Kris Prather Wins the Inaugural PBA Strike Derby on FOX
JUPITER, Fla. (JUNE 7, 2020) - Kris Prather won the inaugural PBA Strike Derby on FOX Saturday night at Bowlero Jupiter, defeating Anthony Simonsen, 7-6, in the championship match.
The special event, which featured a unique, timed competition for eight PBA stars trying to strike as many times as they could in 2-minute rounds, signaled the PBA's return to the lanes after a pause due to COVID-19.
Prather, who earned his berth into the event by winning the PBA Tournament of Champions this February, was seeded No. 4 after his total of 10 strikes in the seeding round. He proceeded to knock off PBA Players Championship winner Bill O'Neill in the quarterfinals and PBA Oklahoma Open champion Sean Rash in the semifinals before facing Simonsen.
The most strikes recorded in any one round was by top qualifier Rash, who tallied 14 in his two minutes during the seeding round.
In the night's most exciting match, Simonsen edged Kyle Troup, 13-12, in the semifinals to earn his place in the final.
In all, there were 213 strikes by the eight players in the live event.
Champion: Kris Prather, $25,000
2nd: Anthony Simonsen, $10,000
3rd and 4th: Sean Rash and Kyle Troup, $5,000 each
5th - 8th: Tommy Jones, Shawn Maldonado, EJ Tackett and Bill O'Neill, $2,000 each.