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EJ finds redemption in 2016 PBA World Championship

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EJ Tackett wins 1st Major for 4th Title of the Year; G-Force™ Staff wins World Championship in back-to-back seasons

G-Force™ Staff member EJ Tackett, of Huntington, IN, defeated veteran Tom Smallwood of Saginaw, MI, 246-180, to win his first Major in the PBA World Championship Sunday at the National Bowling Stadium. EJ closed out his victory with a string of 6 strikes to earn the win and fulfill a dream of winning a major. Last year he was the high seed for the 2015 World Championship finals before falling to fellow G-Force™ Staff member Gary Faulkner Jr. in the title match. With the win, EJ becomes one of the front-runners for the PBA Player of the Year race with 4 National Tour victories this season, including this Major, as well as winning the special King of the Swing televised event that capped off the Fall Swing.

As a company, our G-Force™ followed up its 1-2 staff finish in last years 2015 PBA World Championship by having the top 3 finishers use Genesis® products again in 2016. G-Force™ staff member EJ Tackett used a blue Pure Pad and K-Motion kinesiology tape, runner-up Tom Smallwood used our new Hyper™ Grip Tape on his forearm to help grip the ball during his no-thumb delivery. 3rd Place finisher Dom Barrett, of England, found relief with our K-Motion kinesiology tape on his wrist, and our Excel1 performance tape on his thumb.

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Matt O'Grady wins 2016 PBA Regional Challenge at WSOB VIII

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Matt O'Grady kicks off the 2016 PBA WSOB VIII with a victory in the PBA Regional Challenge

Regional G-Force™ staffer Matt O’Grady, of Matawan, NJ, kicked off the 2016 PBA World Series of Bowling in grand fashion by winning the PBA Regional Challenge. The event featured 7 players in 3 divisions (PBA, Women's and PBA50) who earned their spots through point qualification in the different PBA Regional programs. Matt, representing the East region, defeated fellow G-Force™ staff member Dick Allen 225-217 for the crown. It was Dick's first loss of the 9 game event, but came at a pivotal moment.

“I know it doesn’t count as a title, but it sure feels like one to me,” O’Grady said. “Being here on bowling’s biggest stage, live on Xtra Frame, against a stellar field of players who all have a lot more experience than I do feels pretty good. Maybe, at age 30, I’m just hitting my prime a little late.”

On the women's side, G-Force™ member and South representative Ashly Galante, of Palm Harbor, Fl, posted a 7-1 match play record for the high qualifier position, but came up just short, finishing 2nd after a 267-188 loss to eventual winner and West region representative Missy Parkin. Ashly is a great competitor and star player on the PWBA Tour. In the PBA50 Senior division, Walter Ray Williams Jr. collected even more hardware in his illustrious career, defeating Ron Mohr 192-187 in the title match.

Other G-Force™ qualifiers in the PBA Regional Division were Tom Hess (3rd) and Eugene McCune (6th). Bob Learn Jr. (3rd) and Parker Bohn III (5th) competed in the PBA50 Senior Division, while Summer Jasmin (7th) took on the PBA Women's Division. In total, our G-Force™ staff comprised for 8 of the 21 qualifiers.

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1-2-3 Sweep for our G-Force™ Staff in PBA Xtra Frame Bonus

Story by bvint. Courtesy of PBA Spare Shots. Photos courtesy of the PBA

Led by Tommy Jones, our G-Force™ Staff delivered a 1-2-3 sweep in the PBA Xtra Frame Series Points Bonus

After finishing second in the PBA Maine Shootout in April to kick off the PBA Xtra Frame Tour’s winner-take-all points chase, Tommy Jones (G-Force™ Staff) of Simpsonville, S.C., never led until it mattered – at the very end.

Jones, needing a big finish to overtake Xtra Frame Series points leader E.J. Tackett (G-Force™ Staff), finished match play in Sunday’s Xtra Frame South Point Las Vegas Open with games of 300, 278 and 290 to qualify third for the stepladder finals. He then lost to Anthony Simonson, 248-191, but his fourth-place finish was good for 17 Xtra Frame Tour points and that gave him a total of 89 points for the year, enough to top Tackett’s 84 and Ryan Ciminelli’s (G-Force™ Staff) 83. The win earned him a $10,000 bonus.

For the record, Jones finished second in Maine (19 points), won the Greater Jonesboro Open (25 points), finished 19th in Lubbock, Texas (2 points); 11th in Middletown, Del. (10 points), and fifth in Aurora, Ill. (16 points) before the finale in Las Vegas. The seven-tournament Xtra Frame Tour awarded 25 points to each tournament winner, 19 points for second place, 18 for third, etc., declining by one point each place through 20 places, resulting in a close, competitive points race all the way to the end.

(Edit: All three staff members won titles during the Xtra Frame Bonus Events. Jones won the Downums Waste Services PBA Jonesboro Open, while Tackett won the PBA Xtra Frame Storm Open. Ciminelli was a two-time XF winner, being victorious in the PBA Maine Shootout prior to signing with Genesis®, then again after becoming a G-Force™ staff member in the PBA Xtra Frame Parkside Lanes Open.)

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Gary Faulkner Jr. Wins 2015 PBA World Championship

G-Force™ Staff member Gary Faulkner, Jr. wins the 2015 PBA World Championship by defeating fellow staff member EJ Tackett 216-178 in the final match. Congratulations Gary, it was an outstanding TV debut performance.

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