Qualifying Reaches Halfway Point At 2021 PBA Players Championship


At the halfway point of qualifying at the 2021 PBA Players Championship, there are relative unknown players looking to make their first show ranging all the way to PBA Hall of Famers in contention to advance.

The players are competing in five regions across the country with the final 14 of 28 games on Sunday live on FloBowling. The top five in each region after 28 games will advance into their respective regional stepladder.

Those stepladders will be held next weekend in Jupiter, Florida, with the winner from each region meeting in the championship stepladder on Feb. 21.

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In the South Region, Sweden’s Jesper Svensson had a 14-game total of 3,193 on Saturday to lead his field by 83 pins. All players from Europe were assigned the South Region.

Cristian Azcona sits in second place with 3,110, Kenneth Ryan is third with 3,033, Tom Daugherty is fourth with 3,017 and PBA Hall of Famer Tommy Jones is fifth with 2,997.

The top of the leaderboard in the East Region is filled with players hungry for their first title as Michael Davidson leads with 3,284.

Tim Foy Jr. is second with 3,277, Brandon Novak is third with 3,275, Brandon Robertson is fourth with 3,213 and PBA star Kyle Troup is fifth with 3,210.

Bill O’Neill, the defending champion in the PBA Players Championship, sits in 13th place with 2,997 and is 213 pins outside of the top five.

In the Central Region, Justin Knowles leads a tightly bunched group at the top of the standings with 3,173. Matt Russo is just four pins back in second place with 3,169.

Tom Smallwood is third with 3,166, Zach Weidman is fourth with 3,157 and Wes Malott, who recently moved to Indiana, is fifth along with Ryan Zagar at 3,152.

Keven Williams put up a big 3,299 on the opening day to lead the field at the Southwest Region. Two-time U.S. Open champion Francois Lavoie is second with 3,260.

Packy Hanrahan is third with 3,197, Raymond Lussier is fourth at 3,115 and Trey Ford III is fifth with 3,092.

In the West Region, Anthony Simonsen, who recently moved to Las Vegas, holds the lead with a 3,191 total.

Wesley Low Jr. is second with 3,156, Darren Tang is second at 3,140, Kris Koeltzow is fourth with 3,138 and Jake Peters rounds out the top five with 3,105.

The players return for Round 3 at 9 a.m. local time on Sunday.

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