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2008/08/30

 【PBA】 PBA News

WILLIAMS WINS MORE HARDWARE

Williams Jr. wins more gold. Team USA takes home four gold medals.

Team USA's Walter Ray Williams Jr. of Ocala, Fla., added another gold medal to his burgeoning collection Saturday, winning the Masters event to close the 2008 World Tenpin Bowling Association Men's World Championships.

Williams, who won the singles gold medal Friday, defeated Denmark's Jesper Agerbo, 3-0, in the finals of best-of-five, single-elimination Masters, which featured the top 16 individuals from all-events.

"Until three days ago, I wasn't really happy with my performance here," said Williams, a 28-year professional who earned three gold medals and a bronze in his Team USA debut this week. "The last match was one of the best matches I've ever bowled. It was definitely a lot more fun for me."

The 2008 Men's World Championships marked the much anticipated first appearance of professionals in major WTBA competition thanks to a change in legislation last August.

The short pattern, which had been troublesome for Williams throughout the week, was no match for the Professional Bowlers Association and United States Bowling Congress Hall of Famer on Saturday.

Williams jumped all over Agerbo from the start, stringing eight consecutive strikes for a 256-203 victory in Game 1 on the short oil pattern. Moving over to the long oil pattern for Game 2, Williams struck on 10 of his last 11 shots for a 256-202 win and a 2-0 edge.

Back on the short pattern for Game 3, Williams struck on three of his final four shots en route to a 228-224 victory to complete the sweep.

"I finally figured out how to bowl well on the short pattern today," said Williams, who won seven of nine games Saturday on the short oil pattern - the same pattern he averaged 209.08 in 12 games on earlier in the week. "That's part of the game - figuring out what to do and then executing."

Williams, seeded 15th, defeated fellow Team USA member Rhino Page of Topeka, Kan., 3-1, in the first round - jumping out to a 2-0 lead aided by a 243-213 victory in Game 1 on the short pattern. In the quarterfinals, Williams downed all-events gold medalist and top seed, Choi Bok-Eum of Korea, 3-1 - winning the last three games that included a 214-203 triumph in Game 3 on the short pattern.

In the semifinals, Williams got past Finland two-hander Osku Palermaa, 3-2, by winning all three games on the short pattern.

"A lot of the professionals learn by recognition," Team USA head coach Jeri Edwards said. "If you give these guys a long time, they get things figured out. And with a man like Walter Ray ... bar the doors."

In the Masters first round, Choi defeated Team USA's Patrick Allen of Wesley Chapel, Fla., 3-1, while Palermaa earned a 3-2 victory over Tommy Jones of Simpsonville, S.C. - winning the decisive game, 279-244.

Williams' victory caps off the best performance for Team USA's men since the World Championships began in 1954, claiming seven medals overall. In addition to Williams' two individual titles, Team USA won it second consecutive team gold medal and opened the tournament with a doubles gold medal from Allen and Page, who also earned silver in all-events.

Team USA also swept the trios bronze medals - Allen, Page and Bill Hoffman of Columbus, Ohio, taking one, while Williams, Jones and Chris Barnes of Double Oak, Texas, claiming the other - to become the first country to medal in every event since the current format was adopted in 1979.

"That's something to be said," Edwards said. "I couldn't be more pleased. It was an incredible week with some unbelievable performances. The matches were close and there was a lot of really, really good bowling. We worked awfully hard and these guys performed just beautifully."

The Men's World Championships, which was held at SF Strike Bowl Ngamwonwan, featured more than 300 athletes from 57 countries competing in six disciplines - doubles, trios, team, singles, all-events and Masters.

Visit bowl.com for complete coverage of the 2008 WTBA Men's World Championships, including videos, photos, stories, results and blogs.


 

2008/08/29

 【PBA】 PBA News

WILLIAMS JR. WINS GOLD

Walter Ray Williams Jr. wins gold medal in World Championships singles competition.

Team USA's Walter Ray Williams Jr. of Ocala, Fla., added to his legendary career Friday by rallying to defeat Germany's Kai Gunther, 213-198, for the singles gold medal at the 2008 World Tenpin Bowling Association Men's World Championships.

"To win any event and be a world champion in a truly international tournament like this, it's obviously very special," said Williams, the Professional Bowlers Association and United States Bowling Congress Hall of Famer who is making his Team USA debut this week. "This adds to my other world championships (with the PBA)."

The 2008 Men's World Championships marks the much anticipated first appearance of professionals in major WTBA competition thanks to a change in legislation last August.

Trailing by nine pins entering the 10th frame, Williams doubled and got nine on his fill ball to force Gunther to strike on his first ball and get count to take the gold. Instead, the left-handed Gunther - who was working on three consecutive strikes - went missed left, leaving the 1-3-6 and sealing the victory for Williams.

"I figured I needed to get a double," said Williams, who has a career record 44 Denny's PBA Tour titles. "Kai was throwing the ball pretty well and working on a double. Fortunately, I threw two decent shots to get the strikes, and unfortunately for Kai, he didn't throw the best shot. He bowled great throughout the event."

With the match even, Gunther left a 2-4-6-7 split in the sixth. Williams, however, couldn't take advantage - settling for six consecutive single-pin spare conversions after doubling in the third frame.

Gunther, meanwhile, responded to his miscue with three consecutive strikes to put the pressure on the living legend.

"I think some of my experience helped me be calm and execute my shots," said Williams, a 28-year professional. "This means a lot ... something I never thought would happen."

Williams, who finished second to Gunther by a pin in preliminaries with 1,316, defeated France's Francois Sacco, 213-198, in the semifinals. Gunther beat Kuwait's Basil Alanzi, 210-166, in the other semifinal. Both Sacco and Alanzi received bronze medals.

Earlier Friday in preliminaries, Team USA's Chris Barnes of Double Oak, Texas, shot 1,238 to finish in 29th place, while Tommy Jones of Simpsonville, S.C., had 1,220 to place 38th.

Team USA's Rhino Page of Topeka, Kan., earned the silver medal in all-events, finishing with 5,218 over 24 games (217.4 avg.) for his fourth medal of the week. Korea's Choi Bok-Eum won the gold with 5,285, while Norway's Tore Torgersen took the bronze with 5,212.

Jones finished 13th with 5,086, Williams ended up in 15th with 5,072 and Patrick Allen of Wesley Chapel, Fla., in 16th with 5,067 to advance to Saturday's best-of-five, single-elimination Masters event, beginning at 8 a.m. local time (9 p.m. EDT Friday).

No. 2-seeded Page will face No. 15 Williams in the first round, while No. 13 Jones takes on the fourth seed, Finland two-hander Osku Palermaa.

Bill Hoffman of Columbus, Ohio, totaled 5,034 in all-events to finish 23rd, and Barnes placed 30th with 5,018.

With Williams' singles victory and Page's silver in all-events, Team USA has the opportunity to medal in every event - a feat that hasn't been accomplished by any country at the World Championships since its current format was instituted in 1979.

The Men's World Championships, which is being held at SF Strike Bowl Ngamwonwan, features more than 300 athletes from 57 countries competing in six disciplines - doubles, trios, team, singles, all-events and Masters.

Visit bowl.com for complete coverage of the 2008 WTBA Men's World Championships, including videos, photos, stories, results and blogs.


 

2008/08/27

 【PBA】 PBA News

USA WINS TEAM GOLD

Team USA celebrates after winning gold following Rhino Page's shootout victory.

Team USA won its second consecutive five-player team gold medal at the 2008 World Tenpin Bowling Association Men's World Championships in a dramatic tiebreaker Wednesday.

After the two teams tied in the one-game finals at 1,084, Team USA's Rhino Page of Topeka, Kan., defeated Korea's Kim Tae-Young, 49-39, in the one-player, ninth-and-10th frame roll-off.

Kim struck in the ninth frame to start the roll-off, while Page settled for a 4-7 spare conversion - giving Korea an edge heading into the 10th frame. However, Page put the pressure on Kim by doubling to start the 10th and getting nine on his fill ball - forcing Kim to post a matching double.

When the 4 pin stood tall on Kim's first shot, Team USA began to celebrate with a mixture of emotions - cheering, hugging and even tears.

"It feels awesome, indescribable feeling. The pressure is unbelievable," said Page, who struck out in the 10th frame earlier in the week to squeak out a doubles gold medal with Patrick Allen of Wesley Chapel, Fla., over Sweden. "You don't want to let down your five teammates and you want to bring home that gold for the USA. After I didn't strike on that first shot, I knew I had to strike on the next one.

"I got up on the approach and said to myself, 'Throw a good shot. That's what got you here.'"

After Tommy Jones of Simpsonville, S.C., left a 7-10 standing in the 10th frame, Korea's Choi Ki-Bong struck out to virtually even the match. Allen working on six consecutive strikes, followed with a nine-spare-strike that was matched by Korea's Jang Dong-Chul - putting the game in the hands of the anchors, Page and Kim.

Page doubled, while Kim struck on his first ball and left a 10 pin standing on his second - giving Page a chance to wrap up the gold medal with a third strike. However, Page crossed over and left a 4 pin standing - allowing Kim to pick up the spare to force the tiebreaker.

"I've dreamed about this for a long time, and never thought this would happen once I turned professional," said Chris Barnes of Double Oak, Texas, who won a Masters bronze medal in his only other World Championships in 1995. "This is up there with anything I've ever done or been a part of.

"Rhino has been so strong for us all the way through the tournament. No one can touch him on this (short) pattern."

Allen led Team USA in the finals with 249, followed by Page with 244, Barnes with 205, Jones with 201 and Bill Hoffman of Columbus, Ohio, with 185. Walter Ray Williams Jr. of Ocala, Fla., did not compete in the semifinals and finals, which were both contested on the short oil pattern.

"Lanes 5 and 6 (where the finals are bowled) have been a second home for P.A. and Rhino," Barnes said. "They just keep on bowling great game after great game down there. We leaned on them hard and they took us home."

It was the second consecutive team gold medal at the World Championships for Page and Hoffman, who shot 300 in the final day of the team event in 2006.

"Seeing Bill in tears, my teammate from 2006, it really broke me up inside too," said Page, who has now medaled in seven consecutive events at the World Championships dating back to 2006. "You really feel the emotions when you are part of a team. It was an awesome day."

Team USA defeated Norway, 1,039-984, in a mistake-filled semifinal. The U.S. missed four single-pin spare conversions, while Norway had nine open frames. Korea defeated Finland, 1,136-1,035, in the other semifinal - leaving Norway and Finland with the bronze medal.

Korea led the six-game preliminaries with 6,571 by posting a blistering record-setting 3,561 over three games on the short oil pattern Wednesday - destroying the previous mark of 3,353 set by Malaysia in 2006. Team USA qualified second at 6,419, also by breaking the previous record with 3,409 - including 1,194 to start and 1,192 to finish.

In all-events, Page is currently second after 18 of 24 games with 4,033 (224.1 avg.), trailing leader Choi Bok-Eum of Korea by five pins. Norway's Tore Torgersen is third with 3,996, while Allen is fourth with 3,972.

Jones is 17th with 3,866 - trailing 16th place by two pins - in the all-events standings, from which the top 16 after 24 games will advance to the best-of-five, single-elimination Masters event.

The 2008 Men's World Championships marks the much anticipated first appearance of professionals in major WTBA competition thanks to a change in legislation last August.

Singles competition begins Thursday with six preliminary games on the short oil pattern spread out over five squads and two days. Williams and Allen will bowl the first squad at 9 a.m. local time (10 p.m. EDT Wednesday), while Page and Hoffman will compete in Thursday's final squad at 6 p.m. (7 a.m. EDT). Barnes and Jones will bowl in Squad 4, scheduled for 9 a.m. Friday (10 p.m. EDT Thursday).

The top four individuals after five squads will advance to the semifinals, scheduled for Friday at 6 p.m. local time (8 a.m. EDT), with the winners advancing to the finals immediately following. The semifinal losers will each earn bronze.

The Men's World Championships, which is being held at SF Strike Bowl Ngamwonwan and continues through Saturday, features more than 300 athletes from 57 countries competing in six disciplines - doubles, trios, team, singles, all-events and Masters.

Visit bowl.com for complete coverage of the 2008 WTBA Men's World Championships, including videos, photos, stories, results and blogs.


 

2008/08/25

 【PBA】 PBA News

TEAM USA WIN BRONZE

Team USA captures bronze in Trios competition at World Championships.

With the possibility of an all-American final, Team USA settled for a pair of bronze medals in trios competition Monday at the 2008 World Tenpin Bowling Association Men's World Championships.

Patrick Allen of Wesley Chapel, Fla., Rhino Page of Topeka, Kan., and Bill Hoffman of Columbus, Ohio - seeded second after preliminaries - lost a heartbreaker to Japan's Toshihiko Takahashi, Shota Kawazoe and Tomokatsu Yamashita, 615-614.

In the first semifinal, top seed Choi Bok-Eum, Choi Ki-Bong and Kim Tae-Young of Korea remained hot on the short oil pattern in defeating Walter Ray Williams Jr. of Ocala, Fla., Chris Barnes of Double Oak, Texas, and Tommy Jones of Simpsonville, S.C., 673-603, en route to the gold medal.

Korea defeated Japan, 723-553, for its second straight trios gold medal at the Men's World Championships.

Allen, Page and Hoffman started strong in their match, with Allen striking on five of his first six shots and Page on four of his first five. However, Hoffman only struck twice and opened in the final two frames, failing to convert on a 2-4-10 split in the 10th.

"We started off pretty well, but caught a little transition in the middle of the game and the ball started to do some sporadic things down the lane," said Page, who struck out in the 10th frame for a 222 to force Yamashita to convert a 1-2-8 spare on his final ball for the victory. "Hoff just didn't have a very good look on that pair.
"We gave them a good scare toward the end. Japan bowled really well and got us by a stick. That happens sometimes."

Allen led the trio with 223, while Hoffman finished with 169.

Like their Team USA brethren, Williams, Barnes and Jones - who had the front five strikes - started strong and led Korea by as many as 35 early in their semifinal. Korea, however, took over as Kim closed with seven consecutive strikes while Team USA struggled to string strikes together.

"We probably were the underdogs going in. Everybody beat us by at least 100 on the short," said Barnes, who had 194 in the semifinal. "Walter struggled on the short the whole time, which I know is hard to fathom. We didn't have great ball reaction and we haven't matched up on these patterns. We grinded our way through to qualify (for a medal), though."

Jones led the squad with 221, while Williams - who converted on two of three consecutive splits - had 188.

Earlier Monday in preliminaries, Allen, Page and Hoffman took the lead after the morning session - finishing their six-game total with 3,826 on the strength of 2,021 in three games on the short oil pattern.

Williams, Barnes and Jones moved into third place after the second squad with 3,787 - shooting 1,947 in the final three games. Japan moved into third on the final squad, finishing with 3,805.

Korea took the top spot with 3,833 on the strength of a dominating 2,109 set in the second squad. Kim converted on a 4-7-9 split in the 10th frame and struck on his fill ball to push the Koreans past Allen, Page and Hoffman.

In all-events, Page is currently second after 12 of 24 games with 2,740 (228.33 avg.), trailing Mexico's Alejandro Cruz by seven pins. The United Arab Emirates' Mahmood Ahmad Al Attar is third with 2,734, while Allen is fourth with 2,697.

Jones is 16th with 2,626 in the all-events standings, from which the top 16 after 24 games will advance to the best-of-five, single-elimination Masters event.

The 2008 Men's World Championships marks the much anticipated first appearance of professionals in major WTBA competition thanks to a change in legislation last August.

Team competition begins Tuesday with the first three of six preliminary games. Williams, Barnes, Allen, Jones and Hoffman will form the U.S. squad competing on the long oil pattern with Page pacing for his all-events total in Squad 1 at 9 a.m. local time (10 p.m. EDT Monday).

The Men's World Championships, which is being held at SF Strike Bowl Ngamwonwan and continues through Saturday, features more than 300 athletes from 57 countries competing in six disciplines - doubles, trios, team, singles, all-events and Masters.

Visit bowl.com for complete coverage of the 2008 WTBA Men's World Championships, including videos, photos, stories, results and blogs.


 

2008/08/24

プロボウラー人生において3回しか参加資格のない男子新人戦、毎年ドラマを生み出すこの大会で、今年は昨年プロ入りの46期生・棚橋孝太が優勝。初タイトルを獲得しました!
32位と4ピン差で一旦は予選落ちとなった棚橋でしたが、27位の中山選手が辞退した為、繰り上がりで準決勝進出。このラッキーチャンスをしっかりと握りしめ、準決勝では怒濤の追い上げを見せ7位で決勝ラウンドロビン進出を決めます。
さらに決勝ラウンドロビンでエンジンを全開にした棚橋、1G目でいきなり289ピンのビッグゲームを叩き出して暫定2位につくと、予選から首位を走り続ける津島健次をぴったりマークし、5G目で津島が喜納直樹を相手にゲームを落としたことからついに首位を奪い取ることに成功。
そして最後のポジションマッチでは、棚橋がラウンドロビン中唯一勝てなかった同期の岩切稔純との対戦となりましたが、100ポイントの差をつけて臨んだ棚橋が246ピンの好スコアで岩切を突き放し、今年が新人戦最後のチャンスだった津島の追い上げももはや届かず。
ラッキーから予選通過の切符を手にした棚橋、初優勝・初タイトルは見事に自力で勝ち取りました!

準決勝次点繰り上がりの棚橋が準決勝・決勝と大きくスコアを伸ばし最後のポジションマッチも246対205で岩切を振り切り見事優勝を飾った!棚橋の所属する国分寺パークレーンは今年10月末が閉鎖予定で最後に素晴らしい恩返しをする事が出来た。

 

45期のトップ合格でレギュラーツアーでも活躍の津島健次が首位を守りトップで決勝ラウンドロビンへ!そして準決勝3G目惜しくもパーフェクトを逃した(296)菊池正義が4位、準決勝トップのスコアで31位から一気に上がった47期で只一人ラウンドロビン進出の細井康司が5位、そして次点繰り上がりで33位から猛チャージを見せた棚橋孝太が7位で進出を果たした。


 

2008/08/23
 

津島健次

45期のトップ合格者津島健次が新人戦ラストチャンスで優勝を目指しトップで準決勝へ!

 

 【PBA】 PBA News

ALLEN AND PAGE WIN GOLD

Patrick Allen and Rhino Page win gold in men's doubles at the Men's Championships.

Team USA's Patrick Allen of Wesley Chapel, Fla., and Rhino Page of Topeka, Kan., each struck out in the 10th frame to cap an amazing rally and defeat Sweden's Tomas Leandersson and Martin Larsen, 457-452, for the doubles gold medal Saturday at the 2008 World Tenpin Bowling Association Men's World Championships.

Down by 29 pins entering the final frame of the championship match, left-handers Allen and Page - the top seed after posting a six-game total of 2,857 in preliminaries Friday - each capitalized on openings provided by the Swedes.

Allen struck first to open the 10th and followed with two more, while Leandersson spared on a 10 pin and only managed seven on his fill ball - providing the Americans more life in a game they trailed throughout until the final moments.

"I knew we had a chance if we could double and keep them honest," said Allen, a nine-year professional who is making his Team USA debut at the World Championships. "After Tomas left the 10 pin, I knew if I got the second one it would get really interesting. Fortunately, I made a good shot and gave us a chance, and Rhino did what he needed to do."

After Page and Larsen traded strikes on their first balls in the 10th, Page delivered with another to force Larsen to strike and the victory for Sweden. Larsen, instead, left a solid 4 pin - allowing Page to deliver with his final shot to clinch the gold.

"I had a good reaction on that left lane. 'Just trust yourself,' that's what I was telling myself," said Page, who has medaled in five consecutive events at the World Championships dating back to 2006. "P.A. stepped it up. Without those big shots he made, I don't even have a chance to help us out. I just rode my horse and I'm really happy to have another gold medal."

Allen shot 238 and Page had 219 in the finals, while Leandersson had 242 and Larsen had 210.

The victory by Allen and Page snaps the doubles dominance at the World Championships for Sweden, which had won four consecutive doubles gold medals at the World Championships dating back to 1995. Patrick Healey Jr. and Steve Kloempken were the last Americans to take doubles gold, winning at the 1991 World Championships.

Allen and Page advanced to the finals by defeating Norway's Mads Sandbakken and Tore Torgersen, 453-399, in the semifinals. Leandersson and Larsen got past Finland's Petteri Salonen and Pasi Uotila, 467-463, in the other semifinal.

The 2008 Men's World Championships marks the much anticipated first appearance of professionals in major WTBA competition thanks to a change in legislation last August.

Earlier Saturday, Team USA's Tommy Jones of Simpsonville, S.C., and Bill Hoffman of Columbus, Ohio, led the six-game morning preliminary session with 2,648 and finished 12th overall. After 472 in Game 2 and 467 in Game 3, they slumped with 392 and 412 in the next two games to take them out of contention.

ones shot 1,346 (224.30 avg.), while Hoffman had 1,302 (217.00 avg.).
Walter Ray Williams Jr. of Ocala, Fla., and Chris Barnes of Double Oak, Texas, finished in 34th place after posting 2,551 in the first squad Friday.

Trios competition begins Sunday with the first three of six preliminary games. Allen, Page and Hoffman will form one team and compete in Squad 2 at 12:30 p.m. (1:30 a.m. EDT), while Williams, Barnes and Jones take to the lanes together in Squad 3 at 4 p.m. (5 a.m. EDT).

The top four preliminaries scores after six games advance to the one-game semifinals Monday evening, with the winners meeting in the one-game gold medal match immediately following. The semifinal losers will each receive bronze medals.

The Men's World Championships, which is being held at SF Strike Bowl Ngamwonwan and continues through Aug. 30, features more than 300 athletes from 57 countries competing in six disciplines - doubles, trios, team, singles, all-events and Masters.

Visit bowl.com for complete coverage of the 2008 WTBA Men's World Championships, including videos, photos, stories, results and blogs.


 

2008/08/12

BRAZEAU WINS NAILBITER

Brian Brazeau overcame a 23 pin deficit to defeat Wayne Webb 245-244 in Tuesday's championship match to win the PBA Senior Decatur Open.

Webb built a quick lead after striking in four of his first five frames while Brazeau of Ocala, Fla., started with four spares. Webb also struck in the sixth frame but during his celebration, he strained his calf muscle.

Webb of Sacramento, Calif., did his best to stay in the game, but the pain began to get to him and Brazeau began to take command. Brazeau struck in the fifth-ninth frames.

In the tenth, Webb struck twice and had a 9 count spare. In order to win, Brazeau needed to strike and get at least an 8-count spare, which is exactly what he did.

"Wayne just got out to a pretty big lead and in the first couple frames I didn't throw the ball well because of nerves," Brazeau said. "Wayne hurt himself in the sixth, but still managed to throw some strikes. He struck in the 10th, and I knew what I had to do. It's very exciting, very overwhelming for me."

In his first match, Brazeau defeated Tom Baker of King, N.C., in three games in the best-of-five match, and then went on to defeat Tom Carter of Rockford, Ill., in three, in the best-of-three match. Brazeau then dispatched of Steve Ferraro of Kingston, N.Y. in the single-elimination game, 203-181, placing him in the championship match against Webb.

"My only strategy was to stay focused and relaxed ... when you're bowling a Hall of Famer and Champion like Wayne Webb, you need to throw a lot of strikes," Brazeau said.

The PBA Senior Decatur Open concludes the 2008 PBA Senior Tour season.


 

2008/08/07

WILLIAMS WINS 1ST CAREER SENIOR EVENT

Williams wins first career PBA Senior title

Mark Williams is no stranger to winning. The PBA Hall of Famer won seven PBA Tour titles and is one of only 31 players to surpass the $1 million mark in career earnings on the PBA Tour.

However, Williams added a new feat to his resume, by winning his first career PBA Senior Tour event on Thursday night. Williams of Beaumont, Texas, defeated Dale Traber of Cedarburg, Wis. in the championship match 249-234 to claim the PBA Senior Lake County Indiana Open title.

"I felt pretty good throughout the tournament even though I didn't make it into town until the second day, didn't have as much practice," Williams said. "On Tuesday I didn't bowl so well, I even had a 195 game, but Wednesday rolled around and I bowled a lot better. I had a nice block on Wednesday and was able to move up from 25th up to the sixth spot. With the scores as high as they were, the lanes were very playable. I had a good tournament at the U.S. Open (finished sixth) so I was confident coming in here although this is only the fifth event I've competed in."

In his first match, Williams defeated Tim Kauble of Marion Ohio, in five games, and then went on to defeat Kenny Parks of East Chicago, Ind., in three, in the best-of-three match. Williams then dispatched of Brian Brazeau of Ocala, Fla. in the single-elimination game, 279-215, placing him in the championship match against Traber.

"It was nice to get the two byes, but you never know if you're going to be able to win all four games, so it's great to come out on top," Williams said.

The 2008 PBA Senior Tour concludes next week with the PBA Senior Decatur Open in Decatur, Ill.


 

2008/08/06

History made in championship round at U.S. Women's Open

Kim Terrell-Kearney

In the first matchup of black athletes for a professional title in the history of bowling, Kim Terrell-Kearney of Dover, Del., defeated Trisha Reid of Columbus, Ohio, 216-189, Wednesday night to win the 2008 U.S. Women's Open, a United States Bowling Congress event.

Terrell-Kearney built an early lead and held on to win her second U.S. Women's Open and her third career major title. She earned $25,000 for the victory, which will be featured on a tape-delayed basis by ESPN for five consecutive weeks at 1 p.m. Eastern beginning Sept. 7.

Only a handful of black women, including Terrell-Kearney, and one black male have won professional bowling titles. Although she wasn't sure, Terrell-Kearney had a hunch history was being made Wednesday night at Brunswick Zone XL.

"I had a feeling it was the first time something like this had happened," said Terrell-Kearney, who is the head women's bowling coach at historically black college Delaware State. "I've had footsteps to follow in, and hopefully I'm providing inspiration for other African Americans out there to pursue their goals in bowling."

In the championship match, Terrell-Kearney struck on four of her first five shots to take a 24-pin lead at the halfway point, while Reid mustered just three strikes in the entire game.

"It's been a great week, and it's really satisfying to reach my goal of 10 career titles," Terrell-Kearney said. "Winning the Open is the pinnacle of most bowlers' careers and to win it twice is amazing."

Terrell-Kearney narrowly advanced to the championship match with a 216-202 victory over USBC Hall of Famer Carolyn Dorin-Ballard of North Richland Hills, Texas. In the dramatic finish, Dorin-Ballard missed a 10 pin in the final frame to open the door for Terrell-Kearney, who earlier in the match missed a 10 pin of her own.

"I knew I couldn't make mistakes against Carolyn, and I feared that miss would cost me even though it happened early in the match," said Terrell-Kearney, who struck on her first ball in the final frame to advance. "It took me a minute to regain my composure after that, but thankfully I did. I was just hoping for an opportunity in the 10th frame and it happened."

Reid moved into the final by defeating Malaysia's Shalin Zulkifli, 237-180, in the other semifinal. Reid pulled ahead after Zulkifli left the 2-4-10 split in the fourth frame and a pocket 7-10 split in the sixth frame.

"It feels great, just awesome, and I'm still overwhelmed," said Reid, who was one of 12 bowlers to earn spots in the PBA Women's Series through qualifying at the U.S. Women's Open this week. "Even though I finished second, I still feel like I won. I really came here to make the top 12 for the Women's Series and everything after that was icing on the cake."

All of the Round of 16, quarterfinals, semifinals and championship match will be televised on a tape-delayed basis by ESPN. The telecasts begin Sept. 7 at 1 p.m. and continue for five consecutive weeks.


 

2008/08/04

SWEET SIXTEEN

Nation is one of eight veterans returning to the PBA Women's Series. Photo courtesy USBC

The PBA Women's Series Tour Trials qualifying culminated on Monday at the 2008 U.S. Women's Open, and produced one of the youngest field of PBA Women's Series bowlers ever.

Four of the 12 bowlers vying for a spot on the Tour are rookies who will be joining the four veterans and four players Carolyn Dorin-Ballard, Joy Esterson, Shannon Pluhowsky and Diandra Asbaty who earned exemptions based on their championship victories last season.

In addition to the U.S. Women's Open, 50 participants elected to pay a separate entry fee and use their U.S. Women's Open qualifying scores in the PBA Women's Tour Trials. The top 12 players who entered advanced to the PBA Women's Series, which will feature seven events conducted alongside Denny's PBA Tour stops this season.

PBA Women's Series players for the 2008-09 season will include: Dorin-Ballard, Esterson, Pluhowsky, Asbaty, Trisha Reid, Brenda Mack, Shalin Zulkifil, Stefanie Nation, Clara Guerrero, Michelle Feldman, Tennelle Milligan, Jodi Woessner, Jen Petrick, Adrienne Miller, Shannon O'Keefe and Missy Bellinder.

Rookie and sole left-hander in today's field, Trisha Reid of Columbus, Ohio, led the points race for the PBA Women's Series Tour Trials. She also finished second in U.S. Women's Open Qualifying.

This is my first year bowling both the Women's Series and U.S. Open so I'm really excited," Reid said. "I knew I had a good chance of making the top 12 (of PBA Tour Trials), but I didn't think I would lead it. At one point, I shot a 250, then I had a second 250, and I realized I'm really going to make it."

Tested by four tough lane conditions over four days, the field for the ESPN-televised Round of 16 was also determined Monday at the 2008 U.S. Women's Open, a United States Bowling Congress event.

Dorin-Ballard held onto the top qualifier spot after 32 games with 6,963, an average of 217.59, and leads the field of 16 players who advanced. Dorin-Ballard led for the third consecutive day at Brunswick Zone XL.

"Up until today, I hadn't missed an easy spare, and I missed four in my first four games today," Dorin-Ballard said. "To not miss any spares for three days is huge, and that was really the big difference for me."

The final 16 players will be placed into a one-game, single-elimination bracket, and all remaining rounds will be televised by ESPN for five consecutive Sundays beginning Sept. 7 at 1 p.m. Eastern.

Dorin-Ballard was joined at the top of the leader board by Reid who finished second with 6,840. Kristal Wilson of Lawrence, Kan., was third with 6,785, while Asbaty of Chicago was fourth with 6,780.

Other players advancing to the quarterfinals were: No. 5 seed Mack of Indianapolis; No. 6 Zulkifli of Malaysia; No. 7 Nation of Miami; No. 8 Guerrero of Colombia; No. 9 Amanda Burgoyne of Greenfield, Wis.; No. 10 Feldman of Skaneateles, N.Y.; No. 11 Milligan of Costa Mesa, Calif.; No. 12 Kim Terrell of Dover, Del.; No. 13 Maxine Nable of Australia; No. 14 Woessner of Oregon, Ohio; No. 15 Petrick of Canton, Ohio; No. 16 Miller of Albuquerque, N.M.

"The talent out here this year is one of the best pools of talent I have seen in years at a women's event," Dorin-Ballard said. "Players are getting better coaching, competing collegiately and there are more opportunities to bowl in PBA Experience leagues on the patterns we faced this week. People aren't just throwing the ball down the lane anymore, they are learning how to bowl. That makes a huge difference."

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


 

2008/08/03

男女プロが力を合わせて戦う夏の大祭・全日本ミックスダブルスに、今年も日本中からプロアマ総勢252組が参戦し、熾烈な戦いを繰り広げました。
最終日の本日はまず準決勝が行われ、アマチュアチーム2組を含む上位24組が決勝トーナメントへ進出。チーム合計スコアで勝敗を決める一・二回戦では、予選・準決勝で首位を独走していたディフェンディングチャンピオンの柴田・三池チームや、地元愛知の人気チーム、谷川・斉藤チームがアマチュアチームに敗れるなど波乱の展開に。
その後、男女交互に投球を行う1G勝負のスカッチダブルス戦となる三回戦を清水弘子・石原章夫チーム、中谷優子・矢島純一チームなどの強豪チーム、さらにディフェンディングチャンピオンを倒した佐藤まさみ選手・沖村孝選手のベストドレッサーチーム、そして4組中唯一の夫婦チームである小山幸恵・小山雅之チームの4組が勝ち抜き、準決勝へ進出。
準決勝第一試合は優勝候補の大本命だった清水・石原チームをまたしても佐藤・沖村のアマチュアチームが撃破。第二試合では中谷・矢島の実力派チームが小山チームの夫婦の結束力の前に敗れ、ミックスダブルス初のアマチュアチーム優勝か、それとも10年振りの夫婦チーム優勝かという見応えある優勝決定戦に。
ここまで好調だった佐藤・沖村チームは、優勝決定戦では中盤なかなかストライクが決まらず、さらに5フレ目で手痛いスプリット。これをオープンフレームにしてしまったことが最後まで響き、189ピンで終了。対して小山チームはお互いを確実にカバーし、安定したボウリングでリードを保ちミックスダブルス 10年振りの夫婦優勝を成し遂げました!

 

  

柴田知美

三池丹揮

MACK TRUCKS HER WAY THROUGH TO THE LEAD

Brenda Mack takes over PBA Womens Series Tour Trials lead. Photo courtesy USBC.

Following a successful Sunday on the Shark lane condition at the 2008 U.S. Women's Open, Brenda Mack overtook Stefanie Nation for the lead in the PBA Women's Tour Trials.Mack and Nation are among a field of 50 players who elected to pay a separate entry fee and use their U.S. Women's Open qualifying scores in the PBA Women's Tour Trials.

The top 12 players after 32 games advance to the PBA Women's Series, which will feature seven events conducted alongside Denny's PBA Tour stops this season. Dorin-Ballard, Diandra Asbaty, Shannon Pluhowsky and Joy Esterson all earned automatic spots in the PBA Women's Series with their victories in last season's events.

Mack also moved into second place in the U.S. Women's Open competition following an eight-game total of 1,739 on Sunday.

"I've put in a lot more preparation for this event than I have in the past," Mack said. "I've bowled a lot more practice games going into this. It's hard, though, because now that I had a baby girl, I don't bowl as much. I only bowl a couple tournaments a year now, but I feel really good about my game."

United States Bowling Congress Hall of Famer Carolyn Dorin-Ballard of North Richland Hills, Texas, maintained her lead after three rounds of qualifying at the 2008 U.S. Women's Open, a USBC event.

Dorin-Ballard, whose best finish at the U.S. Women's Open was second in 2003, has totaled 5,255 over 24 games, an average of 218.96, and leads the field of 186 of the best female bowlers in the world by more than 100 pins at Brunswick Zone XL. Brenda Mack of Indianapolis is second with 5,146.

"My husband always gives me a hard time about not winning this event," said Dorin-Ballard, whose husband, Del, has 12 Professional Bowlers Association titles. "He always says, 'I can't believe you have 20 titles and haven't won a U.S. Open. That would be the cornerstone of your career.' He can say that, though, because he's won the men's title twice."

Dorin-Ballard said her goal coming into this week was simple - she just wanted to secure a spot among the top 16 who advance to the televised Round of 16.

"I just always want to bowl well no matter how far ahead I am because you never know what will happen," Dorin-Ballard said. "I just want to make it to TV, because if I make TV, I've put myself in position to win the tournament."

Left-hander Trisha Reid of Columbus, Ohio, had the high score Sunday with 1,834, an average of 229.25. Her 24-game total of 5,100 places her in fourth place, 45 pins behind Kristal Wilson of Lawrence, Kan.

Competition continues Monday with the last of four eight-game qualifying rounds. After 32 games, the field will be cut to the top 16 for Tuesday and Wednesday's televised Round of 16 and quarterfinals. The final four players will then compete in the championship round Wednesday night. All five telecasts will be taped for broadcast on ESPN for five consecutive Sundays beginning Sept. 7.

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


 

2008/08/02

ディフェンディングチャンピオンの柴田&三池チームが2連覇を目指しトップで準決勝へ進出!そして2位に実力者ペアの中谷&矢島チームが進出。

NATION CONTINUES TO LEAD PBA WOMEN'S SERIES TOUR TRIALS

Nation continues to lead PBA Tour Trials after day two. Photo courtesy USBC.

After two strong days at the 2008 U.S. Women's Open, Stefanie Nation of Miami, Fla. continues to lead the PBA Women's Series Tour Trials.

Nation leads the field of 50 players who elected to pay a separate entry fee and use their U.S. Women's Open qualifying scores in the PBA Women's Tour Trials. The top 12 players after 32 games advance to the PBA Women's Series, which will feature seven events conducted alongside Denny's PBA Tour stops this season. Carolyn Dorin-Ballard, Diandra Asbaty, Shannon Pluhowsky and Joy Esterson all earned automatic spots in the PBA Women's Series with their victories in last season's events.

For updated PBA Women's Series Tour Trials standings, visit: http://www.pba.com/livescoring/qual_results.aspx?RoundID=1066

Dorin-Ballard of North Richland Hills, Texas overtook Nation in the U.S. Women's Open competition, a United States Bowling Congress event.

By dissecting each day's lane condition swiftly, Dorin-Ballard moved into the overall lead against a field of 186 of the best female bowlers in the world after Round 2 of qualifying, finishing with a 16-game total of 3,502, an average of 218.88, at Brunswick Zone XL.

Dorin-Ballard fired 1,742 for eight games Saturday on the Scorpion lane condition, which was preceded by Friday's total of 1,760 on the Viper pattern.

"I've been able to get lined up early each day and off of that, I've been able to make the right ball choices," Dorin-Ballard said. "That's pretty crucial. I've been trying to make subtle adjustments because if you make too big of a move on these patterns it can exaggerate things."

Dorin-Ballard is ahead of first-round leader Stefanie Nation of Miami, who is second at 3,478. Jen Petrick of Canton, Ohio, is third with 3,437, while Shannon Pluhowsky of Phoenix is fourth at 3,433.

"It's nice to get off to a good start, but there are two more days and some patterns will favor other people," Dorin-Ballard said. "Hopefully I'm able to continue to throw it well and my carry will continue to be as good as it has been."

Kristal Wilson of Lawrence, Kan., who finished third at the USBC Queens in 2007, had the high eight-game total of the day with 1,838, an average of nearly 230 per game. Wilson sits in fifth place overall with 3,432.

Competition continues Sunday with the third of four eight-game qualifying rounds. After 32 games, the field will be cut to the top 16 for Tuesday and Wednesday's televised Round of 16 and quarterfinals. The final four players will then compete in the championship round Wednesday night. All five telecasts will be taped for broadcast on ESPN for five consecutive Sundays beginning Sept. 7.

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


 

2008/08/01

地元東海コンビの谷川&斉藤チームが期待に応えトップ通過、2位に最年長コンビの高林&西田チーム、3位に「KIRIN CUP」初優勝で勢いに乗る松井&保倉チームが進出した。

 

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

NATION LEADS PBA WOMEN'S TOUR TRIALS

Stefanie Nation enjoys successful day one at Women's U.S. Open and PBA Tour Trials

Relying on her experience and trusting her instincts, Stefanie Nation of Miami dominated the opening round Friday at the 2008 U.S. Women's Open, a United States Bowling Congress event.

Nation also leads the field of 50 players who elected to pay a separate entry fee and use their U.S. Women's Open qualifying scores in the PBA Women's Tour Trials. The top 12 players after 32 games advance to the PBA Women's Series, which will feature seven events conducted alongside Denny's PBA Tour stops this season.

For PBA Women's Tour Trial standings, visit http://www.pba.com/livescoring/qual_results.aspx?RoundID=1067.

Nation totaled 1,821 for eight games, an average of 227.63, on the Viper lane condition to lead a field of 186 of the best women bowlers in the world at Brunswick Zone XL. Carolyn Dorin-Ballard of North Richland Hills, Texas, is second at 1,760.

"Last year on this pattern, I remembered I chased the shot right, so I wanted to make sure I paid attention to my ball reaction and make the same adjustments off of that," Nation said. "I noticed a lot of people playing in, but I've never had a good look doing that on this pattern."

Nation, a Team USA member since 2005, had games of 227, 166, 260, 200, 258, 238, 235 and 237 and took the lead after the opening day of the U.S. Women's Open for the second consecutive year.

"This is definitely my best pattern back home and it has always been my highest scoring pattern," Nation said. "But I came in with an open mind and didn't want to think about what I've done in the past on this pattern."

Leading Dorin-Ballard by just 10 pins heading into the last game to determine the daily squad leader, Nation easily pulled ahead with her 237 game as Dorin-Ballard closed with 186.

Dorin-Ballard made a push to the top of the leaderboard with 270 in Game 6, which was followed by 244 in Game 7. Those two games pushed her past Shannon Pluhowsky of Phoenix, who led the day's opening squad with 1,730.

"I was a little apprehensive coming into this week because the middle finger on my left hand has been giving me some trouble," Pluhowsky said. "I took two weeks off leading up to this tournament to give it some time to heal. It bothered me a little bit bowling today but it wasn't as bad as it has been."

Junior Team USA member Ricki Williams of Wichita, Kan., and Brenda Mack of Indianapolis are tied for fourth with 1,727. Malaysia's Shalin Zulkifli is sixth at 1,726.

Competition continues Saturday with the second of four eight-game qualifying rounds. After 32 games, the field will be cut to the top 16 for Tuesday and Wednesday's televised Round of 16 and quarterfinals. The final four players will then compete in the championship round Wednesday night. All five telecasts will be taped for broadcast on ESPN for five consecutive Sundays beginning Sept. 7.

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


 

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