SHAWNEE, Okla. – Bill O’Neill of Langhorne, Pa., the most consistent player in the Oklahoma’s Grand Casino Hotel & Resort PBA Summer Swing, will try for his sixth PBA Tour title as the No. 1 qualifier for the PBA Oklahoma Open finals which will air on CBS Sports Network on Tuesday, June 16, at 9 p.m. ET.
The Oklahoma Open is the fourth of five Oklahoma’s Grand Casino Hotel & Resort PBA Summer Swing telecasts originating from the Grand Casino Event Center.
O’Neill was the dominant player in the 2014 Oklahoma’s Grand Casino Hotel & Resort PBA Summer Swing when he won the Badger Open and King of the Swing titles in addition to finishing third in the Bear Open and fourth in the Oklahoma Open. He is making his third TV appearance in the 2015 Summer Swing after previously finishing third in both the Wolf and Bear Opens. O’Neill earned the No. 1 stepladder berth by averaging 227.5 over 36 games on all three animal patterns (Wolf, Bear and Badger) used in the Oklahoma Open.
As the top qualifier, O’Neill earned the right to select the lane condition for the Oklahoma Open finals, and he selected the flat, 40-foot Bear pattern.
Rounding out the stepladder field will be No. 2 Jason Belmonte of Australia; No. 3 Tommy Jones of Simpsonville, S.C.; No. 4 Patrick Allen of Mount Kisco, N.Y., and No. 5 Andres Gomez of Colombia. Preliminary rounds were conducted at nearby FireLake Bowling Center.
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The Oklahoma Open winner will join Wolf Open champ Kyle Troup of Taylorsville, N.C.; Bear Open winner Jones and Badger Open champ Ronnie Russell of Marion, Ind., in the five-man Oklahoma’s Grand Casino King of the Swing special event that will conclude the summer series. Also joining the King of the Swing field will be the player who finishes highest in points in the Summer Swing without winning a title. If Jones wins a second Summer Swing title, the fifth King of the Swing berth will go to the player next-highest in overall points.
Belmonte, 31, is the defending Oklahoma Open champion. He defeated top-qualifier EJ Tackett, 193-145, after Tackett also selected the Bear pattern for the 2014 finals. The Australian two-handed player is looking for his third title of 2015 and the 13th of his career as he continues his quest for a third consecutive PBA Player of the Year crown.
Jones, 36, is continuing a break-out performance in Oklahoma where he finished fifth in the Wolf Open and won the Bear Open, ending a seven-year title dry spell on U.S. soil. He is trying for his 17th PBA Tour title.
Allen, 44, is trying for his first title since the 2009 Japan Cup and is making his first TV appearance in singles competition since the 2011 Scorpion Open in Las Vegas. After struggling with injuries in recent years, Allen is back in competitive form as he competes for his 14th career title.
Gomez, 41, is looking for career title No. 3. The first Colombian to win a PBA Tour title won the 2011 and 2013 Carmen Salvino Classic titles in Las Vegas and Allen Park, Mich., respectively.
CBS Sports Network coverage of Oklahoma’s Grand Casino Hotel & Resort PBA Summer Swing will conclude on Tuesday, June 23 at 9 p.m. ET, with the Oklahoma’s Grand Casino King of the Swing.
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