EJ Tackett wins PBA Xtra Frame Lubbock Sports Southwest Open

    06/29/15

    2015 PBA Tour #12

    PBA's 2013 Rookie of the Year captures first PBA Tour title and $15,000 prize

    2015PBA12EJTackett.jpg Top qualifier EJ Tackett (pictured with South Planes Lanes proprietor Jimbo Evans, left) of Huntington, Ind., threw a string of seven consecutive strikes to defeated Bill O'Neill of Langhorne, Pa., 256-213, to win the PBA Xtra Frame Lubbock Sports Southwest Open and his first PBA Tour title Sunday at South Plains Lanes in in Lubbock, Texas.

    Tackett, PBA's 2013 Rookie of the Year, opened the title match with three single-pin spares, but made a few adjustments and followed with his string of seven strikes to run away from O'Neill, who is arguably the hottest player in professional bowling this summer.

    2015PBA10BillONeill.jpgO'Neill (right) came into the Lubbock event fresh off wins in the PBA Oklahoma Open and Oklahoma's Grand Casino Hotel & Resort King of the Swing, a multi-event summer series in which he also had two third-place finishes.

    Tackett, 22, had previously finished second in the 2014 USBC Masters and the 2014 Oklahoma Open, both times falling to PBA Player of the Year, Jason Belmonte of Australia, in the title match. Along with his first PBA Tour title, Tackett won a $15,000 first prize.

    2015PBA09ShawnMaldonado.jpg"A lot of people took a chance on me when I first came out on tour, so I want to thank all of them," Tackett said. "This one is for them."

    O'Neill advanced to the title match with a 267-235 victory over 2014 PBA Southwest Region Player of the Year Shawn Maldonado (left), a two-handed player from Houston, Texas. Maldonado was trying for his first PBA Tour title.

    2011PBASouthMitchBeasley.jpgIn the first match, Maldonado rallied from a 45-pin deficit in the fifth frame, finishing with seven consecutive strikes – including a cross-over strike on his first shot in the 10th frame – to eliminate defending Lubbock Southwest Open champion Mitch Beasley (right) of Nashville, Tenn.

    2014PBAWSOBJohnBurkett.jpgAmong the 59 players who qualified for the cashers' round was former Major League All-Star John Burkett (left) of Southlake, Texas. Burkett, a 50-year-old first-year competitor on the PBA50 Tour, bowled Saturday's early nine-game qualifying squad.

    With half of the field yet to bowl, Burkett was certain he had missed the cut to Sunday's cashers' round, so he headed back to Southlake – roughly 320 miles away. At the end of the five-hour trip, he learned he had, in fact, qualified in 58th place, so he turned around and drove back to Lubbock.

    Bowling the cashers' round on three hours' sleep, Burkett moved up to 34th place after two games before fatigue set in and he fell to 51st.

    The PBA Tour returns to Xtra Frame Aug. 1-12 with the PBA/PWBA Xtra Frame Striking Against Breast Cancer Mixed Doubles from Palace Lanes in Houston, Texas.

     


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    PBA Xtra Frame Lubbock Southwest Open


    South Plains Lanes in Lubbock, Texas, United States (June 26-28, 2015)

    Championship Round:
    1, EJ Tackett, Huntington, Ind., 256 (1 game), $15,000
    2, Bill O'Neill, Langhorne, Pa., 480 (2 games), $8,250
    3, Shawn Maldonado, Houston, Texas, 457 (2 games), $5,000
    4, Mitch Beasley, Clarksville, Tenn., 200 (1 game), $3,000

    Playoff Results:
    First Match: No. 3 Maldonado def. No. 4 Beasley, 222-200
    Semifinal Match: No. 2 O'Neill def. Maldonado, 267-235
    Championship Match: No. 1 Tackett def. O'Neill, 256-213.

     


    PBA Xtra Frame Lubbock Southwest Open - Standings after Match Play


    Players with position, hometown, match play record and 23-game total, including match play bonus pins; top 4 advance to the stepladder finals; a-denotes amateur; s-denotes PBA50 player; f-denotes female.

    1, Tackett, 6-2, 5,587. 2, O'Neill, 7-1, 5,433. 3, Maldonado, 6-2, 5,413. 4, Beasley, 5-3, 5,398. 5, Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 5-3, 5,373, $2,000. 6, Tom Daugherty, Wesley Chapel, Fla., 5-3, 5,323, $1,700. 7, Patrick Allen, Mount Kisco, N.Y., 3-5, 5,293, $1,500. 8, Stuart Williams, England, 5-3, 5,288, $1,300.

    9, Mike Fagan, Ft.Worth, Texas, 4-4, 5,222, $1,200. 10, Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., 3-5, 5,196, $1,100. 11, Anthony Lavery-Spahr, Pasadena, Texas, 3-5, 5,145, $1,000. 12, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 3-5, 5,141, $900. 13, a-A.J. Chapman, Manchester, Iowa, 2-6, 5,099, $850. 14, D.J. Archer, Kingwood, Texas, 3-5, 5,065, $800. 15, Kyle Troup, Taylorsville, N.C., 2-6, 5,041, $750. 16, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 2-6, 4,968, $700.

     


    PBA Xtra Frame Lubbock Southwest Open - Other Cashers


    Players with position, hometown and 15-game total; a-denotes amateur; s-denotes PBA50 player; f-denotes female.

    Other Cashers (after 15 games): 17, Jason Sterner, Covington, Ga., 3,337, $620. 18, Devin Bidwell, Wichita, Kan., 3,330, $610. 19, Gary Faulkner, Memphis, Tenn., 3,328, $605. 20, Tyler Jensen, Ft. Worth, Texas, 3,312, $600. 21, a-Tyson Branagan, Euless, Texas, 3,305, $635. 22, a-Mykel Holliman, Collierville, Tenn., 3,304, $590. 23, Mika Koivuniemi, Hartland, Mich., 3,293, $585. 24, Randy Weiss, Columbia, S.C., 3,282, $580.

    25, s-Mike Edwards, Tulsa, Okla., 3,278, $575. 26, Nathan Bohr, Austin, Texas, 3,275, $570. 27 (tie), Brett Cooper, Denver, Colo., and s-Mark Williams, Beaumont, Texas, 3,259, $562.50. 29, Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 3,244, $555. 30, a-Dylan Burns, Garden City, Kan., 3,238, $550. 31, Anthony Simonsen, Princeton, Texas, 3,229, $545. 32, Dino Castillo, Carrollton, Texas, 3,223, $540.

    33, Scotty Pope, Odessa, Texas, 3,214, $540. 34, Dick Allen, Columbia, S.C., 3,202, $535. 35 (tie), Paul Brewbaker, Midwest City, Okla., and a-Marc Heninger, Tonganoxie, Kan., 3,197, $532.50. 37, a-Keven Williams, Springfield, Mo., 3,194, $530. 38, Brett Spangler, Niles, Ohio, 3,183, $525. 39, a-Xeno Garcia, Ft. Worth, Texas, 3,182, $525. 40, Connor Pickford, Charlotte, N.C., 3,172, $520.

    41, Michael Haugen Jr., Phoenix , 3,170, $520. 42, a-Lanndyn Carnate, Glendale, Ariz., 3,166, $515. 43, Chris Colella, Templeton, Mass., 3,165, $515. 44, Chad Newman, The Colony, Texas, 3,146, $515. 45, a-David Decker, Aurora, Colo., 3,139, $510. 46, a-Brandon Martin, Derby, Kan., 3,129, $510. 47, Scott Newell, Deland, Fla., 3,125, $510. 48, s-Doug Kirkman, Lubbock, Texas, 3,122, $510.

    49, Jeff Hatt, Oklahoma City, 3,107, $505. 50, Ramese Chambers, Kansas City, Mo., 3,103, $505. 51, s-John Burkett, Southlake, Texas, 3,091, $505. 52, a-Jason Duran, Littleton, Colo., 3,086, $505. 53, Arturo Quintero, Mexico, 3,078, $505. 54, a-Seth Rutledge, Dallas, 3,056, $500. 55, f-Anggie Ramirez, Chicago, 3,034, $500. 56 (tie), a-John Pierce, Denton, Texas, and s-Mike Scroggins, Amarillo, Texas, 3,030, $500.

    58, Andy Patterson, Tyler, Texas, 3,005, $500. 59, a-Dylan Macon, Ennis, Texas, 2,992, $500. 64, f-Clara Guerrero, Pflugerville, Texas/Colombia, 1,850, $300.