The PBA Summer Clash on FOX

by kwarner2 June 10, 2020 09:02

JUPITER, FL (June 10, 2020) - Who will be the lone survivor when 10 of the greatest bowlers in the world take to the lanes in the PBA Summer Clash this Saturday, June 13, 6-8 pm ET, on FOX?

The PBA Summer Clash special event is the second of consecutive weeks of Go Bowling! PBA Tour action from Bowlero Jupiter in Florida on FOX.

Kris Prather won the inaugural PBA Strike Derby last Saturday as pro bowling marked its return from a pause for COVID-19 with a barrage of 213 total strikes on the live 2-hour telecast.

Prather returns this week for the Summer Clash along with the other seven highest finishers in 2020 Go Bowling! PBA Tour events, joined for the first time by the top two women pros on the PWBA points list, Shannon O'Keefe and Danielle McEwan.

The PBA Summer Clash features the popular, sudden-death one-ball elimination format that has twice garnered the highest bowling TV ratings in more than a decade on FOX. All 10 players in the field begin round one bowling a 10th frame, with the low score eliminated. That process then becomes a one-ball count for the survivors each round and continues on until one player is left standing as the winner-take-all champion.

The players competing and how they qualified for the Summer Clash, in the order they will roll each round:

  1. Tommy Jones, PBA Hall of Fame Classic champion.
  2. Sean Rash, PBA Oklahoma Open champion.
  3. Kyle Troup, PBA Jonesboro Open champion.
  4. Kris Prather, PBA Tournament of Champions champion.
  5. Bill O'Neill, PBA Players Championship champion.
  6. Shannon O'Keefe, No. 1 in 2019 PWBA points.
  7. Danielle McEwan, No. 2 in 2019 PWBA points.
  8. Anthony Simonsen, US Open runner-up (champion Jason Belmonte of Australia unable to attend).
  9. Shawn Maldonado, PBA Indianapolis Open runner-up (champion Jesper Svensson of Sweden unable to attend).
  10. E.J. Tackett, PBA World Championship third place (champion Belmonte, second place was Simonsen already in).

Viewers can live stream the PBA Summer Clash on the FOX Sports and FOX NOW apps or at FOXSports.com. Select highlights will be available on @FOXSports social handles across Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube.

International fans can watch on FloBowling.com.

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Kris Prather Wins the Inaugural PBA Strike Derby on FOX

by kwarner2 June 8, 2020 08:21

JUPITER, Fla. (JUNE 7, 2020) - Kris Prather won the inaugural PBA Strike Derby on FOX Saturday night at Bowlero Jupiter, defeating Anthony Simonsen, 7-6, in the championship match.

The special event, which featured a unique, timed competition for eight PBA stars trying to strike as many times as they could in 2-minute rounds, signaled the PBA's return to the lanes after a pause due to COVID-19.

Prather, who earned his berth into the event by winning the PBA Tournament of Champions this February, was seeded No. 4 after his total of 10 strikes in the seeding round. He proceeded to knock off PBA Players Championship winner Bill O'Neill in the quarterfinals and PBA Oklahoma Open champion Sean Rash in the semifinals before facing Simonsen.

The most strikes recorded in any one round was by top qualifier Rash, who tallied 14 in his two minutes during the seeding round.

In the night's most exciting match, Simonsen edged Kyle Troup, 13-12, in the semifinals to earn his place in the final.

In all, there were 213 strikes by the eight players in the live event.

Final results:
Champion: Kris Prather, $25,000
2nd: Anthony Simonsen, $10,000
3rd and 4th: Sean Rash and Kyle Troup, $5,000 each
5th - 8th: Tommy Jones, Shawn Maldonado, EJ Tackett and Bill O'Neill, $2,000 each.

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PBA Bowling is Back! June 6 marks return to live bowling on FOX for first annual PBA Strike Derby

by kwarner2 May 20, 2020 06:53

Exciting series of events on tap for the Professional Bowlers Association on FOX Sports

(May 20, 2020) - The Professional Bowlers Association will be back live on FOX, Saturday, June 6, from 7-9 pm ET, with the first-ever PBA Strike Derby, beginning a series of exciting special events over the next two months featuring the greatest bowlers in the world.

Go Bowling! PBA Tour stars Tommy Jones, Kyle Troup, Sean Rash, EJ Tackett, Kris Prather, Shawn Maldonado, Anthony Simonsen and Bill O'Neill will be getting back on the lanes in compelling bowling formats involving 2020 individual event top finishers, satisfying fans craving for action and serving notice: Bowling is back!

All of the competition will be held at Bowlero Jupiter in Florida, without fans in attendance and an abundance of caution towards the safety of the players, officials and TV production crew.

"We are so excited to be one of the first properties bringing live sports back to broadcast television," PBA CEO Colie Edison said. "This dynamic series of events will showcase the immense talent of our elite bowlers to a wide audience and we look forward to welcoming new fans to the Professional Bowlers Association."

First up is the inaugural "PBA Strike Derby," live on FOX, from 7-9 pm ET, Saturday, June 6, in what will surely be the greatest display of strikes ever on TV. The eight players will compete in a timed competition with each player getting 2 minutes to record as many strikes as they can. They will then be placed into an elimination bracket where the Strike Derby will continue until the first champion is named.

The following Saturday, June 13, also on FOX, from 6-8 pm ET, the "PBA Summer Clash" takes to the lanes in the popular one-ball elimination format that has twice garnered the highest TV ratings in more than a decade. As an added twist, the top two PWBA Tour players in points, Shannon O'Keefe and Danielle McEwan, will join the 8 PBA stars at the starting gate to begin round one, with the low score eliminated. That process continues round-by-round until one player will be left standing as champion.

Next up in July and featuring more players to be named, will be a four-night, live, "PBA King of the Lanes" series on FS1, with dates to be announced. The format will begin by deciding the "King" of the lanes, who will then defend the crown against a different challenger in a one-game match. The winner will be the King and returns the next night to face new challengers, with that process continuing each night.

Regularly scheduled PBA Tour events on FOX Sports that were postponed due to COVID-19, such as PBA World Series of Bowling animal pattern championships, the USBC Masters, PBA Playoffs and PBA League team competition, are being rescheduled for the fall and winter.

Viewers can live stream the PBA shows on the FOX Sports and FOX NOW apps or at FOXSports.com. Select highlights will be available on @FOXSports social handles across Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube.

PBA Strike Derby
Where: Bowlero Jupiter, FL
When: Saturday, June 6, 7-9 pm ET
TV: FOX

Competing, and how they qualified, by 2020 Go Bowling PBA Tour event:

  1. Tommy Jones, PBA Hall of Fame Classic champion
  2. Sean Rash, PBA Oklahoma Open champion
  3. Kyle Troup, PBA Jonesboro Open champion
  4. Kris Prather, PBA Tournament of Champions champion
  5. Bill O'Neill, PBA Players Championship champion
  6. Anthony Simonsen, US Open runner-up (champion Jason Belmonte of Australia unable to attend).
  7. Shawn Maldonado, PBA Indianapolis Open runner-up (champion Jesper Svensson of Sweden unable to attend).
  8. E.J. Tackett, PBA World Championship third place (champion Belmonte, second place was Simonsen already in).

PBA Summer Clash
Where: Bowlero Jupiter, FL
When: Saturday, June 13, 6-8 pm ET
TV: FOX

Competing:
Same eight PBA players from Strike Derby (Tommy Jones, Sean Rash, Kyle Troup, Kris Prather, Bill O'Neill, Anthony Simonsen, Shawn Maldonado, E.J. Tackett); Joined by top two in 2019 PWBA competition points:

  1. Shannon O'Keefe
  2. Danielle McEwan

PBA King of the Lanes
Where: Bowlero Jupiter, FL
When: July, dates and times TBA
TV: FS1

Competing: Players to be named

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 PBAplays host to bowling’s biggest tournaments from the Go Bowling! PBA Tour, PBARegional 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.

MEDIA CONTACT

Jon Salas
Jon.salas@edelman.com
(857) 488-2070

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PBA League Draft Results

by kwarner2 May 18, 2020 11:50

(May 18, 2020) - The expansion Las Vegas High Rollers selected two-time US Open champion Francois Lavoie with the first pick of the PBA League Draft powered by BowlerX Sunday, which was conducted virtually, live on FloBowling.

The Draft, originally scheduled for March 15 in Las Vegas at the PBA WSOB, was postponed due to COVID-19.

A highlight of the Draft was the complete 5-player construction of two expansion teams, the High Rollers and Brew City Ballers.

In all, 26 players were drafted to the 10 League teams, as eight of the original clubs were able to protect three players from their 2019 rosters. Fifty-two players were eligible to be drafted based on their points standing in PBA Tour competition over the past two years.

Of note, nine of the 26 players selected during Tuesday's Draft are international PBA players, increasing the number to 13 of the 50 players on 2020 rosters.

All 10 PBA League team managers made their selections remotely to the FloBowling audience, with PBA League Commissioner Tom Clark presiding over the draft from his home in Wisconsin. Most players selected appeared via Zoom to comment on being chosen.

The defending champion Portland Lumberjacks manager Tim Mack filled his roster with Sweden's Martin Larsen and two-handed lefty Packy Hanrahan, joining Kyle Troup, Kris Prather and 2019 Mark Roth MVP Award winner Wes Malott.

The PBA League Elias Cup tournament, originally scheduled for July at Bayside Bowl in Portland, ME, was postponed due to COVID-19 and will be rescheduled back in Maine, for later this year.

Below is order selected, followed by 2020 full rosters:

2020 PBA League Draft selections in order
1. Francois Lavoie, Las Vegas
2. Sean Rash, Brew City
3. Ryan Ciminelli, Brew City
4. Andrew Anderson, Las Vegas
5. AJ Johnson, Las Vegas
6. Dick Allen, Brew City
7. Jason Sterner, Philadelphia
8. BJ Moore, Brooklyn
9. Mitch Hupe, Motown
10. Chris Via, Silver Lake
11. Darren Tang, NYC
12. Brad Miller, Dallas
13. Patrick Girard, L.A.
14. Martin Larsen, Portland
15. Packy Hanrahan, Portland
16. Anthony Lavery-Spahr, L.A.
17. Nick Pate, Dallas
18. Osku Palermaa, NYC
19. AJ Chapman, Silver Lake
20. Matt McNiel, Motown
21. Thomas Larsen, Brooklyn
22. Matt Ogle, Philadelphia
23. Christopher Sloan, Brew City
24. Richie Teece, Las Vegas
25. Ildemaro Ruiz, Las Vegas
26. Zeke Bayt, Brew City

2020 PBA League Rosters

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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PBA League competition Dates Postponed, Will Return to Maine in the Fall

by kwarner2 May 14, 2020 05:49

PBA League Draft powered by BowlerX is on for this Sunday, May 17 live on FloBowling

(May 13, 2020) - The 2020 PBA League Elias Cup tournament, originally scheduled for July 20-23 at Bayside Bowl in Portland, ME, has been postponed due to COVID-19. The team event will be rescheduled for the fall at Bayside Bowl, which has hosted the finals annually since 2015. Official announcement of the new dates will be made soon.

This Sunday, May 17, the 2020 PBA League Draft powered by BowlerX will be held virtually, live at 7 pm ET, on FloBowling. The Draft, which originally had been scheduled for March 15 in Las Vegas before being postponed, will find each of the 10 team managers selecting players to fill out their rosters. Twenty-six spots are available in the five-round Draft, with 52 PBA players eligible to be chosen. Expansion teams Las Vegas high Rollers and Brew City Ballers own the first six picks in the snake Draft, and will fill their full 5-player team rosters.

The other eight teams, including defending champion Portland Lumberjacks, will make two selections during the Draft to fill out their rosters. Each of the eight original teams (Portland, L.A. X, Dallas Strikers, NYC KingPins, Silver Lake Atom Splitters, Motown Muscle, Brooklyn Styles and Philadelphia Hitmen) have previously protected three players from their 2019 rosters (listed below).

PBA League Drafting order, by round, for May 17:

Round 1:
1. Las Vegas
2. Brew City

Round 2:
1. Brew City
2. Las Vegas

Round 3:
1. Las Vegas.
2. Brew City.
3. Philadelphia.
4. Brooklyn.
5. Motown.
6. Silver Lake.
7. NYC.
8. Dallas.
9. L.A.
10. Portland

Round 4:
1. Portland.
2. L.A.
3. Dallas.
4. NYC.
5. Silver Lake.
6. Motown.
7. Brooklyn.
8. Philadelphia.
9. Brew City.
10. Las Vegas.

Round 5:
1. Las Vegas.
2. Brew City.

By team, the protected players secure on 2020 PBA League 5-player team rosters:

Motown Muscle, manager Del Ballard
EJ Tackett Anthony Simonsen
Josh Blanchard

Philadelphia Hitmen, manager Jason Couch
Dom Barrett Tom Smallwood
Shawn Maldonado

Brooklyn Styles, manager Johnny Petraglia
Walter Ray Williams Jr. Brad Angelo
Rhino Page

Dallas Strikers, manager Norm Duke
Norm Duke Tommy Jones
Bill O'Neill

L.A. X, manager Andrew Cain
Jason Belmonte
Jakob Butturff
Stu Williams

Portland Lumberjacks, manager Tim Mack
Wes Malott
Kyle Troup
Kris Prather

Silver Lake Atom Splitters, manager Mark Baker
Chris Barnes
Jesper Svensson
Tom Daugherty

NYC KingPins, manager Carolyn Dorin-Ballard
Pete Weber
Marshall Kent
Kyle Sherman

Brew City Ballers, manager Marshall Holman
Expansion team

Las Vegas High Rollers, manager Amleto Monacelli
Expansion team

Draft-eligible players, listed by 2019-2020 rolling points standings :

  • 5 Sean Rash Montgomery, Ill. 41,360.00
  • 13 Francois Lavoie, Canada 28,660.50
  • 17 Dick Allen, Lexington, S.C. 24,622.50
  • 19 AJ Johnson, Oswego, Ill. 24,165.50
  • 20 Brad Miller, Lees Summit, Mo. 23,990.00
  • 22 Darren Tang, Las Vegas 22,138.00
  • 25 Nicholas Pate, Inver Grove Heights, Minn. 18,440.00
  • 27 Andrew Anderson, Holly, Mich. 17,838.00
  • 30 AJ Chapman, Manchester, Iowa 16,887.50
  • 31 BJ Moore, Greensburg, Pa. 16,378.00
  • 32 Mitch Hupe, Canada 16,185.50
  • 33 Jake Peters Henderson, Nev. 15,325.00
  • 34 Thomas Larsen, Denmark 15,288.00
  • 35 Jason Sterner, Rochester, NY 15,278.00
  • 36 Anthony Lavery-Spahr, Pasadena, Texas 14,672.50
  • 37 Ryan Ciminelli Lancaster, S.C. 14,500.50
  • 38 DJ Archer Friendswood, Texas 14,290.00
  • 39 Chris Via Springfield, Ohio 14,115.00
  • 40 Zacharay Wilkins, Canada 14,090.50
  • 41 Osku Palermaa, Finland 13,615.00
  • 42 Patrick Girard, Canada 13,455.00
  • 43 Andres Gomez, Colombia 12,080.00
  • 44 Sam Cooley, Australia 11,723.00
  • 45 Mykel Holliman, Collierville, Tenn. 11,320.00
  • 46 Michael Tang, San Francisco 11,065.00
  • 47 Richard Teece, England 10,620.00
  • 49 Patrick Hanrahan, Wichita, Kan. 10,440.00
  • 50 Christopher Sloan, Ireland 10,415.00
  • 51 Martin Larsen, Sweden 10,390.00
  • 52 Greg Ostrander, Brick, N.J. 9,588.00
  • 53 Ronnie Russell, Marion, Ind. 9,337.50
  • 54 Arturo Quintero, Mexico 8,628.00
  • 55 Sean Lavery-Spahr, Pasadena, Texas 8,562.50
  • 56 Greg Young Viera, Fla. 8,490.00
  • 57 Matthew Ogle, Louisville, Ky. 8,447.50
  • 58 Matthew McNiel, Minneapolis, Minn. 8,300.00
  • 59 Nick Kruml, Downers Grove, Ill. 8,183.00
  • 60 Ildemaro Ruiz, Venezuela 7,752.50
  • 61 Matt Sanders, Indianapolis 7,340.00
  • 62 Kenneth Ryan, Farmingdale, NJ 7,235.00
  • 63 Nathan Bohr, Austin, Texas 6,915.00
  • 65 Kamron Doyle, Brentwood, Tenn. 6,623.00
  • 66 Zeke Bayt, Westerville, Ohio 6,445.00
  • 67 Brandon Novak, Chillicothe, Ohio 6,358.00
  • 68 Brian Robinson, Morgantown, W.Va. 6,332.50
  • 69 Graham Fach, Canada 6,152.50
  • 70 Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y. 5,872.50
  • 71 Michael Davidson, Versailles, Ohio 5,770.00
  • 72 Jake Rollins, Glen Rock, N.J. 5,758.00
  • 73 Chris Loschetter, Avon, Ohio 5,733.00
  • 74 Michael Martell, Brooklyn, N.Y. 5,628.00
  • 75 Pontus Andersson, Sweden 5,455.00
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