Wednesday, May 6, 2020

USBC MODIFIES RULES TO HELP ALLOW A RETURN TO COMPETITIVE BOWLING

ARLINGTON, Texas – The United States Bowling Congress Board of Directors approved waivers and modifications to USBC Playing Rules to allow certified leagues and tournaments more flexibility to return to bowling while adhering to local health guidelines related to COVID-19.  

The modifications allow certified competition to take place on one lane for the entirety of a game. Additionally, bowlers will be allowed to use isopropyl alcohol, more commonly known as rubbing alcohol, to clean their bowling ball during competition. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) lists isopropyl alcohol as an approved disinfectant for use against COVID-19.

“As bowling centers around the country are reopening, USBC intends to give operators the most flexibility possible to resume bowling within their local guidelines,” USBC Executive Director Chad Murphy said. “We have been listening to proprietors and members as they prepare to resume certified play and made these changes based on that input. Our goal is to facilitate bowling again in a way that meets the need locally and USBC is ready to quickly consider and activate additional changes based on feedback from centers and associations.”

The USBC Board has the authority to temporarily amend or suspend league and tournament rules in emergency cases. With the current coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, USBC reviewed its rules and policies to identify areas of concern relating to player safety and to determine how it could promote efforts while centers adjust operations to meet local guidelines.

Effective immediately, USBC has temporarily waived USBC Playing Rules 106a, 106b, 320a and 320b, which state two lanes must be used for competition and bowlers must alternate lanes – bowling five frames on each lane of the pair. It also waived the requirement that both lanes must be used for a bowler to be eligible for awards and average recognition.
The temporary waiver allows competitions to use one lane for the entirety of a game and allows recognition of scores bowled on a single lane for USBC High Score Awards and for a bowler’s official average.

USBC will continue to monitor the COVID-19 pandemic and can rescind the waiver of Rules 106a,106b, 320a and 320b at any time.

USBC also created an exception for Rule 18, which restricts the use of liquid cleaners to clean the outer surface of the bowling ball during USBC certified competition. The exception for Rule 18 applies only to isopropyl alcohol – no other USBC-approved cleaners will be allowed during competition.

The USBC Board, which has the authority over General Playing Rules, was able to make the rules waivers following the adoption of General Playing Rule 14 - Emergency Authorizations. Rule 14 states USBC may authorize temporary modifications to the General Playing Rules, Award, League and Tournament Rules in cases of emergency and that such authorizations will be for a specified period.

Visit BOWL.com/Rules for more information on USBC Rules.

Thursday, April 30, 2020

PBA League Draft Announcement




The 2020 PBA League Draft will be held Sunday, May 17, at 7 pm ET, and presented virtually, live on FloBowling, the PBA announced today. The draft will be conducted remotely for the first time, with team managers making their selections from their home locations due to COVID-19.

The PBA League, established in 2013 by the Professional Bowlers Association, features 5-player teams of the top bowlers in the world. Competition is slated for July 20-23 in Portland, ME, at Bayside Bowl, with live coverage of the seeding round on FloBowling, July 20, and finals on FS1, July 21-23.

The League will be adding two expansion clubs this season, the Las Vegas High Rollers and the Brew City (Milwaukee) Ballers, bringing the the number of teams to 10.

The High Rollers, managed by PBA Hall of Famer Amleto Monacelli and Ballers, managed by fellow PBA Hall of Famer Marshall Holman, own the first selections (based on coin toss) and will fill out their full 5-player rosters at the draft.

The other eight teams, including defending champion Portland Lumberjacks, will make two selections during the serpentine draft to fill out their five player rosters. Each of the eight original teams (Portland, L.A. X, Dallas Strikers, NYC KingPins, Silver Lake Atom Splitters, Motown Muscle, Brooklyn Styles and Philadelphia Hitmen) have previously protected three players from their 2019 rosters (listed below).

Lumberjacks manager Tim Mack, by virtue of his team's Elias Cup winning performance in 2019, twill select 10th in third round, and first in the 4th round.

To be eligible for the draft, players must be ranked in the top 75 from a rolling PBA points list of 2019 and 2020 events. Headlining the list of eligible players are PBA champions Sean Rash, Francois Lavoie, Dick Allen, Andrew Anderson, BJ Moore, Jake Peters, Thomas Larsen, Jason Sterner, Ryan Ciminelli, DJ Archer, Osku Palermaa, Andres Gomez, Richard Teece, Ronnie Russell, Matt Ogle, Matt Sanders, Graham Fach, Ryan Shafer and Chris Loschetter. (Full draft eligible list below).

The 2020 Draft was originally slated for March 15 at the site of the PBA World Series of Bowling in Las Vegas, but was postponed due to COVID-19.

PBA CEO Colie Edison and PBA Tour Commissioner Tom Clark made the announcement of the virtual draft Wednesday April 29th on FloBowling.

Draft order:

First pick, for expansion teams Brew City or Las Vegas decided by coin toss to launch draft. Then, those two expansion teams will get first two rounds: For example (in scenario Las Vegas wins coin toss):
Round 1: 1. Las Vegas (if win coin toss). 2. Brew City.
Round 2. 1. Brew City. 2. Las Vegas.
Then, other teams join snake draft, in reverse order of finish in 2019, with expansion teams first.
Two rounds of full league draft will finalize existing team rosters.
Round 3: 1. Las Vegas. 2. Milwaukee. 3. Philadelphia. 4. Brooklyn. 5. Motown. 6. Silver Lake. 7. NYC. 8. Dallas. 9. L.A. 10. Portland
Round 4: 1. Portland. 2. L.A. 3. Dallas. 4. NYC. 5. Silver Lake. 6. Motown. 7. Brooklyn. 8. Philadelphia. 9. Milwaukee. 10. Las Vegas.
Round 5 (expansion teams only, to complete rosters): 1. Las Vegas. 2. Milwaukee.
Draft complete.

Draft eligible players (listed in order by PBA points 2019-2020):
5 Sean Rash Montgomery, Ill. 41,360.00
13 Francois Lavoie, Canada 28,660.50
17 Dick Allen, Lexington, S.C. 24,622.50
19 AJ Johnson, Oswego, Ill. 24,165.50
20 Brad Miller, Lees Summit, Mo. 23,990.00
22 Darren Tang, Las Vegas 22,138.00
25 Nicholas Pate, Inver Grove Heights, Minn. 18,440.00
27 Andrew Anderson, Holly, Mich. 17,838.00
30 AJ Chapman, Manchester, Iowa 16,887.50
31 BJ Moore, Greensburg, Pa. 16,378.00
32 Mitch Hupe, Canada 16,185.50
33 Jake Peters Henderson, Nev. 15,325.00
34 Thomas Larsen, Denmark 15,288.00
35 Jason Sterner, Rochester, NY 15,278.00
36 Anthony Lavery-Spahr, Pasadena, Texas 14,672.50
37 Ryan Ciminelli Lancaster, S.C. 14,500.50
38 DJ Archer Friendswood, Texas 14,290.00
39 Chris Via Springfield, Ohio 14,115.00
40 Zacharay Wilkins, Canada 14,090.50
41 Osku Palermaa, Finland 13,615.00
42 Patrick Girard, Canada 13,455.00
43 Andres Gomez, Colombia 12,080.00
44 Sam Cooley, Australia 11,723.00
45 Mykel Holliman, Collierville, Tenn. 11,320.00
46 Michael Tang, San Francisco 11,065.00
47 Richard Teece, England 10,620.00
49 Patrick Hanrahan, Wichita, Kan. 10,440.00
50 Christopher Sloan, Ireland 10,415.00
51 Martin Larsen, Sweden 10,390.00
52 Greg Ostrander, Brick, N.J. 9,588.00
53 Ronnie Russell, Marion, Ind. 9,337.50
54 Arturo Quintero, Mexico 8,628.00
55 Sean Lavery-Spahr, Pasadena, Texas 8,562.50
56 Greg Young Viera, Fla. 8,490.00
57 Matthew Ogle, Louisville, Ky. 8,447.50
58 Matthew McNiel, Minneapolis, Minn. 8,300.00
59 Nick Kruml, Downers Grove, Ill. 8,183.00
60 Ildemaro Ruiz, Venezuela 7,752.50
61 Matt Sanders, Indianapolis 7,340.00
62 Kenneth Ryan, Farmingdale, NJ 7,235.00
63 Nathan Bohr, Austin, Texas 6,915.00
65 Kamron Doyle, Brentwood, Tenn. 6,623.00
66 Zeke Bayt, Westerville, Ohio 6,445.00
67 Brandon Novak, Chillicothe, Ohio 6,358.00
68 Brian Robinson, Morgantown, W.Va. 6,332.50
69 Graham Fach, Canada 6,152.50
70 Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y. 5,872.50
71 Michael Davidson, Versailles, Ohio 5,770.00
72 Jake Rollins, Glen Rock, N.J. 5,758.00
73 Chris Loschetter, Avon, Ohio 5,733.00
74 Michael Martell, Brooklyn, N.Y. 5,628.00
75 Pontus Andersson, Sweden 5,455.00

Current PBA League team rosters (three protected players from 2019):

Motown Muscle
Manager: Del Ballard
EJ Tackett
Anthony Simonsen
Josh Blanchard

Philadelphia Hitmen
Manager: Jason Couch
Dom Barrett
Tom Smallwood
Shawn Maldonado

Brooklyn Styles
Manager: Johnny Petraglia
Walter Ray Williams Jr.
Brad Angelo
Rhino Page

Dallas Strikers
Manager: Norm Duke
Norm Duke
Tommy Jones
Bill O'Neill

L.A. X
Manager: Andrew Cain
Jason Belmonte
Jakob Butturff
Stu Williams

Portland Lumberjacks
Manager: Tim Mack
Wes Malott
Kyle Troup
Kris Prather

Silver Lake Atom Splitters
Manager: Mark Baker
Chris Barnes
Jesper Svensson
Tom Daugherty

NYC KingPins
Manager: Carolyn Dorin-Ballard
Pete Weber
Marshall Kent
Kyle Sherman
 

Expansion teams:
Las Vegas High Rollers
Manager: Amleto Monacelli

Brew City Ballers
Manager: Marshall Holman

Sunday, March 22, 2020

New From Storm Axiom

Storm balls are meticulously engineered by hand. There is very little automation in their processes and that’s for good reason. Not only are they manufactured this way, they’re tested using real bowlers. You can tell you from testing the Axiom, there is some ground-breaking new technology in both cover and core.

NRG™ has become a staple in Storm’s lineup of coverstocks for nearly a decade. It’s due time for an upgrade! NeX (Nano Extreme) is Storm’s earliest reading cover to date. NeX Solid was remarkably earlier hooking than NRG on any pattern, or any surface that it was tested it on. Alex Hoskins, Research and Development Manager for Storm, went on record saying: “Our standardized durability and longevity tests showed NeX created 11% more entry angle and 9.6% more overall hook after 50 shots compared to a fresh NRG cover.” Simply put, NeX gives more midlane read than ever WITHOUT sacrificing any backend.

The Orbital Core has a distinctly low Radius of Gyration (RG) axis which further complements the mid-lane read for which NeX was developed. The central ball inside the outer core maintains and extremely low un-drilled Radius of Gyration. Got heavy oil? Not anymore. Especially when stacked up against the Orbital Core and the Axiom.

Thursday, March 12, 2020

USBC Suspending or Postponing National Events



ARLINGTON, Texas – The United States Bowling Congress (USBC) is postponing or suspending nationally conducted USBC events until May 1, 2020, due to COVID-19 safety concerns.

This includes the USBC Open Championships, USBC Women’s Championships, USBC Convention, USBC Masters and USBC Senior Queens. USBC made this difficult decision out of concern for the health and safety of our members, their families and local communities.
  • The 2020 USBC Open Championships and 2020 USBC Women’s Championships are suspended until May 1, 2020. All teams registered from March 21 through April 30 will have the option to reschedule for new added dates in the summer. USBC customer service will contact team captains directly with more details.
       
  • The USBC Masters, USBC Senior Queens and USBC Convention are postponed indefinitely. USBC intends to reschedule these events later in 2020, as public health conditions allow.
USBC will announce any changes to the Professional Women’s Bowling Association (PWBA) Tour schedule no later than April 2, 2020.

We realize our stakeholders will have many questions related the changes. USBC staff is working on additional communications and guidance for our bowlers and association leaders. We appreciate everyone’s patience as our staff works to provide more information as soon as possible.

Monday, February 24, 2020

Australia’s Jason Belmonte Wins U.S. Open, Becomes Second Bowler to Complete PBA “Super Slam”




LINCOLN, Neb. - Australia's Jason Belmonte no longer will have to answer questions about when he's going to win the U.S. Open or what it would mean to have the iconic green jacket as part of his wardrobe.

The 36-year-old two-hander finally was able to add a U.S. Open title to his
resume Sunday at Sun Valley Lanes with a 226-201 win against top seed Anthony Simonsen of Little Elm, Texas.

The championship round of the prestigious event was broadcast live on FOX, and, in addition to the coveted outerwear, Belmonte took home a $30,000 top prize.

He secured his latest place in the record book in dramatic fashion, converting the difficult 3-6-9-10 spare to shut out Simonsen.

The meeting Sunday was a rematch of the title tilt at the 2019 PBA Players Championship, where Simonsen defeated Belmonte to become the youngest competitor with two major titles. At the same time, he denied Belmonte his record 11th major win, which came a month later at the PBA World Championship.

The two also met in the stepladder at the 2019 U.S. Open, where Simonsen defeated Belmonte on the way to a third-place finish.

This time, Simonsen, 23, was looking to become the youngest bowler in PBA Tour history with three major victories.

"My first thought was, I just wanted to let all the air out of my lungs and yell," Belmonte said. "It's an incredible feeling. I feel for Anthony. In 2013, I lost the U.S. Open title in the exact same way. I led by hundreds and hundreds of pins and lost to Wes Malott. We will talk later, and I'll tell him, 'Hey, mine came seven years later, you'll get yours.'"

The record-extending 12th major title Sunday was Belmonte's 23rd career victory on the PBA Tour and helped him join United States Bowling Congress and PBA Hall of Famer Mike Aulby as the only players in history to complete the Super Slam, which includes the U.S. Open, USBC Masters, PBA Tournament of Champions, PBA World Championship and PBA Players Championship.

The win came after some recent struggles on TV, including a career-low 148 game in the stepladder of the 2019 U.S. Open in Mooresville, North Carolina.

"I don't think I was bothered by it, because I don't even think I was aware of it," Belmonte said of the struggles on TV. "When something is going wrong, it's so much better to understand why, and try and fix it. Once I had a better idea of what was happening, I was able to work on it. I'm really proud of myself for not hiding behind the thought that it was just a couple of bad weeks."

Strikes in five of the first six frames, including four consecutive starting in the third frame, gave Belmonte a lead of more than 20 pins halfway through the final.

Simonsen missed the headpin in the sixth frame after two strikes of his own, leaving the 1-2-8 combination. He converted the spare and doubled again, before a 10 pin slowed the momentum. It wasn't enough to take the lead, but it did put pressure on Belmonte.

Belmonte entered his final frame with a chance to shut out Simonsen, a seven-time PBA Tour champion. He struck on his first shot, but his second offering drifted high, setting up the exciting finish.

"I know that if I shot it (the 3-6-9-10) with resin, I would have a higher chance of making it, but I would also have a higher chance of taking off the 3-9, which would've given Anthony a chance to win by one," Belmonte said. "But, I knew if I used plastic, I would definitely get three, and it all worked out."

As the event ended, Simonsen showed that he's mature beyond his 23 years, offering a heartfelt congratulations to Belmonte, who has been a pioneer using the two-handed style Simonsen also employs.

"I told him I was happy for him, and that he has given me something to shoot for," said Simonsen, who won the 2016 Masters at 19 years old for his first major title. "I bowled a pretty good last game, and there is only one shot I would want back, so, it is what it is."

Belmonte has been in Simonsen's position and reiterated that he knows the young star eventually will hoist the trophy at the U.S. Open.

"He is such a good kid," Belmonte said. "He was congratulatory, and he told me he wants me to set a number he can chase. It's an amazing thing to hear from him. He's someone I've kind of taken under my wing. We've had many great conversations about bowling and about us as human beings. He's such a good guy. He'll get his."

To earn the opportunity to take on Simonsen in the title match, Belmonte again delivered in the clutch, striking on the first shot of his final frame to shut out seven-time PBA Tour champion Dick Allen of Columbia, South Carolina, who was searching for his first major title. Belmonte advanced by a score of 215-187.

Belmonte had fallen behind early in the semifinal when Allen started the match with a double, but the 41-year-old right-hander wasn't able to strike again until his fill ball, when the game already was out of reach.
Strikes in the sixth and seventh frames gave Belmonte the lead for the first time, and that increased when Allen left, and failed to convert, the 4-6-7-10 split in the eighth frame.

On the way to the semifinal against Belmonte, Allen stayed clean, including one double, to outdistance former Team USA member Perry Crowell IV of Chesterfield, Michigan, 205-181.

Crowell, a 28-year-old right-hander and former standout at nearby Midland University, was the first amateur to make the U.S. Open stepladder since Finland's Osku Palermaa accomplished the feat in 2004.
He was looking to become the first amateur since the creation of the PBA in the late 1950s to earn the green jacket.

In the day's first match, Crowell cruised to a 241-203 win against 27-year-old two-hander and former Team USA member Chris Via of Springfield, Ohio, tossing six consecutive strikes after an opening-frame spare.
The two previously met in the televised semifinals of the 2014 Intercollegiate Singles Championships, where Crowell defeated Via and then lost to now two-time U.S. Open champion Francois Lavoie of Canada in the final.

Lavoie entered this week as the defending champion. He finished 10th, falling 204 pins short of the stepladder.

The majority of the bowlers at the 2020 U.S. Open earned direct entry into the event based on their on-lane performances throughout 2019, while 20 bowlers advanced through the 64-entrant pre-tournament qualifier.

All 108 competitors bowled 24 games of qualifying over three days (eight games each day), before the field was cut to the top 36 for the eight-game Cashers' Round.

Each day of qualifying featured a different oil pattern, and a fourth condition was introduced for the Cashers' Round, match play and the TV show. The patterns ranged from 37 to 44 feet.

Total pinfall for 32 games determined the 24 players for the round-robin portion of the event, and their 56-game totals, including bonus pins, decided the five players for the championship stepladder.

Saturday, February 22, 2020

Anthony Simonsen Charges into U.S. Open Lead; Two More Rounds of Match Play on Tap for Saturday

by Bill Vint | Saturday, February 22, 5:51 AM
Anthony Simonsen Charges into U.S. Open Lead; Two More Rounds of Match Play on Tap for Saturday
LINCOLN, Neb. - Not long ago, Anthony Simonsen of Little Elm, Texas, was wondering if it was the right time for him to join the PBA and embark on a full-time bowling journey.

He was only 17 years old and not yet able to drive himself to the tournaments, but he was confident in his abilities.

In the years since, the world has watched him grow up in the spotlight, and he already has enjoyed enough success on the PBA Tour to meet the performance requirements for the PBA Hall of Fame. He'll have to wait until 2034 to reach the 20 years of PBA membership required for election, however, so there's plenty of time to add to his already impressive resume.

This week, the 23-year-old two-hander is looking to become the youngest bowler in history with three major titles, and he's the leader after 40 games of competition at the 2020 U.S. Open.

Simonsen has been among the top four in the standings all week at Sun Valley Lanes, and he took hold of the top spot during the 36-player Cashers' Round on Friday morning.

He carried that momentum into the first round of match play Friday night and won six of his eight matches to maintain the lead with a 9,101 total, which includes 30 bonus pins for each victory.

"I've had past success in this building (at the 2016 World Bowling Youth Championships), and I think that definitely helped me feel more comfortable right from the start this week," Simonsen said. "I'm in a great position right now, but I still need to take it one shot and one game at a time. I don't want to get too far ahead of myself."

Reigning PBA Player of the Year Jason Belmonte of Australia is 126 pins behind Simonsen with an 8,975 total. The 22-time titlist owns a record 11 PBA major titles, with the U.S. Open being the one that has eluded him.

Dick Allen of Columbia, South Carolina, finished the day in third place with an 8,930 total and was followed by Kristopher Prather of Plainfield, Illinois (8,874), and Bill O'Neill of Langhorne, Pennsylvania (8,815).

Prather and O'Neill won the year's first two majors - the PBA Tournament of Champions and PBA Players Championships, respectively - earlier this month.

Competition at Sun Valley Lanes will resume Saturday at 11 a.m. Eastern with another eight games of match play, followed by the final round at 6 p.m. EST. Five players will advance to the championship round based on their 56-game totals, including 30 bonus pins for each win in match play. Saturday’s competition will be covered live by FloBowling.

FOX will have live coverage of the stepladder finals on Sunday at 1 p.m. Eastern. The winner will take home the coveted green jacket and a $30,000 top prize.

In six previous appearances at the U.S. Open, Simonsen has finished in the top eight four times, with a best finish of third at last year's event in Mooresville, North Carolina.He hopes the things he experienced and learned will help him improve his finish in 2020.

"I think I now understand how important it is to stay in the moment and maintain the process, especially since we still have 16 games of match play left, where that may not have been the case a few years ago," Simonsen said. "I think I'm a little more mature and knowledgeable, and I've learned a lot from watching the guys who are out here week in and week out. I've been trying to understand how and why they succeed, so I can apply it to my own routine."

In all, Simonsen owns seven PBA Tour titles - five standard victories and two major titles.

In his breakout win with Conner Pickford at the Mark Roth/Marshall Holman Doubles event in January 2016, Simonsen missed becoming the youngest champion in PBA Tour history by just two days.

A month later, he claimed his place in the record book by winning the United States Bowling Congress Masters to become the youngest bowler in PBA history to win a major (19 years and 39 days).

In 2019, he added a win at the PBA Players Championship, becoming the youngest in history to win two majors.

Ultimately, nearly every time he claims another trophy on the PBA Tour, Simonsen is rewriting the record book, but he has learned not to think about it.

"The U.S. Open is one of the special ones, and I honestly don't know what it would mean to have this one and a third major overall," Simonsen said. "Of course, it would be sweet to be 23 and have three majors, but it's still so far away and way too soon to even be thinking about it. We'll take it one shot at a time and see where it goes."

The week started with 108 competitors, who bowled 24 games of qualifying over three days, on three different oil patterns, before the field was cut to the top 36 for Friday's eight-game Cashers' Round on a fourth oil pattern.

Total pinfall for 32 games determined the 24 players who advanced to the round-robin portion of the event.

The 41-foot oil pattern introduced for the Cashers' Round will be used for the remainder of the event.

2020 U.S. Open
Sun Valley Lanes, Lincoln, Neb., Friday

Match Play Round One - Standings (after 40 games with won-lost records)
1, Anthony Simonsen, Little Elm, Texas, 6-2-0, 9,101.
2, Jason Belmonte, Australia, 4-4-0, 8,975.
3, Dick Allen, Columbia, S.C., 6-1-1, 8,930.
4, Kristopher Prather, Plainfield, Ill., 5-3-0, 8,874.
5, Bill O'Neill, Langhorne, Pa., 5-3-0, 8,815.

6, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 4-3-1, 8,792.
7, Zach Wilkins, Canada, 5-3-0, 8,754.
8, Chris Via, Springfield, Ohio, 4-4-0, 8,735.
9, Francois Lavoie, Wichita, Kan., 2-5-1, 8,723.
10, Christopher Sloan, Ireland, 5-3-0, 8,716.
11, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 5-2-1, 8,708.
12, Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 4-4-0, 8,698.
13, Patrick Girard, Canada, 5-3-0, 8,684.
14, Nathan Bohr, Austin, Texas, 5-3-0, 8,683.
15, Dominic Barrett, England, 5-3-0, 8,657.
16, AJ Johnson, Oswego, Ill., 4-4-0, 8,635.
17, Perry Crowell IV (a), Chesterfield, Mich., 4-4-0, 8,597.
18, EJ Tackett, Huntington, Ind., 4-4-0, 8,587.
19, Jesper Svensson, Sweden, 2-6-0, 8,541.
20, Rhino Page, Spokane, Wash., 1-7-0, 8,518.
21 (tie), Jake Rollins, Glen Rock, N.J., 3-5-0, and Michael Martell, Brooklyn, N.Y., 2-5-1, 8,465.
23, Thomas Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich., 1-6-1, 8,451.
24, Brad Miller, Raytown, Mo., 2-6-0, 8,430.

Did not advance (after 32 games):
25, Osku Palermaa, Finland, 6,759, $1,700.
26, Matt Ogle, Louisville, Ky., 6,700, $1,600.
27, Kamron Doyle, Brentwood, Tenn., 6,694, $1,525.
28, Matt Russo, Fairview Heights, Ill., 6,693, $1,475.
29, Arturo Quintero, Mexico, 6,677, $1,425.
30, Greg Young Jr., Viera, Fla., 6,672, $1,395.
31, Andres Gomez, Colombia, 6,668, $1,370.
32, Anthony Lavery-Spahr, Little Elm, Texas, 6,657, $1,350.
33, Mitch Hupe, Canada, 6,631, $1,330.
34, Patrick Hanrahan, Wichita, Kan., 6,592, $1,320.
35, Martin Larsen, Sweden, 6,585, $1,310.
36, Dino Castillo, Highland Village, Texas, 6,435, $1,300.
x-Tackett def. Palermaa, 225-204, in a one-game roll-off to break a tie for 24th place at the end of the cashers round.

Friday, February 21, 2020

Canada’s Zach Wilkins Leads Top 36 Qualifiers into U.S. Open Cashers Round

by Bill Vint  |  Friday, February 21, 5:38 AM

Canada’s Zach Wilkins Leads Top 36 Qualifiers into U.S. Open Cashers Round

















LINCOLN, Neb. - During the third day of qualifying at the 2020 U.S. Open, patience and mental toughness turned out to be the biggest keys to success.

The challenging 37-foot oil pattern the competitors faced Thursday at Sun Valley Lanes was the final test for the 108-player field, which has been narrowed to just 36 contenders, who now are one step closer to the coveted green jacket and $30,000 top prize.

Canada's Zach Wilkins was among the top performers for the second
consecutive day, and the fact that he accomplished that with an eight-game score that was 360 pins lower than Wednesday's second round, perfectly illustrates what a test of versatility the U.S. Open really is.

"The lanes were incredibly hard today, and you had to be very mentally stable, so you didn't end up with your emotions all over the place," Wilkins said. "Being able to grind out the 190s, or even 180s, by making your spares, really kept you in it today."

Wilkins finished the 24 games of qualifying with a 5,331 total, a 222.13 average across three lane conditions ranging from 37 to 44 feet. He had blocks of 1,699, 1,996 and 1,636.

The 27-year-old two-hander improved from 45th place to third place to the overall lead after three days, relying on his own experience, both in his career and this week at Sun Valley Lanes, along with some sage advice from his mother.

"Today took a lot more patience, but the way I was able to stay in the moment yesterday, even though I was striking a lot more, helped me come into today with the same focus on every shot," Wilkins said. "I've really just got to thank my mom for teaching me how to stay composed, whether I'm striking a lot or struggling. It's about finding an emotional plateau and just staying at that level."

Wilkins was followed in the 24-game standings by reigning Professional Bowlers Association Player of the Year Jason Belmonte of Australia and recent PBA Tournament of Champions winner Kristopher Prather of Plainfield, Illinois, who tied for second place with 5,255.

Two-time PBA major champion Anthony Simonsen of Little Elm, Texas, was fourth with 5,244, and USBC and PBA Hall of Famer Norm Duke of Clermont, Florida, rounded out the top five with 5,220.

The final spot in the Cashers' Round went to former Team USA member Perry Crowell IV of Chesterfield, Michigan, who defeated two-time U.S. Open champion Walter Ray Williams Jr. of Oxford, Florida, 184-151, in a one-game roll-off after the two tied for 36th place with 5,003, a 208.46 average.

Each round of the 2020 U.S. Open, leading up to the championship round, is being broadcast live on FloBowling.

All 108 competitors this week bowled 24 games of qualifying over the three days, eight games each day, before Thursday's initial cut.

The eight-game Cashers' Round will introduce the week's fourth oil pattern and get underway Friday at 11 a.m. Eastern. The players will have a chance to practice on the 41-foot pattern Thursday night and again Friday morning before the start of competition.

"My hand was a little sore Monday after three practice sessions and a lot of games the week before, so I didn't get a chance to practice on the fourth oil pattern, but I'm going to take a look at it and bowl on it tonight," Wilkins said. "I'll come up with a game plan and make sure to include what has been helping me all week, which is staying mentally tough."

Following the Cashers' Round, the 32-game pinfall totals will determine the 24 players for the round-robin portion of the event, and their 56-game totals, including 30 bonus pins for each win in match play, will decide the five players for the championship stepladder.

Matches will take place over three blocks, with eight games Friday night and 16 games throughout the day Saturday.

FOX will have live coverage of the stepladder finals Sunday at 1 p.m. Eastern.

Canada's Francois Lavoie is the defending champion at the U.S. Open, an event he also won in 2016 for his first PBA Tour title. He is one of 12 bowlers in history to win the U.S. Open on multiple occasions. Lavoie cruised into the next round in sixth place with a 5,210 pinfall total.

2020 U.S. Open
Sun Valley Lanes, Lincoln, Neb., Thursday

Third Round Standings (after 24 games; top 36 advanced to Cashers Round)
1, Zach Wilkins, Canada, 5,331. 

2, (tie), Jason Belmonte, Australia, and Kristopher Prather, Plainfield, Ill., 5,255. 
4, Anthony Simonsen, Little Elm, Texas, 5,244. 
5, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 5,220. 
6, Francois Lavoie, Wichita, Kan., 5,210.
7, AJ Johnson, Oswego, Ill., 5,205. 
8, Bill O'Neill, Langhorne, Pa., 5,193. 
9, Kamron Doyle, Brentwood, Tenn., 5,190. 
10(tie), Jake Rollins, Glen Rock, N.J., Thomas Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich., and Jesper Svensson, Sweden, 5,158.
13, Dick Allen, Columbia, S.C., 5,142. 
14, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 5,111. 
15, Rhino Page, Spokane, Wash., 5,100. 
16, Patrick Girard, Canada, 5,089. 
17, Nathan Bohr, Austin, Texas, 5,077. 
18, Chris Via, Springfield, Ohio, 5,066.
19, Brad Miller, Raytown, Mo., 5,065. 
20, Christopher Sloan, Ireland, 5,064. 
21, Patrick Hanrahan, Wichita, Kan., 5,060. 
22, Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 5,051. 
23, Michael Martell, Brooklyn, N.Y., 5,049. 
24, Anthony Lavery-Spahr, Little Elm, Texas, 5,047.
25(tie), Dominic Barrett, England, and Osku Palermaa, Finland, 5,039. 27, Gregory Young Jr., Viera, Fla., 5,030. 
28, Mitch Hupé, Towanda, Kan., 5,025. 29(tie), Matt Ogle, Louisville, Ky., and Arturo Quintero, Mexico, 5,019.
31, EJ Tackett, Huntington, Ind., 5,012. 
32, Andres Gomez, Hollywood, Fla., 5,007. 
33(tie), Dino Castillo, Highland Village, Texas, and Matt Russo, Fairview Heights, Ill., 5,005. 
35, Martin Larsen, Sweden, 5,004. 
36, x-Perry Crowell IV* (a), Chesterfield, Mich., 5,003.

x-Crowell def. Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., 184-151, in a one-game roll-off.

Did not advance:

36, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., 5,003. 
38, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 5,000. 
39, Matthew Sanders (a), Evansville, Ind., 4,993. 
40, Shawn Maldonado, Houston, 4,986. 
41, Brandon Novak, Chillicothe, Ohio, 4,983. 
42, Darren Tang, San Francisco, 4,982.
43, Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., 4,981. 
44, Alexander Hoskins (a), Perry, Utah, 4,977. 
45, Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 4,968. 
46, Spencer Robarge (a), Springfield, Mo., 4,965. 
47, Sean Lavery-Spahr, Pasadena, Texas, 4,963. 
48, AJ Chapman, South St. Paul, Minn., 4,962.
49, Kyle Sherman, O'Fallon, Mo., 4,959. 
50, Josh Blanchard, Mesa, Ariz., 4,942. 
51, Tom Daugherty, Riverview, Fla., 4,933. 
52, Graham Fach, Canada, 4,932. 
53, Jake Peters, Henderson, Nev., 4,931. 
54, Danielle McEwan, Stony Point, N.Y., 4,923.
55, Kyle Troup, Taylorsville, N.C., 4,912. 
56, Michael Tang, San Francisco, 4,911. 
57, Anthony Neuer (a), Lewisburg, Pa., 4,903. 
58, Jakob Butturff, Tempe, Ariz., 4,896. 
59, Nick Kruml, Downers Grove, Ill., 4,895. 
60, Nate Garcia, Riverview, Fla., 4,885.
61, Thomas Larsen, Denmark, 4,882. 
62, Mykel Holliman, Collierville, Tenn., 4,878. 
63, Ryan Ciminelli, Lancaster, S.C., 4,877.
64, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 4,865. 
65, Ronnie Russell, Marion, Ind., 4,864. 
66, Ildemaro Ruiz, Venezuela, 4,850.
67, (tie), Zeke Bayt, Westerville, Ohio, and Jonathan Simoneau (a), Canada, 4,834. 
69, Victor Florie, Henrico, Va., 4,828. 
70, Russ Oviatt, Sioux Falls, S.D., 4,827. 
71, Stuart Williams, Phoenix, 4,811. 
72, Nicholas Pate, Inver Grove Heights, Minn., 4,801.
73, Michael Davidson, Versailles, Ohio, 4,798. 
74, Greg Ostrander, Freehold, N.J., 4,787. 
75, Andrew Anderson, Holly, Mich., 4,774. 
76, Tom Hess, Urbandale, Iowa, 4,763. 
77, Andrew Cain, Phoenix, 4,745. 
78, Brian Robinson, Morgantown, W.Va., 4,732.
79, Adam Zimmerman (a), Deer Park, N.Y., 4,731. 
80, Tom Hankey (a), Great Barrington, Mass., 4,727.
81, DJ Archer, Houston, 4,722. 
82, Pontus Andersson, Sweden, 4,719. 
83, Maria José Rodriguez, Colombia, 4,718. 
84, Richard Teece, England, 4,717.
85, Michael Coffey, Melbourne, Fla., 4,703. 
86, Michael Ruben (a), Selden, N.Y., 4,702. 
87, Sean Wilcox (a), Altamonte Springs, Fla., 4,699. 
88, Jason Sterner, Rockledge, Fla., 4,686. 
89, Solomon Salama (a), Beverly Hills, Calif., 4,676. 
90, Kenneth Ryan, Farmingdale, N.J., 4,674.
91, Kristopher Yadao (a), Fremont, Neb., 4,673. 
92, Ryan Burton (a), Los Altos, Calif., 4,670. 
93, Matthew Kuba, Tinley Park, Ill., 4,658. 
94, Trey Brand (a), Clever, Mo., 4,638. 
95, Richard Benard (a), Rio Rancho, N.M., 4,623. 
96, Gary Faulkner Jr., Memphis, Tenn., 4,622.
97, Brent Boho, Colgate, Wis., 4,617. 
98, Alec Keplinger (a), Coldwater, Mich., 4,591. 
99, Blake Earnest (a), Wood River, Neb., 4,563. 
100, Michael Kristofik (a), Naperville, Ill., 4,551. 
101, Wesley Low, Palmdale, Calif., 4,538. 
102, Chad Stephen (a), Flint, Mich., 4,502.
103, Cameron Hurwitz (a), Rochester, N.Y., 4,469. 
104, Justin O'Shaughnessy (a), Jackson, Mich., 4,458. 
105, Roy Turner, O'Fallon, Mo., 4,425. 
106, Stephen Hahn, Ashburn, Va., 4,405. 
107, Duane Kilts (a), Marion, Iowa, 4,364. 
108, Mike Thompson, Sarasota, Fla., 4,146.