December 31, 2006 19:00
Wes Malott has already proven that he is one of the most versatile players in professional bowling by winning the Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour’s six-tournament Versatility Swing. He’s backing that title up by moving into the lead in the Etonic Marathon Open midway through Thursday’s competition at Woodland Bowl.
Malott had a 2,230 pinfall in today’s nine-game block on the PBA’s Chameleon oil pattern averaging 247.7. Overall for the tournament he is averaging 232.4 after bowling 27 games on three different oil patterns.
“I just want to keep the momentum going and get to the show,” said the 32-year-old right-hander from Pflugerville, Texas. “I’ve proven that I have had success on the different (PBA) patterns so I’ve got the confidence.
“Having to bowl the 54 games on six conditions really tests you mentally and physically. Hopefully I’m leading the tournament when we get to the finals but making the show is the main thing. A lot of guys are going nuts out there already and we’re only halfway done.”
Designed to showcase the most versatile players, the Versatility Swing is based on players’ performance in the six PBA Experience lane condition championships during the 2008-09 series.
Malott earned the title earlier this season by winning two tournaments and making the ESPN-televised finals three other times. His finishes in the six Versatility Swing events were as follows: Pepsi Viper Championship, fourth; Chameleon Championship, third; CLR Carmen Salvino Scorpion Championship, first; Cheetah Championship, 12th; Lumber Liquidators Shark Championship, second, and by winning the Bayer Earl Anthony Medford Classic which was conducted on the Earl Anthony lane condition.
Action continues this evening with another nine-game block on the PBA Scorpion pattern. On Friday, the 53-player field will bowl two more nine-game blocks on the Shark and Earl Anthony conditions, respectively. The top five will then advance to the ESPN finals on Sunday at 12:30 p.m. Eastern.
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