Japan, rookies, records and other stuff from the PBA Fall Classic

    10/23/15

    2015 PBA Spare Shots #42

    2015PWBATourDanielleMcEwan.jpg2015PWBA10LizJohnson.jpgThe inaugural PBA Fall Classic, hosted by South Point Bowling Plaza in Las Vegas, has been a showcase for some of the PBA's brightest young stars, some of the country's best women bowlers and it'll provide a unique look at PBA stars in team competition before it's over.

    The first contest officially concluded during the Fall Classic was the awarding of the women's invitation to compete in the DHC PBA Japan Invitational in January in Tokyo. Based on total pinfall for 40 qualifying games in the Bowlmor AMF U.S. Women's Open and PBA Xtra Frame Las Vegas Open, Danielle McEwan (pictured left) of Stony Point, N.Y., won the women's invitation, knocking down 5,199 pins in the Women's U.S. Open and 3,426 in Las Vegas for an 8,625 total to win the competition by 27 pins over Liz Johnson (right) of Cheektowaga, N.Y. (5,146, 3,452, 8,598 total).

    The top 10 men based on the same qualifying pinfall totals from the Las Vegas Open and the upcoming Bowlmor AMF U.S. Open will be invited to the DHC event. Based on Las Vegas Open qualifying, the men's pinfall leaders are: Anthony Pepe, 3,843; Kris Prather, 3,705; Patrick Girard, 3,603; Aaron Lorincz, 3,598; Parker Bohn III, 3,571; Ryan Ciminelli, 3,571; Matt McNiel, 3,562; Lonnie Waliczek, 3,559; Jason Belmonte, 3,549, and Tom Daugherty, 3,549.

    One of the most competitive PBA Rookie of the Year races was on display during the South Point Bowling Plaza PBA Fall Classic where a handful of talented young players are making a splash after graduating from college in late May and early June.

    2015PBA04AJJohnson.jpgAmong the rookies who are getting a real test under fire of a full field of PBA Tour stars are McKendree University grad A.J. Johnson (left) of Oswego, Ill., who got the sport's attention as top qualifier and eventual second-place finisher in the 65th USBC Masters earlier in the year; lefthander Matt McNiel of Prior Lake, Minn., who completed his graduate degree at Wichita State after helping the team win the USBC Intercollegiate Team Championship in addition to winning his record third 2015 USBC Open Championships all-events title, and former Wichita State star Kris Prather of Milton, Fla., who won the MOTIV Revolution tournament in July, earning a full season of PBA Tour competition as a representative of MOTIV's products.

    2014PBAAnthonySimonsen.jpgAnthony Simonsen (right) of Princeton, Texas, skipped college, joined the PBA in 2014 at age 17 and now he's also in the thick of the Rookie of the Year race. Approaching his 19th birthday on Jan. 6, the young two-handed player made a statement when he finished third in the Xtra Frame PBA Pensacola Open in June and this week in Las Vegas, he teamed with Connor Pickford of Charlotte, N.C., to claim the No. 1 berth in the Mark Roth/Marshall Holman PBA Doubles Championship presented by Storm…which presents Simonsen with a dilemma. One of his goals is to become the youngest PBA Tour champion but he's running out of time.

    2014PBANormDuke2.jpgThirty-two years later, Norm Duke (left) still holds the "youngest PBA Tour champion" record after winning the Cleveland Open in 1983 at the age of 18 years, 11 months, 8 days. That means Simonsen needs to win a title by Dec. 13 to break Duke's record by one day, and the Roth/Holman Doubles finals won't be contested until Dec. 19 in Reno.

    After missing the cut to match play in the PBA Xtra Frame Las Vegas Open Wednesday, Simonsen's last chance is to win the Bowlmor AMF U.S. Open in Garland, Texas, Nov. 2-8, the final PBA Tour event to be completed prior to Dec. 13.

    2013BBIAIndustryServiceAwardMikeAulby.jpgFor the record, if he wins the U.S. Open, Simonsen would become the youngest player to win a PBA major. That record is held by Hall of Famer Mike Aulby who won the 1979 PBA National Championship at age 19 years, 75 days.

    Liz Johnson distinguished herself once again by rolling a 300 game in the final game of the qualifying round of Roth/Holman Doubles Championship presented by Storm on Monday. The 2015 PWBA Player of the Year, USBC Queens and Bowlmor AMF U.S. Women's Open champion became the first woman to bowl four 300 games in PBA Tour competition.

    2014PBAPeteWeber2.jpgPerfect game no. 4 came in a clutch situation, boosting her and partner Andrew Anderson of Holly, Mich., into the match play finals of the doubles event. Kelly Kulick and Diana Zavjalova also have bowled a 300 in a PBA Tour event. Several women have bowled 300s in PBA Regionals.

    PBA Hall of Famer Pete Weber (left), suffering from a pinched nerve in his lower back, was forced to withdraw from the PBA Fall Classic. He was replaced in the Roth/Holman doubles event, where he had been paired with Sean Rash of Montgomery, Ill., by Tom Hess of Urbandale, Iowa.

    His replacement on the McCorkle Real Estate team of PBA50 all-stars (Tom Baker, Brian LeClair, Amleto Monacelli and Ron Mohr) for the PBA Team Challenge hasn't been confirmed yet.

     


    Xtra Frame provides wall-to-wall coverage of PBA Fall Classic


    Comprehensive Xtra Frame coverage of the South Point Bowling Plaza PBA Fall Classic got underway Monday and Tuesday with the qualifying and match play rounds of the Mark Roth/Marshall Holman PBA Doubles Championship, followed by start-to-finish coverage of the PBA Xtra Frame South Point Las Vegas Open – the first PBA Tour singles event to be contested start-to-finish in the new South Point Bowling Plaza, Wednesday and Thursday.

    Coverage will shift to the South Point PBA West Challenge (a regional event for non-title winners) on Friday. The new five-player PBA Team Challenge will fill the Saturday-Sunday schedule, and the PBA50 Western Open will conclude the week-long series of events on Monday.

    Following the Fall Classic, Xtra Frame will head to Garland, Texas, to provide live coverage of the qualifying and match play rounds of the Bowlmor AMF U.S. Open, Nov. 3-7. The finals will air live on CBS Sports Network on Sunday, Nov. 8.


    PBA Regional Update: Marshall Kent wins Sands Regency


    2014PBAMarshallKent.jpg2013EBT19CameronWeier.jpgMarshall Kent (pictured left) of Yakima, Wash., defeated top qualifier Mike Wolfe of New Albany, Ind., 276-237, to win the PBA Sands Regency West/Northwest Classic presented by Radical at the National Bowling Stadium Sunday. Along with his second career PBA Regional title, the 2014 PBA Rookie of the Year earned a $10,000 first prize.

    Kent advanced to the championship match by defeating Dino Castillo of Highland Village, Texas, 257-237, after Castillo eliminated rookie Cameron Weier (right) of Federal Way, Wash., 276-222, in the first stepladder finals match.

    On Friday, Weier, Kent's former Robert Morris-Illinois University teammate, won his first PBA title in the PBA Sands Regency West/Northwest Challenge presented by Radical, defeating amateur Nicholas Duplan of Citrus Heights, Calif., in the title match, 224-204. Weier, who earned $1,700, also became eligible to enter the 2016 FireLake PBA Tournament of Champions in Shawnee, Okla.

    2015PBAParkCentreLanesPBA50PBA60DoublesMikeHenryTomCarter.jpgPBA60 competitor Mike Henry of Brunswick, Ohio and PBA50 partner Tom Carter of Columbus, Ohio (pictured left, l-r), defeated amateurs Joe Nuzzo of Girard, Ohio and Danny Guerrieri of Youngstown, Ohio, 2-0, in a best-of-three-game match to win the Park Centre Lanes PBA50/PBA60 Doubles Central Open presented by Columbia 300 at Park Centre Lanes in North Canton, Ohio, Sunday. It also was the seventh career PBA Regional title for both players, who split a $3,200 first prize.

    In the best-of-three-game semifinal round, Henry and Carter defeated Dave Bernhardt of Romeo, Mich., and Ken Wyatt of Sterling Heights, Mich., 2-1, while Nuzzo and Guerrieri downed Charlie Tapp of Portage, Mich. and Larry Verble of Mason, Mich., 2-1, to set up the championship match.

    2015PBABowlersDiscountEasternOpenRustyThomsen.jpgRusty Thomsen (pictured right with sponsor Richard Byrd, left) of South Amboy, N.J. earned his third career title and $2,000 when he defeated Tim Foy Jr. of Seaford, Del., 233-194, in the PBA Bowlers Discount Eastern Open at AMF Woodlawn Bowl in Baltimore on Saturday.

    Thomsen, who was recently diagnosed with two herniated discs in his back, was the qualifying leader while Foy qualified third. After a first-round bye for both players, Thomsen eliminated Greg Ostrander of Freehold, N.J., 189-165, in the semifinal round while Foy outlasted Paul Nickle III of Rising Sun, Md., 178-169, to also advance to the title match.

    This weekend's schedule includes the PBA50 Tomball Southwest Open from Tomball Bowl in Tomball, Texas, and the one-day PBA Tony Grigat Allstate Midwest Challenge at Strike N Spare II in Lockport, Ill. Teen Masters qualifying events are scheduled in Erie, Pa., and Frisco, Texas: the Erie Open Teen Masters event, presented by the Erie Sports Commission, at Rolling Meadows Lanes, and the Frisco Open presented by the Frisco Convention and Visitors Bureau at Strikz in Frisco.

    October's regional activity closes with the PBA50 WGB Accounting Craig Pezzano Memorial presented by The Insurance Market at Bryan's Bowling Center in Laurel, Del.; the Wichita Southwest Open at Northrock Lanes in Wichita, Kan., and the PBA50 Tony Grigat Allstate Midwest/Central Open at Arlington Lanes in Arlington Heights, Ill., over the Oct. 30-Nov. 1 weekend.

    For complete PBA Regional schedules, rules and entry information, click here and open the "schedules" tab and click on Regional Tours to find the event(s) in your area.

     


    Quick Notes


    PBA West/Northwest Region Manager Gary Mage is recovering at home after a stent procedure performed following a heart attack he suffered Sunday in Reno, following the PBA Sands Regency West/Northwest Classic.

    "They have ran every test possible the last two days and the future seems to be good for me as long as I take all the new pills and listen to the doctors," Mage said Tuesday. "I want to say I have been overwhelmed from the calls from so many of the bowlers talking to (my wife) Toni and sending their prayers and for all the wishes for a speedy recovery."

    Reminder to PBA players: Oct. 26 is the deadline for 2016 PBA League team managers to declare up to three players they wish to protect from their 2015 rosters, and Nov. 13 is the deadline for PBA members to declare themselves eligible for the 2016 draft.

    Players not protected by team managers must then declare their intent to participate in the 2016 draft by contacting PBA Director of Events Janay Haggerty ([email protected]) by no later than Nov. 13. The 2016 PBA League draft will be held on Dec. 17 in Las Vegas. The draft will be covered live on Xtra Frame at 2 p.m. ET (11 a.m. PT).

    Reminder: Nominations are now being accepted for the 2015 Tony Reyes Community Service award. The award will be presented to a PBA member in good standing, based upon the extraordinary community service, charitable and/or educational contributions the nominee has made during the 2015 calendar year.

    The postmark deadline for nominations will be Monday, Dec. 21. Nominees must be current PBA members in good standing. Nominations may be submitted by anyone. The nomination form is available here.

     


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