Bill O'Neill (bowler)

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Bill O'Neill
Born (1981-10-21) October 21, 1981 (age 37)
Years active2001-present
Home townLanghorne, Pennsylvania
Bowling Information
AffiliationPBA
Rookie year2005
Dominant handRight (cranker delivery)
Wins11 PBA Tour (1 major)
2 WTBA
300-games30
SponsorsHammer Bowling, Dexter shoes, Vise Grips

William O'Neill (born October 21, 1981) is a right-handed professional ten-pin bowler who competes on the PBA Tour in North America. A resident of Langhorne, Pennsylvania, his nickname on tour is "The Real Deal". O'Neill has won eleven PBA titles, including one major championship at the 2009–10 U.S. Open.[1]

O'Neill was the first person to be a two time World Champion after winning the WTBA singles titles (gold medals) in 2010 and 2013.

Collegiate career[edit]

O'Neill bowled collegiately for Saginaw Valley State University where he was a member of Sigma Pi fraternity.[2] He earned first-team All American honors all four years he competed. He was named Bowling Writers Association of America's Collegiate Bowler of the Year in 2001, 2003 and 2004. He was also honored as the Most Valuable Player by the National Collegiate Bowling Coaches Association in 2003 and 2004.[3]

PBA career[edit]

O'Neill was named PBA Rookie of the Year in his first full PBA season (2005–06), after making the Round of 32 match play 11 times in 18 tournaments and appearing once in the TV finals.[3]

Despite not winning a tournament, O'Neill had an excellent season in 2008-09. He qualified for match play in a career-high 18 of 20 tournaments, made it to the championship round seven times (still a career high as of 2018), and narrowly missed winning the PBA's George Young High Average Award (222.96 to Wes Malott's 222.98).

After 83 tournaments and 11 previous finals appearances without winning, O'Neill finally earned his elusive first PBA Tour title in the PBA Chameleon Championship on September 6, 2009, defeating Ronnie Russell in the final match.[4] That same season, O'Neill earned his second PBA Tour title and first major title at the 2009-10 67th Lumber Liquidators U.S. Open. After qualifying as the #2 seed, he defeated Tommy Jones in the semifinal match. He started slowly in the championship match against #1 seed and defending champ Mike Scroggins, converting a spare then leaving an open frame. But he then rolled the final 10 strikes of the game, for an easy 267–207 victory.[5]

Bill won a career-high $147,275 in the 2009–10 season. He finished the season tied with Walter Ray Williams, Jr. and Mike Scroggins in PBA Player of the Year points, but the honor went to Williams in an overall competition points tie-breaker.[6]

At the 2010 PBA World Series of Bowling, Bill won the Pepsi Viper Championship for his third PBA Tour title.[7] O'Neill also had the highest 60-game qualifying scores among all bowlers at the World Series. This earned him the #1 seed for the 2010–11 PBA World Championship, which took place January 14–16, 2011.[8] But he was defeated in the final match at that event by Chris Barnes.

He won the Alka Seltzer Plus Cold Cheetah Championship on November 10, 2012, beating Mike Wolfe for his fourth PBA Tour title. He then went without a title for all of calendar year 2013.

During the PBA's Summer Swing in 2014, O'Neill defeated Brian Valenta in the Lucas Oil PBA Badger Open to receive his fifth PBA title.[9] O'Neill also won the special "King of the Swing" challenge at this event for an additional $10,000, though this was a non-title match.

At the 2015 Summer Swing, O'Neill qualified as the #1 seed in the PBA Oklahoma Open, and defeated Jason Belmonte in his lone match to win his sixth PBA title. O'Neill repeated his 2014 win in the King of the Swing (non-title) challenge event to earn an additional $10,000.[10] Bill also finished third in two other Summer Swing events, taking home a total of $36,000 during the five-event series. On August 2, 2015, Bill won his seventh PBA title in the Striking Against Breast Cancer Mixed Doubles championship, teaming with PWBA player Shannon O'Keefe to take the top prize.[11] This marked his first season since 2009–10 in which he had multiple titles.

In 2016, O'Neill and O'Keefe repeated as champions at the Striking Against Breast Cancer Mixed Doubles championship, giving O'Neill his eighth PBA title.[12]

O'Neill collected his ninth PBA title on February 25, 2018, winning the Mark Roth-Marshall Holman PBA Doubles Championship with partner Jason Belmonte.[13]

O'Neill won his tenth PBA title on January 6, 2019 at the season-opening PBA Hall of Fame Classic.[14] At World Series of Bowling X in March, he was the only player to make match play in all four events, but he didn't win a title in any of the four. O'Neill qualified as the #7 seed for the inaugural PBA Tour Playoffs. He made it all the way to the June 2 finals in this event, but lost to Kristopher Prather. O'Neil cashed $40,000 for his runner-up finish,[15] and surpassed the $1,000,000 mark in career earnings during the 2019 season.[3] On August 11, O'Neill won his 11th PBA Tour title at the PBA Harry O'Neale Chesapeake Open. Having qualified as the top seed, he defeated A.J. Chapman in the championship finals for his second title of the 2019 season.[16] O'Neill also won the $25,000 first prize in the FloBowling PBA ATX invite on September 21, 2019. This was a non-title elimination event featuring the top eight points-earners over the nine FloBowling PBA Summer Swing tournaments.[17]

Through July 2019, O'Neill has recorded 30 perfect 300 games in PBA competition. He also has 10 PBA Regional titles.

PBA Tour titles[edit]

Major titles in bold type.

  1. 2009–10 PBA Chameleon Championship (Allen Park, MI)
  2. 2009–10 Lumber Liquidators U.S. Open (Indianapolis)
  3. 2010–11 PBA Viper Championship (Las Vegas, NV)
  4. 2012–13 PBA Cheetah Championship (Las Vegas, NV)
  5. 2014 PBA Badger Open (Shawnee, OK)
  6. 2015 PBA Oklahoma Open (Shawnee, OK)
  7. 2015 PBA/PWBA Striking Against Breast Cancer Mixed Doubles w/Shannon O'Keefe (Houston, TX)
  8. 2016 PBA/PWBA Striking Against Breast Cancer Mixed Doubles w/Shannon O'Keefe (Houston, TX)
  9. 2018 Mark Roth-Marshall Holman PBA Doubles Championship w/Jason Belmonte (Columbus, OH)
  10. 2019 PBA Hall of Fame Classic (Arlington, TX)
  11. 2019 PBA Harry O'Neale Chesapeake Open (Chesapeake, VA)

World Series of Bowling[edit]

Wins (3)[edit]

O'Neill is the only PBA bowler to have ever won 3 World Series of Bowling titles.

Year Championship Final score Runner-up Earnings ($)
2009 Chameleon Championship 205-192 United States Ronnie Russell 25,000
2010 Viper Championship 236-203 Colombia Andres Gomez 15,000
2012 Cheetah Championship 243-192 United States Mike Wolfe 20,000

Results timeline[edit]

Results not in chronological order.

Tournament 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
Cheetah Championship 11 39 13 7 1 104 64 41 60 16
Viper Championship 8 44 1 6 31 26 25 11 Not Held
Chameleon Championship 2 1 10 104 9 9 131 7 62 40
Scorpion Championship 15 35 4 53 72 122 71 85 95 13
Shark Championship 29 60 23 18 Not Held 19 83
  Win
  Top 10
  Did not play

"T" = Tied for a place

International Achievements[edit]

Bill is a seven-time member of Team USA. He bowled for Team USA at the 2010 WTBA World Men's Championships, where he won the gold medal match in singles over South Korea's Bok Eum Choi, 244–202.[18] He also won a trios gold medal with Chris Barnes and Rhino Page, while helping Team USA to gold medals in team and all-events. In 2012, he became the first non-Finnish winner in the Ballmaster Open held in Helsinki.

Career statistics[edit]

Statistics are through the last complete PBA Tour season.

Season Events Cashes Match Play CRA+ PBA Titles Average Earnings ($)
2004–05 3 1 0 0 0 204.80 2,000
2005–06 20 18 11 1 0 215.06 61,080
2006–07 19 19 12 1 0 219.56 48,180
2007–08 19 19 13 1 0 216.92 46,275
2008–09 20 20 18 7 0 222.96 91,680
2009–10 19 18 10 5 2 219.21 147,275
2010–11 12 12 9 4 1 220.24 97,290
2011–12 13 11 7 2 0 225.85 39,510
2012–13 25 20 9 3 1 223.99 79,461
2014 18 14 6 4 1 221.74 85,996
2015 21 16 14 5 2 226.70 100,698
2016 24 15 8 2 1 218.35 55,705
2017 17 12 6 1 0 219.57 58,470
2018 17 13 5 1 1 219.47 65,813

+CRA = Championship Round Appearances

Personal[edit]

Bill was married to Christi White in May, 2010. White is a former NCAA bowler and graduate of Fairleigh Dickinson University. Christi delivered the couple's first child, their son Gavin, in February 2013 and a daughter, Avery, in September 2017.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Vint, Bill. "Bill O'Neill Wins First Major Title in 67th Lumber Liquidators U.S. Open." Article at www.pba.com on February 28, 2010.
  2. ^ "Collegiate Honors" (PDF). The Emerald of Sigma Pi. Vol. 87 no. 3. Summer 2002. p. 27.
  3. ^ a b c "Bill O'Neill bio at PBA.com". pba.com. Retrieved June 3, 2019.
  4. ^ "O'Neill Wins First Career Title in Chameleon." Article at www.pba.com, Nov. 22, 2009.
  5. ^ Thomas, Jason. "U.S. Open TV Recap." Article at www.pba.com on March 1, 2010.
  6. ^ Vint, Bill. "Weber Re-Writes PBA History with Marathon Open Victory, Hands Williams Player of the Year Title." Article at www.pba.com on April 4, 2010.
  7. ^ Schneider, Jerry. "O'Neill Romps to Third PBA Tour Title in Pepsi Viper Championship." Article at www.pba.com on December 5, 2010. [1]
  8. ^ Vint, Bill. "O'Neill Wins Top Berth for PBA World Championship." Article at www.pba.com on October 29, 2010. [2]
  9. ^ "Exciting Conclusion of 2014 Badger Open" 2014. [3]
  10. ^ "Bill O'Neill Caps Oklahoma's Grand Casino Hotel & Resort PBA Summer Swing With King of the Swing Victory". pba.com. Retrieved June 29, 2015.
  11. ^ "Shannon O'Keefe, Bill O'Neill Dominate Match Play to Win PBA-PWBA XF Striking Against Breast Cancer Mixed Doubles". pba.com. August 2, 2015. Retrieved August 3, 2015.
  12. ^ Schneider, Jerry (July 31, 2016). "Shannon Shannon O'Keefe, Bill O'Neill Successfully Defend Storm PBA/PWBA Xtra Frame Striking Against Breast Cancer Mixed Doubles Title". pba.com. Retrieved August 2, 2016.
  13. ^ Schneider, Jerry (March 25, 2018). "Fourth Time's the Charm for Jason Belmonte & Bill O'Neill in Roth-Holman PBA Doubles Championship presented by BowlerX.com". pba.com.
  14. ^ Vint, Bill (January 9, 2018). "Bill O'Neill Becomes Hall of Fame Eligible with Victory in PBA Hall of Fame Classic to Kick Off 2019 Season". pba.com.
  15. ^ Vint, Bill (June 2, 2019). "Kris Prather Wins Inaugural PBA Playoffs Championship, $100,000 First Prize". pba.com. Retrieved June 3, 2019.
  16. ^ Vint, Bill (August 11, 2019). "Bill O'Neill Wins PBA Harry O'Neale Chesapeake Open for 11th Career Title, Second of 2019 Season". pba.com. Retrieved August 12, 2019.
  17. ^ Schneider, Jerry (September 21, 2019). "Bill O'Neill Sweeps Jason Sterner to Win First FloBowling PBA ATX Invite". pba.com. Retrieved September 25, 2019.
  18. ^ Thomas, Jason. "O'Neill golden in singles at World Men's Championships." Article at www.pba.com on August 14, 2010.[4]