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4 PBA Titles & 1 Major on the Line for Australians at WSOB

Monday, March 11, 2019

Jason Belmonte will defend his World Series of Bowling title this week when one of the toughest stretches of the PBA Tour season gets underway with the 2019 PBA World Series of Bowling beginning.

With four PBA Tour titles on the line, including a major, Belmonte and Cooley will be put to the test alongside Logan City bowler Brodie Rountree at Thunderbowl Lanes.

Belmonte won the last PBA World Series of Bowling in 2017 defeating Jasper Svensson 238-225 in the final.

This year’s event will see four PBA titles awarded across the PBA Cheetah Championship, PBA Chameleon Championship, PBA Scorpion Championship and PBA World Championship. The PBA Shark Championship is the only event from 2017 that doesn’t return during the WSOB.

With a record equalling 10 majors, Belmonte will be wanting to avoid a traditional late run that he has been known to go on at these tournaments. Having qualified as the number one seed for three PBA TV finals in successive weeks, and missing the PBA Jonesboro Open after having a break at home in Orange, the New South Welshman will be ready to go and could re-write history come March 21st when the World Series of Bowling Finals will be held.  

When the action begins with the PBA Cheetah Championship on Tuesday (local time) Sam Cooley will have fond memories of the shortest oil pattern of the WSOB. In 2017, Cooley qualified for the finals and finished third in the event with Belmonte in fourth on the 33 foot pattern.

On March 13 bowlers will move to the Chameleon Championship and the 39 foot pattern when the first of 5 qualifying games gets underway.

On March 14, competitors will compete in the Scorpion Championship and on the 42 foot long pattern. Belmonte will have memories of the 2017 Scorpion finals when he went down to EJ Tackett 245-207 in the final.

With all games carrying forward from the animal pattern qualifying and combining with two five-game rounds on March 15 to complete 40 games of qualifying for the PBA World Championship rounds.

For the 16 players who advance into round-robin match play after qualifying on March 16, they will bowl a further two eight-game rounds to determine the five players who will bowl for the title on March 21.

But that’s not all. The final event for the week is the USA vs The World match which airs in the US on March 22nd.

Players will qualify for the made-for-television event by their 30-game qualifying totals on the three animal patterns. The top players from the United States will join forces to take on the top international players in a best-of-three Baker competition.
In 2017, Cooley was a part of the international team and this year each side will be coached by a PBA Hall of Famer with Marshall Holman guiding the U.S. side and Amleto Monacelli coaching the international team.

All rounds of qualifying and match play throughout the two-week stretch at the World Series of Bowling will be broadcast exclusively on FloBowling.

All times listed are US Eastern Local Time:

Tuesday, March 12
12:30 p.m. – Cheetah Qualifying Round 1 (five games)
6:30 p.m. – Cheetah Qualifying Round 2 (five games)

Wednesday, March 13
12:30 p.m. – Chameleon Qualifying Round 1 (five games)
6:30 p.m. – Chameleon Qualifying Round 2 (five games)

Thursday, March 14
12:30 p.m. – Scorpion Qualifying Round 1 (five games)
6:30 p.m. – Scorpion Qualifying Round 2 (five games)

Friday, March 15
12:30 p.m. – World Championship Cashers Qualifying Round 1 (five games)
6:30 p.m. – World Championship Cashers Qualifying Round 2 (five games)

Saturday, March 16
9 a.m. – World Championship Round Robin Match Play Round 1 (eight games)
3 p.m. – World Championship Round Robin Match Play Round 2 (eight games)

Monday, March 18
Noon – Cheetah Round of 16 (best of five)
3 p.m. – Cheetah Round of 8 (best of five)
8 p.m. – Cheetah Championship Round*

Tuesday, March 19
Noon – Chameleon Round of 16 (best of five)
3 p.m. – Chameleon Round of 8 (best of five)
8 p.m. – Chameleon Championship Round*

Wednesday, March 20
Noon – Scorpion Round of 16 (best of five)
3 p.m. – Scorpion Round of 8 (best of five)
8 p.m. – Scorpion Championship Round*

Thursday, March 21
8 p.m. – World Championship Stepladder Finals*

Friday, March 22

8 p.m. – USA vs. The World*