Ciminelli Extends Xtra Frame Tour Points Lead

by Bob Johnson 0

Bill Vint
Professional Bowlers Association

With a second-place finish in Sunday’s PBA Xtra Frame Storm Open at Liberty Lanes in Carpentersville, Ill., to go along with his win in the PBA Maine Shootout earlier in the month, Ryan Ciminelli of Cheektowaga, N.Y., has taken a seven-point lead over XF Storm Open winner E.J. Tackett of Huntington, Ind., in the race for the overall Xtra Frame PBA Tour points crown and a $10,000 bonus.

Tackett earned 25 points for his win in Carpentersville, following a ninth-place finish in Portland, while Ciminelli picked up another 19 points. After two of 10 Xtra Frame PBA Tour events, Ciminelli and Tackett are the only two players with top 20 finishes in both events. The next tournament in the series is the PBA Downums Waste Services Greater Jonesboro (Ark.) Open presented by Xtra Frame, June 3-5.

The current top 10 in Xtra Frame PBA Tour points are: 1, Ryan Ciminelli 44; 2, EJ Tackett 37; 3, Tommy Jones 19; 4 (tie), Tim Gillick and Steven Taylor 18. 6 (tie), Patrick Allen, Shawn Maldonado, Sean Rash and Tim Mack 17; 10, Norm Duke 16.

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Bob Johnson

Bob Johnson has received more national writing awards than any other bowling writer — close to 70 over the course of his 40-year career. He began at age 16 as a staff writer and then assistant editor for the weekly Pacific Bowler newspaper in his native California, and within three years was writing feature stories for Bowlers Journal. He has written for the magazine ever since, except for a five-year span when he was hired as the founding editor of another magazine. He moved to Chicago in 2000 and spent 13 years in the Windy City, including five as Bowlers Journal’s Editor. In 1975, Johnson received the Robert E. Kennedy Award as California’s top undergraduate high school journalist. Five years earlier, on the lanes, he had shared the Bantam Division Doubles championship in the Orange County Junior Bowling Association Championships. Today, he continues to work full-time for Bowlers Journal as its Senior Editor, to write his popular “Strikes Me” column, and to edit Luby Publishing Inc.’s weekly business-to-business Cyber Report.

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