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Pro bowling returns to television

December 17, 2017 GMT

Pro bowling made its return to television last Sunday with Team USA defeating the World Team in the first event of the 2017-18 Go Bowling PBA Tour season. The five leading Americans in PBA World Championship pinfall prevailed 2-0 in the match televised on ESPN. Team captain Marshall Holman watched Kyle Troup, Bill O’Neill, Ryan Ciminelli, Tom Smallwood and Matt McNiel combine for 20 clean frames and 18 strikes to win by scores of 226-213 and 279-191. Stuart Williams of England was the World Team captain. Jason Belmonte, Jesper Svennson, Dom Barrett, Thomas Larsen and Rafiq Ismail were the five team members.

In what could be considered an all-star event of the World Series of Bowling IX, players earned their spots on their respective teams based on their finishing positions after 40 games of qualifying in the PBA Chameleon Championship, Shark Championship, Cheetah Championship and Scorpion Championship. It was Baker format where each bowler bowls two frames to combine for one score. Bowlers competed on the 42-foot PBA Earl Anthony lane condition which was a neutral condition the players had not competed on in WSOB IX.

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WSOB IX action continues the next three weekends from Reno, Nev., on ESPN. The Chameleon Championship airs Sunday at 1 p.m. with the Shark Championship set for 2 p.m. The four competitors for the Chameleon title are Liz Johnson, Wes Malott, Anthony Pepe and Smallwood. Competing for the Shark crown are Marshall Kent, Tom Daugherty, Charlie Brown Jr. and Richie Teece.

The Cheetah Championship and Scorpion Championship doubleheader starts at 1 p.m. Dec. 24. The PBA World Championship comes on Dec. 31 at 1 p.m. Format for animal pattern finals is all four bowlers compete in one day with top two scorers moving on to the head-tohead final match.

500 CLUB: Cyndy Malone, president of the Huntington 500 Club, reports the club is still active. There will be a tournament in April. Information will be out in March.

CHRISTMAS SHOOTOUT: The popular tournament starts Sunday at 11 a.m. Dec. 25 at Shawnee Lanes in Chillicothe, Ohio. Entry fee $70. Format is four-game qualifier followed by seeded match play and stepladder finals. Lane pattern is 41-foot house shot. Call 740-733-3300.

BIG SCORES: Gene Hiroskey shot games of 279-242-238 for a 759 series in the American Legion Post 93 Senior League. The women hit big numbers, too. Tammy Wells fired a 279-233-216 for a 728 in the C-K Friday Night League. Channing Keyser rolled 277 and 247 on the way to a 723 series in the Colonial Loyals League.

PARTY TIME: Strike Zone, Colonial Lanes and Dixie Lanes in Grayson, Ky., have activities planned for New Year’s Eve. Check with the centers for schedules.

David Walsh covers bowling for The Herald-Dispatch. Email him at bigdowndown@gmail.com.