Texan Wes Malott Wins No. 1 Berth for PBA Badger Open Finals

by Gianmarc Manzione 0

ALLEN PARK, Mich. (Sept. 7, 2016) – Wes Malott of Pflugerville, Texas, outlasted Sean Rash of Montgomery, Ill., to earn the top qualifying berth for the Professional Bowlers Association Badger Open stepladder finals Wednesday night at Thunderbowl Lanes.

Photos from the 2016 United States Bowling Congress Masters at Woodland Bowl in Indianapolis, IN. Sunday, Feb. 14 2016. (Photo Alan Petersime)
Photos from the 2016 United States Bowling Congress Masters at Woodland Bowl in Indianapolis, IN. Sunday, Feb. 14 2016. (Photo Alan Petersime)

Malott, a 39-year-old 10-time PBA Tour champion, went head-to-head with Rash for the lead over the final six games, winning the duel with a 226 final game to Rash’s 162. Malott finished the Badger qualifying round with a 2,854 pinfall total and a 36-pin lead over Rash.

“The last six games, Sean was bowling well, and I was just kinda staying on the show,” Malott said. “But when (Rash) got into trouble, I kinda kicked it into gear and was able to take over.”

In leading the Badger field, Malott qualified for his first PBA Summer/Fall Swing television appearance.

“As far as these (Wolf, Bear and Badger) patterns are concerned, this is only the second time I’ve bowled on them,” Malott said. “I didn’t have any success at all in Oklahoma (last year’s tournament host), but I’ve had some success at Thunderbowl in the past, so it kinda shows some centers favor certain styles, and everything came together for me here. I hope it continues during the TV show.”

Also qualifying for the CBS Sports Network telecast were Canadians Graham Fach of Guelph, Ontario, and Quebec City native Francois Lavoie, who now lives in Wichita, Kan. Australia’s Jason Belmonte claimed the fifth spot in the finals when Denmark’s Thomas Larsen missed a spare in the 10th frame.

Fach, who won the Barbasol PBA Players Championship for his first title earlier in the year, and Lavoie, the top qualifier in the Wolf Open on Monday, are the leading candidates for PBA Rookie of the Year honors. Belmonte is trying for a record fourth consecutive PBA Player of the Year award, but the Australian two-handed star has yet to win a title in 2016.

The Badger Open is the third and final animal pattern event, all three of which played roles in determining the finalists for the PBA Detroit Open, which is the fourth PBA Tour title event included in the PBA Fall Swing. The Badger Open finals will be contested Saturday at 5:15 p.m. in Thunderbowl Lanes’ historic arena bay, and will air on CBS Sports Network on Wednesday, Oct. 5, at 9 p.m. ET.

The PBA Fall Swing (formerly called the Summer Swing) is one of the PBA Tour’s most challenging events, requiring players to perform at a high level on three distinctly different lane conditioning patterns (the short 32-foot Wolf pattern, flat 40-foot Bear pattern and the long 52-foot Badger pattern). Overall performances on all three lane conditions determined the Detroit Open finalists.

Earlier Wednesday, Lavoie led the field of 18 players who advanced to Thursday’s final rounds of the Detroit Open. Based on combined pinfall totals in the Wolf, Bear and Badger preliminary rounds, the top 18 advance another 18 games – six each on the three different patterns – to determine the five Detroit Open stepladder finalists. Thursday’s Wolf, Bear and Badger rounds begin at 10 a.m., 2 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

Also at stake during the Fall Swing will be 10 invitations to compete in the 2017 DHC PBA Japan Invitational. The invitations, based on total prize money earned during the Fall Swing, will be announced on Oct. 20.

Thursday’s final three rounds of Detroit Open qualifying will be covered live, exclusively on PBA’s online video streaming channel, Xtra Frame. For subscription information, visit pba.com and click on the Xtra Frame link.

PBA BADGER OPEN

Thunderbowl Lanes, Allen Park, Mich. Sept. 7

Final Qualifying Standings (after 12 games; top five advance to stepladder finals Saturday at 5:15 p.m. ET; finals air on CBS Sports Network on Wednesday, Oct. 5, 9 p.m. ET)

1, Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 2,854.
2, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 2,818.
3, Graham Fach, Canada, 2,812.
4, Francois Lavoie, Canada, 2,790.
5, Jason Belmonte, Australia, 2,772.
6, Thomas Larsen, Denmark, 2,763, $1,500.
7, Rhino Page, Orlando, 2,742, $1,300.
8, Joe Paluszek, Bensalem, Pa., 2,675, $1,100.
9, Anthony Colosimo, Davie, Fla., 2,660, $900.
10, Martin Larsen, Sweden, 2,646, $800.
11, Andres Gomez, Colombia, 2,609, $700.
12, Brad Angelo, Lockport, N.Y., 2,545, $600.

Qualifying Round One (after 6 games):

1, Malott, 1,464.
2, Lavoie, 1,452.
3, Rash, 1,449.
4, Fach, 1,411.
5, Colosimo, 1,409.
6, Belmonte, 1,395.
7, Page, 1,392.
8, Gomez, 1,364.
9, T. Larsen, 1,339.
10, Paluszek, 1,338.
11, Angelo, 1,329.
12, M. Larsen, 1,327.

Failed to advance:
13 (tie), Shawn Maldonado, Houston; Tom Hess, Urbandale, Iowa, and J.R. Raymond, Bay City, Mich., 1,326.
16 (tie), Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C.; Nathan Bohr, Wichita, Kan., and Ronnie Sparks Jr., Ecorse, Mich., 1,316.
19, Jason Sterner, Cocoa, Fla., 1,313.
20, Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., 1,311.
21, Gary Faulkner Jr., Memphis, Tenn., 1,306.
22, John Furey, Freehold, N.J., 1,302.
23 (tie), Tom Daugherty, Riverview, Fla., and Kristopher Prather, Milton, Fla., 1,300.
25, E.J. Tackett, Huntington, Ind., 1,297.
26, Jesper Svensson, Sweden, 1,296.
27, Joe Bailey, Wooster, Ohio, 1,295.
28 (tie), Tom Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich., and Cameron Weier, Tacoma, Wash., 1,292.
30, n-Andrew Anderson, Holly, Mich., 1,291.
31, Bill O'Neill, Langhorne, Pa., 1,287.
32, John Szczerbinski, N. Tonawanda, N.Y., 1,286.
33, Brian Gunn, Chicago, 1,285.
34, Anthony LaCaze, Melrose Park, Ill., 1,282.
35, Greg Ostrander, Freehold, N.J., 1,280.
36, Dick Allen, Columbia, S.C., 1,278.
37, Josh Blanchard, Mesa, Ariz., 1,275.
38, Dom Barrett, England, 1,274.
39, Jakob Butturff, Chandler, Ariz., 1,270.
40 (tie), Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., and Michael Haugen Jr., Phoenix, 1,268.
42, Eugene McCune, Munster, Ind., 1,265.
43, Kyle Troup, Taylorsville, N.C., 1,264.
44, Aaron Lorincz, Belleville, Mich., 1,261.
45, Darren Tang, San Francisco, Calif., 1,260.
46 (tie), Johnathan Bower, Middletown, Pa., and A.J. Johnson, Oswego, Ill., 1,259.
48, Jon Van Hees, Charlestown, R.I., 1,258.
49 (tie), D.J. Rose, Ypsilanti, Mich., and Sam Cooley, Australia, 1,256.
51, D.J. Archer, Friendswood, Texas, 1,254.
52, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 1,252.
53, Anthony Pepe, Elmhurst, N.Y., 1,250.
54, Brad Miller, Maryland Hts, Mo., 1,247.
55, Anthony Simonsen, Princeton, Texas, 1,244.
56, Ryan Ciminelli, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 1,243.
57, n-Carl Boldt, Pontiac, Mich., 1,242.
58 (tie), w-Rocio Restrepo, Colombia; Jake Peters, Henderson, Nev., and Ronnie Russell, Marion, Ind., 1,241.
61, Brian Valenta, Lockport, Ill., 1,240.
62, Patrick Allen, South Salem, N.Y., 1,237.
63, n-Matthew Sanders, Evansville, Ind., 1,232.
64, Monty Wonnacott, Livonia, Mich., 1,231.
65, n-Mason Brantley, Detroit, 1,229.
66, Mike Wolfe, New Albany, Ind., 1,225.
67, Andrew Cain, Phoenix, 1,223.
68, Dave Wodka, Beavercreek, Ohio, 1,220.
69, Jason Miller, Houston, 1,217.
70, Lonnie Jones, Ypsilanti, Mich., 1,214.
71, Kim Bolleby, Thailand, 1,213.
72, Connor Pickford, Charlotte, N.C., 1,208.
73, Jesse Buss, Belvidere, Ill., 1,206.
74, Carleton Chambers, Detroit, 1,205.
75, Perry Crowell IV, Hoquiam, WA, 1,203.
76, Chris Arcaro, Wilmington, N.C., 1,201.
77 (tie), Myles Duty, Modesto, Calif., and Brett Cunningham, Clay, N.Y., 1,200.
79, Jeremiah Bryant, Taylor, Mich., 1,199.
80, Dylan Macon, Lubbock, Texas, 1,195.
81, Daniel Hochstein, Farmington Hills, Mich., 1,192.
82, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., 1,189.
83, Steven Arehart, Chesapeake, Va., 1,188.
84, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 1,184.
85, n-Christopher Lemmon, Canada, 1,183.
86, w-Danielle McEwan, Stony Point, N.Y., 1,176.
87 (tie), Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, and n-Steve Jacobs, Belleville, Mich., 1,174.
89, Austin Hunt, Kennewick, Wash., 1,172.
90, Ward Rauch, Cheboygan, Mich, 1,169.
91, Jeff Evans, Supply, N.C., 1,168.
92, w-Maria Rodriguez, Pflugerville, Texas, 1,167.
93 (tie), Osku Palermaa, Finland, and Matt Bollhalter, Niceville, Fla., 1,165.
95, Zachary Dwyer, Ft. Walton Beach, Fla., 1,154.
96, Ben Zakrocki, Philadelphia, 1,150.
97, n-Charles Zelechowski, Warren, Mich., 1,141.
98, Brandon Novak, Chillicothe, Ohio, 1,139.
99, Jordan Klassen, Ontario, Canada, 1,138.
100, Zachary Seals, Kingsland, Ga., 1,131.
101, Mike Williams II, Montgomery, Ala., 1,130.
102, Zeke Bayt, Westerville, Ohio, 1,083.
103, Devin Bidwell, Wichita, Kan., 1,072.
104, Ervin Raines, New Cummberland, Pa., 1,061.
105, n-Kurry Crayton, Birmingham, Ala., 1,055.
106, Andrew Graff, Las Vegas, 1,037.
107, w-Liz Kuhlkin, Rotterdam, N.Y., 1,023.
108, Carey Bock, Canada, 985.
109, Matthew Wozney, Clayton, Del., 945.

300 Games: none.

PBA DETROIT OPEN

Final Qualifying Standings (after 18 games; top five after Badger Open qualifying round advance to stepladder finals Sunday at noon ET; finals air on CBS Sports Network on Wednesday, Oct. 12, 9 p.m. ET)

1, Francois Lavoie, Canada, 4,197.
2, Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 4,136.
3, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 4,094.
4, Jason Belmonte, Australia, 4,059.
5, Rhino Page, Orlando, 4,054.
6, Jason Sterner, Cocoa, Fla., 4,040.
7, Anthony Pepe, Elmhurst, N.Y., 4,022.
8, Martin Larsen, Sweden, 3,978.
9, Jesper Svensson, Sweden, 3,977.
9, E.J. Tackett, Huntington, Ind., 3,977.
11, Brad Angelo, Lockport, N.Y., 3,976.
12, Josh Blanchard, Mesa, Ariz., 3,954.
13, J.R. Raymond, Bay City, Mich., 3,952.
14, Tom Daugherty, Riverview, Fla., 3,951.
15, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 3,944.
16, Kristopher Prather, Milton, Fla., 3,937.
17, (tie) Tom Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich., and Bill O'Neill, Langhorne, Pa., 3,929.

Other Cashers (after 18 games):
19, Greg Ostrander, Freehold, N.J., 3,924, $1,000.
20, Ronnie Sparks Jr., Ecorse, Mich., 3,923, $900.
21, Jon Van Hees, Charlestown, R.I., 3,914, $850.
22, Dick Allen, Columbia, S.C., 3,901, $800.
23, Nathan Bohr, Wichita, Kan., 3,886, $790.
24, Anthony Simonsen, Princeton, Texas, 3,876, $780.
25, Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., 3,871, $770.
26, n-Andrew Anderson, Holly, Mich., 3,864, $760.
27, Andres Gomez, Colombia, 3,863, $750.

Failed to Cash:

28, Shawn Maldonado, Houston, 3,862.
29, Kyle Troup, Taylorsville, N.C., 3,858.
30, John Szczerbinski, N. Tonawanda, N.Y., 3,856.
31, Dom Barrett, England, 3,853.
32, Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., 3,849.
33, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 3,846.
34, n-Mason Brantley, Detroit, 3,841.
35, Cameron Weier, Tacoma, Wash., 3,837.
36, Aaron Lorincz, Belleville, Mich., 3,826.
37, Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 3,825.
38, Joe Bailey, Wooster, Ohio, 3,814.
39, Graham Fach, Canada, 3,807.
40, Sam Cooley, Australia, 3,803.
41, (tie) Darren Tang, San Francisco, Calif., and Thomas Larsen, Denmark, 3,795.
43, Anthony Colosimo, Davie, Fla., 3,787.
44, Michael Haugen Jr., Phoenix, 3,778.
45, A.J. Johnson, Oswego, Ill., 3,776.
46, Kim Bolleby, Thailand, 3,775.
47, Brandon Novak, Chillicothe, Ohio, 3,773.
48, Jesse Buss, Belvidere, Ill., 3,771.
49, Jakob Butturff, Chandler, Ariz., 3,767.
50, (tie) Jake Peters, Henderson, Nev., and n-Carl Boldt, Pontiac, Mich., 3,761.
52, John Furey, Freehold, N.J., 3,736.
53, Ryan Ciminelli, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 3,731.
54, Eugene McCune, Munster, Ind., 3,722.
55, Joe Paluszek, Bensalem, Pa., 3,717.
56, Gary Faulkner Jr., Memphis, Tenn., 3,716.
57, (tie) w-Rocio Restrepo, Colombia, and Ronnie Russell, Marion, Ind., 3,713.
59, n-Matthew Sanders, Evansville, Ind., 3,707.
60, Brian Valenta, Lockport, Ill., 3,702.
61, Osku Palermaa, Finland, 3,700.
62, Brad Miller, Maryland Hts, Mo., 3,699.
63, Myles Duty, Modesto, Calif., 3,693.
64, Anthony LaCaze, Melrose Park, Ill., 3,692.
65, (tie) Carleton Chambers, Detroit, and Patrick Allen, South Salem, N.Y., 3,690.
67, Chris Arcaro, Wilmington, N.C., 3,682.
68, D.J. Archer, Friendswood, Texas, 3,677.
69, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., 3,664.
70, Devin Bidwell, Wichita, Kan., 3,663.
71, (tie) Steven Arehart, Chesapeake, Va., and Jordan Klassen, Canada, 3,660.
73, Zeke Bayt, Westerville, Ohio, 3,641.
74, Jeff Evans, Supply, N.C., 3,640.
75, Jason Miller, Houston, 3,632.
76, w-Danielle McEwan, Stony Point, N.Y., 3,625.
77, Mike Wolfe, New Albany, Ind., 3,624.
78, Dave Wodka, Beavercreek, Ohio, 3,604.
79, Andrew Cain, Phoenix, 3,593.
80, Andrew Graff, Las Vegas, 3,586.
81, (tie) Connor Pickford, Charlotte, N.C., and Perry Crowell IV, Hoquiam, Wash., 3,578.
83, Dylan Macon, Lubbock, Texas, 3,570.
84, Johnathan Bower, Middletown, Pa., 3,550.
85, Brett Cunningham, Clay, N.Y., 3,525.
86, Lonnie Jones, Ypsilanti, Mich., 3,512.
87, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 3,508.
88, Austin Hunt, Kennewick, Wash., 3,488.
89, n-Charles Zelechowski, Warren, Mich., 3,486.
90, Mike Williams II, Montgomery, Ala., 3,484.
91, Tom Hess, Urbandale, Iowa, 3,482.
92, Zachary Seals, Kingsland, Ga., 3,470.
93, w-Maria Rodriguez, Pflugerville, Texas, 3,466.
94, D.J. Rose, Ypsilanti, Mich., 3,447.
95, w-Liz Kuhlkin, Rotterdam, N.Y., 3,435.
96, Monty Wonnacott, Livonia, Mich., 3,404.
97, Matt Bollhalter, Niceville, Fla., 3,402.
98, Brian Gunn, Chicago, 3,397.
99, n-Christopher Lemmon, Canada, 3,393.
100, Ben Zakrocki, Philadelphia, 3,378.
101, Ward Rauch, Cheboygan, Mich, 3,377.
102, n-Steve Jacobs, Belleville, Mich., 3,369.
103, Zachary Dwyer, Ft. Walton Beach, Fla., 3,303.
104, Daniel Hochstein, Farmington Hills, Mich., 3,290.
105, Jeremiah Bryant, Taylor, Mich., 3,283.
106, n-Kurry Crayton, Birmingham, Ala., 3,279.
107, Carey Bock, Canada, 3,262.
108, Ervin Raines, New Cummberland, Pa., 3,114.
109, Matthew Wozney, Clayton, Del., 2,981.

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