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.
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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.