PBA Spare Shots: 2019 PBA Tour Award Winners to be Announced on December 11 on FloBowling

by Bill Vint November 15, 2019 09:14

The winners of the 2019 Chris Schenkel PBA Player of the Year, Harry Golden PBA Rookie of the Year, Steve Nagy Sportsmanship and Tony Reyes PBA Community Service Awards will be announced live on FloBowling on Wednesday, December 11, from FloSports studios in Austin, Texas.

The annual awards announcements by PBA CEO Colie Edison and PBA Commissioner Tom Clark will be livestreamed by FloBowling at a time to be announced later.

(Featured photo: PBA Commissioner Tom Clark presented the 2018 Player of the Year award to, from left, Andrew Anderson and the 2018 Rookie of the Year award to Kamron Doyle)

The PBA Player and Rookie of the Year winners will be selected by a panel of veteran bowling writers and the entire PBA membership. The Nagy Sportsmanship Award winner is selected by PBA Tour players who have bowled in at last half of the current season’s tournaments. The Tony Reyes award winner is selected by a special executive panel.

Last year’s winners of the PBA’s four prestigious awards were Andrew Anderson, Player of the Year; Kamron Doyle, Rookie of the Year; Tom Smallwood, Nagy Sportsmanship Award, and Chris Barnes, Tony Reyes Community Service Award.

VISA DELAY FORCES EJ TACKETT OUT OF TRIP TO COMPETE IN PBA CHINA TIGER CUP

Former PBA Rookie and Player of the Year EJ Tackett has been forced to cancel plans to compete in next week’s PBA China Tiger Cup in suburban Shanghai, China, because of a delay in obtaining a visa in time to make the trip.

Tackett was scheduled to be part of an eight-player PBA contingent competing in the PBA’s first-ever competition in mainland China. The invitational China Cup field, based on competition points earned during the FloBowling PBA Summer Tour, will include Sean Rash, Jason Sterner, AJ Johnson, Bill O'Neill, Kyle Sherman, newly-elected PBA Hall of Famer Tommy Jones and Kyle Troup, who will replace Anthony Simonsen. Simonsen declined his invitation due to a prior commitment, but Tackett’s spot in the field won’t be filled due to time constraints.

The tournament will now include seven PBA Tour players who have earned expenses-paid trips to China. The PBA qualifiers will join a contingent of bowlers from China, Korean, Japan and other Asian countries in a singles tournament with a $20,000 first prize. A special USA vs. China team event will conclude the event.

WESLEY LOW TO BEGIN CHASING PBA DREAMS

The widely anticipated arrival of Wesley Low Jr. to the PBA ranks will begin in January when the highly decorated two-handed left-hander begins his quest for 2020 PBA Rookie of the Year honors.

Low, now 22 and a graduate of the famous Wichita State University collegiate program, was the youngest bowler ever to win a PBA Regional tournament when he won a PBA West Region “challenge” event for non-title winners in Las Vegas in 2013 at the age of 15 years, 336 days. He didn’t get credit for an official title because he was not a PBA member at the time.

He also was the second-youngest player ever to “cash” in a PBA Regional when he finished third in the same non-champions event in Las Vegas the previous year at age 14. The youngest casher record is held by 2018 PBA Rookie of the Year Kamron Doyle who was 12 when he “cashed” in a PBA Regional in Canton, Ga., in 2010. In both cases, Low and Doyle competed as youth bowlers and accepted prize money in the form of contributions to their SMART scholarship funds.

Low, who has achieved success at virtually every level of youth and collegiate bowling leading up to his PBA debut, announced he will begin chasing his PBA dreams in an interview with FloBowling Senior Editor Lucas Wiseman (https://www.flobowling.com/video/6598050-wesley-low-talks-about-chasing-his-pba-dreams).

The Palmdale, Calif., resident said, “I’m nervous but excited. I’ll probably be humbled for a bit. I’d like to go on to great success, but there’s no guarantee.”

PBA PLAYER’S PERSPECTIVE: SEAN RASH DISCUSSES 2019 WOLF OPEN WIN

The newest PBA Player’s Perspective interview with PBA title winners reflecting on their victories continues on Tuesday, Nov. 19, when Sean Rash reflects on his 2019 Wolf Open title. To view all of the PBA Player’s Perspective episodes, visit the PBA’s YouTube page and click on the PBA Player’s Perspective play list.

The weekly series includes a new perspective released every Tuesday on to the PBA’s YouTube channel. The following players will provide personal play-by-play reflections in the weeks ahead:

Nov. 26 – EJ Tackett reflects on winning the 2019 PBA Tour Finals.

Dec. 3 – Bill O’Neill talks about his 2019 Harry O’Neale Chesapeake Open triumph.

Dec. 10 – Jason Belmonte provides insights about capturing his record-breaking 11th major title in the 2019 PBA World Championship during PBA World Series of Bowling X in Allen Park, Mich.

Player’s Perspectives currently in the archives on YouTube include:

• Norm Duke’s stunning 2011 U.S. Open win (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pQ0cGzRfnBk).

• Kris Prather’s historic PBA Playoffs victory (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hISjw3KmGCk).

• Anthony Simonsen’s win in the 2019 Bear Open (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tt2k25WKNzQ).

PBA REGIONAL UPDATE: 25 YEARS LATER, JOE FIRPO WINS AGAIN

A quarter of a century later, Joe Firpo of Tucker, Ga., defeated Gary Shultis of Levittown, N.Y., 258-214, to win a PBA Regional tournament when he won the PBA50 Gastonia Southern Open presented by Brunswick at George Pappas Liberty Lanes in Gastonia, N.C., Sunday.

Firpo, a 54-year-old former PBA member, won $2,000 in his first PBA Regional win since a tournament in Tallahassee, Fla., in 1994. But because he dropped his PBA membership 15 years ago, he doesn’t get credit for a fourth PBA title. Firpo won his only PBA Tour title with partner Del Warren in winning the 1987 Showboat PBA Doubles Classic in Las Vegas,

In the semifinal round Firpo easily disposed of Ken Shealy of Myrtle Beach, S.C., 227-190, while Shultis made it to the championship match for a third consecutive year by defeating Bill Vannoy of Lexington, S.C., 275-248. Shultis, who had won at Liberty Lanes three times in the past, pocketed 1,000 as the runner-up.

• Tom Hess of Granger, Iowa defeated Dakota Vostry of Chicago, 225-193, to win the PBA Plaza Bowl Midwest Open presented by Roto Grip in Clinton, Iowa, Sunday for his 11th PBA Regional title and the $2,000 first prize.

In the first match of the three-player stepladder finals, Vostry defeated Kenny Calkins III of Des Moines, Iowa, 222-215, to advance to the title match to face Hess, the top qualifier. The tournament was the final PBA Midwest Region event of the 2019 season.

• Brendon Miller of Urban, Ohio defeated Michael Adams of Fresno, Mich., 208-166, to win the PBA La-Z-Boy Central Challenge at Monroe Sport Center in Monroe, Mich., Saturday for a $1,500 first prize and his first PBA title.

The tournament field consisted of PBA members who had not won a PBA title and non-members who have never won a PBA event (non-members are not eligible to win PBA titles).

Miller blanked David Harold II of Columbus, Ohio, 2-0, while Adams downed Corey Miller of Waterford, Mich., 2-1, in a best-of-three-game semifinal round to set up the championship match.

On this weekend’s PBA Regional schedule are the PBA50 Bryan’s Bowling Center Eastern Open presented by 900 Global in Laurel, Del.; the PBA50 PLYGEM Windows South Open at Rocky Mount Bowling Center in Rocky Mount, Va., and the Japan Region’s High Sports Cup Chameleon Open at Kashima Bowl in Kashima, Japan.

On the pre-Thanksgiving Day weekend schedule, Nov. 22-24, is the PBA50 Allstate Central Match Classic at Westland Bowl in Westland, Mich.; the Break Point Alley Member/Non-Member Doubles in Tavares, Fla., and the PBA and PBA50 Epicenter Northwest-West Open tournaments in Klamath Falls, Ore.

The only PBA Regional tournament over the Nov. 29-Dec. 1 Thanksgiving weekend will be the PBA50 Beaumont Southwest Open at Crossroads Bowling Center in Beaumont, Texas.

The PBA Regional schedule over the Dec. 6-8 weekend includes the Knob Hill East Challenge at Knob Hill Country Lanes in Manalapan, N.J., and the Warren Harley-Davidson Central Challenge at Freeway Lanes of Warren, Ohio. Both “challenge” tournaments are open exclusively to non-title winners.

The PBA Regional program concludes its 2019 season with PBA/PBA50 Houston Emerald Bowl Doubles Dec. 20-22 in Houston, Texas. The Southwest Region event is projected to pay a projected $7,000 first place.

For complete PBA Regional schedules, rules and entry information, visit pba.com, open the “schedules” tab and click on PBA Regional Tours to find the event(s) in your area…and remember, you can follow “live scoring” for all PBA Regional events on pba.com (easily accessible for Apple and Android device users using the PBA app).

QUICK NOTES

• Jason Belmonte’s newest off-the-lanes venture is serving as a “mentor” to help novice inventors improve their pitches to judges on the upcoming series “Everyday Edison” that will begin livestreaming on Amazon Prime in February. You can view Belmonte’s preview of his role in the show on his Facebook page.

• Last Call: Nominations are being accepted through Nov. 22 for the 2019 PBA Tony Reyes Community Service award. To be eligible, the nominee must be a PBA member in good standing. To nominate an individual, use the nomination form available at this link:  (https://www.pba.com/Content/files/awards/TonyReyes_App_2019.pdf).

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PBA Spare Shots: Dom Barrett Wins PBA-WBT Kuwait Open for Eighth Career PBA Tour Title

by Bill Vint November 8, 2019 08:29

England’s Dom Barrett defeated Iceland’s Arnar Jonsson, 289-235 and 278-277, Wednesday to win his eighth PBA Tour title in the PBA-World Bowling Tour Kuwait Open in Kuwait City, Kuwait. Barrett, who qualified third for the stepladder finals, had to beat Jonsson, the top qualifier, twice to claim the $50,000 first prize under tournament rules.

(Featured photo: Sheikh Talal Mohammad Al-Sabah presents the Kuwait Open championship trophy and check to Dom Barrett. Asian Bowling Federation photo by Terence Yaw)

Jonsson, 25, joined the PBA in August. He became the first Iceland native to bowl for a PBA Tour title.

Barrett, 34, advanced to the title match by defeating Venezuela’s Ildemaro Ruiz, 276-223, in the second stepladder match and Canada’s Mitch Hupé, 253-230, in the semifinal contest. Ruiz opened the stepladder finals with a 275-234 win over Hong Kong’s Michael Mak.

In the World Bowling Tour Men’s and Women’s Finals held in conjunction with the Kuwait Open, Barrett again defeated Jonsson in the title match, 276-232, after Jonsson eliminated Sean Rash in the semifinal match, 289-223. Colombia’s Maria Jose Rodriguez defeated defending champion Liz Johnson, 252-234, for the women’s title after Johnson eliminated Clara Guerrero, 255-232, in semifinal match.

JAKOB BUTTURFF NEWS: A UNIQUE TROPHY AND AN UNEXPECTED SETBACK

Unorthodox left-hander Jakob Butturff of Tempe, Ariz., made PBA news for a couple of different reasons over the past couple of weeks.

Butturff.Jakob_2019 PBA Clash (1)On the good news side, the 25-year-old Arizona native defeated EJ Tackett, 258-244, to claim the $50,000 winner-take-all prize in the PBA Clash. Along with his cash prize, he also received a unique bowling pin trophy made of Legos by a company called “Custom Brick Sculptures.”

Unique trophies are kind of a badge of honor to distinguish certain events, but this trophy was the first one made of Legos. The tie-in to Legos is that the popular Legoland Theme Park Florida is located in Winter Haven, Fla., just up the road from the Kegel Training Center in Lake Wales, Fla.

On the bad news side, Butturff was noticeably absent from the ranks of contenders in the U.S. Open in Mooresville, N.C., especially after finishing as U.S. Open runner-up in both 2017 and ’18. He was forced to withdraw after suffering a severe, but mysterious, allergic reaction that landed him in the emergency room at a nearby hospital.

Butturff came into the U.S. Open as a three-time PBA Tour title winner in 2019 but suffered a setback in his bid for 2019 PBA Player of the Year consideration when he was forced to withdraw.

PBA PLAYER’S PERSPECTIVE: ANTHONY SIMONSEN TO DISCUSS 2019 BEAR OPEN WIN

PBA Player’s Perspective, a series of YouTube interviews with PBA title winners reflecting on their victories in selected title matches, continues on Tuesday, Nov. 12, when Anthony Simonsen of Little Elm, Texas, discusses his double-extra frame victory over EJ Tackett to win the 2019 Bear Open in Aurora, Ill.

To view all of the PBA Player’s Perspective episodes, visit the PBA home page on YouTube and click on the appropriate link. Currently available is Norm Duke’s perspective on his stunning 2011 U.S. Open win over Mika Koivuniemi (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pQ0cGzRfnBk) and Kris Prather’s historic PBA Playoffs victory (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hISjw3KmGCk).

The weekly series, with new perspectives released to the PBA’s YouTube home page, will feature the following players providing personal play-by-play reflections in the weeks ahead:

  • Nov. 19 – Sean Rash discusses his 2019 Wolf Open title.

  • Nov. 26 – EJ Tackett reflects on winning the 2019 PBA Tour Finals.

• Dec. 3 – Bill O’Neill talks about his 2019 Harry O’Neale Chesapeake Open triumph.

• Dec 10 – Jason Belmonte provides insights about capturing his record-breaking 11th major title in the 2019 PBA World Championship during PBA World Series of Bowling X in Allen Park, Mich.

PBA REGIONAL UPDATE: WILLIAMS-ALLEN PARTNERSHIP WINS AGAIN

The partnership of seven-time PBA Tour titlist Dick Allen of Lexington, S.C. and PBA Hall of Famer Walter Ray Williams Jr. of Oxford, Fla., has proven to be highly successful in PBA/PBA50 doubles competition where the duo was victorious again Sunday.

Williams, in winning for a 114th time at all levels of PBA competition, and Allen defeated Brandon Curtis of Manson, N.C., and Troy McKinney of Yorktown, Va., 202-197, to win the PBA/PBA50 Decker Appraisal Services Baker Doubles title presented by Hammer Sunday at Interstate Lanes in Bristol, Va., for the second year in a row.

Williams, who recently celebrated his 60th birthday, and Allen qualified first for the stepladder finals and watched as Kristian Rogers of Salisbury, N.C. and Craig Auerbach of Sunrise, Fla., eliminated Joe Scarborough of Charlotte, N.C., and Nick Christy of Newport, N.C., 251-216, to start the four-team stepladder finals. Curtis and McKinney then defeated Rogers and Auerbach, 246-201, to advance to the title match.

Allen and Williams, along with Dennis Lane, were partners in winning the 2016 PBA/PBA50/PBA60 trios event in Bristol that made Williams the first player in PBA history to win a grand total of 100 titles. Allen and Williams have bowled as doubles partners four times in PBA Regional events, winning twice and finishing second in the other two events.

This year’s win was Williams’ 20th in PBA50 Regional competition to go along with 33 standard PBA Regional, 47 PBA Tour and 14 PBA50 Tour titles. Allen picked up his 26th PBA Regional win and a share of the $4,000 first prize in Bristol. Allen’s 26 titles are tied for 18th place on the list of 1,903 players who have won at least one title in PBA Regional competition.

• Chandler Stevens of Archbold, Ohio defeated Patrick Dombrowski of Parma, Ohio, 214-195, to win the PBA Fort Wayne Central/Midwest Open at Pro Bowl West in Fort Wayne, Ind., Sunday, for his first PBA title and a $1,700 first prize.

In the semifinal round, Stevens topped Nathan Michalowski of Mount Pleasant, Wis., 219-199, and Dombrowski downed Aaron Lorincz of Center Line, Mich., 190-145, to set up the championship match.

• Brian Boghosian of Springfield, Mass. and Keith Laing of Oakdale, Conn., defeated local non-PBA members Mark Bouchard of Deep River, Conn. and Matt Dzikiewicz of Rocky Hill, Conn., 176-224, 200-194, 169-167 in the best-of-three-game title match to win the PBA/PBA50 Callahan’s Bowling for Gold Doubles presented by Tech Vision Sunday at Callahan’s Bowl-O-Rama in Newington, Conn.

Boghosian, the 1999 USBC Masters champion, and Laing overcame a loss in the first game of the title round. After winning game two by six pins, the winners needed a mark and good count to win the final game. Laing, who won his first PBA Regional title in April, got a spare and a nine count to secure the victory.

The win meant the first PBA Regional title for Boghosian who had won a regional in 2016 as a non-member. Boghosian and Laing each earned $2,000. The tournament was open to teams include one member under the age of 50 with a 50-plus partner.

In the best-of-three semifinal round, Boghosian and Laing defeated Sam Ventura of Norwich, N.Y. and Anthony Pepe of Long Island City, N.Y., 2-0, while Bouchard and Dzikiewicz defeated Ryan Shafer and Howard Ayres, both of Horseheads, N.Y., 2-0.

• Jordan Jung of Canada defeated Jake Peters of Henderson, Nev., 216-213, to win the PBA Mesa East Bowl Western Open presented by Columbia 300 at Mesa East Bowl Sunday for a $2,500 first prize along with his first PBA Regional title.

Peters topped Lanndyn Carnate of Modesto, Calif., 208-194, to advance to the title match after eliminating Jakob Butturff of Tempe, Ariz., 212-202, in the first stepladder finals match.

The Nov. 8-10 calendar of PBA Regional activity includes the La-Z-Boy Central Challenge for non-title winners at Monroe Sports Center in Monroe, Mich.; the Plaza Bowl Midwest Open presented by Roto Grip in Clinton, Iowa, and the Gastonia South Open presented by Brunswick at George Pappas’ Liberty Lanes in Gastonia, N.C.

On the Nov. 15-17 PBA Regional weekend schedule are the PBA50 Bryan’s Bowling Center Eastern Open presented by 900 Global in Laurel, Del.; the PBA50 PLYGEM Windows Rocky Mount South Open at Rocky Mount Bowling Center in Rocky Mount, Va., and the Japan Region’s High Sports Cup Chameleon Open at Kashima Bowl in Kashima, Japan.

On the pre-Thanksgiving Day weekend schedule, Nov. 22-24, is the PBA50 Allstate Central Match Classic at Westland Bowl in Westland, Mich.; the Break Point Alley Member/Non-Member Doubles in Tavares, Fla., and the PBA and PBA50 Epicenter Northwest-West Open tournaments in Klamath Falls, Ore.

• The only PBA Regional tournament over the Nov. 29-Dec. 1 Thanksgiving weekend will be the PBA50 Beaumont Southwest Open at Crossroads Bowling Center in Beaumont, Texas.

• The PBA Regional schedule over the Dec. 6-8 weekend includes the Knob Hill East Challenge at Knob Hill Country Lanes in Manalapan, N.J., and the Warren Harley-Davidson Central Challenge at Freeway Lanes of Warren, Ohio. Both “challenge” tournaments are open exclusively to non-title winners.

• The PBA Regional program concludes its 2019 season with PBA/PBA50 Houston Emerald Bowl Doubles Dec. 20-22 in Houston, Texas. The Southwest Region event is projected to pay a projected $7,000 first place.

• For complete PBA Regional schedules, rules and entry information, visit pba.com, open the “schedules” tab and click on PBA Regional Tours to find the event(s) in your area…and remember, you can follow “live scoring” for all PBA Regional events on pba.com (easily accessible for Apple and Android device users using the PBA app).

QUICK NOTES

• Kyle Troup and Kris Prather have joined the ranks of PBA Tour players that are now rostered members of the PBA Challenge Game for mobile devices. Concrete Software’s wildly popular bowling game for mobile devices is also initiating a new series of daily challenges, so everyone who has downloaded the game should check their apps for more information. If you haven’t yet downloaded the free app, visit Google Play or the Apple Store to acquire the game…and take on Troup, Prather or any of the other PBA stars who are participants in the game.

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Jakob Butturff Shrugs Off Errant Shot to Win $50,000 Winner-Take-All Prize in 2019 PBA Clash

by Jerry Schneider November 3, 2019 16:01

LAKE WALES, Fla. (Nov. 3, 2019) – Jakob Butturff of Tempe, Arizona, outlasted seven other top money earners from the 2019 Go Bowling! PBA Tour season and defeated EJ Tackett of Bluffton, Indiana, in the championship match to win the $50,000 winner-take-all prize in the second PBA Clash which aired Sunday on FOX Sports from the Kegel Training Center.     

The 25-year-old left-hander, who has won three titles in 2019 including the USBC Masters for his first major, got off to an inauspicious start in the championship match, throwing a gutter in the first frame. He learned from his mistake, converted the spare, and threw strikes on nine of his next 11 shots to beat Tackett, the 2019 Barbasol PBA Tour Finals winner, 258-244, for the win. 

“If I’m executing the way I should, throwing the ball out to the gutter is my best look and where I get the best results,” said Butturff. “Obviously you don’t want to throw it (into the gutter) in a critical situation but if it’s going to happen that’s the place to do it because you have time to recover.”

Clash trophy shotThe eliminator format event showcased the season’s top eight money earners from the 2019 season concluding with the FloBowling ATX Invite in September. In addition to Butturff and Tackett, other players earning berths in the non-title special event were Australian two-hander Jason Belmonte, Sean Rash, Anthony Simonsen, Kris Prather, Bill O’Neill and 55-year-old PBA Hall of Famer Norm Duke.

Competition began with all eight bowlers completing a 10th frame opening round with the low score eliminated. The seven remaining players then bowled subsequent rounds which consisted of a one-ball, low-man-out format. The two survivors advanced to the complete-game winner-take-all finale.

After the 10th frame round, Prather, the winner of the $100,000 first prize in the inaugural PBA Playoffs in June, was eliminated with a nine-count for the frame after leaving the 2-8 and failing to convert the spare.

Butturff faced early elimination in the 10th frame round after leaving 2-4-6-7-10 split on his first ball, but he converted the spare and struck on the final ball to advance to the second elimination round.

“It was a bad shot; I thought it was the end of the tournament for me,” said Butturff, who was eliminated late in the one-ball elimination round of the inaugural Clash in 2018. “If I make the spare, it’s probably going to be the most difficult spare I’ve made on TV so I told Kris (Prather) it would be awesome for the TV show if I can make it. You have nothing to lose at that point so the pressure’s off – just take your best shot and hope for the best.”

In the one-ball elimination that made up rounds 2-6, Tackett and Butturff were the last two players left standing with a strike and nine-count, respectively. They outscored 2019 PBA Players Championship winner Anthony Simonsen in the sixth round after he could only manage seven pins, leaving the 3-6-10.

Duke was eliminated in Round 2 with a seven-count after four roll-offs. O’Neill was eliminated in Round 3, which also required four roll-offs, with nine. Rash was eliminated in Round 4 with eight, and Belmonte was eliminated in Round 5 after two roll-off frames, with nine.

“A format like this really tests your ability to think on the fly so you can give yourself the best opportunity to perform in the clutch,” said Butturff, who has had issues missing easy spares at critical times in matches in the past. “In the early rounds your mindset is ‘don’t do worse than they did’ but eventually that changes to putting pressure on your opponent when you bowl head-to-head in a title match.

“You had eight guys who got here because of their ability to come through in clutch situations,” Butturff added. “It can be nerve-racking but this is what I love to do so you just get into competitive mode and get the job done.”

The 2020 PBA Tour season begins with the PBA Hall of Fame Classic Jan. 14-19 at the International Training and Research Center on the International Bowling Campus in Arlington, Texas. The stepladder finals will air live on FS1 on Sunday, Jan. 19 at 1 p.m. ET.

2019 PBA CLASH FINAL RESULTS

(aired Sunday on FOX Sports)

Championship Match

Jakob Butturff, Tempe, Ariz. ($50,000) def. EJ Tackett, Bluffton, Ind., 258-244.

10th Frame Elimination Round One (Low score eliminated)

1. Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 30.

2. Bill O’Neill Langhorne, Pa., 30.

3. Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 20.

4. Anthony Simonsen, Little, Elm, Texas, 20.

5. Jakob Butturff, Chandler, Ariz., 20.

6. Jason Belmonte, Australia, 20.

7. EJ Tackett, Bluffton, Ind., 20.

8. Kris Prather, Plainfield, Ill., 9 (eliminated).

One-Ball Low-Man-Out Elimination Round (low first ball count after each round eliminates players to determine final two players for championship match. Players tying for low score advance to another one-ball roll-off to break tie)

Round 2 – Duke eliminated with 7 after fourth roll-off.

Round 3 – O’Neill eliminated with 9 after fourth roll-off.

Round 4 – Rash eliminated with 8.

Round 5 – Belmonte eliminated with 9 after second roll-off.

Round 6 – Simonsen eliminated with 7.

Tackett, with 10, and Butturff with 9 in sixth round, survived to advance to title match.

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PBA Spare Shots: Kris Prather Discusses PBA Playoffs Victory in New PBA Player’s Perspective Interview

by Bill Vint November 1, 2019 10:13

PBA Player’s Perspective, a series of YouTube interviews with PBA title winners reflecting on their victories in selected title matches, continues on Tuesday, Nov. 5, when Kris Prather of Plainfield, Ill., explains what was going through his mind when the won the inaugural PBA Playoffs in Portland, Maine.

To view the episodes, visit the PBA home page on YouTube and click on the appropriate link. Currently available is Norm Duke’s perspectives on his 2011 U.S. Open victory over Mika Koivuniemi (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pQ0cGzRfnBk).

The weekly series, with new perspectives released to the PBA’s YouTube home page, will feature the following players providing personal play-by-play reflections in the weeks ahead:
  • Nov. 12 – Anthony Simonsen’s win in the 2019 Bear Open.
  • Nov. 19 – Sean Rash discusses his 2019 Wolf Open title.
  • Nov. 26 – EJ Tackett reflects on winning the 2019 PBA Tour Finals.

NICK PATE, RAFIQ ISMAIL INVITED TO WORLD BOWLING TOUR FINALS
PBA members Nick Pate of Inver Grove Heights, Minn., representing the Pan American zone, and Malaysia’s Rafiq Ismail, representing the Asian Zone, have been invited to participate in the 2019 World Bowling Tour Men’s Finals along with European Zone representative Arnard David Jonsson. Those three will join the top six male points leaders in World Bowling Tour for 2019 in the WBT Finals in Kuwait on Nov. 7.

The top five men, along with the top five women in WBT points, will be determined at the conclusion of the PBA-WBT Kuwait Open on Nov. 6. In the wake of his U.S. Open victory, Canada’s Francois Lavoie has taken the men’s points lead. The top five heading into the Kuwait Open, with current points in parenthesis, are: Lavoie (1,384); Anthony Simonsen (1,344); U.S. Open runner-up Sean Rash (1,272); AJ Johnson (1,268); Kyle Sherman (1,256), and Jakob Butturff and Jason Belmonte, who are tied with 1,240 points.

The women’s points leaders heading into the U.S. Open were Danielle McEwan (2,192); Liz Johnson (2,084); Tannya Roumimper (1,720); Clara Guerrero (1,248); and Missy Parkin (1,184) and Maria Jose Rodriguez (1,084). Women invited to represent their respective zones are Guerrero (Pan American Zone), Women invited to represent their respective zones are Guerrero (Pan American Zone), Singapore’s Cherie Tan (Asian Zone) and Sweden’s Anna Andersson, European Zone.

Both the Kuwait Open and WBT Men’s and Women’s Finals will be livestreamed on Nov. 6 and 7, respectively, on dailymotion.com.

PBA REGIONAL UPDATE: HATTORI, WILSON, KLOEMPKEN WIN AT SOUTH POINT
Zach Hattori and partner Ari Wilson,  both from Henderson, Nev., teamed up to win Sunday’s PBA South Point Member/Non-Member Doubles title at South Point Bowling Plaza after fellow non-PBA member Steve Kloempken of Pleasant Valley, Utah, won the South Point West Challenge portion of the PBA West Region doubleheader on Friday.

In the preliminary singles event open to non-PBA title winners, Kloempken, a former Team USA member who currently is Storm Products Vice President of Marketing, was perfect in defeating Deo Benard of Rio Rancho, N.M., 300-217, to earn the $2,000 first prize.

Kloempken knocked out another non-member, Kyle Duster of La Habra, Calif., 236-192, in the semifinal round while Benard eliminated Lanndyn Carnate of Modesto, Calif., 279-236, to set up the championship match.

In Sunday’s doubles title match, Hattori and Wilson defeated Cortez Schenck of Phoenix, Ariz. and Eric Hatchett of Las Vegas, 458-414, to claim the $4,000 first prize.

Hattori and Wilson advanced to the title match by eliminating Curtis Woods of Santa Rosa, Calf. and Josh Blanchard of Mesa, Ariz., 482-459, while Schenck and Hatchett ousted Ramsey Basurto of Lancaster, Calif., and Tim Cagle II of Hercules, Calif. 435-423, in the other semifinal match.

Kloempken, Hattori and Wilson are all non-members so none of the three receive credit for a PBA title.

• A busy schedule of events is on tap for November as the PBA Regional program starts to wrap up the 2019 season, beginning this weekend. On the schedule are the PBA-PBA50 Callahan’s Bowling for Gold Over-Under Doubles presented by TechVision at Callahan’s Bowl O Rama in Newington, Conn.; the PBA-PBA50 Decker Appraisal Services Doubles presented by Hammer at Interstate Bowl in Bristol, Va.; the Mesa East Open presented by Columbia 300 at Mesa East Bowl in Mesa, Ariz., and the one-day Ft. Wayne Central-Midwest Open at Pro Bowl West in Ft. Wayne, Ind.

• The Nov. 8-10 calendar of PBA Regional activity includes the La-Z-Boy Central Challenge for non-title winners at Monroe Sports Center in Monroe, Mich.; the Plaza Bowl Midwest Open presented by Roto Grip in Clinton, Iowa, and the Gastonia South Open presented by Brunswick at George Pappas’ Liberty Lanes in Gastonia, N.C.

—• On the Nov. 15-17 PBA Regional weekend schedule are the PBA50 Bryan’s Bowling Center Eastern Open presented by 900 Global in Laurel, Del.; the PBA50 PLYGEM Windows Rocky Mount South Open at Rocky Mount Bowling Center in Rocky Mount, Va., and the Japan Region’s High Sports Cup Chameleon Open at Kashima Bowl in Kashima, Japan.

—• On the pre-Thanksgiving Day weekend schedule, Nov. 22-24, is the PBA50 Allstate Central Match Classic at Westland Bowl in Westland, Mich.; the Break Point Alley Member/Non-Member Doubles in Tavares, Fla., and the PBA and PBA50 Epicenter Northwest-West Open tournaments in Klamath Falls, Ore.

• The only PBA Regional tournament over the Nov. 29-Dec. 1 Thanksgiving weekend will be the PBA50 Beaumont Southwest Open at Crossroads Bowling Center in Beaumont, Texas.

• The PBA Regional program concludes its 2019 season with a pair of tournaments over the Dec. 6-8 weekend: the Knob Hill East Challenge at Knob Hill Country Lanes in Manalapan, N.J., and the Warren Harley-Davidson Central Challenge at Freeway Lanes of Warren, Ohio. Both “challenge” tournaments are open exclusively to non-title winners.

• For complete PBA Regional schedules, rules and entry information, visit pba.com, open the “schedules” tab and click on PBA Regional Tours to find the event(s) in your area…and remember, you can follow “live scoring” for all PBA Regional events on pba.com (easily accessible for Apple and Android device users using the PBA app).

QUICK NOTES
tackett wedding photo• Thirteen-time PBA Tour champion EJ Tackett and Natalie Goodman, a two-time Junior Team USA member and former Vanderbilt University bowler, will be married Saturday in Pigeon Forge, Tenn. Fellow competitors and close friends Ronnie Russell and Marshall Kent will be groomsmen.

Danny Wiseman’s eighth annual Youth Scholarship Tournament held over the Oct. 12-13 weekend at AMF Country Club Lanes in Baltimore drew a sold-out field of 342 competitors and paid out $33,850 in scholarship money. For details, visit Wiseman’s website: http://dannywisemanbowling.com.

Reminder: The IBM/HF is holding a special auction with one fan receiving a PBA Hall of Fame Classic VIP Experience Jan. 18-19. Fans who would like to place a bid for the package must visit BowlingMuseumAuctions.com. The winner will be announced on Dec. 11 on the IBM/HF Facebook page. The PBA and the International Bowling Museum and Hall of Fame are teaming up to offer the unique experience in conjunction with the PBA Hall of Fame Classic in January that will kick off the PBA Tour’s 2020 season.

Reminder: Nominations are being accepted through Nov. 22 for the 2019 PBA Tony Reyes Community Service award. To be eligible, the nominee must be a PBA member in good standing. To nominate an individual, use the nomination form available at this link:  (https://www.pba.com/Content/files/awards/TonyReyes_App_2019.pdf).

—• Update: Upon further review of PBA Regional records, Ron Mohr is tied for second place among all-time PBA50 Regional winners with 19 titles. Harry Sullins is the leader with 24. Walter Ray Williams Jr. and Tom Baker also have won 19 PBA50 Regional titles.

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2019 Go Bowling! PBA Tour Top Earners Battle in PBA Clash Sunday on FOX

by Jerry Schneider October 31, 2019 08:42

LAKE WALES, Fla.  – The top eight money earners from the 2019 Go Bowling! PBA Tour season will battle for a $50,000 winner-take-all first prize when the second edition of the PBA Clash airs on FOX Sunday from the renowned Kegel Training Center.

Four-time PBA Player of the Year and 22-time Go Bowling! PBA Tour titlist Jason Belmonte of Australia leads an elite field that also includes 2019 standouts Jakob Butturff, Bill O’Neill, Kris Prather, EJ Tackett, Anthony Simonsen, Sean Rash and PBA Hall of Famer Norm Duke.

As a preamble to the 2020 season on FOX Sports, competition begins Sunday with “eliminator” rounds leading up to a full-game championship match between the two survivors.  In the first round, all eight players beginning with the No. 8 qualifier will bowl a 10th frame. The player with the lowest pinfall will be eliminated. The non-title special event converts to a one-ball format for rounds 2-6 with the player rolling the lowest pinfall eliminated until the surviving two players are determined for the championship match.

All competition will be conducted on a mixed (or dual) lane condition – 44-foot PBA Billy Hardwick lane condition on the left lane and 37-foot Johnny Petraglia lane condition on the right lane.

The PBA Clash airs on FOX adjacent to the NFL Singleheader on Sunday, Nov. 3 (2:30 p.m. ET or 4:30 p.m. ET) depending on region. Viewers should check their local listings for air times in their areas. 

Here’s a look at the eight competitors along with their season highlights:

Jason Belmonte, Australia – Making his second Clash appearance, the two-hander from Australia and four-time PBA Player of the Year, won the 2019 PBA Tournament of Champions and PBA World Championship earlier this year for his 10th and 11th PBA Tour major victories to top the all-time major titles list. With nine television appearances in 2019 that also included a runner-up finish in the PBA Players Championship, the only four-time winner this season also won the Chameleon Championship and DHC Japan Invitational to bring his career titles total to 22.

Jakob Butturff, Tempe, Arizona – With three wins and eight television appearances in 2019, the seven-time tour champion won the PBA Oklahoma Open, Lubbock Sports Shootout and USBC Masters for his first major title. Making his second Clash appearance, the 25-year-old left-hander also was runner-up in the season-opening PBA Hall of Fame Classic, the DHC PBA Japan Invitational and PBA World Championship.

Bill O’Neill, Langhorne, Pennsylvania – With six television appearances, the inaugural PBA Playoffs runner-up won the season-opening PBA Hall of Fame Classic and the Harry O’Neale Chesapeake Open for his 10th and 11th career titles. He won the $25,000 first prize in the FloBowling PBA ATX Invite, a non-title event, and finished third in the PBA Scorpion Championship and fourth in the PBA World Championship.

Kris Prather, Plainfield, Illinois – Won the inaugural PBA Playoffs and a $100,000 first prize in July. Also won the PBA Scorpion Championship for his first Go Bowling! PBA Tour title. Had eight top-10 finishes in 2019 including a third in the Storm PBA/PWBA Striking Against Breast Cancer Mixed Doubles, fourth in the Go Bowling! PBA Jonesboro Open and fifth in the Barbasol PBA Tour Finals.

EJ Tackett, Bluffton, Indiana – Won his second Barbasol PBA Tour Finals in 2019 for his 13th career tour title. Making his second Clash appearance, he has five television appearances this season which also included runner-up finishes in the PBA Tournament of Champions, Bear Open and FloBowling PBA Illinois Open.

Anthony Simonsen, Little Elm, Texas – Also qualifying for his second Clash, the 22-year-old two-hander won the 2019 PBA Players Championship to become the youngest player ever to win two majors. He also won the PBA Bear Open for his seventh career tour title.  Among his five other television appearances were a runner-up finish in the 2019 Go Bowling! PBA Jonesboro Open and a tie for third in the Barbasol PBA Tour Finals.

Sean Rash, Montgomery, Illinois – Won the Mark Roth-Marshall Holman PBA Doubles Championship with Matt Ogle and the PBA Wolf Open for his second win of the season and 14th of his career. The 2011-12 PBA Player of the Year also had runner-up finishes in the PBA Wilmington Open, Lubbock Sports Open and PBA Bowlerstore.com Classic. He also won the USBC Cup as the FloBowling PBA Summer Swing points winner, which netted him $20,000.

Norm Duke, Clermont, Florida – Landmark season for the 55-year-old PBA Hall of Famer included winning the Go Bowling! PBA Indianapolis and Go Bowling! PBA Jonesboro Opens to become the oldest player to win back-to-back PBA Tour titles. The Jonesboro win was the 40th of his career as he joined all-time PBA Tour title winners and fellow Hall of Famers Walter Ray Williams Jr. (47) and Earl Anthony (43) as the third player to win 40 or more PBA Tour titles.

Marshall Kent won the 2018 PBA Clash at the Kegel Training Center with a 218-215 championship match win over Dom Barrett to win the $25,000 first prize. Neither player qualified for the 2019 PBA Clash.

The 2020 PBA Tour season begins with the PBA Hall of Fame Classic Jan. 14-19 at the Bowling International Training Center in Arlington, Texas. The stepladder finals will air live on FS1 Sunday, Jan. 19 at 1 p.m. ET.

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 and BowleroCorp.com.

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