Tommy Jones (bowler)

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Tommy Jones
Born (1978-11-02) November 2, 1978 (age 42)
Years active2000-present
Bowling Information
Affiliation PBA
Rookie year2001
Dominant handRight (cranker delivery)
Wins20 PBA Tour (2 majors)
300-games 37
Sponsors Ebonite, Dexter, Vise grips

Tommy Jones (born November 2, 1978) is an American professional bowler currently competing on the PBA Tour (Professional Bowlers Association), [1] and is a member of the PBA Hall of Fame. [2] He is also an 11-time member of Team USA.


Jones, who is right-handed, has been one of the most competitive pros on the PBA Tour since 2004. He is one of only 16 players in PBA history to win at least 20 PBA Tour titles, and has won over $1.8 million in PBA prize money during his 19 full seasons on tour, including over $300,000 in the 2005–06 season alone. Jones won the PBA Rookie of the Year Award for the 2001–02 season, and the PBA Player of the Year Award following the 2005–06 season. Jones's style is often described as that of a cranker due to his high backswing and rev rate, although some coaches (such as John Jowdy) describe him as a power stroker due to his smooth slide-step and release. He is a member of the Ebonite Pro Staff, and has rolled 36 perfect 300 games throughout his career, including a televised 300 game in 2020. He also has 12 PBA Regional Tour titles.

Jones is a current resident of Simpsonville, South Carolina. [3] He has one daughter from a previous marriage.

PBA career history

Jones joined the PBA in 2000. He currently owns 20 PBA Tour titles, two of them major championships. [1] He won his first 12 titles in just 20 TV Finals appearances.

2004–05 season

After making the TV finals just four times over his first three full seasons on the PBA Tour and failing to win a title, Jones had his breakout season in 2004–05. Jones made the cut to match play in 20 of 21 events and was perfect in the TV finals, winning the title in all four of his final round appearances. He won $224,130 on the season, which was more than his previous three full seasons (66 tournaments) combined. Despite the four tournament wins, Jones finished runner-up to Patrick Allen in the 2004–05 Player of the Year race.

2005–06 season

The 2005–06 season was his best to date, as he cashed in 20 of 21 events, made match play in 19 events, made the TV finals six times, won four titles, and posted a career-best $301,700 in earnings. [4] He won his first career major in this season, at the 63rd U.S. Open.

In 2005, Jones stopped Liz Johnson in her efforts to become the first female to win a national PBA Tour event. After Johnson defeated Wes Malott in the semifinals of the 2005 Banquet Open, she came up short against Tommy in the final, 219–192. [5] [6]

In this season, Jones had a 15-game TV match win streak snapped, falling one short of the all-time record set by Jim Pencak. Upon winning the 2005–06 Player of the Year award, Jones joined Mike Aulby as the only players to win both the PBA Player of the Year and PBA Rookie of the Year awards. Chris Barnes and Jason Belmonte would later also earn this distinction. [1]

2006–07 season

In 2006–07, Jones captured two more titles (9th and 10th overall), including his second major at the H&R Block Tournament of Champions. [1]

2007–08 season

With his 11th tournament win at the 2008 Championship in Reno, NV, Jones joined Mika Koivuniemi as the only two bowlers to win a title on all five of the PBA's "animal" oil patterns (Shark, Chameleon, Cheetah, Scorpion and Viper). [7] He would also win the GEICO Classic in West Babylon, NY for his 12th PBA title.

2008–09 season

The 2008–09 PBA season was the first since 2003–04 where Jones did not earn a title, although he did cash in 20 of the 21 events he participated in. [1]

2009–10 season

He had seven top-ten finishes in 2009–10, and won his 13th title in the 2010 Dydo Japan Cup, the final title event of the season. [8]

2010–11 season

In an abbreviated PBA season, he had four top-ten finishes in 12 events, including a third-place finish at the U.S. Open.

2011–12 season

Jones won $45,000 in the PBA All-in Showdown at the 2011 World Series of Bowling, an optional, non-title event that required a $5,000 buy-in. Otherwise, it was perhaps his worst pro season, as he was unable to win a title and cashed only $17,390 in official PBA earnings.

2012–13 season

Jones won the WBT International Bowling Championship in Inazawa, Japan on January 19, 2013. With WBT titles now counted as PBA Tour titles (if won by a full-fledged PBA member), Jones was credited with his 14th PBA title. Tommy also won the season-ending 7th Kingdom International Open in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia on December 16, 2013 for his 15th PBA title. [9] He earned over $166,000 in 2012–13, his best season earnings since 2005–06.

2014 season

Jones made match play six times, and appeared three times in the televised finals, but did not win a tournament.

2015 season

On May 16, 2015, Tommy won his 16th PBA title (his first on U.S. soil since 2008) at the PBA Bear Open in Shawnee, Oklahoma. On this day, Jones rose from the #5 seed and defeated four PBA titlists, including PBA Hall of Famer Norm Duke in the final match. [10] It would be Jones' lone title for the season, despite making the final round in a career-high eight tournaments.

2016 season

On June 5, 2016, Jones earned his 17th PBA Tour title in the Downums Waste Services PBA Xtra Frame Jonesboro Open. With the win, Tommy moved into a 20th place tie with Hall of Famer Carmen Salvino on the all-time PBA titles list. [11] Jones earned a $10,000 bonus for accumulating the most points (89) in the seven 2016 PBA Xtra Frame events, surpassing E. J. Tackett (84 points) in the final Xtra Frame event of the season on October 30. [12] Jones won the PBA Scorpion Championship on December 10 at the 2016 World Series of Bowling in Reno, NV for his 18th PBA Tour title. This moved him into a tie for 15th place on the all-time PBA titles list (with five other players). [13]

2017 season

Jones made the final match of the 2017 Fire Lake PBA Tournament of Champions on February 19, 2017, but lost to top seed E. J. Tackett. [14] As one of the top eight money leaders from the start of the 2015 season through the 2017 USBC Masters, Jones was invited to participate in the inaugural Main Event PBA Tour Finals in May, 2017. Tommy placed fourth in the event. [15]

2018 season

Tommy struggled in 2018, making only two championship round appearances in 17 Tour events and failing to earn a title.

2019 season

On August 23, 2019, Jones won the Classic in Coldwater, Ohio to capture his 19th PBA Tour title overall and his first since the 2016 season. This put him a 16th place tie with Chris Barnes on the all-time titles list. [16]

In October 2019, Jones was elected to the PBA Hall of Fame in his first year on the ballot. He was officially inducted during the PBA awards ceremony in Arlington, Texas on January 18, 2020. [2]

Jones also won the $100,000 top prize in the Bowlero Elite Series pro-am event on December 29. This was a non-title event and the earnings do not count toward official PBA totals. [17]

2020 season

On January 19, 2020, one day after his induction into the PBA Hall of Fame, Jones won the PBA Hall of Fame Classic in Arlington, Texas. As the #2 seed for the stepladder finals, he defeated Chris Barnes in the semifinal match, and Darren Tang in the championship match. Jones bowled the PBA’s 27th televised 300 game in the championship match to claim his 20th PBA Tour title, tying Dick Ritger, Wayne Webb, and Amleto Monacelli for 13th on the all-time titles list. [18] Jones' 300 game was just the third one in history rolled in a televised championship match, and the first-ever televised 300 game on a mixed oil pattern. (The left lane had a 45-foot pattern, while the right lane had a 38-foot pattern.)

Additional accomplishments

Career PBA Tour titles

Major titles are in boldface.

  1. 2004 Dydo Japan Cup (Yokohama, Japan) [20]
  2. 2004 Denver Open (Lakewood, Colorado) [21]
  3. 2005 Cambridge Credit Classic (West Babylon, New York) [22]
  4. 2005 Banquet Open (Grand Rapids, Michigan) [23]
  5. 2005 Dydo Japan Cup (Tokyo, Japan) [20]
  6. 2005 Tulsa Championship (Owasso, Oklahoma) [23]
  7. 2006 Bayer Atlanta Classic (Norcross, Georgia) [24]
  8. 2006 63rd U.S. Open (North Brunswick, New Jersey) [1]
  9. 2006 Ace Hardware Championship (Wickliffe, Ohio) [25]
  10. 2007 H&R Block Tournament of Champions (Uncasville, Connecticut)
  11. 2008 Championship (Reno, Nevada) [7]
  12. 2008 GEICO Classic (West Babylon, New York) [26]
  13. 2010 Dydo Japan Cup (Tokyo, Japan)
  14. 2013 WBT International Bowling Championship (Inazawa, Japan)
  15. 2013 7th Kingdom International Open (Riyadh, Saudi Arabia)
  16. 2015 PBA Bear Open (Shawnee, Oklahoma)
  17. 2016 Downums Waste Services PBA Jonesboro Open (Jonesboro, Arkansas)
  18. 2016 PBA Scorpion Championship (Reno, Nevada)
  19. 2019 Classic (Coldwater, Ohio) [16]
  20. 2020 PBA Hall of Fame Classic (Arlington, Texas)

Career statistics

Statistics are through the last complete PBA Tour season.

SeasonEventsCashesMatch PlayCRA+PBA TitlesAverageEarnings ($)

+CRA = Championship Round Appearances

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