It’s a Tripleheader TV Weekend in Indianapolis

by Bob Johnson 0

The Tournament of Champions finals Sunday at 1 p.m. Eastern is part of a PBA-ESPN tripleheader weekend.

The finals of the PBA Players Championship will be held Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at Woodland Bowl in Indianapolis, for telecast on ESPN on Sunday, Feb. 22, at 1 p.m. Eastern.

The finalists, determined during a qualifying event earlier in the month in Milwaukee, will be top qualifier Parker Bohn, a PBA Hall of Famer and 33-time title winner; two-time PBA Tour titlist Ronnie Russell; the red-hot Jason Belmonte; PBA Hall of Famer and 37-time winner Norm Duke, and one-time titlist Tom Daugherty.

At 4:30 p.m. Sunday, following the live TOC finals, the Mark Roth/Marshall Holman PBA Doubles Championship will be contested for telecast on Sunday, March 1, at 1 p.m. Eastern.

The Baker-format doubles finals — in which players will bowl alternate frames — will include top qualifiers Duke and Wes Malott, the defending champions; Dino Castillo and Daugherty; Belmonte and Bill O’Neill; D.J. Archer and Shawn Maldonado; and England’s Dom Barrett and Finland’s Osku Palermaa.

Among the 10 finalists, Castillo and Maldonado are the only players who have not won a PBA Tour title.

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.

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