Walter Ray Williams Jr. Wins PBA50 Johnny Petraglia BVL Open for 12th Career PBA50 Tour Title

CLEARWATER, Fla. – PBA Hall of Famer Walter Ray Williams Jr. of Oxford, Florida, won the PBA50 Johnny Petraglia BVL Open Wednesday for his 12th career title on PBA’s tour for players 50 and over, moving him into a tie for second on the all-time titles list with three other players.

In the first tournament of the 2019 season, the 59-year-old Williams beat finals top qualifier Sammy Ventura of Syracuse, N.Y., 288-205, in the title match at Maple Country Lanes to tie Tom Baker, Gary Dickinson and Dale Eagle on the all-time list. John Handegard holds the record of 14 PBA50 Tour titles.

Technical difficulties prevented the finals from airing live on FloBowling but the stream will be archived for later viewing on www.flobowling.com.

“I wasn’t really bowling well in qualifying until I made some ball changes later in the tournament where I could play outside and go straighter to the pocket,” said Williams, who had to battle all the way from the cashers round. “I started getting a much better ball reaction as the tournament went on. I was finally able to get to the pocket and then it was just a matter of getting all the pins to go down.”

In the semi-final match, Williams, who qualified second for the finals, also dominated by beating 2017 PBA50 Player of the Year Brian LeClair of Albany, New York, 277-225.

LeClair, the 2017 Johnny Petraglia BVL Open winner, started the finals by beating No. 4 qualifier PBA Hall of Famer Norm Duke of Clermont, Florida, 10-9, in a one-ball roll-off after tying the match 237-237. LeClair then went on to beat No. 3 qualifier Brian Kretzer of Dayton, Ohio, 238-213, to advance to the semifinal against Williams. Duke was trying for his sixth career PBA50 Tour title and Kretzer his second.

With his win, Williams, the PBA Tour’s all-time titles leader with 47 wins, moved a step closer to becoming the all-time leader on both of PBA’s national tours.

“If I’m going to challenge that record I’m going to need to get going,” said Williams. “The senior tour keeps getting better and better which means it’s going to be much harder to get the wins.”

Williams’ last win on the PBA50 Tour came in the 2017 USBC Senior Masters. He finished second three times in 2018 including the Johnny Petraglia BVL Open which was held at Farmingdale Lanes in Farmingdale, N.Y.

Ventura’s second-place finish was his career best on the PBA50 Tour eclipsing his previous best of third in the 2017 Race City Open.

The PBA50 Tour heads to The Villages, Florida for the first major of the season when Spanish Springs Lanes hosts the PBA50 National Championship presented by Spanish Springs Lanes and Radical April 22-26.

PBA50 JOHNNY PETRAGLIA BVL OPEN

Presented by Lucas Magazine and Brunswick

Maple Country Lanes, Clearwater, Fla., Wednesday

Final Standings:

1, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., $7,500.
2, Sammy Ventura, Syracuse, N.Y., $4,000.
3, Brian LeClair, Albany, N.Y., $3,000.
4, Brian Kretzer, Dayton, Ohio, $2,500.
5, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., $2,000.

Stepladder Results:

Match One – LeClair def. Duke, 237-237, LeClair won roll-off 10-9.
Match Two – LeClair def. Kretzer, 238-213.
Semifinal Match – Williams def. LeClair, 277-225.
Championship Match – Williams def. Ventura, 288-205.

Match Play Round 2 (after six games, including match play bonus pins. Top five advance to stepladder finals)

1, ss-Sammy Ventura, Syracuse, N.Y., 5-1, 1,646.
2, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., 6-0, 1,619.
3, Brian Kretzer, Dayton, Ohio, 4-2, 1,595.
4, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 4-2, 1,582.
5, Brian LeClair, Albany, N.Y., 4-2, 1,558.
6, (tie) ss-James Storts, Westfield, Ind., 5-1, 1,528, and Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., 4-2, 1,528, $1,600.
8, Bryan Goebel, Shawnee, Kan., 2-4, 1,481, $1,600.
9, (tie) Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, 2-4, 1,461, and Lennie Boresch Jr., Kenosha, Wis., 4-2, 1,461, $1,400.
11, Michael Haugen Jr., Phoenix, 1-5, 1,399, $1,400.
12, Craig Auerbach, Sunrise, Fla., 2-4, 1,398, $1,400.
13, Gary Faulkner, Norfolk, Va., 2-4, 1,391, $1,400.
14, Joe Scarborough, Charlotte, N.C., 1-5, 1,384, $1,400.
15, Steve Kenyon, Grosse Ile., Mich., 1-5, 1,235, $1,400.
16, Robert Leonard, Lockwood, N.Y., 1-5, 1,155, $1,400.

Match Play Round 1 (After five games, including match play bonus pins)

17, ss-Don Blatchford, Santa Monica, Calif., 4-1, 1,206, $1,250.
18, ss-Ron Mohr, Las Vegas, 2-3, 1,192, $1,250.
19, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 4-1, 1,187, $1,250.
20, (tie) Mark Sullivan, Indianapolis, 2-3, 1,182, and Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 2-3, 1,182, $1,250.
22, Steve Hoskins, New Port Richey, Fla., 3-2, 1,151, $1,250.
23, ss-Tom Baker, King, N.C., 2-3, 1,142, $1,250.
24, Brian Menini, Brookfield, Mo., 2-3, 1,122, $1,250.
25, Don Herrington, Ballston Lake, N.Y., 2-3, 1,100, $1,150.
26, ss-William Peters, Dayton, Ohio, 1-4, 1,092, $1,150.
27, Keith Lesko, Prosper, Texas, 1-4, 1,078, $1,150.
28, (tie) Michael Duran, Banning, Calif., 2-3, 1,058, and ss-Mike Hastings, Millsboro, Del., 1-4, 1,058, $1,150.
30, ss-George Gomez, Orlando, Fla., 1-4, 1,052, $1,150.
31, Terry Metzner, Kentwood, Mich., 1-4, 1,018, $1,150.
32, Tony Rodriguez Jr., Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., 0-5, 1,008, $1,150.

Other Cashers (after five-game cashers round)

33, ss-Lee Brosius, Ashburn, Va., 1,136, $1,100.
34, Rolando Sebelen, Dominican Republic, $1,100.
35, Doug Becker, Clermont, Fla., 1,134, $1,100.
36, ss-Harry Sullins, Chesterfield Twp., Mich., 1,133, $1,100.
37, Joel Carlson, Omaha, Neb., 1,132, $1,100.
38, Paul Fleming, Ft. Worth, Texas, 1,122, $1,100.
39, ss-Kevin Foley, Reno, Nev., 1,112, $1,100.
40, John Burkett, Southlake, Texas, 1,111, $1,100.
41, n,ss-Brian Brazeau, Ocala, Fla., 1,110, $1,100.
42, Darin Hays, Wesley Chapel, Fla., 1,109, $1,100.
43, ss-Mark Williams, Beaumont, Texas, 1,096, $1,100.
44, Warren Eales, Chandler, Ariz., 1,085, $1,050.
45, Carlos Denot, Mexico, 1,077, $1,050.
46, ss-Bill Henson, Westerville, Ohio, 1,073, $1,050.
47, ss-Johnny Petraglia, Jackson, N.J., 1,069, $1,050.
48, ss-Pete DiChiara, Ardsley, N.Y., 1,067, $1,050.
49, ss-Jim Pitts, Elmira, N.Y., 1,066, $1,050.
50, Ricky Schissler, Brighton, Colo., 1,051, $1,050.
51, Ralph Brunt Jr., Jensen Beach, Fla., 1,050, $1,050.
52, James Campbell, Clearwater, Fla., 1,042, $1,050.
53, ss-Chris Fedden, Albany, N.Y., 1,033, $1,000.
54, ss-Kerry Fulford, Ft. Worth, Texas, 1,030, $1,000.
55, ss-John Dudak, Orland Park, Ill., 1,026, $1,000.
56, ss-Patrick King, Yankton, S.D., 1,023, $1,000.
57, ss-Mike Mineman, St Louis, 1,019, $1,050.
58, Stoney Baker, Canton, Ga., 1,016, $1,000.
59, ss-Darryl Bower, Middletown, Pa., 1,000, $1,000.
60, David Taylor, Largo, Fla., 355, $1,000.

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Norm Duke Turns His Attention to PBA50 Tour Where He Takes Johnny Petraglia BVL Open Top Qualifier Honors

CLEARWATER, Fla. – If Norm Duke isn’t busy enough challenging for Player of the Year honors on the 2019 Go Bowling! PBA Tour, the 55-year-old hall of famer has turned his attention to the PBA50 Tour this week where he finds himself as the qualifying leader after the second round of the Johnny Petraglia BVL Open presented by Lucas Magazine and Brunswick.

After finishing the first round in 11th, Duke surged to the top spot finishing with a 3,370 14-game qualifying pinfall total (240 average) Tuesday at Maple Country Lanes after bowling games of 268, 254, 255, 247, 225, 227 and 258 in the second round.

“The center and the lanes are in great condition which is making it easy to get a good read right away,” Duke said. “Nothing is confusing me and I’m able to get lined up quick, so pair to pair there’s a consistency that I’m able to take advantage of.”

On the PBA Tour, Duke won his 39th and 40th titles back-to-back in February to become the oldest player to accomplish the feat.

“I’m getting better at managing the nagging little injuries in recent years and I’m committed to not over-hooking the ball which puts me in a better place from a physical standpoint,” said Duke, who is in his 37th season on the PBA Tour and sixth season on the tour for players 50 and over. “The kids tour is still the priority for me but I’m going to bowl the PBA50 Tour as much as I can. Managing my schedule going forward is also something I’m going to have to do.”

After qualifying, the top 24 players advanced to Wednesday’s match play with an additional eight players that will be determined through a casher’s round that begins at 8:30 a.m. ET.

In the first tournament of the season, Duke held a 47-pin lead over fellow hall of famers Bryan Goebel of Shawnee, Kan., in second with a 3,323 pinfall and a 53-pin lead over Amleto Monacelli of Venezuela in third with 3,317. Robert Leonard of Lockwood, N.Y., finished fourth with 3,307 and Joe Scarborough of Charlotte, N.C. rounded out the top five with 3,288.

Reigning PBA50 Player of the Year and 2018 Johnny Petraglia BVL Open winner Michael Haugen Jr. of Phoenix, finished qualifying in sixth with 3,274 followed by Gary Faulkner of Norfolk, Va., in seventh with 3,264. First round leader Brian LeClair of Albany, N.Y., the winner of the 2017 Johnny Petraglia BVL Open, rounded out the top eight with 3,258. The top eight players will be seeded into Wednesday’s second match play round.

PBA Hall of Famer Johnny Petraglia advanced to the casher’s round by finishing sixth among the PBA60 players (ages 60 and over) out of the regular prize fund. The 72-year-old left-hander finished qualifying with a 2,970 14-game pinfall.

After match play the top five players will advance to the stepladder finals scheduled for 7 p.m.

PBA’s online streaming partner FloBowling will provide all the Johnny Petraglia BVL Open final-day action. Visit www.flobowling.com for subscription and schedule information.

PBA50 JOHNNY PETRAGLIA BVL OPEN 

Presented by Lucas Magazine and Brunswick

Maple Country Lanes, Clearwater, Fla., Tuesday

SECOND ROUND (after 14 games. Positions 1-24 advance to match play. Positions 25-52 plus eight PBA60 players advance to casher’s round to determine eight match play spots)

1, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 3,370.
2, Bryan Goebel, Shawnee, Kan., 3,323.
3, Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, 3,317.
4, Robert Leonard, Lockwood, N.Y., 3,307.
5, Joe Scarborough, Charlotte, N.C., 3,288.
6, Michael Haugen Jr., Phoenix, 3,274.
7, Gary Faulkner, Norfolk, Va., 3,264.
8, Brian LeClair, Albany, N.Y., 3,258.
9, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 3,244.
10, Ron Mohr, Las Vegas, 3,241.
11, Mark Sullivan, Indianapolis, 3,222.
12, William Peters, Dayton, Ohio, 3,208.
13, Don Herrington, Ballston Lake, N.Y., 3,191.
14, Lennie Boresch Jr., Kenosha, Wis., 3,190.
15, Don Blatchford, Santa Monica, Calif., 3,171.
16, Craig Auerbach, Sunrise, Fla., 3,166.
17, Mike Hastings, Millsboro, Del., 3,164.
18, Steve Hoskins, New Port Richey, Fla., 3,144.
19, (tie) Steve Kenyon, Grosse Ile., Mich., and Sammy Ventura, Syracuse, N.Y., 3,136.
21, (tie) Michael Duran, Banning, Calif., and George Gomez, Orlando, Fla., 3,134.
23, Terry Metzner, Kentwood, Mich., 3,128.
24, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 3,121.
25, (tie) James Campbell, Clearwater, Fla., and Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., 3,093.
27, Joel Carlson, Omaha, Neb., 3,090.
28, Paul Fleming, Ft. Worth, Texas, 3,083.
29, Darin Hays, Wesley Chapel, Fla., 3,080.
30, n-Brian Brazeau, Ocala, Fla., 3,079.
31, (tie) Ralph Brunt Jr., Jensen Beach, Fla., and Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., 3,067.
33, Mark Williams, Beaumont, Texas, 3,063.
34, Rolando Sebelen, Dominica Republic, 3,060.
35, (tie) John Burkett, Southlake, Texas, Brian Kretzer, Dayton, Ohio, and Brian Menini, Brookfield, Mo., 3,055.
38, Tony Rodriguez Jr., Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., 3,053.
39, Carlos Denot, Mexico, 3,050.
40, Stoney Baker, Canton, Ga., 3,046.
41, Ricky Schissler, Brighton, Colo., 3,043.
42, Mike Mineman, St Louis, 3,042.
43, David Taylor, Largo, Fla., 3,031.
44, Lee Brosius, Ashburn, Va., 3,027.
45, Warren Eales, Chandler, Ariz., 3,025.
46, (tie) Tom Baker, King, N.C., and Kevin Foley, Reno, Nev., 3,022.
48, Pete DiChiara, Ardsley, N.Y., 3,018.
49, Keith Lesko, Prosper, Texas, 3,013.
50, (tie) Harry Sullins, Chesterfield Twp., Mich., and Bill Henson, Westerville, Ohio, 3,007.
52, Doug Becker, Clermont, Fla., 3,004.
53, ss-John Dudak, Orland Park, Ill., 3,002.
54, ss-Darryl Bower, Middletown, Pa., 3,000.
55, ss-Chris Fedden, Albany, N.Y., 2,998.
56, John Dougherty III, Fort Walton Beach, Fla., 2,997.
57, ss-Jim Pitts, Elmira, N.Y., 2,992.
58, (tie) John Marsala, St. Louis, Mo., and Peter Knopp, Germany, 2,985.
60, n-Dennis Rakauskas, Apopka, Fla., 2,983.
61, ss-James Storts, Westfield, Ind., 2,981.
62, Steven DiMartino, Upper Saddle River, N.J., 2,979.
63, Bob Learn Jr., Erie, Pa., 2,978.
64, John Conroy, Mahopac, N.Y., 2,975.
65, Paul LeMond, Jasper, Ind., 2,973.
66, Dan Schmerbach, St. Joseph, Mo., 2,971.
67, ss-Johnny Petraglia, Jackson, N.J., 2,970.
68, n-Peter Hernandez, Land O’ Lakes, Fla., 2,964.
69, (tie) ss-Kerry Fulford, Ft. Worth, Texas, Todd Haney, Boiling Springs, S.C., and Scott Greiner, Sunrise Beach, Mo., 2,960.
72, James Hansen, Anchorage, Alaska, 2,957.
73, John Donovan, Melbourne, Fla., 2,955.
74, Todd Kjell, Roscoe, Ill., 2,954.
75, Danny Clark, New Palestine, Ind., 2,951.
76, ss-Patrick King, Yankton, S.D., 2,931.
77, n-Rich Garner, Hudson, Fla., 2,927.
78, Kevin Croucher, Grants Pass, Ore., 2,925.
79, n-Dennis Psaropolus, Lake Worth, Fla., 2,917.
80, (tie) Chuck Richardson, The Villages, Fla., and Tony Johnson, Canton, Ohio, 2,913.
82, Glenn Morgan, Carson City, Nev., 2,912.
83, n-David Covington, Holland, Mich., 2,911.
84, Glenn Smith, New York, 2,908.
85, Carl West, San Jose, Calif., 2,905.
86, Rory Peterson, Jacksonville, Fl, 2,902.
87, Ted Staikoff, Black Hawk, S.D., 2,901.
88, Michael Mikolajczyk, Boothwyn, Pa., 2,900.
89, Widmar Vargas, Sun City Center, Fla., 2,897.
90, David Bleggi, Jacksonville, N.C., 2,893.
91, Bill Vannoy, Jacksonville, N.C., 2,890.
92, Thomas Ream, Tampa, Fla., 2,888.
93, (tie) Christopher Keane, Cape Coral, Fla., and Steven Jansson, Barnes, Wis., 2,885.
95, Brian Voss, Centennial, Colo., 2,884.
96, Steve Ferraro, Kingston, N.Y., 2,878.
97, Tom Carter, Columbus, Ohio, 2,875.
98, George Litwin, Miami, 2,872.
99, Joe Salvemini, Colorado Springs, Colo., 2,869.
100, John Younger, The Villiages, Fla., 2,856.
101, Lee Rautenberg, Boynton Beach, Fla., 2,854.
102, (tie) n-Michael Owen, Gainesville, Fla., and Ken Shealy, Myrtle Beach, S.C., 2,853.
104, (tie) Brian Miller, Springfield, Ohio, n-Lucy Sandelin, Tampa, Fla., and Jeff Johnson, Freeport, Ill., 2,852.
107, Frank Gallo Jr., Jacksonville, Fla., 2,849.
108, Sam Maccarone, Williamstown, N.J., 2,835.
109, n-Stan Sprow, Lakeland, Fla., 2,834.
110, (tie) Marty Berke, Allentown, Pa., and John DiSantis, Wilmington, Del., 2,833.
112, Steve Bova, Massapequa, N.Y., 2,830.
113, Fran Luzzi, Port Jervis, N.Y., 2,825.
114, ss-Louis Alessi, Clearwater, Fla., 2,810.
115, Gary Alstott, Washington, Ill., 2,766.
116, (tie) Bob Kelly, Dayton, Ohio, and Nick Panicaro, Ocala, Fla., 2,763.
118, Mark Abraham, Lansing, Mich., 2,758.
119, Timothy Regan, East Northport, N.Y., 2,753.
120, (tie) Mike Dias, Lafayette, Colo., and Jimmy Jean, Kathleen, Ga., 2,742.
122, n-John Stronka, Davie, Fla., 2,740.
123, Mal Williams, Jr, Greensboro, N.C., 2,732.
124, Michael Truitt, New Port Richey, Fla., 2,728.
125, Darryl Dempsey, Pinellas Park, Fla., 2,727.
126, Ernie Segura Jr., Taylor, Mich., 2,723.
127, David Sanders, Blythewood, S.C., 2,715.
128, Richard Strath, Schenectady, N.Y., 2,712.
129, Jim Horan, Mountain View, Calif., 2,703.
130, Harry Alchin III, Madeira Beach, Fla., 2,682.
131, Willie Wells, Plano, Texas, 2,669.
132, Dave Bernhardt, Romeo, Mich., 2,656.
133, Timothy Banks, Rosamond, Calif., 2,653.
134, Jay Hess, Gotha, Fla., 2,634.
135, Tom Johnson, Gulfport, Fla., 2,626.
135, Jon DeLaney, McKinney, Texas, 2,626.
137, Michael Vella, Medford, N.Y., 2,620.
138, Larry Helton, Bolingbrook, Ill., 2,588.
139, (tie) Thomas Sliwinski, Reynoldsville, Pa., and Ken Waters, Kingsport, Tenn., 2,583.
141, Larry Felts Jr., Simpsonville, S.C., 2,582.
142, Glen Nakagawa, Highland Village, Texas, 2,581.
143, Dan Howsmon, Land O’Lakes, Fla., 2,573.
144, John Austin Jr., League City, Texas, 2,567.
145, Steven Grotowski, Ft Lauderdale, Fla, 2,562.
146, n-Joe Barna, Stuart, Fla., 2,551.
147, n-Gavin Newman, Palm Harbor, Fla., 2,504.
148, Garry Blanton, Owensboro, Ky., 2,495.
149, Darren Hook, Santo, Texas, 2,453.
150, Peter Brainard, Tampa, Fla., 2,398.
151, Stephen Lippman, Palm Harbor, Fla., 2,390.
152, Galen Keas, Alda, Neb., 2,378.
153, Vinny Rivas, Zephyrhills, Fla., 2,364.
154, John Christensen, Carmel, N.Y., 2,313.
155, Robert Stevens, Zephyhills, Fla., 2,044.

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Malott, Svensson Take Advantage of Misfortunes to Advance in PBA Playoffs

PORTLAND, Maine – Ten-time PBA Tour winner Wes Malott of Pflugerville, Texas, and seven-time titlist Jesper Svensson of Sweden took advantage of 10th-frame misfortunes by their opponents to advance to the Round of 16 in the inaugural PBA Playoffs at Bayside Bowl.

Malott, the No. 15 seed, and Svensson, No. 23, along with No. 11 Kyle Sherman of O’Fallon, Missouri, and seven-time Tour winner and No. 14 seed Dom Barrett of England, won their Round of 24 single-game elimination matches, that aired on FS1 Monday to advance to the Round of 16 where they will join four earlier winners – three-time Tour titlist Andres Gomez of Colombia; six-time titlist Rhino Page of Orlando, Fla.; three-time winner Kyle Troup of Taylorsville, North Carolina, and 2019 Scorpion Championship winner Kris Prather of Plainfield, Illinois.

The winner of the Playoffs, which features the top 24 players in competition points after the first 13 Go Bowling! PBA Tour tournaments of the season, will earn a $100,000 first prize.

Malott won his match against No. 18 qualifier three-time tour winner Josh Blanchard of Mesa, Arizona, when Blanchard – needing a nine-count on his fill ball in the 10th frame to win – threw the ball wide leaving the 1-2-4 to lose the match, 212-211.

“My heart goes out to Josh, but we’ve all been there and I know how he feels,” said Malott. “Even though I hated it for Josh, I still felt like I deserved to win because I fought hard to put the pressure on him to get back in the match.

“At the start of the match I was way too quick,” Malott said of his slow start in the match. “With the electric atmosphere here it’s easy to get too pumped up, so I had to calm down. I’m just glad I was able to do what I had to do to get back in the match.”

Svensson won his match against No. 10 seed four-time tour winner Marshall Kent of Yakima, Washington, 206-190 but was also aided in his win by Kent. Holding a five-pin lead heading into the 10th frame, Kent, who missed a 10 pin earlier in the match, left a 4-9 split on his first shot and was unable to convert. Svensson, a left-handed two-hander, took advantage, closing the game with three strikes for the win.

In the other two Round of 24 matches, Barrett, a seven-time tour winner, handily won his match against No. 19 Brad Miller of Lees Summit, Missouri, 237-187, and Sherman won his match against No. 22 DJ Archer of Spring, Texas, 203-182, to also advance to the Round of 16.

Round of 16 and Round of 8 matches will be televised by FS1 on consecutive Monday nights at 9 p.m. ET beginning April 22, reducing the field to four survivors who will return to Portland for the semifinal and final rounds June 1-2, with both shows airing live on FOX at noon Eastern.

The format for the Rounds of 16 and 8 will change to a Race to 2 Points format where each game won is worth one point. If the players split the first two games, a ninth and 10th frame tie-breaker will be used to award the deciding point. The eight Round of 24 winners will take on the top eight Playoffs qualifiers – Jason Belmonte, Jakob Butturff, Norm Duke, Anthony Simonsen, EJ Tackett, Sean Rash, Bill O’Neill and Tom Daugherty – who earned byes to automatically advance to the Round of 16.

To view the PBA Playoffs bracket click here:

https://www.pba.com/Content/Images/playoffs/2019_PBA_Playoff_Bracket.pdf

PBA PLAYOFFS RESULTS

Bayside Bowl, Portland, Maine (second half of Round of 24 aired Monday on FS1. Winners advance to Round of 16)

Match 5 – Jesper Svensson, Sweden, def. Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., 206-190.
Match 6 – Kyle Sherman, O’Fallon, Mo., def. DJ Archer, Spring, Texas, 203-182.
Match 7 – Dom Barrett, England, def. Brad Miller, Lees Summit, Mo., 237-187.
Match 8 – Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, def. Josh Blanchard, Mesa, Ariz., 212-211.

Round of 16 pairings (Race to 2 Points based on one point per game won)

Match 9 – Kyle Troup, Taylorsville, N.C., vs. Jason Belmonte, Australia (airs April 22).
Match 10 – Kris Prather, Plainfield, Ill., vs. Tom Daugherty, Riverview, Fla. (airs April 22).
Match 11 – Rhino Page, Orlando, Fla., vs. Anthony Simonsen, Little Elm, Texas (airs April 29).
Match 12 – Andres Gomez, Colombia vs. EJ Tackett, Bluffton, Ind. (airs April 29).
Match 13 – Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, vs. Jakob Butturff, Tempe, Ariz. (airs May 6).
Match 14 – Jesper Svensson, Sweden, vs. Bill O’Neill, Langhorne, Pa. (airs May 6).
Match 15 – Dom Barrett, England, vs. Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla. (airs May 13).
Match 16 – Kyle Sherman, O’Fallon, Mo., vs. Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill. (airs May 13).

Brian LeClair Tops Qualifying After Johnny Petraglia BVL Open First Round

CLEARWATER, Fla. – Hampered by a lingering knee injury, 2017 PBA50 Player of the Year Brian LeClair of Albany, N.Y., averaged 247 to take the first round lead in the PBA50 Johnny Petraglia BVL Open presented by Lucas Magazine and Brunswick Monday at Maple Countryside Lanes.

After starting the round with games of 207 and 212, LeClair, who uses a brace on his left knee, followed up with games of 256, 279, 238, 280 and 259 to finish with a 1,731 seven-game pinfall total.

“I switched to a ball with a medium reaction after the second game that went a little further down the lane and it was bombs away,” said the three-time PBA50 Tour winner. “This is one of those situations where having the right angle and right roll on the ball is critical to get the pin carry.”

LeClair, who won the 2017 Johnny Petraglia BVL Open, holds an eight-pin lead in the first tournament of the 2019 season over PBA Hall of Famer and eight-time PBA PBA50 Tour winner Amleto Monacelli in second with 1,723. Monacelli started his season with a 300 game and then bowled games of 218, 215, 236, 259, 258 and 237.

Rounding out the top five after the first round were Joe Scarborough, Charlotte, N.C., 1,690; PBA Hall of Famer Bryan Goebel, Shawnee, Kan., 1,685, and Gary Faulkner, Norfolk, Va., 1,672.

Reigning PBA50 Player of the Year Michael Haugen Jr. of Phoenix, finished in a tie for eighth with PBA Hall of Famer Ron Mohr of Las Vegas with a 1,647 pinfall. Haugen won the 2018 Johnny Petraglia BVL Open when it was conducted at Farmingdale Lanes in Farmingdale, N.Y.

PBA Hall of Famer Johnny Petraglia, who has won 14 PBA Tour and eight PBA50 Tour titles in his more than five decades of PBA competition, finished the first round in 70th with 1,476. 

Competition continues Tuesday with another seven-game qualifying round beginning at 9 a.m. ET.  Casher’s and match play rounds get underway Wednesday at 8:30 a.m., which will determine the five players for the stepladder finals at 7 p.m.

Fans can catch all the action live via PBA’s online streaming partner FloBowling. Visit www.flobowling.com for subscription and schedule information.

PBA50 JOHNNY PETRAGLIA BVL OPEN 

Presented by Lucas Magazine and Brunswick

Maple Countryside Lanes, Monday

FIRST ROUND (after seven games)

1, Brian LeClair, Albany, N.Y., 1,731.
2, Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, 1,723.
3, Joe Scarborough, Charlotte, N.C., 1,690.
4, Bryan Goebel, Shawnee, Kan., 1,685.
5, Gary Faulkner, Norfolk, Va., 1,672.
6, ss-William Peters, Dayton, Ohio, 1,658.
7, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 1,649.
8, (tie) ss-Ron Mohr, Las Vegas, and Michael Haugen Jr., Phoenix, 1,647.
10, ss-Mike Hastings, Millsboro, Del., 1,640.
11, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 1,636.
12, Robert Leonard Sr, Lockwood, N.Y., 1,635.
13, Darin Hays, Wesley Chapel, Fla., 1,634.
14, Terry Metzner, Kentwood, Mich., 1,622.
15, Lennie Boresch Jr., Kenosha, Wis., 1,617.
16, Craig Auerbach, Sunrise, Fla., 1,616.
17, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., 1,609.
18, Carlos Denot, Mexico, 1,600.
19, David Taylor, Largo, Fla., 1,589.
20, n-Dennis Rakauskas, Apopka, Fla., 1,588.
21, Brian Menini, Brookfield, Mo., 1,584.
22, Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., 1,582.
23, ss-Sammy Ventura, Syracuse, N.Y., 1,578.
24, Stoney Baker, Canton, Ga., 1,576.
25, Tony Rodriguez Jr., Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., 1,573.
26, Jeff Johnson, Freeport, Ill., 1,569.
27, n-David Covington, Holland, Mich., 1,565.
28, (tie) Ralph Brunt Jr., Jensen Beach, Fla., and ss-Mike Mineman, St Louis, 1,563.
30, Peter Knopp, Germany, 1,562.
31, Paul LeMond, Jasper, Ind., 1,561.
32, Steve Hoskins, New Port Richey, Fla., 1,553.
33, ss-Kevin Foley, Reno, Nev., 1,551.
34, (tie) Keith Lesko, Prosper, Texas, and Glenn Smith, New York, 1,549.
36, Mark Sullivan, Indianapolis, 1,548.
37, ss-Don Blatchford, Santa Monica, Calif., 1,547.
38, Don Herrington, Ballston Lake, N.Y., 1,546.
39, ss-Patrick King, Yankton, S.D., 1,545.
40, (tie) Scott Greiner, Sunrise Beach, Mo., and Brian Kretzer, Dayton, Ohio, 1,544.
42, Joel Carlson, Omaha, Neb., 1,542.
43, ss-Mark Williams, Beaumont, Texas, 1,539.
44, (tie) Bob Learn Jr., Erie, Pa., 1,538 and ss-George Gomez, Orlando, Fla., 1,538.
46, Danny Clark, New Palestine, Ind., 1,524.
47, n-Rich Garner, Hudson, Fla., 1,522.
48, (tie) John Conroy, Mahopac, N.Y., and Warren Eales, Chandler, Ariz., 1,520.
50, John Burkett, Southlake, Texas, 1,519.
51, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 1,516.
52, ss-Bill Henson, Westerville, Ohio, 1,514.
53, John Dougherty III, Fort Walton Beach, Fla., 1,508.
54, Steve Kenyon, Grosse Ile., Mich., 1,506.
55, Paul Fleming, Ft. Worth, Texas, 1,505.
56, Todd Haney, Boiling Springs, S.C., 1,504.
57, James Hansen, Anchorage, Alaska, 1,500.
58, Michael Duran, Banning, Calif., 1,498.
59, ss-John Dudak, Orland Park, Ill., 1,496.
60, Doug Becker, Clermont, Fla., 1,494.
61, ss-Darryl Bower, Middletown, Pa., 1,492.
62, (tie) Steven DiMartino, Upper Saddle River,N.J., and Dan Schmerbach, St. Joseph, Mo., 1,489.
64, James Campbell, Clearwater, Fla., 1,486.
65, ss-Chris Fedden, Albany, N.Y., 1,482.
66, ss-Tom Carter, Columbus, Ohio, 1,481.
67, Michael Mikolajczyk, Boothwyn, Pa., and n-Peter Hernandez, Land O’ Lakes, Fla., 1,480.
69, ss-John DiSantis, Wilmington, Del., 1,477.
70, ss-Johnny Petraglia, Jackson, N.J., 1,476.
71, Tony Johnson, Canton, Ohio, 1,475.
72, ss-Jim Pitts, Elmira, N.Y., 1,474.
73, (tie) ss-Pete DiChiara, Ardsley, N.Y., and ss-Harry Sullins, Chesterfield Twp., Mich., 1,470.
75, Rory Peterson, Jacksonville, Fla., 1,461.
76, ss-Chuck Richardson, The Villages, Fla., 1,460.
77, ss-Lee Brosius, Ashburn, Va., 1,458.
78, (tie) ss-n-Brian Brazeau, Ocala, Fla., and ss-Steven Jansson, Barnes, Wis., 1,457.
80, (tie) Rolando Sebelen, Dominica Republic, ss-George Litwin, Miami, and John Marsala, St. Louis, Mo., 1,456.
83, ss-n-Dennis Psaropolus, Lake Worth, Fla., 1,452.
84, Ricky Schissler, Brighton, Colo., 1,446.
85, ss-Frank Gallo Jr., Jacksonville, Fla., 1,441.
86, (tie) ss-Thomas Ream, Tampa, Fla., 1,437, and ss-Christopher Keane, Cape Coral, Fla., 1,437.
88, (tie) ss-James Storts, Westfield, Ind., and ss-Tom Baker, King, N.C., 1,434.
90, ss-Nick Panicaro, Ocala, Fla., 1,433.
91, n, ss-Lucy Sandelin, Tampa, Fla., 1,429.
92, Ken Shealy, Myrtle Beach, S.C., 1,421.
93, ss-Steve Bova, Massapequa, N.Y., 1,420.
94, ss-Sam Maccarone, Williamstown, N.J., 1,418.
95, (tie) ss-Marty Berke, Allentown, Pa., and ss-Kerry Fulford, Ft. Worth, Texas, 1,417.
97, ss-n-Stan Sprow, Lakeland, Fla., 1,413.
98, ss-Brian Voss, Centennial, Colo., 1,409.
99, David Bleggi, Jacksonville, N.C., 1,408.
100, (tie) ss-Widmar Vargas, Sun City Center, Fla., and Glenn Morgan, Carson City, Nev., 1,407.
102, Todd Kjell, Roscoe, Ill., 1,405.
103, n-John Stronka, Davie, Fla., 1,404.
104, ss-Ted Staikoff, Black Hawk, S.D., 1,402.
105, Ernie Segura Jr., Taylor, Mich., 1,398.
106, Jimmy Jean, Kathleen, Ga., 1,396.
107, ss-Michael Truitt, New Port Richey, Fla., 1,394.
108, ss-Steve Ferraro, Kingston, N.Y., 1,393.
109, John Donovan, Melbourne, Fla., 1,391.
110, (tie) ss-John Younger, The Villiages, Fla., and Timothy Regan, East Northport, N.Y., 1,390.
112, Jon DeLaney, McKinney, Texas, 1,389.
113, (tie) ss-Bob Kelly, Dayton, Ohio, and n-Michael Owen, Gainesville, Fla., 1,375.
115, ss-Willie Wells, Plano, Texas, 1,374.
116, ss-Kevin Croucher, Grants Pass, Ore., 1,367.
117, (tie) Bill Vannoy, Jacksonville, N.C., and ss-Brian Miller, Springfield, Ohio, 1,365.
119, Harry Alchin III, Madeira Beach, Fla., 1,363.
120, ss-Lee Rautenberg, Boynton Beach, Fla., 1,361.
121, Tom Johnson, Golfport, Fla., 1,357.
122, Mark Abraham, Lansing, Mich., 1,356.
123, ss-Mike Dias, Lafayette, Colo., 1,355.
124, David Sanders, Blythewood, S.C., 1,351.
125, (tie) Mal Williams, Jr, Greensboro, N.C., and ss-Ken Waters, Kingsport, Tenn., 1,350.
127, Darryl Dempsey, Pinellas Park, Fla., 1,341.
128, ss-Louis Alessi, Clearwater, Fla., 1,332.
129, Jim Horan, Mountain View, Calif., 1,321.
130, Gary Alstott, Washington, Ill., 1,312.
131, (tie) ss-Glen Nakagawa, Highland Village, Texas, and Fran Luzzi, Port Jervis, N.Y., 1,307.
133, ss-Larry Helton, Bolingbrook, Ill., 1,305.
134, Jay Hess, Gotha, Fla., 1,292.
135, (tie) ss-Dave Bernhardt, Romeo, Mich., and n,ss-Joe Barna, Stuart, Fla., 1,287.
137, Michael Vella, Medford, N.Y., 1,277.
138, (tie) Timothy Banks, Rosamond, Calif., and Larry Felts Jr., Simpsonville, S.C., 1,276.
140, Darren Hook, Santo, Texas, 1,253.
141, Richard Strath, Schenectady, N.Y., 1,248.
142, Carl West, San Jose, Calif., 1,243.
143, ss-Joe Salvemini, Colorado Springs, Colo., 1,220.
144, ss-Dan Howsmon, Land O’Lakes, Fla., 1,210.
145, ss-Garry Blanton, Owensboro, Ky., 1,209.
146, ss-Thomas Sliwinski, Reynoldsville, Pa., 1,207.
147, ss-Peter Brainard, Tampa, Fla., 1,190.
148, John Austin Jr., League City, Texas, 1,176.
149, ss-Galen Keas, Alda, Neb., 1,157.
150, ss-Stephen Lippman, Palm Harbor, Fla., 1,155.
151, ss-Robert Stevens, Zephyhills, Fla., 1,152.
152, n-Gavin Newman, Palm Harbor, Fla., 1,126.
153, ss-Vinny Rivas, Zepherhills, Fla., 1,114.
154, ss-Steven Grotowski, Ft Lauderdale, Fla, 1,100.
155, John Christensen, Carmel, N.Y., 1,080.
156, ss-Norm Ginsberg, Lady Lake, Fla., 1,119.
157, ss-Lucien Casagrande, Canada, 1,022.

n-non-member

ss-PBA60 players ages 60 and over

Auto Accident Claims PBA50 Double Lung Transplant Recipient David Williams Jr.

IOWA CITY, Iowa ­– The Professional Bowlers Association today learned that David Williams Jr., 53, of Omaha has died of injuries sustained in an automobile accident Thursday while on his way to compete in the opening tournament of the PBA50 Tour season in Clearwater, Florida.

Williams, a double lung transplant recipient, was a 27-year member of the PBA who had won two PBA Regional tournament titles and a PBA50 Regional title in Council Bluffs, Iowa, in 2016. After being diagnosed with sarcoidosis, an incurable hereditary form of lung cancer, Williams continued to bowl – commonly with an oxygen tank at his side to assist his breathing between shots.

Williams underwent his double lung transplant at the University of Iowa hospital in Iowa City on March 29, 2018, and less than a year later – on March 10, 2019 – he finished third in a Pre-Tournament Qualifier to earn a berth in the PBA’s 10th anniversary World Series of Bowling in suburban Detroit.

Williams told the story of his battles and determination to continue competing to Bowlers Journal International editor Gianmarc Manzione just a week before his fatal accident: http://www.bowlersjournal.com/meet-the-double-lung-transplant-recipient-who-advanced-into-the-wsob-x-field/?fbclid=IwAR2a6KebxQxbFcdQfAZf2FYrAKGH63lkGUFy2J5naJgbJ4O9S3VNj7jXY9Y.

Details regarding the accident were not immediately available although Williams’ wife Sheri had announced on her Facebook page Thursday that he was hospitalized in a coma in Iowa City where he died later in the day. Information regarding services will be announced later.

PBA Spare Shots: PBA’s Visits to Maine are About More Than Competition on the Lanes

Maybe one of the reasons why the fans in Portland, Maine have embraced the Professional Bowlers Association and its players so strongly, and vice versa, is that the visits to Maine’s largest city (fewer than 67,000 residents) have become much more than bowling competitions.

The latest example took place on Sunday, April 7, when Bayside Bowl — in collaboration with the PBA and its friends at City of Portland, Maine, Visit Portland Maine, Portland Regional Chamber of Commerce and Portland Downtown — gave 30 Portland Middle and High school students the opportunity of a lifetime to bowl with eight of the world’s best bowlers in a pre-PBA Playoffs special event.

Portland and the PBA will have two more opportunities to light up the bowling world in 2019. The four finalists in the inaugural PBA Playoffs competition will return to Bayside Bowl Saturday and Sunday, June 1-2, for the semifinal and final rounds of the PBA Playoffs that will be televised live on FOX at noon EDT both days.

Six weeks later, the PBA League will return to Bayside Bowl for the fifth consecutive year July 16, 17 and 18 for live coverage of all rounds of the Elias Cup competition. FS1 will air four shows including the quarterfinal round in two shows on Tuesday, July 16, at 7 and 9 p.m.; the semifinals on Wednesday, July 17 at 9 p.m., and the Elias Cup championship finals on Wednesday, July 18 at 9 p.m. All times are Eastern.

To purchase tickets while limited supplies last, visit https://www.pba.com/Tickets and click on the link to the specific event you’d like to attend.

PBA LEAGUE TO EXPAND TO 10 TEAMS FOR 2020 SEASON

In news related to the PBA’s relationship with Portland, PBA CEO and Commissioner Tom Clark announced during the 2019 PBA League Draft held Monday at Bayside Bowl in Portland, Maine, that the PBA League will expand from eight to 10 teams in 2020.

The PBAL made its debut in 2013 with eight teams tied to cities across the U.S. The initial competition included preliminary rounds at Thunderbowl Lanes in suburban Detroit with the first Elias Cup finals held at Woodland Bowl in Indianapolis. The second PBAL event was held at Thunderbowl and Carolier Lanes in North Brunswick, N.J., before it made its debut at Bayside Bowl in 2015. The first Elias Cup competition held in Portland was the first PBA event ever held in Maine.

No further details regarding the PBAL’s expansion plans were revealed, but Clark made a point to note that adding two more teams will provide PBA members will additional opportunities to experience what has become one of the PBA Tour’s most coveted events.

FREAK ACCIDENT HINDERS JASON BELMONTE’S DOMINANT SEASON

• A freak accident during a youth bowling event prior to the USBC Masters has played a hand – no pun attended – in slowing Jason Belmonte’s dominating season in 2019, including his bid for a 12th major championship in the Masters, an event he had previously won a record four times.

As told to FloBowling senior editor Lucas Wiseman, the 35-year-old Australian two-handed player explained his injury:

“I had my hand in a ball, and I was giving some of the kids a tip,” Belmonte said. “As I swung the ball back with one hand, one of the fellas was holding his ball, and he had moved a little bit. So, when I swung it back, my finger in the ball got jammed into the ball the young fella was holding. As soon as I did it, it split open and started bleeding and the bruising and swelling came up pretty quick.”

The cut, across the crease below his fingertip on his index finger, and the bruising and swelling accompanying the injury, forced Belmonte to bowl using only his ring and little fingers to grip the ball – something he said he had “never done before.” The result was a 194.73 average for his 15 qualifying games in the Masters and a 169th-place finish – well below the cut line.

Belmonte was hoping for rapid healing before his next major test – a Round of 16 match against fellow two-hander Kyle Troup in the inaugural PBA Playoffs. Belmonte was the runaway top qualifier for the Playoffs, earning a first-round bye, and will face Troup – who eliminated PBA Hall of Famer Chris Barnes in his opening Round of 24 match – in a Round of 16 match that will air on Monday, April 22, at 9 p.m. EDT on FS1.

TEXAN THOMAS SIMMONS WINS PBA BOWLING CHALLENGE WSOB X ANNIVERSARY GAME

Thomas Simmons of Plano, Texas, tried 32 times to out-bowl PBA World Champion Jason Belmonte in the special PBA Bowling Challenge game for mobile device players, and his persistence resulted in a victory in Concrete Software’s special event held in conjunction with the 10th anniversary PBA World Series of Bowling.

As the contest winner, Simmons earned a PBA bowling pin autographed by Belmonte plus 5,000 gold pins to use in the PBA Bowling Challenge for mobile devices. The WSOB X special event resulted in 20,346 entries (including 11,357 re-entries by 2,269 unique users). Simmons was selected at random among the players who posted a score higher than the 236 game Belmonte rolled to win the PBA World Championship.

DOM BARRETT, CHRIS BARNES COMPLETE TEAMS FOR 2019 WEBER CUP

England’s Dom Barrett and Chris Barnes of Double Oak, Texas, captains of the international and United States teams for the upcoming Weber Cup competition set for Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, have completed their team rosters.

Barrett has selected fellow Englishman Stuart Williams and Finnish two-hander Osku Palermaa to join Swedish two-hander Jesper Svensson on the international team while Barnes’ United States team will include left-hander Jakob Butturff of Tempe, Ariz., and a pair of two-handed players – Anthony Simonsen of Little Elm, Texas, and Kyle Troup of Taylorsville, N.C. Svensson and Butturff earned their berths based on the 2019 Go Bowling! PBA Tour competition points standings; Williams, Palermaa, Simonsen and Troup were captains’ picks.

The Weber Cup, traditionally held in England, will make its debut on American soil June 18-21 just ahead of International Bowl Expo which will take place June 23-27 at the Paris Hotel and Las Vegas Convention Center. Tickets are on sale now at www.webercup.com.

PBA REGIONAL UPDATE: FRANCOIS LAVOIE WINS AGAIN AT FIRELAKE

Canadian Francois Lavoie, PBA’s 2016 Rookie of the Year and the reigning PBA Southwest Region Player of the Year, defeated Anthony Lavery-Spahr of Pasadena, Texas, 211-209, to win the eighth annual PBA FireLake/Grand Casino Resort Southwest Open presented by Brunswick.

The title was Lavoie’s seventh in PBA Regional competition and his third at FireLake. He also earned $2,700.

Lavoie, who now lives in Wichita, Kan., struck on his first shot in the 10th frame and then spared a 10 pin to finish with a 211. Lavery-Spahr needed three strikes to deny Lavoie the title, but he left three pins standing on his last shot to finish with 209.

Lavoie finished second in qualifying, averaging 242 plus to receive byes directly into the Round of 8 where he defeated Paul Henderson of Watauga, Texas, 2-0, in their best-of-three-game match. Lavoie then defeated Austin Boulds of Creal Springs, Ill., 269-235, to advance to the championship match.                      

The pro-am portion of the event included a fundraiser for the Shawnee area Big Brothers Big Sisters chapter. FireLake’s pro-ams have now raised more than $100,000 over the past eight years for that cause.

• Headlining the April 12-14 PBA Regional schedule will be the Bowlers Discount Pro Shop Open presented by DV8 at AMF Towson Lanes in Towson, Md.; the Debbie and Leo Nunan Memorial Central Open presented by Track at AMF Stardust Lanes in Grove City, Ohio; the Jac’s Lanes Valdosta South Open presented by DV8 in Valdosta, Ga., and the PBA and PBA50 Earl Anthony West/Northwest Memorial doubleheader at Earl Anthony’s Dublin Bowl in Dublin, Calif.

• The only event heading into the Easter weekend is the PBA50 Sarasota Ford South Open April 18-20 at Sarasota Lanes in Florida.

• Closing the April PBA Regional calendar over the April 26-28 weekend will be the Houston Copperfield Bowl Southwest Challenge for non-title winners, presented by Global 900; the Brighton Construction Myrtle Beach South Open at Myrtle Beach Bowl in South Carolina; the Oklahoma City Southwest Open presented by Roto Grip at Planet Bowl in Oklahoma; the PBA/PBA50 Tumwater Lanes Doubles event presented by MOTIV in Tumwater, Wash., and the Greater Richmond Central Open at Richmond 40 Bowl in Richmond, Ind.

● 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).

PBA Playoffs Round of 24 Action Continues on FS1 Monday at 8 p.m. ET

PORTLAND, Maine  – FOX Sports coverage of the inaugural PBA Playoffs continues Monday, April 15 at 8 p.m. ET on FS1 with completion of Round of 24 single-game elimination action from Bayside Bowl.

The second half of the Round of 24 will feature No. 15 seed Wes Malott vs. No. 18 Josh Blanchard; No. 10 Marshall Kent vs. No. 23 Jesper Svensson; No. 14 Dom Barrett vs. No. 19 Brad Miller, and No. 11 Kyle Sherman vs. No. 22 DJ Archer.

Already advancing to the Round of 16 after one-game matches in the first half of the Round of 24 that aired live on FS1 on April 8 were Andres Gomez, Rhino Page, Kyle Troup and Kris Prather.

The winner of the Playoffs, which features the top 24 players in competition points after the first 13 Go Bowling! PBA Tour tournaments of the season, will earn a $100,000 first prize.

Once the Playoffs reach the Round of 16, the format will change to a Race to 2 Points format where each game won is worth one point. If the players split the first two games, a ninth and 10th frame tie-breaker will be used to award the deciding point. The eight winners from the Round of 24 will take on the top eight Playoffs seeds – Jason Belmonte, Jakob Butturff, Norm Duke, Anthony Simonsen, EJ Tackett, Sean Rash, Bill O’Neill and Tom Daugherty – who each earned a bye to automatically advance to the Round of 16.

Round of 16 and Round of 8 matches will be televised by FS1 on consecutive Monday nights at 9 p.m. ET beginning April 22 to reduce the field to four survivors who will return to Portland for the semifinal and final rounds June 1-2, with both shows airing live on FOX at noon Eastern.

To view a PBA Playoffs bracket click here: https://www.pba.com/Content/Images/playoffs/2019_PBA_Playoff_Bracket.pdf

PBA PLAYOFFS SECOND ROUND OF 24 MATCH SCHEDULE

(FS1 air date Monday, April 15, 8 p.m. ET)

No. 15 Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas vs. No.18 Josh Blanchard, Mesa, Ariz.

No. 10 Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash. vs. No. 23 Jesper Svensson, Sweden.

No. 14 Dom Barrett, England vs. No. 19 Brad Miller, Lees Summit, Mo.

No. 11 Kyle Sherman, O’Fallon, Mo. vs. No. 22 DJ Archer, Friendswood, Texas.

PBA50 Tour Season Begins in Florida with Johnny Petraglia BVL Open and PBA50 National Championship Back-to-Back

CHICAGO  — The 2019 PBA50 Tour season gets underway April 14-17 when a full field of 160 players ages 50 and older compete in the Johnny Petraglia BVL Open presented by Lucas Magazine and Brunswick at Maple Countryside Lanes in Clearwater, Florida, followed by the season’s first major championship, the PBA50 National Championship at Spanish Springs Lanes in The Villages, Florida.

Fans can catch all the action live from start to finish for both events through PBA’s online streaming partner, FloBowling. For FloBowling subscription information and enrollment, visit flobowling.com.

Michael Haugen Jr.’s win in the 2018 Johnny Petraglia BVL Open, when it was held at Farmingdale Lanes in New York, was the launching point for PBA50 Player of the Year honors in a season in which he was the only multiple champion with two wins. The three-time PBA50 Tour winner defeated PBA Hall of Famer Walter Ray Williams Jr., 277-195, for his second career PBA50 tour title before going on to win the River City Extreme Open later in the year.          

Bowling legend Johnny Petraglia, 72, who is still competing on the PBA50 Tour more than a half-century after making his debut on the regular PBA Tour in 1965, also will compete in the tournament named in his honor. With 14 PBA Tour titles and eight PBA50 Tour titles, Petraglia is the only player in PBA history to win national titles in six different decades. He is one of six PBA Triple Crown winners and is a member of the PBA (1982) and USBC (2003) Halls of Fame.

Petraglia, a Vietnam War veteran, has been active for decades off the lanes in support of BVL (Bowlers to Veterans Link) and is an official spokesperson for the organization which provides recreational and therapeutic programs and services for America’s active duty and veteran service men and women.

Competition begins with the first eight-game qualifying round on Monday, April 15 with squads at 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. to be followed by another qualifying round on April 16. After a casher’s round on April 17 at 8:30 a.m., match play rounds are scheduled for noon and 3:15 p.m. that will determine the top five players for the stepladder finals at 7 p.m. A practice session will kick off the event on Sunday, April 14 from 8-11 a.m. 

All proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to BVL. Admission for practice day is $5 and qualifying on April 15 and 16 is $10 each day. An all-day pass for match play and the stepladder finals on April 17 is $20, with admission to the stepladder finals $10. An all-access pass for the entire tournament is $25. For additional admission and pro-am entry information contact Maple Countryside Lanes at (727) 796-8100.

The PBA50 Tour will then travel to longtime PBA50 Tour host Spanish Springs Lanes in The Villages April 22-26 for the PBA50 National Championship presented by Spanish Springs Lanes and Radical.

Defending champion Lennie Boresch Jr. beat Hall of Famer Norm Duke, 198-192, in the title match of the 2018 PBA National Championship to win his first PBA50 Tour major and fourth career title.

PBA50 National Championship competition begins with three six-game qualifying rounds on April 23, 24 and 25 with squads bowling at 9 a.m., 1 p.m. and 5 p.m.  After 18 games, the top 32 will advance to modified round robin match play at 9 a.m. on April 26. After a second round of match play round at 2 p.m., the top five players based on 34-game pinfall totals will compete in the stepladder finals at 7 p.m.

For the PBA50 National Championship, Spanish Springs Lanes is offering a Spare Package which includes a pro-am entry and weeklong admission to the tournament for $59.95 and a Strike Package, which includes a pro-am entry, a high-performance bowling ball, and weeklong admission to the tournament for $197.95. Daily ticket prices are $8 for qualifying April 23-25 and $12 for match play and finals April 26.

PBA50 JOHNNY PETRAGLIA BVL OPEN SCHEDULE

presented by Lucas Magazine and Brunswick

Maple Countryside Lanes, Clearwater, Fla. (All times Eastern)

Sunday, April 14

8 – 11 a.m. – Practice session

Noon, 2:30, 5:30 p.m. – Pro-am squads

Monday, April 15

9 a.m.  – A squad qualifying (8 games)

2 p.m. – B squad qualifying (8 games)

Tuesday, April 16

9 a.m.  – A squad qualifying (8 games)

2 p.m. – B squad qualifying (8 games)

Wednesday, April 17

8:30 a.m. – Casher’s Round (5 games)

Top eight advance to Match Play Round 1

Noon – Match Play Round 1 (5 games. Top eight from casher’s round plus qualifiers 9-24)

  Top eight bowlers advance to Match Play Round 2

3:15 p.m. – Match Play Round 2 (6 games. Top eight from Match Play Round 1 plus qualifiers 1-8)

  Top five advance to stepladder finals

7 p.m. – Stepladder Finals

PBA50 NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP

Presented by Spanish Springs Lanes and Radical

Spanish Springs Lanes, The Villages, Fla.

Monday, April 22

9-10 a.m. A squad practice session

10:15 a.m. – B squad practice session

11:30 a.m. – C squad practice session

2:30 and 5:30 p.m. – Pro-am squads

Tuesday, April 23

9 a.m. – A squad qualifying (6 games)

1 p.m. – B squad qualifying (6 games)

5 p.m. – C squad qualifying (6 games)

Wednesday, April 24

9 a.m. – B squad qualifying (6 games)

1 p.m. – C squad qualifying (6 games)

5 p.m. – A squad qualifying (6 games)

Thursday, April 25

9 a.m. – C squad qualifying (6 games)

1 p.m. – A squad qualifying (6 games)

5 p.m. – B squad qualifying (6 games)

Top 32 advance to Match Play Round 1

Friday, April 26

9 a.m. – Match Play Round 1 (8 games)

  Top 16 bowlers advance to Match Play Round 2

2 p.m. – Match Play Round 2 (8 games) 

  Top five advance to stepladder finals

7 p.m. – Stepladder finals

Gomez, Page, Troup, Prather Advance to Round of 16 After Opening Round of PBA Playoffs

PORTLAND, MAINE – After 13 tournaments on the 2019 Go Bowling! PBA Tour – including four majors – the journey to determine the winner of the inaugural PBA Playoffs and a $100,000 payday began Monday at Bayside Bowl with the first Round of 24 telecast that aired live on FS1.

GomezAdvancing to the Round of 16 after one-game matches in the first half of the Round of 24 were Colombian Andres Gomez (top left photo); Rhino Page, Orlando; Kyle Troup, Taylorsville, N.C. and Kris Prather, Plainfield, Ill.

In front of the normally wild Bayside Bowl crowd, No. 21 seed Gomez  defeated No. 12 seed Dick Allen, 236-199; No. 13 Page defeated No. 20 Shawn Maldonado, 266-205; No. 17 Troup (middle photo) def. No. 16 Chris Barnes, 236-205, and in the fourth match of the telecast No. 9 seed Prather (bottom photo) beat No. 24 seed Darren Tang, 207-183.

TroupThe PBA Playoffs continue Monday, April 15 at 8 p.m. ET on FS1 with the completion of Round of 24 single-game elimination action. The second half of the Round of 24 will feature Wes Malott vs. Josh Blanchard; Marshall Kent, vs. Jesper Svensson; Dom Barrett vs. Brad Miller and Kyle Sherman vs. DJ Archer.

Round of 16 and Round of 8 matches will be contested April 9 and 10 at Bayside Bowl – which will be televised by FS1 on Prather.Mattconsecutive Monday nights at 9 p.m. ET beginning April 22 – to reduce the field to four survivors who will return to Portland for the semifinal and final rounds June 1-2, with both shows airing live on FOX at noon Eastern.

Once the Playoffs reach the Round of 16, the format will change to a Race to 2 Points format where each game won is worth one point. If the players split the first two games, a ninth and 10th frame tie-breaker will be used to award the deciding point. The eight winners from the Round of 24 will take on the top eight Playoffs seeds – Jason Belmonte, Jakob Butturff, Norm Duke, Anthony Simonsen, EJ Tackett, Sean Rash, Bill O’Neill and Tom Daugherty – who earned a bye to the Round of 16.

Players earned their berths in the Playoffs by finishing in the top 24 in points which were awarded beginning with the season opening PBA Hall of Fame Classic in January and ended with the USBC Masters which concluded on April 1. Points were awarded based on tournament classification. Tier 1 (major championship), Tier 2 (traditional format tournament), or Tier 3 (small or limited field, short format) events. Tier 1 events awarded 50 percent more points than Tier 2 and three times as many as Tier 3 events.

To view a PBA Playoffs bracket click on

https://www.pba.com/Content/Images/playoffs/2019_PBA_Playoff_Bracket.pdf

PBA PLAYOFFS FIRST FOUR ROUND OF 24 MATCH RESULTS
Bayside Bowl, Portland, Maine, Monday (aired live on FS1)
Round of 24 (one game, single-elimination matches; losers earn $3,000)
Match 1 – No. 17 Kyle Troup, Taylorsville, N.C. def. No. 16 Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 236-205.
Match 2 – No. 9 Kris Prather, Plainfield, Ill. def. No. 24 Darren Tang, San Francisco, 207-183.
Match 3 – No. 13 Rhino Page, Orlando, def. No. 20 Shawn Maldonado, 266-205.
Match 4 – No. 21 Andres Gomez, Colombia def. No. 12 Dick Allen, Lexington, S.C., 236-199.

Round of 16 (Race to 2 points based on one point per game won; losers earn $5,000; FS1 air date Monday, April 22, 9 p.m.)
Match 9 – Troup vs. No. 1 Jason Belmonte, Australia.
Match 10 – Prather vs. No. 8 Tom Daugherty, Riverview, Fla.
Round of 16 (Race to 2 points based on one point per game won; losers earn $5,000; FS1 air date Monday, April 29, 9 p.m.)
Match 11 – Page vs. No. 4 Anthony Simonsen, Little Elm, Texas.
Match 12 – Gomez vs. No. 5 EJ Tackett, Bluffton, Ind.

PBA PLAYOFFS SECOND ROUND OF 24 MATCH SCHEDULE
(FS1 air date Monday, April 15, 8 p.m.; order of matches to be determined)
Match 5 – No. 15 Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas vs. No. 8 Josh Blanchard, Mesa, Ariz.
Match 6 – No. 10 Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash. vs. No. 23 Jesper Svensson, Sweden.
Match 7 – No. 14 Dom Barrett, England vs. No. 19 Brad Miller, Lees Summit, Mo.
Match 8 – No. 11 Kyle Sherman, O’Fallon, Mo. vs. No. 22 DJ Archer, Friendswood, Texas.

Kris Prather is First Pick in PBA League Draft as PBA League Managers Complete 2019 Rosters

PORTLAND, Maine  ­– Kris Prather was the first of 17 PBA members drafted Monday at Bayside Bowl as the eight PBA League teams filled out their rosters for the 2019 PBA League Elias Cup competition which returns to Bayside Bowl in July.

The PBA League draft – which was streamed live on FloBowling – began with Portland Lumberjacks manager Tim Mack, selecting Prather from a list of 15 first-round draft-eligible players.

Prather won the PBA Scorpion Championship in March at World Series of Bowling X for his first Go Bowling! PBA Tour title after compiling seven top five finishes over the past two seasons.

“It’s kind of a validation of how your peers see you as a player but I don’t want that to go to my head,” said Prather. “I’m fortunate to be on this team because I think there’s some great chemistry and mix of personalities that will make this a lot of fun which hopefully will translate into some positive results.”

Each team protected three players from the previous season heading into the draft except the Brooklyn Styles which protected two players.

The draft was conducted in reverse order of how teams finished in 2018, beginning with the No. 8 Portland Lumberjacks, followed by L.A. X, Brooklyn Styles, New York City Kingpins, Motown Muscle, Dallas Strikers, Philadelphia Hitmen, and defending champion Silver Lake Atom-Splitters. The serpentine draft order then required the Atom Splitters to make the first pick in the second round.

Following Prather, Jason Belmonte, selecting for L.A. X team manager Andrew Cain, chose 2015 and 2018 Elias Cup winner and two-time 2019 tour winner Dick Allen with the second pick and Brooklyn Styles Manager Johnny Petraglia selected six-time tour winner and 2017 Elias Cup winner Rhino Page with the third pick. Other first round picks were Marshall Kent, selecting for New York City Kingpins manager Carolyn Dorin-Ballard picking Kyle Sherman; EJ Tackett, selecting for Motown Muscle manager Del Ballard, picking AJ Chapman; Dallas Strikers player-manager Norm Duke choosing 2018 PBA Player of the Year Andrew Anderson; Philadelphia Hitmen manager Jason Couch, selecting 2016 Elias Cup winner Shawn Maldonado and defending Elias Cup champion Go Bowling! Silver Lake Atom Splitters manager Mark Baker selecting DJ Archer.

With six additional players eligible for selection in the second round, the Atom Splitters chose 2018 Elias Cup winner AJ Johnson, followed by Philadelphia Hitmen selecting Canadian Patrick Girard; Dallas Strikers, Brad Miller; Motown Muscle, USBC Masters runner-up Mykell Holliman; New York City Kingpins, Darren Tang; Brooklyn Styles, three-time tour winner Andres Gomez; L.A X, Anthony Lavery-Spahr and Portland Lumberjacks, Canadian Mitch Hupe’.

With only two players protected, Brooklyn Styles Manager Johnny Petraglia chose two-time tour winner Brad Angelo to fill out his team’s roster.

With the conclusion of the draft managers will now have the opportunity to make player trades until the April 15 deadline.

PBA League players will return to Bayside Bowl for the 2019 PBA League Elias Cup competition on July 16, 17 and 18. All rounds will air live on FOX Sports’ FS1 in prime time.

During the draft livestream PBA Commissioner Tom Clark announced that the League would expand by two teams beginning in 2020. Details will be announced at a later date.

2019 PBA LEAGUE TEAM ROSTERS (Players in bold were protected from 2018 rosters)
● Portland Lumberjacks (manager Tim Mack): Ryan Ciminelli, Wes Malott, Kyle Troup, Kris Prather, Mitch Hupe’.
● L.A. X (manager Andrew Cain): Jason Belmonte, Stuart Williams, Jakob Butturff, Dick Allen, Anthony Lavery-Spahr
● Brooklyn Styles (manager Johnny Petraglia): Walter Ray Williams Jr., Sean Rash, Rhino Page, Andres Gomez, Brad Angelo.
● New York City KingPins (manager Carolyn Dorin-Ballard): Pete Weber, Marshall Kent, BJ Moore, Kyle Sherman, Darren Tang.
● Motown Muscle (manager Del Ballard Jr.): EJ Tackett, Anthony Simonsen, Josh Blanchard, AJ Chapman, Mykell Holliman.
● Dallas Strikers: Player-manager Norm Duke, Tommy Jones, Bill O’Neill, Andrew Anderson, Brad Miller.
● Philadelphia Hitmen (manager Jason Couch): Dom Barrett, Tom Smallwood, Matt Sanders, Shawn Maldonado, Patrick Girard.
● Go Bowling! Silver Lake Atom Splitters (manager Mark Baker): Chris Barnes, Jesper Svensson, Tom Daugherty, DJ Archer, AJ Johnson.

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