PBA Announces Inaugural PBA Junior National Championship

by ddziomba July 15, 2020 09:11

Regional and National Competition for Youth Bowlers to Take Place at Bowlero Locations Around the Country with $38,000 Guaranteed in SMART Scholarships

New York, NY – The Professional Bowlers Association is proud to introduce the inaugural PBA Jr. National Championship. A first of its kind event by the PBA which will showcase the best youth bowlers from around the country as they compete for SMART scholarships, totaling over $38,000 in prize funds.

The PBA Jr. National Championship will be a two-fold competition starting with bowlers receiving direct entry into four regional tournaments at Bowlero centers around the country on September 5, 2020.

Each regional tournament will guarantee a first place $2,000 SMART Scholarship. SMART scholarships will also be awarded to one out of every six (1:6) entries in each division.

Regional tournaments will take place at the following Bowlero locations:

Midwest Region
Bowlero Wauwatosa
11737 W Burleigh St, Wauwatosa, WI 53222

South Region
Bowlero Marietta
2749 Delk Rd, Marietta, GA 30067

Southwest Region
Bowlero Euless
1901 W Airport Fwy, Euless, TX 76040

West Region
Bowlero Christown
1919 W Bethany Home Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85015

The top two male and female finishers in each regional will then advance to the National Championship to compete for a $7,500 SMART Scholarship. The National Championship date will be held in conjunction with a PBA National Tour stop, to be named at a later date.

“The PBA is committed to advancing the sport of bowling AT EVERY LEVEL and launching the PBA Jr. National Championship is an important step in developing the next generation of top bowlers,” said Colie Edison, CEO of the PBA. “There is so much raw talent at the youth level and I can’t wait to see these great bowlers compete in the inaugural event.”

Bowlers who are interested in competing must be ages 17 and under as of August 1, 2020.

For additional information, registration fees, and to sign up, please visit www.pba.com/junior.

About the PBA
The Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) is the world’s preeminent organization dedicated to the sport of bowling and its professional competition, with thousands of members and millions of fans throughout the world. The PBA plays host to bowling’s biggest tournaments from the Go Bowling! PBA Tour, PBA Regional Tour, and PBA50 Tour. In 2019, the PBA was acquired by Bowlero Corporation, the world’s largest owner and operator of bowling entertainment centers with more than 300 locations throughout North America. For more information, please visit PBA.com.

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PBA Spare Shots/Storm WSOB XI Notebook: Fans Can Still Enjoy Spirit of Competition Through Mobile Games

by Bill Vint March 20, 2020 14:44

PBA competition may be suspended at the moment, but you can still enjoy the spirit of competition in the comfort of your living room by playing one of the most popular mobile device games in the world – PBA Bowling Challenge for mobile devices – or the new PBA Pro Bowling game for consoles and mobile devices.

Concrete Software’s PBA Bowling Challenge for mobile devices can be downloaded at no cost at Google Play or the App Store. Millions of users currently enjoy the challenges of bowling in a variety of tournaments, making equipment choices and competing in a wide range of venues.

PBA Pro Bowling is a newer virtual game, offering players multi-player and tournament options. PBA Pro Bowling is offered for XBoxOne, PS4, Nintendo Switch and Steam platforms for $19.99. To learn more, visit: http://probowling.com/.

LEFTOVER NEWS FROM THE STORM PBA WORLD SERIES OF BOWLING

Bowling fans around the world are aware of mass postponements and cancellations of bowling activities at all levels in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, including the premature ending of the Storm PBA World Series of Bowling XI.

Left in suspended animation as the PBA – along with thousands of other sporting events – rapidly shut down activities in the interest of complying with urgent safety standards intended to keep players, fans, staff and others as insulated as possible from exposure to the virus were a few news items of interest. Among them:

The joint announcement by PBA and Storm Products that Storm had become titled sponsor of the Storm PBA World Series of Bowling XI.

The USA vs. The World team event that was scheduled to conclude WSOB XI was subsequently cancelled. Before the cancellation, however, three-time PBA Tour titlist Bob Learn Jr. was named captain of the United States team, and the players who had qualified for his team were Jakob Butturff, EJ Tackett, Chris Via, Darren Tang and Bill O’Neill, the five highest-finishing American players in PBA World Championship qualifying. The World team, captained by England’s Stuart Williams, would have included Sweden’s Jesper Svensson, Canada’s Francois Lavoie, Australia’s Jason Belmonte, Denmark’s Carsten Hansen and England’s Dom Barrett.

WSOB XI was full of stories, but one of the most unusual was the extreme case of “lost-and-found” involving second-year PBA Tour competitor Michael Martell of Brooklyn, N.Y. Martell averaged 178.2 with a high game of 196 for his first five games in Go Bowling Cheetah Championship qualifying, finishing the round with a 891 total and sitting in 117th place in the 120-player field. Then, in an historical reversal, the 22-year-old lefthander averaged 267.8 for his next five games, including rolling back-to-back 300 games (the only perfect games among 1,200 games bowled by the entire field in Cheetah qualifying) for a 1,339 block, moving up 96 places to finish 21st – 12 pins shy of making the cut to 16 finalists for Cheetah match play.

PWBA titlist Danielle McEwan was one of two women in the World Series field, qualifying out of the Pre-Tournament Qualifier, and the only woman to qualify for the match play elimination rounds. McEwan qualified sixth in the Scorpion Championship round, but what happens next remains unresolved as all three of the animal pattern championships were postponed. The domino effect of WSOB postponements also meant PBA competition points races affecting the 2020 PBA Playoffs and PBA League Draft eligibility also remain unresolved. Marie Jose Rodriguez, also a PWBA champion and wife of PBA competitor Nathan Bohr, also made it into the WSOB field, advancing out of the PTQ as “first alternate” but earning a spot in the field when a previously entered player withdrew.

All PBA tournament activity at all levels (PBA Tour, PBA50 Tour and Regional) have been suspended indefinitely because of the coronavirus. Partly because of the PBA’s extensive participation internationally, all parties affected should expect the hiatus to continue until global leaders are certain the virus pandemic is under control. Please watch for official news from the PBA through direct communications, pba.com and the PBA’s official social media outlets.

The United States Bowling Congress has also suspended all tournament activities, including postponements of several events directly impacting PBA members: the USBC Masters, USBC Open Championships, USBC Senior Masters and USBC Super Senior Classic.

PBA REGIONAL UPDATE: PERFECT GAME HELPS DANNY CLARK WIN FIRST PBA TITLE

Prior to the suspension of PBA Regional competition, Danny Clark of New Palestine, Ohio fired a 300 game in the position round match play finale as he defeated Dave Johnson of Ashtabula, Ohio by 207 pins to win the PBA50 Strike Zone Lanes Central Classic for his first PBA50 Regional title in Canton, Ohio on Sunday, March 8.

Clark finished with an 11-1 match play record and a total of 5,120 pins for 20 games, including match play bonus pins. Along with his first PBA50 Regional title, he also earned $2,100.

• Chris Collins of Myrtle Beach, S.C., defeated Chris Johnson of Nashville, N.C., 217-180, to take the $2,000 first prize in the PBA50 Fayetteville South Open at Lafayette Lanes in Fayetteville, N.C., on Sunday, March 8, improving his all-time PBA Regional titles record to 15.

Collins, who qualified No. 1 for the four-man stepladder finals with a 7-1 match play record and a 16-game total of 3,906 pins, had one of two perfect games in the event. Brett Caramagno of Goose Creek, S.C., had the other.

In the first stepladder match Johnson defeated Jimmy Jean of Kathleen, Ga., 172-155. Johnson then defeated Craig Auerbach of Sunrise, Fla., 203-194, to set up the championship match.

For an update on PBA Regional activity when it resumes, visit pba.com and open the “schedules” tab periodically to check on PBA Regional Tours.

Gid Rash Feb. 23QUICK NOTES

• Thomas (Gid) Rash and childhood friend Clay Copeland gave “thumbs up” signs in late February after Rash donated a kidney to Copeland in Fort Worth, Texas. Rash was the PBA Southwest Region’s 2019 Rookie of the Year.

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PBA Puts All Tournament Activity on Hiatus Due to Coronavirus Pandemic

by Bill Vint March 17, 2020 13:02

NEW YORK, N.Y. - The Professional Bowlers Association has placed all tournament activities at all levels on hiatus indefinitely due to coronavirus concerns, PBA CEO Colie Edison announced today. Included in the postponements is the start of the 2020 PBA Playoffs which were scheduled to start on April 6.

The announcement, made out of an abundance of preventative caution, means all PBA Tour, PBA50 Tour and PBA Regional tournaments currently scheduled will be put on hiatus as the PBA complies with decisions made nationally and locally in a concerted effort to help avoid “community spread” of the COVID-19 virus. All scheduled events will be re-evaluated in early April.

The PBA postponed the final match play elimination rounds and television finals of the Storm PBA World Series of Bowling XI animal pattern championships (Go Bowling Cheetah, Chameleon and Scorpion Championships) that were scheduled to take place at South Point Bowling Plaza in Las Vegas Sunday, Monday and Tuesday, allowing all competitors including several international bowlers to return home before federal airline restrictions took effect.

The PBA World Championship finals were conducted Sunday instead of Wednesday, as originally planned, because the five finalists were on hand in Las Vegas and wanted to complete the 2020 Go Bowling PBA Tour’s fourth major championship. Australia’s Jason Belmonte won the event before an audience consisting only of a handful of PBA players, tournament officials, and his own family including wife Kimberly, daughters Aria and Sylvie, and son Hugo who had flown in from Australia to watch. The finals aired live on FS1 and was the network’s most-watched telecast last week.

In addition to PBA’s decision, the United States Bowling Congress indefinitely postponed the USBC Masters that was scheduled for March 23-29 as well as the start of the 2020 USBC Open Championships, a traditional tournament for all USBC members including a number of PBA members who planned to participate.

“This is a completely unforeseen, unprecedented issue of global concern,” Edison said. “The PBA greatly appreciates the understanding and cooperation of its players, business partners, tournament hosts and all other parties impacted as we try to do our part in keeping everyone as safe as we can.”

As circumstances dictate, the PBA will make further announcements regarding the completion of the animal pattern championships, competition points races impacting the postponed PBA League Draft and qualifiers for the 2020 PBA Playoffs.

In the interim, fans can stay engaged with the PBA through its social media outlets (PBA on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and PBA on YouTube); by using the PBA App for mobile devices; the PBA Pro Bowling console game, and PBA.com.

FOX Sports also is planning multiple re-broadcasts of the PBA World Championship, PBA Tournament of Champions and Roth-Holman PBA Doubles Championship finals on its FS1 and FS2. Check your local listings for dates and times.

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PBA Spare Shots: Will “Million Dollar 300 Bonus” Be Collected in PBA Players Championship Final Match?

by Bill Vint February 14, 2020 07:47

After the highest-scoring title match streak in PBA history through the first four tournaments of the 2020 Go Bowling PBA Tour season, the natural question is, is the “Million Dollar 300 Bonus” the next milestone on the horizon? Will that historic incentive be collected in Saturday’s final match of the PBA Players Championship, airing live on FS1 from Wayne Webb’s Columbus Bowl at 5:30 p.m. EST?

It’s a question worth pondering after four consecutive championship matches in which the LOWEST winning score has been 280, bowled by Kris Prather in winning last Sunday’s PBA Tournament of Champions, live on FOX, in which his only flaw was leaving a 10 pin in the second frame of his 280-205 win over top seed Bill O’Neill.

Prior to Prather’s near-perfect winning score, Kyle Troup left the 3-6-7-10 split in the first frame of his 290-269 win over Chris Barnes in the PBA Jonesboro Open title match, and Sean Rash converted a 10 pin in the first frame and threw 10 consecutive before leaving another 10 pin on his final shot in his 289-234 win over top qualifier Ryan Ciminelli in the Oklahoma Open finale.

Of course, Tommy Jones set the season precedent, throwing a 300 game to win the season-opening PBA Hall of Fame Classic.

That means the average score to win a title thus far in 2020 is 289.75.

The million-dollar incentive program, offering a $1 million bonus prize to any player bowling a 300 game in the championship match of one of the following PBA on FOX/FS1 live telecasts, resumes Saturday. On the horizon are the Go Bowling PBA Indianapolis Open at Royal Pin Woodland (Saturday, Feb. 29 at 8:30 p.m. EST on FS1) and PBA World Championship at South Point Bowling Plaza in Las Vegas (Wednesday, March 18 at 8 p.m. EST on FS1).

PBA TOC TELECAST ON FOX REACHES NEARLY 1.5 MILLION VIEWERS

FOX Sports has announced Sunday’s live coverage of the PBA Tournament of Champions finals on FOX was the most-watched non-NFL adjacent telecast since 2010 with 1,464,000 viewers. The “non-NFL adjacent” reference means a standalone telecast that neither preceded or followed an NFL game on FOX.

With that exceptional audience, FOX Sports telecasts (FOX and FS1) are up 29 percent over 2019 and through five events, including the PBA Clash to kick off the season, viewership is up 45 percent over the 2019 season which also were the highest in years.

KRIS PRATHER BECOMES MOST SUCCESSFUL TELEVISION PLAYER IN PBA HISTORY

With his four match wins in the PBA Tournament of Champions stepladder finals, Kris Prather became the most successful player in PBA history in terms of winning percentage for a minimum of 10 television appearances. His TOC performance improved his match record to 17-5 in 13 television appearances for a 77.27 percent success rate, surpassing Jim Pencak who won 73.33% of his TV matches (22-8 in 12 appearances) dating back to the late 1980s.

Tommy Jones, with two wins and one loss in his three matches on TV in 2020, has advanced from 15th on the list to 12th with a 62.20 success percentage in 82 matches bowled in 48 TV appearances (51 wins, 31 losses).

KRIS PRATHER CLAIMS PBA PLAYOFFS POINTS LEAD AFTER TOC WIN

Kris Prather of Plainfield, Ill., the winner of the inaugural PBA Playoffs in 2019, jumped into the 2020 Go Bowling PBA Tour points lead after winning the PBA Tournament of Champions Sunday in Fairlawn, Ohio. The TOC was the first major championship of the 2020 season, and a Tier 1 tournament in the PBA’s classification system, awarding 7,500 points to the winner.

With his big win in the fourth of 13 tournaments in the 2020 PBA Playoffs points race, Prather moved past PBA Oklahoma Open winner Sean Rash who led the points standings after the season’s first three tournaments. PBA Jonesboro Open titlist Kyle Troup dropped one spot to third.

Fans can expect another shakeup in the points race after this week’s PBA Players Championship, the second Tier 1 event of the season. Points are awarded according to each tournament is classified in the three-tier points structure. Tier 1 (major championship) tournaments reward winners with 7,500 points. Tier 2 (standard PBA Tour) tournaments award 5,000 points to the winner. A Tier 3 tournament (limited field and/or restricted format) awards 2,500 points to the winner. Points also are awarded to all other players in a declining scale based upon where they finish.

The top 24 in 2020 competition points will qualify to bowl in the PBA Playoffs in April and May. Points standings will be finalized at the conclusion of the USBC Masters on March 29 in Reno, Nev. Below are the top 30 points standings after three events:

2020 Go Bowling PBA Tour Competition Points Standings
(Top 30 after four of 13 events)

1, Kris Prather, 9,985
2, Sean Rash, 9,185
3, Kyle Troup, 8,130
4, Jason Belmonte, 6,245
5, Bill O'Neill, 6,170
6, Tommy Jones, 5,625
7, Anthony Simonsen, 5,605
8, Mitch Hupe, 4,755
9, Chris Barnes, 4,690
10, Darren Tang, 4,675
11, EJ Tackett, 4,415
12, Kyle Sherman, 4,260
13, Tom Daugherty, 4,160
14, Ryan Ciminelli, 4,135
15, AJ Johnson, 3,850
16, Dom Barrett, 3,740
17, Tom Smallwood, 3,310
18, Brad Miller, 3,265
19, Josh Blanchard, 3,220
20, Stuart Williams, 3,070
21, Jesper Svensson, 3,020
22, Andrew Anderson, 2,975
23, Dick Allen, 2,937
24, DJ Archer, 2,880
25, Patrick Hanrahan, 2,745
26, AJ Chapman, 2,530
27, Marshall Kent, 2,430
28, Jakob Butturff, 2,395
29, Osku Palermaa, 2,295
30, Francois Lavoie, 2,102

MATCHROOM SPORT, PBA TEAM UP AGAIN FOR 2020 WEBER CUP

Matchroom Sport and the PBA will again team up for the 2020 BetVictor Weber Cup, a Ryder Cup-style competition that will pit five American PBA stars against five European PBA members in a team, doubles and singles competition for bragging rights and shares of a $75,000 prize fund.

The competition, which was held in the U.S. for the first time in 2019, returns to England in 2020 where it will be contested in Morningside Arena in Leicester, June 5-7.

Team Europe and Team USA will each line-up with five players for the 2020 BetVictor Weber Cup with two members of each team to earn automatic selection via the PBA Tour Points List. New to the program in 2020 will be a competition points qualifying system for two berths on each team using the PBA’s points system for 10 tournaments ending with the USBC Masters in March.

PBA Hall of Famer Chris Barnes will return as captain of the U.S. team while England’s Dom Barrett will again captain the European squad. The captains will select the final two members of their respective teams. The American team won the 2019 Cup at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, 18-14.

“We’re thrilled to be partnering with the BetVictor Weber Cup for a second consecutive year and to be giving our PBA players the kind of international exposure they deserve,” said PBA Chief Executive Officer Colie Edison. “The BetVictor Weber Cup—much like the Ryder Cup in golf—is a transatlantic rivalry that ups the ante for the sport and gives our fans even more reason to root for their favorite players.”

Fans can follow Weber Cup developments, including the 2020 points race, at www.webercup.com and at Weber Cup on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

PBA PLAYER’S PERSPECTIVE: NORM DUKE REFLECTS ON WINNING TITLE NO. 39

PBA Hall of Famer Norm Duke etched his name in PBA history in 2019, becoming the third player in PBA Tour history to win 40 career titles. He began his trek to that milestone with victory No. 39 in the Go Bowling Indianapolis Open. That’s the topic of his PBA Player’s Perspective that will be available on the PBA’s YouTube channel on Tuesday, Feb. 18.

Next up on the Player’s Perspectives schedule for introduction on Tuesdays includes:

Feb. 25 - Jason Belmonte and Bill O’Neill share insider thoughts about winning the 2018 Mark Roth-Marshall Holman PBA Doubles Championship.

To view the entire series of PBA Player’s Perspective episodes, visit the PBA’s YouTube channel and click on the PBA Player’s Perspective play list. A wide range of Player’s Perspectives currently reside in the archives on YouTube. Among the most recent are:
  • Jakob Butturff’s 2019 USBC Masters win (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-cuYcXxfXXs).
  • EJ Tackett’s 2017 DHC PBA Japan Invitational victory. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=91yoFd7nd8g).
   • Kris Prather’s 2019 PBA Scorpion Championship win (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-aVe_n8uCOM).
  • Bill O’Neill’s 2019 PBA Hall of Fame Classic victory that made him title-eligible for future PBA HOF consideration (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OeHXCYxWH4o).
  • Jakob Butturff’s 2019 PBA Oklahoma Open win (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JOsC36SxxxA&list=).
  • Sean Rash’s 2012 PBA TOC victory (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tkzuCw4Cpqs).
  • Jason Belmonte’s record-tying 10th PBA major championship in the 2019 PBA Tournament of Champions (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Si3d6oPhBo).
  • Anthony Simonsen’s 2019 PBA Players Championship victory (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nGLBRvb_T24).

Fans can follow all of the latest video clips and more by enrolling as a subscriber to PBA’s YouTube channel. It’s easy and it’s free. Visit YouTube.com/PBABowling and click on the “subscribe” button.

PBA REGIONAL UPDATE: ROOKIE WINS FIRST TITLE IN FLORIDA

New PBA member Anthony Marino of Henrico, Va., defeated Matt Gasn of Clarksville, Tenn., 435-398, in a two-game match to win the PBA Break Point Alley Challenge in Tavares, Fla., for his first PBA title and a $2,000 first prize Sunday.

In the PBA50 portion of the PBA South Region doubleheader, non-member Doug Nairn of DeBary, Fla., defeated Joe Scarborough of Charlotte, N.C., 424-335, in the final match to collect the $1,500 top prize. Nairn’s win doesn’t include a title, however, because he was not a PBA member at the time he won.

Regional competition over the Feb. 21-23 weekend includes the PBA50 Dave Edwards Toyota South Open at Paradise Lanes in Spartanburg, S.C., and a pair of tournaments at South Point in Las Vegas – the Southpoint West Challenge for non-titlists and a Southpoint Member/Non-Member Doubles Tournament.

Closing out the February regional calendar over the Feb. 28-March 1 “leap year” weekend will be the PBA Plaza Lanes Central/Midwest Open in Crawfordsville, Ind.

For complete PBA Regional schedules including 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. Whether you are a competitor or a fan, 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

• Sherri Herndon Troup, wife of PBA Tour champion Guppy Troup and mother of PBA Tour titlist Kyle Troup, died on Sunday, Feb. 9, at the family’s home in Taylorsville, N.C., after a lengthy battle with bone cancer. She was 56. She is survived by her husband of 29 years, sons Kyle and Tyler, her father Frank Herndon, and brother Bryan Herndon and his wife, Cindy.

A Celebration of Life service was held on Friday at the Taylorsville Presbyterian Church. Memorials may be made to Taylorsville Presbyterian Church, PO Box 507, Taylorsville, NC 28681. Condolences may be sent to www.adamsfunerals.com.

Clay Copeland w donor Rash.Gid_kidney donation 2020PBA Southwest Region competitor Thomas (Gid) Rash (at right in photo at left) reports that his surgery to donate a kidney to childhood friend Clay Copeland (left) Wednesday in Fort Worth, Texas, was a success. Both parties are now on the road to recovery.

The PBA has learned of the death of retired Ebonite Vice President of Marketing Bob Reid, who would have turned 70 in March. No further details were immediately available.

In his second television appearance of the 2020 Go Bowling PBA Tour season Sunday in the PBA Tournament of Champions, Australia’s Jason Belmonte threw six strikes in a 252-179 loss to Kris Prather. Adding to his pledge to donate $50 per strike to his “2HandsHelpingAustralia” fundraiser in the wake of his home country’s devastating wildfires, Belmonte has now donated was for $650 for 13 strikes in two TV matches this season.

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PBA Spare Shots: Tournament of Champions Kicks Off “Million Dollar 300 Bonus” Series Sunday on FOX

by Bill Vint February 7, 2020 09:01

The two players who will bowl for the $100,000 first prize in Sunday’s finals of the PBA Tournament of Champions also will be the first two players to try for the “$1 Million 300 Game Bonus” incentive. Live FOX coverage of the TOC finals from AMF Riviera Lanes in Fairlawn, Ohio, will begin at 5 p.m. EST

This week’s finals will be special because the competition will take place on lanes 27-28, the same pair of lanes where Don Johnson came the closest of any player ever to record a nationally-televised perfect game in the title match of a PBA major championship. When Johnson left a 10 pin in his iconic 299-268 victory over Dick Ritger, he fell face-first on the approach and Akron Beacon Journal photographer Don Roese froze the moment in time on film. Roese’s photo was later re-created by artist Marc Moon for the cover of the 1971 PBA souvenir program book, and Johnson’s historic image was later celebrated as the No. 1 most memorable moment in the PBA’s first 60 years.

Under the million-dollar incentive program, a $1 million bonus prize is again being offered to any player bowling a 300 game in the championship match of one of the following PBA on FOX/FS1 live telecasts: the TOC; PBA Players Championship at Wayne Webb’s Columbus Bowl in Columbus Ohio (Saturday, Feb. 15 at 5:30 p.m. EST on FS1); the Go Bowling PBA Indianapolis Open at Royal Pin Woodland (Saturday, Feb. 29 at 8:30 p.m. EST on FS1) and PBA World Championship at South Point Bowling Plaza in Las Vegas (Wednesday, March 18 at 8 p.m. EST on FS1).

Only three perfect games have ever been bowled in the championship match of any nationally-televised PBA Tour event (including Tommy Jones’ 300 in the title match of the PBA Hall of Fame Classic to kick off the 2020 Go Bowling PBA Tour season), but no one has ever bowled a 300 to win a PBA major championship.

If you’d like to re-visit Johnson’s epic victory, click here for the YouTube clip on the title match: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BLQ_WLrqlZI.

SEAN RASH RETAINS PBA PLAYOFFS POINTS LEAD; KYLE TROUP ADVANCES TO SECOND

PBA Oklahoma Open winner Sean Rash, with a seventh-place finish in the PBA Jonesboro Open, retained his lead in the 2020 PBA Playoffs points after the first three tournaments of the 2020 Go Bowling PBA Tour season while PBA Jonesboro Open titlist Kyle Troup picked up 5,000 points in the Tier 2 event to advance from 31st place to second. Tommy Jones, who collected 2,500 points for his PBA Hall of Fame Classic victory (a Tier 3 limited entry and/or restricted format) tournament, was in third place heading into this week’s Tournament of Champions.

Fans can expect a major shakeup in the points race after this week’s Tournament of Champions, the first Tier 1 event of the season. Points are awarded to all players in each PBA Tour tournament according to how the event is classified in the three-tier points structure. Tier 1 (major championship) tournaments reward winners with 7,500 points. Tier 2 (standard PBA Tour) tournaments award 5,000 points to the winner. A Tier 3 tournament (limited field and/or restricted format) awards 2,500 points to the winner. Points also are awarded to all other players in each tournament in a declining manner based upon where they finish.

The top 24 in 2020 competition points will qualify to bowl in the PBA Playoffs in April and May. Points standings will be finalized at the conclusion of the USBC Masters on March 29 in Reno, Nev. Below are the top 30 points standings after three events:

2020 Go Bowling PBA Tour Competition Points Standings
(Top 30 after three events)
1, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 6,635
2, Kyle Troup, Taylorsville, N.C., 5,805
3, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 4,290
4, Chris, Barnes Double Oak, Texas, 4,240
5, Ryan Ciminelli, Lancaster, S.C., 4,215
6, Darren Tang, Las Vegas, 4,000
7, AJ Johnson, Oswego, Ill., 2,755
8, Jason Belmonte, Australia, 3,395
9, Brad Miller, Lee’s Summit, Mo., 2,915
10, Mitch Hupe, Canada, 2,880
11, Patrick Hanrahan, Wichita, Kan., 2,745
12, Tom Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich., 2,575
13, Jesper Svensson, Sweden, 2,555
14, Kris Prather, Plainfield, Ill., 2,485
15, Tom Daugherty, Riverview, Fla., 2,375
16, Kyle Sherman, O'Fallon, Mo., 2,295
17, EJ Tackett, Bluffton, Ind., 2,180
18, Anthony Simonsen, Little Elm, Texas, 2,155
19, Jakob Butturff, Tempe, Ariz., 2,140
20, DJ Archer, Spring, Texas, 2,085
21, Nick Pate, Inver Grove Heights, Minn., 1,975
22, Greg Young, Viera, Fla., 1,860
23, Sam Cooley, Australia, 1,740
24, Dom Barrett, England, 1,685
25, Osku Palermaa, Finland, 1,680
26, Bill O'Neill, Langhorne, Pa., 1,670
27 (tie), Josh Blanchard, Mesa, Ariz., 1,615
  Francois Lavoie, Canada, 1,615
29, Patrick Girard, Canada, 1,515
30, Dick Allen Lexington, S.C., 1,513

PBA PLAYER’S PERSPECTIVE: ANTHONY SIMONSEN’S 2019 PLAYERS CHAMPIONSHIP

The youngest player in PBA history to win two major titles is the topic of Anthony Simonsen’s PBA Player’s Perspectives on YouTube, re-living his win in the 2019 PBA Players Championship. That episode will debut on the PBA’s YouTube channel on Tuesday, Feb. 11, as Simonsen begins his title defense at Wayne Webb’s Columbus Bowl in Columbus, Ohio.

Future Player’s Perspectives on the schedule for introduction on Tuesdays include:

Feb. 18 - Norm Duke talks about winning his 39th career title in the 2019 Go Bowling Indianapolis Open.

Feb. 25 - Jason Belmonte and Bill O’Neill share insider thoughts about winning the 2018 Mark Roth-Marshall Holman PBA Doubles Championship.

To view the entire series of PBA Player’s Perspective episodes, visit the PBA’s YouTube channel and click on the PBA Player’s Perspective play list. A wide range of Player’s Perspectives currently reside in the archives on YouTube. Among the most recent are:

• Jakob Butturff’s 2019 USBC Masters win (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-cuYcXxfXXs).

EJ Tackett’s 2017 DHC PBA Japan Invitational victory. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=91yoFd7nd8g).

Kris Prather’s 2019 PBA Scorpion Championship win (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-aVe_n8uCOM).

• Bill O’Neill’s 2019 PBA Hall of Fame Classic victory that made him title-eligible for future PBA HOF consideration (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OeHXCYxWH4o).

• Jakob Butturff’s 2019 PBA Oklahoma Open win (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JOsC36SxxxA&list=).

• Sean Rash’s 2012 PBA TOC victory (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tkzuCw4Cpqs).

• Jason Belmonte’s record-tying 10th PBA major championship in the 2019 PBA Tournament of Champions (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Si3d6oPhBo).

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PBA REGIONAL UPDATE: BRAD ANGELO, THOMAS LARSEN WIN PBA/PBA50 DOUBLES TITLE

Brad Angelo of Lockport, N.Y., in his first tournament as a PBA50 competitor, teamed up with Thomas Larsen of Denmark to defeat PBA Hall of Famer Walter Ray Williams Jr. of Oxford, Fla. and team mate Nate Garcia of Port St. Lucie, Fla., 2-0, in a best-of-three-game title match to win the PBA/PBA50 Don Vay Memorial Central Doubles Classic title at Legend Lanes Sunday.

Teams in the PBA Central Region’s first tournament of 2020 included one bowler age 50 or older, and one bowler under the age of 50. The title was Angelo’s fourth overall in PBA Regional competition and Larsen’s first. They also split a $3,950 first prize.

In the semifinal round, Angelo, who turned 50 on December 23, and Larsen blanked Doug Kent of Newark, N.Y. and Tim Pfeifer of Oakdale, Pa., 2-0, while Williams and Garcia shut out Tom Adcock of Decatur, Ill. and Jake Peters of Las Vegas, 2-0, in the best-of-three semifinal round.

The Feb. 7-9 PBA Regional weekend schedule includes two Break Point Alley Challenge events for non-title winners in Tavares, Fla. The PBA South Region doubleheader will include separate tournaments for standard players and a PBA50 Challenge for “senior” players.

Regional competition over the Feb. 21-23 weekend includes the PBA50 Dave Edwards Toyota South Open at Paradise Lanes in Spartanburg, S.C., and a pair of tournaments at South Point in Las Vegas – the Southpoint West Challenge for non-titlists and a Southpoint Member/Non-Member Doubles Tournament.

Closing out the February regional calendar over the Feb. 28-March 1 “leap year” weekend will be the PBA Plaza Lanes Central/Midwest Open in Crawfordsville, Ind.

For complete PBA Regional schedules including 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. Whether you are a competitor or a fan, 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

Unrelated note #1 re: the 1970 PBA TOC: PBA Hall of Famer and founding member Carmen Salvino, who made his 30th TOC appearance this year at a record age of 86, was sitting on the sidelines when Don Johnson rolled his 299 in the 1970 TOC title match. Salvino finished that tournament in sixth place, 50 pins behind Jim Stefanich, who was the No. 5 qualifier for the ABC-TV telecast. Salvino therefore served as “alternate” to the TV finals. It was standard practice in those days to have a backup ready in case one of the finalists was unable to bowl in the TV finals.

Unrelated note #2 re: 1970 PBA TOC: all five finalists for the 1970 TOC telecast were subsequently elected to the PBA Hall of Fame. The qualifiers in order were: Don Johnson, Mike Durbin, Dick Ritger, Barry Asher and Jim Stefanich.

Entering the PBA Tournament of Champions after finishing second in the PBA Jonesboro Open, Chris Barnes had moved into sixth place on the PBA career earnings list with $2,481,331. He passed fellow Hall of Famer Amleto Monacelli who has earned $2,475,574. Barnes’ next goal is to catch and pass Brian Voss who is fifth on the list with $2,577,979.

In his first television appearance of the 2020 Go Bowling PBA Tour season Sunday in the PBA Jonesboro Open, Australia’s Jason Belmonte threw seven trikes in a 257-207 loss to Chris Barnes. Fulfilling his pledge to donate $50 per strike to his “2HandsHelpingAustralia” fundraiser in the wake of his home country’s devastating wildfires, Belmonte’s first donation was for $350.

Belmonte’s “2HandsHelpingAustralia” fundraiser got a major jolt of support from Bill and Barb Chrisman, the owners of Storm Products and the company Belmonte has represented throughout his PBA career. The Chrismans announced they are making a $100,000 donation to help Australia recover from its devastating losses. A recent report said more than 30 people including four firefighters have died in the fires that have consumed more than 27 million acres of forest and park lands, killing more than a billion animals in the process.

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