Simonsen Leads 24 Players Advancing to PBA Illinois Open Match Play

by Jerry Schneider  |  Thursday, August 29, 2:34 PM

AURORA, Ill. - With the conclusion of Thursday’s PBA Bear Open final qualifying round, two-hander Anthony Simonsen led 24 players who advanced to match play for the PBA Illinois Open, the third and final event of the FloBowling PBA Summer Swing presented by the brands of Ebonite International at Parkside Lanes.

After 14 qualifying games from both the Wolf and Bear Opens, Simonsen bowled a 6,532 28-game pinfall total (233 average) to lead Bear Open defending champion EJ Tackett in second with 6,356. Rounding out the top five are Wolf Open winner Sean Rash, 6,320; Canada’s Francois Lavoie, who bowled back-to-back 300 games in the second Bear qualifying round, 6,265, and Wes Malott with 6,243. Arturo Quintero of Mexico earned the 24th and final match play spot with a 6,003 pinfall. .

The first of two Illinois Open eight-game round-robin match play rounds is scheduled for Friday at 11 a.m. CT with the second round at 5 p.m. The final match play round gets underway Saturday morning at 11 a.m. which will determine the top five players for the stepladder finals at 3:30 p.m.

The 24 players who advanced to Illinois Open match play – and the five who advance to the stepladder finals – will have the added challenge of bowling on the Bear 41-foot lane condition on the left lane and the Wolf 32-foot condition on the right lane in each match.

Also, with the conclusion of the second Bear Open qualifying round, Tackett, a 13-time Go Bowling! PBA Tour winner, led 18 players who advanced to this afternoon’s Bear Open cashers round which will determine the top five for tonight’s Bear Open  stepladder finals at 8:30 p.m.

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PBA ILLINOIS OPEN

FINAL QUALIFYING TOTALS

(28-game pinfall totals. Top 24 advance to Friday’s match play rounds)

1, Anthony Simonsen, Little Elm, Texas, 6,532
2, EJ Tackett, Bluffton, Ind., 6,356.
3, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 6,320.
4, Francois Lavoie, Canada, 6,265.
5, Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 6,243.
6, Jason Belmonte, Australia, 6,223.
7, Kyle Troup, Taylorsville, N.C., 6,197.
8, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 6,170.
9, Kyle Sherman, O'Fallon, Mo., 6,135.
10, Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., 6,109.
11, Tom Daugherty, Riverview, Fla., 6,106.
12, Jason Sterner, Rochester, N.Y., 6,100.
13, Dom Barrett, England, 6,076.
14, Jake Peters, Henderson, Nev., 6,075.
15, Sam Cooley, Australia, 6,067.
16, Dick Allen, Lexington, S.C., 6,062.
17, Tun Ameerul Al-Hakim, Malaysia, 6,052.
18, Bill O'Neill, Langhorne, Pa., 6,040.
19, Kamron Doyle, Brentwood, Tenn., 6,025.
20, Brad Miller, Lees Summit, Mo., 6,022.
21, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 6,009.
22, AJ Johnson, Oswego, Ill., 6,004.
22, Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 6,004.
24, Arturo Quintero, Mexico, 6,003.

Failed to advance:
25, Nicholas Pate, Inver Grove Heights, Minn., 5,992, $1,550.
26, Greg Ostrander, Brick, N.J., 5,987, $1,500.
27, Pontus Andersson, Sweden, 5,978.
28, Josh Blanchard, Mesa, Ariz., 5,972.
29, Mitch Hupe, Canada, 5,960, $100.
30, Jesper Svensson, Sweden, 5,929.
31, Kristopher Prather, Plainfield, Ill., 5,917.
32, BJ Moore, Greensburg, Pa., 5,906.
33, Tom Sorce, Blasdell, N.Y., 5,888.
34, Nick Kruml, Downers Grove, Ill., 5,885.
35, Ildemaro Ruiz, Venezuela, 5,868.
36, Dakota Vostry, Chicago, Ill., 5,866.
37, Zacharay Wilkins, Canada, 5,861.
38, Jakob Butturff, Tempe, Ariz., 5,855.
39, Greg Young, Viera, Fla., 5,831.
40, Christopher Sloan, Ireland, 5,830.
41, (tie) Zach Doty, Campbellsville, Ky., and Andrew Anderson, Holly, Mich., 5,829.
43, William Svensson, Sweden, 5,825.
44, Michael Tang, Johnstown, Ohio, 5,824.
45, John Furey, Howell, N.J., 5,821.
46, Anthony Lavery-Spahr, Pasadena, Texas, 5,816.
47, Ryan Ciminelli, Lancaster, S.C., 5,811.
48, Kurt Pilon, Sterling Heights, Mich., 5,809.
49, Michael Davidson, Versailles, Ohio, 5,807.
50, AJ Chapman, Manchester, Iowa, 5,803.
51, Brad Angelo, Lockport, N.Y., 5,802.
52, Patrick Hanrahan, Wichita, Kan., 5,797.
53, Osku Palermaa, Finland, 5,789.
54, Stuart Williams, England, 5,785.
55, (tie) Chris Via, Springfield, Ohio, and Shawn Maldonado, Houston, 5,784.
57, Zeke Bayt, Westerville, Ohio, 5,779.
58, Jake Rollins, Glen Rock, N.J., 5,713.
59, Rhino Page, Spokane, Wash., 5,698.
60, Kenneth Ryan, Farmingdale, NJ, 5,687.
61, DJ Archer, Spring, Texas, 5,685.
62, Matt Sanders, Evansville, Ind., 5,678.
63, Darren Tang, Las Vegas, 5,664.
64, JR Raymond, Clinton Twp., Mich., 5,650.
65, Richard Teece, England, 5,637.
66, Francois Louw, South Africa, 5,620.
67, Raul Ayala Salazar, Ecuador, 5,615.
68, Christopher O'Neil, Decatur, Ill., 5,613.
69, Russ Oviatt, Chandler, Ariz., 5,607.
70, Graham Fach, Urbana, Ohio, 5,568.
71, Zac Tackett, Huntington, Ind., 5,565.
72, (tie) Mike Coffey, Melbourne, Fla., and Michael Martell, Brooklyn, N.Y., 5,555.
74, Devin Bidwell, Wichita, Kan., 5,537.
75, Steve Jaros, Yorkville, Ill., 5,534.
76, Andres Gomez, Colombia, 5,506.
77, Ryan Lakota, Shorewood, Ill., 5,503.
78, Eduardo Astiazaran, Mexico, 5,481.
79, Matt Kuba, Chicago Ridge, Ill., 5,480.
80, Stephen Hahn, Sterling, Va., 5,476.
81, Brian Robinson, Morgantown, W.Va., 5,456.
82, Andrew Suscreba, Clifton, N.J., 5,423.
83, Cody Shoemaker, Hanover, Pa., 5,416.
84, Mykel Holliman, Collierville, Tenn., 5,407.
85, Tim Foy Jr., Seaford, Del., 5,392.
86, George Duke, Vidor, Texas, 5,360.
87, Rafiq Ismail, Malaysia, 5,346.
88, Joe Paluszek, Bensalem, Pa., 5,321.
89, n-Matt Russo, Fariview Heights, Ill., 5,310.
90, Andrew Cain, Phoenix, 5,248.
91, James Grago, Hampstead, N.C., 5,247.
92, Chandler Stevens, Archbold, Ohio, 5,234.
93, Christopher Dower, Cary, Ill., 5,226.
94, Oskar Wirefeldt, Sweden, 5,223.
95, n-Kyle Salter, Montgomery. Ill., 5,205.
96, Craig Schneider, Marcy, N.Y., 5,135.
97, n-Tannya Lopez, Mexico, 5,031.
98, Joseph Grago, Hampstead, N.C., 4,999.
99, John Contos, Crystal Lake, 4,939.
100, Richard Lupo, St. Charles, Mo., 4,792.
101, Armando Santacruz, Ecuador, 4,595.

n-denotes non-PBA member

PBA BEAR OPEN

FINAL QUALIFYING RESULTS

(14-game pinfall totals. Top 18 advance to Thursday’s cashers round)

1, EJ Tackett, Bluffton, Ind., 3,297.
2, Anthony Simonsen, Little Elm, Texas, 3,294.
3, Kyle Sherman, O'Fallon, Mo., 3,240.
4, Francois Lavoie, Canada, 3,153.
5, Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 3,146.
6, Jason Belmonte, Australia, 3,140.
7, Kyle Troup, Taylorsville, N.C., 3,122.
8, Tom Daugherty, Riverview, Fla., 3,115.
9, Jakob Butturff, Tempe, Ariz., 3,111.
10, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 3,103.
11, Dom Barrett, England, 3,095.
12, Jake Peters, Henderson, Nev., 3,088.
13, Tun Ameerul Al-Hakim, Malaysia, 3,054.
14, AJ Johnson, Oswego, Ill., 3,045.
15, Dakota Vostry, Chicago, Ill., 3,036.
16, (tie) Rhino Page, Spokane, Wash., and Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., 3,033.
18, Patrick Hanrahan, Wichita, Kan., 3,027.

Failed to advance:
19, Tom Sorce, Blasdell, N.Y., 3,016.
20, Bill O'Neill, Langhorne, Pa., 3,009.
21, Sam Cooley, Australia, 3,005.
22, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 2,996.
23, Ryan Ciminelli, Lancaster, S.C., 2,992.
24, Jesper Svensson, Sweden, 2,988.
25, Kamron Doyle, Brentwood, Tenn., 2,987.
26, Christopher Sloan, Ireland, 2,979.
27, Dick Allen, Lexington, S.C., 2,978.
28, (tie) Ildemaro Ruiz, Venezuela, and Shawn Maldonado, Houston, 2,975.
30, Mitch Hupe, Canada, 2,968.
31, Nicholas Pate, Inver Grove Heights, Minn., 2,965.
32, Brad Angelo, Lockport, N.Y., 2,961.
33, Brad Miller, Lees Summit, Mo., 2,958.
34, Matt Sanders, Evansville, Ind., 2,956.
35, Pontus Andersson, Sweden, 2,954.
36, Zach Doty, Campbellsville, Ky., 2,951.
37, (tie) George Duke, Vidor, Texas, and Nick Kruml, Downers Grove, Ill., 2,949.
39, Richard Teece, England, 2,941.
40, Zach Wilkins, Canada, 2,939.
41, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 2,937.
42, Greg Ostrander, Brick, N.J., 2,921.
43, Arturo Quintero, Mexico, 2,919.
44, BJ Moore, Greensburg, Pa., 2,917.
45, Michael Davidson, Versailles, Ohio, 2,916.
46, Kristopher Prather, Plainfield, Ill., 2,911.
47, Jason Sterner, Rochester, N.Y., 2,908.
48, Andrew Anderson, Holly, Mich., 2,907.
49, Michael Tang, Johnstown, Ohio, 2,902.
50, Christopher O'Neil, Decatur, Ill., 2,898.
51, (tie) Steve Jaros, Yorkville, Ill., and Chris Via, Springfield, Ohio, 2,895.
53, James Grago, Hampstead, N.C., 2,893.
54, Josh Blanchard, Mesa, Ariz., 2,886.
55, (tie) Anthony Lavery-Spahr, Pasadena, Texas, and Zeke Bayt, Westerville, Ohio, 2,884.
57, Raul Ayala Salazar, Ecuador, 2,880.
58, Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 2,875.
59, JR Raymond, Clinton Twp., Mich., 2,872.
60, (tie) John Furey, Howell, N.J., and Kurt Pilon, Sterling Heights, Mich., 2,869.
62, William Svensson, Sweden, 2,868.
63, DJ Archer, Spring, Texas, 2,854.
64, Graham Fach, Urbana, Ohio, 2,851.
65, Rafiq Ismail, Malaysia, 2,846.
66, AJ Chapman, Manchester, Iowa, 2,829.
67, Kenneth Ryan, Farmingdale, NJ, 2,818.
68, n-Kyle Salter, Montgomery. Ill., 2,807.
69, Mykel Holliman, Collierville, Tenn., 2,803.
70, (tie) Darren Tang, Las Vegas, and Tim Foy Jr., Seaford, Del., 2,794.
72, (tie) Matt Kuba, Chicago Ridge, Ill. and Zac Tackett, Huntington, Ind., 2,790.
74, (tie) Oskar Wirefeldt, Sweden, and Stuart Williams, England, 2,788.
76, Jake Rollins, Glen Rock, N.J., 2,782.
77, Greg Young, Viera, Fla., 2,771.
78, Mike Coffey, Melbourne, Fla., 2,746.
79, Osku Palermaa, Finland, 2,745.
80, (tie) Francois Louw, South Africa, and Andrew Cain, Phoenix, 2,741.
82, Russ Oviatt, Chandler, Ariz., 2,737.
83, n-Matt Russo, Fariview Heights, Ill., 2,733.
84, Christopher Dower, Cary, Ill., 2,718.
85, Andres Gomez, Colombia, 2,713.
86, Brian Robinson, Morgantown, W.Va., 2,711.
87, Ryan Lakota, Shorewood, Ill., 2,709.
88, Cody Shoemaker, Hanover, Pa., 2,706.
89, Craig Schneider, Marcy, N.Y., 2,702.
90, Chandler Stevens, Archbold, Ohio, 2,692.
91, n-Tannya Lopez, Mexico, 2,670.
92, (tie) Eduardo Astiazaran, Mexico, and Michael Martell, Brooklyn, N.Y., 2,668.
94, Andrew Suscreba, Clifton, N.J., 2,651.
95, Devin Bidwell, Wichita, Kan., 2,650.
96, John Contos, Crystal Lake, 2,640.
97, Stephen Hahn, Sterling, Va., 2,616.
98, Joe Paluszek, Bensalem, Pa., 2,542.
99, Joseph Grago, Hampstead, N.C., 2,541.
100, Richard Lupo, St. Charles, Mo., 2,493.
101, Armando Santacruz, Ecuador, 2,444.