Joe Cima of North Huntington, Pa., was the big winner in the PBA’s “U Pick the Finalists” contest which asked fans to pick the finalists in five PBA World Series of Bowling V championship tournaments, winning round trip airfare and lodging to attend the PBA World Series of Bowling VI based upon his winning selection of finalists for the PBA World Championship telecast. Cima also won a $50 pbastore.com gift certificate, but because he also is an Xtra Frame subscriber, he won the grand prize.
Joe Pettinato of Redford, Mich., won the Columbia 300 Chameleon contest, winning a $50 pbastore.com gift certificate, a Columbia 300 high-performance bowling ball.
Other winners included Ron St. Pierre of Rifle, Colo., in the Brunswick Cheetah contest ($50 pbastore.com gift certificate and Brunswick high-performance ball); Bill Neuman of Rensselaer, N.Y., in the MOTIV Viper Championship contest ($50 pbastore.com gift certificate and MOTIV high-performance ball), and Dan Bock of Albert Lea, Minn., won the Storm Scorpion contest ($50 pbastore.com gift certificate and Storm high-performance ball).
WSOB V DEBUTS ON ESPN ON DEC. 1 WITH CHEETAH CHAMPIONSHIP, NEW BROADCAST TEAM, “BLUE OIL”
The PBA World Series of Bowling V returns to ESPN on Sunday, Dec. 1, at 1 p.m. ET with the finals of the Cheetah Championship and the historic debut of “blue oil” – an historic visual tool that will enable bowling fans – for the first time ever – to see how lane conditioner looks like when it is applied to the lanes. The unique blue-dyed lane conditioning oil also will be visible during the Viper, Chameleon and Scorpion Championships over the ensuing three Sunday telecasts on ESPN.
Also making its debut as the PBA Tour’s broadcast team will be play-by-play announcer Mike Jakubowski, analyst Randy Pedersen and sideline reporter Kimberly Pressler.
The finalists competing for the Cheetah Championship title will be Colombia’s Clara Guerrero (the third woman ever to reach the championship round of a PBA Tour telecast), Wes Malott of Pflugerville, Texas; PBA Hall of Famer Pete Weber of St. Ann, Mo., and top qualifier and PBA Hall of Famer Parker Bohn III of Jackson, N.J.
If you miss a show, remember all PBA Tour telecasts will be archived on Xtra Frame one week after the original air date. For access to all Xtra Frame programming, visit pba.com and click on the Xtra Frame link for subscription information.
PBA.COM TOPS 2.2 MILLION PAGE VIEWS FOR WSOB V
PBA.com, the official website of the PBA Tour, exceeded 2.2 million page views for the 11-day PBA World Series of Bowling V program at South Point Bowling Center in Las Vegas.
PBA.com audience stats for the World Series showed:
● 132,985 unique visitors;
● 373,186 total visits;
● 2,263,611 page views (average 6.07 pages per visit);
● The audience included visitors from Australia, Canada, Sweden, United Kingdom, Finland, Germany, Japan and Denmark in addition to the U.S. viewership.
NIDIFFER, PALERMAA, HANSEN WIN REGIONAL TITLES IN WSOB ALL-REGION EVENTS
For Craig Nidiffer of Trenton, Mich. and three-time Tour champion Osku Palermaa of Finland, winning the PBA All-Region events that were part of World Series of Bowling V at the South Point in Las Vegas offered a bit of redemption for their performances in the WSOB Tour events.
Nidiffer, who just missed making the TV finals for the PBA Cheetah championship by finishing fifth, captured the PBA South Point All-Regions Open presented by Columbia 300 for his first regional title when he defeated Anthony Pepe of Elmhurst, Ill., 212-167, in the championship match. Nidiffer took home the $3,000 first prize.
In the South Point All-Region Member/Non-member Doubles event, the international team of Palermaa and amateur Carsten Hansen of Denmark, teamed up to win the doubles by defeating Chris Loschetter of Avon, Ohio and Ron Nelson of Bridgeview, Ill., 471-440, in the two-game championship final.
For Palermaa, whose best finish in the World Series was 15th in the Viper Championship, it was his first regional title and came in his PBA regional debut. Palermaa and Hansen shared a $4,000 first prize.