WOLFE TOPS CHEETAH FIELD IN GEICO PBA WORLD SERIES OF BOWLING IV OPENER
LAS VEGAS (Nov. 3, 2012) – Four-time Professional Bowlers Association title winner Mike Wolfe of New Albany, Ind., averaged 253 for 14 games to earn the top berth in the Alka Seltzer Plus Cold Cheetah Championship stepladder finals, the opening event of the GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling, at South Point Bowling Center Saturday.
Wolfe, a 36-year-old 12-year PBA Tour veteran who is seeking his first PBA Tour title in four years, rolled games of 233, 269, 268, 289, 227 and 247 in front of a packed crowd at South Point Saturday night to finish the Cheetah Championship qualifying and semifinal rounds with a 14-game total of 3,550 pins. He will be joined in the ESPN stepladder finals by Jeffrey Roche of Dearborn, Mich.; qualifying leader Chris Loschetter of Avon, Ohio, and three-time PBA Tour titlist Bill O’Neill of Langhorne, Pa.
Roche, who will make his ESPN debut, finished second with 3,499 pins. Loschetter, a 10-year veteran who also is trying for his first title, qualified third with a 3,478 total. O’Neill charged out of 16th place at the start of the six-game semifinal round to earn the fourth spot in the finals with a 3,477 total.
The ESPN stepladder finals which will be conducted on Saturday, Nov. 10, at 1 p.m. in the special arena setting in South Point’s Exhibition Hall area for delayed telecast on Sunday, Dec. 16.
Wolfe, who won his last title in the 2008 Ultimate Scoring Championship in Taylor, Mich., said a look into the past helped him get back on top of his game.
“I went back to a lot of things I did in 2004 and that was be myself, not try to bowl like other guys,” he said. “I told myself to just do what got you here and bowl.”
Wolfe said he had been trying for a couple of years to change his ball tilt, trying to get his thumb out of the ball faster “and turns out I couldn’t hold onto the ball.”
On the Cheetah lane condition, “Everyone has a chance,” he said, “so you have to pay attention to the ball motion and throw strikes, and I was able to do that pretty well today.”
PBA fans can follow scoring as it happens by clicking on the “live scoring” feature on pba.com, or by watching the action live on Xtra Frame, PBA’s online bowling channel.
GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling competition continues Sunday with Viper Championship qualifying squads bowling at 7:30 a.m. and 1 p.m., followed by the Viper Championship semifinal round at 8 p.m.
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