Balloting is underway among PBA members and veteran bowling writers to select the 2019 Chris Schenkel PBA Player of the Year and the Harry Golden PBA Rookie of the Year. The winners, along with the 2019 Steve Nagy Sportsmanship Award winner and recipient of the PBA Tony Reyes Community Service Award, will be announced by PBA CEO Colie Edison and PBA Commissioner Tom Clark during a special presentation show on FloBowling that can be watched live on PBA’s Facebook page, FloBowling.com and all FloBowling’s social media channels page on Wednesday, Dec. 11, 4 p.m. EST from FloSports headquarters in Austin, Texas.
Player of the Year candidates, all 2019 title winners, in alphabetical order, are: England’s Dom Barrett; Australia’s Jason Belmonte; Jakob Butturff of Tempe, Ariz.; Norm Duke of Clermont, Fla.; Bill O’Neill of Langhorne, Pa.; Kris Prather of Plainfield, Ill.; Sean Rash of Montgomery, Ill.; Kyle Sherman of O’Fallon, Mo.; Anthony Simonsen of Little Elm, Texas, and EJ Tackett of Bluffton, Ind.
Rooke of the Year candidates, also listed in alphabetical order, are Mike Coffey of Melbourne, Fla.; Michael Davidson of Versailles, Ohio; Patrick Hanrahan of Wichita, Kan.; Mykel Holliman of Collierville, Tenn.; Kenneth Ryan of Farmingdale, N.J., and Greg Young of Viera, Fla.
The Nagy Sportsmanship Award winner is selected by PBA Tour players who have participated in at least 50 percent of the tournaments held in the current calendar year. The Reyes Award recipient is selected by a special panel of PBA leaders.
To watch the announcement, click on whichever link you prefer: www.FloBowling.com; FloBowling’s Facebook page ( https://www.facebook.com/FloBowling/), Twitter page (https://twitter.com/flobowling) and YouTube channel (https://www.youtube.com/flobowling) and the PBA Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/ProfessionalBowlersAssociation)
The award winners will receive their awards during the 2020 PBA Hall of Fame induction ceremonies that will be held at the International Bowling Museum and Hall of Fame (cocktail party) and the nearby Arlington Hilton (induction and awards ceremonies) in Arlington, Texas, on Saturday, Jan. 18, as part of the PBA Hall of Fame Classic tournament weekend kicking off the 2020 Go Bowling! PBA Tour season.
PBA PLAYOFFS TO AWARD PBA TOUR TITLE, INCLUDING ONE FOR KRIS PRATHER
The race to the 2020 PBA Playoffs will begin in January with a new reward: a PBA Tour title. And the winner of the PBA’s inaugural showcase series in 2019, Kris Prather of Plainfield, Ill., also will receive credit for his second PBA Tour title.
The second PBA Playoffs will follow the format established in its first year with one significant change: all four match play elimination rounds will be held in four different cities. The entire match play finals schedule in 2019 was hosted by Bayside Bowl in Portland, Maine.
PBA members will earn competition points in 13 tournaments between January and late March. The match play elimination rounds for the top 24 qualifiers will be held in four different locations for the first time. Qualifiers nine through 24 will compete in the Round of 24 at Bowlero Norco in Calif. Those winners will be joined by the top eight qualifiers for Round of 16 competition at Bowlero Lone Tree in Colo. The Round of 8 will then take place at Bowlero Euless in Texas, and the semifinal and final matches will be contested at Bowlero North Brunswick in New Jersey.
All rounds of the 2020 PBA Playoffs will air on either FOX Sports’ FS1 cable network or FOX broadcast channel. Prather, who entered the 2019 PBA Playoffs as the No. 9 qualifier, defeated Bill O’Neill of Langhorne, Pa., in the Race to 2 Points title match to win the $100,000 first prize.
PBA PLAYER’S PERSPECTIVE: JASON BELMONTE DISCUSSES RECORD-SETTING VICTORY
The PBA Player’s Perspective interview series, featuring PBA title winners reflecting on their victories, will feature a highlight of the 2019 Go Bowling! PBA Tour season on Tuesday, Dec. 10, when Australia’s Jason Belmonte provides the inside story of his record-setting 11th major title the 2019 PBA World Championship during PBA World Series of Bowling X in Allen Park, Mich.
To view all of the PBA Player’s Perspective episodes, visit the PBA’s YouTube channel and click on the PBA Player’s Perspective play list. The weekly series includes a new perspective released every Tuesday on the PBA’s YouTube channel. The following players will provide personal play-by-play reflections in the weeks ahead:
• Dec. 17 – Jakob Butturff will reveal his thoughts about winning his first major championship in the 2019 USBC Masters.
• Dec. 24 – On Christmas Eve day, EJ Tackett will take fans across the Pacific Ocean to talk about his victory in the DHC PBA Japan Invitational to kick off the 2017 season.
• Jan. 7 – Kris Prather will explain what was going through his mind in winning his first PBA Tour title in the 2019 PBA Scorpion Championship during World Series of Bowling X.
• Jan. 14 – Bill O’Neill talks about his victory in the 2019 PBA Hall of Fame Classic, a win that made him title-eligible for PBA Hall of Fame consideration in the future.
• Jan. 21 – Jakob Butturff made the PBA Oklahoma Open a part of his “career year.” He’ll shed insights about his 2019 win in Shawnee, Okla.
• Jan. 28 – Sean Rash will take a look into his past, revealing what he experienced in winning the 2012 PBA Tournament of Champions in Las Vegas.
Player’s Perspectives currently in the archives on YouTube include:
• Norm Duke’s stunning 2011 U.S. Open win (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pQ0cGzRfnBk).
• Kris Prather’s historic PBA Playoffs victory (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hISjw3KmGCk).
• Anthony Simonsen’s win in the 2019 Bear Open (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tt2k25WKNzQ).
• Sean Rash’s 2019 Wolf Open title (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2GNxO2WdaZo).
• EJ Tackett’s Barbasol PBA Tour Finals victory (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wVuLOuU8btQ).
• Bill O’Neill’s 2019 Harry O’Neale Chesapeake Open win (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xSwE3YYFjso).
PBA REGIONAL UPDATE: DEREK WILLIAMS WINS FIRST PBA50 REGIONAL TITLE
Former PBA member Derek Williams from Groves, Texas, shot 256 to begin the tournament and continued to out-score the field as he held the lead after each round of the PBA50 Beaumont Southwest Open at Crossroads Bowling Center in Beaumont, Texas, Sunday, coasting to his first PBA50 Regional victory.
Williams, who recorded his eighth overall PBA Regional victory and his fourth win in Beaumont, held a 120-pin lead going into the eight-game round robin finals where he won five of his eight matches to build his margin of victory to 220 pins over PBA Southwest Region Hall of Famer Rick Lawrence from Waxahachie, Texas. Williams collected $2,500 for the win.
The PBA Southwest Region’s final event in 2019 will be the PBA/PBA50 Houston Southwest Doubles presented by Mike Austin’s Bowling Dynamix at Emerald Bowl in Houston, December 20-22.
• This weekend’s PBA Regional schedule 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).