Darren Tang Earns Top Seed for PBA Hall of Fame Classic Finals; Jones Earns No. 2 Seed in Same Weekend of Hall of Fame Induction

by Jerry Schneider January 17, 2020 20:36

ARLINGTON, Texas  – Darren Tang of Las Vegas rode a 10-4 match play record, including two match wins with 300 games Friday, on his way to earning the top seed for Sunday’s live FS1 finals telecast of the PBA Hall of Fame Classic, the first tournament of the 2020 Go Bowling PBA Tour season.

The 26-year-old Tang, who is trying for his first PBA Tour title, beat reigning PBA Player of the Year Jason Belmonte 300-191 in the second match of the final match play round and Anthony Lavery-Spahr 300-247 in the sixth match. A 246-202 win over Jakob Butturff of Tempe, Arizona in the position round match vaulted him to the top spot with a 6,299 26-game pinfall total including bonus pins. As the top seed, he will only have to win one match on Sunday’s telecast from the International Training and Research Center which gets underway at 1 p.m. ET (noon CT).

“I didn’t let the bad games get me discouraged,” said Tang, who owns two PBA Tour runner-up finishes. “I just stayed focused, stuck to my process and didn’t think about what else was going on around me. I’ve always been a believer that anything’s possible in this game and when it’s your day, it’s your day.”

In what is turning out to be a dream weekend for Tommy Jones of Simpsonville, South Carolina, who will be inducted into the PBA Hall of Fame Saturday, the former PBA Player of the Year and 19-time PBA Tour winner, qualified for the 14th and final match play position Thursday, but posted an 11-3 record Friday, that included a 300-240 win over Ryan Ciminelli in Friday’s first match play round, to earn the No. 2 seed. He finished 15 pins behind Tang with a 6,284 pinfall.

“This has made a special weekend even more special, but what’s offsetting that is I can’t help thinking about a lot of single pin spares I missed in the tournament,” the 41-year-old right-hander said. “With all the excitement of this weekend I’m trying to approach everything the same as I would for any other tournament. For the most part I’ve been successful doing that but I’ll need to make sure that something like missing easy spares doesn’t ruin the party.”

Three other players have made a TV final in the same weekend that they were inducted into the PBA Hall of Fame: Earl Anthony in 1981, Mike Durbin, who won his third PBA Tournament of Champions in 1984, and Mark Roth in 1987.

Five-time PBA Tour winner Osku Palermaa of Finland will be trying for his first title since the 2015 World Open in Tokyo and his first win on TV since the 2011 PBA World Championship. The 36-year-old two-hander entered match play in 11th and despite a 7-7 record in match play was still able to climb to the No. 3 seed finishing with a 6,264 pinfall.

Sunday’s stepladder will begin with Butturff, who earned the No. 4 seed taking on No. 5 seed hometown favorite PBA Hall of Famer Chris Barnes of Double Oak, Texas.

The 25-year-old Butturff, a seven-time tour winner who finished second in the 2019 Hall of Fame Classic, finished the day with an 8-6 match play record and 6,237 pinfall while the 49-year-old Barnes, also a 19-time tour winner, went 8-6 in match play and finished with a 6,198 pinfall to take the final stepladder slot.

PBA HALL OF FAME CLASSIC

(a 2020 Go Bowling PBA Tour event)

International Training and Research Center, Arlington, Texas, Friday

Final Match Play Standings

(after 26 games, including match play record, total pinfall including bonus pins and money earned. Top five players advance to Sunday’s live finals on FS1 at 1 p.m. ET)

1, Darren Tang, Las Vegas, 10-4, 6,299.
2, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 11-3, 6,284.
3, Osku Palermaa, Finland, 7-7, 6,264.
4, Jakob Butturff, Tempe, Ariz., 8-6, 6,237.
5, Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 8-6, 6,198.
6, Ryan Ciminelli, Lancaster, S.C., 8-6, 6,154, $4,800.
7, Patrick Hanrahan, Wichita, Kan., 7-7, 6,127, $4,400.
8, Tom Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich., 6-8, 6,061, $4,100.
9, Jason Belmonte, Australia, 4-9-1, 5,980, $3,800.
10, Jesper Svensson, Sweden, 6-8, 5,975, $3,600.
11, Anthony Lavery-Spahr, Pasadena, Texas, 5-9, 5,921, $3,400.
12, Kyle Troup, Taylorsville, N.C., 3-10-1, 5,853, $3,200.
13, Patrick Girard, Canada, 5-9, 5,834, $3,100.
14, x-Tom Hess, Granger, Iowa, 3-1, 5,626, $2,750.
15, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 7-4, 5,206, $2,750.

x-Tom Hess replaced Norm Duke who withdrew because of injury after third match in the final round

300 games – Darren Tang (2), Osku Palermaa

Third Round Standings

(after 19 games. Including match play record, total pinfall including bonus pins. All players advance to final match play round)

1, Jakob Butturff, Tempe, Ariz., 4-3, 4,525.
2, Darren Tang, Las Vegas, 5-2, 4,477.
3, Osku Palermaa, Finland, 4-3, 4,471.
4, Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 4-3, 4,466.
5, Ryan Ciminelli, Lancaster, S.C., 4-3, 4,465.
6, Tom Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich., 4-3, 4,438.
7, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 4-3, 4,432.
8, Patrick Hanrahan, Wichita, Kan., 3-4, 4,375.
9, Kyle Troup, Taylorsville, N.C., 2-4-1, 4,327.
10, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 5-2, 4,320.
11, Anthony Lavery-Spahr, Pasadena, Texas, 2-5, 4,315.
12, Patrick Girard, Canada, 3-4, 4,300.
13, Jesper Svensson, Sweden, 3-4, 4,292.
14, Jason Belmonte, Australia, 1-5-1, 4,257.

300 games – Tommy Jones

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Jakob Butturff Tops PBA Hall of Fame Classic Qualifying After Big Second Round

by Jerry Schneider January 16, 2020 20:21

ARLINGTON, Texas  – Finishing 18th after the first round of qualifying, seven-time Go Bowling PBA Tour winner Jakob Butturff of Tempe, Arizona, had better success navigating the challenging PBA Hall of Fame Classic dual lane conditions Thursday averaging 252 in the second round to emerge as the top qualifier for the opening event of the 2020 Go Bowling PBA Tour season and leading 14 players who advanced to match play.

Bowling on PBA’s 45-foot Dick Weber lane condition on the left lane and 38-foot Mike Aulby condition on the right lane at the International Training and Research Center, the 25-year-old Butturff, finished Wednesday’s first round with a 1,293 six-game pinfall total but roared back with 1,516 in the second round to lead the field with a 2,809 overall pinfall for 12 games. The left-hander had games of 280, 226, 238, 225, 268 and 279 in the second round.

“It was difficult to repeat shots yesterday because I’m nursing a slight muscle tear on my right thigh,” said Butturff, who also topped qualifying in the 2019 Hall of Fame Classic and eventually finished second losing to winner Bill O’Neill 199-194 in the title match. “Today it was a combination of the leg feeling much better and making the right equipment choices from the start. I was feeling much more comfortable which made it easier to repeat the good shots I needed to make.”

Anthony Lavery-Spahr of Pasadena, Texas, who led qualifying after the first round appeared to be on his way to the qualifying lead after starting the second round with games 239, 259, 258 but then struggled in the second half of the round finishing with games of 183, 212 and 183. Lavery-Spahr finished qualifying in second 23 pins behind Butturff with a 2,786.

Rounding out the top five heading into match play were Darren Tang, Las Vegas, 2,759; Ryan Ciminelli, Lancaster, South Carolina, 2,741 and Tom Smallwood, Saginaw, Michigan and PBA Hall of Famer Norm Duke, Clermont, Florida, tying for fifth with 2,740.

Five-time and reigning PBA Player of the Year Jason Belmonte of Australia, tied for 12th with fellow two-hander Jesper Svensson of Sweden, to advance with a 2,656 pinfall. Belmonte finished third in 2019 and Svensson finished fourth.

PBA Hall of Famer Chris Barnes of Double Oak, Texas, finished 10th with 2,659 and Tommy Jones of Simpsonville, South Carolina, who will be inducted into the PBA Hall of Fame this Saturday took the final match play spot finishing 14th with 2,650.

O’Neill failed to advance after finishing in a tie for 30th with 2,539. Boston Red Sox star Mookie Betts finished qualifying in 48th with 2,383.

The 14 players who made the cut will bowl two seven-game match play rounds Friday at 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. CT. Total pinfall, including match play bonus pins for 26 games will determine the top five for the live stepladder finals on FS1 Sunday at 1 p.m. ET (noon CT).

Friday’s match play will be streamed live by PBA’s live streaming partner FloBowling. For subscription information visit www.flobowling.com.

PBA HALL OF FAME CLASSIC

(a 2020 Go Bowling PBA Tour event)

International Training and Research Center, Arlington, Texas, Thursday

Final Qualifying Standings (after 12 games, top 14 players advance to Friday’s round-robin match play rounds)

1, Jakob Butturff, Tempe, Ariz., 2,809.
2, Anthony Lavery-Spahr, Pasadena, Texas, 2,786.
3, Darren Tang, Las Vegas, 2,759.
4, Ryan Ciminelli, Lancaster, S.C., 2,741.
5, (tie) Tom Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich., and Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 2,740.
7, Patrick Hanrahan, Wichita, Kan., 2,705.
8, Patrick Girard, Canada, 2,672.
9, Kyle Troup, Taylorsville, N.C., 2,660.
10, Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 2,659.
11, Osku Palermaa, Finland, 2,658.
12, (tie) Jason Belmonte, Australia, and Jesper Svensson, Sweden, 2,656.
14, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 2,650.

Did not advance:
15, Tom Hess, Granger, Iowa, 2,637, $2,500.
16, Anthony Simonsen, Little Elm, Texas, 2,623, $2,300.
17, Brad Miller, Lees Summit, Mo., 2,617, $2,100.
18, Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 2,614, $2,000.
19, Nicholas Pate, Inver Grove Heights, Minn., 2,605.
20, Stuart Williams, England, 2,597.
21, AJ Johnson, Oswego, Ill., 2,594.
22, Nate Garcia, Port St. Lucie, Fla., 2,584.
23, Tom Daugherty, Riverview, Fla., 2,576.
24, Matt Sanders, Evansville, Ind., 2,568.
25, Deo Benard, Henderson, Nev., 2,558.
26, Francois Lavoie, Canada, 2,557.
27, Jake Peters, Henderson, Nev., 2,552.
28, AJ Chapman, Manchester, Iowa, 2,544.
29, Josh Blanchard, Mesa, Ariz., 2,543.
30, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., 2,539.
30, Bill O'Neill, Langhorne, Pa., 2,539.
32, Andrew Anderson, Holly, Mich., 2,528.
33, Kristopher Prather, Plainfield, Ill., 2,526.
34, Mitch Hupe, Wichita, Kan., 2,515.
35, Kyle Sherman, O'Fallon, Mo., 2,508.
36, Shawn Maldonado, Houston, 2,494.
37, Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., 2,489.
38, EJ Tackett, Bluffton, Ind., 2,482.
39, Mark Williams, Beaumont, Texas, 2,476.
40, Gary Faulkner Jr., Memphis, Tenn., 2,473.
41, Ildemaro Ruiz, Venezuela, 2,472.
42, BJ Moore, Greensburg, Pa., 2,465.
43, Matthew Ogle, Louisville, Ky., 2,460.
44, Graham Fach, Urbana, Ohio, 2,418.
45, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 2,414.
46, Bryan Goebel, Shawnee, Kan., 2,410.
47, Dom Barrett, England, 2,387.
48, Mookie Betts, Studio City, Calif., 2,383.
49, DJ Archer, Spring, Texas, 2,382.
50, Richard Teece, England, 2,369.
51, (tie) Dick Allen, Lexington, S.C., and Ronnie Russell, Marion, Ind., 2,360.
53, Jason Sterner, Rochester, N.Y., 2,350.
54, Brent Boho, Colgate, Wis., 2,347.
55, Wesley Low Jr., Palmdale, Calif., 2,319.
56, Connor Pickford, Charlotte, N.C., 2,257.

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Anthony Lavery-Spahr Averages 242 to Lead PBA Hall of Fame Classic Qualifying After First Round

by Jerry Schneider January 15, 2020 19:28

ARLINGTON, Texas – Anthony Lavery-Spahr, a 29-year-old right-hander from Pasadena, Texas, beginning his third full season on the Go Bowling PBA Tour, averaged 242 for six games Wednesday to take the first-round lead in the PBA Hall of Fame Classic at the International Training and Research Center.

In the first tournament of the 2020 season, Lavery-Spahr, who is trying for his first career PBA Tour title, bowled games of 269, 226, 217, 235, 242 and 263 for a 1,452 pinfall total holding an 18-pin lead over Darren Tang of Las Vegas in second with 1,434.

I’m getting a lot better at putting myself in a position to succeed regardless of the lane condition,” said Lavery-Spahr, whose best tour finish was third in the 2019 PBA Roth-Holman Doubles Classic with Sam Cooley. “With a six-game block you hope you can keep your adjustments simple and fortunately I could rely mainly on speed control on all the pairs (of lanes) to make the adjustments I needed. I had a little bit of a concern about the shorter lane condition but I really had good touch all day.”

For the Hall of Fame Classic, players are facing the added challenge of competing on a dual lane condition scoring environment with PBA’s 45-foot Dick Weber lane condition applied to the left lane and the 38-foot Mike Aulby condition to the right lane throughout the event.

Competition continues with the field of 56 players that includes 40 PBA Tour Champions, bowling second-round qualifying Thursday with six-game blocks at 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. CT. After 12 qualifying games, the top 14 players will advance to match play rounds Friday at 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. Total pinfall, including match play bonus pins, for 26 games will determine the top five for the stepladder finals live on FS1 Sunday at 1 p.m. ET (noon CT).

Among other notables after the first round, defending champion Bill O’Neill finished 27th with 1,259; five-time and reigning PBA Player of the Year Jason Belmonte of Australia, who finished third in last season’s Hall of Fame Classic, in 11th with 1,325 and PBA Hall of Famer Chris Barnes of Double Oak, Texas, in a tie for third with Ryan Ciminelli with 1,412. Boston Red Sox star Mookie Betts, who is making his first PBA Tour appearance since the 2017 PBA World Series of Bowling, finished the first round in 45th with 1,187 for six games.

All preliminary rounds of the Hall of Fame Classic are live-streamed by PBA’s online streaming partner FloBowling. For subscription and schedule information visit www.flobowling.com.

PBA HALL OF FAME CLASSIC

(a 2020 Go Bowling PBA Tour event)

International Training and Research Center, Arlington, Texas, Wednesday

First Round Standings (after six games)

1, Anthony Lavery-Spahr, Pasadena, Texas, 1,452.
2, Darren Tang, Las Vegas, 1,434.
3, (tie) Ryan Ciminelli, Lancaster, S.C., and Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 1,412.
5, Patrick Hanrahan, Wichita, Kan., 1,339.
6, (tie) Deo Benard, Henderson, Nev., amd Jesper Svensson, Sweden, 1,329.
8, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 1,328.
9, (tie) Tom Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich., and Nicholas Pate, Inver Grove Heights, Minn., 1,327.
11, Jason Belmonte, Australia, 1,325.
12, (tie) Patrick Girard, Canada, and Osku Palermaa, Finland, 1,316.
14, Josh Blanchard, Mesa, Ariz., 1,310.
15, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 1,306.
16, Kyle Troup, Taylorsville, N.C., 1,301.
17, Andrew Anderson, Holly, Mich., 1,295.
18, Jakob Butturff, Tempe, Ariz., 1,293.
19, AJ Chapman, Manchester, Iowa, 1,290.
20, (tie) Tom Hess, Granger, Iowa, Kristopher Prather, Plainfield, Ill., and Mark Williams, Beaumont, Texas, 1,287.
23, Mitch Hupe, Wichita, Kan., 1,284.
24, Brad Miller, Lees Summit, Mo., 1,276.
25, Francois Lavoie, Canada, 1,274.
26, Shawn Maldonado, Houston, 1,271.
27, Bill O'Neill, Langhorne, Pa., 1,259.
28, Stuart Williams, England, 1,256.
29, BJ Moore, Greensburg, Pa., 1,253.
30, Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 1,248.
31, AJ Johnson, Oswego, Ill., 1,247.
32, Jake Peters, Henderson, Nev., 1,245.
33, Matthew Ogle, Louisville, Ky., 1,244.
34, Graham Fach, Urbana, Ohio, 1,241.
35, (tie) Ronnie Russell, Marion, Ind., and Matt Sanders, Evansville, Ind., 1,239.
37, EJ Tackett, Bluffton, Ind., 1,234.
38, (tie) Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., and Richard Teece, England, 1,232.
40, Anthony Simonsen, Little Elm, Texas, 1,221.
41, Nate Garcia, Port St. Lucie, Fla., 1,220.
42, Ildemaro Ruiz, Venezuela, 1,219.
43, Tom Daugherty, Riverview, Fla., 1,216.
44, Kyle Sherman, O'Fallon, Mo., 1,211.
45, Mookie Betts, Studio City, Calif., 1,187.
46, (tie) Dom Barrett, England, and Gary Faulkner Jr., Memphis, Tenn., 1,184.
48, Wesley Low Jr., Palmdale, Calif., 1,176.
49, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 1,170.
50, Bryan Goebel, Shawnee, Kan., 1,167.
51, Jason Sterner, Rochester, N.Y., 1,165.
52, Brent Boho, Colgate, Wis., 1,156.
53, Dick Allen, Lexington, S.C., 1,154.
54, DJ Archer, Spring, Texas, 1,145.
55, Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., 1,123.
56, Connor Pickford, Charlotte, N.C., 1,022.

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PBA Spare Shots: Go Bowling PBA Tour Fans are Advised to Order Admission Tickets Early to Avoid Sellouts

by Bill Vint January 10, 2020 08:22

Go Bowling PBA Tour fans are advised to order admission tickets early for 2020 television finals seats, based upon the “sold out” success of last year’s schedule.

The best way to watch the Go Bowling PBA Tour finals is inside the specially designed FOX Sports TV set. Each venue offers a variety of seating options and ticket prices for exclusive experiences that fit exactly what you’re looking for during the finals.

In support of the PBA Tour’s record television viewership in 2019, the PBA is again expecting growth in on-site attendance in 2020. Tickets for all tournament finals through the PBA World Series of Bowling XI in Las Vegas can be ordered online at: https://www.pba.com/Tickets/.

STRIKEFORCE SIGNS MULTI-YEAR PBA PRODUCT REGISTRATION AGREEMENT

Strikeforce Bowling LLC has announced the signing of a three-year product registration agreement with the PBA, providing all PBA members access to use the extensive line of Strikeforce Bowling bags and accessories in competition.

“Supporting the Professional Bowlers Association is a natural fit for KR Strikeforce,” said Strikeforce President Brad Handelman. “Given the exciting Fox Sports television deal, recent acquisition of the Tour by Bowlero Corp, an expanded schedule, and increased prize funds, the timing was perfect to commit to a multi-year agreement and support the exciting future of our sport at the highest level.”

PBA PLAYER’S PERSPECTIVE: BILL O’NEILL RE-LIVES PBA HALL OF FAME CLASSIC VICTORY

The PBA Player’s Perspective interview series, featuring PBA title winners reflecting on their victories, kicks off the 2020 Go Bowling PBA Tour season by re-visiting Bill O’Neill’s victory in the 2019 season-opener, the PBA Hall of Fame Classic. By winning his 10th career title, O’Neill became title-eligible for PBA Hall of Fame consideration in 2025, his 20th year as a PBA member.

To view all of the PBA Player’s Perspective episodes, visit the PBA’s YouTube channel and click on the PBA Player’s Perspective play list. The weekly series will add a new perspective every Tuesday. The following players will provide personal play-by-play reflections in the weeks ahead:

Jan. 21 – Jakob Butturff made the PBA Oklahoma Open a part of his “career year.” He’ll share insights about his 2019 win in Shawnee, Okla.

Jan. 28 – Sean Rash will take a look into his past, revealing what he experienced in winning the 2012 PBA Tournament of Champions in Las Vegas.

Player’s Perspectives currently in the archives on YouTube include:

• Norm Duke’s stunning 2011 U.S. Open win (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pQ0cGzRfnBk).

• Kris Prather’s historic PBA Playoffs victory (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hISjw3KmGCk).

• Anthony Simonsen’s win in the 2019 Bear Open. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tt2k25WKNzQ).

Sean Rash’s 2019 Wolf Open title (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2GNxO2WdaZo).

• EJ Tackett’s Barbasol PBA Tour Finals victory (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wVuLOuU8btQ).

Bill O’Neill’s 2019 Harry O’Neale Chesapeake Open win (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xSwE3YYFjso).

• Jason Belmonte’s historic 11th major title victory in the 2019 PBA World Championship (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q4QqbkRPirM).

• Jakob Butturff’s 2019 USBC Masters win (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-cuYcXxfXXs).

EJ Tackett’s 2017 DHC PBA Japan Invitational victory. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=91yoFd7nd8g).

Kris Prather’s 2019 PBA Scorpion Championship win (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-aVe_n8uCOM).

Fans can follow all of the latest video clips and more by enrolling as a subscriber to PBA’s YouTube channel. It’s easy and it’s free. Visit YouTube.com/PBABowling and click on the “subscribe” button.

PBA REGIONAL UPDATE: 2020 SEASON BEGINS WITH TWO EVENTS JAN. 17-19

The 2020 PBA Regional season gets underway over the Jan. 17-19 weekend with tournaments in North Carolina and California for PBA50 competitors. Westview Lanes in Wilson, N.C., will host the PBA50 Richie’s Automotive South Open and Tracy Bowl in Tracy, Calif., will host the PBA50 Patton Amusement West Regional.

Scheduled for Jan. 29-30 is the PBA Japan Region’s Ikyo Cup Wolf Open at Ikyo Bowl Inzai in Inzai, Japan.

The PBA Central Region kicks off its 2020 schedule over the Jan. 31-Feb. 2 weekend with the PBA/PBA50 Don Vay Memorial Doubles Classic at Legend Lanes in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio.

For complete PBA Regional schedules including 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. Whether you are a competitor or a fan, 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

The PBA will again have strong representation on Team USA 2020 based on performances in the 2020 USBC Team USA Trials that concluded Tuesday at Gold Coast Bowling Center in Las Vegas. PBA players who either bowled their way onto the team, or were selected by the National Selection Committee, were Kyle Sherman of O’Fallon, Mo.; Nick Pate of Inver Grove Heights, Minn.; Andrew Anderson of Holly, Mich.; AJ Johnson of Oswego, Ill.; Kyle Troup of Taylorsville, N.C.; Marshall Kent of Yakima, Wash.; EJ Tackett of Bluffton, Ind.; Kris Prather of Plainfield, Ill., and Jakob Butturff of Tempe, Ariz.

PBA Tour star AJ Johnson has learned he’ll be inducted into the Oswego, Ill., High School Hall of Fame on Saturday, Feb. 15. In addition to excelling in bowling in high school, Johnson also was a baseball and football competitor.

PBA member Nick Pate of Inver Grove Heights, Minn., has been elected as an athlete representative to the USBC Board of Directors, fulfilling the three-year term of fellow PBA member Rhino Page who stepped down to focus on new business opportunities within the bowling industry. Pate’s term will expire on July 31, 2020. Andrew Anderson, Kelly Kulick and Josie Barnes are the other athlete representatives on the USBC Board.

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Boston Red Sox Star Mookie Betts to Return to PBA Competition in PBA Hall of Fame Classic Jan. 13-19

by Bill Vint January 8, 2020 08:15

CHICAGO – Boston Red Sox All-Star outfielder Mookie Betts is planning to return to Professional Bowlers Association competition for the first time since bowling a 300 game in the 2017 PBA World Series of Bowling IX when he competes in the PBA Hall of Fame Classic Jan. 13-19 at the International Training and Research Center in Arlington, Texas.

Betts, who also competed in the PBA WSOB VII at the National Bowling Stadium in Reno, Nevada, was invited to participate in the PBA Hall of Fame Classic on a commissioner’s exemption by PBA Commissioner Tom Clark. The HOF Classic is the first event on the 2020 Go Bowling PBA Tour schedule. The finals will air live on FS1 at 1 p.m. Eastern on Sunday, Jan. 19, kicking off the PBA’s second season of television coverage by FOX Sports.

Betts, who turned 27 in October, has been an enthusiastic and talented bowler most of his life. He was named Tennessee High School Bowler of the Year in 2010 and began developing his relationship with the PBA in 2014 when he made it known he wanted to participate in the annual Chris Paul PBA Celebrity Invitational, an annual fundraiser hosted by the National Basketball Association superstar in partnership with the PBA. Betts has subsequently bowled in the CP3 event three times, winning the doubles title in the 2019 event with PBA partner Tommy Jones who will be inducted into the PBA Hall of Fame during ceremonies on Saturday, Jan. 18, as part of the PBA HOF weekend.

Betts is destined to become one of baseball’s all-time great players if his career path remains on track. In 2018 he became the first player in Major Baseball League history to win the Most Valuable Player, Silver Slugger, Gold Glove, batting title and a World Series ring in the same season.

Betts, who has been practicing three to four days a week over the winter, is enthusiastic about his return to the lanes to add another chapter to his bowling resumé.

“Bowling is a sport I’ve enjoyed with my family since I was a kid,” Betts said. “It brings a sense of community that’s important in my life.”

The PBA Hall of Fame Classic will be contested in the 14-lane International Training and Research Center which is a joint venture between United States Bowling Congress and the Bowling Proprietors' Association of America. It is one of the most innovative and advanced training, research and testing facilities in the sport of bowling, and serves as the training facility for Team USA, among its numerous functions.

Bill O’Neill of Langhorne, Pennsylvania, is the defending PBA Hall of Fame Classic champion, winning the 2019 title by defeating top qualifier Jakob Butturff of Tempe, Ariz., 199-194, in the final match.

Admission and television show tickets, and pro-am information for the PBA Hall of Fame Classic (and other Go Bowling PBA Tour events) are available online. Visit: https://www.pba.com/Tickets.

All preliminary rounds of the PBA Hall of Fame Classic will be livestreamed by FloBowling. For FloBowling subscription information, visit: https://www.flobowling.com/.

PBA HALL OF FAME CLASSIC
(A 2020 Go Bowling PBA Tour event)
International Training and Research Center, Arlington, Texas (all times are CST)

Monday, Jan. 13
2 p.m. – Pre-Tournament Qualifier (PTQ), 8 games.

Tuesday, Jan. 14
10 a.m. – Squad A practice session
2 p.m. – Squad B practice session
6 p.m. – Pro-Am squad

Wednesday, Jan. 15
11 a.m. – Squad A, 6 qualifying games.
5 p.m. – Squad B, 6 qualifying games.

Thursday, Jan. 16
11 a.m. – Squad B, 6 qualifying games.
5 p.m. – Squad A, 6 qualifying games.
Top 14 after 12 games advance to round robin match play.

Friday, Jan. 17
11 a.m. – Top 14, 7 games match play.
5 p.m. – Top 14, 7 games match play.
Top 5 after 26 games advance to stepladder finals.

Saturday, Jan. 18
5 p.m. – PBA Hall of Fame dinner (cocktail reception at International Bowling Museum and Hall of Fame; HOF induction ceremonies at Arlington Hilton).

Sunday, Jan. 19
Noon – Top 5 stepladder finals (1 p.m. EST; live on FS1).

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