PBA Spare Shots: Koivuniemi, Belmonte, Malott Lead Key PBA Statistical Races

by Bill Vint June 27, 2013 03:14

As of the conclusion of the Lucas Oil PBA Bear Open, the third event of the GEICO PBA Summer Swing, Mika Koivuniemi, Jason Belmonte and Wes Malott were the leaders in three major 2012-13 PBA statistical categories.

Koivuniemi leads the PBA Tour earnings list with a total of $159,712, followed by Sean Rash with $146,573, Belmonte with $141,286 and Tommy Jones with $118,440.

Speaking of earnings, Malott, who ranks eighth on the current year earnings list, is on the brink of becoming the 41st member of the PBA “Millionaire’s Club.” With $997,179 in official earnings, he’s $2,821 shy of reaching the career milestone.

Malott, who is recovering from knee surgery to repair a meniscus tear, missed the Summer Swing in Milwaukee, but remains the average leader among players with a minimum of 200 games bowled during the season. Malott, with 202 games, has averaged 233.55, more than two pins ahead of Belmonte, who has scored at a 231.09 clip for 279 games, and Rash, third with a 230.06 average for 285 games.

Belmonte, following his Bear Open victory, is the 2012-13 competition points leader with 153,230 points. Rash is second with 117,791 points followed by Malott at 112,779 and Scott Norton of Mission Viejo, Calif., at 107,580.


CBS Sports Network has announced a schedule of “encore” presentations of GEICO PBA Summer Swing finals, including an eight-hour marathon of the four primary events on Saturday, July 6. The Lucas Oil Badger Open will re-air at 11 a.m., the Wolf Open at 1 p.m., the Bear Open at 3 p.m. and the Milwaukee Open at 5 p.m. – all Eastern time.

Additional encore airings of the Badger, Wolf and Bear Opens are scheduled for Saturday, June 29, at noon, 2 and 4 p.m. ET, respectively. The Milwaukee Open, with debuts Tuesday, July 2, at 7 p.m. ET, also will re-air at 10 p.m. on Tuesday.

Air dates and times for the GEICO Summer King of the Swing include Tuesday, July 9, at 7 p.m. (premier) and 10 p.m. (encore), July 13 at 5 p.m. and July 16 at 7 p.m. – all Eastern.

The finals of all five GEICO PBA Summer Swing telecasts also will be available one week after their “premier” telecasts on PBA’s Xtra Frame online bowling channel. Look for the programs in the “2012-13 PBA Tour” section of Xtra Frame.

Xtra Frame is available on a subscription basis for $7.99 per month, or $64.99 for a full year. To subscribe, visit pba.com and click on the Xtra Frame logo.


Ryan Shafer of Horseheads, N.Y., rolled a perfect game to defeat amateur Anthony Pepe of Jackson Heights, N.Y., 300-201, successfully defending his PBA Homefield Bowl Eastern Open presented by Hammer title at Homefield Bowl in Yonkers, N.Y., on Sunday and winning his second PBA East Region title in a row.

After leading qualifying on Saturday, Shafer recorded an 8-3-1 match play record Sunday to earn the top berth in the stepladder finals and then used a different ball on each lane in rolling his perfect game in the title match. The win was Shafer’s 21st in PBA Regional competition. He also earned $2,700.

Amateur Sean Riccardi of Piscataway, N.J., defeated Connor Pickford of Charlotte, N.C., 237-181, to win the PBA Reality Check South Open presented by DV8 at Brunswick Harbour Lanes in Melbourne, Fla., on Sunday. In the senior half of the doubleheader event, PBA Hall of Famer Walter Ray Williams Jr. of Ocala, Fla., defeated Ron Jacobson of Jupiter, Fla., 244-191, to win the PBA50 Ichiban Cleaning South Open presented by DV8.

Riccardi posted a 7-5 match play record to qualify No. 1 for the stepladder finals. Pickford defeated PBA Tour winner Tom Daugherty of Wesley Chapel, Fla., 244-225, in the semifinal round match to advance to the title match. Riccardi earned $3,200, but doesn’t receive credit for a PBA title because is a not a PBA member.

Williams, who caught a red-eye flight back to Florida after winning the PBA50 Tour’s Northern California Classic, posted a 9-3 match play record to qualify first for the PBA50 stepladder finals. Jacobson advanced to the title match by defeating amateur Dennis Psaropoulos of Lake Worth, Fla., 214-192.

Williams, who $2,200 for his title, picked up an additional $700 by defeating Riccardi, 205-200, in a special Reality Check Champions Roll-Off to conclude the weekend.

● Amateur Andre Parker of South Holland, Ill., defeated William Guszczo of Orland Park, Ill., 192-181, on Saturday and newly-crowned PBA Tour title winner Jake Peters of Decatur, Ill., defeated Richard Kidd of El Paso, Ill., 202-178, on Sunday to win PBA American Family Insurance Earl Anthony Midwest Open titles in PBA Midwest Region one-day “reduced entry fee” events at Oak Forest Bowl in Oak Forest, Ill.

Parker and Peters, who won his first PBA Tour title in the Lucas Oil Badger Open in Milwaukee in late May, each won $2,000 and free entries into the IGRIND Autism Awareness Midwest/Central Classic on July 18-20 where first place is a guaranteed $15,000. The Midwest Regional title was Peters’ first.

Parker also won his first PBA Regional but does not get credit for a title because he is not a PBA member.

Dean Richards of Tacoma, Wash., posted a 9-1 match play record and 4,157 pins Sunday to win $2,500 and his first PBA Regional title in the PBA Northwest/West Region Secoma Lanes Open in Federal Way, Wash., by 143 pins over Evan Nash of Kennewick, Wash.

In the companion PBA50 Open, Rob Cline of Spokane, Wash., went 5-3 and knocked down 3,490 total pins to top Bob Davidson of Mountlake Terrace, Wash., for his first Northwest/West PBA50 Regional title. Davidson had a 5-3 match play record and 3,453 pins for 16 games including match play bonus pins.

● As the July 15 qualifying deadline closes in to earn points for the PBA’s new Regional Players Invitational program, the balance of the June calendar includes a number of events.

Closing the month over the June 28-30 weekend, the PBA East will host the PBA50 Glassboro Eastern Open presented by Columbia 300 at Glassboro Bowl and Recreation Center in New Jersey; the PBA South will conduct the PBA50 High Point Bank South Open at Northside Bowling Center in Winston-Salem, N.C.; the PBA Central and South Regions will co-op the PBA University of Phoenix Central/South Open at Hooper Bowling Center in Fort Campbell, Ky.; the PBA Southwest Region will host a non-champions Astro Super Bowl Southwest Challenge in San Antonio, Texas; and the PBA Midwest will conduct a reduced entry fee Allstate Midwest Open at Landmark Lanes in Peoria, Ill.

For complete PBA regional schedule and entry information, visit pba.com and click on “Regional Tours” under the Schedules tab.


● PBA Tour competitor and Windsor, Ontario, native Dan MacLelland, married Kristy James Saturday in Montreal, Quebec, where the couple will make their home. MacLelland recently re-located from Saginaw, Mich., where he starred as a collegiate bowler.

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