Averages 217.5 to lead 32 players into cashers qualifying
Coldwater, Ohio—After eight games of qualifying, Darren Tang leads the PBA Bowlerstore.com Classic presented by Moxy’s Xtra Pair at Pla-Mor Lanes. Tang qualified seven pins ahead of U.S. Open champion Chris Via, who is 12 pins ahead of Jakob Butturff, the 2018 champion in Coldwater. The trio separated themselves from the rest of the field, with fourth-place Michael Tang, Darren’s brother, sitting 42 pins behind Butturff.
Darren Tang, who posted a +140 score over eight games, is looking for his first career PBA Tour title and is in the most advantageous spot entering cashers qualifying, in which all 32 players will bowl four more games before the field is cut to the top 16. Darren Tang is currently 107 pins ahead of 17th.
Also making the cut to cashers qualifying were each of the top five players in the PBA Summer Tour points race. EJ Tackett, who leads the points race, claimed the 32nd and final spot with a -13 block, one pin ahead of his brother, Zac. No. 2 Anthony Simonsen is 23rd, No. 3 Shawn Maldonado is 26th, No. 4 Matt Russo is 21st and No. 5 Butturff is third. The Bowlerstore.com Classic is the penultimate event in the PBA Summer Tour as part of the 2021 Guaranteed Rate PBA Tour season.
Competition resumes Sunday with four games of cashers qualifying at 11 a.m. ET. Following cashers qualifying, the top 16 players bowl three more games, after which the top eight players bowl two more games to determine the top four for the stepladder finals beginning at 5 p.m. ET. All rounds will be streamed live on FloBowling. To subscribe, visit FloBowling.com.
PBA Bowlerstore.com Classic presented by Moxy’s Xtra Pair Top 10 Through 8 Games
Pla-Mor Lanes – Coldwater, Ohio
- Darren Tang +140
- Chris Via +133
- Jakob Butturff +121
- Michael Tang +79
- Nick Pate +70
- Packy Hanrahan +62
- Anthony Lavery-Spahr +60
- Kris Prather +53
- JR Raymond +52
- AJ Johnson +49
Full PBA Bowlerstore.com Classic presented by Moxy’s Xtra Pair standings: https://www.pba.com/tournaments/2021/pba-bowlerstorecom-presented-moxys-xtra-pair
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