Rookie Two-Hander Matt Russo Tops PTQ Field for PBA Players Championship; Qualifying Begins Tuesday

by Bill Vint  |  Monday, February 10, 8:20 AM

Rookie Two-Hander Matt Russo Tops PTQ Field for PBA Players Championship; Qualifying Begins Tuesday

COLUMBUS, Ohio – PBA rookie Matt Russo, a 23-year-old lefthanded two-hander and the 2020 USBC Team USA Trials winner, averaged 239.3 for 10 games Sunday to top the PBA Players Championship Pre-Tournament Qualifier (PTQ) at Wayne Webb’s Columbus Bowl, joining 10 other players who will advance into the PBA Players Championship field beginning with Tuesday’s first two rounds of qualifying at 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. EST.

Dakota Vostry of Romeoville, Ill., advanced out of the PTQ in the wake of an opening created by the withdrawal of Kyle Troup from the Players Championship following the death of his mother, Sherri Troup, over the weekend. Sherri Troup had been battling bone cancer.

PBA fans can watch all preliminary round of the Players Championship on FloBowling Tuesday through Thursday, or follow game by game scoring in real time on pba.com’s Live Scoring feature. The stepladder finals will air live on FS1 on Saturday at 5:30 p.m. EST (FloBowling will livestream the finals to its international subscribers).

PBA Players Champions
(A 2020 Go Bowling PBA Tour Tier 1 event)
Wayne Webb’s Columbus Bowl, Columbus, Ohio, Sunday

Final Pre-Tournament Qualifier Standings
(After 10 games; top 11 advance to tournament proper)

1, Matt Russo, Fairview Heights, Ill., 2,393.
2, Dwight Adams, Greensboro, N.C., 2,189.
3, Michael Schlabach, Goshen, Ind., 2,164.
4, Nate Garcia, Port St. Lucie, Fla., 2,154.
5, Andrew Suscreba, Clifton, N.J., 2,142.
6, Samuel DeWitt III, Moon Township, Pa., 2,107.
7, Alex Martin, Kennesaw, Ga., 2,105.
8, Corey Umbrello, Westminster, Mass., 2,086.
9 (tie), Wesley Low Jr., Palmdale, Calif., and Jean Perez, Puerto Rico, 2,070.
11, Dakota Vostry, Romeoville, Ill., 2,069.

Failed to advance:
12, Nathan Bohr, Austin, Texas, 2,024.
13, Joe Paluszek, Bensalem, Pa., 2,008.
14, Brandon Curtis, Manson, N.C., 1,998.
15, Tristan Butler, Fort Wayne, Ind., 1,962.
16, Ryan Graywacz, Canastota, N.Y., 1,951.
17, John Furey, Howell, N.J., 1,947.
18, Joshua Weiner, Hilliard, Ohio, 1,944.
19, Ryan Lakota, Shorewood, Ill., 1,929.
20, Brent Boho, Colgate, Wis., 1,928.
21 (tie), Russ Oviatt, Sioux Falls, S.D., and Victor Cortez, Waukegan, Ill., 1,923.
23, Kevin Walter, Noblesville, Ind., 1,902.
24, Michael Mossbarger, Westerville, Ohio, 1,895.
25, Michael Markis, Scranton, Pa., 1,855.
26, David Krol, Nixa, Mo., 1,842.
27, Dave Johnson, Ashtabula, Ohio, 1,824.
28, Zach Doty, Campbellsville, Ky., 1,813.
29, Nate Wilson, Donnelsville, Ohio, 1,812.
30, Dominic Boysaw, Columbus, Ohio, 1,810.
31, Michael Ruben, Selden, N.Y., 1,798.
32, Zachary Grove, Columbus, Ohio, 1,753.
33, Tony Franz, Mount Vernon, Ohio, 1,740.
34, Tim Cagle II, Hercules, Calif., 1,720.
35, David Harold II, Columbus, Ohio, 1,701.
36, Scott McIntire Jr., Parma, Ohio, 1,673.
37, Trey Ford III, Bartlesville, Okla., 1,666.
38, Charles Yancey, Marion, Ohio, 1,660.
39, Derek Engeln, Springboro, Ohio, 1,185.