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    PBA Communications - 2/27/2009

    Wes Malot

    PBA homepage

    INDIANAPOLIS - Wes Malott has already proven that he is one of the most versatile players in professional bowling by winning on the Lumber Liquidators Professional Bowlers Association Tour six-tournament Versatility Swing this season. He backed that title up by moving into the lead in the Etonic Marathon Open after Thursday's third and fourth rounds at Woodland Bowl.

    Designed to showcase the most versatile players, the Versatility Swing was based on players' performance in six PBA Experience lane condition championships held earlier this season.

    Malott had a 2,230 pinfall (247.7 average) in Thursday's nine-game block on PBA's Scorpion oil pattern and 2,019 (224.3 average) on the Chameleon pattern. The Etonic Marathon Open features the PBA six lane conditioning patterns over the course of the 54-game tournament.

    "I just want to keep the momentum going and get to the show," said the 32-year-old right-hander from Pflugerville, Texas. "I've proven that I have had success on the different (PBA) patterns so I've got the confidence."
    With an overall 8,295 36-game pinfall (230.4 average) on four different lane conditions thus far in the tournament, Malott holds a 129-pin lead over reigning PBA Player of the Year Chris Barnes of Double Oak, Texas, in second.

    "Having to bowl 54 games in this tournament on six conditions really tests you mentally and physically, Malott added. "I accomplished what I wanted to do today. Hopefully I'm leading the tournament when we get to the finals, but making the show is the main thing."

    Malott earned the Versatility Swing title by winning two tournaments and making the ESPN-televised finals three other times. His finishes in the Versatility Swing events were: Pepsi Viper Championship, fourth; Chameleon Championship, third; CLR Carmen Salvino Scorpion Championship, first; Cheetah Championship, 12th; Lumber Liquidators Shark Championship, second, and first in the Bayer Earl Anthony Medford Classic which was conducted on the Earl Anthony lane condition.

    On Friday, the 52-player field will bowl two more nine-game blocks on the Earl Anthony and Shark conditions, respectively. The top five will then advance to the ESPN finals on Sunday at 12:30 p.m. Eastern with the No. 1 qualifier determining the lane conditions to be used during the telecast.

    Etonic Marathon Open
    At Woodland Bowl - Indianapolis, Ind.
    Qualifying Round 4 Standings (After 36 Games)
    1, Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 8,295
    2, Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 8,166
    3, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Ocala, Fla., 8,143
    4, Chris Loschetter, Avon, Ohio, 8,137
    5, Bill O'Neill, Southampton, Pa., 8,103
    6, Patrick Allen, Wesley Chapel, Fla., 8,081
    7, Ronnie Russell, Indianapolis, 8,067
    8, Edward VanDaniker Jr., Essex, Md., 8,050
    9, Brad Angelo, Lockport, N.Y., 8,021
    10, Jason Belmonte, Australia, 8,012
    11, Mika Koivuniemi, Hartland, Mich., 7,993
    12, Jeff Carter, Springfield, Ill., 7,934
    13, Christopher Collins, Savannah, Ga., 7,932
    14, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 7,931
    15, Ritchie Allen, Columbia, S.C., 7,930
    16, Mike Scroggins, Amarillo, Texas, 7,926
    17, Eugene McCune, Munster, Ind., 7,896
    18, Brian LeClair, Athens, N.Y., 7,877
    19, Jack Jurek, Lackawanna, N.Y., 7,875
    20, Troy Wollenbecker, Miami, 7,873
    21, Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., 7,870
    22, Thomas Smallwood, Flushing, Mich., 7,827
    23, Danny Wiseman, Baltimore, 7,823
    24, Mike DeVaney, San Diego, 7,804
    25, Rhino Page, Topeka, Kan., 7,797
    26, Joe Bailey, Pittsburgh, 7,787
    27, Michael Fagan, Patchogue, N.Y., 7,778
    28, Derek Sapp, Keokuk, Iowa, 7,760
    29, Steve Jaros, Yorkville, Ill., 7,757
    30, Joe Ciccone, Buffalo, N.Y., 7,752
    31, Liz Johnson, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 7,721
    32, Mike Edwards, Tulsa, Okla., 7,717
    33, Todd Book, Wapakoneta, Ohio, 7,702
    34, Randy Weiss, Columbia, S.C., 7,700
    35, Chris Warren, Grants Pass, Ore., 7,680
    36, Jonathan Van Hees, Newport, R.I., 7,676
    37, Tom Hess, Urbandale, Iowa, 7,670
    38, John Nolen, Waterford, Mich., 7,665
    39, Scott Newell, Deland, Fla., 7,653
    40, Steve Harman, Indianapolis, 7,646
    41, Mike Wolfe, New Albany, Ind., 7,602
    42, Jason Couch, Clermont, Fla., 7,556
    42, Jason Lundquist, Delaware Water Gap, Pa., 7,556
    44, George Branham III, Indianapolis, 7,552
    45, Dave D'Entremont, Middleburg Heights, Ohio, 7,522
    46, Tony Reyes, San Bruno, Calif., 7,517
    47, Ryan Ciminelli, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 7,505
    48, Tom Baker, King, N.C., 7,499
    49, Adrienne Miller, Albuquerque, NM, 7,480
    50, Bobby Hall II, Landover, Md., 7,405
    51, Jason Poli, West Des Moines, Iowa, 7,343
    52, Andrew Cain, Scottsdale, Ariz., 7,258
    53, Dino Castillo, Carrollton, Texas, 5,748 (WD)

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