Tackett, who has already earned the top qualifying berth for Sunday’s PBA World Championship stepladder finals, defeated 2016 U.S. Open winner Francois Lavoie of Canada 3-1 (248-226, 258-214, 200-202, 286-267) in the Chameleon Championship best-of-five single elimination Round of 16 match.
Earlier in the day Tackett found it tough going in the Cheetah Championship Round of 16 losing in three games.
“I just bowled bad and blew it off,” said the four-time Tour winner (pictured right and above) about the Cheetah Round of 16. “I came into tonight trying to regroup by practicing a little more so I made sure I had my feet under me.
“I anticipated a tough match against Francois and thought I probably opened the door in the fourth game,” Tackett added. “We were both playing the same part of the lane and had a good shot. It was a good match and I felt fortunate to win it.”
Continuing to battle lingering pain after recently being diagnosed with scoliosis in his lower back, Weber won the Round of 16 with a 3-1 (267-182, 258-268, 254-248, 263-227) win over Canadian Patrick Girard.
“Throwing the ball I feel great,” said Weber, who ranks fourth on the PBA Tour all-time win list with 37 titles. “The pain is actually forcing me to stay upright at the (foul) line which keeps me from chasing the ball down.
“You probably couldn’t tell it by looking at me but I’m actually feeling better as the tournament goes on. I’m determined to finish this thing.”
Weber is coming off a 2016 PBA50 Tour (for players 50 and over) season in which he earned PBA50 Player of the Year honors winning a record six PBA50 Tour tournaments including four in a row.
Also advancing to the Chameleon Championship Round of 8, which is scheduled for Thursday at 1 p.m. were Patrick Dombrowski, Parma, Ohio, 3-1; Thomas Larsen (left), Denmark, 3-0; Mitch Beasley, Clarksville, Tenn., 3-1; Brandon Novak (right), Chillicothe, Ohio, 3-2; A.J. Johnson, Oswego, Ill., 3-2, and Mike DeVaney, Winchester, Calif., 3-1.
The 24 players competing in today’s match play rounds advanced from Chameleon Championship qualifying conducted last Wednesday.
After Thursday’s Round of 8, the top four players will advance to the ESPN taping of the Chameleon Championship at 2:30 p.m. PT on Saturday. The Chameleon Championship telecast will air Saturday, Dec. 24 at 1 p.m. ET.
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Best-of-five single-elimination match play; four players will advance to the ESPN taping of the Chameleon Championship at 2:30 p.m. PT on Saturday.
Patrick Dombrowski, Parma, Ohio, vs. Mike DeVaney, Winchester, Calif.
E.J. Tackett, Huntington, Ind., vs. Mitch Beasley, Clarksville, Tenn.
A.J. Johnson, Oswego, Ill., vs. Brandon Novak, Chillicothe, Ohio
Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., vs. Thomas Larsen, Denmark
Best-of-five single-elimination match play; eight players advance to Thursday’s Round of 8; losers earn $1,250.
Patrick Dombrowski, Parma, Ohio, def. Jesper Svensson, Sweden, 3-1
(235-234, 269-246, 218-258, 280-219)
Thomas Larsen, Denmark, def. Jeff Evans, Supply, N.C., 3-0
(258-233, 279-188, 261-222).
Mitch Beasley, Clarksville, Tenn., def. Matthew McNiel, Minneapolis, Minn., 3-1
(210-218, 244-225, 289-189, 216-205)
Brandon Novak, Chillicothe, Ohio, def. B.J. Moore III, Greensburg, Pa., 3-2
(227-246, 238-255, 268-212, 205-181, 258-199)
E.J. Tackett, Huntington, Ind., def. Francois Lavoie, Canada, 3-1
(248-226, 258-214, 200-202, 286-267)
A.J. Johnson, Oswego, Ill., def. Dick Allen, Columbia, S.C., 3-2
(197-201, 227-175, 240-259, 265-235, 256-192)
Mike DeVaney, Winchester, Calif., def. Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., 3-1
(266-162, 202-242, 247-162, 222-199)
Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., def. Patrick Girard, Canada, 3-1
(267-182, 258-268, 254-248, 263-227)
Best-of-five single-elimination match play; eight players advance to Round of 16; losers earn $700.
Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., def. Osku Palermaa, Finland, 3-1
(197-198, 278-227, 256-172, 259-194)
E.J. Tackett, Huntington, Ind., def. Martin Larsen, Sweden, 3-1
(202-210, 240-224, 256-216, 257-235)
B.J. Moore III, Greensburg, Pa., def. Arturo Quintero, Mexico, 3-2
(232-181, 266-186, 196-212, 174-226, 217-191)
Patrick Dombrowski, Parma, Ohio def. Dave Wodka, Beavercreek, Ohio, 3-2
(180-206, 174-200, 224-173, 217-215, 203-203, Dombroski won one-frame roll-off in final game)
Jeff Evans, Supply, N.C., def. Sam Cooley, Australia, 3-0
(222-178, 184-172, 198-185)
Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., def. Zeke Bayt, Westerville, Ohio, 3-1
(228-263, 267-191, 247-198, 237-188)
A.J. Johnson, Oswego, Ill., def. Mik Stampe, Denmark, 3-1
(243-163, 230-195, 178-263, 268-222)
Mitch Beasley, Clarksville, Tenn., def. Chris Warren, Grants Pass, Ore., 3-1
(257-234, 226-210, 201-214, 238-237)
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