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2008/05/31

  【PBA】 Denny's Tour Trials 【Round 4 - Chameleon】

Kloss Leads, D'Entremont Moves Up

Dave D'Entremont will look to redeem himself after a bad break to finish the 2007-08 season.

Of all the bowlers in the 2008 Denny’s PBA Tour Trials who could make a case for being the most deserving of an exemption, none can match the case of Dave D’Entremont.

Just two months after an unfortunate accident in the last event of the 2007-08 PBA Tour season cost him a chance at an exemption, D’Entremont is nine games away from redeeming himself. He used a 222.44 average over his nine games Saturday to move into third in the 2008 Lake County Indiana Denny’s PBA Tour Trials at Stardust Bowl II.

The five-day competition features nearly 100 bowlers rolling nine games each day on a different PBA oil pattern. The top seven after Sunday’s final nine-game block earn exemptions for the 2008-09 Denny’s PBA Tour.
Chad Kloss led the field Saturday with a 222.67 average over his nine games and sits atop the standings with an 8,124 36-game pinfall.

A six-time Denny’s PBA Tour titlist, D’Entremont was 43rd in the PBA World Point Rankings heading into the season-ending 65th Denny’s U.S. Open in late March, the same event he finished fourth in the previous season. During the practice day leading up to competition, however, he tripped over a ball bag and severely gashed his leg on a bevel knife which was sticking out of the bag. The injury forced him out of the competition and back to the Tour Trials.

“Considering the way things went down at the U.S. Open, I feel that if that didn’t happen I wouldn’t be here today so it would be very sweet to get my exemption back this week,” D’Entremont said. “I’ll definitely get a little more sleep tonight after bowling well today. This is a grueling week of bowling on top of the Regional Player Championship. By the end of the week I will have bowled about 80 games. I haven’t bowled that many games in a long time.”

D’Entremont (Middleburg Heights, Ohio) was just 58th after the first day this week and 26th after the second day, but he posted the best score of all the competitors on Friday to move up to fifth and his 2,002 nine-game pinfall was second on Saturday behind Kloss, putting him in third heading into the final day with 8,027.

Craig Tuholski (Washougal, Wash.), who led after Thursday and Friday’s rounds, sits second with 8,032 while Troy Wollenbecker (Miami) is fourth with 7,912.

Jason Lundquist (Delaware Water Gap, Pa.) averaged 215.00 on Saturday ? the fifth-best score of the day ? to move into fifth, Ronnie Russell (Indianapolis) is sixth while Tom Sorce went from 10th on Friday to seventh heading into the final day.

Tim Mack (Indianapolis) had the third-best score of the day (220.44) to move into eighth. A former football player at Penn State University, Mack has struggled through injuries over the last few years which have stunted his potential. He’ll look to earn his first career exemption on Sunday.

 

 【JPBA】 軽井沢プリンスカップ 【TV決勝】

 

ディフェンディングチャンピオン西村のパーフェクトや決勝ラウンドロビンでの親子対決、松永の800シリーズ達成など、みどころ満載だった2008軽井沢プリンスカップの最後を勝利で締めくくったのは、三冠女王・清水弘子でした!
昨年の暮れから体調を崩し、今季の初めはあまり振るわなかった清水でしたが、春頃から徐々に回復の兆しを見せ、4月末のDHC最終戦では3位に入賞。完全復活が見え始めて迎えた軽井沢プリンスカップは、ちょうど10年前、まだアマチュアの時代に優勝した清水にとって縁起の良い大会。その縁起にあやかってか、予選でこそ西村に一歩譲って2位で通過しましたが、準決勝以降は首位を独走し、トップシードで決勝ステップラダーへ。
優勝決定戦ではこちらもそろそろタイトルを獲得したい中島政江との対戦となりましたが、清水はここで思わぬ苦戦。7フレーム目までストライクが来ず、ひたすら我慢のボウリングに。
しかし中島もオープンフレームが出るなど安定せず、勝敗は10フレーム目に持ち込まれます。
ここで先攻の中島の1投目が3・4・6・7・10番を残すスプリット!対して清水の1投目は9ピンカウントとなり、中島の2投目が勝敗の行方を握る展開に。場内が固唾を呑んで見守る中、無情にも中島の2投目は6・10番しか倒せず、この瞬間に清水の勝利が確定。
2投目で10番をカバーし、最後の投球はストライクを決めた清水に、場内から一斉に惜しみない祝福の拍手が贈られました!

優勝決定戦

○ 清水弘子 192 - 179 × 中島政江

ピン差で逃げる中島が10フレ5本スプリット(3.4.6.7.10)ミスで清水が逆転勝ち!清水にしては珍しく僅か2個のストライクで勝利をもぎ取った。大会2勝目(アマ時代'98大会で総合優勝)、今季初・通算11勝目。

3位決定戦

○ 中島政江 222 - 193 × 松岡美穂子

中島が終始リードを奪い4年ぶりの優勝に向け清水との優勝戦へ!

4位決定戦

○ 松岡美穂子 203 - 185 × 西村美紀

2連覇を狙った西村だったがストライクが続かず初優勝を目指す松岡が3位決定戦へ進出。

清水弘子

清水弘子が今季初勝利を賭けトップシードで決勝へ、2位に'04の「札幌プリンスカップ」優勝以来9勝目を狙う中島政江、3位に初優勝なるか松岡美穂子、そして4位で大会2連覇を目指す西村美紀が入った。

 

 【JPBA】 軽井沢プリンスカップ 【準決勝】

 

清水弘子

'98年大会でアマチュア時代に総合優勝を挙げている清水弘子が遂にトップへ!今季未勝利の清水が'08の1勝目を目指す。また昨年嬉しい初優勝を挙げた西村美紀が2連覇を目指し2位で進出、そして今季3回も初優勝のチャンスを逃した(DHC第2戦・第4戦共に準優勝、第3戦3位)松永裕美が800シリーズ達成の勢いに乗り3位で進出を果たした。


 

2008/05/30

  【PBA】 Denny's Tour Trials 【Round 3 - Scorpion】

Tuholski Maintains Lead

Craig Tuholski looks poised to capture his first career exemption.

The excitement of leading the Denny's PBA Tour Trials nearly cost Craig Tuholski on Friday, but he got it together soon enough to maintain his lead heading into the final two days at Stardust Bowl II.

Tuholski averaged 222.78 over his nine games on the Scorpion oil pattern to keep his spot atop the standings with a 6,149 27-game pinfall.

Nearly 100 bowlers are competing in the event which features five days of competition, each on a different PBA oil pattern. The top seven bowlers after Sunday's final nine-game block will earn one-season exemptions for the 2008-09 Denny's PBA Tour.

Tuholski, who is looking for his first career exemption, admitted to letting some nerves get to him to start the third day of competition.

"I normally really like the Scorpion but this morning I came in and was tentative to start and a little nervous, to be honest," Tuholski (Washougal, Wash.) said. "It took me a while to loosen up but then I started getting aggressive and pulled it back out of the cellar."

Tuholski started with a 173 before improving his score in each of the next four games, peaking at a 258 in the fifth game of the day. After games of 237 and 246 he dipped back down with a 196 in game eight but he closed out the day with a 210 to keep his lead.

"I tried to be a little too perfect this morning," Tuholski said. "In the middle of game three I got relaxed and let things go a little bit and switched to a Hammer Black Widow and that gave me a lot of room."
After just missing an exemption via the PBA Northwest Region a couple months ago, Tuholski has come out with extra motivation this week.

"I had plenty of chances this year on the Regional Tour. I wasn't bowling well early on so I skipped some events and that didn't help but I also had my chances near the end," Tuholski said. "There are a lot of games left this week but I'm in the best possible position I can imagine. But I can't take anything for granted at this point."

Five of the next six bowlers behind Tuholski were exempt in 2007-08 including Chad Kloss (Greenfield, Wis.) in second with 6,149, Troy Wollenbecker (Miami) in third with 6,058, Dave D'Entremont (Middleburg Heights, Ohio) in fifth with 6,025, Jason Wojnar (Chicago) in sixth with 5,995 and David Leverage (Peoria, Ariz.) in seventh with 5,976. D'Entremont had the best score of the day among all the competitors, averaging 241.56 on the Scorpion pattern.

Joe Bailey (Pittsburgh, Pa.), looking for his first career exemption, is fourth with 6,056.

 

 

 

西村美紀

予選4G目に300を達成したディフェンディングチャンピオン西村美紀がトップで明日の準決勝へ!そして西村の母でありトップアマの西村孝美選手も見事6位で通過。また主催者推薦で今大会がデビュー戦となった鈴木理沙が18位で進出しいきなり初賞金をゲット!


 

2008/05/29

  【PBA】 Denny's Tour Trials 【Round 2 - Shark】

Tuholski Takes Over Top Spot

Craig Tuholski is looking for his first career exemption.

Craig Tuholski took a big step Thursday toward securing his first career Denny's PBA Tour exemption.

Tuholski posted the third-best score of the day by averaging 229.11 on the difficult Shark oil pattern to take the lead after two days in the 2008 Lake County Indiana Denny's PBA Tour Trials at Stardust Bowl II.

The competition features nearly 100 competitors bowling nine games a day over five days with the top seven bowlers after 45 games earning exemptions for the 2008-09 PBA Tour season.

The 33-year-old Tuholski just missed out on an exemption recently by finishing second in the PBA Northwest Region by just 3,000 points. He put himself in a good position to gain redemption Thursday as he sits atop the standings with a 4,144 18-game pinfall.

"The first two patterns used this week have actually been ones I've struggled on the last few years. It must be the wood surface helping me plays these lanes better," Tuholski (Washougal, Wash.) said. "Normally you have to throw the ball soft on these patterns but on the wood I'm able to throw it a little harder which is my game."

Tuholski, a six-time PBA Regional Tour champion, was seventh after the first day, but he used an opening game Thursday of 257 to get off to a good start and had a high game of 275 in game 13 overall to propel him to the lead.
Troy Wollenbecker, who finished fifth in last summer's Tour Trials to earn an exemption but was unable to maintain his exempt status, had the day's second-best score to move into second overall.

"I had my opportunities last year to stay exempt but I didn't make shots when I needed to," Wollenbecker (Miami, Fla.) said. "When you don't make shots when you need to against those guys out there you end up back here. That's reality. When you bowl against Tommy Jones and Chris Barnes you have to bring your "A" game every time."

Wednesday's leader Chad Kloss (Greenfield, Wis.) fell to third overall with 4,094 while Jason Lundquist (Delaware Water Gap, Pa.) moved up to fourth. Jeff Fehr (Cincinnati) stayed in the top seven but went from fourth to fifth while Lonnie Waliczek (Wichita), who shared the lead with Kloss after Wednesday's nine games, is sixth.

Brian LeClair (Athens, N.Y.), another 2007 Tour Trials alum who is looking to regain his exemption, is seventh with 4,010.


 

2008/05/28

  【PBA】 Denny's Tour Trials 【Round 1 - Viper】

Kloss, Waliczek Tie for Lead

Lonnie Waliczek is looking to earn an exemption for the first time since 2004-05.

With his worst of the five PBA oil patterns out of the way, Chad Kloss is feeling good about his chances of earning his second career Denny's PBA Tour exemption.

Kloss averaged 244.33 over his nine games Wednesday to tie Lonnie Waliczek for the lead after the first of five days of qualifying in the 2008 Lake County Indiana Denny's PBA Tour Trials at Stardust Bowl II.

The top seven bowlers based on 45-game pinfall after the five days will receive exemptions for the 2008-09 PBA Tour.

Kloss and Waliczek are coming off opposite seasons in their bowling careers. The 31-year-old Kloss finished sixth in last year's Tour Trials to earn his first career PBA Tour exemption. It was a sharp learning curve, however, and he finished just 49th in the PBA World Point Rankings forcing him back to Tour Trials.

Waliczek, meanwhile, owns two PBA Tour titles but has been unable to get back on Tour full-time since losing his exemption after the 2004-05 season. He took some time off from bowling recently to refresh and get his game back on track.

Both finished with a 2,199 nine-game pinfall on the Viper oil pattern. Each of the five days of competition takes place on one of the five standard PBA oil patterns. Thursday's nine games will be held on Shark pattern.

"This is my worst pattern, or it used to by my worst pattern," Kloss (Greenfield, Wis.) said. "I drilled a Storm ball yesterday and it was exactly what I needed. Everything just fell into place today."

Kloss was confident coming into this week's event due to his success last summer but anxious to repeat that success.
"Honestly, I was more nervous coming into this year's event. I don't know if it was being out on Tour for a year and wanting to be back out there again but game one I missed a spare in the 10th frame and I was really upset with myself," Kloss said. "From there, I just tried to focus harder."

Kloss, who had a high game of 287 in game six, was just 39th after the first day of Tour Trials in 2007 but slowly climbed up the standings throughout the week on his way to a sixth-place finish. He'll look to stay atop the standings on his favorite pattern on Thursday.

Waliczek (Wichita, Kan.), whose last title came in 2003, had the lone 300 game of the day. He was perfect in the second of nine games and never looked back.

Christopher Blackmore (Alexandria, Va.) and Jeff Fehr (Cincinnati), who are each shooting for their first career exemptions, finished third and fourth respectively. Brian LeClair (Athens, N.Y.), who finished fourth in last year's Tour Trials, is fifth.

Don Stephenson (Palm Bay, Fla.) finished sixth while Craig Tuholski (Washougal, Wash.) finished seventh. Both bowlers are also looking for their first exemptions.


 

2008/05/26

  【PBA】 PBA Lake County Indiana Regional Players Championship

Swanson Wins RPC

Sean Swanson earned a berth in the 2008-09 PBA Tournament of Champions.

Sean Swanson was out of his comfort zone as an exempt bowler on the Denny's PBA Tour in 2007-08. Now that he's back in his element, Swanson is back to his winning ways.

Swanson defeated Gregg Zicha, 247-154, Monday to win the 2008 PBA Lake County Indiana Regional Players Championship at Stardust Bowl II, his first career PBA Regional Tour Major title.

After winning the 2006-07 PBA Southwest Region, Swanson earned his first career PBA Tour exemption, but being away from home for most of six months saw him drop to 53rd in the PBA World Point Rankings knocking him out of the running for a 2008-09 exemption.

"The Tour just wasn't for me," Swanson (Springfield, Mo.) said. "I'd rather be gone 2-3 days a week than weeks at a time."

A regional bowler at heart, Swanson showed where his comfort level was this weekend, dominating his opponents on Monday. He capped it off with an easy win against Zicha.

Swanson won his first four matches by a combined 10-2 match score. He then took down the No. 2 seed John Gould (Richmond, Calif.), 223-167, in the semifinals before squaring off against Zicha.

The title match was never in doubt as Zicha (Glen Ellyn, Ill.) opened in the third and fourth frames and Swanson ran away with the match by striking in the first five frames and in seven of the first nine, clinching the victory with a strike in the ninth frame.

"The last two matches today I was lucky to get off to a good start in each," Swanson said. "The lanes were really difficult today and when the lanes are tough, if you get out to a good start with a couple strikes your opponents start squeezing it a little bit and that leads to some splits."

The victory was the 15th PBA Regional Tour title of Swanson's career, but his first Major. He earned $9,000 for the victory along with a spot in the prestigious 2008-09 PBA Tournament of Champions as well as a berth in the 2008 PBA Regional Players Invitational.

Zicha took home $5,000 for second while Gould and Craig Tuholski (Washougal, Wash.) earned $2,800 for third and fourth.


 

2008/05/25

 【JPBA】 KIRIN CUP OPEN 2008 【TV決勝】

 

保倉映義

KIRIN CUP OPEN 2008 保倉映義、初優勝!

男達の気合いが雨雲を吹き飛ばしたかのように、晴天の中で迎えた最終日。若手の健闘ぶりが光ったKIRIN CUP OPEN 2008を保倉映義が制しました!
予選でパーフェクトを達成し、準決勝を首位で通過するなど好調だった保倉でしたが、決勝ラウンドロビンではやや苦戦し、順位を落としつつも3位で決勝ステップラダーへ進出。
決勝ステップラダーでは上手く気持ちを切り替えて、危なげなく坂田・安部を撃破し、優勝決定戦はラウンドロビンで敗北を喫した相手・水野成祐とリベンジマッチに。
お互いに公式トーナメント初優勝を賭けた最後の一戦は、水野が前半の勝負どころ第4フレームで4・6・7・10盤のビッグフォーを出して約15ピンのビハインド。保倉は無難に中盤を乗り切るも、初優勝の重圧がかかった第9フレームで8・10番のスプリットを出し、勝負は10フレームに持ち越す展開に…。
先に投げる水野の第10フレームはギャラリーが誰もがパンチアウトを期待して注目していましたが、残念ながら一投目にストライクを持って来れず220ピンでゲームを終え、保倉は6ピン以上で勝利が確定。一投目8本カウントで優勝を決め、二投目は残りの4・7番を緊張感が緩んだのか1本しか倒せず、ご愛敬の一投となり224で終了。
最後は笑いと祝福の拍手で場内が包み込まれた今年の KIRIN CUP OPEN でした。

優勝決定戦

× 水野成祐 220 - 224 ○ 保倉映義

息詰まる接戦を制し保倉が見事初優勝!
両者初優勝を賭けた優勝戦は、保倉が8フレで2マーク半リードも9フレスプリットミスで水野に逆転のチチャンスが回ってきたが10フレストライクが来ず保倉が逃げ切り(10フレ愛嬌で4,7ミス)嬉しい初優勝を挙げる。

3位決定戦

× 安部誠司 194 - 224 ○ 保倉映義

同期(38期)対決となった3位決定戦は、保倉が序盤のリードを守りきり水野との初優勝を賭けた優勝決定戦へ進出!

4位決定戦

○ 保倉映義 241 - 194 × 坂田重徳

中盤まで接戦も保倉が6フレからオールウェー(ラスト9本)で坂田を突き放し3位決定戦へ進出!これで上位3名誰が優勝しても初優勝となる。

 

 

 

水野成祐

水野成祐がポジションマッチで安部に敗れるも(水野215-236安部)、初優勝に向けトップシードでTV決勝へ!2位・3位に同じく初優勝を狙う安部誠司と保倉映義、そして最後パンチアウトを持ってきて(保倉214-226坂田)、255で梶義宏に勝った永野すばる(永野255-210梶)を抑え、'01大会優勝の坂田重徳が4位で進出を果たした。


 

2008/05/24

 

保倉映義

トップから6位(12名中8名)までがノンタイトル者と混戦となった今大会、今年で10年目を迎えた保倉映義(38期:C-BIC)がトップでラウンドロビン進出を果たし初優勝を狙う。また歴代優勝の坂田重徳(通算4勝)・山崎行夫(通算13勝)・矢島純一(通算41勝JPBA男子最多)、そして一発を狙う小原照之(通算5勝)らがラウンドロビンに進出した。

 

 

梶 義宏

予選12Gが終了し今年12年目の梶義宏(36期岡山フェアレーン)が”梶らしさ”を出してトップ!2位にそろそろ初タイトルが欲しい水野成祐(24期)、そして300を達成した永野・保倉が3・4位と続く。
予選8G目に永野すばる、11G目に保倉映義がパーフェクトゲーム達成!


 

2008/05/23

 

柴田英徳

九州勢が大活躍!トップの地元福岡出身柴田英徳(11期)、2位の吉野匡治(32期)を始め13位の玉井慎一郎、15位の山下豊、26位の伊福正直そして開催センター所属の逸見(へんみ)正晃(42期)が明日からの本大会に進出した!
2G目に西村邦彦(16期)が7-10スプリットメイド達成!


 

2008/05/18

パーフェクト達成数記録を塗り替えた、歴史的な大会となった2008SAP埼玉オープン。パーフェクトにはならずとも270以上のビッグゲームがあちこちで飛び出す、一瞬でも気を抜けば負けてしまうシビアな戦いを制し頂点に立ったのは、PBAが誇る強豪、日本でもファンの多いパーカー・ボーン IIIでした!
第1ラウンドから第3ラウンドまでのトータルアベレージが244.7ピンという脅威的な勢いで勝ち抜けてきたパーカー・ボーン IIIは、決勝トーナメントでもその強さをいかんなく発揮。
一回戦で小原照之を40ピン差で下すと、準決勝では北岡義実を相手になんと299ピンのセミパーフェクトで圧倒。優勝決定戦では益田隆司と対戦することに。
第3ラウンドの対戦では10ピン差でパーカー・ボーン IIIに敗北を喫した益田、優勝決定戦という最高の舞台でのリベンジを果たすべく、6フレまでをまったくの互角で戦いましたが、7フレで2番ピンを残してしまい、一歩後退することに。
その後も益田が必死に追いすがりましたが、パーカー・ボーン IIIはペースを崩さず、ワンマーク差を守って逃げ切り、見事SAP埼玉オープン初優勝を決めました!

 

 

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小原照之

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キム・ビョンハク

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益田隆司

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糸山賀津人


 

2008/05/17

 

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小原照之

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大友 仁

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益田隆司

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石原章夫

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水野成祐

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北岡義実

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Parker Bohn III

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斉藤茂雄

 


 

2008/05/16
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大宮亜津志

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石橋 孝

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Parker Bohn III

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原 昭彦

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並木宏行選手

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黒田仙雄

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宮田俊輔

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原田招雄

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小山雅之

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ビヨン・ヨンハン

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パク・ジョンスー

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貞松保行

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伊藤健二

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北岡義実


 

2008/05/15

 

黒羽正行

5G目に田中真が大会3号のパーフェクト達成!

 

 

上瀬戸政樹

3G目にブレット・ダンが、8G目に大宮亜津志がパーフェクトゲーム!


 

2008/05/13

  【PBA】 PBA Senior Jackson Open

Petraglia Back in Winner's Circle

Johnny Petraglia captured his sixth PBA Senior Tour title and first since 2001.

Some things just seem destined to be. After a rollercoaster Tuesday of bowling, a sixth PBA Senior Tour title was just in the cards for Johnny Petraglia.

Petraglia defeated Hugh Miller, 226-213, to win the 2008 PBA Senior Jackson Open at Airport Lanes for his first since PBA Senior Tour title since 2001.

The 61-year-old PBA Hall of Famer was on the ropes in nearly all of his matches Tuesday, nearly squandering a 2-0 lead to Gary Hiday in the best-of-five Round of 24 and falling behind 1-0 in the best-of-three Round of 8 to Dale Traber. Things looked the most bleak in the title match against Miller, however, as Petraglia trailed by 40 pins in the sixth frame.

Miller, looking for his first career PBA Senior Tour title, struck in six of the first seven frames to open up a big lead, but he left the 4-6 split and opened in the eighth to open the door for Petraglia. The Manalapan, N.J., native responded with four consecutive strikes in the seventh through 10th frames to pull close.

A fifth consecutive strike would have forced Miller to double in the 10th, but Petraglia left a solid 8-pin, meaning Miller only needed a strike to win. Instead, Miller left the 3-6-7 split giving Petraglia the win.

"What an interesting win. I lost three different times today," Petraglia said. "Traber had me dead and I ended up winning. Hiday let me back in the match. And the last game I'm going on a 190 pace in the seventh frame and Hugh's bowling a 239. Then he leaves the 4-9. I had to get up and throw some big strikes there, but when something like that happens, you just have that feeling. You just feel like you're going to do it."

Petraglia indeed threw the big shots when he needed them, not only late in the match against Miller but throughout the day, showing why he won 14 times on the Denny's PBA Tour and was victorious five times in his first four years on the PBA Senior Tour.

"I've had a bunch of seconds since then so it's nice to win again," Petraglia said of the seven years since his last victory, which came in 2001 in Klamath Falls, Ore. "I lost in the title match twice last year, and last week in the Ladies and Legends with Shannon (O'Keefe) I thought we had a good shot to win and we finished third. It looked like the same thing was going to happen here so it's nice to have it turn around."

While he got some breaks along the way, Petraglia did his part to put himself in position to win.

"I bowled well all day and shot good scores," Petraglia said. "I bowled 13 games today and chopped one spare. All my other games were clean so it was a very good day."

Petraglia earned $8,000 for his victory while Miller (Seattle) took home $4,500. Keith Sharp (Orlando, Fla.) who fell to Miller in the semifinals, 237-200, to fall just shy of his second win in three events, and Kenny Parks (East Chicago, Ind.), who fell to Petraglia, 202-180, took home $3,000 each.


 

2008/05/05

  【PBA】 Columbia 300 Ladies and Legends

Harvey, Kulick Team Up for Victory

Robert Harvey and Kelly Kulick teamed up to win the PBA Ladies and Legends.

It took Robert Harvey just two weeks to win his first PBA Senior Tour title, but it certainly didn't come easy.

Harvey converted one of the biggest spares of his life in the 10th frame Monday to seal the 233-225 victory for he and his partner Kelly Kulick in the 2008 Columbia 300 Ladies and Legends presented by MGD 64 at The Cherry Bowl.

Kulick, one of the most decorated female bowlers in the world who is famous for becoming the first woman to earn an exemption on the Denny's PBA Tour, carried the way through much of the title match against the No. 1 seed April Ellis and Dale Eagle. She struck with her first four shots in the Baker style alternate-shot format, while Harvey struggled late in the match with back-to-back seven-spares.

The No. 2 seeds got some help late in the match when Eagle missed a 10-pin in the eighth frame but Ellis responded with a strike in the ninth and Eagle redeemed himself by striking out in the 10th to force Harvey to mark in the 10th.

A nervous Harvey got up and threw a perfect shot but left the 10-pin, setting up a nerve-wracking spare attempt. He converted the spare with ease, however, to earn his first PBA Senior Tour title.

"This is my first win so I couldn't wish for anything more than the way it happened," Harvey (Boise, Idaho) said. "Kelly and I were definitely a team in every sense of the word."

They proved to be the best of the 24 teams throughout the day, compiling a 19-5 record in round robin match play then winning both their matches in the championship round.
"We did such a good job as a team and we did it all day," Kulick (Union, N.J.), who also owns a PBA Regional Tour title, said. "If one of us made a bad shot we picked each other up. For him to win his first title having to throw a big shot like that is awesome."

The stepladder finals started with the No. 4 team Bob Brady and Shannon Pluhowsky taking down the No. 5 seeded Lucy Sandelin and Rohn Morton, 235-185. Brady and Pluhowsky fell to the No. 3 team of Shannon O'Keefe and PBA Hall of Famer Johnny Petraglia, 230-183, as Petraglia struck with all seven of his shots. They ran into Kulick and Harvey, however, who advanced to the title match with a 235-202 victory.

Eagle and Ellis came into the finals as the top seed after going 17-7 in match play but fell behind early when Kulick and Harvey started the title match with five consecutive strikes. They clawed their way back into the match, but ultimately were undone by Eagle's open in the eighth.

Kulick and Harvey will split $15,000 for their victory while Ellis and Eagle share $8,000. O'Keefe and Petraglia take home $6,000, Brady and Pluhowsky split $5,000 while Sandelin and Morton share $4,000.


 

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