Sean Rash started the PBA Wolf Open’s stepladder finals with the PBA’s 23rd nationally-televised 300 game, then continued his strike barrage to win his eighth career title.
The Wolf Open was the opening event of Oklahoma’s Grand Casino Resort PBA Summer Swing at the Grand Resort’s Event Center in Shawnee, Okla. The first of five PBA Summer Swing events aired last night on CBS Sports Network.
Rash, the 2011-12 PBA Player of the Year, threw 37 strikes in 48 attempts in defeating Chris Loschetter, 300-236; Martin Larsen, 225-221; Mike Fagan, 241-214, and top qualifier Chris Barnes, 238-179, in the title match. Rash won $10,000 plus a $10,000 bonus for his televised 300 game.
“It seems like forever [since my last title in the U.S.], but it’s only been two years since I won the Tournament of Champions,” Rash said. “Winning’s everything. It doesn’t matter if it’s in a parking lot in Alaska or wherever.”
BJI senior correspondent and “PBA Insider” columnist Lyle Zikes was in Shawnee for all the action, and will have a full report on the tournament in the July issue of Bowlers Journal.
Telecasts from Oklahoma’s Grand Casino Resort PBA Summer Swing continue next Tuesday at 7 p.m. Eastern on CBS Sports Network with the finals of the PBA Bear Open. Finalists are top qualifier Tommy Jones, Bill O’Neill, Ronnie Russell, Rhino Page and Dick Allen.
CBS Sports Network is available across the country through local cable, video and telco providers and via satellite on DirecTV Channel 221 and Dish Network Channel 158. For more information, including a full programming schedule and how to get CBS Sports Network, go to www.cbssportsnetwork.com.
Pre-game shows for each PBA Summer Swing event will be posted on PBA’s online bowling channel, Xtra Frame, and on PBA’s YouTube page each Monday. Post-game shows will air on Xtra Frame and YouTube following each telecast. Complete coverage of each event will be archived on Xtra Frame three days after the original air date.