【PBA】 Pepsi Viper Championship 【Round of 16】


Chris Loschetter finished atop men's field in Friday's match play in Omaha.

Chris Loschetter of Avon, Ohio and Michelle Feldman of Auburn, NY finished atop their respective fields in Friday's match play at the Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour Pepsi Viper Championship at Thunder Alley in which the top 32 men and top 10 women competed for a spot in the finals.

Loschetter, who competed for the University of Nebraska 1999-2001, went 12-6 in match play Friday to earn the top seed for Sunday's final round.

"It's pretty special," Loschetter said of his results. "I've never been in that position before. We did a lot of match play last year and now we're doing some different formats, so I never had to bowl only one game to win my first title. So it's exciting. I'll be excited tomorrow but then Sunday I'll get back to business."

The right-hander is coming off his best career season, ranked eighth in the 2007-08 PBA World Point Rankings. He credits his final position to the strategy he developed while competing.

"I stayed a little farther right tonight and a lot of the guys burned up the middle of the lane and it forces you, in a way, inside the sixth arrow and I decided to stay away from that and it helped a lot," Loschetter said.

For Sunday's finals, however, he said it's too early to predict a plan of attack.

"There's a lot of elements involved in TV and you never know what's going to happen," Loschetter said. "You can be playing really far right or really far left. It depends on what other players do and the TV lights have a big effect so you kind of have to do that at that moment and decide what you want to do."

Veteran bowler Walter Ray Williams, Jr. or Ocala, Fla. earned the number two seed. Brad Angelo, of Lockport, N.Y. took the third spot. In a miraculous comeback, Wes Malott, of Argyle, Texas was tied for seventh with one game remaining and shot 268 to catapult from seventh to fourth place and claim the last spot for Sunday's finals.

"I was obviously very frustrated, I felt like I bowled OK but wasn't catching the breaks," Malott said.

"When the last game came around I felt like I lost all momentum and was kind of down but it actually kind of helped me relax. Halfway through the game I had a spare, a three-bagger, a spare and a strike. I was on the other side of the house and a couple guys came over and told me to keep it going. I got lucky late in the game. It's pretty unbelievable. I have no clue how it (making the final) happened."

In the Women's Series, sponsored by the U.S. Bowling Congress (USBC), Feldman and Stefanie Nation of Miami finished No. 1 and 2, respectively, to earn spots in Sunday's live ESPN finals. Feldman finished 7-2-0 in match play with 5,208 pins and Nation also finished at 7-2-0 with a score of 5,079.

"Actually I was surprised I did as well as I did," Feldman said. "Yesterday, bowling across from the men is easier for me because I kind of go with them. Not that I didn't bowl well today, but I'm a little more left than the women and it's a lot easier."

"It's indescribable, it's overwhelming," Nation said. "I really can't put in into words. I definitely had to work hard today to get there. I'm excited. I've always wanted to be on the professional women's tour. It didn't really exist when I thought I could get there. I just want to make the best of it and bring home the title."



 【PBA】 Pepsi Viper Championship 【Round of 64 - Block 2】


Pluhowsky tops women's field in Thursday's Round of 16 in Omaha.

Wes Malott of Argyle, Tex. and Shannon Pluhowsky of Phoenix, Ariz. finished atop their respective fields in Thursday's Qualifying at the Pepsi Viper Championship at Thunder Alley in which the top 32 men and top 10 women advanced to Friday's match play.

Malott, who ended the first block of qualifying in seventh, was able to remain consistent in his second block with scores of 213, 241, 258, 221, 248, 255 and 236 to finish with a score of 3261, averaging 232.93 over the 14-games. He bested No. 2 and All-Time PBA Title leader Walter Ray Williams Jr. of Ocala, Fla. by 81 pins.

"After last week, I had a fairly poor performance ... I have somewhat of a history of lower back pain and I wasn't able to perform to the best of my ability," Malott said. "But this week I feel really good. I also was able to work out some timing issues in my swing and kind of came together with the right ball choices as always."

"Tomorrow is match play, I'll be crossing pairs and I don't have to worry about breaking pairs down," Malott added. "I've been working with my ball rep on some strategies for tomorrow in case the pattern starts to flatten out."

Pluhowsky, one of only two lefties in the Women's Series field, moved from third after the first block to finish as the leader, with a 14-game total score of 3032. Pluhowsky averaged 216.57, and led second-place Michelle Feldman of Auburn, N.Y. by 29 pins.

"I bowled pretty well on this pattern (Viper) at the Women's U.S. Open so I tried to take what I did there and use it here," Pluhowsky said. "But obviously bowling with all the guys makes it a little different. I'll pretty much have the same game plan tomorrow. It's not easy to throw a lot of strikes, so you have to make spares when possible."

Former Husker Michael Machuga finished third on the day and had a 300 during his first block. Mitch Beasley, who just missed the cut in 34th, also had a 300 in the first block.

Ted Baer, owner of Thunder Alley, received a Commissioner's exemption to compete in today's field as a result of bidding on an exempt spot in an auction to benefit Bowl for the Cure. Baer finished 61st with 2,650 pins.


 【PBA】 Pepsi Viper Championship 【Round of 64 - Block 1】


Former Husker Michael Machuga leads Block 1 of Qualifying on Thursday.

Former Husker Michael Machuga is off to a successful start as he led the Pepsi Viper Championship first block of Round of 64 qualifying on Thursday at Thunder Alley. He finished his seven game block with 1695 pins, including a 300 in game five.

Ryan Shafer of Horseheads, N.Y. was close behind with a score of 1646 followed by Dave D'Entremont at 1632.

Mitch Beasley of Puyallup, Wash, who is currently sitting in 16th, also shot a 300 in his game six.

In the Women's Series Round of 16, Michelle Feldman of Auburn. N.Y. currently leads the field with a score of 1526. However, Joy Esterson if Annapolis, Md. And Shannon Pluhowsky of Phoenix, Ariz. Are right behind with scores of 1523 and 1522, respectively.



 【JPBA】 中日杯 東海女子オープンボウリングトーナメント 【TV決勝】



中日杯2008東海女子オープン 清水弘子、今季3度目のV!

吉田は1投目ストライク、優勝のかかった2投目は残念ながら4・9番を残すスプリットとなった瞬間、清水の勝利が確定。勝利の女神は清水に微笑み、今季 3度目の優勝を東海で飾りました!


× 吉田真由美 216 - 223 ○ 清水弘子



× 谷川章子 221 - 279 ○ 清水弘子



○ 清水弘子 268 - 247 × 松永裕美



 【JPBA】 中日杯 東海女子オープンボウリングトーナメント 【ラウンドロビン】



ポジションマッチを82ポイント差をつけて対戦した1位谷川章子対2位吉田真由美の戦いは、168-220 で吉田が勝ち、両者同ポイント(1081P)で総トータルピン上位の吉田がトトップシードでTV決勝へ!ママになっての初優勝を目指す。大会初の2連覇を狙う谷川が2位、そしてスタートから8G目までトップを走っていた2年連続3冠王の清水弘子が3位、念願の初優勝を飾りたい松永裕美(今季準優勝2回・3位1回)が4位で進出を果たした。








Norm Duke celebrates after his historic victory at the PBA World Championship in Wichita, Kan.

Norm Duke became the first player in PBA history to win three consecutive Majors as he captured the PBA World Championship at Northrock Lanes in Wichita, Kan., which marks the first event of the 50th Anniversary Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour season. Prior to today's win over 2007-08 PBA Player of the Year Chris Barnes of Double Oak, Tex. (259-189), Duke had won the 2007-08 Denny's World Championship and the U.S. Open.

"That (making history) hasn't hit me," Duke said. "I was focused on winning the World Championship. When I heard that, it kind of choked me up. It's a dream and I want to thank my family for standing by me the whole time."

Duke, of Clermont, Fla., started with the first seven strikes in the championship match, leaving a 10-pin in the eighth frame. Duke shot 259, claiming the title, along with a two-year exemption and $50,000. Meanwhile, Barnes looked shaky as he opened two of the first five frames, never recovering, shooting 189 in the title match.

"The guys are getting real good at being able to all play all parts of the lane. Chris (Barnes) is exceptional playing in and out," Duke said. "He did a good job of being able to leapfrog between the two. I was fortunate. I was the one who got the strikes."

Duke now holds 30 total PBA career titles, with six Major wins lifetime. Today marked his 100th singles television appearance. He advanced to today's final by defeating Wichita resident Sean Rash 236-215 in the first semifinal of the day. Duke struck out in the 10th frame forcing Rash to strike out to tie; however, Rash left a 9-pin in the 10th frame.

Barnes advanced to today's title match by defeating Steve Jaros (Yorkville, Ill.) 202-181. Jaros had an early lead, but Barnes continued his trend of coming back from a deficit, striking out in the 10th frame to lock out Jaros to advance. Barnes took home the second-place prize of $25,000The Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour continues October 28 ? November 2 at the Pepsi Viper Championship in Omaha, Neb. The finals will broadcast live Sunday on ESPN at 1 p.m. EST. For complete Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour information, please visit pba.com..







 【PBA】 PBA World Championship 【Round of 8】


With a win on TV, Duke could become the first bowler in PBA history to win three straight Majors

Norm Duke moved even closer to the history books by defeating Parker Bohn III 4-1 (247-244, 279-206, 216-230, 239-223, 234-200) in Saturday's Round of 8, advancing to Sunday's televised finals of the PBA World Championship, live on ESPN at 1 p.m. ET.

With the win, Duke (Clermont, Fla.) would become the first player in the 50 years of the PBA's history to win three consecutive Majors.

Duke's historical journey began with him winning the final two Majors of the 2007-2008 season. After being on the verge of losing his exemption, Duke rallied back from injuries to fashion one of the greatest late-season runs in PBA history, winning titles in both the Denny's World Championship and the 65th Denny's U.S. Open.

"Honestly I'm not even thinking about it (making history)," Duke said. "I feel good and I'm just going to go out there and approach it how I always do."

Duke will face Wichita's own Sean Rash, who is undefeated in TV appearances thus far (7-0). Rash defeated Michael Fagan of Patchogue, N.Y. in the Round of 8 in six games (245-220, 199-181, 237-176, 256-210, 149-236, 243-215) advancing to Sunday's ESPN finals.

Reigning PBA Player of the Year Chris Barnes (Double Oak, Tex.) came back from a 3-1 deficit to defeat Todd Book of Wakaponeta, Ohio 4-3 (204-244, 253-225, 202-257, 246-268, 234-203, 235-166, 257-216) in order to advance.

Barnes could become the sixth player in PBA history to win the Triple Crown if victorious. He won the U.S. Open in 2005 and the Tournament of Champions in 2006.

"I didn't know if it was bad reaction or bad strategy," Barnes said of his slow start. "I bowled here a lot in college, this was my home center which probably got me through qualifying. I was surprised how many of the (lane) pairs I remembered (referring to the lane characteristics)."

With Barnes and Rash in the Final Four, there could possibly be a Wichita-State alumni championship match. Barnes will face Steve Jaros (Yorkville, Ill.) in the semifinal match. Jaros advanced to the TV finals by sweeping Mika Koivuniemi of Finland (197-171, 257-247, 244-177, 278,169).



 【PBA】 PBA World Championship 【Round of 32】


Tom Baker fired a 300 game during Friday's Round of 32 advancing to Saturday's competition

Fifty-four year-old Tom Baker of King, N.C., bowled a perfect 300 game in the first round of match play at the PBA World Championship in Wichita, Kan. Baker defeated No. 32 seed Mike Machuga of Erie, Pa., 4-2 (238-227, 246-169, 196-212, 238-199, 229-248, 300-227) to advance to the Round of 16.

"I don't really get nervous anymore, but it's still exciting," said Baker, who shot his 48th career PBA 300 game. "You just count on making a good shot. I knew I had already won, but it's nice to do it (shoot 300) for the fans and for myself. It was a good feeling."

The 2008-09 season marks the last year of Baker's five-year exemption, which he earned at the PBA World Championship in 2004. That win made him the oldest bowler to win the World Championship and the third-oldest to win a Major.

"I have to earn my exemption this year so my goal is to stay towards the top," Baker said. "Last year I started off horribly because I took a couple months off in the summer. This summer, I bowled on the Senior Tour and competed in some Regional Tournaments; I kept bowling, felt sharp. I feel like I'm off to a good start."

In the Round of 32, seven of 16 matches were sweeps. No. 25 seed Tony Reyes defeated No. 24 George Lambert IV, No. 9 Brad Angelo took out No. 40 Tommy Delutz Jr., No. 16 and PBA Player of the Year for 2007-08 Chris Barnes dispatched No. 33 Dino Castillo, No. 12 Mika Koivuniemi eliminated No. 37 D.J. Archer, No. 10 Brian Kretzer sent home #39 Mitch Beasley, No. 23 Bill O'Neill beat out No. 26 Ken Abner and No. 30 Eugene McCune upset No. 19 Troy Wollenbecker.

Match play continues Saturday with the Round of 16 starting at 9 a.m. CST. The top seeds going into match play received a two-round bye and will start competition in the Super 16 Saturday at 2 p.m. CST. No. 2 seed Norm Duke, who can make history this week by winning three consecutive Majors, Wichita native Sean Rash, seeded third and looking to win his second major in his hometown, as well as top seed Jason Belmonte will all try to capture the first Major of the 2008-09 Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour season.


 【PBA】 PBA World Championship 【Cashers Round】


Jason Belmonte lead the field by 240 pins after Round Four at the PBA World Championships

Jason Belmonteof Australia ran over the competition during Round Four of qualifying, leading the field by 240 pins at the PBA World Championship at Northrock Lanes in Wichita, Kan.

"I just kept moving left all day and was able to play a part of the lane that most players can't get to," said Belmonte who averaged 233 .93 for the 27 games.

Belmonte, who by the end of the qualifying block was lofting the left gutter cap, will be seeded into the Super 16, thus earning two byes in match play.

The top eight bowlers after Round Four of qualifying received automatic berths into the Super 16 and the top 40 bowlers advanced to single-elimination best 4-out-of-7 match play.

In addition to Belmonte, the top eight qualifiers include Norm Duke (Clermont, Fla.), Sean Rash (Wichita, Kan.), Steve Harman (Indianapolis, Ind.), Pete Weber (St Ann, Mo.), Doug Kent (Newark, N.Y.), Parker Bohn III (Jackson, N.J.) and Todd Book (Cantonment, Fla.).

No one was more excited than Book who narrowly secured the coveted eighth spot. Book had to double in the 10th frame in order to finish ahead of Brad Angelo who was on the same pair.

"Brad and I were neck and neck all day, going into the 10th Brad struck in his fill ball, forcing me to get the first two (strikes) in the 10th. Every bowler dreams of being in clutch situations, and I'm glad I was able to come through in the clutch.”"

Duke, who can make history this week by winning three consecutive Majors, is seeded second going into match play.

Tommy Delutz Jr. (Flushing, N.Y.) and Randy Weiss (Columbia, S.C.) tied for the 40th spot, forcing a one game roll-off, in which Delutz Jr. came out victorious shooting 234-160.



 【PBA】 PBA World Championship 【Qualifying Round - Block 3】


Norm Duke advances to Friday's semifinals at the PBA World Championship.

Norm Duke is one step closer to making history but he's not necessarily thinking about it. Duke --- who is attempting to become the first bowler in the 50 years of the PBA's existence to win three consecutive Majors --- easily advanced to Friday's Semifinals with a 26th place finish following the three-day qualifying that pared the 195-field down to 53 on Thursday at the PBA World Championship at Northrock Lanes.

"I try not to think about it (making history)," Duke said. "I've made history a few times as a by-product of not thinking about it. When you get ahead of yourself, that's when you lose your focus. Yesterday I had a bad day and today I could have been eliminated. My game plan was to have a good enough round to not have to look at that cut number. My goal was to be proud of my play and that wasn't the case the past two days. I'm still not up to my expectations. My sights are going to be on eighth keeping 40th (Friday’s cut to Match Play) in mind. I want to be here until the end."

Duke's historical journey began with him winning the final two Majors of the 2007-2008 season. After being on the verge of losing his exemption, Duke rallied back from injuries to fashion one of the greatest late-season runs in PBA history, winning titles in both the Denny's World Championship and the 65th Denny's U.S. Open.

Duke of Clermont, Fla. owns 29 career Lumber Liquidators PBA titles, tied for seventh all-time and his five career Majors ranks sixth on the all-time list and is just one of two bowlers to complete the "Grand Slam," a win in the USBC Masters, Tournament of Champions, U.S. Open and World Championship.

"I have the mindset that you define your career with Major titles," Duke said. "Great players will go down in history as players who have the ability to win Majors."

"At my age, I don't really get excited over the regular tournament wins anymore," the 44-year-old veteran added. "Last year's U.S. Open gave me the feeling that I didn't think I could have anymore. I was giddy and screaming like a Smurf. I want that feeling again."

Wichita's own Sean Rash finished atop the standings with a score of 4,115 over the 18-game block, averaging 228.61.

"I was a little shocked to see my name at the top (following the second session) because I knew Troy (Wollenbecker) was bowling well," Rash said. "I had a bad fourth game (157) but in qualifying you have to let it go. I was searching for ball reaction in game three and four and I made the right ball change when I needed to. I think the better guys in the sport don't think about the 150 games."

Jason Sterner, John Nolen and Jeff Carter tied for the 52nd spot forcing a one-game roll-off with two advancing to Friday's semifinals. In a very close match, Sterner struck out in the 10th, shooting 239 and Carter threw the first strike in the 10th to shoot 231, both advancing over Nolan's 222.

Australia's Jason Belmonte and Dino Castillo of Carrollton, Texas both shot a 300 during the second game of their third qualifying block Thursday afternoon.



 【PBA】 PBA World Championship 【Qualifying Round - Block 2】


Troy Wollenbecker tops the leaderboard at the PBA World Championship

Troy Wollenbecker believes his best games have been at the end of his blocks and he certainly proved that to be true during Wednesday's second block of qualifying at the PBA World Championship in Wichita, Kan. Wollenbecker struck the last three shots of the six-game block to narrowly edge Todd Book for the lead by 12 pins.

Wollenbecker of Toledo, Ohio, shot 2,825 for the 12-game total, averaging 235.42 over the 12 games. Book is currently second with 2,813.

"I've always bowled well in this tournament," Wollenbecker said. "I finished 17th two years ago and last year I was 13th or 14th after qualifying so I was real close (to getting byes). I just had a couple bad shots that knocked me out. This year I focused on not making those bad shots this time around."

"I threw the same two balls I did yesterday, although I had to go to my second ball earlier today," Wollenbecker added. "I'm in a good position with 15 games left to bowl, that's a lot of bowling. You're bowling against the best in the world so you can't afford to make bad shots."

Wollenbecker has bowled in 47 career Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour events, making match play five times and cashing 22 times. His best career finish came in the 2007 Earl Anthony Medford Classic where he finished 10th.

Wichita's own Sean Rash is currently seventh in the standings after the second round of qualifying with a score of 2,724

PBA World Championship Format:
There are three squads of qualifying (A, B and C). Each squad will bowl one 6-game block each day over three days, completing 18 total games of qualifying. The field will then be cut to the top 25% on Thursday night, Oct. 23. Bowlers making the cut will return on Friday morning, Oct. 24 for nine games of semi finals. Upon completion of the nine games, the field will then be cut to the top 40 bowlers who will then compete in a best 4-out-of-7 single elimination match play format starting Friday at 6 p.m. and continuing on Saturday, Oct. 25 at 9 a.m. until four bowlers remain. The top four finalists will advance to the live ESPN finals on Sunday, Oct. 26 at noon. All times CT.



 【PBA】 PBA World Championship 【Qualifying Round - Block 1】


Todd Book leads day one of qualifying at PBA World Championship in Wichita, Kan.

PBA Tour exempt bowler Todd Book crushed the competition after the first block of qualifying in the PBA World Championship in Wichita, Kan., which kicked off the start of the 50th Anniversary season of the Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour.

"I took the entire summer off to clear my head and get a fresh start coming into the 2008-2009 season," said Book, who led the entire field of 195 competitors by nearly 40 pins. "I recently moved back to my hometown of Wapakoneta, Ohio, my personal life is great and I'm excited for the start of the tour season."

Book, a second-year exempt bowler on the Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour, finished second to Rhino Page last season in the 2007-2008 Rookie of the Year voting and finished 29th in the 2007-08 PBA World Point Rankings.

"Although I regained my exemption last year, I am disappointed with my performance last season. I want to finish higher on the PBA World Point Rankings this season and finish towards the top. However my motto is to take things one step at a time, one shot at a time and that's what I plan to do this season," added Book.

Book has a great past history competing in the PBA World Championship.

"I've bowled in this event twice and been seeded to the Super 16 both times after qualifying (finishing 10th overall in 2007-2008 and 14th overall in 2006-2007)," said Book. "I definitely like this (oil) pattern and it always helps to have a good pairing when making moves and following the transition on the lane. I crossed with Jesse Buss (a recent Wichita State University alum) and this young guy can bowl; he has a bright future ahead of him," said Book, who wanted to make sure he mentioned to say hello to Amy and his kids.

Hometown hero Sean Rash is currently second in the standings after the first round of qualifying.

The PBA World Championship features 195 competitors, representing 12 different countries, which are separated into three squads of qualifying (A, B and C). Each squad will bowl one 6-game block each day over three days, completing 18 total games of qualifying. Tomorrow's competition continues with block two of qualifying.




3位決定戦では昨年度チャンピオンのジョン・テハを倒して勝ち上がってきた坂田 重徳との対戦になりましたが、高橋は終始リードを取って坂田を下すとトップシードの酒井と優勝決定戦へ。


× 酒井武雄 198 - 248 ○ 高橋延明

通算35勝目を狙ったトップシードの酒井は最後までコンディションが掴めず、勝ち上がった高橋がフィフススタートで勝負を決め、大会(千葉オープン)初優勝! '06の「関西オープン」優勝以来2年ぶり通算3勝目を挙げる。


○ 高橋延明 248 - 222 × 坂田重徳



× ジョン・テハ 222 - 258 ○ 坂田重徳