EJ Tackett Bids for Eighth PBA Tour Title Monday in PBA Xtra Frame Wilmington Open

by Bill Vint May 28, 2017 16:01

WILMINGTON, N.C. - Reigning Professional Bowlers Association Player of the Year EJ Tackett of Huntington, Ind., who won the first of his seven PBA Tour titles in PBA Xtra Frame Tour competition, will try for his eighth PBA Tour title and fourth in Xtra Frame Tour competition, Monday in the PBA Xtra Frame Wilmington Open at Ten Pin Alley Family Fun Center.

Tackett, 24, claimed the qualifying lead in Wilmington behind games of 222, 215, 257, 279, 268 and 214 Sunday, finishing qualifying with a 12-game total of 2,824 pins and a 13-pin lead over Rhino Page of Orlando, Fla. Tackett, the 2013 PBA Rookie of the Year, also is trying for his third title of the 2017 season. He previously won Xtra Frame events in Lubbock, Texas, in 2015 and in Carpentersville, Ill., and Las Vegas in 2016.

England’s Dom Barrett and Jason Sterner of Rockledge, Fla., will advance to match play tied for third place with 2,796 pins, 10 ahead of Venezuela’s Ildemaro Ruiz, who finished Sunday’s final qualifying round with 2,786 pins.

The top 16 players advanced to Monday’s 12-game modified round robin match play finals, which begins at 9 a.m. EDT. After 24 games, the top four players will bowl for the $10,000 first prize and a PBA Tour title in the stepladder finals at 3 p.m.

The top 16 also are competing for Xtra Frame Storm Cup points. In Storm Cup events, the tournament winner earns 25 points, second place earns 19 points, third 18 points, with points diminishing by one point through 20th place. The Storm Cup points leader after one event is Josh Blanchard of Mesa, Ariz., who won the Xtra Frame Reality Check Open in Tamarac, Fla., in March. Blanchard was tied for eighth place at the end of qualifying.

The final rounds of the Xtra Frame Wilmington Open, the second tournament in the seven-event Xtra Frame Storm Cup point series, will be live streamed on PBA’s online bowling channel, Xtra Frame. For Xtra Frame subscription information, visit xtraframe.tv.

PBA XTRA FRAME WILMINGTON OPEN
Ten Pin Family Fun Center, Wilmington, N.C., Sunday

Final Qualifying Standings (after 12 games; top 16 advance to match play finals Monday):
1, EJ Tackett, Huntington, Ind., 2,824.
2, Rhino Page, Orlando, Fla., 2,811.
3 (tie), Dom Barrett, England, and Jason Sterner, Rockledge, Fla., 2,796.
5, Ildemaro Ruiz, Venezuela, 2,786.
6, Kyle Troup, Taylorsville, N.C., 2,772.
7, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 2,734.
8 (tie), Josh Blanchard, Mesa, Ariz, and Anthony Simonsen, Austin, Texas, 2,714.
10, Tom Daugherty, Riverview, Fla., 2,666.
11, Isaac Kim, Lebanon, Pa., 2,663.
12, Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., 2,651.
13, Shota Kawazoe, Japan, 2,650.
14, Jeff Evans, Supply, N.C., 2,637.
15, BJ Moore III, Greensburg, Pa., 2,620.
16, Bill O'Neill, Langhorne, Pa., 2,618.
Failed to advance:
17, Dick Allen, Columbia, S.C., 2,617, $675.
18, Scott Newell, Deland, Fla., 2,615, $675.
19, Michael Schlabach, Goshen, Ind., 2,604, $675.
20, Connor Pickford, Plano, Texas, 2,599, $675.
21, Greg Ostrander, Freehold, N.J., 2,592, $650.
22, AJ Johnson, Oswego, Ill., 2,590, $650.
23, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 2,586, $650.
24, Mitch Beasley, Clarksville, Tenn., 2,583, $650.
25, Chris Arcaro, Carolina Beach, N.C., 2,581, $625.
26, Randy Weiss, Columbia, S.C., 2,558, $625.
27, Mike Williams II, Montgomery, Ala., 2,538, $625.
28, Kristian Rogers, Salisbury, N.C., 2,537, $625.
29, Graham Fach, Canada, 2,503, $600.
30, Zachary Seals, Kingsland, Ga., 2,502, $600.
31, Victor Florie Jr, Richmond, Va., 2,496, $600.
32, Patrick Dombrowski, Parma, Ohio, 2,483, $600.
33, Adam Monks, Conway, S.C., 2,482.
34, David Bleggi, Jacksonville, N.C., 2,463.
35, n-Massimliano Fridegotto, Venezuela, 2,456.
36, Darryl Carreon, Woodbridge, Va., 2,447.
37, Kip Roberts, Glen Allen, Va., 2,441.
38, John Furey, Freehold, N.J., 2,438.
39, Cody Shoemaker, Hanover, Pa., 2,434.
40, Gabriel Garcia, Port St. Lucie, Fla., 2,432.
41, n-Leonard Freeman, Bolton, N.C., 2,431.
42, Nick Christy, Newport, N.C., 2,424.
43, n-Greg Thomas, Irmo, S.C., 2,419.
44, Fran Luzzi, Geneva, N.Y., 2,416.
45, Chris Blackmore, Aldie, Va., 2,411.
46, Trevor Roberts, Crystal River, Fla., 2,400.
47, n-Joseph Grago, Hampstead, N.C., 2,384.
48, Matt Taylor, Youngsville, N.C., 2,382.
49, Mark Tarkington, Elizabeth City, N.C., 2,377.
50, n-James Kniffen, Raleigh, N.C., 2,371.
51, Steven Arehart, Chesapeake, Va., 2,369.
52, Darrin Casstevens, Winston-Salem, N.C., 2,358.
53, Billy Rohde, Lilburn, GA, 2,355.
54, w-Tannya Roumimper, Indonesia, 2,345.
55, n-Daniel McCaskill, Raleigh, N.C., 2,330.
56, Maximilian Fishman, Greensboro, N.C., 2,323.
57, n-Brandon Smith, Newport News, Va., 2,304.
58, Gary Haines, West Babylon, N.Y., 2,303.
59, Ronnie Horton, Christiansburg, Va., 2,299.
60, Kristian Sieradzki, Seminole, Fla., 2,297.
61, Bill Vannoy, Jacksonville, N.C., 2,296.
62, n-Andrew Diley, Conway, S.C., 2,292.
63, n-Kole Payne, Matthews, N.C., 2,291.
64, n-Daniel Hamilton, LaGrange, N.C., 2,288.
65, Bryan Gallahan, Fredericksburg, Va, 2,270.
66, n-Houston Compton, Cameron, N.C., 2,250.
67, Mike McDonnell, Chesterfield, Va., 2,240.
68, Ryan Ciminelli, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 2,238.
69, n-David Schmidtmann, Norfolk, Va., 2,237.
70, James Grago, Hampstead, N.C., 2,232.
71, Ben Zakrocki, Philadelphia, 2,229.
72 (tie), Shane Yesovich, Boardman, Ohio, and Michael Byers, Charleston, S.C., 2,216.
74, Christopher Miller, Rural Hull, N.C., 2,202.
75, Richard Horsley, Morrisville, N.C., 2,200.
76, n-Bryan Hahlen, Greenwood, S.C., 2,192.
77, George Adkins, Statesboro, Ga., 2,189.
78, Brett Caramagno, Goose Creek, S.C., 2,178.
79, n-Kenneth Turner, Augusta, Ga., 2,177.
80, Nick Johnston, Asheville, N.C., 2,166.
81, n-Thomas Jones, Pittsboro, N.C., 2,163.
82, n-Will Hill, LaGrange, N.C., 2,162.
83, Marcus Collins, Pawleys Island, S.C., 2,138.
84, Leon Platt, Summerville, S.C., 2,131.
85, David McCay Jr., Fredericksburg, Va., 2,129.
86, w-Crystal Hall, St. Pauls, N.C., 2,123.
87, Chip Tyson, Gastonia, N.C., 2,095.
88, n-Troy White, Carolina Beach, N.C., 2,092.
89, Antonino Grippi, Wilmington, N.C., 2,087.
90, n-Cameron Pressley, Sanford, S.C., 2,078.
91, Ochbayar Munkhgerel, Tuv, Mongolia, 2,028.
92, Aaron Finley, New Bern, Conn., 2,008.
93, n-Patrick Phillips, Roseboro, N.C., 1,977.
94, Glenn Williams, King George, Va., 1,872.
95, Mark Ellis, Charlotte, 1,862.
96, Tyler Troup, Taylorsville, N.C., 1,846.

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

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Sold-Out Field Set for PBA Xtra Frame Tour Stop in Wilmington Over Memorial Day Weekend

by Bill Vint May 23, 2017 08:03

WILMINGTON, N.C. – The Professional Bowlers Association’s Xtra Frame Storm Cup Tour will make its first visit to Wilmington over Memorial Day weekend when a sold-out field of established PBA champions, future stars and top-caliber amateur bowlers compete in the PBA Xtra Frame Wilmington Open at Ten Pin Alley Family Fun Center.

A capacity field of 96 players is will compete in the second 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 one event is Josh Blanchard of Mesa, Ariz. (feature photo), who earned 25 points for his win in the Xtra Frame Reality Check Classic in Tamarac, Fla., in March. Trailing Blanchard are AJ Johnson of Oswego, Ill.; Dom Barrett of England; Shawn Maldonado of Houston, Texas, and Dick Allen of Columbia, S.C. All except Maldonado are entered in Wilmington.

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 country to see the world’s greatest bowlers compete for a PBA Tour title in person.

In addition to the Storm Cup points leaders, entrants in Wilmington include PBA Tour champions Ryan Ciminelli, Tom Daugherty, Graham Fach, Tommy Jones, Marshall Kent, Bill O’Neill, Rhino Page, Connor Pickford, Sean Rash, Anthony Simonsen, Jason Sterner, reigning PBA Player of the Year EJ Tackett and North Carolina native Kyle Troup.

Competition begins on Saturday, May 27 with six-game qualifying squads at 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. ET. After a second qualifying round Sunday at 9 a.m. and 2 p.m., the top 16 players will advance to a modified 12-game round robin match play round Monday at 9 a.m.  The top four players after 24 games will advance to the stepladder finals at 3 p.m. Monday to compete for a $10,000 first prize and a PBA Tour title.

A practice session is scheduled for 1 p.m. Friday and a pro-am where grassroots amateur bowlers can bowl with the pros will be conducted at 7 p.m.  For tournament pro-am and admission information contact Ten Pin Alley Family Fun Center at (910) 452-5455.

For Xtra Frame subscriptions, visit xtraframe.tv. Subscriptions are available for three days ($3.99), 30 days ($7.99) or for a full year at a cost of about $1.25 per week.

PBA XTRA FRAME WILMINGTON OPEN
Ten Pin Alley Family Fun Center, Wilmington, N.C. (All times Eastern)

Friday, May 26
1 p.m. - Practice Session
3:30 p.m. – New player orientation meeting
7 p.m. - Pro-am

Saturday, May 27
9 a.m. - A Squad, six qualifying games
2 p.m. - B Squad, six qualifying games

Sunday, May 28
9 a.m. – Squad B, six qualifying games
2 p.m. – Squad A, six qualifying games
Top 16 after 12 games advance to match play

Monday, May 29
9 a.m. – Top 16, 12 games modified round robin match play
Top four after 24 games advance to stepladder finals
3 p.m. – Top four stepladder finals

PBA XTRA FRAME STORM CUP POINTS LEADERS
(After one of seven events; 25 points to winner, 19 to second place, 18 to third, etc. through 20th place)

1, Josh Blanchard, 25; 2, AJ Johnson, 19; 3, Dom Barrett, 18; 4, Shawn Maldonado, 17; 5, Dick Allen, 16; 6, Ildemaro Ruiz, 15; 7, Tom Daugherty, 14; 8, Chris Spoo, 13; 9, Walter Ray Williams Jr., 12; 10, Jeff Piroozshad, 11; 11, Chris Loschetter, 10; 12, Cristian Azcona, 9; 13, Ryan Ciminelli, 7; 14, Michael Azcarate, 5 ; 15, DJ Archer, 4; 16, Brad Miller, 2; 18, Darren Tang, 1.

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Jeff Piroozshad Leads Top 62 Qualifiers into Sunday’s PBA’s Xtra Frame Reality Check Classic Final Rounds

by Bill Vint March 18, 2017 17:16

TAMARAC, Fla. – Part-time Professional Bowlers Association competitor Jeff Piroozshad of Coral Springs, Fla., averaged 238.8 for eight games Saturday to lead the 62 top qualifiers who advanced to Sunday’s final rounds of the PBA Xtra Frame Reality Check Classic at Sawgrass Lanes. AJ Johnson of Oswego, Ill., (shown in feature photo) was in second place, three pins behind.

The tournament, which will award a PBA Tour title along with a $10,000 first prize, is the first in a series of eight PBA Xtra Frame Tour events that will award $50,000 in Storm Cup bonus prize money at the end of the season. All Storm Cup events will be live streamed on PBA’s online bowling channel, Xtra Frame, which is available by subscription. Visit xtraframe.tv for details.

Piroozshad, who has been a PBA member on-and-off for 17 years, rolled games of 253, 231, 268, 244, 223, 191, 224 and 275 for a 1,911 pinfall total and overtook Johnson with his big closing game. Piroozshad, 42, has won one regional title in 43 PBA Regional and 10 PBA Tour tournament appearances.

Johnson, a 24-year-old former McKendree University collegiate star, rolled games of 206, 257, 278, 260, 257, 211, 201 and 238 to finish qualifying with 1,908 total pins. Johnson, a third-year PBA member, has two second place finishes during his brief career, but has yet to win his first PBA Tour title.

The Reality Check Classic was originally scheduled for last October, but was postponed due to the arrival of Hurricane Matthew. In its new place on the PBA schedule, the tournament drew a field of 186 PBA members and top amateur bowlers. The top one-third of the field – 62 players – advanced to Sunday’s four-game cashers round at 8:30 a.m. The top 16 after 12 games advance to the three-game Round of 16 at 11:30 a.m.; the top 8 after 15 games advance to the two-game Round of 8 at 1:30 p.m., and the top four after 17 total games advance to the stepladder finals at 3 p.m. All times are Eastern.

PBA XTRA FRAME REALITY CHECK CLASSIC

Sawgrass Lanes, Tamarac, Fla., Saturday

Final Qualifying Standings (after 8 games; top 62 advance to cashers’ round):

1, Jeff Piroozshad, Coral Springs, Fla., 1,911.
2, AJ Johnson, Oswego, Ill., 1,908.
3, Tom Daugherty, Riverview, Fla., 1,878.
4, Dick Allen, Columbia, S.C., 1,872.
5, DJ Archer, Friendswood, Texas, 1,841.
6, Chris Spoo, Boynton Beach, Fla., 1,839.
7, Shawn Maldonado, Houston, 1,822.
8, Cristian Azcona, Puerto Rico, 1,821.
9, Michael Azcarate, Coral Springs, Fla., 1,816.
10, Chris Loschetter, Avon, Ohio, 1,813.
11, Josh Blanchard, Mesa, Ariz, 1,805.
12, Ildemaro Ruiz, Venezuela, 1,800.
13, Ryan Ciminelli, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 1,792.
14, n-Danny Battles, Zephyrhills, Fla., 1,790.
15, Dom Barrett, England, 1,789.
16 (tie), Darren Tang, San Francisco, and n-Gabriel Garcia, Port St. Lucie, Fla., 1,786.
18, Ralph Brunt Jr., Jensen Beach, Fla., 1,784.
19, Trevor Roberts, Crystal River, Fla., 1,780.
20, n-Thomas Bosquez Jr., Springhill, Fla., 1,769.
21, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 1,754.
22 (tie), Arturo Quintero, Mexico; Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., and Brad Miller, Maryland Heights, Mo., 1,749.
25, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., 1,748.
26, Patrick Dombrowski, Parma, Ohio, 1,741.
27, n-Sean Riccardi, St. Petersburg, Fla., 1,736.
28, Mike Williams II, Montgomery, Ala., 1,730.
29, n-Greg Young, Viera, Fla., 1,728.
30, Nick Kruml, Downers Grove, Ill., 1,726.
31, Andres Gomez, Colombia, 1,721.
32, n-Matt Russo, Millstone Township, N.J., 1,717.
33 (tie}, EJ Tackett, Huntington, Ind., and Cody Mullis, Homosassa, Fla., 1,714.
35, n-Ramon Hilferink, Netherlands, 1,710.
36, n-Daniel Vasquez, Colombia, 1,709.
37 (tie), w-Daria Pajak, Poland, and n-Reggie Pierson, Miami, Fla., 1,701.
39, Zachary Seals, Kingsland, Ga., 1,697.
40 (tie), n-John Janawicz, Winter Haven, Fla., and n-Jason Ferrill, Venice, Fla., 1,690.
42, n-Giorgio Clinaz Jr., Orlando, Fla., 1,689.
43, n-Wyatt Smith, Cape Coral, Fla., 1,688.
44, Carlos Tobon, Plantation, Fla., 1,686.
45, n-Vince Grudinsky Jr., Jupiter, Fla., 1,684.
46, Anthony DeStasio, Fort Lauderdale, Fla., 1,683.
47, n-Joe Barna, Stuart, Fla., 1,680.
48, n-Andraunick Simounet, Lake Wales, Fla., 1,679.
49, n-Sebastian Charry, Colombia, 1,678.
50 (tie), Ronnie Russell, Marion, Ind.; n-Anthony Veney, San Antonio, Texas, and Mike Moore, Orlando, Fla., 1,675.
53 (tie), n-Shawn Naumann, Orlando, Fla., and Jeff Evans, Supply, N.C., 1,671.
55 (tie), w-n-Taylor Bulthuis, Coral Springs, Fla., and Dwight Adams, Greensboro, N.C., 1,670.
57, n-Kristijonas Sergejevas, Lake Wales, Fla., 1,668.
58, n-James Campbell, Clearwater, Fla., 1,666.
59, Zachary Dwyer, Ft. Walton Beach, Fla., 1,664.
60 (tie), Kristian Sieradzki, Seminole, Fla., and n-Chris Via, Springfield, Ohio, 1,662.
62, x-Kyle Troup, Taylorsville, N.C., 1,659.

Failed to advance:
63, Bob Learn Jr., Erie, Pa., 1,659.
64, Shane Holt, Lake Wales, Fla., 1,658.
65, David Haynes, Las Vegas, 1,657.
66, n-David Simms, Port St. Lucie, Fla., 1,654.
67, Anthony Pepe, Elmhurst, N.Y., 1,652.
68, Greg Ostrander, Freehold, N.J., 1,643.
69, Andrew Anderson, Holly, Mich., 1,641.
70, Jordan Klassen, Canada, 1,640.
71, n-Jon Trzcinski, Bay Shore, N.Y., 1,635.
72, Ronnie Sparks Jr., Redford, Mich., 1,634.
73, n-Matthew Lazarus, Sunrise, Fla., 1,633.
74, n-Kendrick Gregory, Lakeland, Fla., 1,630.
75, Christopher Keane, Cape Coral, Fla., 1,627.
76, Chris Polizzi, Spring Hill, Fla., 1,624.
77, n-Sean Connolly, Apopka, Fla., 1,623.
78 (tie), Dale Coleman, High Springs, Fla., and George Litwin, Miami, 1,618.
80, Mario Lemos, Ecuador, 1,617.
81, Sean Hoff, Melbourne, Fla., 1,614.
82, Jeffrey Campbell, Clearwater, Fla., 1,613.
83, n-Vernon Peterson, Lake Wales, Fla., 1,611.
84, Curtis Foss, Medina, N.Y., 1,603.
85, Brett Spangler, Niles, Ohio, 1,602.
86, David Taylor, Largo, Fla., 1,601.
87, n-Steve Johnson, Coral Springs, Fla., 1,597.
88 (tie), David Stouffer, Lehigh Acres, Fla., and Cody McCowin, Daytona Beach, Fla., 1,594.
90, n-Mark Booke, Boca Raton, Fla., 1,592.
91, David Shinn, West Columbia, S.C., 1,589.
92, n-Ernie Faulkner, Miramar, Fla., 1,588.
93, Michael Shequin, Debary, Fla., 1,587.
94, Randy Rose, Davenport, Fla., 1,584.
95, Kristian Rogers, Salisbury, N.C., 1,583.
96, Chuck Richardson, The Villages, Fla., 1,579.
97, n-Larry Brande, Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., 1,577.
98, Craig Auerbach, Sunrise, Fla., 1,576.
99, n-David Piroozshad, Coral Springs, Fla., 1,575.
100, w-n-Verity Crawley, Babson Park, Fla., 1,574.
101, Gary Faulkner Jr., Memphis, Tenn., 1,573.
102, n-Johnnie Payne, Savannah, Ga., 1,571.
103, Rhino Page, Orlando, Fla., 1,570.
104, Anthony Colosimo, Davie, Fla., 1,567.
105, Matt Bollhalter, Niceville, Fla., 1,565.
106 (tie), n-Pablo Cerda, Sunrise, Fla., and n-Holten Bradshaw, Winterville, Ga., 1,563.
108, Anthony Caso, Spring Hill, Fla., 1,560.
109 (tie), Jeremy Mooney, West Palm Beach, Fla., and w-n-Ashly Galante, Palm Harbor, Fla., 1,558.
111, Scott Newell, Deland, Fla., 1,552.
112, Shane Nevers, Miami, Fla., 1,548.
113, n-Michael Thompson, Venice, Fla., 1,541.
114, n-Matt Gilman, Davie, Fla, 1,540.
115, n-Stephen Brown, Pinellas Park, Fla., 1,537.
116, n-Steven Baran, Sarasota, Fla., 1,531.
117, David O'Sullivan, Olviedo, Fla., 1,524.
118, Steven Grotowski, Ft Lauderdale, Fla, 1,519.
119, n-Jesse Rodriguez, Davie, Fla., 1,516.
120, n-Lee Rathjen Jr, Naples, Fla., 1,514.
121, w-n-Elise Bolton, Merritt Island, Fla., 1,513.
122, n-Paul Koehler, Stuart, Fla., 1,512.
123, n-Richard Baroff, Boca Raton, Fla., 1,511.
124 (tie), n-Leon Walsh Jr., Plymouth, Mich.; Christopher Racey, Canada; n-Derek Rathbun, Stafford, Va., and n-Manny Sanchez, Miami, Fla., 1,509.
128 (tie), n-Robert Perez, Biscayne Park, Fla., and n-Salvatore Anzalone, Margate, Fla., 1,508.
130 (tie), n-Mike Roberts, Ft. Pearce, Fla., and Han Chen, Wellington, Fla., 1,507.
132, n-Bobby Walters Jr., Pembroke Pines, Fla., 1,506.
133, Brian McMahon, Boca Raton, Fla., 1,503.
134, w-Crystal Hall, St. Pauls, N.C., 1,500.
135, n-Mike Bauer, Merritt Island, Fla., 1,497.
136, ss-Lee Rautenberg, Boynton Beach, Fla., 1,489.
137, David McCay Jr., Fredericksburg, Va., 1,480.
138, n-Brian Huther, Tampa, Fla., 1,476.
139, n-Sean Mattison, Homestead, Fla., 1,471.
140, Jeff Sanders, Ocoee, Fla, 1,470.
141 (tie), n-Jason Plaskett, Pompano Beach, Fla., and n-w-Hannah Brookins, Ocola, Fla., 1,468.
143 (tie), Connor Pickford, Plano, Texas, and Steven Jusino, Miramar, Fla., 1,467.
145, Mike Preston, Gainesville, Fla., 1,465.
146, n-Cory Lenz, Machesney Park, Ill., 1,462.
147, Stephen Wood, Naylor, Ga., 1,459.
148, n-Dennis Bush, Ft. Myers, Fla., 1,446.
149, n-Juan Gaviria, Tamarac, Fla., 1,445.
150, n-Jay Hess, Gotha, Fla., 1,441.
151, James Johnson, Waynesville, Mo., 1,440.
152, Joshua Thomas, Lewistown, Pa., 1,435.
153, n-Patrick Wallace, Jupiter, Fla., 1,432.
154, n-Glenn Williams, King George, Va., 1,431.
155, ss-Frank Gallo Jr., Jacksonville, Fla., 1,421.
156 (tie), Daniel Weber, Boynton Beach, Fla., and n-John Bembaron, Plantation, Fla., 1,419.
158, n-Jeffrey Roberts, Clermont, Fla., 1,417.
159, n-Earl Cooke, Tampa, Fla., 1,415.
160, n-Justin Minnis, St. Petersburg, Fla., 1,410.
161, n-Garrett Litwin, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., 1,405.
162, Joe Fulner III, Belleview, Fla., 1,403.
163, n-Brad Waldbauer, Coral Springs, Fla., 1,402.
164, Donald Cheshire, Fernandina Beach, Fla., 1,396.
165, n-Jonathon Bush, Clermont, Fla., 1,393.
166, n-David Pavilack, Hollywood, Fla., 1,391.
167, n-Troy Christopher, British Virgin Islands, 1,387.
168, Mike Mayo, Edwardsville, Ill., 1,386.
169, n-Adam Colton, Boynton Beach, Fla., 1,385.
170, Israel Velasco, Pinecrest, Fla., 1,380.
171, n-Michael Vitalone Jr., Lake Worth, Fla., 1,379.
172, n-Mitchell Block, Lake Worth, Fla., 1,367.
173 (tie), n-Marucio Lima, Pompano Beach, Fla., and n-Ken Schneider, Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., 1,366.
175, n-Rob Comito, Davie, Fla., 1,357.
176, n-Brian Metlika, Jacksonville, Fla., 1,348.
177, n-Mervin Hastings, British Virgin Islands, 1,339.
178, Adrian McCoy, British Virgin Islands, 1,338.
179, n-Robert Carroll, Ocala, Fla., 1,336.
180, n-Jason Smith, Jupiter, Fla., 1,323.
181, n-Marion Moreland, McDonough, Ga., 1,316.
182, n-Christopher Carroll, Leesburg, Fla., 1,297.
183, n-John Charneco, Coconut Creek, Fla., 1,186.
184, Aaron Schwartz, Boca Raton, Fla., 1,182.
185, Mitchell Shumway, Winter Springs, Fla., 1,402.
186, Vincent Balisky, Elmhurst, N.Y., 1,271.

x-Troup def. Learn, 222-200, in a one-game roll-off to decide the 62nd place in the cashers round.

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

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Hurricane Matthew Postponement Puts PBA's Xtra Frame Reality Check Classic in the Spotlight for 2017

by Bill Vint March 9, 2017 09:12

TAMARAC, Fla. – Hurricane Matthew’s arrival in south Florida last October forced postponement of the Professional Bowlers Association’s inaugural PBA Xtra Frame Reality Check Classic, but the delay turned into good news for Sawgrass Lanes and the Tamarac area.

In the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew, the tournament has been re-scheduled for March 17-19 as the kickoff event for a new eight-event Storm Cup Xtra Frame Tour series in 2017. In addition to competing for prize money and a PBA Tour title in Tamarac, all PBA members will compete for points toward $50,000 in end-of-season Storm Cup bonus money.

As part of PBA’s Xtra Frame Tour series, the Reality Check Classic will be live streamed around the world on the organization’s online, subscription-based bowling channel. Bowling fans can watch the entire event for as little as $3.99 for a three-day subscription (or for roughly $1.25 a week, have access to hundreds of hours of PBA, PBA50 and PWBA women’s tournament programming for a full year). Visit xtraframe.tv for details.

More than 100 of the PBA’s best-known stars will be on hand at Sawgrass Lanes. Among the established veterans already entered are 18-time PBA Tour titlist Tommy Jones, superstar Walter Ray Williams Jr., England’s Dom Barrett and PBA Tour titlists Dick Allen, Josh Blanchard, Ryan Ciminelli, Tom Daugherty, Bob Learn Jr., Bill O’Neill and Ronnie Russell. Representing PBA’s legion of emerging young stars will be 2016 Player of the Year EJ Tackett, two-hander Kyle Troup and former Rookie of the Year Marshall Kent. A significant number of top amateurs and collegiate bowlers also will be in the field, bowling as non-members.

The XF Storm Cup series provides unique incentives for PBA members to compete in all eight of the series events and encourages performances at a high level in every event because every point earned will be meaningful in the chase for shares of the end-of-season bonus pool.

Competition will be intense because points awarded to the top 20 players in each Xtra Frame event begin with the winner earning 25 points, second place 19, third place 18, etc., with points declining by one through 20th place. In 2016, the points race was decided in the final event when Jones won by five points over Tackett, who led by three points going into the finale, and by six points over Ciminelli, who led early in the series.

Following the Reality Check Classic, the Xtra Frame PBA Tour series will include stops in North Carolina, Arkansas, Texas, Tennessee, Virginia and Delaware before its final event in Coldwater, Ohio, in late August. Fans will be able to track XF Storm Cup news and current point standings on a special link on pba.com once the series gets underway.

PBA XTRA FRAME REALITY CHECK CLASSIC
Sawgrass Lanes, Tamarac, Fla., March 17-19

Friday, March 17
3 p.m. - Practice session
4:15 p.m. – First-time players’ orientation meeting
6 p.m. – Pro-am

Saturday, March 18
9 a.m. – A Squad, eight qualifying games
2:30 p.m. – B Squad, eight qualifying games
    Top one-third after eight games advance to Cashers Round

Sunday, March 19
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 4 stepladder finals

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PBA Spare Shots: Sweden’s Martin Larsen, USA’s Danielle McEwan Lead World Bowling Tour Finalists

by Bill Vint December 22, 2016 09:12

McEwan.Danielle_AS_2013WomensUSOpen(7)Sweden’s Martin Larsen and Danielle McEwan (left) of Stony Point, N.Y., are the top qualifiers for the World Bowling Tour Men’s and Women’s Finals, presented by the PBA, which will air live as part of an ESPN doubleheader on Sunday, Feb. 26, from The Orleans Bowling Center in Las Vegas. The WBT Finals will immediately follow the ESPN telecast of the USBC Masters finals.

Larsen was the points leader in PBA International-World Bowling Tour men’s qualifying in 2016, earning 146 points to nip Anthony Simonsen of Austin, Texas (142), and Marshall Kent of Yakima, Wash. (133). Sweden’s Jesper Svensson finished fourth with 128 points and Australia’s Jason Belmonte was fifth with 125 points.

McEwan led the women’s points race with 230, comfortably ahead of Colombia’s Anggie Ramirez (158) and Liz Johnson of Cheektowaga, N.Y. (100). Summer Jasmin of Beckley, W.Va., was fourth with 80 points and Venezuela’s Ingelimar Beasley, now living in Clarksville, Tenn., was fifth with 70 points.

The WBT Finals will pay the winners $20,000. Second place is $10,000 and third pays $5,000.

ENTRIES OPEN FOR FIRELAKE PBA TOC, BARBASOL PLAYERS CHAMPIONSHIP

Entries are now being accepted for the 2017 Barbasol PBA Players Championship, Feb. 6-12 at Wayne Webb’s Columbus Bowl in Columbus, Ohio, and the 2017 FireLake PBA Tournament of Champions, Feb. 13-19 at FireLake Bowling Center in Shawnee, Okla.

To enter the PBA Players Championship, use the online system at pba.com. The entry fee is $500. The tournament is limited to a field of 138 PBA members.

The TOC will include a field of 96 players of which 72 are reserved for PBA Tour title holders. An additional 24 PBA Regional, PBA50, PWBA-PBA Women’s Regional and/or PBA Women’s Series champions will qualify during a special TOC Regional event that will precede the TOC.

PBA members planning to compete in the TOC must have a confirmed reservation at the Grand Casino Hotel & Resort at the time of entry; please be sure to include your reservation number with your entry. The rate of $109 for a single or double occupancy is available by calling (405) 964-7777 and using the code 1702102107 or at www.GrandShawnee.com (enter the code under “Group Code").

Eligible PBA Tour champions who want to participate must submit their entries by no later than Friday, Jan. 13 at 5 p.m. ET. Spots reserved for PBA Tour title holders that are not filled will be added to the spots coming out of the Regional Qualifier. To enter the TOC, contact PBA Tournament Entries Coordinator Mary von Krueger (email: maryvk@pba.com; phone: (206) 332-9688).

QUBICA AMF PBA REGIONAL UPDATE: WILLIAMS, LANE, ALLEN WIN TRIOS EVENT

PBA60 competitor Dennis Lane, PBA Tour champion Dick Allen and PBA Hall of Famer Walter Ray Williams Jr. defeated Ken Parks, Dale Csuhta and Kyle Troup, 213-201, to win the PBA South Region’s Decker Appraisal PBA/PBA50/PBA60 Baker Trios event presented by Hammer at Valley Lanes in Harrisonburg, Va., Sunday.

Williams, in the PBA50 role, struck in the 10th frame to seal the victory and pick up his 11th PBA50 Regional title to go along with his record 47 PBA Tour titles, 32 PBA Regional titles and 10 PBA50 Tour titles for a composite total of 100 PBA titles. Williams had been tied with fellow PBA Hall of Famer Pete Weber with 99 combined titles until Sunday.

This was the third time the PBA South Region hosted the multi-age trio event, but the first time it was hosted by Valley Lanes. Each member of the winning team earned a $1,700 share of the $5,100 first prize.

In the first stepladder match, Lane, Williams and Allen defeated the team of Ross McDonald, Thad Rand and Richie Wolfe from Rapidan, Va., 218-168, to advance to the title match.

● Past U.S. Open champions Robert Lawrence of Austin, Texas, and Wes Malott from Pflugerville, Texas, teamed up to dominate the fourth annual PBA50/PBA Houston Emerald Bowl Southwest Doubles, presented by Bowling Dynamix, Sunday, winning by 675 pins over Jay Nephew of Houston and his partner, D.J. Archer from Spring, Texas.

The winning duo led the eight-game qualifying portion of the event by 68 pins and then charged into a commanding lead in the 12-game round-robin match play finals, crushing their first four opponents with team games of 509, 492, 509 and 488 and they never looked back. They swept all 12 matches as they cruised to the $5,000 winners’ check and Lawrence’s first regional title in 24 years.

Nephew and Archer held on to second place with 9,625 pins, safely ahead of defending champions Pete Thomas of Oklahoma City and Anthony Lavery-Spahr of Pasadena, Texas.

● QubicaAMF PBA Regional competition in the new year gets underway over the Jan. 20-22 weekend at South Point Bowling Plaza in Las Vegas with the South Point West Challenge for non-champions, and the South Point member/non-member doubles, both presented by Track. The PBA Central Region also returns to action with the PBA/PBA50 Don Vay Memorial Central Doubles Classic at Legend Lanes in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio.

● The Jan. 27-29 weekend includes the PBA and PBA50 Sands Regency West/Northwest Winter Classic doubleheader presented by Storm at the National Bowling Stadium in Reno, Nev. The weekend also will include a Sands Regency West/Northwest Winter Challenge event for non-champions.

● For complete QubicaAMF PBA Regional schedules, rules and entry information heading into the new year, visit pba.com, open the “schedules” tab and click on QubicaAMF Regional Tours to find the event(s) in your area. For more information about QubicaAMF, visit www.qubicaamf.com or, for social media posts, visit http://bit.ly/QAMFSponsorship1.

QUICK NOTES:

● Don’t forget: everyone age 18 or older who plays PBA Bowling Challenge Mobile Game by Dec. 26 is invited to participate in a special sweepstakes being conducted by PBA Cheetah Championship presenting sponsor Concrete Software, the creator of the PBA Bowling Challenge game. To enter the PBA “Cheetah” Bowling Challenge, when you launch the game, go into the “venue” section and look for the PBA Cheetah Championship. Then bowl your one game. If you beat the 279 bowled by Cheetah winner Mike Wolfe, you’ll be eligible to win special prizes, including a special PBA bowling pin autographed by the winner.

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