PBA Spare Shots: FloBowling Debuts Anthony Simonsen Documentary “Leave It Behind”

by Bill Vint September 6, 2019 13:19

At age 22, Anthony Simonsen of Little Elm, Texas, has already established himself as one of the PBA’s premier stars. But his youthful journey to the top levels of competitive bowling hasn’t been easy. A documentary that made its debut on FloBowling.com Wednesday, "Simonsen: Leave It Behind," tells his story.

FloBowling’s first documentary interviews Simonsen and the people close to him as it delves into how he overcame some difficult personal obstacles in his formative years to become one of bowling’s biggest stars.

“With this first FloSports bowling presentation, I hope you enjoy a glimpse into one of our young star bowler’s life,” said PBA Commissioner Tom Clark. “Anthony's origin story, like every person in the PBA family, deserves to be told because when you get to know our players, when you really care about them and they feel like part of your family, the drama PBA bowling provides is unmatched.”

Simonsen has already won enough PBA Tour titles to qualify for election to the PBA Hall of Fame, but also must complete 20 years of PBA membership before he’ll be eligible for election. With seven standard PBA Tour titles and two majors, he is the youngest player ever to complete the title-eligibility requirement.

TICKETS ON SALE FOR PBA CLASH AT KEGEL TRAINING CENTER

General admission and VIP tickets are now on sale for the second PBA Clash which will take place on Monday, Oct. 21, at Kegel Training Center in Lake Wales, Fla. The Clash will include the 2019 Go Bowling! PBA Tour’s top eight money-winners in a special elimination-format telecast that will air on FOX on Sunday,

VIP tickets for the 2019 PBA Clash are available for $50, and include:
• 4:30 p.m. early access to TV seating;
• An interactive Q&A session with the PBA pros during official practice session between 5-5:45 p.m.;
• Buffet dinner from 5:45-6:30 p.m.;
• Kegel gift bag.

General admission tickets are available for $20, with seating beginning at 6 p.m. Tickets can be ordered online at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/pba-clash-tickets-68818707607.

Seven of the eight Clash participants have already locked up spots. Australia’s Jason Belmonte leads the PBA Tour with $275,290 in official earnings for 2019. He is followed by Jakob Butturff, Tempe, Ariz., $185,780; Kris Prather, Plainfield, Ill., $173,990; EJ Tackett, Bluffton, Ind., $166,695; Anthony Simonsen, Little Elm, Texas, $155,690; Bill O'Neill, Langhorne, Pa., $152,148, and Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., $119,170, in seventh place.

PBA Hall of Famer Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., is currently in eighth place with $97,415, and could be knocked out of the top eight by Kyle Sherman of O’Fallon, Mo., if Sherman wins the $25,000 top prize in the PBA FloBowling ATX Invite on Sept. 21 at Dart Bowl in Austin, Texas. Sherman is in ninth place on the earnings list with $78,968.

Fans can follow the Lucky Larsen Masters, which ends Sunday, at this link: http://luckylarsenmasters.meriq.se/2019/globalresults_adv.asp.

HOLLIMAN CONTINUES TO PACE GO BOWLING! PBA TOUR ROOKIES IN POINTS

Former Junior Team USA member and three-time Teen Masters titlist Greg Young Jr. of Viera, Fla., was the top rookie performer in the FloBowling PBA Summer Tour, finishing third in the Harry O’Neale Chesapeake Open and fourth in the PBA Wolf Open as part of the FloBowling PBA Summer Swing presented by the Brands of Ebonite International in Aurora, Ill., but a slow start earlier in the year prevented him from gaining much ground on Mykel Holliman of Collierville, Tenn., in the 2019 Go Bowling! PBA Tour’s rookie competition points race.

Holliman, the runner-up in the Tier 3 USBC Masters earlier in 2019, ranks 36th overall on the 2019 PBA points list with 8,390 points, but he’s still comfortably ahead of five other players on the 2019 Bowl4life PBA Rookie Watch list. Kenneth Ryan of Farmingdale, N.J., is 57th (4,760) on the points list followed by Wichita’s Patrick Hanrahan (59th, 4,410); Greg Young (up from 78th to 65th, 3,940); Jake Rollins of Glen Rock, N.J. (75th, 3,148) and Mike Coffey of Melbourne, Fla. (80th, 2,990). Status in competition points is one of several factors voters will consider in selection of the 2019 Harry Golden PBA Rookie of the Year at the end of the season.

The 2019 Harry Golden PBA Rookie of the Year will receive a $2,500 bonus from Chuck Gardner’s Bowl4Life Foundation and the foundation will donate an additional $2,500 to a youth bowler scholarship in the ROY’s name.

PBA REGIONAL UPDATE: FOUR WINNERS IN SOUTH REGION’S LABOR DAY SERIES

PBA Hall of Famer Tom Baker of King, N.C.; Ron Profitt of Brookville, Ohio; Sam Ventura of Syracuse, N.Y., and Jerry Horn of Lexington, S.C., won titles in the PBA South Region’s annual extended Labor Day tournament series for PBA50 and PBA60 competitors that ended Monday with the PBA50 Mooresville South Open presented by Columbia 300 at Victory Lanes in Mooresville, N.C.

Baker kicked off the series by defeating fellow Hall of Famer Walter Ray Williams Jr. of Oxford, Fla., 239-219, in the final of the PBA50 Sky Lanes South Open in Asheville, N.C., on Aug. 25.

Three days later in Kingsport, Tenn., Profitt came out striking with a perfect game to defeat Greg McMahan of Dandridge, Tenn., 300-279, to win the third annual PBA60 Kingsport South Open at Warpath Lanes.

Ventura was next, winning the PBA60 Wilson & Sons Termite and Pest Control Southern Open at Victory Lanes in Mooresville, N.C., where he defeated Jeff Bellinger of Columbia, S.C., 201-195, for the title.

In the series finale, Horn put together three strikes in the 10th frame to claim the victory over Craig Auerbach of Sunrise, Fla., 222-215, for the win in the PBA50 Mooresville South Open in Mooresville.

Along with his 36th regional title, Baker earned $1,800. Profitt earned $1,800 and his third PBA Regional win in the PBA60 Kingsport event. Ventura picked up his 10th regional title along with $2,000. Horn also took home $2,000 and his first PBA50 Regional title for the Mooresville win.

PBA50 tournaments are open to players ages 50 and older; PBA60 events are for players ages 60 and older.

Bruce Hall of Westborough, Mass. defeated Jay Davis of Silver Spring, Md., 261-231, to win the PBA50 Hammer/Strike Zone Open at the Strike Zone Alleys in Pottsville, Pa., Sunday for his second PBA Regional title – 37 years after winning his first title.

Hall, who collected $1,500, won his previous title in a doubles event in Paramus, N.J. in 1982.

Hall dominated qualifying as well as going undefeated in the bracket elimination round. He averaged 252.8 for the event. A split in the middle of the championship game gave Davis a chance to win, but consecutive nine-count spares late in the game and three strikes in the 10th allowed Hall to clinch the win.

Hall defeated non-PBA member Troy Lint of Blandon, Pa., 236-215, and Davis edged Darryl Bower of Middletown, Pa., 216-215, in the semifinal round.

• Jerry Marrs of Lake in the Hills, Ill. defeated Steve Taylor of Tremont, Ill. 228-199, to win the $2,000 first prize and his second PBA Regional title in the Illinois Valley Midwest Open at Illinois Valley Super Bowl in Peru, Ill., Sunday.

Taylor defeated Nick Pate of Inver Grove Heights, Minn., 258-197, to advance to the championship match after downing Charlie Brown of Granville, Mich., 191-189, in the first stepladder match.

The PBA Regional calendar moves into fall with a pair of events over the Sept. 6-8 weekend: the Boss Snow Plows/Ebonite Central/Midwest Open at PinHeads in Fishers, Ind., and the Grand Casino Hotel and Resort Southwest Invitational at FireLake Bowling Center in Shawnee, Okla.

The Sept. 13-15 PBA Regional schedule features the PBA50 King Pin Lanes Eastern Open in Rome, N.Y.; the Sturgis/Storm Central/Midwest Open at Sturgis Bowl in Sturgis, Mich.; the Fayetteville South Open at Lafayette Lanes in Fayetteville, N.C.; the Liberal Kansas Southwest Open Ayr Lanes, and a doubleheader at AMF Mardi Gras Lanes in Sacramento, Calif. – the PBA and PBA50 West/Northwest Capital City Opens presented by DV8 and Genesis.

PBA Regional activity scheduled for the Sept. 20-22 weekend include the PBA/PBA50 Over/Under Doubles at Millsboro Lanes in Millsboro, Del.; the EZ Bowl Central Open in Bluffton, Ind.; the Odessa Southwest Super Regional at Diamond Lanes in Odessa, Texas, and a tripleheader including the PBA Paradise Lanes Northwest/West Open, PBA50 Paradise Lanes Gary Mage Northwest/West Senior Open (both presented by 900 Global) plus the Jeanne Naccarato Women’s Open in Tacoma, Wash. On Saturday, Sept. 21, Ten Pin Alley in Fitchburg, Wis., also will host the Ten Pin Alley Midwest Open.

September’s busy calendar of PBA Regional events will conclude over the Sept. 27-29 weekend with the Bowlers Discount Pro Shop East Open presented by Radical at Terrace Lanes in Frederick, Md.; the PBA50 Mel Westrich Memorial Central/Midwest Open at Delphos Recreation in Delphos, Ohio; the PBA50 J&L Sports South Open at Paradise Lanes in Spartanburg, S.C.; the back-to-back PBA50 Junction City Bowl Southwest/Midwest Open I and II one-day events in Junction City, Kan.; and the 17th annual Double Decker Lanes West/Northwest Open presented by Roto Grip in Rohnert Park, Calif.

● 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

PBA Hall of Famer Parker Bohn III and family conducted Bohn’s 20th anniversary youth scholarship tournament over the Labor Day weekend, notching a record 267 entries and paying out a record $31,000 in scholarship prize money. In its previous 19 years, the event has paid out more than $88,000 in scholarships. This year, the event was expanded to three days…and included livestreaming orchestrated by one of Bohn’s sons, Justin.

• Reminder: PBA Hall of Famer Danny Wiseman will host his eighth annual Youth Scholarship Tournament Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 12-13, at AMF Country Club Lanes in Baltimore. For complete information about the event, including how to enter, visit: https://pjbtbowlingseries.com/6843-2/?fbclid=IwAR25lmfG65mCdSbEp4ijE5qIXkt074TmUHPhR65T28P_42MyHjQrhydiOvA.

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Jason Sterner Wins FloBowling PBA Illinois Open For Third Career Go Bowling! PBA Tour Title

by Jerry Schneider August 31, 2019 18:15

AURORA, Ill.  – Jason Sterner of Rochester, New York, won all four stepladder final matches including a 243-212 title match victory over top seed EJ Tackett of Bluffton, Indiana, to win the FloBowling PBA Illinois Open Saturday for his third career Go Bowling! PBA Tour title. The Illinois Open was the pinnacle event of the three-tournament FloBowling PBA Summer Swing presented by the Brands of Ebonite International at Parkside Lanes.

In a stepladder final that featured a dual lane condition pattern – PBA 41-foot Bear condition on the left lane and 32-foot Wolf condition on the right lane – both players started the title match with a spare and two strikes but Sterner was able to pull away when Tackett missed a 3-6-10 spare in the fourth frame. Sterner put together four more strikes that ultimately proved too much for Tackett to overcome.

(Feature Photo caption: Jason Sterner en route to winning the PBA Illinois Open at Parkside Lanes in Aurora, Illinois. USA Today Sports photo by Mike DiNovo)

As the No. 5 seed for the finals, Sterner won his position round match in the final match play round against 11-time tour winner Bill O’Neill of Langhorne, Pennsylvania, 256-199, to make it into the finals.

“I think that (position round) win really relaxed me and put me in a good mindset for the finals,” said the 35-year-old Sterner. “I felt fortunate to make the finals, so my attitude was let’s throw a lot of strikes and go have some fun.”

Sterner Trophy IIThe win ended a two-year drought for Sterner whose last title came in the PBA/PWBA Striking Against Breast Cancer Mixed Doubles (with Birgit Poppler) in July of 2017.

“I had been struggling for a long time, but I made a (ball) grip change about four months ago and made some other physical changes,” Sterner said. “My game wasn’t evolving the way it should to keep up with the younger guys so I had to make some changes and just committed to them. There was some trial and error but now I’m really confident my game’s moving in the right direction.”

Sterner opened the stepladder finals with a 248-184 win over No. 4 seed Anthony Simonsen of Little Elm, Texas, who won the PBA Bear Open on Thursday for his seventh career title.

In the second match, Sterner then beat PBA Wolf Open winner Sean Rash of Montgomery, Illinois, 259-225, to advance to the semifinal match where he beat No. 2 seed two-hander Jason Belmonte of Australia, 236-208, to advance to the title match against Tackett. Tackett, who also finished second in the Bear Open,  was trying for his second win of the season and 14th of his career.

“The win against Jason (Belmonte) gave me a lot of confidence heading into the title match,” Sterner said. “I had my share of ugly strikes, but I was thinking just knock 10 pins down, fill the frames and hope the breaks would go my way.”

Belmonte, a four-time PBA Player of the Year, was trying for his fifth win of the season and 23rd of his career.

As the points leader for the nine-tournament FloBowling PBA Summer Tour, Rash, whose Wolf Open win was the 14th of his career and second of the season, won the USBC Cup and a $20,000 bonus.

To make the Illinois Open stepladder finals, the five finalists advanced from the 14 games of qualifying in both the PBA Wolf and Bear Opens earlier in the week and then competed in 24 games of match play which also used the mixed Wolf and Bear lane conditions.

The entire Summer Swing was streamed live on FloBowling. For subscription and schedule information visit www.flobowling.com.

FLOBOWLING PBA ILLINOIS OPEN
Third event of the FloBowling PBA Summer Swing presented by the Brands of Ebonite International
Parkside Lanes, Aurora, Ill., Saturday

Final Standings
1, Jason Sterner, Rochester, N.Y., $20,000.
2, EJ Tackett, Bluffton, Ind., $10,000.
3, Jason Belmonte, Australia, $7,000.
4, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., $6,000.
5, Anthony Simonsen, Little Elm, Texas, $5,000.

Stepladder Results
Match One – Sterner def. Simonsen, 248-184.
Match Two – Sterner def. Rash, 259-225.
Semifinal – Sterner def. Belmonte, 236-208.
Championship – Sterner def. Tackett, 243-212.

   

FINAL MATCH PLAY RESULTS

(includes match play record and total pinfall for 52 games including match play bonus pins. Top five advance to stepladder finals)

1, EJ Tackett, Bluffton, Ind., 16-7-1, 12,426.
2, Jason Belmonte, Australia, 17-7, 12,272.
3, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 15-9, 12,235.
4, Anthony Simonsen, Little Elm, Texas, 13-10-1, 12,175.
5, Jason Sterner, Rochester, N.Y., 14-10, 12,074.
6, Bill O'Neill, Langhorne, Pa., 15-8-1, 12,037, $4,100.
7, Kyle Troup, Taylorsville, N.C., 14-10, 12,020, $3,500.
8, Francois Lavoie, Canada, 10-13-1, 11,871, $3,500.
9, AJ Johnson, Oswego, Ill., 12-10-2, 11,861, $3,100.
10, Dick Allen, Lexington, S.C., 14-10, 11,850, $2,900.
11, Jake Peters, Henderson, Nev., 13-10-1, 11,826, $2,800.
12, Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., 11-13, 11,784, $2,700.
13, Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 13-10-1, 11,739, $2,600.
14, Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 11-13, 11,698, $2,500.
15, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 12-12, 11,656, $2,450.
16, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 10-14, 11,628, $2,400.
17, Dom Barrett, England, 11-13, 11,614, $2,350.
18, (tie) Brad Miller, Lees Summit, Mo., 11-13-0, 11,578, and Kyle Sherman, O'Fallon, Mo., 8-16, 11,578, $2,275.
20, Kamron Doyle, Brentwood, Tenn., 10-14, 11,506, $2,200.
21, Sam Cooley, Australia, 10-14, 11,504, $2,150.
22, Tun Ameerul Al-Hakim, Malaysia, 9-13-2, 11,463, $2,100.
23, Tom Daugherty, Riverview, Fla., 6-18, 11,306, $2,050.
24, Arturo Quintero, Mexico, 8-16, 11,219, $2,000.

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Jason Sterner Reaps Bonuses with Illinois Open Win; Sean Rash Tops USBC Cup, FloBowling Points Races

by Bill Vint August 31, 2019 17:34

AURORA, Ill. – Jason Sterner’s victory in the PBA Illinois Open, the concluding event in the FloBowling PBA Summer Swing presented by the Brands of Ebonite International, at Parkside Lanes Saturday was not only the most memorable of his 13-year PBA Tour career, but resulted in rewards far beyond his third career title and a $20,000 payday.

The 35-year-old right-hander, newly-relocated to Rochester, New York, knocked off four future PBA Hall of Fame candidates – Anthony Simonsen, Little Elm, Texas; Sean Rash, Montgomery, Illinois; Jason Belmonte, Australia, and EJ Tackett, Bluffton, Indiana – to also earn 5,000 competition points that allowed him to share in three incentive programs tied to the FloBowling Summer Tour.

(Photo caption above: The top eight FloBowling PBA Summer Tour competition points leaders are, from left, Tommy Jones, Anthony Simonsen, Sean Rash, EJ Tackett, AJ Johnson, Bill O’Neill, Kyle Sherman and Jason Sterner).

Rash.Sean_2019 USBC Cup winner_Sterner.Jason_2019 Illinois Open winnerFor starters, he advanced from 34th place to fourth in the USBC Cup point standings to earn a $3,000 bonus. By defeating Tackett for the Illinois Open title, Sterner denied Tackett the points he needed to overtake Rash for first place in the USBC Cup points competition. Rash won the USBC Cup, earning a $20,000 bonus. Tackett finished second for $10,000, Simonsen was third for $5,000 and AJ Johnson of Oswego, Illinois, took home the $2,000 bonus for fifth place. Rounding out the top eight were Bill O’Neill, Langhorne, Pennsylvania; Kyle Sherman, O’Fallon, Missouri, and Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, South Carolina.

By qualifying fourth in Summer Tour points, Sterner also earned a berth in the FloBowling ATX Invite that will take place on September 21 at Dart Bowl in Austin, Texas, and pay $25,000 to the winner along with guaranteed money to all eight qualifiers. Sterner also qualified for an expenses-paid trip to China for the first PBA China Tiger Cup that will take place in suburban Shanghai November 19-21 where another $20,000 tops the guaranteed money all eight will earn.

There were no major changes among the 2019 Go Bowling! PBA Tour’s top eight money-winners who will participate in the second PBA Clash at the Kegel Training Center in Lake Wales, Florida, on October 21. The Clash will air on FOX on Nov. 3. With only money won in the ATX Invite remaining to influence the earnings list, Australia’s Jason Belmonte is No. 1 and can’t be caught.

Belmonte leads the PBA Tour with $275,290 in official earnings. He is followed by Jakob Butturff, Tempe, Ariz., $185,780; Kris Prather, Plainfield, Ill., $173,990; EJ Tackett, Bluffton, Ind., $166,695; Anthony Simonsen, Little Elm, Texas, $155,690; Bill O'Neill, Langhorne, Pa., $152,148, and Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., $119,170, in seventh place. Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., is eighth with $97,415, and could be knocked out of the top eight if Kyle Sherman of O’Fallon, Mo. (in ninth place with $78,968) wins the $20,000 top prize in Austin.

The entire FloBowling PBA Summer Tour has been livestreamed exclusively on FloBowling, and will continue through the FloBowling ATX Invite. Visit FloBowling.com and sign up for a subscription.

FINAL USBC CUP POINTS STANDINGS
(After nine FloBowling PBA Summer Tour events)
1, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 9,135, $20,000.
2, EJ Tackett, Bluffton, Ind., 8,670, $10,000.
3, Anthony Simonsen, Little Elm, Texas, 7,660, $5,000.
4, Jason Sterner, Rochester, N.Y., 7,140, $3,000.
5, AJ Johnson, Oswego, Ill., 6,930, $2,000.

FLOBOWLING PBA ATX INVITE QUALIFIERS
Dart Bowl, Austin, Texas, Sept. 21 (live on FloBowling)
(Based on competition points after nine FloBowling PBA Summer Tour events)
1, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 9,135.
2, EJ Tackett, Bluffton, Ind., 8,670.
3, Anthony Simonsen, Little Elm, Texas, 7,660.
4, Jason Sterner, Rochester, N.Y., 7,140.
5, AJ Johnson, Oswego, Ill., 6,930.
6, Bill O'Neill, Langhorne, Pa., 6,670.
7, Kyle Sherman, O'Fallon, Mo., 6,648.
8, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 5,790.

PBA CHINA TIGER CUP QUALIFIERS
Suzhou Tiger Bowling Center, Suzhou, China, Nov. 19-22
(Based on competition points after nine FloBowling PBA Summer Tour events)
1, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 9,135.
2, EJ Tackett, Bluffton, Ind., 8,670.
3, Anthony Simonsen, Little Elm, Texas, 7,660.
4, Jason Sterner, Rochester, N.Y., 7,140.
5, AJ Johnson, Oswego, Ill., 6,930.
6, Bill O'Neill, Langhorne, Pa., 6,670.
7, Kyle Sherman, O'Fallon, Mo., 6,648.
8, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 5,790.

2019 PBA CLASH QUALIFYING LEADERS
Kegel Training Center, Lake Wales, Fla., Oct. 21 (for telecast on FOX, Nov. 3)
(Top 10 as of Aug. 31; top 8 based on earnings as of Sept. 21 will qualify)
1, Jason Belmonte, Australia, $275,290.
2, Jakob Butturff, Tempe, Ariz., $185,780.
3, Kris Prather, Plainfield, Ill., $173,990.
4, EJ Tackett, Bluffton, Ind., $166,695.
5, Anthony Simonsen, Little Elm, Texas, $155,690.
6, Bill O'Neill, Langhorne, Pa., $152,148.
7, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., $119,170.
8, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., $97,415.
9, Kyle Sherman, O’Fallon, Mo., $78,968.
10, Dick Allen, Lexington, S.C., $75,980.

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Simonsen Retains Slim Lead in FloBowling PBA Illinois Open After Second Round of Match Play

by Jerry Schneider August 30, 2019 19:45

AURORA, Ill.  – PBA Bear Open winner Anthony Simonsen of Little Elm, Texas, compiled an 8-7-1 match play record and averaged 220 for 16 games Friday which was good enough to retain a narrow lead after the first two rounds of match play in the FloBowling PBA Illinois Open at Parkside Lanes.

In the pinnacle event of the FloBowling PBA Summer Swing presented by the Brands of Ebonite International, the two-hander finished the day with a 10,306 44-game pinfall total (including 30 bonus pins for each match win) to hold a six-pin lead over 13-time Go Bowling! PBA Tour titlist and Bear Open runner-up EJ Tackett of Bluffton, Indiana, in second with a 9-6-1 match play record and 10,300 pinfall.

Simonsen beat Tackett in Thursday’s dramatic Bear Open title match 10-9 in the second one-ball roll-off after tying 267-267.

The 24 players in the Illinois Open match play field have the added challenge of competing on a mixed lane condition pattern – the Bear 41-foot lane condition on the left lane and the Wolf 32-foot condition on the right lane in each match which puts a premium on the players’ ability to adjust, including often using a different ball on each lane.

Everybody out here on tour has the physical ability but the players who can deal with the mental grind, especially in a tournament like this, are going to have the advantage,” said the 22-year-old Simonsen who won the Bear Open for his seventh career Go Bowling! PBA Tour title. “You’re using different equipment and playing totally different lines so it kind of multiplies the variables you might normally have to deal with.”

In Friday’s second match play round Simonsen started strong with games of 279 and 235 but then fell off with games of 193, 177 and 170 before finishing strong with games of 246, 259 and 268.

“It seems like I go through streaks where I’m either bowling well in the middle of the round and not so well at the beginning and end, or like I did tonight, where I’m bowling well at the beginning and end but not in the middle,” Simonsen said. “Tomorrow I’ll need to string together at least a few good games so I make the show.”

The final match play round gets underway Saturday at 11 a.m. CT and will determine the top five players for the Illinois Open stepladder finals at 3:30 p.m.

Australian two-hander Jason Belmonte climbed to third with a 10,238 pinfall helped by an 11-5 record in match play. The 36-year-old four-time PBA Player of the Year is trying for his fifth win of the season and the 23rd of his career.

Rounding out the top five heading into tomorrow’s final match play round are 11-time tour winner Bill O’Neill of Langhorne, Pennsylvania, who jumped from 12th after the first match play round finishing with a 11-4-1 record and 10,222 pinfall. Hometown favorite Sean Rash of Montgomery, Illinois, who defeated Simonsen in the title match to win the Wolf Open on Tuesday for his 14th tour title, put together a 10-6 record and finished with a 10,200 pinfall.

Fans can catch all the Illinois Open final-day action on FloBowling. For subscription information visit www.flobowling.com.

FLOBOWLING PBA ILLINOIS OPEN

Third event of the FloBowling PBA Summer Swing presented by the Brands of Ebonite International

Parkside Lanes, Aurora, Ill., Friday

MATCH PLAY ROUND TWO RESULTS

(includes match play record and total pinfall for 44 games including match play bonus pins)

1, Anthony Simonsen, Little Elm, Texas, 8-7-1, 10,306.
2, EJ Tackett, Bluffton, Ind., 9-6-1, 10,300.
3, Jason Belmonte, Australia, 11-5, 10,238.
4, Bill O'Neill, Langhorne, Pa., 11-4-1, 10,222.
5, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 10-6, 10,200.
6, Jason Sterner, Rochester, N.Y., 10-6, 10,130.
7, Dick Allen, Lexington, S.C., 12-4, 10,108.
8, Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., 10-6, 10,075.
9, Francois Lavoie, Canada, 7-8-1, 10,021.
10, Jake Peters, Henderson, Nev., 9-6-1, 9,964.
11, Kyle Troup, Taylorsville, N.C., 9-7, 9,944.
12, Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 9-6-1, 9,933.
13, AJ Johnson, Oswego, Ill., 7-7-2, 9,842.
14, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 8-8, 9,777.
15, Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 6-10, 9,756.
16, Brad Miller, Lees Summit, Mo., 7-9, 9,691.
17, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 5-11, 9,679.
18, Tun Ameerul Al-Hakim, Malaysia, 6-8-2, 9,678.
19, Arturo Quintero, Mexico, 7-9, 9,669.
20, Tom Daugherty, Riverview, Fla., 5-11, 9,645.
21, Kyle Sherman, O'Fallon, Mo., 5-11, 9,644.
22, Kamron Doyle, Brentwood, Tenn., 6-10, 9,564.
23, Dom Barrett, England, 6-10, 9,561.
24, Sam Cooley, Australia, 4-12, 9,545.

300 games – Bill O’Neill

MATCH PLAY ROUND ONE RESULTS

(includes match play record and total pinfall for 36 games including match play bonus pins)

1, Anthony Simonsen, Little Elm, Texas, 4-3-1, 8,359
2, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 5-3, 8,291.
3, EJ Tackett, Bluffton, Ind., 4-3-1, 8,260.
4, Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., 7-1, 8,219.
5, Kyle Troup, Taylorsville, N.C., 7-1, 8,186.
6, Francois Lavoie, Canada, 4-4, 8,178.
7, (tie) Dick Allen, Lexington, S.C., 7-1, and Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 4-3-1, 8,148.
9, Jason Belmonte, Australia, 5-3, 8,119.
10, Jason Sterner, Rochester, N.Y., 6-2, 8,100.
11, Jake Peters, Henderson, Nev., 4-3-1, 8,051.
12, Bill O'Neill, Langhorne, Pa., 4-3-1, 8,042.
13, Kyle Sherman, O'Fallon, Mo., 4-4, 7,974.
14, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 3-5, 7,935.
15, Brad Miller, Lees Summit, Mo., 3-5, 7,886.
16, AJ Johnson, Oswego, Ill., 3-4-1, 7,861.
17, Arturo Quintero, Mexico, 3-5, 7,854.
18, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 4-4, 7,834.
19, Tom Daugherty, Riverview, Fla., 1-7, 7,828.
20, Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 3-5, 7,807.
21, Dom Barrett, England, 3-5, 7,784.
22, Tun Ameerul Al-Hakim, Malaysia, 1-5-2, 7,758.
23, Sam Cooley, Australia, 1-7, 7,754.
24, Kamron Doyle, Brentwood, Tenn., 2-6, 7,683.

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Simonsen Retains Lead in FloBowling PBA Illinois Open After First Round of Match Play

by Jerry Schneider August 30, 2019 13:31

AURORA, Ill. (Aug. 30, 2019) – PBA Bear Open winner Anthony Simonsen compiled a 4-3-1 match play record and averaged 212.6 for eight games but still retained his lead after the first match play round of the FloBowling PBA Illinois Open Friday at Parkside Lanes.

In the pinnacle event of the FloBowling PBA Summer Swing presented by the Brands of Ebonite International, Simonsen finished the round with a 8,224 36-game overall pinfall total (including 30 bonus pins for each match win) to hold an 83-pin lead over PBA Wolf Open winner Sean Rash in second with 8,141. Rash posted a 5-3 record in match play.

Finishing the round in third was EJ Tackett, who suffered a heartbreaking loss in the title match of Thursday’s Bear Open to Simonsen. Tackett finished with a 4-3-1 match play record and 8,125 pinfall.

Marshall Kent and Kyle Troup both posted 7-1 records to surge into fourth and fifth place, respectively. Kent, finished with an 8,009 pinfall and Troup with 7,976.

Match play continues this afternoon at 5 p.m. with the second eight-game match play round. The final match play round gets underway Saturday at 11 a.m. which will determine the top five players for the Illinois Open stepladder finals at 3:30 p.m.

The 24 players in the match play field have the added challenge of competing on a dual lane condition – the Bear 41-foot lane condition on the left lane and the Wolf 32-foot condition on the right lane in each match which puts a premium on the players’ ability to adjust including using a different ball on each lane.

The entire Summer Swing is streamed live on FloBowling. For subscription information visit www.flobowling.com.

FLOBOWLING PBA ILLINOIS OPEN
Third event of the FloBowling PBA Summer Swing presented by the Brands of Ebonite International
Parkside Lanes, Aurora, Ill., Friday

MATCH PLAY ROUND ONE RESULTS
(includes match play record and total pinfall for 36 games including bonus pins)

1, Anthony Simonsen, Little Elm, Texas, 4-3-1, 8,359.
2, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 5-3, 8,291.
3, EJ Tackett, Bluffton, Ind., 4-3-1, 8,260.
4, Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., 7-1, 8,219.
5, Kyle Troup, Taylorsville, N.C., 7-1, 8,186.
6, Francois Lavoie, Canada, 4-4, 8,178.
7, Dick Allen, Lexington, S.C., 7-1, 8,148.
7, Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 4-3-1, 8,148.
9, Jason Belmonte, Australia, 5-3, 8,119.
10, Jason Sterner, Rochester, N.Y., 6-2, 8,100.
11, Jake Peters, Henderson, Nev., 4-3-1, 8,051.
12, Bill O'Neill, Langhorne, Pa., 4-3-1, 8,042.
13, Kyle Sherman, O'Fallon, Mo., 4-4, 7,974.
14, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 3-5, 7,935.
15, Brad Miller, Lees Summit, Mo., 3-5, 7,886.
16, AJ Johnson, Oswego, Ill., 3-4-1, 7,861.
17, Arturo Quintero, Mexico, 3-5, 7,854.
18, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 4-4, 7,834.
19, Tom Daugherty, Riverview, Fla., 1-7, 7,828.
20, Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 3-5, 7,807.
21, Dom Barrett, England, 3-5, 7,784.
22, Tun Ameerul Al-Hakim, Malaysia, 1-5-2, 7,758.
23, Sam Cooley, Australia, 1-7, 7,754.
24, Kamron Doyle, Brentwood, Tenn., 2-6, 7,683.
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