Jason Belmonte Closes Fifth Round with 300 Game, Regains Lead in Go Bowling! PBA Indianapolis Open

INDIANAPOLIS – Australia’s Jason Belmonte rolled a perfect game to close his fifth round in the Go Bowling! PBA Indianapolis Open Friday afternoon as he regained the lead going into Friday night’s final round of match play.

Belmonte, a 35-year-old two-handed player, is trying to win top qualifying honors for a record-tying third consecutive week. He followed a 166 game that dropped him into third place with his 300. He won four matches and lost four in a roller-coaster round before regaining the lead with a 34-game total of 8,051 pins – 86 pins ahead of Wes Malott of Pflugerville, Texas, who had the lead just one game earlier.

Four players in the PBA’s 61-year history have been top qualifier in three consecutive tournaments: Butturff, earlier this year; Earl Anthony, 1976; Johnny Petraglia, 1971, and Walter Ray Williams Jr., 1993.

All rounds of the Indianapolis Open are being contested on a mixed lane conditioning environment where the Dick Weber 45 oiling pattern is applied to the left lane and the Mike Aulby 38 oiling pattern is applied to the right lane. The numerical designation refers to the length in feet oil is applied to each lane.

Rounding out the top five heading into the final eight games of match play Friday night were PBA Hall of Famer Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla. (7,812); Rhino Page, Orlando (7,795) and defending Indianapolis champion Jakob Butturff, Tempe, Ariz. (7,747).

The Indianapolis Open is a Tier 2 PBA Playoffs points event. The final eight-game match play round begins today at 6 p.m. The top five players after 42 games will compete in Sunday’s stepladder finals, live on FS1, beginning at 3 p.m. EST.

All qualifying and match play rounds will be live-streamed by PBA’s online streaming partner, FloBowling. For subscription information, visit FloBowling.com. To follow the tournament as it happens, visit Live Scoring on the pba.com home page.

GO BOWLING! PBA INDIANAPOLIS OPEN

Woodland Bowl, Indianapolis, Friday

Fifth Round Standings (after 34 games, including match play records; top five after 42 games advance to Sunday’s live FS1 finals at 3 p.m. EST):

1, Jason Belmonte, Australia, 9-7, 8,051.
2, Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 10-6, 7,865.
3, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 10-6, 7,812.
4, Rhino Page, Orlando, 10-6, 7,795.
5, Jakob Butturff, Tempe, Ariz., 8-8, 7,747.
6, Tom Daugherty, Riverview, Fla., 9-7, 7,741.
7, Osku Palermaa, Finland, 10-6, 7,739.
8, Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., 10-6, 7,732.
9, BJ Moore, Greensburg, Pa., 5-11, 7,727.
10, Josh Blanchard, Mesa, Ariz., 9-7, 7,697.
11, Shawn Maldonado, Houston, 7-8-1, 7,689.
12, Nicholas Pate, Inver Grove Heights, Minn., 8-7-1, 7,628.
13, Matt Kuba, Chicago Ridge, IL, 8-8, 7,610.
14, Matt Sanders, Indianapolis, 10-6, 7,608.
15, Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 8-7-1, 7,581.
16, Kyle Sherman, O’Fallon, Mo., 8-8, 7,580.
17, DJ Archer, Spring, Texas, 7-9, 7,576, $100.
18, Richie Teece, England, 5-11, 7,541.
19, Martin Larsen, Sweden, 6-10, 7,511.
20, Patrick Girard, Canada, 7-8-1, 7,478, $100.
21, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., 5-10-1, 7,462.
22, Brian Robinson, Morgantown, W.Va., 8-8, 7,395.
23, Brad Miller, Lees Summit, Mo., 6-9-1, 7,357.
24, Tom Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich., 6-10, 7,339.

300 Games: Jason Belmonte, Patrick Girard.

2019 PBA League Draft Set for April 8 at Bayside Bowl in Portland, Maine; FloBowling to Provide Live Coverage

PORTLAND, Maine – For the past four years, tournament host Bayside Bowl in Portland has given the PBA League team bowling competition a jolt of electricity because of its exuberant fans and unique location.

Crowd_2018PBALEliasCup(4)Now for the first time, Bayside fans will get a chance to see up close how the 2019 teams take shape when the PBA League Draft is held at Bayside Bowl on Monday, April 8.

The draft will be covered live on FloBowling, PBA’s official online live-streaming outlet, beginning at 4 p.m. EDT.

Adding to the drama for the hometown fans, their own Portland Lumberjacks, managed by Tim Mack, will own the first pick by virtue of their last-place finish in the 2018 Elias Cup tournament.

Choosing second will be L.A. X, followed by the Brooklyn Styles, New York City Kingpins, Motown Muscle, Dallas Strikers, Philadelphia Hitmen and defending champion Go Bowling! Silver Lake Atom Splitters. The serpentine draft will then find the Atom Splitters making the first selection of the second round.
 
In order to be eligible for the draft pool, PBA members must be ranked in the top 40 in the 2019 PBA competition points standings at the conclusion of the 2019 USBC Masters on April 1.

Leading up to the draft, each team manager will be allowed to protect and retain up to three members from current rosters regardless of their PBA Points standing, with those decisions made by March 25.

MotownMuscle_Simonsen.Anthony_2018PBALSemi1(1)April 8 will be a big day for Portland’s enthusiastic PBA fans who are invited to attend the PBAL Draft and stick around for the inaugural round of PBA Playoffs matches that will air later in the evening, live on FS1 at 7 p.m. Eastern. The PBA Playoffs is a new PBA Tour singles competition that will feature the season’s top 24 players in competition points in a single-elimination match play series that will result in eight FS1 telecasts in April and May, leading up to the live FOX telecasts of the semifinal and final rounds on June 1 and 2. Bayside Bowl will host the entire PBA Playoffs series.

PBA League players will then return to Bayside Bowl where all rounds of the 2019 PBA League Elias Cup competition will take place July 16, 17 and 18, airing live for the first time on FOX Sports’ FS1 in prime time.

CURRENT TEAM MAKEUPS
(Managers may protect up to 3 players by March 25)

● Portland Lumberjacks (manager Mack): Ryan Ciminelli, Wes Malott, Kyle Troup, DJ Archer, JoJoe Yannaphon.
● L.A. X (manager Andrew Cain): Jason Belmonte, Stuart Williams, Martin Larsen, Jakob Butturff, Osku Palermaa.
● Brooklyn Styles (manager Johnny Petraglia): Parker Bohn III, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Sean Rash, Matt O’Grady, Jason Sterner.
● New York City KingPins (manager Carolyn Dorin-Ballard): Pete Weber, Marshall Kent, Sam Cooley, BJ Moore, Anthony Pepe.
● Motown Muscle (manager Del Ballard Jr.): EJ Tackett, Francois Lavoie, Anthony Simonsen, Shota Kawazoe, Josh Blanchard.
● Dallas Strikers: player-manager Norm Duke, Tommy Jones, Bill O’Neill, Rhino Page, Kyle Sherman.
● Philadelphia Hitmen (manager Jason Couch): Dom Barrett, Tom Smallwood, Ronnie Russell, Matt Sanders, Chris Loschetter.
● Go Bowling! Silver Lake Atom Splitters (manager Mark Baker): Chris Barnes, Jesper Svensson, Tom Daugherty, Dick Allen, AJ Johnson.

PBA LEAGUE DATES
Monday, March 25: Selection of protected players. 
Monday, April 1: PBA Playoffs point list finalized. 
Wednesday, April 3: Draft declaration deadline (draft pool consists of the top 40 on the PBA Playoff points list; eligible players must declare their intent to enter the draft).
Monday, April 8: 2019 PBA League Draft (4 p.m. EDT, live on FloBowling). 
Monday, April 15: Player trade deadline.

2019 PBA LEAGUE ELIAS CUP FINALS SCHEDULE
Bayside Bowl, Portland, Maine, July 16-18 (live on FS1)
 
2018 PBAL Bayside Bowl rooftop tailgate (15)Tuesday, July 16

3:30 p.m. – Bayside Bowl rooftop “tailgate party” (at left) 
7 p.m. – Quarterfinal Match One: Team #1 vs. Team #8
8 p.m. – Quarterfinal Match Two: Team #5 vs. Team #4
9 p.m. – Quarterfinal Match Three: Team #2 vs. Team #7
10 p.m. – Quarterfinal Match Four: Team #6 vs. Team #3
Wednesday, July 17
9 p.m. – Semifinal Match One: Winner Match One vs. Winner Match Two
10 p.m. – Semifinal Match Two: Winner Match Three vs. Winner Match Four
Thursday, July 18
9 p.m. – Elias Cup Championship: Winner Semifinal One vs. Winner Semifinal Two

PBA Spare Shots: Marshall Holman, Amleto Monacelli to Manage “USA vs. The World” at WSOB X

With a pair of PBA Hall of Famers guiding them, the USA vs. The World team match will return to the 10th anniversary PBA World Series of Bowling as the fifth consecutive night of WSOB coverage on FOX Sports’ FS1 channel. The team match will air on Friday, March 22 at 8 p.m. EST from the historic Thunderbowl Lanes arena in Allen Park, Mich.

Monacelli.Amleto_Venezuela_2017WSOB (1)Back to manage the two-time defending champion USA team will be PBA Hall of Famer Marshall Holman (at left in PBA.com home page photo). Under Holman’s guidance, the USA won the 2017 match after Tommy Jones managed the U.S. win in 2016. The World will be managed for the first time by fellow PBA Hall of Famer and Venezuela native Amleto Monacelli (at left) who bowled as a member of the international team when it won the first two matches in 2010 and 2013.

Players from the United States and the international contingent will qualify for their respective teams based on 30-game qualifying pinfall totals for the Cheetah, Chameleon and Scorpion Championships held earlier in the WSOB. The best-of-three-game Baker format team match will conclude FOX Sports’ WSOB coverage that will begin with live telecasts of the Cheetah Championship on Monday, March 18; Chameleon Championship on Tuesday, March 19; Scorpion Championship on Wednesday, March 20, and PBA World Championship on Thursday, March 21. All five shows will air at 8 p.m. Eastern.

ANTHONY SIMONSEN ADVANCES TO FOURTH PLACE IN PBA PLAYOFFS POINTS RACE

Thanks to his victory in the PBA Players Championship Sunday, Anthony Simonsen moved into fourth place in the race to qualify for the inaugural PBA Playoffs.

Finishing second in the second Tier 1 event on the 2019 Go Bowling! PBA Tour schedule helped Jason Belmonte expand his lead in the 2019 PBA Playoffs points lead to 15,550 points while EJ Tackett, moved into second place on the basis of his second straight top five finish in the PBA’s first two major championships of the year.

Under the new PBA competition points structure in play this season, a win in a Tier 1 (major championship) event is worth 7,500 points – triple the value of the base points total for a victory (2,500 points) in a Tier 3 (limited entry and/or modified format) tournament. Tier 2 (standard PBA Tour) events award double the Tier 3 points.

Sean Rash dropped one spot to third, Jakob Butturff fell from third to fifth, and Kyle Troup advanced to sixth. Rounding out the top eight heading into the Go Bowling! PBA Indianapolis Open (a Tier 2 event) were Dick Allen in seventh place and Bill O’Neill in eighth. Marshall Kent and Jesper Svensson dropped out of the top eight to ninth and 10th, respectively.

The race for the 24th-and-final berth in the PBA Playoffs currently involves Kyle Sherman in 24th with Darren Tang, Patrick Girard and Zacharay Wilkins in hot pursuit.

Finishing in the top eight as of the end of the USBC Masters on April 1 means those players will earn a first-round bye in the single-elimination PBA Playoffs. Finishing in the top 24 is a necessity to qualify for a place in the Playoffs; finishing in the top 40 is required for eligibility to enter the 2019 PBA League Draft. To follow the points competition as the season progresses, use this link: https://www.pba.com/SeasonStats/PointsList/132?list=1.

The PBA Playoffs begin on Monday, April 8, with live coverage of the opening Round of 24 matches on FS1 at 7 p.m. Eastern from Bayside Bowl in Portland, Maine.

PBA REGIONAL UPDATE: AUERBACH WINS FIRST REGIONAL TITLE IN SPARTANBURG

Craig Auerbach of Sunrise, Florida, defeated Troy McKinney of Yorktown, Va., 214-197, to win the PBA50 Dave Edwards Toyota Spartanburg South Open presented by Global 900 at Paradise Lanes in Spartanburg, S.C., Sunday.

Auerbach won $2,000 and his first PBA Regional title. He won a PBA Regional in Brunswick, Ga., in 2008, but didn’t get credit for a title because he was a non-PBA member at the time.

The championship match was close in the first half of the game, but after McKinney left a 6-7-10 split in the seventh frame and failed to convert, Auerbach stayed clean and doubled in the ninth and 10th frames to lock it up.

In the semifinal round, Auerbach def. Mac Sanders of Taylors, S.C., 246-194, while McKinney disposed of Hall of Famer Walter Ray Williams Jr. of Oxford, Fla., 241-208.

• The PBA Central and Midwest Regions will participate in the joint PBA50 Plaza Lanes Central/Midwest Open in Crawfordsville, Ind., over the Feb. 22-24 weekend. Over the same weekend, South Point Bowling Plaza in Las Vegas will host a doubleheader including the South Point West Challenge on Friday, and the South Point Member/Non-Member Doubles, both presented by Radical.

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

QUICK NOTES:

• PBA and FOX Sports reporter Kimberly Pressler will appear on FOX59’s Morning News show in Indianapolis Saturday at 8:20 a.m. to help promote Sunday’s Go Bowling! PBA Indianapolis Open telecast live on FS1 Sunday at 3 p.m. EST.

• How a player ranks in the 2019 Go Bowling! PBA Tour competition points race won’t necessary determine who wins Rookie of the Year honors, but it’s an important part of the 2019 Bowl4life PBA Rookie Watch because the 2019 PBA Rookie of the Year will earn a $2,500 bonus from Chuck Gardner’s Bowl4Life Foundation and the foundation will donate an additional $2,500 to a youth bowler scholarship in the Rookie of the Year’s name. After the PBA Players Championship, the three top rookies on the PBA Playoffs points list are Jake Rollins of Glen Rock, N.J.; AJ Rice of Salem, Ala., and Patrick Hanrahan of Wichita, Kan.

• The unofficial FloBowling PBA Power Rankings top 10 following the PBA Players Championship include: Jason Belmonte (retaining his No. 1 ranking from the previous week); 2, EJ Tackett (2); 3, Sean Rash (5); 4, Jakob Butturff (3); 5, Dom Barrett (4); 6, Jesper Svensson (8); 7, Kyle Troup (12); 8, Kris Prather (7); 9, Rhino Page (6) and 10, Anthony Simonsen (unranked). Visit FloBowling.com for a complete list along with Flo’s rationale for its rankings.

• Australia’s Jason Belmonte and 10-time PBA Tour titlist Bill O’Neill of Langhorne, Pa., will make an appearance on March 9 at the Detroit Athletic Club to help promote the 10th anniversary PBA World Series of Bowling which will take place March 11-21 at Thunderbowl Lanes in Allen Park, Mich.

• World Bowling announced Friday that it has learned the Paris 2024 Olympic Organizing Committee has rejected bowling’s bid to become one of the new sports to be included in the 2024 Games. Paris 2024 has named breakdancing, climbing, surfing and skateboarding as the additional sports it will ask the IOC Executive Committee to include in the 2024 Olympic Games.

• BJI Cyber Report has reported that Reg Pearson, one of the “architects” of the National Bowling Stadium and the facility’s manager from its opening in 1995 until 1998, died on Jan. 28. He was 82.

• Two-time PBA Tour titlist Mike Machuga of Erie, Pa., has been named as the first women’s bowling coach at Mercyhurst University in his hometown. Mercyhurst will launch its women’s collegiate bowling program in the 2019-20 season.

Jason Belmonte Solves Lane Conditioning Challenge, Rolls into Go Bowling! PBA Indianapolis Open Lead

INDIANAPOLIS – Australia’s Jason Belmonte has demonstrated time and again that once he figures out how to attack the lanes, other PBA players can rarely keep up. He did it again Thursday morning when he charged into the third-round lead in the Go Bowling! PBA Indianapolis Open.

Belmonte, the 35-year-old two-handed player and four-time PBA Player of the Year, rolled games of 265, 280, 258, 199, 247 and 238 on the mixed lane conditioning environment at Woodland Bowl to overtake second-round leader BJ Moore of Greensburg, Pa., by 67 pins. Belmonte finished the qualifying portion of the tournament with an 18-game total of 4,240 pins while Moore had 4,173 pins. Rounding out the top five as the top 24 qualifiers advanced to the start of round-robin match play Thursday evening were defending Indianapolis champion Jakob Butturff of Tempe, Ariz., 4,163; Josh Blanchard of Mesa, Ariz., 4,030, and Wes Malott of Pflugerville, Texas, 4,026.

All rounds of the tournament are being contested on a challenging mixed lane conditioning system where the 45-foot Dick Weber oiling pattern is applied to the left lane and the 38-foot Mike Aulby oiling pattern is applied to the right lane.

The Indianapolis Open, a Tier 2 PBA Playoffs points event, continued with the first of three eight-game match play rounds Thursday at 6 p.m. Match play continues Friday at 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. The top five players after 42 games will compete in Sunday’s stepladder finals, live on FS1, beginning at 3 p.m. EST.

All qualifying and match play rounds will be live-streamed by PBA’s online streaming partner, FloBowling. For subscription information, visit FloBowling.com.

To follow the tournament as it happens, visit Live Scoring on the pba.com home page.

GO BOWLING! PBA INDIANAPOLIS OPEN

Woodland Bowl, Indianapolis, Wednesday

Third Round Standings (after 18 games; top 24 advance to match play):

1, Jason Belmonte, Australia, 4,240.
2, BJ Moore, Greensburg, Pa., 4,173.
3, Jakob Butturff, Tempe, Ariz., 4,163.
4, Josh Blanchard, Mesa, Ariz., 4,030.
5, Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 4,026.
6, Matt Kuba, Chicago Ridge, IL, 4,020.
7, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., 4,010.
8, Patrick Girard, Canada, 3,988.
9, Martin Larsen, Sweden, 3,986.
10, Shawn Maldonado, Houston, 3,976.
11, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 3,972.
12, Osku Palermaa, Finland, 3,965.
13, Richie Teece, England, 3,944.
14 (tie), Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., and Brian Robinson, Morgantown, W.Va., 3,935.
16, DJ Archer, Spring, Texas, 3,929.
17, Matt Sanders, Indianapolis, 3,926.
18, Rhino Page, Orlando, 3,922.
19 (tie), Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, and Tom Daugherty, Riverview, Fla., 3,921.
21, Nicholas Pate, Inver Grove Heights, Minn., 3,920.
22, Tom Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich., 3,911.
23, Brad Miller, Lees Summit, Mo., 3,910.
24, Kyle Sherman, O’Fallon, Mo., 3,905.

Other Cashers (after 18 games):
25, JR Raymond, Clinton Twp., Mich., 3,902, $1,700.
26, Dom Barrett, England, 3,896, $1,650.
27 (tie), Michael Machuga, Erie, Pa., and Bill O’Neill, Langhorne, Pa., 3,889, $1,575.
29, Charlie Brown Jr, Grandville, Mich., 3,882, $1,530.
30, Andrew Anderson, Holly, Mich., 3,878, $1,500.

Failed to Cash (after 18 games):
31, Kris Prather, Plainfield, Ill., 3,877.
32, Brad Angelo, Lockport, N.Y., 3,872.
33, AJ Johnson, Oswego, Ill., 3,857.
34, Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., 3,827.
35, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 3,825.
36, Nick Kruml, Downers Grove, Ill., 3,816.
37, Chris Via, Springfield, Ohio, 3,813.
38, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 3,801.
39, Kim Bolleby, Sweden, 3,796.
40, Jesper Svensson, Sweden, 3,795.
41, Francois Louw, South Africa, 3,792.
42, Darren Tang, Las Vegas, Nev., 3,790.
43, Annop Arromsaranon, Thailand, 3,788.
44, Ronnie Russell, Marion, Ind., 3,780.
45, Zacharay Wilkins, Canada, 3,778.
46, EJ Tackett, Bluffton, Ind., 3,777.
47, Justin Knowles, Okemos, Mich., 3,753.
48 (tie), Kenneth Ryan, Farmingdale, NJ, and Graham Fach, Urbana, Ohio, 3,751.
50, Kyle Mayberry, Mechanicsburg, Ohio, 3,750.
51, Arturo Quintero, Mexico, 3,749.
52, Mykel Holliman, Collierville, Tenn., 3,737.
53, Greg Ostrander, Brick, N.J., 3,734.
54, Shota Kawazoe, Japan, 3,729.
55, Anthony Pepe, East Elmhurst, N.Y., 3,723.
56, Andrew Cain, Phoenix, 3,718.
57, Geoffrey Young, Roanoke, Texas, 3,716.
58, Chris Loschetter, Avon, Ohio, 3,705.
59 (tie), Tom Hess, Urbandale, Iowa, and Zeke Bayt, Westerville, Ohio, 3,704.
61, Thomas Larsen, Denmark, 3,700.
62 (tie), Pontus Andersson, Sweden, and Dick Allen, Lexington, S.C., 3,697.
64, Jake Rollins, Glen Rock, N.J., 3,687.
65, Jean Perez, Puerto Rico, 3,685.
66, Cristian Azcona, Puerto Rico, 3,683.
67, Sam Cooley, Australia, 3,678.
68, Anthony Lavery-Spahr, Pasadena, Texas, 3,670.
69, Tim Foy Jr., Seaford, Del., 3,666.
70 (tie), Gaetan Mouveroux, France, and Zac Tackett, Huntington, Ind., 3,665.
72, Ryan Ciminelli, Clarence, N.Y., 3,660.
73 (tie), Mike Wolfe, New Albany, Ind., and Dwight Adams, Greensboro, N.C., 3,659.
75, Chris Colella, Indianapolis, Ind., 3,656.
76, David Krol, Nixa, Mo., 3,653.
77, Brandon Novak, Chillicothe, Ohio, 3,652.
78, Rafiq Ismail, Malaysia, 3,650.
79, Andres Gomez, Colombia, 3,646.
80 (tie), Joe Paluszek, Bensalem, Pa., and Anthony Simonsen, Little Elm, Texas, 3,643.
82, Keven Williams, Springfield, Mo.,, 3,635.
83, Francois Lavoie, Canada, 3,632.
84 (tie), Johnathan Bower, Middletown, Pa., and Matthew Ogle, Louisville, Ky., 3,626.
86, Michael Tang, Johnstown, Ohio, 3,622.
87, A.J. Rice, Salem, Ala., 3,609.
88 (tie), Brandon Robertson, Venice, Fla., and Zach Doty, Campbellsville, Ky., 3,607.
90, Jimmy Cook, Indianapolis, 3,605.
91, AJ Chapman, Manchester, Iowa, 3,604.
92, Stuart Williams, England, 3,593.
93, Matthew Staninger, Centerville, Ohio, 3,590.
94, Ildemaro Ruiz, Venezuela, 3,583.
95, Michael Haugen Jr., Phoenix, 3,578.
96, Gary Faulkner Jr., Memphis, Tenn., 3,563.
97, Kevin Kullman, Lockport, Ill., 3,552.
98, Richard McCormick, Cincinnati, Ohio, 3,544.
99 (tie), Sean Lavery-Spahr, Pasadena, Texas, and Samuel DeWitt III, Pittsburgh, Pa., 3,539.
101, Christopher Sloan, Ireland, 3,538.
102, Michael Davidson, Versailles, Ohio, 3,536.
103, Cody Shoemaker, Hanover, Pa., 3,533.
104, Mitch Hupe, Canada, 3,527.
105, John Furey, Howell, N.J., 3,500.
106, Jim Pratt, Avondale, Ariz., 3,496.
107, Greg Young, Viera, Fla., 3,491.
108, Jason Sterner, Fayetteville, Ga., 3,477.
109, Kamron Doyle, Brentwood, Tenn., 3,453.
110, Tony Johnson, Canton, Ohio, 3,439.
111, Nate Garcia, Port St. Lucie, Fla., 3,430.
112, Eduardo Astiazaran, Mexico, 3,418.
113, Andrew Suscreba, Clifton, N.J., 3,417.
114, Christopher Jones, Edinbugh, Ind., 3,401.
115, Mike Eaton Jr., Wyoming, Mich., 3,397.
116, Michael Baker, Moline, Ill., 3,323.
117, Tristan Butler, Fort Wayne, Ind., 3,178.
118, Justin Wyman, Fairport, N.Y., 3,129.
119, Aaron Lorincz, Center Line, Mich., 2,940.

300 Games: none.

Jason Belmonte Solves Lane Conditioning Challenge, Rolls into Go Bowling! PBA Indianapolis Open Lead

INDIANAPOLIS – Australia’s Jason Belmonte has demonstrated time and again that once he figures out how to attack the lanes, other PBA players can rarely keep up. He did it again Thursday morning when he charged into the third-round lead in the Go Bowling! PBA Indianapolis Open.

Belmonte, the 35-year-old two-handed player and four-time PBA Player of the Year, rolled games of 265, 280, 258, 199, 247 and 238 on the mixed lane conditioning environment at Woodland Bowl to overtake second-round leader BJ Moore of Greensburg, Pa., by 67 pins. Belmonte finished the qualifying portion of the tournament with an 18-game total of 4,240 pins while Moore had 4,173 pins. Rounding out the top five as the top 24 qualifiers advanced to the start of round-robin match play Thursday evening were defending Indianapolis champion Jakob Butturff of Tempe, Ariz., 4,163; Josh Blanchard of Mesa, Ariz., 4,030, and Wes Malott of Pflugerville, Texas, 4,026.

All rounds of the tournament are being contested on a challenging mixed lane conditioning system where the 45-foot Dick Weber oiling pattern is applied to the left lane and the 38-foot Mike Aulby oiling pattern is applied to the right lane.

The Indianapolis Open, a Tier 2 PBA Playoffs points event, continued with the first of three eight-game match play rounds Thursday at 6 p.m. Match play continues Friday at 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. The top five players after 42 games will compete in Sunday’s stepladder finals, live on FS1, beginning at 3 p.m. EST.

All qualifying and match play rounds will be live-streamed by PBA’s online streaming partner, FloBowling. For subscription information, visit FloBowling.com.

To follow the tournament as it happens, visit Live Scoring on the pba.com home page.

GO BOWLING! PBA INDIANAPOLIS OPEN

Woodland Bowl, Indianapolis, Wednesday

Third Round Standings (after 18 games; top 24 advance to match play):

1, Jason Belmonte, Australia, 4,240.
2, BJ Moore, Greensburg, Pa., 4,173.
3, Jakob Butturff, Tempe, Ariz., 4,163.
4, Josh Blanchard, Mesa, Ariz., 4,030.
5, Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 4,026.
6, Matt Kuba, Chicago Ridge, IL, 4,020.
7, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., 4,010.
8, Patrick Girard, Canada, 3,988.
9, Martin Larsen, Sweden, 3,986.
10, Shawn Maldonado, Houston, 3,976.
11, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 3,972.
12, Osku Palermaa, Finland, 3,965.
13, Richie Teece, England, 3,944.
14 (tie), Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., and Brian Robinson, Morgantown, W.Va., 3,935.
16, DJ Archer, Spring, Texas, 3,929.
17, Matt Sanders, Indianapolis, 3,926.
18, Rhino Page, Orlando, 3,922.
19 (tie), Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, and Tom Daugherty, Riverview, Fla., 3,921.
21, Nicholas Pate, Inver Grove Heights, Minn., 3,920.
22, Tom Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich., 3,911.
23, Brad Miller, Lees Summit, Mo., 3,910.
24, Kyle Sherman, O’Fallon, Mo., 3,905.

Other Cashers (after 18 games):
25, JR Raymond, Clinton Twp., Mich., 3,902, $1,700.
26, Dom Barrett, England, 3,896, $1,650.
27 (tie), Michael Machuga, Erie, Pa., and Bill O’Neill, Langhorne, Pa., 3,889, $1,575.
29, Charlie Brown Jr, Grandville, Mich., 3,882, $1,530.
30, Andrew Anderson, Holly, Mich., 3,878, $1,500.

Failed to Cash (after 18 games):
31, Kris Prather, Plainfield, Ill., 3,877.
32, Brad Angelo, Lockport, N.Y., 3,872.
33, AJ Johnson, Oswego, Ill., 3,857.
34, Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., 3,827.
35, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 3,825.
36, Nick Kruml, Downers Grove, Ill., 3,816.
37, Chris Via, Springfield, Ohio, 3,813.
38, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 3,801.
39, Kim Bolleby, Sweden, 3,796.
40, Jesper Svensson, Sweden, 3,795.
41, Francois Louw, South Africa, 3,792.
42, Darren Tang, Las Vegas, Nev., 3,790.
43, Annop Arromsaranon, Thailand, 3,788.
44, Ronnie Russell, Marion, Ind., 3,780.
45, Zacharay Wilkins, Canada, 3,778.
46, EJ Tackett, Bluffton, Ind., 3,777.
47, Justin Knowles, Okemos, Mich., 3,753.
48 (tie), Kenneth Ryan, Farmingdale, NJ, and Graham Fach, Urbana, Ohio, 3,751.
50, Kyle Mayberry, Mechanicsburg, Ohio, 3,750.
51, Arturo Quintero, Mexico, 3,749.
52, Mykel Holliman, Collierville, Tenn., 3,737.
53, Greg Ostrander, Brick, N.J., 3,734.
54, Shota Kawazoe, Japan, 3,729.
55, Anthony Pepe, East Elmhurst, N.Y., 3,723.
56, Andrew Cain, Phoenix, 3,718.
57, Geoffrey Young, Roanoke, Texas, 3,716.
58, Chris Loschetter, Avon, Ohio, 3,705.
59 (tie), Tom Hess, Urbandale, Iowa, and Zeke Bayt, Westerville, Ohio, 3,704.
61, Thomas Larsen, Denmark, 3,700.
62 (tie), Pontus Andersson, Sweden, and Dick Allen, Lexington, S.C., 3,697.
64, Jake Rollins, Glen Rock, N.J., 3,687.
65, Jean Perez, Puerto Rico, 3,685.
66, Cristian Azcona, Puerto Rico, 3,683.
67, Sam Cooley, Australia, 3,678.
68, Anthony Lavery-Spahr, Pasadena, Texas, 3,670.
69, Tim Foy Jr., Seaford, Del., 3,666.
70 (tie), Gaetan Mouveroux, France, and Zac Tackett, Huntington, Ind., 3,665.
72, Ryan Ciminelli, Clarence, N.Y., 3,660.
73 (tie), Mike Wolfe, New Albany, Ind., and Dwight Adams, Greensboro, N.C., 3,659.
75, Chris Colella, Indianapolis, Ind., 3,656.
76, David Krol, Nixa, Mo., 3,653.
77, Brandon Novak, Chillicothe, Ohio, 3,652.
78, Rafiq Ismail, Malaysia, 3,650.
79, Andres Gomez, Colombia, 3,646.
80 (tie), Joe Paluszek, Bensalem, Pa., and Anthony Simonsen, Little Elm, Texas, 3,643.
82, Keven Williams, Springfield, Mo.,, 3,635.
83, Francois Lavoie, Canada, 3,632.
84 (tie), Johnathan Bower, Middletown, Pa., and Matthew Ogle, Louisville, Ky., 3,626.
86, Michael Tang, Johnstown, Ohio, 3,622.
87, A.J. Rice, Salem, Ala., 3,609.
88 (tie), Brandon Robertson, Venice, Fla., and Zach Doty, Campbellsville, Ky., 3,607.
90, Jimmy Cook, Indianapolis, 3,605.
91, AJ Chapman, Manchester, Iowa, 3,604.
92, Stuart Williams, England, 3,593.
93, Matthew Staninger, Centerville, Ohio, 3,590.
94, Ildemaro Ruiz, Venezuela, 3,583.
95, Michael Haugen Jr., Phoenix, 3,578.
96, Gary Faulkner Jr., Memphis, Tenn., 3,563.
97, Kevin Kullman, Lockport, Ill., 3,552.
98, Richard McCormick, Cincinnati, Ohio, 3,544.
99 (tie), Sean Lavery-Spahr, Pasadena, Texas, and Samuel DeWitt III, Pittsburgh, Pa., 3,539.
101, Christopher Sloan, Ireland, 3,538.
102, Michael Davidson, Versailles, Ohio, 3,536.
103, Cody Shoemaker, Hanover, Pa., 3,533.
104, Mitch Hupe, Canada, 3,527.
105, John Furey, Howell, N.J., 3,500.
106, Jim Pratt, Avondale, Ariz., 3,496.
107, Greg Young, Viera, Fla., 3,491.
108, Jason Sterner, Fayetteville, Ga., 3,477.
109, Kamron Doyle, Brentwood, Tenn., 3,453.
110, Tony Johnson, Canton, Ohio, 3,439.
111, Nate Garcia, Port St. Lucie, Fla., 3,430.
112, Eduardo Astiazaran, Mexico, 3,418.
113, Andrew Suscreba, Clifton, N.J., 3,417.
114, Christopher Jones, Edinbugh, Ind., 3,401.
115, Mike Eaton Jr., Wyoming, Mich., 3,397.
116, Michael Baker, Moline, Ill., 3,323.
117, Tristan Butler, Fort Wayne, Ind., 3,178.
118, Justin Wyman, Fairport, N.Y., 3,129.
119, Aaron Lorincz, Center Line, Mich., 2,940.

300 Games: none.

BJ Moore Averages 248 to Advance from 10th into Lead in Go Bowling! PBA Indianapolis Open

INDIANAPOLIS – BJ Moore, a nine-year PBA member from Greensburg, Pa., who is trying for his first PBA Tour title, averaged an impressive 248 during his second qualifying round Wednesday to advance from 10th place into the lead in the Go Bowling! PBA Indianapolis Open at Woodland Bowl.

Moore, a 30-year-old right-hander who is bowling in only his second tournament of the 2019 Go Bowling! PBA Tour season, rolled games of 266, 248, 259, 209, 279 and 227 in Wednesday’s second round to take a 51-pin lead over Wes Malott of Pflugerville, Texas. Australia’s Jason Belmonte was third with 2,803 pins followed by Shawn Maldonado of Houston, Texas, with 2,797 pins and defending Indianapolis champion Jakob Butturff of Tempe, Ariz., with a 2,796 total.

Moore, whose best finish in PBA Tour competition was second place in the 2016 PBA Scorpion Championship, bowled in the pre-tournament qualifier prior to the PBA Tournament of Champions two weeks ago, but failed to make the field. Last week, he bowled in the PBA Players Championship, where he finished 49th.

“It was a good practice session,” Moore said with a grin. “I worked out some physical things which I was able to apply this week.”

All rounds of the Indianapolis Open are being contested on a challenging mixed lane conditioning environment where the 45-foot Dick Weber oiling pattern is applied to the left lane and the 38-foot Mike Aulby oiling pattern is applied to the right lane, requiring players to change equipment and angles of attack on each lane.

“This is the first mixed pattern event I’ve bowled,” Moore said. “I’ve always been a fan of the concept. I like the challenge. It kinda levels out the playing field. It was fun, but it’s always fun when you bowl well.

“I was kind of the pace car in the morning round, but I figured I could do something different in the night block and everything kind of fell into place for me.”

The pursuit of his first PBA Tour title isn’t something Moore is dwelling on, but it remains a goal.

“I’ve been close a couple of times,” he said. “It’s more of a process for me, applying things I’ve learned. It’s a roller coaster, but my ball reps have helped me a lot, especially with my mental game. I’ll just have to keep after it.”

Qualifying in the Indianapolis Open, a Tier 2 PBA Playoffs points event, continues a third six-game round round Thursday at 10 a.m. The top 24 players based on 18-game pinfall totals will then advance to eight-game match play rounds Thursday at 6 p.m. and Friday at 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. The top five players after 42 games will compete for the title in Sunday’s stepladder finals, live on FS1, beginning at 3 p.m. EST.

All qualifying and match play rounds will be live-streamed by PBA’s online streaming partner, FloBowling. For subscription information, visit FloBowling.com. To follow the tournament as it happens, fans also can visit Live Scoring on the pba.com home page.

GO BOWLING! PBA INDIANAPOLIS OPEN

Woodland Bowl, Indianapolis, Wednesday

Second Round Standings (after 12 games; top 24 after 18 games advance to match play):

1, BJ Moore, Greensburg, Pa., 2,855.
2, Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 2,804.
3, Jason Belmonte, Australia, 2,803.
4, Shawn Maldonado, Houston, 2,797.
5, Jakob Butturff, Tempe, Ariz., 2,796.
6, DJ Archer, Spring, Texas, 2,772.
7, Matt Kuba, Chicago Ridge, IL, 2,741.
8, Josh Blanchard, Mesa, Ariz., 2,728.
9, Brad Miller, Lees Summit, Mo., 2,719.
10, Charlie Brown Jr, Grandville, Mich., 2,690.
11, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., 2,651.
12, Tom Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich., 2,640.
13, Brad Angelo, Lockport, N.Y., 2,638.
14, Rhino Page, Orlando, 2,635.
15, JR Raymond, Clinton Twp., Mich., 2,630.
16, Matt Sanders, Indianapolis, 2,629.
17, Patrick Girard, Canada, 2,628.
18, Justin Knowles, Okemos, Mich., 2,616.
19, Tom Daugherty, Riverview, Fla., 2,606.
20, Darren Tang, Las Vegas, Nev., 2,604.
21, Brian Robinson, Morgantown, W.Va., 2,599.
22, Richie Teece, England, 2,597.
23 (tie), Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, and Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 2,591.
25, Martin Larsen, Sweden, 2,590.
26, Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., 2,587.
27 (tie), Dom Barrett, England, and Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 2,582.
29, Kris Prather, Plainfield, Ill., 2,579.
30, Osku Palermaa, Finland, 2,576.
31, David Krol, Nixa, Mo., 2,574.
32, Kyle Sherman, O’Fallon, Mo., 2,572.
33, EJ Tackett, Bluffton, Ind., 2,569.
34, Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., 2,560.
35, Thomas Larsen, Denmark, 2,557.
36, Nicholas Pate, Inver Grove Heights, Minn., 2,556.
37, Mykel Holliman, Collierville, Tenn., 2,549.
38, Andrew Anderson, Holly, Mich., 2,548.
39, AJ Johnson, Oswego, Ill., 2,546.
40, Bill O’Neill, Langhorne, Pa., 2,545.
41, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 2,542.
42 (tie), Kyle Mayberry, Mechanicsburg, Ohio, and Zacharay Wilkins, Canada, 2,538.
44, Chris Via, Springfield, Ohio, 2,536.
45 (tie), Graham Fach, Urbana, Ohio, and Annop Arromsaranon, Thailand, 2,531.
47, Jesper Svensson, Sweden, 2,527.
48 (tie), Francois Lavoie, Canada, and Anthony Pepe, East Elmhurst, N.Y., 2,516.
50, Kenneth Ryan, Farmingdale, NJ, 2,515.
51 (tie), Zeke Bayt, Westerville, Ohio, and Kim Bolleby, Sweden, 2,512.
53, Anthony Lavery-Spahr, Pasadena, Texas, 2,492.
54 (tie), Zac Tackett, Huntington, Ind.; Michael Machuga, Erie, Pa., and Nick Kruml, Downers Grove, Ill., 2,491.
57, Francois Louw, South Africa, 2,485.
58, Jimmy Cook, Indianapolis, 2,483.
59, Brandon Novak, Chillicothe, Ohio, 2,477.
60 (tie), Dick Allen, Lexington, S.C., and Cristian Azcona, Puerto Rico, 2,473.
62, Rafiq Ismail, Malaysia, 2,466.
63, Greg Ostrander, Brick, N.J., 2,464.
64, Michael Haugen Jr., Phoenix, 2,462.
65, Chris Colella, Indianapolis, Ind., 2,461.
66 (tie), Dwight Adams, Greensboro, N.C., and Jake Rollins, Glen Rock, N.J., 2,460.
68, Ildemaro Ruiz, Venezuela, 2,459.
69, Zach Doty, Campbellsville, Ky., 2,457.
70, AJ Chapman, Manchester, Iowa, 2,454.
71, Matthew Ogle, Louisville, Ky., 2,451.
72, Cody Shoemaker, Hanover, Pa., 2,449.
73, Shota Kawazoe, Japan, 2,448.
74, Ronnie Russell, Marion, Ind., 2,440.
75, Andrew Cain, Phoenix, 2,436.
76, Anthony Simonsen, Little Elm, Texas, 2,434.
77, Gary Faulkner Jr., Memphis, Tenn., 2,432.
78, Tom Hess, Urbandale, Iowa, 2,430.
79, Arturo Quintero, Mexico, 2,429.
80, Johnathan Bower, Middletown, Pa., 2,423.
81, Geoffrey Young, Roanoke, Texas, 2,411.
82, Pontus Andersson, Sweden, 2,404.
83 (tie), Sam Cooley, Australia, and Kevin Kullman, Lockport, Ill., 2,401.
85 (tie), Jean Perez, Puerto Rico; Michael Tang, Johnstown, Ohio, and Richard McCormick, Cincinnati, Ohio, 2,391.
88 (tie), Andres Gomez, Colombia, and Stuart Williams, England, 2,390.
90, Joe Paluszek, Bensalem, Pa., 2,387.
91, Matthew Staninger, Centerville, Ohio, 2,385.
92, Aaron Lorincz, Center Line, Mich., 2,384.
93, Tim Foy Jr., Seaford, Del., 2,370.
94, Samuel DeWitt III, Pittsburgh, Pa., 2,369.
95, Brandon Robertson, Venice, Fla., 2,356.
96, Christopher Sloan, Ireland, 2,351.
97, Mike Wolfe, New Albany, Ind., 2,350.
98, Ryan Ciminelli, Clarence, N.Y., 2,344.
99, Chris Loschetter, Avon, Ohio, 2,340.
100, Jason Sterner, Fayetteville, Ga., 2,338.
101, Nate Garcia, Port St. Lucie, Fla., 2,337.
102, Greg Young, Viera, Fla., 2,324.
103, Andrew Suscreba, Clifton, N.J., 2,322.
104, Mike Eaton Jr., Wyoming, Mich., 2,321.
105, Eduardo Astiazaran, Mexico, 2,318.
106, Keven Williams, Springfield, Mo.,, 2,315.
107, Kamron Doyle, Brentwood, Tenn., 2,313.
108, Sean Lavery-Spahr, Pasadena, Texas, 2,307.
109, Michael Davidson, Versailles, Ohio, 2,298.
110, John Furey, Howell, N.J., 2,292.
111, Gaetan Mouveroux, France, 2,277.
112, Christopher Jones, Edinbugh, Ind., 2,269.
113, Mitch Hupe, Canada, 2,268.
114, Jim Pratt, Avondale, Ariz., 2,264.
115, A.J. Rice, Salem, Ala., 2,263.
116, Tristan Butler, Fort Wayne, Ind., 2,169.
117, Tony Johnson, Canton, Ohio, 2,160.
118, Justin Wyman, Fairport, N.Y., 2,110.
119, Michael Baker, Moline, Ill., 2,105.
120, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., withdrew.

300 Games: Wes Malott, Cristian Azcona, DJ Archer.

Brad Miller Averages 240 to Take First Round Lead in Go Bowling! PBA Indianapolis Open

INDIANAPOLIS – Brad Miller of Lees Summit, Mo., averaged 240.8 in the opening round of qualifying in the Go Bowling! PBA Indianapolis Open Wednesday afternoon at Woodland Bowl to take a 10-pin lead over defending Indianapolis champion Jakob Butturff of Tempe, Ariz.

Miller, who is trying for his first PBA Tour title, rolled games of 267, 202, 278, 266 and 212 for a six-game total of 1,445 pins. Butturff finished with a 1,435 total, 18 pins better than Australia’s Jason Belmonte.

Qualifying in the Indianapolis Open, a Tier 2 PBA Playoffs points event, continued with the second of three six-game rounds Wednesday evening. After the final qualifying round Thursday at 10 a.m., the top 24 players based on 18-game pinfall totals will advance to eight-game match play rounds Thursday at 6 p.m. and Friday at 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. The top five players after 42 games will compete in Sunday’s stepladder finals, live on FS1, beginning at 3 p.m. EST.

All qualifying and match play rounds will be live-streamed by PBA’s online streaming partner, FloBowling. For subscription information, visit FloBowling.com.

To follow the tournament as it happens, visit Live Scoring on the pba.com home page.

GO BOWLING! PBA INDIANAPOLIS OPEN

Woodland Bowl, Indianapolis, Wednesday

First Round Standings (after six games; top 24 after 18 games advance to match play):

1, Brad Miller, Lees Summit, Mo., 1,445.
2, Jakob Butturff, Tempe, Ariz., 1,435.
3, Jason Belmonte, Australia, 1,417.
4, Josh Blanchard, Mesa, Ariz., 1,392.
5, Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 1,389.
6, Martin Larsen, Sweden, 1,386.
7, Charlie Brown Jr, Grandville, Mich., 1,380.
8, Matt Sanders, Indianapolis, 1,377.
9, Cristian Azcona, Puerto Rico, 1,374.
10, BJ Moore, Greensburg, Pa., 1,367.
11, Tom Daugherty, Riverview, Fla., 1,362.
12, Cody Shoemaker, Hanover, Pa., 1,358.
12, Brad Angelo, Lockport, N.Y., 1,358.
14, Johnathan Bower, Middletown, Pa., 1,350.
15, Anthony Simonsen, Little Elm, Texas, 1,345.
15, Shawn Maldonado, Houston, 1,345.
17, Justin Knowles, Okemos, Mich., 1,344.
18, Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., 1,343.
19, Matt Kuba, Chicago Ridge, IL, 1,337.
20, Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., 1,335.
21, Darren Tang, Las Vegas, Nev., 1,334.
22, JR Raymond, Clinton Twp., Mich., 1,331.
22, Kim Bolleby, Sweden, 1,331.
24, Rhino Page, Orlando, 1,327.
25, Tom Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich., 1,326.
26, Zeke Bayt, Westerville, Ohio, 1,325.
27, Francois Louw, South Africa, 1,323.
28, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 1,316.
29, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 1,314.
30, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 1,312.
31, DJ Archer, Spring, Texas, 1,311.
31, Andrew Anderson, Holly, Mich., 1,311.
33, Annop Arromsaranon, Thailand, 1,306.
34, Patrick Girard, Canada, 1,305.
35, Nicholas Pate, Inver Grove Heights, Minn., 1,298.
35, Zacharay Wilkins, Canada, 1,298.
37, Chris Colella, Indianapolis, Ind., 1,296.
38, Bill O’Neill, Langhorne, Pa., 1,294.
39, Stuart Williams, England, 1,292.
40, Kristopher Prather, Plainfield, Ill., 1,290.
41, Kyle Sherman, O’Fallon, Mo., 1,288.
41, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., 1,288.
43, Kevin Kullman, Lockport, Ill., 1,284.
44, Dom Barrett, England, 1,283.
45, Osku Palermaa, Finland, 1,282.
46, AJ Chapman, Manchester, Iowa, 1,276.
46, Nick Kruml, Downers Grove, Ill., 1,276.
48, Richie Teece, England, 1,272.
49, AJ Johnson, Oswego, Ill., 1,271.
50, Matthew Ogle, Louisville, Ky., 1,270.
51, Rafiq Ismail, Malaysia, 1,262.
52, Brian Robinson, Morgantown, W.Va., 1,258.
52, Jesper Svensson, Sweden, 1,258.
54, Dick Allen, Lexington, S.C., 1,256.
55, Arturo Quintero, Mexico, 1,255.
56, Anthony Pepe, East Elmhurst, N.Y., 1,253.
57, Nate Garcia, Port St. Lucie, Fla., 1,252.
57, Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 1,252.
59, Jimmy Cook, Indianapolis, 1,249.
60, Gary Faulkner Jr., Memphis, Tenn., 1,248.
61, Anthony Lavery-Spahr, Pasadena, Texas, 1,247.
62, Michael Machuga, Erie, Pa., 1,246.
63, Zac Tackett, Huntington, Ind., 1,244.
64, David Krol, Nixa, Mo., 1,243.
65, Thomas Larsen, Denmark, 1,238.
66, Mike Eaton Jr., Wyoming, Mich., 1,233.
67, Kenneth Ryan, Farmingdale, NJ, 1,231.
68, Brandon Novak, Chillicothe, Ohio, 1,230.
69, Mike Wolfe, New Albany, Ind., 1,227.
69, Ronnie Russell, Marion, Ind., 1,227.
71, Joe Paluszek, Bensalem, Pa., 1,225.
72, Chris Via, Springfield, Ohio, 1,224.
73, Greg Young, Viera, Fla., 1,222.
74, Michael Davidson, Versailles, Ohio, 1,220.
74, Kyle Mayberry, Mechanicsburg,Ohio, 1,220.
76, EJ Tackett, Bluffton, Ind., 1,219.
77, Pontus Andersson, Sweden, 1,217.
78, Tim Foy Jr., Seaford, Del., 1,216.
78, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 1,216.
80, Michael Haugen Jr., Phoenix, 1,209.
81, Graham Fach, Urbana, Ohio, 1,208.
82, Zach Doty, Campbellsville, Ky., 1,207.
83, Richard McCormick, Cincinnati, Ohio, 1,204.
84, Jake Rollins, Glen Rock, N.J., 1,193.
85, Christopher Sloan, Ireland, 1,190.
85, Ildemaro Ruiz, Venezuela, 1,190.
87, Andrew Suscreba, Clifton, N.J., 1,185.
88, Matthew Staninger, Centerville, Ohio, 1,183.
89, Geoffrey Young, Roanoke, Texas, 1,182.
90, Jason Sterner, Fayetteville, Ga., 1,181.
91, Andrew Cain, Phoenix, 1,179.
92, Tom Hess, Urbandale, Iowa, 1,173.
93, Sam Cooley, Australia, 1,170.
94, Michael Tang, Johnstown, Ohio, 1,169.
95, Greg Ostrander, Brick, N.J., 1,166.
96, Jean Perez, Puerto Rico, 1,162.
97, Samuel DeWitt III, Pittsburgh, Pa., 1,159.
98, Brandon Robertson, Venice, Fla., 1,158.
99, Tristan Butler, Fort Wayne, Ind., 1,157.
100, Mitch Hupe, Canada, 1,156.
100, Aaron Lorincz, Center Line, Mich., 1,156.
102, Mykel Holliman, Collierville, Tenn., 1,153.
103, Chris Loschetter, Avon, Ohio, 1,152.
103, Shota Kawazoe, Japan, 1,152.
105, Ryan Ciminelli, Clarence, N.Y., 1,148.
106, Francois Lavoie, Canada, 1,146.
106, Keven Williams, Springfield, Mo.,, 1,146.
108, Dwight Adams, Greensboro, N.C., 1,144.
109, Andres Gomez, Colombia, 1,139.
110, Jim Pratt, Avondale, Ariz., 1,138.
111, Tony Johnson, Canton, Ohio, 1,136.
112, John Furey, Howell, N.J., 1,134.
113, Justin Wyman, Fairport, N.Y., 1,118.
114, A.J. Rice, Salem, Ala., 1,106.
115, Kamron Doyle, Brentwood, Tenn., 1,102.
116, Sean Lavery-Spahr, Pasadena, Texas, 1,101.
117, Christopher Jones, Edinbugh, Ind., 1,098.
118, Gaetan Mouveroux, France, 1,095.
119, Eduardo Astiazaran, Mexico, 1,077.
120, Michael Baker, Moline, Ill., 1,002.

300 Games: Wes Malott, Cristian Azcona.

Matthew Staninger Tops PTQ Field in Go Bowling! PBA Indianapolis Open; Qualifying Begins Wednesday

INDIANAPOLIS – Matthew Staninger, a 26-year-old third-year PBA member from Centerville, Ohio, averaged 228 for the six-game pre-tournament qualifier Tuesday to lead a field of 15 PBA members who will advance to the start of Go Bowling! PBA Indianapolis Open qualifying Wednesday at Woodland Bowl.

Staninger, who will be competing in his third PBA Tour event, rolled games of 257, 277, 194, 256, 207 and 188 for a 1,369 pinfall total, easily qualifying first in the 23-player PTQ field. Justin Knowles of Okemos, Mich., was second with 1,232 pins. Christopher Jones of Edinburgh, Ind., claimed the last berth in the Indianapolis Open PTQ field by defeating Brandon Robertson of Venice, Fla., 190-163, in a one-game roll-off after they tied for 15th.

Qualifying in the Indianapolis Open, a Tier 2 PBA Playoffs points event, gets underway with two six-game rounds Wednesday at 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. EST. After the final qualifying round Thursday at 10 a.m., the top 24 players based on 18-game pinfall totals will advance to eight-game match play rounds Thursday at 6 p.m. and Friday at 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. The top five players after 42 games will compete in Sunday’s stepladder finals, live on FS1, beginning at 3 p.m. EST.

All qualifying and match play rounds will be live-streamed by PBA’s online streaming partner, FloBowling. For subscription information, visit FloBowling.com.

GO BOWLING! PBA INDIANAPOLIS OPEN

Woodland Bowl, Indianapolis, Tuesday

Pre-Tournament Qualifier Standings (after six games; top 15 advance to the tournament proper):

1, Matthew Staninger, Centerville, Ohio, 1,369.
2, Justin Knowles, Okemos, Mich., 1,232.
3, Zac Doty, Campbellsville, Ky., 1,229.
4, Kevin Kullman, Lockport, Ill., 1,224.
5, Kenneth Ryan, Farmingdale, NJ, 1,211.
6, Aaron Lorincz, Center Line, Mich., 1,206.
7, Rafiq Ismail, Malaysia, 1,205.
8, Cody Shoemaker, Hanover, Pa., 1,196.
9, Geoffrey Young, Roanoke, Texas, 1,186.
10, Charlie Brown Jr, Grandville, Mich., 1,182.
11, Dwight Adams, Greensboro, N.C., 1,178.
12, Mike Eaton Jr., Wyoming, Mich., 1,172.
13, Kyle Mayberry, Mechanicsburg,Ohio, 1,162.
14, Tony Johnson, Canton, Ohio, 1,147.
15, x-Christopher Jones, Edinbugh, Ind., 1,134.

Failed to advance:

16, Brandon Robertson, Venice, Fla., 1,134.
17, Wendell Barger, Dry Ridge, Ky., 1,104.
18, Patrick Hanrahan, Wichita, Kan., 1,086.
19, Mike Coffey, Melbourne, Fla., 1,071.
20, Blake Demore, Springfield, Mo., 1,069.
21, Kevin Walter, Noblesville, Ind., 1,051.
22, Chip Tyson, Gastonia, N.C., 1,009.
23, Jacob Young, Noblesville, Ind., 888.

x-Jones defeated Robertson in a one-game roll-off, 190-163, to break a tie for 15th place.

Simonsen Wins PBA Players Championship to Become Youngest to Win Two PBA Major Titles

COLUMBUS, Ohio  – Anthony Simonsen, a 22-year-old two-hander from Little Elm, Texas, won the PBA Players Championship Sunday to become the youngest player to win two PBA major titles while denying Australia’s Jason Belmonte a record 11th career major crown.

In a battle between two players who use a two-handed delivery, Simonsen, the No. 2 qualifier for the stepladder finals, beat Belmonte, the top qualifier, 232-212 in the title match at Wayne Webb’s Columbus Bowl.

The 35-year-old Belmonte, who was also trying for his second consecutive major title after winning last week’s PBA Tournament of Champions, held a three-pin lead in the fifth frame of the title match when Simonsen left a 4-6-7-9-10 split after being distracted by a cell phone. Both players then threw strikes from the sixth through the ninth frames but Belmonte left the door open for Simonsen when he left a pocket 7-10 split on the first shot of the 10th frame.

“I had to reset after I heard the cell phone but it really just came down to a bad shot,” said Simonsen about his first ball in the fifth frame. “I was still confident I could refocus, get back to throwing good shots and execute the way I needed to.

“I was fortunate to get the momentum back and be able to keep the pressure on Jason,” added Simonsen. “I had the feeling that if he didn’t strike at some point, I could take advantage of the opportunity.”

PBA Hall of Famer Billy Hardwick held the previous record for youngest to win two majors when he won the 1965 Tournament of Champions for his second major at 23 years and 259 days.

Simonsen, whose Players Championship win was his sixth career tour title, became the youngest player to win a PBA Tour major when he won the 2016 USBC Masters at age 19.

“To have a second major at this point in my career, I’m speechless,” Simonsen said. “Jason is the guy everyone is gunning for and as a fellow two-hand player, he’s an inspiration.”

For Belmonte, who was also trying for a 20th career title, the 7-10 in the 10th frame was his second of the match after also leaving one in the fourth frame.

“I threw the ball the way I wanted to,” said the four-time PBA Player of the Year. “This game has its good breaks and bad breaks and they just didn’t go my way this time.”

Belmonte won last week’s Tournament of Champions for his 10th major title to tie Hall of Famers Pete Weber and Earl Anthony for first on the all-time majors list.

A win for Belmonte would have also made him the first to win three Players Championship titles. He won in 2011 and 2017 and joins Dave Ferraro, Dennis Horan Jr. and Steve Hoskins as two-time winners of the event.

The stepladder finals started with two-hander and three-time tour winner Kyle Troup of Taylorsville, N.C., beating EJ Tackett of Bluffton, Ind., who was trying for his third major and 13th career tour title, 255-245.

Troup then threw three strikes in the 10th frame of the second match to beat two-time tour winner and No. 3 qualifier DJ Archer of Spring, Texas, 194-193, to advance to the semifinal against Simonsen. Simonsen dominated the semifinal, beating Troup 259-202 to advance to the title match against Belmonte.

The 2019 Go Bowling! PBA Tour travels to Woodland Bowl in Indianapolis for the Go Bowling! Indianapolis Open Feb. 19-24. The $1 million title match bonus will again be in effect if a player can bowl a 300 game in the title match of the stepladder finals which will be televised live on FS1 Feb. 24 at 3 p.m. ET.

PBA PLAYERS CHAMPIONSHIP
Wayne Webb’s Columbus Bowl, Columbus, Ohio, Sunday

Final Standings:

1, Anthony Simonsen, Little Elm, Texas, $50,000.

2, Jason Belmonte, Australia, $25,000.

3, Kyle Troup, Taylorsville, N.C., $13,000.

4, DJ Archer, Spring, Texas, $11,000.

5, EJ Tackett, Bluffton, Ind., $10,000.

Playoff Results:

Match One: Troup def. Tackett, 255-245.

Match Two: Troup def. Archer, 194-193.

Semifinal: Simonsen def. Troup, 259-202.

Championship: Simonsen def. Belmonte, 232-212.

Belmonte Will Try for Record 11th PBA Major Title as Top Seed For PBA Players Championship Finals

COLUMBUS, Ohio – For the second consecutive week, Australian two-hander Jason Belmonte will have the opportunity to make bowling history as he tries for a record 11th PBA major title from the top seed of the PBA Players Championship stepladder finals.

The 35-year-old Belmonte earned the top seed for Sunday’s finals after finishing Friday’s final match play round at Wayne Webb’s Columbus Bowl with a 17-7 overall match play record and 10,183 42-game pinfall total.

The finals will air live on FS1 Sunday at 1 p.m. ET and will carry with it a $1 million bonus if Belmonte or his opponent can bowl a 300 game in the title match.

Belmonte, who averaged 230 and led all six rounds of the tournament, won last week’s PBA Tournament of Champions for his 10th major to tie Hall of Famers Pete Weber and Earl Anthony on the all-time PBA majors list.

A win in the Players Championship would also make Belmonte the event’s first three-time winner. The four-time PBA Player of the Year is currently tied with Dave Ferraro, Dennis Horan and Steve Hoskins with two Players Championship titles.

“I really feel like I know where the ball is going every single frame,” said Belmonte, who earned his third consecutive top seed in the Players Championship. “These past couple weeks are probably some of the best weeks I’ve ever bowled in my life. It’s really nice when you feel like you are physically executing and the pins are also falling.”

“I’d love to get 11 now, just get it out of the way and done, and that’s exactly what my game plan is going to be,” the 19-time tour winner added. “I want to come out, throw the exact same shots I’ve been throwing all week and hopefully I’ll raise the crown again.”

Belmonte is one of three players who use the unique two-handed delivery to make the finals.

Coming all the way from 21st heading into Thursday’s first match play round, two-hander Anthony Simonsen of Little Elm, Texas, posted a 17-6-1 record and finished with a 10,014 pinfall to earn the No. 2 seed for the finals.

The 22-year-old Simonsen, who became the youngest player to win a major when he won the 2016 USBC Masters at age 19, is trying for his second major and sixth career title.

Another Texan, two-time tour winner DJ Archer of Spring, Texas, who is trying for his first major, compiled an 18-5-1 match play record and 9,763 pinfall to qualify third for the finals.

EJ Tackett, of Bluffton, Ind., will try for his third major and 13th career tour title from the No. 4 seed after finishing with a 15-9 record and 9,744 pinfall.

Tackett finished second in last week’s Tournament of Champions, losing to Belmonte 225-196 in the title match.

Kyle Troup of Taylorsville, N.C., the third two-hander to make the finals field, qualified fifth for the finals with a 12-12 match play record and 9,736 pinfall.

In sixth heading into the final position round match, Troup, a three-time tour winner, earned his way into the finals with a 246-192 win over 2018 Players Championship winner Tom Smallwood of Saginaw, Mich., who ended up finishing seventh.

PBA PLAYERS CHAMPIONSHIP

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

SIXTH ROUND RESULTS (after 42 games. Includes match play record and total pinfall including bonus pins. Top five players advance to Sunday’s stepladder finals on FS1)

1, Jason Belmonte, Australia, 17-7, 10,183.
2, Anthony Simonsen, Little Elm, Texas, 17-6-1, 10,014.
3, DJ Archer, Spring, Texas, 18-5-1, 9,763.
4, EJ Tackett, Bluffton, Ind., 15-9, 9,744.
5, Kyle Troup, Taylorsville, N.C., 12-12, 9,736.
6, Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 17-7, 9,703, $7,000.
7, Tom Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich., 13-10-1, 9,665, $6,000.
8, Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 11-12-1, 9,613, $5,000.
9, Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., 10-13-1, 9,571, $4,500.
10, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 13-11, 9,568, $4,200.
11, Tom Daugherty, Riverview, Fla., 14-9-1, 9,522, $4,000.
12, Zachary Wilkins, Canada, 13-11, 9,507, $3,800.
13, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 12-12, 9,481, $3,600.
14, Bill O’Neill, Langhorne, Pa., 13-11, 9,457, $3,500.
15, Brad Miller, Lees Summit, Mo., 11-12-1, 9,453, 3,400.
16, Jesper Svensson, Sweden, 11-13, 9,447, $3,300.
17, Stuart Williams, England, 13-10-1, 9,383, $3,200.
18, AJ Chapman, Manchester, Iowa, 7-16-1, 9,331, $3,200.
19, Thomas Larsen, Denmark, 10-14, 9,140, $3,100.
20, Osku Palermaa, Finland, 7-17, 9,059, $3,000.
21, Zeke Bayt, Westerville, Ohio, 10-14, 9,030, $2,900.
22, A.J. Rice, Salem, Ala., 5-18-1, 8,957, $2,800.
23, Kristopher Prather, Plainfield, Ill., 7-17, 8,926, $2,700.
24, Connor Pickford, Charlotte, N.C., 7-17, 8,637, $2,600.

300 games – Kyle Troup

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