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24th Malta Open Championships
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Pictured above from left: Charlie Brown Jr., Marshall Kent, Tom Daugherty and Richie Teece.
Charlie Brown Jr. (left), a 36-year-old rookie bowling in his first PBA Tour event, swept qualifying leader Shota Kawazoe of Japan, 2-0, to make his first PBA Tour telecast. Brown, of Grandville, Mich., had to win a three-frame roll-off, 29-27, in the first game after a 257-257 tie and then in the second game narrowly beat Kawazoe 248-244.
Bowling in his fourth World Series of Bowling, England’s Richie Teece (right) finally broke through to make his first Tour telecast by beating Tom Smallwood of Saginaw, Mich., 2-1 (212-243, 257-215, 226-212).
The finals telecasts will use a format where the four finalists simultaneously bowl one game on the same pair of lanes with the top two scorers advancing to a head-to-head final match. The Shark finals will air on ESPN Sunday, Dec. 17 at 2 p.m. ET.
The Shark Championship is part of the GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling IX, presented by Eldorado Reno Resorts Properties and the 2017-18 Go Bowling! PBA Tour schedule.
Kent, the 2014 PBA Rookie of the Year, will be trying for his third win of the season having won the Oklahoma Open and Xtra Frame Lubbock Sports Open last summer.
Daugherty, who will be trying for his first win of the season, has a seventh and three ninth-place finishes this season. His last PBA Tour win came in the 2016 Wolf Open.
Elimination Rounds for the PBA Cheetah Championship presented by PBA Challenge Mobile Game and Pepsi PBA Scorpion Championship presented by Go Bowling! continue Thursday beginning at 11 a.m. PST. All competition will be covered by PBA’s online bowling channel Xtra Frame.
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Best-of-five games, winners advance to round of 8, losers earn $1,200.
Shota Kawazoe, Japan, def. Pascal Winternheimer, Germany, 3-1
(223-241, 238-211, 300-289, 227-216)
Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., def. Glenn Morten Pedersen, Norway, 3-0
(247-191, 256-234, 216-212)
Tom Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich., def. Nick Kruml, Downers Grove, Ill., 3-0
(267-245, 225-203, 256-192)
Thomas Larsen, Denmark, def. Brad Angelo, Lockport, N.Y., 3-2
(237-300, 237-267, 226-202, 261-233, 268-236)
Tom Daugherty, Riverview, Fla., def. Kyle Troup, Taylorsville, N.C., 3-1
(268-258, 210-163, 222-229, 212-200)
Richie Teece, England, def. Anthony Simonsen, Austin, Texas, 3-1
(221-198, 243-253, 235-212, 237-221)
Jesper Svensson, Sweden, def. Chris Arcaro, Carolina Beach, N.C., 3-1
(268-221, 258-224, 207-215, 268-207)
Charlie Brown Jr, Grandville, Mich., def. DJ Archer, Friendswood, Texas, 3-0
(238-179, 258-218, 220-204)
300 games (2) – Shota Kawazoe, Brad Angelo.
Best-of-three games, winners advance to ESPN-taped finals Saturday at 2:30 p.m. PT. ESPN telecast Dec. 17 at 2 p.m. ET. Losers earn $2,000.
Brown def. Kawazoe, 2-0
(257-257, Brown won roll-off 29-27, 248-244)
Kent def. Svensson, 2-0
Teece def. Smallwood, 2-1
(212-243, 257-215, 226-212)
Daugherty def. Larsen, 2-0
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