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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Texas Two-Hander Anthony Simonsen Wins Third Career Title in PBA Xtra Frame Wilmington Open

by Bill Vint May 29, 2017 13:39

WILMINGTON, N.C.  - Texas two-hander Anthony Simonsen defeated top qualifier Rhino Page of Orlando, Fla., 224-177, to win the Professional Bowlers Association’s Xtra Frame Wilmington Open at Ten Pin Alley Family Fun Center Monday.

Simonsen.Anthony_2017 XF Wilmington Open_proprietors Jim and Margaret GragoSimonsen, now 20, claimed his third career title and first since becoming the youngest player in PBA history to win a major title when he won the 2016 USBC Masters at age 19.

(Photo: Anthony Simonsen flanked by Ten Pin Alley’s Jim and Margaret Grago).

“I figured out the difference between the two lanes, and that was my advantage,” Simonsen said. “When it’s your day, it’s your day. I’ve been getting frustrated making TV shows and not winning, but you have to keep opening the door.”

Simonsen and Page both ran into early trouble in the title match, leaving four-count splits which neither converted. But Simonsen followed his third-frame split with a string of five strikes to take command of the match while Page struggled to carry strikes. A second unconverted split in the eighth frame ended Page’s hope for his first singles title since early in 2009.

In a semifinal match duel between two of the PBA’s bright young stars, Simonsen ended EJ Tackett’s bid for an eighth career title, and fourth in PBA Xtra Frame events, 258-223. Simonsen struck on eight of his first nine shots, but the 24-year-old Tackett was right behind until back-to-back solid 10 pins in the eighth and ninth frames ended his rally.

In the opening match of the four-player stepladder, Tackett left the 3-4-10 split and opened in the first frame, but responded with a string of five strikes. Jason Sterner of Rockledge, Fla., struck on his first shot, but left splits and opened in two of the next three frames to dig a hole he couldn’t escape. Tackett won handily, 242-199.

Next up on the PBA Xtra Frame Tour is the third tournament in the seven-event Xtra Frame Storm Cup points series, the Xtra Frame Greater Jonesboro Open at Jonesboro Bowling Center in Jonesboro, Ark., next Saturday and Sunday. Both days of competition 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., Monday

Final Standings:
1, Anthony Simonsen, Austin, Texas, $10,000.
2, Rhino Page, Orlando, Fla., $5,500.
3, EJ Tackett, Huntington, Ind., $3,000.
4, Jason Sterner, Rockledge, Fla., $2,500.

Stepladder Results:
Match One: Tackett def. Sterner, 242-199.
Semifinal Match: Simonsen def. Tackett, 258-223.
Championship: Simonsen def. Page, 224-177.

Final Match Play Standings (after 24 games, including match play bonus pins):

1, Page, 10-2, 5,898.
2, Simonsen, 8-4, 5,811.
3, Tackett, 8-4, 5,799.
4, Sterner, 8-4, 5,732.
5, Dom Barrett, England, 8-4, 5,665, $1,800.
6, Kyle Troup, Taylorsville, N.C., 6-6, 5,602, $1,500.
7, Tom Daugherty, Riverview, Fla., 4-7-1, 5,407, $1,300.
8, BJ Moore III, Greensburg, Pa., 6-5-1, 5,381, $1,250.
9, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 5-7, 5,361, $1,200.
10, Shota Kawazoe, Japan, 5-7, 5,328, $1,175.
11, Ildemaro Ruiz, Venezuela, 4-8, 5,288, $1,150.
12, Bill O'Neill, Langhorne, Pa., 6-6, 5,271, $1,100.
13, Josh Blanchard, Mesa, Ariz., 5-7, 5,265, $1,075.
14, Jeff Evans, Supply, N.C., 6-6, 5,222, $1,050.
15, Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., 3-9, 5,158, $1,025.
16, Isaac Kim, Lebanon, Pa., 3-9, 4,992, $1,000.

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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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