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The PBA Fall Swing concluded Sunday, Sept. 11, with the stepladder finals of the Detroit Open and a Fall King of the Swing special event at Thunderbowl Arena in Allen Park, Mich.
The Fall Swing also featured the PBA Wolf, Bear and Badger Opens. After winning his 10th career title in the Badger Open finals Saturday, Sean Rash defeated three-time defending PBA Player of the Year, Jason Belmonte of Australia, 178-16, to win the Detroit Open for his 11th title.
The King of the Swing, a non-title special event, featured the winners of the Wolf, Bear, Badger and Detroit Opens, Tom Daugherty, E.J. Tackett and Sean Rash as well as the two leading players in Fall Swing points without a title, Jason Belmonte and Wes Malott.
Tackett, who won his third career title in the PBA Bear Open finals Saturday, edged Rash in the title match, 192-189, to earn the $10,000 top prize.
The stepladder finals of the Wolf, Bear, Badger and Detroit Opens and the Fall King of the Swing will be televised by CBS Sports Network on five consecutive Wednesday nights beginning Sept. 21 at 9 p.m. ET.
The Fall Swing included competition on three diverse lane conditions – the 32-foot Wolf pattern, the shortest lane oiling pattern in PBA competition; the 52-foot Badger pattern, the longest application of oil in PBA competition, and the 40-foot, flat, U.S. Open-style Bear pattern, one of the most difficult lane conditions in the sport.
Cumulative qualifying pinfall totals for all three diverse animal pattern events determined the 24 match play finalists for the Detroit Open.
The King of the Swing special event is unique to the Fall Swing, featuring a made-for-TV showdown including the winners of the four Fall Swing tournaments plus the player with the highest points total in the four events without a title.
In addition to Wolf, Badger, Bear and Detroit Open titles, PBA members were competing for invitations to participate in the 2017 Japan Invitational. The top 10 based on total earnings for the Fall Swing will be invited to participate in Japan along with defending champion Amleto Monacelli, one PWBA-PBA Women’s member, three players selected by tournament sponsor DHC, one Korea PBA member, and 16 Japan PBA representatives.
PBA Detroit Open – Stepladder Results
Thunderbowl Lanes in Allen Park, Mich., USA (Sept. 5-11, 2016)
1, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 380 (2 games), $18,000
2, Jason Belmonte, Australia, 161 (1 game), $9,000
3, Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 400 (2 games), $5,000
4, E.J. Tackett, Huntington, Ind., 426 (2 games), $4,500
5, Tom Daugherty, Riverview, Fla., 159 (1 game), $4,000
From left, Jason Belmonte, Sean Rash, Wes Malott, Tom Daugherty and E.J. Tackett.
First Match: No. 5 Tackett def. No. 4 Daugherty, 231-159
Second Match: No. 3 Malott def. Tackett, 201-195
Semi-final Match: No. 2 Rash def. Malott, 202-199
Championship: Rash def. No. 1 Belmonte, 178-161.
King of the Swing – Stepladder Results
Thunderbowl Lanes in Allen Park, Mich., USA (Sept. 11, 2016)
1, E.J. Tackett, Huntington, Ind., 418 (2 games), $10,000
2, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 189 (1 game), $5,000
3, Jason Belmonte, Australia, 612 (3 games), $4,000
4, Tom Daugherty, Riverview, Fla., 208 (1 game), $3,000
5, Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 185 (1 game), $2,000
First Match: Belmonte def. Malott, 199-185
Second Match: Belmonte def. Daugherty, 219-208
Semi-final Match: Tackett def. Belmonte, 226-194
Championship: Tackett def. Rash, 192-189.
Three Champions crowned in PBA Fall Swing
Australia’s Jason Belmonte tops PBA Detroit Open field
Wes Malott earns No. 1 berth for PBA Badger Open Finals
Sweden’s Jesper Svensson tops PBA Bear Open Qualifying
Canadian Francois Lavoie tops PBA Wolf Open Qualifying
PBA Fall Swing returns to Detroit’s historic Thunderbowl Lanes
2016 PBA Tour Schedule & Champions