Bill O’Neill Qualifies for Top Seed in PBA Chameleon Championship

EJ Tackett retains PBA Guaranteed Rate World Championship lead

Tampa, Fla.—Thirteen-time PBA Tour champion Bill O’Neill averaged 238 to lead all qualifiers in the PBA Chameleon Championship, earning the No. 1 seed for next week’s best-of-five match play. EJ Tackett, who led yesterday’s PBA Cheetah Championship, sits in first place in the PBA Guaranteed Rate World Championship entering the final day of qualifying.

O’Neill, a two-time major champion, led second seed Tom Daugherty by 73 pins through 10 games of Chameleon Championship qualifying and will face Zach Weidman in the opening round of match play. O’Neill also moved into second place in the World Championship, trailing Tackett by 78 pins.

Tackett, AJ Johnson and Marshall Kent are the only players to have made match play in both the Cheetah Championship and Chameleon Championship.

Jason Belmonte, who won the PBA Chameleon Championship each of the past two seasons, missed the cut, averaging 198 to finish 70th. Belmonte sits 56th in PBA World Championship qualifying as he attempts to become the first player ever to win the event on four consecutive occasions.

The PBA Scorpion Championship begins tomorrow at noon ET on FloBowling. Scores will also count as the final 10 games of qualifying for the PBA Guaranteed Rate World Championship and Roth/Holman Doubles Championship.

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

PBA Chameleon Championship Match Play Qualifiers

AMF University Lanes – Tampa, Fla.

Bill O’Neill +383

Tom Daugherty +310

Cristian Azcona +286

EJ Tackett +276

Jakob Butturff +271

AJ Johnson +266

Sean Lavery-Spahr +261

Tommy Jones +260

Kyle Troup +232

Shawn Maldonado +217

Brandon Novak +209

Matt Russo +195

Ronnie Russell +184

Jason Sterner +170

Marshall Kent +165

Zach Weidman +163

Best-of-five Chameleon Championship match play begins Tuesday, Mar. 16 at noon ET on FloBowling. The Chameleon Championship finals air live Mar. 16 at 8 p.m. ET on FS1.

Full PBA Chameleon Championship standings:

PBA Guaranteed Rate World Championship Top 10 Through 20 Games

AMF University Lanes – Tampa, Fla.

EJ Tackett +710

Bill O’Neill +632

Tom Daugherty +578

AJ Johnson +565

Marshall Kent +525

Tommy Jones +494

Kyle Troup +446

Chris Via +425

Dino Castillo +421

Sean Rash +412

World Championship cashers round begins Wednesday at noon ET on FloBowling. The stepladder finals air live on FOX Broadcast Channel Saturday, Mar. 13 at 2 p.m. ET.

Full PBA Guaranteed Rate World Championship standings:

About the PBA

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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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