Jones Overcomes Bad Ball Reaction, Shoots 300, Wins HOF Classic

Unlock this article, live events, and more with a subscription!

Get Started

Already a subscriber? Log In

ARLINGTON, Texas – Calling it a perfect storm might be an understatement.

On the weekend he was inducted into the PBA Hall of Fame, and with his mother in the stands for the first time in his career, Tommy Jones made history Sunday and kicked off the 2020 PBA season in dramatic fashion.

Jones fired the third televised perfect game in a title match in PBA Tour history as he defeated Darren Tang, 300-237, to win the 2020 PBA Hall of Fame Classic on Sunday at the International Training and Research Center.

The only other players to shoot 300 in the championship match were Bob Benoit when he defeated Mark Roth 300-255 on Jan. 23, 1988 and Mike Aulby when he beat David Ozio 300-279 on July 31, 1993.

Behind The Scenes Look At TJ's Perfect Game

Unlock this video, live events, and more with a subscription!

Get Started

Already a subscriber? Log In


“When I got the one in the ninth, I knew I had won the match,” said Jones, who now has 20 career titles. “I knew I was basically going to have a victory lap and have a chance to bowl 300 (on TV), something I’ve never done in the PBA. It was a surreal moment.”

The perfect game capped off a near perfect week for Jones, who was inducted into the PBA Hall of Fame on Saturday night. It was also special because his mother, Linda Jones, was in the audience and watched her son compete on television for the first time.

“My heart went to my feet; I was so excited,” Linda Jones said. “I saw him bowl his 300 yesterday in match play, and then I got to see it today. It was a big, big, big thrill. Tommy has always been good at bowling, even when he was 12, 13, 14, so yes, I am very proud of him.”

Jones: I Absolutely Did Not Have 300 Look

Unlock this video, live events, and more with a subscription!

Get Started

Already a subscriber? Log In


After winning the semifinal match against Chris Barnes, 190-169, Jones said he “absolutely” did not think he had a look at a 300 game.

Making the feat even more impressive was the fact that it came on dual patterns. The left lane this week was oiled with the 45-foot Dick Weber pattern and the right lane was the 39-foot Mike Aulby pattern.

“If you would have told me I was going to bowl 225, I probably would have gone and hung out with my family and let Darren go bowl,” said Jones, who got $30,000 for the win and a $10,000 bonus for shooting 300. “And I would have lost. At the end of the day, I didn’t like my ball reaction, but that’s why we play the game.”

The Balls That Helped TJ Toss 300

Unlock this video, live events, and more with a subscription!

Get Started

Already a subscriber? Log In


Tang, meanwhile, bowled a solid game that was overshadowed by Jones’ perfect effort. Seeking his first career tour title, Tang put up a 237, but he fell behind after leaving a 10 pin in the second frame and never had a chance.

In the semifinal, Jones and Barnes both struggled throughout on the dual patterns. After Barnes fired games of 258 and 254 in his first two matches, he completely lost his look.

Jones was able to pop off strikes in the eighth and ninth frames and then secure the win by converting a 10 pin in the final frame.

Despite a pair of shaky shots on the right lane, Barnes was able to survive the second match of the stepladder final with a 254-249 win over Osku Palermaa.

Barnes went high in the sixth frame, leaving the 4-7-10 split, which he bounced out to make, and then went high again in the eighth and left a three pin. By the time the final frame came around, Barnes needed a double and five to advance and he tossed a couple of strikes and got more than enough count to advance.

Jakob Butturff had a chance to knock Barnes out in the opening match of the semifinal, but fell 258-223 to be eliminated.

Finishing the match last, Butturff could have thrown all three strikes in the final frame to win 259-258 but left a 4-6-7 split on a high shot. Barnes put maximum pressure on Butturff by throwing three perfect strikes in his 10th frame.

The PBA Tour heads to Shawnee, Oklahoma, next week for the second event of the season at the PBA Oklahoma Open. Live coverage begins Wednesday with qualifying on FloBowling.

Belmo's Legend Grows As He Wins U.S. Open, Completes Super Slam

LINCOLN, Neb. – He was deliberate. He was focused. He was in the moment. And now, he’s won them all.

Unlock this article, live events, and more with a subscription!

Get Started

Already a subscriber? Log In

Simonsen Top Seed In Show Full Of Storylines At U.S. Open

LINCOLN, Neb. – Anthony Simonsen earned the top seed Saturday night for the U.S. Open stepladder finals and all five players on the show have a compelling storyline attached to them.

Unlock this article, live events, and more with a subscription!

Get Started

Already a subscriber? Log In

Comfortable In Lincoln, Simonsen Leads U.S. Open

LINCOLN, Neb. – Anthony Simonsen and Lincoln have some history. If Simonsen has his way, there will be even more history added to the list this week at the U.S. Open.

Unlock this article, live events, and more with a subscription!

Get Started

Already a subscriber? Log In

Wilkins Survives 'Impossible' Day To Lead U.S. Open

LINCOLN, Neb. – On a day when the bowlers described the pattern as “impossible” and “miserable,” Zach Wilkins found a way to make it to the top of the leaderboard at the U.S. Open.

Unlock this article, live events, and more with a subscription!

Get Started

Already a subscriber? Log In

Prather Peaking At Right Time, Leads U.S. Open

LINCOLN, Neb. – It’s still early at the U.S. Open but combined with his performance at the past two majors, it appears Kris Prather is hitting his stride at the perfect time this season.

Unlock this article, live events, and more with a subscription!

Get Started

Already a subscriber? Log In

Johnson Tops 108-Player Field After Round 1 At U.S. Open

LINCOLN, Neb. – Bowling on what he thought was the most scorable of the qualifying patterns this week, AJ Johnson knew it was imperative to get off to a strong start at the U.S. Open.

Unlock this article, live events, and more with a subscription!

Get Started

Already a subscriber? Log In

Stremmel: USBC's Urethane Test Explained And What's Next

In the early 1970s, due to a surge in bowling ball technology, the equipment specification department at the American Bowling Congress tested the hardness of bowling balls.

Unlock this article, live events, and more with a subscription!

Get Started

Already a subscriber? Log In

Pattern Breakdown: What You Need To Know About The U.S. Open Patterns

It’s another week in February, and it’s another major. The 2020 U.S. Open will be contested on four different patterns this week ranging from 37 feet to 44 feet.

Unlock this article, live events, and more with a subscription!

Get Started

Already a subscriber? Log In

Column: Urethane Tests Reveal No Intentional Cheating

LINCOLN, Neb. – With rumors and speculation flying around for weeks, the United States Bowling Congress did a field test Sunday and Monday at the U.S. Open on urethane bowling balls. And it’s plain to see there was no intentional cheating happening.

Unlock this article, live events, and more with a subscription!

Get Started

Already a subscriber? Log In

Urethane Test Ongoing At U.S. Open, Ryan Details His Experience

LINCOLN, Neb. – As the U.S. Open got underway with practice on Monday, players continued to deal with the process of every urethane ball being checked by the United States Bowling Congress.

Unlock this article, live events, and more with a subscription!

Get Started

Already a subscriber? Log In