B.J. Moore Takes Lead in PBA Indianapolis Open with Round 2 Average of 248

by Bill Vint, Professional Bowlers Association 0

INDIANAPOLIS (Feb. 20, 2019) – B.J. Moore, a nine-year PBA member from Greensburg, Pa., who is trying for his first PBA Tour title, averaged an impressive 248 during his second qualifying round Wednesday to advance from 10th place into the lead in the Go Bowling! PBA Indianapolis Open at Woodland Bowl.

Moore, a 30-year-old right-hander who is bowling in only his second tournament of the 2019 Go Bowling! PBA Tour season, rolled games of 266, 248, 259, 209, 279 and 227 in Wednesday’s second round to take a 51-pin lead over Wes Malott of Pflugerville, Texas. Australia’s Jason Belmonte was third with 2,803 pins followed by Shawn Maldonado of Houston, Texas, with 2,797 pins and defending Indianapolis champion Jakob Butturff of Tempe, Ariz., with a 2,796 total.

Moore, whose best finish in PBA Tour competition was second place in the 2016 PBA Scorpion Championship, bowled in the pre-tournament qualifier prior to the PBA Tournament of Champions two weeks ago, but failed to make the field. Last week, he bowled in the PBA Players Championship, where he finished 49th.

“It was a good practice session,” Moore said with a grin. “I worked out some physical things which I was able to apply this week.”

All rounds of the Indianapolis Open are being contested on a challenging mixed lane conditioning environment where the 45-foot Dick Weber oiling pattern is applied to the left lane and the 38-foot Mike Aulby oiling pattern is applied to the right lane, requiring players to change equipment and angles of attack on each lane.

“This is the first mixed pattern event I’ve bowled,” Moore said. “I’ve always been a fan of the concept. I like the challenge. It kinda levels out the playing field. It was fun, but it’s always fun when you bowl well.

“I was kind of the pace car in the morning round, but I figured I could do something different in the night block and everything kind of fell into place for me.”

The pursuit of his first PBA Tour title isn’t something Moore is dwelling on, but it remains a goal.

“I’ve been close a couple of times,” he said. “It’s more of a process for me, applying things I’ve learned. It’s a roller coaster, but my ball reps have helped me a lot, especially with my mental game. I’ll just have to keep after it.”

Qualifying in the Indianapolis Open, a Tier 2 PBA Playoffs points event, continues a third six-game round round Thursday at 10 a.m. The top 24 players based on 18-game pinfall totals will then advance to eight-game match play rounds Thursday at 6 p.m. and Friday at 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. The top five players after 42 games will compete for the title in Sunday’s stepladder finals, live on FS1, beginning at 3 p.m. EST.

All qualifying and match play rounds will be live-streamed by PBA’s online streaming partner, FloBowling. For subscription information, visit FloBowling.com. To follow the tournament as it happens, fans also can visit Live Scoring on the pba.com home page.


Woodland Bowl, Indianapolis, Wednesday

Second Round Standings (after 12 games; top 24 after 18 games advance to match play):

1, BJ Moore, Greensburg, Pa., 2,855.
2, Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 2,804.
3, Jason Belmonte, Australia, 2,803.
4, Shawn Maldonado, Houston, 2,797.
5, Jakob Butturff, Tempe, Ariz., 2,796.
6, DJ Archer, Spring, Texas, 2,772.
7, Matt Kuba, Chicago Ridge, IL, 2,741.
8, Josh Blanchard, Mesa, Ariz., 2,728.
9, Brad Miller, Lees Summit, Mo., 2,719.
10, Charlie Brown Jr, Grandville, Mich., 2,690.
11, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., 2,651.
12, Tom Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich., 2,640.
13, Brad Angelo, Lockport, N.Y., 2,638.
14, Rhino Page, Orlando, 2,635.
15, JR Raymond, Clinton Twp., Mich., 2,630.
16, Matt Sanders, Indianapolis, 2,629.
17, Patrick Girard, Canada, 2,628.
18, Justin Knowles, Okemos, Mich., 2,616.
19, Tom Daugherty, Riverview, Fla., 2,606.
20, Darren Tang, Las Vegas, Nev., 2,604.
21, Brian Robinson, Morgantown, W.Va., 2,599.
22, Richie Teece, England, 2,597.
23, Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 2,591.
23, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 2,591.
25, Martin Larsen, Sweden, 2,590.
26, Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., 2,587.
27 (tie), Dom Barrett, England, and Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 2,582.
29, Kristopher Prather, Plainfield, Ill., 2,579.
30, Osku Palermaa, Finland, 2,576.
31, David Krol, Nixa, Mo., 2,574.
32, Kyle Sherman, O'Fallon, Mo., 2,572.
33, EJ Tackett, Bluffton, Ind., 2,569.
34, Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., 2,560.
35, Thomas Larsen, Denmark, 2,557.
36, Nicholas Pate, Inver Grove Heights, Minn., 2,556.
37, Mykel Holliman, Collierville, Tenn., 2,549.
38, Andrew Anderson, Holly, Mich., 2,548.
39, AJ Johnson, Oswego, Ill., 2,546.
40, Bill O'Neill, Langhorne, Pa., 2,545.
41, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 2,542.
42 (tie), Kyle Mayberry, Mechanicsburg, Ohio, and Zacharay Wilkins, Canada, 2,538.
44, Chris Via, Springfield, Ohio, 2,536.
45 (tie), Graham Fach, Urbana, Ohio, and Annop Arromsaranon, Thailand, 2,531.
47, Jesper Svensson, Sweden, 2,527.
48 (tie), Francois Lavoie, Canada, and Anthony Pepe, East Elmhurst, N.Y., 2,516.
50, Kenneth Ryan, Farmingdale, NJ, 2,515.
51 (tie), Zeke Bayt, Westerville, Ohio, and Kim Bolleby, Sweden, 2,512.
53, Anthony Lavery-Spahr, Pasadena, Texas, 2,492.
54 (tie), Zac Tackett, Huntington, Ind.; Michael Machuga, Erie, Pa., and Nick Kruml, Downers Grove, Ill., 2,491.
57, Francois Louw, South Africa, 2,485.
58, Jimmy Cook, Indianapolis, 2,483.
59, Brandon Novak, Chillicothe, Ohio, 2,477.
60 (tie), Dick Allen, Lexington, S.C., and Cristian Azcona, Puerto Rico, 2,473.
62, Rafiq Ismail, Malaysia, 2,466.
63, Greg Ostrander, Brick, N.J., 2,464.
64, Michael Haugen Jr., Phoenix, 2,462.
65, Chris Colella, Indianapolis, Ind., 2,461.
66 (tie), Dwight Adams, Greensboro, N.C., and Jake Rollins, Glen Rock, N.J., 2,460.
68, Ildemaro Ruiz, Venezuela, 2,459.
69, Zach Doty, Campbellsville, Ky., 2,457.
70, AJ Chapman, Manchester, Iowa, 2,454.
71, Matthew Ogle, Louisville, Ky., 2,451.
72, Cody Shoemaker, Hanover, Pa., 2,449.
73, Shota Kawazoe, Japan, 2,448.
74, Ronnie Russell, Marion, Ind., 2,440.
75, Andrew Cain, Phoenix, 2,436.
76, Anthony Simonsen, Little Elm, Texas, 2,434.
77, Gary Faulkner Jr., Memphis, Tenn., 2,432.
78, Tom Hess, Urbandale, Iowa, 2,430.
79, Arturo Quintero, Mexico, 2,429.
80, Johnathan Bower, Middletown, Pa., 2,423.
81, Geoffrey Young, Roanoke, Texas, 2,411.
82, Pontus Andersson, Sweden, 2,404.
83 (tie), Sam Cooley, Australia, and Kevin Kullman, Lockport, Ill., 2,401.
85 (tie), Jean Perez, Puerto Rico; Michael Tang, Johnstown, Ohio, and Richard McCormick, Cincinnati, Ohio, 2,391.
88 (tie), Andres Gomez, Colombia, and Stuart Williams, England, 2,390.
90, Joe Paluszek, Bensalem, Pa., 2,387.
91, Matthew Staninger, Centerville, Ohio, 2,385.
92, Aaron Lorincz, Center Line, Mich., 2,384.
93, Tim Foy Jr., Seaford, Del., 2,370.
94, Samuel DeWitt III, Pittsburgh, Pa., 2,369.
95, Brandon Robertson, Venice, Fla., 2,356.
96, Christopher Sloan, Ireland, 2,351.
97, Mike Wolfe, New Albany, Ind., 2,350.
98, Ryan Ciminelli, Clarence, N.Y., 2,344.
99, Chris Loschetter, Avon, Ohio, 2,340.
100, Jason Sterner, Fayetteville, Ga., 2,338.
101, Nate Garcia, Port St. Lucie, Fla., 2,337.
102, Greg Young, Viera, Fla., 2,324.
103, Andrew Suscreba, Clifton, N.J., 2,322.
104, Mike Eaton Jr., Wyoming, Mich., 2,321.
105, Eduardo Astiazaran, Mexico, 2,318.
106, Keven Williams, Springfield, Mo.,, 2,315.
107, Kamron Doyle, Brentwood, Tenn., 2,313.
108, Sean Lavery-Spahr, Pasadena, Texas, 2,307.
109, Michael Davidson, Versailles, Ohio, 2,298.
110, John Furey, Howell, N.J., 2,292.
111, Gaetan Mouveroux, France, 2,277.
112, Christopher Jones, Edinbugh, Ind., 2,269.
113, Mitch Hupe, Canada, 2,268.
114, Jim Pratt, Avondale, Ariz., 2,264.
115, A.J. Rice, Salem, Ala., 2,263.
116, Tristan Butler, Fort Wayne, Ind., 2,169.
117, Tony Johnson, Canton, Ohio, 2,160.
118, Justin Wyman, Fairport, N.Y., 2,110.
119, Michael Baker, Moline, Ill., 2,105.
120, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., withdrew.

300 Games: Wes Malott, Cristian Azcona, DJ Archer.

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