Defending Champion Silver Lake Atom Splitters Begin Bid for Fourth Elias Cup Tuesday Live on FS1

by Bill Vint July 10, 2019 12:57

PORTLAND, Maine ­– The three-time PBA League champion Go Bowling! Silver Lake Atom Splitters will look to defend the Elias Cup when the annual five-player team tournament airs live in prime time for the first time Tuesday through Thursday, July 16-18, on FOX Sports FS1 from Bayside Bowl.

The Atom Splitters are led by last year's Mark Roth MVP Chris Barnes and return three other star bowlers from last year's triumphant team: Jesper Svensson, Tom Daugherty and A.J. Johnson. PBA Tour veteran DJ Archer rejoins the squad after competing for Silver Lake in 2017.

“The core of our group has been together for a while now and everyone on our team has been a part of this squad before," said manager Mark Baker, who has guided Silver Lake to Elias Cup titles in 2014, '15 and '18. "Although individually we are all fairly unique, our team chemistry and our love for the incredible atmosphere that is Bayside Bowl is the bonding force."

Baker says his team thrives in the electric atmosphere in Portland, Maine. Bayside Bowl has hosted the PBA League Elias Cup tournament every year since 2015.

"Bayside Bowl is the perfect atmosphere for this event. The crowd fires up the players, the players fire up the crowd. The energy that goes back and forth is amazing," Baker said. "Can't wait to be in that arena again."

The week kicks off Monday when the seven other PBA League teams (Dallas Strikers, NYC KingPins, Brooklyn Styles, Philadelphia Hitmen, Motown Muscle, L.A. X and hometown Portland Lumberjacks) will join the Atom Splitters for a critical eight-game round robin seeding tournament at 10:30 am ET, which will place the teams into an elimination bracket. The seeding tournament will be covered live, free on the PBA’s official Facebook page.

Then an unprecedented three consecutive nights of prime time national TV coverage on FS1 begins on Tuesday with four hours of quarterfinal round coverage beginning at 7 pm ET. Tuesday’s winners will advance to the semifinal round on Wednesday at 9 p.m., with the two finalists bowling for the Elias Cup Thursday at 9 p.m.

Barnes, a PBA Hall of Famer and member of the Atom Splitters since the League's inception in 2013, was also the PBA League’s Mark Roth MVP in 2014.

“I’m really looking forward to this year once again,” Barnes said. “The Elias Cup is an event our core looks forward to every year. Jesper looks to be back in form after leading a tournament in San Marino last week and the ‘Rebel’ Tom Daugherty is always rock solid for us. When you add in two guys in DJ and AJ Johnson who thrive in the rock star arena that is Bayside Bowl, we have a combination of youth, power and experience that leaves us very excited to coming back to the home of the Elias Cup.”

A limited number of tickets are still available for the three nights of FS1-televised competition at: https://www.baysidebowl.com/products/pba-elias-cup-tournament-tickets-1-ep9j2-7gtmx.

2019 PBA LEAGUE TEAM ROSTERS
● Portland Lumberjacks (manager Tim Mack): Ryan Ciminelli, Wes Malott, Kyle Troup, Kris Prather, Mitch Hupe’.
● L.A. X (manager Andrew Cain): Jason Belmonte, Stuart Williams, Jakob Butturff, Dick Allen, Anthony Lavery-Spahr.
● Brooklyn Styles (manager Johnny Petraglia): Walter Ray Williams Jr., Sean Rash, Rhino Page, Andres Gomez, Brad Angelo.
● New York City KingPins (manager Carolyn Dorin-Ballard): Pete Weber, Marshall Kent, BJ Moore, Kyle Sherman, Darren Tang.
● Motown Muscle (manager Del Ballard Jr.): EJ Tackett, Anthony Simonsen, Josh Blanchard, AJ Chapman, Mykel Holliman.
● Dallas Strikers: Player-manager Norm Duke, Tommy Jones, Bill O’Neill, Andrew Anderson, Brad Miller.
● Philadelphia Hitmen (manager Jason Couch): Dom Barrett, Tom Smallwood, Matt Sanders, Shawn Maldonado, Patrick Girard.
● Go Bowling! Silver Lake Atom Splitters (manager Mark Baker): Chris Barnes, Jesper Svensson, Tom
 
HISTORY OF PBA LEAGUE ELIAS CUP CHAMPIONS
2013    NYC KingPins (Tommy Jones, Jack Jurek, John Szczerbinski, Scott Norton, Pete Weber, Kelly Kulick).
2014    Silver Lake Atom Splitters (Bryon Smith, Chris Barnes, Dom Barrett, Wes Malott, Tommy Jones).
2015    Silver Lake Atom Splitters (Mika Koivuniemi, Chris Barnes, Craig Nidiffer, Tom Daugherty, Dick Allen)
2016    Go Bowling! Dallas Strikers (Norm Duke, Bill O’Neill, Shawn Maldonado, BJ Moore, Tommy Jones)
2017    Dallas Strikers (Bill O’Neill, Norm Duke, Rhino Page, BJ Moore, Tommy Jones)
2018    Go Bowling! Silver Lake Atom Splitters (Jesper Svensson, Dick Allen, AJ Johnson, Tom Daugherty, Chris Barnes)
 
2019 PBA LEAGUE ELIAS CUP FINALS SCHEDULE
Bayside Bowl, Portland, Maine, July 15-18 (all times EDT)
 
Monday, July 15 (livestream on PBA’s Facebook page)

10:30 a.m. – Baker team format seeding tournament, eight games round robin match play
Tuesday, July 16 (live on FS1)
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 (live on FS1)
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 (live on FS1)
9 p.m. – Elias Cup Championship: Winner Semifinal One vs. Winner Semifinal Two

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PBA Spare Shots: PBA Legend Mark Roth to Attend PBA League Finals to Present MVP Award

by Bill Vint July 5, 2019 09:25

PBA legend Mark Roth, who is continuing his rehabilitation after a recent cardiac setback, has announced he is planning to attend the PBA League Elias Cup finals at Bayside Bowl in Portland, Maine, July 15-18, to present the Mark Roth Most Valuable Player Award to the PBAL’s most outstanding competitor.

PBA League quarterfinal, semifinal and final round matches, will be televised live on FS1 over three nights. Veteran PBA announcer Dave LaMont will team up with color analyst Randy Pedersen and sideline reporter Kimberly Pressler to call the action in four two-hour telecasts on Tuesday, July 16 at 7 and 9 p.m. EDT; 9 p.m. Wednesday, July 17, and 9 p.m. Thursday, July 18.

Teams will be seeded for Tuesday’s quarterfinal round matches based upon an eight-game Baker format team event at 10 a.m. EDT on Monday that will be covered by Facebook LIVE, free to fans on PBA’s Facebook page.

A limited number of tickets to attend the PBA League sessions are available at: https://www.baysidebowl.com/products/pba-elias-cup-tournament-tickets-1-ep9j2-7gtmx.

PBA SOUTHWEST REGION PLAYERS COMPETE FOR INVITATIONAL TOURNAMENT BERTHS

PBA Southwest Region players have one more tournament to earn points toward berths in the Grand Casino Hotel & Resort Southwest Region Invitational that will take place over the Sept. 6-8 weekend at FireLake Bowling Center in Shawnee, Okla. The Grand Casino Hotel & Resort Southwest Doubles Open, presented by DV8, this weekend at FireLake will be the last chance to earn points toward berths in the Invitational.

The Southwest Region’s invitational event will be open to 32 players including:

• The top 28 PBA members from the Grand Casino Hotel & Resort points list who have bowled in at least three Southwest Region Open tournaments between July 15, 2018 and July 14, 2019;

• The top two PBA members who have bowled at least half of the Southwest Region Open events during that time span, but are below the top 28 on the points list;

• Two PBA members who have bowled at least three Southwest Region Open events who will be invited by the tournament sponsor;

• Regional Challenge tournaments (for non-titlists) and FloBowling PBA Tour events don’t count as “open” regional events.

All 32 players in the special event will cash, with $4,000 going to the winner. To view the current points list, visit this link: https://www.pba.com/SeasonStats/PointsList/133?list=4. The top five as of June 30 were: Anthony Lavery-Spahr (7,820 points); Shawn Maldonado (7,200); Mike Bailey (6,847); Sean Lavery-Spahr (6,373) and Francois Lavoie (6,061).

PBA REGIONAL UPDATE: WALTER RAY WINS TITLE NO. 113 IN OHIO

PBA Hall of Famer Walter Ray Williams Jr. of Oxford, Fla., did it again, defeating John Marsala of St. Louis by 65 pins to win the PBA50 Fairborn Central Classic presented by Roto Grip at Bowl 10 Fairborn (Ohio) Wednesday, and improve his all-time PBA titles total to 113.

Williams, who won only three of 10 head-to-head matches leading into the unique two-game final match play round, averaged 227.4 for the tournament and claimed his 19th PBA50 Regional title along with the $1,500 first prize. Williams also has won 47 PBA Tour, 14 PBA50 Tour and 33 PBA Regional titles.

In the unique format, the top 12 players after qualifying bowled 10 games of round robin match play where the winner of each match received 10 bonus pins. After the 10th match, the top four advanced to a four-man, two-game final match where bonus pins were given based on two-game totals. The top scorer each game received 30 bonus pins, second received 20 bonus pins, third 10 bonus pins and fourth received no bonus pins.

In the two-game finale, Williams rolled games of 269 and 237 for a 506 total, earning 60 bonus pins and finishing with a 4,548 pinfall total to top Marsala’s 4,483 total. Marsala, who led Williams by five pins going into the final two games, earned $1,000 for second place.

Eugene McCune of Munster, Ind. and partner Matt Staninger of Centerville, Ohio, defeated Jeff Richgels of Oregon, Wis. and Tom Hess of Urbandale, Iowa, 2-0, in a best-of-three-game title match to win the PBA/PBA50 John Kontos Memorial Midwest/Central Doubles title at Town & Country Lanes in Joliet, Ill., Sunday.

Teams included one bowler age 50 or older paired with a partner under the age of 50. The title was McCune’s 24th overall PBA Regional title and Staninger’s second. They also split a $4,000 first prize.

McCune and Staninger blanked Brian Menini of Brookfield, Mo., and non-PBA member Marc Heninger of Lee’s Summit, Mo., 2-0, in their best-of-three semifinal round match while Richgels and Hess swept Brian Kretzer of Dayton, Ohio and Ronnie Russell of Marion, Ind., 2-0, in the other semifinal round match.

• Brandon Curtis won his second PBA Regional title of the year Sunday, defeating the defending champion Steven Arehart of Chesapeake, Va., to win the third annual PBA Century Lanes Hampton South Open in Hampton, Va.

Arehart qualified in the number one position for the stepladder finals after leading the event virtually wire-to-wire, but he lost the championship match to Curtis, 242-235. Curtis finished with a a string of four strikes, but needing a strike or spare in his 10th frame for the win, Arehart left a 4-7-10 split that he was unable to convert.

In the first stepladder match, Curtis defeated PBA Tour titlist Ryan Ciminelli, newly-relocated to Lancaster, S.C., 268-206. He then eliminated another PBA Tour titlist, Jason Sterner, a new resident of Rochester, N.Y., 269-248, to advance to the title match. Curtis earned $2,300.

Heading into the 4th of July weekend, Bowl 10 Fairborn will host the PBA50 Fairborn Central Classic presented by Roto Grip Monday-Wednesday, July 1-3, in Fairborn, Ohio. Closing the extended holiday weekend July 5-7 will be the PBA50 Greater Freeport Midwest/Central Open at 4 Seasons Bowl in Freeport, Ill.; the Grand Casino Hotel & Resort Southwest Doubles presented by DV8 at FireLake Bowling Center in Shawnee, Okla., and the PBA/PBA50 Vanessa Brown Homes West Open doubleheader presented by Track at Yosemite Lanes in Modesto, Calif.

● 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

Three-time PBA Tour titlist Ed Bourdase died on June 26 in Fresno, Calif. He was 90. Bourdase was infamously known for his distain of 10 pins, especially when he failed to convert them for spares, and is credited with making the phrase “Spares are for sissies” famous…

Last Call: You can vote for your favorite 2019 ESPY “best bowler” award candidate online at ESPN.com/ESPYS and social media platforms until the start of the ESPYs telecast on Wednesday, July 10, at 8 p.m. EDT. Vote at: https://www.espn.com/espys/story/_/page/voting48/best-athlete-sport. Candidates are Jason Belmonte, Norm Duke, Jakob Butturff and Anthony Simonsen. The winner will be announced during the telecast on ABC-TV.

• Reminder: Tickets to watch the Barbasol PBA Tour Finals presented by Red Rock Casino, Resort & Spa are still available. Visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/barbasol-pba-tour-finals-presented-by-red-rock-casino-resort-spa-tickets-57610119418. Jason Belmonte, Jakob Butturff, Anthony Simonsen, EJ Tackett, Marshall Kent, Bill O’Neill, Andrew Anderson and Kris Prather will compete in the Finals live by CBS Sports Network over a span five shows (two on Saturday, July 20 and three on Sunday, July 21).

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Jakob Butturff Wins PBA Lubbock Sports Shootout for Seventh Career Title, Early USBC Cup Points Lead

by Bill Vint July 1, 2019 07:58

LUBBOCK, Texas – Jakob Butturff of Tempe, Arizona, returned to the site of his first PBA Tour victory Sunday and defeated top qualifier Stuart Williams of England, 194-188, to win his seventh career title and third of the 2019 season in the PBA Lubbock Sports Shootout presented by Ebonite at South Plains Lanes Sunday.

In winning the kickoff event in the 2019 FloBowling PBA Summer Tour series, Butturff automatically became the early leader in the USBC Cup points race that is part of the summer series.

Butturff, who won his first PBA Tour title in Lubbock in 2016 and had a second-place finish in 2018, said the secret to his success was his comfort in bowling at South Plains Lanes.

“I think it’s the fact that when you win your first PBA title here, it makes you more comfortable,” the 25-year-old left-hander said.

Williams, who made a key ball change after a sluggish start in the title match, threw three strikes to take a four-pin lead into the 10th frame, but left the 2-4-6-10 split when a strike could have closed the door on Butturff. Butturff failed to throw consecutive strikes, but filled every frame and needed only a mark in his final frame. He left the 6 pin on a high hit, converted the spare and knocked down seven pins on his fill ball to lock up the title.

“The hope was to not throw a split,” Butturff said with a grin, “and fortunately I didn’t.”

The win was Butturff’s third in the 2019 Go Bowling! PBA Tour campaign. He previously won the PBA Oklahoma Open and his first major in the USBC Masters. He also has three second-place finishes.

In Sunday’s first four-player stepladder finals match, Tackett started with seven strikes in denying Anthony Lavery-Spahr of Pasadena, Texas, his chance for a first PBA Tour title, 279-204. In the semifinal match, Butturff turned the tables on Tackett, starting with six strikes while Tackett lost his strike carry. Despite leaving a 4-7-10 split in the seventh frame and failing to convert, Butturff cruised to a 235-185 win, ending Tackett’s hopes for his first title of 2019.

After a break in the schedule for three days of PBA League Elias Cup competition at Bayside Bowl in Portland, Maine, July 16-18, and the Barbasol PBA Tour Finals presented by Red Rock Casino Resort & Spa July 20-21 in Las Vegas, the FloBowling PBA Summer Tour and USBC Cup points competition resume July 25-28 in Houston, Texas when Copperfield Bowl will host the Storm PBA/PWBA Striking Against Breast Cancer Mixed Doubles. Tackett and Liz Johnson of Palatine, Illinois, are defending champions.

The PBA League will be covered in its entirety over three nights on FOX Sports’ FS1 network. The Barbasol PBA Tour Finals will air live on CBS Sports Network in five separate shows over two days. All PBA Summer Tour events will be livestreamed exclusively, from start to finish, on FloBowling.com. Visit www.flobowling.com for subscription and schedule information.

PBA LUBBOCK SPORTS SHOOTOUT
presented by Ebonite
South Plains Lanes, Lubbock Texas, Sunday

Final Standings:
1, Jakob Butturff, Tempe, Ariz., $13,500.
2, Stuart Williams, England, $7,000.
3, EJ Tackett, Bluffton, Ind., $4,000.
4, Anthony Lavery-Spahr, Pasadena, Texas, $2,500.

Stepladder Results:
Match One: Tackett def. Lavery-Spahr, 279-204.
Semifinal Match: Butturff def. Tackett, 235-185.
Championship: Butturff def. Williams, 194-188.

Final Match Play Standings (after 22 games, including match play bonus pins):
1, Williams, 5-3, 5,157.
2, Butturff, 5-3, 5,151.
3, Tackett, 6-2, 5,131.
4, Anthony Lavery-Spahr, 7-1, 5,099.
5, Kyle Troup, Taylorsville, N.C., 5-3, 5,047, $2,000.
6, Francois Lavoie, Canada, 5-3, 4,994, $1,800.
7, AJ Johnson, Oswego, Ill., 4-4, 4,991, $1,600.
8, Dylan Burns, Garden City, Kan., 5-3, 4,968, $1,450.
9, Zeke Bayt, Westerville, Ohio, 3-5, 4,942, $1,350.
10, Jason Belmonte, Australia, 5-3, 4,932, $1,300.
11, Sean Lavery-Spahr, Pasadena, Texas, 4-4, 4,893, $1,250.
12, Jake Peters, Henderson, Nev., 2-6, 4,892, $1,200.
13, Brad Miller, Lees Summit, Mo., 0-8, 4,879, $1,150.
14, Dom Barrett, England, 3-5, 4,837, $1,100.
15, Tom Daugherty, Riverview, Fla., 4-4, 4,780, $1,050.
16, AJ Chapman, Manchester, Iowa, 1-7, 4,729, $1,000.

Other Cashers (after 14 games):
17, Shawn Maldonado, Houston, 3,028, $750.
18, Darren Tang, Las Vegas, 3,020, $785.
19, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 3,005, $740.
20, Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 3,001, $740.
21, Bill O'Neill, Langhorne, Pa., 2,987, $735.
22, Josh Blanchard, Mesa, Ariz., 2,986, $730.
23, n-Joseph Grondin, San Pedro, Calif., 2,976, $730.
24, Devin Bidwell, Wichita, Kan., 2,971, $725.
25, Dick Allen, Lexington, S.C., 2,970, $720.
26, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 2,969, $720.
27, Nick Pate, Inver Grove Heights, Minn., 2,957, $715.
28, DJ Archer, Spring, Texas, 2,946, $715.
29, Cody Meiers, Lubbock, Texas, 2,941, $715.
30, Greg Young, Viera, Fla., 2,930, $710.
31, David Maycock, Bermuda, 2,927, $710.
32, Patrick Hanrahan, Wichita, Kan., 2,917, $710.
33, Kamron Doyle, Brentwood, Tenn., 2,912, $705.
34, James Watson, Austin, Texas, 2,872, $705.
35, Josh Montgomery, Flower Mound, Texas, 2,870, $705.
36, Jeremy McElliott, Phoenix, 2,869, $700.
37, n-Rick Benard, Clovis, N.M., 2,819, $700.
38, Richie Teece, England, 2,816, $700.
39, Chris Via, Springfield, Ohio, 2,801, $700.
n-denotes non-PBA member.
300 games: Brad Miller.

USBC CUP POINTS LEADERS
(After one of nine tournaments)
1, Jakob Butturff, Tempe, Ariz., 2,500.
2, Stuart Williams, England, 1,500.
3, EJ Tackett, Bluffton, Ind., 1,150.
4, Anthony Lavery-Spahr, Pasadena, Texas, 950.
5, Kyle Troup, Taylorsville, N.C., 850.
6, Francois Lavoie, Canada, 775.
7, AJ Johnson, Oswego, Ill., 745.
8, Dylan Burns, Garden City, Kan., 715.
9, Zeke Bayt, Westerville, Ohio, 685.
10, Jason Belmonte, Australia, 655.
11, Sean Lavery-Spahr, Pasadena, Texas, 625.
12, Jake Peters, Henderson, Nev., 595.
13, Brad Miller, Lees Summit, Mo., 565.
14, Dom Barrett, England, 535.
15, Tom Daugherty, Riverview, Fla., 505.
16, AJ Chapman, Wichita, Kan., 475.
17, Shawn Maldonado, Houston, 445.
18, Darren Tang, San Francisco, 425.
19, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 405.
20, Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 385.

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Zeke Bayt Leads After First Round in PBA Lubbock Sports Shootout in Bid for First PBA Tour Title

by Bill Vint June 29, 2019 19:08

LUBBOCK, Texas – Zeke Bayt, a 27-year-old right-hander from Westerville, Ohio, averaged 244.38 Saturday to lead the opening qualifying round in the PBA Lubbock Sports Shootout presented by Ebonite at South Plains Lanes.

Bayt, a semi-regular PBA touring player for the past four years, was one of five players among the top 10 after eight games who are trying for their first PBA Tour titles. Bayt’s best previous finish was third with partner Dick Allen in the 2017 Mark Roth-Marshall Holman PBA Doubles Championship. He overtook Brad Miller of Lee’s Summit, Missouri, in the final game to take the lead.

The Lubbock Sports Shootout is the opening event of the 2019 Go Bowling! PBA Summer Tour and the USBC Cup points competition. All 10 events in the summer series will be livestreamed exclusively by PBA’s online streaming partner, FloBowling.

Bayt rolled games of 226, 203, 258, 300, 212, 192, 278 and 286 for a first-round total of 1,955 pins, 43 ahead of Miller. Miller also is trying for his first PBA Tour title. Tom Daugherty of Riverview, Florida, was in third place with 1,872 pins followed by non-titlist AJ Chapman of Manchester, Iowa, at 1,870 and Dom Barrett of England with a 1,861 total.

Anthony Lavery-Spahr of Pasadena, Texas, and AJ Johnson of Oswego, Illinois, in seventh and ninth places, respectively are the other non-title winners among the top 10.

Competition continues Sunday when the top 39 qualifiers will advance to a six-game cashers round at 8:30 a.m. The top 16 after 14 games will bowl an eight-game match play round at 12:15 p.m. with the top four players advancing to the stepladder finals at 4:15 p.m. All times are Central.

Fans can catch all the live streaming action on FloBowling.com.  Visit www.flobowling.com for subscription and schedule information.

PBA LUBBOCK SPORTS SHOOTOUT

presented by Ebonite

South Plains Lanes, Lubbock Texas, Saturday

FIRST ROUND STANDINGS (after 8 games; top 39 advance to Sunday’s cashers round)

1, Zeke Bayt, Westerville, Ohio, 1,955.
2, Brad Miller, Lees Summit, Mo., 1,912.
3, Tom Daugherty, Riverview, Fla., 1,872.
4, AJ Chapman, Manchester, Iowa, 1,870.
5, Dom Barrett, England, 1,861.
6, Francois Lavoie, Canada, 1,836.
7, Anthony Lavery-Spahr, Pasadena, Texas, 1,806.
8, Jake Peters, Henderson, Nev., 1,805.
9, AJ Johnson, Oswego, Ill., 1,804.
10, Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 1,779.
11, Josh Montgomery, Flower Mound, Texas, 1,778.
12, Kyle Troup, Taylorsville, N.C., 1,769.
13, Shawn Maldonado, Houston, 1,758.
14, Bill O'Neill, Langhorne, Pa., 1,757.
15, Richie Teece, England, 1,753.
16, Darren Tang, Las Vegas, 1,751.
17, Jeremy McElliott, Phoenix, 1,745.
18, Jakob Butturff, Tempe, Ariz., 1,741.
19, Stuart Williams, England, 1,735.
20, Dylan Burns, Garden City, Kan., 1,734.
21, Patrick Hanrahan, Wichita, Kan., 1,728.
22, Greg Young, Viera, Fla., 1,719.
23, EJ Tackett, Bluffton, Ind., 1,717.
24, Josh Blanchard, Mesa, Ariz., 1,716.
25, Jason Belmonte, Australia, 1,713.
26, n-Joseph Grondin, San Pedro, Calif., 1,710.
27, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 1,707.
28, DJ Archer, Spring, Texas, 1,705.
28, James Watson, Austin, Texas, 1,705.
30, Nick Pate, Inver Grove Heights, Minn., 1,704.
31, n-Cody Meiers, Lubbock, Texas, 1,698.
32, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 1,697.
33, Sean Lavery-Spahr, Pasadena, Texas, 1,691.
34, Devin Bidwell, Wichita, Kan., 1,689.
35, Dick Allen, Lexington, S.C., 1,686.
36, n-Rick Benard, Clovis, N.M., 1,681.
37, David Maycock, Bermuda, 1,678.
38, Kamron Doyle, Brentwood, Tenn., 1,667.
39, Chris Via, Springfield, Ohio, 1,659.

Failed to advance:
40 (tie), n-Dylan Macon, Ennis, Texas, and Michael Austin, Conroe, Texas, 1,658.
42, Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., 1,654.
43, Mykel Holliman, Collierville, Tenn., 1,647.
44, Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 1,642.
45, Andrew Anderson, Holly, Mich., 1,633.
46, Juan Garza, Lubbock, Texas, 1,630.
47, Kris Koeltzow, Wheat Ridge, Colo., 1,621.
48 (tie), n-Rameses Chambers, Kansas City, Mo., and n-David McKay, Artesia, New Mexico, 1,618.
50, Thomas Rash, Spencer, Okla., 1,616.
51, Trey Ford III, Bartlesville, Okla., 1,611.
52, s-Harley Deckert, Odessa, Texas, 1,605.
53, Mitch Hupe, Canada, 1,592.
54, Tristan Butler, Fort Wayne, Ind., 1,589.
55, Nathan Bohr, Austin, Texas, 1,588.
56, n-Stefan Wood, Lubbock, Texas, 1,587.
57, Michael Tang, Johnstown, Ohio, 1,578.
58 (tie), Andrew Cain, Phoenix, and Tim Cagle II, Hercules, Calif., 1,575.
60 (tie), Martin Bedford, Gasport, N.Y., and Kenneth Bland Jr., San Antonio, Texas, 1,574.
62, Nate Garcia, Port St. Lucie, Fla., 1,573.
63, David Wilson, Amarillo, Texas, 1,568.
64, n-Blayne Hurst, Amarillo, Texas, 1,560.
65, n-Zach Wojciechowski, Lubbock, Texas, 1,557.
66, Scott McCleery, Lubbock, Texas, 1,556.
67, Donald Davis Jr., W. Tawakoni, Texas, 1,554.
68, Terry Ward, San Angelo, Texas, 1,550.
69, Lee White, Odessa, Texas, 1,548.
69, Zac Tackett, Huntington, Ind., 1,548.
71, Gabriel Yanes, Shertz, Texas, 1,547.
72, n-David Landbeck, Lubbock, Texas, 1,542.
73, n-Ramsey Basurto, Lancaster, Calif., 1,538.
74, Cody Copeland, Abilene, Texas, 1,532.
75, Toby Sambueno, Henderson, Nev., 1,528.
76, Athol Packer, Jr., Little Elm, Texas, 1,526.
77 (tie), Tyler Albracht, Amarillo, Texas, and Levi Fintel, Lubbock, Texas, 1,521.
79 (tie), Scotty Pope Jr., Midland, Texas, and Paul Brewbaker, Midwest City, Okla., 1,517.
81 (tie), n-Clinton Watkins, Andrews, Texas, and n-Myron Fleming, Grand Prairie, Texas, 1,511.
83, Mark Waters, Plainview, Texas, 1,501.
84 (tie), Mike Bailey, Irving, Texas, and n-Jason Tidwell, Odessa, Texas, 1,497.
86, n-Deo Benard, Rio Rancho, N.M., 1,495.
87, Todd Sigeti, Lititz, Pa., 1,487.
88, n-Kyle Gilbert, Phelan, Calif., 1,486.
89, n- Will Davis, Aretesia, N.M., 1,484.
90, Travis Tribolet, San Angelo, Texas, 1,482.
91, Keven Williams, Springfield, Mo.,, 1,479.
92, n-Frank Rose Jr, Bellaire, Texas, 1,478.
93, Randy Hawks, Balch Springs, Texas, 1,476.
94 (tie), Andy Patterson, Tyler, Texas, and Mason Edmondson, Amarillo, Texas, 1,474.
96, Michael Steele, Abilene, Texas, 1,472.
97, Joshua Garrard, Mustang, Okla., 1,462.
98, n-Bradley Harvey, Albuquerque, NM, 1,455.
99, n-Zachary Harvey, Albuquerque, N.M., 1,453.
100, Allan Smith, Killeen, Texas, 1,449.
101, n-Tyler Bryant, Colorado Spr., Colo., 1,447.
102, Jeremy Fowler, Odessa, Texas, 1,445.
103, n-Alan Berger, Lubbock, Texas, 1,439.
104, Charles Ramay, Lubbock, Texas, 1,436.
105, George Duke, Vidor, Texas, 1,431.
106, n-Jeromy Tidwell, Midland, Texas, 1,430.
107, David Scardaville, Houston, Texas, 1,429.
108, Billy Crider, Austin, Texas, 1,424.
109, Randy Turner, Shallowater, Texas, 1,419.
110, n-John Luke Green, Amarillo, Texas, 1,418.
111, James Grago, Hampstead, N.C., 1,414.
112, Mark Payne Sr., Amarillo, Texas, 1,396.
113, n-Joshua Mabry, Tucson, Ariz., 1,391.
114, James Cantere, Norman, Okla., 1,372.
115, n-Dustan Mahan, Washington, Okla., 1,364.
116, Francis Russo, Richmond, Texas, 1,342.
117, Jonathan Lawson, Canyon, Texas, 1,320.
118, Gerry Smith, Rio Rancho, N.M., 1,277.

n-denotes non-PBA member.

300 games: DJ Archer, AJ Chapman, Zeke Bayt.

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PBA Spare Shots: Follow PBA Summer Tour, USBC Cup Points Races Beginning Sunday with Lubbock Finals

by Bill Vint June 28, 2019 11:14

With the conclusion of the PBA Lubbock Sports Shootout, the first event of the PBA Summer Tour on FloBowling, pba.com will begin tracking the USBC Cup points standings Sunday at the following link: https://www.pba.com/SeasonStats/PointsList/132?list=6. The winner of the Lubbock event, a Tier 3 tournament in PBA’s points system, will earn 2,500 points to get the summer points race underway.

In addition to offering PBA Summer Tour competitors a total of $40,000 in bonus prize money based upon how the top five players perform across the 10-event series of tournaments, competition points earned during the summer will qualify eight players to bowl for a $25,000 first prize in the first FloBowling ATX Invite at Dart Bowl in Austin, Texas, on Sept. 21, and the same eight players will earn expenses-paid trips to compete in the inaugural PBA China Tiger Cup Nov. 19-21 which also will offer a $20,000 top prize.

The PBA Summer Tour landing page includes a complete listing of tournament schedules along with competition points values assigned to each event. The points standings will be updated immediately upon the conclusion of each tournament in the summer series.

The entire PBA Summer Tour will be livestreamed exclusively by FloBowling, which also will livestream all remaining PBA50 Tour events in July and August plus the Teen Masters July 1-5. FloBowling is available around the world on a subscription basis. Visit flobowling.com for details and enrollment information. Check the “Xtra Frame on FloBowling” link on pba.com (https://www.pba.com/Live) for a complete schedule of livestreaming times.

While July and August will be packed with PBA and PBA50 Tour action on FloBowling, the PBA Tour’s summer schedule also includes three consecutive nights of PBA League Elias Cup competition July 16, 17 and 18 from Bayside Bowl in Portland, Maine, live on FOX Sports’ FS1 channel, and two days of Barbasol PBA Tour Finals coverage, presented by Red Rock Casino, Resort & Spa, live on CBS Sports Network, July 20-21, from Red Rock Lanes in Las Vegas.

PBA CEO/COMMISSIONER TOM CLARK RECEIVES KEGEL’S JOHN DAVIS AWARD

2019 John Davis award from left_Nicholson.Len_Chartrand.Chris_Clark.Tom_Villareale.SamPBA CEO and Commissioner Tom Clark was the 19th recipient of the John Davis Award, presented by Kegel – the company the late John Davis co-founded – Wednesday at International Bowl Expo in Las Vegas. The award is presented annually to an individual who is actively involved in trying to advance the sport of bowling. A perpetual plaque, bearing each recipient’s name, is permanently displayed in The Kegel Training Center in Lake Wales, Fla.

(Photo caption: 2019 John Davis award presention, from left: Len Nicholson, Chris Chartrand, Tom Clark, Sam Villareale)

“(Clark) brought the PBA from the doldrums to probably the greatest of all-time,” said PBA Hall of Famer Len Nicholson, the former PBA supervisor of lane maintenance and host of the long-running “The Phantom” internet podcast, as he presented the award.

“I loved John Davis. Any award with his name on it and celebrates what (Kegel CEO) Chris Chartrand and Kegel have done to keep his name alive, is amazing,” Clark said. “To have you guys recognize me is sweet, very nice.

“I used to have conversations with John that would last for hours, and they never got boring,” Clark added. “All John cared about was the sport of bowling, and that’s what I care about, too.”

FLORIDA’S BILL ROGERS WINS PBA BOWLING CHALLENGE “PBA PLAYOFFS” SPECIAL EVENT

Bill Rogers of Rotonda West, Fla., won the “PBA Playoffs Challenge” special event conducted as part of Concrete Software’s PBA Bowling Challenge in early June. The special competition required a contestant to bowl a game higher than the 216 game Kris Prather bowled in his second game in winning the PBA Playoffs on the PBA Bowling Challenge game for mobile devices.

Rogers was among the 22,866 unique players who re-entered the contest an average of 4.5 times, generating a total of 103,513 submissions – a record for the PBA mobile device game. Rogers had 14 submissions and his winning score was selected at random among those who topped Prather’s 216. Numerous players submitted more than 100 game scores.

For his win, Rogers receives a PBA bowling pin autographed by Prather plus 6,000 PBA Bowling Challenge gold pins from Concrete Software.

PBA REGIONAL UPDATE: VENTURA WINS NINTH REGIONAL TITLE IN NEW HYDE PARK

Sammy Ventura of Norwich, N.Y., a two-time East Region PBA50 Player of the Year, compiled a 5-3 match play record and a 15-game total of 3,598 pins to win the PBA50 Ned Micelli Memorial at Herrill Lanes in New Hyde Park, N.Y., Saturday by a mere six pins over reigning PBA50 East Region Player of the Year Rick Graham of Lancaster, Pa.

Ventura qualified second, 11 pins behind Graham, but quickly assumed the lead, which he held throughout the first seven games of the round robin match play finals. Ventura held a 69-pin lead over Graham going into the final match, but Graham started with four strikes and found himself in position to win before he suffered an open frame in the seventh frame. After Graham failed to strike in the ninth, Ventura had the title clinched despite an open in the final frame.

Ventura won $1,500 along with his ninth overall PBA Regional title while Graham earned $800.

The new PBA East Region event was organized by PBA member Glenn Smith to honor the late Ned Micelli, a long-time fellow competitor. Micelli, who died in July 2017, competed well into his 80s throughout the Long Island area.

• Greg Thomas of Irmo, S.C., defeated red-hot Stoney Baker of Canton, Ga., 233-166, to win the PBA50 Aberdeen South Open at SandHills Bowling Center in Aberdeen, N.C., Sunday.

Thomas won $2,600 along with his fifth overall PBA Regional title. He started the championship game with five strikes and that was all he needed in running away with the win after Baker ran into trouble early and couldn’t recover.

In the semifinal round, Thomas defeated Brian Kretzer of Dayton, Ohio, 179-165, while Baker disposed of PBA Hall of Famer Walter Ray Williams Jr. of Oxford, Fla., 249-227, in the other semifinal round match.

• Myles Duty of Modesto, Calif. posted a 6-4 match play record and knocked down 4,543 pins Sunday to win his second PBA Regional title in the PBA Epi Center Northwest/West Open in Klamath Falls, Ore.

Duty, who earned $2,000, defeated non-PBA member Anthony Thompson of Redding, Calif., by 21 pins for the title. Thompson had an 8-2 match play record and 4,522 total pins for his 18 games including match play bonus pins.

In the companion PBA50 Open, John Gould of Yuba City, Calif., went 6-2 and knocked down 3,944 total pins to top Bob Rosenau of Redding, Calif., for his first PBA50 Regional title and third title overall. Rosenau had a 3-5 match play record and a total of 3,745 pins.

Non-PBA member Cory Hines of Jackson, Mich. defeated Chandler Stevens of Archbold, Ohio, 276-193, to win the PBA Pro Bowl West Central/Midwest Challenge presented by Ebonite at Pro Bowl West in Fort Wayne, Ind., on Saturday.

Challenge events are open to PBA members without a PBA title or non-members who have never won a PBA event. Hines earned $1,500 for the win, but since he is not a PBA member, he does not receive credit for a PBA regional title.

Hines downed Charlie Brown Jr. of Granville, Mich., 248-203 while Stevens edged Michael Bankert of Indianapolis, 267-255, in semifinal round matches to set up the championship match.

Closing out the June PBA Regional calendar this weekend will be the PBA-PBA50 John Kontos Memorial Midwest/Central Doubles Open at Town & Country Lanes in Joliet, Ill., and the Century Lanes Hampton South Open in Hampton, Va.

Heading into the 4th of July weekend, Bowl 10 Fairborn will host the PBA50 Fairborn Central Classic presented by Roto Grip Monday-Wednesday, July 1-3, in Fairborn, Ohio. Closing the extended holiday weekend July 5-7 will be the PBA50 Greater Freeport Midwest/Central Open at 4 Seasons Bowl in Freeport, Ill.; the Grand Casino Hotel & Resort Southwest Doubles presented by DV8 at FireLake Bowling Center in Shawnee, Okla., and the PBA/PBA50 Vanessa Brown Homes West Open doubleheader presented by Track at Yosemite Lanes in Modesto, Calif.

● 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

Long-time PBA member Lee Vanderhoef of Fuquay-Varina, N.C., became the third bowler in the 116-year history of the USBC Open Championships to bowl three perfect games in the tournament when he rolled his most recent 300 during his team event on June 20 at the South Point Bowling Plaza in Las Vegas. Vanderhoef, 40, rolled his first 300 in the 2009 USBC Open Championships, also in Las Vegas, and he joined the list of 31 other bowlers with multiple 300s when he recorded No. 2 during the 2013 tournament in Reno.

You still have time to help select the winner if the 2019 ESPY “best bowler” award by voting online at ESPN.com/ESPYS and social media platforms: https://www.espn.com/espys/story/_/page/voting48/best-athlete-sport. ESPN’s candidates are Jason Belmonte, Norm Duke, Jakob Butturff and Anthony Simonsen. The winner will be announced during the ESPYs telecast on ABC-TV on Wednesday, July 10, at 8 p.m. Eastern.

• Reminder: Tickets to watch the 2019 Barbasol PBA Tour Finals presented by Red Rock Casino, Resort & Spa are still available. For tickets for the July 20-21 battle between the PBA’s elite eight players based upon total points earned during the 2018 and 2019 Go Bowling! PBA Tour seasons, visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/barbasol-pba-tour-finals-presented-by-red-rock-casino-resort-spa-tickets-57610119418. The field of eight will include Jason Belmonte, Jakob Butturff, Anthony Simonsen, EJ Tackett, Marshall Kent, Bill O’Neill, Andrew Anderson and Kris Prather. The Barbasol PBA Tour Finals will be televised live by CBS Sports Network over a span five shows (two on Saturday, July 20 and three on Sunday, July 21).

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