Can Newcomers Dethrone “The King of Bowling”?
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Three down and two to go for Wes Malott of Pflugerville, Texas, who will take another step in his effort to run the table in the inaugural Professional Bowlers Association King of Bowling Powered by Amp Energy.
Can Wes Malott back up his perfect performance from last week when he was a perfect 12 for 12 against the all time tour titles leader, Walter Ray Williams Jr.? Malott will face the winner of a battle between two of the PBA’s most promising young gunslingers – United States Bowling Congress Masters champion John Nolen of Waterford, Mich., and 2007-08 PBA Rookie of the Year Rhino Page of Topeka, Kan. - in Week 4.
Malott has proven himself against two former players of the year and seasoned veteran. He has also proved himself all season gaining the title Mr. Versatility. "The King" may be dealing with his toughest week yet. The fire and intensity of this year's Master's Champion, John Nolen, and last year's rookie of the year, Rhino Page, may prove too much for any mortal man to handle. The only issue with this statement is that on the Scorpion oil pattern, Wes Malott is nothing short of unbeatable. He is averaging a mere 275.3 over the 3 telecasts.
The one-hour King of Bowling Powered by Amp Energy telecast will air on Wednesday on ESPN2 at 9 p.m. Eastern.
In the first three telecasts, Malott defeated Chris Barnes of Double Oak, Texas, 268-214; Patrick Allen of Wesley Chapel, Fla., 258-234, and Williams, 300-238. Nolen and Page will bowl a one-game match to determine which player gets to challenge Malott for the $10,000 weekly first prize and remove him from his lane-side throne. The winner also will get a shot at wearing the King of Bowling Powered by Amp Energy crown after the fifth and final event on May 20.
“Each show has been more and more unbelievable,” Malott said. “Winning the money was nice, too, but that’s not what I was thinking about. At this point, the only thing I was thinking about was being the king at the end of it all.”
The player who wins this week’s contest will face the winner of a match between Brad Angelo and “wild card” competitor Parker Bohn III in the May 20 season-finale.