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2007/10/28
  【PBA】 2007 USBC Masters 【Final】

Four-for-Four

Sean Rash

In his first championship round appearance in a Major and bowling for the first time in a baseball stadium, no less, Sean Rash showed there's not much that can faze this 25 year old.

Rash improved his career record in televised championship rounds to 7-0 and became just the second bowler to win a title in his first four TV appearances with a 269-245 win over Steve Jaros to capture the 2007 United States Bowling Congress (USBC) Masters at Miller Park.

Rash, who became the youngest UBSC Masters champion since it became a Denny's Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) Tour event in 1998, overcame the No. 4 seed Jaros, who came into the title match on a near record-setting scoring pace.

Looking to become the first No. 4 seed to win a USBC Masters, Jaros defeated No. 3 seed and all-time titles leader Walter Ray Williams Jr., 279-254, in the first stepladder match and No. 2 seed Patrick Allen, 290-233, to fall one pin shy of the PBA's two-game high on television set by Bob Learn Jr. in 1996 (570).

Needing a 282 in the title match to break the three-game high, Jaros lost some of his magic against Rash with three nine-spares in the first four frames. The seven-time titlist responded with five consecutive strikes between frames five and nine to force Rash to double in the 10th. Rash struck out for good measure, completing a string of seven consecutive strikes to end the match and take home his first Major title.

"Every time you shoe them up you want to win, and you especially want to win the Majors," Rash (Wichita, Kan.) said. "In golf, you always hear about how many majors Tiger Woods has or Jack Nicklaus has, and it's all about the Majors in our sport too. The greatest in the game, Pete Weber, Earl Anthony and Walter Ray, they're all up there in Majors. That's what you dream of and to win one is a great feeling."

Less than three years ago, Rash was a non-exempt bowler struggling to qualify every week for Denny's PBA Tour events. Late in the 2005-06 season, he broke through as the first bowler to win a title after advancing through the Denny's PBA Tour Qualifying Round. He proved it wasn't a fluke last season, winning two titles and going 4-0 on television.

"I just try to go out and have fun and throw the best shots I can. You have to take advantage of your opportunities and try to capitalize on your breaks," Rash, who earned $100,000 and a two-season exemption, said of bowling on TV. "The advantages and breaks you get, if you don't capitalize, you don't win. Steve bowed almost 820 and lost. That's unheard of. But being undefeated on TV, I love it. It's where you want to be on Sundays."

In the semifinal, Jaros struck 11 consecutive times after leaving a 10-pin in the first frame to win 290-233 over Allen, who was the only one of the four finalists who bowled in Miller Park the last time a USBC Masters final was held there in 2004.

Jaros advanced to the semifinal with a 279-254 win over Williams. Jaros struck with his first six shots before a 7-pin in the seventh frame spoiled his bid to become the first bowler in history with two televised 300 games. He closed out the match with five more strikes to deny the No. 3 seed Williams a chance at his second USBC Masters crown.

Jaros (Yorkville, Ill.) earned $50,000 for his second-place finish while Allen earned $25,000 for third and Williams (Ocala, Fla.) took home $15,000 for fourth.

 

 【JPBA】 東海オープンボウリングトーナメント 【TV決勝】

 

工藤貴志

優勝決定戦

○工藤貴志 206 - 198 土谷翼

初優勝を賭けた両者の戦いは、土谷が10フレパンチアウト198で先に終了。10フレ工藤がミスすると土谷の勝ち、スペア以上で工藤の勝ちとなるところ、思い切って投げた工藤の一投は見事ストライクで工藤の初優勝が決定!Japan Cup 9位タイ、シーズントライアルオータームシリーズ4位と9月以降好調の工藤が念願の初優勝を挙げる。

3位決定戦

×キム・ヨンピル 226 - 236 ○土谷翼

土谷が激戦を制し初優勝を賭けて工藤との優勝戦へ!序盤土谷がフィフスで大きくリード。しかしキムも5フレからフィフスで追いつき勝負は10フレへ。10 フレ先投げの土谷は根性でパンチアウト、キムはダブルが来れば勝ち、しかしジャスト8が残り何とか土谷が優勝戦へ進出。

4位決定戦

○土谷翼 213 - 196 ×山本勲

中盤まで互角の勝負も、初優勝に燃える土谷が6フレからフォースで山本を突き放し3位決定戦へ進出。

 

 【JPBA】 東海オープンボウリングトーナメント 【ラウンドロビン】

 

工藤貴志

27歳の若武者工藤貴志(42期)が初優勝を目指しトップシードTV進出。また2週連続韓国選手Vを狙ってKPBAレフティー No.1 のキム・ヨンピル(K1期)が2位、工藤同様初優勝を目指す土谷翼(25歳44期)が3位、そして残り一枠をポジションマッチ264で勝った山本勲(25歳44期)が地元鈴木を捲り TV進出を果たした。
地元の期待を背負ってポジションマッチにむかった鈴木は、238を打つも対戦相手キムに248を打たれ惜しくも次点となった。

 

2007/10/27
 【JPBA】 東海オープンボウリングトーナメント 【準決勝】

 

工藤貴志

Japan Cup 9位タイ、シーズントライアルオータームシリーズ4位など最近好調維持の工藤貴志(42期)が準決勝253AVGでトップに!初優勝目指して明日のラウンドロビンへ。そして12名中唯一のタイトルホルダー(KPBAのキム除く)山本勲が2位、地元東海支部の鈴木元司が3位で進出を果たした。

 【JPBA】 東海オープンボウリングトーナメント 【予選後半】

 

大月光浩

 

2007/10/26
  【PBA】 2007 USBC Masters 【MATCH PLAY】

Back to the Ballpark

Patrick Allen

Patrick Allen realizes how lucky he is to be bowling in a baseball stadium for the second time in four years, especially considering he nearly missed match play this week.

Allen, who finished 61st after qualifying to earn one of the final four spots in match play, went 5-0 in double elimination Thursday and Friday and earned the No. 2 seed for Sunday's 2007 USBC Masters championship round at the Milwaukee Brewers' Miller Park.

The Denny's PBA Tour's top young star, Sean Rash, earned the No. 1 seed for his first career Major championship round. Rash (Wichita, Kan.), who went 6-0 including a 676-600 win over Allen in the No. 1 vs. No. 2 seeding match, won his first career title two years ago as a non-exempt bowler. He went on to win two titles last season in his first season as an exempt bowler, and takes a 6-0 career record on television into Sunday's title match.

Allen, a nine-time Denny's PBA Tour titlist, finished second in the 2004 Masters finals at Miller Park, the only other time the championship round of a bowling event has been held in a Major League Baseball stadium.

"The last day and a half has been really interesting. I barely made the top 64 and then it's two different tournaments with qualifying and match play," Allen (Wesley Chapel, Fla.) said. "I guess I proved you don't need to qualify high to make the show in this tournament because I've made the finals four times and never qualified higher than 50th.

"(Past Masters champion) Ernie Schlegel said this week the Masters is the hardest Major to win and he's right because it doesn't matter what you do in qualifying."

Allen made the finals in 1993 as an amateur, then made the finals in both 2004 Masters events, one which took place in January in the 2003-04 season and the other in October which came in the 2004-05 season.

That season, Allen was the No. 4 seed and won two matches to get to the title match before falling to Danny Wiseman in the title match. He doesn't feel that being the only one of Sunday's finalists to bowl in a baseball stadium will give him an advantage.

"Not against theses guys, maybe against an amateur in that setting," Allen said about his Sunday opponents. "It's amazing to be able to bowl in that place twice. Most people would be happy to bowl there once and you can't even imagine getting there twice. You can't draw it up any better."

The first match features all-time Denny's PBA Tour titles leader Walter Ray Williams Jr. taking on seven-time champion Steve Jaros. The 42-time winner Williams (Ocala, Fla.) defeated upstart Derek Eoff to advance to the finals, while Jaros (Yorkville, Ill.) defeated Stevie Weber to advance to his second career Masters final.

The final four will bowl for the $100,000 top-prize and two-year exemption Sunday, live on ESPN at 1 p.m. ET at the Milwaukee Brewers' Miller Park.

 

 【JPBA】 東海オープンボウリングトーナメント 【予選前半】

 

上津留満広

 

2007/10/25
  【PBA】 PBA News

Baker, Zurich Take Senior Awards

Tom Baker

The PBA announced today its season-ending awards for the 2007 PBA Senior Tour season, voted on by PBA membership and national media. Tom Baker was named the PBA Senior Player of the Year while Sam Zurich was named PBA Senior Rookie of the Year.

Baker was named PBA Senior Player of the Year for a record third consecutive season. He won three titles, including his second consecutive USBC Senior Masters, and brought his total to eight career PBA Senior Tour titles in his three seasons on the Tour.

The only PBA Senior Tour player who is exempt on the Denny's PBA Tour, Baker has had the most dominating three-year run in PBA Senior Tour history. He was named both the PBA Senior Player and Rookie of the Year in 2005, becoming the first bowler ever to win both in the same season. In 2006, Baker tied a record with four titles - which came in just nine events - and won both Majors.

This summer, Baker's march to a third Player of the Year award was much more difficult as a strong rookie class joined the Tour, and PBA Hall of Famer David Ozio bowled full-time for the first time.

Baker and Ozio battled back and forth all season, with Ozio winning one title and leading the PBA Senior Point Rankings. Baker had success when it mattered most, however, winning three of the last six events after going winless in the first seven.

The streak started with a win in the 2007 PBA Senior Northern California Classic, which he followed with his second consecutive USBC Senior Masters title. The win gave him a record four PBA Senior Tour Major titles and made him just the second bowler ever to successfully defend a Senior Masters title.

The race between Baker and Ozio was still up in the air heading into the final event of the season, the inaugural PBA Senior Dick Weber Invitational. Fittingly, the two PBA Hall of Famers met in the title match, with Baker earning the victory, 256-213.

"Last year I won four of the nine tournaments so that was just a runaway, but this year was much more difficult. I started off slow and Ozio was in the forefront until the last couple weeks, but I pulled it out at the end," Baker (King, N.C.) said. "It was fitting that it came down to the two of us in that last match. If he'd won that match then it would have been pretty close. It could have gone either way."

Ozio (Beaumont, Texas) finished second to Baker on the ballot. He won the season-opening 2007 PBA Senior Manassas Open and made a Tour-best eight championship round appearances. He also led the Tour in average (226.03) and finished second to Baker in earnings ($53,150 to $45,695).

Of all his accomplishments over the past three years, Baker said his four Major wins mean the most.

"I think the thing that sticks out most is the Major wins," Baker said. "When it comes to Majors, there's more prestige behind winning. That's your goal as a bowler, to win Majors. Winning back-to-back Masters is definitely one of the things I'm most proud of as well. Winning one Masters is hard to do, but winning two is especially hard because of the format."

Zurich, meanwhile, captured one title, the 2007 PBA Senior Northern Illinois Classic, which came in his second career PBA Senior Tour event. He led rookies in every statistical category, finishing fourth on Tour in points, third in earnings ($24,995) and sixth in average (219.30). He cashed in 11 of 12 events, making match play 10 times, which ranked tied for fourth on Tour.

The two-time Denny's PBA Tour titlist also finished third in the Player of the Year voting behind Baker and Ozio.

"To say I am honored is an understatement. The names of the players who have won this in the past are some of the greatest players in the history of the game," Zurich (Grant, Fla.) said. "It's a wonderful honor and I'm just truly excited. I had a lot of people come up and say I was a shoe-in but I've seen it a million times where you think something is in the bag and it turns out different. When the Commissioner gave me the call to tell me the news, it was the highlight of my second career."

The 2007 PBA Senior Rookie of the Year race was one of the most competitive in recent history. In addition to Zurich, PBA Hall of Famer Steve Cook made his debut along with seven-time Denny's PBA Tour titlist Hugh Miller and two-time titlist Sam Maccarone, who captured his first career PBA Senior Tour title this summer.

Cook looked like he might run away with the award early in the season, finishing in the top four in two of the first three events, but knee injuries limited him to just four events. He still finished second in the voting, followed by Maccarone and Tom Carter.

 

  【PBA】 2007 USBC Masters 【MACH PLAY】

Rash Red Hot

Sean Rash

Sean Rash is trying to single-handedly make sure none of last year's USBC Masters finalists return to the championship round in 2007.

Rash defeated defending champion Doug Kent in his first match of double elimination match play, then defeated 2006 USBC Masters runner-up Jack Jurek in their first winners' bracket match Thursday to head into Friday's play undefeated in the 2007 USBC Masters, the first of four Majors on the 2007-08 Denny's PBA Tour.

Double elimination features three-game matches based on total pins.

The 25-year-old Rash has established himself as one of the top young stars on the Denny's PBA Tour, winning three titles and going 6-0 on television in two seasons. He is still looking to get over the hump in a Major event, however, where he has yet to make a championship round.

Rash endured a tough battle with Kent, the 2006-07 PBA Player of the Year, in the first match. After Rash took the lead after game one, 224-154, Kent clawed back with a 198-167 win in game two to get within 40 pins. Rash got a break in the 10th frame of game three, however, to outscore Kent 224-211 and win the match, 602-576.

Against Jurek, Rash put the match away early with a 299 in game two, giving him a big cushion in the final game where he cruised to the 801-680 win.

"After the first match, I changed balls to a Brunswick Twisted Fury that I drilled today, and knowing we were following Walter Ray is a good thing because he uses surface and plays the front of the lane," Rash said. "I just got comfortable and got a good swing going and finally got in a rhythm. (Jurek) bowled great. 680 is normally a good score and I'm sure anyone would be happy with that."

The Alaska native who lives in Wichita, Kan., doesn't feel any pressure to prove himself this week.

"After I won my first title in West Virginia, I led the U.S. Open with six games to go," Rash said about his performance as a non-exempt bowler in 2005-06. "I led at one point in the U.S. Open last year too, so I've bowled well there. I like Majors because of the formats and because spare shooting is the key. The Majors are the ones you want to bowl well in. It's the most money and the most prestige."

Rash has struggled recently in the Masters, failing to make match play twice and going 0-2 in one other appearances, but he did finish seventh in the 2003 USBC Masters at the age of 21 in his first adult tournament.

Denny's PBA Tour veteran and seven-time titlist Steve Jaros had the highest series of the night, shooting 823 against Liz Johnson in the winners' bracket to stay undefeated. Jaros has never won his first two matches in a USBC Masters event until tonight.

"I'm usually in the losers bracket after the first round," Jaros said of his performance in the Masters. "More often than not, I've managed to make it to match play but for some reason I can never get it going. It's so important to stay out of the losers' bracket. If I can get a couple more wins under my belt tomorrow, I'll start feeling pretty good."

PBA Hall of Famer Pete Weber knocked out top-seed Chris Loschetter in the losers' bracket. Loschetter fell in the first round to 2004-05 PBA Player of the Year Patrick Allen. He was then dropped by Weber, who is looking to become just the second bowler in PBA history to complete the "Super Slam," a win in all five PBA Majors, including the now-defunct Touring Players Championship. Allen is still undefeated after defeating Chad Maas in the second round and will face Wes Malott in the winners' bracket.
Kent stayed alive with, 695-655, win over Parker Bohn III, eliminating his brother-in-law from the tournament.

 

  【PBA】 2007 USBC Masters 【Round 3 Qualifying】

Loschetter Earns Top Spot

Chris Loschetter

Chris Loschetter of Avon, Ohio, earned high qualifier honors Thursday at the 2007 United States Bowling Congress Masters.

Loschetter finished with a 15-game total of 3,453, an average of 230.2, to lead the field of 485 of the best professional and amateur bowlers in the world at AMF Bowlero Lanes. He earned the top seed for double-elimination match play, which begins at 5:30 p.m. Eastern today.

The Denny's PBA Tour exempt player will be joined by 63 other athletes, including defending champion Doug Kent of Newark, N.Y., who will compete to determine the final four bowlers for the ESPN-televised finals on Sunday at 1 p.m. Eastern.

"I've got some momentum, but in my mind it's a whole new tournament now," Loschetter said. "I'm not going to be content to just do the same things I did in qualifying. You have to keep looking for new things out there."

Bill O'Neill of Levittown, Pa., earned the No. 2 seed with 3,433 while first and second round leader Derek Eoff of Greenfield, Wis., took third with 3,431. Jack Jurek of Lackawanna, N.Y., who finished second at last year's Masters, is fourth with 3,422.

The 2007 USBC Masters is a major on the Denny's PBA Tour and the athletes are competing for a top prize of $100,000 and an overall prize fund of $350,000.

 

 【JPBA】 東海オープンボウリングトーナメント 【選抜大会 Bシフト】

 

入野 聡

 

 【JPBA】 東海オープンボウリングトーナメント 【選抜大会 Aシフト】

 

キム・ヨンピル

 

2007/10/24
  【PBA】 2007 USBC Masters 【Round 2 Qualifying】

Eoff Continues to Lead

Derek Eoff

Derek Eoff is bowling so well in the 2007 USBC Masters, several Denny's PBA exempt players have suggested he should keep his day job.

The amateur Eoff continues to lead the first Major of the 2007-08 Denny's PBA Tour, firing a 300 game Wednesday to finish with a 2,376 10-game pinfall heading into Thursday's final round of qualifying.

Eoff (Milwaukee) is the USBC's Sport Bowling Coordinator and is a member of Team USA, two reasons he has yet to join the PBA and attempt to earn an exemption.

"A lot of the guys out there are giving me a hard time and saying not to give up my day job," Eoff said. "It's funny because right now I'm not even playing my typical "A" game. I've changed some things lately and I'm using a softer release and so far it's working out pretty well."

Eoff didn't get off to a strong start, shooting just 172 in the first game, but he rebounded with back-to-back games of 236 and was perfect in game four.

"I attacked the lanes completely wrong the first game. I got really fooled in practice and was too far inside," Eoff, 27, said. "I had the right ball, I was just in the wrong spot, but once I moved right I was okay."

Finishing second was Chris Loschetter (Avon, Ohio) with 2,362, followed by Dino Castillo (Carrollton, Texas) who fired the only other 300 game of the day and finished third with 2,343.

The 2005-06 PBA Rookie of the Year Bill O'Neill (Levittown, Pa.) is fourth with 2,312 while 2000 USBC Masters winner Mika Koivuniemi is fifth with 2,307. Koivuniemi won the season-opening Dydo Japan Cup two weeks ago.

Denny's PBA Tour exempt bowlers dominate the next seven spots. Wes Malott (Argyle, Texas) is sixth with 2,298, 2005-06 PBA Player of the Year Tommy Jones is eighth with 2,264 and Greenfield, Wis., resident Chad Kloss, in his first season as an exempt bowler, is ninth with 2,260.

Lynda Barnes (Double Oak, Texas) finished as the highest woman in the standings, sitting 24th with 2,190. Barnes is the wife of eight-time Denny's PBA Tour titlist Chris Barnes, who is 15th with 2,235. Two other women, Liz Johnson and Carolyn Dorin-Ballard, made the cut, finishing tied for 34th with 2,164.

There was a tie for the final spot into Thursday's final qualifying round. The top 121 bowlers advance and Bobby Hall and Paul Bober tied for 121st. Hall earned the final spot with a 247-193 win in a one-game roll-off.

The top 121 bowl five more games Thursday morning before the field is cut to the top 63, at which point defending champion Doug Kent will join the field for match play. Double elimination begins Thursday evening and continues Friday until the field is narrowed to the final four bowlers.

 

2007/10/23
  【PBA】 2007 USBC Masters 【Round 1 Qualifying】

Eoff Takes Day One Lead

Derek Eoff

As the USBC Masters' Sport Bowling Coordinator, Derek Eoff has had plenty of opportunities to bowl on the difficult sport bowling lane conditions.

His experience on the difficult lanes made Tuesday's first round of qualifying in the 2007 USBC Masters seem easier than league play as he averaged 250.40 over his five games to take the lead at AMF Bowlero Lanes.

Eoff, who bowled at collegiate powerhouse the University of Nebraska and is a member of Team USA, is looking to become the first non-Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) member since 2002 to win the USBC Masters. The Masters is one of four Majors on the Denny's PBA Tour.

"I get asked the question a lot as to why I'm not a PBA member," said Eoff, 27. "Out of college, I really wanted to do a lot of the amateur events and it was a really big goal of mine to make Team USA. I finally made the team but now with the PBA pros on the team it's an even bigger question. I think about it a lot, but right now I like the amateur stuff and I like my job with the USBC."

Eoff was referring to the announcement made today that Denny's PBA Tour stars Patrick Allen, Chris Barnes, Parker Bohn III, Tommy Jones, Sean Rash and Walter Ray Williams Jr. will join Team USA in 2008 as part of a new decision to allow PBA members to bowl on the team.

For now, Eoff is concentrating on maintaining a good position in the standings before Wednesday night's cut to the top 25 percent of the 486-bowler field and Thursday's cut to the top 63 bowlers plus defending champion Doug Kent, who received a bye into match play.

"I knew I would have a better look on the breakdown today than on the fresh oil tomorrow so with the good start, if I don't have as good a day tomorrow I have enough cushion to get me through," Eoff (Greenfield, Wis.) said.

Following Eoff in the standings is Denny's PBA Tour exempt bowler Chris Loschetter (Avon, Ohio), who finished second with 1,213. Tommy Jones (Simpsonville, S.C.), the 2005-06 PBA Player of the Year who finished fourth in last season's USBC Masters, is third with 1,208. Robert Gotchall (Lincoln, Neb.) is fourth with 1,200.

PBA Hall of Famer Tom Baker, the only PBA Senior Tour bowler who is exempt on the Denny's PBA Tour, is fifth with 1,191. The 53-year-old is the leading candidate for the 2007 PBA Senior Player of the Year award, which will be announced later this week. Should he win, it would be his record third consecutive Player of the Year award.

 

2007/10/21
 

ジョン・テハ

優勝決定戦

×山本勲 184 - 199 ○ジョン・テハ

現在のポイントランキング1・2位対決となった優勝戦は、ストライクが続かずもノーミスの山本に対し、ジョンは2フレ・3フレとスプリットミスで大きくカウントダウン、山本が中盤で3マークリード。しかしジョンは抜群の集中力で7フレからフォースをもってきて199で先に終了。山本はここまで珍しくストライクが続かず10フレダブルが来ないと負けになる展開で投じた10フレ一投目は無情にも3.6.7のスプリット。これでジョンの優勝が決定し今季2勝(イーグルクラシックに続き)・JPBA通算5勝目を飾った。

3位決定戦

×キム・ヨンピル 202 - 259 ○ジョン・テハ

ジョンがストライクラッシュでKPBAレフティ No.1 のキムを圧倒、山本との優勝戦へ。

4位決定戦

○ジョン・テハ 248 - 180 パク・ジョンスー

JPBAツアーで4勝を挙げているジョンが、2ミスのパクを破り3位決定戦へ進出。

 

 

山本 勲

ポジションマッチでキム・ヨンピルに勝った山本が(171対205)トップシードで決勝ステップラダーへ。また決勝枠の4位を狙った5位の日置は 207対195で酒井に勝つも、上のパク・ジョンスーが214対237でジョン・テハに勝ちそのまま5位で終了。決勝は9月の「三湖コリアンカップ」を制した山本対KPBA勢の対決となった。

 

 【JPBA】 千葉オープンボウリングトーナメント 【準決勝】

 

山本 勲

山本勲が準決勝6G(719・721で240AVG)で2位以下を大きく引き離しトップでラウンドロビンへ。2位に昨年のプロテストトップ合格津島健次、3位にベテラン酒井武雄、4位に先日のJapan Cup 17位タイと好調の日置秀一、そしてKPBA4名や地元千葉支部の鈴木鐘銀、最下位30位から滑り込みで 12位に入った斉藤茂雄がラウンドロビン進出を果たした。なお地元期待の石原は後半スコアを落とし残念ながら次点となった。


 

2007/10/20
 

山本 勲

'05・'06チャンピオンの山本勲が予選トップで大会3連覇に向け大きく前進。2位に新しくNAGAOKA遊BOWL所属となったプロ3年目の正田晃也、3位に久し振り上位進出の玉井慎一郎がつけている。また地元千葉支部から8位で石原、16位で鈴木が準決勝進出を果たした。


 

2007/10/19
 

高橋富資

後半4Gで今大会選抜のハイシリーズ965をマークした高橋富資(39期)がBシフトトップ!

 

 【JPBA】 千葉オープンボウリングトーナメント 【選抜大会 Aシフト】

 

梶 義宏

新たに岡山フェアレーン所属となった梶義宏(36期)がAシフトトップ通過。


 

2007/10/17
 

内山智昭
会場:ハタ・ボウリングセンター


 

2007/10/14

  【PBA】 U.S. Women's Open 【Final】

Johnson Wins U.S. Open Crown

Liz Johnson

With the crowd roaring around her, television cameras in her face and bright lights shining down on her, Liz Johnson of Cheektowaga, N.Y., managed to block it all out. As far as she was concerned, she was the only person inside the National Bowling Stadium on Sunday.

Johnson's intense focus paid off as she defeated Team USA's Shannon O'Keefe of Rochester, N.Y., 248-215 to win the 2007 U.S. Women's Open, a United States Bowling Congress event.

"I just felt like I was in a really good place, like nobody was even around me out there," said Johnson, who also won the U.S. Women's Open in 1996. "Once I stepped out on the lanes, I felt aggressive and focused. I really haven't felt that good in a very long time and I think it showed on the lanes today."

Johnson, who won 11 titles on the now dissolved Professional Women's Bowling Association Tour, grabbed the momentum early in the championship match against O'Keefe, starting with five consecutive strikes before leaving a solid 7 pin. O'Keefe, meanwhile, struggled to start the match with just one strike in four frames.

O'Keefe got back on track with strikes in the fifth, sixth and seventh frames but by then Johnson had created a nearly unbeatable margin. A spare in the ninth frame locked up the title for Johnson.

"Everything just fell like it fell into place for me," said Johnson, who made history in 2005 by becoming the first woman to win a PBA Regional Tour event and also finished second in a Denny's PBA Tour event in 2005. "Physically I felt great and mentally nothing really mattered but putting it to the pins. I also think my experience helped. The ball choices I made and my focus all combined to help me win today."

O'Keefe entered Sunday's championship round as the top qualifier and the player to beat. She led the U.S. Women's Open field after 32 games of qualifying back in August, and in her quarterfinal matchup against Stefanie Nation, O'Keefe fired a nearly-perfect 299 game.

"Obviously, it's bittersweet because Liz and I are good friends," O'Keefe said. "I definitely came here to win, but it really was great just to be a part of this. I hope this event gives women's bowling the push it needs to get back in the right direction."

To reach the title game, Johnson defeated USBC High School spokesperson Carolyn Dorin-Ballard of North Richland Hills, Texas, 257-209. Johnson struck on six of her first seven shots and never looked back.

O'Keefe defeated reigning U.S. Amateur champion Lynda Barnes of Double Oak, Texas, 223-187 in her semifinal matchup. Barnes struggled with her ball reaction on the right lane and never threw two consecutive strikes in the loss.

The 2007 U.S. Women's Open, a USBC event, is sponsored by Banquet, the Eldorado Hotel/Casino in Reno, Nev., the National Bowling Stadium and Kegel, the official lane maintenance provider for USBC.

For more information on the U.S. Women's Open, including stories, photos and complete standings, visit bowl.com.


 

2007/10/11
 

斉藤茂雄
会場:ブランズウィックスポルト


 

2007/10/10
 

山本 勲
会場:湘南とうきゅうボウル

 

安部誠司
会場:新三国アルゴ


 

2007/10/07
 

金城愛乃

優勝決定戦

○金城愛乃 204 - 197 ×中谷優子

勝利の女神は金城へ!序盤中谷が1ダボ2ミス、金城が1ミスでほぼ互角、中盤中谷が6フレからターキーで1マーク半リードも9フレ4.6.10のスプリットミス、対する金城は8フレからターキーで逆転。中谷は10フレパンチアウトするも9フレのミスが響き一歩及ばず。金城が'03の「プリンスカップ」優勝以来4年ぶり4勝目を挙げた。

3位決定戦

×愛甲恵子 172 - 254 ○中谷優子

ラインどりに苦しむ愛甲を横目に中谷が2フレから7連続ストライクで圧勝!金城との優勝戦へ!

4位決定戦

×斉藤志乃ぶ 240 - 259 ○中谷優子

中谷が激戦を制し愛甲との3位決定戦へ!斉藤がターキースタートも中谷が3フレから6連続ストライクで逆転。斉藤は8フレ3.4.6.7のスプリットをカバーして会場を盛り上げ9フレからストライクを続けたが中谷が冷静にパンチアウトで逃げ切り。

 

 【JPBA】 DHC レディースオープンボウリングツアー 第1戦 【ラウンドロビン】

 

金城愛乃

ポジションマッチのトップシード争いは、183対189で金城愛乃が斉藤志乃ぶを下しトップシードでTV決勝へ、斉藤は3位へ。3位愛甲恵子対4位久保田法美の戦いは、238 対192で愛甲が勝ち2位に浮上。そして5位竹内昭子対6位中谷優子の戦いは、中谷が238のビッグゲームで勝ち久保田・竹内を抜いて4位でTV決勝へ滑り込み。

 

 【JPBA】 DHC レディースオープンボウリングツアー 第1戦 【準決勝】

 

関根直子

タフなスケジュールの中、選抜組の関根直子・吉野操・久保田法美が上位をキープ、そして世界の斉藤志乃ぶが故障を抱えながらも7位でラウンドロビン進出を果たす。


 

2007/10/06

 【JPBA】 DHC レディースオープンボウリングツアー 第1戦 【予選】

 

中島政江

3年ぶりの優勝を目指し中島政江が予選トップ。2位に昨年プロ入りの関根直子、3位に今年プロ入りの新人森山真理、そして4位に大ベテラン斉藤志乃ぶが続く。なお新女王清水弘子は、前半の出遅れが響き43位で今年2回目(イーグルクラシック以来)の予選落ちとなった。


 

2007/10/05

会場センター所属の名和秋(35期:相模原パークレーンズ)が期待に応えトップで選抜通過を果たす。


 

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