PBA SpareShots – BUTTURFF SHINES IN PAN AM GAMES; PATE, PUERTO RICAN PARTNERS WIN GOLD

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BUTTURFF SHINES IN PAN AM GAMES; PATE, PUERTO RICAN PARTNERS WIN GOLD

Jakob Butturff, who is in the midst of a career year in Go Bowling! PBA Tour competition, kept his momentum rolling as a member of Team USA in the Pan American Games that concluded Tuesday in Lima, Peru.

The 25-year-old lefthander from Tempe, Ariz., broke the Pan Am Games six-game scoring record in his first round of doubles qualifying, and then broke his own record by 22 pins the next day for a 12-game total of 3,054 pins (a 254.5 avereage). The effort got Butturff and fellow PBA-member Nick Pate of Inver Grove Heights, Minn., into the medal round, but they had to settle for silver when they lost to a team of Puerto Rican PBA members, Cristian Azcona and Jean Perez, who broke the 12-game doubles team record with a 5,816 total, more than 200 pins better than the record total by Canada’s Dan MacLelland and Francois Lavoie in 2015 in Argentina. Butturff and Pate finished with a 5,545 total for second place.

Butturff, who has won three PBA Tour titles in 2019 including his first major in the USBC Masters, continued his torrid pace in men’s singles, out-distancing the field by more than 400 pins after 12 games of qualifying and eight games of match play, but in the end, he fell short of gold in the medal round, losing to Pate, 279-268, in the semifinal round. Pate then captured the gold for Team USA, defeating defending Pan Am singles champion Marcelo Suartz of Brazil, 190-189, in the title match.

 

“BEAUTIES” DEFEAT “BEASTS” IN “LUCI MIXED DOUBLES” SPECIAL EVENT

The “Beauties vs. Beasts” special-event team competition to kick off the 20th anniversary Storm PBA/PWBA Striking Against Breast Cancer Mixed Doubles (commonly called “The Luci” in memory of the late Luci Bonneau) at Copperfield Bowl in Houston belonged to the women.

The teams, featuring the leading men’s and women’s qualifiers from the 2018 tournament, bowled a five-game total pinfall Baker format team duel in which Erin McCarthy, Missy Parkin, Shannon Pluhowsky, Verity Crawley and Diandra Asbaty out-scored the men’s team of EJ Tackett, Tommy Jones, Darren Tang, AJ Johnson and Brad Miller by 19 pins. The winning team split a $5,000 prize pool; the losers earned shares of $1,000.

The Beauties topped the men in three of the first four games – 204-181, 192-201, 215-203 and 231-168 – before the “Beasts” shaved 71 pins off the women’s lead by taking game five, 216-145.

 

PBA REGIONAL UPDATE: CHRIS WARREN WINS PBA50 TOWER LANES REGIONAL TITLE

Chris Warren of Grants Pass, Ore., won seven of his 10 matches to post a winning 18-game total of 3,901 pins Sunday in the PBA50 Tower Lanes Summer Classic at Tower Lanes in Tacoma, Wash., picking up his seventh PBA50 Regional title and a record 54th overall PBA Regional title.

Warren, who earned $1,500, defeated Barry Tate of Wenatchee, Wash., who had a 7-3 match play record and 3,835 pins to earn $1,000 for second prize.

 

QUICK NOTES

  • PBA fans can follow the FloBowling PBA Summer Tour points standings as they are updated following each Summer Tour event at this link: https://www.pba.com/SeasonStats/PointsList/132?list=10. The FloBowling PBA Summer Tour points will also be used to determine the USBC Cup points leaders, and the eight qualifiers for both the FloBowling PBA ATX Invite and the PBA China Tiger Cup Invitational.
  • Storm Products has announced that Tim Mack, manager of the 2019 PBA League Elias Cup champion Portland Lumberjacks and long-time PBA Tour players representative, has been named Storm Products’ European Sales Manager.

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