PBA Spare Shots: American PBA Stars Successfully Defend Weber Cup, Tie Series at 10-10

by Bill Vint  |  Friday, June 21, 5:28 PM

PBA Spare Shots: American PBA Stars Successfully Defend Weber Cup, Tie Series at 10-10

PBA stars Anthony Simonsen, Kyle Troup, Jakob Butturff and team captain Chris Barnes successfully defended the Weber Cup against a quartet of European PBA stars – Osku Palermaa, Jesper Svensson, Stuart Williams and captain Dom Barrett – in the 20th anniversary of the Ryder-Cup-style bowling event, but the first held on American soil.

Simonsen’s 287-278 win over Williams in the 32nd match finished off the 18-14 win by the U.S. One point was awarded in each singles, doubles and Baker team match bowled using the World Bowling “current frame” scoring system. The U.S. win evened the series at 10-10. The invitational event will return to Europe in 2020.

The Weber Cup was conducted over four days on a single lane in a stadium-style setting at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas.

Mandalay Bay Resort, Las Vegas, June 18-21
(Scores based on World Bowling Current Frame scoring system; one point awarded for each match win; first team to 18 points wins)

Match One: Europe def. USA, 232-218.
Match Two: Anthony Simonsen, U.S., def. Jesper Svensson, Europe, 279-246.
Match Three: Dom Barrett, Europe, def. Jakob Butturff, U.S., 255-244.
Match Four: Chris Barnes, U.S., def. Stuart Williams, Europe, 263-222.
Match Five: Kyle Troup, U.S., def. Osku Palermaa, Europe, 232-223.
Match Six: Simonsen def. Svensson, 257-223.
Match Seven: Williams def. Butturff, 276-243.
Match Eight: Barrett def. Barnes, 230-210.

Match Nine: Troup def. Palermaa, 278-201.
Match 10: Palermaa/Barrett def. Butturff/Barnes, 236-234.
Match 11: Barnes def. Barrett, 257-234.
Match 12: Svensson/Palermaa def. Troup/Butturff, 257-236.
Match 13: Butturff def. Svensson, 278-235.
Match 14: Barnes/Simonsen def. Barrett/Williams, 267-267, 60-16 in roll-off.
Match 15: Troup def. Palermaa, 246-242.
Match 16: USA def. Europe, 300-257.

Match 17: Barnes def. Barrett, 234-188.
Match 18: Williams def. Simonsen, 267-242.
Match 19: Svensson def. Butturff, 243-212.
Match 20: Barnes def. Williams, 246-176.
Match 21: Troup def. Barrett, 278-235.
Match 22: Simonsen def. Palermaa, 254-220.
Match 23: Barrett def. Butturff, 241-229.

Match 24: Williams/Palermaa def. Barnes/Troup, 289-246.
Match 25: Troup def. Williams, 267-245.
Match 26: Svensson/Barrett def. Simonsen/Butturff, 267-256.
Match 27: Barnes def. Palermaa, 288-244.
Match 28: Svensson/Williams def. Troup/Simonsen, 267-256.
Match 29: Simonsen def. Svensson, 267-232.
Match 30: Palermaa def. Barnes, 255-228.
Match 31: Barrett def. Butturff, 247-213.
Match 32: Simonsen def. Williams, 287-278 (U.S. def. Europe, 18-14).


Jakob Butturff of Tempe, Ariz., and Liz Johnson of Palatine, Ill., are the early men’s and women’s leaders in World Bowling Tour points in the races for three berths in the 2019 World Bowling Tour Men’s and Women’s Finals. The finals will take place for the first time in Kuwait at the conclusion of the World Bowling-PBA International Tour’s Kuwait Open, Oct. 31-Nov. 6.

Points are earned in designated World Bowling Tour events held around the world. Seven additional events are on the men’s schedule in 2019 while women have eight more events, including this week’s U.S. Women’s Open.

Butturff heads the men’s qualifying list with 1,080 points, followed by PBA Tour rookie Mykel Holliman of Collierville, Tenn. (636 points); defending WBT Men’s Finals winner Jason Belmonte of Australia (600); Mitch Hupé of Canada (468) and AJ Chapman of Manchester, Iowa (444). The women’s top five are Johnson (1,224); Danielle McEwan of Stony Point, N.Y. (928); Tannya Roumimper of Indonesia (720); and Clara Guerrero of Colombia (696). Missy Parkin of Laguna Hills, Calif., and Dasha Kovalova of Ukraine are tied for fifth with 600 points each.


Corey Umbrello of Westminster, Mass. rolled a clutch double in the 10th frame to defeat Ryan Graywacz of Canastota, N.Y., 227-224, to win the PBA Homefield Bowl Eastern Open presented by MOTIV in Yonkers, N.Y., Sunday. 

Umbrello, who qualified first for the stepladder finals by 65 pins over Graywacz, opened in the ninth frame to give Graywacz an opportunity to close him out. But after throwing strikes in the ninth and 10th frames, Graywacz failed to throw the clinching third strike in a row and Umbrello then doubled to secure his first PBA title and the $3,000 first place prize.

Graywacz almost missed the stepladder finals, but defeated Michael Markis of Scranton, Pa., in a one-game roll-off, 206-176, to make it into the four-man finals. Graywacz, who also was looking for his first PBA title, then defeated Jonathan Van Hees of Charlestown, R.I., 213-190, and defending champion Anthony Pepe of Elmhurst, N.Y., 201-189, to advance to the championship match.

• John Janawicz of Winter Haven, Fla., defeated Kristijonas Sergejevas of Lithuania, 235-196, Sunday to win the fourth annual PBA Timmy See Memorial South Open presented by MOTIV at BreakPoint Alley in Tavares, Fla.

Janawicz, a 2018 USBC Hall of Fame inductee, qualified in the top position for the stepladder finals with a 17-game pinfall total of 4,238, and easily won the championship match after starting with four strikes while Sergejevas opened in the third frame and failed to throw consecutive strikes until the eighth and ninth frames.

In the opening match Anthony DeStasio of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., defeated Shawn Naumann of Orlando, Fla., 248-235. Sergejevas then defeated DeStasio, 257-224, to advance to the final match.

Janawicz earned $2,300 for the win but doesn’t get credit for a PBA title because he is not a PBA member.

PBA Regional tournaments on tap for the June 21-23 weekend include the PBA50 Ned Micelli Memorial presented by Ebonite at Herrill Lanes in New Hyde Park, N.Y.; the Pro Bowl West Central/Midwest Challenge presented by Ebonite for non-title winners in Fort Wayne, Ind.; the PBA50 Sand Hills South Open at Sand Hills Bowling Center in Aberdeen, N.C., and the PBA/PBA50 Epicenter Northwest/West Open doubleheader in Klamath Falls, Ore.

Closing out the June PBA Regional calendar will be the PBA-PBA50 John Kontos Memorial Midwest/Central Doubles Open at Town & Country Lanes in Joliet, Ill., and the Century Lanes Hampton South Open in Hampton, Va.

Heading into the 4th of July weekend, Bowl 10 Fairborn will host the PBA50 Fairborn Central Classic presented by Roto Grip Monday-Wednesday, July 1-3, in Fairborn, Ohio. Closing the extended holiday weekend July 5-7 will be the PBA50 Greater Freeport Midwest/Central Open at 4 Seasons Bowl in Freeport, Ill.; the Grand Casino Hotel & Resort Southwest Doubles presented by DV8 at FireLake Bowling Center in Shawnee, Okla., and the PBA/PBA50 Vanessa Brown Homes West Open doubleheader presented by Track at Yosemite Lanes in Modesto, Calif.

● For complete PBA Regional schedules, rules and entry information, visit pba.com, open the “schedules” tab and click on PBA Regional Tours to find the event(s) in your area…and remember, you can follow “live scoring” for all PBA Regional events on pba.com (easily accessible for Apple and Android device users using the PBA app).


How did PBA Hall of Famer Nelson Burton Jr. spend his 77th birthday on June 6? He bowled as a sub in the Wednesday Handicap Singles league at Stuart Bowl in Stuart, Fla., and rolled games of 279, 290 and 269 for an 838 series. He then added a 248 for a four-game series of 1,086 for a 271.5 average.

• Don’t Forget to Vote: Four-time PBA Player of the Year Jason Belmonte, PBA Hall of Famer Norm Duke, and rising stars Jakob Butturff and Anthony Simonsen – four players who have already put together milestone seasons in the 2019 Go Bowling! PBA Tour season – have been selected by ESPN as nominees for the 2019 ESPY Best Bowler Award. Fans will select the winners by voting online at ESPN.com/ESPYS and social media platforms: https://www.espn.com/espys/story/_/page/voting48/best-athlete-sport.

Fans can watch the 2019 Teen Masters from July 1-5 on FloBowling. For schedule and FloBowling subscription information, visit FloBowling.com

• Reminder: Tickets to watch the 2019 Barbasol PBA Tour Finals presented by Red Rock Casino, Resort & Spa are still available. For tickets for the two-day battle July 20-21 between the PBA’s elite eight players based upon competition points earned during the 2018 and 2019 Go Bowling! PBA Tour seasons, visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/barbasol-pba-tour-finals-presented-by-red-rock-casino-resort-spa-tickets-57610119418. For room reservations, call Red Rock line (702-797-7625 or 866-767-7773) prior to June 26 to check on availability. Use the code PBARATE prior to June 26. The field of eight will include Jason Belmonte, Jakob Butturff, Anthony Simonsen, EJ Tackett, Marshall Kent, Bill O’Neill, Andrew Anderson and Kris Prather. The Barbasol PBA Tour Finals will be televised live by CBS Sports Network over a span five shows (two on Saturday, July 20 and three on Sunday, July 21).