PBA Returns to CBS Sports Network in with PBA Tour Finals from Historic Thunderbowl Lanes in Detroit
by Bill Vint | Monday, December 11, 2:17 PM
CHICAGO – Eight elite Professional Bowlers Association stars who have dominated PBA’s earnings chart over a span of more than two years will compete in the historic Thunderbowl Lanes arena in Allen Park, Mich., May 5-6, in the second edition of the PBA Tour Finals.
The special event marks PBA’s return to CBS Sports Network for a series of five two-hour prime-time telecasts as part of the 2017-18 Go Bowling! PBA Tour schedule.
As the 2017 PBA Tour season comes to a close, leading the list of qualifiers for the 2018 event, based on total PBA Tour earnings for 2016 and 2017 as of Nov. 1, are defending champion EJ Tackett of Huntington, Ind., followed by Australia’s Jason Belmonte; Anthony Simonsen of Austin, Texas; Jesper Svensson, Sweden; Dom Barrett, England; Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C.; Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., and Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill.
In 2017, Tackett won the inaugural PBA Tour Finals in Orlando, Fla., with a 666-628 victory over Belmonte.
The 2018 PBA Tour Finals field will be based on total earnings for 2016, 2017 and early 2018, concluding with the PBA Xtra Frame Maine Shootout April 17-18 at Bayside Bowl in Portland, Maine. Other events from late 2017 and early 2018 that will impact the earnings list include all GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling IX events, the DHC PBA Japan Invitational, PBA Tournament of Champions, Go Bowling! PBA 60th Anniversary Classic, Barbasol PBA Players Championship, Mark Roth/Marshall Holman PBA Doubles Championship presented by BowlerX, USBC Masters and the Xtra Frame PBA Maine Shootout.
Details regarding the PBA Tour Finals format will be announced. At stake will be a $30,000 first prize and a PBA Tour title
The Finals will be taped for television by CBS Sports Network. Telecast dates and times will be announced later. The 10 hours of nationally-televised coverage will conclude the Go Bowling! PBA Tour series which began with the GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling IX, presented by Eldorado Resorts Reno Properties, in December.
PRELIMINARY 2018 PBA TOUR FINALS QUALIFIERS’ LIST
(Top 20 in composite PBA Tour earnings for 2016 and 2017, as of Nov. 1, 2017)
1, EJ Tackett, Huntington, Ind., $342,808 .
2, Jason Belmonte, Australia, $241,757 .
3, Anthony Simonsen, Austin, Texas, $210,374.
4, Jesper Svensson, Sweden, $202,696.
5, Dom Barrett, England, $187,360.
6, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., $159,622.
7, Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., $157,675.
8, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., $132,772.
9, Francois Lavoie, Canada, $109,255.
10, Rhino Page, Orlando, Fla., $102,790.
11, Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, $99,283.
12, Martin Larsen, Sweden, $99,265.
13, Ryan Ciminelli, Cheektowaga, N.Y., $96,880.
14, Bill O'Neill, Langhorne, Pa., $92,575.
15, Tom Daugherty, Riverview, Fla., $85,800.
16, Tom Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich., $85,057.
17, Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, $84,237.
18, Mitch Beasley, Clarksville, Tenn., $77,735.
19, Jason Sterner, Cocoa Beach, Fla., $70,195.
20, Dick Allen, Columbia, S.C., $70,065.