Svensson Maintains World Championship Lead After Cheetah Round

by Jerry Schneider November 14, 2017 15:48

RENO, Nev. - With one more round and five games to go this afternoon, two-handers Jesper Svensson and Jason Belmonte maintained the top two positions after the Cheetah round of the PBA World Championship at the National Bowling Stadium, but the battle to fill out other stepladder positions intensified heading into this evening’s final Scorpion pattern cashers’ round.

The PBA World Championship is the crown jewel of the GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling IX, presented by Eldorado Reno Resorts Properties, and the final major championship of the PBA’s 2017 season. WSOB IX is also a part of the 2017-18 Go Bowling! PBA Tour schedule.

Svensson bowled games of 233, 247, 258, 257 and 255 in the Cheetah round bringing his overall pinfall total for 55 games to 13,333 (242 average), ahead of Belmonte who maintained second with a 12,961 pinfall.

In third place heading into this evening’s cashers’ round on the 42-foot Scorpion pattern (at 5 p.m. PST) was Ryan Ciminelli of Cheektowaga, N.Y., who finished with 12,855.

Making a surge into fourth place was PBA Rookie of the Year contender Matt Sanders of Evansville, Ind., in with 12,749. Sanders won the Xtra Frame Billy Hardwick Memorial Open earlier this year for his first PBA Tour title.

Rounding out the top five was Kyle Troup who finished the round with a 12,737 pinfall total

Just outside of the cutline are Bill O’Neill of Langhorne, Pa., in sixth with 12,710, followed by Anthony Pepe of Elmhurst, N.Y., 12,680, and Matt McNiel of Minneapolis with 12,653.

Svensson is trying for his second PBA major title; Belmonte is after major title number nine, which would put him alone in third place among the PBA’s all-time major title winners. Neither player has won the PBA World Championship.

After this evening’s Scorpion round, the top five bowlers after a total of 60 games will advance to the World Championship finals on Sunday, Nov. 19 at noon PST (live streamed on ESPN3, taped for telecast on ESPN on Dec. 31 at 1 p.m. EST.

All preliminary rounds of WSOB IX are being covered live on PBA’s Xtra Frame online video streaming channel, and all competition throughout the WSOB also will be covered in real time game-by-game detail on’s “live scoring” feature.


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

National Bowling Stadium, Reno, Nev., Tuesday

Cashers’ Round 3 Standings (after Cheetah round, 55 of 60 games completed):

1, Jesper Svensson, Sweden, 13,333.
2, Jason Belmonte, Australia, 12,961.
3, Ryan Ciminelli, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 12,855.
4, Matthew Sanders, Evansville, Ind., 12,738.
5, Kyle Troup, Taylorsville, N.C., 12,737.
6, Bill O'Neill, Langhorne, Pa., 12,680.
7, Matthew McNiel, Minneapolis, Minn., 12,644.
8, Francois Lavoie, Canada, 12,641.
9, Anthony Pepe, Elmhurst, N.Y., 12,636.
10, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 12,630.
11, Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., 12,621.
12, Tom Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich., 12,573.
13, Dick Allen, Columbia, S.C., 12,553.
14, Thomas Larsen, Denmark, 12,551.
15, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 12,539.
16, Muhammad Rafiq Ismail, Malaysia, 12,536.
17, Brad Angelo, Lockport, N.Y., 12,528.
18, Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 12,518.
19, w-Liz Johnson, Palatine, Ill., 12,504.
20, Zacharay Wilkins, Canada, 12,497.
21, Francois Louw, South Africa, 12,496.
22, BJ Moore III, Greensburg, Pa., 12,477.
23, Glenn Pedersen, Norway, 12,468.
24, Tobias Boerding, Germany, 12,456.
25, Chris Warren, Grants Pass, Ore., 12,446.
26, Kim Bolleby, Thailand, 12,445.
27, Sam Cooley, Australia, 12,441.
28, Chris Via, Springfield, Ohio, 12,433.
29, Shota Kawazoe, Japan, 12,421.
30, Rhino Page, Orlando, Fla., 12,420.
31, Josh Blanchard, Mesa, Ariz., 12,419.
32, Dom Barrett, England, 12,415.
33, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 12,403.
34, EJ Tackett, Huntington, Ind., 12,387.
35, Kristopher Prather, Plainfield, Ill., 12,386.
36, Richie Teece, England, 12,349.
37 (tie), Darren Tang, San Francisco, and Stuart Williams, England, 12,330.
39, Tom Daugherty, Riverview, Fla., 12,315.
40, Arturo Quintero, Mexico, 12,312.
41, Connor Pickford, Plano, Texas, 12,281.
42, Nick Kruml, Downers Grove, Ill., 12,279.
43 (tie), Daniel Fransson, Sweden, and DJ Archer, Friendswood, Texas, 12,278.
45, Brandon Novak, Chillicothe, Ohio, 12,256.
46, Trey Ford III, Bartlesville, Okla., 12,229.
47, Anthony Simonsen, Austin, Texas, 12,210.
48, Cristian Azcona, Puerto Rico, 12,125.
49, Chris Loschetter, Avon, Ohio, 12,105.

300 Games: none

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