The Mark Roth-Marshall Holman PBA Doubles Championship is named in honor of two of the PBA’s most celebrated champions, and a tandem that won the PBA Doubles Championship three times in 13 tries and finished in the top five three additional times. Roth and Holman will be in the crowd for the finals.
The championship round of this years event will air Sunday at 2:30 p.m. ET on ESPN.
Storm's Jason Belmonte and Pete Weber emerged from a preliminary bowl-down round, which is airing exclusively on Xtra Frame, defeating Jason Couch and Mike DeVaney, 242-224, and Dan MacLelland and Ryan Ciminelli, 245-219, to reach to the ESPN finals. They will meet Bill O’Neill and Mike Fagan in Sunday’s opening match. The winner of that match will bowl fellow Storm staffers Andres Gomez and Martin Larsen. That winner takes on Storm staffer Norm Duke and Roto Grip staffer Wes Malott to decide the pairing for the title match.
The winning team members will earn PBA Tour titles and, if not already qualified, earn a berth in the Round of 36 for the end-of-season PBA Tournament of Champions. Belmonte, Fagan, Weber and Duke have already clinched TOC Round of 36 berths as 2011-12 title winners.
Going into the PBA Doubles Championship finals, international players have swept all five previous World Series of Bowling titles, not including the WTBA World Bowling Tour men’s title won by native Finlander Mika Koivuniemi. Belmonte, Gomez and Larsen hope to keep the international trend alive.
A post-game show will be webcast on Xtra Frame immediately following Sunday’s ESPN telecast. To subscribe to Xtra Frame, visit pba.com and click on the Xtra Frame logo.