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2008/12/25

 

高坂 麻衣(39期・No.418 所属:厚木プラザボウル)
吉田健三郎(8期・No.184 所属:(株)ラウンドワン)

第41回内閣総理大臣杯日本プロスポーツ大賞のご報告

第41回内閣総理大臣杯日本プロスポーツ大賞の新人賞に、今年9月のMKチャリティカップで初優勝を果たした高坂麻衣が受賞しました。また、功労賞にはROUND1CUPを立ち上げた業績が認められ吉田健三郎が受賞。12/25(木)に東京都内のホテルで開かれた表彰式にて、盾と賞状の授与が行われました。


 

2008/12/20

姫路麗にとって、2008年は優勝2回、そして優勝決定戦で敗れること3回。口惜しさに涙を呑み、そしてそれをバネにさらなる高みを目指した年でした。
そんな一年を締めくくる最後の大会、「HANDA CUP」全日本女子プロ選手権大会。
来季のシード権と、ランキング1位という栄誉。どちらも譲れないプロのプライドがかかったこの戦いは、成績発表のたびに激しく上位が変動する大混戦。
姫路は予選1日目でトップに立ったものの、五十嵐久乃・谷川章子に追い抜かれ、3日目にはパーフェクトも達成しましたが抜き返すことが出来ないまま決勝ステップラダーへ3位で進出します。
4位決定戦の対戦相手は、10月のROUND1CupLadiesで敗北した鷲塚志麻。鷲塚はわずか一ヶ月足らずで二つのビッグタイトルを手にした今年最も勢いのある選手の一人ですが、二度も同じ相手に敗北したくない姫路が気迫で鷲塚を撃退。今度は11月の群馬オープンで敗れた谷川章子との対戦に。
ターキースタートと好調な滑り出しの谷川に対し、姫路は1フレ目でオープン。大きく出遅れましたが、「もう負けたくない」姫路、3フレ目から気迫の6連続ストライクを決め、10フレ勝負に持ち込んだ末4ピン差で逃げ切り、今年6回目の優勝決定戦進出を果たします。
今年2月の新人戦で初優勝を果たした五十嵐も、追い上げて来た姫路に対し一歩も退かぬ戦いを展開しますが、8フレでのオープンが響き、わずかに届かず 1G目は姫路の勝利。トップシードの五十嵐が負けた為、全日本方式にのっとり勝敗の行方は再優勝決定戦へ持ち越しに。
もう後がない五十嵐は1フレから6連続ストライクを決めてトップシードの意地を見せましたが、1G目の勝利に気を緩めることなく臨んだ姫路も5連続ストライクを決め、さらに7フレからターキーを重ねて五十嵐を追い抜きます。その後五十嵐にストライクが続かず、ちょうど10ピン差を守って姫路が二度目の突き放しに成功。
3年前に手にすることが出来なかった全日本女子選手権大会のタイトルをしっかりとその手で掴み取り、同時に今年度三冠女王の栄誉に輝きました!

 

再優勝決定戦

× 五十嵐久乃 245 - 255 ○ 姫路麗

2月の「新人戦」初優勝以来、好調を維持し来季シード権を今大会で確定させた五十嵐対今季終盤(「群馬」準優勝、「プリンスカップ」優勝)絶好調姫路との再優勝決定戦は、両者1フレからストライクラッシュ!五十嵐は6連発、姫路は5連発で切れるもスペアを挟んで7フレから気合いのターキーで逆転。しかし10フレ一投目2.4.5.8のバケットが残りこれをミスると五十嵐の再逆転となるところ、これをしっかりカバーし優勝決定!「全日本」初制覇と今年度3冠王を達成。今季3勝目(DHC第4戦と先週のプリンスカップに続き)・通算4勝目を飾る!

優勝決定戦

× 五十嵐久乃 222 - 226 ○ 姫路麗

両者序盤からフフォースをもってきて互角の勝負、終盤共にスプリットミスし同じような展開ながらカウント差で姫路が勝って再決定戦へ!

3位決定戦

× 谷川章子 234 - 238 ○ 姫路麗

今季絶好調の二人、予想通り接戦となった3位決定戦は、1フレミスを3フレからの6連続ストライクで巻き返した姫路がターキースタートの谷川をまくりそのまま僅差で逃げ切って五十嵐との優勝決定戦へ!

4位決定戦

○ 姫路麗 214 - 190 × 鷲塚志麻

使用フロアを移動してのTV決勝は、両者レーンコンディションを掴めず姫路が8フレからのターキーで何とか鷲塚を引き離し3位決定戦へ進出。鷲塚は序盤のスプリットミスが響き4位で終了。

 

 【JPBA】 全日本女子プロボウリング選手権大会 【準決勝】

 

五十嵐久乃

トップシード(全日本方式ステップラダーは優勝決定戦でトップシードが負けた場合、再決定戦を行う)を賭け、谷川章子と五十嵐久乃の熾烈な戦いは最終ゲーム10フレ勝負となり五十嵐が10フレダブルをもってきて谷川を再逆転!「全日本」のビッグタイトル制覇へ王手をかける。2位は最後の最後で逆転を許した谷川、3位に今年度の3冠王を決定させた姫路麗、そして準決勝トップのスコア(245 AVE)で15位から怒濤の追い込みで4位で進出を果たした今季2勝を挙げている鷲塚志麻が入った。


 

2008/12/19

谷川章子が準々決勝トップのスコア(243 AVE)でトーナメントリーダー!2位は後半721で盛り返した五十嵐久乃がつけている。

 

 【JPBA】 全日本女子プロボウリング選手権大会 【予選 Part 3】

 

五十嵐久乃

五十嵐久乃(新人戦優勝)が最終シリーズも690を打ち絶好調宣言!「全日本」」のビッグタイトルを目指し準々決勝へ!。2位に「群馬オープン」優勝の谷川章子、3位に「DHC」「プリンスカップ」優勝の姫路麗、4位に「宮崎」優勝の近藤文美と今季優勝者が上位を占める。


 

2008/12/18

今季「新人戦」優勝から絶好調の五十嵐久乃が最終シリーズ709で遂にトップへ!五十嵐は現在ポイントランキング20位でシード権獲得(基本的に18位)を目指す。

 

 【JPBA】 全日本女子プロボウリング選手権大会 【予選 Part 1】

 

姫路 麗

先週の「プリンスカップ」で優勝し、現在3冠王の姫路麗が684・740と爆発し現在トップ!
柴田知美がスタートの第1シリーズで800シリーズ達成(802=247・259・296)!


 

2008/12/14

一年最後のトーナメントとなる全日本選手権を前に、ボウリングで言えば9フレーム目の勝負どころにあたる、今年のJLBCプリンスカップ。
予選を通過したプロアマ合計96人の選手による2G勝ち抜きトーナメント戦は、選手はもとより観客も一緒に一喜一憂する熾烈な戦いとなりましたが、最後のTV決勝のステージに立ったのは吉田真由美・藤田麻衣・姫路 麗・近藤文美の4人。
全員ママさんボウラーの対決となった準決勝一試合目は、産休から復帰してすでに来期シードを射程圏内としている吉田と、今季後半で調子を上げてきた藤田の顔合わせに。
初優勝がかかる藤田は1G目では僅差で吉田を上回りましたが、一昨年のチャンピオンである吉田が2G目で40ピン以上の差を付けて一気に逆転し、優勝決定戦へ一番乗りを果たします。
準決勝第二試合は前年度優勝者の近藤VS姫路の対戦。トーナメント組合せ表を見ると、近藤は何と昨年とまったく同じ位置から同じように勝ち上がってきており、これはもしや二連覇なるかと期待されましたが、そんなジンクスを打ち破るべく姫路が大爆発!278・258とビッグゲームを連発して近藤を下し、吉田が待つ優勝決定戦へと進みます。
自宅で待つ小さな我が子に優勝のお土産を持ち帰りたい吉田と、はるばる大阪から応援に駆けつけてくれた愛娘の目の前で優勝したい姫路。二人の対決はまず 1G目でスプリットに苦しんだ吉田が162ピンと思わぬロースコアを出してしまい、ノーミスを守った姫路に約70ピンの大量リードを許してしまいます。
さらに姫路は2G目も4フレーム目はオープンにしたものの7フレーム目から5連続ストライクを決めて226ピン、合計459ピンで終了。もう後がない吉田もようやく持ち直した6フレーム目から6連続ストライクに成功して懸命に追い上げますが、1G目のリードを覆すには遠く、合計398ピンで終了し、姫路の大会初優勝が決定。
すでに4月のDHC最終戦で一勝を挙げましたが、2位で終わった試合は今季3回の姫路、長らく溜まった鬱憤を晴らす見事な勝利を果たしました!

 

優勝決定戦

× 吉田真由美 398(162・236) - ○ 姫路麗 459(233・226)

1G目が終了し71ピンを追いかける吉田は6フレからストライクを続け追い上げるが姫路も7フレからストライクを連発。姫路が快勝で大会初優勝を挙げる。今季2勝・通算3勝目

準決勝(Bゾーン)

○ 姫路麗 536(278・258) - × 近藤文美 462(236・226)

姫路が完璧な投球を見せディフェンディングチャンピオン近藤を破り吉田との優勝決定戦へ!

準決勝(Aゾーン)

○ 吉田真由美 484(237・247) - × 藤田麻衣 451(246・205)

1G目が終了し1マークリードの藤田は、2G目も互角の戦いを見せるが吉田が地力の差を見せ逆転勝ち。一昨年のチャンピオン吉田が大会2勝目を狙い優勝決定戦へ。

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."


 

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2008/12/12

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."


 

2008/12/11

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."


 

2008/12/07

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."


 

2008/12/06

男子トーナメント一年の総決算であり、来年のシード権獲得の最後のチャンスとあって、鬼気迫る熱い戦いとなったHANDACUP第42回全日本プロボウリング選手権大会。
ハイレベルな戦いを繰り広げたトッププロの頂点に立ったのは、大会三連覇となる山本勲でした!
予選を突破した36人が準決勝で一挙に絞られ、決勝ステップラダーはキム・ヨンピル、児島都史、山崎行夫、そして山本勲という若手・ベテラン、JPBA・KPBA取り混ぜた4人が進出。
キムと児島の顔合わせで行われた4位決定戦は、終始ノーミスを守った児島に対し、5・6フレ目をオープンとしたキムが7フレ目からオールウェーで追い上げるも届かず、児島がキムを振り切って3位決定戦へ。
初優勝のかかった児島はベテランの山崎を相手に果敢に攻め込みますが、百戦錬磨の山崎はさらに上を行くボウリングを見せ、児島もここで敗退。山崎VS山本の優勝決定戦に。
先月のジャパンオープンでTV決勝パーフェクトという史上4人目の偉業を果たした山本に対する山崎は、14年前に史上3人目の偉業を達成した強者。
まさに運命のカードといった対戦は両者ストライクで滑り出しましたが、2フレ目で山崎がまさかのスプリット。さらに山本も6フレ目をスプリットでオープンにしてしまい、その後ターキーを持ってきますが山崎に決定打を与えられないまま、勝負は10フレにもつれ込みます。
先攻の山本が203ピンで終了し、山崎は最低でも10フレダブルストライクにしなければ追いつかないという場面で、無情にも1投目に10番ピンを残してしまい、山崎は195ピンで終了。
結果、今年の開幕戦である関西オープン優勝から数えて今季3勝目の山本は、史上初の全日本選手権大会三連覇というさらなる偉業で有終の美を飾りました!

 

優勝決定戦

○ 山本勲 203 - 195 × 山崎行夫

山本が10フレ勝負の接戦を制し、見事「全日本」初の大会3連覇を達成!先に203で終了した山本は山崎の10フレ待ち。山崎が10フレダブルと逆転勝ちで再決定戦となるところ、山崎の投じた一投目は、やや力が入ったか10ピンタップで万事休す。山本は今季開幕戦「関西オープン」を制し、先日の「ジャパンオープン」TV決勝優勝決定戦でパーフェクトゲームの快挙、そして「全日本」大会初の3連覇達成と2008年は山本イヤーとなった。今季3勝(「関西オープン」「ジャパンオープン」優勝に続き)・通算11勝目!
山本はポイント・賞金ランキング゙(22,829,100円獲得)の2冠達成!ハイアベレージはパク・ジョンスーが獲得。

3位決定戦

○ 山崎行夫 279 - 259 × 児島都史

山崎が6フレスペア以外全てストライク、大ベテラン(山崎は先月で60歳)が若獅子(児島25歳)に勝利し現在絶好調山本との優勝決定戦へ!

4位決定戦

○ 児島都史 248 - 224 × キム・ヨンピル

児島が先制のフォース、とどめのフォースでキムを破り初優勝にむけ山崎との3位決定戦へ!

 

 【JPBA】 全日本プロボウリング選手権大会 【準決勝】

  

山本 勲

山本勲が全日本初の大会3連覇を目指しトップシードでTVへ!2位に先月60歳を迎えますます元気な山崎行夫、3位に期待の若手児島都史、そして4位でKPBAサウスポーNo.1のキム・ヨンピルが進出した。


 

2008/12/05

24Gの長丁場をトップで通過したのは、大ベテランの山崎行夫、同じくベテランの持田学が2位、そして3連覇を狙う山本勲が3位で進出!

 

 【PBA】 Cheetah Championship 【Round of 16】

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."


 

2008/12/04

 【PBA】 Cheetah Championship 【Round of 64 - Block 2】

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.


 

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