PBA Spare Shots: Anthony Simonsen Wins $100,000 Bowlero Elite Series First Prize

by Bill Vint September 13, 2019 09:03

PBA two-handed star Anthony Simonsen defeated New Jersey middle school history teacher Amy Brehm, 258-220, to win the $100,000 top prize in the second of three Bowlero Elite Series tournaments featuring professional bowlers versus Bowlero amateur league bowlers.

Simonsen, who won the professional side of the Elite Series bracket by defeating three-time PWBA titlist Stefanie Johnson, was invited to participate in the special event along with fellow PBA stars EJ Tackett, Norm Duke, Bill O’Neill and Jesper Svensson. PWBA was represented by Johnson, Mexico’s Sandra Gongora and Latvia’s Diana Zavjalova.

In unrelated news, Simonsen has withdrawn from the PBA China Tiger Cup because of a previous business commitment and will be replaced in the exclusive eight-man field of PBA stars by fellow two-hander Kyle Troup, the next qualifier in line to make the trip. Simonsen was the No. 3 qualifier in competition points earned during the nine-event FloBowling PBA Summer Tour; Troup finished ninth in points.

The PBA’s inaugural trip to China is set for Nov. 19-22 for a singles competition including a field of Chinese bowlers along with a U.S. vs. China team event. The American contingent will include points leader Sean Rash, Tackett, Jason Sterner, AJ Johnson, O’Neill, Kyle Sherman, Tommy Jones and Troup.

NEW KUWAIT BOWLING CENTER TO HOST FINAL PBA-WORLD BOWLING TOUR EVENT

The newly renovated Kuwait Bowling Centre will host the final PBA International-World Bowling Tour event on the 2019 Go Bowling! PBA Tour schedule Oct. 31-Nov. 6. The tournament also is the final qualifying event for the World Bowling Tour Men’s and Women’s Finals that will follow the Kuwait Open in the same facility.

kuwait bowling centerThe Kuwait Open will feature a prize fund of $218,000 with a $50,000 first prize. Other events remaining on the PBA-WBT schedule for 2019 are the Thailand Open, Sept. 27-Oct. 4 at Blu-O Paragon in Bangkok, and the U.S. Open, Oct. 23-30, at Victory Lanes Family Entertainment Center in Mooresville, N.C.

The 2019 World Bowling Tour Finals, culminating 12 months of international competition, will feature the top three male and top three female athletes from the 2019 WBT points list as of the completion of the Kuwait Open. For the first time, the WBT Finals also will include one male and one female from each of the three World Bowling zones (Asian, European and Pan American), expanding the field of contenders to six men and six women. Each zone will determine which of its athletes qualify for the finals.

The current WBT men’s top five points leaders are Americans Anthony Simonsen (2,712 points), Andrew Anderson (2,276), EJ Tackett (2,136), Kyle Troup (2,040) and England’s Stuart Williams (1,984). The top five women in points are Danielle McEwan (4,765), Liz Johnson (3,784), Indonesia’s Tannya Roumimper, Poland’s Daria Pajak and Colombia’s Clara Guerrero.

WRW, PDW INCLUDED IN UPPER DECK’S 2019 “GOODWIN CHAMPIONS” COLLECTION

Walter Ray Williams Jr. and Pete Weber, two of the PBA’s Hall of Fame legends, are included in an expansive “Upper Deck Goodwin Champions” collection of 150-plus trading cards featuring personalities from the worlds of sports, entertainment, politics, theater and more. The cards, in base, horizontal and “splash of color” versions, are available online, at many sports collectible stores around the country, or through Upper Deck’s website, https://upperdeckstore.com/2019-goodwin-champions.html.

The Upper Deck “Goodwin Champions” collections are hobby boxes with a mix of card styles. The boxes come with three “hits” which can be autographs, memorabilia, relics, manufactured patches or 3-D lenticular inserts. Collectors can also expect several standard chase and mini cards as well.

PBA REGIONAL UPDATE: CHRIS BARNES WINS 28TH REGIONAL TITLE IN SHAWNEE

PBA Hall of Famer Chris Barnes from Double Oak, Texas defeated Dylan Burns of Garden City, Kan., to win the sixth annual PBA Grand Casino Resort & Hotel Southwest Invitational at FireLake Bowling Center in Shawnee, Okla., Sunday.

Barnes, who earned his 28th PBA Regional title and the $4,000 winner’s check, won by a healthy 48-pin margin. He fell behind early in the final match as Burns started with four strikes, but Barnes responded with his own string of four, striking from the seventh frame through the 10th as Burns ran into all sorts of issues, helping Barnes to a 226-178 victory.

After 12 games of qualifying, both players received byes to the Round of 8 with Barnes the top qualifier and Burns right behind. In the best two-of-three-game Round of 8, Barnes defeated Keith Lesko from Prosper, Texas, 2-0, while Burns advanced with a 2-0 win over Austin Boulds of Creal Springs, Ill. In the semifinal round, Barnes squeaked by Anthony Lavery-Spahr from Pasadena, Texas, 245-231, while Burns eliminated Houston’s Shawn Maldonado, 219-203.

• Michael Davidson of Versailles, Ohio defeated Michael Martell of Brooklyn, N.Y., in a three-game total pins match, 640-617, to win his second PBA Regional title in the Boss Snow Plows/Ebonite Central/Midwest Open at PinHeads in Fishers, Ind., Sunday.

Davidson, who earned $3,000, downed Chris Colella of Indianapolis, 658-548, while Martell eliminated Patrick Dombrowski of Parma, Ohio, 646-568, in the semifinal round to set up the championship match.

The Sept. 13-15 PBA Regional schedule features the PBA50 King Pin Lanes Eastern Open in Rome, N.Y.; the Sturgis/Storm Central/Midwest Open at Sturgis Bowl in Sturgis, Mich.; the Fayetteville South Open at Lafayette Lanes in Fayetteville, N.C.; the Liberal Kansas Southwest Open Ayr Lanes, and a doubleheader at AMF Mardi Gras Lanes in Sacramento, Calif. – the PBA and PBA50 West/Northwest Capital City Opens presented by DV8 and Genesis.

PBA Regional activity scheduled for the Sept. 20-22 weekend include the PBA/PBA50 Over/Under Doubles at Millsboro Lanes in Millsboro, Del.; the EZ Bowl Central Open in Bluffton, Ind.; the Odessa Southwest Super Regional at Diamond Lanes in Odessa, Texas, and a tripleheader including the PBA Paradise Lanes Northwest/West Open, PBA50 Paradise Lanes Gary Mage Northwest/West Senior Open (both presented by 900 Global) plus the Jeanne Naccarato Women’s Open in Tacoma, Wash. On Saturday, Sept. 21, Ten Pin Alley in Fitchburg, Wis., also will host the Ten Pin Alley Midwest Open.

September’s busy calendar of PBA Regional events will conclude over the Sept. 27-29 weekend with the Bowlers Discount Pro Shop East Open presented by Radical at Terrace Lanes in Frederick, Md.; the PBA50 Mel Westrich Memorial Central/Midwest Open at Delphos Recreation in Delphos, Ohio; the PBA50 J&L Sports South Open at Paradise Lanes in Spartanburg, S.C.; the back-to-back PBA50 Junction City Bowl Southwest/Midwest Open I and II one-day events in Junction City, Kan.; and the 17th annual Double Decker Lanes West/Northwest Open presented by Roto Grip in Rohnert Park, Calif.

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

QUICK NOTES

• REMINDER: General admission and VIP tickets are now on sale for the 2019 PBA Clash that will take place on Monday, Oct. 21, at Kegel Training Center in Lake Wales, Fla. The Clash will include the 2019 Go Bowling! PBA Tour’s top eight money-winners in a special elimination-format telecast that will air on FOX on Sunday, Nov. 3. VIP ticket packages are available for $50. General admission tickets are $20. Tickets can be ordered online at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/pba-clash-tickets-68818707607.

Chris and Lynda Barnes’ 15th annual Barnes Thanksgiving Classic, a youth scholarship tournament for scratch and handicap bowlers, will be held Nov. 29-Dec. 1 at Plano Super Bowl in Plano, Texas. For entry information and tournament rules, visit the Barnes Thanksgiving Classic page on Facebook.

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Denmark’s Carsten Hansen Wins PBA-WBT Storm Lucky Larsen Masters for First PBA Tour Title

by Bill Vint September 8, 2019 12:12

HELSINGBORG, Sweden – Denmark’s Carsten Hansen, a 26-year-old seventh-year Professional Bowlers Association member, was nearly perfect Sunday in defeating American two-handed player Chris Via of Springfield, Ohio, 289-247, to win the PBA International-World Bowling Tour Storm Lucky Larsen Masters at Olympia Bowling for his first PBA Tour title.

Hansen, a PBA member since 2012 and a veteran of several PBA World Series of Bowling since then, dominated the Lucky Larsen Masters. He was the qualifying leader, earned the top berth in the four-man stepladder finals and then threw 10 strikes to start the championship match before missing his chance for a 300 game when he left the 3 pin on his 11th shot.

Hansen won a title in a PBA Regional doubles event in Las Vegas in 2013 but had never finished higher than ninth place in a PBA Tour event (2014 PBA Cheetah Championship).

Via, who also was bowling for his first PBA Tour title, recorded his best career finish after eliminating fellow American players Jake Peters of Henderson, Nevada, in the first stepladder match, 245-238, and Michael Tang of San Francisco, 247-200, in the semifinal match.

The Helsingborg tournament – named in honor of Swedish PBA star Martin Larsen – involved multiple six-game qualifying squads to arrive at 52 finalists. Qualifiers 17-40 plus 12 other special qualifiers bowled the four-game Step One, with the top 16 advancing to Step Two along with qualifiers 1-18. The 34 players in Step Two bowled a six-game block, with the top 18 advancing to Step Three for another six-game round. The top four based on 12-game totals from Steps 2 and 3 determined the stepladder finalists.

Two PBA International-WBT events remain on the 2019 Go Bowling! PBA Tour schedule along with the FloBowling ATX Invite and the U.S. Open. The WBT Thailand Open will take place in Bangkok Sept. 27-Oct. 4 and the Kuwait Open at Kuwait Bowling Center in Kuwait City Oct. 31-Nov. 6. The ATX Invite is a special non-title, non-points event that will take place Sept. 21 at Dart Bowl in Austin, Texas. The U.S. Open, the final major championship on the 2019 schedule, will be held Oct. 23-30 at Victory Lanes Family Entertainment Center in Mooresville, North Carolina.

PBA INTERNATIONAL-WORLD BOWLING TOUR STORM LUCKY LARSEN MASTERS
Olympia Bowling, Helsingborg, Sweden, Sunday

Final Standings:
1, Carsten Hansen, Denmark, $15,408.
2, Chris Via, Springfield, Ohio, $11,299.
3, Michael Tang, San Francisco, $8,218.
4, Jake Peters, Henderson, Nev., $6,163.

Stepladder Results:
Match One – Via def. Peters, 245-238.
Semifinal Match – Via def. Tang, 247-200.
Championship – Hansen def. Via, 289-247.

Step Three Cashers (after 12 games; top 4 advanced to stepladder finals):
1, Hansen, 2,890.
2, Tang, 2,838.
3, Via, 2,800.
4, Peters, 2,799.
5, Matt McNiel, Minneapolis, 2,771, $4,622.
6, Teemu Putkisto, Finland, 2,763, $3,595.
7, Nick Pate, Inver Grove Heights, Minn., 2,750, $3,082.
8, Tomas Käyhkö, Finland, 2,746, $2,568.
9, AJ Johnson, Oswego, Ill., 2,741, $2,260.
10, Thomas Larsen, Denmark, 2,719, $2,054.
11 (tie), Dom Barrett, England, and Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 2,693, $1,798.
13, Anthony Pepe, Elmhurst, N.Y., $1,695.
14, AJ Chapman, Manchester, Iowa, 2,656, $1,644.
15, Joline Persson Planefors, Sweden, 2,654, $1,592.
16, Stuart Williams, England, 2,607, $1,541.
17, Karl Wahlgren, Sweden, 2,544, $1,515.
18, Khaled Aldebayyan, Kuwait, $1,489.

Step Two Cashers (did not advance, after 6 games):
19, Arnar Jonsson, Sweden, 1,282, $1,464.
20 (tie), Mitch Hupé, Canada, and Niko Oksanen, Finland, 1,271, $1,425.
22, Daniel Fransson, Sweden, 1,269, $1,387.
23, Oscar Rodriguez, Colombia, 1,249, $1,361.
24, Martin Paulsson, Sweden, 1,232, $1,335.
25, Tony Wong, Hong Kong, 1,231, $1,310.
26, Kyle Troup, Taylorsville, N.C., 1,226, $1,284.
27, Kris Prather, Plainfield, Ill., 1,222, $1,258.
28, Sandra Andersson, Sweden, 1,219, $1,233.
29, Andrew Cain, Phoenix, Ariz., 1,200, $1,207.
30, Darren Tang, Las Vegas, 1,183, $1,130.
31, Rasmus Edvall, Sweden, 1,181, $1,079.
32, Jarno Lahti, Finland, 1,173, $1,027.

Step One Cashers (did not advance, after 4 games):
33, Edwar Rey, Colombia, 844, $1,002.
34, Saleh Salem, Kuwait, 842, $976.
35, Patrik Nilsson, Sweden, 841, $950.
36, Victoria Johansson, Sweden, 837, $924.
37, Mattias Olsson, Sweden, 833, $899.
38, Mikkel Sorensen, Denmark, 829, $873.
39, Artemy Hudiakov, Latvia, $847.
40, Francois Lavoie, Canada, 826, $822.
41, Michael Mak, Hong Kong, 811, $796.
42 (tie), Pyry Puharinen, Finland, and Kim Bolleby, Thailand, 797, $763.
44 (tie), Brad Miller, Lee’s Summit, Mo., and Jan Macek, Czechoslovakia, 795, $706.
46, Patrick Hanrahan, Wichita, Kan., 789, $668.
47, Jusso Rikkola, Finland, 780, $642.
48, Viktor Albihn, Sweden, 775, $616.
49, Christer Rapp, Sweden, 771, $591.
50, Tannya Lopez, Mexico, 759, $565.
51, Osku Palermaa, Finland, 744, $539.
52, Mikael Andersson, Sweden, 639, $514.

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PBA Spare Shots: FloBowling Debuts Anthony Simonsen Documentary “Leave It Behind”

by Bill Vint September 6, 2019 13:19

At age 22, Anthony Simonsen of Little Elm, Texas, has already established himself as one of the PBA’s premier stars. But his youthful journey to the top levels of competitive bowling hasn’t been easy. A documentary that made its debut on FloBowling.com Wednesday, "Simonsen: Leave It Behind," tells his story.

FloBowling’s first documentary interviews Simonsen and the people close to him as it delves into how he overcame some difficult personal obstacles in his formative years to become one of bowling’s biggest stars.

“With this first FloSports bowling presentation, I hope you enjoy a glimpse into one of our young star bowler’s life,” said PBA Commissioner Tom Clark. “Anthony's origin story, like every person in the PBA family, deserves to be told because when you get to know our players, when you really care about them and they feel like part of your family, the drama PBA bowling provides is unmatched.”

Simonsen has already won enough PBA Tour titles to qualify for election to the PBA Hall of Fame, but also must complete 20 years of PBA membership before he’ll be eligible for election. With seven standard PBA Tour titles and two majors, he is the youngest player ever to complete the title-eligibility requirement.

TICKETS ON SALE FOR PBA CLASH AT KEGEL TRAINING CENTER

General admission and VIP tickets are now on sale for the second PBA Clash which will take place on Monday, Oct. 21, at Kegel Training Center in Lake Wales, Fla. The Clash will include the 2019 Go Bowling! PBA Tour’s top eight money-winners in a special elimination-format telecast that will air on FOX on Sunday,

VIP tickets for the 2019 PBA Clash are available for $50, and include:
• 4:30 p.m. early access to TV seating;
• An interactive Q&A session with the PBA pros during official practice session between 5-5:45 p.m.;
• Buffet dinner from 5:45-6:30 p.m.;
• Kegel gift bag.

General admission tickets are available for $20, with seating beginning at 6 p.m. Tickets can be ordered online at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/pba-clash-tickets-68818707607.

Seven of the eight Clash participants have already locked up spots. Australia’s Jason Belmonte leads the PBA Tour with $275,290 in official earnings for 2019. He is followed by Jakob Butturff, Tempe, Ariz., $185,780; Kris Prather, Plainfield, Ill., $173,990; EJ Tackett, Bluffton, Ind., $166,695; Anthony Simonsen, Little Elm, Texas, $155,690; Bill O'Neill, Langhorne, Pa., $152,148, and Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., $119,170, in seventh place.

PBA Hall of Famer Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., is currently in eighth place with $97,415, and could be knocked out of the top eight by Kyle Sherman of O’Fallon, Mo., if Sherman wins the $25,000 top prize in the PBA FloBowling ATX Invite on Sept. 21 at Dart Bowl in Austin, Texas. Sherman is in ninth place on the earnings list with $78,968.

Fans can follow the Lucky Larsen Masters, which ends Sunday, at this link: http://luckylarsenmasters.meriq.se/2019/globalresults_adv.asp.

HOLLIMAN CONTINUES TO PACE GO BOWLING! PBA TOUR ROOKIES IN POINTS

Former Junior Team USA member and three-time Teen Masters titlist Greg Young Jr. of Viera, Fla., was the top rookie performer in the FloBowling PBA Summer Tour, finishing third in the Harry O’Neale Chesapeake Open and fourth in the PBA Wolf Open as part of the FloBowling PBA Summer Swing presented by the Brands of Ebonite International in Aurora, Ill., but a slow start earlier in the year prevented him from gaining much ground on Mykel Holliman of Collierville, Tenn., in the 2019 Go Bowling! PBA Tour’s rookie competition points race.

Holliman, the runner-up in the Tier 3 USBC Masters earlier in 2019, ranks 36th overall on the 2019 PBA points list with 8,390 points, but he’s still comfortably ahead of five other players on the 2019 Bowl4life PBA Rookie Watch list. Kenneth Ryan of Farmingdale, N.J., is 57th (4,760) on the points list followed by Wichita’s Patrick Hanrahan (59th, 4,410); Greg Young (up from 78th to 65th, 3,940); Jake Rollins of Glen Rock, N.J. (75th, 3,148) and Mike Coffey of Melbourne, Fla. (80th, 2,990). Status in competition points is one of several factors voters will consider in selection of the 2019 Harry Golden PBA Rookie of the Year at the end of the season.

The 2019 Harry Golden 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.

PBA REGIONAL UPDATE: FOUR WINNERS IN SOUTH REGION’S LABOR DAY SERIES

PBA Hall of Famer Tom Baker of King, N.C.; Ron Profitt of Brookville, Ohio; Sam Ventura of Syracuse, N.Y., and Jerry Horn of Lexington, S.C., won titles in the PBA South Region’s annual extended Labor Day tournament series for PBA50 and PBA60 competitors that ended Monday with the PBA50 Mooresville South Open presented by Columbia 300 at Victory Lanes in Mooresville, N.C.

Baker kicked off the series by defeating fellow Hall of Famer Walter Ray Williams Jr. of Oxford, Fla., 239-219, in the final of the PBA50 Sky Lanes South Open in Asheville, N.C., on Aug. 25.

Three days later in Kingsport, Tenn., Profitt came out striking with a perfect game to defeat Greg McMahan of Dandridge, Tenn., 300-279, to win the third annual PBA60 Kingsport South Open at Warpath Lanes.

Ventura was next, winning the PBA60 Wilson & Sons Termite and Pest Control Southern Open at Victory Lanes in Mooresville, N.C., where he defeated Jeff Bellinger of Columbia, S.C., 201-195, for the title.

In the series finale, Horn put together three strikes in the 10th frame to claim the victory over Craig Auerbach of Sunrise, Fla., 222-215, for the win in the PBA50 Mooresville South Open in Mooresville.

Along with his 36th regional title, Baker earned $1,800. Profitt earned $1,800 and his third PBA Regional win in the PBA60 Kingsport event. Ventura picked up his 10th regional title along with $2,000. Horn also took home $2,000 and his first PBA50 Regional title for the Mooresville win.

PBA50 tournaments are open to players ages 50 and older; PBA60 events are for players ages 60 and older.

Bruce Hall of Westborough, Mass. defeated Jay Davis of Silver Spring, Md., 261-231, to win the PBA50 Hammer/Strike Zone Open at the Strike Zone Alleys in Pottsville, Pa., Sunday for his second PBA Regional title – 37 years after winning his first title.

Hall, who collected $1,500, won his previous title in a doubles event in Paramus, N.J. in 1982.

Hall dominated qualifying as well as going undefeated in the bracket elimination round. He averaged 252.8 for the event. A split in the middle of the championship game gave Davis a chance to win, but consecutive nine-count spares late in the game and three strikes in the 10th allowed Hall to clinch the win.

Hall defeated non-PBA member Troy Lint of Blandon, Pa., 236-215, and Davis edged Darryl Bower of Middletown, Pa., 216-215, in the semifinal round.

• Jerry Marrs of Lake in the Hills, Ill. defeated Steve Taylor of Tremont, Ill. 228-199, to win the $2,000 first prize and his second PBA Regional title in the Illinois Valley Midwest Open at Illinois Valley Super Bowl in Peru, Ill., Sunday.

Taylor defeated Nick Pate of Inver Grove Heights, Minn., 258-197, to advance to the championship match after downing Charlie Brown of Granville, Mich., 191-189, in the first stepladder match.

The PBA Regional calendar moves into fall with a pair of events over the Sept. 6-8 weekend: the Boss Snow Plows/Ebonite Central/Midwest Open at PinHeads in Fishers, Ind., and the Grand Casino Hotel and Resort Southwest Invitational at FireLake Bowling Center in Shawnee, Okla.

The Sept. 13-15 PBA Regional schedule features the PBA50 King Pin Lanes Eastern Open in Rome, N.Y.; the Sturgis/Storm Central/Midwest Open at Sturgis Bowl in Sturgis, Mich.; the Fayetteville South Open at Lafayette Lanes in Fayetteville, N.C.; the Liberal Kansas Southwest Open Ayr Lanes, and a doubleheader at AMF Mardi Gras Lanes in Sacramento, Calif. – the PBA and PBA50 West/Northwest Capital City Opens presented by DV8 and Genesis.

PBA Regional activity scheduled for the Sept. 20-22 weekend include the PBA/PBA50 Over/Under Doubles at Millsboro Lanes in Millsboro, Del.; the EZ Bowl Central Open in Bluffton, Ind.; the Odessa Southwest Super Regional at Diamond Lanes in Odessa, Texas, and a tripleheader including the PBA Paradise Lanes Northwest/West Open, PBA50 Paradise Lanes Gary Mage Northwest/West Senior Open (both presented by 900 Global) plus the Jeanne Naccarato Women’s Open in Tacoma, Wash. On Saturday, Sept. 21, Ten Pin Alley in Fitchburg, Wis., also will host the Ten Pin Alley Midwest Open.

September’s busy calendar of PBA Regional events will conclude over the Sept. 27-29 weekend with the Bowlers Discount Pro Shop East Open presented by Radical at Terrace Lanes in Frederick, Md.; the PBA50 Mel Westrich Memorial Central/Midwest Open at Delphos Recreation in Delphos, Ohio; the PBA50 J&L Sports South Open at Paradise Lanes in Spartanburg, S.C.; the back-to-back PBA50 Junction City Bowl Southwest/Midwest Open I and II one-day events in Junction City, Kan.; and the 17th annual Double Decker Lanes West/Northwest Open presented by Roto Grip in Rohnert Park, Calif.

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

QUICK NOTES

PBA Hall of Famer Parker Bohn III and family conducted Bohn’s 20th anniversary youth scholarship tournament over the Labor Day weekend, notching a record 267 entries and paying out a record $31,000 in scholarship prize money. In its previous 19 years, the event has paid out more than $88,000 in scholarships. This year, the event was expanded to three days…and included livestreaming orchestrated by one of Bohn’s sons, Justin.

• Reminder: PBA Hall of Famer Danny Wiseman will host his eighth annual Youth Scholarship Tournament Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 12-13, at AMF Country Club Lanes in Baltimore. For complete information about the event, including how to enter, visit: https://pjbtbowlingseries.com/6843-2/?fbclid=IwAR25lmfG65mCdSbEp4ijE5qIXkt074TmUHPhR65T28P_42MyHjQrhydiOvA.

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Jason Sterner Reaps Bonuses with Illinois Open Win; Sean Rash Tops USBC Cup, FloBowling Points Races

by Bill Vint August 31, 2019 17:34

AURORA, Ill. – Jason Sterner’s victory in the PBA Illinois Open, the concluding event in the FloBowling PBA Summer Swing presented by the Brands of Ebonite International, at Parkside Lanes Saturday was not only the most memorable of his 13-year PBA Tour career, but resulted in rewards far beyond his third career title and a $20,000 payday.

The 35-year-old right-hander, newly-relocated to Rochester, New York, knocked off four future PBA Hall of Fame candidates – Anthony Simonsen, Little Elm, Texas; Sean Rash, Montgomery, Illinois; Jason Belmonte, Australia, and EJ Tackett, Bluffton, Indiana – to also earn 5,000 competition points that allowed him to share in three incentive programs tied to the FloBowling Summer Tour.

(Photo caption above: The top eight FloBowling PBA Summer Tour competition points leaders are, from left, Tommy Jones, Anthony Simonsen, Sean Rash, EJ Tackett, AJ Johnson, Bill O’Neill, Kyle Sherman and Jason Sterner).

Rash.Sean_2019 USBC Cup winner_Sterner.Jason_2019 Illinois Open winnerFor starters, he advanced from 34th place to fourth in the USBC Cup point standings to earn a $3,000 bonus. By defeating Tackett for the Illinois Open title, Sterner denied Tackett the points he needed to overtake Rash for first place in the USBC Cup points competition. Rash won the USBC Cup, earning a $20,000 bonus. Tackett finished second for $10,000, Simonsen was third for $5,000 and AJ Johnson of Oswego, Illinois, took home the $2,000 bonus for fifth place. Rounding out the top eight were Bill O’Neill, Langhorne, Pennsylvania; Kyle Sherman, O’Fallon, Missouri, and Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, South Carolina.

By qualifying fourth in Summer Tour points, Sterner also earned a berth in the FloBowling ATX Invite that will take place on September 21 at Dart Bowl in Austin, Texas, and pay $25,000 to the winner along with guaranteed money to all eight qualifiers. Sterner also qualified for an expenses-paid trip to China for the first PBA China Tiger Cup that will take place in suburban Shanghai November 19-21 where another $20,000 tops the guaranteed money all eight will earn.

There were no major changes among the 2019 Go Bowling! PBA Tour’s top eight money-winners who will participate in the second PBA Clash at the Kegel Training Center in Lake Wales, Florida, on October 21. The Clash will air on FOX on Nov. 3. With only money won in the ATX Invite remaining to influence the earnings list, Australia’s Jason Belmonte is No. 1 and can’t be caught.

Belmonte leads the PBA Tour with $275,290 in official earnings. He is followed by Jakob Butturff, Tempe, Ariz., $185,780; Kris Prather, Plainfield, Ill., $173,990; EJ Tackett, Bluffton, Ind., $166,695; Anthony Simonsen, Little Elm, Texas, $155,690; Bill O'Neill, Langhorne, Pa., $152,148, and Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., $119,170, in seventh place. Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., is eighth with $97,415, and could be knocked out of the top eight if Kyle Sherman of O’Fallon, Mo. (in ninth place with $78,968) wins the $20,000 top prize in Austin.

The entire FloBowling PBA Summer Tour has been livestreamed exclusively on FloBowling, and will continue through the FloBowling ATX Invite. Visit FloBowling.com and sign up for a subscription.

FINAL USBC CUP POINTS STANDINGS
(After nine FloBowling PBA Summer Tour events)
1, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 9,135, $20,000.
2, EJ Tackett, Bluffton, Ind., 8,670, $10,000.
3, Anthony Simonsen, Little Elm, Texas, 7,660, $5,000.
4, Jason Sterner, Rochester, N.Y., 7,140, $3,000.
5, AJ Johnson, Oswego, Ill., 6,930, $2,000.

FLOBOWLING PBA ATX INVITE QUALIFIERS
Dart Bowl, Austin, Texas, Sept. 21 (live on FloBowling)
(Based on competition points after nine FloBowling PBA Summer Tour events)
1, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 9,135.
2, EJ Tackett, Bluffton, Ind., 8,670.
3, Anthony Simonsen, Little Elm, Texas, 7,660.
4, Jason Sterner, Rochester, N.Y., 7,140.
5, AJ Johnson, Oswego, Ill., 6,930.
6, Bill O'Neill, Langhorne, Pa., 6,670.
7, Kyle Sherman, O'Fallon, Mo., 6,648.
8, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 5,790.

PBA CHINA TIGER CUP QUALIFIERS
Suzhou Tiger Bowling Center, Suzhou, China, Nov. 19-22
(Based on competition points after nine FloBowling PBA Summer Tour events)
1, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 9,135.
2, EJ Tackett, Bluffton, Ind., 8,670.
3, Anthony Simonsen, Little Elm, Texas, 7,660.
4, Jason Sterner, Rochester, N.Y., 7,140.
5, AJ Johnson, Oswego, Ill., 6,930.
6, Bill O'Neill, Langhorne, Pa., 6,670.
7, Kyle Sherman, O'Fallon, Mo., 6,648.
8, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 5,790.

2019 PBA CLASH QUALIFYING LEADERS
Kegel Training Center, Lake Wales, Fla., Oct. 21 (for telecast on FOX, Nov. 3)
(Top 10 as of Aug. 31; top 8 based on earnings as of Sept. 21 will qualify)
1, Jason Belmonte, Australia, $275,290.
2, Jakob Butturff, Tempe, Ariz., $185,780.
3, Kris Prather, Plainfield, Ill., $173,990.
4, EJ Tackett, Bluffton, Ind., $166,695.
5, Anthony Simonsen, Little Elm, Texas, $155,690.
6, Bill O'Neill, Langhorne, Pa., $152,148.
7, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., $119,170.
8, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., $97,415.
9, Kyle Sherman, O’Fallon, Mo., $78,968.
10, Dick Allen, Lexington, S.C., $75,980.

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Bear Open Finalists Close in on FloBowling PBA Summer Tour Points Leader Sean Rash

by Bill Vint August 30, 2019 10:37

AURORA, Ill. – Sean Rash won the PBA Wolf Open Tuesday to kick off the series of three FloBowling PBA Summer Swing finals, presented by the Brands of Ebonite International, to take the lead in the FloBowling PBA Summer Tour competition points race and he held on despite an assault Thursday by the finalists in the Bear Open.

Rash, who collected his 14th career PBA Tour title and 2,500 points at Parkside Lanes Tuesday, retained first place in points thanks to a 14th-place finish in the Bear Open, but Bear Open winner Anthony Simonsen jumped for 10th to second; previous Summer Tour points leader Kyle Sherman advanced one spot to third and Bear runner-up EJ Tackett advanced from seventh to fourth while AJ Johnson dropped from second to fifth.

(Photo caption: Sean Rash with parents Gene and Diana Rash, wife and daughter Sara and Kaylee. USA Today Sports photo by Mike DiNovo)

With 5,000 points at stake for Saturday’s Illinois Open titlist (plus points of descending value at stake for all other players), a significant shakeup in the final FloBowling PBA Summer Tour points rankings is still possible.

The rewards at stake for the competition points leaders include:

● The top five will share in a $40,000 USBC Cup prize fund, with $20,000 to the points leader;

● The top eight will be invited to compete for shares of a $67,000 bonus prize fund in the inaugural FloBowling ATX Invite at Dart Bowl in Austin, Texas, on Sept. 21, where the winner will receive $25,000;

● The top eight will win expenses-paid trips to Shanghai, China for the inaugural PBA China Tiger Cup. A $20,000 first prize will be paid to the China Tiger Cup winner. Added money will be at stake in a special challenge match against a team of Chinese players.

The final summer points races standings will be posted at the conclusion of the Illinois Open on Saturday at this link: https://www.pba.com/SeasonStats/PointsList/132?list=10.

Illinois Open prize money also is important because the top eight money-winners for the full 2019 Go Bowling! PBA Tour season through Thursday will earn berths in the second PBA Clash that will take place at the Kegel Training Center in Lake Wales, Florida, on October 21 for airing on FOX on Nov. 3. Australia’s Jason Belmonte can’t be caught in the earnings race, but there is plenty of competition for the next seven spots. Fans can follow the 2019 earnings race at this link: https://www.pba.com/SeasonStats/TourWinnings/132.

The entire FloBowling PBA Summer Tour has been livestreamed exclusively on FloBowling, and will continue through the FloBowling ATX Invite. Visit FloBowling.com and sign up for a subscription.

FLOBOWLING PBA SUMMER TOUR POINT LEADERS
(Top 25 after eight of nine events; previous ranking in parenthesis)
1, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 7,235 (1).
2, Anthony Simonsen, Little Elm, Texas, 5,960 (10).
3, Kyle Sherman, O'Fallon, Mo., 5,818 (4).
4, EJ Tackett, Bluffton, Ind., 5,670 (7).
5, AJ Johnson, Oswego, Ill., 5,560 (2).
6, Jakob Butturff, Tempe, Ariz., 5,120 (6).
6, Bill O'Neill, Langhorne, Pa., 5,120 (3).
8, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 4,780 (5).
9, Kyle Troup, Taylorsville, N.C., 4,270 (8).
10, Tom Daugherty, Riverview, Fla., 4,040 (11).
11, BJ Moore, Greensburg, Pa., 3,740 (9).
12, Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., 3,470 (16).
13, Andrew Anderson, Holly, Mich., 3,465 (12).
14, Kris Prather, Plainfield, Ill., 3,365 (14).
15, AJ Chapman, Manchester, Iowa, 3,360 (13).
16, Dom Barrett, England, 3,130 (23).
17, Stuart Williams, England, 3,115 15).
18, Brad Miller, Lees Summit, Mo., 3,060 (18).
19, Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 3,038 (26).
20, Josh Blanchard, Mesa, Ariz., 2,960 (17).
21, Ryan Ciminelli, Lancaster, S.C., 2,930 (20).
22, Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 2,840 (19).
23, Greg Young, Viera, Fla., 2,550 (22).
24, Darren Tang, Las Vegas, 2,508 (24).
25, Dick Allen, Lexington, S.C., 2,505 (25).

2019 GO BOWLING! PBA TOUR EARNINGS LEADERS
(Top 10 as of Aug. 30; number of tournaments bowled in parenthesis)
1, Jason Belmonte, Australia, $268,290 (17).
2, Jakob Butturff, Tempe, Ariz., $185,780 (22).
3, Kris Prather, Plainfield, Ill., $173,990 (22).
4, Bill O'Neill, Langhorne, Pa., $148,048 (22).
5, EJ Tackett, Bluffton, Ind., $146,695 (24).
6, Anthony Simonsen, Little Elm, Texas, $145,590 (23).
7, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., $95,015 (18).
8, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., $93,170 (23).
9, Kyle Sherman, O’Fallon, Mo., $76,693 (19).
10, Dick Allen, Lexington, S.C., $73,080 (20).

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