Rash Wins Five of Eight Matches, Retains Lead in Race for PBA World Championship Stepladder Finals

by Jason Thomas November 7, 2012 10:03

LAS VEGAS – Reigning Professional Bowlers Association Player of the Year Sean Rash of Montgomery, Ill., won five of his first eight matches Wednesday to retain his lead in the PBA World Championship Wednesday at South Point Bowling Center.

Rash, who entered the round-robin match play portion of the World Championship with a 64-pin lead over Tommy Jones of Simpsonville, S.C., expanded his lead by only 14 pins after the first of 24 round-robin matches. The second round was scheduled for 6 p.m. PT Wednesday and the final eight games, to determine the five players who will advance to Sunday’s ESPN stepladder finals, is set for 2 p.m. Thursday.

The PBA World Championships is the concluding event to the GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling IV, and the PBA’s first major championship of the 2012-13 season.

Rash led with a 40-game total of 9,668 pins, including match play bonus pins. Jones had a 9,590 total. Canada’s Dan MacLelland was in third place at 9,577 followed by Australia’s Jason Belmonte at 9,539 and England’s Dom Barrett at 9,498. Defending champion Osku Palermaa of Finland was sixth, five pins behind Barrett.

Complete GEICO WSOB IV coverage is available on the “live scoring” feature on pba.com, or by watching the action live on Xtra Frame, PBA’s online bowling channel.

GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling competition continues Wednesday night with the second of three eight-game match play rounds.

PBA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP

Round Four (after 40 games, including match play bonus pins; top five will advance to PBA World Championship finals)

1, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 5-3, 9,668.
2, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 3-5, 9,590.
3, Dan MacLelland, Canada, 7-1, 9,577.
4, Jason Belmonte, Australia, 3-5, 9,539.
5, Dom Barrett, England, 4-4, 9,498.
6, Osku Palermaa, Finland, 4-4, 9,493.
7, Rhino Page, Dade City, Fla., 5-3, 9,469.
8, Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 7-1, 9,468.
9, Scott Norton, Costa Mesa, Calif., 4-4, 9,437.
10, Chris Loschetter, Avon, Ohio, 2-6, 9,405.
11, Bill O'Neill, Langhorne, Pa., 4-4, 9,340.
12, Mike Scroggins, Amarillo, Texas, 5-2-1, 9,320.
13, Mike DeVaney, Hemet, Calif., 6-2, 9,292.
14, Mike Fagan, Dallas, 5-3, 9,283.
15, Stuart Williams, England, 3-5, 9,262.
16, Bryon Smith, Roseburg, Ore., 4-4, 9,238.
17 (tie), Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 3-4-1, and Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 4-3-1, 9,221.
19, Mike Wolfe, New Albany, Ind., 3-5, 9,151.
20, Craig Nidiffer, Trenton, Mich., 3-4-1, 9,141.
21, Joe Ciccone, Buffalo, N.Y., 2-6, 9,118.
22, Michael Machuga, Erie, Pa., 2-6, 9,116.
23, Hugh Miller, Mercer Island, Wash., 4-4, 9,096.
24, Thomas Larsen, Denmark, 2-6, 9,043.

300 Games: Dom Barrett, Tommy Jones.

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