Columbia 300 News
Two Solid Rounds Move Jakob Butturff Into PBA Oklahoma Open Lead
SHAWNEE, Okla. (Jan. 10, 2019) – Four-time Go Bowling! PBA Tour winner Jakob Butturff of Tempe, Ariz., averaged 243 for eight games and posted a 5-3 record after the first match play round Thursday to take the lead in the PBA Oklahoma Open at the FireLake Bowling Center.
The 24-year-old lefthander finished with a 7,252 29-game pinfall total including match play bonus pins to lead seven-time tour winner Dom Barrett of England in second with 7,210.
Butturff, the runner-up in last week’s season-opening PBA Hall of Fame Classic, bowled games of 277, 245, 191, 279, 195, 258, 265 and 239 in match play.
“I had two bad games but wasn’t too worried about it,” Butturff said. “I’m in a good mindset where I don’t have to ask myself 20 questions when something’s wrong. I’m able to stay ahead of my game and make the right adjustments quickly and start striking again.
“In the two 190 games I got to a couple pair of lanes where it seemed like I had one lane figured out but not the other,” he continued. “In the next match I just had to start over, repeat good shots and start striking again.”
Butturff had moved into the tournament lead after the cashers round earlier in the day bowling games of 279, 237, 264, 265, 259, 228 and 193. In the 193 game he again fell victim to failing to make easy spares when he missed a seven pin and a four pin.
The left-hander admitted to the weakness in his game, especially in higher scoring tournaments.
“When the scoring pace is high in a tournament, I’m always thinking about what I need to do to keep striking and sometimes don’t give spares the attention I need to,” Butturff said.
Barrett’s 6-2 record in match play was highlighted by a 300-276 win over 12-time tour winner Sean Rash of Montgomery, Ill., in the second match. Barrett’s other games in the round were 243, 279, 269, 259, 240, 212 and 224.
Rounding out the top five were seven-time tour winner Jesper Svensson of Sweden (4-4) 7,161; Kristopher Prather, Plainfield, Ill. (5-2-1) 7,148 and Nick Pate, Inver Grove Heights, Minn. (6-2) 7,142. Four-time PBA Player of the Year Jason Belmonte of Australia finished the day in sixth with a 5-3 record and 7,133 pinfall.
Pate has bowled three 300 games in the tournament thus far including one in Thursday’s cashers round, which is one short of the record of four in one tournament held by Walter Ray Williams Jr., Dave D’Entremont and John Bauerle Jr.
The 16-player field will return Friday morning for the final match play round at 11 a.m. CT that will determine the top five for the stepladder finals which will air live on FS1 Sunday at 11 a.m. ET (10 a.m. CT).
PBA Mark Roth-Marshall Holman Doubles Championship action also resumes on Friday with 12 teams competing in the first round of Baker format match play at 6 p.m. CT. The 12 doubles teams will return Saturday for the second Baker match play round at 10 a.m. which will determine the top five teams for the taped FS1 telecast at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday. The Doubles Championship will air on FS1 Jan. 20 at 1 p.m. ET (noon CT).
All preliminary rounds of the Oklahoma Open and Roth-Holman Doubles Championship are live-streamed on FloBowling.com.