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Anthony Simonsen wins PBA Wolf Open for second PBA Tour title of the season

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Anthony Simonsen of Austin, Texas, won the FloBowling PBA Wolf Open Tuesday to become the fifth two-time winner this season and adding his name as a candidate for PBA Player of the Year honors with only three Go Bowling! PBA Tour tournaments left in the season.

In the first tournament of the FloBowling PBA Fall Swing, Simonsen, the top qualifier for the finals, beat another two-time winner, Andrew Anderson of Holly, Mich., 239-226, in the title match at The Lanes at Coffee Creek in Owasso, Okla., to also win his fifth career title.

Featured photo from left: PBA Commissioner Tom Clark, PBA Wolf Open winner Anthony Simonsen and host proprietor Joe Sparks.

Simonsen (right) opened in the eighth frame of the title match but still had a five-pin lead over Anderson heading into the ninth frame. He got back on track with a strike in the ninth and the first shot of the 10th frame which was enough for the victory.

“I didn’t throw a good shot in the seventh frame so when I left the 2-4-8 in the eighth frame, that was the result of an over correction,” Simonsen said. “I didn’t panic because with the five-pin lead heading into the ninth I felt the match was still in my hands. I had confidence in my ball reaction and that I could buckle down and throw the good shots I needed to make.”

Simonsen joined Anderson (left), and other player of the year candidates 2016 player of the year EJ Tackett, four-time and reigning player of the year Jason Belmonte and Jakob Butturff as the season’s other two-time winners.

“Overall it’s been a good season for me but I think there’s a couple guys, including Andrew, who have the edge on the player of the year race, said the 21-year-old Simonsen. “We’ve got two more tournaments here and we wrap up the season with the U.S. Open so there’s a lot of bowling left to determine that.”

The 2018 season concludes with the U.S. Open Oct. 24-31 at Northrock Lanes in Wichita, Kan.

In the semifinal match, Anderson, the 2018 USBC Masters winner, beat Kris Prather (right) of Plainfield, Ill., who was trying for his first tour win, 297-227. Anderson was denied a 300 game when his final shot in the 10th frame went high and he left the 3-6-10.

In the opening stepladder match, 18-time tour winner Tommy Jones (left) of Simpsonville, S.C., beat Darren Tang (below right) of San Francisco, who was also trying for his first tour win, 227-216. Jones then advanced to the second match where he lost to Anderson, 230-191.

The FloBowling PBA Fall Swing continues with the first round of qualifying for the Bear Open Wednesday which will be followed by the second round Thursday to determine the top five players for the Bear Open stepladder finals Thursday at 7:30 p.m. CT.

After the combined 24-game qualifying totals from the Wolf and Bear events, the top 18 players will advance to Tulsa Open match play, consisting of two six-game round robin match play rounds on Friday and the final six-game round on Saturday morning. The top five after 42 games, including match play bonus pins will advance to the Tulsa Open finals at 12:30 p.m. Saturday.

The entire Fall Swing is streamed live on Xtra Frame on FloBowling which is providing multi-stream coverage of every lane of competition. For subscription and schedule information click here. Lanetalk is providing Fall Swing tournament statistics which can be accessed by visiting the Lanetalk link on the pba.com homepage.

FloBowling PBA Fall Swing Wolf Open

The Lanes at Coffee Creek in Owasso, Okla., USA (Oct. 15-16, 2018)

Championship Round:
1, Anthony Simonsen, 239 (1 game), Austin, Texas, $10,000
2, Andrew Anderson, 753 (3 games), Holly, Mich. $6,000
3, Kris Prather, Plainfield, Ill., 227 (1 game), $4,000
4, Tommy Jones, 418 (2 games), Simpsonville, S.C., $3,500
5, Darren Tang, 216 (1 game), San Francisco, $3,000

Playoff Results:
First Match: No. 4 Jones def. No. 5 Tang, 227-216
Second Match: No. 3 Anderson def. Jones, 230-191
Semifinal Match: Anderson def. No. 2 Prather, 297-227
Championship: No. 1 Simonsen def. Anderson, 239-226.

FloBowling PBA Fall Swing Wolf Open – Second Round Qualifying Results

Players with position, hometown and 12-game total. Top five advance to stepladder finals.

1, Anthony Simonsen, Austin, Texas, 2,803
2, (tie) Andrew Anderson, Holly, Mich., and
Kris Prather, Plainfield, Ill., 2,763
4, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 2,740
5, Darren Tang, San Francisco, 2,739
Prather defeated Anderson in one-game roll-off, 255-232, to earn No. 2 qualifying position for finals.

Missed Cut:
6, Matt Sanders, Indianapolis, 2,730, $2,000
7, Francois Lavoie, Canada, 2,729, $1,500
8, (tie) Graham Fach, Canada, and
EJ Tackett, Bluffton, Ind., 2,721, $975
10, (tie) Nick Kruml, Downers Grove, Ill., and
Rhino Page, Orlando, 2,710, $925
12, Josh Blanchard, Mesa, Ariz., 2,687, $800
13, Dom Barrett, England, 2,674, $790
14, Bill O’Neill, Langhorne, Pa., 2,671, $780
15, Keven Williams, Springfield, Mo., 2,663, $770
16, Jesper Svensson, Sweden, 2,662, $760
17, Thomas Larsen, Denmark, 2,659, $750
18, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 2,658
19, Markus Jansson, Sweden, 2,655
20, Anthony Pepe, Elmhurst, N.Y., 2,645
21, Jason Belmonte, Australia, 2,644
22, Devin Bidwell, Wichita, Kan., 2,637
23, Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 2,635
24, (tie) Arturo Quintero, Mexico,
Martin Larsen, Sweden, and
Chris Via, Springfield, Ohio, 2,633
27, Michael Tang, San Francisco, 2,619
28, (tie) JR Raymond, Clinton Twp., Mich., and
Brad Miller, Lees Summit, Mo., 2,618
30, Ronnie Russell, Marion, Ind., 2,614
31, (tie) Kyle Troup, Taylorsville, N.C., and
Stuart Williams, England, 2,605
33, Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., 2,601
34, AJ Johnson, Oswego, Ill., 2,598
35, AJ Chapman, St Paul, Minn., 2,589
36, Dick Allen, Lexington, S.C., 2,582
37, Greg Ostrander, Freehold, N.J., 2,575
38, Kurt Pilon, Warren, Mich., 2,574
39, Zeke Bayt, Westerville, Ohio, 2,562
40, Jakob Butturff, Tempe, Ariz., 2,560
41, Gary Faulkner Jr., Memphis, Tenn., 2,558
42, Kamron Doyle, Brentwood, Tenn., 2,554
43, Richie Teece, England, 2,548
44, Shawn Maldonado, Houston, 2,546
45, Tom Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich., 2,543
46, Francois Louw, South Africa, 2,538
47, Ryan Ciminelli, Clarence, N.Y., 2,536
48, DJ Archer, Friendswood, Texas, 2,531
49, Kim Bolleby, Thailand, 2,527
50, Charlie Brown Jr., Grandville, Mich., 2,524
51, (tie) Jake Peters, Henderson, Nev., and
Chris Loschetter, Avon, Ohio, 2,521
53, Brad Angelo, Lockport, N.Y., 2,519
54, Ildemaro Ruiz, Venezuela, 2,518
55, Osku Palermaa, Finland, 2,512
56, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., 2,503
57, Christopher Sloan, Ireland, 2,497
58, Sam Cooley, Australia, 2,494
59, Zachery Tackett, Huntington, Ind., 2,490
60, (tie) Jason Sterner, Covington, Ga.,
Tom Daugherty, Riverview, Fla., and
Pontus Andersson, Sweden, 2,481
63, Matt O’Grady, Rahway, N.J., 2,478
64, Anthony Lavery-Spahr, Pasadena, Texas, 2,464
65, (tie) Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, and
John Furey, Howell, N.J., 2,459
67, Daniel Fransson, Sweden, 2,457
68, Jim Pratt, Avondale, Ariz., 2,449
69, Julio Cesar Blancas, Mexico, 2,436
70, Matt Kuba, Chicago Ridge, Ill., 2,427
71, Mike Wolfe, New Albany, Ind., 2,426
72, Joe Paluszek, Bensalem, Pa., 2,420
73, Michael Haugen Jr., Phoenix, 2,419
74, Humberto Vazquez, Mexico, 2,416
75, Zach Doty, Campbellsville, Ky., 2,410
76, Tim Foy Jr., Seaford, Del., 2,395
77, Michael Davidson, Versailles, Ohio, 2,390
78, Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., 2,389
79, Dino Castillo, Highland Village, Texas, 2,387
80, Connor Pickford, Charlotte, N.C., 2,377
81, Nicholas Pate, Inver Grove Heights, Minn., 2,375
82, (tie) Nate Garcia, Port St. Lucie, Fla., and
Brian Robinson, Morgantown, W.Va., 2,349
84, David Krol, Nixa, Mo., 2,348
85, Rocio Restrepo, Colombia, 2,346
86, Dakota Vostry, Chicago, Ill., 2,344
87, Trey Ford III, Bartlesville, Okla., 2,340
88, Kyle King, Glendale, Ariz., 2,318
89, Stephen Pavlinko Jr., Sewell, N.J., 2,314
90, Kenneth Ryan, Morganville, N.J., 2,271
91, George Duke, Vidor, Texas, 2,258
92, Russ Oviatt, Chandler, Ariz., 2,244
93, Andrew Cain, Phoenix, 2,233
94, Matt Wozney, Clayton, Del., 2,205
95, Kenneth Bland Jr., San Antonio, Texas, 2,185
96, Stephen Hahn, Sterling, Va., 2,171
97, Michael Duran, Banning, Calif., 2,128
98, Andrew Silverman, Akron, Ohio, 2,014
99, Steve Britton, Grand Prairie, Texas, 1,992
100, James Sitters, Australia, 1,795
101, Michael Foster, Tulsa, Okla., 1,605
102, Mike Edwards, Tulsa, Okla., 1,259

300 games (1) – Marshall Kent.

Herbert Bickel

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