Wes Malott Captures Top Berth for PBA World Championship Finals by 118 Pins Over Mike Fagan

by Bill Vint October 30, 2014 13:58

LAS VEGAS – Wes Malott of Pflugerville, Texas, captured the top qualifying position for the PBA World Championship, the concluding event of the GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling VI, by 118 pins over Mike Fagan of Fort Worth, Texas, Thursday at South Point Bowling Center.

Malott, Fagan, Ronnie Russell of Marion, Indiana; Todd Book of Russells Point, Ohio, and Stuart Williams of England will return to South Point’s new 60-lane Bowling Plaza for the live ESPN stepladder finals on Sunday, Jan. 11. The World Championship is officially the third and final major championship of the PBA’s 2014 season.

Malott, a 38-year-old nine-time PBA Tour champion, averaged 229.44 over 52 games conducted on five different lane conditions to pace the World Championship qualifiers with a 12,381 pinfall total, 118 pins ahead of Fagan.

“I never really put anything together tonight. I just stayed out of trouble, and got a couple wins here and there,” Malott said. “The biggest thing was in the second game tonight against Sean Rash. I doubled in the 10th to shut him out and that gave me some confidence and opened the gap a little.

“I was disappointed with my loss to Fagan in the last match Wednesday. I had a big lead and let him catch up, but I was able to get past that, focus on the positive and that helped.”

If Malott wins the title in January, his 10th title will qualify him for PBA Hall of Fame consideration at some point down the road, but it’s not something Malott is concerned about.

“We’ll have a couple of months to prepare and think about the finals,” he said. “Ten titles, yeah, maybe it’s in the back of my mind, but it’s not a big thing at this point. It’s not like I’m going for the most PBA titles or anything. If my career ended today, I’d be very happy. I’m very grateful and fortunate to be where I’m at, and I’m still living the dream.”

Fagan, 33, chased Malott throughout the 24-game match play finals, but could never quite catch up. Russell, who qualified for his third World Series television final, finished 16 pins behind Fagan. Book, 43, will make his second television appearance in eight years as mostly a part-time touring player.

Williams, who won his only PBA Tour title in the 2011 Viper Championship, made the biggest move, advancing from seventh to fifth with a 258-194 victory over defending World Champion and fellow Englishman Dom Barrett in the final match game.

GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling VI competition continues Saturday and Sunday when finals in the Cheetah, Viper, Chameleon and Scorpion Championships plus a PBA Challenge special event and the World Bowling Tour Finals presented by PBA will be conducted in the South Point Bowling Plaza.

PBA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP

South Point Bowling Center, Las Vegas, Thursday

FINAL MATCH PLAY STANDINGS (after 52 games, includes match play bonus pins)

1, Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 15-9, 12,381.
2, Mike Fagan, Ft. Worth, Texas, 14-10, 12,263.
3, Ronnie Russell, Marion, Ind., 13-11, 12,147.
4, Todd Book, Russells Point, Ohio, 15-9, 12,126.
5, Stuart Williams, England, 10-14, 12,091.
6, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 12-12, 12,078, $8,100.
7, Scott Norton, Mission Viejo, Calif., 12-12, 12,071, $7,000.
8, Shawn Maldonado, Houston, 15-9, 12,064, $6,600.
9, Eddie VanDaniker Jr., Chatsworth, Calif., 13-11, 12,002, $6,000.
10, Dom Barrett, England, 12-12, 11,997, $5,600.
11, Patrick Girard, Canada, 15-9, 11,981, $5,000.
12, Jason Couch, Clermont, Fla., 13-11, 11,932, $4,800.
13, Jason Belmonte, Australia, 9-15, 11,915, $4,600.
14, Martin Larsen, Sweden, 14-10, 11,883, $4,400.
15, Mike DeVaney, Winchester, Calif., 13-11, 11,863, $4,200.
16, Tom Daugherty, Wesley Chapel, Fla., 11-13, 11,832, $4,000.
17, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 11-13, 11,782, $3,800.
18, B.J. Moore III, Apex, N.C., 9-15, 11,767, $3,600.
19, John Szczerbinski, N. Tonawanda, N.Y., 11-13, 11,728, $3,500.
20, Dick Allen, Columbia, S.C., 10-14, 11,724, $3,400.
21, E.J. Tackett, Huntington, Ind., 9-15, 11,713, $3,300.
22, J.R. Raymond, Bay City, Mich., 11-13, 11,700, $3,200.
23, Bryon Smith, Roseburg, Ore., 11-13, 11,695, $3,100.
24, Shuichi Heki, Japan, 10-14, 11,624, $3,000.

300 Games: Sean Rash.

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All-Star Roster of Players Set for 2015 PBA League Draft Friday; Xtra Frame to Provide Live Coverage

by Bill Vint October 30, 2014 11:43

LAS VEGAS – An all-star list of bowling stars has set confirmed for Friday’s 2015 PBA League Draft, which will be conducted Friday at 3 p.m. ET (noon PT) from the new South Point Bowling Plaza. A live international audience will be able to watch the third annual PBA League draft on PBA’s online bowling channel, Xtra Frame.

The eight-team PBA League will compete for the Elias Cup March 28-30 at Bayside Bowl in Portland, Maine.

The 2015 PBA League in 2015 will feature the same eight team names and team managers from last season, but after a random draw will determine the draft order and managers will fill their rosters with five players each for the Elias Cup competition in Maine. The Elias Cup will be decided by points earned in singles, doubles, trio and Baker team matches.

Based on the competition points list, the top 10 players in the draft, in points order, will be Jason Belmonte, Dom Barrett, E.J. Tackett, Sean Rash, Wes Malott, Tom Smallwood, Pete  Weber, Bill O'Neill, Chris  Barnes, Ryan Ciminelli.

Returning team managers are: Mark Baker (defending Elias Cup champion Silver Lake Atom Splitters), Carolyn Dorin-Ballard (GEICO New York City WTT KingPins), Johnny Petraglia (Brooklyn STyLES), Norm Duke (Dallas Strikers), Tim Mack (Pittsburgh Jack Rabbits), Jason Couch (Philadelphia Hitmen), Andrew Cain (L.A. X) and Del Ballard Jr. (Barbasol Motown Muscle).

● Players eligible for the PBA League Draft were based on PBA Tour competition points between the 2013 World Series of Bowling V and the 2014 Oklahoma Summer Swing, plus any player who was on a PBA League roster for 2014.

● For the draft, players who committed to participation in the PBA League program will be ranked based upon their position on the points list. The first player elected by each team must be taken from the group of players ranking 1-10 on the points list. The second player drafted will come from the group ranked 11-20 in points, plus any undrafted players from group one. The third player drafted will come from those ranked 21-30 in points. The fourth player will come from those ranked 31-40 in points, and the fifth player will come from the players ranked 41-50 and previous team members not among the points leaders. Players undrafted in each round will be eligible in the following round, expanding the pool of players as each round continues. The draft exception will be Dallas player-manager Norm Duke, who finished 39th on the points list, will draft himself in the fourth round.

● A random draw will determine the team draft order. The draft will then be conducted in “serpentine” format whereby Team No. 1 will pick first in the first round and last in the second round, and Team No. 8 will pick last in the first round and first in the second round, etc.

2015 PBA LEAGUE DRAFT-ELIGIBLE PLAYERS

(Listed by round order based on their rankings on the PBA competition points list)

Round 1: Jason Belmonte, Dom Barrett, E.J. Tackett, Sean Rash, Wes Malott, Tom Smallwood, Pete  Weber, Bill O'Neill, Chris  Barnes, Ryan Ciminelli.

Round 2: Tommy Jones, Mike Fagan, Ronnie Russell, Dick Allen, Mika Koivuniemi, Chris Loschetter, Dan MacLelland, Stuart Williams, Tom Daugherty, Josh Blanchard.

Round 3: Dave  Wodka, Martin Larsen, Michael  Haugen Jr., Thomas Larsen, Parker Bohn III, D.J. Archer, Brian Valenta, Brian Kretzer, Shawn Maldonado, Nathan Bohr.

Round 4: Jake Peters, Jason Sterner, Tom Baker, Ryan  Shafer, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Lee  Vanderhoef, Scott Norton, Patrick Allen, Norm  Duke, John Szczerbinski.

Round 5: Eugene  McCune, Craig Nidiffer, Bryon  Smith, Osku Palermaa, Rhino Page, Dino Castillo, Clara Guerrero, Anthony Lavery-Spahr, Jesse Buss, Andres Gomez, Mike DeVaney, Amleto Monacelli, Brad Angelo.

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South Point Unveils New Bowling Plaza; Public Gets First Peek During This Weekend’s PBA WSOB Finals

by Bill Vint October 30, 2014 09:40

LAS VEGAS – A crowd of bowling dignitaries and Las Vegas business leaders got a first-look at the future home of the Professional Bowlers Association World Series of Bowling Thursday when South Point Hotel, Casino and Spa unveiled its new 60-lane, state-of-the-art South Point Bowling Plaza Thursday.

The $35 million facility will make its public debut with the ESPN television finals of seven GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling VI events, six of which will be conducted Saturday and Sunday for delayed telecast on ESPN beginning Sunday, Dec. 14. The seventh event will be the live stepladder finals of the PBA World Series of Bowling on Sunday, Jan. 11.

Bowling fans are invited to attend the inaugural PBA World Series finals at the Plaza Saturday and Sunday. Admission is free, but fans must obtain a pass at the existing South Point Bowling Center where all preliminary competition was held throughout the week. Four PBA finals will be contested Saturday and two additional events will be conducted Sunday.

The plaza, which was built specifically to host major national and international tournaments, will host PBA WSOB VII, Oct. 16-Nov. 1, 2015.

“It’s a beautiful facility,” said PBA Commissioner Tom Clark. “The PBA is proud to be giving the Plaza its first memories with our ESPN-televised events this weekend. PBA history defines bowling and the walls of the Plaza will be echoing with the cheers and excitement we provide. It will be the start of a great relationship between the PBA and the Plaza for many years to come.”

The South Point Bowling Plaza is a 90,000-square-foot facility which features 60 lanes in two parallel 30-lane rows; luxurious spectator seating for 360 people, a one-of-a-kind Daktronics digital scoring system with two 167-foot screens above that lanes to display scoring, and many other bowler-friendly features. A 12-year, 30-event contract with the United States Bowling Congress and the support of Las Vegas Events and the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Bureau were the commitments South Point owner Michael Gaughan,needed to make the permanent bowling facility a reality.

In addition to PBA and USBC events, South Point has already secured championship events with the Amateur Bowlers Tour, High Roller Inc., The National Bowling Association and several other organizations. It has placed an open invitation with World Bowling to host whatever international championship events the world governing body for bowling cares to award to the United States.

“South Point Bowling Plaza offers…a customized facility that was strictly designed with the needs of a tournament bowler in mind,” said South Point Hotel, Casino and Spa General Manager Ryan Growney. “Michael Gaughan’s experience in the bowling industry has allowed us to create an unparalleled tournament bowling plaza that will generate hundreds of millions of dollars in economic impact to this city.”

From a bowler’s perspective, the Plaza features a wide open design with ample room for players to make full use of the approaches, lots of room for seating, open space to move from lane to lane, a huge “squad room” and room for more than 700 lockers to store equipment overnight. The massive Daktronic screens will display scores that can easily be read from one end of the lanes to the other. That and custom seating will make the Plaza a wonderful venue for spectators.

Beyond the bowling facility, the ground floor of the Plaza contains an equally state-of-the-art equestrian facility called Preifert Pavillion which will host a wide range of rodeo, bull riding and equestrian events. To demonstrate the uniqueness of the facility, a 14-inch buffer of concrete and plywood will keep the aroma of the animals away from the bowlers and the noise of crashing pins will be isolated from disturbing the animals below.

As Growney said, “Michael Gaughan doesn’t do mediocre. Everything he does is first-class.”

GEICO PBA WORLD SERIES OF BOWLING VI TELEVISION SCHEDULE

Saturday, noon: PBA Cheetah Championship presented by PBA Bowling Challenge Mobile Game (Dick Allen, Columbia, S.C.; Brad Angelo, Lockport, N.Y.; Anthony Pepe, Elmhurst, N.Y.; Liz Johnson, Cheektowaga, N.Y.)

Saturday, 2 p.m.: PBA Viper Championship (Connor Pickford, Charlotte, N.C.; Ronnie Russell, Marion, Ind.; Dom Barrett, England; Mika Koivuniemi, Finland)

Saturday, 4:45 p.m.: PBA Chameleon Championship (D.J. Archer, Friendswood, Texas; Ronnie Russell, Marion, Ind.; Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill.; J.R. Raymond, Bay City, Mich.)

Saturday, 6:30 p.m.: PBA Scorpion Championship (Michael Haugen Jr., Phoenix; Scott Newell, Dayton, Fla.; Martin Larsen, Sweden; Tom Hess, Urbandale, Iowa)

Sunday, 10:30 a.m.: PBA Challenge presented by International Bowling Museum and Hall of Fame. Match 1 - Teen Masters Grand Championship Finals (Michael Coffey, Melbourne, Fla., vs. Kelly Skalacki, Coram, N.Y.). Match 2: PBA50 Final (Walter Ray Williams, Oxford, Fla. vs. Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela). Match 3: PBA Women’s Regional Final (Clara Guerrero, Colombia vs. Missy Parkin, Laguna Hills, Calif.). Match 4: PBA Regional Final (Josh Blanchard, Mesa, Ariz. vs. EJ Tackett, Huntington, Ind.).

Match 5: Knock-Out Bonus Round (four match winners in a best-ball elimination finale)

Sunday, 2:45 p.m.: World Bowling Tour Men’s and Women’s Finals presented by PBA. Women’s Final - Kelly Kulick, Union, N.J.; Liz Johnson, Cheektowaga, N.Y.; Sandra Andersson, Sweden. Men’s Final - Mika Koivuniemi, Finland; Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill.; Jason Belmonte, Australia.

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Wes Malott Leads PBA World Championship Heading into Thursday’s Final Round of Match Play

by Bill Vint October 29, 2014 16:50

LAS VEGAS – Wes Malott of Pflugerville, Texas, won 11 of his 16 matches Wednesday and will take a 125-pin lead into Thursday’s final round of match play in the PBA World Championship, the concluding event of the GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling VI, at South Point Bowling Center.

The PBA World Championship is the final major of the 2014 PBA season.

Malott, who qualified for the match play finals in fourth place after four PBA animal pattern championships held earlier in the week, led by more than 200 pins going into Wednesday night’s final match against fellow Texan Mike Fagan of Fort Worth.

Fagan, after rolling a 300 a game earlier, defeated Malott, 276-204, to cut Malott’s lead in half. Malott, a nine-time PBA Tour title winner, finished with a 44-game total of 10,541 pins. Fagan, who also fired 276 and 268 games earlier in the second round, had a 10,416 total.

Recently-retired PBA Hall of Famer Jason Couch of Clermont, Florida, returned to competition and sat in third place with 10,226 pins. A third Texan, two-handed player Shawn Maldonado of Houston, also rolled a 300 game to move into fourth place with 10,213 pins. Defending PBA World Champion Dom Barrett of England was fifth with a 10,168 total. Seven other players were within less than 100 pins of qualifying for the ESPN finals.

The final eight-game match play round will take place Thursday at 2 p.m. PT. A total of 52 games of qualifying and match play will determine the five player stepladder finalists who will return to South Point’s new Bowling Plaza on Sunday, Jan. 11, for the live ESPN finals.

The final match play round of the PBA World Championship will be covered live on Xtra Frame. For subscription information, visit pba.com and click on the Xtra Frame Season Ticket link.

PBA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP

South Point Bowling Center, Las Vegas, Wednesday

MATCH PLAY ROUND TWO STANDINGS (after 44 of 52 games, includes match play bonus pins)

1, Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 11-5, 10,541.
2, Mike Fagan, Fort Worth, Texas, 12-4, 10,416.
3, Jason Couch, Clermont, Fla., 10-6, 10,226.
4, Shawn Maldonado, Houston, 11-5, 10,213.
5, Dom Barrett, England, 9-7, 10,168.
6, Stuart Williams, England, 7-9, 10,148.
7, Scott Norton, Mission Viejo, Calif., 8-8, 10,129.
8, Patrick Girard, Canada, 10-6, 10,128.
9, Ronnie Russell, Marion, Ind., 8-8, 10,122.
10, Todd Book, Russells Point, Ohio, 10-6, 10,112.
11, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 8-8, 10,096.
12, Jason Belmonte, Australia, 7-9, 10,073.
13, Eddie VanDaniker Jr., Chatsworth, Calif., 9-7, 9,997.
14, E.J. Tackett, Huntington, Ind., 7-9, 9,995.
15, Martin Larsen, Sweden, 10-6, 9,981.
16, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 7-9, 9,973.
17, B.J. Moore III, Apex, N.C., 5-11, 9,916.
17, Tom Daugherty, Wesley Chapel, Fla., 7-9, 9,916.
19, J.R. Raymond, Bay City, Mich., 6-10, 9,824.
20, Shuichi Heki, Japan, 7-9, 9,789.
21, Bryon Smith, Roseburg, Ore., 6-10, 9,782.
22, Dick Allen, Columbia, S.C., 5-11, 9,767.
22, John Szczerbinski, N. Tonawanda, N.Y., 6-10, 9,767.
24, Mike DeVaney, Winchester, Calif., 6-10, 9,747.

300 Games: Mike Fagan, Shawn Maldonado.

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WSOB Notebook II: Chinese Bowlers Make Historic Debut at World Series

by Bill Vint October 29, 2014 06:05

A group of six bowlers from mainland China made history this week as the first players from their country ever to bowl in professional competition. The six players – ranging in ages from 30 to 54 – earned the right to enter the GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling VI by recording averages of 200-plus in a “PBA Pioneer League” program initiated by Frank Zhao, owner of Longmarch Bowling in Shanghai.

The Chinese aren’t competitive, yet, but their appearance at WSOB VI may be a preview of the significant impact China may have on the world of bowling in the years ahead. The term “pioneer” applied to the league program wasn’t accidental and the six bowlers who are part of it understand they may be part of a very big future for bowling in China. Elevating bowling’s popularity in Frank Zhao’s mission, and he has a potential market of 1.4 billion people in China to work with.

The state of bowling in China is closer to 1960s standards than today’s, Zhao said. The Chinese are decades behind in bowling technology, from lane beds to bowling balls and everything in between. But this group of six, he hopes, is the beginning of a trend to bring China into the modern bowling world. That’s why he brought PBA superstar Walter Ray Williams Jr. to China in 2012, and why he worked with PBA Commissioner Tom Clark to create the league program to qualify his “PBA pioneers.”

Only two of the Chinese players – 54-year-old Ding Tianbao and 52-year-old Qin Ziaogang – had ever been to the United States before (both entered the World Tenpin Bowling Association Senior Championships at Red Rock in Las Vegas in 2013). Lin Jianfeng, 49; Liu Shenyuan, 33; Li Weijun, 46, and Zhu Tao, 30, made their first trips to America. All six noted they are greatly impressed with the bowling technology they’ve witnessed, because back home, they are bowling on lanes conditioned with old wick/roller equipment with ancient bowling balls. They can’t compete, and they know it, but even worse, it’s hard to learn in the environment they currently have available.

Liu and Li are big Walter Ray fans. Lin and Qin admire Parker Bohn III. Zhu and Ding favor Norm Duke, while Ding quickly added Pete Weber to his list. Bowling alongside the greatest names in the sport has been a thrill, and it inspired Zhu to note, “We also need idols, heroes. We can buy machines. The problems we can sort out with money aren’t a problem, but we don’t have any heroes…like (former NBA star) Yao Ming. Everyone in China watched Yao.

“We don’t have heroes to encourage young people to start bowling. It’s a very attractive sport. It’s easy to play, but it’s very hard to get addicted. We need idols to make people fall in love with bowling and if we do that, it’ll be very popular in China.”

The six players, along with Zhao, are doing their best to create awareness. They are flooding Chinese bowling fans with Facebook posts and photos, and Twitter feeds, and more.

As enthusiasm builds, Zhao is the businessman who hopes to make that happen the rest of it happen.

“There is a lot of work to do,” he said, “but we have 1.4 billion people in China, and a growing middle class. The middle class will need many forms of sport and entertainment to have a better quality of life. Bowling is perfect for several reasons. Bowling is a combination of sport and leisure, but it’s a sport first and then you have a level to make it fun. But without sport, it won’t grow.”

That’s why the Chinese Pioneers came to Las Vegas. To learn the sport. And for the record, they never contended for a PBA title, but none of them finished last.

PBA.COM, XTRA FRAME VIEWERSHIP CONTINUES TO CLIMB
Heading into GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling VI, Xtra Frame’s subscription base continued to climb, breaking the 6,000 barrier in paid viewership for the first time…and nearly doubling the audience that watched WSOB II in 2010. A combination of XF Season Ticket (full year) holders and monthly subscribers hit 6,046 on Sunday, a 12.7 percent increase over the same day a year earlier.

Traffic on PBA.com, the PBA’s official website, also was significant. Through the first three days of World Series competition, more than 66,000 unique visitors had viewed just over 903,000 pages on PBA.com, primarily checking out the website’s live scoring feature. The cities with the highest visitor rate to PBA.com were, in order: Chicago, Houston, New York City, Boston and Los Angeles.

Over the past 12 months, PBA.com has recorded more than 2.5 million unique visitors and in excess of 20 million page views.

NEXT UP: PBA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH PLAY ROUND ROBIN
GEICO PBA WSOB VI competition continues Wednesday and Thursday with three eight-game round-robin match play rounds. Wednesday’s rounds begin at 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. local time. Thursday’s final eight match games will begin at 2 p.m. The 24 match games, including bonus pins, will be combined with 28-game qualifying totals from the four animal pattern events to produce 52-game pinfall totals.

The top five players after 52 game will punch their tickets for return trips to the new South Point Bowling Plaza for the live ESPN finals of the World Championship on Sunday, Jan. 11, at 1 p.m. ET.

2015 PBA LEAGUE DRAFT SET FOR FRIDAY
The player draft for the 2015 PBA League will be webcast live on Xtra Frame Friday at 3 p.m. ET (noon PT) from South Point in Las Vegas. The eight PBA League managers will each select five players for the Elias Cup team competition that will be conducted over two days for delayed telecast on ESPN on Saturday and Sunday, March 28-29, at Bayside Bowl in Portland, Maine.

Team managers will be: Mark Baker (defending Elias Cup champion Silver Lake Atom Splitters), Carolyn Dorin-Ballard (GEICO New York City WTT KingPins), Johnny Petraglia (Brooklyn STyLES), Norm Duke (Dallas Strikers), Tim Mack (Pittsburgh Jack Rabbits), Jason Couch (Philadelphia Hitmen), Andrew Cain (L.A. X) and Del Ballard Jr. (Barbasol Motown Muscle).

For the draft, eligible players will be ranked based upon their position on a competition points list between World Series V and the Oklahoma Summer Swing held earlier in the year. The first player elected by each team must be taken from the group of players ranking 1-10 on the points list. The second player drafted will come from the group ranked 11-20 in points, plus any undrafted players from group one. The third player drafted will come from those ranked 21-30 in points. The fourth player will come from those ranked 31-40 in points, and the fifth player will come from the players ranked 41-50 and previous team members not among the points leaders. Players undrafted in each round will be eligible in the following round, expanding the pool of players as each round continues. The draft exception will be Dallas player-manager Norm Duke, who finished 39th on the points list and will draft himself in the fourth round.

13 WOMEN IN THE WORLD SERIES FIELD
WSOB VI includes a field of 13 women, including eight qualifiers from the new PBA Women’s Regional program and five who entered the event independently. The Women’s Regional qualifiers include Kristina Wendell (East Region); Christina Hardee (South); Liz Johnson (Central); Amanda Greene (Midwest); Clara Guerrero (Southwest), Missy Parkin (West), Lindsay Boomershine (Northwest) and Yuka Tsuchiya (Japan).

Women who entered independently are 2010 PBA Tournament of Champions winner Kelly Kulick, Union, N.J.; Yumi Oyobe, Japan; Natalia Rico, Colombia; Colombia’s Maria Rodriquez, Pflugerville, Texas; and Latvia’s Diana Zavjalova, Henderson, Nev.

It’s a pretty prominent group of women bowlers. Johnson qualified fourth for the Cheetah Championship presented by PBA Bowling Challenge Mobile Game TV finals, which will make her the first woman ever to appear in a PBA Tour nationally-televised event twice. Kulick and Guerrero (2013 Cheetah Championship) also have bowled in PBA Tour national telecasts. Those three along with Parkin and Tsuchiya own PBA Regional titles. Rodriguez and Zavjalova are 2014 and 2013 USBC Queens champions, respectively.

Also, Guerrero and Parkin finished one-two in the PBA Women’s Regional qualifying event and will face each other in the PBA Challenge finals on Sunday. The telecast will air on ESPN on Sunday, Jan. 18 at 3 p.m. ET. And Kulick, Johnson and Sweden’s Sandra Andersson, who didn’t compete in the World Series, will bowl for the World Bowling Tour Women’s Finals title on Sunday. The WBT Finals, presented by PBA, will air on ESPN on Sunday, Jan. 25 at 1 p.m. ET.

QUICK NOTES
● During Friday’s official practice session leading into the World Series, the PBA truck staff drilled just over 280 new bowling balls for the 240-player field. Through the first three days of “animal pattern” competition, that figure grew to 800 new balls drilled by the PBA staff.

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