Reigning PBA Player of the Year Sean Rash of Montgomery, IL, came into the GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling IV as the highest averaging player on PBA “animal patterns” in three previous WSOB (224.54 for 162 games), more than two pins ahead of Chris Barnes, and he easily retained his No. 1 ranking in that category.
After another 32 games and 7,662 pins on the Cheetah, Viper, Chameleon and Scorpion patterns – a 239.44 average which earned him the No. 1 seed for the PBA World Championship match play finals – Rash improved his four-year animal pattern average to 226.99.
Some other WSOB IV notes:
● Through the four animal pattern events, Australia’s Jason Belmonte has taken the lead in “most World Series” television finals with 12 after qualifying for the Chameleon and Scorpion finals. Rash is second with 11 after qualifying for the Viper finals. Bill O’Neill of Langhorne, PA, is third, qualifying for his eighth ESPN final in the Cheetah. All three have a chance to add to their totals if they can fill any of the five stepladder berths in the PBA World Championship.
● Speaking of Belmonte, Rash and O’Neill – they are the only three players who have qualified for at least one television final in all four World Series.
● For the five WSOB tournaments, 76 players in the 240-player field – 31.6 percent – cashed in at least one event. Tommy Jones, Dan MacLelland and Stuart Williams were the only players to get a check in all five.