Four-time PBA Tour champion Sean Rash averaged 233.75 for his first eight qualifying games Monday morning in the Scorpion Open to ensure himself a shot at a third straight television final, and he fortified his lead after 24 games of PBA World Championship qualifying.
Rash, who has already qualified for the ESPN televised finals of the Bayer Viper Open and Chameleon Open, had a 1,870 eight-game pinfall total with games of 233, 220, 246, 253, 255, 207 and 209.
“I feel good. I’ve been bowling overseas and have been very close to winning,” Rash said. “I have some great guys from Brunswick behind me, giving me great advice. If I make a mistake, they make sure I don’t do it a second time.
“Having already made two TV shows helps loosen up your arm swing,” he added. “I’ve bowled well in all three World Series events and the All-In Showdown. All you ever want to do is give yourself a chance to win. If you give yourself enough chances, you’ll win and that’s what I’m trying to do.”
Six players from the country of Bahrain, competing in their first World Series and are getting the competitive bowling experience of a lifetime.
34-year-old Fawaz Abdullah is in contention to advance to tonight’s final Round of 16 by finishing eighth after the first block with a 1,797 eight-game pinfall that included games of 175, 193, 215, 222, 237, 240 and 300. He rolled 20 straight strikes in the last two games.
The Bahrainian contingent is coached by former Tour player and three-time World Bowler of the Year Tim Mack.
“I always have problems getting started,” Abdullah said. “But I’m gaining a lot of confidence as the tournament progresses. With Tim’s help I’m getting better with making adjustments and making the right ball changes.
“You can see their confidence level growing exponentially,” Mack said of the Bahrainian players. “They have the ability—all they’re lacking is experience and that’s what they’re getting here.”
B squad bowls its eight-game block this afternoon after which the field will be but to 16 players who will advance to a final six-game round to determine the four television finalists for the Scorpion Open.
After the conclusion of yesterday’s Chameleon Open Rash led qualifiers for the PBA World Championship which will ultimately take the top 16 players to the elimination finals at the conclusion of the animal pattern events.
PBA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP QUALIFYING LEADERS AFTER SUNDAY’S
(After 16 of 32 games)
1, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 3,931.
2, Ildemaro Ruiz, Venezuela, 3,751.
3, Dom Barrett, England, 3,720.
4, Stuart Williams, England, 3,713.
5, Nathan Bohr, Wichita, Kan., 3,708.
6, Kimmo Lehtonen, Finland, 3,703.
7, Jason Belmonte, Australia, 3,675.
8, Patrick Girard, Canada, 3,662.
9, Danny Wiseman, Baltimore, 3,659.
10, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 3,658.
11, Tyler Jensen, Ft. Worth, Texas, 3,644.
12, Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., 3,643.
13, Kurt Pilon, Warren, Mich., 3,628.
14, Mike DeVaney, Murrieta, Calif., 3,625.
15, Mike Fagan, Dallas, 3,623.
16, Mitch Beasley, Clarksville, Tenn., 3,613.