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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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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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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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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