Austin Hunt of Kennewick, Wash., wanted to bowl in the 2012 PBA World Series of Bowling, but father Russ Hunt – a veteran of 138 PBA Regional tournaments with four titles – said taking two weeks off during Austin’s senior year in high school wasn’t going to happen.
“However,” Dad said, if Austin earned straight A’s in his senior year, Dad would pay for his entry into the World Series as a graduation present. Austin’s counter offer was, if he bowled, Dad had to bowl, too. So both Hunts are in the 2013 WSOB V field – Austin after a straight-A senior year and Dad because he promised.
“Austin has bowled a few PBA Regional tournaments, but this is a whole new thing,” Dad said. “He’s getting experience the only way you can – by doing it. He’s only 18, so he’s got time to learn.”
Neither Hunt has been close to making a semifinal round or TV show, but that wasn’t the point. Through three events, Austin is winning family bragging rights with a 135th place finish in Saturday’s Cheetah Championship, 210th in Sunday’s Viper and 162nd in Monday’s Chameleon. Russ finished 191st in the Cheetah, 219th in the Viper and 172nd in the Chameleon. Austin also won the Scorpion round by default because Russ, who had knee surgery earlier in the year, was forced to withdraw.
LEARNING EXPERIENCE CONTINUES FOR NFL ALL-PRO STAR TERRELL OWENS
NFL all-pro wide receiver Terrell Owens, owner of the PBA League’s Dallas Strikers, found the Viper Championship lane conditions Sunday even more challenging than Saturday’s Cheetah. After averaging 145.71 on the Viper pattern Sunday, he said, “It’s frustrating. I know I can do better, but it’s a learning experience. It’s repetition, repetition, repetition and I’m a long way from being where I want to be.
“But I don’t feel any pressure,” he added. “I know everyone is watching. But if I can help bring attention to the World Series and these guys, who are the best bowlers in the world, that’s all good.”
Immediately after his Viper round, Owens conducted at interview with Fox 5 television in Las Vegas. When asked what the biggest difference is between football and bowling, he said, “In football I had to rely on someone else giving me the ball. In bowling, that’s not a problem.”
Monday, Owens improved his scoring average by nearly 17 pins to 162.57 on the Chameleon pattern, moving left on the approach, playing more toward the center of the lane and slowing down to improve his ball reaction.
On the media front, Owens has already done interviews with Associated Press, the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Fox 5 Sports in Las Vegas and USA Today/Sports on Earth with additional media sessions on his schedule for later in the week.
TODAY: SCORPION CHAMPIONSHIP TO DECIDE PBA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP FINALISTS
The WSOB V animal pattern schedule wraps up Tuesday with the fourth-and-final qualifying round for the PBA World Championship: the Scorpion Championship. Seven-game qualifying squads are scheduled for 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. (PT) with the top 24 players advancing to the seven-game semifinal round at 7:30 p.m. The top four players after 14 games advance to the Scorpion Championship stepladder finals which will be conducted on Saturday, Nov. 2, in South Point’s Exhibition Hall B and will air on ESPN on Sunday, Dec. 8, at 7 p.m. (ET).
The combined seven-game qualifying scores from the Cheetah, Viper, Chameleon and Scorpion Championships will determine the 24 players who will advance to PBA World Championship round-robin match play Wednesday at 11 a.m. and 6 p.m., and Thursday at 2 p.m.
FOLLOW THE WORLD SERIES ON XTRA FRAME, LIVE SCORING, SOCIAL MEDIA
Bowling fans around the world can follow all of the action in WSOB V by watching Xtra Frame’s extensive live online coverage of all qualifying and match play rounds, or by checking the enhanced “live scoring” on pba.com that is featuring advanced statistical analysis by Rolltech and Lanetalk for the first time.
Additional coverage will be provided on PBA’s Facebook, Twitter and YouTube pages, both by PBA staff and a number of players in the field.
In addition to the more than 60 hours of live coverage, Xtra Frame is providing interviews with a variety of bowling industry leaders, coaches and players, both from the U.S. and international representatives, and features which highlight great stories from past World Series.
To subscribe to Xtra Frame, visit pba.com. Special “Day Pass” is available exclusively during the WSOB for $5. One-month subscriptions are offered for $7.99 and a full-year subscription is only $64.99.
● Philip Ferguson Jr., the father of former PBA Tour television announcer Phil Ferguson III and the artist who was commissioned to paint PBA Hall of Fame portraits, died on Oct. 23 in Fairlawn, Ohio. He was 89. A U.S. Navy veteran and long-time employee at Burch Directory Co., Ferguson was a well-known sports artist in northern Ohio. He also was one of the handful of people who bowled a 300 game and had a hole-in-one in golf. He is survived by daughters Anne (Peter) and Laurinda Capp (Howard); sons Jeffrey (Cristine) and Philip III; and six grandchildren. Services were held Monday in Fairlawn.
● D.J. Archer of Friendswood, Texas, had the only 300 game in the Viper round, and he rolled that one in the final game of the semifinal round. There was nine 300s in the Cheetah round Saturday, and four in the Chameleon. During WSOB IV in 2012, there were 11 300 games in the Cheetah, four in the Viper and one in the Chameleon.