PBA Spare Shots: Bill O’Neill’s “on the Bubble” in 8th Qualifying Spot for 2018 PBA Clash

by Bill Vint October 4, 2018 11:12

The PBA International-WBT Thailand, which concluded Friday in Bangkok, at least temporarily shuffled the top eight qualifying positions on the 2018 Go Bowling! PBA Tour earnings list heading into the end-of-season PBA Clash, and Bill O’Neill is now “bubble boy” in the eighth spot.

Following the Thailand tournament, the top four on the 2018 PBA Tour earnings list remain the same: Jason Belmonte, Anthony Simonsen, Dom Barrett and Andrew Anderson. After a fourth-place finish in Thailand, Kyle Troup has moved up two spots to fifth; EJ Tackett drops one spot to sixth, Marshall Kent is seventh (down from sixth) and O'Neill is now on the bubble in eighth place, moving up two spots after finishing 15th in Thailand. Jesper Svensson has advanced to ninth ($1,470 behind O’Neill) followed by Jakob Butturff and Tom Smallwood.

Attention now turns to the FloBowling PBA Fall Swing (including the Wolf Open, Bear Open and Tulsa Open) at The Lanes at Coffee Creek in suburban Tulsa, Okla., Oct. 15-20, followed by the U.S. Open at Northrock Lanes in Wichita, Kan., Oct. 24-31, which will decide the earnings race.

PBA Xtra Frame on FloBowling will cover the PBA Fall Swing live from start to finish. Subscriptions are available at FloBowling.com. The preliminary rounds of the U.S. Open also will be live-streamed by Xtra Frame on FloBowling, Oct. 26-30, before the finals air live on CBS Sports Network on Oct. 31.

The WBT Thailand was also a WBT points event. The top three men and top three women in WBT points for the 2018 season will compete in the World Bowling Tour Men’s and Women’s Finals presented by the PBA which will be contested at the International Training and Research Center in Arlington, Texas, for airing on FS1 on Sunday, March 10, at 10 p.m. EST.

The current top five in men’s WBT points are: Anthony Simonsen, Stuart Williams, Kyle Troup, Andrew Anderson and Sean Rash. The women’s top five are WBT Thailand winner Danielle McEwan, Liz Johnson, Daria Pajak, Siti Safiyah Amirah and Shannon O’Keefe.

The final three events to earn WBT points in 2018 will be the PBA Tulsa Open, the U.S. Open and the all-events division of the World Bowling Men’s World Championships Nov. 24-Dec. 5 in Hong Kong.

PBA STARS TO COMPETE IN WORLD BOWLING MEN’S CHAMPIONSHIPS IN HONG KONG

Several PBA stars from around the world will compete for gold, silver and bronze medals in the World Bowling Men’s World Championships Nov. 24-Dec. 5 in Hong Kong, including Team USA members Andrew Anderson, Chris Barnes, Jakob Butturff, Tommy Jones, EJ Tackett and Kyle Troup. Barnes and Jones are the veterans on Team USA, having made their debuts in 1995 and 1996, respectively. Butturff along with Barnes and Jones were members of the 2017 gold-medal U.S. men’s team in the combined men’s and women’s World Bowling Championships in Las Vegas. Anderson, Tackett and Troup will be making their debuts as members of adult Team USA.

The Men’s World Championships are held every four years. Competition includes singles, doubles, trios, five-man team, all-events and Masters events.

PBA REGIONAL UPDATE: BUTTURFF WINS 19TH REGIONAL TITLE IN ROHNERT PARK

Top qualifier Jakob Butturff of Tempe, Ariz., defeated Josh Blanchard of Mesa, Ariz., 259-206, to win the PBA Double Decker Lanes West/Northwest Open presented by Roto Grip at Double Decker Lanes Sunday, continuing his unprecedented domination of PBA Regional competition in the west.

The win, which was covered live by PBA Xtra Frame on FloBowling, was Butturff’s 19th regional title in his three-year PBA career, and earned the $2,000 top prize.

Blanchard defeated Wayne Garber of Modesto, Calif., 232-222, in the semifinal match after Garber defeated Tim Cagle II of Hercules, Calif., in the opening match, 223-174,

● In Bluffton, Ind., EJ Tackett gave his family’s newly-purchased bowling center, EZ Bowl, a successful initiation Sunday when he defeated Patrick Dombrowski of Parma, Ohio, 235-199 to win the Bluffton Central/Midwest Open.

Tackett re-located from Huntington, Ind., to Bluffton when his family recently acquired the bowling center that was subsequently renamed “EZ Bowl” based on the initials of the Tackett brothers, EJ and Zach.

The title was Tackett’s first of the year in the PBA Central Region and his seventh career PBA Regional title. He earned $2,500 along with his title.

Dombrowski defeated Michael Davidson of Versailles, Ohio, 223-204, to advance to the championship match after edging Brad Angelo of Lockport, N.Y., 182-181, in the first stepladder match.

Keith Lesko of Prosper, Texas, defeated Mac Sanders of Taylors, S.C., 223-216, to win the PBA50 J&L Sports Spartanburg South Open at Paradise Lanes in Spartanburg, S.C., Sunday.

Lesko won $1,900 along with his fifth career regional title. After rolling a strike in the ninth frame, he needed another on his first shot in the 10th frame to take the title and he delivered the shot he needed.

In the semifinal round, Lesko eliminated Craig Auerbach of Sunrise, Fla., 244-178, while Sanders disposed of Tim Regan of East Northport, N.Y., 280-183.

● October’s PBA Regional events get underway this weekend with the PBA50 Mel Westrich Memorial/Ebonite Central/Midwest Open at Delphos Recreation in Delphos, Ohio; a PBA50 Southwest/Midwest two-day, two-tournament program at Junction City Bowl in Junction City, Kan.; the Albany Strikers South Open in Albany, Ga.; the 13th annual Battle at Black Oak Casino West Open in Tuolumne, Calif., and the DHC Japan Cheetah Mixed Doubles and Japan Queens at Nagoya Grand Bowl in Nagoya, Japan.

● The PBA Regional schedule for the Oct. 12-14 weekend includes the PBA50-PBA60 Central Doubles Open presented by Columbia 300 at Park Centre Lanes in North Canton, Ohio; the PBA-PBA50 Station 300 Baker Doubles in Bluffton, S.C., and the PBA50 and PBA60 Dick’s Pro Shop Northwest/West doubleheader presented by Boulder Falls at Linn Lanes in Portland, Ore.

● The Oct. 19-21 PBA Regional calendar includes the PBA50 Waxahachie Southwest Open at Hilltop Lanes in Waxahachie, Texas, and the Jackson Central/Midwest Open at Dave Small’s Jax 60 in Jackson, Mich.

● The final PBA Regional events of October take place over the Oct. 26-28 weekend, including the PBA50 Bryan’s Bowling Center East Open presented by the Hopkins Automotive Group and 900 Global in Laurel, Del., and the South Point West Challenge and PBA Member-Nonmember Doubles, both presented by Radical, at South Point Bowling Plaza in Las Vegas

● 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:

● PBA’s list of all-time regional title winners suggests no PBA member has come close to Jakob Butturff’s record in regional competition in his first three years as a member. Unofficially – because the PBA has never created record categories for its regional program – the closest to Butturff’s performance would be newly-elected PBA Hall of Famer Patrick Allen who won 10 of his 30 career PBA Regional titles between 2000 and 2002, his first three years of PBA membership.

A quick check suggests no other PBA member has even reached double figures in regional wins in a similar three-year span to start a career. Among the all-time regional title leaders, Chris Warren is no. 1 with 47 titles, but he won only five times in his first three years. Pete Weber (second with 46 regional titles) won three times; Steve Jaros (43) won five times and Walter Ray Williams Jr. (33) won two regional titles in his first three years.

The PBA has previously noted that Butturff, a 24-year-old left-hander, won a record nine regional titles in his rookie year (2016), four in 2017 and six times as of Sunday in 2018.

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Danielle McEwan Tops England’s Stuart Williams in Two Matches to win PBA International-WBT Thailand Title

by Bill Vint September 28, 2018 08:33

BANGKOK, Thailand – Top qualifier Danielle McEwan of Stony Point, N.Y., turned back Stuart Williams of England in a two-game championship match to win the PBA International-WBT Thailand at Blu-O Rhythm and Bowl Paragon on Friday.

McEwan, a four-time Professional Women’s Bowling Association titlist, won the six-game qualifying round to earn the top berth in the eight-player stepladder finals by seven pins over Malaysia’s Rafiq Ismail, taking advantage of the eight handicap pins per game awarded to women in the tournament.

Williams, who qualified third, defeated Kyle Troup of Taylorsville, N.C., 182-173, and Ismail, 206-205, to advance to the title match where he needed to beat McEwan twice to win the event. Williams won the first game, 232-218, but McEwan won the second, 225-179, to claim the $31,908 first prize.

McEwan is a PBA member, but won’t receive credit for a PBA title because she accepted the handicap pins.

thailand top 8Next on the PBA Tour’s 2018 schedule will be the FloBowling Fall Swing Oct. 14-20 at The Lanes at Coffee Creek in suburban Tulsa, Okla. The multi-event tournament, open to an elite field of 120 PBA members only, will be covered exclusively on FloBowling.com and will award three PBA Tour titles for the PBA Wolf Open, PBA Bear Open and FloBowling Tulsa Open events.

The U.S. Open from Northrock Lanes in Wichita, Kan., will be the final qualifying event for the PBA Clash and the final event of the 2018 Go Bowling! PBA Tour season. The U.S. Open finals will air live on CBS Sports Network on Wednesday, Oct. 31 at 7:30 p.m. ET. Rhino Page is the defending champion.

PBA INTERNATIONAL-WBT THAILAND
Blu-O Rhythm and Bowl Siam Paragon, Bangkok, Thailand, Sept. 28

Final Standings:
1, w-Danielle McEwan, Stony Point, N.Y., $31,908.
2, Stuart Williams, England, $15,954.
3, Rafiq Ismail, Malaysia, $9,572.
4, Kyle Troup, Taylorsville, N.C., $6,381.
5, w-Sin Li Jane, Malaysia, $3,190.
6, Anthony Simonsen, Austin, Texas, $2,871.
7, Jojoe Yannaphon, Thailand, $2,712.
8, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., $2,552.

Stepladder Results:
Match One – Jane (261) def. Yannaphon (246) and Rash (195).
Match Two – Troup (220, 10) def. Jane (220, 9) and Simonsen (178).
Match Three – Williams def. Troup, 182-173.
Semifinal – Williams def. Ismail, 206-205.
Championship – McEwan def. x-Williams, 218-232, 225-179.
    x-Williams had to defeat McEwan, the high qualifier, twice to win the title.

Round 4 Cashers (after 6 games, top 7 plus highest ranking Thailand player advanced to stepladder finals):
1, McEwan, 1,381,
2, Ismail, 1,374.
3, Williams, 1,352.
4, Troup, 1,348.
5, Simonsen, 1,339.
6, w-Jane, 1,317.
7, Rash, 1,316.
8, y-Yannaphon, 1,240.
    y-Yannaphon qualified 15th but advanced as the highest finishing Thailand player in the field.

Failed to advance ($2,233 each):
9, Chris Via, Springfield, Ohio, 1,306.
10, Greg Young, Viera, Fla., 1,261.
11, w-New Hui Fen, Singapore, 1,260.
12, Jesper Svensson, Sweden, 1,251.
13, Shota Kawazoe, Japan, 1,249.
14, w-Liz Johnson, Palatine, Ill., 1,247.
15, Bill O'Neill, Langhorne, Pa., 1,246.
16, Francois Lavoie, Canada, 1,230.
17, Osku Palermaa, Finland, 1,218.
18, Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., 1,212.
19, Surasak Manuwong, Thailand, 1,199.
20, Wu Siu Hong, Hong Kong, 1,179.

Round 3 Cashers (after six games, $1,595 each):
21,  Sithiphol Kunaksorn, Thailand, 1,272.
22,  Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 1,267.
23,  w-Natasha Roslan, Malaysia, 1,252.
24,  Michael Tang, San Francisco, 1,227.
25,  w-Esther Cheah), Malaysia, 1,216.
26,  Billy Islam, Indonesia, 1,214.
27,  Sam Cooley, Australia, 1,209.
28,  Ryan Lalisang, Indonesia, 1,199.
29,  Napat Buspanikonkul, Thailand, 1,191.
30,  Abdulrahman Alkheliwi, Saudi Arabia, 1,176.
31,  Steve Weber, Chalmette, La., 1,168.
32,  Darren Tang, San Francisco, 1,139.
33,  Ryan Ciminelli, Clarence, N.Y., 1,128.
34,  Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 1,068.

Round 2 Cashers (after six games, $1,276 each):
35,  Kim Bolleby, Thailand, 1,227.
36,  Choi Won Young, Korea, 1,216.
37,  Francois Louw, South Africa, 1,205.
38,  Matt Sanders, Indianapolis, 1,192.
39,  w-Daphne Tan, Singapore, 1,185.
40,  Alhassan Sugati, Saudi Arabia, 1,172.
41,  Atchariya Cheng, Thailand, 1,169.
42,  w-Misaki Mukotani, Japan, 1,149.

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PBA-WBT Thailand Field of 20 Finalists Set for Friday

by Bill Vint September 27, 2018 09:27

BANGKOK, Thailand – Japan’s Shota Kawazoe, Malaysia’s Rafiq Ismail and American Kyle Troup (from left in featured photo) are among the field of 20 men and women from around the world who will advance to Friday’s final rounds of the PBA International-WBT Thailand at Blu-O Rhythm and Bowl Paragon.

The finalists represent the top eight qualifiers from the nine-game Round One who earned byes all the way to Round Four, and 12 players who advanced from Thursday’s six-game elimination Rounds Two and Three. In the elimination rounds, all previous pinfall is dropped. In all cases, women in the tournament receive eight handicap pins per game.

In Friday’s Round Four, the 20 finalists will bowl another six games to determine the eight players who will advance to the modified stepladder finals, which will begin with a one-game shootout match for qualifiers six, seven and eight. The highest scoring player advances to another shootout match with qualifiers four and five. The leader in that match moves on. The final three matches are two-player matches, but survivor reaching the championship match has to beat the top qualifier twice to win the title.

Among the top 20 are home-country favorite Jojoe Yannaphon, the defending WBT Thailand champion, and Kyle Troup of Taylorsville, N.C., who is bidding for his second straight WBT title after winning the Storm Lucky Larsen Masters in Malmo, Sweden, on Sept. 9. PBA fans can follow the Thailand tournament online through the Asian Bowling Federation’s website: http://www.abf-online.org/results/ttbawbt18.htm.

Friday’s PBA-WTB Thailand finalists, in no particular order, are:
Anthony Simonsen, Austin, Texas;
Francois Lavoie, Canada;
Jesper Svensson, Sweden;
Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill.;
Surasak Manuwong, Thailand;
Rafiq Ismail, Malaysia;
Shota Kawazoe, Japan;
Kyle Troup, Taylorsville, N.C.;
Wu Siu Hong, Hong Kong;
Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash.;
Jojoe Yannaphon, Thailand;
Stuart Williams, England;
Chris Via, Springfield, Ohio;
Greg Young, Viera, Fla.;
Bill O'Neill, Langhorne, Pa.;
Osku Palermaa, Finland;
Surasak Manuwong, Thailand.

Women qualifiers are:
Sin Li Jane, Malaysia;
New Hui Fen, Singapore;
Danielle McEwan, Stony Point, N.Y.;
Liz Johnson, Palatine, Ill.

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PBA Spare Shots: PBA-WBT Thailand May Influence PBA Clash Qualifiers, World Bowling Tour Rankings

by Bill Vint September 26, 2018 12:25

The PBA International-World Bowling Tour Thailand, which concludes Friday at Blu-O Rhythm & Bowl Paragon in Bangkok, may have a significant influence on the top eight places on the 2018 Go Bowling! PBA Tour earnings list as well as the 2018 World Bowling Tour points race.

The PBA Tour earnings list involves eight spots in the end-of-season PBA Clash that will be televised on Sunday, Dec. 23, on FOX as the first event in PBA’s historic television package with FOX Sports. WBT Thailand’s US$32,250 first prize is likely to impact the 2018 earnings race. Heading into the Thailand tournament, the top 10 in 2018 PBA Tour earnings are: Jason Belmonte, Anthony Simonsen, Dom Barrett, Andrew Anderson, EJ Tackett, Marshall Kent, Kyle Troup, Jakob Butturff, Bill O'Neill and Tom Smallwood.

(PBA.Com feature photo: Bowlers in Thailand had a little fun as the PBA-WBT Thailand prepared to get underway. The melting pot of players included, from left, American Darren Tang, South Africa’s Francois Louw, Canada’s Francois Lavoie, defending champion Jojoe Yannaphon of Thailand and, in the background, Thai photo-bomber Annop Arromsaranon. Asian Bowling Federation photo by Terence Yaw.)

The PBA-WBT Thailand is also a WBT points event. The top three men and top three women in WBT points for the 2018 season will compete in the World Bowling Tour Men’s and Women’s Finals presented by the PBA which will be contested at the International Training and Research Center in Arlington, Texas, for airing on FS1 on Sunday, March 10, at 10 p.m. EST.

The current top five in men’s WBT points are: Anthony Simonsen 1,589; Jason Belmonte 1,118, Kyle Troup 974; Stuart Williams 963, and Andrew Anderson 894. The women’s top five are: Danielle McEwan 2,314; Liz Johnson 1,960; Daria Pajak 1,428; Shannon O’Keefe 1,140 and Clara Guerrero 1,100.

PBA fans can follow the Thailand tournament online through the Asian Bowling Federation’s website: http://www.abf-online.org/results/ttbawbt18.htm. WBT points standings are posted on World Bowling’s official website: https://www.worldbowling.org/events-results/world-bowling-tour/.

NEXT UP: XTRA FRAME ON FLOBOWLING VISITS NORTH CAROLINA, CALIFORNIA

Closing out the month, PBA Xtra Frame on FloBowling will visit North Carolina and California to cover another weekend doubleheader: the PBA50 Storm Invitational at Planet Fun Bowling and Entertainment Center in Shallotte, N.C., and a PBA Regional event, the PBA Double Decker West/Northwest Open presented by Roto Grip from Double Decker Lanes in Rohnert Park, Calif., Saturday and Sunday.

The PBA50 Invitational will involve a field of 14 including 2018 PBA50 Player of the Year Michael Haugen Jr., PBA50 Cup winner Brian Kretzer, PBA60 Player of the Year Ron Mohr, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Norm Duke, Parker Bohn III, Lennie Boresch Jr., Amleto Monacelli, Ryan Shafer, Bob Learn Jr., Pete Weber, Harry Sullins, Brian Voss and Johnny Petraglia.

All PBA Xtra Frame on FloBowling events are covered live from start to finish. A final reminder: existing Xtra Frame subscribers need to transition their current subscriptions to FloBowling by visiting https://www.flobowling.com/claim-account. New subscribers can enroll at FloBowling.com.

PBA STARS TO COMPETE IN WORLD BOWLING MEN’S CHAMPIONSHIPS IN HONG KONG

Several PBA stars from around the world will compete for gold, silver and bronze medals in the World Bowling Men’s World Championships Nov. 24-Dec. 5 in Hong Kong, including Team USA members Andrew Anderson, Chris Barnes, Jakob Butturff, Tommy Jones, EJ Tackett and Kyle Troup. Barnes and Jones are the veterans on Team USA, having made their debuts in 1995 and 1996, respectively. Butturff also was a member of the 2017 gold medal winning U.S. team. Anderson, Tackett and Troup will be making their debuts as members of adult Team USA.

The Men’s World Championships are held every four years. Competition includes singles, doubles, trios, five-man team, all-events and Masters events.

PBA REGIONAL UPDATE: WALTER RAY WILLIAMS JR. WINS 108TH PBA TITLE IN CANTON

PBA Hall of Famer Walter Ray Williams Jr. of Oxford, Fla., defeated Brian Kretzer of Dayton, Ohio, 237-203, to take the first prize in the PBA50 Canton South Open presented by Roto Grip at Cherokee Lanes in Canton, Ga., Sunday, improving his all-time PBA titles record to 108.

The 58-year-old Williams qualified in fourth place for the stepladder finals with a 3-5 match play record and a 16-game total of 3,699 pins, including match play bonus pins, and then won three consecutive matches to earn the $1,500 first prize. Kretzer posted an 8-0 match play record and had 4,059 pins to qualify first, 360 pins ahead of Williams, but had to settle for the $900 second prize.

Williams, the all-time PBA Tour titles leader with 47, also has won 33 standard PBA Regional titles, 12 PBA50 Tour and 16 PBA50 Regional titles.

In the first stepladder match Williams defeated Stoney Baker of Canton, Ga., 10-9 in a one-ball roll-off after they tied, 195-195. Williams then disposed of Greg Thomas of Irmo, S.C., 226-181, in the semifinal match.

Kyle Mayberry of Mechanicsburg, Ohio defeated Zach Doty of Campbellsville, Ky., 204-189, to win the PBA Florence Bowling Center Central Open in Florence, Ky., Saturday.

Mayberry, who earned his second regional title and $2,000 for the one-day event, downed JR Raymond of Clinton Twp., Mich., 2-1, while Doty blanked Graham Fach of Canada, 2-0, in the best-of-three-game semifinal round to set up the championship match.

Brad Miller of Lees Summit, Mo., defeated Tony Manna Jr. of Papillion, Neb., 2,930-2,854, to win the PBA Mockingbird Lanes Midwest Open and Jeff Johnson of Freeport, Ill., defeated Steve Rogers of Manteno, Ill., 3,045-2,922, to win the PBA50 Mockingbird Lanes Midwest Open in Omaha in a Sunday PBA Midwest Region doubleheader.

Miller won his third career regional title along with a $2,300 prize for his 13-game pinfall total. Johnson won his first PBA50 regional title and $2,000.

Ray Edwards of Middle Island, N.Y. and partner Greg Ostrander of Freehold, N.J., defeated Don Herrington of Ballston Lake, N.Y. and Jeff Voght of Canajoharie, N.Y., 388-460, 421-384, 431-406, in the best-of-three-game title match of the PBA50/PBA Millsboro Lanes Doubles Sunday in Millsboro, Del.

The win was the 21st career regional title for Edwards, the reigning PBA50 East Region Player of the Year, and the third for Ostrander. Each earned $2,000.

In the best-of-three semifinal round, Edwards and Ostrander defeated Darryl Bower of Middletown, Pa. and Kerry Smith of New Holland, Pa., 2-0, while Herrington and Voght eliminated Mike Taylor of Havertown, Pa. and Dave Knight Jr. of Glassboro, N.J., 2-1.

Jacob Cutler from College Station, Texas, completed his quest for his first PBA title, throwing three strikes in his 10th frame for a 258-254 victory over Trey Sledge of Amarillo, Texas, to win the PBA Lubbock Sports Southwest Challenge presented by Ebonite Sunday at South Plains Lanes in Lubbock, Texas.

After Sledge, a non-member, struck out in his half of the final frame, Cutler matched Sledge to claim the winner’s check of $2,000 with a 21-game total of 5,067 pins, 52 ahead of Sledge. Cutler had built a sizable lead by winning his first six games, averaging 252, but in game seven of the eight-game round robin match play finals, Cutler hit his first road bump, falling to Brian Bledsoe of Albuquerque, N.M., 200-172. At the same time, Sledge was winning his fifth match in a row, 267-253, over Scotty Pope from Midland, Texas, to set up the pivotal position round match.

Josh Blanchard of Mesa, Ariz.; Barry Tate of Wenatchee, Wash., and Catherine Rawsthorne of Federal Way, Wash., were victorious in a PBA Northwest Region tripleheader at Paradise Lanes Sunday.

Blanchard posted a 10-2 match play record and a 20-game total of 4,959 pins, including match play bonus pins, to win the PBA Always Painting Northwest Open, a standard PBA Regional event. Blanchard held off red-hot Jakob Butturff of Tempe, Ariz., to win his 10th PBA regional title and the $2,000 first prize.

Tate won the PBA50 Gary Mage Northwest Open portion of the tripleheader with an 8-2 match play record and an 18-game total of 4,061 pins to top Hugh Miller of Mercer Island, Wash., by 31 pins for his second PBA50 Regional title and a $1,500 first prize.

Rawsthorne had a 5-3 match play record and knocked down 3,469 total pins for her 16 games to top fellow non-PBA member Courtney Couch of Puyallup, Wash., for the win in the Diamondback Delivery Service Jeanne Naccarato Women’s Open to earn the $1,000 prize.

● The September PBA Regional schedule concludes this weekend with the Bluffton Central/Midwest Open at EZ Bowl in Bluffton, Ind.; the PBA50 J&L Sports South Open at Paradise Lanes in Spartanburg, S.C., and the Double Decker West/Northwest Open presented by Roto Grip in Rohnert Park, Calif. The Double Decker event will be live-streamed by PBA Xtra Frame on FloBowling.

● 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:

● A footnote involving Walter Ray Williams Jr.’s 108th PBA victory in Canton, Ga., over the weekend was the fact that he also bowled his 107th 300 game in PBA competition en route to the title. He remains second on the all-time PBA perfect game list behind fellow Hall of Famer Parker Bohn III who has bowled 114 perfect games in PBA competition at all levels. Bohn has bowled 21,748 games in PBA Tour, PBA Regional, PBA50 Tour and PBA50 Regional events which means he has bowled a 300 game once in every 190.7 games.

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PBA Spare Shots: Next Stop for PBA International-World Bowling Tour is WBT Thailand in Bangkok Sept. 22-28

by Bill Vint September 13, 2018 13:36

The next stop for PBA Tour players who are chasing the top eight places on the 2018 Go Bowling! PBA Tour earnings list for a berth in the end-of-season PBA Clash will be the PBA International-World Bowling Tour Thailand, Sept. 22-28, at Blu-O Rhythm & Bowl Paragon in Bangkok where the tournament’s US$32,250 first prize could play a significant role in the 2018 earnings race.

The WBT Thailand format includes three three-game qualifying blocks with nine-game pinfall totals determining the 42 players who will advance to Round Two which involves qualifiers 25-42 bowling six games (all previous pins are dropped). The top 10 from Round Two will join qualifiers 9-24 for another six-game block in Round Three. The top 12 from Round Three will join qualifiers 1-8 for the six-game Round Four.

Round Four will decide the seven players who will join the highest-qualifying Thai player for the final round on Friday, Sept. 28, that will be a modified stepladder schedule. Match One will include Finalists 6, 7 and 8. The winner moves on to Match Two along with finalists 4 and 5. That winner bowls Finalist 3 in Match Three. The Match Three winner bowls Finalist 2 in the Semifinal Match. The Semifinal winner advances to the championship match where he/she has to beat Finalist 1 twice in order to win the event.

The winner will earn a PBA Tour title if he/she is a PBA member and doesn’t accept handicap pins (like many WBT events, WBT Thailand offers women 8 handicap pins per game.

PBA fans can follow the Thailand tournament online through the Asian Bowling Federation’s website: http://www.abf-online.org/results/ttbawbt18.htm. Thailand’s Jojoe Yannaphon, a PBA member, is the defending champion. In 2017, Yannaphon was high qualifier and defeated Sweden’s two-handed star, Jesper Svensson, 212-202, to earn his first PBA Tour title.

The WBT Thailand is also a WBT points event. The top three men and top three women in WBT points for the 2018 season will compete in the World Bowling Tour Finals presented by the PBA which will be contested at the International Training and Research Center in Arlington, Texas, for airing on FS1 on Sunday, March 10, at 10 p.m. EST.

NEXT UP: XTRA FRAME ON FLOBOWLING VISITS NORTH CAROLINA, CALIFORNIA

Closing out the month, PBA Xtra Frame on FloBowling will visit North Carolina and California to cover another weekend doubleheader: the PBA50 Storm Invitational at Planet Fun Bowling and Entertainment Center in Shallotte, N.C., and a PBA Regional event, the PBA Double Decker West/Northwest Open presented by Roto Grip from Double Decker Lanes in Rohnert Park, Calif., Sept. 29-30.

The PBA50 Invitational, Saturday and Sunday, Sept.29-30, will involve a field of 14 including 2018 PBA50 Player of the Year Michael Haugen Jr., PBA50 Cup winner Brian Kretzer, PBA60 Player of the Year Ron Mohr, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Norm Duke, Parker Bohn III, Lennie Boresch Jr., Amleto Monacelli, Ryan Shafer, Bob Learn Jr., Pete Weber, Harry Sullins, Brian Voss and Johnny Petraglia.

All PBA Xtra Frame on FloBowling events are covered live from start to finish. One last reminder: existing Xtra Frame subscribers need to transition their current subscriptions to FloBowling by visiting https://www.flobowling.com/claim-account. New subscribers can enroll at FloBowling.com.

PBA REGIONAL UPDATE: ANDY PATTERSON WINS GRAND CASINO INVITATIONAL

Andy Patterson from Tyler, Texas defeated Chris Hibbitts II from Keller, Texas, to win the fifth annual PBA Grand Casino Resort & Hotel Southwest Invitational at FireLake Bowling Center in Shawnee, Okla., Sunday. The entire event was live-streamed by PBA Xtra Frame on FloBowling.

Patterson, who earned his sixth PBA Regional title, was able to string strikes while Hibbitts had trouble adjusting to the final pair’s conditions, topping him, 220-158, to claim the $4,000 winner’s check.

After 12 games of qualifying, both players had long roads to the final match. After qualifying 13th, Patterson started his road to victory by downing Houston PBA50 player David Scardaville, 2-0, in the best-of-three-game Round of 16; David Krol from Nixa, Mo., 2-1, in the Round of 12, and Tyler Albracht of Amarillo, Texas, 2-1 in the Round of 8. In the semifinal round, he eliminated newly-inducted PBA Southwest Hall of Famer Mark Scroggins of Canyon, Texas, 279-243.

Hibbitts, who had won two previous PBA Regionals at FireLake, qualified 14th and defeated Sean Lavery-Spahr from Pasadena, Texas, 2-1; Joe Findling from Mesquite, Texas, 2-0; Shawn Maldonado of Houston, 2-1, and Devin Bidwell of Wichita, Kan., 236-160, before Patterson ended his bid for another PBA title.

As part of the tournament weekend, Scroggins and Junction City Bowl proprietor and long-time PBA Regional tournament host Joe Ellison from Junction City, Kan., were inducted into the PBA Southwest Region Hall of Fame.

Steve Lickliter of Beckley, W.Va., won the PBA60 Wilson & Sons Pest Control Open title in Mooresville, N.C.; Stoney Baker of Canton, Ga., notched his 31st PBA regional win in the PBA50 Samuel Adams Mooresville South Open presented by Columbia 300, and Bill Peters of Dayton, Ohio, won his first PBA title in the PBA60 Kingsport Southern Open presented by Storm to complete the PBA South Region’s annual extended Labor Day “tripleheader” at Warpath Lanes in Kingsport, Tenn.

Lickliter kicked off the series by defeating Sam Ventura of Syracuse, N.Y., 214-207, in the final of the PBA60 Wilson & Sons event at Victory Lanes in Mooresville, N.C., on Sept. 1. Two days later, Stoney Baker came out striking with the front five to defeat PBA Hall of Famer and defending champion Tom Baker (no relation) of King, N.C., 258-220, in the PBA50 event, also at Victory Lanes in Mooresville.

Along with his 15th regional title, Lickliter earned $2,200. Stoney Baker earned $2,300 in the PBA50 event.

The South Region players then traveled to Tennessee where Peters was the top qualifier. A recent “super senior” after turning 60 on Dec. 27, Peters defeated no. 2 qualifier Sammy Ventura of Syracuse, N.Y., 259-181, to win the PBA60 title and $1,600 in Kingsport.

● Also in the PBA South Region, Brandon Curtis of Manson, N.C. won his first PBA title Sunday, defeating Matt Martin of Axton, Va., 278-246, to win the 15th annual PBA Fayetteville South Open at Lafayette Lanes in Fayetteville, N.C.

Curtis, who qualified in the fourth-and-final position for the four-man stepladder finals with a 17-game total of 4,199 pins – one pin ahead of PBA Hall of Famer Walter Ray Williams Jr. – disposed of Mike Coffey of Melbourne, Fla., in opening match, 268-245, and easily defeated Dick Allen of Columbia, S.C., 265-226, in the semifinal contest to advance to the championship match.

In the title match Curtis started with nine strikes to grab a healthy lead while Martin fumbled early. Despite a six-strike rally from the fourth frame to the 10th, it wasn’t enough to catch Curtis who earned $2,400 along with his title.

Rick Graham of Lancaster, Pa. compiled a 6-1-1 match play record on his way to a 69-pin victory over tournament sponsor Brian LeClair of Albany, N.Y. in the PBA50 Brian LeClair’s Revolutions Pro Shop Eastern Open at Boulevard Bowl in Schenectady, N.Y., Sunday.

Graham, who finished second in last year’s event, survived a 178 final game in qualifying to advance to the semifinal round. He then led the semifinal round to advance to the round robin finals, where he retained the lead to the end, posting a total of 2,083 pins for the eight-game final round, including match play bonus pins, to out-distance LeClair’s 2,014 total.

The win was Graham’s fourth in PBA Regional competition, but his first in PBA50 competition. He earned $1,500 for the win while LeClair, who rolled a 279 in the position round to move into second place, earned $900.

John Dudak of Orland Park, Ill., defeated Brian Menini of Brookfield, Mo., 254-163, to win the PBA50 Diamond Jo Casino Midwest Open at Cherry Lanes in Dubuque, Iowa, Sunday, for his first PBA title after competing in more than 200 events as a “senior” bowler.

The 64-year-old Dudak, a veteran of 103 PBA50 Tour and 115 PBA50 regional events, earned a $1,600 prize. He defeated Menini after Menini eliminated Jon Schure of Ripon, Wis,. 259-223, in the first match and Dean Mueller of Arlington Heights, Ill., 222-180, in the semifinal contest.

● PBA Regional events on the Sept. 14-16 weekend schedule include the Sturgis Central/Midwest Open at Sturgis Bowl in Sturgis, Mich., and the Liberal Kansas Southwest Open at Ayr Lanes.

● September’s PBA Regional calendar continues over the Sept. 21-23 weekend with the PBA/PBA50 Millsboro Lanes Eastern Doubles in Millsboro, Del.; the one-day Florence Bowling Center Central Open in Florence, Ky.; the PBA50 Cherokee Lanes South Open presented by Roto Grip in Canton, Ga.; the Lubbock Sports Southwest Challenge at South Plains Lanes in Lubbock, Texas, the one-day Mockingbird Lanes PBA and PBA50 Midwest Open doubleheader presented by Hammer in Omaha, Neb., and a Northwest/West tripleheader at Paradise Lanes in Tacoma, Wash., including the Always Painting Northwest/West Open presented by Vac-Tec; the Gary Mage PBA50 Northwest/West Open presented by Great American Casino, and the Jeanne Naccarato Women’s Open.

● The September PBA Regional schedule concludes over the Sept. 28-30 weekend with the Bluffton Central/Midwest Open at EZ Bowl in Bluffton, Ind.; the PBA50 J&L Sports South Open at Paradise Lanes in Spartanburg, S.C., and the Double Decker West/Northwest Open presented by Roto Grip in Rohnert Park, Calif. The Double Decker event will be live-streamed by PBA Xtra Frame on FloBowling.

● 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).

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