PBA Spare Shots: PBA Members, Tournament Hosts Survive the Worst of Hurricane Harvey

by Bill Vint September 8, 2017 08:46

A number of PBA members, from regional players to PBA Hall of Famers, faced the consequences of Hurricane Harvey in the Houston and eastern Texas coastline in recent weeks. For the most part, bowlers and others with PBA connections survived the catastrophic storm in relatively good shape, as detailed in an in-depth report by Bowlers Journal International editor Gianmarc Manzione.

Among those Manzione talked with were PBA Hall of Famer David Ozio, DJ Archer, Steve Wunderlich, twin brothers Pete and Paul McCordic, and Dallas area resident Conner Pickford who just wants to help.

For Manzione’s full story, click here: http://www.bowlersjournal.com/hurricane-harvey-a-sobering-experience-for-texas-bowling-community/

In addition, PBA Hall of Famer Mark Williams was able to re-open his bowling center in Beaumont, to give people something to do, and PBA Southwest Region Player of the Year Shawn Maldonado said he was on dry ground.

Among the thousands of people offering assistance was newly-signed Houston Rocket and noted PBA friend Chris Paul, who donated $75,000 to help victims.

PBA followers are encouraged to follow PBA’s Facebook page for updates related to Hurricane Harvey as well as Hurricane Irma and wildfires that are impacting the Pacific Coast region.

HURRICANE IRMA FORCES POSTPONEMENT OF NORTH CAROLINA REGIONALS

The PBA South Region has postponed the PBA and PBA-PWBA Fayetteville South Open doubleheader scheduled for Fayetteville Lanes in LaFayette, N.C., this weekend due to the anticipated arrival of Hurricane Irma along the Atlantic Coast. PBA South Region Manager Sam Zurich said discussions regarding re-scheduling will take place after the threat of the hurricane is over.

PBA, HOTELPLANNER.COM RENEW “OFFICIAL HOTEL BOOKING AGENT” AGREEMENT

HotelPlanner.com, the leading provider of online services to the global group hotel sales market, has renewed its relationship as an Official Hotel Booking Agent of the PBA for the 2018 season.

HotelPlanner.com will continue to work directly with the PBA to provide players, coaches, family, and fans convenient online room reservations the organization’s tournaments, including PBA Tour, PBA-World Bowling International Tour, PBA50 Tour, PBA Regional Tour and the PBA-PWBA Women’s Regional Tour events. As part of its sponsorship, HotelPlanner.com awards a monthly $200 gift certificate for future lodging expenses to an individual who books a room through HotelPlanner.com’s link on pba.com.

“We’re proud to renew our partnership for the 2018 season as an official hotel booking agent and sponsor of the PBA,” said Tim Hentschel, co-founder and CEO of HotelPlanner.com. “HotelPlanner looks forward to providing quality hotels, great rates, and exceptional customer service for PBA’s tournament sports travel for its members and fans.

“The PBA and HotelPlanner.com have enjoyed a strong partnership and we are pleased to announce it will continue. Our traveling staff, players and fans love to utilize HotelPlanner.com’s efficient services,” said Tom Clark, PBA CEO and Commissioner.

PBA REGIONAL UPDATE: HAGGERTY, DICKEY WIN TONY REYES MEMORIAL DOUBLES

PJ Haggerty of Roseville, Calif. and his non-member partner, Dupree Dickey of Oakland, Calif., posted an 8-2 match play record and a combined 18-game total of 8,398 pins Sunday to win the PBA Tony Reyes Memorial Member/Non-Member Doubles at 4th Street Bowl in San Jose, Calif.

Haggerty and Dickey defeated Darren Tang of San Francisco and non-member Zack Hattori of Las Vegas who had a 4-6 match play record and 8,387 pins. Haggerty and Dickey shared the $4,000 first prize.

The Tony Reyes Memorial is named in honor of the late PBA Tour champion who died in 2012. The PBA’s Community Service Award is also named after Reyes.

Mike Hastings of Millsboro, Del. defeated John Conroy of Mahopac, N.Y., 220-201, to win the PBA50 Strike Zone Open presented by Track at the Strike Zone Alleys in Pottsville, Pa., Sunday for his second PBA50 Regional title.

Hastings, a veteran of 116 PBA50 Regional events, bowled a clean game in the championship round while Conroy could not overcome a split in the middle of the final game. For Hastings, the win came seven years after winning his first title in Martinsville, Va., in 2010. He earned $1,500 along with his title.

Hastings defeated Ryan Shafer of Horseheads, N.Y., 216-140, and Conroy defeated Ray Edwards of Middle Island, N.Y., 200-190, in the semifinal round.

AJ Johnson of Owego, Ill., celebrated his 25th birthday by defeating Kyle Sherman of O’Fallon, Mo., 253-237, to win the PBA Illinois Valley Midwest Open at Super Bowl in Peru, Ill., Sunday for his third consecutive PBA Midwest Region title.

Johnson, who now has four career PBA Regional titles, also earned $1,700.

Sherman defeated Nathan Michalowski of Burlington, Wis., 218-141, to advance to the championship match. In the first stepladder match, Michalowski edged Steve Taylor of Deer Creek, Ill., 185-183.

● September’s PBA Regional calendar continues over the Sept. 8-10 weekend with the PBA50 Towne Bowling Academy Open in Schenectady, N.Y.; the PBA Autism Awareness Central Open presented by K&R Mower Derby at Astro Lanes in Wapakoneta, Ohio; the Grand Hotel Casino & Resort Southwest Invitational at FireLake Bowling Center in Shawnee, Okla.; the PBA and PBA-PWBA Diamond Jo Casino Championships at Cherry Lanes in Dubuque, Iowa, and the Aquimo West Open presented by Columbia 300 at Mesa East Bowl in Mesa, Ariz.

● September 15-17 PBA Regional events will include the PBA Rex & Griffin Bigelow Memorial/M&D Blacktop/BW3’s Central Open presented by Hammer at Troy Bowl in Troy, Ohio; the PBA Century Lanes Hampton South Open in Hampton, Va., and the PBA and PBA50 Ken & Kathy Fowler Auto Centers West/Northwest Opens doubleheader at Yokayo Bowling Center in Ukiah, Calif.

● The PBA Regional calendar for the Sept. 22-24 weekend includes the PBA/PBA50 Millsboro Lanes Doubles in Millsboro, Del.; the Florence Bowling Center Central Open in Florence, Ky.; the PBA50 Rocky Mount South Open at Rocky Mount (Va.) Bowling Center; the Liberal Kansas Southwest Open at Ayr Lanes; the PBA and PBA50 Mockingbird Lanes doubleheader in Omaha, Neb., and the PBA West/Northwest TSI Inc. Open presented by Onsite Express at Paradise Lanes in Tacoma, Wash.

● The PBA Regional schedule for the Sept. 29-Oct. 1 weekend includes the PBA50 Mel Westrich Memorial Central/Midwest Open at Delphos Recreation in Delphos, Ohio; the PBA50 Spartanburg South Open at Paradise Lanes in Spartanburg, S.C., and the Killeen Southwest Open at Hallmark Lanes in Killeen, Texas.

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

QUICK NOTES

Gavin O’Neill has a baby sister. Bill and Christi O’Neill became parents of Avery Lynn O’Neill on Monday. Avery arrived at 7 pounds, four ounces…and 19.5 inches.

● William Smith of Hampton, Va., receives a new high-performance MOTIV ball; James Tagalos of Rhinelander, Wis., wins a new Brunswick ball, and Tiffany China of Leesville, La., is the lucky winner of a new high-performance ball from DV8 as August sweepstakes prizes for subscribing to Xtra Frame. The monthly sweepstakes is sponsored by the respective PBA Product Registered partners. Monthly winners are selected from among new Xtra Frame subscribers, who are automatically entered when they enroll as a monthly or Xtra Frame Season Ticket (full year) subscriber.

● Kerrilyn Askey is the August winner of a $200 HotelPlanner.com certificate, redeemable for future lodging expenses, compliments of PBA’s official travel partner. The monthly sweepstakes is open to anyone who books a hotel through the HotelPlanner.com link on pba.com. Those who book through HotelPlanner.com are automatically entered.

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Dick Allen Ends Six-Year Title Drought with Victory in PBA Xtra Frame Chesapeake Open

by Bill Vint August 13, 2017 15:00

CHESAPEAKE, Va. - Dick Allen of Columbia, S.C., defeated top qualifier Ryan Ciminelli of Cheektowaga, N.Y., 205-176, to win his fourth Professional Bowlers Association Tour title Sunday in the PBA Xtra Frame Chesapeake Open at AMF Western Branch Lanes.

Allen, who won his most recent PBA Tour title in Indianapolis in 2011, was in or near the lead throughout the final stages of qualifying before surrendering the lead to Ciminelli in the final qualifying game. But making the finals as the no. 2 qualifier was fine with Allen, who knew he would at least get a shot at ending his six-year title drought.

“I’ve been close a couple of times,” Allen said, “but after coming so close (a third-place finish in the (Mark Roth-Marshall Holman PBA Doubles Championship) with Zeke (Bayt) made me want to really focus on my game, so I’ve been working at it.

“These young kids out here now are so good, you really have to work at it if you want to win again. And I love to bowl, and I wanted to win again.”

Allen and Bayt finished third in the Roth-Holman Doubles event in Portland, Maine, in April for Allen’s best finish since a runner-up finish in the 2014 Cheetah Championship in Las Vegas.

In the championship match, Ciminelli never got comfortable. He failed to convert the 3-5-6-10 in the second frame, and didn’t throw his first strike until the sixth frame. He got his second strike in the seventh frame, but then left a 7 pin – his fifth single pin leave. In the meantime, Allen’s early double was followed by a 2-8-10 split. And then a turkey was followed by a 4-7-10 split, giving Ciminelli a fighting chance. But the Cheektowaga left-hander left a 4-10 split in the ninth frame and his comeback hopes evaporated.

“The guy’s a great bowler, but I definitely left it open for him,” Allen said of his match with Ciminelli. “I was fortunate to escape this time. You don’t escape those moments very often out there.”

In the first stepladder match between a pair of 23-year-old PBA newcomers, Anthony Caso of Spring Hill, Fla., eliminated five-time Puerto Rico national team member Cristian Azcona, 244-219. Caso struck on five of his first six shots, held a 37-pin lead after Azcona failed to convert the 3-6-10 in the seventh frame, and doubled in the ninth and 10th frames to clinch the win.

Allen, a 38-year-old, 18-year PBA Tour veteran, eliminated Caso in almost identical fashion in the semifinal match, 228-201. Allen started the contest with five strikes on his first six attempts while Caso, a third-year PBA member who was bowling in only his second PBA Tour event, struggled to find the pocket until the final two frames.

The Xtra Frame Chesapeake Open was the fifth tournament in the seven-event PBA Xtra Frame Storm Cup series that will award $50,000 in bonus prizes to the five points leaders. With his win, Allen will be in the thick of the race heading into the Xtra Frame Gene Carter’s Pro Shop Classic from Mid-County Bowling and Entertainment in Middletown, Del., Aug. 19-20, and the series finale, the PBA Xtra Frame Kenn-Feld Group Classic at Pla-Mor Lanes in Coldwater, Ohio, Aug. 26-27.

Both events will be live streamed on PBA’s online bowling channel, Xtra Frame. For Xtra Frame subscription information, visit xtraframe.tv.

PBA XTRA FRAME CHESAPEAKE OPEN
AMF Western Branch Lanes, Chesapeake, Va.  Sunday

Final Standings:
1, Dick Allen, Columbia, S.C., $10,000.
2, Ryan Ciminelli, Cheektowaga, N.Y., $6,000.
3, Anthony Caso, Spring Hill, Fla., $3,500.
4, Cristian Azcona, Puerto Rico, $2,000.

Stepladder Results:
Match One – Caso def. Azcona, 244-219.
Semifinal Match – Allen def. Caso, 228-201
Championship – Allen def. Ciminelli, 205-176.

Round of 8 Cashers (after 17 games):

1, Ciminelli, 3,959.
2, Allen, 3,924.
3, Caso, 3,885.
4, Azcona, 3,882.
5, Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., 3,865, $1,700.
6, Steven Arehart, Chesapeake, Va., 3,847, $1,500.
7 (tie), x-Dom Barrett, England, and Anthony Simonsen, Austin, Texas, 3,809, $1,425.

Round of 16 Cashers (did not advance, after 15 games):

9, Andres Gomez, Colombia, 3,370, $1,350.
10, EJ Tackett, Huntington, Ind., 3,346, $1,300.
11, n-Josh Garner, Hampton, Va., 3,335, $1,250.
12, Tom Daugherty, Riverview, Fla., 3,333, $1,200.
13, Rhino Page, Orlando, Fla., 3,300, $1,150.
14, Josh Blanchard, Mesa, Ariz., 3,276, $1,100.
15, Kyle Troup, Taylorsville, N.C., 3,260, $1,050.
16, Matt Taylor, Youngsville, N.C., 3,217, $1,000.

Cashers Round Cashers (did not advance, after 12 games):

17, Chris Arcaro, Carolina Beach, N.C., 2,606, $800.
18, Clifford Stanley II, Virginia Beach, Va., 2,582, $790.
19, Zulmazran Zulkifli, Malaysia, 2,575, $780.
20, Jason Sterner, Rockledge, Fla., 2,555, $770.
21, Shota Kawazoe, Japan, 2,549, $760.
22, Ildemaro Ruiz, Venezuela, 2,545, $750.
23, Darren Tang, San Francisco, 2,535, $740.
24, Michael Tang, San Francisco, 2,527, $730.
25, Cody Shoemaker, Hanover, Pa., 2,519, $720.
26, Andrew Klingler, Grand Rapids, Mich., 2,515, $710.
27, Chris Via, Springfield, Ohio, 2,512, $700.
28, Chris Polizzi, Spring Hill, Fla., 2,508, $690.
29, David Powers, Newport News, Va., 2,498, $680.
30, Richard Horsley, Morrisville, N.C., 2,495, $670.
31, Darrin Casstevens, Winston-Salem, N.C., 2,488, $660.
32, Kristian Rogers, Salisbury, N.C., 2,472, $655.
33, Anthony DeStasio, Fort Lauderdale, Fla., 2,463, $650.
34, Michael Vitalone, Jr., Lake Worth, Fla., 2,451, $645.
35, Jeremy Mooney, West Palm Beach, Fla., 2,431, $640.
36, Trevor Roberts, Crystal River, Fla., 2,406, $635.
37, Kip Roberts, Glen Allen, Va., 2,403, $630.
38, Jeff Evans, Supply, N.C., 2,393, $625.
39, n-Chris Kruschke, Newport News, Va., 2,391, $620.
40, Johnnie Payne, Savannah, Ga., 2,385, $615.
41, n-David Schmidtmann, Norfolk, Va., 2,377, $610.
42, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 1,767, $605.
43, Craig Nidiffer, Trenton, Mich., 1,660, $600.

x-Barrett def. Gomez, 245-196, in a one-game roll-off to advance to the Round of 8 after they tied for eighth place in the Round of 16.

n-denotes non-member.

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Ryan Ciminelli Averages 239.25 to Lead PBA Xtra Frame Chesapeake Open Qualifiers into Cashers Rounds

by Bill Vint August 12, 2017 18:11

CHESAPEAKE, Va.  - Ryan Ciminelli of Cheektowaga, N.Y., averaged 239.25 Saturday to take the first-round qualifying lead in the Professional Bowlers Association’s Xtra Frame Chesapeake Open at AMF Western Branch Lanes by 34 pins over Anthony Caso of Spring Hill, Fla.

Ciminelli, a seven-time PBA Tour champion, rolled games of 258, 248, 249, 202, 240, 230, 219 and 268 for an eight-game total of 1,914 pins on a lane condition that proved to be a test of mental and physical skills for the field of 130 PBA members and regional amateur bowlers. Caso, a third-year PBA member who won his first PBA title in a PBA South Region tournament in his home town late July, averaged 235 to finish with 1,880 pins.

Josh Blanchard of Mesa, Ariz., was third with 1,866 pins followed by Rhino Page of Orlando, Fla., with a 1,826 total and Andres Gomez of Colombia in fifth with a 1,792 total.

The top 43 qualifiers will return for a four-game cashers round Sunday at 8:30 a.m. The top 16 after 12 games will advance to a three-game Round of 16 at 11:30 a.m. Based on 15-game totals, the top eight will bowl another two games with pinfall totals based on 17 games determining the top four for the 3 p.m. stepladder finals. All times are Eastern.

All rounds Sunday will be live streamed on PBA’s online bowling channel, Xtra Frame. For Xtra Frame subscription information, visit xtraframe.tv.

The Xtra Frame Chesapeake Open is the fifth tournament in the seven-event Xtra Frame Storm Cup series that will award $50,000 in bonus prizes to the five points leaders following the Xtra Frame Gene Carter’s Pro Shop Classic from Mid-County Bowling and Entertainment in Middletown, Del., Aug. 19-20, and the PBA Xtra Frame Kenn-Feld Group Classic at Pla-Mor Lanes in Coldwater, Ohio, Aug. 26-27.

Among players advancing to the cashers round were the top four players in the PBA Xtra Frame Storm Cup points race: points leader EJ Tackett, Huntington, Ind., in 15th place; co-holders of second place in points, Dom Barrett of England (16th) and Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash. (13th), and Blanchard, who currently is fourth in points. PBA members who finish among the top 20 in Chesapeake will earn points in the Storm Cup series.

PBA XTRA FRAME CHESAPEAKE OPEN

AMF Western Branch Lanes, Chesapeake, Va.  Saturday

Final Qualifying Standings (after eight games):

1, Ryan Ciminelli, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 1,914.
2, Anthony Caso, Spring Hill, Fla., 1,880.
3, Josh Blanchard, Mesa, Ariz, 1,866.
4, Rhino Page, Orlando, Fla., 1,826.
5, Andres Gomez, Colombia, 1,792.
6, Dick Allen, Columbia, S.C., 1,791.
7, Cristian Azcona, Puerto Rico, 1,787.
8, Chris Arcaro, Carolina Beach, N.C., 1,771.
9 (tie), Clifford Stanley II, Virginia Beach, Va.; Anthony Simonsen, Austin, Texas, and Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 1,767.
12, Zulmazran Zulkifli, Malaysia, 1,766.
13, Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., 1,755.
14, Tom Daugherty, Riverview, Fla., 1,749.
15, EJ Tackett, Huntington, Ind., 1,743.
16, Dom Barrett, England, 1,741.
17, n-Josh Garner, Hampton, Va., 1,739.
18, Steven Arehart, Chesapeake, Va., 1,732.
19 (tie), Matt Taylor, Youngsville, N.C., and Darren Tang, San Francisco, 1,723.
21, Ildemaro Ruiz, Venezuela, 1,718.
22, Kyle Troup, Taylorsville, N.C., 1,705.
23, Trevor Roberts, Crystal River, Fla., 1,690.
24, Cody Shoemaker, Hanover, Pa., 1,685.
25, n-David Schmidtmann, Norfolk, Va., 1,673.
26, Andrew Klingler, Grand Rapids, Mich., 1,666.
27, Michael Vitalone, Jr., Lake Worth, Fla., 1,663.
28, Craig Nidiffer, Trenton, Mich., 1,660.
29, Chris Via, Springfield, Ohio, 1,656.
30, Michael Tang, San Francisco, Calif., 1,647.
31, Chris Polizzi, Spring Hill, Fla., 1,645.
32, Kip Roberts, Glen Allen, Va., 1,640.
33, Jeff Evans, Supply, N.C., 1,636.
34 (tie), Richard Horsley, Morrisville, N.C.; Shota Kawazoe, Japan, and Anthony DeStasio, Fort Lauderdale, Fla., 1,632.
37, David Powers, Newport News, Va., 1,631.
38, Johnnie Payne, Savannah, Ga., 1,629.
39, n-Chris Kruschke, Newport News, Va., 1,625.
40, Jason Sterner, Rockledge, Fla., 1,620.
41, Kristian Rogers, Salisbury, N.C., 1,607.
42 (tie), Jeremy Mooney, West Palm Beach, Fla., and Darrin Casstevens, Winston-Salem, N.C., 1,605.

Failed to advance:

44 (tie), Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., and John Furey, Freehold, N.J., 1,604.
46, Victor Florie Jr, Richmond, Va., 1,597.
47, Gary Faulkner, Norfolk, Va., 1,596.
48, n-Allen Levet, Glen Allen, Va., 1,595.
49, n-Thomas Woodall, Norfolk, Va., 1,594.
50, Isaac Kim, Lebanon, Pa., 1,593.
51, Greg Ostrander, Freehold, N.J., 1,590.
52, n-Ricky Boyters, Newport News, Va., 1,585.
53 (tie), Joe Paluszek, Bensalem, Pa.; n-Shawn Stacy Jr., Hampton, Va., and Mike McDonnell, Chesterfield, Va., 1,583.
56, Andrew Anderson, Holly, Mich., 1,582.
57 (tie), Michael Markis, Tafton, Pa., and Leon Platt, Summerville, S.C., 1,579.
59, Chris Bolosan, Newport News, Va., 1,577.
60, Kristian Sieradzki, Seminole, Fla., 1,573.
61, Shawn Lavender, Waynesboro, Va., 1,570.
62, Dwight Adams, Greensboro, N.C., 1,568.
63, Michael Byers, Charleston, S.C., 1,560.
64, Ronnie Horton, Christiansburg, Va., 1,559.
65, Bill O'Neill, Langhorne, Pa., 1,558.
66, Russell Sawyers, Culpeper, Va., 1,557.
67, AJ Johnson, Oswego, Ill., 1,549.
68, Mark Tarkington, Elizabeth City, N.C., 1,547.
69, Jeremy Davenport, Suffolk, Va., 1,539.
70, Brett Spangler, Niles, Ohio, 1,535.
71, James Grago, Hampstead, N.C., 1,534.
72 (tie), James Matthews, Prattville, Ala., and Greg Thomas, Irmo, S.C., 1,524.
74, Michael Fontenot, Hampton, Va., 1,523.
75, Troy McKinney, Yorktown, Va., 1,521.
76, n-Willie Shy, Greensboro, N.C., 1,513.
77, n-Ryon Collins, Chester, Va., 1,512.
78, Gilbert Salang, Virginia Beach, Va., 1,510.
79, n-Chris Hans, Rocky Mount, N.C., 1,509.
80, Wendell Barger, Dry Ridge, Ky., 1,499.
81, Darryl Carreon, Woodbridge, Va., 1,497.
82, Maximilian Fishman, Greensboro, N.C., 1,493.
83, Adam Monks, Conway, S.C., 1,491.
84 (tie), n-Nicholas Brown, Montross, Va., and Gabriel Garcia, Port St. Lucie, Fla., 1,490.
86, n-Carvel Waters, Ft. Washington, Md., 1,489.
87, w-Rebecca Glazier, Hampton, Va., 1,486.
88, Fabian Castaneda, Virginia Beach, Va., 1,482.
89, Fran Luzzi, Geneva, N.Y., 1,471.
90, Michael Schlabach, Goshen, Ind., 1,470.
91, Robert Riggle, Virginia Beach, Va., 1,467.
92, Thad Rand, Rapidan, Va, 1,465.
93, Chris Spoo, Boynton Beach, Fla., 1,463.
94 (tie), David Martin, Chesapeake, Va., and n-Brett Miller, Morehead, Ky., 1,460.
96, Randy Weiss, Columbia, S.C., 1,455.
97, Robert Gardner III, Carrollton, Va., 1,454.
98, Michael Houtz, Myerstown, Pa., 1,453.
99, n-Jeffrey Roberts, Clermont, Fla., 1,452.
100 (tie), n-Calvin Clark, Newport News, Va., and n-Jeffrey Campbell, Newport News, Va, 1,445.
102, Anthony Petrello, Chesapeake, Va., 1,443.
103 (tie), n-Jarrell Pretlow, Williamsburg, Va., and Wayne Bolin, Lumberton, N.C., 1,438.
105, w-n-Tiffany Taylor, Youngsville,N.C., 1,421.
106, Christopher Glaz, Elmwood Park, Ill, 1,415.
107, n-Adam Meads, Harbinger, N.C., 1,407.
108 (tie), Scott Schnur, Jr., Chruchville, Md., and Jeffrey Voght, Canojaharie, N.Y., 1,391.
110, John Mertz III, Lancaster, Pa., 1,389.
111, n-Jamal Strayhorn Sr., Virginia Beach, Va., 1,379.
112, Tim Davidson Jr., Clifton, Va., 1,375.
113, Bryan Gallahan, Fredericksburg, Va, 1,374.
114, Gordon Hope III, Chesapeake, Va., 1,370.
115, Aaron Finley, New Bern, Conn., 1,368.
116 (tie), n-Jonathon Bush, Clermont, Fla., and Brian Bradley, Fredericksburg, Va., 1,362.
118 (tie), Tommy Gollick, Oberlin, Pa., and Maurice Frazier, Suffolk, Va., 1,358.
120, w-Crystal Hall, St. Pauls, N.C., 1,352.
121, n-Jacob Hatfield, Spotsylvania, Va., 1,345.
122, Joey Dineen, Williamsburg, Va., 1,343.
123, n-Chuck Richey, Charlotte, N.C., 1,341.
124 (tie), Gerald Strohl, Virginia Beach, Va., and n-John Zilk, Virginia Beach, Va., 1,337.
126, Andrew Felmeten, Newport News, Va., 1,293.
127, Joseph Gomez, Norfolk, Va., 1,281.
128, n-Danny Williams, South Hill, Va., 1,256.
129, w-Beverly Blanchard, Virginia Beach, Va., 1,249.
130, n-Brad Cook, Woodbridge, Va., 1,187.

n-denotes non-member; w-denotes woman.

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World-Class Field Set for PBA Xtra Frame Chesapeake Open at Xtra Frame Storm Cup Series Resumes

by Bill Vint August 9, 2017 09:54

CHESAPEAKE, Va. – The Professional Bowlers Association’s Xtra Frame Storm Cup Series will make its first visit to Chesapeake this weekend when a world-class field of established PBA champions, future stars and top-caliber amateur bowlers compete for a $10,000 top prize in the PBA Xtra Frame Chesapeake Open at AMF Western Branch Lanes.

A field of more than 120 players is set to compete in the fifth event of the seven-tournament XF Storm Cup series that will pay $50,000 in bonus prize money at the conclusion of the 2017 series. Leading the Storm Cup points race after four events is reigning PBA Player of the Year EJ Tackett of Huntington, Ind., who has yet to win an Xtra Frame Storm Cup event this year, but has third-, fifth- and second-place finishes in the last three tournaments held in Wilmington, N.C.; Jonesboro, Ark., and Lubbock, Texas, respectively. England’s Dom Barrett and Marshall Kent of Yakima, Wash., are tied for second with 46 points each, seven behind Tackett.

All of the XF Storm Cup tournaments will be covered live, from first ball to last, by PBA’s Xtra Frame live streaming service. PBA created the online Xtra Frame Tour in 2014 to supplement its national television coverage on ESPN and the CBS Sports network and to enable more fans throughout the world to see the world’s greatest bowlers compete for a PBA Tour title in person.

In addition to the Storm Cup points leaders – all PBA Tour champions – early entrants in Chesapeake include fellow tour champions Dick Allen, Patrick Allen, Josh Blanchard, Ryan Ciminelli, Tom Daugherty, Andres Gomez, Bill O’Neill, Rhino Page, Sean Rash, Anthony Simonsen, Jason Sterner and Kyle Troup. The preliminary tournament field also includes players from Puerto Rico, Colombia, England, Japan, Venezuela and Malaysia.

Competition begins on Saturday, Aug. 12 with eight-game qualifying squads at 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. EDT, with the top one-third of the field advancing to Sunday’s cashers round. After another four games Sunday at 8:30 a.m., the top 16 players will advance to the three-game Round of 16. The top eight after 15 games move on to the two-game Round of 8, after which the top four players will advance to the stepladder finals at 3 p.m. Sunday to compete for the $10,000 first prize, Storm Cup points and a PBA Tour title, if the winner is a PBA member.

A practice session is scheduled for 3 p.m. Friday and two squads of pro-am activity, where grassroots amateur bowlers will bowl with the pros, will be conducted at 6 and 8:30 p.m.  For tournament pro-am and admission information contact AMF Western Branch Lanes at (757) 686-2695 (https://www.amf.com/location/amf-western-branch-lanes).

For Xtra Frame subscriptions, visit xtraframe.tv. Subscriptions are available for three days for a special price of $2.99 (normally $3.99) between August 10 and 27. The 30-day subscription is $7.99 and a full year XF Season Ticket is offered at a cost of about $1.25 per week.

PBA XTRA FRAME CHESAPEAKE OPEN
AMF Western Branch Lanes, Chesapeake, Va.  (all times are EDT)

Friday, Aug. 11
3 p.m. - Practice Session
4 p.m. – New player orientation meeting
6 & 8:30 p.m. - Pro-am

Saturday, Aug. 12
9 a.m. - A Squad, eight qualifying games
3 p.m. - B Squad, eight qualifying games
    Top 1/3 of qualifying field advances to cashers’ round on Sunday

Sunday, Aug. 13
8:30 a.m. – Cashers’ Round (four games; top 16 after 12 games advance)
11:30 a.m. – Round of 16 (three games; top 8 after 15 games advance)
1:30 p.m. – Round of 8 (two games; top 4 after 17 games advance to stepladder finals)
3 p.m. – Top four stepladder finals

PBA XTRA FRAME STORM CUP POINTS LEADERS
(After four of seven events; 25 points to winner, 19 to second place, 18 to third, etc. through 20th place. Bonus prize money payable at the end of the season will include $20,000 for first place, $10,000 for second place, $8,000 for third, $7,000 for fourth and $5,000 for fifth place.)
1, EJ Tackett, Huntington, Ind., 53
2 (tie), Dom Barrett, England, and Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., 46
4, Josh Blanchard, Mesa, Ariz., 40
5, AJ Johnson, Oswego, Ill., 37
6, Shota Kawazoe, Japan, 35
7, Dick Allen, Columbia, S.C., 34
8, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 29
9, Tom Daugherty, Riverview, Fla., 28
10, Francois Lavoie, Canada, 27
11 (tie), Kyle Troup, Taylorsville, N.C.; Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., and Ryan Ciminelli, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 26
14 (tie), Anthony Simonsen, Austin, Texas, and Ildemaro Ruiz, Venezuela, 25
16, Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 24
17, Rhino Page, Orlando, Fla., 19
18 (tie), Jakob Butturff, Tempe, Ariz., and Stuart Williams, England, 18
20 (tie), Jason Sterner, Rockledge, Fla.; Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, and Shawn Maldonado, Houston, 17
23, Craig Nidiffer, Trenton, Mich., 15
24, Chris Loschetter, Avon, Ohio, 14
25 (tie), Sean Lavery-Spahr, Pasadena, Texas; BJ Moore III, Greensburg, Pa., and Chris Spoo, Boynton Beach, Fla., 13
28 (tie), Kris Koeltzow, Wheat Ridge, Colo.; Bill O'Neill, Langhorne, Pa., and Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., 12
31, Jeff Piroozshad, Coral Springs, Fla., 11
32 (tie), Anthony Lavery-Spahr, Pasadena, Texas; Cristian Azcona, Puerto Rico, and Ryan Lakota, Shorewood, Ill., 9
35, Trevor Roberts, Crystal River, Fla., 8
36, Jeff Evans, Supply, N.C., 7
37, Dino Castillo, Highland Village, Texas, 6
38 (tie), Sam Cooley, Australia; Zeke Bayt, Westerville, Ohio; Isaac Kim, Lebanon, Pa., and Michael Azcarate, Coral Springs, Fla., 5
42 (tie), Markus Jansson, Sweden, and DJ Archer, Friendswood, Texas, 4
44 (tie), Arturo Quintero, Mexico, and Scott Newell, Deland, Fla., 3
46 (tie), Brad Miller, Maryland Heights, Mo., and Michael Schlabach, Goshen, Ind., 2
48 (tie), Kris Prather, Plainfield, Ill.; Connor Pickford, Plano, Texas, and Darren Tang, San Francisco, 1

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PBA Returns to Memphis for “Throwback” Tournament Honoring the Late PBA Hall of Famer Billy Hardwick

by Bill Vint June 18, 2017 14:15

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – The Professional Bowlers Association will make a unique appearance in Memphis June 23-25 for the inaugural PBA Xtra Frame Billy Hardwick Memorial Open presented by Chris Hardwick, a tournament that will honor the late PBA Hall of Famer by requiring the top bowlers in the world to compete in a limited technology event that will present them with a one-of-a-kind challenge.

Billy Hardwick’s All Star Lanes will host the event, which will be covered from first ball to last by PBA’s Xtra Frame, an online live streaming service that will reach a global bowling audience. It will be the first PBA Tour event in Memphis since 2002 when Brian Voss won the Memphis Open at Winchester Lanes.

One of the unique aspects of the tournament is that all players will be limited to using two bowling balls each, and those balls must be approved polyester plastic that were state-of-the-art more than 30 years ago. The restriction on the number of balls a player can use, and limitations on technology involved in the balls, will place a premium on shot-making, accuracy and the ability to make adjustments without simply changing to a different ball or a different ball drilling configuration.

The bowling ball restrictions, in combination with a low-volume application of oil on the lanes, is expected to create scoring conditions similar to those Hardwick faced when he became an 18-time champion, and PBA’s first Triple Crown winner, in the early years of organized professional bowling. Hardwick, who was inducted into the PBA Hall of Fame in 1977, died in 2013 at age 73. Hardwick was ranked No. 12 – right behind the legendary Don Carter – on the list of the 50 Greatest Players in PBA History during the organization’s 50th anniversary celebration in 2009.

The Billy Hardwick Memorial will be a revival of the PBA Plastic Ball Championship events held in 2008 (Jeff Carter), 2009 (amateur Brian Ziesig) and 2010 (Jason Couch). A full field of 80 bowlers is expected to compete for the $10,000 first prize. Among the early entries are bowlers from Sweden, Thailand, The Netherlands, Japan, Canada, Denmark, South Africa, Ireland, Australia and Malaysia.

PBA Tour title-winners among the early entries include Memphis’ Gary Faulkner Jr., the 2015 PBA World Champion; Dick Allen of Columbia, S.C.; Chris Barnes of Double Oak, Texas; Ryan Ciminelli of Cheektowaga, N.Y.; PBA Hall of Famer Jason Couch, Clermont, Fla.; Tom Daugherty of Riverview, Fla.; Graham Fach of Canada; Thomas Larsen of Denmark; Chris Loschetter of Avon, Ohio; Jake Peters of Henderson, Nev.; Anthony Simonsen of Austin, Texas; Jesper Svensson of Sweden; Kyle Troup of Taylorsville, N.C.; Dave Wodka of Beavercreek, Ohio, and Mike Wolfe of New Albany, Ind.

All nine of the PBA’s Xtra Frame tournaments during the 2017 season will be covered live in their entirety, exclusively by PBA’s Xtra Frame live streaming service, which is seen by bowling fans around the world. For Xtra Frame subscriptions, visit xtraframe.tv. Subscription packages are available for three days ($2.99), 30 days ($7.99) and a full year (about $1.25 a week).

Competition begins on Saturday, June 24, with eight-game qualifying beginning at 1 p.m. CDT. After qualifying, the top one-third of the field will advance to a four-game cashers round at 8 a.m. Sunday, followed by the top 16 players advancing to three-game single-elimination match play rounds at 11 a.m. (qualifiers 9-16), 1:30 p.m. (winners plus qualifiers 5-8), and 4 p.m. (winners plus qualifiers 1-4). The four survivors will bowl a one-game match at 6:30 p.m., with the top two scores advancing to the one-game championship match at 7 p.m. All times are Central

A practice session is scheduled for 3-5 p.m. on Friday, June 23, and a pro-am event where grassroots amateur bowlers can bowl with the pros will be conducted at 6 p.m. For tournament pro-am and admission information contact Billy Hardwick’s All Star Lanes at (901) 683-2695.

PBA XTRA FRAME BILLY HARDWICK MEMORIAL OPEN SCHEDULE
presented by Chris Hardwick
Billy Hardwick’s All Star Lanes, Memphis, Tenn. (All times Central)

Friday, June 23
3-5 p.m. - Practice Session
6 p.m. - Pro-am

Saturday, June 24
1 p.m. - Eight qualifying games
Top 1/3 advance to Cashers Round

Sunday, June 25
8 a.m. - Cashers Round (four games)
Top 16 advance
11 a.m. – Round One: Qualifiers 9-16, three-games total pinfall single-elimination matches
1:30 p.m. – Round Two: Qualifiers 5-8 plus Round One winners, three-games total pinfall single-elimination matches
4 p.m.  – Round Three: Qualifiers 1-4 plus Round Two winners, three-games total pinfall single-elimination matches
6:30 p.m. – Round Four: Round Three winners, one game, top two advance
7 p.m. – Championship: Round Four winners, one game

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