PBA Jr. National Championship Regional Results

by ddziomba September 9, 2020 08:07

20 youth bowlers, top 4 from each regional qualifier to advance to PBA Jr. National Championship

New York, NY – Over 500 of the best youth bowlers, ages seven to 17, from around the country took to the lanes to begin their journey to become the first ever PBA Jr. National Champion.

The fierce competition kicked off on September 4th with the regional portion of the inaugural event split into four qualifying tournaments at Bowlero locations across the country. Each regional had the same format – two squads of six-game qualifying rounds followed by two semi-final qualifying games for the top 50 percent of players. After eight qualifying games, the top 20 players advanced to match play for six final games.

The long-running Parker Bohn III Scholarship Tournament (PB3) served as an additional qualifier for the East Region. The top two boys and girls in the PB3 event automatically secured a spot in the PBA Jr. National Championship.

The youth bowlers brought their A-game, including three perfect 300-games, but only the top two boys and girls secured spots to advance to the National Championship.

Midwest Region – Bowlero Wauwatosa

Top Boys

  1. Nate Purches, Marlborough, Mass. 3,077
  2. Blake Martin, Oakdale, Minn., 3,017

Top Girls

  1. Jillian Martin, Stow, Ohio, 2,705
  2. Hailey Triske, Minnetonka, Minn., 2,643

South Region – Bowlero Marietta

Top Boys

  1. James Bennett, Huntingtown, Md, 2,920
  2. Joshua Collins, Fortson, Ga., 2,831

Top Girls

  1. Annalise O’Bryant, Ball Ground, Ga., 2,860
  2. Aliyah Alleyne, Sanford, N.C., 2,614

Southwest Region – Bowlero Euless

Top Boys

  1. Spencer Robarge, Springfield, Miss., 3,045
  2. Julian Michael Salinas, Richmond, Texas, 2,858

Top Girls

  1. Lara Kurt, Leland, N.C., 2,626
  2. Jaelle Hamman, Jarrell, Texas, 2,548

West Region – Bowlero Christown

Top Boys

  1. Hunter Mayes, Gold Canyon, Ariz., 2,982
  2. Zach Greim, Poway, California, 2,895

Top Girls

  1. Katelyn Abigania, San Diego, Cali., 2,649
  2. Emily Cheesman, Hemet, Cali., 2,388

East Region – Howell Lanes

Top Boys

  1. Randal Dubar, Milford, Mass.
  2. Parker Laubach, Bethlehem, Pa.

Top Girls

  1. Paige Peters, Toms River, N.J.
  2. Victoria Varano, Stony Point, N.Y.

300 games: Julian Salinas, Nolan Blessing, Cincinnati, Ohio; Silas Lira, Tampa, Fla.


Each regional tournament guaranteed a first place $2,000 SMART Scholarship. SMART scholarships were also awarded to one out of every six (1:6) entries in each division.

The top two boy and girl finishers from each regional will move on to the National Championship to compete for a $7,500 SMART Scholarship. The National Championship date will be held in conjunction with a PBA National Tour stop, to be named at a later date.

The PBA is committed to advancing the sport of bowling at every level and the PBA Jr. National Championship is one of many opportunities for youth bowlers to enjoy when they join PBA Jr., a new club exclusively for ages 17 and under, set to launch mid-September.

For additional information and to learn more about the PBA Jr. Club, visit pba.com/junior.

With health and safety top of mind, the PBA is following local and federal guidelines on COVID-19. The PBA is significantly modifying event procedures as well as taking all necessary precautions to reduce health risks for players and staff during competition. For a complete list of standards, please visit pba.com.

About the PBA
The Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) is the world’s preeminent organization dedicated to the sport of bowling and its professional competition, with thousands of members and millions of fans throughout the world. The PBA plays host to bowling’s biggest tournaments from the Go Bowling! PBA Tour, PBA Regional Tour, and PBA50 Tour. In 2019, the PBA was acquired by Bowlero Corporation, the world’s largest owner and operator of bowling entertainment centers with more than 300 locations throughout North America. For more information, please visit PBA.com.

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A.J. Johnson Wins PBA Ten Pin Alley Midwest Open for Seventh PBA Regional Tour Title

by ddziomba September 1, 2020 08:22

Fitchburg, Wis. – A.J. Johnson of Oswego, Ill., defeated Timothy Gruendler of St. Louis, Mo. in the championship match, 232-212, to win the PBA Ten Pin Alley Midwest Open at Ten Pin Alley on Saturday.

Johnson compiled a 4-2 match play record and a 12-game 2849 total pinfall, including bonus pins, to lead the tournament heading into the championship match. Gruendler had an opportunity to win his first PBA tournament with a strike in the 10th, but threw an errant shot which eliminated his chance of winning and secured the victory for Johnson.

Johnson earned $2,000 for the win, while adding a seventh overall PBA Regional Tour title to his career total. Gruendler, who had his best finish, earned $1,200 as the runner-up.

The PBA Midwest Region travels to Valley Park, Missouri for the PBA Bowlersmart Midwest Open on September 12.

PBA TEN PIN ALLEY MIDWEST OPEN
Ten Pin Alley, Fitchburg, Wis., Saturday

Stepladder Results:
Match One – Heinzelman def. Staninger, 211-158
Semifinal Match – Gruendler, def. Heinzelman, 222-184
Championship Match – Johnson def. Gruendler, 232-212

Final Match Play Standings (after 12 games, including match play bonus pins)

  1. A J Johnson, Oswego, Ill., 4-2, 2,849, $2,000
  2. n-Timothy Gruendler, St. Louis, Mo., 4-2, 2,783, $1,200
  3. Matthew Staninger, Charlotte, N.C., 4-2, 2725, $1,000
  4. Jay Heinzelman, Evansville, Wis., 3-3, 2,695, $850
  5. Michael Schlabach, Goshen, Ind., 3-2-1, 2,691, $750
  6. Tom, Hess, Granger, Iowa., 3-3, 2,677, $650
  7. Brady Stearns, Saint Augusta, Minn., 3-2-1, 2,667, $600
  8. n-Chris Pounders, Sun Prairie, Wis., 2-3-1, 2,662, $590
  9. Victor Cortez, Waukegan, Ill., 2-4, 2,623, $580
  10. Liz Johnson, Palatine, Ill., 2-3-1, 2,615, $570
  11. Christopher Hill, Franklin, Wis., 2-4, 2,601, $560
  12. n-Corey Schmidt, Madison, Wis., 2-4, 2,597, $550.

n-designates non-PBA member

Note: A photo of the winner has been posted in PBA's Media Gallery.

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Jakob Butturff Wins 11th Annual PBA Fort Sill Southwest Open

by ddziomba September 1, 2020 08:17

Fort Sill, Okla.,– Jakob Butturff from Tempe, Ariz. extended his PBA Regional title wins to 23 overall after winning the 11th annual PBA Fort Sill Southwest Open on Sunday at Twin Oaks Bowling Center.

Butturff’s win comes as no surprise as he took an early lead during the eight games of qualifying and extended it through the five game Cashier’s Round.

As match play progressed, Butturff did watch his comfortable cushion start to dwindle as Travis Tribolet, from San Angelo, Texas, who qualified in 10th place, bowled games of 265, 256, 289 x2, 251, and 247 prior to the final game position round.

Tribolet won his eighth match, 227-211, but fell short of catching Butturff who held onto a 93-pin lead and dominated the field with a 240.9 average for the tournament.

Butturff earned $3,000 for first place, while Tribolet earned $1,800 for second and scored his best finish to date. Reigning PBA Southwest Region Player of the Year, Anthony Lavery-Spahr, of Pasadena, Texas, took home $1,300 for third place, and Amarillo, Texas’ Mason Edmondson collected $1,100 for fourth place.

The Southwest Region’s next event is the PBA Liberal Kansas Southwest Open on September 18-20, at Ayr’s Lanes with a first-place prize of $4,000. Hilltop Lanes in Waxahachie, Texas, will host a PBA50 regional event September 25-27.

PBA FORT SILL SOUTHWEST OPEN
Twin Oaks Lanes, Fort Sill, Okla., Sunday

Final Standings (after 21 games, including match play bonus pins):

  1. Jakob Butturff, Tempe, Ariz., 5-3, 5,209, $3,000
  2. Travis Tribolet, San Angelo, Texas, 8-0, 5,162, $1,800
  3. Anthony Lavery-Spahr, Pasadena, Texas, 4-4, 4,954, $1,300
  4. n-Mason Edmondson, Amarillo, Texas, 3-5, 4,871, $1,100
  5. Francois Lavoie, Canada, 5-3, 4,850, $925
  6. Austin Boulds, Creal Springs, Ill., 3-5, 4,840, $825
  7. Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 4-4, 4,799, $750
  8. Ricky Schissler, Brighton, Colo., 5-3, 4,772, $700
  9. Wesley Low Jr., Palmdale, Calif., 2-6, 4,673, $650
  10. Kyle Duster, Scottsdale, Ariz., 5-3, 4,664, $600
  11. n-Anthony Desko, Parkville, MO, 3-5, 4,548, $575
  12. n-Brian Lake, Irving, Texas, 1-7, 4,508, $550

300 game: Tribolet
n- denotes non-PBA member

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Andrew Farrow Jr. Wins the PBA50 AMF Woodstock South Open for his first PBA50 South Region Title

by ddziomba August 31, 2020 16:08

Woodstock, Ga. – Andrew Farrow Jr. of Anderson, S.C. won his first PBA50 South Regional title with a narrow 34 pin victory Saturday over PBA Hall of Famer Walter Ray Williams Jr. of Oxford, Fla.

Heading into the final position round game, Farrow had a 105-pin lead over then second place James Lord. Lord defeated Farrow 236-212, but Farrow’s total pinfall count was high enough to hold onto first place. Walter Ray Williams Jr. scored a game winning 257 in his final match, which catapulted him into second place in the final standings.

Farrow earned $1800 for the win with a 4-2 match play record while Williams Jr., 3-3 earned $900 for finishing second.

The PBA South Region’s next tournament will be the PBA AMF Woodstock, Ga. South Open in Woodstock, Ga. on October 3.

PBA50 AMF WOODSTOCK LANES SOUTH OPEN
AMF Woodstock Lanes, Woodstock, Ga., Saturday

Final Match Play Standings (after 12 games)

  1. Andrew Farrow Jr., Anderson, S.C., 4-2, 3,109, $1800.
  2. Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., 3-3, 3,075, $900.
  3. James Lord, Fort Mill, S.C., 5-1, 3,058, $800.
  4. Jimmy Jean, Kathleen, Ga., 2,978, 3-2-1, $750.
  5. David Bowers, Friendswood, Tenn., 5-1, 2,975, $700.
  6. Stoney Baker, Canton, Ga., 3-3, 2,905, $650.
  7. Mac Sanders, Taylors, S.C., 4-2, 2,886, $570.
  8. Greg Thomas, Irmo, S.C., 1-5, 2,862, $540 .
  9. James Winterfeld, Fort Mill, S.C., 4-2, 2,859, $530.
  10. Jerry Horn, Lexington, S.C., 1-5, 2,821, $520.
  11. Albert Mountcastle, Margate, Fla., 1-4-1, 2,789, $510.
  12. n-Lou Caires, Woodstock, Ga., 1-5, 2,515, $500.
  13. 300 Games: Andre Farrow Jr., Jimmy Jean, James Lord, Mac Sanders.

    n-denotes amateur

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Matt O’Grady Wins PBA AMF Woodlawn Lanes Open for Seventh Career Title

by ddziomba August 31, 2020 15:14

Baltimore, Md. – Matt O’Grady of Rahway, N.J., compiled an 8-0 match play record and a 15-game total of 3,874 pins to win the PBA AMF Woodlawn Lanes Open on Sunday.

O’Grady, the 2018 PBA Tournament of Champions winner, started the qualifying round slow with three sub-200 games. He quickly found his footing scoring 279, 246, 236, and 279 in the final four games, which catapulted him into fifth place entering match play finals.

O’Grady’s 256 average over the eight undefeated match-play games padded his margin of victory to 183 pins over runner-up Samuel Anderson of Woodbridge, Va. Anderson, a non-PBA member, who was competing in his fourth PBA event of his career.

With the win, O’Grady earned $2,200 and extended his winning streak to five consecutive seasons with at least one PBA Regional title. Anderson earned $1,300 as the runner-up. Anthony Pepe of Long Island City, N.Y., who won two weeks earlier in the PBA AMF Perry Hall Lanes Open, earned $1,100 for finishing third, while qualifying leader Brandon Runk of Enola, Pa. finished fourth with $900.

The PBA East Region returns to Baltimore for the PBA AMF Towson Lanes Open on Sunday, September 13.

PBA AMF WOODLAWN LANES OPEN
AMF Woodlawn Lanes, Baltimore, Md., Sunday

Final Match Play Standings (after 15 games, including match play bonus pins)

  1. Matt O’Grady, Rahway, N.J., 8-0, 3,874, $2,200.
  2. n-Samuel Anderson, Woodbridge, Va., 4-4, 3,691, $1,300.
  3. Anthony Pepe, Long Island City, N.Y., 6-2, 3,615, $1,100.
  4. n-Brandon Runk, Enola, Pa., 4-4, 3,614, $900.
  5. n-Scott Kampf, Levittown, N.Y., 6-2, 3,588, $700.
  6. John Conroy, Mahopac, N.Y., 4-4, 3,410, $650.
  7. Tommy Gollick, Oberlin, Pa., 4-4, 3,410, $600.
  8. Michael Houtz, Myerstown, Pa., 3-5, 3,380, $580.
  9. John Furey, Howell, N.J., 2-6, 3,358, $560.
  10. Robert Riggle, Virginia Beach, Va., 3-5, 3,340, $540.
  11. Todd Sigeti, Lititz, Pa., 2-6, 3,337, $520.
  12. Danny Wiseman, Baltimore, 2-6, 3,282, $500.

n-designates non-PBA member

Editor’s Note: A photo of the winner has been posted in PBA's Media Gallery.

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