PBA Spare Shots: PBA Legend Mark Roth to Attend PBA League Finals to Present MVP Award

by Bill Vint  |  Friday, July 05, 9:25 AM

PBA Spare Shots: PBA Legend Mark Roth to Attend PBA League Finals to Present MVP Award

PBA legend Mark Roth, who is continuing his rehabilitation after a recent cardiac setback, has announced he is planning to attend the PBA League Elias Cup finals at Bayside Bowl in Portland, Maine, July 15-18, to present the Mark Roth Most Valuable Player Award to the PBAL’s most outstanding competitor.

PBA League quarterfinal, semifinal and final round matches, will be televised live on FS1 over three nights. Veteran PBA announcer Dave LaMont will team up with color analyst Randy Pedersen and sideline reporter Kimberly Pressler to call the action in four two-hour telecasts on Tuesday, July 16 at 7 and 9 p.m. EDT; 9 p.m. Wednesday, July 17, and 9 p.m. Thursday, July 18.

Teams will be seeded for Tuesday’s quarterfinal round matches based upon an eight-game Baker format team event at 10 a.m. EDT on Monday that will be covered by Facebook LIVE, free to fans on PBA’s Facebook page.

A limited number of tickets to attend the PBA League sessions are available at: https://www.baysidebowl.com/products/pba-elias-cup-tournament-tickets-1-ep9j2-7gtmx.


PBA Southwest Region players have one more tournament to earn points toward berths in the Grand Casino Hotel & Resort Southwest Region Invitational that will take place over the Sept. 6-8 weekend at FireLake Bowling Center in Shawnee, Okla. The Grand Casino Hotel & Resort Southwest Doubles Open, presented by DV8, this weekend at FireLake will be the last chance to earn points toward berths in the Invitational.

The Southwest Region’s invitational event will be open to 32 players including:

• The top 28 PBA members from the Grand Casino Hotel & Resort points list who have bowled in at least three Southwest Region Open tournaments between July 15, 2018 and July 14, 2019;

• The top two PBA members who have bowled at least half of the Southwest Region Open events during that time span, but are below the top 28 on the points list;

• Two PBA members who have bowled at least three Southwest Region Open events who will be invited by the tournament sponsor;

• Regional Challenge tournaments (for non-titlists) and FloBowling PBA Tour events don’t count as “open” regional events.

All 32 players in the special event will cash, with $4,000 going to the winner. To view the current points list, visit this link: https://www.pba.com/SeasonStats/PointsList/133?list=4. The top five as of June 30 were: Anthony Lavery-Spahr (7,820 points); Shawn Maldonado (7,200); Mike Bailey (6,847); Sean Lavery-Spahr (6,373) and Francois Lavoie (6,061).


PBA Hall of Famer Walter Ray Williams Jr. of Oxford, Fla., did it again, defeating John Marsala of St. Louis by 65 pins to win the PBA50 Fairborn Central Classic presented by Roto Grip at Bowl 10 Fairborn (Ohio) Wednesday, and improve his all-time PBA titles total to 113.

Williams, who won only three of 10 head-to-head matches leading into the unique two-game final match play round, averaged 227.4 for the tournament and claimed his 19th PBA50 Regional title along with the $1,500 first prize. Williams also has won 47 PBA Tour, 14 PBA50 Tour and 33 PBA Regional titles.

In the unique format, the top 12 players after qualifying bowled 10 games of round robin match play where the winner of each match received 10 bonus pins. After the 10th match, the top four advanced to a four-man, two-game final match where bonus pins were given based on two-game totals. The top scorer each game received 30 bonus pins, second received 20 bonus pins, third 10 bonus pins and fourth received no bonus pins.

In the two-game finale, Williams rolled games of 269 and 237 for a 506 total, earning 60 bonus pins and finishing with a 4,548 pinfall total to top Marsala’s 4,483 total. Marsala, who led Williams by five pins going into the final two games, earned $1,000 for second place.

Eugene McCune of Munster, Ind. and partner Matt Staninger of Centerville, Ohio, defeated Jeff Richgels of Oregon, Wis. and Tom Hess of Urbandale, Iowa, 2-0, in a best-of-three-game title match to win the PBA/PBA50 John Kontos Memorial Midwest/Central Doubles title at Town & Country Lanes in Joliet, Ill., Sunday.

Teams included one bowler age 50 or older paired with a partner under the age of 50. The title was McCune’s 24th overall PBA Regional title and Staninger’s second. They also split a $4,000 first prize.

McCune and Staninger blanked Brian Menini of Brookfield, Mo., and non-PBA member Marc Heninger of Lee’s Summit, Mo., 2-0, in their best-of-three semifinal round match while Richgels and Hess swept Brian Kretzer of Dayton, Ohio and Ronnie Russell of Marion, Ind., 2-0, in the other semifinal round match.

• Brandon Curtis won his second PBA Regional title of the year Sunday, defeating the defending champion Steven Arehart of Chesapeake, Va., to win the third annual PBA Century Lanes Hampton South Open in Hampton, Va.

Arehart qualified in the number one position for the stepladder finals after leading the event virtually wire-to-wire, but he lost the championship match to Curtis, 242-235. Curtis finished with a a string of four strikes, but needing a strike or spare in his 10th frame for the win, Arehart left a 4-7-10 split that he was unable to convert.

In the first stepladder match, Curtis defeated PBA Tour titlist Ryan Ciminelli, newly-relocated to Lancaster, S.C., 268-206. He then eliminated another PBA Tour titlist, Jason Sterner, a new resident of Rochester, N.Y., 269-248, to advance to the title match. Curtis earned $2,300.

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).


Three-time PBA Tour titlist Ed Bourdase died on June 26 in Fresno, Calif. He was 90. Bourdase was infamously known for his distain of 10 pins, especially when he failed to convert them for spares, and is credited with making the phrase “Spares are for sissies” famous…

Last Call: You can vote for your favorite 2019 ESPY “best bowler” award candidate online at ESPN.com/ESPYS and social media platforms until the start of the ESPYs telecast on Wednesday, July 10, at 8 p.m. EDT. Vote at: https://www.espn.com/espys/story/_/page/voting48/best-athlete-sport. Candidates are Jason Belmonte, Norm Duke, Jakob Butturff and Anthony Simonsen. The winner will be announced during the telecast on ABC-TV.

• Reminder: Tickets to watch the Barbasol PBA Tour Finals presented by Red Rock Casino, Resort & Spa are still available. Visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/barbasol-pba-tour-finals-presented-by-red-rock-casino-resort-spa-tickets-57610119418. Jason Belmonte, Jakob Butturff, Anthony Simonsen, EJ Tackett, Marshall Kent, Bill O’Neill, Andrew Anderson and Kris Prather will compete in the Finals live by CBS Sports Network over a span five shows (two on Saturday, July 20 and three on Sunday, July 21).