Non-Member Warren Eales Out Strikes Walter Ray Williams Jr. in Title Match to Win PBA50 Lucas Magazine Classic

by Jerry Schneider April 23, 2018 20:15

NEW PORT RICHEY, Fla. – Warren Eales of Chandler, Ariz., bowling as a non-member, fired the last eight strikes in the championship match Monday against Professional Bowlers Association Hall of Famer Walter Ray Williams Jr. of Oxford, Fla., to win the PBA50 Lucas Magazine Classic at Lane Glo Bowl.

Eales, who is the Port Director for the United States Customs Service in Las Vegas, beat Williams 258-247 to become the first non-member to win a PBA50 Tour event since Nick Morgan of Sacramento, Calif., won the Senior Northern California Classic in 2008.

“Who knew this was going to happen,” said the 58-year-old Eales, who was the top qualifier for the stepladder finals of the first PBA50 tournament of the season. “To strike out in the 10th frame to beat Walter Ray, how could you script it any better? It’s a once-in-a-lifetime bowling experience.”

Williams, who was trying for his 12th PBA50 Tour title, finished the match with his 247 game forcing Eales to throw the first two strikes in the 10th frame for the win but Eales left little doubt about the outcome when he threw three pocket strikes.

“I have a pre-shot routine and I executed it exactly the way I wanted,” Eales said. “I just had to concentrate on keeping my hand underneath the ball, throw a soft shot and let it roll. The first shot in the 10th went exactly according to plan and then I just thought to myself I just need to do it one more time.”

Eales, who was a PBA member for two years in the mid-1980s, owns four USBC Open Championships top 10 finishes. He’s had several top 10 finishes in PBA regional tournaments and once finished 18th in a PBA Tour tournament. He’s a member of the Arizona, Phoenix and Mesa bowling halls of fame and now bowls tournaments mainly on the state and local level.

Eales trip to Florida for the Lucas Magazine Classic was actually part of a vacation with his wife Yeong.

“Once a year my wife and I take a week’s vacation around a tournament in a different part of the country,” he said. “This year we picked this tournament because there was also a regional in Sarasota a couple days before. Needless to say, it will be a vacation I’ll never forget.”

In the semi-final match Williams, who qualified third for the finals, beat one-time PBA Tour winner Mike Mineman of St. Louis 248-201 to advance to the title match. Mineman, who qualified second and was making his first PBA50 Tour finals appearance, won the 2006 Bayer Classic PBA Tour event.

In the second stepladder match, Williams beat No. 5 qualifier 56-year-old insurance agent Joel Carlson of Omaha, Neb., 268-241, to advance to the semi-final match.

Carlson, who has a best PBA50 Tour finish of third, which came in the 2016 Sun Bowl In The Villages, took advantage of a missed 10-pin and a gutter ball on a double by PBA Hall of Famer and two-time PBA50 Player of the Year Ron Mohr of Las Vegas to win the opening stepladder match 207-197.

The PBA50 Tour moves to The Villages, Fla. for the PBA50 National Championship presented by Spanish Springs Lanes and Radical April 24-28 which is the first major of the season.

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Lane Glo Bowl, New Port Richey, Fla., Monday

Final Standings:
1, n-Warren Eales, Chandler, Ariz., $7,500.
2, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., $4,000.
3, Mike Mineman, St. Louis, Mo., $2,500.
4, Joel Carlson, Omaha, Neb., $2,000.
5, Ron Mohr, Las Vegas, $1,750.

Stepladder Results:
Match One – Carlson def. Mohr, 207-197.
Match Two – Williams def. Carlson, 268-241.
Semifinal Match – Williams def. Mineman, 248 -201.
Championship Match – Eales def. Williams, 258-247.

Match Play Round 2 (after six games, including match play bonus pins. Top five advance to stepladder finals)
1, n-Warren Eales, Chandler, Ariz., 5-1, 1,602.
2, Mike Mineman, St Louis, Mo, 3-2-1, 1,572.
3, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., 3-2-1, 1,562.
4, Ron Mohr, Las Vegas, 5-1, 1,549.
5, Joel Carlson, Omaha, Neb., 4-2, 1,518.
6, Michael Haugen Jr., Phoenix, 3-3, 1,517, $1,500.
7, Lee Brosius, Ashburn, Va., 3-3, 1,508, $1,600.
8, Brian Kretzer, Dayton, Ohio, 3-3, 1,475, $1,500.
9, Bob Learn Jr., Erie, Pa., 3-3, 1,464, $1,350.
10, Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., 4-2, 1,447, $1,450.
11, Sammy Ventura, Norwich, N.Y., 2-4, 1,407, $1,350.
12, Mark Williams, Beaumont, Texas, 2-4, 1,382, $1,450.
13, George Litwin, Miami, 2-4, 1,364, $1,350.
*14, Brian LeClair, Albany, N.Y., 3-3, 1,300, $1,300.
15, Warren Nelson, Hemet, Calif., 1-5-0, 1,264, $1,350.
16, John Burkett, Southlake, Texas, 1-5-0, 1,207, $1,350.

*LeClair withdrew after fourth match because of injury and was replaced by Amleto Monacelli.

Match Play Round 1 (After five games, including match play bonus pins)
17, Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, 3-2, 1,233, $1,300.
18, James Hansen, Anchorage, Alaska, 3-2, 1,217, $1,250.
19, Lennie Boresch Jr., Kenosha, Wis., 2-3, 1,209, $1,350.
20, Eddie Graham, Centerville, Ohio, 3-2, 1,208, $1,250.
21, Don Breeden, Clive, Iowa, 3-2, 1,205, $1,250.
22, Jeff Bellinger, Columbia, S.C., 2-3, 1,195, $1,250.
23, Sam Maccarone, Williamstown, N.J., 3-2, 1,182, $1,250.
24, Mark Sullivan, Indianapolis, 2-3, 1,175, $1,250.
25, Kenny Parks, Hammond, Ind., 2-3, 1,167, $1,150.
26, Bill Watson, Monroe, Ohio, 3-2, 1,132, $1,150.
27, Ralph Brunt Jr., Jensen Beach, Fla., 1-4, 1,127, $1,250.
28, William Peters, Dayton, Ohio, 2-3, 1,113, $1,150.
29, Steve Bova, Massapequa, N.Y., 2-3, 1,063, $1,150.
30, Danny Clark, New Palestine, Ind., 2-3, 1,062, $1,150.
31, John Donovan, Melbourne, Fla., 2-3, 1,030, $1,150.
32, John Dudak, Orland Park, Ill., 0-5, 918, $1,150.

Other Cashers (after five-game cashers’ round)
33, Doug Becker, Clermont, Fla., 1,091, $1,050.
34, Henry Dawson, Elma, Wash., 1,090, $1,050.
35, Tony Johnson, Canton, Ohio, 1,082, $1,050.
36, Gary Faulkner, Norfolk, Va., 1,080, $1,050.
37, James Knoblauch, Waukesha, Wis., 1,068, $1,050.
38, Kimmo Lehtonen, Finland, 1,061, $1,050.
39, Ray Valdovino, Sacramento, Calif., 1,059, $1,050.
40, Dale Traber, Cedarburg, Wis., 1,058, $1,050.
41, Patrick King, Yankton, S.D., 1,049, $1,000.
42, Todd Haney, Boiling Springs, S.C., 1,043, $1,000.
43, Kevin Croucher, Grants Pass, Ore., 1,042, $1,000.
44, Harry Alchin, Madeira Beach, Fla., 1,026, $1,000.
45, Jeff Schrum, Cherryville, N.C., 1,025, $1,000.
46, Jim Pitts, Elmira, N.Y., 1,004, $1,000.
47, John DiSantis, Wilmington, Del., 998, $1,000.
48, Keith Lesko, Prosper, Texas, 996, $1,000.
49, Harry Sullins, Chesterfield Twp., Mich., 968, $1,000.
50, Christopher Keane, Cape Coral, Fla., 931, $1,000.
51, Fred Ferreira, Kings Park, N.Y., 930, $1,000.
52, Mike Dias, Lafayette, Colo., 873, $1,000.


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Walter Ray Williams Jr. Averages 246 to Lead Qualifying in PBA50 Lucas Magazine Classic

by Jerry Schneider April 22, 2018 19:14

NEW PORT RICHEY, Fla. -- After a single 10-game qualifying round, Professional Bowlers Association Hall of Famer Walter Ray Williams Jr. of Oxford, Fla., averaged 245.6 Sunday to emerge as the top qualifier heading into match play for the PBA50 Lucas Magazine Classic at Lane Glo Bowl.

In the opening tournament of the 2018 PBA50 Tour season, Williams, an 11-time PBA50 Tour winner, finished with a 2,456 pinfall total to edge out 2017 PBA50 Rookie of the Year Michael Haugen Jr. of Phoenix, who finished in second with 2,451.

Williams, the PBA Tour’s all-time titles leader with 47 wins, had games of 258, 265, 205, 229, 279, 238, 240, 269, 226 and 247.

“The biggest change I had to make was when I went to a more aggressive ball in the fourth game,” said the 58-year-old Williams. “Even though it was a long block, the pace of bowling was good. As long as I kept throwing the ball firm and maintained good (ball) speed I could keep throwing the ball from the outside which is where I have the best results.”

Williams, who finished third in the recent Port Property Management PBA Xtra Frame Shootout in Maine, is hoping for his first PBA50 Tour title since winning the USBC Senior Masters in June of 2017.

“I had the Senior Masters win last year but wasn’t really happy with the season other than that,” Williams added. “I’ve been bowling pretty well recently and just want to keep it going.”

Williams won the PBA Bowlers Discount Eastern Open regional tournament a week ago for his 107th career PBA title.

Haugen, the winner of the 2017 Suncoast PBA Senior U.S. Open, had games of 257, 204, 212, 211 231, 278, 258, 243, 299 and 258 for his 10 games in the qualifying round.

“I’m coming in with a simpler is better mentality,” said Haugen, the winner of five titles on the regular PBA Tour. Right now, I only have two balls with me and I’m going back to old school by making the most of my adjustments with speed and hand positions. It’s what we grew up doing and that’s what was working for me, especially in the last half of the round.”

Haugen is coming off a win in the PBA50 Sarasota South Open regional tournament which ended Friday.

Rounding out the top five were five-time PBA Tour winner Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., 2,410; Sammy Ventura, Norwich, N.Y., 2,393, and two-time tour winner Warren Nelson, Hemet, Calif. 2,391.

Competition continues Monday with a cashers’ round at 8:30 a.m. ET followed by the first round of match play at noon. After the second match play round at 3 p.m. the top five players will be determined for the stepladder finals at 7 p.m. ET.

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Lane Glo Bowl, New Port Richey, Fla., Sunday

First Round

(After 10 games. Positions 1-24 advance to match play. Positions 25 through 44 plus eight PBA60 players advance to cashers round to determine eight additional match play spots)

1, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., 2,456.
2, Michael Haugen Jr., Phoenix, 2,451.
3, Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., 2,410.
4, Sammy Ventura, Norwich, N.Y., 2,393.
5, Warren Nelson, Hemet, Calif., 2,391.
6, Bob Learn Jr., Erie, Pa., 2,386.
7, Brian Kretzer, Dayton, Ohio, 2,373.
8, John Burkett, Southlake, Texas, 2,372.
9, Kenny Parks, Hammond, Ind., 2,356.
10, Mark Williams, Beaumont, Texas, 2,339.
11, Mark Sullivan, Indianapolis, 2,338.
12, Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, 2,337.
13, Danny Clark, New Palestine, Ind., 2,330.
14, Don Breeden, Clive, Iowa, 2,320.
15, Eddie Graham, Centerville, Ohio, 2,313.
16, Jeff Bellinger, Columbia, S.C., 2,312.
17, Lee Brosius, Ashburn, Va., 2,309.
18, n-Warren Eales, Chandler, Ariz., 2,303.
19, Lennie Boresch Jr., Kenosha, Wis., 2,299.
20, James Hansen, Anchorage, Alaska, 2,298.
21, Ralph Brunt Jr., Jensen Beach, Fla., 2,283.
22, Ron Mohr, Las Vegas, 2,277.
23, Brian LeClair, Albany, N.Y., 2,273.
24, John Donovan, Melbourne, Fla., 2,250.
25, Sam Maccarone, Williamstown, N.J., 2,244.
26, Mike Mineman, St Louis, Mo., 2,234.
27, Todd Haney, Boiling Springs, S.C., 2,230.
28, Jim Pitts, Elmira, N.Y., 2,220.
29, John Dudak, Orland Park, Ill., 2,219.
30, Keith Lesko, Prosper, Texas, 2,216.
31, Bill Watson, Monroe, Ohio, 2,212.
32, Dale Traber, Cedarburg, Wis., 2,201.
33, Joel Carlson, Omaha, Neb., 2,197.
34, Gary Faulkner, Norfolk, Va., 2,196.
35, Patrick King, Yankton, S.D., 2,191.
36, William Peters, Dayton, Ohio, 2,186.
37, James Knoblauch, Waukesha, Wis., 2,184.
38, Harry Alchin III, Madeira Beach, Fla., 2,182.
39, Doug Becker, Clermont, Fla., 2,175.
40, George Litwin, Miami, 2,169.
41, Christopher Keane, Cape Coral, Fla., 2,167.
42, Tony Johnson, Canton, Ohio, 2,164.
43, Jeff Schrum, Cherryville, N.C., 2,162.
44, Kimmo Lehtonen, Finland, 2,160.
45, Glenn Smith, New York, 2,159.
46, ss-Henry Dawson, Elma, Wash., 2,155.
47, Gary Alstott, Washington, Ill., 2,153.
48, Paul LeMond, Jasper, Ind., 2,151.
49, Todd Kjell, Roscoe, Ill., 2,147.
50, ss-Ray Valdovino, Sacramento, Calif., 2,136.
51, James Deplanche, Taylor, Mich., 2,135.
52, n-Dennis Rakauskas, Apopka, Fla., 2,121.
53 (tie), ss-Mike Dias, Lafayette, Colo., and Peter Knopp, Germany, 2,120.
55, Craig Auerbach, Sunrise, Fla., 2,118.
56, Bryan Goebel, Shawnee, Kan., 2,117.
57, Dave Han, Birmingham, Ala., 2,114.
58, Rolando Sebelen, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, 2,108.
59, ss-Harry Sullins, Chesterfield Twp., Mich., 2,106.
60, John Dougherty, Fort Walton Beach, Fla., 2,099.
61, David Taylor, Largo, Fla., 2,098.
62, (tie) Terry Metzner, Kentwood, Mich., and Marty Berke, Allentown, Pa., 2,097.
64, David Bleggi, Jacksonville, N.C., 2,092.
65, Doug O'Bryant, Ball Ground, Ga., 2,086.
66, ss-Fred Ferreira, Kings Park, N.Y., 2,085.
67, ss-Kevin Croucher, Grants Pass, Ore., 2,084.
68, ss-Steve Bova, Massapequa, N.Y., 2,077.
69, ss-John DiSantis, Wilmington, Del., 2,072.
70, Widmar Vargas, Riverview, Fla., 2,070.
71, (tie) Jerry Brunette Jr., Naples, Fla., and Ted Staikoff, Black Hawk, S.D., 2,069.
73, John Conroy, Mahopac, N.Y., 2,068.
74, Michael Mikolajczyk, Boothwyn, Pa., 2,065.
75, (tie) Tom Carter, Columbus, Ohio, and John Hough, Naples, Fla., 2,063.
77, Charlie Toney, Oak Hill, W.Va., 2,060.
78, Doug Henry, Columbus, Ind., 2,057.
79, Steve Kenyon, Dade City, Fla., 2,050.
80, Ken Fishman, Lutz, Fla., 2,049.
81, Jon DeLaney, McKinney, Texas, 2,046.
82, Timothy Martin, Harrisville, R.I., 2,043.
83, James Campbell, Clearwater, Fla., 2,039.
84, Rick Francis, Linden, Calif., 2,038.
85, Mike Hastings, Millsboro, Del., 2,035.
86, (tie) James Storts, Westfield, Ind., and Michael Craig, Westerville, Ohio, 2,034.
88, John Gant, Medford, Mass., 2,033.
89, Bo Goergen, Sanford, Mich., 2,020.
90, Steven Putnam, Warner Robins, Ga., 2,018.
91, George Patel, England, 2,016.
92, Darin Hays, Wesley Chapel, Fla., 2,007.
93, Steven DiMartino, Upper Saddle River, N.J., 2,002.
94, Michael Byers, Charleston, S.C., 1,999.
95, David Martin, Chesapeake, Va., 1,991.
96, n-John Chovanec, Sugarland, Tex., 1,976.
97, (tie) Barry Clare, Bayside, N.Y., and C.K. Moore, Gulf Breeze, Fla., 1,975.
99, Glenn Morgan, Carson City, Nev., 1,955.
100, Paul McCordic, Sugar Land, Texas, 1,953.
101, Steven Jansson, Barnes, Wisc., 1,947.
102, Scott Greiner, Sunrise Beach, Mo., 1,946.
103, Jimmy Jean, Kathleen, Ga., 1,942.
104, Brian Miller, Springfield, Ohio, 1,930.
105, Tony Rodriguez Jr., Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., 1,922.
106, Bob Kelly, Dayton, Ohio, 1,920.
107, (tie) Pete Arruda, Gilbert, S.C., and Michael Truitt, New Port Richey, Fla., 1,910.
109, Arthur O'Connor, Middle Village, N.Y., 1,901.
110, Frank Gallo Jr., Jacksonville, Fla., 1,899.
111, ss-Steve Calyore, Naples, Fla., 1,897.
112, Darryl Dempsey, Pinellas Park, Fla., 1,882.
113, Ken Shealy, Myrtle Beach, S.C., 1,881.
114, Don Blatchford, Santa Monica, Calif., 1,877.
115, Timothy Regan, East Northport, N.Y., 1,874.
116, Louis Alessi, Clearwater, Fla., 1,864.
117, Michael Vella, Bellport, N.Y., 1,861.
118, David Sanders, Blythewood, S.C., 1,859.
119, Lucien Casagrande, Canada, 1,844.
120, Johnny Wilson, Colorado Springs, Colo., 1,832.
121, Thomas Ream, Tampa, Fla., 1,821.
122, William Keenan Jr., Orlando, Fla., 1,820.
123, John Austin Jr., League City, Texas, 1,812.
124, Greg Kemp, Conroe, Texas, 1,811.
125, Timothy Bates, Orlando, Fla., 1,806.
126, Bill Henson, Westerville, Ohio, 1,803.
127, Lew Elting, Carlsbad, Calif., 1,781.
128, Robert Donovan, Prattsville, N.Y., 1,709.
129, Doug Evans, Bayonet Point, Fla., 1,706.
130, ss-John Thomas, Fort Myers, Fla., 1,675.
131, Rich Schubert, Cornith, Texas, 1,573.

300 games – Lennie Boresch Jr., Ryan Shafer and Ralph Brunt Jr.

ss-indicates PBA60 players advancing to cashers’ round

n-indicates non-member

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Silver Lake Atom Splitters, Motown Muscle Advance as PBA League Competition Begins in Portland

by Bill Vint April 22, 2018 11:59

PORTLAND, Maine – The two-time past champion Oceanview at Falmouth Silver Lake Atom Splitters will continue their bid for a third OceanView at Falmouth PBA League Elias Cup in the semifinal round, but the underdog Barbasol Motown Muscle will have a say in Silver Lake’s future after posting an inspired opening-round victory as the sixth edition of the Elias Cup competition got off to a thunderous start in front of a sold-out crowd at Bayside Bowl.

The first two best-of-two-game quarterfinal rounds matches, which are part of the 2018 Go Bowling! PBA Tour schedule, aired Sunday on ESPN.

In the first best-of-two-game match of the 2018 PBA League competition, the underdog Motown Muscle knocked out the top-seeded L.A. X team, 233-194 and 219-210. The first game of the Baker format match included two strings of four strikes by Motown’s Josh Blanchard, Shota Kawazoe (shown in feature photo), Francois Lavoie, Anthony Simonsen and EJ Tackett while L.A. X threw only one strike in the first eight frames.

butturffGame two was a nail-biter heading into the 10th frame where Tackett, working on a strike, left a 4 pin. L.A. X anchor bowler Jakob Butturff (at left) needed two strikes and nine pins to send the match into a one-ball sudden-death roll-off, but he left a 7 pin to hand Motown’s its first sweep in the PBA League’s six-year history.

“That was exciting,” Motown manager Del Ballard Jr. said. “I thought (Butturff’s) second shot was better than the first, but he didn’t get the strike.

“We obviously weren’t overconfident (after qualifying eighth),” he added. “We’ve always had a good team on paper, but not when it counts. Today was a different day than yesterday. I just tried to keep my guys loose. I told them, when you think about it, we had a USBC Masters champion (Simonsen), a U.S. Open champion (Lavoie), a two-time PBA World Champion (Tackett), the best player in his home country (Japan’s Kawazoe) and we still didn’t stack up against (L.A. X’s Jason Belmonte, a 17-time PBA Tour champion and four-time PBA Player of the Year).

“But the PBA League is about the team, not one guy. I didn’t want my guys over-thinking so we narrowed things down to one or two balls for each player to make decisions simpler, and it worked out perfectly.”

AJ AndersonIn the second match, the 2014 and 2015 Elias Cup champion Atom Splitters got off to a slow start against Brooklyn, but Jesper Svensson, Dick Allen, AJ Johnson (above), Tom Daugherty and anchor bowler Chris Barnes combined for a string of five strikes, taking the lead when Brooklyn’s PBA Hall of Famers Walter Ray Williams Jr. and Parker Bohn III (below) left back-to-back splits. A late string of five strikes wasn’t enough as the Atom Splitters took a 223-212 decision.

Game two wasn’t as close. Silver Lake struck on seven of its first eight shots and ran away with a 257-205 victory after the Styles left seven single pins.

bohn“The first game is always nerve-wracking,” said Silver Lake manager Mark Baker. “The adrenalin kicks in for everyone. You can’t explain to first-time bowlers what it’s going to be like with the crowds here. Even my heart started pumping.”

A pivotal shot involved Barnes converting the 2-5-8 in the 10th frame of game one, which gave the Atom Splitters the win.

“Chris making that spare was huge,” Baker said. “We won the first game, and when that happens, you know you will at least tie. When you win the first game, you know you’ve got a free swing at it in game two. It got all of our guys a little looser.”

Motown, which has never won the Elias Cup, will meet the Atom Splitters in the first semifinal round match that will air on ESPN on Sunday, May 6, at 1 p.m. ET.

The final two quarterfinal round matches – New York City vs. Dallas and Philadelphia vs. Portland – will air next Sunday, April 29, at 1 p.m. ET with the winners advancing to the second semifinal match on May 6. The Elias Cup finals will air on Sunday, May 13, at 1 p.m. All ESPN telecasts are being simultaneously streamed on ESPN3 and the WatchESPN app.

Bayside Bowl, Portland, Maine (aired Sunday on ESPN) 

Quarterfinal Round Results (best-of-two-game Baker format)

Match One: Barbasol Motown Muscle (Josh Blanchard, Shota Kawazoe, Francois Lavoie, Anthony Simonsen, EJ Tackett) def. L.A. X (Stuart Williams, Martin Larsen, Osku Palermaa, Jason Belmonte, Jakob Butturff), 233-194, 219-210.

Match Two: Go Bowling! Silver Lake Atom Splitters (Jesper Svensson, Dick Allen, AJ Johnson, Tom Daugherty, Chris Barnes) def. OceanView at Falmouth Brooklyn Styles (Walter Ray Williams Jr., Parker Bohn III, Jason Sterner, Sean Rash, Matt O’Grady), 223-212, 257-205.


Quarterfinal Match Three: 
GEICO NYC WTT KingPins (Pete Weber, Marshall Kent, Sam Cooley, BJ Moore, Anthony Pepe) vs. Shipyard Dallas Strikers: (player-manager Norm Duke, Tommy Jones, Bill O’Neill, Rhino Page, Kyle Sherman).

Quarterfinal Match Four:
Sysco Philadelphia Hitmen (Dom Barrett, Tom Smallwood, Ronnie Russell, Matt Sanders, Chris Loschetter) vs. Port Property Management Portland Lumberjacks (Ryan Ciminelli, Wes Malott, Kyle Troup, DJ Archer, Jojoe Yannaphon).
Semifinal Match One
: Barbasol Motown Muscle vs. Go Bowling! Silver Lake Atom Splitters.
Semifinal Match Two: GEICO NYC WTT KingPins- Shipyard Dallas Strikers Winner vs. Sysco Philadelphia Hitmen-Port Property Management Portland Lumberjacks Winner.

Elias Cup championship finals (best of two games, Baker format team games; one-ball sudden-death roll-off will decide any ties)

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by Bill Vint April 20, 2018 18:37

PORTLAND, Maine – The internationally-dominated L.A. X team, which is trying for its first Elias Cup, qualified as the No. 1 seed for this weekend’s OceanView at Falmouth PBA League finals, averaging 234 as a team Friday night to pace the eight teams of Professional Bowlers Association stars who bowled for seeding positions during an eight-game Baker format qualifying round at Bayside Bowl.

L.A. X, as the No. 1 team, will meet the No. 8 Barbasol Motown Muscle in their opening match of the single-elimination bracket competition that begins Saturday. L.A. X’s lineup includes Australia’s Jason Belmonte, England’s Stuart Williams, Sweden’s Martin Larsen, Finland’s Osku Palermaa and one American, left-hander Jakob Butturff of Tempe, Ariz. L.A. X will kick off PBA League competition Saturday against Motown’s lineup of EJ Tackett, Francois Lavoie, Anthony Simonsen, Shota Kawazoe, and Josh Blanchard. Motown also is trying for his first Elias Cup, awarded to the winning team.

PBA League competition will involve best-of-two-game Baker format matches in which requires each of the five players will bowl two frames to complete a game. In the best-of-two-game competition, if a match ends in a tie, one player from each team will throw one shot in a sudden-death roll-off until the outcome is decided.

While Friday night’s session included some bonus prize money for the top three teams, the “seeding tournament” was more about experimenting with lineups to try to find the best lineup arrangement for competition that begins for real on Saturday.

“This event was where you find out how your guys relate to each other, but tomorrow will be different,” noted Barbasol Motown Muscle manager Del Ballard. “We’ll find out during the practice session tomorrow morning how we want to set up our lineup.”

Following the L.A. X vs. Motown match, the OceanView at Falmouth Brooklyn Styles will bowl the Go Bowling! Silver Lake Atom Splitters in the second opening-round match. The GEICO NYC WTT KingPins, which won the inaugural Elias Cup title in 2013, will meet the two-time defending champion Shipyard Dallas Strikers in their opening match Saturday afternoon.

“This is a good night to find out where you want to put guys in your lineup tomorrow,” said Sysco Philadelphia Hitmen manager Jason Couch, whose team qualified in the No. 3 position and will face the hometown favorites, the Port Property Management Portland Lumberjacks, in the final opening round match.

The quarterfinal rounds will be contested at noon and 3:30 p.m. ET Saturday. Saturday’s winners advance to the semifinal round matches at noon. Sunday, followed by the Elias Cup championship match at 3:30 p.m.

The new Elias Cup finals format will be an extension of the previous rounds, except teams will bowl two best-of-two-game Baker format matches. If either or both match ends in a tie, it will be decided by a one-ball sudden-death roll-off. If both teams are tied at the end of two matches, the Elias Cup will be decided by a one-ball roll-off.

All PBA League matches will be recorded for delayed telecast on ESPN on Sundays at 1 p.m. ET, beginning this Sunday, and they also will be live-streamed on ESPN3/WatchESPN as they happen. The OceanView at Falmouth PBA League is part of the 2018 Go Bowling! PBA Tour schedule.

Bayside Bowl, Portland, Maine, Friday

OceanView at Falmouth PBA League Qualifying Results (after 8 Baker format games; finishing position determines the team’s bracket position for the PBA League finals):

1, L.A. X (manager Andrew Cain; players: Jason Belmonte, Stuart Williams, Martin Larsen, Jakob Butturff, Osku Palermaa), 1,872, $12,000.
2, GEICO NYC WTT KingPins (manager Carolyn Dorin-Ballard; players: Pete Weber, Marshall Kent, Sam Cooley, BJ Moore, Anthony Pepe), 1,807, $6,000.
3, Sysco Philadelphia Hitmen (manager Jason Couch; players: Dom Barrett, Tom Smallwood, Ronnie Russell, Matt Sanders, Chris Loschetter), 1,791, $3,000.
4, OceanView at Falmouth Brooklyn Styles (manager Johnny Petraglia; players: Parker Bohn III, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Sean Rash, Matt O’Grady, Jason Sterner), 1,774.
5, Go Bowling! Silver Lake Atom Splitters (manager Mark Baker; players: Chris Barnes, Jesper Svensson, Tom Daugherty, Dick Allen, AJ Johnson), 1,741.
6, Port Property Management Portland Lumberjacks (manager Tim Mack; players: Ryan Ciminelli, Wes Malott, Kyle Troup, DJ Archer, Jojoe Yannaphon), 1,733.
7, Shipyard Dallas Strikers: (player-manager Norm Duke; players: Tommy Jones, Bill O’Neill, Rhino Page, Kyle Sherman), 1,722.
8, Barbasol Motown Muscle (manager Del Ballard Jr.; players: EJ Tackett, Francois Lavoie, Anthony Simonsen, Shota Kawazoe, Josh Blanchard), 1,625.

SATURDAY, APRIL 21 (PBA League Quarterfinals)
Noon – OceanView at Falmouth PBA League Quarterfinals (live on ESPN3/WatchESPN; ESPN telecast Sunday, April 22 at 1 p.m. ET)
    Match One: L.A. X vs. Barbasol Motown Muscle.
    Match Two: OceanView at Falmouth Brooklyn Styles vs. Go Bowling! Silver Lake Atom Splitters.
3:30 p.m. – OceanView at Falmouth PBA League Quarterfinals (live on ESPN3/WatchESPN; ESPN telecast Sunday, April 29 at 1 p.m. ET)
    Match Three: GEICO NYC WTT KingPins vs. Shipyard Dallas Strikers.
    Match Four: Sysco Philadelphia Hitmen vs. Port Property Management Portland Lumberjacks.
SUNDAY, APRIL 22 (PBA League Semifinals and Finals)
Noon – OceanView at Falmouth PBA League Semifinals (live on ESPN3/WatchESPN; ESPN telecast Sunday, May 6 at 1 p.m. ET)
    Semifinal Match One: Winner Match One vs. Winner Match Two.
    Semifinal Match Two: Winner Match Three vs. Winner Match Four.
3:30 p.m. – OceanView at Falmouth PBA League Elias Cup finals (live on ESPN3/WatchESPN; ESPN telecast Sunday, May 13 at 1 p.m. ET)

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Dick Allen Wins 5th Career Title in Port Property Management PBA Xtra Frame Maine Shootout

by Bill Vint April 18, 2018 17:39

PORTLAND, Maine – Dick Allen of Columbia, S.C., a 39-year-old 18-year Professional Bowlers Association touring player, captured his fifth career title in the Port Property Management Xtra Frame Maine Shootout at Bayside Bowl Wednesday.

dick allenAllen, who is known as a free spirit, embraced the equally free-spirited Bayside Bowl crowd in defeating journeyman John Furey of Howell, N.J., 269-226, 247-235, to sweep the best-of-three-game title match and end Furey’s bid for his first PBA Tour title.

“I don’t know what it is,” Allen said. “I love this place. I always bowl well here. It’s the fans, the atmosphere, everything about it. I love it here.”

Allen had a split and open in his first frame, but then ran off a string of strikes to take the lead into the final two frames where single-pin spares gave Furey a chance to throw two strikes and good count in his 10th frame to win. But Furey, the 2012 PBA East Region Player of the Year, left the 3-6-10 on his first shot in the 10th.

Allen earned his berth in the title match by denying 58-year-old PBA Hall of Famer Walter Ray Williams Jr. a chance to win a record 48th PBA Tour title, eliminating the PBA’s all-time winningest bowler, 2-1, in the semifinal round while Furey pulled off the upset of the tournament, sweeping Australia’s Jason Belmonte, 254-248, 244-226, in the other semifinal match.

Allen lost the first game to Williams, 258-226, but won a one-ball, two-shot sudden-death roll-off after they tied at 258 in game two to avoid elimination. Both players struck on their first roll-off shots, but Williams left a 10 pin on his second and Allen struck again to force a third game which Allen won, 279-247.

The Maine Shootout was the first of eight PBA Tour Xtra Frame events scheduled for 2018. Xtra Frame’s next event will be live coverage of the OceanView at Falmouth PBA League seeding tournament from Bayside Bowl Friday at 7 p.m. EDT. For subscription information, visit

Bayside Bowl, Portland, Maine, April 18 (all matches are best of three games)

Dick Allen, Columbia, S.C. ($10,000) def. John Furey, Howell, N.J. ($6,000), 269-226, 247-235.

Semifinal round (losers earned $4,000):
Furey def. Jason Belmonte, Australia, 2-0 (254-248, 244-226).
Allen def. Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., 1-1 (226-258, 258-258, 10-10, 10-9 in one-ball sudden death roll-off; 279-247).

Round of 8 (losers earned $2,500):
Williams def. Thomas Larsen, Denmark, 2-1 (258-225, 199-277, 259-226).
Allen def. Bill O'Neill, Langhorne, Pa., 2-1 (194-223, 276-238, 265-182).
Belmonte def. Francois Louw, South Africa, 2-1 (249-182, 226-247, 279-214).
Furey def. Cody Shoemaker, Hanover, Pa., 2-0 (189-186, 217-191).

Round of 16 (losers earned $1,500):
O'Neill def. Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 2-1 (238-216, 184-191, 255-193).
Larsen def. Ryan Ciminelli, Clarence, N.Y., 2-1 (258-200, 249-256, 257-212).
Shoemaker def. Matt Sanders, Indianapolis, 2-0 (235-226, 232-213).
Louw def. Anthony Pepe, Elmhurst, N.Y., 2-1 (214-236, 237-212, 258-227).
Williams def. Osku Palermaa, Finland, 2-0 (247-200, 290-277).
Furey def. Patrick Girard, Canada, 2-1 (201-278, 267-191, 225-217).
Belmonte def. Anthony Simonsen, Austin, Texas, 2-0 (265-210, 249-212).
Allen def. Andrew Anderson, Holly, Mich., 2-0 (243-190, 199-191).

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