The PBA Tour returns to the CBS Sports Network on Tuesday at 6 p.m. with the finals of the Oklahoma’s Grand Casino Resort PBA Summer Swing Wolf Open from the Grand Event Center inside the Grand Casino Hotel and Resort complex.
Chris Barnes, of Double Oak, a 17-time PBA Tour winner and 2007-08 PBA Player of the Year, will lead five players into the finals of the first of five events conducted as part of this season’s Summer Swing.
In the opening match, seven-time tour winner Sean Rash of Montgomery, Ill., will meet No. 5 qualifier and Wolf Open defending champion Chris Loschetter of Avon, Ohio, who is trying for his second PBA Tour title.
Rash, the 2011-12 Player of the Year, will be trying for his first title since the World Bowling Tour Thailand Open last October.
The winner of the opening match advances to face Sweden’s Martin Larsen in the semifinal. Larsen is trying for his first tour title. His previous best finish was third in the 2012 Dick Weber PBA Playoffs.
The match-three winner will face No. 2 qualifier Mike Fagan, of Fort Worth, a four-time Tour winner. Fagan’s last title was the 2012 Brunswick Euro Challenge.
The semifinal-match winner will take on Barnes, who averaged 249 to qualify for the top rung in the stepladder finals. Barnes finished 17th in last year’s Wolf Open, the worst of his five 2013 Summer Swing events, but he went on to win the Milwaukee Open — last year’s version of this year’s Oklahoma Open — with a 246-237 decision over Norm Duke in the title match.
The winner of the Wolf Open automatically earns a berth in the end-of-series King of the Swing special event. All five two-hour shows will be telecast by the CBS Sports Network on consecutive Tuesdays at 6 p.m. Following the Wolf Open will be the Bear Open (June 10), the Badger Open (June 17), the Oklahoma Open (June 24) and Oklahoma’s Grand Casino Resort King of the Swing on July 1.
Two-time defending champion Amleto Monacelli of Venezuela will try to become the first player to win the Suncoast PBA Senior U.S. Open presented by Dexter three consecutive times when the PBA50 Tour’s first major of the 2014 season returns to the Suncoast Bowling Center in Las Vegas, June 1-6.
Monacelli will be among a field of more than 180 of the nation’s top professional and amateur players ages 50 and older, who will compete in the most challenging test of the season. The Senior U.S. Open will be webcast in its entirety on PBA’s online bowling channel, Xtra Frame.
The 52-year-old PBA Hall of Famer is one of a handful of players who competes on both the PBA Tour and the PBA50 Tour. His 19 tournament wins and two Player of the Year honors on the PBA Tour earned him induction into the PBA Hall of Fame in 1997, making him the first and so far only foreign player inducted.
While on the subject of PBA we are only about 90 days away from the PBA Southwest Region Killeen Open.
The PBA Regional will be hosted by Hallmark Lanes and the Texas State Proprietor of the Year, Dick Atkinson, is looking forward to the 18th annual stop by the professional bowlers. It should be a great event.
Honor Scores — Congratulations during the months of April and May — 300 Game
Regie Criner, May 8, Thursday Mixed After 6 at Phantom Warrior Lanes, 300-214-203=717.
Brian Williams, May 4, Travel League at Phantom Warrior Lanes, 203-220-300=723.
Josh Maxson, April 29, Commercial League at Killeen Bowlerama, 226-300-227=753.
Mark Morgan, April 25, Lone Star Mavericks at Phantom Warrior Lanes, 215-264-300=779.
See you on the lanes.
Don Wright has been sharing insights on area/national bowling with Herald readers for more than 25 years. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.