× 五十嵐久乃 245 - 255 ○ 姫路麗
× 五十嵐久乃 222 - 226 ○ 姫路麗
× 谷川章子 234 - 238 ○ 姫路麗
○ 姫路麗 214 - 190 × 鷲塚志麻
【JPBA】 全日本女子プロボウリング選手権大会 【準決勝】
× 吉田真由美 398(162･236) - ○ 姫路麗 459(233･226)
○ 姫路麗 536(278･258) - × 近藤文美 462(236･226)
○ 吉田真由美 484(237･247) - × 藤田麻衣 451(246･205)
PAGE AND WOESSNER WIN LUMBER LIQUIDATORS SHARK CHAMPIONSHIP TITLES
Rhino Page and Jodi Woessner capture Lumber Liquidators Shark Championship titles in Baltimore
Baltimore has been very good to both Rhino Page and Jodi Woessner and Sunday proved no different as each claimed titles in Lumber Liquidators Shark Championship at AMF Country Club Lanes, the eighth stop of the Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour. Page broke the PBA's seven-game scoring record in the Tournament Qualifying Round (TQR) and made his televised finals debut in this tournament last year and Woessner won her first regional (Professional Women's Bowling Association) title in Baltimore 15 years ago.
Top seed Page, of Topeka, Kan. defeated No. 2 seed Wes Malott of Argyle, Texas, 197-189, to claim his second career title. Malott opened in the second and third frames, and despite both competitors' struggles to strike, it left the door open for Page. Last season's PBA Rookie of the Year needed a mark and a count in the 10th to edge Malott which he did with a spare and a strike.
"I felt like I needed to take advantage of the situation," Page said. "Any time a guy has an open frame, I feel I can really try to pound on him ... unfortunately I didn't. But luckily he was down early and I was able to hang in there."
Page, who had struggled early in the season, was making his first televised finals appearance of the season.
"I can't tell you how much confidence this brings," the 25-year-old said. "Three weeks ago I was pounding my head into the wall. But I went back to what made me, me. I didn't realize I had gotten away from it. But just because I won, doesn't mean I can let up know."
In the second match, Malott, who was making his fourth TV finals appearance in eight events, had a near-perfect game, defeating last week's champion and Sunday's No. 3 seed Parker Bohn III, 290-204. In the first match, Bohn III of Jackson, N.J. advanced by defeating defending champion Patrick Allen of Wesley Chapel, Fla., 244-233.
In the PBA Women's Series, sponsored by the United States Bowling Congress (USBC), No. 2 seed Jodi Woessner of Oregon, Ohio defeated last week's champion and top seed Carolyn Dorin-Ballard of Keller, Texas, 247-189 in the championship match. Woessner struck in the first six frames and jumped out to a quick lead en route to her first career PBA Women's Series title. It was Woessner's second televised finals appearance of the season, previously losing to Michelle Feldman in the championship match of the Chameleon Championship in Taylor, Mich. on Nov. 16.
"I just tried to make good shots and kept my arm swing loose," Woessner said. "Last month when I was on the show, I think I pressed too hard. I've bowled Carolyn several times and I've had success against her. I don't know if I bring my game up a notch when I play her, because she's an amazing player."
PAGE AND DORIN-BALLARD TOP SEEDS IN SUNDAY'S FINALS
Rhino Page enters Sunday's televised finals as the top seed
Rhino Page said he only looked at the scoreboard once and just tried to remain relaxed during Friday night's Round of 16 match play. That mantra seemed to work for him as he ended up edging out Wes Malott by 72 pins for the No. 1 seed in Sunday's live televised ESPN finals of the Lumber Liquidators Shark Championship, the eighth stop of the 2008-09 Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour.
"Last week (at the Cheetah Championship in Cheektowaga, N.Y.) I made it to match play and I just pressed and pressed, I wanted it so bad and I got ahead of myself," Page said. "This time I was relaxed and just took my time. I just tried to bowl in the 220s, I made the moves and I had the right equipment in my hand."
Page of Topeka, Kan. finished with a 13-4-1 match play record, 7,727 pins and averaged 228.81. It is Page's first television appearance of the season and he is seeking his second career title.
"I'm very happy (to be the No. 1 seed)," the 25-year-old said. "I put myself in a situation where I'm automatically in the title match. It's been a tough year for me, but I've worked on some things and it feels good to be back and play the way I know how to."
No. 2 seed Malott is making his fourth televised finals appearance this season and seeking his second title of the year, and fifth overall. He finished Friday with a 10-8 record, 7,655 pins and 229.84 average.
"I am the only righty on the show again (he was the sole right-hander in the finals at the CLR Carmen Salvino Scorpion Championship in Vernon Hills, Ill.) so hopefully that will help me."
Patrick Allen of Wesley Chapel, Fla. struck out in the 10th in the final position round to beat out Mika Koivuniemi by six pins to nab the fourth and final spot in Sunday's finals. Allen, who will be making his second consecutive televised appearance, finished at 9-8-1, 7,544 pins and averaged 226.84.
"It's just emotional bowling against Mika," Allen said. "We've locked heads on TV and gone back and forth in the past, it was a very intense finish. I fought really hard tonight. It came down to the 10th, Mika needed a strike and fortunately he didn't make it."
Allen will face No. 3 seed Parker Bohn III of Jackson, N.J. in the first men's stepladder match. Bohn III is looking for his second consecutive title after winning last week's Cheetah Championship in Cheektowaga, N.Y. as the No. 1 seed. Bohn III finished with a 13-5 record, 7,579 pins and 224.66 average.
"I always want to be in the top position but going into the last game tonight, I just wanted to bowl a good game and make the telecast," Bohn III said. "I knew Wes and Rhino were striking and were 50 pins ahead so I wasn't worried about catching them. I have three games on Sunday ... I will be more than happy to bowl three consecutive games."
In the Women's Series, sponsored by the U.S. Bowling Congress (USBC), Carolyn Dorin-Ballard of N. Richland Hills, Texas and Jodi Woessner of Oregon, Ohio finished No. 1 and 2, respectively, to earn spots in Sunday's live ESPN finals.
Dorin-Ballard is seeking her second consecutive PBA Women's Series title after winning in Cheektowaga last week and Woessner is making her second finals appearance this season (she lost to Michelle Feldman in the championship match of the Chameleon Championship in Taylor, Mich.).
Dorin-Ballard led the entire tournament, finishing 5-4 in match play with 5,204 pins and 219.74 average.
"This is definitely not my pattern (Shark)," Dorin-Ballard said. "I came in with an open mind but I knew there were girls here who can bowl well on this pattern so I did not expect to finish in the top two when I first started. I'm really fortunate to be on this telecast."
Woessner is seeking her first career PBA Women's Series title. She finished at 7-2, 5,113 pins and averaged 213.17.
"I had a good feeling coming here this week," Woessner said. "The first set I didn't do so well but in the second set I made some adjustments."
RUSSELL AND DORIN-BALLARD FINISH ATOP QUALIFYING AT LUMBER LIQUIDATORS SHARK CHAMPIONSHIP
Ronnie Russell finished atop the Round of 64 qualifying field in Baltimore
Ronnie Russell and Carolyn Dorin-Ballard each dominated their respective fields in Thursday's second block of qualifying to finish atop the field in the Lumber Liquidators Shark Championship, the eighth stop on the Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour.
Russell of Indianapolis, Ind. was 11th after the first seven game block with 1,578 pins, and he came on strong in the second block adding 1,681 pins for a total score of 3259, plus-459, averaging 232.79 over the 14 games. Russell edged out second-place Wes Malott of Argyle, Texas by 27 pins.
"Honestly I've never really bowled well on Shark (oil pattern)," Russell said. "I won a regional tournament on Shark but it was a different lane machine. I was pretty relaxed all day which helped me bowl really well."
Russell, who lost his exemption last season when he and teammate Joe Ciccone lost in the finals of the PBA Exempt Doubles Classic, recently gained exempt status at the CLR Carmen Salvino Scorpion Championship in Vernon Hills, Ill. Patrick Healey was unable to bowl the number of tournaments required to retain his exemption and Russell was next on the PBA points list, so PBA Commissioner Fred Schreyer awarded him the exemption.
"My mind really isn't on the exemption, I'm just trying to bowl well and put myself in a position to keep it now," Russell said. "I just want to keep trying to bowl well and give myself a chance to win."
Local favorite Eddie Van Daniker Jr. of Essex, Md. also advanced to the Round of 32 match play, finishing seventh in qualifying with a score of 3,135.
Also of note, Doug Kent, Joe Bailey and Rhino Page all shot 300 games during qualifying. All advanced to Friday's play in which the top 32 men and top 10 women advanced.
Dorin-Ballard, who had held a 31 point lead after the first block over the 16-player field, managed to double her lead, finishing 98 pins ahead of Clara Guerrero of Colombia. Dorin-Ballard, who won last week at the Cheetah Championship in Cheektowaga, N.Y., finished the day with 3,045 pins, averaging 245 over the 14 games.
"I was bowling real well last week and of course winning brings confidence but you can't be too confident because I think the conditions are tough," Dorin-Ballard said. "My plan for tomorrow will be the same as it was last week, use the same equipment which has worked for me, watch my ball reaction and make my moves based off that."
PARKER BOHN III AND CAROLYN DORIN-BALLARD WIN CHEETAH CHAMPIONSHIP
Parker Bohn III and Carolyn Dorin-Ballard capture the Cheetah Championship in Cheektowaga, N.Y.
Two of the greatest to ever throw a bowling ball, Parker Bohn III of Jackson, N.J. and Carolyn Dorin-Ballard of N. Richland Hills, Texas, took home titles at the Cheetah Championship, the seventh stop on the 2008-09 Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour. The final round was telecast live from AMF Thruway Lanes on ESPN.
Bohn III's 32nd career title came after defeating No. 3 seed Mike Scroggins of Amarillo, Texas 242-198 in the televised championship round.
"I had one ball that worked all week, my Twisted Fury; I had tried to use others, but it was almost impossible to get through the pins," said Bohn III, who is currently fifth on the list of all-time PBA Tour titlists.
Bohn III was the top seed entering the final round after defeating No. 2 seed Patrick Allen of Wesley Chapel, Fla. in Friday's final position round 279-237.
"If it's a stepladder format, I want to be No. 1 every week, that's the way I like it" said Bohn III, who only had to win one match on Sunday's telecast to win the championship.
Scroggins advanced to Sunday's championship match by climbing the ladder in the stepladder format, first defeating No. 4 seed and local fan favorite Jack Jurek of Lackawanna, N.Y., 235-175, then No. 2 Allen, 222-200.
PBA Women's Series Dorin-Ballard defeated No. 2 seed Stefanie Nation of Arlington, Texas, to take home the Cheetah Championship trophy and her 2nd career PBA Women's Series title.
"This was a very emotional day for me," said Dorin-Ballard. "It's Pearl Harbor Day, and my dad was a P.O.W. in World War II, and I felt like he was looking out for me."
Dorin-Ballard defeated Nation 208-204 in the close championship match. Dorin-Ballard threw a clutch strike the first shot in the 10th frame and then left a 1-2-4-10 washout, sparing it to force Nation to strike the first shot in the 10th frame. Nation left a stubborn 10 pin to give Dorin-Ballard the title.
"Stefanie did really well in the 10th, but I got a break and took it," said Dorin-Ballard. "The lanes were tight and if I didn't catch it the way I needed to, I wouldn't have gotten the strikes."
○ 山本勲 203 - 195 × 山崎行夫
○ 山崎行夫 279 - 259 × 児島都史
○ 児島都史 248 - 224 × キム・ヨンピル
【JPBA】 全日本プロボウリング選手権大会 【準決勝】
PARKER BOHN III AND CAROLYN DORIN-BALLARD CLAIM TOP SPOT OF CHEETAH CHAMPIONSHIP FINALS
Carolyn Dorin-Ballard earns the top seed in the Women's Series Cheetah Championship
Parker Bohn III of Jackson, N.J. and Carolyn Dorin-Ballard of N. Richland Hills, Tex. became the top seeds going into Sunday's televised championship round at the Cheetah Championship, the seventh stop on the 2008-09 Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour. The final round will be telecast live from AMF Thruway Lanes on ESPN at 1 p.m. EST.
No. 2 seed Patrick Allen of Wesley Chapel, Fla., No. 3 seed Mike Scroggins of Amarillo, Texas and No. 4 seed Jack Jurek of Lackawanna, N.Y. will compete in a stepladder competition to reach top seed Bohn in the finals.
"I have only one game to win everything and that's the way I like it," said Bohn, who is looking for his 32nd career title on Sunday and who finished Friday's match play with a 235.38 average.
Jurek, the only Buffalo-area resident to make the television show and a local fan favorite, is looking for his second career PBA tour title. He finished match play with a 222.47 average.
"Tonight was unbelievable; I have no idea how some of those pins fell," said Jurek. "This morning I was kind of uptight, and for some reason tonight I calmed down a lot. A lot of friends and family showed up, a lot of people I've bowled with in the past and that was great."
Jurek bowled collegiately at Texas A&M University with No. 3 seed Scroggins and Carolyn Dorin-Ballard, the top seed advancing to Sunday's final of the PBA Women's Series, sponsored by the United States Bowling Congress (USBC), Cheetah Championship.
Dorin-Ballard, who finished match play with a 218.96 average, will face off against No. 2 seed Stefanie Nation of Arlington, Texas in the women's final. Nation finished with a 218.00 average.
"I feel really good about how I bowled tonight," said Dorin-Ballard. "After Detroit, I knew I needed to change and I bowled every single day over the break. My husband and I (PBA bowler Del Ballard, Jr., who will be inducted into the PBA Hall of Fame in January 2009) worked a lot on my game. A lot of people worked really hard to get me here today."
ALLEN AND NATION LEAD RF. OF 64 QUALIFYING AT CHEETAH CHAMPIONSHIP
Patrick Allen finishes atop the Round of 64 Qualifying of the Cheetah Championship
Patrick Allen of Wesley Chapel, Fla. and Stefanie Nation of Arlington, Tex. finished on top of the pack after two seven-game blocks at the Cheetah Championship, the seventh stop on the 2008-09 Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour, taking place at AMF Thruway Lanes.
The Cheetah pattern proved to be fruitful for left-handed bowlers like Allen; six of eight lefties in the field made the cut to 32.
"A lot of lefties bowled well today, we're all playing the same part of the lane" said Allen, "but there are certainly weeks where the pattern isn't as good to us."
Allen, who has 10 total PBA Tour titles including nine standard titles and one Major, finished the 14 games with a 234.93 average, 29 pins ahead of Bill O'Neill of Southampton, Pa.
Buffalo-area bowlers Brad Angelo of Lockport, N.Y., Jack Jurek of Lackawanna, N.Y. and Joe Ciccone of Buffalo also advanced to the Round of 32.
In the Women's Series Cheetah Championship, Nation finished the day with a 220.5 average over 14 games. She was the clear leader heading into the final games Thursday night over PBA Women's Series veteran Carolyn Dorin-Ballard of N. Richland Hills, Tex., who finished second with an average of 211.64.
"I'm always trying my hardest, even if I have a comfortable lead," said Nation, who won the first Women's Series event of the 2008-09 season at the Pepsi Viper Championship in Omaha, Neb. "I played outside the lane pretty much the whole day. I just paid attention to where people were scoring."
Liz Johnson of Cheektowaga, N.Y., who on Thursday became the first woman in PBA history to qualify for a men's tournament while a Women's Series event was running concurrently, failed to advance to the Round of 32. She finished 46th overall with a 206.14 average.