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By Matt Cannizzaro, IBC Communications

LINCOLN, Neb. - During the third day of qualifying at the 2020 U.S. Open, patience and mental toughness turned out to be the biggest keys to success.

The challenging 37-foot oil pattern the competitors faced Thursday at Sun Valley Lanes was the final test for the 108-player field, which has been narrowed to just 36 contenders, who now are one step closer to the coveted green jacket and $30,000 top prize.

Canada's Zach Wilkins was among the top performers for the second consecutive day, and the fact that he accomplished that with an eight-game score that was 360 pins lower than Wednesday's second round, perfectly illustrates what a test of versatility the U.S. Open really is.

"The lanes were incredibly hard today, and you had to be very mentally stable, so you didn't end up with your emotions all over the place," Wilkins said. "Being able to grind out the 190s, or even 180s, by making your spares, really kept you in it today."

Wilkins finished the 24 games of qualifying with a 5,331 total, a 222.13 average across three lane conditions ranging from 37 to 44 feet. He had blocks of 1,699, 1,996 and 1,636.

The 27-year-old two-hander improved from 45th place to third place to the overall lead after three days, relying on his own experience, both in his career and this week at Sun Valley Lanes, along with some sage advice from his mother.

"Today took a lot more patience, but the way I was able to stay in the moment yesterday, even though I was striking a lot more, helped me come into today with the same focus on every shot," Wilkins said. "I've really just got to thank my mom for teaching me how to stay composed, whether I'm striking a lot or struggling. It's about finding an emotional plateau and just staying at that level."

Wilkins was followed in the 24-game standings by reigning Professional Bowlers Association Player of the Year Jason Belmonte of Australia and recent PBA Tournament of Champions winner Kristopher Prather of Plainfield, Illinois, who tied for second place with 5,255.

Two-time PBA major champion Anthony Simonsen of Little Elm, Texas, was fourth with 5,244, and USBC and PBA Hall of Famer Norm Duke of Clermont, Florida, rounded out the top five with 5,220.

The final spot in the Cashers' Round went to former Team USA member Perry Crowell IV of Chesterfield, Michigan, who defeated two-time U.S. Open champion Walter Ray Williams Jr. of Oxford, Florida, 184-151, in a one-game roll-off after the two tied for 36th place with 5,003, a 208.46 average.

Each round of the 2020 U.S. Open, leading up to the championship round, is being broadcast live on FloBowling.

All 108 competitors this week bowled 24 games of qualifying over the three days, eight games each day, before Thursday's initial cut.

The eight-game Cashers' Round will introduce the week's fourth oil pattern and get underway Friday at 11 a.m. Eastern. The players will have a chance to practice on the 41-foot pattern Thursday night and again Friday morning before the start of competition.

"My hand was a little sore Monday after three practice sessions and a lot of games the week before, so I didn't get a chance to practice on the fourth oil pattern, but I'm going to take a look at it and bowl on it tonight," Wilkins said. "I'll come up with a game plan and make sure to include what has been helping me all week, which is staying mentally tough."

Following the Cashers' Round, the 32-game pinfall totals will determine the 24 players for the round-robin portion of the event, and their 56-game totals, including 30 bonus pins for each win in match play, will decide the five players for the championship stepladder.

Matches will take place over three blocks, with eight games Friday night and 16 games throughout the day Saturday.

FOX will have live coverage of the stepladder finals Sunday at 1 p.m. Eastern.

Canada's Francois Lavoie is the defending champion at the U.S. Open, an event he also won in 2016 for his first PBA Tour title. He is one of 12 bowlers in history to win the U.S. Open on multiple occasions. Lavoie cruised into the next round in sixth place with a 5,210 pinfall total.

2020 U.S. Open
Sun Valley Lanes, Lincoln, Neb., Thursday

Third Round Standings (after 24 games; top 36 advanced to Cashers Round)

      1, Zach Wilkins, Canada, 5,331. 2(tie), Jason Belmonte, Australia, and Kristopher Prather, Plainfield, Ill., 5,255. 4, Anthony Simonsen, Little Elm, Texas, 5,244. 5, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 5,220. 6, Francois Lavoie, Wichita, Kan., 5,210.
      7, AJ Johnson, Oswego, Ill., 5,205. 8, Bill O'Neill, Langhorne, Pa., 5,193. 9, Kamron Doyle, Brentwood, Tenn., 5,190. 10(tie), Jake Rollins, Glen Rock, N.J., Thomas Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich., and Jesper Svensson, Sweden, 5,158.
      13, Dick Allen, Columbia, S.C., 5,142. 14, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 5,111. 15, Rhino Page, Spokane, Wash., 5,100. 16, Patrick Girard, Canada, 5,089. 17, Nathan Bohr, Austin, Texas, 5,077. 18, Chris Via, Springfield, Ohio, 5,066.
      19, Brad Miller, Raytown, Mo., 5,065. 20, Christopher Sloan, Ireland, 5,064. 21, Patrick Hanrahan, Wichita, Kan., 5,060. 22, Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 5,051. 23, Michael Martell, Brooklyn, N.Y., 5,049. 24, Anthony Lavery-Spahr, Little Elm, Texas, 5,047.
      25(tie), Dominic Barrett, England, and Osku Palermaa, Finland, 5,039. 27, Gregory Young Jr., Viera, Fla., 5,030. 28, Mitch Hupé, Towanda, Kan., 5,025. 29(tie), Matt Ogle, Louisville, Ky., and Arturo Quintero, Mexico, 5,019.
      31, EJ Tackett, Huntington, Ind., 5,012. 32, Andres Gomez, Hollywood, Fla., 5,007. 33(tie), Dino Castillo, Highland Village, Texas, and Matt Russo, Fairview Heights, Ill., 5,005. 35, Martin Larsen, Sweden, 5,004. 36, x-Perry Crowell IV* (a), Chesterfield, Mich., 5,003.

x-Crowell def. Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., 184-151, in a one-game roll-off.

Did not advance:

      36, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., 5,003. 38, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 5,000. 39, Matthew Sanders (a), Evansville, Ind., 4,993. 40, Shawn Maldonado, Houston, 4,986. 41, Brandon Novak, Chillicothe, Ohio, 4,983. 42, Darren Tang, San Francisco, 4,982.
      43, Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., 4,981. 44, Alexander Hoskins (a), Perry, Utah, 4,977. 45, Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 4,968. 46, Spencer Robarge (a), Springfield, Mo., 4,965. 47, Sean Lavery-Spahr, Pasadena, Texas, 4,963. 48, AJ Chapman, South St. Paul, Minn., 4,962.
      49, Kyle Sherman, O'Fallon, Mo., 4,959. 50, Josh Blanchard, Mesa, Ariz., 4,942. 51, Tom Daugherty, Riverview, Fla., 4,933. 52, Graham Fach, Canada, 4,932. 53, Jake Peters, Henderson, Nev., 4,931. 54, Danielle McEwan, Stony Point, N.Y., 4,923.
      55, Kyle Troup, Taylorsville, N.C., 4,912. 56, Michael Tang, San Francisco, 4,911. 57, Anthony Neuer (a), Lewisburg, Pa., 4,903. 58, Jakob Butturff, Tempe, Ariz., 4,896. 59, Nick Kruml, Downers Grove, Ill., 4,895. 60, Nate Garcia, Riverview, Fla., 4,885.
      61, Thomas Larsen, Denmark, 4,882. 62, Mykel Holliman, Collierville, Tenn., 4,878. 63, Ryan Ciminelli, Lancaster, S.C., 4,877. 64, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 4,865. 65, Ronnie Russell, Marion, Ind., 4,864. 66, Ildemaro Ruiz, Venezuela, 4,850.
      67(tie), Zeke Bayt, Westerville, Ohio, and Jonathan Simoneau (a), Canada, 4,834. 69, Victor Florie, Henrico, Va., 4,828. 70, Russ Oviatt, Sioux Falls, S.D., 4,827. 71, Stuart Williams, Phoenix, 4,811. 72, Nicholas Pate, Inver Grove Heights, Minn., 4,801.
      73, Michael Davidson, Versailles, Ohio, 4,798. 74, Greg Ostrander, Freehold, N.J., 4,787. 75, Andrew Anderson, Holly, Mich., 4,774. 76, Tom Hess, Urbandale, Iowa, 4,763. 77, Andrew Cain, Phoenix, 4,745. 78, Brian Robinson, Morgantown, W.Va., 4,732.
      79, Adam Zimmerman (a), Deer Park, N.Y., 4,731. 80, Tom Hankey (a), Great Barrington, Mass., 4,727. 81, DJ Archer, Houston, 4,722. 82, Pontus Andersson, Sweden, 4,719. 83, Maria José Rodriguez, Colombia, 4,718. 84, Richard Teece, England, 4,717.
      85, Michael Coffey, Melbourne, Fla., 4,703. 86, Michael Ruben (a), Selden, N.Y., 4,702. 87, Sean Wilcox (a), Altamonte Springs, Fla., 4,699. 88, Jason Sterner, Rockledge, Fla., 4,686. 89, Solomon Salama (a), Beverly Hills, Calif., 4,676. 90, Kenneth Ryan, Farmingdale, N.J., 4,674.
      91, Kristopher Yadao (a), Fremont, Neb., 4,673. 92, Ryan Burton (a), Los Altos, Calif., 4,670. 93, Matthew Kuba, Tinley Park, Ill., 4,658. 94, Trey Brand (a), Clever, Mo., 4,638. 95, Richard Benard (a), Rio Rancho, N.M., 4,623. 96, Gary Faulkner Jr., Memphis, Tenn., 4,622.
      97, Brent Boho, Colgate, Wis., 4,617. 98, Alec Keplinger (a), Coldwater, Mich., 4,591. 99, Blake Earnest (a), Wood River, Neb., 4,563. 100, Michael Kristofik (a), Naperville, Ill., 4,551. 101, Wesley Low, Palmdale, Calif., 4,538. 102, Chad Stephen (a), Flint, Mich., 4,502.
     103, Cameron Hurwitz (a), Rochester, N.Y., 4,469. 104, Justin O'Shaughnessy (a), Jackson, Mich., 4,458. 105, Roy Turner, O'Fallon, Mo., 4,425. 106, Stephen Hahn, Ashburn, Va., 4,405. 107, Duane Kilts (a), Marion, Iowa, 4,364. 108, Mike Thompson, Sarasota, Fla., 4,146.

# # #

By Matt Cannizzaro, IBC Communications

LINCOLN, Neb. - During the third day of qualifying at the 2020 U.S. Open, patience and mental toughness turned out to be the biggest keys to success.

The challenging 37-foot oil pattern the competitors faced Thursday at Sun Valley Lanes was the final test for the 108-player field, which has been narrowed to just 36 contenders, who now are one step closer to the coveted green jacket and $30,000 top prize.

Canada's Zach Wilkins was among the top performers for the second consecutive day, and the fact that he accomplished that with an eight-game score that was 360 pins lower than Wednesday's second round, perfectly illustrates what a test of versatility the U.S. Open really is.

"The lanes were incredibly hard today, and you had to be very mentally stable, so you didn't end up with your emotions all over the place," Wilkins said. "Being able to grind out the 190s, or even 180s, by making your spares, really kept you in it today."

Wilkins finished the 24 games of qualifying with a 5,331 total, a 222.13 average across three lane conditions ranging from 37 to 44 feet. He had blocks of 1,699, 1,996 and 1,636.

The 27-year-old two-hander improved from 45th place to third place to the overall lead after three days, relying on his own experience, both in his career and this week at Sun Valley Lanes, along with some sage advice from his mother.

"Today took a lot more patience, but the way I was able to stay in the moment yesterday, even though I was striking a lot more, helped me come into today with the same focus on every shot," Wilkins said. "I've really just got to thank my mom for teaching me how to stay composed, whether I'm striking a lot or struggling. It's about finding an emotional plateau and just staying at that level."

Wilkins was followed in the 24-game standings by reigning Professional Bowlers Association Player of the Year Jason Belmonte of Australia and recent PBA Tournament of Champions winner Kristopher Prather of Plainfield, Illinois, who tied for second place with 5,255.

Two-time PBA major champion Anthony Simonsen of Little Elm, Texas, was fourth with 5,244, and USBC and PBA Hall of Famer Norm Duke of Clermont, Florida, rounded out the top five with 5,220.

The final spot in the Cashers' Round went to former Team USA member Perry Crowell IV of Chesterfield, Michigan, who defeated two-time U.S. Open champion Walter Ray Williams Jr. of Oxford, Florida, 184-151, in a one-game roll-off after the two tied for 36th place with 5,003, a 208.46 average.

Each round of the 2020 U.S. Open, leading up to the championship round, is being broadcast live on FloBowling.

All 108 competitors this week bowled 24 games of qualifying over the three days, eight games each day, before Thursday's initial cut.

The eight-game Cashers' Round will introduce the week's fourth oil pattern and get underway Friday at 11 a.m. Eastern. The players will have a chance to practice on the 41-foot pattern Thursday night and again Friday morning before the start of competition.

"My hand was a little sore Monday after three practice sessions and a lot of games the week before, so I didn't get a chance to practice on the fourth oil pattern, but I'm going to take a look at it and bowl on it tonight," Wilkins said. "I'll come up with a game plan and make sure to include what has been helping me all week, which is staying mentally tough."

Following the Cashers' Round, the 32-game pinfall totals will determine the 24 players for the round-robin portion of the event, and their 56-game totals, including 30 bonus pins for each win in match play, will decide the five players for the championship stepladder.

Matches will take place over three blocks, with eight games Friday night and 16 games throughout the day Saturday.

FOX will have live coverage of the stepladder finals Sunday at 1 p.m. Eastern.

Canada's Francois Lavoie is the defending champion at the U.S. Open, an event he also won in 2016 for his first PBA Tour title. He is one of 12 bowlers in history to win the U.S. Open on multiple occasions. Lavoie cruised into the next round in sixth place with a 5,210 pinfall total.

2020 U.S. Open
Sun Valley Lanes, Lincoln, Neb., Thursday

Third Round Standings (after 24 games; top 36 advanced to Cashers Round)

      1, Zach Wilkins, Canada, 5,331. 2(tie), Jason Belmonte, Australia, and Kristopher Prather, Plainfield, Ill., 5,255. 4, Anthony Simonsen, Little Elm, Texas, 5,244. 5, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 5,220. 6, Francois Lavoie, Wichita, Kan., 5,210.
      7, AJ Johnson, Oswego, Ill., 5,205. 8, Bill O'Neill, Langhorne, Pa., 5,193. 9, Kamron Doyle, Brentwood, Tenn., 5,190. 10(tie), Jake Rollins, Glen Rock, N.J., Thomas Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich., and Jesper Svensson, Sweden, 5,158.
      13, Dick Allen, Columbia, S.C., 5,142. 14, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 5,111. 15, Rhino Page, Spokane, Wash., 5,100. 16, Patrick Girard, Canada, 5,089. 17, Nathan Bohr, Austin, Texas, 5,077. 18, Chris Via, Springfield, Ohio, 5,066.
      19, Brad Miller, Raytown, Mo., 5,065. 20, Christopher Sloan, Ireland, 5,064. 21, Patrick Hanrahan, Wichita, Kan., 5,060. 22, Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 5,051. 23, Michael Martell, Brooklyn, N.Y., 5,049. 24, Anthony Lavery-Spahr, Little Elm, Texas, 5,047.
      25(tie), Dominic Barrett, England, and Osku Palermaa, Finland, 5,039. 27, Gregory Young Jr., Viera, Fla., 5,030. 28, Mitch Hupé, Towanda, Kan., 5,025. 29(tie), Matt Ogle, Louisville, Ky., and Arturo Quintero, Mexico, 5,019.
      31, EJ Tackett, Huntington, Ind., 5,012. 32, Andres Gomez, Hollywood, Fla., 5,007. 33(tie), Dino Castillo, Highland Village, Texas, and Matt Russo, Fairview Heights, Ill., 5,005. 35, Martin Larsen, Sweden, 5,004. 36, x-Perry Crowell IV* (a), Chesterfield, Mich., 5,003.

x-Crowell def. Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., 184-151, in a one-game roll-off.

Did not advance:

      36, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., 5,003. 38, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 5,000. 39, Matthew Sanders (a), Evansville, Ind., 4,993. 40, Shawn Maldonado, Houston, 4,986. 41, Brandon Novak, Chillicothe, Ohio, 4,983. 42, Darren Tang, San Francisco, 4,982.
      43, Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., 4,981. 44, Alexander Hoskins (a), Perry, Utah, 4,977. 45, Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 4,968. 46, Spencer Robarge (a), Springfield, Mo., 4,965. 47, Sean Lavery-Spahr, Pasadena, Texas, 4,963. 48, AJ Chapman, South St. Paul, Minn., 4,962.
      49, Kyle Sherman, O'Fallon, Mo., 4,959. 50, Josh Blanchard, Mesa, Ariz., 4,942. 51, Tom Daugherty, Riverview, Fla., 4,933. 52, Graham Fach, Canada, 4,932. 53, Jake Peters, Henderson, Nev., 4,931. 54, Danielle McEwan, Stony Point, N.Y., 4,923.
      55, Kyle Troup, Taylorsville, N.C., 4,912. 56, Michael Tang, San Francisco, 4,911. 57, Anthony Neuer (a), Lewisburg, Pa., 4,903. 58, Jakob Butturff, Tempe, Ariz., 4,896. 59, Nick Kruml, Downers Grove, Ill., 4,895. 60, Nate Garcia, Riverview, Fla., 4,885.
      61, Thomas Larsen, Denmark, 4,882. 62, Mykel Holliman, Collierville, Tenn., 4,878. 63, Ryan Ciminelli, Lancaster, S.C., 4,877. 64, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 4,865. 65, Ronnie Russell, Marion, Ind., 4,864. 66, Ildemaro Ruiz, Venezuela, 4,850.
      67(tie), Zeke Bayt, Westerville, Ohio, and Jonathan Simoneau (a), Canada, 4,834. 69, Victor Florie, Henrico, Va., 4,828. 70, Russ Oviatt, Sioux Falls, S.D., 4,827. 71, Stuart Williams, Phoenix, 4,811. 72, Nicholas Pate, Inver Grove Heights, Minn., 4,801.
      73, Michael Davidson, Versailles, Ohio, 4,798. 74, Greg Ostrander, Freehold, N.J., 4,787. 75, Andrew Anderson, Holly, Mich., 4,774. 76, Tom Hess, Urbandale, Iowa, 4,763. 77, Andrew Cain, Phoenix, 4,745. 78, Brian Robinson, Morgantown, W.Va., 4,732.
      79, Adam Zimmerman (a), Deer Park, N.Y., 4,731. 80, Tom Hankey (a), Great Barrington, Mass., 4,727. 81, DJ Archer, Houston, 4,722. 82, Pontus Andersson, Sweden, 4,719. 83, Maria José Rodriguez, Colombia, 4,718. 84, Richard Teece, England, 4,717.
      85, Michael Coffey, Melbourne, Fla., 4,703. 86, Michael Ruben (a), Selden, N.Y., 4,702. 87, Sean Wilcox (a), Altamonte Springs, Fla., 4,699. 88, Jason Sterner, Rockledge, Fla., 4,686. 89, Solomon Salama (a), Beverly Hills, Calif., 4,676. 90, Kenneth Ryan, Farmingdale, N.J., 4,674.
      91, Kristopher Yadao (a), Fremont, Neb., 4,673. 92, Ryan Burton (a), Los Altos, Calif., 4,670. 93, Matthew Kuba, Tinley Park, Ill., 4,658. 94, Trey Brand (a), Clever, Mo., 4,638. 95, Richard Benard (a), Rio Rancho, N.M., 4,623. 96, Gary Faulkner Jr., Memphis, Tenn., 4,622.
      97, Brent Boho, Colgate, Wis., 4,617. 98, Alec Keplinger (a), Coldwater, Mich., 4,591. 99, Blake Earnest (a), Wood River, Neb., 4,563. 100, Michael Kristofik (a), Naperville, Ill., 4,551. 101, Wesley Low, Palmdale, Calif., 4,538. 102, Chad Stephen (a), Flint, Mich., 4,502.
     103, Cameron Hurwitz (a), Rochester, N.Y., 4,469. 104, Justin O'Shaughnessy (a), Jackson, Mich., 4,458. 105, Roy Turner, O'Fallon, Mo., 4,425. 106, Stephen Hahn, Ashburn, Va., 4,405. 107, Duane Kilts (a), Marion, Iowa, 4,364. 108, Mike Thompson, Sarasota, Fla., 4,146.

# # #

Posted: February 21, 2020, 1:38 pm

By Matt Cannizzaro, USBC Communications

LINCOLN, Neb. - While many eyes were on Canada's Zach Wilkins and the amazing performance he put on Wednesday at the 2020 U.S. Open, two of the sport's brightest stars - Kris Prather of Plainfield, Illinois, and Jason Belmonte of Australia - quietly were securing their own places at the top of the second-round standings.

Wilkins posted the highest score of the day at Sun Valley Lanes, a 1,996 effort that included one of the day's four 300s, while Prather's consistency over the first two rounds of the event earned him the overall lead with a 3,772 two-day total, a 235.75 average.

Prather posted a 1,878 total on Tuesday's 39-foot oil pattern and added 1,894 on Wednesday's 44-foot pattern.

"I'm feeling pretty confident so far this week, but there's still a lot more bowling and two more oil patterns ahead of us," Prather said. "I knew the two patterns we saw first would be the better ones for me, and tomorrow's probably going to be more of a grind because it's a flatter pattern. So much will depend on the people you follow, so quickly seeing the differences from pair to pair will be important."

Prather is followed in the standings by Belmonte, the reigning PBA Player of the Year (3,697), Wilkins (3,695), two-time major champion Anthony Simonsen of Little Elm, Texas (3,652), and Swedish left-hander Jesper Svensson (3,633).

Perry Crowell IV of Chesterfield, Michigan, Adam Zimmerman of Deer Park, New York, and Matthew Kuba of Tinley Park, Illinois, also shot 300 on Wednesday, bringing the total for the week to eight.

Belmonte's 1,880 set Wednesday was the third-highest on his squad behind Wilkins and Prather, and the fifth-highest among all 108 participants. He has won a record 11 major titles on the PBA Tour, with the U.S. Open being the one that has eluded him. The 36-year-old finished fourth at the event in 2019 and has a best finish of second (2013).

Minutes before Wilkins' run at perfection during the fourth game Wednesday, Prather made his own bid for 300, which would've been his second in as many days. He left a 10 pin on his final offering to finish with 299.

Prather, a 28-year-old right-hander, is in the midst of a hot streak that includes making the championship round in this month's first two majors. He won the Professional Bowlers Association Tournament of Champions to start the month and finished fourth in last week's PBA Players Championship.

"I think maintaining this momentum is about constantly being in the right frame of mind, which for me, means being in a good mood," Prather said. "We have a lot of positivity in the house between all of us who stay together, and we're always laughing and having a good time. It's really easy for me to transfer that positive energy onto the lanes and use it as a way to get the day going."

Being relaxed when taking the lanes has made it easier for Prather to focus, see the lanes transition and make the proper choices along the way.

The group Prather spends his off time with while on the PBA Tour ranges from four to a dozen people, who he says serve as a great support system on the road, while his wife and family offer much-needed support and reassurance from afar.

One of the most successful players on the PBA Tour in recent months, Prather certainly has peaked at the right time. Because of the limited time between events, especially February's three consecutive majors, the fact that he's now a major champion hasn't really had a chance to sink in.

"I think because the breaks between the tournaments have been so short, it hasn't really sunk in yet that I won a major," said Prather, who owns three PBA Tour titles overall and has earned more than $100,000 for the second consecutive season. "I mean, I know I am, because I have the trophy, but I haven't had a chance to think too much about it.

"Ultimately, I'm just in a very good spot mentally and physically, as far as how I'm seeing everything and reacting to everything that's going on out on the lanes, and that's allowing me to be more confident overall."

Prather and the rest of the 108-player field will return to the lanes Thursday for their third round of qualifying, and they'll be facing a 37-foot oil pattern. Squads will take place at 9 a.m., 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Eastern.

At the conclusion of Thursday's round, the top 36 bowlers will advance to Friday's eight-game Cashers' Round, based on their 24-game pinfall totals, and a fourth oil pattern will be introduced.

Following the Cashers' Round, 32-game pinfall totals will determine the 24 players for the round-robin portion of the event, and their 56-game totals, including 30 bonus pins for each win in match play, will decide the five players for the championship stepladder.

Each round of the 2020 U.S. Open, leading up to the championship round, will be broadcast live at FloBowling.com. FOX will have live coverage of the stepladder finals on at 1 p.m. Eastern.

2020 U.S. Open
Sun Valley Lanes, Lincoln, Neb., Wednesday

Second Round Standings (after 16 games)
     1, Kristopher Prather, Plainfield, Ill., 3,772. 2, Jason Belmonte, Australia, 3,697. 3, Zach Wilkins, Canada, 3,695. 4, Anthony Simonsen, Little Elm, Texas, 3,652. 5, Jesper Svensson, Sweden, 3,633. 6, Adam (AJ) Johnson, Oswego, Ill., 3,632.
     7, Patrick Girard, Canada, 3,628. 8, Dick Allen, Columbia, S.C., 3,615. 9, Brad Miller, Raytown, Mo., 3,581. 10, Thomas Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich., 3,575. 11, Francois Lavoie, Wichita, Kan., 3,560. 12, Anthony Lavery-Spahr, Little Elm, Texas, 3,558.
     13, AJ Chapman, South St. Paul, Minn., 3,551. 14(tie), Kamron Doyle, Brentwood, Tenn., and Chris Via, Springfield, Ohio, 3,544. 16, Rhino Page, Spokane, Wash., 3,539. 17, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 3,535. 18, Matt Russo, Fairview Heights, Ill., 3,530.
     19, Matthew Sanders, Evansville, Ind., 3,527. 20(tie), Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., and Perry Crowell IV (a), Hoquiam, Wash., 3,519. 22, Shawn Maldonado, Houston, 3,506. 23, Alexander Hoskins (a), Perry, Utah, 3,505. 24, EJ Tackett, Huntington, Ind., 3,494.
     25(tie), Gabriel Garcia, Riverview, Fla., and Dino Castillo, Highland Village, Texas, and Jake Rollins, Glen Rock, N.J., 3,492. 28, Gregory Young Jr., Viera, Fla., 3,491. 29, Michael Martell, Brooklyn, N.Y., 3,489. 30, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 3,487.
      31, Bill O'Neill, Langhorne, Pa., 3,485. 32(tie), Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, and Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 3,475. 34, Michael Tang, San Francisco, 3,469. 35, Arturo Quintero, Mexico, 3,466. 36, Osku Palermaa, Finland, 3,465.
      37(tie), Kyle Sherman, O'Fallon, Mo., and Christopher Sloan, Ireland, 3,464. 39(tie), Jakob Butturff, Tempe, Ariz., and Matt Ogle, Louisville, Ky., 3,459. 41, Nathan Bohr, Austin, Texas, 3,452. 42, Dominic Barrett, England, 3,448.
      43, Brandon Novak, Chillicothe, Ohio, 3,442. 44, Mitch Hupé, Towanda, Kan., 3,441. 45, Walter Ray Williams Jr, Oxford, Fla., 3,428. 46, Patrick Hanrahan, Wichita, Kan., 3,426. 47, Andres Gomez, Hollywood, Fla., 3,420. 48, Thomas Larsen, Denmark, 3,419.
      49, Jake Peters, Henderson, Nev., 3,416. 50, Michael Davidson, Versailles, Ohio, 3,407. 51, Adam Zimmerman (a), Deer Park, N.Y., 3,405. 52, Josh Blanchard, Mesa, Ariz., 3,403. 53, Mykel Holliman, Collierville, Tenn., 3,399. 54, Darren Tang, San Francisco, 3,393.
      55, Ryan Ciminelli, Lancaster, S.C., 3,392. 56, Kyle Troup, Taylorsville, N.C., 3,391. 57, Nicholas Pate, Inver Grove Heights, Minn., 3,381. 58, Stuart Williams, Phoenix, 3,380. 59, Martin Larsen, Sweden, 3,376. 60, Sean Lavery-Spahr, Pasadena, Texas, 3,372.
      61, Graham Fach, Canada, 3,370. 62, Greg Ostrander, Freehold, N.J., 3,359. 63(tie), Jonathan Simoneau (a), Canada, and Spencer Robarge (a), Springfield, Mo., 3,358. 65(tie), Tom Daugherty, Riverview, Fla., and Nick Kruml, Downers Grove, Ill., 3,351.
      67, Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., 3,349. 68, Sean Wilcox, Altamonte Springs, Fla., 3,345. 69(tie), Brian Robinson, Morgantown, W.Va., and Ildemaro Ruiz, Venezuela, 3,330. 71, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 3,329. 72(tie), Ronnie Russell, Marion, Ind., and DJ Archer, Houston, 3,326.
      74, Anthony Neuer (a), Lewisburg, Pa., 3,307. 75, Danielle McEwan, Stony Point, N.Y., 3,302. 76, Russ Oviatt, Sioux Falls, S.D., 3,301. 77(tie), Matthew T Kuba, Tinley Park, Ill., and Pontus Andersson, Sweden, 3,295.
      79, Zeke Bayt, Westerville, Ohio, 3,293. 80, Andrew Anderson, Holly, Mich., 3,290. 81, Maria José Rodriguez, Colombia, 3,276. 82, Solomon Salama (a), Beverly Hills, Calif., 3,269. 83, Victor Florie, Henrico, Va., 3,238. 84, Michael Coffey, Melbourne, Fla., 3,237.
      85, Richard Teece, England, 3,233. 86, Tom Hankey (a), Great Barrington, Mass., 3,231. 87, Cameron Hurwitz (a), Rochester, N.Y., 3,230. 88, Andrew Cain, Phoenix, 3,217. 89, Michael Ruben (a), Selden, N.Y., 3,209. 90, Kristopher Yadao (a), Fremont, Neb., 3,208.
      91, Trey Brand (a), Clever, Mo., 3,207. 92, Tom Hess, Urbandale, Iowa, 3,202. 93, Kenneth Ryan, Farmingdale, N.J., 3,192. 94, Jason Sterner, Rockledge, Fla., 3,184. 95, Ryan Burton (a), Los Altos, Calif., 3,171. 96, Alec Keplinger (a), Coldwater, Mich., 3,142.
      97(tie), Stephen Hahn, Ashburn, Va., and Richard Benard (a), Rio Rancho, N.M., 3,141. 99, Justin O'Shaughnessy (a), Jackson, Mich., 3,140. 100, Brent Boho, Colgate, Wis., 3,096. 101, Blake Earnest (a), Wood River, Neb., 3,081. 102, Gary Faulkner Jr., Memphis, Tenn., 3,064.
      103, Wesley Low, Palmdale, Calif., 3,019. 104, Michael Kristofik (a), Naperville, Ill., 3,015. 105, Chad Stephen (a), Flint, Mich., 2,960. 106, Roy Turner, O'Fallon, Mo., 2,939. 107, Duane Kilts (a), Marion, Iowa, 2,888. 108, Mike Thompson, Sarasota, Fla., 2,800.

300 Games: Perry Crowell IV, Adam Zimmerman, Matt Kuba.

By Matt Cannizzaro, USBC Communications

LINCOLN, Neb. - While many eyes were on Canada's Zach Wilkins and the amazing performance he put on Wednesday at the 2020 U.S. Open, two of the sport's brightest stars - Kris Prather of Plainfield, Illinois, and Jason Belmonte of Australia - quietly were securing their own places at the top of the second-round standings.

Wilkins posted the highest score of the day at Sun Valley Lanes, a 1,996 effort that included one of the day's four 300s, while Prather's consistency over the first two rounds of the event earned him the overall lead with a 3,772 two-day total, a 235.75 average.

Prather posted a 1,878 total on Tuesday's 39-foot oil pattern and added 1,894 on Wednesday's 44-foot pattern.

"I'm feeling pretty confident so far this week, but there's still a lot more bowling and two more oil patterns ahead of us," Prather said. "I knew the two patterns we saw first would be the better ones for me, and tomorrow's probably going to be more of a grind because it's a flatter pattern. So much will depend on the people you follow, so quickly seeing the differences from pair to pair will be important."

Prather is followed in the standings by Belmonte, the reigning PBA Player of the Year (3,697), Wilkins (3,695), two-time major champion Anthony Simonsen of Little Elm, Texas (3,652), and Swedish left-hander Jesper Svensson (3,633).

Perry Crowell IV of Chesterfield, Michigan, Adam Zimmerman of Deer Park, New York, and Matthew Kuba of Tinley Park, Illinois, also shot 300 on Wednesday, bringing the total for the week to eight.

Belmonte's 1,880 set Wednesday was the third-highest on his squad behind Wilkins and Prather, and the fifth-highest among all 108 participants. He has won a record 11 major titles on the PBA Tour, with the U.S. Open being the one that has eluded him. The 36-year-old finished fourth at the event in 2019 and has a best finish of second (2013).

Minutes before Wilkins' run at perfection during the fourth game Wednesday, Prather made his own bid for 300, which would've been his second in as many days. He left a 10 pin on his final offering to finish with 299.

Prather, a 28-year-old right-hander, is in the midst of a hot streak that includes making the championship round in this month's first two majors. He won the Professional Bowlers Association Tournament of Champions to start the month and finished fourth in last week's PBA Players Championship.

"I think maintaining this momentum is about constantly being in the right frame of mind, which for me, means being in a good mood," Prather said. "We have a lot of positivity in the house between all of us who stay together, and we're always laughing and having a good time. It's really easy for me to transfer that positive energy onto the lanes and use it as a way to get the day going."

Being relaxed when taking the lanes has made it easier for Prather to focus, see the lanes transition and make the proper choices along the way.

The group Prather spends his off time with while on the PBA Tour ranges from four to a dozen people, who he says serve as a great support system on the road, while his wife and family offer much-needed support and reassurance from afar.

One of the most successful players on the PBA Tour in recent months, Prather certainly has peaked at the right time. Because of the limited time between events, especially February's three consecutive majors, the fact that he's now a major champion hasn't really had a chance to sink in.

"I think because the breaks between the tournaments have been so short, it hasn't really sunk in yet that I won a major," said Prather, who owns three PBA Tour titles overall and has earned more than $100,000 for the second consecutive season. "I mean, I know I am, because I have the trophy, but I haven't had a chance to think too much about it.

"Ultimately, I'm just in a very good spot mentally and physically, as far as how I'm seeing everything and reacting to everything that's going on out on the lanes, and that's allowing me to be more confident overall."

Prather and the rest of the 108-player field will return to the lanes Thursday for their third round of qualifying, and they'll be facing a 37-foot oil pattern. Squads will take place at 9 a.m., 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Eastern.

At the conclusion of Thursday's round, the top 36 bowlers will advance to Friday's eight-game Cashers' Round, based on their 24-game pinfall totals, and a fourth oil pattern will be introduced.

Following the Cashers' Round, 32-game pinfall totals will determine the 24 players for the round-robin portion of the event, and their 56-game totals, including 30 bonus pins for each win in match play, will decide the five players for the championship stepladder.

Each round of the 2020 U.S. Open, leading up to the championship round, will be broadcast live at FloBowling.com. FOX will have live coverage of the stepladder finals on at 1 p.m. Eastern.

2020 U.S. Open
Sun Valley Lanes, Lincoln, Neb., Wednesday

Second Round Standings (after 16 games)
     1, Kristopher Prather, Plainfield, Ill., 3,772. 2, Jason Belmonte, Australia, 3,697. 3, Zach Wilkins, Canada, 3,695. 4, Anthony Simonsen, Little Elm, Texas, 3,652. 5, Jesper Svensson, Sweden, 3,633. 6, Adam (AJ) Johnson, Oswego, Ill., 3,632.
     7, Patrick Girard, Canada, 3,628. 8, Dick Allen, Columbia, S.C., 3,615. 9, Brad Miller, Raytown, Mo., 3,581. 10, Thomas Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich., 3,575. 11, Francois Lavoie, Wichita, Kan., 3,560. 12, Anthony Lavery-Spahr, Little Elm, Texas, 3,558.
     13, AJ Chapman, South St. Paul, Minn., 3,551. 14(tie), Kamron Doyle, Brentwood, Tenn., and Chris Via, Springfield, Ohio, 3,544. 16, Rhino Page, Spokane, Wash., 3,539. 17, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 3,535. 18, Matt Russo, Fairview Heights, Ill., 3,530.
     19, Matthew Sanders, Evansville, Ind., 3,527. 20(tie), Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., and Perry Crowell IV (a), Hoquiam, Wash., 3,519. 22, Shawn Maldonado, Houston, 3,506. 23, Alexander Hoskins (a), Perry, Utah, 3,505. 24, EJ Tackett, Huntington, Ind., 3,494.
     25(tie), Gabriel Garcia, Riverview, Fla., and Dino Castillo, Highland Village, Texas, and Jake Rollins, Glen Rock, N.J., 3,492. 28, Gregory Young Jr., Viera, Fla., 3,491. 29, Michael Martell, Brooklyn, N.Y., 3,489. 30, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 3,487.
      31, Bill O'Neill, Langhorne, Pa., 3,485. 32(tie), Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, and Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 3,475. 34, Michael Tang, San Francisco, 3,469. 35, Arturo Quintero, Mexico, 3,466. 36, Osku Palermaa, Finland, 3,465.
      37(tie), Kyle Sherman, O'Fallon, Mo., and Christopher Sloan, Ireland, 3,464. 39(tie), Jakob Butturff, Tempe, Ariz., and Matt Ogle, Louisville, Ky., 3,459. 41, Nathan Bohr, Austin, Texas, 3,452. 42, Dominic Barrett, England, 3,448.
      43, Brandon Novak, Chillicothe, Ohio, 3,442. 44, Mitch Hupé, Towanda, Kan., 3,441. 45, Walter Ray Williams Jr, Oxford, Fla., 3,428. 46, Patrick Hanrahan, Wichita, Kan., 3,426. 47, Andres Gomez, Hollywood, Fla., 3,420. 48, Thomas Larsen, Denmark, 3,419.
      49, Jake Peters, Henderson, Nev., 3,416. 50, Michael Davidson, Versailles, Ohio, 3,407. 51, Adam Zimmerman (a), Deer Park, N.Y., 3,405. 52, Josh Blanchard, Mesa, Ariz., 3,403. 53, Mykel Holliman, Collierville, Tenn., 3,399. 54, Darren Tang, San Francisco, 3,393.
      55, Ryan Ciminelli, Lancaster, S.C., 3,392. 56, Kyle Troup, Taylorsville, N.C., 3,391. 57, Nicholas Pate, Inver Grove Heights, Minn., 3,381. 58, Stuart Williams, Phoenix, 3,380. 59, Martin Larsen, Sweden, 3,376. 60, Sean Lavery-Spahr, Pasadena, Texas, 3,372.
      61, Graham Fach, Canada, 3,370. 62, Greg Ostrander, Freehold, N.J., 3,359. 63(tie), Jonathan Simoneau (a), Canada, and Spencer Robarge (a), Springfield, Mo., 3,358. 65(tie), Tom Daugherty, Riverview, Fla., and Nick Kruml, Downers Grove, Ill., 3,351.
      67, Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., 3,349. 68, Sean Wilcox, Altamonte Springs, Fla., 3,345. 69(tie), Brian Robinson, Morgantown, W.Va., and Ildemaro Ruiz, Venezuela, 3,330. 71, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 3,329. 72(tie), Ronnie Russell, Marion, Ind., and DJ Archer, Houston, 3,326.
      74, Anthony Neuer (a), Lewisburg, Pa., 3,307. 75, Danielle McEwan, Stony Point, N.Y., 3,302. 76, Russ Oviatt, Sioux Falls, S.D., 3,301. 77(tie), Matthew T Kuba, Tinley Park, Ill., and Pontus Andersson, Sweden, 3,295.
      79, Zeke Bayt, Westerville, Ohio, 3,293. 80, Andrew Anderson, Holly, Mich., 3,290. 81, Maria José Rodriguez, Colombia, 3,276. 82, Solomon Salama (a), Beverly Hills, Calif., 3,269. 83, Victor Florie, Henrico, Va., 3,238. 84, Michael Coffey, Melbourne, Fla., 3,237.
      85, Richard Teece, England, 3,233. 86, Tom Hankey (a), Great Barrington, Mass., 3,231. 87, Cameron Hurwitz (a), Rochester, N.Y., 3,230. 88, Andrew Cain, Phoenix, 3,217. 89, Michael Ruben (a), Selden, N.Y., 3,209. 90, Kristopher Yadao (a), Fremont, Neb., 3,208.
      91, Trey Brand (a), Clever, Mo., 3,207. 92, Tom Hess, Urbandale, Iowa, 3,202. 93, Kenneth Ryan, Farmingdale, N.J., 3,192. 94, Jason Sterner, Rockledge, Fla., 3,184. 95, Ryan Burton (a), Los Altos, Calif., 3,171. 96, Alec Keplinger (a), Coldwater, Mich., 3,142.
      97(tie), Stephen Hahn, Ashburn, Va., and Richard Benard (a), Rio Rancho, N.M., 3,141. 99, Justin O'Shaughnessy (a), Jackson, Mich., 3,140. 100, Brent Boho, Colgate, Wis., 3,096. 101, Blake Earnest (a), Wood River, Neb., 3,081. 102, Gary Faulkner Jr., Memphis, Tenn., 3,064.
      103, Wesley Low, Palmdale, Calif., 3,019. 104, Michael Kristofik (a), Naperville, Ill., 3,015. 105, Chad Stephen (a), Flint, Mich., 2,960. 106, Roy Turner, O'Fallon, Mo., 2,939. 107, Duane Kilts (a), Marion, Iowa, 2,888. 108, Mike Thompson, Sarasota, Fla., 2,800.

300 Games: Perry Crowell IV, Adam Zimmerman, Matt Kuba.

Posted: February 20, 2020, 1:35 pm

By Matt Cannizzaro, IBC Communications

LINCOLN, Neb. - The high-scoring opening day of the 2020 U.S. Open featured four perfect games and concluded with opening-squad leader AJ Johnson of Oswego, Illinois, remaining at the top of the 108-player standings.

Johnson averaged nearly 236 over eight games on Tuesday's 39-foot oil pattern at Sun Valley Lanes for a 1,885 pinfall total.

The 27-year-old right-hander was followed by recent PBA Tournament of Champions winner Kristopher Prather of Plainfield, Illinois (1,878), two-time PBA Tour major winner Anthony Simonsen of Little Elm, Texas (1,875), defending U.S. Open champion Francois Lavoie of Canada (1,862) and Brad Miller of Raytown, Missouri (1,861).

Simonsen, Prather and Miller each rolled perfect games Tuesday, and Anthony Lavery-Spahr, also from Little Elm, tossed the fourth. He finished the day in 16th place with a 1,798 total.

"I knew in practice this one was going to be a little more getable than what we've seen in the past, so I wanted to make sure my arsenal was set, and I was ready for how I was going to have to move through the balls as the lanes changed," Johnson said. "I expected some big scores out there, and that's what happened. I'm just glad I was one of those guys and was able to start the long week so strong."

Johnson, a six-time member of Team USA, has a handful of runner-up finishes in PBA Tour competition, both as a PBA member and as a non-member, but still is searching for his first official PBA Tour title.

He proved late last year that he's more than just a threat when he defeated Chris Barnes to win the 2019 Korea PBA DSD Samho Cup, and even though it did not count as a PBA Tour title, it offered a huge boost for his confidence.

Johnson got closer to another win in November 2019 at the non-PBA Tour title invitation-only PBA China Tiger Cup Invitational, where he fell to Sean Rash in the championship match.

Parlaying that momentum into 2020, Johnson again earned a spot on Team USA, but the weeks since have been a bit of a roller coaster.

"The first couple tournaments this year were a little rough, and I didn't know if I was seeing things right or matching up like I should be," Johnson said. "I talked it out with the guys and put in some work, and it paid off quickly. Making the show in Jonesboro (PBA Jonesboro Open) was huge for my confidence, especially with that tournament leading into February and three of this year's majors."

The next challenge for the U.S. Open competitors will be a 44-foot oil pattern. Competition will resume Wednesday at 9 a.m. Eastern with the first of three squads.

Each round of the 2020 U.S. Open, leading up to the championship round, will be broadcast live at FloBowling.com. FOX will have live coverage of the stepladder finals on Sunday at 1 p.m. Eastern. The winner will take home the coveted green jacket and a $30,000 top prize.

Johnson knows there's still a lot of bowling left in the week, and he's not going to think too far ahead. Instead, he'll focus on the steps he's been taking to get his game back on track and be aware of when he's doing the things that led to any previous struggles.

"I've gotten into match play recently, but I haven't finished where I wanted to," Johnson said. "My goal this week was to get off to a good start, continue doing the things I've been doing well and make sure to carry that forward throughout the entire event by staying focused until the end."

The majority of the competitors this week earned direct entry into the event based on their on-lane performances throughout 2019, while 20 bowlers advanced through this week's pre-tournament qualifier.
Everyone will bowl 24 games of qualifying over three days, eight games each day, before the field is cut to the top 36 for an eight-game cashers' round on a fourth oil pattern.

Total pinfall for 32 games will determine the 24 players for the round-robin portion of the event, and their 56-game total, including 30 bonus pins for each win in match play, will decide the five players for the championship stepladder.

Lavoie is a two-time U.S. Open champion, also winning the 2016 event for his first PBA Tour title. He is one of 12 bowlers in history to win the U.S. Open on multiple occasions.

Only four bowlers – Andy Varipapa, Don Carter, Dick Weber and Dave Husted - have successfully defended their U.S. Open titles. Husted was the last to accomplish the feat, doing so in 1996.

2020 U.S. Open
Sun Valley Lanes, Lincoln, Neb., Tuesday

First Round Standings (after 8 games):
      1, Adam Johnson, Oswego, Ill., 1,885. 2, Kristopher Prather, Plainfield, Ill., 1,878. 3, Anthony Simonsen, Little Elm, Texas, 1,875. 4, Francois Lavoie, Wichita, Kan., 1,862. 5, Brad Miller, Raytown, Mo., 1,861. 6, Jake Rollins, Glen Rock, N.J., 1,834.
      7, Matt Russo, Fairview Heights, Ill., 1,830. 8, Patrick Girard, Canada, 1,825. 9, Dick Allen, Columbia, S.C., 1,821. 10, EJ Tackett, Huntington, Ind., 1,819. 11, Jason Belmonte, Australia, 1,817. 12, Jesper Svensson, Sweden, 1,816.
      13, Dino Castillo, Highland Village, Texas, 1,812. 14, Patrick Hanrahan, Wichita, Kan., 1,810. 15, Shawn Maldonado, Houston, 1,800. 16, Anthony Lavery-Spahr, Little Elm, Texas, 1,798. 17, Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 1,794. 18, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 1,791.
      19, Bill O'Neill, Langhorne, Pa., 1,790. 20, Chris Via, Springfield, Ohio, 1,782. 21, Nicholas Pate, Inver Grove Heights, Minn., 1,781. 22, Perry Crowell IV (a), Hoquiam, Wash., 1,774. 23, Thomas Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich., 1,769. 24, Josh Blanchard, Mesa, Ariz., 1,763.
      25, Jake Peters, Henderson, Nev., 1,758. 26, Michael Martell, Brooklyn, N.Y., 1,750. 27, Gabriel Garcia, Riverview, Fla., 1,735. 28(tie), AJ Chapman, South St. Paul, Minn., and Spencer Robarge (a), Springfield, Mo., 1,734. 30(tie), Gregory Young Jr., Viera, Fla., and Osku Palermaa, Finland, 1,728.
      32, Brandon Novak, Chillicothe, Ohio, 1,723. 33, Thomas Larsen, Denmark, 1,719. 34, Alexander Hoskins (a), Perry, Utah, 1,717. 35, Kyle Troup, Taylorsville, N.C., 1,714. 36, Christopher Sloan, Ireland, 1,713.
      37(tie), Darren Tang, San Francisco, Arturo Quintero, Mexico, and Walter Ray Williams Jr, Oxford, Fla., 1,712. 40, Nathan Bohr, Austin, Texas, 1,707. 41, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 1,706. 42(tie), Rhino Page, Orlando, Fla., and Jonathan Simoneau (a), Canada, 1,705.
      44, Cameron Hurwitz (a), Rochester, N.Y., 1,702. 45, Zach Wilkins, Canada, 1,699. 46, Kyle Sherman, O'Fallon, Mo., 1,697. 47, Andrew Cain, Phoenix, 1,694. 48, Zeke Bayt, Westerville, Ohio, 1,692.
      49, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 1,691. 50, Kristopher Yadao (a), Fremont, Neb., 1,690. 51, Kamron Doyle, Brentwood, Tenn., 1,688. 52, Stuart Williams, Phoenix, 1,680. 53, DJ Archer, Houston, 1,679. 54, Pontus Andersson, Sweden, 1,675.
      55, Sean Lavery-Spahr, Pasadena, Texas, 1,674. 56, Ryan Ciminelli, Lancaster, S.C., 1,673. 57, Nick Kruml, Downers Grove, Ill., 1,671. 58(tie), Tom Hess, Urbandale, Iowa, and Anthony Neuer (a), Lewisburg, Pa., and Dominic Barrett, England, 1,666.
      61, Solomon Salama (a), Beverly Hills, Calif., 1,665. 62(tie), Mykel Holliman, Collierville, Tenn., Michael Tang, San Francisco, and Graham Fach, Canada, 1,659. 65, Michael Davidson, Versailles, Ohio, 1,657. 66(tie), Richard Teece, England, and Adam Zimmerman (a), Deer Park, N.Y., 1,653.
      68, Trey Brand (a), Clever, Mo., 1,651. 69(tie), Justin O'Shaughnessy (a), Jackson, Mich., and Tom Daugherty, Riverview, Fla., 1,640. 71(tie), Kenneth Ryan, Farmingdale, N.J., and Matthew Sanders (a), Evansville, Ind., 1,639.
      73(tie), Ildemaro Ruiz, Venezuela, and Mitch Hupé, Towanda, Kan., 1,636. 75, Matt Ogle, Louisville, Ky., 1,628. 76, Jason Sterner, Rockledge, Fla., 1,627. 77, Jakob Butturff, Tempe, Ariz., 1,624. 78, Alec Keplinger (a), Coldwater, Mich., 1,618.
      79, Sean Wilcox, Altamonte Springs, Fla., 1,616. 80, Greg Ostrander, Freehold, N.J., 1,608. 81(tie), Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., and Martin Larsen, Sweden, 1,607. 83(tie), Michael Coffey, Melbourne, Fla., and Andrew Anderson, Holly, Mich., 1,605.
      85(tie), Tom Hankey (a), Great Barrington, Mass., and Gary Faulkner Jr., Memphis, Tenn., 1,598. 87, Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 1,597. 88, Richard Benard (a), Rio Rancho, N.M., 1,596. 89, Brian Robinson, Morgantown, W.Va., 1,595. 90, Victor Florie, Henrico, Va., 1,576.
      91, Maria José Rodriguez, Colombia, 1,573. 92, Danielle McEwan, Stony Point, N.Y., 1,570. 93(tie), Chad Stephen (a), Flint, Mich., and Russ Oviatt, Sioux Falls, S.D., 1,566. 95, Wesley Low, Palmdale, Calif., 1,564. 96, Stephen Hahn, Ashburn, Va., 1,563.
      97, Brent Boho, Colgate, Wis., 1,559. 98, Ronnie Russell, Marion, Ind., 1,558. 99, Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., 1,547. 100, Blake Earnest (a), Wood River, Neb., 1,541. 101, Ryan Burton (a), Los Altos, Calif., 1,540. 102, Andres Gomez, Hollywood, Fla., 1,527.
      103, Matthew Kuba, Tinley Park, Ill., 1,516. 104, Michael Ruben (a), Selden, N.Y., 1,511. 105, Michael Kristofik (a), Naperville, Ill., 1,505. 106, Roy Turner, O'Fallon, Mo., 1,443. 107, Duane Kilts (a), Marion, Iowa, 1,426. 108, Mike Thompson, Sarasota, Fla., 1,419.

300 Games: Anthony Simonsen, Kris Prather, Brad Miller, Anthony Lavery-Spahr

By Matt Cannizzaro, IBC Communications

LINCOLN, Neb. - The high-scoring opening day of the 2020 U.S. Open featured four perfect games and concluded with opening-squad leader AJ Johnson of Oswego, Illinois, remaining at the top of the 108-player standings.

Johnson averaged nearly 236 over eight games on Tuesday's 39-foot oil pattern at Sun Valley Lanes for a 1,885 pinfall total.

The 27-year-old right-hander was followed by recent PBA Tournament of Champions winner Kristopher Prather of Plainfield, Illinois (1,878), two-time PBA Tour major winner Anthony Simonsen of Little Elm, Texas (1,875), defending U.S. Open champion Francois Lavoie of Canada (1,862) and Brad Miller of Raytown, Missouri (1,861).

Simonsen, Prather and Miller each rolled perfect games Tuesday, and Anthony Lavery-Spahr, also from Little Elm, tossed the fourth. He finished the day in 16th place with a 1,798 total.

"I knew in practice this one was going to be a little more getable than what we've seen in the past, so I wanted to make sure my arsenal was set, and I was ready for how I was going to have to move through the balls as the lanes changed," Johnson said. "I expected some big scores out there, and that's what happened. I'm just glad I was one of those guys and was able to start the long week so strong."

Johnson, a six-time member of Team USA, has a handful of runner-up finishes in PBA Tour competition, both as a PBA member and as a non-member, but still is searching for his first official PBA Tour title.

He proved late last year that he's more than just a threat when he defeated Chris Barnes to win the 2019 Korea PBA DSD Samho Cup, and even though it did not count as a PBA Tour title, it offered a huge boost for his confidence.

Johnson got closer to another win in November 2019 at the non-PBA Tour title invitation-only PBA China Tiger Cup Invitational, where he fell to Sean Rash in the championship match.

Parlaying that momentum into 2020, Johnson again earned a spot on Team USA, but the weeks since have been a bit of a roller coaster.

"The first couple tournaments this year were a little rough, and I didn't know if I was seeing things right or matching up like I should be," Johnson said. "I talked it out with the guys and put in some work, and it paid off quickly. Making the show in Jonesboro (PBA Jonesboro Open) was huge for my confidence, especially with that tournament leading into February and three of this year's majors."

The next challenge for the U.S. Open competitors will be a 44-foot oil pattern. Competition will resume Wednesday at 9 a.m. Eastern with the first of three squads.

Each round of the 2020 U.S. Open, leading up to the championship round, will be broadcast live at FloBowling.com. FOX will have live coverage of the stepladder finals on Sunday at 1 p.m. Eastern. The winner will take home the coveted green jacket and a $30,000 top prize.

Johnson knows there's still a lot of bowling left in the week, and he's not going to think too far ahead. Instead, he'll focus on the steps he's been taking to get his game back on track and be aware of when he's doing the things that led to any previous struggles.

"I've gotten into match play recently, but I haven't finished where I wanted to," Johnson said. "My goal this week was to get off to a good start, continue doing the things I've been doing well and make sure to carry that forward throughout the entire event by staying focused until the end."

The majority of the competitors this week earned direct entry into the event based on their on-lane performances throughout 2019, while 20 bowlers advanced through this week's pre-tournament qualifier.
Everyone will bowl 24 games of qualifying over three days, eight games each day, before the field is cut to the top 36 for an eight-game cashers' round on a fourth oil pattern.

Total pinfall for 32 games will determine the 24 players for the round-robin portion of the event, and their 56-game total, including 30 bonus pins for each win in match play, will decide the five players for the championship stepladder.

Lavoie is a two-time U.S. Open champion, also winning the 2016 event for his first PBA Tour title. He is one of 12 bowlers in history to win the U.S. Open on multiple occasions.

Only four bowlers – Andy Varipapa, Don Carter, Dick Weber and Dave Husted - have successfully defended their U.S. Open titles. Husted was the last to accomplish the feat, doing so in 1996.

2020 U.S. Open
Sun Valley Lanes, Lincoln, Neb., Tuesday

First Round Standings (after 8 games):
      1, Adam Johnson, Oswego, Ill., 1,885. 2, Kristopher Prather, Plainfield, Ill., 1,878. 3, Anthony Simonsen, Little Elm, Texas, 1,875. 4, Francois Lavoie, Wichita, Kan., 1,862. 5, Brad Miller, Raytown, Mo., 1,861. 6, Jake Rollins, Glen Rock, N.J., 1,834.
      7, Matt Russo, Fairview Heights, Ill., 1,830. 8, Patrick Girard, Canada, 1,825. 9, Dick Allen, Columbia, S.C., 1,821. 10, EJ Tackett, Huntington, Ind., 1,819. 11, Jason Belmonte, Australia, 1,817. 12, Jesper Svensson, Sweden, 1,816.
      13, Dino Castillo, Highland Village, Texas, 1,812. 14, Patrick Hanrahan, Wichita, Kan., 1,810. 15, Shawn Maldonado, Houston, 1,800. 16, Anthony Lavery-Spahr, Little Elm, Texas, 1,798. 17, Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 1,794. 18, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 1,791.
      19, Bill O'Neill, Langhorne, Pa., 1,790. 20, Chris Via, Springfield, Ohio, 1,782. 21, Nicholas Pate, Inver Grove Heights, Minn., 1,781. 22, Perry Crowell IV (a), Hoquiam, Wash., 1,774. 23, Thomas Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich., 1,769. 24, Josh Blanchard, Mesa, Ariz., 1,763.
      25, Jake Peters, Henderson, Nev., 1,758. 26, Michael Martell, Brooklyn, N.Y., 1,750. 27, Gabriel Garcia, Riverview, Fla., 1,735. 28(tie), AJ Chapman, South St. Paul, Minn., and Spencer Robarge (a), Springfield, Mo., 1,734. 30(tie), Gregory Young Jr., Viera, Fla., and Osku Palermaa, Finland, 1,728.
      32, Brandon Novak, Chillicothe, Ohio, 1,723. 33, Thomas Larsen, Denmark, 1,719. 34, Alexander Hoskins (a), Perry, Utah, 1,717. 35, Kyle Troup, Taylorsville, N.C., 1,714. 36, Christopher Sloan, Ireland, 1,713.
      37(tie), Darren Tang, San Francisco, Arturo Quintero, Mexico, and Walter Ray Williams Jr, Oxford, Fla., 1,712. 40, Nathan Bohr, Austin, Texas, 1,707. 41, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 1,706. 42(tie), Rhino Page, Orlando, Fla., and Jonathan Simoneau (a), Canada, 1,705.
      44, Cameron Hurwitz (a), Rochester, N.Y., 1,702. 45, Zach Wilkins, Canada, 1,699. 46, Kyle Sherman, O'Fallon, Mo., 1,697. 47, Andrew Cain, Phoenix, 1,694. 48, Zeke Bayt, Westerville, Ohio, 1,692.
      49, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 1,691. 50, Kristopher Yadao (a), Fremont, Neb., 1,690. 51, Kamron Doyle, Brentwood, Tenn., 1,688. 52, Stuart Williams, Phoenix, 1,680. 53, DJ Archer, Houston, 1,679. 54, Pontus Andersson, Sweden, 1,675.
      55, Sean Lavery-Spahr, Pasadena, Texas, 1,674. 56, Ryan Ciminelli, Lancaster, S.C., 1,673. 57, Nick Kruml, Downers Grove, Ill., 1,671. 58(tie), Tom Hess, Urbandale, Iowa, and Anthony Neuer (a), Lewisburg, Pa., and Dominic Barrett, England, 1,666.
      61, Solomon Salama (a), Beverly Hills, Calif., 1,665. 62(tie), Mykel Holliman, Collierville, Tenn., Michael Tang, San Francisco, and Graham Fach, Canada, 1,659. 65, Michael Davidson, Versailles, Ohio, 1,657. 66(tie), Richard Teece, England, and Adam Zimmerman (a), Deer Park, N.Y., 1,653.
      68, Trey Brand (a), Clever, Mo., 1,651. 69(tie), Justin O'Shaughnessy (a), Jackson, Mich., and Tom Daugherty, Riverview, Fla., 1,640. 71(tie), Kenneth Ryan, Farmingdale, N.J., and Matthew Sanders (a), Evansville, Ind., 1,639.
      73(tie), Ildemaro Ruiz, Venezuela, and Mitch Hupé, Towanda, Kan., 1,636. 75, Matt Ogle, Louisville, Ky., 1,628. 76, Jason Sterner, Rockledge, Fla., 1,627. 77, Jakob Butturff, Tempe, Ariz., 1,624. 78, Alec Keplinger (a), Coldwater, Mich., 1,618.
      79, Sean Wilcox, Altamonte Springs, Fla., 1,616. 80, Greg Ostrander, Freehold, N.J., 1,608. 81(tie), Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., and Martin Larsen, Sweden, 1,607. 83(tie), Michael Coffey, Melbourne, Fla., and Andrew Anderson, Holly, Mich., 1,605.
      85(tie), Tom Hankey (a), Great Barrington, Mass., and Gary Faulkner Jr., Memphis, Tenn., 1,598. 87, Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 1,597. 88, Richard Benard (a), Rio Rancho, N.M., 1,596. 89, Brian Robinson, Morgantown, W.Va., 1,595. 90, Victor Florie, Henrico, Va., 1,576.
      91, Maria José Rodriguez, Colombia, 1,573. 92, Danielle McEwan, Stony Point, N.Y., 1,570. 93(tie), Chad Stephen (a), Flint, Mich., and Russ Oviatt, Sioux Falls, S.D., 1,566. 95, Wesley Low, Palmdale, Calif., 1,564. 96, Stephen Hahn, Ashburn, Va., 1,563.
      97, Brent Boho, Colgate, Wis., 1,559. 98, Ronnie Russell, Marion, Ind., 1,558. 99, Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., 1,547. 100, Blake Earnest (a), Wood River, Neb., 1,541. 101, Ryan Burton (a), Los Altos, Calif., 1,540. 102, Andres Gomez, Hollywood, Fla., 1,527.
      103, Matthew Kuba, Tinley Park, Ill., 1,516. 104, Michael Ruben (a), Selden, N.Y., 1,511. 105, Michael Kristofik (a), Naperville, Ill., 1,505. 106, Roy Turner, O'Fallon, Mo., 1,443. 107, Duane Kilts (a), Marion, Iowa, 1,426. 108, Mike Thompson, Sarasota, Fla., 1,419.

300 Games: Anthony Simonsen, Kris Prather, Brad Miller, Anthony Lavery-Spahr

Posted: February 19, 2020, 1:56 pm

By Matt Cannizzaro, IBC Communications

LINCOLN, Neb. - Every time Francois Lavoie returns home from an event on the PBA Tour, regardless of how he fared on the lanes that week, he'll be reminded about the fact that he's living his dream.

The 26-year-old right-hander recently purchased a home in Wichita, Kan., offering him a tangible representation of his success as a professional bowler, in a community he describes as rejuvenating and refreshing.

Though Lavoie hails from Canada and proudly represents his home country in international competition, Wichita has provided him with important skills he's used in both winning prize money and spending it wisely, along with confidence in the path he has chosen.

When his journey takes him to Sun Valley Lanes in Lincoln, Neb., as the defending champion for the upcoming U.S. Open, no one would blame him if all of those things were on his mind, potentially adding pressure.

However, as a fifth-year veteran of the PBA Tour, Lavoie is confident the things he has experienced and learned since his rookie campaign in 2016 will help him stay focused against the rest of the talented 108-player field.

The event kicked off Sunday with a pre-tournament qualifier to fill any remaining spots in the field, and official qualifying will start Tuesday at 9 a.m. Eastern. Michael Martell of Brooklyn, N.Y., posted an eight-game total of 1,831 pins to lead the group of 20 players who advanced from the PTQ into the tournament of field.

"I was pretty unsatisfied with my 2019 season as a whole, so to be able to finish the way I did by winning the U.S. Open in October, made it so special and such a turnaround," said Lavoie, a four-time PBA Tour champion. "Early in the year, I was trying to change my game too much and mimic everyone else, rather than matching my own game to what I was seeing on the lanes. At the U.S. Open, I focused more on my own strengths, and that made all the difference."

Each player at the 2020 U.S. Open will bowl 24 games over three days (Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, eight games each day) on three different oil patterns, with the top 36 performers bowling eight more games Friday on a fourth lane condition, to determine the 24 bowlers for round-robin match play Friday and Saturday. All rounds of qualifying and match play will be livestreamed by FloBowling.com, and the event will conclude with a five-player stepladder, live on FOX on Sunday at 1 p.m. Eastern.

As one of 12 bowlers in history to win the U.S. Open on multiple occasions - he also won in 2016 on the way to being named PBA Rookie of the Year - Lavoie knows what it's like to put the prestigious title on the line, but this year will be a little different.

Last time, Lavoie had almost a year to let the accomplishment sink in, and he had just as much time to practice for the event, which is known for featuring some of the toughest lane conditions. Schedule-wise, the 2017 U.S. Open essentially was a standalone piece of the PBA Tour schedule.

Preparing for the U.S. Open meant bowling on flatter oil patterns and practicing special skills, such as speed control and different hand positions or ball rolls.

The tournament's move to February in 2020 means Lavoie only had a few months to prepare, and because it comes during a very busy time on the PBA Tour schedule, his preparation has been more generalized.

The 2020 PBA Tour season began in mid-January, and the U.S. Open will be the sixth event. February alone includes three of the season's five majors.

"Because we're in the middle of the season this time, my practice has been more about being sharp in general, rather than focusing on the traditional challenges of the U.S. Open," Lavoie said. "I like to make sure I bowl often, but not too much. There has to be a balance between practice and rest because it's a long season. The amount of time I spend practicing also depends on how each week goes, since we have official practice, qualifying and, hopefully, match play."

Through four events in 2020, Lavoie has a best finish of 20th, which came at the PBA Oklahoma Open, and while he's still searching for a breakout performance, he's also very focused on being patient and looking at the season as a whole.

These are viewpoints that have come with experience and maturity.

"Patience is a big thing this year that will keep me more level-headed and so I'm not living and dying with every event," Lavoie said. "I'm gaining more and more experience and getting more comfortable each time I find myself in different situations. I'm not as focused on the final results as I am with the steps and the process. Doing those things is the best way to get the results I'm hoping for."

Lavoie's recent decision to establish roots in Wichita only formalized a relationship that has been an integral part of his development as a competitor.

His time as a student-athlete in Wichita not only ended with a pair of collegiate national championships and a business degree, it also allowed him to build countless friendships in a centrally located city known for its bowling prowess.

Going home to a warm and familiar place allows him to recharge after an event, while the friends, coaches and other bowling resources help him stay motivated and sharp. That includes the opportunity to practice at the eight-lane Rhatigan Student Center under the watchful and talented eyes of the Wichita State coaching staff.

"Wichita is such a good place for bowling, it's where I went to school and it's where I learned a lot about the sport," said Lavoie, who was a champion at the Intercollegiate Singles Championships in 2014 and Intercollegiate Team Championships in 2015. "I have a really strong circle there, and it's an incredible environment to be in because you're constantly surrounded by people who know so much about bowling. Remaining in that environment has been incredibly helpful."

As Lavoie continues to live his dream of being a professional bowler, he can look back and appreciate each success. As a two-time U.S. Open winner, each victory resonates differently.

His win in Las Vegas in 2016 was the first of his four PBA Tour titles. He entered the five-player championship stepladder as the second seed and advanced to the title match by becoming the first bowler in history to roll a perfect game on a U.S. Open television show.

He again earned the No. 2 spot for the TV finals in 2019, and the win was an unforgettable redemption for a season filled with struggles.

The march to the trophy included a masterful navigation of four oil patterns ranging from 37 to 45 feet, and the $30,000 top prize accounted for the majority of the $42,300 he earned in 19 national events. He defeated top seed Sean Rash in the final, 221-172.

Heading into the 2020 event, Lavoie is looking to become the fifth bowler to win the U.S. Open three or more times. Only hall of famers Pete Weber (5), Dick Weber (4), Don Carter (4) and Dave Husted (3) have done so.

Only four bowlers - Andy Varipapa, Carter, Dick Weber and Husted have successfully defended their U.S. Open titles. Husted was the last to accomplish the feat, doing so in 1996.

2020 U.S. OPEN SCHEDULE
Sun Valley Lanes, Lincoln, Neb. (all times Central)

Tuesday, Feb. 18
8 a.m. – Squad A, 8 qualifying games
1 p.m. – Squad B, 8 qualifying games
6 p.m. – Squad C, 8 qualifying games

Wednesday, Feb. 19
8 a.m. – Squad B, 8 qualifying games
1 p.m. – Squad C, 8 qualifying games
6 p.m. – Squad A, 8 qualifying games

Thursday, Feb. 20
8 a.m. – Squad C, 8 qualifying games
1 p.m. – Squad A, 8 qualifying games
6 p.m. – Squad B, 8 qualifying games
   Top 36 after 24 games advance

Friday, Feb. 21
10 a.m. – Top 36, 8 qualifying games
  Top 24 after 32 games advance to match play
5 p.m. – Top 24, 8 games match play

Saturday, Feb. 22
10 a.m. – Top 24, 8 games match play
5 p.m. Top 24, 8 games match play
  Top five after 56 games advance to stepladder finals

Sunday, Feb. 23
Noon (1 p.m. Eastern) – Top five stepladder finals (live, FOX)

U.S. OPEN PRE-TOURNAMENT QUALIFIER
Sun Valley Lanes, Lincoln, Neb., Feb. 16

Final Standings (after 8 games; top 20 advanced to the tournament proper)
1, Michael Martell, Brooklyn, N.Y., 1,831.
2, Michael Davidson, Versailles, Ohio, 1,775.
3, Gabriel Garcia, Riverview, Fla., 1,727.
4, Stephen Hahn, Ashburn, Va., 1,721.
5, Trey Brand, Clever, Mo., 1,704.
6, Dino Castillo, Highland Village, Texas, 1,673.
7, Cameron Hurwitz, Rochester, N.Y., 1,672.
8, Brandon Novak, Chillicothe, Ohio, 1,669.
9, Michael Ruben, Selden, N.Y., 1,650.
10, Russ Oviatt, Chandler, Ariz., 1,640.
11, Gary Faulkner Jr., Memphis, Tenn., 1,635.
12, Spencer Robarge, Springfield, Mo., 1,634.
13, Blake Earnest, Wood River, Neb., 1,632.
14, Maria Jose Rodriguez, Colombia, 1,628.
15, Pontus Andersson, Sweden, 1,622.
16, Brent Boho, Colgate, Wis., 1,612.
17, Jake Rollins, Glen Rock, N.J., 1,594.
18, Kris Yadao, Fremont, Neb., 1,585.
19, Matt Russo, Fairview Heights, Ill., 1,569.
20, Danielle McEwan, Stony Point, N.Y., 1,567.

By Matt Cannizzaro, IBC Communications

LINCOLN, Neb. - Every time Francois Lavoie returns home from an event on the PBA Tour, regardless of how he fared on the lanes that week, he'll be reminded about the fact that he's living his dream.

The 26-year-old right-hander recently purchased a home in Wichita, Kan., offering him a tangible representation of his success as a professional bowler, in a community he describes as rejuvenating and refreshing.

Though Lavoie hails from Canada and proudly represents his home country in international competition, Wichita has provided him with important skills he's used in both winning prize money and spending it wisely, along with confidence in the path he has chosen.

When his journey takes him to Sun Valley Lanes in Lincoln, Neb., as the defending champion for the upcoming U.S. Open, no one would blame him if all of those things were on his mind, potentially adding pressure.

However, as a fifth-year veteran of the PBA Tour, Lavoie is confident the things he has experienced and learned since his rookie campaign in 2016 will help him stay focused against the rest of the talented 108-player field.

The event kicked off Sunday with a pre-tournament qualifier to fill any remaining spots in the field, and official qualifying will start Tuesday at 9 a.m. Eastern. Michael Martell of Brooklyn, N.Y., posted an eight-game total of 1,831 pins to lead the group of 20 players who advanced from the PTQ into the tournament of field.

"I was pretty unsatisfied with my 2019 season as a whole, so to be able to finish the way I did by winning the U.S. Open in October, made it so special and such a turnaround," said Lavoie, a four-time PBA Tour champion. "Early in the year, I was trying to change my game too much and mimic everyone else, rather than matching my own game to what I was seeing on the lanes. At the U.S. Open, I focused more on my own strengths, and that made all the difference."

Each player at the 2020 U.S. Open will bowl 24 games over three days (Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, eight games each day) on three different oil patterns, with the top 36 performers bowling eight more games Friday on a fourth lane condition, to determine the 24 bowlers for round-robin match play Friday and Saturday. All rounds of qualifying and match play will be livestreamed by FloBowling.com, and the event will conclude with a five-player stepladder, live on FOX on Sunday at 1 p.m. Eastern.

As one of 12 bowlers in history to win the U.S. Open on multiple occasions - he also won in 2016 on the way to being named PBA Rookie of the Year - Lavoie knows what it's like to put the prestigious title on the line, but this year will be a little different.

Last time, Lavoie had almost a year to let the accomplishment sink in, and he had just as much time to practice for the event, which is known for featuring some of the toughest lane conditions. Schedule-wise, the 2017 U.S. Open essentially was a standalone piece of the PBA Tour schedule.

Preparing for the U.S. Open meant bowling on flatter oil patterns and practicing special skills, such as speed control and different hand positions or ball rolls.

The tournament's move to February in 2020 means Lavoie only had a few months to prepare, and because it comes during a very busy time on the PBA Tour schedule, his preparation has been more generalized.

The 2020 PBA Tour season began in mid-January, and the U.S. Open will be the sixth event. February alone includes three of the season's five majors.

"Because we're in the middle of the season this time, my practice has been more about being sharp in general, rather than focusing on the traditional challenges of the U.S. Open," Lavoie said. "I like to make sure I bowl often, but not too much. There has to be a balance between practice and rest because it's a long season. The amount of time I spend practicing also depends on how each week goes, since we have official practice, qualifying and, hopefully, match play."

Through four events in 2020, Lavoie has a best finish of 20th, which came at the PBA Oklahoma Open, and while he's still searching for a breakout performance, he's also very focused on being patient and looking at the season as a whole.

These are viewpoints that have come with experience and maturity.

"Patience is a big thing this year that will keep me more level-headed and so I'm not living and dying with every event," Lavoie said. "I'm gaining more and more experience and getting more comfortable each time I find myself in different situations. I'm not as focused on the final results as I am with the steps and the process. Doing those things is the best way to get the results I'm hoping for."

Lavoie's recent decision to establish roots in Wichita only formalized a relationship that has been an integral part of his development as a competitor.

His time as a student-athlete in Wichita not only ended with a pair of collegiate national championships and a business degree, it also allowed him to build countless friendships in a centrally located city known for its bowling prowess.

Going home to a warm and familiar place allows him to recharge after an event, while the friends, coaches and other bowling resources help him stay motivated and sharp. That includes the opportunity to practice at the eight-lane Rhatigan Student Center under the watchful and talented eyes of the Wichita State coaching staff.

"Wichita is such a good place for bowling, it's where I went to school and it's where I learned a lot about the sport," said Lavoie, who was a champion at the Intercollegiate Singles Championships in 2014 and Intercollegiate Team Championships in 2015. "I have a really strong circle there, and it's an incredible environment to be in because you're constantly surrounded by people who know so much about bowling. Remaining in that environment has been incredibly helpful."

As Lavoie continues to live his dream of being a professional bowler, he can look back and appreciate each success. As a two-time U.S. Open winner, each victory resonates differently.

His win in Las Vegas in 2016 was the first of his four PBA Tour titles. He entered the five-player championship stepladder as the second seed and advanced to the title match by becoming the first bowler in history to roll a perfect game on a U.S. Open television show.

He again earned the No. 2 spot for the TV finals in 2019, and the win was an unforgettable redemption for a season filled with struggles.

The march to the trophy included a masterful navigation of four oil patterns ranging from 37 to 45 feet, and the $30,000 top prize accounted for the majority of the $42,300 he earned in 19 national events. He defeated top seed Sean Rash in the final, 221-172.

Heading into the 2020 event, Lavoie is looking to become the fifth bowler to win the U.S. Open three or more times. Only hall of famers Pete Weber (5), Dick Weber (4), Don Carter (4) and Dave Husted (3) have done so.

Only four bowlers - Andy Varipapa, Carter, Dick Weber and Husted have successfully defended their U.S. Open titles. Husted was the last to accomplish the feat, doing so in 1996.

2020 U.S. OPEN SCHEDULE
Sun Valley Lanes, Lincoln, Neb. (all times Central)

Tuesday, Feb. 18
8 a.m. – Squad A, 8 qualifying games
1 p.m. – Squad B, 8 qualifying games
6 p.m. – Squad C, 8 qualifying games

Wednesday, Feb. 19
8 a.m. – Squad B, 8 qualifying games
1 p.m. – Squad C, 8 qualifying games
6 p.m. – Squad A, 8 qualifying games

Thursday, Feb. 20
8 a.m. – Squad C, 8 qualifying games
1 p.m. – Squad A, 8 qualifying games
6 p.m. – Squad B, 8 qualifying games
   Top 36 after 24 games advance

Friday, Feb. 21
10 a.m. – Top 36, 8 qualifying games
  Top 24 after 32 games advance to match play
5 p.m. – Top 24, 8 games match play

Saturday, Feb. 22
10 a.m. – Top 24, 8 games match play
5 p.m. Top 24, 8 games match play
  Top five after 56 games advance to stepladder finals

Sunday, Feb. 23
Noon (1 p.m. Eastern) – Top five stepladder finals (live, FOX)

U.S. OPEN PRE-TOURNAMENT QUALIFIER
Sun Valley Lanes, Lincoln, Neb., Feb. 16

Final Standings (after 8 games; top 20 advanced to the tournament proper)
1, Michael Martell, Brooklyn, N.Y., 1,831.
2, Michael Davidson, Versailles, Ohio, 1,775.
3, Gabriel Garcia, Riverview, Fla., 1,727.
4, Stephen Hahn, Ashburn, Va., 1,721.
5, Trey Brand, Clever, Mo., 1,704.
6, Dino Castillo, Highland Village, Texas, 1,673.
7, Cameron Hurwitz, Rochester, N.Y., 1,672.
8, Brandon Novak, Chillicothe, Ohio, 1,669.
9, Michael Ruben, Selden, N.Y., 1,650.
10, Russ Oviatt, Chandler, Ariz., 1,640.
11, Gary Faulkner Jr., Memphis, Tenn., 1,635.
12, Spencer Robarge, Springfield, Mo., 1,634.
13, Blake Earnest, Wood River, Neb., 1,632.
14, Maria Jose Rodriguez, Colombia, 1,628.
15, Pontus Andersson, Sweden, 1,622.
16, Brent Boho, Colgate, Wis., 1,612.
17, Jake Rollins, Glen Rock, N.J., 1,594.
18, Kris Yadao, Fremont, Neb., 1,585.
19, Matt Russo, Fairview Heights, Ill., 1,569.
20, Danielle McEwan, Stony Point, N.Y., 1,567.

Posted: February 17, 2020, 4:40 pm

COLUMBUS, Ohio  – A clutch performance in the 10th frame of the championship match gave Bill O’Neill of Langhorne, Pennsylvania, a thrilling 233-232 victory over top seed EJ Tackett of Bluffton, Indiana, to win the PBA Players Championship Saturday at Wayne Webb’s Columbus Bowl for his second career major title.

The 38-year-old O’Neill threw the first two strikes and a nine count in the 10th frame, leaving a four pin on the final shot, which was enough to also win his first title of the 2020 Go Bowling PBA Tour season and 12th of his career.

“To double in the 10th frame for a win in a major is why we do what we do,” said O’Neill. “The first two strikes were perfect, but the fill ball wasn’t as good as the first two but still good enough to win.

“My heart rate was really up and I needed to take a breath and slow things down so I took a rerack before that last shot in the 10th,” O’Neill added. “I pulled up on the shot a little and thought it was either going to push through or not, so I kind of felt fortunate to get what I needed.”

His win came nearly 10 years exactly after winning the U.S. Open for his first major title on Feb. 28, 2010.

“When I left the four pin on the final shot I didn’t know what to think,” said O’Neill who was the beneficiary of a crossover strike in the seventh frame. “I’ve made the top five in the last four of five majors and I felt if I just kept putting myself in a position to win eventually things would go my way and it did today.”

Tackett, who was trying for his third major and 14th career tour title got off to an early lead starting with five consecutive strikes but ran into trouble in the sixth frame when he left the 3-4-6-7 split which he failed to convert. Tackett left a 10 pin in the ninth frame and a seven pin on the first shot of the 10th frame, converted the spares, before striking on his last shot of the 10th frame but that still left the door open for O’Neill.

“I did think here we go again, somebody is going to throw a big game at me in the championship match,” said O’Neill, who lost to Kris Prather of Plainfield, Illinois, 280-205 in the title match of last week’s PBA Tournament of Champions. “He (Tackett) left that split in the sixth frame and I thought to myself the ball is in your hand, now go do it.”

O’Neill, the No. 3 seed for the finals defeated No. 2 seed Australian two-hander Jason Belmonte 236-185 in the semifinal who continued his recent struggles to win matches on TV.

Belmonte, the all-time leader on the PBA major titles list with 11 wins was trying to become the first three-time winner of the Players Championship having previously won it in 2011 and 2017.

The finals started with Prather, the No. 5 seed trying for back-to-back major titles after his Tournament of Champions win, beating No. 4 seed four-time tour winner Marshall Kent of Yakima, Washington, 187-184, in the opening match who was trying for his first major win.

O’Neill then beat Prather 215-194 in the second match to advance to the semifinal against Belmonte.

The Go Bowling PBA Tour travels to Lincoln, Nebraska, for the third major in as many weeks when Sun Valley Lanes hosts the U.S. Open Feb. 16-23. The stepladder finals will air Sunday, Feb. 23 at 1 p.m. ET on FOX. U.S. Open preliminary rounds will be carried by PBA’s livestreaming partner FloBowling. The finals will also be available to FloBowling’s international subscribers. For subscription and schedule information visit www.flobowling.com.

PBA PLAYERS CHAMPIONSHIP

(a 2020 Go Bowling PBA Tour Tier 1 event)
Wayne Webb’s Columbus Bowl, Columbus, Ohio, Saturday

Final Standings:

1, Bill O’Neill, Langhorne, Pa., $75,000.

2, EJ Tackett, Bluffton, Ind., $38,000.

3, Jason Belmonte, Australia, $19,000.

4, Kris Prather, Plainfield, Ill., $11,000.

5, Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., $10,000.

Playoff Results:

Match One: Prather def. Kent, 187-184.

Match Two: O’Neill def. Prather, 215-194.

Semifinal: O’Neill def. Belmonte, 236-185.

Championship: O’Neill def. Tackett, 233-232.

COLUMBUS, Ohio  – A clutch performance in the 10th frame of the championship match gave Bill O’Neill of Langhorne, Pennsylvania, a thrilling 233-232 victory over top seed EJ Tackett of Bluffton, Indiana, to win the PBA Players Championship Saturday at Wayne Webb’s Columbus Bowl for his second career major title.

The 38-year-old O’Neill threw the first two strikes and a nine count in the 10th frame, leaving a four pin on the final shot, which was enough to also win his first title of the 2020 Go Bowling PBA Tour season and 12th of his career.

“To double in the 10th frame for a win in a major is why we do what we do,” said O’Neill. “The first two strikes were perfect, but the fill ball wasn’t as good as the first two but still good enough to win.

“My heart rate was really up and I needed to take a breath and slow things down so I took a rerack before that last shot in the 10th,” O’Neill added. “I pulled up on the shot a little and thought it was either going to push through or not, so I kind of felt fortunate to get what I needed.”

His win came nearly 10 years exactly after winning the U.S. Open for his first major title on Feb. 28, 2010.

“When I left the four pin on the final shot I didn’t know what to think,” said O’Neill who was the beneficiary of a crossover strike in the seventh frame. “I’ve made the top five in the last four of five majors and I felt if I just kept putting myself in a position to win eventually things would go my way and it did today.”

Tackett, who was trying for his third major and 14th career tour title got off to an early lead starting with five consecutive strikes but ran into trouble in the sixth frame when he left the 3-4-6-7 split which he failed to convert. Tackett left a 10 pin in the ninth frame and a seven pin on the first shot of the 10th frame, converted the spares, before striking on his last shot of the 10th frame but that still left the door open for O’Neill.

“I did think here we go again, somebody is going to throw a big game at me in the championship match,” said O’Neill, who lost to Kris Prather of Plainfield, Illinois, 280-205 in the title match of last week’s PBA Tournament of Champions. “He (Tackett) left that split in the sixth frame and I thought to myself the ball is in your hand, now go do it.”

O’Neill, the No. 3 seed for the finals defeated No. 2 seed Australian two-hander Jason Belmonte 236-185 in the semifinal who continued his recent struggles to win matches on TV.

Belmonte, the all-time leader on the PBA major titles list with 11 wins was trying to become the first three-time winner of the Players Championship having previously won it in 2011 and 2017.

The finals started with Prather, the No. 5 seed trying for back-to-back major titles after his Tournament of Champions win, beating No. 4 seed four-time tour winner Marshall Kent of Yakima, Washington, 187-184, in the opening match who was trying for his first major win.

O’Neill then beat Prather 215-194 in the second match to advance to the semifinal against Belmonte.

The Go Bowling PBA Tour travels to Lincoln, Nebraska, for the third major in as many weeks when Sun Valley Lanes hosts the U.S. Open Feb. 16-23. The stepladder finals will air Sunday, Feb. 23 at 1 p.m. ET on FOX. U.S. Open preliminary rounds will be carried by PBA’s livestreaming partner FloBowling. The finals will also be available to FloBowling’s international subscribers. For subscription and schedule information visit www.flobowling.com.

PBA PLAYERS CHAMPIONSHIP

(a 2020 Go Bowling PBA Tour Tier 1 event)
Wayne Webb’s Columbus Bowl, Columbus, Ohio, Saturday

Final Standings:

1, Bill O’Neill, Langhorne, Pa., $75,000.

2, EJ Tackett, Bluffton, Ind., $38,000.

3, Jason Belmonte, Australia, $19,000.

4, Kris Prather, Plainfield, Ill., $11,000.

5, Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., $10,000.

Playoff Results:

Match One: Prather def. Kent, 187-184.

Match Two: O’Neill def. Prather, 215-194.

Semifinal: O’Neill def. Belmonte, 236-185.

Championship: O’Neill def. Tackett, 233-232.

Posted: February 16, 2020, 2:42 am

After the highest-scoring title match streak in PBA history through the first four tournaments of the 2020 Go Bowling PBA Tour season, the natural question is, is the “Million Dollar 300 Bonus” the next milestone on the horizon? Will that historic incentive be collected in Saturday’s final match of the PBA Players Championship, airing live on FS1 from Wayne Webb’s Columbus Bowl at 5:30 p.m. EST?

It’s a question worth pondering after four consecutive championship matches in which the LOWEST winning score has been 280, bowled by Kris Prather in winning last Sunday’s PBA Tournament of Champions, live on FOX, in which his only flaw was leaving a 10 pin in the second frame of his 280-205 win over top seed Bill O’Neill.

Prior to Prather’s near-perfect winning score, Kyle Troup left the 3-6-7-10 split in the first frame of his 290-269 win over Chris Barnes in the PBA Jonesboro Open title match, and Sean Rash converted a 10 pin in the first frame and threw 10 consecutive before leaving another 10 pin on his final shot in his 289-234 win over top qualifier Ryan Ciminelli in the Oklahoma Open finale.

Of course, Tommy Jones set the season precedent, throwing a 300 game to win the season-opening PBA Hall of Fame Classic.

That means the average score to win a title thus far in 2020 is 289.75.

The million-dollar incentive program, offering a $1 million bonus prize to any player bowling a 300 game in the championship match of one of the following PBA on FOX/FS1 live telecasts, resumes Saturday. On the horizon are the Go Bowling PBA Indianapolis Open at Royal Pin Woodland (Saturday, Feb. 29 at 8:30 p.m. EST on FS1) and PBA World Championship at South Point Bowling Plaza in Las Vegas (Wednesday, March 18 at 8 p.m. EST on FS1).

PBA TOC TELECAST ON FOX REACHES NEARLY 1.5 MILLION VIEWERS

FOX Sports has announced Sunday’s live coverage of the PBA Tournament of Champions finals on FOX was the most-watched non-NFL adjacent telecast since 2010 with 1,464,000 viewers. The “non-NFL adjacent” reference means a standalone telecast that neither preceded or followed an NFL game on FOX.

With that exceptional audience, FOX Sports telecasts (FOX and FS1) are up 29 percent over 2019 and through five events, including the PBA Clash to kick off the season, viewership is up 45 percent over the 2019 season which also were the highest in years.

KRIS PRATHER BECOMES MOST SUCCESSFUL TELEVISION PLAYER IN PBA HISTORY

With his four match wins in the PBA Tournament of Champions stepladder finals, Kris Prather became the most successful player in PBA history in terms of winning percentage for a minimum of 10 television appearances. His TOC performance improved his match record to 17-5 in 13 television appearances for a 77.27 percent success rate, surpassing Jim Pencak who won 73.33% of his TV matches (22-8 in 12 appearances) dating back to the late 1980s.

Tommy Jones, with two wins and one loss in his three matches on TV in 2020, has advanced from 15th on the list to 12th with a 62.20 success percentage in 82 matches bowled in 48 TV appearances (51 wins, 31 losses).

KRIS PRATHER CLAIMS PBA PLAYOFFS POINTS LEAD AFTER TOC WIN

Kris Prather of Plainfield, Ill., the winner of the inaugural PBA Playoffs in 2019, jumped into the 2020 Go Bowling PBA Tour points lead after winning the PBA Tournament of Champions Sunday in Fairlawn, Ohio. The TOC was the first major championship of the 2020 season, and a Tier 1 tournament in the PBA’s classification system, awarding 7,500 points to the winner.

With his big win in the fourth of 13 tournaments in the 2020 PBA Playoffs points race, Prather moved past PBA Oklahoma Open winner Sean Rash who led the points standings after the season’s first three tournaments. PBA Jonesboro Open titlist Kyle Troup dropped one spot to third.

Fans can expect another shakeup in the points race after this week’s PBA Players Championship, the second Tier 1 event of the season. Points are awarded according to each tournament is classified in the three-tier points structure. Tier 1 (major championship) tournaments reward winners with 7,500 points. Tier 2 (standard PBA Tour) tournaments award 5,000 points to the winner. A Tier 3 tournament (limited field and/or restricted format) awards 2,500 points to the winner. Points also are awarded to all other players in a declining scale based upon where they finish.

The top 24 in 2020 competition points will qualify to bowl in the PBA Playoffs in April and May. Points standings will be finalized at the conclusion of the USBC Masters on March 29 in Reno, Nev. Below are the top 30 points standings after three events:

2020 Go Bowling PBA Tour Competition Points Standings
(Top 30 after four of 13 events)

1, Kris Prather, 9,985
2, Sean Rash, 9,185
3, Kyle Troup, 8,130
4, Jason Belmonte, 6,245
5, Bill O'Neill, 6,170
6, Tommy Jones, 5,625
7, Anthony Simonsen, 5,605
8, Mitch Hupe, 4,755
9, Chris Barnes, 4,690
10, Darren Tang, 4,675
11, EJ Tackett, 4,415
12, Kyle Sherman, 4,260
13, Tom Daugherty, 4,160
14, Ryan Ciminelli, 4,135
15, AJ Johnson, 3,850
16, Dom Barrett, 3,740
17, Tom Smallwood, 3,310
18, Brad Miller, 3,265
19, Josh Blanchard, 3,220
20, Stuart Williams, 3,070
21, Jesper Svensson, 3,020
22, Andrew Anderson, 2,975
23, Dick Allen, 2,937
24, DJ Archer, 2,880
25, Patrick Hanrahan, 2,745
26, AJ Chapman, 2,530
27, Marshall Kent, 2,430
28, Jakob Butturff, 2,395
29, Osku Palermaa, 2,295
30, Francois Lavoie, 2,102

MATCHROOM SPORT, PBA TEAM UP AGAIN FOR 2020 WEBER CUP

Matchroom Sport and the PBA will again team up for the 2020 BetVictor Weber Cup, a Ryder Cup-style competition that will pit five American PBA stars against five European PBA members in a team, doubles and singles competition for bragging rights and shares of a $75,000 prize fund.

The competition, which was held in the U.S. for the first time in 2019, returns to England in 2020 where it will be contested in Morningside Arena in Leicester, June 5-7.

Team Europe and Team USA will each line-up with five players for the 2020 BetVictor Weber Cup with two members of each team to earn automatic selection via the PBA Tour Points List. New to the program in 2020 will be a competition points qualifying system for two berths on each team using the PBA’s points system for 10 tournaments ending with the USBC Masters in March.

PBA Hall of Famer Chris Barnes will return as captain of the U.S. team while England’s Dom Barrett will again captain the European squad. The captains will select the final two members of their respective teams. The American team won the 2019 Cup at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, 18-14.

“We’re thrilled to be partnering with the BetVictor Weber Cup for a second consecutive year and to be giving our PBA players the kind of international exposure they deserve,” said PBA Chief Executive Officer Colie Edison. “The BetVictor Weber Cup—much like the Ryder Cup in golf—is a transatlantic rivalry that ups the ante for the sport and gives our fans even more reason to root for their favorite players.”

Fans can follow Weber Cup developments, including the 2020 points race, at www.webercup.com and at Weber Cup on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

PBA PLAYER’S PERSPECTIVE: NORM DUKE REFLECTS ON WINNING TITLE NO. 39

PBA Hall of Famer Norm Duke etched his name in PBA history in 2019, becoming the third player in PBA Tour history to win 40 career titles. He began his trek to that milestone with victory No. 39 in the Go Bowling Indianapolis Open. That’s the topic of his PBA Player’s Perspective that will be available on the PBA’s YouTube channel on Tuesday, Feb. 18.

Next up on the Player’s Perspectives schedule for introduction on Tuesdays includes:

Feb. 25 - Jason Belmonte and Bill O’Neill share insider thoughts about winning the 2018 Mark Roth-Marshall Holman PBA Doubles Championship.

To view the entire series of PBA Player’s Perspective episodes, visit the PBA’s YouTube channel and click on the PBA Player’s Perspective play list. A wide range of Player’s Perspectives currently reside in the archives on YouTube. Among the most recent are:
  • Jakob Butturff’s 2019 USBC Masters win (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-cuYcXxfXXs).
  • EJ Tackett’s 2017 DHC PBA Japan Invitational victory. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=91yoFd7nd8g).
   • Kris Prather’s 2019 PBA Scorpion Championship win (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-aVe_n8uCOM).
  • Bill O’Neill’s 2019 PBA Hall of Fame Classic victory that made him title-eligible for future PBA HOF consideration (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OeHXCYxWH4o).
  • Jakob Butturff’s 2019 PBA Oklahoma Open win (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JOsC36SxxxA&list=).
  • Sean Rash’s 2012 PBA TOC victory (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tkzuCw4Cpqs).
  • Jason Belmonte’s record-tying 10th PBA major championship in the 2019 PBA Tournament of Champions (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Si3d6oPhBo).
  • Anthony Simonsen’s 2019 PBA Players Championship victory (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nGLBRvb_T24).

Fans can follow all of the latest video clips and more by enrolling as a subscriber to PBA’s YouTube channel. It’s easy and it’s free. Visit YouTube.com/PBABowling and click on the “subscribe” button.

PBA REGIONAL UPDATE: ROOKIE WINS FIRST TITLE IN FLORIDA

New PBA member Anthony Marino of Henrico, Va., defeated Matt Gasn of Clarksville, Tenn., 435-398, in a two-game match to win the PBA Break Point Alley Challenge in Tavares, Fla., for his first PBA title and a $2,000 first prize Sunday.

In the PBA50 portion of the PBA South Region doubleheader, non-member Doug Nairn of DeBary, Fla., defeated Joe Scarborough of Charlotte, N.C., 424-335, in the final match to collect the $1,500 top prize. Nairn’s win doesn’t include a title, however, because he was not a PBA member at the time he won.

Regional competition over the Feb. 21-23 weekend includes the PBA50 Dave Edwards Toyota South Open at Paradise Lanes in Spartanburg, S.C., and a pair of tournaments at South Point in Las Vegas – the Southpoint West Challenge for non-titlists and a Southpoint Member/Non-Member Doubles Tournament.

Closing out the February regional calendar over the Feb. 28-March 1 “leap year” weekend will be the PBA Plaza Lanes Central/Midwest Open in Crawfordsville, Ind.

For complete PBA Regional schedules including 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. Whether you are a competitor or a fan, 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

• Sherri Herndon Troup, wife of PBA Tour champion Guppy Troup and mother of PBA Tour titlist Kyle Troup, died on Sunday, Feb. 9, at the family’s home in Taylorsville, N.C., after a lengthy battle with bone cancer. She was 56. She is survived by her husband of 29 years, sons Kyle and Tyler, her father Frank Herndon, and brother Bryan Herndon and his wife, Cindy.

A Celebration of Life service was held on Friday at the Taylorsville Presbyterian Church. Memorials may be made to Taylorsville Presbyterian Church, PO Box 507, Taylorsville, NC 28681. Condolences may be sent to www.adamsfunerals.com.

Clay Copeland w donor Rash.Gid_kidney donation 2020PBA Southwest Region competitor Thomas (Gid) Rash (at right in photo at left) reports that his surgery to donate a kidney to childhood friend Clay Copeland (left) Wednesday in Fort Worth, Texas, was a success. Both parties are now on the road to recovery.

The PBA has learned of the death of retired Ebonite Vice President of Marketing Bob Reid, who would have turned 70 in March. No further details were immediately available.

In his second television appearance of the 2020 Go Bowling PBA Tour season Sunday in the PBA Tournament of Champions, Australia’s Jason Belmonte threw six strikes in a 252-179 loss to Kris Prather. Adding to his pledge to donate $50 per strike to his “2HandsHelpingAustralia” fundraiser in the wake of his home country’s devastating wildfires, Belmonte has now donated was for $650 for 13 strikes in two TV matches this season.

After the highest-scoring title match streak in PBA history through the first four tournaments of the 2020 Go Bowling PBA Tour season, the natural question is, is the “Million Dollar 300 Bonus” the next milestone on the horizon? Will that historic incentive be collected in Saturday’s final match of the PBA Players Championship, airing live on FS1 from Wayne Webb’s Columbus Bowl at 5:30 p.m. EST?

It’s a question worth pondering after four consecutive championship matches in which the LOWEST winning score has been 280, bowled by Kris Prather in winning last Sunday’s PBA Tournament of Champions, live on FOX, in which his only flaw was leaving a 10 pin in the second frame of his 280-205 win over top seed Bill O’Neill.

Prior to Prather’s near-perfect winning score, Kyle Troup left the 3-6-7-10 split in the first frame of his 290-269 win over Chris Barnes in the PBA Jonesboro Open title match, and Sean Rash converted a 10 pin in the first frame and threw 10 consecutive before leaving another 10 pin on his final shot in his 289-234 win over top qualifier Ryan Ciminelli in the Oklahoma Open finale.

Of course, Tommy Jones set the season precedent, throwing a 300 game to win the season-opening PBA Hall of Fame Classic.

That means the average score to win a title thus far in 2020 is 289.75.

The million-dollar incentive program, offering a $1 million bonus prize to any player bowling a 300 game in the championship match of one of the following PBA on FOX/FS1 live telecasts, resumes Saturday. On the horizon are the Go Bowling PBA Indianapolis Open at Royal Pin Woodland (Saturday, Feb. 29 at 8:30 p.m. EST on FS1) and PBA World Championship at South Point Bowling Plaza in Las Vegas (Wednesday, March 18 at 8 p.m. EST on FS1).

PBA TOC TELECAST ON FOX REACHES NEARLY 1.5 MILLION VIEWERS

FOX Sports has announced Sunday’s live coverage of the PBA Tournament of Champions finals on FOX was the most-watched non-NFL adjacent telecast since 2010 with 1,464,000 viewers. The “non-NFL adjacent” reference means a standalone telecast that neither preceded or followed an NFL game on FOX.

With that exceptional audience, FOX Sports telecasts (FOX and FS1) are up 29 percent over 2019 and through five events, including the PBA Clash to kick off the season, viewership is up 45 percent over the 2019 season which also were the highest in years.

KRIS PRATHER BECOMES MOST SUCCESSFUL TELEVISION PLAYER IN PBA HISTORY

With his four match wins in the PBA Tournament of Champions stepladder finals, Kris Prather became the most successful player in PBA history in terms of winning percentage for a minimum of 10 television appearances. His TOC performance improved his match record to 17-5 in 13 television appearances for a 77.27 percent success rate, surpassing Jim Pencak who won 73.33% of his TV matches (22-8 in 12 appearances) dating back to the late 1980s.

Tommy Jones, with two wins and one loss in his three matches on TV in 2020, has advanced from 15th on the list to 12th with a 62.20 success percentage in 82 matches bowled in 48 TV appearances (51 wins, 31 losses).

KRIS PRATHER CLAIMS PBA PLAYOFFS POINTS LEAD AFTER TOC WIN

Kris Prather of Plainfield, Ill., the winner of the inaugural PBA Playoffs in 2019, jumped into the 2020 Go Bowling PBA Tour points lead after winning the PBA Tournament of Champions Sunday in Fairlawn, Ohio. The TOC was the first major championship of the 2020 season, and a Tier 1 tournament in the PBA’s classification system, awarding 7,500 points to the winner.

With his big win in the fourth of 13 tournaments in the 2020 PBA Playoffs points race, Prather moved past PBA Oklahoma Open winner Sean Rash who led the points standings after the season’s first three tournaments. PBA Jonesboro Open titlist Kyle Troup dropped one spot to third.

Fans can expect another shakeup in the points race after this week’s PBA Players Championship, the second Tier 1 event of the season. Points are awarded according to each tournament is classified in the three-tier points structure. Tier 1 (major championship) tournaments reward winners with 7,500 points. Tier 2 (standard PBA Tour) tournaments award 5,000 points to the winner. A Tier 3 tournament (limited field and/or restricted format) awards 2,500 points to the winner. Points also are awarded to all other players in a declining scale based upon where they finish.

The top 24 in 2020 competition points will qualify to bowl in the PBA Playoffs in April and May. Points standings will be finalized at the conclusion of the USBC Masters on March 29 in Reno, Nev. Below are the top 30 points standings after three events:

2020 Go Bowling PBA Tour Competition Points Standings
(Top 30 after four of 13 events)

1, Kris Prather, 9,985
2, Sean Rash, 9,185
3, Kyle Troup, 8,130
4, Jason Belmonte, 6,245
5, Bill O'Neill, 6,170
6, Tommy Jones, 5,625
7, Anthony Simonsen, 5,605
8, Mitch Hupe, 4,755
9, Chris Barnes, 4,690
10, Darren Tang, 4,675
11, EJ Tackett, 4,415
12, Kyle Sherman, 4,260
13, Tom Daugherty, 4,160
14, Ryan Ciminelli, 4,135
15, AJ Johnson, 3,850
16, Dom Barrett, 3,740
17, Tom Smallwood, 3,310
18, Brad Miller, 3,265
19, Josh Blanchard, 3,220
20, Stuart Williams, 3,070
21, Jesper Svensson, 3,020
22, Andrew Anderson, 2,975
23, Dick Allen, 2,937
24, DJ Archer, 2,880
25, Patrick Hanrahan, 2,745
26, AJ Chapman, 2,530
27, Marshall Kent, 2,430
28, Jakob Butturff, 2,395
29, Osku Palermaa, 2,295
30, Francois Lavoie, 2,102

MATCHROOM SPORT, PBA TEAM UP AGAIN FOR 2020 WEBER CUP

Matchroom Sport and the PBA will again team up for the 2020 BetVictor Weber Cup, a Ryder Cup-style competition that will pit five American PBA stars against five European PBA members in a team, doubles and singles competition for bragging rights and shares of a $75,000 prize fund.

The competition, which was held in the U.S. for the first time in 2019, returns to England in 2020 where it will be contested in Morningside Arena in Leicester, June 5-7.

Team Europe and Team USA will each line-up with five players for the 2020 BetVictor Weber Cup with two members of each team to earn automatic selection via the PBA Tour Points List. New to the program in 2020 will be a competition points qualifying system for two berths on each team using the PBA’s points system for 10 tournaments ending with the USBC Masters in March.

PBA Hall of Famer Chris Barnes will return as captain of the U.S. team while England’s Dom Barrett will again captain the European squad. The captains will select the final two members of their respective teams. The American team won the 2019 Cup at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, 18-14.

“We’re thrilled to be partnering with the BetVictor Weber Cup for a second consecutive year and to be giving our PBA players the kind of international exposure they deserve,” said PBA Chief Executive Officer Colie Edison. “The BetVictor Weber Cup—much like the Ryder Cup in golf—is a transatlantic rivalry that ups the ante for the sport and gives our fans even more reason to root for their favorite players.”

Fans can follow Weber Cup developments, including the 2020 points race, at www.webercup.com and at Weber Cup on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

PBA PLAYER’S PERSPECTIVE: NORM DUKE REFLECTS ON WINNING TITLE NO. 39

PBA Hall of Famer Norm Duke etched his name in PBA history in 2019, becoming the third player in PBA Tour history to win 40 career titles. He began his trek to that milestone with victory No. 39 in the Go Bowling Indianapolis Open. That’s the topic of his PBA Player’s Perspective that will be available on the PBA’s YouTube channel on Tuesday, Feb. 18.

Next up on the Player’s Perspectives schedule for introduction on Tuesdays includes:

Feb. 25 - Jason Belmonte and Bill O’Neill share insider thoughts about winning the 2018 Mark Roth-Marshall Holman PBA Doubles Championship.

To view the entire series of PBA Player’s Perspective episodes, visit the PBA’s YouTube channel and click on the PBA Player’s Perspective play list. A wide range of Player’s Perspectives currently reside in the archives on YouTube. Among the most recent are:
  • Jakob Butturff’s 2019 USBC Masters win (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-cuYcXxfXXs).
  • EJ Tackett’s 2017 DHC PBA Japan Invitational victory. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=91yoFd7nd8g).
   • Kris Prather’s 2019 PBA Scorpion Championship win (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-aVe_n8uCOM).
  • Bill O’Neill’s 2019 PBA Hall of Fame Classic victory that made him title-eligible for future PBA HOF consideration (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OeHXCYxWH4o).
  • Jakob Butturff’s 2019 PBA Oklahoma Open win (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JOsC36SxxxA&list=).
  • Sean Rash’s 2012 PBA TOC victory (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tkzuCw4Cpqs).
  • Jason Belmonte’s record-tying 10th PBA major championship in the 2019 PBA Tournament of Champions (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Si3d6oPhBo).
  • Anthony Simonsen’s 2019 PBA Players Championship victory (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nGLBRvb_T24).

Fans can follow all of the latest video clips and more by enrolling as a subscriber to PBA’s YouTube channel. It’s easy and it’s free. Visit YouTube.com/PBABowling and click on the “subscribe” button.

PBA REGIONAL UPDATE: ROOKIE WINS FIRST TITLE IN FLORIDA

New PBA member Anthony Marino of Henrico, Va., defeated Matt Gasn of Clarksville, Tenn., 435-398, in a two-game match to win the PBA Break Point Alley Challenge in Tavares, Fla., for his first PBA title and a $2,000 first prize Sunday.

In the PBA50 portion of the PBA South Region doubleheader, non-member Doug Nairn of DeBary, Fla., defeated Joe Scarborough of Charlotte, N.C., 424-335, in the final match to collect the $1,500 top prize. Nairn’s win doesn’t include a title, however, because he was not a PBA member at the time he won.

Regional competition over the Feb. 21-23 weekend includes the PBA50 Dave Edwards Toyota South Open at Paradise Lanes in Spartanburg, S.C., and a pair of tournaments at South Point in Las Vegas – the Southpoint West Challenge for non-titlists and a Southpoint Member/Non-Member Doubles Tournament.

Closing out the February regional calendar over the Feb. 28-March 1 “leap year” weekend will be the PBA Plaza Lanes Central/Midwest Open in Crawfordsville, Ind.

For complete PBA Regional schedules including 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. Whether you are a competitor or a fan, 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

• Sherri Herndon Troup, wife of PBA Tour champion Guppy Troup and mother of PBA Tour titlist Kyle Troup, died on Sunday, Feb. 9, at the family’s home in Taylorsville, N.C., after a lengthy battle with bone cancer. She was 56. She is survived by her husband of 29 years, sons Kyle and Tyler, her father Frank Herndon, and brother Bryan Herndon and his wife, Cindy.

A Celebration of Life service was held on Friday at the Taylorsville Presbyterian Church. Memorials may be made to Taylorsville Presbyterian Church, PO Box 507, Taylorsville, NC 28681. Condolences may be sent to www.adamsfunerals.com.

Clay Copeland w donor Rash.Gid_kidney donation 2020PBA Southwest Region competitor Thomas (Gid) Rash (at right in photo at left) reports that his surgery to donate a kidney to childhood friend Clay Copeland (left) Wednesday in Fort Worth, Texas, was a success. Both parties are now on the road to recovery.

The PBA has learned of the death of retired Ebonite Vice President of Marketing Bob Reid, who would have turned 70 in March. No further details were immediately available.

In his second television appearance of the 2020 Go Bowling PBA Tour season Sunday in the PBA Tournament of Champions, Australia’s Jason Belmonte threw six strikes in a 252-179 loss to Kris Prather. Adding to his pledge to donate $50 per strike to his “2HandsHelpingAustralia” fundraiser in the wake of his home country’s devastating wildfires, Belmonte has now donated was for $650 for 13 strikes in two TV matches this season.

Posted: February 14, 2020, 3:47 pm

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Thirteen-time Go Bowling PBA Tour winner EJ Tackett of Bluffton, Indiana, compiled a 13-3 match play record and averaged 231 in Thursday’s final two match play rounds to earn the top seed for Saturday’s PBA Players Championship stepladder finals as he tries for his third major title.

After posting a 6-2 record in Wednesday’s first match play round, Tackett finished with a 19-5 overall record in match play and 10,242 42-game pinfall total including match play bonus pins to earn the top spot. He defeated Australian two-hander Jason Belmonte 213-201 in the final position round match to clinch the top seed.

“It feels good to get back to the finals especially in a major,” said the 27-year-old Tackett, whose previous major wins came in the 2016 PBA World Championship and 2017 PBA Tournament of Champions. “The season has been kind of a progression to this point bowling a little better each week. I’ll prepare the best I can for Saturday night and hopefully it will be enough to bowl a great game for the title.”

The stepladder finals for the season’s second major will be televised live on FS1 Saturday at 5:30 p.m. ET. Having to bowl one match for the title, Tackett and his opponent in the title match will bowl for a $1 million bonus if the winner of the match bowls a 300 game.

Belmonte posted a mediocre 12-11-1 overall match play record but was boosted by a 6-2 record and 229 average in Thursday’s final match play round on his way to the No. 2 seed for the finals. He finished 58 pins behind Tackett with a 10,184 pinfall for 42 games.

The 36-year-old Belmonte, who earned his fifth PBA Player of the Year award in 2019, will be trying for his third Players Championship and 12th career major title. The all-time majors leader with 11 wins previously won the Players Championship in 2011 and 2017. He finished second in the 2019 Players Championship losing to Anthony Simonsen 232-212 in the title match.

Entering the finals as the No. 3 seed, last week’s Tournament of Champions runner-up Bill O’Neill of Langhorne, Pennsylvania, posted a 13-8-3 overall match play record and 9,889 pinfall for 42 games. The 11-time tour winner will again try for his second major title with his first major win coming in the 2010 U.S. Open.

Four-time PBA Tour winner Marshall Kent of Yakima, Washington will be trying for his first major title from the No. 4 seed after posting a 12-11-1 overall match play record and 9,865 pinfall total.

As the No. 5 seed, last week’s Tournament of Champions winner Kris Prather of Plainfield, Illinois, will once again have to win four stepladder matches to win a second consecutive major title and will face Kent in the opening match.

Prather, who was the No. 4 seed for the Tournament of Champions finals and won all four matches including his 280-205 title match win against O’Neill, also posted a 12-11-1 match play record and finished with a 9,857 pinfall.

PBA PLAYERS CHAMPIONSHIP

(a 2020 Go Bowling PBA Tour Tier 1 event)

Wayne Webb’s Columbus Bowl, Columbus, Ohio, Thursday

Sixth Round Standings

(after 42 games. Includes match play record and total pinfall including bonus pins. Top five players advance to Saturday’s stepladder finals live on FS1 at 5:30 p.m ET)

1, EJ Tackett, Bluffton, Ind., 19-5, 10,242.
2, Jason Belmonte, Australia, 12-11-1, 10,184.
3, Bill O'Neill, Langhorne, Pa., 13-8-3, 9,889.
4, Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., 12-11-1, 9,865.
5, Kristopher Prather, Plainfield, Ill., 12-11-1, 9,857.
6, Nicholas Pate, Inver Grove Heights, Minn., 13-11, 9,739, $8,000.
7, Francois Lavoie, Canada, 12-12, 9,703, $7,000.
8, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 12-12, 9,693, $6,000.
9, Brad Miller, Lees Summit, Mo., 13-11, 9,682, $5,500.
10, Tom Daugherty, Riverview, Fla., 13-10-1, 9,662, $5,000.
11, Stuart Williams, England, 12-12, 9,634, $4,800.
12, Darren Tang, Las Vegas, 13-11, 9,604, $4,600.
13, Thomas Larsen, Denmark, 12-12, 9,600, $4,400.
14, Zacharay Wilkins, Canada, 14-10, 9,593, $4,200.
15, Tom Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich., 11-13, 9,589, $4,000.
16, Martin Larsen, Sweden, 13-11, 9,550, $3,800.
17, BJ Moore, Greensburg, Pa., 13-11, 9,516, $3,700.
18, Shawn Maldonado, Houston, 11-13, 9,514, $3,600.
19, Sean Lavery-Spahr, Pasadena, Texas, 10-14, 9,462, $3,500.
20, AJ Johnson, Oswego, Ill., 10-13-1, 9,358, $3,400.
21, Ildemaro Ruiz, Venezuela, 7-17, 9,308, $3,300.
22, Greg Ostrander, Brick, N.J., 9-15, 9,293, $3,200.
23, Nick Kruml, Downers Grove, Ill., 9-15, 9,245, $3,100.
24, Ronnie Russell, Marion, Ind., 9-15, 9,241, $3,000.

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Thirteen-time Go Bowling PBA Tour winner EJ Tackett of Bluffton, Indiana, compiled a 13-3 match play record and averaged 231 in Thursday’s final two match play rounds to earn the top seed for Saturday’s PBA Players Championship stepladder finals as he tries for his third major title.

After posting a 6-2 record in Wednesday’s first match play round, Tackett finished with a 19-5 overall record in match play and 10,242 42-game pinfall total including match play bonus pins to earn the top spot. He defeated Australian two-hander Jason Belmonte 213-201 in the final position round match to clinch the top seed.

“It feels good to get back to the finals especially in a major,” said the 27-year-old Tackett, whose previous major wins came in the 2016 PBA World Championship and 2017 PBA Tournament of Champions. “The season has been kind of a progression to this point bowling a little better each week. I’ll prepare the best I can for Saturday night and hopefully it will be enough to bowl a great game for the title.”

The stepladder finals for the season’s second major will be televised live on FS1 Saturday at 5:30 p.m. ET. Having to bowl one match for the title, Tackett and his opponent in the title match will bowl for a $1 million bonus if the winner of the match bowls a 300 game.

Belmonte posted a mediocre 12-11-1 overall match play record but was boosted by a 6-2 record and 229 average in Thursday’s final match play round on his way to the No. 2 seed for the finals. He finished 58 pins behind Tackett with a 10,184 pinfall for 42 games.

The 36-year-old Belmonte, who earned his fifth PBA Player of the Year award in 2019, will be trying for his third Players Championship and 12th career major title. The all-time majors leader with 11 wins previously won the Players Championship in 2011 and 2017. He finished second in the 2019 Players Championship losing to Anthony Simonsen 232-212 in the title match.

Entering the finals as the No. 3 seed, last week’s Tournament of Champions runner-up Bill O’Neill of Langhorne, Pennsylvania, posted a 13-8-3 overall match play record and 9,889 pinfall for 42 games. The 11-time tour winner will again try for his second major title with his first major win coming in the 2010 U.S. Open.

Four-time PBA Tour winner Marshall Kent of Yakima, Washington will be trying for his first major title from the No. 4 seed after posting a 12-11-1 overall match play record and 9,865 pinfall total.

As the No. 5 seed, last week’s Tournament of Champions winner Kris Prather of Plainfield, Illinois, will once again have to win four stepladder matches to win a second consecutive major title and will face Kent in the opening match.

Prather, who was the No. 4 seed for the Tournament of Champions finals and won all four matches including his 280-205 title match win against O’Neill, also posted a 12-11-1 match play record and finished with a 9,857 pinfall.

PBA PLAYERS CHAMPIONSHIP

(a 2020 Go Bowling PBA Tour Tier 1 event)

Wayne Webb’s Columbus Bowl, Columbus, Ohio, Thursday

Sixth Round Standings

(after 42 games. Includes match play record and total pinfall including bonus pins. Top five players advance to Saturday’s stepladder finals live on FS1 at 5:30 p.m ET)

1, EJ Tackett, Bluffton, Ind., 19-5, 10,242.
2, Jason Belmonte, Australia, 12-11-1, 10,184.
3, Bill O'Neill, Langhorne, Pa., 13-8-3, 9,889.
4, Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., 12-11-1, 9,865.
5, Kristopher Prather, Plainfield, Ill., 12-11-1, 9,857.
6, Nicholas Pate, Inver Grove Heights, Minn., 13-11, 9,739, $8,000.
7, Francois Lavoie, Canada, 12-12, 9,703, $7,000.
8, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 12-12, 9,693, $6,000.
9, Brad Miller, Lees Summit, Mo., 13-11, 9,682, $5,500.
10, Tom Daugherty, Riverview, Fla., 13-10-1, 9,662, $5,000.
11, Stuart Williams, England, 12-12, 9,634, $4,800.
12, Darren Tang, Las Vegas, 13-11, 9,604, $4,600.
13, Thomas Larsen, Denmark, 12-12, 9,600, $4,400.
14, Zacharay Wilkins, Canada, 14-10, 9,593, $4,200.
15, Tom Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich., 11-13, 9,589, $4,000.
16, Martin Larsen, Sweden, 13-11, 9,550, $3,800.
17, BJ Moore, Greensburg, Pa., 13-11, 9,516, $3,700.
18, Shawn Maldonado, Houston, 11-13, 9,514, $3,600.
19, Sean Lavery-Spahr, Pasadena, Texas, 10-14, 9,462, $3,500.
20, AJ Johnson, Oswego, Ill., 10-13-1, 9,358, $3,400.
21, Ildemaro Ruiz, Venezuela, 7-17, 9,308, $3,300.
22, Greg Ostrander, Brick, N.J., 9-15, 9,293, $3,200.
23, Nick Kruml, Downers Grove, Ill., 9-15, 9,245, $3,100.
24, Ronnie Russell, Marion, Ind., 9-15, 9,241, $3,000.

Posted: February 14, 2020, 4:52 am

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Australian two-hander Jason Belmonte averaged 232 and posted a 3-4-1 record in the first round of match play Wednesday at Wayne Webb’s Columbus Bowl but it was good enough to retake the lead in the PBA Players Championship.

Leading with a 6,184 26-game pinfall total including match play bonus pins, the two-time Players Championship winner bowled games of 218, 235, 226, 223, 279, 212, 235 and 233 to edge past 55-year-old PBA Hall of Famer Norm Duke who posted a 4-4 record and finished the day just six pins back in second with 6,178.

Belmonte, who earned his fifth PBA Player of the Year crown in 2019, owns 22 Go Bowling PBA Tour titles including a record 11 majors.

Duke, who earned top qualifier honors after the third round earlier in the day with a 4,245 18-game pinfall, ranks third on the all-time PBA Tour titles list with 40 wins including seven majors and continues to be a competitive force on tour.

In 2019, just shy of his 55th birthday, Duke won the Go Bowling Indianapolis Open and Go Bowling Jonesboro Open back-to-back to become the oldest player to accomplish the feat.

In pursuit of yet another milestone in his more than three career, the Players Championship is the only major that Duke hasn’t won. With a Players Championship win he would join fellow Hall of Famer Mike Aulby as the only player to win all of the tour majors which include the PBA Tournament of Champions, U.S. Open, PBA World Championship, USBC Masters and Players Championship.

“It’s the only one (major) I don’t have,” Duke said. “Training and staying in shape becomes more of a priority as I battle father time but it’s the motivation to win this tournament that really drives me.”

EJ Tackett of Huntington, Indiana, a 13-time tour winner with two major titles, went 6-2 in match play and finished the day in third with a 6,147 pinfall.

Two-time tour winner Tom Daugherty of Riverview, Florida, also posted a 6-2 record to finish the day one pin back in fourth with 6,146, while two-time winner Stuart Williams of England compiled a 7-1 record finishing with 6,128 to round out the top five.

After Thursday’s second and third match play rounds at 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. ET, the top five based on 42-game pinfall totals will advance to Saturday’s live stepladder finals on FS1 at 5:30 p.m. ET. A $1 million bonus will be paid if the winning player bowls a 300 game in the title match.

Thursday’s match play action will be livestreamed on FloBowling. For subscription information visit www.flobowling.com.

PBA PLAYERS CHAMPIONSHIP

(a 2020 Go Bowling PBA Tour Tier 1 event)

Wayne Webb’s Columbus Bowl, Columbus, Ohio, Wednesday

Fourth Round Standings

(after 26 games. Includes total pinfall plus match play bonus pins. All players advance to Thursday’s second match play round)

1, Jason Belmonte, Australia, 3-4-1, 6,184.
2, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 4-4, 6,178.
3, EJ Tackett, Bluffton, Ind., 6-2, 6,147.
4, Tom Daugherty, Riverview, Fla., 6-2, 6,146.
5, Stuart Williams, England, 7-1, 6,128.
6, Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., 3-4-1, 6,107.
7, Bill O'Neill, Langhorne, Pa., 4-2-2, 6,083.
8, Francois Lavoie, Canada, 4-4, 6,018.
9, Kris Prather, Plainfield, Ill., 2-5-1, 5,997.
10, Shawn Maldonado, Houston, 5-3, 5,976.
11, Nicholas Pate, Inver Grove Heights, Minn., 4-4, 5,946.
12, Brad Miller, Lees Summit, Mo., 5-3, 5,941.
13, Darren Tang, Las Vegas, 5-3, 5,929.
14, AJ Johnson, Oswego, Ill., 4-3-1, 5,901.
15, Zach Wilkins, Canada, 5-3, 5,899.
16, BJ Moore, Greensburg, Pa., 4-4, 5,872.
17, Martin Larsen, Sweden, 3-5, 5,870.
18, Greg Ostrander, Brick, N.J., 3-5, 5,852.
19, Thomas Larsen, Denmark, 2-6, 5,846.
20, Ronnie Russell, Marion, Ind., 4-4, 5,825.
21, Tom Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich., 2-6, 5,817.
22, Ildemaro Ruiz, Venezuela, 2-6, 5,807.
23, Nick Kruml, Downers Grove, Ill., 4-4, 5,784.
24, Sean Lavery-Spahr, Pasadena, Texas, 2-6, 5,778.

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Australian two-hander Jason Belmonte averaged 232 and posted a 3-4-1 record in the first round of match play Wednesday at Wayne Webb’s Columbus Bowl but it was good enough to retake the lead in the PBA Players Championship.

Leading with a 6,184 26-game pinfall total including match play bonus pins, the two-time Players Championship winner bowled games of 218, 235, 226, 223, 279, 212, 235 and 233 to edge past 55-year-old PBA Hall of Famer Norm Duke who posted a 4-4 record and finished the day just six pins back in second with 6,178.

Belmonte, who earned his fifth PBA Player of the Year crown in 2019, owns 22 Go Bowling PBA Tour titles including a record 11 majors.

Duke, who earned top qualifier honors after the third round earlier in the day with a 4,245 18-game pinfall, ranks third on the all-time PBA Tour titles list with 40 wins including seven majors and continues to be a competitive force on tour.

In 2019, just shy of his 55th birthday, Duke won the Go Bowling Indianapolis Open and Go Bowling Jonesboro Open back-to-back to become the oldest player to accomplish the feat.

In pursuit of yet another milestone in his more than three career, the Players Championship is the only major that Duke hasn’t won. With a Players Championship win he would join fellow Hall of Famer Mike Aulby as the only player to win all of the tour majors which include the PBA Tournament of Champions, U.S. Open, PBA World Championship, USBC Masters and Players Championship.

“It’s the only one (major) I don’t have,” Duke said. “Training and staying in shape becomes more of a priority as I battle father time but it’s the motivation to win this tournament that really drives me.”

EJ Tackett of Huntington, Indiana, a 13-time tour winner with two major titles, went 6-2 in match play and finished the day in third with a 6,147 pinfall.

Two-time tour winner Tom Daugherty of Riverview, Florida, also posted a 6-2 record to finish the day one pin back in fourth with 6,146, while two-time winner Stuart Williams of England compiled a 7-1 record finishing with 6,128 to round out the top five.

After Thursday’s second and third match play rounds at 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. ET, the top five based on 42-game pinfall totals will advance to Saturday’s live stepladder finals on FS1 at 5:30 p.m. ET. A $1 million bonus will be paid if the winning player bowls a 300 game in the title match.

Thursday’s match play action will be livestreamed on FloBowling. For subscription information visit www.flobowling.com.

PBA PLAYERS CHAMPIONSHIP

(a 2020 Go Bowling PBA Tour Tier 1 event)

Wayne Webb’s Columbus Bowl, Columbus, Ohio, Wednesday

Fourth Round Standings

(after 26 games. Includes total pinfall plus match play bonus pins. All players advance to Thursday’s second match play round)

1, Jason Belmonte, Australia, 3-4-1, 6,184.
2, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 4-4, 6,178.
3, EJ Tackett, Bluffton, Ind., 6-2, 6,147.
4, Tom Daugherty, Riverview, Fla., 6-2, 6,146.
5, Stuart Williams, England, 7-1, 6,128.
6, Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., 3-4-1, 6,107.
7, Bill O'Neill, Langhorne, Pa., 4-2-2, 6,083.
8, Francois Lavoie, Canada, 4-4, 6,018.
9, Kris Prather, Plainfield, Ill., 2-5-1, 5,997.
10, Shawn Maldonado, Houston, 5-3, 5,976.
11, Nicholas Pate, Inver Grove Heights, Minn., 4-4, 5,946.
12, Brad Miller, Lees Summit, Mo., 5-3, 5,941.
13, Darren Tang, Las Vegas, 5-3, 5,929.
14, AJ Johnson, Oswego, Ill., 4-3-1, 5,901.
15, Zach Wilkins, Canada, 5-3, 5,899.
16, BJ Moore, Greensburg, Pa., 4-4, 5,872.
17, Martin Larsen, Sweden, 3-5, 5,870.
18, Greg Ostrander, Brick, N.J., 3-5, 5,852.
19, Thomas Larsen, Denmark, 2-6, 5,846.
20, Ronnie Russell, Marion, Ind., 4-4, 5,825.
21, Tom Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich., 2-6, 5,817.
22, Ildemaro Ruiz, Venezuela, 2-6, 5,807.
23, Nick Kruml, Downers Grove, Ill., 4-4, 5,784.
24, Sean Lavery-Spahr, Pasadena, Texas, 2-6, 5,778.

Posted: February 13, 2020, 4:12 am

COLUMBUS, Ohio  – Sitting in 13th after the first round, Australian two-hander Jason Belmonte averaged 246 in Tuesday’s second round to emerge as the PBA Players Championship leader after two rounds.

After bowling 1,371 for six games in the first round of the 2020 Go Bowling PBA Tour season’s second major, the two-time Players Championship winner came back with a 1,478 six-game pinfall in the second round on games of 268, 210, 205, 279, 258 and 258 at Wayne Webb’s Columbus Bowl to finish the day with a 2,849 pinfall (237 average).

“It was a combination of using all of your experience and making some good guesses with your adjustments,” said the 36-year-old Belmonte, who earned his fifth PBA Player of the Year crown in 2019. “After the third game the lanes can be really tricky. I started playing right, had to move left and then moved right again so finishing with those 258 games was big.”

The all-time leader on the PBA major titles list with 11 wins, was the runner-up in last year’s Players Championship, losing to fellow two-hander defending champion Anthony Simonsen of Little Elm, Texas 232-212 in the title match.

Belmonte holds a 26-pin lead over Canadian Zach Wilkins who finished the day in second with a 2,823 pinfall heading into Wednesday’s third qualifying round.

Wilkins, who is trying for his first tour win, also had a big second round bowling 1,472 with games of 224, 248, 245, 219, 259 and 277 to make his run up the leaderboard.

Four-time tour winner Marshall Kent of Yakima, Washington, was third after two rounds, one pin behind Wilkins with 2,822. Four-time tour winner – which includes two U.S. Open titles – Francois Lavoie of Canada is in fourth with 2,820.

PBA Hall of Famer Norm Duke made a surge of his own going from 10th after the first round to fifth finishing with 2,811. The 55-year-old 40-time tour winner – which includes seven major wins – bowled 1,436 in his second round with games of 223, 224, 278, 206, 257 and 248.

Simonsen got off to a disappointing start finishing the day in 72nd with 2,434. Sunday’s PBA Tournament of Champions winner Kris Prather finished 11th after two rounds with 2,771.

The 92-player field will bowl the final six-game qualifying round Wednesday at 11 a.m. ET after which the top 24 players will advance to the first eight-game match play round at 6 p.m.

After Thursday’s second and third match play rounds at 11 a.m. and 6 p.m., the top five based on 42-game pinfall totals will advance to Saturday’s live stepladder finals on FS1 at 5:30 p.m. ET. A $1 million bonus will be paid if the winning player bowls a 300 game in the title match.

PBA fans can watch all preliminary round of the Players Championship on FloBowling or follow game by game scoring in real time on pba.com’s Live Scoring feature. FloBowling will livestream the finals to its international subscribers.

PBA PLAYERS CHAMPIONSHIP

(a 2020 Go Bowling PBA Tour Tier 1 event)

Wayne Webb’s Columbus Bowl, Columbus, Ohio, Tuesday

Second Round Standings (after 12 games. Field returns for third qualifying round Wednesday morning at 11 a.m. ET)

1, Jason Belmonte, Australia, 2,849.
2, Zach Wilkins, Canada, 2,823.
3, Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., 2,822.
4, Francois Lavoie, Canada, 2,820.
5, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 2,811.
6, Tom Daugherty, Riverview, Fla., 2,795.
7, (tie) Shawn Maldonado, Houston, EJ Tackett, Bluffton, Ind., and Bill O'Neill, Langhorne, Pa., 2,783.
10, Stuart Williams, England, 2,777.
11, Kristopher Prather, Plainfield, Ill., 2,771.
12, Ronnie Russell, Marion, Ind., 2,758.
13, Nicholas Pate, Inver Grove Heights, Minn., 2,756.
14, Brad Miller, Lees Summit, Mo., 2,743.
15, Darren Tang, Las Vegas, 2,735.
16, Brandon Novak, Chillicothe, Ohio, 2,731.
17, Martin Larsen, Sweden, 2,717.
18, Ildemaro Ruiz, Venezuela, 2,709.
19, Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 2,679.
20, (tie) Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., and Nick Kruml, Downers Grove, Ill., 2,672.
22, AJ Johnson, Oswego, Ill., 2,664.
23, Christopher Sloan, Ireland, 2,661.
24, Dom Barrett, England, 2,656.
25, BJ Moore, Greensburg, Pa., 2,652.
26, (tie) Sean Lavery-Spahr, Pasadena, Texas, and Thomas Larsen, Denmark, 2,650.
28, (tie) Mike Coffey, Melbourne, Fla., and Zeke Bayt, Westerville, Ohio, 2,643.
30, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 2,641.
31, Josh Blanchard, Mesa, Ariz., 2,633.
32, Kyle Sherman, O'Fallon, Mo., 2,630.
33, Tom Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich., 2,629.
34, Patrick Girard, Canada, 2,618.
35, Alex Martin, Kennesaw, Ga., 2,615.
36, Zac Tackett, Huntington, Ind., 2,614.
37, Jason Sterner, Rochester, N.Y., 2,606.
38, Pontus Andersson, Sweden, 2,604.
39, JR Raymond, Clinton Twp., Mich., 2,597.
40, Ryan Ciminelli, Lancaster, S.C., 2,584.
41, Nathan Bohr, Austin, Texas, 2,582.
42, (tie) Tim Pfeifer, Oakdale, Pa., and AJ Chapman, Manchester, Iowa, 2,577.
44, Matthew Ogle, Louisville, Ky., 2,573.
45, Chris Via, Springfield, Ohio, 2,572.
46, Jakob Butturff, Tempe, Ariz., 2,569.
47, (tie) Patrick Hanrahan, Wichita, Kan., and Osku Palermaa, Finland, 2,567.
49, Greg Ostrander, Brick, N.J., 2,561.
50, Andres Gomez, Colombia, 2,559.
51, Arturo Quintero, Mexico, 2,556.
51, Andrew Anderson, Holly, Mich., 2,556.
53, Nate Garcia, Port St. Lucie, Fla., 2,552.
54, (tie) Brian Robinson, Morgantown, W.Va., and Jesper Svensson, Sweden, 2,548.
56, Jake Rollins, Glen Rock, N.J., 2,547.
57, Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 2,546.
58, Michael Tang, Johnstown, Ohio, 2,544.
59, Andrew Suscreba, Clifton, N.J., 2,540.
60, Dwight Adams, Greensboro, N.C., 2,537.
61, Richard Teece, England, 2,513.
62, Michael Davidson, Versailles, Ohio, 2,504.
63, Dick Allen, Lexington, S.C., 2,496.
64, Tim Foy Jr., Seaford, Del., 2,495.
65, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 2,492.
66, (tie) Brad Angelo, Lockport, N.Y., and Greg Young, Viera, Fla., 2,466.
68, Matt O'Grady, Rahway, N.J., 2,465.
69, Michael Martell, Brooklyn, N.Y., 2,463.
70, Tom Hess, Granger, Iowa, 2,451.
71, DJ Archer, Spring, Texas, 2,440.
72, Anthony Simonsen, Little Elm, Texas, 2,434.
73, Dakota Vostry, Romeoville, Ill., 2,416.
74, Connor Pickford, Charlotte, N.C., 2,412.
75, (tie) Michael Schlabach, Goshen, Ind., and Graham Fach, Urbana, Ohio, 2,403.
77, Anthony Lavery-Spahr, Pasadena, Texas, 2,387.
78, Mattt Russo, Fariview Heights, Ill., 2,386.
79, Wesley Low Jr., Palmdale, Calif., 2,368.
80, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., 2,367.
81, Kim Bolleby, Sweden, 2,360.
82, Mykel Holliman, Collierville, Tenn., 2,355.
83, Corey Umbrello, Westminster, Mass., 2,353.
84, Cristian Azcona, Puerto Rico, 2,333.
85, Gary Faulkner Jr., Memphis, Tenn., 2,326.
86, Kenneth Ryan, Farmingdale, N.J., 2,308.
87, Jake Peters, Henderson, Nev., 2,306.
88, Samuel DeWitt III, Moon Township, Pa., 2,278.
89, Jean Perez, Puerto Rico, 2,253.
89, Andrew Cain, Phoenix, 2,253.
91, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 2,238.
92, Matt Sanders, Evansville, Ind., 2,221.

First Round Standings (after six games. All players advance to second round)

1, Francois Lavoie, Canada, 1,481.
2, Matt Ogle, Louisville, Ky., 1,435.
3, Brandon Novak, Chillicothe, Ohio, 1,420.
4, Kris Prather, Plainfield, Ill., 1,401.
5, Brad Miller, Lees Summit, Mo., 1,395.
6, Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., 1,387.
7, (tie) Nicholas Pate, Inver Grove Heights, Minn., and Stuart Williams, England, 1,380.
9, Zeke Bayt, Westerville, Ohio, 1,377.
10, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 1,375.
11, Alex Martin, Kennesaw, Ga., 1,374.
12, Bill O'Neill, Langhorne, Pa., 1,372.
13, Jason Belmonte, Australia, 1,371.
14, Ildemaro Ruiz, Venezuela, 1,370.
15, Jakob Butturff, Tempe, Ariz., 1,352.
16, (tie) Martin Larsen, Sweden, and Zach Wilkins, Canada, 1,351.
18, Nick Kruml, Downers Grove, Ill., 1,349.
19, EJ Tackett, Bluffton, Ind., 1,347.
20, Shawn Maldonado, Houston, 1,343.
21, Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., 1,341.
22, Osku Palermaa, Finland, 1,337.
23, Tom Daugherty, Riverview, Fla., 1,330.
24, Michael Tang, Johnstown, Ohio, 1,326.
25, Ronnie Russell, Marion, Ind., 1,323.
26, Nathan Bohr, Austin, Texas, 1,321.
27, Darren Tang, Las Vegas, 1,318.
28, Matt O'Grady, Rahway, N.J., 1,316.
29, Ryan Ciminelli, Lancaster, S.C., 1,315.
30, Pontus Andersson, Sweden, 1,314.
31, Thomas Larsen, Denmark, 1,313.
32, Patrick Hanrahan, Wichita, Kan., 1,310.
33, Dom Barrett, England, 1,306.
34, Mike Coffey, Melbourne, Fla., 1,304.
35, Patrick Girard, Canada, 1,302.
36, Andrew Suscreba, Clifton, N.J., 1,299.
37, Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 1,298.
38, Christopher Sloan, Ireland, 1,296.
39, Graham Fach, Urbana, Ohio, 1,295.
40, (tie) AJ Chapman, Manchester, Iowa, and BJ Moore, Greensburg, Pa., 1,293.
42, Jason Sterner, Rochester, N.Y., 1,290.
43, (tie) AJ Johnson, Oswego, Ill., and Dick Allen, Lexington, S.C., 1,289.
45, Tom Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich., 1,283.
46, Sean Lavery-Spahr, Pasadena, Texas, 1,276.
47, Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 1,271.
48, Mykel Holliman, Collierville, Tenn., 1,263.
49, Zac Tackett, Huntington, Ind., 1,260.
50, Kyle Sherman, O'Fallon, Mo., 1,258.
51, Greg Ostrander, Brick, N.J., 1,253.
52, Chris Via, Springfield, Ohio, 1,252.
53, (tie) Greg Young, Viera, Fla., and Corey Umbrello, Westminster, Mass., 1,251.
55, JR Raymond, Clinton Twp., Mich., 1,250.
56, Dakota Vostry, Romeoville, Ill., 1,249.
57, Andrew Anderson, Holly, Mich., 1,248.
58, Richard Teece, England, 1,247.
59, (tie) Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., and Tim Pfeifer, Oakdale, Pa., 1,245.
61, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 1,243.
62, Andres Gomez, Colombia, 1,242.
63, Connor Pickford, Charlotte, N.C., 1,241.
64, (tie) Jake Rollins, Glen Rock, N.J., and Jesper Svensson, Sweden, 1,238.
66, DJ Archer, Spring, Texas, 1,236.
67, Josh Blanchard, Mesa, Ariz., 1,233.
68, Dwight Adams, Greensboro, N.C., 1,228.
69, Anthony Simonsen, Little Elm, Texas, 1,227.
70, (tie) Nate Garcia, Port St. Lucie, Fla., and Brad Angelo, Lockport, N.Y., 1,220.
72, (tie) Kenneth Ryan, Farmingdale, N.J., and Brian Robinson, Morgantown, W.Va., 1,215.
74, (tie) Arturo Quintero, Mexico, and Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., 1,214.
76, Cristian Azcona, Puerto Rico, 1,212.
77, Tim Foy Jr., Seaford, Del., 1,211.
78, Michael Davidson, Versailles, Ohio, 1,209.
79, Michael Martell, Brooklyn, N.Y., 1,205.
80, (tie) Michael Schlabach, Goshen, Ind., and Gary Faulkner Jr., Memphis, Tenn., 1,190.
82, Jake Peters, Henderson, Nev., 1,185.
83, Kim Bolleby, Sweden, 1,180.
84, Wesley Low Jr., Palmdale, Calif., 1,167.
85, (tie) Matt Russo, Fariview Heights, Ill., and Tom Hess, Granger, Iowa, 1,159.
87, Samuel DeWitt III, Moon Township, Pa., 1,155.
88, Matt Sanders, Evansville, Ind., 1,133.
89, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 1,124.
90, Anthony Lavery-Spahr, Pasadena, Texas, 1,116.
91, Andrew Cain, Phoenix, 1,110.
92, Jean Perez, Puerto Rico, 1,084.

300 games (3) – Matt Ogle, Brad Miller, Francois Lavoie

COLUMBUS, Ohio  – Sitting in 13th after the first round, Australian two-hander Jason Belmonte averaged 246 in Tuesday’s second round to emerge as the PBA Players Championship leader after two rounds.

After bowling 1,371 for six games in the first round of the 2020 Go Bowling PBA Tour season’s second major, the two-time Players Championship winner came back with a 1,478 six-game pinfall in the second round on games of 268, 210, 205, 279, 258 and 258 at Wayne Webb’s Columbus Bowl to finish the day with a 2,849 pinfall (237 average).

“It was a combination of using all of your experience and making some good guesses with your adjustments,” said the 36-year-old Belmonte, who earned his fifth PBA Player of the Year crown in 2019. “After the third game the lanes can be really tricky. I started playing right, had to move left and then moved right again so finishing with those 258 games was big.”

The all-time leader on the PBA major titles list with 11 wins, was the runner-up in last year’s Players Championship, losing to fellow two-hander defending champion Anthony Simonsen of Little Elm, Texas 232-212 in the title match.

Belmonte holds a 26-pin lead over Canadian Zach Wilkins who finished the day in second with a 2,823 pinfall heading into Wednesday’s third qualifying round.

Wilkins, who is trying for his first tour win, also had a big second round bowling 1,472 with games of 224, 248, 245, 219, 259 and 277 to make his run up the leaderboard.

Four-time tour winner Marshall Kent of Yakima, Washington, was third after two rounds, one pin behind Wilkins with 2,822. Four-time tour winner – which includes two U.S. Open titles – Francois Lavoie of Canada is in fourth with 2,820.

PBA Hall of Famer Norm Duke made a surge of his own going from 10th after the first round to fifth finishing with 2,811. The 55-year-old 40-time tour winner – which includes seven major wins – bowled 1,436 in his second round with games of 223, 224, 278, 206, 257 and 248.

Simonsen got off to a disappointing start finishing the day in 72nd with 2,434. Sunday’s PBA Tournament of Champions winner Kris Prather finished 11th after two rounds with 2,771.

The 92-player field will bowl the final six-game qualifying round Wednesday at 11 a.m. ET after which the top 24 players will advance to the first eight-game match play round at 6 p.m.

After Thursday’s second and third match play rounds at 11 a.m. and 6 p.m., the top five based on 42-game pinfall totals will advance to Saturday’s live stepladder finals on FS1 at 5:30 p.m. ET. A $1 million bonus will be paid if the winning player bowls a 300 game in the title match.

PBA fans can watch all preliminary round of the Players Championship on FloBowling or follow game by game scoring in real time on pba.com’s Live Scoring feature. FloBowling will livestream the finals to its international subscribers.

PBA PLAYERS CHAMPIONSHIP

(a 2020 Go Bowling PBA Tour Tier 1 event)

Wayne Webb’s Columbus Bowl, Columbus, Ohio, Tuesday

Second Round Standings (after 12 games. Field returns for third qualifying round Wednesday morning at 11 a.m. ET)

1, Jason Belmonte, Australia, 2,849.
2, Zach Wilkins, Canada, 2,823.
3, Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., 2,822.
4, Francois Lavoie, Canada, 2,820.
5, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 2,811.
6, Tom Daugherty, Riverview, Fla., 2,795.
7, (tie) Shawn Maldonado, Houston, EJ Tackett, Bluffton, Ind., and Bill O'Neill, Langhorne, Pa., 2,783.
10, Stuart Williams, England, 2,777.
11, Kristopher Prather, Plainfield, Ill., 2,771.
12, Ronnie Russell, Marion, Ind., 2,758.
13, Nicholas Pate, Inver Grove Heights, Minn., 2,756.
14, Brad Miller, Lees Summit, Mo., 2,743.
15, Darren Tang, Las Vegas, 2,735.
16, Brandon Novak, Chillicothe, Ohio, 2,731.
17, Martin Larsen, Sweden, 2,717.
18, Ildemaro Ruiz, Venezuela, 2,709.
19, Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 2,679.
20, (tie) Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., and Nick Kruml, Downers Grove, Ill., 2,672.
22, AJ Johnson, Oswego, Ill., 2,664.
23, Christopher Sloan, Ireland, 2,661.
24, Dom Barrett, England, 2,656.
25, BJ Moore, Greensburg, Pa., 2,652.
26, (tie) Sean Lavery-Spahr, Pasadena, Texas, and Thomas Larsen, Denmark, 2,650.
28, (tie) Mike Coffey, Melbourne, Fla., and Zeke Bayt, Westerville, Ohio, 2,643.
30, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 2,641.
31, Josh Blanchard, Mesa, Ariz., 2,633.
32, Kyle Sherman, O'Fallon, Mo., 2,630.
33, Tom Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich., 2,629.
34, Patrick Girard, Canada, 2,618.
35, Alex Martin, Kennesaw, Ga., 2,615.
36, Zac Tackett, Huntington, Ind., 2,614.
37, Jason Sterner, Rochester, N.Y., 2,606.
38, Pontus Andersson, Sweden, 2,604.
39, JR Raymond, Clinton Twp., Mich., 2,597.
40, Ryan Ciminelli, Lancaster, S.C., 2,584.
41, Nathan Bohr, Austin, Texas, 2,582.
42, (tie) Tim Pfeifer, Oakdale, Pa., and AJ Chapman, Manchester, Iowa, 2,577.
44, Matthew Ogle, Louisville, Ky., 2,573.
45, Chris Via, Springfield, Ohio, 2,572.
46, Jakob Butturff, Tempe, Ariz., 2,569.
47, (tie) Patrick Hanrahan, Wichita, Kan., and Osku Palermaa, Finland, 2,567.
49, Greg Ostrander, Brick, N.J., 2,561.
50, Andres Gomez, Colombia, 2,559.
51, Arturo Quintero, Mexico, 2,556.
51, Andrew Anderson, Holly, Mich., 2,556.
53, Nate Garcia, Port St. Lucie, Fla., 2,552.
54, (tie) Brian Robinson, Morgantown, W.Va., and Jesper Svensson, Sweden, 2,548.
56, Jake Rollins, Glen Rock, N.J., 2,547.
57, Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 2,546.
58, Michael Tang, Johnstown, Ohio, 2,544.
59, Andrew Suscreba, Clifton, N.J., 2,540.
60, Dwight Adams, Greensboro, N.C., 2,537.
61, Richard Teece, England, 2,513.
62, Michael Davidson, Versailles, Ohio, 2,504.
63, Dick Allen, Lexington, S.C., 2,496.
64, Tim Foy Jr., Seaford, Del., 2,495.
65, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 2,492.
66, (tie) Brad Angelo, Lockport, N.Y., and Greg Young, Viera, Fla., 2,466.
68, Matt O'Grady, Rahway, N.J., 2,465.
69, Michael Martell, Brooklyn, N.Y., 2,463.
70, Tom Hess, Granger, Iowa, 2,451.
71, DJ Archer, Spring, Texas, 2,440.
72, Anthony Simonsen, Little Elm, Texas, 2,434.
73, Dakota Vostry, Romeoville, Ill., 2,416.
74, Connor Pickford, Charlotte, N.C., 2,412.
75, (tie) Michael Schlabach, Goshen, Ind., and Graham Fach, Urbana, Ohio, 2,403.
77, Anthony Lavery-Spahr, Pasadena, Texas, 2,387.
78, Mattt Russo, Fariview Heights, Ill., 2,386.
79, Wesley Low Jr., Palmdale, Calif., 2,368.
80, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., 2,367.
81, Kim Bolleby, Sweden, 2,360.
82, Mykel Holliman, Collierville, Tenn., 2,355.
83, Corey Umbrello, Westminster, Mass., 2,353.
84, Cristian Azcona, Puerto Rico, 2,333.
85, Gary Faulkner Jr., Memphis, Tenn., 2,326.
86, Kenneth Ryan, Farmingdale, N.J., 2,308.
87, Jake Peters, Henderson, Nev., 2,306.
88, Samuel DeWitt III, Moon Township, Pa., 2,278.
89, Jean Perez, Puerto Rico, 2,253.
89, Andrew Cain, Phoenix, 2,253.
91, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 2,238.
92, Matt Sanders, Evansville, Ind., 2,221.

First Round Standings (after six games. All players advance to second round)

1, Francois Lavoie, Canada, 1,481.
2, Matt Ogle, Louisville, Ky., 1,435.
3, Brandon Novak, Chillicothe, Ohio, 1,420.
4, Kris Prather, Plainfield, Ill., 1,401.
5, Brad Miller, Lees Summit, Mo., 1,395.
6, Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., 1,387.
7, (tie) Nicholas Pate, Inver Grove Heights, Minn., and Stuart Williams, England, 1,380.
9, Zeke Bayt, Westerville, Ohio, 1,377.
10, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 1,375.
11, Alex Martin, Kennesaw, Ga., 1,374.
12, Bill O'Neill, Langhorne, Pa., 1,372.
13, Jason Belmonte, Australia, 1,371.
14, Ildemaro Ruiz, Venezuela, 1,370.
15, Jakob Butturff, Tempe, Ariz., 1,352.
16, (tie) Martin Larsen, Sweden, and Zach Wilkins, Canada, 1,351.
18, Nick Kruml, Downers Grove, Ill., 1,349.
19, EJ Tackett, Bluffton, Ind., 1,347.
20, Shawn Maldonado, Houston, 1,343.
21, Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., 1,341.
22, Osku Palermaa, Finland, 1,337.
23, Tom Daugherty, Riverview, Fla., 1,330.
24, Michael Tang, Johnstown, Ohio, 1,326.
25, Ronnie Russell, Marion, Ind., 1,323.
26, Nathan Bohr, Austin, Texas, 1,321.
27, Darren Tang, Las Vegas, 1,318.
28, Matt O'Grady, Rahway, N.J., 1,316.
29, Ryan Ciminelli, Lancaster, S.C., 1,315.
30, Pontus Andersson, Sweden, 1,314.
31, Thomas Larsen, Denmark, 1,313.
32, Patrick Hanrahan, Wichita, Kan., 1,310.
33, Dom Barrett, England, 1,306.
34, Mike Coffey, Melbourne, Fla., 1,304.
35, Patrick Girard, Canada, 1,302.
36, Andrew Suscreba, Clifton, N.J., 1,299.
37, Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 1,298.
38, Christopher Sloan, Ireland, 1,296.
39, Graham Fach, Urbana, Ohio, 1,295.
40, (tie) AJ Chapman, Manchester, Iowa, and BJ Moore, Greensburg, Pa., 1,293.
42, Jason Sterner, Rochester, N.Y., 1,290.
43, (tie) AJ Johnson, Oswego, Ill., and Dick Allen, Lexington, S.C., 1,289.
45, Tom Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich., 1,283.
46, Sean Lavery-Spahr, Pasadena, Texas, 1,276.
47, Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 1,271.
48, Mykel Holliman, Collierville, Tenn., 1,263.
49, Zac Tackett, Huntington, Ind., 1,260.
50, Kyle Sherman, O'Fallon, Mo., 1,258.
51, Greg Ostrander, Brick, N.J., 1,253.
52, Chris Via, Springfield, Ohio, 1,252.
53, (tie) Greg Young, Viera, Fla., and Corey Umbrello, Westminster, Mass., 1,251.
55, JR Raymond, Clinton Twp., Mich., 1,250.
56, Dakota Vostry, Romeoville, Ill., 1,249.
57, Andrew Anderson, Holly, Mich., 1,248.
58, Richard Teece, England, 1,247.
59, (tie) Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., and Tim Pfeifer, Oakdale, Pa., 1,245.
61, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 1,243.
62, Andres Gomez, Colombia, 1,242.
63, Connor Pickford, Charlotte, N.C., 1,241.
64, (tie) Jake Rollins, Glen Rock, N.J., and Jesper Svensson, Sweden, 1,238.
66, DJ Archer, Spring, Texas, 1,236.
67, Josh Blanchard, Mesa, Ariz., 1,233.
68, Dwight Adams, Greensboro, N.C., 1,228.
69, Anthony Simonsen, Little Elm, Texas, 1,227.
70, (tie) Nate Garcia, Port St. Lucie, Fla., and Brad Angelo, Lockport, N.Y., 1,220.
72, (tie) Kenneth Ryan, Farmingdale, N.J., and Brian Robinson, Morgantown, W.Va., 1,215.
74, (tie) Arturo Quintero, Mexico, and Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., 1,214.
76, Cristian Azcona, Puerto Rico, 1,212.
77, Tim Foy Jr., Seaford, Del., 1,211.
78, Michael Davidson, Versailles, Ohio, 1,209.
79, Michael Martell, Brooklyn, N.Y., 1,205.
80, (tie) Michael Schlabach, Goshen, Ind., and Gary Faulkner Jr., Memphis, Tenn., 1,190.
82, Jake Peters, Henderson, Nev., 1,185.
83, Kim Bolleby, Sweden, 1,180.
84, Wesley Low Jr., Palmdale, Calif., 1,167.
85, (tie) Matt Russo, Fariview Heights, Ill., and Tom Hess, Granger, Iowa, 1,159.
87, Samuel DeWitt III, Moon Township, Pa., 1,155.
88, Matt Sanders, Evansville, Ind., 1,133.
89, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 1,124.
90, Anthony Lavery-Spahr, Pasadena, Texas, 1,116.
91, Andrew Cain, Phoenix, 1,110.
92, Jean Perez, Puerto Rico, 1,084.

300 games (3) – Matt Ogle, Brad Miller, Francois Lavoie

Posted: February 12, 2020, 4:12 am

COLUMBUS, Ohio – PBA rookie Matt Russo, a 23-year-old lefthanded two-hander and the 2020 USBC Team USA Trials winner, averaged 239.3 for 10 games Sunday to top the PBA Players Championship Pre-Tournament Qualifier (PTQ) at Wayne Webb’s Columbus Bowl, joining 10 other players who will advance into the PBA Players Championship field beginning with Tuesday’s first two rounds of qualifying at 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. EST.

Dakota Vostry of Romeoville, Ill., advanced out of the PTQ in the wake of an opening created by the withdrawal of Kyle Troup from the Players Championship following the death of his mother, Sherri Troup, over the weekend. Sherri Troup had been battling bone cancer.

PBA fans can watch all preliminary round of the Players Championship on FloBowling Tuesday through Thursday, or follow game by game scoring in real time on pba.com’s Live Scoring feature. The stepladder finals will air live on FS1 on Saturday at 5:30 p.m. EST (FloBowling will livestream the finals to its international subscribers).

PBA Players Champions
(A 2020 Go Bowling PBA Tour Tier 1 event)
Wayne Webb’s Columbus Bowl, Columbus, Ohio, Sunday

Final Pre-Tournament Qualifier Standings
(After 10 games; top 11 advance to tournament proper)

1, Matt Russo, Fairview Heights, Ill., 2,393.
2, Dwight Adams, Greensboro, N.C., 2,189.
3, Michael Schlabach, Goshen, Ind., 2,164.
4, Nate Garcia, Port St. Lucie, Fla., 2,154.
5, Andrew Suscreba, Clifton, N.J., 2,142.
6, Samuel DeWitt III, Moon Township, Pa., 2,107.
7, Alex Martin, Kennesaw, Ga., 2,105.
8, Corey Umbrello, Westminster, Mass., 2,086.
9 (tie), Wesley Low Jr., Palmdale, Calif., and Jean Perez, Puerto Rico, 2,070.
11, Dakota Vostry, Romeoville, Ill., 2,069.

Failed to advance:
12, Nathan Bohr, Austin, Texas, 2,024.
13, Joe Paluszek, Bensalem, Pa., 2,008.
14, Brandon Curtis, Manson, N.C., 1,998.
15, Tristan Butler, Fort Wayne, Ind., 1,962.
16, Ryan Graywacz, Canastota, N.Y., 1,951.
17, John Furey, Howell, N.J., 1,947.
18, Joshua Weiner, Hilliard, Ohio, 1,944.
19, Ryan Lakota, Shorewood, Ill., 1,929.
20, Brent Boho, Colgate, Wis., 1,928.
21 (tie), Russ Oviatt, Sioux Falls, S.D., and Victor Cortez, Waukegan, Ill., 1,923.
23, Kevin Walter, Noblesville, Ind., 1,902.
24, Michael Mossbarger, Westerville, Ohio, 1,895.
25, Michael Markis, Scranton, Pa., 1,855.
26, David Krol, Nixa, Mo., 1,842.
27, Dave Johnson, Ashtabula, Ohio, 1,824.
28, Zach Doty, Campbellsville, Ky., 1,813.
29, Nate Wilson, Donnelsville, Ohio, 1,812.
30, Dominic Boysaw, Columbus, Ohio, 1,810.
31, Michael Ruben, Selden, N.Y., 1,798.
32, Zachary Grove, Columbus, Ohio, 1,753.
33, Tony Franz, Mount Vernon, Ohio, 1,740.
34, Tim Cagle II, Hercules, Calif., 1,720.
35, David Harold II, Columbus, Ohio, 1,701.
36, Scott McIntire Jr., Parma, Ohio, 1,673.
37, Trey Ford III, Bartlesville, Okla., 1,666.
38, Charles Yancey, Marion, Ohio, 1,660.
39, Derek Engeln, Springboro, Ohio, 1,185.

COLUMBUS, Ohio – PBA rookie Matt Russo, a 23-year-old lefthanded two-hander and the 2020 USBC Team USA Trials winner, averaged 239.3 for 10 games Sunday to top the PBA Players Championship Pre-Tournament Qualifier (PTQ) at Wayne Webb’s Columbus Bowl, joining 10 other players who will advance into the PBA Players Championship field beginning with Tuesday’s first two rounds of qualifying at 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. EST.

Dakota Vostry of Romeoville, Ill., advanced out of the PTQ in the wake of an opening created by the withdrawal of Kyle Troup from the Players Championship following the death of his mother, Sherri Troup, over the weekend. Sherri Troup had been battling bone cancer.

PBA fans can watch all preliminary round of the Players Championship on FloBowling Tuesday through Thursday, or follow game by game scoring in real time on pba.com’s Live Scoring feature. The stepladder finals will air live on FS1 on Saturday at 5:30 p.m. EST (FloBowling will livestream the finals to its international subscribers).

PBA Players Champions
(A 2020 Go Bowling PBA Tour Tier 1 event)
Wayne Webb’s Columbus Bowl, Columbus, Ohio, Sunday

Final Pre-Tournament Qualifier Standings
(After 10 games; top 11 advance to tournament proper)

1, Matt Russo, Fairview Heights, Ill., 2,393.
2, Dwight Adams, Greensboro, N.C., 2,189.
3, Michael Schlabach, Goshen, Ind., 2,164.
4, Nate Garcia, Port St. Lucie, Fla., 2,154.
5, Andrew Suscreba, Clifton, N.J., 2,142.
6, Samuel DeWitt III, Moon Township, Pa., 2,107.
7, Alex Martin, Kennesaw, Ga., 2,105.
8, Corey Umbrello, Westminster, Mass., 2,086.
9 (tie), Wesley Low Jr., Palmdale, Calif., and Jean Perez, Puerto Rico, 2,070.
11, Dakota Vostry, Romeoville, Ill., 2,069.

Failed to advance:
12, Nathan Bohr, Austin, Texas, 2,024.
13, Joe Paluszek, Bensalem, Pa., 2,008.
14, Brandon Curtis, Manson, N.C., 1,998.
15, Tristan Butler, Fort Wayne, Ind., 1,962.
16, Ryan Graywacz, Canastota, N.Y., 1,951.
17, John Furey, Howell, N.J., 1,947.
18, Joshua Weiner, Hilliard, Ohio, 1,944.
19, Ryan Lakota, Shorewood, Ill., 1,929.
20, Brent Boho, Colgate, Wis., 1,928.
21 (tie), Russ Oviatt, Sioux Falls, S.D., and Victor Cortez, Waukegan, Ill., 1,923.
23, Kevin Walter, Noblesville, Ind., 1,902.
24, Michael Mossbarger, Westerville, Ohio, 1,895.
25, Michael Markis, Scranton, Pa., 1,855.
26, David Krol, Nixa, Mo., 1,842.
27, Dave Johnson, Ashtabula, Ohio, 1,824.
28, Zach Doty, Campbellsville, Ky., 1,813.
29, Nate Wilson, Donnelsville, Ohio, 1,812.
30, Dominic Boysaw, Columbus, Ohio, 1,810.
31, Michael Ruben, Selden, N.Y., 1,798.
32, Zachary Grove, Columbus, Ohio, 1,753.
33, Tony Franz, Mount Vernon, Ohio, 1,740.
34, Tim Cagle II, Hercules, Calif., 1,720.
35, David Harold II, Columbus, Ohio, 1,701.
36, Scott McIntire Jr., Parma, Ohio, 1,673.
37, Trey Ford III, Bartlesville, Okla., 1,666.
38, Charles Yancey, Marion, Ohio, 1,660.
39, Derek Engeln, Springboro, Ohio, 1,185.

Posted: February 10, 2020, 4:20 pm

 

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