Journey to PBA50 Player of the Year Became a Nail-Biter for Brian LeClair

For Brian LeClair, the quest to winning 2017 PBA50 Player of the Year honors, turned from a relatively sure thing into one of those “I can’t bear to watch” moments that characterized his earlier PBA Tour career.

LeClair, the 2017 season’s only two-time winner, held off challenges by two of the PBA’s all-time greats – Norm Duke and Parker Bohn III – who took the PBA50 Player of the Year race into the stepladder finals of the DeHayes Insurance Group Championship presented by Pro Bowl West and Ebonite in Fort Wayne, Ind., the final PBA50 Tour event of the season.

“I honestly thought they were going to do it,” LeClair said, referring to Duke and Bohn’s late-season challenge for the crown. “I thought the handwriting was on the wall for another disappointment in my career. I didn’t even stay for the finals to find out what happened.”

LeClair, who lives in Delmar, N.Y., 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 on the strength of his wins in the Pasco County Florida Open and Johnny Petraglia BVL Open, and a runner-up finish in the Suncoast PBA Senior U.S. Open.

“The best thing about it is I finally have my name on something,” LeClair said. “I’m just as happy for my friends and family who supported me because I think they wanted it as bad as I did.”

Heading into the DeHayes Insurance Group Championship, LeClair held a substantial lead in player of the year points but because of the PBA50’s point structure which awards points for both qualifying and final finishing position, Bohn and Duke still had a chance to catch LeClair. It was a tall order for the pair of hall of famers because one-or-the-other needed to win and qualify either first or second. If Bohn had won, LeClair would have to finish second to clinch POY. If Duke had won, LeClair would have had to finish third.

LeClair left the door open when he finished seventh in the tournament and 19th in qualifying. But in the end, Bohn finished fourth, losing to Duke in the second stepladder match, 224-217, and Duke’s chances were then dashed when he lost to fellow hall of famer Pete Weber in the title match, 279-255.

“I was concerned heading into Fort Wayne because I was going to have to make the show at a center I really didn’t have a good handle on if I wanted to clinch it,” LeClair said. “Every time I bowled (in Fort Wayne) it seemed like I would come out of the gate just killing it in every round but then I’d lose it in the middle of the round. I could never figure it out.”

Competing on the PBA50 Tour has resulted in a resurgence of LeClair’s career. A big weight was lifted off his shoulders in his rookie season in 2015 when he won his first PBA national title in the PBA50 Fountain Valley Open. He had another quality season in 2016, without a title, but he was back in the winner’s circle right away in 2017.

“What makes winning (PBA50) player of the year so rewarding was doing it an era when so many of bowling’s all-time greats are competing,” said LeClair, who now owns three PBA50 Tour titles. “Just look at the finals in Fort Wayne as an example – Pete, Norm, Parker, Walter Ray (Williams Jr.) and Amleto (Monacelli) – and then all the other great bowlers who bowl week-in and week-out. I think that’s what means the most to me.”

Five-time PBA Tour winner Michael Haugen Jr. of Phoenix earned PBA50 Rookie of the Year honors. Haugen won the Suncoast PBA Senior U.S. Open defeating LeClair, 173-158, in the title match. He had three other top-five finishes including a third in the PBA50 Players Championship.

Ron Mohr of Las Vegas successfully defended his PBA60 Player of the Year crown, winning the PBA50 South Shore Open for his first win against the 50-and-older generation in five years as well as winning USBC’s Super Senior Classic for 60-and-older players. He had three other PBA50 top-five finishes during the season and a second in the PBA60 Killer ‘B’ Open.

Finishing in the top eight in PBA50 competition points were LeClair, Duke, Bohn, Bob Learn Jr., Williams, Haugen, Monacelli and Mohr who earned the opportunity to compete in the PBA50 Challenge which will be held in conjunction with GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling IX presented by Eldorado Reno Properties this November in Reno, Nev. All eight also earned paid entries into WSOB IX.

PBA50 players will vote on the Dick Weber Sportsmanship award at a later date.

For complete PBA50 stats click on https://www.pba.com/SeasonStats/Points/106

PBA Spare Shots: Despite 10th Place Finish, Tackett Clings to PBA Xtra Frame Storm Cup Points Lead

Despite his 10th place finish in the PBA Xtra Frame Chesapeake Open Sunday, which earned him 11 points in the Xtra Frame Storm Cup points race, EJ Tackett of Huntington, Ind., held on to a slim two-point lead in the 2017 points race over Marshall Kent of Yakima, Wash., heading into the final two events in the series.

Tackett, who finished second in the Xtra Frame Tour points race in 2016 to Tommy Jones Simpsonville, S.C., has yet to win an Xtra Frame Tour event this year, but three top-five finishes in the last four events while Kent has closed the gap with a win in the Lubbock Sports Open in June (worth 25 Storm Cup series points) and a fifth-place finish in Chesapeake (worth 16 points). Right behind the two leaders are England’s Dom Barrett with 60 points and Chesapeake Open winner Dick Allen of Columbia, S.C., with 59. Holding down fifth place on the points list is Josh Blanchard of Gilbert, Ariz., with 47.

In the Xtra Frame Storm Cup series, 25 points are awarded to each tournament winner, 19 to second place, 18 to third, etc. through 20th place. Even one point is valuable because there is significant bonus prize money at stake. At the end of the season, the points champion will earn a $20,000 bonus while other top-five finishers will earn $10,000 for second place, $8,000 for third, $7,000 for fourth and $5,000 for fifth place.

The top 25 in points heading into this weekend’s PBA Xtra Frame Gene Carter’s Pro Shop Classic from Mid-County Bowling and Entertainment in Middletown, Del., are as follows (the series concludes with the Xtra Frame Kenn-Feld Group Classic from Pla-Mor Lanes in Coldwater, Ohio, Aug. 26-27). For a complete Storm Cup points list, click here: https://www.pba.com/SeasonStats/XtraFrameTourPoints/95?page=1 .

PBA Xtra Frame Storm Cup points leaders after five of seven events are:
1, EJ Tackett, Huntington, Ind., 64.
2, Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., 62
3, Dom Barrett, England, 60.
4, Dick Allen, Columbia, S.C., 59
5, Josh Blanchard, Gilbert, Ariz., 47.
6, Ryan Ciminelli, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 45.
7, Anthony Simonsen, Austin, Texas, 39.
8 (tie), AJ Johnson, Oswego, Ill., and Tom Daugherty, Tampa, Fla., 37.
10, Shota Kawazoe, Japan, 35.
11, Kyle Troup, Taylorsville, N.C., 32.
12, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 29.
13 (tie), Rhino Page, Orlando, FL, and Francois Lavoie, Quebec City, Quebec, 27.
15 (tie), Cristian Azcona, Puerto Rico, and Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 26.
17, Ildemaro Ruiz, Venezuela, 25.
18, Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 24.
19 (tie), Jakob Butturff, Chandler, Ariz.; Jason Sterner, Cocoa Beach, Fla.; Stuart Williams, England, and Anthony Caso, Spring Hill, Fla., 18.
23 (tie), Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, and Shawn Maldonado, Houston, Texas, 17.
25 (tie), Craig Nidiffer, Trenton, Mich., and Steven Arehart, Chesapeake, Va., 15.

PBA fans also are reminded that for a limited time, Xtra Frame is available for a special $2.99 three-day subscription rate, a $1 savings over its normal rate. The special offer, good now through August 27, makes it possible to watch each of the remaining PBA Xtra Frame Storm Cup Series tournaments at the special rate.

In addition, fans can follow real-time results for PBA50, PBA Xtra Frame Tour and all PBA Regional events by downloading the new PBA app on Apple devices or by visiting the “live scoring” feature on pba.com.

FAULKNER PROVIDES INSIGHT INTO WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP WIN ON XTRA FRAME

Gary Faulkner Jr. of Memphis, Tenn., provides insights into his 2015 Rolltech PBA World Championship victory over EJ Tackett in the newest PBA Player Perspective that debuts on Xtra Frame on Wednesday.

Faulkner defeated Tackett, 216-178, to win his first PBA Tour title at the National Bowling Stadium in Reno, Nevada.

PBA Player Perspective is an ongoing series of special interviews with PBA Tour players which will debut every other week on Xtra Frame.

PBA REGIONAL UPDATE: GRAHAM FACH WINS FOURTH REGIONAL TITLE IN INDIANA

Graham Fach of Guelph, Ontario, defeated C.J. Kirchner of Herrin, Ill., 176-147, to win the PBA Greater Richmond Central Open at Richmond 40 Bowl Sunday.

Fach, who earned his fourth regional title and $1,600 for the one-day, reduced entry fee event, downed Craig Nidiffer of Trenton, Mich., 2-0, while Kirchner eliminated Aaron Lorincz of Center Line, Mich., 2-0, in the best-of-three-game semifinal round to set up the championship match.

● The Aug. 18-20 PBA Regional calendar includes the Emerald Bowl Houston Southwest Challenge for non-title winners plus the PBA-PWBA Emerald Bowl Southwest Open in Houston, Texas, for women, and the Dave Husted Northwest Open presented by 900 Global at Husted’s Milwaukie Bowl in Milwaukie, Ore.

● Closing out the August schedule will be the PBA60 Wilson & Sons Super Senior Open presented by the Mooresville Convention and Visitors Bureau Aug. 31-Sept. 2 at George Pappas’ Victory Lanes in Mooresville, N.C., followed immediately by the PBA50 Samuel Adams South Open presented by the Mooresville Convention and Visitors Bureau at George Pappas’ Victory Lanes in Mooresville, N.C.

● The Labor Day weekend calendar of PBA Regional action includes the PBA50 Strike Zone Open presented by Track in Pottsville, Pa.; the Tony Reyes Memorial Member/Non-Member Doubles at Fourth Street Bowl in San Jose, Calif.; the Illinois Valley Midwest Open at IV Super Bowl in Peru, Ill., and the DHC Japan PBA Doubles Open, Japan Cheetah Masters and Japan Cheetah Queens at Nagoya Grand Bowl in Nagoya, Japan.

● 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 new PBA app).

Age and Wisdom Again Faces Youthful Challenge in PBA Xtra Frame Gene Carter’s Pro Shop Classic

MIDDLETOWN, Del. – For the past two years, the PBA Tour Xtra Frame Gene Carter’s Pro Shop East Classic has featured a showdown between some of the Professional Bowlers Association’s established veteran stars and what many believe is the strongest generation of rising stars the PBA has seen in years. The story isn’t any different this year, except maybe the stakes are a bit higher.

This year, in addition to a $15,000 first prize and a PBA Tour title (if the winner is a PBA member), players are competing for PBA Xtra Frame Storm Cup series points, which are awarded to the top 20 players in each of seven tournaments in the series. Middletown is the sixth of seven Storm Cup series events which will reward the top five in points with shares of $50,000 in bonus prize, including $20,000 to the winner.

Heading into Delaware, the top five Storm Cup points leaders are: EJ Tackett (64), Marshall Kent (62), Dom Barrett (60), Dick Allen (59), Josh Blanchard (47). Blanchard is two points ahead of Ryan Ciminelli.

Whether or not youth will prevail in Middletown remains to be seen, because age-and-wisdom has proven to be the winning commodity the past two seasons. In 2016, it was Michael Haugen Jr. (featured photo) of Phoenix who took the title on the eve of launching his PBA50 Rookie of the Year campaign. In 2015, victory went to the older-and-wiser Ryan Shafer of Horseheads, N.Y., a 30-year PBA Tour veteran who ended a 12-year title slump with a 254-144 romp past then-22-year-old Marshall Kent of Yakima, Wash. The 2014 champ was PBA Hall of Famer Jason Couch of Clermont, Fla., who came out of retirement to win.

The 2017 field coming to Mid-County Bowling and Entertainment will include veteran PBA Tour champions including Dick Allen of Columbia, S.C., who won last Sunday’s PBA Xtra Frame Chesapeake Open in Virginia; Patrick Allen of Elmwood Park, N.J.; England’s Dom Barrett; Josh Blanchard of Mesa, Ariz.; Ryan Ciminelli of Cheektowaga, N.Y.; Couch; Tom Daugherty of Tampa, Fla.; Ray Edwards of Middle Island, N.Y.; Haugen; Tommy Jones of Simpsonville, S.C.; Bill O’Neill of Langhorne, Pa.; Anthony Pepe of Elmhurst, N.Y.; Sean Rash of Montgomery, Ill.; Ronnie Russell of Marion, Ind.; Shafer; Tom Smallwood of Saginaw, Mich.; Kyle Troup of Taylorsville, N.C.; Danny Wiseman of Baltimore; Dave Wodka of Beavercreek, Ohio, and the winningest PBA player of them all, 47-time PBA Tour champion Walter Ray Williams Jr. of Oxford, Fla.

Among the next-generation challengers will be reigning PBA Player of the Year EJ Tackett of Huntington, Ind.; Kent, the 2014 PBA Rookie of the Year; AJ Johnson of Oswego, Ill.; San Francisco’s Tang brothers, Darren and Michael; PBA rookie Cristian Azcona of Puerto Rico, and several others who are trying to establish names for themselves.

The Delaware field also has a distinct international flavor, including Japan’s Shota Kawazoe and Malaysian two-hander Zulmazran (ZZ) Zulkifli.

The entire tournament will be covered live, exclusively by PBA’s Xtra Frame online bowling channel. Xtra Frame is a subscription-based video-streaming service, available on a three-day plan for special price of $2.99, 30-day plan for $7.99 and full year XF Season Ticket plan for equivalent of about $1.25 a week. Visit xtraframe.tv for details.

The Gene Carter Pro Shop East Classic gets underway on Friday, Aug. 18, with a practice session for tournament players from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m., followed by pro-am squads at 3, 5:15 and 8 p.m. when grassroots league bowlers – men, women, kids, seniors – can bowl with PBA stars for their own prizes.

Competition begins with three seven-game qualifying squads on Saturday with seven-game qualifying squads bowling at 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. The top 50 players will advance to a four-game cashers round Sunday at 9 a.m., after which the top 16 will bowl a modified 12-game round-robin match play round. Based upon combined 23-game pinfall totals (including 30 bonus pins for matches won), the top four will compete in a stepladder finale at approximately 6:30 p.m.

For pro-am information, e-mail len.h@outlook.com.

PBA XTRA FRAME GENE CARTER’S PRO SHOP CLASSIC
Mid-County Bowling and Entertainment, Middletown, Del., Aug. 19-21 (all times Eastern)

Friday, Aug. 18
11 a.m. – Practice session
3 p.m. – AB Sports Junior Scholarship pro-am
5:15 and 8 p.m. – Anchor Buick-GMC/Williams Chevrolet pro-am squads

Saturday, Aug. 19
9 a.m. – A Squad, 7 qualifying games
4 p.m. – B Squad, 7 qualifying games
Top one-third of field after 7 games advances to match play

Sunday, Aug. 20
9 a.m. – Cashers round, 4 games (top 16 after 11 games advance to match play
1 p.m. – Top 16, 12 games modified round robin match play (top four after 23 games advance to stepladder finals)
6:30 p.m. – Top four stepladder finals

PBA XTRA FRAME STORM CUP POINTS LEADERS
(Players with 10 or more points after five of seven events; 25 points awarded to winner, 19 to second place, 18 to third, etc. through 20th place. Bonus prize money payable at the end of the season will include $20,000 for first place, $10,000 for second place, $8,000 for third, $7,000 for fourth and $5,000 for fifth place.)
1, EJ Tackett, Huntington, Ind., 64
2, Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., 62
3, Dom Barrett, England, 60
4, Dick Allen, Columbia, S.C., 59
5, Josh Blanchard, Gilbert, Ariz., 47
6, Ryan Ciminelli, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 45
7, Anthony Simonsen, Austin, Texas, 39
8 (tie), AJ Johnson, Oswego, Ill., and Tom Daugherty, Tampa, Fla., 37
10, Shota Kawazoe, Japan, 35
11, Kyle Troup, Taylorsville, N.C., 32
12, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 29
13 (tie), Rhino Page, Orlando, FL, and Francois Lavoie, Quebec City, Quebec, 27
15 (tie), Cristian Azcona, Puerto Rico, and Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 26
17, Ildemaro Ruiz, Venezuela, 25
18, Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 24
19 (tie), Jakob Butturff, Chandler, Ariz.; Jason Sterner, Cocoa Beach, Fla.; Stuart Williams, England, and Anthony Caso, Spring Hill, Fla., 18
23 (tie), Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, and Shawn Maldonado, Houston, Texas, 17
25 (tie), Craig Nidiffer, Trenton, Mich., and Steven Arehart, Chesapeake, Va., 15
27, Chris Loschetter, Avon, Ohio, 14
28, BJ Moore III, Greensburg, Pa., 13
28 (tie), Sean Lavery-Spahr, Pasadena, Texas, and Chris Spoo, Boynton Beach, Fla., 13
31 (tie), Kris Koeltzow, Wheat Ridge, Colo.; Andres Gomez, Colombia; Bill O’Neill, Langhorne, Pa., and Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., 12
35, Jeff Piroozshad, Coral Springs, Fla., 11

Dick Allen Ends Six-Year Title Drought with Victory in PBA Xtra Frame Chesapeake Open

CHESAPEAKE, Va. – Dick Allen of Columbia, S.C., defeated top qualifier Ryan Ciminelli of Cheektowaga, N.Y., 205-176, to win his fourth Professional Bowlers Association Tour title Sunday in the PBA Xtra Frame Chesapeake Open at AMF Western Branch Lanes.

Allen, who won his most recent PBA Tour title in Indianapolis in 2011, was in or near the lead throughout the final stages of qualifying before surrendering the lead to Ciminelli in the final qualifying game. But making the finals as the no. 2 qualifier was fine with Allen, who knew he would at least get a shot at ending his six-year title drought.

“I’ve been close a couple of times,” Allen said, “but after coming so close (a third-place finish in the (Mark Roth-Marshall Holman PBA Doubles Championship) with Zeke (Bayt) made me want to really focus on my game, so I’ve been working at it.

“These young kids out here now are so good, you really have to work at it if you want to win again. And I love to bowl, and I wanted to win again.”

Allen and Bayt finished third in the Roth-Holman Doubles event in Portland, Maine, in April for Allen’s best finish since a runner-up finish in the 2014 Cheetah Championship in Las Vegas.

In the championship match, Ciminelli never got comfortable. He failed to convert the 3-5-6-10 in the second frame, and didn’t throw his first strike until the sixth frame. He got his second strike in the seventh frame, but then left a 7 pin – his fifth single pin leave. In the meantime, Allen’s early double was followed by a 2-8-10 split. And then a turkey was followed by a 4-7-10 split, giving Ciminelli a fighting chance. But the Cheektowaga left-hander left a 4-10 split in the ninth frame and his comeback hopes evaporated.

“The guy’s a great bowler, but I definitely left it open for him,” Allen said of his match with Ciminelli. “I was fortunate to escape this time. You don’t escape those moments very often out there.”

In the first stepladder match between a pair of 23-year-old PBA newcomers, Anthony Caso of Spring Hill, Fla., eliminated five-time Puerto Rico national team member Cristian Azcona, 244-219. Caso struck on five of his first six shots, held a 37-pin lead after Azcona failed to convert the 3-6-10 in the seventh frame, and doubled in the ninth and 10th frames to clinch the win.

Allen, a 38-year-old, 18-year PBA Tour veteran, eliminated Caso in almost identical fashion in the semifinal match, 228-201. Allen started the contest with five strikes on his first six attempts while Caso, a third-year PBA member who was bowling in only his second PBA Tour event, struggled to find the pocket until the final two frames.

The Xtra Frame Chesapeake Open was the fifth tournament in the seven-event PBA Xtra Frame Storm Cup series that will award $50,000 in bonus prizes to the five points leaders. With his win, Allen will be in the thick of the race heading into the Xtra Frame Gene Carter’s Pro Shop Classic from Mid-County Bowling and Entertainment in Middletown, Del., Aug. 19-20, and the series finale, the PBA Xtra Frame Kenn-Feld Group Classic at Pla-Mor Lanes in Coldwater, Ohio, Aug. 26-27.

Both events will be live streamed on PBA’s online bowling channel, Xtra Frame. For Xtra Frame subscription information, visit xtraframe.tv.

PBA XTRA FRAME CHESAPEAKE OPEN
AMF Western Branch Lanes, Chesapeake, Va.  Sunday

Final Standings:
1, Dick Allen, Columbia, S.C., $10,000.
2, Ryan Ciminelli, Cheektowaga, N.Y., $6,000.
3, Anthony Caso, Spring Hill, Fla., $3,500.
4, Cristian Azcona, Puerto Rico, $2,000.

Stepladder Results:
Match One – Caso def. Azcona, 244-219.
Semifinal Match – Allen def. Caso, 228-201
Championship – Allen def. Ciminelli, 205-176.

Round of 8 Cashers (after 17 games):

1, Ciminelli, 3,959.
2, Allen, 3,924.
3, Caso, 3,885.
4, Azcona, 3,882.
5, Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., 3,865, $1,700.
6, Steven Arehart, Chesapeake, Va., 3,847, $1,500.
7 (tie), x-Dom Barrett, England, and Anthony Simonsen, Austin, Texas, 3,809, $1,425.

Round of 16 Cashers (did not advance, after 15 games):

9, Andres Gomez, Colombia, 3,370, $1,350.
10, EJ Tackett, Huntington, Ind., 3,346, $1,300.
11, n-Josh Garner, Hampton, Va., 3,335, $1,250.
12, Tom Daugherty, Riverview, Fla., 3,333, $1,200.
13, Rhino Page, Orlando, Fla., 3,300, $1,150.
14, Josh Blanchard, Mesa, Ariz., 3,276, $1,100.
15, Kyle Troup, Taylorsville, N.C., 3,260, $1,050.
16, Matt Taylor, Youngsville, N.C., 3,217, $1,000.

Cashers Round Cashers (did not advance, after 12 games):

17, Chris Arcaro, Carolina Beach, N.C., 2,606, $800.
18, Clifford Stanley II, Virginia Beach, Va., 2,582, $790.
19, Zulmazran Zulkifli, Malaysia, 2,575, $780.
20, Jason Sterner, Rockledge, Fla., 2,555, $770.
21, Shota Kawazoe, Japan, 2,549, $760.
22, Ildemaro Ruiz, Venezuela, 2,545, $750.
23, Darren Tang, San Francisco, 2,535, $740.
24, Michael Tang, San Francisco, 2,527, $730.
25, Cody Shoemaker, Hanover, Pa., 2,519, $720.
26, Andrew Klingler, Grand Rapids, Mich., 2,515, $710.
27, Chris Via, Springfield, Ohio, 2,512, $700.
28, Chris Polizzi, Spring Hill, Fla., 2,508, $690.
29, David Powers, Newport News, Va., 2,498, $680.
30, Richard Horsley, Morrisville, N.C., 2,495, $670.
31, Darrin Casstevens, Winston-Salem, N.C., 2,488, $660.
32, Kristian Rogers, Salisbury, N.C., 2,472, $655.
33, Anthony DeStasio, Fort Lauderdale, Fla., 2,463, $650.
34, Michael Vitalone, Jr., Lake Worth, Fla., 2,451, $645.
35, Jeremy Mooney, West Palm Beach, Fla., 2,431, $640.
36, Trevor Roberts, Crystal River, Fla., 2,406, $635.
37, Kip Roberts, Glen Allen, Va., 2,403, $630.
38, Jeff Evans, Supply, N.C., 2,393, $625.
39, n-Chris Kruschke, Newport News, Va., 2,391, $620.
40, Johnnie Payne, Savannah, Ga., 2,385, $615.
41, n-David Schmidtmann, Norfolk, Va., 2,377, $610.
42, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 1,767, $605.
43, Craig Nidiffer, Trenton, Mich., 1,660, $600.

x-Barrett def. Gomez, 245-196, in a one-game roll-off to advance to the Round of 8 after they tied for eighth place in the Round of 16.

n-denotes non-member.

Ryan Ciminelli Averages 239.25 to Lead PBA Xtra Frame Chesapeake Open Qualifiers into Cashers Rounds

CHESAPEAKE, Va.  – Ryan Ciminelli of Cheektowaga, N.Y., averaged 239.25 Saturday to take the first-round qualifying lead in the Professional Bowlers Association’s Xtra Frame Chesapeake Open at AMF Western Branch Lanes by 34 pins over Anthony Caso of Spring Hill, Fla.

Ciminelli, a seven-time PBA Tour champion, rolled games of 258, 248, 249, 202, 240, 230, 219 and 268 for an eight-game total of 1,914 pins on a lane condition that proved to be a test of mental and physical skills for the field of 130 PBA members and regional amateur bowlers. Caso, a third-year PBA member who won his first PBA title in a PBA South Region tournament in his home town late July, averaged 235 to finish with 1,880 pins.

Josh Blanchard of Mesa, Ariz., was third with 1,866 pins followed by Rhino Page of Orlando, Fla., with a 1,826 total and Andres Gomez of Colombia in fifth with a 1,792 total.

The top 43 qualifiers will return for a four-game cashers round Sunday at 8:30 a.m. The top 16 after 12 games will advance to a three-game Round of 16 at 11:30 a.m. Based on 15-game totals, the top eight will bowl another two games with pinfall totals based on 17 games determining the top four for the 3 p.m. stepladder finals. All times are Eastern.

All rounds Sunday will be live streamed on PBA’s online bowling channel, Xtra Frame. For Xtra Frame subscription information, visit xtraframe.tv.

The Xtra Frame Chesapeake Open is the fifth tournament in the seven-event Xtra Frame Storm Cup series that will award $50,000 in bonus prizes to the five points leaders following the Xtra Frame Gene Carter’s Pro Shop Classic from Mid-County Bowling and Entertainment in Middletown, Del., Aug. 19-20, and the PBA Xtra Frame Kenn-Feld Group Classic at Pla-Mor Lanes in Coldwater, Ohio, Aug. 26-27.

Among players advancing to the cashers round were the top four players in the PBA Xtra Frame Storm Cup points race: points leader EJ Tackett, Huntington, Ind., in 15th place; co-holders of second place in points, Dom Barrett of England (16th) and Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash. (13th), and Blanchard, who currently is fourth in points. PBA members who finish among the top 20 in Chesapeake will earn points in the Storm Cup series.

PBA XTRA FRAME CHESAPEAKE OPEN

AMF Western Branch Lanes, Chesapeake, Va.  Saturday

Final Qualifying Standings (after eight games):

1, Ryan Ciminelli, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 1,914.
2, Anthony Caso, Spring Hill, Fla., 1,880.
3, Josh Blanchard, Mesa, Ariz, 1,866.
4, Rhino Page, Orlando, Fla., 1,826.
5, Andres Gomez, Colombia, 1,792.
6, Dick Allen, Columbia, S.C., 1,791.
7, Cristian Azcona, Puerto Rico, 1,787.
8, Chris Arcaro, Carolina Beach, N.C., 1,771.
9 (tie), Clifford Stanley II, Virginia Beach, Va.; Anthony Simonsen, Austin, Texas, and Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 1,767.
12, Zulmazran Zulkifli, Malaysia, 1,766.
13, Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., 1,755.
14, Tom Daugherty, Riverview, Fla., 1,749.
15, EJ Tackett, Huntington, Ind., 1,743.
16, Dom Barrett, England, 1,741.
17, n-Josh Garner, Hampton, Va., 1,739.
18, Steven Arehart, Chesapeake, Va., 1,732.
19 (tie), Matt Taylor, Youngsville, N.C., and Darren Tang, San Francisco, 1,723.
21, Ildemaro Ruiz, Venezuela, 1,718.
22, Kyle Troup, Taylorsville, N.C., 1,705.
23, Trevor Roberts, Crystal River, Fla., 1,690.
24, Cody Shoemaker, Hanover, Pa., 1,685.
25, n-David Schmidtmann, Norfolk, Va., 1,673.
26, Andrew Klingler, Grand Rapids, Mich., 1,666.
27, Michael Vitalone, Jr., Lake Worth, Fla., 1,663.
28, Craig Nidiffer, Trenton, Mich., 1,660.
29, Chris Via, Springfield, Ohio, 1,656.
30, Michael Tang, San Francisco, Calif., 1,647.
31, Chris Polizzi, Spring Hill, Fla., 1,645.
32, Kip Roberts, Glen Allen, Va., 1,640.
33, Jeff Evans, Supply, N.C., 1,636.
34 (tie), Richard Horsley, Morrisville, N.C.; Shota Kawazoe, Japan, and Anthony DeStasio, Fort Lauderdale, Fla., 1,632.
37, David Powers, Newport News, Va., 1,631.
38, Johnnie Payne, Savannah, Ga., 1,629.
39, n-Chris Kruschke, Newport News, Va., 1,625.
40, Jason Sterner, Rockledge, Fla., 1,620.
41, Kristian Rogers, Salisbury, N.C., 1,607.
42 (tie), Jeremy Mooney, West Palm Beach, Fla., and Darrin Casstevens, Winston-Salem, N.C., 1,605.

Failed to advance:

44 (tie), Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., and John Furey, Freehold, N.J., 1,604.
46, Victor Florie Jr, Richmond, Va., 1,597.
47, Gary Faulkner, Norfolk, Va., 1,596.
48, n-Allen Levet, Glen Allen, Va., 1,595.
49, n-Thomas Woodall, Norfolk, Va., 1,594.
50, Isaac Kim, Lebanon, Pa., 1,593.
51, Greg Ostrander, Freehold, N.J., 1,590.
52, n-Ricky Boyters, Newport News, Va., 1,585.
53 (tie), Joe Paluszek, Bensalem, Pa.; n-Shawn Stacy Jr., Hampton, Va., and Mike McDonnell, Chesterfield, Va., 1,583.
56, Andrew Anderson, Holly, Mich., 1,582.
57 (tie), Michael Markis, Tafton, Pa., and Leon Platt, Summerville, S.C., 1,579.
59, Chris Bolosan, Newport News, Va., 1,577.
60, Kristian Sieradzki, Seminole, Fla., 1,573.
61, Shawn Lavender, Waynesboro, Va., 1,570.
62, Dwight Adams, Greensboro, N.C., 1,568.
63, Michael Byers, Charleston, S.C., 1,560.
64, Ronnie Horton, Christiansburg, Va., 1,559.
65, Bill O’Neill, Langhorne, Pa., 1,558.
66, Russell Sawyers, Culpeper, Va., 1,557.
67, AJ Johnson, Oswego, Ill., 1,549.
68, Mark Tarkington, Elizabeth City, N.C., 1,547.
69, Jeremy Davenport, Suffolk, Va., 1,539.
70, Brett Spangler, Niles, Ohio, 1,535.
71, James Grago, Hampstead, N.C., 1,534.
72 (tie), James Matthews, Prattville, Ala., and Greg Thomas, Irmo, S.C., 1,524.
74, Michael Fontenot, Hampton, Va., 1,523.
75, Troy McKinney, Yorktown, Va., 1,521.
76, n-Willie Shy, Greensboro, N.C., 1,513.
77, n-Ryon Collins, Chester, Va., 1,512.
78, Gilbert Salang, Virginia Beach, Va., 1,510.
79, n-Chris Hans, Rocky Mount, N.C., 1,509.
80, Wendell Barger, Dry Ridge, Ky., 1,499.
81, Darryl Carreon, Woodbridge, Va., 1,497.
82, Maximilian Fishman, Greensboro, N.C., 1,493.
83, Adam Monks, Conway, S.C., 1,491.
84 (tie), n-Nicholas Brown, Montross, Va., and Gabriel Garcia, Port St. Lucie, Fla., 1,490.
86, n-Carvel Waters, Ft. Washington, Md., 1,489.
87, w-Rebecca Glazier, Hampton, Va., 1,486.
88, Fabian Castaneda, Virginia Beach, Va., 1,482.
89, Fran Luzzi, Geneva, N.Y., 1,471.
90, Michael Schlabach, Goshen, Ind., 1,470.
91, Robert Riggle, Virginia Beach, Va., 1,467.
92, Thad Rand, Rapidan, Va, 1,465.
93, Chris Spoo, Boynton Beach, Fla., 1,463.
94 (tie), David Martin, Chesapeake, Va., and n-Brett Miller, Morehead, Ky., 1,460.
96, Randy Weiss, Columbia, S.C., 1,455.
97, Robert Gardner III, Carrollton, Va., 1,454.
98, Michael Houtz, Myerstown, Pa., 1,453.
99, n-Jeffrey Roberts, Clermont, Fla., 1,452.
100 (tie), n-Calvin Clark, Newport News, Va., and n-Jeffrey Campbell, Newport News, Va, 1,445.
102, Anthony Petrello, Chesapeake, Va., 1,443.
103 (tie), n-Jarrell Pretlow, Williamsburg, Va., and Wayne Bolin, Lumberton, N.C., 1,438.
105, w-n-Tiffany Taylor, Youngsville,N.C., 1,421.
106, Christopher Glaz, Elmwood Park, Ill, 1,415.
107, n-Adam Meads, Harbinger, N.C., 1,407.
108 (tie), Scott Schnur, Jr., Chruchville, Md., and Jeffrey Voght, Canojaharie, N.Y., 1,391.
110, John Mertz III, Lancaster, Pa., 1,389.
111, n-Jamal Strayhorn Sr., Virginia Beach, Va., 1,379.
112, Tim Davidson Jr., Clifton, Va., 1,375.
113, Bryan Gallahan, Fredericksburg, Va, 1,374.
114, Gordon Hope III, Chesapeake, Va., 1,370.
115, Aaron Finley, New Bern, Conn., 1,368.
116 (tie), n-Jonathon Bush, Clermont, Fla., and Brian Bradley, Fredericksburg, Va., 1,362.
118 (tie), Tommy Gollick, Oberlin, Pa., and Maurice Frazier, Suffolk, Va., 1,358.
120, w-Crystal Hall, St. Pauls, N.C., 1,352.
121, n-Jacob Hatfield, Spotsylvania, Va., 1,345.
122, Joey Dineen, Williamsburg, Va., 1,343.
123, n-Chuck Richey, Charlotte, N.C., 1,341.
124 (tie), Gerald Strohl, Virginia Beach, Va., and n-John Zilk, Virginia Beach, Va., 1,337.
126, Andrew Felmeten, Newport News, Va., 1,293.
127, Joseph Gomez, Norfolk, Va., 1,281.
128, n-Danny Williams, South Hill, Va., 1,256.
129, w-Beverly Blanchard, Virginia Beach, Va., 1,249.
130, n-Brad Cook, Woodbridge, Va., 1,187.

n-denotes non-member; w-denotes woman.

Darryl Bower Throws Last Six Strikes in Title Match to Win PBA60 Dick Weber Championship

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Darryl Bower of Middletown, Pa., threw the last six strikes in the championship match to win the PBA60 Dick Weber Championship presented by Hammer Saturday at Pro Bowl West for his first PBA60 national title.

Bower defeated the stepladder finals’ top qualifier Dave Axon of Bellevue, Neb., 255-208, to win the last of three PBA60 events for players 60 and older during the season.

Bower, a 61-year-old bowling proprietor, held a commanding lead until the sixth frame when he left the 4-6-7 split opening the door for Axon who was trying for his first national title. But then Bower made a small adjustment which enabled him to put the string of strikes together to seal the match.

“Being able to throw the ball straight and fairly slow allowed me to repeat shots,” Bower said. “I had that one bad shot in the sixth frame but I made a small adjustment by moving my feet to the left on the approach and that’s all I needed to get the ball back to the pocket.”

The win was Bower’s second national PBA title. He won the PBA Tour’s 1985 PBA True Value Open which was held in Indianapolis.

“Indiana has been good to me,” said Bower. “My PBA Tour win came in Indianapolis and now I’ve got a senior win here in Fort Wayne. I’m looking forward to coming back.”

Bower’s best finish on the PBA50 Tour was fifth in the 2012 PBA50 Senior Dayton Classic.

Bower, who qualified third for the finals, defeated No. 5 qualifier Hugh Miller of Mercer Island, Wash., 280-192, in the second stepladder match before advancing to the semi-final where he beat 2008 USBC Senior Masters winner Kenny Parks of Hammond, Ind., 234-206.

Miller, a seven-time PBA Tour and three-time PBA50 Tour winner, posted an 11-1 match play record to make it to the finals.

In the opening match, Miller beat three-time PBA Tour and two-time PBA50 Tour winner Charlie Tapp of Kalamazoo, Mich., 222-193.

The winner of the two previous PBA60 events this season were PBA Hall of Famer and four-time PBA50 Tour Player of the Year Tom Baker who won the season-opening PBA60 Killer ‘B’ Open and two-time PBA50 Player of the Year and reigning PBA60 Player of the Year Ron Mohr, who won the Super Senior Classic.

PBA60 DICK WEBER CHAMPIONSHIP

presented by Hammer
Pro Bowl West, Fort Wayne, Ind., Saturday

Final Standings:

1, Darryl Bower, Middletown, Pa., $7,500.

2, Dave Axon, Bellevue, Neb., $4,000.

3, Kenny Parks, Hammond, Ind., $2,500.

4, Hugh Miller, Mercer Island, Wash., $2,000.

5, Charlie Tapp, Kalamazoo, Mich., $1,750.

Stepladder Results:

Match One – Miller def. Tapp, 222-193.

Match Two – Bower def. Miller, 280-192.

Semi-final Match – Bower def. Parks, 234-206.

Championship Match – Bower def. Axon – 255-208.

Fourth Round

(After 24 games. Includes match play record and overall pinfall total including bonus pins. Top five advance to stepladder finals)

1, David Axon, Bellevue, Neb., 9-3, 5,918.
2, Kenny Parks, Hammond, Ind., 9-3, 5,891.
3, Darryl Bower, Middletown, Pa., 8-4, 5,846.
4, Charlie Tapp, Kalamazoo, Mich., 8-4, 5,717.
5, Hugh Miller, Mercer Island, Wash., 11-1, 5,709.
6, n-Henry Dawson, Elma, Wash., 9-3, 5,679, $1,600.
7, Edward Silva, Manteca, Calif., 7-5, 5,666, $1,550.
8, Bill Nichols, Bella Vista, Ark., 5-7, 5,660, $1,500.
9, Don Blatchford, Santa Monica, Calif., 7-5, 5,644, $1,450.
10, Warren Nelson, Hemet, Calif., 9-3, 5,640, $1,425.
11, n-Leroy Johnson, Chicago, 7-5, 5,633, $1,400.
12, Tom Baker, King, N.C., 7-5, 5,625, $1,375.
13, Ed Roberts, Braintree, Mass., 3-8-1, 5,579, $1,350.
14, Paul McCordic, Sugar Land, Texas, 4-7-1, 5,573, $1,325.
15, Raymond Scrivens, Jr., Athens, Pa., 7-5, 5,549, $1,300.
16, Don Sylvia, Daytona Beach, Fla., 7-5, 5,541, $1,275.
17, Marc Lineberry, Camanche, Iowa, 5-7, 5,486, $1,250.
18, Mike Dias, Lafayette, Colo., 7-5, 5,460, $1,225.
19, Brian Miller, Springfield, Ohio, 6-6, 5,456, $1,210.
20, James Storts, Westfield, Ind., 6-6, 5,444, $1,200.
21, Greg McMahan, Dandridge, Tenn., 5-7, 5,412, $1,190.
22, Brendan Bierch, Grafton, Mass., 5-7, 5,406, $1,180.
23, n-Ed Austreng, Waterford, Mich., 6-5-1, 5,387, $1,170.
24, Ted Staikoff, Black Hawk, S.D., 3-9, 5,383, $1,160.
25, Ray Johnson, Battle Creek, Mich., 5-7, 5,376, $1,150.
26, Mark Everette, Aliquippa, Pa., 4-8, 5,352, $1,140.
27, John Parry, Oak Park, Calif., 5-7, 5,328, $1,130.
28, (tie) n-Fred McClain, Allen Park, Mich., 5-6-1, 5,266, and n-Mitchell Jabczenski, Novi, Mich., 2-10, 5,266, $1,118.
30, Lee Brosius, Ashburn, Va., 3-9, 5,206, $1,110.
31, Chris Fedden, Albany, N.Y., 4-8, 5,135, $1,105.
32, Dale Eagle, Twin Falls, Idaho, 2-10, 5,029, $1,100.

Kenny Parks Rebounds After First Two Matches to Take PBA60 Dick Weber Championship Third Round Lead

FORT WAYNE, Ind. — Kenny Parks of Hammond, Ind., overcame losses in the first two matches of the first match play round Friday at Pro Bowl West to take the third round lead in the PBA60 Dick Weber Championship presented by Hammer.

After losing the first two matches with games of 180 and 246, Parks came back to win the next four with games of 277, 247, 247 and 258 to compile a 4,374 18-game overall pinfall total (including match play bonus pins) to lead 32 players ages 60 and older into Saturday morning’s fourth round that will determine the top five for the stepladder finals set for noon EDT.

“I was just lost after the first game,” said the 2008 USBC Senior Masters champion. “After the first game I had a better look, started throwing it better and started striking.

“I think the key for me is to throw the ball straighter down the lane which is helping me throw better quality shots,” he continued. “I just need to keep fighting, hope I get a few breaks and good things will happen.”

Parks holds a 27-pin lead over Darryl Bower of Middletown, Pa., in second who also posted a 4-2 record finishing with 4,347 pinfall. Bower won the 1985 True Value Open for his lone PBA Tour title.

Don Blatchford of Santa Monica, Calif., who had the day’s only 300 game, finished third with a 5-1 record and 4,275 pinfall. First round leader, three-time PBA Tour and two-time PBA50 Tour titlist Charlie Tapp of Kalamazoo, Mich., dropped to sixth with 4,197.

Saturday’s competition will be streamed live on PBA’s online bowling channel Xtra Frame. For subscription and schedule information visit www.xtraframe.tv. In addition to following the action on pba.com, Apple users can download the new PBA app, available through the Apple App store, to access live scoring.

PBA60 DICK WEBER CHAMPIONSHIP

Presented by Hammer

Pro Bowl West, Fort Wayne, Ind., Friday

Third Round (After 18 games including match play and bonus pins. All 32 players advance to Saturday’s fourth round)

1, Kenny Parks, Hammond, Ind., 4-2, 4,374.
2, Darryl Bower, Middletown, Pa., 4-2, 4,347.
3, Don Blatchford, Santa Monica, Calif., 5-1, 4,275.
4, Paul McCordic, Sugar Land, Texas, 2-3-1, 4,225.
5, David Axon, Bellevue, Neb., 4-2, 4,202.
6, Charlie Tapp, Kalamazoo, Mich., 4-2, 4,197.
7, n-Fred McClain, Allen Park, Mich., 4-1-1, 4,172.
8, Bill Nichols, Bella Vista, Ark., 3-3, 4,168.
9, n-Henry Dawson, Elma, Was., 4-2, 4,167.
10, Ray Scrivens, Jr., Athens, Pa., 4-2, 4,165.
11, Hugh Miller, Mercer Island, Wash., 5-1, 4,148.
12, Tom Baker, King, N.C., 4-2, 4,146.
13, Warren Nelson, Hemet, Calif., 5-1, 4,140.
14, Edward Silva, Manteca, Calif., 3-3, 4,139.
15, Edward Roberts, Braintree, Mass., 1-4-1, 4,130.
16, Ray Johnson, Battle Creek, Mich., 4-2, 4,104.
17, n-Leroy Johnson, Chicago, 2-4, 4,096.
18, James Storts, Westfield, Ind., 2-4, 4,094.
19, n-Ed Austreng, Waterford, Mich., 3-2-1, 4,086.
20, n-Mitchell Jabczenski, Novi, Mich., 2-4, 4,053.
21, Brian Miller, Springfield, Ohio, 2-4, 4,037.
22, Mike Dias, Lafayette, Colo., 3-3, 4,031.
23, Mark Everette, Aliquippa, Pa., 2-4, 4,012.
24, Brendan Bierch, Grafton, Mass., 2-4, 4,000.
25, Ted Staikoff, Black Hawk, S.D., 1-5, 3,992.
26, (tie) John Parry, Oak Park, Calif., 3-3, and Don Sylvia, Daytona Beach, Fla., 3-3, 3,990.
28, Greg McMahan, Dandridge, Tenn., 2-4, 3,983.
29, Marc Lineberry, Camanche, Iowa, 2-4, 3,976.
30, Lee Brosius, Ashburn, Va., 2-4, 3,908.
31, Chris Fedden, Albany, N.Y., 2-4, 3,858.
32, Dale Eagle, Twin Falls, Idaho, 1-5, 3,856.

Second Round (After 12 games. Top 32 advanced to match play)

1, Bill Nichols, Bella Vista, Ark., 2,816.
2, n-Fred McClain, Allen Park, Mich., 2,812.
3, Kenny Parks, Hammond, Ind., 2,796.
4, David Axon, Bellevue, Neb., 2,786.
5, Charlie Tapp, Kalamazoo, Mich., 2,779.
6, Darryl Bower, Middletown, Pa., 2,778.
7, Paul McCordic, Sugar Land, Texas, 2,747.
8, Ted Staikoff, Black Hawk, S.D., 2,746.
9, James Storts, Westfield, Ind., 2,744.
10, Don Blatchford, Santa Monica, Calif., 2,702.
11, n-Leroy Johnson, Chicago, 2,701.
12, Brian Miller, Springfield, Ohio, 2,697.
13, Mark Everette, Aliquippa, Pa., 2,686.
14, (tie) n-Mitchell Jabczenski, Novi, Mich., and Raymond Scrivens, Jr., Athens, Pa., 2,684.
16, n-Henry Dawson, Elma, Was., 2,675.
17, (tie) Ray Johnson, Battle Creek, Mich., and Brendan Bierch, Grafton, Mass., 2,656.
19, Warren Nelson, Hemet, Calif., 2,654.
20, (tie) Edward Roberts, Braintree, Mass., and Dale Eagle, Twin Falls, Idaho, 2,649.
22, Lee Brosius, Ashburn, Va., 2,645.
23, Don Sylvia, Daytona Beach, Fla., 2,643.
24, Edward Silva, Manteca, Calif., 2,641.
25, (tie) Greg McMahan, Dandridge, Tenn., and Tom Baker, King, N.C., 2,640.
27, Hugh Miller, Mercer Island, Wash., 2,629.
28, n-Ed Austreng, Waterford, Mich., 2,621.
29, Mike Dias, Lafayette, Colo., 2,600.
30, John Parry, Oak Park, Calif., 2,598.
31, Chris Fedden, Albany, N.Y., 2,592.
32, Marc Lineberry, Camanche, Iowa, 2,590.

Did not advance
33, Toby Contreras, Lee’s Summit, Mo., 2,587, $1,000.
34, (tie) Tom Carter, Columbus, Ohio, 2,585, and n-Ron Burgess, Plymouth, Mich., 2,585, $1,000.
36, Paul Mielens, Menomonie, Wis., 2,579.
37, John Dudak, Orland Park, Ill., 2,578.
38, Bob Caruso, Dayton, N.J., 2,566.
39, Jim Heintz, St. Charles, Mo., 2,563.
40, Vince Honeycutt, Franklin, N.C., 2,561.
41, Emilio Mora Sr., Defiance, Ohio, 2,560.
42, George Miller III, Grand Rapids, Mich., 2,559.
43, n-Gary Kinyon, Lockport, N.Y., 2,554.
44, (tie) Dale Traber, Cedarburg, Wis., and n-Jim Lauricella, Sterling Hts., Mich., 2,549.
46, Michael James, Grafton, Neb., 2,547.
47, (tie) n-Robert Reeder Jr., Bellefonte, Pa., and Mike Moore, Marietta, Ohio, 2,544.
49, ss-Steve Stein, Staten Island, N.Y., 2,540.
50, Johnny Petraglia, Jackson, N.J., 2,538.
51, Curtis Aemisegger, Wauconda, Ill., 2,536.
52, Harv Pallas, Stevensville, Mich., 2,527.
53, Dale Csuhta, Wadsworth, Ohio, 2,521.
54, Dave Bernhardt, Romeo, Mich., 2,519.
55, Charlie Tomey, Spartanburg, S.C., 2,510.
56, n-Peter Minaudo, Chesterfield, Mich., 2,509.
57, Ross McDonald, Clarksville, Md., 2,502.
58, James Knoblauch, Waukesha, Wis., 2,500.
59, Tom Howison, Chillicothe, Ohio, 2,492.
60, Rich Giragosian, Charlotte, N.C., 2,488.
61, Richard Hunt, Valparaiso, Ind., 2,487.
62, n-Ted Hannahs, Zanesville, Ohio, 2,482.
63, Lew Elting, Carlsbad, Calif., 2,464.
64, Mike Walden, Stony Point, N.Y., 2,454.
65, (tie) n-Daniel Mayer, Fort Wayne, Ind., and n-Michael Chapman, Garden City, Mich., 2,450.
67, Bill Hewlett, Las Vegas, 2,447.
68, n-Gerry Loudin, Bridgeport, W.Va., 2,430.
69, Robert Donovan, Prattsville, N.Y., 2,428.
70, James Souder, Greeneville, Tenn., 2,424.
71, (tie) n-Joseph Woznicki, Lakeland, Fla., and Phillip Moros, Lombard, Ill., 2,422.
73, Tim Pierce, Portland, Ore., 2,414.
74, Mike Schmid, St. Paul, Minn., 2,408.
75, Bill Henson, Westerville, Ohio, 2,407.
76, John Younger, Winston-Salem, N.C., 2,399.
77, William Banks, Laurel Hill, N.C., 2,395.
78, Steven Banks, Leesburg, Va., 2,389.
79, Steven Jansson, Barnes, Wisc., 2,387.
80, Mark Pickford, Charlotte, N.C., 2,382.
81, (tie) n-Andrew Bizub, Huber Heights, Ohio, and Ken Ball, Avon, N.Y., 2,365.
83, Charlie Gadd, Lake Worth, Fla., 2,351.
84, (tie) n-Dick Selgo, Archbold, Ohio, and Gary Simon, Bridgeport, W.Va., 2,344.
86, Chris Patton, Park City, Utah, 2,334.
87, Don Lane, San Francisco, 2,332.
88, Larry Zacharias, Plainfield, Ill., 2,331.
89, Ron Profitt, Brookville, Ohio, 2,323.
90, n-Roland Wright, Christianburg, Vir., 2,320.
91, Bob Heath Sr., Grand Junction, Iowa, 2,311.
92, n-Louis Sturm, Canada, 2,308.
93, James Hutchinson, Ludlow Falls, Ohio, 2,299.
94, Robert Davis, Annapolis, Md., 2,297.
95, Daniel Seppa, Madison, Wis., 2,277.
96, Dan Dicus, Chillicothe, Ohio, 2,249.
97, n-Carleton Turley, Huntingtow, Md., 2,248.
98, n-John Henry Jr., Ft Wayne, Ind, 2,170.
99, Dale Holgate, Peninsula, Ohio, 2,157.
100, Jim Dilyard, Burbank, Ohio, 2,132.
101, Ronald Reitzel, Perrysburg, Ohio, 2,128.
102, Allen Meskan, Addison, Ill., 1,982.
103, Bruce Siegel, Highland Park, Ill., 1,952.
104, n-Bob Shank, Fort Wayne, Ind., 1,354.
105, Gary Kammes, Winfield, Ill., 1,261.

300 games (1)- Don Blatchford

n-non-member

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PBA Spare Shots: PBA Regional Points Leaders Have an Eye on October 15 Deadline for Berths in WSOB IX

PBA Regional points leaders as of August 6 have an eye on the October 15 deadline when the PBA’s regional points competitions for 2017 will be finalized, and the leaders in each region will be announced for the PBA Regional Challenge to be held on November 7 to kick off the GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling IX, presented by Eldorado Reno Properties Inc., at the National Bowling Stadium in Reno, Nev.

The regional points leaders will meet in a head-to-head match play competition in Reno, at the same time the eight points leaders from the 2017 PBA50 Tour season bowl the PBA50 Challenge. All regional and PBA50 Tour qualifiers also will receive paid entries into the World Series, and both Challenge events will air live on PBA’s Xtra Frame online bowling channel.

The current leaders in the PBA Regional points races are:

● East Region – Matt O’Grady (feature photo), 105,277 points (second place, Greg Ostrander, 66,763).

● South Region – Dick Allen, 90,674 (Cristian Azcona, 81,781).

● Central Region – Graham Fach, 92,839 (Kyle Mayberry, 87,6715).

● Midwest Region – AJ Johnson, 83,392 (Tom Hess, 66,202).

● Southwest Region – Francois Lavoie, 137,678 (Mike Bailey, 89,040).

● West Region – David Haynes, 116,934 (Darren Tang, 109,137).

● Northwest Region – Darren Tang, 117,603 (Cameron Weier, 112,156).

Finishing in the top eight in PBA50 points were Brian LeClair, Norm Duke, Parker Bohn III, Bob Learn Jr., Michael Haugen Jr., Walter Ray Williams Jr., Amleto Monacelli and Ron Mohr.

Williams is the defending PBA50 Challenge winner; O’Grady is the defending PBA Regional Challenge winner.

XTRA FRAME OFFERS LIMITED TIME THREE-DAY SUBSCRIPTION DISCOUNT

For a limited time, Xtra Frame is offering a special $2.99 three-day subscription rate, a $1 savings over its normal rate. The special offer, good now through August 27, will make it possible for PBA fans to watch all three remaining PBA Xtra Frame Storm Cup Series tournaments at the special rate.

This weekend’s PBA Xtra Frame Chesapeake Open will air Saturday and Sunday, followed by the Xtra Frame Gene Carter’s Pro Shop Classic from Mid-County Bowling and Entertainment in Middletown, Del., Aug. 19-20, and the Storm Cup series finale, the Xtra Frame Kenn-Feld Group Classic from Pla-Mor Lanes in Coldwater, Ohio, Aug. 26-27. The special $2.99 rate can be used multiple times, so it can be applied to all three weekend events. To sign up, visit xtraframe.tv.

PBA fans also are reminded they can follow real-time results for PBA50, PBA Xtra Frame Tour and all PBA Regional events by visiting the “live scoring” feature on pba.com or by downloading the new PBA app on Apple devices.

WBT RESULTS WITH MARTIN LARSEN-JESPER SVENSSON INSPIRED EVENT IN MALMO

The World Bowling Tour Malmo, also known as the “Storm Lucky Larsen Masters,” begins Sunday in Malmo, Sweden, and concludes on Sunday, Aug. 27, as bowlers from around the world descend on Malmo for Sweden’s first PBA International/World Bowling Tour event.

The tournament had a preliminary entry of 465 players from 25 countries including a number of PBA stars, prompting Competition Manager Daniel Rönnbäck to note, “Judging by the huge number of entries and that the tickets to the finals are completely sold out well before the start date, this is obviously a competition that Sweden has been waiting for.”

According to a World Bowling news release, the tournament was cofounded by Swedish Bowling proprietors Rönnbäck and Hampus Torstensson who were inspired by Jesper Svensson’s Swedish Rookie Sportsman of The Year award, which they hope will encourage young Swedes to to become more active in the sport. Rönnbäck also recruited Swedish national star Martin Larsen to join the organizing committee to provide input into the athletic sides of the event.

The tournament will use a format common among European events. Multiple six-game qualifying rounds will result in a finals field of 44 players, with all scores dropped at the end of qualifying. Qualifiers 1-8 will advance to Step 2; qualifiers 9-44 will bowl the six-game Step 1 round. The top 16 from Step 1 plus the top eight qualifiers will advance to Step 2 for an eight-game round. The top eight players after Step 2 advance to Step 3 for a four-game round. The top four players based on combined 12-game Step 2 and 3 pinfall totals advance to the stepladder finals for one-game matches. A PBA Tour title will be awarded if the winner is a PBA member.

The World Bowling Tour Malmo will be live streamed Aug. 13-25 via www.luckylarsenmasters.com and Aug. 26-27 via http://www.worldbowling.org/events-results/world-bowling-tour/. The World Bowling Tour Men’s and Women’s Finals, presented by the PBA and featuring the top three in points in each division, will be conducted during the GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling IX in Reno in November.

How did the organizers come up with the “Lucky Larsen” name? Well, this link explains: http://luckylarsenmasters.com/about-lucky-larsen/

AS THE CURTAIN FALLS ON THE 2017 PBA50 TOUR SEASON…

● With his win in the season-ending PBA50 DeHayes Insurance Group Championship, Pete Weber not only recorded his 100th overall PBA title, but joined Walter Ray Williams Jr. and Gene Stus in a tie for fifth place on the all-time PBA50 Tour titles list with 11. John Handegard is the leader in PBA50 Tour titles with 14. Tom Baker, Gary Dickinson and Dale Eagle are tied for second place with 12 titles each.

● Throughout his colorful career as a PBA Tour competitor, winning 38 titles to rank third on the all-time list behind Walter Ray Williams Jr. (47) and Earl Anthony (43), Norm Duke has never had a year with as many close calls as he had during the 2017 PBA50 Tour season. In addition to his lone title in Mooresville, N.C., in May, Duke had three second-place finishes (New Port Richey, Fla.; Anderson, Ind., and Fort Wayne, Ind.), a third-place finish in Hammond, Ind., and a fourth-place finish in the USBC Senior Masters.

● Former Major League Baseball pitcher John Burkett of Southlake, Fla., was in contention to make his second career championship round appearance in Fort Wayne until the end of the final match play round, eventually finishing ninth for his best finish of the season. Burkett’s best career finish was fourth in the 2015 Northern California Classic in his rookie season as a PBA50 Tour player.

● With his 300 game near the end of the second qualifying round in Fort Wayne, Parker Bohn III improved his record for most 300 games bowled in PBA competition to 112, six more than Walter Ray Williams Jr.

PBA REGIONAL UPDATE: AJ JOHNSON WINS BACK-TO-BACK PBA MIDWEST TITLES

AJ Johnson of Oswego, Ill, defeated top qualifier Steven Taylor of Deer Creek, Ill., 219-194, to win the PBA Poplar Creek Bowl Midwest Open at Poplar Creek Bowl in Hoffman Estates, Ill., Sunday for his second straight PBA Midwest Region title.

Johnson, who won the St. Charles Lanes Midwest Open on July 16 in Missouri, picked up his fourth career regional title and the $2,000 first prize.

Amateur Mike Dole of Loves Park, Ill. defeated Steve Jaros of Yorkville, Ill., 235-200, in the first match of the four-man stepladder finals and Johnson then defeated Dole, 258-216, to advance to the title match.

Anthony Pepe of Elmhurst, N.Y., defeated B.J. Moore of Greensburg, Pa., 198-178, to win the PBA Bowlers Supply/Storm Open presented by Roto Grip at Colony Park Lanes North in York, Pa., Sunday for $2,5000 plus his third career regional title and his second in this event.

Neither bowler was able to post a double in the title match, but the only open frame was by Moore, who split in the eighth frame while trailing by only four pins. When Moore failed to double in the ninth frame, Pepe needed only a mark in his final frame to secure the win.

Pepe dominated qualifying, including bowling the tournament’s only 300 game. He then defeated Matt Taylor of Youngsville, N.C., 2-1, in the best-of-three-game Round of 8 and Andrew Suscreba of Clifton, N.J., 247-183, in the semifinals. Moore defeated Jon Van Hees of Charlestown, R.I., 200-194, in the other semifinal match.

Matt Staninger of Highland, Ind. defeated Matt Sanders of Evansville, Ind., in a three-game total pins match, 731-649, to win his first PBA Regional title in the Boss Snow Plows/Ebonite Central Open at PinHeads in Fishers, Ind., Sunday.

Staninger, who earned $2,000, downed non-member and defending champion Steve Novak of Louisville, Ky., 705-632, while Sanders eliminated Josh Conner of Columbus, Ohio, 783-663, in the semifinal round to set up the championship match.

● In a pair of PBA50 Regionals held in proximity to the PBA50 Tour’s DeHayes Insurance Group Open and PBA60 Dick Weber Super Senior Classic in Fort Wayne, Ind., Tom Baker of King, N.C., defeated Mike Scroggins of Amarillo, Texas, 245-212, to win the 20th annual PBA50 Progressive/Gerdeman Insurance/Al Smith Jeep Central/Midwest Classic at Al-Mar Lanes in Bowling Green, Ohio, on Saturday, and Tony Johnson of Canton, Ohio defeated Brian Kretzer of Dayton, Ohio, 222-169, to win the PBA50 Pro Bowl West Central/Midwest Shootout during the PBA50 Tour’s one-day break in Fort Wayne on Wednesday.

The Bowling Green title was Baker’s 35th overall PBA Regional title. He also earned $3,500.

Scroggins defeated Brian LeClair of Athens, N.Y., 245-223, to advance to the championship match. In the first stepladder match, LeClair downed Billy Froberg of St. Joseph, Mich., 239-235.

In Fort Wayne, Johnson downed Joe Scarborough of Charlotte, N.C., 213-172, while Kretzer topped Harry Sullins of Chesterfield Twp., Mich., 257-228, in the semifinal round. The one-day, reduced entry fee event drew a field of 58 bowlers.

● The Greater Richmond Central Open at Richmond 40 Bowl in Richmond, Ind., a one-day event on Aug. 13, is the lone regional event over the Aug. 11-13 weekend.

● The Aug. 18-20 PBA Regional calendar includes the Emerald Bowl Houston Southwest Challenge for non-title winners plus the PBA-PWBA Emerald Bowl Southwest Open in Houston, Texas, for women, and the Dave Husted Northwest Open presented by 900 Global at Husted’s Milwaukie Bowl in Milwaukie, Ore.

● Closing out the August schedule will be the PBA60 Wilson & Sons Super Senior Open presented by the Mooresville Convention and Visitors Bureau Aug. 31-Sept. 2 at George Pappas’ Victory Lanes in Mooresville, N.C., followed immediately by the PBA50 Samuel Adams South Open presented by the Mooresville Convention and Visitors Bureau at George Pappas’ Victory Lanes in Mooresville, N.C.

● The Labor Day weekend calendar of PBA Regional action includes the PBA50 Strike Zone Open presented by Track in Pottsville, Pa.; the Tony Reyes Memorial Member/Non-Member Doubles at Fourth Street Bowl in San Jose, Calif.; the Illinois Valley Midwest Open at IV Super Bowl in Peru, Ill., and the DHC Japan PBA Doubles Open, Japan Cheetah Masters and Japan Cheetah Queens at Nagoya Grand Bowl in Nagoya, Japan.

● 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 new PBA app).

QUICK NOTES:

● PBA Hall of Famer Pete Weber has learned he will be inducted into the St. Louis Sports Hall of Fame during ceremonies on Sept. 15 at the Hilton St. Louis Frontenac Hotel.

Charlie Tapp Averages 240 to Take First Round Lead In PBA60 Dick Weber Championship

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Charlie Tapp, a three-time winner in a 12-year career on the PBA Tour, averaged 240 to lead the first round of the PBA60 Dick Weber Championship presented by Hammer Thursday at Pro Bowl West.

The 66-year-old Tapp, of Kalamazoo, Mich., bowled a 1,442 six-game pinfall total with games of 224, 279, 287, 190, 237 and 225 to lead the field of 106 players 60 and older.

“I prepared pretty well for this tournament,” said Tapp, who works as a sales rep for a bowling distributor and is head coach for the Aquinas College bowling team. “I practiced pretty intensely for about four weeks and even took some lessons to get ready for it.

“It kind of felt like old times out there today,” he added. “I had a good ball reaction and I was reading the lanes real well so I’m pretty happy. In the 190 game, I had a couple splits and chopped a spare but otherwise everything was good.”

Tapp, who also owns two PBA50 Tour titles, competed on the PBA Tour from 1979-1991.

Tapp holds a narrow two-pin lead over 2006 USBC Senior Masters champion Kenny Parks of Hammond, Ind., in second with a 1,440 pinfall. Rounding out the top five are Darryl Bower, Middletown, Pa., 1,422; Brendan Bierch, Grafton, Mass., 1,404, and Brian Miller, Springfield, Ohio, 1,401.

The Dick Weber Championship is the last of three events limited to players 60 and over this season. Four-time PBA50 Player of the Year Tom Baker won the PBA60 Killer ‘B’ Open and two-time PBA50 Player of the Year Ron Mohr won the USBC Super Senior Classic.

Mohr, a Fort Wayne native who clinched his second consecutive PBA60 Player of the Year crown, is not competing in the Dick Weber Championship because he is traveling to Munich, Germany to compete in the World Senior Championships Aug. 13-20.

Competition continues with second round qualifying Friday beginning at 11 a.m. EDT with a cut to the top 32 players for match play at 5 p.m. The second match play round begins Saturday morning at 8:30 a.m. which will determine the top five for the stepladder finals at noon.

Fans can catch all the action on PBA’s online bowling channel Xtra Frame. For subscription and schedule information visit www.xtraframe.tv. In addition to following the action on pba.com, Apple users can download the new PBA app, available through the Apple App store, to access live scoring.

PBA60 DICK WEBER CHAMPIONSHIP

Presented by Hammer

Pro Bowl West, Fort Wayne, Ind., Thursday

First Round (After six games)

1, Charlie Tapp, Kalamazoo, Mich., 1,442.
2, Kenny Parks, Hammond, Ind., 1,440.
3, Darryl Bower, Middletown, Pa., 1,422.
4, Brendan Bierch, Grafton, Mass., 1,404.
5, Brian Miller, Springfield, Ohio, 1,401.
6, Mark Everette, Aliquippa, Pa., 1,391.
7, Ray Johnson, Battle Creek, Mich., 1,385.
8, Paul McCordic, Sugar Land, Texas, 1,384.
9, Tom Baker, King, N.C., 1,378.
10, Edward Silva, Manteca, Calif., 1,369.
11, Don Blatchford, Santa Monica, Calif., 1,367.
12, (tie) Dale Csuhta, Wadsworth, Ohio and Bill Nichols, Bella Vista, Ark., 1,364.
14, n-Henry Dawson, Elma, Was., 1,362.
15, n-Leroy Johnson, Chicago, 1,360.
16, James Storts, Westfield, Ind., 1,351.
17, John Dudak, Orland Park, Ill., 1,350.
18, David Axon, Bellevue, Neb., 1,349.
19, n-Fred McClain, Allen Park, Mich., 1,346.
20, Paul Mielens, Menomonie, Wis., 1,336.
21, Toby Contreras, Lee’s Summit, Mo., 1,333.
22, n-Ron Burgess, Plymouth, Mich., 1,328.
23, Tom Carter, Columbus, Ohio, 1,324.
24, (tie) n-Ed Austreng, Waterford, Mich., and Dale Eagle, Twin Falls, Idaho, 1,313.
26, Greg McMahan, Dandridge, Tenn., 1,311.
27, John Parry, Oak Park, Calif., 1,305.
28, Lew Elting, Carlsbad, Calif., 1,304.
29, Mike Moore, Marietta, Ohio, 1,303.
30, Harv Pallas, Stevensville, Mich., 1,302.
31, Bob Caruso, Dayton, N.J., 1,301.
32, Ross McDonald, Clarksville, Md., 1,300.
33, Raymond Scrivens, Jr., Athens, Pa., 1,298.
34, n-Peter Minaudo, Chesterfield, Mich., 1,294.
34, Ted Staikoff, Black Hawk, S.D., 1,294.
36, Ed Roberts, Braintree, Mass., 1,292.
37, Richard Hunt, Valparaiso, Ind., 1,289.
38, Curtis Aemisegger, Wauconda, Ill., 1,286.
39, Johnny Petraglia, Jackson, N.J., 1,284.
40, James Knoblauch, Waukesha, Wis., 1,282.
41, n-Mitchell Jabczenski, Novi, Mich., 1,281.
42, Warren Nelson, Hemet, Calif., 1,274.
43, Lee Brosius, Ashburn, Va., 1,272.
44, Don Sylvia, Daytona Beach, Fla., 1,267.
45, Tim Pierce, Portland, Ore., 1,265.
46, George Miller III, Grand Rapids, Mich., 1,263.
47, Gary Kammes, Winfield, Ill., 1,261.
48, n-Michael Chapman, Garden City, Mich., 1,256.
49, Vince Honeycutt, Franklin, N.C., 1,255.
50, Steven Jansson, Barnes, Wisc., 1,253.
51, Phillip Moros, Lombard, Ill., 1,251.
52, (tie) Tom Howison, Chillicothe, Ohio, and Mike Dias, Lafayette, Colo., 1,243.
54, n-Gary Kinyon, Lockport, N.Y., 1,242.
54, Robert Donovan, Prattsville, N.Y., 1,242.
56, Rich Giragosian, Charlotte, N.C., 1,241.
57, -n-Robert Reeder Jr., Bellefonte, Pa., 1,238.
58, Michael James, Grafton, Neb., 1,237.
58, Hugh Miller, Mercer Island, Wash., 1,237.
60, Marc Lineberry, Camanche, Iowa, 1,236.
61, Mark Pickford, Charlotte, N.C., 1,227.
62, n-Jim Lauricella, Sterling Hts., Mich., 1,226.
63, Chris Fedden, Albany, N.Y., 1,224.
64, Gary Simon, Bridgeport, W.Va., 1,219.
65, Charlie Tomey, Spartanburg, S.C., 1,217.
66, Steve Stein, Staten Island, N.Y., 1,215.
67, n-Joseph Woznicki, Lakeland, Fla., 1,209.
68, Emilio Mora Sr., Defiance, Ohio, 1,208.
69, Dave Bernhardt, Romeo, Mich., 1,207.
70, Dale Traber, Cedarburg, Wis., 1,205.
71, Bill Henson, Westerville, Ohio, 1,201.
72, (tie) n-Ted Hannahs, Zanesville, Ohio, and Charlie Gadd, Lake Worth, Fla., 1,199.
74, (tie) Jim Heintz, St. Charles, Mo., and Mike Walden, Stony Point, N.Y., 1,198.
76, n-Bob Shank, Fort Wayne, Ind., 1,194.
77, n-Louis Sturm, Canada, 1,189.
78, Ron Profitt, Brookville, Ohio, 1,184.
79, Chris Patton, Park City, Utah, 1,177.
80, Bill Hewlett, Las Vegas, 1,169.
81, Mike Schmid, St. Paul, Minn., 1,166.
81, Tommy Brodowski, New Hyde Park, N.Y., 1,166.
83, (tie) James Hutchinson, Ludlow Falls, Ohio, and Dan Dicus, Chillicothe, Ohio, 1,164.
85, (tie) n-Dick Selgo, Archbold, Ohio, and n-Daniel Mayer, Fort Wayne, Ind., 1,163.
87, Larry Zacharias, Plainfield, Ill., 1,160.
88, (tie) Robert Davis, Annapolis, Md. and Roland Wright, Christianburg, Va., 1,154.
90, John Younger, Winston-Salem, N.C., 1,151.
91, Ken Ball, Avon, N.Y., 1,148.
92, Steven Banks, Leesburg, Va., 1,140.
93, n-Andrew Bizub, Huber Heights, Ohio, 1,129.
94, Don Lane, San Francisco, 1,120.
95, n-John Henry Jr., Fort Wayne, Ind., 1,117.
96, Daniel Seppa, Madison, Wis., 1,115.
97, Bob Heath Sr., Grand Junction, Iowa, 1,114.
98, ss-n-Gerry Loudin, Bridgeport, W.Va., 1,110.
99, ss-William Banks, Laurel Hill, N.C., 1,103.
100, n-Carleton Turley, Huntingtow, Md., 1,088.
101, Dale Holgate, Peninsula, Ohio, 1,087.
102, James Souder, Greeneville, Tenn., 1,070.
103, Jim Dilyard, Burbank, Ohio, 1,034.
104, Ronald Reitzel, Perrysburg, Ohio, 1,002.
105, Bruce Siegel, Highland Park, Ill., 991.
106, Allen Meskan, Addison, Ill., 988.

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World-Class Field Set for PBA Xtra Frame Chesapeake Open at Xtra Frame Storm Cup Series Resumes

CHESAPEAKE, Va. – The Professional Bowlers Association’s Xtra Frame Storm Cup Series will make its first visit to Chesapeake this weekend when a world-class field of established PBA champions, future stars and top-caliber amateur bowlers compete for a $10,000 top prize in the PBA Xtra Frame Chesapeake Open at AMF Western Branch Lanes.

A field of more than 120 players is set to compete in the fifth event of the seven-tournament XF Storm Cup series that will pay $50,000 in bonus prize money at the conclusion of the 2017 series. Leading the Storm Cup points race after four events is reigning PBA Player of the Year EJ Tackett of Huntington, Ind., who has yet to win an Xtra Frame Storm Cup event this year, but has third-, fifth- and second-place finishes in the last three tournaments held in Wilmington, N.C.; Jonesboro, Ark., and Lubbock, Texas, respectively. England’s Dom Barrett and Marshall Kent of Yakima, Wash., are tied for second with 46 points each, seven behind Tackett.

All of the XF Storm Cup tournaments will be covered live, from first ball to last, by PBA’s Xtra Frame live streaming service. PBA created the online Xtra Frame Tour in 2014 to supplement its national television coverage on ESPN and the CBS Sports network and to enable more fans throughout the world to see the world’s greatest bowlers compete for a PBA Tour title in person.

In addition to the Storm Cup points leaders – all PBA Tour champions – early entrants in Chesapeake include fellow tour champions Dick Allen, Patrick Allen, Josh Blanchard, Ryan Ciminelli, Tom Daugherty, Andres Gomez, Bill O’Neill, Rhino Page, Sean Rash, Anthony Simonsen, Jason Sterner and Kyle Troup. The preliminary tournament field also includes players from Puerto Rico, Colombia, England, Japan, Venezuela and Malaysia.

Competition begins on Saturday, Aug. 12 with eight-game qualifying squads at 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. EDT, with the top one-third of the field advancing to Sunday’s cashers round. After another four games Sunday at 8:30 a.m., the top 16 players will advance to the three-game Round of 16. The top eight after 15 games move on to the two-game Round of 8, after which the top four players will advance to the stepladder finals at 3 p.m. Sunday to compete for the $10,000 first prize, Storm Cup points and a PBA Tour title, if the winner is a PBA member.

A practice session is scheduled for 3 p.m. Friday and two squads of pro-am activity, where grassroots amateur bowlers will bowl with the pros, will be conducted at 6 and 8:30 p.m.  For tournament pro-am and admission information contact AMF Western Branch Lanes at (757) 686-2695 (https://www.amf.com/location/amf-western-branch-lanes).

For Xtra Frame subscriptions, visit xtraframe.tv. Subscriptions are available for three days for a special price of $2.99 (normally $3.99) between August 10 and 27. The 30-day subscription is $7.99 and a full year XF Season Ticket is offered at a cost of about $1.25 per week.

PBA XTRA FRAME CHESAPEAKE OPEN
AMF Western Branch Lanes, Chesapeake, Va.  (all times are EDT)

Friday, Aug. 11
3 p.m. – Practice Session
4 p.m. – New player orientation meeting
6 & 8:30 p.m. – Pro-am

Saturday, Aug. 12
9 a.m. – A Squad, eight qualifying games
3 p.m. – B Squad, eight qualifying games
    Top 1/3 of qualifying field advances to cashers’ round on Sunday

Sunday, Aug. 13
8:30 a.m. – Cashers’ Round (four games; top 16 after 12 games advance)
11:30 a.m. – Round of 16 (three games; top 8 after 15 games advance)
1:30 p.m. – Round of 8 (two games; top 4 after 17 games advance to stepladder finals)
3 p.m. – Top four stepladder finals

PBA XTRA FRAME STORM CUP POINTS LEADERS
(After four of seven events; 25 points to winner, 19 to second place, 18 to third, etc. through 20th place. Bonus prize money payable at the end of the season will include $20,000 for first place, $10,000 for second place, $8,000 for third, $7,000 for fourth and $5,000 for fifth place.)
1, EJ Tackett, Huntington, Ind., 53
2 (tie), Dom Barrett, England, and Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., 46
4, Josh Blanchard, Mesa, Ariz., 40
5, AJ Johnson, Oswego, Ill., 37
6, Shota Kawazoe, Japan, 35
7, Dick Allen, Columbia, S.C., 34
8, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 29
9, Tom Daugherty, Riverview, Fla., 28
10, Francois Lavoie, Canada, 27
11 (tie), Kyle Troup, Taylorsville, N.C.; Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., and Ryan Ciminelli, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 26
14 (tie), Anthony Simonsen, Austin, Texas, and Ildemaro Ruiz, Venezuela, 25
16, Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 24
17, Rhino Page, Orlando, Fla., 19
18 (tie), Jakob Butturff, Tempe, Ariz., and Stuart Williams, England, 18
20 (tie), Jason Sterner, Rockledge, Fla.; Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, and Shawn Maldonado, Houston, 17
23, Craig Nidiffer, Trenton, Mich., 15
24, Chris Loschetter, Avon, Ohio, 14
25 (tie), Sean Lavery-Spahr, Pasadena, Texas; BJ Moore III, Greensburg, Pa., and Chris Spoo, Boynton Beach, Fla., 13
28 (tie), Kris Koeltzow, Wheat Ridge, Colo.; Bill O’Neill, Langhorne, Pa., and Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., 12
31, Jeff Piroozshad, Coral Springs, Fla., 11
32 (tie), Anthony Lavery-Spahr, Pasadena, Texas; Cristian Azcona, Puerto Rico, and Ryan Lakota, Shorewood, Ill., 9
35, Trevor Roberts, Crystal River, Fla., 8
36, Jeff Evans, Supply, N.C., 7
37, Dino Castillo, Highland Village, Texas, 6
38 (tie), Sam Cooley, Australia; Zeke Bayt, Westerville, Ohio; Isaac Kim, Lebanon, Pa., and Michael Azcarate, Coral Springs, Fla., 5
42 (tie), Markus Jansson, Sweden, and DJ Archer, Friendswood, Texas, 4
44 (tie), Arturo Quintero, Mexico, and Scott Newell, Deland, Fla., 3
46 (tie), Brad Miller, Maryland Heights, Mo., and Michael Schlabach, Goshen, Ind., 2
48 (tie), Kris Prather, Plainfield, Ill.; Connor Pickford, Plano, Texas, and Darren Tang, San Francisco, 1

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