Tom Smallwood Retains Lead into Match Play in 2021 Kia PBA Tournament of Champions

Major champions occupy the top seven spots, Shawn Maldonado rolls perfect 300 game to make the cut

Jupiter, Fla.—Tom Smallwood led all four rounds of qualifying of the 2021 Kia PBA Tournament of Champions and will enter match play as the top seed. With a 244 average over 24 games, Smallwood is 118 pins ahead of second place, which is held by three-time Tournament of Champions winner Jason Belmonte.

Defending champion Kris Prather is in third, with major champions Anthony Simonsen, Jesper Svensson, Sean Rash and Kyle Troup filling out the top seven.

In the final game of qualifying, Shawn Maldonado, who was in 35th place, bowled a perfect 300 game to jump inside the cut, qualifying 23rd for match play.

Match play begins tomorrow at noon ET on FloBowling with the top 24 players competing in the first of four six-game blocks. Round 2 begins at 6 p.m. ET and the final two rounds take place Friday, Feb. 26. To subscribe, visit

The stepladder finals air Sunday, Feb. 28 at 1 p.m. ET on FOX Broadcast Channel.

Kia PBA Tournament of Champions Match Play Qualifiers

Bowlero Jupiter – Jupiter, Fla.

Tom Smallwood +1,064

Jason Belmonte +946

Kris Prather +924

Anthony Simonsen +900

Jesper Svensson +876

Sean Rash +870

Kyle Troup +825

Tom Daugherty +798

Wes Malott +783

Jake Peters +773

BJ Moore +769

François Lavoie +726

Brandon Novak +710

Nick Pate +667

Cristian Azcona +655

Jakob Butturff +631

Bill O’Neill +576

Richie Teece +564

Tommy Jones +558

Dick Allen +555

Michael Davidson +553

Andrew Anderson +522

Shawn Maldonado +521

Trevor Roberts +516

Full Kia PBA Tournament of Champions standings:

About the PBA

The Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) is the world’s preeminent organization dedicated to the sport of bowling and its professional competition, with thousands of members and millions of fans throughout the world. The PBA plays host to bowling’s biggest tournaments from the PBA Tour, PBA Regional Tour, and PBA50 Tour. In 2020, the PBA launched PBA Jr., a club for elite youth bowlers under the age of 17 and the PBA Pinsiders, a membership for fans of the sport. For more information, please visit



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Brian grew up in New York before moving to Phoenix, AZ in 1991. He has been involved in writing for his own bowling publication called “Striking Spotlight.” He has been published in the Desert Bowler Newspaper, Windy City News Newspaper and the Bowlers Journal. Hirsch is a Youth Director in the Kenosha USBC and a former Director for the Metro Phoenix USBC. As a Level 1 and RVP USBC coach, he can be found coaching his wife Amber and their son Masen each Saturday morning. Hirsch currently has (6) 300’s and (4) 800’s and is a member of the International Gay Bowling Organization where he is a five-time IGBO Champion and a six-time Arizona State Grand Canyon State Games Medalist. The Hirsch’s moved to Wisconsin to be closer to family and assist the Freedom Farm for Vets. Hirsch’s home bowling center is Sheridan Lanes, located in Kenosha, WI.


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