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Wes Malott earns No. 1 berth for PBA Badger Open Finals

2015PBAWSOBWesMalott2015PBASeanRashWes 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 in Allen Park, Mich.

From left, Wes Malott, Sean Rash, Graham Fach, Francois Lavoie and Jason Belmonte.

Malott (left), 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 (right).

“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.

2015PBAGrahamFach2015PBAFrancoisLavoie“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 (left) of Guelph, Ontario, and Quebec City native Francois Lavoie (right), who now lives in Wichita, Kan. Australia’s Jason Belmonte (below left) claimed the fifth spot in the finals when Denmark’s Thomas Larsen (below right) missed a spare in the 10th frame.

2015PBAJasonBelmonte2014PBAThomasLarsenFach, 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.

2016PBAFallSwingLogoThe 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 more information, click here.

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PBA Badger Open – Final Qualifying Standings

Players with position, hometown and 12-game total; top five advance to stepladder finals Saturday, Sept. 10, 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

Missed Cut:
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

PBA Badger Open – Qualifying Round One

Players with position, hometown and 6-game total; top 12 advance to the second round; n-denotes non-member

1, Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 1,464
2, Francois Lavoie, Canada, 1,452
3, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 1,449
4, Graham Fach, Canada, 1,411
5, Anthony Colosimo, Davie, Fla., 1,409
6, Jason Belmonte, Australia, 1,395
7, Rhino Page, Orlando, 1,392
8, Andres Gomez, Colombia, 1,364
9, Thomas Larsen, Denmark, 1,339
10, Joe Paluszek, Bensalem, Pa., 1,338
11, Brad Angelo, Lockport, N.Y., 1,329
12, Martin Larsen, Sweden, 1,327

Missed Cut:
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

Players with position, hometown and 18-game total; top 18 will bowl another 18 games (six each on the three different patterns) to determine the five players for the stepladder finals Sunday at noon ET; finals air on CBS Sports Network on Wednesday, Oct. 12, 9 p.m. ET; n-denotes non-member, w- denotes woman

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:
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

Missed Cut:
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

Author: Herbert Bickel
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