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, 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.


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, 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 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.

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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, open the “schedules” tab and click on Regional Tours to find the event(s) in your area.

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