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Aussies Ready For World Series of Bowling

Wednesday, November 08, 2017

For the third consecutive year, Reno and the National Bowling Stadium will host the world’s premier international bowling showcase when the ninth annual edition of GEICO’S PBA World Series of Bowling begins.

The thirteen-day event, which begins at 5am on Thursday (AEST), will award titles in four animal pattern stages (Chameleon 39, Shark 45, Cheetah 33 and Scorpion 42) as well as the PBA World Championship, the fifth and final PBA major of 2017.

This year, Australia will form part of a record number of countries (26) that will be represented at the multi-event, being highlighted by seven taped ESPN telecasts.

With two majors in 2017 already in the pool room, 15 time PBA title winner Jason Belmonte will be shooting for his first PBA World Championship title.  After finishing 4th in 2016’s event, Belmonte, who will feature in the upcoming Rollin’ Thunder TV show to be aired on 7Mate from December 3rd across Australia, will head into the tournament a favourite with the bookies.

With over $700,000 (USD) up for grabs across the thirteen days, Belmonte a three time PBA Player of the Year winner will also have the chance to win his fourth award.  With three wins each heading into the World Series, Belmonte will be challenged by 2016 PBA World Championship winner and defending PBA Player of the Year, EJ Tackett.

Fellow Australian Sam Cooley will join Belmonte after pairing with the World number one in the Rollin’ Thunder series. 

Following a long stint in the US this year bowling on the regional tour, Cooley will be out to improve on his best placing in a PBA Major when he finished 3rd in 2016 at the PBA Players Championship.

Having flown the flag for Australia for many years both Belmonte and Cooley will also be joined by another four Australians this week.  Youth bowlers Michael Murray and Blayne Fletcher will compete in the WSOB for the first time, with the duo looking to test themselves against the world’s best.

Fletcher, who won the AMF & Sharp Champion of Champions on Sunday and finished 7th in the Masters at the recent Asian Youth Championships, will live out a lifelong dream when he bowls his first ball in the Cheetah Championship on Thursday morning (AEST).

Adam Hayes and Lachlan Merchant will also join the Aussie contingent and as a part of the Australian men’s team competing at the World Championships in Las Vegas from November 24, the World Series of Bowling will provide the perfect opportunity for them to challenge the best in the business.

Having a full field of 195 bowlers the World Series competition officially begins with the Cheetah Championship then the Chameleon, Scorpion and Shark Championship qualifying rounds to follow.  Qualifying will involve two lots of five games on freshly-oiled conditions, having one squad with five players per pair, and one in six entrants cashing in each animal pattern event.

A combined 40-game qualifying total from those four events will determine cashers who will advance to the final 20 games of PBA World Championship qualifying from November 13-14.  The top 16 qualifiers in each of the four animal pattern events will then bowl single-elimination match play rounds to determine the ESPN finalists in each event.

The 40-game qualifying totals for the four animal pattern championships also will serve as the basis for selecting the five American and five international players who will compete in a special USA vs. The World team event at the end of WSOB IX.

WSOB fans will have a number of options for following WSOB IX action via Xtraframe.tv and game by game scoring on pba.com’s live scoring feature.

PBA WORLD SERIES OF BOWLING IX
National Bowling Stadium, Reno, Nev., Nov. 7-19

(Local times provided)

Tuesday, Nov. 7
10 a.m. – PBA Cheetah and Chameleon practice session
1 p.m. – PBA Regional and PBA50 Challenge finals, 8 games round robin match play
4:30 p.m. – PBA50 Challenge Finals (Xtra Frame)
5 p.m. – PBA Regional Challenge Finals (Xtra Frame)
7 p.m. – Players meeting

Wednesday, Nov. 8
11 a.m. – PBA Cheetah Championship qualifying, 5 games
5 p.m. – PBA Cheetah Championship qualifying, 5 games
    Top 16 after 10 games advance to Cheetah Round of 16 match play on Nov. 15

Thursday, Nov. 9
11 a.m. – PBA Chameleon Championship qualifying, 5 games
5 p.m. – PBA Chameleon Championship qualifying, 5 games
    Top 16 after 10 games advance to Chameleon Round of 16 match play on Nov. 15

Friday, Nov. 10
Noon – PBA Scorpion and Shark practice session

Saturday, Nov. 11
11 a.m. – PBA Scorpion Championship qualifying, 5 games
5 p.m. – PBA Scorpion Championship qualifying, 5 games
    Top 16 after 10 games advance to Scorpion Round of 16 match play on Nov. 16

Sunday, Nov. 12
11 a.m. – PBA Shark Championship qualifying, 5 games
5 p.m. – PBA Shark Championship qualifying, 5 games
    Top 16 after 10 games advance to Shark Round of 16 match play on Nov. 16
    Top 25 percent of field after 40 combined qualifying games on Cheetah, Chameleon, Scorpion and Shark patterns advance to PBA World Championship cashers’ round on Nov. 13


Monday, Nov. 13
1 p.m. – PBA World Championship cashers’ round, five games, Cheetah pattern
5 p.m. – PBA World Championship cashers’ round, five games, Chameleon pattern

Tuesday, Nov. 14
1 p.m. – PBA World Championship cashers’ round, five games, Scorpion pattern
5 p.m. – PBA World Championship cashers’ round, five games, Shark pattern
    Top five after 60 combined qualifying games on Cheetah, Chameleon, Scorpion and Shark patterns advance to PBA World Championship stepladder finals)

Wednesday, Nov. 15
11 a.m. – PBA Cheetah Championship Round of 16, best of five games single-elimination match play
1:30 p.m. – PBA Cheetah Championship Round of 8, best of three games single-elimination match play
    Four winners advance to ESPN Cheetah Championship finals
3:30 p.m. – PBA Chameleon Championship Round of 16, best of five games single-elimination match play
6 p.m. – PBA Chameleon Championship Round of 8, best of three games single-elimination match play
    Four winners advance to ESPN Chameleon Championship finals

Thursday, Nov. 16
11 a.m. – PBA Scorpion Championship Round of 16, best of five games single-elimination match play
1:30 p.m. – PBA Scorpion Championship Round of 8, best of three games single-elimination match play
    Four winners advance to ESPN Scorpion Championship finals
3:30 p.m. – PBA Shark Championship Round of 16, best of five games single-elimination match play
6 p.m. – PBA Shark Championship Round of 8, best of three games single-elimination match play
    Four winners advance to ESPN Shark Championship finals

Saturday, Nov. 18/Sunday, Nov. 19
ESPN finals, all events.