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AURORA, Ill.  – Jason Sterner of Rochester, New York, won all four stepladder final matches including a 243-212 title match victory over top seed EJ Tackett of Bluffton, Indiana, to win the FloBowling PBA Illinois Open Saturday for his third career Go Bowling! PBA Tour title. The Illinois Open was the pinnacle event of the three-tournament FloBowling PBA Summer Swing presented by the Brands of Ebonite International at Parkside Lanes.

In a stepladder final that featured a dual lane condition pattern – PBA 41-foot Bear condition on the left lane and 32-foot Wolf condition on the right lane – both players started the title match with a spare and two strikes but Sterner was able to pull away when Tackett missed a 3-6-10 spare in the fourth frame. Sterner put together four more strikes that ultimately proved too much for Tackett to overcome.

(Feature Photo caption: Jason Sterner en route to winning the PBA Illinois Open at Parkside Lanes in Aurora, Illinois. USA Today Sports photo by Mike DiNovo)

As the No. 5 seed for the finals, Sterner won his position round match in the final match play round against 11-time tour winner Bill O’Neill of Langhorne, Pennsylvania, 256-199, to make it into the finals.

“I think that (position round) win really relaxed me and put me in a good mindset for the finals,” said the 35-year-old Sterner. “I felt fortunate to make the finals, so my attitude was let’s throw a lot of strikes and go have some fun.”

Sterner Trophy IIThe win ended a two-year drought for Sterner whose last title came in the PBA/PWBA Striking Against Breast Cancer Mixed Doubles (with Birgit Poppler) in July of 2017.

“I had been struggling for a long time, but I made a (ball) grip change about four months ago and made some other physical changes,” Sterner said. “My game wasn’t evolving the way it should to keep up with the younger guys so I had to make some changes and just committed to them. There was some trial and error but now I’m really confident my game’s moving in the right direction.”

Sterner opened the stepladder finals with a 248-184 win over No. 4 seed Anthony Simonsen of Little Elm, Texas, who won the PBA Bear Open on Thursday for his seventh career title.

In the second match, Sterner then beat PBA Wolf Open winner Sean Rash of Montgomery, Illinois, 259-225, to advance to the semifinal match where he beat No. 2 seed two-hander Jason Belmonte of Australia, 236-208, to advance to the title match against Tackett. Tackett, who also finished second in the Bear Open,  was trying for his second win of the season and 14th of his career.

“The win against Jason (Belmonte) gave me a lot of confidence heading into the title match,” Sterner said. “I had my share of ugly strikes, but I was thinking just knock 10 pins down, fill the frames and hope the breaks would go my way.”

Belmonte, a four-time PBA Player of the Year, was trying for his fifth win of the season and 23rd of his career.

As the points leader for the nine-tournament FloBowling PBA Summer Tour, Rash, whose Wolf Open win was the 14th of his career and second of the season, won the USBC Cup and a $20,000 bonus.

To make the Illinois Open stepladder finals, the five finalists advanced from the 14 games of qualifying in both the PBA Wolf and Bear Opens earlier in the week and then competed in 24 games of match play which also used the mixed Wolf and Bear lane conditions.

The entire Summer Swing was streamed live on FloBowling. For subscription and schedule information visit www.flobowling.com.

FLOBOWLING PBA ILLINOIS OPEN

Third event of the FloBowling PBA Summer Swing presented by the Brands of Ebonite International

Parkside Lanes, Aurora, Ill., Saturday

Final Standings

1, Jason Sterner, Rochester, N.Y., $20,000.

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

3, Jason Belmonte, Australia, $7,000.

4, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., $6,000.

5, Anthony Simonsen, Little Elm, Texas, $5,000.

Stepladder Results

Match One – Sterner def. Simonsen, 248-184.

Match Two – Sterner def. Rash, 259-225.

Semifinal – Sterner def. Belmonte, 236-208.

Championship – Sterner def. Tackett, 243-212.

FINAL MATCH PLAY RESULTS

(includes match play record and total pinfall for 52 games including match play bonus pins. Top five advance to stepladder finals)

1, EJ Tackett, Bluffton, Ind., 16-7-1, 12,426.
2, Jason Belmonte, Australia, 17-7, 12,272.
3, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 15-9, 12,235.
4, Anthony Simonsen, Little Elm, Texas, 13-10-1, 12,175.
5, Jason Sterner, Rochester, N.Y., 14-10, 12,074.
6, Bill O’Neill, Langhorne, Pa., 15-8-1, 12,037, $4,100.
7, Kyle Troup, Taylorsville, N.C., 14-10, 12,020, $3,500.
8, Francois Lavoie, Canada, 10-13-1, 11,871, $3,500.
9, AJ Johnson, Oswego, Ill., 12-10-2, 11,861, $3,100.
10, Dick Allen, Lexington, S.C., 14-10, 11,850, $2,900.
11, Jake Peters, Henderson, Nev., 13-10-1, 11,826, $2,800.
12, Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., 11-13, 11,784, $2,700.
13, Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 13-10-1, 11,739, $2,600.
14, Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 11-13, 11,698, $2,500.
15, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 12-12, 11,656, $2,450.
16, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 10-14, 11,628, $2,400.
17, Dom Barrett, England, 11-13, 11,614, $2,350.
18, (tie) Brad Miller, Lees Summit, Mo., 11-13-0, 11,578, and Kyle Sherman, O’Fallon, Mo., 8-16, 11,578, $2,275.
20, Kamron Doyle, Brentwood, Tenn., 10-14, 11,506, $2,200.
21, Sam Cooley, Australia, 10-14, 11,504, $2,150.
22, Tun Ameerul Al-Hakim, Malaysia, 9-13-2, 11,463, $2,100.
23, Tom Daugherty, Riverview, Fla., 6-18, 11,306, $2,050.
24, Arturo Quintero, Mexico, 8-16, 11,219, $2,000.

Jason Sterner Reaps Bonuses with Illinois Open Win; Sean Rash Tops USBC Cup, FloBowling Points Races

AURORA, Ill. – Jason Sterner’s victory in the PBA Illinois Open, the concluding event in the FloBowling PBA Summer Swing presented by the Brands of Ebonite International, at Parkside Lanes Saturday was not only the most memorable of his 13-year PBA Tour career, but resulted in rewards far beyond his third career title and a $20,000 payday.

The 35-year-old right-hander, newly-relocated to Rochester, New York, knocked off four future PBA Hall of Fame candidates – Anthony Simonsen, Little Elm, Texas; Sean Rash, Montgomery, Illinois; Jason Belmonte, Australia, and EJ Tackett, Bluffton, Indiana – to also earn 5,000 competition points that allowed him to share in three incentive programs tied to the FloBowling Summer Tour.

Rash.Sean_2019 USBC Cup winner_Sterner.Jason_2019 Illinois Open winnerFor starters, he advanced from 34th place to fourth in the USBC Cup point standings to earn a $3,000 bonus. By defeating Tackett for the Illinois Open title, Sterner denied Tackett the points he needed to overtake Rash for first place in the USBC Cup points competition. Rash won the USBC Cup, earning a $20,000 bonus. Tackett finished second for $10,000, Simonsen was third for $5,000 and AJ Johnson of Oswego, Illinois, took home the $2,000 bonus for fifth place.

By qualifying fourth in Summer Tour points, Sterner also earned a berth in the FloBowling ATX Invite that will take place on September 21 at Dart Bowl in Austin, Texas, and pay $25,000 to the winner along with guaranteed money to all eight qualifiers. Sterner also qualified for an expenses-paid trip to China for the first PBA China Tiger Cup that will take place in suburban Shanghai November 19-21 where another $20,000 tops the guaranteed money all eight will earn.

There were no major changes among the 2019 Go Bowling! PBA Tour’s top eight money-winners who will participate in the second PBA Clash at the Kegel Training Center in Lake Wales, Florida, on October 21. The Clash will air on FOX on Nov. 3. With only money won in the ATX Invite remaining to influence the earnings list, Australia’s Jason Belmonte is No. 1 and can’t be caught.

Belmonte leads the PBA Tour with $275,290 in official earnings. He is followed by Jakob Butturff, Tempe, Ariz., $185,780; Kris Prather, Plainfield, Ill., $173,990; EJ Tackett, Bluffton, Ind., $166,695; Anthony Simonsen, Little Elm, Texas, $155,690; Bill O’Neill, Langhorne, Pa., $152,148, and Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., $119,170, in seventh place. Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., is eighth with $97,415, and could be knocked out of the top eight if Kyle Sherman of O’Fallon, Mo. (in ninth place with $78,968) wins the $20,000 top prize in Austin.

The entire FloBowling PBA Summer Tour has been livestreamed exclusively on FloBowling, and will continue through the FloBowling ATX Invite. Visit FloBowling.com and sign up for a subscription.

FINAL USBC CUP POINTS STANDINGS
(After nine FloBowling PBA Summer Tour events)
1, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 9,135, $20,000.
2, EJ Tackett, Bluffton, Ind., 8,670, $10,000.
3, Anthony Simonsen, Little Elm, Texas, 7,660, $5,000.
4, Jason Sterner, Rochester, N.Y., 7,140, $3,000.
5, AJ Johnson, Oswego, Ill., 6,930, $2,000.

FLOBOWLING PBA ATX INVITE QUALIFIERS
Dart Bowl, Austin, Texas, Sept. 21 (live on FloBowling)
(Based on competition points after nine FloBowling PBA Summer Tour events)
1, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 9,135.
2, EJ Tackett, Bluffton, Ind., 8,670.
3, Anthony Simonsen, Little Elm, Texas, 7,660.
4, Jason Sterner, Rochester, N.Y., 7,140.
5, AJ Johnson, Oswego, Ill., 6,930.
6, Bill O’Neill, Langhorne, Pa., 6,670.
7, Kyle Sherman, O’Fallon, Mo., 6,648.
8, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 5,790.

PBA CHINA TIGER CUP QUALIFIERS
Suzhou Tiger Bowling Center, Suzhou, China, Nov. 19-22
(Based on competition points after nine FloBowling PBA Summer Tour events)
1, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 9,135.
2, EJ Tackett, Bluffton, Ind., 8,670.
3, Anthony Simonsen, Little Elm, Texas, 7,660.
4, Jason Sterner, Rochester, N.Y., 7,140.
5, AJ Johnson, Oswego, Ill., 6,930.
6, Bill O’Neill, Langhorne, Pa., 6,670.
7, Kyle Sherman, O’Fallon, Mo., 6,648.
8, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 5,790.

2019 PBA CLASH QUALIFYING LEADERS
Kegel Training Center, Lake Wales, Fla., Oct. 21 (for telecast on FOX, Nov. 3)
(Top 10 as of Aug. 31; top 8 based on earnings as of Sept. 21 will qualify)
1, Jason Belmonte, Australia, $275,290.
2, Jakob Butturff, Tempe, Ariz., $185,780.
3, Kris Prather, Plainfield, Ill., $173,990.
4, EJ Tackett, Bluffton, Ind., $166,695.
5, Anthony Simonsen, Little Elm, Texas, $155,690.
6, Bill O’Neill, Langhorne, Pa., $152,148.
7, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., $119,170.
8, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., $97,415.
9, Kyle Sherman, O’Fallon, Mo., $78,968.
10, Dick Allen, Lexington, S.C., $75,980.

Simonsen Retains Slim Lead in FloBowling PBA Illinois Open After Second Round of Match Play

AURORA, Ill.  – PBA Bear Open winner Anthony Simonsen of Little Elm, Texas, compiled an 8-7-1 match play record and averaged 220 for 16 games Friday which was good enough to retain a narrow lead after the first two rounds of match play in the FloBowling PBA Illinois Open at Parkside Lanes.

In the pinnacle event of the FloBowling PBA Summer Swing presented by the Brands of Ebonite International, the two-hander finished the day with a 10,306 44-game pinfall total (including 30 bonus pins for each match win) to hold a six-pin lead over 13-time Go Bowling! PBA Tour titlist and Bear Open runner-up EJ Tackett of Bluffton, Indiana, in second with a 9-6-1 match play record and 10,300 pinfall.

Simonsen beat Tackett in Thursday’s dramatic Bear Open title match 10-9 in the second one-ball roll-off after tying 267-267.

The 24 players in the Illinois Open match play field have the added challenge of competing on a mixed lane condition pattern – the Bear 41-foot lane condition on the left lane and the Wolf 32-foot condition on the right lane in each match which puts a premium on the players’ ability to adjust, including often using a different ball on each lane.

“Everybody out here on tour has the physical ability but the players who can deal with the mental grind, especially in a tournament like this, are going to have the advantage,” said the 22-year-old Simonsen who won the Bear Open for his seventh career Go Bowling! PBA Tour title. “You’re using different equipment and playing totally different lines so it kind of multiplies the variables you might normally have to deal with.”

In Friday’s second match play round Simonsen started strong with games of 279 and 235 but then fell off with games of 193, 177 and 170 before finishing strong with games of 246, 259 and 268.

“It seems like I go through streaks where I’m either bowling well in the middle of the round and not so well at the beginning and end, or like I did tonight, where I’m bowling well at the beginning and end but not in the middle,” Simonsen said. “Tomorrow I’ll need to string together at least a few good games so I make the show.”

The final match play round gets underway Saturday at 11 a.m. CT and will determine the top five players for the Illinois Open stepladder finals at 3:30 p.m.

Australian two-hander Jason Belmonte climbed to third with a 10,238 pinfall helped by an 11-5 record in match play. The 36-year-old four-time PBA Player of the Year is trying for his fifth win of the season and the 23rd of his career.

Rounding out the top five heading into tomorrow’s final match play round are 11-time tour winner Bill O’Neill of Langhorne, Pennsylvania, who jumped from 12th after the first match play round finishing with a 11-4-1 record and 10,222 pinfall. Hometown favorite Sean Rash of Montgomery, Illinois, who defeated Simonsen in the title match to win the Wolf Open on Tuesday for his 14th tour title, put together a 10-6 record and finished with a 10,200 pinfall.

Fans can catch all the Illinois Open final-day action on FloBowling. For subscription information visit www.flobowling.com.

FLOBOWLING PBA ILLINOIS OPEN

Third event of the FloBowling PBA Summer Swing presented by the Brands of Ebonite International

Parkside Lanes, Aurora, Ill., Friday

MATCH PLAY ROUND TWO RESULTS

(includes match play record and total pinfall for 44 games including match play bonus pins)

1, Anthony Simonsen, Little Elm, Texas, 8-7-1, 10,306.
2, EJ Tackett, Bluffton, Ind., 9-6-1, 10,300.
3, Jason Belmonte, Australia, 11-5, 10,238.
4, Bill O’Neill, Langhorne, Pa., 11-4-1, 10,222.
5, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 10-6, 10,200.
6, Jason Sterner, Rochester, N.Y., 10-6, 10,130.
7, Dick Allen, Lexington, S.C., 12-4, 10,108.
8, Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., 10-6, 10,075.
9, Francois Lavoie, Canada, 7-8-1, 10,021.
10, Jake Peters, Henderson, Nev., 9-6-1, 9,964.
11, Kyle Troup, Taylorsville, N.C., 9-7, 9,944.
12, Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 9-6-1, 9,933.
13, AJ Johnson, Oswego, Ill., 7-7-2, 9,842.
14, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 8-8, 9,777.
15, Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 6-10, 9,756.
16, Brad Miller, Lees Summit, Mo., 7-9, 9,691.
17, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 5-11, 9,679.
18, Tun Ameerul Al-Hakim, Malaysia, 6-8-2, 9,678.
19, Arturo Quintero, Mexico, 7-9, 9,669.
20, Tom Daugherty, Riverview, Fla., 5-11, 9,645.
21, Kyle Sherman, O’Fallon, Mo., 5-11, 9,644.
22, Kamron Doyle, Brentwood, Tenn., 6-10, 9,564.
23, Dom Barrett, England, 6-10, 9,561.
24, Sam Cooley, Australia, 4-12, 9,545.

300 games – Bill O’Neill

MATCH PLAY ROUND ONE RESULTS

(includes match play record and total pinfall for 36 games including match play bonus pins)

1, Anthony Simonsen, Little Elm, Texas, 4-3-1, 8,359
2, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 5-3, 8,291.
3, EJ Tackett, Bluffton, Ind., 4-3-1, 8,260.
4, Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., 7-1, 8,219.
5, Kyle Troup, Taylorsville, N.C., 7-1, 8,186.
6, Francois Lavoie, Canada, 4-4, 8,178.
7, (tie) Dick Allen, Lexington, S.C., 7-1, and Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 4-3-1, 8,148.
9, Jason Belmonte, Australia, 5-3, 8,119.
10, Jason Sterner, Rochester, N.Y., 6-2, 8,100.
11, Jake Peters, Henderson, Nev., 4-3-1, 8,051.
12, Bill O’Neill, Langhorne, Pa., 4-3-1, 8,042.
13, Kyle Sherman, O’Fallon, Mo., 4-4, 7,974.
14, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 3-5, 7,935.
15, Brad Miller, Lees Summit, Mo., 3-5, 7,886.
16, AJ Johnson, Oswego, Ill., 3-4-1, 7,861.
17, Arturo Quintero, Mexico, 3-5, 7,854.
18, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 4-4, 7,834.
19, Tom Daugherty, Riverview, Fla., 1-7, 7,828.
20, Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 3-5, 7,807.
21, Dom Barrett, England, 3-5, 7,784.
22, Tun Ameerul Al-Hakim, Malaysia, 1-5-2, 7,758.
23, Sam Cooley, Australia, 1-7, 7,754.
24, Kamron Doyle, Brentwood, Tenn., 2-6, 7,683.

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