Ronnie Russell Bowls 288 in Final Game to Surge into PBA Chameleon Championship First Round Lead

by Jerry Schneider March 13, 2019 14:09

ALLEN PARK, Mich.  – Four-time Go Bowling! PBA Tour winner Ronnie Russell bowled a 288 in the final game of the first round to surge into the early PBA Chameleon Championship lead Wednesday at Thunderbowl Lanes.

Bowling on the PBA 39-foot Chameleon lane condition in the second event of PBA World Series of Bowling X, Russell bowled a 1,253 pinfall for five games with games of 246, 236, 235, and 248 before the 288 game. He holds a 45-pin lead over Tim Pfeifer of Oakdale, Pa., in second with 1,208 heading into tonight’s second round at 6:30 p.m. ET.

“I knew I had something special going when it seemed like a lot of the guys around me were struggling,” said Russell, whose last tour win came in the 2016 Fall Classic Team Challenge. “I’m just not sure what it was.

“After the first game I made the right decision to go to another ball and stayed with it for the rest of the round,” Russell added. “When you have a five-game round, you can sometimes over react with your adjustments but I stayed patient and everything came together. It also helped that I didn’t have any opens.”

After this evening’s second round, the top 16 players will advance to single elimination match play on March 19.  After match play, the top four players will advance to the Cheetah Championship live finals on FS1 March 19 at 8 p.m. ET.  The Chameleon Championship finals will be the second of five prime-time WSOB X telecasts on consecutive nights (March 18-22).

Rounding out the top four after Chameleon qualifying were Mitch Hupe of Canada with 1,195 and four-time PBA Player of the Year Jason Belmonte of Australia, who surged into fourth with 1,187 after a 180 game to start the round. Belmonte finished with games of 257, 268, 258 and 224.

In a tie for fifth are PBA Hall of Famer Norm Duke who recently won back-to-back tour titles to reach the 40-title career milestone and reigning PBA Player of the Year Andrew Anderson of Holly, Mich., with 1,176.

The total pinfall from the qualifying rounds of the Cheetah, Chameleon and Thursday’s Scorpion Championships also serve as qualifying totals for the PBA World Championship – the season’s third major – which will culminate with the live FS1 finals on Thursday, March 21 on FS1 at 8 p.m.

The top five in World Championship qualifying after 15 games are Bill O’Neill with a 3,453 pinfall, followed by BJ Moore, 3,395; Tom Daugherty, 3,386; Rhino Page, 3,382, and Kyle Sherman, 3,373.

All qualifying and match play rounds are live-streamed by PBA’s online streaming partner, FloBowling. For subscription information, visit FloBowling.com. FloBowling also will live-stream all five FS1 telecasts as they air to its international audience.

Fans also can track WSOB scoring as it happens by visiting the Live Scoring link on PBA.com.

For Chameleon standings click on https://www.pba.com/PBALiveScoring?TournamentID=2768

For World Championship standings click on https://www.pba.com/PBALiveScoring?TournamentID=2770

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