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  • Jacob Butturff Wins PBA Bowlero Wilmington Open for 23rd Career Title
    by ddziomba on October 7, 2020 at 3:29 pm

    Wilmington, Del. – Jacob Butturff of Tempe, Ariz., compiled an 7-1 match play record and a 15-game total of 3,479 pins to score a 68-pin victory over Jake Rollins of Gen Rock, N.J. in the PBA Bowlero Wilmington Open on Sunday. Butturff, who normally competes in the PBA West Region, is competing in the PBA Tour Fall Swing events currently being run in Centreville, Va. He took advantage of an off day to bowl in his first East Region event. He qualified fourth, then won his first four games in match play to take over the lead throughout the remainder of the event. Rollins took advantage of a 258 game in the position round match to catapult into 2nd place, his best career finish. The win was the 23rd in Butturff’s five-year career and earned him $2,500. Rollins earned $1,275 as the runner up while qualifying leader Matt O’Grady of Rahway, N.J. finished third and pocketed $1,150. PBA Tour champion Francois Lavoie of Canada finished fourth and earned $1,000. The next event on the PBA East Region schedule is the PBA50 Timber Lanes Open in Oxford, Pa. on October 16-18. This event is open to bowlers aged 50 and above. The next full-field event is at AMF Strathmore Lanes in Aberdeen, N.J. on October 24. PBA BOWLERO WILMINGTON OPEN Bowlero Wilmington, Wilmington, Del., Sunday Final Match Play Standings (after 15 games, including match play bonus pins) Jacob Butturff, Tempe, Ariz., 7-1, 3,479, $2,500. Jake Rollins, Glen Rock, N.J., 6-2, 3,411, $1,275. Matt O’Grady, Rahway, N.J., 5-3, 3,290, $1,150. Francois Lavoie, Canada, 6-2, 3,287, $1,000. Todd Sigeti, Lititz, Pa., 6-2, 3,259, $850. Jason Sterner, Rochester, N.Y., 3-5, 3,222, $750. Rick Graham, Elizabethtown, Pa., 3-5, 3,117, $700. Greg Ostrander, Brick, N.J., 2-6, 3,083, $650. Danny Wiseman, Baltimore, 4-4, 3,069, $630. Keith Laing, Oakdale, Conn., 2-6, 3,019, $620. Jeremy Domingo, Sewell, N.J., 2-6, 2,952, $610. Michael Mirabile, Coram, N.Y., 2-6, 2,928, $600. Editor’s Note: A photo of the winner has been posted in PBA's Media Gallery. […]

  • Brandon Curtis Wins PBA Regional Title in PBA AMF Woodstock South Open
    by ddziomba on October 7, 2020 at 3:25 pm

    Woodstock, Ga. – Brandon Curtis of Manson, N.C. won his fifth PBA South Regional title with a 30-pin victory over PBA Hall Of Famer Walter Ray Williams Jr. of Oxford, Fla., at AMF Woodstock Lanes on Saturday. Curtis had a 63-pin lead heading into the final position round, which was enough of a lead to claim the title, despite losing the match to Williams Jr., 255-258. Curtis who recently won the East Region PBA AMF Towson Lanes Open September 13, made this back to back wins and his overall 5th PBA Regional Title. Curtis earned $2700 for the win with a 3-3 match play record, while Williams Jr., posted a 5-1 match play record and $1400 for finishing second. The PBA South Region’s next tournament will be the PBA50 Canton Open at Cherokee Lanes in Canton, Ga., Oct. 9, 2020. PBA AMF WOODSTOCK SOUTH OPEN AMF Woodstock Lanes, Woodstock, Ga., Saturday Final Match Play Standings (after 12 games) Brandon Curtis, Manson, N.C., 3-3, 2,766, $2700. Walter Ray Williams, Oxford, Fla., 5-1, 2,676, $1400. n-Ryan Lane, Powder Springs, Ga., 4-2, 2,558, $1250. n-Charles Peavy, Lillian, Ala., 4-2, 2,543, $1150. n-James Magennis, Charlotte, N.C., 3-3, 2,553, $1075. Tom Daugherty, Riverview, Fla., 2-4, 2,577, $1000. Nick Christy, Newport, N.C., 4-2, 2,507, $875. Mike Coffey, Melbourne, Fla., 4-2, 2,469, $775. Trevor Roberts, Crystal River, Fla., 2-4, 2,512, $725. n-Bryan Hahlen, Greenwood, S.C., 2-4, 2,495, $675. n-Ryan Lopano, Little River, S.C., 2-4, 2,476, $650. Cristian Azcona, Clermont, Fla., 3-3, 2,432, $625. n-Eli Simmons, Anderson, S.C., 2-4, 2,413, $605. Christopher McSwain, Kings Mountain, N.C., 4-2, 2,337, $595. Hannah Brookins, Ocala, Fla., 2-4, 2,371, $585. n-Josh Rondino, Lilburn, Ga., 2-4, 2,246, $575. *n-denotes non-PBA member […]

  • PBA Playoffs Competition Begins on Saturday with Six Two-Hour Telecasts on FOX
    by ddziomba on October 6, 2020 at 10:25 pm

    The PBA Tour’s Top 24 bowlers compete for first place prize of $100,000 in Season-Culminating Event Centreville, Va. – Big money bowling returns to FOX on Saturday, Oct. 10 at 8 p.m. with the PBA Tour’s grand finale event of the season – the PBA Playoffs. A $100,000 first place prize and the last title of the year are on the line as the Tour’s top 24 players compete head-to-head in the bracket style, single elimination tournament. First Round action kicks off Saturday with Hall of Fame veterans battling it out against the Tour’s rising stars in a win or lose go home format. In this sudden death tournament, anything can happen! The top 24 players earned points all year towards a spot in the playoffs, with the top eight receiving a first-round bye to advance to the Round of 16. Those top eight players represent the Tour’s best talent including breakout star, Kris Prather, who won the inaugural PBA Playoffs last year to solidly himself as an elite PBA performer. The 2019 champion upset the world’s best bowler, Jason Belmonte, to win a spot in the final four and subsequently took down established stars Anthony Simonsen and Bill O’Neill to win the title. Prather, Belmonte, Simonsen, and O’Neill are joined by PBA stars EJ Tackett, Jesper Svensson, Kyle Troup, and Sean Rash to round out the top eight. The PBA Playoffs will take place at Bowlero Centreville, just outside of Washington, D.C. No fans will be in attendance and access to the venue is limited to ensure the health and safety of players, crew and staff during the COVID-19 pandemic. Fans can catch all the action of the PBA Playoffs on FOX and Fox Sports’ FS1, and live stream the PBA on the FOX Sports and FOX NOW apps or at Select highlights will be available on @FOXSports social handles across Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube. International fans can watch live on The complete TV schedule for the playoffs is as follows: PBA Playoffs: ROUND OF 24 – Saturday, Oct. 10, 8 p.m. ET on FOX No. 16 Tommy Jones vs. No. 17 Jakob Butturff No. 9 Francois Lavoie vs. No. 24 Norm Duke No. 13 Dom Barrett vs. No. 20 Dick Allen No. 12 Marshall Kent vs. No. 21 Chris Via PBA Playoffs: ROUND OF 24 – Saturday, Oct. 17, 6 p.m. ET on FOX No. 15 Kyle Sherman vs. No. 18 AJ Johnson No. 10 Darren Tang vs. No. 23 Nicholas Pate No. 14 Tom Smallwood vs. No. 19 Chris Barnes No. 11 Brad Miller vs. No. 22 Tom Daugherty PBA Playoffs: ROUND OF 16 – Sunday, Oct. 25, 5 p.m. ET on FS1 Jones/Butturff vs. No. 1 Jason Belmonte Lavoie/Duke vs. No. 8 Sean Rash Barrett/Allen vs. No. 4 Anthony Simonsen Kent/Via vs. No. 5 Kris Prather PBA Playoffs: ROUND OF 16 – Sunday, Nov. 1, 7:30 p.m. ET on FS1 Sherman/Johnson vs. No. 2 Bill O'Neill Tang/Pate vs. No. 7 Kyle Troup Smallwood/Barnes vs. No. 3 EJ Tackett Miller/Daugherty vs. No. 6 Jesper Svensson PBA Playoffs: QUARTERFINALS – Sunday, Nov. 8, 1:30 p.m. ET on FS1 *Matches TBD after Round of 16 PBA Playoffs: SEMIFINALS & FINALS – Sunday, Nov. 8, 3:30 p.m. ET on FS1 *Matches TBD after Quarterfinals The 2020 PBA Playoffs point standings are as follows: 1. Jason Belmonte - 30,295.0 2. Bill O'Neill - 20,387.5 3. EJ Tackett - 19,965.0 4. Anthony Simonsen - 19,795.0 5. Kristopher Prather - 19,470.0 6. Jesper Svensson - 15,995.0 7. Kyle Troup - 15,155.0 8. Sean Rash - 13,705.0 9. Francois Lavoie - 12,497.5 10. Darren Tang - 11,992.5 11. Brad Miller - 11,460.0 12. Marshall Kent - 10,395.0 13. Dom Barrett - 9,855.0 14. Tom Smallwood - 9,740.0 15. Kyle Sherman - 9,685.0 16. Tommy Jones - 9,410.0 17. Jakob Butturff - 8,855.0 18. AJ Johnson - 8,332.5 19. Chris Barnes - 8,185.0 20. Dick Allen - 8,177.5 21. Chris Via - 8,020.0 22. Tom Daugherty - 7,980.0 23. Nicholas Pate - 7,930.0 24. Norm Duke - 7,792.5 About the PBA The Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) is the world’s preeminent organization dedicated to the sport of bowling and its professional competition, with thousands of members and millions of fans throughout the world. The PBA plays host to bowling’s biggest tournaments from the Go Bowling! PBA Tour, PBA Regional Tour, and PBA50 Tour. In 2019, the PBA was acquired by Bowlero Corporation, the world’s largest owner and operator of bowling entertainment centers with more than 300 locations throughout North America. For more information, please visit […]

  • Carsten Hansen Becomes Next European to Have Break Out Performance at PBA World Series of Bowling
    by jlaufer on October 6, 2020 at 4:01 am

    Denmark player defeats Pennsylvania's BJ Moore to win PBA Scorpion Championship   Centreville, Va. – Denmark's Carsten Hansen defeated BJ Moore, 216-193, in the PBA Scorpion Championship to win the final event of Storm World Series of Bowling XI, which started in March in Las Vegas and concluded at Bowlero Centreville on FS1 Monday night.   It wasn't Hansen's first Go Bowling PBA Tour title. That win came a year ago in Sweden at the PBA International-World Bowling Tour Storm Lucky Larsen Masters. But this Scorpion victory, coming in his first appearance on American national television, was as special, perhaps more so.   "It was my childhood dream to win on this stage I saw on TV as a kid," Hansen, 27, said. "That was what I wanted to try and do, and now to have done it, it is just amazing."   With his win on the 42-foot Scorpion pattern, Hansen joined a veritable 'who's who' of European Professional Bowlers Association players who have made a name for themselves at the PBA World Series of Bowling.   Starting with Finland's Osku Palermaa in 2010 at WSOB II, a strong group of Europeans have become PBA stars after bursting on the scene to win their first PBA title on American TV at the World Series. England's Stuart Williams and Dom Barrett each won in 2011 at WSOB III. Jesper Svensson of Sweden did it in 2015 at WSOB VII, and Richie Teece of England in 2017 was the latest at WSOB IX.   "It's what I have been fighting for my whole life. All the long hours in the bowling center or the gym. Trying to understand bowling balls or lanes," said Hansen. "Now, knowing all that hard work wasn’t all for nothing, is just amazing."   Hansen was joined in the Scorpion finals seeding round by a final four headlined by 26-year-old, 7-time PBA champ Jakob Butturff, one-time champion BJ Moore and Darren Tang, still searching for his first win after failing to cash in on a Cheetah Championship finals appearance earlier this week.    Hansen won the top seed in the stepladder with a 224, but the drama was for the No. 2 seed as Moore and Tang tied at 217. Moore won the one-ball roll-off, 10-9, to secure the top seed.   Tang disposed of Butturff in the first match, 214-160, as Butturff missed two spares during the match before also missing a meaningless third spare in the 10th.    In the semifinal match, Moore finished by stringing the last nine strikes to eliminate Tang, 255-213.   But Moore's run of strikes ended in the final. He could not muster a double, as Hansen marched to victory with a workmanlike clean game. Three 10-pin leaves were all that stood between him and the first seven strikes.    The longest WSOB ever is now complete. Jason Belmonte won the main event PBA World Championship at the event's original host, South Point Bowling Plaza in Las Vegas, back in March before the event was halted due to COVID-19. The animal pattern events were picked up in Virginia with strict safety guidelines including no fans on site. Sean Rash won the PBA Cheetah Championship, Belmonte the PBA Chameleon Championship and Hansen in the Scorpion.   Hansen, a right-hander, has been a PBA member since 2012, competing primarily in World Series PBA events because of the opportunities the WSOB presents with multiple events at one location. He won a PBA regional doubles title with Palermaa at the World Series in 2013, but this win on TV against a field as deep and strong as the 120 that entered WSOB XI could signal a new star.    "I think this is going to change a lot for me mentally, knowing I can do this," Hansen said.    Hansen did not earn enough PBA points in 2020 to qualify for the PBA Playoffs, the season-culminating event featuring the top 24 in season points which begins its exciting six-show run of survive-and-advance single-elimination matches this Saturday at 8 pm ET on FOX.    PBA SCORPION CHAMPIONSHIP Storm WSOB XI Bowlero Centreville   Final Standings 1, Carsten Hansen, Denmark, $25,000 2, BJ Moore, Greensburg, Pa., $13,000 3, Darren Tang, San Francisco, $7,000 4, Jakob Butturff, Temp, Az., $6,000   Playoff Results Seeding Round – Hansen, 224; Moore, 217 (10); Tang, 217 (9); Butturff, 191. Match 1 - Tang def. Butturff, 214-160. Semifinal - Moore def. Tang, 255-213. Championship – Hansen def. Moore, 216-193.   About the PBA The Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) is the world’s preeminent organization dedicated to the sport of bowling and its professional competition, with thousands of members and millions of fans throughout the world. The PBA plays host to bowling’s biggest tournaments from the Go Bowling! PBA Tour, PBA Regional Tour, and PBA50 Tour. In 2019, the PBA was acquired by Bowlero Corporation, the world’s largest owner and operator of bowling entertainment centers with more than 300 locations throughout North America. For more information, please visit    ### […]

  • Jason Belmonte Captures Milestone 25th Career PBA Title
    by jlaufer on October 5, 2020 at 3:46 am

    Australian defeats Brad Miller at WSOB Chameleon Championship for his third win of 2020 Centreville Va. – The legend of Jason Belmonte continues to grow.    In winning his second consecutive PBA Chameleon Championship by stopping upset-minded Brad Miller, 232-202, in the title match seen Sunday on FS1, the Australian won his 25th Go Bowling PBA Tour title, now tied for 10th all time with Hall of Famer Brian Voss.    "Twenty-five means a lot, considering 11 years ago was my debut. To have won 10 years ago, it's surreal to reach a milestone like that," said Belmonte, now 37-years-old. "I don't look at it as being ranked 10th all time in wins. Right now, with my drive and motivation this is just a peg along the way, another steppingstone. The stats and rankings are things I'll reflect on at the end when I am retired."   Clearly, Belmonte is at the height of his powers and those numbers will not stop adding up any time soon.   The Chameleon win, coming as part of the Storm PBA World Series of Bowling XI, was his third PBA title of 2020, including the US Open and PBA World Championship. The US Open win in Nebraska in February completed a career Super Slam (joining his previous PBA Players Championship, PBA Tournament of Champions, USBC Masters and PBA World Championship). The World Championship victory back in March in Las Vegas, also part of WSOB XI, added to his record 13 major championships.  Belmonte is locked in as the No. 1 seed for the upcoming 2020 PBA Playoffs as the PBA points leader, has the highest average on Tour and advanced to the TV finals in both the 2020 PBA Players Championship and PBA Tournament of Champions.    In other words, a sixth Chris Schenkel PBA Player of the Year award seems a lock for 2020. Belmonte, who previously won the Player of the Year award in 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017 and 2019, would join the legendary Earl Anthony with six, which ranks second all-time to Walter Ray Williams Jr.'s seven.   Indeed, Player of the Year was on Belmonte's mind this week.   "Coming into these WSOB events, if someone was to win three animal patterns and win the Playoffs, it was in back of your mind that a player could get on a roll like that (and become a major factor in the Player of the Year race)," Belmonte said. "So, heading into today's show and before the final shot against Brad, I told myself, 'Give it your best shot and get as many points and titles as you can.'  My case for Player of the Year will be very strong to deny."   The win also added to Belmonte's lore in World Series of Bowling competition. He is the undisputed king of the event, now with eight WSOB titles including three main event World Championships in the 11 years of the PBA's international bowling spectacular. He has advanced to a record 20 TV finals at the World Series alone, in his career.   "The biggest thing for me about the World Series is there is a lot of bowling, even though the pattern events are in a shorter format," Belmonte said. "At the end of the day, you're playing the World Series to win the World Championship, every single day. I feel like I normally start slow on the Cheetah and progressively get better. I pride myself on my versatility, and you combine that with the motivation to catch people after a slow start. Then, when it's time for match-play, I've become smarter following my own transition, becoming more difficult to beat in that environment. Put it all together and I have success at the World Series."   In the Chameleon TV finals on the 39-foot pattern, he was part of an all-star cast in the final four along with EJ Tackett, Anthony Simonsen and Brad Miller. Tackett and Simonsen being Belmonte's closest competitors for the past five years on Tour, and Miller looking for his first win but well-known for his popular YouTube channel "Brad & Kyle (Sherman)," chronicling the life of a pro bowler.   The seeding game came down to the three Goliaths of the foursome, as Tackett, Simonsen and Belmonte each entered the 10th frame with a chance to earn the top seed. When the dust cleared it was Belmonte (225) who emerged on top for the stepladder, with Tackett (223) grabbing the second spot. Simonsen (203), would face Miller (171) in game 1.   Miller escaped the stepladder's first match with a 203-197 victory when Simonsen left a stone 9 pin in the 10th frame. Miller continued his march up the stepladder of superstars by striking in his fill ball to edge Tackett by one pin, 248-247. Next up was Belmonte. If Miller could continue this run it would be one of the great upsets for a first title in PBA history.    Miller started with an open in the first frame of the title match, but Belmonte let the challenger back in when he whiffed a 10-pin spare in the second frame.   "I've bowled on TV so many times, yet still can forget some basic things, like remembering that every single shot is critical," Belmonte said. "You can't get up and think this is easy spare and move on. You've got to make it."   But Belmonte reapplied the pressure and did not let up. When the right-handed Miller missed the 3-6-9-10 in the 6th frame, Belmonte took a lead he would not relinquish.   Belmonte was playing the outside part of the lane this time on the tricky pattern. He said the tournament moving to Virginia after the pause of the World Series back in March at South Point Bowling Plaza meant a new strategy to attack the lanes.   "At South Point, with the newer surface the fronts didn't blow up as quickly, so you could create shape and move left," Belmonte said. "But because of the hook in the fronts here, and it being tight down-lane, you had to play up the lane fairly straight. I was playing from 12-6 on one lane and 10-7 on the other, firing it up the lane with two different urethane balls."   Not even a global pandemic can stop the leader of the two-hand revolution in bowling. Belmonte returned to the USA from Australia for the first time since the pause in PBA Tour action, and made the most of it.   "The last thing I said to my wife when I left was that I'll throw every ball like it's my last, “ Belmonte said. “I didn't want to come all the way over here, and know the requirements for quarantining going back home, to be for nothing. From ball one, I felt very sharp and in tune with my game.  I'm very happy and grateful to take this win."   PBA CHAMELEON CHAMPIONSHIP Storm WSOB XI Bowlero Centreville   Final Standings 1. Jason Belmonte, Australia, $25,000 2. Brad Miller, Lees Summit, Mo., $13,000 3. EJ Tackett, Bluffton, Ind., $7,000 4. Anthony Simonsen, Las Vegas, $6,000   Playoff Results Seeding Round – Belmonte, 225; Tackett 223; Simonsen 203; Miller 171 Match 1 - Miller def. Simonsen, 203-197 Semifinal - Miller def. Tackett, 248-247 Championship – Belmonte def. Miller, 232-202   About the PBA The Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) is the world’s preeminent organization dedicated to the sport of bowling and its professional competition, with thousands of members and millions of fans throughout the world. The PBA plays host to bowling’s biggest tournaments from the Go Bowling! PBA Tour, PBA Regional Tour, and PBA50 Tour. In 2019, the PBA was acquired by Bowlero Corporation, the world’s largest owner and operator of bowling entertainment centers with more than 300 locations throughout North America. For more information, please visit    ### […]


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