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Sean Rash wins 12th career title in PBA XF Gene Carter’s Pro Shop Classic

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Sean Rash of Montgomery, Ill., used a string of seven strikes to defeat reigning PBA Player of the Year EJ Tackett of Huntington, Ind., 257-223, to win the Professional Bowlers Association’s Xtra Frame Gene Carter’s Pro Shop Classic title Sunday at Mid-County Bowling and Entertainment Center for his 12th career PBA Tour title and first of the 2017 season.

Pictured above from left, Gene Carter Sr., Sean Rash and proprietor Kim Bowers.

Rash, who got a break by carrying a crossover strike in the middle of his string, earned $15,000 and 25 points in the PBA Xtra Frame Storm Cup points race, which moved him into fifth place heading into the season’s final event next weekend. Tackett (left) solidified his hold on first place in the Storm Cup points race with 83 points, nine ahead of England’s Dom Barrett.

“EJ’s a great champion and he’s going to be for a long time,” Rash said of his opponent, noting his “Brooklyn” strike was a mistake. “I got a little slow on that shot and grabbed it,” he said, “but I threw some good ones when I needed them. Winning never gets old.”

In the first stepladder match, Tackett escaped with a 206-204 win over Alex Cavagnaro of Massapequa, N.Y., when Cavagnaro left a 10 pin after striking on his first shot in the 10th frame.

Cavagnaro, in his PBA Tour stepladder debut at age 33, was a member of the “Dead Money” team that won the PBA Team Challenge in Las Vegas in 2015. Tackett, who left three 7 pins on pocket hits – missing one of the spares in the fifth frame – struck out in his 10th frame to put the pressure on Cavagnaro to double in his half of the final frame.

In the semifinal match, Tackett started with three strikes and jumped out to a 45-pin lead when PBA Tour rookie Andrew Anderson of Holly, Mich., left 3-6-7-10 split in the fifth frame followed by the 2-8-10 in the sixth, failing to convert both. Despite missing a 2 pin spare in the seventh frame and a late four-strike rally by Anderson, Tackett raced away to a 223-200 victory.

The Xtra Frame Gene Carter’s Pro Shop Classic was the sixth tournament in the seven-event PBA Xtra Frame Storm Cup series that will award $50,000 in bonus prizes to the five points leaders.

Behind Tackett and Barrett (74 points) in the race for the top five spots are Marshall Kent of Yakima, Wash. (69); Dick Allen of Columbia, S.C. (59) and Rash (54). Tom Daugherty of Riverview, Fla., is five points behind Rash.

The Storm Cup series concludes with the PBA Xtra Frame Kenn-Feld Group Classic at Pla-Mor Lanes in Coldwater, Ohio, next Saturday and Sunday. The entire tournament will be live streamed on PBA’s online bowling channel, Xtra Frame. For subscription and schedule information click here.

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PBA Xtra Frame Gene Carter’s Pro Shop Classic

Mid-County Bowling & Entertainment Center in Middletown, De., United States (August 18-20, 2017)

Championship Round:
1. Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., $15,000
2. EJ Tackett, Huntington, Ind., $7,800
3. Andrew Anderson, Holly, Mich., $4,000
4. Alex Cavagnaro, Massapequa, N.Y., $2,500

Playoff Results:
First Match: No. 3 Tackett def. No. 4 Cavagnaro, 206-204
Semifinal Match: Tackett def. No. 2 Anderson, 223-200
Championship: No. 1 Rash def. Tackett, 257-223.

Final Match Play Standings

Players with position, hometown and 23-game, including match play bonus pins; n-denotes non-member.

1, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 9-3, 5,501
2, Andrew Anderson, Holly, Mich., 5-6-1, 5,419
3, x-EJ Tackett, Huntington, Ind., 9-3, 5,394
4, Alex Cavagnaro, Massapequa, N.Y., 9-3, 5,394

Missed Cut:
5, Bill O’Neill, Langhorne, Pa., 8-4, 5,337, $2,000
6, Tim Foy Jr., Seaford, Del., 6-6, 5,307, $1,500
7, Dom Barrett, England, 8-4, 5,295, $1,300
8, Tom Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich., 6-6, 5,268, $1,200
9, Tom Daugherty, Riverview, Fla., 5-6-1, 5,213, $1,150
10, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 6-6, 5,196, $1,100
11, Billy Asbury, Odenton, Md., 6-6, 5,141, $1,050
12, Dick Allen, Columbia, S.C., 4-8, 5,110, $1,040
13, BJ Moore III, Greensburg, Pa., 4-8, 5,079, $1,030
14, Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., 3-9, 5,040, $1,020
15, Brent Tishuk, Belvidere, N.J., 5-7, 5,034, $1,010
16, Steven Arehart, Chesapeake, Va., 2-10, 4,884, $1,000
x-Tackett won a one-ball roll-off to decide third position for the stepladder finals.

Cashers’ Round (did not advance, after 11 games):
17, Patrick Allen, Elmwood Park, N.J., 2,424, $700
18, David Stouffer, Lehigh Acres, Fla., 2,420, $700
19, Johnathan Bower, Middletown, Pa., 2,408, $700
20, Shota Kawazoe, Japan, 2,401, $700
21, Chris Via, Springfield, Ohio, 2,397, $700
22, Michael Tang, San Francisco, Calif., 2,390, $700
23, Matt Taylor, Youngsville, N.C., 2,389, $700
24, Chris Bolosan, Newport News, Va., 2,381, $700
25, Ronnie Russell, Marion, Ind., 2,371, $650
26, Darren Tang, San Francisco, 2,367, $650
27, Jason Stadtler, Lafayette, N.J., 2,364, $650
28, Jon Van Hees, Charlestown, R.I., 2,356, $650
29, Ryan Galli, Binghamton, N.Y., 2,348, $650
29, John Furey, Freehold, N.J., 2,348, $650
31, n-James Johnson III, Wilmington, Del., 2,338, $650
32, Dave Wodka, Beavercreek, Ohio, 2,329, $650
33, Cristian Azcona, Puerto Rico, 2,326, $625
34, Ray Edwards, Middle Island, N.Y., 2,321, $625
35, Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., 2,317, $625
36, Adam Chase, North Babylon, N.Y., 2,312, $625
37, Bryan Paul, Brooklyn, N.Y., 2,311, $625
38, Michael Markis, Tafton, Pa., 2,307, $625
39, Chris Blackmore, Aldie, Va., 2,304, $625
40, Paul Brion, Mansfield, Pa., 2,299, $625
41, Brett Cunningham, Clay, N.Y., 2,287, $600
42, Joe Paluszek, Bensalem, Pa., 2,282, $600
43, Tommy Barna, Westminster, Md., 2,279, $600
44, Daniel Mitchell, Elkton, Md., 2,262, $600
45, Michael Haugen Jr., Phoenix, 2,253, $600
46, Gabriel Garcia, Port St. Lucie, Fla., 2,250, $600
47, Rick Graham, Lancaster, Pa., 2,249, $600
48, Brian Elder, Newark, Del., 2,243, $600
49, Marty Berke, Allentown, Pa., 2,212, $600
50, Dwight Adams, Greensboro, N.C., 2,199, $600

Author: Herbert Bickel
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