PBA Spare Shots: New “Worst Breaks of 2019” Video Clip Featured on PBA’s YouTube Channel

by Bill Vint December 13, 2019 10:28

Newly posted on PBA’s YouTube channel is a segment called “Friday Five – the worst breaks of 2019.” If you’d like to re-live an emotionally painful collection of five of the most heart-breaking tough luck shots of the 2019 Go Bowling! PBA Tour season, click on this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DEnpOd9CHaI.

The “what might have been…” clip illustrates how unfair the Bowling Gods can be at times, and features game-changing shots made by Marshall Kent, Rhino Page, Dom Barrett and Sean Rash - all in the PBA Playoffs – and PBA Player of the Year Jason Belmonte in the title match of the PBA Players Championship.

This clip, produced by PBA video productions manager Jef Goodger, is one of thousands of video clips that have attracted more than 157,000 subscribers to PBA’s YouTube channel – more than twice the viewership base of any other bowling channel on YouTube. PBA’s content on YouTube has produced more than 92 million views since its inception, and currently is averaging right at two million views per month.

If you are a bowling fan who is looking for new or “throwback” telecasts of PBA events, or highlights, interviews, bowling tips, behind-the-scenes insights and more, sign on as a PBA YouTube subscriber. It’s free, and it’s easy.

PBA PLAYER’S PERSPECTIVE: JAKOB BUTTURFF DISCUSSES USBC MASTERS VICTORY

The PBA Player’s Perspective interview series, featuring PBA title winners reflecting on their victories, will turn to Jakob Butturff’s experiences in capturing his first major title in the 2019 USBC Masters, a big moment in the young lefthander’s most successful season so far. Butturff’s perspective debuted Tuesday on the PBA’s YouTube channel.

To view all of the PBA Player’s Perspective episodes, visit the PBA’s YouTube channel and click on the PBA Player’s Perspective play list. The weekly series includes a new perspective released every Tuesday on the PBA’s YouTube channel. The following players will provide personal play-by-play reflections in the weeks ahead:

Dec. 24 – On Christmas Eve day, EJ Tackett will take fans across the Pacific Ocean to talk about his victory in the DHC PBA Japan Invitational to kick off the 2017 season.

Jan. 7 – Kris Prather will explain what was going through his mind in winning his first PBA Tour title in the 2019 PBA Scorpion Championship during World Series of Bowling X.

Jan. 14 – Bill O’Neill talks about his victory in the 2019 PBA Hall of Fame Classic, a win that made him title-eligible for PBA Hall of Fame consideration in the future.

Jan. 21 – Jakob Butturff made the PBA Oklahoma Open a part of his “career year.” He’ll share insights about his 2019 win in Shawnee, Okla.

Jan. 28 – Sean Rash will take a look into his past, revealing what he experienced in winning the 2012 PBA Tournament of Champions in Las Vegas.

Player’s Perspectives currently in the archives on YouTube include:

• Norm Duke’s stunning 2011 U.S. Open win (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pQ0cGzRfnBk).

• Kris Prather’s historic PBA Playoffs victory (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hISjw3KmGCk).

• Anthony Simonsen’s win in the 2019 Bear Open (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tt2k25WKNzQ).

Sean Rash’s 2019 Wolf Open title (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2GNxO2WdaZo).

• EJ Tackett’s Barbasol PBA Tour Finals victory (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wVuLOuU8btQ).

Bill O’Neill’s 2019 Harry O’Neale Chesapeake Open win (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xSwE3YYFjso).

• Jason Belmonte’s historic 11th major title victory in the 2019 PBA World Championship (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q4QqbkRPirM).

PBA REGIONAL UPDATE: GRAYWACZ, CURRY WIN FIRST PBA REGIONAL TITLES

Ryan Graywacz of Canastota, N.Y., defeated Rich Reynolds of Plantsville, Conn., 250-188, to win the PBA MJK Pro Shop/Knob Hill Eastern Challenge presented by Brunswick at Knob Hill Country Lanes in Manalapan, N.J., on Saturday.

PBA Challenge events are open to any member or non-member who has never won a PBA event.

Graywacz, a five-year member, had a runner-up finish earlier this season in Yonkers, N.Y. He started the qualifying round slowly, averaging 181 for the first three games before exploding with a 239 average for the final seven games of qualifying. He posted 6-1 record throughout the match play finals to claim the $1,500 first prize along with his first PBA title. Reynolds earned $1,000 for his runner-up finish.

In the semifinal matches, Graywacz topped Conrad Chapple of West Pittston, Pa., 196-181, and Reynolds defeated Scott Kinkaid of Elizabethtown, Pa., 163-152.

Chris Curry of Beech Grove, Ind., defeated Dick Gran of Hartville, Ohio, 214-211, to win his first PBA Regional title in the Warren Harley-Davidson Central Challenge at Freeway Lanes of Warren, Ohio, on Sunday.

Curry, who earned $1,500, blanked Brent Boho of Colgate, Wis., 2-0, and Gran topped non-PBA member James Cheff of Austintown, Ohio, 2-1, in the best-of-three-game semifinal round matches to set up the championship match.

The PBA Regional program concludes its 2019 season with PBA/PBA50 Houston Emerald Bowl Doubles Dec. 20-22 in Houston, Texas. The Southwest Region event is projected to pay $7,000 for first place.

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

• Denise Roth, wife of PBA legend Mark Roth, has confirmed that Mark has suffered another stroke which necessitated placement in a New York long-term care facility. Fans are invited to send best wishes to Mark through his Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/mark.roth.374? Cards or letter can be sent to Mark Roth, 821 Forest Ave., Fulton NY 13069.

Denise Roth’s most recent Facebook message noted, “We have had so many inquiries on Mark's progress since his stroke last month. Mark is having a battle and all prayers are so very appreciated and needed. We can't thank Family, Friends and his Fans enough for your beautiful messages and support. I read your messages to Mark and he lights up with a huge smile.”

If you missed the 2019 PBA awards presentations livestreamed by FloBowling, FloBowling subscribers can watch the show on demand by visiting FloBowling.com (https://www.flobowling.com/articles/6611262-belmo-wins-fifth-pba-poy-award).

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PBA Spare Shots: 2019 PBA Player and Rookie of the Year, Award Winners to be Announced on December 11

by Bill Vint December 6, 2019 09:01

Balloting is underway among PBA members and veteran bowling writers to select the 2019 Chris Schenkel PBA Player of the Year and the Harry Golden PBA Rookie of the Year. The winners, along with the 2019 Steve Nagy Sportsmanship Award winner and recipient of the PBA Tony Reyes Community Service Award, will be announced by PBA CEO Colie Edison and PBA Commissioner Tom Clark during a special presentation show on FloBowling that can be watched live on PBA’s Facebook page, FloBowling.com and all FloBowling’s social media channels page on Wednesday, Dec. 11, 4 p.m. EST from FloSports headquarters in Austin, Texas.

pba awards graphic(The PBA.com graphic image depicts PBA’s awards namesakes. Clockwise from top left are PBA Hall of Fame announcer Chris Schenkel, the late PBA Tour champion Tony Reyes, PBA Hall of Famer Steve Nagy and legendary PBA Tournament Director and Hall of Famer Harry Golden).

Player of the Year candidates, all 2019 title winners, in alphabetical order, are: England’s Dom Barrett; Australia’s Jason Belmonte; Jakob Butturff of Tempe, Ariz.; Norm Duke of Clermont, Fla.; Bill O’Neill of Langhorne, Pa.; Kris Prather of Plainfield, Ill.; Sean Rash of Montgomery, Ill.; Kyle Sherman of O’Fallon, Mo.; Anthony Simonsen of Little Elm, Texas, and EJ Tackett of Bluffton, Ind.

Rooke of the Year candidates, also listed in alphabetical order, are Mike Coffey of Melbourne, Fla.; Michael Davidson of Versailles, Ohio; Patrick Hanrahan of Wichita, Kan.; Mykel Holliman of Collierville, Tenn.; Kenneth Ryan of Farmingdale, N.J., and Greg Young of Viera, Fla.

The Nagy Sportsmanship Award winner is selected by PBA Tour players who have participated in at least 50 percent of the tournaments held in the current calendar year. The Reyes Award recipient is selected by a special panel of PBA leaders.

To watch the announcement, click on whichever link you prefer: www.FloBowling.com; FloBowling’s Facebook page ( https://www.facebook.com/FloBowling/), Twitter page (https://twitter.com/flobowling) and YouTube channel (https://www.youtube.com/flobowling) and the PBA Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/ProfessionalBowlersAssociation)

The award winners will receive their awards during the 2020 PBA Hall of Fame induction ceremonies that will be held at the International Bowling Museum and Hall of Fame (cocktail party) and the nearby Arlington Hilton (induction and awards ceremonies) in Arlington, Texas, on Saturday, Jan. 18, as part of the PBA Hall of Fame Classic tournament weekend kicking off the 2020 Go Bowling! PBA Tour season.

PBA PLAYOFFS TO AWARD PBA TOUR TITLE, INCLUDING ONE FOR KRIS PRATHER

Prather.Kris_2019 PBA Playoffs finals (53)The race to the 2020 PBA Playoffs will begin in January with a new reward: a PBA Tour title. And the winner of the PBA’s inaugural showcase series in 2019, Kris Prather of Plainfield, Ill., also will receive credit for his second PBA Tour title.

The second PBA Playoffs will follow the format established in its first year with one significant change: all four match play elimination rounds will be held in four different cities. The entire match play finals schedule in 2019 was hosted by Bayside Bowl in Portland, Maine.

PBA members will earn competition points in 13 tournaments between January and late March. The match play elimination rounds for the top 24 qualifiers will be held in four different locations for the first time. Qualifiers nine through 24 will compete in the Round of 24 at Bowlero Norco in Calif. Those winners will be joined by the top eight qualifiers for Round of 16 competition at Bowlero Lone Tree in Colo. The Round of 8 will then take place at Bowlero Euless in Texas, and the semifinal and final matches will be contested at Bowlero North Brunswick in New Jersey.

All rounds of the 2020 PBA Playoffs will air on either FOX Sports’ FS1 cable network or FOX broadcast channel. Prather, who entered the 2019 PBA Playoffs as the No. 9 qualifier, defeated Bill O’Neill of Langhorne, Pa., in the Race to 2 Points title match to win the $100,000 first prize.

PBA PLAYER’S PERSPECTIVE: JASON BELMONTE DISCUSSES RECORD-SETTING VICTORY

The PBA Player’s Perspective interview series, featuring PBA title winners reflecting on their victories, will feature a highlight of the 2019 Go Bowling! PBA Tour season on Tuesday, Dec. 10, when Australia’s Jason Belmonte provides the inside story of his record-setting 11th major title the 2019 PBA World Championship during PBA World Series of Bowling X in Allen Park, Mich.

To view all of the PBA Player’s Perspective episodes, visit the PBA’s YouTube channel and click on the PBA Player’s Perspective play list. The weekly series includes a new perspective released every Tuesday on the PBA’s YouTube channel. The following players will provide personal play-by-play reflections in the weeks ahead:

Dec. 17 – Jakob Butturff will reveal his thoughts about winning his first major championship in the 2019 USBC Masters.

Dec. 24 – On Christmas Eve day, EJ Tackett will take fans across the Pacific Ocean to talk about his victory in the DHC PBA Japan Invitational to kick off the 2017 season.

Jan. 7 – Kris Prather will explain what was going through his mind in winning his first PBA Tour title in the 2019 PBA Scorpion Championship during World Series of Bowling X.

Jan. 14 – Bill O’Neill talks about his victory in the 2019 PBA Hall of Fame Classic, a win that made him title-eligible for PBA Hall of Fame consideration in the future.

Jan. 21 – Jakob Butturff made the PBA Oklahoma Open a part of his “career year.” He’ll shed insights about his 2019 win in Shawnee, Okla.

Jan. 28 – Sean Rash will take a look into his past, revealing what he experienced in winning the 2012 PBA Tournament of Champions in Las Vegas.

Player’s Perspectives currently in the archives on YouTube include:

• Norm Duke’s stunning 2011 U.S. Open win (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pQ0cGzRfnBk).

• Kris Prather’s historic PBA Playoffs victory (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hISjw3KmGCk).

• Anthony Simonsen’s win in the 2019 Bear Open (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tt2k25WKNzQ).

Sean Rash’s 2019 Wolf Open title (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2GNxO2WdaZo).

• EJ Tackett’s Barbasol PBA Tour Finals victory (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wVuLOuU8btQ).

Bill O’Neill’s 2019 Harry O’Neale Chesapeake Open win (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xSwE3YYFjso).

PBA REGIONAL UPDATE: DEREK WILLIAMS WINS FIRST PBA50 REGIONAL TITLE

Former PBA member Derek Williams from Groves, Texas, shot 256 to begin the tournament and continued to out-score the field as he held the lead after each round of the PBA50 Beaumont Southwest Open at Crossroads Bowling Center in Beaumont, Texas, Sunday, coasting to his first PBA50 Regional victory.

Williams, who recorded his eighth overall PBA Regional victory and his fourth win in Beaumont, held a 120-pin lead going into the eight-game round robin finals where he won five of his eight matches to build his margin of victory to 220 pins over PBA Southwest Region Hall of Famer Rick Lawrence from Waxahachie, Texas. Williams collected $2,500 for the win.

The PBA Southwest Region’s final event in 2019 will be the PBA/PBA50 Houston Southwest Doubles presented by Mike Austin’s Bowling Dynamix at Emerald Bowl in Houston, December 20-22.

This weekend’s PBA Regional schedule includes the Knob Hill East Challenge at Knob Hill Country Lanes in Manalapan, N.J., and the Warren Harley-Davidson Central Challenge at Freeway Lanes of Warren, Ohio. Both “challenge” tournaments are open exclusively to non-title winners.

The PBA Regional program concludes its 2019 season with PBA/PBA50 Houston Emerald Bowl Doubles Dec. 20-22 in Houston, Texas. The Southwest Region event is projected to pay a projected $7,000 first place.

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).

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PBA Spare Shots: Go Bowling! to Again Showcase Bowling in Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

by Bill Vint November 27, 2019 12:20

Go Bowling!, the PBA Tour’s umbrella sponsor for a third consecutive year in 2020, will again showcase the sport with an appearance in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York. The 93rd Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade will air starting at 9 a.m. in all time zones on NBC.

In conjunction with the holiday season, Go Bowling! is also offering bowling fans a chance to win a $1,000 Holiday Shopping Spree simply by filling out an entry form. To enter, use this link: bit.ly/GBHolidayShoppingSpree.

FreeShip (002)H5G OFFERS FREE SHIPPING FOR PBA MERCHANDISE ON CYBER MONDAY

For the PBA fan in your family, H5G Brands is offering free shipping for PBA merchandise purchased online on Cyber Monday, Dec. 2. For details, and a look at the entire line of PBA products offered by the PBA’s new merchandising partner, visit this link: www.pbastore.com.

PBA’S DEBUT SEASON ON FOX SPORTS PROVES REWARDING FOR PBA PLAYERS

The PBA’s first full year of competition under its new FOX Sports agreement proved to be financially rewarding to PBA Tour players. Nine players exceeded $100,000 in earnings during the year, led by Australia’s Jason Belmonte who banked $288,290, the highest single-season earnings total since Mika Koivuniemi collected $333,040 after winning the record $250,000 first prize in the 2011 PBA Tournament of Champions during the 2010-11 season.

Belmonte was the Go Bowling! PBA Tour’s only four-time title winner in 2019, including a pair of major championships (PBA Tournament of Champions and PBA World Championship), and won the earnings crown by $52,510 over Jakob Butturff of Tempe, Ariz., who won a total of $235,780. Both totals were career highs.

The top 10 in 2019 Go Bowling! PBA Tour earnings includes the following players:

1, Jason Belmonte, $288,290.

2, Jakob Butturff, $235,780.

3, Bill O’Neill, $192,448.

4, Kris Prather, $183,960.

5, Sean Rash, $181,897.

6, Anthony Simonsen, $176,598.

7, EJ Tackett, $172,945.

8, Dom Barrett, $125,720.

9, Norm Duke, $105,515,

10, Kyle Sherman, $97,558.

PBA PLAYER’S PERSPECTIVE: BILL O’NEILL DISCUSSES 2019 CHESAPEAKE OPEN TITLE

The PBA Player’s Perspective interview series, featuring PBA title winners reflecting on their victories, continues with Bill O’Neill providing insights into his win in the 2019 Harry O’Neale Chesapeake Open. O’Neill’s inside story will debut on Tuesday, Dec. 3. To view all of the PBA Player’s Perspective episodes, visit the PBA’s YouTube channel and click on the PBA Player’s Perspective play list.

The weekly series includes a new perspective released every Tuesday on the PBA’s YouTube channel. The following players will provide personal play-by-play reflections in the weeks ahead:

Dec. 3 – Bill O’Neill talks about his 2019 Harry O’Neale Chesapeake Open triumph.

Dec. 10 – Jason Belmonte provides insights about capturing his record-breaking 11th major title in the 2019 PBA World Championship during PBA World Series of Bowling X in Allen Park, Mich.

Dec. 17 – Jakob Butturff will reveal his thoughts about winning his first major championship in the 2019 USBC Masters.

Dec. 24 – On Christmas Eve day, EJ Tackett will take fans across the Pacific Ocean to talk about his victory in the DHC PBA Japan Invitational to kick off the 2017 season.

Player’s Perspectives currently in the archives on YouTube include:

• Norm Duke’s stunning 2011 U.S. Open win (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pQ0cGzRfnBk).

• Kris Prather’s historic PBA Playoffs victory (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hISjw3KmGCk).

• Anthony Simonsen talks about his win in the 2019 Bear Open (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tt2k25WKNzQ).

Sean Rash reflections on his 2019 Wolf Open title (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2GNxO2WdaZo).

• EJ Tackett provides fans with his personal take on his 2019 Barbasol PBA Tour Finals victory in Las Vegas (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wVuLOuU8btQ).

PBA REGIONAL UPDATE: WALTER RAY WINS REGIONAL TITLE NO. 54

Walter Ray Williams Jr. of Oxford, Fla. and non-PBA member Josh Johnson of Yulee, Fla., defeated Orlando partners Mike Moore and Shawn Naumann, 244-232, to win the $4,800 first prize in the PBA South Region Member/Non-Member Doubles at Break Point Alley Bowling Center in Tavares, Fla., Sunday.

With his 34th standard PBA Regional win, Williams improved his overall PBA Regional titles total to 54, one behind all-time leader Chris Warren of Grants Pass, Oregon, who has won a combined 55 times in PBA and PBA50 Regional competition. Including WRW’s record 47 PBA Tour titles and 14 PBA50 Tour titles, he improved his record for overall PBA titles at all levels to 115.

Williams and Johnson won only four of their 10 matches leading into the stepladder finals, but their 18-game total of 5,974 pins was enough to claim the top berth in the finals by 13 pins over Craig Auerbach of Sunrise, Florida, and his non-member partner, Matthew Tuckfield of Orlando. Moore and Naumann, the defending champions, qualified third and easily defeated the team of Tom Daugherty of Riverview, Florida and Colin Champion of Spring Hill, Florida, 248-189, in the first stepladder match. Moore and Naumann then eliminated Tuckfield and Auerbach, 244-203, to advance to the title match.

• Lennie Boresch of Kenosha, Wis. defeated Steve Kenyon of Grosse Ile, Mich., 743-644 in the three-game final match to win the PBA50 Allstate Central Match Classic at Westland Bowl in Westland, Mich., Sunday for his eighth PBA50 Regional title and the $1,700 first prize.

In the semifinal round, Boresch topped Darryl Bower of Middletown, Pa., 723-651, and Kenyon edged Michael Lucente of Warren, Mich., 652-651, in the three-game semifinal round to set up the championship match.

Warren Crawford from McKinleyville, Calif., and Kevin Croucher from Grants Pass, Ore., were winners in Sunday’s PBA and PBA50 Epicenter Northwest-West Open tournaments, respectively, in Klamath Falls, Ore.

Crawford, needing to beat Chris Warren of Grants Pass by 29 pins for the title, defeated the all-time PBA Regional titles leader, 238-203, in their position round match to claim the $2,000 first prize and his second PBA Regional title. Warren has won a record 47 standard PBA Regional titles.

In the companion PBA50 event, Croucher went 6-2 and knocked down 3,715 total pins for 16 games, including match play bonus pins, to top Blaine Weninger of Happy Valley, Ore., for his fifth PBA50 Regional title, 10th overall PBA Regional title and a $1,300 prize. Weninger had a 6-2 match play record and a total of 3,513 pins.

The only PBA Regional tournament over the Nov. 29-Dec. 1 Thanksgiving weekend will be the PBA50 Beaumont Southwest Open at Crossroads Bowling Center in Beaumont, Texas.

The PBA Regional schedule over the Dec. 6-8 weekend includes the Knob Hill East Challenge at Knob Hill Country Lanes in Manalapan, N.J., and the Warren Harley-Davidson Central Challenge at Freeway Lanes of Warren, Ohio. Both “challenge” tournaments are open exclusively to non-title winners.

The PBA Regional program concludes its 2019 season with PBA/PBA50 Houston Emerald Bowl Doubles Dec. 20-22 in Houston, Texas. The Southwest Region event is projected to pay a projected $7,000 first place.

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).

amf world cupQUICK NOTES

PBA Tour competitor Francois Louw (at left) became the first South African bowler to win the QubicaAMF World Cup in the tournament’s 55-year history, defeating Ryan Lalisang of Indonesia in Palembang, Indonesia, 237-202. Australia’s Bec Whiting (also at left) won the women’s title, defeating two-time World Cup winner Aumi Guerra of Dominican Republic, 172-162, in their title match.

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Sean Rash Defeats AJ Johnson to Win Historic PBA China Tiger Cup in 2019 PBA Tour Season Finale

by Bill Vint November 26, 2019 14:26

SUZHOU, China– Sean Rash, a 14-time Professional Bowlers Association Tour title winner, added another unique accomplishment to his portfolio when he swept fellow American PBA member AJ Johnson in a best-of-three-game title match to win the historic PBA China Tiger Cup at Suzhou Tiger Bowl, the first PBA event ever held in China.

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(2019 PBA China Tiger Cup winner Sean Rash with, from left, Tiger Bowl General Manager Lian Jun, China Bowling Association Vice Chairman Guo Jiansheng, PBA Deputy Commissioner and tournament director Kirk von Krueger, and Longmarch Bowling president Frank Zhao)

Rash, from Montgomery, Illinois, defeated Johnson, from nearby Oswego, 211-194 and 227-207 for the title. Rash’s conversion of the 2-4-8-10 split in the ninth frame of the first game was the pivotal shot.

The two Illinois bowlers were part of a seven-player PBA delegation that bowled in a single-elimination match play event that also included nine PBA members from China and Hong Kong. Rash collected $20,000 for his win; Johnson received $10,000 as runner-up.

The finals were livestreamed Tuesday on FloBowling.com by the PBA’s online streaming partner (the finals also are archived on FloBowling).

The tournament was an out-growth of a movement that began early in the current decade when China expressed interest in developing bowlers as PBA-level competitors. The PBA invited a contingent of Chinese bowlers who had established bowling averages of 200 and higher to participate in the 2014 PBA World Series of Bowling in Las Vegas. That experience, along with continuing conversations between PBA Commissioner Tom Clark and China’s Frank Zhao, founder and president of Longmarch Bowling, eventually led to the inaugural China Tiger Cup tournament.

The American PBA players were invited based upon competition points earned during the 2019 FloBowling PBA Summer Tour. Joining Rash and Johnson were Kyle Sherman of O’Fallon, Missouri; Tommy Jones of Simpsonville, South Carolina; Bill O’Neill of Langhorne, Pennsylvania; Jason Sterner of Rochester, New York, and Kyle Troup of Taylorsville, North Carolina.

The American players were seeded into a 16-player match play elimination round against nine Chinese representatives who earned their berths in a preliminary qualifying event involving nearly 100 players from China, Hong Kong, Chinese Taipei, Malaysia and Korea.

The Chinese players demonstrated how far they have advanced in less than 10 years, winning five of the eight first-round matches and eliminating American stars Troup, Jones and Sterner in the process. Rash advanced to the title match by eliminating a pair of bowlers from Hong Kong and China in 2-0 sweeps while Johnson ousted fellow U.S. players O’Neill and Sherman, also winning both matches without losing a game.

The PBA China Tiger Cup was the final event of the 2019 Go Bowling! PBA Tour season. The PBA Tour will be idle until it kicks off its 2020 schedule with the PBA Hall of Fame Classic in Arlington, Texas, in January.

PBA CHINA TIGER CUP
Suzhou Bowling Center, Suzhou, China

Championship (best of three games)
Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill. ($20,000), def. AJ Johnson, Oswego, Ill. ($10,000), 2-0 (211-194, 227-207).

Semifinal Round (best of three games)
Rash def. Cheuk Yin Mak, Hong Kong ($8,000), 2-1 (210-174, 225-268, 258-191).
Johnson def. Jun Su, China ($6,000), 2-0 (227-181, 203-171).

Match Play Round Two (best of three games)
Mak def. WenBin Chen, China ($5,000), 2-1 (242-191, 187-213, 237-221).
Su def. HongBo Wang, China ($4,200), 2-0 (207-192, 234-194).
Johnson def. Kyle Sherman, O'Fallon, Mo. ($4,500), 2-0 (256-222, 256-211).
Rash def. Min Zhang, China ($2,650), 2-0 (256-234, 246-202).

Match Play Round One (best of three games)
Mak def. Kyle Troup, Taylorsville, N.C. ($3,850), 2-0 (256-244, 236-206).
Su def. Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C. ($3,500), 2-0 (213-213, 217-212).
Johnson def. Bill O'Neill, Langhorne, Pa. ($3,300), 2-0 (279-174, 200-146).
Rash def. LiangXin Wang, China ($2,650), 2-0 (237-202, 220-168).
Zhang def. ShiZhen Wang, China ($3,850), 2-1 (202-215, 223-185, 206-193).
Sherman def. ZhongLi Mi, China ($2,900), 2-0 (226-201, 221-219).
HongBo Wang def. Jason Sterner, Rochester, N.Y. ($3,100), 2-0 (190-177, 196-183).
Chen def. Chun Hin Tse, Hong Kong ($2,500), 2-0 (194-168, 225-184).

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PBA Spare Shots: Six PBA Stars to Compete for $100,000 First Prize in Third Bowlero Elite Series Event

by Bill Vint November 22, 2019 12:09

Six PBA stars will join two PWBA champions and eight Bowlero Corp amateur league bowlers in the third Bowlero Elite Series event of 2019, competing for a $100,000 first prize. The event will air at 1 p.m. EST on NBC on Sunday, Dec. 29.

The PBA Tour champions invited to participate include Anthony Simonsen of Little Elm, Texas, who won the $100,000 first prize second Bowlero Elite Series event in September; Kyle Troup of Taylorsville, N.C., who finished second in the inaugural Bowlero Elite Series event; Australia’s Jason Belmonte; Kyle Sherman of O’Fallon, Mo., Marshall Kent of Yakima, Wash., and newly-elected PBA Hall of Famer Tommy Jones of Simpsonville, S.C. Troup and Simonsen advanced to the third event as winners of the professional bowler brackets in the first two events, respectively.

Also participating in the special event will be PWBA champions Shannon O’Keefe and Clara Guerrero, and amateurs Luis Gonzalez, the winner of the first Bowlero Elite Series event; New Jersey school teacher Amy Brehm; Miami nurse Elizabeth Jones; Texas marketing professional Jay Nephew; New Jersey electromechanical maintenance technician Douglas Herron; Phoenix marketing pro Mike Ewing and former PBA member Greg Thompson Jr. of Tempe, Ariz. Gonzalez and Brehm advanced to the third event as winners of the amateur league bowler brackets in the first two events.

PBA PLAYER’S PERSPECTIVE: EJ TACKETT DETAILS 2019 PBA TOUR FINALS VICTORY

Next up on the PBA Player’s Perspective interview roster, featuring PBA title winners reflecting on their victories, will be EJ Tackett discussing his victory in the 2019 Barbasol PBA Tour Finals presented by Red Rock Resort and Casino. Tackett’s insights will debut on Tuesday, Nov. 26. To view all of the PBA Player’s Perspective episodes, visit the PBA’s YouTube channel and click on the PBA Player’s Perspective play list.

The weekly series includes a new perspective released every Tuesday on the PBA’s YouTube channel. The following players will provide personal play-by-play reflections in the weeks ahead:

Dec. 3 – Bill O’Neill talks about his 2019 Harry O’Neale Chesapeake Open triumph.

Dec. 10 – Jason Belmonte provides insights about capturing his record-breaking 11th major title in the 2019 PBA World Championship during PBA World Series of Bowling X in Allen Park, Mich.

Dec. 17 – Jakob Butturff will reveal his thoughts about winning his first major championship in the 2019 USBC Masters.

Dec. 24 – On Christmas Eve day, EJ Tackett will take fans across the Pacific Ocean to talk about his victory in the DHC PBA Japan Invitational to kick off the 2017 season.

Player’s Perspectives currently in the archives on YouTube include:

• Norm Duke’s stunning 2011 U.S. Open win (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pQ0cGzRfnBk).

• Kris Prather’s historic PBA Playoffs victory (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hISjw3KmGCk).

• Anthony Simonsen talks about his win in the 2019 Bear Open (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tt2k25WKNzQ).

Sean Rash reflections on his 2019 Wolf Open title (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2GNxO2WdaZo&feature=em-uploademail).

PBA REGIONAL UPDATE: DiCHIARA TOPS WISEMAN FOR FIRST REGIONAL TITLE

• Pete DiChiara of Ardsley, N.Y., defeated PBA and USBC Hall of Famer Danny Wiseman of Baltimore, 279-227, to win the PBA50 Bryan’s Bowling Center Open presented by the Hopkins Automotive Group and 900 Global at Bryan’s Bowling Center in Laurel, Del., Sunday.

DiChiara, who qualified in second place, rolled clutch 10th frame strikes to win his first two matches on Sunday. In the Round of 8, he struck in the 10th frame of game 2 to remain alive in his best-of-three-game match against Jay Davis Jr. of Silver Spring, Md., after Davis missed three one-pin spares. DiChiara then won the final game to advance to the semifinal round where he eliminated Sammy Ventura of Syracuse, N.Y., 211-205, after Ventura failed to strike in his 10th frame.

Meanwhile, Wiseman advanced to the finals by defeating Troy Lint of Blandon, Pa., 2-0, and Darryl Bower of Middletown, Pa., 2-0, in his Round of 8 and Round of 16 matches. In his semifinal match, Wiseman ousted Ryan Shafer of Horseheads, N.Y., 246-217.

The win earned DiChiara $1,600 along with his first PBA50 Regional title.

• Ron Profitt of Brookville, Ohio, defeated Gary Faulkner of Norfolk, Va., 256-186, to win his fourth PBA regional title in the PBA50 PlyGems Windows Rocky Mount South Open at Rocky Mount Bowling Center in Rocky Mount, Va., Sunday.

Profitt started the championship match with seven strikes while Faulkner didn’t throw consecutive strikes until the 10th frame which was clearly too late. Profitt earned $1,800 along with his title.

In the semifinal round, Profitt defeated top qualifier Chris Johnson of Nashville, N.C., 253-235, while Faulkner got help from ninth and 10th frame opens by Ken Shealy of Myrtle Beach, S.C., to win his match, 171-170.

On the pre-Thanksgiving Day weekend schedule, Nov. 22-24, is the PBA50 Allstate Central Match Classic at Westland Bowl in Westland, Mich.; the Break Point Alley Member/Non-Member Doubles in Tavares, Fla., and the PBA and PBA50 Epicenter Northwest-West Open tournaments in Klamath Falls, Ore.

The only PBA Regional tournament over the Nov. 29-Dec. 1 Thanksgiving weekend will be the PBA50 Beaumont Southwest Open at Crossroads Bowling Center in Beaumont, Texas.

The PBA Regional schedule over the Dec. 6-8 weekend includes the Knob Hill East Challenge at Knob Hill Country Lanes in Manalapan, N.J., and the Warren Harley-Davidson Central Challenge at Freeway Lanes of Warren, Ohio. Both “challenge” tournaments are open exclusively to non-title winners.

The PBA Regional program concludes its 2019 season with PBA/PBA50 Houston Emerald Bowl Doubles Dec. 20-22 in Houston, Texas. The Southwest Region event is projected to pay a projected $7,000 first place.

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

The PBA has learned of the death this week of former PBA member Gary Timberlake of Blue Springs, Mo. No further details were immediately available. Timberlake, 66, was a four-time PBA Midwest Region titlist, including winning the first regional he entered as a member in Peoria, Ill., in 1979. He competed in PBA Regional tournaments between 1979 and 1989, also bowling in a handful of PBA Tour events when they were held in Kansas City. He was inducted into the Greater Kansas City USBC Hall of Fame in 2013.

Bayside Bowl in Portland, Maine – home of the PBA League Elias Cup competition – has been named the 2019 Small Business of the Year Award winner by the Portland Development Corporation. Bayside co-owner Charlie Mitchell noted, “We want to acknowledge that we couldn’t have done this without our amazing employees and all of our great customers — who make this business what is it.” The PBA League will return to Bayside Bowl for the 2020 Elias Cup competition July 21-23.

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