Walter Ray, PDW Are In; Two-Time MVP Dick Allen is “Free Agent” as PBAL Managers Protect Roster Players

by Bill Vint March 25, 2019 14:05

PORTLAND, Maine – PBA Hall of Famers Walter Ray Williams Jr. and Pete Weber are in. Two-time PBA League Most Valuable Player Dick Allen is among the “free agents” on the outside awaiting his fate after the PBAL’s eight team managers announced on Monday the players they have returned to their 2019 rosters based on previous performances in PBA League competition.

PBA League fans can begin the debate over who will fill out the team roster vacancies when the PBA League Draft is held on Monday, April 8 at Bayside Bowl. Among those hoping to make their PBA League debut in 2019 are 2018 PBA Player of the Year Andrew Anderson of Holly, Mich., and first-time PBA Tour title winners Kris Prather of Plainfield, Ill., and Matt Ogle of Louisville, Ky.

For the first time, Bayside fans will have an opportunity to attend the draft when the eight 2019 team managers complete their rosters as the draft airs live on FloBowling, PBA’s official online live-streaming outlet, beginning at 4 p.m. EDT.

Leading off the draft, Portland Lumberjacks manager Tim Mack will make the first pick from a pool of players who finish in the top 40 in 2019 competition points as of Monday, April 1 by virtue of the Lumberjacks’ last-place finish in the 2018 Elias Cup tournament. Choosing second will be L.A. X, followed by the Brooklyn Styles, New York City Kingpins, Motown Muscle, Dallas Strikers, Philadelphia Hitmen and defending champion Silver Lake Atom Splitters. The serpentine draft will then find the Atom Splitters making the first selection as the second round reverses the selection order. The Brooklyn Styles, who protected only two of their five 2018 rostered players, will then make the final selection to complete their five-player roster.

In order to be eligible for the draft pool, PBA members must be ranked in the top 40 in the 2019 Go Bowling! PBA Tour competition points standings at the conclusion of the 2019 USBC Masters on April 1. The PBA points list heading into the Masters is noted below, with players in bold already selected for 2019 and an asterisk identifying players who were on a 2018 roster, but not protected and therefore returned to the draft pool.

Once the PBA Playoffs point list is finalized, eligible players will have until Wednesday, April 3, to declare their intent to enter the draft. Following the draft, managers will have until Monday, April 15, to make player trades if they are so inclined.

April 8 will not only be “draft day” in Portland but will also debut the inaugural round of PBA Playoffs matches that will air later in the evening, live on FS1 at 7 p.m. Eastern. The PBA Playoffs is a new Go Bowling! PBA Tour singles competition that will feature the season’s top 24 players in competition points in a single-elimination match play series. The entire PBA Playoff series will air in eight FS1 telecasts in April and May, leading up to the live FOX telecasts of the semifinal and final rounds on June 1 and 2. The winner will earn a PBA Tour title and $100,000. Bayside Bowl will host the entire PBA Playoffs series.

PBA League players will return to Bayside Bowl for the 2019 PBA League Elias Cup competition on July 16, 17 and 18. All rounds will air live on FOX Sports’ FS1 in prime time.

2019 PBA LEAGUE TEAM ROSTERS (including players protected from 2018 rosters)
● Portland Lumberjacks (manager Mack): Ryan Ciminelli, Wes Malott, Kyle Troup.
● L.A. X (manager Andrew Cain): Jason Belmonte, Stuart Williams, Jakob Butturff.
● Brooklyn Styles (manager Johnny Petraglia): Walter Ray Williams Jr., Sean Rash.
● New York City KingPins (manager Carolyn Dorin-Ballard): Pete Weber, Marshall Kent, BJ Moore.
● Motown Muscle (manager Del Ballard Jr.): EJ Tackett, Anthony Simonsen, Josh Blanchard.
● Dallas Strikers: player-manager Norm Duke, Tommy Jones, Bill O’Neill.
● Philadelphia Hitmen (manager Jason Couch): Dom Barrett, Tom Smallwood, Matt Sanders.
● Silver Lake Atom Splitters (manager Mark Baker): Chris Barnes, Jesper Svensson, Tom Daugherty.

PBA PLAYOFFS POINTS STANDINGS
(As of Monday, March 25; players in bold face are already members of 2019 PBA League teams; * denotes players who were on 2018 rosters and will be eligible for the 2019 draft if they finish among the top 40 in points as of April 1)

1, Jason Belmonte, Australia, 29,210
2, EJ Tackett, Bluffton, Ind., 17,715
3, Jakob Butturff, Tempe, Ariz., 17,160
4, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 16,960
5, Anthony Simonsen, Austin, Texas, 15,775
6, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 13,450
7, Bill O'Neill, Langhorne, Pa., 13,065
8, Tom Daugherty, Tampa, Fla., 12,885
9, Kris Prather, Plainfield, Ill., 12,180
10, *Dick Allen, Lexington, S.C., 11,985
11, *Kyle Sherman, O'Fallon, Mo., 10,640
12, Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., 10,615
13, Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 9,818
14, Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 9,658
15, Kyle Troup, Taylorsville, N.C., 9,595
16, *Rhino Page, Orlando, Fla., 9,585
17, Shawn Maldonado, Houston, 8,600
18, Josh Blanchard, Mesa, Ariz., 8,508
19, Dom Barrett, England, 8,010
20, *DJ Archer, Friendswood, Texas, 7,915
21, Jesper Svensson, Sweden, 7,420
22, Andres Gomez, Colombia, 7,190
23, Patrick Girard, Canada, 6,870
24, AJ Chapman, Wichita, Kan., 6,865
25, Brad Miller, Lees Summit, Mo., 6,850
26, Anthony Lavery-Spahr, Pasadena, Texas, 6,830
27, Darren Tang, San Francisco, 6,685
28, BJ Moore, Greensburg, Pa., 6,398
29, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 6,325
30, Nick Pate, Inver Grove Heights, Minn., 6,225
31, Tom Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich., 5,918
32, Stuart Williams, England, 5,900

33, Andrew Anderson, Holly, Mich., 5,873
34, Thomas Larsen, Denmark, 5,725
35, Brad Angelo, Lockport, N.Y., 5,440
36, Matt McNiel, Minneapolis, Minn., 5,310
37, *AJ Johnson, Oswego, Ill., 5,273
38, *Osku Palermaa, Finland, 5,105
39, Matt Ogle, Louisville, Ky., ,4955
40, *Ronnie Russell, Marion, Ind., 4,880
41, Zacharay Wilkins, Canada, 4,835
42, Richie Teece, England, 4,623
43, Sam Cooley, Australia, 4,608
44, *Chris Loschetter, Avon, Ohio, 4,353
45, Sean Lavery-Spahr, Pasadena, Texas, 4,095
46, *Martin Larsen, Sweden, 4,040
47, Mitch Hupe, Canada, 4,038
48, *Francois Lavoie, Canada, 3,938
49, Michael Tang, San Francisco, 3,845
50, Brian Robinson, Morgantown, W.Va., 3,660
59, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., 2,920
103, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 968

2019 PBA LEAGUE ELIAS CUP FINALS SCHEDULE
(A part of the 2019 Go Bowling! PBA Tour)
Bayside Bowl, Portland, Maine, July 16-18 (live on FS1)
 
Tuesday, July 16

3:30 p.m. – Bayside Bowl rooftop “tailgate party”
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
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
9 p.m. – Elias Cup Championship: Winner Semifinal One vs. Winner Semifinal Two

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PBA Spare Shots: USBC Masters is Last Chance for PBA Players to Qualify for Inaugural PBA Playoffs

by Bill Vint March 25, 2019 11:51

An intense, season-long competition to qualify for the inaugural PBA Playoffs at Bayside Bowl in Portland, Maine, beginning on April 8 will reach its conclusion next Monday with the United States Bowling Congress Masters finals, wrapping up the 2019 Go Bowling! PBA Tour’s fourth major championship and a Tier 1 points event in the PBA Playoffs scenario.

With 7,500 points awaiting the Masters champion, and significant points at stake throughout the Masters’ final standings, how players perform at the Gold Coast Bowling Center in Las Vegas this week may prove pivotal in not only earning berths in the 24-player PBA Playoffs field, but in other related competitions:

• The top eight in points at the conclusion of the Masters on Sunday will earn byes for the first round of the single-elimination PBA Playoffs match play competition. Australia’s Jason Belmonte has locked up the No. 1 berth, but the next seven positions are still up for grabs.

• The top 24 in points also earn berths in the PBA Playoffs.

• The top 40 in points will be eligible to participate in the 2019 PBA League draft that will take place on Monday, April 8 at Bayside Bowl in Portland, Maine.

• 2019 Go Bowling! PBA Tour points through the Masters will be combined with 2018 points to determine the eight players who will compete in the Barbasol PBA Tour Finals July 19-21 at Red Rock Casino Resort & Spa in Las Vegas.

• 2019 points will qualify players for priority entries into future PBA Tour events.

• Points status will be an important factor in consideration for 2019 PBA Player and Rookie of the Year voting at the end of the year.

Heading into the Masters, the top 40 in PBA competition points are listed below. A number of additional players could advance based upon how they finish in the Masters. For the complete 2019 points standings, click here: https://www.pba.com/SeasonStats/PointsList/132?list=1.

The USBC Masters will conclude with a live two-hour telecast on FS1 on Monday, April 1, at 9 p.m. Eastern.

PBA PLAYOFFS POINTS STANDINGS
(As of Monday, March 25)
1, Jason Belmonte, Australia, 29,210
2, EJ Tackett, Bluffton, Ind., 17,715
3, Jakob Butturff, Tempe, Ariz., 17,160
4, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 16,960
5, Anthony Simonsen, Austin, Texas, 15,775
6, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 13,450
7, Bill O'Neill, Langhorne, Pa., 13,065
8, Tom Daugherty, Tampa, Fla., 12,885
9, Kris Prather, Plainfield, Ill., 12,180
10, Dick Allen, Lexington, S.C., 11,985
11, Kyle Sherman, O'Fallon, Mo., 10,640
12, Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., 10,615
13, Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 9,818
14, Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 9,658
15, Kyle Troup, Taylorsville, N.C., 9,595
16, Rhino Page, Orlando, Fla., 9,585
17, Shawn Maldonado, Houston, 8,600
18, Josh Blanchard, Mesa, Ariz., 8,508
19, Dom Barrett, England, 8,010
20, DJ Archer, Friendswood, Texas, 7,915
21, Jesper Svensson, Sweden, 7,420
22, Andres Gomez, Colombia, 7,190
23, Patrick Girard, Canada, 6,870
24, AJ Chapman, Wichita, Kan., 6,865
25, Brad Miller, Lees Summit, Mo., 6,850
26, Anthony Lavery-Spahr, Pasadena, Texas, 6,830
27, Darren Tang, San Francisco, 6,685
28, BJ Moore, Greensburg, Pa., 6,398
29, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 6,325
30, Nick Pate, Inver Grove Heights, Minn., 6,225
31, Tom Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich., 5,918
32, Stuart Williams, England, 5,900
33, Andrew Anderson, Holly, Mich., 5,873
34, Thomas Larsen, Denmark, 5,725
35, Brad Angelo, Lockport, N.Y., 5,440
36, Matthew McNiel, Minneapolis, Minn., 5,310
37, AJ Johnson, Oswego, Ill., 5,273
38, Osku Palermaa, Finland, 5,105
39, Matt Ogle, Louisville, Ky., ,4955
40, Ronnie Russell, Marion, Ind., 4,880
41, Zacharay Wilkins, Canada, 4,835
42, Richie Teece, England, 4,623
43, Sam Cooley, Australia, 4,608
44, Chris Loschetter, Avon, Ohio, 4,353
45, Sean Lavery-Spahr, Pasadena, Texas, 4,095
46, Martin Larsen, Sweden, 4,040
47, Mitch Hupe, Canada, 4,038
48, Francois Lavoie, Canada, 3,938
49, Michael Tang, San Francisco, 3,845
50, Brian Robinson, Morgantown, W.Va., 3,660

BAYSIDE BOWL, PORTLAND ARE GETTING READY FOR A BIG YEAR

Bayside Bowl and its rabid fans in Portland, Maine, are getting ready for the biggest year in bowling Maine has ever seen, and the Portland business community is solidly behind the 2019 Go Bowling! PBA Tour’s invasion.

PBA CEO and Commissioner Tom Clark made a special pre-World Series of Bowling trip to Portland for a special kickoff event for 2019 that include the participation of a host of participating sponsors, including: Maine Beer Company, Port Property Management, bowlingball.com, Dexter, Revision Energy, Hyatt Place, Residence Inn, Local Economy Payroll & Tax, Bernstein Shur, Maine Health, Clark Insurance, State 23 Media, Spectrum, Portland Downtown, City of Portland, Portland Regional Chamber of Commerce, Visit Portland and Buy Local.

Bayside Bowl will be host to the inaugural PBA Playoffs elimination rounds, April 8-10; the PBA League Draft, April 8; the live PBA Playoffs semifinal and final rounds, live on FOX, June 1-2, and the complete PBA League Elias Cup competition, live on FS1, July 16-18.

PBA BOWLING CHALLENGE’S PBA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP SPECIAL EVENT IS UNDERWAY

Competition in the special Concrete Software PBA Bowling Challenge mobile game PBA World Series of Bowling 10th anniversary special event is now underway. Millions of mobile devise users are invited to try to bowl a game higher than PBA World Champion Jason Belmonte’s winning 236 effort that aired live on FS1 on Thursday night.

The special PBA Bowling Challenge “tournament” began Friday and will end on Thursday, March 28. It features a custom WSOB X venue, and the introduction of a special ball that can be used in the competition. Players can enter as often as they wish. All scores that beat Belmonte’s 236 will be entered into a sweepstakes pool with one lucky winner to be selected to win a bowling pin signed by the PBA World Champion plus 5,000 Gold Pins.

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

PBA REGIONAL UPDATE: BORESCH WINS PBA50 EVENT IN ILLINOIS

Lennie Boresch, Jr. of Kenosha, Wis., defeated Brian Menini of Brookfield, Mo., 258-199, to win the PBA50 Showtime Lanes Midwest/Central Open presented by Radical at Showtime Lanes in Virden, Ill., Sunday.

The title was Boresch’s sixth PBA50 Regional title. He earned $1,500 along with his title.

Boresch defeated Gary Alstott of Washington, Ill., 247-176, and Menini topped Brian Kretzer of Dayton, Ohio, 259-232, in the semifinal round to set up the championship match.

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

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

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

by Bill Vint March 15, 2019 14:47

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

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

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

PBA BOWLING CHALLENGE MOBILE GAME OFFERS SPECIAL WSOB X TOURNAMENT

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

QUICK NOTES:

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

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

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EJ Tackett, Liz Johnson Win World Bowling Tour Men’s, Women’s Finals Titles

by Bill Vint March 10, 2019 21:03

ARLINGTON, Texas – It took EJ Tackett a gold-medal performance in the 2018 World Bowling Men’s Championships just to sneak into the World Bowling Tour Men’s Finals, and then it took a clutch 10th-frame strike to lock up a one-pin victory over top qualifier Anthony Simonsen at the International Training and Research Center.

The WBT Men’s and Women’s Finals, presented by the PBA, aired Sunday on FS1, concluding a year-long global competition. Liz Johnson of Palatine, Ill., won the women’s title, defeating top qualifier Danielle McEwan of Stony Point, N.Y., 246-223, for her first WBT Finals win in six tries.

Tackett, who made his WBT Men’s Finals debut after winning the all-events gold medal in the World Bowling Men’s Championships in Hong Kong, eliminated England’s Stuart Williams in another single-pin thriller, 243-242, before spoiling Simonsen’s 22nd birthday, 233-232, in the title match.

The WBT Finals again used World Bowling’s experimental “current frame” scoring system where a strike counted for 30 pins, a spare counted for 10 plus the first-ball count, and an open frame counted for actual pins knocked down. The 10th frame counted the same as all other frames.

Tackett, who led Simonsen by 11 pins after eight frames, left the 4-6-10 split and opened in the ninth to open the door for the young Texas two-hander, who bowled the match using a reverse-hook technique from the left side of the lane. Simonsen, who won the 2018 PBA Xtra Frame Gene Carter’s Pro Shop Classic in Delaware using the “backup ball” technique, converted the 8 pin for a spare in the ninth to close to within a single pin. The Little Elm, Texas resident then struck in the 10th frame to force Tackett to also strike for the win.

“This format is interesting because when you get to the 10th frame, you know you only have one shot,” Tackett said. “You have one chance to do it right, and fortunately, I threw a good shot. It’s absolutely another nice title to have on my resumé.”

LizJohnson, who made the women’s finals for the sixth time in the event’s eight-year history, eliminated Poland’s Daria Pajak in the first match, 242-235, and threw six strikes in 10 frames in denying McEwan a third women’s title.

“Every title is special. This was my sixth WBT show, but this is my first win,” the 24-time PWBA titlist said. “Two years ago I had a chance (in the title match against McEwan), but I threw a pocket 7-10 in the 10th and lost by three pins, so that’s the closest I’ve been to winning.

“To qualify for the finals again, I really wanted to try my best,” she added. “This is not an easy format. I knew I only needed eight pins in the 10th to win, but I wanted to get as many as I could (she struck). The scoring system is different, but it’s an honor to be part of it.”

For rules and information about the 2019 World Bowling Tour schedule, visit: https://www.worldbowling.org/events-results/world-bowling-tour/

2019 WORLD BOWLING TOUR MEN’S AND WOMEN’S FINALS PRESENTED BY PBA
International Training and Research Center, Arlington, Texas (aired March 10 on FS1)
(The event used the experimental World Bowling ”current frame” scoring system: strike = 30, spare = 10 plus first ball count; open = actual pinfall; 10th frame is one frame only)

WBT WOMEN’S FINALS
Final Standings:
1, Liz Johnson, Palatine, Ill., $12,500.
2, Danielle McEwan, Stony Point, N.Y., $7,500.
3, Daria Pajak, Poland, $5,000.
Stepladder Results:
Match One – Johnson def. Pajak, 242-235.
Championship – Johnson def. McEwan, 246-223.

WBT MEN’S FINALS
Final Standings:
1, EJ Tackett, Bluffton, Ind., $12,500.
2, Anthony Simonsen, Little Elm, Texas, $7,500.
3, Stuart Williams, England, $5,000.
Stepladder Results:
Match One – Tackett def. Williams, 243-242.
Championship – Tackett def. Simonsen, 233-232.

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It’s World Series Time! 16 PTQ Players Complete Field of 135 as PBA’s WSOB X Gets Underway on Tuesday

by Bill Vint March 10, 2019 13:53

ALLEN PARK, Mich.  – Brandon Novak, a 30-year-old four-time PBA Regional titlist from Chillicothe, Ohio, averaged 225.5 for the six-game pre-tournament qualifier Sunday to lead a field of 16 players who will complete the field of 135 for the 10th anniversary Professional Bowlers Association World Series of Bowling that gets underway Tuesday at Thunderbowl Lanes, the historic Detroit area bowling center that hosted the inaugural WSOB in 2009.

Novak.Brandon_ChillicotheOH_2017WSOB (1)Novak (at left), who is trying for his first PBA Tour title, rolled games of 256, 235, 232, 191, 237 and 202 Sunday for a total of 1,353 pins, topping Mike Eaton Jr. of Wyoming, Mich., by 62 pins for pace the qualifying field. Marco Moretti of Costa Rica earned the 15th berth in the WSOB field with a 1,162 total, one pin ahead of Andrew Klingler of Grand Rapids, Mich., but Klinger also got into the WSOB field when Mike Machuga of Erie, Pa., withdrew.

WSOB X begins Tuesday with Cheetah Championship qualifying at 12:30 p.m. ET.  The Cheetah Championship is the first of four PBA Tour events that will take place over a span of 10 days, culminating with an unprecedented four consecutive live FS1 finals telecasts of the Cheetah, Chameleon, Scorpion Championships and the PBA World Championship March 18, 19, 20 and 21 at 8 p.m. ET from Thunderbowl Lanes.

The WSOB concludes with The USA vs. The World non-title team event that will feature the top five U.S. players against the top five international players, airing on Friday, March 22 at 8 p.m. ET, on FS1.

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

Fans also can track WSOB scoring as it happens by visiting the Live Scoring link on PBA.com. For a complete roster of WSOB X participants, click here: https://www.pba.com/Rosters/Details/2766.

PBA WORLD SERIES OF BOWLING X

Thunderbowl Lanes, Allen Park, Mich., Sunday

Pre-Tournament Qualifier Standings (after six games; top 16 advance to the tournament proper):

1, Brandon Novak, Chillicothe, Ohio, 1,353.
2, Mike Eaton Jr., Wyoming, Mich., 1,291.
3, David Williams Jr., Omaha, Neb., 1,278.
4, Kenneth Ryan, Farmingdale, NJ, 1,260.
5, Aaron Lorincz, Center Line, Mich., 1,254.
6, Ryan Graywacz, Canastota, N.Y., 1,238.
7, Alfred Berggren, Sweden, 1,232.
8, Mason Brantley, Detroit, 1,221.
9, Blake Demore, Springfield, Mo., 1,214.
10, David Haynes, Las Vegas, 1,208.
11, Tyler Wilds, Three Rivers, Mich., 1,190.
12, Justin Knowles, Okemos, Mich., 1,180.
13, Joseph Costanzo, Bethpage, N.Y., 1,172.
14, Zach Doty, Campbellsville, Ky., 1,167.
15, Marco Moretti, Costa Rica, 1,162. 
16, Andrew Klingler, Grand Rapids, Mich., 1,161.   

Failed to advance:

17, Darren Alexander, Canada, 1,146.
18, Ryan Lakota, Shorewood, Ill., 1,141.
19, Christopher O'Neil, Decatur, Ill., 1,136.
20, Matt Bollhalter, Niceville, Fla., 1,135.
21, A.J. Rice, Salem, Ala., 1,133.
22, Carleton Chambers, Detroit, 1,132.
23, Lee Vanderhoef, Canton, Ga., 1,118.
24, Cory Hines, Jackson, Mich., 1,112.
25, Raymond Lussier, San Jose, Calif., 1,101.
26, Kyle Spadine, Montrose, Pa., 1,030.
27, Tyler Troup, Taylorsville, N.C., 1,011.
28, Joe Lipan, Sheridan, Ore, 1,004.
29, Brandon Robertson, Venice, Fla., 1,003.
30, Tim Bell, Garden City, Mich, 986.
31, Jared Shaner, Ford City, Pa., 966.

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