Prather Regains PBA Lubbock Sports Open Lead After First Match Play Round

by Jerry Schneider  |  Friday, January 25, 9:32 AM

Prather Regains PBA Lubbock Sports Open Lead After First Match Play Round

LUBBOCK, TexasWith a leaderboard that saw a lot of movement, Kris Prather of Plainfield, Ill., posted a 4-4 record in the first match play round but still emerged as the leader of the PBA Lubbock Sports Open Friday at South Plains Lanes.

Bowling on dual lane conditions – PBA 42-foot Scorpion pattern on the left lane and 32-foot Wolf condition on the right lane – Prather holds the lead with a 6,607 29-game pinfall total, including 30 bonus pins for each match win, to hold a seven-pin lead over three-time Go Bowling! PBA Tour winner Kyle Troup of Taylorsville, N.C., who had a 6-2 record in match play and finished the day with a 6,600 pinfall.

“It’s tough out there,” said the 27-year-old Prather who led after the first round and holds a 223.6 average thus far in the tournament. “Pair to pair the lanes are playing so different because guys are bowling different angles with different types of equipment trying to find what works best for them.

“You just hope that you can make the most of the pairs of lanes you match up the best with,” he added. “You’re kind of at the mercy of who bowls on the pair that you move to after each game and how the bowlers played them.”

Looking for his first tour title, Prather started the season with two 10th-place finishes, in the PBA Hall of Fame Classic and PBA Oklahoma Open, after finishing 2018 with four consecutive championship round appearances.

Making a jump from 10th after Friday morning’s cashers round, San Francisco native Michael Tang, who now makes his home in Johnstown, Ohio, went 7-0-1 in match play and had a 6,595 pinfall to move into third.

Rounding out the top five were six-time tour winner Rhino Page, Orlando (5-2-1) 6,525, in fourth, and 13-time tour winner Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., who moved from 11th after the cashers round to fifth.

Rash teamed with Matt Ogle to win the Mark Roth-Marshall Holman Doubles Championship which aired last Sunday on FS1.

The 16-player field returns Saturday morning for the final match play round at 9 a.m. ET (8 a.m. CT) after which the top five players will be determined for Sunday’s live stepladder finals on FS1 at 3 p.m. ET (2 p.m. CT)

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South Plains Lanes, Lubbock Texas, Friday


(after 29 games. Includes match play record and total pinfall including bonus pins. All players advance to Saturday morning’s final match play round)

1, Kris Prather, Plainfield, Ill., 4-4, 6,607.
2, Kyle Troup, Taylorsville, N.C., 6-2, 6,600.
3, Michael Tang, Johnstown, Ohio, 7-0-1, 6,595.
4, Rhino Page, Orlando, 5-2-1, 6,525.
5, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 5-3, 6,523.
6, Anthony Simonsen, Little Elm, Texas, 6-2, 6,444.
7, Dick Allen, Lexington, S.C., 2-6, 6,418.
8, Brad Angelo, Lockport, N.Y., 5-2-1, 6,399.
8, Anthony Lavery-Spahr, Pasadena, Texas, 3-4-1, 6,399.
10, Jakob Butturff, Tempe, Ariz., 3-5, 6,360.
11, EJ Tackett, Bluffton, Ind., 2-5-1, 6,323.
12, Stuart Williams, England, 2-6, 6,292.
13, Kyle Sherman, O'Fallon, Mo., 2-6, 6,267.
14, Nicholas Pate, Inver Grove Heights, Minn., 3-4-1, 6,257.
15, Andrew Anderson, Holly, Mich., 2-6, 6,165.
16, Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 4-4, 6,112.

(after 21 games. Top 16 advanced to first match play round)

1, Kris Prather, Plainfield, Ill., 4,750.
2, Dick Allen, Lexington, S.C., 4,666.
3, Kyle Troup, Taylorsville, N.C., 4,637.
4, Stuart Williams, England, 4,636.
5, Anthony Lavery-Spahr, Pasadena, Texas, 4,610.
6, EJ Tackett, Bluffton, Ind., 4,604.
7, Jakob Butturff, Tempe, Ariz., 4,588.
8, Rhino Page, Orlando, 4,563.
9, Kyle Sherman, O'Fallon, Mo., 4,555.
10, Michael Tang, Johnstown, Ohio, 4,541.
11, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 4,539.
12, Brad Angelo, Lockport, N.Y., 4,534.
13, Anthony Simonsen, Little Elm, Texas, 4,515.
14, Nicholas Pate, Inver Grove Heights, Minn., 4,514.
15, Andrew Anderson, Holly, Mich., 4,513.
16, Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 4,508

Failed to advance
17, AJ Chapman, Manchester, Iowa, 4,481, $2,000.
18, AJ Johnson, Oswego, Ill., 4,468, $1,800.
19, Mitch Hupe, Canada, 4,420, $1,600.
20, (tie) Ryan Ciminelli, Clarence, N.Y., 4,393, and Jason Sterner, Fayetteville, Ga., 4,393, $1,555.
22, Matt O'Grady, Rahway, N.J., 4,388, $1,520.
23, Dwight Adams, Greensboro, N.C., 4,332, $1,510.
24, Mike Coffey, Melbourne, Fla., 4,104, $1,500.

300 games – Kris Prather