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Sweden’s Jesper Svensson tops PBA Bear Open Qualifying

2016EBT05JesperSvensson4Sweden’s Jesper Svensson, already the only player in Professional Bowlers Association history to win five titles by the age of 21, will try to make it six in the PBA Bear Open Saturday at Thunderbowl Lanes in Allen Park, Mich.

From left to right, Jesper Svensson, E.J. Tackett, Josh Blanchard, John Szczerbinski and Jon Van Hees.

2015PBAWSOBEJTackettSvensson (right), a two-handed player who bowls from the left side, was top qualifier in the Bear Open Tuesday with a 12-game total of 2,706 pins, overtaking E.J. Tackett (left) of Huntington, Ind., in the final game to earn the top seed in the Bear Open stepladder finals.

The Bear Open is the second of four PBA Tour title events that are part of the PBA Fall Swing. The Bear Open finals will be contested Saturday at 2:30 p.m. in Thunderbowl Lanes’ historic arena bay, and will air on CBS Sports Network on Wednesday, Sept. 28, at 9 p.m. ET.

Svensson, a leading contender for PBA Player of the Year honors after winning the PBA Rookie of the Year title in 2015, is trying to become the PBA’s first four-time winner of 2016. He knows he’s leading the race, but he doesn’t want to think about it quite this early.

“To be honest, I’m trying to not think about it much,” Svensson said. “I’ll just try to bowl as good as I can. It’s nice to be in the lead, but I just hope I can stay there for the rest of the season.”

Svensson said bowling six games on the demanding Bear oiling pattern in the main section of Thunderbowl and another six in the historic arena bay “was hard, but it was hard for everyone. It was close at the end and I’m glad I could finish it up.

201213PBAJoshBlanchard2015PBAJohnSzczerbinski“I think I had a pretty good look in the arena,” he added. “I hope I can find the same kind of ball reaction during the TV show” which will be contested in the arena.

Also qualifying for the Bear Open finals were Tackett with 2,668 pins; Josh Blanchard (left) of Mesa, Ariz., with a 2,660 total; John Szczerbinski (right), N. Tonawanda, N.Y., 2,622, and Jon Van Hees (below left), Charlestown, R.I., 2,597.

2015PBAJonVanHees2014PBAAnthonyPepeAfter six qualifying games each on the short 32-foot Wolf lane oiling pattern and the flat, 40-foot U.S. Open-style Bear pattern, left-hander Anthony Pepe (right) of Elmhurst, N.Y., held the qualifying lead for the Detroit Open qualifying rounds which will be held Thursday in Thunderbowl’s arena bay.

The field of 18 Detroit Open qualifiers will be decided after Wednesday’s six qualifying games on the long, 52-foot Badger Open pattern.

The Detroit Open stepladder finals field will be determined Thursday by combining the pinfall totals for the first 18 qualifying games with scores from three additional six-game rounds on the Wolf, Bear and Badger patterns. Those rounds are scheduled for Thursday at 10 a.m., 2 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

2016PBAFallSwingLogoAlso at stake as the PBA Fall Swing progresses will be berths in the King of the Swing special event that will conclude the Fall Swing.

The King of the Swing will include the winners of each of the three animal pattern events and the Detroit Open plus the highest-ranking player in competition points for the Fall Swing who doesn’t win a title.

All preliminary rounds of the Fall Swing are being covered live, exclusively on PBA’s online video streaming channel, Xtra Frame. For more information, click here.

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PBA Bear Open – Final Qualifying Standings

Players with position, hometown and 12-game total; top five advance to stepladder finals Saturday, Sept. 10, 2:30 p.m. ET; finals air on CBS Sports Network on Wednesday, Sept. 28, 9 p.m. ET

1, Jesper Svensson, Sweden, 2,706
2, E.J. Tackett, Huntington, Ind., 2,668
3, Josh Blanchard, Mesa, Ariz., 2,660
4, John Szczerbinski, N. Tonawanda, N.Y., 2,622
5, Jon Van Hees, Charlestown, R.I., 2,597

Missed Cut:
6, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 2,582, $1,500
7, Brandon Novak, Chillicothe, Ohio, 2,579, $1,300
8, Jason Sterner, Cocoa, Fla., 2,536, $1,100
9, Devin Bidwell, Wichita, Kan., 2,533, $900
10, Shawn Maldonado, Houston, 2,520, $800
11, Andrew Graff, Las Vegas, 2,506, $700
12, Rhino Page, Orlando, 2,469, $600

PBA Bear Open – Qualifying Round One

Players with position, hometown and 6-game total; top 12 advance to the second round; n-denotes non-member

1, E.J. Tackett, Huntington, Ind., 1,446
2, Jon Van Hees, Charlestown, R.I., 1,411
3, Rhino Page, Orlando, 1,355
4, Josh Blanchard, Mesa, Ariz., 1,352
5, Brandon Novak, Chillicothe, Ohio, 1,346
6, Andrew Graff, Las Vegas, 1,344
7, Jesper Svensson, Sweden, 1,337
8, John Szczerbinski, N. Tonawanda, N.Y., 1,332
9, Devin Bidwell, Wichita, Kan., 1,331
10, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 1,328
11, Jason Sterner, Cocoa, Fla., 1,326
12, Shawn Maldonado, Houston, 1,321

Missed Cut:
13, Dick Allen, Columbia, S.C., 1,319
14, Tom Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich., 1,318
15, Anthony Pepe, Elmhurst, N.Y., 1,312
16 (tie), n-Andrew Anderson, Holly, Mich., and Greg Ostrander, Freehold, N.J., 1,302
18, n-Mason Brantley, Detroit, 1,301
19, Francois Lavoie, Canada, 1,300
20, Nathan Bohr, Wichita, Kan., 1,295
21, Zeke Bayt, Westerville, Ohio, 1,292
22 (tie), Dom Barrett, England, and Brad Angelo, Lockport, N.Y., 1,291
24, Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 1,288
25, Martin Larsen, Sweden, 1,286
26, Bill O’Neill, Langhorne, Pa., 1,283
27, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., 1,281
28, Aaron Lorincz, Belleville, Mich., 1,276
29, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 1,274
30, Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., 1,270
31, J.R. Raymond, Bay City, Mich., 1,268
32 (tie), Kristopher Prather, Milton, Fla., and A.J. Johnson, Oswego, Ill., 1,265
34, Jason Belmonte, Australia, 1,264
35, Ronnie Russell, Marion, Ind., 1,259
36, Andrew Cain, Phoenix, 1,258
37, Perry Crowell IV, Hoquiam, WA, 1,256
38, Jake Peters, Henderson, Nev., 1,255
39, Tom Daugherty, Riverview, Fla., 1,254
40 (tie), Ronnie Sparks Jr., Ecorse, Mich., and Kim Bolleby, Thailand, 1,252
42, Anthony Simonsen, Princeton, Texas, 1,250
43, Andres Gomez, Colombia, 1,249
44, Anthony LaCaze, Melrose Park, Ill., 1,246
45, Darren Tang, San Francisco, Calif., 1,243
46, Carleton Chambers, Detroit, 1,240
47, Sam Cooley, Australia, 1,233
48, Rocio Restrepo, Colombia, 1,225
49 (tie), Jakob Butturff, Chandler, Ariz., and Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 1,224
51 (tie), Zachary Seals, Kingsland, Ga., and Cameron Weier, Tacoma, Wash., 1,220
53, Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., 1,219
54, Liz Kuhlkin, Rotterdam, N.Y., 1,214
55, Osku Palermaa, Finland, 1,203
56, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 1,199
57, Michael Haugen Jr., Phoenix, 1,198
58, Myles Duty, Modesto, Calif., 1,194
59, Gary Faulkner Jr., Memphis, Tenn., 1,191
59, Kyle Troup, Taylorsville, N.C., 1,191
61, Brad Miller, Maryland Hts, Mo., 1,190
62, Joe Bailey, Wooster, Ohio, 1,189
63, Patrick Allen, South Salem, N.Y., 1,185
64, Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 1,183
65 (tie), Ryan Ciminelli, Cheektowaga, N.Y., and Jesse Buss, Belvidere, Ill., 1,177
67, Mike Wolfe, New Albany, Ind., 1,175
68 (tie), Chris Arcaro, Wilmington, N.C., and Jason Miller, Houston, 1,170
70, Jordan Klassen, Ontario, Canada, 1,164
71, Mike Williams II, Montgomery, Ala., 1,162
72, Anthony Colosimo, Davie, Fla., 1,159
73, n-Carl Boldt, Pontiac, Mich., 1,155
74, Brian Valenta, Lockport, Ill., 1,144
75, n-Charles Zelechowski, Warren, Mich., 1,142
75, n-Kurry Crayton, Birmingham, Ala., 1,142
77, Tom Hess, Urbandale, Iowa, 1,140
78, n-Matthew Sanders, Evansville, Ind., 1,139
79 (tie), DJ Rose, Ypsilanti, Mich., and Joe Paluszek, Bensalem, Pa., 1,126
81, Eugene McCune, Munster, Ind., 1,125
82, Connor Pickford, Charlotte, N.C., 1,123
83 (tie), Thomas Larsen, Denmark, and D.J. Archer, Friendswood, Texas, 1,119
85, Jeff Evans, Supply, N.C., 1,116
86, Ward Rauch, Cheboygan, Mich, 1,111
87, Steven Arehart, Chesapeake, Va., 1,107
88 (tie), Monty Wonnacott, Livonia, Mich., and Austin Hunt, Kennewick, Wash., 1,106
90, John Furey, Freehold, N.J., 1,102
91 (tie), Danielle McEwan, Stony Point, N.Y., and Johnathan Bower, Middletown, Pa., 1,097
93 (tie), Carey Bock, Canada, and Lonnie Jones, Ypsilanti, Mich., 1,095
95, Graham Fach, Ontario, Canada, 1,091
96, Ben Zakrocki, Philadelphia, 1,089
97, fp-Maria Rodriguez, Pflugerville, Texas, 1,080
98, Daniel Hochstein, Farmington Hills, Mich., 1,077
99, Dave Wodka, Beavercreek, Ohio, 1,076
99, n-Steve Jacobs, Belleville, Mich., 1,076
101, Matt Bollhalter, Niceville, Fla., 1,072
102, Jeremiah Bryant, Taylor, Mich., 1,055
103, Brett Cunningham, Clay, N.Y., 1,049
104, Brian Gunn, Chicago, 1,035
105, Dylan Macon, Lubbock, Texas, 1,016
106, Matthew Wozney, Clayton, Del., 1,006
107, n-Christopher Lemmon, Canada, 998
108, Zachary Dwyer, Ft. Walton Beach, Fla., 990
109, Ervin Raines, New Cummberland, Pa., 988

300 games – none.

PBA Detroit Open – Round Two Qualifying Standings

Players with position, hometown and 12 of 18 games; top five after Badger Open qualifying round will bowl another 18 games (six each on the three different patterns) to determine the five players for the stepladder finals Sunday at noon ET; finals air on CBS Sports Network on Wednesday, Oct. 12, 9 p.m. ET; n-denotes non-member

1, Anthony Pepe, Elmhurst, N.Y., 2,772
2, Francois Lavoie, Canada, 2,745
3, Jason Sterner, Cocoa, Fla., 2,727
4, Jesper Svensson, Sweden, 2,681
5, E.J. Tackett, Huntington, Ind., 2,680
6, Josh Blanchard, Mesa, Ariz., 2,679
7, Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 2,672
8, Jason Belmonte, Australia, 2,664
9, Rhino Page, Orlando, 2,662
10, Jon Van Hees, Charlestown, R.I., 2,656
11 (tie), Martin Larsen, Sweden; Tom Daugherty, Riverview, Fla., and Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 2,651
14, Brad Angelo, Lockport, N.Y., 2,647
15, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 2,645
16, Greg Ostrander, Freehold, N.J., 2,644
17, Bill O’Neill, Langhorne, Pa., 2,642, $100
18 (tie), Kristopher Prather, Milton, Fla., and Tom Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich., 2,637
20, Brandon Novak, Chillicothe, Ohio, 2,634
21, Anthony Simonsen, Princeton, Texas, 2,632
22, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 2,628
23, J.R. Raymond, Bay City, Mich., 2,626
24, Dick Allen, Columbia, S.C., 2,623
25, n-Mason Brantley, Detroit, 2,612
26, Ronnie Sparks Jr., Ecorse, Mich., 2,607
27 (tie), Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., and Kyle Troup, Taylorsville, N.C., 2,594
29, Devin Bidwell, Wichita, Kan., 2,591
30, Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., 2,581
31, Dom Barrett, England, 2,579
32, n-Andrew Anderson, Holly, Mich., 2,573
33 (tie), Nathan Bohr, Wichita, Kan., and John Szczerbinski, N. Tonawanda, N.Y., 2,570
35 (tie), Aaron Lorincz, Belleville, Mich., and Jesse Buss, Belvidere, Ill., 2,565
37, Kim Bolleby, Thailand, 2,562
38, Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., 2,560
39, Zeke Bayt, Westerville, Ohio, 2,558
40, Andrew Graff, Las Vegas, 2,549
41, Sam Cooley, Australia, 2,547
42, Cameron Weier, Tacoma, Wash., 2,545
43, Shawn Maldonado, Houston, 2,536
44 (tie), Darren Tang, San Francisco, Calif., and Osku Palermaa, Finland, 2,535
46, Jordan Klassen, Ontario, Canada, 2,522
47, Jake Peters, Henderson, Nev., 2,520
48, n-Carl Boldt, Pontiac, Mich., 2,519
48, Joe Bailey, Wooster, Ohio, 2,519
50, A.J. Johnson, Oswego, Ill., 2,517
51, Michael Haugen Jr., Phoenix, 2,510
52, Andres Gomez, Colombia, 2,499
53, Jakob Butturff, Chandler, Ariz., 2,497
54, Myles Duty, Modesto, Calif., 2,493
55, Ryan Ciminelli, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 2,488
56, Carleton Chambers, Detroit, 2,485
57, Chris Arcaro, Wilmington, N.C., 2,481
58 (tie), n-Matthew Sanders, Evansville, Ind., and Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., 2,475
60 (tie), Ronnie Russell, Marion, Ind.; Jeff Evans, Supply, N.C.; Steven Arehart, Chesapeake, Va., and Rocio Restrepo, Colombia, 2,472
64, Brian Valenta, Lockport, Ill., 2,462
65, Eugene McCune, Munster, Ind., 2,457
66, Thomas Larsen, Denmark, 2,456
67, Patrick Allen, South Salem, N.Y., 2,453
68, Brad Miller, Maryland Hts, Mo., 2,452
69, Danielle McEwan, Stony Point, N.Y., 2,449
70, John Furey, Freehold, N.J., 2,434
71, D.J. Archer, Friendswood, Texas, 2,423
72, Jason Miller, Houston, 2,415
73, Liz Kuhlkin, Rotterdam, N.Y., 2,412
74 (tie), Gary Faulkner Jr., Memphis, Tenn., and Anthony LaCaze, Melrose Park, Ill., 2,410
76, Mike Wolfe, New Albany, Ind., 2,399
77, Graham Fach, Ontario, Canada, 2,396
78, Dave Wodka, Beavercreek, Ohio, 2,384
79, Joe Paluszek, Bensalem, Pa., 2,379
80, Anthony Colosimo, Davie, Fla., 2,378
81 (tie), Dylan Macon, Lubbock, Texas, and Perry Crowell IV, Hoquiam, WA, 2,375
83 (tie), Connor Pickford, Charlotte, N.C., and Andrew Cain, Phoenix, 2,370
85, Mike Williams II, Montgomery, Ala., 2,354
86, n-Charles Zelechowski, Warren, Mich., 2,345
87, Zachary Seals, Kingsland, Ga., 2,339
88, Brett Cunningham, Clay, N.Y., 2,325
89, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 2,324
90, Austin Hunt, Kennewick, Wash., 2,316
91, Maria Rodriguez, Pflugerville, Texas, 2,299
92, Lonnie Jones, Ypsilanti, Mich., 2,298
93, Johnathan Bower, Middletown, Pa., 2,291
94, Carey Bock, Canada, 2,277
95, Matt Bollhalter, Niceville, Fla., 2,237
96, Ben Zakrocki, Philadelphia, 2,228
97, n-Kurry Crayton, Birmingham, Ala., 2,224
98, n-Christopher Lemmon, Canada, 2,210
99, Ward Rauch, Cheboygan, Mich, 2,208
100, n-Steve Jacobs, Belleville, Mich., 2,195
101, DJ Rose, Ypsilanti, Mich., 2,191
102, Monty Wonnacott, Livonia, Mich., 2,173
103, Tom Hess, Urbandale, Iowa, 2,156
104, Zachary Dwyer, Ft. Walton Beach, Fla., 2,149
105, Brian Gunn, Chicago, 2,112
106, Daniel Hochstein, Farmington Hills, Mich., 2,098
107, Jeremiah Bryant, Taylor, Mich., 2,084
108, Ervin Raines, New Cummberland, Pa., 2,053
109, Matthew Wozney, Clayton, Del., 2,036

Author: Herbert Bickel
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