Rash Is Perfect En Route to Wolf Open Title

by Bob Johnson 0

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.

Bob Johnson

Bob Johnson has received more national writing awards than any other bowling writer — close to 70 over the course of his 40-year career. He began at age 16 as a staff writer and then assistant editor for the weekly Pacific Bowler newspaper in his native California, and within three years was writing feature stories for Bowlers Journal. He has written for the magazine ever since, except for a five-year span when he was hired as the founding editor of another magazine. He moved to Chicago in 2000 and spent 13 years in the Windy City, including five as Bowlers Journal’s Editor. In 1975, Johnson received the Robert E. Kennedy Award as California’s top undergraduate high school journalist. Five years earlier, on the lanes, he had shared the Bantam Division Doubles championship in the Orange County Junior Bowling Association Championships. Today, he continues to work full-time for Bowlers Journal as its Senior Editor, to write his popular “Strikes Me” column, and to edit Luby Publishing Inc.’s weekly business-to-business Cyber Report.