GEICO World Series of Bowling PBA Tour Animal Pattern Finals Fields Set

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Parker Bohn III survived two sudden-death roll-offs against 18-year-old Anthony Simonsen to make the PBA Scorpion Championship telecast.

RENO, Nev. - The final fields for the four GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling presented by Silver Legacy Tour animal pattern lane condition championships were determined Wednesday at the National Bowling Stadium. Finals will be taped on Friday and will air beginning Dec. 20 on ESPN.

Two of PBA’s all-time greats proved they still have gas in the tank on the PBA Tour as Hall of Famers Norm Duke and Parker Bohn III advanced to the finals of the PBA Cheetah Championship presented by PBA Bowling Challenge Mobile Game.

Also advancing were one-time PBA Tour titlist Paul Moor of England and former collegiate standout, former Team USA member and USBC past president, Andrew Cain of Phoenix.

Duke, who ranks  third on the all-time win list with 38 titles, defeated PBA50 Tour standout Ron Mohr of Las Vegas, 3-0, in the best of five-game single elimination Round of 8 (257-246, 267-226, 216-202).

Bohn, who is tied for fifth on the all-time list with Mark Roth with 34 titles, defeated Wayne Garber of Modesto, Calif., 3-0, to advance to the finals (246-193, 259-224, 258-205).

Moor, trying for his first PBA Tour title in the U.S., also swept his best of five match beating three-time Tour winner Eugene McCune of Munster, Ind. 3-0 (279-247, 298-247, 224-214). Moor’s first title came in the Ballmaster Open World Bowling Tour event in Finland in January.

Cain, a two-time PBA regional titlist, won his match 3-1 against three-time Tour winner, Rhino Page (214-160, 224-255, 247-213, 224-179).

The finals of the Cheetah Championship will be taped Friday at 1 p.m. The show will air this Sunday Dec. 20 on ESPN at 1 p.m. ET.

Rolltech PBA World Championship finalists, Ryan Ciminelli of Cheektowaga, N.Y. and Gary Faulkner Jr. of Memphis, Tenn., won Round of 8 matches to advance to the ESPN telecast finals of the GoBowling.com PBA Viper Championship presented by Xtra Frame.

Ciminelli, trying for his fifth PBA Tour title and second major of the season, defeated nine-time Tour champion Sean Rash of Montgomery, Ill., in three straight games (223-214, 256-203, 248-215). The Viper finals will be taped Friday at 3:30 p.m. PT and will air Sunday, Dec. 27 at 1 p.m. ET. Ciminelli won the Bowlmor AMF U.S. Open in November for his first major title.

Faulkner also qualified for his second World Series telecast by sweeping Joonas Jehkinen of Finland, 3-0 (201-180, 246-227, 255-228).

Faulkner, a former collegiate standout at Webber International University, qualified third for the World Championship, which will air live on ESPN Thursday at 7 p.m. ET (4 p.m. PT). He will have the opportunity to become only the second African American to win a PBA Tour title. Retired five-time Tour winner, George Branham III, is the only African American Tour winner.

Kim Bolleby entered his name into the PBA record book by becoming the first player from Thailand to make a PBA Tour telecast. He defeated two-handed player, Kyle Troup of Taylorsville, N.C., 3-2, (217-195, 212-246, 226-209, 184-226, 248-180).

Also advancing was Jakob Butturff of Chandler, Ariz., who beat Warren Crawford of McKinleyville, Calif., 3-0 (230-193, 224-197, 218-179).

Four Europeans qualified for the finals of the PBA Chameleon Championship presented by HotelPlanner.com, marking the first time in PBA Tour history a televised final will consist of four international players.

In the third animal pattern lane condition Tour event of the World Series of Bowling, players from Germany, England, Denmark and Sweden will compete in the ESPN taping of the Chameleon Championship Friday at 5:15 p.m. PT. The show will air Sunday, Jan. 3 at 1 p.m. ET.

In a nail biter, Stuart Williams of England won his best-of-five single-elimination match 3-2 (230-257, 243-235, 220-255, 223-182, 202-200) with the last game coming down to the 10th frame. Williams, who is trying for his second PBA Tour title, needed a nine-count on his final ball and threw a strike to squeak by Butturff in the last game.

Two-time Tour winner, Thomas Larsen of Denmark, defeated three-time Tour winner, Scott Norton, 3-2 (235-237, 191-226, 279-226, 227-199, 214-193) to advance to the final.

Pascal Winternheimer of Germany beat seven-time Tour winner, Bill O'Neill of Langhorne, Pa., 3-1 (234-246, 248-215, 225-216, 258-257). Two-handed lefthander, Jesper Svensson of Sweden, swept his match, 3-0 (300-188, 248-212, 258-225) against Troup.

Bohn survived two rolloffs, including one in the fifth and final game of the best-of-five single-elimination Round of 8 match of the PBA Scorpion Championship presented by Reno Tahoe USA to advance to his second animal pattern final.

Bohn defeated 18-year-old Anthony Simonsen of Princeton, Texas 3-2 (264-246, 192-259, 226-237, 196-196, 247-247). He won a five-frame rolloff in the fourth game to stay alive and then survived a three-frame rolloff in the final game to win the match.

Bohn qualified for the Cheetah Championship final earlier in the day.

Also advancing was Lonnie Waliczek of Wichita, Kan. who defeated four-time winner Dom Barrett of England 3-0 (206-162, 234-208, 222-222). Waliczek will be trying for his third Tour title and first since 2003.

Jason Sterner of Covington, Ga., trying for his second title, defeated Rolltech PBA World Championship top qualifier E.J. Tackett of Huntington, Ind., 3-1 (198-173, 192-205, 256-219, 238-233).

Jon VanHees of Charlestown, R.I. defeated two-time Tour winner Tom Smallwood of Saginaw, Mich. 3-2 (194-206, 244-228, 226-218, 191-235, 268-259). VanHees is trying for his first PBA Tour title.

The Scorpion Championship finals will be taped Friday at 7 p.m. PT at the National Bowling Stadium and will air Sunday, Jan. 10 at 1 p.m. ET.

The crown jewel of the GEICO PBA World of Series VII presented by Silver Legacy will be Thursday’s live ESPN telecast from the National Bowling Stadium at 7 p.m. ET (4 p.m. PT). The first prime time weekday evening telecast in 14 years will involve Tackett’s bid for his first major championship, No. 2 qualifier Ciminelli’s bid to become the first PBA player in 44 years to win three consecutive PBA Tour titles, and Faulkner’s bid to become the second African-American player to win a PBA Tour title.

PBA CHEETAH CHAMPIONSHIP PRESENTED BY PBA BOWLING CHALLENGE MOBILE GAME

National Bowling Stadium, Reno, Nev., Wednesday

Round of 8 (best of five games, winners advance to ESPN taped finals Friday at 1 p.m. PT; losers earned $2,000)

Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., def. Ron Mohr, Las Vegas, 3-0 (257-246, 267-226, 216-202).
Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., def. Wayne Garber, Modesto, Calif., 3-0 (246-193, 259-224, 258-205).
Paul Moor, England, def. Eugene McCune, Munster, Ind., 3-0 (279-247, 298-247, 224-214).
Andrew Cain, Phoenix, def. Rhino Page, Orlando, Fla., 3-1 (214-160, 224-255, 247-213, 224-179).

ESPN Match Play Finals (ESPN telecast Sunday, Dec. 20, 1 p.m. ET)

Match One: Cain vs. Bohn

Match Two: Moor vs. Duke

Championship: Winner Match One vs. Winner Match Two

GOBOWLING.COM VIPER CHAMPIONSHIP PRESENTED BY XTRA FRAME

National Bowling Stadium, Reno, Nev., Wednesday

Round of 8 (best of five games, winners advance to ESPN finals Friday at 3:30 p.m. PT; losers earned $2,000)

Jakob Butturff, Chandler, Ariz., def. n-Warren Crawford, McKinleyville, Calif., 3-0 (230-193, 224-197, 218-179).
Gary Faulkner Jr., Memphis, Tenn., def. Joonas Jehkinen, Finland, 3-0 (201-180, 246-227, 255-228).
Kim Bolleby, Thailand, def. Kyle Troup, Taylorsville, N.C., 3-2 (217-195, 212-246, 226-209, 184-226, 248-180).
Ryan Ciminelli, Cheektowaga, N.Y., def. Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 3-0 (223-214, 256-203, 248-215).

ESPN Match Play Finals (ESPN telecast Sunday, Dec. 27, 1 p.m. ET)

Match One: Ciminelli vs. Faulkner

Match Two: Bolleby vs. Buttruff

Championship: Winner Match One vs. Winner Match Two

PBA CHAMELEON CHAMPIONSHIP PRESENTED BY HOTELPLANNER.COM

National Bowling Stadium, Reno, Nev., Wednesday

Round of 8 (best of five games, winners advance to ESPN finals Friday at 5:15 p.m. PT; losers earned $2,000)

Pascal Winternheimer, Germany, def. Bill O'Neill, Langhorne, Pa., 3-1 (234-246, 248-215, 225-216, 258-257).
Stuart Williams, England, def. Jakob Butturff, Chandler, Ariz., 3-2 (230-257, 243-235, 220-255, 223-182, 202-200).
Thomas Larsen, Denmark, def. Scott Norton, Mission Viejo, Calif., 3-2 (235-237, 191-226, 279-226, 227-199, 214-193).
Jesper Svensson, Sweden, def. Kyle Troup, Taylorsville, N.C., 3-0 (300-188, 248-212, 258-225).

ESPN Match Play Finals (ESPN telecast Sunday, Jan. 3, 1 p.m. ET)

Match One: Svensson vs. Williams

Match Two: Larsen vs. Winternheimer

Championship: Winner Match One vs. Winner Match Two

PBA SCORPION CHAMPIONSHIP PRESENTED BY RENO-TAHOE USA

National Bowling Stadium, Reno, Nev., Wednesday

Round of 8 (best of five games, winners advance to ESPN finals Friday at 7 p.m. PT; losers earned $2,000)

Lonnie Waliczek, Wichita, Kan., def. Dom Barrett, England, 3-0 (206-162, 234-208, 222-222).
Jason Sterner, Covington, Ga., def. E.J. Tackett, Huntington, Ind., 3-1 (198-173, 192-205, 256-219, 238-233).
Jon VanHees, Charlestown, R.I., def. Tom Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich., 3-2 (194-206, 244-228, 226-218, 191-235, 268-259).
Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., def. Anthony Simonsen, Princeton, Texas, 3-2 (264-246, 192-259, 226-237, 196-196, 247-247).

ESPN Match Play Finals (ESPN telecast Sunday, Jan. 10, 1 p.m. ET)

Match One:  Bohn vs. Sterner

Match Two:  VanHees vs. Waliczek

Championship: Winner Match One vs. Winner Match Two

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