Bill O'Neill cruises to Oklahoma's Grand Casino Resort PBA Summer Swing victory


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    PBA Badger Open champ brings PBA Summer Swing to near perfect ending

    2014SummerSwingBillONeill.jpg2014PBA03SeanRash.jpg Top qualifier Bill O'Neill (pictured left) of Langhorne, Pa., brought the Professional Bowlers Association Tour's Oklahoma's Grand Casino Resort PBA Summer Swing to a near-perfect close, cruising past Sean Rash (right) of Montgomery, Ill., to win the King of the Swing finale, 245-181, at the Grand Event Center.

    The concluding event in Oklahoma's Grand Casino Resort PBA Summer Swing was staged May 25 at the Grand Casino Resort Events Center in Shawnee, Okla., for tape-delay broadcast on Tuesday, July 1 on CBS Sports Network.

    The stepladder finals were contested on the 52-foot Badger lane condition, selected by O'Neill as the Summer Swing points leader. O'Neill won the PBA Badger Open earlier in the swing.

    2014PBA06BillONeill2.jpgThe final match was decided early. O'Neill struck on eight of his first nine shots and held a 55-pin lead after five frames when Rash failed to convert the 4-7-9-10 split in his fifth frame. After a second split and open by Rash in the seventh frame, O'Neill had the match locked up. O'Neill's open in the 10th frame was meaningless.

    2014PBASummerSwingGold.jpgThe King of the Swing was a special event. No PBA Tour title was awarded, but O'Neill took home $10,000 and a lot of restored confidence.

    "I've been working hard. I've had some struggles over the past couple of years, but I've tried to stay mentally right," he said. "Any time you win it's a boost to your confidence, but to win the way I did here by doubling in the 10th on a really difficult condition (to win the Badger Open), and bowling a really good game today really helps. You don't often bowl a guy like Sean and have the match closed out by the eighth or ninth frame.

    2014PBA06TommyJones2.jpg2014PBA04RonnieRussell3.jpg"I'm just really happy overall," O'Neill said with a smile. "It may not be an official PBA title, but I got a trophy and it's a title in my heart."

    In the first match, Tommy Jones (left) of Simpsonville, S.C., who earned the "wild card" berth as the player with the most Summer Swing points without winning a title, eliminated Bear Open champion Ronnie Russell (right) of Marion, Ind., 236-206, in a contest that featured seven strikes by Jones and five 10 pins sandwiched between strikes by Russell.

    Rash, the Wolf Open winner, started match two with six strikes to take a 33-pin lead over Jones and won handily, 257-212. Jones' rally was cut short when he left the 4-9 split in the ninth frame and failed to convert.

    2014PBA06JasonBelmonte2.jpgIn the semifinal match, Oklahoma Open winner Jason Belmonte (left) of Australia had a chance to eliminate Rash with two strikes in the 10th frame, but he left a 10 pin on his first ball and missed the spare. Rash won, 236-224, and advanced to the championship match.

    The PBA Tour will return to action Oct. 24-Nov. 2 when South Point Hotel, Casino and Bowling Center in Las Vegas hosts PBA World Series of Bowling VI, a multi-event competition featuring the PBA Cheetah, Scorpion, Chameleon and Viper Championships, the PBA World Championship, the World Bowling Tour Men's and Women's Finals, and a new PBA Champion's Challenge special event.

    In the interim, PBA players will compete in World Bowling-PBA International Tour's World Bowling Tour Thailand in Bangkok, Aug. 18-25. For the complete WBT Schedule, click here.


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    Oklahoma's Grand Casino Resort PBA Summer King of the Swing

    Grand Casino Resort Events Center in Shawnee, Okla. (May 25, 2014)

    Championship Round:
    1, Bill O'Neill, Langhorne, Pa., 245 (1 games), $10,000
    2, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 673 (3 games), $5,000
    3, Jason Belmonte, Australia, 224 (1 game), $4,000
    4, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 448 (2 games), $3,000
    5, Ronnie Russell, Marion, Ind., 206 (1 game), $2,000

    Playoff Results:
    First Match: No. 5 Jones def. No. 4 Russell, 236-206
    Second Match: No. 3 Rash def. Jones, 257-212
    Third Match: Rash def. No. 2 Belmonte, 236-224
    Championship: No. 1 O'Neill def. Rash, 245-181.