LUBBOCK, Tex. – Top qualifier EJ Tackett of Huntington, Ind., threw a string of seven consecutive strikes to defeated Bill O’Neill of Langhorne, Pa., 256-213, to win the PBA Xtra Frame Lubbock Sports Southwest Open and his first PBA Tour title Sunday at South Plains Lanes.
Tackett, PBA’s 2013 Rookie of the Year, opened the title match with three single-pin spares, but made a few adjustments and followed with his string of seven strikes to run away from O’Neill, who is arguably the hottest player in professional bowling this summer. O’Neill came into the Lubbock event fresh off wins in the PBA Badger Open and Oklahoma’s Grand Casino Hotel & Resort King of the Swing, a multi-event summer series in which he also had two third-place finishes.
Tackett, 22, had previously finished second in the 2013 USBC Masters and the 2014 Oklahoma Open. Along with his first PBA Tour title, he won a $15,000 first prize.
“A lot of people took a chance on my when I first came out on tour, so I want to thank all of them,” Tackett said. “This one is for them.”