There was a major shakeup in the standings Saturday morning as the stepladder field was set at the 2019 Mark Roth-Marshall Holman PBA Doubles Championship.
Brad Miller and Kyle Sherman jumped from the fifth spot at the start of the day all the way to the top seed after six final games of round robin Baker match play at FireLake Bowling Center in Shawnee, Oklahoma.
Miller and Sherman posted a perfect 6-0 record in the second round to finish with an overall record of 9-3 and a 40-game total of 9,802.
Meanwhile, Norm Duke and Wes Malott entered the day as the leaders and had a dramatic fall from first all the way down to seventh place and off the show. After going 5-1 in matches in Friday’s opening round, the duo reversed that and went 1-5 on Saturday.
Sam Cooley and Anthony Lavery-Spahr earned the No. 2 seed for the stepladder finals with an 8-4 match-play record and a total of 9,724. Canadians Patrick Girard and Zacharay Wilkins took the third seed with 9,671.
Defending champions Jason Belmonte and Bill O’Neill went 6-0 yesterday and sat in second place but managed just a 3-3 record in the final round. Boosted by a 300 game in the second to last game, Belmonte and O’Neill held on to take the fourth spot with 9,568.
In the final position round game, Sean Rash and Matt Ogle made the big move from seventh place up to fifth and onto the show thanks to a 279 final game. Ogle and Rash went 5-6-1 in match play but their 9,622 total was enough to make it in.
The stepladder finals of the PBA Doubles Championship will be taped Sunday afternoon and broadcast on FS1 on Jan. 20 at 1 p.m. Eastern for audiences in the United States. International audiences will be able to watch the show on FloBowling as it airs on FS1. The archive of the finals will be available on FloBowling seven days after the show airs.