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Kristopher Prather leads qualifying at 2018 U.S. Open


Kristopher Prather of Plainfield, Illinois, may have slowed down Sunday at the U.S. Open, but he still finds himself in the driver’s seat after finishing as the top qualifier at the 2018 edition at Northrock Lanes in Wichita, Kansas.

The 26-year-old right-hander (featured photo) led the overall standings for the third consecutive round, finishing Sunday’s eight-game block with 1,576 to bring his overall total for 24 games to 5,355, a 223.13 average.

Wichita’s AJ Chapman (right) is second with 5,254, and 2006 U.S. Open champion Tommy Jones (left) of Simpsonville, South Carolina, is third with 5,210.

The 144-player field now has been cut to the top 36 players. All advancers will return to the lanes Monday at 11 a.m. Eastern for a cashers’ round, which will include an additional eight games to determine the 24 players for round-robin match play.

Anthony Pepe (right) of Elmhurst, New York, earned the final spot in the cashers’ round, rolling 255 in his final game to get to 4,939, a 205.79 average.

Defending champion Rhino Page (left) of Orlando, Florida, also advanced, finishing qualifying in seventh place with 5,167.

Qualifying at the 2018 U.S. Open consisted of three eight-game blocks over three days.

Prather struggled to get comfortable on the 47-foot oil pattern being used during Sunday’s third round.

The 2018 event featured a different lane condition for each of the three qualifying rounds.

“I’m annoyed with myself because I couldn’t figure it out,” Prather (right) said. “I didn’t throw it very well, either. I struggled getting my ball to go through the pins the right way, and I never really felt comfortable. It was just a bad day. But, I’m very fortunate that I bowled so well the first two days.”

Monday’s cashers’ round will feature a fourth oil pattern, which will be used for the remainder of the tournament.

Prather gets an opportunity for a fresh start Monday on the 43-foot lane condition, and he’s going to do his best to reset and move forward.

“The first thing I need to do is completely forget about today,” Prather said. “I don’t have to think about that pattern anytime soon, so I’m happy about that. I’m going to drill a couple of new bowling balls and try to get in the right mentality. Hopefully, I can figure out the right way to attack this looking ahead.”

Match play will begin Monday at 6 p.m. Eastern with the first of three eight-game rounds. Match play resumes Tuesday at 11 a.m. Eastern with the final two blocks, including a position round. The five finalists will be determined by total pinfall, including bonus pins, for 56 games.

The stepladder finals will take place Oct. 31 and air live on CBS Sports Network at 8 p.m. Eastern, awarding the champion the $30,000 top prize and coveted green jacket.

The U.S. Open is the fourth and final major championship on the 2018 PBA Tour schedule and is conducted jointly by the United States Bowling Congress and Bowling Proprietors’ Association of America.

Each round of the 2018 U.S. Open leading up to the stepladder finals will be broadcast live on PBA’s online bowling channel Xtra Frame on FloBowling.

For more information on the U.S. Open, click here.

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2018 U.S. Open – Third Round Results

Players with position, hometown and 24-game total. Top 36 advance. w-woman, n-non-PBA member.

1, Kristopher Prather, Plainfield, Ill., 5,355. 2, AJ Chapman, Wichita, Kan., 5,254. 3, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 5,210. 4, Dom Barrett, England, 5,193. 5, Jason Sterner, Covington, Ga., 5,190. 6, Yannaphon Latp-apharat, Thailand, 5,173.

7, Rhino Page, Orlando, Fla., 5,167. 8, Jakob Butturff, Chandler, Ariz., 5,096. 9, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., 5,093. 10, Greg Ostrander, Freehold, N.J., 5,079. 11, Ryan Ciminelli, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 5,078. 12, n-Alex Hoskins, Pocatello, Idaho, 5,070.

13, Stuart Williams, England, 5,064. 14, Anthony Simonsen, Austin, Texas, 5,052. 15, Tom Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich., 5,033. 16, n-David Simard, Canada, 5,032. 17, Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., 5,020. 18, Nathan Bohr, Austin, Texas, 5,019.

19, Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, 5,014. 20, Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 5,009. 21, n-Tom Adcock, Decatur, Ill., 5,002. 22(tie), n-Dallas Leong, Las Vegas, and Francois Lavoie, Canada, 4,999. 24, Richie Teece, England, 4,993.

25, Zach Wilkins, Canada, 4,991. 26, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 4,984. 27, w-Daria Pajak, Poland, 4,976. 28, Brad Miller, Lee’s Summit, Mo., 4,961. 29, EJ Tackett, Bluffton, Ind., 4,960. 30, Sean Lavery-Spahr, Pasadena, Texas, 4,957.

31, Michael Tang, San Francisco, 4,956. 32, Aaron Lorincz, Center Line, Mich., 4,952. 33, Mitch Hupe, Canada, 4,949. 34, Rafiq Ismail, Malaysia, 4,944. 35, Andrew Anderson, Holly, Mich., 4,940. 36, Anthony Pepe, Elmhurst, N.Y., 4,939.

Missed Cut:
37, Matt O’Grady, Rahway, N.J., 4,933. 38, Matthew Ogle, Louisville, Ky., 4,930. 39, Andres Gomez, Colombia, 4,919. 40, Shawn Maldonado, Houston, 4,917. 41, Bill O’Neill, Langhorne, Pa., 4,915. 42, Dick Allen, Columbia, S.C., 4,911.

43, Jari Ratia, Finland, 4,903. 44, Chris Loschetter, Avon, Ohio, 4,897. 45, n-Wesley Low, Palmdale, Calif., 4,896. 46, Jason Belmonte, Australia, 4,886. 47(tie), Austin Boulds, Creal Springs, Ill., and AJ Johnson, Oswego, Ill., 4,884.

49, Graham Fach, Canada, 4,883. 50, Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 4,881. 51, Thomas Larsen, Denmark, 4,876. 52(tie), Andrew Cain, Phoenix, and Zeke Bayt, Westerville, Ohio, 4,875. 54, Mike Coffey, Melbourne, Fla., 4,858.

55, Jake Peters, Henderson, Nev., 4,856. 56, Cameron Weier, Tacoma, Wash., 4,855. 57, Josh Blanchard, Gilbert, Ariz., 4,849. 58, Alex George, Wichita, Kan., 4,838. 59, Ildemaro Ruiz, Venezuela, 4,833. 60, Ronnie Russell, Marion, Ind., 4,831.

61, BJ Moore, Greensburg, Pa., 4,825. 62, Jesper Svensson, Sweden, 4,824. 63, n-Brandon Biondo, Carpentersville, Ill., 4,821. 64(tie), Roger Petrin, Taylor, Mich., and David Beres, Waukesha, Wis., 4,819. 66, Martin Larsen, Sweden, 4,818.

67, Chris Via, Springfield, Ohio, 4,816. 68, Tom Daugherty, Tampa, Fla., 4,810. 69, Brett Cooper, Denver, 4,804. 70, Osku Palermaa, Finland, 4,798. 71, Chris Gibbons, Madison, Wis., 4,796. 72, Matt Kuba, Chicago Ridge, Ill., 4,791.

73, Kenneth Ryan, Morganville, N.J., 4,790. 74, Anthony Lavery-Spahr, Pasadena, Texas, 4,788. 75, Dino Castillo, Carrollton, Texas, 4,786. 76(tie), Nick Kruml, Downers Grove, Ill., and Charlie Brown Jr., Grandville, Mich., 4,773. 78(tie), Daria Kovalova, Wichita, Kan., and Kamron Doyle, Brentwood, Tenn., 4,770.

80, Kyle Troup, Taylorsville, N.C., 4,767. 81, Chris Warren, Grants Pass, Ore., 4,764. 82, n-Daniel Hanson, Tacoma, Wash., 4,757. 83, Craig Tuholski, Troutdale, Ore., 4,752. 84, Darren Tang, San Francisco, 4,748. 85, Tim Foy Jr., Seaford, Del., 4,745.

86, n-Patrick Hanrahan, Wichita, Kan., 4,744. 87, w-Danielle McEwan, Stony Point, N.Y., 4,743. 88, Cristian Azcona, Puerto Rico, 4,736. 89, Sam Cooley, Australia, 4,735. 90, Kim Bolleby, Thailand, 4,729. 91, Daniel Fransson, Sweden, 4,724.

92, Joe Bailey, Wooster, Ohio, 4,711. 93, Pontus Andersson, Sweden, 4,709. 94, Brandon Curtis, Manson, N.C., 4,707. 95, n-Jacob Kersten, Wichita, Kan., 4,698. 96, n-Cotie Holbek, Burlington, Wis., 4,696. 97(tie), Chris Polizzi, Spring Hill, Fla., and Gregory Thompson Jr., Tempe, Ariz., 4,694.

99, Curt Dupre IV, Destrehan, La., 4,688. 100, n-Duane Kilts, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, 4,673. 101, David Haynes, Las Vegas, 4,669. 102, n-Brent Boho, Colgate, Wis., 4,664. 103, Devin Bidwell, Wichita, Kan., 4,661. 104, Nicholas Pate, Inver Grove Heights, Minn., 4,639.

105, Joe Paluszek, Bensalem, Pa., 4,621. 106, Francois Louw, South Africa, 4,611. 107, Nathan Michalowski, Burlington, Wis., 4,603. 108, Brad Angelo, Lockport, N.Y., 4,601. 109, n-Joshua Schneider, Fond du Lac, Wis., 4,587. 110, n-Scott Hill, Belleville, Ill., 4,585.

111, n-Joseph Grondin, San Pedro, Calif., 4,582. 112, n-Bryan Dragotta, Selden, N.Y., 4,580. 113, Kyle Mayberry, Mechanicsburg, Ohio, 4,578. 114, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 4,577. 115(tie), n-Kennon McFalls, Gastonia, N.C., and n-Briley Haugh, Faribault, Minn., 4,570.

117, n-Cortez Schenck, Phoenix, 4,567. 118, n-Jacob Boresch, Kenosha, Wis., 4,561. 119, n-Adrian Anderson, Roseburg, Ore., 4,559. 120, Brandon Novak, Chillicothe, Ohio, 4,550. 121, n-Joshua Link, Billings, Mont., 4,547. 122, n-Chris Szczepaniak, Wyandotte, Mich., 4,545.

123, Trey Ford III, Bartlesville, Okla., 4,542. 124, n-Spencer Robarge, Springfield, Mo., 4,525. 125, John Furey, Howell, N.J., 4,520. 126, James Hall, Daphne, Ala., 4,514. 127, n-Thomas McNeal, Seattle, Wash., 4,501. 128, n-Jared Armstrong, Louisville, Ky., 4,498.

129, n-Greg Young, Viera, Fla., 4,494. 130, Kevin Fanter, Maize, Kan., 4,488. 131, Joshua Roca, Wichita, Kan., 4,459. 132, Tom Hess, Urbandale, Iowa, 4,436. 133, Robert Lawrence, Austin, Texas, 4,385. 134, Humberto Vazquez, Mexico, 4,382.

135, n-Bryan Hahlen, Greenwood, S.C., 4,373. 136, Charles Clifford Jr., Ft. Walton Beach, Fla., 4,346. 137, n-Richard Paul, Winton, Calif., 4,337. 138, n-Nicholas Scelfo, Millstone, N.J., 4,272. 139, n-Justin Hromek, Towanda, Kan., 4,245.

300 games (2) – Tommy Jones, Dick Allen.

Herbert Bickel

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