Statistically Speaking, Belmonte Vs. Rash Tops Headlines as World Series of Bowling V Begins

by Bill Vint October 22, 2013 04:45

LAS VEGAS – Statistically speaking, the Jason Belmonte vs. Sean Rash rivalry will once again be the headline attraction as a sold-out field of 240 of the world’s top professional bowlers return to South Point Bowling Center this week for the start of PBA World Series of Bowling V.

PBA fans around the world are invited to purchase a low-cost “ticket” to watch all of the qualifying and match play action on Xtra Frame, the PBA’s exclusive online bowling channel (or track free live scoring free on pba.com). “Day Pass,” monthly and annual Xtra Frame subscriptions are available by visiting pba.com and clicking on the Xtra Frame link.

In addition to following the action as it happens, PBA fans are invited to participate in a new “U Pick the Finalists” contests which offers prizes for picking the ESPN finalists in each event. For more information about the contest, click here: http://www.pba.com/Resources/Contest

The World Series, which got its start in suburban Detroit in 2009, is a multi-event competition on a variety of challenging lane conditions, leading up to a full weekend of ESPN television finals Nov. 2-3. At stake will be five PBA Tour titles, including the final major championship of the 2012-13 season – the 2013 PBA World Championship.

Over the first four World Series, Belmonte and Rash have earned their roles as World Series headliners based upon their past performances in the event. Belmonte – a two-handed power player from Australia – is the earnings leader with a composite total of $191,190 in WSOB earnings, leads in ESPN television appearances (13) and is tied with Bill O’Neill of Langhorne, Pa., with most WSOB titles won (three).

Rash, also regarded as one of the PBA Tour’s top power players, is right behind Belmonte in ESPN appearances (12), but has not yet won a WSOB title. He is the all-time WSOB average leader, scoring at a 223.19 pace for 475 games bowled, and in total pinfall (106,013 pins for 475 World Series games bowled). But he ranks “only” fourth in WSOB earnings ($135,140) due, in part, to the absence of any first-place prize money.

Despite their overall dominance, neither Belmonte nor Rash leads in any of the traditional animal pattern championships which are hallmarks of the World Series. The animal pattern competitions are bowled on unique lane conditions named after animals – and the combined qualifying scores for those animal pattern events has been used as the qualifier for players to advance into the PBA World Championship match play final rounds. Rash is the World Championship’s top qualifier over the past four years, averaging 232.21 for 192 games – just over four pins higher than Belmonte (228.01) for the same number of games.

In animal pattern events, several other players have had significant success, including O’Neill, who ranks third in TV appearances (8) and shares the titles lead with Belmonte (3). Finland’s two-handed star, Osku Palermaa; 37-time time PBA Tour champion Norm Duke of Clermont, Fla., and Scott Norton of Mission Viejo, Calif., have each won two WSOB titles. Palermaa, Mike Fagan of Fort Worth, Texas, and Wes Malott of Pflugerville, Texas, have made six TV finals.

There is also “international vs. United States” drama during the World Series. In 2011, international players won all seven singles titles contest; last year, U.S. players swept all five individual titles.

In animal pattern championships, the top two players in qualifying averages for each event, based upon a minimum of 40 games, are:

● Chameleon: Scott Norton 230.49; Jason Belmonte 225.38.

● Cheetah: Norm Duke 243.58, Eugene McCune 241.52.

● Scorpion: Dom Barrett 228.70, Jason Belmonte 222.87.

● Viper: Brad Angelo 222.60, Bill O’Neill 222.39.

The Cheetah Championship will lead off the WSOB V schedule on Saturday, Oct. 26, with seven qualifying games and an additional seven-game semifinal round for the top 24 qualifiers. The same format will apply for the Viper Championship on Oct. 27, the Chameleon Championship on Oct. 28 and the Scorpion Championship on Oct. 29. The top 24 players based upon 28 combined animal pattern qualifying games will advance to the PBA World Championship round robin match play on Oct. 30-31.

For each animal pattern event, the top four after 14 games advance to ESPN finals on Nov. 2 and for the World Championship, the top five after 52 qualifying and match play games advance to the ESPN finals on Nov. 3 – all in South Point’s Exhibition Hall B.

WSOB STATS TROUGH 2012

Top 50 WSOB Total Pinfall (All Games)    
  Games Total Pins
Sean Rash 475 106,013
Jason Belmonte 463 103,239
Bill O'Neill 446 99,605
Wes Malott 420 93,724
Mike DeVaney 413 90,482
Chris Barnes 403 89,160
Pete Weber 400 88,719
Rhino Page 403 88,352
Tommy Jones 389 85,600
Mike Fagan 388 85,590
Osku Palermaa 390 85,172
Chris Loschetter 384 83,754
Tom Smallwood 382 83,126
Norm Duke 373 82,871
Dan MacLelland 369 80,668
Walter Ray Williams Jr. 369 80,650
Jack Jurek 358 77,304
Mika Koivuniemi 346 76,207
Ryan Shafer 345 75,240
Andres Gomez 342 74,930
Michael Haugen Jr. 338 73,564
Ronnie Russell 338 73,548
Eugene McCune 341 73,507
Ryan Ciminelli 328 72,038
Mike Scroggins 329 71,730
Lonnie Waliczek 332 70,231
Parker Bohn 313 67,820
Joe Ciccone 314 67,551
Amleto Monacelli 311 67,047
Michael Machuga 312 66,852
Brian Kretzer 309 66,421
Dino Castillo 308 66,164
Martin Larsen 304 65,841
Mike Wolfe 303 65,151
Jason Couch 296 64,034
Nathan Bohr 294 62,632
Brad Angelo 288 62,196
Jason Sterner 290 61,952
Steve Jaros 282 61,181
Dick Allen 280 60,155
Patrick Allen 256 54,729
PJ Haggerty 260 54,279
Stevie Weber 254 54,221
Stuart Williams 246 53,700
Eddie VanDaniker 256 53,449
Mitch Beasley 248 52,391
Jesse Buss 243 51,421
Anthony LaCaze 248 51,413
Jeff Carter 241 50,912
Lee Vanderhoef 239 50,014
     
Top 10 WSOB Averages (All Games)    
  Games Average
Sean Rash 475 223.19
Jason Belmonte 463 222.98
Bill O'Neill 446 223.33
Wes Malott 420 223.15
Mike DeVaney 413 219.08
Chris Barnes 403 221.24
Pete Weber 400 221.8
Rhino Page 403 219.24
Tommy Jones 389 220.05
Mike Fagan 388 220.59
     
Top 10 Chameleon Averages (Min. 40 games)    
  Games Average
Scott Norton 47 230.49
Jason Belmonte 78 225.38
Chris Barnes 68 223.01
Walter Ray Williams Jr. 67 222.15
Osku Palermaa 60 221.8
Sean Rash 81 221.59
Tyler Jensen 43 219.74
Danny Wiseman 43 218.12
Pete Weber 48 217.92
Tommy Jones 48 217.04
     
Top 10 Cheetah Averages (Min. 40 games)    
  Games Average
Norm Duke 67 243.58
Eugene McCune 44 241.52
Ryan Ciminelli 61 240.33
Chris Loschetter 50 240.12
Mike Wolfe 54 239.78
Ryan Shafer 46 237.39
Steve Jaros 40 237.2
Derek Sapp 47 236.94
Wes Malott 44 236.68
Bill O’Neill 52 236.29
     
Top 10 Scorpion Averages (Min. 40 games)    
  Games Average
Dom Barrett 43 228.7
Jason Belmonte 79 222.87
Norm Duke 64 220.8
Pete Weber 61 219.77
Mika Koivuniemi 53 219.36
Osku Palermaa 55 218.11
Dan MacLelland 45 217.8
Jason Couch 41 217.63
Ronnie Russell 48 217.15
Jason Sterner 58 215.64
     
Top 10 Viper Averages (Min. 40 games)    
  Games Average
Brad Angelo 60 222.6
Bill O’Neill 61 222.39
Tom Smallwood 54 221.43
Wes Malott 59 221.15
Sean Rash 66 220.79
Tommy Jones 68 220.74
Ryan Ciminelli 68 220.29
Mike Fagan 56 219.79
Mike DeVaney 58 219.21
Steve Jaros 48 218.04
     
Top 10 World Championship Averages (Min. 100 games)    
  Games Average
Sean Rash 192 232.21
Jason Belmonte 192 228.01
Bill O’Neill 203 226.69
Stuart Williams 116 225.59
Wes Malott 195 225.56
Tommy Jones 186 224.6
Pete Weber 187 224.33
Dom Barrett 159 223.69
Mika Koivuniemi 164 223.54
Osku Palermaa 181 223.08
     
Top 10 WSOB Earnings (with WSOB Titles)    
  Titles Total
Jason Belmonte 3 $191,190
Bill O'Neill 3 $150,200
Chris Barnes 1 $137,135
Sean Rash 0 $135,140
Osku Palermaa 2 $126,530
Wes Malott 1 $101,875
Tom Smallwood 1 $93,580
Mike DeVaney 1 $85,125
Rhino Page 1 $85,115
Norm Duke 2 $82,675
     
Top 10 WSOB Television Finals    
TV Appearances    
Jason Belmonte 13  
Sean Rash 12  
Bill O’Neill 8  
Osku Palermaa 6  
Mike Fagan 6  
Wes Malott 6  
Chris Barnes 4  
Norm Duke 4  
Andres Gomez 4  
Tom Smallwood 4  
     
Top 10 WSOB Career 300 Games    
Bill O'Neill 4  
Dom Barrett 4  
Jason Belmonte 4  
Eugene McCune 3  
Tommy Jones 3  
Ryan Shafer 3  
Osku Palermaa 3  
PJ Haggerty 2  
Wes Malott 2  
Andres Gomez 2  
Jesse Buss 2  
Thomas Larsen 2  
Jon VanHees 2  
Ronnie Russell 2  
Alan Mojado 2  
Dan MacLelland 2  
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