PBA Spare Shots: Even Fellow PBA Competitors Join “Norm Duke Fan Club”

by Bill Vint March 6, 2019 12:50

Norm Duke knows he has been a fan favorite for quite some time. The extended “Duuuuukkke…” chant whenever he’s introduced is a clue. But what the 54-year-old 40-time PBA Tour champion and hall of famer didn’t fully realize until the past couple of weeks is how much he’s idolized by the growing group of 20-something future stars who will soon steal the spotlight.

“The kids out here treat me unbelievably good, unbelievably!” Duke said after winning his 39th PBA Tour title in the Go Bowling! PBA Indianapolis Open, a week before he captured title no. 40 in last Sunday’s Go Bowling! PBA Jonesboro Open in Arkansas. “They make every day I spend on this tour so enjoyable. To get this title means maybe they can appreciate other things, like winning when you’re not bowling your best.”

First in line to proclaim his admiration for what Duke has contributed to the sport was Australia’s Jason Belmonte, who is widely considered the best bowler in the world, and who was Duke’s victim in the Indianapolis Open title match. After that match, Belmonte posted a comment on his Facebook page that in part said, “…you’re a treasure to the game and still my idol.”

A week later, after his win in Jonesboro, Belmonte proclaimed Duke the front-runner in the 2019 PBA Player of the Year race.

Duke, who had proclaimed earlier in the season that he fully intended to win another title despite his age and a seven-year dry spell since his last singles victory, also noted the new PBA Playoffs have provided him with a renewed drive to win, especially after sitting in 31st place – on the outside looking in – heading into the Indianapolis tournament.

“I know what it takes,” he said after his win in Indy not only moved him into the top 24 who will qualify for the PBA Playoffs, but all the way to seventh place in the points race. His win in Arkansas moved him into third place, comfortably (for now) within the top eight who will earn a first-round bye when the Playoffs begin.

“Everything I’ve done the last three months has been with the Playoffs in mind. It’s everyone’s goal,” Duke said. “Everyone wants to win that $100,000 (Playoffs first prize) and you can’t win it if you don’t get there.

“It’s a tall order, but to this point, everything I’ve done in my life has been a tall order,” the 5-foot-6 Duke said as a point of emphasis.

Duke also addressed the PBA’s dual, or mixed, pattern scoring environments he conquered in both of his Indianapolis and Jonesboro victories. It’s a challenging test of skill and patience the PBA has employed, applying dramatically different oiling patterns on the left and right lanes in both events.

“I think they’re a tremendous requirement to make you better than you thought you’d needed to be,” Duke said. “Every pattern changes. Every day they change. You have to be smart enough to deal with the patterns and physically strong enough to get all that extra equipment across the center, because you’re using different balls on each lane.

“It’s ridiculously hard, but for those of us who have been out here a long time, it’s an advantage if you’re prepared for it.”

To further endear himself to his adoring fans, Duke has created what may be a new tradition by handing his championship trophy to the fans to pass around, kind of like NHL players sharing the Stanley Cup with their fans. That might not be the end of it.

“The next time, I might just jump into the crowd myself,” Duke said with a laugh.


As an international field of 135 players representing 20 countries gets ready to compete in PBA World Series of Bowling X at Thunderbowl Lanes beginning Sunday in suburban Detroit, what has become the premier international showcase of professional bowling competition has produced its own impressive history and statistics over the last decade.

Here’s a look at some of the records WSOB competitors will try to improve upon in Allen Park:

4 – PBA Tour titles won by Jason Belmonte in WSOB competition.

8 – Number of perfect games Dom Barrett has bowled in WSOB history.

18 – Telecasts made by Jason Belmonte in nine WSOB events.

40 – Number of countries represented in WSOB history.

85 – Number of players who have made the TV finals in PBA WSOB history.

195 – Total number of perfect games bowled in WSOB history.

225.95 – EJ Tackett’s leading average for all WSOB events.

227.8Sean Rash’s leading PBA World Championship average.

239.88Jesper Svensson’s average in WSOB Chameleon Championship events, tops among all animal pattern events.

329 – Number of players who have cashed in the WSOB.

827 – Number of players who have bowled in at least one WSOB event.

73,432 – Total number of games bowled in PBA WSOB qualifying.

$317,995 – Jason Belmonte as all-time WSOB earnings leader.

$2,903,304 – Combined earnings of top 20 on WSOB all-time money list.

$6,630,750 – Total earnings paid out in PBA WSOB history.

15,187,562 – Total number of pins knocked down in WSOB history.


PBA’s live streaming partner, FloBowling, will provide approximately 50 hours of preliminary round coverage of WSOB X from Thunderbowl Lanes in Allen Park, Mich., beginning with PBA Cheetah Championship qualifying on Tuesday, March 12. For a schedule of FloBowling coverage click on https://www.flobowling.com/events/6264031-2019-pba-world-series-of-bowling-x/schedule.

In addition to its multi-lane coverage of WSOB qualifying and match play rounds, the live finals of each WSOB FS1 telecast will be available to FloBowling’s international subscribers as they air. For subscription and additional schedule information visit www.flobowling.com.


While Australia’s Jason Belmonte took a break from PBA Tour competition to spend time with his family before the start of the PBA World Series of Bowling X, EJ Tackett and Anthony Simonsen joined Norm Duke in fortifying their positions among the top eight players in the race to qualify for first-round byes in the inaugural PBA Playoffs.

Belmonte was solidly in the lead in PBA Playoffs points after his win in the PBA Tournament of Champions followed by back-to-back second-place finishes in the PBA Players Championship and Go Bowling! PBA Indianapolis Open with 18,550 points and Tackett retained second place on the basis of his third straight top five finish in Jonesboro with 13,890 points. Duke, with back-to-back titles in Indy and Jonesboro, advanced from 31st to third (13,565) while Simonsen (13,200) has advanced from 35th prior to the TOC to fourth, in great part thanks to his win in the PBA Players Championship.

Rounding out the top eight after Jonesboro are Sean Rash (12,640), Jakob Butturff (11,475), Marshall Kent (9,595) and Tom Daugherty (9,250). Heading into the WSOB X, Wes Malott (8,260) and Kyle Troup (8,150) sat in ninth and 10th places, respectively.

The race for the 24th-and-final berth in the PBA Playoffs currently involves Brad Miller and Nick Pate in a tie for 24th with Tom Smallwood and Stuart Williams right behind as the Tour heads toward the April 1 cutoff date.

Under the new PBA competition points structure in play this season, a win in a Tier 1 (major championship) event is worth 7,500 points, a Tier 2 (standard PBA Tour tournament) title is worth 5,000 points and a Tier 3 (limited entry and/or modified format tournament) title is worth 2,500 points. In the upcoming WSOB X, the Cheetah, Chameleon and Scorpion Championships will be Tier 3 events; the PBA World Championship will be the season’s third Tier 1 event.

Players finishing in the top 24 in points as of April 1 qualify for a berth in the Playoffs. Finishing in the top 40 is required for eligibility to enter the 2019 PBA League Draft. To follow the points competition as the season progresses, use this link: https://www.pba.com/SeasonStats/PointsList/132?list=1.

The PBA Playoffs begin on Monday, April 8, with live coverage of the opening Round of 24 matches on FS1 at 7 p.m. EDT from Bayside Bowl in Portland, Maine.


Brian Kretzer of Dayton, Ohio defeated Ryan Shafer of Horseheads, N.Y. by 48 pins to win the PBA50 Strike Zone Lanes Central Classic presented by Radical at Strike Zone Lanes in Canton, Ohio, Sunday.

Kretzer finished with an 8-4 match play record and a total of 4,991 pins for 20 games, including match play bonus pins. The title was Kretzer’s third of the year in the PBA Central Region and his 12th career PBA50 Regional title. He also earned $1,600.

Robby Porter of Rancho Cordova, Calif. defeated Michael Pixley of Modesto, Calif., 268-217, to win the PBA West Region’s Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort Championship at Gold Country Lanes in Sutter Creek, Calif., on Sunday.

This was Porter’s third PBA Regional title and earned him $2,000. Pixley earned $1,500 for second place.

In the semifinal round, Porter defeated Wayne Garber of Modesto, Calif., 258-206, and Pixley defeated Josh Blanchard of Mesa, Ariz., 279-228, to set up the championship match. Garber and Blanchard each earned $1,000 as semifinal round losers.

• PBA’s March 8-10 regional tournament schedule includes the PBA50 Fayetteville South Open at Lafayette Lanes in Fayetteville, N.C., and the PBA50 Showtime Lanes Midwest/Central Open presented by Radical in Virden, Ill.

• There are no tournaments on the March 15-17 calendar, but activity resumes over the March 22-24 weekend with the PBA50 Rossi Lanes East Open in Elmira, N.Y.; the Hubbard Central Open presented by Brunswick at Bell-Wick Bowl in Hubbard, Ohio; the PBA50 Allstate Monte Skeets Midwest/Central Open presented by Ebonite at Liberty Lanes in Carpentersville, Ill.; the PBA50 Ultra Star Multi-Tainment Center South Open at Harrah’s Cherokee Casino in Cherokee, N.C., and the Caveman Bowl Northwest/West Open presented by DV8 in Grants Pass, Ore.

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


If you’d like some insight into how PBA CEO and Commissioner Tom Clark earned his position as the PBA’s visionary leader, listen to his 35-minute conversation with WTMJ Radio’s Mike Spaulding: http://www.wtmj.com/wtmj-conversations.

In a recent Facebook post, PBA Hall of Famer and 10-time titlist Steve Hoskins announced he's returning to pro competition to bowl the PBA50 Tour in 2019. Hoskins, who was inducted into the PBA Hall of Fame in 2017, became eligible for PBA50 competition when he turned 50 in January.

Nationally-syndicated columnist Norman Chad, a noted bowling fan, also has become a dedicated Jason Belmonte fan. You can read his views on the Australian here: https://www.wvgazettemail.com/sports/columnists/norman_chad/norman-chad-belmonte-s-bowling-style-is-changing-the-game/article_d1871ce4-2fdb-580a-aedc-49fb0671f0ba.html.

There has been a change in the 2019 Go Bowling! PBA Tour competition points race among 2019 Bowl4life PBA Rookie Watch candidates. Thanks to a 16th-place finish in the PBA Jonesboro Open, Mike Coffey of Melbourne, Fla., has moved into third place among 2019 PBA rookies in terms of points while Wichita’s Patrick Hanrahan is now the points leader among rookies after his 18th-place finish in Jonesboro. Jake Rollins of Glen Rock, N.J., previously the rookie points leader, is now second. The 2019 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.

This week’s unofficial FloBowling PBA Power Rankings top 10 following the PBA Jonesboro Open includes: 1, Norm Duke (13); 2, Jason Belmonte (1); 3, EJ Tackett (2); 4, Jakob Butturff (3); 5, Sean Rash (4); 5, Dom Barrett (4); 6, Tom Daugherty (10); 7, Marshall Kent (11); 8, Kris Prather (12); 9, Dom Barrett (5), and 10, Kyle Troup (8). Visit FloBowling.com for a complete list along with Flo’s rationale for its rankings.

USBC and BPAA have awarded the 2020 U.S. Open to Sun Valley Lanes in Lincoln, Neb. The tournament, a major championship on the PBA Tour schedule, will begin on Feb. 16 and will become part of the PBA’s live FOX schedule.

In the “He’s Old, But Not That Old Department”…Sunday’s Go Bowling! PBA Jonesboro Open release mistakenly noted that winner Norm Duke had been bowling on Tour for 25 years by the year Anthony Simonsen was born. The correct gap was 15 years. But it also can be noted that Duke won PBA Player of the Year honors for the first time in 1994, three years before Simonsen was born in 1997.

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Anthony Simonsen, Danielle McEwan Top Three-Player Fields for Sunday’s World Bowling Tour Finals on FS1

by Bill Vint March 5, 2019 12:49

ARLINGTON, Texas – Capping a year-long points competition in the international bowling arena, PBA star Anthony Simonsen of Little Elm, Texas, and PWBA champion Danielle McEwan of Stony Point, N.Y., will lead their respective fields into the World Bowling Tour Men’s and Women’s Finals, presented by the PBA, Sunday at 10 p.m. EDT on FS1.

The WBT Men’s Finals also will include Stuart Williams of England and first-time WBT finalist EJ Tackett of Bluffton, Ind., who earned his berth after a gold-medal performance in the 2018 World Bowling Men’s Championships in Hong Kong. Rounding out the WBT Women’s Finals field will be PWBA star Liz Johnson of Palatine, Ill., who is trying for her first WBT Finals titles in her sixth appearance in the event, and Poland’s Daria Pajak, who will make her WBT Finals debut.

The WBT Men’s and Women’s Finals, presented by the PBA, will be contested at the International Training and Research Center, and will again use World Bowling’s experimental “current frame” scoring system where a strike counted for 30 pins, a spare counted for 10 plus the first-ball count, and an open frame counted for actual pins knocked down. The 10th frame counted the same as all other frames.

The WBT Finals will air on FOX Sports’ FS1 channel for the first time. FloBowling, PBA’s online video streaming partner, will live-stream the finals to its international subscribers. For subscription information, visit flobowling.com.

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

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PBA Hall of Famer Norm Duke Wins Go Bowling! PBA Jonesboro Open for 40th Career Title

by Bill Vint March 3, 2019 16:53

JONESBORO, Ark. – PBA Hall of Famer Norm Duke, three weeks shy of his 55th birthday, defeated 22-year-old Anthony Simonsen of Little Elm, Texas, 212-164, to win the Go Bowling! PBA Jonesboro Open Sunday at Hijinx Family Entertainment Center.

With an error-free game including one string of three strikes against the split-prone Simonsen, Duke became the third player in PBA history to win 40 PBA Tour titles, joining Walter Ray Williams Jr. (47) and Earl Anthony (43). He also became the oldest player to win consecutive PBA Tour titles, and the first to win two titles during the 2019 Go Bowling! PBA Tour season following his victory in the Go Bowling! PBA Indianapolis Open a week earlier.

This win was classic Norm Duke, an accomplished veteran who uses less to create more against an emerging legion of strong young high-revolution power players.

“I don’t really care if I bowl 280 or 180 if it’s more than the other guy has,” Duke said. “You just give it all you’ve got. I was so scared down there, it was hard to make shots. It gets that way when you’re so close to winning.”

Just as he has done throughout his career, Duke accomplished his mission Sunday by eliminating errors and taking advantage of what the scoring environment allows, rather than trying to overpower the lanes and pins.

“You never know what’s good enough until it’s over, but I love the fact that I didn’t have any open frames,” he added. “Spares win titles.”

Simonsen, a 22-year-old two-handed player, advanced to the title match against Duke – who had been bowling on Tour for 15 years by the year Simonsen was born – with a 214-199 victory over 26-year-old EJ Tackett of Bluffton, Ind. The semifinal match was a battle between two of the PBA’s most powerful high-revolution players. Simonsen started the match with four strikes to establish a solid lead that held up because Tackett was unable to throw consecutive strikes on the dual lane conditions until the 10th frame.

In the final match, however, Simonsen completely lost the right lane, leaving unmakeable splits on his first three attempts to give Duke the room he needed to open a big lead.

“Uncomfortable is the word for it,” the frustrated Simonsen said.

In the opening match, Kris Prather of Plainfield, Ill., started with four strikes, converted a 10 pin and threw three more strikes to build a lead Japanese star Shota Kawazoe couldn’t overcome despite a late string of four strikes. Kawazoe, a 17-time Japan PBA title winner, didn’t miss the pocket but three single-pin spares kept him from closing the gap and Prather won, 246-236.

In the second match, Simonsen jumped into an early 44-pin lead by starting the match with five strikes while Prather lost the pocket after a first-frame strike. Simonsen hit a speed bump when he left the 4-9 split in the eighth frame and failed to convert, but he then threw four more strikes to eliminate Prather, 247-203.

Sunday’s live FS1 finals were contested on the same dual lane conditioning environment that was used throughout the tournament, with the 45-foot Shark oiling pattern applied to the left lane and the 36-foot Viper pattern applied to the right lane.

Next up on the 2019 Go Bowling! PBA Tour schedule is the 10th anniversary PBA World Series of Bowling at Thunderbowl Lanes in Allen Park, Mich., March 11-21. WSOB X will award four PBA Tour titles, including the PBA World Championship, the year’s second major, and will include five consecutive nights of prime-time telecasts on FS1, March 18-22.

Leading into the World Series will be the World Bowling Tour Men’s and Women’s Finals, presented by the PBA, on FS1 next Sunday at 10 p.m. EST.

Hijinx Family Entertainment Center, Jonesboro, Ark., Sunday

Final Standings
1, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., $25,000.
2, Anthony Simonsen, Little Elm, Texas, $13,000.
3, EJ Tackett, Bluffton, Ind., $9,000.
4, Kris Prather, Plainfield, Ill., $7,000.
5, Shota Kawazoe, Japan, $6,000.

Playoff Results:
Match One – Prather def. Kawazoe, 246-236.
Match Two – Simonsen def. Prather, 247-203.
Semifinal Match – Simonsen def. Tackett, 214-199.
Championship – Duke def. Simonsen, 212-164.

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Hall of Famer Norm Duke Earns Top Berth for Sunday’s PBA Jonesboro Open Finals in Bid for 40th Career Title

by Bill Vint March 1, 2019 17:44

JONESBORO, Ark. – PBA Hall of Famer Norm Duke needs to win one more match Sunday to become the third player in Professional Bowlers Association history to win 40 career titles after earning the top berth in the PBA Jonesboro Open stepladder finals at Hijinx Family Entertainment Friday.

Sunday’s finals will air live on FS1 at 5 p.m. Eastern. Also qualifying for the finals are EJ Tackett of Bluffton, Ind., in second place with a 30-game total of 6,803 pins – 43 behind Duke; Anthony Simonsen of Little Elm, Texas, 6,794 pins; Kris Prather of Plainfield, Ill., 6,715, and Japan’s premier player, Shota Kawazoe, 6,709.

Duke and Simonsen are trying for their second title of the 2019 Go Bowling! PBA Tour season. Tackett is trying for his first title of 2019. Prather and Kawazoe are each looking for his first PBA Tour title.

“That was a long, long day,” Duke said of the two eight-game rounds of head-to-head match play on a challenging mixed lane condition environment. “As soon as you thought you could put some distance between guys, up jumped the devil. It was so hard. The left lane was so slippery; on the right lane the ball would check up and you’d leave some ugly spares. You couldn’t remember what lane you were on, what target you were throwing at, where you wanted to start…

“It would wear you to death. If you don’t believe it, just look at all the carnage out there.

“I know I’m in the lead, but I feel like I choked it. I didn’t feel like I bowled well,” Duke continued. “But then I said, Norm, the lanes are just hard. Deal with it.”

Duke, who turns 55 in less than a month, said he has never given up on winning another PBA Tour title, but he also never thought about getting to 40 titles, a milestone only Walter Ray Williams Jr. and Earl Anthony have exceeded with 47 and 43 titles, respectively. Even after winning his 39th title last Sunday in the Go Bowling! PBA Indianapolis Open, winning 40 wasn’t a target.

Sunday, he’ll await the survivor of three preliminary matches to bowl one game for another slice of bowling history.

“One more game to win,” he said. “It’s a tough ordeal, but would I rather be in the lead or not? I get to bowl more one game for the title. As cool as the idea of 40 titles is, you forget about all of it. You don’t think about accomplishments. It’s just win one more game.”

All rounds of the Jonesboro Open, a Tier 2 event in the 2019 PBA Playoffs points competition, were contested on a mixed lane conditioning environment where the 45-foot Shark oiling pattern was applied to the left lane and the 36-foot Viper pattern to the right lane.

Next up on the 2019 Go Bowling! PBA Tour schedule is the 10th anniversary PBA World Series of Bowling at Thunderbowl Lanes in Allen Park, Mich., March 11-21. The PBA’s next televised event is the World Bowling Tour Men’s and Women’s Finals, presented by the PBA, on FS1 Sunday, March 10, at 10 p.m. EST.


Hijinx Family Entertainment Center, Jonesboro, Ark., Friday

Final Match Play Standings (after 30 games, including match play bonus pins. Top five advance to the live FS1 finals Sunday at 5 p.m. EST)

1, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 9-7, 6,846.
2, EJ Tackett, Bluffton, Ind., 10-6, 6,803.
3, Anthony Simonsen, Little Elm, Texas, 10-6, 6,794.
4, Kris Prather, Plainfield, Ill., 7-9, 6,715.
5, Shota Kawazoe, Japan, 11-5, 6,709.

Other Cashers (after 30 games):

6, Tom Daugherty, Riverview, Fla., 11-5, 6,707, $5,000.
7, Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., 7-8-1, 6,635, $4,500.
8, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 10-6, 6,611, $4,000.
9, Anthony Lavery-Spahr, Pasadena, Texas, 9-7, 6,513, $3,500.
10, Shawn Maldonado, Houston, 6-10, 6,511, $3,200.
11, Brian Robinson, Morgantown, W.Va., 9-7, 6,506, $3,000.
12, Jakob Butturff, Tempe, Ariz., 7-9, 6,421, $2,900.
13, Richie Teece, England, 7-9, 6,368, $2,800.
14, Kyle Sherman, O'Fallon, Mo., 6-10, 6,307, $2,700.
15, Nicholas Pate, Inver Grove Heights, Minn., 3-11-2, 6,257, $2,600.
16, Mike Coffey, Melbourne, Fla., 4-11-1, 6,172, $2,500.

300 Game: Kris Prather.

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Big Final Game Gives Hall of Famer Norm Duke the Lead Heading into Match Play in PBA Jonesboro Open

by Bill Vint February 28, 2019 12:13

JONESBORO, Ark. – PBA Hall of Famer Norm Duke, making a bid for his 40th PBA Tour title, tracked down Kris Prather of Plainfield, Ill., and finally took the lead by 12 pins with a 266 final game Thursday in the PBA Jonesboro Open at Hijinx Family Entertainment Center.

Duke, who is closing in on his 55th birthday, can become the third player in Professional Bowlers Association history to win 40 titles if he can win Sunday. He won his 39th title last Sunday in the Go Bowling! PBA Indianapolis Open. Walter Ray Williams Jr. (47) and Earl Anthony (43) are the only PBA players ever to win 40 titles.

“I’ve never thought about 40 titles, ever,” the Clermont, Fla., resident said, “but I guess that would be a milestone. In my mind, the next milestone would be catching Earl Anthony, and the only reason I’m close to him is my longevity. I’ve been bowling for 37 years. Earl bowled for what? Fourteen, fifteen years? I’m on borrowed time, but just to be mentioned with those guys is amazing.”

Duke, as he did in Indianapolis, managed the dual lane condition challenge like a hall of famer.

“On the dual pattern situation, you look across the center and see 150, 160 games everywhere,” he said. “You can get a good game if you get a good start, but for the most part, it’s seven games of managing safely and trying to find something. To get done with the round and see myself in the lead, man, that’s something.”

Prather, who is trying for his first Go Bowling! PBA Tour title in his fifth year as a PBA member, bowled a consistent, trouble-free round, taking the lead earlier in the day by two pins over Jakob Butturff of Tempe, Ariz.

Duke finished with a 14-game total of 3,138 pins. Prather had 3,126. Rounding out the closely-packed top five heading into Friday’s match play finals are Butturff at 3,124, Shawn Maldonado of Houston, Texas, at 3,083 and EJ Tackett of Bluffton, Ind., with 3,054 pins.

Prather, who made six championship round appearances in 2018 including three third-place finishes, is trying for his first television appearance of the 2019 Go Bowling! PBA Tour season. He currently ranks 15th on the 2019 PBA Playoffs points list, but being a frequent contender is now driving him to step it up.

“Being close the past couple of years and not having won anything has really motivated me,” Prather said. “Missing the cut last week has really fired me up. I’m at a point in my career where I feel like I shouldn’t be missing cuts. I should get a check every week and, if not, it’s infuriating.”

Prather said he intends to turn that frustration into aggression starting in tomorrow’s two rounds of match play.

“Being that close and getting that taste of victory in my mouth has really motivated me, so I’m just going to keep working hard,” he added. “I really haven’t had much success in match play, so tomorrow I’m going to be really a lot more aggressive than I have been in the past. Other than that, nothing’s really going to change.”

All rounds of the Jonesboro Open, a Tier 3 event in the 2019 PBA Playoffs points competition, are being contested on a mixed lane conditioning environment where the 45-foot Shark oiling pattern is applied to the left lane and the 36-foot Viper pattern to the right lane.

FloBowling will live-stream the two eight-game match play rounds Friday at 10 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. (visit FloBowling.com for subscription information). For results as they happen, visit Live Scoring on PBA.com.

The top five bowlers after 30 games advance to the Jonesboro finals that will air live on FS1 on Sunday at 5 p.m. Eastern.


Hijinx Family Entertainment Center, Jonesboro, Ark., Thursday

Final Qualifying Standings (after 14 games; top 16 advance to match play Friday at 10 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. EST)

1, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 3,138.
2, Kris Prather, Plainfield, Ill., 3,126.
3, Jakob Butturff, Tempe, Ariz., 3,124.
4, Shawn Maldonado, Houston, 3,083.
5, EJ Tackett, Bluffton, Ind., 3,054.
6, Nicholas Pate, Inver Grove Heights, Minn., 3,034.
7, Brian Robinson, Morgantown, W.Va., 3,018.
8, Shota Kawazoe, Japan, 3,017.
9, Richie Teece, England, 3,016.
10 (tie), Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., and, Kyle Sherman, O'Fallon, Mo., 2,992.
12, Anthony Simonsen, Little Elm, Texas, 2,988.
13 (tie), Mike Coffey, Melbourne, Fla., and Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 2,980.
15, Tom Daugherty, Riverview, Fla., 2,966.
16, Anthony Lavery-Spahr, Pasadena, Texas, 2,964.

Other Cashers (after 14 games):
17, AJ Johnson, Oswego, Ill., 2,963, $2,000.
18, Patrick Hanrahan, Wichita, Kan., 2,960, $1,800.
19, Tom Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich., 2,949, $1,700.
20, DJ Archer, Spring, Texas, 2,946, $1,600.

Failed to Advance (after 14 games):
21, Stuart Williams, England, 2,941.
22, Rafiq Ismail, Malaysia, 2,934.
23 (tie), Dom Barrett, England, and Thomas Larsen, Denmark, 2,933.
25, Mitch Hupe, Canada, 2,932.
26, Nick Kruml, Downers Grove, Ill., 2,921.
27, Andres Gomez, Colombia, 2,915.
28, Cristian Azcona, Puerto Rico, 2,914.
29, Arturo Quintero, Mexico, 2,912.
30, Martin Larsen, Sweden, 2,907.
31, Chris Via, Springfield, Ohio, 2,904.
32 (tie), Brad Angelo, Lockport, N.Y., and Josh Blanchard, Mesa, Ariz., 2,901.
34, Rhino Page, Orlando, 2,899.
35, Darren Tang, Las Vegas, Nev., 2,896.
36, Jason Sterner, Fayetteville, Ga., 2,893.
37, Dick Allen, Lexington, S.C., 2,888.
38, Andrew Anderson, Holly, Mich., 2,883.
39, Christopher Sloan, Ireland, 2,882.
40, Brad Miller, Lees Summit, Mo., 2,877.
41, Zacharay Wilkins, Canada, 2,871.
42, Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 2,862.
43, Kamron Doyle, Brentwood, Tenn., 2,861.
44, Francois Lavoie, Canada, 2,858.
45, Matt Sanders, Indianapolis, 2,853.
46 (tie), Osku Palermaa, Finland, and Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 2,852.
48, Bill O'Neill, Langhorne, Pa., 2,848.
49, Pontus Andersson, Sweden, 2,842.
50, Gaetan Mouveroux, France, 2,833.
51, Ildemaro Ruiz, Venezuela, 2,829.
52, Mykel Holliman, Collierville, Tenn., 2,827.
53, Nathan Bohr, Austin, Texas, 2,819.
54, Zach Doty, Campbellsville, Ky., 2,816.
55, Andrew Suscreba, Clifton, N.J., 2,810.
56, Zeke Bayt, Westerville, Ohio, 2,803.
57, Chris Loschetter, Avon, Ohio, 2,796.
58, Billy Rogers, Mesquite, Texas, 2,794.
59 (tie), Jim Pratt, Avondale, Ariz., and Ronnie Russell, Marion, Ind., 2,776.
61, Kenneth Ryan, Farmingdale, NJ, 2,774.
62, Tim Foy Jr., Seaford, Del., 2,763.
63, Brandon Robertson, Venice, Fla., 2,760.
64, Sam Cooley, Australia, 2,749.
65, Jake Rollins, Glen Rock, N.J., 2,744.
66, Geoffrey Young, Roanoke, Texas, 2,742.
67, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., 2,740.
68, Michael Tang, Johnstown, Ohio, 2,738.
69, Gary Faulkner Jr., Memphis, Tenn., 2,735.
70, Michael Davidson, Versailles, Ohio, 2,729.
71, Sean Lavery-Spahr, Pasadena, Texas, 2,727.
72, Eduardo Astiazaran, Mexico, 2,725.
73, Blake Demore, Springfield, Mo., 2,698.
74, Greg Ostrander, Brick, N.J., 2,678.
75, Greg Young, Viera, Fla., 2,657.
76, Jesper Svensson, Sweden, 2,627.
77, David Krol, Nixa, Mo., 2,622.
78, Justin Wyman, Fairport, N.Y., 2,592.
79, Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 2,559.
80, Elijah Felling, Norman, Okla., 2,520.
81, Andrew Marks, Conway, Ark., 2,504.
82, JT Jackson, Sherman Oaks, Calif., 2,308.
83, Keven Williams, Springfield, Mo.,, 1,180.

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