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Four-time PBA Player of the Year Jason Belmonte hopped into NASCAR champion Aric Almirola’s No. 10 Go Bowling! Ford Mustang and delivered the “fastest strike” in bowling history, barreling down the straightaway at Charlotte Motor Speedway at 140 miles per hour and throwing a bowling ball out the window to knock down 10 pins.

Want to see how the Chris Paul PBA Celebrity Invitational doubles partners accomplished the unique feat? Check it out at this link: GoBowlingWorldsFastestStrike.com.

WBT THAILAND NEXT UP FOR PBA INTERNATIONAL-WBT COMPETITORS

The eighth annual PBA International-World Bowling Tour Thailand Open is next up for the PBA Tour’s international competitors. The tournament at Blu-O Paragon in Bangkok gets underway Sunday and concludes Saturday, Sept. 28. First prize will be roughly $32,250.

Fans can follow the competition on the Asian Bowling Federation’s official website. Use this link to track qualifying results: http://abf-online.org/results/2019/ttbawbt-1.asp. Danielle McEwan of Stony Point, N.Y., defeated England’s Stuart Williams to win the 2018 Thailand title, but women who enter this year’s event won’t receive the eight handicap pins per game previous female competitors received. A PBA Tour title will be awarded to the winner if he/she is a PBA member.

Following the Thailand Open, two tournaments remain on the 2019 Go Bowling! PBA Tour and World Bowling Tour schedule: the U.S. Open, Oct. 23-30 at Victory Lanes Family Entertainment Center in Mooresville, N.C., and the Kuwait Open at Kuwait Bowling Center in Kuwait City, Oct. 31-Nov. 6.

PBA REGIONAL UPDATE: MALDONADO HOLDS OFF LAVOIE TO WIN 11TH REGIONAL TITLE

Shawn Maldonado from Houston, Texas, built a 248-pin lead and then held off Canada’s Francois Lavoie in the final frames to claim his 11th PBA Regional title in the third annual PBA Liberal Kansas Southwest Open Sunday at Ayr Lanes in Liberal, Kan.

Maldonado started the eight-game match play finals in the lead before losing matches six and seven while Lavoie closed in with wins behind 257 and 229 games to set up the deciding position round match. Maldonado still held a 64-pin lead, meaning Lavoie had to win the match by 35 pins and collect the 30 bonus pins to win the title. While Maldonado was filling frame through the middle of the match, Lavoie countered with two doubles to briefly take the lead. When Lavoie failed to convert two splits late in the game, Maldonado escaped with a 192-174 loss, but still maintained the overall pinfall lead, 4,610-4,594.

In addition to his title, the win was worth $4,000 to Maldonado.

• Kyle Troup of Taylorsville, N.C. defeated Trevor Roberts of Crystal River, Fla., 257-234, to win the $2,500 first prize and his 12th PBA Regional title in the 16th annual PBA Fayetteville South Open at Lafayette Lanes in Fayetteville, N.C., Sunday.

Roberts qualified in the third position for the four-man stepladder finals, one pin ahead of defending champion Brandon Curtis of Manson, N.C., and then eliminated Curtis in the opening match, 208-192. Roberts then defeated Ryan Ciminelli of Lancaster, S.C., 257-234, to advance to the championship match.

In the title match, Troup threw eight strikes in his first eight frames to grab a healthy lead. Roberts didn’t strike until the seventh frame and by then it was too late.

● Darren Tang of Las Vegas posted an 8-4 match play record and a 20-game total of 4,366 pins to win the Fourth Annual PBA West/Northwest Capital City Open at Bowlero North Sacramento Sunday while Tony Rodriguez Jr. of Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., won the PBA50 portion of the doubleheader weekend.

Tang won his sixth PBA Regional title and the $2,000 first prize by 56 pins over non-member Sam Cantrell of Citrus Heights, Calif., who had an 9-3 record and 4,310 pins, including match play bonus pins.

Rodriguez went 8-4 in the 12-game PBA50 match play finals and knocked down 4,250 total pins for his 20 games to top Noel Vazquez of Sacramento by 78 pins.

Rick Graham of Lancaster, Pa., the reigning East Region PBA50 Player of the Year, compiled a 3-5 match play record and a 15-game total of 3,524 pins to win the PBA50 King Pin Lanes Open at King Pin Lanes in Rome, N.Y., Saturday.

While Graham only managed to win three of his eight matches, his 228 average helped propel him to a 101-pin victory over Ryan Shafer of Horseheads, N.Y. For Graham, the trip to King Pin Lanes brought back fond memories because King Pin Lanes was the site of his first PBA regional win, in 2010. Saturday’s win was Graham’s fifth in PBA Regional competition and earned him $1,500.

● Justin Knowles of Okemos, Mich. defeated Chris Loschetter of Avon, Ohio by 30 pins to win the PBA Sturgis/Storm Central/Midwest Open at Sturgis Bowl Sunday. Knowles finished with a 5-3 match play record and a total of 4,738 pins for 21 games, including match play bonus pins, to win his first PBA title and the $2,600 first prize.

PBA Regional activity scheduled for the Sept. 20-22 weekend include the PBA/PBA50 Over/Under Doubles at Millsboro Lanes in Millsboro, Del.; the EZ Bowl Central Open in Bluffton, Ind.; the Odessa Southwest Super Regional at Diamond Lanes in Odessa, Texas, and a tripleheader including the PBA Paradise Lanes Northwest/West Open, PBA50 Paradise Lanes Gary Mage Northwest/West Senior Open (both presented by 900 Global) plus the Jeanne Naccarato Women’s Open in Tacoma, Wash. On Saturday, Sept. 21, Ten Pin Alley in Fitchburg, Wis., also will host the Ten Pin Alley Midwest Open.

September’s busy calendar of PBA Regional events will conclude over the Sept. 27-29 weekend with the Bowlers Discount Pro Shop East Open presented by Radical at Terrace Lanes in Frederick, Md.; the PBA50 Mel Westrich Memorial Central/Midwest Open at Delphos Recreation in Delphos, Ohio; the PBA50 J&L Sports South Open at Paradise Lanes in Spartanburg, S.C.; the back-to-back PBA50 Junction City Bowl Southwest/Midwest Open I and II one-day events in Junction City, Kan.; and the 17th annual Double Decker Lanes West/Northwest Open presented by Roto Grip in Rohnert Park, Calif.

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

Want to know more about the PBA’s acquisition by Bowlero Corp.? PBA Commissioner Tom Clark shares his insights into the blockbuster deal in a sit-down interview now available for viewing on FloBowling: https://www.flobowling.com/video/6566353-pba-commish-tom-clark-talks-about-bowlero-deal?utm_source=newsletter&utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_medium=email

Former Xtra Frame producer and Xtra Frame/ESPN play-by-play announcer Mike Jakubowski will return to the microphone to call the action for FloBowling Saturday at the FloBowling PBA ATX Invite at Dart Bowl in Austin, Texas. Adding color to the livestream will be England’s two-time PBA Tour titlist Stuart Williams.

• REMINDER: General admission and VIP tickets are now on sale for the 2019 PBA Clash that will take place on Monday, Oct. 21, at Kegel Training Center in Lake Wales, Fla. The Clash will include the 2019 Go Bowling! PBA Tour’s top eight money-winners in a special elimination-format telecast that will air on FOX on Sunday, Nov. 3. VIP ticket packages are available for $50. General admission tickets are $20. Tickets can be ordered online at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/pba-clash-tickets-68818707607.

Four-time PBA Player of the Year Jason Belmonte hopped into NASCAR champion Aric Almirola’s No. 10 Go Bowling! Ford Mustang and delivered the “fastest strike” in bowling history, barreling down the straightaway at Charlotte Motor Speedway at 140 miles per hour and throwing a bowling ball out the window to knock down 10 pins.

Want to see how the Chris Paul PBA Celebrity Invitational doubles partners accomplished the unique feat? Check it out at this link: GoBowlingWorldsFastestStrike.com.

WBT THAILAND NEXT UP FOR PBA INTERNATIONAL-WBT COMPETITORS

The eighth annual PBA International-World Bowling Tour Thailand Open is next up for the PBA Tour’s international competitors. The tournament at Blu-O Paragon in Bangkok gets underway Sunday and concludes Saturday, Sept. 28. First prize will be roughly $32,250.

Fans can follow the competition on the Asian Bowling Federation’s official website. Use this link to track qualifying results: http://abf-online.org/results/2019/ttbawbt-1.asp. Danielle McEwan of Stony Point, N.Y., defeated England’s Stuart Williams to win the 2018 Thailand title, but women who enter this year’s event won’t receive the eight handicap pins per game previous female competitors received. A PBA Tour title will be awarded to the winner if he/she is a PBA member.

Following the Thailand Open, two tournaments remain on the 2019 Go Bowling! PBA Tour and World Bowling Tour schedule: the U.S. Open, Oct. 23-30 at Victory Lanes Family Entertainment Center in Mooresville, N.C., and the Kuwait Open at Kuwait Bowling Center in Kuwait City, Oct. 31-Nov. 6.

PBA REGIONAL UPDATE: MALDONADO HOLDS OFF LAVOIE TO WIN 11TH REGIONAL TITLE

Shawn Maldonado from Houston, Texas, built a 248-pin lead and then held off Canada’s Francois Lavoie in the final frames to claim his 11th PBA Regional title in the third annual PBA Liberal Kansas Southwest Open Sunday at Ayr Lanes in Liberal, Kan.

Maldonado started the eight-game match play finals in the lead before losing matches six and seven while Lavoie closed in with wins behind 257 and 229 games to set up the deciding position round match. Maldonado still held a 64-pin lead, meaning Lavoie had to win the match by 35 pins and collect the 30 bonus pins to win the title. While Maldonado was filling frame through the middle of the match, Lavoie countered with two doubles to briefly take the lead. When Lavoie failed to convert two splits late in the game, Maldonado escaped with a 192-174 loss, but still maintained the overall pinfall lead, 4,610-4,594.

In addition to his title, the win was worth $4,000 to Maldonado.

• Kyle Troup of Taylorsville, N.C. defeated Trevor Roberts of Crystal River, Fla., 257-234, to win the $2,500 first prize and his 12th PBA Regional title in the 16th annual PBA Fayetteville South Open at Lafayette Lanes in Fayetteville, N.C., Sunday.

Roberts qualified in the third position for the four-man stepladder finals, one pin ahead of defending champion Brandon Curtis of Manson, N.C., and then eliminated Curtis in the opening match, 208-192. Roberts then defeated Ryan Ciminelli of Lancaster, S.C., 257-234, to advance to the championship match.

In the title match, Troup threw eight strikes in his first eight frames to grab a healthy lead. Roberts didn’t strike until the seventh frame and by then it was too late.

● Darren Tang of Las Vegas posted an 8-4 match play record and a 20-game total of 4,366 pins to win the Fourth Annual PBA West/Northwest Capital City Open at Bowlero North Sacramento Sunday while Tony Rodriguez Jr. of Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., won the PBA50 portion of the doubleheader weekend.

Tang won his sixth PBA Regional title and the $2,000 first prize by 56 pins over non-member Sam Cantrell of Citrus Heights, Calif., who had an 9-3 record and 4,310 pins, including match play bonus pins.

Rodriguez went 8-4 in the 12-game PBA50 match play finals and knocked down 4,250 total pins for his 20 games to top Noel Vazquez of Sacramento by 78 pins.

Rick Graham of Lancaster, Pa., the reigning East Region PBA50 Player of the Year, compiled a 3-5 match play record and a 15-game total of 3,524 pins to win the PBA50 King Pin Lanes Open at King Pin Lanes in Rome, N.Y., Saturday.

While Graham only managed to win three of his eight matches, his 228 average helped propel him to a 101-pin victory over Ryan Shafer of Horseheads, N.Y. For Graham, the trip to King Pin Lanes brought back fond memories because King Pin Lanes was the site of his first PBA regional win, in 2010. Saturday’s win was Graham’s fifth in PBA Regional competition and earned him $1,500.

● Justin Knowles of Okemos, Mich. defeated Chris Loschetter of Avon, Ohio by 30 pins to win the PBA Sturgis/Storm Central/Midwest Open at Sturgis Bowl Sunday. Knowles finished with a 5-3 match play record and a total of 4,738 pins for 21 games, including match play bonus pins, to win his first PBA title and the $2,600 first prize.

PBA Regional activity scheduled for the Sept. 20-22 weekend include the PBA/PBA50 Over/Under Doubles at Millsboro Lanes in Millsboro, Del.; the EZ Bowl Central Open in Bluffton, Ind.; the Odessa Southwest Super Regional at Diamond Lanes in Odessa, Texas, and a tripleheader including the PBA Paradise Lanes Northwest/West Open, PBA50 Paradise Lanes Gary Mage Northwest/West Senior Open (both presented by 900 Global) plus the Jeanne Naccarato Women’s Open in Tacoma, Wash. On Saturday, Sept. 21, Ten Pin Alley in Fitchburg, Wis., also will host the Ten Pin Alley Midwest Open.

September’s busy calendar of PBA Regional events will conclude over the Sept. 27-29 weekend with the Bowlers Discount Pro Shop East Open presented by Radical at Terrace Lanes in Frederick, Md.; the PBA50 Mel Westrich Memorial Central/Midwest Open at Delphos Recreation in Delphos, Ohio; the PBA50 J&L Sports South Open at Paradise Lanes in Spartanburg, S.C.; the back-to-back PBA50 Junction City Bowl Southwest/Midwest Open I and II one-day events in Junction City, Kan.; and the 17th annual Double Decker Lanes West/Northwest Open presented by Roto Grip in Rohnert Park, Calif.

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

Want to know more about the PBA’s acquisition by Bowlero Corp.? PBA Commissioner Tom Clark shares his insights into the blockbuster deal in a sit-down interview now available for viewing on FloBowling: https://www.flobowling.com/video/6566353-pba-commish-tom-clark-talks-about-bowlero-deal?utm_source=newsletter&utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_medium=email

Former Xtra Frame producer and Xtra Frame/ESPN play-by-play announcer Mike Jakubowski will return to the microphone to call the action for FloBowling Saturday at the FloBowling PBA ATX Invite at Dart Bowl in Austin, Texas. Adding color to the livestream will be England’s two-time PBA Tour titlist Stuart Williams.

• REMINDER: General admission and VIP tickets are now on sale for the 2019 PBA Clash that will take place on Monday, Oct. 21, at Kegel Training Center in Lake Wales, Fla. The Clash will include the 2019 Go Bowling! PBA Tour’s top eight money-winners in a special elimination-format telecast that will air on FOX on Sunday, Nov. 3. VIP ticket packages are available for $50. General admission tickets are $20. Tickets can be ordered online at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/pba-clash-tickets-68818707607.

Posted: September 20, 2019, 6:03 pm

PBA two-handed star Anthony Simonsen defeated New Jersey middle school history teacher Amy Brehm, 258-220, to win the $100,000 top prize in the second of three Bowlero Elite Series tournaments featuring professional bowlers versus Bowlero amateur league bowlers.

Simonsen, who won the professional side of the Elite Series bracket by defeating three-time PWBA titlist Stefanie Johnson, was invited to participate in the special event along with fellow PBA stars EJ Tackett, Norm Duke, Bill O’Neill and Jesper Svensson. PWBA was represented by Johnson, Mexico’s Sandra Gongora and Latvia’s Diana Zavjalova.

In unrelated news, Simonsen has withdrawn from the PBA China Tiger Cup because of a previous business commitment and will be replaced in the exclusive eight-man field of PBA stars by fellow two-hander Kyle Troup, the next qualifier in line to make the trip. Simonsen was the No. 3 qualifier in competition points earned during the nine-event FloBowling PBA Summer Tour; Troup finished ninth in points.

The PBA’s inaugural trip to China is set for Nov. 19-22 for a singles competition including a field of Chinese bowlers along with a U.S. vs. China team event. The American contingent will include points leader Sean Rash, Tackett, Jason Sterner, AJ Johnson, O’Neill, Kyle Sherman, Tommy Jones and Troup.

NEW KUWAIT BOWLING CENTER TO HOST FINAL PBA-WORLD BOWLING TOUR EVENT

The newly renovated Kuwait Bowling Centre will host the final PBA International-World Bowling Tour event on the 2019 Go Bowling! PBA Tour schedule Oct. 31-Nov. 6. The tournament also is the final qualifying event for the World Bowling Tour Men’s and Women’s Finals that will follow the Kuwait Open in the same facility.

kuwait bowling centerThe Kuwait Open will feature a prize fund of $218,000 with a $50,000 first prize. Other events remaining on the PBA-WBT schedule for 2019 are the Thailand Open, Sept. 27-Oct. 4 at Blu-O Paragon in Bangkok, and the U.S. Open, Oct. 23-30, at Victory Lanes Family Entertainment Center in Mooresville, N.C.

The 2019 World Bowling Tour Finals, culminating 12 months of international competition, will feature the top three male and top three female athletes from the 2019 WBT points list as of the completion of the Kuwait Open. For the first time, the WBT Finals also will include one male and one female from each of the three World Bowling zones (Asian, European and Pan American), expanding the field of contenders to six men and six women. Each zone will determine which of its athletes qualify for the finals.

The current WBT men’s top five points leaders are Americans Anthony Simonsen (2,712 points), Andrew Anderson (2,276), EJ Tackett (2,136), Kyle Troup (2,040) and England’s Stuart Williams (1,984). The top five women in points are Danielle McEwan (4,765), Liz Johnson (3,784), Indonesia’s Tannya Roumimper, Poland’s Daria Pajak and Colombia’s Clara Guerrero.

WRW, PDW INCLUDED IN UPPER DECK’S 2019 “GOODWIN CHAMPIONS” COLLECTION

Walter Ray Williams Jr. and Pete Weber, two of the PBA’s Hall of Fame legends, are included in an expansive “Upper Deck Goodwin Champions” collection of 150-plus trading cards featuring personalities from the worlds of sports, entertainment, politics, theater and more. The cards, in base, horizontal and “splash of color” versions, are available online, at many sports collectible stores around the country, or through Upper Deck’s website, https://upperdeckstore.com/2019-goodwin-champions.html.

The Upper Deck “Goodwin Champions” collections are hobby boxes with a mix of card styles. The boxes come with three “hits” which can be autographs, memorabilia, relics, manufactured patches or 3-D lenticular inserts. Collectors can also expect several standard chase and mini cards as well.

PBA REGIONAL UPDATE: CHRIS BARNES WINS 28TH REGIONAL TITLE IN SHAWNEE

PBA Hall of Famer Chris Barnes from Double Oak, Texas defeated Dylan Burns of Garden City, Kan., to win the sixth annual PBA Grand Casino Resort & Hotel Southwest Invitational at FireLake Bowling Center in Shawnee, Okla., Sunday.

Barnes, who earned his 28th PBA Regional title and the $4,000 winner’s check, won by a healthy 48-pin margin. He fell behind early in the final match as Burns started with four strikes, but Barnes responded with his own string of four, striking from the seventh frame through the 10th as Burns ran into all sorts of issues, helping Barnes to a 226-178 victory.

After 12 games of qualifying, both players received byes to the Round of 8 with Barnes the top qualifier and Burns right behind. In the best two-of-three-game Round of 8, Barnes defeated Keith Lesko from Prosper, Texas, 2-0, while Burns advanced with a 2-0 win over Austin Boulds of Creal Springs, Ill. In the semifinal round, Barnes squeaked by Anthony Lavery-Spahr from Pasadena, Texas, 245-231, while Burns eliminated Houston’s Shawn Maldonado, 219-203.

• Michael Davidson of Versailles, Ohio defeated Michael Martell of Brooklyn, N.Y., in a three-game total pins match, 640-617, to win his second PBA Regional title in the Boss Snow Plows/Ebonite Central/Midwest Open at PinHeads in Fishers, Ind., Sunday.

Davidson, who earned $3,000, downed Chris Colella of Indianapolis, 658-548, while Martell eliminated Patrick Dombrowski of Parma, Ohio, 646-568, in the semifinal round to set up the championship match.

The Sept. 13-15 PBA Regional schedule features the PBA50 King Pin Lanes Eastern Open in Rome, N.Y.; the Sturgis/Storm Central/Midwest Open at Sturgis Bowl in Sturgis, Mich.; the Fayetteville South Open at Lafayette Lanes in Fayetteville, N.C.; the Liberal Kansas Southwest Open Ayr Lanes, and a doubleheader at AMF Mardi Gras Lanes in Sacramento, Calif. – the PBA and PBA50 West/Northwest Capital City Opens presented by DV8 and Genesis.

PBA Regional activity scheduled for the Sept. 20-22 weekend include the PBA/PBA50 Over/Under Doubles at Millsboro Lanes in Millsboro, Del.; the EZ Bowl Central Open in Bluffton, Ind.; the Odessa Southwest Super Regional at Diamond Lanes in Odessa, Texas, and a tripleheader including the PBA Paradise Lanes Northwest/West Open, PBA50 Paradise Lanes Gary Mage Northwest/West Senior Open (both presented by 900 Global) plus the Jeanne Naccarato Women’s Open in Tacoma, Wash. On Saturday, Sept. 21, Ten Pin Alley in Fitchburg, Wis., also will host the Ten Pin Alley Midwest Open.

September’s busy calendar of PBA Regional events will conclude over the Sept. 27-29 weekend with the Bowlers Discount Pro Shop East Open presented by Radical at Terrace Lanes in Frederick, Md.; the PBA50 Mel Westrich Memorial Central/Midwest Open at Delphos Recreation in Delphos, Ohio; the PBA50 J&L Sports South Open at Paradise Lanes in Spartanburg, S.C.; the back-to-back PBA50 Junction City Bowl Southwest/Midwest Open I and II one-day events in Junction City, Kan.; and the 17th annual Double Decker Lanes West/Northwest Open presented by Roto Grip in Rohnert Park, Calif.

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

• REMINDER: General admission and VIP tickets are now on sale for the 2019 PBA Clash that will take place on Monday, Oct. 21, at Kegel Training Center in Lake Wales, Fla. The Clash will include the 2019 Go Bowling! PBA Tour’s top eight money-winners in a special elimination-format telecast that will air on FOX on Sunday, Nov. 3. VIP ticket packages are available for $50. General admission tickets are $20. Tickets can be ordered online at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/pba-clash-tickets-68818707607.

Chris and Lynda Barnes’ 15th annual Barnes Thanksgiving Classic, a youth scholarship tournament for scratch and handicap bowlers, will be held Nov. 29-Dec. 1 at Plano Super Bowl in Plano, Texas. For entry information and tournament rules, visit the Barnes Thanksgiving Classic page on Facebook.

PBA two-handed star Anthony Simonsen defeated New Jersey middle school history teacher Amy Brehm, 258-220, to win the $100,000 top prize in the second of three Bowlero Elite Series tournaments featuring professional bowlers versus Bowlero amateur league bowlers.

Simonsen, who won the professional side of the Elite Series bracket by defeating three-time PWBA titlist Stefanie Johnson, was invited to participate in the special event along with fellow PBA stars EJ Tackett, Norm Duke, Bill O’Neill and Jesper Svensson. PWBA was represented by Johnson, Mexico’s Sandra Gongora and Latvia’s Diana Zavjalova.

In unrelated news, Simonsen has withdrawn from the PBA China Tiger Cup because of a previous business commitment and will be replaced in the exclusive eight-man field of PBA stars by fellow two-hander Kyle Troup, the next qualifier in line to make the trip. Simonsen was the No. 3 qualifier in competition points earned during the nine-event FloBowling PBA Summer Tour; Troup finished ninth in points.

The PBA’s inaugural trip to China is set for Nov. 19-22 for a singles competition including a field of Chinese bowlers along with a U.S. vs. China team event. The American contingent will include points leader Sean Rash, Tackett, Jason Sterner, AJ Johnson, O’Neill, Kyle Sherman, Tommy Jones and Troup.

NEW KUWAIT BOWLING CENTER TO HOST FINAL PBA-WORLD BOWLING TOUR EVENT

The newly renovated Kuwait Bowling Centre will host the final PBA International-World Bowling Tour event on the 2019 Go Bowling! PBA Tour schedule Oct. 31-Nov. 6. The tournament also is the final qualifying event for the World Bowling Tour Men’s and Women’s Finals that will follow the Kuwait Open in the same facility.

kuwait bowling centerThe Kuwait Open will feature a prize fund of $218,000 with a $50,000 first prize. Other events remaining on the PBA-WBT schedule for 2019 are the Thailand Open, Sept. 27-Oct. 4 at Blu-O Paragon in Bangkok, and the U.S. Open, Oct. 23-30, at Victory Lanes Family Entertainment Center in Mooresville, N.C.

The 2019 World Bowling Tour Finals, culminating 12 months of international competition, will feature the top three male and top three female athletes from the 2019 WBT points list as of the completion of the Kuwait Open. For the first time, the WBT Finals also will include one male and one female from each of the three World Bowling zones (Asian, European and Pan American), expanding the field of contenders to six men and six women. Each zone will determine which of its athletes qualify for the finals.

The current WBT men’s top five points leaders are Americans Anthony Simonsen (2,712 points), Andrew Anderson (2,276), EJ Tackett (2,136), Kyle Troup (2,040) and England’s Stuart Williams (1,984). The top five women in points are Danielle McEwan (4,765), Liz Johnson (3,784), Indonesia’s Tannya Roumimper, Poland’s Daria Pajak and Colombia’s Clara Guerrero.

WRW, PDW INCLUDED IN UPPER DECK’S 2019 “GOODWIN CHAMPIONS” COLLECTION

Walter Ray Williams Jr. and Pete Weber, two of the PBA’s Hall of Fame legends, are included in an expansive “Upper Deck Goodwin Champions” collection of 150-plus trading cards featuring personalities from the worlds of sports, entertainment, politics, theater and more. The cards, in base, horizontal and “splash of color” versions, are available online, at many sports collectible stores around the country, or through Upper Deck’s website, https://upperdeckstore.com/2019-goodwin-champions.html.

The Upper Deck “Goodwin Champions” collections are hobby boxes with a mix of card styles. The boxes come with three “hits” which can be autographs, memorabilia, relics, manufactured patches or 3-D lenticular inserts. Collectors can also expect several standard chase and mini cards as well.

PBA REGIONAL UPDATE: CHRIS BARNES WINS 28TH REGIONAL TITLE IN SHAWNEE

PBA Hall of Famer Chris Barnes from Double Oak, Texas defeated Dylan Burns of Garden City, Kan., to win the sixth annual PBA Grand Casino Resort & Hotel Southwest Invitational at FireLake Bowling Center in Shawnee, Okla., Sunday.

Barnes, who earned his 28th PBA Regional title and the $4,000 winner’s check, won by a healthy 48-pin margin. He fell behind early in the final match as Burns started with four strikes, but Barnes responded with his own string of four, striking from the seventh frame through the 10th as Burns ran into all sorts of issues, helping Barnes to a 226-178 victory.

After 12 games of qualifying, both players received byes to the Round of 8 with Barnes the top qualifier and Burns right behind. In the best two-of-three-game Round of 8, Barnes defeated Keith Lesko from Prosper, Texas, 2-0, while Burns advanced with a 2-0 win over Austin Boulds of Creal Springs, Ill. In the semifinal round, Barnes squeaked by Anthony Lavery-Spahr from Pasadena, Texas, 245-231, while Burns eliminated Houston’s Shawn Maldonado, 219-203.

• Michael Davidson of Versailles, Ohio defeated Michael Martell of Brooklyn, N.Y., in a three-game total pins match, 640-617, to win his second PBA Regional title in the Boss Snow Plows/Ebonite Central/Midwest Open at PinHeads in Fishers, Ind., Sunday.

Davidson, who earned $3,000, downed Chris Colella of Indianapolis, 658-548, while Martell eliminated Patrick Dombrowski of Parma, Ohio, 646-568, in the semifinal round to set up the championship match.

The Sept. 13-15 PBA Regional schedule features the PBA50 King Pin Lanes Eastern Open in Rome, N.Y.; the Sturgis/Storm Central/Midwest Open at Sturgis Bowl in Sturgis, Mich.; the Fayetteville South Open at Lafayette Lanes in Fayetteville, N.C.; the Liberal Kansas Southwest Open Ayr Lanes, and a doubleheader at AMF Mardi Gras Lanes in Sacramento, Calif. – the PBA and PBA50 West/Northwest Capital City Opens presented by DV8 and Genesis.

PBA Regional activity scheduled for the Sept. 20-22 weekend include the PBA/PBA50 Over/Under Doubles at Millsboro Lanes in Millsboro, Del.; the EZ Bowl Central Open in Bluffton, Ind.; the Odessa Southwest Super Regional at Diamond Lanes in Odessa, Texas, and a tripleheader including the PBA Paradise Lanes Northwest/West Open, PBA50 Paradise Lanes Gary Mage Northwest/West Senior Open (both presented by 900 Global) plus the Jeanne Naccarato Women’s Open in Tacoma, Wash. On Saturday, Sept. 21, Ten Pin Alley in Fitchburg, Wis., also will host the Ten Pin Alley Midwest Open.

September’s busy calendar of PBA Regional events will conclude over the Sept. 27-29 weekend with the Bowlers Discount Pro Shop East Open presented by Radical at Terrace Lanes in Frederick, Md.; the PBA50 Mel Westrich Memorial Central/Midwest Open at Delphos Recreation in Delphos, Ohio; the PBA50 J&L Sports South Open at Paradise Lanes in Spartanburg, S.C.; the back-to-back PBA50 Junction City Bowl Southwest/Midwest Open I and II one-day events in Junction City, Kan.; and the 17th annual Double Decker Lanes West/Northwest Open presented by Roto Grip in Rohnert Park, Calif.

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

• REMINDER: General admission and VIP tickets are now on sale for the 2019 PBA Clash that will take place on Monday, Oct. 21, at Kegel Training Center in Lake Wales, Fla. The Clash will include the 2019 Go Bowling! PBA Tour’s top eight money-winners in a special elimination-format telecast that will air on FOX on Sunday, Nov. 3. VIP ticket packages are available for $50. General admission tickets are $20. Tickets can be ordered online at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/pba-clash-tickets-68818707607.

Chris and Lynda Barnes’ 15th annual Barnes Thanksgiving Classic, a youth scholarship tournament for scratch and handicap bowlers, will be held Nov. 29-Dec. 1 at Plano Super Bowl in Plano, Texas. For entry information and tournament rules, visit the Barnes Thanksgiving Classic page on Facebook.

Posted: September 13, 2019, 4:03 pm

AUSTIN, Texas  – Led by top qualifier Sean Rash of Montgomery, Illinois, the top eight players in FloBowling PBA Summer Tour points will battle head-to-head when the FloBowling PBA ATX Invite takes place on Saturday, Sept. 21 at 2 p.m. ET at DART Bowl in Austin, Texas. The Go Bowling! PBA Tour special event will be livestreamed exclusively on FloBowling.

Joining Rash in the ATX Invite field are fellow PBA Tour stars EJ Tackett, Bluffton, Indiana; Anthony Simonsen, Little Elm, Texas; Jason Sterner, Rochester, New York; AJ Johnson, Oswego, Illinois; Bill O’Neill, Langhorne, Pennsylvania; Kyle Sherman, O’Fallon, Missouri, and Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, South Carolina. All players earned berths in the non-title event based on USBC Cup points earned during nine FloBowling PBA Summer Tour tournaments held between June and the end of August at bowling centers across the U.S.

Here’s a look at each player’s Summer Tour highlights along with USBC Cup points earned:

Sean Rash (9,135 points) – Won the PBA Wolf Open during the FloBowling PBA Summer Swing presented by the brands of Ebonite International for his second win of the season and 14th of his career. He also finished fourth in the FloBowling PBA Illinois Open, and had runner-up finishes in the PBA Wilmington Open and PBA Bowlerstore.com Classic presented by Moxy’s Xtra Pair.

EJ Tackett (8,670) – The 13-time PBA Tour titlist and 2019 Barbasol PBA Tour Finals winner had five top-10 finishes during the Summer Tour highlighted by three in the top five. His best finishes were second in the PBA Bear and Illinois Opens.

Anthony Simonsen (7,660) – Seven-time tour titlist and 2019 PBA Players Championship winner closed the Summer Tour with three top-five finishes including a win in the Bear Open, second in the Wolf Open and fifth in the Illinois Open.

Jason Sterner (7,140) – Won the FloBowling PBA Illinois Open for his third tour title. Also had seventh-place finishes in both the Bowlerstore.com Classic and Wolf Open.

AJ Johnson (6,930) – A three-time PBA Tour runner-up, he had five top-10 finishes during the Summer Tour including second place in the Storm PBA/PWBA Striking Against Breast Cancer Mixed Doubles with partner Erin McCarthy.

Bill O’Neill (6,670) – Won the Harry O’Neale Chesapeake Open during the Summer Tour for his 11th career tour title. Also had a sixth-place finish in the Illinois Open.

Kyle Sherman (6,648) – Won the Storm PBA/PWBA Striking Against Breast Cancer Mixed Doubles with Amanda Greene for his first tour title, finished third in the Bear Open and fifth in the Wilmington Open.

Tommy Jones (5,790) – Won the PBA Bowlerstore.com Classic for his 19th career tour title and first in nearly two years.

The ATX Invite will feature a one-game, single-elimination match play bracket with the final match incorporating a best-of-three format. Players receive one point for each game won and if tied, will bowl a ninth and 10th frame roll-off to break the tie. The special event features a $67,000 prize fund with the winner taking home $25,000.

Action begins with the opening round of the bracket at 2 p.m. ET on Sept. 21 and the best-of-three format final starting at approximately 5 p.m. Eastern. Admission to the livestreaming at Dart Bowl – which is limited to 150 spectators – is $10 per person and tickets will be sold at the door beginning at 11 a.m. local time.

To access live and on-demand coverage of the ATX Invite and other PBA Tour events visit FloBowling.com to become a monthly or annual PRO subscriber. Either subscription unlocks access to premium content across the entire FloSports network. Watch the event across all screens by downloading the FloSports app on Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, and the App Store.

As a side note to the ATX Invite, if Kyle Sherman wins, he will earn enough to qualify for the earnings-based PBA Clash and eliminate PBA Hall of Famer Norm Duke from the top eight for that event. The Clash will be contested on Monday, Oct. 21 at the Kegel Training Center in Lake Wales, Florida, for broadcast on FOX on Sunday, Nov. 3.

FLOBOWLING PBA ATX INVITE

Dart Bowl, Austin, Texas

Saturday, Sept. 21 (All times Eastern)

Opening round (one-game matches; losers eliminated)

2 p.m. - Match 1: No. 1 Sean Rash vs. No. 8 Tommy Jones

2:30 p.m. - Match 2: No. 4 Jason Sterner vs. No. 5 AJ Johnson

3 p.m. - Match 3: No. 2 EJ Tackett vs. No. 7 Kyle Sherman

3:30 p.m. - Match 4: No. 3 Anthony Simonsen vs. No. 6 Bill O'Neill

Semifinals (one-game matches; losers eliminated)

4 p.m. - Semifinal 1: Match 1 winner vs. Match 2 winner

4:30 p.m. - Semifinal 2: Match 3 winner vs. Match 4 winner

Final

Finals (best-of-three format)

5 p.m. - Semifinal 1 winner vs. Semifinal 2 winner

AUSTIN, Texas  – Led by top qualifier Sean Rash of Montgomery, Illinois, the top eight players in FloBowling PBA Summer Tour points will battle head-to-head when the FloBowling PBA ATX Invite takes place on Saturday, Sept. 21 at 2 p.m. ET at DART Bowl in Austin, Texas. The Go Bowling! PBA Tour special event will be livestreamed exclusively on FloBowling.

Joining Rash in the ATX Invite field are fellow PBA Tour stars EJ Tackett, Bluffton, Indiana; Anthony Simonsen, Little Elm, Texas; Jason Sterner, Rochester, New York; AJ Johnson, Oswego, Illinois; Bill O’Neill, Langhorne, Pennsylvania; Kyle Sherman, O’Fallon, Missouri, and Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, South Carolina. All players earned berths in the non-title event based on USBC Cup points earned during nine FloBowling PBA Summer Tour tournaments held between June and the end of August at bowling centers across the U.S.

Here’s a look at each player’s Summer Tour highlights along with USBC Cup points earned:

Sean Rash (9,135 points) – Won the PBA Wolf Open during the FloBowling PBA Summer Swing presented by the brands of Ebonite International for his second win of the season and 14th of his career. He also finished fourth in the FloBowling PBA Illinois Open, and had runner-up finishes in the PBA Wilmington Open and PBA Bowlerstore.com Classic presented by Moxy’s Xtra Pair.

EJ Tackett (8,670) – The 13-time PBA Tour titlist and 2019 Barbasol PBA Tour Finals winner had five top-10 finishes during the Summer Tour highlighted by three in the top five. His best finishes were second in the PBA Bear and Illinois Opens.

Anthony Simonsen (7,660) – Seven-time tour titlist and 2019 PBA Players Championship winner closed the Summer Tour with three top-five finishes including a win in the Bear Open, second in the Wolf Open and fifth in the Illinois Open.

Jason Sterner (7,140) – Won the FloBowling PBA Illinois Open for his third tour title. Also had seventh-place finishes in both the Bowlerstore.com Classic and Wolf Open.

AJ Johnson (6,930) – A three-time PBA Tour runner-up, he had five top-10 finishes during the Summer Tour including second place in the Storm PBA/PWBA Striking Against Breast Cancer Mixed Doubles with partner Erin McCarthy.

Bill O’Neill (6,670) – Won the Harry O’Neale Chesapeake Open during the Summer Tour for his 11th career tour title. Also had a sixth-place finish in the Illinois Open.

Kyle Sherman (6,648) – Won the Storm PBA/PWBA Striking Against Breast Cancer Mixed Doubles with Amanda Greene for his first tour title, finished third in the Bear Open and fifth in the Wilmington Open.

Tommy Jones (5,790) – Won the PBA Bowlerstore.com Classic for his 19th career tour title and first in nearly two years.

The ATX Invite will feature a one-game, single-elimination match play bracket with the final match incorporating a best-of-three format. Players receive one point for each game won and if tied, will bowl a ninth and 10th frame roll-off to break the tie. The special event features a $67,000 prize fund with the winner taking home $25,000.

Action begins with the opening round of the bracket at 2 p.m. ET on Sept. 21 and the best-of-three format final starting at approximately 5 p.m. Eastern. Admission to the livestreaming at Dart Bowl – which is limited to 150 spectators – is $10 per person and tickets will be sold at the door beginning at 11 a.m. local time.

To access live and on-demand coverage of the ATX Invite and other PBA Tour events visit FloBowling.com to become a monthly or annual PRO subscriber. Either subscription unlocks access to premium content across the entire FloSports network. Watch the event across all screens by downloading the FloSports app on Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, and the App Store.

As a side note to the ATX Invite, if Kyle Sherman wins, he will earn enough to qualify for the earnings-based PBA Clash and eliminate PBA Hall of Famer Norm Duke from the top eight for that event. The Clash will be contested on Monday, Oct. 21 at the Kegel Training Center in Lake Wales, Florida, for broadcast on FOX on Sunday, Nov. 3.

FLOBOWLING PBA ATX INVITE

Dart Bowl, Austin, Texas

Saturday, Sept. 21 (All times Eastern)

Opening round (one-game matches; losers eliminated)

2 p.m. - Match 1: No. 1 Sean Rash vs. No. 8 Tommy Jones

2:30 p.m. - Match 2: No. 4 Jason Sterner vs. No. 5 AJ Johnson

3 p.m. - Match 3: No. 2 EJ Tackett vs. No. 7 Kyle Sherman

3:30 p.m. - Match 4: No. 3 Anthony Simonsen vs. No. 6 Bill O'Neill

Semifinals (one-game matches; losers eliminated)

4 p.m. - Semifinal 1: Match 1 winner vs. Match 2 winner

4:30 p.m. - Semifinal 2: Match 3 winner vs. Match 4 winner

Final

Finals (best-of-three format)

5 p.m. - Semifinal 1 winner vs. Semifinal 2 winner

Posted: September 13, 2019, 3:44 pm

New York, NY, Sept. 12th, 2019 – Professional bowler Anthony Simonsen of Little Elm, Texas, became the new Bowlero Elite Series Champion during the second installment of the pro-am series. The tournament gathered 16 of the world’s top professional and amateur bowlers at Bowlero North Brunswick for an exhilarating display of bowling’s best that crowned a new winner on Wednesday, Sept. 11.

Simonsen, the 22-year-old professional bowler, competed against amateur bowler and Harrison, NJ, middle school teacher Amy Brehm in the title championship match (259-220) to win the second Bowlero Elite Series title and a $100,000 top prize—one of the largest winnings in the sport. Amy won a second-place prize of $65,000, with the tournament’s cash prizes totaling more than $250,000.

Prior to the final match, Simonsen went head-to-head with professional bowlers in three single-elimination matches where he competed against the national champion from Mexico, Sandra Gongora (225-218), 11-time PBA Titleholder and Team USA Member Bill O’Neill (246-245), and Five-Time World Champion Stefanie Johnson (258-227).

“It was really exciting getting to compete in the Bowlero Elite Series,” said Anthony Simonsen. “I love seeing two different sides of the sport come together as one. This event was made even more special when I found out about Bowlero Corp purchasing the PBA. Really looking forward to the future and competing again in December.”

Brehm’s matches during the tournament also had the crowd cheering as she competed at her home bowling center. Brehm went head-to-head with Bowlero league bowlers in three single-elimination matches where she played against Milwaukee father Torry Henderson (224-167), Puerto Rico native Rafael Pizarro (231-202), and fellow local league bowler and Bowlero North Brunswick pro shop manager Lucas Leandro (174-141).

“Participating in the Bowlero Elite Series was an unbelievable opportunity from the start and I’m very grateful to have made it so far,” said Amy Brehm. “While I didn’t win the tournament, I still took home $65,000 and am very proud to have represented my community and, hopefully, inspired my students to keep chasing their dreams.”

“Once again, the Bowlero Elite Series is proof that anything can happen on the lanes,” said Colie Edison, Chief Customer Officer for Bowlero Corp and President of the Bowlero Elite Series. “During this second tournament we saw some nail-biting matches, legends getting knocked out in the first round, and some truly inspirational players advance; proving just how dynamic the sport of bowling really is.”

The Bowlero Elite Series will continue with its third and final event of the year that will air on NBC on Saturday, Dec. 28, at 3 p.m. at Bowlero Jupiter, Fla. Since the inaugural tournament in April, more than $1 million in prize money will have been awarded across all three Bowlero Elite Series events this year.

Bowlero Elite Series – Jupiter, Fla. – Saturday, December 28, at 3 p.m. on NBC

*All television coverage will also be live streamed on NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app via authentication.

The roster of competitors for the second event included bowling legend and five-time ESPY Award winner Norm Duke, three-time Mexican National Champion Sandra Gongora, five-time World Champion Stefanie Johnson, 10-time PBA Titleholder Bill O’Neill, four-time PBA Standard Titleholder Anthony Simonsen, Swedish National Team Member and 2016 PBA Tournament of Champions Titleholder Jesper Stevens, Team USA Member E.J. Tackett, and European Champion Diana Zavjalova. The eight amateur bowlers that competed are some of Bowlero’s best league bowlers and include Amy Brehm, Torry Henderson, Corey Kistner, Haley Kvarnberg, Lucas Leandro, Jeremy Milito, Rafael Pizarro, and Joshua Tajiri.

FINAL RESULTS

CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH

Anthony Simonsen defeats Amy Brehm, 259-220

AMATEUR SEMIFINAL ROUND

Amy Brehm defeats Lucas Leandro, 174-141

PROFESSIONAL SEMIFINAL ROUND

Anthony Simonsen defeats Stefanie Johnson, 258-227

AMATEUR SECOND ROUND

Amy Brehm defeats Rafael Pizarro, 231-202

Lucas Leandro defeats Joshua Tajiri, 235-175

PROFESSIONAL SECOND ROUND

Anthony Simonsen defeats Bill O’Neill, 246-245

Stefani Johnson defeats EJ Tackett, 258-214

AMATEUR FIRST ROUND

Amy Brehm defeats Torry Henderson, 224-167

Lucas Leandro defeats Corey Kistner, 172-170

Rafael Pizarro defeats Jeremy Milito, 266-259

Joshua Tajiri defeats Haley Kvarnberg, 222-205

PROFESSIONAL FIRST ROUND

Anthony Simonsen defeats Sandra Gongora, 225-218

Stefanie Johnson defeats Jesper Svennson, 247-235

Bill O’Neill defeats Diana Zavjalova, 259-213

EJ Tackett defeats Norm Duke, 279-249

ABOUT THE BOWLERO ELITE SERIES
The Bowlero Elite Series is a groundbreaking sports property that brings together Bowlero Corp league bowlers and professional bowlers from across the sport to compete for cash prizes in excess of $1 million dollars. The Bowlero Elite Series is sponsored by Bowlero Corp, the world’s largest owner and operator of bowling centers, with over 300 locations under four distinctive brands: Bowlero, Bowlmor Lanes, AMF, and Brunswick Zone. For more information on Bowlero Corp and the Bowlero Elite Series, please visit BowleroCorp.com and BowleroEliteSeries.com.

New York, NY, Sept. 12th, 2019 – Professional bowler Anthony Simonsen of Little Elm, Texas, became the new Bowlero Elite Series Champion during the second installment of the pro-am series. The tournament gathered 16 of the world’s top professional and amateur bowlers at Bowlero North Brunswick for an exhilarating display of bowling’s best that crowned a new winner on Wednesday, Sept. 11.

Simonsen, the 22-year-old professional bowler, competed against amateur bowler and Harrison, NJ, middle school teacher Amy Brehm in the title championship match (259-220) to win the second Bowlero Elite Series title and a $100,000 top prize—one of the largest winnings in the sport. Amy won a second-place prize of $65,000, with the tournament’s cash prizes totaling more than $250,000.

Prior to the final match, Simonsen went head-to-head with professional bowlers in three single-elimination matches where he competed against the national champion from Mexico, Sandra Gongora (225-218), 11-time PBA Titleholder and Team USA Member Bill O’Neill (246-245), and Five-Time World Champion Stefanie Johnson (258-227).

“It was really exciting getting to compete in the Bowlero Elite Series,” said Anthony Simonsen. “I love seeing two different sides of the sport come together as one. This event was made even more special when I found out about Bowlero Corp purchasing the PBA. Really looking forward to the future and competing again in December.”

Brehm’s matches during the tournament also had the crowd cheering as she competed at her home bowling center. Brehm went head-to-head with Bowlero league bowlers in three single-elimination matches where she played against Milwaukee father Torry Henderson (224-167), Puerto Rico native Rafael Pizarro (231-202), and fellow local league bowler and Bowlero North Brunswick pro shop manager Lucas Leandro (174-141).

“Participating in the Bowlero Elite Series was an unbelievable opportunity from the start and I’m very grateful to have made it so far,” said Amy Brehm. “While I didn’t win the tournament, I still took home $65,000 and am very proud to have represented my community and, hopefully, inspired my students to keep chasing their dreams.”

“Once again, the Bowlero Elite Series is proof that anything can happen on the lanes,” said Colie Edison, Chief Customer Officer for Bowlero Corp and President of the Bowlero Elite Series. “During this second tournament we saw some nail-biting matches, legends getting knocked out in the first round, and some truly inspirational players advance; proving just how dynamic the sport of bowling really is.”

The Bowlero Elite Series will continue with its third and final event of the year that will air on NBC on Saturday, Dec. 28, at 3 p.m. at Bowlero Jupiter, Fla. Since the inaugural tournament in April, more than $1 million in prize money will have been awarded across all three Bowlero Elite Series events this year.

Bowlero Elite Series – Jupiter, Fla. – Saturday, December 28, at 3 p.m. on NBC

*All television coverage will also be live streamed on NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app via authentication.

The roster of competitors for the second event included bowling legend and five-time ESPY Award winner Norm Duke, three-time Mexican National Champion Sandra Gongora, five-time World Champion Stefanie Johnson, 10-time PBA Titleholder Bill O’Neill, four-time PBA Standard Titleholder Anthony Simonsen, Swedish National Team Member and 2016 PBA Tournament of Champions Titleholder Jesper Stevens, Team USA Member E.J. Tackett, and European Champion Diana Zavjalova. The eight amateur bowlers that competed are some of Bowlero’s best league bowlers and include Amy Brehm, Torry Henderson, Corey Kistner, Haley Kvarnberg, Lucas Leandro, Jeremy Milito, Rafael Pizarro, and Joshua Tajiri.

FINAL RESULTS

CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH

Anthony Simonsen defeats Amy Brehm, 259-220

AMATEUR SEMIFINAL ROUND

Amy Brehm defeats Lucas Leandro, 174-141

PROFESSIONAL SEMIFINAL ROUND

Anthony Simonsen defeats Stefanie Johnson, 258-227

AMATEUR SECOND ROUND

Amy Brehm defeats Rafael Pizarro, 231-202

Lucas Leandro defeats Joshua Tajiri, 235-175

PROFESSIONAL SECOND ROUND

Anthony Simonsen defeats Bill O’Neill, 246-245

Stefani Johnson defeats EJ Tackett, 258-214

AMATEUR FIRST ROUND

Amy Brehm defeats Torry Henderson, 224-167

Lucas Leandro defeats Corey Kistner, 172-170

Rafael Pizarro defeats Jeremy Milito, 266-259

Joshua Tajiri defeats Haley Kvarnberg, 222-205

PROFESSIONAL FIRST ROUND

Anthony Simonsen defeats Sandra Gongora, 225-218

Stefanie Johnson defeats Jesper Svennson, 247-235

Bill O’Neill defeats Diana Zavjalova, 259-213

EJ Tackett defeats Norm Duke, 279-249

ABOUT THE BOWLERO ELITE SERIES
The Bowlero Elite Series is a groundbreaking sports property that brings together Bowlero Corp league bowlers and professional bowlers from across the sport to compete for cash prizes in excess of $1 million dollars. The Bowlero Elite Series is sponsored by Bowlero Corp, the world’s largest owner and operator of bowling centers, with over 300 locations under four distinctive brands: Bowlero, Bowlmor Lanes, AMF, and Brunswick Zone. For more information on Bowlero Corp and the Bowlero Elite Series, please visit BowleroCorp.com and BowleroEliteSeries.com.

Posted: September 12, 2019, 9:38 pm

New York, NY, September 10, 2019 – Bowlero Corp, the world’s largest owner and operator of bowling centers, announced today its purchase of the Professional Bowlers Association (PBA), the pinnacle of professional bowling since 1958. The purchase brings unprecedented innovation to the sport as it combines Bowlero’s industry expertise with the PBA’s global talent pool and fan base, which together will elevate the sport of bowling to new heights.

Under the new agreement, Bowlero Corp establishes itself as the first media company in the sport, dedicated to growing and enhancing the PBA experience. All scheduled tournaments and programming will continue, with plans to build upon key initiatives including the PBA’s groundbreaking FOX Sports partnership, featuring enhanced telecasts with new technology and deeper storytelling, while bringing an engaged community of fans further into the fold.

Bowlero Corp Chief Customer Officer Colie Edison will serve as the CEO; PBA Commissioner Tom Clark will continue in that role.

“The PBA is rich with history and home to the top players in the sport, with thousands of members and millions of fans throughout the world,” said Edison. “This acquisition is about leveraging resources to give the PBA Tour the support and funding it deserves, building value for dedicated members nationwide, and expanding the brand’s overall visibility.”

Clark said the acquisition is a major step forward for the PBA and a watershed moment for the sport itself. “Bowlero Corp has proven itself to be a champion for bowling in the entertainment world, enhancing the experience for the over 28 million guests who visit their bowling centers each year,” said Clark. “They’ve transformed the game for a new generation of competitors and enthusiasts, and with this acquisition we will build on our current momentum and create more opportunities for our players and fans.”

“Millions of Americans love to bowl and love to watch professional bowling,” said Bill Wanger, FOX Sports EVP, Head of Programming & Scheduling.“Bringing Bowlero, the PBA, and FOX Sports together allows us to elevate the sport and meet a large and increasingly growing audience demand.”

Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed. To learn more about the PBA, please visit PBA.com.

About Bowlero Corp

Bowlero Corp is the largest owner and operator of bowling centers in the world, with more than 300 locations, across the U.S., Mexico and Canada specializing in corporate and private events as well as league and retail bowling. The company’s portfolio of bowling center brands include Bowlero, Bowlmor Lanes, AMF Bowling Co., and Brunswick Zone, serving over 28 million guests each year. For more information, please visit BowleroCorp.com.

About The pba

The PBA is an organization of more than 3,000 members from 30 countries who compete in a multi-level competition program each year: the Go Bowling! PBA Tour, PBA International Tour, PBA Regional Tour, PBA Women’s Regional, and PBA50 Tour events. The 2019 season marked the 60th consecutive year of nationally-televised competition, reaching bowling fans around the world who watch the PBA on FOX, as well as CBS Sports Network, and who follow PBA activities through the PBA’s OTT platform, Flo Bowling, For more information on the PBA, please visit PBA.com.

New York, NY, September 10, 2019 – Bowlero Corp, the world’s largest owner and operator of bowling centers, announced today its purchase of the Professional Bowlers Association (PBA), the pinnacle of professional bowling since 1958. The purchase brings unprecedented innovation to the sport as it combines Bowlero’s industry expertise with the PBA’s global talent pool and fan base, which together will elevate the sport of bowling to new heights.

Under the new agreement, Bowlero Corp establishes itself as the first media company in the sport, dedicated to growing and enhancing the PBA experience. All scheduled tournaments and programming will continue, with plans to build upon key initiatives including the PBA’s groundbreaking FOX Sports partnership, featuring enhanced telecasts with new technology and deeper storytelling, while bringing an engaged community of fans further into the fold.

Bowlero Corp Chief Customer Officer Colie Edison will serve as the CEO; PBA Commissioner Tom Clark will continue in that role.

“The PBA is rich with history and home to the top players in the sport, with thousands of members and millions of fans throughout the world,” said Edison. “This acquisition is about leveraging resources to give the PBA Tour the support and funding it deserves, building value for dedicated members nationwide, and expanding the brand’s overall visibility.”

Clark said the acquisition is a major step forward for the PBA and a watershed moment for the sport itself. “Bowlero Corp has proven itself to be a champion for bowling in the entertainment world, enhancing the experience for the over 28 million guests who visit their bowling centers each year,” said Clark. “They’ve transformed the game for a new generation of competitors and enthusiasts, and with this acquisition we will build on our current momentum and create more opportunities for our players and fans.”

“Millions of Americans love to bowl and love to watch professional bowling,” said Bill Wanger, FOX Sports EVP, Head of Programming & Scheduling.“Bringing Bowlero, the PBA, and FOX Sports together allows us to elevate the sport and meet a large and increasingly growing audience demand.”

Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed. To learn more about the PBA, please visit PBA.com.

About Bowlero Corp

Bowlero Corp is the largest owner and operator of bowling centers in the world, with more than 300 locations, across the U.S., Mexico and Canada specializing in corporate and private events as well as league and retail bowling. The company’s portfolio of bowling center brands include Bowlero, Bowlmor Lanes, AMF Bowling Co., and Brunswick Zone, serving over 28 million guests each year. For more information, please visit BowleroCorp.com.

About The pba

The PBA is an organization of more than 3,000 members from 30 countries who compete in a multi-level competition program each year: the Go Bowling! PBA Tour, PBA International Tour, PBA Regional Tour, PBA Women’s Regional, and PBA50 Tour events. The 2019 season marked the 60th consecutive year of nationally-televised competition, reaching bowling fans around the world who watch the PBA on FOX, as well as CBS Sports Network, and who follow PBA activities through the PBA’s OTT platform, Flo Bowling, For more information on the PBA, please visit PBA.com.

Posted: September 10, 2019, 5:30 pm

HELSINGBORG, Sweden – Denmark’s Carsten Hansen, a 26-year-old seventh-year Professional Bowlers Association member, was nearly perfect Sunday in defeating American two-handed player Chris Via of Springfield, Ohio, 289-247, to win the PBA International-World Bowling Tour Storm Lucky Larsen Masters at Olympia Bowling for his first PBA Tour title.

Hansen, a PBA member since 2012 and a veteran of several PBA World Series of Bowling since then, dominated the Lucky Larsen Masters. He was the qualifying leader, earned the top berth in the four-man stepladder finals and then threw 10 strikes to start the championship match before missing his chance for a 300 game when he left the 3 pin on his 11th shot.

Hansen won a title in a PBA Regional doubles event in Las Vegas in 2013 but had never finished higher than ninth place in a PBA Tour event (2014 PBA Cheetah Championship).

Via, who also was bowling for his first PBA Tour title, recorded his best career finish after eliminating fellow American players Jake Peters of Henderson, Nevada, in the first stepladder match, 245-238, and Michael Tang of San Francisco, 247-200, in the semifinal match.

The Helsingborg tournament – named in honor of Swedish PBA star Martin Larsen – involved multiple six-game qualifying squads to arrive at 52 finalists. Qualifiers 17-40 plus 12 other special qualifiers bowled the four-game Step One, with the top 16 advancing to Step Two along with qualifiers 1-18. The 34 players in Step Two bowled a six-game block, with the top 18 advancing to Step Three for another six-game round. The top four based on 12-game totals from Steps 2 and 3 determined the stepladder finalists.

Two PBA International-WBT events remain on the 2019 Go Bowling! PBA Tour schedule along with the FloBowling ATX Invite and the U.S. Open. The WBT Thailand Open will take place in Bangkok Sept. 27-Oct. 4 and the Kuwait Open at Kuwait Bowling Center in Kuwait City Oct. 31-Nov. 6. The ATX Invite is a special non-title, non-points event that will take place Sept. 21 at Dart Bowl in Austin, Texas. The U.S. Open, the final major championship on the 2019 schedule, will be held Oct. 23-30 at Victory Lanes Family Entertainment Center in Mooresville, North Carolina.

PBA INTERNATIONAL-WORLD BOWLING TOUR STORM LUCKY LARSEN MASTERS
Olympia Bowling, Helsingborg, Sweden, Sunday

Final Standings:
1, Carsten Hansen, Denmark, $15,408.
2, Chris Via, Springfield, Ohio, $11,299.
3, Michael Tang, San Francisco, $8,218.
4, Jake Peters, Henderson, Nev., $6,163.

Stepladder Results:
Match One – Via def. Peters, 245-238.
Semifinal Match – Via def. Tang, 247-200.
Championship – Hansen def. Via, 289-247.

Step Three Cashers (after 12 games; top 4 advanced to stepladder finals):
1, Hansen, 2,890.
2, Tang, 2,838.
3, Via, 2,800.
4, Peters, 2,799.
5, Matt McNiel, Minneapolis, 2,771, $4,622.
6, Teemu Putkisto, Finland, 2,763, $3,595.
7, Nick Pate, Inver Grove Heights, Minn., 2,750, $3,082.
8, Tomas Käyhkö, Finland, 2,746, $2,568.
9, AJ Johnson, Oswego, Ill., 2,741, $2,260.
10, Thomas Larsen, Denmark, 2,719, $2,054.
11 (tie), Dom Barrett, England, and Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 2,693, $1,798.
13, Anthony Pepe, Elmhurst, N.Y., $1,695.
14, AJ Chapman, Manchester, Iowa, 2,656, $1,644.
15, Joline Persson Planefors, Sweden, 2,654, $1,592.
16, Stuart Williams, England, 2,607, $1,541.
17, Karl Wahlgren, Sweden, 2,544, $1,515.
18, Khaled Aldebayyan, Kuwait, $1,489.

Step Two Cashers (did not advance, after 6 games):
19, Arnar Jonsson, Sweden, 1,282, $1,464.
20 (tie), Mitch Hupé, Canada, and Niko Oksanen, Finland, 1,271, $1,425.
22, Daniel Fransson, Sweden, 1,269, $1,387.
23, Oscar Rodriguez, Colombia, 1,249, $1,361.
24, Martin Paulsson, Sweden, 1,232, $1,335.
25, Tony Wong, Hong Kong, 1,231, $1,310.
26, Kyle Troup, Taylorsville, N.C., 1,226, $1,284.
27, Kris Prather, Plainfield, Ill., 1,222, $1,258.
28, Sandra Andersson, Sweden, 1,219, $1,233.
29, Andrew Cain, Phoenix, Ariz., 1,200, $1,207.
30, Darren Tang, Las Vegas, 1,183, $1,130.
31, Rasmus Edvall, Sweden, 1,181, $1,079.
32, Jarno Lahti, Finland, 1,173, $1,027.

Step One Cashers (did not advance, after 4 games):
33, Edwar Rey, Colombia, 844, $1,002.
34, Saleh Salem, Kuwait, 842, $976.
35, Patrik Nilsson, Sweden, 841, $950.
36, Victoria Johansson, Sweden, 837, $924.
37, Mattias Olsson, Sweden, 833, $899.
38, Mikkel Sorensen, Denmark, 829, $873.
39, Artemy Hudiakov, Latvia, $847.
40, Francois Lavoie, Canada, 826, $822.
41, Michael Mak, Hong Kong, 811, $796.
42 (tie), Pyry Puharinen, Finland, and Kim Bolleby, Thailand, 797, $763.
44 (tie), Brad Miller, Lee’s Summit, Mo., and Jan Macek, Czechoslovakia, 795, $706.
46, Patrick Hanrahan, Wichita, Kan., 789, $668.
47, Jusso Rikkola, Finland, 780, $642.
48, Viktor Albihn, Sweden, 775, $616.
49, Christer Rapp, Sweden, 771, $591.
50, Tannya Lopez, Mexico, 759, $565.
51, Osku Palermaa, Finland, 744, $539.
52, Mikael Andersson, Sweden, 639, $514.

HELSINGBORG, Sweden – Denmark’s Carsten Hansen, a 26-year-old seventh-year Professional Bowlers Association member, was nearly perfect Sunday in defeating American two-handed player Chris Via of Springfield, Ohio, 289-247, to win the PBA International-World Bowling Tour Storm Lucky Larsen Masters at Olympia Bowling for his first PBA Tour title.

Hansen, a PBA member since 2012 and a veteran of several PBA World Series of Bowling since then, dominated the Lucky Larsen Masters. He was the qualifying leader, earned the top berth in the four-man stepladder finals and then threw 10 strikes to start the championship match before missing his chance for a 300 game when he left the 3 pin on his 11th shot.

Hansen won a title in a PBA Regional doubles event in Las Vegas in 2013 but had never finished higher than ninth place in a PBA Tour event (2014 PBA Cheetah Championship).

Via, who also was bowling for his first PBA Tour title, recorded his best career finish after eliminating fellow American players Jake Peters of Henderson, Nevada, in the first stepladder match, 245-238, and Michael Tang of San Francisco, 247-200, in the semifinal match.

The Helsingborg tournament – named in honor of Swedish PBA star Martin Larsen – involved multiple six-game qualifying squads to arrive at 52 finalists. Qualifiers 17-40 plus 12 other special qualifiers bowled the four-game Step One, with the top 16 advancing to Step Two along with qualifiers 1-18. The 34 players in Step Two bowled a six-game block, with the top 18 advancing to Step Three for another six-game round. The top four based on 12-game totals from Steps 2 and 3 determined the stepladder finalists.

Two PBA International-WBT events remain on the 2019 Go Bowling! PBA Tour schedule along with the FloBowling ATX Invite and the U.S. Open. The WBT Thailand Open will take place in Bangkok Sept. 27-Oct. 4 and the Kuwait Open at Kuwait Bowling Center in Kuwait City Oct. 31-Nov. 6. The ATX Invite is a special non-title, non-points event that will take place Sept. 21 at Dart Bowl in Austin, Texas. The U.S. Open, the final major championship on the 2019 schedule, will be held Oct. 23-30 at Victory Lanes Family Entertainment Center in Mooresville, North Carolina.

PBA INTERNATIONAL-WORLD BOWLING TOUR STORM LUCKY LARSEN MASTERS
Olympia Bowling, Helsingborg, Sweden, Sunday

Final Standings:
1, Carsten Hansen, Denmark, $15,408.
2, Chris Via, Springfield, Ohio, $11,299.
3, Michael Tang, San Francisco, $8,218.
4, Jake Peters, Henderson, Nev., $6,163.

Stepladder Results:
Match One – Via def. Peters, 245-238.
Semifinal Match – Via def. Tang, 247-200.
Championship – Hansen def. Via, 289-247.

Step Three Cashers (after 12 games; top 4 advanced to stepladder finals):
1, Hansen, 2,890.
2, Tang, 2,838.
3, Via, 2,800.
4, Peters, 2,799.
5, Matt McNiel, Minneapolis, 2,771, $4,622.
6, Teemu Putkisto, Finland, 2,763, $3,595.
7, Nick Pate, Inver Grove Heights, Minn., 2,750, $3,082.
8, Tomas Käyhkö, Finland, 2,746, $2,568.
9, AJ Johnson, Oswego, Ill., 2,741, $2,260.
10, Thomas Larsen, Denmark, 2,719, $2,054.
11 (tie), Dom Barrett, England, and Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 2,693, $1,798.
13, Anthony Pepe, Elmhurst, N.Y., $1,695.
14, AJ Chapman, Manchester, Iowa, 2,656, $1,644.
15, Joline Persson Planefors, Sweden, 2,654, $1,592.
16, Stuart Williams, England, 2,607, $1,541.
17, Karl Wahlgren, Sweden, 2,544, $1,515.
18, Khaled Aldebayyan, Kuwait, $1,489.

Step Two Cashers (did not advance, after 6 games):
19, Arnar Jonsson, Sweden, 1,282, $1,464.
20 (tie), Mitch Hupé, Canada, and Niko Oksanen, Finland, 1,271, $1,425.
22, Daniel Fransson, Sweden, 1,269, $1,387.
23, Oscar Rodriguez, Colombia, 1,249, $1,361.
24, Martin Paulsson, Sweden, 1,232, $1,335.
25, Tony Wong, Hong Kong, 1,231, $1,310.
26, Kyle Troup, Taylorsville, N.C., 1,226, $1,284.
27, Kris Prather, Plainfield, Ill., 1,222, $1,258.
28, Sandra Andersson, Sweden, 1,219, $1,233.
29, Andrew Cain, Phoenix, Ariz., 1,200, $1,207.
30, Darren Tang, Las Vegas, 1,183, $1,130.
31, Rasmus Edvall, Sweden, 1,181, $1,079.
32, Jarno Lahti, Finland, 1,173, $1,027.

Step One Cashers (did not advance, after 4 games):
33, Edwar Rey, Colombia, 844, $1,002.
34, Saleh Salem, Kuwait, 842, $976.
35, Patrik Nilsson, Sweden, 841, $950.
36, Victoria Johansson, Sweden, 837, $924.
37, Mattias Olsson, Sweden, 833, $899.
38, Mikkel Sorensen, Denmark, 829, $873.
39, Artemy Hudiakov, Latvia, $847.
40, Francois Lavoie, Canada, 826, $822.
41, Michael Mak, Hong Kong, 811, $796.
42 (tie), Pyry Puharinen, Finland, and Kim Bolleby, Thailand, 797, $763.
44 (tie), Brad Miller, Lee’s Summit, Mo., and Jan Macek, Czechoslovakia, 795, $706.
46, Patrick Hanrahan, Wichita, Kan., 789, $668.
47, Jusso Rikkola, Finland, 780, $642.
48, Viktor Albihn, Sweden, 775, $616.
49, Christer Rapp, Sweden, 771, $591.
50, Tannya Lopez, Mexico, 759, $565.
51, Osku Palermaa, Finland, 744, $539.
52, Mikael Andersson, Sweden, 639, $514.

Posted: September 8, 2019, 7:12 pm

At age 22, Anthony Simonsen of Little Elm, Texas, has already established himself as one of the PBA’s premier stars. But his youthful journey to the top levels of competitive bowling hasn’t been easy. A documentary that made its debut on FloBowling.com Wednesday, "Simonsen: Leave It Behind," tells his story.

FloBowling’s first documentary interviews Simonsen and the people close to him as it delves into how he overcame some difficult personal obstacles in his formative years to become one of bowling’s biggest stars.

“With this first FloSports bowling presentation, I hope you enjoy a glimpse into one of our young star bowler’s life,” said PBA Commissioner Tom Clark. “Anthony's origin story, like every person in the PBA family, deserves to be told because when you get to know our players, when you really care about them and they feel like part of your family, the drama PBA bowling provides is unmatched.”

Simonsen has already won enough PBA Tour titles to qualify for election to the PBA Hall of Fame, but also must complete 20 years of PBA membership before he’ll be eligible for election. With seven standard PBA Tour titles and two majors, he is the youngest player ever to complete the title-eligibility requirement.

TICKETS ON SALE FOR PBA CLASH AT KEGEL TRAINING CENTER

General admission and VIP tickets are now on sale for the second PBA Clash which will take place on Monday, Oct. 21, at Kegel Training Center in Lake Wales, Fla. The Clash will include the 2019 Go Bowling! PBA Tour’s top eight money-winners in a special elimination-format telecast that will air on FOX on Sunday,

VIP tickets for the 2019 PBA Clash are available for $50, and include:
• 4:30 p.m. early access to TV seating;
• An interactive Q&A session with the PBA pros during official practice session between 5-5:45 p.m.;
• Buffet dinner from 5:45-6:30 p.m.;
• Kegel gift bag.

General admission tickets are available for $20, with seating beginning at 6 p.m. Tickets can be ordered online at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/pba-clash-tickets-68818707607.

Seven of the eight Clash participants have already locked up spots. Australia’s Jason Belmonte leads the PBA Tour with $275,290 in official earnings for 2019. 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.

PBA Hall of Famer Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., is currently in eighth place with $97,415, and could be knocked out of the top eight by Kyle Sherman of O’Fallon, Mo., if Sherman wins the $25,000 top prize in the PBA FloBowling ATX Invite on Sept. 21 at Dart Bowl in Austin, Texas. Sherman is in ninth place on the earnings list with $78,968.

Fans can follow the Lucky Larsen Masters, which ends Sunday, at this link: http://luckylarsenmasters.meriq.se/2019/globalresults_adv.asp.

HOLLIMAN CONTINUES TO PACE GO BOWLING! PBA TOUR ROOKIES IN POINTS

Former Junior Team USA member and three-time Teen Masters titlist Greg Young Jr. of Viera, Fla., was the top rookie performer in the FloBowling PBA Summer Tour, finishing third in the Harry O’Neale Chesapeake Open and fourth in the PBA Wolf Open as part of the FloBowling PBA Summer Swing presented by the Brands of Ebonite International in Aurora, Ill., but a slow start earlier in the year prevented him from gaining much ground on Mykel Holliman of Collierville, Tenn., in the 2019 Go Bowling! PBA Tour’s rookie competition points race.

Holliman, the runner-up in the Tier 3 USBC Masters earlier in 2019, ranks 36th overall on the 2019 PBA points list with 8,390 points, but he’s still comfortably ahead of five other players on the 2019 Bowl4life PBA Rookie Watch list. Kenneth Ryan of Farmingdale, N.J., is 57th (4,760) on the points list followed by Wichita’s Patrick Hanrahan (59th, 4,410); Greg Young (up from 78th to 65th, 3,940); Jake Rollins of Glen Rock, N.J. (75th, 3,148) and Mike Coffey of Melbourne, Fla. (80th, 2,990). Status in competition points is one of several factors voters will consider in selection of the 2019 Harry Golden PBA Rookie of the Year 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: FOUR WINNERS IN SOUTH REGION’S LABOR DAY SERIES

PBA Hall of Famer Tom Baker of King, N.C.; Ron Profitt of Brookville, Ohio; Sam Ventura of Syracuse, N.Y., and Jerry Horn of Lexington, S.C., won titles in the PBA South Region’s annual extended Labor Day tournament series for PBA50 and PBA60 competitors that ended Monday with the PBA50 Mooresville South Open presented by Columbia 300 at Victory Lanes in Mooresville, N.C.

Baker kicked off the series by defeating fellow Hall of Famer Walter Ray Williams Jr. of Oxford, Fla., 239-219, in the final of the PBA50 Sky Lanes South Open in Asheville, N.C., on Aug. 25.

Three days later in Kingsport, Tenn., Profitt came out striking with a perfect game to defeat Greg McMahan of Dandridge, Tenn., 300-279, to win the third annual PBA60 Kingsport South Open at Warpath Lanes.

Ventura was next, winning the PBA60 Wilson & Sons Termite and Pest Control Southern Open at Victory Lanes in Mooresville, N.C., where he defeated Jeff Bellinger of Columbia, S.C., 201-195, for the title.

In the series finale, Horn put together three strikes in the 10th frame to claim the victory over Craig Auerbach of Sunrise, Fla., 222-215, for the win in the PBA50 Mooresville South Open in Mooresville.

Along with his 36th regional title, Baker earned $1,800. Profitt earned $1,800 and his third PBA Regional win in the PBA60 Kingsport event. Ventura picked up his 10th regional title along with $2,000. Horn also took home $2,000 and his first PBA50 Regional title for the Mooresville win.

PBA50 tournaments are open to players ages 50 and older; PBA60 events are for players ages 60 and older.

Bruce Hall of Westborough, Mass. defeated Jay Davis of Silver Spring, Md., 261-231, to win the PBA50 Hammer/Strike Zone Open at the Strike Zone Alleys in Pottsville, Pa., Sunday for his second PBA Regional title – 37 years after winning his first title.

Hall, who collected $1,500, won his previous title in a doubles event in Paramus, N.J. in 1982.

Hall dominated qualifying as well as going undefeated in the bracket elimination round. He averaged 252.8 for the event. A split in the middle of the championship game gave Davis a chance to win, but consecutive nine-count spares late in the game and three strikes in the 10th allowed Hall to clinch the win.

Hall defeated non-PBA member Troy Lint of Blandon, Pa., 236-215, and Davis edged Darryl Bower of Middletown, Pa., 216-215, in the semifinal round.

• Jerry Marrs of Lake in the Hills, Ill. defeated Steve Taylor of Tremont, Ill. 228-199, to win the $2,000 first prize and his second PBA Regional title in the Illinois Valley Midwest Open at Illinois Valley Super Bowl in Peru, Ill., Sunday.

Taylor defeated Nick Pate of Inver Grove Heights, Minn., 258-197, to advance to the championship match after downing Charlie Brown of Granville, Mich., 191-189, in the first stepladder match.

The PBA Regional calendar moves into fall with a pair of events over the Sept. 6-8 weekend: the Boss Snow Plows/Ebonite Central/Midwest Open at PinHeads in Fishers, Ind., and the Grand Casino Hotel and Resort Southwest Invitational at FireLake Bowling Center in Shawnee, Okla.

The Sept. 13-15 PBA Regional schedule features the PBA50 King Pin Lanes Eastern Open in Rome, N.Y.; the Sturgis/Storm Central/Midwest Open at Sturgis Bowl in Sturgis, Mich.; the Fayetteville South Open at Lafayette Lanes in Fayetteville, N.C.; the Liberal Kansas Southwest Open Ayr Lanes, and a doubleheader at AMF Mardi Gras Lanes in Sacramento, Calif. – the PBA and PBA50 West/Northwest Capital City Opens presented by DV8 and Genesis.

PBA Regional activity scheduled for the Sept. 20-22 weekend include the PBA/PBA50 Over/Under Doubles at Millsboro Lanes in Millsboro, Del.; the EZ Bowl Central Open in Bluffton, Ind.; the Odessa Southwest Super Regional at Diamond Lanes in Odessa, Texas, and a tripleheader including the PBA Paradise Lanes Northwest/West Open, PBA50 Paradise Lanes Gary Mage Northwest/West Senior Open (both presented by 900 Global) plus the Jeanne Naccarato Women’s Open in Tacoma, Wash. On Saturday, Sept. 21, Ten Pin Alley in Fitchburg, Wis., also will host the Ten Pin Alley Midwest Open.

September’s busy calendar of PBA Regional events will conclude over the Sept. 27-29 weekend with the Bowlers Discount Pro Shop East Open presented by Radical at Terrace Lanes in Frederick, Md.; the PBA50 Mel Westrich Memorial Central/Midwest Open at Delphos Recreation in Delphos, Ohio; the PBA50 J&L Sports South Open at Paradise Lanes in Spartanburg, S.C.; the back-to-back PBA50 Junction City Bowl Southwest/Midwest Open I and II one-day events in Junction City, Kan.; and the 17th annual Double Decker Lanes West/Northwest Open presented by Roto Grip in Rohnert Park, Calif.

● For complete PBA Regional schedules, rules and entry information, visit pba.com, open the “schedules” tab and click on PBA Regional Tours to find the event(s) in your area…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 Hall of Famer Parker Bohn III and family conducted Bohn’s 20th anniversary youth scholarship tournament over the Labor Day weekend, notching a record 267 entries and paying out a record $31,000 in scholarship prize money. In its previous 19 years, the event has paid out more than $88,000 in scholarships. This year, the event was expanded to three days…and included livestreaming orchestrated by one of Bohn’s sons, Justin.

• Reminder: PBA Hall of Famer Danny Wiseman will host his eighth annual Youth Scholarship Tournament Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 12-13, at AMF Country Club Lanes in Baltimore. For complete information about the event, including how to enter, visit: https://pjbtbowlingseries.com/6843-2/?fbclid=IwAR25lmfG65mCdSbEp4ijE5qIXkt074TmUHPhR65T28P_42MyHjQrhydiOvA.

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At age 22, Anthony Simonsen of Little Elm, Texas, has already established himself as one of the PBA’s premier stars. But his youthful journey to the top levels of competitive bowling hasn’t been easy. A documentary that made its debut on FloBowling.com Wednesday, "Simonsen: Leave It Behind," tells his story.

FloBowling’s first documentary interviews Simonsen and the people close to him as it delves into how he overcame some difficult personal obstacles in his formative years to become one of bowling’s biggest stars.

“With this first FloSports bowling presentation, I hope you enjoy a glimpse into one of our young star bowler’s life,” said PBA Commissioner Tom Clark. “Anthony's origin story, like every person in the PBA family, deserves to be told because when you get to know our players, when you really care about them and they feel like part of your family, the drama PBA bowling provides is unmatched.”

Simonsen has already won enough PBA Tour titles to qualify for election to the PBA Hall of Fame, but also must complete 20 years of PBA membership before he’ll be eligible for election. With seven standard PBA Tour titles and two majors, he is the youngest player ever to complete the title-eligibility requirement.

TICKETS ON SALE FOR PBA CLASH AT KEGEL TRAINING CENTER

General admission and VIP tickets are now on sale for the second PBA Clash which will take place on Monday, Oct. 21, at Kegel Training Center in Lake Wales, Fla. The Clash will include the 2019 Go Bowling! PBA Tour’s top eight money-winners in a special elimination-format telecast that will air on FOX on Sunday,

VIP tickets for the 2019 PBA Clash are available for $50, and include:
• 4:30 p.m. early access to TV seating;
• An interactive Q&A session with the PBA pros during official practice session between 5-5:45 p.m.;
• Buffet dinner from 5:45-6:30 p.m.;
• Kegel gift bag.

General admission tickets are available for $20, with seating beginning at 6 p.m. Tickets can be ordered online at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/pba-clash-tickets-68818707607.

Seven of the eight Clash participants have already locked up spots. Australia’s Jason Belmonte leads the PBA Tour with $275,290 in official earnings for 2019. 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.

PBA Hall of Famer Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., is currently in eighth place with $97,415, and could be knocked out of the top eight by Kyle Sherman of O’Fallon, Mo., if Sherman wins the $25,000 top prize in the PBA FloBowling ATX Invite on Sept. 21 at Dart Bowl in Austin, Texas. Sherman is in ninth place on the earnings list with $78,968.

Fans can follow the Lucky Larsen Masters, which ends Sunday, at this link: http://luckylarsenmasters.meriq.se/2019/globalresults_adv.asp.

HOLLIMAN CONTINUES TO PACE GO BOWLING! PBA TOUR ROOKIES IN POINTS

Former Junior Team USA member and three-time Teen Masters titlist Greg Young Jr. of Viera, Fla., was the top rookie performer in the FloBowling PBA Summer Tour, finishing third in the Harry O’Neale Chesapeake Open and fourth in the PBA Wolf Open as part of the FloBowling PBA Summer Swing presented by the Brands of Ebonite International in Aurora, Ill., but a slow start earlier in the year prevented him from gaining much ground on Mykel Holliman of Collierville, Tenn., in the 2019 Go Bowling! PBA Tour’s rookie competition points race.

Holliman, the runner-up in the Tier 3 USBC Masters earlier in 2019, ranks 36th overall on the 2019 PBA points list with 8,390 points, but he’s still comfortably ahead of five other players on the 2019 Bowl4life PBA Rookie Watch list. Kenneth Ryan of Farmingdale, N.J., is 57th (4,760) on the points list followed by Wichita’s Patrick Hanrahan (59th, 4,410); Greg Young (up from 78th to 65th, 3,940); Jake Rollins of Glen Rock, N.J. (75th, 3,148) and Mike Coffey of Melbourne, Fla. (80th, 2,990). Status in competition points is one of several factors voters will consider in selection of the 2019 Harry Golden PBA Rookie of the Year 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: FOUR WINNERS IN SOUTH REGION’S LABOR DAY SERIES

PBA Hall of Famer Tom Baker of King, N.C.; Ron Profitt of Brookville, Ohio; Sam Ventura of Syracuse, N.Y., and Jerry Horn of Lexington, S.C., won titles in the PBA South Region’s annual extended Labor Day tournament series for PBA50 and PBA60 competitors that ended Monday with the PBA50 Mooresville South Open presented by Columbia 300 at Victory Lanes in Mooresville, N.C.

Baker kicked off the series by defeating fellow Hall of Famer Walter Ray Williams Jr. of Oxford, Fla., 239-219, in the final of the PBA50 Sky Lanes South Open in Asheville, N.C., on Aug. 25.

Three days later in Kingsport, Tenn., Profitt came out striking with a perfect game to defeat Greg McMahan of Dandridge, Tenn., 300-279, to win the third annual PBA60 Kingsport South Open at Warpath Lanes.

Ventura was next, winning the PBA60 Wilson & Sons Termite and Pest Control Southern Open at Victory Lanes in Mooresville, N.C., where he defeated Jeff Bellinger of Columbia, S.C., 201-195, for the title.

In the series finale, Horn put together three strikes in the 10th frame to claim the victory over Craig Auerbach of Sunrise, Fla., 222-215, for the win in the PBA50 Mooresville South Open in Mooresville.

Along with his 36th regional title, Baker earned $1,800. Profitt earned $1,800 and his third PBA Regional win in the PBA60 Kingsport event. Ventura picked up his 10th regional title along with $2,000. Horn also took home $2,000 and his first PBA50 Regional title for the Mooresville win.

PBA50 tournaments are open to players ages 50 and older; PBA60 events are for players ages 60 and older.

Bruce Hall of Westborough, Mass. defeated Jay Davis of Silver Spring, Md., 261-231, to win the PBA50 Hammer/Strike Zone Open at the Strike Zone Alleys in Pottsville, Pa., Sunday for his second PBA Regional title – 37 years after winning his first title.

Hall, who collected $1,500, won his previous title in a doubles event in Paramus, N.J. in 1982.

Hall dominated qualifying as well as going undefeated in the bracket elimination round. He averaged 252.8 for the event. A split in the middle of the championship game gave Davis a chance to win, but consecutive nine-count spares late in the game and three strikes in the 10th allowed Hall to clinch the win.

Hall defeated non-PBA member Troy Lint of Blandon, Pa., 236-215, and Davis edged Darryl Bower of Middletown, Pa., 216-215, in the semifinal round.

• Jerry Marrs of Lake in the Hills, Ill. defeated Steve Taylor of Tremont, Ill. 228-199, to win the $2,000 first prize and his second PBA Regional title in the Illinois Valley Midwest Open at Illinois Valley Super Bowl in Peru, Ill., Sunday.

Taylor defeated Nick Pate of Inver Grove Heights, Minn., 258-197, to advance to the championship match after downing Charlie Brown of Granville, Mich., 191-189, in the first stepladder match.

The PBA Regional calendar moves into fall with a pair of events over the Sept. 6-8 weekend: the Boss Snow Plows/Ebonite Central/Midwest Open at PinHeads in Fishers, Ind., and the Grand Casino Hotel and Resort Southwest Invitational at FireLake Bowling Center in Shawnee, Okla.

The Sept. 13-15 PBA Regional schedule features the PBA50 King Pin Lanes Eastern Open in Rome, N.Y.; the Sturgis/Storm Central/Midwest Open at Sturgis Bowl in Sturgis, Mich.; the Fayetteville South Open at Lafayette Lanes in Fayetteville, N.C.; the Liberal Kansas Southwest Open Ayr Lanes, and a doubleheader at AMF Mardi Gras Lanes in Sacramento, Calif. – the PBA and PBA50 West/Northwest Capital City Opens presented by DV8 and Genesis.

PBA Regional activity scheduled for the Sept. 20-22 weekend include the PBA/PBA50 Over/Under Doubles at Millsboro Lanes in Millsboro, Del.; the EZ Bowl Central Open in Bluffton, Ind.; the Odessa Southwest Super Regional at Diamond Lanes in Odessa, Texas, and a tripleheader including the PBA Paradise Lanes Northwest/West Open, PBA50 Paradise Lanes Gary Mage Northwest/West Senior Open (both presented by 900 Global) plus the Jeanne Naccarato Women’s Open in Tacoma, Wash. On Saturday, Sept. 21, Ten Pin Alley in Fitchburg, Wis., also will host the Ten Pin Alley Midwest Open.

September’s busy calendar of PBA Regional events will conclude over the Sept. 27-29 weekend with the Bowlers Discount Pro Shop East Open presented by Radical at Terrace Lanes in Frederick, Md.; the PBA50 Mel Westrich Memorial Central/Midwest Open at Delphos Recreation in Delphos, Ohio; the PBA50 J&L Sports South Open at Paradise Lanes in Spartanburg, S.C.; the back-to-back PBA50 Junction City Bowl Southwest/Midwest Open I and II one-day events in Junction City, Kan.; and the 17th annual Double Decker Lanes West/Northwest Open presented by Roto Grip in Rohnert Park, Calif.

● For complete PBA Regional schedules, rules and entry information, visit pba.com, open the “schedules” tab and click on PBA Regional Tours to find the event(s) in your area…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 Hall of Famer Parker Bohn III and family conducted Bohn’s 20th anniversary youth scholarship tournament over the Labor Day weekend, notching a record 267 entries and paying out a record $31,000 in scholarship prize money. In its previous 19 years, the event has paid out more than $88,000 in scholarships. This year, the event was expanded to three days…and included livestreaming orchestrated by one of Bohn’s sons, Justin.

• Reminder: PBA Hall of Famer Danny Wiseman will host his eighth annual Youth Scholarship Tournament Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 12-13, at AMF Country Club Lanes in Baltimore. For complete information about the event, including how to enter, visit: https://pjbtbowlingseries.com/6843-2/?fbclid=IwAR25lmfG65mCdSbEp4ijE5qIXkt074TmUHPhR65T28P_42MyHjQrhydiOvA.

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Posted: September 6, 2019, 8:19 pm

AURORA, Ill.  – Jason Sterner of Rochester, New York, won all four stepladder final matches including a 243-212 title match victory over top seed EJ Tackett of Bluffton, Indiana, to win the FloBowling PBA Illinois Open Saturday for his third career Go Bowling! PBA Tour title. The Illinois Open was the pinnacle event of the three-tournament FloBowling PBA Summer Swing presented by the Brands of Ebonite International at Parkside Lanes.

In a stepladder final that featured a dual lane condition pattern – PBA 41-foot Bear condition on the left lane and 32-foot Wolf condition on the right lane – both players started the title match with a spare and two strikes but Sterner was able to pull away when Tackett missed a 3-6-10 spare in the fourth frame. Sterner put together four more strikes that ultimately proved too much for Tackett to overcome.

(Feature Photo caption: Jason Sterner en route to winning the PBA Illinois Open at Parkside Lanes in Aurora, Illinois. USA Today Sports photo by Mike DiNovo)

As the No. 5 seed for the finals, Sterner won his position round match in the final match play round against 11-time tour winner Bill O’Neill of Langhorne, Pennsylvania, 256-199, to make it into the finals.

“I think that (position round) win really relaxed me and put me in a good mindset for the finals,” said the 35-year-old Sterner. “I felt fortunate to make the finals, so my attitude was let’s throw a lot of strikes and go have some fun.”

Sterner Trophy IIThe win ended a two-year drought for Sterner whose last title came in the PBA/PWBA Striking Against Breast Cancer Mixed Doubles (with Birgit Poppler) in July of 2017.

“I had been struggling for a long time, but I made a (ball) grip change about four months ago and made some other physical changes,” Sterner said. “My game wasn’t evolving the way it should to keep up with the younger guys so I had to make some changes and just committed to them. There was some trial and error but now I’m really confident my game’s moving in the right direction.”

Sterner opened the stepladder finals with a 248-184 win over No. 4 seed Anthony Simonsen of Little Elm, Texas, who won the PBA Bear Open on Thursday for his seventh career title.

In the second match, Sterner then beat PBA Wolf Open winner Sean Rash of Montgomery, Illinois, 259-225, to advance to the semifinal match where he beat No. 2 seed two-hander Jason Belmonte of Australia, 236-208, to advance to the title match against Tackett. Tackett, who also finished second in the Bear Open,  was trying for his second win of the season and 14th of his career.

“The win against Jason (Belmonte) gave me a lot of confidence heading into the title match,” Sterner said. “I had my share of ugly strikes, but I was thinking just knock 10 pins down, fill the frames and hope the breaks would go my way.”

Belmonte, a four-time PBA Player of the Year, was trying for his fifth win of the season and 23rd of his career.

As the points leader for the nine-tournament FloBowling PBA Summer Tour, Rash, whose Wolf Open win was the 14th of his career and second of the season, won the USBC Cup and a $20,000 bonus.

To make the Illinois Open stepladder finals, the five finalists advanced from the 14 games of qualifying in both the PBA Wolf and Bear Opens earlier in the week and then competed in 24 games of match play which also used the mixed Wolf and Bear lane conditions.

The entire Summer Swing was streamed live on FloBowling. For subscription and schedule information visit www.flobowling.com.

FLOBOWLING PBA ILLINOIS OPEN
Third event of the FloBowling PBA Summer Swing presented by the Brands of Ebonite International
Parkside Lanes, Aurora, Ill., Saturday

Final Standings
1, Jason Sterner, Rochester, N.Y., $20,000.
2, EJ Tackett, Bluffton, Ind., $10,000.
3, Jason Belmonte, Australia, $7,000.
4, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., $6,000.
5, Anthony Simonsen, Little Elm, Texas, $5,000.

Stepladder Results
Match One – Sterner def. Simonsen, 248-184.
Match Two – Sterner def. Rash, 259-225.
Semifinal – Sterner def. Belmonte, 236-208.
Championship – Sterner def. Tackett, 243-212.

   

FINAL MATCH PLAY RESULTS

(includes match play record and total pinfall for 52 games including match play bonus pins. Top five advance to stepladder finals)

1, EJ Tackett, Bluffton, Ind., 16-7-1, 12,426.
2, Jason Belmonte, Australia, 17-7, 12,272.
3, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 15-9, 12,235.
4, Anthony Simonsen, Little Elm, Texas, 13-10-1, 12,175.
5, Jason Sterner, Rochester, N.Y., 14-10, 12,074.
6, Bill O'Neill, Langhorne, Pa., 15-8-1, 12,037, $4,100.
7, Kyle Troup, Taylorsville, N.C., 14-10, 12,020, $3,500.
8, Francois Lavoie, Canada, 10-13-1, 11,871, $3,500.
9, AJ Johnson, Oswego, Ill., 12-10-2, 11,861, $3,100.
10, Dick Allen, Lexington, S.C., 14-10, 11,850, $2,900.
11, Jake Peters, Henderson, Nev., 13-10-1, 11,826, $2,800.
12, Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., 11-13, 11,784, $2,700.
13, Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 13-10-1, 11,739, $2,600.
14, Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 11-13, 11,698, $2,500.
15, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 12-12, 11,656, $2,450.
16, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 10-14, 11,628, $2,400.
17, Dom Barrett, England, 11-13, 11,614, $2,350.
18, (tie) Brad Miller, Lees Summit, Mo., 11-13-0, 11,578, and Kyle Sherman, O'Fallon, Mo., 8-16, 11,578, $2,275.
20, Kamron Doyle, Brentwood, Tenn., 10-14, 11,506, $2,200.
21, Sam Cooley, Australia, 10-14, 11,504, $2,150.
22, Tun Ameerul Al-Hakim, Malaysia, 9-13-2, 11,463, $2,100.
23, Tom Daugherty, Riverview, Fla., 6-18, 11,306, $2,050.
24, Arturo Quintero, Mexico, 8-16, 11,219, $2,000.

AURORA, Ill.  – Jason Sterner of Rochester, New York, won all four stepladder final matches including a 243-212 title match victory over top seed EJ Tackett of Bluffton, Indiana, to win the FloBowling PBA Illinois Open Saturday for his third career Go Bowling! PBA Tour title. The Illinois Open was the pinnacle event of the three-tournament FloBowling PBA Summer Swing presented by the Brands of Ebonite International at Parkside Lanes.

In a stepladder final that featured a dual lane condition pattern – PBA 41-foot Bear condition on the left lane and 32-foot Wolf condition on the right lane – both players started the title match with a spare and two strikes but Sterner was able to pull away when Tackett missed a 3-6-10 spare in the fourth frame. Sterner put together four more strikes that ultimately proved too much for Tackett to overcome.

(Feature Photo caption: Jason Sterner en route to winning the PBA Illinois Open at Parkside Lanes in Aurora, Illinois. USA Today Sports photo by Mike DiNovo)

As the No. 5 seed for the finals, Sterner won his position round match in the final match play round against 11-time tour winner Bill O’Neill of Langhorne, Pennsylvania, 256-199, to make it into the finals.

“I think that (position round) win really relaxed me and put me in a good mindset for the finals,” said the 35-year-old Sterner. “I felt fortunate to make the finals, so my attitude was let’s throw a lot of strikes and go have some fun.”

Sterner Trophy IIThe win ended a two-year drought for Sterner whose last title came in the PBA/PWBA Striking Against Breast Cancer Mixed Doubles (with Birgit Poppler) in July of 2017.

“I had been struggling for a long time, but I made a (ball) grip change about four months ago and made some other physical changes,” Sterner said. “My game wasn’t evolving the way it should to keep up with the younger guys so I had to make some changes and just committed to them. There was some trial and error but now I’m really confident my game’s moving in the right direction.”

Sterner opened the stepladder finals with a 248-184 win over No. 4 seed Anthony Simonsen of Little Elm, Texas, who won the PBA Bear Open on Thursday for his seventh career title.

In the second match, Sterner then beat PBA Wolf Open winner Sean Rash of Montgomery, Illinois, 259-225, to advance to the semifinal match where he beat No. 2 seed two-hander Jason Belmonte of Australia, 236-208, to advance to the title match against Tackett. Tackett, who also finished second in the Bear Open,  was trying for his second win of the season and 14th of his career.

“The win against Jason (Belmonte) gave me a lot of confidence heading into the title match,” Sterner said. “I had my share of ugly strikes, but I was thinking just knock 10 pins down, fill the frames and hope the breaks would go my way.”

Belmonte, a four-time PBA Player of the Year, was trying for his fifth win of the season and 23rd of his career.

As the points leader for the nine-tournament FloBowling PBA Summer Tour, Rash, whose Wolf Open win was the 14th of his career and second of the season, won the USBC Cup and a $20,000 bonus.

To make the Illinois Open stepladder finals, the five finalists advanced from the 14 games of qualifying in both the PBA Wolf and Bear Opens earlier in the week and then competed in 24 games of match play which also used the mixed Wolf and Bear lane conditions.

The entire Summer Swing was streamed live on FloBowling. For subscription and schedule information visit www.flobowling.com.

FLOBOWLING PBA ILLINOIS OPEN
Third event of the FloBowling PBA Summer Swing presented by the Brands of Ebonite International
Parkside Lanes, Aurora, Ill., Saturday

Final Standings
1, Jason Sterner, Rochester, N.Y., $20,000.
2, EJ Tackett, Bluffton, Ind., $10,000.
3, Jason Belmonte, Australia, $7,000.
4, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., $6,000.
5, Anthony Simonsen, Little Elm, Texas, $5,000.

Stepladder Results
Match One – Sterner def. Simonsen, 248-184.
Match Two – Sterner def. Rash, 259-225.
Semifinal – Sterner def. Belmonte, 236-208.
Championship – Sterner def. Tackett, 243-212.

   

FINAL MATCH PLAY RESULTS

(includes match play record and total pinfall for 52 games including match play bonus pins. Top five advance to stepladder finals)

1, EJ Tackett, Bluffton, Ind., 16-7-1, 12,426.
2, Jason Belmonte, Australia, 17-7, 12,272.
3, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 15-9, 12,235.
4, Anthony Simonsen, Little Elm, Texas, 13-10-1, 12,175.
5, Jason Sterner, Rochester, N.Y., 14-10, 12,074.
6, Bill O'Neill, Langhorne, Pa., 15-8-1, 12,037, $4,100.
7, Kyle Troup, Taylorsville, N.C., 14-10, 12,020, $3,500.
8, Francois Lavoie, Canada, 10-13-1, 11,871, $3,500.
9, AJ Johnson, Oswego, Ill., 12-10-2, 11,861, $3,100.
10, Dick Allen, Lexington, S.C., 14-10, 11,850, $2,900.
11, Jake Peters, Henderson, Nev., 13-10-1, 11,826, $2,800.
12, Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., 11-13, 11,784, $2,700.
13, Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 13-10-1, 11,739, $2,600.
14, Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 11-13, 11,698, $2,500.
15, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 12-12, 11,656, $2,450.
16, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 10-14, 11,628, $2,400.
17, Dom Barrett, England, 11-13, 11,614, $2,350.
18, (tie) Brad Miller, Lees Summit, Mo., 11-13-0, 11,578, and Kyle Sherman, O'Fallon, Mo., 8-16, 11,578, $2,275.
20, Kamron Doyle, Brentwood, Tenn., 10-14, 11,506, $2,200.
21, Sam Cooley, Australia, 10-14, 11,504, $2,150.
22, Tun Ameerul Al-Hakim, Malaysia, 9-13-2, 11,463, $2,100.
23, Tom Daugherty, Riverview, Fla., 6-18, 11,306, $2,050.
24, Arturo Quintero, Mexico, 8-16, 11,219, $2,000.

Posted: September 1, 2019, 1:15 am

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.

The entire FloBowling PBA Summer Tour has been livestreamed exclusively on FloBowling, and will continue through the FloBowling ATX Invite. Visit FloBowling.com and sign up for a subscription.

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.

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.

The entire FloBowling PBA Summer Tour has been livestreamed exclusively on FloBowling, and will continue through the FloBowling ATX Invite. Visit FloBowling.com and sign up for a subscription.

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.

Posted: September 1, 2019, 12:34 am

AURORA, Ill.  – PBA Bear Open winner Anthony Simonsen of Little Elm, Texas, compiled an 8-7-1 match play record and averaged 220 for 16 games Friday which was good enough to retain a narrow lead after the first two rounds of match play in the FloBowling PBA Illinois Open at Parkside Lanes.

In the pinnacle event of the FloBowling PBA Summer Swing presented by the Brands of Ebonite International, the two-hander finished the day with a 10,306 44-game pinfall total (including 30 bonus pins for each match win) to hold a six-pin lead over 13-time Go Bowling! PBA Tour titlist and Bear Open runner-up EJ Tackett of Bluffton, Indiana, in second with a 9-6-1 match play record and 10,300 pinfall.

Simonsen beat Tackett in Thursday’s dramatic Bear Open title match 10-9 in the second one-ball roll-off after tying 267-267.

The 24 players in the Illinois Open match play field have the added challenge of competing on a mixed lane condition pattern – the Bear 41-foot lane condition on the left lane and the Wolf 32-foot condition on the right lane in each match which puts a premium on the players’ ability to adjust, including often using a different ball on each lane.

“Everybody out here on tour has the physical ability but the players who can deal with the mental grind, especially in a tournament like this, are going to have the advantage,” said the 22-year-old Simonsen who won the Bear Open for his seventh career Go Bowling! PBA Tour title. “You’re using different equipment and playing totally different lines so it kind of multiplies the variables you might normally have to deal with.”

In Friday’s second match play round Simonsen started strong with games of 279 and 235 but then fell off with games of 193, 177 and 170 before finishing strong with games of 246, 259 and 268.

“It seems like I go through streaks where I’m either bowling well in the middle of the round and not so well at the beginning and end, or like I did tonight, where I’m bowling well at the beginning and end but not in the middle,” Simonsen said. “Tomorrow I’ll need to string together at least a few good games so I make the show.”

The final match play round gets underway Saturday at 11 a.m. CT and will determine the top five players for the Illinois Open stepladder finals at 3:30 p.m.

Australian two-hander Jason Belmonte climbed to third with a 10,238 pinfall helped by an 11-5 record in match play. The 36-year-old four-time PBA Player of the Year is trying for his fifth win of the season and the 23rd of his career.

Rounding out the top five heading into tomorrow’s final match play round are 11-time tour winner Bill O’Neill of Langhorne, Pennsylvania, who jumped from 12th after the first match play round finishing with a 11-4-1 record and 10,222 pinfall. Hometown favorite Sean Rash of Montgomery, Illinois, who defeated Simonsen in the title match to win the Wolf Open on Tuesday for his 14th tour title, put together a 10-6 record and finished with a 10,200 pinfall.

Fans can catch all the Illinois Open final-day action on FloBowling. For subscription information visit www.flobowling.com.

FLOBOWLING PBA ILLINOIS OPEN

Third event of the FloBowling PBA Summer Swing presented by the Brands of Ebonite International

Parkside Lanes, Aurora, Ill., Friday

MATCH PLAY ROUND TWO RESULTS

(includes match play record and total pinfall for 44 games including match play bonus pins)

1, Anthony Simonsen, Little Elm, Texas, 8-7-1, 10,306.
2, EJ Tackett, Bluffton, Ind., 9-6-1, 10,300.
3, Jason Belmonte, Australia, 11-5, 10,238.
4, Bill O'Neill, Langhorne, Pa., 11-4-1, 10,222.
5, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 10-6, 10,200.
6, Jason Sterner, Rochester, N.Y., 10-6, 10,130.
7, Dick Allen, Lexington, S.C., 12-4, 10,108.
8, Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., 10-6, 10,075.
9, Francois Lavoie, Canada, 7-8-1, 10,021.
10, Jake Peters, Henderson, Nev., 9-6-1, 9,964.
11, Kyle Troup, Taylorsville, N.C., 9-7, 9,944.
12, Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 9-6-1, 9,933.
13, AJ Johnson, Oswego, Ill., 7-7-2, 9,842.
14, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 8-8, 9,777.
15, Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 6-10, 9,756.
16, Brad Miller, Lees Summit, Mo., 7-9, 9,691.
17, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 5-11, 9,679.
18, Tun Ameerul Al-Hakim, Malaysia, 6-8-2, 9,678.
19, Arturo Quintero, Mexico, 7-9, 9,669.
20, Tom Daugherty, Riverview, Fla., 5-11, 9,645.
21, Kyle Sherman, O'Fallon, Mo., 5-11, 9,644.
22, Kamron Doyle, Brentwood, Tenn., 6-10, 9,564.
23, Dom Barrett, England, 6-10, 9,561.
24, Sam Cooley, Australia, 4-12, 9,545.

300 games – Bill O’Neill

MATCH PLAY ROUND ONE RESULTS

(includes match play record and total pinfall for 36 games including match play bonus pins)

1, Anthony Simonsen, Little Elm, Texas, 4-3-1, 8,359
2, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 5-3, 8,291.
3, EJ Tackett, Bluffton, Ind., 4-3-1, 8,260.
4, Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., 7-1, 8,219.
5, Kyle Troup, Taylorsville, N.C., 7-1, 8,186.
6, Francois Lavoie, Canada, 4-4, 8,178.
7, (tie) Dick Allen, Lexington, S.C., 7-1, and Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 4-3-1, 8,148.
9, Jason Belmonte, Australia, 5-3, 8,119.
10, Jason Sterner, Rochester, N.Y., 6-2, 8,100.
11, Jake Peters, Henderson, Nev., 4-3-1, 8,051.
12, Bill O'Neill, Langhorne, Pa., 4-3-1, 8,042.
13, Kyle Sherman, O'Fallon, Mo., 4-4, 7,974.
14, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 3-5, 7,935.
15, Brad Miller, Lees Summit, Mo., 3-5, 7,886.
16, AJ Johnson, Oswego, Ill., 3-4-1, 7,861.
17, Arturo Quintero, Mexico, 3-5, 7,854.
18, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 4-4, 7,834.
19, Tom Daugherty, Riverview, Fla., 1-7, 7,828.
20, Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 3-5, 7,807.
21, Dom Barrett, England, 3-5, 7,784.
22, Tun Ameerul Al-Hakim, Malaysia, 1-5-2, 7,758.
23, Sam Cooley, Australia, 1-7, 7,754.
24, Kamron Doyle, Brentwood, Tenn., 2-6, 7,683.

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AURORA, Ill.  – PBA Bear Open winner Anthony Simonsen of Little Elm, Texas, compiled an 8-7-1 match play record and averaged 220 for 16 games Friday which was good enough to retain a narrow lead after the first two rounds of match play in the FloBowling PBA Illinois Open at Parkside Lanes.

In the pinnacle event of the FloBowling PBA Summer Swing presented by the Brands of Ebonite International, the two-hander finished the day with a 10,306 44-game pinfall total (including 30 bonus pins for each match win) to hold a six-pin lead over 13-time Go Bowling! PBA Tour titlist and Bear Open runner-up EJ Tackett of Bluffton, Indiana, in second with a 9-6-1 match play record and 10,300 pinfall.

Simonsen beat Tackett in Thursday’s dramatic Bear Open title match 10-9 in the second one-ball roll-off after tying 267-267.

The 24 players in the Illinois Open match play field have the added challenge of competing on a mixed lane condition pattern – the Bear 41-foot lane condition on the left lane and the Wolf 32-foot condition on the right lane in each match which puts a premium on the players’ ability to adjust, including often using a different ball on each lane.

“Everybody out here on tour has the physical ability but the players who can deal with the mental grind, especially in a tournament like this, are going to have the advantage,” said the 22-year-old Simonsen who won the Bear Open for his seventh career Go Bowling! PBA Tour title. “You’re using different equipment and playing totally different lines so it kind of multiplies the variables you might normally have to deal with.”

In Friday’s second match play round Simonsen started strong with games of 279 and 235 but then fell off with games of 193, 177 and 170 before finishing strong with games of 246, 259 and 268.

“It seems like I go through streaks where I’m either bowling well in the middle of the round and not so well at the beginning and end, or like I did tonight, where I’m bowling well at the beginning and end but not in the middle,” Simonsen said. “Tomorrow I’ll need to string together at least a few good games so I make the show.”

The final match play round gets underway Saturday at 11 a.m. CT and will determine the top five players for the Illinois Open stepladder finals at 3:30 p.m.

Australian two-hander Jason Belmonte climbed to third with a 10,238 pinfall helped by an 11-5 record in match play. The 36-year-old four-time PBA Player of the Year is trying for his fifth win of the season and the 23rd of his career.

Rounding out the top five heading into tomorrow’s final match play round are 11-time tour winner Bill O’Neill of Langhorne, Pennsylvania, who jumped from 12th after the first match play round finishing with a 11-4-1 record and 10,222 pinfall. Hometown favorite Sean Rash of Montgomery, Illinois, who defeated Simonsen in the title match to win the Wolf Open on Tuesday for his 14th tour title, put together a 10-6 record and finished with a 10,200 pinfall.

Fans can catch all the Illinois Open final-day action on FloBowling. For subscription information visit www.flobowling.com.

FLOBOWLING PBA ILLINOIS OPEN

Third event of the FloBowling PBA Summer Swing presented by the Brands of Ebonite International

Parkside Lanes, Aurora, Ill., Friday

MATCH PLAY ROUND TWO RESULTS

(includes match play record and total pinfall for 44 games including match play bonus pins)

1, Anthony Simonsen, Little Elm, Texas, 8-7-1, 10,306.
2, EJ Tackett, Bluffton, Ind., 9-6-1, 10,300.
3, Jason Belmonte, Australia, 11-5, 10,238.
4, Bill O'Neill, Langhorne, Pa., 11-4-1, 10,222.
5, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 10-6, 10,200.
6, Jason Sterner, Rochester, N.Y., 10-6, 10,130.
7, Dick Allen, Lexington, S.C., 12-4, 10,108.
8, Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., 10-6, 10,075.
9, Francois Lavoie, Canada, 7-8-1, 10,021.
10, Jake Peters, Henderson, Nev., 9-6-1, 9,964.
11, Kyle Troup, Taylorsville, N.C., 9-7, 9,944.
12, Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 9-6-1, 9,933.
13, AJ Johnson, Oswego, Ill., 7-7-2, 9,842.
14, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 8-8, 9,777.
15, Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 6-10, 9,756.
16, Brad Miller, Lees Summit, Mo., 7-9, 9,691.
17, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 5-11, 9,679.
18, Tun Ameerul Al-Hakim, Malaysia, 6-8-2, 9,678.
19, Arturo Quintero, Mexico, 7-9, 9,669.
20, Tom Daugherty, Riverview, Fla., 5-11, 9,645.
21, Kyle Sherman, O'Fallon, Mo., 5-11, 9,644.
22, Kamron Doyle, Brentwood, Tenn., 6-10, 9,564.
23, Dom Barrett, England, 6-10, 9,561.
24, Sam Cooley, Australia, 4-12, 9,545.

300 games – Bill O’Neill

MATCH PLAY ROUND ONE RESULTS

(includes match play record and total pinfall for 36 games including match play bonus pins)

1, Anthony Simonsen, Little Elm, Texas, 4-3-1, 8,359
2, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 5-3, 8,291.
3, EJ Tackett, Bluffton, Ind., 4-3-1, 8,260.
4, Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., 7-1, 8,219.
5, Kyle Troup, Taylorsville, N.C., 7-1, 8,186.
6, Francois Lavoie, Canada, 4-4, 8,178.
7, (tie) Dick Allen, Lexington, S.C., 7-1, and Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 4-3-1, 8,148.
9, Jason Belmonte, Australia, 5-3, 8,119.
10, Jason Sterner, Rochester, N.Y., 6-2, 8,100.
11, Jake Peters, Henderson, Nev., 4-3-1, 8,051.
12, Bill O'Neill, Langhorne, Pa., 4-3-1, 8,042.
13, Kyle Sherman, O'Fallon, Mo., 4-4, 7,974.
14, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 3-5, 7,935.
15, Brad Miller, Lees Summit, Mo., 3-5, 7,886.
16, AJ Johnson, Oswego, Ill., 3-4-1, 7,861.
17, Arturo Quintero, Mexico, 3-5, 7,854.
18, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 4-4, 7,834.
19, Tom Daugherty, Riverview, Fla., 1-7, 7,828.
20, Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 3-5, 7,807.
21, Dom Barrett, England, 3-5, 7,784.
22, Tun Ameerul Al-Hakim, Malaysia, 1-5-2, 7,758.
23, Sam Cooley, Australia, 1-7, 7,754.
24, Kamron Doyle, Brentwood, Tenn., 2-6, 7,683.

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Posted: August 31, 2019, 2:45 am

 

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