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Qualifying leaders Connor Pickford, 23, of Charlotte, N.C., and teenage partner Anthony Simonsen of Princeton, Texas, earned the top qualifying position for the Mark Roth/Marshall Holman PBA Doubles Championship finals, presented by Storm, at the South Point Bowling Plaza Tuesday.

Pickford, whose best career finish was second in the 2014 PBA Viper Championship, and Simonsen, an 18-year-old rookie whose top finish was third in the PBA Xtra Frame Pensacola Open earlier in the year, held off every challenge throughout 20 team games of qualifying and match play to win the top berth in the finals by 245 pins over England’s Dom Barrett and Finland’s Osku Palermaa, the runners-up in the Roth/Holman Doubles Championship held in February in Indianapolis.

Pickford and Simonsen split their 12 team matches, 6-6, but finished with a combined total of 9,337 pins while Barrett and Palermaa posted a 9,092 total. Josh Blanchard of Mesa, Ariz., and Andres Gomez of Colombia qualified third; rookie Matt McNiel of Prior Lake, Minn., and Anthony Pepe of Elmhurst, N.Y., qualified fourth, and Australia’s Jason Belmonte and partner Bill O’Neill of Langhorne, Pa., advanced from seventh to fifth in the final game.doubles