PBA Begins Race to PBA Playoffs as Hall of Fame Classic Kicks off 2019 Go Bowling! PBA to Tour Season

by Bill Vint January 3, 2019 08:35

ARLINGTON, Texas – As the Professional Bowlers Association kicked off its 2019 Go Bowling! PBA Tour season Thursday with the first round of qualifying in the PBA Hall of Fame Classic at the International Training and Research Center, the race to qualify for the new PBA Playoffs that will be held in April in Portland, Maine, officially begins.

During the 2019 season, competition points will be awarded to all players in all PBA Tour events that are open to all players, with point values varying according to a three-tier system under a new system being introduced this season. Under the tier system, Tier 1 tournaments are major championships, Tier 2 events are standard PBA Tour events, and Tier 3 are limited field or abbreviated format events.

Here’s how the points system will work: Tier 3 tournaments establish the “base points” values starting with 2,500 for first place, 1,500 for second, 1,150 for third, 950 for fourth, 850 for fifth, etc. Points decline based upon how a player finishes in the event, but all players in the tournament will earn points. For Tier 2 events, the points values are doubled. For Tier 1 championship events, points will be worth three times the base value (i.e., 7,500 for first place, 4,500 for second, etc.) For a complete summary of the PBA’s competition points structure and tier values per tournament, visit: https://www.pba.com/SeasonStats/PointsList/114?list=1.

The PBA Hall of Fame Classic, which launches the PBA Tour’s historic season of television coverage by FOX Sports on its FOX and FS1 channels, will be the first event to offer points. The HOF Classic, which airs live on FS1 Sunday at 11 a.m. EST, is designated as a Tier 3 event because it includes a limited field (70 players) and an abbreviated format (six qualifying games for all players Thursday and Friday plus another six qualifying games for the top 18 on Saturday to determine Sunday’s top five stepladder finalists). All qualifying rounds will be live-streamed by PBA’s online streaming partner, FloBowling.

The FOX Sports portion of the 2019 schedule, concluding with the USBC Masters, will be the basis for qualifying for the PBA Playoffs. Of the 24 qualifiers, the top eight players will earn first round byes for the single-elimination match play playoffs which will reward the winner with a $100,000 prize.

Competition points also will be important for other reasons:
• Points earned during the summer tour’s USBC Cup series will qualify players for the end-of-season PBA China Tiger Cup;
• Points earned in 2019 will qualify players for invitations to the 2020 DHC PBA Japan Invitational;
• The 2019 competition points champion will win the Harry Smith Competition Points award;
• 2019 points will be considered in selecting the 2019 Chris Schenkel PBA Player of the Year and Harry Golden PBA Rookie of the Year.
• Composite points from 2018 and 2019 will determine the field for the 2019 PBA Tour Finals.

The Hall of Fame Classic field of 70 was filled during a six-game Pro Tour Qualifier at the IRTC on Tuesday. Players who advanced into the tournament proper are Canada’s Mitch Hupé with 1,493 pins, rookie Greg Young of Viera, Fla., 1,360; Brian Robinson, Morgantown, W.Va., 1,352; Justin Wyman, Fairport, N.Y., 1,336, and Nate Garcia, Port St. Lucie, Fla., 1,283.

Jan. 2-6 – PBA Hall of Fame Classic, Arlington, Texas (Tier 3).
Jan. 8-13 – PBA Oklahoma Open, Shawnee, Okla. (Tier 2).
Jan. 8-13 - Mark Roth-Marshall Holman PBA Doubles Championship, Shawnee, Okla. (Tier 3).
Jan. 22-27 – PBA Lubbock Sports Open, Lubbock, Texas (Tier 2).
Feb. 5-10 – PBA Tournament of Champions, Fairlawn, Ohio (Tier 1).
Feb. 12-17 – PBA Players Championship, Columbus, Ohio (Tier 1).
Feb. 19-24 – Go Bowling! PBA Indianapolis Open, Indianapolis (Tier 2).
Feb. 26-March 3 – Go Bowling! PBA Jonesboro Open, Jonesboro, Ark. (Tier 2).
March 12, 18 – PBA World Series of Bowling X Cheetah Championship, Allen Park, Mich. (Tier 3).
March 13, 19 - PBA World Series of Bowling X Chameleon Championship, Allen Park, Mich. (Tier 3).
March 14, 20 - PBA World Series of Bowling X Scorpion Championship, Allen Park, Mich. (Tier 3).
March 12-16, 21 - PBA World Series of Bowling PBA World Championship, Allen Park, Mich. (Tier 1).
March 26-April 1 – USBC Masters, Las Vegas (Tier 1).

July 25-28 – Storm PBA/PWBA Striking Against Breast Cancer Mixed Doubles, Houston, Texas (Tier 3).
Aug. 9-11 – Chesapeake Open, Chesapeake, Va. (Tier 3).
Aug. 12-14 – Wilmington Open, Wilmington, N.C. (Tier 3).
Aug. 16-18 – Gene Carter’s Pro Shop Open, Middletown, Del. (Tier 3).
Aug. 21-23 – Bowlerstore Classic presented by Moxy’s Xtra Pair, Coldwater, Ohio (Tier 3).
Aug. 24-31 – FloBowling PBA Wolf Open, Aurora, Ill. (Tier 3).
Aug. 24-31 – FloBowling PBA Bear Open, Aurora, Ill. (Tier 3).
Aug. 24-31 – FloBowling PBA Aurora Open, Parkside Lanes, Aurora, Ill. (Tier 2).

Sept. 4-9 – Storm Lucky Larsen Masters, Helsingborg, Sweden (Tier 3).
Sept. 27-Oct. 4 – Thailand Open, Bangkok, Thailand (Tier 3).
Oct. 23-30 – U.S. Open, Mooresville, N.C. (Tier 1).
Oct. 31-Nov. 6 – Kuwait Open, Kuwait City, Kuwait (Tier 3).

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PBA Spare Shots: EJ Tackett Claims Third Berth in 2019 World Bowling Tour Men’s Finals

by Bill Vint December 6, 2018 09:04

Thanks in part to a gold-medal performance in all-events in the World Bowling Men’s Championships in Hong Kong last week, EJ Tackett of Bluffton, Ind., claimed the third berth in the 2019 World Bowling Tour Men’s Finals that will be contested on Sunday, Jan. 6, at the International Research and Training Center in Arlington, Texas, for broadcast on FS1 on March 10.

Tackett will join 2018 WBT points leader Anthony Simonsen of Little Elm, Texas, and Stuart Williams of England in the men’s finals. The WBT Women’s Finals, presented by the PBA, will feature Danielle McEwan of Stony Point, N.Y.; Liz Johnson of Palatine, Ill., and Daria Pajak of Poland.

Featured photo caption: Team USA’s World Bowling Men’s Championships trios gold medalists, from left: EJ Tackett, Kyle Troup and Andrew Anderson.

On his way to winning the all-events gold medal in Hong Kong, Tackett also won gold in trios with Team USA teammates Andrew Anderson and Kyle Troup, and a silver medal in doubles with Anderson, PBA’s newly-crowned 2018 Chris Schenkel PBA Player of the Year. Anderson was also silver-medalist in all-events.

WBT Men’s and Women’s Finalists were determined based on competition points earned in WBT events during calendar year 2018. For a complete summary of World Bowling Men’s Championships results, visit worldbowling.org.


The International Bowling Museum and Hall of Fame in Arlington, Texas, will unveil a new PBA Hall of Fame exhibit featuring items on loan from 2019 PBA Hall of Fame inductees Patrick Allen, Mika Koivuniemi, Bob Johnson and Jim Doty.

The PBA Hall of Fame exhibit, which will celebrate the organization’s role as the “major league of bowling in the world,” will hold its premier on Saturday, Jan. 5, in conjunction with the newest inductions. The Arlington-based IBM/HF serves as the home of the PBA Hall of Fame.


Mike Bailey from Irving, Texas, defeated Anthony Lavery-Spahr of Pasadena, Texas, 258-202, in the position round final match to win the 17th annual PBA Beaumont Southwest Open at Crossroads Bowling Center in Beaumont, Texas, Sunday. The victory was Bailey’s seventh in PBA Regional competition and his second in 2018.

Bailey battled Lavery-Spahr for the lead through most of the match play finals, but trailed Lavery-Spahr by 78 pins before the final game. With the 30 bonus pins awarded for winning the match, Bailey made up the deficit with a 258-202 win to claim the $2,500 first place check.

Bailey finished the event 18 pins ahead of Lavery-Spahr’s 4,853. Houston’s David Scardaville finished in third place.

Mike Moore and non-PBA member partner Shawn Naumann, both of Orlando, Fla., defeated Cristian Azcona of Puerto Rico and non-member Justin Dunn of Deland, Fla., 451-335, in a total pinfall match to win the $4,000 first prize in the PBA South Region Member/Non-Member Doubles at Break Point Alley Bowling Center in Tavares, Fla., Sunday.

Moore and Naumann won six of their eight matches and finished with a 16-game total of 7,042 pins to qualify first. Azcona and Dunn, who shared $2,000 for second place, eliminated Dave Stouffer of Lehigh Acres, Florida, and Lee Rathjen of Naples, Fla., 446-377, in the first stepladder match.

Harry Sullins of Chesterfield Twp., Mich., defeated top qualifier Mike Steil of Wheeling, Ill., 224-194, to win the PBA50 Victory Lanes Midwest/Central Open at Victory Lanes in Kankakee, Ill., Sunday. The tournament was Rich Weber’s final tournament as PBA Midwest Region tournament manager. Weber will officially retire on December 31.

Sullins, who earned $1,500 along with his 36th overall PBA Regional title and his fourth at Victory Lanes, defeated Gary Alstott of Washington, Ill., 267-214, in the semifinal game to advance to the championship match after Alstott eliminated Brian Kretzer of Dayton, Ohio, 234-221, in the first match.

Scott Kinkaid of Elizabethtown, Pa., defeated Steven Kotowski of Clark, N.J., 278-236, to win the PBA MJK Pro Shop/Knob Hill Eastern Challenge presented by Brunswick in Manalapan, N.J., on Saturday.

PBA Challenge events are open to any member or non-member who has never won a PBA event.

Kinkaid, a 44-year-old non-PBA member, was bowling in his 12th PBA event. He qualified sixth and then dominated the field in the bracket elimination finals. He posted 6-1 record, averaging 262.4 over the seven games. Kotowski, also a non-member who was competing in only his second PBA event, posted a 5-2 record.

Kinkaid earned $1,500 for the win, but does not receive credit for a PBA Regional title because he is a non-member.

In the semifinal matches, Kinkaid topped Michael Markis of Tafton, Pa., 269-234, and Kotowski defeated Jeremy Milito of Holbrook, N.Y., 223-214.

● The PBA50 Timber Lanes East Open, originally scheduled for the Dec. 7-9 weekend in Oxford, Pa., has been postponed until 2019.

● As the PBA heads toward the year-end holidays, a limited schedule of PBA Regional competition is on tap for the Dec. 14-16 weekend, including the Reality Check/CareHawk South Classic at Sawgrass Lanes in Tamarac, Fla., and the Warren Harley-Davidson Central-East Challenge for non-title winners at Freeway Lanes of Warren, Ohio.

● Closing out PBA’s 2018 regional calendar will be the PBA50/PBA Houston Emerald Bowl Doubles presented by Bowling Dynamix over the Dec. 21-23 weekend, and the PBA Japan Region’s Scorpion and Women’s Scorpion Open tournaments at Tokyo Hagashiyamato Grand Bowl.

● 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).


Del Ballard Jr., recipient of the 2017 PBA Tony Reyes Memorial Community Service Award, and wife Carolyn Dorin-Ballard have announced a $72,000 contribution to Cancer Care Services in the wake of their annual “Ballard Vs. The Big C” fund-raiser in Dallas.

Chris Barnes, the 2018 PBA Tony Reyes Memorial Community Service Award recipient, and wife Lynda drew a field of 241 participations for their 14th annual Barnes Thanksgiving Classic tournament at Plano Super Bowl in the Dallas area, awarding a total of $17,750 in scholarships.

Correction: the correct dates for the 20th anniversary Striking Against Breast Cancer Mixed Doubles tournament in Houston, Texas, are Thursday, July 25 through Sunday, July 28. The tournament will be part of the 2019 USBC Cup points series and will be covered live from start to finish by PBA Xtra Frame on FloBowling.

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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.


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.


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).


● 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.

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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