Nevada’s Brian Cooper Averages 245 to Lead PBA50 UnitedHealthcare Sun Bowl In The Villages First Round

by Jerry Schneider April 20, 2014 14:13

Brian Cooper of Henderson, Nev., averaged 245 to take the first-round lead in the PBA50 UnitedHealthcare Sun Bowl In The Villages presented by Radical Sunday at Spanish Springs Lanes.

Cooper, had a 1,960 eight-game pinfall total with games of 234, 241, 227, 243, 227, 262, 247 and 279. He held a four-pin lead over four-time PBA50 Player of the Year and Hall of Famer Tom Baker of King, N.C., and Bill Henson of Westerville, Ohio, who tied for second with 1,956.

“This is the best start I’ve had so hopefully it’s a good sign of things to come,” said the 52-year-old Cooper, using the same ball for the entire round. “I just had to make a few adjustments mainly with my speed but nothing major.

“My game plan is to use the same ball for the second round and make similar adjustments but if that doesn’t work I’ll just have to figure it out.”

Cooper is bowling in his third season on the PBA50 Tour with a previous-best career finish of 10th in last season’s Greater Birmingham (Ala.) Open.

The 158-player field will return Monday for another eight-game qualifying round that will determine the top 32 players who will advance to round-robin match play on Tuesday.

Trying for his second consecutive PBA50 Tour win to start the 2014 season, PBA Hall of Famer Amleto Monacelli of Venezuela finished the round in seventh with a 1,938 pinfall.

Monacelli won last week’s season-opening Pasco County (Fla.) Open for his third career PBA50 Tour title.

PBA50 UNITEDHEALTHCARE SUN BOWL IN THE VILLAGES PRESENTED BY RADICAL

After Sunday’s First Round Qualifying (8 games)
Spanish Springs Lanes
The Villages, Fla.
a-amateur

1, Brian Cooper, Henderson, Nev., 1,960.
2, (tie) Tom Baker, King, N.C., and Bill Henson, Westerville, Ohio, 1,956.
4, John Conroy, Mahopac, N.Y., 1,954.
5, a-Bo Goergen, Sanford, Mich., 1,950.
6, Kevin Croucher, Grants Pass, Ore., 1,940.
7, Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, 1,938.
8, Dennis Lane, Kingsport, Tenn., 1,924.
9, Bryan Goebel, Shawnee, Kan., 1,919.
10, Mike Dias, Lafayette, Colo., 1,911.
11, Gary LaCara, Huntington Station, N.Y., 1,910.
12, (tie) Don Breeden, Clive, Iowa, and William Peters, Dayton, Ohio, 1,909.
14, Harry Sullins, Chesterfield Twp., Mich., 1,904.
15, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 1,903.
16, a-Craig Auerbach, Sunrise, Fla., 1,898.
17, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 1,894.
18, Tommy Brodowski, New Hyde Park, N.Y., 1,889.
19, Larry Barwick, Wauchula, Fla., 1,885.
20, (tie) a- Chuck Richardson, The Villages, Fla., and Joe Scarborough, Mars Hill, N.C., 1,877.
22, Doug O'Bryant, Jasper, Ga., 1,874.
23, Stephen Pavlinko, Sewell, N.J., 1,864.
24, Darryl Bower, Middletown, Pa., 1,862.
25, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Ocala, Fla., 1,859.
26, Sam Maccarone, Glassboro, N.J., 1,854.
27, a-Darin Hays, Wesley Chapel, Fla., 1,852.
28, Doug Evans, Southgate, Mich., 1,850.
29, Dale Eagle, Newport Beach, CA, 1,848.
30, a-Al Runkel, Cincinnati, 1,835.
31, (tie) Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., and Don Blatchford, Santa Monica, Calif., 1,834.
33, Jeff Schrum, Cherryville, N.C., 1,832.
34, Kevin Foley, Reno, Nev., 1,829.
35, Brian Voss, Alpharetta, Ga., 1,827.
36, (tie) Billy Block, Pembroke Pines, Fla., and a-Rick Pollard, Versailles, Ind., 1,823.
38, Christopher Keane, Cape Coral, Fla., 1,822.
39, Ernie Segura Jr., Taylor, Mich., 1,821.
40, Timothy Kauble, Marion, Ohio, 1,817.
41, Robert Harvey, Boise, Idaho, 1,814.
42, (tie) Randy Pedersen, Clermont, Fla., and Todd Kjell, Roscoe, Ill., 1,810.
44, (tie) Ralph Brunt Jr., Ft. Pierce, Fla., Ron Mohr, Las Vegas, and
Dennis Rakauskas, Apopka, Fla., 1,809.
47, Terry Metzner, Kentwood, Mich., 1,801.
48, George Litwin, Miami, Fla., 1,799.
49, Terry Wiley, Vienna, Va., 1,797.
50, John Dudak, Orland Park, Ill., 1,794.
51, Todd Haney, Spartanburg, S.C., 1,793.
52, Nick Panicaro, Ocala, Fla., 1,787.
53, (tie) Keith Glasgow, St. Petersburg, Fla., and Bob Kelly, Dayton, Ohio, 1,782.
55, Rich Giragosian, Charlotte, N.C., 1,780.
56, a-Kenneth May, Titusville, Fla., 1,776.
57, (tie) Sammy Ventura, Syracuse, N.Y., and a-David Taylor, Seminole, Fla., 1,774.
59, Mike Watson, Grass Valley, Calif., 1,773.
60, Johnny Petraglia, Jackson, N.J., 1,770.
61, Larry Graybeal, Elizabethton, Tenn., 1,763.
62, Marty Berke, Allentown, Pa., 1,762.
63, a-Tim Lawrence, Inverness, Fla., 1,758.
64, a-Widmar Vargas, Riverview, Fla., 1,757.
65, a-Carol Teel, The Villages, FL, 1,752.
66, Larry Popp, Marion, Ohio, 1,751.
67, (tie) Arturo Hernandez, Venezuela, Frank Gallo Jr., Jacksonville, Fla., and
Darrell Adams, Flintstone, Ga., 1,749.
70, (tie) Steve Ferraro, Kingston, N.Y., and Don Sylvia, Lady Lake, FL, 1,747.
72, Wayne Webb, Columbus, Ohio, 1,744.
73, (tie) Randy Robertson, Evansville, Ind., and Jim Knoblauch, Waukesha, Wis., 1,742.
75, Peter Knopp, Germany, 1,739.
76, Lennie Boresch Jr., Kenosha, Wis., 1,737.
77, Dave Sill, Titusville, Fla., 1,733.
78, Sal Bongiorno, Hollywood, Fla., 1,730.
79, a-Jose Estevez, Spain, 1,728.
80, a-John Hough, Naples, Fla., 1,727.
81, Paul Lemond, Jasper, Ind., 1,725.
82, William Banks, Laurel Hill, N.C., 1,724.
83, a-Walter Grzybowski, Port St. Lucie, Fla., 1,722.
84, Tom Howison, Chillicothe, Ohio, 1,721.
85, Jim Pitts, Elmira, N.Y., 1,720.
86, Gary Hiday, Indianapolis, 1,717.
87, (tie) Mike Hastings, Millsboro, Del., and Tommy Kress, Rochester, N.Y., 1,715.
89, Kenny Parks, Hammond, Ind., 1,713.
90, (tie) Daniel Miner, East Moline, Ill., and Michael Owen, Gainesville, Fla., 1,710.
92, George Lord, Lakeland, Fla., 1,707.
93, Michael Shequin, Orange City, Fla., 1,705.
94, Steve Bova, Massapequa, N.Y., 1,697.
95, Thomas Ream, Tampa, Fla., 1,694.
96, Patrick King, Yankton, S.D., 1,692.
97, Richard McDaniel, Coconut Creek, Fla., 1,689.
98, Dale Traber, Cedarburg, Wis., 1,688.
99, Michael Truitt, New Port Richey, FL, 1,682.
100, (tie) Jerry Lau, St. Peters, Mo., and a-Roger Kossert, Lithia, Fla., 1,677.
102, Lee Brosius, Ashburn, Va., 1,676.
103, John Tavano, Sebring, Fla., 1,675.
104, (tie) a-Dave Van Riet, Summerfield, Fla., and Tom Carter, Rockford, Ill., 1,672.
106, William Keenan, Jr., Orlando, Fla., 1,670.
107, (tie) Emilio Mora Sr., Defiance, Ohio, and Marc Lineberry, Camanche, Iowa, 1,655.
109, a-Steve Calyore, Naples, Fla., 1,648.
110, Dave Bernhardt, Romeo, Mich., 1,644.
111, Teata Semiz, North Brunswick, N.J., 1,641.
112, Adrian Eckroth, Ocala, Fla., 1,640.
113, Mike Walden, Stony Point, N.Y., 1,635.
114, John Shreve Sr., Elyria, Ohio, 1,632.
115, (tie) Michael Henry, Brunswick, Ohio, and a-Kent Steckbeck, Lakewood, Calif., 1,631.
117, (tie) a-Ron Pollard, Versailles, Ind., and a-Mark Frey, Tampa, Fla., 1,626.
119, a-Andy Ippolito, The Villages, Fla., 1,622.
120, Gary Morgan, Marietta, Ga., 1,619.
121, Pete Bryan, Laurel, Del., 1,618.
122, (tie) Bill McCorkle, Westerville, Ohio, and Bob Chamberlain, The Villages, Fla., 1,613.
124, Dale Lee, Brandon, Fla., 1,612.
125, Bill Ursillo, Bluffton, S.C., 1,608.
126, Gene Morrison, Spring Lake, N.C., 1,605.
127, Steve Stein, Staten Island, N.Y., 1,597.
128, James Souder, Greeneville, Tenn., 1,591.
129, Tony Myers, Pensacola, Fla., 1,586.
130, Pete Couture, Titusville, Fla., 1,583.
131, Ted Staikoff, Black Hawk, S.D., 1,579.
132, Larry Felts Jr., Moore, S.C., 1,574.
133, (tie) Mark Scime, Winter Garden, Fla., and a-Les Ash, Washington Ct. House, Ohio, 1,564.
135, a-Gilbert Kuchta, West Allis, Wis., 1,563.
136, a-Gerald Teel, The Villages, Fla., 1,561.
137, a-John Pullen, Summerfield, Fla., 1,540.
138, Lucien Casagrande, Canada, 1,533.
139, Robert Callari, Manchester, N.Y., 1,522.
140, Don Michaelsen Sr., Plant City, Fla., 1,521.
141, J.C. Quintana, Miami, 1,520.
142, Jeffrey Herman, Bonaire, Ga., 1,514.
143, Rich Kleinman, Eureka, Nev., 1,497.
144, Bobby Dunn, Augusta, Ga., 1,494.
145, a-John Stronka, Davie, Fla., 1,491.
146, Bob Pazur, Venice, Fla, 1,483.
147, a-Robert Vega, The Villages, Fla., 1,482.
148, Gale Voshell, Dover, Del., 1,475.
149, Stephen Lippman, Palm Harbor, Fla, 1,469.
150, (tie) Larry Williams, St. Augustine, Fla., and Lindell Woolard, Tallahassee, Fla., 1,460.
152, Richard Felten, Rockville, Md., 1,452.
153, a-Ray Randall, Dearborn, Mich., 1,427.
154, Ken Waters, Kingsport, Tenn., 1,419.
155, (tie) Peter Brainard, Tampa, Fla., and Brian DiCicco, Ridgefield, Conn., 1,401
157, Andy Anderson, Falls Church, Va., 1,368.
158, Bob Learn Jr., Erie, Pa., 930 (withdrew).

300 Games - Dan Miner, Norm Duke

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Tickets and Pro-am Entries for Oklahoma’s Grand Casino Resort PBA Summer Swing Now Available

by Jerry Schneider April 18, 2014 05:07

Tickets for the CBS Sports Network TV finals and pro-am entries for Oklahoma’s Grand Casino Resort PBA Summer Swing hosted by the Grand Casino Hotel and Resort and FireLake Bowling Center in Shawnee, Okla., May 17-25, are now available.

The Summer Swing will include four PBA Tour title events – the Wolf, Bear and Badger Opens, the PBA Oklahoma Open – and the Grand Casino Hotel and Resort Summer King of the Swing special event involving the four tour event winners plus a “wild card” player. 

Tapings for the finals of all five events will be conducted in a stadium setting on specially installed lanes in the Grand Events Center. Television finals will be conducted on Saturday, May 24, at 11 a.m. (Wolf Open), 2:30 p.m. (Bear Open) and 6 p.m. (Badger Open). The Oklahoma Open finals will be contested at noon on Sunday, May 25, followed by the Grand Casino Resort King of the Swing at 3:30 p.m.

TV finals tickets may be purchased by visiting www.grandboxoffice.com, by calling (405) 964-7263 or by visiting the Grand Casino Event Center Box Office. General admission all-day passes are available for $25 each day for Saturday and Sunday’s TV shows. A lane-side all-day VIP pass is also available for $80 each day. Tickets for practice session, qualifying, match play rounds (May 18-22) and pro-am day (May 17) are $10 each day or $30 for a week-long pass (which does not include TV finals). Telecast dates and times will be announced later.

Bowling fans will have the opportunity to bowl with PBA’s top stars by entering the pro-am on Saturday, May 17, at 2 p.m. at the FireLake Bowling Center. The basic pro-am entry fee is $65 but for $165 entrants will receive a high-performance bowling ball package that includes the Storm IQ Tour Fusion. Players confirmed to bowl in the pro-am include PBA Hall of Famers Walter Ray Williams Jr., Pete Weber, Parker Bohn III and Norm Duke as well as a host of other stars including reigning PBA Player of the Year Jason Belmonte, Sean Rash, Tommy Jones, Chris Barnes, Wes Malott and Mika Koivuniemi.

Pro-am entries may only be purchased at the FireLake Bowling Center. For additional details, call (405) 275-0404, ext. 0.

The FireLake Bowling Center will also conduct a Win-a-Spot nine-game qualifier on April 27 at noon. The top four players will earn paid entries into the Summer Swing. Entry fee for the win-a-spot event is $150. For additional information call (405) 275-0404, ext. 0.

PBA members, amateur bowlers and fans who are planning to attend the Summer Swing are urged to use a special online link to obtain the special $99-per-night room rate. To reserve your room at the special PBA rate, visit http://usgcr.webhotel.microsdc.us/ and enter 140516SUMM in the Group Code Box. Or you can call the Grand directly at (405) 964-7777 and mention the PBA Summer Swing to obtain the preferred rate.

Grand Casino Hotel and Resort is located off of Interstate 40, just east of Oklahoma City.

Oklahoma’s Grand Resort PBA Summer Swing CBS Sports Network TV Finals Schedule
Grand Casino Resort and FireLake Bowling Center, Shawnee, Okla.

Saturday, May 24
11 a.m. – PBA Wolf Open
2:30 p.m. – PBA Bear Open
6 p.m. – PBA Badger Open
General admission all-day pass - $25
VIP all-day pass - $80

Sunday, May 25
Noon – PBA Oklahoma Open
3:30 p.m. – Oklahoma’s Grand Casino Resort Summer King of the Swing
General admission all-day pass - $25
VIP all-day pass - $80

May 17-22
Practice, pro-am, qualifying and match play rounds
Tickets $10 per day or $30 for weekly pass
To purchase TV tickets click on http://grandboxoffice.com/, or call (405) 964-7263.

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One Year Later, Joe Scarborough Still Being Recognized For Historic 900 Series

by Jerry Schneider April 17, 2014 02:39

It was just a year ago that Joe Scarborough of Charlotte, N.C., made bowling history by rolling the first and only 900 series in PBA history at the PBA50 Sun Bowl In The Villages at Spanish Springs Lanes.

Scarborough, a PBA50 Tour rookie bowling in only his second tournament, stunned a sold-out Spanish Springs Lanes crowd by rolling three consecutive 300 games to start his first qualifying round. The 51-year-old self-employed electrical contractor threw another strike to start his fourth game, but his streak ended at 37 in a row when he left a split on his 38th shot.

Scarborough will return to the scene of bowling history when the PBA50 UnitedHealthcare Sun Bowl In The Villages presented by Radical gets underway April 19. The second stop of the 2014 season concludes on April 22.

“The fans at The Villages are the best there is and I give them a lot of credit for helping me bowl the 900,” said Scarborough, who eventually finished 49th in the tournament. “I was really feeding off the fans. I was talking with them in between shots which helped distract me from the pressure of the moment. The only time I had to block out the crowd was when I was up on the approach so I could focus on executing every shot.”

After returning home following the historic feat, Scarborough achieved what he called ‘celebrity’ status and was also able to turn his accomplishment into a marketing coup for his business.

“The reaction back home was unbelievable,” Scarborough said. “The emails, texts, media attention was great, and it seemed like it went on for months and months. People still walk up to me and want to talk about it.”

Scarborough changed the name of his business to ‘Mr. 900 Electric’ after he was ironically pressed into service to help fix an electrical problem at the PBA50 Tour tournament at George Pappas Victory Lanes in Mooresville, N.C., two weeks later. The power went off during qualifying when two-time PBA50 Tour winner Bob Learn Jr. had the first five strikes in a row. After a two-hour delay to get it fixed, Learn went on to throw the next seven strikes to complete his 300 game.

“When people see that name it makes them curious so they call and want to know what Mr. 900 means,” Scarborough said. “It not only promotes my business but it also gives me an opportunity to talk bowling with people and promote the sport. It’s a win-win.”

As a unique promotional touch Scarborough provides his customers with a signed Mr. 900 bowling pin as a calling card of sorts after he completes a job.

“They really love it,” Scarborough said of his customers. “It’s just another opportunity for me to talk bowling while promoting the business.”

Scarborough’s 900 set PBA50 Tour records for consecutive 300 games (the previous record was two by Norb Wetzel of Fond du Lac, Wis. (Albany, N.Y., 1998) and Rohn Morton of Portland, Ore. (Tucson, Ariz., 2005), and highest three-game series. He also tied the record for most 300s by an individual in a PBA50 Tour tournament, shared by Ron Mohr of Eagle River, Alaska (Columbus, Ohio, 2010) and Bob Kelly of Dayton, Ohio (Mooresville, N.C., 2010).

The PBA surprised Scarborough when PBA Commissioner Tom Clark presented him with a custom-designed, framed 900 series jersey during the GEICO PBA Summer Swing in Milwaukee.

“It’s unbelievable, especially to be the first in the PBA to do it,” said Scarborough, whose previous high series was 834. “When you think of all the games that have been bowled in the history of the sport, to accomplish something like bowling 900 is just mind-boggling.”

PBA50 UnitedHealthcare Sun Bowl In The Villages presented by Radical Schedule
Spanish Springs Lanes, The Villages, Fla.
(All times Eastern)

For admission and pro-am entry information contact Spanish Spring Lanes at (352) 750-9440

Saturday, April 19
9 a.m. - noon – Practice session
2 p.m., 4:30 p.m., – Pro-am squads

Sunday, April 20
9 a.m. - A Squad qualifying (8 games)
3 p.m. - B Squad qualifying (8 games)

Monday, April 21
9 a.m. - B Squad qualifying (8 games)
3 p.m. - A Squad qualifying (8 games)
Cut to top 32

Tuesday, April 22
11 a.m. – Match play
7 p.m. – Championship rounds

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Monacelli Defeats Duke to Win Pasco County Open For Third Career PBA50 Tour Title

by Jerry Schneider April 15, 2014 14:11

PBA Hall of Famer Amleto Monacelli of Venezuela, a 19-time winner on the PBA Tour, notched his third career PBA50 Tour title Tuesday by winning the season-opening Pasco County Open at Lane Glo Bowl in New Port Richey, Fla.

In a battle between two Hall of Famers, Monacelli defeated 37-time PBA Tour winner Norm Duke of Clermont, Fla., bowling in his first PBA50 Tour event, 259-190, in the championship match.

Monacelli, whose previous PBA50 wins came in the 2012 and 2013 PBA Senior U.S. Opens, is hoping that gaining increased knowledge of his bowling equipment and lane conditions will bring even better results on the PBA50 Tour this season.

“A lot of people may not know that I really only had a basic knowledge of my bowling equipment and lane conditions until recently,” said the 52-year-old Monacelli. “With the game changing so much now I had to pay more attention to what balls I should be using in different situations.

“Back in the 80s when I was bowling on tour, I was a ‘feel player’ and I could make the equipment I happened to be using work,” Monacelli added. “But now you just can’t totally rely on your skill — you have to combine the skill with good knowledge of the bowling ball and how it reacts with the lane conditions.”

In the championship match Duke got off to an early lead striking in the first three frames but leaving a 2-8-10 split in the fifth frame swung the momentum back to Monacelli for the rest of the game.

“I had to slow down my thoughts and not get too anxious at that point,” Monacelli said. “Bowling a great player like Norm is like when we were on tour together—the nerves are the same.”

In the semifinals Duke defeated Mike Dias of Lafayette, Colo., who was trying for his second PBA50 Tour title, 225-183, to advance to the championship match. Monacelli defeated Hall of Famer and two-time defending PBA50 Player of the Year Walter Ray Williams Jr. of Ocala, Fla., who was trying for his eighth career PBA50 Tour title, 236-225.

The PBA50 Tour makes its second stop of the season at Spanish Spring Lanes in The Villages, Fla., for the UnitedHealthCare Sun Bowl In The Villages presented by Radical April 19-22. Xtra Frame coverage of the PBA50 Tour returns April 28-30 for the PBA50 Miller High Life Classic presented by Columbia 300 at George Pappas Victory Lanes in Mooresville, N.C.

PBA50 PASCO COUNTY OPEN 
Tuesday’s Final Results
At Lane Glo Bowl
New Port Richey, Fla.
a-amateur

Championship Match
Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela ($7,500) def. Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla. ($4,000), 259-190. 

Semifinal Round (one-game matches, losers earn $2,500)
Monacelli def. Walter Ray Williams Jr., Ocala, Fla., 236-225.
Duke def. Mike Dias, Lafayette, Colo., 225-183.

Round of 8 (best-of-three games, losers eliminated, earn $1,700)
Dias def. Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 2-1.
Duke def. Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 2-0.
Monacelli def. Ron Mohr, Las Vegas, 2-0.
Williams def. Don Breeden, Clive, Iowa, 2-0.

Round of 16 (best-of-five games, losers eliminated, earn $1,300)
Mohr def. a-Darin Hays, Wesley Chapel, Fla., 3-1.
Monacelli def. Kevin Croucher, Grants Pass, Ore., 3-1.           
Williams def. Randy Pedersen, Clermont, Fla., 3-2.                               
Breeden def. Bryan Goebel, Shawnee, Kan., 3-2.
Bohn def. Kenny Parks, Hammond, Ind., 3-1.
Dias def. William Peters, Dayton, Ohio, 3-2.
Weber def. Brian Voss, Alpharetta, Ga., 3-0.
Duke def. Bob Learn Jr. Macomb, Mich., 3-1.                               

Round of 24 (best-of-five games, losers eliminated, earn $1,150)
Monacelli def. Steve Pavlinko, Sewell, N.J., 3-0.
Mohr def. Paul Lemond, Jasper, Ind., 3-2.
Breeden def. Michael Henry, Brunswick, Ohio, 3-1.
Pedersen def. Tom Ream, Tampa, Fla., 3-1.
Peters def. Gary Morgan, Marrietta, Ga., 3-2.
Parks def. Tom Carter, Rockford, Ill., 3-2.
Learn def. Peter Knopp, Germany, 3-0.
Voss def. Tim Kauble, Marion, Ohio, 3-2.

Round of 32 (best-of-three games, losers eliminated, earn $1,025)
Pavlinko def. Henry Gonzalez, Colorado Springs, Colo., 2-0.
Mohr def. Tom Baker, King, N.C., 2-1.
Henry def. Johnny Petraglia, Jackson, N.J., 2-1.
Pedersen def. Frank Gallo Jr., Jacksonville, Fla., 2-0.
Peters def. Todd Kjell, Roscoe, Ill., 2-1.
Carter def. Darryl Bower, Middletown, Pa., 2-0.
Knopp def. John Tavano, Sebring, Fla., 2-1.
Voss def. a-Stan Sprow, Lakeland, Fla., 2-0.

Round of 40 (best-of-three games, losers eliminated, earn $950)
Pavlinko def. Dennis Lane, Kingsport, Tenn., 2-0.
Baker def. Marc Lineberry, Camanche, Iowa, 2-0.
Henry def. Tom Howison, Chillicothe, Ohio, 2-0.
Pedersen def. Michael Shequin, Orange City, Fla., 2-1.
Peters def. a-Widmar Vargas, Riverview, Fla., 2-0.   
Bower def. Terry Metzner, Kentwood, Mich., 2-1.
Tavano def. a-Jose Estevez, Spain, 2-1.
Sprow def. Ted Staikoff, Black Hawk, S.D., 2-0.   

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Silver Lake Atom Splitters Win 2014 PBA League Elias Cup

by Jerry Schneider April 13, 2014 07:57

Down 2 points to 1 and trailing by 31 pins in the deciding final Baker game, the Silver Lake Atom Splitters presented by Spiceworks rallied to defeat L.A. X presented by GoBowling.com to win the 2014 Professional Bowlers Association League Elias Cup.

In the fifth frame of the Baker game, which was worth three points, Silver Lake’s Bryon Smith, Chris Barnes, Dom Barrett, Wes Malott and Tommy Jones combined to string the last seven strikes to overtake the L.A. X lineup of Mika Koivuniemi, EJ Tackett, Andres Gomez, Jason Belmonte and Parker Bohn III, winning the game, 225-203, and the match 4-2.

The finals, seen Sunday on ESPN from Brunswick Zone Carolier, opened with a battle between reigning PBA Player of the Year and nine-time Tour titlist Belmonte bowling for L.A. Clippers all-star guard Chris Paul’s L.A. X, and former Player of the Year and 17-time Tour winner Barnes, bowling for television and Internet personality Chris Hardwick’s Atom Splitters.

Belmonte, wearing his Google Glass headset that provides a point-of-view look at his release, dominated from the start firing the first nine strikes and finishing with a 279-259 victory over Barnes to give L.A. X the early 1-0 lead.

In the alternate-shot doubles game, Barnes teamed with Smith to defeat the L.A. X pairing of Bohn and Koivuniemi, 261-228, to even the match at 1-1. Down by 12 pins in the third frame after Smith left a 2-10 split that Barnes was unable to convert, the pair came back with eight consecutive strikes to win handily.

In the Baker trios contest, the momentum swung back to L.A. X with Belmonte, Gomez and 2012-13 PBA Rookie of the Year Tackett defeating Silver Lake’s Jones, Barrett and Malott, 216-190, to regain the match lead, 2-1, setting up the deciding Baker game.

“The important thing is to have a lineup where you know everyone has your back,” said Barnes, who earned the PBA League’s Mark Roth Most Valuable Player award. “Whether you strike or split you have to know that the guy behind you is giving it his all. 

“You have to remember that the singles game is the only part of the tournament where you’re not bowling with a teammate(s). Personally, I felt these guys put me in a position to succeed. I couldn’t think of a better group of guys who had that ‘have-your-back’ mentality.”

Team manager and four-time Tour winner Mark Baker also stressed the importance of the Atom Splitters’ player chemistry and putting together the right lineups in the right situations throughout the whole PBA League season.

“We put this team together for the sole purpose of getting to this point,” said Baker. “With a team that has this much talent it makes it easy—you could make a decision and feel confident you could stick with it. I never second-guessed myself.”

For the second consecutive year, the journey to the Elias Cup, named after the late founder of the PBA Eddie Elias, began with eight teams competing in a single-elimination bracket to determine the winner. Quarterfinal and semifinal rounds were conducted in January at Thunderbowl Lanes in Allen Park, Mich., with the championship final conducted at Brunswick Zone Carolier.

PROFESSIONAL BOWLERS ASSOCIATION LEAGUE ELIAS CUP FINALS

Brunswick Zone Carolier, North Brunswick, N.J.

Final Standings

Silver Lake Atom Splitters presented by Spiceworks def. L.A. X presented by Gobowling.com, 4-2.

Singles Match (one point)

Jason Belmonte, L.A. X def. Chris Barnes, Silver Lake Atom Splitters, 279-259.

Alternate Ball Doubles (one point)

Silver Lake Atom Splitters (Chris Barnes/Bryon Smith) def. L.A. X (Mika Koivuniemi/Parker Bohn III), 261-228.

Baker Trios (one point)

L.A. X (Jason Belmonte/Andres Gomez/EJ Tackett) def. Silver Lake Atom Splitters (Tommy Jones/Dom Barrett/Wes Malott), 216-190.

Five-Player Baker Team (three points)

Silver Lake Atom Splitters (Bryon Smith/Chris Barnes/Dom Barrett/Wes Malott/Tommy Jones) def. L.A. X (Mika Koivuniemi, EJ Tackett, Andres Gomez, Jason Belmonte and Parker Bohn III), 225-203.

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