After bowling his final round of professional competition for the first time, Boston Red Sox outfielder, Mookie Betts, boarded an airplane in Reno early Friday afternoon to return home to Nashville, Tenn. At 10 a.m. Saturday, he’ll bowl in his mother’s 25th annual celebrity charity bowling event along with his friend and newly-signed Red Sox teammate, pitcher David Price.
Betts, 23, completed his four “animal pattern” rounds in the GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling VII presented by Silver Legacy with a 190 average. His average was respectable, especially considering his inexperience, the challenging lane conditions and the caliber of competition he bowled against. His physical skills as a bowler were evident, but his lack of experience in dealing with changing lane conditions caused him problems.
Saturday, he’ll be back at home, bowling with Price and others in the Mookie Betts Celebrity Bowling Classic to help raise money for several local charities. The fund-raising event was started in 1990 – two years before Betts was born – by his mother, Diana Benedict, in cooperation with the Music City Senate of The National Bowling Association. Donelson Strike & Spare in Nashville is the host bowling center. While entries for the celebrity bowling event are closed, the event also will auction off a variety of autographed memorabilia to help with the fund-raising.
Betts will return to Reno in time for the live ESPN telecast of the Rolltech PBA World Championship next Thursday at 7 p.m. ET (4 p.m. local time), and he’ll make a guest appearance in the broadcast booth during the telecast.
ON DECK: ROLLTECH PBA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP CASHERS’ ROUND, MATCH PLAY
Next up on the WSOB VII schedule is the six-game cashers’ round for the Rolltech PBA World Championship Saturday at 10 a.m. local time, followed by the first of three eight-game match play rounds for the 24 World Championship qualifiers at 5 p.m. During the break, the PBA Tri-Regional Open will contest its eight-game qualifying round starting at 2:30 p.m., leading to match play and finals on Sunday at 9 a.m.
Combined 36-game qualifying scores from the nine-game Cheetah, Viper, Chameleon and Scorpion Championships qualifying rounds determined the 61 players who advanced to the cashers’ round at 10 a.m. on Saturday. The top 24 based on 42-game totals after the cashers’ round will advance to World Championship round-robin match play. The final two match play rounds will be contested on the PBA World Championship lane condition on Sunday at 1 p.m. ET/10 a.m. PT and 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT.
After 66 games contested on five different lane conditions, the top five players will advance to the live ESPN stepladder finals which will begin at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT Thursday, Dec. 17.
MARSHALL HOLMAN JOINS XTRA FRAME TEAM BEGINNING SUNDAY NIGHT
Bowling fans around the world can follow all of the action in WSOB VII by watching Xtra Frame’s more than 75 hours of live online coverage of all qualifying and match play rounds, or by checking “live scoring” on pba.com. PBA Hall of Famer Marshall Holman will join the Xtra Frame broadcast team beginning Sunday at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT for the final round of Rolltech PBA World Championship match play. Holman then will provide analysis during the animal pattern match play elimination rounds Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.
Additional WSOB coverage is being provided throughout the PBA Network on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube pages, both by the PBA and a number of players and industry representatives who are in Reno for the greatest show in bowling.
To subscribe to Xtra Frame, visit pba.com. One-month subscriptions are offered for $7.99 and a full-year XF Season Ticket subscription is only $64.99.
IT’S FREE: ATTEND WORLD SERIES EVENTS UNTIL ESPN TELEVISION FINALS
Bowling fans are invited to attend all sessions of the World Series, except for the ESPN-televised finals, at no cost. Tickets will be required for the live ESPN finals of the Rolltech PBA World Championship at 4 p.m. local time on Thursday, Dec. 17; for the finals of the Cheetah, Viper, Chameleon and Scorpion Championships on Friday, Dec. 18, and for the Mark Roth/Marshall Holman PBA Doubles Championship and PBA Challenge finals on Saturday, Dec. 19. Tickets will be available at the door or in advance by ordering on pba.com.
Until then, all action is available at no cost. The Rolltech PBA World Championship cashers’ round begins at 10 a.m. Saturday, followed by PBA Tri-Regional Open competition at 2:30 and the first round PBA World Championship match play at 5 p.m. Rounding out this week’s WSOB competition will be the Tri-Regional Open match play and finals beginning at 9 a.m. Sunday followed by the final two rounds of PBA World Championship match play at 10 a.m. and 5 p.m.