Event: GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling IV
Tournament: PBA Bowlers Journal Scorpion Championship. Fifth tournament of the World Series of Bowling and fourth Tour event of the season.
Where: South Point Hotel and Casino Exhibition Hall, Las Vegas
Finals Format: Four-player stepladder
Television: ESPN (Sunday at 1 p.m. ET)
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Sunday’s finals of the Bowlers Journal Scorpion Championship will feature two of the sport’s most prominent ‘two-handers’ and two other players trying for their first Tour win.
In the opening match of the Scorpion Championship, Tom Daugherty will face off against Jason Sterner both looking for their first Tour titles.
Sterner, whose best Tour finish was seventh in the 2009 USBC Masters, is hoping to win a title in his first career TV appearance. Despite not having won a Tour title, Sterner has had a successful PBA Regional career, winning six titles and earning two PBA South Region Player of the Year honors.
Daugherty is hoping to redeem himself after setting the PBA record for lowest score on TV when he shot a 100 against eventual winner Mika Koivuniemi in the semifinal match of the 2011 PBA Tournament of Champions in Las Vegas. Koivuniemi bowled a 299 in that game setting a PBA record for largest margin of victory in a match (199 pins). Daugherty finished third in the Tournament of Champions for his highest Tour finish.
The winner of the opening match will then battle five-time Tour titlist, two-hander Jason Belmonte of Australia, who is making his second consecutive TV appearance of the season having finished second last week in the Chameleon Championship. With his Scorpion Championship TV appearance, Belmonte owns the most World Series of Bowling television finals appearances with 12.
The winner of the semifinal will then take on another two-hander, No. 1 qualifier Osku Palermaa of Finland. Palermaa, trying for his fourth Tour title, has won a title in each of the last two World Series of Bowling’s including a PBA World Championship win in 2011 for his first major title.
After the Scorpion Championship, the final event of the GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling IV and first major of the season, the PBA World Championship, will air on ESPN on Jan. 13 at 1 p.m. ET.
Each ESPN telecast will be preceded by a special pre-game show on PBA’s online bowling channel, Xtra Frame, and each will feature a post-game show on Xtra Frame with an interview with the tournament winner.
Three easy steps to enhance your PBA telecast experience:
1) Tune into pba.com’s Xtra Frame for free interviews with the finalists as they give their insight into strategy and equipment selection. All preview shows on Xtra Frame are available the Monday before each Sunday ESPN telecast at no cost.
2) Watch the Bowlers Journal Scorpion Championship ESPN finals Sunday at 1 p.m. ET.
3) Tune into the post-event show at Sunday 2:30 p.m. ET. Xtra Frame’s post-tournament show interviews the winning player and provides in-depth ball rep analysis of the winner’s equipment selection and ball preparation.
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