Just two weeks after winning his 13th career PBA Tour title, Sean Rash will have a chance to tack another win onto his resume Sunday at the 2019 PBA Lubbock Sports Open.
Rash earned the top seed for the stepladder finals at South Plains Lanes in Lubbock, Texas, on Saturday morning and will bowl for the title. He won the Mark Roth-Marshall Holman PBA Doubles Championship with Matt Ogle on Jan. 13, a show that aired on Jan. 20.
The PBA Lubbock Sports Open finals air live on FS1 at 3 p.m. Eastern for those in the United States. For international audiences, the finals will air live on FloBowling at the same time.
Rash, who entered the day in fifth place, earned the No. 1 spot by going 13-3 in match play, including a perfect 8-0 record in Saturday’s second round, to finish with a 37-game total of 8,586, a 221.51 average.
Earning the second seed was five-time PBA champion Dick Allen, who posted a 9-7 record and finished with 8,428. Michael Tang, who is still seeking his first career title, is the third seed after posting an 11-4-1 record and total of 8,412.
Two-hander Kyle Troup, a three-time PBA champion, took the fourth spot with 8,393 after posting an 8-8 record, while left-hander Rhino Page snagged the last spot with a 10-5-1 record and 8,373 total.
Page came from behind in the position round game to sneak into the show. Sitting in seventh place just 10 pins outside of fifth, Page picked up a 246-245 final-game victory over EJ Tackett to slide up to fifth place and pass Anthony Simonsen and Kris Prather.
It was a rough day for Prather, who led the tournament heading into the final round of match play. Prather went 4-4 in matches for the second-straight day but was crushed by a 147 in Game 5 on Saturday morning.
Prather defeated Simonsen, 215-203, in the position round game but it wasn’t enough to stay ahead of Page.
The stepladder finals will feature mixed patterns with the 42-foot Scorpion pattern on the left lane and the 32-foot Wolf pattern on the right lane. The players bowled seven games of qualifying on each pattern before the tournament shifted to dual patterns starting with the cashers round.