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

by Bill Vint November 17, 2017 19:33

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.

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

by Jerry Schneider November 16, 2017 20:36

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).

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

by Bill Vint November 16, 2017 16:00

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.

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

by Jerry Schneider November 16, 2017 15:40

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

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

by Jerry Schneider November 15, 2017 21:04

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).

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