Tip from Roommate Helps Tommy Jones Win 17th Title in Downums Waste Services PBA Jonesboro Open

by Bill Vint  |  Sunday, June 05, 4:34 PM

Tip from Roommate Helps Tommy Jones Win 17th Title in Downums Waste Services PBA Jonesboro Open

(Above from left, Downums Waste Services owner Scott Downum, Tommy Jones, Jonesboro Bowling Center proprietor Stacy Blaxton)

JONESBORO, Ark. – Tommy Jones of Simpsonville, S.C., a future Professional Bowlers Association hall of famer, used a tip from his roommate and an old school technique to win the Downums Waste Services PBA Jonesboro Open presented by Xtra Frame Sunday at Jonesboro Bowling Center.

Jones, 37, defeated top qualifier Kyle Troup of Taylorsville, N.C., 237-228, to win his 17th PBA Tour title – tying PBA Hall of Famer Carmen Salvino for 20th place on the all-time PBA Tour titles list. Jones also won a $15,000 first prize.

After qualifying fourth for the four-man stepladder finals, Jones eliminated Connor Pickford of Charlotte, N.C., in the opening match, 212-163, and Frankie Lavoie of Wichita, Kan., in the semifinal, 247-213, before winning a “carry contest” over Troup in the title match. While Troup pounded the pocket, he couldn’t put back-to-back strikes together until the final four frames.

Jones, using a less-reactive urethane bowling ball and a hard, straight-to-the-pocket delivery, doubled in the third and fourth frames, and then put together a late string of four strikes – including his first shot in the 10th – to hold off Troup.

The deciding factor was the use the urethane ball to manage the demanding lane condition, a suggestion he got from roommate DJ Archer of Friendswood, Texas.

“I wouldn’t have even tried the urethane ball if DJ hadn’t suggested it,” Jones said. “I was just looking for something that would work on these lanes. I just didn't have good ball reaction doing anything else. I bowled 240 against Frankie and I got some pretty fortunate hits in that match. Then I figured urethane is what got me to the title match so I was going to ride it.”

The Downums Waste Services PBA Jonesboro Open was the third of 10 Xtra Frame PBA Tour events scheduled for 2016. The overall competition points winner for the exclusive Xtra Frame Tour will earn a $10,000 bonus. The next event in the series will be the Xtra Frame PBA Lubbock Sports Open from South Plains Lanes in Lubbock, Texas, June 25-26, where a $20,000 first prize and a PBA Tour title will be at stake.

presented by Xtra Frame
Jonesboro Bowling Center, Jonesboro, Ark., Sunday

Final Standings:
1, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., $15,000.
2, Kyle Troup, Taylorsville, N.C., $8,000.
3, Frankie Lavoie, Wichita, Kan., $4,000.
4, Connor Pickford, Charlotte, N.C., $2,500.

Stepladder Results:
Match One – Jones def. Pickford, 212-163.
Semifinal Match – Jones def. Lavoie, 247-213.
Championship – Jones def. Troup, 237-228.

Final Match Play Standings (after 21 games, including match play bonus pins):
1, Troup, 4-4, 4,749.
2, Lavoie, 7-1, 4,738.
3, Pickford, 6-2, 4,688.
4, Jones, 5-3, 4,618.
5, EJ Tackett, Huntington, Ind., 3-5, 4,595, $1,500.
6, Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., 3-5, 4,589, $1,300.
7, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 4-4, 4,555, $1,150.
8, Scott Newell, Deland, Fla., 6-2, 4,551, $1,100.
9, Dick Allen, Columbia, S.C., 5-3, 4,494, $1,050.
10, DJ Archer, Friendswood, Texas, 6-2, 4,484, $1,000.
11, Brett Cunningham, Clay, N.Y., 3-5, 4,476, $950.
12, Gary Faulkner, Memphis, Tenn., 2-6, 4,452, $900.
13, Josh Blanchard, Mesa, Ariz., 5-3, 4,398, $850.
14, Anthony Simonsen, Princeton, Texas, 1-7, 4,380, $800.
15, Devin Bidwell, Wichita, Kan., 2-6, 4,356, $750.
16, Mitch Beasley, Clarksville, Tenn., 2-6, 4,347, $700.

Other Cashers (after 13 games):
17, n-Grace Hall, Oklahoma City, Okla., 2,700, $640.
18, Anthony Lavery-Spahr, Pasadena, Texas, 2,687, $590.
19, Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 2,684, $580.
20, Dino Castillo, Highland Village, Texas, 2,683, $570.
21, Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 2,677, $565.
22, Mike Wolfe, New Albany, Ind., 2,659, $560.
23, n-Jared Wolf, Jonesboro, Ark., 2,658, $555.
24, Steven Arehart, Chesapeake, Va., 2,656, $550.
25, n-Justin Williams, Bartlett, Tenn., 2,654, $545.
26, n-Anthony Richmond, Memphis, Tenn., 2,645, $540.
27, Jason Sterner, Cocoa, Fla., 2,642, $535.
28, n-Matt Gasn, Laurel, Md., 2,631, $530.
29, Joe Findling, Mesquite, Texas, 2,619, $525.
30, Patrick Allen, Mt. Kisco, N.Y., 2,583, $520.
31, Kristopher Prather, Milton, Fla., 2,575, $515.
32, Curt Dupre, Destrehan, La., 2,551, $510.
33, Ryan Ciminelli, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 2,530, $505.
34, Will Hoge, Sand Springs, Okla., 2,510, $500.

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