PBA Spare Shots: It’s Early, But Bill O’Neill Grabs Early Lead in PBA Playoffs Points Race

by Bill Vint January 11, 2019 12:51

It’s a small sample and there’s a long way to go, but after the opening event of the 2019 Go Bowling! PBA Tour season, PBA Hall of Fame Classic winner Bill O’Neill of Langhorne, Pa., is the leader in the race to the inaugural PBA Playoffs.

Why bring it up when there are still 12 events to be held between now and the USBC Masters – the final PBA Playoffs qualifying event that will conclude on April 1 in Las Vegas. Just to give fans an idea of how easy it will be to follow the points race as the season moves along. Right now, it’s as easy as clicking on this link on pba.com: https://www.pba.com/SeasonStats/PointsList/132?list=1.

In the very near future it’ll be even easier to find because a new PBA Playoffs link is under construction and will have a prominent presence on the pba.com home page. To recap the program: the top 24 in points will earn a trip to the Playoffs. The top 8 earn a first-round bye. The Playoffs is a 10-show series from Portland, Maine, including live final four and championship round telecasts on FOX June 1-2. The Playoffs will pay the highest first prize in bowling, $100,000.

After the PBA Hall of Fame Classic, O’Neill took the lead with 2,500 points for winning the event, which was ranked as a Tier 3 event in the PBA’s three-tier rating system because it was both a limited field and an abbreviated format tournament. Tier 2 tournaments are “standard” PBA events that award twice as many points as the Tier 3 base system; Tier 1 tournaments are PBA major championships that award three times the Tier 3 points. All players who bowl in every Go Bowling! PBA Tour event will earn points.

The other top 10 finishers and the points they earned in the HOF Classic are as follows:

2, Jakob Butturff, 1,500;

3, Jason Belmonte, 1,150;

4, Jesper Svensson, 950;

5, Rhino Page, 850;

6, Jason Sterner, 775;

7, EJ Tackett, 745;

8, Sam Cooley, 715;

9, DJ Archer, 685;

10, Kris Prather, 655.

BOWL4LIFE PBA ROOKIE WATCH TO FOLLOW PBA’S FIRST-YEAR PLAYERS IN 2019

Thanks to the support of the Bowl4Life Foundation, created by long-time Brunswick Tour Rep Chuck Gardner, there will be a new reward system for the 2019 season’s top PBA rookie, based in part on the same PBA point system that will qualify players for the PBA Playoffs, among other things.

PBA Spare Shots will include a regular “Bowl4Life PBA Rookie Watch” as the season progresses. At year end, the player who is elected 2019 Harry Golden PBA Rookie of the Year will earn $2,500 bonus from the Bowl4Life Foundation and the foundation will donate another $2,500 to a youth bowler scholarship in the Rookie of the Year’s name.

Some of the rookies who have made an early appearance in 2019 include Michael Coffey, Melbourne, Fla.; Michael Davidson, Versailles, Ohio; Patrick Hanrahan, Wichita, Kan.; Mykle Holliman, Collierville, Tenn.; AJ Rice, Salem, Ala.; Andrew Suscreba, Clifton, N.J.; and three-time Junior Team USA member Greg Young, Viera, Fla. Other first-year players may also join the fray.

The Bowl4Life Foundation is a non-profit formed by Gardner in 2013 with the intention of growing the sport by assisting bowlers of all ages in improving their skill levels and knowledge of the game. In addition, the Foundation has awarded over $52,000 in scholarships to youth bowlers.

Bowl4Life relies on sponsors, merchandise sales from its website, and fundraising activities. Through its fundraising efforts, the hope is to expand the #growbowling concept into an industry-leading revival. Fans can follow Bowl4Life on Facebook to stay abreast of its announcements.

PBA STARS BARNES, KOIVUNIEMI, KULICK ELECTED TO USBC HALL OF FAME

PBA stars Chris Barnes and Mika Koivuniemi, and Kelly Kulick, the first woman to win a PBA Tour title, will be part of the 2019 United States Bowling Congress Hall of Fame class that will be inducted on May 1 during the annual USBC Convention at The Orleans in Las Vegas.

Barnes, 48, of Double Oak, Texas, was inducted into the PBA Hall of Fame in 2018. He owns 19 PBA Tour titles, including three majors. The 1998 PBA Rookie of the Year and the 2007-08 PBA Player of the Year is one of five bowlers to have won both awards and one of six to have won the PBA Triple Crown.

Koivuniemi, 51, is a Finland native who was inducted into the PBA Hall of Fame in January. Since joining the PBA Tour at age 32, he has 14 titles including three majors. The most successful European in PBA Tour history also is a two-time PBA Player of the Year (2003-04 and 2010-11).

Kulick, 41, of Union, N.J., made bowling history in 2010 when she won the PBA Tournament of Champions, defeating both Koivuniemi and Barnes in that show. She also was the first and only woman to earn an exemption to bowl full-time on the PBA Tour under the old PBA Tour Trials program. Kulick won PWBA Rookie of the Year honors in 2000, won six women’s major titles and won 22 gold medals as a 14-year member of Team USA.

The trio of superior performance honorees will join the late Kegel founder John Davis (Meritorious Service), journalist Bob Johnson (Meritorious Service) and another pair of PBA Hall of Famers – former Player Services Director Larry Lichstein (Pioneer) and the late Jim St. John (Veterans) – as inductees.

PBA STARS WIN BERTHS ON TEAM USA 2019

Hours after learning of her election to the USBC Hall of Fame, Kelly Kulick won the women’s title in the 2019 USBC Team USA Trials while fellow USBC Hall of Famer John Janawicz of Winter Haven, Fla., topped a sold-out field of 175 men to claim his second in the event.

At the conclusion of the annual tournament, all members of Team USA for the coming year as determined either by their performances in the event or by being selected by the National Selection Committee. PBA members who will be members of Team USA 2019 include Nick Pate of Inver Grove Heights, Minn.; Darren Tang of San Francisco; 2018 PBA Player of the Year Andrew Anderson of Holly, Mich.; EJ Tackett of Bluffton, Ind.; Kyle Troup of Taylorsville, N.C.; Jakob Butturff of Tempe, Ariz.; and Marshall Kent of Yakima, Wash.

Landing berths on women’s Team USA were PBA members Missy Parkin of Laguna Hills, Calif., and Danielle McEwan of Stony Point, N.Y.

PBA REGIONAL UPDATE: PBA50 EVENT IN CALIFORNIA NEXT UP

PBA Regional competition resumes over the Jan. 11-13 weekend with the PBA50 Patton Amusement and Genesis Western Open presented by Ebonite at West Valley Bowl in Tracey, Calif.

● The PBA Central and Southwest Regions will hold their first events of 2019 over the Jan. 18-20 weekend. Legend Lanes in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, will host the PBA/PBA50 Don Vay Memorial Central Doubles while South Plains Lanes in Lubbock, Texas, hosts the Lubbock Sports Southwest Open presented by Ebonite.

● The only regional event on tap for the Jan. 26-27 weekend is the PBA Japan Region’s Roto Grip Cup and Shark Open at PBA Fuji Bowl in Iruma, Japan.

● For complete PBA Regional schedules, rules and entry information, visit pba.com, open the “schedules” tab and click on PBA Regional Tours to find the event(s) in your area…and remember, you can follow “live scoring” for all PBA Regional events on pba.com (easily accessible for Apple and Android device users using the PBA app).

QUICK NOTES:

Another addition to the roster for the upcoming CP3 PBA Celebrity Invitational, presented by Go Bowling!, will be Chris Paul’s Houston Rockets teammate PJ Tucker. Previously announced celebrities include NFL Hall of Famer Terrell Owens, Major League Baseball stars Mookie Betts and Alex Bregman, former NFL star and current FOX NFL analyst Michael Vick, NASCAR champion Aric Almirola and CBS’s Big Brother star Tyler Crispen. PBA stars who will compete are Hall of Famers Norm Duke, Pete Weber and Chris Barnes; Andrew Anderson, Jason Belmonte, Tommy Jones, Sean Rash, EJ Tackett and Kyle Troup. Tickets for the event, which begins at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 17, at Bowlero The Woodlands in Conroe, Texas, are available at www.pba.com/Tickets.

11th Frame blogger Jeff Richgels has reported that PBA member Jerry Marrs was at work in early October when he suffered his second heart attack in six years. Six days later the 40-year-old Marrs had quadruple bypass surgery. Fast forward three months to Sunday, Jan. 6 when Marrs won the ninth annual King Classic Ritchie Buss Memorial at Four Seasons Bowl in Freeport, Ill., over a field of PBA Midwest Region and top amateur competitors. Marrs made this post on Facebook after his win: “…This is unbelievable! I had one goal in this tournament being my first one back from my quadruple bypass surgery, and that was to cash. Never in the wildest dreams did I think I’d win!”

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Two Solid Rounds Move Jakob Butturff Into PBA Oklahoma Open Lead

by Jerry Schneider January 10, 2019 11:19

SHAWNEE, Okla.  – Four-time Go Bowling! PBA Tour winner Jakob Butturff of Tempe, Ariz., averaged 243 for eight games and posted a 5-3 record after the first match play round Thursday to take the lead in the PBA Oklahoma Open at the FireLake Bowling Center.

The 24-year-old lefthander finished with a 7,252 29-game pinfall total including match play bonus pins to lead seven-time tour winner Dom Barrett of England in second with 7,210.

Butturff, the runner-up in last week’s season-opening PBA Hall of Fame Classic, bowled games of 277, 245, 191, 279, 195, 258, 265 and 239 in match play.

“I had two bad games but wasn’t too worried about it,” Butturff said. “I’m in a good mindset where I don’t have to ask myself 20 questions when something’s wrong. I’m able to stay ahead of my game and make the right adjustments quickly and start striking again.

“In the two 190 games I got to a couple pair of lanes where it seemed like I had one lane figured out but not the other,” he continued. “In the next match I just had to start over, repeat good shots and start striking again.”

Butturff had moved into the tournament lead after the cashers round earlier in the day bowling games of 279, 237, 264, 265, 259, 228 and 193. In the 193 game he again fell victim to failing to make easy spares when he missed a seven pin and a four pin.

The lefthander admitted to the weakness in his game, especially in higher scoring tournaments.

“When the scoring pace is high in a tournament, I’m always thinking about what I need to do to keep striking and sometimes don’t give spares the attention I need to,” Butturff said.

Barrett’s 6-2 record in match play was highlighted by a 300-276 win over 12-time tour winner Sean Rash of Montgomery, Ill., in the second match. Barrett’s other games in the round were 243, 279, 269, 259, 240, 212 and 224.

Rounding out the top five were Jesper Svensson of Sweden (4-4) 7,161; Kristopher Prather, Plainfield, Ill. (5-2-1) 7,148 and Nick Pate, Inver Grove Heights, Minn. (6-2) 7,142. Four-time PBA Player of the Year Jason Belmonte of Australia finished sixth with a 5-3 record and 7,133 pinfall.

Pate has bowled three 300 games in the tournament thus far including one in Thursday’s cashers round, which is one short of the record of four in one tournament held by Walter Ray Williams Jr., Dave D’Entremont and John Bauerle Jr.

The 16-player field will return Friday morning for the final match play round at 11 a.m. CT that will determine the top five for the stepladder finals which will air live on FS1 Sunday at 11 a.m. ET (10 a.m. CT).

PBA Mark Roth-Marshall Holman Doubles Championship action also resumes on Friday with 12 teams competing in the first round of Baker format match play at 6 p.m. CT. The 12 doubles teams will return Saturday for the second Baker match play round at 10 a.m. CT which will determine the top five teams for the taped FS1 telecast at 1:30 p.m. CT on Sunday. The Doubles Championship will air on FS1 Jan. 20 at 1 p.m. ET (noon CT).

All preliminary rounds of the Oklahoma Open and Roth-Holman Doubles Championship are live-streamed on FloBowling.com.

PBA OKLAHOMA OPEN

FireLake Bowling Center, Shawnee, Okla., Thursday

Fourth Round Standings (after 29 games. Includes match play record and total pinfall including bonus pins)

1, Jakob Butturff, Tempe, Ariz., 5-3, 7,252.
2, Dom Barrett, England, 6-2, 7,210.
3, Jesper Svensson, Sweden, 4-4, 7,161.
4, Kristopher Prather, Plainfield, Ill., 5-2-1, 7,148.
5, Nicholas Pate, Inver Grove Heights, Minn., 6-2, 7,142.
6, Jason Belmonte, Australia, 5-3, 7,133.
7, Anthony Lavery-Spahr, Pasadena, Texas, 5-3, 7,085.
8, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 4-4, 7,010.
9, Patrick Girard, Canada, 4-4, 6,948.
10, EJ Tackett, Bluffton, Ind., 5-2-1, 6,940.
11, Tom Daugherty, Riverview, Fla., 3-5, 6,883.
12, Patrick Hanrahan, Wichita, Kan., 3-5, 6,824.
13, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 3-5, 6,803.
14, Ildemaro Ruiz, Venezuela, 3-5, 6,760.
15, Zacharay Wilkins, Canada, 1-7, 6,651.
16, Jake Rollins, Glen Rock, N.J., 1-7, 6,581.

Third Round Standings

(after 21 games. Field cut to top 16 for match play)

1, Jakob Butturff, Tempe, Ariz., 5,153.
2, Jesper Svensson, Sweden, 5,118.
3, Anthony Lavery-Spahr, Pasadena, Texas, 5,071.
4, Jason Belmonte, Australia, 5,046.
5, Kristopher Prather, Plainfield, Ill., 5,039.
6, Dom Barrett, England, 5,004.
7, Tom Daugherty, Riverview, Fla., 4,989.
8, Nicholas Pate, Inver Grove Heights, Minn., 4,979.
9, (tie) Patrick Hanrahan, Wichita, Kan., and Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 4,929.
11, Zacharay Wilkins, Canada, 4,915.
12, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 4,903.
13, (tie) Patrick Girard, Canada, and Jake Rollins, Glen Rock, N.J., 4,866.
15, Ildemaro Ruiz, Venezuela, 4,856.
16, EJ Tackett, Bluffton, Ind., 4,844.

Failed to advance:
17, Brad Miller, Lees Summit, Mo., 4,842, $2,000.
18, Darren Tang, Las Vegas, Nev., 4,811, $2,000.
19, Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 4,810, $1,600.
20, DJ Archer, Spring, Texas, 4,808, $1,550.
21, Kyle Sherman, O'Fallon, Mo., 4,804, $1,530.
22, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 4,773, $1,520.

23, Michael Tang, Johnstown, Ohio, 4,764, $1,510.
24, Christopher Sloan, Ireland, 4,738, $1,500.

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Jesper Svensson Averages 252 After Second Round to Retain Lead in PBA Oklahoma Open

by Jerry Schneider January 9, 2019 20:13

SHAWNEE, Okla.  – Sweden’s Jesper Svensson continued to set the pace after the second round of qualifying in the PBA Oklahoma Open Wednesday, averaging 252 for two rounds to lead 24 players who advanced to Thursday’s cashers round.

Averaging 259 after Tuesday’s first round, the two-handed left-hander, who owns seven Go Bowling! PBA Tour titles, compiled a 3,529 14-game two round pinfall total. He bowled games of 236, 230, 265, 234, 258, 255 and 237 in the second round.

“When 230 is your low game you can’t complain,” said the 23-year-old Svensson. “My focus is good and I’m confident on every shot. I’m able to stay ahead of my game and what I need to do as the round progresses so if I don’t throw a strike I’m getting nine, which makes it easy to adjust from there.”

Svensson holds a 101-pin lead over four-time tour winner Jakob Butturff of Tempe, Ariz., who finished with a 3,428 pinfall after the second round. Butturff had games of 234, 198, 244, 255, 278, 221 and 258 in the second round.

In what turned out to be a disappointing runner-up finish in the season-opening PBA Hall of Fame Classic last Sunday when he opened twice in the title match to lose to winner Bill O’Neill, the 24-year-old Butturff is hoping to make amends in the Oklahoma Open.

“You have to have the mindset to let it go especially when you’re bowling week-in and week-out,” said the 24-year-old left-hander. “I had my 15 minutes of disappointment but that’s history now. All I can do is give 100 percent on every ball I throw.”

Four-time PBA Player of the Year Jason Belmonte of Australia moved from a tie for 20th after the first round to third after bowling games of 246, 236, 245, 212, 253, 277 and 279 in the second round finishing with a 3,381 pinfall.

Svensson, Belmonte and Butturff all made the championship round in the Hall of Fame Classic.

The top 16 players after the cashers round will advance to the first match play round Thursday afternoon and the second match play round Friday morning that will determine the top five for the stepladder finals which will air live on FS1 Sunday at 11 a.m. ET (10 a.m. CT).

The qualifying rounds of the Oklahoma Open also determine the standings for the Mark Roth-Marshall Holman PBA Doubles Championship.

With the conclusion of Wednesday’s second round, Svensson and partner Kyle Troup continued to lead the Roth-Holman Doubles qualifying after two rounds with a combined 6,643 pinfall total and leading 12 doubles teams that will advance to two Baker format match play rounds on Friday and Saturday.  After match play the top five teams will be determined for the taped FS1 telecast at 1:30 p.m. ET (12:30 p.m. CT) on Sunday. The Doubles Championship will air on FS1 Jan. 20 at 1 p.m. ET (noon CT).

All preliminary rounds of the Oklahoma Open and Roth-Holman Doubles Championship are live-streamed on FloBowling.com.

PBA OKLAHOMA OPEN

FireLake Bowling Center, Shawnee, Okla., Wednesday

Second Round Standings (after 14 games. Field cut to top 24 for Thursday’s cashers round)

1, Jesper Svensson, Sweden, 3,529.
2, Jakob Butturff, Tempe, Ariz., 3,428.
3, Jason Belmonte, Australia, 3,381.
4, Anthony Lavery-Spahr, Pasadena, Texas, 3,378.
5, Dom Barrett, England, 3,375.
6, Tom Daugherty, Riverview, Fla., 3,363.
7, Nicholas Pate, Inver Grove Heights, Minn., 3,353
8, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 3,348.
9, Kristopher Prather, Plainfield, Ill., 3,305.
10, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 3,301.
11, Zacharay Wilkins, Canada, 3,300.
12, Brad Miller, Lees Summit, Mo., 3,298.
13, Darren Tang, Las Vegas, Nev., 3,284.
14, Ildemaro Ruiz, Venezuela, 3,265.
15, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 3,249.
16, Kyle Sherman, O'Fallon, Mo., 3,246.
17, DJ Archer, Spring, Texas, 3,240.
18, EJ Tackett, Bluffton, Ind., 3,230.
18, Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 3,230.
20, (tie) Jake Rollins, Glen Rock, N.J., and Christopher Sloan, Ireland, 3,227.
22, Patrick Hanrahan, Wichita, Kan., 3,222.
23, Michael Tang, Johnstown, Ohio, 3,217.
24, Patrick Girard, Canada, 3,216.

Failed to advance:
25, Greg Ostrander, Freehold, N.J., 3,212.
26, Ryan Ciminelli, Clarence, N.Y., 3,208.
27, (tie) AJ Johnson, Oswego, Ill., and Andrew Anderson, Holly, Mich., 3,206.
29, Sam Cooley, Australia, 3,191.
30, Francois Lavoie, Canada, 3,179.
31, Mitch Hupe, Canada, 3,171.
32, Charlie Brown Jr, Grandville, Mich., 3,170.
33, Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 3,169.
34, Chris Loschetter, Avon, Ohio, 3,168.
35, Tom Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich., 3,163.
36, Matthew Ogle, Louisville, Ky., 3,161.
37, Mykel Holliman, Collierville, Tenn., 3,160.
38, (tie) Bill O'Neill, Langhorne, Pa., and Andres Gomez, Colombia, 3,153.
40, Brad Angelo, Lockport, N.Y., 3,150.
41, Osku Palermaa, Finland, 3,142.
42, Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., 3,135.
43, Stuart Williams, England, 3,133.
44, Graham Fach, Urbana, Ohio, 3,130.
45, Rhino Page, Orlando, 3,121.
46, Devin Bidwell, Wichita, Kan., 3,115.
47, (tie) Dick Allen, Lexington, S.C., 3,114 and Kyle Troup, Taylorsville, N.C., 3,114.
49, Michael Haugen Jr., Phoenix, 3,113.
50, Thomas Larsen, Denmark, 3,106.
51, Richie Teece, England, 3,102.
52, Anthony Pepe, East Elmhurst, N.Y., 3,087.
53, Tim Foy Jr., Seaford, Del., 3,084.
54, Jake Peters, Henderson, Nev., 3,081.
55, Liz Johnson, Palatine, Ill., 3,078.
56, Ronnie Russell, Marion, Ind., 3,065.
57, Nate Garcia, Port St. Lucie, Fla., 3,063.
58, Zeke Bayt, Westerville, Ohio, 3,049.
59, Martin Larsen, Sweden, 3,043.
60, Matt O'Grady, Rahway, N.J., 3,040.
61, Connor Pickford, Charlotte, N.C., 3,036.
62, (tie) David Krol, Nixa, Mo., and Shawn Maldonado, Houston, 3,035.
64, Anthony Simonsen, Little Elm, Texas, 3,034.
65, Gary Faulkner Jr., Memphis, Tenn., 3,033.
66, Cristian Azcona, Puerto Rico, 3,028.
67, Michael Davidson, Versailles, Ohio, 3,021.
68, Chris Via, Springfield, Ohio, 3,020.
69, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., 3,018.
70, Stephen Pavlinko, Sewell, N.J., 3,016.
71, AJ Chapman, Manchester, Iowa, 3,014.
72, (tie) Greg Young, Viera, Fla., and Dino Castillo, Highland Village, Texas, 3,010.
74, Matt Sanders, Indianapolis, 3,003.
75, Kamron Doyle, Brentwood, Tenn., 3,002.
76, Sean Lavery-Spahr, Pasadena, Texas, 3,000.
77, A.J. Rice, Salem, Ala., 2,999.
78, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 2,998.
79, (tie) Arturo Quintero, Mexico, and Josh Blanchard, Mesa, Ariz., 2,997.
81, Pontus Andersson, Sweden, 2,971.
82, Jason Sterner, Fayetteville, Ga., 2,941.
83, Justin Knowles, Okemos, Mich., 2,915.
84, Nick Kruml, Downers Grove, Ill., 2,904.
85, Blake Demore, Springfield, Mo., 2,896.
86, Paul Brewbaker II, Taylor, Mich., 2,893.
87, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 2,880.
88, Austin Boulds, Creal Springs, Ill., 2,876.
89, Keven Williams, Springfield, Mo., 2,869.
90, Justin Wyman, Fairport, N.Y., 2,846.
91, Andrew Suscreba, Clifton, N.J., 2,816.
92, Trey Ford III, Bartlesville, Okla., 2,807.
93, Matt Kuba, Chicago Ridge, Ill., 2,780.
94, Allan Smith, Killeen, Texas, 2,750.
95, Eduardo Astiazaran, Tucson, Ariz., 2,723.
96, Kenneth Bland Jr., San Antonio, Texas, 2,643.

MARK ROTH-MARSHALL HOLMAN PBA DOUBLES CHAMPIONSHIP

Second Round Standings (combined pinfall totals after 14 games. Field cut to top 12 doubles teams advancing to Friday’s  Baker match play rounds)

1, Jesper Svensson, Sweden/Kyle Troup, Taylorsville, N.C., 6,643.
2, Anthony Lavery-Spahr, Pasadena, Texas/Sam Cooley, Australia, 6,569.
3, Brad Miller, Lees Summit, Mo./Kyle Sherman, O'Fallon, Mo., 6,544.
4, Jakob Butturff, Tempe, Ariz./Michael Haugen Jr., Phoenix, 6,541.
5, Bill O'Neill, Langhorne, Pa./Jason Belmonte, Australia, 6,534.
6, Dom Barrett, England/Osku Palermaa, Finland, 6,517.
7, Patrick Girard, Canada/Zacharay Wilkins, Canada, 6,516.
8, Matthew Ogle, Louisville, Ky./Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 6,509.
9, Darren Tang, Las Vegas, Nev./Michael Tang, Johnstown, Ohio, 6,501.
10, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla./Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 6,479.
11, Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas/Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 6,470.
12, AJ Johnson, Oswego, Ill./Greg Ostrander, Freehold, N.J., 6,418.

Failed to advance:
13, Kristopher Prather, Plainfield, Ill./Richie Teece, England, 6,407.
14, Dino Castillo, Highland Village, Texas/Tom Daugherty, Riverview, Fla., 6,373.
15, EJ Tackett, Bluffton, Ind./Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., 6,365.
16, Rhino Page, Orlando/Ryan Ciminelli, Clarence, N.Y., 6,329.
17, Francois Lavoie, Canada/Stuart Williams, England, 6,312.
18, DJ Archer, Spring, Texas/Shawn Maldonado, Houston, 6,275.
19, Arturo Quintero, Mexico/Ildemaro Ruiz, Venezuela, 6,262.
20, Nicholas Pate, Inver Grove Heights, Minn./Nick Kruml, Downers Grove, Ill., 6,257.
21, Brad Angelo, Lockport, N.Y./Thomas Larsen, Denmark, 6,256.
22, Charlie Brown Jr., Grandville, Mich./Tim Foy Jr., Seaford, Del., 6,254.
23, Chris Loschetter, Avon, Ohio/Ronnie Russell, Marion, Ind., 6,233.
24, Andrew Anderson, Holly, Mich./Matt Sanders, Indianapolis, 6,209.
25, Christopher Sloan, Ireland/Pontus Andersson, Sweden, 6,198.
26, AJ Chapman, Manchester, Iowa/Mitch Hupe, Canada, 6,185.
27, Tom Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich./Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., 6,181.
28, Anthony Pepe, East Elmhurst, N.Y./Liz Johnson, Palatine, Ill., 6,165.
29, Dick Allen, Lexington, S.C./Zeke Bayt, Westerville, Ohio, 6,163.
30, A.J. Rice, Salem, Ala./Mykel Holliman, Collierville, Tenn., 6,159.
31, Devin Bidwell, Wichita, Kan./Martin Larsen, Sweden, 6,158.
32, (tie) Andres Gomez, Colombia/Josh Blanchard, Mesa, Ariz., and Chris Via, Springfield, Ohio/Graham Fach, Urbana, Ohio, 6,150.
34, Gary Faulkner Jr., Memphis, Tenn./Nate Garcia, Port St. Lucie, Fla., 6,096.
35, Keven Williams, Springfield, Mo.,/Patrick Hanrahan, Witchita, Kan., 6,091.
36, Anthony Simonsen, Little Elm, Texas/Connor Pickford, Charlotte, N.C., 6,070.
37, Matt O'Grady, Rahway, N.J./Stephen Pavlinko Jr., Sewell, N.J., 6,056.
38, Andrew Suscreba, Clifton, N.J./Jake Rollins, Glen Rock, N.J., 6,043.
39, Greg Young, Viera, Fla./Kamron Doyle, Brentwood, Tenn., 6,012.
40, Austin Boulds, Creal Springs, Ill./Sean Lavery-Spahr, Pasadena, Texas, 5,876.
41, Jason Sterner, Fayetteville, Ga./Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 5,821.
42, Matt Kuba, Chicago Ridge, Ill./Michael Davidson, Versailles, Ohio, 5,801.
43, Allan Smith, Killeen, Texas/Kenneth Bland Jr., San Antonio, Texas, 5,393.

300 games – Marshall Kent, Nicholas Pate, Darren Tang

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MLB, NFL and NASCAR Celebrities Announced for 10th CP3 PBA Celebrity Invitational Presented by Go Bowling!

by Jerry Schneider January 9, 2019 13:16

CONROE, Texas  – The Professional Bowlers Association and Chris Paul Family Foundation have announced a list of MLB, NFL and NASCAR celebrities and PBA stars who will participate in the 2019 CP3 PBA Celebrity Invitational, presented by GoBowling!, which will return to Bowlero The Woodlands on Thursday, Jan. 17.  The star-studded CP3 PBA Celebrity Invitational will air on FOX on Super Bowl Sunday, Feb. 3 at 2 p.m. ET.

In addition to returning celebrity competitors 2018 Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee Terrell Owens, and 2018 American League Most Valuable Player and World Series champion Mookie Betts, new celebs expected to compete are Houston Astros All-Star infielder Alex Bregman, four-time NFL Pro Bowl quarterback Michael Vick and two-time Monster Energy NASCAR winner and driver of the #10 Go Bowling Ford Mustang Aric Almirola. Also scheduled to compete is CBS’s Big Brother Season 20 star Tyler Crispen.

Paul, the tournament host and a nine-time NBA All-Star, is hoping to defend his doubles title with PBA Hall of Fame partner Norm Duke and win for the fifth time overall in the multi-format event which benefits the Chris Paul Family Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting youth, education, health, sports and social responsibility.

Other PBA stars schedule to compete include Hall of Famers Pete Weber and Chris Barnes, 2018 PBA Player of the Year Andrew Anderson, four-time PBA Player of the Year Jason Belmonte, 18-time tour winner Tommy Jones, 12-time winners Sean Rash and EJ Tackett and two-time winner Kyle Troup.

The Celebrity Invitational begins with a red carpet ceremony at 3 p.m. CT (doors open at 2:30 p.m.) on Jan. 17 at Bowlero The Woodlands (27000 I-45 N, Conroe, TX 77385) with the FOX taping of competition beginning at 4 p.m.

Three different ticket options for the CP3 PBA Celebrity Invitational are available. For information and advance purchase, click on www.pba.com/Tickets. The packages are as follows:

Premium General Package - $75 - Includes full buffet, two non-premium drink tickets and one bleacher seat.

General Admission - $50 - Includes one bleacher seat.

Standing Room Only - $25

CP3 PBA Celebrity Invitational Past Winners:

2018 – Norm Duke/Chris Paul

2017 – Chris Barnes/Chris Paul

2016 – Pete Weber/Terrell Owens

2015 – Ronnie Russell/French Montana

2013 – Chris Barnes/Chris Hardwick

2012 – Pete Weber/Jerry Ferrara/Blake Griffin

2011 – Jason Belmonte/Chris Paul

2010 – Jason Belmonte/Chris Paul

2009 – Jason Couch/LeBron James

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Sweden’s Jesper Svensson Averages 259 to Lead PBA Oklahoma Open First Round

by Jerry Schneider January 8, 2019 20:06

SHAWNEE, Okla.  – Seven-time Go Bowling! Professional Bowlers Association Tour winner Jesper Svensson of Sweden averaged 259 for seven games to lead after the first round of the PBA Oklahoma Open Tuesday at the FireLake Bowling Center.

The two-handed left-hander bowled an 1,814 pinfall total with games of 237, 275, 299, 268, 228, 257 and 250 to hold a 70-pin lead over four-time tour winner Jakob Butturff of Tempe, Ariz., who finished the round in second with a 1,740 pinfall.

“That was crazy,” said the 23-year-old Svensson, who won the 2016 PBA Tournament of Champions in Shawnee. “I didn’t have a bad game and I really only had a few bad shots. Everything was working the way I wanted it to.”

Svensson won twice in 2017 but failed to win in 2018 with best tour finishes of second in the PBA Tournament of Champions and third in the PBA Tour Finals. He finished fourth in the PBA Hall of Fame Classic 2019 season opener last Sunday in Arlington, Texas.

“Since the second half of last year I’ve been struggling with my mental game,” Svensson added. “I’ve worked with a coach to help improve my focus and I feel like I’m in a good place with that now. The goal is to recognize when you’re in a good flow or rhythm and stay in that moment.”

Butturff, who finished second in the Hall of Fame Classic, had games of 216, 227, 258, 266, 256, 239 and 278 in the first round.

Qualifying continues Wednesday with the second seven-game qualifying round after which the field will be cut to the top 24 players for a casher’s round Thursday morning. The top 16 players after the cashers round will advance to the first match play round Thursday afternoon and the second match play round Friday morning that will determine the top five for the stepladder finals which will air live on FS1 Sunday at 11 a.m. ET (10 a.m. CT).

The qualifying rounds of the Oklahoma Open also determine the standings for the Mark Roth-Marshall Holman PBA Doubles Championship. After Wednesday’s qualifying round, the top 12 doubles team will advance to two Baker format match play rounds on Friday and Saturday that will determine the top five doubles teams for the taped FS1 telecast at 1:30 p.m. ET (12:30 p.m. CT) on Sunday. The Doubles Championship will air on FS1 Jan. 20 at 1 p.m. ET (noon CT).

Svensson and three-time tour winner Kyle Troup of Taylorsville, N.C., who teamed up to win the 2017 Roth-Holman Doubles Championship, lead after the first round with a 3,471 combined seven-game pinfall total holding a 117-pin lead over Sean Rash of Montgomery, Ill. and Matt Ogle of Louisville, Ky., who finished with 3,354.

All preliminary rounds of the Oklahoma Open and Roth-Holman Doubles Championship are live-streamed on FloBowling.com.

PBA OKLAHOMA OPEN

FireLake Bowling Center, Shawnee, Okla., Tuesday

First Round Standings (after 7 games)

1, Jesper Svensson, Sweden, 1,814.
2, Jakob Butturff, Tempe, Ariz., 1,740.
3, Christopher Sloan, Ireland, 1,739.
4, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 1,714.
5, Anthony Lavery-Spahr, Pasadena, Texas, 1,713.
5, Jake Rollins, Glen Rock, N.J., 1,713.
7, Darren Tang, Las Vegas, Nev., 1,711.
8, Dom Barrett, England, 1,708.
9, Zacharay Wilkins, Canada, 1,697.
10, (tie) Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, and Nate Garcia, Port St. Lucie, Fla., 1,675.
12, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 1,660.
13, Kyle Troup, Taylorsville, N.C., 1,657.
14, Kyle Sherman, O'Fallon, Mo., 1,655.
15, Brad Miller, Lees Summit, Mo., 1,647.
16, DJ Archer, Spring, Texas, 1,642.
17, Matthew Ogle, Louisville, Ky., 1,640.
18, Patrick Girard, Canada, 1,639.
19, Kristopher Prather, Plainfield, Ill., 1,635.
20, (tie) Tom Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich., and Jason Belmonte, Australia, 1,633.
22, Michael Tang, Johnstown, Ohio, 1,628.
23, Sam Cooley, Australia, 1,625.
24, Tom Daugherty, Riverview, Fla., 1,622.
25, EJ Tackett, Bluffton, Ind., 1,617.
26, Zeke Bayt, Westerville, Ohio, 1,613.
27, Mitch Hupe, Canada, 1,609.
28, Nicholas Pate, Inver Grove Heights, Minn., 1,604.
29, Ryan Ciminelli, Clarence, N.Y., 1,599.
30, Ildemaro Ruiz, Venezuela, 1,594.
31, (tie) Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., and Dick Allen, Lexington, S.C., 1,593.
33, Greg Ostrander, Freehold, N.J., 1,592.
34, Tim Foy Jr., Seaford, Del., 1,591.
35, Andrew Anderson, Holly, Mich., 1,582.
36, Andres Gomez, Colombia, 1,579.
37, AJ Johnson, Oswego, Ill., 1,574.
38, Patrick Hanrahan, Wichita, Kan., 1,572.
39, Chris Loschetter, Avon, Ohio, 1,569.
40, (tie) Martin Larsen, Sweden, and Graham Fach, Urbana, Ohio, 1,566.
42, Francois Lavoie, Canada, 1,562.
43, Osku Palermaa, Finland, 1,559.
44, (tie) Dino Castillo, Highland Village, Texas, and Josh Blanchard, Mesa, Ariz., 1,558.
46, (tie) Mykel Holliman, Collierville, Tenn., Sean Lavery-Spahr, Pasadena, Texas, Devin Bidwell, Wichita, Kan., and Liz Johnson, Palatine, Ill., 1,548.
50, Charlie Brown Jr., Grandville, Mich., 1,546.
51, Gary Faulkner Jr., Memphis, Tenn., 1,543.
51, Bill O'Neill, Langhorne, Pa., 1,543.
53, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 1,530.
54, Connor Pickford, Charlotte, N.C., 1,529.
55, Brad Angelo, Lockport, N.Y., 1,525.
56, (tie) Kamron Doyle, Brentwood, Tenn., and Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., 1,524.
58, Michael Haugen Jr., Phoenix, 1,522.
59, Richie Teece, England, 1,519.
60, AJ Chapman, Manchester, Iowa, 1,518.
61, Michael Davidson, Versailles, Ohio, 1,513.
62, (tie) Keven Williams, Springfield, Mo., Chris Via, Springfield, Ohio, and Anthony Pepe, East Elmhurst, N.Y., 1,511.
65, (tie) Arturo Quintero, Mexico, and Ronnie Russell, Marion, Ind., 1,508.
67, Matt O'Grady, Rahway, N.J., 1,506.
68, Rhino Page, Orlando, 1,505.
69, Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 1,504.
70, Stuart Williams, England, 1,501.
71, Thomas Larsen, Denmark, 1,500.
72, (tie) Pontus Andersson, Sweden, and Jason Sterner, Fayetteville, Ga., 1,498.
74, Jake Peters, Henderson, Nev., 1,496.
75, Stephen Pavlinko, Sewell, N.J., 1,494.
76, Austin Boulds, Creal Springs, Ill., 1,491.
77, (tie) Blake Demore, Springfield, Mo., and Nick Kruml, Downers Grove, Ill., 1,490.
79, Shawn Maldonado, Houston, 1,485.
80, Greg Young, Viera, Fla., 1,479.
81, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., 1,466.
82, (tie) Allan Smith, Killeen, Texas, and David Krol, Nixa, Mo., 1,461.
84, Paul Brewbaker, Taylor, Mich., 1,446.
85, A.J. Rice, Salem, Ala., 1,444.
86, Anthony Simonsen, Little Elm, Texas, 1,442.
87, Andrew Suscreba, Clifton, N.J., 1,432.
88, Cristian Azcona, Puerto Rico, 1,430.
89, Justin Wyman, Fairport, N.Y., 1,399.
90, Justin Knowles, Okemos, Mich., 1,388.
91, Matt Sanders, Indianapolis, 1,386.
92, Trey Ford, Bartlesville, Okla., 1,379.
93, Eduardo Astiazaran, Tucson, Ariz.., 1,373.
94, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 1,347.
95, Kenneth Bland Jr., San Antonio, Texas, 1,330.
96, Matt Kuba, Chicago Ridge, Ill., 1,317.

MARK ROTH-MARSHALL HOLMAN PBA DOUBLES CHAMPIONSHIP

First Round Standings (combined pinfall totals after 7 games)

1, Jesper Svensson, Sweden/Kyle Troup, Taylorsville, N.C., 3,471.
2, Matthew Ogle, Louisville, Ky./Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 3,354.
3, Darren Tang, Las Vegas, Nev./Michael Tang, Johnstown, Ohio, 3,339.
4, Anthony Lavery-Spahr, Pasadena, Texas/Sam Cooley, Australia, 3,338.
5, Patrick Girard, Canada/Zacharay Wilkins, Canada, 3,336.
6, Brad Miller, Lees Summit, Mo./Kyle Sherman, O'Fallon, Mo., 3,302.
7, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla./Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 3,268.
8, Dom Barrett, England/Osku Palermaa, Finland, 3,267.
9, Jakob Butturff, Tempe, Ariz./Michael Haugen Jr., Phoenix, 3,262.
10, Christopher Sloan, Ireland/Pontus Andersson, Sweden, 3,237.
11, Gary Faulkner Jr., Memphis, Tenn./Nate Garcia, Port St. Lucie, Fla., 3,218.
12, Dick Allen, Lexington, S.C./Zeke Bayt, Westerville, Ohio, 3,206.
13, Dino Castillo, Highland Village, Texas/Tom Daugherty, Riverview, Fla., 3,180.
14, Bill O'Neill, Langhorne, Pa./Jason Belmonte, Australia, 3,176.
15, AJ Johnson, Oswego, Ill./Greg Ostrander, Freehold, N.J., 3,166.
16, Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas/Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 3,164.
17, Kristopher Prather, Plainfield, Ill./Richie Teece, England, 3,154.
18, Andrew Suscreba, Clifton, N.J./Jake Rollins, Glen Rock, N.J., 3,145.
19, EJ Tackett, Bluffton, Ind./Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., 3,141.
20, (tie) Charlie Brown Jr, Grandville, Mich./Tim Foy Jr., Seaford, Del., and Andres Gomez, Colombia/Josh Blanchard, Mesa, Ariz., 3,137.
22, (tie) AJ Chapman, Manchester, Iowa/Mitch Hupe, Canada, and DJ Archer, Spring, Texas/Shawn Maldonado, Houston, 3,127.
24, Devin Bidwell, Wichita, Kan./Martin Larsen, Sweden, 3,114.
25, Rhino Page, Orlando/Ryan Ciminelli, Clarence, N.Y., 3,104.
26, Arturo Quintero, Mexico/Ildemaro Ruiz, Venezuela, 3,102.
27, Tom Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich./Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., 3,099.
28, Nicholas Pate, Inver Grove Heights, Minn./Nick Kruml, Downers Grove, Ill., 3,094.
29, Keven Williams, Springfield, Mo.,/Patrick Hanrahan, Wichita, Kan., 3,083.
30, (tie) Chris Loschetter, Avon, Ohio/Ronnie Russell, Marion, Ind., and Chris Via, Springfield, Ohio/Graham Fach, Urbana, Ohio, 3,077.
32, Francois Lavoie, Canada/Stuart Williams, England, 3,063.
33, Anthony Pepe, East Elmhurst, N.Y./Liz Johnson, Palatine, Ill., 3,059.
34, Austin Boulds, Creal Springs, Ill./Sean Lavery-Spahr, Pasadena, Texas, 3,039.
35, Brad Angelo, Lockport, N.Y./Thomas Larsen, Denmark, 3,025.
36, Greg Young, Viera, Fla./Kamron Doyle, Brentwood, Tenn., 3,003.
37, Matt O'Grady, Rahway, N.J./Stephen Pavlinko Jr., Sewell, N.J., 3,000.
38, A.J. Rice, Salem, Ala./Mykel Holliman, Collierville, Tenn., 2,992.
39, Anthony Simonsen, Little Elm, Texas/Connor Pickford, Charlotte, N.C., 2,971.
40, Andrew Anderson, Holly, Mich./Matt Sanders, Indianapolis, 2,968.
41, Jason Sterner, Fayetteville, Ga./Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 2,845.
42, Matt Kuba, Chicago Ridge, Ill./Michael Davidson, Versailles, Ohio, 2,830.
43, Allan Smith, Killeen, Texas/Kenneth Bland Jr., San Antonio, Texas, 2,791.

300 games - Nicholas Pate, Darren Tang, Christopher Sloan, Zachery Wilkins

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