Kris Prather surged back into the lead Friday morning after the cashers round at the 2019 PBA Lubbock Sports Open.
Prather, who led after the first round but dropped to ninth entering the day, put together his biggest seven-game block of the tournament to lead with a 21-game total of 4,750, a 226.19 average, at South Plains Lanes in Lubbock, Texas.
After shooting 1,658 Wednesday on the 32-foot Wolf pattern, Prather followed that up with just 1,425 on the 42-foot Scorpion pattern. With Scorpion on the left lane and Wolf on the right lane in Friday’s cashers round, Prather excelled, finishing with 1,667, including a 300 in Game 4.
Prather and the other top 15 finishers after the cashers round advanced to bowl 16 games of round robin match play, which begins today at 1:30 p.m. Central live on FloBowling with the first of eight games. The final eight-game block will take place Saturday at 8 a.m. Central.
Dick Allen moved into second place with 4,666, while Kyle Troup sits in third with 4,637. Stuart Williams is fourth with 4,636, while Anthony Lavery-Spahr rounds out the top five with 4,610.
EJ Tackett, who led after the second round of qualifying, dropped to sixth place with 4,604.
Meanwhile, Jakob Butturff continued to move up the leaderboard. After sitting in 42nd place after the first round and 19th place after the second round, Butturff is now in seventh place with 4,588.
Butturff, who is now 162 pins behind Prather for the lead, will make history this week if he earns the top seed for Sunday’s stepladder finals. No player in PBA Tour history has earned the top seed in four consecutive tournaments.
The cut to make the top 16 was defending champion Chris Barnes, who fired 225 in his final game to move inside the number with 4,508, a 214.67 average.
One player who had a dramatic drop in the standings Friday morning was AJ Chapman, who was second after the first round and third after the second round. Chapman shot just 1,374 in the cashers round and dropped out of the cut, finishing in 17th place with 4,481.