Jason Sterner Reaps Bonuses with Illinois Open Win; Sean Rash Tops USBC Cup, FloBowling Points Races

by Bill Vint August 31, 2019 17:34

AURORA, Ill. – Jason Sterner’s victory in the PBA Illinois Open, the concluding event in the FloBowling PBA Summer Swing presented by the Brands of Ebonite International, at Parkside Lanes Saturday was not only the most memorable of his 13-year PBA Tour career, but resulted in rewards far beyond his third career title and a $20,000 payday.

The 35-year-old right-hander, newly-relocated to Rochester, New York, knocked off four future PBA Hall of Fame candidates – Anthony Simonsen, Little Elm, Texas; Sean Rash, Montgomery, Illinois; Jason Belmonte, Australia, and EJ Tackett, Bluffton, Indiana – to also earn 5,000 competition points that allowed him to share in three incentive programs tied to the FloBowling Summer Tour.

(Photo caption above: The top eight FloBowling PBA Summer Tour competition points leaders are, from left, Tommy Jones, Anthony Simonsen, Sean Rash, EJ Tackett, AJ Johnson, Bill O’Neill, Kyle Sherman and Jason Sterner).

Rash.Sean_2019 USBC Cup winner_Sterner.Jason_2019 Illinois Open winnerFor starters, he advanced from 34th place to fourth in the USBC Cup point standings to earn a $3,000 bonus. By defeating Tackett for the Illinois Open title, Sterner denied Tackett the points he needed to overtake Rash for first place in the USBC Cup points competition. Rash won the USBC Cup, earning a $20,000 bonus. Tackett finished second for $10,000, Simonsen was third for $5,000 and AJ Johnson of Oswego, Illinois, took home the $2,000 bonus for fifth place. Rounding out the top eight were Bill O’Neill, Langhorne, Pennsylvania; Kyle Sherman, O’Fallon, Missouri, and Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, South Carolina.

By qualifying fourth in Summer Tour points, Sterner also earned a berth in the FloBowling ATX Invite that will take place on September 21 at Dart Bowl in Austin, Texas, and pay $25,000 to the winner along with guaranteed money to all eight qualifiers. Sterner also qualified for an expenses-paid trip to China for the first PBA China Tiger Cup that will take place in suburban Shanghai November 19-21 where another $20,000 tops the guaranteed money all eight will earn.

There were no major changes among the 2019 Go Bowling! PBA Tour’s top eight money-winners who will participate in the second PBA Clash at the Kegel Training Center in Lake Wales, Florida, on October 21. The Clash will air on FOX on Nov. 3. With only money won in the ATX Invite remaining to influence the earnings list, Australia’s Jason Belmonte is No. 1 and can’t be caught.

Belmonte leads the PBA Tour with $275,290 in official earnings. He is followed by Jakob Butturff, Tempe, Ariz., $185,780; Kris Prather, Plainfield, Ill., $173,990; EJ Tackett, Bluffton, Ind., $166,695; Anthony Simonsen, Little Elm, Texas, $155,690; Bill O'Neill, Langhorne, Pa., $152,148, and Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., $119,170, in seventh place. Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., is eighth with $97,415, and could be knocked out of the top eight if Kyle Sherman of O’Fallon, Mo. (in ninth place with $78,968) wins the $20,000 top prize in Austin.

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FINAL USBC CUP POINTS STANDINGS
(After nine FloBowling PBA Summer Tour events)
1, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 9,135, $20,000.
2, EJ Tackett, Bluffton, Ind., 8,670, $10,000.
3, Anthony Simonsen, Little Elm, Texas, 7,660, $5,000.
4, Jason Sterner, Rochester, N.Y., 7,140, $3,000.
5, AJ Johnson, Oswego, Ill., 6,930, $2,000.

FLOBOWLING PBA ATX INVITE QUALIFIERS
Dart Bowl, Austin, Texas, Sept. 21 (live on FloBowling)
(Based on competition points after nine FloBowling PBA Summer Tour events)
1, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 9,135.
2, EJ Tackett, Bluffton, Ind., 8,670.
3, Anthony Simonsen, Little Elm, Texas, 7,660.
4, Jason Sterner, Rochester, N.Y., 7,140.
5, AJ Johnson, Oswego, Ill., 6,930.
6, Bill O'Neill, Langhorne, Pa., 6,670.
7, Kyle Sherman, O'Fallon, Mo., 6,648.
8, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 5,790.

PBA CHINA TIGER CUP QUALIFIERS
Suzhou Tiger Bowling Center, Suzhou, China, Nov. 19-22
(Based on competition points after nine FloBowling PBA Summer Tour events)
1, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 9,135.
2, EJ Tackett, Bluffton, Ind., 8,670.
3, Anthony Simonsen, Little Elm, Texas, 7,660.
4, Jason Sterner, Rochester, N.Y., 7,140.
5, AJ Johnson, Oswego, Ill., 6,930.
6, Bill O'Neill, Langhorne, Pa., 6,670.
7, Kyle Sherman, O'Fallon, Mo., 6,648.
8, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 5,790.

2019 PBA CLASH QUALIFYING LEADERS
Kegel Training Center, Lake Wales, Fla., Oct. 21 (for telecast on FOX, Nov. 3)
(Top 10 as of Aug. 31; top 8 based on earnings as of Sept. 21 will qualify)
1, Jason Belmonte, Australia, $275,290.
2, Jakob Butturff, Tempe, Ariz., $185,780.
3, Kris Prather, Plainfield, Ill., $173,990.
4, EJ Tackett, Bluffton, Ind., $166,695.
5, Anthony Simonsen, Little Elm, Texas, $155,690.
6, Bill O'Neill, Langhorne, Pa., $152,148.
7, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., $119,170.
8, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., $97,415.
9, Kyle Sherman, O’Fallon, Mo., $78,968.
10, Dick Allen, Lexington, S.C., $75,980.

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