Qualifying leaders Connor Pickford, 23, of Charlotte, N.C., and teenage partner Anthony Simonsen of Princeton, Texas, retained their lead after six of 12 team match games in the Mark Roth/Marshall Holman PBA Doubles Championship presented by Storm at the South Point Bowling Plaza Tuesday.
The field of 12 teams will bowl its final six-game round of team match play Tuesday afternoon. The top five teams after 20 team games (40 individual games) will advance to the ESPN stepladder finals which will be contested on Saturday, Dec. 19, at part of the GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling VII at the National Bowling Stadium in Reno. The telecast will air on ESPN on Sunday, Jan. 17.
During Tuesday’s morning round, Pickford and his two-handed 18-year-old rookie partner rode Pickford’s consistency (six games between a low of 224 and a high of 248) plus two big games by Simonsen (268 and 277) to a combined 28-game total of 6,602 pins, including match play bonus pins, to take a 152-pin lead over Dom Barrett of England and Osku Palermaa of Finland into Tuesday’s final round of match play.