Simonsen Ends Koeltzow's Cinderella Run At 2021 PBA Players Championship

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JUPITER, Fla. – After sitting backstage watching Kris Koeltzow make his Cinderella run to the final match in the West Region stepladder finals of the 2021 PBA Players Championship, Anthony Simonsen stepped in and put an end to it.

Simonsen posted the highest game of the day as he defeated Koeltzow, 279-205, and will bowl in the Players Championship finals on Feb. 21 at Bowlero Jupiter. The winner of the event gets $250,000.

Koeltzow’s run was the story of the show up until that point as the Colorado bowler put up big score after big score in climbing the ladder from the fifth seed.

Simonsen, however, came in with a game plan of playing the lanes straighter, essentially playing the hold to near perfection, to come away with the victory.

Simonsen Details His Strategy In Winning West

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The only miss Simonsen had was in the third frame when he left and converted the 10 pin. Otherwise, it was a perfect day for the 2019 PBA Players Championship winner.

On Saturday, Koeltzow told FloBowling he had “nowhere to go but up” heading into the show. Playing with nothing to lose, he looked strong early on and surely gained some fans along the way.

Koeltzow started his run with a 269-245 opening-match win over Darren Tang before taking on a pair of left-handers. He took down Jakob Butturff, 268-213, and defeated Wesley Low, 254-226, to move into the final match against Simonsen.

Koeltzow Was 'Extremely Comfortable'

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The remainder fo the PBA Players Championship regional stepladders will air in the coming weeks with the Southwest Region show airing Jan. 31 on FS1 (U.S.) and FloBowling (international) at 2 p.m. Eastern.

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Kyle Troup Reaches New Heights With 2021 PBA Players Championship Win

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JUPITER, Fla. – The ascension of Kyle Troup has reached new heights.

Kyle Troup Earns Top Seed For Sunday's Finals At 2021 PBA Players

Troup: 'You Could Feel The Tension'

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JUPITER, Fla. – Kyle Troup overcame the pressure of competing for a massive, guaranteed payday Saturday as he earned the top seed for the 2021 PBA Players Championship stepladder finals.

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