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JUPITER, Fla. – After surviving an eight-round sudden-death rolloff in Round 2, Sean Rash went on to win the 2020 PBA Summer Clash and the $20,000 top prize.
Rash, a 15-time PBA Tour champion, outlasted nine other PBA and PWBA pros at Bowlero Jupiter to claim first place in the special made-for-TV event at Bowlero Jupiter.
The opening round of the event featured all 10 bowlers completing a full 10th frame with the lowest score eliminated. After that, it went to one-shot rounds until Rash was crowned the eventual champion.
In the final round, Rash took down Bill O’Neill to pick up the victory. Both players struck on their first shot, forcing a rolloff. Rash went first and struck, but O’Neill was unable to match, leaving a 4-7 combination to lose.
Rash faced his toughest challenge in just the second round of the competition against Shawn Maldonado as he survived an eight-shot rolloff to stay alive.
“The key was just being patient,” Rash said. “What a Round 2 against Maldonado. That really loosened up the swing. When you get in rolloffs, you get nervous and you want to put the pressure on. It’s nice to go first. I think sometimes it gives you an advantage.”
In the eighth round, Anthony Simonsen’s incredible run of throwing a backup ball came to an end when he left a high six pin in the first rolloff to be eliminated. Simonsen finished third.
EJ Tackett finished fourth after being knocked out in the seventh round. Needing a strike to advance or nine to tie, Tackett went high and left a 3-6 to end his run.
Kyle Troup finished fifth, Danielle McEwan was sixth, Tommy Jones took seventh, Kris Prather finished in eighth, Maldonado was ninth and Shannon O’Keefe ended up 10th.
In the opening round, which featured all 10 bowlers completing a full 10th frame, O’Keefe was eliminated after posting a score of 19.
Seven of the 10 players posted perfect scores of 30 in the first round, while O’Keefe went wide on her first shot missing the headpin but eventually leaving just the 2-4 combination. She made the spare but left a 10 pin on her fill ball and was eliminated at the end of the round.