Andrew Anderson and Kris Prather Win PBA Roth/Holman Doubles Championship
Tampa, Fla.—Andrew Anderson and Kris Prather defeated No. 1 seeds Tom Daugherty and BJ Moore to win the PBA Roth/Holman Doubles Championship, 245-203. The win is the fourth career PBA Tour title for Prather and third for Anderson, whose first two titles came during the 2018 season, when Anderson was named PBA Player of the Year.
Seeded third, Anderson and Prather first had to contend with the defending champions, Jesper Svensson and Kyle Troup, who had just bowled a 278 game to eliminate Matt Ogle and Sean Rash. Svensson and Troup led through eight frames. Prather struck in the ninth frame while Troup left the 2-4-5 and failed to convert. In the 10th, Svensson spared and struck for a total of 202. Anderson needed two strikes and nine pins to win.
“I always love that moment,” said Anderson, who rolled the first two strikes. “Those were two of my best shots. The third one kind of got away from me, but I was happy to get nine and we moved on.”
From there, Anderson and Prather took control.
“Momentum is everything,” said Anderson. “We just got comfortable. This is the most comfortable you can be on a show. You’re bowling next to your buddy and you trust each other. If we make an errant shot, we’ll make up for it. That’s how we did it all week during qualifying.”
“I’ve been bowling very confidently on the lanes,” added Prather, “and a big part of that is Andrew. He got me on the lanes a couple months earlier than I would normally start practicing for the PBA Tour. We’re bowling and working together at home, so we’re communicating all the time.”
In the semifinal match, Anderson and Prather defeated No. 2 seeds Marshall Kent and EJ Tackett, who have finished second in this event twice, including last season.
At 43 pins, the margin of victory in the championship match was the largest of the day for Anderson and Prather, defeating Daugherty and Moore.
Anderson and Prather first bowled the PBA Roth/Holman Doubles Championship together last season, finishing fourth.
“I’m glad Kris kept me around,” said Anderson, “I always said, if he’ll give me four or five years as his partner, we’ll win. It only took two.”
World Series of Bowling XII action continues tomorrow with PBA Cheetah Championship match play live on FloBowling at noon ET. The PBA Cheetah Championship stepladder finals air tomorrow night at 8 p.m. ET on Fox Sports’ FS1.
PBA Roth/Holman Doubles Championship Final Standings
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- Andrew Anderson and Kris Prather, earn $30,000
- Tom Daugherty and BJ Moore, $18,000
- Marshall Kent and EJ Tackett, $13,000
- Jesper Svensson and Kyle Troup, $10,000
- Matt Ogle and Sean Rash, $7,000
Match 1 – No. 5 Svensson/Troup def. No. 4 Ogle/Rash, 278-226
Match 2 – No. 3 Anderson/Prather def. No. 5 Svensson/Troup, 203-202
Match 3 – No. 3 Anderson/Prather def. No. 2 Kent/Tackett, 235-214
Match 4 – No. 3 Anderson/Prather def. No. 1 Daugherty/Moore, 245-203
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