Kris Prather Continues Breakout Year, Grabs Qualifying Lead in PBA BowlerStore.com Classic

COLDWATER, Ohio – Kris Prather of Plainfield, Illinois, continued his torrid pace in a breakout year, rolling a 279 final game Thursday to lead the sold-out field of 96 competitors after the eight-game qualifying round in the PBA BowlerStore.com Classic, presented by Moxy’s Xtra Pair, at Pla-Mor Lanes.

Prather, who won his first Go Bowling! PBA Tour title in the PBA Scorpion Open followed by a victory in the inaugural PBA Playoffs and a role on the PBA League’s Elias Cup champion Portland Lumberjacks, averaged 235.88 for an eight-game total of 1,887 pins and a 19-pin lead over two-hander Anthony Simonsen of Little Elm, Texas.

Nick Kruml of Downers Grove, Illinois was in third place with 1,851 pins. Kruml, eight days shy of his 26th birthday, was the early leader in his bid for his first Go Bowling! PBA Tour title. He finished qualifying eight pins ahead of defending Coldwater champion Jakob Butturff of Tempe, Arizona. Jason Sterner of Rochester, New York, was two pins behind Butturff.

The BowlerStore.com Classic is the sixth of 10 events that are part of the FloBowling PBA Summer Tour.

The Coldwater tournament concludes Friday beginning with a four-game cashers round for the top 32 qualifiers at 11 a.m. The top 16 after 12 games will then bowl another three games at 1:30 p.m. The top eight after 15 games bowl a final two-game qualifying round at 3 p.m. to determine the four players who will compete for the title in the stepladder finals at 5 p.m. All times are Eastern.

All rounds Friday will be livestreamed on FloBowling. For subscription information, visit FloBowling.com. Fans also can follow the action by watching Live Scoring on pba.com.

PBA BOWLERSTORE.COM CLASSIC
Presented by Moxy’s Xtra Pair
(A 2019 FloBowling PBA Summer Tour event)
Pla-Mor Lanes, Coldwater, Ohio, Thursday

Final Qualifying Standings (after eight games; top 32 advance to Friday’s cashers round):

1, Kristopher Prather, Plainfield, Ill., 1,887.
2, Anthony Simonsen, Little Elm, Texas, 1,868.
3, Nick Kruml, Downers Grove, Ill., 1,851.
4, Jakob Butturff, Tempe, Ariz., 1,843.
5, Jason Sterner, Rochester, N.Y., 1,841.
6, Jake Peters, Henderson, Nev., 1,819.
7, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 1,813.
8, Kenneth Ryan, Farmingdale, NJ, 1,803.
9, Sam Cooley, Australia, 1,802.
10, Dick Allen, Lexington, S.C., 1,794.
11, Kyle Troup, Taylorsville, N.C., 1,790.
12, Brad Angelo, Lockport, N.Y., 1,785.
13, Stuart Williams, England, 1,777.
14, Bill O’Neill, Langhorne, Pa., 1,775.
15, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 1,771.
16, Darren Tang, Las Vegas, 1,768.
17, Devin Bidwell, Wichita, Kan., 1,765.
18, Andrew Anderson, Holly, Mich., 1,764.
19, Nicholas Pate, Inver Grove Heights, Minn., 1,762.
20, Greg Ostrander, Brick, N.J., 1,759.
21, Thomas Larsen, Denmark, 1,748.
22, Michael Martell, Brooklyn, N.Y., 1,744.
23, AJ Chapman, Manchester, Iowa, 1,729.
24, William Svensson, Sweden, 1,726.
24, Kamron Doyle, Brentwood, Tenn., 1,726.
26, Tom Daugherty, Riverview, Fla., 1,722.
27, Tim Pfeifer, Oakdale, Pa., 1,717.
28, Josh Blanchard, Mesa, Ariz., 1,713.
29, Zacharay Wilkins, Canada, 1,712.
30, Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 1,711.
31, AJ Johnson, Oswego, Ill., 1,708.
32, EJ Tackett, Bluffton, Ind., 1,707.

Failed to advance:
33, Patrick Hanrahan, Wichita, Kan., 1,706.
33, Arturo Quintero, Mexico, 1,706.
35, Michael Davidson, Versailles, Ohio, 1,703.
36, Shawn Maldonado, Houston, 1,696.
37, Jesper Svensson, Sweden, 1,695.
38, Francois Louw, South Africa, 1,694.
39, Matt Kuba, Chicago Ridge, IL, 1,693.
40, Andres Gomez, Colombia, 1,691.
41, Francois Lavoie, Canada, 1,677.
42, Joe Paluszek, Bensalem, Pa., 1,675.
43, Christopher Sloan, Ireland, 1,673.
44, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 1,668.
45, Kyle Sherman, O’Fallon, Mo., 1,662.
46, Greg Young, Viera, Fla., 1,660.
47, Mykel Holliman, Collierville, Tenn., 1,659.
48, Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 1,656.
48, Richard Teece, England, 1,656.
50, Matt Sanders, Evansville, Ind., 1,651.
51, Brad Miller, Lees Summit, Mo., 1,646.
52, Jean Perez, Puerto Rico, 1,644.
52, Tom Sorce, Blasdell, N.Y., 1,644.
54, Stephen Hahn, Sterling, Va., 1,640.
55, Patrick Dombrowski, Parma, Ohio, 1,639.
56, Kurt Pilon, Sterling Heights, Mich., 1,636.
56, Brian Robinson, Morgantown, W.Va., 1,636.
58, Zeke Bayt, Westerville, Ohio, 1,623.
59, Tom Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich., 1,621.
60, Pontus Andersson, Sweden, 1,620.
61, Cody Shoemaker, Hanover, Pa., 1,611.
61, Anthony Lavery-Spahr, Pasadena, Texas, 1,611.
63, Ryan Ciminelli, Lancaster, S.C., 1,610.
64, Dom Barrett, England, 1,609.
65, Osku Palermaa, Finland, 1,606.
66, Zac Tackett, Huntington, Ind., 1,604.
67, Mitch Hupé, Canada, 1,602.
68, Mike Coffey, Melbourne, Fla., 1,599.
69, Ronnie Russell, Marion, Ind., 1,593.
70, Chris Loschetter, Avon, Ohio, 1,588.
71, John Furey, Howell, N.J., 1,568.
72, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 1,561.
73, JR Raymond, Clinton Twp., Mich., 1,557.
74, Andrew Suscreba, Clifton, N.J., 1,551.
75, Chris Via, Springfield, Ohio, 1,540.
76, Andrew Cain, Phoenix, 1,536.
77, Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., 1,526.
78, Jake Rollins, Glen Rock, N.J., 1,519.
79, Graham Fach, Urbana, Ohio, 1,508.
80, Brian Kretzer, Dayton, Ohio, 1,488.
81, Eduardo Astiazaran, Mexico, 1,486.
82, Ryan Lakota, Shorewood, Ill., 1,484.
83, Michael Tang, Johnstown, Ohio, 1,467.
84, Brett Spangler, Niles, Ohio, 1,465.
85, James Grago, Hampstead, N.C., 1,463.
86, Connor Pickford, Charlotte, N.C., 1,451.
86, Russ Oviatt, Chandler, Ariz., 1,451.
88, Rhino Page, Orlando, 1,446.
89, DJ Archer, Spring, Texas, 1,443.
90, Eric Wagner, Brookville, Ohio, 1,441.
91, Kyle Gillum, Columbus, Ohio, 1,437.
92, Oskar Wirefeldt, Sweden, 1,418.
93, Tom Hess, Granger, Iowa, 1,405.
94, Matt Jakob, Hilliard, Ohio, 1,378.
95, Germaine Tyler, Bolingbrook, Ill., 1,366.
96, Mike Kriner, Fortville, Ind., 1,268.

300 Games: Michael Martell, Tim Pfeifer.

n-denotes non-PBA member.

FloBowling PBA Summer Swing Returns to Illinois for Pivotal Tripleheader

AURORA, Ill. – The Professional Bowlers Association returns to Parkside Lanes for a week-long, three-event series in late August, the finale to the FloBowling PBA Summer Tour that will award three PBA Tour titles and decide three important competition points races.

The FloBowling PBA Summer Swing, presented by the Brands of Ebonite International, will be livestreamed in its entirety by the PBA’s online streaming partner, FloBowling, which made its debut in Aurora in 2018. The tournament program has again been orchestrated by 13-time PBA Tour champion Sean Rash, an Aurora area resident.

The Summer Swing – a part of the 2019 Go Bowling! PBA Tour – will include the PBA Wolf, Bear and Illinois Open title events, each presenting a distinct lane conditioning challenge.

The Wolf Open will be contested on the PBA Wolf 32 oiling pattern featuring a 32-foot application of oil. The Wolf Open will include 14 qualifying games Monday and Tuesday, Aug. 26-27, plus a six-game cashers round for the top 18 cashers. The top five after 20 games will advance to the stepladder finals on Tuesday at 8:30 p.m. CT. Two-hander Anthony Simonsen of Little Elm, Texas, is defending champion.

The same format will apply to the PBA Bear Open Wednesday and Thursday, Aug. 28-29, except the players will bowl on the PBA Bear 41 oiling pattern. The FloBowling stepladder finals will be held on Thursday at 8:30 p.m. EJ Tackett of Bluffton, Indiana, won the 2018 Bear Open title.

The Summer Swing concludes with the PBA Illinois Open on Friday and Saturday, Aug. 30-31, featuring the top 24 players based on 28 combined games of Wolf and Bear qualifying totals. Those 24 will bowl three eight-game round-robin match play rounds with 52-game pinfall totals deciding the top five for the Illinois Open stepladder finals at 3:30 p.m. Saturday. The challenge in the Illinois Open involves coping with the Wolf 32 pattern on one lane and the Bear 41 on the other. England’s Stuart Williams won the 2018 Tulsa Open, an almost identical event held in Oklahoma.

In addition to titles in each event, the Wolf, Bear and Illinois Open tournaments – the seventh, eighth and final events in the nine-event Summer Tour – will award competition points that will decide the five players who will earn bonus cash in the USBC Cup series ($20,000 first place), the eight players who will receive invitations to participate in the inaugural FloBowling ATX Invite at Dart Bowl in FloBowling’s home city, Austin, Texas, on Saturday, Sept. 21 ($25,000 first prize) , and the eight bowlers who will win expenses-paid trips to participate in the PBA China Tiger Cup, Nov. 19-21, in Shanghai ($20,000 first prize). Fans can follow the points races throughout the summer at this link: https://www.pba.com/SeasonStats/PointsLists/132.

If titles, points and prize money aren’t enough, don’t forget the Aurora series may also play a key role in the 2019 PBA Player and Rookie of the Year races.

As expected, the FloBowling PBA Summer Swing has attracted a world-class field of PBA stars from around the world, including PBA Hall of Famers, PBA Tour champions and rising stars who are beginning to build their careers.

The event will also include special features such as a golf day for PBA players (Aug. 24) plus a free youth instructional clinic involving many of the PBA stars (noon on Aug. 25).

For continuing information about these and other PBA events, follow the PBA on pba.com and PBA’s home pages on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For FloBowling subscriptions, visit FloBowling.com. Additional Summer Swing information can also be obtained by calling Parkside Lanes at (630) 898-5678.

FLOBOWLING PBA SUMMER SWING
presented by the Brands of Ebonite International
(A 2019 Go Bowling! PBA Tour event)
Parkside Lanes, Aurora, Ill., Aug. 24-31 (All times Central)

Saturday, Aug. 24
8 a.m. – Golf outing
1 p.m. – Pre-Tournament Qualifier (PTQ), 8 games
6 p.m. – Pro-am

Sunday, Aug. 25
Noon – Free youth clinic
5 p.m. – Official tournament practice session

Monday, Aug. 26
3:30 p.m. – PBA Wolf Open qualifying, 8 games

Tuesday, Aug. 27
Noon – PBA Wolf Open qualifying, 6 games
            Top 18 after 14 games advance to Wolf Open cashers round

5 p.m. – PBA Wolf Open cashers round, 6 games
            Top 5 after 20 games advance to Wolf Open stepladder finals

8:30 p.m. – Top 5, PBA Wolf Open stepladder finals

Wednesday, Aug. 28
3:30 p.m. – PBA Bear Open qualifying, 8 games

Thursday, Aug. 29
Noon – PBA Bear Open qualifying, 6 games
            Top 18 after 14 games advance to Bear Open cashers round; top 24 after 28 games of Wolf and Bear Open qualifying advance to Illinois Open match play

5 p.m. – PBA Bear Open cashers round, 6 games
            Top 5 after 20 games advance to Bear Open stepladder finals

8:30 p.m. – PBA Bear Open stepladder finals

Friday, Aug. 30
11 a.m. – Illinois Open round robin match play, 8 games
5 p.m. – Illinois Open round robin match play, 8 games

Saturday, Aug. 31
11 a.m. – Illinois Open round robin match play, 8 games
            Top 5 after 52 games of qualifying and match play advance to stepladder finals

3:30 p.m. – Top 5, Illinois Open stepladder finals
6 p.m. – Champions dinner

Consistent Kyle Sherman Retains FloBowling PBA Summer Tour Competition Points Lead

CHICAGO – Kyle Sherman of O’Fallon, Missouri retained his status as the FloBowling PBA Summer Tour’s most consistent player, finishing 12th in Sunday’s Gene Carter’s Pro Shop Classic in Middletown, Delaware, to remain No. 1 on the Summer Tour points list after five of nine events while Delaware runner-up Tom Daugherty of Riverview, Florida made the biggest move on the points list, advancing from 22nd place to seventh.

Closing the gap on Sherman was AJ Johnson of Oswego, Illinois, who moved up one place to second after his eighth-place finish in Delaware. Johnson now has 4,180 points, only 200 behind Sherman. Bill O’Neill, Langhorne, Pa. (3,965); EJ Tackett, Bluffton, Ind., (3,540), and BJ Moore, Greensburg, Pa., (3,355) round out the top five, all after solid performances in Middletown.

The FloBowling PBA Summer Tour points are important because they involve bonus cash to the top five in the USBC Cup points standings, eight berths in the end-of-summer FloBowling ATX Invite and eight expenses-paid trips to China for the inaugural PBA China Tiger Cup in November. Fans can follow the summer points races (USBC Cup, FloBowling ATX Invite and PBA China Tiger Cup) by clicking on this link: https://www.pba.com/SeasonStats/PointsList/132?list=10.

The FloBowling PBA Summer Tour’s next stop is Thursday and Friday in Coldwater, Ohio, for the PBA Bowlerstore.com Classic presented by Moxy’s Xtra Pair at Pla-Mor Lanes. After Coldwater, the Summer Tour’s final points events are part of the FloBowling PBA Summer Swing presented by the Brands of Ebonite International next week at Parkside Lanes in Aurora, Illinois, where the PBA Wolf, PBA Bear and Illinois Open titles will be at stake. The Summer Tour will conclude with the FloBowling ATX Invite at Dart Bowl in Austin, Texas, on Sept. 21.

All PBA Summer Tour events except the Illinois Open are Tier 3 events (2,500 points for first place). The Illinois Open is a Tier 2 event (double the Tier 3 points including 5,000 points for first).

Also underway along with the summer points competition is the 2019 Go Bowling! PBA Tour earnings race which will reward the top eight money-winners with berths in the second PBA Clash that will take place at the Kegel Training Center in Lake Wales, Florida, in late October for airing on FOX on Nov. 3. Australia’s Jason Belmonte is the runaway leader in earnings as of Aug. 18 with $264,050. Sean Rash currently holds the eighth spot with $77,430, less than $5,000 ahead of Sherman.

The entire FloBowling PBA Summer Tour will be livestreamed exclusively on FloBowling. For start-to-finish coverage of all events, visit FloBowling.com and sign up for a subscription.

FLOBOWLING PBA SUMMER TOUR POINT LEADERS
(Top 20 after five of nine events; previous ranking in parenthesis)
1, Kyle Sherman, O’Fallon, Mo., 4,380 (1).
2, AJ Johnson, Oswego, Ill., 4,180 (3).
3, Bill O’Neill, Langhorne, Pa., 3,965 (2).
4, EJ Tackett, Bluffton, Ind., 3,540 (6).
5, BJ Moore, Greensburg, Pa., 3,355 (7).
6, Jakob Butturff, Tempe, Ariz., 3,180 (4).
7, Tom Daugherty, Riverview, Fla., 2,985 (22).
8, Andrew Anderson, Holly, Mich., 2,875 (10).
9, AJ Chapman, Manchester, Iowa, 2,825 (5).
10, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 2,700 (9).
11, Stuart Williams, England, 2,550 (8).
12, Ryan Ciminelli, Lancaster, S.C., 2,500 (na).
13, Kris Prather, Plainfield, Ill., 2,375 (11).
14, Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., 2,355 (12).
15, Dom Barrett, England, 2,210 (13).
16, Kyle Troup, Taylorsville, N.C., 2,085 (20).
17, Brad Miller, Lee’s Summit, Mo., 2,025 (17).
18, Anthony Lavery-Spahr, Pasadena, Texas, 2,000 (14).
19, Zeke Bayt, Westerville, Ohio, 1,865 (16).
20, Josh Blanchard, Mesa, Ariz., 1,780 (15).

2019 GO BOWLING! PBA TOUR EARNINGS LEADERS
(Top 10 as of Aug. 18; number of tournaments bowled in parenthesis)
1, Jason Belmonte, $264,050 (15).
2, Jakob Butturff, $181,680 (19).
3, Kris Prather, $173,115 (19).
4, Bill O’Neill, $147,273 (19).
5, EJ Tackett, $139,995 (21).
6, Anthony Simonsen, $128,640 (20).
7, Norm Duke, $91,015 (15).
8, Sean Rash, $77,430 (20).
9, Kyle Sherman, $72,693 (16).
10, Dick Allen, $68,830 (17).

Ryan Ciminelli Wins PBA Gene Carter’s Pro Shop Classic for Eighth Career Title

MIDDLETOWN, Del. – Ryan Ciminelli of Lancaster, South Carolina, defeated top qualifier Tom Daugherty of Riverview, Florida, 217-209, to win his eighth Go Bowling! Professional Bowlers Association Tour title Sunday in the Gene Carter’s Pro Shop Classic at Mid-County Bowling and Entertainment Center.

Ciminelli.Ryan_2019 Gene Carters Pro Shop Classic w Mid-County Bowling and Entertainment Center repCiminelli, ending a three-year title slump, took an early lead against Daugherty, starting with three strikes and getting help when Daugherty left the 3-6-7-10 split and opened in the fourth frame. But Ciminelli returned the favor, leaving the 4-6-7-9-10 “Greek church” in his ninth frame to give Daugherty a chance to shut him out. When Daugherty failed to strike out, Ciminelli locked up the title with strikes on his first two shots in the 10th frame.

“I really don’t know what to say,” the 33-year-old left-hander said. “There’s a few different reasons why this one means so much to me. What really matters is all the people here watching me win. There were a lot of people who helped me out. I can’t thank them enough.”

Daugherty, a 44-year-old two-time PBA Tour title winner, took the lead in Sunday’s five-game cashers round and systematically won every match he needed to win in the 12-game match play round to secure the top berth for the stepladder finals. But he fell one match shy of picking up his third PBA Tour title.

“Maybe I’ll get (Ciminelli) next week in Coldwater (Ohio),” Daugherty said.

In the first stepladder match, Ciminelli threw strikes on his first two shots in the 10th frame to lock out Tom Smallwood of Saginaw, Michigan, 224-214. Ciminelli, pursuing his first title since winning the 2016 Parkside Lanes Open in Aurora, Illinois, was nearly perfect in eliminating Canadian two-hander Zacharay Wilkins of Barrie, Ontario, 266-223, in the semifinal match. After a spare in the first frame, Ciminelli threw eight consecutive strikes to deny Wilkins’ bid for his first PBA Tour title.

The Gene Carter’s Pro Shop Classic was the fifth of 10 events that are part of the FloBowling PBA Summer Tour.

The FloBowling PBA Summer Tour now moves west to Coldwater, Ohio, for the PBA Bowlerstore.com Classic presented by Moxy’s Xtra Pair at 16-lane Pla-Mor Lanes where qualifying will take place on Thursday followed by the cashers round, Rounds of 16 and 8, and stepladder finals on Friday. All rounds of the sixth FloBowling Summer Tour event will be livestreamed on FloBowling.com. For additional information, visit FloBowling.com.

PBA GENE CARTER’S PRO SHOP CLASSIC
(A 2019 FloBowling PBA Summer Tour event)
Mid-County Bowling and Entertainment, Middletown, Del., Sunday

Final Standings:

1, Ryan Ciminelli, Lancaster, S.C., $10,000,
2, Tom Daugherty, Riverview, Fla., $6,000.
3, Zacharay Wilkins, Canada, $3,000.
4, Tom Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich., $2,400.

Playoff Results:
Match One – Ciminelli def. Smallwood, 224-214.
Semifinal Match – Ciminelli def. Wilkins, 266-223.
Championship – Ciminelli def. Daugherty, 217-209.

Final Match Play Standings (after 24 games, including match play bonus pins; top 4 advanced):
1, Daugherty, 8-4, 5,703.
2, Wilkins, 9-2-1, 5,533.
3, Ciminelli, 8-4, 5,509.
4, Smallwood, 7-5, 5,474.
5, EJ Tackett, Bluffton, Ind., 7-5, 5,429, $2,000.
6, BJ Moore, Greensburg, Pa., 5-7, 5,428, $1,600.
7, DJ Archer, Spring, Texas, 7-5, 5,379, $1,500.
8, AJ Johnson, Oswego, Ill., 5-6-1, 5,291, $1,400.
9, Andrew Anderson, Holly, Mich., 6-6, 5,285, $1,350.
10, Brad Angelo, Lockport, N.Y., 2-10, 5,149, $1,300.
11, Shawn Maldonado, Houston, 2-8-2, 5,035, $1,250.
12, Kyle Sherman, O’Fallon, Mo., 4-8, 4,994, $1,200.

Cashers Round Cashers (after 12 games):
13, Kyle Troup, Taylorsville, N.C., 2,615, $1,000.
14, Matt O’Grady, Rahway, N.J., 2,613, $900.
15, Anthony Simonsen, Little Elm, Texas, 2,612, $850.
16, Bill O’Neill, Langhorne, Pa., 2,610, $825.
17, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 2,602, $800.
18, Brad Miller, Lees Summit, Mo., 2,593, $780.
19, Thomas Larsen, Denmark, 2,584, $760.
20, Tim Pfeifer, Oakdale, Pa., 2,569, $750.
21, Kamron Doyle, Brentwood, Tenn., 2,566, $745.
22, Alex Cavagnaro, Massapequa, N.Y., 2,563, $740.
23 (tie), Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., and Devin Bidwell, Wichita, Kan., 2,548, $733.
25, Matt Kuba, Chicago Ridge, Ill., 2,547, $725.
26, Dom Barrett, England, 2,533, $720.
27, Kristopher Prather, Plainfield, Ill., 2,531, $715.
28, Darren Tang, Las Vegas, 2,526, $710.
29, Zeke Bayt, Westerville, Ohio, 2,523, $705.
30, Zac Tackett, Huntington, Ind., 2,518, $700.
31, Danny Wiseman, Baltimore, 2,511, $695.
32, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 2,504, $690.
33, Cody Shoemaker, Hanover, Pa., 2,501, $685.
34, Michael Haugen Jr., Phoenix, 2,497, $680.
35 (tie), Brian Robinson, Morgantown, W.Va., and Michael Davidson, Versailles, Ohio, 2,495, $673.
37, Francois Louw, South Africa, 2,492, $665.
38, Scott Denlinger, Lancaster, Pa, 2,491, $660.
39, Michael Tang, Johnstown, Ohio, 2,490, $655.
40, Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 2,487, $650.
41, Kenneth Ryan, Farmingdale, NJ, 2,476, $645.
42, Gary Haines, West Babylon, N.Y., 2,469, $640.
43, Patrick Hanrahan, Wichita, Kan., 2,456, $635.
44, Corey Umbrello, Westminster, Mass., 2,455, $630.
45, Nick Kruml, Downers Grove, Ill., 2,451, $625.
46, Osku Palermaa, Finland, 2,426, $620.
47, Adam Chase, North Babylon, N.Y., 2,419, $615.
48 (tie), Stephen Haas, Enola, Pa., and James Grago, Hampstead, N.C., 2,403, $608.
50, AJ Chapman, Manchester, Iowa, 2,377, $600.

UPCOMING FLOBOWLING PBA SUMMER TOUR SCHEDULES

PBA BOWLERSTORE.COM CLASSIC
presented by Moxy’s Xtra Pair
Pla-Mor Lanes, Coldwater, Ohio, Aug. 24-26 (all times Eastern)

Wednesday, Aug. 21
2 p.m. – Practice session
5:30 and 8:30 p.m. – Pro-am squads
Thursday, Aug. 22
8 a.m. – A Squad, 8 qualifying games
1:30 p.m. – B Squad, 8 qualifying games
7 p.m. – C Squad, 8 qualifying games
            Top on one-third of field players after 8 games advances to cashers round
Friday, Aug. 23
11 a.m. – Cashers round, 4 games (top 16 after 12 games advance to Round of 16)
1:30 p.m. – Round of 16, three games (top 8 after 15 games advance to Round of 8)
3 p.m. – Round of 8, two games (top 4 after17 games advance to stepladder finals)
5 p.m. – Top four stepladder finals

FLOBOWLING PBA SUMMER SWING
presented by the Brands of Ebonite International
(A 2019 Go Bowling! PBA Tour event)
Parkside Lanes, Aurora, Ill., Aug. 24-31 (All times Central)

Saturday, Aug. 24
8 a.m. – Golf outing
1 p.m. – Pre-Tournament Qualifier (PTQ), 8 games
6 p.m. – Pro-am
Sunday, Aug. 25
Noon – Free youth clinic
5 p.m. – Official tournament practice session
Monday, Aug. 26
3:30 p.m. – PBA Wolf Open qualifying, 7 games
Tuesday, Aug. 27
Noon – PBA Wolf Open qualifying, 7 games
             Top 18 after 14 games advance to Wolf Open cashers round
5 p.m. – PBA Wolf Open cashers round, 6 games
      Top 5 after 20 games advance to Wolf Open stepladder finals
8:30 p.m. – Top 5, PBA Wolf Open stepladder finals
Wednesday, Aug. 28
3:30 p.m. – PBA Bear Open qualifying, 7 games
Thursday, Aug. 29
Noon – PBA Bear Open qualifying, 7 games
            Top 18 after 14 games advance to Bear Open cashers round; top 24 after 28 games of combined Wolf and Bear Open qualifying totals advance to Illinois Open match play
5 p.m. – PBA Bear Open cashers round, 6 games
       Top 5 after 20 games advance to Bear Open stepladder finals
8:30 p.m. – Top 5, PBA Bear Open stepladder finals
Friday, Aug. 30
11 a.m. – Illinois Open round robin match play, 8 games
5 p.m. – Illinois Open round robin match play, 8 games
Saturday, Aug. 31
11 a.m. – Illinois Open round robin match play, 8 games
      Top 5 after 52 games of qualifying and match play advance to stepladder finals
3:30 p.m. – Top 5, Illinois Open stepladder finals
6 p.m. – Champions dinner

Newest Titlist BJ Moore Leads Gene Carter’s Pro Shop Classic Qualifiers in Bid for Back-to-Back Victories

MIDDLETOWN, Del. – Three days after winning his first Go Bowling! Professional Bowlers Association Tour title, BJ Moore of Greensburg, Pennsylvania averaged 242.43 Saturday to lead the field of 150 competitors after qualifying in the PBA Gene Carter’s Pro Shop Classic at Mid-County Bowling and Entertainment Center.

Moore, a 30-year-old seventh-year PBA Tour veteran, rolled games of 225, 229, 298, 267, 215, 259 and 204 for a seven-game total of 1,697 pins for a 72-pin lead over AJ Johnson of Oswego, Illinois, and an 86-pin lead over third-place Zacharay Wilkins, a two-handed player from Canada. Moore won the PBA Wilmington Open Wednesday in North Carolina. Johnson and Wilkins are both trying for their first PBA Tour title.

The Gene Carter’s Pro Shop Classic is the fifth of 10 events that are part of the FloBowling PBA Summer Tour.

Heading into Sunday’s final day of action at Mid-County Bowling and Entertainment Center, Denmark’s Thomas Larsen was in fourth place with 1,609 pins – two behind Wilkins – and Tom Daugherty of Riverview, Florida, was fifth, two pins behind Larsen.

The Delaware tournament’s Sunday schedule begins with the four-game cashers round for the top 50 qualifiers at 9 a.m. The top 12 after 11 games will bowl a 12-game head-to-head match play round at 12:30 p.m. leading into the four-player stepladder finals at 5 p.m. All times are Eastern. All of Sunday’s competition will be livestreamed on FloBowling. For subscription information, visit FloBowling.com.

PBA GENE CARTER’S PRO SHOP CLASSIC

(A 2019 FloBowling PBA Summer Tour event)

Mid-County Bowling and Entertainment, Middletown, Del., Saturday

Final Qualifying Standings (after seven games; top 50 advance to Sunday’s cashers round):

1, BJ Moore, Greensburg, Pa., 1,697.
2, AJ Johnson, Oswego, Ill., 1,625.
3, Zacharay Wilkins, Canada, 1,611.
4, Thomas Larsen, Denmark, 1,609.
5, Tom Daugherty, Riverview, Fla., 1,607.
6 (tie), Bill O’Neill, Langhorne, Pa., and DJ Archer, Spring, Texas, 1,582.
8, Matt O’Grady, Rahway, N.J., 1,579.
9, Kyle Sherman, O’Fallon, Mo., 1,571.
10, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 1,547.
11, Andrew Anderson, Holly, Mich., 1,546.
12, Zeke Bayt, Westerville, Ohio, 1,537.
13, Brad Miller, Lee’s Summit, Mo., 1,528.
14, Dom Barrett, England, 1,520.
15, Tom Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich., 1,514.
16, Cody Shoemaker, Hanover, Pa., 1,510.
17, Brad Angelo, Lockport, N.Y., 1,508.
18, Patrick Hanrahan, Wichita, Kan., 1,507.
19, Alex Cavagnaro, Massapequa, N.Y., 1,502.
20, Devin Bidwell, Wichita, Kan., 1,499.
21, Scott Denlinger, Lancaster, Pa, 1,497.
22, Shawn Maldonado, Houston, 1,496.
23, Kristopher Prather, Plainfield, Ill., 1,492.
24, Francois Louw, South Africa, 1,490.
25, Tim Pfeifer, Oakdale, Pa., 1,489.
26 (tie), AJ Chapman, Manchester, Iowa, and Ryan Ciminelli, Lancaster, S.C., 1,487.
28 (tie), Michael Haugen Jr., Phoenix, and Darren Tang, Las Vegas, 1,484.
30, Michael Davidson, Versailles, Ohio, 1,482.
31, James Grago, Hampstead, N.C., 1,481.
31, Danny Wiseman, Baltimore, 1,481.
33, Kyle Troup, Taylorsville, N.C., 1,479.
34, Kenneth Ryan, Farmingdale, NJ, 1,477.
35, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 1,476.
36, Michael Tang, Johnstown, Ohio, 1,472.
37, Matt Kuba, Chicago Ridge, Ill., 1,468.
38, Gary Haines, West Babylon, N.Y., 1,465.
39, Anthony Simonsen, Little Elm, Texas, 1,463.
40, Brian Robinson, Morgantown, W.Va., 1,462.
41, Nick Kruml, Downers Grove, Ill., 1,460.
42, EJ Tackett, Bluffton, Ind., 1,458.
43, Zac Tackett, Huntington, Ind., 1,457.
44, Corey Umbrello, Westminster, Mass., 1,456.
45, Adam Chase, North Babylon, N.Y., 1,454.
46 (tie), Stephen Haas, Enola, Pa., and Kamron Doyle, Brentwood, Tenn., 1,449.
48 (tie), Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., and Osku Palermaa, Finland, 1,445.
50, x-Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 1,443.

Failed to advance:

51, Todd Sigeti, Lititz, Pa., 1,443.
52, Anthony Lavery-Spahr, Pasadena, Texas, 1,441.
53, Matt Sanders, Evansville, Ind., 1,440.
53, Jason Stadtler, Lafayette, N.J., 1,440.
55, Tim Foy Jr., Seaford, Del., 1,439.
56, Tommy Dakouvanos, N. Middletown, N.J., 1,430.
56, Geordin Krupski, Newtonville, N.J., 1,430.
58, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 1,422.
58, Jason Couch, Clermont, Fla., 1,422.
58, Christopher Sloan, Ireland, 1,422.
61, Anthony Pepe, East Elmhurst, N.Y., 1,419.
62, Jason Sterner, Rochester, N.Y., 1,417.
63, Scott Schnur Jr., Churchville, Md., 1,414.
64, Pontus Andersson, Sweden, 1,413.
65, Scott Kinkaid, Elizabethtown, Pa., 1,411.
66, Paul Brion, Mansfield, Pa., 1,406.
67, Jake Rollins, Glen Rock, N.J., 1,405.
68, Michael Martell, Brooklyn, N.Y., 1,404.
69, Stuart Williams, England, 1,400.
70, Connor Pickford, Charlotte, N.C., 1,399.
71, Nicholas Pate, Inver Grove Heights, Minn., 1,397.
72, n-P.J. Sonday, Luzerne, Pa., 1,394.
73, Sam Cooley, Australia, 1,392.
73, Nate Garcia, Port St. Lucie, Fla., 1,392.
75, Greg Ostrander, Brick, N.J., 1,389.
76, Andrew Suscreba, Clifton, N.J., 1,387.
77, Jeremy Domingo, Sewell, N.J., 1,385.
77, JR Raymond, Clinton Twp., Mich., 1,385.
79, Chris Via, Springfield, Ohio, 1,383.
80, Andrew Cain, Phoenix, 1,382.
81, Jesper Svensson, Sweden, 1,381.
82, John Furey, Howell, N.J., 1,379.
83, Ken Yokobosky, Fredon, N.J., 1,372.
84, Dick Allen, Lexington, S.C., 1,371.
85, Greg Young, Viera, Fla., 1,369.
86, Brett Spangler, Niles, Ohio, 1,363.
87, Rick Graham, Lancaster, Pa., 1,361.
88, Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., 1,356.
89, Isaac Kim, Lebanon, Pa., 1,355.
90, n-Conrad Chapple, West Pittston, Pa., 1,354.
91, Joe Paluszek, Bensalem, Pa., 1,353.
92, Jay Boyle, Garnet Valley, Pa., 1,352.
93, Mike Coffey, Melbourne, Fla., 1,351.
94, Josh Schmehl, Millsboro, Del., 1,348.
95, John Neral, Vienna, Va., 1,346.
96, Graham Fach, Urbana, Ohio, 1,343.
97, Pete DiChiara, Ardsley, N.Y., 1,337.
98, n-Dylan Bowers, Wilmington, Del., 1,330.
98, Keith Laing, Oakdale, Conn., 1,330.
100, Theo Johnson, Oswego, N.Y., 1,329.
101, Stephen Hahn, Sterling, Va., 1,328.
102, Steven Arehart, Chesapeake, Va., 1,324.
103, Kevin Donovan, Painted Post, N.Y., 1,322.
104, Jeffrey Voght, Canojaharie, N.Y., 1,321.
104, Jack Bogan, Silver Spring, Md., 1,321.
104, Ronnie Russell, Marion, Ind., 1,321.
107, Tommy Gollick, Oberlin, Pa., 1,316.
107, Brent Tishuk, Belvidere, N.J., 1,316.
107, Rob Manley, Newark, Del., 1,316.
110, Tom Sorce, Blasdell, N.Y., 1,314.
111, Travis Kreiger, Harrisburg, Pa., 1,313.
111, Michael Markis, Scranton, Pa., 1,313.
113, Oskar Wirefeldt, Sweden, 1,312.
113, Michael Sumerano, Dunmore, Pa., 1,312.
115, David Harvey, Danville, Pa., 1,309.
116, Benjamin Rynes, Forest Hill, Md., 1,307.
117, Leonardo Apollonia, Raleigh, N.C., 1,306.
118, Richard Teece, England, 1,305.
119, n-James Levendis, Kennett Square, Pa., 1,304.
120, Stephen Pavlinko, Sewell, N.J., 1,297.
121, Michael Houtz, Myerstown, Pa., 1,291.
122, Kyle Gillum, Columbus, Ohio, 1,284.
123, John DiSantis, Wilmington, Del., 1,281.
124, Brandon Curtis, Manson, N.C., 1,277.
125, Frank Gray Jr., North East, Md., 1,271.
125, William Svensson, Sweden, 1,271.
127, Scott Canfield, Conestoga, Pa., 1,267.
128, Robert Fusik III, Lawrenceville, N.J., 1,263.
129, Mykel Holliman, Collierville, Tenn., 1,261.
130, Paul Bajorski, Islip, N.Y., 1,258.
131, Victor Florie Jr, Richmond, Va., 1,250.
132, Clifford Scranton, Chester, Pa., 1,249.
133, Bobby Hall II, Landover, Md., 1,246.
134, Brian Elder, Newark, Del., 1,245.
135, Joseph Grago, Hampstead, N.C., 1,242.
136, Hector Medina II, Woodbridge, Va., 1,234.
137, Collin Raineri, Gilbertsville, Pa., 1,229.
138, Mike Hastings, Millsboro, Del., 1,226.
139, Brian Kasperowski, Dickson City, Pa., 1,224.
140, Matt Wozney, Clayton, Del., 1,213.
141, Joseph Rzemieniewski, Middletown, Del., 1,211.
142, Larry Hall, Millsboro, Del., 1,201.
143, n-Jason Pavlinko, Sewell, N.J., 1,199.
144, Adam Travis, Cockeysville, Md., 1,176.
145, n-Arthur Nowlin, New Castle, Del., 1,163.
146, Nicholas Vanderwende, Ephrata, Pa., 1,139.
147, Greg Hilyard, Clark, N.J., 1,132.
148, Michael Vella, Medford, N.Y., 1,117.
149, Michael Hunter, District of Columbia, 1,099.
150, Rick LeChette, Lincoln University, Pa., 1,064.

x- Barnes def. Sigeti, 257-188, in a one-game roll-off to break a tie for 50th place.

n-denotes non-PBA member.

PBA Spare Shots: PBA Rookies Chase Competition Points Leader Mykel Holliman

Thanks to his runner-up finishing in the USBC Masters, Mykel Holliman of Collierville, Tenn., took a comfortable lead in the 2019 Go Bowling! PBA Tour’s rookie competition points and retained his edge after the first four events of the FloBowling PBA Summer Tour.

Holliman, a 26-year-old left-hander, ranked 31st on the overall 2019 PBA Points list, 4,565 points ahead of Kenneth Ryan of Farmingdale, N.J., on the list of 2019 Bowl4life PBA Rookie Watch candidates. Wichita’s Patrick Hanrahan is third among rookies. Also in position to make a challenge are former Teen Masters winners Mike Coffey of Melbourne, Fla., and Greg Young of Viera, Fla., along with Jake Rollins of Glen Rock, N.J. With five title events in the Summer Tour and the U.S. Open remaining, a big finish or two by the leading rookies could re-shape the race.

Competition points won’t decide who wins the Harry Golden PBA Rookie of the Year Award, but that’s a key category for consideration in voting to be conducted at the end of the 2019 season. The Rookie of the Year will receive 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 ROY’s name.

WILL THE REAL ZAC/ZACH TACKETT PLEASE STAND UP?

Professional bowling has had a few players over the years who are sometimes mistaken for one another because they share the same name: Walter Ray (and Walter) Williams; Gary Jr. (and Gary) Faulkner; Don (and Don) Johnson among others.

The latest additions to the list arose during the PBA Harry O’Neale Chesapeake Open when Zac and Zach Tackett competed in the same event for the first time. They are not related to each other, but are similar in stature if not in other ways:

Zac Tackett without an “h” is formally Zachery Tackett, brother of 13-time PBA Tour champion and former Player of the Year EJ Tackett. This Zac turns 23 on Aug. 27. He’s 5-foot-10, weighs 165 pounds and is a right-hander player who lives in Huntington, Ind. He is a fourth-year PBA member who won his only title in a PBA Central Region “Challenge” Tournament in Monroe, Mich., in 2019. Zac’s bowling hero, he noted, is “probably (Norm) Duke.”

• Zach Tackett is formally Zachary Tackett who will turn 22 in December. He’s 5-foot-9, weighs 165 pounds and is a left-handed two-hander who lives in Virginia Beach, Va. This Zach is a PBA rookie who bowled in the PBA Harry O’Neale Chesapeake Open, his first tournament as a member. His bowling hero is Jason Belmonte.

BUTTURFF, PATE WIN PAN AM DOUBLES GOLD MEDAL AFTER DISQUALIFICATION

The United States duo of Jakob Butturff and Nick Pate, both PBA members, were awarded Pan American Games gold medals for men’s doubles in the wake of the disqualification of Puerto Rico’s Jean Francisco Perez after he tested positive for chlorthalidone, a drug on the World Anti-Doping Agency’s list of banned substances.

The drug in question is a diuretic frequently used to treat high blood pressure, but one that also can serve as a masking agent, according to WADA. It has no performance-enhancing benefits. Puerto Rico’s national bowling team has filed a protest, seeking to overturn the ruling. Perez and partner Cristian Azcona had posted a combined 12-game total of 5,816 pins to top Butturff and Pate’s 5,545 total.

In the wake of the disqualification, in addition to awarding the gold medals to the Team USA players, Colombia’s Manuel Otalora and Alfredo Quintana moved into second place and Mexico (Jose Llergo and Arturo Quintero) was awarded the bronze.

PBA REGIONAL UPDATE: MARSALA WINS PBA50 EVENT IN BOWLING GREEN

John Marsala of St. Louis defeated Ron Profitt of Brookfield, Ohio, 256-191, to win the 22nd PBA50 Progressive/Gerdeman Insurance-Al Smith Chrysler/Dodge/Jeep Central/Midwest Classic at Al-Mar Lanes in Bowling Green, Ohio, Sunday.

The title was Marsala’s first of the year in the PBA Central Region and his second career PBA Regional title. He earned $3,500 along with his title.

Profitt defeated Brian LeClair of Albany, N.Y., 213-202, to advance to the championship match after eliminating Brad Snell of Mount Prospect, Ill., 218-203, in the first stepladder match.

• Mark Myers of Phoenix and his non-member partner Greg Thompson Jr. of Tempe, Ariz. posted a 9-3 match play record and a combined 20-game total of 9,543 pins Sunday to win the PBA Tony Reyes Memorial Member/Non-Member Doubles at 4th Street Bowl in San Jose, Calif.

Myers won his first PBA Regional while Thompson, a four-time PBA Regional winner, doesn’t get credit for a fifth title because he is no longer a member. The winning team shared the $4,000 first prize.

Myers and Thompson defeated Robbie Porter of Rancho Cordova, Calif. and non-member Gary Lenox of Hillsboro, Ore., who had a 4-8 match play record and 9,455 pins.

The Tony Reyes Memorial is named in honor of the late PBA Tour champion who died in 2012.

College student Noah Gallegos of Golden, Colo.., defeated fellow non-PBA member Brandon Knowles from Westminster, Colo., 239-235, to claim his first PBA win and the $2,500 first prize in the seventh annual PBA Lakewood Storm Southwest Open, presented by New American Funding, at Holiday Lanes in Lakewood, Colo., Sunday.

Gallegos, who has completed two years of study toward a pharmacy degree at McKendree University, finished the qualifying rounds in fourth place, earning a bye until the Round of Eight in the single-elimination match play finals. The son of two-time PBA Regional champion Steve Gallegos, Noah started the best-of-three-game match play with a 2-0 win over PWBA player Jennifer Russo of Monmouth Junction, N.J., to advance to the semifinal round where he recorded a 241-235 victory over top seed Kris Koeltzow from Wheat Ridge, Colo., set up the final match. Knowles overcame former Lakewood winner Francois Lavoie of Canada, 221-215, in the other semifinal match.

This weekend’s PBA Regional calendar includes the PBA50 Greater Jasper Central/Midwest Open at Eastown Recreation in Jasper, Ind.; the Emerald Bowl Southwest Challenge for non-champions in Houston, Texas, and the Dave Husted Northwest/West Open presented by Hammer at Husted’s Milwaukie Bowl in Milwaukie, Ore.

The PBA’s schedule of Regional tournaments over the Aug. 23-25 weekend will be the PBA50 Sky Lanes Asheville South Open in Asheville, N.C., and the PBA50 Coldwater/Roto Grip Central/Midwest Open at Pla-Mor Lanes in Coldwater, Ohio.

The PBA closes its August schedule of Regional activity with the PBA60 Kingsport Super Senior South Open presented by Storm at Warpath Lanes in Kingsport, Tenn., Aug. 26-28, followed by the PBA60 Wilson & Sons Pest Control Super Senior Open at Victory Lanes Family Entertainment Center in Mooresville, Tenn., Aug. 29-31. The end-of-month weekend also includes the PBA50 Strike Zone Alleys Eastern Open presented by Hammer in Pottsville, Pa.; the PBA Illinois Valley Midwest Open at I.V. Super Bowl in Peru, Ill., and the PBA50 Mooresville South Open presented By Columbia 300 at Victory Lanes Family Entertainment Center in Mooresville, N.C.

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

QUICK NOTES

Action resumed Saturday and Sunday in the FloBowling PBA Summer Tour points competition where Mid-County Bowling & Entertainment Center in Middletown, Del., is hosting the PBA Gene Carter’s Pro Shop Classic. Updated points standings will follow each Summer Tour event at this link: https://www.pba.com/SeasonStats/PointsList/132?list=10. The FloBowling PBA Summer Tour points competitions also will determine the USBC Cup points leaders, and the eight qualifiers for both the FloBowling PBA ATX Invite and the PBA China Tiger Cup Invitational.

With his win in the PBA Wilmington Open, BJ Moore became the third first-time title winner in 2019 Go Bowling! PBA Tour competition, joining Louisville’s Matt Ogle (Mark Roth-Marshall Holman PBA Doubles Championship with Sean Rash) and Kyle Sherman of O’Fallon, Mo. (PBA-PWBA Storm Striking Against Breast Cancer Mixed Doubles with Amanda Green).

Consistent Kyle Sherman Takes the Lead in FloBowling PBA Summer Tour Points Race; Bill O’Neill Second

CHICAGO – Kyle Sherman of O’Fallon, Missouri has established himself as the steadiest player on the FloBowling PBA Summer Tour, winning his first PBA Tour title in the PBA-PWBA Storm Striking Against Breast Cancer Mixed Doubles, finishing 17th in the Harry O’Neale Chesapeake Open and adding a fifth-place finish in last weekend’s Wilmington Open to take sole possession of the FloBowling PBA Summer Tour competition points lead heading into this weekend’s Gene Carter’s Pro Shop Classic in Middletown, Delaware.

Right on Sherman’s heels is Chesapeake Open winner Bill O’Neill of Langhorne, Pennsylvania, who followed his win in Virginia with an 11th-place finish in Wilmington. For the third week in a row, AJ Johnson of Oswego, Illinois, was in third place. Last week’s leader, Jakob Butturff of Tempe, Arizona, slipped to fourth and Chesapeake runner-up AJ Chapman of Manchester, Iowa, moved up one spot to fifth.

The biggest moves made earlier this week in Wilmington were by first-time PBA Tour titlist BJ Moore of Greensburg, Pennsylvania, who jumped from 108th to seventh after picking up 2,500 points, and runner-up Sean Rash of Montgomery, Illinois, who climbed into ninth place after ranking 28th the previous week.

The FloBowling PBA Summer Tour points race involves incentives including bonus cash to the top five in the USBC Cup points standings, eight berths in the end-of-summer FloBowling ATX Invite and eight expenses-paid trips to China for the inaugural PBA China Tiger Cup in November. All are part of the 2019 Go Bowling! PBA Tour schedule.

The third and final stop on the eastern swing – the Gene Carter’s Pro Shop Classic – will take place Saturday and Sunday at Mid-County Bowling & Entertainment Center in Middletown, Delaware. Anthony Simonsen of Little Elm, Texas, is defending champion.

Fans can follow the summer points races (USBC Cup, FloBowling ATX Invite and PBA China Tiger Cup) by clicking on this link: https://www.pba.com/SeasonStats/PointsList/132?list=10. Points also play a key role in selection of PBA’s 2019 Player and Rookie of the Year, and for entry priority consideration for selected 2020 PBA Tour events.

After the Delaware stop, the FloBowling PBA Summer Tour heads to Coldwater, Ohio, for the PBA Bowlerstore.com Classic presented by Moxy’s Xtra Pair at Pla-Mor Lanes. Coldwater will be followed by the FloBowling PBA Summer Swing presented by the Brands of Ebonite International at Parkside Lanes in Aurora, Illinois, where the PBA Wolf, PBA Bear and Illinois Open titles will be at stake.

The Aurora tripleheader will be the final points event in the Summer Tour leading into the FloBowling ATX Invite at Dart Bowl in Austin, Texas, on Sept. 21. All PBA Summer Tour events except the Illinois Open are Tier 3 events (2,500 points for first place) while the Illinois Open is a Tier 2 event (double the Tier 3 points including 5,000 points for first).

The entire FloBowling PBA Summer Tour will be livestreamed exclusively on FloBowling. For start-to-finish coverage of all events, visit FloBowling.com and sign up for a subscription.

FLOBOWLING PBA SUMMER TOUR POINT LEADERS
(Top 20 after four of nine events; previous ranking in parenthesis)
1, Kyle Sherman, O’Fallon, Mo., 3,785 (2).
2, Bill O’Neill, Langhorne, Pa., 3,490 (4).
3, AJ Johnson, Oswego, Ill., 3,465 (3).
4, Jakob Butturff, Tempe, Ariz., 3,180 (1).
5, AJ Chapman, Manchester, Iowa, 2,705 (5).
6, EJ Tackett, Bluffton, Ind., 2,690 (7).
7, BJ Moore, Greensburg, Pa., 2,580 (108).
8, Stuart Williams, England, 2,505 (8).
9, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 2,255 (28).
10, Andrew Anderson, Holly, Mich., 2,190 (T-15).
11, Kris Prather, Plainfield, Ill., 2,110 (6).
12, Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., 2,040 (23).
13, Dom Barrett, England, 1,935 (18).
14, Anthony Lavery-Spahr, Pasadena, Texas, 1,890 (9).
15, Josh Blanchard, Mesa, Ariz., 1,780 (10).
16, Zeke Bayt, Westerville, Ohio, 1,620 (13).
17, Brad Miller, Lees Summit, Mo., 1,600 (24).
18, Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 1,560 (17).
19, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 1,535 (20).
20, Kyle Troup, Taylorsville, N.C., 1,520 (12).

SCHEDULES FOR UPCOMING FLOBOWLING PBA SUMMER TOUR EVENTS

PBA GENE CARTER’S PRO SHOP CLASSIC
(A 2019 FloBowling PBA Summer Tour event)
Mid-County Bowling and Entertainment, Middletown, Del., Aug. 16-18 (all times Eastern)

Friday, Aug. 16
11 a.m. – Practice session
2:30 p.m. – AB Sports Youth Scholarship Pro-am
5:15 and 8 p.m. – Anchor Buick-GMC/Williams Chevrolet adult pro-am squads
Saturday, Aug. 17
8 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 cashers round
Sunday, Aug. 18
9 a.m. – Cashers round, 4 games (top 16 after 11 games advance to match play)
12:30 p.m. – Top 16, 12 games modified round robin match play (top four after 23 games advance to stepladder finals)
5 p.m. – Top 4 stepladder finals

PBA BOWLERSTORE.COM CLASSIC
presented by Moxy’s Xtra Pair
Pla-Mor Lanes, Coldwater, Ohio, Aug. 24-26 (all times Eastern)

Wednesday, Aug. 21
2 p.m. – Practice session
5:30 and 8:30 p.m. – Pro-am squads
Thursday, Aug. 22
8 a.m. – A Squad, 8 qualifying games
1:30 p.m. – B Squad, 8 qualifying games
7 p.m. – C Squad, 8 qualifying games
            Top on one-third of field players after 8 games advances to cashers round
Friday, Aug. 23
11 a.m. – Cashers round, 4 games (top 16 after 12 games advance to Round of 16)
1:30 p.m. – Round of 16, three games (top 8 after 15 games advance to Round of 8)
3 p.m. – Round of 8, two games (top 4 after17 games advance to stepladder finals)
5 p.m. – Top four stepladder finals

FLOBOWLING PBA SUMMER SWING
presented by the Brands of Ebonite International
(A 2019 Go Bowling! PBA Tour event)
Parkside Lanes, Aurora, Ill., Aug. 24-31 (All times Central)

Saturday, Aug. 24
8 a.m. – Golf outing
1 p.m. – Pre-Tournament Qualifier (PTQ), 8 games
6 p.m. – Pro-am
Sunday, Aug. 25
Noon – Free youth clinic
5 p.m. – Official tournament practice session
Monday, Aug. 26
3:30 p.m. – PBA Wolf Open qualifying, 7 games
Tuesday, Aug. 27
Noon – PBA Wolf Open qualifying, 7 games
    Top 18 after 14 games advance to Wolf Open cashers round
5 p.m. – PBA Wolf Open cashers round, 6 games
   Top 5 after 20 games advance to Wolf Open stepladder finals
8:30 p.m. – Top 5, PBA Wolf Open stepladder finals
Wednesday, Aug. 28
3:30 p.m. – PBA Bear Open qualifying, 7 games
Thursday, Aug. 29
Noon – PBA Bear Open qualifying, 7 games
    Top 18 after 14 games advance to Bear Open cashers round; top 24 after 28 games of Wolf and Bear Open qualifying advance to Illinois Open match play
5 p.m. – PBA Bear Open cashers round, 6 games
    Top 5 after 20 games advance to Bear Open stepladder finals
8:30 p.m. – Top 5, PBA Bear Open stepladder finals
Friday, Aug. 30
11 a.m. – Illinois Open round robin match play, 8 games
5 p.m. – Illinois Open round robin match play, 8 games
Saturday, Aug. 31
11 a.m. – Illinois Open round robin match play, 8 games
    Top 5 after 52 games of qualifying and match play advance to stepladder finals
3:30 p.m. – Top 5, Illinois Open stepladder finals
6 p.m. – Champions dinner

PBA Clash Returns to FOX on Sunday, November 3

CHICAGO – The Professional Bowlers Association today announced the PBA Clash, the special event that kicked off the PBA’s historic television agreement with FOX Sports, will return to FOX on Sunday, Nov. 3 in a battle between the top eight money-winners from the 2019 Go Bowling! PBA Tour season.

The PBA Clash, the most-watched event of the PBA’s first season of FOX Sports telecasts, will include an elite field competing in a unique single-elimination competition hosted by Kegel in Lake Wales, Florida. The Clash will be contested at the renowned Kegel Training Center on Monday, Oct. 21, at 7 p.m. Ticket information for the event will be announced in the near future.

Marshall Kent of Yakima, Washington, won the inaugural Clash, defeating seven-time PBA Tour winner Dom Barrett of England, 218-215, in a telecast that was watched by an average audience of more than 1,7 million viewers, the largest audience watch any bowling telecast on any network since 2005.

The 2019 field will be determined at the conclusion of the PBA FloBowling ATX Invite at Dart Bowl in Austin, Texas, on Sept. 21. Remaining events that provide earnings opportunities include this weekend’s Gene Carter’s Pro Shop Open at Mid-County Lanes in Middletown, Delaware; the Bowlerstore.com Classic presented by Moxy Xtra Pair, at Pla-Mor Lanes in Coldwater, Ohio, Aug. 21-23; the FloBowling PBA Summer Swing including the Wolf Open, Bear Open and Illinois Open presented by the Brands of Ebonite International at Parkside Lanes in Aurora, Illinois, Aug. 24-31; the USBC Cup points competition covering the entire FloBowling PBA Summer Tour, and the FloBowling ATX Invite.

2019 GO BOWLING! PBA TOUR EARNINGS LEADERS
(Top 10 as of Aug. 14)
1, Jason Belmonte, Australia, $264,050.
2, Jakob Butturff, Tempe, Ariz., $181,680.
3, Kris Prather, Plainfield, Ill., $172,400.
4, Bill O’Neill, Langhorne, Pa., $146,448.
5, EJ Tackett, Bluffton, Ind., $137,995.
6, Anthony Simonsen, Little Elm, Texas, $127,790.
7, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., $91,015.
8, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., $76,630.
9, Kyle Sherman, O’Fallon, Mo., $71,493.
10, Dick Allen, Lexington, S.C., $68,830.

Walter Ray Williams Jr. Returns to Winning Form on Way to Third PBA50 Player of the Year Award

CHICAGO  – After winning his third PBA50 Player of the Year Award in his 10th season competing on the tour for players 50 and over, 59-year-old PBA Hall of Famer Walter Ray Williams Jr. sent a message that he will be a major force for some time to come competing in the “senior” ranks.

Williams, who also earned the PBA50 Player of the Year crown in 2012 and 2013, opened the 2019 season with three consecutive wins including the PBA50 National Championship for his third career PBA50 Tour major, and never had a finish worse than ninth until a 17th-place finish in the PBA50 David Small’s JAX 60 Classic, the final PBA50 event of the season.  

The all-time Go Bowling! PBA Tour titles leader with 47 wins brought his career PBA50 Tour titles count to 14 which tied him for the all-time PBA50 Tour titles lead with retired Hall of Famer John Handegard.

“Obviously, it was a really good, encouraging season,” said Williams, who owns seven Chris Schenkel PBA Player of the Year honors on the PBA Tour.  “I wasn’t always the best bowler in the field (this season) but you can’t argue with three wins and the other top finishes I had.”

Williams is among a handful of players who continue to compete on both the PBA Tour and PBA50 Tour including fellow Hall of Famers and rivals for more than three decades, Norm Duke, Pete Weber, Parker Bohn III and Amleto Monacelli. Williams’ PBA50 Player of the Year award came at what could be a crossroads for his career on the PBA Tour.

“I wasn’t pleased with how I bowled on the regular tour this season so the PBA50 Tour gave me a lift,” he said. “Bowling on the regular tour has always been enjoyable for me but last season wasn’t enjoyable. I’m not ready to retire from bowling on the PBA Tour but that’s a tough tour with all those young guys.”

So tough, in fact, that Williams has added the two-handed delivery – made famous by tour stars Jason Belmonte, Anthony Simonsen and Jesper Svensson among a growing number of others – to his arsenal. He employs the technique to be more effective primarily when he has to play an “inside” shot.”

“Basically, if I have to move way inside and throw it right, that’s when I’ll use it,” Williams said. “It’s still a work in progress but it has become a useful tool for me when the (lane) conditions warrant it.  I like the results I’ve had with it, so I’ll continue to develop it.”

One example of the effectiveness of his two-handed technique was his performance in the Suncoast PBA Senior U.S. Open where he eventually finished sixth after starting the tournament in 53rd after the first round of qualifying. He used the two-handed delivery often in qualifying and match play to negotiate the challenging Senior U.S. Open lane condition eventually finishing sixth. The fruits of his labor with the two-handed delivery paid off again when he bowled a 300 game in qualifying for the PBA50 River Extreme Open to become the first player to bowl a 300 game using a traditional and two-handed delivery in national PBA competition.

Williams led the PBA50 season with 32,480 points, more than 10,000 ahead of 2017 PBA50 Player of the Year Brian LeClair, who finished second with 22,320. Williams also led in earnings with $42,525 and was third in average with 227.48.

Three-time PBA Tour titlist Eugene McCune won the PBA50 Spectrum Lanes Open which served as a springboard to winning PBA50 Rookie of the Year honors. Bowling in just six tournaments, the 51-year-old hard-throwing right-hander, also had ninth-place finishes in the Suncoast PBA Senior U.S. Open and the JAX 60 Classic and 13th in the USBC Senior Masters that contributed to his 11,070 point total leading rookie contenders. 

PBA Hall of Famer Ron Mohr once again dominated competition among players 60 years of age and older to win his fourth consecutive PBA60 Player of the Year Award.

The 63-year-old right-hander won the PBA50 David Small’s Championship Lanes Classic for his 11th career PBA50 Tour title and had a string of six top-five finishes in PBA50/60 tournaments plus a sixth-place finish in the PBA60 Dick Weber Championship to end the season.

“It’s been an unbelievable year, “said Mohr, a two-time PBA60 titlist who is the only player to win more than one PBA60 tournament since the category began in 2014. “I don’t recall ever being on a stretch where I’ve bowled that consistently well.

“I believe I have some good years left but what does concern me – like every athlete – is the time when you’re no longer competitive and you have a decision to make. But for now, I’m still seeing the lane (condition) well and throwing the ball with confidence.  Hopefully if I continue to focus on good execution the outcome will take care of itself.”

Mohr finished the PBA50 season third in points overall behind Williams and LeClair with 20,575, ranked fifth in average 222.53 and second in earnings with $33,440.

PBA50 Tour players will have the opportunity to vote on the PBA50 Dick Weber Sportsmanship award that will be announced later.

BJ Moore Ends Seven-Year Quest for First PBA Tour Title with Victory in PBA Wilmington Open

WILMINGTON, N.C. – BJ Moore of Greensburg, Pennsylvania defeated 13-time Professional Bowlers Association titlist Sean Rash of Montgomery, Illinois, 243=215, to win his first PBA Tour title in the Go Bowling! PBA Tour’s Wilmington Open Wednesday at Ten Pin Alley Family Fun Center.

Moore.BJ_2019 Wilmington Open_w proprietors Margaret & Jim GragoMoore, a 30-year-old right-hander, ended a seven-year quest for his first title in his 50th PBA Tour tournament. Moore’s previous best finish was second place, accomplished in both the 2016 and 2019 PBA Scorpion Championships.

(Photo caption: At left, BJ Moore with Ten Pin Family Fun Center proprietors Margaret and Jim crago)

I don’t know what to say. It’s awesome,” Moore said. “I’m a process guy and that’s definitely what I was focused on this week. Sometimes you have to take your lumps before you can win, but it’s all been worth it.”

Rash praised Moore’s performance. “He threw it great when he needed to,” Rash, the top qualifier, said. “It was a great effort.”

Moore gained the upper hand in the final match, throwing strikes on his first four shots while Rash left a 7-10 split and opened in his fourth frame. Moore, however, failed to convert the 3-6-10 in his fifth frame to slow his momentum. Nursing a modest lead and taking advance of Rash’s inability to carry strikes on the right lane, Moore put together another string of four strikes to win going away.

In the first match of the four-man stepladder finals, Marshall Kent of Yakima, Washington flirted with the first perfect game in FloBowling’s inaugural season of PBA Tour livestreaming coverage, rolling strikes in the first nine frames of a 274-179 victory over reigning PBA Player of the Year Andrew Anderson of Holly, Michigan. Kent lost his bid for a 300 game when he left the 3-6 on his first shot in the 10th frame.

In the semifinal match, Kent failed to convert a 2-5-7 split in the fourth frame, but Moore returned the favor, leaving the 4-6-10 split for an open in his sixth frame. Kent doubled to regain the lead, but made another mistake, leaving the 2-8-10 for another open frame. Moore responded with three strikes to lock up a 214-181 win to advance to the title match.

The Wilmington Open was the fourth of 10 events that are part of the FloBowling PBA Summer Tour. The FloBowling PBA Summer Tour resumes Saturday when the PBA Gene Carter’s Pro Shop Classic qualifying gets underway at Mid-County Bowling and Entertainment in Middletown, Delaware.

For subscription information, visit FloBowling.com.

For current FloBowling PBA Summer Tour competition points standings that affect the USBC Cup, FloBowling PBA ATX Invite and PBA China Tiger Cup invitation lists, visit https://www.pba.com/SeasonStats/PointsLists/132.

PBA WILMINGTON OPEN
Ten Pin Family Fun Center, Wilmington, N.C., Wednesday

Final Standings:
1, BJ Moore, Greensburg, Pa., $10,000,
2, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., $5,000.
3, Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., $3,000.
4, Andrew Anderson, Holly, Mich., $2,400.

Playoff Results:
Match One – Kent def. Anderson, 274-179.
Semifinal Match – Moore def. Kent. 214-181.
Championship – Moore def. Rash, 243-215.

Final Round of 8 Standings (after 17 games; top 4 advanced):
1, Rash, 4,007.
2, Moore, 3,998.
3, Kent, 3,990.
4, Anderson, 3,989.
5, Kyle Sherman, O’Fallon, Mo., 3,948, $1,800.
6, EJ Tackett, Bluffton, Ind., 3,937, $1,500.
7, Brad Miller, Lees Summit, Mo., 3,890, $1,300.
8, Dom Barrett, England, 3,889, $1,200.

Round of 16 Cashers (after 15 games, top 8 advanced):
9, AJ Chapman, Manchester, Iowa, 3,468, $1,100.
10, Stuart Williams, England, 3,464, $1,000.
11, Bill O’Neill, Langhorne, Pa., 3,460, $950.
12, AJ Johnson, Oswego, Ill., 3,451, $900.
13, x-William Svensson, Sweden, 3,412, $875.
14, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 3,392, $850.
15, Michael Davidson, Versailles, Ohio, 3,374, $825.
16, Andres Gomez, Colombia, 3,360, $800.

Other Cashers Round (after 12 games; top 16 advanced):
17, Nick Kruml, Downers Grove, Ill., 2,726, $675.
18, Cristian Azcona, Puerto Rico, 2,726, $670.
19, Zacharay Wilkins, Canada, 2,720, $665.
20, Christopher Sloan, Ireland, 2,718, $660.
21, Zeke Bayt, Westerville, Ohio, 2,712, $655.
22, Tom Daugherty, Riverview, Fla., 2,705, $650.
23, Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 2,688, $645.
24, Nick Pate, Inver Grove Heights, Minn., 2,683, $640.
25, Josh Blanchard, Mesa, Ariz., 2,676, $635.
26, Osku Palermaa, Finland, 2,660, $630.
27, Greg Ostrander, Brick, N.J., 2,654, $625.
28, JR Raymond, Clinton Twp., Mich., 2,652, $620.
29, Jeff Beasley, Angier, N.C., 2,597, $615.
30, Mike Coffey, Melbourne, Fla., 2,561, $610.
31, Andrew Suscreba, Clifton, N.J., 2,552, $605.
32, Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 1,900, $600.
x-Svensson (268) def. Kruml (239) and Azcona (232) in a one-game roll-off to break a tie for 16th place.
n-denotes non-PBA member.

UPCOMING GO BOWLING! PBA TOUR SCHEDULE

PBA GENE CARTER’S PRO SHOP CLASSIC
(A 2019 FloBowling PBA Summer Tour event)
Mid-County Bowling and Entertainment, Middletown, Del., Aug. 16-18 (all times Eastern)

Friday, Aug. 16
11 a.m. – Practice session
2:30 p.m. – AB Sports Youth Scholarship Pro-am
5:15 and 8 p.m. – Anchor Buick-GMC/Williams Chevrolet adult pro-am squads
Saturday, Aug. 17
8 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 cashers round
Sunday, Aug. 18
9 a.m. – Cashers round, 5 games (top 12 after 12 games advance to match play)
12:30 p.m. – Top 12, 12 games round robin match play (top four after 24 games advance to stepladder finals)
6:45 p.m. – Top 4 stepladder finals

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