Palermaa and Butturff Lead PBA Roth/Holman Doubles Championship into Match Play
Wauwatosa, Wis.—Osku Palermaa and Jakob Butturff paced the field during the opening event of the 2022 World Series of Bowling: the PBA Mark Roth/Marshall Holman Doubles. This marked the first Roth/Holman Doubles tournament since Roth’s passing in November 2021.
Each duo bowled six games apiece on Friday morning, before a re-oil and another six games in the evening. The competitors bowled on the 42’ Mark Roth pattern on the left lanes, and the 38’ Marshall Holman pattern on the right lanes.
Butturff and Palermaa combined to shoot +693 for their 24 games. They finished 10th and 11th, respectively, in the individual standings, each averaging a hair under 229 for their 12 games. While Palermaa and Butturff lead, a host of teams are hot on their heels entering Saturday’s round-robin match play.
Matthew Ogle and Sean Rash, the 2019 champions, sit in second place at +677. Ogle finished second among all individuals, averaging almost 235. Marshall Kent and EJ Tackett sit in third place—the exact position they finished a year ago—as Tackett led the field individually at +475 for his 12 games.
While Kent and Tackett recreated their chemistry from a year ago, the top two teams from 2021 failed to advance to Saturday’s match play round.
BJ Moore and Tom Daugherty, who earned the top seed for last year’s show before falling in the title match, finished in 20th place. They missed the cut by 22 pins. The defending champion duo of Kris Prather and Andrew Anderson struggled to find any success; they finished in 37th place at +315.
Among the advancers is 2021 Rookie of the Year Matt Russo, who teamed up with his mentor, Parker Bohn III.
In the return of the mack—somebody had to say it—longtime Storm tour rep Tim Mack and AJ Johnson snuck into the final cut in 14th place at +501.
Top 16 Through 24 Games
- Osku Palermaa / Jakob Butturff +693
- Sean Rash / Matthew Ogle +677
- Marshall Kent / EJ Tackett +675
- Tom Smallwood / Jason Sterner +673
- Brian Robinson / Santtu Tahvanainen +618
- DJ Archer / Shawn Maldonado +608
- Bill O’Neill / Jason Belmonte +586
- Parker Bohn III / Matt Russo +553
- Mitch Hupe / Patrick Hanrahan +541
- Anthony Lavery-Spahr / AJ Chapman +540
- Brad Miller / Kyle Sherman +522
- Michael Martell / Kurt Pilon +509
- Darren Tang / Michael Tang +503
- Tim Mack / AJ Johnson +501
- Ronnie Russell / Chris Via +498
- Frank Snodgrass / Jean Perez +477
Roth/Holman Doubles Remaining Schedule
Bowlero Wauwatosa - Wauwatosa, Wis.
All rounds streamed live on FloBowling
Saturday, March 5
Match Play Round 1 - Noon ET
Match Play Round 2 - 6 p.m. ET
Sunday, March 6
Stepladder finals - Noon ET
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