Wes Malott

Wesley Clint "Big Nasty" Malott (born October 26, 1976) is an American professional ten-pin bowler who resides in Pflugerville, Texas. He has won ten PBA Tour titles in 14 full seasons on the PBA tour. He won his lone major championship at the 2012–13 U.S. Open, and has finished runner-up in five other major PBA tournaments. Malott also won the 2006–07 Showplace Lanes Megabucks Shootout, which is not a PBA Tour event.

Wes Malott
Born
Wesley Clint Malott

(1976-10-26) October 26, 1976 (age 43)
Years active2004-present
Height6 ft 5 in (196 cm)
Bowling Information
AffiliationPBA
Rookie year2005
Dominant handRight (cranker delivery)
Wins10 PBA Tour (1 major)
300-games41
SponsorsRoto Grip, Dexter, Vise Grips

Malott also owns 18 PBA Regional Tour titles. Through 2019, his career PBA Tour earnings have topped $1.3 million (U.S.), and he has rolled 41 perfect 300 games in PBA Tour events. Wes is a Pro Staff member for Roto Grip bowling balls, Dexter shoes and Vise Grips.[1]

PBA careerEdit

After winning one title each in the 2005–06, 2006–07 and 2007–08 seasons, Malott had his big breakout in the 2008–09 season. In a close race, Malott won the 2008–09 PBA Player of the Year Award over Norm Duke (74 points to Duke's 70). In his finest season to date, Malott made nine TV finals appearances, won three times, and collected a career-high $174,680. He won the PBA's George Young High Average award with a season mark of 222.98.

At the 2009 PBA World Series of Bowling in Allen Park, MI, Malott made the TV finals in two of the seven events: the PBA Shark Championship and PBA World Championship, but failed to win either tournament.[2] In the World Championship, he was denied his first major title when he was upset by newcomer Tom Smallwood, 244-228. Smallwood is originally from Saginaw, Michigan, and had been laid off from his automotive plant job less than a year before defeating Malott for the championship.

Although Malott failed to win a tournament in the 2009–10 season (the first time he had been shut out since 2004–05), he did finish second on the Tour in average (221.33) and fifth in points, while making five TV finals appearances.[3]

Malott won a title in the 2011–12 season in the Mark Roth-Marshall Holman Exempt Doubles Championship with partner Norm Duke.[4]

In the 2012–13 season, he finished runner-up in the USBC Masters to Jason Belmonte. Later in the season, he got his revenge on Belmonte, defeating him in the final match of Bowling's U.S. Open in Columbus, Ohio for Wes' first major championship.[5] He won his ninth PBA title later in the 2012–13 season, in the Cheetah Championship at the 2013 World Series of Bowling, marking the first time since 2008–09 that he won multiple titles in a single season. He also posted a career-high 228.09 average in Tour events.

Malott and partner Norm Duke won their second Mark Roth-Marshall Holman Doubles Championship in 2015. The win gave Malott ten PBA Tour titles, which qualifies him for PBA Hall of Fame consideration.

On April 12, 2017, Malott won the PBA "King of the Hill" competition in Portland, Maine. This was a special, non-title event broadcast live on the PBA's Xtra Frame webcast service, held in conjunction with the PBA League and Mark Roth-Marshall Holman Doubles Championship during the same week in Portland.[6]

Malott was the anchor bowler for the winning Portland Lumberjacks team in the 2019 PBA League tournament, and he won the Mark Roth League MVP award. Excluding a couple of meaningless tenth frame fill balls, Malott rolled 20 of 22 possible strikes over the three-day event (July 16–18).[7]

King of BowlingEdit

Malott won all five of his matches to win the crown in ESPN2's made-for-TV "King of Bowling" event, which was broadcast over five weeks on a tape-delay basis in April–May, 2009. Malott rolled 300 games in two of his five matches.[8]

Since that inaugural event, the King of Bowling has taken the form of a challenge match, most often a best two-of-three, and has been held in conjunction with a regularly scheduled PBA Tour event. Malott's challenger is chosen via PBA fan vote.

Malott has never lost the King of Bowling crown, winning his eighth and most recent defense against Jason Belmonte on February 6, 2018. This best-of-three match, which Malott won 2–0, was held at AMF Riviera Lanes prior to the start of the PBA Tournament of Champions. In previous King of Bowling events, Malott has beaten Tommy Jones, Belmonte and E. J. Tackett (in a three-way match), Parker Bohn III, Rhino Page, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Patrick Allen and Chris Barnes.[9]

Career highlightsEdit

PBA Titles (majors in boldface)
2005–06 – Mile High Classic
2006–07 – Discover Card Windy City Classic
2007–08 – Earl Anthony Medford Classic
2008–09 – Carmen Salvino Scorpion Championship
2008–09 – Bayer Earl Anthony Medford Classic
2008–09 – Etonic Marathon Open
2011–12 – Mark Roth-Marshall Holman Exempt Doubles Championship (with Norm Duke)
2012–13 – U.S. Open
2012–13 – WSOB Cheetah Championship
2015 – Mark Roth-Marshall Holman PBA Doubles Championship (with Norm Duke)
Other top-3 finishes
2003–04 – 3rd, PBA World Championship
2004–05 – 3rd, PBA Banquet Open
2005–06 – 3rd, Greater Omaha Classic
2005–06 – 2nd, Tulsa Championship
2006–07 – 2nd, Motor City Classic
2006–07 – 1st, Showplace Lanes Megabucks Shootout (non-PBA title event)
2006–07 – 2nd, Ace Hardware Championship
2006–07 – 3rd, Earl Anthony Medford Classic
2006–07 – 2nd, U.S. Open
2007–08 – 2nd, Lake Country Indiana Classic
2007–08 – 2nd, Lumber Liquidators Championship
2008–09 – 1st, Dart Bowl ATX Crossover Doubles (non-PBA title event; included a Dutch 200 game)
2008–09 – 2nd, Lumber Liquidators Shark Championship
2008–09 – 3rd, National Bowling Stadium Championship
2008–09 – 3rd, Tournament of Champions
2008–09 – 2nd, Dydo Japan Cup
2008–09 – 1st, PBA King of Bowling (non-PBA title event; included 2 perfect games)
2009–10 – 2nd, PBA World Championship
2009–10 – 3rd, Don and Paula Carter Mixed Doubles Championship (with Shannon O'Keefe)
2010–11 – 3rd, PBA Chameleon Championship
2011–12 – 2nd, Carmen Salvino Classic
2012–13 – 2nd, USBC Masters
2012–13 – 2nd, Don Carter Classic
2014 – 2nd, Barbasol Tournament of Champions
2014 – 2nd, PBA World Championship
2016 – 3rd, USBC Masters
2016 – 2nd, PBA Fall Swing Badger Open
2016 – 3rd, PBA Detroit Open
2017 – 3rd, U.S. Open

Career statisticsEdit

Statistics are through the last complete PBA season.

Season Events Cashes Match Play CRA+ PBA Titles Average Earnings ($)
2002–03 7 6 2 0 0 210.88 9,500
2003–04 18 15 9 1 0 217.53 45,850
2004–05 19 19 13 1 0 219.55 56,675
2005–06 22 22 18 4 1 221.83 130,270
2006–07 20 20 17 6 1 226.49 148,425
2007–08 18 18 15 6 1 223.77 108,900
2008–09 20 18 16 9 3 222.98 174,680
2009–10 18 16 13 5 0 221.33 85,570
2010–11 12 9 5 2 0 215.96 33,690
2011–12 13 10 7 2 1 224.62 39,380
2012–13 19 14 8 6 2 228.09 142,906
2014 12 8 4 2 0 225.15 85,803
2015 18 10 5 1 1 220.28 55,372
2016 22 14 8 3 0 221.19 64,300
2017 15 10 5 2 0 221.59 50,183
2018 15 10 4 1 0 214.55 28,675
2019 24 13 7 4 0 214.70 59,600

+CRA = Championship Round Appearances

PersonalEdit

Wes and his wife, Maryiedth, have two sons (Jordan and Camden) and a daughter (Brooke). Jordan Malott, aged 15, bowled in the PBA Regional Tour Houston Emerald Bowl Southwest Challenge on August 18, 2019, and finished in third place.[10]

SourcesEdit

  • http://www.pba.com, official website of the Professional Bowlers Association and the PBA Tour

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Wes Malott PBA Tour bio". pba.com. Retrieved July 23, 2019.
  2. ^ "Malott to Bowl for First Major Title in PBA World Championship." Article at www.pba.com, September 4, 2009.
  3. ^ Vint, Bill. "Walter Ray Williams Jr. Concludes Remarkable 2009-10 with Statistical Sweep." Article at www.pba.com on May 7, 2010. [1]
  4. ^ Vint, Bill. "Duke Wins 36th Title, Malott Ends Three-Year Slump with Roth-Holman PBA Doubles Championship Victory." Article at www.pba.com on March 25, 2012. [2]
  5. ^ Malott, Johnson Capture Lipton Bowling’s U.S. Open Titles Jerry Schneider at pba.com on July 27, 2013.
  6. ^ Vint, Bill (April 12, 2017). "Just Like Eight Years Earlier, Wes Malott Rolls to Victory in PBA "King of the Hill" Competition". pba.com. Retrieved April 13, 2017.
  7. ^ Vint, Bill (July 18, 2019). "Portland Lumberjacks Dominate L.A. X to Win First PBA League Elias Cup; Wes Malott Named Mark Roth MVP". pba.com. Retrieved July 19, 2019.
  8. ^ "Malott Records Perfect Ending to King of Bowling Series." Article at www.pba.com, May 20, 2009.
  9. ^ Schneider, Jerry (February 6, 2018). "Wes Malott Extends PBA King of Bowling Reign With 2-0 Best-of-Three Match Win Over Jason Belmonte". pba.com. Retrieved February 8, 2018.
  10. ^ Vint, Bill (August 23, 2019). "PBA Spare Shots: Former MLB All-Star John Burkett Wins First PBA Title in Houston Regional Event". PBA.com. Retrieved August 23, 2019.