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SUNDAY ON ESPN: World Bowling Tour Finals at 1 p.m. ET
Event: PBA World Series of Bowling V
Tournament: World Tenpin Bowling Association World Bowling Tour Men’s and Women’s Finals presented by PBA. Sixth event of World Series of Bowling V.
Where: South Point Hotel and Casino Exhibition Hall, Las Vegas
Finals Format: Three-player stepladder in both men's and women's divisions
Television: ESPN (Sunday at 1 p.m. ET)
Sunday’s telecast will feature a U.S.-dominated finals in both the men’s and women’s divisions and the return of the revolutionary blue oil lane conditioner that was used in the WSOB animal pattern finals telecasts.
In the sixth of seven events from WSOB V, the women’s finals will be a repeat of last year’s field with U.S. PBA women stars Liz Johnson, Cheektowaga, N.Y., and defending champion Missy Parkin, Laguna Hills, Calif., bowling the opening match for the right to meet No. 1 seed Kelly Kulick of Union, N.J., for the title.
Parkin is the defending champion winning last year’s title by defeating Johnson, 238-190, in the championship match.
In the men’s final, Finland native and 2011 WBT Men’s Finals champion Mika Koivuniemi, who makes his home in Hartland, Mich., will try to become the first two-time WBT Finals champion as he takes on four-time PBA Tour winner and two-time WBT finalist Mike Fagan of Fort Worth, Texas, in the opening match. The winner will meet top qualifier, 2011-12 PBA Player of the Year Sean Rash of Montgomery, Ill., who is also making his second WBT Finals appearance.
Koivuniemi, the only player to reach all three WBT Finals telecasts, won the 2011 title by defeating Rash, 237-224 in the championship match. Koivuniemi finished second in 2012, losing to Chris Barnes in the title match, 244-228.
The three finalists in each division earned their berths based on a rolling two-year points ranking involving WTBA/PBA International Tour tournaments held in 11 different countries.
Three easy steps to enhance your PBA telecast experience:
1) Check out the sixth edition of The Bowling Center which recaps last week’s PBA World Championship won by Dom Barrett for his first major and third career title, ESPN play-by-play announcer and Xtra Frame host Mike Jakubowski talks to four-time Tour winner Ryan Shafer. Xtra Frame’s Jef Goodger and Jason Thomas continue their on-lane rivalry in The Drilling Room segment.
2) Watch the World Bowling Tour Finals on ESPN Sunday at 1 p.m. ET.
3) Catch additional coverage on pba.com and provide feedback on PBA Tour telecasts through PBA’s social networking platforms on Facebook<https://www.facebook.com/ProfessionalBowlersAssociation> and Twitter<http://twitter.com/pbatour/>.