Ryan Ciminelli Takes Early Lead in Race for Xtra Frame PBA Tour Bonus

by Bob Johnson 0

PortlandLumberjacks_Ciminelli.Ryan_2016PBAL(8)With his victory in the bowlingball.com PBA Maine Shootout presented by Xtra Frame, Ryan Ciminelli of Cheektowaga, N.Y., has taken the early lead in the 10-event Xtra Frame PBA Tour competition points race for a $10,000 bonus.

As the winner of the first tournament in the Xtra Frame PBA Tour series, Ciminelli earned 25 points. Runner-up Tommy Jones picked up 19 points, Tim Gillick 18 for third place and Tim Mack 17 for fourth, followed by Norm Duke (16), Dom Barrett 15, Ryan Graywacz (14), Wes Malott (13), E.J. Tackett (12), Walter Ray Williams Jr. (11), Anthony Simonsen (10), Tom Smallwood (9), Jason Sterner (8), Joe Paluszek (7), Dave Wodka (6), Shawn Maldonado (5), Bill O’Neill (3), Andres Gomez (2) and Sean Rash (1).  No points were awarded to the non-member who finished in 17th place. In each subsequent XF PBA Tour events, the same declining points system will be used for the top 20 players.

The next event in the series is the PBA Xtra Frame Storm Open April 23-24 at Liberty Lanes in Carpentersville, Ill. Players can enter the XF Storm Open under the schedules tab on pba.com. Member entry fee is $250; non-member entry fee is $300. First prize is a guaranteed $10,000. The PBA member with the highest points total at the conclusion of the series will be awarded a $10,000 bonus.


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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