PBA Spare Shots: Marshall Holman Addresses PBA Players About Their Roles as Entertainers

by Bill Vint October 18, 2018 12:46

During the annual PBA players meeting prior to the start of the FloBowling PBA Fall Swing in Owasso, Okla., earlier this week, PBA Hall of Famer Marshall Holman accepted an invitation from the PBA to talk about the role of PBA players and all professional athletes as entertainers.

During a colorful career in which he won 22 PBA Tour titles over a span of more than two decades, the volatile Holman built one of the PBA’s largest love-hate fan bases, but always respected the game and in retirement has continued to embrace the sport’s fans through his involvement as an unofficial ambassador for the PBA.

The meeting also brought players up to speed on new media partners FOX Sports and FloSports, ushering in a new era of the PBA heading into the ground-breaking 2019 season.

PBA OFFERS $1 MILLION BONUS FOR TITLE MATCH 300 GAME IN FOUR 2019 EVENTS

At the members’ gathering in Owasso, PBA CEO-Commissioner Tom Clark announced that PBA players will have four opportunities to bowl for a $1 million bonus if any of them can roll a 300 game in the title match of four PBA tournaments in 2019.

The 300 game bonus will be at stake during FOX Sports’ live telecasts of the PBA Tournament of Champions on FOX on Sunday, Feb. 10, at 5 p.m. EDT from AMF Riviera Lanes in Akron, Ohio; the PBA Players Championship on FS1 on Sunday, Feb. 17, at 1 p.m. from Wayne Webb’s Columbus Bowl in Columbus, Ohio; the Go Bowling! Indianapolis Open on FS1 on Sunday, Feb. 24, at 1 p.m. from Woodland Bowl in Indianapolis, and the PBA World Championship on FS1 on Thursday, March 21, at 8 p.m. from Thunderbowl Lanes in Allen Park, Mich.

There have been 26 perfect games bowled on national television throughout the PBA’s history, but only two in title matches: the first by Bob Benoit in defeating PBA legend Mark Roth, 300-255, in the title match of the Quaker State Open in Grand Prairie, Texas, in 1988, and the second by PBA Hall of Famer Mike Aulby in the highest scoring title match in PBA history, topping David Ozio, 300-279, in the finals of the 1993 Wichita (Kan.) Open.

Hall of Fame VIP Experience $20 Raffle tickets3IBM/HF RAFFLE OFFERS “HALL OF FAME VIP EXPERIENCE” FOR PBA HALL OF FAME CLASSIC

The International Bowling Museum and Hall of Fame, in cooperation with the PBA, has created plans for a “Hall of Fame VIP Experience” in conjunction with the PBA Hall of Fame Classic that will be contested at the International Testing and Research Center on the International Bowling Campus in Arlington, Texas, Jan. 3-6.

The “Hall of Fame VIP Experience” project involves a nation-wide fund-raising raffle that will provide one lucky winner with a once-in-a-lifetime experience centered around the PBA tournament and PBA Hall of Fame induction ceremonies in Arlington Jan. 5-6.

The PBA Hall of Fame Classic will be the first event of the 2019 Go Bowling! PBA Tour season and the first PBA championship to air live on FS1 as part of the PBA’s new television agreement with FOX Sports. The stepladder finals will be televised on Sunday, Jan. 6, at 11 a.m. EST from the ITRC in Arlington.

Raffle ticket sales, for $20 per ticket, are currently underway at participating bowling centers throughout the U.S., or by contacting the IBM/HF at 817-385-8230 or www.bowlingmuseum.com. The winning ticket will be drawn on Facebook Live on Tuesday, Dec. 18 at 2 p.m. EST. All proceeds from the raffle will benefit the museum's Frame4Frame Film Restoration Initiative which is intended to restore and preserve the IBM/HF’s irreplaceable collection of history bowling films.

The lucky winner will receive:
● Round-trip travel and meal expenses for two to the International Bowling Campus, site of the 2019 PBA Hall of Fame Classic.
     ● Invitations to weekend events hosted by Hall of Famer Mike Aulby.
     ● Private, behind-the-scenes guided tour of the International Bowling Museum and Hall of Fame, and the International Bowling Campus.
     ● Special exhibit ribbon-cutting at the museum.
     ● Tickets to the PBA Hall of Fame cocktail party.
    ● VIP seating at the PBA Hall of Fame Awards Banquet.
     ● Meet and greet with PBA Hall of Fame bowlers.
     ● Special PBA production tour.
    ● VIP seating at the live FOX Sports televised-finals of the PBA Hall of Fame Classic on FS1.
    ● Bowling jersey autographed by the PBA Hall of Fame Classic champion.
    ● Autographed PBA championship pin.
     ● Photo in a national bowling magazine.
     ● Tons of photo and autograph opportunities.

PBA APP FOR ANDROID DEVICES IS NOW AVAILABLE

A new app to access pba.com, including live scoring when any PBA event is live, the latest PBA news, tournament schedules, player bios, the extensive archive of records, facts and figures residing on the PBA’s official website and more, is now available via Google Play. To load the free app, click here: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.pba.

PBA REGIONAL UPDATE: HURRICANE MICHAEL POSTPONES BLUFFTON DOUBLES

Hurricane Michael forced the postponement of the PBA-PBA50 Station 300 Baker Doubles planned for the Oct. 13-14 weekend in Bluffton, S.C. PBA South Region tournament manager Sam Zurich said he and the tournament host center will explore the possibility of re-scheduling the event for a later date.

● PBA Hall of Famer Parker Bohn III of Jackson, N.J., making his annual trip to the Pacific Northwest, posted a 7-1 match play record and knocked down 3,819 pins Sunday to win the PBA50 Dick’s Pro Shop Northwest/West Open at Linn Lanes in Lebanon, Ore.

Bohn, who earned $1,500, defeated Chris Warren of Grants Pass, Ore., by 28 pins for the win. Warren had a 5-3 match play record and 3,791 total pins for his 16 games including match play bonus pins.

In the companion PBA60 Open for bowlers age 60 and older, non-member Mike Karch of Edgewood, Wash., went 6-2 and knocked down 3,907 total pins for 16 games to top Ed Silva of Manteca, Calif., by 287 pins and earn $1,500. Silva had a 5-3 match play record and a total of 3,620 pins.

● PBA60 competitor Sammy Ventura of Syracuse, N.Y. and his PBA50 partner Jeff Zaffino of Warren, Pa., defeated Dick Gran of Hartville, Ohio and Brian Kretzer of Dayton, Ohio, 2-0, in the best-of-three-game championship match to win the PBA50/PBA60 Doubles Park Centre Lanes Central Open presented by Columbia 300 at Park Centre Lanes in North Canton, Ohio, Sunday.

Teams in the event included one bowler between the ages of 50 and 59 and one bowler over the age of 60. This was Ventura’s eighth PBA50 regional title and Zaffino’s 11th. The champions split the $2,800 first prize.

In the best-of-three-game semifinal round, Ventura and Zaffino defeated Darryl Bower of Middletown, Pa., and Michael Tryniski of Fulton, N.Y., 2-0, while Gran and Kretzer downed William Peters of Dayton, Ohio, and Eddie Graham of Kettering, Ohio, 2-1, to set up the championship match.

● The Oct. 19-21 PBA Regional calendar includes the PBA50 Waxahachie Southwest Open at Hilltop Lanes in Waxahachie, Texas, and the Jackson Central/Midwest Open at Dave Small’s Jax 60 in Jackson, Mich.

● The final PBA Regional events of October take place over the Oct. 26-28 weekend, including the PBA50 Bryan’s Bowling Center East Open presented by the Hopkins Automotive Group and 900 Global in Laurel, Del., and the South Point West Challenge and PBA Member-Nonmember Doubles, both presented by Radical, at South Point Bowling Plaza in Las Vegas

● 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).

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England’s Richie Teece Takes FloBowling PBA Bear Open First Round Lead

by Jerry Schneider October 17, 2018 18:22

OWASSO, Okla. – After a 43rd-place finish in the FloBowling PBA Fall Swing’s Wolf Open, England’s Richie Teece averaged 235 for six games to bounce back and take the Bear Open first round lead Wednesday in the second of three events that make up the Fall Swing at The Lanes at Coffee Creek.

Teece posted a 1,410 six-game pinfall total on PBA’s 39-foot Bear lane condition pattern with games of 217, 267, 236, 255, 244 and 191.

“I wasn’t miles away from where I needed to be in the Wolf tournament so I was pretty optimistic coming into the Bear,” Teece said. “I looked at it as a new tournament and I was able to take advantage of making a fresh start.

“These oil patterns make you work hard for sure,” Teece continued. “I’ve made a few changes to my physical game where I’m concentrating more on reading the lane conditions more front to back than side to side which has helped me make smaller and more accurate adjustments.

Teece won his first Go Bowling! PBA Tour title in the 2017 World Series of Bowling Shark Championship but has struggled somewhat this year with best finishes of 10th in the Storm Striking Against Breast Cancer Doubles and 12th in the Xtra Frame Kenn-Feld Classic.

“It’s been a steady year but not a great year,” the 28-year-old Teece said. “I haven’t really met the goals I’ve set for myself. I want to feel that buzz again that you get when you make a stepladder final.”

Teece holds a 16-pin lead over fellow Englander Stuart Williams who finished the round with a 1,394 pinfall.

Anthony Simonsen, who won the Wolf Open for his second title of the season and fifth of his career, struggled in the first round of the Bear Open finishing tied for 36th with a 1,205 pinfall.

Fresh off his third-place finish in the Wolf Open Tuesday, Kris Prather of Plainfield, Ill., holds the lead in Tulsa Open qualifying after 18 games (12 games in the Wolf Open and the first six in the Bear Open) with a 4,096 pinfall. He bowled games of 238, 279, 246, 223, 177 and 170 in Bear Open first round.

“Obviously I’m disappointed with the way I finished the round but in general I’m still pretty confident,” Prather said. “The challenge of bowling multiple tournaments like this is that it gets harder and harder to repeat good shots.”

The field returns for the second Bear Open six-game round Thursday that will determine the top five players who will advance to the stepladder finals at 7:30 p.m. CT.

The players also are competing to make the cut to the top 18 for the match play rounds of the Tulsa Open which begin on Friday. The top 18 scorers after 24-game qualifying totals from the Wolf and Bear events, will advance to match play, which consists of two six-game round robin match play rounds on Friday and the final six-game round on Saturday morning.  After match play the top five players advance to the Tulsa Open stepladder finals Saturday at 12:30 p.m.

The entire Fall Swing is streamed live on Xtra Frame on FloBowling which is providing multi-stream coverage of every lane of competition. For subscription and schedule information visit www.flobowling.com. Lanetalk is providing Fall Swing tournament statistics which can be accessed by visiting the Lanetalk link on the pba.com homepage.

FLOBOWLING PBA BEAR OPEN

The Lanes at Coffee Creek, Owasso, Okla., Wednesday

FIRST ROUND QUALIFYING RESULTS (after six games)

1, Richie Teece, England, 1,410.
2, Stuart Williams, England, 1,394.
3, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 1,362.
4, Jason Sterner, Covington, Ga., 1,356.
5, Josh Blanchard, Mesa, Ariz., 1,351.
6, JR Raymond, Clinton Twp., Mich., 1,347.
7, Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 1,340.
8, Francois Lavoie, Canada, 1,338.
9, Kris Prather, Plainfield, Ill., 1,333.
10, Matt Kuba, Chicago Ridge, Ill., 1,312.
11, Shawn Maldonado, Houston, 1,303.
12, Andrew Anderson, Holly, Mich., 1,300.
13, Tom Daugherty, Riverview, Fla., 1,299.
14, Chris Loschetter, Avon, Ohio, 1,295.
15, Arturo Quintero, Mexico, 1,291.
16, Dino Castillo, Highland Village, Texas, 1,290.
17, EJ Tackett, Bluffton, Ind., 1,288.
18, Michael Tang, San Francisco, 1,278.
19, Jake Peters, Henderson, Nev., 1,277.
20, Joe Paluszek, Bensalem, Pa., 1,269.
21, DJ Archer, Friendswood, Texas, 1,268.
22, Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., 1,266.
23, (tie) Ryan Ciminelli, Clarence, N.Y., and Dick Allen, Lexington, S.C., 1,265.
25, (tie) AJ Johnson, Oswego, Ill., and Matt O'Grady, Rahway, N.J., 1,263.
27, Dom Barrett, England, 1,257.
28, Matt Sanders, Indianapolis, 1,233.
29, Darren Tang, San Francisco, 1,229.
30, (tie) Brian Robinson, Morgantown, W.Va., and Brad Angelo, Lockport, N.Y., 1,226.
32, (tie) Gary Faulkner Jr., Memphis, Tenn., and Kyle Troup, Taylorsville, N.C., 1,217.
34, Ronnie Russell, Marion, Ind., 1,211.
35, Kyle King, Glendale, Ariz., 1,209.
36, (tie) Anthony Simonsen, Austin, Texas, and Humberto Vazquez, Mexico, 1,205.
38, (tie) Kurt Pilon, Warren, Mich., and Zachery Tackett, Huntington, Ind., 1,204.
40, Tom Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich., 1,200.
41, Greg Ostrander, Freehold, N.J., 1,199.
42, Dakota Vostry, Chicago, Ill., 1,197.
43, Julio Cesar Blancas, Mexico, 1,196.
44, Russ Oviatt, Chandler, Ariz., 1,193.
45, Nicholas Pate, Inver Grove Heights, Minn., 1,191.
45, Kim Bolleby, Thailand, 1,191.
47, (tie) Zeke Bayt, Westerville, Ohio, and Chris Via, Springfield, Ohio, 1,190.
49, Bill O'Neill, Langhorne, Pa., 1,189.
50, (tie) Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, Michael Haugen Jr., Phoenix, David Krol, Nixa, Mo., and Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., and Zach Doty, Campbellsville, Ky., 1,183.
55, Anthony Lavery-Spahr, Pasadena, Texas, 1,179.
56, Charlie Brown Jr., Grandville, Mich., 1,177.
57, (tie) Jason Belmonte, Australia, and Mike Wolfe, New Albany, Ind., 1,176.
59, (tie) Francois Louw, South Africa, John Furey, Howell, N.J., and Kamron Doyle, Brentwood, Tenn., 1,175.
62, Sam Cooley, Australia, 1,174.
63, Christopher Sloan, Ireland, 1,173.
64, Nick Kruml, Downers Grove, Ill., 1,172.
65, Rhino Page, Orlando, 1,171.
66, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 1,169.
67, Jakob Butturff, Tempe, Ariz., 1,163.
68, Tim Foy Jr., Seaford, Del., 1,159.
69, Jesper Svensson, Sweden, 1,153.
70, Thomas Larsen, Denmark, 1,151.
71, Kenneth Ryan, Morganville, N.J., 1,146.
72, Brad Miller, Lees Summit, Mo., 1,144.
73, Martin Larsen, Sweden, 1,140.
74, (tie) Stephen Pavlinko Jr., Sewell, N.J., Daniel Fransson, Sweden, and Rocio Restrepo, Colombia, 1,136.
77, Michael Davidson, Versailles, Ohio, 1,131.
78, Trey Ford III, Bartlesville, Okla., 1,129.
79, (tie) Devin Bidwell, Wichita, Kan., and Andrew Silverman, Akron, Ohio, 1,128.
81, Graham Fach, Canada, 1,127.
82, AJ Chapman, St Paul, Minn., 1,110.
83, Connor Pickford, Charlotte, N.C., 1,105.
84, Andrew Cain, Phoenix, 1,100.
85, Anthony Pepe, Elmhurst, N.Y., 1,099.
86, Markus Jansson, Sweden, 1,093.
87, Nate Garcia, Port St. Lucie, Fla., 1,087.
88, Stephen Hahn, Sterling, Va., 1,080.
89, (tie) Ildemaro Ruiz, Venezuela, and Pontus Andersson, Sweden, 1,077.
91, Jim Pratt, Avondale, Ariz., 1,069.
92, Osku Palermaa, Finland, 1,061.
93, George Duke, Vidor, Texas, 1,053.
94, Kenneth Bland Jr., San Antonio, Texas, 1,036.
95, Matt Wozney, Clayton, Del., 1,029.
96, Michael Duran, Banning, Calif., 1,021.
97, James Sitters, Australia, 997.
98, Keven Williams, Springfield, Mo.,, 978.
99, Steve Britton, Grand Prairie, Texas, 915.
100, Michael Foster, Tulsa, Okla., 912.

TULSA OPEN STANDINGS (after 18 games)

1, Kris Prather, Plainfield, Ill., 4,096.
2, Francois Lavoie, Canada, 4,067.
3, Andrew Anderson, Holly, Mich., 4,063.
4, Josh Blanchard, Mesa, Ariz., 4,038.
5, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 4,020.
6, EJ Tackett, Bluffton, Ind., 4,009.
7, Anthony Simonsen, Austin, Texas, 4,008.
8, Stuart Williams, England, 3,999.
9, Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 3,975.
10, Darren Tang, San Francisco, 3,968.
11, JR Raymond, Clinton Twp., Mich., 3,965.
12, Matt Sanders, Indianapolis, 3,963.
13, Richie Teece, England, 3,958.
14, Dom Barrett, England, 3,931.
15, Arturo Quintero, Mexico, 3,924.
16, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 3,909.
17, Michael Tang, San Francisco, 3,897.
18, Nick Kruml, Downers Grove, Ill., 3,882.
19, Rhino Page, Orlando, 3,881.
20, Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., 3,867.
21, AJ Johnson, Oswego, Ill., 3,861.
22, Bill O'Neill, Langhorne, Pa., 3,860.
23, Shawn Maldonado, Houston, 3,849.
24, Graham Fach, Canada, 3,848.
25, Dick Allen, Lexington, S.C., 3,847.
26, Jason Sterner, Covington, Ga., 3,837.
27, Ronnie Russell, Marion, Ind., 3,825.
28, Chris Via, Springfield, Ohio, 3,823.
29, Kyle Troup, Taylorsville, N.C., 3,822.
30, Jason Belmonte, Australia, 3,820.
31, Chris Loschetter, Avon, Ohio, 3,816.
32, Jesper Svensson, Sweden, 3,815.
33, Thomas Larsen, Denmark, 3,810.
34, Ryan Ciminelli, Clarence, N.Y., 3,801.
35, DJ Archer, Friendswood, Texas, 3,799.
36, Jake Peters, Henderson, Nev., 3,798.
37, Tom Daugherty, Riverview, Fla., 3,780.
38, Kurt Pilon, Warren, Mich., 3,778.
39, Gary Faulkner Jr., Memphis, Tenn., 3,775.
40, Greg Ostrander, Freehold, N.J., 3,774.
41, Martin Larsen, Sweden, 3,773.
42, Devin Bidwell, Wichita, Kan., 3,765.
43, Brad Miller, Lees Summit, Mo., 3,762.
44, Zeke Bayt, Westerville, Ohio, 3,752.
45, Markus Jansson, Sweden, 3,748.
46, Brad Angelo, Lockport, N.Y., 3,745.
47, Anthony Pepe, Elmhurst, N.Y., 3,744.
48, Tom Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich., 3,743.
49, Matt O'Grady, Rahway, N.J., 3,741.
50, Matt Kuba, Chicago Ridge, Ill., 3,739.
51, Kamron Doyle, Brentwood, Tenn., 3,729.
52, Jakob Butturff, Tempe, Ariz., 3,723.
53, Kim Bolleby, Thailand, 3,718.
54, Francois Louw, South Africa, 3,713.
55, Charlie Brown Jr., Grandville, Mich., 3,701.
56, AJ Chapman, St Paul, Minn., 3,699.
57, Zachery Tackett, Huntington, Ind., 3,694.
58, Joe Paluszek, Bensalem, Pa., 3,689.
59, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., 3,686.
60, Dino Castillo, Highland Village, Texas, 3,677.
61, Christopher Sloan, Ireland, 3,670.
62, Sam Cooley, Australia, 3,668.
63, Anthony Lavery-Spahr, Pasadena, Texas, 3,643.
64, Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 3,642.
65, Keven Williams, Springfield, Mo., 3,641.
66, John Furey, Howell, N.J., 3,634.
67, Julio Cesar Blancas, Mexico, 3,632.
68, Humberto Vazquez, Mexico, 3,621.
69, (tie) Michael Haugen Jr., Phoenix, and Mike Wolfe, New Albany, Ind., 3,602.
71, Ildemaro Ruiz, Venezuela, 3,595.
72, (tie) Zach Doty, Campbellsville, Ky., and Daniel Fransson, Sweden, 3,593.
74, Brian Robinson, Morgantown, W.Va., 3,575.
75, Osku Palermaa, Finland, 3,573.
76, Nicholas Pate, Inver Grove Heights, Minn., 3,566.
77, Pontus Andersson, Sweden, 3,558.
78, Tim Foy Jr., Seaford, Del., 3,554.
79, Dakota Vostry, Chicago, Ill., 3,541.
80, David Krol, Nixa, Mo., 3,531.
81, Kyle King, Glendale, Ariz., 3,527.
82, Michael Davidson, Versailles, Ohio, 3,521.
83, Jim Pratt, Avondale, Ariz., 3,518.
84, (tie) Rocio Restrepo, Colombia, and Connor Pickford, Charlotte, N.C., 3,482.
86, Trey Ford III, Bartlesville, Okla., 3,469.
87, Stephen Pavlinko Jr., Sewell, N.J., 3,450.
88, Russ Oviatt, Chandler, Ariz., 3,437.
89, Nate Garcia, Port St. Lucie, Fla., 3,436.
90, Kenneth Ryan, Morganville, N.J., 3,417.
91, Andrew Cain, Phoenix, 3,333.
92, George Duke, Vidor, Texas, 3,311.
93, Stephen Hahn, Sterling, Va., 3,251.
94, Matt Wozney, Clayton, Del., 3,234.
95, Kenneth Bland Jr., San Antonio, Texas, 3,221.
96, Michael Duran, Banning, Calif., 3,149.
97, Andrew Silverman, Akron, Ohio, 3,142.
98, Steve Britton, Grand Prairie, Texas, 2,907.
99, James Sitters, Australia, 2,792.
100, Michael Foster, Tulsa, Okla., 2,517.

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Anthony Simonsen Wins FloBowling PBA Wolf Open for Second Go Bowling! PBA Tour Title of the Season

by Jerry Schneider October 16, 2018 21:26

OWASSO, Okla.  – Anthony Simonsen of Austin, Texas, won the FloBowling PBA Wolf Open Tuesday to become the fifth two-time winner this season and adding his name as a candidate for PBA Player of the Year honors with only three Go Bowling! PBA Tour tournaments left in the season.

In the first tournament of the FloBowling PBA Fall Swing, Simonsen, the top qualifier for the finals, beat another two-time winner, Andrew Anderson of Holly, Mich., 239-226, in the title match at The Lanes at Coffee Creek to also win his fifth career title.

Simonsen opened in the eighth frame of the title match but still had a five-pin lead over Anderson heading into the ninth frame. He got back on track with a strike in the ninth and the first shot of the 10th frame which was enough for the victory.

“I didn’t throw a good shot in the seventh frame so when I left the 2-4-8 in the eighth frame, that was the result of an over correction,” Simonsen said. “I didn’t panic because with the five-pin lead heading into the ninth I felt the match was still in my hands. I had confidence in my ball reaction and that I could buckle down and throw the good shots I needed to make.”

Simonsen joined Anderson, and other player of the year candidates 2016 player of the year EJ Tackett, four-time and reigning player of the year Jason Belmonte and Jakob Butturff as the season’s other two-time winners.

“Overall it’s been a good season for me but I think there’s a couple guys, including Andrew, who have the edge on the player of the year race, said the 21-year-old Simonsen. “We’ve got two more tournaments here and we wrap up the season with the U.S. Open so there’s a lot of bowling left to determine that.”

The 2018 season concludes with the U.S. Open Oct. 24-31 at Northrock Lanes in Wichita, Kan.

In the semifinal match, Anderson, the 2018 USBC Masters winner, beat Kris Prather of Plainfield, Ill., who was trying for his first tour win, 297-227. Anderson was denied a 300 game when his final shot in the 10th frame went high and he left the 3-6-10.

In the opening stepladder match, 18-time tour winner Tommy Jones of Simpsonville, S.C., beat Darren Tang of San Francisco, who was also trying for his first tour win, 227-216. Jones then advanced to the second match where he lost to Anderson 230-191

Jones came all the way from 41st after the first round to qualify fourth for the finals.

The FloBowling PBA Fall Swing continues with the first round of qualifying for the Bear Open Wednesday which will be followed by the second round Thursday to determine the top five players for the Bear Open stepladder finals Thursday at 7:30 p.m. CT.

After the combined 24-game qualifying totals from the Wolf and Bear events, the top 18 players will advance to Tulsa Open match play, consisting of two six-game round robin match play rounds on Friday and the final six-game round on Saturday morning. The top five after 42 games, including match play bonus pins will advance to the Tulsa Open finals at 12:30 p.m. Saturday.

The entire Fall Swing is streamed live on Xtra Frame on FloBowling which is providing multi-stream coverage of every lane of competition. For subscription and schedule information visit www.flobowling.com. Lanetalk is providing Fall Swing tournament statistics which can be accessed by visiting the Lanetalk link on the pba.com homepage.

FLOBOWLING PBA WOLF OPEN
The Lanes at Coffee Creek, Owasso, Okla., Tuesday

Final Standings
1, Anthony Simonsen, Austin, Texas, $10,000
2, Andrew Anderson, Holly, Mich. $6,000
3, Kris Prather, Plainfield, Ill., $4,000
4, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., $3,500.
5, Darren Tang, San Francisco, $3,000.

Stepladder Results
Match One – Jones def. Tang, 227-216.
Match Two – Anderson def. Jones, 230-191.
Semifinal – Anderson def. Prather, 297-227.
Final – Simonsen def. Anderson, 239-226.

  

SECOND ROUND RESULTS
  (after 12 games. Top five advance to stepladder finals)

1, Anthony Simonsen, Austin, Texas, 2,803.
2, (tie) Andrew Anderson, Holly, Mich., and Kristopher Prather, Plainfield, Ill., 2,763.
  (Prather defeated Anderson in one-game roll-off, 255-232, to earn No. 2 qualifying
position for finals)
4, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 2,740.
5, Darren Tang, San Francisco, 2,739
6, Matt Sanders, Indianapolis, 2,730, $2,000.
7, Francois Lavoie, Canada, 2,729, $1,500.
8, (tie) Graham Fach, Canada, and EJ Tackett, Bluffton, Ind., 2,721, $975.
10, (tie) Nick Kruml, Downers Grove, Ill., and Rhino Page, Orlando, 2,710, $925.
12, Josh Blanchard, Mesa, Ariz., 2,687, $800.
13, Dom Barrett, England, 2,674, $790.
14, Bill O'Neill, Langhorne, Pa., 2,671, $780.
15, Keven Williams, Springfield, Mo., 2,663, $770.
16, Jesper Svensson, Sweden, 2,662, $760.
17, Thomas Larsen, Denmark, 2,659, $750.
18, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 2,658.
19, Markus Jansson, Sweden, 2,655.
20, Anthony Pepe, Elmhurst, N.Y., 2,645.
21, Jason Belmonte, Australia, 2,644.
22, Devin Bidwell, Wichita, Kan., 2,637.
23, Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 2,635.
24, (tie) Arturo Quintero, Mexico, Martin Larsen, Sweden, and Chris Via, Springfield, Ohio, 2,633.
27, Michael Tang, San Francisco, 2,619.
28, (tie) JR Raymond, Clinton Twp., Mich., and Brad Miller, Lees Summit, Mo., 2,618.
30, Ronnie Russell, Marion, Ind., 2,614.
31, (tie) Kyle Troup, Taylorsville, N.C., and Stuart Williams, England, 2,605.
33, Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., 2,601.
34, AJ Johnson, Oswego, Ill., 2,598.
35, AJ Chapman, St Paul, Minn., 2,589.
36, Dick Allen, Lexington, S.C., 2,582.
37, Greg Ostrander, Freehold, N.J., 2,575.
38, Kurt Pilon, Warren, Mich., 2,574.
39, Zeke Bayt, Westerville, Ohio, 2,562.
40, Jakob Butturff, Tempe, Ariz., 2,560.
41, Gary Faulkner Jr., Memphis, Tenn., 2,558.
42, Kamron Doyle, Brentwood, Tenn., 2,554.
43, Richie Teece, England, 2,548.
44, Shawn Maldonado, Houston, 2,546.
45, Tom Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich., 2,543.
46, Francois Louw, South Africa, 2,538.
47, Ryan Ciminelli, Clarence, N.Y., 2,536.
48, DJ Archer, Friendswood, Texas, 2,531.
49, Kim Bolleby, Thailand, 2,527.
50, Charlie Brown Jr., Grandville, Mich., 2,524.
51, (tie) Jake Peters, Henderson, Nev., and Chris Loschetter, Avon, Ohio, 2,521.
53, Brad Angelo, Lockport, N.Y., 2,519.
54, Ildemaro Ruiz, Venezuela, 2,518.
55, Osku Palermaa, Finland, 2,512.
56, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., 2,503.
57, Christopher Sloan, Ireland, 2,497.
58, Sam Cooley, Australia, 2,494.
59, Zachery Tackett, Huntington, Ind., 2,490.
60, (tie) Jason Sterner, Covington, Ga., Tom Daugherty, Riverview, Fla., and Pontus Andersson, Sweden, 2,481.
63, Matt O'Grady, Rahway, N.J., 2,478.
64, Anthony Lavery-Spahr, Pasadena, Texas, 2,464.
65, (tie) Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, and John Furey, Howell, N.J., 2,459.
67, Daniel Fransson, Sweden, 2,457.
68, Jim Pratt, Avondale, Ariz., 2,449.
69, Julio Cesar Blancas, Mexico, 2,436.
70, Matt Kuba, Chicago Ridge, Ill., 2,427.
71, Mike Wolfe, New Albany, Ind., 2,426.
72, Joe Paluszek, Bensalem, Pa., 2,420.
73, Michael Haugen Jr., Phoenix, 2,419.
74, Humberto Vazquez, Mexico, 2,416.
75, Zach Doty, Campbellsville, Ky., 2,410.
76, Tim Foy Jr., Seaford, Del., 2,395.
77, Michael Davidson, Versailles, Ohio, 2,390.
78, Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., 2,389.
79, Dino Castillo, Highland Village, Texas, 2,387.
80, Connor Pickford, Charlotte, N.C., 2,377.
81, Nicholas Pate, Inver Grove Heights, Minn., 2,375.
82, (tie) Nate Garcia, Port St. Lucie, Fla., and Brian Robinson, Morgantown, W.Va., 2,349.
84, David Krol, Nixa, Mo., 2,348.
85, Rocio Restrepo, Colombia, 2,346.
86, Dakota Vostry, Chicago, Ill., 2,344.
87, Trey Ford III, Bartlesville, Okla., 2,340.
88, Kyle King, Glendale, Ariz., 2,318.
89, Stephen Pavlinko Jr., Sewell, N.J., 2,314.
90, Kenneth Ryan, Morganville, N.J., 2,271.
91, George Duke, Vidor, Texas, 2,258.
92, Russ Oviatt, Chandler, Ariz., 2,244.
93, Andrew Cain, Phoenix, 2,233.
94, Matt Wozney, Clayton, Del., 2,205.
95, Kenneth Bland Jr., San Antonio, Texas, 2,185.
96, Stephen Hahn, Sterling, Va., 2,171.
97, Michael Duran, Banning, Calif., 2,128.
98, Andrew Silverman, Akron, Ohio, 2,014.
99, Steve Britton, Grand Prairie, Texas, 1,992.
100, James Sitters, Australia, 1,795.
101, Michael Foster, Tulsa, Okla., 1,605.
102, Mike Edwards, Tulsa, Okla., 1,259.

300 games: Marshall Kent

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PBA Spare Shots: Finnish Brewery Recognizes Mika Koivuniemi’s Election to PBA Hall of Fame

by Bill Vint October 12, 2018 11:18

Election to the PBA Hall of Fame is a big deal no matter who the individual or where he comes from, but it was an especially memorable honor for native Mika Koivuniemi who will become the first bowler from Finland inducted into the PBA Hall in January.

To celebrate Koivuniemi’s election, Finland’s Tornia Brewery created a “special edition” case of its Original Lapland Lager, Koivuniemi’s favorite, with a neck label recognizing his election.

FLOBOWLING BRINGS FANS PERSONALITY INSIGHTS, PODCASTS AND MORE

As the 2018 Go Bowling! PBA Tour heads down the home stretch, and attention turns to next week’s FloBowling PBA Fall Swing at The Lanes at Coffee Creek in suburban Tulsa, Okla., PBA fans are learning more and more about PBA players, tournaments, viewpoints and more through PBA’s new partnership with FloSports and its dedicated PBA network, FloBowling.

In addition to its exclusive live-streaming coverage of specific events on PBA Xtra Frame on FloBowling, PBA’s new online partner has recently produced podcasts with PBA Tour champion Tom Daugherty, video tips with Bob Learn Jr., stories about the unconventional two-handed style of Tim Cagle II, a preview of the Fall Swing oil patterns with Josh Blanchard, a guest column by PBA CEO-Commissioner Tom Clark re: his phone calls to PBA’s newly-elected hall of famers, and, most recently, a pointed commentary by Australia’s Jason Belmonte who told his “two-handed haters” he could still beat most them bowling with one hand.

A growing library of articles and podcasts are available to PBA fans at no cost simply by visiting https://www.flobowling.com/, where all content is free unless it is designated as “PRO” content.

In addition to following the PBA Tour on pba.com, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, fans also can follow FloBowling on those same platforms (example: : https://www.facebook.com/FloBowling/)…and then they can round out a complete PBA package by subscribing to FloBowling, where they’ll be able to watch exclusive live coverage of the FloBowling PBA Fall Swing, including the Wolf, Bear and Tulsa Open events, Oct. 15-20.

The 2018 PBA Tour season then concludes with the U.S. Open at Northrock Lanes in Wichita, Kan. The preliminary rounds of the U.S. Open also will be live-streamed by Xtra Frame on FloBowling, Oct. 26-30, before the finals air live on CBS Sports Network on Oct. 31.

At stake as the season winds down are eight berths in the PBA Clash which will air on Dec. 23 on FOX, kicking off the 2019 Go Bowling! PBA Tour season on FOX, and berths in the World Bowling Tour Men’s and Women’s Finals presented by the PBA which will be contested at the International Training and Research Center in Arlington, Texas, for airing on FS1 on Sunday, March 10, at 10 p.m. EST.

…AND THEY CAN PLAY GOLF PRETTY WELL, TOO…

Contributing editor Cliff Schrock, writing for Golf Digest, does an annual report on high-quality golfers among athletes who star in other sports, including the NFL, NBA, MLB, etc. This year’s list, released Tuesday on golfdigest.com, includes four PBA players who also excel on the links along with their unofficial golf handicaps. Schrock’s list includes:

● EJ Tackett: a 2 handicapper lists his home course as Orchard Ridge Country Club in Indiana.

Ronnie Russell: plays to a 3.2 handicap; calls Meshingomesia Golf Club in Indiana home.

Tommy Jones: the 2005-06 PBA Player of the Year is a 5 handicap golfer; his home course is Holly Tree Country Club in South Carolina.

Pete Weber: the 37-time PBA Tour titlist is a 9 handicap golfer; his home course is Bogey Hills Country Club in the St. Louis area.

Also worth noting are a couple of other well-known athletes with PBA ties:

● Boston Red Sox star Mookie Betts regularly shoots in the 80-85 range in posting a 12 handicap; he is known to frequent Talis Park G.C. in Florida and the Nashville Golf and Athletic Club near his Tennessee home.

● Houston Rockets star Chris Paul, host of the annual CP3 PBA Invitational, has improved from a 20 to a 13.7 handicap in golf over the past couple of years. He led an NBA team of eight stars in the State Farm Showdown last summer at Mohegan Sun Golf Club in Connecticut.

PBA REGIONAL UPDATE: ROOKIE MICHAEL COFFEY WINS FIRST PBA TITLE IN GEORGIA

Michael Coffey of Melbourne, Fla. won his first PBA title Sunday, defeating 22-time PBA Regional titlist Stoney Baker of Canton, Ga., 221-213, to win the second annual PBA Albany Strikers South Open at Albany Strikers Lanes in Albany, Ga.

Coffey, a 23-year-old PBA rookie, qualified in the final position for the four-man stepladder finals with a 16-game total of 3,740 pins and disposed of two-time PBA Tour champion Tom Daugherty of Riverview, Fla., in his opening match, 300-268, and narrowly defeated 2015 PBA World Champion Gary Faulkner Jr. of Memphis, Tenn., 245-244, in the semifinal contest to advance to the championship match.

In the title match Coffey needed to double in the 10th frame to win and did just that. Coffey, the 2015 Teen Masters champion, 2016 collegiate bowler of the year with Lindenwood University and a two-time member of Junior Team USA, earned $2,400.

● Canadian Raymond Lussier, now living in San Jose, Calif., won nine of his 10 matches to post a winning 18-game total of 4,312 pins Sunday in the PBA Battle of Black Oak Casino West Open at Black Oak Lanes in Tuolumne, Calif., picking up his second PBA Regional title.

Lussier, who earned $2,500, defeated Chris Warren of Grants Pass, Ore., who had a 7-3 match play record and 4,115 pins to earn the $1,300 second prize. Warren is the all-time leader in standard PBA Regional titles with 47.

Brian Kretzer of Dayton, Ohio defeated Jeff Zaffino of Warren, Pa., by 223 pins to win the PBA50 Mel Westrich Memorial Central/Midwest Open at Delphos Recreation Center in Delphos, Ohio, Sunday.

Kretzer finished the 20-game event with a 10-2 match play record and a total of 4,986 pins, including match play bonus pins, to earn his first PBA50 Central Region title of the year and his ninth overall PBA50 Regional title. The reining PBA50 Central Region Player of the Year also earned $1,500.

● PBA Hall of Famer Mark Williams from Beaumont, Texas, and Ricky Schissler of Brighton, Colo., won titles in a pair of joint PBA50 Southwest/Midwest Regional events over the weekend at Junction City Bowl in Junction City, Kan.

On Saturday, Williams defeated Team USA competitor and new PBA member Steve Badovinac of Parker Colo., 224-192, to win his 21st PBA Regional title. Badovinac started the championship match strong with four strikes, but two late open frames allowed a late charge by Williams to win the match and the $1,200 first place check.

On Sunday, Schissler, who won the same event in 2017 for his first PBA title, won six of his seven matches in the eight-game round robin match play finals to build a comfortable 122-pin lead over qualifying leader Keith Lesko from Prosper, Texas. Schissler’s 188-183 win over Lesko in the final position round match allowed Williams to advance to second. Schissler finished the 15-game event with 3,406 total pins, including match play bonus pins, while Williams ended with a 3,280 pinfall total, 31 ahead of Lesko.

● The PBA Regional schedule for the Oct. 12-14 weekend includes the PBA50-PBA60 Central Doubles Open presented by Columbia 300 at Park Centre Lanes in North Canton, Ohio; the PBA-PBA50 Station 300 Baker Doubles in Bluffton, S.C., and the PBA50 and PBA60 Dick’s Pro Shop Northwest/West doubleheader presented by Boulder Falls at Linn Lanes in Portland, Ore.

● The Oct. 19-21 PBA Regional calendar includes the PBA50 Waxahachie Southwest Open at Hilltop Lanes in Waxahachie, Texas, and the Jackson Central/Midwest Open at Dave Small’s Jax 60 in Jackson, Mich.

● The final PBA Regional events of October take place over the Oct. 26-28 weekend, including the PBA50 Bryan’s Bowling Center East Open presented by the Hopkins Automotive Group and 900 Global in Laurel, Del., and the South Point West Challenge and PBA Member-Nonmember Doubles, both presented by Radical, at South Point Bowling Plaza in Las Vegas

● 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 device users using the PBA app).

QUICK NOTES:

● PBA Hall of Famer Norm Duke has withdrawn from the Flo Bowling PBA Fall Swing while nursing a recurring calf injury and a sore right elbow. Duke has noted, however, that he hopes to be well enough to compete in the U.S. Open, the season’s final major championship, Oct. 24-31 in Wichita, Kan.

● Speaking of the FloBowling PBA Fall Swing, 10 countries will be represented in the field of more than 100 players, including competitors from Australia, England, Mexico, Canada, Sweden, Colombia, Denmark, Finland, Thailand and the U.S.

● PBA Hall of Famer Danny Wiseman recently conducted his annual scholarship tournament for youth bowlers in the Baltimore area. For results and photos, click here: www.facebook.com/pages/DANNY-WISEMAN-BOWLING-FAN-PAGE/107752155919763

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PBA Spare Shots: Bill O’Neill’s “on the Bubble” in 8th Qualifying Spot for 2018 PBA Clash

by Bill Vint October 4, 2018 11:12

The PBA International-WBT Thailand, which concluded Friday in Bangkok, at least temporarily shuffled the top eight qualifying positions on the 2018 Go Bowling! PBA Tour earnings list heading into the end-of-season PBA Clash, and Bill O’Neill is now “bubble boy” in the eighth spot.

Following the Thailand tournament, the top four on the 2018 PBA Tour earnings list remain the same: Jason Belmonte, Anthony Simonsen, Dom Barrett and Andrew Anderson. After a fourth-place finish in Thailand, Kyle Troup has moved up two spots to fifth; EJ Tackett drops one spot to sixth, Marshall Kent is seventh (down from sixth) and O'Neill is now on the bubble in eighth place, moving up two spots after finishing 15th in Thailand. Jesper Svensson has advanced to ninth ($1,470 behind O’Neill) followed by Jakob Butturff and Tom Smallwood.

Attention now turns to the FloBowling PBA Fall Swing (including the Wolf Open, Bear Open and Tulsa Open) at The Lanes at Coffee Creek in suburban Tulsa, Okla., Oct. 15-20, followed by the U.S. Open at Northrock Lanes in Wichita, Kan., Oct. 24-31, which will decide the earnings race.

PBA Xtra Frame on FloBowling will cover the PBA Fall Swing live from start to finish. Subscriptions are available at FloBowling.com. The preliminary rounds of the U.S. Open also will be live-streamed by Xtra Frame on FloBowling, Oct. 26-30, before the finals air live on CBS Sports Network on Oct. 31.

The WBT Thailand was also a WBT points event. The top three men and top three women in WBT points for the 2018 season will compete in the World Bowling Tour Men’s and Women’s Finals presented by the PBA which will be contested at the International Training and Research Center in Arlington, Texas, for airing on FS1 on Sunday, March 10, at 10 p.m. EST.

The current top five in men’s WBT points are: Anthony Simonsen, Stuart Williams, Kyle Troup, Andrew Anderson and Sean Rash. The women’s top five are WBT Thailand winner Danielle McEwan, Liz Johnson, Daria Pajak, Siti Safiyah Amirah and Shannon O’Keefe.

The final three events to earn WBT points in 2018 will be the PBA Tulsa Open, the U.S. Open and the all-events division of the World Bowling Men’s World Championships Nov. 24-Dec. 5 in Hong Kong.

PBA STARS TO COMPETE IN WORLD BOWLING MEN’S CHAMPIONSHIPS IN HONG KONG

Several PBA stars from around the world will compete for gold, silver and bronze medals in the World Bowling Men’s World Championships Nov. 24-Dec. 5 in Hong Kong, including Team USA members Andrew Anderson, Chris Barnes, Jakob Butturff, Tommy Jones, EJ Tackett and Kyle Troup. Barnes and Jones are the veterans on Team USA, having made their debuts in 1995 and 1996, respectively. Butturff along with Barnes and Jones were members of the 2017 gold-medal U.S. men’s team in the combined men’s and women’s World Bowling Championships in Las Vegas. Anderson, Tackett and Troup will be making their debuts as members of adult Team USA.

The Men’s World Championships are held every four years. Competition includes singles, doubles, trios, five-man team, all-events and Masters events.

PBA REGIONAL UPDATE: BUTTURFF WINS 19TH REGIONAL TITLE IN ROHNERT PARK

Top qualifier Jakob Butturff of Tempe, Ariz., defeated Josh Blanchard of Mesa, Ariz., 259-206, to win the PBA Double Decker Lanes West/Northwest Open presented by Roto Grip at Double Decker Lanes Sunday, continuing his unprecedented domination of PBA Regional competition in the west.

The win, which was covered live by PBA Xtra Frame on FloBowling, was Butturff’s 19th regional title in his three-year PBA career, and earned the $2,000 top prize.

Blanchard defeated Wayne Garber of Modesto, Calif., 232-222, in the semifinal match after Garber defeated Tim Cagle II of Hercules, Calif., in the opening match, 223-174,

● In Bluffton, Ind., EJ Tackett gave his family’s newly-purchased bowling center, EZ Bowl, a successful initiation Sunday when he defeated Patrick Dombrowski of Parma, Ohio, 235-199 to win the Bluffton Central/Midwest Open.

Tackett re-located from Huntington, Ind., to Bluffton when his family recently acquired the bowling center that was subsequently renamed “EZ Bowl” based on the initials of the Tackett brothers, EJ and Zach.

The title was Tackett’s first of the year in the PBA Central Region and his seventh career PBA Regional title. He earned $2,500 along with his title.

Dombrowski defeated Michael Davidson of Versailles, Ohio, 223-204, to advance to the championship match after edging Brad Angelo of Lockport, N.Y., 182-181, in the first stepladder match.

Keith Lesko of Prosper, Texas, defeated Mac Sanders of Taylors, S.C., 223-216, to win the PBA50 J&L Sports Spartanburg South Open at Paradise Lanes in Spartanburg, S.C., Sunday.

Lesko won $1,900 along with his fifth career regional title. After rolling a strike in the ninth frame, he needed another on his first shot in the 10th frame to take the title and he delivered the shot he needed.

In the semifinal round, Lesko eliminated Craig Auerbach of Sunrise, Fla., 244-178, while Sanders disposed of Tim Regan of East Northport, N.Y., 280-183.

● October’s PBA Regional events get underway this weekend with the PBA50 Mel Westrich Memorial/Ebonite Central/Midwest Open at Delphos Recreation in Delphos, Ohio; a PBA50 Southwest/Midwest two-day, two-tournament program at Junction City Bowl in Junction City, Kan.; the Albany Strikers South Open in Albany, Ga.; the 13th annual Battle at Black Oak Casino West Open in Tuolumne, Calif., and the DHC Japan Cheetah Mixed Doubles and Japan Queens at Nagoya Grand Bowl in Nagoya, Japan.

● The PBA Regional schedule for the Oct. 12-14 weekend includes the PBA50-PBA60 Central Doubles Open presented by Columbia 300 at Park Centre Lanes in North Canton, Ohio; the PBA-PBA50 Station 300 Baker Doubles in Bluffton, S.C., and the PBA50 and PBA60 Dick’s Pro Shop Northwest/West doubleheader presented by Boulder Falls at Linn Lanes in Portland, Ore.

● The Oct. 19-21 PBA Regional calendar includes the PBA50 Waxahachie Southwest Open at Hilltop Lanes in Waxahachie, Texas, and the Jackson Central/Midwest Open at Dave Small’s Jax 60 in Jackson, Mich.

● The final PBA Regional events of October take place over the Oct. 26-28 weekend, including the PBA50 Bryan’s Bowling Center East Open presented by the Hopkins Automotive Group and 900 Global in Laurel, Del., and the South Point West Challenge and PBA Member-Nonmember Doubles, both presented by Radical, at South Point Bowling Plaza in Las Vegas

● 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 device users using the PBA app).

QUICK NOTES:

● PBA’s list of all-time regional title winners suggests no PBA member has come close to Jakob Butturff’s record in regional competition in his first three years as a member. Unofficially – because the PBA has never created record categories for its regional program – the closest to Butturff’s performance would be newly-elected PBA Hall of Famer Patrick Allen who won 10 of his 30 career PBA Regional titles between 2000 and 2002, his first three years of PBA membership.

A quick check suggests no other PBA member has even reached double figures in regional wins in a similar three-year span to start a career. Among the all-time regional title leaders, Chris Warren is no. 1 with 47 titles, but he won only five times in his first three years. Pete Weber (second with 46 regional titles) won three times; Steve Jaros (43) won five times and Walter Ray Williams Jr. (33) won two regional titles in his first three years.

The PBA has previously noted that Butturff, a 24-year-old left-hander, won a record nine regional titles in his rookie year (2016), four in 2017 and six times as of Sunday in 2018.

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