Among the players still in contention for Wednesday’s final rounds, in addition to defending champion Ryan Ciminelli of Clarence, N.Y., is 58-year-old PBA Hall of Famer Walter Ray Williams Jr. (right) of Oxford, Fla., who last won a PBA Tour title eight years ago.
“As long as I still have my sponsors, I’m going to keep bowling,” the PBA’s all-time titles record-holder said. “I don’t care for this kind of tournament format, but maybe it’s to my advantage at this point. I always believed the more games you bowled, the better bowlers would always win, but I’m not sure I could keep up with all of the young guys these days if that’s what we had to do all of the time.”
Williams, who won his record 47th PBA Tour title in the 2010 USBC Masters, still competes in all of the PBA Tour events against a majority of players half his age, and he’s an active – and highly competitive – player on the PBA50 Tour.
In between national tournaments, he bowls weekend PBA Regional events against both “kids” and seniors. On Sunday while on his way to Portland, Williams made a stop in Towson, Md., where he won another PBA Regional. He now has an all-time record of 107 victories at all levels of PBA tournament competition.
Tuesday, Williams swept 23-year-old Swedish two-handed star Jesper Svensson in his first best-of-three-game match, 194-184 and 225-215. In the evening Round of 16, he rallied from a one-game deficit to eliminate recently-inducted PBA Hall of Famer Chris Barnes of Double Oak, Texas, 188-223, 257-226, 227-222.
Ciminelli (left), who won the last PBA Xtra Frame Maine Shootout held in 2016, advanced with a 219-181, 248-257, 288-263 victory over Jason Sterner of Rockledge, Fla., and a 256-159, 214-193 sweep of BJ Moore of Greensburg, Pa., in the Round of 16.
Also advancing was 2017 PBA Player of the Year Jason Belmonte (right) of Australia who threw the tournament’s first perfect game as part of a 217-191, 300-236 sweep of 2016 Player of the Year EJ Tackett of Huntington, Ind.
And in a battle of emerging stars, 22-year-old Andrew Anderson (left) of Holly, Mich., fresh off winning his first PBA Tour title in the USBC Masters Sunday in Syracuse, N.Y., had to rally to oust highly-regarded rookie Kamron Doyle of Brentwood, Tenn., 189-252, 201-201, 10-9 in one ball roll-off, 238-227. In the second game, Anderson struck in the one-ball roll-off after they tied at 201 and Doyle left a wobbling 10 pin that eventually cost him the game.
All rounds of the Maine Shootout, the first of eight PBA Tour Xtra Frame events scheduled for 2018, is being covered live on PBA’s exclusive online bowling channel, Xtra Frame. For subscription and schedule information click here.
Round of 16, Round of 8, semifinal and championship rounds will be contested Wednesday, with the best-of-three-game title match scheduled for 7:30 p.m. EDT. Every match will be covered live on Xtra Frame.
All matches are best of three games, winners advance to Round of 32; losers are eliminated. n-denotes non-member.
n-Alex Aguiar, Dartmouth, Mass., def. Martin Larsen, Sweden, 2-0 (265-238, 257-248)
Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, def. Joey Burruel, Glendale, Ariz., 2-0 (188-175, 202-171)
Bill O’Neill, Langhorne, Pa., def. n-Jimmy Clark, Hermon, N.H., 2-0 (237-175, 265-205)
DJ Archer, Friendswood, Texas, def. n-Joseph Colcord, Portland, Maine, 2-0 (222-195, 223-179)
Kamron Doyle, Brentwood, Tenn., def. Brad Angelo, Lockport, N.Y., 2-1 (223-235, 279-248, 224-211)
Andrew Anderson, Holly, Mich., def. Steven Black, Maricopa, Ariz., 2-0 (246-183, 233-195)
Kyle Troup, Taylorsville, N.C., def. Brad Miller, Maryland Heights, Mo., 2-1 (204-216, 197-164, 202-180)
Dick Allen, Columbia, S.C., def. Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 2-0 (258-256, 266-223)
Ryan Ciminelli, Clarence, N.Y., def. Jason Sterner, Rockledge, Fla., 2-1 (219-181, 248-257, 288-263)
BJ Moore, Greensburg, Pa., def. Matt O’Grady, Rahway, N.J., 2-1 (254-233, 183-186, 256-172)
Thomas Larsen, Denmark, def. Ronnie Russell, Marion, Ind., 2-0 (239-224, 255-236)
Charlie Brown Jr., Grandville, Mich., def. Michael Markis, Tafton, Pa., 2-0 (223-144, 216-213)
Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, def. Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., 2-0 (232-229, 190-184)
Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., def. Jesper Svensson, Sweden, 2-0 (194-184, 225-215)
Osku Palermaa, Finland, def. Joshua Porter, Arundel, Maine, 2-0 (220-170, 245-154)
Kyle Sherman, O’Fallon, Mo., def. Chris Loschetter, Avon, Ohio, 2-0 (210-161, 237-219)
Tom Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich., def. Greg Ostrander, Freehold, N.J., 2-1 (212-232, 213-178, 246-189)
Matt Sanders, Indianapolis, def. Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 2-1 (224-224, 193-192, 211-194)
Cody Shoemaker, Hanover, Pa., def. Andrew Cain, Phoenix, 2-0 (268-178, 230-209)
Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., def. Jakob Butturff, Tempe, Ariz., 2-1 (179-213, 278-247, 213-190)
John Furey, Howell, N.J., def. n-Zachary Louten, Portland, Maine, 2-1 (183-204, 175-146, 191-137)
Francois Lavoie, Canada, def. Shota Kawazoe, Japan, 2-1 (243-208, 226-238, 225-213)
Patrick Girard, Canada, def. n-Rauno Kuusk, Portland, Maine, 2-0 (238-128, 241-146)
Joe Paluszek, Bensalem, Pa., def. n-Charlie Mitchell, Portland, Maine, 2-0 (216-178, 226-183)
Anthony Pepe, Elmhurst, N.Y., def. Nicholas Pate, Inver Grove Heights, Minn., 2-0 (246-246, 269-238)
Stuart Williams, England, def. Nate Garcia, Port St. Lucie, Fla., 2-0 (255-213, 245-237)
Dom Barrett, England, def. Josh Blanchard, Mesa, Ariz., 2-1 (237-250, 257-239, 270-236).
Francois Louw, South Africa, def. AJ Johnson, Oswego, Ill., 2-0 (238-217, 210-204)
EJ Tackett, Huntington, Ind., def. Tom Daugherty, Riverview, Fla., 2-0 (255-191, 247-205)
Jason Belmonte, Australia, def. Sam Cooley, Australia, 2-1 (245-246, 258-210, 234-195)
Anthony Simonsen, Austin, Texas, def. Michael Klosin, Windham, N.H., 2-0 (232-193, 248-213)
Yannaphon Larpapharat, Thailand, def. Andres Gomez, Colombia, 2-0 (244-213, 204-203)
All matches are best of three games, winners advance to Round of 16; losers are eliminated, losers each earned $1,000.
Belmonte def. Tackett, 2-0 (217-191, 300-236)
Simonsen def. Larpapharat, 2-1 (222-222, 9-10; 224-220, 259-233)
Anderson def. Doyle, 2-1 (189-252, 201-201, 10-9; 238-227)
Allen def. Troup, 2-0 (269-180, 226-207)
Pepe def. S. Williams, 2-1 (172-168, 186-238, 245-203)
Louw def. Barrett, 2-0 (213-193, 236-165)
Malott def. Aguiar, 2-0 (259-233, 256-212)
O’Neill def. Archer, 2-0 (248-180, 264-158)
W.R. Williams def. Barnes, 2-1 (188-223, 257-226, 227-222)
Palermaa def. Sherman, 2-1 (244-227, 227-279, 259-199)
Furey def. Lavoie, 2-0 (254-205, 252-248)
Girard def. Paluszek, 2-0 (243-176, 258-169)
Shoemaker def. Duke, 2-1 (217-211, 196-255, 238-236)
Ciminelli def. Moore, 2-0 (256-159, 214-193)
T. Larsen def. Brown, 2-1 (198-221, 269-193, 226-225)
Sanders def. Smallwood, 2-0 (234-203, 191-166)
All matches are best of three games, winners advance; losers are eliminated; all times Eastern.
Wednesday, April 18, 2018
11 a.m. – Round of 16 pairings (winners advance to Round of 8, losers earn $1,500):
Belmonte vs. Simonsen
Anderson vs. Allen
Pepe vs. Louw
Malott vs. O’Neill
W.R. Williams vs. Palermaa
Furey vs. Girard
Shoemaker vs. Ciminelli
T. Larsen vs. Sanders
2 p.m. – Round of 8, best-of-three-game single elimination matches (losers earn $2,500)
6 p.m. – Semifinal round, best-of-three-game single elimination matches (losers earned $4,000)
7:30 p.m. – Championship match, best of three games (winner earns $10,000, loser earns $6,000)
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