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

by Bill Vint November 9, 2017 19:09

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.

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Japanese Star Shota Kawazoe Leads PBA WSOB IX Shark Qualifying in Quest of Dream PBA Title

by Bill Vint November 9, 2017 16:11

RENO, Nev. – Japan’s Shota Kawazoe, one of his home country’s premier players for more than a decade, rolled into the lead in the PBA Shark Championship presented by Xtra Frame at the National Bowling Stadium with a fundamentally-sound 248 average over the 10-game qualifying portion of the event.

Thursday’s competition on the long Shark 45-foot pattern was the second of four animal pattern qualifying stages that are part of the GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling IX, presented by Eldorado Resorts Reno Properties, and the Go Bowling! PBA Tour.

Kawazoe, a 28-year-old bowling center “head pro” in Japan, has spent half of this year in the United States, bowling PBA Regional and Xtra Frame PBA Tour events to prepare for the WSOB IX in quest of his dream – a PBA Tour title. Thursday, he rolled games of 268, 227, 259, 279 and 223 in the early round and he completed his Shark qualifying Thursday evening with games of 238, 227, 259, 257 and 243 for a 10-game total of 2,480 pins. He led qualifying by 49 pins over Norway’s Glenn Pedersen, who is making his WSOB debut. Three pins behind Pedersen was Chameleon top qualifier Tom Smallwood of Saginaw, Mich., with 2,428 pins; Thomas Larsen of Denmark with a 2,423 total and two-hander Kyle Troup of Taylorville, N.C., with 2,420 pins.

“A PBA title is my dream,” Kawazoe said, noting finishing second in the 2017 DHC PBA Japan Invitational after out-averaging the field in Tokyo by 20 pins, “was heart breaking. I hope, I hope I can win here.”

Kawazoe may not be a known commodity in the United States, but among his bowling feats in Japan was bowling back-to-back 300 games on live television, earning US$300,000 in bonus prize money. “A miracle,” he said with a laugh.

The top 16 players who advanced to the Shark single-elimination match play competition on Wednesday, Nov. 15, at 3:30 p.m. again included a strong international presence including players from Japan, Norway, Denmark, Sweden, England and Germany in addition to the United States

WSOB IX, which officially kicked off the 2017-18 Go Bowling! PBA Tour schedule, resumes Saturday with two five-game qualifying squads each in the PBA Cheetah Championship presented by PBA Challenge Mobile Game followed by two five-game rounds of Pepsi PBA Scorpion Championship presented by GoBowling.com qualifying on Sunday. All qualifying rounds will be covered live on Xtra Frame at 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. All competition throughout the WSOB also will be covered game-by-game on pba.com’s “live scoring” feature.

At the conclusion of Sunday’s Scorpion round, the top 49 players based on combined 40-game animal pattern qualifying totals will advance to the PBA World Championship cashers’ round which will involve additional five-game rounds on each of the four animal patterns next Monday and Tuesday at 1 and 5 p.m. Leading the PBA World Championship qualifying after 20 of 40 games were Smallwood with 4,867 pins; Sweden’s Jesper Svensson with a 4,799 total; Norway’s Pedersen with 4,867 pins; Kawazoe with a 4,760 total and DJ Archer of Friendswood, Texas, with 4,738 pins.

The 40-game totals also will determine the top five United States and top five international players who will compete in the USA vs. The World team match that will be contested at 6 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 17, for telecast on Sunday, Dec. 10, on ESPN.

All times listed are Pacific Standard.

PBA SHARK CHAMPIONSHIP PRESENTED BY XTRA FRAME

(a part of the GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling IX presented by Eldorado Reno Resorts Properties and the 2017-18 Go Bowling! PBA Tour)

National Bowling Stadium, Reno, Nev., Thursday

Final Qualifying Standings (after 10 games; top 16 advance to Shark Championship Round of 16 single-elimination match play on Wednesday, Nov. 15)

1, Shota Kawazoe, Japan, 2,480.
2, Glenn Pedersen, Norway, 2,431.
3, Tom Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich., 2,428,
4, Thomas Larsen, Denmark, 2,423.
5, Kyle Troup, Taylorsville, N.C., 2,420.
6, Anthony Simonsen, Austin, Texas, 2,417.
7, Chris Arcaro, Carolina Beach, N.C., 2,413.
8, DJ Archer, Friendswood, Texas, 2,409.
9, Charlie Brown Jr., Grandville, Mich., 2,408.
10, Jesper Svensson, Sweden, 2,405.
11, Richie Teece, England, 2,394.
12, Tom Daugherty, Riverview, Fla., 2,393, $100.
13, Brad Angelo, Lockport, N.Y., 2,390.
14, Nick Kruml, Downers Grove, Ill., 2,386.
15, Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., 2,377.
16, Pascal Winternheimer, Germany, 2,376.

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, Yannathon 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.

Failed to Cash:
33, Chris Via, Springfield, Ohio, 2,328.
34, (tie) Josh Blanchard, Mesa, Ariz., Stuart Williams, England, and Lonnie Waliczek, Wichita, Kan., 2,325.
37, Andrew Anderson, Holly, Mich., 2,323.
38, Cristian Azcona, Puerto Rico, 2,318.
39, Cameron Weier, Tacoma, Wash., 2,316.
40, Anthony Pepe, Elmhurst, N.Y., 2,314.
41, Mattias Wetterberg, Sweden, 2,308.
42, (tie) Ryan Ciminelli, Cheektowaga, N.Y., and Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 2,307.
44, Francois Lavoie, Canada, 2,305.
45, Tobias Boerding, Germany, 2,302.
46, EJ Tackett, Huntington, Ind., 2,297.
47, Rhino Page, Orlando, Fla., 2,293.
48, Muhammad Rafiq Ismail, Malaysia, 2,291.
49, Diana Zavjalova, Latvia, 2,286.
50, Christopher Sloan, Ireland, 2,284.
51, Kamron Doyle, Brentwood, Tenn., 2,283, $100.
52, Matthew Sanders, Evansville, Ind., 2,280.
53, Frank Drevenstedt, Germany, 2,274.
54, Sam Cooley, Australia, 2,271.
55, Dwight Adams, Greensboro, N.C., 2,270.
56, Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 2,264.
57, Osku Palermaa, Finland, 2,261.
58, Chris Loschetter, Avon, Ohio, 2,258.
59, Michael Haugen Jr., Phoenix, 2,257.
60, Daria Pajak, Poland, 2,253.
61, Timo Schroeder, Germany, 2,247.
62, Miguel Lopez, Peoria, Ariz., 2,245.
63, Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., 2,244.
64, (tie) Tan Chern, Malaysia, and AJ Chapman, Wichita, Kan., 2,241.
66, Ronnie Russell, Marion, Ind., 2,239.
67, Dick Allen, Columbia, S.C., 2,238.
68, Tim Foy Jr., Seaford, Del., 2,237.
69, Raymond Lussier, San Jose, Calif., 2,236.
70, (tie) Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., and Ramon Hilferink, Netherlands, 2,234.
72, Dom Barrett, England, 2,232.
73, Martin Larsen, Sweden, 2,227.
74, (tie) Craig LeMond, Jasper, Ind., and Zeke Bayt, Westerville, Ohio, 2,217.
76, (tie) Michael Tang, San Francisco, and Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, 2,216.
78, (tie) Connor Pickford, Plano, Texas, Jon Van Hees, Charlestown, R.I., and Kristopher Prather, Plainfield, Ill., 2,213.
81, Annop Arromsaranon, Thailand, 2,212.
82, Matthew O'Grady, Rahway, N.J., 2,206.
83, Bill O'Neill, Langhorne, Pa., 2,205.
84, Yousif Falah, Bahrain, 2,203.
85, Arturo Quintero, Mexico, 2,201.
86, Matt Kuba, Chicago Ridge, IL, 2,198.
87, Greg Thomas, Irmo, S.C., 2,197.
88, (tie) Brett Cunningham, Clay, N.Y., and Kyle King, Glendale, Ariz., 2,196.
90, Kyle Sherman, O'Fallon, Mo., 2,195.
91, J.R. Raymond, Clinton Twp., Mich., 2,192.
92, Miguel Rosales, Anaheim, Calif., 2,186.
93, Andrew Klingler, Grand Rapids, Mich., 2,185.
94, Greg Ostrander, Freehold, N.J., 2,184.
95, (tie) Matthew Ogle, Louisville, Ky., and Ryan Graywacz, Canastota, N.Y., 2,180.
97, Jason Sterner, Rockledge, Fla., 2,178.
98, Graham Fach, Canada, 2,177.
99, David Krol, Nixa, Mo., 2,175.
100, Pyry Puharinen, Finland, 2,174.
101, Brian Robinson, Morgantown, W.Va., 2,173.
102, (tie) Nathan Bohr, Austin, Texas, Blayne Fletcher, Australia, and Zulmazran Zulkifli, Malaysia, 2,170.
105, Anthony DeStasio, Fort Lauderdale, Fla., 2,169.
106, Adam Hayes, Austrailia, 2,168.
107, Mitch Beasley, Clarksville, Tenn., 2,167.
108, (tie) Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., and Mik Stampe, Denmark, 2,164.
110, Michael Smith, Centenniel, Colo., 2,160.
111, Steven Arehart, Chesapeake, Va., 2,159.
112, Jens Mathiesen, Norway, 2,158.
113, Scott Newell, Deland, Fla., 2,156.
114, Michael Murray, Australia, 2,154.
115, (tie) Carsten Hansen, Denmark, Austin Hunt, Kennewick, Wash., Jeff Evans, Supply, N.C.,
and Oeyvin Kulseng, Norway, 2,152.
119, (tie) Johnathan Bower, Middletown, Pa., and Danielle McEwan, Stony Point, N.Y., 2,151.
119, Jake Peters, Henderson, Nev., 2,151.
122, PJ Haggerty, Roseville, Calif., 2,148.
123, Syafiq Ridhwan, Malaysia, 2,146.
124, Brad Miller, Maryland Heights, Mo., 2,140.
125, Zacharay Wilkins, Canada, 2,137.
126, (tie) Saulnier Valentin, France, and Svein Ake Ek, Norway, 2,136.
128, Adrian Ang Loong, Malaysia, 2,135.
129, Andrew Cain, Phoenix, 2,129.
130, (tie) David Haynes, Las Vegas, Francois Louw, South Africa, and Billy Asbury, Odenton, Md., 2,124.
133, Kim Bolleby, Thailand, 2,123.
134, Julio Cesar Blancas, Mexico, 2,118.
135, Hyun Bum Kim, South Korea, 2,117.
136, Shalin Zulkifli, Malaysia, 2,116.
137, Tom Hess, Urbandale, Iowa, 2,114.
138, Matt Bollhalter, Niceville, Fla., 2,112.
139, Ahmed Alawadhi, Bahrain, 2,111.
140, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., 2,109.
141, Andrew Graff, Las Vegas, 2,108.
142, Kole Payne, Charlotte, N.C., 2,102.
143, Tom Sorce, Blasdell, N.Y., 2,094.
144, John Furey, Freehold, N.J., 2,093.
145, Markus Jansson, Sweden, 2,092.
146, AJ Johnson, Oswego, Ill., 2,091.
147, (tie) Mookie Betts, Boston, and Adam Pogge, Austin, Texas, 2,089.
149, Yebgueni Velez, Ecuador, 2,085.
150, (tie) Ryan Zagar, Racine, Wis., and Nick Christy, Newport, N.C., 2,083.
152, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 2,073.
153, (tie) Gabriel Garcia, Port St. Lucie, Fla., John Szczerbinski, N. Tonawanda, N.Y., and Jeremy Mooney, West Palm Beach, Fla., 2,071.
156, (tie) Keven Williams, Springfield, Mo., Humberto Vazquez, Mexico, and Gary Faulkner Jr., Memphis, Tenn., 2,068.
159, (tie) Devin Bidwell, Wichita, Kan., and Brian LeClair, Albany, N.Y., 2,066.
161, Derek Handy, Redmond, Wash., 2,063.
162, Stephen Hahn, Ashburn, Va., 2,053.
163, Justin Wyman, Fairport, N.Y., 2,048.
164, Shaun Cornett, Carmichael, Calif., 2,046.
165, (tie) Patrick Dombrowski, Parma, Ohio, and Pontus Andersson, Sweden, 2,033.
167, Andre Eubanks, Los Angeles, 2,032.
168, Casey Knutson, Sparks, Nev., 2,030.
169, Alex Liew Liang, Malaysia, 2,029.
170, Gaetan Mouveroux, France, 2,025.
171, Amanda Fry, Antelope, Calif., 2,023.
172, Christopher O'Neil, Decatur, Ill., 2,016.
173, Jonathan Hocsman, Argentina, 2,010.
174, Joe Paluszek, Bensalem, Pa., 2,001.
175, Jason Zook, Tampa, Fla., 1,991.
176, Andrew Mienkiewicz, Massapequa, N.Y., 1,986.
177, Kristian Rogers, Salisbury, N.C., 1,979.
178, JT Jackson, Sherman Oaks, Calif., 1,973.
179, Michael Vitalone, Jr., Lake Worth, Fla., 1,950.
180, William Tarpein, McDonough, Ga., 1,937.
181, Ben Zakrocki, Philadelphia, 1,929.
182, Jun Hyung Seo, South Korea, 1,926.
183, Tommy Barna, Westminster, Md., 1,925.
184, Matthew Wozney, Clayton, Del., 1,924.
185, Michael Duran, Banning, Calif., 1,920.
186, Steve Ford, Seaside, Ore., 1,914.
187, Mateo Hernandez, Argentina, 1,863.
188, Jeff Bragg, Linesville, Pa., 1,830.
189, Mikhail West-Marin, Paradise, Calif., 1,827.
190, Tristan Butler, Fort Wayne, Ind., 1,806.
191, Cody Copeland, Abilene, Texas, 1,782.
192, Joseph Purdom, Lemoyne, Pa., 1,762.
193, Josh Montgomery, Flower Mound, Texas, 1,707.
194, Andrew McLinden, Gardnerville, Nev., 1,662.
195, Jiafei Fang, China, withdrew.

300 Games (9): Timo Schroeder, Michael Smith, Sean Rash, Tom Daugherty, Scott Newell, Tom Smallwood, Kamron Doyle, Darren Tang, Liz Johnson.

PBA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP

Qualifying Standings (after 20 of 40 qualifying games; top 49 after Cheetah and Scorpion rounds will advance to cashers’ round on Monday and Tuesday, Nov. 13 and 14):

1, Tom Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich., 4,867
2, Jesper Svensson, Sweden, 4,799.
3, Glenn Pedersen, Norway, 4,793.
4, Shota Kawazoe, Japan, 4,760.
5, DJ Archer, Friendswood, Texas, 4,738.
6, Yannathon Larpapharat, Thailand, 4,710.
7, (tie) Josh Blanchard, Mesa, Ariz., and Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., 4,705.
9, Nick Kruml, Downers Grove, Ill., 4,687.
10, Liz Johnson, Palatine, Ill., 4,686.
11, Francois Lavoie, Canada, 4,685.
12, Thomas Larsen, Denmark, 4,679.
13, (tie) Jason Belmonte, Australia, and Anthony Pepe, Elmhurst, N.Y., 4,676.
15, Kyle Troup, Taylorsville, N.C., 4,672.
16, Ryan Ciminelli, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 4,670.
17, Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 4,664.
18, Brad Angelo, Lockport, N.Y., 4,631.
19, Richie Teece, England, 4,612.
20, Matthew Sanders, Evansville, Ind., 4,602.
21, Anthony Simonsen, Austin, Texas, 4,598.
22, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 4,595.
23, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 4,593.
24, Chris Via, Springfield, Ohio, 4,587.
25, Tom Daugherty, Riverview, Fla., 4,577.
26, Matthew McNiel, Minneapolis, Minn., 4,576.
27, Andrew Anderson, Holly, Mich., 4,573.
28, Daniel Fransson, Sweden, 4,557.
29, Dick Allen, Columbia, S.C., 4,554.
30, BJ Moore III, Greensburg, Pa., 4,541.
31, Brandon Novak, Chillicothe, Ohio, 4,537.
32, Pascal Winternheimer, Germany, 4,535.
33, (tie) Chris Warren, Grants Pass, Ore., and Annop Arromsaranon, Thailand, 4,534.
35, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 4,520.
36, Darren Tang, San Francisco, 4,514.
37, Michael Tang, San Francisco, 4,508.
38, Cristian Azcona, Puerto Rico, 4,506.
39, Rhino Page, Orlando, Fla., 4,505.
40, Ronnie Russell, Marion, Ind., 4,504.
41, Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 4,502.
42, (tie) Trey Ford III, Bartlesville, Okla., and Connor Pickford, Plano, Texas, 4,501.
44, Adrian Ang Loong, Malaysia, 4,494.
45, Zacharay Wilkins, Canada, 4,492.
46, Kamron Doyle, Brentwood, Tenn., 4,484.
47, Diana Zavjalova, Latvia, 4,472.
48, Dom Barrett, England, 4,469.
49, (tie) Mattias Wetterberg, Sweden, Matthew Ogle, Louisville, Ky., and Martin Larsen, Sweden, 4,464.
52, Kristopher Prather, Plainfield, Ill., 4,463.
53, Tobias Boerding, Germany, 4,452.
54, Stuart Williams, England, 4,451.
55, Chris Arcaro, Carolina Beach, N.C., 4,450.
56, Yousif Falah, Bahrain, 4,449.
57, Bill O'Neill, Langhorne, Pa., 4,447.
58, Patrick Girard, Canada, 4,445.
59, (tie) Chris Loschetter, Avon, Ohio, and EJ Tackett, Huntington, Ind., 4,439.
61, Timo Schroeder, Germany, 4,432.
62, Tim Foy Jr., Seaford, Del., 4,428.
63, Charlie Brown Jr, Grandville, Mich., 4,427.
64, (tie) Zachary Dwyer, Ft. Walton Beach, Fla., and Scott Newell, Deland, Fla., 4,424.
66, Ahmed Alawadhi, Bahrain, 4,422.
67, Michael Haugen Jr., Phoenix, 4,421.
68, Francois Louw, South Africa, 4,418.
69, Dwight Adams, Greensboro, N.C., 4,417.
70, (tie) Kim Bolleby, Thailand, and AJ Chapman, Wichita, Kan., 4,416.
72, Cameron Weier, Tacoma, Wash., 4,415.
73, Danielle McEwan, Stony Point, N.Y., 4,414.
74, (tie) Tan Chern, Malaysia, and Jon Van Hees, Charlestown, R.I., 4,413.
76, Shawn Maldonado, Houston, 4,407.
77, Muhammad Rafiq Ismail, Malaysia, 4,406.
78, Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., 4,402.
79, PJ Haggerty, Roseville, Calif., 4,399.
80, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 4,391.
81, Matthew O'Grady, Rahway, N.J., 4,390.
82, Sam Cooley, Australia, 4,385.
83, (tie) Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, and Graham Fach, Canada, 4,380.
85, Kyle Sherman, O'Fallon, Mo., 4,375.
86, Ryan Graywacz, Canastota, N.Y., 4,373.
87, Lonnie Waliczek, Wichita, Kan., 4,372.
88, Osku Palermaa, Finland, 4,364.
89, Anthony DeStasio, Fort Lauderdale, Fla., 4,352.
90, Raymond Lussier, Canada, 4,350.
91, Andrew Klingler, Grand Rapids, Mich., 4,349.
92, Christopher Sloan, Ireland, 4,342.
93, Syafiq Ridhwan, Malaysia, 4,334.
94, Blayne Fletcher, Australia, 4,331.
95, (tie) Carsten Hansen, Denmark, Jason Sterner, Rockledge, Fla., Greg Ostrander, Freehold, N.J., and  Matt Kuba, Chicago Ridge, Ill., 4,329.
99, Craig LeMond, Jasper, Ind., 4,328.
100, Zeke Bayt, Westerville, Ohio, 4,326.
101, Jim Pratt, Avondale, Ariz., 4,321.
102, AJ Johnson, Oswego, Ill., 4,314.
103, Johnathan Bower, Middletown, Pa., 4,309.
104, John Szczerbinski, N. Tonawanda, N.Y., 4,306.
105, Pyry Puharinen, Finland, 4,305.
106, Steven Arehart, Chesapeake, Va., 4,294.
107, Pontus Andersson, Sweden, 4,292.
108, (tie) Nathan Bohr, Austin, Texas, and Michael Murray, Australia, 4,286.
110, Julio Cesar Blancas, Mexico, 4,280.
111, (tie) Greg Thomas, Irmo, S.C., and David Krol, Nixa, Mo., 4,279.
113, (tie) Billy Asbury, Odenton, Md., and Arturo Quintero, Mexico, 4,278.
115, Jake Peters, Henderson, Nev., 4,277.
116, JR Raymond, Clinton Twp., Mich., 4,276.
117, Frank Drevenstedt, Germany, 4,275.
118, Daria Pajak, Poland, 4,269.
119, Miguel Lopez, Peoria, Ariz., 4,266.
120, (tie) Brian Robinson, Morgantown, W.Va., and Gaetan Mouveroux, France, 4,260.
122, Mitch Beasley, Clarksville, Tenn., 4,258.
123, Saulnier Valentin, France, 4,255.
124, Andrew Cain, Phoenix, 4,241.
125, (tie) Zulmazran Zulkifli, Malaysia, and Nick Christy, Newport, N.C., 4,240.
127, Ramon Hilferink, Netherlands, 4,239.
128, Jens Mathiesen, Norway, 4,237.
129, Tom Sorce, Blasdell, N.Y., 4,235.
130, Mik Stampe, Denmark, 4,233.
131, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 4,228.
132, Markus Jansson, Sweden, 4,220.
133, David Haynes, Las Vegas, 4,209.
134, Gabriel Garcia, Port St. Lucie, Fla., 4,208.
135, Humberto Vazquez, Mexico, 4,206.
136, Alex Liew Liang, Malaysia, 4,204.
137, Keven Williams, Springfield, Mo., 4,203.
138, Kole Payne, Charlotte, N.C., 4,200.
139, Kyle King, Glendale, Ariz., 4,196.
140, Shalin Zulkifli, Malaysia, 4,184.
141, Brad Miller, Maryland Heights, Mo., 4,183.
142, (tie) Andrew Graff, Las Vegas, and Jeremy Mooney, West Palm Beach, Fla., 4,180.
144, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., 4,171.
145, (tie) Austin Hunt, Kennewick, Wash., and Patrick Dombrowski, Parma, Ohio, 4,169.
147, Devin Bidwell, Wichita, Kan., 4,163.
148, Matt Bollhalter, Niceville, Fla., 4,162.
149, Hyun Bum Kim, South Korea, 4,161.
150, (tie) Ryan Zagar, Racine, Wis., and Brian LeClair, Albany, N.Y., 4,153.
152, Svein Ake Ek, Norway, 4,149.
153, Oeyvin Kulseng, Norway, 4,146.
154, Gary Faulkner Jr., Memphis, Tenn., 4,135.
155, Derek Handy, Redmond, Wash., 4,133.
156, Michael Smith, Centenniel, Colo., 4,124.
157, Jason Zook, Tampa, Fla., 4,123.
158, Jeff Evans, Supply, N.C., 4,119.
159, Mookie Betts, Boston, 4,115.
160, Amanda Fry, Antelope, Calif., 4,114.
161, Andre Eubanks, Los Angeles, 4,105.
162, Kristian Rogers, Salisbury, N.C., 4,100.
163, Tom Hess, Urbandale, Iowa, 4,097.
164, Joe Paluszek, Bensalem, Pa., 4,082.
165, Adam Pogge, Austin, Texas, 4,079.
166, Casey Knutson, Sparks, Nev., 4,078.
167, Tommy Barna, Westminster, Md., 4,068.
168, Stephen Hahn, Ashburn, Va., 4,067.
169, Brett Cunningham, Clay, N.Y., 4,054.
170, Christopher O'Neil, Decatur, Ill., 4,020.
171, John Furey, Freehold, N.J., 4,018.
172, Shaun Cornett, Carmichael, Calif., 3,977.
173, Miguel Rosales, Anaheim, Calif., 3,948.
174, Michael Vitalone, Jr., Lake Worth, Fla., 3,946.
175, Adam Hayes, Austrailia, 3,935.
176, Andrew Mienkiewicz, Massapequa, N.Y., 3,893.
177, JT Jackson, Sherman Oaks, Calif., 3,892.
178, Justin Wyman, Fairport, N.Y., 3,891.
179, Jonathan Hocsman, Argentina, 3,868.
180, William Tarpein, McDonough, Ga., 3,865.
181, Michael Duran, Banning, Calif., 3,843.
182, Jun Hyung Seo, South Korea, 3,837.
183, Mikhail West-Marin, Paradise, Calif., 3,831.
184, Yebgueni Velez, Ecuador, 3,829.
185, Mateo Hernandez, Argentina, 3,786.
186, Ben Zakrocki, Philadelphia, 3,758.
187, Matthew Wozney, Clayton, Del., 3,676.
188, Joseph Purdom, Lemoyne, Pa., 3,653.
189, Tristan Butler, Fort Wayne, Ind., 3,597.
190, Steve Ford, Seaside, Ore., 3,587.
191, Jeff Bragg, Linesville, Pa., 3,581.
192, Josh Montgomery, Flower Mound, Texas, 3,555.
193, Cody Copeland, Abilene, Texas, 3,473.
194, Andrew McLinden, Gardnerville, Nev., 3,441.
195, Jiafei Fang, China, withdrew.

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GEICO PBA WSOB IX Storylines: Keep an Eye on Record International Field, Rookie & Player of the Year Races

by Bill Vint November 2, 2017 13:41

RENO, Nev. – For the third consecutive year, Reno’s National Bowling Stadium will be home to the GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling IX, presented by Eldorado Reno Properties, the premier professional international showcase for the sport. WSOB IX will kick off a new PBA umbrella sponsorship agreement with GoBowling.com that will rebrand the Tour as the Go Bowling! PBA Tour.

A record 26 countries will be represented in the multi-event extravaganza that will be highlighted by seven taped ESPN telecasts including the PBA World Championship, the fifth and final major of the 2017 PBA Tour season.

A full field of 195 players will compete in qualifying and match play portions of the WSOB leading up to the ESPN finals which will live stream on ESPN3 while they are being taped on Nov. 17, 18 and 19 for telecast on ESPN at later dates.

WSOB IX kicks off new Go Bowling! PBA Tour umbrella sponsorship – The ESPN-televised finals of the four PBA animal pattern championships, PBA World Championship, and the USA vs The World team event will be the first events to air under a new GoBowling.com umbrella sponsorship that extends into the 2018 season. GoBowling.com is the Bowling Proprietors’ Association of America’s go-to website to help grassroots bowlers locate BPAA-member bowling centers.

The Go Bowling! PBA Tour sponsorship will cover all PBA-televised events on ESPN and CBS Sports Network into 2018, and also will be the headliner for the Go Bowling! PBA 60th Anniversary Classic at Woodland Bowl in Indianapolis in February.

PBA World Championship – The crown jewel of the WSOB is the PBA World Championship stepladder finals which will be taped Sunday, Nov. 19 at noon PT at the National Bowling Stadium. The World Championship is the fifth and final major of the 2017 PBA Tour season.

Other events on ESPN – In addition to the World Championship, ESPN will tape the finals of five other PBA events plus the World Bowling Tour Finals. Ticket prices for ESPN tapings range from $5 to $25. Bowling fans can also take advantage of GEICO World Series of Bowling IX Fan Experience packages which offer lodging and other perks at Reno’s Silver Legacy Hotel and Casino.

For taping times and ticket information at the National Bowling Stadium click here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/pba-geico-wsob-ix-tv-tickets-tickets-36369894333

For Fan Experience information click on https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2017-ultimate-geico-wsob-ix-experience-packages-tickets-35241700876

Admission for all World Series preliminary qualifying and match play rounds Nov. 7-15 is free.

For a complete listing of ESPN air dates for all WSOB events click on http://www.pba.com/Television

Xtra Frame provides world-wide exposure – Xtra Frame, the PBA’s online live streaming service, will provide approximately 100 hours of live coverage of qualifying and match play rounds during the World Series, leading up to the ESPN finals tapings. The subscription-based webcasting service continues to show steady growth in Europe, Asia, Australia and other regions as one element of the PBA’s comprehensive social media presence, which also includes international audiences on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. For Xtra Frame subscription information visit www.xtraframe.tv.

Live coverage for ESPN finals – While ESPN telecasts of WSOB IX events are tape-delayed, fans can catch the finals live through ESPN3 or the WatchESPN app.

An international showcase  – The preliminary list of the record 26 countries represented includes: Argentina, Australia, Bahrain, Canada, China, Denmark, Ecuador, England, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Japan, Latvia, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Puerto Rico, South Africa, South Korea, Sweden, Thailand, Venezuela and the United States. To check the complete WSOB IX roster to find players in your market area, click here: https://www.pba.com/Rosters/Details/2328

EJ Tackett to defend World Championship title: In 2016, EJ Tackett of Huntington, Ind., made history by winning the PBA World Championship at the National Bowling stadium for his first major title, defeating 2010 World Championship winner Tom Smallwood in the title match, 246-180. The victory helped seal PBA Player of the Year honors for Tackett.

Other PBA Major winners in 2017: EJ Tackett will be trying for his second major title of 2017 after winning the FireLake PBA Tournament of Champions in February. Three-time PBA Player of the Year Jason Belmonte of Australia will be trying for his third major of the season after wins in the Barbasol PBA Players Championship and USBC Masters. Rhino Page of Orlando, Fla. will be trying for his second career major title after winning the recent U.S. Open.

Boston Red Sox star Mookie Betts to compete in second World Series of Bowling:

Boston Red Sox outfielder Mookie Betts, one of the rising stars in major league baseball, will compete in the PBA World Series of Bowling for the second time in 2017. Betts, 25, is an accomplished bowler who made it known he wanted to participate in the annual CP3 PBA Celebrity Invitational, a fund-raising event for NBA basketball star Chris Paul’s charitable foundation, which led to him being invited to bowl in PBA’s WSOB VII in Reno in 2015. In his debut in professional bowling, Betts averaged a respectable 190 for 60 games on four different PBA animal patterns. An injury prevented him from bowling in 2016, but he is returning this year with hopes of improving upon his previous performance.

World Series to play deciding role in Player, Rookie of the Year  races – With five PBA Tour titles up for grabs, the WSOB is again expected to play a significant role in influencing the 2017 PBA Player of the Year as well as Rookie of the Year races.

With three wins each heading into the World Series, three-time PBA Player of the Year Jason Belmonte and defending PBA Player of the Year EJ Tackett are considered early favorites for Player of the Year honors heading into WSOB IX. The wide-open Rookie of the Year race features one of the strongest field of contenders in PBA history.

PBA Hall of Famers entered: While young players are making their mark this season on the PBA Tour, several of PBA’s all-time greats will make their presence known. The field includes five 50-and-older PBA Hall of Famers – Parker Bohn III, Norm Duke, Amleto Monacelli, Pete Weber, Walter Ray Williams Jr. and newly-elected Chris Barnes.

Past World Championship winners entered: EJ Tackett (2016), Gary Faulkner Jr. (2015), Dom Barrett (Dec. 2013), Parker Bohn III (Jan. 2013), Osku Palermaa (2012), Chris Barnes (2011), Tom Smallwood (2009), Walter Ray Williams Jr. (2001, ’03, ’06), Pete Weber (1989, ’98), and Patrick Allen (2005) are all past winners of the PBA World Championship.

PBA Challenge Finals highlight other aspects of PBA competition: The PBA50 Tour’s top eight players based on 2017 competition points and seven points champions from the PBA’s domestic Regional program will compete in head-to-head round robin match play qualifying leading to top-player championships matches in the annual PBA Challenge events to kick off the World Series. Xtra Frame will provide exclusive live coverage of the match play rounds and finals at the National Bowling Stadium on Tuesday, Nov. 7.

PBA Tour events include diverse lane conditions – Four of the World Series events – the Chameleon Championship presented by Reno Tahoe, Shark Championship presented by Xtra Frame, Cheetah Championship presented by PBA Bowling Challenge Mobile Game and Pepsi PBA Scorpion Championship presented by GoBowling.com – are named after specific PBA lane conditioning patterns. Each different lane condition requires players to be on top of their games in making the right lane and equipment adjustments to be successful. The ability to consistently perform at a high level on all four lane conditioning challenges will ultimately determine the finalists who will compete for the PBA World Championship.

Each lane condition used during the World Series will be highly visible to spectators and ESPN viewers because blue dye is added to the lane conditioner for the telecasts, giving fans a unique visual reference of what players must navigate when competing in the finals. Fans will be able to watch how the blue oil moves around under the traffic of bowling balls rolled during the competition.

Reno’s role in professional bowling history – Reno has hosted many topflight bowling competitions since 1977 when the Reno-Sparks Convention Center hosted the American Bowling Congress Championships Tournament for the first time. Since then, Reno has hosted many PBA and United States Bowling Congress events which have been some of the biggest bowling events in history. The National Bowling Stadium is marking its 22nd year of hosting topflight competition after opening its doors in 1995.

Follow the action on pba.com’s live scoring – PBA fans will have a number of options for following WSOB IX action as it happens (Xtra Frame, reports on PBA’s Facebook page, social media updates by numerous PBA players on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram), and game by game scoring also will be available on pba.com’s live scoring feature. A partnership with Lane Talk will provide PBA’s ESPN, Xtra Frame and media relations staff with a variety of insightful statistical data to give fans an even more in-depth look at the competition and the competitors.

Other special events: A showcase of youth bowling talent will be on display when the Teen Masters WSOB Open conducts doubles and singles events at the National Bowling Stadium Nov. 17-19.

Grassroots amateur adult and youth bowlers can bowl with the pros by entering the GEICO PBA WSOB IX Pro-Am on Friday Nov. 17 at 7:30 p.m. For an entry form and additional entry information contact the National Bowling Stadium at (800) 304-2695.

GEICO PBA WORLD SERIES OF BOWLING IX

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

presented by Eldorado Reno Properties

ESPN Finals Schedule (all taping times are Pacific)

National Bowling Stadium, Reno, Nev.

(All finals will be live streamed on ESPN3 and the WatchESPN app as they happen)

Nov. 17, 6 p.m. – USA vs. The World team competition (ESPN air date Dec. 10, 1 p.m. ET)

Nov. 18, noon – PBA Chameleon Championship presented by Reno Tahoe USA (ESPN air date, Dec. 17, 1 p.m. ET)

Nov. 18, 2:30 p.m. – PBA Shark Championship presented by Xtra Frame (ESPN air date Dec. 17, 2 p.m. ET)

Nov. 18, 4:15 p.m. – PBA Cheetah Championship presented by PBA Bowling Challenge Mobile Game (ESPN air date Dec. 24, 1 p.m. ET)

Nov. 18, 6 p.m. – Pepsi PBA Scorpion Championship presented by GoBowling.com (ESPN air date Dec. 24, 2 p.m. ET)

Nov. 19, noon – PBA World Championship (ESPN air date Dec. 31, 1 p.m. ET)

Nov. 19, 3:30 p.m. – World Bowling Tour Finals presented by PBA (ESPN air date Jan. 7, 1 p.m. ET)

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