After just missing the stepladder finals of last week’s PBA Wolf Open by four pins, 15-time Professional Bowlers Association Tour champion Tommy Jones of Simpsonville, S.C., made amends by earning the top-qualifier honors for Tuesday’s PBA Bear Open finals telecast on CBS Sports Network.
Jones, who hasn’t won a PBA Tour title on American soil since the 2008 GEICO Championship in West Babylon, N.Y., averaged 220.5 on the challenging Bear lane conditioning pattern. The most difficult of the Oklahoma’s Grand Casino Resort PBA Summer Swing lane conditioning patterns, the Bear pattern is a flat 40-foot application of oil that is almost identical to the U.S. Open lane conditioning pattern.
Tuesday’s telecast from the Grand Event Center at the Grand Casino Hotel and Resort complex will start with a pair of three-time Tour winners who are also hoping to end title droughts of their own. No. 5 qualifier Dick Allen of Columbia, S.C., whose last Tour title came in the 2011 Dick Weber Playoffs, will meet No. 4 qualifier Rhino Page of Dade City, Fla., whose last title came in the 2009 Viper Championship.
The opening match winner will then take on No. 3 qualifier Ronnie Russell of Marion, Ind., who won his only PBA Tour title in the 2013 Brunswick Euro Challenge in Munich, Germany.
The winner of the second match will take on four-time Tour winner Bill O’Neill of Langhorne, Pa., whose last title came in the 2012 Cheetah Championship. The semifinal winner will meet Jones, who finished 12th in last year’s Bear Open, for the title.
The Bear Open is the second of five events that comprise the PBA Summer Swing. The finals of all five will be televised by the CBS Sports Network on consecutive Tuesdays at 7 p.m. ET through July 1. Following the Wolf Open, which aired on June 3, will be the Bear Open (June 10), the Badger Open (June 17), the Oklahoma Open (June 24) and Oklahoma’s Grand Casino Resort King of the Swing on July 1.
CBS Sports Network is available across the country through local cable, video and telco providers and via satellite on DirecTV Channel 221 and Dish Network Channel 158. For more information, including a full programming schedule and how to get CBS Sports Network, go to www.cbssportsnetwork.com.
Pre- and post-game shows for each PBA Summer Swing event will be posted on PBA’s YouTube page and available to subscribers on PBA’s online bowling channel, Xtra Frame. Fans can catch archived shows on Xtra Frame one week after the CBS Sports Network airings.