November 2, 2006 19:00
Wes Malott is in a precarious position. The fifth-year PBA veteran earned the top seed into Sunday’s stepladder finals of the 2006 Motor City Classic.
While the No. 1 seed has the advantage of only having to win one game to take the title, statistics have been against the spot in recent history. The last two Denny’s PBA Tour seasons have seen the top seed in the stepladder finals go 0-6, including Jack Jurek’s loss in last week’s United States Bowling Congress (USBC) Masters.
“This week was one of my first times bowling in this format,” said Malott (Argyle, Texas). “With this format, it’s obvious that you’re not ever shut out. You just have to stay patient. I had enough games to make my adjustment and I had the right ball in a Track Power Machine.”
Malott finished Friday night’s session with a record of 13-5 with a nine-game pinfall of 8,009. Total pinfall includes 30 bonus pins for each win and 15 for each tie.
Tony Reyes (San Bruno, Calif.) followed Malott in Friday’s round robin. Reyes ended the night by firing a 299 in his final game, jumping past Parker Bohn III (Jackson, N.J.) for the second spot in Sunday’s finals with a 7,959 and a 15-3 record.
Bohn, who was in the top spot heading into Friday’s final round, slipped in the final nine games to finish with a total of 7,953.
Mike Edwards (Tulsa, Okla.) and Mike Scroggins (Amarillo, Texas) rounded out the quintet with Edwards rolling a 7,804 and Scroggins a 7,784.
The five bowlers will advance to Sunday’s live ESPN televised stepladder finals at 1 p.m. ET at Taylor Lanes. The winner will take home $25,000 and a one-season Denny’s PBA Tour exemption.
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