After barely getting past Clara Guerrero in the opening match of the stepladder finals, Wes Malott matched Pete Weber strike for strike (until Weber finally missed in the middle of the game). Malott continued striking, putting up the front 10 before leaving a single pin and costing himself a perfect game.
Still, the win is the important thing, and his prize was a match with Parker Bohn III, the second Hall of Famer Malott had to dispatch to get the title.
This match wasn't much of a contest after an early mistake by Bohn and the ease with which Malott appeared to be taking down pins. The victory is Malott's ninth career win and keeps himself in the discussion for the 2012-2013 Player of the Year Award.
Sunday at 1 p.m. ET on ESPN, the PBA begins its run of World Series of Bowling V telecasts with the Cheetah Championship. The two-hour broadcast will feature a skills competition among PBA League team captains as well as the four-person stepladder finals.
Cheetah Championship Stepladder
- Parker Bohn III
- Pete Weber
- Wes Malott
- Clara Guerrero
Do you know the origin of the term "turkey" for three strikes in a row? Around Thanksgiving and Christmas time, in the late 1800s and early 1900s, proprietors would give away live turkeys to bowlers who threw three strikes in a row.
If we did that today, bowling centers would be out of business and turkeys would be extinct.
Next Sunday, December 1 at 1:00 p.m. ET, the World Series of Bowling begins its run on ESPN. Up first is the Cheetah Championship, with two Hall of Famers at the top of the stepladder (Parker Bohn III led qualifiers, followed by Pete Weber, Wes Malott and Clara Guerrero). Malott and Weber are still in contention for PBA Player of the Year, and Bohn could also strengthen his case with a victory in this event. Guerrero is the first woman to make a television show at the World Series of Bowling, and obviously would like to also be the first to win.
November 28-30, Tokyo will play host to the Japan Cup, where the top bowlers in the world will compete for a $60,000 first-place check as well as try to make their final cases for PBA Player of the Year.
Three tournaments in the Middle East in December will close the extra-long 14-month PBA Tour, with Jason Belmonte likely the frontrunner for the PBA Player of the Year Award. Wes Malott, Pete Weber, Sean Rash and Mika Koivuniemi can all make cases and will be fighting for each of the four remaining titles up for grabs.
Saturday morning, PBA Hall of Famer Billy Hardwick passed away unexpectedly. The former PBA Rookie of the Year and two-time Player of the Year suffered a heart attack at age 72. Read this article on pba.com for details on funeral services.
The 2014 PBA League season, scheduled to begin January 22 at Thunderbowl Lanes in Allen Park, Michigan, now comes with a prologue: the Detroit Open. The season-opening singles tournament will be held at Thunderbowl Lanes January 17-19 and will be broadcast in its entirety on Xtra Frame.
When originally scheduled as a league event, only 40 bowlers were going to make the trip to Detroit. Now, with the individual title up for grabs, that number will rise quickly. The field will be limited to 216 players and entries open December 1.
Sunday, in the final event of the World Series of Bowling, each of the eight PBA League teams selected their final players to fill out their rosters. PBA League competition begins in January. Here, in the order they were selected, are the players:
Today, at 5 p.m. ET, the final block of eight games will determine the top five bowlers who make it to the PBA World Championship televised final to be taped this weekend. Dom Barrett holds a 99-pin lead over Sean Rash for the top spot, with Mike Fagan, E.J. Tackett and Tom Smallwood rounding out the top five.
Jason Belmonte, who has made it to the title match in every major this season, is only 17 pins behind Smallwood. Mika Koivuniemi and Pete Weber are also still in contention.
The World Series of Bowling continues today with PBA World Championship match play, and the four finalists for each of the animal-pattern championships (Cheetah, Viper, Chameleon and Scorpion) are now set and preparing for their television shows.
The top 24 bowlers overall through each of the four animal-pattern qualifying rounds will bowl 24 games of match play (three blocks of eight games each) to determine the top five qualifiers for that TV show.
Chameleon Championship: Dom Barrett, Brian Kretzer, Ryan Ciminelli, Tom Smallwood.