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Since winning two events during the PBA Summer Swing last May, seven-time PBA Tour champion Bill O’Neill of Langhorne, Pa. has been generally happy with his productivity this season.

The winner of the PBA Grand Oklahoma Open and King of the Swing non-title event, won his PBA Chameleon Championship presented by HotelPlanner.com Round of 16 match in three straight games Tuesday against Rolltech PBA World Championship top qualifier EJ Tackett at the National Bowling Stadium to advance to Wednesday’s Round of eight moving a step closer to a berth in the finals. O’Neill beat Tackett 275-218, 254-173, 237-170.

“As I get a little further in my career I’m having to adjust my game so that I’m throwing the ball straighter and from the outside of the lane,” said the 34-year-old O’Neill who also teamed with Shannon O’Keefe to win the Xtra Frame Mixed Doubles event later in the summer. “I can’t hook it like I used to so I’m just trying to find another way to get it done and it’s working pretty well for me.

“Rather than complain about it, it’s my job to correct it and I’ve found the answer by playing straighter from the outside of the lane using a ball with more surface.

“So far it’s been an up and down World Series,” he added. “Qualifying went pretty well but I got into a funk in match play the last day and a half. I let some opportunities go but I think I’m getting things worked out now.”

The Round of 16 featured six international players with four advancing to the Round of 8. In the battle of the Larsen’s, Thomas, of Denmark, defeated Martin, of Sweden, 3-0; Stuart Williams, England beat Patrick Girard, Canada, 3-2; Pascal Winternheimer, Germany defeated Chris Drewes, Wichita, Kan., 3-0, and Jesper Svensson, Sweden beat Andres Gomez, Colombia, 3-0.

Also advancing to the Round of 8 were Jakob Butturff of Chandler, Ariz. after defeating World Championship finalist Ryan Ciminelli of Cheektowaga, N.Y., 3-1; Kyle Troup of Taylorsville, N.C. beat Cameron Weier, Tacoma, Wash., 3-1 and Scott Norton, Mission Viejo, Calif. beat Warren Crawford, McKinleyville, Calif., 3-2.

Wednesday’s Chameleon Championship match ups will be: Troup vs. Svensson; Butturff vs. Williams; Thomas Larsen vs. Norton and O’Neill vs. Winternheimer.

The 24 players competing in today’s match play rounds advanced from Chameleon Championship qualifying conducted last Thursday.

All the pattern championship Round of 8 matches will be part of a super Wednesday on PBA’s online bowing channel Xtra Frame with live coverage of who makes the final four for each telecast.

The top four players will advance to the ESPN taping of the Chameleon Championship scheduled for 5:15 p.m. PT Friday at the National Bowling Stadium. The Chameleon Championship telecast will air at 1 p.m. ET Sunday, Jan. 3.

GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling VII presented by Silver Legacy action continues this afternoon with Round of 24 and Round of 16 matches for the PBA Scorpion Championship presented by Reno Tahoe USA beginning at 4:30 p.m. PT.

PBA CHAMELEON CHAMPIONSHIP PRESENTED BY HOTELPLANNER.COM

National Bowling Stadium, Reno, Nev., Tuesday

BEST-OF-FIVE SINGLE-ELIMINATION MATCH PLAY (eight players advance to Wednesday’s Round of 8)

Round of 16 (losers earn $1,400)

Kyle Troup, Taylorsville, N.C., def. Cameron Weier, Tacoma, Wash., 3-1 (193-213, 215-174, 255-205, 234-183).
Scott Norton, Mission Viejo, Calif., def. n-Warren Crawford, McKinleyville, Calif., 3-2 (210-180, 279-225, 212-224, 191-221, 256-167).
Stuart Williams, England, def. Patrick Girard, Canada, 3-2 (195-244, 279-234, 181-216, 220-193, 275-255).
Pascal Winternheimer, Germany, def. n-Chris Drewes, Wichita, Kan., 3-0 (229-185, 211-177, 215-176).
Jakob Butturff, Chandler, Ariz., def. Ryan Ciminelli, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 3-1 (190-225, 254-214, 246-203, 237-223).
Bill O'Neill, Langhorne, Pa., def. EJ Tackett, Huntington, Ind., 3-0 (275-218, 254-173, 237-170).
Jesper Svensson, Sweden, def. Andres Gomez, Colombia, 3-0 (277-235, 259-213, 268-241).
Thomas Larsen, Denmark, def. Martin Larsen, Sweden, 3-0 (234-216, 216-191, 256-216).

Round of 24 (losers earn $800)

Martin Larsen def. Rhino Page, Orlando, Fla., 3-0 (212-178, 264-257, 247-230).
Ciminelli, def. Kim Bolleby, Thailand, 3-1 (279-201, 209-233, 280-226, 222-201).
n-Drewes, Wichita, Kan., def. Matthew McNiel, Prior Lake, Minn., 3-2 (247-221, 235-300, 243-195, 188-276, 235-206).
Weier def. Gary Faulkner Jr., Memphis, Tenn., 3-1 (188-215, 255-202, 264-184, 242-219).
Norton def. Tom Hess, Urbandale, Iowa, 3-1 (220-188, 223-195, 209-224, 208-192).
Gomez, def. Anthony Pepe, Elmhurst, N.Y., 3-1 (244-240, 228-217, 214-279, 244-198).
O'Neill, Langhorne, Pa., def. n-Ronnie Sparks Jr. , Ecorse, Mich., 3-1 (254-244, 203-194, 183-239, 245-211).
Girard, Canada, def. n-Zeke Bayt, Henderson, Nev., 3-0 (237-164, 212-212, 238-206).

Round of 8 Matches

Troup vs. Svensson

Butturff vs. Williams

Thomas Larsen vs. Norton

O’Neill vs. Winternheimer.

n-denotes non-member

Posted: December 15, 2015, 11:27 pm

RENO, Nev. – Professional Bowlers Association history could be in the making when the Rolltech PBA World Championship kicks off the PBA’s 36th consecutive season of coverage on ESPN Thursday at 7 p.m. ET (4 p.m. PT).

The first prime time weekday evening telecast in 14 years will involve top qualifier EJ Tackett’s bid for his first major championship, No. 2 qualifier Ryan Ciminelli’s bid to become the first PBA player in 44 years to win three consecutive PBA Tour titles, and Gary Faulkner Jr.’s bid to become the second African-American player to win a PBA Tour title. And there’s more:

● Tackett, a 23-year-old right-hander and PBA’s 2013 Rookie of the Year, won his only PBA Tour title in the PBA Xtra Frame Lubbock Open earlier in 2015. Tackett earned the top berth for Thursday’s live stepladder finals by pacing the GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling VII presented by Silver Legacy field of 246 players through 66 games of qualifying and match play, contested on five different lane conditions. He’s also trying for his first major. He led the field, but finished second to Australia’s Jason Belmonte in the 2014 USBC Masters.

● Ciminelli, a 29-year-old left-hander from Cheektowaga, N.Y., is two games away from becoming the fourth PBA player to win three consecutive titles in the U.S. After winning the PBA Xtra Frame South Point Las Vegas Open in October and the Bowlmor AMF U.S. Open in early November, he can join an elite club. The last time a PBA player won three titles in a row was in 1971 by PBA Hall of Famer Johnny Petraglia. Bowling legend Dick Weber did it twice: across the 1959-60 seasons and again in 1961.

● A win by Ciminelli also would make him the first player to win three PBA Tour titles in 2015, including two majors, and put him into contention to challenge for PBA Player of the Year honors. Australia’s Jason Belmonte was considered the top contender heading into the WSOB based on his historic third consecutive USBC Masters and second straight Barbasol PBA Tournament of Champions victories earlier in the year.

● Faulkner, a 25-year-old left-hander, is a third-year PBA member who had bowled in 27 PBA Tour events prior to WSOB VII without making a TV show. He has won a PBA Regional title, but is trying to become the first African-American PBA Tour champion since George Branham III won the 1996 Cleveland Open. Branham, a five-time PBA Tour titlist, became the first and only African-American to win a PBA Tour title when he won the 1986 Brunswick Memorial World Open. Branham also is the only African-American to win a PBA Tour major (the 1993 Firestone PBA Tournament of Champions).

● Thursday’s first match will pit a pair of former PBA Rookies of the Year (Scott Norton of Mission Viejo, Calif., 2010 vs. Rhino Page of Orlando, Fla., 2008) who are trying to end winless streaks. Norton, 33, won his last title in the 2013 Earl Anthony Championship and Page, 32, last won in the 2009 Viper Championship. Both are left-handers with three PBA Tour titles.

● The telecast will feature the ESPN broadcast team of announcer Mike Jakubowski, color analyst PBA Hall of Famer Randy Pedersen, sideline reporter former Miss USA Kimberly Pressler, and special reports from PBA Hall of Famer Marshall Holman plus Boston Red Sox outfielder Mookie Betts, who made his debut in professional bowling during WSOB VII.

● The Rolltech PBA World Championship, with its $60,000 first prize, will be contested in Reno’s National Bowling Stadium, the site of a number of historic PBA telecasts and the bowling arena made famous around the world in the movie, “Kingpin.” The telecast also will include the application of blue-dyed oil, a PBA innovation that allows viewers to see where the oil is applied to the lane.

● The PBA World Championship is the first of seven GEICO PBA WSOB VII telecasts to air on ESPN. On Sunday, Dec. 20, ESPN will air the finals of the PBA Cheetah Championship presented by PBA Bowling Challenge Mobile Game at 1 p.m. ET. The full schedule of WSOB telecasts includes the following (all times are Eastern):

Thursday, Dec. 17 – Rolltech PBA World Championship (live), 7 p.m.

Sunday, Dec. 20 – PBA Cheetah Championship presented by PBA Bowling Challenge Mobile Game, 1 p.m.

Sunday, Dec. 27 – GoBowling.com Viper Championship presented by Xtra Frame, 1 p.m.

Sunday, Jan. 3 – PBA Chameleon Championship presented by HotelPlanner.com, 1 p.m.

Sunday, Jan. 10 – PBA Scorpion Championship presented by Reno-Tahoe USA, 1 p.m.

Sunday, Jan. 17 – 2016 Mark Roth/Marshall Holman PBA Doubles Championship, 1 p.m.

Sunday, Jan. 24 – PBA Challenge Finals (PBA-PWBA Women’s Regional, PBA Regional and PBA50 Tour Finals plus Teen Masters Grand Championship), 3 p.m.

Posted: December 15, 2015, 5:49 pm

In a hard-fought Round of 16 best-of-five single elimination match against PBA Hall of Famer Walter Ray Williams Jr., former PBA Player of the Year Sean Rash of Montgomery, Ill., was one of eight players who advanced to the Round of 8 in the GoBowling.com PBA Viper Championship presented by Xtra Frame Monday at the National Bowling Stadium.

Rash had a 2-1 lead before Williams tied it up with a 279-225 win in the fourth game to force a game five. Needing a nine-count, spare and strike in the 10th, Rash struck on the first ball in the 10th to seal the match winning the final game 259-237.

“I’m exhausted,” said the nine-time Tour winner. “Not just from this match, but the whole World Series seems like it’s been a nail-biter for me.

“It’s just an honor to be in a match with guys you look up to like Walter,” Rash added. “When you bowl matches against the best and win it’s always special.”

Earlier in the day Rash lost in a best-of-five Round of 16 match in the Cheetah Championship to Eugene McCune.

One of the sport’s emerging stars Kyle Troup, the son of flamboyant eight-time PBA Tour winner Guppy Troup, advanced to the Round of 8 by sweeping his best-of-five match against Stuart Williams of England.

Troup, who won the PBA Wolf Open for his first PBA Tour title earlier this season, relied on some older technology and an outside line to the pocket for his success.

“When I’m going head-to-head on a condition like the Viper I like to throw the ball straighter from the outside of the lane which helps me repeat shots more,” Troup said. “Going to a urethane ball and playing the outside on a condition like the Viper usually works the best for me.”

Also advancing to the Round of 8 were: Kim Bolleby, Thailand, 3-1; Jakob Butturff, 3-1; Jonas Jehkinen, Finland, 3-0; Warren Crawford, McKinleyville, Calif., 3-0; and Rolltech PBA World Championship finalists Ryan Ciminelli, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 3-1, and Gary Faulkner Jr., Memphis, Tenn., 3-1

Wednesday’s Viper Championship match ups will be: Rash vs. Ciminelli, Jehkinen vs. Faulkner, Crawford vs. Butturff and Troup vs. Bolleby.

All the pattern championship Round of 8 matches will be part of a super Wednesday on Xtra Frame with live coverage of who makes the final four for each telecast.

The 24 players competing in today’s match play rounds advanced from Viper Championship qualifying conducted last Wednesday.

The top four players will advance to the ESPN taping of the Viper Championship scheduled for 3:30 p.m. PT Friday. The Viper Championship telecast will air at 1 p.m. ET Sunday, Dec. 27.

GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling presented by Silver Legacy action continues Tuesday with Round of 24 and Round of 16 matches for the PBA Chameleon Championship presented HotelPlanner.com and PBA Scorpion Championship presented by Reno Tahoe USA beginning at 10 a.m. PT.

GOBOWLING.COM VIPER CHAMPIONSHIP PRESENTED BY XTRA FRAME

National Bowling Stadium, Reno, Nev., Monday

BEST-OF-FIVE SINGLE-ELIMINATION MATCH PLAY (eight players advance to Wednesday’s Round of 8)

Round of 16 (losers earn $1,400)

Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., def. Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., 3-2 (224-227, 254-224, 238-227, 225-279, 259-237).
Kim Bolleby, Thailand, def. Bill O'Neill, Langhorne, Pa., 3-1 (231-267, 233-216, 209-164, 210-180).
Gary Faulkner Jr., Memphis, Tenn., def. Magnus Johnson Jr., Sweden, 3-1 (210-215, 215-157, 234-141, 256-211).
Jakob Butturff, Chandler, Ariz., def. Anthony LaCaze, Hoffman Estates, Ill., 3-1 (233-225, 225-222, 186-204, 223-192).
Joonas Jehkinen, Finland, def. Marshall Kent , Yakima, Wash., 3-0 (224-196, 257-233, 194-189).
n-Warren Crawford, McKinleyville, Calif., def. Patrick Girard , Canada, 3-0 (195-189, 195-176, 214-159).
Ryan Ciminelli, Cheektowaga, N.Y., def. Brad Angelo, Lockport, N.Y., 3-1 (193-202, 203-200, 258-237, 241-180).
Kyle Troup, Taylorsville, N.C., def. Stuart Williams, England, 3-0 (218-181, 246-244, 266-192).

Round of 24 (losers earn $800)

Troup def. Brandon Novak, Chillicothe, Ohio, 3-1 (178-204, 229-156, 227-181, 198-169).
Jehkinen, def. John Furey, Freehold, N.J., 3-0 (221-204, 214-193, 204-190).
LaCaze, def. Devin Bidwell, Wichita, Kan., 3-2 (174-243, 237-146, 225-203, 238-245, 264-235).
Rash, def. Anthony Pepe, Elmhurst, N.Y., 3-0 (266-256, 244-201, 287-207).
Bolleby def. Daisuke Nakamura, Japan, 3-2 (290-162, 214-255, 234-225, 195-207, 224-175).
Angelo, def. Daniel Fransson, Sweden, 3-1 (245-176, 187-189, 224-191, 195-158).
n-Crawford def. Pontus Andersson, Sweden, 3-0 (218-189, 263-203, 219-217).
Faulkner, Memphis, Tenn., def. Tom Hess, Urbandale, Iowa, 3-1 (221-209, 268-204, 169-194, 257-255).

Round of 8 Matches

Sean Rash vs. Ryan Ciminelli

Joonas Jehkinen vs. Gary Faulkner Jr.

Warren Crawford vs. Jakob Butturff

Kyle Troup vs. Kim Bolleby

n-denotes non-member

Posted: December 15, 2015, 6:32 am

 

From a match play field of 24 made up of a mix of Hall of Famers, PBA Tour and international stars in the PBA Cheetah Championship presented by PBA Bowling Challenge Mobile Game, eight players advanced to Wednesday’s semifinal rounds at the National Bowling Stadium Monday.

In Monday’s Round of 16, PBA Hall of Famer Parker Bohn III of Jackson, N.J. made short work of his best-of-five game single-elimination match against fellow Hall of Famer Tom Baker of King, N.C., winning in three straight games (290-234, 276-225, 247-225). Between games one and two Bohn had 18 consecutive strikes.

“The scoreboard says “X” but I’m always looking for the perfect strike,” said Bohn, who currently ranks tied for fifth with legend Mark Roth on the all-time PBA Tour win list with 34 titles. “On a condition like the Cheetah, I believe my long arm swing is an advantage because it enables me to get the ball farther down the lane to keep it on line. I don’t need to give the ball a violent amount of rotation to react.

“In this format, a game plan or strategy comes into play every match,” Bohn added. “I’m going to play the (lane condition) pattern the way I feel I need to and just have the confidence that I make the right decisions and adjustments along the way.”

Also advancing to the Round of 8 were Hall of Famer Norm Duke of Clermont, Fla., (3-1), Andrew Cain, Phoenix, Ariz. (3-1), Wayne Garber, Modesto, Calif. (3-1), Ron Mohr, Las Vegas (3-2), Rhino Page, Orlando, Fla., (3-2) and Eugene McCune, Munster, Ind., (3-2). When the day started six international players were in the field but only Paul Moor of England advanced winning his match against Patrick Girard of Canada 3-0.

Wednesday’s Cheetah Championship match ups will be: Cain vs. Page, Garber vs. Bohn, Mohr vs. Duke and McCune vs. Moor. All the pattern championship Round of 8 matches will be part of a super Wednesday on Xtra Frame with live coverage of who makes the final four.

The 24 players competing in today’s match play rounds advanced from Cheetah Championship qualifying conducted last Tuesday.

The top four players will advance to the ESPN taping of the Cheetah Championship scheduled for 1 p.m. PT Friday. The Cheetah Championship telecast will air at 1 p.m. ET this Sunday.

Round of 24 and Round of 16 matches for the GoBowling.com Viper Championship presented by Xtra Frame will get underway later this afternoon.

PBA CHEETAH CHAMPIONSHIP PRESENTED BY PBA BOWLING CHALLENGE MOBILE GAME

National Bowling Stadium, Reno, Nev., Monday

BEST-OF-FIVE SINGLE-ELIMINATION MATCH PLAY (eight players advance to Wednesday’s Round of 8)

Round of 16 (losers earn $1,400)

Andrew Cain, Phoenix, def. Bob Learn Jr. Erie, Pa., 3-1 (268-173, 258-199, 168-258, 248-227).
Paul Moor, England, def. Patrick Girard, Canada, 3-0 (215-208, 235-210, 300-215).
Parker Bohn III , Jackson, N.J., def. Tom Baker, King, N.C., 3-0 (290-234, 276-225, 247-225).
Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., def. Stuart Williams, England, 3-1 (244-203, 216-279, 248-191, 217-191).
Wayne Garber, Modesto, Calif., def. Markus Jansson, Sweden, 3-1 (230-173, 248-279, 234-226, 247-190).
Ron Mohr, Las Vegas, def. John Furey, Freehold, N.J., 3-2. (253-247, 269-249, 205-231, 202-256, 245-240).
Rhino Page, Orlando, Fla., def. Sam Cooley, Australia, 3-2. (279-193, 228-246, 238-230, 227-235, 248-219).
Eugene McCune, Munster, Ind., def. Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 3-2. (237-236, 258-239, 171-247, 193-216, 268-214).

Round of 24 (losers earn $800)

Rash def. Jesper Svensson, Sweden, 3-2 (239-269, 257-198, 275-187, 236-266, 258-240).
Jansson , Sweden, def. Dennis Horan Jr. , Oakley, Calif., 3-1 (229-192, 191-226, 243-240, 290-242).
Duke def. John Szczerbinski, N. Tonawanda, N.Y., 3-1 (278-269, 248-224, 171-218, 216-181).
Learn def. n-Matt Gasn , Laurel, Md., 3-2 (278-238, 228-268, 197-211, 255-222, 228-209).
Girard def. Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., 3-0 (203-170, 223-209, 257-182).
Page def. n-Adam Barta, Girard, Ohio, 3-1 (234-228, 227-268, 245-222, 233-216).
Mohr def. Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, 3-1 (256-246, 269-235, 227-247, 259-244).
Baker def. Matthew McNiel, Prior Lake, Minn., 3-1 (247-225, 257-189, 247-279, 299-263).

n-denotes non-member

Posted: December 14, 2015, 11:48 pm

GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling VII presented by Silver Legacy action continues at the National Bowling Stadium with PBA Tour animal pattern best-of-five game single-elimination match play today. Monday’s competition will consist of the Round of 24 and Round of 16 for the PBA Cheetah Championship presented by PBA Bowling Challenge Mobile Game followed by the Go Bowling.com PBA Viper Championship presented by Xtra Frame Rounds of 24 and 16.

Rounds of 24 and 16 for the PBA Chameleon Championship presented by HotelPlanner.com (10 a.m. and 1 p.m. PT, respectively) and PBA Scorpion Championship presented by Reno Tahoe USA (4:30 and 7:30 p.m. PT, respectively are on tap for Tuesday.

Semifinal round action for the four animal pattern events, which will determine the top four for the ESPN final tapings beginning Friday, will take place on Wednesday also beginning at 10 a.m. (Cheetah), 1 p.m. (Viper), 4:30 p.m. (Chameleon) and 7:30 p.m. (Scorpion). All times are Pacific. For a complete match play schedule and results visit pba.com.

All match play rounds of the WSOB are being covered live, exclusively by PBA’s online video streaming service, Xtra Frame. For subscription and schedule information, visit pba.com and click on the Xtra Frame link. Real-time results also will be posted on pba.com under its “live scoring” link.

ANDREW CAIN AND WALTER RAY WILLIAMS JR. ARE SANDS PBA TRI-REGIONAL CHAMPIONS

Another illustration of the diversity of competition being conducted during the World Series is the inclusion of the Sands PBA Tri-Regional tournament which concluded Sunday.

The regular division had an international field of 75 players representing 13 countries.

With a dominating 15-1 match play performance and 5,900 pinfall for 24 games including bonus pins, former Team USA member and United States Bowling Congress president Andrew Cain of Phoenix, Ariz. took home the $2,500 first prize and his second regional title. He finished a whopping 416 pins ahead of two-time Tour and former World Championship winner Tom Smallwood of Saginaw, Mich., who finished second with 5,484 and a 10-5-1 record.

In the PBA50 Division, PBA Hall of Famer Walter Ray Williams Jr. took home the top prize of $1,700 with a 5,591 pinfall and 11-5 match play record, topping a 44-player field. PBA50 Tour star Ron Mohr of Las Vegas finished second with a 5,385 pinfall and 9-5-2 record. It was Williams’ eighth PBA50 Regional title.

Both Cain and Williams rolled 300 games on the way to their titles. Williams’ 300 was his 102nd in PBA competition second only to Parker Bohn III’s PBA record 105 perfect games bowled in PBA competition.

TICKETS FOR ROLLTECH PBA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP STILL AVAILABLE

Tickets are still available for the live Rolltech PBA World Championship ESPN finals Thursday at 4 p.m. PT which will be available at the door at the National Bowling Stadium or in advance by ordering on pba.com.

Posted: December 14, 2015, 8:05 pm

EJ Tackett of Huntington, Ind., made a late final match play round run to capture the top qualifying position for the stepladder finals of the Rolltech PBA World Championship Sunday at the National Bowling Stadium.

The 2013 PBA Rookie of the Year compiled a 16-8 match play record and 66-game 15,589 overall pinfall, including bonus pins, to edge out No. 2 qualifier Ryan Ciminelli of Cheektowaga, N.Y., who finished with 15,517 pins and 15-9 match play record.

Tackett, the lone righthander, and lefthanders Ciminelli, Gary Faulkner Jr. of Memphis, Tenn.; Scott Norton of Mission Viejo, Calif., and Rhino Page of Orlando, Fla., will return for the live World Championship ESPN stepladder finals Thursday at 7 p.m. ET (4 p.m. PT). The World Championship is the fourth and final major championship of the PBA’s 2015 season.

Tackett, who won the PBA Xtra Frame Lubbock Open for his first PBA Tour title earlier this year, put together a 6-2 record in Sunday’s final match play round with games of 221, 243, 205, 215, 234, 224, 279 and 199. Overall for the tournament, which was conducted on five different PBA lane conditions – Cheetah, Viper, Chameleon, Scorpion and World Championship – Tackett averaged 228.92.

“It’s been a special week so far,” said Tackett, who as top qualifier for the stepladder final will have to bowl only one match for the title. “These kinds of weeks don’t come around often but I’ve been here before and now it’s time to take everything I’ve learned and do the best I can which hopefully will be good enough.

“On all the conditions I was throwing the ball well,” he added. “To be safe I drilled up a few balls after the cashers’ round to be ready for match play but for the most part I was letting the changing lane conditions come to me. It seemed I was always bowling best at the end of a round or end of a game.”

Ciminelli, a four-time Tour winner, is trying for his third win of the season and second major after winning the Bowlmor AMF U.S. Open in November.

Faulkner, a former collegiate standout at Webber International University, earned the No. 3 qualifying position with a 15,343 pinfall total and 14-9-1 match play record over the three match play rounds.

Faulkner will have the opportunity to become only the second African American PBA Tour champion. George Branham III, a five-time Tour winner is the Tour’s only African American titlist. Now retired, his last win came in the 1996 Cleveland Open.

Faulkner was a member of the Webber International men’s International Collegiate Championship winning team in 2012 and earned MVP honors in 2013 when the team finished third. He owns one PBA regional title and has a best PBA Tour finish of 22nd which came in the 2015 PBA Bear Open.

“It’s a dream come true to get here,” said the 25-year-old Faulkner. “Everyone dreams about a moment like this. I just had to keep from thinking too far ahead and stay in the moment. If I had a bad game or threw a bad shot I just let it go.”

Norton, the No. 4 qualifier, finished with a 15,331 pinfall and 15-9 record in match play. He will be trying for his fourth title and first major.

Page, also trying for his fourth title, was sixth going into the final position round match, but beat Stuart Williams of England 209-193 to take the fifth and final stepladder spot. Page finished with 15,266 pins a 14-10 record.

Tickets are still available for the World Championship finals which will be available at the door or in advance by ordering on pba.com.

The GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling VII presented by Silver Legacy returns to action Monday with best-of-five-single elimination match play rounds of the Cheetah Championship presented by PBA Bowling Challenge Mobile Game and GoBowling.com Viper Championship presented by Xtra Frame.

All qualifying and match play rounds of the WSOB are being covered live, exclusively by PBA’s online video streaming service, Xtra Frame. For subscription information, visit pba.com and click on the Xtra Frame link. Real-time results also will be posted on pba.com under its “live scoring” link.

ROLLTECH PBA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP

National Bowling Stadium, Reno, Nev., Sunday

FINAL MATCH PLAY STANDINGS (includes match play record and 66-game pinfall total with bonus pins. Top five advance to live ESPN-televised finals Thursday at 7 p.m. ET )

1, E.J. Tackett, Huntington, Ind., 16-8, 15,589.
2, Ryan Ciminelli, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 15-9, 15,517.
3, Gary Faulkner Jr., Memphis, Tenn., 14-9-1, 15,343.
4, Scott Norton, Mission Viejo, Calif., 15-9, 15,331.
5, Rhino Page, Orlando, Fla., 14-10, 15,266.

6, Stuart Williams, England, 11-13, 15,222, $13,000.
7, Dom Barrett, England, 17-7, 15,191, $11,000.
8, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 11-13, 15,178, $10,000.
9, Thomas Larsen, Denmark, 15-8-1, 15,123, $9,000.
10, Anthony Simonsen, Princeton, Texas, 14-9-1, 15,100, $8,000.
11, Matthew McNiel, Prior Lake, Minn., 12-12, 15,089, $7,500.
12, Jakob Butturff, Chandler, Ariz., 14-10, 15,046, $7,000.
13, Bill O'Neill, Langhorne, Pa., 12-12, 15,021, $6,500.
14, Andres Gomez, Colombia, 11-13, 14,940, $6,000.
15, Paul Moor, England, 12-12, 14,918, $5,900.
16, Martin Larsen, Sweden, 8-16, 14,910, $5,600.
17, Patrick Girard, Canada, 8-16, 14,857, $5,400.
18, J.R. Raymond, Bay City, Mich., 11-12-1, 14,847, $5,200.
19, Eugene McCune, Munster, Ind., 7-17, 14,773, $5,000.
20, Michael Haugen Jr., Phoenix, 13-11, 14,767, $4,800.
21, Ryan Graywacz, Feeding Hills, Mass., 9-14-1, 14,700, $4,600.
22, Sam Cooley, Australia, 7-16-1, 14,564, $4,500.
23, Devin Bidwell, Wichita, Kan., 10-14, 14,469, $4,300.
24, n-Warren Crawford, McKinleyville, Calif., 9-15, 14,418, $4,300.

n-denotes non-member

Posted: December 14, 2015, 6:56 am

With one more eight-game match play round remaining, four-time PBA Tour winner Ryan Ciminelli of Cheektowaga, N.Y., won 11 of his 16 matches to hold a 42-pin lead heading into this afternoon’s final round of match play in the Rolltech PBA World Championship at the National Bowling Stadium.

After a 7-1 record in the first round, Ciminelli found the going a little tougher in the second round grinding out a 4-4 record and bowling games of 269, 227, 198, 231, 183, 234, 234 and 205 for a 222.62 average, after averaging 241.5 in the first round.

Ciminelli, who leads with a 13,631 pinfall including bonus pins after 58 games, is trying for his third win of the season and second major after winning the Bowlmor AMF U.S. Open in November.

Trailing Ciminelli in second but gaining ground was 2013 PBA Rookie of the Year EJ Tackett of Huntington, Ind., with 13,589 pins. He has a 10-6 match play record after two rounds.

Collegiate standout Gary Faulkner Jr. of Memphis, Tenn., gained a position finishing the round in third. He has compiled a 10-5-1 record after two rounds and has 13,448 pins.

Faulkner was a member of the Webber International men’s International Collegiate Championship team in 2012 and earned MVP honors in 2013 when the team finished third. He owns one PBA regional title and has a best PBA Tour finish of 22nd which came in the 2015 PBA Bear Open.

Three-time Tour winner Rhino Page of Orlando, Fla., moved into fourth with an 11-5 match play record and 13,419 pinfall.

Stuart Williams of England, who owns one Tour title, held on to fifth place with a 13,417 pinfall despite going 3-5 today and finishing with 7-9 record after two rounds.

The final eight-game match play round will take place this afternoon at 5 p.m. PT. A total of 66 games of qualifying and match play on five different lane conditions will determine the five player stepladder finalists who will return for the live ESPN finals at 7 p.m. ET (4 p.m. PT) Thursday at the National Bowling Stadium.

Tickets are still available for the World Championship finals at the door or in advance by ordering on pba.com.

All qualifying and match play rounds of the WSOB are being covered live, exclusively by PBA’s online video streaming service, Xtra Frame. For subscription information, visit pba.com and click on the Xtra Frame link. Real-time results are also posted on pba.com under its “live scoring” link.

ROLLTECH PBA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP

National Bowling Stadium, Reno, Nev., Saturday

MATCH PLAY ROUND TWO (includes match play record and 58-game pinfall totals including bonus pins)

1, Ryan Ciminelli, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 11-5, 13,631.
2, E.J. Tackett, Huntington, Ind., 10-6, 13,589.
3, Gary Faulkner Jr., Memphis, Tenn., 10-5-1, 13,448.
4, Rhino Page, Orlando, Fla., 11-5, 13,419.
5, Stuart Williams, England, 7-9, 13,417.
6, Scott Norton, Mission Viejo, Calif., 10-6, 13,348.
7, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 7-9, 13,274.
8, Martin Larsen, Sweden, 6-10, 13,237.
9, Jakob Butturff, Chandler, Ariz., 9-7, 13,206.
10, Bill O'Neill, Langhorne, Pa., 9-7, 13,188.
11, Anthony Simonsen, Princeton, Texas, 9-6-1, 13,183.
12, Matthew McNiel, Prior Lake, Minn., 8-8, 13,182.
13, Thomas Larsen, Denmark, 9-6-1, 13,170.
14, Dom Barrett, England, 11-5, 13,162.
15, Andres Gomez, Colombia, 8-8, 13,153.
16, Paul Moor, England, 8-8, 13,010.
17, J.R. Raymond, Bay City, Mich., 7-8-1, 12,964.
18, Patrick Girard, Canada, 4-12, 12,908.
19, Michael Haugen Jr., Phoenix, 9-7, 12,888.
20, Eugene McCune, Munster, Ind., 3-13, 12,885.
21, Ryan Graywacz, Feeding Hills, Mass., 6-9-1, 12,871.
22, Sam Cooley, Australia, 5-10-1, 12,743.
23, Devin Bidwell, Wichita, Kan., 6-10, 12,671.
24, n-Warren Crawford, McKinleyville, Calif., 6-10, 12,585.

n-denotes non-member

Posted: December 13, 2015, 11:13 pm

Compiling a 7-1 match play record and averaging 241.5, Ryan Ciminelli of Cheektowaga, N.Y., surged into the lead after the first round of match play in the Rolltech PBA World Championship Saturday at the National Bowling Stadium.

The four-time Tour winner, with two wins this season including the Bowlmor AMF U.S. Open for his first major, had games of 237, 244, 250, 238, 259, 241, 217, 246 in the first match play round.

“This is the highest block I’ve had all week which has really been a boost for my confidence, said Ciminelli. “I just kept getting more and more comfortable and everything just fell into place. I need to keep riding the wave for another day.

“To win seven matches tonight was really phenomenal,” he added. “I was able to score well and win matches which is always a bonus. Going forward I think it’s going to be all about winning matches. I don’t think I’ll need to average 240, just string strikes when I can and stay in the matches.”

Overall, after 50 games, which included the qualifying rounds of the PBA animal pattern tournaments in the GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling VII presented by Silver Legacy, and today’s six game cashers’ round on the World Championship lane condition earlier in the day, Ciminelli led with an 11,730 overall pinfall total including bonus pins. Bowling on five different PBA lane conditions – Cheetah, Viper, Chameleon, Scorpion and World Championship – he’s averaging 230.4.

“This is the most consistent I’ve been,” Ciminelli said. “It seems like my experience in the World Series has been all or nothing, but coming in here with two wins including my first major, my confidence is still fresh.”

Trailing Ciminelli was 2013 PBA Rookie of the Year EJ Tackett of Huntington, Ind., in second with 11,558 pins and a 5-3 match play record. One-time Tour winner Stuart Williams of England dropped to third after holding the lead after the cashers’ round, going 4-4 in match play and finishing with a 11,515 pinfall. Rounding out the top five were Gary Faulkner Jr. of Memphis, Tenn., 6-2, and 11,471 pins and Jakob Butturff of Chandler, Ariz., who had an excellent round going 7-1 in match play and finishing with 11,449 pins.

Dom Barrett of England, who won the World Championship in October of 2013 and is the lone past champion making the top 24, finished with 11,218 moving from 22nd to 11th with the help of a 5-3 match play record.

Seven countries are represented in World Championship match play which include England, Sweden, Canada, Denmark, Colombia, Australia and the U.S.

The 24 match play finalists will return Sunday for two more eight-game rounds at 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. PT which will determine the top five players for the live World Championship finals to be telecast Thursday on ESPN at 7 p.m. ET (4 p.m. PT).

All qualifying and match play rounds of the WSOB are being covered live, exclusively by PBA’s online video streaming service, Xtra Frame. For subscription information, visit pba.com and click on the Xtra Frame link. Real-time results also will be posted on pba.com under its “live scoring” link.

ROLLTECH PBA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP

National Bowling Stadium, Reno, Nev., Saturday

MATCH PLAY ROUND ONE (includes match play record and 50-game pinfall totals including bonus pins)

1, Ryan Ciminelli, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 7-1, 11,730.
2, E.J. Tackett, Huntington, Ind., 5-3, 11,558.
3, Stuart Williams, England, 4-4, 11,515.
4, Gary Faulkner Jr., Memphis, Tenn., 6-2, 11,471.
5, Jakob Butturff, Chandler, Ariz., 7-1, 11,449.
6, Rhino Page, Orlando, Fla., 6-2, 11,443.
7 (tie), Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 4-4, and Scott Norton, Mission Viejo, Calif., 5-3, 11,401.
9, Martin Larsen, Sweden, 4-4, 11,385.
10, Matthew McNiel, Prior Lake, Minn., 5-3, 11,256.
11, Dom Barrett, England, 5-3, 11,218.
12, Patrick Girard, Canada, 3-5, 11,204.
13, Thomas Larsen, Denmark, 3-5, 11,189.
14, Bill O'Neill, Langhorne, Pa., 2-6, 11,184.
15, Andres Gomez, Colombia, 3-5, 11,175.
16, Anthony Simonsen, Princeton, Texas, 4-4, 11,158.
17, Paul Moor, England, 4-4, 11,153.
18, Eugene McCune, Munster, Ind., 1-7, 11,113.
19, Devin Bidwell, Wichita, Kan., 4-4, 11,073.
20, J.R. Raymond, Bay City, Mich., 3-4-1, 11,072.
21, Ryan Graywacz, Feeding Hills, Mass., 2-6, 11,013.
22, Sam Cooley, Australia, 2-5-1, 10,992.
23, Michael Haugen Jr., Phoenix, 3-5, 10,915.
24, n-Warren Crawford, McKinleyville, Calif., 3-5, 10,866.

CASHERS’ ROUND RESULTS (after 42 games)

1, Stuart Williams, England, 9,719.
2, E.J. Tackett, Huntington, Ind., 9,641.
3, Ryan Ciminelli, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 9,588.
4, Scott Norton, Mission Viejo, Calif., 9,505.
5, Gary Faulkner Jr., Memphis, Tenn., 9,488.
6, Martin Larsen, Sweden, 9,486.
7, Patrick Girard, Canada, 9,472.
8, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 9,468.
9, Eugene McCune, Munster, Ind., 9,431.
10, Jakob Butturff, Chandler, Ariz., 9,426.
11, Bill O'Neill, Langhorne, Pa., 9,403.
12, Paul Moor, England, 9,401.
13, Thomas Larsen, Denmark, 9,395.
14, Rhino Page, Orlando, Fla., 9,386.
15, Ryan Graywacz, Feeding Hills, Mass., 9,380.
16, Anthony Simonsen, Princeton, Texas, 9,379.
17, Andres Gomez, Colombia, 9,375.
18, Sam Cooley, Australia, 9,369.
19, J.R. Raymond, Bay City, Mich., 9,352.
20, Matthew McNiel, Prior Lake, Minn., 9,340.
21, Michael Haugen Jr., Phoenix, 9,320.
22, Dom Barrett, England, 9,307.
23, Devin Bidwell, Wichita, Kan., 9,276.
24, n-Warren Crawford, McKinleyville, Calif., 9,275.

Did not advance
25, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 9,272, $4,000.
26, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., 9,262, $3,800.
27, Jesper Svensson, Sweden, 9,247, $3,800.
28, Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., 9,244, $3,600.
29, Ronnie Sparks Jr., Ecorse, Mich., 9,243, $3,500.
30, n-Matt Gasn, Laurel, Md., 9,242, $3,400.
31, Josh Blanchard, Mesa, Ariz., 9,209, $3,300.
32, B.J. Moore III, Apex, N.C., 9,186, $3,200.
33, Kristopher Prather, Milton, Fla., 9,182, $3,100.
34, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 9,180, $3,000.
35, Kim Bolleby, Thailand, 9,147, $2,900.
36, John Furey, Freehold, N.J., 9,144, $2,900.
37, Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, 9,124, $2,700.
38, Tobias Boerding, Germany, 9,123, $2,600.
39, Joseph Hostetler, Louisville, Ohio, 9,120, $2,500.
40, Jason Belmonte, Australia, 9,119, $2,400.
41, Bryon Smith, Roseburg, Ore., 9,107, $2,400.
42, Cameron Weier, Tacoma, Wash., 9,106, $2,200.
43, Tom Baker, King, N.C., 9,094, $2,150.
44, Markus Jansson, Sweden, 9,091, $2,100.
45, Joonas Jehkinen, Finland, 9,084, $2,050.
46, Kyle Troup, Taylorsville, N.C., 9,073, $2,000.
47, n-Zeke Bayt, Henderson, Nev., 9,069, $2,050.
48, Anthony Pepe, Elmhurst, N.Y., 9,065, $1,910.
49, Pascal Winternheimer, Germany, 9,062, $1,890.
50, T.J. Schmidt, Mishawaka, Ind., 9,051, $1,870.
51, Ron Mohr, Las Vegas, 9,044, $1,850.
52, Nathan Bohr, Austin, Texas, 9,036, $1,830.
53, Manuel Otalora, Colombia, 9,035, $1,910.
54, Brad Angelo, Lockport, N.Y., 9,010, $1,790.
55, Jake Peters, Henderson, Nev., 8,989, $1,770.
56, Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., 8,968, $1,750.
57, Tom Hess, Urbandale, Iowa, 8,967, $1,730.
58, Osku Palermaa, Finland, 8,966, $1,710.
59, n-Adam Barta, Girard, Ohio, 8,917, $1,790.
60, Magnus Johnson Jr., Sweden, 8,845, $1,670.
61, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 8,243, $1,650, WD.

n-denotes non-member

Posted: December 12, 2015, 10:51 pm

INTERNATIONAL PLAYERS MAKE A STATEMENT AT WSOB VII

In its seventh generation, the GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling continues to provide an unprecedented showcase for bowling around the world. The international impact on the 2015 WSOB is noted by the distribution of players throughout the animal pattern rounds. Here’s a summary of the top 24 players for each of the animal pattern championships, as well as the Rolltech PBA World Championship leader board. In addition to the U.S., players represented in each animal pattern event include:

PBA Cheetah Championship presented by PBA Bowling Challenge Mobile Game: Australia, England, Venezuela, Sweden, Canada. Other cashers: Finland.

GoBowling.com Viper Championship presented by Xtra Frame: England, Canada, Sweden, Japan, Finland, Thailand. Other cashers: Denmark, Germany, Bermuda.

PBA Chameleon Championship presented by HotelPlanner.com: Sweden, Denmark, England, Germany, Canada, Thailand, Colombia. Other cashers: Finland.

PBA Scorpion Championship presented by Reno-Tahoe USA: Japan, Sweden, England, Australia. Other cashers: Colombia.

Rolltech PBA World Championship: England, Canada, Sweden, Denmark, Australia. Other top 61 cashers: Colombia, Finland, Germany, Thailand, Venezuela.

SPEAKING OF ANIMAL PATTERNS…

The PBA also has been tracking the scoring pace on every pair of lanes in use in the National Bowling Stadium. Here’s a quick summary of PBA’s data, which only considers the players who bowled on those lanes in the respective rounds – not the entire field:

Cheetah Championship: The highest-scoring pair of lanes during the Cheetah round was 61-62, where all players who bowled on that pair averaged 220.64. The lowest-scoring pair in the Cheetah round was 67-68, with a 206.31 composite average. Lanes 25-26, which will be used for the ESPN television finals scored at a 215.99 pace.

Viper Championship: The highest-scoring pair was 57-58 with a 208.69 average. The lowest-scoring pair was 47-48 with a 187.74 average. The TV pair scoring average was 196.14.

Chameleon Championship: The highest-scoring pair was 11-12 with a 213.24 average. The lowest-scoring pair was 5-6 with a 199.29 average. The TV pair scored at a 207.90 pace.

Scorpion Championship: The highest-scoring pair was 7-8 with a 215.06 average. The lowest-scoring pair was 49-50 with a 190.94 average. The TV pair scored at a 205.66 pace.

World Championship (combined 36 games, all four animal patterns): The highest-scoring pair overall for the four animal patterns was 19-20 with a 210.41 average. The lowest-scoring pair was 47-48 with a 200.34 average. The TV pair scored at a 205.6 pace.

BILL O’NEILL GETS FIRST-HAND LOOK AT ASIAN “HELICOPTER” TECHNIQUE

Bill O’Neill of Langhorne, Pa., has pretty much seen it all as a four-time collegiate All-American, seven-time PBA Tour titlist and seven-term member of Team USA. But during the GEICO WSOB VII in Reno this week, he’s getting a first-hand look at the Asian “helicopter” or “spinner” bowling technique for the first time.

O’Neill, 34, has been bowling the Cheetah, Viper, Chameleon and Scorpion “animal pattern” events along with Aaron Lorincz of Belleville, Mich.; Mark Fennell of Seattle and China’s “helicopter” player, Jianchao Du.

The spinner technique involves use of a lightweight ball (12 pounds in Du’s case, often even lighter), a down-the-center ball path and a unique flick-of-the-wrist release that causes the ball to travel with a very tight spin. The result is a slight “backup” or reverse-hook arc with the ball hitting the 1-3 pocket and deflecting to the right, taking out the 6 and 10 pins while throwing the 1-3-6-10 pin row into the remainder of the rack of pins.

Veteran PBA observers were hard-pressed to recall ever seeing a “helicopter” player in PBA competition before, although a number of the Asian stylists have bowled in FIQ/World Bowling competition for years.

“It’s really interesting,” O’Neill said of Du’s technique. “He rarely misses the headpin. It’s an effective technique when lane conditions are really difficult because the players who are really good at it can shoot 215 all day long. But they rarely shoot big games.”

Du, one of seven Chinese bowlers competing in Reno, finished 131st on the Cheetah pattern (213.89 average), 131st on the Viper pattern (197), tied for 143rd on the Chameleon pattern (203.44), 92nd on the Scorpion pattern (209.22 average) and (205.89 average) for his 36-game World Championship qualifying total.

ON DECK: ROLLTECH PBA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH PLAY

Next up on the WSOB VII schedule at Reno’s National Bowling Stadium are the final two rounds of Rolltech PBA World Championship match play Sunday at 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. PT. The match play and finals of the PBA Tri-Regional Open will begin at 9 a.m.

Monday’s schedule includes best-of-five-game single elimination match play. The PBA Cheetah Championship Round of 24 begins at 10 a.m. and the Round of 16 follows at 1 p.m. The Viper Championship Round of 24 begins at 4:30 p.m. and the Round of 16 follows at 4:30 p.m.

Bowling fans around the world can follow all of the action by watching Xtra Frame’s exclusive live online coverage by PBA Hall of Famer Marshall Holman (beginning Sunday evening) and Xtra Frame’s broadcast team including Mike J. Laneside (Mike Jakubowski), Jef Goodger, Phil Brylow, Tim Burg and Ron Hickland.

Additional WSOB coverage is being provided throughout the PBA Network on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube pages, both by the PBA and a number of players and industry representatives who are in Reno for the greatest show in bowling.

To subscribe to Xtra Frame, visit pba.com. One-month subscriptions are offered for $7.99 and a full-year XF Season Ticket subscription is only $64.99.

Bowling fans in Reno are invited to attend all sessions of the World Series, except for the ESPN-televised finals, at no cost. Tickets for the live ESPN finals of the Rolltech PBA World Championship at 4 p.m. local time on Thursday, Dec. 17; for the finals of the Cheetah, Viper, Chameleon and Scorpion Championships on Friday, Dec. 18, and for the Mark Roth/Marshall Holman PBA Doubles Championship and PBA Challenge finals on Saturday, Dec. 19, will be available at the door or in advance by ordering on pba.com.

Posted: December 12, 2015, 6:58 pm

After bowling his final round of professional competition for the first time, Boston Red Sox outfielder Mookie Betts boarded an airplane in Reno early Friday afternoon to return home to Nashville, Tenn. At 10 a.m. Saturday, he’ll bowl in his mother’s 25th annual celebrity charity bowling event along with his friend and newly-signed Red Sox teammate, pitcher David Price.

Betts, 23, completed his four “animal pattern” rounds in the GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling VII presented by Silver Legacy with a 190 average. His average was respectable, especially considering his inexperience, the challenging lane conditions and the caliber of competition he bowled against. His physical skills as a bowler were evident, but his lack of experience in dealing with changing lane conditions caused him problems.

Saturday, he’ll be back at home, bowling with Price and others in the Mookie Betts Celebrity Bowling Classic to help raise money for several local charities. The fund-raising event was started in 1990 – two years before Betts was born – by his mother, Diana Benedict, in cooperation with the Music City Senate of The National Bowling Association. Donelson Strike & Spare in Nashville is the host bowling center. While entries for the celebrity bowling event are closed, the event also will auction off a variety of autographed memorabilia to help with the fund-raising.

Betts will return to Reno in time for the live ESPN telecast of the Rolltech PBA World Championship next Thursday at 7 p.m. ET (4 p.m. local time), and he’ll make a guest appearance in the broadcast booth during the telecast.

ON DECK: ROLLTECH PBA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP CASHERS’ ROUND, MATCH PLAY

Next up on the WSOB VII schedule is the six-game cashers’ round for the Rolltech PBA World Championship Saturday at 10 a.m. local time, followed by the first of three eight-game match play rounds for the 24 World Championship qualifiers at 5 p.m. During the break, the PBA Tri-Regional Open will contest its eight-game qualifying round starting at 2:30 p.m., leading to match play and finals on Sunday at 9 a.m.

Combined 36-game qualifying scores from the nine-game Cheetah, Viper, Chameleon and Scorpion Championships qualifying rounds determined the 61 players who advanced to the cashers’ round at 10 a.m. on Saturday. The top 24 based on 42-game totals after the cashers’ round will advance to World Championship round-robin match play. The final two match play rounds will be contested on the PBA World Championship lane condition on Sunday at 1 p.m. ET/10 a.m. PT and 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT.

After 66 games contested on five different lane conditions, the top five players will advance to the live ESPN stepladder finals which will begin at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT Thursday, Dec. 17.

MARSHALL HOLMAN JOINS XTRA FRAME TEAM BEGINNING SUNDAY NIGHT

Bowling fans around the world can follow all of the action in WSOB VII by watching Xtra Frame’s more than 75 hours of live online coverage of all qualifying and match play rounds, or by checking “live scoring” on pba.com. PBA Hall of Famer Marshall Holman will join the Xtra Frame broadcast team beginning Sunday at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT for the final round of Rolltech PBA World Championship match play. Holman then will provide analysis during the animal pattern match play elimination rounds Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.

Additional WSOB coverage is being provided throughout the PBA Network on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube pages, both by the PBA and a number of players and industry representatives who are in Reno for the greatest show in bowling.

To subscribe to Xtra Frame, visit pba.com. One-month subscriptions are offered for $7.99 and a full-year XF Season Ticket subscription is only $64.99.

IT’S FREE: ATTEND WORLD SERIES EVENTS UNTIL ESPN TELEVISION FINALS

Bowling fans are invited to attend all sessions of the World Series, except for the ESPN-televised finals, at no cost. Tickets will be required for the live ESPN finals of the Rolltech PBA World Championship at 4 p.m. local time on Thursday, Dec. 17; for the finals of the Cheetah, Viper, Chameleon and Scorpion Championships on Friday, Dec. 18, and for the Mark Roth/Marshall Holman PBA Doubles Championship and PBA Challenge finals on Saturday, Dec. 19. Tickets will be available at the door or in advance by ordering on pba.com.

Until then, all action is available at no cost. The Rolltech PBA World Championship cashers’ round begins at 10 a.m. Saturday, followed by PBA Tri-Regional Open competition at 2:30 and the first round PBA World Championship match play at 5 p.m. Rounding out this week’s WSOB competition will be the Tri-Regional Open match play and finals beginning at 9 a.m. Sunday followed by the final two rounds of PBA World Championship match play at 10 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Posted: December 12, 2015, 2:04 am

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