Indiana’s E.J. Tackett Retains Lead in PBA World Championship

by Gianmarc Manzione 0

RENO, Nev. – E.J. Tackett of Huntington, Ind., retained his lead as the Professional Bowlers Association World Championship field was trimmed to 24 match play finalists Sunday afternoon at the National Bowling Stadium.

The PBA World Championship is the final major championship of the 2016 PBA season. The title will be decided live on ESPN next Sunday at 1 p.m. ET.

Tackett led the field of five finalists into last year’s World Championship during GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling VII, but lost in the title match to Gary Faulkner Jr. of Memphis, Tenn. Faulkner failed to match the finals this year while Tackett was the only player  to make the match play finals in all five PBA Tour events being contested as part of WSOB VIII. He will now try to maintain his lead through three more eight-game rounds of head-to-head match play Sunday night and Monday leading up to next Sunday’s stepladder finals.

PBA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
National Bowling Stadium, Reno, Nev., Sunday

Final Cashers Round Standings (after 38 games; top 24 advance to round robin match play)

1, E.J. Tackett, Huntington, Ind., 8,749.
2, B.J. Moore III, Greensburg, Pa., 8,598.
3, Dick Allen, Columbia, S.C., 8,582.
4, Mitch Beasley, Clarksville, Tenn., 8,571.
5, Dom Barrett, England, 8,542.
6, Sam Cooley, Australia, 8,538.
7, Brandon Novak, Chillicothe, Ohio, 8,523.
8, Francois Lavoie, Canada, 8,508.
9, Matthew O'Grady, South Amboy, N.J., 8,484.
10, Jason Belmonte, Australia, 8,475.
11, Martin Larsen, Sweden, 8,460.
12, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 8,424.
13, Arturo Quintero, Mexico, 8,389.
14, Anthony Simonsen, Princeton, Texas, 8,386.
15, Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 8,358.
16, Patrick Girard, Canada, 8,356.
17, Tom Daugherty, Riverview, Fla., 8,346.
17, Patrick Dombrowski, Parma, Ohio, 8,346.
19, Matthew McNiel, Minneapolis, Minn., 8,335.
20, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 8,332.
21, Kristopher Prather, Milton, Fla., 8,328.
22, Tom Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich., 8,312.
23, Jesper Svensson, Sweden, 8,311.
24, Thomas Larsen, Denmark, 8,307.
Failed to advance:
25, Francois Louw, South Africa, 8,301, $3,500.
26, Greg Ostrander, Freehold, N.J., 8,297, $3,400.
27, Jason Sterner, Cocoa, Fla., 8,286, $3,300.
28, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 8,272, $3,200.
29, Mik Stampe, Denmark, 8,253, $3,100.
30, Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., 8,247, $3,000.
31, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., 8,233, $2,900.
32, Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 8,226, $2,800.
33, Andrew Graff, Las Vegas, 8,224, $2,700.
34, Richie Teece, England, 8,220, $2,600.
35, Rhino Page, Orlando, Fla., 8,219, $2,500.
36, Chris Warren, Grants Pass, Ore., 8,208, $2,400.
37, Kyle Troup, Taylorsville, N.C., 8,206, $2,300.
38, Markus Jansson, Sweden, 8,204, $2,200.
39, Nicholas Kruml, Downers Grove, Ill., 8,174, $2,150.
40, Kevin Donovan, Painted Post, N.Y., 8,156, $2,100.
41, Brad Angelo, Lockport, N.Y., 8,155, $2,050.
42, Carsten Hansen, Denmark, 8,148, $2,000.

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