Newest Titlist BJ Moore Leads Gene Carter’s Pro Shop Classic Qualifiers in Bid for Back-to-Back Victories

MIDDLETOWN, Del. – Three days after winning his first Go Bowling! Professional Bowlers Association Tour title, BJ Moore of Greensburg, Pennsylvania averaged 242.43 Saturday to lead the field of 150 competitors after qualifying in the PBA Gene Carter’s Pro Shop Classic at Mid-County Bowling and Entertainment Center.

Moore, a 30-year-old seventh-year PBA Tour veteran, rolled games of 225, 229, 298, 267, 215, 259 and 204 for a seven-game total of 1,697 pins for a 72-pin lead over AJ Johnson of Oswego, Illinois, and an 86-pin lead over third-place Zacharay Wilkins, a two-handed player from Canada. Moore won the PBA Wilmington Open Wednesday in North Carolina. Johnson and Wilkins are both trying for their first PBA Tour title.

The Gene Carter’s Pro Shop Classic is the fifth of 10 events that are part of the FloBowling PBA Summer Tour.

Heading into Sunday’s final day of action at Mid-County Bowling and Entertainment Center, Denmark’s Thomas Larsen was in fourth place with 1,609 pins – two behind Wilkins – and Tom Daugherty of Riverview, Florida, was fifth, two pins behind Larsen.

The Delaware tournament’s Sunday schedule begins with the four-game cashers round for the top 50 qualifiers at 9 a.m. The top 12 after 11 games will bowl a 12-game head-to-head match play round at 12:30 p.m. leading into the four-player stepladder finals at 5 p.m. All times are Eastern. All of Sunday’s competition will be livestreamed on FloBowling. For subscription information, visit FloBowling.com.

PBA GENE CARTER’S PRO SHOP CLASSIC

(A 2019 FloBowling PBA Summer Tour event)

Mid-County Bowling and Entertainment, Middletown, Del., Saturday

Final Qualifying Standings (after seven games; top 50 advance to Sunday’s cashers round):

1, BJ Moore, Greensburg, Pa., 1,697.
2, AJ Johnson, Oswego, Ill., 1,625.
3, Zacharay Wilkins, Canada, 1,611.
4, Thomas Larsen, Denmark, 1,609.
5, Tom Daugherty, Riverview, Fla., 1,607.
6 (tie), Bill O’Neill, Langhorne, Pa., and DJ Archer, Spring, Texas, 1,582.
8, Matt O’Grady, Rahway, N.J., 1,579.
9, Kyle Sherman, O’Fallon, Mo., 1,571.
10, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 1,547.
11, Andrew Anderson, Holly, Mich., 1,546.
12, Zeke Bayt, Westerville, Ohio, 1,537.
13, Brad Miller, Lee’s Summit, Mo., 1,528.
14, Dom Barrett, England, 1,520.
15, Tom Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich., 1,514.
16, Cody Shoemaker, Hanover, Pa., 1,510.
17, Brad Angelo, Lockport, N.Y., 1,508.
18, Patrick Hanrahan, Wichita, Kan., 1,507.
19, Alex Cavagnaro, Massapequa, N.Y., 1,502.
20, Devin Bidwell, Wichita, Kan., 1,499.
21, Scott Denlinger, Lancaster, Pa, 1,497.
22, Shawn Maldonado, Houston, 1,496.
23, Kristopher Prather, Plainfield, Ill., 1,492.
24, Francois Louw, South Africa, 1,490.
25, Tim Pfeifer, Oakdale, Pa., 1,489.
26 (tie), AJ Chapman, Manchester, Iowa, and Ryan Ciminelli, Lancaster, S.C., 1,487.
28 (tie), Michael Haugen Jr., Phoenix, and Darren Tang, Las Vegas, 1,484.
30, Michael Davidson, Versailles, Ohio, 1,482.
31, James Grago, Hampstead, N.C., 1,481.
31, Danny Wiseman, Baltimore, 1,481.
33, Kyle Troup, Taylorsville, N.C., 1,479.
34, Kenneth Ryan, Farmingdale, NJ, 1,477.
35, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 1,476.
36, Michael Tang, Johnstown, Ohio, 1,472.
37, Matt Kuba, Chicago Ridge, Ill., 1,468.
38, Gary Haines, West Babylon, N.Y., 1,465.
39, Anthony Simonsen, Little Elm, Texas, 1,463.
40, Brian Robinson, Morgantown, W.Va., 1,462.
41, Nick Kruml, Downers Grove, Ill., 1,460.
42, EJ Tackett, Bluffton, Ind., 1,458.
43, Zac Tackett, Huntington, Ind., 1,457.
44, Corey Umbrello, Westminster, Mass., 1,456.
45, Adam Chase, North Babylon, N.Y., 1,454.
46 (tie), Stephen Haas, Enola, Pa., and Kamron Doyle, Brentwood, Tenn., 1,449.
48 (tie), Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., and Osku Palermaa, Finland, 1,445.
50, x-Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 1,443.

Failed to advance:

51, Todd Sigeti, Lititz, Pa., 1,443.
52, Anthony Lavery-Spahr, Pasadena, Texas, 1,441.
53, Matt Sanders, Evansville, Ind., 1,440.
53, Jason Stadtler, Lafayette, N.J., 1,440.
55, Tim Foy Jr., Seaford, Del., 1,439.
56, Tommy Dakouvanos, N. Middletown, N.J., 1,430.
56, Geordin Krupski, Newtonville, N.J., 1,430.
58, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 1,422.
58, Jason Couch, Clermont, Fla., 1,422.
58, Christopher Sloan, Ireland, 1,422.
61, Anthony Pepe, East Elmhurst, N.Y., 1,419.
62, Jason Sterner, Rochester, N.Y., 1,417.
63, Scott Schnur Jr., Churchville, Md., 1,414.
64, Pontus Andersson, Sweden, 1,413.
65, Scott Kinkaid, Elizabethtown, Pa., 1,411.
66, Paul Brion, Mansfield, Pa., 1,406.
67, Jake Rollins, Glen Rock, N.J., 1,405.
68, Michael Martell, Brooklyn, N.Y., 1,404.
69, Stuart Williams, England, 1,400.
70, Connor Pickford, Charlotte, N.C., 1,399.
71, Nicholas Pate, Inver Grove Heights, Minn., 1,397.
72, n-P.J. Sonday, Luzerne, Pa., 1,394.
73, Sam Cooley, Australia, 1,392.
73, Nate Garcia, Port St. Lucie, Fla., 1,392.
75, Greg Ostrander, Brick, N.J., 1,389.
76, Andrew Suscreba, Clifton, N.J., 1,387.
77, Jeremy Domingo, Sewell, N.J., 1,385.
77, JR Raymond, Clinton Twp., Mich., 1,385.
79, Chris Via, Springfield, Ohio, 1,383.
80, Andrew Cain, Phoenix, 1,382.
81, Jesper Svensson, Sweden, 1,381.
82, John Furey, Howell, N.J., 1,379.
83, Ken Yokobosky, Fredon, N.J., 1,372.
84, Dick Allen, Lexington, S.C., 1,371.
85, Greg Young, Viera, Fla., 1,369.
86, Brett Spangler, Niles, Ohio, 1,363.
87, Rick Graham, Lancaster, Pa., 1,361.
88, Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., 1,356.
89, Isaac Kim, Lebanon, Pa., 1,355.
90, n-Conrad Chapple, West Pittston, Pa., 1,354.
91, Joe Paluszek, Bensalem, Pa., 1,353.
92, Jay Boyle, Garnet Valley, Pa., 1,352.
93, Mike Coffey, Melbourne, Fla., 1,351.
94, Josh Schmehl, Millsboro, Del., 1,348.
95, John Neral, Vienna, Va., 1,346.
96, Graham Fach, Urbana, Ohio, 1,343.
97, Pete DiChiara, Ardsley, N.Y., 1,337.
98, n-Dylan Bowers, Wilmington, Del., 1,330.
98, Keith Laing, Oakdale, Conn., 1,330.
100, Theo Johnson, Oswego, N.Y., 1,329.
101, Stephen Hahn, Sterling, Va., 1,328.
102, Steven Arehart, Chesapeake, Va., 1,324.
103, Kevin Donovan, Painted Post, N.Y., 1,322.
104, Jeffrey Voght, Canojaharie, N.Y., 1,321.
104, Jack Bogan, Silver Spring, Md., 1,321.
104, Ronnie Russell, Marion, Ind., 1,321.
107, Tommy Gollick, Oberlin, Pa., 1,316.
107, Brent Tishuk, Belvidere, N.J., 1,316.
107, Rob Manley, Newark, Del., 1,316.
110, Tom Sorce, Blasdell, N.Y., 1,314.
111, Travis Kreiger, Harrisburg, Pa., 1,313.
111, Michael Markis, Scranton, Pa., 1,313.
113, Oskar Wirefeldt, Sweden, 1,312.
113, Michael Sumerano, Dunmore, Pa., 1,312.
115, David Harvey, Danville, Pa., 1,309.
116, Benjamin Rynes, Forest Hill, Md., 1,307.
117, Leonardo Apollonia, Raleigh, N.C., 1,306.
118, Richard Teece, England, 1,305.
119, n-James Levendis, Kennett Square, Pa., 1,304.
120, Stephen Pavlinko, Sewell, N.J., 1,297.
121, Michael Houtz, Myerstown, Pa., 1,291.
122, Kyle Gillum, Columbus, Ohio, 1,284.
123, John DiSantis, Wilmington, Del., 1,281.
124, Brandon Curtis, Manson, N.C., 1,277.
125, Frank Gray Jr., North East, Md., 1,271.
125, William Svensson, Sweden, 1,271.
127, Scott Canfield, Conestoga, Pa., 1,267.
128, Robert Fusik III, Lawrenceville, N.J., 1,263.
129, Mykel Holliman, Collierville, Tenn., 1,261.
130, Paul Bajorski, Islip, N.Y., 1,258.
131, Victor Florie Jr, Richmond, Va., 1,250.
132, Clifford Scranton, Chester, Pa., 1,249.
133, Bobby Hall II, Landover, Md., 1,246.
134, Brian Elder, Newark, Del., 1,245.
135, Joseph Grago, Hampstead, N.C., 1,242.
136, Hector Medina II, Woodbridge, Va., 1,234.
137, Collin Raineri, Gilbertsville, Pa., 1,229.
138, Mike Hastings, Millsboro, Del., 1,226.
139, Brian Kasperowski, Dickson City, Pa., 1,224.
140, Matt Wozney, Clayton, Del., 1,213.
141, Joseph Rzemieniewski, Middletown, Del., 1,211.
142, Larry Hall, Millsboro, Del., 1,201.
143, n-Jason Pavlinko, Sewell, N.J., 1,199.
144, Adam Travis, Cockeysville, Md., 1,176.
145, n-Arthur Nowlin, New Castle, Del., 1,163.
146, Nicholas Vanderwende, Ephrata, Pa., 1,139.
147, Greg Hilyard, Clark, N.J., 1,132.
148, Michael Vella, Medford, N.Y., 1,117.
149, Michael Hunter, District of Columbia, 1,099.
150, Rick LeChette, Lincoln University, Pa., 1,064.

x- Barnes def. Sigeti, 257-188, in a one-game roll-off to break a tie for 50th place.

n-denotes non-PBA member.

PBA Spare Shots: PBA Rookies Chase Competition Points Leader Mykel Holliman

Thanks to his runner-up finishing in the USBC Masters, Mykel Holliman of Collierville, Tenn., took a comfortable lead in the 2019 Go Bowling! PBA Tour’s rookie competition points and retained his edge after the first four events of the FloBowling PBA Summer Tour.

Holliman, a 26-year-old left-hander, ranked 31st on the overall 2019 PBA Points list, 4,565 points ahead of Kenneth Ryan of Farmingdale, N.J., on the list of 2019 Bowl4life PBA Rookie Watch candidates. Wichita’s Patrick Hanrahan is third among rookies. Also in position to make a challenge are former Teen Masters winners Mike Coffey of Melbourne, Fla., and Greg Young of Viera, Fla., along with Jake Rollins of Glen Rock, N.J. With five title events in the Summer Tour and the U.S. Open remaining, a big finish or two by the leading rookies could re-shape the race.

Competition points won’t decide who wins the Harry Golden PBA Rookie of the Year Award, but that’s a key category for consideration in voting to be conducted at the end of the 2019 season. The Rookie of the Year will receive a $2,500 bonus from Chuck Gardner’s Bowl4Life Foundation and the foundation will donate an additional $2,500 to a youth bowler scholarship in the ROY’s name.

WILL THE REAL ZAC/ZACH TACKETT PLEASE STAND UP?

Professional bowling has had a few players over the years who are sometimes mistaken for one another because they share the same name: Walter Ray (and Walter) Williams; Gary Jr. (and Gary) Faulkner; Don (and Don) Johnson among others.

The latest additions to the list arose during the PBA Harry O’Neale Chesapeake Open when Zac and Zach Tackett competed in the same event for the first time. They are not related to each other, but are similar in stature if not in other ways:

Zac Tackett without an “h” is formally Zachery Tackett, brother of 13-time PBA Tour champion and former Player of the Year EJ Tackett. This Zac turns 23 on Aug. 27. He’s 5-foot-10, weighs 165 pounds and is a right-hander player who lives in Huntington, Ind. He is a fourth-year PBA member who won his only title in a PBA Central Region “Challenge” Tournament in Monroe, Mich., in 2019. Zac’s bowling hero, he noted, is “probably (Norm) Duke.”

• Zach Tackett is formally Zachary Tackett who will turn 22 in December. He’s 5-foot-9, weighs 165 pounds and is a left-handed two-hander who lives in Virginia Beach, Va. This Zach is a PBA rookie who bowled in the PBA Harry O’Neale Chesapeake Open, his first tournament as a member. His bowling hero is Jason Belmonte.

BUTTURFF, PATE WIN PAN AM DOUBLES GOLD MEDAL AFTER DISQUALIFICATION

The United States duo of Jakob Butturff and Nick Pate, both PBA members, were awarded Pan American Games gold medals for men’s doubles in the wake of the disqualification of Puerto Rico’s Jean Francisco Perez after he tested positive for chlorthalidone, a drug on the World Anti-Doping Agency’s list of banned substances.

The drug in question is a diuretic frequently used to treat high blood pressure, but one that also can serve as a masking agent, according to WADA. It has no performance-enhancing benefits. Puerto Rico’s national bowling team has filed a protest, seeking to overturn the ruling. Perez and partner Cristian Azcona had posted a combined 12-game total of 5,816 pins to top Butturff and Pate’s 5,545 total.

In the wake of the disqualification, in addition to awarding the gold medals to the Team USA players, Colombia’s Manuel Otalora and Alfredo Quintana moved into second place and Mexico (Jose Llergo and Arturo Quintero) was awarded the bronze.

PBA REGIONAL UPDATE: MARSALA WINS PBA50 EVENT IN BOWLING GREEN

John Marsala of St. Louis defeated Ron Profitt of Brookfield, Ohio, 256-191, to win the 22nd PBA50 Progressive/Gerdeman Insurance-Al Smith Chrysler/Dodge/Jeep Central/Midwest Classic at Al-Mar Lanes in Bowling Green, Ohio, Sunday.

The title was Marsala’s first of the year in the PBA Central Region and his second career PBA Regional title. He earned $3,500 along with his title.

Profitt defeated Brian LeClair of Albany, N.Y., 213-202, to advance to the championship match after eliminating Brad Snell of Mount Prospect, Ill., 218-203, in the first stepladder match.

• Mark Myers of Phoenix and his non-member partner Greg Thompson Jr. of Tempe, Ariz. posted a 9-3 match play record and a combined 20-game total of 9,543 pins Sunday to win the PBA Tony Reyes Memorial Member/Non-Member Doubles at 4th Street Bowl in San Jose, Calif.

Myers won his first PBA Regional while Thompson, a four-time PBA Regional winner, doesn’t get credit for a fifth title because he is no longer a member. The winning team shared the $4,000 first prize.

Myers and Thompson defeated Robbie Porter of Rancho Cordova, Calif. and non-member Gary Lenox of Hillsboro, Ore., who had a 4-8 match play record and 9,455 pins.

The Tony Reyes Memorial is named in honor of the late PBA Tour champion who died in 2012.

College student Noah Gallegos of Golden, Colo.., defeated fellow non-PBA member Brandon Knowles from Westminster, Colo., 239-235, to claim his first PBA win and the $2,500 first prize in the seventh annual PBA Lakewood Storm Southwest Open, presented by New American Funding, at Holiday Lanes in Lakewood, Colo., Sunday.

Gallegos, who has completed two years of study toward a pharmacy degree at McKendree University, finished the qualifying rounds in fourth place, earning a bye until the Round of Eight in the single-elimination match play finals. The son of two-time PBA Regional champion Steve Gallegos, Noah started the best-of-three-game match play with a 2-0 win over PWBA player Jennifer Russo of Monmouth Junction, N.J., to advance to the semifinal round where he recorded a 241-235 victory over top seed Kris Koeltzow from Wheat Ridge, Colo., set up the final match. Knowles overcame former Lakewood winner Francois Lavoie of Canada, 221-215, in the other semifinal match.

This weekend’s PBA Regional calendar includes the PBA50 Greater Jasper Central/Midwest Open at Eastown Recreation in Jasper, Ind.; the Emerald Bowl Southwest Challenge for non-champions in Houston, Texas, and the Dave Husted Northwest/West Open presented by Hammer at Husted’s Milwaukie Bowl in Milwaukie, Ore.

The PBA’s schedule of Regional tournaments over the Aug. 23-25 weekend will be the PBA50 Sky Lanes Asheville South Open in Asheville, N.C., and the PBA50 Coldwater/Roto Grip Central/Midwest Open at Pla-Mor Lanes in Coldwater, Ohio.

The PBA closes its August schedule of Regional activity with the PBA60 Kingsport Super Senior South Open presented by Storm at Warpath Lanes in Kingsport, Tenn., Aug. 26-28, followed by the PBA60 Wilson & Sons Pest Control Super Senior Open at Victory Lanes Family Entertainment Center in Mooresville, Tenn., Aug. 29-31. The end-of-month weekend also includes the PBA50 Strike Zone Alleys Eastern Open presented by Hammer in Pottsville, Pa.; the PBA Illinois Valley Midwest Open at I.V. Super Bowl in Peru, Ill., and the PBA50 Mooresville South Open presented By Columbia 300 at Victory Lanes Family Entertainment Center in Mooresville, N.C.

● For complete PBA Regional schedules, rules and entry information, visit pba.com, open the “schedules” tab and click on PBA Regional Tours to find the event(s) in your area…and remember, you can follow “live scoring” for all PBA Regional events on pba.com (easily accessible for Apple and Android device users using the PBA app).

QUICK NOTES

Action resumed Saturday and Sunday in the FloBowling PBA Summer Tour points competition where Mid-County Bowling & Entertainment Center in Middletown, Del., is hosting the PBA Gene Carter’s Pro Shop Classic. Updated points standings will follow each Summer Tour event at this link: https://www.pba.com/SeasonStats/PointsList/132?list=10. The FloBowling PBA Summer Tour points competitions also will determine the USBC Cup points leaders, and the eight qualifiers for both the FloBowling PBA ATX Invite and the PBA China Tiger Cup Invitational.

With his win in the PBA Wilmington Open, BJ Moore became the third first-time title winner in 2019 Go Bowling! PBA Tour competition, joining Louisville’s Matt Ogle (Mark Roth-Marshall Holman PBA Doubles Championship with Sean Rash) and Kyle Sherman of O’Fallon, Mo. (PBA-PWBA Storm Striking Against Breast Cancer Mixed Doubles with Amanda Green).

Consistent Kyle Sherman Takes the Lead in FloBowling PBA Summer Tour Points Race; Bill O’Neill Second

CHICAGO – Kyle Sherman of O’Fallon, Missouri has established himself as the steadiest player on the FloBowling PBA Summer Tour, winning his first PBA Tour title in the PBA-PWBA Storm Striking Against Breast Cancer Mixed Doubles, finishing 17th in the Harry O’Neale Chesapeake Open and adding a fifth-place finish in last weekend’s Wilmington Open to take sole possession of the FloBowling PBA Summer Tour competition points lead heading into this weekend’s Gene Carter’s Pro Shop Classic in Middletown, Delaware.

Right on Sherman’s heels is Chesapeake Open winner Bill O’Neill of Langhorne, Pennsylvania, who followed his win in Virginia with an 11th-place finish in Wilmington. For the third week in a row, AJ Johnson of Oswego, Illinois, was in third place. Last week’s leader, Jakob Butturff of Tempe, Arizona, slipped to fourth and Chesapeake runner-up AJ Chapman of Manchester, Iowa, moved up one spot to fifth.

The biggest moves made earlier this week in Wilmington were by first-time PBA Tour titlist BJ Moore of Greensburg, Pennsylvania, who jumped from 108th to seventh after picking up 2,500 points, and runner-up Sean Rash of Montgomery, Illinois, who climbed into ninth place after ranking 28th the previous week.

The FloBowling PBA Summer Tour points race involves incentives including bonus cash to the top five in the USBC Cup points standings, eight berths in the end-of-summer FloBowling ATX Invite and eight expenses-paid trips to China for the inaugural PBA China Tiger Cup in November. All are part of the 2019 Go Bowling! PBA Tour schedule.

The third and final stop on the eastern swing – the Gene Carter’s Pro Shop Classic – will take place Saturday and Sunday at Mid-County Bowling & Entertainment Center in Middletown, Delaware. Anthony Simonsen of Little Elm, Texas, is defending champion.

Fans can follow the summer points races (USBC Cup, FloBowling ATX Invite and PBA China Tiger Cup) by clicking on this link: https://www.pba.com/SeasonStats/PointsList/132?list=10. Points also play a key role in selection of PBA’s 2019 Player and Rookie of the Year, and for entry priority consideration for selected 2020 PBA Tour events.

After the Delaware stop, the FloBowling PBA Summer Tour heads to Coldwater, Ohio, for the PBA Bowlerstore.com Classic presented by Moxy’s Xtra Pair at Pla-Mor Lanes. Coldwater will be followed by the FloBowling PBA Summer Swing presented by the Brands of Ebonite International at Parkside Lanes in Aurora, Illinois, where the PBA Wolf, PBA Bear and Illinois Open titles will be at stake.

The Aurora tripleheader will be the final points event in the Summer Tour leading into the FloBowling ATX Invite at Dart Bowl in Austin, Texas, on Sept. 21. All PBA Summer Tour events except the Illinois Open are Tier 3 events (2,500 points for first place) while the Illinois Open is a Tier 2 event (double the Tier 3 points including 5,000 points for first).

The entire FloBowling PBA Summer Tour will be livestreamed exclusively on FloBowling. For start-to-finish coverage of all events, visit FloBowling.com and sign up for a subscription.

FLOBOWLING PBA SUMMER TOUR POINT LEADERS
(Top 20 after four of nine events; previous ranking in parenthesis)
1, Kyle Sherman, O’Fallon, Mo., 3,785 (2).
2, Bill O’Neill, Langhorne, Pa., 3,490 (4).
3, AJ Johnson, Oswego, Ill., 3,465 (3).
4, Jakob Butturff, Tempe, Ariz., 3,180 (1).
5, AJ Chapman, Manchester, Iowa, 2,705 (5).
6, EJ Tackett, Bluffton, Ind., 2,690 (7).
7, BJ Moore, Greensburg, Pa., 2,580 (108).
8, Stuart Williams, England, 2,505 (8).
9, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 2,255 (28).
10, Andrew Anderson, Holly, Mich., 2,190 (T-15).
11, Kris Prather, Plainfield, Ill., 2,110 (6).
12, Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., 2,040 (23).
13, Dom Barrett, England, 1,935 (18).
14, Anthony Lavery-Spahr, Pasadena, Texas, 1,890 (9).
15, Josh Blanchard, Mesa, Ariz., 1,780 (10).
16, Zeke Bayt, Westerville, Ohio, 1,620 (13).
17, Brad Miller, Lees Summit, Mo., 1,600 (24).
18, Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 1,560 (17).
19, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 1,535 (20).
20, Kyle Troup, Taylorsville, N.C., 1,520 (12).

SCHEDULES FOR UPCOMING FLOBOWLING PBA SUMMER TOUR EVENTS

PBA GENE CARTER’S PRO SHOP CLASSIC
(A 2019 FloBowling PBA Summer Tour event)
Mid-County Bowling and Entertainment, Middletown, Del., Aug. 16-18 (all times Eastern)

Friday, Aug. 16
11 a.m. – Practice session
2:30 p.m. – AB Sports Youth Scholarship Pro-am
5:15 and 8 p.m. – Anchor Buick-GMC/Williams Chevrolet adult pro-am squads
Saturday, Aug. 17
8 a.m. – A Squad, 7 qualifying games
4 p.m. – B Squad, 7 qualifying games
             Top one-third of field after 7 games advances to cashers round
Sunday, Aug. 18
9 a.m. – Cashers round, 4 games (top 16 after 11 games advance to match play)
12:30 p.m. – Top 16, 12 games modified round robin match play (top four after 23 games advance to stepladder finals)
5 p.m. – Top 4 stepladder finals

PBA BOWLERSTORE.COM CLASSIC
presented by Moxy’s Xtra Pair
Pla-Mor Lanes, Coldwater, Ohio, Aug. 24-26 (all times Eastern)

Wednesday, Aug. 21
2 p.m. – Practice session
5:30 and 8:30 p.m. – Pro-am squads
Thursday, Aug. 22
8 a.m. – A Squad, 8 qualifying games
1:30 p.m. – B Squad, 8 qualifying games
7 p.m. – C Squad, 8 qualifying games
            Top on one-third of field players after 8 games advances to cashers round
Friday, Aug. 23
11 a.m. – Cashers round, 4 games (top 16 after 12 games advance to Round of 16)
1:30 p.m. – Round of 16, three games (top 8 after 15 games advance to Round of 8)
3 p.m. – Round of 8, two games (top 4 after17 games advance to stepladder finals)
5 p.m. – Top four stepladder finals

FLOBOWLING PBA SUMMER SWING
presented by the Brands of Ebonite International
(A 2019 Go Bowling! PBA Tour event)
Parkside Lanes, Aurora, Ill., Aug. 24-31 (All times Central)

Saturday, Aug. 24
8 a.m. – Golf outing
1 p.m. – Pre-Tournament Qualifier (PTQ), 8 games
6 p.m. – Pro-am
Sunday, Aug. 25
Noon – Free youth clinic
5 p.m. – Official tournament practice session
Monday, Aug. 26
3:30 p.m. – PBA Wolf Open qualifying, 7 games
Tuesday, Aug. 27
Noon – PBA Wolf Open qualifying, 7 games
    Top 18 after 14 games advance to Wolf Open cashers round
5 p.m. – PBA Wolf Open cashers round, 6 games
   Top 5 after 20 games advance to Wolf Open stepladder finals
8:30 p.m. – Top 5, PBA Wolf Open stepladder finals
Wednesday, Aug. 28
3:30 p.m. – PBA Bear Open qualifying, 7 games
Thursday, Aug. 29
Noon – PBA Bear Open qualifying, 7 games
    Top 18 after 14 games advance to Bear Open cashers round; top 24 after 28 games of Wolf and Bear Open qualifying advance to Illinois Open match play
5 p.m. – PBA Bear Open cashers round, 6 games
    Top 5 after 20 games advance to Bear Open stepladder finals
8:30 p.m. – Top 5, PBA Bear Open stepladder finals
Friday, Aug. 30
11 a.m. – Illinois Open round robin match play, 8 games
5 p.m. – Illinois Open round robin match play, 8 games
Saturday, Aug. 31
11 a.m. – Illinois Open round robin match play, 8 games
    Top 5 after 52 games of qualifying and match play advance to stepladder finals
3:30 p.m. – Top 5, Illinois Open stepladder finals
6 p.m. – Champions dinner

PBA Clash Returns to FOX on Sunday, November 3

CHICAGO – The Professional Bowlers Association today announced the PBA Clash, the special event that kicked off the PBA’s historic television agreement with FOX Sports, will return to FOX on Sunday, Nov. 3 in a battle between the top eight money-winners from the 2019 Go Bowling! PBA Tour season.

The PBA Clash, the most-watched event of the PBA’s first season of FOX Sports telecasts, will include an elite field competing in a unique single-elimination competition hosted by Kegel in Lake Wales, Florida. The Clash will be contested at the renowned Kegel Training Center on Monday, Oct. 21, at 7 p.m. Ticket information for the event will be announced in the near future.

Marshall Kent of Yakima, Washington, won the inaugural Clash, defeating seven-time PBA Tour winner Dom Barrett of England, 218-215, in a telecast that was watched by an average audience of more than 1,7 million viewers, the largest audience watch any bowling telecast on any network since 2005.

The 2019 field will be determined at the conclusion of the PBA FloBowling ATX Invite at Dart Bowl in Austin, Texas, on Sept. 21. Remaining events that provide earnings opportunities include this weekend’s Gene Carter’s Pro Shop Open at Mid-County Lanes in Middletown, Delaware; the Bowlerstore.com Classic presented by Moxy Xtra Pair, at Pla-Mor Lanes in Coldwater, Ohio, Aug. 21-23; the FloBowling PBA Summer Swing including the Wolf Open, Bear Open and Illinois Open presented by the Brands of Ebonite International at Parkside Lanes in Aurora, Illinois, Aug. 24-31; the USBC Cup points competition covering the entire FloBowling PBA Summer Tour, and the FloBowling ATX Invite.

2019 GO BOWLING! PBA TOUR EARNINGS LEADERS
(Top 10 as of Aug. 14)
1, Jason Belmonte, Australia, $264,050.
2, Jakob Butturff, Tempe, Ariz., $181,680.
3, Kris Prather, Plainfield, Ill., $172,400.
4, Bill O’Neill, Langhorne, Pa., $146,448.
5, EJ Tackett, Bluffton, Ind., $137,995.
6, Anthony Simonsen, Little Elm, Texas, $127,790.
7, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., $91,015.
8, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., $76,630.
9, Kyle Sherman, O’Fallon, Mo., $71,493.
10, Dick Allen, Lexington, S.C., $68,830.

Walter Ray Williams Jr. Returns to Winning Form on Way to Third PBA50 Player of the Year Award

CHICAGO  – After winning his third PBA50 Player of the Year Award in his 10th season competing on the tour for players 50 and over, 59-year-old PBA Hall of Famer Walter Ray Williams Jr. sent a message that he will be a major force for some time to come competing in the “senior” ranks.

Williams, who also earned the PBA50 Player of the Year crown in 2012 and 2013, opened the 2019 season with three consecutive wins including the PBA50 National Championship for his third career PBA50 Tour major, and never had a finish worse than ninth until a 17th-place finish in the PBA50 David Small’s JAX 60 Classic, the final PBA50 event of the season.  

The all-time Go Bowling! PBA Tour titles leader with 47 wins brought his career PBA50 Tour titles count to 14 which tied him for the all-time PBA50 Tour titles lead with retired Hall of Famer John Handegard.

“Obviously, it was a really good, encouraging season,” said Williams, who owns seven Chris Schenkel PBA Player of the Year honors on the PBA Tour.  “I wasn’t always the best bowler in the field (this season) but you can’t argue with three wins and the other top finishes I had.”

Williams is among a handful of players who continue to compete on both the PBA Tour and PBA50 Tour including fellow Hall of Famers and rivals for more than three decades, Norm Duke, Pete Weber, Parker Bohn III and Amleto Monacelli. Williams’ PBA50 Player of the Year award came at what could be a crossroads for his career on the PBA Tour.

“I wasn’t pleased with how I bowled on the regular tour this season so the PBA50 Tour gave me a lift,” he said. “Bowling on the regular tour has always been enjoyable for me but last season wasn’t enjoyable. I’m not ready to retire from bowling on the PBA Tour but that’s a tough tour with all those young guys.”

So tough, in fact, that Williams has added the two-handed delivery – made famous by tour stars Jason Belmonte, Anthony Simonsen and Jesper Svensson among a growing number of others – to his arsenal. He employs the technique to be more effective primarily when he has to play an “inside” shot.”

“Basically, if I have to move way inside and throw it right, that’s when I’ll use it,” Williams said. “It’s still a work in progress but it has become a useful tool for me when the (lane) conditions warrant it.  I like the results I’ve had with it, so I’ll continue to develop it.”

One example of the effectiveness of his two-handed technique was his performance in the Suncoast PBA Senior U.S. Open where he eventually finished sixth after starting the tournament in 53rd after the first round of qualifying. He used the two-handed delivery often in qualifying and match play to negotiate the challenging Senior U.S. Open lane condition eventually finishing sixth. The fruits of his labor with the two-handed delivery paid off again when he bowled a 300 game in qualifying for the PBA50 River Extreme Open to become the first player to bowl a 300 game using a traditional and two-handed delivery in national PBA competition.

Williams led the PBA50 season with 32,480 points, more than 10,000 ahead of 2017 PBA50 Player of the Year Brian LeClair, who finished second with 22,320. Williams also led in earnings with $42,525 and was third in average with 227.48.

Three-time PBA Tour titlist Eugene McCune won the PBA50 Spectrum Lanes Open which served as a springboard to winning PBA50 Rookie of the Year honors. Bowling in just six tournaments, the 51-year-old hard-throwing right-hander, also had ninth-place finishes in the Suncoast PBA Senior U.S. Open and the JAX 60 Classic and 13th in the USBC Senior Masters that contributed to his 11,070 point total leading rookie contenders. 

PBA Hall of Famer Ron Mohr once again dominated competition among players 60 years of age and older to win his fourth consecutive PBA60 Player of the Year Award.

The 63-year-old right-hander won the PBA50 David Small’s Championship Lanes Classic for his 11th career PBA50 Tour title and had a string of six top-five finishes in PBA50/60 tournaments plus a sixth-place finish in the PBA60 Dick Weber Championship to end the season.

“It’s been an unbelievable year, “said Mohr, a two-time PBA60 titlist who is the only player to win more than one PBA60 tournament since the category began in 2014. “I don’t recall ever being on a stretch where I’ve bowled that consistently well.

“I believe I have some good years left but what does concern me – like every athlete – is the time when you’re no longer competitive and you have a decision to make. But for now, I’m still seeing the lane (condition) well and throwing the ball with confidence.  Hopefully if I continue to focus on good execution the outcome will take care of itself.”

Mohr finished the PBA50 season third in points overall behind Williams and LeClair with 20,575, ranked fifth in average 222.53 and second in earnings with $33,440.

PBA50 Tour players will have the opportunity to vote on the PBA50 Dick Weber Sportsmanship award that will be announced later.

BJ Moore Ends Seven-Year Quest for First PBA Tour Title with Victory in PBA Wilmington Open

WILMINGTON, N.C. – BJ Moore of Greensburg, Pennsylvania defeated 13-time Professional Bowlers Association titlist Sean Rash of Montgomery, Illinois, 243=215, to win his first PBA Tour title in the Go Bowling! PBA Tour’s Wilmington Open Wednesday at Ten Pin Alley Family Fun Center.

Moore.BJ_2019 Wilmington Open_w proprietors Margaret & Jim GragoMoore, a 30-year-old right-hander, ended a seven-year quest for his first title in his 50th PBA Tour tournament. Moore’s previous best finish was second place, accomplished in both the 2016 and 2019 PBA Scorpion Championships.

(Photo caption: At left, BJ Moore with Ten Pin Family Fun Center proprietors Margaret and Jim crago)

I don’t know what to say. It’s awesome,” Moore said. “I’m a process guy and that’s definitely what I was focused on this week. Sometimes you have to take your lumps before you can win, but it’s all been worth it.”

Rash praised Moore’s performance. “He threw it great when he needed to,” Rash, the top qualifier, said. “It was a great effort.”

Moore gained the upper hand in the final match, throwing strikes on his first four shots while Rash left a 7-10 split and opened in his fourth frame. Moore, however, failed to convert the 3-6-10 in his fifth frame to slow his momentum. Nursing a modest lead and taking advance of Rash’s inability to carry strikes on the right lane, Moore put together another string of four strikes to win going away.

In the first match of the four-man stepladder finals, Marshall Kent of Yakima, Washington flirted with the first perfect game in FloBowling’s inaugural season of PBA Tour livestreaming coverage, rolling strikes in the first nine frames of a 274-179 victory over reigning PBA Player of the Year Andrew Anderson of Holly, Michigan. Kent lost his bid for a 300 game when he left the 3-6 on his first shot in the 10th frame.

In the semifinal match, Kent failed to convert a 2-5-7 split in the fourth frame, but Moore returned the favor, leaving the 4-6-10 split for an open in his sixth frame. Kent doubled to regain the lead, but made another mistake, leaving the 2-8-10 for another open frame. Moore responded with three strikes to lock up a 214-181 win to advance to the title match.

The Wilmington Open was the fourth of 10 events that are part of the FloBowling PBA Summer Tour. The FloBowling PBA Summer Tour resumes Saturday when the PBA Gene Carter’s Pro Shop Classic qualifying gets underway at Mid-County Bowling and Entertainment in Middletown, Delaware.

For subscription information, visit FloBowling.com.

For current FloBowling PBA Summer Tour competition points standings that affect the USBC Cup, FloBowling PBA ATX Invite and PBA China Tiger Cup invitation lists, visit https://www.pba.com/SeasonStats/PointsLists/132.

PBA WILMINGTON OPEN
Ten Pin Family Fun Center, Wilmington, N.C., Wednesday

Final Standings:
1, BJ Moore, Greensburg, Pa., $10,000,
2, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., $5,000.
3, Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., $3,000.
4, Andrew Anderson, Holly, Mich., $2,400.

Playoff Results:
Match One – Kent def. Anderson, 274-179.
Semifinal Match – Moore def. Kent. 214-181.
Championship – Moore def. Rash, 243-215.

Final Round of 8 Standings (after 17 games; top 4 advanced):
1, Rash, 4,007.
2, Moore, 3,998.
3, Kent, 3,990.
4, Anderson, 3,989.
5, Kyle Sherman, O’Fallon, Mo., 3,948, $1,800.
6, EJ Tackett, Bluffton, Ind., 3,937, $1,500.
7, Brad Miller, Lees Summit, Mo., 3,890, $1,300.
8, Dom Barrett, England, 3,889, $1,200.

Round of 16 Cashers (after 15 games, top 8 advanced):
9, AJ Chapman, Manchester, Iowa, 3,468, $1,100.
10, Stuart Williams, England, 3,464, $1,000.
11, Bill O’Neill, Langhorne, Pa., 3,460, $950.
12, AJ Johnson, Oswego, Ill., 3,451, $900.
13, x-William Svensson, Sweden, 3,412, $875.
14, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 3,392, $850.
15, Michael Davidson, Versailles, Ohio, 3,374, $825.
16, Andres Gomez, Colombia, 3,360, $800.

Other Cashers Round (after 12 games; top 16 advanced):
17, Nick Kruml, Downers Grove, Ill., 2,726, $675.
18, Cristian Azcona, Puerto Rico, 2,726, $670.
19, Zacharay Wilkins, Canada, 2,720, $665.
20, Christopher Sloan, Ireland, 2,718, $660.
21, Zeke Bayt, Westerville, Ohio, 2,712, $655.
22, Tom Daugherty, Riverview, Fla., 2,705, $650.
23, Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 2,688, $645.
24, Nick Pate, Inver Grove Heights, Minn., 2,683, $640.
25, Josh Blanchard, Mesa, Ariz., 2,676, $635.
26, Osku Palermaa, Finland, 2,660, $630.
27, Greg Ostrander, Brick, N.J., 2,654, $625.
28, JR Raymond, Clinton Twp., Mich., 2,652, $620.
29, Jeff Beasley, Angier, N.C., 2,597, $615.
30, Mike Coffey, Melbourne, Fla., 2,561, $610.
31, Andrew Suscreba, Clifton, N.J., 2,552, $605.
32, Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 1,900, $600.
x-Svensson (268) def. Kruml (239) and Azcona (232) in a one-game roll-off to break a tie for 16th place.
n-denotes non-PBA member.

UPCOMING GO BOWLING! PBA TOUR SCHEDULE

PBA GENE CARTER’S PRO SHOP CLASSIC
(A 2019 FloBowling PBA Summer Tour event)
Mid-County Bowling and Entertainment, Middletown, Del., Aug. 16-18 (all times Eastern)

Friday, Aug. 16
11 a.m. – Practice session
2:30 p.m. – AB Sports Youth Scholarship Pro-am
5:15 and 8 p.m. – Anchor Buick-GMC/Williams Chevrolet adult pro-am squads
Saturday, Aug. 17
8 a.m. – A Squad, 7 qualifying games
4 p.m. – B Squad, 7 qualifying games
            Top one-third of field after 7 games advances to cashers round
Sunday, Aug. 18
9 a.m. – Cashers round, 5 games (top 12 after 12 games advance to match play)
12:30 p.m. – Top 12, 12 games round robin match play (top four after 24 games advance to stepladder finals)
6:45 p.m. – Top 4 stepladder finals

Andrew Anderson Tops PBA Wilmington Open Qualifying To Lead 32 Players into Wednesday’s Cashers Round

WILMINGTON, N.C.  – Trying for his first Go Bowling! PBA Tour title of the season, 2018 PBA Player of the Year Andrew Anderson of Holly, Michigan averaged 254 for eight games Tuesday to top qualifying for the PBA Wilmington Open leading 32 players who advanced to Wednesday’s cashers round.

Anderson, a two-time PBA Tour titlist, bowled a 2,034 eight-game pinfall total at Ten Pin Family Fun Center with games of 257, 275, 268, 256, 243, 259, 218 and 258 to lead BJ Moore of Greensburg, Pennsylvania who finished the day in second 40 pins behind with 1,994.

Brad Miller of Lees Summit, Missouri, bowled back-to-back 300 games on his way to finishing third in qualifying with 1,924. After bowling 223 in the first game of the round, Miller bowled 300s in the second and third games before finishing the round with games of 237, 213, 201, 235 and 215.

Finishing the day in fourth was 10-time PBA Tour titlist Wes Malott of Pflugerville, Texas with 1,900 and PBA Harry O’Neale Chesapeake Open winner Bill O’Neill of Langhorne, Pennsylvania, rounded out the top five with 1,897.

After tying for 32nd with a 1,754 pinfall, England’s Dom Barrett beat Connor Pickford of Charlotte, North Carolina, 196-179 in a one-game roll-off to advance to the cashers round.

Competition resumes Wednesday with the four-game cashers round at 9 a.m. The top 16 after 12 games will then advance to the three-game Round of 16 at 11:30 a.m. Eight players will then advance to the two-game Round of 8 which will determine the four players for the stepladder finals at 3 p.m. All times are Eastern.

All of Wednesday’s competition will be livestreamed on FloBowling. For subscription information, visit FloBowling.com.

PBA WILMINGTON OPEN

Ten Pin Alley Family Fun Center, Wilmington, N.C., Tuesday

Final Qualifying Standings (after 8 games; top 32 advance to cashers round Wednesday at 9 a.m. ET)

1, Andrew Anderson, Holly, Mich., 2,034.
2, BJ Moore, Greensburg, Pa., 1,994.
3, Brad Miller, Lees Summit, Mo., 1,924.
4, Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 1,900.
5, Bill O’Neill, Langhorne, Pa., 1,897.
6, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 1,895.
7, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 1,884.
8, Nick Kruml, Downers Grove, Ill., 1,873.
9, AJ Johnson, Oswego, Ill., 1,866.
10, AJ Chapman, Manchester, Iowa, 1,864.
11, JR Raymond, Clinton Twp., Mich., 1,863.
12, Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., 1,857.
13, Kyle Sherman, O’Fallon, Mo., 1,842.
14, Zeke Bayt, Westerville, Ohio, 1,831.
15, Zacharay Wilkins, Canada, 1,826.
16, Cristian Azcona, Puerto Rico, 1,821.
17, Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 1,815.
18, William Svensson, Sweden, 1,814.
19, Christopher Sloan, Ireland, 1,812.
20, Andrew Suscreba, Clifton, N.J., 1,795.
21, Michael Davidson, Versailles, Ohio, 1,794.
22, EJ Tackett, Bluffton, Ind., 1,793.
23, Tom Daugherty, Riverview, Fla., 1,788.
24, Stuart Williams, England, 1,785.
25, Andres Gomez, Colombia, 1,779.
26, Nicholas Pate, Inver Grove Heights, Minn., 1,776.
27, Jeff Beasley, Angier, N.C., 1,774.
28, Mike Coffey, Melbourne, Fla., 1,773.
29, Greg Ostrander, Brick, N.J., 1,772.
30, Osku Palermaa, Finland, 1,767.
31, Josh Blanchard, Mesa, Ariz., 1,755.
*32, Dom Barrett, England, 1,754

*Barrett def. Connor Pickford 196-179 in one-game roll-off to advance to cashers round

Failed to advance:
33, Connor Pickford, Charlotte, N.C., 1,754.
34, Michael Martell, Brooklyn, N.Y., 1,753.
35, Tim Pfeifer, Oakdale, Pa., 1,749.
36, Darren Tang, Las Vegas, 1,748.
37, Kristopher Prather, Plainfield, Ill., 1,747.
38, (tie) Chris Polizzi, Spring Hill, Fla., and Thomas Larsen, Denmark, 1,744.
40, Tom Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich., 1,734.
41, Kyle Troup, Taylorsville, N.C., 1,730.
42, Michael Tang, Johnstown, Ohio, 1,728.
43, Kamron Doyle, Brentwood, Tenn., 1,727.
44, Trevor Roberts, Crystal River, Fla., 1,726.
45, Graham Fach, Urbana, Ohio, 1,719.
46, Francois Louw, South Africa, 1,716.
47, Jason Sterner, Rochester, N.Y., 1,713.
48, Brandon Curtis, Manson, N.C., 1,704.
49, Devin Bidwell, Wichita, Kan., 1,694.
50, Jesper Svensson, Sweden, 1,689.
51, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., 1,688.
52, Andrew Cain, Phoenix, 1,681.
53, Cody Mullis, Crystal River, Fla., 1,680.
54, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 1,676.
55, Shawn Maldonado, Houston, 1,672.
56, Anthony Simonsen, Little Elm, Texas, 1,669.
57, Jakob Butturff, Tempe, Ariz., 1,663.
58, Kevin Fischer, Winter Park, Fla., 1,661.
59, Tyler Troup, Taylorsville, N.C., 1,660.
60, Brian Robinson, Morgantown, W.Va., 1,651.
61, (tie) Patrick Hanrahan, Wichita, Kan., and Jake Rollins, Glen Rock, N.J., 1,647.
63, Mykel Holliman, Collierville, Tenn., 1,645.
64, Richard Teece, England, 1,641.
65, Roy Davis, Lumberton, N.C., 1,639.
66, Tom Sorce, Blasdell, N.Y., 1,636.
67, Greg Young, Viera, Fla., 1,635.
68, Sam Cooley, Australia, 1,631.
69, Zac Tackett, Huntington, Ind., 1,630.
70, Dick Allen, Lexington, S.C., 1,626.
71, Russ Oviatt, Chandler, Ariz., 1,624.
72, Nate Garcia, Port St. Lucie, Fla., 1,623.
73, Matt Sanders, Evansville, Ind., 1,604.
74, Oskar Wirefeldt, Sweden, 1,603.
75, Matt Kuba, Chicago Ridge, Ill., 1,585.
76, Pontus Andersson, Sweden, 1,581.
77, DJ Archer, Spring, Texas, 1,579.
78, Anthony Pepe, East Elmhurst, N.Y., 1,574.
78, Mark Tarkington, Elizabeth City, N.C., 1,574.
80, Brett Spangler, Niles, Ohio, 1,573.
81, Kenneth Ryan, Farmingdale, N.J., 1,571.
82, James Grago, Hampstead, N.C., 1,563.
83, Chris Arcaro, Wilmington, N.C., 1,550.
84, Leon Platt, Summerville, S.C., 1,546.
85, Chris Via, Springfield, Ohio, 1,531.
86, Victor Florie Jr., Richmond, Va., 1,525.
87, Anthony Lavery-Spahr, Pasadena, Texas, 1,521.
88, Jason Couch, Clermont, Fla., 1,506.
89, Cody Shoemaker, Hanover, Pa., 1,490.
90, n-Thomas Wall II, Fayetteville, N.C., 1,480.
91, Sean Connolly, Apopka, Fla., 1,478.
92, Joseph Grago, Hampstead, N.C., 1,473.
93, Stephen Hahn, Sterling, Va., 1,448.
94, Leonardo Apollonia, Raleigh, N.C., 1,445.
95, Louis Carrai, Wilmington, N.C., 1,420.
96, n-John Horsley, Leland, N.C., 1,175.

300 games – Brad Miller (2), Kris Prather, Cristian Azcona,

n-denotes non-PBA member.

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Butturff, Sherman Pace FloBowling PBA Summer Tour Points Race; O’Neill Moves Up for 35th to Fourth

CHICAGO – Jakob Butturff of Tempe, Arizona, and Kyle Sherman of O’Fallon, Missouri retained the top two spots on the FloBowling PBA Summer Tour competition points list following the conclusion of the PBA Harry O’Neale Chesapeake Open Sunday, but Chesapeake winner Bill O’Neill of Langhorne, Pennsylvania, and runner-up AJ Chapman of Manchester, Iowa, made big moves after the third event in the 10-event program.

Butturff and Sherman, who were tied for first place prior to Chesapeake, were separated into first and second places, respectively, based on their 12th and tied-for-17th finishes, respectively. Butturff won the Summer Tour opener in Lubbock, Texas; Sherman teamed with PWBA titlist Amanda Greene to win his first PBA Tour title in the Storm PBA-PWBA Striking Against Breast Cancer Mixed Doubles in Houston.

AJ Johnson of Oswego, Illinois, was in third place going into Chesapeake and retained his position after an 11th place finish.

O’Neill, ranked 35th after the Summer Tour’s first two events, moved into fourth place, picking up 2,500 points in the Tier 2 tournament. Chapman, in 31st place prior to Chesapeake, climbed into fifth place after earning 1,500 as runner-up.

The FloBowling PBA Summer Tour points race involves incentives including bonus cash to the top five in the USBC Cup points standings, eight berths in the end-of-summer FloBowling ATX Invite and eight expenses-paid trips to China for the inaugural PBA China Tiger Cup in November. All are part of the 2019 Go Bowling! PBA Tour schedule.

The second stop on the eastern swing – the PBA Wilmington Open – is set for Tuesday and Wednesday at Ten Pin Alley Family Fun Center in Wilmington, North Carolina. Two-hander Anthony Simonsen of Little Elm, Texas, won his third career title in Wilmington’s inaugural PBA Tour event in 2017, and Puerto Rico’s Cristian Azcona is the defending champion.

Following Wilmington, PBA players will complete their eastern swing Friday through Sunday at Mid-County Bowling & Entertainment Center in Middletown, Delaware, where Simonsen won the 2018 Gene Carter’s Pro Shop Classic.

Fans can follow the summer points races (USBC Cup, FloBowling ATX Invite and PBA China Tiger Cup) by clicking on this link: https://www.pba.com/SeasonStats/PointsList/132?list=10. Points also play a key role in selection of PBA’s 2019 Player and Rookie of the Year, and for entry priority consideration for selected 2020 PBA Tour events.

The FloBowling PBA Summer Tour heads to the Midwest after Delaware for the PBA Bowlerstore.com Classic presented by Moxy’s Xtra Pair at Pla-Mor Lanes in Clearwater, Ohio, followed by the FloBowling PBA Summer Swing presented by the Brands of Ebonite International at Parkside Lanes in Aurora, Illinois, where the PBA Wolf, PBA Bear and Illinois Open titles will be at stake.

The Aurora tripleheader will be the final points event in the Summer Tour leading into the FloBowling ATX Invite at Dart Bowl in Austin, Texas, on Sept. 21. All PBA Summer Tour events except the Illinois Open are Tier 3 events (2,500 points for third place) while the Illinois Open is a Tier 2 event (5,000 points for first).

The entire FloBowling PBA Summer Tour will be livestreamed exclusively on FloBowling. For start-to-finish coverage of all events, visit FloBowling.com and sign up for a subscription.

2019 FLOBOWLING PBA SUMMER TOUR POINTS STANDINGS
(Top 20 after three of nine events; previous ranking in parenthesis)
1, Jakob Butturff, Tempe, Ariz., 3,095 (T1)
2, Kyle Sherman, O’Fallon, Mo., 2,935 (T1)
3, AJ Johnson, Oswego, Ill., 2,870 (3)
4, Bill O’Neill, Langhorne, Pa., 2,865 (35)
5, AJ Chapman, Manchester, Iowa, 2,020 (31)
6, Kris Prather, Plainfield, Ill., 1,925 (8)
7, EJ Tackett, Bluffton, Ind., 1,915 (4)
8, Stuart Williams, England, 1,850 (5)
9, Anthony Lavery-Spahr, Pasadena, Texas, 1,845 (6)
10, Josh Blanchard, Mesa, Ariz., 1,495 (12)
11, Greg Young, Viera, Fla., 1,425 (45)
12, Kyle Troup, Taylorsville, N.C., 1,355 (7)
13, Zeke Bayt, Westerville, Ohio, 1,255 (9)
14, Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 1,250 (41)
15 (tie), Andrew Anderson, Holly, Mich., (10) and Darren Tang, Las Vegas, 1,240 (30)
17, Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 1,235 (34)
18, Dom Barrett, England, 1,220 (28)
19, Tom Daugherty, Riverview, Fla., 1,140 (11)
20, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 1,000 (14)

Injuries Sustained in Auto Vs. Pedestrian Accident in Virginia Send Sweden’s Martin Larsen Home to Recover

Story by Lucas Wiseman for FloBowling

CHESAPEAKE, Va. – PBA Tour veteran Martin Larsen of Sweden was injured when he was struck by a car last Thursday in Virginia Beach, Virginia, prior to the start of the PBA Harry O’Neale Chesapeake Open. The news was first reported by FloBowling senior editor Lucas Wiseman.

Larsen, 40, was walking with fellow bowler Fran Louw of South Africa when he was struck in the middle of an intersection while attempting to cross the street. Larsen said he was thrown 40 feet down the road as a result of the accident.

Larsen told FloBowling he was hospitalized for two nights with a broken left wrist, 59 stitches in his upper left arm, a broken rib and other various injuries. Fortunately, none of the injuries were life-threatening, but his 2019 season is over.

“I feel really fortunate looking back on it,” Larsen told Wiseman. “I just can’t understand how my legs are not broken, and how I don’t have a real bad headache. It’s really fortunate that I’m alive, and I’m not more hurt than I am.”

Larsen said he and Louw drove to the tourist district along the beach to see the sights and enjoy dinner. When they returned to their rental car, they found it had been towed because it was illegally parked. The impound lot was just over a mile away, Larsen said, so they decided to walk to retrieve their vehicle. Along the way, Larsen said they reached an intersection where they waited “a long time” for a crossing signal.

“When the cars stopped, we thought it was our turn,” Larsen said. “Stupid enough, we didn’t pay attention to the lights. There was a car coming from the third lane. We didn’t see it and they didn’t see us.”

Larsen said he was slowed down because he was carrying a case of bottled water on his shoulder, while Louw was in front of him, which is why Louw wasn’t hit.

“It’s a lifetime lesson learned,” Larsen said. “You have to do what you say to the kids and wait until it’s your turn to cross. Next time I’m going to be a little more careful.”

Larsen, who flew home to Sweden, said he was thankful most of the injuries were to his left arm and not his bowling arm.

“My right arm is totally fine except for some bruises,” Larsen said. “The left wrist is going to be in a cast for five weeks. I don’t know how long it takes for the rest of the body to heal up.”

Larsen, considered one of Europe’s premier players, has bowled in PBA Tour competition since 2009 with a second-place finish in the 2014 PBA Scorpion Championship his best among six top-five finishes. He was the recipient of the 2012 Steve Nagy Sportsmanship Award, selected by his fellow competitors.

Bill O’Neill Wins PBA Harry O’Neale Chesapeake Open for 11th Career Title, Second of 2019 Season

CHESAPEAKE, Va. – Top qualifier Bill O’Neill of Langhorne, Pennsylvania, finished with four strikes to turn back a rally by AJ Chapman of Manchester, Iowa, and win the Go Bowling! Professional Bowlers Association Tour’s Harry O’Neale Chesapeake Open Sunday at AMF Western Branch.

IMG_1623O’Neill, who earned his 11th career PBA Tour title and second of the 2019 Go Bowling! PBA Tour season, jumped into an early lead with five strikes to start the title match while Chapman left a 3-6-7-10 split and failed to convert in his third frame. Chapman, the No. 2 qualifier, rallied behind a string of four strikes to close his deficit to three pins, but O’Neill struck out to end Chapman’s bid for his first PBA Tour title.

“Everything this week, with the urethane equipment I was using, was about staying slow,” O’Neill said. “Just to win an event when you’re not playing your ‘A’ game means a lot.

“I’ve worked on my game a lot this year, mainly on ball speed,” he continued. “I throw it too hard when I’m doing bad, but I’m bowling a lot smarter and I think the end of the game showed that.”

In the midst of arguably the best season in his 14-year career, the 37-year-old O’Neill has had third, fourth and fifth place finishes in addition to winning the PBA Hall of Fame Classic to start the year and later finishing second in the inaugural PBA Playoffs.

Greg Young Jr. of Viera, Florida, a 23-year-old rookie who had not finished higher than 30th in any previous PBA Tour appearance, eliminated 10-time PBA Tour champion Wes Malott of Pflugerville, Texas, 216-192, in the first match of the four-player stepladder finals. But Young ran into immediate trouble in the semifinal match against Chapman, leaving splits that resulted in three unconverted spares in the first five frames as Chapman coasted to a 233-160 victory.

The Harry O’Neale Chesapeake Open, named in honor of the long-time PBA South Region manager who was inducted into the PBA Hall of Fame in 2016, was the third of 10 events that are part of the FloBowling PBA Summer Tour. The FloBowling PBA Summer Tour resumes Tuesday at Ten Pin Alley Family Fun Center in Wilmington, North Carolina, with an eight-game qualifying round in the PBA Wilmington Open.

The Wilmington Open will be livestreamed in its entirety Tuesday and Wednesday on FloBowling, followed by the PBA Gene Carter’s Pro Shop Classic from Mid-County Bowling and Entertainment in Middletown, Delaware, Saturday and Sunday. For subscription information, visit FloBowling.com.

For current FloBowling PBA Summer Tour competition points standings that affect the USBC Cup, FloBowling PBA ATX Invite and PBA China Tiger Cup invitation lists, visit https://www.pba.com/SeasonStats/PointsLists/132.

PBA HARRY O’NEALE CHESAPEAKE OPEN
AMF Western Branch, Chesapeake, Va., Sunday

Final Standings:
1, Bill O’Neill, Langhorne, Pa., $10,000,
2, AJ Chapman, Manchester, Iowa, $5,000.
3, Greg Young, Viera, Fla., $3,000.
4, Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, $2,500.

Playoff Results:
Match One – Young def. Malott, 216-192.
Semifinal Match – Chapman def. Young, 233-160.
Championship – O’Neill def. Chapman, 257-216.

Final Round of 8 Standings (after 17 games; top 4 advanced):
1, O’Neill, 3,719.
2, Chapman, 3,677.
3, Malott, 3,659.
4, Young, 3,647.
5, Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 3,622, $2,100.
6, Kris Prather, Plainfield, Ill., 3,606, $1,800.
7, Jesper Svensson, Sweden, 3,576, $1,500.
8, Darren Tang, Las Vegas, 3,531, $1,300.

Round of 16 Cashers (after 15 games, top 8 advanced):
9, Dom Barrett, England, 3,155, $1,200.
10, Joe Paluszek, Bensalem, Pa., 3,128, $1,100.
11, AJ Johnson, Oswego, Ill., 3,126, $1,000.
12, Jakob Butturff, Tempe, Ariz., 3,115, $900.
13, Steven Arehart, Chesapeake, Va., 3,112, $875.
14, Tim Pfeifer, Oakdale, Pa., 3,109, $850.
15, n-Ricky Boyters, Newport News, Va., 3,074, $825.
16, Matt Sanders, Evansville, Ind., 3,051, $800.

Other Cashers Round (after 12 games; top 16 advanced):
17 (tie), Kyle Sherman, O’Fallon, Mo., and Josh Blanchard, Mesa, Ariz., 2,502, $763.
19, Andrew Cain, Phoenix, 2,500, $745.
20, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 2,499, $740.
21, Michael Davidson, Versailles, Ohio, 2,494, $735.
22, Michael Martell, Brooklyn, N.Y., 2,490, $730.
23, Russ Oviatt, Chandler, Ariz., 2,487, $725.
24 (tie), Kip Roberts, Glen Allen, Va., and Brandon Curtis, Manson, N.C., 2,483, $718.
26, Thomas Larsen, Denmark, 2,475, $710.
27, Tom Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich., 2,473, $705.
28, Jeff Keller, Chesapeake, Va., 2,466, $700.
29, Kamron Doyle, Brentwood, Tenn., 2,463, $695.
30, Osku Palermaa, Finland, 2,452, $690.
31, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 2,449, $685.
32, Mykel Holliman, Collierville, Tenn., 2,447, $680.
33 (tie), Chris Polizzi, Spring Hill, Fla., and Zacharay Wilkins, Canada, 2,441, $673.
35, Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., 2,437, $665.
36, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 2,434, $660.
37, n-Josh Garner, Hampton, Va., 2,422, $655.
38, Kenneth Ryan, Farmingdale, NJ, 2,420, $650.
39, Anthony Simonsen, Little Elm, Texas, 2,410, $645.
40, Victor Florie Jr, Richmond, Va., 2,404, $640.
41, James Grago, Hampstead, N.C., 2,400, $635.
42, Kyle Troup, Taylorsville, N.C., 2,397, $630.
43, Trevor Roberts, Crystal River, Fla., 2,395, $625.
44, Mike Coffey, Melbourne, Fla., 2,379, $620.
45, Andrew Anderson, Holly, Mich., 2,367, $615.
46, Dick Allen, Lexington, S.C., 2,340, $610.
47, Andres Gomez, Colombia, 2,328, $605.
48, n-Allen Levet, Glen Allen, Va., 2,230, $600.
n-denotes non-PBA member.

PBA WILMINGTON OPEN
(A 2019 FloBowling PBA Summer Tour event)
Ten Pin Alley Family Fun Center, Wilmington, N.C. (All times Eastern)

Monday, Aug. 12
4 p.m. – Practice Session
5 p.m. – New player orientation meeting
6:30 p.m. – Pro-am
Tuesday, Aug. 13
9 a.m. – A Squad, eight qualifying games
3 p.m. – B Squad, eight qualifying games
            Top 1/3 of field advances to cashers round
Wednesday, Aug. 14
9 a.m. – Cashers round, four games (top 16 after 12 games advance)
11:30 a.m. – Round of 16, three games (top 8 after 15 games advance)
1:30 p.m. – Round of 8, two games (top 4 after 17 games advance)
3 p.m. – Top 4 stepladder finals

PBA GENE CARTER’S PRO SHOP CLASSIC
(A 2019 FloBowling PBA Summer Tour event)
Mid-County Bowling and Entertainment, Middletown, Del., Aug. 16-18 (all times Eastern)

Friday, Aug. 16
11 a.m. – Practice session
2:30 p.m. – AB Sports Youth Scholarship Pro-am
5:15 and 8 p.m. – Anchor Buick-GMC/Williams Chevrolet adult pro-am squads
Saturday, Aug. 17
8 a.m. – A Squad, 7 qualifying games
4 p.m. – B Squad, 7 qualifying games
             Top one-third of field after 7 games advances to cashers round
Sunday, Aug. 18
9 a.m. – Cashers round, 4 games (top 16 after 11 games advance to match play)
12:30 p.m. – Top 16, 12 games modified round robin match play (top four after 23 games advance to stepladder finals)
5 p.m. – Top 4 stepladder finals

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