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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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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Bear Open Finalists Close in on FloBowling PBA Summer Tour Points Leader Sean Rash

by Bill Vint August 30, 2019 10:37

AURORA, Ill. – Sean Rash won the PBA Wolf Open Tuesday to kick off the series of three FloBowling PBA Summer Swing finals, presented by the Brands of Ebonite International, to take the lead in the FloBowling PBA Summer Tour competition points race and he held on despite an assault Thursday by the finalists in the Bear Open.

Rash, who collected his 14th career PBA Tour title and 2,500 points at Parkside Lanes Tuesday, retained first place in points thanks to a 14th-place finish in the Bear Open, but Bear Open winner Anthony Simonsen jumped for 10th to second; previous Summer Tour points leader Kyle Sherman advanced one spot to third and Bear runner-up EJ Tackett advanced from seventh to fourth while AJ Johnson dropped from second to fifth.

(Photo caption: Sean Rash with parents Gene and Diana Rash, wife and daughter Sara and Kaylee. USA Today Sports photo by Mike DiNovo)

With 5,000 points at stake for Saturday’s Illinois Open titlist (plus points of descending value at stake for all other players), a significant shakeup in the final FloBowling PBA Summer Tour points rankings is still possible.

The rewards at stake for the competition points leaders 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 shares of a $67,000 bonus prize fund 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 China Tiger Cup winner. Added money will be at stake in a special challenge match against a team of Chinese players.

The final summer points races standings will be posted at the conclusion of the Illinois Open on Saturday at this link: https://www.pba.com/SeasonStats/PointsList/132?list=10.

Illinois Open prize money also is important because the top eight money-winners for the full 2019 Go Bowling! PBA Tour season through Thursday 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 can’t be caught in the earnings race, but there is plenty of competition for the next seven spots. Fans can follow the 2019 earnings race at this link: https://www.pba.com/SeasonStats/TourWinnings/132.

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.

FLOBOWLING PBA SUMMER TOUR POINT LEADERS
(Top 25 after eight of nine events; previous ranking in parenthesis)
1, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 7,235 (1).
2, Anthony Simonsen, Little Elm, Texas, 5,960 (10).
3, Kyle Sherman, O'Fallon, Mo., 5,818 (4).
4, EJ Tackett, Bluffton, Ind., 5,670 (7).
5, AJ Johnson, Oswego, Ill., 5,560 (2).
6, Jakob Butturff, Tempe, Ariz., 5,120 (6).
6, Bill O'Neill, Langhorne, Pa., 5,120 (3).
8, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 4,780 (5).
9, Kyle Troup, Taylorsville, N.C., 4,270 (8).
10, Tom Daugherty, Riverview, Fla., 4,040 (11).
11, BJ Moore, Greensburg, Pa., 3,740 (9).
12, Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., 3,470 (16).
13, Andrew Anderson, Holly, Mich., 3,465 (12).
14, Kris Prather, Plainfield, Ill., 3,365 (14).
15, AJ Chapman, Manchester, Iowa, 3,360 (13).
16, Dom Barrett, England, 3,130 (23).
17, Stuart Williams, England, 3,115 15).
18, Brad Miller, Lees Summit, Mo., 3,060 (18).
19, Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 3,038 (26).
20, Josh Blanchard, Mesa, Ariz., 2,960 (17).
21, Ryan Ciminelli, Lancaster, S.C., 2,930 (20).
22, Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 2,840 (19).
23, Greg Young, Viera, Fla., 2,550 (22).
24, Darren Tang, Las Vegas, 2,508 (24).
25, Dick Allen, Lexington, S.C., 2,505 (25).

2019 GO BOWLING! PBA TOUR EARNINGS LEADERS
(Top 10 as of Aug. 30; number of tournaments bowled in parenthesis)
1, Jason Belmonte, Australia, $268,290 (17).
2, Jakob Butturff, Tempe, Ariz., $185,780 (22).
3, Kris Prather, Plainfield, Ill., $173,990 (22).
4, Bill O'Neill, Langhorne, Pa., $148,048 (22).
5, EJ Tackett, Bluffton, Ind., $146,695 (24).
6, Anthony Simonsen, Little Elm, Texas, $145,590 (23).
7, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., $95,015 (18).
8, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., $93,170 (23).
9, Kyle Sherman, O’Fallon, Mo., $76,693 (19).
10, Dick Allen, Lexington, S.C., $73,080 (20).

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Sherman Edges Simonsen by One Pin to Take PBA Bear Open Lead After First Round

by Jerry Schneider August 28, 2019 20:22

AURORA, Ill. – Kyle Sherman of O’Fallon, Missouri, made the necessary adjustments to a different PBA lane condition averaging nearly 240 for eight games Wednesday to take the PBA Bear Open first-round lead in the second of three events that make up the FloBowling PBA Summer Swing presented by the Brands of Ebonite International at Parkside Lanes.

Bowling on the 41-foot PBA Bear lane conditioning pattern, the 25-year-old Sherman finished the day with a 1,918 pinfall total with games of 223, 237, 236, 244, 222, 279, 230 and 247 to edge out PBA Wolf Open runner-up Anthony Simonsen of Little Elm, Texas, finishing the round in second just one pin behind with 1,917.

Sherman, who is in pursuit of his first Go Bowling! PBA Tour individual title, rebounded after a 45th-place finish in the Wolf Open which was conducted on PBA’s 32-foot Wolf lane condition.

“I just had to forget about the last two days and clear my mind going into this (Bear Open) tournament,” said Sherman who teamed with Amanda Greene to win the Storm PBA/PWBA Striking Against Breast Cancer Mixed Doubles in July for his first tour title. “The 230 and 240 games could have been 250 or 260 but I didn’t have good finishes in those games, so I left some pins on the table. But overall, I’ve regained my confidence mentally and with the adjustments I need to make so hopefully this will be a very different tournament for me.”

Rounding out the top five were Wolf Open fourth-place finisher Kyle Troup of Taylorsville, North Carolina in third with 1,886 followed by 2018 Bear Open winner EJ Tackett of Bluffton, Indiana, in fourth with 1,835 and four-time PBA Player of the Year Jason Belmonte of Australia in fifth with 1,831.

Wolf Open winner Sean Rash of Montgomery, Illinois finished the first round of the Bear Open in 22nd with a 1,750 eight-game pinfall.

The entire field returns for a six-game qualifying round Thursday at Noon CT that will determine the top 18 players who will advance to a six-game cashers round at 5 p.m. The top five players after the cashers round will advance to the Bear Open stepladder finals at 8:30 p.m. CT.

The players are also competing to make the cut to the top 24 for the match play rounds of the PBA Illinois Open.

Based on the combined 28-game qualifying totals from the Wolf and Bear events, the top 24 will advance to Illinois Open match play, consisting of two eight-game match play rounds on Friday beginning at 11 a.m., and the final eight-game round Saturday morning at 11 a.m. that will determine the top five players for the Illinois Open stepladder finals at 3:30 p.m.

Simonsen holds a commanding lead in the Illinois Open standings with a 5,155 pinfall (234 average) for 22 games, 188 pins ahead of Rash in second with 4,967.

Rounding out the top five in Illinois Open qualifying are Troup, 4,961; Francois Lavoie of Canada, 4,921 and Belmonte and Wolf Open third-place finisher PBA Hall of Famer Norm Duke tied for fifth with 4,914.

The entire PBA Summer Swing is streamed live by PBA’s online streaming partner FloBowling. For subscription information visit www.flobowling.com.

PBA BEAR OPEN

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

Parkside Lanes, Aurora, Ill., Wednesday

FIRST ROUND QUALIFYING RESULTS (after eight games)

1, Kyle Sherman, O'Fallon, Mo., 1,918.
2, Anthony Simonsen, Little Elm, Texas, 1,917.
3, Kyle Troup, Taylorsville, N.C., 1,886.
4, EJ Tackett, Bluffton, Ind., 1,835.
5, Jason Belmonte, Australia, 1,831.
6, Christopher Sloan, Ireland, 1,811.
7, Bill O'Neill, Langhorne, Pa., 1,810.
8, (tie) Francois Lavoie, Canada, and Tom Daugherty, Riverview, Fla., 1,809.
10, Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 1,798.
11, Jake Peters, Henderson, Nev., 1,794.
12, Shawn Maldonado, Houston, 1,789.
13, (tie) Mitch Hupe, Canada, 1,787, and Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., 1,787.
15, Kurt Pilon, Sterling Heights, Mich., 1,778.
16, Ildemaro Ruiz, Venezuela, 1,766.
17, Jesper Svensson, Sweden, 1,764.
18, (tie) Tun Ameerul Al-Hakim, Malaysia, and AJ Johnson, Oswego, Ill., 1,760.
20, Dick Allen, Lexington, S.C., 1,754.
21, Michael Davidson, Versailles, Ohio, 1,752.
22, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 1,750.
23, Matt Sanders, Evansville, Ind., 1,746.
24, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 1,740.
25, Ryan Ciminelli, Lancaster, S.C., 1,733.
26, Christopher O'Neil, Decatur, Ill., 1,728.
27, Patrick Hanrahan, Wichita, Kan., 1,717.
28, Arturo Quintero, Mexico, 1,708.
29, Dom Barrett, England, 1,704.
30, (tie) Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., and Nick Kruml, Downers Grove, Ill., 1,700.
32, Brad Angelo, Lockport, N.Y., 1,697.
33, (tie) Kamron Doyle, Brentwood, Tenn., and Sam Cooley, Australia, 1,693.
35, Jakob Butturff, Tempe, Ariz., 1,692.
36, Zach Doty, Campbellsville, Ky., 1,687.
37, (tie) Josh Blanchard, Mesa, Ariz., and Rafiq Ismail, Malaysia, 1,675.
39, Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 1,673.
40, Brad Miller, Lees Summit, Mo., 1,669.
41, Tom Sorce, Blasdell, N.Y., 1,666.
42, (tie) Dakota Vostry, Chicago, Ill., Richard Teece, England, and Graham Fach, Urbana, Ohio, 1,665.
45, Jason Sterner, Rochester, N.Y., 1,664.
46, (tie) Andrew Anderson, Holly, Mich., Michael Tang, Johnstown, Ohio, and John Furey, Howell, N.J., 1,663.
49, Jake Rollins, Glen Rock, N.J., 1,661.
50, (tie) Greg Ostrander, Brick, N.J., and Kristopher Prather, Plainfield, Ill., 1,660.
52, Rhino Page, Spokane, Wash., 1,659.
53, Kenneth Ryan, Farmingdale, NJ, 1,655.
54, Zeke Bayt, Westerville, Ohio, 1,653.
55, Zac Tackett, Huntington, Ind., 1,645.
56, (tie) George Duke, Vidor, Texas, and Pontus Andersson, Sweden, 1,640.
58, Stuart Williams, England, 1,639.
59, Chris Via, Springfield, Ohio, 1,631.
60, (tie) Michael Martell, Brooklyn, N.Y., and Cody Shoemaker, Hanover, Pa., 1,627.
62, Tim Foy Jr., Seaford, Del., 1,625.
63, (tie) n-Kyle Salter, Montgomery. Ill., and James Grago, Hampstead, N.C., 1,623.
65, Zacharay Wilkins, Canada, 1,620.
66, Ryan Lakota, Shorewood, Ill., 1,617.
67, (tie) n-Matt Russo, Fariview Heights, Ill., and Anthony Lavery-Spahr, Pasadena, Texas, 1,614.
69, Greg Young, Viera, Fla., 1,605.
70, (tie) DJ Archer, Spring, Texas, and Steve Jaros, Yorkville, Ill., 1,603.
72, Brian Robinson, Morgantown, W.Va., 1,602.
73, BJ Moore, Greensburg, Pa., 1,595.
74, Andrew Cain, Phoenix, 1,592.
75, JR Raymond, Clinton Twp., Mich., 1,584.
76, William Svensson, Sweden, 1,581.
77, Matt Kuba, Chicago Ridge, IL, 1,570.
78, AJ Chapman, Manchester, Iowa, 1,569.
79, Christopher Dower, Cary, Ill., 1,567.
80, Oskar Wirefeldt, Sweden, 1,565.
81, Nicholas Pate, Inver Grove Heights, Minn., 1,564.
82, Craig Schneider, Marcy, N.Y., 1,561.
83, Eduardo Astiazaran, Mexico, 1,560.
84, Raul Ayala Salazar, Ecuador, 1,552.
85, n-Tannya Lopez, Mexico, 1,550.
86, Andres Gomez, Colombia, 1,545.
87, (tie) Mike Coffey, Melbourne, Fla., and Darren Tang, Las Vegas, 1,543.
89, Chandler Stevens, Archbold, Ohio, 1,538.
90, Mykel Holliman, Collierville, Tenn., 1,537.
91, Francois Louw, South Africa, 1,536.
92, Devin Bidwell, Wichita, Kan., 1,522.
93, Andrew Suscreba, Clifton, N.J., 1,518.
94, Russ Oviatt, Chandler, Ariz., 1,499.
95, Joe Paluszek, Bensalem, Pa., 1,496.
96, Stephen Hahn, Sterling, Va., 1,480.
97, John Contos, Crystal Lake, 1,477.
98, Osku Palermaa, Finland, 1,471.
99, Joseph Grago, Hampstead, N.C., 1,438.
100, Richard Lupo, St. Charles, Mo., 1,416.
101, Armando Santacruz, Ecuador, 1,363.

300 games – Mitch Hupe

n – denotes non-PBA member

ILLINOIS OPEN STANDINGS (after 22 games)

1, Anthony Simonsen, Little Elm, Texas, 5,155.
2, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 4,967.
3, Kyle Troup, Taylorsville, N.C., 4,961.
4, Francois Lavoie, Canada, 4,921.
5, (tie) Jason Belmonte, Australia, and Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 4,914.
7, Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 4,895.
8, EJ Tackett, Bluffton, Ind., 4,894.
9, Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., 4,863.
10, Jason Sterner, Rochester, N.Y., 4,856.
11, Bill O'Neill, Langhorne, Pa., 4,841.
12, Dick Allen, Lexington, S.C., 4,838.
13, Kyle Sherman, O'Fallon, Mo., 4,813.
14, Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 4,802.
15, Tom Daugherty, Riverview, Fla., 4,800.
16, Arturo Quintero, Mexico, 4,792.
17, Jake Peters, Henderson, Nev., 4,781.
18, Mitch Hupe, Canada, 4,779.
19, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 4,772.
20, Josh Blanchard, Mesa, Ariz., 4,761.
21, Tun Ameerul Al-Hakim, Malaysia, 4,758.
22, Sam Cooley, Australia, 4,755.
23, Brad Miller, Lees Summit, Mo., 4,733.
24, Kamron Doyle, Brentwood, Tenn., 4,731.
25, Greg Ostrander, Brick, N.J., 4,726.
26, AJ Johnson, Oswego, Ill., 4,719.
27, Kurt Pilon, Sterling Heights, Mich., 4,718.
28, Jesper Svensson, Sweden, 4,705.
29, Dom Barrett, England, 4,685.
30, Kristopher Prather, Plainfield, Ill., 4,666.
31, Greg Young, Viera, Fla., 4,665.
32, Pontus Andersson, Sweden, 4,664.
33, Christopher Sloan, Ireland, 4,662.
34, Ildemaro Ruiz, Venezuela, 4,659.
35, Michael Davidson, Versailles, Ohio, 4,643.
36, (tie) Nick Kruml, Downers Grove, Ill., and Stuart Williams, England, 4,636.
38, John Furey, Howell, N.J., 4,615.
39, Shawn Maldonado, Houston, 4,598.
40, Jake Rollins, Glen Rock, N.J., 4,592.
41, Nicholas Pate, Inver Grove Heights, Minn., 4,591.
42, (tie) Andrew Anderson, Holly, Mich., and Michael Tang, Johnstown, Ohio, 4,585.
44, BJ Moore, Greensburg, Pa., 4,584.
45, Zach Doty, Campbellsville, Ky., 4,565.
46, Ryan Ciminelli, Lancaster, S.C., 4,552.
47, Zeke Bayt, Westerville, Ohio, 4,548.
48, Anthony Lavery-Spahr, Pasadena, Texas, 4,546.
49, AJ Chapman, Manchester, Iowa, 4,543.
50, Zacharay Wilkins, Canada, 4,542.
51, (tie) Brad Angelo, Lockport, N.Y., Tom Sorce, Blasdell, N.Y., and William Svensson, Sweden, 4,538.
54, Kenneth Ryan, Farmingdale, NJ, 4,524.
55, Chris Via, Springfield, Ohio, 4,520.
56, Osku Palermaa, Finland, 4,515.
57, Michael Martell, Brooklyn, N.Y., 4,514.
58, Dakota Vostry, Chicago, Ill., 4,495.
59, Patrick Hanrahan, Wichita, Kan., 4,487.
60, Matt Sanders, Evansville, Ind., 4,468.
61, Christopher O'Neil, Decatur, Ill., 4,443.
62, Jakob Butturff, Tempe, Ariz., 4,436.
63, DJ Archer, Spring, Texas, 4,434.
64, Zac Tackett, Huntington, Ind., 4,420.
65, Francois Louw, South Africa, 4,415.
66, Darren Tang, Las Vegas, 4,413.
67, Ryan Lakota, Shorewood, Ill., 4,411.
68, Devin Bidwell, Wichita, Kan., 4,409.
69, Graham Fach, Urbana, Ohio, 4,382.
70, Eduardo Astiazaran, Mexico, 4,373.
71, Russ Oviatt, Chandler, Ariz., 4,369.
72, JR Raymond, Clinton Twp., Mich., 4,362.
73, Richard Teece, England, 4,361.
74, Mike Coffey, Melbourne, Fla., 4,352.
75, Brian Robinson, Morgantown, W.Va., 4,347.
76, Stephen Hahn, Sterling, Va., 4,340.
77, Andres Gomez, Colombia, 4,338.
78, Cody Shoemaker, Hanover, Pa., 4,337.
79, Rhino Page, Spokane, Wash., 4,324.
80, Andrew Suscreba, Clifton, N.J., 4,290.
81, Raul Ayala Salazar, Ecuador, 4,287.
82, Joe Paluszek, Bensalem, Pa., 4,275.
83, Matt Kuba, Chicago Ridge, IL, 4,260.
84, Steve Jaros, Yorkville, Ill., 4,242.
85, Tim Foy Jr., Seaford, Del., 4,223.
86, n-Matt Russo, Fariview Heights, Ill., 4,191.
87, Rafiq Ismail, Malaysia, 4,175.
88, Mykel Holliman, Collierville, Tenn., 4,141.
89, Andrew Cain, Phoenix, 4,099.
90, Chandler Stevens, Archbold, Ohio, 4,080.
91, Christopher Dower, Cary, Ill., 4,075.
92, George Duke, Vidor, Texas, 4,051.
93, n-Kyle Salter, Montgomery. Ill., 4,021.
94, Oskar Wirefeldt, Sweden, 4,000.
95, Craig Schneider, Marcy, N.Y., 3,994.
96, James Grago, Hampstead, N.C., 3,977.
97, n-Tannya Lopez, Mexico, 3,911.
98, Joseph Grago, Hampstead, N.C., 3,896.
99, John Contos, Crystal Lake, 3,776.
100, Richard Lupo, St. Charles, Mo., 3,715.

101, Armando Santacruz, Ecuador, 3,514.

n-denotes non-PBA member

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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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