Alec Johnson Wins First-Ever PBA Bowlero Global Rumble
New York, NY – 23-year-old Alec Johnson of Tempe, Ariz. won the first-ever PBA Bowlero Global Rumble powered by Lanetalk on Saturday with a combined 543 two-game total. Johnson out-bowled 11 other finalists from around the world to become the inaugural champion and win the $10,000 first-place prize.
Johnson, a student at Arizona State University, bowled all of his qualifying games at Bowlero Via Linda in Scottsdale, Ariz., but competed in the Grand Finale at Bowlero in Euless, Texas. Johnson, who bowls at ASU was also competing in the Intercollegiate Team Sectionals, which took place the same weekend in Dallas, Texas.
Johnson, who credits much of his success from his ASU coach, was not fazed by the change in location for the Grand Finale. He bowled a high 279 in Game 1, followed by a 264 in Game 2 to claim the win.
“Winning the PBA Bowlero Rumble wouldn’t have been possible without Coach Jordan Nassberg,” said Johnson. “I’m grateful for the opportunities I have because of him and the rest of the coaching staff at ASU.”
When asked how it feels to be the first-ever PBA Bowlero Global Rumble Champion, Johnson was ecstatic, thankful, and added how enjoyable of an experience it was to compete in the tournament.
Johnson’s combined two-game total was 10-pins higher than Sam Dewitt of Pittsburg, Pa., who also bowled a 279 in Game 1, but fell short in Game 2 rolling 256. As runner-up, Dewitt earned $6,000. Kevin Lindbladh of Sweden rounds out the top three with a 524 total and collected $4,000 for third place.
Standings from the PBA Bowlero Global Rumble Grand Finale are as follows:
1. Alec Johnson, Tempe, Ariz. earns $10,000
- 279, 264 (543 Total)
2. Sam Dewitt – Pittsburg, Pa. earns $6,000
- 279, 256 (535 Total)
3. Kevin Lindbladh – Sweden earns $4,000
- 267, 257 (524 Total)
4. Al Wolfe III – Wheat Ridge, Colo. earns $3,000
- 255, 232 (487 Total)
5. Aleksander Persson – Norway earns $2,500
- 257, 229 (486 Total)
6. Romeo Gagenoiu – Romania earns $2,000
- 225, 248 (473 Total)
7. Trygve Johansen – Norway earns $2,000
- 224, 240 (464 Total)
8. Brian Rigler – Croydon, Pa. earns $1,500
- 205, 256 (461 Total)
9. Ahmad Aidil – Malaysia earns $1,500
- 251, 209 (460 Total)
10. Jeremy Milito – East Meadow, N.Y. earns $1,500
- 204, 232 (436 Total)
11. David Powers – Williamsburg, Va. earns $1,000
- 182, 177 (359 Total)
12. Mikkel Sørensen – Denmark earns $1,000
The PBA Bowlero Global Rumble brought in over 5000 bowlers from 20 countries to compete for a prize fund of $50,0000. The tournament, hosted on the Lanetalk app, featured four stages of competition – qualifying, quarterfinals, semi-finals, and the Grand Finale within six conferences in the United States and Internationally.
Competitors earned prizes along the way, with the top 25 domestic and international bowlers earning cash prizes between $150-500 for advancing to the semi-finals.
For more information on the PBA Bowlero Global Rumble powered by Lanetalk, please visit PBA.com/Rumble.
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About the PBA
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