Thailand’s Annop Arromsaranon Defeats Texas Two-Hander Anthony Simonsen to Win Korea’s Busan Cup

by Bill Vint May 26, 2018 07:22

BUSAN, Korea – Thailand’s Annop Arromsaranon defeated top qualifier Anthony Simonsen of Austin, Texas, 221-208, to win the PBA International-World Bowling Tour Busan Cup Saturday on bowling lanes constructed outdoors in Pusan Gwangalli Beach Park in Busan, becoming the second bowler from Thailand to win a PBA Tour title.

In the soaring heat of the outdoor setting, Simonsen left splits he was unable to convert in the fourth and fifth frames as the 33-year-old Thai opened a 44-pin lead and raced away to victory despite leaving a “big four” 4-6-7-10 split in the eighth frame. He claimed the 30 million won (US$27,875) first prize and joined 2017 PBA-WBT Thailand winner Jojoe Yannaphon as Thailand’s second PBA Tour title winner.

Simonsen, a 21-year-old two-hander, had earned the top qualifying position for the four-man stepladder finals with a six-game, 1,480 total posted at Rainbow Square Bowling Center.

In the preliminary matches, Korea’s Choi Seokbyeong defeated countryman Choi Wonyoung, 247-217, to start the Busan Cup’s Open Division finals. Arromsaranon then eliminated Choi Seokbyeong in the semifinal match, 215-203.

The Go Bowling! PBA Tour’s next event will be the PBA Xtra Frame Tour Greater Jonesboro Open at Hijinx in Jonesboro, Ark., June 1-3. For Xtra Frame subscriptions, visit xtraframe.tv. Subscriptions are available for three days ($3.99), 30 days ($7.99) or for a full year at a cost of about $1.25 per week.

PBA-WORLD BOWLING TOUR BUSAN CUP
Pusan Gwangalli Beach Park, Busan, Korea, Saturday

Final Standings:
1, Annop Arromsaranon, Thailand, $27,875.
2, Anthony Simonsen, Austin, Texas, $13,900.
3, n-Choi Seokbyeong, Korea, $7,430.
4, n-Choi Wonyoung, Korea, $4,645.

Stepladder Results:
Match One – S. Choi def. W. Choi, 247-217.
Semifinal Match – Arromsaranon def. S. Choi, 215-203.
Championship – Arromsaranon def. Simonsen, 221-208.

n-denotes non-member.

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Sweden’s Jenny Wegner wins Brunswick Euro Challenge over Anthony Simonsen

by Bill Vint March 18, 2018 11:35

MUNICH, Germany – Thanks to the assistance of eight handicap pins awarded to all women bowlers in the tournament, Sweden’s Jenny Wegner won the PBA International-World Bowling Tour Brunswick Euro Challenge Sunday at Dream-Bowl Palace, thwarting a 10th frame comeback bid by tournament leader Anthony Simonsen.

Simonsen, the top qualifier, quickly fell behind when Wegner, the 2016 Qubica AMF World Cup women’s champion, started the title match with five strikes. But the contest changed direction when the 23-year-old Swedish kindergarten teacher failed to convert the 1-2-4-10 washout in the seven frame. She still had the match under control until she left the 2-8 in both the ninth and 10th frames. Despite failing to convert the 1-8 spare in her final frame, the eight handicap pins-per-game awarded to all women in the tournament allowed Wegner hold off Simonsen for the title.

Simonsen, who had thrown only one strike on the right lane previously in the match, threw two strikes before leaving the 10 pin on his final shot for an actual 213-211 margin, but with her handicap pins, Wegner won by a 219-213 margin.

Simonsen, a 21-year-old two-handed player from Austin, Texas, started the seven-game Step Three match play round with games of 300, 287 and 278 – an 865 series – to expand his lead and he comfortably maintained his position all the way to the championship match.

In the first match of the three-player stepladder finals, Thailand’s Yannaphon Larpapharat dug himself into a 21-pin hole after failing to convert a pair of splits, and Wegner had a double and a turkey in a clean game for a 233-214 win to advance to the title match.

Next on the Go Bowling! PBA Tour’s 2018 schedule will be the United States Bowling Congress Masters April 8-15 at the Oncenter Convention Center in Syracuse, N.Y., where defending champion Jason Belmonte of Australia will try for an unprecedented fifth Masters title, which also would result in a PBA record-tying 10th major championship.

PBA’s Xtra Frame online bowling channel will live stream all qualifying and three-game double-elimination match play rounds of the Masters before the finals air live on ESPN on April 15 at 1 p.m. EDT. For Xtra Frame subscription information, visit xtraframe.tv.

BRUNSWICK EURO CHALLENGE
Dream-Bowl Palace, Munich, Germany, Sunday

Final Standings:
1, w-Jenny Wegner, Sweden, $14,150.
2, Anthony Simonsen, Austin, Texas, $10,460.
3, Yannaphon Larpapharat, Thailand, $6,700.

Stepladder Results:
Match One – Wegner def. Larpapharat, 233-214. Championship – Wegner def. Simonsen, 219-213.

Final Step 3 Standings (after 13 games, including 30 match play bonus pins for each match win; prize money is converted from Euros to U.S. dollars):
1, Simonsen, 5-2, 3,408.
2, w-Wegner, 6-1, 3,281.
3, Larpapharat, 5-2, 3,271.
4, Stuart Williams, England, 2-5, 3,217, $4,180.
5, w-Siti Safiyah Amirah, Malaysia, 2-5, 3,210, $3,690.
6, w-Cherie Tan, Singapore, 3-4, 3,150, $3,440.
7, David Simard, Canada, 3-4, 3,119, $3,080.
8, w-Mai Ginge Jensen, Denmark, 2-5, 3,107, $2,710.

Step 2 Cashers (after six games):
9, w-Daphne Tan, Singapore, 1,420, $2,340.
10, Kyle Troup, Taylorsville, N.C., 1,410, $2,340.
11, w-Shayna Ng, Singapore, 1,409, $2,340.
12, w-Ghislaine Stigter-Van Der Tol, Netherlands, 1,408, $2,340.
13, Jesper Svensson, Sweden, 1,395, $1,970.
14, w-Bernice Lim, Singapore, 1,393, $1,970.
15, w-Danielle McEwan, Stony Point, N.Y., 1,390, $1,970.
16, Adrian Ang, Malaysia, 1,385, $1,970.
17, Rafiq Ismail, Malaysia, 1,380, $1,720.
18, Andrew Anderson, Holly, Mich., 1,372, $1,720.
19, Kim Bolleby, Thailand, 1,371, $1,720.
20, w-Anggie Ramirez Perea, 1,358, $1,720.
21, w-Esther Cheah, Malaysia, 1,351, $1,600.
22, Annop Arromsaranon, Thailand, 1,345, $1,600.
23, Jaroslav Lorenc, Czechoslovakia, 1,343, $1,600.
24, Emil Ågren, Sweden, $1,600.
25, Shawn Maldonado, Houston, Texas, 1,289, $1,480.
26, Syafiq Ridhwan, Malaysia, 1,286, $1,480.
27, Timmy Tan, Malaysia, 1,270, $1,480.
28, w-Cajsa Wegner, Sweden, 1,243, $1,480.

Step 1 Cashers (after six games):
29 (tie), Darren Tang, San Francisco, and Wicky Yeung, Hong Kong, 1,405, $1,350.
31 (tie), w-Tannya Roumimper, Indonesia, and Hassan Alshaikh, Saudi Arabia, 1,401, $1,350.
33, Jimmy Mortensen, Denmark, 1,400, $1,350.
34, Patrick Weichert, Germany, 1,397, $1,350.
35, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 1,387, $1,230.
36, Francois Louw, South Africa, 1,370, $1,230.
37, Jason Sterner, Rockledge, Fla., 1,367, $1,230.
38 (tie), John Wells, England, and Niko Oksanen, Finland, 1,361, $1,230.
40, Dom Barrett, England, 1,360, $1,230.
41, Oliver Morig, Germany, 1,351, $1,230.
42, Jamie McDermott, Jamie, Germany, 1,350, $1,230.
43, w-Jazreel Tan, Singapore, 1,349, $1,230.
44, Richie Teece, England, 1,347, $1,230.
45, w-Sin Li Jane, Malaysia, 1,340, $1,107.
45, Manuel Otalora, Colombia, 1,338, $1,107.
46, Kimmo Lehtonen, Finland, 1,337, $1,107.
48, w-Hui Fen New, Singapore, 1,336, $1,107.
49, Raymond Teece, England, 1,335, $1,107.
50, Nathan Ruest-Lajoie, Canada, 1,332, $1,107.
51, Karl Wahlgren, Sweden, 1,316, $1,107.
52, Markus Jansson, Sweden, 1,300, $1,107.
53, Thomas Larsen, Denmark, 1,299, $1,107.
54, Tobia Börding, Germany, 1,296, $1,107.
55, w-Shalin Zulkifli, Malaysia, 1,284, $984.
56, Rasmus Edvall, Sweden, 1,270, $984.
57, Kwun Ho Lau, Hong Kong, 1,240, $984.
58, Christoph Schurian, Germany, 1,231, $984.
59, Christopher Sloan, Ireland, 1,228, $984.
60, Timo Schroeder, Germany, 1,223, $984.
61, Andres Juliusson, Israel, 1,221, $984.
62, w-Birgit Pöppler, Germany, 1,216, $984.
63, Surasak Manuwong, Thailand, 1,211, $984.
64, Moued Saad Alqahtani, Saudi Arabia, 1,121, $984.

w–denotes woman (women received 8 handicap pins per game except during the championship round).

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PBA Spare Shots: Busy Month of Live Xtra Frame Coverage Set for April

by Bill Vint March 15, 2018 12:59

PBA’s online bowling channel, Xtra Frame, returns in April with a full schedule of programming including preliminary rounds of the USBC Masters, a PBA Xtra Frame Tour event in Maine, the first three PBA50 Tour events of 2018 and the 2018 season’s first PWBA events.

The April schedule, available for the monthly Xtra Frame subscription rate of $7.99, includes the following. Three-day and full season subscription plans are also available. To enroll as an Xtra Frame viewer, visit xtraframe.tv:

● April 10-14 - USBC Masters qualifying and elimination match play rounds, The Oncenter Convention Center, Syracuse, N.Y. (defending champion: Jason Belmonte).

● April 16-18 - Port Property Management PBA Xtra Frame Maine Shootout, Bayside Bowl, Portland, Maine (defending champion: Ryan Ciminelli).

● April 20 – Oceanview at Falmouth PBA League Team seeding tournament, Bayside Bowl, Portland, Maine.

● April 22-23 - PBA50 Florida Open, Lane Glo Bowl, New Port Richey, Fla. (defending champion: Brian LeClair)

● April 25-28 - PBA50 UnitedHealthcare National Championship presented by Spanish Springs Lanes & Radical, Spanish Springs Lanes, The Villages, Fla. (defending champion: Lennie Boresch Jr.)

● April 27-28 - PWBA Las Vegas Open, South Point Bowling Plaza, Las Vegas (new event).

● April 30-May 2 - PBA50 Mooresville Ford Open presented by Columbia 300, George Pappas Victory Lanes, Mooresville, N.C. (defending champion: Norm Duke).

BRUNSWICK EURO CHALLENGE FINALS SET FOR SUNDAY

The finals of the Brunswick Euro Challenge, a PBA International-World Bowling Tour event, will be live streamed Sunday from Dream-Bowl Palace in Munich, Germany, by StreamForce4Bowling (https://www.youtube.com/user/StreamForce4Bowling).

Sunday’s finals begin at 3:30 a.m. Eastern. In Step One, qualifiers 13 through 64 will bowl six games with the top 16 advancing to Step Two along with qualifiers 1-12 for another six-game round, beginning at 6:15 a.m. The top eight from Step Two will move on to Step Three, an eight-game round-robin match play round with 30 bonus pins to match winners, at 8:45 a.m. Step Four, based on combined pinfall totals from Step Two and Three, will produce three players for the championship round beginning at 11:45 a.m. The No. 3 qualifier will bowl one game against No. 2. The winner takes on the top qualifier in the one-game title match.

First prize will be roughly $14,150 plus a PBA Tour title if the winner is a PBA member (women who accept handicap pins are not eligible for a PBA title). England’s Dom Barrett is defending champion.

PBA’S “60 MOST MEMORABLE MOMENTS” UNVEILING CONTINUES: 51 THRU 55

The countdown to unveil the complete list of the PBA”s “60 most memorable moments” in its 60-year history continues, one a day, Monday through Friday, on all PBA Network outlets. The top 10 moments were announced on PBA’s ESPN telecast of the Go Bowling! PBA 60th Anniversary Classic. Last week, “memorable moments” 55 through 51 were unveiled. Here are those five moments as the countdown continues:

51) Prior to the 1974 PBA Midas Open finals, a lane breakdown forced the PBA to use lanes from non-adjoining pairs for the finals. In the second game, Jim Stefanich threw the PBA’s third perfect game on TV, the first and only time that feat occurred. Dick Ritger won the title, but Stefanich won a $10,000 bonus plus a new Lincoln-Mercury Cougar.

52) At age 57, John Handegard defeated Mark Williams, 278-247, to win the 1995 PBA Northwest Classic in Kennewick, Wash., becoming the oldest player to win a PBA Tour title.

53) Michael Haugen Jr. overcame a 53-pin deficit through six frames to win the 2008 PBA Tournament of Champions, 215-214, over Chris Barnes at Red Rock Lanes in Las Vegas. Haugen’s five-strike rally forced Barnes to get 20 pins in the 10th to force a tie.  After converting a spare, Barnes left the 4 pin on his last shot.

54) In 1962, Don Carter won four titles, earned $49,972 in prize money and recorded an incredible 18 top-five finishes.

55) Mike Durbin became the first bowler to win the Firestone PBA Tournament of Champions three times when he defeated Mike Aulby, 246-163, at Riviera Lanes in Fairlawn, Ohio. Durbin, who also won the event in 1972 and 1982, was inducted into the PBA Hall of Fame earlier that week.

To check on releases of subsequent “moments” as they are revealed, check the PBA Network: PBA on Facebook (www.facebook.com/ProfessionalBowlersAssociation) or Instagram (pbatour); subscribe to the PBA channel on YouTube (PBABowling); tweet along on Twitter (@pbatour), and on the web: https://www.pba.com/PBANetwork/MostMemorableMoments.

PBA REGIONAL UPDATE: WALTER RAY BOOST TITLES TOTAL TO 106

PBA Hall of Famer Walter Ray Williams Jr. (featured photo) of Oxford, Fla., defeated fellow Hall Of Famer Tom Baker of King, N.C., 279-157, to win his 106th PBA title in the PBA50 Fayetteville  Southern Open at LaFayette Lanes in Fayetteville, N.C., Sunday.

Williams, who was defending his 2017 title, won easily after Baker started his game with a pocket 7-10 split and could never recover. Williams earned $1,600.

Williams’ PBA titles include a composite total of PBA Tour (47), PBA Regional (32), PBA50 Tour (11) and PBA50 Regional (16) victories.

In the semifinal round, Williams eliminated Mike Hastings of Millsboro, Del., 246-178, while Baker took out Scott Thomsen of Sumter, S.C., 232-192.

David Haynes of Las Vegas posted an 8-4 match play record and a 20-game total of 4,653 pins Sunday to win his 12th career PBA Regional title in the PBA Sands Regency West/Northwest Winter Classic Open presented by Storm.

Haynes, who earned $2,000, defeated PJ Haggerty of Roseville, Calif., by three pins at the National Bowling Stadium.

In Sunday’s companion PBA50 Open, Dennis Horan Jr. of Oakley, Calif., went 6-3-1 in match play and knocked down 4,270 total pins in his PBA50 debut to defeat Ron Mohr of Las Vegas by 123 pins. Mohr had 4,147 pins for his 18 games, including match play bonus pins. In addition to his first PBA50 title, Horan earned $1,500 while Mohr received $1,000

Leading into the weekend, Scott Boyle of Salida, Calif., was almost perfect in defeating David Allen of Las Vegas, 299-202, to win Friday’s PBA Sands Regency Winter Challenge presented by Storm along with the $1,500 first prize and his first PBA Regional title.

PBA Challenge tournaments are open to players who have never won a PBA title.

In the semifinal round, Boyle defeated Matt McGill of Grants Pass, Ore., 254-218, and Allen defeated Mark DelCerro of Hayward, Calif., 277-179, to set up the championship match.

● Former PBA and PBA Southwest Region Rookie of the Year Francois Lavoie, a Canadian citizen now living in Wichita, Kan., defeated non-member Frankie Guccione of Castle Rock, Colo., 255-244, to win the $5,000 first prize in the fourth annual PBA Colorado Springs Southwest Super Regional at Harmony Lanes in Colorado Springs Sunday.

Needing two strikes in the 10th frame to clinch the victory, Lavoie struck on the first shot, but failed on his second, giving Guccione a chance to win his first PBA tournament. Needing 20 pins in his 10th frame, Guccione left a 7 pin on his first shot and then missed the spare, allowing Lavoie to claim his fifth PBA Regional victory.

Lavoie qualified seventh, earning a bye into the best-of-three-game Round of 12 elimination matches where he defeated amateur Jeffrey Carter of Westminster, Colo., 2-0; No. 2 qualifier Sean Lavery-Spahr of Pasadena, Texas, 2-0, and PBA50 Tour champion Mike Dias of Lafayette, Colo., 214-210, in the semifinal round. Guccione also earned a bye before defeating collegiate amateur Nick Burgess of Jersey Village, Texas, 2-0; tournament leader Devin Bidwell of Wichita, 2-1, and Ronald Johnson III of Durango, Colo., 210-182, in his semifinal match.

● A busy weekend is on tap for PBA Regional competitors over the March 16-18 weekend when the schedule includes the Trumbull County Tourism Bureau Central/East Open presented by Radical at Bell-Wick Bowl in Hubbard, Ohio; the PBA50 Showtime Lanes Midwest/Central Open in Virden, Ill.; the Jac’s Lanes Valdosta South Open in Valdosta, Ga., and the Odessa Southwest Open at Astro Bowl in Odessa, Texas.

● PBA’s March 23-25 regional tournament schedule includes the PBA50 Rossi Lanes Open in Elmira, N.Y.; the PBA50 Monte Skeels Allstate Midwest/Central Open at Liberty Lanes in Carpentersville, Ill.. and the Caveman Bowl Northwest/West Open presented by DV8 in Grants Pass, Ore.

● Closing out the March PBA Regional schedule will be the Copperfield Bowl Southwest Challenge for non-title winners over the March 30-April 1 weekend in Houston, Texas.

● For complete PBA Regional schedules, rules and entry information, visit pba.com, open the “schedules” tab and click on PBA Regional Tours to find the event(s) in your area…and remember, you can follow “live scoring” for all PBA Regional events on pba.com (easily accessible for Apple device users using the PBA app).

QUICK NOTES

● Upon further review, the PBA has discovered Patrick Allen is tied with Dennis Horan and Jeff Richgels for 10th place on the PBA Regional titles list, each with 30 wins.

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Nine-Event PBA International-WBT Season Gets Underway in Munich with Brunswick Euro Challenge

by Bill Vint March 9, 2018 14:35

CHICAGO (March 9, 2018) – World Bowling, the international governing body for tenpin bowling, and the Professional Bowlers Association have announced a nine-tournament PBA International-World Bowling Tour schedule for 2018, beginning March 10-18 when England’s Dom Barrett will try to defend his title in the Brunswick Euro Challenge at Dream-Bowl Palace in Munich, Germany.

The PBA International-WBT schedule awards PBA Tour titles if the winner is a PBA member and, if a woman, she does not accept “handicap pins” as part of her score. The PBA-WBT series awards points which are used to qualify players for the end-of-season WBT Men’s and Women’s Finals.

The Brunswick Euro Challenge also could play a role in the 2018 PBA Tour Finals set for early May in Allen Park, Mich. Composite PBA and WBT earnings for 2016 through the PBA Xtra Frame Maine Shootout at Bayside Bowl in Portland, Maine, April 17-18, will determine the eight players who will compete at Thunderbowl Lanes in May.

The 2018 schedule includes the United States Bowling Congress Masters and Queens, and the Busan Cup in South Korea and the Storm PBA/PWBA Striking Against Breast Cancer Mixed Doubles, both new to the PBA-WBT schedule. Returning are the Storm Lucky Larsen Masters in Malmo, Sweden; the WBT Thailand in Bangkok, and the PBA World Championship which will be part of PBA World Series of Bowling X. Closing the WBT schedule will be the World Bowling Men’s World Championships in Hong Kong, which is open only to players representing World Bowling member federations.

Additional tournaments that comply with World Bowling and PBA International rules are under consideration and may be added to the schedule.

2018 PBA INTERNATIONAL-WORLD BOWLING TOUR SCHEDULE

(Events designated as PBA-WBT tournaments will award a PBA Tour title if the winner is a PBA member and does not accept handicap pins)

March 10-18 – PBA-WBT Brunswick Euro Challenge, Dream-Bowl Palace, Munich, Germany

April 8-15 – USBC Masters, Oncenter Convention Center, Syracuse, N.Y. (PBA-WBT event)

May 20-26 – PBA-WBT Busan Cup, Rainbow Square Bowling Center, Busan, Korea

July 26-29 – Storm PBA/PWBA Striking Against Breast Cancer Mixed Doubles, Copperfield Bowl, Houston, Texas (PBA title to male partner, PWBA title to female partner if a member of his/her respective organization)

Aug. 25-Sept. 9 – PBA-WBT Storm Lucky Larsen Masters, Baltiska Bowlinghallen, Malmo, Sweden

Sept. 22-28 – PBA-WBT Thailand, Blu-O Rhythm and Bowl Siam Paragon, Bangkok, Thailand

Oct. 24-31 – U.S. Open, Northrock Lanes, Wichita, Kan. (PBA-WBT event, tentative)

November/December – PBA World Championship, tba (PBA-WBT event, tentative)

Nov. 24-Dec. 5 – World Bowling Men’s World Championships, SCAA Bowling Centre, Hong Kong

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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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