2016 FireLake PBA Tournament of Champions Heads to Oklahoma; Live ESPN Finals Set for Feb. 7

by Bill Vint August 27, 2015 07:51

SHAWNEE, Okla. – After hosting two highly successful Professional Bowlers Association Summer Swing events in 2014 and 2015, the Citizen Potawatomi Nation, Grand Casino Resort & Hotel, and FireLake Bowling Center and Arena will partner with the PBA to host the organization’s signature event in 2016, the FireLake PBA Tournament of Champions.

The premier event for PBA champions will take place Jan. 30-Feb. 7, concluding with live ESPN coverage of the five-player stepladder finals staged in a special installation inside FireLake Arena at 2 p.m. ET on Sunday, Feb. 7. All preliminary rounds will be conducted across the parking lot at 24-lane FireLake Bowling Center.

The 2016 PBA Hall of Fame dinner and induction ceremonies will be part of the package.

“Citizen Potawatomi Nation and its properties have been outstanding partners,” said PBA CEO and Commissioner Tom Clark. “This is going to be a very special week for our players and all of our fans.”

Chris Skillings, Director of FireLake Bowling Center, said the sponsorship agreement is part of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation’s strategy to make the Grand Casino Resort & Hotel complex a focal point for visitors to Oklahoma.

“We are thrilled to partner with our friends at FireLake Arena to host the FireLake PBA Tournament of Champions,” Skillings said. “Citizen Potawatomi Nation has proven that we are a premier destination for PBA events in recent years, and the Tournament of Champions will only build on that.”

The 2016 FireLake PBA Tournament of Champions will include a field of 96 players, including 72 PBA Tour title holders based on the number of titles each player has won, and 24 additional PBA champions who will qualify during a special TOC Regional qualifying event that will precede the first major championship of the 2016 PBA season.

The TOC gets underway with 96 players bowling eight-game qualifying squads at 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday, Feb. 2-3. After 16 games, the top 40 advance to an eight-game cashers’ round at 10 a.m. Thursday. Based on 24-game pinfall totals, the top 24 will advance to eight-game round-robin match play rounds at 5 p.m. Thursday, and 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Friday. The top five players after 48 games will compete for the $50,000 first prize during Sunday’s ESPN finals.

The TOC week schedule also includes practice squads on Monday, Feb. 1, with the PBA Hall of Fame dinner and induction ceremonies at 6 p.m. at the Grand Casino Resort & Hotel. Saturday, Feb. 6, will be a day of pro-am squads when Oklahoma grassroots league bowlers will bowl alongside PBA stars for their own prizes.

Australia’s Jason Belmonte is the two-time defending champion. He will attempt to join Jason Couch as the second player to win three consecutive TOC titles.

All of the preliminary rounds of TOC week, including the TOC Regional, PBA Hall of Fame ceremonies and TOC qualifying and match play rounds, will be covered live, exclusively on PBA’s Xtra Frame online video-streaming service. For Xtra Frame subscriptions, visit pba.com and click on the Xtra Frame link.

2016 FIRELAKE PBA TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS SCHEDULE

FireLake Bowling Center, Shawnee, Okla., Jan. 30-Feb. 7 (times listed are Central)

Friday, Jan. 29

3 & 5 p.m. – TOC Regional practice sessions

Saturday, Jan. 30

8 a.m. – TOC Regional Squad A, 8 qualifying games (max. field 60)

2:30 p.m. - TOC Regional Squad B, 8 qualifying games (max. field 60)

Top 1/3 of combined field advance to cashers’ round

Sunday, Jan. 31

8:30 a.m. – TOC Regional cashers’ round, 5 games

Top 24 PBA TOC-eligible title winners based on 13 games advance to FireLake TOC; top 16 players in the field advance to modified match play round

Noon – TOC, top 16, 8 games modified round-robin match play

Winner decided based on 21 games, total pinfall including match play bonus pins.

Monday, Feb. 1

10 a.m. – PBA TOC Squad A practice session

2 p.m. – PBA TOC Squad B practice session

6 p.m. – PBA Hall of Fame dinner and induction ceremonies (Grand Casino Resort & Hotel)

Tuesday, Feb. 2

10 a.m. – TOC Squad A, 8 qualifying games

5 p.m. – TOC Squad B, 8 qualifying games

Wednesday, Feb. 3

10 a.m. – TOC Squad B, 8 qualifying games

5 p.m. – TOC Squad A, 8 qualifying games

Top 40 players after 16 games advance to cashers’ round

Thursday, Feb. 4

10 a.m. – TOC top 40 cashers’ round, 8 games

Top 24 after 24 games advance to round-robin match play

5 p.m. – TOC top 24, 8 games match play

Friday, Feb. 5

10 a.m. – TOC top 24, 8 games match play

5 p.m. – TOC top 24, 8 games match play

Top 5 after 48 games advance to ESPN stepladder finals

Saturday, Feb. 6

tba – Pro-Am squads

Sunday, Feb. 7

1 p.m. (2 p.m. ET) – Top 5 ESPN stepladder finals

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PBA Spare Shots: Team Fish–Sometimes, Boys Just Wanna Have Fun, Too

by Bill Vint August 27, 2015 04:06

To borrow from the famous Cyndi Lauper song, sometimes boys just wanna have fun, too. Take “Team Fish” for example. “Team Fish” began to create national curiosity during the Grand Casino Resort & Hotel PBA Summer Swing when Kyle Troup of Taylorsville, N.C., made his national television debut on CBS Sports Network in winning the PBA Wolf Open title, with fellow “Team Fish” friends Connor Pickford of Matthews, N.C., and Craig Nidiffer of Trenton, Mich., in the background, cheering him on.

Contrary to conclusions drawn by some fans, the “Team Fish” concept had nothing to do with Troup being the son of PBA Tour champion Guppy Troup.

“At the (PBA) World Series (of Bowling) two years ago, Connor, Craig and I were rooming together,” Kyle Troup explained. “Nidiffer plays online poker, and there are a lot of ‘fish’ who play as well. People who don’t play poker well are called ‘fish.’ So during the World Series, we all bowled bad. None of us got a check. We decided we bowled like ‘fish’ so we kind of made up a little team among the three of us, and called ourselves Team Fish.

“When I made (the Wolf Open) show, the name kinda took off because I had the name on my collar,” Troup continued, “so we decided to make a logo and have fun with it. It’s nothing serious; it’s just going along to see what we can do with it.”

The little group began giving each other nicknames. Troup is “AfroFish” because of the Afro hairstyle he sported during the Wolf Open finals. Nidiffer became “NidiFish.” Pickford is “FishFord.” They created their own Facebook and Twitter pages (Team Fish), and a website is in the works. Through Facebook, fans create their own “fish” nicknames and can order o-FISH-al merchandise, like t-shirts.

“If it takes off, hopefully other guys on Tour will make their own teams with their own names,” Troup said. “It’s all in fun. It just gives fans something special to cheer for.”

Next up, Team Fish will make its formal competitive debut during the upcoming PBA South Point Bowling Plaza Fall Classic in Las Vegas when five “fish” will bowl together in the new five-player PBA Team Challenge Oct. 24-25. Bowling for Team Fish will be Dick (FishStick) Allen of Columbia, S.C.; Kyle (AfroFish) Troup; Connor (FishFord) Pickford; two-hander Anthony (TwoFinFish) Simonsen of Princeton, Texas, and Kris (WickedFish) Prather of Milton, Fla.

Entries for the PBA Team Challenge, as well as the Mark Roth/Marshall Holman PBA Doubles Championship and PBA Xtra Frame South Point Las Vegas Open singles event, are being accepted online (https://secure.pba.com/Store/catalog/entry-fee-national-open,8.htm) or by calling Mary von Krueger at 206-332-9688 (email: maryvk@pba.com).

The PBA Team Challenge will include six full qualifying games by all five team members at 9 a.m. PT on Saturday, Oct. 24, followed by 12 Baker format qualifying games at 5 p.m. After 18 combined team games, the top eight teams will advance to a Baker format round-robin match play at 9 a.m. Sunday, and after a combined 26 team games, the top four teams will bowl a Baker format stepladder final round at 3 p.m. All PBA Team Challenge competition will be covered live, exclusively on PBA’s Xtra Frame online bowling channel.

WEST, NORTHWEST FINALISTS FOR PBA CHALLENGE EVENTS ARE SET

With only two qualifying events scheduled before the September 30 PBA Regional and PWBA-PBA Women’s Regional qualifying deadline, the PBA West and Northwest Regional qualifiers for the end-of-season PBA Challenge events to be held during GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling VII are mathematically decided.

Earning paid entries into WSOB VII along with berths in the eight-player PBA Regional Finals qualifying tournament are West Region competition points champion Josh Blanchard of Gilbert, Ariz., and Northwest Region points winner Scott Norton of Mission Viejo, Calif. Topping the PWBA-PBA Women’s Regional standings in the West Region is Missy Parkin of Laguna Hills, Calif., while April Lord Wittig of Steilacoom, Wash., is runner-up in Northwest Region women’s points but gets the region’s berth because Parkin, the points leader, is already in the field as West Region winner.

NEXT ON XTRA FRAME: PWBA TOUR HEADS TOWARD SEASON FINALE

Coming up on Xtra Frame will be the final three events of the PBWA’s revival season, including exclusive live coverage of the PWBA Detroit Open from Super Bowl in Canton, Mich., Aug. 28-29, the final standard PWBA event of its revival season; the BowlmorAMF U.S. Women’s Open from Brunswick Zone-Carolier in North Brunswick, N.J., Sept. 1-5, and the season-ending PWBA Tour Championship presented by gobowling.com, Sept. 11 at the International Training and Research Center in Arlington, Texas.

PBA action returns to Xtra Frame Oct. 4 with the Kokomo Central Shootout presented by Security Federal Savings Bank from Heritage Lanes in Kokomo, Ind., followed by the PBA Xtra Frame Iowa Midwest Open from Thunderbowl in Council Bluffs, Iowa, Oct. 10-11, where a projected $10,000 first prize and a PBA Tour title will be at stake.

The Iowa Midwest Open is the final event leading into the PBA Fall Classic, a multi-event Xtra Frame extravaganza hosted by South Point Bowling Plaza in Las Vegas beginning Oct. 19.

Bowling fans who want to sample Xtra Frame can subscribe on a three-day (72-hour) basis for only $3.99. Fans can lock in the entire August package with a full month Xtra Frame subscription for only $7.99. But PBA’s best package is the 12-month XF Season Ticket for $64.99, or $5.41 per month. To sign up, visit pba.com and click on the Xtra Frame link.

PBA STARS TO REPRESENT U.S. IN PAN AMERICAN MEN’S CHAMPIONSHIPS

Five PBA Tour champions – Chris Barnes, Tommy Jones, Marshall Kent, Bill O’Neill and Sean Rash) along with highly-regarded amateur competitor John Janawicz will represent the United States in the Pan American Bowling Confederation (PABCON) Men’s Championships in Puerto Rico Sept. 14-18.

The competition at AMF Bolera Paradise Lanes in San Juan will feature the best bowlers from the American Zone competing for medals in singles, doubles, trios, team, all-events and match-play Masters.

At the last PABCON Men's Championships in Las Vegas in 2012, Team USA took gold medals in singles, doubles, team and all-events. Janawicz is the defending singles champion, O'Neill is the reigning all-events champion and O'Neill teamed with Jones to win the doubles gold medal that year. O'Neill, Jones, Janawicz and Kent were a part of the gold-medal winning team.

A number of other PBA members are expected to compete, representing their home countries within the American Zone.

PBA REGIONAL UPDATE: WALTER RAY IMPROVES HIS OVERALL PBA TITLES RECORD

Walter Ray Williams Jr. improved his overall PBA titles record to 95 when he defeated Mike Dias of Lafayette, Colo., 279-207, to win the one-day the PBA50 Ft. Wayne Central/Midwest Shootout, an event sandwiched between the PBA50 DeHayes Insurance Group Championship and the PBA60 Dick Weber Super Senior Open, all hosted by Pro Bowl West in Fort Wayne, Ind.

The latest title was Williams’ seventh PBA50 Regional title to go along with his record 47 PBA Tour, nine PBA50 Tour and 32 standard PBA Regional titles. He’s two titles ahead of Pete Weber who has 93 titles: 37 PBA Tour, 48 standard regionals, four PBA50 Tour and four PBA50 regionals.

● Reigning PBA Southwest Region Player of the Year Shawn Maldonado from Houston, Texas, won his last five matches to overtake Nathan Bohr of Austin, Texas, and successfully defend his PBA Greenville Southwest Open title Sunday at Shenaniganz in Greenville, Texas.

Maldonado opened the tournament with a 279 game and remained near the top of the leader board throughout qualifying and the match play finals. Trailing Bohr by 39 pins going into the final game position match, Maldonado recorded a decisive 226-200 victory to finish the event with a 21-game total of 4,835 pins and a 17-pin margin of victory over Bohr. Maldonado earned $2,500 along with his first PBA Southwest Region title of the year.

Sam Maccarone of Blackwood, N.J. defeated Parker Bohn III of Jackson, N.J., 257-235, to win the PBA Progressive/Gerdeman Insurance/Al Smith Jeep Central/Midwest Classic at Al-Mar Lanes in Bowling Green, Ohio, on Aug. 19. The title was Maccarone’s first of the year in the PBA Central Region, his 14th career PBA Regional title and he earned $3,500.

Ted Staikoff of Black Hawk, S.D., finished with a 4,261 pinfall total over 20 games to win the PBA50 Beverly Lanes Allstate Midwest/Central Open Sunday by 16 pins over Harry Sullins of Chesterfield Township, Mich. Staikoff, 67, earned $1,600 along with his first PBA Regional singles title. He recently won his first PBA Regional title in a PBA50 doubles event in Minnesota with partner Mike Scroggins of Amarillo, Texas.

● Closing out the August schedule over the Aug. 28-30 weekend will be the Tony Reyes Memorial Member/Non-Member Doubles presented by Brunswick at Fourth Street Bowl in San Jose, Calif.; the Grand Hotel, Casino & Resort Southwest Invitation at FireLake Bowling Center in Shawnee, Okla.; the LaFayette Lanes Fayetteville (N.C.) South Open presented by 900 Global, and the Illinois Valley Midwest/Central Open at Illinois Valley Super Bowl in Peru, Ill.

● Also on tap as part of the Southwest Region’s PBA Grand Casino Resort & Hotel Southwest Invitational, Aug. 28-30, at FireLake Bowling Center in Shawnee, Okla., will be the region’s second annual hall of fame induction ceremonies. The Invitational event will boast 32 of the top bowlers in the Southwest Region, and the Hall of Fame induction ceremony on Saturday, Aug. 29, will begin at 7 p.m. at the Grand Casino, Hotel and Resort in Shawnee when Chris Barnes of Double Oak, Texas; Nathan Bohr of Austin, Texas; the late Sean Swanson of Springfield, Mo.; Cary Mogard of Houston; and former College Bowl proprietors Ed and Virginia Autry of Texarkana, Texas, will be honored.

● A limited schedule of Labor Day weekend activity for the PBA Regional program includes back-to-back events at George Pappas’ Victory Lanes in Mooresville, N.C. – the PBA60 Wilson & Son Pest Control Super Senior South Open, Sept. 3-5, followed by the PBA50 Budweiser Mooresville South Open presented by Columbia 300. Also on tap is the PBA50 Strike Zone/Ebonite East Open, Sept. 4-6, at Strike Zone in Pottsville, Pa.

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

● Former PBA Rookie of the Year Rhino Page will make an appearance in a charity bowling event in conjunction with the Tidewater Patriot Day Charity Golf Tournament in Myrtle Beach, S.C., over Labor Day weekend. The weekend event is a benefit for the Folds of Honor Foundation, benefitting soldiers who have been wounded in combat.

● Correction: The Ballard Vs. The Big “C” fundraiser to benefit the Baylor Cancer Care Center will be held on Saturday, Sept. 19, at AMF Euless Lanes, not Sept. 9 as noted in last week’s Spare Shots. For more information about the four-player team event, call Tina or Terry Taylor at 817-996-4544 or look for Ballard Vs. The Big “C” on Facebook.

● Reminder: Book a room through HotelPlanner.com’s link on pba.com and you’ll automatically become eligible to win a $200 lodging certificate in the monthly sweepstakes sponsored by PBA’s official hotel booking partner. And subscribe to Xtra Frame (monthly plan at $7.99 or XF Season Ticket for $64.99) to automatically enter both the MOTIV and DV8 monthly sweepstakes for a chance to win a new high-performance MOTIV or DV8 bowling ball.

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Lifelong Friends Bill McCorkle, Bill Henson Achieve Their PBA Dream in Ironically Coincidental Fashion

by Bill Vint August 24, 2015 04:09

Editor’s Note: Friends since childhood, growing up together in Westerville, Ohio, PBA60 players Bill McCorkle and Bill Henson achieved their dream of winning a national PBA title by winning the same tournament in Fort Wayne, Ind., in back-to-back years.

Below, McCorkle tells the story of the pair’s friendship and oddly similar experiences.

Bill Henson and I were born in 1952 and grew up together in Westerville, Ohio. We began bowling at an early age at Westerville Lanes, one of the last “dry” (no alcohol served) bowling centers in the country.

We both played all sports. We were both pitchers in Little League baseball, advancing to Pony League and eventually to high school. Around 1961 at age 9, we became good friends bowling in youth bowling leagues on Saturday mornings. Both of us admired and respected each other when we pitched on opposing teams in Little League. We still have the score sheet from the 1-0 pitcher’s duel in 1962. (Footnote: McCorkle was the winning pitcher that day, allowing only one hit. Henson allowed two, but one of them was a home run “by the only good hitter we had,” McCorkle recalls. “I always remind him he never should have pitched to that kid.”)

Both of us also worked at Westerville Lanes as porters, cleaning the ash trays and filling the pop machines and we even did a little pin jumping in the back. While in high school, both of us practiced a lot and worked very hard on our games. We bowled in the adult All Star and Classic leagues as youngsters and dreamed of becoming professional bowlers. We earned the nicknames “Mac” and “Hac.” And we graduated from Westerville High School together in 1970.

Let’s fast forward about 52 years later to 2014. Both of us are in our 60s. We are both very proud grandfathers and still live in Westerville, just north of Columbus. We bowl together in a high-powered scratch league in Columbus along with a couple of fellow PBA champions, PBA Hall of Famer Roy Buckley and Mike Henry of nearby Gahanna. We compete regularly on the PBA50 Tour, traveling the country to compete against the greatest bowlers in the world.

We’ve both had success winning PBA regional titles, but neither of us has ever given up our childhood dream to be a national PBA champion and earn a banner that is displayed over the lanes at each tournament site along with the best champions ever to throw a bowling ball.

My bowling dream came true in 2014 when I won my first national title in the inaugural PBA60 Dick Weber Super Senior Classic at Pro Bowl West in Ft. Wayne, Ind. In an odd coincidence, left-handed Mike Henry, a teammate of mine in league in Columbus, was leading the tournament going into the final position round game. A loss in the last game dropped Henry to fifth place for the stepladder finals and I qualified second behind Johnny Petraglia, one of the greatest bowlers in PBA history.

After I beat Dave Patchen, another Ohioan, 212-195, in the semifinal match, I defeated Petraglia in the title match, 244-173. Petraglia, the legendary lefthander who was the bowler of the year in 1971, is the only bowler in PBA history to win national titles in six different decades and he was trying to become the oldest bowler to win a PBA national event at age of 67.

At the end of the 2014 season, both were nominees for the PBA50 Tour’s Dick Weber Sportsmanship Award, which is voted on by our peers. It was a proud moment even though Chris Keane of Cape Coral, Fla., was the top vote-getter.

This year, one year after my win, my good friend “Hac” made his bowling dream come true when he won his first national title in the second annual Dick Weber Super Senior Classic, also at Pro Bowl West in Fort Wayne.

Once again, our friend Mike Henry was leading the tournament going into position round before he lost and dropped into third place for the stepladder finals. Once again the title went through Petraglia who this time was the tournament leader, and now trying to become the oldest to win a PBA national event at age 68.

On the same pair of lanes (41-42) at Pro Bowl West, Henson began his climb from fourth place, defeating yet another Ohioan, Dave Csuhta of Wadsworth, 247-214; then Henry, 256-225, and finally Kerry Painter of Henderson, Nev., 256-225, to advance to the title match against Petraglia.

In the championship match, Henson def. Petraglia, 244-233, rolling the same winning score I had bowled in winning my first title the previous year.

When I congratulated Bill on his win, it took us both back to memories more than 50 years old. Mac said, “I know how you feel.” Hac laughed and said, “I know you do.”

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Ryan Shafer Ends 12-Year Title Drought, Wins PBA Xtra Frame Gene Carter Pro Shop East Classic

by Bill Vint August 23, 2015 11:56

MIDDLETOWN, Del. – Ryan Shafer of Horseheads, N.Y., ended a 12-year title drought Sunday, defeating Marshall Kent of Yakima, Wash., 254-144, to win the PBA Xtra Frame Gene Carter Pro Shop East Classic at Mid-County Bowling and Entertainment.

Shafer, who turned 49 five days earlier, started the title match with seven strikes and ran away with the match when Kent ran into split trouble, leaving four and failing to convert any of them. Shafer, a 29-year PBA Tour veteran and a 26-time PBA Regional title winner, earned $15,000 along with his fifth PBA Tour title and first since the 2003 Empire State Open in Latham, N.Y.

“It’s been a long time, 12 years. I’m glad it’s over. It really feels good,” Shafer said.

“I’ve been through a rough few years. You start to feel like the young guys are really taking over,” Shafer said. “You lose ball speed. The only thing you can do is practice a lot and make your spares, and grind it out. That’s the kind of tournament I prefer. I like a lot of games.

“They were a little toasty, the second eight games today,” Shafer said, referring to the lane conditions that got burned out during Sunday’s 16-game match play competition leading up to the stepladder finals. Without re-oiling the lanes, conditions became difficult, but, he noted, “That’s what I’m best at. I’m a grinder.”

Shafer qualified seventh for Sunday’s match play and then won 10 of his 16 matches, averaging 221 for the tournament to earn the top berth for the stepladder finals.

After rolling a 279 in the final game of match play to advance from eighth place to capture the third berth in the stepladder finals, Kent defeated No. 4 qualifier John Szczerbinski of N. Tonawanda, N.Y., 225-189, ending Szczerbinski’s bid for his first PBA Tour title.

In the semifinal match, Kent continued his hard loft-shot to the first arrow, throwing the final five strikes to edge PBA East Region veteran Tommy Gollick of Oberlin, Pa., 244-242. Gollick, a 38-year-old lefthander, also was trying for his first PBA Tour title in his first stepladder finals appearance, but when he left the 1-3-4-7 washout in the fifth frame and failed to convert, Gollick gave Kent a lead he was never able to overcome.

The PBA Tour’s next event will be the Xtra Frame PBA Iowa Midwest Open from Thunderbowl in Council Bluffs, Iowa, Oct. 9-11. The tournament will be covered live from start to finish, exclusively on PBA’s Xtra Frame online bowling channel. For subscription information, visit pba.com and click on the Xtra Frame link.

PBA XTRA FRAME GENE CARTER PRO SHOP EAST CLASSIC
Mid-County Bowling and Entertainment, Middletown, Del., Sunday

Final Standings: 1, Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., $15,000. 2, Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., $7,800. 3, Tommy Gollick, Oberlin, Pa., $4,000. 4, John Szczerbinski, N. Tonawanda, N.Y., $2,500.

Stepladder Results: Match One – Kent def. Szczerbinski, 225-189. Semifinal – Kent def. Gollick, 244-242. Championship - Shafer def. Kent, 254-144.

Final Match Play Standings (after 23 games, including match play bonus pins)
1, Shafer, 10-6, 5,399.
2, Gollick, 10-6, 5,367.
3, Kent, 11-5, 5,315.
4, Szczerbinski, 11-5, 5,311.
5, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 11-5, 5,297, $1,700.
6, J.R. Raymond, Bay City, Mich., 8-8, 5,288, $1,300.
7, Tom Daugherty, Wesley Chapel, Fla., 9-6-1, 5,276, $1,100.
8, Steven Arehart, Chesapeake, Va., 9-7, 5,223, $1,000.
9, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 7-9, 5,196, $950.
10, Matt O'Grady, Matawan, N.J., 9-7, 5,162, $925.
11, A.J. Johnson, Oswego, Ill., 6-9-1, 5,125, $900.
12, Rick Graham, Lancaster, Pa., 8-8, 5,082, $880.
13, Kristian Rogers, Charlotte, N.C., 8-8, 5,064, $860.
14, Connor Pickford, Charlotte, N.C., 8-8, 5,056, $850.
15, Kyle Troup, Taylorsville, N.C., 7-9, 5,051, $840.
16, Nick Christy, Newport, N.C., 8-8, 5,026, $830.
17, Jon VanHees, Charlestown, R.I., 7-9, 5,006, $820.
18, Ryan Ciminelli, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 8-8, 4,988, $810.
19, Chris Arcaro, Wilmington, N.C., 8-8, 4,962, $800.
20, Tim Foy Jr., Seaford, Del., 6-10, 4,924, $790.
21, Jason Couch, Clermont, Fla., 6-10, 4,916, $780.
22, Greg Ostrander, Freehold, N.J., 7-9, 4,902, $770.
23, Adam Baer, Gettysburg, Pa., 5-11, 4,876, $760.
24, Frank Gray, North East, Md., 4-12, 4,576, $750.

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Two-Hander Kyle Troup Leads Qualifiers in PBA Xtra Frame Gene Carter Pro Shop East Classic

by Bill Vint August 22, 2015 16:17

MIDDLETOWN, Del. (Aug. 22, 2015) – Kyle Troup of Taylorsville, N.C., averaged 245.7 for seven games Saturday to lead the field of 24 finalists into Sunday’s match play finals in the PBA Tour Xtra Frame Gene Carter Pro Shop East Classic at Mid-County Bowling and Entertainment.

Troup, a 23-year-old two-handed player, won his only PBA Tour title in the PBA Wolf Open during the Grand Casino Hotel & Resort Summer Swing earlier this year in Shawnee, Okla. Saturday he posted a 1,720 total to easily pace the sold-out field of 180 bowlers. In second place, 62 pins behind in the race for the $15,000 first prize and a PBA Tour title, was PBA rookie A.J. Johnson of Oswego, Ill., with a 1,658 pinfall total.

Johnson, who is trying for his first PBA title, finished second in the USBC Masters earlier in the season while still an amateur completing his senior year at McKendree University. Defending champion Jason Couch of Clermont, Fla., was among the 24 players who advanced to match play, qualifying in 15th place with 1,533 pins.

The top 24 will begin the modified 16-game round-robin match play finals Sunday at 9 a.m. Based upon combined 23-game pinfall totals, including 30 bonus pins for matches won, the top four will compete in a stepladder finale at the conclusion of match play.

All of Sunday’s competition will be video-streamed live, exclusively on PBA’s Xtra Frame online bowling channel. To subscribe, visit pba.com and click on the Xtra Frame link.

PBA XTRA FRAME GENE CARTER PRO SHOP EAST CLASSIC

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

Final Qualifying Standings (after 7 games; top 24 advance to modified round-robin match play Sunday)

1. Kyle Troup, Taylorsville, N.C., 1,720.  2. A.J. Johnson, Oswego, Ill., 1,658.  3. Steven Arehart, Chesapeake, Va., 1,611.  4. Tom Daugherty, Wesley Chapel, Fla., 1,602.  5. Ryan Ciminelli, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 1,590.  6. John Szczerbinski, North Tonawanda, N.Y., 1,582.

7. Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., 1,582.  8. Frank H. Gray, Elkton, Md., 1,581.  9. Greg Ostrander, freehold, N.J., 1,577.  10. Rick Graham, Lancaster, Pa., 1,576.  11. Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 1,560.  12. Tim Foy Jr., Seaford, Del., 1,546.

13. Tommy Gollick, Oberlin, Pa., 1,546.  14. J.R. Raymond, Bay City, Mich., 1,541.  15. Jason Couch, Clermont, Fla., 1,533.  16. Matthew O'Grady, Matawan, N.J., 1,531.  17. Chris Arcaro, Willmington, N.C., 1,529.  18. Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, , SC, 1,527.

19. Jon VanHees, Charlestown, R.I., 1,526.  20. Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., 1,525.  21. Nick Christy, Newport, N.C., 1,522.  22. Connor Pickford, Matthews, N.C., 1,522.  23. Adam Baer, Gettysburg, Pa., 1,519.  24. Kristian Rogers, Charlotte, N.C., 1,500.

Other Cashers (after 7 games)

25. Jim Tomek Jr., Camp Hill, Pa., 1,498, $550.  26. Patrick Allen, Mount Kisco, N.Y., 1,497, $550.  27. Noel Vega, Kew Gardens, N.Y., 1,494, $550.  28. Brett Spangler, Niles, Ohio, 1,492, $550.  29. Jason Cornog, Cherry Hill, N.J., 1,489, $550.  30. Gary Haines, West Babylon, N.Y., 1,480, $550.

31. Stephanie Casey, Yonkers, N.Y., 1,476, $550.  32. Tom Hess, Urbandale, Iowa, 1,475, $550.  33. B.J. Moore, Apex, N.C., 1,472, $550.  34. Josh Schmehl, Seaford, Del., 1,470, $550.  35. Bill O'Neill, Langhorne, Pa., 1,466, $550.  36. Brian Cavey, Baltimore, Md., 1,461, $550.

37. Michael Haugen Jr., Phoenix, Ariz., 1,459, $525.  38. Rusty Thomsen, south amboy, N.J., 1,458, $525.  39. Chris Blackmore, Fairfax, Va., 1,451, $525.  40. Stephen Pavlinko, Sewell, N.J., 1,451, $525.  41. Luke Matthys, Whitestown, Ind., 1,450, $525.  42. Tim Mack, Indianapolis, Ind., 1,449, $525.

43. Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 1,445, $525.  44. Joe Paluszek, Bensalem, Pa., 1,438, $525.  45. Randy Weiss, Columbia, S.C., 1,437, $525.  46. Brian Elder, Newark, Del., 1,433, $525.  47 (tie). Paul Bajorski, West Babylon, N.Y.; Richard Horsley, Morrisville, N.C., and Dick Allen, Columbia, S.C., 1,431, $516.67.

50. Brandon Hinderer, York, Pa., 1,429, $500.  51. Billy Asbury, Odenton, Md., 1,427, $500.  52. E.J. Tackett, Huntington, Ind., 1,424, $500.  53. John Ferraro, Kingston, N.Y., 1,424, $500.  54. Craig Schneider, Marcy, N.Y., 1,423, $500.

55. Gary Faulkner Jr., Memphis, Tenn., 1,422, $500.  56. Chris S. Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 1,411, $500.  57. Mike McDonnell, Chesterfield, Va., 1,402, $500.  58. Ronnie Russell, Marion, Ind., 1,402, $500.  59. David Harvey, Danville, Pa., 1,399, $500.  60. Ethan Gray, North East, Md., 1,397, $250.

61. William Ray Barlow, Edgewood, Md., 1,397.  62. Anthony Pepe, East Elmhurst, N.Y., 1,395.  63. Ernest Lukacs Jr., Manville, N.J., 1,395.  64. John Neral, Vienna, Va., 1,395.  65. Brian LeClair, Delmar, N.Y., 1,395.  66. Isaac Kim, Lebanon, Pa., 1,393.

67. Andrew Suscreba, Clifton, N.J., 1,392.  68. Zack Brown, Holly Springs, N.C., 1,392.  69. Ronnie Horton, Christiansburg, Va., 1,391.  70. Brian Robinson, WESTOVER, W. Va., 1,390.  71. John DiSantis, Wilmington, Del., 1,390.  72. Paul Pinto, Philadelphia, Pa., 1,389.

73. Ernest Lukacs, Manville, N.J., 1,389.  74. Bob Caruso, Dayton, N.J., 1,389.  75. Brandon Korczykowski, East Amherst, N.Y., 1,387.  76. Johnathan Bower, Middletown, Pa., 1,386.  77. Collin Raineri, Gilbertsville, Pa., 1,385.  78. Ken Yokobosky, Rockaway, N.J., 1,383.

79. Bradley Hoffman, Lemoyne, Pa., 1,378.  80. Anthony Simonsen, Princeton, Texas, 1,375.  81. Keith Doran, Pomona, N.Y., 1,374.  82. Sammy Ventura, Syracuse, N.Y., 1,372.  83. Victor Florie Jr., Richmond, Va., 1,372.  84. Tommy Dakouvanos, Belford, N.J., 1,369.

85. Hayward Marlow, Bronx, N.Y., 1,367.  86. Thomas Coco Jr., Cortlandt Manor, N.Y., 1,364.  87. Tim Gillick, Milford, Conn., 1,363.  88. Ray Edwards, Middle Island, N.Y., 1,362.  89. Elysia Current, Ephrata, Pa., 1,362.  90. Adam Travis, Cockeysville, Md., 1,362.

91. Michael Markis, Tafton, Pa., 1,362.  92. Michael Houtz, Myerstown, Pa., 1,360.  93. Dave Wodka, Beaver Creek, Ohio, 1,359.  94. James Joseph Wallace, Hicksville, N.Y., 1,357.  95. Kevin Donovan, Painted Post, N.Y., 1,356.  96. Darren Andretta, New Hyde Park, N.Y., 1,353.

97. Marty Berke, Allentown, Pa., 1,350.  98. Terry Wiley, Vienna, Va., 1,348.  99. Brandon Curtis, Manson, N.C., 1,346.  100. Stephen Pavlinko Jr., Sewell, N.J., 1,345.  101. Michael L. Cimba, Monroeville, Pa., 1,345.  102. Jeremy Elder, Smyrna, Del., 1,342.

103. Keith Wagner, Easton, Pa., 1,340.  104. Christopher Colella, Templeton, Mass., 1,337.  105. Tnia Falbo, Greensburg, Pa., 1,336.  106. Lee Vanderhoef, Canton, Ga., 1,336.  107. Joseph Rzemieniewski, Middletown, Del., 1,334.  108. Jay Boyle, Garnet Valley, Pa., 1,334.

109. Jeff Voght, Canajoharie, N.Y., 1,332.  110. Brian Knauer Sr., Federalsburg, Md., 1,332.  111. Mike Deckelman, Milford, Del., 1,331.  112. David Haynes, Las Vegas, Nev., 1,330.  113. David Asbury, Ellicott City, Md., 1,329.  114. Travis Celmer, Wernersville, Pa., 1,328.

115. John Furey, Freehold, N.J., 1,325.  116. Brian Klonarides, Vienna, Va., 1,324.  117. Calvin Sellers, Stratford, Conn., 1,323.  118. Louis Gaudio, Morganville, N.J., 1,323.  119. Eric Cornog, Cherry Hill, N.J., 1,318.  120. Joseph Hostetler, Louisville, Ky., 1,317.

121. Lizabeth Kuhlkin, Rotterdam, N.Y., 1,316.  122. Richie Bebber, Galena, Md., 1,315.  123. Brad Miller, St. Charles, Mo., 1,313.  124. Terry Smallwood, Germantown, Md., 1,313.  125. Ben Zakrocki, Philadelphia, Pa., 1,312.  126. Geordin Krupski, Newtonville, N.J., 1,312.

127. Michael J. Cimba, Monroeville, Pa., 1,311.  128. Gary Faulkner, Norfolk, Va., 1,309.  129. Adam Chase, North Babylon, N.Y., 1,307.  130. Ross McDonald, Clarksville, Md., 1,307.  131. Michael Stocks, Leesburg, Va., 1,306.  132. Jason Stadtler, Cherry Hill, N.J., 1,305.

133. George Dougherty II, Newark, Del., 1,300.  134. Jesse Gibson, West Grove, Pa., 1,299.  135. Jeffrey Roberts, Montverde, Fla., 1,298.  136. Brett Cunningham, Clay, N.Y., 1,296.  137. Tony Myers, Pensacola, Fla., 1,292.  138. Warren Burr, Wilmington, Del., 1,292.

139. Robert Mockenhaupt, Rutherford, N.J., 1,291.  140. Jack Bogan, Kensington, Md., 1,290.  141. David Powers, Newport News, Va., 1,289.  142. Tim Beaver, Kingston, N.Y., 1,288.  143. Colton Wilson, North East, Md., 1,285.  144. Stephen Haas, Enola, Pa., 1,281.

145. Matt Taylor, Youngsville, N.C., 1,276.  146. Paul Nickle III, Rising Sun, Md., 1,273.  147. Timothy Martin, Harrisville, R.I., 1,273.  148. Will Vidulich, Parsippany, N.J., 1,273.  149. Sam Maccarone, Blackwood, N.J., 1,269.  150. Rob Manley, Wilmington, Del., 1,260.

151. Michael Tweed, Camp Hill, Pa., 1,260.  152. Pat Scott, Manassas, Va., 1,258.  153. Otis Reff, Conshohocken, Pa., 1,257.  154. Clifton Wolfe, West Grove, Pa., 1,255.  155. Mike Hastings, Millsboro, Del., 1,250.  156. Arthur Nowlin, New Castle, Del., 1,248.

157. Dan Buchman, Maple Shade, N.J., 1,247.  158. Benjamin Enea, Utica, N.Y., 1,243.  159. Pat Merrill, Newark, Del., 1,239.  160. Greg Rottengen, Washington, N.J., 1,235.  161. Robert Fusik III, East Windsor, N.J., 1,234.  162. Jeremy Domingo, Sewell, N.J., 1,232.

163. David Kneas, Annapolis, Md., 1,229.  164. Gregory Smith, Baltimore, Md., 1,227.  165. David Bleggi, Jacksonville, N.C., 1,227.  166. Thad Rand, Rapidan, Va., 1,225.  167. Troy Lehigh, York, Pa., 1,215.  168. Howard Snyder, Hunt Valley, Md., 1,215.

169. Jackson Getting, Hampton, N.H., 1,212.  170. Charles Beam, Henrico, Va., 1,208.  171. Leon Platt, Summerville, S.C., 1,207.  172. John Schmidt, Warners, N.Y., 1,205.  173. Bill Vannoy, Jacksonville, N.C., 1,190.  174. Derek James, Wyandanch, N.Y., 1,189.

175. Tommy Barna, Westminster, Md., 1,187.  176. Bob Andretta, New Hyde Park, N.Y., 1,178.  177. Bill Michael Sr., Bowie, Md., 1,147.  178. Joseph Hanussak, Hamilton, N.J., 1,124.  179. Richard Lyles, Poolesville, Md., 1,105.  180. Derek C Engeln, Clifton Park, N.Y., 671, WD.

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