Jakob Butturff wins his first PBA title in Lubbock, Texas


    2016 PBA #9

    22-year-old lefthander nips Shawn Maldonado by two pins to win the PBA Xtra Frame Lubbock Sports Southwest Open

    2016PBA09JakobButturff.jpg Jakob Butturff, a 22-year-old lefthander who won't complete his first full year of Professional Bowlers Association competition until next month, won the PBA Xtra Frame Lubbock Sports Southwest Open at South Plains Lanes in Lubbock, Texas, Sunday, nipping Houston's Shawn Maldonado in the title match, 207-205.

    Butturff (pictured with proprietor Jimbo Evans, right), who has an unorthodox delivery that generates significant strike power, used a late double to pull even with Maldonado, and then struck on his fill ball in the 10th frame to force the Houston two-handed player to double for the win.

    2015PBA09ShawnMaldonado.jpg Maldonado's (right) bid for his first PBA Tour title ended when the 4 pin stood on his try for a second strike in the 10th.

    "I'm feeling great for once," Butturff said. "Winning that first title feels great. We were basically going at the same pace in the title match, but eventually, my fill shot in the 10th was the whole thing."

    Butturff, who finished fourth in the PBA Viper Championship and fifth in the PBA Chameleon Championship during the GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling VII in December in Reno, earned $20,000 for his first title.

    He rolled into the lead with a 6-2 match play record and some keen observations.

    "I was watching Gary Faulkner Jr. bowl for a couple of games and I tried to stay in the same zone he was in, and that was most successful for me," Butturff said. "I tried that (Saturday) and it worked, so I did it again today, and it worked out perfectly."

    Faulkner, also a lefthander, won the 2015 PBA World Championship in Reno.

    Butturff also was well aware of the success a couple of other young players have had in PBA competition earlier in the year. Sweden's Jesper Svensson became the youngest player ever to win the FireLake Tournament of Champions at age 20 in February, and 19-year-old Anthony Simonson of Princeton, Texas, became the youngest ever to win a PBA major title in the USBC Masters.

    "I just wanted to go out and prove I could compete with some of the best," Butturff said. "I wanted to keep up with Jesper and Anthony, and prove the young guns can win out here on tour."

    All rounds of the Lubbock Sports Open were video-streamed live on PBA's online bowling channel, Xtra Frame. The Lubbock tournament was the fourth in a series of 10 Xtra Frame PBA Tour events that will pay the overall competition points winner a $10,000 bonus.

    The next event in the XF series will be the PBA-PWBA Striking Against Breast Cancer Mixed Doubles at Bowl on Bellaire in Houston, Texas, July 28-31.


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    PBA Xtra Frame Lubbock Sports Southwest Open

    South Plains Lanes in Lubbock, Texas, USA (June 24-26, 2016)

    Championship Round:
    1, Jakob Butturff, Chandler, Ariz., $20,000
    2, Shawn Maldonado, Houston, Texas, $11,000
    3, Tyler Jensen, Ft. Worth, Texas, $6,000
    4, Anthony Pepe, Elmhurst, N.Y., $3,000

    Playoff Results:
    First Match: No. 3 Jensen def. No. 4 Pepe, 214-205
    Semifinal Match: No. 2 Maldonado def. Jensen, 248-213
    Championship: No. 1 Butturff def. Maldonado, 207-205


    Final Match Play Standings

    (after 22 games, including match play bonus pins)
    1, Jakob Butturff, Chandler, Ariz., 5,240
    2, Shawn Maldonado, Houston, Texas, 5,104
    3, Tyler Jensen, Ft. Worth, Texas, 5,121
    4, Anthony Pepe, Elmhurst, N.Y., 5,074

    5, Dylan Burns, Lawrence, Kan., 5,072, $2,200
    6, Mitch Beasley, Clarksville, Tenn., 5,030, $1,500
    7, Anthony Simonsen, Princeton, Texas, 5,018, $1,300
    8, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 5,014, $1,200
    9, Gary Faulkner Jr., Memphis, Tenn., 4,991, $1,100
    10, Jason Sterner, Cocoa, Fla., 4,984, $1,000
    11, Jason Belmonte, Australia, 4,967, $950
    12, Mike Wolfe, New Albany, Ind., 4,953, $900
    13, Sean Lavery-Spahr, Pasadena, Texas, 4,950, $850
    14, Dick Allen, Columbia, S.C., 4,946, $800
    15, Kris Prather, Milton, Fla., 4,878, $750
    16, Stuart Williams, England, 4,736, $725

    Other Cashers:
    (after 14 games, n-denotes non-member)
    17, Dino Castillo, Highland Village, Texas, 3,084, $630
    18, Ronnie Russell, Marion, Ind., 3,069, $620
    19, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 3,068, $610
    20, Scott Newell, Deland, Fla., 3,057, $640
    21, Jake Peters, Henderson, Nev., 3,056, $595
    22, Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 3,051, $585
    23 (tie) Connor Pickford, Charlotte, N.C., and Josh Blanchard, Mesa, Ariz., 3,047, $577.50
    25, Bill O'Neill, Langhorne, Pa., 3,046, $570
    26, E.J. Tackett, Huntington, Ind., 3,042, $565
    27, Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., 3,032, $560
    28, Anthony Colosimo, Pembroke Pines, Fla., 3,030, $555
    29, Dom Barrett, England, 3,025, $550
    30, n-Tyler Albracht, Amarillo, Texas, 3,024, $545
    31, n-Austin Boulds, Creal Springs, Ill., 3,021, $540
    32, n-Tyson Branagan, Euless, Texas, 3,017, $535
    33, Jason Duran, Littleton, Colo., 3,014, $530
    34, Tom Daugherty, Riverview, Fla., 3,008, $525
    35, A.J. Johnson, Oswego, Ill., 2,988, $525
    36, n-Stefan Wood, Lubbock, Texas, 2,981, $520
    37, n-Thomas Peters, Belleville, Ill., 2,956, $520
    38, Francois Lavoie, Wichita, Kan., 2,947, $520
    39, Joe Findling, Mesquite, Texas, 2,932, $515
    40, n-Kamron Doyle, Brentwood, Tenn., 2,929, $515
    41, Kris Koeltzow, Wheat Ridge, Colo., 2,914, $515
    42, Anthony Lavery-Spahr, Pasadena, Texas, 2,907, $510
    43, Tom Hess, Urbandale, Iowa, 2,875, $510
    44, n-Marshal Morrison, Amarillo, Texas, 2,870, $510
    45, n-Trey Sledge, Amarillo, Texas, 2,867, $505
    46, Brett Spangler, Niles, Ohio, 2,865, $505
    47, James Grago, Rome, N.Y., 2,850, $505
    48, Benjamin Canfield, Tempe, Ariz., 2,839, $500
    49, n-John Pierce, Denton, Texas, 2,827, $500
    50, Stephen Keblish, Oklahoma City, Okla., 2,702, $500.