Rhino Page Ends Title Slump with PBA Xtra Frame Kenn-Feld Classic Win; EJ Tackett Claims Storm Cup

by Bill Vint August 27, 2017 16:11

COLDWATER, Ohio – Rhino Page of Orlando, Fla., defeated rookie Chris Via of Springfield, Ohio, 190-173, to win his first Professional Bowlers Association singles title in nearly eight years Sunday in the PBA Xtra Frame Kenn-Feld Group Classic at Pla-Mor Lanes.

Kenn-Feld Group ClassicEarlier in the event, EJ Tackett (at left with PBA CEO-Commissioner Tom Clark and Storm Products President Dave Symes) of Huntington, Ind., clinched the PBA Xtra Frame Storm Cup title in a finale without much drama.

The Kenn-Feld Classic championship match reflected the challenging scoring environment, where strings of strikes were rare and spares were at a premium. Via, the tournament leader coming into the title match, left a 2-10 split and opened in the first frame. Page returned the favor, leaving a 3-7-9 split and opening in the sixth frame.

After a ball change that resulted in a cross-over strike, Page tacked on another for the only double of match, taking a six-pin lead. Via then left a 4-9 split in the ninth and opened again. Needing a double in the 10th to force Page to mark in his final frame, the former Notre Dame College two-handed player got the first strike but not the second.

All Page needed was seven pins to end his title slump, and he threw a strike to lock up his fifth career title.

“I can’t even catch my breath,” Page said. “It feels so wonderful, I can’t even describe it. I can’t thank the guys who helped me keep my head up the past seven years.

“I think (Pla-Mor Lanes) is one place that shows it’s not always about the (lane conditioning) pattern, but the playing surface as well. It’s not like there were a lot of strikes to be had, so I relied on my spare game, and that was the key.”

In the opening match, Jason Sterner of Rockledge, Fla., struck on five of his first six shots and held a 36-pin lead, but lost his momentum when he left a 4-7-10 split and opened in the seventh frame. Given an opening, Joe Bailey, a 35-year-old veteran of PBA Central Region competition with one title, responded with a double, but needing a double in the 10th frame, he left the 3-4-6-7 split and opened. Sterner won, 209-179, but Bailey recorded his highest finish (fourth place) in 39 national tour events.

Sterner quickly became a victim of the challenging scoring environment in the semifinal match, dropping a 214-168 decision to Page, who started with a spare and three strikes, and stayed out of trouble the rest of the game to earn his shot at the title.

The Xtra Frame Kenn-Feld Classic was the final tournament in the seven-event PBA Xtra Frame Storm Cup series that awarded $50,000 in bonus prizes to the five points leaders, including $20,000 to Tackett as the points champion. Tackett came into Coldwater with a nine-point lead in the Storm Cup race, and picked up two more points with his 19th place finish.

As a testament to the difficulty of the event, Tackett had the highest finish among the four players who had a mathematical chance to win the Cup, but the other three failed to gain any ground. Because only the top 20 finishers in each tournament earn Storm Cup points, England’s Dom Barrett, who finished 65th; Marshall Kent of Yakima, Wash., who finished 58th, and Dick Allen of Columbia, S.C., who finished 76th in Coldwater, failed to win a point. Regardless, Barrett held on to second place for a $10,000 bonus, Kent wound up in a tie with Sean Rash of Montgomery, Ill., who finished sixth in Coldwater, for third place ($7,500 each) and Allen earned $5,000 for fifth place in the points race.

The entire Xtra Frame Tour and Storm Cup series was live streamed on PBA’s online bowling channel, Xtra Frame.

PBA XTRA FRAME KENN-FELD CLASSIC
Pla-Mor Lanes, Coldwater, Ohio, Sunday

Final Standings:
1, Rhino Page, Orlando, Fla., $10,000.
2, Chris Via, Springfield, Ohio, $6,000.
3, Jason Sterner, Rockledge, Fla., $3,500.
4, Joe Bailey, Wooster, Ohio, $2,000.

Stepladder Results:
Match One – Sterner def. Bailey, 209-179.
Semifinal Match – Page def. Sterner, 214-168.
Championship – Page def. Via, 190-173.

Round of 8 Cashers (after 17 games):
1, Via, 3,660.
2, Page, 3,520.
3, Sterner, 3,478.
4, Bailey, 3,476.
5, Mason Brantley, Detroit, 3,463, $1,800.
6, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 3,456, $1,500.
7, Tom Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich., 3,441, $1,400.
8, Andrew Anderson, Holly, Mich., 3,423, $1,300.

Round of 16 Cashers (did not advance, after 15 games):
9, AJ Johnson, Oswego, Ill., 3,024, $1,250.
10, Brad Angelo, Lockport, N.Y., 3,023, $1,200.
11, Chris Loschetter, Avon, Ohio, 2,997, $1,150.
12, Matthew Staninger, Highland, Ind., 2,992, $1,100.
13, Jake Peters, Henderson, Nev., 2,973, $1,075.
14, Anthony Kennard, Wapakoneta, Ohio, 2,964, $1,050.
15, Frank Snodgrass, Center Line, Mich., 2,927, $1,025.
16, Michael Davidson, Versailles, Ohio, 2,900, $1,000.

Cashers Round Cashers (did not advance, after 12 games):
17, Carleton Chambers, Detroit, 2,381, $675.
18, Patrick Dombrowski, Parma, Ohio, 2,367, $675.
19, EJ Tackett, Huntington, Ind., 2,366, $675.
20, Chris Arcaro, Carolina Beach, N.C., 2,347, $675.
21, Anthony LaCaze, Melrose Park, Ill., 2,341, $650.
22, Darren Tang, San Francisco, 2,338, $650.
23, Bo Goergen, Sanford, Mich., 2,330, $650.
24, Michael Clark Jr, Cleveland, Ohio, 2,321, $650.
25, Michael Tang, San Francisco, Calif., 2,316, $625.
26, Dave Wodka, Beavercreek, Ohio, 2,312, $625.
27, Graham Fach, Canada, 2,291, $625.
28, James Hennessey, Adrian, Mich, 2,286, $625.
29, J.R. Raymond, Clinton Twp., Mich., 2,275, $600.
30, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 2,272, $600.
31, Josh Blanchard, Mesa, Ariz., 2,265, $600.
32, CJ Kirchner, Herrin, Ill., 2,231, $600.

PBA XTRA FRAME STORM CUP FINAL STANDINGS
1, EJ Tackett, Huntington, Ind., 85 points, $20,000.
2, Dom Barrett, England, 74, $10,000.
3 (tie) Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., and Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 69, $7,500.
5, Dick Allen, Columbia, S.C., 68, $5,000
6, Rhino Page, Orlando, Fla., 52.
7 (tie), Tom Daugherty, Riverview, Fla., and AJ Johnson, Oswego, Ill., 49.
9, Josh Blanchard, Mesa, Ariz., 47.
10, Ryan Ciminelli, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 45

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Jason Belmonte Wins PBA-WBT “Storm Lucky Larsen Masters” in Sweden for 15th Career Title

by Bill Vint August 27, 2017 12:15

MALMO, Sweden – Australia’s Jason Belmonte defeated Cameron Weier of Tacoma, Wash., 245-180, to win the PBA International-World Bowling Tour’s Storm Lucky Larsen Masters at Baltiska Bowlinghallen Sunday for his 15th career PBA Tour title.

belmoBelmonte, 34, joined EJ Tackett of Huntington, Ind., as the only three-time PBA Tour title winners in 2017. Earlier in the year, Belmonte won the Barbasol PBA Players Championship and a record fourth USBC Masters title. His win in Sweden, a new event on the PBA International-WBT schedule, was his second international tour title. He also won the 2012 Australian Masters.

After qualifying first for the Malmo stepladder finals by 45 pins over Weier, Belmonte started the title match with two spares followed by a string of six strikes to build a lead Weier couldn’t overcome. Belmonte won the equivalent of $19,832 along with his title.

Weier, a 26-year-old former Robert Morris-Illinois collegiate star, won his only PBA Tour title in the 2015 Qatar Open. He defeated Finland’s Jari Ratia, 226-194, to advance to the title match.

The Malmo tournament – named for Swedish PBA star Martin Larsen – was a World Bowling Tour points event. The top three men and top three women in 2017 WBT points will bowl in the WBT Men’s and Women’s Finals, presented by the PBA, during the GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling IX, presented by Eldorado Reno Properties, on Nov. 19 in Reno, Nev. Two additional qualifying events – the WBT Thailand in September, and the PBA World Championship in Reno – remain on the schedule prior to the finals.

PBA INTERNATIONAL-WORLD BOWLING TOUR STORM LUCKY LARSEN MASTERS
Baltiska Bowlinghallen, Malmo, Sweden, Sunday

Final Standings:
1, Jason Belmonte, Australia, $19,832.
2, Cameron Weier, Tacoma, Wash., $13,635.
3, Jari Ratia, Finland, $9,916.
4, Pontus Andersson, Sweden, $8,057.

Stepladder Results:
Match One – Ratia def. Andersson, 224-183.
Semifinal Match – Weier def. Ratia, 226-194.
Championship – Belmonte def. Weier, 245-180.

Step Three Cashers (after 12 games; top 4 advanced to stepladder finals):
1, Belmonte, 2,734.
2, Weier, 2,689.
3, P. Andersson, 2,581.
4, Ratia, 2,486
5, w-Britt Brondsted, Denmark, 2,459, $6,198.
6, w-Sanna Pasanen, Finland, 2,447, $4,958.
7, Jesper Svensson, Sweden, 2,443, $3,966.
8, w-Diana Zavjalova, Latvia, 2,415, $3,099.

Step Two Cashers (did not advance, after 8 games):
9, Bader Alaishaikh, Saudi Arabia, 1,654, $2,479.
10, w-Nina Flack, Sweden, 1,651, $2,169.
11, Andrew Cain, Phoenix, 1,649, $1,859.
12, Jassim al Muraikhi, Qatar, 1,657, $1,673.
13, Francois Lavoie, Canada, 1,646, $1,580.
14, w-Victoria Johansson, Sweden, 1,643, $1,549.
15 (tie), w-Sandra Andersson, Sweden, and Mattias Olsson, Sweden, 1,627, $1,553.
17 (tie), Timmy Fredricksson, Sweden, and Thomas Larsen, Denmark, 1,612, $1,440.
19, Filip Wilhelmsson, Sweden, 1,597, $1,394.
20, Stuart Williams, England, 1,596, $1,363.
21, Markus Jansson, Sweden, 1,576, $1,332.
22, w-Sandra Gongora, Mexico, 1,573, $1,301.
23, Mik Stampe, Denmark, 1,554, $1,270.
24, William Svensson, Sweden, 1,484, $1,240.

Step One Cashers (did not advance, after 6 games):
25, Nathan Ruest-Lajoie, Canada, 1,227, $1,209
26, Daniel Fransson, Sweden, 1,225, $1,178.
27, Robert Lindberg, Sweden, 1,224, $1,147
28, Stefan Roos, Sweden, 1,223, $1,116.
29, w-Danielle McEwan, Stony Point, N.Y., 1,213, $1,085.
30, Christer Danielsson, Sweden, 1,200, $1,054.
31, Christopher Sloan, Ireland, 1,199, $1,043.
32, Anton Persson, Sweden, 1,169, $992.
33, Emanuel Jonsson, Sweden, 1,160, $961.
34, w-Joline Persson Planefors, Sweden, 1,155, $930.
35, Anthony Simonsen, Austin, Texas, 1,154, $899.
36 (tie), Johan Danielsson, Sweden, and Francois Louw, South Africa, 1,150, $853.
38, w-Elisa Hiltunen, Finland, 1,138, $806.
40, w-Ida Andersson, Sweden, 1,117, $775.
41, Lars Lindback, Sweden, 1,107, $744.
42 (tie), Alfred Berggren, Sweden, and Fredrik Tjernes, Norway, 1,090, $675.
44, Martin Paulsson, Sweden, 1,087, $620.

w-denotes woman (women received 8 handicap pins per game).

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PBA Spare Shots: PBA Players Help Boston’s Mookie Betts Raise $150,000 for New England Kids’ Charities

by Bill Vint August 24, 2017 09:32

Tommy Jones, Bill O’Neill, Dom Barrett, Tom Daugherty, Chris Via and Malaysia’s Zulmazran (ZZ) Zulkifli were participants in the inaugural Mookie Betts Big League Bowl held on August 17 at Jillian’s Lucky Strike Lanes in Boston, helping the Boston Red Sox star and noted bowling enthusiast raise more than $150,000 to benefit Pitching In For Kids and One Mission, a pair of charities aimed at improving the lives of children in New England and helping affected kids deal with their battles with cancer.

Betts, an accomplished bowler, competed in the 2015 GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling VII in Reno and in the 2017 CP3 PBA Celebrity Invitational in Los Angeles.

The inaugural fundraiser, held in an upscale bowling facility in the shadow of historic Fenway Park, also included a group of Betts’ Red Sox teammates.

EJ TACKETT CLOSES IN ON XTRA FRAME STORM CUP POINTS BONUS

Even though he hasn’t won a PBA Xtra Frame Tour title in 2017, EJ Tackett’s four top-five finishes in last five events (and a 10th-place finish in the other event) have brought him to the brink of winning the $20,000 bonus as the 2017 PBA Xtra Frame Storm Cup points champion.

Heading into this weekend’s PBA Xtra Frame Kenn-Feld Group Classic at Pla-Mor Lanes in Coldwater, Ohio, Tackett has accumulated 83 points thus far. There are only three players who have mathematical chances to catch him: England’s Dom Barrett with 74 points, Marshall Kent of Yakima, Wash., with 69 and Dick Allen of Columbia, S.C., with 68.

Fifth-place is also up for grabs, with XF Gene Carter’s Pro Shop Classic winner Sean Rash of Montgomery, Ill., currently holding that spot with 54 points. Behind Rash are Tom Daugherty of Riverview, Fla. (49), Josh Blanchard of Mesa, Ariz. (47), Ryan Ciminelli of Cheektowaga, N.Y. (45) and four other players in the upper 30s.

In the Xtra Frame Storm Cup series, 25 points are awarded to each tournament winner, 19 to second place, 18 to third, etc. through 20th place. Even one point is valuable because there is significant bonus prize money at stake. In addition to the $20,000 bonus to the points winner, the other top-five finishers will earn $10,000, $8,000, $7,000 and $5,000 respectively.

The points leaders heading into this weekend includes the following:
1, EJ Tackett, Huntington, Ind., 83.
2, Dom Barrett, England, 74.
3, Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., 69.
4, Dick Allen, Columbia, S.C., 68.
5, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 54.
6, Tom Daugherty, Riverview, Fla., 49.
7, Josh Blanchard, Mesa, Ariz., 47.
8, Ryan Ciminelli, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 45.
9, Anthony Simonsen, Austin, Texas, 39.
10 (tie), AJ Johnson, Oswego, Ill., and Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 37.
12, Shota Kawazoe, Japan, 36.
13, Kyle Troup, Taylorsville, N.C., 32.
14, Bill O'Neill, Langhorne, Pa., 28.
15 (tie), Francois Lavoie, Canada, and Rhino Page, Orlando, Fla., 27.
17, Cristian Azcona, Lake Wales, Fla., 26.
18, Ildemaro Ruiz, Venezuela, 25.

Also as a final reminder, PBA fans are still eligible for Xtra Frame’s special $2.99 three-day subscription rate for the Coldwater, Ohio Xtra Frame Tour season-finale.

In addition, fans can follow real-time results for PBA50, PBA Xtra Frame Tour and all PBA Regional events by downloading the new PBA app on Apple devices or by visiting the “live scoring” feature on pba.com.

PBA STARS COMPETING IN WORLD BOWLING TOUR MALMO

In addition to the Xtra Frame Kenn-Feld Group Classic in Coldwater, Ohio, another group of PBA stars are competing abroad in the PBA International-World Bowling Tour Malmo (also known as the Lucky Larsen Masters) at Baltiska Bowlinghallen in Malmo, Sweden. First prize will be roughly $19,850 plus a PBA Tour title if the winner is a PBA member.

Among the PBA Tour regulars competing include champions Martin Larsen, Thomas Larsen, Stuart Williams, Osku Palermaa, Jesper Svensson, Francois Lavoie, Anthony Simonsen and Cameron Weier.

From an original field of approximately 465 players who began competition on Aug. 13, a field of 44 players will enter the final day of competition on Sunday which will culminate with the top four advancing to the stepladder finals. PBA fans can monitor the results online (http://luckylarsenmasters.com/results/) or watch the Swedish live stream (https://bowlingtv.solidtango.com/vip) for 49kr (Swedish krona), which converts to roughly US$6. Live streaming coverage Saturday and Sunday can be seen at no cost using the link on www.worldbowling.org.

PBA50 STARS SHINE IN WORLD BOWLING SENIOR CHAMPIONSHIPS

PBA50 stars Parker Bohn III, Ron Mohr, Bob Learn Jr. and Lennie Boresch Jr. dominated the World Bowling Senior Championships held last week at Dream Bowl Palace in Munich, Germany, winning gold medals in every event. The U.S. women’s team added gold in every event except doubles.

In men’s singles, Mohr won gold with Boresch and Bohn adding bronze medals. Bohn and Learn won gold in doubles, defeating silver-medalists Boresch and Mohr. Mohr won all-events, and Bohn won the Masters title. The U.S. stars also won the four-man team title.

In the women’s competition, Lynda Barnes (wife of PBA star Chris Barnes) won singles, Masters and team gold medals, a silver in all-events and a bronze medal with Carolyn Dorin-Ballard in doubles. Leanne Hulsenberg won all-events, silver in singles and bronze in Masters. Dorin-Ballard, the wife of PBA Hall of Famer Del Ballard Jr. and manager of the PBA League’s New York City WTT KingPins, also won a bronze medal in the Masters event.

PBA REGIONAL UPDATE: DEAN RICHARDS WINS TRADITIONAL HUSTED FAMILY EVENT

Dean Richards of Tacoma, Wash., posted a 7-5 match play record and a 20-game total of 4,876 pins Sunday to win his fourth PBA Regional title in the 38th annual PBA Dave Husted Northwest Open presented by 900 Global at Husted’s Milwaukie Bowl in Milwaukie, Ore.

Richards, who earned $2,000, defeated Cameron Weier of Tacoma, Wash., by 99 pins for the win. Weier had an 8-4 match play record and 4,776 pins for his 20 games, including match play bonus pins.

The tournament, hosted by the Husted family at Milwaukie Bowl, is the longest running regional in the PBA.

Former PBA member Clint Land of Houston out-dueled the non-champion field to win the PBA’s Bowling Dynamix Houston Emerald Bowl Challenge Sunday in his hometown after Anggie Ramirez of Colombia, now living in Austin, Texas topped the PBA-PWBA Houston Emerald Bowl Southwest Women’s Open field on Saturday.

Land, who finished the 21-game tournament with a 6-2 match play record and 4,620 total pins, started the modified eight-game round-robin finals with a 20-pin lead. With four games to go, only 85 pins separated the top 10 places. Land jumped to the top of the leaderboard by winning his last three matches with scores of 258, 213 and 241 to claim the $2,000 first place check. Anthony Coats from Pflugerville, Texas, finished second with 4,472 total pins.

On Saturday, Ramirez, started the eight-game women’s event with a 247 game and never looked back as she coasted to the win with 1,709 total pins, topping amateur Ashley Lawley of Friendswood, Texas, by 144 pins. Ramirez earned $1,000 while Lawley collected $360.

● Closing out the August schedule will be the PBA60 Wilson & Sons Super Senior Open presented by the Mooresville Convention and Visitors Bureau Aug. 31-Sept. 2 at George Pappas’ Victory Lanes in Mooresville, N.C., followed immediately by the PBA50 Samuel Adams South Open presented by the Mooresville Convention and Visitors Bureau at George Pappas’ Victory Lanes in Mooresville, N.C.

● The Labor Day weekend calendar of PBA Regional action includes the PBA50 Strike Zone Open presented by Track in Pottsville, Pa.; the Tony Reyes Memorial Member/Non-Member Doubles at Fourth Street Bowl in San Jose, Calif.; the Illinois Valley Midwest Open at IV Super Bowl in Peru, Ill., and the DHC Japan PBA Doubles Open, Japan Cheetah Masters and Japan Cheetah Queens at Nagoya Grand Bowl in Nagoya, Japan.

● 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 new PBA app).

QUICK NOTES

● The PBA has been informed that long-time member Greg Rottengen of Washington, N.J., a veteran of nearly 250 PBA national and regional tournaments, died Tuesday at the age of 74. No additional information was immediately available.

Shawn Maldonado and Dolores Rodriguez are the parents of a baby girl, Mia Bella Maldonado, born on August 14.

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EJ Tackett Leads Field into PBA Xtra Frame Kenn-Feld Group Classic and Storm Cup Series Finale

by Bill Vint August 23, 2017 09:05

COLDWATER, Ohio – Coldwater, Ohio, a community of 4,400 residents, will be the focal point of the bowling world this weekend when 16-lane Pla-Mor Lanes hosts the 10th annual Kenn-Feld Group Classic, one of the Professional Bowlers Association’s most anticipated events of 2017.

Many of the world’s premier players are headed to western Ohio for the PBA Xtra Frame Storm Cup season finale, where points leader EJ Tackett of Huntington, Ind., will try to hold off Dom Barrett of England; Marshall Kent of Yakima, Wash., and Dick Allen of Columbia, S.C., in the battle for $20,000 in Storm Cup bonus prize money in the final event on the 2017 PBA Xtra Frame Tour schedule.

The entire tournament will be covered live, exclusively by PBA’s Xtra Frame online bowling channel. Xtra Frame is a subscription-based video-streaming service, available on a three-day plan for special price of $2.99 (good for this weekend only), 30-day plan for $7.99 and full year XF Season Ticket plan for equivalent of about $1.25 a week. Visit xtraframe.tv for details.

Tackett, PBA’s reigning player of the year and the Tour’s only three-time PBA Tour title-winner in 2017, holds a modest nine-point lead in the Storm Cup points race over England’s Barrett, while Kent and Allen both remain mathematically in contention. In addition to the Storm Cup points race, bowling fans across America and around the world also will be watching Coldwater and Pla-Mor Lanes Saturday and Sunday to see who in a world-class field of players will emerge as the PBA’s Xtra Frame Kenn-Feld Group Classic champion, winning $10,000 and a PBA Tour title.

Among the players entered in Coldwater is defending champion Kyle Troup of Taylorsville, N.C., and PBA Hall of Famers Parker Bohn III of Jackson, N.J., and Walter Ray Williams Jr. of Oxford, Fla. Other PBA Tour champions in the sold-out field include Brad Angelo of Lockport, N.Y.; Josh Blanchard of Mesa, Ariz.; Tom Daugherty of Riverview, Fla.; Graham Fach of Canada; Tom Hess of Urbandale, Iowa; Brian Kretzer of Dayton, Ohio; Chris Loschetter of Avon, Ohio; Rhino Page of Orlando, Fla.; Jake Peters of Henderson, Nev.; Kurt Pilon of Warren, Mich.; Ronnie Russell of Marion, Ind.; Tom Smallwood of Saginaw, Mich.; Jason Sterner of Rockledge, Fla., and Dave Wodka of Beavercreek, Ohio.

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 three eight-game qualifying squads on Saturday at 8 a.m., 1:30 and 7 p.m. The top one-third of the field after eight games will advance to a four-game cashers round Sunday at 10 a.m., after which 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. The finals will take place at approximately 3:30 p.m. Sunday.

PBA XTRA FRAME KENN-FELD GROUP CLASSIC
Pla-Mor Lanes, Coldwater, Ohio, Aug. 25-27 (all times Eastern)

Friday, Aug. 25
2 p.m. - Practice session
5:30 and 8:30 p.m. – Pro-am squads

Saturday, Aug. 26
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. 27
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

PBA XTRA FRAME STORM CUP POINTS LEADERS
(Players with 25 or more points after six of seven events; 25 points awarded to winner, 19 to second place, 18 to third, etc. through 20th place. Bonus prize money payable at the end of the season will include $20,000 for first place, $10,000 for second place, $8,000 for third, $7,000 for fourth and $5,000 for fifth place.)
1, EJ Tackett, Huntington, Ind., 83.
2, Dom Barrett, England, 74.
3, Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., 69.
4, Dick Allen, Columbia, S.C., 68.
5, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 54.
6, Tom Daugherty, Riverview, Fla., 49.
7, Josh Blanchard, Mesa, Ariz., 47.
8, Ryan Ciminelli, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 45.
9, Anthony Simonsen, Austin, Texas, 39.
10 (tie), AJ Johnson, Oswego, Ill., and Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 37.
12, Shota Kawazoe, Japan, 36.
13, Kyle Troup, Taylorsville, N.C., 32.
14, Bill O'Neill, Langhorne, Pa., 28.
15 (tie), Francois Lavoie, Canada, and Rhino Page, Orlando, Fla., 27.
17, Cristian Azcona, Lake Wales, Fla., 26.
18, Ildemaro Ruiz, Venezuela, 25.

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Sean Rash Wins 12th Career Title in PBA Xtra Frame Gene Carter’s Pro Shop Classic

by Bill Vint August 20, 2017 17:41

WILMINGTON, Del.  – Sean Rash of Montgomery, Ill., used a string of seven strikes to defeat reigning PBA Player of the Year EJ Tackett of Huntington, Ind., 257-223, to win the Professional Bowlers Association’s Xtra Frame Gene Carter’s Pro Shop Classic title Sunday at Mid-County Bowling and Entertainment Center for his 12th career PBA Tour title and first of the 2017 season.

Rash, who got a break by carrying a crossover strike in the middle of his string, earned $15,000 and 25 points in the PBA Xtra Frame Storm Cup points race, which moved him into fifth place heading into the season’s final event next weekend. Tackett solidified his hold on first place in the Storm Cup points race with 83 points, nine ahead of England’s Dom Barrett.

“EJ’s a great champion and he’s going to be for a long time,” Rash said of his opponent, noting his “Brooklyn” strike was a mistake.

“I got a little slow on that shot and grabbed it,” he said, “but I threw some good ones when I needed them. Winning never gets old.”

In the first stepladder match, Tackett escaped with a 206-204 win over Alex Cavagnaro of Massapequa, N.Y., when Cavagnaro left a 10 pin after striking on his first shot in the 10th frame. Cavagnaro, in his PBA Tour stepladder debut at age 33, was a member of the “Dead Money” team that won the PBA Team Challenge in Las Vegas in 2015. Tackett, who left three 7 pins on pocket hits – missing one of the spares in the fifth frame – struck out in his 10th frame to put the pressure on Cavagnaro to double in his half of the final frame.

In the semifinal match, Tackett started with three strikes and jumped out to a 45-pin lead when PBA Tour rookie Andrew Anderson of Holly, Mich., left 3-6-7-10 split in the fifth frame followed by the 2-8-10 in the sixth, failing to convert both. Despite missing a 2 pin spare in the seventh frame and a late four-strike rally by Anderson, Tackett raced away to a 223-200 victory.

The Xtra Frame Gene Carter’s Pro Shop Classic was the sixth tournament in the seven-event PBA Xtra Frame Storm Cup series that will award $50,000 in bonus prizes to the five points leaders. Behind Tackett and Barrett (74 points) in the race for the top five spots are Marshall Kent of Yakima, Wash. (69); Dick Allen of Columbia, S.C. (59) and Rash (54). Tom Daugherty of Riverview, Fla., is five points behind Rash.

The Storm Cup series concludes with the PBA Xtra Frame Kenn-Feld Group Classic at Pla-Mor Lanes in Coldwater, Ohio, next Saturday and Sunday. The entire tournament will be live streamed on PBA’s online bowling channel, Xtra Frame. For Xtra Frame subscription information, visit xtraframe.tv.

PBA XTRA FRAME GENE CARTER’S PRO SHOP CLASSIC
Mid-County Bowling and Entertainment Center, Middletown, Del., Sunday

Final Standings:
1, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., $15,000.
2, EJ Tackett, Huntington, Ind., $7,800.
3, Andrew Anderson, Holly, Mich., $4,000.
4, Alex Cavagnaro, Massapequa, N.Y., $2,500.

Stepladder Results:
Match One – Tackett def. Cavagnaro, 206-204.
Semifinal Match – Tackett def. Anderson, 223-200.
Championship – Rash def. Tackett, 257-223.

Final Match Play Standings (after 23 games, including match play bonus pins):

1, Rash, 9-3, 5,501.
2, Anderson, 5-6-1, 5,419.
3, x-Tackett, 9-3, 5,394.
4, Cavagnaro, 9-3, 5,394.
5, Bill O'Neill, Langhorne, Pa., 8-4, 5,337, $2,000.
6, Tim Foy Jr., Seaford, Del., 6-6, 5,307, $1,500.
7, Dom Barrett, England, 8-4, 5,295, $1,300.
8, Tom Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich., 6-6, 5,268, $1,200.
9, Tom Daugherty, Riverview, Fla., 5-6-1, 5,213, $1,150.
10, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 6-6, 5,196, $1,100.
11, Billy Asbury, Odenton, Md., 6-6, 5,141, $1,050.
12, Dick Allen, Columbia, S.C., 4-8, 5,110, $1,040.
13, BJ Moore III, Greensburg, Pa., 4-8, 5,079, $1,030.
14, Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., 3-9, 5,040, $1,020.
15, Brent Tishuk, Belvidere, N.J., 5-7, 5,034, $1,010.
16, Steven Arehart, Chesapeake, Va., 2-10, 4,884, $1,000.

x-Tackett won a one-ball roll-off to decide third position for the stepladder finals

Cashers Round Cashers (did not advance, after 11 games):

17, Patrick Allen, Elmwood Park, N.J., 2,424, $700.
18, David Stouffer, Lehigh Acres, Fla., 2,420, $700.
19, Johnathan Bower, Middletown, Pa., 2,408, $700.
20, Shota Kawazoe, Japan, 2,401, $700.
21, Chris Via, Springfield, Ohio, 2,397, $700.
22, Michael Tang, San Francisco, Calif., 2,390, $700.
23, Matt Taylor, Youngsville, N.C., 2,389, $700.
24, Chris Bolosan, Newport News, Va., 2,381, $700.
25, Ronnie Russell, Marion, Ind., 2,371, $650.
26, Darren Tang, San Francisco, 2,367, $650.
27, Jason Stadtler, Lafayette, N.J., 2,364, $650.
28, Jon Van Hees, Charlestown, R.I., 2,356, $650.
29, Ryan Galli, Binghamton, N.Y., 2,348, $650.
29, John Furey, Freehold, N.J., 2,348, $650.
31, n-James Johnson III, Wilmington, Del., 2,338, $650.
32, Dave Wodka, Beavercreek, Ohio, 2,329, $650.
33, Cristian Azcona, Puerto Rico, 2,326, $625.
34, Ray Edwards, Middle Island, N.Y., 2,321, $625.
35, Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., 2,317, $625.
36, Adam Chase, North Babylon, N.Y., 2,312, $625.
37, Bryan Paul, Brooklyn, N.Y., 2,311, $625.
38, Michael Markis, Tafton, Pa., 2,307, $625.
39, Chris Blackmore, Aldie, Va., 2,304, $625.
40, Paul Brion, Mansfield, Pa., 2,299, $625.
41, Brett Cunningham, Clay, N.Y., 2,287, $600.
42, Joe Paluszek, Bensalem, Pa., 2,282, $600.
43, Tommy Barna, Westminster, Md., 2,279, $600.
44, Daniel Mitchell, Elkton, Md., 2,262, $600.
45, Michael Haugen Jr., Phoenix, 2,253, $600.
46, Gabriel Garcia, Port St. Lucie, Fla., 2,250, $600.
47, Rick Graham, Lancaster, Pa., 2,249, $600.
48, Brian Elder, Newark, Del., 2,243, $600.
49, Marty Berke, Allentown, Pa., 2,212, $600.
50, Dwight Adams, Greensboro, N.C., 2,199, $600.

n-denotes non-member.

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