Canada’s Mitch Hupé Leads Field of Six from PTQ into PBA Tournament of Champions; Qualifying Begins Wednesday

by Bill Vint  |  Monday, February 03, 6:31 PM

Canada’s Mitch Hupé Leads Field of Six from PTQ into PBA Tournament of Champions; Qualifying Begins Wednesday

FAIRLAWN, Ohio – Mitch Hupé, a Winnipeg, Manitoba native and former Wichita State University collegiate star, averaged 222.6 Monday to top the Pre-Tournament Qualifier (PTQ) at AMF Riveria Lanes, joining five other players who will advance into PBA Tournament of Champions competition beginning with Wednesday’s first two rounds of qualifying at 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. EST.

The PTQ was open exclusively to PBA members who own a PBA Regional, PBA50 Regional or PBA50 Tour title, but not a PBA Tour title. PBA Tour title winners are automatically eligible to enter the Tournament of Champions.

PBA fans can watch all preliminary round of the TOC on FloBowling Wednesday through Friday, or follow game by game scoring in real time on pba.com’s Live Scoring feature. The stepladder finals will air live on FOX on Sunday at 5 p.m. EST. FloBowling will also livestream the finals to international subscribers.

PBA Tournament of Champions
(A 2020 Go Bowling PBA Tour Tier 1 event)
AMF Riviera Lanes, Fairlawn, Ohio, Monday

Final Pre-Tournament Qualifier Standings
(After 10 games; top 6 advance to tournament proper)
1, Mitch Hupe, Wichita, Kan., 2,226.
2, Darren Tang, Las Vegas, 2,189.
3, AJ Chapman, Manchester, Iowa, 2,090.
4, AJ Johnson, Oswego, Ill., 2,083.
5, Patrick Dombrowski, Parma, Ohio, 2,081.
6, Brian Robinson, Morgantown, W.Va., 2,066.

Failed to advance:
7, Zac Tackett, Huntington, Ind., 2,058.
8, Nate Garcia, Port St. Lucie, Fla., 2,049.
9, Nathan Bohr, Austin, Texas, 2,045.
10, Shawn Maldonado, Houston, 2,037.
11, Brad Miller, Lees Summit, Mo., 2,035.
12, Nicholas Pate, Inver Grove Heights, Minn., 2,024.
13, Sean Lavery-Spahr, Pasadena, Texas, 2,023.
14, Tim Foy Jr., Seaford, Del., 2,020.
15, JR Raymond, Clinton Twp., Mich., 2,008.
16, Chris Via, Springfield, Ohio, 1,957.
17, Michael Davidson, Versailles, Ohio, 1,946.
18, Anthony Lavery-Spahr, Pasadena, Texas, 1,931.
19, Greg Ostrander, Brick, N.J., 1,901.
20, Brandon Novak, Chillicothe, Ohio, 860.
21, Tony Johnson, Canton, Ohio, 1,853.
22, Joe Bailey, Doylestown, Ohio, 1,846.
23, Pete DiChiara, Ardsley, N.Y., 1,817.
24, Jay Davis, Silver Spring, Md., 1,803.
25, Brandon Curtis, Manson, N.C., 1,798.
26, Russ Oviatt, Sioux Falls, S.D., 1,792.
27, Justin Knowles, Okemos, Mich., 1,777.
28, Matt Kuba, Chicago Ridge, Ill., 1,773.
29, Mike Coffey, Melbourne, Fla., 1,661.