Parker Bohn III wins four matches to triumph in PBA World Championship


    2012-13 PBA Tour #5 / 2013 WBT #1

    Hall of Famer fires big games to end a four-year winless streak; wins his 33rd career title and second PBA major

    201213PBA05JasonBelmonte.jpg201213PBA05ParkerBohn.jpgPBA and USBC Hall of Famer Parker Bohn III (pictured left) of Jackson, N.J. ended a four-year winless streak with victory in the PBA World Championship. The 49-year-old lefthander defeated No. 1 seed, Jason Belmonte (right) of Australia, in the title match, 254-227, to win his 33rd career PBA title and the $50,000 top prize.

    It was the first title for Bohn since his victory in the PBA Cheetah Championship in Dec. 2008 and his second career "major" after the 2001 USBC Masters. Bohn ranks sixth on the all-time PBA titles list trailing to Walter Ray Williams Jr. (47 titles), Earl Anthony (43), Norm Duke (37), Pete Weber (36) and Mark Roth (34).

    Bohn, who missed the practice session for the World Series because he stayed home an extra day to help his neighbors deal with the aftermath of Super Storm Sandy, took the 24th and final place for the match play finals, and battled his way into the TV show, striking in the 10th frame to edge Tommy Jones of Simpsonville, S.C., by nine pins for the final spot in the stepladder finals.

    201213PBA05RhinoPage.jpg201213PBA05DanMacLelland.jpgIn the first round 226-218 win against Dan MacLelland (left), who was hoping become the first Canadian ever to win a PBA Tour event, Bohn struck on seven of his first nine shots converting spares in the second and sixth frame to put the match away before the final frame.

    Next in line was three-time PBA champion and PBA Rookie of the Year 2007-08, Rhino Page (right) of Dade City, Fla. The all-lefty affair was a tight one and wasn't decided until the 10th frame. Leading by one pin heading into the last two frames, Bohn reeled off three consecutive strikes to run away with a 200-170 win.

    201213PBA05SeanRash.jpgHowever, the hardest work was yet to come for Bohn. Second seeded Sean Rash (left) of Montgomery, Ill., and Belmonte are the only players in WSOB IV, who made multiple TV shows (Rash two; Belmonte three).

    Belmonte, Rash and Bill O'Neill of Langhorne, Pa. are the only players who have qualified for at least one TV final in all four World Series. Belmonte leads with 13 finals, followed by Rash (12) and O’Neill (8).

    While many were waiting for a title clash between the two most successful players in WSOB history, 28-year PBA veteran Bohn had other plans and started the semifinal match against Rash with seven consecutive strikes. Rash followed two spares in the opening frames with a five-bagger but when he failed to convert an 8-10 spilt in the seventh, the match was practically over.

    Bohn spares a 3-pin in the eight and added another strikes and a nine-count on the fill ball to earn his spot in the title match with a huge 278-231win.

    Bohn carried the momentum into the fourth game starting with three consecutive strikes. Belmonte, who made all three TV shows on Sunday but went 0-2 in the Chameleon and Scorpion Championships, struck on all but one shot (2nd) in the first six frames to take an 11-pin lead as Bohn converted two single-pins spares in the fourth and fifth.

    Tides turned in the second half of the game as Belmonte left three corner pins in his last four frames while Bohn threw a five-bagger to put game out of reach for Belmonte. Bohn spared the bucket in the last frame to lock up his 33rd victory on the PBA Tour with a 254-227 win.

    Bohn, who averaged 239.50 for four games, was the third player in this year's WSOB, who won the title from last place, and the fourth, who must beat all opponents on his way to the title. Bill O'Neill (Cheetah Championship), Scott Norton (Chameleon Championship) and Tom Daugherty (Scorpion Championship), however, had to win only three games. Brad Angelo (Viper Championship) was the only top seed who walked away the winner.

    Belmonte, who won three of his five career Professional Bowlers Association titles during the 2011 PBA World Series of Bowling, earned $25,000 for second place. Rash received $15,000 for third place while Page and MacLelland pocketed $12,000 and $10,000 for forth and fifth place, respectively.

    The PBA World Championships was the concluding event to the GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling IV and the PBA's first major championship of the 2012-13 season. The ESPN stepladder final which was conducted on Sunday, Nov. 11, in the special arena setting in South Point’s Exhibition Hall area will air on Sunday, Jan. 13, 2013.

    The 2012-13 PBA Tour takes two weeks off before heading to Japan for the last event of the year 2012, the Round 1 Japan Cup Bowling 2012 to be held from Nov. 29 to Dec. 2 at Shinagawa Prince Hotel Bowling Center in Tokyo.


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    PBA World Championship

    South Point Bowling Center in Las Vegas, Nev., United States (Nov. 7-8, 2012); ESPN finals in South Point Exhibition Hall (Nov. 11, 2012)

    201213PBA05ParkerBohn4.jpgChampionship Round:
    1. Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 958 (4 games), $50,000
    2. Jason Belmonte, Australia, 227 (1 game), $25,000
    3. Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 231 (1 game), $15,000
    4. Rhino Page, Dade City, Fla., 170 (1 game), $12,000
    4. Dan MacLelland, Canada, 218 (1 game), $10,000

    Playoff Results:
    First Match: No. 5 Bohn def. No. 4 MacLelland, 226-218
    Second Match: Bohn def. No. 3 Page, 200-170
    Third Match: Bohn def. No. 2 Rash, 278-231
    Championship: Bohn def. No. 1 Belmonte, 254-227.