Marshall Kent Dominates Opening Round of Match Play at 2016 U.S. Open

by Aaron Smith, USBC Communications 0

MarshallKentLAS VEGAS – Marshall Kent of Yakima, Washington, went undefeated in the opening round of match play Monday night at the 2016 U.S. Open to build a lead of more than 325 pins over the field at the South Point Bowling Plaza.

After posting the tournament’s highest eight-game block (1,930) earlier in the day during the cashers’ round, Kent rolled 1,960 on his way to an 8-0 match-play record to finish with a 40-game total of 9,493, including bonus pins.

“It doesn’t get much better than that,” said Kent, a five-time Team USA member. “I’ve been having a blast, trying to stay relaxed, and it’s been working. I’m going to try and keep the same thought process going into tomorrow and see what happens.”

Shawn Maldonado of Houston moved into second place with a 9,166 total, while Canada’s Francois Lavoie is third with 9,132. John Szczerbinski of North Tonawanda, New York, jumped four spots into fourth place with 9,039, and Sweden’s Martin Larsen rounds out the top five with 8,976.

The final two rounds of match play will begin Tuesday at 1 p.m. Eastern. Each round of the 2016 U.S. Open leading up to the stepladder finals is being broadcast live on Xtra Frame, the exclusive online bowling channel for the Professional Bowlers Association.

All competitors at the 2016 U.S. Open completed 24 qualifying games over three days, before the field was cut to the top 57 for eight additional games. The 32-game pinfall totals determined the 24 players for round-robin match play.

The top five, determined by total pinfall and bonus pins for 56 games, will advance to the stepladder finals, which will be broadcast live on CBS Sports Network at 8 p.m. Eastern on Wednesday.

The 2016 U.S. Open features a prize fund of more than $210,000, which includes $100,000 in added money. The 2016 champion will earn $30,000 and the coveted green jacket.

For more information on U.S. Open, visit BOWL.com/USOpen.

2016 U.S. OPEN
At South Point Bowling Plaza, Las Vegas
Monday’s results

MATCH PLAY
(40 games, 30 bonus pins for a win, 15 bonus pins for a tie)
*(a) denotes amateur

1, Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., 8-0-0, 9,493. 2, Shawn Maldonado, Houston, 5-3-0, 9,166. 3, Francois Lavoie, Wichita, Kan., 4-4-0, 9,132. 4, John Szczerbinski, North Tonawanda, N.Y., 5-3-0, 9,039. 5, Martin Larsen, Sweden, 6-2-0, 8,976. 6(tie), Ronnie Russell, Marion, Ind., 6-2-0, and Pontus Andersson (a), Sweden, 4-4-0, 8,924.
8, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 5-3-0, 8,914. 9, Arturo Quintero (a), Mexico, 5-3-0, 8,898. 10, Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 4-4-0, 8,877. 11, EJ Tackett, Huntington, Ind., 4-4-0, 8,815. 12, Anthony Simonsen, Princeton, Texas, 2-6-0, 8,785.
13, Andres Gomez, Hollywood, Fla., 4-4-0, 8,765. 14, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., 5-3-0, 8,762. 15(tie), Brad Miller, Raytown, Mo., 5-3-0, and Bill O'Neill, Langhorne, Pa., 3-5-0, 8,744. 17, Rhino Page, Orlando, Fla., 2-6-0, 8,738. 18, Jason Belmonte, Australia, 3-5-0, 8,693.
19, Kristopher Prather, Milton, Fla., 4-4-0, 8,688. 20, DJ Archer, Kingwood, Texas, 2-6-0, 8,666. 21, Paul Moor, United Kingdom, 3-5-0, 8,620. 22, Sam Cooley, Australia, 3-5-0, 8,618. 23, Brad Angelo, Lockport, N.Y., 3-5-0, 8,586. 24, AJ Chapman (a), Wichita, Kan., 2-6-0, 8,441.

ROUND 4 QUALIFYING
(32 games)

1, Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., 7,293. 2, Francois Lavoie, Wichita, Kan., 7,243. 3, Shawn Maldonado, Houston, 7,179. 4, Anthony Simonsen, Princeton, Texas, 7,158. 5, Martin Larsen, Sweden, 7,109. 6, Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 7,099.
7, EJ Tackett, Huntington, Ind., 7,064. 8, John Szczerbinski, North Tonawanda, N.Y., 7,053. 9, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 7,014. 10, Arturo Quintero (a), Mexico, 7,013. 11, Pontus Andersson (a), Sweden, 7,006. 12, Andres Gomez, Hollywood, Fla., 6,995.
13, Bill O'Neill, Langhorne, Pa., 6,988. 14, Kristopher Prather, Milton, Fla., 6,977. 15, Sam Cooley, Australia, 6,975. 16, Rhino Page, Orlando, Fla., 6,973. 17, Jason Belmonte, Australia, 6,964. 18, Ronnie Russell, Marion, Ind., 6,956.
19, DJ Archer, Kingwood, Texas, 6,952. 20, Brad Miller, Raytown, Mo., 6,929. 21, AJ Chapman (a), Wichita, Kan., 6,927. 22, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., 6,922. 23, Paul Moor, United Kingdom, 6,891. 24, Brad Angelo, Lockport, N.Y., 6,886.

DID NOT ADVANCE

25, Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 6,855, $2,700. 26, Cameron Weier, Tacoma, Wash., 6,826, $2,600. 27, Thomas Larsen, Denmark, 6,825, $2,500. 28, Andrew Cain, Phoenix, 6,823, $2,400. 29, Brandon Novak, Chillicothe, Ohio, 6,800, $2,350. 30, Zach Wilkins (a), Canada, 6,798, $2,250.
31, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 6,786, $2,150. 32, Darren Tang, San Francisco, 6,784, $2,050. 33, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 6,768, $1,975. 34, Dominic Barrett, United Kingdom, 6,764, $1,925. 35, Jake Peters, Henderson, Nev., 6,758, $1,875. 36, Kamron Doyle (a), Brentwood, Tenn., 6,757, $1,825.
37, Osku Palermaa, Finland, 6,754, $1,750. 38, Chris Via (a), Springfield, Ohio, 6,747, $1,700. 39, Dino Castillo, Highland Village, Texas, 6,742, $1,650. 40, Matthew Kuba (a), Chicago Ridge, Ill., 6,738, $1,600. 41, Greg Thomas (a), Irmo, S.C., 6,737, $1,550. 42, Aaron Lorincz, Belleville, Mich., 6,727, $1,500.
43, Wesley Low (a), Palmdale, Calif., 6,723, $1,450. 44, Kyle Sherman (a), O'Fallon, Mo., 6,720, $1,425. 45, Anthony Pepe, East Elmhurst, N.Y., 6,712, $1,400. 46, Martin Paulsson (a), Sweden, 6,710, $1,375. 47(tie), Anthony Lavery-Spahr, Little Elm, Texas, and Thomas Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich., 6,707, $1,337.
49, Devin Bidwell, Wichita, Kan., 6,696, $1,300. 50, Dave Wodka, Beavercreek, Ohio, 6,694, $1,275. 51, Jeffery Evans, Supply, N.C., 6,693, $1,250. 52, Jakob Butturff, Chandler, Ariz., 6,689, $1,225. 53, Dick Allen, Columbia, S.C., 6,685, $1,200. 54, David Haynes, Las Vegas, 6,662, $1,175.
55, Andrew Anderson (a), Holly, Mich., 6,610, $1,150. 56, Alex Cavagnaro, North Massapequa, N.Y., 6,592, $1,125. 57, Josh Blanchard, Mesa, Ariz., 6,563, $1,100.

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