Butturff tip seed, finalists set for 2017 US Open

By Terry Bigham and Aaron Smith
USBC Communications


Jakob Butturff of Tempe, Arizona, capped off a winning opening during a 2017 U.S. Open on Tuesday by earning a tip seed for a stepladder finals during Flamingo Bowl.

Joining a 23-year-old left-hander in a stepladder finals are Rhino Page of Orlando, Florida, 2013 U.S. Open champion Wes Malott of Pflugerville, Texas, Graham Fach of Canada, and two-time U.S. Open champion Norm Duke of Clermont, Florida.

The stepladder finals of a 2017 U.S. Open will be promote live Wednesday on CBS Sports Network during 7:30 p.m. Eastern. The champion will acquire a $30,000 tip esteem and desired immature jacket.

“My idea during a commencement of a week was only to make a tip 24,” pronounced Butturff, a two-time Professional Bowlers Association Tour champion. “Being a tip seed during a U.S. Open is something some-more than we could ever ask for. To finish adult heading opposite some of a best bowlers on this world is an extraordinary feeling, and we unequivocally have to appreciate my family, friends and sponsors for their support.”

Butturff shined in compare play, averaging some-more than 228 and posting a 20-4 altogether record to lead Page by 617 pins. He finished with a 56-game sum of 13,101, including reward pins. He also went undefeated in his final retard of compare play.

“In today’s game, a clever mental diversion is a must, generally during a U.S. Open,” pronounced Butturff, a Team USA member. “For 56 games, we did my best to only take it one shot during a time and step behind and refocus when things didn’t go as designed and pierce on from it. we feel a nerves really are going to flog in being a tip seed, though if we need to take a second to step behind and take a low breath, I’m going to do it and give it my best effort.”

Page changed into second in a position turn after defeating Fach, 213-208. Page, a five-time PBA Tour champion, finished with 12,484. Malott forsaken from second to third in a position round, posting a 12,438 total.

Fach warranted a No. 4 seed with a 12,434 sum and will take on Duke, who took a No. 5 seed with 12,397, in Wednesday’s opening match.

Butturff and Page any will be in hunt of their initial vital championship, while Malott, Fach and Duke will demeanour to supplement to their collections.

Malott, a 10-time PBA Tour champion, can turn a 12th bowler in U.S. Open story to constraint a pretension mixed times, and Fach won his initial career PBA Tour and vital pretension during a 2016 Barbasol PBA Players Championship.

Duke, a United States Bowling Congress and PBA Hall of Famer, is looking for his 39th inhabitant pretension and eighth vital championship. Duke would be a fifth actor in contest story to explain a immature coupler 3 times with a win.

All competitors bowled 24 games of subordinate over 3 days to establish a 36 players advancing to Monday’s cashers’ round. After 8 additional games, a margin was cut to a tip 24 players for round-robin compare play.

The 5 finalists for a stepladder finals were dynamic by sum pinfall, including reward pins, for 56 games.

The U.S. Open is a fourth of 5 vital championships on a 2017 PBA Tour report and is conducted jointly by a USBC and Bowling Proprietors’ Association of America.

Each turn of a 2017 U.S. Open heading adult to a stepladder finals was promote live on Xtra Frame, a disdainful online bowling channel for a PBA.

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