PBA World Series Notebook: If Experience Counts, Pete Weber Should Win the PBA World Championship

by Bill Vint November 15, 2011 12:59

If experience provides an advantage, Pete Weber should win the PBA World Championship. Weber is a 35-time PBA Tour title winner, including eight majors. The other 15 players in the World Championship field have won a combined total of 17 titles including two majors (Sean Rash four titles including one major; Tom Smallwood one title, one major; Ryan Shafer four titles; Jack Jurek and Mike Fagan two titles; Jason Belmonte, Osku Palermaa, Brian Kretzer, Ryan Ciminelli one title each; Stuart Williams, Ildemaro Ruiz, Andres Gomez, Josh Blanchard, Dom Barrett and Nathan Bohr no titles).

Weber, one of the PBA’s six Triple Crown winners, won a pair of PBA National Championships in Toledo, Ohio (in 1989 and 1998) before the event’s name was changed.

● Former heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson paid a brief visit to the PBA World Series of Bowling Monday, but he and his party left when he learned there were no lanes available for open bowling.

● The final number of individuals who cashed in at least one WSOB event was 123 (38.92 percent of the total field of 316 players).

● WSOB players had their skills tested over seven different lane conditioning patterns over the multiple events: Viper, Chameleon, Scorpion, Shark, PBA World Championship, Carmen Salvino and Earl Anthony (used for the PBA Elite Players Championship). The World Bowling Tour Finals presented by the PBA will use a World Tenpin Bowling Association pattern – the Mexico City pattern. The two PBA regional events held as part of the WSOB used the Salvino and Viper patterns, and the PBA Doubles Championship will be contested on the Earl Anthony pattern.

● After four rounds of qualifying in the Pepsi PBA Elite Players Championship, there have been 22 300 games bowled by 22 different players during the World Series. By lane conditioning pattern, there were four perfect games bowled on the Chameleon pattern, five on the Scorpion, two on the Shark, nine on the Carmen Salvino and two on the Earl Anthony. The only patterns without a 300 were the Viper and PBA World Championship.

XTRA FRAME TO COVER WEDNESDAY’S ELITE PLAYERS ELIMINATION ROUNDS LIVE

The more than 150 hours of live Xtra Frame coverage of PBA World Series of Bowling action wraps up Wednesday when the PBA’s exclusive online bowling channel coverage the final qualifying round of the Pepsi PBA Elite Players Championship at noon ET (9 a.m. PT) followed by the Eliminator Round of 16 at 5:30 p.m. ET (2:30 p.m. PT).

The Eliminator Round will involve four groups of four players each, based on 30 games bowled in the Carmen Salvino Classic and Pepsi PBA Elite Players Championship. In the eliminator format, all four players per group will bowl two games, with the lowest-scoring player eliminated. In game two, the low score among the three survivors will be knocked out. The two remaining players per group will bowl two more games with the winner advancing to the Elite Players Championship finals which will be conducted at 5:30 p.m. PT for delayed telecast on ESPN.

To subscribe to Xtra Frame, visit pba.com. Special one-day rates are available exclusively during the WSOB for $3.99. A full-year subscription to Xtra Frame is also available for $64.99.

PBA fans also can follow the action from the World Series of Bowling on PBA's Facebook page and through Twitter.

22 DIFFERENT PLAYERS QUALIFY FOR ESPN TELECASTS

Sean Rash has dominated the television landscape of the 2011 WSOB, qualifying for the first five ESPN telecasts before missing a sixth straight show by only six pins. But with the TV finals fields still to be determined for the Pepsi PBA Elite Players Championship and Lumber Liquidators Mark Roth-Marshall Holman PBA Doubles Championship, Rash is one of 22 different players who have qualified for a TV show.

The World Series television production schedule begins with the men’s and women’s World Bowling Tour Finals presented by the PBA on Thursday at 5:30 p.m. PT.

WSOB finals begin on Friday with 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, with four division finals and the championship round, all beginning at 10:30 a.m.

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.

All television finals are open to the public with no admission fee.

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