Butturff Wallops PBA Hall of Fame Classic Field in Early Going with 258 Average

Classic, the first tournament of the 2019 Go Bowling! PBA Tour season.

Butturff, who is trying for his fifth career PBA Tour title, rolled games of 244, 279, 266, 226, 269 and 267 to cruise to a 141-pin lead over E.J. Tackett of Bluffton, Ind., after half of the 70-player field had completed its first round. The second half of the field bowls its six-game round at 5 p.m. EST.

Squad B bowls its second six-game qualifying round Friday at 10 a.m.; Squad A will complete its qualifying at 5 p.m. The top 18 bowlers then will bowl a third six-game qualifying round Saturday at 10 a.m., after which the top five players will advance to Sunday’s 11 a.m. FS1 stepladder finals. All preliminary qualifying rounds are being live-streamed on FloBowling.com.

Fans also can follow the tournament as it happens on pba.com’s live scoring feature (https://www.pba.com/PBALiveScoring?TournamentID=2755).


International Training and Research Center, Arlington, Texas, Thursday

Early First Round Standings (after six games, A squad only; B squad competes later Thursday)

1, Jakob Butturff, Tempe, Ariz., 1,551.
2, EJ Tackett, Bluffton, Ind., 1,410.
3, Tom Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich., 1,360.
4, Devin Bidwell, Wichita, Kan., 1,348.
5, Jason Sterner, Fayetteville, Ga., 1,316.
6, Cristian Azcona, Puerto Rico, 1,313.
7, Kristopher Prather, Plainfield, Ill., 1,306.
8, Brad Angelo, Lockport, N.Y., 1,303.
9, Sam Cooley, Australia, 1,295.
10 (tie), Thomas Larsen, Denmark, and Brian Robinson, Morgantown, W.Va., 1,274.
12, Chris Loschetter, Avon, Ohio, 1,271.
13, Anthony Simonsen, Little Elm, Texas, 1,270.
14 (tie), Ronnie Russell, Marion, Ind., and Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 1,259.
16, Josh Blanchard, Mesa, Ariz., 1,257.
17, DJ Archer, Spring, Texas, 1,253.
18, Dino Castillo, Highland Village, Texas, 1,252.
19, Tom Daugherty, Riverview, Fla., 1,251.
20, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 1,234.
21, Graham Fach, Urbana, Ohio, 1,224.
22, Michael Haugen Jr., Phoenix, 1,218.
23, Matt Sanders, Indianapolis, 1,217.
24, Kamron Doyle, Brentwood, Tenn., 1,191.
25, Daria Pajak, Poland, 1,190.
26, Andres Gomez, Colombia, 1,189.
27 (tie), Andrew Anderson, Holly, Mich., and Richie Teece, England, 1,179.
29, Nathan Bohr, Austin, Texas, 1,166.
30, Justin Wyman, Fairport, N.Y., 1,157.
31, Dick Allen, Lexington, S.C., 1,155.
32, Shawn Maldonado, Houston, 1,148.
33, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 1,136.
34, Michael Davidson, Versailles, Ohio, 1,135.
35, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 1,103.