Seedings for the inaugural PBA Regional Players Invitational Finals have been determined, based upon where the six players involved in the RPI finals finished on the 28-game PBA World Championships qualifying list.
The RPI finals, which will be held on Sunday at 3:30 p.m. PT for delayed airing on ESPN on Sunday, Jan. 12, at 1 p.m. ET, will involve a “shootout” format. Players who finished first, third and fifth among their fellow RPI competitors will bowl the first one-game match. Players who finished second, fourth and sixth on the World Championship qualifying list will bowl the second one-game match. The winners of the two matches will then bowl one game for a $6,000 first prize and a berth in the 2014 PBA Tournament of Champions (if not already qualified).
The order in which the RPI competitors qualified is:
1, Brian Kretzer, Dayton, Ohio (Central Region).
2, Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas (Southwest Region).
3, Tom Daugherty, Wesley Chapel, Fla. (South Region).
4, Brian LeClair, Albany, N.Y. (East Region).
5, Dave Beres, Waukesha, Wis. (Midwest Region).
6, Ben Laughlin, Chandler, Ariz. (West/Northwest Region). Laughlin did not participate in the World Series, so he was automatically seeded sixth.
83 DIFFERENT PLAYERS CASH IN WORLD SERIES V
It’s official: 83 different players – nearly 35 percent of the field – cashed in at least one of the five PBA World Series of Bowling V events. Soon-to-be PBA50 Tour competitor Chris Warren of Grants Pass, Ore., led all cashers, earning checks in four of the five events (Cheetah, Viper, Chameleon, Scorpion Championships and PBA World Championship). Warren turned 50 on Aug. 27.
Fourteen other players cashed in three events. Players from 10 of the record 21 countries entered also earned prize money (Australia, Canada, Colombia, Denmark, England, Finland, Japan, Sweden, U.S. and Venezuela.)
TERRELL OWENS ENJOYS WORLD SERIES EXPERIENCE, EAGER TO TRY AGAIN
“It was a bad, good experience, if you know what I mean,” NFL all-pro wide receiver Terrell Owens grinned after completing his PBA Scorpion Championship qualifying round, the last of a 28-game introduction to PBA-level bowling in the PBA World Series of Bowling V at South Point in Las Vegas.
“I enjoyed it. I learned a lot about different patterns, how to adjust with balls, feet, eyes. The guys who are out here are the best of the best. A lot of them were very encouraging.”
Owens averaged 158.64 across the Cheetah, Viper, Chameleon and Scorpion Championships (with a best of 162.57 on the Chameleon), but he was far from discouraged. If anything, the experience was motivating.
“I was so mentally tuned in on hitting my mark and things like that I never thought about bowling 28 games,” he said. “Spare shooting is something I definitely need to work on. That really killed me, but that’s part of the game. Like in golf, you have to putt.
“Being a professional athlete, I know if you let frustration get to you, it carries on and can overwhelm you,” he continued. “Like in football, if you mess up, you can’t think about it. You have to move on to the next play. That’s how the great ones do it; they let it go and move on.
“Mentally, I came in (to the World Series) prepared because I knew it wasn’t going to be easy. I knew I wasn’t going to finish first, but I hoped I wouldn’t finish last.
“But mentally? I’ve been trying to prevent gutter balls in my dreams. Physically it wasn’t a test. Mentally, I’m walking down the hallway or through the casino, and I’m bowling in my head. But every day I came in pumped and ready to go.
“The thing about bowling is, if you look at sports in general – sports like basketball, baseball, football – you can tell those guys are athletes,” he added. “In bowling, you have all shapes and sizes, and it doesn’t matter. It’s all about skill level. Wes Malott is a big guy. Norm Duke is tiny. It doesn’t matter. It’s a lot of cerebral stuff and knowing what to do. I’m so strong that I found out sometimes I have to take my strength out of it. Sometimes the (bowling) ball almost feels like a tennis ball. But you have to learn let to let the ball do the work.”
Owens has been vocal about his intentions to master the sport, however, and he’s already planning ways to learn more, improve his skills and get ready for a return trip.
“Oh, yeah, I’m coming back,” he said.
PBA.COM TOPS ONE MILLION PAGE VIEWS FOR ANIMAL PATTERN EVENTS
(Editor’s Note: please disregard previous information presented in “WSOB Notebook” re: page views on pba.com. Our apologies for an erroneous interpretation of statistics)
PBA.com, the official website of the PBA Tour, exceeded 1.2 million page views during the four animal pattern tournaments that led off the PBA World Series of Bowling V program at South Point Bowling Center in Las Vegas.
Over the four-day span when the Cheetah, Viper, Chameleon and Scorpion Championships were conducted, PBA.com stats showed:
● 70,993 unique visitors;
● 195,589 total visits;
● 1,252,594 page views (average 6.4 pages per visit);
● An international audience included visitors from Australia, Canada, Sweden, United Kingdom, Finland, Germany, Japan and Denmark.
THURSDAY: FINAL ROUND OF PBA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH PLAY
Preliminary competition in WSOB V wraps up Thursday at 2 p.m. PT with the seventh-and-final round of competition in the PBA World Championship. Following seven-game Cheetah, Viper, Chameleon and Scorpion qualifying rounds, plus two eight-game match play rounds, the chase for the PBA World Championship comes down to a final eight-game round-robin match play round Thursday.
At stake is the final PBA major championship of the 2012-13 season, a $50,000 first prize and possible PBA Player of the Year consideration. The top five players after 52 games advance to the World Championship stepladder finals on Sunday, Nov. 3, at 12:30 p.m. PT in South Point’s Exhibition Hall B. The finals will air on ESPN on Sunday, Dec. 29, at 1 p.m. (ET).
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.
● PBA historical tidbit: did you know that since its first events in 1970, more than 6,000 different bowlers have won titles in PBA Regional tournament competition?