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2008/02/29

  【PBA】 Don Johnson Buckeye State Classic 【Round of 16】

Kulick Leaps Into Round of 8

Kelly Kulick is looking to become the second woman to make the finals in a Denny's PBA Tour event.

Even in her trailblazing season as the first woman to earn a Denny's PBA Tour exemption, Kelly Kulick never got this far.

But using the experience she gained as an exempt bowler and saddled with a new positive attitude, Kulick is one step away from making history again.

Kulick defeated Chad Kloss, four-games-to-two, Friday night in the Round of 16 at Sequoia Pro Bowl to advance to Saturday's Round of 8 in the Don Johnson Buckeye State Classic, where a berth in Sunday's championship round will be on the line.

In the summer of 2006, Kulick made history by finishing sixth out of 140 bowlers at the Denny's PBA Tour Trials to earn one of the 10 exemptions up for grabs that day. But the learning curve was a slow one for Kulick on the 2006-07 Tour, as it is for most rookies. The Union, N.J., native made match play just five times in 20 events and never advanced past the Round of 32.

Following a solid but disappointing performance on the four-event PBA Women's Series this fall - where she just missed making the finals in all four events - Kulick took some time away from the game and came back with a renewed attitude.

The time away paid off as Kulick advanced out of Tuesday's Tour Qualifying Round, the second time she's advanced through the qualifier this season. She then advanced to match play by finishing 29th in Thursday's Round of 64, where she defeated No. 4 Eugene McCune, 4-1, in the Round of 32 before taking down Kloss in six games.

On Saturday, Kulick will look to become the second woman ever to make the finals of a Denny's PBA Tour event, following Liz Johnson, who finished second in the 2005 Banquet Classic during the 2004-05 season. That season marked the first time women were allowed to bowl against the men after the Professional Women's Bowling Association (PWBA) folded in 2003.

Kulick will face No. 12 Wes Malott (Argyle, Texas), who overcame a 3-1 deficit to defeat Brad Angelo, 4-3. Oddly enough, it was Malott who fell to Johnson in the semifinals of the 2005 Banquet Open, giving Johnson a spot in the title match where she fell to Tommy Jones.

Also advancing to the Round of 8 were Steve Harman (Indianapolis) and Ken Simard (Greenville, S.C.), who will face off Saturday morning with each bowler looking to make their first career championship round appearance.

The other side of the bracket features Ronnie Russell (Indianapolis) taking on eight-time titlist Mika Koivuniemi (Hartland, Mich.) and Chris Barnes (Double Oak, Texas) facing Todd Book (Cantonment, Fla.), with Barnes looking to make his Tour-high ninth championship round of the season.


 

2008/02/28

  【PBA】 Don Johnson Buckeye State Classic 【Round of 64】

How Ritchie Got His Groove Back

Ritchie Allen is looking for his first title since the 2005-06 season.

A change in grip and a new moustache are all Ritchie Allen needed to get back in the groove.

Allen, one of the more colorful personalities on the Denny's PBA Tour, lead the Round of 64 in the 2008 Don Johnson Buckeye State Classic Thursday at Sequoia Pro Bowl with a 3,295 14-game pinfall.

The 29-year-old free spirit said he hadn't made match play since the Motel 6 Dick Weber Open, which was the last time he had a moustache. Sporting a barely-visible line of hair on his upper-lip, Allen earned the top seed for Friday's Round of 32, where he will face No. 32 Jason Wojnar, who earned the final spot in match play by two pins.

The two-time titlist Allen also made a major grip change recently, due to the returning strength in his right hand following a stress fracture which kept him out of the 2006-07 season.

"I basically made an entire grip overhaul," Allen (Columbia, S.C.) said. "I was having a lot of pain in my hand and the only reason I made the change was to relieve the pressure and by far this is the best my hand has felt in two years.

"I didn't have any strength in my hand when I came back and I was getting locked in the ball," Allen continued. "About a month ago I realized I was squeezing the (crap) out of it, so now I guess all my hand strength has come back and it feels 100 percent healthy. Now I'm locked in and still squeeze it and it doesn't bother me. And the moustache helps me strike more."

On Thursday, Allen averaged 221.14 in the first seven-game block and sat just 28th in the standings. He averaged 249.57 in the second seven-game block, with four games of 257 or better, including a 278 in the 11th game of the day.

Allen will look to make his second championship round appearance of the season and his first since the 2007 CLR Windy City Classic in November where he finished fifth. Since then he's dropped down to 31st in the PBA World Point Rankings and needs a strong finish to stay in the top 39 and maintain his exemption for 2008-09. His last victory came in the 2005-06 season.

Tour young gun Sean Rash (Wichita, Kan.) finished second with 3,255 and will face No. 31 Ronnie Russell (Indianapolis). Rash will look for his first championship round appearance since winning the season-opening United States Bowling Congress (USBC) Masters.

Joe Ciccone (Buffalo, N.Y.) finished third with 3,248 and will face No. 30 Bill O'Neill (Levittown, Pa.).

Kelly Kulick (Union, N.J.), who became the first woman to earn a Denny's PBA Tour exemption last season and earned a spot in this week's event through the Denny's PBA Tour Qualifying Round, finished 29th. She will face No. 4 Eugene McCune (Munster, Ind.).

Last week's Denny's World Championship winner Norm Duke (Clermont, Fla.) finished 16th and will face No. 17 Steve Harman (Indianapolis).

 

  【JPBA】 プロボウリングレディース新人戦 【決勝トーナメント】

 

プロ入りから5年間しか出場できない新人女子プロ達の晴れの舞台、2008レディースプロボウリング新人戦。今年はプロ参加者52人中6人がトーナメントシードという豪華な顔ぶれの中、五十嵐久乃が初優勝・初タイトルを獲得しました!
新人戦出場最後の年となる五十嵐は、予選5位・準決勝4位と好位置をキープして通過。
決勝トーナメントでは昨年度ポイントランキング3位の関根 直子、三冠王の清水 弘子といった強豪中の強豪を相手に勝ち上がり、優勝決定戦では昨年初優勝を果たした西村 美紀と対戦、両者互角のペースで勝負は10フレまでもつれ込む白熱の試合に。
西村が227ピンで先に投球を終え、五十嵐は10フレ2投目までストライクを出すことが勝利の絶対条件という厳しい展開に追い込まれましたが、これを見事にクリア。最後の投球は涙を滲ませつつまたもストライクを決め、パンチアウトで初優勝を掴み取りました!

優勝決定戦

× 西村美紀 227 - 236 ○ 五十嵐久乃

10フレ勝負となった優勝決定戦は、西村が先に227で終了。五十嵐はダブルで逆転勝ちとなるところ、見事パンチアウトを決め新人戦最後のチャンスを涙の初優勝で飾る。

準決勝 第1試合

○ 西村美紀 255 - 212 × 森本由希

1フレから7連発の西村が勝ち上がり優勝戦へ!

準決勝 第2試合

○ 五十嵐久乃 225 - 172 × 清水弘子

清水は7番ピンが飛ばずスコアが伸びない、五十嵐は8フレからオールウェーで優勝候補No.1の清水を破りレフティ対決を制す。

 

 

清水弘子

通算10勝の清水を始めタイトルホルダーの関根直子・西村美紀などシードプロ4名が決勝トーナメント進出を果たす。


 

2008/02/27

 

清水弘子

本命清水弘子が期待に応えトップ、また昨年ランキング上位者も順当に予選を通過した。


  

2008/02/24

  【PBA】 Denny's World Championship 【Final】

Deja Duke

Norm Duke captured his third Major title and 27th overall.

Same location, same opponent, different circumstances. Same result.

For the second consecutive year, Norm Duke defeated Ryan Shafer to a win a title at Woodland Bowl, but this one meant so much more.

Duke, who came into the week on the verge of losing his Denny's PBA Tour exemption, defeated Shafer, 202-165, to win the Denny's World Championship for his third career Major and 27th title overall.

The win gives Duke a much-needed two-season Tour exemption. The veteran has struggled through various injuries this season and came into the week 51st in the PBA World Point Rankings with just five events remaining. The top 39 via the point rankings earn exemptions at season's end.

Suffering from the flu all week, Duke showed his usual flair for the dramatic, gutting it out to advance to the final round, which moved him up to 37th in the point rankings. His win, however, means he doesn't have to worry about points for the next two years.

"The number of times I thought about pulling out of this event and now to see myself sitting here with another Major title and $50,000 and all the things that come with a Major, I just can't believe it. I'm shocked," Duke (Clermont, Fla.) said. "This was the most painful flu I've ever had. Bowling this week was not fun. I really wanted to quit but every time I would go back and lay down I felt miserable so I thought, 'I'm going to be miserable either way. I may as well bowl.'"

In a final round where all four bowlers had a hard time finding their way on the lanes, Duke did just enough to overcome two great champions who struggled mightily on Sunday, in Shafer and PBA Hall of Famer Walter Ray Williams Jr. The all-time titles leader Williams, who was looking for his record-tying eighth career Major, had two opens in their semifinal match while Shafer had three late in the title match.

"If you had told me I was going to shoot (208-202), I would have said 'where'd the other 200 come from?' because you don't think Walter Ray is going to shoot below 200 in a Major," Duke said. "But Majors are sometimes about grinding it out and filling frames and doing those little things. I also had some luck on my side today."

It was another punch in the gut for Shafer, who has now made the finals in a Major 10 times and has been the runner-up four times, but has yet to come out victorious.

To add to his pain, Shafer dropped to 0-7 on TV in his career against Duke, including 0-5 in title matches. Duke beat Shafer for the title twice last season, including the finals of the 2007 Pepsi Championship at Woodland Bowl. That day, Shafer fired the 18th televised 300 game in PBA history before Duke cooled him off in the title match.
The win moves Duke into a tie with Mike Aulby for sixth on the all-time titles list. It was his first Major victory since the 2000 PBA National Championship.

Duke defeated Williams, 208-180, in the semifinal while Shafer had advanced to the title match with a 204-158 over Australian amateur Andrew Frawley. Duke was clinging to a slim lead in the title match until Shafer opened three consecutive times in the sixth, seventh and eighth frames. Duke's strike in the ninth frame sealed the deal.

Duke earned $50,000 in addition to his two-season Denny's PBA Tour exemption through the 2009-10 season. Shafer (Horseheads, N.Y.) earned $25,000 for second while Williams (Ocala, Fla.) and Frawley (Sydney, Australia) took home $11,500 each for third and fourth, respectively.

 

  【JPBA】 DHC レディースオープンボウリングツアー 第3戦 【TV決勝】

 

宮城鈴菜選手(アマチュア)

DHCツアー2007/2008第3戦 宮城 鈴菜選手 優勝!

華麗なるレディースボウラー達の戦い、DHCツアー2007/2008第3戦は、アマチュアの宮城 鈴菜選手の優勝で幕を閉じました!
P★リーグでおなじみの宮城選手は、昨年4月に行われたDHCカップGirlsアジアチャンピオンシップにて優勝、またDHCツアーにおいても先月の第2戦などで数回ベストアマの座を獲得していましたが、今大会ではその実力をいかんなく発揮。
予選から徐々に順位を上げて行くと、決勝ラウンドロビンにて一躍トップに立ち、決勝ステップラダーへトップシードで進出。そして迎えた優勝決定戦では、第2戦の勝者・中谷 優子を下した姫路 麗と対戦。
レーンの変化に苦しめられなかなかストライクを決められない姫路に対し、ダイナミックな投球で宮城選手がリードを広げ、結果243ピンの堂々たるスコアでDHCツアー初のアマチュア選手優勝を飾りました!

優勝決定戦

○ 宮城鈴菜選手 243 - 184 × 姫路麗

19歳のナショナルメンバー宮城鈴菜選手がTVの中でも堂々の投球を見せ、コンディションの変化に悩む姫路を横目に243のビッグゲームで圧勝。優勝インタビューでは近い将来プロボウラーへの挑戦を語りスター候補の誕生となった。

3位決定戦

○ 姫路麗 212 - 187 × 中谷優子

姫路がスプリットミススタートも中盤ダブル、9フレからオールウェーで、2試合連続優勝を狙った中谷を下し宮城選手との優勝戦へ!

4位決定戦

× 名和秋 231 - 235 ○ 中谷優子

フィフススタートで好調な滑り出しを見せた名和だったが、6・7フレと連続スプリットで足踏み。中谷はターキースタート後ノーミスで名和を逆転。その後も中谷は8フレからターキーで差を広げ姫路との3位決定戦へ!名和は9フレからオールウェーで追い上げるも一歩届かず。

 

  【JPBA】 DHC レディースオープンボウリングツアー 第3戦 【ラウンドロビン】

 

宮城鈴菜選手(アマチュア)

ポジションマッチで宮城選手が216-204で姫路を破り(10フレ宮城選手がパンチアウトで勝ち)トップシードでTV決勝へ!敗れた姫路麗は2位、ポジションマッチ245で勝った名和秋が3位、そして名和に敗れるも10フレダブルで追い上げる中島政江を何とかかわした中谷優子が2大会連続優勝に向けTV進出を果たした。

 

  【JPBA】 DHC レディースオープンボウリングツアー 第3戦 【準決勝】

 

中島政江

'04の札幌プリンスカップ以来3年半ぶりの優勝と優勝賞金300万円を目指し中島政江(24期)がトップでラウンドロビンへ!そして1月の「DHC 第2戦」に続き2試合連続ベストアマ獲得の宮城鈴菜選手(19歳)が堂々3位で進出を果たし、今季開幕戦「DHC 第2戦」チャンピオンの中谷優子(28 期)が滑り込み8位で進出を果たす。


 

2008/02/23

 

姫路 麗

DHC認定プロの姫路麗(33期)が意地を見せトップで準決勝へ!そして大ベテラン稲橋和枝(6期)が準々決勝トップのスコアで21位から一気に2位に浮上。

 

  【JPBA】 DHC レディースオープンボウリングツアー 第3戦 【予選】

 

愛甲恵子

地元福岡での優勝を目指し愛甲恵子(26期)が予選トップで進出!また今季開幕戦(DHC第2戦)優勝の中谷優子(28期))が5位と好位置につけている。


 

2008/02/22

  【PBA】 Denny's World Championship 【Round of 8】

Don't Doubt the Duke

Norm Duke moved up from 51st to 37th in the PBA World Point Rankings.

The 2007-08 Denny's PBA Tour season has been so bad for Norm Duke, even the supremely confident star was starting to doubt himself.

But always one with a flair for the dramatic, Duke swept Chris Loschetter, four-games-to-none, Friday night to advance to the championship round of the 2008 Denny's World Championship at Woodland Bowl, the third of four Majors on the Denny’s PBA Tour.

The 26-time titlist and future PBA Hall of Famer has battled injuries all season and came into the week 51st in the PBA World Point Rankings with just five weeks remaining. The top 39 at season's end earn exemptions for 2008-09 and Duke needed a big performance this week as Majors are weighted more heavily in the point rankings. He came in sitting nearly 16,000 points below the cut line.

"I doubted myself every day the last two or three weeks because of these ongoing injuries," Duke (Clermont, Fla.) said. "No matter what, something just seems to keep coming up and this week it was no different. You talk about doubt... it's not that I don't think I'm good enough, it's just a tough battle to go through. It's been tough on me to think my career could be in jeopardy because of injuries."

Battling a sickness this week on top of a nagging neck injury, Duke finished the first round of qualifying 58th, needing to move into the top 57 on day two to advance. He did in a big way, averaging 222.33 on Wednesday to move up to 16th.

Seeded 14th heading into match play Thursday night, Duke defeated defending champion Doug Kent, 4-1, then knocked off Australian Jason Belmonte, 4-2, Friday morning to set up a battle with the No. 3 seed Mika Koivuniemi. Duke defeated the Finland native, 4-2, in an odd Round of Super 16 in which all eight of the top seeds from qualifying who earned byes into the round lost.

Duke then swept Loschetter to advance to his first championship round of the season, keeping up his streak of 19 consecutive seasons with at least one TV appearance. He’ll look for his third career Major title Sunday and his first since the 2000 PBA National Championship.

"At this point in my career, the only tournaments out there for me that really mean a lot are the Majors," the 43-year-old Duke said. "All the others events just pale in comparison. I start thinking about the Majors at the beginning of the season."

Most importantly for Duke, the minimum fourth-place finish moves him up to 37th in the PBA World Point Rankings heading into Sunday.

"When I made the top 16, I factored in that I would probably get at least 10th-place points so I said, 'at least I got that done,'" Duke said. "It was a relief and it showed in my performance tonight that (the Round of 8) wasn't a lot of pressure in comparison."

Duke will have to face all-time Denny's PBA Tour titles leader Walter Ray Williams Jr., who will be looking for his record-tying eighth career Major title Sunday. Williams would also open up a huge lead in the 2007-08 PBA Player of the Year race with a victory. Duke and Williams will face off in the second semifinal Sunday.

"If you're going to win a Major, you know you're going to have to beat Pete (Weber) or Walter Ray or Chris Barnes or Tommy Jones to do it. Those are the usual suspects," Duke said. "At the end of the week those are the guys on TV. I'm just glad I didn't have to bowl any of them this week up until now."

Williams advanced to his seventh championship round of the season with a 4-0 sweep of Brad Angelo. The PBA Hall of Famer, who came into the week with a four-point lead in the Player of the Year race, will look for his third victory of the season.

The first semifinal features Ryan Shafer taking on a surprise finalist in Australian amateur Andrew Frawley. Frawley came back from a 2-0 deficit to defeat Wes Malott, 4-3. This season marks the first time amateurs have been allowed to compete in the PBA World Championship and the Aussie has taken full advantage. Should he win the event, he would earn a berth in the 2008-09 PBA Tournament of Champions but would not take home the two-season exemption awarded to the winner.

Shafer swept non-exempt bowler Tom Daugherty, 4-0, and will make his second appearance in a Major final this season. Shafer finished third in the H&R Block Tournament of Champions a month ago and will be looking for his first Major title despite appearing in his 10th career Major championship round.

 

 【JPBA】 DHC レディースオープンボウリングツアー 第3戦 【選抜大会】

  

北條真紀子

”生まれつき京都人”の北條真紀子(37期)が後半打ちあげトップで本大会へ!そして今年からツアー復帰の石本裕恵(30期)が2位で通過。


 

2008/02/21

  【PBA】 Denny's World Championship 【Round of 32】

Collision Course?

Chris Barnes and Walter Ray Williams Jr. could meet in the title match.

With just five weeks remaining in the Denny's PBA Tour season, the top two bowlers in the 2007-08 PBA Player of the Year race are on different routes to establish themselves as the clear front-runner in the race.

Chris Barnes led qualifying with a 6,097 27-game pinfall to earn one of the eight byes into the Round of Super 16 in the 2008 Denny's World Championship at Woodland Bowl, the third of four Majors on the Denny’s PBA Tour.

Barnes (Double Oak, Texas), who trails PBA Hall of Famer and all-time titles leader Walter Ray Williams Jr. in the Player of the Year race by just four points, bypassed the Rounds of 32 and 16 by averaging 226.22 in his nine games Thursday to maintain his lead from Wednesday.

Williams (Ocala, Fla.), meanwhile, finished 10th in qualifying to just miss out on a bye, but he knocked off Mark Scroggins, four-games-to-one, in the best-of-seven-games Round of 32 Thursday night to advance to Friday's Round of 16. He will face Michael Fagan, who swept rookie sensation Rhino Page, 4-0.

The 48-year-old has won twice this season and will look to win his record-tying eighth Major this week. He tied Earl Anthony's all-time titles record two years ago at Woodland Bowl when he defeated Pete Weber in the 2006 Denny's World Championship for his seventh and most recent Major.
Barnes and Williams would not meet until Sunday's title match.

Also earning byes into Friday's 2 p.m. ET Round of Super 16 were Danny Wiseman (Baltimore), Mika Koivuniemi (Hartland, Mich.), Steve Harman (Indianapolis), Dino Castillo (Carrollton, Texas), Todd Book (Cantonment, Fla.), Sean Rash (Wichita, Kan.) and Zulmazran Zulkifli, an amateur who bowls for Team Malaysia. This week marks the first time amateurs have been allowed to bowl in the PBA World Championship.

Norm Duke, a 26-time titlist who came into this week 51st in the PBA World Point Rankings and in danger of losing his exemption, defeated defending champion Doug Kent, 4-1. The top 40 in points at season’s end earn exemptions and this week's event offers more points than standard events, giving bowlers a chance to make a big move in the standings going into the final four events.

Two Australian bowlers - two-handed bowler Jason Belmonte and Andrew Frawley - won their Rd. of 32 matches meaning four foreign-born players remain in the final 24.

The Round of 32 saw an interesting finish between Chris Warren and Mitch Beasley. In the deciding game seven, Beasley picked up the 7-10 split in the fourth frame to stay in the match then had a chance to win in the 10th frame with a mark and eight pins. After leaving a 10-pin with his first shot in the 10th, Beasley missed the spare to give Warren the win.


 

2008/02/20

Chris Barnes is looking to complete the Triple Crown this week.

While all-time Denny's PBA Tour titles leader Walter Ray Williams Jr. took the lead back in the 2007-08 PBA Player of the Year race last week, Chris Barnes looks ready to go toe-to-toe with Williams over the final five events.

Barnes averaged 223.11 over his nine games Wednesday to take the lead heading into the final day of qualifying in the 2008 Denny's World Championship at Woodland Bowl, the third of four Majors on the Tour.

Two weeks ago, Barnes ended Williams' 13-week run atop the PBA Player of the Year rankings, winning his first title of the season in his eighth championship round appearance. Last week, Williams took the lead right back with a second-place finish in the Pepsi Championship in Omaha, Neb.
Barnes, who has yet to win the coveted award in his 10-year career, just missed out on his record-tying fifth consecutive championship round last week when he finished seventh.

"Missing the show was disappointing last week," Barnes (Double Oak, Texas) said. "Walter Ray not winning kept me in the middle of the race though so that's definitely motivation this week, plus a win gives me the Triple Crown. But I'm not thinking about that when I'm bowling."

Barnes was referring to becoming just the fifth bowler in history to win each of the PBA's Triple Crown events - the U.S. Open, Tournament of Champions and World Championship. He won the U.S. Open in 2005 and the Tournament of Champions in 2006.

On Wednesday, Barnes was inconsistent the first five games, sandwiching a 197 and 166 around three games in the 200s. He then turned things on over the final four games, averaging 237 the rest of the way.

"It's been up and down for me all week. I've been struggling my first couple games each round," Barnes said. "Yesterday I think I was 2-under (an average of 200 per game) the first two games and then shot 250-over the rest of the way. Today I was 55-over the first five and then shot 200 over the final four. Fortunately when I strike, I'm striking a lot."

Despite a roller coaster season in which he's bowled as well as anyone on Tour but has come up empty in seven of his eight championship rounds, Barnes' confidence hasn't wavered at all.

"Winning does change the focus a little bit, but during the week it's still about trying to beat everybody out here," Barnes said. "The focus will probably change on Sundays. I'll just let it be about bowling instead of all the other drama."

Barnes, who finished second to Doug Kent in last year's Denny's World Championship, will look to stay in the top eight during the final nine games of qualifying Thursday morning to earn one of the eight byes through the first two rounds of match play.

Danny Wiseman, who finished third in last year's Denny's World Championship after falling to Kent in the semifinals, had a big day Wednesday to move up to second. Wiseman averaged 229.22 over his nine games including a 289 in the third game of the day.

Finishing third Wednesday was Barnes' Tour roommate, Mika Koivuniemi. Koivuniemi, who resides in Hartland, Mich., but is originally from Finland, is the only foreign-born player to win the U.S. Open and the United States Bowling Congress (USBC) Masters and will now look to become the first foreign-born player to win the PBA World Championship.

Speaking of foreign players, this year's event marks the first time in PBA World Championship history the field has been open to amateurs and the change in format has brought in bowlers from five different continents. Finishing fourth Wednesday was Australian Andrew Frawley (Sydney, Australia), who fired a 300 game for the second consecutive day, while Malaysian Zulmazran Zulkifli finished the day fifth.

The field was cut to the top 57 bowlers Wednesday evening with those 57 returning for an additional nine games Thursday, after which the field will be cut to the top 40 for match play. Earning the final spot in tomorrow's round was Mike Edwards (Tulsa, Okla.), who edged out Liz Johnson (Cheektowaga, N.Y.) by just four pins. Defending champion Kent just made the cut as well, finishing 52nd.


 

2008/02/19

  【PBA】 Denny's World Championship 【Qualifying Round - Black 1】

Daugherty Leads Day One

Tom Daugherty is looking for his first Denny's PBA Tour title.

Tom Daugherty and Michael Fagan teamed up for a nice 1-2 punch on Tuesday.

Bowling on the same pair throughout the day, Daugherty led day one of qualifying in the 2008 Denny's World Championship at Woodland Bowl, finishing with a 2,058 nine-game pinfall for a 228.67 average while Fagan finished fourth with 2,049. The Denny's World Championship is the third of four Majors on the Denny's PBA Tour.

Daugherty, a former exempt bowler looking to make his way back on Tour, bowled alongside Fagan, who earlier this season teamed up with Danny Wiseman to win the PBA Exempt Doubles Classic for his first career Denny's PBA Tour title.

"It was nice bowling with Fagan. Having someone on your pair who is also bowling well, you feed off each other's momentum," Daugherty (Tampa, Fla.) said. "I got lucky to bowl with him, I think."

Daugherty had a steady day, never falling below 200 in any of his games. He had a high game of 268 in game eight which propelled him to the lead.

The 32-year-old has bowled well this season through the weekly Denny's PBA Tour Qualifying Rounds which take place in standard events, qualifying in four of the last five events. With this week being a Major and open field, Daugherty did not have to qualify, but he needs a strong performance to move up in the non-exempt points race. The top non-exempt bowler in the PBA World Point Rankings at season's end earns a one-season exemption, and Daugherty is currently fourth in that race.

"I still have a long way to go to catch VanDaniker," Daugherty said of non-exempt leader Edward VanDaniker Jr. "I have to have a big week. This is my first Major of the season so if I can have a big week and get myself back in the race with a couple tournaments to go, that would be nice."

Daugherty has always bowled well in the Denny's World Championship, finishing 35th two years ago, when the event was also held at Woodland Bowl, and 29th in 2005. He will look to earn one of the important byes through the first two rounds of match play given to the top eight bowlers after qualifying.

Chris Barnes (Double Oak, Texas), who is second in the PBA Player of the Year race behind PBA Hall of Famer Walter Ray Williams Jr., fired a 290 in the final game of the night to move into second with 2,053. Behind Barnes in third is Sean Rash with 2,050. Rash (Wichita, Kan.) won the season's first major, the 2007 United States Bowling Congress (USBC) Masters.

Brian LeClair (Athens, N.Y.) finished fifth with 2,048 followed by Zulmazran Zulkifli of Malaysia with 2,046. The Denny's World Championship features bowlers from five different continents.


 

2008/02/17

  【PBA】 Pepsi Championship 【Final】

Brand New Man

Mike Scroggins moved up to fourth in the PBA Player of the Year race with his second win this season

Mike Scroggins probably had a feeling in the first frame Sunday, when the normally automatic Walter Ray Williams Jr. missed a single-pin conversion, things would go his way.

That was certainly the case as Scroggins got all the breaks Sunday, coupled with some smart decisions, to defeat Williams, 214-194, in the 2008 Pepsi Championship at Thunder-Alley, winning his fifth career Denny's PBA Tour title and his second of the season.

The Tour veteran has finally figured out how to win on TV. Prior to his win in January in the 2008 Motel 6 Dick Weber Open, Scroggins was just 9-22 in televised matches and was riding an eight-game losing streak. He broke the streak in a big way, winning four matches as the No. 5 seed to win his fourth title.

Scroggins' path to victory was much shorter this Sunday as he earned the No. 1 seed for the stepladder finals, giving him an automatic berth in the title match. He had the tall task of facing the Tour's all-time titles leader, who was looking for his third title of the season and 45th of his career.

Instead, Williams missed a 10-pin in the first frame and had trouble carrying the rest of the way, leaving three 10-pins, two 7-pins and a stone 8-pin in the match.

Scroggins, using a different ball on each lane, struck in four of the first five frames and overcame an open in the seventh by striking in the eighth and ninth to all but seal the deal.

With the two other left-handed bowlers in the finals - Billy Oatman and Rhino Page - going by the wayside, Scroggins new he had to make some changes in the title match.

"Seeing the lefties struggle in the first couple matches, I was definitely thinking hard about things," Scroggins (Amarillo, Texas) said. "Billy started with three opens and Rhino threw it good in the second match but then he was totally lost in the next match. Both lanes were completely different. I had to use two different balls, stand in two different places and look at two different targets.

"Luckily, Walter Ray struggled to carry the 10-pin and I was able carry it."

Scroggins, who also beat Williams for his second career title in 2004, is enjoying the finest season of his 17-year career, winning two titles in a season for the first time. With the win, he moved up to fourth in the 2007-08 PBA Player of the Year points race, 13 points behind Williams, who took the lead back from Chris Barnes with his runner-up finish. Just five events remain, including two Majors, where Player of the Year points increase.

"He's the greatest bowler alive so it is extra special," Scroggins said of Williams. "I was definitely nervous, mostly because I was unsure of how I was going to play the lanes, but it's nice. This is definitely a career-year for me."

Williams had advanced to the title match with a 236-224 win over the No. 3 Page, a rookie making his fourth championship round of the season. After nine-spares in the third and fourth frames, Williams struck in five of the next six frames while Page suffered an open in the seventh, coming up empty in his fourth attempt at his first career title.

Page defeated No. 4 Pete Weber, 236-231, who had advanced from the first match with a 211-203 win over the 2006-07 PBA Player of the Year Oatman.

Scroggins took home $25,000 for the win while Williams (Ocala, Fla.) earned $13,000 for second. Page (Topeka, Kan.) took home $6,500 for third, Weber (St. Ann, Mo.) earned $5,500 for fourth while Oatman (Chicago) earned $5,000 for fifth.


 

2008/02/16

  【JPBA】 関西オープンボウリングトーナメント 【TV決勝】

 

 

山本 勲

第30回関西オープン 山本 勲、今年初優勝!

パーフェクトゲームが8個も飛び出し、選手全員が全力投球の開幕戦となった第30回関西オープンを、三冠王・山本 勲が初制覇しました!
予選前半でパーフェクトを達成、4位で折り返した山本は、予選後半ではハイスコアを続けて首位に立つと、準決勝・決勝ラウンドロビンも独走状態に。
トップシードで臨んだ決勝ステップラダーでは、4位通過から勝ち上がってきたキム・ヨンピルと対戦。二度のオープンフレームやストライクが続かず苦戦するキムに対し、山本は安定したゲーム運びでリードを広げ、昨年11月のABSジャパンオープンから三試合連続優勝を成し遂げました!

優勝決定戦

○ 山本勲 257 - 182 × キム・ヨンピル

JPBA最後の砦山本勲が貫禄を見せ圧勝!3ゲーム連続で集中力の切れたキムを抑え通算9勝目を挙げる。'08開幕戦を制し、昨年末のジャパンオープンボウリング選手権・全日本選手権大会に続き3連続優勝で今年も勲を中心に動きそうだ。

3位決定戦

× 中沢奨 163 - 222 ○ キム・ヨンピル

2オープンスタートの中沢に対しkムが再びフィフススタートで中沢を引き離し山本との優勝決定戦へ進出。

4位決定戦

× 大友仁 205 - 226 ○ キム・ヨンピル

フィフススタートのキムが、追いすがる大友を降し3位決定戦へ進出。

 

  【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】

 

 

山本 勲

山本勲が今季開幕戦優勝及び昨年からの3試合連続優勝を目指しトップシードでTV決勝へ!2位に5年ぶり優勝を狙う中沢奨、ポジションマッチで131をたたいた大友仁が3位に後退、そしてキム・ヨンピルがポジションマッチで中沢に敗れるも5位の矢島純一も敗れた為TV進出を果たす。(キムは昨年末4試合連続ベスト10入りでランキング3位)


 

2008/02/15

  【PBA】 Pepsi Championship 【Round Robin】

Scroggins Leads Five Into Finals

Mike Scroggins took the top spot for Sunday's finals.

Mike Scroggins figured out recently the best way to break a long losing streak on television is to put himself in the most difficult position possible. Now he'll look to continue his winning streak from the best possible position.

Scroggins, who broke an eight-game TV losing streak by winning four matches as the No. 5 seed to win the 2008 Motel 6 Dick Weber Open in January, went 13-5 in match play Friday to earn the top seed for Sunday's final round of the 2008 Pepsi Championship at Thunder-Alley.

The left-hander has struggled throughout his career on television, going just 13-22. He had lost eight matches in row and 10 of 11 since winning the 2005 USBC Masters. Scroggins then earned the No. 5 seed for the 2008 Motel 6 Dick Weber Open and went on to defeat Pete Weber, Tommy Delutz Jr., Jack Jurek and Chris Barnes to win his fourth career title.

"I was just telling someone it's always harder to win from the No. 1 spot because the other guys have been bowling on the lanes for an hour and that makes it tough," Scroggins (Amarillo, Texas) said. "But I'd definitely rather have one game to win a title than four."

Scroggins was consistent on Friday, going 6-3 in the first nine-game block and 7-2 in the second block.

"I knew going into today, since there were only three lefties bowling, that our shot wasn't going to change a whole lot," Scroggins said. "I knew if I started off strong it was going to be good all day. I only had one game under 200 today and that was a 195. I felt like I bowled really consistent."

All-time Denny's PBA Tour titles leader Walter Ray Williams Jr. earned the No. 2 seed for Sunday's finals, compiling an 8-10 record to drop from the No. 1 seed after Thursday's Round of 64. Bowlers earned 30 bonus pins for each win and 15 for each tie in addition to their total pinfall.

Williams will look to take back the lead in the PBA Player of the Year race after Chris Barnes took the lead last week with a win in the 2008 Bayer Classic. Barnes just missed making his fifth consecutive championship round appearances Friday as 2006-07 PBA Rookie of the Year Billy Oatman went from No. 7 to No. 5 in the position round by defeating Mike Machuga, 247-237, while Barnes fell to Eugene McCune, 216-198.

Rhino Page added to what is already one of the most prolific rookie seasons in Denny's PBA Tour history, tying a rookie record with his fourth championship round of the season. Page, who has to qualify through the Denny's PBA Tour Qualifying Round each week, is the first qualifier to advance to multiple championship rounds in a season. Page was 32nd going into the day and went 12-6 to jump up to the No. 3 seed.

PBA Hall of Famer Pete Weber earned the No. 4 seed and will face Oatman in the first match. Weber went 11-6-1 on the day while Oatman went 14-4, the best record of the 16 finalists.

 

上位4名レフティ勢が続くなか、5位に予選19位から上がってきた鈴木元司(34期)、そして7位に明日2月16日に27歳の誕生日を迎える地元関西の河津亨至(44期)が進出した。

 

山本勲が今年も快調な滑り出しを見せ予選トップで準決勝へ!


 

2008/02/14

  【PBA】 Pepsi Championship 【Round of 64】

Not Going Anywhere

Walter Ray Williams Jr. led the field by 140 pins Thursday.

After holding the lead in the 2007-08 PBA Player of the Year point race for 13 weeks, six-time PBA Player of the Year Walter Ray Williams Jr. was finally passed last week by Chris Barnes.

Williams is determined to take the lead back this week, averaging 252.36 with a 3,533 14-game pinfall Thursday to earn the top seed for match play in the 2008 Pepsi Championship at Thunder-Alley.

At 48 years old, Williams is looking to win his record-breaking seventh PBA Player of the Year award. He won two titles and made five championship round appearances in the first half of the season but has not made the finals since December. He led the field by 140 pins Thursday to take the lead heading into round robin match play Friday where all pins from the Round of 64 carry over.

"I'm bowing great and having a great season, but I did tell my wife I'm feeling inspired because Mr. Barnes has been bowling so well and he won last week. I need to get my butt in gear," Williams said of Barnes, who has made four consecutive championship rounds. "Today was rather amazing. The carry here is unbelievable. I actually missed the pocket a lot considering my score. That's why the scores are so high. The carry here is just unbelievable."

Williams will look to improve on his recent performance in the round robin format where he has not won enough matches to make the finals. Bowlers earn 30 bonus pins for each win and 15 for each tie in addition to their total pinfall from each game.

"My match game record lately in this format has been pathetic and it cost me a TV show a couple weeks ago," Williams (Ocala, Fla.) said. "Hopefully I can knock a lot of pins down and win some matches. I'd like to hopefully be the No. 1 seed and win one match Sunday and win the title, but we're not even halfway through the tournament. With the bonus pins, those 18 games are way more important than today's 14 games. You can make up a lot of ground or lose a lot depending on whether you win your matches."

In second behind Williams is Mike Machuga, who was a collegiate All-American at the nearby University of Nebraska and captured his lone Denny's PBA Tour title in Council Bluffs, Iowa, in 2005. Machuga (Erie, Pa.) finished with 3,393 and will look to make his first championship round appearance of the season.

Two of the Tour's young stars - 27-year-old Michael Fagan (Patchogue, N.Y.) and 26-year old Bill O'Neill (Levittown, Pa.) - sit third and fourth, respectively. Fagan won his first Denny's PBA Tour title three weeks ago when he teamed up with Danny Wiseman to win the PBA Exempt Doubles Classic. O'Neill and his partner, Mike Scroggins, finished third in that event in O'Neill’s quest to win his first title. Scroggins sits fourth after Thursday's play.

Norm Duke, a 26-time titlist also looking to break through with his first finals appearance of the season, finished ninth with 3,292. Duke has been battling injuries all season and came into the week 54th in the PBA World Point Rankings, 15 spots out of the cut for an exemption for the 2008-09 season.

Barnes, who will look to tie a Tour record with is fifth consecutive TV appearance, is 11th, less than 40 pins out of the cut for the top five. Barnes will look to join Williams as the only bowlers in history to make five consecutive championship rounds.

300 games - Walter Ray Williams Jr., Bill O'Neill, Brian Himmler, Mike Machuga, Sean Rash, Jason Wojnar, Brad Angelo.

 

前半8G終了し須田毅(40期)が8G全て220UPと安定したスコアでトップ!
予選1G目に三池丹期(22期)、5G目に山本勲(44期)が゚パーフェクトゲーム達成!


 

2008/02/13

1G目惜しくもパーフェクトを逃した(299)大ベテラン柴田英徳がBシフトトップ通過!
3G目に中田博則(44期)が大会2号のパーフェクト達成!

 

  【JPBA】 関西オープンボウリングトーナメント 【選抜大会 Aシフト】

 

内山智昭

ウィンターシリーズ(ユーズボウル阪南会場)で次点9位だった内山智昭(32期)がAシフトトップで本大会へ!
2G目に西嶋幸斗が大会1号のパーフェクト達成!


 

2008/02/11

佐藤美香チーム優勝!

 

東京ドームボウリングセンターにて、10・11日の2日間にわたって繰り広げられたDHCカップGirlsチームチャレンジは、プロ以外の3名が全員中学生という佐藤美香チームが優勝!
新たなるスター候補達の誕生に、観客からも惜しみない拍手が贈られました!


 

2008/02/10

  【PBA】 Bayer Classic 【Final】

Barnes Bounces Back

Chris Barnes took over the lead in the 2007-08 PBA Player of the Year race.

Many people predicted after his latest disappointment in a title match that Chris Barnes would break out of his slump in a big way. They were right.

Just two weeks after one of the biggest mistakes of his career, Barnes responded with his ninth career Denny's PBA Tour title, defeating Tommy Jones, 241-158, to win the 2008 Bayer Classic at Oasis Lanes. The victory also gave Barnes the lead in the 2007-08 PBA Player of the Year race.

Barnes has struggled throughout his entire career in televised championship rounds despite appearing in the finals more times than any bowler on the Tour since 2000. This season has been no different as he came up empty in seven championship round appearances coming into this week, the biggest heartbreak coming in the H&R Block Tournament of Champions two weeks ago. Against Michael Haugen Jr., Barnes lost a 52-pin lead late in the match and missed a single-pin conversion which cost him his third career Major title.

The 37-year-old bounced back by making his fourth consecutive championship round and Tour-leading eighth of the season.

"Getting away from all the drama was the most important thing. You can make a lot of what you see in 20 minutes on TV and forget about the 15 hours during the week it took to get there," Barnes (Double Oak, Texas) said. "It was important to concentrate on that. The mistake I've made a lot has been losing focus for a couple frames here and there and that cost me. I did lose my focus a couple times today but fortunately I got it together and made some good shots."

Barnes knocked off his Tour roommate, Mika Koivuniemi, 240-198, in the semifinals in a rematch of last year's title match at Oasis Lanes. He then took on Jones who is Barne' polar opposite on television. Jones came in with a Tour-record .811 winning percentage in his career on TV (30-7) and an 11-2 record in title matches compared to Barnes' 8-18 record when a title is on the line.

In the title match Sunday, Barnes jumped out to an early lead with strikes in the first three frames while Jones had two spares and an open in the first four frames. Jones started to climb back in the match after Barnes had three consecutive spares in the fourth, fifth and sixth frames, but after Jones doubled he left the 2-8-10 split and opened.

Playing the outside part of the lane compared to the other finalists who played inside, Barnes struck in the seventh, eighth and ninth to clinch the victory.

"Tommy doesn't give a lot of people second chances and fortunately for me today he did," Barnes said. "I looked at playing the lanes inside because typically I like to play where everyone else is playing and try to beat them shot-for-shot. Friday night I moved outside the last game and I felt good there so it was in the back of my mind."

With his first win of the season coupled with two second-place finishes, two thirds and two fourths, Barnes took a four-point lead over Walter Ray Williams Jr. in the PBA Player of the Year race with six events - and two Majors - remaining. Barnes has yet to win the award in his 10-year career.

Barnes earned $25,000 and an exemption for the 2008-09 season with his win. Jones (Simpsonville, S.C.) earned $13,000 for second while Koivuniemi (Hartland, Mich.) and Mike DeVaney (San Diego), who fell 216-135 to Jones in the semifinals, took home $6,000 each for third and fourth, respectively.

 

ただいま(社)日本プロボウリング協会では、3/4より開始されるプロボウラー資格取得テストの受験申請を受付中です。受験を希望される方は日本プロボウリング協会ホームページをご覧下さい。


 

2008/02/08

  【PBA】 Bayer Classic 【Round of 8】

Sun City Sequel

Roomates Chris Barnes and Mika Koivuniemi will have a rematch of last year's title match in El Paso

Chris Barnes knows as well as anyone the only way to break a bad stretch of luck on television is to keep making the championship round.

Barnes defeated Sean Rash, four-games-to-one, Friday in the 2008 Bayer Classic Round of 8 at Oasis Lanes to advance to his fourth consecutive championship round and his Denny's PBA Tour-high eighth of the season.

The eight finals appearances mark the most in a season for any bowler since Walter Ray Williams Jr. made 10 in 2002-03. But the eight-time titlist has yet to win a title this season, finishing second twice in his seven previous finals appearances.

Barnes finished second in last season's Sun City Classic at Oasis Lanes and finished third here in 2005.

"It's been mostly good here but I'd like for the ending to change. You have to be in the last chapter to be at the top," Barnes (Double Oak, Texas) said. "Our format is what it is. If it was best of seven in the finals, my record would be different but it's one game on TV. I have a third and a second here so hopefully I can keep getting one better."

Barnes jumped out to a 3-0 lead against Rash despite averaging just 202. Rash came back to win game four but Barnes wrapped up the match with a 214-164 win in game five.

"The lanes were ugly tonight," Barnes said. "They were really hard and with both of us playing so deep so early it wasn't going to get much better. My game plan was to move to the right at some point, which I did the last game and thankfully I was able to get it done."

Barnes will face his Tour roommate, Mika Koivuniemi, in a rematch of last season's Sun City Classic title match. Koivuniemi (Hartland, Mich.) broke a career-long 38-event winless streak with his 214-185 win over Barnes to capture his seventh career title. He won this season's first event, the Dydo Japan Cup 2008, for his eighth. On Friday night Koivuniemi defeated Eugene McCune (Munster, Ind.), 4-1.

The other semifinal features Mike DeVaney (San Diego) taking on Tommy Jones (Simpsonville, S.C.). DeVaney defeated rookie Rhino Page, who was looking to make his fourth championship round of the season, 4-2.

The 2005-06 PBA Player of the Year Jones, who is looking for his 12th career title and second of the season, defeated Tom Baker, 4-3, coming back from a 3-1 deficit.

DeVaney and Jones will roll off in the first match, followed by the rematch between Barnes and Koivuniemi.


 

2008/02/07

  【PBA】 Bayer Classic 【Round of 64】

Warren Peace

Chris Warren will look to make his second championship round appearance of the season.

Chris Warren joked that all three bowlers he crossed with Thursday were young enough to be his sons, but that didn't stop the Denny's PBA Tour veteran from copying what his younger competitors were doing.

The 44-year-old Warren fired a 246 in the final game Thursday night to finish with a 3,206 14-game pinfall and earn the top seed for match play in the 2008 Bayer Classic at Oasis Lanes.

The five-time Denny's PBA Tour titlist bowled throughout the day with 22-year-old P.J. Haggerty, 26-year-old Bill O'Neill and 25-year-old Sean Rash, who all played the same part of the lane.

"The day was good but what was better was the cross I had, that helped a lot. They all hook the ball and we were all fairly close to where we were playing," Warren (Grants Pass, Ore.) said. "I was a little to the right of them since they curve it a little more than I do, but when their ball hooked I knew the lanes were hooking more so I could adjust that way and when they went straight, I adjusted that way too. Knowing that information doesn't necessarily make it easier but it allows you to see what the lanes are doing and it makes a big difference. That's probably the highest I've averaged in the last two years."

Warren, who has not won a title since 1992, is enjoying a solid season as he sits 28th in the PBA World Point Rankings. He used three games of 268 or better on the low-scoring Shark oil pattern to take the overall lead. He will face No. 32 Tommy Delutz Jr. (Flushing, N.Y.) in single elimination match play Friday morning. Delutz held on to the final spot despite a 191 in the final game.

D.J. Archer (Mineral Wells, Texas) finished second with 3,200 and will face No. 31 Jason Wojnar (Chicago), while 2005-06 PBA Player of the Year Tommy Jones (Simpsonville, S.C.) finished third with 3,173 and will face No. 30 Mike Edwards (Tulsa, Okla.).

Chris Barnes (Double Oak, Texas), who finished second in last season's Sun City Classic at Oasis Lanes, finished fourth with 3,127 and will face No. 29 Brad Angelo. Barnes will be looking to make his fourth consecutive championship round and his Tour-leading eighth of the season but is still searching for his first title in 2007-08.

Defending champion Mika Koivuniemi (Hartland, Mich.) finished 17th and will face No. 16 Dave D'Entremont.


 

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