Liz Johnson Among Four Players Advancing to PBA Chameleon Championship Finals

by Jerry Schneider November 15, 2017 15:43

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

by Bill Vint November 15, 2017 14:55

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.

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

by Jerry Schneider November 14, 2017 20:46

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

by Bill Vint November 14, 2017 16:27

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.

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Svensson Maintains World Championship Lead After Cheetah Round

by Jerry Schneider November 14, 2017 15:48

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

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