Tip from roommate helps Tommy Jones win PBA Jonesboro Open


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    2015PBA07KyleTroup.jpg Tommy Jones of Simpsonville, S.C., a future Professional Bowlers Association hall of famer, used a tip from his roommate and an "old school" technique to win the Downums Waste Services PBA Jonesboro Open presented by Xtra Frame Sunday at Jonesboro Bowling Center in Jonesboro, Arkansas.

    The pictures shows winner Tommy Jones, center, with Downums Waste Services owner Scott Downums and proprietor Stacy Blaxton.

    Jones, 37, defeated top qualifier Kyle Troup (right) of Taylorsville, N.C., 237-228, to win his 17th PBA Tour title – tying PBA Hall of Famer Carmen Salvino for 20th place on the all-time PBA Tour titles list. Jones also won a $15,000 first prize.

    2015PBAConnorPickford.jpg 2015PBAFrancoisLavoie.jpg After qualifying fourth for the four-man stepladder finals, Jones eliminated Connor Pickford (left) of Charlotte, N.C., in the opening match, 212-163, and Canadian Francois Lavoie (right), who lives in Wichita, Kan., in the semifinal, 247-213, before winning a "carry contest" over Troup in the title match. While Troup pounded the pocket, he couldn't put back-to-back strikes together until the final four frames.

    Jones, using a less-reactive urethane bowling ball and a hard, straight-to-the-pocket delivery, doubled in the third and fourth frames, and then put together a late string of four strikes – including his first shot in the 10th – to hold off Troup.

    The deciding factor was the use the urethane ball to manage the demanding lane condition, a suggestion he got from roommate DJ Archer (below left) of Friendswood, Texas.

    2014PBADJArcher.jpg"I wouldn't have even tried the urethane ball if DJ hadn't suggested it," Jones said.

    "I was just looking for something that would work on these lanes. I just didn't have good ball reaction doing anything else. I bowled 240 against Frankie and I got some pretty fortunate hits in that match. Then I figured urethane is what got me to the title match so I was going to ride it."

    The Downums Waste Services PBA Jonesboro Open was the third of 10 Xtra Frame PBA Tour events scheduled for 2016. The overall competition points winner for the exclusive Xtra Frame Tour will earn a $10,000 bonus.

    The next event in the series will be the Xtra Frame PBA Lubbock Sports Open from South Plains Lanes in Lubbock, Texas, June 25-26, where a $20,000 first prize and a PBA Tour title will be at stake.


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    PBA Jonesboro Open - Stepladder Finals

    Jonesboro Bowling Center in Jonesboro, Ark., USA (June 3-5, 2016)

    Championship Round:
    1. Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 696 (3 games), $15,000
    2. Kyle Troup, Taylorsville, N.C., 228 (1 game), $8,000
    3. Francois Lavoie, Canada, 213 (1 game), $4,000
    4. Connor Pickford, Charlotte, N.C., 163 (1 game), $2,500

    Playoff Results:
    First Match: No. 4 Jones def. No. 3 Pickford, 212-163
    Semifinal Match: Jones def. No. 2 Lavoie, 247-213
    Championship: Jones def. No. 1 Troup, 237-228


    PBA Jonesboro Open - Final Match Play Standings

    Players with position, hometown and 21-game total, including match play bonus pins; top four advanced to stepladder finals; places 5-34 show earnings; n-denotes non-member

    1, Kyle Troup, Taylorsville, N.C., 4-4, 4,749
    2, Francois Lavoie, Canada, 7-1, 4,738
    3, Connor Pickford, Charlotte, N.C., 6-2, 4,688
    4, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 5-3, 4,618
    5, EJ Tackett, Huntington, Ind., 3-5, 4,595, $1,500
    6, Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., 3-5, 4,589, $1,300
    7, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 4-4, 4,555, $1,150
    8, Scott Newell, Deland, Fla., 6-2, 4,551, $1,100
    9, Dick Allen, Columbia, S.C., 5-3, 4,494, $1,050
    10, DJ Archer, Friendswood, Texas, 6-2, 4,484, $1,000
    11, Brett Cunningham, Clay, N.Y., 3-5, 4,476, $950
    12, Gary Faulkner, Memphis, Tenn., 2-6, 4,452, $900
    13, Josh Blanchard, Mesa, Ariz., 5-3, 4,398, $850
    14, Anthony Simonsen, Princeton, Texas, 1-7, 4,380, $800
    15, Devin Bidwell, Wichita, Kan., 2-6, 4,356, $750
    16, Mitch Beasley, Clarksville, Tenn., 2-6, 4,347, $700

    Other Cashers (after 13 games):
    17, n-Grace Hall, Oklahoma City, Okla., 2,700, $640
    18, Anthony Lavery-Spahr, Pasadena, Texas, 2,687, $590
    19, Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 2,684, $580
    20, Dino Castillo, Highland Village, Texas, 2,683, $570
    21, Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 2,677, $565
    22, Mike Wolfe, New Albany, Ind., 2,659, $560
    23, n-Jared Wolf, Jonesboro, Ark., 2,658, $555
    24, Steven Arehart, Chesapeake, Va., 2,656, $550
    25, n-Justin Williams, Bartlett, Tenn., 2,654, $545
    26, n-Anthony Richmond, Memphis, Tenn., 2,645, $540
    27, Jason Sterner, Cocoa, Fla., 2,642, $535
    28, n-Matt Gasn, Laurel, Md., 2,631, $530
    29, Joe Findling, Mesquite, Texas, 2,619, $525
    30, Patrick Allen, Mt. Kisco, N.Y., 2,583, $520
    31, Kristopher Prather, Milton, Fla., 2,575, $515
    32, Curt Dupre, Destrehan, La., 2,551, $510
    33, Ryan Ciminelli, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 2,530, $505
    34, Will Hoge, Sand Springs, Okla., 2,510, $500