Anthony Pepe Wins PBA Grand Casino, Hotel & Resort Winter Open Regional As Prelude to FireLake PBA Tournament of Champions

by Gianmarc Manzione 0

Anthony Pepe
Anthony Pepe

One-time PBA Tour winner Anthony Pepe of Elmhurst, N.Y., got his FireLake PBA Tournament of Champions week off to a flying start by winning the PBA Grand Casino, Hotel & Resort Winter Open regional Sunday at the FireLake Bowling Center.

Pepe erased a 71-pin deficit in the final position round match by defeating 2015 PBA Xtra Frame Lubbock Open winner and Rolltech PBA World Championship runner-up EJ Tackett of Huntington, Ind., 278-182. Pepe ended Sunday’s match play with a 7-1 record and 5,159 21-game pinfall total (including bonus pins) while Tackett finished second with a 6-2 record and 5,104 pinfall.

“I kind of resigned myself to finishing second,” said Pepe, who won his fourth regional title. “Having a ‘didn’t have anything to lose’ mentality probably relaxed me and in that last match I just started throwing strikes.”

Pepe, the 2014 PBA Cheetah Championship winner, and Tackett, will both be part of the 79-player field that will compete in the FireLake PBA Tournament of Champions when qualifying begins on Tuesday at the FireLake Bowling Center.

“It’s a confidence boost,” Pepe said of his win. “But I can’t over-analyze it because a lot can change in the next week. One thing is for sure, I’ll be in good shape mentally.”

Xtra Frame will cover the PBA Hall of Fame induction ceremonies Monday beginning at 8 p.m. ET from the Grand Hotel Resort, and then will cover Tournament of Champions qualifying and match play Tuesday Feb. 2 through Friday, Feb. 5. ESPN will air the TOC finals live on Sunday, Feb. 7 at 2 p.m. ET (1 p.m. CT) from the FireLake Arena.

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In addition to Xtra Frame’s live video streaming coverage, PBA fans can follow the action via “Live Scoring” on pba.com.

PBA GRAND CASINO, HOTEL & RESORT WINTER OPEN
FireLake Bowling Center, Shawnee, Okla., Sunday
FINAL STANDINGS
(21-game pinfall totals with match play record including bonus pins)

1, Anthony Pepe, Elmhurst, N.Y. 7-1, 5,159, $2,500
2, EJ Tackett, Huntington, Ind., 6-2, 5,104, $1,700
3, Tom Daugherty, Riverview, Fla., 5-3, 4,882, $1,300
4, Shawn Maldonado, Houston, 5-3, 4,875 $1,100
5, Dom Barrett, England, 5-3, 4,861, $900
6, Jesper Svensson, Sweden, 4-4, 4,812 $800
7, DJ Archer, Friendswood, Texas, 3-4-1, 4,791, $775
8, Marshall, Kent, Yakima, Wash., 4-4, 4,779 $750
9, Stuart Williams, England, 5-3, 4,745 $725
10, Dino Castillo, Highland Village, Texas, 4-4, 4,695, $700
11, Francois Lavoie, Wichita, Kan., 4-4, 4,681, $675
12, Dave Wodka, Beavercreek, Ohio, 4-4, 4,679, $650
13, Tyler Jensen, Ft. Worth, Texas, 3-5, 4,620
14, Anthony Lavery-Spahr, Pasadena, Texas, 2-6, 4,577, $600
15, Brett Spangler, Niles, Ohio, 1-6-1, 4,562, $575
16, Bryan Goebel, Shawnee, Kan., 1-7, 4,489, $550

STANDINGS AFTER CASHERS ROUND (13 Games)
Top 16 advanced to match play

1, EJ Tackett, Huntington, Ind., 2,829
2, Anthony Pepe, Elmhurst, N.Y., 2,828
3, D.J. Archer, Friendswood, Texas, 2,810
4, Tom Daugherty, Riverview, Fla., 2,776
5, Anthony Lavery-Spahr, Pasadena, Texas, 2,735
6, Dave Wodka, Beavercreek, Ohio, 2,724
7, Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., 2,711
8, Stuart Williams, England, 2,702
9, Dino Castillo, Highland Village, Texas, 2,685
10, Dom Barrett, England, 2,682
11, Jesper Svensson, Sweden, 2,681
12, Shawn Maldonado, Houston, 2,676
13, Bryan Goebel, Shawnee, Kan., 2,660
14, Tyler Jensen, Ft. Worth, Texas, 2,649
15, Francois Lavoie, Wichita, Kan., 2,646
16, Marc Heninger, Tonganoxie, Kan., 2,630
17, Tom Hess, Urbandale, Iowa , 2,614, $510
18, Brett Cooper, Denver, 2,613, $505
19, Mitch Beasley, Clarksville, Tenn., 2,591., $500.
20, Gary Faulkner Jr., Memphis, Tenn., 2,588, $495
21, Connor Pickford, Charlotte, N.C., 2,587, $490
22, Brett Spangler, Niles, Ohio, 2,581, $485
23, Clint Land, Houston, 2,578, $480
24, Blake Demore, Springfield, Mo. , 2,577, $472.50.
25, Liz Johnson, Cheektowaga, N.Y. , 2,574, $472.50.
26, Walter Ray Williams, Oxford, Fla. , 2,562, $462.50.
27, Tom Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich., 2,560, $462.50.
28, Anthony Simonsen, Princeton, Texas, 2,540, $455.
29, Sean Lavery-Spahr, Pasadena, Texas, 2,529, $450.
30, Brad Angelo, Lockport, N.Y., 2,503, $445.
31, Will Barnes, Wichita, Kan., 2,488, $437.50
32, Oksu Palermaa, Finland, 2,482, $437.50.
33, Miguel Lopez, Wichita, Kan., 2,446, $430.
34, Jessy Bauer, Junction City, Kan., 2,440, $425.
35, Ted Staikoff, Black Hawk, S.D., 2,415. $420.

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