PBA World Championship

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The PBA World Championship is one of the four major PBA (Professional Bowlers Association) bowling events. Prior to 2002, the tournament was called the PBA National Championship. The PBA National Championship was first contested in 1960, then called the First Annual National Championship. PBA Hall of Famer Don Carter won the first National Championship title. Winners currently earn $50,000 (U.S.) and the Earl Anthony trophy, named in honor of the late PBA legend who won this title a record six times (1973-75 and 1981-83).[1]

The National Championship and World Championship have been contested over the years using a variety of formats. Currently, the PBA World Championship's format is different from normal PBA Tour events. Since the 2009-10 season, the qualifying scores for the World Championship have come (at least partially) from other stand-alone tournaments at the PBA World Series of Bowling. And unlike many events, it is open to the entire PBA membership.

Norm Duke won the Denny's World Championship on February 24, 2008 at Woodland Bowl in Indianapolis, Indiana. It was Duke's second career World Championship win and fourth major title overall. Entering the tournament, Duke stood 51st on the PBA points list, 12 behind the "cut line" to earn a Tour exemption for 2008–09. The World Championship victory guaranteed him a spot in the PBA's exempt field for the next two seasons. Duke repeated as PBA World Champion in the opening event of the 2008–09 season, defeating Chris Barnes 259–189. With his additional win in the 2008 U.S. Open, Duke set a PBA record by winning three consecutive major tournaments.

For the 2009–10 season, the PBA World Championship was part of a multi-tournament event held in Allen Park, Michigan called "The PBA World Series of Bowling," and was contested in a split format. The qualifying rounds of the tournament were contested August 31 – September 4, with the televised finals being broadcast live on ESPN December 13, 2009.[2] The PBA again held the World Series of Bowling in 2010, moving it to Las Vegas, Nevada, and again used it as qualifying for the 2010–11 PBA World Championship. This time, the 60-game qualifying scores for the five "animal pattern" championships held at the World Series were used to determine the 8-bowler TV field for the PBA World Championship finals. The World Championship finals were televised live over three consecutive days (January 14–16, 2011), a PBA first.[3]

At the 2011 World Series of Bowling, the qualifying rounds of four "animal" oil pattern events determined the top 25% of the field for the "cashers' round" of the PBA World Championship. Eight additional games then determined the 32-player match play field for the World Championship.[4] For the first time, ESPN aired the entire 16-player quarterfinal "eliminator" rounds over four broadcasts (December 11, December 18, January 1 and January 8), with the final round airing on January 15.


2014 event[edit]

A five-player stepladder format was used in the 2014 PBA World Championship.

  • Match 1: (5) Stuart Williams def. (4) Todd Book, 236–211
  • Match 2: Williams def. (3) Ronnie Russell, 259–248
  • Match 3: (2) Mike Fagan def. Williams, 219–206
  • Championship Match: Fagan def. (1) Wes Malott, 252–212

1. Mike Fagan, Fort Worth, TX ($50,000)
2. Wes Malott, Pflugerville, TX ($25,000)
3. Stuart Williams, Ellesmere Port, Cheshire, England ($15,000)
4. Ronnie Russell, Marion, IN ($12,000)
5. Todd Book, Russells Point, OH ($10,000)

Past winners[edit]

Year Winner Runner-up Championship match score
1960 Don Carter Ronnie Gaudern 237.17–227.24
1961 Dave Soutar Morrie Oppenheim 212.02–208.19
1962 Carmen Salvino Don Carter 193.29–193.10
1963 Billy Hardwick Ray Bluth 13541–13288
1964 Bob Strampe Sr. Ray Bluth 13979–13721
1965 Dave Davis Jerry McCoy 681–502
1966 Wayne Zahn Nelson Burton Jr. 14006–13869
1967 Dave Davis Pete Tountas 216–191
1968 Wayne Zahn Nelson Burton Jr. 14182–13741
1969 Mike McGrath Bill Allen 13670–13605
1970 Mike McGrath Dave Davis 226–222
1971 Mike Limongello Dave Davis 207–202
1972 Johnny Guenther Dick Ritger 12986–12889
1973 Earl Anthony Sam Flanagan 212–189
1974 Earl Anthony Mark Roth 218–188
1975 Earl Anthony Jim Frazier 245–180
1976 Paul Colwell Dave Davis 191–191 (49-48 in two frame roll-off)
1977 Tommy Hudson Jay Robinson 206–200
1978 Warren Nelson Joseph Groskind 219–199
1979 Mike Aulby Earl Anthony 245–217
1980 Johnny Petraglia Gary Dickinson 235–223
1981 Earl Anthony Ernie Schlegel 242–237
1982 Earl Anthony Charlie Tapp 233–191
1983 Earl Anthony Mike Durbin 210–183
1984 Bob Chamberlain Dan Eberl 219–191
1985 Mike Aulby Steve Cook 253–211
1986 Tom Crites Mike Aulby 190–184
1987 Randy Pedersen Amleto Monacelli 233–222
1988 Brian Voss Todd Thompson 246–185
1989 Pete Weber Dave Ferraro 221–216
1990 Jim Pencak Chris Warren 223–214
1991 Mike Miller Norm Duke 218–214
1992 Eric Forkel Bob Vespi 217–133
1993 Ron Palombi Jr. Eugene McCune 237–224
1994 Dave Traber Dale Traber 196–187
1995 Scott Alexander Wayne Webb 246–210
1996 Butch Soper Walter Ray Williams Jr. 226–210
1997 Rick Steelsmith Brian Voss 218–190
1998 Pete Weber David Ozio 277–236
1999 Tim Criss Dave Arnold 238–161
2000 Norm Duke Jason Couch 214–198
2001 Walter Ray Williams Jr. Jeff Lizzi 258–204
2001–02 Doug Kent Lonnie Waliczek 215–160
2002–03 Walter Ray Williams Jr. Brian Kretzer 226–204
2003–04 Tom Baker Mika Koivuniemi 246–239
2004–05 Patrick Allen Chris Loschetter 235–210
2005–06 Walter Ray Williams Jr. Pete Weber 236–213
2006–07 Doug Kent Chris Barnes 237–216
2007–08 Norm Duke Ryan Shafer 202–165
2008–09 Norm Duke Chris Barnes 259–189
2009–10 Tom Smallwood Wes Malott 244–228
2010–11 Chris Barnes Bill O'Neill 267–237
2011–12 Osku Palermaa Ryan Shafer 203–177
2012–13+ Parker Bohn III Jason Belmonte 254–227
2012–13+ Dominic Barrett Sean Rash 238–235
2014 Mike Fagan Wes Malott 252–212

+ Due to the 2012–13 "Super Season" running from November 2012 to December 2013, there were two PBA World Championship events: one in November 2012 and one in November 2013.


  1. ^ Schneider, Jerry (January 11, 2015). "Mike Fagan Wins PBA World Championship for Fifth Tour Title and Second Major". PBA.com. Retrieved January 12, 2015. 
  2. ^ "FAQs for PBA World Series of Bowling." Article at pba.com/worldseries
  3. ^ Vint, Bill. "O'Neill Wins Top Berth for PBA World Championship." Article at www.pba.com on October 29, 2010. [1]
  4. ^ Vint, Bill. "Revised PBA World Series of Bowling Broadens International Appeal; Finals Set for South Point Arena." Article at www.pba.com on July 8, 2011. [2]

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