Walter Ray Williams Jr. Averages 246 to Lead Qualifying in PBA50 Lucas Magazine Classic

NEW PORT RICHEY, Fla. — After a single 10-game qualifying round, Professional Bowlers Association Hall of Famer Walter Ray Williams Jr. of Oxford, Fla., averaged 245.6 Sunday to emerge as the top qualifier heading into match play for the PBA50 Lucas Magazine Classic at Lane Glo Bowl.

In the opening tournament of the 2018 PBA50 Tour season, Williams, an 11-time PBA50 Tour winner, finished with a 2,456 pinfall total to edge out 2017 PBA50 Rookie of the Year Michael Haugen Jr. of Phoenix, who finished in second with 2,451.

Williams, the PBA Tour’s all-time titles leader with 47 wins, had games of 258, 265, 205, 229, 279, 238, 240, 269, 226 and 247.

“The biggest change I had to make was when I went to a more aggressive ball in the fourth game,” said the 58-year-old Williams. “Even though it was a long block, the pace of bowling was good. As long as I kept throwing the ball firm and maintained good (ball) speed I could keep throwing the ball from the outside which is where I have the best results.”

Williams, who finished third in the recent Port Property Management PBA Xtra Frame Shootout in Maine, is hoping for his first PBA50 Tour title since winning the USBC Senior Masters in June of 2017.

“I had the Senior Masters win last year but wasn’t really happy with the season other than that,” Williams added. “I’ve been bowling pretty well recently and just want to keep it going.”

Williams won the PBA Bowlers Discount Eastern Open regional tournament a week ago for his 107th career PBA title.

Haugen, the winner of the 2017 Suncoast PBA Senior U.S. Open, had games of 257, 204, 212, 211 231, 278, 258, 243, 299 and 258 for his 10 games in the qualifying round.

“I’m coming in with a simpler is better mentality,” said Haugen, the winner of five titles on the regular PBA Tour. Right now, I only have two balls with me and I’m going back to old school by making the most of my adjustments with speed and hand positions. It’s what we grew up doing and that’s what was working for me, especially in the last half of the round.”

Haugen is coming off a win in the PBA50 Sarasota South Open regional tournament which ended Friday.

Rounding out the top five were five-time PBA Tour winner Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., 2,410; Sammy Ventura, Norwich, N.Y., 2,393, and two-time tour winner Warren Nelson, Hemet, Calif. 2,391.

Competition continues Monday with a cashers’ round at 8:30 a.m. ET followed by the first round of match play at noon. After the second match play round at 3 p.m. the top five players will be determined for the stepladder finals at 7 p.m. ET.

Fans can catch all the action on PBA’s online bowling channel Xtra Frame. For subscription and schedule information visit www.xtraframe.tv.

PBA50 LUCAS MAGAZINE CLASSIC

Lane Glo Bowl, New Port Richey, Fla., Sunday

First Round

(After 10 games. Positions 1-24 advance to match play. Positions 25 through 44 plus eight PBA60 players advance to cashers round to determine eight additional match play spots)

1, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., 2,456.
2, Michael Haugen Jr., Phoenix, 2,451.
3, Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., 2,410.
4, Sammy Ventura, Norwich, N.Y., 2,393.
5, Warren Nelson, Hemet, Calif., 2,391.
6, Bob Learn Jr., Erie, Pa., 2,386.
7, Brian Kretzer, Dayton, Ohio, 2,373.
8, John Burkett, Southlake, Texas, 2,372.
9, Kenny Parks, Hammond, Ind., 2,356.
10, Mark Williams, Beaumont, Texas, 2,339.
11, Mark Sullivan, Indianapolis, 2,338.
12, Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, 2,337.
13, Danny Clark, New Palestine, Ind., 2,330.
14, Don Breeden, Clive, Iowa, 2,320.
15, Eddie Graham, Centerville, Ohio, 2,313.
16, Jeff Bellinger, Columbia, S.C., 2,312.
17, Lee Brosius, Ashburn, Va., 2,309.
18, n-Warren Eales, Chandler, Ariz., 2,303.
19, Lennie Boresch Jr., Kenosha, Wis., 2,299.
20, James Hansen, Anchorage, Alaska, 2,298.
21, Ralph Brunt Jr., Jensen Beach, Fla., 2,283.
22, Ron Mohr, Las Vegas, 2,277.
23, Brian LeClair, Albany, N.Y., 2,273.
24, John Donovan, Melbourne, Fla., 2,250.
25, Sam Maccarone, Williamstown, N.J., 2,244.
26, Mike Mineman, St Louis, Mo., 2,234.
27, Todd Haney, Boiling Springs, S.C., 2,230.
28, Jim Pitts, Elmira, N.Y., 2,220.
29, John Dudak, Orland Park, Ill., 2,219.
30, Keith Lesko, Prosper, Texas, 2,216.
31, Bill Watson, Monroe, Ohio, 2,212.
32, Dale Traber, Cedarburg, Wis., 2,201.
33, Joel Carlson, Omaha, Neb., 2,197.
34, Gary Faulkner, Norfolk, Va., 2,196.
35, Patrick King, Yankton, S.D., 2,191.
36, William Peters, Dayton, Ohio, 2,186.
37, James Knoblauch, Waukesha, Wis., 2,184.
38, Harry Alchin III, Madeira Beach, Fla., 2,182.
39, Doug Becker, Clermont, Fla., 2,175.
40, George Litwin, Miami, 2,169.
41, Christopher Keane, Cape Coral, Fla., 2,167.
42, Tony Johnson, Canton, Ohio, 2,164.
43, Jeff Schrum, Cherryville, N.C., 2,162.
44, Kimmo Lehtonen, Finland, 2,160.
45, Glenn Smith, New York, 2,159.
46, ss-Henry Dawson, Elma, Wash., 2,155.
47, Gary Alstott, Washington, Ill., 2,153.
48, Paul LeMond, Jasper, Ind., 2,151.
49, Todd Kjell, Roscoe, Ill., 2,147.
50, ss-Ray Valdovino, Sacramento, Calif., 2,136.
51, James Deplanche, Taylor, Mich., 2,135.
52, n-Dennis Rakauskas, Apopka, Fla., 2,121.
53 (tie), ss-Mike Dias, Lafayette, Colo., and Peter Knopp, Germany, 2,120.
55, Craig Auerbach, Sunrise, Fla., 2,118.
56, Bryan Goebel, Shawnee, Kan., 2,117.
57, Dave Han, Birmingham, Ala., 2,114.
58, Rolando Sebelen, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, 2,108.
59, ss-Harry Sullins, Chesterfield Twp., Mich., 2,106.
60, John Dougherty, Fort Walton Beach, Fla., 2,099.
61, David Taylor, Largo, Fla., 2,098.
62, (tie) Terry Metzner, Kentwood, Mich., and Marty Berke, Allentown, Pa., 2,097.
64, David Bleggi, Jacksonville, N.C., 2,092.
65, Doug O’Bryant, Ball Ground, Ga., 2,086.
66, ss-Fred Ferreira, Kings Park, N.Y., 2,085.
67, ss-Kevin Croucher, Grants Pass, Ore., 2,084.
68, ss-Steve Bova, Massapequa, N.Y., 2,077.
69, ss-John DiSantis, Wilmington, Del., 2,072.
70, Widmar Vargas, Riverview, Fla., 2,070.
71, (tie) Jerry Brunette Jr., Naples, Fla., and Ted Staikoff, Black Hawk, S.D., 2,069.
73, John Conroy, Mahopac, N.Y., 2,068.
74, Michael Mikolajczyk, Boothwyn, Pa., 2,065.
75, (tie) Tom Carter, Columbus, Ohio, and John Hough, Naples, Fla., 2,063.
77, Charlie Toney, Oak Hill, W.Va., 2,060.
78, Doug Henry, Columbus, Ind., 2,057.
79, Steve Kenyon, Dade City, Fla., 2,050.
80, Ken Fishman, Lutz, Fla., 2,049.
81, Jon DeLaney, McKinney, Texas, 2,046.
82, Timothy Martin, Harrisville, R.I., 2,043.
83, James Campbell, Clearwater, Fla., 2,039.
84, Rick Francis, Linden, Calif., 2,038.
85, Mike Hastings, Millsboro, Del., 2,035.
86, (tie) James Storts, Westfield, Ind., and Michael Craig, Westerville, Ohio, 2,034.
88, John Gant, Medford, Mass., 2,033.
89, Bo Goergen, Sanford, Mich., 2,020.
90, Steven Putnam, Warner Robins, Ga., 2,018.
91, George Patel, England, 2,016.
92, Darin Hays, Wesley Chapel, Fla., 2,007.
93, Steven DiMartino, Upper Saddle River, N.J., 2,002.
94, Michael Byers, Charleston, S.C., 1,999.
95, David Martin, Chesapeake, Va., 1,991.
96, n-John Chovanec, Sugarland, Tex., 1,976.
97, (tie) Barry Clare, Bayside, N.Y., and C.K. Moore, Gulf Breeze, Fla., 1,975.
99, Glenn Morgan, Carson City, Nev., 1,955.
100, Paul McCordic, Sugar Land, Texas, 1,953.
101, Steven Jansson, Barnes, Wisc., 1,947.
102, Scott Greiner, Sunrise Beach, Mo., 1,946.
103, Jimmy Jean, Kathleen, Ga., 1,942.
104, Brian Miller, Springfield, Ohio, 1,930.
105, Tony Rodriguez Jr., Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., 1,922.
106, Bob Kelly, Dayton, Ohio, 1,920.
107, (tie) Pete Arruda, Gilbert, S.C., and Michael Truitt, New Port Richey, Fla., 1,910.
109, Arthur O’Connor, Middle Village, N.Y., 1,901.
110, Frank Gallo Jr., Jacksonville, Fla., 1,899.
111, ss-Steve Calyore, Naples, Fla., 1,897.
112, Darryl Dempsey, Pinellas Park, Fla., 1,882.
113, Ken Shealy, Myrtle Beach, S.C., 1,881.
114, Don Blatchford, Santa Monica, Calif., 1,877.
115, Timothy Regan, East Northport, N.Y., 1,874.
116, Louis Alessi, Clearwater, Fla., 1,864.
117, Michael Vella, Bellport, N.Y., 1,861.
118, David Sanders, Blythewood, S.C., 1,859.
119, Lucien Casagrande, Canada, 1,844.
120, Johnny Wilson, Colorado Springs, Colo., 1,832.
121, Thomas Ream, Tampa, Fla., 1,821.
122, William Keenan Jr., Orlando, Fla., 1,820.
123, John Austin Jr., League City, Texas, 1,812.
124, Greg Kemp, Conroe, Texas, 1,811.
125, Timothy Bates, Orlando, Fla., 1,806.
126, Bill Henson, Westerville, Ohio, 1,803.
127, Lew Elting, Carlsbad, Calif., 1,781.
128, Robert Donovan, Prattsville, N.Y., 1,709.
129, Doug Evans, Bayonet Point, Fla., 1,706.
130, ss-John Thomas, Fort Myers, Fla., 1,675.
131, Rich Schubert, Cornith, Texas, 1,573.

300 games – Lennie Boresch Jr., Ryan Shafer and Ralph Brunt Jr.

ss-indicates PBA60 players advancing to cashers’ round

n-indicates non-member

Silver Lake Atom Splitters, Motown Muscle Advance as PBA League Competition Begins in Portland

PORTLAND, Maine – The two-time past champion Oceanview at Falmouth Silver Lake Atom Splitters will continue their bid for a third OceanView at Falmouth PBA League Elias Cup in the semifinal round, but the underdog Barbasol Motown Muscle will have a say in Silver Lake’s future after posting an inspired opening-round victory as the sixth edition of the Elias Cup competition got off to a thunderous start in front of a sold-out crowd at Bayside Bowl.

The first two best-of-two-game quarterfinal rounds matches, which are part of the 2018 Go Bowling! PBA Tour schedule, aired Sunday on ESPN.

In the first best-of-two-game match of the 2018 PBA League competition, the underdog Motown Muscle knocked out the top-seeded bowlingball.com L.A. X team, 233-194 and 219-210. The first game of the Baker format match included two strings of four strikes by Motown’s Josh Blanchard, Shota Kawazoe (shown in feature photo), Francois Lavoie, Anthony Simonsen and EJ Tackett while L.A. X threw only one strike in the first eight frames.

butturffGame two was a nail-biter heading into the 10th frame where Tackett, working on a strike, left a 4 pin. L.A. X anchor bowler Jakob Butturff (at left) needed two strikes and nine pins to send the match into a one-ball sudden-death roll-off, but he left a 7 pin to hand Motown’s its first sweep in the PBA League’s six-year history.

“That was exciting,” Motown manager Del Ballard Jr. said. “I thought (Butturff’s) second shot was better than the first, but he didn’t get the strike.

“We obviously weren’t overconfident (after qualifying eighth),” he added. “We’ve always had a good team on paper, but not when it counts. Today was a different day than yesterday. I just tried to keep my guys loose. I told them, when you think about it, we had a USBC Masters champion (Simonsen), a U.S. Open champion (Lavoie), a two-time PBA World Champion (Tackett), the best player in his home country (Japan’s Kawazoe) and we still didn’t stack up against (L.A. X’s Jason Belmonte, a 17-time PBA Tour champion and four-time PBA Player of the Year).

“But the PBA League is about the team, not one guy. I didn’t want my guys over-thinking so we narrowed things down to one or two balls for each player to make decisions simpler, and it worked out perfectly.”

AJ AndersonIn the second match, the 2014 and 2015 Elias Cup champion Atom Splitters got off to a slow start against Brooklyn, but Jesper Svensson, Dick Allen, AJ Johnson (above), Tom Daugherty and anchor bowler Chris Barnes combined for a string of five strikes, taking the lead when Brooklyn’s PBA Hall of Famers Walter Ray Williams Jr. and Parker Bohn III (below) left back-to-back splits. A late string of five strikes wasn’t enough as the Atom Splitters took a 223-212 decision.

Game two wasn’t as close. Silver Lake struck on seven of its first eight shots and ran away with a 257-205 victory after the Styles left seven single pins.

bohn“The first game is always nerve-wracking,” said Silver Lake manager Mark Baker. “The adrenalin kicks in for everyone. You can’t explain to first-time bowlers what it’s going to be like with the crowds here. Even my heart started pumping.”

A pivotal shot involved Barnes converting the 2-5-8 in the 10th frame of game one, which gave the Atom Splitters the win.

“Chris making that spare was huge,” Baker said. “We won the first game, and when that happens, you know you will at least tie. When you win the first game, you know you’ve got a free swing at it in game two. It got all of our guys a little looser.”

Motown, which has never won the Elias Cup, will meet the Atom Splitters in the first semifinal round match that will air on ESPN on Sunday, May 6, at 1 p.m. ET.

The final two quarterfinal round matches – New York City vs. Dallas and Philadelphia vs. Portland – will air next Sunday, April 29, at 1 p.m. ET with the winners advancing to the second semifinal match on May 6. The Elias Cup finals will air on Sunday, May 13, at 1 p.m. All ESPN telecasts are being simultaneously streamed on ESPN3 and the WatchESPN app.

OCEANVIEW AT FALMOUTH PBA LEAGUE
Bayside Bowl, Portland, Maine (aired Sunday on ESPN) 

Quarterfinal Round Results (best-of-two-game Baker format)

Match One: Barbasol Motown Muscle (Josh Blanchard, Shota Kawazoe, Francois Lavoie, Anthony Simonsen, EJ Tackett) def. bowlingball.com L.A. X (Stuart Williams, Martin Larsen, Osku Palermaa, Jason Belmonte, Jakob Butturff), 233-194, 219-210.

Match Two: Go Bowling! Silver Lake Atom Splitters (Jesper Svensson, Dick Allen, AJ Johnson, Tom Daugherty, Chris Barnes) def. OceanView at Falmouth Brooklyn Styles (Walter Ray Williams Jr., Parker Bohn III, Jason Sterner, Sean Rash, Matt O’Grady), 223-212, 257-205.

OCEANVIEW AT FALMOUTH PBA LEAGUE ESPN SCHEDULE

SUNDAY, APRIL 29, 1 P.M. ET
Quarterfinal Match Three: 
GEICO NYC WTT KingPins (Pete Weber, Marshall Kent, Sam Cooley, BJ Moore, Anthony Pepe) vs. Shipyard Dallas Strikers: (player-manager Norm Duke, Tommy Jones, Bill O’Neill, Rhino Page, Kyle Sherman).

Quarterfinal Match Four:
Sysco Philadelphia Hitmen (Dom Barrett, Tom Smallwood, Ronnie Russell, Matt Sanders, Chris Loschetter) vs. Port Property Management Portland Lumberjacks (Ryan Ciminelli, Wes Malott, Kyle Troup, DJ Archer, Jojoe Yannaphon).
                                                                                                            
SUNDAY, MAY 6, 1 P.M. ET
Semifinal Match One
: Barbasol Motown Muscle vs. Go Bowling! Silver Lake Atom Splitters.
Semifinal Match Two: GEICO NYC WTT KingPins- Shipyard Dallas Strikers Winner vs. Sysco Philadelphia Hitmen-Port Property Management Portland Lumberjacks Winner.

SUNDAY, MAY 13, 1 P.M. ET
Elias Cup championship finals (best of two games, Baker format team games; one-ball sudden-death roll-off will decide any ties)

Bowlingball.com L.A. X Earns No. 1 Berth for OceanView at Falmouth PBA League Elias Cup Finals

PORTLAND, Maine – The internationally-dominated bowlingball.com L.A. X team, which is trying for its first Elias Cup, qualified as the No. 1 seed for this weekend’s OceanView at Falmouth PBA League finals, averaging 234 as a team Friday night to pace the eight teams of Professional Bowlers Association stars who bowled for seeding positions during an eight-game Baker format qualifying round at Bayside Bowl.

L.A. X, as the No. 1 team, will meet the No. 8 Barbasol Motown Muscle in their opening match of the single-elimination bracket competition that begins Saturday. L.A. X’s lineup includes Australia’s Jason Belmonte, England’s Stuart Williams, Sweden’s Martin Larsen, Finland’s Osku Palermaa and one American, left-hander Jakob Butturff of Tempe, Ariz. L.A. X will kick off PBA League competition Saturday against Motown’s lineup of EJ Tackett, Francois Lavoie, Anthony Simonsen, Shota Kawazoe, and Josh Blanchard. Motown also is trying for his first Elias Cup, awarded to the winning team.

PBA League competition will involve best-of-two-game Baker format matches in which requires each of the five players will bowl two frames to complete a game. In the best-of-two-game competition, if a match ends in a tie, one player from each team will throw one shot in a sudden-death roll-off until the outcome is decided.

While Friday night’s session included some bonus prize money for the top three teams, the “seeding tournament” was more about experimenting with lineups to try to find the best lineup arrangement for competition that begins for real on Saturday.

“This event was where you find out how your guys relate to each other, but tomorrow will be different,” noted Barbasol Motown Muscle manager Del Ballard. “We’ll find out during the practice session tomorrow morning how we want to set up our lineup.”

Following the L.A. X vs. Motown match, the OceanView at Falmouth Brooklyn Styles will bowl the Go Bowling! Silver Lake Atom Splitters in the second opening-round match. The GEICO NYC WTT KingPins, which won the inaugural Elias Cup title in 2013, will meet the two-time defending champion Shipyard Dallas Strikers in their opening match Saturday afternoon.

“This is a good night to find out where you want to put guys in your lineup tomorrow,” said Sysco Philadelphia Hitmen manager Jason Couch, whose team qualified in the No. 3 position and will face the hometown favorites, the Port Property Management Portland Lumberjacks, in the final opening round match.

The quarterfinal rounds will be contested at noon and 3:30 p.m. ET Saturday. Saturday’s winners advance to the semifinal round matches at noon. Sunday, followed by the Elias Cup championship match at 3:30 p.m.

The new Elias Cup finals format will be an extension of the previous rounds, except teams will bowl two best-of-two-game Baker format matches. If either or both match ends in a tie, it will be decided by a one-ball sudden-death roll-off. If both teams are tied at the end of two matches, the Elias Cup will be decided by a one-ball roll-off.

All PBA League matches will be recorded for delayed telecast on ESPN on Sundays at 1 p.m. ET, beginning this Sunday, and they also will be live-streamed on ESPN3/WatchESPN as they happen. The OceanView at Falmouth PBA League is part of the 2018 Go Bowling! PBA Tour schedule.

OCEANVIEW AT FALMOUTH PBA LEAGUE ELIAS CUP
Bayside Bowl, Portland, Maine, Friday

OceanView at Falmouth PBA League Qualifying Results (after 8 Baker format games; finishing position determines the team’s bracket position for the PBA League finals):

1, bowlingball.com L.A. X (manager Andrew Cain; players: Jason Belmonte, Stuart Williams, Martin Larsen, Jakob Butturff, Osku Palermaa), 1,872, $12,000.
2, GEICO NYC WTT KingPins (manager Carolyn Dorin-Ballard; players: Pete Weber, Marshall Kent, Sam Cooley, BJ Moore, Anthony Pepe), 1,807, $6,000.
3, Sysco Philadelphia Hitmen (manager Jason Couch; players: Dom Barrett, Tom Smallwood, Ronnie Russell, Matt Sanders, Chris Loschetter), 1,791, $3,000.
4, OceanView at Falmouth Brooklyn Styles (manager Johnny Petraglia; players: Parker Bohn III, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Sean Rash, Matt O’Grady, Jason Sterner), 1,774.
5, Go Bowling! Silver Lake Atom Splitters (manager Mark Baker; players: Chris Barnes, Jesper Svensson, Tom Daugherty, Dick Allen, AJ Johnson), 1,741.
6, Port Property Management Portland Lumberjacks (manager Tim Mack; players: Ryan Ciminelli, Wes Malott, Kyle Troup, DJ Archer, Jojoe Yannaphon), 1,733.
7, Shipyard Dallas Strikers: (player-manager Norm Duke; players: Tommy Jones, Bill O’Neill, Rhino Page, Kyle Sherman), 1,722.
8, Barbasol Motown Muscle (manager Del Ballard Jr.; players: EJ Tackett, Francois Lavoie, Anthony Simonsen, Shota Kawazoe, Josh Blanchard), 1,625.

SATURDAY, APRIL 21 (PBA League Quarterfinals)
Noon – OceanView at Falmouth PBA League Quarterfinals (live on ESPN3/WatchESPN; ESPN telecast Sunday, April 22 at 1 p.m. ET)
    Match One: bowlingball.com L.A. X vs. Barbasol Motown Muscle.
    Match Two: OceanView at Falmouth Brooklyn Styles vs. Go Bowling! Silver Lake Atom Splitters.
3:30 p.m. – OceanView at Falmouth PBA League Quarterfinals (live on ESPN3/WatchESPN; ESPN telecast Sunday, April 29 at 1 p.m. ET)
    Match Three: GEICO NYC WTT KingPins vs. Shipyard Dallas Strikers.
    Match Four: Sysco Philadelphia Hitmen vs. Port Property Management Portland Lumberjacks.
                                                                                                           
SUNDAY, APRIL 22 (PBA League Semifinals and Finals)
Noon – OceanView at Falmouth PBA League Semifinals (live on ESPN3/WatchESPN; ESPN telecast Sunday, May 6 at 1 p.m. ET)
    Semifinal Match One: Winner Match One vs. Winner Match Two.
    Semifinal Match Two: Winner Match Three vs. Winner Match Four.
3:30 p.m. – OceanView at Falmouth PBA League Elias Cup finals (live on ESPN3/WatchESPN; ESPN telecast Sunday, May 13 at 1 p.m. ET)

Dick Allen Wins 5th Career Title in Port Property Management PBA Xtra Frame Maine Shootout

PORTLAND, Maine – Dick Allen of Columbia, S.C., a 39-year-old 18-year Professional Bowlers Association touring player, captured his fifth career title in the Port Property Management Xtra Frame Maine Shootout at Bayside Bowl Wednesday.

dick allenAllen, who is known as a free spirit, embraced the equally free-spirited Bayside Bowl crowd in defeating journeyman John Furey of Howell, N.J., 269-226, 247-235, to sweep the best-of-three-game title match and end Furey’s bid for his first PBA Tour title.

“I don’t know what it is,” Allen said. “I love this place. I always bowl well here. It’s the fans, the atmosphere, everything about it. I love it here.”

Allen had a split and open in his first frame, but then ran off a string of strikes to take the lead into the final two frames where single-pin spares gave Furey a chance to throw two strikes and good count in his 10th frame to win. But Furey, the 2012 PBA East Region Player of the Year, left the 3-6-10 on his first shot in the 10th.

Allen earned his berth in the title match by denying 58-year-old PBA Hall of Famer Walter Ray Williams Jr. a chance to win a record 48th PBA Tour title, eliminating the PBA’s all-time winningest bowler, 2-1, in the semifinal round while Furey pulled off the upset of the tournament, sweeping Australia’s Jason Belmonte, 254-248, 244-226, in the other semifinal match.

Allen lost the first game to Williams, 258-226, but won a one-ball, two-shot sudden-death roll-off after they tied at 258 in game two to avoid elimination. Both players struck on their first roll-off shots, but Williams left a 10 pin on his second and Allen struck again to force a third game which Allen won, 279-247.

The Maine Shootout was the first of eight PBA Tour Xtra Frame events scheduled for 2018. Xtra Frame’s next event will be live coverage of the OceanView at Falmouth PBA League seeding tournament from Bayside Bowl Friday at 7 p.m. EDT. For subscription information, visit xtraframe.tv.

PORT PROPERTY MANAGEMENT PBA XTRA FRAME MAINE SHOOTOUT
Bayside Bowl, Portland, Maine, April 18 (all matches are best of three games)

Championship:
Dick Allen, Columbia, S.C. ($10,000) def. John Furey, Howell, N.J. ($6,000), 269-226, 247-235.

Semifinal round (losers earned $4,000):
Furey def. Jason Belmonte, Australia, 2-0 (254-248, 244-226).
Allen def. Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., 1-1 (226-258, 258-258, 10-10, 10-9 in one-ball sudden death roll-off; 279-247).

Round of 8 (losers earned $2,500):
Williams def. Thomas Larsen, Denmark, 2-1 (258-225, 199-277, 259-226).
Allen def. Bill O’Neill, Langhorne, Pa., 2-1 (194-223, 276-238, 265-182).
Belmonte def. Francois Louw, South Africa, 2-1 (249-182, 226-247, 279-214).
Furey def. Cody Shoemaker, Hanover, Pa., 2-0 (189-186, 217-191).

Round of 16 (losers earned $1,500):
O’Neill def. Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 2-1 (238-216, 184-191, 255-193).
Larsen def. Ryan Ciminelli, Clarence, N.Y., 2-1 (258-200, 249-256, 257-212).
Shoemaker def. Matt Sanders, Indianapolis, 2-0 (235-226, 232-213).
Louw def. Anthony Pepe, Elmhurst, N.Y., 2-1 (214-236, 237-212, 258-227).
Williams def. Osku Palermaa, Finland, 2-0 (247-200, 290-277).
Furey def. Patrick Girard, Canada, 2-1 (201-278, 267-191, 225-217).
Belmonte def. Anthony Simonsen, Austin, Texas, 2-0 (265-210, 249-212).
Allen def. Andrew Anderson, Holly, Mich., 2-0 (243-190, 199-191).

PBA Spare Shots: A Funny Thing Happened to Andrew Anderson…

Winning the United States Bowling Congress Masters Sunday in Syracuse, N.Y., was the biggest moment in 22-year-old Andrew Anderson’s young bowling career, but it’s what happened afterward that will make the experience unforgettable.

The second-year PBA member, riding a hot streak after a third-place finish in the PBA Tournament of Champions in February followed by his first PBA Tour victory in the Masters, was headed back home to Holly, Mich., when PBA CEO and Commissioner Tom Clark, fellow competitor Chris Barnes, the recently-inducted PBA Hall of Famer, and others convinced Anderson he should head to Portland, Maine, instead to bowl in the Port Property Management PBA Xtra Frame Maine Shootout.

Because Anderson had not been drafted by an OceanView at Falmouth PBA League team, which will compete later in the week at Bayside Bowl in Portland, he had planned to bypass the Xtra Frame event preceding PBA League competition in Maine.

But with his plans changed, Anderson headed to the airport in Syracuse to fly to Portland. Clark, Barnes, PBA Vice President-Marketing Janay Haggerty, PBA Social Media Manager Kim Richter and a bunch of other PBA players and staff members also were at the airport when all flights out of Syracuse were cancelled. That’s when the “fun” began as everyone scrambled to figure out how to get to Portland.

“I’m at the airport when Barnes texted me and asked what I was going to do,” Anderson said. “I was headed off to rent a car when I ran into Kim (Richter) and Tom (Clark) coming down the stairs.”

Haggerty was off looking for a car to rent for the PBA staffers drive to Portland, and they asked Anderson and Barnes if they’d like to ride along.

“I’m waiting for Chris, who was trying to get a refund for his flight, when Janay rolls up with a mini van,” Anderson said.

Despite horrid weather conditions, including freezing rain and frigid wind, the fivesome headed to Portland – about a half-hour behind PBA Deputy Commissioner Kirk von Krueger and his wife, Mary, who had gotten a head start. Richter was behind the wheel at the start, and Barnes took over driving duties as they headed through New Hampshire, when the van’s digital reading suddenly indicated the left rear tire was losing air…at a rapid pace.

“There was no exit for about five miles,” Haggerty said, “but we finally got to a gas station in the middle of nowhere that was still open at around midnight on Sunday.

“Tom and Barnes went into the gas station, and Tom comes out with a can of inflate-a-tire,” the 6-foot-2 Anderson said. “He wasn’t sure what to do with it, so Janay (who is 5-foot-4) loaned me her jacket, and I tried to inflate the tire for 15-20 minutes in cold, freezing rain. The tire looked better, but then I saw big hole blowing air out as fast as it was going in.”

So Anderson gave up and went inside for a cup of hot chocolate. “I had $1 in my pocket,” he grinned. “…And a check for $30,000,” Haggerty added with a laugh.

The station attendant “comped” the hot chocolate, and told the group he had a buddy who did roadside repairs. So a quick call summoned help.

The PBA group never got his name, but afterward they nicknamed their rescuer “Lugnut.” Haggerty’s earlier call to the car rental company had resulted in little help other than learning most rental cars these days do not include a spare tire…and that help would not be on its way until Monday morning.

“Lugnut,” however, knew there was a “secret compartment” in the van that housed an emergency “tire” of sorts. After unloading all of the luggage and bowling equipment in the van, Lugnut found the emergency tire, inflated it and the group was almost ready to resume the trip as Lugnut drove away. But suddenly Lugnut put his tow truck in reverse and roared back at high speed.

“I forgot to check lugnuts,” he said. “I wouldn’t be able to sleep if I didn’t check the lugnuts.” Hence the nickname…

Like all good stories, this one ended at almost 4 a.m. when the cold, weary PBA travelers checked into their hotel rooms in Portland, fortunate that there was no serious activity other than a practice session scheduled for Monday.

“I’m going to tell this story the rest of my life,” Anderson said. “Who would have thought… I had no plans whatsoever about coming to Maine, but those guys all talked me into coming, so it’s their fault…”

Editor’s Note: There are no photos available. What happens in New Hampshire stays in New Hampshire…

PBA-PWBA truckPBA-PWBA’S NEW 18-WHEEL BILLBOARD READY TO ROLL ACROSS AMERICA

PBA-PWBA truck side panel 1The PBA and Professional Women’s Bowling Association have unveiled a cooperative billboard on 18 wheels that will be seen by thousands of motorists who will “follow” professional bowling as it traverses the country in the months ahead.

The co-branded PBA-PWBA semi-trailer – one of two that transport bowling equipment for the professional tours – prominently features PBA stars Jason Belmonte, EJ Tackett and Dom Barrett on one half, and PWBA stars Shannon O’Keefe, Daria Pajak and Liz Johnson PBA-PWBA truck side panel 2on the other, with other stars in the background. The 53-foot trailer is expected to travel roughly 65,000 miles in a given year. For perspective, that translates into roughly 21 one-way trips between Portland, Maine, and the Pacific Coast.

SEAN RASH CLINCHES BERTH IN 2018 PBA TOUR FINALS

In the wake of last week’s USBC Masters in Syracuse, N.Y., the field of possible contenders to unseat Sean Rash as the eighth player in the elite field for the upcoming PBA Tour Finals in Allen Park, Mich., was reduced to Tom Smallwood of Saginaw, Mich.

With only this week’s Port Property Management PBA Xtra Frame Maine Shootout remaining to qualify for the PBA Tour Finals, Smallwood’s bid to displace Rash fell short when he lost his best-of-three-game Round of 32 match to 2017 PBA Rookie of the Year Matt Sanders of Indianapolis. Coming into the Xtra Frame event in Portland, Smallwood had to finish fourth or higher to overtake Rash after Rash was eliminated in the opening round in Portland, failing to cash. Smallwood, who was $3,995 behind, earned $1,000 in his loss.

The PBA Tour Finals, which will be contested May 4-6 at Thunderbowl Lanes and televised by CBS Sports Network as part of the 2018 Go Bowling! PBA Tour schedule. The players who had secured their berths in the PBA Tour Finals prior to the XF Maine Shootout are defending champion EJ Tackett, Jason Belmonte, Jesper Svensson, Dom Barrett, Anthony Simonsen, Marshall Kent and Tommy Jones.

BAYSIDE BOWL INTRODUCES “PBA SPECIALITY PIZZAS”

PBA pizzasBefore Bayside Bowl opened a few years back, co-owners Charlie Mitchell and Justin Alfond did considerable research into bowling center menus to plan their food service offerings. Since bringing PBA competition to Portland, Maine, Bayside Bowl has expanded its menu with a few PBA-inspired specialty pizzas.

“Named after a few of our favorite PBA bowlers, these pizzas will bring out the pro in you,” the menu says. Mitchell admitted they aren’t actually pizzas created by the players themselves, but, well, they each have a certain flair:

The Malott: bbq, chicken, corn, shaved red onion, bacon with farmer cheese.

The Troup: Carolina gold sauce, hamburger, fresh tomato, red onion, house pickles, fresh mozzarella and American cheese, topped with lettuce.

The Duke: pesto, roasted cherry tomatoes, carmelized onions, mushrooms, roasted red peppers and fontal cheese.

The Weber: red sauce, meatball, fresh mozzarella, mixed herbs.

PBA50, PWBA COVERAGE TO FOLLOW XTRA FRAME’S PBA LEAGUE SEEDING TOURNAMENT

PBA’s live Xtra Frame coverage in Portland, Maine, concludes Friday at 7 p.m. EDT with the OceanView at Falmouth PBA League seeding tournament to determine the matchups for Saturday’s opening round of best-of-two-game Baker team matches. PBA League telecasts will air four consecutive Sundays at 1 p.m. ET on ESPN, beginning on April 22.

Next up will be the start of the 2018 PBA50 Tour season where Xtra Frame will provide live start-to-finish coverage of the PBA50 Florida Open from New Port Richey, Fla., April 22-23, followed by the PBA50 National Championship presented by Spanish Springs Lanes and Radical – the senior tour’s first major of the year – from The Villages, April 24-28, and the PBA50 Mooresville Ford Open from Mooresville, N.C., April 29-May 2.

Xtra Frame also will cover the PWBA Las Vegas Open from start to finish, April 27-28, kicking off the women’s pro tour’s 2018 season.

Fans can watch the entire month of coverage for only $7.99. A three-day subscription is also available, for $3.99, and the 12-month Season Ticket plan is offered for about $1.25 week. To sign up for the plan that works best for you, visit xtraframe.tv.

PBA’S “60 MOST MEMORABLE MOMENTS” UNVEILING CONTINUES: 26 THRU 30

The countdown to unveil the complete list of the PBA”s “60 most memorable moments” in its 60-year history continues, one a day, Monday through Friday, on all PBA Network outlets. Last week, “memorable moments” 26 through 30 were unveiled. Here are those five moments as the countdown continues:

1975 PBA HOF inductees26) The PBA Hall of Fame’s inaugural class included one of the most talented groups in bowling history. Above, from left, are Ray Bluth, Don Carter, Carmen Salvino, Harry Smith, Dick Weber and Billy Welu in the Performance category, and Frank Esposito and Chuck Pezzano for Meritorious Service.

27) Bob Benoit, in his first game ever on national television, defeated Mark Roth, 300-255, to win the 1988 PBA Quaker State Open, becoming the first player to throw a perfect game in a nationally-televised title match.

28) PBA Hall of Famer Johnny Petraglia became the first player in PBA history to win a national tour or national senior tour title in six different decades after winning the 2012 PBA Senior Dayton Classic. Petraglia joined the PBA in 1965 and won his first title in the 1966 PBA Fort Smith Open. In 1971, Petraglia won five titles including three consecutive wins culminating with his first major championship – the 1971 Firestone Tournament of Champions. The TOC title, coupled with his 1977 BPAA U.S. Open and 1980 PBA National Championship wins, made him the second player ever to win the PBA’s prestigious Triple Crown (joining Billy Hardwick). Today there are six players who have completed the Triple Crown.

29) During the PBA’s 25th anniversary season, Norm Duke became the youngest bowler to win a PBA Tour title when he won the 1983 Cleveland Open at the age of 18 years, 345 days.

30) In 1965, Firestone begins its sponsorship of the PBA Tournament of Champions, a partnership that started at Firestone Bowlarama Lanes in Akron, Ohio. The partnership, which was the first commercially-titled sports event ever on national network television, lasted 29 consecutive years. In 1966, Fairlawn (Akron), Ohio-based Riviera Lanes hosted its first Firestone Tournament of Champions and would become the iconic home to the Tour’s most prestigious major through 1994.

To check on releases of subsequent “moments” as they are revealed, check the PBA Network: PBA on Facebook (www.facebook.com/ProfessionalBowlersAssociation) or Instagram (pbatour); subscribe to the PBA channel on YouTube (PBABowling); tweet along on Twitter (@pbatour), and on the web: https://www.pba.com/PBANetwork/MostMemorableMoments.

PBA REGIONAL UPDATE: WALTER RAY WINS TITLE NO. 107 IN MARYLAND

PBA Hall of Famer Walter Ray Williams Jr. of Oxford, Fla., rolled the final five strikes to defeat Adam Chase of North Babylon, N.Y., 237-235, in the title match of the PBA Bowlers Discount Eastern Open presented by Hammer at AMF Towson Lanes in Towson, Md., Sunday, boosting his all-time PBA titles record total to 107. 

Williams, who had a free weekend between the USBC Masters and the Port Property Management PBA Xtra Frame Maine Shootout in Portland, qualified second behind Australia’s Sam Cooley. He disposed of Eric Cornog of Cherry Hill, N.J., 2-1, in the best-of-three-game Round of 8 before slipping past Ryan Shafer of Horseheads, N.Y., in the semifinal round, 172-163, when Shafer failed to strike in his 10th frame. 

Chase, who was looking for his first PBA title, qualified fourth and eliminated Gary Haines of West Babylon, N.Y., 2-0, before ousting Steve Pavlinko Jr. of Sewell, N.J., 213-157, in his semifinal match. Chase saw his chance to beat Williams disappear when he left a 10 pin on his second shot in the 10th frame after striking on his first shot.

For the 58-year-old Williams, the win meant $2,500 in prize money along with his 33rd standard PBA Regional title to go along with 47 PBA Tour, 11 PBA50 Tour and 16 PBA50 Regional titles.

● As the PBA50 Tour season closes in, PBA50 players will have a final tuneup opportunity in the PBA50 Sarasota South Open at Sarasota Lanes in Sarasota, Fla., April 18-20.

● The April 20-22 PBA Regional calendar includes the Debbie & Leo Nunan Memorial Central Open presented by Track at AMF Stardust Lanes in Grove City, Ohio; and PBA South Point West Challenge for non-champions plus the South Point Member/Non-Member Doubles, both presented by Brunswick, in Las Vegas.

● Closing out the month over the April 27-29 weekend will be the PBA Rockaway Lanes East Open, presented by Storm, in Rockaway, N.J., and the PBA Brighton Construction Myrtle Beach South Open at Myrtle Beach Bowl in Myrtle Beach, S.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 device users using the PBA app).

QUICK NOTES

Jason Belmonte lives half a world away but like millions of others, he was profoundly affected by the shootings at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. How he was impacted and what he plans to do in the wake of the South Florida tragedy are explained in a feature story by USBC’s Matt Cannizzaro on bowl.com. To read Cannizzaro’s story, click here: https://www.bowl.com/News/NewsDetails.aspx?id=23622330943

HOFer Walter Ray Williams Jr. Among 16 Finalists in Port Property Management PBA Maine Shootout

PORTLAND, Maine – The field of survivors in the Professional Bowlers Association’s Port Property Management PBA Maine Shootout is down to 16 after two rounds of best-of-three-game, single elimination matches at Bayside Bowl Tuesday.

Among the players still in contention for Wednesday’s final rounds, in addition to defending champion Ryan Ciminelli of Clarence, N.Y., is 58-year-old PBA Hall of Famer Walter Ray Williams Jr. of Oxford, Fla., who last won a PBA Tour title eight years ago.

“As long as I still have my sponsors, I’m going to keep bowling,” the PBA’s all-time titles record-holder said. “I don’t care for this kind of tournament format, but maybe it’s to my advantage at this point. I always believed the more games you bowled, the better bowlers would always win, but I’m not sure I could keep up with all of the young guys these days if that’s what we had to do all of the time.”

Williams, who won his record 47th PBA Tour title in the 2010 USBC Masters, still competes in all of the PBA Tour events against a majority of players half his age, and he’s an active – and highly competitive – player on the PBA50 Tour. In between national tournaments, he bowls weekend PBA Regional events against both “kids” and seniors. On Sunday while on his way to Portland, Williams made a stop in Towson, Md., where he won another PBA Regional. He now has an all-time record of 107 victories at all levels of PBA tournament competition.

Tuesday, Williams swept 23-year-old Swedish two-handed star Jesper Svensson in his first best-of-three-game match, 194-184 and 225-215. In the evening Round of 16, he rallied from a one-game deficit to eliminate recently-inducted PBA Hall of Famer Chris Barnes of Double Oak, Texas, 188-223, 257-226, 227-222.

Ciminelli, who won the last PBA Xtra Frame Maine Shootout held in 2016, advanced with a 219-181, 248-257, 288-263 victory over Jason Sterner of Rockledge, Fla., and a 256-159, 214-193 sweep of BJ Moore of Greensburg, Pa., in the Round of 16.

Also advancing was 2017 PBA Player of the Year Jason Belmonte of Australia who threw the tournament’s first perfect game as part of a 217-191, 300-236 sweep of 2016 Player of the Year EJ Tackett of Huntington, Ind. And in a battle of emerging stars, 22-year-old Andrew Anderson of Holly, Mich., fresh off winning his first PBA Tour title in the USBC Masters Sunday in Syracuse, N.Y., had to rally to oust highly-regarded rookie Kamron Doyle of Brentwood, Tenn., 189-252, 201-201, 10-9 in one ball roll-off, 238-227. In the second game, Anderson struck in the one-ball roll-off after they tied at 201 and Doyle left a wobbling 10 pin that eventually cost him the game.

All rounds of the Maine Shootout, the first of eight PBA Tour Xtra Frame events scheduled for 2018, is being covered live on PBA’s exclusive online bowling channel, Xtra Frame. For subscription information, visit xtraframe.tv.

Round of 16, Round of 8, semifinal and championship rounds will be contested Wednesday, with the best-of-three-game title match scheduled for 7:30 p.m. EDT. Every match will be covered live on Xtra Frame.

PORT PROPERTY MANAGEMENT PBA XTRA FRAME
MAINE SHOOTOUT MATCH PLAY SCHEDULE
Bayside Bowl, Portland, Maine, April 17 (all matches are best of three games, winners advance to Round of 32; losers are eliminated; all times are Eastern)

Round of 64 (best of three games, losers eliminated):
n-Alex Aguiar, Dartmouth, Mass., def. Martin Larsen, Sweden, 2-0 (265-238, 257-248).
Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, def. Joey Burruel, Glendale, Ariz., 2-0 (188-175, 202-171).
Bill O’Neill, Langhorne, Pa., def. n-Jimmy Clark, Hermon, N.H., 2-0 (237-175, 265-205).
DJ Archer, Friendswood, Texas, def. n-Joseph Colcord, Portland, Maine, 2-0 (222-195, 223-179).
Kamron Doyle, Brentwood, Tenn., def. Brad Angelo, Lockport, N.Y., 2-1 (223-235, 279-248, 224-211).
Andrew Anderson, Holly, Mich., def. Steven Black, Maricopa, Ariz., 2-0 (246-183, 233-195).
Kyle Troup, Taylorsville, N.C., def. Brad Miller, Maryland Heights, Mo., 2-1 (204-216, 197-164, 202-180).
Dick Allen, Columbia, S.C., def. Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 2-0 (258-256, 266-223).
Ryan Ciminelli, Clarence, N.Y., def. Jason Sterner, Rockledge, Fla., 2-1 (219-181, 248-257, 288-263).
BJ Moore, Greensburg, Pa., def. Matt O’Grady, Rahway, N.J., 2-1 (254-233, 183-186, 256-172).
Thomas Larsen, Denmark, def. Ronnie Russell, Marion, Ind., 2-0 (239-224, 255-236).
Charlie Brown Jr., Grandville, Mich., def. Michael Markis, Tafton, Pa., 2-0 (223-144, 216-213).
Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, def. Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., 2-0 (232-229, 190-184).
Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., def. Jesper Svensson, Sweden, 2-0 (194-184, 225-215).
Osku Palermaa, Finland, def. Joshua Porter, Arundel, Maine, 2-0 (220-170, 245-154).
Kyle Sherman, O’Fallon, Mo., def. Chris Loschetter, Avon, Ohio, 2-0 (210-161, 237-219).
Tom Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich., def. Greg Ostrander, Freehold, N.J., 2-1 (212-232, 213-178, 246-189).
Matt Sanders, Indianapolis, def. Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 2-1 (224-224, 193-192, 211-194).
Cody Shoemaker, Hanover, Pa., def. Andrew Cain, Phoenix, 2-0 (268-178, 230-209).
Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., def. Jakob Butturff, Tempe, Ariz., 2-1 (179-213, 278-247, 213-190).
John Furey, Howell, N.J., def. n-Zachary Louten, Portland, Maine, 2-1 (183-204, 175-146, 191-137).
Francois Lavoie, Canada, def. Shota Kawazoe, Japan, 2-1 (243-208, 226-238, 225-213).
Patrick Girard, Canada, def. n-Rauno Kuusk, Portland, Maine, 2-0 (238-128, 241-146).
Joe Paluszek, Bensalem, Pa., def. n-Charlie Mitchell, Portland, Maine, 2-0 (216-178, 226-183).
Anthony Pepe, Elmhurst, N.Y., def. Nicholas Pate, Inver Grove Heights, Minn., 2-0 (246-246, 269-238).
Stuart Williams, England, def. Nate Garcia, Port St. Lucie, Fla., 2-0 (255-213, 245-237).
Dom Barrett, England, def. Josh Blanchard, Mesa, Ariz., 2-1 (237-250, 257-239, 270-236).
Francois Louw, South Africa, def. AJ Johnson, Oswego, Ill., 2-0 (238-217, 210-204).
EJ Tackett, Huntington, Ind., def. Tom Daugherty, Riverview, Fla., 2-0 (255-191, 247-205).
Jason Belmonte, Australia, def. Sam Cooley, Australia, 2-1 (245-246, 258-210, 234-195).
Anthony Simonsen, Austin, Texas, def. Michael Klosin, Windham, N.H., 2-0 (232-193, 248-213).
Yannaphon Larpapharat, Thailand, def. Andres Gomez, Colombia, 2-0 (244-213, 204-203).

Round of 32 (best of three games, single-elimination match play; winners advance to Round of 16, losers each earned $1,000):
Belmonte def. Tackett, 2-0 (217-191, 300-236).
Simonsen def. Larpapharat, 2-0 (222-222, 9-10; 224-220, 259-233).
Anderson def. Doyle, 2-1 (189-252, 201-201, 10-9; 238-227).
Allen def. Troup, 2-0 (269-180, 226-207).
Pepe def. S. Williams, 2-1 (172-168, 186-238, 245-203).
Louw def. Barrett, 2-0 (213-193, 236-165).
Malott def. Aguiar, 2-0 (259-233, 256-212).
O’Neill def. Archer, 2-0 (248-180, 264-158).
W.R. Williams def. Barnes, 2-1 (188-223, 257-226, 227-222).
Palermaa def. Sherman, 2-1 (244-227, 227-279, 259-199).
Furey def. Lavoie, 2-0 (254-205, 252-248).
Girard def. Paluszek, 2-0 (243-176, 258-169).
Shoemaker def. Duke, 2-1 (217-211, 196-255, 238-236).
Ciminelli def. Moore, 2-0 (256-159, 214-193).
T. Larsen def. Brown, 2-1 (198-221, 269-193, 226-225).
Sanders def. Smallwood, 2-0 (234-203, 191-166).

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 18
11 a.m. – Round of 16 pairings (winners advance to Round of 8, losers earn $1,500):

    Belmonte vs. Simonsen.
    Anderson vs. Allen.
    Pepe vs. Louw.
    Malott vs. O’Neill.
    W.R. Williams vs. Palermaa.
    Furey vs. Girard.
    Shoemaker vs. Ciminelli.
     T. Larsen vs. Sanders.
2 p.m. – Round of 8, best-of-three-game single elimination matches (losers earn $2,500).
6 p.m. – Semifinal round, best-of-three-game single elimination matches (losers earned $4,000).
7:30 p.m. – Championship match, best of three games (winner earns $10,000, loser earns $6,000).

n-denotes non-member

64-Player Match Play Brackets Set for Port Property Management PBA Xtra Frame Maine Shootout

PORTLAND, Maine – Matchups for the Professional Bowlers Association’s Port Property Management PBA Xtra Frame Maine Shootout, a 64-player single-elimination match play tournament, were decided by random draw at Bayside Bowl Monday, heading into the two-day, best-of-three-game competition Tuesday and Wednesday.

The Maine Shootout is the first of eight PBA Tour Xtra Frame events scheduled for 2018, and it will be the final qualifying event in decided the top eight players in combined earnings from 2016 through this event who will compete in the PBA Tour Finals in May at Thunderbowl Lanes in Allen Park, Mich.

The match play eliminations begin with Tuesday’s starting field of 64 players, with winners advancing to the Round of 32 later Tuesday. Those winners will battle Wednesday in elimination rounds to determine the winner of the $10,000 first prize and a PBA Tour title, if the winner is a PBA member. All of the competition will be covered live on PBA’s exclusive online bowling channel, Xtra Frame.

Some of Tuesday’s featured opening-round matches will include: PBA Tour titlists Sean Rash of Montgomery, Ill., vs. Dick Allen of Columbia, S.C., in Bracket A; 2018 Go Bowling! PBA 60th Anniversary Classic winner Jakob Butturff of Tempe, Ariz., vs. PBA Hall of Famer Norm Duke in Bracket B; Jason Belmonte vs. Sam Cooley in a Bracket C battle of Australian stars; and 2016 Xtra Frame Maine Shootout champion Ryan Ciminelli of Clarence, N.Y., vs. Jason Sterner of Rockledge, Fla., plus the PBA’s all-time leading title winner, 58-year-old Walter Ray Williams Jr., vs. Sweden’s 23-year-old two-handed star, Jesper Svensson, in Bracket D.

The Bracket B and D winners will advance to the Round of 32 Tuesday at 7 p.m. while the Bracket A and C winners will bowl their second round at 8:30 p.m.

Round of 16, Round of 8, semifinal and championship rounds will be contested Wednesday, with the best-of-three-game title match scheduled for 7:30 p.m. EDT. Every match will be covered live on Xtra Frame. For subscription information, visit xtraframe.tv.

PORT PROPERTY MANAGEMENT PBA XTRA FRAME
MAINE SHOOTOUT MATCH PLAY SCHEDULE
Bayside Bowl, Portland, Maine, (all matches are best of three games, winners advance to Round of 32; losers are eliminated; all times are Eastern)

TUESDAY, APRIL 17

10 a.m. – Round of 64, Bracket A
Martin Larsen, Sweden, vs. n-Alex Aguiar, Dartmouth, Mass.
Joey Burruel, Glendale, Ariz., vs. Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas
n-Jimmy Clark, Hermon, N.H., vs. Bill O’Neill, Langhorne, Pa.
n-Joseph Colcord, Portland, Maine, vs. DJ Archer, Friendswood, Texas
Brad Angelo, Lockport, N.Y., vs. Kamron Doyle, Brentwood, Tenn.
Steven Black, Maricopa, Ariz., vs. Andrew Anderson, Holly, Mich.
Kyle Troup, Taylorsville, N.C., vs. Brad Miller, Maryland Heights, Mo.
Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., vs. Dick Allen, Columbia, S.C.

11:30 a.m. – Round of 64, Bracket B
Greg Ostrander, Freehold, N.J., vs. Tom Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich.
Matt Sanders, Indianapolis, vs. Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C.
Cody Shoemaker, Hanover, Pa., vs. Andrew Cain, Phoenix
Jakob Butturff, Tempe, Ariz., vs. Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla.
John Furey, Howell, N.J., vs. n-Zachary Louten, Portland, Maine
Shota Kawazoe, Japan, vs. Francois Lavoie, Canada
Patrick Girard, Canada, vs. n-Rauno Kuusk, Portland, Maine
n-Charlie Mitchell, Portland, Maine, vs. Joe Paluszek, Bensalem, Pa.,

2:30 p.m. – Round of 64, Bracket C
Nicholas Pate, Inver Grove Heights, Minn., vs. Anthony Pepe, Elmhurst, N.Y.
Stuart Williams, England, vs. Nate Garcia, Port St. Lucie, Fla.
Josh Blanchard, Mesa, Ariz., vs. Dom Barrett, England
Francois Louw, South Africa, vs. AJ Johnson, Oswego, Ill.
EJ Tackett, Huntington, Ind., vs. Tom Daugherty, Riverview, Fla.
Sam Cooley, Australia, vs. Jason Belmonte, Australia
Michael Klosin, Windham, N.H., vs. Anthony Simonsen, Austin, Texas
Yannaphon Larpapharat, Thailand, vs. Andres Gomez, Colombia

4 p.m. – Round of 64, Bracket D
Ryan Ciminelli, Clarence, N.Y. vs. Jason Sterner, Rockledge, Fla.
BJ Moore, Greensburg, Pa., vs. Matt O’Grady, Rahway, N.J.
Ronnie Russell, Marion, Ind., vs. Thomas Larsen, Denmark
Charlie Brown Jr, Grandville, Mich., vs. Michael Markis, Tafton, Pa.
Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., vs. Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas
Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., vs. Jesper Svensson, Sweden
n-Joshua Porter, Arundel, Maine, vs. Osku Palermaa, Finland
Kyle Sherman, O’Fallon, Mo., vs. Chris Loschetter, Avon, Ohio

7 p.m. – Round of 32, Bracket B & D winners
8:30 p.m. – Round of 32, Bracket A & C winners

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 18
11 a.m. – Round of 16 best-of-three-game single elimination matches
2 p.m. – Round of 8 best-of-three-game single elimination matches
6 p.m. – Semifinal round best-of-three-game single elimination matches
7:30 p.m. – Championship match, best of three games

n-denotes non-member

2018 PBA50 Tour Season Kicks Off in Sunshine State With Florida Open and PBA50 National Championship

Reigning PBA50 Player of the Year Brian LeClair heads a list of PBA’s top players ages 50 and over who will open the 2018 PBA50 Tour season in the Sunshine State on April 22 with the PBA50 Florida Open and the PBA50 National Championship.

The PBA50 Florida Open, formerly the Pasco County Florida Open, will be conducted April 22-23 at Lane Glo Bowl in New Port Richey followed by the season’s first major championship, the PBA50 National Championship presented by Spanish Springs Lanes and Radical April 24-28, in The Villages, Fla.

Both events will be streamed live in their entirety on PBA’s online bowling channel Xtra Frame. For Xtra Frame subscription and schedule information visit www.xtraframe.tv.

LeClair enters the 2018 season with some trepidation because of an aggravated ACL injury to his left knee. He sustained the injury while bowling in a local tournament in early March and has been able to bowl only a few games over the last several weeks.

“I started bowling last week for the first time in more than a month,” said the 53-year-old LeClair.  “I probably won’t know how well it will hold up until I start competing. I’m not so much worried about the pain because I can bowl through some of that – it’s the stability that I’m worried about.”

Ironically, it’s the second consecutive year that LeClair has had to deal with an injury shortly before the start of the season. Last year it was a recurring back injury.

“Last year I had an issue with my back but was able to get it worked out before the season started,” he said. “Now, I have this issue with the knee, which is very disappointing because I’ve been looking forward to the start of this season since the day after last season ended.”

LeClair got his player of the year season off to a fast start with a 191-187 win over Norm Duke to win the 2017 Pasco County Florida Open. It was the first of two wins that made him the only player to win more than one title in 2017. His second win came in the Johnny Petraglia BVL Open.

He spent nearly two decades competing regularly on the PBA Tour without a win but his lengthy career was finally rewarded when he won PBA50 Player of the Year honors thanks to his two titles and a runner-up finish in the Suncoast PBA Senior U.S. Open.

“I’m anxious to get back out there if all goes well and prove that last season wasn’t a fluke,” LeClair added. “As I said before, it was the most satisfying accomplishment in my career because I was able to achieve it bowling on a tour that included some of bowling’s all-time greats.”

Among those greats scheduled to compete in the opening events of the season will be a host of Hall of Famers including Walter Ray Williams Jr., Pete Weber, Parker Bohn III, Amleto Monacelli, Johnny Petraglia, Mark Williams, Bryan Goebel and two-time PBA50 Player of the Year Ron Mohr, who was inducted into the PBA Hall of Fame in 2018.

While not a major in 2017, top qualifier Lennie Boresch Jr. of Kenosha, Wis., led The Villages event wire-to-wire and beat Bob Learn Jr., 264-213, in the title match for his second Sun Bowl In The Villages win and third career PBA50 Tour title.

Competition begins with Florida Open qualifying on Sunday, April 22 at 8 a.m. ET with one 10-game qualifying round followed by cashers and match play rounds beginning at 8:30 a.m. on Monday, April 23.  After match play the top five players will advance to the stepladder finals scheduled for 7 p.m. Practice for the event is scheduled for 9 a.m. – noon on Saturday, April 21.

The PBA50 National Championship will get underway with the first of three six-game qualifying rounds on Wednesday, April 25, beginning at 9 a.m. followed by second and third rounds on April 26 and 27. The top 32 players will then advance to the first eight-game match play round at 9 a.m. on April 28 before a cut to the top 16 players for the second match play round at 2 p.m. which will determine the top five for the stepladder finals at 7 p.m. The practice session is scheduled for April 24 from 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

For PBA50 Florida Open admission and pro-am information contact Lane Glo Bowl at (727) 376-1164. For PBA50 National Championship admission and pro-am information contact Spanish Springs Lanes at (352) 750-9440.

PBA50 FLORIDA OPEN SCHEDULE
Lane Glo Bowl, New Port Richey, Fla.
(All times Eastern)

Saturday, April 21 
9 a.m. – noon- Practice Session

Sunday, April 22
8 a.m. – A Squad qualifying (10 games)
1:30 p.m. – B Squad qualifying (10 games)

Monday, April 23
8:30 a.m. – Cashers Round  (5 games)
Noon – Match Play Round 1 Qualifying (5 games)
3:15 p.m. – Match Play Round 2 (6 games)
Top five advance to stepladder finals
7 p.m. – Stepladder finals

PBA50 NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE
Presented by Spanish Springs Lanes and Radical
Spanish Springs Lanes, The Villages, Fla.

Tuesday, April 24

A Squad Practice Session: 9-10 a.m.
B Squad Practice Session: 10:15-11:15 a.m.
C Squad Practice Session: 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Pro-Am squads: 2, 4:30 p.m.

Wednesday, April 25
9 a.m. – A Squad qualifying (6 games)
1 p.m. – B Squad qualifying (6 games)
5 p.m. – C Squad qualifying (6 games)

Thursday, April 26
9 a.m. – B Squad qualifying (6 games)
1 p.m. – C Squad qualifying (6 games)
5 p.m. – A Squad qualifying (6 games)

Friday, April 27
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

Saturday, April 28
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 bowlers advance to stepladder finals
7 p.m. – Stepladder finals

Michigan’s Andrew Anderson Wins USBC Masters for First PBA Tour Title

By Aaron Smith, USBC Communications

Andrew Anderson completed his schooling of the 360-player field at the 2018 USBC Masters by capturing his first career PBA Tour title on Sunday.

The 22-year-old Team USA member from Holly, Michigan, went undefeated in match play at the Oncenter Convention Center this week and held off Alex Hoskins of Brigham City, Utah, in the championship match, 213-199, to win the coveted title and $30,000 top prize. Hoskins claimed $25,000 for the runner-up finish.

The USBC Masters is a major on the PBA Tour schedule, and Sunday’s championship round was broadcast live on ESPN.

Anderson.Andrew action III_2018 Masters“This is surreal,” said Anderson, who is working toward a degree in elementary education. “You think about it all the time, how cool it would be to hold up that trophy, and it’s unbelievable. I can’t believe that just happened.”

Anderson and Hoskins were even early in the title tilt, before Anderson surged into the lead with four consecutive strikes starting in the fourth frame. He opened the door for Hoskins by chopping the 6-10 combination in the eighth frame, but Hoskins was unable to take advantage, recording an open of his own in the eighth frame.

Anderson finished the match first and had the opportunity to lock out Hoskins with a strike on the first delivery of his 10th frame, but he left a 4 pin. After converting the spare, Anderson left another 4 pin on his fill ball to give Hoskins a chance to throw three strikes for a one-pin victory.

“The shot in the eighth was just a bad, bad shot,” Anderson said. “I threw the shots in the ninth and 10th really well, and I would throw those over and over again. A couple of 4 pins gave him an opportunity.”

Hoskins recorded the first strike, but he left a 3-6-10 combination on his second shot to fall short.

Anderson has had a memorable 2018, which also includes earning a spot on Team USA and a third-place finish at the PBA Tournament of Champions. Sunday marked the second TV appearance of his professional career, and he was able to put his experience to work as his game plan came together.

“It really gave me so much more confidence,” Anderson said. “I knew what to look for and was ready and more prepared. The game plan was always to be farther left than everybody, and the three right-handers ahead of me made a little more hook to the right for me, so that helped me feel comfortable going in.”

Hoskins was making his second consecutive trip to the stepladder finals at the Masters. He finished third in his tournament debut last year in Las Vegas. Sunday, he again was looking to become the first amateur to win the Masters since Arizona’s Brett Wolfe won the 2002 event.

Anderson.Hoskins_2018 USBC Masters“I surprisingly wasn’t as nervous as I thought I’d be in that moment,” Hoskins said of his final frame. “I was pretty calm and threw the first one really well. I think with how I saw the ball go through the pins, I felt like I needed to hit it a little harder on the second shot, and I got a little slow. It wasn’t my best shot, and that’s what it comes down to. He made better shots than I did, and that’s why he’s the winner.”

Hoskins’ start to his semifinal match against USBC Hall of Famer and co-worker at Storm, Steve Kloempken of Pleasant View, Utah, didn’t bode well for a trip to the championship match as he opened in three of his first four frames.

After discussing what he was seeing on the lanes with his ball representatives, the 25-year-old right-hander made a move and fired six consecutive strikes, including one in a must-strike situation to start the 10th frame, to record the win and advance to face Anderson, 213-197.

Kloempken survived a back-and-forth match with Joe Paluszek of Bensalem, Pennsylvania, to advance to the semifinal, 189-188. With Paluszek finishing first, Kloempken converted a 10 pin after a strike in the 10th frame to secure the win.

In Sunday’s opening match, Kloempken rebounded from an early open frame to deliver seven consecutive strikes on his way to a 243-211 victory over 2017 U.S. Open champion Rhino Page of Orlando, Florida.

Competitors in the sold-out field this week bowled 15 games of qualifying, before a cut was made to the top 63, who joined defending champion Jason Belmonte of Australia in the double-elimination match-play bracket. Belmonte finished tied for 25th place.

2018 USBC MASTERS
At Oncenter Convention Center
Syracuse, N.Y.

Sunday’s Results
Final standings

1, Andrew Anderson, Holly, Mich., 213 (one game), $30,000.
2, Alex Hoskins (a), Brigham City, Utah, 412 (two games), $25,000.
3, Steve Kloempken (a), Pleasant View, Utah, 629 (three games), $15,000.
4, Joe Paluszek, Bensalem, Pa., 188 (one game), $10,000.
5, Rhino Page, Orlando, Fla., 211 (one game), $8,000.

Stepladder results
Match One – Kloempken def. Page, 243-211.
Match Two – Kloempken def. Paluszek, 189-188.
Semifinal – Hoskins def. Kloempken, 213-197.
Championship – Anderson def. Hoskins, 213-199.

a-denotes amateur

Andrew Anderson Goes Undefeated in Match Play to Take Top Qualifier Honors For USBC Masters Finals

By Matt Cannizzaro, USBC Communications Andrew Anderson’s 2018 continues to get better and better, and he’s now one win away from earning his first PBA Tour title as the top seed for the televised finals of the United States Bowling Congress Masters. …

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