Wolf Open Victory Vaults Sean Rash into FloBowling PBA Summer Tour Competition Points Lead

by Bill Vint August 28, 2019 10:29

AURORA, Ill. – Sean Rash’s victory Tuesday in the PBA Wolf Open, the first of three events in the FloBowling PBA Summer Swing presented by the Brands of Ebonite International, vaulted him into the lead in the race for significant incentives based on FloBowling PBA Summer Tour competition points.

(Feature photo courtesy of USA Today Sports, photo by Mike DiNovo)

Rash, the hottest player on the Go Bowling! PBA Tour over the past four events, collected his 14th career PBA Tour title and 2,500 points at Parkside Lanes in Aurora. The 37-year-old PBA Tour veteran from Aurora suburb Montgomery, Illinois, was in 27th place on the Summer Tour points list after the Harry O’Neale Chesapeake Open – the third event in the nine-tournament points series – but runner-up finishes in both the Wilmington Open and the BowlerStore.com Classic in Coldwater, Ohio, move him steadily up the ladder.

AJ Johnson from nearby Oswego, Illinois, is in second place after an outstanding strong Summer Tour series. Rounding out the top five after the Wolf Open are Bill O’Neill of Langhorne, Pennsylvania; previous points leader Kyle Sherman of O’Fallon, Missouri, in fourth place and BowlerStore.com winner Tommy Jones of Simpsonville, South Carolina.

With 2,500 points at stake for the winner of the PBA Wolf PBA Bear Open and 5,000 points for the Illinois Open titlist to conclude the Summer Swing and the FloBowling PBA Fall Tour – plus points of descending value at stake for all other players – a lot of movement is possible.

The incentives at stake include:

● The top five will share in a $40,000 USBC Cup prize fund, with $20,000 to the points leader;

● The top eight will be invited to compete for bonus prize money in the inaugural FloBowling ATX Invite at Dart Bowl in Austin, Texas, on Sept. 21, where the winner will receive $25,000;

● The top eight will win expenses-paid trips to Shanghai, China for the inaugural PBA China Tiger Cup. A $20,000 first prize will be paid to the winner of the singles event and all players will compete in a special team challenge against a team of Chinese players.

Fans can follow the summer points races at the conclusion of the final two events in Aurora by clicking on this link: https://www.pba.com/SeasonStats/PointsList/132?list=10.

The 2019 Go Bowling! PBA Tour earnings race also is ongoing. The top eight money-winners for the full year will earn berths in the second PBA Clash that will take place at the Kegel Training Center in Lake Wales, Florida, on October 21 for airing on FOX on Nov. 3. Australia’s Jason Belmonte holds the earnings lead with $264,790.

The entire FloBowling PBA Summer Tour will be livestreamed exclusively on FloBowling. For start-to-finish coverage of all events, visit FloBowling.com and sign up for a subscription. Fans also can follow the action in Aurora as it happens at Live Scoring on pba.com.

FLOBOWLING PBA SUMMER TOUR POINT LEADERS
(Top 20 after seven of nine events; previous ranking in parenthesis)
1, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 6,700 (5).
2, AJ Johnson, Oswego, Ill., 4,785 (1).
3, Bill O'Neill, Langhorne, Pa., 4,735 (3).
4, Kyle Sherman, O'Fallon, Mo., 4,668 (2).
5, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 4,615 (6).
6, Jakob Butturff, Tempe, Ariz., 4,375 (4).
7, EJ Tackett, Bluffton, Ind., 4,170 (7).
8, Kyle Troup, Taylorsville, N.C., 3,645 (14).
9, BJ Moore, Greensburg, Pa., 3,590 (8).
10, Anthony Simonsen, Little Elm, Texas, 3,460 (24).
11, Tom Daugherty, Riverview, Fla., 3,445 (9).
12, Andrew Anderson, Holly, Mich., 3,335 (10).
13, AJ Chapman, Manchester, Iowa, 3,315 (11).
14, Kris Prather, Plainfield, Ill., 3,225 (12).
15, Stuart Williams, England, 3,070 (13).
16, Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., 2,965 (17).
17, Josh Blanchard, Mesa, Ariz., 2,860 (16).
18, Brad Miller, Lees Summit, Mo., 2,855 (20).
19, Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 2,760 (21).
20, Ryan Ciminelli, Lancaster, S.C., 2,605 (15).

2019 GO BOWLING! PBA TOUR EARNINGS LEADERS
(Top 10 as of Aug. 28; number of tournaments bowled in parenthesis)

1, Jason Belmonte, $264,790 (16).
2, Jakob Butturff, $184,180 (21).
3, Kris Prather, $173,990 (21).
4, Bill O'Neill, $148,048 (21).
5, EJ Tackett, $140,695 (23).
6, Anthony Simonsen, $135,490 (22).
7, Norm Duke, $95,015 (17).
8, Sean Rash, $92,430 (22).
9, Dick Allen, $73,080 (19).
10, Kyle Sherman, $72,693 (18).

FLOBOWLING PBA SUMMER SWING SCHEDULE
presented by the Brands of Ebonite International
(A Go Bowling! PBA Tour and FloBowling PBA Summer Tour event)
Parkside Lanes, Aurora, Ill., Aug. 26-31 (All times Central)

Wednesday, Aug. 28
3:30 p.m. – PBA Bear Open qualifying, 8 games
Thursday, Aug. 29
Noon – PBA Bear Open qualifying, 6 games
    Top 18 after 14 games advance to Bear Open cashers round; top 24 after 28 games of Wolf and Bear Open qualifying advance to Illinois Open match play
5 p.m. – PBA Bear Open cashers round, 6 games
    Top 5 after 20 games advance to Bear Open stepladder finals
8:30 p.m. – Top 5, PBA Bear Open stepladder finals
Friday, Aug. 30
11 a.m. – Illinois Open round robin match play, 8 games
5 p.m. – Illinois Open round robin match play, 8 games
Saturday, Aug. 31
11 a.m. – Illinois Open round robin match play, 8 games
   Top 5 after 52 games of qualifying and match play advance to stepladder finals
3:30 p.m. – Top 5, Illinois Open stepladder finals

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Six Down, Three to Go: AJ Johnson Takes FloBowling PBA Summer Tour Points Lead into Final Three Events

by Bill Vint August 24, 2019 09:40

CHICAGO – With six tournaments in the books, the final three tournaments of the FloBowling PBA Summer Tour are set to begin Monday at Parkside Lanes in Aurora, Illinois, just a few miles from new Summer Tour points leader AJ Johnson’s hometown of Oswego. All signs point to a dramatic finale to a competition points race loaded with incentives.

Johnson, a 26-year-old fourth-year touring player, has yet to win his first Go Bowling! PBA Tour title, but he has had an outstanding summer season, cashing in all six FloBowling PBA Summer Tour events with three top 10 finishes in overtaking previous points leader Kyle Sherman of O’Fallon, Missouri as the world’s best bowlers head into the FloBowling PBA Summer Swing presented by the Brands of Ebonite International.

With 2,500 points at stake for the winners of the PBA Wolf and PBA Bear Opens in Aurora, and 5,000 points for the Illinois Open titlist to conclude the Summer Swing – plus points of descending value at stake for all other players – the top eight positions are wide open.

To illustrate how important strong performances in each event will be coming down the home stretch, note that Tommy Jones, winner of the PBA BowlerStore.com Classic in Coldwater, Ohio, Friday, advanced from 27th place to sixth place on the Summer Tour points list.

Finishing in the top eight in points means significant rewards:

● The top five will share in a $40,000 bonus prize fund, with $20,000 to the points leader;

● The top eight will be invited to compete for bonus prize money in the inaugural FloBowling ATX Invite at Dart Bowl in Austin, Texas, on Sept. 21, where the winner will receive $25,000. The FloBowling ATX Invite is the 10th and final event on the Summer Tour schedule;

● The top eight also will be invited to travel, expenses-paid, to Shanghai for the PBA’s first-ever visit to China for the PBA China Tiger Cup. A $20,000 first prize will be paid to the winner of the singles event, all players also will compete in a special team challenge against a team of Chinese players.

Fans can follow the summer points races at the conclusion of each of the three events in Aurora by clicking on this link: https://www.pba.com/SeasonStats/PointsList/132?list=10.

In addition to the summer points competition, the 2019 Go Bowling! PBA Tour earnings race also is ongoing. The top eight money-winners for the full year will earn berths in the second PBA Clash that will take place at the Kegel Training Center in Lake Wales, Florida, in late October for airing on FOX on Nov. 3. Australia’s Jason Belmonte is the runaway leader in earnings with $264,050. All of the top 10 in earnings maintained their positions at the conclusion of the Coldwater tournament, but the Aurora tripleheader could shuffle the deck.

The entire FloBowling PBA Summer Tour will be livestreamed exclusively on FloBowling. For start-to-finish coverage of all events, visit FloBowling.com and sign up for a subscription. Fans also can follow the action in Aurora as it happens at Live Scoring on pba.com.

FLOBOWLING PBA SUMMER TOUR POINT LEADERS
(Top 20 after six of nine events; previous ranking in parenthesis)
1, AJ Johnson, Oswego, Ill., 4,585 (2).
2, Kyle Sherman, O'Fallon, Mo., 4,525 (1).
3, Bill O'Neill, Langhorne, Pa., 4,390 (3).
4, Jakob Butturff, Tempe, Ariz., 4,330 (6).
5, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 4,200 (10).
6, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 4,110 (27).
7, EJ Tackett, Bluffton, Ind., 3,765 (4).
8, BJ Moore, Greensburg, Pa., 3,355 (5).
9, Tom Daugherty, Riverview, Fla., 3,200 (7)
10, Andrew Anderson, Holly, Mich., 3,180 (8).
11, AJ Chapman, Manchester, Iowa, 3,110 (9).
12, Kris Prather, Plainfield, Ill., 2,940 (13).
13, Stuart Williams, England, 2,805 (11).
14, Kyle Troup, Taylorsville, N.C., 2,695 (16).
15, Ryan Ciminelli, Lancaster, S.C., 2,555 (12).
16, Josh Blanchard, Mesa, Ariz., 2,435 (20).
17, Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., 2,400 (14).
18, Darren Tang, Las Vegas, 2,370 (26).
19, Dom Barrett, England, 2,260 (15).
20, Brad Miller, Lee’s Summit, Mo., 2,140 (17).

2019 GO BOWLING! PBA TOUR EARNINGS LEADERS
(Top 10 as of Aug. 23; number of tournaments bowled in parenthesis)
1, Jason Belmonte, $264,050 (15).
2, Jakob Butturff, $184,180 (20).
3, Kris Prather, $173,990 (20).
4, Bill O'Neill, $148,048 (20).
5, EJ Tackett, $140,695 (22).
6, Anthony Simonsen, $129,490 (21).
7, Norm Duke, $91,015 (16).
8, Sean Rash, $82,430 (21).
9, Kyle Sherman, $72,693 (17).
10, Dick Allen, $71,080 (18).

FLOBOWLING PBA SUMMER SWING SCHEDULE
presented by the Brands of Ebonite International
(A 2019 Go Bowling! PBA Tour event)
Parkside Lanes, Aurora, Ill., Aug. 26-31 (All times Central)

Monday, Aug. 26
3:30 p.m. – PBA Wolf Open qualifying, 7 games
Tuesday, Aug. 27
Noon – PBA Wolf Open qualifying, 7 games
   Top 18 after 14 games advance to Wolf Open cashers round
5 p.m. – PBA Wolf Open cashers round, 6 games
    Top 5 after 20 games advance to Wolf Open stepladder finals
8:30 p.m. – Top 5, PBA Wolf Open stepladder finals
Wednesday, Aug. 28
3:30 p.m. – PBA Bear Open qualifying, 7 games
Thursday, Aug. 29
Noon – PBA Bear Open qualifying, 7 games
   Top 18 after 14 games advance to Bear Open cashers round; top 24 after 28 games of Wolf and Bear Open qualifying advance to Illinois Open match play
5 p.m. – PBA Bear Open cashers round, 6 games
    Top 5 after 20 games advance to Bear Open stepladder finals
8:30 p.m. – Top 5, PBA Bear Open stepladder finals
Friday, Aug. 30
11 a.m. – Illinois Open round robin match play, 8 games
5 p.m. – Illinois Open round robin match play, 8 games
Saturday, Aug. 31
11 a.m. – Illinois Open round robin match play, 8 games
    Top 5 after 52 games of qualifying and match play advance to stepladder finals
3:30 p.m. – Top 5, Illinois Open stepladder finals

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Consistent Kyle Sherman Takes the Lead in FloBowling PBA Summer Tour Points Race; Bill O’Neill Second

by Bill Vint August 16, 2019 08:25

CHICAGO – Kyle Sherman of O’Fallon, Missouri has established himself as the steadiest player on the FloBowling PBA Summer Tour, winning his first PBA Tour title in the PBA-PWBA Storm Striking Against Breast Cancer Mixed Doubles, finishing 17th in the Harry O’Neale Chesapeake Open and adding a fifth-place finish in last weekend’s Wilmington Open to take sole possession of the FloBowling PBA Summer Tour competition points lead heading into this weekend’s Gene Carter’s Pro Shop Classic in Middletown, Delaware.

Right on Sherman’s heels is Chesapeake Open winner Bill O’Neill of Langhorne, Pennsylvania, who followed his win in Virginia with an 11th-place finish in Wilmington. For the third week in a row, AJ Johnson of Oswego, Illinois, was in third place. Last week’s leader, Jakob Butturff of Tempe, Arizona, slipped to fourth and Chesapeake runner-up AJ Chapman of Manchester, Iowa, moved up one spot to fifth.

The biggest moves made earlier this week in Wilmington were by first-time PBA Tour titlist BJ Moore of Greensburg, Pennsylvania, who jumped from 108th to seventh after picking up 2,500 points, and runner-up Sean Rash of Montgomery, Illinois, who climbed into ninth place after ranking 28th the previous week.

The FloBowling PBA Summer Tour points race involves incentives including bonus cash to the top five in the USBC Cup points standings, eight berths in the end-of-summer FloBowling ATX Invite and eight expenses-paid trips to China for the inaugural PBA China Tiger Cup in November. All are part of the 2019 Go Bowling! PBA Tour schedule.

The third and final stop on the eastern swing – the Gene Carter’s Pro Shop Classic – will take place Saturday and Sunday at Mid-County Bowling & Entertainment Center in Middletown, Delaware. Anthony Simonsen of Little Elm, Texas, is defending champion.

Fans can follow the summer points races (USBC Cup, FloBowling ATX Invite and PBA China Tiger Cup) by clicking on this link: https://www.pba.com/SeasonStats/PointsList/132?list=10. Points also play a key role in selection of PBA’s 2019 Player and Rookie of the Year, and for entry priority consideration for selected 2020 PBA Tour events.

After the Delaware stop, the FloBowling PBA Summer Tour heads to Coldwater, Ohio, for the PBA Bowlerstore.com Classic presented by Moxy’s Xtra Pair at Pla-Mor Lanes. Coldwater will be followed by the FloBowling PBA Summer Swing presented by the Brands of Ebonite International at Parkside Lanes in Aurora, Illinois, where the PBA Wolf, PBA Bear and Illinois Open titles will be at stake.

The Aurora tripleheader will be the final points event in the Summer Tour leading into the FloBowling ATX Invite at Dart Bowl in Austin, Texas, on Sept. 21. All PBA Summer Tour events except the Illinois Open are Tier 3 events (2,500 points for first place) while the Illinois Open is a Tier 2 event (double the Tier 3 points including 5,000 points for first).

The entire FloBowling PBA Summer Tour will be livestreamed exclusively on FloBowling. For start-to-finish coverage of all events, visit FloBowling.com and sign up for a subscription.

FLOBOWLING PBA SUMMER TOUR POINT LEADERS
(Top 20 after four of nine events; previous ranking in parenthesis)
1, Kyle Sherman, O'Fallon, Mo., 3,785 (2).
2, Bill O'Neill, Langhorne, Pa., 3,490 (4).
3, AJ Johnson, Oswego, Ill., 3,465 (3).
4, Jakob Butturff, Tempe, Ariz., 3,180 (1).
5, AJ Chapman, Manchester, Iowa, 2,705 (5).
6, EJ Tackett, Bluffton, Ind., 2,690 (7).
7, BJ Moore, Greensburg, Pa., 2,580 (108).
8, Stuart Williams, England, 2,505 (8).
9, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 2,255 (28).
10, Andrew Anderson, Holly, Mich., 2,190 (T-15).
11, Kris Prather, Plainfield, Ill., 2,110 (6).
12, Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., 2,040 (23).
13, Dom Barrett, England, 1,935 (18).
14, Anthony Lavery-Spahr, Pasadena, Texas, 1,890 (9).
15, Josh Blanchard, Mesa, Ariz., 1,780 (10).
16, Zeke Bayt, Westerville, Ohio, 1,620 (13).
17, Brad Miller, Lees Summit, Mo., 1,600 (24).
18, Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 1,560 (17).
19, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 1,535 (20).
20, Kyle Troup, Taylorsville, N.C., 1,520 (12).

SCHEDULES FOR UPCOMING FLOBOWLING PBA SUMMER TOUR EVENTS

PBA GENE CARTER’S PRO SHOP CLASSIC
(A 2019 FloBowling PBA Summer Tour event)
Mid-County Bowling and Entertainment, Middletown, Del., Aug. 16-18 (all times Eastern)

Friday, Aug. 16
11 a.m. - Practice session
2:30 p.m. – AB Sports Youth Scholarship Pro-am
5:15 and 8 p.m. – Anchor Buick-GMC/Williams Chevrolet adult pro-am squads
Saturday, Aug. 17
8 a.m. - A Squad, 7 qualifying games
4 p.m. – B Squad, 7 qualifying games
             Top one-third of field after 7 games advances to cashers round
Sunday, Aug. 18
9 a.m. – Cashers round, 4 games (top 16 after 11 games advance to match play)
12:30 p.m. – Top 16, 12 games modified round robin match play (top four after 23 games advance to stepladder finals)
5 p.m. - Top 4 stepladder finals

PBA BOWLERSTORE.COM CLASSIC
presented by Moxy’s Xtra Pair
Pla-Mor Lanes, Coldwater, Ohio, Aug. 24-26 (all times Eastern)

Wednesday, Aug. 21
2 p.m. - Practice session
5:30 and 8:30 p.m. – Pro-am squads
Thursday, Aug. 22
8 a.m. - A Squad, 8 qualifying games
1:30 p.m. – B Squad, 8 qualifying games
7 p.m. – C Squad, 8 qualifying games
            Top on one-third of field players after 8 games advances to cashers round
Friday, Aug. 23
11 a.m. – Cashers round, 4 games (top 16 after 12 games advance to Round of 16)
1:30 p.m. – Round of 16, three games (top 8 after 15 games advance to Round of 8)
3 p.m. – Round of 8, two games (top 4 after17 games advance to stepladder finals)
5 p.m. - Top four stepladder finals

FLOBOWLING PBA SUMMER SWING
presented by the Brands of Ebonite International
(A 2019 Go Bowling! PBA Tour event)
Parkside Lanes, Aurora, Ill., Aug. 24-31 (All times Central)

Saturday, Aug. 24
8 a.m. – Golf outing
1 p.m. – Pre-Tournament Qualifier (PTQ), 8 games
6 p.m. - Pro-am
Sunday, Aug. 25
Noon – Free youth clinic
5 p.m. – Official tournament practice session
Monday, Aug. 26
3:30 p.m. – PBA Wolf Open qualifying, 7 games
Tuesday, Aug. 27
Noon – PBA Wolf Open qualifying, 7 games
    Top 18 after 14 games advance to Wolf Open cashers round
5 p.m. – PBA Wolf Open cashers round, 6 games
   Top 5 after 20 games advance to Wolf Open stepladder finals
8:30 p.m. – Top 5, PBA Wolf Open stepladder finals
Wednesday, Aug. 28
3:30 p.m. – PBA Bear Open qualifying, 7 games
Thursday, Aug. 29
Noon – PBA Bear Open qualifying, 7 games
    Top 18 after 14 games advance to Bear Open cashers round; top 24 after 28 games of Wolf and Bear Open qualifying advance to Illinois Open match play
5 p.m. – PBA Bear Open cashers round, 6 games
    Top 5 after 20 games advance to Bear Open stepladder finals
8:30 p.m. – Top 5, PBA Bear Open stepladder finals
Friday, Aug. 30
11 a.m. – Illinois Open round robin match play, 8 games
5 p.m. – Illinois Open round robin match play, 8 games
Saturday, Aug. 31
11 a.m. – Illinois Open round robin match play, 8 games
    Top 5 after 52 games of qualifying and match play advance to stepladder finals
3:30 p.m. – Top 5, Illinois Open stepladder finals
6 p.m. – Champions dinner

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PBA Midwest Region Manager Rich Weber Announces Retirement After Three Decades of Service to PBA

by Bill Vint November 14, 2018 13:27

Rich Weber, the oldest of PBA legend Dick Weber’s four children, has announced he will retire from PBA active duty at the end of the year after more than 30 years of service to the organization.

Weber, who turned 68 on Oct. 2, will conclude his latest role as PBA Midwest Region manager when he supervises the PBA50 Victory Lanes Midwest Open presented by Allstate in Kankakee, Ill., over the Nov. 30-Dec. 2 weekend.

Featured photo: PBA Regional Managers, from left, Russ Mills (East), Rich Weber (Midwest), Bobby Jakel (Central), Gary Mage (West-Northwest), Director of PBA Regional and PBA50 Tours John Weber. Not pictured: Sam Zurich (South).

A life-long St. Louis area resident, Weber began his administrative work with the PBA in 1984 as an assistant to then-PBA Midwest Region manager Don McClaren. He and younger brother John continued to work with the Midwest Region when their father took over McClaren’s post in 1987. He also served a year as assistant tournament director for the PBA Senior Tour under Mike Durbin in 1989 and in 1990, began a seven-year tour of duty as PBA Senior Tour Tournament Director.

John Weber succeeded his father as PBA Midwest manager in 1997, running the region with Rich’s help until 2006 when John was named Director of the PBA Regional and Senior Tours. Rich then assumed the helm of the Midwest Region, a position he has held for the past 12 years.

“The most fun I had was running the senior tour,” Rich said. “It was a close-knit group. We needled each other, played golf together, had dinners…it was an amazing time.

“The best part of running the regional program was watching the young guys develop,” he added. “The AJ Johnsons, AJ Chapmans today have a good time. They have grown up bowling with and against each other in college. They’re a close-knit group. Guys were a lot more serious years ago.”

Beyond his service to the PBA, Rich also has been the personal coach to his youngest brother – 37-time PBA Tour champion Pete Weber – throughout Pete’s career.

PBA CEO and Commissioner Tom Clark was among many players, proprietors and industry leaders who expressed their thanks to Weber for his contributions to the sport.

“It is difficult to live up to the greatest name in bowling – Weber – and yet Rich did it with talent and class in all his roles with the PBA,” Clark said. “The PBA is very proud of Rich and happy for him. We can’t thank Rich enough for all he has done for the Midwest Region and the entire PBA.”

The PBA is expected to announce Weber’s successor as PBA Midwest Region manager soon.

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EJ Tackett Uses 300 Game, 200 Bonus Pins to Lead PBA Xtra Frame Parkside Lanes Open After First Round

by Bill Vint June 30, 2018 14:32

AURORA, Ill. – EJ Tackett of Huntington, Ind., rolled the only 300 game in the opening round to lead a group dominated by rising 20-something stars after the first eight qualifying games in the Professional Bowlers Association’s Xtra Frame Parkside Lanes Open Saturday.

Tackett, a nine-time PBA Tour champion and already a former PBA Player of the Year at age 25, took advantage of his 300 game and 200 bonus pins to finish the eight-game round with a 2,086 pinfall total and an 87-pin lead over 26-year-old Canadian left-hander Graham Fach.

The PBA Xtra Frame Parkside Lanes Open, a Go Bowling! PBA Tour event, is the inaugural tournament in the PBA’s new live streaming relationship with FloSports, and features multi-lane condition challenges as well as a unique scoring system that awards bonus pins based upon how players score in relationship to the other players on their respective pair of lanes each game.

With heat index hovering in the 110-degree range outside Parkside Lanes, Tackett rolled games of 259, 218, 224, 232, 300, 215, 225 and 213 for an actual 235.75 average. Fach, the first Canadian ever to win a PBA Tour title (2016 Barbasol PBA Players Championship), finished with 1,999 pins. Jason Sterner of Rockledge, Fla., the oldest player among the leaders at the age 34, was third with 1,992 pins, Tied for fourth were 23-year-old Andrew Anderson, Holly, Mich.; 25-year-old Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., and 25-year-old AJ Johnson, Oswego, Ill., all with 1,985 pins.

Anderson and Australia’s Jason Belmonte are the only two-time PBA Tour title winners in 2018 (Belmonte isn’t competing in Aurora). Johnson is the only player among the leaders without a PBA Tour title.

With PBA Xtra Frame on FloBowling following the action from start to finish, the event includes eight-game qualifying rounds Saturday and Sunday, with the top 27 qualifiers after 16 games advancing to Monday’s eight-game cashers round. Saturday’s qualifying was contested on the PBA Chameleon lane condition. Sunday’s 10 a.m. qualifying round will be bowled on the Don Carter lane condition and Monday’s cashers round, also at 10 a.m., will involve the PBA Bear oiling pattern. All three involve 39-foot applications of oil with variations in the amount of oil applied as well as how it is distributed across the lanes.

After 24 games plus bonus pins, the top five will bowl in the stepladder finals at 3 p.m. CDT with the top qualifier selecting the oil pattern for the finals.

The “bonus pin” scoring system for qualifying works like this: with four players on each pair of lanes, the player who bowls the highest score each game will earn an additional 30 bonus pins. The second highest player will earn 20 bonus pins, and the third-high player will get an extra 10 pins. The lowest scoring player on the pair won’t get any bonus pins. In case of ties, bonus pins will be divided.

All PBA Xtra Frame events for the rest of the season will be covered live, from first ball to last, by PBA’s new live streaming partner, FloBowling.com. Subscriptions are available at FloBowling (existing Xtra Frame subscribers can transition their current subscriptions by visiting https://www.flobowling.com/claim-account).

PBA XTRA FRAME PARKSIDE LANES OPEN

(A 2018 Go Bowling! PBA Tour event)

Parkside Lanes, Aurora, Ill., Saturday

First Round Standings (after 8 games, including bonus pins):

1, EJ Tackett, Huntington, Ind., 2,086.
2, Graham Fach, Canada, 1,999.
3, Jason Sterner, Rockledge, Fla., 1,992.
4 (tie), Andrew Anderson, Holly, Mich.; Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., and AJ Johnson, Oswego, Ill., 1,985.
7, Greg Ostrander, Freehold, N.J., 1,969.
8, Nick Kruml, Downers Grove, Ill., 1,958.
9, Matt Kuba, Chicago Ridge, Ill., 1,948.
10, Matt O'Grady, Rahway, N.J., 1,935.
11, Chris Via, Springfield, Ohio, 1,917.
12, Dom Barrett, England, 1,916.
13, Zach Doty, Campbellsville, Ky., 1,911.
14, Anthony Simonsen, Austin, Texas, 1,908.
15, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 1,893.
16, Mitch Hupe, Canada, 1,892.
17, Chris Loschetter, Avon, Ohio, 1,888.
18, Matt Sanders, Indianapolis, 1,882.
19, Jason Miller, Plano, Ill., 1,869.
20, Bill O'Neill, Langhorne, Pa., 1,853.
21, Richard McCormick, Cincinnati, Ohio, 1,846.
22, Kristopher Prather, Plainfield, Ill., 1,833.
23, Kamron Doyle, Brentwood, Tenn., 1,827.
24, Kyle Sherman, O'Fallon, Mo., 1,826.
25, AJ Chapman, Manchester, Iowa, 1,821.
26, Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., 1,813.
27, Tom Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich., 1,807.
28, Steve Jaros, Yorkville, Ill., 1,806.
29, Matthew McNiel, Minneapolis, Minn., 1,802.
30, n-Mike Dole, Loves Park, Ill., 1,798.
31, Anthony Pepe, Elmhurst, N.Y., 1,795.
32, Gerald Marrs, Lake in the Hills, Ill., 1,790.
33 (tie), Aaron Beaver, Goshen, Ind., and Nicholas Pate, Inver Grove Heights, Minn., 1,782.
35, Keven Williams, Springfield, Mo., 1,780.
36, Nathan Michalowski, Burlington, Wis., 1,778.
37, Kyle Walther, Columbus, Ohio, 1,777.
38, Charlie Brown Jr, Grandville, Mich., 1,773.
39, n-Alex Leeman, Appleton, Wis., 1,770.
40, Michael Vitalone, Jr., Lake Worth, Fla., 1,767.
41, Michael Davidson, Versailles, Ohio, 1,758.
42, n-Patrick Hanrahan, Greenwich, Conn., 1,757.
43, Dakota Vostry, Chicago, 1,752.
44, JR Raymond, Clinton Twp., Mich., 1,747.
45, Devin Bidwell, Wichita, Kan., 1,734.
46, Joseph Kruzel Jr, Addison, Ill., 1,731.
47, Francois Lavoie, Canada, 1,724.
48, Cameron Weier, Tacoma, Wash., 1,711.
49, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 1,707.
50, Richie Teece, England, 1,697.
51, n-William Guszczo, Orland Park, Ill., 1,690.
52, Kyle Cook, Centerville, Ohio, 1,689.
53, Francois Louw, South Africa, 1,686.
54 (tie), Kurt Pilon, Warren, Mich., and Tim Foy Jr., Seaford, Del., 1,684.
56, Kenny Calkins III, Des Moines, Iowa, 1,681.
57 (tie), John Furey, Howell, N.J., and n-Germaine Tyler, Bolingbrook, Ill., 1,680.
59 (tie), n-Victor Cortez, Waukegan, Ill., and Joe Paluszek, Bensalem, Pa., 1,676.
61, Bobby Hall II, Landover, Md., 1,670.
62, n-Joseph Grondin, San Pedro, Calif., 1,667.
63, Steven Taylor, Tremont, Ill., 1,659.
64, n-Brent Boho, Colgate, Wis., 1,650.
65, Kyle Troup, Taylorsville, N.C., 1,645.
66, n-Jim Spigner, Vernon Hills, Ill., 1,641.
67, n-Ron Fujita, El Sobrente, Calif., 1,635.
68, Scott Merritt, Iowa City, Iowa, 1,632.
69, Phillip Watson, Belleville, Ill., 1,630.
70, Michael Schlabach, Goshen, Ind., 1,618.
71, Christopher O'Neil, Decatur, Ill., 1,617.
72, n-Mike Kicmal, LaGrange, Ill., 1,613.
73, n-Tom Carter, Aurora, Ill., 1,610.
74, Cristian Azcona, Puerto Rico, 1,605.
75, Ryan Zagar, Racine, Wis., 1,588.
76, CJ Kirchner, Cartersville, Ill., 1,585.
77, Trent Knoop, Sidney, Ohio, 1,565.
78, n-Zach Rhoades, Lafayette, Ind., 1,558.
79, n-Christopher Dower, Cary, Ill., 1,555.
80, Brad Miller, Lees Summit, Mo., 1,554.
81, n-Joshua Berry, Glasgow, Ky., 1,552.
82, n-Josh Parkin, Urbana, Ohio, 1,550.
83, Brandon Curtis, Manson, N.C., 1,529.
84, n-Kevin Sickler, Plainfield, Ill., 1,526.
85 (tie), Shane Yesovich, Boardman, Ohio, and Tyler Wilds, Three Rivers, Mich., 1,523.
87, n-Will Clark, Montgomery, Ill., 1,516.
88, n-Daniel Hall, Wolfforth, Texas, 1,514.
89, Dakoda Christianson, Rice Lake, Wis., 1,497.
90, Peter Switalski, Oak Forest, Ill., 1,492.
91, Ryan Lakota, Shorewood, Ill., 1,490.
92, Matt Taylor, Youngsville, N.C., 1,487.
93, Tristan Butler, Fort Wayne, Ind., 1,461.
94, ss-Larry Helton, Bolingbrook, Ill., 1,444.
95, Michael Baker, Moline, Ill., 1,440.
96, Jason Gittleson, Southern Pines, N.C., 1,402.
97, n-Glenn Itter, Aurora, Ill., 1,400.
98, n-William Thompson, Romeoville, Ill., 1,389.
99, n-Kevin Henkens, Fort Madison, Iowa, 1,363.
100, John Contos, Crystal Lake, Ill., 1,227.
101, ss-Carmen Salvino, Schaumburg, Ill., 961.
102, Rhino Page, Orlando, Fla., withdrew.
103, Ryan Ciminelli, Clarence, N.Y., withdrew.
104, Ronnie Russell, Marion, Ind., withdrew.

300 Game: EJ Tackett.

n-denotes non-PBA member.

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