Wolf Open Victory Vaults Sean Rash into FloBowling PBA Summer Tour Competition Points Lead

by Bill Vint August 28, 2019 10:29

AURORA, Ill. – Sean Rash’s victory Tuesday in the PBA Wolf Open, the first of three events in the FloBowling PBA Summer Swing presented by the Brands of Ebonite International, vaulted him into the lead in the race for significant incentives based on FloBowling PBA Summer Tour competition points.

(Feature photo courtesy of USA Today Sports, photo by Mike DiNovo)

Rash, the hottest player on the Go Bowling! PBA Tour over the past four events, collected his 14th career PBA Tour title and 2,500 points at Parkside Lanes in Aurora. The 37-year-old PBA Tour veteran from Aurora suburb Montgomery, Illinois, was in 27th place on the Summer Tour points list after the Harry O’Neale Chesapeake Open – the third event in the nine-tournament points series – but runner-up finishes in both the Wilmington Open and the BowlerStore.com Classic in Coldwater, Ohio, move him steadily up the ladder.

AJ Johnson from nearby Oswego, Illinois, is in second place after an outstanding strong Summer Tour series. Rounding out the top five after the Wolf Open are Bill O’Neill of Langhorne, Pennsylvania; previous points leader Kyle Sherman of O’Fallon, Missouri, in fourth place and BowlerStore.com winner Tommy Jones of Simpsonville, South Carolina.

With 2,500 points at stake for the winner of the PBA Wolf PBA Bear Open and 5,000 points for the Illinois Open titlist to conclude the Summer Swing and the FloBowling PBA Fall Tour – plus points of descending value at stake for all other players – a lot of movement is possible.

The incentives at stake include:

● The top five will share in a $40,000 USBC Cup prize fund, with $20,000 to the points leader;

● The top eight will be invited to compete for bonus prize money in the inaugural FloBowling ATX Invite at Dart Bowl in Austin, Texas, on Sept. 21, where the winner will receive $25,000;

● The top eight will win expenses-paid trips to Shanghai, China for the inaugural PBA China Tiger Cup. A $20,000 first prize will be paid to the winner of the singles event and all players will compete in a special team challenge against a team of Chinese players.

Fans can follow the summer points races at the conclusion of the final two events in Aurora by clicking on this link: https://www.pba.com/SeasonStats/PointsList/132?list=10.

The 2019 Go Bowling! PBA Tour earnings race also is ongoing. The top eight money-winners for the full year will earn berths in the second PBA Clash that will take place at the Kegel Training Center in Lake Wales, Florida, on October 21 for airing on FOX on Nov. 3. Australia’s Jason Belmonte holds the earnings lead with $264,790.

The entire FloBowling PBA Summer Tour will be livestreamed exclusively on FloBowling. For start-to-finish coverage of all events, visit FloBowling.com and sign up for a subscription. Fans also can follow the action in Aurora as it happens at Live Scoring on pba.com.

FLOBOWLING PBA SUMMER TOUR POINT LEADERS
(Top 20 after seven of nine events; previous ranking in parenthesis)
1, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 6,700 (5).
2, AJ Johnson, Oswego, Ill., 4,785 (1).
3, Bill O'Neill, Langhorne, Pa., 4,735 (3).
4, Kyle Sherman, O'Fallon, Mo., 4,668 (2).
5, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 4,615 (6).
6, Jakob Butturff, Tempe, Ariz., 4,375 (4).
7, EJ Tackett, Bluffton, Ind., 4,170 (7).
8, Kyle Troup, Taylorsville, N.C., 3,645 (14).
9, BJ Moore, Greensburg, Pa., 3,590 (8).
10, Anthony Simonsen, Little Elm, Texas, 3,460 (24).
11, Tom Daugherty, Riverview, Fla., 3,445 (9).
12, Andrew Anderson, Holly, Mich., 3,335 (10).
13, AJ Chapman, Manchester, Iowa, 3,315 (11).
14, Kris Prather, Plainfield, Ill., 3,225 (12).
15, Stuart Williams, England, 3,070 (13).
16, Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., 2,965 (17).
17, Josh Blanchard, Mesa, Ariz., 2,860 (16).
18, Brad Miller, Lees Summit, Mo., 2,855 (20).
19, Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 2,760 (21).
20, Ryan Ciminelli, Lancaster, S.C., 2,605 (15).

2019 GO BOWLING! PBA TOUR EARNINGS LEADERS
(Top 10 as of Aug. 28; number of tournaments bowled in parenthesis)

1, Jason Belmonte, $264,790 (16).
2, Jakob Butturff, $184,180 (21).
3, Kris Prather, $173,990 (21).
4, Bill O'Neill, $148,048 (21).
5, EJ Tackett, $140,695 (23).
6, Anthony Simonsen, $135,490 (22).
7, Norm Duke, $95,015 (17).
8, Sean Rash, $92,430 (22).
9, Dick Allen, $73,080 (19).
10, Kyle Sherman, $72,693 (18).

FLOBOWLING PBA SUMMER SWING SCHEDULE
presented by the Brands of Ebonite International
(A Go Bowling! PBA Tour and FloBowling PBA Summer Tour event)
Parkside Lanes, Aurora, Ill., Aug. 26-31 (All times Central)

Wednesday, Aug. 28
3:30 p.m. – PBA Bear Open qualifying, 8 games
Thursday, Aug. 29
Noon – PBA Bear Open qualifying, 6 games
    Top 18 after 14 games advance to Bear Open cashers round; top 24 after 28 games of Wolf and Bear Open qualifying advance to Illinois Open match play
5 p.m. – PBA Bear Open cashers round, 6 games
    Top 5 after 20 games advance to Bear Open stepladder finals
8:30 p.m. – Top 5, PBA Bear Open stepladder finals
Friday, Aug. 30
11 a.m. – Illinois Open round robin match play, 8 games
5 p.m. – Illinois Open round robin match play, 8 games
Saturday, Aug. 31
11 a.m. – Illinois Open round robin match play, 8 games
   Top 5 after 52 games of qualifying and match play advance to stepladder finals
3:30 p.m. – Top 5, Illinois Open stepladder finals

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Six Down, Three to Go: AJ Johnson Takes FloBowling PBA Summer Tour Points Lead into Final Three Events

by Bill Vint August 24, 2019 09:40

CHICAGO – With six tournaments in the books, the final three tournaments of the FloBowling PBA Summer Tour are set to begin Monday at Parkside Lanes in Aurora, Illinois, just a few miles from new Summer Tour points leader AJ Johnson’s hometown of Oswego. All signs point to a dramatic finale to a competition points race loaded with incentives.

Johnson, a 26-year-old fourth-year touring player, has yet to win his first Go Bowling! PBA Tour title, but he has had an outstanding summer season, cashing in all six FloBowling PBA Summer Tour events with three top 10 finishes in overtaking previous points leader Kyle Sherman of O’Fallon, Missouri as the world’s best bowlers head into the FloBowling PBA Summer Swing presented by the Brands of Ebonite International.

With 2,500 points at stake for the winners of the PBA Wolf and PBA Bear Opens in Aurora, and 5,000 points for the Illinois Open titlist to conclude the Summer Swing – plus points of descending value at stake for all other players – the top eight positions are wide open.

To illustrate how important strong performances in each event will be coming down the home stretch, note that Tommy Jones, winner of the PBA BowlerStore.com Classic in Coldwater, Ohio, Friday, advanced from 27th place to sixth place on the Summer Tour points list.

Finishing in the top eight in points means significant rewards:

● The top five will share in a $40,000 bonus prize fund, with $20,000 to the points leader;

● The top eight will be invited to compete for bonus prize money in the inaugural FloBowling ATX Invite at Dart Bowl in Austin, Texas, on Sept. 21, where the winner will receive $25,000. The FloBowling ATX Invite is the 10th and final event on the Summer Tour schedule;

● The top eight also will be invited to travel, expenses-paid, to Shanghai for the PBA’s first-ever visit to China for the PBA China Tiger Cup. A $20,000 first prize will be paid to the winner of the singles event, all players also will compete in a special team challenge against a team of Chinese players.

Fans can follow the summer points races at the conclusion of each of the three events in Aurora by clicking on this link: https://www.pba.com/SeasonStats/PointsList/132?list=10.

In addition to the summer points competition, the 2019 Go Bowling! PBA Tour earnings race also is ongoing. The top eight money-winners for the full year will earn berths in the second PBA Clash that will take place at the Kegel Training Center in Lake Wales, Florida, in late October for airing on FOX on Nov. 3. Australia’s Jason Belmonte is the runaway leader in earnings with $264,050. All of the top 10 in earnings maintained their positions at the conclusion of the Coldwater tournament, but the Aurora tripleheader could shuffle the deck.

The entire FloBowling PBA Summer Tour will be livestreamed exclusively on FloBowling. For start-to-finish coverage of all events, visit FloBowling.com and sign up for a subscription. Fans also can follow the action in Aurora as it happens at Live Scoring on pba.com.

FLOBOWLING PBA SUMMER TOUR POINT LEADERS
(Top 20 after six of nine events; previous ranking in parenthesis)
1, AJ Johnson, Oswego, Ill., 4,585 (2).
2, Kyle Sherman, O'Fallon, Mo., 4,525 (1).
3, Bill O'Neill, Langhorne, Pa., 4,390 (3).
4, Jakob Butturff, Tempe, Ariz., 4,330 (6).
5, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 4,200 (10).
6, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 4,110 (27).
7, EJ Tackett, Bluffton, Ind., 3,765 (4).
8, BJ Moore, Greensburg, Pa., 3,355 (5).
9, Tom Daugherty, Riverview, Fla., 3,200 (7)
10, Andrew Anderson, Holly, Mich., 3,180 (8).
11, AJ Chapman, Manchester, Iowa, 3,110 (9).
12, Kris Prather, Plainfield, Ill., 2,940 (13).
13, Stuart Williams, England, 2,805 (11).
14, Kyle Troup, Taylorsville, N.C., 2,695 (16).
15, Ryan Ciminelli, Lancaster, S.C., 2,555 (12).
16, Josh Blanchard, Mesa, Ariz., 2,435 (20).
17, Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., 2,400 (14).
18, Darren Tang, Las Vegas, 2,370 (26).
19, Dom Barrett, England, 2,260 (15).
20, Brad Miller, Lee’s Summit, Mo., 2,140 (17).

2019 GO BOWLING! PBA TOUR EARNINGS LEADERS
(Top 10 as of Aug. 23; number of tournaments bowled in parenthesis)
1, Jason Belmonte, $264,050 (15).
2, Jakob Butturff, $184,180 (20).
3, Kris Prather, $173,990 (20).
4, Bill O'Neill, $148,048 (20).
5, EJ Tackett, $140,695 (22).
6, Anthony Simonsen, $129,490 (21).
7, Norm Duke, $91,015 (16).
8, Sean Rash, $82,430 (21).
9, Kyle Sherman, $72,693 (17).
10, Dick Allen, $71,080 (18).

FLOBOWLING PBA SUMMER SWING SCHEDULE
presented by the Brands of Ebonite International
(A 2019 Go Bowling! PBA Tour event)
Parkside Lanes, Aurora, Ill., Aug. 26-31 (All times Central)

Monday, Aug. 26
3:30 p.m. – PBA Wolf Open qualifying, 7 games
Tuesday, Aug. 27
Noon – PBA Wolf Open qualifying, 7 games
   Top 18 after 14 games advance to Wolf Open cashers round
5 p.m. – PBA Wolf Open cashers round, 6 games
    Top 5 after 20 games advance to Wolf Open stepladder finals
8:30 p.m. – Top 5, PBA Wolf Open stepladder finals
Wednesday, Aug. 28
3:30 p.m. – PBA Bear Open qualifying, 7 games
Thursday, Aug. 29
Noon – PBA Bear Open qualifying, 7 games
   Top 18 after 14 games advance to Bear Open cashers round; top 24 after 28 games of Wolf and Bear Open qualifying advance to Illinois Open match play
5 p.m. – PBA Bear Open cashers round, 6 games
    Top 5 after 20 games advance to Bear Open stepladder finals
8:30 p.m. – Top 5, PBA Bear Open stepladder finals
Friday, Aug. 30
11 a.m. – Illinois Open round robin match play, 8 games
5 p.m. – Illinois Open round robin match play, 8 games
Saturday, Aug. 31
11 a.m. – Illinois Open round robin match play, 8 games
    Top 5 after 52 games of qualifying and match play advance to stepladder finals
3:30 p.m. – Top 5, Illinois Open stepladder finals

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Despite Two Gutter Balls, Tommy Jones Wins 19th PBA Tour Title in Coldwater’s BowlerStore.com Classic

by Bill Vint August 23, 2019 15:59

COLDWATER, Ohio – For Tommy Jones of Simpsonville, South Carolina, the title match in the PBA BowlerStore.com Classic presented by Moxy’s Xtra Pair at Pla-Mor Lanes Friday was an all or nothing affair.

Jones defeated top qualifier Sean Rash of Montgomery, Illinois, 215-179, bowling a game that featured eight strikes on his first 10 shots – and gutter balls on the other two attempts. Playing a severe angle that called for throwing the ball to the edge of the gutter in order to strike, Jones twice threw the ball a bit too far.

“I believe I’m the first one to win a title with two gutter balls because I don’t think anyone else was dumb enough to do it a second time,” Jones said. “There’s nothing you can do about it; you just move on to your next shot.”

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Photo caption: 2019 PBA BowlerStore.com Classic winner Tommy Jones with (from left) Rick and Patty Hartings_Carol and Linus Hartings_Lori and Doug Davidson for BowlerStore.com

After his first misfire, Jones converted his spare. On the second, he got nine pins for an open frame, but the two errant shots cost him enough pins that Rash still had an outside chance to win – despite leaving a 7-10 split on a light pocket hit on his side of the match.

“Tommy bowled a good game. I bowled a good game, but I left a 7-10,” Rash said, adding, “Thanks Coldwater” in a good-natured jab at the host center’s reputation for being a demanding scoring environment.

“Any time you have a chance to win, it’s special,” Rash said, “but at the end of the day there’s only one winner. I put myself in a position to win. That’s all you can ask for. Hats off to Tommy.”

In appraising his overall performance in winning his 19th career PBA Tour title, Jones said, “I like to throw it hard and I got to throw it hard this week. We all know Coldwater is a tough place to score, so I think my mindset was right to come in here and throw quality shots.”

Jones, a 40-year-old 20-year PBA Tour veteran, has now made it into the championship round at least once in 17 of the past 18 years.

In the first match of the four-man stepladder finals, defending Coldwater champion Jakob Butturff of Tempe, Arizona, and Dick Allen of Lancaster, South Carolina, both had their share of struggles to find the strike pocket, but Butturff found it in time, striking on his last four shots to pull out a 205-200 victory.

In the semifinal match, Butturff quickly lost his strike touch, failing to throw consecutive strikes the entire game while Jones threw a double in the fifth and sixth frames, and locked up a 231-184 victory with a string of four strikes starting in the eighth frame.

The FloBowling PBA Summer Tour will complete its nine-event schedule of competition points events with the three-event FloBowling PBA Summer Swing presented by the Brands of Ebonite International next Monday through Saturday at Parkside Lanes in Aurora, Illinois. The PBA Wolf, Bear and Illinois Opens, all of which will be live streamed from start to finish on FloBowling, will be the last three events for players to earn points toward the USBC Cup, FloBowling ATX Invite in September and inaugural PBA China Tiger Cup in Shanghai in November. For subscription information, visit FloBowling.com.

PBA BOWLERSTORE.COM CLASSIC
presented by Moxy’s Xtra Pair
(A part of the 2018 Go Bowling! PBA Tour)
Pla-Mor Lanes, Coldwater, Ohio, Sunday

Final Standings:
1, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., $10,000.
2, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., $5,000.
3, Jakob Butturff, Tempe, Ariz., $2,500.
4, Dick Allen, Lexington, S.C., $2,250.

Stepladder Results:
Match One – Butturff def. Allen, 205-200.
Semifinal Match – Jones def. Butturff, 231-184.
Championship – Jones def. Rash, 215-179.

Round of 8 (after 17 games):
1, Rash, 3,873.
2, Jones, 3,839.
3, Allen, 3,830.
4, Butturff, 3,804.
5, Kenneth Ryan, Farmingdale, NJ, 3,794, $2,000.
6, Thomas Larsen, Denmark, 3,792, $1,750.
7, Jason Sterner, Rochester, N.Y., 3,775, $1,500.
8, Sam Cooley, Australia, 3,770, $1,250.

Round of 16 Cashers (did not advance, after 15 games):
9, Darren Tang, Las Vegas, 3,343, $1,100.
10, Josh Blanchard, Mesa, Ariz., 3,335, $1,000.
11 (tie), Kyle Troup, Taylorsville, N.C., and Jake Peters, Henderson, Nev., 3,315, $925.
13, Kris Prather, Plainfield, Ill., 3,314, $875.
14, Anthony Simonsen, Little Elm, Texas, 3,297, $850.
15, Nick Kruml, Downers Grove, Ill., 3,296, $825.
16, Brad Angelo, Lockport, N.Y., 3,280, $800.

Cashers Round Cashers (did not advance, after 12 games):
17, Devin Bidwell, Wichita, Kan., 2,644, $775.
18, Bill O'Neill, Langhorne, Pa., 2,637, $775.
19, AJ Johnson, Oswego, Ill., 2,632, $775.
20, Greg Ostrander, Brick, N.J., 2,619, $775.
21, Tim Pfeifer, Oakdale, Pa., 2,607, $850.
22, Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 2,599, $750.
23, Michael Martell, Brooklyn, N.Y., 2,593, $850.
24, Andrew Anderson, Holly, Mich., 2,580, $750.
25, AJ Chapman, Manchester, Iowa, 2,572, $725.
26, Zacharay Wilkins, Canada, 2,537, $725.
27, Nick Pate, Inver Grove Heights, Minn., 2,527, $725.
28, Stuart Williams, England, 2,513, $725.
29, William Svensson, Sweden, 2,507, $700.
30, Kamron Doyle, Brentwood, Tenn., 2,483, $700.
31, EJ Tackett, Bluffton, Ind., 2,477, $700.
32, Tom Daugherty, Riverview, Fla., 2,466, $700.

FLOBOWLING PBA SUMMER SWING
presented by the Brands of Ebonite International
(A 2019 Go Bowling! PBA Tour event)
Parkside Lanes, Aurora, Ill., Aug. 26-31 (All times Central)

Monday, Aug. 26
3:30 p.m. – PBA Wolf Open qualifying, 7 games
Tuesday, Aug. 27
Noon – PBA Wolf Open qualifying, 7 games
            Top 18 after 14 games advance to Wolf Open cashers round
5 p.m. – PBA Wolf Open cashers round, 6 games
      Top 5 after 20 games advance to Wolf Open stepladder finals
8:30 p.m. – Top 5, PBA Wolf Open stepladder finals
Wednesday, Aug. 28
3:30 p.m. – PBA Bear Open qualifying, 7 games
Thursday, Aug. 29
Noon – PBA Bear Open qualifying, 7 games
             Top 18 after 14 games advance to Bear Open cashers round; top 24 after 28 games of Wolf and Bear Open qualifying advance to Illinois Open match play
5 p.m. – PBA Bear Open cashers round, 6 games
      Top 5 after 20 games advance to Bear Open stepladder finals
8:30 p.m. – Top 5, PBA Bear Open stepladder finals
Friday, Aug. 30
11 a.m. – Illinois Open round robin match play, 8 games
5 p.m. – Illinois Open round robin match play, 8 games
Saturday, Aug. 31
11 a.m. – Illinois Open round robin match play, 8 games
      Top 5 after 52 games of qualifying and match play advance to stepladder finals
3:30 p.m. – Top 5, Illinois Open stepladder finals

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PBA Spare Shots: Former MLB All-Star John Burkett Wins First PBA Title in Houston Regional Event

by Bill Vint August 23, 2019 08:50

Former Major League Baseball All-Star pitcher John Burkett of Southlake, Texas, shot 247 in his final position round match Sunday to win his first PBA Regional title and become the first former Major Leaguer to win a PBA title at any level.

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(Photo caption: From left, Houston Challenge tournament sponsor Mike Austin, winner John Burkett, Jordan Malott, host proprietor Don Ellis Jr.)

Burkett, 54, won the PBA Houston Emerald Bowl Southwest Challenge, presented by Bowling Dynamix, in Houston, Texas, where he out-dueled non-PBA member Tyler Wright of Gonzales, La., by 94 pins for the victory after swapping the lead with Wright throughout the match play finals.

PBA Challenge tournaments are open to players who have not previously won a PBA title. Burkett, a lifelong bowler dating back to his formative years in the Pittsburgh area, has bowled in PBA competition for several years, and has been a regular on the PBA50 Tour over the past five years. His best finish in a national tournament was fourth place in the 2015 PBA50 Northern California Classic.

During his 16-year MLB career, Burkett compiled 166 wins with 1,766 strikeouts and a 4.31 earned run average, pitching from 1987 to 2003 with the San Francisco Giants, Florida Marlins, Texas Rangers, Atlanta Braves and Boston Red Sox. His best season came in 1993 when he went 22–7 with a 3.65 ERA for the Giants. Burkett was selected to the Major League All-Star game twice, in 1993 and 2001.

In the Houston tournament, Burkett held a 64-pin lead over Jordan Malott, the 15-year-old son of PBA star Wes Malott of Pflugerville, Texas. Burkett started the final game with four strikes as Malott managed early spares before opening in the third frame. Burkett then rolled to a 247-203 win while Wright regained second place with a 224-203 win over Kaden Rogillio of Deer Park, Texas. Burkett finished the tournament with 4,946 total pins for 21 games, including match play bonus pins, while Wright totaled 4,852, and Malott 4,808.

“The kid’s unbelievable,” Burkett said of the young Malott. “He looks just like (semi-retired PBA Tour titlist) Michael Fagan. He made it tough on me.

“My opponents averaged over 230 in match play, but I still won enough matches to win the event. I don’t care what it is; to win something with the PBA name on it makes me very proud,” he added.

“Maybe one of these days I’ll get a PBA50 Tour title. I’ve been close, but, man, when I get a good look on the lanes there are also a few PBA Hall of Famers who also have a good look. It’s very difficult, but this is something to build on. At least now I know I can do it.”

TIMELESS PBA HALL OF FAMER CARMEN SALVINO TO SET PARTICIPATION RECORD - AGAIN

When 85-year-old PBA Hall of Famer Carmen Salvino throws his first ball in the FloBowling PBA Summer Swing, presented by the Brands of Ebonite International, Monday at Parkside Lanes in Aurora, Illinois, he’ll set the PBA record as the oldest player ever to bowl in a PBA Tour event.

He’ll break his own record, set in 2018 when he competed in the PBA Tournament of Champions earlier in the 2019 Go Bowling! PBA Tour season. A founding member of the PBA in 1958, Salvino has bowled in 732 PBA Tour events since competing in the first PBA tournament ever held – the 1959 Empire State Open at Schade’s Academy in Albany, N.Y.

The Chicago native won 17 PBA Tour titles and two PBA50 Tour titles during his lengthy career. He will celebrate his 86th birthday on November 23.

MYKEL HOLLIMAN MAINTAINS GO BOWLING! PBA TOUR ROOKIES POINTS LEAD

Despite his 129th place finish in the PBA Gene Carter’s Pro Shop Classic over the weekend in Middletown, Del., Mykel Holliman of Collierville, Tenn., maintained his comfortable lead in the 2019 Go Bowling! PBA Tour’s rookie competition points race.

Holliman, a 26-year-old left-hander, didn’t move from his 31st position on the overall 2019 PBA Points list. Among players on the 2019 Bowl4life PBA Rookie Watch list, Kenneth Ryan of Farmingdale, N.J., is second in 59th place followed by Wichita’s Patrick Hanrahan (62nd); Mike Coffey of Melbourne, Fla. (74th); Jake Rollins of Glen Rock, N.J. (76th) and Greg Young of Viera, Fla. (78th) on the overall 2019 PBA Tour points list. While competition points have no direct bearing on who will be selected as 2019 PBA Rookie of the Year, they will be a significant consideration when voting takes place at the end of the season.

The 2019 Harry Golden PBA Rookie of the Year will receive a $2,500 bonus from Chuck Gardner’s Bowl4Life Foundation and the foundation will donate an additional $2,500 to a youth bowler scholarship in the ROY’s name.

PBA REGIONAL UPDATE: TUHOLSKI, ALSTOTT WIN FIRST PBA REGIONAL TITLES

• Chris Tuholski of Gresham, Ore., posted a 7-5 match play record and a 20-game total of 4,491 pins Sunday to win his first PBA Regional title in the 40th annual PBA Dave Husted Northwest/West Open presented by Hammer at Husted’s Milwaukie Bowl in Milwaukie, Ore.

Tuholski, the son of nine-time PBA Northwest Region titlist Craig Tuholski, earned $2,000. He defeated Matt McGill of Grants Pass, Ore., by 93 pins for the win. McGill had a 7-4-1 match play record and 4,398 pins for his 20 games, including match play bonus pins, to earn $1,200.

The tournament, hosted by the Husted family, is the longest running regional event in the PBA’s Northwest/West Regions.

Gary Alstott of Washington, Ill. defeated Brad Sipes of Bloomington, Ill. by 144 pins Sunday to win the PBA Greater Jasper Central/Midwest Open at Eastown Recreation Center in Jasper, Ind.

Alstott finished with a 7-1 match play record and a total of 3,710 pins for 16 games, including match play bonus pins, for his first PBA Regional title. He also earned $1,400. Sipes finished with 3,566 pins.

The PBA’s schedule of Regional tournaments over the Aug. 23-25 weekend will be the PBA50 Sky Lanes Asheville South Open in Asheville, N.C., and the PBA50 Coldwater/Roto Grip Central/Midwest Open at Pla-Mor Lanes in Coldwater, Ohio.

The PBA closes its August schedule of Regional activity with the PBA60 Kingsport Super Senior South Open presented by Storm at Warpath Lanes in Kingsport, Tenn., Aug. 26-28, followed by the PBA60 Wilson & Sons Pest Control Super Senior Open at Victory Lanes Family Entertainment Center in Mooresville, N.C., Aug. 29-31. The end-of-month weekend also includes the PBA50 Strike Zone Alleys Eastern Open presented by Hammer in Pottsville, Pa.; the PBA Illinois Valley Midwest Open at I.V. Super Bowl in Peru, Ill., and the PBA50 Mooresville South Open presented By Columbia 300 at Victory Lanes Family Entertainment Center in Mooresville, N.C.

● 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

Action resumes Thursday and Friday in the FloBowling PBA Summer Tour points competition when Pla-Mor Lanes in Coldwater, Ohio, hosts the PBA BowlerStore.com Classic presented by Moxy’s Xtra Pair. FloBowling’s live coverage of the eight-game qualifying rounds is set for 8 a.m., 1:30 and 7 p.m. (EDT) Thursday. Updated points standings will follow each Summer Tour event at this link: https://www.pba.com/SeasonStats/PointsList/132?list=10. The FloBowling PBA Summer Tour points competitions also will determine the USBC Cup points leaders, and the eight qualifiers for both the FloBowling PBA ATX Invite and the PBA China Tiger Cup Invitational.

Veteran bowling journalist and 2019 PBA Hall of Fame inductee Bob Johnson is paying forward his industry recognition. Instead of accepting a traditional PBA Hall of Fame ring upon his induction, Johnson asked that a donation-in-kind be made to his favorite charity, bowling’s BVL fund. The gesture turned into a contribution of $1,200 in support of the nation’s military veterans.

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Kris Prather Continues Breakout Year, Grabs Qualifying Lead in PBA BowlerStore.com Classic

by Bill Vint August 22, 2019 21:03

COLDWATER, Ohio – Kris Prather of Plainfield, Illinois, continued his torrid pace in a breakout year, rolling a 279 final game Thursday to lead the sold-out field of 96 competitors after the eight-game qualifying round in the PBA BowlerStore.com Classic, presented by Moxy’s Xtra Pair, at Pla-Mor Lanes.

Prather, who won his first Go Bowling! PBA Tour title in the PBA Scorpion Open followed by a victory in the inaugural PBA Playoffs and a role on the PBA League’s Elias Cup champion Portland Lumberjacks, averaged 235.88 for an eight-game total of 1,887 pins and a 19-pin lead over two-hander Anthony Simonsen of Little Elm, Texas.

Nick Kruml of Downers Grove, Illinois was in third place with 1,851 pins. Kruml, eight days shy of his 26th birthday, was the early leader in his bid for his first Go Bowling! PBA Tour title. He finished qualifying eight pins ahead of defending Coldwater champion Jakob Butturff of Tempe, Arizona. Jason Sterner of Rochester, New York, was two pins behind Butturff.

The BowlerStore.com Classic is the sixth of 10 events that are part of the FloBowling PBA Summer Tour.

The Coldwater tournament concludes Friday beginning with a four-game cashers round for the top 32 qualifiers at 11 a.m. The top 16 after 12 games will then bowl another three games at 1:30 p.m. The top eight after 15 games bowl a final two-game qualifying round at 3 p.m. to determine the four players who will compete for the title in the stepladder finals at 5 p.m. All times are Eastern.

All rounds Friday will be livestreamed on FloBowling. For subscription information, visit FloBowling.com. Fans also can follow the action by watching Live Scoring on pba.com.

PBA BOWLERSTORE.COM CLASSIC
Presented by Moxy’s Xtra Pair
(A 2019 FloBowling PBA Summer Tour event)
Pla-Mor Lanes, Coldwater, Ohio, Thursday

Final Qualifying Standings (after eight games; top 32 advance to Friday’s cashers round):

1, Kristopher Prather, Plainfield, Ill., 1,887.
2, Anthony Simonsen, Little Elm, Texas, 1,868.
3, Nick Kruml, Downers Grove, Ill., 1,851.
4, Jakob Butturff, Tempe, Ariz., 1,843.
5, Jason Sterner, Rochester, N.Y., 1,841.
6, Jake Peters, Henderson, Nev., 1,819.
7, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 1,813.
8, Kenneth Ryan, Farmingdale, NJ, 1,803.
9, Sam Cooley, Australia, 1,802.
10, Dick Allen, Lexington, S.C., 1,794.
11, Kyle Troup, Taylorsville, N.C., 1,790.
12, Brad Angelo, Lockport, N.Y., 1,785.
13, Stuart Williams, England, 1,777.
14, Bill O'Neill, Langhorne, Pa., 1,775.
15, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 1,771.
16, Darren Tang, Las Vegas, 1,768.
17, Devin Bidwell, Wichita, Kan., 1,765.
18, Andrew Anderson, Holly, Mich., 1,764.
19, Nicholas Pate, Inver Grove Heights, Minn., 1,762.
20, Greg Ostrander, Brick, N.J., 1,759.
21, Thomas Larsen, Denmark, 1,748.
22, Michael Martell, Brooklyn, N.Y., 1,744.
23, AJ Chapman, Manchester, Iowa, 1,729.
24, William Svensson, Sweden, 1,726.
24, Kamron Doyle, Brentwood, Tenn., 1,726.
26, Tom Daugherty, Riverview, Fla., 1,722.
27, Tim Pfeifer, Oakdale, Pa., 1,717.
28, Josh Blanchard, Mesa, Ariz., 1,713.
29, Zacharay Wilkins, Canada, 1,712.
30, Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 1,711.
31, AJ Johnson, Oswego, Ill., 1,708.
32, EJ Tackett, Bluffton, Ind., 1,707.

Failed to advance:
33, Patrick Hanrahan, Wichita, Kan., 1,706.
33, Arturo Quintero, Mexico, 1,706.
35, Michael Davidson, Versailles, Ohio, 1,703.
36, Shawn Maldonado, Houston, 1,696.
37, Jesper Svensson, Sweden, 1,695.
38, Francois Louw, South Africa, 1,694.
39, Matt Kuba, Chicago Ridge, IL, 1,693.
40, Andres Gomez, Colombia, 1,691.
41, Francois Lavoie, Canada, 1,677.
42, Joe Paluszek, Bensalem, Pa., 1,675.
43, Christopher Sloan, Ireland, 1,673.
44, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 1,668.
45, Kyle Sherman, O'Fallon, Mo., 1,662.
46, Greg Young, Viera, Fla., 1,660.
47, Mykel Holliman, Collierville, Tenn., 1,659.
48, Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 1,656.
48, Richard Teece, England, 1,656.
50, Matt Sanders, Evansville, Ind., 1,651.
51, Brad Miller, Lees Summit, Mo., 1,646.
52, Jean Perez, Puerto Rico, 1,644.
52, Tom Sorce, Blasdell, N.Y., 1,644.
54, Stephen Hahn, Sterling, Va., 1,640.
55, Patrick Dombrowski, Parma, Ohio, 1,639.
56, Kurt Pilon, Sterling Heights, Mich., 1,636.
56, Brian Robinson, Morgantown, W.Va., 1,636.
58, Zeke Bayt, Westerville, Ohio, 1,623.
59, Tom Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich., 1,621.
60, Pontus Andersson, Sweden, 1,620.
61, Cody Shoemaker, Hanover, Pa., 1,611.
61, Anthony Lavery-Spahr, Pasadena, Texas, 1,611.
63, Ryan Ciminelli, Lancaster, S.C., 1,610.
64, Dom Barrett, England, 1,609.
65, Osku Palermaa, Finland, 1,606.
66, Zac Tackett, Huntington, Ind., 1,604.
67, Mitch Hupé, Canada, 1,602.
68, Mike Coffey, Melbourne, Fla., 1,599.
69, Ronnie Russell, Marion, Ind., 1,593.
70, Chris Loschetter, Avon, Ohio, 1,588.
71, John Furey, Howell, N.J., 1,568.
72, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 1,561.
73, JR Raymond, Clinton Twp., Mich., 1,557.
74, Andrew Suscreba, Clifton, N.J., 1,551.
75, Chris Via, Springfield, Ohio, 1,540.
76, Andrew Cain, Phoenix, 1,536.
77, Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., 1,526.
78, Jake Rollins, Glen Rock, N.J., 1,519.
79, Graham Fach, Urbana, Ohio, 1,508.
80, Brian Kretzer, Dayton, Ohio, 1,488.
81, Eduardo Astiazaran, Mexico, 1,486.
82, Ryan Lakota, Shorewood, Ill., 1,484.
83, Michael Tang, Johnstown, Ohio, 1,467.
84, Brett Spangler, Niles, Ohio, 1,465.
85, James Grago, Hampstead, N.C., 1,463.
86, Connor Pickford, Charlotte, N.C., 1,451.
86, Russ Oviatt, Chandler, Ariz., 1,451.
88, Rhino Page, Orlando, 1,446.
89, DJ Archer, Spring, Texas, 1,443.
90, Eric Wagner, Brookville, Ohio, 1,441.
91, Kyle Gillum, Columbus, Ohio, 1,437.
92, Oskar Wirefeldt, Sweden, 1,418.
93, Tom Hess, Granger, Iowa, 1,405.
94, Matt Jakob, Hilliard, Ohio, 1,378.
95, Germaine Tyler, Bolingbrook, Ill., 1,366.
96, Mike Kriner, Fortville, Ind., 1,268.

300 Games: Michael Martell, Tim Pfeifer.

n-denotes non-PBA member.

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