Sean Rash Earns Top Seed for Stellar U.S. Open Stepladder Finals

by Jerry Schneider October 29, 2019 21:16

By Matt Cannizzaro, USBC Communications

MOORESVILLE, N.C. - After 56 games over five days, five competitors have advanced to the championship round of the 2019 U.S. Open.

The quintet conquered four challenging oil patterns at Victory Lanes and now will battle for the $30,000 top prize, coveted green jacket and final major championship on the 2019 Go Bowling! PBA Tour schedule live on CBS Sports Network on Wednesday at 8 p.m. Eastern.

The standings seemed to be on a continuous spin cycle throughout the final round of match play Tuesday evening, with three different people topping the leaderboard during the eight-game block.

Sean Rash of Montgomery, Illinois, a 14-time PBA Tour champion, spent the most time out in front and held a 60-pin advantage over 2016 U.S. Open champion Francois Lavoie of Canada heading into the day-ending position round.

Though Lavoie was able to win the position-round matchup, 217-211, Rash had enough of a lead to claim the top seed for the TV stepladder by 24 pins.

Lavoie held on for the No. 2 spot, which is the same place he qualified the year he won. He and Rash will be joined on the show by Australia's Jason Belmonte, Bill O'Neill of Langhorne, Pennsylvania, and Anthony Simonsen of Little Elm, Texas. All five are major champions.

"I have one game to bowl for a title, which is something I've done six, seven or eight times this year, and it's a great feeling," said Rash, who was the No. 1 seed for both of his major titles - the 2007 United States Bowling Congress Masters and 2012 PBA Tournament of Champions. "There's four unbelievable players on the show with me, all major champions, so it's going to be an amazing show. I'm extremely happy right now, but there's still so much left to do."

Rash, who set the pace through 32 games of qualifying and led the final 24 players into the match-play portion of the event, finished with a 56-game pinfall total of 12,379, which included 30 bonus pins for each of his 12 wins in match play. He started match play with seven consecutive losses.

Lavoie finished with a 12,355 total, Belmonte closed with a 266-233 win over Shawn Maldonado to jump from fifth place to third (12,312), O'Neill finished with 12,303 and Simonsen held on to the final spot with 12,261, just 27 pins ahead of Maldonado.

"Tonight was very much needed and something I felt was coming," said Belmonte, a 22-time PBA Tour champion. "I finished the second round with 279 and realized that game put me back in contention. I was about 100 out of the show and thought I could get there with a couple good games in a row. Through the middle of the last block, I did some of the best bowling I've done in a really long time."

The star-studded stepladder includes some amazing storylines.

Rash is looking for his third title of 2019 and third career major. A win would make Lavoie the first foreign-born player to win the event twice, while he and O'Neill, the 2010 winner, both have a chance to become the 12th bowler in history to win multiple times.

Belmonte and Simonsen both have found the winner's circle in majors this season. Belmonte won the PBA Tournament of Champions and PBA World Series of Bowling X PBA World Championship and was the runner-up to Simonsen at the 2019 PBA Players Championship.

Belmonte's win at the 2019 PBA World Championship moved him past PBA Hall of Famers Earl Anthony and Pete Weber, who each own 10 major titles.

Simonsen, who, along with O'Neill has won twice this year, is looking to become the youngest player with three majors - he also won the 2016 Masters - and Belmonte is eyeing his record 12th major title. The U.S. Open is the one that has eluded him. The Australian's best finish at the event was a second-place effort in 2013.

"This has put me in a position to have a crack at No. 12, and I'm excited and nervous and I can't wait to get out there and leave it all on the lanes," said Belmonte, a four-time champion in 2019. "I'll give it everything I've got, and if the pins want to fall, it'll be my year. I know there will be plenty more U.S. Opens, but I'm kind of hoping they fall for me this time."

Defending champion Dom Barrett of England also made match play this week and finished 14th, one spot ahead of 2017 champion Rhino Page of Orlando, Florida.

The field this week started with 144 players, all of whom bowled 24 games of qualifying over three days (eight games each day). Each round featured a different oil pattern, and a fourth lane condition was introduced for the cashers' round, match play and championship round.

The U.S. Open is conducted jointly by USBC and the Bowling Proprietors' Association of America.

For complete U.S. Open results click on https://www.bowl.com/US_Open/US_Open_Home/2019_Results/

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Lavoie Leads After First Round of Match Play at U.S. Open

by Jerry Schneider October 28, 2019 19:48

By Matt Cannizzaro, USBC Communications

MOORESVILLE, N.C. - The initial roster at the 2019 U.S. Open was pretty stout, filled with the sport's top performers and many up-and-coming young standouts.

What's left, now that the field has been cut to the top 24 for round-robin match play, could be mistaken for the first draft of a publication celebrating the greatest players of the PBA’s second 50 years.

Among those remaining in contention for the $30,000 top prize, coveted green jacket and final major championship on the 2019 Go Bowling! PBA Tour schedule are 17 PBA Tour titlists, 12 PBA major champions, including seven past U.S. Open winners, and eight players who have reached the television finals at the prestigious event since it returned from a one-year hiatus in 2015.

The overall lead changed hands a few times during the eight games of match play Monday night at Victory Lanes, and 2016 U.S. Open winner Francois Lavoie of Canada finished the day atop the standings with an 8,729 total. His score includes pinfall for 40 games and 30 bonus pins for each of his six wins in match play.

Anthony Simonsen of Little Elm, Texas, is second with 8,694 followed by Bill O'Neill of Langhorne, Pennsylvania (8,668), left-hander Jesper Svensson of Sweden (8,588) and Houston's Shawn Maldonado (8,574).

"Keeping the momentum going tomorrow will be about staying smart and patient," Lavoie said. "I think I have a good process and routine, and sticking to what I've been doing is key. It's kind of repetitive, but that's what it is. You don't want to get ahead of yourself. You want to take every frame separately, one at a time, especially with a pattern this tough."

The biggest move of the day came from Brandon Novak of Chillicothe, Ohio, who averaged more than 220 on the way to a 6-2 record. He started match play in 21st place and now is sixth in the standings, just 37 pins below the cutline.

The 31-year-old right-hander is one of the seven remaining players without a PBA Tour title. Monday night's performance left him comfortable and confident on the 40-foot oil pattern being used for the cashers' round, match play and championship round.

"I'm feeling pretty confident with the pattern, and even though the initial idea was to start a little straighter, that wasn't really the right place for me, so I moved in and played the dry most of the eight games and was able to stay with the same ball," said Novak, the Regular All-Events champion at the 2016 United States Bowling Congress Open Championships. "I did make a few small mistakes, otherwise I could've bowled better some of the games, but I definitely feel good going into tomorrow. Hopefully, I can make something happen."

Sean Rash of Montgomery, Illinois, was the qualifying leader after Monday's eight-game cashers' round, averaging nearly 214 over the event's first 32 games. He closed the cashers' round with games of 253 and 268 to surge into the lead for the first time this week.

Despite only going 1-7 in his first eight matches, the two-time major champion is in ninth place and just 61 pins outside of the top five. With 16 games remaining, there's only 95 pins between fifth and 10th place.

Defending champion Dom Barrett of England also advanced to match play. He posted a 2-6 match-play record and currently is 21st in the standings with an 8,316 total. He's looking to make his third U.S. Open telecast since 2015. He was the runner-up that year, falling to left-hander Ryan Ciminelli in the title match.

Competition at the 2019 U.S. Open will resume Tuesday with two additional rounds of matches, beginning at 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Eastern.

At the conclusion of the evening block, 56-game pinfall totals, including bonus pins, will determine the five players for the stepladder finals, which will be broadcast live on CBS Sports Network on Wednesday at 8 p.m. EDT.

The field this week started with 144 players, all of whom bowled 24 games of qualifying over three days (eight games each day). Each round featured a different oil pattern, and a fourth lane condition was introduced for the cashers' round, match play and championship round.

All rounds leading up to the TV show are being broadcast live at BowlTV.com and simulcast on FloBowling.

The U.S. Open is conducted jointly by the USBC and Bowling Proprietors' Association of America. For complete standings click on https://www.bowl.com/US_Open/US_Open_Home/2019_Results/

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Past Champion Francois Lavoie Surges Into U.S. Open Lead After Second Round

by Jerry Schneider October 26, 2019 22:12

By Matt Cannizzaro, USBC Communications

MOORESVILLE, N.C. - Bowling's U.S. Open is a test of patience, endurance and versatility.

As a past champion at the event, Canada's Francois Lavoie already has proven himself on one of the most prestigious stages in sports, so it was no surprise to see his rise to the top of the leaderboard Saturday at Victory Lanes.

The 26-year-old right-hander entered the day in a three-way tie for 32nd place, more than 160 pins behind first-round leader Jason Belmonte of Australia, but made light work of the day's 41-foot oil pattern to surge up the standings.

Lavoie rolled games of 225, 265, 290, 258, 251, 227, 207 and 245 on the day's opening squad and set the bar for the rest of the talented 144-player field. His 1,968 total, a 246 average, was 122 pins better than the day's next-closest player and secured him the top overall spot with a 16-game total of 3,579, a 223.69 average.

Seven-time PBA Tour champion Anthony Simonsen of Little Elm, Texas, is second with 3,414 and followed by Belmonte (3,395) and Sean Rash of Montgomery, Illinois (3,392). Ronnie Russell of Marion, Indiana, and Bill O'Neill of Langhorne, Pennsylvania, are tied for fifth place with 3,391.

Defending champion Dom Barrett of England is eighth with 3,378, and Verity Crawley, also from England, is the cut number after two rounds with 3,249, an average of 203.06.

"I thought this pattern was the softest of the three and would be my best one, but I couldn't have known I'd have that kind of number on it," Lavoie said. "I didn't really know how people would break it down, but I did expect higher scores, which we saw throughout the house."

Saturday's outstanding performance left Lavoie in a favorable position for a spot among the 36 players who will advance to Monday's cashers' round, but he knows how important it is to focus only on the task at hand.
The final round of qualifying will feature a 37-foot oil pattern, and Lavoie thinks it will be his biggest test of the week. Competition at Victory Lanes will resume Sunday at 8 a.m. Eastern, and Lavoie's final eight-game block will begin at 6 p.m. EDT.

"I'm incredibly happy with today's block, and it puts me in a great position overall for the tournament, but I also understand it's time to move on and prepare for the next pattern, which I think might be the trickiest of the three," Lavoie said. "I've learned a lot from the few times I've bowled in this event, and that includes staying in the moment and taking each day and each pattern one at a time. I think I've done a good job of staying level-headed so far, and I hope to carry that on to the next pattern."

All competitors must endure 24 games of qualifying over three days, with each day featuring a different lane condition.

The basic strategy for navigating the challenging oil patterns at the U.S. Open is to minimize mistakes, keep the ball in the pocket, so anything left is makeable, grind on the patterns that might not suit your style and take full advantage of the ones that do.

Lavoie has epitomized that through two days at Victory Lanes. On the 45-foot oil pattern in Friday's first round, the three-time Professional Bowlers Association Tour champion had four games under 195 and only one game over 230 on the way to a 1,611 total.

For perspective, however, only 38 of the 144 competitors averaged more than 200 for their eight games.

"I felt pretty good about yesterday's block, but there's definitely some shots I'd like to have back," Lavoie said. "I had a couple of low games, but, overall, I think it was a decent score, especially on the first day. That early, you don't necessarily have to lead, but you want to put yourself in a good spot and do what you need to do to stay in it. I tried not to score watch too much, but I felt like I was in a good spot when it was done."

At the conclusion of Sunday's round, the field will be cut to the top 36 for an eight-game cashers' round on a fourth oil pattern, after which, the top 24 will advance to round-robin match play. The 56-game pinfall totals, including bonus pins for each win in match play, will determine the five finalists.

Each round of the 2019 U.S. Open, leading up to the championship round, is being broadcast live on BowlTV.com and simulcast on FloBowling.

CBS Sports Network will have live coverage of the stepladder finals on Wednesday, Oct. 30 at 8 p.m. Eastern. The winner will take home the coveted green jacket and a $30,000 top prize.

Lavoie's first run at U.S. Open history came at the 2016 event in Las Vegas, where his success over 56 games earned him the No. 2 seed for the stepladder finals.

Despite his rookie status on the Go Bowling! PBA Tour at the time, Lavoie was far from green, having enjoyed countless successes, both collegiately at Wichita State University and as a member of Team Canada.

He made history in the semifinal match, becoming the 26th player in PBA competition to roll a televised perfect game. It was the sixth time it happened during a major but was the first at the U.S. Open, which dates back more than seven decades.

His momentum continued into the championship match, and he defeated top-seeded Marshall Kent, 228-194, for his first PBA Tour title. He went on to become the 2016 PBA Rookie of the Year, as well as 2016 PBA Southwest Region Rookie of the Year.

With the few years that have passed since his memorable victory, Lavoie's appreciation for what he accomplished has grown.

"I think the more tournaments I bowl, the more I realize how historic this event is and how special it is to have won it," Lavoie said. "There's something to be said for having quick success, and I think you appreciate it the more you bowl. It has been a while since I've won, and the more events I bowl in, the more

I understand how difficult it really is. I've just been really fortunate to have a good start to my career."

The U.S. Open is the final major championship on the 2019 PBA Tour schedule and is conducted jointly by the United States Bowling Congress and Bowling Proprietors' Association of America.

For U.S. Open standings and schedule click on https://www.bowl.com/US_Open/US_Open_Home/2019_Results/

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PBA Spare Shots: Chris Warren Wins Record 55th PBA Regional Title in Waxahachie

by Bill Vint October 25, 2019 08:53

Defending champion Chris Warren, a native Texan now living in Grants Pass, Ore., built a 238-pin lead after the 13 games of qualifying and then coasted in the eight-game round robin finals to win a record 55th PBA Regional title by repeating as the PBA50 Waxahachie Southwest Open titlist at Hilltop Lanes in Waxahachie, Texas, Sunday.

Warren defeated runner-up Pete Thomas from Oklahoma City, Okla., 227-201, in the final position round match for a 4,896-4,695 victory, including match play bonus pins. Thomas held off third-place finisher Paul Fleming of Ft. Worth, Texas, who finished with 4,649 total pins, to stay in second place.

Along with his eighth PBA50 Regional title to go along with his 47 standard PBA Regional wins, Warren earned the $2,000 winner’s check.

Warren improved his lead in the overall PBA Regional titles race to three over Dale Traber, Pete Weber and Walter Ray Williams Jr. who have each won 52 PBA Regional titles. Warren and Weber share the standard PBA Regional titles lead with 47 each while Harry Sullins of Chesterfield Township, Mich., is the PBA50 Regional titles leader with 24 wins. The current PBA Regional titles leaders include the following:

Overall Standard and PBA50 Regional Titles
1, Chris Warren 55
2 (tie), Dale Traber 52
   Pete Weber 52
   Walter Ray Williams Jr. 52
5, Hugh Miller 45
6, Mike Scroggins 44
7, Steve Jaros 43
8 (tie), Ross Packard 42
   Guppy Troup 42
10, Sam Zurich 40

Standard PBA Regional Titles
1 (tie), Chris Warren 47
   Pete Weber 47
3, Steve Jaros 43
4, Mike Scroggins 40
5, Dale Traber 39
6, Sam Zurich 38
7 (tie), Walter Ray Williams Jr. 33
   Hugh Miller 33
   Ross Packard 33
10 (tie), Dennis Horan 30
   Patrick Allen 30
   Jeff Richgels 30

PBA50 Regional Titles
1, Harry Sullins 24
2 (tie), Walter Ray Williams Jr. 19
   Tom Baker 19
4 (tie), George Pappas 17
   Ron Mohr 17
6, Brian Kretzer 15
7, Ron Winger 14
8 (tie), Dale Traber 13
   Guppy Troup 13
   Tim Kauble 13

“PBA PLAYER’S PERSPECTIVE” RETURNS WITH NORM DUKE REVISITING 2011 U.S. OPEN

PBA Player’s Perspective, a series of special YouTube interviews with PBA title winners reflecting on their victories in selected title matches, returns on Tuesday, Oct. 29, when PBA Hall of Famer Norm Duke revisits his stunning victory over Mika Koivuniemi in the 2011 U.S. Open.

The weekly series, with new perspectives released to the PBA’s YouTube home page, will feature the following players providing personal play-by-play reflections in the weeks ahead:

Nov. 5 – Kris Prather’s 2019 PBA Playoffs victory.

Nov. 12 – Anthony Simonsen’s win in the 2019 Bear Open.

Nov. 19 – Sean Rash discusses his 2014 Wolf Open title.

Nov. 26 – EJ Tackett reflects on winning the 2019 PBA Tour Finals.

PBA, IBM/HF PARTNER FOR SPECIAL “VIP EXPERIENCE” AT PBA HALL OF FAME CLASSIC

The PBA and the International Bowling Museum and Hall of Fame are teaming up to offer bowling fans a unique experience in conjunction with the PBA Hall of Fame Classic in January that will kick off the PBA Tour’s 2020 season.

The PBA Hall of Fame Classic will take place at the International Bowling Campus in Arlington, Texas, which is home to the IBM/HF and the International Training and Research Center, where the PBA Hall of Fame Classic will be contested – all as part of a weekend that will include the induction of PBA Hall of Famers Tommy Jones, Mike Slade and Rob Glaser on Saturday, Jan. 18. The weekend will conclude with the tournament’s stepladder finals, live on FOX Sports 1 (FS1) on Sunday, Jan. 19, at 1 p.m. EST.

The IBM/HF is holding a special auction with one fan receiving a Hall of Fame VIP Experience to the weekend’s activities on Jan. 18-19. The auction is underway at BowlingMuseumAuctions.com. The winner will be announced Dec. 11 at noon Eastern on the IBM/HF Facebook page and will receive:

— Round-trip travel (domestic travel only) and select meal expenses for two to the International Bowling Campus for the 2020 PBA Hall of Fame Classic;
— Weekend events hosted IBM/HF President Mike Aulby, a PBA Hall of Fame member;
— Private, behind-the-scenes guided tour of the IBM/HF and the IBC;
— Tickets to PBA Hall of Fame cocktail party and special exhibit opening;
— VIP seating at the PBA Hall of Fame dinner and induction ceremonies;
— Meet and greet with PBA Hall of Fame bowlers;
— Special PBA TV production tour;
— VIP seating at PBA Hall of Fame Classic stepladder finals live on FS1;
— Bowling jersey autographed by the PBA Hall of Fame Classic champion;
— Autographed PBA Hall of Fame Class of 2020 bowling pin;
— Photo in a national bowling magazine;
— Tons of photo and autograph opportunities.

All proceeds from the auction will benefit the IBM/HF’s Frame4Frame Film Restoration Initiative. Go to BowlingMuseum.com to learn more about the International Bowling Museum and Hall of Fame. Also visit BowlingHeritage.com for the Bowling Virtual Vault featuring online collections at the museum.

PBA REGIONAL UPDATE: CHRIS GIBBONS WINS FIRST PBA REGIONAL IN 29 YEARS

Chris Gibbons of Madison, Wis. threw three strikes in his final frame Sunday to defeat non-PBA member Jason French of Levittown, N.Y., 236-234, to win the PBA Bowl-A-Vard Midwest Open at Bowl-A-Vard Lanes in his hometown for his first PBA Regional title in 29 years.

Gibbons, who had not won a PBA Regional title since winning his only previous regional title in Belleville, Ill. in 1990, earned a first-place check for $2,500. In the first match of the three-player stepladder finals, French defeated Jerry Marrs of Lake in the Hills, Ill., 235-187, to advance to the title match.

Darryl Bower of Middletown, Pa. compiled an 8-0 match play record and a 16-game total of 3,417 pins to win the PBA50 Timber Lanes Open at Timber Lanes in Oxford, Pa., Sunday for his 16th career PBA Regional title.

Bower entered the position round match trailing Sammy Ventura of Norwich, N.Y. by 10 pins. Bower doubled in the 10th frame to force Ventura to throw the first strike to win the game and earn the 30 bonus pins. Ventura failed to strike, giving Bower a 215-199 win and the title by a final margin of 36 pins, 3,417-3,381.

The win was Bower’s fifth in PBA50 Regional competition to go along with 11 standard regional titles. He also received $1,500 for the win.

— Joe Cannon of Puyallup, Wash., posted a 6-1-1 match play record and knocked down 4,140 pins Sunday to win the PBA50 Dick’s Pro Shop Northwest/West Open at Linn Lanes in Lebanon, Ore., for his first PBA50 Regional title.

Cannon, who earned $1,500, defeated non-PBA member Mal Acosta of Lebanon, Ore., by 301 pins for a convincing win. Acosta had a 4-4 match play record and 3,839 total pins for his 16 games including match play bonus pins.

In the companion PBA60 Open for bowlers age 60 and older, Hugh Miller of Mercer Island, Wash., went 6-2 and knocked down 4,042 total pins for 16 games to top John Gould of Yuba City, Calif., by 114 pins and earn $1,500. Gould had a 5-3 match play record and a total of 3,928 pins. This was Miller’s eighth win as a “senior” player, and his first in the 60-and-older category.

Kyle Mayberry of Mechanicsburg, Ohio defeated Justin Knowles of Okemos, Mich., 269-209, to win the PBA Greater Jackson Central Open at Dave Small’s JAX 60 in Jackson, Mich., Sunday for his third career regional title and the $2,000 first prize.

Mayberry topped Chandler Stevens of Archbold, Ohio, 203-169 and Knowles downed Patrick Dombrowski of Parma, Ohio, 276-192 to set up the championship match.

Closing out the October PBA Regional calendar will be the South Point West Challenge presented by MOTIV and the South Point Member/Non-Member Doubles presented by Hammer at South Point Bowling Plaza in Las Vegas.

busy schedule of events is on tap for November as the PBA Regional program begins to wrap up the 2019 season, beginning with the Nov. 1-3 weekend. On the schedule are the PBA-PBA50 Callahan’s Bowling for Gold Over-Under Doubles presented by TechVision at Callahan’s Bowl O Rama in Newington, Conn.; the PBA-PBA50 Decker Appraisal Services Doubles presented by Hammer at Interstate Bowl in Bristol, Va.; the Mesa East Open presented by Columbia 300 at Mesa East Bowl in Mesa, Ariz., and the one-day Ft. Wayne Central-Midwest Open at Pro Bowl West in Ft. Wayne, Ind.

The Nov. 8-10 calendar of PBA Regional activity includes the La-Z-Boy Central Challenge for non-title winners at Monroe Sports Center in Monroe, Mich.; the Plaza Bowl Midwest Open presented by Roto Grip in Clinton, Iowa, and the Gastonia South Open presented by Brunswick at George Pappas’ Liberty Lanes in Gastonia, N.C.

On the Nov. 15-17 PBA Regional weekend schedule are the PBA50 Bryan’s Bowling Center Eastern Open presented by 900 Global in Laurel, Del.; the PBA50 PLYGEM Windows Rocky Mount South Open at Rocky Mount Bowling Center in Rocky Mount, Va., and the Japan Region’s High Sports Cup Chameleon Open at Kashima Bowl in Kashima, Japan.

On the pre-Thanksgiving Day weekend schedule, Nov. 22-24, at the PBA50 Allstate Central Match Classic at Westland Bowl in Westland, Mich.; the Break Point Alley Member/Non-Member Doubles in Tavares, Fla., and the PBA and PBA50 Epicenter Northwest-West Open tournaments in Klamath Falls, Ore.

The only PBA Regional tournament over the Nov. 29-Dec. 1 Thanksgiving weekend will be the PBA50 Beaumont Southwest Open at Crossroads Bowling Center in Beaumont, Texas.

The PBA Regional program concludes its 2019 season with a pair of tournaments over the Dec. 6-8 weekend: the Knob Hill East Challenge at Knob Hill Country Lanes in Manalapan, N.J., and the Warren Harley-Davidson Central Challenge at Freeway Lanes of Warren, Ohio. Both “challenge” tournaments are open exclusively to non-title winners.

● 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

FloBowling’s coverage of U.S. Open qualifying, cashers and match play rounds begins Friday and continues through Tuesday, leading into the live stepladder finals Wednesday at 8 p.m. Eastern on CBS Sports Network. Qualifying rounds begin at 8 a.m., 1 and 6 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The top 36 qualifiers will bowl the cashers round at 10 a.m. Monday followed by the first round of match play at 5 p.m. Match play concludes with rounds at 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Tuesday. For subscription information, visit flobowling.com. BowlTV also will livestream the same rounds simultaneously. Visit bowltv.com for details.

Fans also can follow the tournament as it happens, game by game, by visiting the “Live Scoring” feature on pba.com (https://www.pba.com/PBALiveScoring?TournamentID=2951).

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PBA Spare Shots: How to Order Your Copy of New Earl Anthony Biography

by Bill Vint October 18, 2019 08:13

Veteran bowling writer Barry Sparks of York, Pa., has authored the first comprehensive biography covering the life and accomplishments of PBA legend Earl Anthony, which can now be ordered from Luby Publishing.

“EARL: The Greatest Bowler of All Time,” is Sparks’ 293-page compilation of more than 100 interviews with people who crossed paths with Anthony and includes more than two dozen vintage photos from Anthony’s career. Anthony, who held the PBA Tour titles record with 43 for several years before being surpassed by Walter Ray Williams Jr. (47), was selected as the PBA’s greatest player in the 2009 celebration of the 50 Greatest Players in PBA history.

To place an order for the book, visit www.earlanthonybook.com. Ten percent of the proceeds will be donated to the Earl Anthony Scholarship Fund that is managed by the United States Bowling Congress.

DID YOU KNOW “HI AND LOIS” ARE INTO BOWLING?

“Hi and Lois” is an American comic strip about the suburban Flagstone family. Created by Mort Walker and illustrated by Dik Browne, it debuted on Oct. 18, 1954, and is distributed to newspapers across America by King Features Syndicate.

With those family-oriented ties, it only makes sense that – 65 years later – the family comic strip would acknowledge its bowling roots. Now produced by the sons of the original creative team, the strip is written by Brian and Greg Walker and drawn by Robert "Chance" Browne and Eric Reaves, and it appears in 1,000 newspapers across the country. Here’s a link to the strip featuring the Flagstones’ teenage son Chip that ran this week: (https://www.comicskingdom.com/hi-and-lois/2019-10-17).

Trivia tidbit about the strip: did you know that Hiram and Lois Flagstone first appeared in Mort Walker’s “Beetle Bailey” cartoon strip…and that Lois is actually Beetle Bailey’s sister?

WATCH U.S. OPEN ON FLOBOWLING, CBS SPORTS NETWORK

Bowling’s U.S. Open, the final major championship of the 2019 Go Bowling! PBA Tour season, gets underway on Friday, Oct. 25, and concludes with the stepladder finals airing live on Wednesday, Oct. 30, at 8 p.m. Eastern on CBS Sports Network.

All preliminary rounds of the U.S. Open will be livestreamed simultaneously by FloBowling.com and BowlTV.com. All three days of qualifying, the cashers round and three rounds of match play will be contested on different lane conditioning patterns.

England’s Dom Barrett is the defending U.S. Open champion.

FOX SPORTS, FACEBOOK COLLABORATION TO INCLUDE PBA HIGHLIGHTS

FOX Sports is teaming with Facebook to create new, exclusive interactive programs and segments on Facebook Watch that will focus on football, sports wagering and more, including highlights from the 2020 PBA Tour season.

The new weekly FOX Football Sunday program streams on the platform each Monday morning during the season where fans on Facebook can submit questions to Terry Bradshaw, Howie Long, Michael Strahan, Tony Gonzalez and Curt Menefee. Additionally, every Sunday night, Menefee will host FOX Football Update, a recap of the day’s action with FOX Sports analysts from game locations.

The new collaboration between FOX Sports and Facebook will also offer regular highlights from Liga MX, Big East basketball, NASCAR, Premier Boxing Championships and PBA Tour events.

PBA REGIONAL UPDATE: NUZZO, GUERRIERI WIN PBA50-60 DOUBLES EVENT IN OHIO

PBA60 competitor Joe Nuzzo of Girard, Ohio and his PBA50 partner Danny Guerrieri of Youngstown, Ohio, defeated Bill Peters of Dayton, Ohio and Eddie Graham of Kettering, Ohio, 482-479, 475-395, in the best-of-three-game championship match to win the Park Centre Lanes PBA50/PBA60 Central Open Doubles event presented by Columbia 300 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. Even though the champions split the $2,800 first prize, neither earned a PBA title because both are non-members.

In the best-of-three-game semifinal round, Nuzzo and Guerrieri blanked PBA Hall of Famer Tom Baker of King, N.C., and partner Dean Billings of Rootstown, Ohio, 2-0, while Peters and Graham downed Jeff Zaffino of Warren, Pa., and Don Herrington of Ballston Lake, N.Y., 2-0, to set up the championship match.

PBA Regional tournaments scheduled for the Oct. 18-20 weekend include the PBA50 Timber Lanes Open in Oxford, Pa.; the PBA50 Waxahachie Southwest Open at Hilltop Lanes in Waxahachie, Texas; the PBA and PBA50 Northwest/West Opens presented by Dick’s Pro Shop and Boulder Falls Inn at Linn Lanes in Lebanon, Ore.; the Greater Jackson Central Open at Jax’s 60 in Jackson, Mich., and the Bowl-A-Vard Lanes Midwest Open in Madison, Wis.

Closing out the October PBA Regional calendar will be the South Point West Challenge presented by MOTIV and the South Point Member/Non-Member Doubles presented by Hammer at South Point Bowling Plaza in Las Vegas.

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PBA Southwest Region Hall of Famer Nathan Bohr, a 23-time PBA Regional title-winner and three-time Southwest Region Player of the Year, married two-time PWBA champion and 11-year Team Colombia competitor Maria Jose Rodriguez Saturday in Austin, Texas.

REMINDER: Nominations are being accepted through Nov. 22 for the 2019 PBA Tony Reyes Community Service award. To be eligible, the nominee must be a PBA member in good standing. To nominate an individual, use the nomination form available at this link: (https://www.pba.com/Content/files/awards/TonyReyes_App_2019.pdf).

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