PBA Spare Shots: “Teammates” O’Neill, Belmonte on Opposite Sides for WSOB’s USA vs The World Event

by Bill Vint March 15, 2019 14:47

Long-time Roth-Holman PBA Doubles Championship partners Bill O’Neill of Langhorne, Pa., and Jason Belmonte of Australia will be on opposite sides of the lanes next Friday as the top qualifiers for their respective USA vs. The World teams when they meet in a special event that will conclude PBA World Series of Bowling X. The Baker team competition will air on FS1 next Friday at 8 p.m. Eastern.

O’Neill, who qualified No. 2 overall for the PBA World Championship cashers round based on his performances over 30 games in the PBA Cheetah, Chameleon and Scorpion Championship qualifying rounds, will be joined on the American squad by No. 3 qualifier EJ Tackett of Bluffton, Ind.; No. 4 Tom Daugherty of Riverview, Fla.; and Anthony Simonsen of Little Elm, Texas, and Kyle Sherman of O’Fallon, Mo., who tied for fifth on the qualifying list. PBA Hall of Famer Marshall Holman will be captain as the USA contingent bids for its third consecutive win in a pair of best-of-two-game Baker format matches.

Belmonte, the overall No. 1 qualifier for the World Championship cashers round, will be joined on The World team by Colombia’s Andres Gomez (No. 20 on the World Championship qualifying list); England’s Dom Barrett (No. 23); Australia’s Sam Cooley (No. 26) and Sweden’s Pontus Anderson (No. 30). The World’s captain will be another PBA Hall of Famer, Venezuela’s Amleto Monacelli, who helped The World win the first two matches in the series in 2010 and 2013.

PBA BOWLING CHALLENGE MOBILE GAME OFFERS SPECIAL WSOB X TOURNAMENT

3_19 AnnouncementConcrete Software’s PBA Bowling Challenge mobile game is offering a special PBA World Series of Bowling 10th anniversary tournament at no cost to its millions of mobile devise users. The special tournament will challenge users to bowl a game higher than the PBA World Champion rolls in the title match that will air live on FS1 on Thursday, March 21, at 8 p.m. EDT.

The “tournament” will begin on Friday, March 22, and end on Thursday, March 28. It will feature a custom WSOB X venue, and the introduction of a special ball that can be used in the competition. Players can enter as often as they wish. All scores that beat the PBA World Champion’s score will be entered into a sweepstakes pool with one lucky winner to be selected to win a bowling pin signed by the PBA World Champion plus 5,000 Gold Pins.

To review the official rules, visit: http://bit.ly/PBA_OfficialRules. If you have not already done so, the PBA Bowling Challenge game can be downloaded to your mobile device at no cost. Visit https://concretesoftware.com/games/pba-bowling-challenge/ for details.

the budsILLINOIS BOWLING CENTER HONORS HISTORIC “BUDWEISERS” 3,858 SERIES

Hi Top Bowl, a 16-lane bowling center in Highland, Ill., has completed a significant project to commemorate the 61st anniversary of the historic 3,858 series bowled by the legendary Budweisers of St. Louis at Floriss Lanes on March 12, 1958. The members of the team were all superstars in the formation years of the PBA: Don Carter, Ray Bluth, Pat Patterson, Tom Hennessey and Dick Weber.

In cooperation with the center’s local Budweiser distributor, Donnewald Distributing, proprietor Ray Voss created the tribute. The centerpiece is a graphic above the approaches that spans the entire 16-lane center, detailing the series record that stood for nearly 36 years. Click here to view a video clip that illustrates the display: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1oz-luBZKtL0E8jY9WCl4utE94c40l-nn/view?usp=sharing.

PBA REGIONAL UPDATE: “ROOKIE” MITCH BEASLEY WINS FIRST PBA50 TITLE

Mitch Beasley of Clarksville, Tenn., bowling in his second tournament as a “senior,” defeated Jeff Bellinger of Columbia, S.C., 258-238, to win the PBA50 Fayetteville South Open at LaFayette Lanes in Fayetteville, N.C., Sunday for his first PBA50 title.

Beasley, who turned 50 in November, won $1,900 along with his 21st overall PBA Regional title. He went into the 10th frame needing a strike to win the title and did just that, finishing his final frame with three strikes to clinch the victory. Bellinger pocketed $1,000 as the runner-up.

In the semifinal round, Beasley narrowly escaped his match with Craig Auerbach of Sunrise, Fla., winning a one-ball, sudden death roll-off, 10-9, after they tied at 289-289. Beasley threw first and struck. Auerbach followed, leaving a ringing 10 pin. In the other match, Bellinger disposed of non-PBA member Jerry Horn of Lexington, S.C., 233-223.

The only tournament on the March 15-17 calendar is the and the PBA50 Showtime Lanes Midwest/Central Open presented by Radical in Virden, Ill.

A busy schedule of PBA Regional activity resumes over the March 22-24 weekend with the PBA50 Rossi Lanes East Open in Elmira, N.Y.; the Hubbard Central Open presented by Brunswick at Bell-Wick Bowl in Hubbard, Ohio; the PBA50 Allstate Monte Skeets Midwest/Central Open presented by Ebonite at Liberty Lanes in Carpentersville, Ill.; the PBA50 Ultra Star Multi-Tainment Center South Open at Harrah’s Cherokee Casino in Cherokee, N.C., and the Caveman Bowl Northwest/West Open presented by DV8 in Grants Pass, Ore.

● 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:

The PBA will be well represented when Team USA heads to Peru for the 2019 Pan American Bowling Confederation Men's Championships April 22-28 for competition in singles, doubles, trios, team, all-events and Masters events. Members of the team will be PBA members AJ Johnson of Oswego, Ill.; Darren Tang of San Francisco, and Nick Pate of Inver Grove Heights, Minn., along with nine-time Team USA member John Janawicz of Winter Haven, Fla., and Team USA rookies Perry Crowell IV of Chesterfield, Mich., and Sean Wilcox of Altamonte Springs, Fla.

Veteran San Antonio, Texas, bowling writer Harry Page has died. Tragically, the popular writer passed away at age 71, hours before he would have learned he was the International Bowling Media Association’s selection as its 2019 Luby Hall of Fame Award.

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Ronnie Russell Puts Together Two Solid Rounds to Top PBA Chameleon Championship Qualifying

by Jerry Schneider March 13, 2019 21:10

ALLEN PARK, Mich.  – Four-time Go Bowling! PBA Tour winner Ronnie Russell of Marion, Ind., put together two solid rounds bowling a 2,350 10-game pinfall total to lead PBA Chameleon Championship qualifying Wednesday at Thunderbowl Lanes.

Bowling on the PBA 39-foot Chameleon lane condition in the second event of PBA World Series of Bowling X, Russell bowled games of 246, 236, 235, 248 and 288 in Wednesday’s first round and followed it up with 213, 195, 201, 280 and 208 in the second round.

“I knew I had something special going when it seemed like a lot of the guys around me were struggling,” said Russell, whose last tour win came in the 2016 Fall Classic Team Challenge. “I’m just not sure what it was.

“Pair to pair the lanes were really changing, and how quickly you could adjust depended on who you followed when you moved to a different pair,” Russell added. “It’s great to be the qualifying leader but it’s kind of hard to take a lot of satisfaction out of it because there’s so much more to go.”

Russell led 16 players who advanced to single elimination match play on March 19.  After match play, the top four players will advance to the Chameleon Championship live finals on FS1 March 19 at 8 p.m. ET. 

Rounding out the top four after Chameleon qualifying were four-time PBA Player of the Year Jason Belmonte of Australia, 2,318; two-time tour winner Tom Daugherty, Riverview, Fla., 2,288, and Mitch Hupe of Canada with 2,270.

Daugherty leads World Championship qualifying after 20 games from the Chameleon and Tuesday’s Cheetah qualifying rounds with a 4,587 20-game pinfall (229.3 average). The 10 games of qualifying in Thursday’s Scorpion Championship will also count toward World Championship qualifying.

“It’s a grind out there,” said Daugherty. “I’m just trying to put 30 solid games together and be in the best possible position for the World Championship. Making the top 16 in the Chameleon and Cheetah rounds is a bonus but keeping the focus on the big picture is what I’m concentrating on at this point.”

Rounding out the top five in the World Championship standings are Kyle Sherman, O’Fallon, Mo., 4,538; 10-time tour winner Bill O’Neill, Langhorne, Pa., 4,516; PBA Hall of Famer and 2011 World Championship winner Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 4,485, and Belmonte, the 2017 World Championship winner, who is trying for a record 11th career major title.

After Thursday’s Scorpion Championship qualifying, the top 45 players advance to two five-game casher’s rounds on Friday at 12:30 and 6:30 p.m. ET. After the casher’s rounds, the field will be cut to 16 players for two eight-game round robin match play rounds on Saturday at 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. which will determine the top five players for the World Championship finals that will be aired live March 21 on FS1 at 8 p.m. ET.

All qualifying and match play rounds are live-streamed by PBA’s online streaming partner, FloBowling. For subscription information, visit FloBowling.com. FloBowling also will live-stream all five FS1 telecasts as they air to its international audience.

Fans also can track WSOB scoring as it happens by visiting the Live Scoring link on PBA.com.

PBA CHAMELEON CHAMPIONSHIP

Thunderbowl Lanes, Allen Park, Mich., Wednesday

Final Qualifying Standings (after 10 games; top 16 advance to Chameleon Championship Round-of-16 single-elimination match play on March 19)

1, Ronnie Russell, Marion, Ind., 2,350.
2, Jason Belmonte, Australia, 2,318.
3, Tom Daugherty, Riverview, Fla., 2,288.
4, Mitch Hupe, Canada, 2,270.
5, Anthony Pepe, East Elmhurst, N.Y., 2,259.
6, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 2,255.
7, Tim Pfeifer, Oakdale, Pa., 2,239.
8, Rafiq Ismail, Malaysia, 2,237.
9, Kyle Sherman, O'Fallon, Mo., 2,232.
10, Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., 2,204.
11, Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 2,203.
12, Bill O'Neill, Langhorne, Pa., 2,193.
13 (tie), AJ Chapman, Manchester, Iowa, and Andres Gomez, Colombia, 2,184.
15, Matthew McNiel, Minneapolis, Minn., 2,179.
16, Jimmy Cook, Indianapolis, 2,178.

Did not advance:

17, EJ Tackett, Bluffton, Ind., 2,177.
18, Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 2,176.
19, Shawn Maldonado, Houston, 2,170.
20, Francois Lavoie, Canada, 2,168.
21, Anthony Simonsen, Little Elm, Texas, 2,159.
22, Andrew Anderson, Holly, Mich., 2,156.
23, Ryan Graywacz, Canastota, N.Y., 2,151.
24, Jakob Butturff, Tempe, Ariz., 2,150.
25, BJ Moore, Greensburg, Pa., 2,149.
26, Dick Allen, Lexington, S.C., 2,148.
27, Kristopher Prather, Plainfield, Ill., 2,144.
28, Patrick Girard, Canada, 2,142.
29, Zach Doty, Campbellsville, Ky., 2,133.
30, Pontus Andersson, Sweden, 2,132.
31, Martin Larsen, Sweden, 2,129.
32, Dom Barrett, England, 2,128.
33, Jesper Svensson, Sweden, 2,117.
34, Matthew Ogle, Louisville, Ky., 2,107.
35 (tie), Jon Van Hees, Charlestown, R.I.; Stuart Williams, England, and Nicholas Pate, Inver Grove Heights, Minn., 2,106.
38 (tie), Thomas Larsen, Denmark, and JR Raymond, Clinton Twp., Mich., 2,104.
40, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 2,103.
41, Kim Bolleby, Sweden, 2,099.
42, Graham Fach, Urbana, Ohio, 2,098.
43, Ryan Ciminelli, Clarence, N.Y., 2,097.
44, Jake Peters, Henderson, Nev., 2,094.
45, Brian Robinson, Morgantown, W.Va., 2,093.
46 (tie), Nathan Bohr, Austin, Texas, and Greg Ostrander, Brick, N.J., 2,092.
48, Marco Moretti, Costa Rica, 2,084.
49 (tie), Chris Loschetter, Avon, Ohio, and Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 2,077.
51 (tie), Tom Hess, Urbandale, Iowa, and Sam Cooley, Australia, 2,076.
53, Darren Tang, Las Vegas, Nev., 2,073.
54, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., 2,067.
55, Matt Kuba, Chicago Ridge, Ill., 2,064.
56, Kurt Pilon, Sterling Heights, Mich., 2,060.
57, Tim Foy Jr., Seaford, Del., 2,059.
58, Josh Blanchard, Mesa, Ariz., 2,058.
59 (tie), AJ Johnson, Oswego, Ill., and Francois Louw, South Africa, 2,057.
61, Tobias Boerding, Germany, 2,056.
62, Osku Palermaa, Finland, 2,055.
63, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 2,054.
64, Matt Sanders, Indianapolis, 2,053.
65, Michael Tang, Johnstown, Ohio, 2,050.
66, Johnathan Bower, Middletown, Pa., 2,046.
67, Shota Kawazoe, Japan, 2,045.
68, Richie Teece, England, 2,041.
69 (tie), Brandon Novak, Chillicothe, Ohio, and Michael Davidson, Versailles, Ohio, 2,037.
71, Mike Wolfe, New Albany, Ind., 2,036.
72, Brad Miller, Lees Summit, Mo., 2,030.
73, Jean Perez, Puerto Rico, 2,029.
74, Markus Jansson, Sweden, 2,028.
75, Rhino Page, Orlando, 2,025.
76 (tie), Brad Angelo, Lockport, N.Y., and Jason Sterner, Fayetteville, Ga., 2,024.
78, Andrew Cain, Phoenix, 2,023.
79, DJ Archer, Spring, Texas, 2,022.
80, Keven Williams, Springfield, Mo.,, 2,021.
81, Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, 2,016.
82, Mykel Holliman, Collierville, Tenn., 2,015.
83 (tie), Chris Via, Springfield, Ohio, and Kevin Donovan, Painted Post, N.Y., 2,014.
85, Mike Coffey, Melbourne, Fla., 2,008.
86, Arturo Quintero, Mexico, 2,006.
87, Nick Kruml, Downers Grove, Ill., 2,000.
88, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 1,997.
89 (tie), Jake Rollins, Glen Rock, N.J., and Pascal Winternheimer, Germany, 1,995.
91 (tie), Tom Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich., and Zeke Bayt, Westerville, Ohio, 1,983.
93, Anthony Lavery-Spahr, Pasadena, Texas, 1,978.
94, Greg Young, Viera, Fla., 1,977.
95, Carsten Hansen, Denmark, 1,974.
96, Liz Johnson, Palatine, Ill., 1,971.
97 (tie), Justin Knowles, Okemos, Mich., and Kyle Troup, Taylorsville, N.C., 1,964.
99, Charlie Brown Jr, Grandville, Mich., 1,963.
100, Cristian Azcona, Puerto Rico, 1,962.
101 (tie), Jim Pratt, Avondale, Ariz., and Anthony LaCaze, Hanover Park, Ill., 1,956.
103, Zacharay Wilkins, Canada, 1,953.
104, Aaron Lorincz, Center Line, Mich., 1,951.
105, Blake Demore, Springfield, Mo., 1,949.
106 (tie), Gary Faulkner Jr., Memphis, Tenn., and Christopher Sloan, Ireland, 1,947.
108, Darren Alexander, Canada, 1,943.
109, Mason Brantley, Detroit, 1,942.
110, Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., 1,939.
111 (tie), David Haynes, Las Vegas; Kamron Doyle, Brentwood, Tenn., and Richard McCormick, Cincinnati, Ohio, 1,936.
114, Travis Cauley, Canada, 1,933.
115, John Furey, Howell, N.J., 1,915.
116 (tie), Kenneth Ryan, Farmingdale, N.J., and Patrick Hanrahan, Wichita, Kan., 1,913.
118, Sean Lavery-Spahr, Pasadena, Texas, 1,909.
119, Andrew Klingler, Grand Rapids, Mich., 1,898.
120, David Krol, Nixa, Mo., 1,895.
121, David Williams Jr., Omaha, Neb., 1,894.
122, Joe Paluszek, Bensalem, Pa., 1,891.
123, Mike Eaton Jr., Wyoming, Mich., 1,875.
124, Andrew Suscreba, Clifton, N.J., 1,856.
125, Eduardo Astiazaran, Mexico, 1,846.
126 (tie), Tyler Wilds, Three Rivers, Mich., and Zac Tackett, Huntington, Ind., 1,843.
128, Brodie Rountree, Australia, 1,821.
129, Tristan Butler, Fort Wayne, Ind., 1,818.
130, Billy Rogers, Mesquite, Texas, 1,814.
131, Alfred Berggren, Sweden, 1,804.
132, Jonathan Hocsman, Argentina, 1,796.
133, Dave Miller, Kalamazoo, Mich., 1,727.
134, Mateo Hernandez, Argentina, 1,470.

300 games – Tom Daugherty

PBA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP

Qualifying Standings (after 20 of 30 qualifying games; top 45 after 10-game Cheetah, Chameleon and Scorpion rounds will advance to two five-game cashers’ rounds on Friday at 12:30 and 6:30 p.m. ET)

1, Tom Daugherty, Riverview, Fla., 4,587.
2, Kyle Sherman, O'Fallon, Mo., 4,538.
3, Bill O'Neill, Langhorne, Pa., 4,516.
4, Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 4,485.
5, Jason Belmonte, Australia, 4,481.
6, Matthew McNiel, Minneapolis, Minn., 4,451.
7, Ronnie Russell, Marion, Ind., 4,447.
8, BJ Moore, Greensburg, Pa., 4,437.
9, EJ Tackett, Bluffton, Ind., 4,421.
10, Dick Allen, Lexington, S.C., 4,416.
11, Dom Barrett, England, 4,396.
12, AJ Chapman, Manchester, Iowa, 4,384.
13, Mitch Hupe, Canada, 4,380.
14, Kristopher Prather, Plainfield, Ill., 4,373.
15, Shawn Maldonado, Houston, 4,369.
16, Josh Blanchard, Mesa, Ariz., 4,368.
17 (tie), Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., and Rhino Page, Orlando, 4,366.
19, Anthony Pepe, East Elmhurst, N.Y., 4,363.
20, Jakob Butturff, Tempe, Ariz., 4,341.
21, Pontus Andersson, Sweden, 4,338.
22, Darren Tang, Las Vegas, Nev., 4,319.
23, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 4,318.
24, Brian Robinson, Morgantown, W.Va., 4,307.
25, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 4,303.
26, Andres Gomez, Colombia, 4,302.
27, Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 4,301.
28, Patrick Girard, Canada, 4,300.
29, Greg Ostrander, Brick, N.J., 4,297.
30, Mykel Holliman, Collierville, Tenn., 4,290.
31, AJ Johnson, Oswego, Ill., 4,289.
32, Brad Miller, Lees Summit, Mo., 4,281.
33, Osku Palermaa, Finland, 4,276.
34, Anthony Simonsen, Little Elm, Texas, 4,273.
35, (tie) Brad Angelo, Lockport, N.Y., and Nicholas Pate, Inver Grove Heights, Minn., 4,270.
37, Francois Lavoie, Canada, 4,269.
38, Graham Fach, Urbana, Ohio, 4,268.
39 (tie), Andrew Cain, Phoenix, and JR Raymond, Clinton Twp., Mich., 4,264.
41, Sam Cooley, Australia, 4,247.
42, Stuart Williams, England, 4,242.
43, David Haynes, Las Vegas, 4,239.
44, Rafiq Ismail, Malaysia, 4,231.
45, Richie Teece, England, 4,228.
46, Chris Loschetter, Avon, Ohio, 4,225.
47, Martin Larsen, Sweden, 4,224.
48 (tie), Ryan Graywacz, Canastota, N.Y., and Pascal Winternheimer, Germany, 4,221.
50 (tie), Tim Pfeifer, Oakdale, Pa., and Nick Kruml, Downers Grove, Ill., 4,214.
52, Tobias Boerding, Germany, 4,213.
53, Kurt Pilon, Sterling Heights, Mich., 4,211.
54, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., 4,203.
55, Shota Kawazoe, Japan, 4,201.
56, Andrew Anderson, Holly, Mich., 4,182.
57, Ryan Ciminelli, Clarence, N.Y., 4,181.
58, Michael Davidson, Versailles, Ohio, 4,174.
59, Brandon Novak, Chillicothe, Ohio, 4,173.
60, Jimmy Cook, Indianapolis, 4,168.
61, DJ Archer, Spring, Texas, 4,162.
62, Mike Wolfe, New Albany, Ind., 4,157.
63, Kim Bolleby, Sweden, 4,142.
64, Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, 4,141.
65, Jason Sterner, Fayetteville, Ga., 4,137.
66, Chris Via, Springfield, Ohio, 4,135.
67, Kamron Doyle, Brentwood, Tenn., 4,134.
68, Matthew Ogle, Louisville, Ky., 4,133.
69, Kenneth Ryan, Farmingdale, N.J., 4,130.
70, Jesper Svensson, Sweden, 4,127.
71, Jake Peters, Henderson, Nev., 4,125.
72, Nathan Bohr, Austin, Texas, 4,119.
73, Richard McCormick, Cincinnati, Ohio, 4,118.
74, Tom Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich., 4,114.
75, Markus Jansson, Sweden, 4,105.
76, Michael Tang, Johnstown, Ohio, 4,098.
77 (tie), Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., and Jim Pratt, Avondale, Ariz., 4,095.
79, Francois Louw, South Africa, 4,094.
80, Jon Van Hees, Charlestown, R.I., 4,089.
81, Zeke Bayt, Westerville, Ohio, 4,084.
82, Kyle Troup, Taylorsville, N.C., 4,083.
83, Patrick Hanrahan, Wichita, Kan., 4,073.
84 (tie), Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., and Charlie Brown Jr, Grandville, Mich., 4,070.
86 (tie), Tom Hess, Urbandale, Iowa, and Thomas Larsen, Denmark, 4,068.
88, Keven Williams, Springfield, Mo.,, 4,055.
89, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 4,054.
90, Liz Johnson, Palatine, Ill., 4,053.
91, Darren Alexander, Canada, 4,048.
92, Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., 4,047.
93, Mike Coffey, Melbourne, Fla., 4,036.
94, Anthony Lavery-Spahr, Pasadena, Texas, 4,035.
95, Mason Brantley, Detroit, 4,034.
96, Arturo Quintero, Mexico, 4,032.
97, Carsten Hansen, Denmark, 4,031.
98, Mike Eaton Jr., Wyoming, Mich., 4,020.
99, Kevin Donovan, Painted Post, N.Y., 4,018.
100, Jake Rollins, Glen Rock, N.J., 4,007.
101, Matt Sanders, Indianapolis, 3,997.
102, Matt Kuba, Chicago Ridge, Ill., 3,994.
103, Cristian Azcona, Puerto Rico, 3,983.
104, Greg Young, Viera, Fla., 3,979.
105, Justin Knowles, Okemos, Mich., 3,978.
106, Zacharay Wilkins, Canada, 3,971.
107 (tie), Aaron Lorincz, Center Line, Mich., and David Krol, Nixa, Mo., 3,969.
109, Zach Doty, Campbellsville, Ky., 3,953.
110, Gary Faulkner Jr., Memphis, Tenn., 3,952.
111, Jean Perez, Puerto Rico, 3,950.
112, Christopher Sloan, Ireland, 3,944.
113, Tim Foy Jr., Seaford, Del., 3,941.
114, Tyler Wilds, Three Rivers, Mich., 3,938.
115, Sean Lavery-Spahr, Pasadena, Texas, 3,931.
116, Marco Moretti, Costa Rica, 3,929.
117, John Furey, Howell, N.J., 3,883.
118, Travis Cauley, Hamilton, Ont., Canada, 3,872.
119, Johnathan Bower, Middletown, Pa., 3,870.
120, Blake Demore, Springfield, Mo., 3,846.
121, Billy Rogers, Mesquite, Texas, 3,841.
122, Eduardo Astiazaran, Mexico, 3,813.
123, Andrew Klingler, Grand Rapids, Mich., 3,794.
124, Alfred Berggren, Sweden, 3,779.
125, Andrew Suscreba, Clifton, N.J., 3,758.
126 (tie), David Williams Jr., Omaha, Neb., and Jonathan Hocsman, Argentina, 3,752.
128, Anthony LaCaze, Hanover Park, Ill., 3,725.
129, Joe Paluszek, Bensalem, Pa., 3,718.
130, Zac Tackett, Huntington, Ind., 3,706.
131, Tristan Butler, Fort Wayne, Ind., 3,630.
132, Brodie Rountree, Australia, 3,480.
133, Dave Miller, Kalamazoo, Mich., 3,386.
134, Mateo Hernandez, Argentina, 2,902.
135, Joseph Costanzo, Bethpage, N.Y., 1,891.

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Rhino Page Averages 234 in PBA Cheetah Championship Qualifying to Lead 16 Players Into Match Play

by Jerry Schneider March 12, 2019 20:49

ALLEN PARK, Mich.  – Rhino Page of Orlando finished with a 2,341 10-game pinfall total after the second round Tuesday to lead PBA Cheetah Championship qualifying and 16 players who advanced to match play in the first event of PBA World Series of Bowling X at Thunderbowl Lanes.

Bowling on PBA’s 33-foot Cheetah lane condition, the six-time Go Bowling! PBA Tour winner bowled games of 259, 235, 187, 258 and 209 in Tuesday’s first round and 257, 268, 194, 217 and 257 in the second round.

“Right now, everything is where it needs to be physically,” said the 35-year-old Page, who has three fifth-place finishes this season. “Every day is a new tournament so, in addition to the physical game, I really need to concentrate on my focus as the tournament progresses.

“I’m a little surprised to do this well on this condition because it’s been difficult for me lately,” Page added. “Earlier in my career it was always one of my best so maybe things have turned around for me on this condition.”

The top 16 players will advance to single elimination match play on March 18. After match play, the top four players will advance to the Cheetah Championship live finals on FS1 March 18 at 8 p.m. ET. The Cheetah Championship finals will be the first of five prime-time WSOB X telecasts on consecutive nights (March 18-22).

Rounding out the top four after Cheetah qualifying were 10-time tour winner Bill O’Neill, Langhorne, Pa.; three-time tour winner Josh Blanchard, Mesa, Ariz., 2,310 and Kyle Sherman, O’Fallon, Mo., 2,306.

The total pinfall from the qualifying rounds of the Cheetah, Chameleon (Wednesday) and Scorpion Championships (Thursday) also serve as qualifying totals for the PBA World Championship – the season’s third major – which will culminate with the live FS1 finals on Thursday, March 21 on FS1 at 8 p.m.

WSOB X competition continues Wednesday with Chameleon Championship qualifying rounds at 12:30 and 6:30 p.m. ET.

All qualifying and match play rounds are live-streamed by PBA’s online streaming partner, FloBowling. For subscription information, visit FloBowling.com. FloBowling also will live-stream all five FS1 telecasts as they air to its international audience.

Fans also can track WSOB scoring as it happens by visiting the Live Scoring link on PBA.com.

PBA CHEETAH CHAMPIONSHIP

Thunderbowl Lanes, Allen Park, Mich., Tuesday

Final Qualifying Standings (after 10 games; top 16 advance to Cheetah Championship Round-of-16 single-elimination match play on March 18)

1, Rhino Page, Orlando, 2,341.
2, Bill O'Neill, Langhorne, Pa., 2,323.
3, Josh Blanchard, Mesa, Ariz., 2,310.
4, Kyle Sherman, O'Fallon, Mo., 2,306.
5, David Haynes, Las Vegas, 2,303.
6, Tom Daugherty, Riverview, Fla., 2,299.
7, BJ Moore, Greensburg, Pa., 2,288.
8, Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 2,282.
9, Mykel Holliman, Collierville, Tenn., 2,275.
10, Matthew McNiel, Minneapolis, Minn., 2,272.
11, (tie) Dick Allen, Lexington, S.C., and Dom Barrett, England, 2,268.
13, Brad Miller, Lees Summit, Mo., 2,251.
14, (tie) Brad Angelo, Lockport, N.Y., and Darren Tang, Las Vegas, Nev., 2,246.
16, EJ Tackett, Bluffton, Ind., 2,244.

Did not advance:
17, Andrew Cain, Phoenix, 2,241.
18, AJ Johnson, Oswego, Ill., 2,232.
19, Kristopher Prather, Plainfield, Ill., 2,229.
20, (tie) Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., and Pascal Winternheimer, Germany, 2,226.
22, Osku Palermaa, Finland, 2,221.
23, Kenneth Ryan, Farmingdale, NJ, 2,217.
24, (tie) Nick Kruml, Downers Grove, Ill., and Brian Robinson, Morgantown, W.Va., 2,214.
26, Pontus Andersson, Sweden, 2,206.
27, Greg Ostrander, Brick, N.J., 2,205.
28, AJ Chapman, Manchester, Iowa, 2,200.
29, Shawn Maldonado, Houston, 2,199.
30, Kamron Doyle, Brentwood, Tenn., 2,198.
31, Jakob Butturff, Tempe, Ariz., 2,191.
32, Richie Teece, England, 2,187.
33, Richard McCormick, Cincinnati, Ohio, 2,182.
34, Sam Cooley, Australia, 2,171.
35, Graham Fach, Urbana, Ohio, 2,170.
36, Nicholas Pate, Inver Grove Heights, Minn., 2,164.
37, Jason Belmonte, Australia, 2,163.
38, Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., 2,162.
39, (tie) Patrick Hanrahan, Wichita, Kan., and JR Raymond, Clinton Twp., Mich., 2,160.
41, Patrick Girard, Canada, 2,158.
42, Tobias Boerding, Germany, 2,157.
43, Shota Kawazoe, Japan, 2,156.
44, Kurt Pilon, Sterling Heights, Mich., 2,151.
45, Chris Loschetter, Avon, Ohio, 2,148.
46, Mike Eaton Jr., Wyoming, Mich., 2,145.
47, DJ Archer, Spring, Texas, 2,140.
48, Jim Pratt, Avondale, Ariz., 2,139.
49, Michael Davidson, Versailles, Ohio, 2,137.
50, (tie) Brandon Novak, Chillicothe, Ohio, Stuart Williams, England, and Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., 2,136.
53, Tom Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich., 2,131.
54, (tie) Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, and Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 2,125.
56, (tie) Chris Via, Springfield, Ohio, and Mike Wolfe, New Albany, Ind., 2,121.
58, Kyle Troup, Taylorsville, N.C., 2,119.
59, Andres Gomez, Colombia, 2,118.
60, Anthony Simonsen, Little Elm, Texas, 2,114.
61, Jason Sterner, Fayetteville, Ga., 2,113.
62, Mitch Hupe, Canada, 2,110.
63, Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., 2,108.
64, Charlie Brown Jr, Grandville, Mich., 2,107.
65, Darren Alexander, Canada, 2,105.
66, Anthony Pepe, East Elmhurst, N.Y., 2,104.
67, (tie) Zeke Bayt, Westerville, Ohio, and Francois Lavoie, Canada, 2,101.
69, Ronnie Russell, Marion, Ind., 2,097.
70, (tie) Martin Larsen, Sweden, and Tyler Wilds, Three Rivers, Mich., 2,095.
72, Mason Brantley, Detroit, 2,092.
73, Ryan Ciminelli, Clarence, N.Y., 2,084.
74, Liz Johnson, Palatine, Ill., 2,082.
75, Markus Jansson, Sweden, 2,077.
76, David Krol, Nixa, Mo., 2,074.
77, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 2,073.
78, Ryan Graywacz, Canastota, N.Y., 2,070.
79, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 2,063.
80, (tie) Carsten Hansen, Denmark, and Anthony Lavery-Spahr, Pasadena, Texas, 2,057.
82, Michael Tang, Johnstown, Ohio, 2,048.
83, Kim Bolleby, Sweden, 2,043.
84, Francois Louw, South Africa, 2,037.
85, Keven Williams, Springfield, Mo.,, 2,034.
86, Jake Peters, Henderson, Nev., 2,031.
87, Mike Coffey, Melbourne, Fla., 2,028.
88, (tie) Billy Rogers, Mesquite, Texas, and Nathan Bohr, Austin, Texas, 2,027.
90, (tie) Andrew Anderson, Holly, Mich., Arturo Quintero, Mexico, and Matthew Ogle, Louisville, Ky., 2,026.
93, Sean Lavery-Spahr, Pasadena, Texas, 2,022.
94, Cristian Azcona, Puerto Rico, 2,021.
95, (tie) Zachary Wilkins, Canada, and Aaron Lorincz, Center Line, Mich., 2,018.
97, Justin Knowles, Okemos, Mich., 2,014.
98, Jake Rollins, Glen Rock, N.J., 2,012.
99, Jesper Svensson, Sweden, 2,010.
100, Gary Faulkner Jr., Memphis, Tenn., 2,005.
101, Kevin Donovan, Painted Post, N.Y., 2,004.
102, Greg Young, Viera, Fla., 2,002.
103, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 2,000.
104, Christopher Sloan, Ireland, 1,997.
105, Rafiq Ismail, Malaysia, 1,994.
106, (tie)Tom Hess, Urbandale, Iowa, 1,992.
106, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 1,992.
108, Jimmy Cook, Indianapolis, 1,990.
109, Jon Van Hees, Charlestown, R.I., 1,983.
110, (tie) Alfred Berggren, Sweden, and Tim Pfeifer, Oakdale, Pa., 1,975.
112, John Furey, Howell, N.J., 1,968.
113, Eduardo Astiazaran, Mexico, 1,967.
114, Thomas Larsen, Denmark, 1,964.
115, Jonathan Hocsman, Argentina, 1,956.
116, Matt Sanders, Indianapolis, 1,944.
117, Travis Cauley, Canada, 1,939.
118, Matt Kuba, Chicago Ridge, Ill., 1,930.
119, Jean Perez, Puerto Rico, 1,921.
120, Andrew Suscreba, Clifton, N.J., 1,902.
121, Blake Demore, Springfield, Mo., 1,897.
122, Andrew Klingler, Grand Rapids, Mich., 1,896.
123, Joseph Costanzo, Bethpage, N.Y., 1,891.
124, Tim Foy Jr., Seaford, Del., 1,882.
125, Zac Tackett, Huntington, Ind., 1,863.
126, David Williams Jr., Omaha, Neb., 1,858.
127, Marco Moretti, Costa Rica, 1,845.
128, Joe Paluszek, Bensalem, Pa., 1,827.
129, Johnathan Bower, Middletown, Pa., 1,824.
130, Zach Doty, Campbellsville, Ky., 1,820.
131, Tristan Butler, Fort Wayne, Ind., 1,812.
132, Anthony LaCaze, Hanover Park, Ill., 1,769.
133, (tie) Dave Miller, Kalamazoo, Mich., and Brodie Rountree, Australia, 1,659.
135, Mateo Hernandez, Argentina, 1,432.

300 games – Andrew Cain, Dom Barrett, Matt McNiel

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Barbasol to Sponsor 2019 PBA Tour Finals in Las Vegas

by Bill Vint March 11, 2019 14:33

CHICAGO – Barbasol will be the titled sponsor of the 2019 Barbasol PBA Tour Finals, presented by Red Rock Casino Resort & Spa in Las Vegas, Professional Bowlers Association CEO and Commissioner Tom Clark announced today.

The PBA’s partnership with Barbasol, which began in 2013, will include 10 hours of live coverage on CBS Sports Network July 20 and 21 from Red Rock Bowling Center, one of the nation’s premier bowling facilities and a preferred vacation destination for bowling fans. In addition to its title sponsorship of the PBA Tour Finals, Barbasol will renew its sponsorship of a special “Close Shave of the Day” highlight in each segment of the Tour Finals.

“We are very proud to continue our long-standing partnership with the PBA,” said Tim McNamara, Vice President of Marketing at Perio, Inc. “Barbasol’s rich legacy of sports sponsorships and strong American heritage are a great fit with the PBA and its loyal fan base. We are looking forward to this year’s Tour Finals in exciting Las Vegas.”

The 2019 edition of the Barbasol PBA Tour Finals will feature the top eight players based on competition points compiled during the 2018 and 2019 Go Bowling! PBA Tour seasons ending with the USBC Masters on April 1. Fans can follow the points race by visiting this link on pba.com after each tournament: https://www.pba.com/SeasonStats/PointsList/132?list=5.

“The PBA has been very proud of its partnership with Barbasol and we are excited to renew it in association with our PBA Tour Finals on CBS Sports Network,” Clark said. “If traditions hold true, the eventual champion will end up with a Barbasol shaving cream pie to the face.”

Heading into the PBA World Series of Bowling X, defending PBA Tour Finals champion Jason Belmonte of Australia was the leader on the two-year points list with 36,020 points. The other players in the top eight included Anthony Simonsen, Little Elm, Texas (34,109); 2017 Tour Finals winner EJ Tackett, Bluffton, Ind. (33,732); 2018 PBA Player of the Year Andrew Anderson, Holly, Mich. (28,258);  Jakob Butturff, Tempe, Ariz. (27,082); Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash. (26,462); Kris Prather, Plainfield, Ill. (25,951), and Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill. (24,586). Bill O'Neill of Langhorne, Pa. (23,432), and England’s Stuart Williams (23,291) were in ninth and 10th place, respectively.

Fans who would like to watch the PBA’s eight premier players compete for the 2019 PBA Tour Finals title can secure rooms at Red Rock at a special PBA discounted rate by visiting: https://reservations.redrockresort.com/cgi-bin/lansaweb?PROCFUN+RN+RESNET+RRS+funcparms+UP%28A2560%29:;PBARATE;;;;;;?/ Or call the hotel reservation line (702-797-7625 or 866-767-7773) and use the code PBARATE to reserve within the block. All reservations need to be made prior to June 26 cutoff date.

Tickets for the PBA Tour Finals are on now sale at  https://www.eventbrite.   com/e/barbasol-pba-tour-finals-presented-by-red-rock-casino-resort-spa-tickets-57610119418.

A detailed tournament schedule will be announced later.

About PBA

Now in its 61st season, the Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) is an organization of more than 3,000 of the best bowlers from 27 countries who compete in Go Bowling! PBA Tour, PBA International Tour, PBA50 Tour, and PBA, PBA50 and PBA-PWBA Women’s Regional events. The PBA is now in its 60th consecutive year of nationally-televised competition, reaching bowling fans around the world who follow PBA activities through the PBA Network which includes Xtra Frame on FloBowling, the PBA’s exclusive online bowling channel; FOX Sports, FS1 and CBS Sports Network, and the PBA on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube. PBA sponsors include Barbasol, Brunswick, Ebonite International, FloBowling.com, GoBowling.com, MOTIV, 900 Global, PBA Bowling Challenge Mobile Game, Storm Products and the United States Bowling Congress, among others. Learn more at www.pba.com.

About Barbasol

Barbasol is America's #1 brand of shaving cream. For the past 100 years, generations of men have trusted Barbasol for a close, comfortable shave. Barbasol is proud to offer a comprehensive lineup of shaving cream and razors at retailers nationwide. Barbasol is owned by Perio Inc., a consumer products company headquartered in Dublin, Ohio. For more information on Barbasol, visit www.Barbasol.com.

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PBA Spare Shots: Even Fellow PBA Competitors Join “Norm Duke Fan Club”

by Bill Vint March 6, 2019 12:50

Norm Duke knows he has been a fan favorite for quite some time. The extended “Duuuuukkke…” chant whenever he’s introduced is a clue. But what the 54-year-old 40-time PBA Tour champion and hall of famer didn’t fully realize until the past couple of weeks is how much he’s idolized by the growing group of 20-something future stars who will soon steal the spotlight.

“The kids out here treat me unbelievably good, unbelievably!” Duke said after winning his 39th PBA Tour title in the Go Bowling! PBA Indianapolis Open, a week before he captured title no. 40 in last Sunday’s Go Bowling! PBA Jonesboro Open in Arkansas. “They make every day I spend on this tour so enjoyable. To get this title means maybe they can appreciate other things, like winning when you’re not bowling your best.”

First in line to proclaim his admiration for what Duke has contributed to the sport was Australia’s Jason Belmonte, who is widely considered the best bowler in the world, and who was Duke’s victim in the Indianapolis Open title match. After that match, Belmonte posted a comment on his Facebook page that in part said, “…you’re a treasure to the game and still my idol.”

A week later, after his win in Jonesboro, Belmonte proclaimed Duke the front-runner in the 2019 PBA Player of the Year race.

Duke, who had proclaimed earlier in the season that he fully intended to win another title despite his age and a seven-year dry spell since his last singles victory, also noted the new PBA Playoffs have provided him with a renewed drive to win, especially after sitting in 31st place – on the outside looking in – heading into the Indianapolis tournament.

“I know what it takes,” he said after his win in Indy not only moved him into the top 24 who will qualify for the PBA Playoffs, but all the way to seventh place in the points race. His win in Arkansas moved him into third place, comfortably (for now) within the top eight who will earn a first-round bye when the Playoffs begin.

“Everything I’ve done the last three months has been with the Playoffs in mind. It’s everyone’s goal,” Duke said. “Everyone wants to win that $100,000 (Playoffs first prize) and you can’t win it if you don’t get there.

“It’s a tall order, but to this point, everything I’ve done in my life has been a tall order,” the 5-foot-6 Duke said as a point of emphasis.

Duke also addressed the PBA’s dual, or mixed, pattern scoring environments he conquered in both of his Indianapolis and Jonesboro victories. It’s a challenging test of skill and patience the PBA has employed, applying dramatically different oiling patterns on the left and right lanes in both events.

“I think they’re a tremendous requirement to make you better than you thought you’d needed to be,” Duke said. “Every pattern changes. Every day they change. You have to be smart enough to deal with the patterns and physically strong enough to get all that extra equipment across the center, because you’re using different balls on each lane.

“It’s ridiculously hard, but for those of us who have been out here a long time, it’s an advantage if you’re prepared for it.”

To further endear himself to his adoring fans, Duke has created what may be a new tradition by handing his championship trophy to the fans to pass around, kind of like NHL players sharing the Stanley Cup with their fans. That might not be the end of it.

“The next time, I might just jump into the crowd myself,” Duke said with a laugh.

PBA WORLD SERIES OF BOWLING X BY THE NUMBERS

As an international field of 135 players representing 20 countries gets ready to compete in PBA World Series of Bowling X at Thunderbowl Lanes beginning Sunday in suburban Detroit, what has become the premier international showcase of professional bowling competition has produced its own impressive history and statistics over the last decade.

Here’s a look at some of the records WSOB competitors will try to improve upon in Allen Park:

4 – PBA Tour titles won by Jason Belmonte in WSOB competition.

8 – Number of perfect games Dom Barrett has bowled in WSOB history.

18 – Telecasts made by Jason Belmonte in nine WSOB events.

40 – Number of countries represented in WSOB history.

85 – Number of players who have made the TV finals in PBA WSOB history.

195 – Total number of perfect games bowled in WSOB history.

225.95 – EJ Tackett’s leading average for all WSOB events.

227.8Sean Rash’s leading PBA World Championship average.

239.88Jesper Svensson’s average in WSOB Chameleon Championship events, tops among all animal pattern events.

329 – Number of players who have cashed in the WSOB.

827 – Number of players who have bowled in at least one WSOB event.

73,432 – Total number of games bowled in PBA WSOB qualifying.

$317,995 – Jason Belmonte as all-time WSOB earnings leader.

$2,903,304 – Combined earnings of top 20 on WSOB all-time money list.

$6,630,750 – Total earnings paid out in PBA WSOB history.

15,187,562 – Total number of pins knocked down in WSOB history.

FLOBOWLING WILL PROVIDE 50 HOURS OF WSOB X COVERAGE

PBA’s live streaming partner, FloBowling, will provide approximately 50 hours of preliminary round coverage of WSOB X from Thunderbowl Lanes in Allen Park, Mich., beginning with PBA Cheetah Championship qualifying on Tuesday, March 12. For a schedule of FloBowling coverage click on https://www.flobowling.com/events/6264031-2019-pba-world-series-of-bowling-x/schedule.

In addition to its multi-lane coverage of WSOB qualifying and match play rounds, the live finals of each WSOB FS1 telecast will be available to FloBowling’s international subscribers as they air. For subscription and additional schedule information visit www.flobowling.com.

DUKE, TACKETT, SIMONSEN FORTIFY PBA PLAYOFFS POINTS POSITIONS

While Australia’s Jason Belmonte took a break from PBA Tour competition to spend time with his family before the start of the PBA World Series of Bowling X, EJ Tackett and Anthony Simonsen joined Norm Duke in fortifying their positions among the top eight players in the race to qualify for first-round byes in the inaugural PBA Playoffs.

Belmonte was solidly in the lead in PBA Playoffs points after his win in the PBA Tournament of Champions followed by back-to-back second-place finishes in the PBA Players Championship and Go Bowling! PBA Indianapolis Open with 18,550 points and Tackett retained second place on the basis of his third straight top five finish in Jonesboro with 13,890 points. Duke, with back-to-back titles in Indy and Jonesboro, advanced from 31st to third (13,565) while Simonsen (13,200) has advanced from 35th prior to the TOC to fourth, in great part thanks to his win in the PBA Players Championship.

Rounding out the top eight after Jonesboro are Sean Rash (12,640), Jakob Butturff (11,475), Marshall Kent (9,595) and Tom Daugherty (9,250). Heading into the WSOB X, Wes Malott (8,260) and Kyle Troup (8,150) sat in ninth and 10th places, respectively.

The race for the 24th-and-final berth in the PBA Playoffs currently involves Brad Miller and Nick Pate in a tie for 24th with Tom Smallwood and Stuart Williams right behind as the Tour heads toward the April 1 cutoff date.

Under the new PBA competition points structure in play this season, a win in a Tier 1 (major championship) event is worth 7,500 points, a Tier 2 (standard PBA Tour tournament) title is worth 5,000 points and a Tier 3 (limited entry and/or modified format tournament) title is worth 2,500 points. In the upcoming WSOB X, the Cheetah, Chameleon and Scorpion Championships will be Tier 3 events; the PBA World Championship will be the season’s third Tier 1 event.

Players finishing in the top 24 in points as of April 1 qualify for a berth in the Playoffs. Finishing in the top 40 is required for eligibility to enter the 2019 PBA League Draft. To follow the points competition as the season progresses, use this link: https://www.pba.com/SeasonStats/PointsList/132?list=1.

The PBA Playoffs begin on Monday, April 8, with live coverage of the opening Round of 24 matches on FS1 at 7 p.m. EDT from Bayside Bowl in Portland, Maine.

PBA REGIONAL UPDATE: BRIAN KRETZER WINS 12TH PBA50 REGIONAL TITLE IN CANTON

Brian Kretzer of Dayton, Ohio defeated Ryan Shafer of Horseheads, N.Y. by 48 pins to win the PBA50 Strike Zone Lanes Central Classic presented by Radical at Strike Zone Lanes in Canton, Ohio, Sunday.

Kretzer finished with an 8-4 match play record and a total of 4,991 pins for 20 games, including match play bonus pins. The title was Kretzer’s third of the year in the PBA Central Region and his 12th career PBA50 Regional title. He also earned $1,600.

Robby Porter of Rancho Cordova, Calif. defeated Michael Pixley of Modesto, Calif., 268-217, to win the PBA West Region’s Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort Championship at Gold Country Lanes in Sutter Creek, Calif., on Sunday.

This was Porter’s third PBA Regional title and earned him $2,000. Pixley earned $1,500 for second place.

In the semifinal round, Porter defeated Wayne Garber of Modesto, Calif., 258-206, and Pixley defeated Josh Blanchard of Mesa, Ariz., 279-228, to set up the championship match. Garber and Blanchard each earned $1,000 as semifinal round losers.

• PBA’s March 8-10 regional tournament schedule includes the PBA50 Fayetteville South Open at Lafayette Lanes in Fayetteville, N.C., and the PBA50 Showtime Lanes Midwest/Central Open presented by Radical in Virden, Ill.

• There are no tournaments on the March 15-17 calendar, but activity resumes over the March 22-24 weekend with the PBA50 Rossi Lanes East Open in Elmira, N.Y.; the Hubbard Central Open presented by Brunswick at Bell-Wick Bowl in Hubbard, Ohio; the PBA50 Allstate Monte Skeets Midwest/Central Open presented by Ebonite at Liberty Lanes in Carpentersville, Ill.; the PBA50 Ultra Star Multi-Tainment Center South Open at Harrah’s Cherokee Casino in Cherokee, N.C., and the Caveman Bowl Northwest/West Open presented by DV8 in Grants Pass, Ore.

● 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:

If you’d like some insight into how PBA CEO and Commissioner Tom Clark earned his position as the PBA’s visionary leader, listen to his 35-minute conversation with WTMJ Radio’s Mike Spaulding: http://www.wtmj.com/wtmj-conversations.

In a recent Facebook post, PBA Hall of Famer and 10-time titlist Steve Hoskins announced he's returning to pro competition to bowl the PBA50 Tour in 2019. Hoskins, who was inducted into the PBA Hall of Fame in 2017, became eligible for PBA50 competition when he turned 50 in January.

Nationally-syndicated columnist Norman Chad, a noted bowling fan, also has become a dedicated Jason Belmonte fan. You can read his views on the Australian here: https://www.wvgazettemail.com/sports/columnists/norman_chad/norman-chad-belmonte-s-bowling-style-is-changing-the-game/article_d1871ce4-2fdb-580a-aedc-49fb0671f0ba.html.

There has been a change in the 2019 Go Bowling! PBA Tour competition points race among 2019 Bowl4life PBA Rookie Watch candidates. Thanks to a 16th-place finish in the PBA Jonesboro Open, Mike Coffey of Melbourne, Fla., has moved into third place among 2019 PBA rookies in terms of points while Wichita’s Patrick Hanrahan is now the points leader among rookies after his 18th-place finish in Jonesboro. Jake Rollins of Glen Rock, N.J., previously the rookie points leader, is now second. The 2019 PBA Rookie of the Year will receive a $2,500 bonus from Chuck Gardner’s Bowl4Life Foundation and the foundation will donate an additional $2,500 to a youth bowler scholarship in the ROY’s name.

This week’s unofficial FloBowling PBA Power Rankings top 10 following the PBA Jonesboro Open includes: 1, Norm Duke (13); 2, Jason Belmonte (1); 3, EJ Tackett (2); 4, Jakob Butturff (3); 5, Sean Rash (4); 5, Dom Barrett (4); 6, Tom Daugherty (10); 7, Marshall Kent (11); 8, Kris Prather (12); 9, Dom Barrett (5), and 10, Kyle Troup (8). Visit FloBowling.com for a complete list along with Flo’s rationale for its rankings.

USBC and BPAA have awarded the 2020 U.S. Open to Sun Valley Lanes in Lincoln, Neb. The tournament, a major championship on the PBA Tour schedule, will begin on Feb. 16 and will become part of the PBA’s live FOX schedule.

In the “He’s Old, But Not That Old Department”…Sunday’s Go Bowling! PBA Jonesboro Open release mistakenly noted that winner Norm Duke had been bowling on Tour for 25 years by the year Anthony Simonsen was born. The correct gap was 15 years. But it also can be noted that Duke won PBA Player of the Year honors for the first time in 1994, three years before Simonsen was born in 1997.

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