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Germany’s Tobias Börding Wins Inaugural PBA World Series of Bowling Award for Improved Performance

Fri, 2017-11-17 22:33

RENO, Nev. – Tobias Börding, a third-year Professional Bowlers Association member from Puccheim, Germany, has been named winner of the inaugural PBA Don Carano WSOB Award in recognition of his performance in the GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling IX, presented by Eldorado Reno Resorts Properties.

The new award, created by the PBA, honors the memory of the late Don Carano and his entire family for their long-time support of the PBA. The award is a tribute to Don Carano’s life-long pursuit of personal improvement, and specifically applies to Börding as the player who showed the most improvement in PBA World Championship qualifying from 2016 to 2017.

In 2016, Börding finished World Championship qualifying in 121st place. In 2017, he finished qualifying in 28th place, moving up 93 positions in the standings.

As the winner of the inaugural award, Börding will receive a premium bottle of wine from the Carano family winery, dinner for two at Carano’s La Strada Ristorante and complimentary lodging at one of the Carano family’s Eldorado Reno Resorts – Eldorado Resort Casino, Silver Legacy Resort Casino or Circus Circus Reno Hotel & Casino – for the 2018 PBA World Series of Bowling X.

The PBA Don Carano WSOB Award will be presented in future World Series of Bowling held in Reno to the player who shows the most improvement year over year in PBA World Championship qualifying.

Don Carano, patriarch of the Carano family that was integral in the building of the National Bowling Stadium and the development of Reno’s Tri-Properties, died on Oct. 3 at age 85.

Belmonte Advances to Pepsi PBA Scorpion Championship Finals for Second WSOB IX Animal Pattern Telecast Appearance

Thu, 2017-11-16 23:36

RENO, Nev. – Australian two-hander Jason Belmonte won his best-of-three Pepsi PBA Scorpion Championship presented by Go Bowling! Round-of-8 match at the National Bowling Stadium Thursday to make his second consecutive GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling IX animal pattern ESPN finals telecast.

Bowling on the 42-foot PBA Scorpion lane oil pattern, the three-time PBA Player of the Year also made his 18th career WSOB telecast by beating rookie Raymond Lussier of Canada, 2-0 (235-189, 276-237).

Belmonte, a 15-time Tour winner that includes eight majors, qualified for the Cheetah Championship finals earlier Thursday with a 2-1 Round-of-8 win over Ryan Ciminelli of Cheektowaga, N.Y.

Belmonte, who also qualified second for the PBA World Championship finals earlier in WSOB IX, added to his PBA major win total earlier this season with wins in the Barbasol PBA Players Championship and USBC Masters.

The Scorpion Championship finals will be taped Saturday by ESPN at 6 p.m. PT at the National Bowling Stadium and live streamed on ESPN3. The Finals will air on ESPN Dec. 24 at 2 p.m. ET.

In addition to being part of the GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling IX, presented by Eldorado Reno Resorts Properties, the Scorpion Championship is also part of the 2017-18 Go Bowling! PBA Tour schedule.

Defending PBA Player of the Year EJ Tackett of Huntington, Ind., made his first WSOB IX finals appearance by beating Arturo Quintero of Mexico 2-1 (220-157, 188-247, 205-176). Tackett, an eight-time Tour winner will be trying for his third win of the season.

Brandon Novak of Chillicothe, Ohio, made his second consecutive WSOB Scorpion Championship finals appearance by beating Matt McNiel of Minneapolis, Minn., 2-1 (199-205, 279-237, 223-196). In 2016 Novak finished fourth in the Scorpion Championship.

Rounding out the Scorpion Championship finals telecast will be Shawn Maldonado of Houston who swept England’s Dom Barrett 2-0 (234-232, 225-206).

All animal pattern championship ESPN finals telecasts (Chameleon, Shark, Cheetah and Scorpion) will use a format where the four finalists simultaneously bowl one game on the same pair of lanes with the top two scorers advancing to a head-to-head final match.

PEPSI PBA SCORPION CHAMPIONSHIP PRESENTED BY GO BOWLING!

National Bowling Stadium, Reno, Nev., Thursday

Round of 16 (best-of-five games, winners advance to round of 8. Losers earn $1,200)

Arturo Quintero, Mexico, def. Kyle Troup, Taylorsville, N.C., 3-2 (228-219, 171-216, 219-214, 206-267, 236-223).
Brandon Novak, Chillicothe, Ohio, def. Devin Bidwell, Wichita, Kan., 3-2 (213-225, 213-193, 258-227, 208-236, 265-235).
Jason Belmonte, Australia, def. Bill O'Neill, Langhorne, Pa., 3-1 (247-223, 206-235, 248-230, 238-220).
Shawn Maldonado, Houston, def. BJ Moore III, Greensburg, Pa., 3-1 (289-224, 246-239, 187-248, 290-231).
Dom Barrett, England, def. Kyle Sherman, O'Fallon, Mo., 3-1 (246-247, 221-198, 247-214, 212-204).
Raymond Lussier, Canada, def. Zeke Bayt, Westerville, Ohio, 3-1 (234-226, 225-224, 218-223, 257-190).
Matthew McNiel, Minneapolis, Minn., def. Brian LeClair, Albany, N.Y., 3-2 (234-174, 186-189, 200-211, 216-161, 247-201).
EJ Tackett, Huntington, Ind., def. Stuart Williams, England, 3-0 (247-237, 254-219, 235-211).

Round of 8 (best-of-three games, winners advance to ESPN-taped finals Saturday at 6 p.m. PT. ESPN telecast Dec. 24 at 2 p.m. ET. Losers earn $2,000)

Tackett def. Quintero, 2-1 (220-157, 188-247, 205-176).
Novak def. McNiel, 2-1 (199-205, 279-237, 223-196).
Belmonte def. Lussier, 2-0 (235-189, 276-237).
Maldonado def. Barrett, 2-0 (234-232, 225-206).

GEICO PBA WSOB IX Notebook IX: ‘Youngest PBA Tour Title Winner’ Record is Safe…for Now

Thu, 2017-11-16 19:00

Norm Duke’s record as the youngest player ever to win a PBA Tour title is safe…for now…after 17-year-old Trey Ford III of Bartlesville, Okla., lost his best-of-five-game, Round of 16 match to South Africa’s Francois Louw in Thursday’s PBA Cheetah Championship presented by PBA Bowling Challenge Mobile Game.

If Ford, bowling in his second PBA World Series of Bowling, had continued to advance and actually won the Cheetah Championship title on Saturday, he would have eclipsed Duke’s record more than full year. Duke was 18 years, 345 days old when he won the Cleveland Open back in 1983. Ford will be 17 years, 85 days old on Saturday.

Ford, a two-handed player, had his best previous finish as a PBA member in the Grand Casino Hotel & Resort Oklahoma Open in July when he finished 11th. In his WSOB debut in 2015 at age 15, Ford averaged 196.36 and finished in 195th place. After skipping WSOB XIII in 2016, Ford returned to Reno at age 17 and averaged 225.05 for his 40 games on the four animal patterns, qualifying for the PBA World Championship cashers’ round in a tie for 42nd as well as qualifying No. 9 for the Cheetah Round of 16 .

Ultimately, Ford finished his PBA World Championship test in 43rd place with a composite 60-game average of 222.6 along with a top 16 finish in the Cheetah Championship. He will leave Reno with more than a year to chase Duke’s record…but he also may be watching in the rearview mirror, because he isn’t the only talented young teenager bowling in PBA competition these days.

Also making his PBA Tour debut in Reno this year was Pyry Puharinen, a 15-year-old two-hander from Finland. Puharinen finished the 40-game World Championship qualifying portion of WSOB IX in 107th place, averaging 215.05.

LANETALK STATS COMPARE TAKE A LOOK AT ANIMAL PATTERN FINALISTS

Lanetalk, PBA’s statistical analysis partner for WSOB IX, has been tracking performance data for all 195 players through 10 qualifying games on each animal pattern, followed by the 49 PBA World Championship cashers as they completed their final five-game rounds on each pattern, and finally data for the 16 match play finalists in each event. Much more detailed information is available on Lanetalk’s Facebook page, but here’s a glimpse of the comparisons for the 10-game Cheetah and Scorpion rounds, the five-game cashers’ rounds and Wednesday’s best-of-five and/or best-of-three-game match play rounds:

Chameleon 39 Championship comparisons:

— Composite averages: full field of 195 - 212.24 (10 games); 49 World Championship cashers composite average: 224.72 (5 games); match play composite average: 226.1.

— Strike percentage: full field - 55.66%; WC cashers strike rate 62.35%; match play strike rate 62.84%.

— First shot splits: full field - 8.24%; WC cashers split rate 7.14%; match play split rate 6.42%.

— First shot single-pin leaves: full field - 23.21%; WC cashers 21.72%; match play finalists 23.78%.

— Clean frame rate: full field - 88.16%; WC cashers 91.51%; match play finalists 93.6%.

— “Makeable spares” conversion rate: full field - 86.12%; WC cashers 91.34%, match play finalists 94.35%.

Shark 45 Championship comparisons:

— Composite averages: full field of 195 – 217.6 (10 games); 49 World Championship cashers composite average: 229.14 (5 games); match play composite average: 232.13.

— Strike percentage: full field – 58.01%; WC cashers strike rate 63.66%; match play strike rate 65.64%.

— First shot splits: full field - 7%; WC cashers split rate 6.45%; match play split rate 4.81%.

— First shot single-pin leaves: full field - 23.41%; WC cashers 22.75%; match play finalists 29.55%.

— Clean frame rate: full field – 89.93%; WC cashers 92.9%; match play finalists 93.97%.

— “Makeable spares” conversion rate: full field - 88%; WC cashers 93.7%, match play finalists 91.98%.

“LIVE ON XTRA FRAME” COVERAGE FROM WSOB IX WRAPS UP

Xtra Frame’s extensive live coverage of the GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling IX, presented by Eldorado Resorts Reno Properties, ended Thursday with coverage of the Rounds of 16 and 8 in the PBA Cheetah Championship presented by PBA Bowling Challenge Mobile Game followed by the Pepsi PBA Scorpion Championship presented by GoBowling.com.

From Tuesday, Nov. 7, through Friday – with the exception of one rest day – Xtra Frame subscribers were able to watch the PBA Regional and PBA50 Tour Challenge finals, start-to-finish qualifying rounds on the Chameleon 39, Shark 45, Cheetah 33 and Scorpion 42 animal patterns, all of which were stages leading into the PBA World Championship. Then came the World Championship cashers’ extended qualifying rounds on the four animal patterns, followed by the match play elimination rounds in each of the four animal pattern events.

All in all, Xtra Frame’s crew of Phil Brylow, Jef Goodger, Craig Elliott and Van McNeil, plus commentary by PBA Hall of Famer Marshall Holman, assorted players and bowling industry representatives, gave bowling fans a comprehensive view of the WSOB that would never have been possible in years past. Subscribers who missed the live action always have the opportunity to visit the Xtra Frame archives for previously recorded sessions, interviews and more.

With the preliminaries completed Friday, Xtra Frame’s crew headed home for the holidays, turning the final stages of WSOB IX over to ESPN and ESPN3. Xtra Frame will return to live coverage in January when the DHC PBA Japan Invitational kicks off the 2018 PBA Tour season.

What a great way to launch the new 2017-18 Go Bowling! PBA Tour partnership.

And what a great Christmas gift idea for the bowler in your family? Xtra Frame subscriptions are available in a variety of packages: three-day ($3.99), 30-day ($7.99) and Xtra Frame Season Ticket (a full-year’s coverage at an average cost of $1.25 per week) subscriptions are available by visiting “xtraframe.tv” and clicking on the “subscribe now” link.

Under the new Go Bowling! PBA Tour sponsorship, Bowling Proprietors’ Association of America centers are entitled to complimentary subscriptions, simply by contacting PBA’s Dave Schroeder at dave.schroeder@pba.com.

Svensson, Belmonte Headline All-International PBA Cheetah Championship Finals Field

Thu, 2017-11-16 18:40

RENO, Nev. -- Two-handers Jesper Svensson of Sweden and Jason Belmonte of Australia won best-of-three Round of 8 matches Thursday to headline an all-international field advancing to the PBA Cheetah Championship presented by PBA Challenge Mobile Game finals which will be taped Saturday by ESPN at 4:15 p.m. PST and live streamed on ESPN3.

Svensson qualified for his second GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling IX presented by Eldorado Reno Resorts Properties telecast by sweeping PBA Hall of Famer Norm Duke of Clermont, Fla., 2-0 (259-214, 268-201).

Svensson, a six-time PBA Tour winner, earned top-qualifier honors for the PBA World Championship finals after cashers’ rounds were completed earlier in the week.

Belmonte, who qualified second for the World Championship finals, beat Ryan Ciminelli of Cheektowaga, N.Y., 2-1, in his best-of-three match to also make his second WSOB IX finals telecast. After losing the first game 234-206, Belmonte came back to win the next two, 259-189 and 300-214.

For Belmonte, a 15-time Tour winner and three-time PBA Player of the Year, the Cheetah Championship finals marks his 17th World Series of Bowling telecast appearance.

The Cheetah Championship, which will be aired on ESPN Dec. 24 at 1 p.m. ET, is also part of the 2017-18 Go Bowling! PBA Tour schedule.

Making it two players from Australia in the finals, Sam Cooley beat PBA Hall of Famer Parker Bohn III of Jackson, N.J., 2-0 (243-212, 279-194) to advance to his first WSOB final. Cooley’s best Tour finish was third in the 2016 Barbasol PBA Players Championship.

Two-time PBA Tour winner Thomas Larsen of Denmark rounded out the all-international finals field by sweeping South Africa’s Francois Louw, 2-0 (232-189, 247-232), to advance to the final.

The finals telecasts will use a format where the four finalists simultaneously bowl one game on the same pair of lanes with the top two scorers advancing to a head-to-head final match.

Round of 16 and Round of 8 Elimination Rounds for the Pepsi PBA Scorpion Championship presented by Go Bowling! continue this afternoon. And will be covered live by PBA’s online bowling channel Xtra Frame.

PBA CHEETAH CHAMPIONSHIP PRESENTED BY PBA CHALLENGE MOBILE GAME

National Bowling Stadium, Reno, Nev., Thursday

Round of 16 (best-of-five games, winners advance to round of 8. Losers earn $1,200)

Thomas Larsen, Denmark, def. Bill O'Neill, Langhorne, Pa., 3-1 (225-214, 173-227, 258-190, 258-191).
Jesper Svensson, Sweden, def. Graham Fach, Canada, 3-1 (247-257, 268-212, 231-202, 227-225).
Ryan Ciminelli ($1,200), Cheektowaga, N.Y., def. Andrew Cain, Phoenix, 3-1 (238-235, 194-237, 217-179, 278-192).
Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., def. Anthony Pepe, Elmhurst, N.Y., 3-2 (214-233, 257-213, 215-174, 218-257, 279-215).
Sam Cooley, Australia, def. Kim Bolleby, Thailand, 3-2 (243-256, 248-227, 279-226, 187-212, 279-233).
Jason Belmonte, Australia, def. Muhammad Rafiq Ismail, Malaysia, 3-1 (235-203, 256-259, 269-225, 238-218).
Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., def. Anthony Simonsen, Austin, Texas, 3-2 (200-266, 279-218, 204-193, 214-256, 258-212).
Francois Louw, South Africa, def. Trey Ford III, Bartlesville, Okla., 3-1 (216-227, 253-215, 232-201, 208-163).

Round of 8 (best-of-three games, winners advance to ESPN-taped finals Saturday at 4:15 p.m. PT. ESPN telecast Dec. 24 at 1 p.m. ET. Losers earn $2,000)

Larsen def. Louw, 2-0 (232-189, 247-232).
Svensson def. Duke, 2-0 (259-214, 268-201).
Belmonte def. Ciminelli, 2-1 (206-234, 259-189, 300-214).
Cooley def. Bohn, 2-0 (243-212, 279-194).

300 games: Jason Belmonte

Two Tour Winners and Two Players Making Their First PBA Tour Telecast Advance to PBA Shark Championship Finals

Thu, 2017-11-16 00:04

RENO, Nev. – Two PBA Tour champions and two players making their first PBA Tour telecasts won best-of-three Round of 8 matches Wednesday evening to advance to the PBA Shark Championship presented by Xtra Frame finals which will be taped Saturday by ESPN at 2:30 p.m. PST and live streamed on ESPN3.

Four-time PBA Tour winner Marshall Kent of Yakima, Wash., and two-time winner Tom Daugherty of Riverview, Fla., both swept their best-of-three matches. Kent defeated PBA World Championship top qualifier Jesper Svensson of Sweden, 2-0 (233-215, 248-226), while Daugherty beat Thomas Larsen of Denmark, 2-0 (234-225, 216-215).

Charlie Brown Jr., a 36-year-old rookie bowling in his first PBA Tour event, swept Shota Kawazoe of Japan, 2-0, to make his first PBA Tour telecast. Brown, of Grandville, Mich., had to win a three-frame roll-off, 29-27, in the first game after a 257-257 tie and then in the second game narrowly beat Kawazoe 248-244.

Bowling in his fourth World Series of Bowling, England’s Richie Teece finally broke through to make his first Tour telecast by beating Tom Smallwood of Saginaw, Mich., 2-1 (212-243, 257-215, 226-212).

The finals telecasts will use a format where the four finalists simultaneously bowl one game on the same pair of lanes with the top two scorers advancing to a head-to-head final match. The Shark finals will air on ESPN Sunday, Dec. 17 at 2 p.m. ET.

The Shark Championship is part of the GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling IX, presented by Eldorado Reno Resorts Properties and the 2017-18 Go Bowling! PBA Tour schedule.

Kent, the 2014 PBA Rookie of the Year, will be trying for his third win of the season having won the Oklahoma Open and Xtra Frame Lubbock Sports Open last summer.

Daugherty, who will be trying for his first win of the season, has a seventh and three ninth-place finishes this season. His last PBA Tour win came in the 2016 Wolf Open.

Elimination Rounds for the PBA Cheetah Championship presented by PBA Challenge Mobile Game and Pepsi PBA Scorpion Championship presented by Go Bowling! continue Thursday beginning at 11 a.m. PST. All competition will be covered by PBA’s online bowling channel Xtra Frame.

PBA SHARK CHAMPIONSHIP PRESENTED XTRA FRAME

National Bowling Stadium, Reno, Nev., Wednesday

Round of 16 (best-of-five games, winners advance to round of 8. Losers earn $1,200)

Shota Kawazoe, Japan, def. Pascal Winternheimer, Germany, 3-1 (223-241, 238-211, 300-289, 227-216).
Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., def. Glenn Pedersen, Norway, 3-0 (247-191, 256-234, 216-212).
Tom Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich., def. Nick Kruml, Downers Grove, Ill., 3-0 (267-245, 225-203, 256-192).
Thomas Larsen, Denmark, def. Brad Angelo, Lockport, N.Y., 3-2 (237-300, 237-267, 226-202, 261-233, 268-236).
Tom Daugherty, Riverview, Fla., def. Kyle Troup, Taylorsville, N.C., 3-1 (268-258, 210-163, 222-229, 212-200).
Richie Teece, England, def. Anthony Simonsen, Austin, Texas, 3-1 (221-198, 243-253, 235-212, 237-221).
Jesper Svensson, Sweden, def. Chris Arcaro, Carolina Beach, N.C., 3-1 (268-221, 258-224, 207-215, 268-207).
Charlie Brown Jr, Grandville, Mich., def. DJ Archer, Friendswood, Texas, 3-0 (238-179, 258-218, 220-204).

300 games: Shota Kawazoe, Brad Angelo

Round of 8 (best-of-three games, winners advance to ESPN-taped finals Saturday at 2:30 p.m. PT. ESPN telecast Dec. 17 at 2 p.m. ET. Losers earn $2,000)

Brown def. Kawazoe, 2-0 (257-257, Brown won roll-off 29-27, 248-244).
Kent def. Svensson, 2-0 (233-215, 248-226).
Teece def. Smallwood, 2-1 (212-243, 257-215, 226-212).
Daugherty def. Larsen, 2-0 (234-225, 216-215).

Liz Johnson Among Four Players Advancing to PBA Chameleon Championship Finals

Wed, 2017-11-15 18:43

RENO, Nev. -- Liz Johnson, Wes Malott, Anthony Pepe and Tom Smallwood swept their respective best-of-three Round of 8 matches to advance to Saturday’s finals of the PBA Chameleon Championship presented by Reno Tahoe Wednesday afternoon that will be taped by ESPN at noon PST and streamed live on ESPN3.

The finals telecasts will use a format where the four finalists simultaneously bowl one game on the same pair of lanes with the top two scorers advancing to a head-to-head final match. The Chameleon finals will air on ESPN Sunday, Dec. 17 at 1 p.m. ET.

The Chameleon Championship is part of the GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling IX, presented by Eldorado Reno Resorts Properties and the 2017-18 Go Bowling! PBA Tour schedule.

Johnson, a USBC Hall of Famer and three-time reigning Professional Women’s Bowling Association Player of the Year, beat Josh Blanchard of Mesa, Ariz. 2-0 (239-224, 228-214) to advance to the finals.

Johnson, a native of western New York who now lives in Palatine, Ill., is a two-time PBA regional champion, and has a best PBA Tour finish of second which came in the 2005 Banquet Open. She also owns a record 10 PWBA Tour major titles. She will be hoping to join Kelly Kulick, the 2010 PBA Tournament of Champions winner, as the only women to win a PBA Tour title.

Malott, of Pflugerville, Texas, a 10-time Tour winner, made his first TV final at the National Bowling Stadium by beating Swedish two-hander and PBA World Championship top qualifier Jesper Svensson 2-0 (279-258, 255-214).

Pepe, of Elmhurst, N.Y., whose first PBA Tour title came in the 2014 Cheetah Championship, will be trying for his second PBA Tour title advancing to the finals by beating Marshall Kent of Yakima, Wash., 2-0 (202-202 won roll-off 20-19, 279-233).

Smallwood of Saginaw, Mich., advanced to the finals with a 2-0 (249-178, 231-225) win over Thailand’s Yannaphon Larpapharat. Smallwood, the 2009 PBA World Championship winner, will be trying for his third PBA Tour title.

Elimination rounds for the Shark Championship presented by Xtra Frame continue this afternoon beginning at 3:30 p.m. PT. All competition will be covered by PBA’s online bowling channel Xtra Frame.

PBA CHAMELEON CHAMPIONSHIP PRESENTED BY RENO TAHOE

National Bowling Stadium, Reno, Nev., Wednesday

Round of 16 (best-of-five games, winners advance to round of 8, losers earn $1,200)

Tom Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich., def. Matthew Sanders, Evansville, Ind., 3-0 (213-179, 246-206, 226-198).
Jesper Svensson, Sweden, def. Jason Belmonte, Australia, 3-1 (247-211, 215-243, 223-222, 279-221).
Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., def. Francois Lavoie, Canada, 3-2 (221-227, 155-258, 269-259, 254-253, 222-202).
Josh Blanchard, Mesa, Ariz., def. DJ Archer, Friendswood, Texas, 3-1 (215-242, 248-202, 300-225, 235-214).
Liz Johnson, Palatine, Ill., def. Ryan Ciminelli, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 3-2 (217-236, 238-248, 247-195, 248-207, 267-192).
Anthony Pepe, Elmhurst, N.Y., def. Zacharay Wilkins, Canada, 3-2 (218-199, 187-204, 183-234, 245-185, 225-194).
Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, def. Glenn Pedersen, Norway, 3-1 (182-195, 245-225, 257-192, 279-180).
Yannaphon Larpapharat, Thailand, def. Adrian Ang Loong, Malaysia, 3-2 (198-223, 237-248, 266-227, 259-211, 225-187).

300 game: Josh Blanchard

Round of 8 (best-of-three games, winners advance to ESPN-taped finals Saturday at noon PT. ESPN telecast Dec. 17 at noon ET. Losers earn $2,000)

Smallwood def. Larpapharat, 2-0 (249-178, 231-225).
Malott, def. Svensson, 2-0 (279-258, 255-214).
Pepe def. Kent, Yakima, Wash., 2-0 (202-202, 279-233).
Johnson def. Blanchard, 2-0 (239-224, 228-214).

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GEICO PBA WSOB IX Notebook VIII: WBT Men’s Finals Field Set, but Order of Matches is Pending

Wed, 2017-11-15 17:55

Sweden’s Jesper Svensson, Australia’s Jason Belmonte and Marshall Kent (feature photo) of Yakima, Wash., have clinched berths in Sunday’s World Bowling Tour Men’s Finals, presented by the PBA, but the order of matches to decide the winner is still pending the outcome of the PBA World Championship, the final PBA event of the GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling IX, presented by Eldorado Reno Resorts Properties.

Svensson, the top qualifier for the PBA World Championship, can earn 100 points toward the 2017 World Bowling Tour standings if he wins the World Championship. He enters the finals with a 15-point lead over No. 2 qualifier Belmonte, who can finish as low as third place in the World Championship if he loses his first match, or 100 points if he wins the title. A loss for Belmonte would keep him in second place and a match against Kent. But if Belmonte wins his ninth major in the World Championship, he’ll overtake Svensson by five points, making Svensson bowl Kent in the first WBT Men’s Finals match.

The men and women will compete for $12,500, $7,500 and $5,000 in prize money Sunday (the WBT Women’s Finals field includes top qualifier Diana Zavjalova of Latvia, defending champion Danielle McEwan of Stony Point, N.Y., and Malaysia’s Shalin Zulkifli). The WBT Men’s and Women’s Finals will follow the PBA World Championship finals Sunday at the National Bowling Stadium. ESPN3 will live-stream the finals and ESPN will tape the finals for broadcast on Sunday, Jan. 7, at 1 p.m. EST as part of the 2017-18 Go Bowling! PBA Tour schedule.

SVENSSON SELECTS CHAMELEON 39 PATTERN FOR PBA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP

As top qualifier for the PBA World Championship, Jesper Svensson of Sweden earned the right to select which of the four PBA animal patterns he wants the field to confront during the stepladder finals, and he has selected the Chameleon 39 pattern.

Svensson will only bowl one game – for the title – on the Chameleon pattern, but during the PBA Chameleon Championship presented by Reno Tahoe qualifying stage, he averaged 239.4 on the 39-foot pattern, second only to Tom Smallwood’s 243.9. Smallwood, however, didn’t make it to the World Championship finals. No. 2 qualifier Jason Belmonte finished in a tie for 14th in the 10-game Chameleon round (232.9 average), No. 3 Ryan Ciminelli was fifth (236.3 average), No. 4 Kyle Troup was 35th (224.2 average) and No. 5 Matt Sanders was 16th (232.2 average).

USA VS. THE WORLD TO BE CONTESTED ON EARL ANTHONY 42 OIL PATTERN

Speaking of oiling patterns, the USA vs. The World team match on Friday at 9 p.m. EST/6 p.m. PST will be contested on a neutral lane condition – the Earl Anthony 42 pattern that also was used in the PBA Regional and PBA50 Tour Challenge events that kicked off WSOB IX. None of the U.S. or international players have bowled on the 42-foot Anthony pattern.

For the U.S. players (Tom Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich.; Ryan Ciminelli, Cheektowaga, N.Y.; Kyle Troup, Taylorsville, N.C.; Matt McNiel, Minneapolis, and Bill O’Neill, Langhorne, Pa.) and The World players (Jesper Svensson, Sweden; Jason Belmonte, Australia; Thomas Larsen, Denmark; Dom Barrett, England, and Muhammad Rafiq Ismail, Malaysia), the best-of-two-game Baker team match is more than an exhibit. The winning team will share in $40,000 in prize money ($8,000 each) while the losing team will split up $20,000 in prize money ($4,000 each).

LANETALK STATS COMPARE FULL-FIELD TO WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP CASHERS

Lanetalk, PBA’s statistical analysis partner for WSOB IX, finished tracking performance data for the 49 PBA World Championship cashers as they completed their final five-game rounds on Cheetah 33 and Scorpion 42 animal patterns Tuesday, comparing the 49 leaders to how the entire field of 195 performed for 10 games on the same oiling patterns. Much more detailed information is available on Lanetalk’s Facebook page, but here’s a glimpse of the comparisons for the five-game Cheetah and Scorpion World Championship final rounds vs. the earlier 10-game rounds.

Cheetah 33 Championship comparisons:

— The field of 195 players had a composite average of 215.81 on the Cheetah pattern. The 49 World Championship cashers averaged 226.65 on the same pattern.

— The high score in the first Cheetah round was 300 (by eight players), but 299 was the top score in the cashers’ round. The low game for the full field was 109; it was 150 among the 49 leaders.

— The entire field’s strike percentage on the Cheetah was 57.55 vs. 62.76 for the cashers. First shots resulted in splits 6.53% of the time and non-strike shots resulted in single pins 23.28% of the time. The 49 cashers had a 5.51% split rate and an almost identical 23.24% single-pin rate.

— The field had an 89.02% “clean frame” average, converting “makeable” spares 84.24% of the time. The cashers were 92.57% clean and converted makeable spares at a 90.93% pace.

Scorpion 42 Championship comparisons:

— The field of 195 players averaged a WSOB-low 211.07, but the cashers picked up the scoring pace to 229.14.

— Three players bowled 300s in the opening round, but only one 300 was bowled in the cashers’ round. The low game was 71 (an incomplete game by a player who withdrew). Among the cashers, 143 was the low score.

— The entire field’s strike percentage was 54.84. First shots resulted in splits 8.47% of the time and non-strike shots resulted in single pins 23.37% of the time. The 49 cashers struck at a 63.66% rate, left splits on 6.45% of first shots and had a 22.75 single-pin rate.

— The field had an 87.79% “clean frame” average, converting “makeable” spares 86.66% of the time. The top 49 players had a 92.9% clean frame rate and converted makeable spares 93.7% of the time.

NEXT ON XTRA FRAME: PBA CHEETAH, SCORPION MATCH PLAY ELIMINATION ROUNDS

Xtra Frame’s continuing coverage of the GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling IX, presented by Eldorado Resorts Reno Properties, concludes into coverage of the animal pattern match play elimination rounds Thursday. In addition to game by game coverage in real time through the “live scoring” feature on pba.com, Xtra Frame will provide subscribers with additional insights through pre- and post-round coverage of each round.

Thursday’s coverage includes the PBA Cheetah Championship presented by PBA Bowling Challenge Mobile Game best-of-five-game Round of 16 at 2 p.m. EST/11 a.m. PST and the best-of-three-game Round of 8 at 4:30 p.m. Eastern/1:30 p.m. Pacific. The four Round of 8 winners advance to the Cheetah Championship finals on Saturday at 7:15 p.m. Eastern/4:15 p.m. Pacific.

Following the Cheetah rounds will be the Pepsi PBA Scorpion Championship presented by GoBowling.com best-of-five-game Round of 16 at 6:30 Eastern/3:30 Pacific followed by the best-of-three Round of 8 at 9 p.m. Eastern/6 p.m. Pacific. The four winners advance to the Scorpion Championship finals on Saturday at 9 p.m. Eastern/6 p.m. Pacific.

The Cheetah and Scorpion finals will be live-streamed on ESPN3. ESPN will air both one-hour shows back-to-back on Sunday, Dec. 24, at 1 and 2 p.m. EST, respectively.

All of the WSOB IX finals are part of the 2017-18 Go Bowling! PBA Tour.

Xtra Frame subscriptions are available in a variety of packages: three-day ($3.99), 30-day ($7.99) and Xtra Frame Season Ticket (a full-year’s coverage at an average cost of $1.25 per week) subscriptions are available by visiting “xtraframe.tv” and clicking on the “subscribe now” link.

Jesper Svensson Cruises in Last Two Rounds to Earn PBA World Championship Finals Top Qualifier Honors

Tue, 2017-11-14 23:46

RENO, Nev. -- After six days of competition and 60 games on four different lane conditions, Sweden’s Jesper Svensson averaged 241 to earn top qualifier honors for the stepladder finals of the PBA World Championship.

The 22-year-old left-handed two-hander finished with a 14,465 60-game pinfall total at the National Bowling Stadium Tuesday to lead right-handed two-hander Jason Belmonte of Australia who qualified a distant second for the finals with a 14,129 pinfall total.

“Obviously a major (win) means more than the rest but it will be like bowling a new tournament,” said Svensson, who as top qualifier needs only to win one match for the title. “I have to forget that I led the qualifying rounds by so many pins and focus on the best 10 frames I can bowl.

“It’s really a different mindset than qualifying,” Svensson added. “If you bowl a bad frame or a bad game there’s plenty of time to make up for it. In the championship match, at the end of the day, it’s whoever throws it the best the quickest.”

In Tuesday’s final cashers’ round bowled on the 42-foot Scorpion lane condition, Svensson bowled games of 183, 255, 224, 224 and 246 after bowling games of 233, 247, 258, 257 and 255 earlier in the day on the 33-foot Cheetah lane condition.

The World Championship finals will be taped on Sunday, Nov. 19 at noon PST (live streamed on ESPN3, taped for telecast on ESPN on Dec. 31 at 1 p.m. EST).

The PBA World Championship is the crown jewel of the GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling IX, presented by Eldorado Reno Resorts Properties, and the final major championship of the PBA’s 2017 season. WSOB IX is also a part of the 2017-18 Go Bowling! PBA Tour schedule.

Svensson, already a six-time PBA Tour winner, will be trying for his second PBA major title after winning the 2016 PBA Tournament of Champions, while Belmonte, a 15-time Tour winner, will be trying for his ninth major, which would put him alone in third place among the PBA’s all-time major title winners. Neither player has won the PBA World Championship.

Belmonte will also be trying for his third major title of the season winning the Barbasol PBA Players Championship and USBC Masters earlier this year.

“This win would be important for a number of reasons,” said Belmonte, a three-time PBA Player of the Year. “It would be a major title I haven’t won and it would go a long way to securing another Player of the Year honor.”

Finishing third for the finals was seven-time Tour winner Ryan Ciminelli of Cheektowaga, N.Y., who is also trying for his second major, after winning the 2015 U.S. Open. Ciminelli posted a 14,031 pinfall.

Two-time Tour winner Kyle Troup of Taylorsville, N.C., another two-hander, earned the fourth qualifying position finishing with a 13,931 pinfall and PBA Rookie of the Year contender Matt Sanders of Evansville, Ind., bowled a 268 in the final game of the round to secure the fifth qualifying position for the finals with a 13,830 pinfall. Sanders won his first PBA Tour title earlier this season in the Xtra Frame Billy Hardwick Memorial Open.

World Championship qualifying and cashers’ rounds were conducted on the 39-foot Chameleon, 45-foot Shark, 33-foot Cheetah and 42-foot Scorpion PBA lane conditioning patterns.

World Series of Bowling action continues Wednesday with PBA Chameleon presented by Reno Tahoe and Shark Championship presented by Xtra Frame elimination rounds beginning at 11 a.m. PST. Fans can catch all the action on PBA’s online bowling channel Xtra Frame.

PBA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP

(a part of the 2017-18 Go Bowling! PBA Tour)

National Bowling Stadium, Reno, Nev., Tuesday

Final Cashers’ Round Standings (after 60 games; top five advance to PBA World Championship stepladder finals on Sunday, Nov. 19, 3 p.m. EST/noon PST):

1, Jesper Svensson, Sweden, 14,465.
2, Jason Belmonte, Australia, 14,129.
3, Ryan Ciminelli, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 14,031.
4, Kyle Troup, Taylorsville, N.C., 13,931.
5, Matt Sanders, Evansville, Ind., 13,830.

Failed to advance:
6, Bill O'Neill, Langhorne, Pa., 13,794, $11,100.
7, Francois Lavoie, Canada, 13,774, $10,000.
8, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 13,760, $9,000.
9, Tom Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich., 13,756, $8,500.
10, Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., 13,747, $8,000.
11, Matt McNiel, Minneapolis, Minn., 13,716, $7,500.
12, Thomas Larsen, Denmark, 13,668, $7,000.
13, Anthony Pepe, Elmhurst, N.Y., 13,643, $6,800.
14, Liz Johnson, Palatine, Ill., 13,641, $6,500.
15, Dom Barrett, England, 13,633, $6,200.
16, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 13,632, $5,900.
17, Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 13,625, $5,600.
18, Chris Warren, Grants Pass, Ore., 13,618, $5,400.
19, Kim Bolleby, Thailand, 13,609, $5,000.
20, Zacharay Wilkins, Canada, 13,595, $4,800.
21, Rhino Page, Orlando, Fla., 13,591, $4,600.
22, Brad Angelo, Lockport, N.Y., 13,572, $4,400.
23, Sam Cooley, Australia, 13,556, $4,200.
24, Muhammad Rafiq Ismail, Malaysia, 13,555, $4,000.
25, BJ Moore III, Greensburg, Pa., 13,550, $3,800.
26, Shota Kawazoe, Japan, 13,543, $3,600.
27, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 13,524, $3,400.
28, Tobias Boerding, Germany, 13,515, $3,200.
29, Dick Allen, Columbia, S.C., 13,511, $3,100.
30, Francois Louw, South Africa, 13,495, $3,000.
31, Arturo Quintero, Mexico, 13,492, $2,900.
32, Kristopher Prather, Plainfield, Ill., 13,477, $2,850.
33, Stuart Williams, England, 13,475, $2,800.
34, Josh Blanchard, Mesa, Ariz., 13,470, $2,750.
35, EJ Tackett, Huntington, Ind., 13,465, $2,700.
36, Chris Via, Springfield, Ohio, 13,464, $2,650.
37, Glenn Pedersen, Norway, 13,457, $2,600.
38, DJ Archer, Friendswood, Texas, 13,445, $2,550.
39, Darren Tang, San Francisco, 13,438, $2,500.
40, Tom Daugherty, Riverview, Fla., 13,411, $2,450.
41, Connor Pickford, Plano, Texas, 13,370, $2,400.
42, Daniel Fransson, Sweden, 13,356, $2,350.
43, Trey Ford III, Bartlesville, Okla., 13,352, $2,300.
44, Nick Kruml, Downers Grove, Ill., 13,328, $2,250.
45, Richie Teece, England, 13,320, $2,200.
46, Brandon Novak, Chillicothe, Ohio, 13,309, $2,150.
47, Anthony Simonsen, Austin, Texas, 13,269, $2,100.
48, Chris Loschetter, Avon, Ohio, 13,110, $2,050.
49, Cristian Azcona, Puerto Rico, 13,053, $2,000.

300 Games: Francois Lavoie.

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GEICO PBA WSOB IX Notebook VII: World Bowling Tour Women’s Finals Field Set; Men Still Competing

Tue, 2017-11-14 19:27

The field for the 2017 World Bowling Tour Women’s Finals, presented by the PBA, is set after the women contending for the three berths in the finals completed their competition in the PBA World Championship qualifying rounds during the GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling IX, presented by Eldorado Reno Resorts Properties.

The women who will compete for $12,500, $7,500 and $5,000 in prize money Sunday are top qualifier Diana Zavjalova of Latvia (feature photo), defending champion Danielle McEwan of Stony Point, N.Y., and Malaysia’s Shalin Zulkifli. The WBT Men’s and Women’s Finals will be contested following the PBA World Championship finals Sunday at the National Bowling Stadium. ESPN3 will stream the finals live and ESPN will tape the finals for broadcast on Sunday, Jan. 7, at 1 p.m. EST.

Zavjalova led the women with 169 points, McEwan had 142 and Zulkifli 112. Liz Johnson of Palatine, Ill., earned 100 points as the highest finisher among the women in the PBA World Championship standings, but she had no other WBT points during the 2017 season.

McEwan won the 2016 WBT Women’s title by defeating Kelly Kulick of Union, N.J., 256-243, under the experimental World Bowling scoring system, which retains the traditional 10-frame format, but awards 30 pins for a strike, 10 pins for a spare plus the pinfall of the first shot in the frame, and actual pinfall for an open frame. For a spare, for example, if the player knocks down eight pins on his/her first ball and then converts the spare, he/she earns 18 pins for the frame. If a player leaves a split or misses a spare and gets only nine pins for both shots in the frame, his/her score for that frame is nine.

The WBT Men’s Finals field is still up in the air because most of the contenders for the top three berths are still competing in the PBA World Championship, which is a double-points major in the 2017 WBT series. Points are awarded in all PBA International-World Bowling Tour events based upon how men and women finish in each respective event. Coming into the WSOB IX in Reno, Thailand’s Yannaphon Larpapharat and Sweden’s Jesper Svensson shared the WBT men’s lead with 90 points each, and England’s Stuart Williams was third with 89.

With 100 points going to the PBA World Champion, 90 points to the runner-up, etc., a lengthy list of challengers are still in contention. But that list will be narrowed dramatically at the end of PBA World Championship qualifying late Tuesday when finishing positions will be decided for all but the final stepladder finalists.

LANETALK STATS COMPARE FULL-FIELD TO WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP FINALISTS

Lanetalk, PBA’s statistical analysis partner for WSOB IX, is now tracking performance data for the 49 PBA World Championship cashers as they bowl their final five-game rounds on each of the four animal patterns vs. how the entire field performed for 10 games on the same oiling patterns. While much more detailed information is available on Lanetalk’s Facebook page, here’s a glimpse of the comparisons for the Chameleon 39 and Shark 45 rounds.

Chameleon 39 Championship comparisons:

— The field of 195 players averaged 212.24 for 10 games on the Chameleon 39 pattern; the 49 World Championship cashers averaged 224.72 for five games on the same pattern.

— The high score in the all-field Chameleon round was 300 by three players; the low game was 107. Among the WC cashers there was one 300 and a low game of 164.

— The full field’s strike percentage was 55.66; WC cashers struck 62.35% of the time. First shots resulted in splits 8.24% of the time for the full field, 7.14% for the top 49. Non-strike shots resulted in single-pin spares 23.21% of the time for the full field, 21.72% for the top 49.

— The full field had an 88.16% “clean frame” average, converting “makeable” spares 86.12% of the time. The top 49 had a 91.51% clean frame average and converted 91.34% of their “makeable” spares.

Shark 45 Championship comparisons:

— The field of 195 players averaged 217.6; the top 49 World Championship qualifiers averaged 229.14 on the Shark 45 pattern.

— The high score in the Shark round was 300 (by nine players); the low game was 85. Among the top 49, there were three 300s and a 143 low game.

— The entire field’s Shark 45 strike percentage was 58.01; it was 63.66% by the top 49. Full-field first shots resulted in splits 7% of the time and non-strike shots resulted in single-pin spares 23.41% of the time. Among the top 49, the split rate was 6.45% and the single-pin spare rate was 22.75%.

— The field had an 89.93% “clean frame” average, converting “makeable” spares 88% of the time. The 49 WC cashers had a 92.9% clean frame average and converted 93.7% of all makeable spares.

NEXT ON XTRA FRAME: PBA CHAMELEON, SHARK MATCH PLAY ELIMINATION ROUNDS

Xtra Frame’s continuing coverage of the GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling IX, presented by Eldorado Resorts Reno Properties, moves into coverage of the animal pattern match play elimination rounds Wednesday. Fans are reminded they can follow the competition, game by game in real time, through the “live scoring” feature on pba.com, and Xtra Frame subscribers can gain additional insights through pre- and post-round coverage of each round.

Wednesday’s coverage includes the PBA Chameleon Championship presented by Reno Tahoe best-of-five-game Round of 16 at 2 p.m. EST/11 a.m. PST and the best-of-three-game Round of 8 at 4:30 p.m. Eastern/1:30 p.m. Pacific. The four Round of 8 winners advance to the Chameleon Championship finals on Saturday at 3 p.m. Eastern/noon Pacific.

Following the Chameleon rounds will be the PBA Shark Championship presented by Xtra Frame best-of-five-game Round of 16 at 6:30 Eastern/3:30 Pacific followed by the best-of-three Round of 8 at 9 p.m. Eastern/6 p.m. Pacific. The four winners advance to the Shark Championship finals on Saturday at 5:30 p.m. Eastern/2:30 p.m. Pacific.

The Chameleon and Shark finals will be live-streamed on ESPN3. ESPN will air both one-hour shows back-to-back on Sunday, Dec. 17, at 1 and 2 p.m. EST, respectively.

The PBA Cheetah Championship presented by PBA Challenge Mobile Game and the Pepsi PBA Scorpion Championship presented by GoBowling.com followed the same order on Thursday with ESPN3/ESPN finals at 7:15 p.m. EST/4:15 PST and 9 p.m.EST/6 PST respectively Saturday (airing on ESPN on Sunday, Dec. 24 at 1 and 2 p.m. EST).

All of the WSOB IX finals are part of the 2017-18 Go Bowling! PBA Tour.

Xtra Frame subscriptions are available in a variety of packages: three-day ($3.99), 30-day ($7.99) and Xtra Frame Season Ticket (a full-year’s coverage at an average cost of $1.25 per week) subscriptions are available by visiting “xtraframe.tv” and clicking on the “subscribe now” link.

PBA REGIONAL UPDATE: SANDERS NEARLY PERFECT IN WINNING FIRST PBA TITLE

Mac Sanders of Taylors, S.C., was nearly perfect in defeating Brian Kretzer of Dayton, Ohio, 299-194, in the title match to win his first PBA title in the PBA50 Gastonia South Open presented by Brunswick at Liberty Lanes in Gastonia, N.C., Sunday.

Sanders, a 52-year-old right-hander, missed a perfect game when he left a 10 pin on his final shot. He earned $1,500 along with his title. In the semifinal round, Sanders defeated Bob Learn Jr. of Spring Hill, Tenn., 259-236, while Kretzer used his perfect game one game too early, eliminating Ken Gibson of Greenville, S.C., 300-258. Kretzer’s 300 was the only perfect game bowled in the event.

● One event is on the PBA Regional calendar for the Nov. 17-19 weekend: the La-Z-Boy Central Challenge for non-titlists at Monroe Sports Center in Monroe, Mich.

● Thanksgiving Day (Nov. 23) is an American holiday, but it’s also the day the PBA Japan Region will conduct its Phoenix Rays PBA Japan Bear Open at Sagami First Lanes in Sagamihara, Japan. Over the Thanksgiving weekend, the PBA Southwest Region will conduct its Beaumont Southwest Open at Crossroads Bowling Center in Beaumont, Texas.

● For complete PBA Regional schedules, rules and entry information, visit pba.com, open the “schedules” tab and click on Regional Tours to find the event(s) in your area.

Svensson Maintains World Championship Lead After Cheetah Round

Tue, 2017-11-14 18:48

RENO, Nev. - With one more round and five games to go this afternoon, two-handers Jesper Svensson and Jason Belmonte maintained the top two positions after the Cheetah round of the PBA World Championship at the National Bowling Stadium, but the battle to fill out other stepladder positions intensified heading into this evening’s final Scorpion pattern cashers’ round.

The PBA World Championship is the crown jewel of the GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling IX, presented by Eldorado Reno Resorts Properties, and the final major championship of the PBA’s 2017 season. WSOB IX is also a part of the 2017-18 Go Bowling! PBA Tour schedule.

Svensson bowled games of 233, 247, 258, 257 and 255 in the Cheetah round bringing his overall pinfall total for 55 games to 13,333 (242 average), ahead of Belmonte who maintained second with a 12,961 pinfall.

In third place heading into this evening’s cashers’ round on the 42-foot Scorpion pattern (at 5 p.m. PST) was Ryan Ciminelli of Cheektowaga, N.Y., who finished with 12,855.

Making a surge into fourth place was PBA Rookie of the Year contender Matt Sanders of Evansville, Ind., in with 12,749. Sanders won the Xtra Frame Billy Hardwick Memorial Open earlier this year for his first PBA Tour title.

Rounding out the top five was Kyle Troup who finished the round with a 12,737 pinfall total

Just outside of the cutline are Bill O’Neill of Langhorne, Pa., in sixth with 12,710, followed by Anthony Pepe of Elmhurst, N.Y., 12,680, and Matt McNiel of Minneapolis with 12,653.

Svensson is trying for his second PBA major title; Belmonte is after major title number nine, which would put him alone in third place among the PBA’s all-time major title winners. Neither player has won the PBA World Championship.

After this evening’s Scorpion round, the top five bowlers after a total of 60 games will advance to the World Championship finals on Sunday, Nov. 19 at noon PST (live streamed on ESPN3, taped for telecast on ESPN on Dec. 31 at 1 p.m. EST.

All preliminary rounds of WSOB IX are being covered live on PBA’s Xtra Frame online video streaming channel, and all competition throughout the WSOB also will be covered in real time game-by-game detail on pba.com’s “live scoring” feature.

PBA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP

(a part of the 2017-18 Go Bowling! PBA Tour)

National Bowling Stadium, Reno, Nev., Tuesday

Cashers’ Round 3 Standings (after Cheetah round, 55 of 60 games completed):

1, Jesper Svensson, Sweden, 13,333.
2, Jason Belmonte, Australia, 12,961.
3, Ryan Ciminelli, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 12,855.
4, Matthew Sanders, Evansville, Ind., 12,738.
5, Kyle Troup, Taylorsville, N.C., 12,737.
6, Bill O'Neill, Langhorne, Pa., 12,680.
7, Matthew McNiel, Minneapolis, Minn., 12,644.
8, Francois Lavoie, Canada, 12,641.
9, Anthony Pepe, Elmhurst, N.Y., 12,636.
10, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 12,630.
11, Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., 12,621.
12, Tom Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich., 12,573.
13, Dick Allen, Columbia, S.C., 12,553.
14, Thomas Larsen, Denmark, 12,551.
15, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 12,539.
16, Muhammad Rafiq Ismail, Malaysia, 12,536.
17, Brad Angelo, Lockport, N.Y., 12,528.
18, Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 12,518.
19, w-Liz Johnson, Palatine, Ill., 12,504.
20, Zacharay Wilkins, Canada, 12,497.
21, Francois Louw, South Africa, 12,496.
22, BJ Moore III, Greensburg, Pa., 12,477.
23, Glenn Pedersen, Norway, 12,468.
24, Tobias Boerding, Germany, 12,456.
25, Chris Warren, Grants Pass, Ore., 12,446.
26, Kim Bolleby, Thailand, 12,445.
27, Sam Cooley, Australia, 12,441.
28, Chris Via, Springfield, Ohio, 12,433.
29, Shota Kawazoe, Japan, 12,421.
30, Rhino Page, Orlando, Fla., 12,420.
31, Josh Blanchard, Mesa, Ariz., 12,419.
32, Dom Barrett, England, 12,415.
33, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 12,403.
34, EJ Tackett, Huntington, Ind., 12,387.
35, Kristopher Prather, Plainfield, Ill., 12,386.
36, Richie Teece, England, 12,349.
37 (tie), Darren Tang, San Francisco, and Stuart Williams, England, 12,330.
39, Tom Daugherty, Riverview, Fla., 12,315.
40, Arturo Quintero, Mexico, 12,312.
41, Connor Pickford, Plano, Texas, 12,281.
42, Nick Kruml, Downers Grove, Ill., 12,279.
43 (tie), Daniel Fransson, Sweden, and DJ Archer, Friendswood, Texas, 12,278.
45, Brandon Novak, Chillicothe, Ohio, 12,256.
46, Trey Ford III, Bartlesville, Okla., 12,229.
47, Anthony Simonsen, Austin, Texas, 12,210.
48, Cristian Azcona, Puerto Rico, 12,125.
49, Chris Loschetter, Avon, Ohio, 12,105.

300 Games: none

Sweden’s Jesper Svensson Adds Three Pins to Lead After PBA World Championship Chameleon Round

Mon, 2017-11-13 20:15

RENO, Nev. – Sweden’s left-handed, two-handed star, Jesper Svensson, gained a meager three pins Monday in building his lead over challenger Jason Belmonte of Australia to 192 pins after the Chameleon  round as the PBA World Championship entered its four-phase cashers’ round at the National Bowling Stadium.

The PBA World Championship is the crown jewel of the GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling IX, presented by Eldorado Reno Resorts Properties, and the final major championship of the PBA’s 2017 season. WSOB IX is also a part of the 2017-18 Go Bowling! PBA Tour schedule.

The 22-year-old Svensson, who entered the PBA World Championship as the qualifying leader by 189 pins, rolled games of 237, 247, 245, 237 and 269 on the 39-foot Chameleon lane condition to outscore Belmonte by three pins for the round. Svensson, who is averaging at a 240.64 pace, had a 45-game total of 10,829 pins. Belmonte, a right-handed two-handed player, was at 10,637 pins.

Svensson is trying for his second PBA major title; Belmonte is after major title number nine, which would put him alone in third place among the PBA’s all-time major title winners. Neither player has won the PBA World Championship.

In third place heading into Monday evening’s Shark 45 round was another two-hander, Kyle Troup of Taylorsville, N.C., with 10,547 pins. Tom Smallwood of Saginaw, Mich., was in fourth place with 10,455 pins followed by Ryan Ciminelli of Cheektowaga, N.Y., at 10,396.

The PBA World Championship cashers’ round will conclude with the Cheetah 33 and Scorpion 42 five-game rounds Tuesday at 1 and 5 p.m. The top five bowlers after a total of 60 games will advance to the World Championship finals on Sunday, Nov. 19 at noon PST (live streamed on ESPN3, taped for telecast on ESPN on Dec. 31 at 1 p.m. EST.

All preliminary rounds of WSOB IX are being covered live on PBA’s Xtra Frame online video streaming channel, and all competition throughout the WSOB also will be covered in real time game-by-game detail on pba.com’s “live scoring” feature.

All times listed are Pacific Standard.

PBA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP

(a part of the 2017-18 Go Bowling! PBA Tour)

National Bowling Stadium, Reno, Nev., Monday

Cashers’ Round 1 Standings (after Chameleon round, 45 of 60 games completed):

1, Jesper Svensson, Sweden, 10,829.
2, Jason Belmonte, Australia, 10,637.
3, Kyle Troup, Taylorsville, N.C., 10,457.
4, Tom Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich., 10,455.
5, Ryan Ciminelli, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 10,396.
6 (tie), Matthew Sanders, Evansville, Ind., and Bill O'Neill, Langhorne, Pa., 10,373.
8, Matthew McNiel, Minneapolis, Minn., 10,344.
9, Thomas Larsen, Denmark, 10,335.
10, Muhammad Rafiq Ismail, Malaysia, 10,314.
11, Brad Angelo, Lockport, N.Y., 10,313.
12, BJ Moore III, Greensburg, Pa., 10,307.
13, Anthony Pepe, Elmhurst, N.Y., 10,289.
14, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 10,287.
15, Dick Allen, Columbia, S.C., 10,263.
16, Glenn Pedersen, Norway, 10,260.
17, Dom Barrett, England, 10,243.
18 (tie), w-Liz Johnson, Palatine, Ill., and Francois Lavoie, Canada, 10,241.
20, Tom Daugherty, Riverview, Fla., 10,222.
21, Sam Cooley, Australia, 10,219.
22, Rhino Page, Orlando, Fla., 10,216.
23, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 10,209.
24, Shota Kawazoe, Japan, 10,204.
25, Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 10,191.
26, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 10,185.
27, Trey Ford III, Bartlesville, Okla., 10,181.
28, EJ Tackett, Huntington, Ind., 10,169.
29, Zacharay Wilkins, Canada, 10,165.
30, Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., 10,155.
31 (tie), Nick Kruml, Downers Grove, Ill., and Tobias Boerding, Germany, 10,104.
33, Chris Warren, Grants Pass, Ore., 10,100.
34, Brandon Novak, Chillicothe, Ohio, 10,098.
35, Josh Blanchard, Mesa, Ariz., 10,093.
36, Chris Via, Springfield, Ohio, 10,092.
37, Arturo Quintero, Mexico, 10,088.
38, Anthony Simonsen, Austin, Texas, 10,064.
39, Francois Louw, South Africa, 10,038.
40, Daniel Fransson, Sweden, 10,015.
41, Chris Loschetter, Avon, Ohio, 10,010.
42 (tie), Richie Teece, England, and Kristopher Prather, Plainfield, Ill., 10,009.
44, Kim Bolleby, Thailand, 10,006.
45, Cristian Azcona, Puerto Rico, 10,003.
46, Darren Tang, San Francisco, 9,999.
47, Stuart Williams, England, 9,981.
48, Connor Pickford, Plano, Texas, 9,975.
49, DJ Archer, Friendswood, Texas, 9,935.

300 Game: Chris Warren.

GEICO PBA WSOX IX Notebook VI: Mookie Betts Accomplishes Goals…and More with Perfect Game

Mon, 2017-11-13 19:35

Boston Red Sox star Mookie Betts had only two weeks from the end of his major league baseball season to prepare for his second trip to the GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling, and by all reasonable measurements, it was a successful venture…and more.

Betts, a 25-year-old Nashville, Tenn., native, was an accomplished league bowler back home when he bowled his first PBA World Series in Reno in 2015, where his athletic abilities were clearly evident, as was his lack of experience in bowling at a world-class level. With very little experience bowling on different lane conditions, or working with different types of bowling ball dynamics, Betts averaged 190 for 36 games on four different animal patterns, finishing that event in 210th place out of an expanded field of 238 bowlers.

A leg injury prevented him from bowling in 2016, but he returned this year with a better idea of what to expect, and he upped his game to meet the challenge, finishing his 40-game qualifying series on four different lane oiling patterns with a 205.6 average – a 15 pins-per-game improvement – and finishing in a tie for 158th place in a 195-player field.

But the biggest surprise was bowling his first 300 game in PBA competition in the Scorpion qualifying round, which happened to be the lowest-scoring round for the entire field. Out of 1,900 games bowled in the Scorpion round, there were only three perfect games – and Betts had one of them. It created big news around the sports world, including coverage by Sports Illustrated, Sporting News, MLB.com, ESPN.com, ESPN SportsCenter, Bleacher Report, Deadspin and others.

You can watch the perfect game on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cwHRegcjasg.

A reporter asked him how he’d compare the 10th frame vs. coming to the plate in the bottom of the ninth inning, bases loaded, two outs and needing a hit to win.

“I’m much more comfortable with the bottom of the ninth,” Betts said. “After I got the first strike in the 10th frame, I turned around and saw everyone crowded around, so I was pretty nervous. I kinda used my experience with breathing techniques I use in baseball. I never would have thought I’d need to use that in bowling, but, hey, it came in handy.”

The perfect game – and all 12 strikes were solid in the pocket – came on the heels of 157 and 169 games, which put him below the 200 average curve he was trying to achieve in the Scorpion round.

“Anytime you shoot 160, 170 there’s a little frustration but you’ve got four more games to go, so things can turn around,” Betts said. “It’s like striking out twice, and coming up for the third time. You still have a job to do. You have to focus on the task at hand, and that’s what I did.”

Betts approached his return to the PBA World Series realistically.

“I accomplished my goal, which was to (average 200) on all of the patterns,” he said. “I have to be happy with that. I didn’t come here expecting to make any cuts or any money. I set some goals I was able to reach, and I did it.”

Depending upon a number of variables, Betts hopes to return to the PBA World Series in 2018.

“I plan on it, but I obviously have to take care of career number one,” he said. “But if the opportunity presents itself, I’d like to come back.”

In the meantime, the Red Sox right fielder will be among the celebrity bowlers participating in the ninth annual State Farm® CP3 PBA Celebrity Invitational presented by Go Bowling! on Friday, Dec. 1, at The Woodlands in Houston, Texas, along with Houston Rockets star Chris Paul, the event’s host; fellow Rockets’ star James Harden, former NFL star Terrell Owens (fresh off his appearance on “Dancing with the Stars”) and others to be announced. PBA players participating will be reigning PBA Player of the Year EJ Tackett, PBA Hall of Famers Pete Weber and Norm Duke, and PBA Tour titlists Bill O’Neill, Sean Rash and DJ Archer. The annual fund-raiser will air on ESPN on Super Bowl Sunday, Feb. 4, at 2 p.m. EST.

Paul and PBA partner Chris Barnes won the eighth annual event, defeating Betts and his PBA partner, Tommy Jones, 187-179.

WSOB IX BY THE NUMBERS: DIVERSE CHALLENGES HELP SPREAD THE WEALTH

Historically in multiple events held in the same location, a hallmark of the PBA World Series of Bowling since its beginning in 2009, there are always a handful of players who’ll claim all of the diverse lane oiling patterns play the same way. In reality, the results prove otherwise.

In the GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling IX, presented by Eldorado Reno Resorts Properties and hosted by Reno’s National Bowling Stadium for a third consecutive year, the four newly-refined animal pattern stages of the tournament resulted in 101 of the 195 players cashing at least once. That’s a 51.7% (or better than 1:2 cashing ratio).

The diversity of the oiling patterns (33-foot Cheetah, 39-foot Chameleon, 42-foot Scorpion and 45-foot Shark), each with variations in the amount of oil applied across the lane as well as in distance, suggests that players who prefer to play an outside line vs. those who like to play inside, left-handers vs. right-handers, two-handers vs. hard throwers, etc., all had a chance to compete on one pattern or another. And the most adaptable players were the ones who emerged among the top 49 across 40 games, advancing to the PBA World Championship cashers’ round for another 20 games – five games each on the same four patterns.

Some of the interesting stats after the four animal pattern stages include the following:

— Among the 101 cashers, 63 remain in competition in either the PBA World Championship cashers’ round or among the 16 match play finalists in the four animal pattern events.

— No player advanced in all five events. Sweden’s Jesper Svensson and Australia’s Jason Belmonte cashed in all five and advanced in four event; Tom Smallwood of Saginaw, Mich., and Matt McNiel of Minneapolis cashed four times. Smallwood advanced in three, McNiel in two. Twenty-six players cashed in three of the five events.

— There were three 300 games bowled in the Chameleon round, nine in the Shark round, eight in the Cheetah round and three in the Scorpion round.

— At least one player from 15 of the record 27 countries represented cashed.

PAIRINGS SET FOR SCORPION MATCH PLAY ELIMINATION ROUNDS

With the completion of the 10-game Pepsi PBA Scorpion Championship presented by GoBowling.com round on Sunday at Reno’s National Bowling Stadium, pairings are set for all four animal pattern single-elimination match play rounds on Wednesday and Thursday, Nov. 15-16.

Each of the animal pattern match play events will involve the top 16 players bowling best-of-five-game matches, with winners advancing to the Round of 8 for best-of-three-game matches. Bracket pairings are based on qualifying position. The four Round of 8 winners will advance to championship round matches on Saturday, Nov. 18, live streamed on ESPN3 and recorded for delayed telecast on ESPN. ESPN3 is available at no cost to anyone who subscribes to ESPN through a local cable or television affiliate.

Here are the pairings for the Scorpion match play rounds:

PEPSI PBA SCORPION CHAMPIONSHIP PRESENTED BY GOBOWLING.COM
(A part of the 2017-18 Go Bowling! PBA Tour)
National Bowling Stadium, Reno, Nev., Thursday, Nov. 16, 3:30 p.m. PST

Round of 16 (best-of-five-game single-elimination match play)
Match 1 – Arturo Quintero, Mexico, vs. Kyle Troup, Taylorsville, N.C.
Match 2 – EJ Tackett, Huntington, Ind., vs. Stuart Williams, England.
Match 3 – Dom Barrett, England, vs. Kyle Sherman, O’Fallon, Mo.
Match 4 – Shawn Maldonado, Houston, Texas, vs. BJ Moore III, Greensburg, Pa.
Match 5 – Bill O’Neill, Langhorne, Pa., vs. Jason Belmonte, Australia.
Match 6 – Raymond Lussier, Canada, vs. Zeke Bayt, Westerville, Ohio
Match 7 – Brian LeClair, Albany, N.Y., vs. Matt McNiel, Minneapolis.
Match 8 – Brandon Novak, Chillicothe, Ohio, vs. Devin Bidwell, Wichita, Kan.

Round of 8 (best-of-three-game single-elimination match play, 1:30 p.m.; four winners advance to Chameleon Championship finals on Saturday, Nov. 18, at 6 p.m.)
Match 1 – Quintero-Troup winner vs. Tackett-Williams winner.
Match 2 – Barrett-Sherman winner vs. Maldonado-Moore winner.
Match 3 – O’Neill-Belmonte winner vs. Lussier-Bayt winner.
Match 4 – LeClair-McNiel winner vs. Novak-Bidwell winner.

ENGLAND’S DOM BARRETT RETURNS TO HELP “THE WORLD” BID FOR TEAM TITLE

England’s Dom Barrett will be the only returning player when the USA and The World team event kicks off ESPN’s coverage of the WSOB IX, and officially launches the 2017-18 Go Bowling! PBA Tour season. The team match will be contested on Friday, Nov. 17, at 6 p.m. (PST) at the National Bowling Stadium. It will be live streamed on ESPN3 and taped for airing on ESPN on Sunday, Dec. 10, at 1 p.m. EST.

Earning berths on the USA team, based on 40-game pinfall totals after the four animal pattern qualifying rounds, are Tom Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich.; Ryan Ciminelli, Cheektowaga, N.Y.; Kyle Troup, Taylorsville, N.C.; Matt McNiel, Minneapolis, and Bill O’Neill, Langhorne, Pa.

Earning berths on The World team are Jesper Svenssen, Sweden; Jason Belmonte, Australia; Thomas Larsen, Denmark; Barrett and Muhammad Rafiq Ismail, Malaysia.

Barrett bowled for “The World” in the 2016 best-of-two-game Baker format event – won by the USA in a one-ball sudden-death roll-off.

LANETALK CONFIRMS DOMINANCE BY ARTURO QUINTERO, THOMAS LARSEN

LaneTalk, PBA’s statistical analysis partner for WSOB IX, continues to track detailed performance data for a variety of aspects of WSOB IX. Additional stats and information can be found on LaneTalk’s page on Facebook. Among the tidbits gleaned from Arturo Quintero’s dominant round in Sunday’s Scorpion Championship 10-game round, and updated data on Cheetah leader Thomas Larsen’s performance in Saturday’s Cheetah Championship qualifying, include the following:

— The field of 195 players knocked down a total of 416,522 pins in the Cheetah round (compared to 422,367 pins for the Shark 45 round and 412,799 pins for the Chameleon 39 round). The field’s composite average was 215.81.

Some of Cheetah qualifying leader Thomas Larsen’s stats vs. the field included:

— An average of 255.6, 39.8 pins better than the field at large;

— His strike percentage was 76.52%, just under 20% higher than the full field;

— Larsen had a 98% “clean frame” average and, converted 100% of his “makeable” spares.

For Sunday’s Scorpion Championship, LaneTalk reported:

— The field of 195 players knocked down a total of 401,036 pins in the Scorpion 42 round (a WSOB low total compared to 416,522 pins for the Cheetah 33 round, 422,367 pins for the Shark 45 round and 412,799 pins for the Chameleon 39 round). The field’s composite average was 211.07, the lowest scoring pace among the four animal patterns.

— The high score in the Cheetah round was 300 (by three players); the low game was 71 (based on an incomplete game by a player who withdrew).

— The entire field’s strike percentage was 54.84. First shots resulted in splits 8.47% of the time and non-strike shots resulted in single-pin spares 23.37% of the time.

— The field had an 87.79% “clean frame” average, converting “makeable” spares 86.66% of the time.

Some of Scorpion qualifying leader Arturo Quintero’s stats vs. the field included:

— An average of 242, 31 pins better than the field at large;

— His strike percentage was 73.04%, about 18.2% higher than the full field;

— Like previous animal pattern leaders, Quintero had a definite edge in spare conversions. He had a 95% “clean frame” average and, converted 92% of his “makeable” spares.

NEXT ON XTRA FRAME: PBA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP CASHERS’ ROUND CONCLUDES

Xtra Frame’s extensive coverage of the GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling IX, presented by Eldorado Resorts Reno Properties, concludes an important phase Tuesday when the final two five-game rounds of PBA World Championship qualifying take place at the National Bowling Stadium. The PBA World Championship is the final major of the 2017 season and the first major to be a part of the new 2017-18 Go Bowling! PBA Tour schedule.

The PBA World Championship is down to a field of 49 after 40 games – 10 games each on the PBA Chameleon 39, Shark 45, Cheetah 33 and Scorpion 42 oiling patterns. All 49 players bowled another five games on the Chameleon and Shark patterns Monday and will bowl five more games on the Cheetah and Scorpion patterns Tuesday. The top five after 60 games will advance to the World Championship finals on Sunday, Nov. 19 at noon PST (live on ESPN3, taped for telecast on ESPN on Dec. 31 at 1 p.m. EST.

Fans can follow the World Championship’s final qualifying stages through the “live scoring” feature on pba.com, and Xtra Frame subscribers can gain additional insights through pre- and post-round coverage of cashers’ round on Tuesday. The Cheetah 33 round starts at 1 p.m. The Scorpion 42 round begins at 5 p.m. PST.

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Red Sox star Mookie Betts Bowls 300 Game in GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling

Sun, 2017-11-12 22:36

RENO, Nev. – Boston Red Sox right fielder Mookie Betts, bowling in the Professional Bowlers Association’s World Series of Bowling at the National Bowling Stadium, bowled his first perfect game in PBA competition Sunday night in the fourth and final round of qualifying for the PBA World Championship.

Betts, who made his debut in PBA World Series competition in 2015 when he averaged 190 for 36 games on four different lane conditioning challenges, was averaging over 200 through the first three rounds of competition this year. After bowling his worst game of the tournament – a 169 in his 36th of 40 qualifying games – Betts threw 12 strikes for his first PBA 300 game in game 37.

A complete summary of the Pepsi PBA Scorpion Championship round, presented by GoBowling.com, will be posted on pba.com and distributed through the PBA Network of media outlets later tonight.

GEICO PBA WSOB IX Notebook V: Svensson Rules Cheetah Field; Pairings Set for Cheetah Match Play

Sun, 2017-11-12 19:31

Animal pattern qualifying rounds for the PBA World Championship conclude Sunday with the 10-game Pepsi PBA Scorpion Championship presented by GoBowling.com round. After the Scorpion round, the top 49 players based on 40 games in the four animal pattern stages will bowl another five games on each of the four animal patterns Monday and Tuesday.

The 60-game pinfall totals will determine the five players who will compete for the PBA World Championship on Sunday, Nov. 19 (live streamed on ESPN3, taped for delayed telecast on ESPN on Sunday, Jan. 31, at 3 p.m. EST).

Competition in the four animal pattern events will continue with single-elimination match play rounds on Wednesday and Thursday, Nov. 15-16, to reduce the top 16 qualifiers in each of those events to four players for match play-style finals. All match play rounds will be covered live on PBA’s Xtra Frame online bowling channel (visit xtraframe.tv for subscription information). All four animal pattern finals will be contested on Saturday, Nov. 18, live on ESPN3 and recorded for delayed telecast on ESPN.

Here are the pairings for the Cheetah match play rounds:

PBA CHEETAH CHAMPIONSHIP PRESENTED BY PBA CHALLENGE MOBILE GAME
(A part of the 2017-18 Go Bowling! PBA Tour)
National Bowling Stadium, Reno, Nev., Thursday, Nov. 16, 11 a.m. PST

Round of 16 (best-of-five-game single-elimination match play)
Match 1 – Thomas Larsen, Denmark, vs. Bill O’Neill, Langhorne, Pa.
Match 2 – Trey Ford III, Bartlesville, Okla., vs. Francois Louw, South Africa.
Match 3 – Sam Cooley, Australia, vs. Kim Bolleby, Thailand.
Match 4 – Anthony Pepe, Elmhurst, N.Y., vs. Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J.
Match 5 – Andrew Cain, Phoenix, vs. Ryan Ciminelli, Cheektowaga, N.Y.
Match 6 – Jason Belmonte, Australia, vs. Muhammad Rafiq Ismail, Malaysia.
Match 7 – Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., vs. Anthony Simonsen, Austin, Texas.
Match 8 – Graham Fach, Canada, vs. Jesper Svensson, Sweden.

Round of 8 (best-of-three-game single-elimination match play, 1:30 p.m.; four winners advance to Chameleon Championship finals on Saturday, Nov. 18, at 4:15 p.m.)
Match 1 – Larsen-O’Neill winner vs. Ford-Louw winner.
Match 2 – Cooley-Bolleby winner vs. Pepe-Bohn winner.
Match 3 – Cain-Ciminelli winner vs. Belmonte-Ismail winner.
Match 4 – Duke-Simonsen winner vs. Fach-Svensson winner.

LANETALK SAYS SWEDEN’S JESPER SVENSSON HAD 36-PIN EDGE ON WSOB IX FIELD

LaneTalk, PBA’s statistical analysis partner, continues to track detailed performance data for a variety of aspects of WSOB IX. Among the tidbits gleaned from Saturday’s Cheetah Championship qualifying, led by Sweden’s Jesper Svensson, were the following factoids as the 22-year-old left-handed two-hander became the only player to qualify in the top 16 in all three animal pattern qualifiers thus far:

— The field of 195 players knocked down a total of 416,522 pins (compared to 422,367 pins for the Shark 45 round and 412,799 pins for the Chameleon 39 round). The field’s composite average was 215.81.

— The high score in the Cheetah round was 300 (by eight players); the low game was 109.

— The entire field’s strike percentage was 57.55. First shots resulted in splits 6.53% of the time and non-strike shots resulted in single-pin spares 23.28% of the time.

— The field had an 89.02% “clean frame” average, converting “makeable” spares 84.24% of the time.

Some of Cheetah qualifying leader Jesper Svensson’s stats vs. the field included:

— An average of 251.9, 36.1 pins better than the field at large;

— His strike percentage was 78.26%, more than 20% higher than the full field;

— Svensson had a 94% “clean frame” average and, converted 94.74% of his “makeable” spares.

Another LaneTalk tidbit clearly illustrated the preferred angle of attack in the Cheetah round. Playing an extreme outside angle to the pocket, the field-at-large put 100 first shots into the gutter. For the Chameleon round, the field of 195 threw a modest total of 15 “gutter balls” while the Shark round produced only seven by the entire field over 10 games.

SPARE SHOOTING PLAGUES MOOKIE BETTS IN ROLLER COASTER CHEETAH ROUND

Boston Red Sox star Mookie Betts posted his highest scoring round in PBA WSOB competition in Saturday’s Cheetah qualifying round, but inconsistent spare shooting prevented it from being significantly better.

“I missed a lot of spares. A lot,” Betts said after bowling games of 210, 256, 198, 246 and 184 for his first five games followed by 228, 170, 219, 193 and 174 for his second five games.

For the complete Cheetah round, Betts averaged a personal-best 207.8, improving his 30-game average to 206.43. But he wasn’t pleased.

“I turned a couple of 190s into 170s because of (missed spares),” Betts said. “I’d sometimes get to a pair of lanes where I didn’t figure out the condition until the sixth or seventh frame. You can’t do that against these guys.”

The 33-foot application of oil – the shortest of the PBA’s World Series animal pattern oil applications, also played into Betts’ spare shooting woes because less oil on the back end of a 60-foot lane creates more room for a ball to hook.

“When I can throw the ball straight, I’m pretty good with spares,” Betts said, “but with this short pattern hooking a little more, it changed things a bit for me. It’s something I need to work on.”

NEXT ON XTRA FRAME: PBA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP CASHERS’ ROUND BEGINS

Xtra Frame’s extensive coverage of the GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling IX, presented by Eldorado Resorts Reno Properties, moves into an important phase Monday when the four-part cashers’ round of the PBA World Championship begins. The PBA World Championship is the final major of the 2017 season and the first major to be a part of the new 2017-18 Go Bowling! PBA Tour schedule.

The PBA World Championship is down to a field of 49 after 40 games – 10 games each on the PBA Chameleon 39, Shark 45, Cheetah 33 and Scorpion 42 oiling patterns. All 49 players will now bowl another five games on each of the four oiling patterns Monday and Tuesday with the five leaders after 60 demanding games advancing to the World Championship finals, which will be contested on Sunday, Nov. 19 at noon PST (live on ESPN3, taped for telecast on ESPN on New Year’s Eve day at 3 p.m. EST.

Fans can follow the World Championship’s final qualifying stages through the “live scoring” feature on pba.com, and Xtra Frame subscribers can gain additional insights through pre- and post-round coverage of cashers’ round Monday and Tuesday. Here’s the projected schedule heading into the start of the new week. All times are Pacific:

Monday – PBA World Championship cashers’ round, Chameleon 39 round (five games), 1 p.m.; Shark 45 round (five games), 5 p.m.

Tuesday – PBA World Championship cashers’ round, Cheetah 33 round (five games), 1 p.m.; Scorpion 42 round (five games), 5 p.m.

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Mexico’s Arturo Quintero Takes Early Lead in Scorpion Qualifying; Heated Race Set for World Championship

Sun, 2017-11-12 18:08

RENO, Nev. – Mexico’s Arturo Quintero rolled into the lead after the first five qualifying games in the Pepsi PBA Scorpion Championship presented by GoBowling.com Sunday afternoon at the National Bowling Stadium, averaging at a 252 pace for a 29-pin lead over Matt McNiel of Minneapolis.

Quintero finished the round with 1,260 pins. McNiel had a 1,231 total, followed by Liz Johnson of Palatine, Ill., with 1,216 pins; Zacharay Wilkins of Canada at 1,215 and BJ Moore III of Greensburg, Pa., at 1,212.

The full field will complete its final five qualifying games on the Scorpion 42-foot oiling pattern Sunday evening. The 10-game Scorpion qualifying round is the fourth and final animal pattern contest which will decide the 49 players who will advance to the PBA World Championship cashers’ round starting Monday. Going into the final five qualifying games, more than a dozen players were within 50 pins of the 40-game cut.

For a complete list of Scorpion and PBA World Championship scores on a game by game basis, visit “live scoring” on pba.com’s home page.

All of the animal pattern qualifying legs and the PBA World Championship are part of the GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling IX, presented by Eldorado Reno Resorts Properties and the 2017-18 Go Bowling! PBA Tour.

GEICO PBA WSOB IX Notebook IV: Match Play Pairings Set for Chameleon, Shark Championships

Sat, 2017-11-11 22:34

Animal pattern qualifying rounds for the PBA World Championship conclude Sunday with the 10-game Pepsi PBA Scorpion Championship presented by GoBowling.com round. After the Scorpion round, the top 49 players based on 40 games in the four animal pattern stages will bowl another five games on each of the four animal patterns Monday and Tuesday.

The 60-game pinfall totals will determine the five players who will compete for the PBA World Championship on Sunday, Nov. 19 (live streamed on ESPN3, taped for delayed telecast on ESPN on Sunday, Jan. 31, at 3 p.m. EST).

Competition in the four animal pattern events will continue on Wednesday and Thursday, Nov. 15-16, with single-elimination match play rounds to reduce the top 16 qualifiers in each of those events to four players for match play-style finals. All match play rounds will be covered live on PBA’s Xtra Frame online bowling channel (visit xtraframe.tv for subscription information). All four animal pattern finals will be contested on Saturday, Nov. 18, live on ESPN3 and recorded for telecast on ESPN.

Here are the pairings for the first two animal pattern match play rounds:

PBA CHAMELEON CHAMPIONSHIP PRESENTED BY RENO TAHOE
(A part of the 2017-18 Go Bowling! PBA Tour)
National Bowling Stadium, Reno, Nev., Wednesday, Nov. 15, 11 a.m. PST

Round of 16 (best-of-five-game single-elimination match play)
Match 1 – Tom Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich., vs. Matt Sanders, Evansville, Ind.
Match 2 – Adrian Ang Loong, Malaysia, vs. Yannaphon Larpapharat, Thailand.
Match 3 – Liz Johnson, Palatine, Ill., vs. Ryan Ciminelli, Cheektowaga, N.Y.
Match 4 – DJ Archer, Friendswood, Texas, vs. Josh Blanchard, Mesa, Ariz.
Match 5 – Francois Lavoie, Canada, vs. Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash.
Match 6 – Zacharay Wilkins, Canada, vs. Anthony Pepe, Elmhurst, N.Y.
Match 7 – Glenn Pedersen, Norway, vs. Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas.
Match 8 – Jason Belmonte, Australia, vs. Jesper Svensson, Sweden.

Round of 8 (best-of-three-game single-elimination match play, 1:30 p.m.; four winners advance to Chameleon Championship finals on Saturday, Nov. 18, at noon)
Match 1 – Smallwood-Sanders winner vs. Loong-Larpapharat winner.
Match 2 – Johnson-Ciminelli 3 winner vs. Archer-Blanchard winner.
Match 3 – Lavoie-Kent winner vs. Wilkins-Pepe winner.
Match 4 – Pedersen-Malott winner vs. Belmonte-Svensson winner.

PBA SHARK CHAMPIONSHIP PRESENTED BY XTRA FRAME
(A part of the 2017-18 Go Bowling! PBA Tour)
National Bowling Stadium, Reno, Nev., Wednesday, Nov. 15, 3:30 p.m. PST

Round of 16 (best-of-five-game single-elimination match play)
Match 1 – Shota Kawazoe, Japan, vs. Pascal Winternheimer, Germany.
Match 2 – Charlie Brown Jr., Grandville, Mich., vs. DJ Archer, Friendswood, Texas.
Match 3 – Tom Daugherty, Riverview, Fla., vs. Kyle Troup, Taylorsville, N.C.
Match 4 – Brad Angelo, Lockport, N.Y., vs. Thomas Larsen, Denmark.
Match 5 – Tom Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich., vs. Nick Kruml, Downers Grove, Ill.
Match 6 – Richie Teece, England, vs. Anthony Simonsen, Austin, Texas.
Match 7 – Chris Arcaro, Carolina Beach, N.C., vs. Jesper Svensson, Sweden.
Match 8 – Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., vs. Glenn Pedersen, Norway.

Round of 8 (best-of-three-game single-elimination match play; four winners advance to Shark finals on Saturday, Nov. 18, at 2:30 p.m.)
Match 1 – Kawazoe-Winternheimer winner vs. Brown-Archer winner.
Match 2 – Daugherty-Troup winner vs. Angelo-Larsen winner.
Match 3 – Smallwood-Kruml winner vs. Teece-Simonsen winner.
Match 4 – Arcaro-Svensson winner vs. Kent-Pedersen winner.

FINLAND’S PYRY PUHARINEN IS WSOB IX’S YOUNGEST PLAYER

Finland’s Pyry Puharinen (left), a lanky two-hander, is the youngest player in WSOB IX at age 15, matching the age Trey Ford of Bartlesville, Okla., made his WSOB debut two years ago. Ford, also a two-handed player, is the second youngest player in the 2017 field at the ripe old age of 17.

NEXT ON XTRA FRAME: SCORPION SHOWS, WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP CASHERS’ ROUND

The 2017-18 Go Bowling! PBA Tour rolls on in Reno and Xtra Frame’s extensive coverage of the GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling IX, presented by Eldorado Resorts Reno Properties, concludes its animal pattern coverage Sunday before moving into the pre- and post-round coverage of the PBA World Championship cashers’ round Monday and Tuesday. Here’s the projected schedule heading into the start of the new week. All times are Pacific:

Sunday – Pepsi PBA Scorpion Championship presented by GoBowling.com five-game qualifying squads, 11 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Monday – PBA World Championship cashers’ round, Chameleon 39 round (five games), 1 p.m.; Shark 45 round (five games), 5 p.m.

Tuesday – PBA World Championship cashers’ round, Cheetah 33 round (five games), 1 p.m.; Scorpion 42 round (five games), 5 p.m.

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PBA TOUR TITLIST JAKOB BUTTURFF WINS QUBICA AMF WORLD CUP

Two-time PBA Tour titlist Jakob Butturff of Tempe, Ariz., won the men’s QubicaAMF World Cup title Saturday in Hermosillo, Mexico, defeating Colombia’s Oscar Rodriguez for the title, 246-201, after cruising past Malaysia’s Ahmad Muaz in the semifinal round, 266-176. Butturff, a 23-year-old left-hander who was representing the United States in the annual multi-nation competition, threw 17 strikes in 21 attempts on his way to the win. Krizziah Lyn Tabora of The Philippines won the women’s title with a 236-191 victory over Malaysian PWBA titlist Siti Rahman.

Andrew Cain Tops PBA Five-Game Record to Take Early Lead in GEICO PBA WSOB IX Cheetah Championship

Sat, 2017-11-11 20:32

RENO, Nev. – Andrew Cain of Phoenix charged into the lead after the first five qualifying games in the PBA Cheetah Championship presented by PBA Challenge Mobile Game Saturday afternoon at the National Bowling Stadium, rolling a PBA five-game record of 1,352 pins including a 300 game.

The full field will complete its final five qualifying games on the short Cheetah 33 oiling pattern Saturday evening.

Cain, a 36-year-old lefthander, had games of 254, 278, 265, 255 and 300 for a 270.4 average to break the PBA record of 1,350 set by Joel Reyes in Fountain Valley, Calif., in 2007. Cain, who is trying for his first PBA Tour title, held a 45-pin lead over Bill O’Neill of Langhorne, Pa., who also had a 300 game in his 1,307 total. Thomas Larsen of Denmark was third with 1,299 pins followed by Jesper Svensson of Sweden with 1,294 and Kim Bolleby of Thailand with a 1,284 total.

For a complete list of Cheetah and PBA World Championship scores on a game by game basis, visit “live scoring” on pba.com’s home page.

The Cheetah Championship is the third of four animal pattern qualifying events leading into the PBA World Championship. All of the events are part of the GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling IX, presented by Eldorado Reno Resorts Properties and the 2017-18 Go Bowling! PBA Tour.

GEICO PBA WSOB IX Notebook: Red Sox Star Mookie Betts Continues to Improve, Posts Best Round to Date

Fri, 2017-11-10 18:23

Boston Red Sox star Mookie Betts had his best day yet in world-class bowling competition, averaging a personal-best 208.9 in the PBA Shark Championship presented by Xtra Frame round of GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling IX, presented by Eldorado Resorts Reno Properties competition Thursday at the National Bowling Stadium in Reno, Nev.

After finishing the 10-game Chameleon round with a 202.67 average, Betts rolled games of 227, 215, 202, 207 and 155 in his first five-game Shark round, and finished his qualifying on the Shark 45-foot oiling pattern with games of 179, 222, 223, 237 and 222. After 20 games, with 20 more to come on the Cheetah 33 and Scorpion 42 patterns Saturday and Sunday, respectively, Betts is scoring at a 205.75 pace – ranking 159th in the international field of 195 bowlers.

With the exception of one “bad” game each round, Betts is bowling at a competitive level.

“I started the second (Shark) round with a 170,” he said. “I wasn’t rolling the ball right. It’s tough to get a read on the lane condition if you aren’t rolling the ball right, so I just stepped back, figured it out and didn’t have to make many changes after that.

“I put what I did two years ago behind me,” he added, referring to his WSOB debut in 2015. “I think I was (below a 200 average in every round), so now I’m just getting ready for the next game, the next round. In baseball, it’s a new at-bat. Here it’s a new game. When you can throw some strikes, you can make up for open frames, but my spare shooting is much, much better than it was two years ago. It’s definitely keeping me in the game this time.

“The thing is, the scores here are really, really high, but that’s why these guys are the best in the world,” Betts said.

Betts finished the animal pattern qualifying portion of the 2015 WSOX with a composite 190 average. So far, he’s scoring at a 15 pins-per-game higher pace.

LANETALK SAYS JAPAN’S KAWAZOE HAD 30-PIN EDGE ON WSOB IX FIELD

LaneTalk, PBA’s statistical analysis partner, continues to tracking detailed performance data for a variety of aspects of WSOB IX. Among the tidbits gleaned from Thursday’s Shark Championship qualifying, led by Japan’s Shota Kawazoe, were these factoids:

— The field of 195 players knocked down a total of 422,367 pins (compared to the Chameleon round’s 412,799 pins) – a 217.6 average.

— The high score in the Chameleon round was 300 (by nine players); the low game was 85.

— The entire field’s strike percentage was 58.01. First shots resulted in splits 7% of the time and non-strike shots resulted in single-pin spares 23.41% of the time.

— The field had an 89.93% “clean frame” average, converting “makeable” spares 88% of the time.

Some of Shark qualifying leader Shota Kawazoe’s stats vs. the field included:

— An average of 248, 30.4 pins better than the field at large;

— His strike percentage was 71.79%, also a significant edge over the field;

— Kawazoe had a 99% “clean frame” average and, like Chameleon leader Tom Smallwood a day earlier, he converted 100% of his “makeable” spares.

UPDATED CASHERS’ LIST FOR CHAMELEON, SHARK CHAMPIONSHIPS

Overlooked in summaries of the Chameleon 39 and Shark 45 qualifying rounds were cashers in 17th through 32nd place in both events. Below are the missing summaries of additional cashers after 10 games for each animal pattern qualifying round:

PBA CHAMELEON CHAMPIONSHIP PRESENTED BY RENO TAHOE

Other Cashers (after 10 games):
17, Annop Arromsaranon, Thailand, 2,322, $850.
18, Dick Allen, Columbia, S.C., 2,316, $820.
19, Ahmed Alawadhi, Bahrain, 2,311, $800.
20, Nick Kruml, Downers Grove, Ill., 2,301, $780.
21, Francois Louw, South Africa, 2,294, $760.
22, Kim Bolleby, Thailand, 2,293, $740.
23, Michael Tang, San Francisco, 2,292, $720.
24, Connor Pickford, Plano, Texas, 2,288, $700.
25, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 2,286, $700.
26, Matthew Ogle, Louisville, Ky., 2,284, $700.
27, Shota Kawazoe, Japan, 2,280, $700.
28, Scott Newell, Deland, Fla., 2,268, $700.
29 (tie), Ronnie Russell, Marion, Ind., and Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 2,265, $700.
31, w-Danielle McEwan, Stony Point, N.Y., 2,263, $700.
32 (tie), Chris Via, Springfield, Ohio, and Pontus Andersson, Sweden, 2,259, $350.

PBA SHARK CHAMPIONSHIP PRESENTED BY XTRA FRAME

Other Cashers (after 10 games):
17, Zachary Dwyer, Ft. Walton Beach, Fla., 2,367, $850.
18, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 2,364, $820.
19, Daniel Fransson, Sweden, 2,361, $790.
19, Chris Warren, Grants Pass, Ore., 2,361, $790.
21, w-Liz Johnson, Palatine, Ill., 2,357, $750.
21, Shawn Maldonado, Houston, 2,357, $750.
23, Jim Pratt, Avondale, Ariz., 2,353, $720.
24, Yannaphon Larpapharat, Thailand, 2,351, $700.
25, Brandon Novak, Chillicothe, Ohio, 2,350, $700.
26, Jason Belmonte, Australia, 2,348, $700.
27, Matthew McNiel, Minneapolis, Minn., 2,343, $700.
28, BJ Moore III, Greensburg, Pa., 2,341, $700.
29, Darren Tang, San Francisco, 2,338, $700.
30, Patrick Girard, Canada, 2,333, $700.
31, Trey Ford III, Bartlesville, Okla., 2,332, $700.
32, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 2,330, $700.

FRIDAY: A DAY TO REST AND RE-TOOL

Friday was mostly a day of rest and re-tooling for WSOB IX players. The only scheduled activity at the National Bowling Stadium was a two-hour practice session with half of the lanes in the Stadium oiled with the 33-foot Cheetah pattern, which comes into play Saturday, and the other half oiled with the 42-foot Scorpion pattern which will complete the animal pattern qualifying rounds on Sunday.

NEXT ON XTRA FRAME: CHEETAH, SCORPION PREVIEW, WRAP-UP SHOWS

As the 2017-18 Go Bowling! PBA Tour continues in Reno, Xtra Frame’s extensive coverage of the GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling IX, presented by Eldorado Resorts Reno Properties will include preview and wrap-up shows before-and-after each of the animal pattern events. Here’s the projected schedule heading into the weekend. All times are Pacific:

Saturday – PBA Cheetah Championship presented by PBA Bowling Challenge Mobile Game five-game qualifying squads, 11 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Sunday – Pepsi PBA Scorpion Championship presented by GoBowling.com five-game qualifying squads, 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. (Scorpion wrap-up show also will unveil the players who will advance to PBA World Championship cashers’ round competition on Monday and Tuesday, Nov. 13-14, at 1 and 5 p.m.)

Xtra Frame subscriptions are available in a variety of packages: three-day ($3.99), 30-day ($7.99) and Xtra Frame Season Ticket (a full-year’s coverage at an average cost of $1.25 per week) subscriptions are available by visiting “xtraframe.tv” and clicking on the “subscribe now” link. As a reminder, new monthly or Season Ticket subscribers also are automatically entered into monthly sweepstakes where they have chances to win a new high-performance bowling ball from Brunswick, DV8 or MOTIV.

Houston Rockets Star Chris Paul Brings His CP3 PBA Celebrity Invitational to Houston Dec. 1 at Bowlero The Woodlands

Fri, 2017-11-10 15:02

HOUSTON – Houston Rockets All-Star point guard Chris Paul brings his State Farm® CP3 PBA Celebrity Invitational presented by Go Bowling! to his new home of Houston when he hosts the ninth fundraiser Friday, Dec. 1 at Bowlero The Woodlands in the Houston suburb of Conroe, Texas.

Paul, also an accomplished bowler, is the event’s defending champion and will be joined by an A-list group of celebrities and PBA Tour players who will compete in the doubles format event which benefits the Chris Paul Family Foundation. The foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting youth education, health, sports and social responsibility.

The show will air on ESPN Sunday, Feb. 4 at 2 p.m. ET.

In addition to Paul, the early list of celebrities anticipated to compete are former NFL star and 2017 Dancing With The Stars contestant Terrell Owens, Boston Red Sox All-star outfielder Mookie Betts and Paul’s All-Star teammate Rockets forward James Harden. Additional celebrities will be announced at a later date.

PBA Tour stars scheduled to compete in the Celebrity Invitational are:

· EJ Tackett, defending PBA Player of the Year and eight-time Tour titlist

· Pete Weber, PBA Hall of Famer and 37-time Tour winner

· Norm Duke, PBA Hall of Famer and 38-time Tour winner

· Bill O’Neill, 8-time Tour winner

· Sean Rash, former Player of the Year and 12-time Tour winner

· DJ Archer, two-time PBA Tour champion from Houston

Paul won last year’s event with Barnes as his partner for his third Invitational title.

Celebrity bowlers who have participated in previous events include NBA stars LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Blake Griffin, Rudy Gay and Kevin Durant; National Football League stars Michael Strahan, Hines Ward, LaMarr Woodley, Reggie Bush, C.J. Anderson and hip-hop stars DJ Khaled, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, Lil Wayne, French Montana and Nelly, television personality Chris Hardwick, comedian/motion picture star Kevin Hart and television star Jesse Williams.

Ticket packages for the ESPN taping of the event are available by visiting pba.com/tickets.

VIP Package - $250 - includes meet & greet with Chris Paul, dinner, open bar, premium seat and signed Bowlero Pin

Premium Package - $80 – Includes premium seat and two drink tickets

Stadium Seat – $50 - General Admission seating

Admission Ticket – $20 - Standing room only; does not include a seat on set

The Celebrity Invitational begins with a red carpet ceremony at 5:30 p.m. CT at Bowlero The Woodlands (27000 I-45 N, Conroe, TX 77385) with the ESPN-taping of competition beginning at 6:30 p.m.

State Farm CP3 PBA Celebrity Invitational pres. by Go Bowling! past winners:

2017 – Chris Barnes/Chris Paul

2016 – Pete Weber/Terrell Owens

2015 – Ronnie Russell/French Montana

2013 – Chris Barnes/Chris Hardwick

2012 – Pete Weber/Jerry Ferrara/Blake Griffin

2011 – Jason Belmonte/Chris Paul

2010 – Jason Belmonte/Chris Paul

2009 – Jason Couch/LeBron James

GEICO WSOB IX Notebook II: Events-Within-the-Events Add Intrigue to World Series

Thu, 2017-11-09 22:09

While bowling fans are focusing attention on the Chameleon 39, Shark 45, Cheetah 33 and Scorpion 42 animal pattern events which compose the qualifying stages for the PBA World Championship early next week, there are other events-within-the-events taking place in Reno that merit attention.

The GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling IX, presented by Eldorado Resorts Reno Properties, is the final qualifying event for players hoping to earn invitations to the DHC PBA Japan Invitational in Tokyo early in 2018. Heading into WSOB IX, the 11 players leading the PBA earnings list based upon events open to all players (the qualifying standard for Japan) were Jason Belmonte ($114,332), Marshall Kent ($67,805), Rhino Page ($58,650), Anthony Simonsen ($43,434), Jesper Svensson ($42,996), Yannathon Larpapharat ($41,455), EJ Tackett ($39,838), Sean Rash ($35,387), Dom Barrett ($34,010), Chris Barnes ($33,925) and Martin Larsen ($26,930).

With significant prize money at stake in the WSOB IX, considerable movement in the earnings list is expected in determining the automatic invitations to bowl in the prestigious Japan event.

Also in play are berths on the USA vs. The World teams that will bowl in a special team match at 6 p.m. PST on Friday, Nov. 17. The match will be live streamed on ESPN3 and will air on ESPN on Sunday, Dec. 10, at 1 p.m. EST. The teams will include the top five players from the United States, based upon their 40-game combined animal pattern qualifying totals, vs. the top five international players. The USA vs. The World team match will be the first official telecast of the new 2017-18 Go Bowling! PBA Tour season.

Another side event to watch are the World Bowling Tour points battles to determine the top three men and top three women who will compete in the WBT Men’s and Women’s Finals, presented by the PBA, on Sunday, Nov. 19, at 3:30 p.m. (live on ESPN3, delayed telecast on ESPN on Sunday, Jan. 7, at 1 p.m. EST).

The three women finalists have locked up berths, although the order of appearance is still up in the air pending where they finish in the WSOB. The women are Latvia’s Diana Zavjalova, Danielle McEwan of Stony Point, N.Y., and Shalin Zulkifli of Malaysia. Several men are still in contention for the top three spots, but that field should be narrowed at the end of the PBA World Championship cashers’ round on Tuesday.

Finally – and by no means the least in order of importance – is the competition to earn PBA Player and Rookie of the Year credentials. Both races had leading contenders heading into Reno, but the WSOB will have a major impact when it comes to voting at the close of the year.

RED SOX STAR MOOKIE BETTS EARNS RESPECT AFTER OPENING ROUND

It’s unlikely Boston Red Sox star Mookie Betts is about to abandon his day job for a bowling career, but in his second World Series of Bowling appearance, he continued to earn the respect of his fellow competitors and a small army of bowling industry advisors who are watching the action in Reno.

A day after he was awarded his second straight Gold Glove as the American League’s top defensive right fielder, Betts bowled his first 10 qualifying games in the PBA Chameleon Championship presented by Reno Tahoe, roaring out of the gate with a 278 game before falling victim to the transition of lane conditions in Wednesday’s first five-game round. He completed his first squad with games of 185, 189, 184 and 172 for a 1,008 total – keeping his head above a 200 average, which is the hallmark in advanced-level bowling.

In the evening five-game round, Betts had games of 209, 235, 213, 192 and 169 to finish with a 2,026 total for his 10 Chameleon games – a 202.67 average.

“I had a couple of good games, so positives are always good,” Betts said. “I did better the second time. I didn’t have a good plan for that first round. All of the good players here can form a plan pretty quickly when they have to, but for me it’s a matter of trying to formulate a plan a little earlier and stick with it.

“The 278 was a nice start and it wasn’t really a surprise,” he added. “I know I can do it, but I have to roll with the transitions in the lane patterns. I have the ability; I just need the mindset.”

LANETALK GETS A READ ON FIRST FULL ROUND OF COMPETITION

LaneTalk, PBA’s statistical analysis partner, is tracking detailed data for all sorts of performance aspects of WSOB IX, and is sharing a great deal of information each day of the World Series on its Facebook page. Among the tidbits gleaned from Wednesday’s Chameleon Championships were these factoids:

— The field of 195 players knocked down a total of 412,799 pins – a 212.24 average.

— The high score in the Chameleon round was 300 (by three players); the low game was 107.

— The entire field’s strike percentage was 55.66. First shots resulted in splits 8.24% of the time and non-strike shots resulted in single-pin spares 23.21% of the time.

— The field had an 88.16% “clean frame” average, converting “makeable” spares 86.12% of the time.

Some of Chameleon qualifying leader Tom Smallwood’s stats vs. the field included:

— An average of 243.9, more than 30 pins better than the field at large;

— His strike percentage was 68.42%, also a significant edge over the field;

— Smallwood had a 98% “clean frame” average and he converted 100% of his “makeable” spares.

NEXT UP ON XTRA FRAME: ANIMAL PATTERN PREVIEW, WRAP-UP SHOWS ON TAP

As the 2017-18 Go Bowling! PBA Tour continues in Reno, Xtra Frame’s extensive coverage of the GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling IX, presented by Eldorado Resorts Reno Properties will include preview and wrap-up shows before-and-after each of the animal pattern events. Here’s the projected schedule heading into the weekend. All times are Pacific:

Saturday – PBA Cheetah Championship presented by PBA Bowling Challenge Mobile Game five-game qualifying squads, 11 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Sunday – Pepsi PBA Scorpion Championship presented by GoBowling.com five-game qualifying squads, 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. (Scorpion wrap-up show also will unveil the players who will advance to PBA World Championship cashers’ round competition on Monday and Tuesday, Nov. 13-14, at 1 and 5 p.m.)

Xtra Frame subscriptions are available in a variety of packages: three-day ($3.99), 30-day ($7.99) and Xtra Frame Season Ticket (a full-year’s coverage at an average cost of $1.25 per week) subscriptions are available by visiting “xtraframe.tv” and clicking on the “subscribe now” link. As a reminder, new monthly or Season Ticket subscribers also are automatically entered into monthly sweepstakes where they have chances to win a new high-performance bowling ball from Brunswick, DV8 or MOTIV.