MALOTT AND FELDMAN WIN CLR CARMEN SALVINO SCORPION CHAMPIONSHIP
Winners Wes Malott and Michelle Feldman pose with tournament namesake and PBA legend Carmen Salvino
Wes Malott and Michelle Feldman captured the CLR Carmen Salvino Scorpion Championship at Brunswick Zone Hawthorn, the sixth stop on the Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour.
In a tight championship match, top seed Wes Malott watched as No. 2 seed Ken Simard had the chance to win the match with two strikes in the 10th. However, Simard threw the first strike but left a solid 10-pin in his second attempt giving Malott the victory, 216-211.
"It's not the way you want to win, I have four titles now and none have come from striking out ... I was either sitting on the bench or the game was over in the eighth (frame)," Malott said. "I just have to keep plugging away, be patient. My goal is to keep winning a title each year, maybe multiple titles. Hopefully this is just the beginning."
It was Malott's third TV finals appearance in six weeks and his fourth career victory; he has now won one title in each of his four seasons on the Tour. Malott was also victorious in Vernon Hills two years ago at the 2006-07 Discover Card Windy City Classic which also featured the Scorpion pattern.
The Scorpion pattern, one of six different oil patters on the Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour, can yield a wide variety of strategies depending on the type and condition of the lane surface; however, Scorpion incorporates a larger volume of oil placed further down the lane, which often demands a more direct line.
In the second match, Simard of Greenville, S.C. was just shy of a perfect game, leaving the 8-pin in the 11th frame, to handily defeat No. 3 seed Brad Angelo of Lockport, N.Y., 289-199. Simard did have two perfect games in the tournament earlier in the week. In the first match, Angelo defeated No. 4 seed Jason Couch of Clermont, Fla., 225-212.
In the PBA Women's Series, sponsored by the United States Bowling Congress (USBC), Michelle Feldman of Auburn, N.Y. defeated Missy Bellinder of Fullerton, Calif., 200-147 in the championship match. It was Feldman's third consecutive TV finals appearance and her second consecutive title.
"I have no idea how I'm doing this," Feldman joked. "I just feel fortunate that I'm bowling well. Hopefully I can keep this up and do it again next week."
COUCH NARROWLY NABS FOURTH SPOT IN SUNDAY'S FINALS
Jason Couch doubles in the 10th to nab the fourth and final spot in Sunday's TV finals
No one was more surprised than Jason Couch that he had made the final four of the CLR Carmen Salvino Scorpion Championship, the sixth stop of the 2008-09 Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour. Couch of Clermont, Fla. was sitting in fifth place and doubled in the 10th frame to move past Steve Jaros to make the Sunday's live televised finals on ESPN, his first TV appearance of the season.
"I knew I needed the first hit (strike) to stay ahead of Walter Ray, but I honestly had no idea I made the show," Couch said. "I had zero confidence coming into this. I couldn't even tell you what my highest finish was before this (he finished 20th in last week's Ultimate Scoring Championship). I was 31st coming in this morning and my goal was just to finish 10th. I still can't believe it!"
No. 4 seed Couch finished with an 8-10 match play record, 7,976 pins and averaged 241.75.
Wes Malott of Argyle, Texas finished atop the field with a 13-5 record, 8,197 pins and averaged 243.97, to earn the No. 1 seed on Sunday. It is Malott's third television appearance this season, although he is still seeking his first title of the season.
"The most challenging thing was keeping up with the high scoring pace," Malott said. "The high end definitely hooked a lot more for us. I was able to create a large lead to kind of relax and coast to the end."
Ken Simard shot a 300 in the final position round game, moving himself from the fourth spot to the No. 2 seed. Simard of Greenville, S.C. is making his second career TV appearance and seeking his first title. Simard finished at 10-7-1 with 8,059 pins, averaging 242.
"I started bowling good and was able to stay focused shot-to-shot," Simard said. "It's been a long time since I threw that many strikes. I threw 855 (in the Round of 16), that's my highest three-game score ever."
Brad Angelo of Lockport, N.Y. nabbed the No. 3 seed with a 12-6 record, 7,993 pins and a 238.53 average. Angelo won his first career title at the Pepsi Viper Championship in Omaha earlier this season.
In the Women's Series, sponsored by the U.S. Bowling Congress (USBC), Michelle Feldman of Auburn, N.Y. and Missy Bellinder of Fullerton, Calif. finished No. 1 and 2, respectively, to earn spots in Sunday’s live ESPN finals.
Feldman, who is making her third consecutive television appearance and seeking back-to-back titles, finished 7-2 in match play with 5,675 pins and Bellinder finished 3-6 with a score of 5,391. Bellinder is making her second career televised appearance, losing in the finals of last year's Motor City Classic to Carolyn Dorin-Ballard.
"It's a one game match, anything can happen but I'm looking to win," Bellinder said. "I made a show last year, came in second and now I really want to win. I want to win my first women's preofessional title."
SIMARD AND BELLINDER ATOP QUALIFYING OF CLR CARMEN SALVINO SCORPION CHAMPIONSHIP
Ken Simard finished atop the men's Round of 64 Qualifying on Thursday
Ken Simard and Missy Bellinder both took advantage of the week off to refocus their games as each finished atop their respective fields in Thursday's qualifying of the CLR Carmen Salvino Scorpion Championship at Brunswick Zone Hawthorn, the sixth stop on the Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour.
Simard of Greenville, S.C. was fourth after the first seven game block with 1,708 pins, and he continued to dominate in the second block adding 1,792 pins for a total score of 3500, plus-700, averaging 250 over the 14 games. Simard finished with a 93 pin lead over second-place Wes Malott of Argyle, Texas who finished with a score of 3,378.
"I had a great cross, good reaction and had some great bowling balls," Simard said. "The week off really helped. I had a 30 minute conversation with Norm Duke in Taylor and he helped me change my grip and work on some things with my arm swing. Tomorrow I just will try to keep the same rhythm and take it one game at a time."
Local favorite Robert Spigner of Vernon Hills, Ill. also advanced to the Round of 32 match play, finishing eighth in qualifying with a score of 3,329.
Australian Jason Belmonte who entered the tournament via a Commissioner's Exemption, also advanced, finishing 24th with a score of 3,241.
Also of note, Dino Castillo, Mika Koivuniemi, Doug Kent, Simard and Tommy Delutz Jr. all shot 300 games during qualifying. All but Castillo advanced to Friday’s play. The top 32 men and top 10 women advanced.
Bellinder, who had held a 46 point lead after the first block over the 16-player field, managed to hold off Michelle Feldman of Auburn, N.Y. who outscored Bellinder in the second block, 1752-1713. Bellinder finished the day with 3,352 pins, -plus 552, averaging 239.43 while Feldman was just 14 pins behind with a score of 3,338.
"I was just trying to keep up with Michelle (Feldman) all day," said Bellinder who bowled on the pair next to Feldman all day. "Going into today, I just wanted to come out and have fun. The break helped tremendously as I was able to relax and refocus."
Brenda Mack of Indianapolis, Ind. and Wendy Macpherson of Henderson, Nev. tied for the 10th and final spot which forced a one-game roll-off in which Mack defeated Macpherson, 242-193 to advance.
○ 谷川章子 236 - 199 × 姫路麗
○ 姫路麗 237 - 208 × 阿部聖水
× ウエンディ・マックファーソン 196 - 206 ○ 阿部聖水
MICHAEL MACHUGA AND MICHELLE FELDMAN CAPTURE CHAMELEON CHAMPIONSHIP
Michelle Feldman and Mike Machuga capture victories at the Chameleon Championship in Taylor, Mich.
Michael Machuga and Michelle Feldman captured the Chameleon Championship at Taylor Lanes, the fourth stop on the Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour.
No. 5 seed Michael Machuga of Erie, Pa. struck out in the 10th frame to narrowly defeat No. 1 seed Bill O'Neill of Southampton, Pa., 209-204, to win his first title in seven years.
Machuga climbed the ladder as the No. 5 seed, defeating No. 4 Sean Rash of Wichita, Kansas, 196-190, No. 3 Brian Kretzer of Dayton, Ohio, 245-188, No. 2 Wes Malott of Argyle, Texas, 221-210 to advance to the championship match.
Machuga advanced to Sunday's televised finals as the No. 5 seed. The original telecast was originally scheduled to be a four-man stepladder finals, but due to a scoring malfunction during Friday's Round of 16 match play, the PBA decided to change the televised format to a five-man stepladder finals.
"I haven't felt this good in seven years," said Machuga. "I actually got nervous the first few frames today and I haven't felt like that in a long time."
Machuga's last title, 2005 Greater Omaha Classic in Council Bluffs, Iowa, was also on the Chameleon lane pattern.
Chameleon resembles a "retro" approach to oil pattern design and measures 40 feet in length. Oil is applied in strips and requires bowlers to play in a specific zone on the lane as compared to a "multiple angle" condition.
When asked about this coincidence, Machuga said, "My bank account likes Chameleon apparently. I really don't pay attention to the patterns that much. I focus more on lane topography and house characteristics."
In the PBA Women's Series, sponsored by the United States Bowling Congress (USBC), Michelle Feldman of Auburn, N.Y. handily defeated Jodi Woessner of Oregon, Ohio, 199-173 in the championship match.
"I was good through the entire week, then I threw my second ball tonight and my thumb ripped open," Feldman said. "My goal was to not finish twice in two weeks," added Feldman who lost in the championship match of the Pepsi Viper Championship in Omaha, Neb. on Nov. 2, the first PBA Women's Series event of the season.
MICHAEL WOLFE CROWNED ULTIMATE SCORING CHAMPION
Michael Wolfe wins Ultimate Scoring Championship in Taylor, Mich.
Michael Wolfe managed to outlast a first-of-its-kind weeklong shootout to be crowned the Ultimate Scoring Champion at Taylor Lanes, the fifth stop on the Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour which was taped on Nov. 16 and aired on ESPN on Nov. 23.
Wolfe of New Albany, Ind., struck in the fourth-seventh frames of the championship match to defeat Mike Scroggins of Amarillo, Texas, 246-206, to win his fourth career title. Wolfe defeated Bill O'Neill and Scroggins beat Robert Smith in the semifinals.
"I think all four of us guys had a pretty good shot (on this lane pattern)," Wolfe said. "Scroggins never got off to a good start (and) was never able to put any strikes together in the first half. I don't think he threw a double until the sixth or seventh (frame) and at that point I had a 30-40 pin lead and I just needed to mark in the eighth, ninth and 10th."
The Ultimate Scoring Championship, a new event introduced as part of the PBA's 50th anniversary celebration, spotlights the incredible scoring potential of the world's greatest bowlers on a on a lane oil pattern more likely to be found in league play than the PBA Tour's more challenging conditions.
And the Ultimate Scoring Championship certainly yielded a high-scoring environment. Patrick Allen tied a PBA record with a 260.50 average over the 14 games of qualifying and there were 18 perfect games, compared to only one perfect game shot during last week's Chameleon Championship at the same bowling center. Parker Bohn III shot three perfect games in two days of play during the Ultimate Scoring Championship and finalists Wolfe and O'Neill also tallied a couple 300 games apiece during the week's play.
Wolfe, who averaged 246.80 during the tournament, defeated O'Neill of Southampton, Pa., 237-215, in the semifinals to advance. O'Neill averaged 242.33 during the tournament and was making his third consecutive TV finals appearance.
"I was actually lucky to get past O'Neill, he's been bowling better than anyone else on the planet lately," Wolfe said. "He needed all three strikes in the 10th to tie and lucky for me, he didn't get it."
Scroggins, who averaged 233.15 during the tournament, defeated Smith of Pataskala, Ohio, 238-205, to advance to the championship match. Smith averaged 240.97 throughout the tournament.
The Ultimate Scoring Championship is also the first event of the "Extreme Swing" which includes five "creative" format championships during the season. The four other events this season include the GEICO Plastic Ball Championship (Feb. 18-22), Etonic Marathon Championship (Feb. 23-March 1), Don Johnson Buckeye State Eliminator (March 2-8) and Go RVing Match Play Championship (March 18-22).
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MEN'S CHAMELEON CHAMPIONSHIP FINALS WILL FEATURE TOP FIVE AND TOP TWO WOMEN ADVANCE
Michelle Feldman is making her second consecutive televised PBA finals this season.
Fans will get more than they bargained for during Sunday's Chameleon Championship finals, the fourth stop on the Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour. The finals, which were originally scheduled to be a four-man stepladder finals, have become a five-man stepladder finals due to a scoring malfunction during Friday's Round of 16 match play. Sunday's first match at Taylor Lanes will feature No. 5 Michael Machuga vs. No. 4 Sean Rash.
Bill O'Neill, a Saginaw Valley State alum, finished atop the men's field in Friday's match play finishing 12-6 with 7,575 pins to earn the top seed in Sunday's final round. He led the field for the entire tournament.
O'Neill of Southampton, Pa. will be making his second consecutive televised finals appearance, after he lost in last week's title match to Walter Ray Williams Jr. O'Neill is seeking his first title in 64 events.
"I can't explain it (on his success)," O'Neill said. "I'm just bowling well. I just knew I was going to have a good year but I never imagined this would be the first four tournaments for me."
On being the number one seed: "I'd rather be number one than anything else," he said. "The guy coming through will have momentum but I'm just going to treat it (championship match) as a one game tournament."
Wes Malott of Argyle, Texas earned the No. 2 seed, going 10-7-1 in Friday's match play with a score of 7,386. Brian Kretzer of Dayton, Ohio is the No. 3 seed after finishing with a 13-5 record and 7,385 pins. Rash and Machuga both finished match play at 10-8.
In the Women's Series, sponsored by the U.S. Bowling Congress (USBC), Michelle Feldman of Auburn, N.Y. and Jodi Woessner of Oregon, Ohio finished No. 1 and 2, respectively, to earn spots in Sunday's live ESPN finals. Feldman finished 7-2 in match play with 5,051 pins and Woessner also finished at 6-3 with a score of 4,904.
Feldman is making her second consecutive finals appearance after losing in the title match to Stefanie Nation at the Pepsi Viper Championship in Omaha on Nov. 2.
"I'm just surprised that I made it," Feldman said. "I didn't bowl very well yesterday ... it's a little bit different when you're bowling with the guys. The girls break down the lanes differently and I was able to adjust today."
Woessner is thrilled to be making her first PBA Women's Series televised finals.
"It's an incredible feeling especially being so close to home," Woessner said. "There are so many people who came out and cheered me on. In Omaha, I wasn't as focused but here I was able to stay at home and in my own bed."
Liz Johnson held her lead to finish atop qualifying in the Women's Round of 16.
Bill O' Neill of Southampton, Pa. and Liz Johnson of Cheektowaga, N.Y., who each led block one, continued their dominance in Thursday's qualifying of the Chameleon Championship at Taylor Lanes, the fourth stop on the Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour.
O'Neill who led the 64-player field with 1,689 pins after seven games, remained consistent during the second block, finishing with 3,290 to lead after the 14 games. O'Neill led Michael Machuga by 34 pins after the first block, and ended up finishing 34 pins ahead of Machuga after the 14 games.
"I pretty much went out there and did the same thing," O'Neill said. "I used the same two balls, changing to the second ball at almost the exact same time, and fortunately I was able to keep bowling well and continued to get some breaks."
"As far as tomorrow, I'm going to forget everything that happened today," O'Neill added. "If my ball reaction isn't here, I'm not going to panic. I'm going to expect something totally different (with the match play)."
Lone amateur Dan MacLelland of Windsor, Ontario and Saginaw Valley State, also advanced to Friday's round-robin match-play, finishing in 12th with 3,055 pins.
Also of note, Chris Loschetter picked up the rare 4-6-7-10 split during the second block and Dino Castillo shot a 300 in Thursday's first block, both advancing to Friday's play. The top 32 men and top 10 women advanced.
Johnson, who had established a 92 point lead after the first block over the 16-player field, wasn't exactly thrilled with her second block performance but managed to hang on. Johnson finished with 2,906 pins, ahead of Jodi Woessner of Oregon, Ohio with 2,858.
"I had a really good morning and made a lot of good shots but I was struggling tonight," Johnson said. "I just tried to grind out my shot. Luckily the scores were low, I was grinding some out in the 190s, so I think that was the biggest factor."
"Tomorrow I hope to bowl like I did this morning," she added. "I know the breakdown (of the lanes) will be different bowling with the women, the shot won't be all over the place like it was today. I just want to play smart out there and not make too many mistakes."
Johnson is an alternate to the Women's Series exempt field and was given the opportunity to compete in this event, as was Olivia Sandham, due to Shannon Pluhowsky's and Shannon O'Keefe's absence in this event. Johnson competed regularly in the 2007 Women's Series.
O'NEILL AND JOHNSON LEADERS AFTER BLOCK 1 RD. 64 QUALIFYING OF CHAMELEON CHAMPIONSHIP
Bill O'Neill leads block 1 of Rd. of 64 qualifying of Chameleon Championship.
Bill O'Neill of Southampton, Pa. led Thursday's first block of Round of 64 qualifying of the Chameleon Championship at Taylor Lanes.
O'Neill had 1,689 pins, averaging 241.29 over the seven-game block.
"Going into today, I just wanted to bowl the way I had been bowling," O'Neill said. "I bowled well and I caught a lot of breaks, so that helped. For the next block, I'm just going to go out, business as usual, and do the same thing."
Mike Machuga of Erie, Pa. and P.J. Haggerty of Clovis, Calif. are close behind with 1,655 and 1,649 pins, respectively.
The sole amateur in the field, Dan MacLelland, is currently in sixth with 1,603 pins. MacLealland is a senior at Saginaw Valley State, where current leader O'Neill also attended.
"We didn't go to school (Saginaw Valley State) at the same time, but we became friends after," O'Neill said. "Whenever he comes out, I let him stay with me. I try to help him out as much as I can. He's a good kid and a great bowler.
In the Women's Series, Liz Johnson of Cheektowaga, N.Y. leads the first block of qualifying with 1,542 pins.
Robert Smith advances to Sunday's televised finals of the Ultimate Scoring Championship.
Robert Smith of Pataskala, Ohio managed to overcome his emotions and his back pain to prove he is one of the most powerful bowlers on the Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour. Smith was one of four players to advance to Sunday's televised finals in the high-scoring Ultimate Scoring Championship. Bill O' Neill, Mike Wolfe and Mike Scroggins will also be joining him in the finals, which will be taped on Sunday and will air on ESPN on Nov. 23 at 1 p.m. EST.
Smith, who is known for his striking power, was able to dominate on the Ultimate Scoring oil pattern, which paralleled a "house shot" lane condition typically found in most league bowling today. Smith, averaging 251.27 in match-play, defeated Sean Rash of Wichita, Kansas in the Round of 8, 4-1 (246-279, 249-244, 279-215, 246-215 and 215-207). Smith shot a 300 in the Round of 32, one of 18 perfect games shot during the tournament.
"With my style (higher rev rate), I usually strike a lot, so I knew I just had to make good shots," he said. "I never got too excited or too mad, which is unusual for me. I never really had any expectations (about competing on this pattern). I am a notoriously bad bowler when lanes are easy but I got some breaks and I was real happy with what I did today."
"I'm just hoping that my back continues to hold out," added Smith, who has been plagued with back problems for several years. "Without my legs it's hard, because they give me my power and direction."
Smith will face Mike Scroggins of Amarillo, Texas who defeated Mike Edwards of Tulsa, Okla. 4-2 (247-300, 221-213, 228-268, 236-207, 248-225 and 247-239) to advance past the Round of 8.
"I just tried to make really good shots," Scroggins said. "The first match, Mike (Edwards) shoots 300 at me and there's nothing you can do about that. Fortunately my shot got pretty good and he started to move around a bit."
Bill O'Neill of Levittown, Pa. also capitalized on the high-scoring condition, shooting 300 and 835 for the first three games in the Round of 32 and shooting 300 in the Round of 8 en route to a 4-0 (236-181, 236-215, 300-226 and 264-215) match play sweep over Parker Bohn III of Jackson, N.J. O'Neill averaged 254.88 in match play. Both Scroggins and O'Neill advanced to the televised finals of last Sunday's Lake County Indiana Golden Anniversary Championship in Hammond, Ind.
O'Neill will face Mike Wolfe of New Albany, Ind. who advanced by defeating Pete Weber of St. Ann, Mo. 4-1 (224-237, 256-241, 248-216, 216-173 and 205-202). Wolfe averaged 252.94 in match play.
"It's hard not to feel good because the scoring pace is so high," Wolfe said. "It's a carry contest and hopefully you catch the breaks along the way. Hopefully we can put up some big numbers on Sunday for the fans."
The Ultimate Scoring Championship, a new event introduced as part of the 50th anniversary celebration, spotlights the incredible scoring potential of the world's greatest bowlers on a "house shot" lane condition that is found in most league bowling today. It is also the first event of the "Extreme Swing" which includes five "creative" format championships during the season. The four other events this season include the GEICO Plastic Ball Championship (Feb. 18-22), Etonic Marathon Championship (Feb. 23-March 1), Don Johnson Buckeye State Eliminator (March 2-8) and Go RVing Match Play Championship (March 18-22).
Patrick Allen shoots + 847, tying 14-game scoring record
The Ultimate Scoring Championship certainly lived up to its name as Patrick Allen of Wesley Chapel, Fla. shot a record-tying 3,647 (+847) total, averaging 260.50 for the 14-game block in Monday's Round of 64 qualifying at Taylor Lanes, the fourth stop on the Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour.
"My game plan for tomorrow is to strike more than the other guy," Allen said. "You're not remembered for leading qualifying, it's whether you make the show on Sunday."
Eleven players shot 300 during Monday's Round of 64. Ritchie Allen and Parker Bohn III saw perfection in the first seven-game block. Whereas nine more perfect games were registered during block two (Mitch Beasley, Edward Van Daniker Jr., Bohn III, Pete Weber, Patrick Allen, Sean Rash, Mike Wolfe, Tony Reyes and Steve Jaros).
Bohn III of Jackson, N.J. was the only player to shoot two 300 games during Monday's qualifying, bringing his PBA career total to 82.
"Pete (Weber) and I had a good doubles score, shooting 600 (in one game) on the same lane," Bohn III said. Bohn III and Weber were two of five bowlers who shot 300 in game nine of qualifying.
"It's almost equivalent to playing 480 yard par-5s in golf, lots of birdies and lots of eagles," added Bohn III, referring to the Ultimate Scoring Championship oil pattern.
The Ultimate Scoring Championship, a new event introduced as part of the 50th anniversary celebration, spotlights the incredible scoring potential of the world's greatest bowlers on a wide-open "house shot" lane condition that is found in most league bowling today. It is also the first event of the "Extreme Swing" which includes five "creative" format championships during the season. The four other events this season include the GEICO Plastic Ball Championship (Feb. 18-22), Etonic Marathon Championship (Feb. 23-March 1), Don Johnson Buckeye State Eliminator (March 2-8) and Go RVing Match Play Championship (March 18-22).
The Ultimate Scoring Championship has not disappointed, with the field averaging 226.18 in qualifying, compared to 211.39 in the Pepsi Viper Championship and 214.88 in the Lake County Indiana Golden Anniversary Championship.
Joe Bailey of Pittsburgh, Pa. and Mike Edwards of Tulsa, Okla. tied at 3,157 (+357) for the final 32nd spot into match play, averaging 225.50, forcing a one game roll-off. Edwards advanced over Bailey, 196-193.
Three of the players who shot 300 unpredictably missed the cut.
WALTER RAY WILLIAMS, JR. CLAIMS 45th CAREER TITLE
Walter Ray Williams, Jr. and Timothy Kauble Win in Lake County, Indiana
Walter Ray Williams Jr. of Ocala, Fla. took home his 45th Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour title today at the Lake County Indiana Golden Anniversary Championship at Olympia Lanes in Hammond, Ind. Williams Jr. defeated Bill O'Neill of Levittown, Penn., 246-202, in the televised championship round.
"When I first joined the PBA Tour years ago, I thought I'd win four or five titles," said Williams, Jr. "But now I've won 45 titles and I feel great. Anytime you can win, it's great."
With that 45th title, Williams Jr. continues his reign as the PBA's winningest bowler. In addition to being the all-time titles leader, Williams Jr. is also the money leader; with this week's win in Lake County, his career earnings total $4,030,116. He broke the $4 million dollar mark in career earnings at last week's Pepsi Viper Championship in Omaha, Neb.
"Things have been going my way, the pins have been falling down," said Williams, Jr. "I feel like I should be bowling with the seniors, my knee is sore, my wrist is sore, but it worked out okay."
To advance to the final, Williams Jr. beat out Mike Scroggins of Amarillo, Texas, 258-222.
O'Neill advanced to the final by defeating friend and amateur bowler Anthony LaCaze of Glen Ellyn, Ill., 235-214. The two bowled together at Saginaw Valley State University and O'Neill served as LaCaze's best man at his wedding to wife Alaya. LaCaze’s third-place finish is the highest for an amateur since the PBA switched formats to all all-exempt field during the 2004-05 season.
Senior bowler Timothy Kauble of Marion, Ohio claimed his first career senior title Sunday at the Lake County Indiana Golden Anniversary Championship; additionally, Sunday's championship round marked his first career television appearance.
"It feels different than anything I've done before," said Kauble. "I got some tips from (PBA Hall of Famer) Carmen Salvino about looking at the crowd and such."
Kauble defeated Hugh Miller of Seattle, Wash., 235-185, for the win. Kauble barely made the cut for the senior tournament and was seeded eighth going into match play.
"It helped that Hugh didn't have anything on the lanes today," said Kauble of his win. "I was seeded eighth, I didn't have anywhere to go but up."
Sunday's telecast marked the first time that a PBA Senior Tour event had been televised since 2001.
AMATEUR BOWLER ANTHONY LACAZE MAKES HISTORY
Bill O'Neill looks to capture his first PBA title this Sunday, Nov. 9
Anthony LaCaze of Glen Ellyn, Ill., made PBA history today at the Lake County Indiana Golden Anniversary Championships at Olympia Lanes in Hammond, Ind., as he became the first amateur to reach a PBA telecast since the tour switched to an all-exempt field for the 2004-2005 season. LaCaze, who was the No. 21 seed going into Friday's Round of 8, defeated No. 29 seed Brad Angelo, last week's champion at the Pepsi Viper Championship in Omaha, Neb., 4-2 to advance to the semifinals on Sunday.
"I feel awesome, I'm amazed," said LaCaze of his win Friday night.
LaCaze will face fellow Saginaw Valley State University alum and No. 9 seed Bill O'Neill (of Levittown, Penn.) in Sunday's second semifinal match. The match-up will be an emotional one, as O'Neill served as LaCaze's best man at his wedding to wife Alaya.
"It makes me feel more relaxed," said LaCaze of his facing O'Neill on television. "He was the best man at my wedding and we bowled together in college so I feel comfortable."
O'Neill defeated No. 32 seed Eugene McCune (of Munster, Ind.) 4-0 in the Round of 8 to make it to the televised semifinals.
"I never thought I'd be bowling against him (on television) in a million years," said O'Neill. "He bowled through the qualifier, didn't even have a name shirt, got fined for it, and now he's going to be on the TV show."
Though the two have known each other for five years, O'Neill said their relationship would not affect his bowling.
"Once I start bowling, it doesn't matter. I'll try to beat him just like I try to beat everyone else," said O'Neill, who is looking to win his first career PBA title.
Walter Ray Williams, Jr. (of Ocala, Fla.), who leads the PBA Tour with 44 career tour titles (the most in PBA history), is going for his 45th title. He will face No. 23 seed Mike Scroggins (of Amarillo, Tex.) in the first of the two semifinal matches on Sunday.
"This week and last week the guys that hook the ball scored well and I was fortunate to make both TV shows," said Williams, who will appear in his 165th telecast. "My strike percentage was around 80 percent this week when usually it's in the low 70s, which has helped a lot."
Williams advanced to the semifinal by shutting out No. 14 seed Parker Bohn III (of Jackson, N.J.) 4-0 in the Round of 8, while Scroggins made it to the televised round by defeating No. 31 seed Tommy Jones (of Simpsonville, S.C.) 4-2.
Sunday's telecast will also include the final match of the senior tournament also taking place at Olympia Lanes. No. 2 seed Hugh Miller (of Seattle, Wash.) will take on No. 8 seed Timothy Kauble (of Marion, Ohio) during the first televised PBA senior event since 2001. This broadcast will also mark the first time the senior tour will be televised live in as many years.
"I bowled really well today," said Kauble. "I got to play the lanes the way I wanted to and not the way my opponents made me play them."
Sunday will mark Kauble's first television appearance.
"I'm excited," Kauble said. "I'm pretty sure I'm going to be nervous but hopefully I won't worry about it too much."
Miller also celebrated a milestone as he celebrated his 52nd birthday Friday.
"I typically haven't bowled well on my birthday," said Miller, "So I wanted to turn things around and give myself a birthday present."
To advance to the final, Miller bested No. 3 seed Michael Henry (of Brunswick, Ohio) 4-2 in the Round of 4 on Saturday Night, while Kauble defeated No. 5 seed Bob Faragon (of Schenectady, N.Y.), also with a score of 4-2.
TODD BOOK AND MARK WILLIAMS LEAD AT LAKE COUNTY INDIANA GOLDEN ANNIVERSARY CHAMPIONSHIP
Todd Book leads after Round of 64 at Lake County Indiana Golden Anniversary Championship
Two bowlers who have had a lot of success in Indiana found more luck in Lake County Thursday as Todd Book, of Cantonment, Fla., finished atop the field of exempt bowlers and Mark Williams, of Beaumont, Tex., finished in first place in the senior division at the Lake County Indiana Golden Anniversary Championship at Olympia Lanes in Hammond, Ind. Book finished the day at +510, averaging 237.46 over two seven-game blocks. Williams wrapped up with +188, averaging 213.92 over two seven-game blocks.
"Indiana's been pretty good to me," said Book, who earned his first career PBA exemption by leading the PBA Tour Trials in 2007, also held in Lake County.
"I missed zero spares today; when that happens you'll be up there (in the standings)," Book continued. "It's really key out here and I concentrated heavily on that. My mental game is good and I am confident heading into tomorrow."
Book made his only televised final at the Lake County Indiana Classic in nearby Merrilllville, Ind. in 2007, where he finished fourth. He will begin Friday's Round of 32 as the top seed.
Williams, a member of the PBA Hall of Fame, won the PBA Senior Lake County Indiana Open, also held at Olympia Lanes in August 2008. He has 17 Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour titles and leads the field going into Friday's Round of 8.
"It's one of my favorite bowling centers," said Williams. "I won here in August and I've really been looking forward to coming back. Between the two tournaments I haven't stuck with the same strategy, I've played about six different arrows."
The senior championship round will be televised and televised live for the first time since 2001.
It was a day of firsts as Brad Angelo and Stefanie Nation each captured their first career PBA title at the Pepsi Viper Championship at Thunder Alley in Omaha, the second stop of the 2008-09 Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour.
Angelo, a seven-year veteran of the Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour, defeated No. 1 seed Chris Loschetter of Avon, Ohio, 256-215 in the championship match. With both bowlers vying for their first title, the game was tied at 107 in the fifth frame and Angelo proceeded to strike in the sixth through 11th frames to run away with the victory. Prior to today, Angelo had appeared in 13 PBA televised finals without garnering a title.
"This is what everybody on the Tour always dreams of, it's what we all do it for," Angelo said. "I've been knocking on the door for several years, and it finally happened for me."
Angelo, of Lockport, N.Y., who entered Sunday's live televised finals as the No. 3 seed, defeated No. 4 seed Wes Malott of Argyle, Texas, 222-195, and No. 2 seed Walter Ray Williams Jr. of Ocala, Fla., 221-214, in order to advance through the stepladder format. Williams Jr., who is the all-time PBA titles leader with 44, became the first to surpass the $4 million mark with his third-place finish.
Stefanie Nation, of Arlington, Texas, a veteran of last year's inaugural PBA Women's Series which is sponsored by the United States Bowling Congress (USBC), also claimed her first PBA title on Sunday, defeating Michelle Feldman of Auburn, N.Y., 225-200. Nation struck in the third through sixth frames keeping the match close. Feldman, opening in the ninth frame, enabled Nation to clinch.
"I think this is the first time in my life that I've been speechless," Nation said. "It's an amazing feeling. I just came out and bowled, and everything fell my way. It seems like just yesterday I bowled Michelle at the (Women's) U.S. Open. I knew I had to make great shots because she's a great player."