Coming to CBS Sports Network: Marshall Kent Leads Pack into PBA Wolf Open Finals in Bid for Second Title

by Bill Vint May 21, 2015 03:20

SHAWNEE, Okla. – Marshall Kent of Yakima, Wash., the 2014 PBA Rookie of the Year, will bowl for his second PBA Tour title as top qualifier in the PBA Wolf Open on CBS Sports Network on Tuesday, May 26, at 8 p.m. ET.

Kent, who won his only PBA Tour title in the Kingdom International Open in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, last December, earned the top berth in the five-man stepladder finals by averaging 240 for 12 games for a 2,883 pinfall total. He earned the No. 1 spot by 47 pins over five-time PBA Tour title-winner Bill O’Neill of Langhorne, Pa.

Qualifying third was Kyle Troup of Taylorsville, N.C., the colorful 24-year-old son of equally colorful eight-time PBA Tour champion Guppy Troup. No. 4 qualifier and two-time PBA Tour winner Andres Gomez of Colombia will meet No. 5 Tommy Jones, a 15-time PBA Tour titlist from Simpsonville, S.C., in the opening match.

The Wolf Open is the first of five events held as part of Oklahoma’s Grand Casino Hotel & Resort PBA Summer Swing. Qualifying rounds were conducted at nearby FireLake Bowling Center and the CBS Sports Network finals were held on specially-installed lanes in the Grand Casino Event Center. The Wolf Open was contested on the 32-foot Wolf lane condition, the shortest of all of the PBA “animal pattern” lane conditions.

Kent has made four previous television appearances in the U.S., but has yet to win a PBA Tour title in the U.S.

O’Neill, who also qualified No. 2 for the CBS Sports Network finals of the Bear Open and No. 1 for the Oklahoma Open finals, won the Badger Open and Oklahoma’s Grand Casino King of the Swing events during the 2014 Oklahoma’s Grand Casino Hotel & Resort Summer Swing.

Kyle Troup, a two-handed player, will make his PBA Tour television debut and hopes to join his father as the fourth father-son tandem to win PBA Tour titles (joining Don and Jimmy Johnson, Don and Eugene McCune, and Dick and Pete Weber).

Gomez will try for his third title – and first in a tournament NOT named in honor of PBA legend Carmen Salvino. His previous titles came in the 2011 and 2013 Carmen Salvino Classic tournaments.

Jones, whose 39-21 record on television ranks among the top 10 in PBA history, will be trying for his first title on U.S. soil since winning the 2008 GEICO Classic in West Babylon, N.Y. He has made 13 television appearances in the U.S. since then with two second-place finishes, including a runner-up finish in the 2014 Summer Swing Bear Open.

For a Wolf Open preview video, click here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EkYKSRhqpVo

CBS Sports Network coverage of Oklahoma’s Grand Casino Hotel & Resort PBA Summer Swing will continue on four consecutive Tuesdays at 9 p.m. ET with the finals of the PBA Bear Open on June 2, the PBA Badger Open on June 9, the Oklahoma Open on June 16 and the Oklahoma’s Grand Casino King of the Swing on June 23.

CBS Sports Network is available across the country through local cable, video and telco providers and via satellite on DirecTV Channel 221 and Dish Network Channel 158.  For more information, including a full programming schedule and how to get CBS Sports Network, go to www.cbssportsnetwork.com.

Xtra Frame, the PBA’s on-line video subscription service, will feature a preview show for the PBA Wolf Open beginning on Friday, May 22, and a post-game show immediately following the conclusion of the CBS Sports Network on Tuesday, May 26, at 10 p.m. ET. PBA Fans can find additional coverage of Summer Swing action through the PBA Network which includes archived coverage of all preliminary rounds on Xtra Frame, player interactions through Facebook and Twitter, mobile gaming, original programming, archived events and immediate news updates 24/7 on varying communications devices anywhere in the world.  For additional PBA Network information visit http://www.pba.com/PBANetwork.

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PBA Spare Shots: Entries Available for PBA Senior U.S. Open, Two PBA50 Tour California Events

by Bill Vint May 20, 2015 04:10

As a reminder to players 50 years of age and older, the PBA50 Tour begins its western swing with the first major and only stop in Las Vegas when the Suncoast PBA Senior U.S. Open presented by Storm gets underway May 31-June 5 at the Suncoast Bowling Center.

The second PBA50 major of 2015 will be the USBC Senior Masters at The Ashwaubenon Bowl in Green Bay, Wis., July 27-Aug. 1.

The Senior U.S. Open is the most prestigious of all PBA “senior tour” events and features a challenging format contested on challenging lane conditions. Reigning PBA50 Player of the Year Norm Duke is defending champion. “Bonus” competition points earned in the Senior U.S. Open, as well as standard points earned in two additional “western swing” events to follow, will play a key role in determining the eight players who will qualify for the PBA50 Challenge and paid entries into the PBA World Series of Bowling VII later in the year.

Following the PBA Senior U.S. Open will be the PBA50 Fountain Valley Open presented by Track at Fountain Bowl in Fountain Valley, Calif., June 7-10, and the PBA50 Northern California Classic presented by MOTIV in Brentwood, Calif., June 14-17. The events will be a mix of the traditional round-robin format and new final-day format with guaranteed PBA60 (super senior) cashers at each event.

Entries are being accepted on a first come, first serve basis. You can enter online at pba.com or through Mary von Krueger at maryvk@pba.com or (206) 332-9688.

LIZ JOHNSON WINS SECOND USBC QUEENS TITLE

Liz Johnson of Cheektowaga, N.Y., one of the most successful woman bowlers in PBA history, became the ninth woman to win multiple USBC Queens titles when she defeated top qualifier Erin McCarthy of Omaha, Neb., in the title match at Ashwaubenon Bowling Alley in Green Bay, Wis., Tuesday night.

Johnson, who won her first USBC Queens title in 2009, is the only woman in PBA history to qualify for two PBA Tour national television finals, was the first woman to win a PBA Regional title and owns three PBA Women’s Series titles. She was inducted into the USBC Hall of Fame in April.

CHRIS BARNES AMONG SIX ELECTED TO PBA SOUTHWEST REGION HALL OF FAME

PBA star Chris Barnes of Double Oak, Texas, who has excelled in PBA Southwest Region competition as well as on the PBA Tour, is among six individuals elected to the PBA Southwest Region Hall of Fame, PBA Southwest Manager Pete McCordic has announced.

The induction ceremony will be at 7 p.m. CT on Friday, Aug. 28, at the Grand Casino Hotel & Resort in Shawnee, Okla., as part of the Grand Casino Hotel & Resort Invitational weekend. The tournament will be hosted by FireLake Bowling Center. Grand Casino is the home of the PBA Southwest Region Hall of Fame, housing a special display to honor the inductees.

In addition to Barnes, the 2015 hall of fame class includes Nathan Bohr of Austin, Texas, and Sean Swanson of Springfield, Mo., along with Meritorious Service honoree Cary Mogard of Houston, and former College Bowl proprietors Ed and Virginia Autry of Texarkana, Texas.

Barnes is the winner of 26 PBA regional titles as well as 18 PBA Tour titles including the PBA Triple Crown. Bohr, a two-time Southwest Player of the Year, won his 20th regional title earlier this year. Swanson, who lives in the PBA Midwest Region, has competed extensively in the Southwest Region, accumulating 16 titles and earning Southwest Player of the Year twice.

Mogard was in charge of the region’s lane maintenance from 1997-2011. He also was instrumental in hosting five regional events and raising donations for the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, earning the Southwest Pat Patterson award in 2000 and 2005-06. Autry and his wife hosted 35 PBA Regional events at College Bowl in Texarkana before selling their center.

Hall of fame dinner tickets will be available for $30 per person. For reservations, email or call FireLake Bowling Center (email: chris.skillings@potawotami.org; telephone: 405-275-0404).

CHECK OUT NEW “LIKE ME, FOLLOW ME” LINKS TO PBA TOUR PLAYERS

PBA fans will find it easier to “like” their favorite players on Facebook, “follow” them on Twitter and/or Instagram, visit their personal websites, or learn more about them by clicking on new links under the “bowlers” drop-down menu on pba.com, PBA’s official website.

To learn more about your favorite PBA Tour player, click on the “bowlers” tab, and then click on “PBA Tour Bowlers” to open the gallery of players. In addition to direct links to any given player’s Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or website pages, you’ll find his/her current bio, a year-by-year profile of the player’s career performances and more. If you can’t find a player on the 2015 season roster, open the “Select a Season” drop-down menu and enter a different season when the player you’re looking for may have met “PBA Tour” qualifying status.

You might also want to take a few minutes to cruise pba.com to get an idea of the depth of information available. Click on each of the drop-down tabs (News, Bowlers, Schedule, Scores, Resources) to discover the variety of information archived on the website – all of which ties into the comprehensive multi-media PBA Network.

PBA REGIONAL UPDATE: BRANDON NOVAK WINS NUNAN MEMORIAL TITLE

Brandon Novak of Chillicothe, Ohio defeated Ryan Ciminelli of Cheektowaga, N.Y. by 329 pins on May 17 to win the PBA Debbie & Leo Nunan Memorial Central Open presented by Nance Construction and Brunswick at AMF Stardust Lanes in Grove City, Ohio.

Novak finished with an 8-4 match play record and a total of 4,636 pins for 20 games, including match play bonus pins. The title was Novak’s first of the year in the PBA Central Region and his third career PBA Regional title. He earned $5,000 along with his title.

On May 10, amateur Joe Hostetler of Louisville, Ky. defeated T.J. Schmidt of Mishawaka, Ind., by 99 pins to win the PBA Baldo Campana/Ohio Lottery Central/Midwest Open presented by Track at Rebman Recreation in Lorain, Ohio, and Richie Brown of Marion, Ohio defeated Harry Sullins of Chesterfield Township, Mich., by 151 pins to win the PBA50 companion event.

Hostetler finished with a 10-2 match play record and a total of 4,612 pins for 20 games, including match play bonus pins, to win the $2,500 first prize in the standard regional event. Because Hostetler is an amateur, he is not recognized as earning a PBA title.

Brown finished with a 5-4-1 match play record and 4,301 pins for 18 games, including match play bonus pins, to win his sixth PBA50 title and $1,500.

The Lorain tournaments were named in honor of the late Baldo Campana, a long-time PBA supporter, who died on April 24 at age 90.

● Amateur Darrin Casstevens of Rural Hall, N.C., defeated Dave Shinn of West Columbia, S.C. 232-177, to win the PBA Lightning Lanes South Challenge Sunday in Marion, N.C. Casstevens earned $1,500 while Shinn took home $900 for second place.

Casstevens, a former PBA member who is now a bowling center proprietor and father of two young daughters, qualified fifth and then won four consecutive single-elimination matches to win the event. PBA Challenge tournaments are open only to players who have never won a PBA event, but Casstevens will not be credited for a PBA title because he is a non-member.

On May 10, Stoney Baker of Canton, Ga., defeated Wayne Bolin of Lumberton, N.C., 257-177, to win the inaugural PBA50 Station 300 Coastal Classic at Station 300 in Bluffton, S.C.

Baker posted a 6-4 match play record, including a 300 in game eight, to qualify third for the stepladder finals. He defeated Gary Morgan of Atlanta, Ga., in the first stepladder match, 212-196, and advanced to the title match by defeating Todd Haney of Boiling Springs, S.C., 225-178, in the semifinal round before topping Bolin for the title. Baker earned $1,800 along with his 24th overall PBA Regional title.

Jerry Marrs of Huntley, Ill., finished with a 14-game total of 3,066 pins to top amateur Daniel Lemiesz of Machesney Park, Ill., by 55 pins for his first PBA title in the PBA Victory Lanes Midwest Challenge in Kankakee, Ill., Sunday.

Marrs, who earned $1,300 along with his title, is now eligible to bowl in the PBA Tournament of Champions. PBA Challenge events are open to players who have never won a PBA title.

● Heading into Memorial Day weekend, the East Region will host the Colony Park Lanes East Challenge (a reduced entry fee event) May 23 in York, Pa., while the Northwest Region hosts the PBA and PBA50 Daffodil Bowl Open presented by Sunset Chevrolet May 22-24 in Puyallup, Wash.

Closing the May schedule will be a West Region PBA50 doubleheader leading into the Suncoast PBA Senior U.S. Open – the 6th annual PBA50 Lona King Saguaro West Open at Johnson Lanes in Sun City West, Ariz., May 25-27, followed by the PBA50 Miller Lite Western Open at Starlite Lanes in Flagstaff, Ariz., May 27-29.

For complete PBA Regional schedules, rules and entry information, visit pba.com, open the “schedules” tab and click on Regional Tours to find the event(s) in your area.

QUICK NOTES

● England’s Paul Moor, a four-time European Bowling Tour rankings champion who won his first-and-only PBA Tour title in the 2015 Ballmaster Open in Helsinki, Finland, has been elected to the UK Tenpin Hall of Fame. He will be inducted along with Brian Michael, Gina Wardle, Lisa John and proprietor David Grainger later in the year. Details will be announced soon.

● The PBA has learned former PBA West and Northwest Region lane maintenance supervisor Steve Stevens of The Dalles, Ore., has died. Affectionately known as “The Lane Dude,” Stevens was most recently involved as a self-employed bowling coach. No further details were immediately available.

● If you know of a deserving young college student who participates in bowling and is in need of financial assistance, encourage him/her to apply for the PBA Billy Welu Scholarship. Applications for the $1,000 Welu Scholarship Award recognize exemplary qualities in a collegiate bowler. Applications must be postmarked by June 15. Eligible candidates must be currently in college and maintaining at least a 2.5/4.0 GPA or equivalent. The two-part application can be downloaded using this link: https://pba.com/Corporate/Scholarships/.

● Visit the “shop” link on pba.com for the latest in PBA logoed merchandise, including special new PBA Summer Swing t-shirts…and a “future PBA star” t-shirts for the little one(s) in your family.

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PBA South Leaders through April 18, 2015

by Russ Mills May 18, 2015 06:52

The PBA Challenge point leader from each region in the men’s and women’s divisions will earn a free entry into the World Series of Bowling VII and receive an invitation to compete in the PBA Challenge. The PBA Challenge will be held at the World Series of Bowling VII. The top two players in each division, after eight games of match play, will advance to an ESPN televised PBA Regional Tour Finals. PBA Challenge Point Leaders (Women’s Division) (January 1, 2015 – September 30, 2015) Pos. Name - Hometown #Events Points 1. Bolton, Elise - Merritt Island, FL 1 5,152 2. Hall, Crystal - St. Pauls, N.C. 1 2,211 3. Blanchard, Bev - Virginia Beach, Va. 1 2,175 PBA Challenge Point Leaders (Men’s Division) (January 1, 2015 – September 30, 2015) Pos. Name - Hometown #Events Points 1. Troup, Kyle - Taylorsville, N.C. 1 25,000 2. Allen, Dick - Columbia, S.C. 1 21,714 3. Moore, B.J. - Apex, N.C. 1 19,249 4. Vanderhoef, Lee - Canton, Ga. 1 17,332 5. Sterner, Jason - Covington, Ga. 1 15,398 2015 Season Points (January 1 – December 31, 2015) Pos. Name - Hometown #Events Points 1. Troup, Kyle - Taylorsville, N.C. 1 25,000 2. Allen, Dick - Columbia, S.C. 1 21,714 3. Moore, B.J. - Apex, N.C. 1 19,249 4. Vanderhoef, Lee - Canton, Ga. 1 17,332 5. Sterner, Jason - Covington, Ga. 1 15,398 6. Weiss, Randy M. - Columbia, S.C. 1 14,143 7. Daugherty, Tom - Wesley Chapel, Fla. 1 13,097 8. Taylor, Steve - Madison Heights, Va. 1 11,054 9. Jones, Tommy - Simpsonville, S.C. 1 10,397 10. Horton, Ronnie B - Christiansburg, Va. 1 9,822 11. Haney, Todd (s) - Boiling Springs, S.C. 1 9,314 12. Prather, Kristopher - Milton, Fla. 1 8,863 13. Mooney, Jeremy - West Palm Beach, Fla. 2 8,459 14. Newell, Scott - Deland, Fla. 1 7,767 15. Shinn, David - West Columbia, S.C. 3 6,668 16. Bleggi, David A - Jacksonville, NC 3 6,270 17. Florie, Victor - Richmond, Va. 2 6,270 18. Sanders, Mac - Taylors, S.C. 2 5,915 19. Pickford, Connor - Charlotte, N.C. 1 5,505 20. Platt, Leon - Summerville, S.C. 1 5,322 21. Bolton, Elise - Merritt Island, FL 1 5,152 22. Nostrand, Glenn - Leesburg, Fla. 3 4,593 23. Bolin, Wayne (s) - Lumberton, N.C. 2 4,444 24. Arcaro, Chris - Wilmington, N.C. 2 4,305 25. Christy, Nick - Newport, N.C. 3 4,174 26. Horsley, Richard - Morrisville, N.C. 1 4,051 27. Petrello, Anthony - Chesapeake, Va. 1 3,935 28. Spoo, Chris - Boyton Beach, Fla. 1 3,825 29. Bohlman, Jerry - Milton, Fla. 3 3,721 30. Childree, Aaron - Panama City, Fla. 2 3,530 31. Byer, Timothy - Covington, Va. 2 3,357 32. Stocks, Michael - Leesburg, Va. 1 3,277 33. Stanley, Clifford - Virginia Beach, Va. 1 3,127 34. Powers, David - Newport News, Va. 1 3,057 35. Croinex, Neil P - Port Orange, Fla. 1 2,990 36. Keller, Jeff - Chesapeake, Va. 2 2,865 37. Lord, James (s) - Fort Mill, S.C. 1 2,806 38. Vannoy, Bill - Jacksonville, N.C. 2 2,695 39. Flemming, Dave (s) - Fairborn, Ohio 1 2,452 40. Ursillo, Bill (s) - Bluffton, S.C. 1 2,408 41. Wiser, Derrick J. - Concord, N.C. 2 2,248 42. Hall, Crystal - St. Pauls, N.C. 1 2,211 43. Blanchard, Bev - Virginia Beach, Va. 1 2,175 44. Arehart, Steven - Chesapeake, Va. 1 2,108 45. Blitch, Dakota - Charleston, S.C. 1 2,076 46. Hope, Gordon - Chesapeake, Va. 2 2,045 47. Frazier, Maurice - Suffolk, Va. 1 1,900 48. McCurry, Joseph B. - Fruitland Park, Fla. 3 1,873 49. Burton, Lee (s) - Charlotte, N.C. 1 1,822 2015 Earnings Pos. Name - Hometown #Events Earnings oup, Kyle - Taylorsville, N.C. 1 $2,500.00 2. Bivens, Brandon - East Ridge, Tenn. 1 $2,300.00 3. Shinn, David - West Columbia, S.C. 3 $1,950.00 4. Christy, Nick - Newport, N.C. 3 $1,500.00 5. Mullis, Cody - Crystal River, Fla. 2 $1,300.00 6. Allen, Dick - Columbia, S.C. 1 $1,300.00 7. Evans, Jeff - Supply, N.C. 2 $1,275.00 8. Moore, B.J. - Apex, N.C. 1 $1,000.00 9. Vanderhoef, Lee - Canton, Ga. 1 $1,000.00 10. Mooney, Jeremy - West Palm Beach, Fla. 2 $925.00 11. Florie, Victor - Richmond, Va. 2 $925.00 12. Sanders, Mac - Taylors, S.C. 2 $925.00 13. McCurry, Joseph B. - Fruitland Park, Fla. 3 $900.00 14. Bleggi, David A - Jacksonville, NC 3 $850.00 15. Myers, Tony (s) - Pensacola, Fla. 2 $800.00 16. Arcaro, Chris - Wilmington, N.C. 2 $800.00 17. Sterner, Jason - Covington, Ga. 1 $700.00 18. Weiss, Randy M. - Columbia, S.C. 1 $700.00 19. Daugherty, Tom - Wesley Chapel, Fla. 1 $700.00 20. Buchman, Dan - Maple Shade, N.J. 1 $650.00 21. Keller, Jeff - Chesapeake, Va. 2 $650.00 22. Schultz, Dave (s) - Jackson, Wis. 1 $625.00 23. Sanders, Jeff - Ocoee, Fla 1 $625.00 24. Haney, Todd (s) - Boiling Springs, S.C. 1 $500.00 25. Vannoy, Bill - Jacksonville, N.C. 2 $500.00 26. Han, Dave - Orlando, Fla. 2 $500.00 27. Prather, Kristopher - Milton, Fla. 1 $500.00 28. Newell, Scott - Deland, Fla. 1 $500.00 29. Monks, Adam - Conway, S.C. 1 $500.00 30. Horton, Ronnie B - Christiansburg, Va. 1 $500.00 31. Taylor, Steve - Madison Heights, Va. 1 $500.00 32. Jones, Tommy - Simpsonville, S.C. 1 $500.00 33. Caso, Anthony - Spring Hill, Fla. 1 $425.00 34. Wiser, Derrick J. - Concord, N.C. 2 $425.00 35. Galganski, Erik - Orlando, Fla. 2 $400.00 36. Nostrand, Glenn - Leesburg, Fla. 3 $400.00 37. Milam, Jason - Temple, Ga. 1 $400.00 38. Hoff, Sean - Melbourne, Fla. 1 $400.00 39. Pickford, Connor - Charlotte, N.C. 1 $400.00 40. Platt, Leon - Summerville, S.C. 1 $400.00 41. Bolton, Elise - Merritt Island, Fla. 1 $400.00 42. Garrett, Chris - Greenville, S.C. 1 $400.00 43. Johnston, Nick - Asheville, N.C. 1 $400.00 44. Jean, Jimmy (s) - Kathleen, Ga. 2 $250.00 45. Keenan, William E. (s) - Orlando, Fla. 1 $250.00 46. Bobbitt, Mike (s) - Galax, Va. 1 $250.00 47. Brunt, Ralph (s) - Jensen Beach, Fla. 1 $250.00 48. Bolin, Wayne (s) - Lumberton, N.C. 2 $250.00 2015 Averages (minimum 8 games) Pos. Name - Hometown #Games Average 1. Sterner, Jason - Covington, Ga. 15 244.13 2. Weiss, Randy M. - Columbia, S.C. 16 244.06 3. Allen, Dick - Columbia, S.C. 20 243.85 4. Daugherty, Tom - Wesley Chapel, Fla. 14 242.71 5. Vanderhoef, Lee - Canton, Ga. 17 240.06 6. Troup, Kyle - Taylorsville, N.C. 19 237.58 7. Taylor, Steve - Madison Heights, Va. 13 235.46 8. Moore, B.J. - Apex, N.C. 19 232.16 9. Newell, Scott - Deland, Fla. 11 227.36 10. Jones, Tommy - Simpsonville, S.C. 13 225.08 11. Prather, Kristopher - Milton, Fla. 12 223.83 12. Horton, Ronnie B - Christiansburg, Va. 13 223.77 13. Pickford, Connor - Charlotte, N.C. 8 219.38 14. Platt, Leon - Summerville, S.C. 8 219.25 15. Bolton, Elise - Merritt Island, FL 8 218.50 16. Mooney, Jeremy - West Palm Beach, Fla. 20 217.05 17. Haney, Todd (s) - Boiling Springs, S.C. 13 216.00 18. Horsley, Richard - Morrisville, N.C. 8 214.75 19. Petrello, Anthony - Chesapeake, Va. 8 211.50 20. Spoo, Chris - Boyton Beach, Fla. 8 210.63 21. Sanders, Mac - Taylors, S.C. 21 208.43 22. Arcaro, Chris - Wilmington, N.C. 24 208.08 23. Florie, Victor - Richmond, Va. 19 207.11 24. Christy, Nick - Newport, N.C. 36 205.61 25. Mullis, Cody - Crystal River, Fla. 25 204.36 26. Stocks, Michael - Leesburg, Va. 8 204.13 27. Stanley, Clifford - Virginia Beach, Va. 8 203.75 28. Powers, David - Newport News, Va. 8 202.88 29. Sanders, Jeff - Ocoee, Fla 13 202.46 30. Croinex, Neil P - Port Orange, Fla. 8 201.50 31. Bivens, Brandon - East Ridge, Tenn. 18 201.11 32. Lord, James (s) - Fort Mill, S.C. 8 199.38 33. Caso, Anthony - Spring Hill, Fla. 8 197.75 34. Evans, Jeff - Supply, N.C. 27 197.70 35. Childree, Aaron - Panama City, Fla. 16 197.31 36. Shinn, David - West Columbia, S.C. 37 197.24 37. Hoff, Sean - Melbourne, Fla. 8 195.38 38. Bolin, Wayne (s) - Lumberton, N.C. 16 193.69 39. Bleggi, David A - Jacksonville, NC 24 193.17 40. Keller, Jeff - Chesapeake, Va. 24 193.08 41. Brunt, Ralph (s) - Jensen Beach, Fla. 8 192.88 42. Keenan, William E. (s) - Orlando, Fla. 8 192.50 43. Byer, Timothy - Covington, Va. 16 192.25 44. Rose, Randy (s) - Davenport, Fla. 8 192.25 45. Nostrand, Glenn - Leesburg, Fla. 24 191.79 46. Flemming, Dave (s) - Fairborn, Ohio 8 191.50 47. Buchman, Dan - Maple Shade, N.J. 16 190.94 48. Cannizzaro, Matthew - Fort Worth, Texas 8 190.88 49. Scime, Mark (s) - Winter Garden, Fla. 8 189.88 50. Schultz, Dave (s) - Jackson, Wis. 12 189.75 51. Monks, Adam - Conway, S.C. 12 189.75 52. Grago, James - Rome, N.Y. 8 189.50 53. Myers, Tony (s) - Pensacola, Fla. 23 189.39 54. Han, Dave - Orlando, Fla. 20 189.00 55. Malone, Eric - Brewster, N.Y. 8 187.50 56. Vannoy, Bill - Jacksonville, N.C. 20 187.45 57. Galganski, Erik - Orlando, FL 16 187.44 58. Wiser, Derrick J. - Concord, N.C. 16 186.81 59. Masden, Bill (s) - Summerfield, Fla. 8 186.75 60. Bohlman, Jerry - Milton, Fla. 24 186.67 61. Creasey, Michael - Whitehouse, Texas 8 186.38 62. Garrett, Chris - Greenville, S.C.. 8 185.38 63. Ursillo, Bill (s) - Bluffton, S.C. 8 184.25 64. Milam, Jason - Temple, Ga. 8 184.13 65. McCurry, Joseph B. - Fruitland Park, Fla. 28 184.00 66. Johnston, Nick - Asheville, N.C. 8 183.00 67. Lewis, Josh - Asheville, N.C. 8 182.50 68. Warren, Tony - Gainesville, Fla. 8 182.13 69. Jean, Jimmy (s) - Kathleen, Ga. 16 181.31 70. Keane, Christopher (s) - Cape Coral, Fla. 8 181.13 71. McLean, Chad - Gainesville, Fla. 8 181.00 72. Hardee, Christina - Mount Dora, Fla. 8 180.38 73. Owen, Michael W. (s) - Gainesville, Fla. 8 180.00 74. Starowicz, Matt - Fort Hood, Texas 8 178.00 75. Sedman, Tim - Dayton, Tenn. 8 177.75 76. Seals, Zachary - Kingsland, Ga. 16 177.63 77. Wolfe, Clifton - West Grove, Pa. 8 177.50 78. Tarkington, Mark W. - Elizabeth City, N.C. 8 177.38 79. Koufakis, George - Orlando, Fla. 8 176.88 80. Williams, Steve - Dayton, Tenn. 8 176.75 81. Bobbitt, Mike (s) - Galax, Va. 8 176.13 82. Hall, Crystal - St. Pauls, N.C. 8 175.63 83. Lake, Brian - Irving, Texas 8 175.50 84. Dinkins, James - Fort Valley, Ga. 8 175.25 85. Blanchard, Bev - Virginia Beach, Va. 8 175.13 86. Tesch, James - Statesville, N.C. 8 175.00 87. Colosimo, Anthony - Pembroke Pines, Fla. 8 174.63 88. Manarite, Joseph - Bradenton, Fla. 8 174.13 89. Newman, Wes - Panama City, Fla 8 174.13 90. Robertson, Randy (s) - Evansville, Ind. 8 172.75 91. Maldonado, Augie - Pensacola, FL 16 172.06 92. Arehart, Steven - Chesapeake, Va. 8 171.75 93. Scarborough, Joe B. (s) - Charlotte, N.C. 8 171.50 94. Blitch, Dakota - Charleston, S.C. 8 171.25 95. Hartzell, Steven - Hanahan, S.C. 8 170.13 96. Walker, Chuck (s) - Blaine, Tenn. 8 168.50 97. Baskett, John P. - Palatka, Fla. 8 168.50 98. Price, Jim (s) - Harrrisburg, N.C. 8 168.00 99. Nagy, Eugene - Sevierville, Tenn. 8 166.75 100. Litwin, George James (s) - Miami 8 166.50 101. Evans, Jacob - Palmetto, Fla. 8 165.38 102. Gray, Frank H. - North East, Md. 8 164.00 103. Frazier, Maurice - Suffolk, Va. 8 163.00 104. Hope, Gordon - Chesapeake, Va. 16 162.75 105. Burton, Lee (s) - Charlotte, N.C. 8 159.63 106. Careccia, Charles - Asheville, NC 8 159.13 107. Anderson, Blane - Gainesville, Fla. 8 157.00 108. Sullivan, Michael (s) - Midway Park, N.C. 8 157.00 109. Hollifield, Ronald (s) - Marion, N.C. 8 156.63 110. Sells, Bo - Sparta, N.C. 8 154.50 111. Cook, LD (s) - Woodbridge, Va. 8 153.63 112. Martin, Aden - Salem, Va. 8 139.50 2015 Cashes Pos. Name - Hometown #Cashes Events % 1. Shinn, David - West Columbia, S.C. 3 3 100.00 2. Evans, Jeff - Supply, N.C. 2 2 100.00 3. Mooney, Jeremy - West Palm Beach, Fla. 2 2 100.00 4. Florie, Victor - Richmond, Va. 2 2 100.00 5. Sanders, Mac - Taylors, S.C. 2 2 100.00 6. Bleggi, David A - Jacksonville, NC 2 3 66.67 7. Christy, Nick - Newport, N.C. 2 3 66.67 8. McCurry, Joseph B. - Fruitland Park, Fla. 2 3 66.67 9. Buchman, Dan - Maple Shade, N.J. 1 1 100.00 10. Milam, Jason - Temple, Ga. 1 1 100.00 11. Hoff, Sean - Melbourne, Fla. 1 1 100.00 12. Haney, Todd (s) - Boiling Springs, S.C. 1 1 100.00 13. Schultz, Dave (s) - Jackson, Wis. 1 1 100.00 14. Pickford, Connor - Charlotte, N.C. 1 1 100.00 15. Platt, Leon - Summerville, S.C. 1 1 100.00 16. Caso, Anthony - Spring Hill, Fla. 1 1 100.00 17. Bolton, Elise - Merritt Island, FL 1 1 100.00 18. Prather, Kristopher - Milton, Fla. 1 1 100.00 19. Newell, Scott - Deland, Fla. 1 1 100.00 20. Troup, Kyle - Taylorsville, N.C. 1 1 100.00 21. Moore, B.J. - Apex, N.C. 1 1 100.00 22. Garrett, Chris - Greenville, S.C.. 1 1 100.00 23. Sanders, Jeff - Ocoee, Fla 1 1 100.00 24. Sterner, Jason - Covington, Ga. 1 1 100.00 25. Bivens, Brandon - East Ridge, Tenn. 1 1 100.00 26. Keenan, William E. (s) - Orlando, Fla. 1 1 100.00 27. Monks, Adam - Conway, S.C. 1 1 100.00 28. Horton, Ronnie B - Christiansburg, Va. 1 1 100.00 29. Bobbitt, Mike (s) - Galax, Va. 1 1 100.00 30. Taylor, Steve - Madison Heights, Va. 1 1 100.00 31. Johnston, Nick - Asheville, N.C. 1 1 100.00 32. Jones, Tommy - Simpsonville, S.C. 1 1 100.00 33. Weiss, Randy M. - Columbia, S.C. 1 1 100.00 34. Vanderhoef, Lee - Canton, Ga. 1 1 100.00 35. Daugherty, Tom - Wesley Chapel, Fla. 1 1 100.00 36. Brunt, Ralph (s) - Jensen Beach, Fla. 1 1 100.00 37. Allen, Dick - Columbia, S.C. 1 1 100.00 38. Galganski, Erik - Orlando, FL 1 2 50.00 39. Mullis, Cody - Crystal River, Fla. 1 2 50.00 40. Vannoy, Bill - Jacksonville, N.C. 1 2 50.00 41. Myers, Tony (s) - Pensacola, Fla. 1 2 50.00 42. Han, Dave - Orlando, Fla. 1 2 50.00 43. Jean, Jimmy (s) - Kathleen, Ga. 1 2 50.00 44. Wiser, Derrick J. - Concord, N.C. 1 2 50.00 45. Arcaro, Chris - Wilmington, N.C. 1 2 50.00 46. Keller, Jeff - Chesapeake, Va. 1 2 50.00 47. Bolin, Wayne (s) - Lumberton, N.C. 1 2 50.00 48. Nostrand, Glenn - Leesburg, Fla. 1 3 33.33 2015 Finals Pos. Name - Hometown #Finals Events % 1. Evans, Jeff - Supply, N.C. 2 2 100.00 2. Christy, Nick - Newport, N.C. 2 3 66.67 3. Shinn, David - West Columbia, S.C. 2 3 66.67 4. Buchman, Dan - Maple Shade, N.J. 1 1 100.00 5. Haney, Todd (s) - Boiling Springs, S.C. 1 1 100.00 6. Schultz, Dave (s) - Jackson, Wis. 1 1 100.00 7. Prather, Kristopher - Milton, Fla. 1 1 100.00 8. Newell, Scott - Deland, Fla. 1 1 100.00 9. Troup, Kyle - Taylorsville, N.C. 1 1 100.00 10. Moore, B.J. - Apex, N.C. 1 1 100.00 11. Sanders, Jeff - Ocoee, Fla 1 1 100.00 12. Sterner, Jason - Covington, Ga. 1 1 100.00 13. Bivens, Brandon - East Ridge, Tenn. 1 1 100.00 14. Monks, Adam - Conway, S.C. 1 1 100.00 15. Horton, Ronnie B - Christiansburg, Va. 1 1 100.00 16. Taylor, Steve - Madison Heights, Va. 1 1 100.00 17. Jones, Tommy - Simpsonville, S.C. 1 1 100.00 18. Weiss, Randy M. - Columbia, S.C. 1 1 100.00 19. Vanderhoef, Lee - Canton, Ga. 1 1 100.00 20. Daugherty, Tom - Wesley Chapel, Fla. 1 1 100.00 21. Allen, Dick - Columbia, S.C. 1 1 100.00 22. Mullis, Cody - Crystal River, Fla. 1 2 50.00 23. Vannoy, Bill - Jacksonville, N.C. 1 2 50.00 24. Myers, Tony (s) - Pensacola, Fla. 1 2 50.00 25. Han, Dave - Orlando, Fla. 1 2 50.00 26. Mooney, Jeremy - West Palm Beach, Fla. 1 2 50.00 27. Arcaro, Chris - Wilmington, N.C. 1 2 50.00 28. Florie, Victor - Richmond, Va. 1 2 50.00 29. Sanders, Mac - Taylors, S.C. 1 2 50.00 30. Keller, Jeff - Chesapeake, Va. 1 2 50.00 31. McCurry, Joseph B. - Fruitland Park, Fla. 1 3 33.33 2015 Champions Break Point Alley, Tavares, Fla. - Brandon Bivens Station 300, Bluffton, S.C. - Kyle Troup Lightning Lanes, Marion, N.C. - Darrin Casstevens
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O’Neill Edges Belmonte for Top Finals Berth In PBA Oklahoma Open

by Jerry Schneider May 14, 2015 16:29

Making his third stepladder final of the Oklahoma’s Grand Casino Hotel & Resort PBA Summer Swing, five-time PBA Tour champion Bill O’Neill of Langhorne, Pa., won a position round match in the final match play round Thursday at FireLake Bowling Center to earn the top berth for the PBA Oklahoma Open finals.

O’Neill, who already qualified second for the Summer Swing Wolf and Bear Open finals, beat two-time defending PBA Player of the Year and Oklahoma Open defending champion Jason Belmonte of Australia, 255-214, in the final match to take the top spot. O’Neill finished the day with 10-8 overall match play record and 8,492 36-game pinfall (including bonus pins) to edge Belmonte, who finished second five pins behind with an 8,487 pinfall and 11-7 match play record.

“Obviously you’re looking at the big picture to get to this point in this tournament, but you can’t really ever let off the gas,” O’Neill said.

O’Neill, who says he sometimes has a tendency to over-analyze his game when he’s not bowling well didn’t have that problem during the Summer Swing.

“When I’m bowling well, I really don’t think about much at all,” O’Neill said. “In that last match I knew what I had to do and just threw it because may game was where it needed to be.”

In the final match play round, conducted on PBA’s 52-foot Badger lane condition, O’Neill was 4-2 and had games of 259, 217, 214, 196, 214 before his 255 in the position round match.

The Oklahoma Open is the fourth of five events that comprise the Summer Swing. All five events (Wolf, Bear, Badger and Oklahoma Opens plus the Grand Casino Resort King of the Swing) will be taped by the CBS Sports Network Saturday and Sunday at the Grand Casino Hotel & Resort Event Center.

Belmonte, a favorite to win his third consecutive Player of the Year crown after winning the United States Bowling Congress Masters for the third consecutive year and the Barbasol PBA Tournament of Champions for the second consecutive year earlier this season, will be trying for his third title of the season and 13th of his career. For Belmonte it was his second Summer Swing stepladder final after qualifying third for the Bear Open.

Earning the third qualifying position for the Oklahoma Open finals, was 15-time Tour winner Tommy Jones of Simpsonville, S.C., who also qualified fifth for the Wolf Open and fourth for the Bear Open. He ended the day with a 12-5-1 match play record and 8,272 pinfall.

Thirteen-time PBA Tour winner Patrick Allen of Mount Kisco, N.Y., was the first round leader of the Badger and Wolf Opens only to drop out of contention for a stepladder spot after the final round. He hung on to earn a spot in the Oklahoma Open final qualifying fourth with a 9-8-1 record and 8,247 pinfall. He will be trying to end a six-year drought without a PBA Tour title.

Wrapping up the top five was two-time Tour winner Andres Gomez of Colombia who has already qualified fourth for the Wolf Open finals. Gomez finished the day with a 11-7 record and 8,206 pinfall.

All of the 18 match play finalists earned their spots in the Oklahoma match play rounds through their aggregate first round qualifying pinfall totals in the Wolf, Bear and Badger Opens.

This weekend’s taping schedule at the Grand Event Center begins Saturday with the Wolf Open at 11 a.m. CT; Bear Open, 2:30 p.m. and Badger Open at 5:15 p.m. Tapings continue Sunday with the Oklahoma Open at noon and Oklahoma’s Grand Resort King of the Swing at 3:30 p.m. Tickets are still available for the tapings by visiting www.grandboxoffice.com or on site at the Grand Event Center box office.

CBS Sports Network airings of the Summer Swing begin on successive Tuesday’s beginning with the Wolf Open (May 26, 8 p.m. ET), Bear Open (June 2, 9 p.m.), Badger Open (June 9, 9 p.m.) Oklahoma Open (June 16, 9 p.m.) and King of the Swing (June 23, 9 p.m.).

PBA OKLAHOMA OPEN

FireLake Bowling Center, Shawnee, Okla., Thursday

Final Match Play Standings (after 36 games, including match play bonus pins; top five advanced to stepladder finals Sunday at Grand Casino Hotel & Resort Event Center)

1, Bill O'Neill, Langhorne, Pa., 10-8, 8,492.
2, Jason Belmonte, Australia, 11-7, 8,487.
3, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 12-5-1, 8,272.
4, Patrick Allen, Mount Kisco, N.Y., 9-8-1, 8,247.
5, Andres Gomez, Colombia, 11-7, 8,206.
6, Shawn Maldonado, Houston, 10-8, 8,190, $4,000.
7, Dom Barrett, England, 10-8, 8,160, $3,500.
8, Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 11-7, 8,107, $3,000.
9, J.R. Raymond, Bay City, Mich., 10-8, 8,069, $2,800.
10, John Szczerbinski, N. Tonawanda, N.Y., 10-8, 8,063, $2,500.
11, Brad Angelo, Lockport, N.Y., 8-10, 8,022, $2,300.
12, Tyler Jensen, Ft. Worth, Texas, 9-9, 8,000, $2,100.
13, Ronnie Russell, Marion, Ind., 8-10, 7,978, $2,000.
14, Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., 6-12, 7,955, $1,900.
15, Scott Newell, Deland, Fla., 8-10, 7,942, $1,800.
16, Mike Fagan, Ft. Worth, Texas, 6-12, 7,887, $1,700.
17, Scott Norton, Mission Viejo, Calif., 6-12, 7,843, $1,600.
18, Anthony LaCaze, Melrose Park, Ill., 6-12, 7,648, $1,500.

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Belmonte Surges Into Oklahoma Open Second Round Match Play Lead

by Jerry Schneider May 14, 2015 06:10

Heading into tonight’s final Oklahoma Open match play round, which will be conducted on PBA’s 52-foot Badger Open lane condition, two-time defending PBA Player of the Year and Oklahoma Open defending champion Jason Belmonte moved into the second round lead with an 8-4 overall match play record and 30-game 7,065 pinfall.

In Thursday’s second round conducted on the 40-foot Bear Open lane condition, the 12-time Tour titlist went 4-2 and bowled games of 192, 247, 245, 247, 187 and 246 for a 227.3 average.

The 2015 USBC Masters and Barbasol PBA Tournament of Champions winner, who qualified third for the Summer Swing Bear Open Tuesday, is trying for his third win of the season.

Belmonte holds a 48-pin lead over five-time tour titlist Bill O’Neill who has already qualified second for the Summer Swing Wolf and Bear Open stepladder finals. O’Neill has a 6-6 match play record and 7,017 overall pinfall.

Thirteen-time PBA Tour winner Patrick Allen was the first round leader of two the Oklahoma’s Grand Casino Hotel & Resort PBA Summer Swing events only to drop out of contention for a stepladder spot after the final round. After the second round Allen finished with a 7-5 record and third-place 7,003 pinfall.

Fifteen-time Tour winner Tommy Jones, who qualified fifth for the Wolf Open and fourth for the Bear Open finals, is in fourth with an 8-4 record and 6,890 pinfall. Wrapping up the top five is two-time Tour winner Andres Gomez who has already qualified fourth for the Wolf Open finals. Gomez has a 9-3 match play record after two rounds and 6,878 pinfall.

Tonight’s final six-game match play round gets underway at 6:30 p.m. CT.

All of the 18 match play finalists earned their spots in the Oklahoma match play rounds through their aggregate first round qualifying pinfall totals in the Summer Swing Wolf, Bear and Badger Opens.

Today’s match play concludes the fourth of five events that comprise the 2015 Oklahoma’s Grand Casino Hotel & Resort PBA Summer Swing. All five events (Wolf, Bear, Badger and Oklahoma Opens plus the Grand Casino Resort King of the Swing) will be taped by the CBS Sports Network Saturday and Sunday at the Grand Casino Hotel & Resort Event Center.

CBS Sports Network airings of the Summer Swing begin on successive Tuesday’s beginning with the Wolf Open (May 26, 8 p.m. ET), Bear Open (June 2, 9 p.m.), Badger Open (June 9, 9 p.m.) Oklahoma Open (June 16, 9 p.m.) and Oklahoma’s Grand Resort King of the Swing (June 23, 9 p.m.).

This weekend’s taping schedule at the Grand Event Center begins Saturday with the Wolf Open at 11 a.m. CT; Bear Open, 2:30 p.m. and Badger Open at 5:15 p.m. Tapings continue Sunday with Oklahoma Open at noon and King of the Swing at 3:30 p.m. Tickets are still available for the tapings by visiting www.grandboxoffice.com or on site at the Grand Event Center box office.

PBA OKLAHOMA OPEN

FireLake Bowling Center, Shawnee, Okla., Thursday

After second round match play

1, Jason Belmonte, Australia, 8-4-0, 7,065.
2, Bill O'Neill, Langhorne, Pa., 6-6-0, 7,017.
3, Patrick Allen, Mount Kisco, N.Y., 7-5-0, 7,003.
4, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 8-4-0, 6,890.
5, Andres Gomez, Colombia, 9-3-0, 6,878.
6, Dom Barrett, England, 6-6-0, 6,835.
7, Brad Angelo, Lockport, N.Y., 7-5-0, 6,783.
8, Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 8-4-0, 6,733.
9, Shawn Maldonado, Houston, 7-5-0, 6,732.
9, J.R. Raymond, Bay City, Mich., 7-5-0, 6,732.
11, Tyler Jensen, Ft. Worth, Texas, 6-6-0, 6,720.
12, Scott Norton, Mission Viejo, Calif., 5-7-0, 6,680.
13, Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., 4-8-0, 6,668.
14, John Szczerbinski, N. Tonawanda, N.Y., 7-5-0, 6,667.
15, Scott Newell, Deland, Fla., 4-8-0, 6,577.
16, Mike Fagan, Ft. Worth, Texas, 2-10-0, 6,505.
17, Ronnie Russell, Marion, Ind., 3-9-0, 6,489.
18, Anthony LaCaze, Melrose Park, Ill., 4-8-0, 6,411.

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