Kent Leads Pack into PBA Wolf Open Finals on CBS Sports Network

by Gianmarc Manzione 0

Marshall Kent of Yakima, Wash., the 2014 PBA Rookie of the Year, will bowl for his second PBA Tour title as top qualifier in the PBA Wolf Open on CBS Sports Network on Tuesday, May 26, at 8 p.m. ET.

Kent, who won his only PBA Tour title in the Kingdom International Open in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, last December, earned the top berth in the five-man stepladder finals by averaging 240 for 12 games for a 2,883 pinfall total. He earned the No. 1 spot by 47 pins over five-time PBA Tour title-winner Bill O’Neill of Langhorne, Pa.

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Qualifying third was Kyle Troup of Taylorsville, N.C., the colorful 24-year-old son of equally colorful eight-time PBA Tour champion Guppy Troup. No. 4 qualifier and two-time PBA Tour winner Andres Gomez of Colombia will meet No. 5 Tommy Jones, a 15-time PBA Tour titlist from Simpsonville, S.C., in the opening match.

The Wolf Open is the first of five events held as part of Oklahoma’s Grand Casino Hotel & Resort PBA Summer Swing. Qualifying rounds were conducted at nearby FireLake Bowling Center and the CBS Sports Network finals were held on specially-installed lanes in the Grand Casino Event Center. The Wolf Open was contested on the 32-foot Wolf lane condition, the shortest of all of the PBA “animal pattern” lane conditions.

Kent has made four previous television appearances in the U.S., but has yet to win a PBA Tour title in the U.S.

O’Neill, who also qualified No. 2 for the CBS Sports Network finals of the Bear Open and No. 1 for the Oklahoma Open finals, won the Badger Open and Oklahoma’s Grand Casino King of the Swing events during the 2014 Oklahoma’s Grand Casino Hotel & Resort Summer Swing.

Kyle Troup, a two-handed player, will make his PBA Tour television debut and hopes to join his father as the fourth father-son tandem to win PBA Tour titles (joining Don and Jimmy Johnson, Don and Eugene McCune, and Dick and Pete Weber).

Gomez will try for his third title – and first in a tournament NOT named in honor of PBA legend Carmen Salvino. His previous titles came in the 2011 and 2013 Carmen Salvino Classic tournaments.

Jones, whose 39-21 record on television ranks among the top 10 in PBA history, will be trying for his first title on U.S. soil since winning the 2008 GEICO Classic in West Babylon, N.Y. He has made 13 television appearances in the U.S. since then with two second-place finishes, including a runner-up finish in the 2014 Summer Swing Bear Open.

CBS Sports Network coverage of Oklahoma’s Grand Casino Hotel & Resort PBA Summer Swing will continue on four consecutive Tuesdays at 9 p.m. ET with the finals of the PBA Bear Open on June 2, the PBA Badger Open on June 9, the Oklahoma Open on June 16 and the Oklahoma’s Grand Casino King of the Swing on June 23.

CBS Sports Network is available across the country through local cable, video and telco providers and via satellite on DirecTV Channel 221 and Dish Network Channel 158. For more information, including a full programming schedule and how to get CBS Sports Network, go to www.cbssportsnetwork.com.

Xtra Frame, the PBA’s on-line video subscription service, will feature a preview show for the PBA Wolf Open beginning on Friday, May 22, and a post-game show immediately following the conclusion of the CBS Sports Network on Tuesday, May 26, at 10 p.m. ET. PBA Fans can find additional coverage of Summer Swing action through the PBA Network which includes archived coverage of all preliminary rounds on Xtra Frame, player interactions through Facebook and Twitter, mobile gaming, original programming, archived events and immediate news updates 24/7 on varying communications devices anywhere in the world. For additional PBA Network information visit http://www.pba.com/PBANetwork.

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