Maldonado Leads Six PBA Regional Champs into TOC Field

by Bill Vint, Professional Bowlers Association 0

FAIRLAWN, Ohio (Feb. 4, 2019) – Nine-time PBA Regional title winner Shawn Maldonado, a 32-year-old two-handed player from Houston, Texas, will lead a field of six PBA Regional champions into the PBA Tournament of Champions when qualifying in the first major championship of the 2019 Go Bowling! PBA Tour season gets underway Wednesday at AMF Riviera Lanes.

Maldonado, who averaged 231.5 in Monday’s eight-game pre-tournament qualifier, finished with 1,852 pins to easily out-distance fellow Texan Sean Lavery-Spahr of Pasadena, who had 1,726 pin. Also advancing to join the field of 60 PBA Tour titlists in the TOC proper will be Stephen Pavlinko Jr. of Sewell, N.J.; Patrick Dombrowski of Parma, Ohio; Nathan Bohr of Austin, Texas, and Darren Tang of Las Vegas.

After a practice session from 2-4 p.m. on Tuesday, qualifying in the TOC begins on Wednesday with six-game rounds at 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. ET. Qualifying continues with the third qualifying round at 11 a.m. on Thursday with a cut to the top 24 players advancing to robin match play round Thursday at 6 p.m., and Friday at 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. After 42 games, the top five players will advance to Sunday’s live stepladder finals on FOX at 4:30 p.m.

Fans can follow all rounds of qualifying and match play through PBA’s online streaming partner, FloBowling. For schedule and subscription information visit FloBowling.com.

PBA TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS

AMF Riviera Lanes, Fairlawn, Ohio, Monday

Pre-Tournament Qualifier (after 8 games; top six advance to Wednesday’s qualifying)

1, Shawn Maldonado, Houston, 1,852.
2, Sean Lavery-Spahr, Pasadena, Texas, 1,726.
3, Stephen Pavlinko Jr., Sewell, N.J., 1,696.
4, Patrick Dombrowski, Parma, Ohio, 1,690.
5, Nathan Bohr, Austin, Texas, 1,683.
6, Darren Tang, Las Vegas, Nev., 1,674.

Failed to advance:
7, Kyle Sherman, O'Fallon, Mo., 1,653.
8, Kristopher Prather, Plainfield, Ill., 1,646.
9, JR Raymond, Clinton Twp., Mich., 1,641.
10, Greg Ostrander, Brick, N.J., 1,618.
11, Brian Robinson, Morgantown, W.Va., 1,617.
12, Aaron Lorincz, Center Line, Mich., 1,613.
13, Joe Bailey, Wooster, Ohio, 1,591.
14, Brad Miller, Lees Summit, Mo., 1,575.
15, Brandon Novak, Chillicothe, Ohio, 1,573.
16, Tim Foy Jr., Seaford, Del., 1,571.
17, AJ Johnson, Oswego, Ill., 1,561.
18, Jim Pratt, Avondale, Ariz., 1,553.
19, Anthony Lavery-Spahr, Pasadena, Texas, 1,533.
20, BJ Moore, Greensburg, Pa., 1,501.
21, Darren Andretta, Wantagh, N.Y., 1,496.
22, Nate Garcia, Port St. Lucie, Fla., 1,494.
23, Tony Johnson, Canton, Ohio, 1,492.
24, Chris Via, Springfield, Ohio, 1,476.
25, Zachery Tackett, Huntington, Ind., 1,457.
26, Kyle Mayberry, Mechanicsburg, Ohio, 1,440.
27, Frank Bellavia Jr., Niagara Falls, N.Y., 1,391.

PBA TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS SCHEDULE

AMF Riviera Lanes, Fairlawn, Ohio (all times Eastern)

Tuesday, Feb. 5

2-4 p.m. – Official Practice Session

Wednesday, Feb. 6

11 a.m. - Qualifying Round 1 (6 games)

6 p.m. - Qualifying Round 2 (6 games)

Thursday, Feb. 7

11 a.m. - Qualifying Round 3 (6 games)

Top 24 players after 18 games advance to round robin match play

6 p.m. - Match Play Round 1 (8 games)

Friday, Feb. 8

11 a.m. - Match Play Round 2 (8 games)

6 p.m. - Match Play Round 3 (8 games)

Top 5 players after 42 games advance to stepladder finals

Saturday, Feb. 9

9 a.m., noon, 3 and 6 p.m. – Pro-Am squads

Sunday, Feb. 10

4:30 p.m. - Live stepladder finals on FOX

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