GEICO PBA WSOB IX Notebook: Red Sox Star Mookie Betts Continues to Improve, Posts Best Round to Date

by bvint  |  Friday, November 10, 3:23 PM

GEICO PBA WSOB IX Notebook: Red Sox Star Mookie Betts Continues to Improve, Posts Best Round to Date

Boston Red Sox star Mookie Betts had his best day yet in world-class bowling competition, averaging a personal-best 208.9 in the PBA Shark Championship presented by Xtra Frame round of GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling IX, presented by Eldorado Resorts Reno Properties competition Thursday at the National Bowling Stadium in Reno, Nev.

After finishing the 10-game Chameleon round with a 202.67 average, Betts rolled games of 227, 215, 202, 207 and 155 in his first five-game Shark round, and finished his qualifying on the Shark 45-foot oiling pattern with games of 179, 222, 223, 237 and 222. After 20 games, with 20 more to come on the Cheetah 33 and Scorpion 42 patterns Saturday and Sunday, respectively, Betts is scoring at a 205.75 pace – ranking 159th in the international field of 195 bowlers.

With the exception of one “bad” game each round, Betts is bowling at a competitive level.

“I started the second (Shark) round with a 170,” he said. “I wasn’t rolling the ball right. It’s tough to get a read on the lane condition if you aren’t rolling the ball right, so I just stepped back, figured it out and didn’t have to make many changes after that.

“I put what I did two years ago behind me,” he added, referring to his WSOB debut in 2015. “I think I was (below a 200 average in every round), so now I’m just getting ready for the next game, the next round. In baseball, it’s a new at-bat. Here it’s a new game. When you can throw some strikes, you can make up for open frames, but my spare shooting is much, much better than it was two years ago. It’s definitely keeping me in the game this time.

“The thing is, the scores here are really, really high, but that’s why these guys are the best in the world,” Betts said.

Betts finished the animal pattern qualifying portion of the 2015 WSOX with a composite 190 average. So far, he’s scoring at a 15 pins-per-game higher pace.


LaneTalk, PBA’s statistical analysis partner, continues to tracking detailed performance data for a variety of aspects of WSOB IX. Among the tidbits gleaned from Thursday’s Shark Championship qualifying, led by Japan’s Shota Kawazoe, were these factoids:

— The field of 195 players knocked down a total of 422,367 pins (compared to the Chameleon round’s 412,799 pins) – a 217.6 average.

— The high score in the Chameleon round was 300 (by nine players); the low game was 85.

— The entire field’s strike percentage was 58.01. First shots resulted in splits 7% of the time and non-strike shots resulted in single-pin spares 23.41% of the time.

— The field had an 89.93% “clean frame” average, converting “makeable” spares 88% of the time.

Some of Shark qualifying leader Shota Kawazoe’s stats vs. the field included:

— An average of 248, 30.4 pins better than the field at large;

— His strike percentage was 71.79%, also a significant edge over the field;

— Kawazoe had a 99% “clean frame” average and, like Chameleon leader Tom Smallwood a day earlier, he converted 100% of his “makeable” spares.


Overlooked in summaries of the Chameleon 39 and Shark 45 qualifying rounds were cashers in 17th through 32nd place in both events. Below are the missing summaries of additional cashers after 10 games for each animal pattern qualifying round:


Other Cashers (after 10 games):
17, Annop Arromsaranon, Thailand, 2,322, $850.
18, Dick Allen, Columbia, S.C., 2,316, $820.
19, Ahmed Alawadhi, Bahrain, 2,311, $800.
20, Nick Kruml, Downers Grove, Ill., 2,301, $780.
21, Francois Louw, South Africa, 2,294, $760.
22, Kim Bolleby, Thailand, 2,293, $740.
23, Michael Tang, San Francisco, 2,292, $720.
24, Connor Pickford, Plano, Texas, 2,288, $700.
25, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 2,286, $700.
26, Matthew Ogle, Louisville, Ky., 2,284, $700.
27, Shota Kawazoe, Japan, 2,280, $700.
28, Scott Newell, Deland, Fla., 2,268, $700.
29 (tie), Ronnie Russell, Marion, Ind., and Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 2,265, $700.
31, w-Danielle McEwan, Stony Point, N.Y., 2,263, $700.
32 (tie), Chris Via, Springfield, Ohio, and Pontus Andersson, Sweden, 2,259, $350.


Other Cashers (after 10 games):
17, Zachary Dwyer, Ft. Walton Beach, Fla., 2,367, $850.
18, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 2,364, $820.
19, Daniel Fransson, Sweden, 2,361, $790.
19, Chris Warren, Grants Pass, Ore., 2,361, $790.
21, w-Liz Johnson, Palatine, Ill., 2,357, $750.
21, Shawn Maldonado, Houston, 2,357, $750.
23, Jim Pratt, Avondale, Ariz., 2,353, $720.
24, Yannaphon Larpapharat, Thailand, 2,351, $700.
25, Brandon Novak, Chillicothe, Ohio, 2,350, $700.
26, Jason Belmonte, Australia, 2,348, $700.
27, Matthew McNiel, Minneapolis, Minn., 2,343, $700.
28, BJ Moore III, Greensburg, Pa., 2,341, $700.
29, Darren Tang, San Francisco, 2,338, $700.
30, Patrick Girard, Canada, 2,333, $700.
31, Trey Ford III, Bartlesville, Okla., 2,332, $700.
32, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 2,330, $700.


Friday was mostly a day of rest and re-tooling for WSOB IX players. The only scheduled activity at the National Bowling Stadium was a two-hour practice session with half of the lanes in the Stadium oiled with the 33-foot Cheetah pattern, which comes into play Saturday, and the other half oiled with the 42-foot Scorpion pattern which will complete the animal pattern qualifying rounds on Sunday.


As the 2017-18 Go Bowling! PBA Tour continues in Reno, Xtra Frame’s extensive coverage of the GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling IX, presented by Eldorado Resorts Reno Properties will include preview and wrap-up shows before-and-after each of the animal pattern events. Here’s the projected schedule heading into the weekend. All times are Pacific:

Saturday – PBA Cheetah Championship presented by PBA Bowling Challenge Mobile Game five-game qualifying squads, 11 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Sunday – Pepsi PBA Scorpion Championship presented by five-game qualifying squads, 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. (Scorpion wrap-up show also will unveil the players who will advance to PBA World Championship cashers’ round competition on Monday and Tuesday, Nov. 13-14, at 1 and 5 p.m.)

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