PBA Spare Shots: Six PBA Stars to Compete for $100,000 First Prize in Third Bowlero Elite Series Event

by Bill Vint  |  Friday, November 22, 12:09 PM

PBA Spare Shots: Six PBA Stars to Compete for $100,000 First Prize in Third Bowlero Elite Series Event

Six PBA stars will join two PWBA champions and eight Bowlero Corp amateur league bowlers in the third Bowlero Elite Series event of 2019, competing for a $100,000 first prize. The event will air at 1 p.m. EST on NBC on Sunday, Dec. 29.

The PBA Tour champions invited to participate include Anthony Simonsen of Little Elm, Texas, who won the $100,000 first prize second Bowlero Elite Series event in September; Kyle Troup of Taylorsville, N.C., who finished second in the inaugural Bowlero Elite Series event; Australia’s Jason Belmonte; Kyle Sherman of O’Fallon, Mo., Marshall Kent of Yakima, Wash., and newly-elected PBA Hall of Famer Tommy Jones of Simpsonville, S.C. Troup and Simonsen advanced to the third event as winners of the professional bowler brackets in the first two events, respectively.

Also participating in the special event will be PWBA champions Shannon O’Keefe and Clara Guerrero, and amateurs Luis Gonzalez, the winner of the first Bowlero Elite Series event; New Jersey school teacher Amy Brehm; Miami nurse Elizabeth Jones; Texas marketing professional Jay Nephew; New Jersey electromechanical maintenance technician Douglas Herron; Phoenix marketing pro Mike Ewing and former PBA member Greg Thompson Jr. of Tempe, Ariz. Gonzalez and Brehm advanced to the third event as winners of the amateur league bowler brackets in the first two events.


Next up on the PBA Player’s Perspective interview roster, featuring PBA title winners reflecting on their victories, will be EJ Tackett discussing his victory in the 2019 Barbasol PBA Tour Finals presented by Red Rock Resort and Casino. Tackett’s insights will debut on Tuesday, Nov. 26. To view all of the PBA Player’s Perspective episodes, visit the PBA’s YouTube channel and click on the PBA Player’s Perspective play list.

The weekly series includes a new perspective released every Tuesday on the PBA’s YouTube channel. The following players will provide personal play-by-play reflections in the weeks ahead:

Dec. 3 – Bill O’Neill talks about his 2019 Harry O’Neale Chesapeake Open triumph.

Dec. 10 – Jason Belmonte provides insights about capturing his record-breaking 11th major title in the 2019 PBA World Championship during PBA World Series of Bowling X in Allen Park, Mich.

Dec. 17 – Jakob Butturff will reveal his thoughts about winning his first major championship in the 2019 USBC Masters.

Dec. 24 – On Christmas Eve day, EJ Tackett will take fans across the Pacific Ocean to talk about his victory in the DHC PBA Japan Invitational to kick off the 2017 season.

Player’s Perspectives currently in the archives on YouTube include:

• Norm Duke’s stunning 2011 U.S. Open win (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pQ0cGzRfnBk).

• Kris Prather’s historic PBA Playoffs victory (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hISjw3KmGCk).

• Anthony Simonsen talks about his win in the 2019 Bear Open (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tt2k25WKNzQ).

Sean Rash reflections on his 2019 Wolf Open title (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2GNxO2WdaZo&feature=em-uploademail).


• Pete DiChiara of Ardsley, N.Y., defeated PBA and USBC Hall of Famer Danny Wiseman of Baltimore, 279-227, to win the PBA50 Bryan’s Bowling Center Open presented by the Hopkins Automotive Group and 900 Global at Bryan’s Bowling Center in Laurel, Del., Sunday.

DiChiara, who qualified in second place, rolled clutch 10th frame strikes to win his first two matches on Sunday. In the Round of 8, he struck in the 10th frame of game 2 to remain alive in his best-of-three-game match against Jay Davis Jr. of Silver Spring, Md., after Davis missed three one-pin spares. DiChiara then won the final game to advance to the semifinal round where he eliminated Sammy Ventura of Syracuse, N.Y., 211-205, after Ventura failed to strike in his 10th frame.

Meanwhile, Wiseman advanced to the finals by defeating Troy Lint of Blandon, Pa., 2-0, and Darryl Bower of Middletown, Pa., 2-0, in his Round of 8 and Round of 16 matches. In his semifinal match, Wiseman ousted Ryan Shafer of Horseheads, N.Y., 246-217.

The win earned DiChiara $1,600 along with his first PBA50 Regional title.

• Ron Profitt of Brookville, Ohio, defeated Gary Faulkner of Norfolk, Va., 256-186, to win his fourth PBA regional title in the PBA50 PlyGems Windows Rocky Mount South Open at Rocky Mount Bowling Center in Rocky Mount, Va., Sunday.

Profitt started the championship match with seven strikes while Faulkner didn’t throw consecutive strikes until the 10th frame which was clearly too late. Profitt earned $1,800 along with his title.

In the semifinal round, Profitt defeated top qualifier Chris Johnson of Nashville, N.C., 253-235, while Faulkner got help from ninth and 10th frame opens by Ken Shealy of Myrtle Beach, S.C., to win his match, 171-170.

On the pre-Thanksgiving Day weekend schedule, Nov. 22-24, is the PBA50 Allstate Central Match Classic at Westland Bowl in Westland, Mich.; the Break Point Alley Member/Non-Member Doubles in Tavares, Fla., and the PBA and PBA50 Epicenter Northwest-West Open tournaments in Klamath Falls, Ore.

The only PBA Regional tournament over the Nov. 29-Dec. 1 Thanksgiving weekend will be the PBA50 Beaumont Southwest Open at Crossroads Bowling Center in Beaumont, Texas.

The PBA Regional schedule over the Dec. 6-8 weekend includes the Knob Hill East Challenge at Knob Hill Country Lanes in Manalapan, N.J., and the Warren Harley-Davidson Central Challenge at Freeway Lanes of Warren, Ohio. Both “challenge” tournaments are open exclusively to non-title winners.

The PBA Regional program concludes its 2019 season with PBA/PBA50 Houston Emerald Bowl Doubles Dec. 20-22 in Houston, Texas. The Southwest Region event is projected to pay a projected $7,000 first place.

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).


The PBA has learned of the death this week of former PBA member Gary Timberlake of Blue Springs, Mo. No further details were immediately available. Timberlake, 66, was a four-time PBA Midwest Region titlist, including winning the first regional he entered as a member in Peoria, Ill., in 1979. He competed in PBA Regional tournaments between 1979 and 1989, also bowling in a handful of PBA Tour events when they were held in Kansas City. He was inducted into the Greater Kansas City USBC Hall of Fame in 2013.

Bayside Bowl in Portland, Maine – home of the PBA League Elias Cup competition – has been named the 2019 Small Business of the Year Award winner by the Portland Development Corporation. Bayside co-owner Charlie Mitchell noted, “We want to acknowledge that we couldn’t have done this without our amazing employees and all of our great customers — who make this business what is it.” The PBA League will return to Bayside Bowl for the 2020 Elias Cup competition July 21-23.