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Anthony Pepe wins PBA Grand Casino, Hotel & Resort Winter Open

2014PBAAnthonyPepe.jpgOne-time PBA Tour winner Anthony Pepe 2015PBAEJTackett.jpgof Elmhurst, N.Y., got his FireLake PBA Tournament of Champions week off to a flying start by winning the PBA Grand Casino, Hotel & Resort Winter Open regional Sunday at the FireLake Bowling Center in Shawnee, Okla.

Pepe (pictured left) erased a 71-pin deficit in the final position round match by defeating 2015 PBA Xtra Frame Lubbock Open winner and Rolltech PBA World Championship runner-up EJ Tackett (right) of Huntington, Ind., 278-182. Pepe ended Sunday’s match play with a 7-1 record and 5,159 21-game pinfall total (including bonus pins) while Tackett finished second with a 6-2 record and 5,104 pinfall.

Pictured above is champion Anthony Pepe with FireLake’s Randy Loftis, right.

“I kind of resigned myself to finishing second,” said Pepe, who won his fourth regional title. “Having a ‘didn’t have anything to lose’ mentality probably relaxed me and in that last match I just started throwing strikes.”

Pepe, the 2014 PBA Cheetah Championship winner, and Tackett, will both be part of the 79-player field that will compete in the FireLake PBA Tournament of Champions when qualifying begins on Tuesday at the FireLake Bowling Center.

“It’s a confidence boost,” Pepe said of his win. “But I can’t over-analyze it because a lot can change in the next week. One thing is for sure, I’ll be in good shape mentally.”

Xtra Frame will cover the PBA Hall of Fame induction ceremonies Monday beginning at 8 p.m. ET from the Grand Hotel Resort, and then will cover Tournament of Champions qualifying and match play Tuesday Feb. 2 through Friday, Feb. 5.

ESPN will air the TOC finals live on Sunday, Feb. 7 at 2 p.m. ET (1 p.m. CT) from the FireLake Arena.

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PBA Grand Casino, Hotel & Resort Winter Open – Final Standings

Players with position, hometown, 21-game pinfall totals with bonus pins and match play record

1, Anthony Pepe, Elmhurst, N.Y. 7-1, 5,159, $2,500
2, EJ Tackett, Huntington, Ind., 6-2, 5,104, $1,700
3, Tom Daugherty, Riverview, Fla., 5-3, 4,882, $1,300
4, Shawn Maldonado, Houston, 5-3, 4,875 $1,100
5, Dom Barrett, England, 5-3, 4,861, $900
6, Jesper Svensson, Sweden, 4-4, 4,812 $800
7, DJ Archer, Friendswood, Texas, 3-4-1, 4,791, $775
8, Marshall, Kent, Yakima, Wash., 4-4, 4,779 $750
9, Stuart Williams, England, 5-3, 4,745 $725
10, Dino Castillo, Highland Village, Texas, 4-4, 4,695, $700
11, Francois Lavoie, Wichita, Kan., 4-4, 4,681, $675
12, Dave Wodka, Beavercreek, Ohio, 4-4, 4,679, $650
13, Tyler Jensen, Ft. Worth, Texas, 3-5, 4,620
14, Anthony Lavery-Spahr, Pasadena, Texas, 2-6, 4,577, $600
15, Brett Spangler, Niles, Ohio, 1-6-1, 4,562, $575
16, Bryan Goebel, Shawnee, Kan., 1-7, 4,489, $550

Standings after Cashers Round

Players with position, hometown and 13-game pinfall totals; top 16 advanced to match play

1, EJ Tackett, Huntington, Ind., 2,829
2, Anthony Pepe, Elmhurst, N.Y., 2,828
3, D.J. Archer, Friendswood, Texas, 2,810
4, Tom Daugherty, Riverview, Fla., 2,776
5, Anthony Lavery-Spahr, Pasadena, Texas, 2,735
6, Dave Wodka, Beavercreek, Ohio, 2,724
7, Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., 2,711
8, Stuart Williams, England, 2,702
9, Dino Castillo, Highland Village, Texas, 2,685
10, Dom Barrett, England, 2,682
11, Jesper Svensson, Sweden, 2,681
12, Shawn Maldonado, Houston, 2,676
13, Bryan Goebel, Shawnee, Kan., 2,660
14, Tyler Jensen, Ft. Worth, Texas, 2,649
15, Francois Lavoie, Wichita, Kan., 2,646
16, Marc Heninger, Tonganoxie, Kan., 2,630

Missed Cut:
17, Tom Hess, Urbandale, Iowa, 2,614, $510
18, Brett Cooper, Denver, 2,613, $505
19, Mitch Beasley, Clarksville, Tenn., 2,591, $500
20, Gary Faulkner Jr., Memphis, Tenn., 2,588, $495
21, Connor Pickford, Charlotte, N.C., 2,587, $490
22, Brett Spangler, Niles, Ohio, 2,581, $485
23, Clint Land, Houston, 2,578, $480
24, Blake Demore, Springfield, Mo., 2,577, $472.50
25, Liz Johnson, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 2,574, $472.50
26, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., 2,562, $462.50
27, Tom Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich., 2,560, $462.50
28, Anthony Simonsen, Princeton, Texas, 2,540, $455
29, Sean Lavery-Spahr, Pasadena, Texas, 2,529, $450
30, Brad Angelo, Lockport, N.Y., 2,503, $445
31, Will Barnes, Wichita, Kan., 2,488, $437.50
32, Oksu Palermaa, Finland, 2,482, $437.50
33, Miguel Lopez, Wichita, Kan., 2,446, $430
34, Jessy Bauer, Junction City, Kan., 2,440, $425
35, Ted Staikoff, Black Hawk, S.D., 2,415. $420

Author: Herbert Bickel
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