PBA Regional, PBA50 Tour Qualifying Events Kick off GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling VII

by Gianmarc Manzione 0

BlanchardParker Bohn III of Jackson, N.J.; Pete Weber of St. Ann, Mo.; Patrick Allen of Mt. Kisco, N.Y., and Josh Blanchard of Phoenix earned berths in the PBA Challenge Finals Monday to kick off 14 days of competition in the GEICO Professional Bowlers Association World Series of Bowling VII presented by Silver Legacy at the National Bowling Stadium.

Bohn, with a 257-236 victory in the eighth and final match, advanced from fourth place to first in the PBA50 Tour Challenge qualifying event, breaking open an intense position round that began with the top four players only 27 pins apart. Weber claimed the second berth in the PBA50 Tour Challenge Finals when Ron Mohr of Las Vegas, who led by one pin heading into the final match, failed to strike out in his match against Bob Learn Jr. of Erie, Pa. Mohr defeated Learn, 185-174, but it wasn’t enough to hold off Weber.

Bohn finished the eight-game contest with 1,911 pins, including match play bonus pins, while Weber finished with a 1,884 total. Venezuela’s Amleto Monacelli threw a closing 258 to finish third with 1,868 pins and Mohr, a last-minute substitute in the PBA50 Tour event for injured Mike Scroggins of Amarillo, Texas, dropped to fourth with 1,866 pins.

The PBA50 Tour field featured the top eight players in competition points during the 2015 PBA Tour season.

In the PBA Regional Challenge included the 2015 points leaders in the eight PBA Regional programs. Allen, representing the PBA East Region, defeated Blanchard in the final match, 256-203, to overtake the defending PBA Regional Challenge champion with 2,019 total pins. Blanchard, the PBA West Region representative, finished with 1,962 pins, 19 ahead of Northwest Region representative Scott Norton of Mission Viejo, Calif.

Monday’s four qualifiers will be joined in the PBA Challenge Finals by the top two players in the PWBA-PBA Women’s Regional qualifying event that will be held on Friday, Dec. 18, and Teen Masters boys and girls champions Brandon Soedarmasto of Levittown, N.Y., and Brigitte Jacobs of Freeport, Ill. The four-match special event will be contested on Saturday, Dec. 19, at the National Bowling Stadium for telecast by ESPN on Sunday, Jan. 24 at 3 p.m. ET.

GEICO WSOB VII competition continues Tuesday with the nine-game qualifying round in the PBA Cheetah Championship presented by PBA Bowling Challenge Mobile Game. A field of 245 players from 21 countries will battle for 24 positions in the best-of-five-game match play elimination round that will take place on Monday, Dec. 14.

All qualifying and match play rounds of the World Series of Bowling will be covered live, exclusively by PBA’s online video streaming service, Xtra Frame. For subscription information, visit pba.com and click on the Xtra Frame link. Real-time results also will be posted on pba.com under its “live scoring” link.

PBA50 TOUR CHALLENGE FINALS QUALIFIER

Final Standings (after 8 games including match play bonus pins; top two players advance to PBA Challenge Finals on Saturday, Dec. 18; ESPN telecast on Sunday, Jan. 24, at 3 p.m. ET):

1, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 4-4, 1,911.
2, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 5-3, 1,884.
3, Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, 4-4, 1,868, $1,000.
4, Ron Mohr, Las Vegas, 6-2, 1,866, $700.
5, Jack Jurek, Lackawanna, N.Y., 3-5, 1,827, $600.
6, Bob Learn Jr, Erie, Pa., 4-4, 1,824, $500.
7, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., 3-5, 1,792, $400.
8, Brian LeClair, Delmar, N.Y., 3-5, 1,722, $300.

PBA REGIONAL CHALLENGE FINALS QUALIFIER

Final Standings (after 8 games including match play bonus pins; top two players advance to PBA Challenge Finals on Saturday, Dec. 18; ESPN telecast on Sunday, Jan. 24, at 3 p.m. ET):

1, Patrick Allen, Wesley Chapel, Fla., 6-2, 2,019.
2, Josh Blanchard, Gilbert, Ariz., 5-3, 1,962.
3, Scott Norton, Costa Mesa, Calif., 5-3, 1,943, $1,000.
4, Mitch Beasley, Nashville, Tenn., 3-5, 1,845, $700.
5, Nathan Bohr, Austin, Texas, 4-4, 1,838, $600.
6, Tom Daugherty, Tampa, Fla., 4-4, 1,767, $500.
7, Patrick Dombrowski, Parma, Ohio, 3-5, 1,697, $400.
8, Pat Nolan, Japan, 2-6, 1,594, $300.

2015 GEICO PBA WORLD SERIES OF BOWLING VII SCHEDULE

presented by Silver Legacy

National Bowling Stadium, Reno, Nev., Dec. 8-19 (all times are Pacific Time)

TUESDAY, DEC. 8

8:30 a.m. – PBA Cheetah Championship presented by PBA Bowling Challenge Mobile Game, 9 qualifying games (A Squad)

4 p.m. – PBA Cheetah Championship presented by PBA Bowling Challenge Mobile Game, 9 qualifying games (B squad)

Top 24 advance to best-of-five-game single elimination match play on Monday, Dec. 14

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 9

8:30 a.m. – GoBowling.com Viper Championship presented by Xtra Frame, 9 qualifying games (B Squad)

4 p.m. – GoBowling.com Viper Championship presented by Xtra Frame, 9 qualifying games (A squad)

Top 24 advance to best-of-five-game single elimination match play on Monday, Dec. 14.

THURSDAY, DEC. 10

8:30 a.m. – PBA Chameleon Championship presented by HotelPlanner.com, 9 qualifying games (A Squad)

4 p.m. – PBA Chameleon Championship presented by HotelPlanner.com, 9 qualifying games (B squad)

Top 24 advance to best-of-five-game single elimination match play on Tuesday, Dec. 15

FRIDAY, DEC. 11

8:30 a.m. – PBA Scorpion Championship presented by Reno-Tahoe USA, 9 qualifying games (B Squad)

4 p.m. – PBA Scorpion Championship presented by Reno-Tahoe USA, 9 qualifying games (A squad)

Top 24 advance to best-of-five-game single elimination match play on Tuesday, Dec. 15

SATURDAY, DEC. 12

10 a.m. – Rolltech PBA World Championship cashers’ round, 6 games (top 25 percent of the field based on combined 36-game pinfall totals after Cheetah, Viper, Chameleon and Scorpion qualifying rounds)

Top 24 after 42 games advance to round robin match play

2:30 p.m. – PBA Tri-Regional Open, 8 qualifying games, all players

5 p.m. – Rolltech PBA World Championship match play round one (8 games)

SUNDAY, DEC. 13

9 a.m. – PBA Tri-Regional Open match play and finals

10 a.m. – Rolltech PBA World Championship match play round two (8 games)

5 p.m. – Rolltech PBA World Championship match play round three (8 games)

Top five after 66 games advance to live ESPN finals

MONDAY, DEC. 14

10 a.m. – PBA Cheetah Championship presented by PBA Bowling Challenge Mobile Game, best-of-five-game single elimination match play (qualifiers 9-24)

1 p.m. - PBA Cheetah Championship presented by PBA Bowling Challenge Mobile Game, best-of-five-game single elimination match play (winners of 9-24 matches vs. qualifiers 1-8; eight winners advance to Round of 8 on Wednesday, Dec. 16)

4:30 p.m. – GoBowling.com Viper Championship presented by Xtra Frame best-of-five-game single elimination match play (qualifiers 9-24)

7:30 p.m. - GoBowling.com Viper Championship presented by Xtra Frame best-of-five-game single elimination match play (winners of 9-24 matches vs. qualifiers 1-8; eight winners advance to Round of 8 on Wednesday, Dec. 16)

TUESDAY, DEC. 15

10 a.m. – PBA Chameleon Championship presented by HotelPlanner.com best-of-five-game single elimination match play (qualifiers 9-24)

1 p.m. – PBA Chameleon Championship presented by HotelPlanner.com best-of-five-game single elimination match play (winners of 9-24 matches vs. qualifiers 1-8; eight winners advance to Round of 8 on Wednesday, Dec. 16)

4:30 p.m. – PBA Scorpion Championship presented by Reno-Tahoe USA best-of-five-game single elimination match play (qualifiers 9-24)

7:30 p.m. – PBA Scorpion Championship presented by Reno-Tahoe USA best-of-five-game single elimination match play (winners of 9-24 matches vs. qualifiers 1-8; eight winners advance to Round of 8 on Wednesday, Dec. 16)

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 16

10 a.m. – PBA Cheetah Championship presented by PBA Bowling Challenge Mobile Game, Round of 8 (best-of five-game single elimination match play; four winners advance to ESPN finals on Friday, Dec. 18)

1 p.m. – GoBowling.com Viper Championship presented by Xtra Frame Round of 8 (best-of five-game single elimination match play; four winners advance to ESPN finals on Friday, Dec. 18)

4:30 p.m. – PBA Chameleon Championship presented by HotelPlanner.com Round of 8 (best-of five-game single elimination match play; four winners advance to ESPN finals on Friday, Dec. 18)

7:30 p.m. – PBA Scorpion Championship presented by Reno-Tahoe USA Round of 8 (best-of five-game single elimination match play; four winners advance to ESPN finals on Friday, Dec. 18)

FRIDAY, DEC. 18

9 a.m. – PWBA-PBA Women’s Regional Challenge match play qualifying event (8 games head-to-head match play; top two in each event advance to PBA Challenge Finals on ESPN)

ESPN TELEVISION FINALS SCHEDULE

THURSDAY, DEC. 17

4 p.m. (7 p.m. ET) – Rolltech PBA World Championship, five-player stepladder finals (live on ESPN)

FRIDAY, DEC. 18

1 p.m. – PBA Cheetah Championship presented by PBA Bowling Challenge Mobile Game, ESPN finals (two one-game semifinal round matches, winners bowl for the title)

3:30 p.m. – GoBowling.com Viper Championship presented by Xtra Frame ESPN finals (two one-game semifinal round matches, winners bowl for the title)

5:15 p.m. – PBA Chameleon Championship presented by HotelPlanner.com ESPN finals (two one-game semifinal round matches, winners bowl for the title)

7 p.m. – PBA Scorpion Championship presented by Reno-Tahoe USA ESPN finals (two one-game semifinal round matches, winners bowl for the title)

SATURDAY, DEC. 19

Noon – Mark Roth/Marshall Holman PBA Doubles Championship finals

3:30 p.m. – PBA Challenge Series Finals (PBA50 Challenge, PBA Regional Challenge, PWBA-PBA Women’s Regional Challenge, Teen Masters Grand Championship)

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