New York’s Brandon Soedarmasto, Illinois’ Brigitte Jacobs Win Teen Masters Titles in Las Vegas

by Bill Vint July 3, 2015 13:20

LAS VEGAS – Brandon Soedarmasto of Levittown, N.Y., and Brigitte Jacobs of Freeport, Ill., captured the boys’ and girls’ titles in the Teen Masters Championships at South Point Bowling Plaza Friday, each earning $7,500 scholarships.

Soedarmasto and Jacobs also earned berths in the Teen Masters Grand Championship match that will be contested as part of the Professional Bowlers Association’s PBA Challenge Finals during GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling VII at the National Bowling Stadium in Reno, Nev. The PBA Challenge Finals also will include PBA50 Tour, PBA Regional and PWBA-PBA Women’s Regional Challenge matches. The finals will be held on Dec. 19 and will air on ESPN in early 2016.

Soedarmasto, 17, took the lead in the second round of qualifying and never looked back, averaging 231.52 for 42 games while winning 13 of his 18 match games for a 10,114 pinfall total, and a 165-pin margin of victory over Trey Brand of Battlefield, Mo. Brand, a 13-year-old two-handed player, also won the boys’ 14-and-under title. Pablo Cerda of Sunrise, Fla., finished third with 9,904 pins, 45 behind Brand.

Soedarmasto, in his fifth Teen Masters, said experience in the past four events was a big help.

“The previous years I wasn’t as sharp with my spare game or my mental game, so those were what I worked on the most,” he said. “I wasn’t really watching the scoreboard, but I was watching the players around me when I struggled to see what they were doing. From block to block, I didn’t feel like I was as focused as I needed to be, but when I got the distractions out of my head, I was able to bowl to the best of my ability.”

Brand, who bowled in his first Teen Masters, said he didn’t expect to win at age 13, but “I was expecting to make match play. I’m happy I did as well as I did.”

Jacobs, 17, who trailed Paige Beeney of Salado, Texas, by 181 pins after 24 qualifying games, won 12 of her 18 match games and averaged 207.69 to finish with 9,083 pins, including match play bonus pins, to defeat Beeney by 243 pins in the girls’ competition.

“After qualifying, I kept telling myself, you can do it, you can do it, so I just concentrated on making good shots and picking up my spares,” Jacobs, a first-time Teen Masters competitor, said. “I wanted to bowl the tournament because the playing field is level with the bowling balls and conditions, and it went really well.”

The U14 Division girls’ winner was 14-year-old Allie Leiendecker of Wooster, Ohio, the only U14 player to qualify for match play on the girls’ side.

“I did a lot better than I thought I was going to do,” Leiendecker said. “I practiced a lot on house shots with the bowling balls, but not on the tournament patterns. It worked a lot better than I thought. I did a lot better than I did last year (when she finished third in the U14 division).”

The Teen Masters, created in 1997 by Killer B Promotions founder Gary Beck as an elite challenge for high school age boys and girls, drew an open-entry field of 160 boys and 76 girls to Las Vegas. All qualifying rounds were conducted on PBA-caliber short- and long-oil lane conditions. In match play, the short-oil pattern was applied to one lane and the long-oil pattern to the other. All players were required to use special PBA Skill Balls 2.0 (polyester) and 3.0 (urethane), emphasizing player skills rather than exotic equipment.

Teen Masters champions who have gone on to become PBA Tour titlists include Mike Fagan (1997), Jason Sterner (2003), Ryan Ciminelli (2004), and Jake Peters (2006).

TEEN MASTERS HIGH SCHOOL CHAMPIONSHIPS

South Point Bowling Plaza, Las Vegas, July 3

(Prizes listed are scholarship awards)

Boys’ Division (final standings, after 42 games including match play bonus pins):

1, Brandon Soedarmasto, Levittown, N.Y., 13-5, 10,114, $7,500.
2, Trey Brand, Battlefield, Mo., 13-5, 9,949, $3,750.
3, Pablo Cerda, Sunrise, Fla., 14-3-1, 9,904, $2,000.
4, Michael Martell, Brooklyn, N.Y., 13-5, 9,764, $1,000.
5, Alex Martin, Smyrna, Ga., 13-5, 9,535, $750.
6, Justin Wisler, Davenport, Fla., 12-6, 9,444, $500.
7, Jarek Vincent, Fort Smith, Ark., 8-10, 9,404, $480.
8, Adam Zimmerman, Deer Park, N.Y., 8-9-1, 9,288, $460.
9, Collin Smith, Huron, S.D., 7-10-1, 9,287, $440.
10, Jacob Yoder, Wooster, Ohio, 8-10, 9,181, $420.
11, Donovan Thomas, Longmont, Colo., 9-9, 9,172, $400.
12, Parker Capra, Spring, Texas, 7-11, 9,150, $390.
13, Benjamin Hardin, Tampa, Fla., 8-10, 9,114, $380.
14, Daniel Watkinson, Palm Bay, Fla., 8-10, 9,106, $370.
15, Andrew Guba, Las Vegas, 4-13-1, 9,082, $360.
16, Basil Ng, Singapore, 5-13, 9,000, $350.
17, EJ Baradas, Roseville, Calif., 4-14, 8,967, $340.
18, TJ Rock, Henderson, Nev., 6-12, 8,733, $330.

Girls’ Division (final standings, after 42 games including match play bonus pins):

1, Brigitte Jacobs, Freeport, Ill., 12-6, 9,083, $7,500.
2, Paige Beeney, Salado, Texas, 8-10, 8,840, $3,000.
3, Megan Eaglehouse, Cibolo, Texas, 13-5, 8,723, $1,500.
4, Bryanna Leyen, Perry Hall, Md., 9-9, 8,720, $750.
5, Ashley Dunn, Palmdale, Calif., 12-6, 8,718, $500.
6, Natalie Koprowitz, Girard, Ill., 6-11-1, 8,694, $400.
7, Crystal Elliott, Melbourne, Fla., 11-7, 8,679, $360.
8, Allie Leiendecker, Wooster, Ohio, 9-7-2, 8,677, $340.
9, Krystina Nealon, Coral Springs, Fla., 8-10, 8,654, $320.
10, Samantha Johnson, Apopka, Fla., 6-12, 8,605, $300.
11, Candace Taylor, Dalton, Ohio, 10-8, 8,552, $280.
12, Jenna Williams, Homosassa, Fla., 10-7-1, 8,510, $260.
13, Madison Kasza, OFallon, Ill., 10-8, 8,499, $240.
14, Christie Draper, McKinney, Texas, 7-11, 8,327, $220.
15, Heather Trapp, Chester, Va., 7-11, 8,229, $200.
16, Heather Duncan, Middleburg, Fla., 6-12, 8,198, $180.
17, Mallory Liversedge, Meridian, Idaho, 7-11, 8,074, $160.
18, Jasmine April, Port Orange, Fla., 9-9, 7,858, $140.

u-denotes U14 competitor

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PBA50 Player and Rookie of the Year Races Heat Up with Four Tournaments Remaining

by Jerry Schneider July 3, 2015 03:38

When the 2015 PBA50 Tour resumes later this month, the races for PBA50 Player of the Year, PBA50 Rookie of the Year, and eight spots in the season-ending PBA50 Challenge will kick into high gear.

With a win in the Senior U.S. Open presented by Storm plus second- and third-place finishes in the Johnny Petraglia BVL Open presented by Brunswick and Miller High Life Classic presented by Columbia 300, respectively, PBA Hall of Famer Pete Weber maintains the lead in Player of the Year points with 151,548. He leads PBA50 Tour rookie Mike Scroggins, the season’s only multiple winner, who is second with 133,992 points.

Scroggins won the Johnny Petraglia BVL Open and UnitedHealthcare Sun Bowl In the Villages presented by Radical. He also has a fifth-place finish in the Fountain Valley Open presented by Track.

Leading the average list after seven tournaments are two PBA50 Tour winners from this season, PBA Hall of Famer Parker Bohn III, with a 229.1 average nearly three pins higher than Brian LeClair in second with a 226.66 average.

Bohn also ranks third in points (118,020) and LeClair is fourth (105,408). Bohn won the season-opening Pasco County Florida Open while LeClair won the Fountain Valley Open for his first national PBA title in nearly 30 years as a PBA member. LeClair also finished second in the Northern California Classic presented by MOTIV and fifth in the Petraglia BVL Open.

Scroggins and LeClair are currently the points leaders for Rookie of the Year honors.

Two other 2015 PBA50 Tour winners are fifth and sixth in points. Fifth is Jack Jurek (99,792), who won the Miller High Life Classic for his second career PBA50 Tour title, and sixth is PBA Hall of Famer Amleto Monacelli (96,378) who won the Northern California Classic for his fourth career PBA50 Tour title.

Leading the PBA60 Player of the Year points is PBA Hall of Famer and four-time PBA50 Player of the Year Tom Baker. He has top finishes of third in the UnitedHealthcare Sun Bowl In The Villages and fourth in the Miller High Life Classic.

With four tournaments remaining in the 2015 PBA50 Tour season, players will be vying for eight spots in the PBA50 Challenge, along with paid entries into GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling VII. The eight points leaders will bowl an eight-game round robin match play qualifying event on Dec. 7 at the National Bowling Stadium in Reno, Nev., with the top two players advancing to the PBA50 Challenge Finals which will be part of the PBA Challenge airing on ESPN.

The PBA50 Tour season picks up again with the Treasure Island Resort & Casino Open presented by Roto Grip July 19-22 at Island Xtreme Bowl in Welch, Minn. to be followed by the season’s final major, the United States Bowling Congress Senior Masters July 27-Aug. 1 from Ashwaubenon Bowling Lanes in Green Bay, Wis. The final two PBA50 Tour tournaments of 2015 are the PBA Tour/PBA50 Tour South Shore Doubles presented by DV8 at Olympia Lanes in Hammond, Ind., Aug. 5-8 and PBA50 DeHayes Insurance Group Championship presented by Pro Bowl West and Ebonite in Ft. Wayne, Ind., Aug. 9-12.

Two PBA60 tournaments are on the schedule beginning with the USBC Super Senior Classic Aug. 2-5 and the PBA60 Dick Weber Super Senior Classic presented by Pro Bowl West and Hammer Aug. 14-16.

All PBA50 events except the USBC Senior Masters will be covered live from start to finish, exclusively on PBA’s online bowling channel Xtra Frame. For subscription information visit http://www.xtraframe.tv/pba/. The USBC Senior Masters will be covered by USBC’s bowl.com BOWLTV video-streaming service.

2015 PBA50 TOUR STATISTICS (as of July 1)

COMPETITION POINTS

                                                              Events    Points

1, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo.                       7      151,548
2, Mike Scroggins, Amarillo, Texas               6      133,992
3, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J.                  7      118,020
4, Brian LeClair, Delmar, N.Y.                       7      105,408
5, Jack Jurek, Lackawanna, N.Y.                 4        99,792
6, Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela                  7        96,378
7, Bob Learn Jr., Erie, Pa.                           7        75,582
8, Ron Mohr, Las Vegas                               7        66,798
9, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla.                      4        62,910
10, ss-Tom Baker, King, N.C.                       7        58,584
11, Lennie Boresch Jr., Kenosha, Wis.        4        51,756
12, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla.      7        49,548
13, Eric Forkel, Henderson, Nev.                 3        45,006
14, Bryan Goebel, Shawnee, Kan.                5        43,278
15, Harry Sullins, Chesterfield Twp., Mich.  7        37,428
16, Brian Voss, Centennial, Colo.                 6        36,648
17, Mike Dias, Lafayette, Colo.                    7        36,432
18, Chris Warren, Grants Pass, Ore.              3        31,404
19, John Burkett, Southlake, Texas              5        30,540
20, ss-John Petraglia, Jackson, N.J.             6        27,354

AVERAGES (min. 125 games)

                                                                 Games     Average

1, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J.                    222      229.10
2, Brian LeClair, Delmar, N.Y.                         222      226.66
3, Brian Voss, Centennial, Colo.                    169       226.24
4, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo.                         242       226.16
5, Norm Duke Clermont, Fla.                          134       224.69
6, Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela                    228       224.00
7, Ron Mohr, Las Vegas                                 285       224.00
8, Bob Learn Jr., Erie, Pa.                             246       222.89
9, ss-Tom Baker, King, N.C.                           247       221.57
10, Jack Jurek, Lackawanna, N.Y.                 153       221.32
11, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla.        261       221.05
12, Bryan Goebel, Shawnee, Kan.                 168       221.04
13, Mike Scroggins, Amarillo, Texas               253       220.71
14, ss-John Petraglia, Jackson, N.J.             184       220.22
15, Chris Warren, Grants Pass, Ore.              130       220.14
16, Mike Dias, Lafayette, Colo.                     222       218.91
17, Lennie Boresch Jr., Kenosha, Wis.          156      218.86
18, Harry Sullins, Chesterfield Twp., Mich.    252      216.00
19, Warren Nelson, Middleburg, Fla.              169      215.49
20, John Burkett, Southlake, Texas              160      214.99

EARNINGS

                                                          Titles        Total

1, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo.                          1           $23,275
2, Mike Scroggins, Amarillo, Texas                  2           $19,475
3, Brian LeClair, Delmar, N.Y.                          1           $18,025
4, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J.                     1           $17,175
5, Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela                     1            $16,275
6, Jack Jurek, Lackawanna, N.Y.                    1            $13,550
7, Bob Learn Jr., Erie, Pa.                              0            $12,313
8, Ron Mohr, Las Vegas                                  0            $12,300
9, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla.                         0            $12,025
10, ss-Tom Baker, King, N.C.                          0            $11,150
11, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla.         0            $11,000
12, Lennie Boresch Jr., Kenosha, Wis.           0             $9,500
13, Eric Forkel, Henderson, Nev.                    0             $8,300
14, Harry Sullins, Chesterfield Twp., Mich.     0             $8,100
15, Mike Dias, Lafayette, Colo.                       0             $7,950
16, Bryan Goebel, Shawnee, Kan.                   0             $7,750
17, Chris Warren, Grants Pass, Ore.                0             $7,150
18, Brian Voss, Centennial, Colo.                    0             $6,800
19, ss-Paul McCordic, Sugar Land, Texas        0              $6,425
20, Warren Nelson, Middleburg, Fla.               0              $6,325

ss-denotes PBA60 player

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PBA Spare Shots: John Burkett Learns Valuable $5 Lesson in PBA XF Lubbock Southwest Open

by Bill Vint July 1, 2015 08:41

John Burkett said he learned a valuable lesson during the Xtra Frame PBA Lubbock Southwest Open on his way to winning an additional $5 in prize money.

The former Major League All-Star pitcher, in his rookie year as a PBA50 competitor, bowled A Squad in the nine-game qualifying round of last week’s tournament at South Plains Lanes in Lubbock, Texas. When a tournament field is too large to accommodate all players on the same squad, the field is split into A and B Squads, one following the other, and scores for all players are combined when both squads are finished.

In cases like that, it’s common practice to predict that half of the players from each squad will make the cut to advance to the next round. In Lubbock, that meant roughly 29 players from each squad were expected to advance. So when Burkett finished his nine games Saturday and sat in 40th place, he assumed there was no way he was going to be among the top 59 advancing to Sunday’s cashers’ round.

“I learned a lesson,” Burkett said. “I never figured the squad split would be like that, so I drove home.”

Home was roughly 320 miles and five hours away in Southlake, Texas. As he approached home, Burkett was monitoring Xtra Frame and found out he had, in fact, qualified for the cashers’ round in 58th place. After getting three hours of sleep, he turned around and drove five hours back to Lubbock.

If he had withdrawn from the tournament and stayed home, he would have earned $500 for finishing 59th. Instead, he bowled his six-game cashers’ round and wound up finishing 51st, earning $505 – a net gain of $5.

The money had absolutely nothing to do with his decision to return to Lubbock.

“If you look at my baseball career, I took the mound every fifth day,” the 50-year-old Burkett said. “When I sign up for a tournament, I obligate myself to bowl the whole event. I don’t think it’s professional to quit. Out of respect to the PBA, the other players, the tournament host, you finish the event. I wouldn’t want to look people in the face if I quit. I have too much respect for the sport.

“And I also believe in myself,” he added. “After the first two games, I moved up 24 places to 34th. But the lanes changed so fast after the second game, I couldn’t make the adjustment. The transition completely confused me.

“Nah, I wasn’t tired,” he said. “I usually only sleep six hours a night anyway, so three hours’ sleep wasn’t a problem. Plus I don’t like to make excuses.

“But I will admit I wasn’t looking forward to another five-hour drive back home,” he said with a laugh.

THIS MONTH ON XTRA FRAME: TEENS, WOMEN, SENIORS, PBA STARS

PBA’s Xtra Frame schedule of programming for the month of July covers every age group and gender: teens, women, seniors and PBA’s core of standard players, beginning with an extended Fourth of July schedule from Las Vegas, where Xtra Frame will visit South Point Bowling Plaza to cover the Teen Masters National Championships (June 30-July 3) and the Collegiate Masters (July 4-5).

On July 8 and 9, Xtra Frame will video-stream a non-PBA event, the MOTIV Revolution Tournament, from Thunderbowl Lanes in Allen Park, Mich. Immediately afterward, Professional Women’s Bowling Association competition will make its Xtra Frame debut with start-to-finish coverage of the PWBA Storm Sacramento Open, July 10-11, from Steve Cook’s Fireside Lanes in Citrus Heights, Calif.

Xtra Frame returns to South Plains Lanes in Lubbock – host of the recently-completed XF PBA Lubbock Sports Southwest Open – July 17-18 for exclusive coverage of the PWBA Lubbock Sports Open. Start-to-finish coverage of the PBA50 Tour Treasure Island Resort & Casino Open presented by Roto Grip from Island Xtreme Bowl in Welch, Minn., is set for July 20-22.

Closing out the July schedule will be the PWBA Wichita Open from Northrock Lanes in Wichita, Kan., July 24-25, and opening the August schedule will be the PBA/PWBA Xtra Frame Striking Against Breast Cancer Mixed Doubles from Palace Lanes in Houston, Texas, July 31-Aug. 2.

Bowling fans who want to sample Xtra Frame can subscribe on a three-day basis for only $3.99. A full month’s worth of Xtra Frame programming cost only $7.99. 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 NETWORK UNVEILS NEW INSTAGRAM ACCOUNT

The PBA Network is expanding its presence in the social media arena again, unveiling a new PBA Tour page (“pbatour”) on Instagram. Fans also can follow photo diaries of a growing number of PBA Tour players who have created their own personal accounts on Instagram. To find out which players currently have Facebook, Twitter and/or Instagram accounts, visit pba.com, click on the “Bowlers” tab and open PBA Tour Bowlers.

The PBA Network is the organization’s comprehensive multi-media collection of programs and services that create exposure for professional bowling around the globe. To look into the array of PBA Network elements, visit pba.com and click on the PBA Network link.

RASH VS. BELMONTE “SUPER CLASH” JOINS PBA MODERN CLASSICS ON FRIDAY

The head-to-head Super Clash between PBA rivals Sean Rash and Jason Belmonte, contested during the 2014 PBA Winter Swing in Allen Park, Mich., will join the library of PBA Modern Classics on PBA’s YouTube channel on Friday. You’ll be able to quickly access the program using this link: https://youtu.be/h4f64iIU3jY

Some of the PBA’s most memorable recent telecasts will become part of the PBA Modern Classic library on PBA’s YouTube channel, with new additions to the collections planned for every other Friday.

PBA REGIONAL UPDATE: O’KEEFE, KENNARD WIN TITLES IN FORT WAYNE

Shannon O’Keefe of O’Fallon, Ill., and Anthony Kennard of Wapakoneta, Ohio won titles in the PWBA Central Open, presented by PBA, and PBA Pro Bowl West Central/Midwest Challenge doubleheader at Pro Bowl West in Fort Wayne, Ind., on Saturday, June 27.

O’Keefe, the head women’s bowling coach at McKendree University, defeated Jodi Woessner of Oregon, Ohio by 97 pins to win the PBA Central Region’s Professional Women’s Bowling Association title. O’Keefe, who finished with an eight-game total of 1,836 pins, earned $1,200 in the women only event.

Kennard defeated amateur Dan Higgins of Westerville, Ohio, 238-220, to win the joint PBA Central-Midwest regional “challenge” event, which was open to PBA members and non-members who have not won a PBA event. The title earned Kennard $1,500 along with eligibility to enter the 2016 PBA Tournament of Champions.

Harry Sullins of Chesterfield Twp., Mich., defeated Dave Traber of Hebron, Ill., by 53 pins to win the PBA50 Tony Grigat Allstate Agent Midwest Open at Fox Bowl in Wheaton, Ill., on Sunday. Sullins, who finished with a 15-game total of 3,242 pins, including match play bonus pins, earned $1,500 along with his 19th career PBA50 Regional title.

Sammy Ventura of Syracuse, N.Y., defeated Marty Berke of Allentown, Pa., 205-226, 277-256, 216-203, in the best-of-three-game title match to win $1,700 and his seventh PBA Regional title in the PBA50 SpareTimes Hampton South Open at SpareTimes Lanes in Hampton, Va., Sunday.

● Three events over the Fourth of July weekend include the PBA and the women-only PWBA Gastonia South Open doubleheader presented by Brunswick at George Pappas’ Liberty Lanes in Gastonia, N.C., plus the Grand Casino Hotel & Resort Southwest Member/Non-Member Doubles at FireLake Bowling Center in Shawnee, Okla.

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

● Reminders: book a room through the “Book Hotel” link on pba.com and you will be automatically entered into HotelPlanner.com’s monthly sweepstakes that awards a $200 lodging gift certificate. June’s HotelPlanner.com winner is Jennifer Vest of Chillicothe, Ohio. Or sign up for a new Xtra Frame subscription –monthly or XF Season Ticket – and you could win a new MOTIV bowling ball in the monthly MOTIV Xtra Frame sweepstakes, like Joe Goldstein of San Bruno, Calif., did in the July sweepstakes. Look for the Xtra Frame link on pba.com’s home page.

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EJ Tackett Strings Seven Strikes, Wins First PBA Tour Title in Xtra Frame Lubbock Southwest Sports Open

by Bill Vint June 28, 2015 11:53

LUBBOCK, Texas – Top qualifier EJ Tackett of Huntington, Ind., threw a string of seven consecutive strikes to defeated Bill O’Neill of Langhorne, Pa., 256-213, to win the PBA Xtra Frame Lubbock Sports Southwest Open and his first PBA Tour title Sunday at South Plains Lanes.

Tackett, PBA’s 2013 Rookie of the Year, opened the title match with three single-pin spares, but made a few adjustments and followed with his string of seven strikes to run away from O’Neill, who is arguably the hottest player in professional bowling this summer. O’Neill came into the Lubbock event fresh off wins in the PBA Oklahoma Open and Oklahoma’s Grand Casino Hotel & Resort King of the Swing, a multi-event summer series in which he also had two third-place finishes.

Tackett, 22, had previously finished second in the 2014 USBC Masters and the 2014 Oklahoma Open. Along with his first PBA Tour title, he won a $15,000 first prize.

“A lot of people took a chance on me when I first came out on tour, so I want to thank all of them,” Tackett said. “This one is for them.”

O’Neill advanced to the title match with a 267-235 victory over 2014 PBA Southwest Region Player of the Year Shawn Maldonado, a two-handed player from Houston, Texas. Maldonado was trying for his first PBA Tour title.

In the first match, Maldonado rallied from a 45-pin deficit in the fifth frame, finishing with seven consecutive strikes – including a cross-over strike on his first shot in the 10th frame – to eliminate defending Lubbock Southwest Open champion Mitch Beasley of Nashville, Tenn.

The Xtra Frame Lubbock Southwest Open, presented by Storm, was the fourth PBA Tour event covered exclusively live on by PBA’s exclusive online video-streaming service. Earlier in the year, Chris Barnes of Double Oak, Texas, won the DHC PBA Japan Invitational in Tokyo – the first international event ever streamed live on Xtra Frame; Josh Blanchard of Phoenix, Ariz., won the PBA Xtra Frame Maine Shootout at Bayside Bowl in Portland, Maine, and Colombia’s Andres Gomez won the PBA Xtra Frame Pensacola South Open last Sunday at New Liberty Lanes in Pensacola, Fla.

Among the 59 players who qualified for the cashers’ round was former Major League All-Star John Burkett of Southlake, Texas. Burkett, a 50-year-old first-year competitor on the PBA50 Tour, bowled Saturday’s early nine-game qualifying squad. With half of the field yet to bowl, Burkett was certain he had missed the cut to Sunday’s cashers’ round, so he headed back to Southlake – roughly 320 miles away. At the end of the five-hour trip, he learned he had, in fact, qualified in 58th place, so he turned around and drove back to Lubbock. Bowling the cashers’ round on three hours’ sleep, Burkett moved up to 34th place after two games before fatigue set in and he fell to 51st.

Upcoming exclusive live coverage events on Xtra Frame will be the Teen Masters National Championship, June 30-July 3, and the Teen Masters Collegiate Masters, July 4-5, at South Point Bowling Plaza in Las Vegas; the MOTIV Revolution Tournament at Thunderbowl in Allen Park, Mich., July 8-9; the Professional Women’s Bowling Association Storm Sacramento Open from Steve Cook’s Fireside Lanes in Citrus Heights, Calif., July 10-11; the PWBA Lubbock Sports Open from South Plains Lanes, July 17-18; the PBA50 Treasure Island Resort & Casino Open from Island Xtreme Bowl in Welch, Minn., July 20-22, and the PWBA Wichita Open from Northrock Lanes in Wichita, Kan., July 24-25. The PBA Tour returns to Xtra Frame Aug. 1-12 with the PBA/PWBA Xtra Frame Striking Against Breast Cancer Mixed Doubles from Palace Lanes in Houston, Texas. For subscription information, visit pba.com and click on the Xtra Frame logo. Three-day, monthly and full year subscriptions are available.

PBA XTRA FRAME LUBBOCK SPORTS SOUTHWEST OPEN

presented by Storm

South Plains Lanes, Lubbock, Texas, June 28

Final Standings: 1, EJ Tackett, Huntington, Ind., $15,000. 2, Bill O’Neill, Langhorne, Pa., $8,250. 3, Shawn Maldonado, Houston, Texas, $5,000. 4, Mitch Beasley, Clarksville, Tenn., $3,000.

Stepladder Results: Match One – Maldonado def. Beasley, 222-200. Semifinal Match – O’Neill def. Maldonado, 267-235. Championship – Tackett def. O’Neill, 256-213.

Final Match Play Standings (after 23 games, including match play bonus pins):

1, Tackett, 6-2, 5,587. 2, O'Neill, 7-1, 5,433. 3, Maldonado, 6-2, 5,413. 4, Beasley, 5-3, 5,398. 5, Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 5-3, 5,373, $2,000. 6, Tom Daugherty, Wesley Chapel, Fla., 5-3, 5,323, $1,700. 7, Patrick Allen, Mount Kisco, N.Y., 3-5, 5,293, $1,500. 8, Stuart Williams, England, 5-3, 5,288, $1,300.

9, Mike Fagan, Ft.Worth, Texas, 4-4, 5,222, $1,200. 10, Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., 3-5, 5,196, $1,100. 11, Anthony Lavery-Spahr, Pasadena, Texas, 3-5, 5,145, $1,000. 12, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 3-5, 5,141, $900. 13, a-A.J. Chapman, Manchester, Iowa, 2-6, 5,099, $850. 14, D.J. Archer, Kingwood, Texas, 3-5, 5,065, $800. 15, Kyle Troup, Taylorsville, N.C., 2-6, 5,041, $750. 16, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 2-6, 4,968, $700.

Other Cashers (after 15 games): 17, Jason Sterner, Covington, Ga., 3,337, $620. 18, Devin Bidwell, Wichita, Kan., 3,330, $610. 19, Gary Faulkner, Memphis, Tenn., 3,328, $605. 20, Tyler Jensen, Ft. Worth, Texas, 3,312, $600. 21, a-Tyson Branagan, Euless, Texas, 3,305, $635. 22, a-Mykel Holliman, Collierville, Tenn., 3,304, $590. 23, Mika Koivuniemi, Hartland, Mich., 3,293, $585. 24, Randy Weiss, Columbia, S.C., 3,282, $580.

25, s-Mike Edwards, Tulsa, Okla., 3,278, $575. 26, Nathan Bohr, Austin, Texas, 3,275, $570. 27 (tie), Brett Cooper, Denver, Colo., and s-Mark Williams, Beaumont, Texas, 3,259, $562.50. 29, Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 3,244, $555. 30, a-Dylan Burns, Garden City, Kan., 3,238, $550. 31, Anthony Simonsen, Princeton, Texas, 3,229, $545. 32, Dino Castillo, Carrollton, Texas, 3,223, $540.

33, Scotty Pope, Odessa, Texas, 3,214, $540. 34, Dick Allen, Columbia, S.C., 3,202, $535. 35 (tie), Paul Brewbaker, Midwest City, Okla., and a-Marc Heninger, Tonganoxie, Kan., 3,197, $532.50. 37, a-Keven Williams, Springfield, Mo., 3,194, $530. 38, Brett Spangler, Niles, Ohio, 3,183, $525. 39, a-Xeno Garcia, Ft. Worth, Texas, 3,182, $525. 40, Connor Pickford, Charlotte, N.C., 3,172, $520.

41, Michael Haugen Jr., Phoenix , 3,170, $520. 42, a-Lanndyn Carnate, Glendale, Ariz., 3,166, $515. 43, Chris Colella, Templeton, Mass., 3,165, $515. 44, Chad Newman, The Colony, Texas, 3,146, $515. 45, a-David Decker, Aurora, Colo., 3,139, $510. 46, a-Brandon Martin, Derby, Kan., 3,129, $510. 47, Scott Newell, Deland, Fla., 3,125, $510. 48, s-Doug Kirkman, Lubbock, Texas, 3,122, $510.

49, Jeff Hatt, Oklahoma City, 3,107, $505. 50, Ramese Chambers, Kansas City, Mo., 3,103, $505. 51, s-John Burkett, Southlake, Texas, 3,091, $505. 52, a-Jason Duran, Littleton, Colo., 3,086, $505. 53, Arturo Quintero, Mexico, 3,078, $505. 54, a-Seth Rutledge, Dallas, 3,056, $500. 55, f-Anggie Ramirez, Chicago, 3,034, $500. 56 (tie), a-John Pierce, Denton, Texas, and s-Mike Scroggins, Amarillo, Texas, 3,030, $500.

58, Andy Patterson, Tyler, Texas, 3,005, $500. 59, a-Dylan Macon, Ennis, Texas, 2,992, $500. 64, f-Clara Guerrero, Pflugerville, Texas/Colombia, 1,850, $300.

a-denotes amateur; s-denotes PBA50 player; f-denotes female.

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Texans Lavery-Spahr, Maldonado Pace Qualifying in PBA Xtra Frame Lubbock Sports Southwest Open

by Bill Vint June 27, 2015 16:31

LUBBOCK, Texas – In a field of 179 players including 23 PBA Tour titlists, two talented young Texans seeking their first PBA Tour title jumped into the lead after Saturday’s nine-game qualifying round of the PBA Xtra Frame Lubbock Sports Southwest Open at South Plains Lanes.

Anthony Lavery-Spahr, a one-time PBA Southwest Region title winner from Pasadena, Texas, and two-handed player Shawn Maldonado of Houston, a two-time winner in PBA Southwest Region competition, ranked one-two at the end of qualifying. Lavery-Spahr posted a 2,214 total while Maldonado, the 2014 Southwest Region Player of the Year, had 2,159 pins in leading the field of 59 players who advanced to Sunday’s six-game cashers’ round at 9:30 a.m. ET.

After the cashers’ round, the top 16 players based on 15-game pinfall total will advance to a modified eight-game round-robin match play round at 1 p.m. ET leading to the four-player stepladder finals and the battle for the $15,000 first prize at 5:20 p.m. ET.

All of Sunday’s competition will be covered live on PBA’s Xtra Frame online bowling channel.

For complete qualifying standings, click here: http://pba.com/Tournaments/RegionalResult/3506

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