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2007/02/28

 【PBA】 64th U.S. Open 【Qualifying Round - Block 2】

Carter Cruising Right Along

Jeff Carter

A little work goes a long way. At least that's the case for Denny's PBA Tour exempt bowler Jeff Carter.

Carter, who entered this week's 64th U.S. Open 42nd on the PBA World Point Rankings, currently sits on top of the 489 bowler field after two days of qualifying at Brunswick Zone Carolier.

Carter, who has a 12-game pinfall of 2,673, credited work with his ball rep for his early success in the Open, the second of four PBA Majors.

"To be honest (Storm Ball Rep Chris) Schlemer and I have been working a lot the last couple weeks and some of the things we've been working on are really coming together, so I guess I owe it all to him," said Carter (Springfield, Ill.). "There are a lot of problems in my physical game we've been trying to fix. This is as good as I've felt physically in a while. It's nice when things like that come together. I matched up really well the last couple days."

Carter opened Wednesday's action with a 235 followed by four consecutive games over the 200 mark, including a 256 in game four, to finish with a six-game total of 1,319.

Wes Malott (Argyle, Texas) is 30 pins behind Carter in second with 2,643. Malott, who finished with 1,282 in six games on Tuesday, improved with 1,361 on Wednesday.

Mika Koivuniemi (Hartland, Mich.) is in third with 2,631 after finishing Wednesday with 1,293.

Rounding out the top four is Ritchie Allen (Columbia, S.C.). Allen, who was to be exempt on the 2006-07 Denny's PBA Tour before receiving an injury exemption to the 2007-08 Denny's PBA Tour, ended Wednesday action with 1,241 for a 12-game total of 2,604.


 

2007/02/27

 【PBA】 64th U.S. Open 【Qualifying Round - Block 1】

Delutz Dominates Day One

Tommy Delutz Jr.

In a tournament known for low scores and challenging lane conditions, Tommy Delutz Jr. made sure he took advantage of the one day in which he could rack up high scores.

Delutz averaged 239.67 with a 1,438 six-game pinfall Tuesday to take the lead after day one of the 64th U.S. Open, the second of four Major events on the Denny's PBA Tour.

The 492-bowler field is split into three squads over the first three days of qualifying. The first and third squads bowl on freshly oiled lanes, while the second squad bowls on lanes already broken down which typically results in higher scores. Each squad bowls at different times during the three days of qualifying.

"This is old school bowling today. The U.S. Open starts tomorrow for me," Delutz (Flushing, N.Y.) said. "If you are an exempt bowler or a top amateur, this is where you get your pins. You stock up your pins here and then try to survive the fresh tomorrow."

Bowling on the second squad Tuesday, Delutz came out on fire with a 279 in game one. After a 194 and 201 in games two and three, Delutz averaged 254.67 over the final three games to build a huge lead.

A two-time Denny's PBA Tour titlist, Delutz is looking for his first Major title. He has not historically bowled well in the U.S. Open, finishing no better than 40th the last five seasons.

"I usually despise the U.S. Open," Delutz said. "Since the PBA went to set oil patterns, I've done horrible at the U.S. Open. But it's my first time home since January 2 and I'm able to sleep in my own bed. Even with this being a Major, I have a low level of stress this weekend."

Finishing second with 1,376 was 62nd U.S. Open champion Chris Barnes (Double Oak, Texas). The eight-time titlist who captured this season's GEICO Classic, is one of several bowlers looking to break out this week and take control of a wide open PBA Player of the Year race. This week's event is one of three Majors in the final four events of the 2006-07 season.

Ritchie Allen (Columbia, S.C.) who returned to the lanes this week after missing the entire season to date due to a right hand injury, is fifth with 1,363.

In addition to Barnes, three other former U.S. Open champions are in the top 30, as three-time U.S. Open winner Pete Weber (St. Ann, Mo.) is 22nd with 1,303, two-time champion Del Ballard Jr. (N. Richland Hills, Texas) is 27th with 1,284 and one-time winner Mika Koivuniemi (Hartland, Mich.) is ninth with 1,338.

The entire field returns Wednesday for another six games, followed by the final six game block on Thursday after which the field will be cut to the top 123. Those 123 will bowl another nine games on Friday to determine the final 24 bowlers for round robin match play.

The top four after Saturday's match play will bowl for the $100,000 top prize and three-season exemption live on ESPN Sunday at Noon EST at Brunswick Zone Carolier.

300 games (1) - Lonnie Waliczek.


 

2007/02/25

 【PBA】 Bayer Classic 【Fianl】

Lightning Strikes Twice

Mike Mineman

They say lightning never strikes twice in the same place, but on the Denny's PBA Tour, Emerson Lanes has been hit with a historic lightning bolt two years running.

Mike Mineman became just the second bowler in Tour history to win a title after advancing through the Denny's PBA Tour Qualifying Round, joining Sean Rash who became the first in last year's West Virginia Championship at Emerson Lanes.

Mineman, a 48-year-old journeyman who is a stark contrast to the 24-year-old Rash who won as a virtual unknown on Tour last year, defeated Mike Machuga, 223-202, Sunday to win the 2007 Bayer Classic for his first career title.

Emerson Lanes hosted a PBA Tour event in 1965 and then did not host another Tour stop until last season, when Rash came out of nowhere to win the title. Mineman was appearing in his 41st career Tour event and had never previously advanced past the Round of 16. He earned $25,000 and an exemption for the 2007-08 season with the win.

"It's tough to go through that (Qualifying Round) on Wednesdays, but the gentlemen did it last year and paved the way and proved it could be done," said Mineman (Belleville, Ill.), who didn't even cash at Emerson Lanes last year. "It's just been a magical week. It's everything I ever thought it would be."

The title match came down to the last frame despite Mineman leading throughout as Machuga had a chance to tie the match and send it to a one-ball sudden death roll-off.

Working on a four-bagger while Machuga was working on an open in the 7th, Mineman made a crucial mistake when he chopped the 4-pin off the 2-4-5 to let Machuga back in the match, and he responded with a double in the 8th and 9th.

After a nine-spare, Mineman struck out the 10th, forcing Machuga to strike out to tie. Machuga left the 10-pin with his first shot, however, to give Mineman the win.

Mineman advanced to the title match with a 217-178 win over Dale Traber. Traber led after four frames before splits in the 5th and 7th frames. Mineman took advantage with a double in the 6th and 7th to take the lead, then struck again in the 9th and 10th frames to move on to the title match.

In the first semifinal, Machuga defeated all-time Denny's PBA Tour title leader Walter Ray Williams Jr., 264-223.

Machuga (Erie, Pa.) took home $13,000 for second, while Traber (Cedarburg, Wis.) earned $6,500 for third and Williams (Ocala, Fla.) earned $5,500 for fourth.

 

 【JPBA】 DHC ツアー 2006/07 第4戦 【TV決勝】

 

清水弘子

優勝決定戦

○清水弘子227-213×板倉奈智美

アマ時代トップの実績を残した両者の戦いは、清水が3フレからフォース、板倉が4フレスプリットミスの後5フレからフォースと譲らぬ展開となったがそのまま清水が逃げ切り、予選からトップを守り続けた清水が今季初・通算8勝目を挙げた。昨年3冠王・6勝の勢いで今年も突っ走るか!

3位決定戦

×吉田真由美212-246○板倉奈智美

中盤で板倉に1マークリードを許す吉田が6・7フレとストラク、追い上げモードで投じた8フレ、完全なストライクと思われたがジャストエイトで9本カウント。逆に板倉は5フレからフィフスを持ってきて2ゲーム続けて246で勝ち。自分らしさが戻ってきた板倉が現在絶好調の清水との優勝戦へ!

4位決定戦

×斉藤志乃ぶ207-246○板倉奈智美

ダッチマンでスコアが伸びない斉藤に対し、ダブルスタート、中盤フィフスと久しぶりに自分らしさを見せた板倉が斉藤を突き放し3位決定戦へ進出。

 

 

清水弘子

今季初優勝を狙って清水弘子がトップシード、そしてポジションマッチ近藤文美との対戦で277-202のビッグゲームで勝った吉田真由美が2位、235-199で清水に敗れた斉藤志乃ぶが3位、268で勝ち上がった板倉奈智美が4位でTV進出を果たした。次点は今季ただ一人3試合連続ラウンドロビン進出の近藤。また健闘を見せたアマチュアの森本由希選手は後半力尽きて11位で終了。


 

2007/02/24

 

清水弘子

予選1位の清水弘子が準決勝でもトップのスコアをたたき出し(5G=237AVG)81ピン差でトップ!2位に今季開幕戦の「DHC第1戦」」を制した吉田真由美、3位に大健闘のアマチュア森本由希選手がつけている。また久しぶりに斉藤志乃ぶ(6位)・時本美津子(9位)・金田惠子(10位)の大御所3人が揃い踏みでラウンドロビン進出を果たした。

 

 

清水弘子

昨年6勝を挙げた清水弘子が今年も圧倒的な強さを見せトップで準決勝進出!そして2位板倉奈智美・3位吉田真由美・4位加藤八千代とシードプロが上位を独占。


 

2007/02/23

 【PBA】 Bayer Classic 【Round of 8】

House of Dreams

Mike Mineman

Mike Mineman knew coming into the 2007 Bayer Classic that Emerson Lanes might contain some magic. After watching Sean Rash become the first-ever non-exempt bowler on the Denny's Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) Tour to win a title in the building last year, Mineman knew there might be something special about the center.

The right-hander from Belleville, Ill., wasn't the only bowler to think so as a Denny's PBA Tour record 114 bowlers entered Wednesday's Tour Qualifying Round. Mineman finished fifth in Wednesday's seven-game qualifying round and advanced to Thursday's Round of 64, where he finished 12th.

Mineman followed Thursday's finish by knocking off 2005-06 PBA Player of the Year Tommy Jones and 16-year Tour veteran Mike Scroggins before eliminating Eugene McCune, four-games-to-one, Friday to advance to Sunday's finals.

"I was here for Sean Rash's win last year. It was awesome. He paved the way and showed it's possible. It'll be very difficult but as Sean proved, it's possible," said Mineman. "I always wondered about how it (making the finals) would happen and how I would react. I think it's going to take a couple of days for it to really set in. It's been kind of magical."

Mineman will face Dale Traber (Cedarburg, Wis.) in one of two Sunday semifinals. Traber advanced by knocking off Richard Wolfe (Vienna, Va.), 4-1.

Sunday's first semifinal will feature Mike Machuga (Erie, Pa.) taking Denny's PBA Tour all-time titles leader Walter Ray Williams Jr. (Ocala, Fla.).

Machuga, who entered the Round of 32 seeded No. 31, scored the biggest upset in Friday's opening round, taking down PBA Hall of Famer Parker Bohn III in seven games, throwing a perfect game in the seventh for the win. Machuga then dispatched of Marv Sargent, 4-2, and Billy Oatman, 4-1.

Williams, who owns 42 career titles compared to the other three bowlers' combined one title, went seven games with Mike Wolfe in the Round of 8, winning the final game 228-216.


 

2007/02/22

 【PBA】 Bayer Classic 【Round of 64 - Block 2】

Kulick Makes a Charge

Kelly Kulick

On the highest scoring pattern on the Denny's PBA Tour, Kelly Kulick showed she can more than keep up with the men.

Kulick, the first woman to earn a full-season exemption on the Denny's PBA Tour, averaged 246.21 over her 14 games Thursday to finish sixth in the 2007 Bayer Classic Round of 64 at Emerson Lanes.

The 29-year-old finished sixth out of 140 bowlers at last summer's Denny's PBA Tour Trials to earn one 10 exemptions given out that week. She has struggled in her rookie season, making matching play just three times in 15 events coming into this week and is 54th in the PBA World Point Rankings. She needs to finish in the top 40 - or win a title - to stay exempt for next season.

Kulick started with a bang Thursday, firing a 299 in the first game. She sat 18th after the first seven games, but averaged 253.43 over the final seven with no games under 230 to move up to sixth.

"I had two bad games today, one was just a bad pair (of lanes) and the other I missed two spares so that was my fault," said Kulick (Union, N.J.). "Tonight I came out and the lanes were different than the first block but I made a good ball choice and I was very aggressive with my ball speed. I threw a couple bad shots and got some good breaks, I must admit."

Kulick will have the unenviable task of facing all-time Denny's PBA Tour titles leader Walter Ray Williams Jr. in the Round of 32. Williams was 50th after the first seven games, but averaged 244.29 over the final seven to finish 27th.

Leading the field with a 3,507 14-game pinfall and a 250.50 average was Andrew Cain (Scottsdale, Ariz.). Cain is bowling in just his fifth Tour event as a PBA member but has already posted two top-eight finishes, including a TV appearance and a fourth-place finish in the 2007 Dick Weber Open in his first career event.

Cain will face No. 32 Dave D'Entremont (Middleburg Heights, Ohio), who fired a 240 in the final game to edge out Chris Barnes (Double Oak, Texas) by 10 pins for the final spot in match play.

Last week's Go RVing Classic winner Patrick Allen (Wesley Chapel, Fla.) finished third and will face No. 30 Mike Wolfe (New Albany, Ind.)

300 Games (8) - Parker Bohn III, Jason Couch, Tommy Delutz Jr., Mike DeVaney, Patrick Girard, Chris Hayden, Riga Kalfas, Mike Mineman.

 

 【PBA】 Bayer Classic 【Round of 64 - Block 1】

Almost Perfect

Andrew Cain

One pin was all that kept Andrew Cain from his first career 300 as a PBA member. Cain will gladly take his lead in the first block of the Round of 64 in the 2007 Bayer Classic at Emerson Lanes, however, over his first perfect game.

Cain's 299 in his final game of the first block gave him a 1,827 seven-game pinfall and the lead in between Thursday's two blocks. Cain opened the block with a 279 before slipping down to a 215 in his fourth game. He rebounded in his final three games, topping the 275 mark in each.

"It feels pretty good to be leading. I'll be honest, I was thinking about the 300. I still haven't bowled a PBA 300 yet so I was looking toward that," said Cain (Scottsdale, Ariz.) "Things matched up pretty well. I used a different ball than yesterday (in the Denny's PBA Tour Qualifying Round). Fortunately the lanes matched well and I was able to stay in my zone. I made some good shots and the lanes were high scoring, but I felt like I bowled well."

Jason Couch (Clermont, Fla.) is second after firing the day's fifth 300 game in his final game of block to give him 1,741.

In third is Chris Hayden (Orlando, Fla.) with 1,734, who threw a 300 in his fifth game and was the leader heading into the seventh game before posting a 190 in his final game.

Norm Duke, who bowled his first full seven-game block since the 2006 Columbia 300 Classic due to a toe injury, is in fourth with 1,727.


 

2007/02/18

 【PBA】 Go RVing Classic 【Final】

Best of the Left

Patrick Allen

Though the debate over who is the best left-handed bowler on the Denny's PBA Tour will never end, Patrick Allen can lay stake to that claim for at least one week.

In a final round featuring the top three lefties currently on Tour, Allen captured his ninth career Denny's PBA Tour title and second this season with a 218-169 win over Parker Bohn III Sunday to win the 2007 Go RVing Classic at Thunderbowl.

Allen took advantage of some uncharacteristic mistakes by the 30-time titlist and PBA Hall of Famer Bohn, who missed a 7-pin conversion in the 5th frame and left a 6-8 split and opened in the 8th frame to give the top-seeded Allen the breaks he needed.

As the top seed, Allen exacted some revenge in stepladder finals. The previous three times a top seed had won in the stepladder format, Allen was the victim in the title match including this season's 2007 Dick Weber Open where he fell to Jason Couch in the title match.

"Parker bowled a good game even tough he shot 170. He only missed the pocket twice, but that open in the 8th frame was the real momentum-swinger," Allen said. "Fortunately for me, I made a good ball change on the right lane and a marginal shot in the 9th carried and that was the difference."

The fourth-seeded Bohn flagged the 7-pin in the 5th while Allen was working on a double. Allen threw his third consecutive strike in the 6th, but then made a crucial mistake of his own, leaving the 4-6-8-10 split and opening in the 7th. Bohn responded with a double but then left the 6-8 and opened, allowing Allen to clinch the match with a strike in the 9th frame.

The win was Allen's fourh in the last five events on the Chameleon pattern and fifth overall in his career.

Bohn averaged 249 in winning the first three matches to advance to the title match. He defeated second-seeded Jason Couch, who was looking for his third title of the season, 245-193, in the semifinal. Bohn also defeated third-seeded Riga Kalfas, 235-205, who was making his first career TV appearance, and fifth-seeded Mike Edwards, 267-191.

Allen (Wesley Chapel, Fla.) took home $25,000 for the win while Bohn (Jackson, N.J.) earned $13,000 for second. Couch (Clermont, Fla.) took home $6,500 for third, Kalfas (Florence, Ky.) earned $5,500 for fourth while Edwards (Tulsa, Okla.) earned $5,000 for fifth.


 

2007/02/16

 【PBA】 Go RVing Classic 【Round of 16】

Role Reversal

Patrick Allen

After it was all said and done in Friday's Round of 16 in the 2007 Go RVing Classic at Thunderbowl, Patrick Allen stood atop the field and captured the No. 1 seed for the Denny's PBA Tour event's final.

In a reversal of roles, Allen will look to take a little revenge on his challenger in Sunday's stepladder finals. Over the last three seasons, a No. 1 seed has won a title only three times in the stepladder format, each time at the expense of Allen.

Allen (Wesley Chapel, Fla.) first lost to Danny Wiseman in the finals of the 2004 Masters, followed up by a one-pin loss to Chris Barnes in the 62nd U.S. Open. Those two losses were capped by a 258-236 loss to Sunday's No. 2 seed Jason Couch (Clermont, Fla.) in the finals of the 2007 Dick Weber Open.

"One-seeds haven't fared too well the last couple of years and the only ones who have won have beat me, so maybe I can return the favor," said Allen, who is looking for his ninth career title after winning the 2007 H&R Block Classic on Jan. 7. "I guess it's a good thing to be top seed, but it could turn out not to be a good thing. I have to come out and throw 10 good frames and not worry about the built up anticipation."

Allen entered the final nine-game block in fifth, slowly climbing his way to top before knocking off Couch, 290-255, in his final match to claim the top seed.

Sunday's first match will feature No. 4 Parker Bohn III (Jackson, N.J.) vs. No. 5 Mike Edwards (Tulsa, Okla.). Edwards advanced to his third TV finals, his most since making four appearances in 1991. Edwards entered Friday night's position round at No. 7 before jumping Nathan Bohr (Wichita, Kan.) and Mike DeVaney (Temecula, Calif.) with a 255 in his final game.

Awaiting the winner of Bohn and Edwards will be No. 3 seed Riga Kalfas (Florence, Ky.), who is making his first career TV appearance. Kalfas, whose highest career finish is eighth in the 2006 Lake County Indiana Classic, secured his exemption on the 2006-07 Denny's PBA Tour by finishing first in the 2005-06 PBA Central Region Point Rankings.

Couch, who is undoubtedly the Tour's hottest bowler in the second half with four TV appearances and back-to-back titles in January, finished first in the qualifying for the second consecutive year in Council Bluffs before slipping to the second spot in Friday's round robin match play.

 

 【PBA】 Go RVing Classic 【Round of 32】

Making a Charge

Jason Couch

Jason Couch continued to lead the 2007 Go RVing Classic Friday, while a lesser known lefty is making a run toward his first career TV appearance.

Couch (Clermont, Fla.), who has already won two titles this season and is looking to take control of the 2006-07 PBA Player of the Year race, went 5-4 in round robin match play to maintain the lead he has held throughout this week's event.

Riga Kalfas, meanwhile, compiled a 7-2 record to solidify his hold on second place. The Florence, Ky., resident is looking to make his first championship round appearance in 56 career Denny's PBA Tour events. He's come close this season, posting two top-10 finishes.

Kalfas earned his exemption for this season by finishing first in the 2005-06 PBA Central Region point rankings. He's looking to become the first bowler to win a title after earning an exemption through the PBA Regional Tour. Last week, John May - who earned his exemption through the PBA South Region - fell short in his bid, falling to Chris Barnes in the title match of the 2007 GEICO Classic.

Danny Wiseman (Baltimore) went 6-3 to move up from ninth to third, while PBA Hall of Famer Pete Weber (St. Ann, Mo.) went 7-2 to move up from 14th to fourth. Mike Edwards (Tulsa) was another one of the big movers Friday, also going 7-2 to go from 24th to sixth.

In the position round, Michael Haugen Jr. (Cave Creek, Ariz.), who was 18th going into the final match, defeated Chad Kloss, 232-228, to move into the top 16. Rick Steelsmith (Wichita, Kan.), who was on the cut line in 16th heading into the position round, defeated fellow Wichita resident Sean Rash, 228-201, to finish 13th and send Rash home.

Defending champion Mike Machuga (Erie, Pa.) went 6-3 and sits 12th, while last week's GEICO Classic champion Barnes (Double Oak, Texas) went 5-4 and is 10th.

Kelly Kulick (Union, N.J.), the first woman to earn a full-season Denny's PBA Tour exemption, did not make the final 16, but her 22nd-place finish was the best of her career.


 

2007/02/15

 【PBA】 Go RVing Classic 【Round of 64 - Block 2】

On top Again

Jason Couch

With only six events remaining on the 2006-07 Denny's PBA Tour, Jason Couch continues to make a case for himself as the Tour’s top bowler.

The 37-year old, who won back-to-back titles in January, will take the No. 1 seed into match play in the 2007 Go RVing Classic at Thunderbowl, finishing Thursday’s Round of 64 with a 3,441, 14-game pinfall.

"Last time we bowled on the chameleon oil pattern was in Reno, so I'm using the exact same equipment as I did there," said Couch, who finished third in the 2007 H&R Block Classic in Reno. "It's just a matter of figuring out the lanes and matching up. I thought the lanes were a little tighter in the second block so I used a more aggressive ball."

Couch (Clermont, Fla.) can lay claim to the "King of Council Bluffs Qualifying" moniker after leading both blocks of the Round of 64 in last season's 2005 Greater Omaha Classic, before being eliminated in the first round of match play.

Riga Kalfas (Florence, Ky.) is second with 3,376 edging Floridian Patrick Allen (Wesley Chapel, Fla.), who is third with 3,335. Allen showed his ability to consistently post high scores, topping the 225 mark in 11 of his 14 games.

Two bowlers from Wichita, Kan., round out the top five as Rick Steelsmith and Nathan Bohr sit in fourth and fifth with 3,321 and 3,284, respectively.

David Tessman (Lake Placid, Fla.) topped David Traber (Hebron, Ill.), 245-213, in a one-game roll off for the 32nd and final spot for tomorrow's match play.

 

 【PBA】 Go RVing Classic 【Round of 64 - Block 1】

On top Again

Jason Couch

With only six events remaining on the 2006-07 Denny's PBA Tour, Jason Couch continues to make a case for himself as the Tour's top bowler.

The 37-year old, who won back-to-back titles in January, took the early lead in the 2007 Go RVing Classic at Thunderbowl, throwing a 225 in his seventh game for a 1,741 seven-game pinfall in the first block of the Round of 64.

"Last time we bowled on the chameleon oil pattern was in Reno, so I'm using the exact same equipment as I did there," said Couch, who finished third in the 2007 H&R Block Classic in Reno. "It's just a matter of figuring out the lanes and matching up. I felt like I've bowled pretty well the last two weeks, I just lost some unfortunate matches."

Couch (Clermont, Fla.) opened Thursday with a 289 in the first game. It was not the high game for the left hander as he was a pin away from a perfect game with a 299 in his fifth game.

Couch can lay claim to the "King of Council Bluffs Qualifying" moniker after leading both blocks of the Round of 64 in last season's 2005 Greater Omaha Classic, before being eliminated in the first round of match play.

Fellow Floridian Patrick Allen (Wesley Chapel, Fla.) sits 24 pins behind Couch with 1,717. Allen showed his ability to consistently post high scores, topping the 236 mark in six of his seven games.

Riga Kalfas (Florence, Ky.) is third with 1,705 after a 290 in his final game, edging ahead of 2005-06 PBA Rookie of the Year Bill O'Neill (Levittown, Pa.) who has 1,691.


 

2007/02/11

 【PBA】 GEICO Classic 【Final】

Texas Two Step

Chris Barnes

Chris Barnes has had a lot of heartbreak and disappointment on television throughout his career, but all that seems to go away when he bowls in front of his home crowd.

Barnes won his eighth career Denny's PBA Tour title Sunday - and his second in the Dallas Metroplex - defeating John May, 235-216, to win the 2007 GEICO Classic at AMF Irving Lanes.

The nine-year veteran came into the day just 7-15 in title matches, but improved to 2-0 in the Metroplex after winning the 2003 Days Inn Open. He has also won back-to-back Motel 6 Roll to Riches crowns, a special event which has been held in the Dallas area the last two seasons and awards a winner-take-all $200,000 top prize.

"Its euphoric any time you win. Finishing second as many times as I have, any time you do win it makes you appreciate it that much more," Barnes said. "Every title is sweet but there's no better environment than winning in front on your family and friends."

The Double Oak, Texas, resident controlled the match from the beginning, striking with his first three shots. After a nine-spare in the 4th, Barnes put together another turkey while May could not keep up. A spare in the 10th frame gave Barnes at least one title in six consecutive seasons.

Barnes advanced to the title match with a 229-192 win over 2005-06 PBA Rookie of the Year Bill O'Neill. O'Neill struck just three times in the match, while an early turkey in frames 2-4 helped Barnes take a lead he never relinquished.

In the second semifinals, May defeated Mike DeVaney, 193-188. May, making his first TV appearance since 2001, had a turkey in frames 3-5 to take the early lead, but DeVaney stayed close until a five-count and an open in the 9th frame. A strike and nine-spare in the 10th by DeVaney meant May only needed count in the 10th frame.

Barnes earned $25,000 and an exemption for the 2007-08 season for the win, while May (Iron Station, N.C.) took home $13,000 for second. O'Neill (Levittown, Pa.) earned $6,500 for third and DeVaney (Temecula, Calif.) earned $5,500 for fourth.

 

2007/02/10

 

安田豊子

優勝決定戦

○安田豊子選手226-215×キム・テレル

アマチュアの安田選手が米国女子トッププロのキム・テレルを破りアマチュアで初の関西オープン総合優勝!
トップシードの安田選手はTV決勝も臆することなく投球しダブルスタート、キム・テレルは序盤10ピンが残るも5フレからターキーで追いつく。すると安田選手も6フレからフォースもってきて再びリード。キムが10フレパンチアウトでワンチャンス逆転優勝も一投目10ピンが残り万事休す。関西オープン史上初のアマ総合優勝となった。

3位決定戦

○キム・テレル258-207×中谷優子

ダッチマンでストライクが続かずスコアが伸びない中谷に対し、キム・テレルはフォース、ターキー、パンチアウトと隙を見せず完勝。アマチュア安田選手との優勝決定戦へ!

4位決定戦

○中谷優子216-209×金城愛乃

中盤まで両者互角の戦いも金城は8フレ2.8.10のスプリットミスが響き、1マーク差で中谷が勝って3位決定戦へ!

 

 【JPBA】 関西オープンボウリングトーナメント 【ラウンドロビン】

 

安田豊子

ポジションマッチ1位の安田選手対2位の中谷の対戦は安田選手が207-199で中谷を破りトップシードでTV決勝へ!大会初のアマ総合優勝を狙う。そしてラウンドロビン8勝4敗で12名中一番の勝率を残したキム・テレルが2位、その両者の優勝を阻止せんとサンブリッジ(今大会特別協賛)契約の中谷・金城がTV決勝進出を果たした。
※ラウンドロビン11G目に鷲塚志麻が今大会初のパーフェクト達成!見事パーフェクト賞の100万円を獲得。

2007/02/09

 【PBA】 GEICO Classic 【Round of 8】

Relax

Bill O'Neill

A little relaxation and a change in strategy goes a long way on the Denny's PBA Tour, at least that's the case for Bill O'Neill in the 2007 GEICO Classic at AMF Irving Lanes.

O'Neill, the 2005-06 PBA Rookie of the Year, credited relaxing and playing his opponent as opposed to playing the lanes for sending him to his first ESPN finals this season and second in his career.

"You have to play your opponent more than you play the lane pattern. I'm starting to learn that a little more," said O'Neill (Levittown, Pa.). "I used to play the lanes (in match play) exactly like I did in qualifying."

"I'm also relaxing a little more when I bowl in match play. I used to put pressure on myself and kept thinking about the next shot instead of the one I'm on."

O'Neill's calm demeanor propelled the 26-year old past Steve Jaros (Yorkville, Ill.), four-games-to-one, in Friday night's Round of 8. It also helped O'Neill, who finished Thursday's Round of 64 ranked No. 2, knock off PBA Hall of Famers Tom Baker (4-3) and Brian Voss (4-2) in the Round of 16 and 32, respectively.

O'Neill will have to relax Sunday if he plans to win his first career title as he faces off with local favorite Chris Barnes (Double Oak, Texas).

Barnes, who finished second in last week's Sun City Classic, knocked off Tim Criss (Bel Air, Md.), 4-2. After winning the first game, Barnes dropped the next two to Criss before rebounding with three straight wins, improving his score in each with games of 219, 224 and 257.

The second half of the bracket will feature two bowlers looking to make a name for themselves on the 2006-07 Tour. Mike DeVaney (Temecula, Calif.) will take on first-year exempt bowler John May (Iron Station, N.C.).

DeVaney, who is coming off his most successful season on the 2005-06 Tour, defeated Eugene McCune (Munster, Ind.), 4-1, after being taken to seven games by Mike Machuga (Erie, Pa.) in the Round of 16.

May enters Sunday's telecast with two previous TV appearances under his belt, but no titles to show. May is making a case to be favored on Sunday knocking off two of the Tour's hottest bowlers, Tommy Jones (Simpsonville, S.C.) and Wes Malott (Argyle, Texas), in the Rounds of 32 and 16, before knocking off Chris Warren (Grants Pass, Ore.), 4-1, in the Round of 8.

 

 【JPBA】 関西オープンボウリングトーナメント 【準決勝】

 

安田豊子

なんとアマチュアの安田豊子選手(ボウルカスタム)が強豪プロを抑えトップでラウンドロビン進出。そして2位にサンブリッジ(特別協賛)看板娘で地元関西の中谷優子。3位に主催者推薦で見事期待に応えたキム・テレル、地元関西勢で西村美紀、金城愛乃らが進出した。尚、昨年圧倒的な強さで3冠王達成の清水弘子は準決勝でスコアが伸びず次次点の14位に終わった。


 

2007/02/08

 【PBA】 GEICO Classic 【Round of 64 - Block 2】

Freaky Friday

Mike DeVaney

Mike DeVaney knows as much as anyone that all the hard work Thursday isn't worth a thing if you don't make it count on Friday.

DeVaney led Thursday's Round of 64 in the 2007 GEICO Classic at AMF Irving Lanes with a 3,001 14-game pinfall to earn the top seed for Friday's single elimination match play.

The one-time Denny's PBA Tour titlist has advanced to match play in the single elimination format in seven of nine tries this season, but has just a 3-6 match record. He also earned the top seed for the 2006 Etonic Championship, but fell to Chris Loschetter in the Round of 16.

"I just grinded it out and took advantage of the good pairs I had, but whatever happens Thursday is irrelevant. It's what you do Friday that matters," DeVaney (Temecula, Calif.) said. "I played a part of the lane today that no one else played. I played the second arrow when everyone else was playing way inside of that."

DeVaney will look to improve on his season-best ninth-place finish, but he'll first have to get by Joe Ciccone (Buffalo, N.Y.), who finished 32nd with 2,802 to earn the final spot in match play by two pins over Patrick Girard (Jonquiere, Quebec).

The 2005-06 PBA Rookie of the Year Bill O'Neill (Levittown, Pa.) finished second with 3,000. O'Neill, looking for his first career Tour title, will face No. 31 Brian Voss (Alpharetta, Ga.), a PBA Hall of Famer with 24 career titles.

The Round of 32 will feature a match-up between two of the greatest bowlers of all time as PBA Hall of Famers Pete Weber (St. Ann, Mo.) and Walter Ray Williams Jr. (Ocala, Fla.) will go head-to-head Friday morning. The last time the two faced each other Williams defeated Weber, 289-236, in the title match of the Dydo Japan Cup 2006 to capture his record-breaking 42nd career Tour title.

A total of five Dallas area bowlers advanced to match play including seven-time Tour titlist and Double Oak, Texas resident Chris Barnes who finished third with 2,959. Barnes will face No. 30 Doug Kent (Newark, N.Y.). Also advancing were Wes Malott (Argyle, Texas), Del Ballard Jr. (North Richland Hills, Texas), Dino Castillo (Carrollton, Texas) and Patrick Healey (Denton, Texas).

 

 【PBA】 GEICO Classic 【Round of 64 - Block 1】

Third Time a Charm?

Bill O'Neill

Bill O'Neill is hoping the third time is a charm. The 2005-06 PBA Rookie of the Year led Friday's first seven-game block in the Round of 64 in the 2007 GEICO Classic at AMF Irving Lanes, marking the third time he has done so this season.

O'Neill, who is still looking for his first championship round appearance this season, began the day with a 215 and 178 before rebounding with games of 236, 232 and 266. The 25-year old ended the block with scores of 202 and 208 to finish with a 1,537 seven-game pinfall.

"It's nice to not bowl in a score fest. You can bowl a bad game and still rebound," said O'Neill (Levittown, Pa.). "Since it's not a round-robin tournament, I don't think about leading. I just try to bowl my game and pick up as much wood as possible."

One pin behind O'Neill is last week's 2007 Sun City Classic winner Mika Koivuniemi (Hartland, Mich.). The Finland native finished with a 234 in his seventh game.

Chris Barnes, who Koivuniemi defeated in last week's final, is in third. The Double Oak, Texas resident is just three pins behind O'Neill with 1,534.

Brad Angelo (Lockport, N.Y.) rounds out the group who are on the heels of O'Neill's top spot with 1,530.

Former Major League Baseball star John Burkett (Southlake, Texas) is in 59th with 1,285.

 

 【JPBA】 関西オープンボウリングトーナメント 【予選前半】

 

斉藤悦子


 

2007/02/04

 【PBA】 Sun City Classic 【Fianl】

Fin-Tastic

Mika Koivuniemi

The Big Fin is back.

Mika Koivuniemi ended the longest title drought of his career, knocking off new roommate Chris Barnes, 214-185, to win the 2007 Sun City Classic at El Paso Lanes for his seventh career Denny's PBA Tour title.

The Finland native and 2003-04 PBA Player of the Year won for the first time since the 2005 Baby Ruth Real Deal Classic, a span of 38 events. He and Barnes just recently became roommates and Koivuniemi treated him rudely in their first-ever match-up on television.

Barnes held a slim lead before leaving a 1-2-10 washout and opening in the 7th frame. Koivuniemi responded with four consecutive strikes to take over the match, marking in the 10th frame for the win.

Koivuniemi has struggled this season by his standards, coming into the week with just one TV appearance and a No. 19 world ranking.

"It's been a long time. It really feels great," said Koivuniemi. "A guy like Barnes doesn't usually give you a chance, but he did give me a chance and luckily I took advantage."

"It was just an amazing week. I had to bowl a 246 the last game Thursday just to make match play and two of my matches went seven games and then I had to come from behind to win the title."

As the No. 30 seed Koivuniemi became the lowest seed to win a single elimination match play event since the format was implemented in 2001-02.

Koivuniemi advanced to the title match with a 214-202 win over Patrick Allen. Allen opened three times in the first four frames, but mounted a huge comeback with a five-bagger after his third open. A spare in the 10th, however, meant Koivuniemi only needed a mark in the 10th and he struck for his fourth win in six tries over Allen on TV.

Barnes advanced to the title match with a 269-257 win over Mike Edwards. Edwards ran off eight consecutive strikes after an open in the 2nd frame, but Barnes matched him shot-for-shot to maintain a one-pin lead. Edwards struck and spared in the 10th forcing Barnes to strike with his first ball in the 10th. He struck three times for good measure to deny Edwards his first title since 1994.

Koivuniemi (Hartland, Mich.) earned $25,000 and an exemption for the 2007-08 season for the win. Barnes (Double Oak, Texas) took home $13,000 for second wile Edwards (Tulsa, Okla.) earned $6,500 for third and Allen (Wesley Chapel, Fla.) earned $5,500 for fourth.


 

2007/02/02

 【PBA】 Sun City Classic 【Round of 8】

The Twelve-Year Itch

Mike Edwards

In 1994 Chris Barnes was just a little over a year out of college and four years away from his first season on the Denny's PBA Tour.

1994 was also the last year that his Sunday opponent won his last title. Since that win in the 1994 IOF Foresters Bowling for Miracles Open, Mike Edwards has accumulated the longest active title drought, a streak that has spanned 257 events.

Edwards will look to experience the jubilation in winning a Tour title again after defeating Edward VanDaniker Jr. (Baltimore, Md.), four-games-to-two, Friday to advance to the finals of the 2007 Sun City Classic at Oasis Lanes.

"It'd probably feel like the first time, it's been so long since my first title," said Edwards (Tulsa, Okla.). "Just getting to the semifinals and having a chance for the title match is nice. I'm not really worried about it yet. If I win my first match, then I'll start to think about it."

After dropping his first two games against VanDaniker by a combined three pins, Edwards bounced back with games of 257 and 288 before collecting the final two wins to advance to Sunday's ESPN finals.

Barnes (Double Oak, Texas) advanced to meet Edwards in similar fashion, winning his series over Steve Jaros (Yorkville, Ill.), 4-2. Sunday's competition will mark Barnes' third TV appearance this season after appearing in the Dydo Japan Cup 2006 and 2006 Discover Card Windy City Classic finals.

Sunday's other semifinal will feature two Denny's PBA Tour veterans in Patrick Allen and Mika Koivuniemi, who entered Friday's best-of-seven match play at different ends of the spectrum, seeded No. 2 and No. 30, respectively.

Allen (Wesley Chapel, Fla.) was the first participant of the Round of 8 to advance, defeating Brian Kretzer (Dayton, Ohio) 4-1, rolling in the final game, 268-169.

Koivuniemi (Hartland, Mich.), who scored an upset of No. 3 Mike DeVaney (Temecula, Calif.) in the Round of 32, went seven games in defeating Dino Castillo (Carrollton, Texas), who advanced out of Wednesday's Tour Qualifying Round.


 

2007/02/01

 【PBA】 Sun City Classic 【Round of 64 - Block 2】

Stinging Back

Tim Criss

A prevalent fixture in West Texas, a scorpion is usually avoided. On the Denny's PBA Tour, however, Tim Criss makes no effort to avoid the creature.

Bowling on the Scorpion oil pattern in the Sun City Classic at Oasis Lanes, Criss led Thursday's Round of 64 with a 3,321 14-game pinfall including a 300 in the final game of the night to maintain his lead.

It's not the first time this season Criss has excelled on the pattern, one of five oil patterns the PBA uses in standard events. In the 2007 Earl Anthony Medford Classic three weeks ago, Criss and his slow ball speed led the field in the Round of 64, finishing with a 3,422 14-game pinfall, before being upset by eventual runner-up and No. 32 seed Brian Himmler in the Round of 32.

"I am pretty much attacking the lanes the same exact way as Medford," said Criss (Bel Air, Md.). "I liked my strategy last time Brian just bowled a great match. When it takes 250 to beat your opponent it's going to be tough, but someone has to lose. My ball roll likes this pattern so I’m not going to try anything different. I’m just going to hope it works this week."

Criss will face No. 32 Del Ballard Jr. (N. Richland Hills, Texas), who fired a 265 in his final game to earn the final spot in match play, two pins ahead of Marv Sargent (Temecula, Calif.).

Finishing second was 2004-05 PBA Player of Year Patrick Allen (Wesley Chapel, Fla.) with 3,303. Allen, who has one title to his credit this season, will face No. 31 Mike Wolfe (New Albany, Ind.).

Jason Couch (Clermont, Fla.), who will look to become just the fourth bowler in Tour history to win three consecutive events, finished tied for 19th with Brian Voss. By virtue of having the higher second block, Voss (Alpharetta, Ga.) earned the No. 19 seed and will face No. 14 Riga Kalfas (Florence, Ky.). No. 20 Couch will face No. 13 Steve Jaros (Yorkville, Ill.).

300 Games (5) - Chad Kloss, Chris Collins, Ronnie Russell, Doug Kent, Tim Criss.

 

 【PBA】 Sun City Classic 【Round of 64 - Block 1】

Stinging Back

Tim Criss

A prevalent fixture in West Texas, a scorpion is usually avoided. On the Denny's PBA Tour, however, Tim Criss makes no effort to avoid the creature.

Bowling on the Scorpion oil pattern in the Sun City Classic at Oasis Lanes, Criss took an early lead after the first seven-game block in Thursday's Round of 64. The right hander put together a seven-game pinfall of 1,725, topping the 245 mark in five of seven games.

It's not the first time this season Criss has excelled on the pattern, one of five oil patterns the PBA uses in standard events. In the 2007 Earl Anthony Medford Classic, Criss and his slow ball speed led the field in the Round of 64, finishing with a 3,422 14-game pinfall, before being upset by eventual runner-up Brian Himmler in the Round of 32.

"I am pretty much attacking the lanes the same exact way as Medford," said Criss (Bel Air, Md.). "I liked my strategy last time, Brian just bowled a great match. When it takes 250 to beat your opponent it's going to be tough, but someone has to lose. My ball roll likes this pattern so I'm not going to try anything different. I'm just going to hope it works this week."

Six pins behind Criss sits 2005-06 PBA Player of the Year Tommy Jones. Jones (Simpsonville, S.C.) had a chance to top Criss in the final game as he was on pace for the day's second 300 game before finishing with a 279 for a total of 1,719.

Two of the Tour's young guns, Chris Loschetter (Avon, Ohio) and Michael Fagan (Greenlawn, N.Y.), are in third and fourth with 1,702 and 1,680, respectively.

Jason Couch (Clermont, Fla.), who is gunning to become just the fourth bowler to win three consecutive Denny's PBA Tour events, is in ninth with 1,640.


 

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