Thursday, January 24, 2019 8:40 pm
Tackett leads PBA Lubbock Sports Open
Huntington native and Bluffton resident EJ Tackett bowled a 1,566 seven-game pinfall total on PBA’s 42-foot Scorpion lane condition in the second round of the PBA Lubbock Sports Open on Thursday at South Plains Lanes to lead 24 players who advanced to Friday’s cashers round.
The 26-year-old 2016 PBA Player of the Year and 12-time Go Bowling! PBA Tour winner finished the day with a 3,137 overall 14-game pinfall (224 average) after two rounds, surging from seventh with 1,571 after Wednesday’s first round on the 32-foot Wolf lane condition.
Tackett, who won the 2015 Lubbock Sports Open, bowled games of 257, 190, 234, 199, 219, 272 and 195 in the second round to hold a narrow three-pin lead over three-time tour winner Kyle Troup of Taylorsville, N.C., in second with a 3,134 after two rounds.
“For me, the key to bowling in tournaments with different lane conditions is staying ahead of the moves and adjustments you need to make and make sure you dial in your focus on each lane,” said Tackett. “It’s tough enough when you’re bowling a tournament on the same condition, but on multiple conditions, it can create a domino effect of problems if you fall behind. You don’t want to have to play catch up.”
The players advancing to the cashers round will have the added challenge of having to bowl on the Scorpion condition on the left lane and Wolf condition on the right lane.
The top 16 players after Friday’s cashers round will bowl an eight-game match play round Friday afternoon and another Saturday morning after which the top five will advance to the stepladder finals live on FS1 at 3 p.m. Sunday. The stepladder finals will also feature the Scorpion pattern on the left lane and Wolf pattern on the right lane.