ATX Invite Countdown: No. 3 Anthony Simonsen

The inaugural FloBowling ATX Invite will take place Sept. 21 at 2 p.m. Eastern with the top eight players from the FloBowling PBA Summer Tour competing for a top prize of $25,000. To get you prepared for the competition, we are taking a closer look at each of the players in the field.

Anthony Simonsen

Hometown: Little Elm, Texas
Age: 22
ATX Seed: No. 3
First-round opponent: No. 6 Bill O’Neill
How he advanced: Third in Summer Tour points with 7,660

Summer Tour recap

Heading into the final week of the PBA Summer Tour, Simonsen found himself in 24th place on the points list with just three events to go.

Needing a strong showing at the PBA Summer Swing to earn a spot in the FloBowling ATX Invite, Simonsen made every show that week to jump into third in points.

“Physically, I feel like I’ve been bowling pretty well,” Simonsen said. “I’d say at the beginning of the swing (my confidence) wasn’t all that high, but I feel like in the past two or three weeks everything fell into place.”

Simonsen finished second in the PBA Wolf Open and two days later won the PBA Bear Open. He finished fifth in the Illinois Open to close out the Summer Swing.

Prior to the Summer Swing, Simonsen’s best finish was 10th at the PBA/PWBA Striking Against Breast Cancer Mixed Doubles.

Simonsen Says Physical Game Is In Top Form

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How to watch the ATX Invite

The FloBowling ATX Invite will be broadcast live exclusively on FloBowling. The action begins with the opening round of the bracket at 2 p.m. Eastern on Sept. 21 and the best-of-three final starting at approximately 5 p.m. Eastern.

Here’s a look at the schedule of matches with all times listed in Eastern:

Saturday, Sept. 21

Opening round (one game matches)
2 p.m. - Match 1: #1 Sean Rash vs. #8 Tommy Jones
2:30 p.m. - Match 2: #4 Jason Sterner vs. #5 AJ Johnson
3 p.m. - Match 3: #2 EJ Tackett vs. #7 Kyle Sherman
3:30 p.m. - Match 4: #3 Anthony Simonsen vs. #6 Bill O'Neill

Semifinals (one game matches)
4 p.m. - Semifinal 1: Match 1 winner vs. Match 2 winner
4:30 p.m. - Semifinal 2: Match 3 winner vs. Match 4 winner

Final (best-of-three match)
5 p.m. - Final: Semifinal 1 winner vs. Semifinal 2 winner

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