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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