Defending Champion Silver Lake Atom Splitters Begin Bid for Fourth Elias Cup Tuesday Live on FS1

by Bill Vint July 10, 2019 12:57

PORTLAND, Maine ­– The three-time PBA League champion Go Bowling! Silver Lake Atom Splitters will look to defend the Elias Cup when the annual five-player team tournament airs live in prime time for the first time Tuesday through Thursday, July 16-18, on FOX Sports FS1 from Bayside Bowl.

The Atom Splitters are led by last year's Mark Roth MVP Chris Barnes and return three other star bowlers from last year's triumphant team: Jesper Svensson, Tom Daugherty and A.J. Johnson. PBA Tour veteran DJ Archer rejoins the squad after competing for Silver Lake in 2017.

“The core of our group has been together for a while now and everyone on our team has been a part of this squad before," said manager Mark Baker, who has guided Silver Lake to Elias Cup titles in 2014, '15 and '18. "Although individually we are all fairly unique, our team chemistry and our love for the incredible atmosphere that is Bayside Bowl is the bonding force."

Baker says his team thrives in the electric atmosphere in Portland, Maine. Bayside Bowl has hosted the PBA League Elias Cup tournament every year since 2015.

"Bayside Bowl is the perfect atmosphere for this event. The crowd fires up the players, the players fire up the crowd. The energy that goes back and forth is amazing," Baker said. "Can't wait to be in that arena again."

The week kicks off Monday when the seven other PBA League teams (Dallas Strikers, NYC KingPins, Brooklyn Styles, Philadelphia Hitmen, Motown Muscle, L.A. X and hometown Portland Lumberjacks) will join the Atom Splitters for a critical eight-game round robin seeding tournament at 10:30 am ET, which will place the teams into an elimination bracket. The seeding tournament will be covered live, free on the PBA’s official Facebook page.

Then an unprecedented three consecutive nights of prime time national TV coverage on FS1 begins on Tuesday with four hours of quarterfinal round coverage beginning at 7 pm ET. Tuesday’s winners will advance to the semifinal round on Wednesday at 9 p.m., with the two finalists bowling for the Elias Cup Thursday at 9 p.m.

Barnes, a PBA Hall of Famer and member of the Atom Splitters since the League's inception in 2013, was also the PBA League’s Mark Roth MVP in 2014.

“I’m really looking forward to this year once again,” Barnes said. “The Elias Cup is an event our core looks forward to every year. Jesper looks to be back in form after leading a tournament in San Marino last week and the ‘Rebel’ Tom Daugherty is always rock solid for us. When you add in two guys in DJ and AJ Johnson who thrive in the rock star arena that is Bayside Bowl, we have a combination of youth, power and experience that leaves us very excited to coming back to the home of the Elias Cup.”

A limited number of tickets are still available for the three nights of FS1-televised competition at: https://www.baysidebowl.com/products/pba-elias-cup-tournament-tickets-1-ep9j2-7gtmx.

2019 PBA LEAGUE TEAM ROSTERS
● Portland Lumberjacks (manager Tim Mack): Ryan Ciminelli, Wes Malott, Kyle Troup, Kris Prather, Mitch Hupe’.
● L.A. X (manager Andrew Cain): Jason Belmonte, Stuart Williams, Jakob Butturff, Dick Allen, Anthony Lavery-Spahr.
● Brooklyn Styles (manager Johnny Petraglia): Walter Ray Williams Jr., Sean Rash, Rhino Page, Andres Gomez, Brad Angelo.
● New York City KingPins (manager Carolyn Dorin-Ballard): Pete Weber, Marshall Kent, BJ Moore, Kyle Sherman, Darren Tang.
● Motown Muscle (manager Del Ballard Jr.): EJ Tackett, Anthony Simonsen, Josh Blanchard, AJ Chapman, Mykel Holliman.
● Dallas Strikers: Player-manager Norm Duke, Tommy Jones, Bill O’Neill, Andrew Anderson, Brad Miller.
● Philadelphia Hitmen (manager Jason Couch): Dom Barrett, Tom Smallwood, Matt Sanders, Shawn Maldonado, Patrick Girard.
● Go Bowling! Silver Lake Atom Splitters (manager Mark Baker): Chris Barnes, Jesper Svensson, Tom
 
HISTORY OF PBA LEAGUE ELIAS CUP CHAMPIONS
2013    NYC KingPins (Tommy Jones, Jack Jurek, John Szczerbinski, Scott Norton, Pete Weber, Kelly Kulick).
2014    Silver Lake Atom Splitters (Bryon Smith, Chris Barnes, Dom Barrett, Wes Malott, Tommy Jones).
2015    Silver Lake Atom Splitters (Mika Koivuniemi, Chris Barnes, Craig Nidiffer, Tom Daugherty, Dick Allen)
2016    Go Bowling! Dallas Strikers (Norm Duke, Bill O’Neill, Shawn Maldonado, BJ Moore, Tommy Jones)
2017    Dallas Strikers (Bill O’Neill, Norm Duke, Rhino Page, BJ Moore, Tommy Jones)
2018    Go Bowling! Silver Lake Atom Splitters (Jesper Svensson, Dick Allen, AJ Johnson, Tom Daugherty, Chris Barnes)
 
2019 PBA LEAGUE ELIAS CUP FINALS SCHEDULE
Bayside Bowl, Portland, Maine, July 15-18 (all times EDT)
 
Monday, July 15 (livestream on PBA’s Facebook page)

10:30 a.m. – Baker team format seeding tournament, eight games round robin match play
Tuesday, July 16 (live on FS1)
7 p.m. – Quarterfinal Match One: Team #1 vs. Team #8
8 p.m. – Quarterfinal Match Two: Team #5 vs. Team #4
9 p.m. – Quarterfinal Match Three: Team #2 vs. Team #7
10 p.m. – Quarterfinal Match Four: Team #6 vs. Team #3
Wednesday, July 17 (live on FS1)
9 p.m. – Semifinal Match One: Winner Match One vs. Winner Match Two
10 p.m. – Semifinal Match Two: Winner Match Three vs. Winner Match Four
Thursday, July 18 (live on FS1)
9 p.m. – Elias Cup Championship: Winner Semifinal One vs. Winner Semifinal Two

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Zeke Bayt Leads After First Round in PBA Lubbock Sports Shootout in Bid for First PBA Tour Title

by Bill Vint June 29, 2019 19:08

LUBBOCK, Texas – Zeke Bayt, a 27-year-old right-hander from Westerville, Ohio, averaged 244.38 Saturday to lead the opening qualifying round in the PBA Lubbock Sports Shootout presented by Ebonite at South Plains Lanes.

Bayt, a semi-regular PBA touring player for the past four years, was one of five players among the top 10 after eight games who are trying for their first PBA Tour titles. Bayt’s best previous finish was third with partner Dick Allen in the 2017 Mark Roth-Marshall Holman PBA Doubles Championship. He overtook Brad Miller of Lee’s Summit, Missouri, in the final game to take the lead.

The Lubbock Sports Shootout is the opening event of the 2019 Go Bowling! PBA Summer Tour and the USBC Cup points competition. All 10 events in the summer series will be livestreamed exclusively by PBA’s online streaming partner, FloBowling.

Bayt rolled games of 226, 203, 258, 300, 212, 192, 278 and 286 for a first-round total of 1,955 pins, 43 ahead of Miller. Miller also is trying for his first PBA Tour title. Tom Daugherty of Riverview, Florida, was in third place with 1,872 pins followed by non-titlist AJ Chapman of Manchester, Iowa, at 1,870 and Dom Barrett of England with a 1,861 total.

Anthony Lavery-Spahr of Pasadena, Texas, and AJ Johnson of Oswego, Illinois, in seventh and ninth places, respectively are the other non-title winners among the top 10.

Competition continues Sunday when the top 39 qualifiers will advance to a six-game cashers round at 8:30 a.m. The top 16 after 14 games will bowl an eight-game match play round at 12:15 p.m. with the top four players advancing to the stepladder finals at 4:15 p.m. All times are Central.

Fans can catch all the live streaming action on FloBowling.com.  Visit www.flobowling.com for subscription and schedule information.

PBA LUBBOCK SPORTS SHOOTOUT

presented by Ebonite

South Plains Lanes, Lubbock Texas, Saturday

FIRST ROUND STANDINGS (after 8 games; top 39 advance to Sunday’s cashers round)

1, Zeke Bayt, Westerville, Ohio, 1,955.
2, Brad Miller, Lees Summit, Mo., 1,912.
3, Tom Daugherty, Riverview, Fla., 1,872.
4, AJ Chapman, Manchester, Iowa, 1,870.
5, Dom Barrett, England, 1,861.
6, Francois Lavoie, Canada, 1,836.
7, Anthony Lavery-Spahr, Pasadena, Texas, 1,806.
8, Jake Peters, Henderson, Nev., 1,805.
9, AJ Johnson, Oswego, Ill., 1,804.
10, Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 1,779.
11, Josh Montgomery, Flower Mound, Texas, 1,778.
12, Kyle Troup, Taylorsville, N.C., 1,769.
13, Shawn Maldonado, Houston, 1,758.
14, Bill O'Neill, Langhorne, Pa., 1,757.
15, Richie Teece, England, 1,753.
16, Darren Tang, Las Vegas, 1,751.
17, Jeremy McElliott, Phoenix, 1,745.
18, Jakob Butturff, Tempe, Ariz., 1,741.
19, Stuart Williams, England, 1,735.
20, Dylan Burns, Garden City, Kan., 1,734.
21, Patrick Hanrahan, Wichita, Kan., 1,728.
22, Greg Young, Viera, Fla., 1,719.
23, EJ Tackett, Bluffton, Ind., 1,717.
24, Josh Blanchard, Mesa, Ariz., 1,716.
25, Jason Belmonte, Australia, 1,713.
26, n-Joseph Grondin, San Pedro, Calif., 1,710.
27, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 1,707.
28, DJ Archer, Spring, Texas, 1,705.
28, James Watson, Austin, Texas, 1,705.
30, Nick Pate, Inver Grove Heights, Minn., 1,704.
31, n-Cody Meiers, Lubbock, Texas, 1,698.
32, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 1,697.
33, Sean Lavery-Spahr, Pasadena, Texas, 1,691.
34, Devin Bidwell, Wichita, Kan., 1,689.
35, Dick Allen, Lexington, S.C., 1,686.
36, n-Rick Benard, Clovis, N.M., 1,681.
37, David Maycock, Bermuda, 1,678.
38, Kamron Doyle, Brentwood, Tenn., 1,667.
39, Chris Via, Springfield, Ohio, 1,659.

Failed to advance:
40 (tie), n-Dylan Macon, Ennis, Texas, and Michael Austin, Conroe, Texas, 1,658.
42, Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., 1,654.
43, Mykel Holliman, Collierville, Tenn., 1,647.
44, Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 1,642.
45, Andrew Anderson, Holly, Mich., 1,633.
46, Juan Garza, Lubbock, Texas, 1,630.
47, Kris Koeltzow, Wheat Ridge, Colo., 1,621.
48 (tie), n-Rameses Chambers, Kansas City, Mo., and n-David McKay, Artesia, New Mexico, 1,618.
50, Thomas Rash, Spencer, Okla., 1,616.
51, Trey Ford III, Bartlesville, Okla., 1,611.
52, s-Harley Deckert, Odessa, Texas, 1,605.
53, Mitch Hupe, Canada, 1,592.
54, Tristan Butler, Fort Wayne, Ind., 1,589.
55, Nathan Bohr, Austin, Texas, 1,588.
56, n-Stefan Wood, Lubbock, Texas, 1,587.
57, Michael Tang, Johnstown, Ohio, 1,578.
58 (tie), Andrew Cain, Phoenix, and Tim Cagle II, Hercules, Calif., 1,575.
60 (tie), Martin Bedford, Gasport, N.Y., and Kenneth Bland Jr., San Antonio, Texas, 1,574.
62, Nate Garcia, Port St. Lucie, Fla., 1,573.
63, David Wilson, Amarillo, Texas, 1,568.
64, n-Blayne Hurst, Amarillo, Texas, 1,560.
65, n-Zach Wojciechowski, Lubbock, Texas, 1,557.
66, Scott McCleery, Lubbock, Texas, 1,556.
67, Donald Davis Jr., W. Tawakoni, Texas, 1,554.
68, Terry Ward, San Angelo, Texas, 1,550.
69, Lee White, Odessa, Texas, 1,548.
69, Zac Tackett, Huntington, Ind., 1,548.
71, Gabriel Yanes, Shertz, Texas, 1,547.
72, n-David Landbeck, Lubbock, Texas, 1,542.
73, n-Ramsey Basurto, Lancaster, Calif., 1,538.
74, Cody Copeland, Abilene, Texas, 1,532.
75, Toby Sambueno, Henderson, Nev., 1,528.
76, Athol Packer, Jr., Little Elm, Texas, 1,526.
77 (tie), Tyler Albracht, Amarillo, Texas, and Levi Fintel, Lubbock, Texas, 1,521.
79 (tie), Scotty Pope Jr., Midland, Texas, and Paul Brewbaker, Midwest City, Okla., 1,517.
81 (tie), n-Clinton Watkins, Andrews, Texas, and n-Myron Fleming, Grand Prairie, Texas, 1,511.
83, Mark Waters, Plainview, Texas, 1,501.
84 (tie), Mike Bailey, Irving, Texas, and n-Jason Tidwell, Odessa, Texas, 1,497.
86, n-Deo Benard, Rio Rancho, N.M., 1,495.
87, Todd Sigeti, Lititz, Pa., 1,487.
88, n-Kyle Gilbert, Phelan, Calif., 1,486.
89, n- Will Davis, Aretesia, N.M., 1,484.
90, Travis Tribolet, San Angelo, Texas, 1,482.
91, Keven Williams, Springfield, Mo.,, 1,479.
92, n-Frank Rose Jr, Bellaire, Texas, 1,478.
93, Randy Hawks, Balch Springs, Texas, 1,476.
94 (tie), Andy Patterson, Tyler, Texas, and Mason Edmondson, Amarillo, Texas, 1,474.
96, Michael Steele, Abilene, Texas, 1,472.
97, Joshua Garrard, Mustang, Okla., 1,462.
98, n-Bradley Harvey, Albuquerque, NM, 1,455.
99, n-Zachary Harvey, Albuquerque, N.M., 1,453.
100, Allan Smith, Killeen, Texas, 1,449.
101, n-Tyler Bryant, Colorado Spr., Colo., 1,447.
102, Jeremy Fowler, Odessa, Texas, 1,445.
103, n-Alan Berger, Lubbock, Texas, 1,439.
104, Charles Ramay, Lubbock, Texas, 1,436.
105, George Duke, Vidor, Texas, 1,431.
106, n-Jeromy Tidwell, Midland, Texas, 1,430.
107, David Scardaville, Houston, Texas, 1,429.
108, Billy Crider, Austin, Texas, 1,424.
109, Randy Turner, Shallowater, Texas, 1,419.
110, n-John Luke Green, Amarillo, Texas, 1,418.
111, James Grago, Hampstead, N.C., 1,414.
112, Mark Payne Sr., Amarillo, Texas, 1,396.
113, n-Joshua Mabry, Tucson, Ariz., 1,391.
114, James Cantere, Norman, Okla., 1,372.
115, n-Dustan Mahan, Washington, Okla., 1,364.
116, Francis Russo, Richmond, Texas, 1,342.
117, Jonathan Lawson, Canyon, Texas, 1,320.
118, Gerry Smith, Rio Rancho, N.M., 1,277.

n-denotes non-PBA member.

300 games: DJ Archer, AJ Chapman, Zeke Bayt.

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PBA Spare Shots: Follow PBA Summer Tour, USBC Cup Points Races Beginning Sunday with Lubbock Finals

by Bill Vint June 28, 2019 11:14

With the conclusion of the PBA Lubbock Sports Shootout, the first event of the PBA Summer Tour on FloBowling, pba.com will begin tracking the USBC Cup points standings Sunday at the following link: https://www.pba.com/SeasonStats/PointsList/132?list=6. The winner of the Lubbock event, a Tier 3 tournament in PBA’s points system, will earn 2,500 points to get the summer points race underway.

In addition to offering PBA Summer Tour competitors a total of $40,000 in bonus prize money based upon how the top five players perform across the 10-event series of tournaments, competition points earned during the summer will qualify eight players to bowl for a $25,000 first prize in the first FloBowling ATX Invite at Dart Bowl in Austin, Texas, on Sept. 21, and the same eight players will earn expenses-paid trips to compete in the inaugural PBA China Tiger Cup Nov. 19-21 which also will offer a $20,000 top prize.

The PBA Summer Tour landing page includes a complete listing of tournament schedules along with competition points values assigned to each event. The points standings will be updated immediately upon the conclusion of each tournament in the summer series.

The entire PBA Summer Tour will be livestreamed exclusively by FloBowling, which also will livestream all remaining PBA50 Tour events in July and August plus the Teen Masters July 1-5. FloBowling is available around the world on a subscription basis. Visit flobowling.com for details and enrollment information. Check the “Xtra Frame on FloBowling” link on pba.com (https://www.pba.com/Live) for a complete schedule of livestreaming times.

While July and August will be packed with PBA and PBA50 Tour action on FloBowling, the PBA Tour’s summer schedule also includes three consecutive nights of PBA League Elias Cup competition July 16, 17 and 18 from Bayside Bowl in Portland, Maine, live on FOX Sports’ FS1 channel, and two days of Barbasol PBA Tour Finals coverage, presented by Red Rock Casino, Resort & Spa, live on CBS Sports Network, July 20-21, from Red Rock Lanes in Las Vegas.

PBA CEO/COMMISSIONER TOM CLARK RECEIVES KEGEL’S JOHN DAVIS AWARD

2019 John Davis award from left_Nicholson.Len_Chartrand.Chris_Clark.Tom_Villareale.SamPBA CEO and Commissioner Tom Clark was the 19th recipient of the John Davis Award, presented by Kegel – the company the late John Davis co-founded – Wednesday at International Bowl Expo in Las Vegas. The award is presented annually to an individual who is actively involved in trying to advance the sport of bowling. A perpetual plaque, bearing each recipient’s name, is permanently displayed in The Kegel Training Center in Lake Wales, Fla.

(Photo caption: 2019 John Davis award presention, from left: Len Nicholson, Chris Chartrand, Tom Clark, Sam Villareale)

“(Clark) brought the PBA from the doldrums to probably the greatest of all-time,” said PBA Hall of Famer Len Nicholson, the former PBA supervisor of lane maintenance and host of the long-running “The Phantom” internet podcast, as he presented the award.

“I loved John Davis. Any award with his name on it and celebrates what (Kegel CEO) Chris Chartrand and Kegel have done to keep his name alive, is amazing,” Clark said. “To have you guys recognize me is sweet, very nice.

“I used to have conversations with John that would last for hours, and they never got boring,” Clark added. “All John cared about was the sport of bowling, and that’s what I care about, too.”

FLORIDA’S BILL ROGERS WINS PBA BOWLING CHALLENGE “PBA PLAYOFFS” SPECIAL EVENT

Bill Rogers of Rotonda West, Fla., won the “PBA Playoffs Challenge” special event conducted as part of Concrete Software’s PBA Bowling Challenge in early June. The special competition required a contestant to bowl a game higher than the 216 game Kris Prather bowled in his second game in winning the PBA Playoffs on the PBA Bowling Challenge game for mobile devices.

Rogers was among the 22,866 unique players who re-entered the contest an average of 4.5 times, generating a total of 103,513 submissions – a record for the PBA mobile device game. Rogers had 14 submissions and his winning score was selected at random among those who topped Prather’s 216. Numerous players submitted more than 100 game scores.

For his win, Rogers receives a PBA bowling pin autographed by Prather plus 6,000 PBA Bowling Challenge gold pins from Concrete Software.

PBA REGIONAL UPDATE: VENTURA WINS NINTH REGIONAL TITLE IN NEW HYDE PARK

Sammy Ventura of Norwich, N.Y., a two-time East Region PBA50 Player of the Year, compiled a 5-3 match play record and a 15-game total of 3,598 pins to win the PBA50 Ned Micelli Memorial at Herrill Lanes in New Hyde Park, N.Y., Saturday by a mere six pins over reigning PBA50 East Region Player of the Year Rick Graham of Lancaster, Pa.

Ventura qualified second, 11 pins behind Graham, but quickly assumed the lead, which he held throughout the first seven games of the round robin match play finals. Ventura held a 69-pin lead over Graham going into the final match, but Graham started with four strikes and found himself in position to win before he suffered an open frame in the seventh frame. After Graham failed to strike in the ninth, Ventura had the title clinched despite an open in the final frame.

Ventura won $1,500 along with his ninth overall PBA Regional title while Graham earned $800.

The new PBA East Region event was organized by PBA member Glenn Smith to honor the late Ned Micelli, a long-time fellow competitor. Micelli, who died in July 2017, competed well into his 80s throughout the Long Island area.

• Greg Thomas of Irmo, S.C., defeated red-hot Stoney Baker of Canton, Ga., 233-166, to win the PBA50 Aberdeen South Open at SandHills Bowling Center in Aberdeen, N.C., Sunday.

Thomas won $2,600 along with his fifth overall PBA Regional title. He started the championship game with five strikes and that was all he needed in running away with the win after Baker ran into trouble early and couldn’t recover.

In the semifinal round, Thomas defeated Brian Kretzer of Dayton, Ohio, 179-165, while Baker disposed of PBA Hall of Famer Walter Ray Williams Jr. of Oxford, Fla., 249-227, in the other semifinal round match.

• Myles Duty of Modesto, Calif. posted a 6-4 match play record and knocked down 4,543 pins Sunday to win his second PBA Regional title in the PBA Epi Center Northwest/West Open in Klamath Falls, Ore.

Duty, who earned $2,000, defeated non-PBA member Anthony Thompson of Redding, Calif., by 21 pins for the title. Thompson had an 8-2 match play record and 4,522 total pins for his 18 games including match play bonus pins.

In the companion PBA50 Open, John Gould of Yuba City, Calif., went 6-2 and knocked down 3,944 total pins to top Bob Rosenau of Redding, Calif., for his first PBA50 Regional title and third title overall. Rosenau had a 3-5 match play record and a total of 3,745 pins.

Non-PBA member Cory Hines of Jackson, Mich. defeated Chandler Stevens of Archbold, Ohio, 276-193, to win the PBA Pro Bowl West Central/Midwest Challenge presented by Ebonite at Pro Bowl West in Fort Wayne, Ind., on Saturday.

Challenge events are open to PBA members without a PBA title or non-members who have never won a PBA event. Hines earned $1,500 for the win, but since he is not a PBA member, he does not receive credit for a PBA regional title.

Hines downed Charlie Brown Jr. of Granville, Mich., 248-203 while Stevens edged Michael Bankert of Indianapolis, 267-255, in semifinal round matches to set up the championship match.

Closing out the June PBA Regional calendar this weekend will be the PBA-PBA50 John Kontos Memorial Midwest/Central Doubles Open at Town & Country Lanes in Joliet, Ill., and the Century Lanes Hampton South Open in Hampton, Va.

Heading into the 4th of July weekend, Bowl 10 Fairborn will host the PBA50 Fairborn Central Classic presented by Roto Grip Monday-Wednesday, July 1-3, in Fairborn, Ohio. Closing the extended holiday weekend July 5-7 will be the PBA50 Greater Freeport Midwest/Central Open at 4 Seasons Bowl in Freeport, Ill.; the Grand Casino Hotel & Resort Southwest Doubles presented by DV8 at FireLake Bowling Center in Shawnee, Okla., and the PBA/PBA50 Vanessa Brown Homes West Open doubleheader presented by Track at Yosemite Lanes in Modesto, Calif.

● 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

Long-time PBA member Lee Vanderhoef of Fuquay-Varina, N.C., became the third bowler in the 116-year history of the USBC Open Championships to bowl three perfect games in the tournament when he rolled his most recent 300 during his team event on June 20 at the South Point Bowling Plaza in Las Vegas. Vanderhoef, 40, rolled his first 300 in the 2009 USBC Open Championships, also in Las Vegas, and he joined the list of 31 other bowlers with multiple 300s when he recorded No. 2 during the 2013 tournament in Reno.

You still have time to help select the winner if the 2019 ESPY “best bowler” award by voting online at ESPN.com/ESPYS and social media platforms: https://www.espn.com/espys/story/_/page/voting48/best-athlete-sport. ESPN’s candidates are Jason Belmonte, Norm Duke, Jakob Butturff and Anthony Simonsen. The winner will be announced during the ESPYs telecast on ABC-TV on Wednesday, July 10, at 8 p.m. Eastern.

• Reminder: Tickets to watch the 2019 Barbasol PBA Tour Finals presented by Red Rock Casino, Resort & Spa are still available. For tickets for the July 20-21 battle between the PBA’s elite eight players based upon total points earned during the 2018 and 2019 Go Bowling! PBA Tour seasons, visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/barbasol-pba-tour-finals-presented-by-red-rock-casino-resort-spa-tickets-57610119418. The field of eight will include Jason Belmonte, Jakob Butturff, Anthony Simonsen, EJ Tackett, Marshall Kent, Bill O’Neill, Andrew Anderson and Kris Prather. The Barbasol PBA Tour Finals will be televised live by CBS Sports Network over a span five shows (two on Saturday, July 20 and three on Sunday, July 21).

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11th Anniversary PBA World Series of Bowling Returns to South Point Bowling Plaza in Las Vegas in 2020

by Bill Vint June 24, 2019 08:27

LAS VEGAS – The Professional Bowlers Association’s World Series of Bowling XI will return to the South Point Bowling Plaza in 2020 for its traditional multi-event championship series, capped by the PBA World Championship.

The 11th anniversary World Series of Bowling, featuring the world’s best bowlers, will include the PBA Cheetah, Chameleon and Scorpion Championships as well as the PBA World Championship and the USA vs. The World team event to conclude five consecutive days of television coverage by FOX Sports.

All of the competition will be contested in the South Point Hotel Casino & Spa’s state-of-the-art 60-lane Bowling Plaza where FOX Sports will again televise the finals of each animal pattern championship and the PBA World Championship live on consecutive days, followed by the annual team event. PBA’s livestreaming partner, FloBowling, will provide live coverage of all preliminary rounds.

The 10th anniversary World Series was highlighted by Jason Belmonte’s second straight PBA World Championship victory and record 11th PBA major title. WSOB X, which returned to Thunderbowl Lanes in Allen Park, Michigan – the home of the inaugural World Series in 2009 – was watched by a cumulative audience of more than three million viewers on FOX Sports’ network of television and media outlets,.

South Point previously hosted the WSOB from 2010 through 2014. The WSOB VI finals were the first official competitions conducted in South Point’s new $30 million Bowling Plaza, a facility that is specifically designed for world-class tournaments in a fan-friendly environment.

WSOB XI will get underway on Saturday, March 6, with a Pre-Tournament Qualifier (PTQ) open to PBA members who have not earned exemptions into the tournament. Competition begins in earnest with qualifying rounds for the Cheetah, Chameleon and Scorpion Championships on March 8, 9 and 10, respectively. The Cheetah finals will air live on Sunday, March 15; the Chameleon finals live on Monday, March 16; the Scorpion finals live on Tuesday, March 17, and the PBA World Championship finals live on Wednesday.

FOX Sports’ coverage of the World Series program will conclude with the USA Vs. The World team match on Thursday, March 19, as the fifth consecutive day of coverage.

Additional tournament scheduling information for WSOB XI and the 2020 Go Bowling! PBA Tour season will be announced soon.

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PBA Spare Shots: American PBA Stars Successfully Defend Weber Cup, Tie Series at 10-10

by Bill Vint June 21, 2019 17:28

PBA stars Anthony Simonsen, Kyle Troup, Jakob Butturff and team captain Chris Barnes successfully defended the Weber Cup against a quartet of European PBA stars – Osku Palermaa, Jesper Svensson, Stuart Williams and captain Dom Barrett – in the 20th anniversary of the Ryder-Cup-style bowling event, but the first held on American soil.

Simonsen’s 287-278 win over Williams in the 32nd match finished off the 18-14 win by the U.S. One point was awarded in each singles, doubles and Baker team match bowled using the World Bowling “current frame” scoring system. The U.S. win evened the series at 10-10. The invitational event will return to Europe in 2020.

The Weber Cup was conducted over four days on a single lane in a stadium-style setting at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas.

20TH WEBER CUP
Mandalay Bay Resort, Las Vegas, June 18-21
(Scores based on World Bowling Current Frame scoring system; one point awarded for each match win; first team to 18 points wins)

Match One: Europe def. USA, 232-218.
Match Two: Anthony Simonsen, U.S., def. Jesper Svensson, Europe, 279-246.
Match Three: Dom Barrett, Europe, def. Jakob Butturff, U.S., 255-244.
Match Four: Chris Barnes, U.S., def. Stuart Williams, Europe, 263-222.
Match Five: Kyle Troup, U.S., def. Osku Palermaa, Europe, 232-223.
Match Six: Simonsen def. Svensson, 257-223.
Match Seven: Williams def. Butturff, 276-243.
Match Eight: Barrett def. Barnes, 230-210.

Match Nine: Troup def. Palermaa, 278-201.
Match 10: Palermaa/Barrett def. Butturff/Barnes, 236-234.
Match 11: Barnes def. Barrett, 257-234.
Match 12: Svensson/Palermaa def. Troup/Butturff, 257-236.
Match 13: Butturff def. Svensson, 278-235.
Match 14: Barnes/Simonsen def. Barrett/Williams, 267-267, 60-16 in roll-off.
Match 15: Troup def. Palermaa, 246-242.
Match 16: USA def. Europe, 300-257.

Match 17: Barnes def. Barrett, 234-188.
Match 18: Williams def. Simonsen, 267-242.
Match 19: Svensson def. Butturff, 243-212.
Match 20: Barnes def. Williams, 246-176.
Match 21: Troup def. Barrett, 278-235.
Match 22: Simonsen def. Palermaa, 254-220.
Match 23: Barrett def. Butturff, 241-229.

Match 24: Williams/Palermaa def. Barnes/Troup, 289-246.
Match 25: Troup def. Williams, 267-245.
Match 26: Svensson/Barrett def. Simonsen/Butturff, 267-256.
Match 27: Barnes def. Palermaa, 288-244.
Match 28: Svensson/Williams def. Troup/Simonsen, 267-256.
Match 29: Simonsen def. Svensson, 267-232.
Match 30: Palermaa def. Barnes, 255-228.
Match 31: Barrett def. Butturff, 247-213.
Match 32: Simonsen def. Williams, 287-278 (U.S. def. Europe, 18-14).

JAKOB BUTTURFF, LIZ JOHNSON TOP 2019 WORLD BOWLING TOUR POINTS LISTS

Jakob Butturff of Tempe, Ariz., and Liz Johnson of Palatine, Ill., are the early men’s and women’s leaders in World Bowling Tour points in the races for three berths in the 2019 World Bowling Tour Men’s and Women’s Finals. The finals will take place for the first time in Kuwait at the conclusion of the World Bowling-PBA International Tour’s Kuwait Open, Oct. 31-Nov. 6.

Points are earned in designated World Bowling Tour events held around the world. Seven additional events are on the men’s schedule in 2019 while women have eight more events, including this week’s U.S. Women’s Open.

Butturff heads the men’s qualifying list with 1,080 points, followed by PBA Tour rookie Mykel Holliman of Collierville, Tenn. (636 points); defending WBT Men’s Finals winner Jason Belmonte of Australia (600); Mitch Hupé of Canada (468) and AJ Chapman of Manchester, Iowa (444). The women’s top five are Johnson (1,224); Danielle McEwan of Stony Point, N.Y. (928); Tannya Roumimper of Indonesia (720); and Clara Guerrero of Colombia (696). Missy Parkin of Laguna Hills, Calif., and Dasha Kovalova of Ukraine are tied for fifth with 600 points each.

PBA REGIONAL UPDATE: UMBRELLO ROLLS CLUTCH DOUBLE FOR FIRST PBA TITLE

Corey Umbrello of Westminster, Mass. rolled a clutch double in the 10th frame to defeat Ryan Graywacz of Canastota, N.Y., 227-224, to win the PBA Homefield Bowl Eastern Open presented by MOTIV in Yonkers, N.Y., Sunday. 

Umbrello, who qualified first for the stepladder finals by 65 pins over Graywacz, opened in the ninth frame to give Graywacz an opportunity to close him out. But after throwing strikes in the ninth and 10th frames, Graywacz failed to throw the clinching third strike in a row and Umbrello then doubled to secure his first PBA title and the $3,000 first place prize.

Graywacz almost missed the stepladder finals, but defeated Michael Markis of Scranton, Pa., in a one-game roll-off, 206-176, to make it into the four-man finals. Graywacz, who also was looking for his first PBA title, then defeated Jonathan Van Hees of Charlestown, R.I., 213-190, and defending champion Anthony Pepe of Elmhurst, N.Y., 201-189, to advance to the championship match.

• John Janawicz of Winter Haven, Fla., defeated Kristijonas Sergejevas of Lithuania, 235-196, Sunday to win the fourth annual PBA Timmy See Memorial South Open presented by MOTIV at BreakPoint Alley in Tavares, Fla.

Janawicz, a 2018 USBC Hall of Fame inductee, qualified in the top position for the stepladder finals with a 17-game pinfall total of 4,238, and easily won the championship match after starting with four strikes while Sergejevas opened in the third frame and failed to throw consecutive strikes until the eighth and ninth frames.

In the opening match Anthony DeStasio of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., defeated Shawn Naumann of Orlando, Fla., 248-235. Sergejevas then defeated DeStasio, 257-224, to advance to the final match.

Janawicz earned $2,300 for the win but doesn’t get credit for a PBA title because he is not a PBA member.

PBA Regional tournaments on tap for the June 21-23 weekend include the PBA50 Ned Micelli Memorial presented by Ebonite at Herrill Lanes in New Hyde Park, N.Y.; the Pro Bowl West Central/Midwest Challenge presented by Ebonite for non-title winners in Fort Wayne, Ind.; the PBA50 Sand Hills South Open at Sand Hills Bowling Center in Aberdeen, N.C., and the PBA/PBA50 Epicenter Northwest/West Open doubleheader in Klamath Falls, Ore.

Closing out the June PBA Regional calendar will be the PBA-PBA50 John Kontos Memorial Midwest/Central Doubles Open at Town & Country Lanes in Joliet, Ill., and the Century Lanes Hampton South Open in Hampton, Va.

Heading into the 4th of July weekend, Bowl 10 Fairborn will host the PBA50 Fairborn Central Classic presented by Roto Grip Monday-Wednesday, July 1-3, in Fairborn, Ohio. Closing the extended holiday weekend July 5-7 will be the PBA50 Greater Freeport Midwest/Central Open at 4 Seasons Bowl in Freeport, Ill.; the Grand Casino Hotel & Resort Southwest Doubles presented by DV8 at FireLake Bowling Center in Shawnee, Okla., and the PBA/PBA50 Vanessa Brown Homes West Open doubleheader presented by Track at Yosemite Lanes in Modesto, Calif.

● 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

How did PBA Hall of Famer Nelson Burton Jr. spend his 77th birthday on June 6? He bowled as a sub in the Wednesday Handicap Singles league at Stuart Bowl in Stuart, Fla., and rolled games of 279, 290 and 269 for an 838 series. He then added a 248 for a four-game series of 1,086 for a 271.5 average.

• Don’t Forget to Vote: Four-time PBA Player of the Year Jason Belmonte, PBA Hall of Famer Norm Duke, and rising stars Jakob Butturff and Anthony Simonsen – four players who have already put together milestone seasons in the 2019 Go Bowling! PBA Tour season – have been selected by ESPN as nominees for the 2019 ESPY Best Bowler Award. Fans will select the winners by voting online at ESPN.com/ESPYS and social media platforms: https://www.espn.com/espys/story/_/page/voting48/best-athlete-sport.

Fans can watch the 2019 Teen Masters from July 1-5 on FloBowling. For schedule and FloBowling subscription information, visit FloBowling.com

• Reminder: Tickets to watch the 2019 Barbasol PBA Tour Finals presented by Red Rock Casino, Resort & Spa are still available. For tickets for the two-day battle July 20-21 between the PBA’s elite eight players based upon competition points earned during the 2018 and 2019 Go Bowling! PBA Tour seasons, visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/barbasol-pba-tour-finals-presented-by-red-rock-casino-resort-spa-tickets-57610119418. For room reservations, call Red Rock line (702-797-7625 or 866-767-7773) prior to June 26 to check on availability. Use the code PBARATE prior to June 26. The field of eight will include Jason Belmonte, Jakob Butturff, Anthony Simonsen, EJ Tackett, Marshall Kent, Bill O’Neill, Andrew Anderson and Kris Prather. The Barbasol PBA Tour Finals will be televised live by CBS Sports Network over a span five shows (two on Saturday, July 20 and three on Sunday, July 21).

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