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2009/01/29

長谷 宏
会場:千葉リバーレーン


 

2009/01/27

大澤義樹
会場:品川プリンスホテルボウリングセンター

 

呉竹博之
会場:イーグルボウル


 

2009/01/26

吉田文啓
会場:スポルト名古屋


 

2009/01/25

Page's Miscue Helps Allen Win H&R Block Tournament of Champions

Patrick Allen won the Professional Bowlers Association's H&R Block Tournament of Champions at Red Rock Lanes Sunday, but he didn't feel very good about it.

The Wesley Chapel, Fla., left-hander slipped past his fellow southpaw, close friend and Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour roommate Rhino Page of Topeka, Kan., 267-263, to win his second career major championship and his second title in three weeks. It meant a $50,000 payday and a two-year PBA Tour exemption in the crowning event of the PBA's 50th Anniversary Gala week.

Allen had a hard time shaking off the fact that his buddy basically handed him the glory by making an errant shot on his second shot in the 10th frame. Needing only a nine-count spare after striking on his first shot in the final frame, Page - the PBA's reigning Rookie of the Year - called for a re-rack to calm himself. Not realizing he had already used the two re-racks he was allowed, he glanced at the 25-second shot clock before re-composing himself.

"Rhino got the ball a little too far left. It came off his hand with nothing on it," Allen said. "I could see it was a bad shot."

Page missed the headpin, knocking down four pins and his dream of winning his first major title disappeared.

"I knew the shot was in trouble when it came off my hand," Page said. "I got distracted with the time clock, but sometimes you have to learn the hard way. I still had a great week. I'll take second after not making the cut the previous three weeks."

"He out-bowled me until that shot," Allen said. "I really feel for him. You don't win out here if you don't get some breaks, but that's not the way you want to win. I got a huge break two weeks ago against Walter Ray Williams Jr., but to be honest, I didn't feel as bad for Walter Ray. He's got 45 titles. You have to get breaks to beat him."

"Over the past few weeks, everything has been going my way," Allen added. "It was an honor to be here the whole week. Winning the Tournament of Champions, especially this week, is something I'll never forget. It was an honor just to be here this week."

The victory for Allen, who was the top qualifier making his PBA record-tying fifth consecutive television appearance, continued an amazing turn-around after a dismal start to the season.

"After the first six weeks, I was on the verge of bowling for my job. I was bowling terrible. But I had a practice session with Doug Kent and things began to click after that."

Right-hander Wes Malott of Pflugerville, Texas, defeated lefty Mike Scroggins of Amarillo, Texas, 276-203, in the opening stepladder match, but back-to-back 4-6-7-10 splits in the semifinal match against Page ended Malott's bid for a third title in six weeks. Page won, 243-200.

 

 【PBA】 News

Experts Select Earl Anthony as Greatest Player in PBA History

The late Earl Anthony, who left an indelible legacy on the Professional Bowlers Association Tour as its first career millionaire, was announced as the greatest player in the PBA's first 50 years Sunday, capping the tour's weeklong 50th anniversary celebration at Red Rock Resort, Casino and Spa.

Walter Ray Williams Jr. of Ocala, Fla., the man who finally eclipsed Anthony's total of 43 career PBA titles, finished second in voting conducted by a national panel of bowling experts.

"Earl would have been thrilled, very honored," said Susie Anthony, the late Earl Anthony's wife. "If Earl were here, he would probably say he wasn't deserving. He wouldn't turn it down, but he'd be very humble."

"He would have been humble in public, thrilled in private," Anthony's son Mike added.

Finishing second wasn't much of a disappointment to Williams, who now has 45 PBA titles, more than $4 million in career earnings and is still one of the PBA Tour's most feared competitors.

"I feel Earl's record is better than mine because it was more condensed," Williams said. "Earl bowled 14 years and 400 or so events. I've bowled well over 600 by now, maybe 700. Some people will argue Earl's era was tougher, but others will argue my era was tougher. The reality is, people threw the ball differently in each era. That's the way the game is played."

"I'm very pleased to be No. 2," Williams continued. "If Dick Weber would have had 45 titles at the time Earl was still bowling, he probably would have kept on bowling because he would have wanted someone to chase. As it was, he retired because no one had close to the number of titles he had. He didn't have anything to shoot for."

"Some people don't remember that Earl was Player of the Year in 1983, the year he retired," said Williams, who is one of the PBA's best historians. "And he didn't even bowl a full season that year."


 

2009/01/23

Allen & Malott Show Continues in H&R Block Tournament of Champions

Patrick Allen and Wes Malott, the two hottest players in pro bowling, will be on stage again Sunday for the finals of the Professional Bowlers Association's H&R Block Tournament of Champions, the closing event in the PBA's 50th Anniversary celebration at Red Rock Lanes.

Reigning PBA Rookie of the Year Rhino Page of Topeka, Kan., and veteran Mike Scroggins of Amarillo, Texas, will be the challengers who hope to throw ice water on the torrid tandem.

Allen, a 38-year-old left-hander from Wesley Chapel, Fla., will make a PBA record-tying fifth consecutive television appearance as the tournament leader, finishing the six-round, 48-game preliminary battle with 11,927 pins. Malott, who has won two of the last five Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour events, came from behind in the final game of match play to advance to his seventh TV final of the 2008-09 Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour season as the No. 4 qualifier.

In between the two will be Page, bowling for his first major title, and Scroggins, the 2005 United States Bowling Congress Masters champion, who'll be trying for his second major.

The common thread is that all four are thrilled to be on center stage in front of an unprecedented collection of professional bowling legends each of the finalists idolized as youngsters.

"I've been on an unbelievable wave," Allen said. "After the first six weeks of the season, I was on the verge of bowling for my job. I was bowling terrible. But I had a practice session with Doug Kent. He pointed out a couple of things. I agreed with him, and things began to click. When you're bowling with confidence, when you believe in yourself, you can get the job done."

Allen, who will be trying for his 12th career title and second of the 2008-09 season, said Sunday's title match will be a matter of "throwing 10 shots with reckless abandon and hope. But right now, I think I'm more focused than anyone in the building."

Page said that despite his youth and lack of experience in major championships, he couldn't be happier. While he would love to win, he is just going to go out there and fire the ball.

"I can't tell you what it would be like to win this week," Page continued. "This is a special year. Everyone who is anyone in the sport is here this week."

Scroggins, who will bowl Malott in the opening match, knows he's up against the hottest player in the game. "That's all right," he said. "I beat Chris Barnes and Walter Ray Williams Jr. for my last two titles."

He also admitted the gathering of the PBA's 50 Greatest Players of All-Time hasn't escaped anyone's notice.

"It's a big honor to be here this week. I've been star-struck all week with all the guys here who I grew up watching on TV."

Malott, the only right-hander among the finalists, has his mind on adding to his growing list of accomplishments on Sunday.

"I hit a bunch of personal goals last week in Medford (Ore.) when I defended a title, got my second title of the season and got the Player of the Year points lead," he said. "Now, my goal is to add a major to my resume."

"I've been the only right-hander on the show before. I won in Medford a year ago and finished second in Baltimore earlier in the season, when I thought I pretty much gave that one away. But hopefully, I'll be able to build my own lane condition and make good shots."

 

 【PBA】 H&R Block Tournament of Champions 【Round of 24 - Block 2】

Malott Rolls into Lead as Top 24 Qualifiers Advance in H&R Block Tournament of Champions

Wes Malott, the hottest player in professional bowling, used a combination of soaring confidence and a never quit attitude to take the lead into Friday night's final round of match play in the Professional Bowlers Association's H&R Block Tournament of Champions at Red Rock Lanes.

Malott, who has won two of the last five Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour events and has advanced to the ESPN television finals in five consecutive singles events, won six of his eight matches Friday afternoon and tied in the other two to finish with a 40-game total of 9,864 pins (238.4 average) and a seven-pin lead over Mike Scroggins of Amarillo, Texas.

"I have a lot of confidence right now and I'm getting some key hits to keep the momentum going," the five-time PBA Tour titlist said. "When hits don't go my way, the biggest thing has been to quit whining and do something about it."

That maturity has been the biggest factor in the 6-foot-4, 250-pound Texan's arrival as a star in only his sixth full season as a professional bowler. The 32-year-old Pflugerville, Texas, resident had to remind himself to keep plugging Thursday night after he lost the lead and dropped into fifth place.

"I started match play last night 0-4," he said, "and I asked myself, what are you doing? I stuck with it, figured things out and won my next four matches. That's definitely been the biggest thing about my maturity out here. All of the top coaches tell you to keep trying because you'll always learn something. That's how I approach things now. Even if it looks like I'm not trying, I never give up."

Scroggins, who turned his career around almost exactly a year ago when he swept through four opponents to win the Motel 6 Dick Weber Open, led until the final match of the fifth round.

"I started well, but didn't end too well," the Amarillo, Texas, left-hander said. "The lanes started hooking and I didn't adjust."


 

2009/01/22

Perfect Finish Vaults Page into H&R Block Tournament of Champions Lead

After rolling a pair of 289 games earlier in the round, Rhino Page of Topeka, Kan., closed the opening round of match play with a perfect game Thursday night to take the lead in the Professional Bowlers Association's H&R Block Tournament of Champions at Red Rock Lanes.

Page, bowling in his first Tournament of Champions, finished the fourth round averaging 240.3 for his 32 games taking a 23-pin lead over Mike Scroggins of Amarillo, Texas. Earlier in the day, Page jumped into contention when he started the third round with three consecutive 279 games.

"It was a roller coaster day," said the 25-year-old left-hander, a two-time titlist on the Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour. "Fortunately, my peaks were really high and my valleys weren't too low. I had a 289 in my first game tonight and I got really relaxed. Getting loose caught up with me and I lost my focus and bowled a 170 game. I got so mad at myself after that one that I could actually feel my ears burning, but it helped me get my focus back."

Page, the reigning PBA Rookie of the Year, is trying not to think about making the TV show in his quest for his first major title, but he did admit to getting momentarily caught up in a case of star-gazing when the event got underway.

"When I reported to my starting lanes at the start of the tournament, I found out two of my boyhood idols were right there," he said. "Parker Bohn III was on my pair, and Mike Aulby was next to me. Just to be in the same event with two of the guys I've idolized my whole career was a thrill."

Bowling alongside a pair of PBA Hall of Famers actually motivated Page, but he never took his eyes off the bigger prize.

"I'm going to stay focused and not get into a mode where I think I'm locked into the TV show," he said. "You can't be thinking about winning a major. If you get complacent against any of these guys, you'll get your butt kicked."

Earlier Thursday, Norm Duke of Clermont, Fla., finished in 39th place, failing to advance to match play and ending his bid to win a record fourth consecutive PBA major title.

 

 【PBA】 H&R Block Tournament of Champions 【Qualifying Round - Block 3】

Malott Rolls into Lead as Top 24 Qualifiers Advance in H&R Block Tournament of Champions

Wes Malott continued his torrid streak, charging into the lead in the Professional Bowlers Association’s H&R Block Tournament of Champions at Red Rock Lanes Thursday afternoon.

The Pflugerville, Texas, right-hander finished 24 games of qualifying with 5,822 pins for a three-pin lead over the second-hottest player on the 2008-09 Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour, Patrick Allen of Wesley Chapel, Fla. Malott is seeking his third title and fifth TV appearance in the past six events. Allen is in the hunt for his fifth consecutive TV final.

"I'm throwing the ball pretty good," Malott said. "I'm trying to stay humble and keep on doing what I'm doing."

Malott, who said he fulfilled one of his goals last week in Medford, Ore., by winning a second title this season, is now eyeing a couple of new goals. "I'd like to get a major title under my belt and I'm going to keep chasing the PBA Player of the Year points title," he said.

Missing from the field of 24 advancing to match play Thursday evening is Norm Duke of Clermont, Fla., who came into the Tournament of Champions hoping to win an unprecedented fourth consecutive major title. Duke's bid ended when he finished qualifying in 39th place with 5,267 pins.

"You think you know what you're doing, but sometimes you don't," Duke said. "I came off the lanes after 24 games and I still didn't know what I should have been doing."

"I gave it everything I had, but it wasn't enough this week. I'm still proud of myself," he said. "Maybe it was everything else that's going on. I'm not sure, but I'm glad they don't put you in the hall of fame based upon one week's performance. The way I bowled this week was hard to watch."

In addition to his quest for another major title, Duke came into the week knowing he will be inducted into the PBA Hall of Fame during Saturday's PBA 50th Anniversary Gala as well as being recognized as the No. 7 player on the list of the 50 Greatest Players in PBA History.

After Thursday evening's first eight-match match play round, the top 24 will bowl two more match play rounds Friday afternoon and Friday evening. The top four after 48 games will advance to Sunday's stepladder finals which will air at 12:30 p.m. (Eastern, 9:30 a.m. Pacific) on ESPN.

First prize in the tournament is $50,000 plus a two-year Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour exemption.


 

2009/01/21

DeVaney Races into Lead in H&R Block Tournament of Champions

Mike DeVaney of San Diego would like to make his second career Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour title a big one.

DeVaney, who won his only PBA Tour title six years ago in Tacoma, Wash., finished the second round of qualifying in the Professional Bowlers Association H&R Block Tournament of Champions at Red Rock Lanes Thursday with a 287 game for a 3,909 total and a 29-pin lead over first-round leader Ryan Shafer of Horseheads, N.Y.

Holding the 16-game lead wasn't a big deal for Devaney.

"You can't pay attention to the scoreboard when you're bowling these guys," he said. "I'm confident. I'm very happy to be bowling well, especially after the way I've bowled the first part of the season. I've been dealing with a couple of physical issues, but I think I have them under control."

"I feel good about where I am, but the position right now is irrelevant to where you want to be in the end."

Shafer, a four-time PBA titlist who has advanced to the championship round in 11 major tournaments without winning a title, also was avoiding looking too far into the future.

"It's always nice to start well," Shafer said. "In practice before the tournament, I figured it was going to be high scoring. Normally that's not my thing, but I just wanted to keep up with the transition in lane conditions. If you miss a change, you're liable to shoot 180 and that's not what you want to do. Tonight, I hit one pair of lanes where I didn't read the transition. I made one bad shot and shot 160. Basically that's it."

"But I'm not thinking about a title. Maybe 20 years ago I'd have done that, but I'm too old to think like that now," he grinned. "Maybe I'll keep my eye on 24th place just to see what the cut number is, but that's about all at this stage of the game."

Speaking of the 24th and final spot in match play, that's the target Norm Duke of Clermont, Fla., has his sights set on heading into Thursday morning's final eight qualifying games. Duke, who is seeking an unprecedented fourth consecutive PBA major title, was in 32nd place after 16 games with a 3,599 pinfall total, 48 pins shy of the match play cut number.

"I need to figure out how to make the subtle mistakes and still strike," Duke said. "You have to be able to do that when the scores are as high as they are here. I haven't found that magic yet, but I will."

After Thursday's final qualifying round, the field of 60 PBA champions will be cut to the top 24 who will bowl three eight-match match play rounds Thursday evening, Friday afternoon and Friday evening. The top four after 48 games will advance to Sunday's stepladder finals which will air at 12:30 p.m. (Eastern, 9:30 a.m. Pacific) on ESPN.

First prize in the tournament is $50,000 plus a two-year Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour exemption.


 

2009/01/18

 【JPBA】 DHCカップGirlsチームチャレンジ2009

JPBA主催大会・DHCカップGirlsチームチャレンジ2009
平野志帆チーム優勝!

平野志帆(41期・No.441 所属:SAIOSBOWL)
松尾星伽選手・大嶋有香選手

2月より開幕のDHCツアー2009に先駆けての開催となるDHCカップGirlsチームチャレンジ2009が本日終了致しました。
DHC専属プロの酒井美佳や、清水弘子・中島政江・板倉奈智美といったシードプロ率いる強豪チーム揃いの決勝トーナメントを勝ち上がって優勝決定戦のステージに立ったのは、昨年プロデビューを果たした平野志帆と鈴木亜季が率いるフレッシュチーム。
予選をギリギリの8位で通過した鈴木チームは中島チーム・板倉チームを相手に大健闘しましたが、優勝決定戦では力尽きたかスプリットを連発。対する平野チームは見事なチームワークで安定したボウリングを見せ、新人対決を制して勝利を収めました!

 

 【PBA】 Bayer Earl Anthony Medford Classic 【Finals】

Malott Successfully Defends PBA Bayer Earl Anthony Medford Classic Title

Wes Malott of Pflugerville, Texas, moved into the Lumber Liquidators PBA Player of the Year points lead Sunday when he successfully defended his Bayer Earl Anthony Medford Classic title with a 239-201 victory over top qualifier Tommy Jones of Simpsonville, S.C., at Lava Lanes.

Malott, the No. 4 qualifier, won three straight matches on his way to the $25,000 first prize, his fifth career title and his second title of the 2008-09 season. Two open frames by Jones to start the championship match helped Malott take a 33-pin lead after three frames and five strikes in a row to finish the game clinched the victory.

"It wasn't an easy test to get through those guys on the show today," Malott said. "I said to myself do what you know how to do and that's what I did."

"Now that I have defended my title here in Medford, I am meeting some goals I set for myself," Malott said. "I wanted to win two titles in a season and five titles in my career. Now that I have defended, I can set my sights on Player of the Year."

The win gave Malott a 10-point lead over Norm Duke in the Player of the Year points race.

Jones, who made his first TV appearance since winning the Geico Classic in West Babylon, N.Y., last March, made a valiant bid to get back into the match, but he couldn't put together a sustained string of strikes to cut into Malott's lead. Jones earned $13,000 as runner-up.

In the final PBA Women's Series event of the 2008-09 season, newly-elected United States Bowling Congress Hall of Famer Wendy Macpherson of Henderson, Nev., closed with four strikes in a row and won a 199-184 slugfest when Stefanie Nation of Arlington, Texas, failed to convert the 1-2-4-8 in the 10th frame.

"I did the best I could do to get strikes," Macpherson said. "The last part of the game I closed in on the pocket and gave myself a chance."

Sitting on the bench, however, she knew she needed help to win. Nation's errant shot in the 10th frame was the break Macpherson needed.

"I had done the math. I knew what was possible," the 20-time Professional Women's Bowling Association titlist said. "I have been on both sides of that situation. You never like to win that way, but I left the game feeling I did everything I could to win."

"In the six minutes after I stepped off the lanes I received 34 text messages. My response was, 'Wow!'"

For Macpherson, who got into the event as an alternate, it was her first USBC-sponsored Women's Series title. She also earned $10,000 and a spot in the upcoming Women's Shootout. Nation, who earned $6,000, was seeking her second Women's Series title. She won her first in the Pepsi Viper Women's Championship in Omaha, Neb., to start the women's season.

In the opening match of the telecast, Malott threw strikes in six of his first seven frames to end Patrick Allen's hopes for back-to-back titles, 234-195. Allen, from Wesley Chapel, Fla., earned $5,500 for fourth place.

In the men's semifinal match, Malott struck on eight of his first nine shots for a 255-246 victory over Bill O'Neill of Southampton, Pa. O'Neill, who is still vying for his first PBA Tour title, took home $6,500 for third place.

The next stop on the Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour will be the H&R Block PBA Tournament of Champions which gets underway Wednesday at Red Rock Resort and Lanes in Las Vegas. Norm Duke of Clermont, Fla., will head an elite field of 60 PBA champions in his quest for an unprecedented fourth consecutive PBA "major" title.


 

2009/01/16

 【JPBA】 News

2008年度年間最優秀賞表彰のご報告

山本 勲(44期・No.1078 所属:ABS)
姫路 麗(33期・No.352 所属:フタバボウル)

1月15日(木)に品川プリンスホテルにて社日本ボウリング場協会による平成21年賀詞交換会が行われ、その席上で2008年度JPBA年間最優秀賞の表彰式が行われました。
男子はポイント・賞金ランキングで二冠を達成した山本 勲、女子は12月に2連勝を果たして一気に三冠女王の座を獲得した姫路 麗が受賞しました。
また山本は全日本三連覇や、ジャパンオープンにおける優勝決定戦でのパーフェクト達成という快挙を讃えられ、東京運動記者クラブ分科会2008年最優秀選手賞もあわせて受賞致しましたこと、ご報告致します。

 

 【PBA】 Bayer Earl Anthony Medford Classic 【Round of 16】

ALLEN EYES BACK-TO-BACK TITLES IN PBA BAYER EARL ANTHONY MEDFORD CLASSIC

Patrick Allen of Wesley Chapel, Fla., will try for back-to-back Lumber Liquidators PBA titles Sunday in the ESPN-televised finals of the Bayer Earl Anthony Classic at Lava Lanes, but he’ll have to win three matches to do it.

Allen, fresh off a victory in the National Bowling Stadium Championship in Reno, Nev., qualified fourth for Sunday's finals behind top qualifier Tommy Jones of Simpsonville, S.C., Bill O'Neill of Southampton, Pa., and Wes Malott of Pflugerville, Texas. He'll have to beat all three, starting with Malott, to claim his 12th career PBA Tour title.

Jones, bidding for his first title in almost a year, posted a 32-game total of 7,624 pins on a demanding new Earl Anthony lane conditioning pattern, taking the top spot by 27 pins over O'Neill, who is seeking his first Lumber Liquidators PBA title. O'Neill and Malott also were finalists a week ago in Reno while Jones, a 10-time PBA Tour winner, will be making his first TV appearance of the 2008-09 season.

"The lanes were really hard tonight," said Jones, "it reminded me of a U.S. Open pattern. I tried to with 15 pounds last year and got into some bad habits. Two weeks ago I went back to 16 and worked with Mark Baker, my swing was getting way to steep."

For the second straight week, Allen is the only left-hander to reach the TV finals, and he did it this time in a tournament dedicated to the most successful left-hander bowler in PBA history.

"I would never compare myself to Earl," Allen noted, "but he had his weeks when no other lefties were close, so maybe there is a little of Earl in the house this week."

Allen locked up his spot in the finals by starting his final position round match against Malott with seven strikes.

"I bowled a big game when I had to," he said. "I knew if I could beat Malott, I would be in good shape and fortunately I struck in the ninth frame to seal the deal."

In the final PBA Women's Series event of the season, newly-elected United States Bowling Congress Hall of Famer Wendy Macpherson of Henderson, Nev., will try for her first Women's Series title against rising star Stefanie Nation of Arlington, Texas. Macpherson, the all-time earnings leader in women's professional bowling, led the women's field with a 23-game total of 4,951 pins, earning the top qualifying position by 15 pins over Nation.

"I'm the alternate in the PBA Women's Series, so this was only the fourth event I've been able to bowl in," Macpherson said. "I was really excited to advance to match play. I'm speechless right now, tickled pink to make the show. I've done nothing but work on my game, bowling every day since September. I'm really excited."


 

2009/01/15

RUSSELL LEADS QUALIFYING AT PBA BAYER EARL ANTHONY MEDFORD CLASSIC

Ronnie Russell of Indianapolis, Ind., earned the top seed for match play in the PBA Bayer Earl Anthony Medford Classic, finishing with a 3,197 14-game pinfall and a 228.36 average after Round of 64 qualifying Thursday at Lava Lanes.

Russell will join 31 other players who advanced from Thursday's qualifying round in match play on Friday.

"I used the same ball all day which is pretty rare for me," said Russell, who is looking for his first Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour title. "The last couple of years I have been getting better mentally and physically so I'm getting more used to being in this position."

The top four match play finalists after Friday's competition will compete in the ESPN-televised finals on Sunday starting at 10 a.m. PT.

The Medford stop also features the seventh and final PBA Women's Series event of the season. Earning the top seed after Thursday's Round of 16 was Jodi Woessner of Oregon, Ohio who finished with a 2,882 pinfall (205.86 average).

Unlike Russell, Woessner found it necessary to change to a different ball near the end of Friday's first block.

"It was a grueling day of ups and downs," said Woessner, who won the 2008 Lumber Liquidators Shark PBA Women's Series Championship in December. "I made a good ball choice near the end of the first block and stayed with it in the second block."

The top 10 qualifiers from the PBA Women's Series Round of 16 advance to match play which will also take place on Friday. The top two qualifiers will compete in the championship round of that event during Sunday’s ESPN telecast.

The PBA Bayer Earl Anthony Medford Classic is the 11th stop on the 2008-09 Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour.


 

2009/01/11

PATRICK ALLEN WINS PBA NATIONAL BOWLING STADIUM CHAMPIONSHIP

Patrick Allen stumbled as he approached the finish line, but a colossal bad break for Walter Ray Williams Jr., the Professional Bowlers Association's all-time titles leader, handed Allen the Lumber Liquidators PBA National Bowling Stadium Championship Sunday.

Allen defeated Williams, 225-223, when Williams left a pocket 8-10 split on his second shot in the 10th frame of the title match. A fourth consecutive strike would have meant victory for the 45-time PBA champion after spares by Allen in the ninth and 10th frames gave Williams a chance for a come-from-behind victory.

"After Walter Ray labeled the first one in the tenth, I was just praying for a rolloff," Allen said. "He is the all-time titles leader because he performs when he needs to. The second shot looked good off his hand. Having that happen to win is something you can't even imagine."

Allen, who picked up his 11th career title and first of the 2008-09 season, earned $25,000 and locked up an exemption for the 2009-2010 season. Williams won $13,000 for second place.

"I drifted a hair left on the second ball and didn't get it to the right spot, seeing the 8-pin standing was like somebody shot me," Williams said. "I got a few good breaks this week, I just needed one more."

The tournament was the first in PBA Tour history to employ different lane conditioning patterns on each lane during the match play and ESPN-televised championship rounds. The left lane was conditioned with the PBA's 44-foot-long Shark pattern while the right lane featured a 36-foot Cheetah pattern, forcing the players to make separate bowling ball and angle-of-attack choices for each lane.

"I knew if I could get lined up right, I would be all right," Allen said. "Bowling on the mixed patterns against O'Neill, Barnes, Malott and Walter Ray could be the biggest challenge I have ever faced."

In the opening stepladder match, Allen ended 2006 PBA Rookie of the Year Bill O'Neill's bid for his first title, 218-200. O'Neill, a former Saginaw Valley State University collegiate All-American from Levittown, Pa., earned $5,000 for fifth place. Leaving and failing to convert the 1-2-4-6-10 "washout" in the fourth frame proved to be O'Neill's undoing.

Allen then eliminated reigning PBA Player of the Year Chris Barnes of Double Oak, Texas, 267-236. The key shot in the match was Barnes' missed 7 pin spare attempt in the ninth frame after he had rallied to take a one-pin lead. Barnes, a 10-time PBA champion, earned $5,500 for fourth place.

The 38-year-old left-hander advanced to the title match against Williams after a 268-215 romp past red-hot Wes Malott of Pflugerville, Texas. Malott, the 2008-09 Player of the Year points leader, was never a factor after Allen started the match with seven strikes. Malott earned $6,500 for third place.

The next stop on the 2008-09 Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour will be the Bayer Earl Anthony Classic at Lava Lanes in Medford, Ore., starting Tuesday. The tournament will be contested on a new, specially-designed "Earl Anthony" lane condition and it will include the final PBA Women's Series tournament of the season. ESPN will televise the women's and PBA Exempt Tour finals Sunday at 1 p.m. (Eastern Time).


 

2009/01/09

WALTER RAY WILLIAMS JR. TOP QUALIFIER FOR NATIONAL BOWLING STADIUM CHAMPIONSHIP

Many considered Walter Ray Williams Jr. of Ocala, Fla. the heavy favorite as the Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour unveiled its first multiple-pattern event at the National Bowling Stadium Championship. Williams, Jr., the all-time PBA titles leader, charged to the top of the leader board with a 13-5 record in match play and will seek his unprecedented 46th career title as the tournament leader and top seed for Sunday's live ESPN final round.

"I bowled pretty well," said Williams, Jr. "I was able to do something with the Shark and had a nice reaction on Cheetah."

This is the first time that multiple oil patterns were used during a Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour tournament and on the telecast, requiring bowlers to face the challenge of negotiating each oil pattern by determining equipment choices and lane play strategy on every alternating shot.

Wes Malott of Pflugerville, Tex. finished as the second seed with a 12-6 match play record, stroking the first multiple-pattern 300 game in PBA history.

"I followed Walter Ray in game eight of Match Play," said Malott. "He created a hook spot for me and I was able to take advantage. I set myself up to stay in the PBA Player of the Year race."

The Round of 16 shaped up as one of the most compelling in the history of the Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour. Eight of the recently named 50 Greatest Players in the history of the Professional Bowlers Association started the round with a chance to make the ESPN television show. Going into the Position Round (32nd Game) positions 3rd through 6th were separated by only four pins.

The reigning PBA Player of the Year, Chris Barnes of Double Oak, Tex. qualified in 3rd place. "There were some really important shots in the last few games," said Barnes. "It's nice to be back on the television show."

"It was sick," said 4th-seeded Patrick Allen of Wesley Chapel, Fla., "I've never seen anything like that in my entire life. It shows you the mental toughness of the great players on multiple patterns."

Fifth-seeded Bill O'Neill of Southampton, Pa. completes the television field making his fourth final round appearance of the 2008-09 Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour season.

Liz Johnson of Cheektowaga, N.Y. finished 7th, the top woman in the field advancing to match play. Defending champion Tommy Jones of Simpsonville, S.C. finished in 10th place. Jones won the 2008 Constructionjobs.com Championship at the National Bowling Stadium on Jan. 6, 2008.

Bowling fans will be treated to a pair of nationally-televised Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour events on Sunday at the National Bowling Stadium. Tickets are free and doors are open to the public at 8 a.m. PT.

The bowling doubleheader starts with ESPN's live final round coverage of The National Bowling Stadium Championship at 10 a.m. PT followed by the taping of the Don and Paula Carter Mixed Doubles Championship.

Norm Duke and Liz Johnson qualified as the top seeds in the mixed doubles event. Sean Rash and Carolyn Dorin-Ballard qualified in second position. In third position was the mixed doubles team of Steve Harman and Jennifer Petrick. The fourth-seeded Tom Hess and Laura Hardeman with fifth-seeded Brad Angelo and Shannon Pluhowsky round out the field for the Don and Paula Carter Mixed Doubles Championship.


 

2009/01/08

NORM DUKE LEADS PBA NATIONAL BOWLING STADIUM CHAMPIONSHIP

PBA Hall of Famer-Elect Norm Duke of Clermont, Fla. and Walter Ray Williams Jr. of Ocala, Fla. sit 1-2 in the standings after the qualifying rounds of the 2009 National Bowling Stadium Championship.

"In any sport, momentum is huge", said Duke. "I've bowled a lot of games this week, more games are good for me right now to get in the groove and build some confidence."

Defending champion Tommy Jones of Simpsonville, S.C. is currently in 12th place. Jones won the 2008 Constructionjobs.com Championship at the National Bowling Stadium on Jan. 6, 2008 defeating Patrick Allen 254-214 to win his 11th career title on the Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour.

The National Bowling Stadium Championship features a 64-player field bowling 14 games of qualifying with seven games each on the PBA Experience Cheetah and Shark patterns. The top 32 players with the highest pinfall advance to match play competition.

Round One of match play features nine head-to-head one-game matches with the top 16 players advancing. Round Two of match play features an additional nine head-to-head one-game matches with the top five players advancing to the ESPN-televised stepladder finals on Sunday Jan. 11. Match play will feature multiple patterns with the Shark pattern on the left lane and the Cheetah pattern on the right lane.

This is the first time that multiple oil patterns will be used during a Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour tournament and on the telecast, requiring bowlers to face the challenge of negotiating each oil pattern by determining equipment choices and lane play strategy on every alternating shot.

Bowling fans will be treated to a pair of nationally-televised Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour events on Sunday at the National Bowling Stadium. Tickets are free and doors are open to the public at 8 a.m. PT.

The bowling doubleheader starts with ESPN's live final round coverage of The National Bowling Stadium Championship at 10 a.m. PT followed by the taping of the Don and Paula Carter Mixed Doubles Championship.

Norm Duke will be inducted into the Professional Bowlers Hall of Fame during ceremonies to be held at the Red Rock Casino on Saturday Jan. 24 in Las Vegas, Nev.


 

2009/01/07

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ROTH, PETRAGLIA, MACPHERSON ELECTED TO USBC HALL OF FAME

By Bill Vint- USBC Communications

Three of the most successful players in professional bowling history have been elected to the United States Bowling Congress Hall of Fame in the Superior Performance category.

Mark Roth, 57, of Fulton, N.Y.; John Petraglia, 61, of Jackson, N.J., and Wendy Macpherson, 40, of Henderson, Nev., will be inducted during the USBC Convention in Reno, Nev., on Friday, May 1.

Roth, a Brooklyn, N.Y., native, is widely credited with introducing the high-revolution power game into the sport. Roth's unorthodox style produced 34 Professional Bowlers Association titles including a remarkable 14 victories over a two-year span (1978-79). His eight titles in 1978 stand as the most victories in a single year by a PBA player.

Roth also is a two-time PBA Senior Tour champion and banked more than $1.6 million during his career. He won Bowling Writers Association of America Bowler of the Year honors in 1977, '78, '79 and '84 and was inducted into the PBA Hall of Fame in 1987.

"I'm surprised. I didn't think I'd ever get in," Roth said. "It's a great honor. I got the call from USBC President Jeff Boje on New Year's Eve, so it was a great way to bring in the New Year. At least I get to go in before I die so I can enjoy it."

Petraglia, also a Brooklyn native, is a 14-time PBA champion and one of five players in PBA history to complete the Triple Crown. After winning his first PBA title at age 19, Petraglia won the Firestone Tournament of Champions in 1971, U.S. Open in 1977 and the PBA National Championship in 1980. Billy Hardwick, Pete Weber, Mike Aulby and Norm Duke are the only others in the "Triple Crown Club."

Petraglia also was part of two teams that won American Bowling Congress Classic Team titles before the Classic Division was terminated, and he owns six PBA Senior Tour titles. He is the only PBA bowler to win three consecutive televised tournament titles, one of three who have won PBA titles in five different decades, and one of 17 who have bowled nationally-televised 300 games.

"I was very, very surprised. It was a shock, but it was wonderful news," Petraglia said. "I thought it would take two or three years at least. It's pretty special to be recognized alongside guys like Andy Varipapa and Dick Weber and all the great players who are in the hall."

Petraglia and Roth were both pleased to be elected in the same year.

"Mark and I basically grew up together, even though I'm four years older," Petraglia said. "Mark and I won a Paramus league one year, and the Met Classic league another year. We were good bowlers when we were young, but you never know how things are going to turn out. Looking back, it's a big surprise to see what we've accomplished."

Macpherson, a 20-time Professional Women's Bowling Association champion, made her presence known on the women's scene as an 18-year-old amateur when she won the Women's U.S. Open for her first title. Since then she became the youngest woman to win the tour's Triple Crown, captured three USBC Queens titles, was selected Woman Bowler of the Year four times and became the all-time earnings leader in women's professional bowling with $1.2 million in 2003 when the PWBA ceased operations.

"It was a great way to begin the New Year," Macpherson said. "I'm honored. It's very, very exciting."

Macpherson also is the only woman to win a USBC Open Championships title, firing an 812 series to win the 2006 Regular Singles crown in Corpus Christi, Texas.

"I think it's a combination of all the fabulous years and the many years, 20 years, that represents your career," she said. "I did a little bit of reminiscing of how wonderful bowling has been to me over the years, how much I've enjoyed it and been blessed to be able to do it for so many years and am still doing it."

She was the leading vote-getter among the 12 candidates considered by USBC's panel of veteran bowling writers and hall of famers, named on 146 of 158 ballots cast for 92.41 percent to easily exceed the 70 percent majority needed for election. Roth received 130 votes (82.28 percent) while Petraglia received 117 votes (74.05).

Other men's candidates were: Marshall Holman, Medford, Ore., 105 votes (66.46); Del Ballard Jr., Keller, Texas, 59 votes (37.34); Dave Husted, Milwaukie, Ore., 27 votes (17.09), and Amleto Monacelli, Barquisimeto, Venezuela, 16 votes (10.13).

Other women's candidates were: Shirley Levens, Titusville, Fla., 79 votes (50); Dede Davidson, Buellton, Calif., 65 votes (41.14); Cheryl Robinson, Oceanside, Calif., 51 votes (32.28); and Jackie Mitskavitch, DuBois, Pa., and Michelle Mullen, Farmington Hills, Mich., each with 20 votes (12.66).

The USBC Hall of Fame was created in 2005 by merging the former ABC and Women's International Bowling Congress Halls of Fame. With the three new inductees selected by the committee, there are now 375 members of the USBC Hall of Fame - 246 in Performance, 110 in Meritorious Service and 19 Pioneers.


 

2009/01/06

TV FINALISTS ADVANCE AT DON AND PAULA CARTER MIXED DOUBLES CHAMPIONSHIP

Norm Duke and Liz Johnson are Hall of Fame caliber players near the top of their games as individual bowlers. At the National Bowling Stadium on Tuesday Duke and Johnson combined to form a solid doubles team qualifying as the No. 1 seeds for Sunday's final round of the Don and Paula Carter Mixed Doubles Championships on the 2008-09 Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour.

"It was a very exciting event and a race for position all night," Duke said. "It was hard to pull away but Liz and I came away with the top seed for the TV show."

The finals will be taped for broadcast on Sunday Jan. 11 at approximately 1 p.m. PT at the National Bowling Stadium to air on ESPN Sunday Feb. 1 at 2:00 pm ET, marking the first time a PBA Tour Mixed Doubles event has ever been televised.

"You can't ask for a better partner than Norm Duke," Johnson said. "All night long I Just tried to give him a look. I feel very fortunate to be leading this great event with Norm."

Duke and Johnson advanced to the top spot on the strength of a 12-4 record in match play to claim the top position for Sunday's televised finals. Sean Rash and Carolyn Dorin-Ballard qualified in second position. In third position was the mixed doubles team of Steve Harman and Jennifer Petrick. The fourth-seeded Tom Hess and Laura Hardeman with fifth-seeded Brad Angelo and Shannon Pluhowsky round out the field.

Sixty-four players from the Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour and 32 players from the PBA Women's Series (16 PBA Women's Series Exempt Players + 16 of the next highest qualifiers from the PBA Women's Series Tour Trials) each bowled 14 qualifying games at the National Bowling Stadium. The top 16 from each group were combined to form 16 mixed doubles teams which advanced to match play.

After match play, the top five doubles finalists advanced to stepladder competition. No. 5 qualifiers Angelo/Pluhowsky will face No. 4 seeded Hess/Hardeman. The winners will face No. 3 team Harman/ Petrick. The winner of that match will face No. 2 qualifiers Rash/Dorin-Ballard, with the winner of that match to face No. 1 seeded Duke/Johnson in the championship match.


 

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