Kris Prather Reigns Supreme as the New PBA King of the Lanes on the Final Night of the Six-Part Series

by kwarner2 July 23, 2020 07:22

Jupiter, Fla. – The King of the Lanes six-part series on FS1 came down to an exciting finish with Kris Prather’s reign as King just getting started. Prather outlasted King Sean Rash and battled for the crown in the final contenders match against Pete Weber.

Three-time title winner and 2020 PBA Strike Derby Champion Kris Prather began his night by defeating PWBA’s Gazmine Mason, 230-194 in the first Contenders Match. Mason led the match leading up to the ninth frame, but missed a single spare conversion in the 10th which ultimately cost her. Prather took advantage and struck out during his last four shots for the win. Prather moved on to bowl 15-time title winner Sean Rash and captured the crown by defeating Rash, 243-213.

With a new King on the throne for the third time of the series, two new contenders took to the lanes for the ultimate royal battle – 37-time title winner and PBA Hall of Famer Pete Weber and six-time title winner Kyle Troup, who won his last title at the 2020 PBA Tour Finals on Sunday. Weber, known for his showmanship on the lanes, had fun with his young opponent, copying his signature style and donning an afro wig as soon as the match got underway. Weber then started off shaky with a 3-4-6-7-10 split, but rebounded with six strikes in a row to defeat Troup, 235-227.

With the final King match set, Prather and Weber took to the lanes and did not disappoint. After seven frames, the match was even, but Weber caught a tough break in the eighth frame leaving a seven-pin. With an opportunity to take the lead, Prather responded with a strike in the ninth frame and secured the win, 279-226.

“It’s an honor just to bowl against Pete on TV,” said Prather about bowling Weber. “For him to have such high praise for me, it just feels incredible. I never thought that someone of his caliber would have such high regard for me as a bowler.”

12 worthy contenders and 4 Kings later, the 2020 PBA King of the Lanes three-night event ends with Prather’s reign.

“As far as winning goes, it’s going to be so much fun getting on all my friends nerves having them call me King,” said Prather.

The PBA King of the Lanes series’ Golden Strike promotion, sponsored by Go Bowling!, added one final Golden Strike (a strike when the head pin is gold) thrown by Weber. With seven strikes thrown throughout the series, fans can get seven free games of bowing at participating centers, redeemable at GoBowling.com/FreeAmerica.

Results Night 1

Contenders Match 1
Norm Duke def. Walter Ray Williams Jr., 266-211

King Match 1
Duke def. Wes Malott, 248-219. Duke is the new King.

Contenders Match 2
Anthony Simonsen def. EJ Tackett, 217-193

King Match 2
Simonsen vs. Duke, 198-185. Duke remains King.

Results Night 2

Contenders Match 3
Sean Rash def. Bill O’Neill, 256-227

King Match 3
Rash def. Norm Duke, 262-255. Rash is the new King.

Contenders Match 4
Clara Guerrero def. Jakob Butturff, 204-195

King Match 4
Rash def. Guerrero, 289-237. Rash remains King.

Results Night 3

Contenders Match 5
Kris Prather def. Gazmine Mason, 230-194

King Match 5
Prather def. Sean Rash, 243-213. Prather is the new king.

Contenders Match 6
Pete Weber def. Kyle Troup, 235-227

King Match 6
Prather def. Weber, 279-226. Prather remains king.

With health and safety top of mind, the PBA is following local and federal guidelines on COVID-19. The PBA is significantly modifying event procedures as well as taking all necessary precautions to reduce health risks for players and staff during competition. For a complete list of standards, please visit pba.com.

About the PBA
The Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) is the world’s preeminent organization dedicated to the sport of bowling and its professional competition, with thousands of members and millions of fans throughout the world. The PBA plays host to bowling’s biggest tournaments from the Go Bowling! PBA Tour, PBA Regional Tour, and PBA50 Tour. In 2019, the PBA was acquired by Bowlero Corporation, the world’s largest owner and operator of bowling entertainment centers with more than 300 locations throughout North America. For more information, please visit PBA.com.

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Sean Rash Takes the Crown from Norm Duke as the New PBA King of the Lanes on Night Two of the Series

by ddziomba July 22, 2020 08:51

Jupiter, Fla. – All hail the new PBA King of the Lanes – Sean Rash! On night two of the six-part series airing on FS1, Sean Rash knocked off reigning King Norm Duke and then bowled a nearly perfect game to retain the crown from contender Clara Guerrero.

15-time title winner and 2020 PBA Summer Clash Winner Sean Rash took full advantage of favorable lane conditions in all of his matches starting with a 256-227 win against 12-time title winner Bill O’Neill in the first Contenders Match. As the winner, Rash went on to bowl PBA Hall of Famer Norm Duke for the crown. Needing a double and four pins in the 10th , Rash struck out to defeat Duke, 262-255 to become the new King.

With a new King residing on the throne, two new contenders took to the lanes – seven-time title winner Jakob Butturff, who bowled a perfect 300 televised game on Saturday and the first female competitor, PWBA’s Clara Guerrero. Guerrero consistently led the Contenders Match and secured the win, 204-195.

In the final King Match of the night, Rash put up a nearly perfect game, just missing the four pin in the 10th frame to end a run at his 31st career PBA 300 game. Rash’s dominance was too much for Guerrero and he successfully defended the crown with a 289-237 win.

The PBA King of the Lanes series’ Golden Strike promotion, sponsored by Go Bowling!, continued to roll on with two more Golden Strikes thrown (a strike when the head pin is gold) thrown by Rash and Guerrero. With four strikes thrown on Monday and two Tuesday, fans can get six free games of bowing at participating centers, redeemable at GoBowling.com/FreeAmerica.

Rash moves on to the final night as the King, but will face competition from the winner of the next Contenders Match between – three-time PBA Tour title winner Kris Prather and PWBA’s Gazmine Mason, followed by six-time title winner Kyle Troup and 37-title winner Pete Weber.

Viewers can live stream the King of the Lanes series 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 live on FloBowling.com.

FS1 will telecast the final night of the series in prime time.

Wednesday, July 22 – 8-9 PM ET
Contenders Match: Kris Prather vs. Gazmine Mason
King Match 5: Winner from King 4 vs. Contenders Winner

Wednesday, July 22 – 9-10 PM ET
Contenders Match: Kyle Troup vs. Pete Weber
King Match 6: Winner from King 5 vs. Contenders Winner

Results Night 1

Contenders Match 1
Norm Duke def. Walter Ray Williams Jr., 266-211

King Match 1
Duke def. Wes Malott, 248-219. Duke is the new King.

Contenders Match 2
Anthony Simonsen def. EJ Tackett, 217-193

King Match 2
Simonsen vs. Duke, 198-185. Duke remains King.

Results Night 2

Contenders Match 3
Sean Rash def. Bill O’Neill, 256-227

King Match 3
Rash def. Norm Duke, 262-255. Rash is the new King.

Contenders Match 4
Clara Guerrero def. Jakob Butturff, 204-195

King Match 4
Rash def. Guerrero, 289-237. Rash remains King.

With health and safety top of mind, the PBA is following local and federal guidelines on COVID-19. The PBA is significantly modifying event procedures as well as taking all necessary precautions to reduce health risks for players and staff during competition. For a complete list of standards, please visit pba.com.

About the PBA
The Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) is the world’s preeminent organization dedicated to the sport of bowling and its professional competition, with thousands of members and millions of fans throughout the world. The PBA plays host to bowling’s biggest tournaments from the Go Bowling! PBA Tour, PBA Regional Tour, and PBA50 Tour. In 2019, the PBA was acquired by Bowlero Corporation, the world’s largest owner and operator of bowling entertainment centers with more than 300 locations throughout North America. For more information, please visit PBA.com.

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Norm Duke Dethrones Wes Malott to Capture the PBA King of Lanes Crown on Night One of the Series

by kwarner2 July 21, 2020 08:36

Jupiter, Fla. – Bowling royalty hit the lanes for an exciting night at Bowlero Jupiter in Florida where PBA Hall of Famer Norm Duke captured the King of the Lanes crown on night one of the the six-part series airing on FS1. Duke defeated defending King Wes Malott and was able to hold off contender Anthony Simonsen and retain the throne.

40-time title winner and PBA Hall of Famer, Norm Duke started the night off strong in a battle of the greatest bowlers of all time, defeating 47-time title winner and PBA Hall of Famer Walter Ray Williams Jr. 266-211 in the first Contenders Match. As the winner, Duke went on to bowl 10-time title winner Wes Malott for the crown and won the King Match, 248-219.

With Duke residing on the throne, two of the PBA Tour’s youngest stars contended for the crown – 13-time title winner EJ Tackett and seven-time title winner Anthony Simonsen. Both players struggled to get comfortable on the lanes, with Simonsen emerging victorious, 217-193, by favoring his unique backup-ball style for most of the Contenders Match. Then in the first defense of his crown, Duke displayed his versatility and spare-making talent, converting a washout in the 8th frame to down Simonsen, 198-185.

The PBA King of the Lanes series’ Golden Strike promotion, sponsored by Go Bowling!, got off to a great start, with multiple Golden Strikes thrown by Williams Jr. (two), Duke (two), and Simonsen. With four Golden Strikes thrown (a strike when the head pin is gold) fans can now get four free games of bowing at participating centers, redeemable at GoBowling.com/FreeAmerica.

Duke lives to see another night as the King, but will he hold onto the crown? He’ll face competition from the winner of the first Contenders Match between two Go Bowing! PBA Tour stars – 12-time title winner Bill O’Neill and 15-time title winner Sean Rash.

Viewers can live stream the King of the Lanes series 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 live on FloBowling.com.

FS1 will telecast the rest of the series live in prime time.

  • Tuesday, July 21 – 7-8 PM ET
    • Contenders Match: Bill O’Neill vs. Sean Rash
    • King Match 3: Winner from King 2 vs. Contenders Winner
  • Tuesday, July 21 – 8-9 PM ET
    • Contenders Match: Jakob Butturff vs. Clara Guerrero
    • King Match 4: Winner from King 3 vs. Contenders Winner
  • Wednesday, July 22 – 8-9 PM ET
    • Contenders Match: Kris Prather vs. Gazmine Mason
    • King Match 5: Winner from King 4 vs. Contenders Winner
  • Wednesday, July 22 – 9-10 PM ET
    • Contenders Match: Kyle Troup vs. Pete Weber
    • King Match 6: Winner from King 5 vs. Contenders Winner

Results Night 1

Contenders Match 1
Norm Duke def. Walter Ray Williams Jr., 266-211

King Match 1
Duke def. Wes Malott, 248-219. Duke is the new King.

Contenders Match 2
Anthony Simonsen def. EJ Tackett, 217-193

King Match 2
Simonsen vs. Duke, 198-185. Duke remains King.

With health and safety top of mind, the PBA is following local and federal guidelines on COVID-19. The PBA is significantly modifying event procedures as well as taking all necessary precautions to reduce health risks for players and staff during competition. For a complete list of standards, please visit pba.com.

About the PBA
The Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) is the world’s preeminent organization dedicated to the sport of bowling and its professional competition, with thousands of members and millions of fans throughout the world. The PBA plays host to bowling’s biggest tournaments from the Go Bowling! PBA Tour, PBA Regional Tour, and PBA50 Tour. In 2019, the PBA was acquired by Bowlero Corporation, the world’s largest owner and operator of bowling entertainment centers with more than 300 locations throughout North America. For more information, please visit PBA.com.

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Six-Part PBA King of the Lanes Series Begins Tonight on FS1

by ddziomba July 20, 2020 14:51

Former PBA Player of the Year Wes Malott looks to defend his crown in special series airing July 20 – July 22

New York, NY – Professional bowling royalty will take to the lanes starting tonight at 8 PM ET for an action-packed six-episode PBA King of the Lanes series live from Bowlero Jupiter in prime time on FS1 with a new twist – sports betting.

Top players from the Go Bowling! PBA Tour, PBA50 Tour, and PWBA Tour will vie for the chance at capturing the crown as King of the Lanes, and hold on to it as long as they can.

While fans will not be in attendance, spectators will be able to participate in the action with online wagering through FOX Bet Sportsbook. During PBA King of the Lanes, the PBA and FOX Bet Sportsbook will present a market to wager on all six Contenders Matches and place their bets on who will go up against King. Odds are now live on FOX Bet Sportsbook and available in Colorado and Pennsylvania, and are presented for entertainment purposes in all other states.

10-time title winner Wes Malott, the undefeated King from the 2009 version of the series, returns as the first King and will face competition from the winner of the first contenders match between two of the all time greatest bowlers – 40-time title winner and PBA Hall of Famer Norm Duke and 47-time title winner, who holds the record for most PBA Tour titles, Walter Ray Williams Jr.

The winner of the first King Match between Malott and the Duke/Williams Contenders Match will return for the second show wearing the crown. The same competition format, of two contenders facing off in a traditional 10-frame bowling match for the right to face the reigning King, will continue throughout the series until the ultimate King is crowned.

PBA stars having earned a spot in the PBA Tour Finals as top PBA points earners over the past two seasons - Anthony Simonsen, EJ Tackett, Bill O'Neill, Sean Rash, Jakob Butturff, Kris Prather and Kyle Troup are slated to compete. Australia's Jason Belmonte, the top points earner, will not be able to attend due to travel restrictions.

Joining the Go Bowling! PBA Tour stars as contenders along with Duke and Williams Jr., are Hall of Famer Pete Weber and Top PWBA players Clara Guerrero and Gazmine Mason.

Viewers can live stream the King of the Lanes series 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 live on FloBowling.com.

FS1 will telecast the six-part series live in prime time.

Monday, July 20 – 8-9 PM ET
Contenders Match: Norm Duke vs. Walter Ray Williams
King Match 1: Wes Malott vs. Contenders Winner

Monday, July 20 – 9-10 PM ET
Contenders Match: Anthony Simonsen vs. EJ Tackett
King Match 2: Winner from King 1 vs. Contenders Winner

Tuesday, July 21 – 7-8 PM ET
Contenders Match: Bill O’Neill vs. Sean Rash
King Match 3: Winner from King 2 vs. Contenders Winner

Tuesday, July 21 – 8-9 PM ET
Contenders Match: Jakob Butturff vs. Clara Guerrero
King Match 4: Winner from King 3 vs. Contenders Winner

Wednesday, July 22 – 8-9 PM ET
Contenders Match: Kris Prather vs. Gazmine Mason
King Match 5: Winner from King 4 vs. Contenders Winner

Wednesday, July 22 – 9-10 PM ET
Contenders Match: Kyle Troup vs. Pete Weber
King Match 6: Winner from King 5 vs. Contenders Winner

With health and safety top of mind, the PBA is following local and federal guidelines on COVID-19. The PBA is significantly modifying event procedures as well as taking all necessary precautions to reduce health risks for players and staff during competition. For a complete list of standards, please visit pba.com.

About the PBA
The Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) is the world’s preeminent organization dedicated to the sport of bowling and its professional competition, with thousands of members and millions of fans throughout the world. The PBA plays host to bowling’s biggest tournaments from the Go Bowling! PBA Tour, PBA Regional Tour, and PBA50 Tour. In 2019, the PBA was acquired by Bowlero Corporation, the world’s largest owner and operator of bowling entertainment centers with more than 300 locations throughout North America. For more information, please visit PBA.com.

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Kyle Troup Wins His First PBA Tour Finals for 6th Career PBA Tour Title

by kwarner2 July 19, 2020 07:40

Jupiter, Fla. – Kyle Troup prevailed in back-to-back matches on Sunday to win his first PBA Tour Finals and sixth Go Bowling! PBA Tour title of his career defeating Anthony Simonsen 2-1, in a “race-to-2-points” format title match.

The 23-year-old Simonsen, who was trying for his first win of the season, got off to an early lead with a 223-204 win in the first game of the title match, but Troup, rebounded in game two winning 237-210 to force a 9th and 10th frame roll-off for the deciding point.

In the roll-off, Simonsen posted a total of 39 pins, leaving a four pin in the ninth and a 10 pin in the 10th, giving Troup the opportunity to clinch the win.

Troup delivered with a strike in the ninth frame, followed by a spare knocking down the 4-pin, and a final strike that buried the pocket for a 40-39 win.

“It was a quick turnaround from the time I bowled Kris Prather to Simonsen so I was trying to stay calm and present,“ said Troup. “You don’t expect a guy like Simonsen to miss and I knew I had to throw four really good shots to put up a score of 60 in the roll-off.”

Troup, who won the PBA Jonesboro Open and the PBA Doubles Championship with Jesper Svensson earlier this year, is the first player to win three titles this season and is well in contention for 2020 PBA Player of the Year honors.

“I’m still trying to make a run at Player of the Year,” said Troup. “My mindset is that I have to win everything that I bowl, but I know now I have a pretty good chance if I stay focused.”

The PBA Tour Finals, which featured nine hours of live coverage on CBS Sports Network over a two-day span at Bowlero Jupiter was filled with non-stop action and incredible moments. During the qualifying round of competition, seven-time tour winner Jakob Butturff bowled a perfect 300-game, the 28th televised 300 game in PBA history.

“First word – amazing,” said Butturff about his perfect game. “I never thought I would do it so early in my career, let alone ever. It was definitely nerve-racking but incredible to be added to the PBA history books.”

The PBA Tour Finals featured the top eight PBA Tour players in points over a two-year span ending with the 2020 PBA World Championship. Points leader Jason Belmonte was unable to participate due to COVID-19 travel restrictions from Australia. Norm Duke as the 9th place finisher in points moved up to take his place in the field as the 8th seed. The eight finalists were split into two four-player groups with competition consisting of two rounds of total pinfall positioning rounds Saturday, followed by Sunday’s semifinal round for each group. The winner of each semifinal stepladder advanced to the title match. The final match of each stepladder also used the race-to-2-points format.

In the Group 1 semifinal stepladder round, Simonsen advanced to the championship match by defeating Jakob Butturff, 2-0 in the race-to-2-points final match, winning the first game 245-200 and the second game 237-184.

Troup advanced to the title match by beating three-time tour winner, Kris Prather in the Group 2 semifinal stepladder final 2-1. Prather won the first game 227-213, but Troup rallied in game 2 winning 257-232 to force a 9th and 10th frame roll-off which was won by Troup, 60-49.

In the Group 1 opening stepladder match, 15-time title winner Sean Rash defeated PBA Hall of Famer Norm Duke 246-236, to meet Butturff in the second match. Butturff then beat Rash 232-226 in the second match to face Simonsen in the Group 1 final.

In the Group 2 opening stepladder match, 12-time title winner Bill O’Neill beat 13-time title winner EJ Tackett 255-213 to advance to the second match against Kris Prather. Prather beat O’Neill in the second match 221-211 to advance to the Group 2 final against Butturff.

PBA Tour Finals Results

Group 1 Stepladder Results

  • Match One – Sean Rash def. Norm Duke ($3,000) 246-236
  • Match Two – Jackob Butturff def. Sean Rash ($3,000) 232-226
  • Final Match (race-to-2-points format) – Simonsen def. Jakob Butturff ($7,500), 2-1
    • Game 1 – Simonsen def. Butturff 245-200
    • Game 2 – Simonsen def. Butturff 237-184

Simonsen advanced to championship match against Kyle Troup.

Group 2 Stepladder Results

  • Match One – Bill O’Neill def. EJ Tackett ($3,000) 255-213
  • Match Two – Kris Prather def. Bill O’Neill ($3,000) 221-211
  • Final Match (race-to-2-points format) – Troup def. Kris Prather ($7,500), 2-1
    • Game 1 – Prather def. Troup 221-213
    • Game 2 – Troup def. Prather 257-232

Troup won 9th and 10th frame roll-off 60 to 49 to advance to championship match against Anthony Simonsen.

Championship Match (race-to-2 points format)
Kyle Troup ($30,000) def. Anthony Simonsen ($18,000), 2-1

  • Game 1 – Simonsen def. Troup 223-204
  • Game 2 – Troup def. Simonsen 237-210

Troup won 9th and 10th frame roll-off 40-39.

History of PBA Tour Finals Winners
2017 - EJ Tackett
2018 - Jason Belmonte
2019 - EJ Tackett
2020 - Kyle Troup

About the PBA
The Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) is the world’s preeminent organization dedicated to the sport of bowling and its professional competition, with thousands of members and millions of fans throughout the world. The PBA plays host to bowling’s biggest tournaments from the Go Bowling! PBA Tour, PBA Regional Tour, and PBA50 Tour. In 2019, the PBA was acquired by Bowlero Corporation, the world’s largest owner and operator of bowling entertainment centers with more than 300 locations throughout North America. For more information, please visit PBA.com.

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