PBA Spare Shots: Former MLB All-Star John Burkett Wins First PBA Title in Houston Regional Event

by Bill Vint August 23, 2019 08:50

Former Major League Baseball All-Star pitcher John Burkett of Southlake, Texas, shot 247 in his final position round match Sunday to win his first PBA Regional title and become the first former Major Leaguer to win a PBA title at any level.

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(Photo caption: From left, Houston Challenge tournament sponsor Mike Austin, winner John Burkett, Jordan Malott, host proprietor Don Ellis Jr.)

Burkett, 54, won the PBA Houston Emerald Bowl Southwest Challenge, presented by Bowling Dynamix, in Houston, Texas, where he out-dueled non-PBA member Tyler Wright of Gonzales, La., by 94 pins for the victory after swapping the lead with Wright throughout the match play finals.

PBA Challenge tournaments are open to players who have not previously won a PBA title. Burkett, a lifelong bowler dating back to his formative years in the Pittsburgh area, has bowled in PBA competition for several years, and has been a regular on the PBA50 Tour over the past five years. His best finish in a national tournament was fourth place in the 2015 PBA50 Northern California Classic.

During his 16-year MLB career, Burkett compiled 166 wins with 1,766 strikeouts and a 4.31 earned run average, pitching from 1987 to 2003 with the San Francisco Giants, Florida Marlins, Texas Rangers, Atlanta Braves and Boston Red Sox. His best season came in 1993 when he went 22–7 with a 3.65 ERA for the Giants. Burkett was selected to the Major League All-Star game twice, in 1993 and 2001.

In the Houston tournament, Burkett held a 64-pin lead over Jordan Malott, the 15-year-old son of PBA star Wes Malott of Pflugerville, Texas. Burkett started the final game with four strikes as Malott managed early spares before opening in the third frame. Burkett then rolled to a 247-203 win while Wright regained second place with a 224-203 win over Kaden Rogillio of Deer Park, Texas. Burkett finished the tournament with 4,946 total pins for 21 games, including match play bonus pins, while Wright totaled 4,852, and Malott 4,808.

“The kid’s unbelievable,” Burkett said of the young Malott. “He looks just like (semi-retired PBA Tour titlist) Michael Fagan. He made it tough on me.

“My opponents averaged over 230 in match play, but I still won enough matches to win the event. I don’t care what it is; to win something with the PBA name on it makes me very proud,” he added.

“Maybe one of these days I’ll get a PBA50 Tour title. I’ve been close, but, man, when I get a good look on the lanes there are also a few PBA Hall of Famers who also have a good look. It’s very difficult, but this is something to build on. At least now I know I can do it.”

TIMELESS PBA HALL OF FAMER CARMEN SALVINO TO SET PARTICIPATION RECORD - AGAIN

When 85-year-old PBA Hall of Famer Carmen Salvino throws his first ball in the FloBowling PBA Summer Swing, presented by the Brands of Ebonite International, Monday at Parkside Lanes in Aurora, Illinois, he’ll set the PBA record as the oldest player ever to bowl in a PBA Tour event.

He’ll break his own record, set in 2018 when he competed in the PBA Tournament of Champions earlier in the 2019 Go Bowling! PBA Tour season. A founding member of the PBA in 1958, Salvino has bowled in 732 PBA Tour events since competing in the first PBA tournament ever held – the 1959 Empire State Open at Schade’s Academy in Albany, N.Y.

The Chicago native won 17 PBA Tour titles and two PBA50 Tour titles during his lengthy career. He will celebrate his 86th birthday on November 23.

MYKEL HOLLIMAN MAINTAINS GO BOWLING! PBA TOUR ROOKIES POINTS LEAD

Despite his 129th place finish in the PBA Gene Carter’s Pro Shop Classic over the weekend in Middletown, Del., Mykel Holliman of Collierville, Tenn., maintained his comfortable lead in the 2019 Go Bowling! PBA Tour’s rookie competition points race.

Holliman, a 26-year-old left-hander, didn’t move from his 31st position on the overall 2019 PBA Points list. Among players on the 2019 Bowl4life PBA Rookie Watch list, Kenneth Ryan of Farmingdale, N.J., is second in 59th place followed by Wichita’s Patrick Hanrahan (62nd); Mike Coffey of Melbourne, Fla. (74th); Jake Rollins of Glen Rock, N.J. (76th) and Greg Young of Viera, Fla. (78th) on the overall 2019 PBA Tour points list. While competition points have no direct bearing on who will be selected as 2019 PBA Rookie of the Year, they will be a significant consideration when voting takes place at the end of the season.

The 2019 Harry Golden PBA Rookie of the Year will receive a $2,500 bonus from Chuck Gardner’s Bowl4Life Foundation and the foundation will donate an additional $2,500 to a youth bowler scholarship in the ROY’s name.

PBA REGIONAL UPDATE: TUHOLSKI, ALSTOTT WIN FIRST PBA REGIONAL TITLES

• Chris Tuholski of Gresham, Ore., posted a 7-5 match play record and a 20-game total of 4,491 pins Sunday to win his first PBA Regional title in the 40th annual PBA Dave Husted Northwest/West Open presented by Hammer at Husted’s Milwaukie Bowl in Milwaukie, Ore.

Tuholski, the son of nine-time PBA Northwest Region titlist Craig Tuholski, earned $2,000. He defeated Matt McGill of Grants Pass, Ore., by 93 pins for the win. McGill had a 7-4-1 match play record and 4,398 pins for his 20 games, including match play bonus pins, to earn $1,200.

The tournament, hosted by the Husted family, is the longest running regional event in the PBA’s Northwest/West Regions.

Gary Alstott of Washington, Ill. defeated Brad Sipes of Bloomington, Ill. by 144 pins Sunday to win the PBA Greater Jasper Central/Midwest Open at Eastown Recreation Center in Jasper, Ind.

Alstott finished with a 7-1 match play record and a total of 3,710 pins for 16 games, including match play bonus pins, for his first PBA Regional title. He also earned $1,400. Sipes finished with 3,566 pins.

The PBA’s schedule of Regional tournaments over the Aug. 23-25 weekend will be the PBA50 Sky Lanes Asheville South Open in Asheville, N.C., and the PBA50 Coldwater/Roto Grip Central/Midwest Open at Pla-Mor Lanes in Coldwater, Ohio.

The PBA closes its August schedule of Regional activity with the PBA60 Kingsport Super Senior South Open presented by Storm at Warpath Lanes in Kingsport, Tenn., Aug. 26-28, followed by the PBA60 Wilson & Sons Pest Control Super Senior Open at Victory Lanes Family Entertainment Center in Mooresville, N.C., Aug. 29-31. The end-of-month weekend also includes the PBA50 Strike Zone Alleys Eastern Open presented by Hammer in Pottsville, Pa.; the PBA Illinois Valley Midwest Open at I.V. Super Bowl in Peru, Ill., and the PBA50 Mooresville South Open presented By Columbia 300 at Victory Lanes Family Entertainment Center in Mooresville, N.C.

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

QUICK NOTES

Action resumes Thursday and Friday in the FloBowling PBA Summer Tour points competition when Pla-Mor Lanes in Coldwater, Ohio, hosts the PBA BowlerStore.com Classic presented by Moxy’s Xtra Pair. FloBowling’s live coverage of the eight-game qualifying rounds is set for 8 a.m., 1:30 and 7 p.m. (EDT) Thursday. Updated points standings will follow each Summer Tour event at this link: https://www.pba.com/SeasonStats/PointsList/132?list=10. The FloBowling PBA Summer Tour points competitions also will determine the USBC Cup points leaders, and the eight qualifiers for both the FloBowling PBA ATX Invite and the PBA China Tiger Cup Invitational.

Veteran bowling journalist and 2019 PBA Hall of Fame inductee Bob Johnson is paying forward his industry recognition. Instead of accepting a traditional PBA Hall of Fame ring upon his induction, Johnson asked that a donation-in-kind be made to his favorite charity, bowling’s BVL fund. The gesture turned into a contribution of $1,200 in support of the nation’s military veterans.

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PBA Spare Shots: “Beauties vs. Beasts” Kicks Off PBA-PWBA Striking Against Breast Cancer Mixed Doubles

by Bill Vint July 23, 2019 11:33

A special “Beauties vs. Beasts” team competition featuring the leading men’s and women’s qualifiers from the 2018 tournament will kick off the 20th anniversary Storm PBA/PWBA Striking Against Breast Cancer Doubles event at Copperfield Bowl in Houston, Texas, on Thursday, July 25, at 4 p.m. CDT.

The five-game Baker format team event will be livestreamed by the PBA’s online partner, FloBowling. The winning team will share in a $5,000 prize pool. The losers will split $1,000.

Bowling with the “Beauties” will be PWBA competitors Erin McCarthy of Omaha; Missy Parkin of Laguna Hills, Calif.; Shannon Pluhowsky of Dayton, Ohio; Verity Crawley of England, and Diandra Asbaty of Chicago. The “Beasts” will be composed of PBA players EJ Tackett of Bluffton, Ind.; Tommy Jones of Simpsonville, S.C.; Darren Tang of San Francisco; AJ Johnson of Oswego, Ill., and Brad Miller of Lee’s Summit, Mo. Miller will replace Jakob Butturff who will be bowling as a member of Team USA in the Pan American Games.

The tournament, commonly known as “The Luci,” began as a fundraiser to combat breast cancer in honor of the late Luci Bonneau by her best friend, Donna Conners, and has evolved into the most prestigious mixed doubles championship event in the sport.

The 2019 event will feature a sold-out field of 160 teams, divided into four squads for seven-game qualifying rounds on Friday and Saturday at 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. CDT each day. The top 40 teams will bowl another five-game qualifying round Sunday at 8:30 a.m., after which the top eight teams will advance to an eight-game round-robin match play final round starting at 12:30. Final standings will be based on total pinfall, including match play bonus pins, for 20 combined doubles games.

The tournament is part of the FloBowling PBA Summer Tour and will be livestreamed from start to finish, including the “Beauties vs. Beasts” special event, by FloBowling. Visit FloBowling.com for subscription information. For a complete roster of teams entered, click here: https://www.pba.com/content/files/rosters/LuciRoster2019.pdf.

WALTER RAY WILLIAMS JR. ADDS ANOTHER UNIQUE FEAT TO HIS RESUMÉ

PBA Hall of Famer and multi-record holder Walter Ray Williams Jr. added another unique feat to his lengthy resumé during the PBA50 River City Extreme Open in Monticello, Minn., when he bowled a 300 game using the increasingly popular two-handed technique. Unofficially (because the PBA has never tracked such a feat) Williams is the first player ever to bowl 300 games in PBA national competition using the traditional one-handed technique as well as two-handed.

In addition to his two-handed perfect game, the 59-year-old Williams also has bowled 108 “traditional” 300 games in PBA competition.

PBA West/Northwest Regional Manager Gary Mage has noted that regional competitor Dean Richards of Tacoma, Wash., also has accomplished the one-handed/two-handed 300 feat in PBA Northwest Region competition.

PBA BOWLING CHALLENGE TAKES ON PBA LEAGUE ELIAS CUP CHAMPS

Concrete Software’s PBA Bowling Challenge for mobile device users is challenging players to try to beat the 247 game the Portland Lumberjacks bowled at Bayside Bowl in Portland, Maine, in its sweep of the Elias Cup championship round over L.A. X.

It’s free and easy to enter for mobile device users who have downloaded the popular bowling game. To enter, download PBA Bowling Challenge http://bit.ly/Download-PBA and start bowling. If you bowl a game of 248 or higher, you will be entered into the sweepstakes. One entry will be randomly selected as the winner and receive a bowling pin signed by the winning Portland Lumberjacks (Kyle Troup, Mitch Hupé, Kris Prather, Ryan Ciminelli and Mark Roth MVP Wes Malott) and 5,000 Gold Pins.

To review the official rules, click here: http://bit.ly/OfficialRules7. The contest ends on Thursday, July 25.

PBA REGIONAL UPDATE: GEORGE GOES FROM FIFTH TO FIRST FOR FIRST PBA TITLE

Alex George from Wichita, Kan., stunned the fans, fellow competitors and even himself by moving from fifth place to first place in the final position round match to win his first PBA Regional title in the 10th annual PBA Fort Sill Southwest Open, presented by MOTIV, Sunday at Twin Oaks Bowling Center in Fort Sill, Okla.

George trailed tournament leader DeeRon Booker of Albuquerque, N.M., by 104 pins going into position round. As Booker struggled in a 190-147 loss to Anthony Lavery-Spahr of Pasadena, Texas, George defeated Austin Boulds of Creal Springs, Ill., 246-174. Joe Findling from Mesquite, Texas, and Nathan Bohr of Austin, Texas, were matched in the third- and fourth-place match, won by Bohr, 212-202. That left both players short of George’s winning total. George finished with 4,489 total pinfall for his 21 games, including bonus pins, edging Lavery-Spahr’s 4,485 for the $2,500 first prize. Bohr claimed third place with a 4,467 total, and Booker settled for fourth with 4,460 pins.

Ronnie Russell of Marion, Ind. defeated Matt Staninger of Centerville, Ohio by 81 pins to win the PBA Angola Central/Midwest Open presented by Storm at Angola Bowl in Angola, Ind., Sunday.

Russell, a four-time PBA Tour titlist, finished with a 4-4 match play record and a total of 4,498 pins for 21 games, including match play bonus pins, to win his 10th PBA Regional title. He also earned $2,600.

• Josh Blanchard of Mesa, Ariz., and non-PBA member partner Eryk Jensen of Gresham, Ore., teamed up to win Sunday’s PBA member/non-member doubles title at Husted’s Hazel Dell Lanes in Vancouver, Wash.

In Sunday’s title match, Blanchard and Jensen defeated non-members Jason Lower and Rob Edwards, both of Vancouver, 471-437, to claim the $3,000 first prize. Blanchard earned his 11th PBA Regional title but Jensen doesn’t earn a title because he is not a PBA member.

In semifinal round, Blanchard and Jensen advanced by eliminating non-member Thomas Ault Jr. of Vancouver and Craig Tuholski of Gresham, Wash., 425-382, while Lower and Edwards ousted Austin Hunt of Pasco, Wash. and non-member Nick Borgaro of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, 448-417.

Ray Edwards of Middle Island, N.Y. defeated Bob Leonard of Lockwood, N.Y., 259-192, to win the PBA50 Cecil Raymond Memorial presented by Ebonite at Brunswick Zone Deptford in Deptford, N.J., on Sunday, July 14.

Edwards, who qualified second, held a comfortable lead throughout the title match on his way to his 23rd overall PBA Regional title and his second of the year. He also won the 2017 Cecil Raymond Memorial.  Edwards earned $1,500 for the win.

The tournament, which began in 2004, was renamed in 2014 to honor its sponsor, Cecil Raymond, who passed away in January 2014. Raymond was the 2013 recipient of the East Region’s Pat Patterson Award for outstanding contributions to the regional program.

Edwards, a five-time PBA East Region Player of the Year, advanced to the championship round by defeating Mike Healy of Yonkers, N.Y., 183-169, while Leonard defeated John Zawalick of Westminster, Mass., 197-148, in the semifinal round.

Ricky Schissler of Brighton, Colo. defeated Bryan Goebel of Shawnee, Kan., 210-197, to win the PBA50 Beverly Lanes Midwest/Central Open presented by MOTIV at Beverly Lanes in Arlington Heights, Ill., on Sunday, July 14.

Schissler earned the $1,400 first prize and his third PBA50 regional title.

Goebel defeated Ryan Shafer of Horseheads, N.Y., 256-197, to advance to the championship match after downing Stoney Baker of Canton, Ga., 213-160, in the first stepladder match.

• The July schedule of PBA Regionals concludes over the July 26-28 weekend with the PBA50 Tower Lanes Summer Classic in Tacoma, Wash.

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

QUICK NOTES

PBA fans can follow the FloBowling PBA Summer Tour points standings as they are updated following each Summer Tour event at this link: https://www.pba.com/SeasonStats/PointsList/132?list=10. The FloBowling PBA Summer Tour points will also be used to determine the USBC Cup points standings, and the eight qualifiers for both the FloBowling PBA ATX Invite and the PBA China Tiger Cup Invitational.

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Zeke Bayt Leads After First Round in PBA Lubbock Sports Shootout in Bid for First PBA Tour Title

by Bill Vint June 29, 2019 19:08

LUBBOCK, Texas – Zeke Bayt, a 27-year-old right-hander from Westerville, Ohio, averaged 244.38 Saturday to lead the opening qualifying round in the PBA Lubbock Sports Shootout presented by Ebonite at South Plains Lanes.

Bayt, a semi-regular PBA touring player for the past four years, was one of five players among the top 10 after eight games who are trying for their first PBA Tour titles. Bayt’s best previous finish was third with partner Dick Allen in the 2017 Mark Roth-Marshall Holman PBA Doubles Championship. He overtook Brad Miller of Lee’s Summit, Missouri, in the final game to take the lead.

The Lubbock Sports Shootout is the opening event of the 2019 Go Bowling! PBA Summer Tour and the USBC Cup points competition. All 10 events in the summer series will be livestreamed exclusively by PBA’s online streaming partner, FloBowling.

Bayt rolled games of 226, 203, 258, 300, 212, 192, 278 and 286 for a first-round total of 1,955 pins, 43 ahead of Miller. Miller also is trying for his first PBA Tour title. Tom Daugherty of Riverview, Florida, was in third place with 1,872 pins followed by non-titlist AJ Chapman of Manchester, Iowa, at 1,870 and Dom Barrett of England with a 1,861 total.

Anthony Lavery-Spahr of Pasadena, Texas, and AJ Johnson of Oswego, Illinois, in seventh and ninth places, respectively are the other non-title winners among the top 10.

Competition continues Sunday when the top 39 qualifiers will advance to a six-game cashers round at 8:30 a.m. The top 16 after 14 games will bowl an eight-game match play round at 12:15 p.m. with the top four players advancing to the stepladder finals at 4:15 p.m. All times are Central.

Fans can catch all the live streaming action on FloBowling.com.  Visit www.flobowling.com for subscription and schedule information.

PBA LUBBOCK SPORTS SHOOTOUT

presented by Ebonite

South Plains Lanes, Lubbock Texas, Saturday

FIRST ROUND STANDINGS (after 8 games; top 39 advance to Sunday’s cashers round)

1, Zeke Bayt, Westerville, Ohio, 1,955.
2, Brad Miller, Lees Summit, Mo., 1,912.
3, Tom Daugherty, Riverview, Fla., 1,872.
4, AJ Chapman, Manchester, Iowa, 1,870.
5, Dom Barrett, England, 1,861.
6, Francois Lavoie, Canada, 1,836.
7, Anthony Lavery-Spahr, Pasadena, Texas, 1,806.
8, Jake Peters, Henderson, Nev., 1,805.
9, AJ Johnson, Oswego, Ill., 1,804.
10, Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 1,779.
11, Josh Montgomery, Flower Mound, Texas, 1,778.
12, Kyle Troup, Taylorsville, N.C., 1,769.
13, Shawn Maldonado, Houston, 1,758.
14, Bill O'Neill, Langhorne, Pa., 1,757.
15, Richie Teece, England, 1,753.
16, Darren Tang, Las Vegas, 1,751.
17, Jeremy McElliott, Phoenix, 1,745.
18, Jakob Butturff, Tempe, Ariz., 1,741.
19, Stuart Williams, England, 1,735.
20, Dylan Burns, Garden City, Kan., 1,734.
21, Patrick Hanrahan, Wichita, Kan., 1,728.
22, Greg Young, Viera, Fla., 1,719.
23, EJ Tackett, Bluffton, Ind., 1,717.
24, Josh Blanchard, Mesa, Ariz., 1,716.
25, Jason Belmonte, Australia, 1,713.
26, n-Joseph Grondin, San Pedro, Calif., 1,710.
27, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 1,707.
28, DJ Archer, Spring, Texas, 1,705.
28, James Watson, Austin, Texas, 1,705.
30, Nick Pate, Inver Grove Heights, Minn., 1,704.
31, n-Cody Meiers, Lubbock, Texas, 1,698.
32, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 1,697.
33, Sean Lavery-Spahr, Pasadena, Texas, 1,691.
34, Devin Bidwell, Wichita, Kan., 1,689.
35, Dick Allen, Lexington, S.C., 1,686.
36, n-Rick Benard, Clovis, N.M., 1,681.
37, David Maycock, Bermuda, 1,678.
38, Kamron Doyle, Brentwood, Tenn., 1,667.
39, Chris Via, Springfield, Ohio, 1,659.

Failed to advance:
40 (tie), n-Dylan Macon, Ennis, Texas, and Michael Austin, Conroe, Texas, 1,658.
42, Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., 1,654.
43, Mykel Holliman, Collierville, Tenn., 1,647.
44, Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 1,642.
45, Andrew Anderson, Holly, Mich., 1,633.
46, Juan Garza, Lubbock, Texas, 1,630.
47, Kris Koeltzow, Wheat Ridge, Colo., 1,621.
48 (tie), n-Rameses Chambers, Kansas City, Mo., and n-David McKay, Artesia, New Mexico, 1,618.
50, Thomas Rash, Spencer, Okla., 1,616.
51, Trey Ford III, Bartlesville, Okla., 1,611.
52, s-Harley Deckert, Odessa, Texas, 1,605.
53, Mitch Hupe, Canada, 1,592.
54, Tristan Butler, Fort Wayne, Ind., 1,589.
55, Nathan Bohr, Austin, Texas, 1,588.
56, n-Stefan Wood, Lubbock, Texas, 1,587.
57, Michael Tang, Johnstown, Ohio, 1,578.
58 (tie), Andrew Cain, Phoenix, and Tim Cagle II, Hercules, Calif., 1,575.
60 (tie), Martin Bedford, Gasport, N.Y., and Kenneth Bland Jr., San Antonio, Texas, 1,574.
62, Nate Garcia, Port St. Lucie, Fla., 1,573.
63, David Wilson, Amarillo, Texas, 1,568.
64, n-Blayne Hurst, Amarillo, Texas, 1,560.
65, n-Zach Wojciechowski, Lubbock, Texas, 1,557.
66, Scott McCleery, Lubbock, Texas, 1,556.
67, Donald Davis Jr., W. Tawakoni, Texas, 1,554.
68, Terry Ward, San Angelo, Texas, 1,550.
69, Lee White, Odessa, Texas, 1,548.
69, Zac Tackett, Huntington, Ind., 1,548.
71, Gabriel Yanes, Shertz, Texas, 1,547.
72, n-David Landbeck, Lubbock, Texas, 1,542.
73, n-Ramsey Basurto, Lancaster, Calif., 1,538.
74, Cody Copeland, Abilene, Texas, 1,532.
75, Toby Sambueno, Henderson, Nev., 1,528.
76, Athol Packer, Jr., Little Elm, Texas, 1,526.
77 (tie), Tyler Albracht, Amarillo, Texas, and Levi Fintel, Lubbock, Texas, 1,521.
79 (tie), Scotty Pope Jr., Midland, Texas, and Paul Brewbaker, Midwest City, Okla., 1,517.
81 (tie), n-Clinton Watkins, Andrews, Texas, and n-Myron Fleming, Grand Prairie, Texas, 1,511.
83, Mark Waters, Plainview, Texas, 1,501.
84 (tie), Mike Bailey, Irving, Texas, and n-Jason Tidwell, Odessa, Texas, 1,497.
86, n-Deo Benard, Rio Rancho, N.M., 1,495.
87, Todd Sigeti, Lititz, Pa., 1,487.
88, n-Kyle Gilbert, Phelan, Calif., 1,486.
89, n- Will Davis, Aretesia, N.M., 1,484.
90, Travis Tribolet, San Angelo, Texas, 1,482.
91, Keven Williams, Springfield, Mo.,, 1,479.
92, n-Frank Rose Jr, Bellaire, Texas, 1,478.
93, Randy Hawks, Balch Springs, Texas, 1,476.
94 (tie), Andy Patterson, Tyler, Texas, and Mason Edmondson, Amarillo, Texas, 1,474.
96, Michael Steele, Abilene, Texas, 1,472.
97, Joshua Garrard, Mustang, Okla., 1,462.
98, n-Bradley Harvey, Albuquerque, NM, 1,455.
99, n-Zachary Harvey, Albuquerque, N.M., 1,453.
100, Allan Smith, Killeen, Texas, 1,449.
101, n-Tyler Bryant, Colorado Spr., Colo., 1,447.
102, Jeremy Fowler, Odessa, Texas, 1,445.
103, n-Alan Berger, Lubbock, Texas, 1,439.
104, Charles Ramay, Lubbock, Texas, 1,436.
105, George Duke, Vidor, Texas, 1,431.
106, n-Jeromy Tidwell, Midland, Texas, 1,430.
107, David Scardaville, Houston, Texas, 1,429.
108, Billy Crider, Austin, Texas, 1,424.
109, Randy Turner, Shallowater, Texas, 1,419.
110, n-John Luke Green, Amarillo, Texas, 1,418.
111, James Grago, Hampstead, N.C., 1,414.
112, Mark Payne Sr., Amarillo, Texas, 1,396.
113, n-Joshua Mabry, Tucson, Ariz., 1,391.
114, James Cantere, Norman, Okla., 1,372.
115, n-Dustan Mahan, Washington, Okla., 1,364.
116, Francis Russo, Richmond, Texas, 1,342.
117, Jonathan Lawson, Canyon, Texas, 1,320.
118, Gerry Smith, Rio Rancho, N.M., 1,277.

n-denotes non-PBA member.

300 games: DJ Archer, AJ Chapman, Zeke Bayt.

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PBA Spare Shots: New “Beauties vs. Beasts” Special Event to Kick Off Annual Mixed Doubles Event

by Bill Vint July 13, 2018 08:29

A new “Beauties vs. Beasts” five-game Baker format team match will kick off the annual PBA-PWBA Striking Against Breast Cancer Mixed Doubles Tournament presented by Storm on Thursday, July 26, at 4 p.m. CDT at Copperfield Bowl in Houston, Texas. PBA Xtra Frame on FloBowling will cover the event.

Tournament founder Donna Conners, who is always looking to add bigger-and-better features to the event, will pit last year’s top male qualifiers against last year’s leading female qualifiers in a Baker format team competition. At stake will be $5,000 in bonus prize money for the winning team, with $1,000 to the losing team.

Bowling on the female side will be Germany’s Birgit Popplar (who won the 2017 mixed doubles title with partner Jason Sterner); Stefanie Johnson of McKinney, Texas; Holly Harris of Wichita, Kan.; Josie Earnest-Barnes of Nashville, Tenn., and Natalie Cortese of Hoffman Estates, Ill. (Cortese replaces Sweden’s Jenny Wegner, who is not entered this year). The male side will feature Kyle Troup of Taylorsville, N.C.; Tommy Jones of Simpsonville, S.C.; Chris Barnes of Double Oak, Texas; Brad Miller of Raytown, Mo., and Clint Land of Houston.

The 19th annual mixed doubles tournament, the largest event of its kind in professional bowling, will feature a world-class field of 160 teams including players from around the world. It will be covered from start to finish by PBA Xtra Frame on FloBowling, beginning with the first of four eight-game qualifying squads at 8 a.m. CDT on Friday, July 27.

PBA50 TOUR NEXT TO MAKE PBA XTRA FRAME ON FLOBOWLING DEBUT

The PBA50 Tour will be the next to make its PBA Xtra Frame on FloBowling debut when the “senior tour” resumes its 2018 schedule July 17-20 in the PBA50 River City Extreme Open, presented by Ebonite, from River City Extreme in Monticello, Minn.

July coverage of the PBA50 Tour by PBA Xtra Frame on FloBowling continues with the PBA50 South Shore Open presented by Hammer at Olympia Lanes in Hammond, Ind., July 23-26, and the PBA50 Security Federal Savings Bank Championship, presented by Track, at Dave Small's Heritage Lanes, Kokomo, Ind., July 28-31.

All PBA Xtra Frame on FloBowling events are covered live, from first ball to last, at

FloBowling.com. Existing Xtra Frame subscribers can transition their current subscriptions by visiting https://www.flobowling.com/claim-account or new subscribers can sign-up at FloBowling.com.

USBC EXTENDS SENIOR MASTERS, SUPER SENIOR CLASSIC THROUGH 2021 AT SAM’S TOWN

The United States Bowling Congress has extended its agreement with Sam’s Town Bowling Center in Las Vegas to host the Senior Masters and Super Senior Classic through 2021. Sam’s Town has hosted both events since 2016.

In 2019, the Super Senior Classic for players 60 and older will begin on May 29 with the Senior Masters set for June 2-9. The Super Senior Classic has grown from 28 competitors in 2013 to 184 bowlers in 2018.

The 2020 Senior Masters is set for May 31-June 7, while the 2021 event will take place June 6-13. The 2020 Super Senior Classic is scheduled for May 27-31 and the 2021 tournament will be June 2-6.

PBA REGIONAL UPDATE: BOB CARUSO WINS CECIL RAYMOND MEMORIAL TITLE

Bob Caruso of Dayton, N.J. defeated Steve Pavlinko of Sewell, N.J., 246-218, to win the PBA50 Cecil Raymond Memorial presented by Ebonite at Brunswick Zone Deptford on Sunday.

Caruso, who qualified second, held a comfortable lead throughout the title match on his way to his fourth career PBA Regional title and his second in Deptford. He also won the 2014 Mil-Ray Foods Open. Pavlinko is the co-sponsor of the event and operates the pro shop inside the center. Caruso won $2,000 while Pavlinko earned $1,000 for his runner-up finish.

The tournament, which began in 2004, was renamed in 2014 to honor its sponsor, Cecil Raymond, who passed away in January 2014. Raymond was the 2013 recipient of the East Region’s Pat Patterson Award for outstanding contributions to the region.

In the semifinal round, Caruso edged Tommy Brodowski of New Hyde Park, N.Y., 174-173, when Brodowski opened in the 10th frame while Pavlinko defeated three-time East Region PBA50 Player of the Year Sam Maccarone of Williamstown, N.J., 227-207. Brodowski and Maccarone each earned $750 as semifinal round losers.

● The July 13-15 PBA Regional schedule includes the PBA50 Fairborn Central Classic presented by Roto Grip at Bowl 10 Fairborn in Fairborn, Ohio; the PBA Allstate Tony Grigat Midwest Open presented by Columbia 300 at Poplar Creek Bowl in Hoffman Estates, Ill., and the PBA Beltline Lanes Columbia Baker Doubles South Open in Columbia, S.C.

● Over the July 20-22 weekend, PBA Regional events will include the PBA50 Parkway Lanes Eastern Open presented by Roto Grip in Elmwood Park, N.J.; the PBA Angola Central/Midwest Open presented by Ebonite at Angola Bowl in Angola, Ind.; the PBA Spring Hill Lanes South Open presented by Track in Spring Hill, Fla.; the PBA Fort Sill Southwest Open at Twin Oaks Bowling Center in Fort Sill, Okla.; the PBA, PBA50 and PBA-PWBA Secoma Lanes Northwest/West Open tripleheader in Federal Way, Wash., and the PBA50 Beverly Lanes Midwest/Central Open presented by Roto Grip in Arlington Heights, Ill.

● Closing out the July schedule of PBA Regional competitions will be the PBA50 Ned Micelli Memorial at Herrill Lanes in New Hyde Park, N.Y., over the July 27-28 weekend.

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

QUICK NOTES

● Last call for fans to vote on the “best bowler” in the 2018 ESPY competition. Click on this link (http://www.espn.com/espys/story/_/page/voting54/best-athlete-sport) and look for the “best bowler” ballot which includes Jason Belmonte, Rhino Page, Tom Smallwood and Jesper Svensson. The winner will be announced when the ESPY shows airs on ESPN on Wednesday, July 18.

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PBA SW Region Grand Casino Hotel Points

by Bryant Turner June 12, 2018 09:23

Updated: 6/12/18

Grand Hotel Casino Resort Points

Grand Hotel Casino Resort Points will be awarded for all PBA Southwest Region open events from July 15, 2017 to July 14, 2018.

Invitational Field Makeup

The top 28 players from the Grand Hotel Casino Resort Point List that have bowled a minimum of three open Southwest region events will be invited. The top two players from the Grand Hotel Casino Resort Point List that bowled one-half the Southwest Region open events, but fell below the top 28 point leaders, will be invited. Two invitees that have bowled a minimum of three open Southwest Region events will be chosen by the Grand Hotel Casino Resort to complete the field of 32 players.

1. Anthony Lavery-Spahr

142609

2. Francois Lavoie

139744

3. Mike Bailey

137035

4. Sean Lavery-Spahr

106170

5. Shawn Maldonado

97355

6. Nathan Bohr

77841.5

7. Brad Miller

73028

8. Devin Bidwell

70681

9. Trey Ford

67670.5

10. Joe Findling

64366.5

11. David 'Boog' Krol

63446.5

12. Wes Malott

59847

13. Anthony Coats

58147

14. Dylan Burns

55929

15. Beau Peterson

52772

16. Roger Petrin

50831

17. David Scardaville

50473

18. Paul Brewbaker

48577

19. Chris Barnes

48305

20. Ricky Schissler

47486

21. Michael Steele

47308

22. Mason Edmondson

46441

23. Austin Boulds

46068

24. Dino Castillo

45132

25. Ronald Johnson

43495

26. Kurt Gengelbach

41907

27. Mitch Hupe

40374

28. Jeff Hatt

39063.5

29. Adam Pogge

37194

30. James Mayer

33666

31. Chris Hibbitts

32561.5

32. EJ Tackett

32104

33. Marshal Morrison

31097

34. Andrew Anderson

31003.5

35. Kyle Sherman

30092

36. Brett Cooper

29990.5

37. Andy Patterson

29150

38. Jason Duran

28495

39. ss-Mike Dias

27708

40. Rafiq Ismail

27708

41. Cody Meiers

26905.5

42. Mark Morgan

26600

43. Tyler Albracht

26165

44. Kamron Doyle

25802.5

45. Mark Scroggins

25392

46. Rick Minier

25000

47. Zakary Edgerton

24992.5

48. Keith Lesko

24151

49. Tom Daugherty

23820

50. s-Martin Bedford

23382

51. Michael Smith

23335

52. Nicholas Pate

22642

53. Robert Lawrence

21881

54. Jakob Butturff

21714

55. Anthony Simonsen

21714

56. ss-Paul McCordic

21260

57. s-Pete Thomas

20985

58. Kenneth Harlan

20511

59. Tyson Branagan

20462

60. Scott McCleery

19956.5

61. DJ Archer

19911

62. Jared Wolf

19499

63. Norm Duke

19249

64. Keven Williams

18907

65. Lee White

18173

66. AJ Johnson

18122

67. Sean Rash

17605

68. Ahmad Muad Mohd

17549

69. Harley Deckert

17244.5

70. n-Pat Roth

17156

71. s-Randy Turner

17103

72. Kris Koeltzow

16959

73. Juan Garza

16590

74. Christopher Hull

16415

75. Scott Greiner

16365

76. Raif Terry

16227

77. Robert Pohlman

15211

78. Billy Rogers

13813.5

79. Gary Faulkner

13644

80. Jeremy Fowler

13540

81. Jason Sterner

13487

82. Michael Tang

13393

83. Vaughn Cruz

13379.5

84. Jay Nephew

13097

85. Brian Burkett

13083

86. n-JIM Dougherty

12797

87. Paul Henderson

12790

88. James Cantere

12763

89. David Adcox

12380.5

90. Alex Cavagnaro

12212

91. n-Adam Tacker

12128

92. Alex Liew Liang

11718

93. Tom Hess

11574

94. n-Rameses Chambers

11452

95. n-Lonnie Waliczek

11054

96. ss-Mark Williams

10909

97. John Caldwell

10737

98. Clint Land

10588

99. Gabriel Yanes

10424

100. Ryan Ciminelli

10397

101. Matthew Tomsu

10397

102. Mark Myers

10397

103. Darren Tang

10271

104. Michael Austin

9854

105. N-Christopher Rogers

9828.33333

106. Bobby Hall

9825

107. Marshall Kent

9822

108. Cody Copeland

9722

109. Josh Montgomery

9561

110. Philip Wong

9360

111. s-Rick Lawrence

9314

112. Donald Davis,

9125

113. Tun Ameerul Al-Hakim

9053

114. Francis Russo

9026

115. Stephen Keblish

8973

116. Thomas Patterson

8863

117. Clinton Holliday,

8671

118. n-David Tullos

8595

119. Kyle Troup

8459

120. Joey Burruel

8346

121. Bryan Pogor

8331

122. Dave Chubb

8275.5

123. Johnny Wilson

8238

124. ss-Mike Benoit

8116

125. Wayne Stellick

8110

126. Justin Johnson

7750.5

127. Dylan Macon

7612.5

128. Don Blankenship

7310

129. David Wilson

7095

130. Trevor Watkins

7070

131. Bryan Viator

7068

132. Cristian Azcona

6795

133. Jorge Gutierrez

6785

134. Melvin Wilson

6743

135. CJ Kirchner

6734

136. s-Tracy Camper

6649

137. Dick Allen

6627

138. Timothy Tripp

6556

139. Adrian Ang Loong

6445

140. w-Diana Zavjalova

6435

141. Curt Dupre

6382

142. Travis Tribolet

6325

143. David Peterson

6273

144. Shane Martin

6120.5

145. Mike Edwards

6102

146. Brian Menini

6102

147. Gregory Johnson

6091

148. Jacob Cutler

6058

149. Connor Pickford

5972

150. Casey Buller

5818.5

151. Warren Blankenship

5806

152. Adam Ortega

5806

153. s-Scotty Scott

5802

154. Paul Kaminski

5552

155. Brandon Curtis

5552

156. Kenneth Bland

5511.5

157. Charlie Whittle

5472.5

158. ss-William Panebianco

5427

159. Collin Howe

5393

160. Joshua Garrard

5386

161. Syafiq Ridhwan

5308

162. Dwight Adams

5244

163. Alan Blankenship

5189

164. Zeke Bayt

5105

165. Skylar Glanovsky

5105

166. n-Larry Harper

5052

167. Perry Kloska

4986

168. n-George Duke

4974

169. Brett Spangler

4871

170. Billy Crider

4851

171. Greg Thomas

4823

172. Gary Blair

4800

173. James Watson

4795

174. Grace Hall

4795

175. Tommy Jones

4625

176. Lance Nikkel

4521

177. Ronnie Russell

4423

178. ss-Don Blatchford

4330

179. Nate Garcia

4241

180. Russ Oviatt

4241

181. ss-Tim Collinsworth

4193

182. Kristopher Prather

4157

183. Donnie Benson

3968

184. Jay Witt

3930

185. Mike Wolfe

3758

186. Jarek Vincent

3726

187. Kyle King

3635.5

188. ss-Michael James

3606

189. Pete Weber

3606

190. Jean Perez

3550

191. John Austin

3527

192. Michael Baker

3495

193. Jake Peters

3443

194. Hans Schell

3443

195. s-Douglas Kirkman

3393

196. James Price

3326

197. s-Gregory Scheetz

3297

198. Jon DeLaney

3206

199. John Gould

3149

200. Mark London

3043

201. Dennis Scott

3043

202. Aaron Ramsden

2944

203. n-Tonio Childress

2897

204. Cory Lane

2852

205. Marvin Williams

2808

206. Keith Desmarais

2808

207. Phillip Watson

2808

208. Humberto Vazquez

2787

209. Dan Schmerbach

2766

210. Tracy Gainey

2725

211. ss-John Burns

2648

212. Nick Kruml

2611

213. Jason Britain

2593

214. Zach Doty

2575

215. Michael Duran

2492

216. Brian Bledsoe

2476

217. Chris Via

2445

218. Victor Florie

2445

219. Michael Savage

2414

220. Brandon Enyart

2414

221. Chris Arcaro

2384

222. Zulmazran Zulkifli

2355

223. Quinton Miller

2355

224. Gregory Stauffer

2327

225. Zachery Tackett

2300

226. Justin Pittsinger

2260

227. n-James Montes

2247

228. Chris Loschetter

2198

229. AJ Chapman

2174

230. n-Michael Creasey

2151

231. Charles Ganem,

2128

232. Dave Han

2106

233. Mitch Beasley

2063

234. Jeff Steinbach

2063

235. William Grant

1983

236. Adam James

1983

237. ss-Thomas May

1928

238. Hunter Brooks

1877

239. Blake Demore

1853

240. Carlos Fourzan

1853

241. s-Eric Altenburg

1814

242. Samuel Bratton

1799

243. Darren Comardelle

1770

244. Charles Combs

1628

245. Doug Chap

1511

246. Phillip Scoggins

1465

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