Svensson In Position to Win Fourth PBA Title of 2016 in Bear Open

by Gianmarc Manzione 0

Sep 4, 2016; Jesper Svensson during a magazine portrait shoot for the Bowler Journal International at Thunderbowl Lanes in Allen Park, MI. Credit: Tim Fuller
Jesper Svensson during a magazine portrait shoot for the Bowler Journal International at Thunderbowl Lanes in Allen Park, Mich. Credit: Tim Fuller

ALLEN PARK, Mich. (Sept. 6, 2016) – Sweden’s Jesper Svensson, already the only player in Professional Bowlers Association history to win five titles by the age of 21, will try to make it six in the PBA Bear Open Saturday at Thunderbowl Lanes.

Svensson, a two-handed player who bowls from the left side, was top qualifier in the Bear Open Tuesday with a 12-game total of 2,706 pins, overtaking E.J. Tackett of Huntington, Ind., in the final game to earn the top run in the Bear Open stepladder finals.

The Bear Open is the second of four PBA Tour title events that are part of the PBA Fall Swing. The Bear Open finals will be contested Saturday at 2:30 p.m. in Thunderbowl Lanes’ historic arena bay, and will air on CBS Sports Network on Wednesday, Sept. 28, at 9 p.m. ET.

Svensson, a leading contender for PBA Player of the Year honors after winning the PBA Rookie of the Year title in 2015, is trying to become the PBA’s first four-time winner of 2016. He knows he’s leading the race, but he doesn’t want to think about it quite this early.

“To be honest, I’m trying to not think about it much,” Svensson said. “I’ll just try to bowl as good as I can. It’s nice to be in the lead, but I just hope I can stay there for the rest of the season.”

Svensson said bowling six games on the demanding Bear oiling pattern in the main section of Thunderbowl and another six in the historic arena bay “was hard, but it was hard for everyone. It was close at the end and I’m glad I could finish it up.

“I think I had a pretty good look in the arena,” he added. “I hope I can find the same kind of ball reaction during the TV show” which will be contested in the arena.

Also qualifying for the Bear Open finals were Tackett with 2,668 pins; Josh Blanchard of Mesa, Ariz., with a 2,660 total; John Szczerbinski, N. Tonawanda, N.Y., 2,622, and Jon Van Hees, Charlestown, R.I., 2,597.

After six qualifying games each on the short 32-foot Wolf lane oiling pattern and the flat, 40-foot U.S. Open-style Bear pattern, left-hander Anthony Pepe of Elmhurst, N.Y., held the qualifying lead for the Detroit Open qualifying rounds which will be held Thursday in Thunderbowl’s arena bay. The field of 18 Detroit Open qualifiers will be decided after Wednesday’s six qualifying games on the long, 52-foot Badger Open pattern.

The Detroit Open stepladder finals field will be determined Thursday by combining the pinfall totals for the first 18 qualifying games with scores from three additional six-game rounds on the Wolf, Bear and Badger patterns. Those rounds are scheduled for Thursday at 10 a.m., 2 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

Also at stake as the PBA Fall Swing progresses will be berths in the King of the Swing special event that will conclude the Fall Swing. The King of the Swing will include the winners of each of the three animal pattern events and the Detroit Open plus the highest-ranking player in competition points for the Fall Swing who doesn’t win a title.

All preliminary rounds of the Fall Swing are being covered live, exclusively on PBA’s online video streaming channel, Xtra Frame. For subscription information, visit pba.com and click on the Xtra Frame link.

PBA BEAR OPEN

Thunderbowl Lanes, Allen Park, Mich. Sept. 6

Final Qualifying Standings (after 12 games; top five advance to stepladder finals Saturday at 2:30 p.m. ET; finals air on CBS Sports Network on Wednesday, Sept. 28, 9 p.m. ET):

1, Jesper Svensson, Sweden, 2,706.
2, E.J. Tackett, Huntington, Ind., 2,668.
3, Josh Blanchard, Mesa, Ariz., 2,660.
4, John Szczerbinski, N. Tonawanda, N.Y., 2,622.
5, Jon Van Hees, Charlestown, R.I., 2,597.
6, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 2,582, $1,500.
7, Brandon Novak, Chillicothe, Ohio, 2,579, $1,300.
8, Jason Sterner, Cocoa, Fla., 2,536, $1,100.
9, Devin Bidwell, Wichita, Kan., 2,533, $900.
10, Shawn Maldonado, Houston, 2,520, $800.
11, Andrew Graff, Las Vegas, 2,506, $700.
12, Rhino Page, Orlando, 2,469, $600.

Qualifying Round One (after 6 games):

1, Tackett, 1,446.
2, Van Hees, 1,411.
3, Page, 1,355.
4, Blanchard, 1,352.
5, Novak, 1,346.
6, Graff, 1,344.
7, Svensson, 1,337.
8, Szczerbinski, 1,332.
9, Bidwell, 1,331.
10, Rash, 1,328.
11, Sterner, 1,326.
12, Maldonado, 1,321.

Failed to advance:
13, Dick Allen, Columbia, S.C., 1,319.
14, Tom Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich., 1,318.
15, Anthony Pepe, Elmhurst, N.Y., 1,312.
16 (tie), n-Andrew Anderson, Holly, Mich., and Greg Ostrander, Freehold, N.J., 1,302.
18, n-Mason Brantley, Detroit, 1,301.
19, Francois Lavoie, Canada, 1,300.
20, Nathan Bohr, Wichita, Kan., 1,295.
21, Zeke Bayt, Westerville, Ohio, 1,292.
22 (tie), Dom Barrett, England, and Brad Angelo, Lockport, N.Y., 1,291.
24, Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 1,288.
25, Martin Larsen, Sweden, 1,286.
26, Bill O'Neill, Langhorne, Pa., 1,283.
27, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., 1,281.
28, Aaron Lorincz, Belleville, Mich., 1,276.
29, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 1,274.
30, Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., 1,270.
31, J.R. Raymond, Bay City, Mich., 1,268.
32 (tie), Kristopher Prather, Milton, Fla., and A.J. Johnson, Oswego, Ill., 1,265.
34, Jason Belmonte, Australia, 1,264.
35, Ronnie Russell, Marion, Ind., 1,259.
36, Andrew Cain, Phoenix, 1,258.
37, Perry Crowell IV, Hoquiam, WA, 1,256.
38, Jake Peters, Henderson, Nev., 1,255.
39, Tom Daugherty, Riverview, Fla., 1,254.
40 (tie), Ronnie Sparks Jr., Ecorse, Mich., and Kim Bolleby, Thailand, 1,252.
42, Anthony Simonsen, Princeton, Texas, 1,250.
43, Andres Gomez, Colombia, 1,249.
44, Anthony LaCaze, Melrose Park, Ill., 1,246.
45, Darren Tang, San Francisco, Calif., 1,243.
46, Carleton Chambers, Detroit, 1,240.
47, Sam Cooley, Australia, 1,233.
48, Rocio Restrepo, Colombia, 1,225.
49 (tie), Jakob Butturff, Chandler, Ariz., and Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 1,224.
51 (tie), Zachary Seals, Kingsland, Ga., and Cameron Weier, Tacoma, Wash., 1,220.
53, Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., 1,219.
54, Liz Kuhlkin, Rotterdam, N.Y., 1,214.
55, Osku Palermaa, Finland, 1,203.
56, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 1,199.
57, Michael Haugen Jr., Phoenix, 1,198.
58, Myles Duty, Modesto, Calif., 1,194.
59, Gary Faulkner Jr., Memphis, Tenn., 1,191.
59, Kyle Troup, Taylorsville, N.C., 1,191.
61, Brad Miller, Maryland Hts, Mo., 1,190.
62, Joe Bailey, Wooster, Ohio, 1,189.
63, Patrick Allen, South Salem, N.Y., 1,185.
64, Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 1,183.
65 (tie), Ryan Ciminelli, Cheektowaga, N.Y., and Jesse Buss, Belvidere, Ill., 1,177.
67, Mike Wolfe, New Albany, Ind., 1,175.
68 (tie), Chris Arcaro, Wilmington, N.C., and Jason Miller, Houston, 1,170.
70, Jordan Klassen, Ontario, Canada, 1,164.
71, Mike Williams II, Montgomery, Ala., 1,162.
72, Anthony Colosimo, Davie, Fla., 1,159.
73, n-Carl Boldt, Pontiac, Mich., 1,155.
74, Brian Valenta, Lockport, Ill., 1,144.
75, n-Charles Zelechowski, Warren, Mich., 1,142.
75, n-Kurry Crayton, Birmingham, Ala., 1,142.
77, Tom Hess, Urbandale, Iowa, 1,140.
78, n-Matthew Sanders, Evansville, Ind., 1,139.
79 (tie), DJ Rose, Ypsilanti, Mich., and Joe Paluszek, Bensalem, Pa., 1,126.
81, Eugene McCune, Munster, Ind., 1,125.
82, Connor Pickford, Charlotte, N.C., 1,123.
83 (tie), Thomas Larsen, Denmark, and D.J. Archer, Friendswood, Texas, 1,119.
85, Jeff Evans, Supply, N.C., 1,116.
86, Ward Rauch, Cheboygan, Mich, 1,111.
87, Steven Arehart, Chesapeake, Va., 1,107.
88 (tie), Monty Wonnacott, Livonia, Mich., and Austin Hunt, Kennewick, Wash., 1,106.
90, John Furey, Freehold, N.J., 1,102.
91 (tie), Danielle McEwan, Stony Point, N.Y., and Johnathan Bower, Middletown, Pa., 1,097.
93 (tie), Carey Bock, Canada, and Lonnie Jones, Ypsilanti, Mich., 1,095.
95, Graham Fach, Ontario, Canada, 1,091.
96, Ben Zakrocki, Philadelphia, 1,089.
97, fp-Maria Rodriguez, Pflugerville, Texas, 1,080.
98, Daniel Hochstein, Farmington Hills, Mich., 1,077.
99, Dave Wodka, Beavercreek, Ohio, 1,076.
99, n-Steve Jacobs, Belleville, Mich., 1,076.
101, Matt Bollhalter, Niceville, Fla., 1,072.
102, Jeremiah Bryant, Taylor, Mich., 1,055.
103, Brett Cunningham, Clay, N.Y., 1,049.
104, Brian Gunn, Chicago, 1,035.
105, Dylan Macon, Lubbock, Texas, 1,016.
106, Matthew Wozney, Clayton, Del., 1,006.
107, n-Christopher Lemmon, Canada, 998.
108, Zachary Dwyer, Ft. Walton Beach, Fla., 990.
109, Ervin Raines, New Cummberland, Pa., 988.

300 Games: none.

PBA DETROIT OPEN

Round Two Qualifying Standings (after 12 of 18 games; top five after Badger Open qualifying round advance to stepladder finals Sunday at noon ET; finals air on CBS Sports Network on Wednesday, Oct. 12, 9 p.m. ET)

1, Anthony Pepe, Elmhurst, N.Y., 2,772.
2, Francois Lavoie, Canada, 2,745.
3, Jason Sterner, Cocoa, Fla., 2,727.
4, Jesper Svensson, Sweden, 2,681.
5, E.J. Tackett, Huntington, Ind., 2,680.
6, Josh Blanchard, Mesa, Ariz., 2,679.
7, Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 2,672.
8, Jason Belmonte, Australia, 2,664.
9, Rhino Page, Orlando, 2,662.
10, Jon Van Hees, Charlestown, R.I., 2,656.
11 (tie), Martin Larsen, Sweden; Tom Daugherty, Riverview, Fla., and Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 2,651.
14, Brad Angelo, Lockport, N.Y., 2,647.
15, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 2,645.
16, Greg Ostrander, Freehold, N.J., 2,644.
17, Bill O'Neill, Langhorne, Pa., 2,642, $100.
18 (tie), Kristopher Prather, Milton, Fla., and Tom Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich., 2,637.
20, Brandon Novak, Chillicothe, Ohio, 2,634.
21, Anthony Simonsen, Princeton, Texas, 2,632.
22, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 2,628.
23, J.R. Raymond, Bay City, Mich., 2,626.
24, Dick Allen, Columbia, S.C., 2,623.
25, n-Mason Brantley, Detroit, 2,612.
26, Ronnie Sparks Jr., Ecorse, Mich., 2,607.
27 (tie), Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., and Kyle Troup, Taylorsville, N.C., 2,594.
29, Devin Bidwell, Wichita, Kan., 2,591.
30, Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., 2,581.
31, Dom Barrett, England, 2,579.
32, n-Andrew Anderson, Holly, Mich., 2,573.
33 (tie), Nathan Bohr, Wichita, Kan., and John Szczerbinski, N. Tonawanda, N.Y., 2,570.
35 (tie), Aaron Lorincz, Belleville, Mich., and Jesse Buss, Belvidere, Ill., 2,565.
37, Kim Bolleby, Thailand, 2,562.
38, Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., 2,560.
39, Zeke Bayt, Westerville, Ohio, 2,558.
40, Andrew Graff, Las Vegas, 2,549.
41, Sam Cooley, Australia, 2,547.
42, Cameron Weier, Tacoma, Wash., 2,545.
43, Shawn Maldonado, Houston, 2,536.
44 (tie), Darren Tang, San Francisco, Calif., and Osku Palermaa, Finland, 2,535.
46, Jordan Klassen, Ontario, Canada, 2,522.
47, Jake Peters, Henderson, Nev., 2,520.
48, n-Carl Boldt, Pontiac, Mich., 2,519.
48, Joe Bailey, Wooster, Ohio, 2,519.
50, A.J. Johnson, Oswego, Ill., 2,517.
51, Michael Haugen Jr., Phoenix, 2,510.
52, Andres Gomez, Colombia, 2,499.
53, Jakob Butturff, Chandler, Ariz., 2,497.
54, Myles Duty, Modesto, Calif., 2,493.
55, Ryan Ciminelli, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 2,488.
56, Carleton Chambers, Detroit, 2,485.
57, Chris Arcaro, Wilmington, N.C., 2,481.
58 (tie), n-Matthew Sanders, Evansville, Ind., and Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., 2,475.
60 (tie), Ronnie Russell, Marion, Ind.; Jeff Evans, Supply, N.C.; Steven Arehart, Chesapeake, Va., and Rocio Restrepo, Colombia, 2,472.
64, Brian Valenta, Lockport, Ill., 2,462.
65, Eugene McCune, Munster, Ind., 2,457.
66, Thomas Larsen, Denmark, 2,456.
67, Patrick Allen, South Salem, N.Y., 2,453.
68, Brad Miller, Maryland Hts, Mo., 2,452.
69, Danielle McEwan, Stony Point, N.Y., 2,449.
70, John Furey, Freehold, N.J., 2,434.
71, D.J. Archer, Friendswood, Texas, 2,423.
72, Jason Miller, Houston, 2,415.
73, Liz Kuhlkin, Rotterdam, N.Y., 2,412.
74 (tie), Gary Faulkner Jr., Memphis, Tenn., and Anthony LaCaze, Melrose Park, Ill., 2,410.
76, Mike Wolfe, New Albany, Ind., 2,399.
77, Graham Fach, Ontario, Canada, 2,396.
78, Dave Wodka, Beavercreek, Ohio, 2,384.
79, Joe Paluszek, Bensalem, Pa., 2,379.
80, Anthony Colosimo, Davie, Fla., 2,378.
81 (tie), Dylan Macon, Lubbock, Texas, and Perry Crowell IV, Hoquiam, WA, 2,375.
83 (tie), Connor Pickford, Charlotte, N.C., and Andrew Cain, Phoenix, 2,370.
85, Mike Williams II, Montgomery, Ala., 2,354.
86, n-Charles Zelechowski, Warren, Mich., 2,345.
87, Zachary Seals, Kingsland, Ga., 2,339.
88, Brett Cunningham, Clay, N.Y., 2,325.
89, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 2,324.
90, Austin Hunt, Kennewick, Wash., 2,316.
91, Maria Rodriguez, Pflugerville, Texas, 2,299.
92, Lonnie Jones, Ypsilanti, Mich., 2,298.
93, Johnathan Bower, Middletown, Pa., 2,291.
94, Carey Bock, Canada, 2,277.
95, Matt Bollhalter, Niceville, Fla., 2,237.
96, Ben Zakrocki, Philadelphia, 2,228.
97, n-Kurry Crayton, Birmingham, Ala., 2,224.
98, n-Christopher Lemmon, Canada, 2,210.
99, Ward Rauch, Cheboygan, Mich, 2,208.
100, n-Steve Jacobs, Belleville, Mich., 2,195.
101, DJ Rose, Ypsilanti, Mich., 2,191.
102, Monty Wonnacott, Livonia, Mich., 2,173.
103, Tom Hess, Urbandale, Iowa, 2,156.
104, Zachary Dwyer, Ft. Walton Beach, Fla., 2,149.
105, Brian Gunn, Chicago, 2,112.
106, Daniel Hochstein, Farmington Hills, Mich., 2,098.
107, Jeremiah Bryant, Taylor, Mich., 2,084.
108, Ervin Raines, New Cummberland, Pa., 2,053.
109, Matthew Wozney, Clayton, Del., 2,036.

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