Arizona’s Jakob Butturff Wins PBA Xtra Frame Lubbock Sports Open for $20,000, First PBA Tour Title
Jakob Butturff, a 22-year-old lefthander who won’t complete his first full year of Professional Bowlers Association competition until next month, won the PBA Xtra Frame Lubbock Sports Open at South Plains Lanes Sunday, nipping Houston’s Shawn Maldonado in the title match, 207-205.
Butturff, who has an unorthodox delivery that generates significant strike power, used a late double to pull even with Maldonado, and then struck on his fill ball in the 10th frame to force the Houston two-handed player to double for the win. Maldonado’s bid for his first PBA Tour title ended when the 4 pin stood on his try for a second strike in the 10th.
“I’m feeling great for once,” Butturff said. “Winning that first title feels great. We were basically going at the same pace in the title match, but eventually, my fill shot in the 10th was the whole thing.”
Butturff, who finished fourth in the PBA Viper Championship and fifth in the PBA Chameleon Championship during the GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling VII in December in Reno, earned $20,000 for his first title.
He rolled into the lead with a 6-2 match play record and some keen observations.
“I was watching Gary Faulkner Jr. bowl for a couple of games and I tried to stay in the same zone he was in, and that was most successful for me,” Butturff said. “I tried that (Saturday) and it worked, so I did it again today, and it worked out perfectly.”
Faulkner, also a lefthander, won the 2015 PBA World Championship in Reno.
Butturff also was well aware of the success a couple of other young players have had in PBA competition earlier in the year. Sweden’s Jesper Svensson became the youngest player ever to win the FireLake PBA Tournament of Champions at age 20 in February, and 19-year-old Anthony Simonson of Princeton, Texas, became the youngest ever to win a PBA major title in the USBC Masters.
“I just wanted to go out and prove I could compete with some of the best,” Butturff said. “I wanted to keep up with Jesper and Anthony, and prove the young guns can win out here on tour.”
All rounds of the Lubbock Sports Open were video-streamed live on PBA’s online bowling channel, Xtra Frame. The Lubbock tournament was the fourth in a series of 10 Xtra Frame PBA Tour events that will pay the overall competition points winner a $10,000 bonus. The next event in the XF series will be the PBA-PWBA Striking Against Breast Cancer Mixed Doubles at Bowl on Bellaire in Houston, Texas, July 28-31.
【USBC】 USBC Senior Masters 【Finals】
Weber makes history with win at 2016 USBC Senior Masters
Pete Weber of St. Ann, Missouri, made history Sunday at Sam's Town Bowling Center by winning the 2016 United States Bowling Congress Senior Masters to become the first player with five Professional Bowlers Association 50 Tour titles in a season.
The 53-year-old reigning PBA50 Player of the Year achieved the feat in dramatic fashion with a 266-263 win against left-hander Paul McCordic of Sugar Land, Texas, who stepped up in the final frame with a chance to win but left the 1-3-6-9 combination on his second offering to fall short.
After Weber doubled in the 10th frame, something he'd been unable to do in three previous attempts with the USBC Senior Masters title on the line, McCordic needed a strike and at least nine pins on his next shot to have the opportunity to make the spare for his first PBA50 Tour title.
Weber, who also won in 2013, is the sixth two-time winner at the Senior Masters. He earned $16,000 for the victory, while McCordic took home $9,000 for the runner-up effort.
"Once Paul threw the strike, I thought I was done," Weber said. "To win is nice, but to see a guy throw a shot like that, I feel for him. I've done it. He bowled great all week and put together two of his best games against me. Paul is a great champion."
McCordic defeated Weber 248-224 to start the championship match, but as the top seed, Weber needed to be beaten twice to be denied his second Senior Masters title.
In the first game, Weber controlled his own destiny and could've thrown three strikes in the 10th frame to lock out McCordic. Instead, he left the 4-7-10 split and sent his mind rushing back to 2015 when he was in the same position as the No. 1 seed and left two final-frame splits to lose twice to Amleto Monacelli of Venezuela.
"When I let the ball go, I thought it was a great shot," said Weber, a USBC and PBA Hall of Famer who owns 37 PBA Tour titles and nine victories on the PBA50 Tour. "I thought it was pretty pure, so I didn't know what I did. Maybe it was slow or over hit, but it felt really good off my hand. I did wonder if I was going to do this again, open twice in the 10th to lose again, but I stepped up in the 10th in the second match and threw the double to make him strike."
Additionally, the first title of Weber's PBA Tour career came in a similar must-strike situation against McCordic's twin brother, Pete. Weber registered two strikes and a seven-count in his final frame to force McCordic to double for the win. McCordic knocked down nine pins on his first shot and Weber won the 1982 Greater Hartford Open, 210-199.
On the way to the championship match Sunday, Paul McCordic posted two clean games in wins over eight-time PBA50 Tour winner Ron Mohr of nearby North Las Vegas, Nevada, and PBA50 rookie Dave Arnold of Elk Grove, California.
In his semifinal win against Arnold, McCordic found himself down 17 pins after four frames but closed the gap with a double in the fifth and sixth. He struck on four of his last five shots for a 235-198 win. Arnold finished third, worth $7,000.
McCordic entered the stepladder as the No. 3 seed and was able to capitalize on a seventh-frame Mohr miscue to earn a 225-212 win. Mohr, who downed the stepladder's other left-hander, Andy Neuer of Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, 212-181, in the day's opening match, finished fourth and took home $5,000. Neuer, also a rookie this season, finished fifth, earning $4,000.
Weber's victory Sunday marked his fifth in six events. His streak of four consecutive wins came to an end last week at the hands of first-time PBA50 winner Noel Vazquez of Sacramento, California, in the title match of the PBA50 Northern California Classic presented by MOTIV.
With five events remaining on the 2016 PBA50 schedule, there's still plenty of time for Weber add to his legacy and bid for a second consecutive player-of-the-year nod, but in the back of his mind also is the idea of becoming the first three-time Senior Masters winner.
"I didn't expect this, but it's an unexpected pleasure," Weber said. "It's a great honor to win. To win five tournaments in a season is an awesome deal for me, and I'm not done yet. I still have a bunch of tournaments left. I plan on winning a couple more. As far as the Senior Masters, I'm going to make it three next year, so they better watch out."
The other two-time winners at the Senior Masters are Dave Davis (1995, 1996), Gary Dickinson (1997, 2004), Pete Couture (1998, 2002), Tom Baker (2006, 2007) and Dale Traber (2009, 2011).
All 263 competitors at the 2016 Senior Masters, open to USBC members age 50 and older, rolled 15 qualifying games over three days before the field was cut to the top 63, who joined Monacelli in match play.
The Senior Masters was the second of two USBC Championship Tournaments for senior competitors held at Sam's Town, and it featured a total prize fund of more than $131,000.
This week's event followed the International Training and Research Center Super Senior Classic, the premier event for USBC members age 60 and older, which drew more than 125 competitors to Las Vegas.
Japan's Junichi Yajima, a 70-year-old right-hander, earned $6,500 for his win at the 2016 ITRC Super Senior Classic and also found success at the Senior Masters, finishing among the top 24.
Guerrero Wins First PWBA Title at Go Bowling PWBA Players Championship
More than a decade ago, Clara Guerrero made the move from Colombia to the United States to bowl collegiately and chase her dream of competing on the Professional Women’s Bowling Association Tour.
It took a little longer than expected, but Guerrero accomplished the dream of winning a PWBA title, and a major title at that, with a 199-175 victory over Liz Johnson of Cheektowaga, New York, in the final of the Go Bowling PWBA Players Championship on Sunday.
As the No. 3 seed, Guerrero had to win three matches at The Ashwaubenon Bowling Alley in Green Bay, Wisconsin, to earn the title.
“It feels incredible, it’s just such a dream for my first title to be a major against such amazing competitors,” Guerrero said. “It’s just spectacular. I feel unreal right now.”
She won a collegiate title at Wichita State in 2005, and has won numerous titles internationally, including capturing the QubicaAMF World Cup title the last two years. But a PWBA title was what she always wanted.
“I have won many things with my national team, but this is the main dream,” Guerrero said. “When I moved to the United States 12 years ago and bowled for Wichita State, I did it to get better to bowl on tour, to bowl against the best women in the world. When we didn’t have that opportunity anymore, I competed against the men to stay sharp. Now that we are back, and I can accomplish the dream I always wanted, it’s just incredible.”
In the title match, Guerrero had just one strike in nine frames but converted all of her spares, including a 1-2-7-10, while Liz Johnson had open frames in the third and sixth frames. Needing a mark and six pins in the final frame to clinch the title, Guerrero delivered two strikes.
Guerrero’s semifinal match against Shannon O’Keefe of O’Fallon, Illinois, was decided on the final ball. O’Keefe, who won the Nationwide PWBA Sonoma County Open earlier this season, struck in the ninth, as the 6 pin rolled late to take out the 3 pin, and had the opportunity to shut out Guerrero in the 10th frame by striking on her first two shots.
O’Keefe struck on the first shot, but left the 2-8-10 on the second, picking up the 2-8, to leave the door open for Guerrero.
Needing 20 pins to move to the title match, Guerrero started the final frame with a spare, forcing her to strike on the fill ball. She got the strike and a 226-225 victory.
“I made a move left and it paid off,” Guerrero said. “I’m glad I did it.”
Guerrero advanced to the semifinals with a 237-199 victory over No. 4 seed Stefanie Johnson of Grand Prairie, Texas. After Johnson opened in the sixth after leaving the 1-2-8-10, Guerrero struck on six of seven shots, including the final five, to advance.
At the Go Bowling PWBA Players Championship, competitors bowled 12 games of qualifying on Friday before the field was cut to the top 16 players for match play. On Saturday, the remaining players bowled 16 match-play games that determined the four players for Sunday’s stepladder finals.
Texas Teen Anthony Simonsen Takes One-Pin Lead in PBA Xtra Frame Lubbock Sports Open
Nineteen-year-old Anthony Simonsen of Princeton, Texas, bidding to become the first Professional Bowlers Association player to win three PBA Tour titles in 2016, led the field of 151 players through Saturday’s qualifying in the Xtra Frame Lubbock Sports Open at South Plains Lanes.
Simonsen won his first PBA Tour title with partner Connor Pickford in the season-opening Mark Roth/Marshall Holman PBA Doubles Championship and then became the youngest player ever to win a PBA Tour major when he won the United States Bowling Congress Masters in Indianapolis in February.
Simonsen, a two-handed player, averaged 236.6 during Saturday’s eight qualifying games to finish with a 1,893 pinfall total for a one–pin lead over Mitch Beasley of Clarksville, Tenn. Simonsen is hoping for a better outcome than he experienced earlier in June when he was leading qualifier in the Downums Waste Services PBA Jonesboro Open in Jonesboro, Ark. A 1-7 match play performance in Sunday’s finals in Arkansas dropped him to 14th place. Beasley, who is trying for his first PBA Tour title, led qualifying at the Firelake PBA Tournament of Champions in Shawnee, Okla., in February before losing to Sweden’s Jesper Svensson in the title match, 226-177.
Four-time PBA Tour titlist Mike Wolfe of New Albany, Ind., who hasn’t won since 2009, was in third place with 1,844 pins followed by one-time title winners Jake Peters, Henderson, Nev., with a 1,832 total and 2015 PBA World Champion Gary Faulkner Jr. of Memphis, Tenn., with 1,826 pins.
The top 50 bowlers after Saturday’s eight game qualifying round advanced to Sunday’s four-game cashers round at 8:10 a.m. CDT. Based on 13-game pinfall totals, the top 16 players will advance to a modified round robin match play round at noon, leading to the five-player stepladder finals at 4:15 p.m. First prize is $20,000 plus a PBA Tour title if the winner is a PBA member.
All rounds of the Lubbock Sports Open are being video-streamed live on PBA’s online bowling channel, Xtra Frame. To enroll as an Xtra Frame subscriber, visit pba.com and click on the Xtra Frame logo.
Weber top seed for finals at 2016 USBC Senior Masters
Pete Weber of St. Ann, Missouri, is on the verge of history at the 2016 United States Bowling Congress Senior Masters, where he earned the top seed for the stepladder finals for the second consecutive year.
The 53-year-old right-hander downed Dave Arnold of Elk Grove, California, 674-589, in the final winners-bracket match Saturday at Sam's Town Bowling Center to remain undefeated. The USBC and Professional Bowlers Association Hall of Famer now is one win away from a record fifth PBA50 Tour win of the season.
As was the case in 2015, a mission accomplished by fellow hall of famer Amleto Monacelli of Venezuela, Weber must be defeated twice in the championship round to be denied the second USBC Senior Masters title of his career. Arnold will enter the stepladder as the No. 2 seed.
The stepladder finals of the 2016 Senior Masters will be broadcast live on BowlTV on Sunday at 1 p.m. Eastern, and the winner will take home a $16,000 top prize from a total prize fund of more than $131,000.
Joining Weber and Arnold in the 2016 Senior Masters stepladder will be left-handers Paul McCordic of Sugar Land, Texas, and Andy Neuer of Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, along with Ron Mohr of North Las Vegas, Nevada. The trio survived the four-player elimination shootout that determined the final three seeds.
McCordic will be the No. 3 seed after winning the shootout with a 738 series. He was followed by Neuer (664) and Mohr (633), who will face off in Sunday's opening match. Joseph Goldstein Sr. of San Bruno, California, posted a 554 series and was eliminated, finishing sixth.
Weber recently put together a streak of four consecutive PBA50 Tour victories, a run that ended last week in the title match of the PBA50 Northern California Classic presented by MOTIV, where he fell to Noel Vazquez of Sacramento, California.
"I wasn't really happy with how things turned out last year, and I'm definitely thinking about redemption at the Senior Masters," said Weber, who was beaten 192-190 and 254-243 in last year's Senior Masters final in Green Bay, Wisconsin. "Especially after losing last week, I really feel like I have something to prove, and this might mean more than any other title I've won out here. Not many guys have their names on two champion flags at this event, so to do that would mean the world to me."
Weber, now an eight-time PBA50 champion to go along with 37 PBA Tour wins, won the Senior Masters in 2013 on the way to PBA50 Rookie of the Year honors and had a strong showing again in 2014 when he finished fourth.
The reigning PBA50 Player of the Year was dominant in match play this week, averaging more than 239 in six wins, including one of the week's six perfect games.
Weber's recent run of success is especially rewarding because he has been able to bounce back from a hip injury that limited his participation and success earlier in the 2016 PBA season.
"After everything I went through with the injury, it's nice to be back and pain free," Weber said. "I worked with a chiropractor for about two and a half months, and I have no pain, which is what matters most. I feel good, and I'm bowling well, and I think I might be throwing it better than I ever have. Some people tell me I've been getting better with age, and I'm not going to argue that right now."
Weber is looking to become the event's sixth two-time winner, joining Dave Davis (1995, 1996), Gary Dickinson (1997, 2004), Pete Couture (1998, 2002), Tom Baker (2006, 2007) and Dale Traber (2009, 2011).
The last left-hander to win the Senior Masters was Vince Mazzanti Jr. in 2005, as he joined Davis as the only southpaws to claim the crown.
The 2016 Senior Masters, an event open to USBC members age 50 and older, included 263 players, who competed in 15 games of qualifying to determine who would advance to match play.
Elimination Bracket 3回戦 勝 矢島純一 670 - 586 Tommy Martin
Liz Johnson Grabs No.1 Seed at Go Boeling PWBA Players Championship
Being back in the bowling center where she won her sixth major title, Liz Johnson of Cheektowaga, New York, said her expectations were not too high heading into the Go Bowling Professional Women’s Bowling Association Players Championship.
A troublesome practice session had dimmed those expectations, but a strong finish in Saturday’s final eight match-play games allowed her to capture the No.1 seed for the stepladder finals of the Go Bowling PWBA Players Championships at The Ashwaubenon Bowling Alley in Green Bay, Wisconsin.
Sunday’s stepladder finals of the second major on the 2016 PWBA Tour will be televised live at noon Eastern on CBS Sports Network. No. 4 seed Stefanie Johnson of Grand Prairie, Texas, will face Colombia native Clara Guerrero in the opening match, with the winner taking on No. 2 seed Shannon O’Keefe of O’Fallon, Illinois. The winner of the second match will face Liz Johnson for the title.
Liz Johnson’s road to the top spot was a little bumpy. Just 49 pins out of the lead to start Saturday, she dropped to sixth after the morning’s eight match-play games. For the afternoon block, she decided to make a move and play the outside part of the lane, despite the fact she had spent the first 20 games of the tournament playing the inside part.
“I’ve bowled this place a few times, and the (oil) pattern seems to get flatter and flatter,” Johnson said. “I just went with it, shot 279 out of the gate. I said it might last a game, it may last all block. I didn’t know.”
She would average 233 for the final eight games but, more importantly, would go 7-1 in match play. She finished with games of 278, 225 and 245 for a 6,604 pinfall total, 102 pins better than O’Keefe.
Johnson now has the chance to go after an eighth major title – she also won the U.S. Women’s Open last season – and her second major at The Ashwaubenon Bowling Alley in just over a year.
“It’s just one of those unexplainable things,” said Johnson, the 2015 PWBA Player of the Year who won the PWBA Las Vegas Open earlier this year. “Some houses you bowl well at, some houses you don’t. Fortunately, this is one of the good places for me. I can’t believe I’m the No. 1 seed, but I still have another match to go.”
Competitors at the Go Bowling PWBA Players Championship bowled 16 qualifying games Friday before the field was cut to the top 16 players for match play. Saturday’s 16 match-play games determined the top four players for Sunday’s stepladder finals.
The Go Bowling PWBA Players Championship will be the first of four shows at The Ashwaubenon Bowling Alley on Sunday. Following the live TV show, the stepladder finals of the PWBA Wichita Open, the Pepsi PWBA Lincoln Open and PWBA Greater Detroit Open will be taped for later broadcast.
Bowler Fights Emotions, Advances at Go Bowling PWBA Players Championship
After 12 qualifying games of the Go Bowling Professional Women’s Bowling Association Players Championship on Friday, Kelly Kulick of Union, New Jersey, has the lead. But a much different accomplishment happened a few spots down the leaderboard.
Gabby Mayfield of Lake Isabella, California, fought through an emotional day to earn the 16th and final spot for Saturday’s match-play rounds at The Ashwaubenon Bowling Alley in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The top 16 players will bowl two eight-game match-play sessions with the four players with the highest pinfall after the 28 total games advancing to Sunday’s stepladder finals of this season’s second major.
CBS Sports Network will televise the Go Bowling PWBA Players Championship finals live at noon Eastern on Sunday.
Mayfield made match play while dealing with the loss of her home back in Lake Isabella, part of the destruction caused by a massive wildfire in California. While she was in the top five early in the day, after 12 games she was waiting with fingers crossed to see if she made the cut.
“Basically, the first block, I was numb,” Mayfield said. “I didn’t feel anything because I finally talked to my mom and she told me the house had burned down, everything was gone. They were able to save my grandma’s house but nothing in my house. We lost two cats, so when I came in I probably cried eight times in the first 15 minutes when I saw all my friends.”
Mayfield and her fiancé, Brian Valenta, made the move to California in April, just before the tour season started. She said the support of her fellow competitors helped her, and the thought of her family helped push her toward the end.
She said her family fought the fire near her grandmother’s house, about a mile from her house, from 5 p.m. Thursday until early Friday morning, saying the windows were blown out but the house was saved.
“Honestly, I was numb and then I started thinking about it and I was like, I just want to do this for my town, for my parents,” Mayfield said. “Everybody has been so supportive. Brian was behind me every shot and I don’t think I could have kept it together if he wasn’t there.”
Kulick, who missed last week to have her troublesome right ankle checked out and to rest it, averaged 232 and her 2,782 pinfall total gives her a 37-pin lead over 2015 PWBA Rookie of the Year Stefanie Johnson of Grand Prairie, Texas. Liz Johnson, the 2015 PWBA Player of the Year, is in third followed by Colombia’s Clara Guerrero and Siti Rahman of Malaysia.
Kulick said she had irritation in her right ankle and then overuse in trying to push off compounded the problem. An X-ray and MRI showed a good deal of inflammation, which caused the pain, but there was no structural damage.
“Knock on wood, my body is still healthy, just a lot of inflamed tissue,” Kulick said. “It’s about 85 percent, and if I have good rhythm it doesn’t seem to irritate me. If I try to get aggressive, that’s when I find I have a lot of irritation.”
Sixteen remain undefeated at 2016 USBC Senior Masters
United States Bowling Congress and Professional Bowlers Association Hall of Famers Amleto Monacelli of Venezuela and John Petraglia of Jackson, New Jersey, lead a group of 16 players undefeated after two rounds of match play at the 2016 USBC Senior Masters.
A total of 32 players remain in contention at Sam's Town Bowling Center from the 64 that began Friday's competition in the double-elimination match-play bracket.
Monacelli is the defending champion at the Senior Masters, and he is looking to become the first competitor to successfully defend the title since Tom Baker of King, North Carolina, accomplished the feat in 2007.
Monacelli nearly saw his journey back to the stepladder finals take a turn into elimination bracket in Friday's opening round. The 54-year-old right-hander delivered a double in the 10th frame to defeat Scott Greiner of Platte City, Missouri, 651-641.
"I tried to keep myself cool and stay relaxed, since I knew it was going to be a tough match," Monacelli said. "Scott had found the right look with the right ball, and the lanes were tough. I was playing the left lane straighter and looping it more with a different ball on the right lane, and it ended up being the right guess."
Monacelli rolled in his second match, 746-663, against Stoney Baker of Canton, Georgia, and will look to continue his march towards a repeat performance Saturday morning at noon Eastern against Michael Lucente of Warren, Michigan.
"I'm going to try and do the same thing tomorrow," Monacelli said. "I'm going to keep myself low key and adjust to what I see."
Petraglia earned his stay in the winners bracket after a dramatic second-round win against fellow USBC and PBA Hall of Famer Norm Duke of Clermont, Florida.
The 69-year-old left-hander knew he'd need a big finish to close out Duke and got there in perfect fashion, tossing the third 300 of the week to secure the victory, 790-742.
Petraglia entered the finale with a 27-pin advantage and got an unexpected opportunity to expand that lead early when Duke opened the final game with a 7-10 split. The two exchanged strikes the rest of the way, finishing the match 300-279.
"Norm doesn't make mistakes, and anytime he gets to bowl three games on the same pair of lanes, you know he's probably going to bowl well the last game," Petraglia said. "The lanes kept getting nicer the more we bowled, and I knew I had some room. You never expect to go out and shoot 790 or bowl 300 to get there, especially at an event like the Masters, which is pretty special."
Petraglia compared the feeling he had Friday against Duke to what he felt during his televised perfect game against Walter Ray Williams Jr. of Oxford, Florida, in 1994. He now will look to match that feeling Saturday as he faces off against Jack Jurek of Lackawanna, New York, the runner-up at the 2014 Senior Masters.
"Your concentration level definitely rises in those situations and against guys like Walter and Norm, who you know probably aren't going to make a mistake," said Petraglia, the owner of 14 PBA Tour titles and eight PBA50 Tour victories. "I expect to need the same level of focus tomorrow, and I'm looking forward to it. This is exactly what it's all about and why I'm still bowling at 69 years old. I love it, and days like today make me love it more."
Also among undefeated players are 2013 champion Pete Weber of St. Ann, Missouri, hall of famer Brian Voss of Centennial, Colorado, and local favorite Eric Forkel of Henderson, Nevada, who delivered in a must-strike situation on his first shot of the 10th frame to send top seed Parker Bohn III of Jackson, New Jersey, to the elimination bracket, 676-673.
Notable players joining Bohn in the elimination bracket are 2014 Senior Masters champion Walter Ray Williams Jr. and fellow USBC Hall of Famers Rick Steelsmith of Wichita, Kansas, Lennie Boresch of Kenosha, Wisconsin, Sam Lantto of Eden Prairie, Minnesota, and Duke.
All 32 remaining players will return to the lanes at Sam's Town on Saturday morning at noon Eastern.
The field will continue to be narrowed, and the final five players will be seeded into Sunday's stepladder finals, which will be broadcast live on BowlTV beginning at 1 p.m. Eastern. The winner of the stepladder will take home the top prize of $16,000 of a more than $131,000 prize fund.
The 2016 Senior Masters, an event open to USBC members age 50 and older, featured 263 players, who competed in 15 games of qualifying to determine who would advance to match play.
Winners Bracket １回戦 勝 矢島純一 701 - 652 Jerry Brunette Jr.
Elimination Bracket 2回戦 勝 矢島純一 720 - 652 Warren Nelson
明日の Elimination Bracket 3回戦に進出。
Bohn top qualifier at 2016 USBC Senior Masters
Parker Bohn III of Jackson, New Jersey, left little doubt he'd be the top seed heading into match play at the 2016 United States Bowling Congress Senior Masters when he started the final day of qualifying at Sam's Town Bowling Center with games of 264 and 288.
The 52-year-old left-hander averaged 257.2 on the way to a 1,286 five-game block Wednesday and completed the wire-to-wire domination of the 263-player field with a record three-day total of 3,712, an average of more than 247 over 15 games.
The previous mark of 3,639 was set by California's Ross Packard at the 2005 USBC Senior Masters, which was held at the nearby Suncoast Bowling Center.
Bohn, a USBC and Professional Bowlers Association Hall of Famer, also owns the 15-game record at the USBC Masters, a 3,671 effort in 1998. He found his way into the Masters spotlight again three years later with a win at the 2001 event, and he now looks to join Dave Soutar and Walter Ray Williams Jr. as the only bowlers to win both Masters tournaments.
"Records are made to be broken, and in a format like this, it's nice to have something like that to push you," Bohn said. "I would definitely say I'm comfortable with what I see on the lanes and what the ball is doing, and I feel like I have a pretty good game plan. But, regardless of scores so far, it's now about knocking down more pins that your opponent and winning matches."
Bohn's performance was 209 pins better than Pete Weber of St. Ann, Missouri, who qualified second with a 3,503 total. Rick Steelsmith of Wichita, Kansas, was third with 3,484 and was followed by John Petraglia of Jackson, New Jersey (3,452), and John Donovan of Melbourne, Florida (3,432).
Brian Kretzer of Kettering, Ohio, earned the final spot in the 64-player double-elimination match-play bracket with a 3,140 total, a 209.33 average. Kretzer will face off against Bohn in the opening round of match play Friday.
"We all know this is the Masters and the pins are dropped, but that's the uniqueness of the event," said Bohn, who went 2-2 on the way to a 26th-place finish at the 2015 Senior Masters in Green Bay, Wisconsin. "I found a few different things that worked well this week, and I just hope to keep doing what I've been doing. You still want to keep an open mind, though. Overall, I think I've been able to make quick adjustments, and that will continue to be important."
Match play at the Senior Masters will begin Friday at noon Eastern and continue throughout the day Friday and Saturday, live on BowlTV. The winner this week will take home a top prize of $16,000, with the stepladder finals being broadcast live on BowlTV on Sunday at 1 p.m. Eastern.
As the defending champion, Amleto Monacelli of Venezuela was guaranteed the No. 64 spot in the double-elimination match-play bracket, but he was able to improve his seeding with a consistent performance at Sam's Town this week.
His 3,371 total earned him the No. 8 seed in the bracket, and the first obstacle in his quest to become the first repeat winner at the Senior Masters since Tom Baker of King, North Carolina, in 2007 will be No. 57 seed, Scott Greiner of Platte City, Missouri.
Monacelli defeated Weber, a fellow USBC and PBA Hall of Famer, twice - 192-190 and 254-243 - to win the 2015 event for his third PBA50 major title.
The 54-year-old right-hander is in the midst of a successful 2016 season, which includes a win at the recent PBA50 Fountain Valley Open presented by Track.
The Senior Masters is open to USBC members age 50 and older and is the second of two USBC senior tournaments taking place this week in Las Vegas.
All competitors bowled 15 games of qualifying over three days this week to determine the 63 bowlers joining Monacelli in the bracket.
Senior Masters bowlers are competing for a total prize fund or more than $131,000, while Japan's Junichi Yajima earned $6,500 for his win at the 2016 International Training and Research Center Super Senior Classic (USBC members age 60 and older) at Sam's Town over the weekend.
Yajima, 70, also is competing at the Senior Masters and posted a 3,284 total this week to earn the No. 23 seed in match play. His first opponent Friday will be No. 42 Jerry Brunette Jr. of Rochester, New York.
日本から参戦の矢島純一、予選第3ラウンド終了し23位。 明日の Double-elimination match-play に進出。
Bohn leads after second day at 2016 USBC Senior Masters
It only took Parker Bohn III of Jackson, New Jersey, seven games to reach an over-par score no other competitor at the 2016 United States Bowling Congress Senior Masters could match in 10 games, and he was able to build on his opening-round lead at Sam's Town Bowling Center.
The USBC and Professional Bowlers Association Hall of Famer entered Wednesday's second round with a 10-pin advantage and now leads the field of more than 260 players by nearly 100 pins with a 10-game total of 2,426, a 242.6 average.
The 52-year-old left-hander posted games of 247, 235, 215, 214 and 257 for a 1,168 total on the final squad of the day Wednesday, the double-burn, to go along with a 1,258 five-game block Tuesday on the fresh 40-foot USBC Senior Masters lane condition.
"I came in with the same game plan to keep my target in front of me," said Bohn, a two-time PBA Player of the Year. "I just had to figure out what ball it was going to take to knock over the pins. I started with the ball I used yesterday, which looked good for two games. For the better part of Game 3 and 4, I was fumbling around changing balls trying to stay in that zone. I left a couple of 7 pins to start Game 5, figured I had nothing to lose, tried another ball and threw seven in a row. Maybe I should have used it earlier, but I'm very comfortable with where I'm at and will see what tomorrow brings."
Kevin Croucher of Grants Pass, Oregon, rolled the third-highest block of the second round, 1,187, to jump from 11th place into second place with a 2,329 two-day total.
USBC and PBA Hall of Famers John Petraglia of Jackson, New Jersey, and Pete Weber of St. Ann, Missouri, are third and fourth with 2,315 and 2,313, respectively. John Donovan of Melbourne, Florida, rounds out the top five with 2,308.
Qualifying will conclude Thursday, with the first of three squads taking the lanes at 11 a.m. Eastern. The top 63 players, based on their 15-game pinfall, will join defending champion Amleto Monacelli of Venezuela in the double-elimination match-play bracket.
Monacelli improved to eighth overall after Wednesday's second round with a 2,258 total. The USBC and PBA Hall of Famer is guaranteed the No. 64 seed if he falls out of the cut, but he can improve his seeding for match play during qualifying.
Bohn will use Thursday's final round to make sure he's as prepared as possible for match play. All pinfall will drop starting Friday, and each three-game match will be decided by total pinfall.
"I may bring out one or two more balls to see what they do on the lane," said Bohn, the owner of 35 PBA national titles, including three majors. "Everyone understands after tomorrow night, the 64 players who advance are even. With that being the case, I want to make sure whatever I do allows me to go out and hopefully continue to knock over an insurmountable amount of pins compared to my opponent."
All rounds of qualifying and match play are being broadcast live on BowlTV, and the five players who advance through the bracket will battle for the title in the stepladder finals Sunday at 1 p.m. Eastern.
The Senior Masters is open to USBC members age 50 and older and features a prize fund of more than $131,000. A top prize of $16,000 will be awarded to the tournament champion.
USBC大会「ITRC Super Senior Classic」にて、矢島純一が日本人初チャンピオンに！
6月16日（木）～19日（日）にかけてアメリカ・ネバダ州ラスベガスの Sam'sTownHote l& Bowling で開催されましたUSBC大会「ITRC Super Senior Classic」にて、矢島純一が見事優勝致しました！
4位決定戦から勝ち上がって優勝決定戦では Ron Mohr と対戦し、248 対 218 で Ron Mohr に圧勝。アメリカ人以外の選手による優勝は大会史上初という記録も打ち建てました！
Cherie Tan Wins First PWBA Title at 2016 Storm Sacramento Open
Cherie Tan capped an impressive four-week stretch for her and her teammates from Singapore as she delivered in the final frame to capture the 2016 Professional Women's Bowling Association Storm Sacramento Open.
Tan, who earned the top seed for the stepladder finals by posting a 6-0 record in match play, connected on two strikes in the 10th frame of the title match to outlast Shannon Pluhowsky of Dayton, Ohio, 208-205, to win her first PWBA title. The stepladder aired nationally on CBS Sports Network on Tuesday.
The back-and-forth championship match saw Tan make the first mistake, leaving a 4-6-7-10 split in the fifth frame, but Pluhowsky, who also attacks the lanes from the left side, returned the favor in the seventh when she was unable to convert a 7 pin.
Trailing by five pins heading into the 10th frame, Pluhowsky, who also was looking for her first PWBA title, stepped up first and recorded two strikes to force Tan to match the double for the top prize of $10,000.
The 28-year-old Tan trusted the ball change she made on the right lane in the eighth frame and matched Pluhowsky with two strikes and six pins to secure the win.
"The ball I was using was going a tad longer on that lane and wasn't kicking out the 7 pin," said Tan, the runner-up at the 2014 QubicaAMF World Cup. "I decided to move to something that reads up earlier, and it ended up kicking out the corners for me. It was intense. I just stuck to my routine and took it one shot at a time."
Pluhowsky earned her spot in the finals by defeating Hui Fen New, one of six members of Team Singapore in the 80-player field, in an exciting semifinal match, 248-246. New needed to record a strike on her opening shot of the 10th frame to advance to the championship round but left a 10 pin to end her run up the stepladder.
New, the only right-hander on the show, recorded a 257-199 win over Anggie Ramirez Perea of Austin, Texas, in the opening match.
Tan's victory also marked the first win for a southpaw on the PWBA Tour since June 2003, when Tiffany Stanbrough captured the second of back-to-back victories to start the 2003 season at the Pepsi Rockford Classic in Rockford, Illinois. The PWBA went on hiatus later in the 2003 season but returned in 2015 after a commitment from the United States Bowling Congress and Bowling Proprietors' Association of America.
The talented group from Singapore returned home after a successful opening quarter to the 2016 PWBA Tour season.
Bernice Lim captured the 2016 USBC Queens in Las Vegas, while New recorded a pair of championship-round appearances.
"It feels great," Tan said. "Singapore has two wins, so this bodes well for our country and proves our program is doing well. We owe a big thanks to our federation and sponsors for their support."
All qualifying and match-play rounds of the PWBA Storm Sacramento Open were held at Steve Cook's Fireside Lanes in Citrus Heights, California, on May 13-14.
The stepladder finals were held May 26 at The Orleans Bowling Center in conjunction with the USBC Queens and the finals of the PWBA Las Vegas Open and Nationwide PWBA Sonoma County Open.
The Queens finals aired live on CBS Sports Network, while the Las Vegas Open and Sonoma County Open aired on CBS Sports Network on June 7 and June 14, respectively.
Bohn leads after first round at 2016 USBC Senior Masters
The first day of qualifying at the 2016 United States Bowling Congress Senior Masters turned out to be a successful venture for Parker Bohn III of Jackson, New Jersey, and those who spend time close to him.
The USBC and Professional Bowlers Association Hall of Famer set the pace through the first of the event's three qualifying rounds at Sam's Town Bowling Center, rolling games of 244, 231, 256, 260 and 267 for a 1,258 five-game total Tuesday, while his roommate for the week, John Donovan of Melbourne, Florida, came within one strike of taking the lead later in the day.
Donovan needed to shoot 282 or better in his final game to catch Bohn and started the finale with nine consecutive strikes before leaving back-to-back washouts in the 10th frame for a 272 game and 1,248 total for the day.
Fellow Jackson resident John Petraglia, also a USBC and PBA Hall of Famer, finished the day in third place with 1,224.
Ernie Segura of Taylor, Michigan, is fourth with 1,205, and Eric Forkel of nearby Henderson, Nevada, is fifth with 1,198.
The leading trio of southpaws each bowled on a different squad Tuesday, with Bohn's performance coming on the fresh 40-foot USBC Senior Masters lane condition.
"Things ended up being a lot better than I expected going in," said Bohn, who owns 35 PBA national titles, including the 2001 USBC Masters, and three PBA50 Tour victories. "I played farther inside yesterday in practice but saw some other lefties playing out and decided to come in today with an open mind and a plan to try some different things in practice. I feel like I have two or three different options, with the main goal being to get all I can for now. It's like a new event once match play starts."
Bowling on the final squad of the day gave Donovan a chance to scout the lanes and get an idea of how they were being played through the first 10 games of traffic on the left side. With the lanes only being oiled one time per day, Donovan's first block came on the double-burn.
"I saw a lot of lefties playing more inside, but I wanted to stay as far left as possible, so I wouldn't be affected by the right-handers as they moved left throughout the block," Donovan said. "I was hoping to get to 50 or 60 over, but I ended up have a good look and figured I could get more. I just never expected it to be as much as it was. I don't think I doubled in any 10th frames, so that cost me a few more pins. I'm absolutely thrilled right now, though."
The 50-year-old Donovan, a rookie this year on the PBA50 Tour, already has learned a lot from Bohn this season, having crossed with the hall of famer in his first two Tour stops. That experience definitely helped him Tuesday.
"Bowling with Parker at the first two stops really helped with my nerves and learning what's happening out there on the lanes," Donovan said. "I don't really bowl as much as some of these guys, so talking to Parker and learning from him definitely has made me feel more comfortable."
The roommates will lead the field of 263 Senior Masters competitors back onto the lanes at Sam's Town for the second round of qualifying Wednesday with squads taking place at 11 a.m., 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Eastern.
Qualifying will conclude Thursday, with 15-game pinfall totals determining the 63 bowlers who will join defending champion Amleto Monacelli of Venezuela in the double-elimination match-play bracket.
Monacelli is tied for 12th place after Tuesday's opening round with a 1,139 total. The USBC and PBA Hall of Famer is guaranteed the No. 64 seed if he falls out of the cut, but he can improve his seeding for match play during qualifying.
All rounds of qualifying and match play are being broadcast live on BowlTV, and the five players who advance through the bracket will battle for the title in the stepladder finals Sunday at 1 p.m. Eastern.
The Senior Masters is open to USBC members age 50 and older and is the second of two USBC senior tournaments taking place this week in Las Vegas.
Senior Masters bowlers are competing for a $16,000 top prize, while Japan's Junichi Yajima earned $6,500 for his win at the 2016 International Training and Research Center Super Senior Classic (USBC members age 60 and older) at Sam's Town over the weekend.
Yajima, 70, also is competing at the Senior Masters and is in 30th place after the first round with 1,103.
Japan’s Yajima Wins ITRC Super Senior Classic at 70
Junichi Yajima of Japan earned new life in a dramatic semifinal match at the 2016 International Training and Research Center Super Senior Classic and rode that momentum to a win over top seed Ron Mohr of Las Vegas to become the first international player to win the event.
Yajima and Mohr matched each other nearly shot for shot through the first eight frames of the championship match Sunday at Sam's Town Bowling Center, but a pair of 10 pins from Mohr in the final frames gave Yajima the opportunity to take the title and $6,500 top prize in a 248-218 victory.
The 70-year-old right-hander, who has made annual trips to compete against the top players in the United States for more than five decades, sealed the victory with a strike on his first shot in the 10th frame.
The 2016 ITRC Super Senior Classic was the fourth edition of the premier event for United States Bowling Congress members age 60 and older.
"I first came to the United States to bowl in 1966," said Yajima, the owner of 41 Japan Professional Bowlers Association titles and one Professional Bowlers Association regional title. "I've been coming here every year trying to win tournaments. I won a regional but had never won a big one. This is a dream."
Mohr has had one of the hottest hands on the PBA50 Tour as of late but has been unable to find his way to the winner's circle this year. The 60-year-old right-hander earned $4,500 for the runner-up performance.
In the high-scoring semifinal, Yajima was ready to take off his bowling shoes and remove his equipment from the ball return after missing a 10 pin in the final frame against USBC and PBA Hall of Famer Johnny Petraglia of Jackson, New Jersey.
Petraglia stepped up in the final frame with a max score of 279 and a chance to lock up the win with nine pins on his first offering.
The left-hander threw his first errant shot of the match, knocking down just four pins. He left the 2-4-6-7-8-10 combination and was unable to convert, ultimately falling 245-239 and giving Yajima a shot at the trophy. Petraglia took home $3,500 for the third-place effort.
"I expected him to get the strike and win," said Yajima, who learned to compete with the best in the world under the watchful eye of USBC and PBA Hall of Famer Dick Weber. "I was shocked."
On the way to the meeting with Petraglia, Yajima stayed clean and rolled four consecutive strikes in the fifth through eighth frames to hold off Ronald Holt of Upper Marlboro, Maryland, 236-199. Holt's undoing proved to be the left lane, which yielded a pair of open frames against Yajima. Holt finished fourth, earning $3,000.
The left lane also was a challenge for fourth seed Sam Carter of Ben Lomond, California, who was unable to gain any momentum in the opening match against Holt. Holt struck on five of his first six shots and cruised to a 226-185 win. Carter earned $2,500 for the fifth-place finish.
All competitors this week bowled 16 games of qualifying over two days, before the field was cut to the top 25 percent (32 players) for the four-game cashers' round. All pinfall carried over, and the top five players advanced to the stepladder finals based on their 20-game totals.
Mohr Maintains Lead at 2016 ITRC Super Senior Classic
After faltering briefly during the second round of qualifying at the 2016 International Training and Research Center Super Senior Classic, Ron Mohr of North Las Vegas, Nevada, was able to snap back into form and again see his name at the top of the standings at Sam's Town Bowling Center.
The 60-year-old right-hander and opening-round leader regained his momentum during his final four games Saturday, averaging more than 249 down the stretch to remain in the lead with a 3,700 total through 16 games of qualifying.
"I just couldn't get into tournament mode," said Mohr, who led Friday's first round with a 1,860 eight-game total and nearly matched that effort with 1,840 on Saturday. "My thoughts would wander, and my focus wasn't very good until I missed a 10 pin in the fourth game, which is inexcusable. I struck on the next five shots after that, and I was fortunate to be able get my focus back and reset to finish better than I started."
United States Bowling Congress and Professional Bowlers Association Hall of Famer Johnny Petraglia of Jackson, New Jersey, shot 289 in his final game to move into second place with a 3,617 total, while Japan's Junichi Yajima is third with 3,599. Ronald Holt of Upper Marlboro, Maryland, and Sam Carter of Ben Lomond, California, round out the top five with 3,536 and 3,526, respectively.
After Saturday's second round of qualifying, the field at the 2016 ITRC Super Senior Classic was cut from 126 competitors to the top 32 players, who will return to the lanes Sunday at 11 a.m. Eastern to bowl four additional games to determine the top five for the stepladder finals, based on the 20-game pinfall totals.
Defending champion Sam Maccarone of Blackwood, New Jersey, advanced to Sunday's cashers' round, qualifying 22nd with 3,302. USBC Hall of Famer Tom Baker of King, North Carolina, earned the final spot in the cashers' round with a 3,237 total, a 202.3 average.
Baker finished as runner-up to Maccarone at the 2015 Super Senior Classic in Green Bay, Wisconsin.
Mohr now will look to retain his spot at the top of the standings through the cashers' round in hopes of earning the top seed for the stepladder finals. The top seed would need just one win to capture the title and top prize of $6,500.
"I'm really going to work on keeping my head in the game," said Mohr, a two-time PBA50 Tour Player of the Year. "Earning the No. 1 seed is my objective. The more the lanes burn up, the better my shot picks up, so I wouldn't mind seeing a few games ahead of me."
The cashers' round and stepladder finals of the 2016 Super Senior Classic will be broadcast live on BOWL.com's BowlTV.
The 2016 Super Senior Classic featured the top super seniors age 60 and older.
日本から参戦の矢島純一、予選第2ラウンドが終了し現在3位。 明日の Cashers' Round に進出。
Restrepo Sangs Top Seed for PWBA Greater Detroit Open Finals
Heading into the Professional Women’s Bowling Association Greater Detroit Open on Saturday, second-round leader Rocio Restrepo of Colombia really wanted to nail down the top spot for the television show.
For the second consecutive day, Restrepo cranked it up for the final few games to win her match-play group and claim the No. 1 seed for the PWBA Greater Detroit Open TV show. The stepladder finals will be taped June 26 during the Go Bowling PWBA Players Championship and will air Tuesday, July 19, on CBS Sports Network.
After 18 games, Restrepo was in second overall, trailing Stefanie Johnson of Grand Prairie, Texas, by 24 pins. But Restrepo closed out match play with games of 235, 279 and 234 to win her group and make her second TV show of the season.
“I’m really happy with the way I finished; I got the job done,” said Restrepo, who lost to Liz Johnson in the opening television stepladder match of the PWBA Las Vegas Open. “I knew I needed to put something together toward the end. I just wanted to take the No. 1 seed. I like that position better than having to climb the whole ladder. You are in a position to have more chances and get breaks (from a lower seed), but at No. 1 you just have to win one match. And I’m excited for that.”
Restrepo said she felt she has been bowling well, but also felt she just hasn’t caught any breaks.
“It finally happened this week, I got breaks when I needed them, and I committed and made shots when I needed them, too,” Restrepo said. “I kept making shots and I put it together. That was important to me this week. If I know I can kill it at the end, I had better make shots. I wasn’t taking the last three games for granted and that really helped because that’s where I got all my pins.”
Also making her second TV appearance is Li Jane Sin of Malaysia. Sin made the stepladder finals of the 2016 United States Bowling Congress Queens in Las Vegas but lost in the opening match.
“I told myself to just enjoy the game,” Sin said. “I learned at the Wichita Open how the environment feels in match play. I just learned from my mistakes and applied my strengths.”
Johnson, the 2015 PWBA Rookie of the Year, was second in her match-play group. She beat Brittany Smith of Des Moines, Iowa, in the Group A stepladder to earn the No. 3 seed for TV. Smith had advanced with a 163-133 victory over Natalie Cortese of Hoffman Estates, Illinois.
The final TV spot went to Indonesia’s Tannya Roumimper, who took a 244-206 victory over Missy Parkin of Laguna Hills, California. Parkin reached the Group B stepladder final with a 235-221 victory over Mexico’s Sandra Gongora.
Saturday’s competition kicked off with a six-game block that narrowed the field from the 32 cashers to the top 12 players for round-robin match play. The 12 finalists were split into two groups of six for match play, which consisted of six games including a final position round. The competitor with the highest pinfall total in each group earned a spot in the TV finals, and the next three highest in each group advanced to the group stepladder.
Qualifying and match-play rounds of PWBA Tour events are broadcast on Xtra Frame, the exclusive online bowling channel for the Professional Bowlers Association.
【JPBA】 ROUND1 CUP 2016 【決勝トーナメント】
【JPBA】 ROUND1 CUP 2016 【アマチュアチャンピオンシップトーナメント】
Restrepo Has Big Finish to Take PWBA Greater Detroit Open Lead
Colombia native Rocio Restrepo was on her way to the second 800 series of the Professional Women’s Bowling Association Tour season at the PWBA Greater Detroit Open on Friday when she decided to try something different.
While the change didn’t work, Restrepo still pulled out a 238 in her final game of the day to grab the lead with a 2,786 total for the 12 qualifying games. She leads Brittany Smith of Des Moines, Iowa, by five pins with 2015 PWBA Rookie of the Year Stefanie Johnson of Grand Prairie, Texas, in third at 2,758.
For Restrepo, she had just rolled games of 269 and 279 and entered the final game of the night in second place, 16 pins behind Smith. That’s when Restrepo decided to make a slight move.
“I was a little upset because I had made a move that I shouldn’t have,” Restrepo said. “I just had 260, 270 and knew I had good ball reaction. I didn’t really know if it was the right move, so I got mad at myself. In the middle of the game, I went back to where I was and struck out.”
Restrepo had averaged 232 during the first six-game block of the day and was in fourth heading into the evening games. After just missing the group stepladder finals at the PWBA Wichita Open and losing in the opening match of the group stepladder at the Pepsi PWBA Lincoln Open last week, she’s looking to go deeper into a tournament.
Restrepo advanced to the televised stepladder finals of the season-opening PWBA Las Vegas Open, but fell in the opening match to the eventual champion, Liz Johnson of Cheektowaga, New York.
“I’ve been bowling well but haven’t really got to where I want to be,” Restrepo said. “I’m trying to take advantage of patterns I feel more comfortable with and I did that today. Hopefully, tomorrow I can keep it up and keep grinding.”
Smith said she figured her 217 final game would not be enough to hold the lead.
“I bowled well at the Queens but have not bowled the greatest the last two weeks,” said Smith, the National Collegiate Bowling Coaches Association Most Valuable Player for the 2015-2016 collegiate season. “It was nice to come out here and feel like I’m throwing the ball well and scoring well.”
Johnson led after the first qualifying block on Friday, completing the six-game block with games of 289 and 256 for a 1,425 pinfall total, a 237.5 average. Smith was second at 1,401 followed by Mariana Ayala of Euless, Texas, at 1,398, and Restrepo at 1,394.
April Ellis of Wichita, Kansas, earned the final spot in Saturday’s cashers’ round with a 2,535 total, a 211.25 average. Ellis advanced to the stepladder finals at last week’s Pepsi PWBA Lincoln Open.
Heather Melvin of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, rolled a 300 game in the fourth game of the early block to briefly take the lead. Mexico’s Sandra Gongora matched the feat in the evening, rolling the seventh perfect game, and her second 300, in PWBA competition this season.
The PWBA Greater Detroit Open continues Saturday as the top 32 bowlers return for six more games qualifying games. The top 12 players, based on total pinfall after 18 games, advance to round-robin match play. For match play, the players will be split into two groups of six players who will bowl six games of match play, including a final position round.
The top qualifier in each group at the end of match play earns an automatic spot in the stepladder finals with seeding determined by total pins. The second, third and fourth qualifiers in each group will advance to a group stepladder final, and the winner of each group stepladder final will advance to the televised finals.
All qualifying and match-play rounds of the PWBA Greater Detroit Open are on Xtra Frame, the exclusive online bowling channel for the Professional Bowlers Association.
The PWBA Greater Detroit Open stepladder finals will be taped June 26 during the PWBA Players Championship and will air Tuesday, July 19 on CBS Sports Network.
Mohr leads first round at 2016 ITRC Super Senior Classic
Ron Mohr of North Las Vegas, Nevada, has been on a roll and turned that momentum into an opening-round lead Friday at the 2016 International Training and Research Center Super Senior Classic.
The two-time Professional Bowlers Association 50 Tour Player of the Year averaged more than 232 for his eight-game block to finish at the top of the standings at Sam's Town Bowling Center with a 1,860 total.
The 60-year-old right-hander has led qualifying at the last two PBA50 Tour stops, which included a fourth-place finish Wednesday at the PBA50 Northern California Classic presented by Motiv.
Mohr also found success at Sam's Town in 2015, helping Team USA to a gold medal in the team event at the World Bowling Senior Championships.
"I've been throwing the ball well for a few weeks now," said Mohr, who owns eight PBA50 titles. "Today's performance obviously loosens the arm swing, and with pinfall carrying over, a great start is huge. There are a bunch of great players here this week, so I'm not going to look too far ahead and just keep doing what I've been doing."
Japan's Junichi Yajima sits in second place with 1,815, and United States Bowling Congress and PBA Hall of Famer Johnny Petraglia of Jackson, New Jersey, is third with 1,808. Don Blatchford of Santa Monica, California, and Ronald Holt of Upper Marlboro, Maryland, are fourth and fifth with 1,784 and 1,776, respectively.
Defending Super Senior Classic champion Sam Maccarone of Blackwood, New Jersey, is 31st with 1,621.
The field of 126 competitors will return to Sam's Town for the second round of qualifying Saturday morning, before the field is cut to the top 32 for Sunday's cashers' round.
Michael Lucente of Warren, Michigan, who finished fourth at last year's event, and Gary Johnson of Las Vegas are tied for 32nd after the opening round with 1,617.
All bowlers who advance to the cashers' round will bowl four additional games starting at 11 a.m. Eastern, which will determine the top five for the stepladder finals, based on the 20-game total pinfall. The winner of the 2016 Super Senior Classic will earn a $6,500 top prize.
The cashers' round and stepladder finals of the 2016 Super Senior Classic will be broadcast live on BOWL.com's BowlTV.
【JPBA】 ROUND1 CUP 2016 【予選後半】
【JPBA】 ROUND1 CUP 2016 【予選前半】
Vazquez Wins PBA50 Northern California Classic for First PBA50 Tour title Ending Weber’s Consecutive Win Streak at Four
Noel Vazquez of Sacramento, Calif., won the PBA50 Northern California Classic presented by MOTIV Wednesday for his first career PBA50 Tour title and in the process ended Pete Weber’s record run of consecutive PBA50 Tour titles at four.
Vazquez, who has won two PBA regional and six PBA50 regional titles, defeated Weber 255-224 in the title match at Harvest Park Bowl.
“I’m shocked and at a loss for words,” said the 56-year-old Vazquez. “To bowl against the greatest bowlers in the game is unbelievable and something you only dream about.”
Vazquez, who qualified third for the finals, took an 11-pin lead in the fifth frame and then threw five consecutive strikes which were too much for Weber, who was the finals top qualifier, to overcome.
“I just had to keep thinking to stay within myself and make the shots I’m capable of,” Vazquez said. “You bring your “A” game and win or lose you can take satisfaction that you did your best.
“I’m pretty goal oriented,” Vazquez added. “That’s what helped me win my regional titles and it helped me get this win. I’ve always kidded my friends that if I won a national title I’d retire but I’m rethinking that right now.”
Vazquez’s previous best PBA50 Tour finish was 11th in the 2015 Suncoast PBA Senior U.S. Open.
Weber, a 37-time winner on the PBA Tour, which includes a record-tying 10 majors, was trying for his ninth career PBA50 Tour win. His streak of four wins started with the UnitedHealthcare Sun Bowl In The Villages in April which was followed by wins in the Mooresville Ford Open, Johnny Petraglia BVL Open and his second consecutive Suncoast PBA Senior U.S. Open win.
“My hat is off to Noel,” said Weber, who is the defending PBA50 Player of the Year. “He broke the streak by bowling great and deserved to win.”
Vazquez reached the title match by beating Ty Dawson of Sunnyvale, Calif., who was also making his first finals appearance, 213-195, in the semifinal.
In the opening stepladder match two-time PBA50 Player of the Year and eight-time PBA50 Tour winner Ron Mohr of Las Vegas defeated Brian LeClair of Delmar, N.Y, 256-238, who was trying for his second title. In the second match, Dawson defeated Mohr 279-235 to advance to the semifinal.
The PBA50 Tour returns to Las Vegas for the USBC Super Senior Classic June 16-19 followed by the USBC Senior Masters June 19-25 at Sam’s Town Bowling Center.
O'Keefe Captures Nationwide PWBA Sonoma County Open Title
Shannon O’Keefe of O’Fallon, Illinois, struck on six of her first seven shots on the way to a 246-203 victory over top seed Kelly Kulick of Union, New Jersey, in the title match of the Nationwide PWBA Sonoma County Open.
It was the first individual PWBA title for O’Keefe. She teamed with Bill O’Neill to win the PBA/PWBA Striking Against Breast Cancer Mixed Doubles last year.
“This is different,” O’Keefe said. “For some reason, it’s easier when you have someone with you. You can make mistakes, and there is someone there to pick you up. Bill and I work well together, but this one is different, this one is good.”
O’Keefe has been the women’s bowling coach at McKendree University the last two years. She has formed a strong bond with her players, saying they push and inspire her. But “Mama Bearcat” said she almost got a little ahead of herself during the title match.
“I actually started thinking, ‘Just a couple of more shots, and I’m going to win this, and it’s going to be about my kids,’” O’Keefe said. “I had to stop it. When you start thinking too far ahead, you lose focus and bad things happen. I had to refocus and trust the process.”
She almost saw the opportunity to bowl for the title slip away in her semifinal match.
O’Keefe also started quickly in that match against Hui Fen New of Singapore, opening with five consecutive strikes. But, O’Keefe left a 7-10 split in the seventh frame, while New strung together four consecutive strikes. That left O’Keefe needing to strike twice to start the final frame, which she did in a 235-226 victory.
“The one thing we’ve told our kids all year is that you just keep coming and never give up,” O’Keefe said. “The 7-10, it was a good shot, that lane was a little tighter. I just knew that if I’m going to tell my kids all year they have to just keep coming, I have to do the same, and hopefully, the pins are on your side that day.”
The victory also eased the memory of O’Keefe’s one-pin loss in the title match of 2015 U.S. Women’s Open, where she left a washout in the final frame and failed to convert. She kept a photo from that match, with head in hands, on her cell phone.
“It’s heartbreaking, but in the moments of defeat is the perfect opportunity to come back better, to come back stronger.” O’Keefe said. “I’m not going to let one moment define who I am. If I can’t bounce back, how can I expect to teach my kids that?”
New, the No. 3 seed, reached the semifinal match with a 225-211 victory over Jennifer Higgins of Westerville, Ohio, in the opening match. Higgins started with three consecutive strikes, while New missed a 10 pin in the second frame and could not convert the 2-4-10 in the third.
But, Higgins had an open frame in the fourth after leaving the 2-8-10, while New reeled off five consecutive strikes to advance.
The qualifying and match-play rounds of the Nationwide PWBA Sonoma County Open took place May 5-7 at Double Decker Lanes in Rohnert Park, California. The stepladder finals were taped for broadcast on CBS Sports Network on May 26 at The Orleans Bowling Center in conjunction with the USBC Queens. The stepladder finals of the PWBA Storm Sacramento Open also were taped for broadcast and will air June 21 on CBS Sports Network.
O'Keefe Top Seed for Pepsi PWBA Lincoln Open Finals
Before the Professional Women’s Bowling Association Tour went on hiatus in 2003, Shannon O’Keefe of O’Fallon, Illinois, spent just under two years learning and growing as a competitor new to the tour.
Since the return of the PWBA Tour in 2015, the 12-time Team USA member has been making up for lost time and earned the No. 1 seed for the Pepsi PWBA Lincoln Open this week at Sun Valley Lanes.
O’Keefe led throughout the event and averaged more than 219 for 24 games Friday and Saturday to claim the top seed for the televised finals, which will be taped June 26 at The Ashwaubenon Bowling Alley in Green Bay, Wisconsin, and air Tuesday, July 12 on CBS Sports Network.
Clara Guerrero of Pflugerville, Texas, earned the No. 2 seed for the show followed by reigning PWBA Player of the Year Liz Johnson of Cheektowaga, New York (No. 3) and April Ellis of Wichita, Kansas, who qualified fourth and will make her first PWBA television appearance.
The Pepsi PWBA Lincoln Open will be the second television appearance of the season for O’Keefe, who earned the No. 2 seed for the Nationwide PWBA Sonoma County Open, which airs June 14 at 9 p.m. Eastern, also on CBS Sports Network.
The 37-year-old right-hander is thankful for the opportunity to compete each week and doesn’t take it for granted.
“I’m just so grateful,” O’Keefe said. “I bowled on the defunct tour for a year and a half, and I was very raw. I had only been bowling for two years when I went out there, but I’m grateful that I got the opportunity to experience it. Now, I’m just so grateful to have a tour to bowl on. When I get frustrated, I just need to take a step back and put it into perspective because I’m so blessed and so lucky to be able to do what I’m doing on the coaching side and to be able to bowl all summer.”
O’Keefe is the head women’s coach at McKendree University and sees some differences in her mental approach and performance this season in comparison to 2015. Those largely are in part to her interactions with the many student-athletes she coaches, while continuing to use them as inspiration during competition.
“The difference this year really involves my kids,” O’Keefe said. “I think about them so much. And the things that Bryan (O’Keefe) and I are teaching them – one shot at a time, if it’s a bad shot or you miss a spare, let it go and move on. Yes, I get frustrated, and I still make bad shots, but the one thing that has been our constant at McKendree is just keep coming. No matter what, you never give up, you just keep coming. And that’s the epitome of mental toughness. So, if I’m going to expect my kids to do it than I need to live it and breathe it.”
Guerrero went 5-1 in match play Saturday and led Group B with a 5,284 pinfall total to claim the second spot in the televised stepladder finals. Johnson and Ellis advanced through the unique dual stepladder portion of the event to join O’Keefe and Guerrero on the show.
In the Group B stepladder, Diana Zavjalova of Latvia and Stefanie Johnson of Grand Prairie, Texas, tied at 207 during their match, forcing a one-ball roll-off to determine a winner. Zavjalova went first and knocked down five pins, while Johnson struck on her offering to move on to the final match.
In a battle of 2015 award winners, Liz Johnson rolled seven consecutive strikes in frames two through eight en route to defeating Stefanie Johnson, the 2015 PWBA Rookie of the Year, 258-200.
Liz Johnson, who won the PWBA Las Vegas Open earlier in the season, will be looking for her second title of the year.
In Group A’s opening match, Ellis filled 20 pins in the 10th frame to defeat Rocio Restrepo of Louisville, Ohio, 226-222.
In the deciding game, Ellis stepped up in the final frame and delivered a strike on her first shot to defeat Sandra Gongora of Mexico, 188-176, setting up her PWBA TV debut.
“This is amazing,” said Ellis, while holding back tears of joy. “I had some self-doubt in the past, but I never lost hope that I could get to this point. There are some amazing women out here, so to come out and do this is just incredible.”
Saturday’s competition kicked off with a six-game block that narrowed the field from the 32 cashers to the top 12 players for round-robin match play.
The match-play finalists were split into two groups, each featuring six players. Each group bowled six games of match play, including a final position round, to determine the top seeds and advancers to each group stepladder final.
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O'Keefe Cruises into Lead at Pepsi PWBA Lincoln Open
Shannon O’Keefe of O’Fallon, Illinois, opened the day with a 277 game, and cruised to the lead after 12 games of qualifying Friday at the Pepsi Professional Women’s Bowling Association Lincoln Open at Sun Valley Lanes.
Following her explosive start, O'Keefe turned in her lowest game of the day (184), but she was able to rally with games of 258, 248, 258 and 219 to close the opening block with a 1,444 total. The 37-year-old right-hander added 1,362 in her second block for a 12-game total of 2,806, an average of 233.83.
Mexico’s Sandra Gongora, who shot the day’s only perfect game, is second with 2,650. She is followed by 2015 PWBA Minnesota Open champion Diana Zavjalova (2,646), 2015 PWBA Player of the Year Liz Johnson (2,555) and two-time QubicaAMF World Cup champion Clara Guerrero (2,551).
The final spot in the cashers' round went to Natalie Goodman, also from O’Fallon, who finished 32nd with a 2,404 total, a 200.33 average.
O’Keefe found success earlier this season on the way to the No. 2 seed for the stepladder finals at the Nationwide PWBA Sonoma County Open, which will air Tuesday, June 14 at 9 p.m. Eastern on CBS Sports Network.
Although she’s off to a great start in Lincoln this week, she’s not looking too far ahead with such a talented field advancing to the cashers’ round.
“There are so many games left,” said O’Keefe, a 12-time member of Team USA. “I don’t ever look at the scoreboard, so I’m really just trying to throw good shots. The lanes were definitely different this afternoon, and I had to trust that I was making good shots and trust my ball reaction. Same thing for tomorrow – make good shots, trust that I’m throwing it good enough to make adjustments and take it one shot at a time.”
The Pepsi PWBA Lincoln Open continues Saturday with six additional games, with pinfall carrying over, to determine the 12 players who will advance to round-robin match play. The match-play finalists will be split into two groups, each featuring six players. Each group will bowl six games, including a final position round.
At the end of match play, the top qualifier in each group will earn an automatic spot in the stepladder finals, with seeding being determined by total pins. The second, third and fourth qualifiers in each group will advance to a group stepladder final. The winner of each group stepladder will advance to the televised stepladder finals.
All qualifying and match-play rounds are being broadcast on Xtra Frame, the exclusive online bowling channel for the Professional Bowlers Association.
The finals of the Pepsi PWBA Lincoln Open will be taped June 26 during the Go Bowling PWBA Players Championship and will air Tuesday, July 12 on CBS Sports Network.
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Monacelli Wins PBA50 Fountain Valley Open For Sixth Career PBA50 Tour Title
Professional Bowlers Association Hall of Famer Amleto Monacelli of Venezuela won four consecutive matches in the stepladder finals Wednesday to win the PBA50 Fountain Valley Open presented by Track at Fountain Bowl.
Monacelli, who qualified fourth for the finals, beat top qualifier hall of famer Parker Bohn III of Jackson, N.J., 266-247, in the title match to win his first PBA50 Tour title of the season and the sixth of his career.
Monacelli benefited from a bad break for Bohn, who was trying for his fourth career PBA50 Tour title, when Bohn left a pocket 7-10 split in the second frame.
“All the matches were very close,” said the 54-year-old Monacelli. “It was important to stay focused and low key, not get too excited if I’m leading or too low if I’m losing. If I stay calm I’ll have a clear mind to make the adjustments and the good shots that I need to make.”
In the semifinal match, Monacelli defeated hall of famer Walter Ray Williams Jr., of Oxford, Fla., trying for his 11th career PBA50 Tour title and second of the season, 249-245. Monacelli needed two strikes and a seven count in the 10th frame but threw three strikes to win the match.
“That was an example of a good test for my mental game,” Monacelli said. “I basically needed to have three strikes in the 10th to win and if I wasn’t calm so that I could make good shots I would have lost the match.”
Monacelli opened the stepladder finals by beating PBA50 Tour veteran Sammy Ventura of Syracuse, N.Y., who was trying for his first title, 256-248, before advancing to the second match where he beat six-time PBA Tour winner Chris Warren, 225-218, to advance to the semifinal against Williams.
Monacelli’s previous best finish this season was fourth in last week’s Suncoast PBA Senior U.S. Open presented by 900 Global.
Competing on the PBA Tour and PBA50 Tour, Monacelli won the DHC PBA Japan Inviational for his 20th PBA Tour win in January.
The PBA50 Tour heads to Harvest Park Bowl in Brentwood, Calif. June 12-15 for the PBA50 Northern California Classic presented by MOTIV which will be streamed live on PBA’s online bowling channel Xtra Frame. For subscription and schedule information visit www.xtraframe.tv.
【PWBA】 PWBA Las Vegas Open 【Finals】
Liz Johnson Wins 2016 PWBA Las Vegas Open
Reigning Professional Women’s Bowling Association Player of the Year Liz Johnson of Cheektowaga, New York, wasted no time putting in her bid for a second consecutive POY honor as she defeated top seed Shannon Pluhowsky of Dayton, Ohio, to win the 2016 PWBA Las Vegas Open.
Johnson said she’s been struggling with spares early in the 2016 PWBA season, but filling frames ultimately was her key to success in a 195-172 win against Pluhowsky at The Orleans Bowling Center.
The USBC Hall of Famer spared seven times for her third consecutive clean game of the night, and that was just enough to hold off Pluhowsky, the lone left-hander on the show, who had back-to-back opens frames early in the title match.
“I had a great feeling coming into today,” said Johnson, a 15-time PWBA champion, including four major titles. “It feels like as the weeks have progressed, I’ve gotten stronger physically and overcome some spare issues. Today, I bowled three clean games, and I was pretty happy about that. With the last match being so low-scoring, it was really important to fill my frames and just make the shots.”
Johnson, 42, earned her spot in the championship match with a 237-186 win over Mexico’s Sandra Gongora. A ball change helped Johnson battle the transition of the 39-foot oil pattern early in the game, and she was able to take the lead for the first time with a double in the seventh and eighth frames. Johnson closed the match with six consecutive strikes.
“I had a really good look the first game, but I started hitting that transition, and the oil started carrying down,” Johnson said. “I didn’t want to move left because I thought I’d get a little too much push, so I went to an earlier ball and tried to just keep the shots more in front of me, which I ended up not doing so well the last game against Shannon.”
In the opening match of the PWBA Las Vegas Open stepladder, Johnson struck in four of her first five frames to build a 32-pin lead at the halfway point and went on to outdistance Colombia’s Rocio Restrepo, 237-204.
Johnson, who has battled knee problems in recent years, has seen some limitations in her signature knee bend, which she always has considered her strength, but it has not slowed her down.
She also opened the 2015 PWBA season, the organization’s first year of operation since 2003, with a victory, claiming her second USBC Queens title, and she went on to add wins at the PWBA Detroit Open and the Bowlmor AMF U.S. Women’s Open to secure the player of the year award.
Now, she’s off to a hot start again and looking forward to the rest of the 2016 PWBA schedule, which has been expanded to 14 events, compared to 11 in 2015.
“We have 10 more weeks, and hopefully there’s a few more TV shows and wins out there for me,” Johnson said. “To win this early, I’m hungry to keep winning. I’m feeling good physically and mentally, and I’m just going to keep digging as much as I can. I just turned 42, and that’s been a good number so far. Hopefully, I can get even stronger as the season goes on.”
All qualifying and match play rounds of the PWBA Las Vegas Open were held at Texas Station in North Las Vegas on April 30-May 1.
The stepladder finals were held May 26 at The Orleans Bowling Center in conjunction with the USBC Queens and the finals of the Nationwide PWBA Sonoma County Open and PWBA Storm Sacramento Open.
The Queens finals aired live on CBS Sports Network, while the Sonoma County Open and Storm Sacramento Open finals will air on CBS Sports Network on June 14 and June 21, respectively.
【JPBA】 2016年度 下半期 女子トーナメント出場優先順位決定戦
【JPBA】 第5回 S・フルール杯 【承認大会】
Tip from Roommate Helps Tommy Jones Win 17th Title in Douwnums Waste Services PBA Jonesboro Open
Tommy Jones of Simpsonville, S.C., a future Professional Bowlers Association hall of famer, used a tip from his roommate and an “old school” technique to win the Douwnums Waste Services PBA Jonesboro Open presented by Xtra Frame Sunday at Jonesboro Bowling Center.
Jones, 37, defeated top qualifier Kyle Troup of Taylorsville, N.C., 237-228, to win his 17th PBA Tour title – tying PBA Hall of Famer Carmen Salvino for 20th place on the all-time PBA Tour titles list. Jones also won a $15,000 first prize.
After qualifying fourth for the four-man stepladder finals, Jones eliminated Connor Pickford of Charlotte, N.C., in the opening match, 212-163, and Frankie Lavoie of Wichita, Kan., in the semifinal, 247-213, before winning a “carry contest” over Troup in the title match. While Troup pounded the pocket, he couldn’t put back-to-back strikes together until the final four frames.
Jones, using a less-reactive urethane bowling ball and a hard, straight-to-the-pocket delivery, doubled in the third and fourth frames, and then put together a late string of four strikes – including his first shot in the 10th – to hold off Troup.
The deciding factor was the use the urethane ball to manage the demanding lane condition, a suggestion he got from roommate DJ Archer of Friendswood, Texas.
“I wouldn’t have even tried the urethane ball if DJ hadn’t suggested it,” Jones said. “I was just looking for something that would work on these lanes. I just didn't have good ball reaction doing anything else. I bowled 240 against Frankie and I got some pretty fortunate hits in that match. Then I figured urethane is what got me to the title match so I was going to ride it.”
The Douwnums Waste Services PBA Jonesboro Open was the third of 10 Xtra Frame PBA Tour events scheduled for 2016. The overall competition points winner for the exclusive Xtra Frame Tour will earn a $10,000 bonus. The next event in the series will be the Xtra Frame PBA Lubbock Sports Open from South Plains Lanes in Lubbock, Texas, June 25-26, where a $20,000 first prize and a PBA Tour title will be at stake.
Texas Teenager Anthony Simonsen Leads EJ Tackett by 16 Pins Heading into PBA Jonesboro Open Finals
Texas teenager Anthony Simonsen averaged 225 Saturday to lead the qualifying round of the Professional Bowlers Association’s Downums Waste Services PBA Jonesboro Open presented by Xtra Frame by 16 pins over .
Simonsen, a 19-year-old two-handed player, rolled games of 237, 182, 243, 276, 200, 172, 219 and 278 to finish the eight-game qualifying round with 1,807 pins. Simonsen won both of his PBA Tour titles earlier in the year, teaming with Connor Pickford of Charlotte, N.C., to win the Mark Roth/Marshal Holman PBA Doubles Championship and later winning the United States Bowling Congress Masters, becoming the youngest bowler in PBA history to win a major championship.
Simonsen and Sweden’s Jesper Svensson are the only two players with two PBA Tour titles during the 2016 season. Svensson isn’t competing in Jonesboro.
In third place among the 34 players still in contention was Kyle Troup of Taylorsville, N.C., followed by Ryan Shafer of Horseheads, N.Y., and Wes Malott of Pflugerville, Texas.
The top one-third of the field of 103 bowlers advances to Sunday’s five-game cashers round at 8:30 a.m. CDT. Based on 13-game pinfall totals, the top 16 players will advance to a modified round robin match play round at noon, leading to the four-player stepladder finals at 5:45 p.m. First prize is $15,000 plus a PBA Tour title if the winner is a PBA member.
All rounds of the Downums Waste Services PBA Jonesboro Open are being video-streamed live on PBA’s online bowling channel, Xtra Frame. To enroll as an Xtra Frame subscriber, visit pba.com and click on the Xtra Frame logo.
McEwan Grabs Top Seed for PWBA Wichita Open Finals
Danielle McEwan of Stony Point, N.Y., was a slow starter during qualifying at the 2016 Professional Women’s Bowling Association Wichita Open, but had no trouble in match play to earn the top seed at Northrock Lanes.
McEwan averaged more than 257 during match play to claim the No. 1 seed for the TV finals, which will be taped June 26 at The Ashwaubenon Bowling Alley in Green Bay, Wisconsin, and air Tuesday, July 5 on CBS Sports Network.
McEwan opened match play with games of 279, 268 and 276 for an 823 series, the first 800 series rolled by a PWBA player since the re-launch of the tour in 2015. The 24-year-old right-hander followed with 276, 233 and 211 for a six-game total of 1,543.
McEwan, coming off a third-place finish at the 2016 United States Bowling Congress Queens, notched a 4-2 match-play record in the Group B standings for a 5,590 pinfall total, which included 30 pins for each victory.
“This is the first time I’ve ever done something like that,” said McEwan, who is a five-time Team USA member. “I don’t really shoot high games or high series or have big sets like that. I’m more of a grinder who doesn’t give away pins, who will occasionally pop a big game. That’s usually my strength. I don’t even have words to describe what was going through my head because I was in such shock. I was just bowling.”
Saturday's competition began with the 32 cashers bowling a six-game block to determine the top 12 players for round-robin match play.
While Cassandra Leuthold of Lincoln, Nebraska, had the high pinfall total during the final qualifying round Saturday morning with 1,357, McEwan fired a 753 set in her final three games to take the No. 12 seed.
“I definitely thought I was out of the tournament three or four times,” said McEwan, who won 2015 The Smithfield PWBA Tour Championship. “The three qualifying blocks were the same for me because I went minus for the first three. Then, I went plus 100 or more during the back three. I had confidence in myself that I was going to figure it out and shoot a big last set. I went with a great ball suggestion that was perfect and I just went with it from there.”
In the Group A stepladder, Latvia’s Diana Zavjalova defeated Amanda Greene of Romney, West Virginia, 246-224.
In the final match, with her Team Malaysia teammates looking on, Hamidi tossed 12 consecutive strikes for a 300 game to down Zavjalova, 300-209.
“I feel very satisfied with my game and all my hard work is paying off,” said Hamidi. “It was hard, but I was able to keep repeating shots. I’m very satisfied and didn’t expect at all to be in the final.”
In the Group B stepladder, Li Jane Sin, a teammate of Hamidi, defeated Kelly Kulick of Union, N.J., 238-163.
In the final match, Pluhowsky had her own run at perfection, starting with six consecutive strikes and rolled to a 276-228 win over Sin.
The match-play finalists were split into two six-player groups. Each group bowled six games of match play, including a final position round, to determine the top seeds and advancers to each group stepladder final.
Weber Successfully Defends Suncoast PBA Senior U.S. Open Title For Record Fourth Consecutive PBA50 Tour Win
Professional Bowlers Association Hall of Famer Pete Weber of St. Ann, Mo., successfully defended his Suncoast PBA Senior U.S. Open presented by 900 Global title Friday for a record fourth consecutive PBA50 Tour title.
Weber, who was top qualifier for the stepladder finals, defeated Harry Sullins of Chesterfield Twp., Mich., 223-184, in the title match at the Suncoast Bowling Center to set the new mark. He had shared the previous record of three consecutive titles with fellow Hall of Famer Tom Baker who achieved the feat in 2006.
“It ranks way up there as far as my career accomplishments,” said Weber, who has won a record five U.S. Open titles on the PBA Tour. “I think this is the best I’ve ever felt or thrown the ball for five consecutive weeks in my career.”
Leading Sullins by eight pins in the six frame, Weber threw four consecutive strikes to clinch the match and his eighth career PBA50 Tour title. It was his third PBA50 Tour major title having also won the 2013 USBC Senior Masters.
“I could see it was tough for Harry to get anything going and when he didn’t strike in the ninth I knew I had the match,” Weber said.
For Weber, who ranks fifth on the all-time PBA Tour titles list with 37 wins and has won a record-tying 10 PBA Tour majors, he puts his win among his top accomplishments in a professional career that spans more than three decades.
“It’s way up there as far as anything I’ve done in my career,” said the 53-year-old Weber. “I just do whatever I can do to win and that’s the way it has been my whole career. Like I’ve said many times, winning never gets old.”
Weber began the 2016 season with a fourth-place finish in the Pasco County Florida Open and then won the UnitedHealthcare Sun Bowl In The Villages, PBA50 Mooresville Ford Open and Johnny Petraglia BVL Open prior to winning the Senior U.S. Open.
In the semi-final match, Sullins, who was recently inducted into the USBC Hall of Fame, defeated Brian Kretzer of Dayton, Ohio, making his PBA50 Tour debut, 193-164 to advance to the final match. Sullins was trying for his fourth PBA50 Tour win and second major having won the 2009 PBA Senior World Championship.
In the opening match, Sullins defeated PBA Hall of Famer Amleto Monacelli of Venezuela, 212-207, to advance to the semifinal. Monacelli, who won the Senior U.S. Open in 2012 and 2013, was trying to become the tournament’s first three-time winner.
Weber joined Monacelli, Baker and Wayne Webb as a two-time Senior U.S. Open winner, all of whom have won in successive years. Baker won his back to back in 2005 and 2006, and Webb in 2008 and 2009.
Weber will try to make it five in a row when the PBA50 Tour heads to Fountain Valley, Calif. for the PBA50 Fountain Valley Open presented by Track June 5-8. The sixth stop of the 2016 PBA50 Tour season can be seen on PBA’s online bowling channel Xtra Frame. For subscription and schedule information visit www.xtraframe.tv.
Zavjalova Leads Qualifying at PWBA Wichita Open
Latvia’s Diana Zavjalova finished with games of 265 and 264 to overtake Colombia native Maria Jose Rodriguez for the lead after 12 games of qualifying at the Professional Women’s Bowling Association Wichita Open.
After the opening six games of qualifying at Northrock Lanes on Friday, Zavjalova was 11th but averaged 249 over the next six games for a 2,882 pinfall total to lead Rodriguez by 14 pins. Colombia’s Rocio Restrepo sits third at 2,790, followed by Li Jane Sin of Malaysia at 2,759 and United States Bowling Congress Hall of Famer Carolyn Dorin-Ballard at 2,731.
“When I came back in the afternoon, I really wanted to bowl well because I really want to win,” Zavjalova said. “Last week was a really disappointing finish at the USBC Queens but I feel like I have been very close the last four weeks. I’ve led a tournament but didn’t make the show so I’m really determined to make a show and win a title.”
Zavjalova, who won the 2013 USBC Queens, was seventh at this year’s event. She said being so close this year drives her.
“I hate losing, I’m a sore loser,” Zavjalova said. “I know it’s impossible to win every time you bowl, but that’s my mindset.”
Rodriguez actually had the bigger afternoon set, averaging 250, including a 298 game that ended with a 7-10 split. Dorin-Ballard had the first eight strikes in her final game before finishing with a 277.
The PWBA Wichita Open continues Saturday with six additional games, with pinfall carrying over, to determine the 12 players who will advance to round-robin match play. The match-play finalists will be split into two groups, each featuring six players. Each group will bowl six games of match play, including a final position round.
At the end of match play, the top qualifier in each group will earn an automatic spot in the stepladder finals, with seeding being determined by total pins. The second, third and fourth qualifiers in each group will advance to a group stepladder final. The winner of each group stepladder final will advance to the televised stepladder finals.
All qualifying and match-play rounds are on Xtra Frame, the exclusive online bowling channel for the Professional Bowlers Association.
The finals of the PWBA Wichita Open will be taped June 26 during the PWBA Players Championships and will air Tuesday, July 5 on CBS Sports Network.
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Weber’s 7-5 Match Play Record and 234.5 Average Good Enough to Take Suncoast PBA Senior U.S. Open Lead
Defending champion Pete Weber of St. Ann, Mo., put together a 7-5 record and averaged 234.5 Thursday after two match play rounds to move into the Suncoast PBA Senior U.S. Open presented by 900 Global lead at the Suncoast Bowling Center.
In his quest to win a record fourth consecutive PBA50 Tour title, the PBA Hall of Famer put together a 5-1 record in the morning round and then followed up with a 2-4 record in the afternoon round.
“I ran into some tough matches in that second round,” said the 53-year-old Weber. “It seemed like my opponents were all throwing the first six or seven strikes at me and that’s a tough challenge to overcome.”
Weber moved into the lead in the position round match when he beat weekend warrior tournament bowler Mike Klosin of Windham, N.H., 278-216. Weber has a 30-game 7,094 pinfall total (including bonus pins), just 15 pins ahead of Klosin in second with 7,079.
“Overall I was satisfied with the way I bowled all day, but that 278 was probably my best game of the day,” Weber added. “I’m really relaxed and throwing the ball the way I want to, so the plan is just to hit the pocket, and if I don’t, leave a spare I can make.”
Weber led a field of 20 players who advanced to Friday’s final two six-game match play rounds that will determine the top four players for the stepladder finals at 4:15 p.m. PT (7:15 p.m. ET).
Bowling as a non-member in his first PBA50 Tour tournament, the 51-year-old Klosin compiled a 9-3 record and averaged 223.5 for the day.
To be in second surprises me but I was confident I could make a good showing here,” said Klosin, who is originally from the Buffalo suburb of Orchard Park, N.Y., one of the country’s bowling hotbeds. “I’ve bowled against some of the best players western New York has to offer, so even though I don’t have a lot of experience at the national tournament level, I’ve bowled against some high-caliber players in the east and western New York for most of my life.”
Three-time PBA50 Tour winner Harry Sullins of Chesterfield Twp., Mich., is in third after after a 7-5 record in match play and finishing with a 7,033 pinfall.
Hall of Famer Norm Duke of Clermont, Fla., who led after the first four rounds, fell to fourth after going 5-1 in the first match play round but then failed to win a match in the second round finishing with 5-7 overall record and 6,938 pinfall. Duke won the 2014 Senior U.S. Open and finished third in 2015.
Friday’s match play rounds and stepladder finals will be covered live on PBA’s Xtra Frame online video streaming service. Live scoring also is available on PBA’s official website, pba.com.
Duke Overcomes Bump in the Road to Earn Suncoast PBA Senior U.S. Open Top Qualifier Honors
After cruising through the first 15 games of qualifying as the tournament leader, Professional Bowlers Association Hall of Famer Norm Duke of Clermont, Fla., survived his lowest game of the tournament Wednesday to handily earn top qualifier honors for the Suncoast PBA Senior U.S. Open presented by 900 Global at the Suncoast Bowling Center.
Duke, who led qualifying after the first two rounds, bowled a 178 game in Wednesday’s third six-game round after bowling games of 246, 237 and 258, but then rebounded with 215 and 254 to finish with a 4,264 overall 18-game qualifying pinfall (236.9 average).
“It’s a good thing it’s only a 10-frame game or it could have been worse,” said Duke of his 178 game. “Actually, I’m surprised it didn’t happen sooner. You’re in an environment where there’s a lot of change from day to day and lane to lane.
“If you keep it in perspective, it won’t hurt you mentally,” the 2014 Senior U.S. Open champion added. “You just learn from it and move on. I’m still making tweaks to my game and will continue do so until the end.”
Duke, who felt comfortable playing a variety of shots and angles on the ever-changing Senior U.S. Open conditions over three days of qualifying, led 40 players who advanced to Thursday’s match play rounds.
Defending champion, Hall of Famer Pete Weber of St. Ann, Mo., who is trying for a record fourth consecutive PBA50 Tour title, moved into fourth with 4,069 thanks to a 1,404 six-game pinfall in the final qualifying round on games of 256, 249, 235, 194, 246 and 224.
“This was my best round but really I felt the same as I did the other two rounds,” Weber said. “In qualifying you’re just grinding it out and trying to knock down as many pins as possible. In match play the focus is on winning the match because of the bonus pins, so it’s going to get a little more intense from here on out.”
Duke, who finished third in the 2015 Senior U.S. Open, holds an 87-pin lead over three-time PBA50 Tour winner Harry Sullins of Chesterfield Twp., Mich., in second with 4,177, and non-member Mike Klosin of Windham, N.H., bowling in his first Senior U.S. Open, in third with 4,126.
Duke and Weber are the only players to win U.S. Open titles on the PBA Tour and PBA50 Tour. Weber has won the U.S. Open on the regular tour a record five times while Duke has won the PBA Tour’s U.S. Open twice.
Trying to become the first Senior U.S. Open three-time winner, Hall of Famers Amleto Monacelli of Venezuela and Tom Baker of King, N.C., both qualified in the top 20. Monacelli, who won in 2012 and 2013, finished tied for 13th in qualifying with a 3,938 pinfall and Baker, who won back-to-back in 2005 and 2006, finished qualifying in 17th with a 3,909 pinfall.
After two six-game match play rounds Thursday, the top half of the field will bowl two more six-game match play rounds Friday, with the top four players after 42 games advancing to the stepladder finals at 7:15 ET (4:15 p.m. PT).
All rounds of the Senior U.S. Open are being covered live on PBA’s Xtra Frame online video streaming service. Live scoring also is available on PBA’s official website, pba.com.