PBA Spare Shots: EJ Tackett Overtakes Dom Barrett for Xtra Frame Storm Cup Points Lead

by Bill Vint June 15, 2017 09:15

With his second-place finish in the PBA Xtra Frame Lubbock Sports Open Sunday, EJ Tackett overtook England’s Dom Barrett for the lead in the Xtra Frame Storm Cup points standings after four of the seven events. Tackett earned 19 points as runner-up in Lubbock for a total of 53 points for the season. He previously earned 18 points for third place in the XF Wilmington Open and 16 for fifth place in the Greater Jonesboro Open.

Barrett, who finished 28th, failed to add to his point total. He is now tied for second place with Sunday’s XF Lubbock Sports Open winner, Marshall Kent, who earned 25 points. Kent and Barrett both have 46 points through four events.

Josh Blanchard, who won the XF Reality Check Classic to kick off the Storm Cup series, picked up seven points with his 14th-place finish in Lubbock to move into fourth place with a 40-point total and AJ Johnson, with a fourth-place finish for 17 points, is now fifth with 37 points (two points ahead of Japan’s Shota Kawazoe and three ahead of Dick Allen of Columbia, S.C.) in a tightly-contested battle for the top five spots.

In each Xtra Frame Storm Cup event, the top 20 players earn points toward a pool of $50,000 in bonus prize money that will be awarded to the top five players at the end of the series. The end-of-season points champion will collect a $20,000 share of the bonus money. To date 50 players have earned at least one point.

The remaining events in the PBA Xtra Frame Storm Cup series include the PBA XF Chesapeake Open at AMF Western Branch in Chesapeake, Va., Aug. 12-13; the PBA XF Gene Carter’s Pro Shop Classic at Mid-County Bowling & Entertainment in Middletown, Del., Aug. 19-20, and the PBA XF Lefeld Implement Central Classic at Pla-Mor Lanes in Coldwater, Ohio, Aug. 26-27.

Xtra Frame PBA Tour Storm Cup Points Standings (after four of seven events)
(Each Storm Cup event winner receives 25 points, second place 19 points, third place 18 points, etc., through 20th place receives one point. 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, Lake Wales, Fla., 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, Milton, Fla.; Connor Pickford, Plano, Texas, and Darren Tang, San Francisco, 1

WHO’S GOT NEXT? VOTING ENDS FRIDAY TO SELECT WES MALOTT’S NEXT OPPONENT

Voting is now underway to allow PBA fans to select the next player to challenge Wes Malott as “King of Bowling” when the next chapter of PBA’s exclusive Xtra Frame pay-per-view competition takes place on Monday, June 26, at FireLake Bowling Center in Shawnee, Okla., leading into PBA’s Grand Casino Hotel & Resort Oklahoma Open.

Malott, who has successfully defended his King of Bowling crown six consecutive times, dating back to the original series held at Kegel Training Center in Lake Wales, Fla., in 2009. Most recently he won the revival of the competition in April in Portland, Maine, where he rolled a 721 series to defeat reigning PBA Player of the Year EJ Tackett (664) and Australia’s Jason Belmonte, PBA Player of the Year the three previous years (640).

In the next confrontation, fans are being asked to pick Malott’s challenger from among a roster of recent PBA Players of the Year including Tommy Jones (2006), Chris Barnes (2008), Walter Ray Williams Jr. (2010), Sean Rash (2012) or two-time PBA50 Player of the Year Pete Weber. Fans can visit pba.com or PBA’s Twitter account to vote for their choice of opponents now through 3 a.m. EDT (midnight PDT) on Friday.

The pay-per-view match will begin with a pre-game show at 7:40 p.m. EDT on Monday, June 26, with the match starting at 8 p.m. Fans can sign up to watch the match for $2.99 on xtraframe.tv. All money generated from PPV fees will be awarded as prize money to the winning bowler.

SENIOR U.S. OPEN HIGHLIGHTS THIS WEEK’S XTRA FRAME SCHEDULE

The final major championship on the 2017 PBA50 Tour schedule highlights this week’s Xtra Frame live streaming schedule. Start-to-finish coverage of the Suncoast PBA Senior U.S. Open presented by Storm got underway Monday from Suncoast Bowling Center in Las Vegas and will continue all week, including match play rounds at 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. EDT on Thursday, and 10:30 and 3 p.m. on Friday leading into the stepladder finals at 6:45 p.m. on Friday.

This week’s PWBA Tour coverage will include qualifying and match play rounds of the Greater Detroit Open from Super Bowl in Canton, Mich., Friday and Saturday. Coverage of the Go Bowling PWBA Players Championship from The Ashwaubenon Bowling Alley in Green Bay, Wis., is set for June 22-24, followed by the Orlando Open June 30-July 1.

Upcoming PBA Tour coverage on Xtra Frame will include the “throwback” PBA Xtra Frame Billy Hardwick Memorial from Billy Hardwick’s All Star Lanes in Memphis, Tenn., June 24-25, where all players will be limited to using two polyester plastic balls each. Xtra Frame will then provide qualifying round coverage of the PBA Grand Casino Hotel & Resort Oklahoma Open from FireLake Bowling Center in Shawnee, Okla., June 27-30.

Xtra Frame’s July schedule includes the Teen Masters from Richmond, Va., July 5-7; the PWBA St. Petersburg-Clearwater Open from Seminole, Fla., July 7-8; the Proprietors Cup from Beavercreek, Ohio, July 8-9; the Nationwide PWBA Rochester (N.Y.) Open, July 14-15; the PBA50 South Shore Open from Hammond, Ind., July 25-27; the XF Striking Against Breast Cancer Mixed Doubles from Copperfield Bowl in Houston, Texas, July 28-30, which will award PBA and PWBA Tour titles; and the PBA50 Dave Small’s Championship Lanes Classic from Anderson, Ind., July 30-Aug. 1. For broadcast time and other details, check under the “schedules” tab on pba.com.

Xtra Frame subscription packages are available for three days, 30 days and a full year. To sign up, visit xtraframe.tv for details.

PBA fans also can follow real-time results for PBA50, PBA Xtra Frame Tour and all PBA Regional events by visiting the “live scoring” feature on pba.com. PWBA live scoring is available on pwba.com.

PBA REGIONAL UPDATE: CAMERON WEIER WINS WINE COUNTRY REGIONAL TITLE

Cameron Weier of Tacoma, Wash., defeated amateur Michael Tang of San Francisco by 128 pins to win the PBA Wine Country West/Northwest Open presented by Roto Grip at Double Decker Lanes in Rohnert Park, Calif., Sunday.

Weier finished with an 8-2 match play record and a total of 4,044 pins for 18 games, including match play bonus pins, to win the $2,000 first prize. The win was Weier’s first of the year and the third of his career.

● The June 16-18 PBA Regional calendar includes the Homefield Bowl Eastern Open presented by MOTIV in Yonkers, N.Y.; the Greater Marion Central Open presented by MOTIV at BlueFusion Fun Center in Marion, Ohio; the Glo Bowl Midwest Open presented by Sam Adams and 900 Global in Marengo, Ill., and the Tommy See Memorial South Open presented by MOTIV at Nassau Bowling Center in Yulee, Fla.

● A busy schedule of PBA Regional events is on tap for the June 23-24 weekend, including the Pro Bowl West Central/Midwest Challenge presented by Roto Grip in Fort Wayne, Ind.; the PBA50 Ultimate Inserts Midwest Open presented by Hammer at Lakeside Lanes in Davis, Ill., and the PBA/PBA50 Sands Regency Doubles presented by MOTIV at High Sierra Lanes in Reno, Nev.

● The June PBA Regional calendar closes and July begins with the Grand Casino Hotel & Resort Southwest Doubles at FireLake Bowling Center in Shawnee, Okla., on June 30, preceding the Grand Casino Hotel & Resort PBA Oklahoma Open. Also scheduled for the June 30-July 2 weekend is the PBA and PBA50 Vanessa Brown Homes West Opens, both presented by Columbia 300 at Yosemite Lanes, in Modesto, Calif.

● For complete PBA Regional schedules, rules and entry information, visit pba.com, open the “schedules” tab and click on PBA Regional Tours to find the event(s) in your area.

QUICK NOTES

In his “Extra Mustard” column on SI.com, Dan Gartland discusses “The Best Kellys in Sports History,” and Gartland ranks 2010 PBA Tournament of Champions winner Kelly Kulick as the second-best athlete ever named Kelly – behind only Boston Celtics’ star Kelly Olynyk. For details, visit: https://www.si.com/extra-mustard/2017/05/15/best-sports-kellys-kelly-olynyk-one-true-god.

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Arizona’s Jakob Butturff to Defend Title in PBA Xtra Frame Lubbock Sports Open This Weekend

by Bill Vint June 7, 2017 14:07

LUBBOCK, Texas – Left-hander Jakob Butturff of Tempe, Ariz., will return to South Plains Lanes Saturday and Sunday to defend his PBA Xtra Frame Lubbock Sports Open title against a potent field of PBA Tour champions, international players and future stars of professional bowling.

Butturff, who defeated two-hander Shawn Maldonado of Houston, Texas, 207-205, to win his first PBA Tour title in Lubbock a year ago, returns a year older at age 23 and as a two-time titlist after also winning the PBA Xtra Frame Las Vegas Open in 2016 along with a PBA record-tying eight regional titles. He will be among a group of 20 PBA Tour title winners who will compete for the $12,500 first prize, a PBA Tour title and valuable points in the Xtra Frame Storm Cup race this weekend.

PBA Tour champions among the early entries include Dick Allen, Columbia, S.C.; DJ Archer, Friendswood, Texas; Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas; Dom Barrett, England; Josh Blanchard, Mesa, Ariz.; Butturff; Tom Daugherty, Riverview, Fla.; Gary Faulkner Jr., Memphis, Tenn.; Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C.; Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash.; Francois Lavoie, Canada; Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas; Anthony Pepe, Elmhurst, N.Y.; Jake Peters, Henderson, Nev.; Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill.; Anthony Simonsen, Austin, Texas; Jason Sterner, Rockledge, Fla.; EJ Tackett, Huntington, Ind.; Kyle Troup, Taylorsville, N.C., and Stuart Williams, England.

Challenging the 20 entrants who have already won PBA Tour titles will be a talented group of young players who are looking to make a name for themselves among the roster of PBA champions, including a handful of players who are involved in what is expected to be a tightly-contested PBA Rookie of the Year race, not to mention the PBA Player of the Year competition.

To add even more spice to the event, players are entered from Argentina, England, Australia, Canada, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Sweden and Venezuela as well as the U.S.

Another special aspect of the Lubbock Sports Open is that all PBA members will be competing for Xtra Frame Storm Cup points, awarded to players who finish among the top 20. Lubbock is the fourth of seven Storm Cup events that will reward the top five players at the end of the series with shares of $50,000 in bonus prize money. England’s Barrett currently tops the Storm Cup points race with 46 points, 12 ahead of Tackett, the reigning PBA Player of the Year, who has 34.

The tournament gets underway at 8:30 a.m. Saturday with the first of two eight-game qualifying squads. The other half of the field will bowl its qualifying round at 3:30 p.m., with the top one-third of the field advancing to a six-game cashers round Sunday at 8:30 a.m. The top 16 players after 14 games will bowl an eight-game match play round at 12:15 p.m., and the top four after 22 games will compete in the stepladder finals Sunday at 4:15 p.m. All times are Central.

All of Saturday’s and Sunday’s action will be streamed live on PBA’s Xtra Frame online bowling channel. In addition to monthly and annual subscription packages, a three-day subscription is available for only $3.99 (visit xtraframe.tv to sign up).

In addition to the PBA competition, Lubbock area grassroots bowlers will have an opportunity to bowl with the PBA stars in a pro-am on Friday at 7 p.m. For pro-am information, call South Plaines Lanes at (806) 794-4844.

PBA XTRA FRAME LUBBOCK SPORTS OPEN presented by Ebonite
South Plains Lanes, Lubbock, Texas, June 9-11 (all times CDT)

Friday, June 9
3:30 p.m. - Practice session
7 p.m. – Pro-Am squads

Saturday, June 10
8:30 a.m. - A Squad, 8 qualifying games
3:30 p.m. – B Squad, 8 qualifying games
    Top one-third of field after 8 games advance to cashers round

Sunday, June 11
8:30 a.m. – Top one-third of field, six games
    Top 16 after 14 games advance to match play
12:15 p.m. – Top 16, eight games modified round robin match play
    Top four after 22 games advance to stepladder finals
4:15 p.m. - Top four based on 22-game composite pinfall advance to a stepladder finals

Xtra Frame PBA Tour Storm Cup (after three of seven events)
(Storm Cup event winner receives 25 points, second place 19 points, third place 18 points, etc., through 20th place receives one point).
1, Dom Barrett, England, 46.
2, EJ Tackett, Huntington, Ind., 34.
3, Josh Blanchard, Mesa, Ariz, 33.
4 (tie), Dick Allen, Columbia, S.C., and Tom Daugherty, Riverview, Fla., 28.
6, Ryan Ciminelli, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 26.
7 (tie), Francois Lavoie, Canada; Shota Kawazoe, Japan; Anthony Simonsen, Austin, Texas, and Ildemaro Ruiz, Venezuela, 25.
11, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 23.
12, Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., 21.
13, AJ Johnson, Oswego, Ill., 20.
14, Rhino Page, Orlando, Fla., 19.
15, Stuart Williams, England, 18.
16 (tie), Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas; Jason Sterner, Rockledge, Fla., and Shawn Maldonado, Houston,
19, Kyle Troup, Taylorsville, N.C., 15.
20, Chris Loschetter, Avon, Ohio, 14.
21 (tie), Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., BJ Moore III, Greensburg, Pa., and Chris Spoo, Boynton Beach, Fla., 13.
24 (tie), Bill O'Neill, Langhorne, Pa., and Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., 12.
26, Jeff Piroozshad, Coral Springs, Fla., 11.
27, Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 10.
28 (tie), Ryan Lakota, Shorewood, Ill., and Cristian Azcona, Puerto Rico, 9.
30, Jeff Evans, Supply, N.C., 7.
31, Dino Castillo, Highland Village, Texas, 6.
32 (tie), Zeke Bayt, Westerville, Ohio; Isaac Kim, Lebanon, Pa., and Michael Azcarate, Coral Springs, Fla., 5.
35, DJ Archer, Friendswood, Texas, 4.
36 (tie), Arturo Quintero, Mexico, and Scott Newell, Deland, Fla., 3.
38 (tie), Brad Miller, Maryland Heights, Mo., and Michael Schlabach, Goshen, Ind., 2.
40 (tie), Connor Pickford, Plano, Texas, and Darren Tang, San Francisco, 1.

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New York’s Ryan Ciminelli Races into PBA Xtra Frame Greater Jonesboro Open Lead

by Bill Vint June 3, 2017 18:26

JONESBORO, Ark. – Ryan Ciminelli of Cheektowaga, N.Y., averaged 234.25 for eight games Saturday to take a 195-pin over Dick Allen of Columbia, S.C., in the PBA Xtra Frame Greater Jonesboro Open at Jonesboro Bowling Center.

Ciminelli, a 31-year-old left-hander and seven-time PBA Tour champion, rolled games of 226, 199, 210, 279, 235, 245, 234 and 236 for a 1,874 pinfall total. No one else in the field of 113 bowlers averaged as high as 210 on the challenging lane condition. Allen averaged 209.88 to finish with 1,679 pins and join the group of 37 top qualifiers who advanced to Sunday’s cashers round.

In third place was Wes Malott of Pflugerville, Texas, with 1,670 followed by Xtra Frame Storm Cup points leader Dom Barrett of England with a 1,663 total and Kyle Sherman of O'Fallon, Mo., with 1,661 pins.

The top 37 qualifiers advance to Sunday’s five-game cashers round at 8:30 a.m. The top 16 after 13 games will bowl an eight-game match play round at noon, and the top four after 21 games will compete in the stepladder finals Sunday at 3:45 p.m. All times are Central.

At stake for the winner is a $12,500 first prize, a PBA Tour title and 25 points in the Xtra Frame Storm Cup standings. All PBA members who finish among the top 20 earn Xtra Frame Storm Cup points. The Greater Jonesboro Open is the third event of the seven-tournament Storm Cup series.

All of Sunday’s action will be streamed live on PBA’s Xtra Frame online bowling channel. In addition to monthly and annual subscription packages, a three-day subscription is available for only $3.99 (visit xtraframe.tv to sign up).

PBA XTRA FRAME GREATER JONESBORO OPEN
Jonesboro Bowling Center, Jonesboro, Ark., June 3

Final Qualifying Standings (after 8 games; top 37 advance to cashers round)
1, Ryan Ciminelli, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 1,874.
2, Dick Allen, Columbia, S.C., 1,679.
3, Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 1,670.
4, Dom Barrett, England, 1,663.
5, Kyle Sherman, O'Fallon, Mo., 1,661.
6 (tie), Ryan Lakota, Shorewood, Ill., and Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 1,642.
8, Francois Lavoie, Canada, 1,639.
9, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 1,638.
10, Mitch Beasley, Clarksville, Tenn., 1,619.
11, Robert Lawrence, Austin, Texas, 1,615.
12, Jeff Hatt, Oklahoma City, 1,613.
13, n-Kamron Doyle, Brentwood, Tenn., 1,612.
14, Dino Castillo, Highland Village, Texas, 1,609.
15, Bill O'Neill, Langhorne, Pa., 1,606.
16, n-David Krol, Branson, Mo., 1,604.
17, Brad Miller, Maryland Heights, Mo., 1,602.
18 (tie), Chris Loschetter, Avon, Ohio, and, n-Michael Tang, San Francisco, Calif., 1,600.
20, James Watson, Austin, Texas, 1,598.
21 (tie), Jared Wolf, Lowell, Ark., and Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 1,594.
23 (tie), Zeke Bayt, Westerville, Ohio, and AJ Johnson, Oswego, Ill., 1,590.
25, Joe Findling, Mesquite, Texas, 1,588.
26, Lucas Legnani, Argentina, 1,586.
27, Stuart Williams, England, 1,585.
28, EJ Tackett, Huntington, Ind., 1,583.
29, Curt Dupre IV, Destrehan, La., 1,582.
30 (tie), Keven Williams, Springfield, Mo., and Shota Kawazoe, Japan, 1,581.
32 (tie), David Krol, Nixa, Mo., and Anthony Simonsen, Austin, Texas, 1,580.
34, Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., 1,565.
35, DJ Archer, Friendswood, Texas, 1,564.
36, Jeff Evans, Supply, N.C., 1,561.
37, Matthew Sanders, Evansville, Ind., 1,558.

Failed to advance:
38 (tie), Sam Cooley, Australia, and James Cantere, Oklahoma City, Okla., 1,555.
40 (tie), Chris Arcaro, Carolina Beach, N.C.; CJ Kirchner, Herrin, Ill., and Tom Hess, Urbandale, Iowa, 1,553.
43 (tie), Tom Daugherty, Riverview, Fla., and Darren Tang, San Francisco, 1,552.
45, Dwight Adams, Greensboro, N.C., 1,550.
46, Gabriel Garcia, Port St. Lucie, Fla., 1,549.
47 (tie), n-Nicholas Pate, Inver Grove Heights, Minn., and Anthony Coats, Pflugerville, Tex, 1,547.
49, Jason Sterner, Rockledge, Fla., 1,544.
50, Tyson Branagan, Fort Worth, Texas, 1,538.
51, Josh Blanchard, Mesa, Ariz, 1,535.
52, Jakob Butturff, Tempe, Ariz., 1,531.
53, n-Massimliano Fridegotto, Aruba, 1,526.
54, Kyle Troup, Taylorsville, N.C., 1,524.
55, n-Anthony Richmond, Sanford, Fla., 1,523.
56, Kristian Sieradzki, Seminole, Fla., 1,522.
57, Andrew Klingler, Grand Rapids, Mich., 1,521.
58, Kristian Rogers, Salisbury, N.C., 1,517.
59, Brad Brooks, Monticello, Ark., 1,513.
59, Andres Gomez, Colombia, 1,513.
61, Graham Fach, Canada, 1,509.
62, Ildemaro Ruiz, Venezuela, 1,508.
63, Mike Bailey, Irving, Texas, 1,496.
64, n-Matt Gasn, Laurel, Md., 1,492.
65, Nick Kruml, Downers Grove, Ill., 1,491.
66, Kristopher Prather, Milton, Fla., 1,488.
67, Trevor Roberts, Crystal River, Fla., 1,487.
68, n-Kenneth Corley, Memphis, Tenn., 1,476.
69 (tie), Gary Faulkner Jr., Memphis, Tenn.; Mike Wolfe, New Albany, Ind., and n-Blake Starr, Oklahoma City, 1,474.
72, Anthony Lavery-Spahr, Pasadena, Texas, 1,470.
73, Jake Peters, Henderson, Nev., 1,468.
74 (tie), n-Jordan Malott, Pflugerville, Tex., and Ronnie Russell, Marion, Ind., 1,466.
76, Trey Ford III, Bartlesville, Okla., 1,465.
77, Connor Pickford, Plano, Texas, 1,447.
78, n-Michael Shirley, North Little Rock, Ark., 1,446.
79, Roger Petrin, Arlington, Texas, 1,444.
80, n-Matthew Hicks, Cabot, Ark., 1,441.
81, Philip Wong, Houston, 1,429.
82, Mike Williams II, Montgomery, Ala., 1,428.
83, Dylan Burns, Lawrence, Kan., 1,421.
84, Brett Spangler, Niles, Ohio, 1,419.
85, n-Skylar Glanovsky, Fort Smith, Ark., 1,405.
86 (tie), Aaron Ramsden, Pleasant Valley, Mo., and David Adcox Jr., Shawnee, Kan., 1,398.
88, Warren Blankenship, Ardmore, Okla., 1,394.
89 (tie), Rameses Chambers, Kansas City, Mo., and Paul Brewbaker, Midwest City, Okla., 1,385.
91, n-Troy White, Carolina Beach, N.C., 1,382.
92, Devin Bidwell, Wichita, Kan., 1,381.
93 (tie), Stephen Keblish, Oklahoma City, Okla., and n-Michael Dailey, Memphis, Tenn., 1,378.
95, Adam Pogge, Austin, Texas, 1,376.
96, Jarek Vincent, Fort Smith, Ark., 1,366.
97, Agustin Aranguren, Argentina, 1,365.
98, Isaac Russell, Malaysia, 1,353.
99, Hunter Brooks IV, Smyrna, Tenn., 1,346.
100, Scott Stofko, Flower Mound, Texas, 1,345.
101, AJ Chapman, Wichita, Kan., 1,324.
102, Dalton Gallion, Jonesboro, Ark., 1,310.
103, Christopher Lequerica, Bluford, Ill., 1,296.
104, Jonathan McMahon, Moticello, Ark., 1,268.
105, n-John Rutigliano, Cordova, Tenn, 1,266.
106, Michael Schlabach, Goshen, Ind., 1,253.
107, n-Anthony Turner, Stephens Point, Wis., 1,245.
108, Marcus Hays, Wilmar, Ark., 1,190.
109, n-Robert Adams, Paragould Ark., 1,183.
110, n-Blane Baugh, Jonesboro, Ark., 1,182.
111, n-Doug Mason, Eldorado, Ark., 1,164.
112, n-Matt Glodowski, Stephens Point, Wis., 1,163.
113, n-Lynn Martin, Tupelo, Mis., 1,093.

n-denotes non-member

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Tommy Jones to Defend Title in PBA Xtra Frame Greater Jonesboro Open

by Bill Vint May 31, 2017 09:15

JONESBORO, Ark. – Tommy Jones of Simpsonville, S.C., who converted his victory in the 2016 PBA Xtra Frame Greater Jonesboro Open into the end-of-season Xtra Frame points championship, will return to Jonesboro Bowling Center Saturday and Sunday to defend his title against a potent field of PBA Tour champions, international players and future stars of professional bowling.

Jones, who defeated top qualifier Kyle Troup of Taylorsville, N.C., 237-228, to win in Jonesboro in 2016, is one of 29 PBA Tour title winners who will compete for the $12,500 first prize and a PBA Tour title this weekend.

PBA Tour champions among the early entries include Dick Allen, Columbia, S.C.; DJ Archer, Friendswood, Texas; Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas; Dom Barrett, England; Josh Blanchard, Mesa, Ariz.; Mitch Beasley, Clarksville, Tenn.; Jacob Butturff, Tempe, Ariz.; Ryan Ciminelli, Cheektowaga, N.Y.; Tom Daugherty, Riverview, Fla.; Graham Fach, Canada; Gary Faulkner Jr., Memphis, Tenn.; Andres Gomez, Colombia; Tom Hess, Urbandale, Iowa; Jones; Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash.; Francois Lavoie, Canada; Robert Lawrence, Austin, Texas; Chris Loschetter, Avon, Ohio; Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas; Bill O’Neill, Langhorne, Pa.; Jake Peters, Henderson, Nev.; Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill.; Ronnie Russell, Marion, Ind.; Anthony Simonsen, Austin, Texas; Jason Sterner, Rockledge, Fla.; EJ Tackett, Huntington, Ind.; Troup; Stuart Williams, England, and Mike Wolfe, New Albany, Ind.

Challenging the 29 players who have already won PBA Tour titles will be a talented group of young players who are looking to make a name for themselves among the roster of PBA champions, including a handful of players who are involved in what is expected to be a tightly-contested PBA Rookie of the Year race, not to mention the PBA Player of the Year competition.

To add a bit more spice to the event, international players are entered from Argentina, England, Australia, Canada, Japan, Colombia and Malaysia in addition to the U.S.

Another special aspect of the Greater Jonesboro Open is that all PBA members will be competing for Xtra Frame Storm Cup points, awarded to players who finish among the top 20. Jonesboro is the third of seven Storm Cup events that will reward the top five players at the end of the series with shares of $50,000 in bonus prize money.

The tournament gets underway at 8 a.m. Saturday with the first of two eight-game qualifying squads. The other half of the field will bowl its qualifying round at 2:30 p.m., with the top one-third of the field advancing to a five-game cashers round Sunday at 8:30 a.m. The top 16 players after 13 games will bowl an eight-game match play round at noon, and the top four after 21 games will compete in the stepladder finals Sunday at 3:45 p.m. All times are Central.

All of Saturday’s and Sunday’s action will be streamed live on PBA’s Xtra Frame online bowling channel. In addition to monthly and annual subscription packages, a three-day subscription is available for only $3.99 (visit xtraframe.tv to sign up).

In addition to the PBA competition, Jonesboro area grassroots bowlers will have an opportunity to bowl with the PBA stars in a pro-am on Friday at 6 and 8:30 p.m. For pro-am information, call Jonesboro Bowling Center at (870) 972-5270.

PBA XTRA FRAME GREATER JONESBORO OPEN
Jonesboro Bowling Center, Jonesboro, Ark., June 2-4 (all times CDT)

Friday, June 2
1 p.m. - Practice session
6, 8:30 p.m. – Pro-Am squads

Saturday, June 3
8 a.m. - A Squad, 8 qualifying games
2:30 p.m. – B Squad, 8 qualifying games
    Top one-third of field after 8 games advances to cashers round

Sunday, June 4
8:30 a.m. – Top one-third of field, five games
    Top 16 after 13 games advance to match play
Noon – Top 16, eight games modified round robin match play
    Top four after 21 games advance to stepladder finals
3:45 p.m. - Top four based on 21-game composite pinfall advance to a stepladder finals

PBA XTRA FRAME STORM CUP POINTS STANDINGS (after two of seven events)
1, Dom Barrett, England, 34
2, Josh Blanchard, Mesa, Ariz., 33
3, Tom Daugherty, Riverview, Fla., 28
4 (tie), Ildemaro Ruiz, Venezuela, and Anthony Simonsen, Austin, Texas, 25
6, Dick Allen, Columbia, S.C., 20
7 (tie), Rhino Page, Orlando, Fla., and AJ Johnson, Oswego, Ill., 19
9, EJ Tackett, Huntington, Ind., 18
10 (tie), Jason Sterner, Rockledge, Fla., and Shawn Maldonado, Houston, 17
12, Kyle Troup, Taylorsville, N.C., 15
13 (tie), BJ Moore III, Greensburg, Pa., and Chris Spoo, Boynton Beach, Fla., 13
15 (tie), Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., and Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., 12
17 (tie), Shota Kawazoe, Japan, and Jeff Piroozshad, Coral Springs, Fla., 11
19, Chris Loschetter, Avon, Ohio, 10
20 (tie), Bill O'Neill, Langhorne, Pa., and Cristian Azcona, Lake Wales, Fla., 9
22 (tie), Jeff Evans, Supply, N.C., and Ryan Ciminelli, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 7
24, Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., 6
25 (tie), Isaac Kim, Lebanon, Pa., and Michael Azcarate, Coral Springs, Fla., 5
27, DJ Archer, Friendswood, Texas, 4
29 (tie), Scott Newell, Deland, Fla., and Arturo Quintero, Mexico, 3
31 (tie), Michael Schlabach, Goshen, Ind., and Brad Miller, Maryland Heights, Mo., 2
32 (tie), Connor Pickford, Plano, Texas, and Darren Tang, San Francisco, 1

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PBA Spare Shots: Matt O’Grady Wins Southwest “Super” Regional Thriller in Colorado

by Bill Vint March 8, 2017 11:54

Matt O’Grady from Rahway, N.J., normally a QubicaAMF East Region competitor, defeated U.S. Open champion Francois Lavoie of Canada, 279-278, in a thrilling title match to conclude the fifth annual PBA Lakewood Southwest Super Regional, sponsored by Denver Broncos running back C.J. Anderson and Storm Products, Sunday at Holiday Lanes in Lakewood, Colo.

The win was O’Grady’s third in QubicaAMF PBA Regional competition and his first in the PBA Southwest Region.

Lavoie, the 2016 PBA Rookie of the Year, won his first PBA title in last year’s Lakewood event. In this year’s title match, the 23-year-old Canadian started the game with a 7-10 split, picked up one pin, and then threw eight strikes heading into his 10th frame. O’Grady started with four strikes, spared a 10 pin, then struck out to force Lavoie to throw three more strikes to force a sudden death roll-off. A 10 pin on Lavoie’s final shot allowed O’Grady to claim the $5,000 first place check.

O’Grady, who averaged 256.89 for the tournament, qualified second. He edged Dylan Macon of Lubbock, Texas, 2-1, in his Round of 8 match and AJ Chapman from Wichita, Kan., 279-236, in the semifinal round match. Lavoie survived a semifinal round thriller over Andrew Klingler of Grand Rapids, Mich., 269-268, to advance to the title match.

BRONCOS’ C.J. ANDERSON HELPS PROMOTE BOWLING’S “COOL FACTOR”

Speaking of Denver Broncos running back C.J. Anderson, he admitted during the Lakewood tournament that when he was a kid, bowling wasn’t very cool. It was something old people – like his grandmother – did while he spent his time in the bowling center playing arcade games.

As an adult, however, Anderson has done a 180-degree turn, and is now in love with the sport, and all of the many aspects of the game most people overlook. In fact, he’s become so fascinated with the sport, and the advanced skills one has to develop in order to compete at the PBA level, he decided to sponsor a PBA Southwest “Super Regional” at Holiday Lanes in Lakewood, Colo., last weekend. A two-time participant in the CP3 PBA Celebrity Invitational, Anderson used that platform to explain his passion for the sport to members of the Denver area news media who came out to cover the event.

“C.J. Anderson is cool,” said PBA CEO and Commissioner Tom Clark, who also attended the event. “A great running back for the Denver Broncos who scores touchdowns in the Super Bowl is cool. All of us who are involved with bowling know it’s cool, but a lot of people have a perception that tells them it’s not. So when you have a guy like C.J. devote this much time and passion to the sport, it really elevates the cool factor in our game.”

Anderson, who has competed in PBA Regional events during the NFL’s offseason, said he is hopeful that bowling can rise to the level of popularity that would allow for more people to make a living doing it. He is also hoping that more young people will pursue scholarships in bowling, which are often available without acquiring a high level of skill .

“The bigger picture is to get other sponsors and to get a bunch of people into bowling and get the PBA back to what it was when I was younger and when I watched my grandma bowl,” Anderson said.

Anderson, who employs an unusual “wrong foot” delivery, bowled in the Lakewood event and averaged 197.88 for a respectable 68th-place finish in the field of 100.

631960468In addition to Anderson, Boston Red Sox star Mookie Betts (left) also has received considerable mainstream media related to his bowling skills, including a great feature story by ESPN.com’s Scott Lauber, after bowling with Anderson in the CP3 PBA Celebrity Invitational in January. Media coverage of Anderson’s and Betts’ bowling activities are posted in the “In The News” section of pba.com (http://denver.cbslocal.com/2017/03/06/anderson-devotes-time-passion-to-the-sport-of-bowling/#.WL5cHHsBrgF.twitter; http://www.espn.com/blog/boston/red-sox/post/_/id/51908/if-baseball-doesnt-work-out-for-mookie-betts-theres-always-pro-bowling).

PBA TOUR PLAYERS RETURN TO ACTION IN FIRST XTRA FRAME STORM CUP EVENT

PBA Tour players return to action in the first in a series of eight PBA Xtra Frame Storm Cup events March 17-19 when Sawgrass Lanes in Tamarac, Fla., hosts the Xtra Frame Reality Check Classic.

The event, re-scheduled due to Hurricane Matthew, will feature a minimum $10,000 first prize and will award the first points in the new XF Storm Cup series that will pay a $20,000 first prize at the conclusion of the 2017 series plus additional cash prizes to the next four highest finishers. XF Storm Cup points will be awarded to the top 20 players with the winner earning 25 points, second place 19, third place 18, etc., with points declining by one through 20th place.

Each of the Storm Cup events also will be covered live from start to finish, exclusively by PBA’s Xtra Frame live streaming service. For subscription information, visit xtraframe.tv.

Immediately following the XF Reality Check Classic will be the first PBA International-World Bowling Tour tournament of 2017, the Brunswick Euro Challenge at Dream-Bowl Palace in Munich, Germany. Qualifying gets underway March 18 and the tournament ends on Sunday, March 26. First prize will be roughly $12,000 plus a PBA Tour title if the winner is a PBA member who doesn’t accept handicap pins.

QUBICA AMF PBA REGIONAL UPDATE: SHAFER WINS SECOND PBA50 REGIONAL TITLE

Ryan Shafer of Horseheads, N.Y. defeated Harry Sullins of Chesterfield Twp., Mich. by 125 pins to win the $1,500 first prize in the PBA50 Strike Zone Lanes Central Classic presented by Brunswick at Strike Zone Lanes in Canton, Ohio, Sunday.

Shafer, who turned 50 in August just as the 2016 PBA50 Tour season was wrapping up, finished with an 11-1 match play record and a total of 4,827 pins for 20 games, including match play bonus pins. The title was Shafer’s first of the year in the PBA Central Region and his second PBA50 Regional title.

● QubicaAMF PBA Regional activity over the March 10-12 weekend includes the PBA50 Fayetteville South Open at Lafayette Lanes in Fayetteville, N.C.; the Colorado Springs Southwest Super Regional, presented by Budweiser, at Harmony Bowl in Colorado Springs, Colo., and the Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort Championship at Gold Country Lanes in Sutter, Creek, Calif.

● The March 17-19 calendar of QubicaAMF PBA Regional action includes the Trumbull County Tourism Bureau Central/East Open, presented by Radical, at Bell-Wick Bowl in Hubbard, Ohio; the Odessa Southwest Open at Astro Bowl in Odessa, Texas, and a PBA West/Northwest tripleheader at the National Bowling Stadium in Reno – the PBA50 and PBA Sands Regency West/Northwest Classic events plus the Sands Regency West/Northwest Challenge (for non-titlists), presented by DV8.

● The schedule of QubicaAMF PBA Regional events over the March 24-26 weekend will feature the PBA50 Rossi Lanes Eastern Open in Elmira, N.Y.; the PBA50 Liberty Lanes Midwest/Central Open in Carpentersville, Ill.; the CCFA Strike Out Crohn’s and Colitis South Open, presented by Rhino Page, at Boardwalk Bowl in Orlando, Fla., and the Caveman Bowl Northwest/West Open presented by DV8 in Grants Pass, Ore.

● Closing out March and kicking off April’s QubicaAMF PBA Regional calendar over the March 31-April 2 weekend will be the PBA50 Showtime Lanes Midwest/Central Open in Virden, Ill.; the Myrtle Beach South Open at Myrtle Beach Bowl in South Carolina, and the FireLake Grand Casino Hotel & Resort Southwest Open at FireLake Bowl in Shawnee, Okla. The weekend also will include a Sunday-only reduced entry fee Elkhart Central/Midwest Open presented by 900 Global at Country Club Lanes in Elkhart, Ind.

● For complete QubicaAMF PBA Regional schedules, rules and entry information, 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

● Reminder: entries are now open for PBA members for PBA50 Tour events that get underway April 15-17 (PBA60 Killer ‘B’ Open) and 17-20 (PBA50 Pasco County Florida Open), both at Lane Glo Bowl in New Port Richey, Fla. Entries will be available on March 15 to non-members for New Port Richey if space is available. Bowlers can enter online (http://www.pba.com/Tournaments/Season/106) or by contacting Mary von Krueger at maryvk@pba.com (fax: 850-564-1717).

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