England’s Dom Barrett defeated Iceland’s Arnar Jonsson, 289-235 and 278-277, Wednesday to win his eighth PBA Tour title in the PBA-World Bowling Tour Kuwait Open in Kuwait City, Kuwait. Barrett, who qualified third for the stepladder finals, had to beat Jonsson, the top qualifier, twice to claim the $50,000 first prize under tournament rules.
Jonsson, 25, joined the PBA in August. He became the first Iceland native to bowl for a PBA Tour title.
Barrett, 34, advanced to the title match by defeating Venezuela’s Ildemaro Ruiz, 276-223, in the second stepladder match and Canada’s Mitch Hupé, 253-230, in the semifinal contest. Ruiz opened the stepladder finals with a 275-234 win over Hong Kong’s Michael Mak.
In the World Bowling Tour Men’s and Women’s Finals held in conjunction with the Kuwait Open, Barrett again defeated Jonsson in the title match, 276-232, after Jonsson eliminated Sean Rash in the semifinal match, 289-223. Colombia’s Maria Jose Rodriguez defeated defending champion Liz Johnson, 252-234, for the women’s title after Johnson eliminated Clara Guerrero, 255-232, in semifinal match.
JAKOB BUTTURFF NEWS: A UNIQUE TROPHY AND AN UNEXPECTED SETBACK
Unorthodox left-hander Jakob Butturff of Tempe, Ariz., made PBA news for a couple of different reasons over the past couple of weeks.
On the good news side, the 25-year-old Arizona native defeated EJ Tackett, 258-244, to claim the $50,000 winner-take-all prize in the PBA Clash. Along with his cash prize, he also received a unique bowling pin trophy made of Legos by a company called “Custom Brick Sculptures.”
Unique trophies are kind of a badge of honor to distinguish certain events, but this trophy was the first one made of Legos. The tie-in to Legos is that the popular Legoland Theme Park Florida is located in Winter Haven, Fla., just up the road from the Kegel Training Center in Lake Wales, Fla.
On the bad news side, Butturff was noticeably absent from the ranks of contenders in the U.S. Open in Mooresville, N.C., especially after finishing as U.S. Open runner-up in both 2017 and ’18. He was forced to withdraw after suffering a severe, but mysterious, allergic reaction that landed him in the emergency room at a nearby hospital.
Butturff came into the U.S. Open as a three-time PBA Tour title winner in 2019 but suffered a setback in his bid for 2019 PBA Player of the Year consideration when he was forced to withdraw.
Butturff has since recovered and expects to make the trip to China later this month to compete for the inaugural PBA China Tiger Cup.
PBA PLAYER’S PERSPECTIVE: ANTHONY SIMONSEN TO DISCUSS 2019 BEAR OPEN WIN
PBA Player’s Perspective, a series of YouTube interviews with PBA title winners reflecting on their victories in selected title matches, continues on Tuesday, Nov. 12, when Anthony Simonsen of Little Elm, Texas, discusses his double-extra frame victory over EJ Tackett to win the 2019 Bear Open in Aurora, Ill.
To view all of the PBA Player’s Perspective episodes, visit the PBA home page on YouTube and click on the appropriate link. Currently available is Norm Duke’s perspective on his stunning 2011 U.S. Open win over Mika Koivuniemi (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pQ0cGzRfnBk) and Kris Prather’s historic PBA Playoffs victory (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hISjw3KmGCk).
The weekly series, with new perspectives released to the PBA’s YouTube home page, will feature the following players providing personal play-by-play reflections in the weeks ahead:
• Nov. 19 – Sean Rash discusses his 2019 Wolf Open title.
• Nov. 26 – EJ Tackett reflects on winning the 2019 PBA Tour Finals.
• Dec. 3 – Bill O’Neill talks about his 2019 Harry O’Neale Chesapeake Open triumph.
• Dec 10 – Jason Belmonte provides insights about capturing his record-breaking 11th major title in the 2019 PBA World Championship during PBA World Series of Bowling X in Allen Park, Mich.
PBA REGIONAL UPDATE: WILLIAMS-ALLEN PARTNERSHIP WINS AGAIN
The partnership of seven-time PBA Tour titlist Dick Allen of Lexington, S.C. and PBA Hall of Famer Walter Ray Williams Jr. of Oxford, Fla., has proven to be highly successful in PBA/PBA50 doubles competition where the duo was victorious again Sunday.
Williams, in winning for a 114th time at all levels of PBA competition, and Allen defeated Brandon Curtis of Manson, N.C., and Troy McKinney of Yorktown, Va., 202-197, to win the PBA/PBA50 Decker Appraisal Services Baker Doubles title presented by Hammer Sunday at Interstate Lanes in Bristol, Va., for the second year in a row.
Williams, who recently celebrated his 60th birthday, and Allen qualified first for the stepladder finals and watched as Kristian Rogers of Salisbury, N.C. and Craig Auerbach of Sunrise, Fla., eliminated Joe Scarborough of Charlotte, N.C., and Nick Christy of Newport, N.C., 251-216, to start the four-team stepladder finals. Curtis and McKinney then defeated Rogers and Auerbach, 246-201, to advance to the title match.
Allen and Williams, along with Dennis Lane, were partners in winning the 2016 PBA/PBA50/PBA60 trios event in Bristol that made Williams the first player in PBA history to win a grand total of 100 titles. Allen and Williams have bowled as doubles partners four times in PBA Regional events, winning twice and finishing second in the other two events.
This year’s win was Williams’ 20th in PBA50 Regional competition to go along with 33 standard PBA Regional, 47 PBA Tour and 14 PBA50 Tour titles. Allen picked up his 26th PBA Regional win and a share of the $4,000 first prize in Bristol. Allen’s 26 titles are tied for 18th place on the list of 1,903 players who have won at least one title in PBA Regional competition.
• Chandler Stevens of Archbold, Ohio defeated Patrick Dombrowski of Parma, Ohio, 214-195, to win the PBA Fort Wayne Central/Midwest Open at Pro Bowl West in Fort Wayne, Ind., Sunday, for his first PBA title and a $1,700 first prize.
In the semifinal round, Stevens topped Nathan Michalowski of Mount Pleasant, Wis., 219-199, and Dombrowski downed Aaron Lorincz of Center Line, Mich., 190-145, to set up the championship match.
• Brian Boghosian of Springfield, Mass. and Keith Laing of Oakdale, Conn., defeated local non-PBA members Mark Bouchard of Deep River, Conn. and Matt Dzikiewicz of Rocky Hill, Conn., 176-224, 200-194, 169-167 in the best-of-three-game title match to win the PBA/PBA50 Callahan’s Bowling for Gold Doubles presented by Tech Vision Sunday at Callahan’s Bowl-O-Rama in Newington, Conn.
Boghosian, the 1999 USBC Masters champion, and Laing overcame a loss in the first game of the title round. After winning game two by six pins, the winners needed a mark and good count to win the final game. Laing, who won his first PBA Regional title in April, got a spare and a nine count to secure the victory.
The win meant the first PBA Regional title for Boghosian who had won a regional in 2016 as a non-member. Boghosian and Laing each earned $2,000. The tournament was open to teams include one member under the age of 50 with a 50-plus partner.
In the best-of-three semifinal round, Boghosian and Laing defeated Sam Ventura of Norwich, N.Y. and Anthony Pepe of Long Island City, N.Y., 2-0, while Bouchard and Dzikiewicz defeated Ryan Shafer and Howard Ayres, both of Horseheads, N.Y., 2-0.
• Jordan Jung of Canada defeated Jake Peters of Henderson, Nev., 216-213, to win the PBA Mesa East Bowl Western Open presented by Columbia 300 at Mesa East Bowl Sunday for a $2,500 first prize along with his first PBA Regional title.
Peters topped Lanndyn Carnate of Modesto, Calif., 208-194, to advance to the title match after eliminating Jakob Butturff of Tempe, Ariz., 212-202, in the first stepladder finals match.
• The Nov. 8-10 calendar of PBA Regional activity includes the La-Z-Boy Central Challenge for non-title winners at Monroe Sports Center in Monroe, Mich.; the Plaza Bowl Midwest Open presented by Roto Grip in Clinton, Iowa, and the Gastonia South Open presented by Brunswick at George Pappas’ Liberty Lanes in Gastonia, N.C.
• On the Nov. 15-17 PBA Regional weekend schedule are the PBA50 Bryan’s Bowling Center Eastern Open presented by 900 Global in Laurel, Del.; the PBA50 PLYGEM Windows Rocky Mount South Open at Rocky Mount Bowling Center in Rocky Mount, Va., and the Japan Region’s High Sports Cup Chameleon Open at Kashima Bowl in Kashima, Japan.
• On the pre-Thanksgiving Day weekend schedule, Nov. 22-24, is the PBA50 Allstate Central Match Classic at Westland Bowl in Westland, Mich.; the Break Point Alley Member/Non-Member Doubles in Tavares, Fla., and the PBA and PBA50 Epicenter Northwest-West Open tournaments in Klamath Falls, Ore.
• The only PBA Regional tournament over the Nov. 29-Dec. 1 Thanksgiving weekend will be the PBA50 Beaumont Southwest Open at Crossroads Bowling Center in Beaumont, Texas.
• The PBA Regional schedule over the Dec. 6-8 weekend includes the Knob Hill East Challenge at Knob Hill Country Lanes in Manalapan, N.J., and the Warren Harley-Davidson Central Challenge at Freeway Lanes of Warren, Ohio. Both “challenge” tournaments are open exclusively to non-title winners.
• The PBA Regional program concludes its 2019 season with PBA/PBA50 Houston Emerald Bowl Doubles Dec. 20-22 in Houston, Texas. The Southwest Region event is projected to pay a projected $7,000 first place.
• For complete PBA Regional schedules, rules and entry information, visit pba.com, open the “schedules” tab and click on PBA Regional Tours to find the event(s) in your area…and remember, you can follow “live scoring” for all PBA Regional events on pba.com (easily accessible for Apple and Android device users using the PBA app).
• Kyle Troup and Kris Prather have joined the ranks of PBA Tour players that are now rostered members of the PBA Challenge Game for mobile devices. Concrete Software’s wildly popular bowling game for mobile devices is also initiating a new series of daily challenges, so everyone who has downloaded the game should check their apps for more information. If you haven’t yet downloaded the free app, visit Google Play or the Apple Store to acquire the game…and take on Troup, Prather or any of the other PBA stars who are participants in the game.