Two PBA Tour veterans trying for their second title of the season and two players hoping to notch their first career PBA Tour win will make up the finals lineup for the GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling VI Chameleon Championship Sunday at 1 p.m. ET on ESPN.
Competing in the opening shootout match of the third PBA Tour “animal pattern” event of the World Series held in the new South Point Bowling Plaza in Las Vegas, will be two-time PBA Tour winner Ronnie Russell of Marion, Ind., who makes his second consecutive World Series telecast; 2011-12 PBA Player of the Year Sean Rash of Montgomery, Ill., and J.R. Raymond of Bay City, Mich., who will be making his first PBA Tour television appearance.
Russell, who won the Bear Open during the Oklahoma’s Grand Resort Summer Swing earlier in the 2014 season for his second career Tour title, finished third in last week’s Viper Championship.
Rash will be trying for his ninth career Tour title and second of the season. He won the Wolf Open during the Oklahoma’s Grand Casino Resort Summer Swing. Raymond, who won his first PBA Regional tournament earlier this year, has a previous best Tour finish of 23rd.
The winner of the shootout match will take on tournament leader DJ Archer of Friendswood, Texas, who is also trying for his first PBA Tour title after competing on Tour for 12 years. His best previous Tour finish was second in the 2013 Carmen Salvino Classic. The title match promises to be filled with emotion in the wake of the death of Archer’s biggest fan – his mother – in September. Sharon Archer died at age 59 of cardiac issues.
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Road to the PBA World Championship Finals:
The Chameleon Championship was the third of four qualifying events for the PBA World Championship, the third major and final tournament of the 2014 season.
Wes Malott of Pflugerville, Texas; Mike Fagan of Fort Worth, Texas; Ronnie Russell of Marion, Indiana; Todd Book of Russells Point, Ohio, and Stuart Williams of England advanced to the World Championship finals based on 52 games of qualifying and match play during the GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling VI.
After 21 games of World Championship qualifying (seven each from the Cheetah, Viper and Chameleon Championships), Russell ranked 1st, Malott 4th, Williams 9th, Fagan tied for 11th, and Book 20th in the 240-player field.
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