Simonsen, Two-Handed Trio Lead Top 16 Qualifiers into Go Bowling Indianapolis Open Match Play

by Bill Vint  |  Tuesday, February 25, 7:28 PM

Simonsen, Two-Handed Trio Lead Top 16  Qualifiers into Go Bowling Indianapolis Open Match Play

INDIANAPOLIS – Anthony Simonsen of Little Elm, Texas, was denied the U.S. Open title by Australian star Jason Belmonte, but the 23-year-old Texas two-handed bowler continued his torrid scoring pace to lead Go Bowling PBA Indianapolis Open qualifying Tuesday at Royal Pin Woodland.

Simonsen, the top qualifier for the U.S. Open, lost to Belmonte in Sunday’s title match in Lincoln, Nebraska, 226-201, but averaged 238.64 for 14 games Tuesday to again take the lead, this time by 51 pins over another two-hander, Kyle Troup of Taylorsville, North Carolina. Simonsen posted a 3,341 pinfall total, Troup had 3,290 pins and Simonsen’s Sunday nemesis, Belmonte, rounded out the trio of two-handed leaders with 3,278 pins.

Rounding out the leaders were Nick Pate, Inver Grove Heights, Minnesota, in fourth place with a 3,271 total and Tom Daugherty of Riverview, Florida and EJ Tackett of Bluffton, Indiana, in a tie for fifth place with 3,269 pins. Defending Indianapolis Open champion Norm Duke of Clermont, Florida, was eliminated after losing a one-game roll-off against Greg Ostrander of Brick, New Jersey, 179-167, after they tied for the 16th spot in match play.

The top 16 qualifiers in the Go Bowling PBA Indianapolis Open advance to two eight-game match play rounds Wednesday. After 30 games, the top five will advance to the live stepladder finals airing on FS1 on Saturday at 8:30 p.m. EST. The Indianapolis Open is the only non-major championship included in the 2020 “million dollar 300 bonus” incentive that offers the tournament champion $1 million if he bowls a 300 game in Saturday’s championship match.

Following match play in the Indianapolis Open, the Mark Roth-Marshall Holman PBA Doubles Championship field will bowl qualifying and match play rounds Thursday and Friday to decide the five teams that will compete for the title Saturday at 4:30 p.m. The doubles finals will air on FS1 on Sunday, March 8, at noon.

Both tournaments will be contested entirely on a “dual lane condition” scoring environment in which the 42-foot Mark Roth oiling pattern is being applied to the left lane and the Marshall Holman 37 pattern to the right lane. All qualifying and match play rounds of both tournaments are being livestreamed by FloBowling (subscriptions are available at FloBowling.com).

GO BOWLING PBA INDIANAPOLIS OPEN
(a 2020 Go Bowling PBA Tour Tier 2 event)
Royal Pin Woodland, Indianapolis, Tuesday

Final Qualifying Standings (after 14 games; top 16 advance to match play)
1, Anthony Simonsen, Little Elm, Texas, 3,341.
2, Kyle Troup, Taylorsville, N.C., 3,290.
3, Jason Belmonte, Australia, 3,278.
4, Nick Pate, Inver Grove Heights, Minn., 3,271.
5 (tie), Tom Daugherty, Riverview, Fla., and EJ Tackett, Bluffton, Ind., 3,269.
7, Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 3,266.
8, Anthony Lavery-Spahr, Pasadena, Texas, 3,255.
9, Jesper Svensson, Sweden, 3,238.
10, Tom Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich., 3,230.
11 (tie), Matt Russo, Fairview Heights, Ill., and Francois Lavoie, Canada, 3,228.
13, Brandon Novak, Chillicothe, Ohio, 3,225.
14, Shawn Maldonado, Houston, 3,220.
15, Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., 3,216.
16, x-Greg Ostrander, Brick, N.J., 3,213.

Failed to advance:
17, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 3,213, $1,750.
18, David Haynes, Las Vegas, 3,211, $1,810.
18, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., 3,211, $1,710.
20, Andrew Anderson, Holly, Mich., 3,176, $1,690.
21 (tie), Brad Angelo, Lockport, N.Y., and Aaron Lorincz, Center Line, Mich., 3,171, $1,675.
23, Jakob Butturff, Tempe, Ariz., 3,170, $1,660.
24, Kristopher Prather, Plainfield, Ill., 3,168, $1,650.
25 (tie), Kim Bolleby, Sweden, and Kyle Sherman, O'Fallon, Mo., 3,164, $1,735.
27, Patrick Hanrahan, Wichita, Kan., 3,154, $1,620.
28, Arturo Quintero, Mexico, 3,149, $1,610.
29, Martin Larsen, Sweden, 3,128, $1,600.
30, AJ Johnson, Oswego, Ill., 3,126, $1,590.
31 (tie), Andrew Cain, Phoenix, and Brad Miller, Lees Summit, Mo., 3,125, $1,575.
33, Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., 3,123, $1,560.
34, Bill O'Neill, Langhorne, Pa., 3,121, $1,550.
35, Sam Cooley, Australia, 3,114, $1,540.
36, Ildemaro Ruiz, Venezuela, 3,113, $1,630.
37, Mykel Holliman, Collierville, Tenn., 3,109, $1,520.
38 (tie), Tom Hess, Granger, Iowa, and Michael Tang, Johnstown, Ohio, 3,108, $1,505.
40, Michael Martell, Brooklyn, N.Y., 3,104.
41, Anthony Pepe, Long Island City, N.Y., 3,098.
42, Zac Tackett, Huntington, Ind., 3,096.
43, Greg Young, Viera, Fla., 3,095.
44, Sean Lavery-Spahr, Pasadena, Texas, 3,094.
45, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 3,089.
46, Zacharay Wilkins, Canada, 3,083.
47, Connor Pickford, Charlotte, N.C., 3,078.
48, Zeke Bayt, Westerville, Ohio, 3,075.
49, Matt Sanders, Evansville, Ind., 3,074.
50, Graham Fach, Urbana, Ohio, 3,068.
51, Matt Kuba, Chicago Ridge, Ill., 3,064.
52, BJ Moore, Greensburg, Pa., 3,063.
53, Nick Kruml, Downers Grove, Ill., 3,058.
54, Dom Barrett, England, 3,048.
55, Christopher Sloan, Ireland, 3,047.
56, Josh Blanchard, Mesa, Ariz., 3,040.
57, Ryan Ciminelli, Lancaster, S.C., 3,035.
58, Michael Davidson, Versailles, Ohio, 3,033.
59, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 3,030.
60, Jim Pratt, Avondale, Ariz., 3,029.
61, Brian LeClair, Albany, N.Y., 3,027.
62, Keven Williams, Springfield, Mo.,, 3,025.
62, Chris Via, Springfield, Ohio, 3,025.
64, Michael Schlabach, Goshen, Ind., 3,023.
65, Jean Perez, Puerto Rico, 3,014.
66, Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 3,009.
67, Trey Ford III, Bartlesville, Okla., 3,008.
68, AJ Chapman, Manchester, Iowa, 3,005.
69, Nate Garcia, Port St. Lucie, Fla., 3,001.
70 (tie), Patrick Girard, Canada, and Andres Gomez, Colombia, 2,998.
72, Wesley Low Jr., Palmdale, Calif., 2,997.
73, Rhino Page, Spokane, Wash., 2,992.
74, Richard Teece, England, 2,987.
75, Dino Castillo, Highland Village, Texas, 2,984.
76 (tie), Kenneth Ryan, Farmingdale, N.J., and DJ Archer, Spring, Texas, 2,975.
78, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 2,963.
79, Jake Peters, Henderson, Nev., 2,959.
80 (tie), Stuart Williams, England, and Dakota Vostry, Romeoville, Ill., 2,953.
82, Tim Pfeifer, Oakdale, Pa., 2,948.
83, Darren Tang, Las Vegas, 2,947.
84, Thomas Larsen, Denmark, 2,943.
85, Gaetan Mouveroux, France, 2,939.
86 (tie), Matthew Ogle, Louisville, Ky., and Osku Palermaa, Finland, 2,934.
88, Jason Sterner, Rochester, N.Y., 2,932.
89, Tim Foy Jr., Seaford, Del., 2,928.
90, Ronnie Russell, Marion, Ind., 2,927.
91, JR Raymond, Clinton Twp., Mich., 2,926.
92, Brandon Curtis, Manson, N.C., 2,914.
93, Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, 2,913.
94, Brian Robinson, Morgantown, W.Va., 2,909.
95, Stephen Hahn, Sterling, Va., 2,902.
96, Mark Sullivan, Indianapolis, 2,893.
97, Raul Ayala Salazar, Ecuador, 2,884.
98, Zach Doty, Campbellsville, Ky., 2,882.
99, Mike Coffey, Melbourne, Fla., 2,863.
100, Jake Rollins, Glen Rock, N.J., 2,852.
101, Ryan Burks, Kansas City, Mo., 2,842.
102, Matthew McNiel, Minneapolis, 2,835.
103, Ryan Lakota, Shorewood, Ill., 2,824.
104, Kamron Doyle, Brentwood, Tenn., 2,817.
105, Andrew Suscreba, Clifton, N.J., 2,805.
106, Michael Ruben, Selden, N.Y., 2,804.
107, Norman Felmlee, Butler, Pa., 2,788.
108, Pontus Andersson, Sweden, 2,783.
109, Brian Buehler, Alliance, Ohio, 2,778.
110, Johnathan Bower, Middletown, Pa., 2,773.
111, Tristan Butler, Fort Wayne, Ind., 2,767.
112, Darryl Bower, Middletown, Pa., 2,763.
113, Aaron McCormick, Brookston, Ind., 2,752.
114, Alex Martin, Kennesaw, Ga., 2,723.
115, Victor Cortez, Waukegan, Ill., 2,676.
116, Nicholas Vanderwende, Ephrata, Pa., 2,670.
117, Tony Johnson, Canton, Ohio, 2,669.
118, Kevin Walter, Noblesville, Ind., 2,664.
119, Brent Boho, Colgate, Wis., 2,609.
120, Richard Stoffer, Jr., Alliance, Ohio, 2,388.

x-Ostrander def. Duke, 179-167, in a one-game roll-off to break a tie for 16th place.