Tackett Leads 16 Players into Cheetah Championship Match Play

PBA Guaranteed Rate World Championship resumes tomorrow with Chameleon Championship qualifying

Tampa, Fla.—Thirteen-time PBA Tour champion EJ Tackett earned the top seed for PBA Cheetah Championship match play, averaging 243 to pace the field. By leading the first of three animal-pattern events, Tackett also sits atop the standings in the PBA Guaranteed Rate World Championship through the first day of World Series of Bowling XII action.

Tackett, the 2016 PBA World Champion, led defending Cheetah champion and No. 2 qualifier Sean Rash by 45 pins through 10 games of qualifying. Tackett will face 16th seed Chris Via in the opening round of Cheetah Championship best-of-five match play Monday, Mar. 15.

Marshall Kent, Tackett’s doubles partner, qualified third for Cheetah Championship match play with a 236 average, putting the duo on top of the Mark Roth Marshall Holman PBA Doubles Championship standings through 20 doubles games.

The PBA Chameleon Championship starts tomorrow at noon ET on FloBowling, with the qualifying scores also counting toward the PBA Guaranteed Rate World Championship and Roth/Holman Doubles Championship. PBA Scorpion Championship qualifying will be held on Tuesday.

After 30 games of qualifying—10 each on the Cheetah, Chameleon and Scorpion oil patterns—the top 30 players advance to the PBA World Championship cashers rounds on Wednesday and the top 16 teams advance to Roth/Holman Doubles match play on Friday. To subscribe, visit FloBowling.com.

PBA Cheetah Championship Match Play Qualifiers

AMF University Lanes – Tampa

EJ Tackett +434

Sean Rash +389

Marshall Kent +360

Nick Pate +346

Anthony Simonsen +330

Michael Tang +327

Kris Prather +326

Sam Cooley +317

Brad Miller +305

Mykel Holliman +302

AJ Johnson +299

Patrick Dombrowski +297

Christopher Sloan +295

Kris Koeltzow +277

Scott Newell +274

Chris Via +270

Best-of-five Cheetah Championship match play begins Monday, Mar. 15 at noon ET on FloBowling. The Cheetah Championship finals air live Mar. 15 at 8 p.m. ET on FS1.

Full PBA Cheetah Championship standings: www.pba.com/node/120346

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 PBA.com



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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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