Not Ready to Pass the Torch
Parker Bohn III
Rhino Page may be carrying the torch for left-handed bowlers and the next generation of stars on the Denny's PBA Tour for years to come, but PBA Hall of Famer Parker Bohn III showed Sunday that at 44 years old, he's still the man among the lefties.
Bohn captured his 31st career Denny's PBA Tour title, defeating the rookie Page, 267-257, to win the 2007 Spartanburg Classic at Spartanburg Memorial Auditorium.
In a thrilling title match, the 24-year-old Page, making his second career championship round appearance compared to Bohn's 103, had a chance to win the match with a double and nine pins in the 10th frame. Page had trailed early, but he struck six consecutive times to rally and put himself in a position to win.
Bohn had started the match with six strikes and looked like he may become the first bowler to fire two perfect games on TV in his career, but he had back-to-back nine spares in the seventh and eight frames while Page was making his comeback.
Bohn recovered with three strikes in a row in the ninth and 10th frames and finished with 267, forcing Page to double. After a strike with his first shot in the 10th and with the crowd chanting his name, Page got up and looked to win his first title with a strike and nine, but he left the 6- and 9-pins giving Bohn the victory.
"I hope my next win takes about one tenth of the time it took me to get to this one," Bohn, who went a career-long 61 events between his 30th and 31st titles, said. "It's been about 60 weeks and that's way too long. I like it to be about two or three weeks between wins."
Bohn's win puts him three titles shy of Mark Roth and Pete Weber for third all-time. His last win came in the 2005 El Paso Classic nearly three years ago, and he came into the finals winless in his last 10 championship rounds.
One of five left-handed bowlers in the finals, Bohn has helped mentor his fellow left-hander Page, a Team USA member who has taken the Tour by storm. A non-exempt bowler, he's advanced through the Denny's PBA Tour Qualifying Round six times in seven tries and Sunday became the first bowler to advance to two championship rounds after qualifying through the TQR.
"I told Rhino this summer, 'you're a young gun and there's no way you shouldn't be on Tour,'" Bohn (Jackson, N.J.) said. "He's perked up everyone's ears and shown that he's a great player and he's here to stay. He didn't back down at all today. Fortunately for me I bowled my best game in the title match. But I guarantee he will be back."
Bohn advanced to the title match with a 227-214 win over No. 2 Patrick Allen. Allen was looking to win back-to-back titles for the second time in his career, but the 10-time titlist had trouble carrying, leaving four 7-pins. Bohn used three doubles in the match, including one in the ninth and 10th frames, to seal the win.
The No. 3 seed Bohn won the first of his three matches against the 2006-07 PBA Rookie of the Year Billy Oatman, 239-213. Oatman opened twice in the match and was ultimately undone by a failed single-pin conversion in the seventh frame, the same thing that cost his opponent, Mike Scroggins, in the first match. Bohn stayed clean the entire match and wrapped it up with a strike on his first ball in the 10th.
Oatman defeated No. 4 Scroggins, 209-207. Scroggins had a chance to take the lead with a strike in the seventh frame but he left a 7-pin and then made matters worse when he missed the conversion. It was the second time this season a missed single-pin cost him a match and it's a problem that has plagued him throughout what is now an eight-match losing streak on television, two shy of tying the PBA record for consecutive losses.
Oatman threatened to give the lead right back when he left the 2-4-6-7-10 split in the ninth frame, but he picked up the "Greek Church" to all but wrap up the match. After Scroggins, struck out to finish with 207, Oatman this time left the 3-7-9 in the 10th, but he just needed one pin to win the match, and he picked up two to advance.
Bohn took home $25,000 for the win and an exemption for the 2008-09 season, while Page (Topeka, Kan.) earned $13,000 for second. Allen (Wesley Chapel, Fla.) took home $6,500 for third, Oatman (Chicago) earned $5,500 for fourth while Scroggins (Amarillo, Texas) earned $5,000 for fifth.
【JPBA】 全日本女子プロボウリング選手権大会 【決勝】
○Wendy Macpherson 247 - 226 ×関根直子
勢いに乗り全日本優勝を目指す関根は、ダブルスタートで幸先良くスタートも、Wendy Macpherson が本気モードで2フレから6連続ストライク。後半関根が追い上げるも2マーク届かず金髪の全日本選手権者が誕生！
×Wendy Macpherson 207 - 238 ○関根直子
×時本美津子 183 - 188 ○関根直子
×松永裕美 203 - 214 ○関根直子
【JPBA】 全日本女子プロボウリング選手権大会 【準決勝】
打倒 Wendy Macpherson を目指し、一昨年念願の全日本優勝を果たした時本美津子が2位、3位に37期のトップ合格で来季初シードを決めた松永裕美、そして準決勝トップのスコアをたたき出した（準9G=236AVG）関根直子がラストシリーズで近藤文美を捲り4位でTV決勝進出を果たした。
Charging Toward History
With each passing week on the Denny's PBA Tour, Rhino Page racks up another PBA record.
This week, the non-exempt Page earned the No. 1 seed for Sunday's championship round of the 2007 Spartanburg Classic, becoming the first bowler in history to advance to the finals twice after qualifying through the Denny's PBA Tour Qualifying Round. The 24-year-old led the field with an 8,025 32-game pinfall and a 12-6 match play record, earning an automatic berth in the title match of Sunday's stepladder finals.
Last week, Page became the seventh non-exempt bowler in history to accomplish the feat and this week he led the event from start to finish, becoming the first bowler to do it twice. On Sunday, he'll look to become the third ever to win a title after advancing through the Wednesday Qualifying Round.
"It's overwhelming," Page (Topeka, Kan.) said. "The history part of it is nice, but it's great to get back to the show so soon after last week. More importantly, I'm in a really good position to win my first title which is what I'm out here for."
In last week's Lumber Liquidators Championship, Page earned the No. 4 seed for the stepladder finals, but fell to Mike DeVaney in his TV debut, 278-215. He bounced back this week by finishing second in Wednesday's qualifying round, the sixth time in seven weeks he's advanced through the TQR. He then led the Round of 64 on Thursday, advancing to match play for the fifth time.
Page goes into the finals ranked 12th in the PBA World Point Rankings, ahead of 47 exempt bowlers who don't have to qualify for each event, like Page does.
With an automatic berth in the title match, Page could face his mentor Patrick Allen, who earned the No. 2 seed with 7,880 and a 10-8 record. Last week, Allen (Wesley Chapel, Fla.) won his 10th career Denny's PBA Tour title. He'll look to win back-to-back titles for the second time in his career.
Parker Bohn III fired his PBA record 78th perfect game in the position round to solidify the No. 3 seed Sunday, finishing match play with a 12-6 record. The 30-time titlist and PBA Hall of Famer from Jackson, N.J., will be looking to break a 61-event winless streak, which is the longest of his career.
The all-lefty finals are rounded out by No. 4 Mike Scroggins (Amarillo, Texas), who went 9-9, and No. 5 Billy Oatman (Chicago), who went 10-8. Scroggins is looking for his first title since the 2005 United States Bowling Congress (USBC) Masters while Oatman is looking for his first career title. The 42-year-old Oatman last year became the first African-American and oldest bowler to win the PBA's Rookie of the Year award. He'll look to become just the second African-American in history to win a Denny's PBA Tour title, joining George Branham III.
Sunday's finals mark the first time since the 2001 Tar Heel Open all five bowlers are left-handed.
【JPBA】 全日本女子プロボウリング選手権大会 【準々決勝】
Wendy Macpherson が4G目にパーフェクトを達成、2位以下を更に引き離しトップで準決勝へ！そしてシード権を狙う（現在ポイントランキング19位）松永裕美が2位、先週プリンスカップ優勝の近藤文美が3位につけている。
最終シリーズで800シリーズを達成（243･290･289=822）した Wendy Macpherson がダントツトップで準々決勝へ。
Things are going so well for Rhino Page these days, he's not only the top non-exempt bowler on the Denny's PBA Tour, he's starting to make a case for being one of the top bowlers on Tour, period.
Page led the Round of the 64 in the 2007 Spartanburg Classic at Shamrock Lanes Thursday, compiling a 3,422 14-game pinfall for a 244.43 average to take the top spot into Friday's match play.
The 24-year-old Page qualified through Wednesday's Denny's PBA Tour Qualifying Round for the sixth time in seven tries this season, three shy of tying the single-season record with eight standard events remaining. Last week, he became the seventh bowler in history to advance through the TQR and make the championship round the same week when he finished fifth in the Lumber Liquidators Championship.
The Team USA member came into this week 17th in the PBA World Point Rankings and is threatening to become the first non-exempt bowler to finish a season in the top 40 in points.
On Thursday, Page never dipped below the 200 mark, his low game a 219 in game 10. He had seven games of 247 or better, topping out at 299 in game 12. He averaged 251.57 over the final seven games to take the lead away from first-round leader Chris Barnes.
"Each squad we bowl, the lanes are a little different and tonight they were definitely different than this morning," Page (Topeka, Kan.) said. "I just need to take into consideration what I did today and make the right adjustments tomorrow morning."
Page will be making his fifth match play appearance of the season on Friday and with all pins from qualifying carrying over, he's in a good position to become the first qualifier ever to make two championship round appearances.
Finishing right behind Page were twins Mark and Mike Scroggins (Amarillo, Texas), who finished second and fourth, respectively. In the middle of the Scroggins sandwich was Chris Warren (Grants Pass, Ore.), who finished third with 3,347. Warren made last week’s Lumber Liquidators Championship final round, his first TV appearance in over 12 years.
Last week's champion Patrick Allen will look to make it back-to-back titles as he finished fifth with 3,297.
The 2005-06 PBA Player of the Year and 10-time titlist Tommy Jones moved up from 38th after the first block to finish the night 19th with 3,140. Jones is looking to bounce back from an early-season slump and make his first championship round appearance of the season.
予選 PART 1 の12Gが終了し、今年で17年目を迎えた岡田貴美（24期）がビッグタイトルに向けトップで明日の PART 2 へ！2位に今年下半期から JPBA ツアー出場の Wendy Macpherson が ROUND1CUP LADIES 優勝に続き全日本制覇へ好位置につけている。
Power of 10
Though he's still a long way from retirement, Patrick Allen may have cemented his future among the bowling elite on Sunday.
Allen defeated Wes Malott, 247-217, to win the 2007 Lumber Liquidators Championship at AMF Country Club Lanes, capturing his 10th career Denny's PBA Tour title and making himself eligible for the PBA Hall of Fame once he retires.
After joining the PBA late at the age of 29 in 1999, Allen won just one title in his first four seasons on Tour. Since then, he's become one of the top players in the game, winning the 2004-05 PBA Player of the Year award and winning multiple titles in each of the last three seasons.
On Sunday, Allen had a comfortable lead early until back-to-back nine-spares in the sixth and seventh frames. Malott could not take advantage, however, as he left the 2-8 and spared in the eighth frame and Allen responded with a double to keep his lead. Malott could have struck out in the 10th to force Allen to get the first strike, but he could only manage one strike. Allen struck with his first ball in the 10th for the win.
"I lived in this area for a few years so it means a lot to get my 10th title here and be eligible for the (PBA) Hall of Fame," Allen (Wesley Chapel, Fla.) said. "There are a lot of great bowlers out there who have won 10 tiles or more and are not in the Hall of Fame - Steve Hoskins, Del Ballard Jr., Bryan Goebel - and now I'm in that group. Just because you have 10 titles doesn't mean it's a lock you'll end up there, but it's out of my hands now."
The 37-year-old became the sixth No. 1 seed in the last seven stepladder finals to win a title following a nine-match losing streak by top seeds. Allen's last title before today came in last season's 2007 Go RVing Classic when he was also the top seed for the finals.
Allen led from start to finish this week, leading the Rd. of 64 Thursday and going 10-5-3 in match play on Friday. He doubled in the 10th frame of the final game of round robin Friday evening against Malott to clinch the No. 1 seed by a slim margin, meaning he only had to bowl one match on Sunday.
The No. 2 Malott advanced to the title match with a 236-207 win over No. 7 Mike DeVaney, who won three matches just to get to the semifinal. Malott struck five consecutive times in frames three through seven to take a commanding lead and he stayed clean the rest of the way to advance to the finals.
DeVaney advanced to the semifinal with a 221-220 win over the No. 3 seed Mike Wolfe and a 278-215 win over No. 4 Rhino Page. Page was making his first career championship round appearance and was looking to become just the third bowler in history to win a title after advancing through the Denny's PBA Tour Qualifying Round. He struggled early with three spares in the first five frames, however, while DeVaney missed just twice in the match.
The finals started with an exciting four-bowler shootout which nearly ended in a three-way tie. After Walter Ray Williams Jr. finished first with a 196, the remaining three bowlers could have all struck out to finish with 258. Chris Warren went first and struck with his first two shots, but he left a 9-pin with his final shot and finished with 257. Chris Barnes then looked to raise the bar higher, but after a strike with his first shot, the eight-time titlist left a 4-pin to finish with 248.
DeVaney saved the best for last. After opening in his first two frames of the match, DeVaney completed a string of 10 consecutive strikes by striking out in the 10th to finish with 258 and move on.
Allen took home $25,000 for the win and an exemption for the 2008-09 season, while Malott (Argyle, Texas) earned $13,000 for second. DeVaney (Temecula, Calif.) took home $6,500 for third, Wolfe (New Albany, Ind.) earned $5,500 for fourth while Page (Topeka, Kan.) earned $5,000 for fifth. Williams finished sixth, Warren seventh and Barnes eighth.
×関根直子(202･210=412) - ○近藤文美(225･191=416)