Professional Bowler Tommy Jones Wins Final Bowlero Elite Series of 2019 at Bowlero Jupiter in South Fla. and First Place Prize of $100,000
by Jerry Schneider | Sunday, December 29, 1:08 PM
New York, NY, Dec. 29th, 2019 – Professional bowler Tommy Jones of Simpsonville, S.C., became the new Bowlero Elite Series Champion during the third and final installment of the pro-am bowling tournament of 2019, which featured 16 of the world’s top professional and amateur bowlers on Sunday, Dec. 29, at Bowlero Jupiter.
The 41-year-old professional bowler defeated amateur bowler and Denver pro shop attendant Garrett Shovan (266-200) in the championship title match to win 2019’s final Bowlero Elite Series tournament and a $100,000 top prize—one of the largest winnings in the sport. Shovan received a second-place prize of $25,000.
Prior to the final match, Jones went head-to-head with professional bowlers in three single-elimination rounds where he competed against 2019 PWBA Player of the Year Shannon O’Keefe (226-196), four-time PBA Titleholder Marshall Kent (235-218), and the current, five-time PBA Player of the Year Jason Belmonte (279-216).
“Bowling for $100K in our sport is rare and I’m so grateful to have participated in the Bowlero Elite Series,” said Tommy Jones. “I consistently bowled well throughout the competition and had fun in the process, meeting amateurs from around the country. Looking forward to a successful tour season in 2020 with Bowlero’s support!”
Shovan’s matches during the tournament also kept the crowd on their toes. Shovan went head-to-head with Bowlero league bowlers in three single-elimination matches where he played against Phoenix father Mike Ewing (199-167), YouTuber and host of “DOUGIEEEVISION” Douglas Herron (179-161`), and Bowlero Elite Series Tournament One Champion Luis Gonzalez (236-202).
“The Bowlero Elite Series is such an amazing event and an incredible opportunity for bowlers like me,” said Garrett Shovan. “I am so happy to have advanced to the finals, facing one of my idols growing up. Although I didn’t win, I’m happy with the outcome and hope I made my family, my community, and my coaches proud. This is an experience that I will never forget.”
“The Bowlero Elite Series always shows us that anything can happen when you gather the world’s top professionals and best league bowlers, “said Colie Edison, Chief Customer Officer for Bowlero Corp and President of the President Elite Series. “Every match of this tournament was unpredictable. There was incredible bowling and nail-biting games that went down to the last frame, which goes to show that any outcome is possible!”
The entire roster of competitors for the third event included Bowlero Elite Series Tournament 2 Champion, Anthony Simonsen, three-time PBA Tour Champion, Kyle Troup, three-time collegiate All-American title holder, Kyle Sherman, 2019 PWBA Player of the Year, Shannon O’Keefe, 2019 PBA Player of the Year Jason Belmonte, four-time PBA Tour Champion Marshall Kent, 2019 Pan American Gold Medalist, Clara Guerrero, and PBA Hall of Fame inductee Tommy Jones. The eight amateur bowlers that competed were selected as the best from over 300,000 Bowlero league bowlers and include Bowlero Elite Series Tournament One Champion Luis Gonzalez, Tournament Two Runner-Up Amy Brehm, as well as Elizabeth Jones, Douglas Herron, Jay Nephew, Mike Ewing, Greg Thompson, and Garrett Shovan.
Tommy Jones defeats Garrett Shovan, 266-200
AMATEUR SEMIFINAL ROUND
Garrett Shovan defeats Luis Gonzalez, 236-202
PROFESSIONAL SEMIFINAL ROUND
Tommy Jones defeats Jason Belmonte, 279-216
AMATEUR SECOND ROUND
Luis Gonzalez defeats Jay Nephew, 244-216
Garrett Shovan defeats Douglas Herron, 179-161
PROFESSIONAL SECOND ROUND
Jason Belmonte defeats Kyle Troup, 247-246
Tommy Jones defeats Marshall Kent, 235-218
AMATEUR FIRST ROUND
Luis Gonzalez defeats Amy Brehm, 226-175
Jay Nephew defeats Elizabeth Jones, 204-191
Garrett Shovan defeats Mike Ewing, 199-167
Douglas Herron defeats Greg Thompson, 230-172
PROFESSIONAL FIRST ROUND
Kyle Troup defeats Clara Guerrero, 248-246
Jason Belmonte defeats Anthony Simonsen, 263-257
Tommy Jones defeats Shannon O’Keefe, 226-196
Marshall Kent defeats Kyle Sherman, 257-197
ABOUT THE BOWLERO ELITE SERIES
The Bowlero Elite Series is a groundbreaking sports property that brings together Bowlero Corp league bowlers and professional bowlers from across the sport to compete for cash prizes in excess of $1 million dollars. The Bowlero Elite Series is sponsored by Bowlero Corp—the new home of the Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) and the world’s largest owner and operator of bowling centers, with over 300 locations under three distinctive brands: Bowlero, Bowlmor Lanes, and AMF. For more information on Bowlero Corp and the Bowlero Elite Series, please visit BowleroCorp.com and BowleroEliteSeries.com.