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Tip helps Tommy Jones win PBA Jonesboro Open


2015PBA07KyleTroup.jpgTommy 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.jpg2015PBAFrancoisLavoie.jpgAfter 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

Herbert Bickel

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