manager Mark Baker): Chris Barnes, Jesper Svensson, Tom Daugherty, Dick Allen, AJ Johnson.

● Port Property Portland Lumberjacks (manager Tim Mack): Ryan Ciminelli, Wes Malott, Kyle Troup, DJ Archer, Yannaphon Larpapharat.

● Shipyard Dallas Strikers: player-manager Norm Duke, Tommy Jones, Bill O’Neill, Rhino Page, Kyle Sherman.

The PBA returns to Portland in April. After the PBA Xtra Frame Maine Shootout April 17-18 (a PBA Tour title event), all PBAL teams will bowl an eight-game Baker format “seeding tournament” on April 20. The PBAL quarterfinals will take place on April 21 with the No. 1 seeded team vs. No. 8 and No. 4 vs. No. 5 on the first ESPN show that airs on April 22, followed by team No. 2 vs. No. 7, and No. 3 vs. No. 6 in the show that will air on April 29. Semifinal and Elias Cup final matches will be contested on April 22 to air on ESPN on May 6 and 13, respectively.

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Jakob Butturff Leads Field of Five 20-Somethings into Go Bowling! PBA 60th Anniversary Classic Finals

by Bill Vint February 16, 2018 11:39

INDIANAPOLIS (Feb. 16, 2018) – Jakob Butturff of Tempe, Ariz., won seven of his final eight matches Friday night to lead the field of five 20-something finalists into Sunday’s championship round of the Go Bowling! PBA 60th Anniversary Classic at Woodland Bowl. The stepladder finals will air live on Sunday at 1 p.m. EST.

Butturff, a 23-year-old left-hander who has hovered in or near the lead throughout the tournament, will be joined in the stepladder finals by four-time PBA Tour winner Marshall Kent of Yakima, Wash., 25; two-handed lefty Keven Williams of Springfield, Mo., 25; Indiana native Matt Sanders, 24, and Japan PBA star Shota Kawazoe, the oldest player in the field at 29.

Butturff, who won both of his PBA Tour titles in 2016 when he also won a PBA-record nine regional titles, averaged 236.29 for his 48 games, posting a 11,852 pinfall total to run away from Kent by 313 pins. Butturff’s only fault in the final round was a 192 game in the only match he lost. Otherwise he didn’t have a game lower than 234.

Kent, PBA’s 2014 Rookie of the Year, won his most recent title in the 2017 Oklahoma Open. He finished with a 11,539 total.

Keven Williams, a third-year PBA member, has a high finish of 34th place in limited PBA Tour competition. He held off Sanders, the 2017 PBA Rookie of the Year, by two pins for fourth place.

The chase for the final berth in Sunday’s finals boiled down to the final game where Kawazoe struck out in the 10th frame to win the spot by a single pin over Bill O’Neill of Langhorne, Pa. Kawazoe, a 15-time Japan PBA champion, has moved to the United States to bowl full-time in PBA competition in pursuit of his life-long dream, a PBA Tour title.

The Go Bowling! PBA 60th Anniversary Classic is the second PBA Tour event of the 2018 Go Bowling! PBA Tour season and is part of a series of celebratory events including the PBA 60th Anniversary Celebration dinner and hall of fame induction ceremonies Saturday.

All preliminary rounds, plus the annual PBA League Draft on Saturday at 10:30 a.m. and the PBA 60th Anniversary Celebration Dinner Saturday at 6:30 p.m., will be live streamed on PBA’s online bowling channel, Xtra Frame. To sign up, visit xtraframe.tv.

GO BOWLING! PBA 60TH ANNIVERSARY CLASSIC

Woodland Bowl, Indianapolis, Feb. 16

FINAL MATCH PLAY STANDINGS (after 48 games including match play bonus pins; top five advance to ESPN stepladder finals Sunday at 1 p.m. EST)

1, Jakob Butturff, Tempe, Ariz., 17-7, 11,852.
2, Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., 12-12, 11,539.
3, Keven Williams, Springfield, Mo., 12-11-1, 11,452.
4, Matt Sanders, Indianapolis, 13-11, 11,450.
5, Shota Kawazoe, Japan, 13-11, 11,235.

Failed to advance

6, Bill O'Neill, Langhorne, Pa., 16-8, 11,234, $7,000.
7, Andrew Anderson, Holly, Mich., 11-13, 11,223, $6,500.
8, Kristopher Prather, Plainfield, Ill., 15-9, 11,170, $6,000.
9, Ronnie Russell, Marion, Ind., 12-12, 11,160, $5,500.
10, Dom Barrett, England, 15-8-1, 11,153, $5,000.
11, Tom Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich., 12-11-1, 11,102, $4,500.
12, Brandon Novak, Chillicothe, Ohio, 13-11, 11,065, $4,000.
13, AJ Chapman, Manchester, Iowa, 10-14, 11,039, $3,600.
14, Anthony Simonsen, Austin, Texas, 13-11, 11,035, $3,400.
15, Anthony Pepe, Elmhurst, N.Y., 11-13, 11,027, $3,300.
16, Richie Teece, England, 11-11-2, 10,975, $3,200.
17, Graham Fach, Canada, 12-12, 10,922, $3,100.
18, Osku Palermaa, Finland, 9-14-1, 10,880, $3,000.
19, Arturo Quintero, Mexico, 12-12, 10,820, $2,900.
20, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 11-13, 10,810, $2,800.
21, Andrew Cain, Phoenix, 10-14, 10,764, $2,700.
22, Charlie Brown Jr, Grandville, Mich., 11-13, 10,744, $2,600.
23, DJ Archer, Friendswood, Texas, 6-18, 10,430, $2,500.
24, Richard McCormick, Cincinnati, Ohio, 8-16, 10,338, $2,400.

300 Games: Brandon Novak.

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