PBA World Series Notebook: If Experience Counts, Pete Weber Should Win the PBA World Championship

by Bill Vint November 15, 2011 12:59

If experience provides an advantage, Pete Weber should win the PBA World Championship. Weber is a 35-time PBA Tour title winner, including eight majors. The other 15 players in the World Championship field have won a combined total of 17 titles including two majors (Sean Rash four titles including one major; Tom Smallwood one title, one major; Ryan Shafer four titles; Jack Jurek and Mike Fagan two titles; Jason Belmonte, Osku Palermaa, Brian Kretzer, Ryan Ciminelli one title each; Stuart Williams, Ildemaro Ruiz, Andres Gomez, Josh Blanchard, Dom Barrett and Nathan Bohr no titles).

Weber, one of the PBA’s six Triple Crown winners, won a pair of PBA National Championships in Toledo, Ohio (in 1989 and 1998) before the event’s name was changed.

● Former heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson paid a brief visit to the PBA World Series of Bowling Monday, but he and his party left when he learned there were no lanes available for open bowling.

● The final number of individuals who cashed in at least one WSOB event was 123 (38.92 percent of the total field of 316 players).

● WSOB players had their skills tested over seven different lane conditioning patterns over the multiple events: Viper, Chameleon, Scorpion, Shark, PBA World Championship, Carmen Salvino and Earl Anthony (used for the PBA Elite Players Championship). The World Bowling Tour Finals presented by the PBA will use a World Tenpin Bowling Association pattern – the Mexico City pattern. The two PBA regional events held as part of the WSOB used the Salvino and Viper patterns, and the PBA Doubles Championship will be contested on the Earl Anthony pattern.

● After four rounds of qualifying in the Pepsi PBA Elite Players Championship, there have been 22 300 games bowled by 22 different players during the World Series. By lane conditioning pattern, there were four perfect games bowled on the Chameleon pattern, five on the Scorpion, two on the Shark, nine on the Carmen Salvino and two on the Earl Anthony. The only patterns without a 300 were the Viper and PBA World Championship.

XTRA FRAME TO COVER WEDNESDAY’S ELITE PLAYERS ELIMINATION ROUNDS LIVE

The more than 150 hours of live Xtra Frame coverage of PBA World Series of Bowling action wraps up Wednesday when the PBA’s exclusive online bowling channel coverage the final qualifying round of the Pepsi PBA Elite Players Championship at noon ET (9 a.m. PT) followed by the Eliminator Round of 16 at 5:30 p.m. ET (2:30 p.m. PT).

The Eliminator Round will involve four groups of four players each, based on 30 games bowled in the Carmen Salvino Classic and Pepsi PBA Elite Players Championship. In the eliminator format, all four players per group will bowl two games, with the lowest-scoring player eliminated. In game two, the low score among the three survivors will be knocked out. The two remaining players per group will bowl two more games with the winner advancing to the Elite Players Championship finals which will be conducted at 5:30 p.m. PT for delayed telecast on ESPN.

To subscribe to Xtra Frame, visit pba.com. Special one-day rates are available exclusively during the WSOB for $3.99. A full-year subscription to Xtra Frame is also available for $64.99.

PBA fans also can follow the action from the World Series of Bowling on PBA's Facebook page and through Twitter.

22 DIFFERENT PLAYERS QUALIFY FOR ESPN TELECASTS

Sean Rash has dominated the television landscape of the 2011 WSOB, qualifying for the first five ESPN telecasts before missing a sixth straight show by only six pins. But with the TV finals fields still to be determined for the Pepsi PBA Elite Players Championship and Lumber Liquidators Mark Roth-Marshall Holman PBA Doubles Championship, Rash is one of 22 different players who have qualified for a TV show.

The World Series television production schedule begins with the men’s and women’s World Bowling Tour Finals presented by the PBA on Thursday at 5:30 p.m. PT.

WSOB finals begin on Friday with the Bayer Viper Open finals at 1 p.m., Chameleon Open finals at 3 p.m., Scorpion Open finals at 6 p.m. and GEICO Shark Open finals at 8 p.m.

Saturday is PBA World Championship day, with four division finals and the championship round, all beginning at 10:30 a.m.

The 2011 PBA World Series of Bowling concludes on Sunday with the Lumber Liquidators Mark Roth-Marshall Holman PBA Doubles preliminary round at 10 a.m., doubles finals at noon, Carmen Salvino Classic finals at 3:30 p.m. and the Pepsi PBA Elite Players Championship at 5:30 p.m.

All television finals are open to the public with no admission fee.

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World Series Notebook: PBA World Championship Top Qualifiers Select Patterns for Divisional Finals

by Bill Vint November 14, 2011 06:45

An important advantage of finishing among the top four PBA World Championship qualifiers was the right to select the lane condition that will be used for each of the divisional finals Saturday in Exhibition Hall A at South Point Hotel and Casino.

As the top qualifier in the Don Carter Division, England’s Stuart Williams has selected the Viper pattern for the 10:30 a.m. PT finals. His opponents will be Osku Palermaa, Dom Barrett and Jack Jurek.

For the 12:30 p.m. group, Billy Hardwick Division top qualifier Tom Smallwood has selected the Scorpion pattern. Smallwood’s group includes Ildemaro Ruiz, Andres Gomez and Ryan Shafer.

As the overall qualifying leader, Sean Rash of Montgomery, Ill., has also selected the Scorpion pattern for the Johnny Petraglia Division finals at 3:30 p.m. Rash’s opponents will be Pete Weber, Ryan Ciminelli and Nathan Bohr.

The Mike Aulby Division final will be contested on the Shark pattern at 5:30 p.m., selected by top qualifier Jason Belmonte. His group includes Brian Kretzer, Josh Blanchard and Mike Fagan.

The winner of each division final will advance to the PBA World Championship finals at 8:30 p.m. The highest seeded player in that field will select the lane conditioning pattern for the final round.

All of the television shows are open to the public at no cost. The World Series television production schedule includes the men’s and women’s World Bowling Tour Finals presented by the PBA on Thursday at 5:30 p.m. PT. Friday’s schedule includes the Bayer Viper Open finals at 1 p.m., Chameleon Open finals at 3 p.m., Scorpion Open finals at 6 p.m. and GEICO Shark Open finals at 8 p.m.

Saturday is PBA World Championship day. The 2011 PBA World Series of Bowling concludes on Sunday with the Lumber Liquidators Mark Roth-Marshall Holman PBA Doubles preliminary round at 10 a.m., doubles finals at noon, Carmen Salvino Classic finals at 3:30 p.m. and the Pepsi PBA Elite Players Championship at 5:30 p.m.

● The total number of unique participants in the 2011 PBA World Series of Bowling swelled to 316 over the weekend with an influx of 112 PBA Regional and amateur bowlers who came to South Point to bowl in the All Regions South Point Open singles event and the PBA West Region Member/Non-Member Doubles.

● Out of the composite field of 316 bowlers, 119 different individuals (37.65 percent) have cashed in at least one World Series event.

● With his win in Sunday’s PBA West Region Member/Non-Member Doubles with amateur partner Alex Aguiar, PBA Hall of Famer Parker Bohn III has now won every kind of doubles event the PBA has offered. He won the 1992 PBA Doubles Classic with Hugh Miller, the 1993 Merit Mixed Doubles with Aleta Sill, and the 2001 National Bowling Stadium National/Senior Doubles with Rohn Morton.

● During the first week of World Series competition, the PBA’s ball drilling staff drilled nearly 650 new bowling balls.

XTRA FRAME COVERAGE RESUMES WITH SALVINO CLASSIC, ELITE PLAYERS QUALIFYING

Live coverage of PBA World Series of Bowling competition on Xtra Frame revs up Monday with qualifying rounds for the Carmen Salvino Classic. The six-game Round of 16, which will decide the four ESPN finalists, will dominate pba.com’s online bowling channel Monday evening, starting at 8 p.m. PT.

Pepsi PBA Elite Players Championship six-game qualifying rounds (also airing on Xtra Frame) are set for 9 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. PT on Tuesday. Those 12 games, combined with the first 12 games from the Salvinon Classic, will determine the top 32 who will bowl a fifth six-game qualifying round Wednesday at 9 a.m.

After 30 games, things really get interesting. Not only will the Elite Players field be cut to the top 16, but those 16 players also will become the field for the new Lumber Liquidators Mark Roth-Marshall Holman PBA Doubles Championship. Teams will be decided during a draft whereby the top qualifier will be first to select a partner. The No. 2 qualifier will then select his partner and so on until all eight teams are determined.

To subscribe to Xtra Frame, visit pba.com. Special one-day rates are available exclusively during the WSOB for $3.99. A full-year subscription to Xtra Frame is also available for $64.99.

PBA fans also can follow the action from the World Series of Bowling on PBA's Facebook page and through Twitter.

PBA REGIONAL NEWS: CSUHTA WINS DAN OTTMAN MEMORIAL TITLE

Dale Csuhta of Wadsworth, Ohio, defeated Tim Kauble of Marion, Ohio, 257-190, to win the PBA Central Region Dan Ottman Memorial Senior Classic presented by Track at Sunnybrook Lanes in Sterling Heights, Mich., Sunday. The title was Csuhta’s first of the year and his sixth PBA Senior Regional title. He also earned $1,100.

In Gastonia, N.C., Tom Baker of King, N.C., defeated Freddie Childress of Bassett, Va., 289-216, to win the South Region Gastonia Senior Open presented by Columbia 300 at George Pappas Liberty Lanes Sunday. The win was Baker’s 26th overall regional title and his second in two weeks. The previous Sunday, Baker won the Gloucester (Va.) Open. Baker earned $1,800. 

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World Series Notebook: Construction Begins on TV Set; Belmonte, Rash Have Heart-to-Heart Talk

by Bill Vint November 12, 2011 05:26

After a day off to rest up and re-focus, competition resumed in the PBA World Series of Bowling Friday at South Park Bowling Center with the combined Carmen Salvino Classic Tour Qualifying Round and All Regions South Point Open.

Also Friday, in Exhibit Hall A in another part of the South Point Casino/Hotel complex, construction was getting underway on the special television set that will host 14 ESPN telecasts and eight PBA Tour title events over a span of four days next week.

All of the television shows are open to the public at no cost. The schedule includes the men’s and women’s World Bowling Tour Finals presented by the PBA on Thursday, Nov. 17, starting at 5:30 p.m. PT. The Friday, Nov. 18 schedule includes the Bayer Viper Open finals at 1 p.m., Chameleon Open finals at 3 p.m., Scorpion Open finals at 6 p.m. and GEICO Shark Open finals at 8 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 19, is PBA World Championship day with the Don Carter Division finals at 10:30 a.m., Billy Hardwick Division finals at 12:30 p.m., Johnny Petraglia Division finals at 3:30 p.m., Mike Aulby Division finals at 5:30 p.m., and the PBA World Championship finals – featuring winners from each of the four divisions – at 8:30 p.m.

The 2011 PBA World Series of Bowling wraps up on Sunday, Nov. 20, with the Lumber Liquidators Mark Roth-Marshall Holman PBA Doubles preliminary round at 10 a.m., doubles finals at noon, Carmen Salvino Classic finals at 3:30 p.m. and the Pepsi PBA Elite Players Championship at 5:30 p.m.

TENSIONS BETWEEN BELMONTE, RASH LEAD TO HEART-TO-HEART TALK

World Series of Bowling spectators noticed that the Jason Belmonte and Sean Rash weren’t warming up to each other in the wake of last summer’s “bottlegate” confrontation…and because both were bowling at an extremely high level, they wound up assigned to the same pairs of lanes for much of the competition through the first five days.

While the two rivals did their best to avoid each other, a minor snit over filling out each other’s scoring recaps surfaced, adding to tensions. But after five consecutive days of butting heads, Belmonte and Rash got together and had a heart-to-heart talk in an effort to put their differences behind them.

How the rivalry plays out will be visible to the world when the pair square off in the opening match of the World Bowling Tour Finals presented by the PBA. As the No. 2 and No. 3 qualifiers in the WBT series, they will meet in the first telecast of the PBA season, airing Sunday, Dec. 4, at 1 p.m. ET.

With Rash making five consecutive World Series telecasts – and Belmonte three shows – the two players will be on the lanes together in the Chameleon, Shark and possibly the PBA World Championship finals.

● Speaking of ESPN telecasts, five World Series players will make their national PBA television debuts. Three are international players: England’s Stu Williams (Bayer Viper Open) and Dom Barrett (Scorpion Open), and Venezuela’s Ildemaro Ruiz (Viper). Ruiz also will appear in the Chameleon Open and all three qualified for the PBA World Championship finals. The other two are former Wichita State University stars – Tour rookie Josh Blanchard of Gilbert, Ariz., and eight-year Tour veteran Nathan Bohr of Wichita who secured his first TV appearance by finishing 16th in the World Championship cashers’ round by 31 pins over Rhino Page of Dade City, Fla.

● A new rule allows PBA players to use their cell phones to “Tweet” and post comments on their Twitter and Facebook accounts during competition, giving their fans up-to-the-minute insight into what’s going on during World Series competition.

XTRA FRAME COVERAGE RESUMES WITH LIVE ACTION, INTERVIEWS

Live coverage of competition in Saturday afternoon’s PBA West Members/Non-Members Doubles qualifying will include action only from featured lanes. During Sunday’s match play rounds, Mike (J. Laneside) Jakubowski, Jeff (The Bowling Doctor) Mark and others will provide commentary.

In addition to the more than 100 hours of live coverage of competition, Xtra Frame will be providing interviews with new PBA CEO Geoff Reiss, PBA Commissioner Tom Clark, retired PBA CEO/Commissioner Fred Schreyer, noted coach Mark Baker, Colombian women’s star Paolo Gomez, Bahrain national coach Tim Mack, England’s Dom Barrett and Stu Williams, and PBA Tour champions Dick Allen and Chris Barnes, among others. To subscribe to Xtra Frame, visit pba.com. Special one-day rates are available exclusively during the WSOB for $3.99.

PBA fans also can follow the action from the World Series of Bowling on PBA's Facebook page and through Twitter.

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PBA Spare Shots PLUS WSOB Notebook: Rash Off to Unprecedented Start; International Players Shine

by Bill Vint November 10, 2011 06:22

Sean Rash of Montgomery, Ill., is off to an unprecedented start in the third annual PBA World Series of Bowling, qualifying third, third, first and third in the Viper, Chameleon, Scorpion and Shark lane condition championships, respectively – the four qualifying elements to reach the PBA World Championship.

On Wednesday, Rash, a 29-year-old four-time PBA Tour title winner, became the first player to reach five consecutive ESPN finals when he led the field of 204 in PBA World Championship qualifying with a 40-game total of 9,361 pins, averaging 234.03 across the four “animal patterns” plus the eight-game cashers’ round which was conducted on the PBA World Championship pattern.

Additional PBA World Series notes:

● On the heels of a successful World Series in 2010, the international players in this year’s field are again asserting themselves. In the Bayer Viper Open, England’s Stuart Williams, and Venezuela’s Ildemaro Ruiz joined qualifying leader Mike Fagan of Dallas and Rash in the ESPN finals. In the Chameleon Open, Australia’s Jason Belmonte, Finland’s Osku Palermaa, Rash and Ruiz advanced to the ESPN finals. In the Scorpion Open, England’s Dom Barrett led the field thanks to a final-game 299. Dave Wodka of Henderson, Nev., Rash and Patrick Allen of Baltimore rounded out the Scorpion finals field. The GEICO Shark Open final four are Chris Barnes of Double Oak, Texas; Belmonte, Rash and native Finlander Mika Koivuniemi who now resides in Hartland, Mich.

● The 53 PBA World Championship cashers included representatives from Australia, Venezuela, England, Finland, Canada, Colombia, Denmark, Sweden and South Korea in addition to the U.S. Six of the international players (Australia’s Belmonte, England’s Williams and Barrett, Finland’s Palermaa, Venezuela’s Ruiz and Colombia’s Andres Gomez) advanced to the World Championship television final rounds.

● International players recorded five of the 11 300 games bowled in the WSOB “animal pattern” events. Australia’s Belmonte, Canada’s Patrick Girard, Eugene McCune of Munster, Ind., and John Furey of East Windsor, N.J., rolled 300s in the Chameleon Open. Finland’s Palermaa, Bahrain’s Fawaz Abdullah and South Korea’s Ji-Hyun Cha rolled 300s in the Scorpion Open along with Californians Chuck Tillson of Rohnert Park and Alan Mojado of Pala. Lonnie Waliczek of Wichita, Kan., and Dave Wodka of Henderson, Nev., rolled 300s in the GEICO Shark Open. There were no 300s bowled in the Bayer Viper Open or World Championship cashers’ round.

Kelly Kulick, beginning her third season as the only woman ever to earn PBA Tour exempt player status, had her highest finish since winning the 2010 PBA Tournament of Champions, finishing seventh in the Chameleon Open and missing the TV finals by only 21 pins. The Union, N.J., resident’s only other top 10 finish in PBA Tour competition was sixth in the 2008 Don Johnson Buckeye State Open. Kulick also tied for 53rd in the Bayer Viper Open, finished 25th in the Scorpion event and tied for 61st in the GEICO Shark Open to advance to Wednesday’s PBA World Championship cashers’ round in 18th place. She eventually finished 43rd in the World Championship field.

● Two-time Teen Masters champion Zack Hattori of Las Vegas added $1,010 to his scholarship account with an impressive 31st place finish in the Bayer Viper Open. But the 18-year-old amateur cooled off, finishing 103rd in the Chameleon Open, 139th on the Scorpion lane condition and 65th in the GEICO Shark Open to finished 87th in the 32-game PBA World Championship standings.

● As of the conclusion of the four “animal pattern” championships, 83 different players (40.7 percent of the field) had cashed in at least one of the four events.

PBA REGIONAL RECAP: BAKER, TRABER WIN TITLES IN VIRGINIA, ILLINOIS

PBA Senior Tour star and hall of famer Tom Baker of King, N.C., defeated Kyle Troup of Taylorsville, N.C., 279-248, to win the PBA South Region Gloucester Open at Village Lanes in Gloucester, Va., on Sunday, Nov. 4. The win was Baker’s 25th in PBA Regional competition and earned him a $2,200 first prize.

In Kankakee, Ill., Dale Traber of Cedarburg, Wis., defeated Kenny Parks of Hammond, Ind., 243-226, Sunday to win the PBA Midwest Region’s Victory Lanes Senior Invitational sponsored by Allstate Insurance. The title was Traber’s 10th as a PBA Senior Regional player and the 48th overall in his PBA Regional career. He also earned $3,000.

This week’s regional activity will be focused on the All Regions South Point Open plus the PBA West Region Member/Non-Member Doubles at South Point Bowling Center in Las Vegas Friday through Sunday. Both events are expected to attract star-studded fields as part of the PBA World Series of Bowling.

All PBA Regional competitors continue to compile qualifying points toward the 2012 Dick Weber PBA Playoffs. The top 16 points leaders in the PBA’s East, South, Central, Midwest, Southwest and combined West/Northwest Regions as of Feb. 26 will earn berths in the new Xtra Frame Tour event which will be held March 30-April 1 at Woodland Bowl in Indianapolis.

All first-time PBA Regional title winners also become eligible for the season-ending PBA Tournament of Champions.

For complete Regional tournament schedules and entry information, visit pba.com and click on “Regional Tour” under the “Schedules” drop-down tab.

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Rash Dominates PBA World Championship Qualifying, Reaches Fifth Consecutive ESPN Final

by Bill Vint November 9, 2011 09:10

LAS VEGAS, Nev. – Sean Rash of Montgomery, Ill., completed the most impressive five-day run in the three-year history of the Professional Bowlers Association’s World Series of Bowling Wednesday, earning the top qualifying position for the PBA World Championship and earning an unprecedented fifth consecutive television finals berth.

Rash, a 29-year-old four-time PBA Tour champion, averaged 234.03 over 40 games bowled on five different lane conditioning patterns at South Point Bowling Center to finish with 9,361 pins and earn a $5,000 bonus as top qualifier by 296 pins over Tom Smallwood of Saginaw, Mich.

“I’ve got my foot down and I’m going full force,” Rash said. “There are so many great players here, you can’t let up. If you think positive, positive things will happen. You need to avoid the negativity. With this (40-game) format, you have to have that mindset.”

Rash, who qualified for the Bayer Viper, Chameleon, Scorpion and GEICO Shark Open finals the previous four days, is the first player to reach more than three television finals in a World Series. He will be among the 16 players who now advance to a series of four divisional elimination rounds in determining the PBA World Championship winner.

In each divisional final, named in honor of past PBA World Champions Don Carter, Billy Hardwick, Johnny Petraglia and Mike Aulby, four players will bowl one game with the lowest-scoring player eliminated. The three surviving players will bowl a second game, again eliminating the low score. The two survivors will then bowl a game to decide who advances to the PBA World Championship finals which will follow the same format.

All five PBA World Championship rounds will be contested on Saturday, Nov. 19, in a special arena lanes setup at South Point, starting at 10:30 a.m. PT. The telecasts will air on ESPN on five consecutive Sundays except Christmas Day (Dec. 11, 18, Jan. 1, 8 and 15) at 1 p.m. ET.

First prize in the 2011 PBA World Championship is $50,000.

The World Series of Bowling will take a break Thursday. Competition resumes Friday with the All Region South Point Open and Carmen Salvino Classic Tour Qualifying Round, followed by a special PBA West Region Member/Non-Member Doubles event Saturday afternoon and Sunday. Competition for PBA Tour players resumes Monday with Carmen Salvino Classic qualifying rounds.

All preliminary rounds of World Series competition are being webcast live on PBA’s Xtra Frame online bowling channel. To subscribe, visit pba.com and click on the Xtra Frame logo.

PBA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
South Point Bowling Center, Las Vegas, Nov. 9

Final Qualifying Standings (after 40 games; top 16 advance to ESPN finals)

1, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 9,361.
2, Tom Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich., 9,065.
3, Jason Belmonte, Australia, 9,047.
4, Stuart Williams, England, 9,023.
5, Osku Palermaa, Finland, 8,974.
6, Brian Kretzer, Dayton, Ohio, 8,954.
7, Ildemaro Ruiz, Venezuela, 8,921.
8, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 8,906.
9, Ryan Ciminelli, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 8,874.
10, Andres Gomez, Colombia, 8,861.
11, Josh Blanchard, Gilbert, Ariz., 8,849.
12, Dom Barrett, England, 8,843.
13, Jack Jurek, Lackawanna, N.Y., 8,838.
14 (tie), Mike Fagan, Dallas, and Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., 8,831.
16, Nathan Bohr, Wichita, Kan., 8,825.

DID NOT ADVANCE (after 40 games)

17, Rhino Page, Dade City, Fla., 8,794, $3,500.
18, Bill O'Neill, Southampton, Pa., 8,780, $3,300.
19, Tyler Jensen, Ft. Worth, Texas, 8,747, $3,100.
20, Scott Norton, Costa Mesa, Calif., 8,736, $3,000.
21, Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 8,723, $2,950.
22, Patrick Allen, Baltimore, 8,712, $2,900.
23, Brad Angelo, Lockport, N.Y., 8,706, $2,850.
24, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 8,701, $2,800.
25, Dan MacLelland, Canada, 8,700, $2,750.
26, Martin Larsen, Sweden, 8,685, $2,700.
27, Dave Wodka, Henderson, Nev., 8,666, $2,650.
28, Mika Koivuniemi, Finland, 8,665, $2,600.
29, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 8,662, $2,550.
30, Patrick Girard, Canada, 8,659, $2,500.
31, Stevie Weber, Chalmette, La., 8,644, $2,450.
32, Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 8,614, $2,400.
33, Tom Hess, Urbandale, Iowa, 8,597, $2,200.
34, Jason Sterner, McDonough, Ga., 8,596, $2,150.
35, Mike DeVaney, Murrieta, Calif., 8,594, $2,100.
36, Brian Valenta, Lockport, Ill., 8,593, $2,080.
37, Thomas Larsen, Denmark, 8,586, $2,060.
38, Danny Wiseman, Baltimore, 8,584, $2,040.
39, Kurt Pilon, Warren, Mich., 8,570, $2,020.
40, Mitch Beasley, Clarksville, Tenn., 8,562, $2,000.
41, Kimmo Lehtonen, Finland, 8,560, $1,980.
42, Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, 8,557, $1,960.
43, Kelly Kulick, Union, N.J., 8,556, $1,940.
44, Dino Castillo, Carrollton, Texas, 8,552, $1,920.
45, Ronnie Russell, Marion, Ind., 8,550, $1,900.
46 (tie), Matthew O'Grady, South Amboy, N.J., and Lee Vanderhoef, Greenville, S.C., 8,535, $1,870.
48, Lonnie Waliczek, Wichita, Kan., 8,525, $1,850.
49, Hyun Bum Kim, South Korea, 8,512, $1,840.
50, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Ocala, Fla., 8,501, $1,830.
51, David Haynes, Las Vegas, 8,481, $1,820.
52, Dick Allen, Columbia, S.C., 8,470, $1,810.
53, Chris Warren, Grants Pass, Ore., 8,436, $1,800.

PBA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP FINALS PAIRINGS

Don Carter Division (Saturday, Nov. 19, 10:30 a.m. PT; ESPN air date Sunday, Dec. 11, 1 p.m. ET; winner advances to World Championship finals)
Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill.; Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo.; Ryan Ciminelli, Cheektowaga, N.Y.; Nathan Bohr, Wichita, Kan.

Billy Hardwick Division (Saturday, Nov. 19, 12:30 p.m. PT; ESPN air date Sunday, Dec. 18, 1 p.m. ET; winner advances to World Championship finals)
Tom Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich.; Ildemaro Ruiz, Venezuela; Andres Gomez, Colombia; Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y.

Johnny Petraglia Division (Saturday, Nov. 19, 3:30 p.m. PT; ESPN air date Sunday, Jan. 1, 1 p.m. ET; winner advances to World Championship finals)
Jason Belmonte, Australia; Brian Kretzer, Dayton, Ohio; Josh Blanchard, Gilbert, Ariz.; Mike Fagan, Dallas.

Mike Aulby Division (Saturday, Nov. 19, 5:30 a.m. PT; ESPN air date Sunday, Jan. 8, 1 p.m. ET; winner advances to World Championship finals)
Stuart Williams, England; Osku Palermaa, Finland; Dom Barrett, England; Jack Jurek, Lackawanna, N.Y.

PBA World Championship Finals (Saturday, Nov. 19, 8:30 a.m. PT; ESPN air date Sunday, Jan. 15, 1 p.m. ET)
Carter, Hardwick, Petraglia and Aulby Division winners

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