Newcomer Matt Kuba Takes PBA Parkside Lanes Open Lead In Round Two

Newcomer Matt Kuba Takes PBA Parkside Lanes Open Lead In Round Two

Matt Kuba, a 26-year-old newcomer to PBA competition, surged from ninth after the first round to take the second-round lead in the PBA Parkside Lanes Open.

Jul 2, 2018 by Jennifer Zahn
Newcomer Matt Kuba Takes PBA Parkside Lanes Open Lead In Round Two

Courtesy of the PBA and Jerry Schneider:

AURORA, Ill. (July 1, 2018) – Matt Kuba of Chicago Ridge, Ill., a 26-year-old newcomer to Professional Bowlers Association competition, surged from ninth after the first round to take the second round lead in the PBA Xtra Frame Parkside Lanes Open Sunday, leading a field of 27 players advancing to Monday’s semifinal round.

Bowling on the PBA Don Carter 39-foot lane condition, Kuba averaged 227 in the second round bowling games of 269, 245, 190, 223, 210, 226, 256 and 197, and picked up 200 bonus pins to bring his overall pinfall for 16 games to 3,964.

The tournament incorporates a bonus pin scoring system that is intended to put added emphasis on performing well every game. With four players on each pair of lanes, the player who bowls the highest score each game earns an additional 30 bonus pins, the second highest player earns 20 bonus pins, and the third-high player gets an extra 10 pins. The lowest scoring player receives no bonus pins. In case of ties, bonus pins are divided.

Kuba holds a slim eight-pin lead over first round leader EJ Tackett of Huntington, Ind., in second, who finished with a 3,956 pinfall after the second round. Tackett, the 2016 PBA Player of the Year and a nine-time tour winner, bowled 188, 200, 214, 189, 259, 184, 220 and 246 in the second round and picked up 170 bonus pins.

“I’m pretty surprised to be in this position,” said Kuba, whose previous best PBA finish was 10th in a regional tournament as a non-member in 2017. “I tried not to pay too much attention to the scores and just stay focused.

“One good thing about this format – for me anyway – is that it slows the game down mentally for me,” Kuba continued. “You find yourself concentrating on yourself and the three other guys on your pair and not worrying about what the rest of the field is doing.”

Rounding out the top five after the second round were 2018 USBC Masters winner Andrew Anderson, Holly, Mich., 3,918; Chris Loschetter, Avon, Ohio, 3,909, and Chris Via, Springfield, Ohio, 3,905.

Saturday’s first round was conducted on the PBA Chameleon 39-foot condition. The 27 players advancing to Monday’s semifinal round will compete on the PBA Bear 39-foot condition.

After Monday’s eight-game semifinal round which begins at 10 a.m. CT, the top five players will bowl in the stepladder finals at 3 p.m. with the top qualifier selecting the oil pattern for the finals.

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(A 2018 Go Bowling! PBA Tour event)

Parkside Lanes, Aurora, Ill., Sunday

Second Round Standings (after 16 games, including bonus pins. Top 27 players advance to Monday’s semifinal round):

1, Matt Kuba, Chicago Ridge, Ill., 3,964.

2, EJ Tackett, Huntington, Ind., 3,956

3, Andrew Anderson, Holly, Mich., 3,918.

4, Chris Loschetter, Avon, Ohio, 3,909.

5, Chris Via, Springfield, Ohio, 3,905.

6, Jason Sterner, Rockledge, Fla., 3,891.

7, Dom Barrett, England, 3,888.

8, AJ Johnson, Oswego, Ill., 3,880.

9, Greg Ostrander, Freehold, N.J., 3,864.

10, Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., 3,841.

11, Graham Fach, Canada, 3,837.

12, Bill O'Neill, Langhorne, Pa., 3,819.

13, Anthony Simonsen, Austin, Texas, 3,794.

14, Nick Kruml, Downers Grove, Ill., 3,767.

15, Matt O'Grady, Rahway, N.J., 3,756.

16, Kamron Doyle, Brentwood, Tenn., 3,752.

17, Steve Jaros, Yorkville, Ill., 3,747.

18, Kurt Pilon, Warren, Mich., 3,719.

19, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 3,706.

20, Kyle Sherman, O'Fallon, Mo., 3,701.

21, JR Raymond, Clinton Twp., Mich., 3,684.

22, Mitch Hupe, Canada, 3,683.

23, Kristopher Prather, Plainfield, Ill., 3,667.

24, Anthony Pepe, Elmhurst, N.Y., 3,660.

25, n-Mike Dole, Loves Park, Ill., 3,656.

26, Jason Miller, Plano, Ill., 3,655.

27, Nathan Michalowski, Burlington, Wis., 3,645.

Did not advance:

28, Kyle Troup, Taylorsville, N.C., 3,641.

29, AJ Chapman, Manchester, Iowa, 3,638.

30, Zach Doty, Campbellsville, Ky., 3,625.

31, Tim Foy Jr., Seaford, Del., 3,601.

32, Richard McCormick, Cincinnati, Ohio, 3,596.

33, Matthew McNiel, Minneapolis, Minn., 3,561.

34, n-Ron Fujita, El Sobrente, Calif., 3,560.

35, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 3,552.

36, n-Brent Boho, Colgate, Wis., 3,551.

37, Tom Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich., 3,547.

38, Aaron Beaver, Goshen, Ind., 3,525.

39, Dakota Vostry, Chicago, 3,510.

40, (tie) Richie Teece, England, and n-Patrick Hanrahan, Greenwich, Conn., 3,504.

42, (tie) Francois Lavoie, Canada, and Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., 3,500.

44, Michael Schlabach, Goshen, Ind., 3,494.

45, Nicholas Pate, Inver Grove Heights, Minn., 3,484.

46, (tie) Charlie Brown Jr, Grandville, Mich., and Gerald Marrs, Lake in the Hills, Ill., 3,469.

48, Joe Paluszek, Bensalem, Pa., 3,456.

49, Brad Miller, Lees Summit, Mo., 3,453.

50, Joseph Kruzel Jr, Addison, Ill., 3,450.

51, Keven Williams, Springfield, Mo.,, 3,445.

52, Ryan Zagar, Racine, Wis., 3,438.

53, n-Alex Leeman, Appleton, Wis., 3,432.

54, Matt Sanders, Indianapolis, 3,426.

55, Michael Vitalone, Jr., Lake Worth, Fla., 3,423.

56, Devin Bidwell, Wichita, Kan., 3,404.

57, n-Joseph Grondin, San Pedro, Calif., 3,400.

58, Steven Taylor, Tremont, Ill., 3,394.

59, (tie) John Furey, Howell, N.J., and Michael Davidson, Versailles, Ohio, 3,387.

61, Kyle Walther, Columbus, Ohio, 3,379.

62, Trent Knoop, Sidney, Ohio, 3,370.

63, Cameron Weier, Tacoma, Wash., 3,362.

64, n-Zach Rhoades, Lafayette, Ind., 3,360.

65, Kenny Calkins III, Des Moines, Iowa, 3,358.

66, n-Victor Cortez, Waukegan, Ill., 3,334.

67, Kyle Cook, Centerville, Ohio, 3,331.

68, n-Christopher Dower, Cary, Ill., 3,319.

69, n-Jim Spigner, Vernon Hills, Ill., 3,310.

70, Francois Louw, South Africa, 3,301.

71, n-Tom Carter, Aurora, Ill., 3,294.

72, Tyler Wilds, Three Rivers, Mich., 3,288.

73, Scott Merritt, Iowa City, Iowa, 3,269.

74, n-Josh Parkin, Urbana, Ohio, 3,261.

75, n-Joshua Berry, Glasgow, Ky., 3,235.

76, CJ Kirchner, Cartersville, Ill., 3,218.

77, Brandon Curtis, Manson, N.C., 3,158.

78, n-William Guszczo, Orland Park, Ill., 3,152.

79, n-Kevin Sickler, Plainfield, Ill., 3,118.

80, Dakoda Christianson, Rice Lake, Wis., 3,109.

81, n-Mike Kicmal, LaGrange, Ill., 3,091.

82, Christopher O'Neil, Decatur, Ill., 3,068.

83, Phillip Watson, Belleville, Ill., 3,051.

84, Jason Gittleson, Southern Pines, N.C., 3,043.

85, Michael Baker, Moline, Ill., 3,037.

86, Peter Switalski, Oak Forest, Ill., 3,035.

87, n-Daniel Hall, Wolfforth, Texas, 3,004.

88, (tie) Ryan Lakota, Shorewood, Ill., and Tristan Butler, Fort Wayne, Ind., 2,987.

90, n-Glenn Itter, Aurora, Ill., 2,983.

91, Shane Yesovich, Boardman, Ohio, 2,933.

92, ss-Larry Helton, Bolingbrook, Ill., 2,888.

93, n-Kevin Henkens, West Burlington, Iowa, 2,794.

94, John Contos, Crystal Lake, Ill., 2,720.

95, n-Will Clark, Montgomery, Ill., 2,407.

96, n-Germaine Tyler, Bolingbrook, Ill., 2,406.

97, Bobby Hall II, Landover, Md., 1,903.

98, Cristian Azcona, Puerto Rico, 1,605.

99, Matt Taylor, Youngsville, N.C., 1,487.

100, n-William Thompson, Romeoville, Ill., 1,389.

300 games – Bill O’Neill, AJ Johnson