Jakob Butturff Wins PBA Xtra Frame Kenn-Feld Group Classic for Second 2018, Fourth Career Title

by Bill Vint August 26, 2018 15:14

COLDWATER, Ohio Jakob Butturff, an unorthodox 24-year-old left-hander from Tempe, Ariz., inserted himself into the Professional Bowlers Association Player of the Year conversation Sunday when he defeated Tom Daugherty of Riverview, Fla., 217-182, to win the PBA Xtra Frame Kenn-Feld Group Classic at Pla-Mor Lanes.

Butturff, who won the Go Bowling! PBA 60th Anniversary Classic earlier in the year in Indianapolis, joins Australia’s Jason Belmonte; EJ Tackett of Huntington, Ind., and Andrew Anderson of Holly, Mich., as the Go Bowling! PBA Tour’s fourth two-time titlist in 2018.

Butturff, who uses a quirky double-jointed delivery, entered the finals as the top qualifier after overtaking Daugherty in the final game of qualifying earlier in the day. He then started the title match with four strikes, but surrendered the lead when he left and failed to convert the 1-3-7-9 in the seventh frame. Daugherty, who had a clean game including a turkey through seven frames, lost his edge when he failed to convert the 2-4-5-8 in the eighth frame and then missed a 5 pin in the ninth.

“This win means everything,” Butturff, now a four-time title winner, said before turning his praise to the fans of Coldwater, a rural community of just over 4,000 residents who turned out in droves to support the 11th annual tournament. “Every time I come in here, it’s amazing. The fans want to see us bowl and they give us their all. They’re what keeps our sport going.”

In the first match of the four-man stepladder final, PBA Tour veteran Brad Angelo of Lockport, N.Y., bowled an error-free game, rolling a key strike in the ninth frame and striking out in the 10th for a dramatic win after defending champion Rhino Page recovered from failing to convert the 2-4-7-10 split in his fourth frame, finishing with six strikes to force Angelo’s hand. Angelo won, 228-225.

In the semifinal match, Daugherty got some help when Angelo had three open frames, throwing his own decisive string of four strikes in a 226-188 victory to advance to the championship match.

The 2018 Go Bowling! PBA Tour will complete its domestic schedule with the three-event FloBowling PBA Fall Swing in suburban Tulsa, Okla., Oct. 14-20, followed by the U.S. Open Oct. 24-31 in Wichita, Kan. The Fall Swing will award titles in the Wolf, Bear and Tulsa Opens, all of which will be live streamed from start to finish on FloBowling. For subscription information, visit FloBowling.com.

Prior to the Fall Swing, PBA Tour players will have an opportunity to bowl for PBA International-World Bowling Tour titles in the Storm Lucky Larsen Open that is currently underway in Malmo, Sweden, concluding Sept. 9, and the WBT Thailand in Bangkok, Sept. 22-28.

(A part of the 2018 Go Bowling! PBA Tour)
Pla-Mor Lanes, Coldwater, Ohio, Sunday

Final Standings:
1, Jakob Butturff, Tempe, Ariz., $10,000.
2, Tom Daugherty, Riverview, Fla., $5,000.
3, Brad Angelo, Lockport, N.Y., $2,500.
4, Rhino Page, Orlando, $2,250.

Stepladder Results:
Match One – Angelo def. Page, 228-225.
Semifinal Match – Daugherty def. Angelo, 226-188.
Championship – Butturff def. Daugherty, 217-182.

Round of 8 (after 17 games):

1, Butturff, 3,709.
2, Daugherty, 3,703.
3, Page, 3,587.
4, Angelo, 3,569.
5, Dick Allen, Lexington, S.C., 3,554, $2,000.
6, Ryan Ciminelli, Clarence, N.Y., 3,542, $1,750.
7, Jason Lundquist, Columbus, Ohio, 3,540, $1,500.
8, Andrew Anderson, Holly, Mich., 3,378, $1,250.

Round of 16 Cashers (did not advance, after 15 games):

9, Connor Pickford, Charlotte, N.C., 3,036, $1,100.
10, Francois Louw, South Africa, 3,001, $1,000.
11, Darren Tang, San Francisco, 2,989, $950.
12, Richie Teece, England, 2,977, $900.
13, Brandon Novak, Chillicothe, Ohio, 2,973, $875.
14, Kamron Doyle, Brentwood, Tenn., 2,971, $850.
15, Anthony Simonsen, Austin, Texas, 2,955, $825.
16, Joe Bailey, Wooster, Ohio, 2,918, $800.

Cashers Round Cashers (did not advance, after 12 games):

17, Chris Colella, Indianapolis, 2,381, $775.
18, Tom Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich., 2,376, $775.
19, Chris Via, Springfield, Ohio, 2,375, $775.
20, Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., 2,369, $775.
21, Kurt Pilon, Warren, Mich., 2,361, $750.
22, Matt O'Grady, Rahway, N.J., 2,335, $750.
23, n-Chad Roberts, Reynoldsburg, Ohio, 2,327, $750.
24, Tom Hess, Urbandale, Iowa, 2,323, $750.
25, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 2,317, $725.
26, AJ Chapman, St. Paul, Minn., 2,311, $725.
27, JR Raymond, Clinton Twp., Mich., 2,301, $725.
28, Graham Fach, Canada, 2,300, $725.
29, Kyle Troup, Taylorsville, N.C., 2,296, $700.
30, Chris Loschetter, Avon, Ohio, 2,295, $700.
31, Michael Clark Jr., Cleveland, Ohio, 2,289, $700.
32, Michael Tang, San Francisco, 2,288, $700.

n-denotes non-PBA member.

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Dick Allen Averages 221 to Lead Qualifying in PBA Xtra Frame Kenn-Feld Group Classic

by Bill Vint August 25, 2018 22:33

COLDWATER, Ohio – Dick Allen of Lexington, S.C., averaged 221.38 on demanding lane conditions Saturday to lead the 32 players who advance to Sunday’s cashers round in the PBA Xtra Frame Kenn-Feld Group Classic at Pla-Mor Lanes .

The PBA Xtra Frame Kenn-Feld Group Classic is a part of the 2018 Go Bowling! PBA Tour.

The 39-year-old Allen, a five-time PBA Tour champion, was the model of consistency, starting Saturday’s eight-game qualifying round with his only sub-200 game (192) and finishing with games of 204, 212, 233, 258, 253, 217 and 202 for a 1,771 pinfall total. Allen is trying to win his third PBA Xtra Frame Tour title. He previously won the Xtra Frame Chesapeake Open in Chesapeake, Va., in 2017 and the Xtra Frame Port Property Management Open in Portland, Maine, earlier in 2018.

Pla-Mor Lanes, notorious for its challenging scoring environment, played true to its reputation. Only 16 of the 96 players were able to average 200 or high during the qualifying round.

“In an event like this, you have to find a way to get to the pocket and make as few changes as possible. Every mistake you make, you lose pins, and every pin counts,” Allen said. “There’s an old Russian saying that would be interpreted here to say something like, you don’t get the pins in Coldwater. The pins get you.”

His closest challenger after the first eight games was seven-time PBA Tour titlist Ryan Ciminelli of Clarence, N.Y., with 1,706 pins. Two-time titlist Tom Daugherty of Riverview, Fla., third with a 1,678 total. Defending champion Rhino Page of Orlando, Fla., advanced in eighth place.

Sunday’s schedule begins with a four-game cashers round at 10 a.m. Based on 12-game pinfall totals after the cashers round, the top 16 will bowl three more games at 12:30 p.m. After the Round of 16, the top eight based on 15-game totals move on to the Round of 8, where they will bowl two more games. Pinfall totals for 17 games will decide the four players who will compete in the stepladder finals at 3:30 p.m. All times are Eastern.

All of Sunday’s competition will be live-streamed by PBA Xtra Frame on FloBowling, and will include a new FloBowling option that will allow subscribers to watch the action on all eight pairs of lanes. For subscription information, visit FloBowling.com.

(A part of the 2018 Go Bowling! PBA Tour)
Pla-Mor Lanes, Coldwater, Ohio, Saturday

First Round (After eight games; top 32 advance to Sunday’s cashers qualifying round)
1, Dick Allen, Lexington, S.C., 1,771.
2, Ryan Ciminelli, Clarence, N.Y., 1,706.
3, Tom Daugherty, Riverview, Fla., 1,678.
4 (tie), Connor Pickford, Charlotte, N.C., and Jakob Butturff, Tempe, Ariz., 1,665.
6, Richie Teece, England, 1,662.
7, Jason Lundquist, Columbus, Ohio, 1,651.
8, Rhino Page, Orlando, 1,649.
9, n-Chad Roberts, Reynoldsburg, Ohio, 1,646.
10 (tie), Joe Bailey, Wooster, Ohio, and Brad Angelo, Lockport, N.Y., 1,642.
12, Andrew Anderson, Holly, Mich., 1,641.
13, Brandon Novak, Chillicothe, Ohio, 1,637.
14, Chris Via, Springfield, Ohio, 1,626.
15, Chris Colella, Indianapolis, Ind., 1,622.
16, Francois Louw, South Africa, 1,604.
17, Matt O'Grady, Rahway, N.J., 1,597.
18, Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., 1,596.
19, Tom Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich., 1,589.
20, Darren Tang, San Francisco, 1,588.
21, AJ Chapman, St. Paul, Minn., 1,585.
22, Kamron Doyle, Brentwood, Tenn., 1,584.
23, Michael Tang, San Francisco, 1,580.
24, Graham Fach, Canada, 1,579.
25, Chris Loschetter, Avon, Ohio, 1,578.
25, Kurt Pilon, Warren, Mich., 1,578.
27, JR Raymond, Clinton Twp., Mich., 1,576.
28, Anthony Simonsen, Austin, Texas, 1,572.
29, Tom Hess, Urbandale, Iowa, 1,565.
30, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 1,562.
31 (tie), x-Kyle Troup, Taylorsville, N.C. and y-Michael Clark Jr., Cleveland, Ohio, 1,561.
Failed to advance:
33, z-Jason Sterner, Atlanta, Ga., 1,561.
34 (tie), EJ Tackett, Huntington, Ind., and Brett Spangler, Niles, Ohio, 1,559.
36, Ronnie Russell, Marion, Ind., 1,554.
37 (tie), Zeke Bayt, Westerville, Ohio, and Brian Kretzer, Dayton, Ohio, 1,553.
39, Richard McCormick, Cincinnati, Ohio, 1,552.
40, Mitch Beasley, Clarksville, Tenn., 1,548.
41, Jake Peters, Henderson, Nev., 1,540.
42, Ryan Lakota, Shorewood, Ill., 1,539.
43, Brian Robinson, Morgantown, W.Va., 1,534.
44, Nicholas Pate, Inver Grove Heights, Minn., 1,531.
45, Kristopher Prather, Plainfield, Ill., 1,528.
46, Matt Kuba, Chicago Ridge, IL, 1,509.
47, Frank Snodgrass, Center Line, Mich., 1,506.
48, AJ Johnson, Oswego, Ill., 1,501.
49, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 1,499.
50, James Hennessey, Adrian, Mich, 1,496.
51, BJ Moore, Greensburg, Pa., 1,493.
52, Joe Paluszek, Bensalem, Pa., 1,491.
53, n-Casey Cohagan, Fairport, Ohio, 1,490.
54, Chandler Stevens, Archbold, Ohio, 1,489.
55, Patrick Dombrowski, Parma, Ohio, 1,478.
56, John Furey, Howell, N.J., 1,476.
57, Tony Johnson, Canton, Ohio, 1,472.
58, Randy Weiss, Columbia, S.C., 1,470.
59, Bobby Hall II, Landover, Md., 1,466.
60, Kyle Cook, Centerville, Ohio, 1,463.
61, Tom Sorce, Blasdell, N.Y., 1,459.
62, Matt Sanders, Indianapolis, 1,457.
63, Tim Pfeifer, Oakdale, Pa., 1,455.
64, Sam Cooley, Australia, 1,447.
65, Anthony LaCaze, Elgin, Ill., 1,442.
66 (tie), Jean Perez, Puerto Rico, and Trent Knoop, Sidney, Ohio, 1,440.
68, Kyle Mayberry, Mt. Vernon, Ohio, 1,434.
69, Anthony Kennard, Wapakoneta, Ohio, 1,433.
70, Tim Foy Jr., Seaford, Del., 1,427.
71, Bill Crane III, Mooresville, Ind., 1,425.
72, ss-Jim Dilyard, Burbank, Ohio, 1,424.
73, Brandon Keirns, Marion, Ohio, 1,420.
74, Zach Doty, Campbellsville, Ky., 1,418.
75, n-Brandon Kennard, Wapakoneta, Ohio, 1,417.
76, Ron Profitt, Brookville, Ohio, 1,415.
77, Zachery Tackett, Huntington, Ind., 1,413.
78, Charlie Brown Jr, Grandville, Mich., 1,410.
79, Kyle Walther, Miami Beach, Fla., 1,407.
80, Christopher Elizondo, Waynesburg, Pa., 1,386.
81, Dakota Vostry, Chicago, Ill., 1,366.
82, Brett Miller, Morehead, Ky., 1,363.
83, Scott McIntire Jr., North Royalton, Ohio, 1,360.
84, Michael Davidson, Versailles, Ohio, 1,357.
85, Carleton Chambers, Detroit, 1,351.
86 (tie), Andrew Silverman, Akron, Ohio, and Bill Burke, Angola, Ind., 1,336.
88, Dan Hochstein, Canton, Mich., 1,334.
89, Brandon Curtis, Manson, N.C., 1,332.
90, David Rosengarten, Gardendale, Ala., 1,289.
91, Gerald Malcom, Jr., River Rouge, Mich., 1,246.
92, Michael Baker, Moline, Ill., 1,204.
93, Trevor Besel, Maricopa, Ariz., 1,170.
94, Steve Tobolt, Chicago, Ill., 1,164.
95, Gary Zwiezinski, Elyria, Ohio, 1,155.

x-Troup 204 and y-Clark 188 advanced to cashers round following one-game roll-off to break a tie for 31st and 32nd positions. z-Sterner 170 finished in 33rd place.

n-denotes non-PBA member.

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PBA Spare Shots: Did Anthony Simonsen’s “Backup Ball” Victory Preview the Next Evolution in Bowling?

by Bill Vint August 22, 2018 09:42

On Sunday, August 19, Anthony Simonsen of Austin, Texas, made PBA history in winning the PBA Xtra Frame Gene Carter’s Pro Shop Classic Sunday in Middletown, Del., by throwing a “backup ball.”

Simonsen, 21, who normally delivers a powerful two-handed hook from the right side of the lane, made a dramatic decision, using his two-handed skills from the left side of the lane and throwing a reverse hook to play the lanes like a left-hander.

In doing so, Simonsen may have introduced the next evolutionary advancement in bowling technique.

In researching the use of a “backup ball” in a PBA title match, the PBA found the closest a “backup ball” player came to winning a PBA Tour title was the late Ernie Hoesterey of New Bedford, Mass., who finished seventh in the 1965 Boston Open. More on Hoesterey later…

If PBA Hall of Famer Johnny Petraglia is correct, the ability of two-handed players to compete from either side of the lane could revolutionize the sport. And Petraglia, who has seen it all in his 53-year PBA career, believes this is the next-gen.

“We’ve got juniors doing that right now. One of them, Matt Stephens, is a high school state record-holder,” the 71-year-old New Jersey left-hander said. “Ironically, he learned to bowl as a backup ball player and then he learned the other way. I don’t know what his future holds, but if he figures it out, the game changes completely.”

Petraglia, one of the most astute observers of bowling history among today’s active competitors, noted that the governing bodies of bowling long ago adopted rules that forbid players from changing delivery hands during competition. That is, a right-handed player isn’t allowed to shoot at a spare with a left-handed delivery, nor can he change delivery hands in the middle of competition.

“But that kinda goes by the board (with two-handers),” he said. “We have a guy around here who can bowl with either hand. He who looks like a mirror (image of himself); it’s not just which arm but his whole body. But now you can bowl with both hands on either side of the lane? I don’t know what happens after that.

“That said, I don’t think any rules should be passed to stop two-handers,” Petraglia said. “If you grew up, like Jason Belmonte, throwing the ball with two hands from the time you were three years old, and you get to be 30 and they tell you you can’t play like that? That’s unfair. I don’t think you should ban it, but it is a problem.”

Back to Ernie Hoesterey, who died in 1991. He was a right-hander who threw a reverse hook/backup ball his entire life. He co-owned Country Club Lanes in Fairhaven, Mass., as well as a company that manufactured precision surgical scissors. He bowled PBA Tour events primarily in New England, where he was an active New England Bowling Association competitor, winning four NEBA titles and earning induction into the NEBA Hall of Fame.

“Ernie was a right-handed lefty, a very good player,” said PBA Hall of Famer and founding member Carmen Salvino. “He blew racks.”

“You could only do that (throw a ‘backup ball’) if your arm went that way,” said PBA Hall of Famer Wayne Webb, who grew up in the area and knew Hoesterey well. “I saw him bowl all over the place; he was really good at it.”

Simonsen, like thousands of bowlers before him, began to tinker with the reverse hook as a way to get a better angle to try to convert the 2-8-10 split. He also observed a favorable ball path when he did that, so he expanded his experimentation in a couple of PBA Regional tournaments prior to Middletown, and liked what he saw. A lot of other bowlers have thrown “backup balls” here-and-there, but no one had ever tried the technique for an game and won a PBA title in the process.

In the XF Gene Carter’s Pro Shop Classic, Simonsen decided to try the reverse hook with two games to go in match play, and shot 245 and 268 in his final two matches to jump from fourth to first. Even though the stepladder finals were bowled on a freshly-oiled pair of lanes, Simonsen decided to stick with his left side, reverse hook delivery and it paid off as he defeated Matt Sanders of Indianapolis, 216-194, for his fourth PBA Tour title.

It probably won’t be the last time we’ll see the reverse hook used in PBA competition.


PBA Xtra Frame on FloBowling will have a unique opportunity to showcase its new multi-stream system this weekend when it covers every player in every game of the PBA Xtra Frame Kenn-Feld Classic from Pla-Mor Lanes in Coldwater, Ohio, this weekend.

Because Pla-Mor is a 16-lane center, FloBowling will be able to stream live coverage on all eight pairs of lanes including a designated “FloZone” pair that will provide live commentary by the Xtra Frame announcing team. The other pairs will provide video coverage with scoring. The banner at the bottom of the screen will provide links to the available pairs of lanes being streamed so viewers can select the lanes they want to watch. The 96-player field will be divided into three qualifying squads on Saturday. To find out which squad any given player is assigned to, click here: https://www.pba.com/Rosters/Details/2698.

FloBowling also is tentatively planning to expand its Xtra Frame coverage to include the PBA International-World Bowling Tour Storm Lucky Larsen Masters from Malmo, Sweden, Sept. 6-9. A pair of PBA Regional events also have been added to the PBA Xtra Frame on FloBowling schedule: the Grand Hotel Casino and Resort Southwest Open from Shawnee, Okla., Sept. 8-9, and the Double Decker West/Northwest Open presented by Roto Grip from Double Decker Lanes in Rohnert Park, Calif., Sept. 29-30.

All PBA Xtra Frame on FloBowling events are covered live from start to finish. Existing Xtra Frame subscribers need to transition their current subscriptions to FloBowling by visiting https://www.flobowling.com/claim-account. New subscribers can enroll at FloBowling.com.


Four years after winning in Lockport, Ill., as an amateur, Ryan Lakota of Shorewood, Ill., defeated Mike Martell of Brooklyn, N.Y., 179-144, to win his first PBA title in the PBA BowlerX.com Midwest Challenge at Strike N Spare II in Lockport Sunday.

Lakota, who earned $1,400 along with his title, defeated Mike Schlabach of Goshen, Ind., 202-189 and Martell, a non-PBA member, rolled past Kevin Kullman of Lockport, 204-160, in the semifinal round to set up the championship match. PBA Challenge events are open to players who have never won a PBA title.

In a battle of collegiate bowlers, Tyler Lewis from Ponchatoula, La., edged fellow Louisianian Jacob Dupre from Baton Rouge by one pin to claim victory in the PBA Emerald Bowl Southwest Challenge presented by Bowling Dynamix and Track in Houston, Texas, Sunday.

Lewis, a student at Southeastern Louisiana, trailed Dupre by 87 pins going into the final position round match. Dupre, a student at LSU, struggled to find the pocket through most of the final game as Lewis kept increasing his lead. Lewis threw three strikes to end his game, forcing Dupre to strike to win the event, but a solid 10 pin on his first shot allowed Lewis to win the game, 222-164, and with the 30 bonus pins, claim the $2,000 first prize with 4,517 total pins.

Because Lewis is not a PBA member, he doesn’t get credit for a PBA title.

● A week after winning his first PBA Regional event with doubles partner Jakob Butturff, amateur Ryan Nikolas of Milwaukie, Ore., posted a 5-7 match play record and a 20-game total of 5,036 pins Sunday to win his second PBA Regional in the PBA’s longest-running regional tournament, the 39th annual PBA Dave Husted Northwest Open presented by 900 MOTIV at Husted’s Milwaukee Bowl in Milwaukie, Ore.

Nikolas, who earned $2,000, defeated Craig Tuholski of Troutdale, Ore., by 114 pins for the win, but won’t receive credit for a title in either event because he isn’t a PBA member.

● PBA’s Japan Region will hold the DHC Chameleon Open and Women’s Chameleon Open Aug. 25-26 in Nagano, Japan.

● Labor Day weekend will include the PBA60 Wilson & Sons Pest Control Super Senior Open and the PBA50 Mooresville South Open presented by Columbia 300 at George Pappas’ Victory Lanes in Mooresville, N.C.; the PBA50 Hammer/Strike Zone Alleys Open in Pottsville, Pa., and the 23rd annual Illinois Valley Midwest/Central Open presented by Ebonite at Illinois Valley Super Bowl in Peru, Ill.

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

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Coldwater’s PBA Xtra Frame Kenn-Feld Classic Becomes a “Can’t Miss” Event for PBA Players

by Bill Vint August 21, 2018 08:36

COLDWATER, Ohio – By all standards normally applied to a Professional Bowlers Association tournament, the PBA Xtra Frame Kenn-Feld Group Classic shouldn’t even appear on the radar screen. But next week, the 11th annual edition of the PBA Xtra Frame Tour event returns as a “can’t miss” event on the schedule of many of the PBA’s top stars.

Held in Coldwater, Ohio, a community of just over 4,000 residents, and hosted by Pla-Mor Lanes, a 16-lane facility renowned for its challenging scoring conditions, the Kenn-Feld Group Classic will again feature a sold-out field of 96 PBA members including defending champion Rhino Page of Orlando, Fla., and a number of PBA Tour champions including a sprinkling of PBA Hall of Famers.

The entire tournament will be live-streamed by PBA Xtra Frame on FloBowling, and will include a new FloBowling option that will allow subscribers to watch the action on all eight pairs of lanes, from start to finish, Saturday and Sunday.

“Because it’s a small rural community, and held in a 16-lane center where it’s hard to knock down 10 pins, if you win, you feel like you’ve conquered something if you win here,” said PBA Central Region Manager Bobby Jakel, who manages the tournament. “It’s one of those things, where moving from pair to pair, they play differently. It’s more than getting the ball to the pocket; it’s a matter of knocking down 10 pins. You can shoot 230 on one pair and 150 on the next. That’s the nature of the center.”

That basically describes the challenge for the players. It features all of the tests of skills players will find in a U.S. Open, but in a smaller scale. But the scoring challenges are only part of the reason why PBA members like to come to Coldwater.

“The proprietors (Rick Hartings and his father Linus) are just amazing people,” Jakel said. “The whole community is great. It’s a special event.”

And the format is appealing. Because Pla-Mor Lanes is a small 16-lane facility, small by PBA tournament standards, a special schedule was created to allow the event to accommodate 96 players: 32 bowling eight qualifying games each on three different squads on Saturday, with the top 32 advancing to Sunday’s final rounds.

“A number of PBA tournaments have adopted the eliminator format that originated in Coldwater,” Jakel said. “It’s a format that is based on the idea that the more pins you knock down, the longer you stay in the tournament.”

Sunday’s schedule begins with a four-game cashers round for Saturday’s top 32 at 10 a.m. Based on 12-game totals after the cashers round, the top 16 will bowl three more games at 12:30 p.m. After the Round of 16, the top eight based on 15-game totals move on to the Round of 8, where they will bowl two more games. Based on 17-game totals, the top four will compete in the stepladder finals at 3:30 p.m.

A win in Coldwater could also have other impacts. Last year’s win, followed by a victory in the U.S. Open, helped Page secure the “Best Bowler” award at ESPN’s annual Espy Awards ceremony. A win this year could help contenders in the PBA Player and Rookie of the Year races.

Many of the world’s premier players headed to western Ohio following the Xtra Frame Gene Carter’s Pro Shop Classic in Midddletown, Del., including Andrew Anderson of Holly, Mich., and EJ Tackett of Huntington, Ind., who have both won two PBA Tour titles this year. Others in the field with one 2018 PBA Tour title include Jakob Butturff of Tempe, Ariz.; Matt O’Grady of Rahway, N.J.; Tom Smallwood of Saginaw, Mich.; Dick Allen of Lexington, S.C., and 21-year-old Anthony Simonsen of Austin, Texas, a two-handed right-hander who won last Sunday’s title in Delaware by throwing a reverse hook (“backup ball”) from the left side of the lane – a unique feat in PBA Tour history.

Twenty-one additional PBA Tour titlists entered include Brad Angelo of Lockport, N.Y.; Mitch Beasley of Clarksville, Tenn.; PBA Hall of Famer Parker Bohn III of Jackson, N.J.; Ryan Ciminelli of Clarence, N.Y.; Tom Daugherty of Riverview, Fla.; Graham Fach of Canada; Tom Hess of Urbandale, Iowa; Marshall Kent of Yakima, Wash.; Brian Kretzer of Dayton, Ohio; Anthony LaCaze of Elgin, Ill.; Chris Loschetter of Avon, Ohio; Jake Peters of Henderson, Nev.; Connor Pickford of Charlotte, N.C.; Kurt Pilon of Warren, Mich.; Sean Rash of Montgomery, Ill.; Ronnie Russell of Marion, Ind.; Matt Sanders of Indianapolis; Jason Sterner of Atlanta, Ga.; Richie Teece of England, and Kyle Troup of Taylorsville, N.C.

Mix the established champions into a field of talented young players who are out to make a name for themselves in PBA competition, and you have the makings for an exciting conclusion to PBA’s Xtra Frame Tour season.

The Kenn-Feld Group Classic gets underway on Friday, Aug. 25, with a practice session for tournament players at 2 p.m., followed by pro-am squads at 5:30 and 8:30 p.m. when Coldwater area grassroots league bowlers – men, women, kids, seniors – can bowl with PBA stars for their own prizes. For pro-am information, call Pla-Mor Lanes at 419-678-3113.

Competition begins with eight-game qualifying squads on Saturday at 8 a.m., 1:30 and 7 p.m. The top 32 players after eight games will advance to a four-game cashers round Sunday at 10 a.m. After 12 games, the top 16 will bowl an additional three games at 12:30 p.m. Based on 15-game pinfall totals, the top eight will bowl two more games to determine the top four stepladder finalists based on 17-game pinfall totals. The finals will take place at 3:30 p.m. Sunday.

(A part of the 2018 GoBowling! PBA Tour )
Pla-Mor Lanes, Coldwater, Ohio, Aug. 24-26 (all times Eastern)

Friday, Aug. 24
2 p.m. - Practice session
5:30 and 8:30 p.m. – Pro-am squads

Saturday, Aug. 25
8 a.m. - A Squad, 8 qualifying games
1:30 p.m. – B Squad, 8 qualifying games
7 p.m. – C Squad, 8 qualifying games
            Top 32 players after 8 games advances to Sunday’s cashers round

Sunday, Aug. 26
10 a.m. – Cashers round, 4 games (top 16 after 12 games advance to Round of 16)
12:30 p.m. – Round of 16, three games (top 8 based on 15 games advance to Round of 8)
2 p.m. – Round of 8, two games (top 4 based on 17 games advance to stepladder finals)
3:30 p.m. - Top four stepladder finals

Click here a roster of players with squad assignments: https://www.pba.com/Rosters/Details/2698

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Anthony Simonsen Gets Creative, Wins Fourth PBA Title in PBA Xtra Frame Gene Carter’s Pro Shop Classic

by Bill Vint August 19, 2018 18:16

WILMINGTON, Del. – Anthony Simonsen, a 21-year-old two-handed bowler from Austin, Texas, got creative to win his fourth career PBA Tour title in the 10th anniversary PBA Xtra Frame Gene Carter’s Pro Shop Classic at Mid-County Bowling and Entertainment Center Sunday.

Simonsen – who normally plays the lanes from the right side – resorted to a reverse hook, bowling like a left-hander and targeting the 1-2 pocket, to defeat left-hander Matt Sanders of Indianapolis, 216-194, for the title.

Simonsen made a dramatic change after scoring conditions proved more than a little difficult, forcing many of the right-handed players to move to a deep inside angle that was unmanageable for most.

“To be honest with you, I’m a bit speechless,” he said. “These guys are the best bowlers in the world, and to beat them, sometimes you’ve got to be creative. I didn’t have any (kind of consistent shot) on the right, so I had to try something different.”

Simonsen said he had tried the so-called “backup ball” technique in a couple of recent PBA Regional tournaments, with limited success, “but I did it enough to think it might work if I practiced a little. I actually practiced three times last week, which is three times more than I usually practice, and I decided to try it in game 10 of match play, and it worked.”

Simonsen became the second-youngest player ever to win a PBA Tour title when he won the 2016 Mark Roth-Marshall Holman PBA Doubles Championship with partner Connor Pickford as an 18-year-old, and shortly thereafter won the 2016 USBC Masters at age 19. He won his third PBA Tour title in the 2017 Xtra Frame Wilmington Open, but several other opportunities have escaped him.

“It’s been frustrating, but if you keep knocking, they’re eventually going to let you in,” he said. “You never know if (the reverse hook) will have to come out again, but I’m going to practice and see if I can get better at it.”

In the opening match, Sanders, PBA’s 2017 Rookie of the Year, had a string of six strikes in an otherwise error-free game, eliminating Kyle Troup of Taylorsville, N.C., who failed to convert a 2-4-8-10 split in the third frame and a 2-10 split in the eighth, 256-210.

In the semifinal match of the four-man stepladder finals, Sanders converted a 2 pin in the first frame and threw four strikes in a row, threatening to blow open his match against 20-year-old PBA Rookie of the Year contender Kamron Doyle of Brentwood, Tenn. But Sanders missed a 7 pin in the sixth frame, giving Doyle an opening and Doyle took advantage, throwing his own string of four strikes to take the lead. After converting a 6 pin in the eighth frame, Sanders finished with four strikes to put the pressure on Doyle, who needed to throw a fifth straight strike to remain in contention for his first PBA Tour title. Doyle left a 10 pin on his first shot, and Sanders moved on to the title match with a 237-223 decision.

The 2018 Go Bowling! PBA Tour continues with the PBA Xtra Frame Kenn-Feld Group Classic from Pla-Mor Lanes in Coldwater, Ohio, next Saturday and Sunday, where EJ Tackett of Huntington, Ind., and Andrew Anderson of Holly, Mich., will again try for a third 2018 title. Tackett led the Delaware event until the final two games when his inability to overcome the deteriorating lane conditions led to a 4-8 match play record and ultimately a fifth-place finish. Anderson came into Sunday’s competition in a tie for 30th place, made a big move to sneak into match play as the 16th qualifier and eventually he finished 14th.

PBA Xtra Frame on FloBowling will cover all rounds using its new “FloZone” coverage system which gives viewers the opportunity to follow all of the action simultaneously on all eight pairs of lanes at Pla-Mor. For FloBowling subscription and schedule information, visit FloBowling.com.

(A 2018 Go Bowling! PBA Tour event)
Mid-County Bowling and Entertainment Center, Middletown, Del., Sunday

Final Standings:
1, Anthony Simonsen, Austin, Texas, $15,000.
2, Matt Sanders, Indianapolis, $7,800.
3, Kamron Doyle, Brentwood, Tenn., $4,000.
4, Kyle Troup, Taylorsville, N.C., $2,500.

Stepladder Results:
Match One – Sanders def. Troup, 256-210.
Semifinal Match – Sanders def. Doyle, 237-223.
Championship – Simonsen def. Sanders, 216-194.

Final Match Play Standings (after 23 games, including match play bonus pins):
1, Simonsen, 7-5, 5,380.
2, Doyle, 10-2, 5,342.
3, Sanders, 5-7, 5,329.
4, Troup, 9-3, 5,318.
5, EJ Tackett, Huntington, Ind., 4-8, 5,281, $1,600.
6, Tim Foy Jr., Seaford, Del., 6-6, 5,219, $1,400.
7, Tom Daugherty, Riverview, Fla., 7-5, 5,171, $1,200.
8, Shawn Maldonado, Houston, 6-6, 5,168, $1,100.
9, Jason Sterner, Atlanta, 6-6, 5,140, $1,080.
10, Kurt Pilon, Warren, Mich., 7-5, 5,132, $1,060.
11, Brett Spangler, Niles, Ohio, 6-6, 5,118, $1,050.
12, Dick Allen, Lexington, S.C., 5-7, 5,107, $1,040.
13, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 5-7, 5,056, $1,030.
14, Andrew Anderson, Holly, Mich., 5-7, 5,013, $1,020.
15, Connor Pickford, Charlotte, N.C., 6-6, 4,985, $1,010.
16, Michael Markis, Scranton, Pa., 2-10, 4,801, $1,000.

Cashers Round Cashers (did not advance, after 11 games):
17, Ryan Ciminelli, Clarence, N.Y., 2,422, $700.
18, Brad Angelo, Lockport, N.Y., 2,415, $700.
19, BJ Moore, Greensburg, Pa., 2,411, $700.
20, Matt O'Grady, Rahway, N.J., 2,410, $700.
21, Rick Graham, Lancaster, Pa., 2,408, $700.
22, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 2,405, $700.
23, Anthony Pepe, Elmhurst, N.Y., 2,401, $700.
24, David Knight Jr., Glassboro, N.J., 2,398, $700.
25, Sam Cooley, Australia, 2,393, $650.
26, Graham Fach, Canada, 2,387, $650.
27, David Stouffer, Lehigh Acres, Fla., 2,380, $650.
28, Joe Paluszek, Bensalem, Pa., 2,368, $650.
29, Josh Schmehl, Millsboro, Del., 2,364, $650.
30, Tim Pfeifer, Oakdale, Pa., 2,354, $650.
31, Daniel Mitchell, Elkton, Md., 2,348, $650.
32 (tie), Victor Florie Jr., Richmond, Va., and Brian Elder, Newark, Del., 2,329, $625.
34 (tie), Zeke Bayt, Westerville, Ohio, and Chris Via, Springfield, Ohio, 2,325, $600.
36, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., 2,322, $600.
37, Jason Couch, Clermont, Fla., 2,321, $600.
38, Jason Cornog, Cherry Hill, N.J., 2,319, $600.
39, Gary Faulkner, Norfolk, Va., 2,316, $600.
40, Richie Teece, England, 2,315, $600.
41, Bryan Paul, Brooklyn, N.Y., 2,305, $600.
42, Greg Ostrander, Freehold, N.J., 2,290, $600.
43, Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., 2,286, $600.
44, Bobby Hall II, Landover, Md., 2,282, $600.
45, Michael Haugen Jr., Phoenix, 2,280, $600.
46, Stephen Pavlinko Jr., Sewell, N.J., 2,235, $600.
47, Keith Laing, Oakdale, Conn., 2,232, $600.
48, Robert Mockenhaupt, Rutherford, N.J., 2,206, $600.
49, AJ Johnson, Oswego, Ill., 2,202, $600.
50, Todd Sigeti, Lititz, Pa., 2,190, $600.

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