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2009/08/29

 【PBA】 Shark Championship 【Round of 8】

Malott, Kulick Avenge Losses in PBA Shark Championships

Reigning Professional Bowlers Association Player of the Year Wes Malott of Pflugerville, Texas, avenged his 2008 PBA Shark Championship title match loss to Rhino Page of Wesley Chapel, Fla., and Kelly Kulick of Union, N.J., won a stunning rematch battle against USBC Queens champion Liz Johnson of Cheektowaga, N.Y., in the PBA Women's Shark Championship semifinals Saturday night at Thunderbowl Lanes.

Malott, who hadn't made a TV final in five previous PBA World Series of Bowling events, rallied to edge Page, 4-3, in their best-of-seven-game elimination match.

"It was pretty crazy," Malott said. "I saw Rhino was getting forced to move to the right, and he was trying to open up the lane condition, which you can't do on this pattern. When he started to struggle, I relaxed more."

"There's really no history between us," Malott said of their Shark title rematch, "other than we don't like to lose to each other. It's another week, another year, a different bowling center."

Also advancing to the semifinal round were two "comeback" players and one of the Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour's talented young power players, Michael Fagan of Patchogue, N.Y., who is trying for his first singles title.

Jack Jurek of Lackawanna, N.Y., who won his only PBA Tour title in 1995, defeated Tim Mack of Indianapolis, 4-2, while 15-time PBA titlist Jason Couch of Clermont, Fla., on the comeback trail after undergoing knee surgery in 2007, advanced to the TV finals with a 4-2 win over Australia's two-handed sensation, Jason Belmonte.

"I've had an unbelievable four weeks in Detroit," Jurek said, "but it's been a long time since I've won. It's not like I have a bad record on TV; I've averaged 220-something, but my opponents have averaged 250. You just have to keep knocking on the door and one of these days, something good will happen."

Jurek, 46, missed the match play cut in the Motor City Open to start the five-week, seven-event PBA World Series of Bowling, but since then he has made match play in five consecutive events with three top eight finishes.

Couch, on the other hand, has made steady progress in coming back from surgery on his right knee.

"It's been a tough year and a half," he said. "I think I came back too early, but my issues have probably been more mental than anything. You worry about whether the knee will hold up or not. You can't bowl if you don't have confidence."

Fagan, who has won one doubles title in his eight-year career, said he realizes superstars Walter Ray Williams Jr. and Norm Duke weren't overnight successes, either.

"It's time to win, but I don't feel like I'm struggling. It's a tough sport," Fagan said. "You never know when it'll turn around. Even when you're bowling bad, the next week it can be completely different. This is my career. Someday I want to be one of those people you remember.”

On the women's side, Kulick won what she called "the best match of my career" when Johnson left the 6-7-10 split and missed in the 10th frame of the seventh game, handing Kulick a 246-240 victory and a 4-3 come-from-behind win. Johnson, who defeated Kulick in the USBC Queens title match in April, won the first two games, 261-238 and 279-258. Kulick won the next two games, but then lost again, 265-259. She then topped Johnson, 243-226, to force the seventh game.

"That's the best seven games I've put together in my life," Kulick said. "There was no missing. In the last game, I had her score circled as winning when she went high and left that split. She maybe went high on the headpin one other time in seven games. It was amazing."

In the other women's semifinal, 20-time women's champion Carolyn Dorin-Ballard of Keller, Texas, earned her berth in the Women's Shark title match with a 4-2 victory over 2009 U.S. Women's Open champion Tammy Boomershine of North Ogden, Utah, after taking a few days off to return home for her daughter Alyssa's first day in school.

"The Scorpion Championship was the first tournament I've missed in 18, 19 years as a professional," she said, "but some things take a precedent. There's only one word to explain that experience as a parent: priceless."

The PBA Shark Championship and Women's Shark Championship finals will be contested on Saturday, Sept. 6, for tape-delayed broadcast on ESPN on Sunday, Dec. 6.

 

 【PBA】 Shark Championship 【Round of 16】

Page, Dorin-Ballard Advance in Shark Championships

Defending Professional Bowlers Association Shark Champion Rhino Page of Wesley Chapel Fla., and No. 1 Women's Shark Championship qualifier Carolyn Dorin-Ballard of Keller, Texas, led their respective fields into the final round of match play at Thunderbowl Lanes Saturday night.

In another Round of 8 filled with upsets, Shark Championships top qualifier Norm Duke of Clermont, Fla., was eliminated in a tense 4-3 best-of-seven-game match by injury-plagued Tim Mack of Indianapolis, who earned his first exemption to bowl on the 2009-10 Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour in June at age 38. Duke battled back from a 3-0 deficit to tie the match, but a 4-6-7-10 split in the ninth frame of game seven killed his comeback bid.

All four of the Shark Championships top qualifiers who earned first-round match play byes lost in the Round of 8.

Page defeated No. 4 qualifier Mika Koivuniemi of Hartland, Mich., 4-2; Australian two-handed sensation Jason Belmonte rallied to defeated No. 2 qualifier Michael Haugen Jr. of Carefree, Ariz., 4-3, and Michael Fagan of Patchogue, N.Y., ousted No. 3 qualifier Tommy Jones of Simpsonville, S.C., 4-3.

In other matches, reigning PBA Player of the year Wes Malott of Pflugerville, Texas, knocked out Chris Barnes of Double Oak, Texas, 4-1; Jack Jurek of Lackawanna, N.Y., edged Mike Edwards of Tulsa, Okla., 4-3; Jason Couch of Clermont, Fla., eliminated Ryan Shafer of Horseheads, N.Y., 4-2, and Chris Loschetter of Avon, Ohio, defeated Lonnie Waliczek of Wichita, Kan., 4-2.

The possibility of the first husband and wife tandem reaching the televised finals in the same event ended early Saturday when Parker Bohn III of Jackson, N.J., lost a 4-3 match against Jack Jurek of Lackawanna, N.Y., in the Round of 28 while wife Leslie Bohn was eliminated by Dorin-Ballard, 4-1, in the women’s Round of 8.

In other women's Round of 8 matches, Liz Johnson of Cheektowaga, N.Y., eliminated No. 2 qualifier Wendy Macpherson of Hendersonville, Nev., 4-1; U.S. Women's Open champion Tammy Boomershine of North Ogden, Utah, ousted Colombia's Clara Guerrero, 4-2, and Kelly Kulick of Union, N.J., stopped Shannon O'Keefe of Arlington, Texas, 4-2.

The men's Shark Championship Round of 8 and the women's Shark semifinal rounds were held Saturday night to determine the four men and two women who will advance to the Shark Championships finals on Saturday, Sept. 6. The Shark Championships will air on ESPN on Sunday, Dec. 6.


 

2009/08/28

 【PBA】 Shark Championship 【Round of 72 - Block 2】

Duke, Dorin-Ballard Top Qualifiers in PBA Shark Championships

Norm Duke of Clermont, Fla., and Carolyn Dorin-Ballard of Keller, Texas, led the qualifying fields in the Professional Bowlers Association Shark Championships at Thunderbowl Lanes Friday, but most eyes will be on the wife-and-husband tandem of Leslie and Parker Bohn III who will attempt to become the first TV finals couple in PBA history when the tournament begins match play competition Saturday.

The Shark Championships are the last of five so-called "animal pattern" lane conditioning events in the inaugural PBA World Series of Bowling, a festival of professional bowling which ends on Sept. 6.

Duke, a PBA Hall of Famer and 34-time Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour champion, averaged 221.79 for the 14 qualifying games, finishing with a 3,105 pinfall total and a 65-pin edge over Michael Haugen Jr. of Carefree, Ariz., in the men's Shark Championship. First-round leader Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., was third with 3,026 pins followed by Mika Koivuniemi, Hartland, Mich., at 3,013, and Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, with 3,007 pins.

Dorin-Ballard, a 20-time Professional Women's Bowling Association champion and a two-time PBA Women's Series presented by USBC winner, out-averaged Duke at 226.71 and finished with a 3,113 total to top Wendy Macpherson of Henderson, Nev., by 28 pins for the Women's Shark Championship qualifying lead. Shannon O'Keefe of Arlington, Texas, was third with 3,083 pins followed by 2009 U.S. Women's Open champion Tammy Boomershine of North Ogden, Utah, at 3,070 and Colombia's Clara Guerrero at 3,067.

Parker Bohn, who has struggled during the World Series of Bowling, made his first match play cut in six attempts, qualifying for the 28-player best-of-seven-game, single-elimination match play field in a tie for 24th place. Wife Leslie, who made it into the women's qualifying field through the pre-tournament Tour Qualifying Round, earned the eighth and final spot in the women's match play field.

Exempt tour players Chris Barnes and his wife Lynda, Double Oak, Texas, have advanced to the match play finals in both the Viper and Chameleon Championships. Chris is a TV finalist in the Motor City Open, the first World Series event, and Lynda advanced to the Women's Viper Championship title match, but no married couple has ever made it to the same TV show.

"If you could pencil that in, I'd take it," Parker said. "Me, too," Leslie added. "It would be a lot of firsts, including my first TV show as a singles bowler."

"Maybe it was the inspiration of my wife being out there," Parker added. "I will say I beat her the first game of each block, but that's about it. After that, she bowled three-and-a-half times better than me (Parker finished with 2,861 pins, Leslie with 3,016).

"I was delighted to see the women have some TQR opportunities," Leslie continued, "but I didn't have much time. My husband finally told me to pick my favorite lane condition, bowl that event and have a good time. Shannon O'Keefe (an exempt women's player) said she'd watch the kids so I could bowl the TQR. She did and I made it. Then Osku Palmermaa's fiance offered to the watch kids today.

"I've learned so much by watching Parker and how he handles situations. I put that into play today, and it really helped. I worked really hard, filled a lot of frames, had fun and it was enough."

"The big thing for me was starting both rounds with 240 games," Parker said. "Coming out of the gate with big games was the turn around. I felt like I was bowling the U.S. Open every tournament. I'm not blaming anyone. Whether it's good, bad, tight, hooking, inside, outside - it doesn't matter. You have to figure it out."

"Hopefully both of us with have a good day tomorrow," Parker smiled, "and it would be even better if we both get to do interviews after the Shark Championships TV show."

The finals of both the men's and women's Shark Championships will be contested on Sept. 6 at Thunderbowl Lanes for delayed telecast on ESPN on Dec. 6.

 

 【PBA】 Shark Championship 【Round of 72 - Block 1】

Jones, Dorin-Ballard Take Early Qualifying Leads in Shark Championships

Tommy Jones of Simpsonville, S.C., and Carolyn Dorin-Ballard of Keller, Texas, raced into the first round qualifying leads in the Professional Bowlers Association Shark and Women's Shark Championships, respectively, at Thunderbowl Lanes Friday.

The Shark Championships are last of five so-called "animal pattern" lane conditioning events in the inaugural PBA World Series of Bowling, a festival of professional bowling which will determine 13 championship events by the time it ends on Sept. 6.

Jones averaged 229 for the first seven qualifying games, finishing with a 1,603 pinfall total and a 23-pin lead over Pete Weber of St. Ann, Mo. Patrick Dombroski of Parma, Ohio, who qualified for the event through the Tour Qualifying Round, was third with 1,545 pins follosed by Mika Koivuniemi of Hartland, Mich., at 1,533 and Sean Rash of Wichita, Kan., at 1,525.

"It's been a rough road for me so far at Thunderbowl Lanes," Jones said. "My ball really hasn't been rolling well, but we tried some new drilling patterns and so far, so good. Normally the Shark pattern is my least favorite of the animal patterns, but I bowled okay on it at Taylor Lanes (where he made the championship round of the Motor City Open earlier in August) and so far, I'm doing okay on the Shark pattern here. I'll take it."

Dorin-Ballard, a 20-time Professional Women's Bowling Association champion and a two-time PBA Women's Series presented by USBC winner, averaged 226.71 for a 1,587 total and a 37-pin lead over 2009 U.S. Women's Open champion Tammy Boomershine of North Ogden, Utah. Wendy Macpherson of Henderson, Nev., was third with 1,539 pins followed by Colombia's Clara Guerrero at 1,512 and Leslie Bohn of Jackson, N.J., with 1,499 pins.

"The one thing about the Shark pattern is you know where you have to play ? inside," Dorin-Ballard said. "There is nowhere else to go. Today the ladies broke the pattern down pretty well, and I was about to get a double here, a turkey there, so I'm happy."

Dorin-Ballard withdrew from the Women's Scorpion Championship earlier in the week to return home for a rest break, and to be on hand for her daughter Alyssa's first day of school.

"That's the first tournament I've missed in 18, 19 years as a professional," she said, "but some things take a precedent. There's only one word to explain that experience as a parent: priceless."

After qualifying concludes this evening the top 28 players in the men's Shark Championship and the top eight in the Women's Series Shark Championship will advance to best-of-seven game match play beginning Saturday morning. The finals of both events will be taped on Sept. 6 at Thunderbowl Lanes for airing on ESPN Dec. 6.


 

2009/08/27

 【JPBA】 プロボウリングレディース新人戦 【決勝トーナメント】

 

2009プロボウリングレディース新人戦
佐藤まさみ 初優勝!

デビューから5年間のみ参加資格を与えられるプロボウリングレディース新人戦、今年は一段と面白い展開になりました!
予選でパーフェクトを達成した森 彩奈江が独走状態でファイナルラウンドに一番乗りすると、清水弘子・高坂麻衣・土屋佑佳といった優勝経験のある強豪に、徐々に頭角を現し始めている森山真理や柳 美穂、さらに今回が初ファイナル経験となる粕谷純代らの、バラエティに富んだ顔ぶれが後を追います。
そんな中、台風の目となったのは今年トップ合格を果たした佐藤まさみでした。
予選12位から準決勝で猛チャージをかけて6位まで順位を上げ、粕谷と同じく初ファイナル進出を果たすと、決勝トーナメント一回戦で高坂を大差で撃破。 準決勝ではいきなり7-10スプリットからのスタートを切ったものの、清水を7ピンの僅差でかわし、森との優勝決定戦へと駒を進めます。
今大会の特別協賛であるピザーラの特製ユニフォームに身を包んで戦う森は、自身初のパーフェクト達成で気合いも十分、一回戦からずっと同じレーンでの投 球ということもあり、これは森が優勢かと思われましたが、逆にコンディションの変化に苦しむ展開に。対する佐藤も序盤でダブルを持って来た後は我慢を強い られましたが、ミスを出さずに丁寧にゲームを運び、終盤は勝負どころの9フレーム目を挟んでターキー!これでほぼ勝利が確定し、佐藤が森に引導を渡しま す。
つい先日行われた男子新人戦での串田 昭と同じく、今年度トップ合格の佐藤が初優勝・初タイトルを獲得。 夏の終わりにひまわりのような笑顔を咲かせました!

 

佐藤まさみ

優勝決定戦

○ 佐藤まさみ 224 - 203 × 森 彩奈江

新人戦初出場の佐藤まさみが、P☆リーガーで今大会絶好調の森 彩奈江を破り見事初優勝を挙げる。森は決勝レーンで10ピンが飛ばず惜しくも優勝を逃す。

準決勝 第2試合

× 粕谷純代 191 - 211 ○ 森 彩奈江

森が何とか逃げ切り優勝決定戦へ!

準決勝 第1試合

× 清水弘子 202 - 209 ○ 佐藤まさみ

新人(トップ合格)の佐藤が新女王清水(通算タイトル13勝)を破る大金星で優勝決定戦へ!

森 彩奈江


 

2009/08/26

 【JPBA】 プロボウリングレディース新人戦 【予選】

 

森 彩奈江
自身初パーフェクト達成!

Pリーグでも活躍の森彩奈江(40期:神明ボウル)が6G目自身初のパーフェクトゲームを含むビッグゲーム連発でトップ通過!


 

2009/08/25

Underdog Smallwood Prevails in PBA Scorpion Championship Semifinals

Tuesday was a big day for the underdogs in the Professional Bowlers Association Scorpion Championships at Thunderbowl Lanes where defending champions Wes Malott of Pflugerville, Texas, and Michelle Feldman of Auburn, N.Y., were among the victims, and a local player who is the face of Michigan's struggling automotive industry was one of the heroes.

Thomas Smallwood of Saginaw, who decided to give the professional tour a try after being laid off from his job at General Motors, out-lasted 34-time PBA Tour champion Norm Duke of Clermont, Fla., to make his first television final. Smallwood's 211-207 victory ended a 4-3 best-of-seven-game match and knocked Duke out of the tournament. Smallwood had never finished higher than eighth in limited PBA Tour competition over the past few years.

"I'm just beat up, drained," Smallwood said. "Norm is probably one of the three greatest bowlers ever and I won. He left a couple of 7 pins that probably shouldn't have stood up, but I'm okay with that. And to get past Chris Barnes in the Round of 16, too"

"Two months ago I was going to go find a job, but now I'm here and I made a TV show. To get to this point is unbelievable," the 31-year-old added. "To beat two of the best players ever is amazing."

Malott, who dominated on the PBA Scorpion lane condition last season, nipped Venezuela's Amleto Monacelli, 4-3, in their best-of-seven-game Round of 8 match, but was no match for Sean Rash of Wichita, Kan., in the semifinal round, losing, 4-2. In the other matches, Australia's two-handed sensation, Jason Belmonte, ousted No. 3 qualifier Steve Jaros of Yorkville, Ill., 4-2, and Mike DeVaney of San Diego advanced to the Sept. 6 ESPN finals with a 4-2 decision over Jack Jurek of Lackawanna, N.Y.

Reaching the TV final brought a sense of relief to Belmonte, who is experiencing pressure - external and self-imposed - to duplicate the success of his first PBA Tour victory in Long Island, N.Y., late in the 2008-09 season.

"I really got off to a bad start in the World Series," Belmonte said, "but I've come to realize it's a long road out here. I tend to be short-sighted, to see what's in front of me right now, but you have to get past all that and just bowl."

"Today was a real roller coaster of emotions for me. I started great against the greatest bowler ever to walk the face of the earth - Walter Ray Williams Jr. - and once I got past him, I had this feeling that I shouldn't lose to anyone else.”"

Liz Johnson of Cheektowaga, N.Y., who has won every significant women's title over the past two years except a PBA Women's Series singles title, cruised into the Women's Scorpion Championship title match with a 4-0 victory over Feldman. Johnson will bowl for the title on Sept. 6 against Shannon Pluhowsky of Phoenix, who upset top qualifier Kelly Kulick of Union, N.J., 4-2.

"I was able to play an outside line tonight with an aggressive ball and it really worked," Johnson said. "I still have my eye on that title, but the only way to get one is to keep making TV shows."

The TV final is the second in World Series of Bowling competition for both women. Johnson also has qualified for the Sept. 5 Women's Viper Championship along with Lynda Barnes of Double Oak, Texas, while Pluhowsky is a finalist in the Women's Chameleon Championship where she'll bowl Carolyn Dorin-Ballard of Keller, Texas, on Sept. 6.

The PBA Scorpion Championships which will be taped for delayed telecast on ESPN on Sunday, Nov. 29.

 

 【PBA】 Scorpion Championship 【Round of 16】

Upsets Dominate PBA Scorpion Championship Round of 16

Defending champion Wes Malott of Pflugerville, Texas, advanced to the Round of 8 in the Professional Bowlers Association Scorpion Championship at Thunderbowl Lanes Tuesday, but it was a rough afternoon for three of the four top qualifiers.

The Scorpion Championships, for men and women, are part of the inaugural PBA World Series of Bowling taking place in suburban Detroit through Sept. 6.

Malott, who dominated on the PBA Scorpion lane condition last season, rallied to win the final game against Venezuela's Amleto Monacelli, 214-204, for a 4-3 decision in their best-of-seven-game, single-elimination match.

Eliminated in Tuesday's Round of 16, however, were top qualifier Pete Weber of St. Ann, Mo., who lost a 4-3 contest against Sean Rash of Wichita, Kan.; No. 2 qualifier Chris Barnes of Double Oak, Texas, who was upset by laid off General Motors employee Thomas Smallwood of Saginaw, Mich., 4-3, and No. 4 Mika Koivuniemi of Hartland, Mich., who was ousted by Jack Jurek of Lackawanna, N.Y. No. 3 qualifier Steve Jaros, Yorkville, Ill., was the only top four qualifier to advance to Tuesday night’s Round of 8, defeating Joe Ciccone of Buffalo, N.Y., 4-2.

In the PBA Women's Series presented by BOWL.COM Scorpion Championship Round of 8, top qualifier Kelly Kulick of Union, N.J., eliminated Adrienne Miller of Albuquerque, N.M., 4-1; No. 3 qualifier Liz Johnson of Cheektowaga, N.Y., ousted Jodi Woessner of Oregon, Ohio, 4-1, and Shannon Pluhowsky of Phoenix eliminated Shannon O'Keefe of Arlington, Texas, 4-1. No. 2 qualifier and defending Women's Scorpion Champion Michelle Feldman of Auburn, N.Y., also advanced, but she needed seven games to escape Colombia's Clara Guerrero, 4-3, and move on to Tuesday night's semifinal round.

The four winners from Tuesday night's men's Round of 8 and the two surviving women will advance to the PBA Scorpion Championships which will be conducted Sunday, Sept. 6, for delayed telecast on ESPN on Sunday, Nov. 29.


 

2009/08/24

 【PBA】 Scorpion Championship 【Round of 72 - Block 2】

Weber, Kulick are Top Qualifiers in PBA Scorpion Championships

Professional Bowlers Association Hall of Famer Pete Weber and former PBA Tour exempt player Kelly Kulick led their respective fields at the end of qualifying in the PBA Scorpion and Women's Scorpion Championships at Thunderbowl Lanes Monday.

The Scorpion Championships are part of the inaugural PBA World Series of Bowling, a festival of professional bowling which will include 13 championship events by the time it ends on Sept. 6.

Weber, a 34-time PBA Tour champion, averaged 225.57 for 14 games to overtake first-round leader Chris Barnes of Double Oak, Texas. The St. Ann, Mo., veteran posted a total of 3,158 pins for an 84-pin lead over Barnes. Also finishing in the top four Monday, earning first-round byes for match play Tuesday, were Steve Jaros, Yorkville, Ill., in third place with a 3,059 total and Mika Koivuniemi, Hartland, Mich., with 3,053 pins.

"I made the right ball change this afternoon," Weber said of his solid second seven-game block. "I struggled the first couple of games, but once I got lined up, the last few games were real good."

"I got the season off to a good start in the Motor City Open," Weber added, "but I didn't bowl all that good in the Cheetah Championship. My brother Rich came into town and told me I was leaning in my approach again. I need to stay more upright, so that's what I'm working on and it's obviously the key for me."

Kulick, in her second year as a PBA Women's Series presented by BOWL.COM exempt player, averaged 212.43 to take the women's qualifying lead. She finished with 2,974 pins for 14 games to slip past defending Women's Scorpion Champion Michelle Feldman of Auburn, N.Y., who had a 2,950 total and first-round women's leader Liz Johnson of Cheektowaga, N.Y., who finished in third place with a 2,935 total.

Kulick, the only woman ever to bowl a full season on the male-dominated PBA Tour (2006-07), said simply, "The lanes were very hard. It seems like every second round, they hook more. I'm fortunately one of the ladies who can play a deeper angle, but pin carry is always an issue when you're playing inside."

Kulick has won a Women's U.S. Open and a USBC Queens title, but is still chasing her first PBA Women's Series presented by USBC title.

"It has been frustrating," she said. "I still consider bowling my livelihood. I know I need to win a title to secure another season on tour, so, yes, winning one of these is important. This is what I love to do."

The top 28 players in the men's Scorpion Championship and the top eight in the Women's Series Scorpion Championship advance to best-of-seven-game match play beginning Tuesday morning. The finals of both events will be contested on Sept. 6 at Thunderbowl Lanes for airing on ESPN Nov. 29 at 1 p.m. ET.

After 71 qualifying games in five World Series of Bowling events, Jaros is the "Lumber Leader" with 15,822 pins - a 222.85 average - in pursuit of a $10,000 bonus for knocking down the most pins in a combined total of 103 games of qualifying. Barnes is second, 13 pins behind. The winner will be decided after the final round of qualifying in the PBA World Championship on Sept. 3.


 

2009/08/23

 【JPBA】 プロボウリング男子新人戦 【決勝ラウンドロビン】

 

StarlanesCUP 2009プロボウリング男子新人戦
  串田 昭が初優勝!

プロテスト合格から3年以内の者にしか出場資格が与えられないプロボウリング男子新人戦。長いプロボウラー人生においてたった3回しか獲得のチャンスが ない貴重なタイトルなだけに、新人プロ達がしのぎを削る真夏の戦いが、今年も無事開催されました。
プロアマ総勢160名によって行われた予選にて、まず頭角を現したのは今年が最後のチャンスである46期生の森西義治。そしてその森西に予選後半で追い抜かれ、2位で準決勝進出となった今年のトップ合格者・48期生の串田 昭。
準決勝では二人にやや離れた位置から追い続ける中嶋志拓、森西と同じく今年がラストチャンスの鈴木勇太、地元での初優勝が欲しい連保友輔がラストスパートをかけて滑り込み、決勝ラウンドロビン進出を果たします。
そして行われたファイナルステージ・決勝ラウンドロビンでは、予選・準決勝と頭を押さえられ続けた串田が大爆発!
「マッチプレーに強い」と評判の東海勢らしく、6勝1敗とダントツの成績で首位を独走。最後のポジションマッチではただ一人白星を奪う事が出来なかった森西との対戦になりました。
その結果は残念ながら、逆転を狙う森西が2度のオープンフレームで最後の最後に失速。対する串田はダブルでスタートを切ると、4フレーム目から8連続ストライクを決め、完膚無きまで森西を突き放しました。
昨年のプロテストでは、途中不慮の怪我によりプロテストを断念して一年見送り、今年0からのやり直しで見事トップ合格を果たした串田、初参加の男子新人戦で初優勝・初タイトルの栄誉も掴み取りました!

 

 【JPBA】 プロボウリング男子新人戦 【準決勝】

 

森西義治

予選に続き準決勝もスコアを伸ばした地元埼玉の森西義治(46期:浦和S/L)がトップで決勝ラウンドロビンへ!2位に今年トップ合格の串田昭、4位に新人中嶋志拓(なかしまゆきひろ)、6位にもうすぐシード権内(現在ランキング50位)の鈴木勇太、7位に地元埼玉の連保友輔が進出。なおアマチュア3名がラウンドロビン進出を果たした。


 

2009/08/22

 

森西義治

予選8Gが終了し今季シズントライアル2位など好調の森西義治(46期:浦和S/L)が現在トップ、2位に期待通り?の活躍を見せる今年トップ合格串田昭(48期:フリー)が2位につけている。


 

2009/08/20

 【PBA】 Chameleon Championship 【Round of 8】

Field Set for PBA Chameleon and Women's Series Chameleon Championships

The semifinal and championship matches for the Professional Bowlers Association Chameleon Championship and PBA Women's Series presented by BOWL.COM Chameleon Championship were determined in best-of-seven game match play Thursday at Thunderbowl Lanes.

In the PBA Chameleon Championship Round of 8, 2005-06 PBA Rookie of the Year Bill O'Neill, Southampton, Pa., defeated Hall of Famer and all-time Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour win leader Walter Ray Williams Jr., Ocala, Fla., 4-3 in a match that went down to the last frame of the last game.

O'Neill, who also bowled a 300 game in the fifth game of the match, admitted to having to thwart off a let-down after the perfect game. It was his second 300 of the day, having also bowled one in a previous match.

"After you throw a 300 it can be draining and I really tried hard to avoid that," said O'Neill, who made seven television appearances with two second-place finishes last season. "I really had to force myself to stay in the moment."

"It means so much to win against a player like Walter Ray in a situation like this."

In three other Round of 8 matches, Hall of Famer and 19-time PBA Tour titlist Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, defeated Andres Gomez, Colombia, 4-3; four-time Tour titlist Sean Rash, Wichita, Kan., defeated Chad Kloss, Greenfield, Wis., 4-2, and Ronnie Russell, Camby, Ind., defeated Brian Kretzer, Dayton, Ohio, 4-0.

Rash will bowl against Russell in one semifinal match Sept. 6 at Thunderbowl Lanes and O'Neill will take on Monacelli in the other.

In the Women's Series Chameleon Championship semifinal, 20-time women's professional bowling titlist Carolyn Dorin-Ballard, Keller, Texas, defeated Jodi Woessner, Oregon, Ohio, 4-3.

"Trying not to give opportunities away was the key in the match," Dorin-Ballard said, "but there was a period where I was leaving a lot of pocket splits, so I finally had to make a ball change in the fifth game and made a move inside. Jodi had a better look than I did and I needed to do something to start striking."

In the other women's semifinal match, nine-time Team USA member Shannon Pluhowsky, Phoenix, Ariz., defeated 12-time professional women's titlist Liz Johnson, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 4-2.

"I was telling Liz that every time we bowl against each other it's always exciting," Pluhowsky said. "It was a good back-and-forth match."

The Chameleon Championship semifinal and championship matches and the Women's Series Chameleon Championship match will both be conducted Sept. 6 at Thunderbowl Lanes and taped for airing on ESPN Nov. 22 at 1 p.m. ET.

Both championships were conducted as part of the PBA World Series of Bowling on PBA's Chameleon lane conditioning pattern.

 

 【PBA】 Chameleon Championship 【Round of 16】

International Stars Making Mark in PBA Chameleon Championship

International bowling stars Amleto Monacelli of Venezuela and Andres Gomez of Colombia, are among the match play survivors after the PBA Chameleon Championship Round of 16 Thursday at Thunderbowl Lanes. Both players will battle it out in this evening's Round of 8 match.

Monacelli, a PBA Hall of Famer and 19-time Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour titlist, defeated Mike DeVaney 4-3 in the best-of-seven-game match after being down 3-0 to advance to this evening's Round of 8 that will determine the players who will compete in the semifinal and final rounds Sept. 5.

"There was a time when I would get discouraged being down 3-0 or 2-0 in a best-of-five match," Monacelli said. "Now I've changed my attitude where I try to keep figuring out what I'm doing wrong or working on making the right adjustments, or finding the right equipment."

Gomez defeated two-handed specialist and one-time Tour titlist Jason Belmonte of Australia, 4-1 in his best-of-seven-game Round of 16 match.

The 36-year-old Gomez, who has won numerous titles in international competition and has been a member of the Colombian national team for 19 years, returns to Tour action after becoming an exempt player in the 2005-06 season where he had a best finish of ninth.

"It was kind of ironic that when I became exempt, I didn't do that well on Tour because my game wasn't matching up for whatever the reason," said Gomez. "But I wanted to give the Tour one more shot and now I believe I'm bowling as well as I ever have."

Among other Round of 16 winners were Hall of Famer and all-time win leader Walter Ray Williams Jr. and four-time Tour titlist and qualifying leader Sean Rash and 2005-06 Rookie of the Year Bill O'Neill who rolled a 300 in the final game of his match. Among those eliminated were 2007-08 Player of the Year Chris Barnes and seven-time Tour titlist Steve Jaros.

The PBA Chameleon Championship semifinal and championship rounds will be conducted Sept. 5 at Thunderbowl Lanes and taped for telecast on ESPN Nov. 22 at 1 p.m. ET


 

2009/08/19

 【PBA】 Chameleon Championship 【Round of 72 - Block 2】

Sean Rash and Kelly Kulick are Chameleon Championships Top Qualifiers

Sean Rash and Kelly Kulick were the top qualifiers after Wednesday's qualifying round of the Professional Bowlers Association Chameleon Championship and PBA Women's Series presented by BOWL.COM Chameleon Championship at Thunderbowl Lanes.

Rash, a four-time Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour titlist, had a 3,112 14-game pinfall bowling on PBA's Chameleon lane conditioning pattern. After bowling 1,619 in Wednesday morning’s first seven-game block, he had 1,493 in the second block for a 222.3 overall average.

"This is the first time I've ever been the qualifying leader after the final round," Rash said. "I only missed one spare all day which is what you need to do to make cuts. I had some bad games in the second block, but everbody's going to have their bad games. You just want to stay out of trouble and keep the bad games to a minimum."

Kulick, the 2007 USBC Queens and 2003 Women's U.S. Open champion, finished with a 3,033 14-game pinfall. She had 1,561 in the first seven-game block and 1,472 in the second to average 216.6 overall.

"I think this condition favors the ladies who can open up the lane and that fits in well with my "A" game," Kulick said. "I'm very comfortable moving left on the approach and throwing left to right.

"The second block was a little more difficult because the lanes were hooking earlier and I wasn't matching up with conditions changes as quickly as I wanted to."

The top 28 players in the Chameleon Championship and top eight in the Women's Series Chameleon Championship advance to best-of-seven game match play beginning Thursday morning.

The top four qualifiers in the Chameleon Championship - Rash, Steve Jaros, Andres Gomez and Brian Kretzer - earned first-round byes.

The finals of both events will be taped on Sept. 5 at Thunderbowl Lanes for airing on ESPN Nov. 22 at 1 p.m. ET.

Both events are being held concurrently as part of the five-week-long PBA World Series of Bowling at Thunderbowl Lanes.


 

2009/08/16

 【PBA】 Viper Championship 【Round of 8】

Fields Set for PBA Viper and Women's Series Viper Championships

The semifinal and championship match-ups for the Professional Bowlers Association Viper Championship and PBA Women's Series presented by BOWL.COM Championship were determined in best-of-seven game match play Sunday at Thunderbowl Lanes.

In the PBA Viper Championship Round of 8, seven-time Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour titlist and top qualifier Steve Jaros of Yorkville, Ill., advanced to the semifinal by defeating Stevie Weber of Chalmette, La., 4-3. After being up in the match 3-1, Jaros had to beat Weber 243-228 in the seventh game to take the match.

"Even though I was ahead 3-1 I could feel the momentum start to change," Jaros said. "He was doing a better of job of creating good shots and I was starting to struggle. I had a few breaks in that last game that probably made the difference."

In three other Round of 8 Viper Championship matches two-time Tour titlist Rhino Page, Wesley Chapel, Fla., defeated two-hander Jason Belmonte of Australia, 4-1; Ryan Ciminelli, Buffalo, N.Y. defeated Thomas Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich., 4-1 and two-time Tour titlist Michael Haugen Jr., Carefree, Ariz. def. one-time titlist Jack Jurek, Lackawana, N.Y., 4-2.

Jaros will face Page in one Viper Championship semifinal and Haugen will face Ciminelli in the other.

In the Women's Series Viper Championship 12-time professional titlist Liz Johnson of Cheektowaga, N.Y., and 12-time Team USA member Lynda Barnes of Double Oak, Texas, won their semifinal matches and will meet in the championship final.

Johnson defeated 2009 PBA Women's Tour Trials winner Shannon O'Keefe, Arlington, Texas, 4-1 and Barnes defeated international star Shalin Zulkifli of Malaysia, 4-0.

"When you can get a three game lead and your opponent has to win four to beat you that loosens you up quite a bit," said Barnes, who won the 2008 USBC Queens in Detroit. "This best-of-seven game format requires a lot more focus because you have to adjust for more than one game.”

Like a lot of bowlers competing in the Viper Championships Johnson could feel the mental part of the format take its toll.

"It's just a mental grind out there," Johnson said. "You can win big in one game but it's just one game and then you have to move on to another where you might have another set of adjustments to make."

The Viper Championship semifinal and championship matches and the Women's Series Viper Championship match will both be conducted Sept. 5 at Thunderbowl Lanes and taped for the ESPN telecast Nov. 15 at 1 p.m. ET.

Both championships were conducted as part of the PBA World Series of Bowling on PBA's Viper lane condition.


 

2009/08/15

 【PBA】 Viper Championship 【Round of 72 - Block 2】

International Two-Handed Players Advance to Match Play in Viper Championship

A pair of two-handed international stars advanced to Round of 28 match play in the Professional Bowlers Association Viper Championship Saturday at Thunderbowl Lanes.

Two-handers Jason Belmonte of Australia, and Osku Palermaa of Finland, finished qualifying in fifth and 18th, respectively.

Belmonte, who made history last season by becoming the first two-handed player to win a Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour event, bowled a 3,080 14-game pinfall (220 average).

"I'm encouraged by the way I bowled today because I've been disappointed in how I've been bowling here at the World Series (PBA World Series of Bowling) so far," said the 26-year-old Belmonte. "I can tell you I'm far from being in top form so I've got a ways to go."

The 25-year-old Palermaa who also has numerous international titles to his credit and a best PBA Tour finish of fifth in the 2004 U.S. Open, had a 2,953 pinfall for a 210.9 average.

"I was happy with the way I bowled but I struggled a little bit with carrying the corner pins," Palermaa said. "Tomorrow is match play and I just need to do what I do best. When I'm at my best I feel I can beat anyone."

Seven-time Tour titlist Steve Jaros of Yorkville, Ill., topped the 72-player Viper Championship field with a 3,214 pinfall (229.5 average).

"The Viper condition is one of the tougher (PBA) lane conditions and generally I do a little better on the tougher ones," Jaros said. "There's more emphasis on making spares and using speed control which better suits my game."

Twenty-time women's professional titlist Carolyn Dorin-Ballard, of Keller, Texas, led the PBA Women's Series presented by BOWL.COM Viper Championship qualifying with a 3,157 14-game pinfall (225.5 average). She recently finished second in the 2009 Women's U.S. Open.

"The second block was a little different for me," Dorin-Ballard said. "Generally I bowled well but just didn't make all the right adjustments and had to grind it out."

The top 28 players from the Viper Championship and the top eight from the Women's Series Viper Championship advance to best-of-seven game match play beginning Sunday. Both events are being held concurrently this weekend as part of the PBA World Series of Bowling.

The finals of both events will be taped on Sept. 5 at Thunderbowl Lanes for airing on ESPN Nov. 15 at 1 p.m. ET.


 

2009/08/13

 【PBA】 Cheetah Championship 【Finals】

Norm Duke bested Ryan Ciminelli Thursday to win the Cheetah Championship at Thunderbowl.

Norm Duke showed metro Detroit why he is a Hall of Famer.

Down, 1-0, in the best-of-seven Cheetah Championship at Thunderbowl on Thursday, Duke trailed lefty Ryan Ciminelli by 42 pins in the second game.

"How many pins?" Duke asked after the announcer blared his deficit. "That's a lot."

But Duke recovered and threw the next six strikes to win, 236-228. He then steamrolled Ciminelli, 257-213, 236-193 and 258-205, to claim the title, $25,000 and a one-year exemption on the PBA Tour. Duke, 45, is fifth on the all-time career list with 33 titles.

"The lanes are changing every shot we throw, so you try to keep up with it," Duke said. "Sometimes you're too slow; sometimes you're too quick. You just can't sit there on the same board throwing the same shot. I was a little slow at that point keeping up with the breakdown. I elected to keep my speed down a bit and stay behind the ball a little more.

"Honestly, when he announced that I was 42 down, I was embarrassed. I don't care who it is, and I kind of got a charge out of that. Could you tell? That's a momentum-changer right there, because if he goes up, 2-0, he's the winner of this tournament more than likely."

Ciminelli, 23, collected $13,000 for second place. He was dominant during the week and hadn't lost at Thunderbowl, but was plagued by seven pins on Lane 9. He also was hampered by an untimely split to start the third game and one in the fourth.

"It was the same pair that I bowled the Friday night sweeper on, and in the semifinals, I caught that pair," Ciminelli said.

"I tried to do everything I could to get rid of them (seven pins). When I broke off the four-bagger to start the second game, I knew he was going to strike out."

 

 【PBA】 Cheetah Championship 【Round of 8】

Ciminelli defeats Voss to Advance to Cheetah Championship Semifinal

Ryan Ciminelli of Buffalo, N.Y., continued to march through the match play rounds of the Professional Bowlers Association Cheetah Championship by advancing to the semifinal Thursday at Thunderbowl Lanes.

The 23-year-old left-hander defeated PBA Hall of Famer Brian Voss in his Round of 8 best-seven-game match 4-2.

"The key today again was to throw hard and straight and using a urethane ball I'm able to do that effectively," said Ciminelli. "On a lane condition where there's the potential to throw a lot of strikes, throwing the straightest line to the pocket is going to produce the best results."

Ciminelli's best previous Tour finish is seventh which came in the CLR Carmen Salvino Scorpion Classic last season. He is a former collegiate All-American at Erie Community College.

Ciminelli led both Cheetah Championship qualifying rounds as well as the Tour Qualifying Round to make the tournament field.

In other Round of 8 matches, Hall of Famer Norm Duke defeated 2007-08 PBA Player of the Year Chris Barnes, 4-0; Derek Sapp defeated Mike Wolfe, 4-0 and Stevie Weber defeated England's Stuart Williams, 4-2.

The four remaining players will compete in the semifinal this afternoon which will determine the finalists for the championship match at 7 p.m.

The Cheetah Championship, conducted on PBA's Cheetah lane conditioning pattern, is the second tournament of the PBA World Series of Bowling which runs through Sept. 6.
The entire Cheetah Championship is being taped with the highlight-style telecast airing on ESPN Sunday, Nov. 8, at 1 p.m. ET.

 

2009/08/12

 【PBA】 Cheetah Championship 【Round of 16】

Duke defeats Williams Jr. to Advance to Cheetah Championship Round of 8

In a battle between two Professional Bowlers Association legends, Norm Duke defeated all-time Tour win leader Walter Ray Williams Jr. Wednesday to advance to the Round of 8 in the PBA Cheetah Championship at Thunderbowl Lanes.

Duke eliminated 45-time Tour titlist Williams 4-3 in the Round of 16 best-of-seven game match that he admitted was one he needed to be especially prepared for.

"It's like playing Tiger Woods," said the 45-year-old Duke who owns 32 career Tour titles. "You have to fight to beat him every frame. It seems that even on his worse day you have to fight to beat him. The last time we met he swept me all four games."

Qualifying leader Ryan Ciminelli continued his march by defeating one of his mentors, four-time Tour champion Ryan Shafer 4-1. The 23-year-old Ciminelli led both rounds of qualifying as well as the Tour Qualifying Round.

"The difference in match play is that you have to pick and choose your adjustments more carefully and you don't want to be in a situation where you need to make any risky moves," Ciminelli said. "My heart was pounding out there. I had to keep telling myself to calm down."

Hall of Famer Brian Voss also advanced to the Round of 8 by defeating Michael Fagan 4-2.

"This week is very special to me," said Voss. "I won my first title in Detroit and I have a lot of great memories from here."

Others advancing to the Round of 8 were 2007-08 PBA Player of the Year Chris Barnes, Mike Wolfe, Derek Sapp, England's Stuart Williams and Stevie Weber who eliminated reigning Player of the Year Wes Malott.

The eight players will compete in the Round of 8 Thursday morning at 9 a.m. The semifinal round will take place at 2 p.m. and the championship match at 7 p.m.

The Cheetah Championship, conducted on PBA's Cheetah lane conditioning pattern, is the second tournament of the PBA World Series of Bowling which runs through Sept. 6.

The entire Cheetah Championship is being taped with the highlight-style telecast airing on ESPN Sunday, Nov. 8, at 1 p.m. ET.


 

2009/08/11

 【PBA】 Cheetah Championship 【Round of 72 - Block 2】

Ryan Ciminelli Continues to Pace PBA Cheetah Championship Field

Ciminelli, of Buffalo, N.Y., finished qualifying with a 3,477 14-game pinfall (248.3 average). In Tuesday's second seven-game qualifying block he rolled 1,682 with games of 267, 209, 248, 253, 223, 234 and 248 after bowling 1,795 in the first block earlier in the day that included a 300 game.

The 72-player field has been cut to the top 28 players who will advance to best-of-seven game match play beginning Wednesday at 9 a.m. Match play continues on Thursday with the finals to be conducted at 7 p.m. ET. For the first time in PBA history, the semifinals and finals will also be conducted using the best-of-seven game format.

Rounding out the top four who earned a first-round bye in match play were reigning PBA Player of the Year Wes Malott, 3,390; Hall of Famer Norm Duke, 3,389 and one-time Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour titlist Jack Jurek, 3,381.

The key for Ciminelli so far has been making minor adjustments and using less aggressive urethane equipment.

"I love the Cheetah (lane condition) pattern and have a lot of confidence striking on it," said the 23-year-old Ciminelli, whose best Tour finish is seventh. "Right now I'm sticking with a urethane ball and I'm throwing straight down the lane which is key for me to be able to carry strikes."

"The second block was a little bit like a roller coaster," the left-hander added. "After the first two games I had to increase my ball speed and rev rate to get to the pocket more consistently."

Also rolling 300 games and advancing to match play Tuesday were Derek Sapp (13th) and two-handed international star Osku Palermaa of Finland (19th).

The Cheetah Championship, conducted on PBA's Cheetah lane conditioning pattern, is the second tournament of the PBA World Series of Bowling which runs through Sept. 6.

The entire Cheetah Championship is being taped with the highlight-style telecast airing on ESPN Sunday, Nov. 8, at 1 p.m. ET.


 

2009/08/10

 【USBC】 2009 U.S. Women's Open 【Finals】

Tammy Boomershine Rocks the Bowling World...2009 Women's U.S Open Champion!!!

After undergoing back surgery in 1997, Tammy Boomershine of North Ogden, Utah, completed her long recovery Sunday by winning the 2009 U.S. Women's Open, a United States Bowling Congress event.

Boomershine defeated USBC Hall of Famer Carolyn Dorin-Ballard of Keller, Texas, 269-225, in the championship match at Sunset Station's Strike Zone Bowling Center. She earned $25,000 for the victory, which will be featured on a tape-delayed basis by ESPN for five consecutive Sundays at 2 p.m. Eastern beginning Sept. 13.

"It's so surprising to me to be in this position after all I've been through," Boomsershine said. "I'm truly honored to bowl against Carolyn, one of my best friends and one of the best bowlers ever, and to beat her for a major title is a huge accomplishment."

Tammy is married to Hank Boomershine, Storm Vice President of Sales/Marketing, and one of the top ball designers in the world.

After earning Professional Women's Bowling Association rookie of the year honors in 1994 and finishing runner-up for player of the year honors in 1996, Boomershine won her first title since the back surgery derailed her career. And she nearly did so in dramatic fashion.

Boomershine had her sights set on a $100,000 bonus for a perfect game in the championship match, starting with eight consecutive strikes before a ringing 10 pin put an end to her bid for perfection.

"Once I let the ball out of my hand, I thought it would strike," Boomershine said. "I wanted to throw a strike more to end the match, but I was definitely thinking about that $100,000."

Dorin-Ballard could only sit and watch as Boomershine built a 40-pin lead after four frames. For Dorin-Ballard, it was her second career runner-up finish at the U.S. Women's Open. She also finished second in 2003 to Kelly Kulick.

"I'm proud of the way I bowled," Dorin-Ballard said. "It's a lot easier to lose when you know that you've bowled well. I'm at peace with what happened today."

In the semifinals, Dorin-Ballard started with six consecutive strikes before missing left and leaving a 3 pin in a 268-232 victory over Shannon Pluhowsky of Phoenix. Boomershine threw eight consecutive strikes starting in the third frame as she knocked off Missy Bellinder of Fullerton, Calif., 269-206.

Dorin-Ballard earned $15,000 for the second place finish, while Pluhowsky and Bellinder took home $8,500 as they shared third place.

The U.S. Women's Open will be televised on a tape-delayed basis starting Sept. 13 and continuing for five consecutive weeks at 2 p.m. EDT. The five television shows will feature the top 12 players in the field in their quest to win the U.S. Women's Open.


2009/08/09

 【JPBA】 全日本ミックスダブルスオープンボウリング 【決勝ダブルエリミネイション】

 

第30回全日本ミックスダブルス
  姫路 麗&和田秀和チームが大会初優勝!

日本唯一の男女ダブルス戦の公認トーナメントとして、根強い人気を誇る全日本ミックスダブルス。本日とうとう最終日を迎えた真夏の大祭は、姫路 麗&和田秀和の師弟チームの勝利をもって閉幕となりました!
6年ぶりにダブルイルミネーション方式を採用した本日のファイナルラウンドは、すさまじいほどのハイスコア合戦となり、セミパーフェクトなどのビッグゲームがあちこちで続出、観客の目を釘付けにする白熱戦に。
そんな中、敗者ゾーンからTV決勝へ進出した姫路&和田チームは、松永がボウリングを始めた時からの師弟関係という松永 裕美&柴田英徳チームとの4位決定戦へ。
親子のような間柄の松永&柴田はチームワークは申し分ないものの、2度のスプリットを出し大苦戦。その隙をついて姫路&和田がストライクを重ねて逃げ切ります。
この一勝で和田の緊張が解けたか、続く3位決定戦では河合珠美&栴檀 稔チームをちょうど50ピン差で下すと、チーム550アップ賞を叩き出し決勝ダブルイルミネーション無敗で大会二連覇に王手をかける、小山幸恵&小山雅之チームとの優勝決定戦へ進みます。
二度負けたら敗北確定というルールの為、たったの1フレームも気を抜けない姫路&和田チームでしたが、そのプレッシャーに負けることなくストライクを重ね合い、小山夫婦チームを258ピンのハイスコアで圧倒。再優勝決定戦へ勝敗の行方を持ち込みます。
しかし余裕の初戦に比べ、再決定戦は姫路&和田チームも4番ピンに苦しみ、わずかなリードを守る我慢の展開に。ゲーム終盤でターキーを持ってきた小山夫婦チームが逆転のチャンスを手にしましたが、最低でも10フレーム目2投目まではストライクが必要だったところを小山(雅)が4番ピンをタップしてしまい、ちょうど10ピン差で姫路&和田チームは何とか逃げ切りに成功。
プロ入りしてまだ4ヶ月、優勝インタビューにてご両親への感謝を言葉にしようとして涙を浮かべた姿に17歳のあどけなさが見える和田。そんな和田を笑顔で励まし、手を引っ張りながら戦った姫路。
優勝カップの他に、目には見えない大事な何かを手に入れた二人の笑顔は、夏の祭りの最後を飾るに相応しい輝きを放っていました!
 


 

2009/08/08

 

2009/08/07

谷川章子

斉藤茂雄

 

 【PBA】 PBA Women's Series Tour Trials 【Final】

Shannon O'Keefe Tops PBA Women's Series Presented by BOWL.COM Exempt Field

Shannon O'Keefe, Arlington, Texas, averaged 220.93 for 40 games on five different lane conditioning patterns at Sunset Station Bowling Center to top a field of 12 women who earned exemptions to bowl the Professional Bowlers Association Women's Series presented by BOWL.COM during the 2009-10 season.

Also earning exemptions were Kelly Kulick, Union, N.J.; Tammy Boomershine, Ogden, Utah; Shalin Zulkifli, Malaysia; Shannon Pluhowsky, Phoenix; Lynda Barnes, Double Oak, Texas; Missy Bellinder, Fullerton, Calif.; Clara Guerrero, Pflugerville, Texas; Diandra Asbaty, Chicago; Amanda Fagan, Patchoque, N.Y.; Jennifer Petrick, Canton, Ohio, and Aumi Guerra, Dominican Republic.

O'Keefe, a former National Amateur Champion, finished with a 40-game total of 8,837 pins, 123 pins ahead of Kulick, the only woman to ever earn an exemption to bowl on the male-dominated Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour (2006-07).

Fagan and Barnes are married to current Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour exempt players Michael Fagan and Chris Barnes. Pluhowsky and Asbaty are former National Amateur Champions who won PBA Women's Series titles during the inaugural 2007-08 season.

All of the American women are past or current members of Team USA except Guerrero who is a former Colombia national team member. Zulkifli, a World Bowling Writers Hall of Famer, and Guerra also bowl on their respective national teams.

The PBA Women's Tour Trials were conducted concurrently with the U.S. Women's Open. The 12 women who earned exemptions will be part of a 20-player field for the PBA Women's Series. Also exempt are 2008-09 Women's Series title winners Michelle Feldman, Auburn, N.Y.; Carolyn Dorin-Ballard, Keller, Texas; Stefanie Nation, Arlington, Texas; Jodi Woessner, Oregon, Ohio; Liz Johnson, Cheektowaga, N.Y., and Wendy Macpherson, Henderson, Nev. Two additional women will be added to tournament fields through Tour Qualifying Rounds which are open to all comers.

The PBA Women's Series presented by BOWL.COM, the United States Bowling Congress' official web site, gets underway with five events that are part of the PBA World Series of Bowling at Thunderbowl Lanes in Allen Park, Mich. World Series events include the Women's Viper Championship Aug. 14-16, Women's Chameleon Championship Aug. 18-20, Women's Scorpion Championship Aug. 23-25, Women's Shark Championship Aug. 27-29, and a new PBA Women's World Championship Aug. 30-Sept. 4.


 

2009/08/06

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Williams Earns Top Rung for PBA Motor City Open Stepladder Final

The inaugural Professional Bowlers Association World Series of Bowling got off to a wild start Thursday, but in the end Hall of Famer Walter Ray Williams Jr. of Ocala, Fla., stood on the top rung for the stepladder finals of the Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour Motor City Open.

Williams entered the final position round match at Taylor Lanes tied for the top spot with fifth-round leader Chris Barnes of Double Oak, Texas, and defeated the 2007-08 PBA Player of the Year, 185-173. Ironically, the top two players were one-two at the start of match play on Wednesday and bowled a tie match.

Meanwhile, on the adjacent pair of lanes, Hall of Famer Pete Weber of St. Ann, Mo., had clinched the third spot in the five-player stepladder final round, but by defeating Finland's two-handed specialist Osku Palermaa, 258-205, he knocked Palermaa out of the finals.

Palermaa's fate was sealed because on the next pair of lanes, Bill O'Neill of Southampton, Pa., and Rhino Page of Wesley Chapel, Fla. - who were tied for fifth place going into the position round - bowled a 218-218 tie to remain tied for fifth. That's because the fourth spot was taken by Tommy Jones of Simpsonville, S.C., who rolled a 300 game against Eugene McCune of Munster, Ind., to jump past O'Neill, Page and Palermaa in his final game.

The fifth spot in the finals was settled when O'Neill defeated Page in a one-game roll-off, 190-171.

Williams, who is seeking a 46th career title to extend his own PBA record, said he came into the final comfortable about his chances of remaining in the top five, "but after that I wanted to be the leader. Winning one game for the title is a lot easier than winning two, I don't care what anyone says."

Barnes battled Williams for the lead throughout match play. "I thought I bowled pretty good today," Barnes said. "I was 60 pins over (a 200 average) for my first three games in the morning, but I looked up and I had lost 130 pins to Walter Ray. But he's the best all-time, so you can't feel bad about that."

Weber, a 34-time PBA champion, was content to lock up the third position. "Not bad," he said. "This is the second time in my 30-year career I've made a TV show in the first tournament of the year."

Jones, who bowled only the third 300 game of the tournament, said he got lucky. "The other side of the center played completely different," the 12-time PBA Tour winner said. "Fortunately I made the most of the opportunity. Now it's all on me. I didn't bowl very well last year, so now it's a matter of making good shots and getting on the TV show more often."

O'Neill, the only non-titlist among the top five, was elated. "That was something," he said. "I've never been part of anything like that, especially considering I was more than 100 pins away from the show with four games to go. I bowled 740 for three games just to give myself a chance. And then to make this show is something special. It's going to be four legends and me."

The Motor City Open stepladder finals will be held Saturday, Sept. 5, at Thunderbowl Lanes in nearby Allen Park for broadcast of ESPN on Sunday, Nov. 1, at 1 p.m. Eastern.


 

2009/08/05

 【PBA】 Motor City Open 【Round 1 Round Robin】

Barnes Overtakes Hall of Famers for PBA Motor City Open Lead

Chris Barnes of Double Oak, Texas, finished strong to overtake Hall of Famers Pete Weber and Walter Ray Williams Jr. at the end of the first round of match play in the Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour Motor City Open, the kick-off event in the inaugural PBA World Series of Bowling, Wednesday night at Taylor Lanes.

Barnes, the 2007-08 PBA Player of the Year, finished the opening eight games of match play with a 257-254 victory over Rhino Page of Topeka, Kan., for a 23-game total of 5,376 pins and a 53-pin lead over third-round leader Weber. Sean Rash of Wichita, Kan., was third with 5,284 pins followed by Williams at 5,268 and Doug Kent of Newark, N.Y., with 5,229 pins.

"No one was waiting for me," Barnes said. "The lanes are hard. Not many pairs of lanes here play the same. There are so many minefields. But I had a couple of good runs and that helped."

"I did a lot of bowling over the summer," he continued. "I'm pretty much where I was when we stopped bowling in April, so I was able to take advantage of the situation and put up some pretty good scores. I also got my share of good breaks."

Weber, 46, had the lead until the final match while Williams, 49, was in second place heading into round-robin match play, slipped back two places.

Weber, a 34-time PBA Tour winner, admitted he's usually a slow-starter, but got off to a fast start at Taylor Lanes thanks to some brotherly advice after a disappointing performance in a PBA regional tournament in Oak Forest, Ill., leading into the World Series.

"That tournament was on a lane condition that caters to me, and I didn't even cash," Weber said. "I went home and started working with my brother Rich. He noticed I was leaning to the right and leaning forward in my stance. Now it's a matter of watching my posture. I'm trying not to lean any direction. When I stay upright, my pushaway is longer and that makes my backswing higher. It might not be quite as high as it used to be, but it's closer and I'm actually on balance. I feel like the old Pete."

Williams, the all-time PBA Tour titles leader with 45, was surprised to be as close to the lead as he is, considering when he got to Taylor, he wasn't very excited about how the lanes were playing in practice. The Ocala, Fla., resident is noted for his extraordinary skills playing the outside part of the lane, but most observers believe an inside angle like the one dominating scoring at Taylor is his Achilles heel.

"I've always been able to play inside," Williams said, "but my rev rate usually doesn't allow me to play as deep as the other guys. This week the lanes are hooking a lot more than I expected after practice, but I was able to find an angle where my carry was pretty good.

"I wasn't overly optimistic after practice; I usually don't do that well on shorter oil patterns," Williams continued. "It isn't that I can't play the left side of the lane; it's just that that part of the lane isn't my forte"

The top 24 will bowl their final two eight-game match play rounds Thursday to reduce the field to five for the stepladder finals.

 

 【PBA】 Motor City Open 【Round 3 Qualifying】

Superstars Weber, Williams Lead PBA Motor City Open Match Play Field

Hall of Famers Pete Weber and Walter Ray Williams Jr., who between them own 79 Professional Bowlers Association Tour titles, are one-two heading into the match play portion of the Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour Motor City Open, the kick-off event in the inaugural PBA World Series of Bowling.

Weber, 46, rolled back into the tournament lead with a 15-game total of 3,466 pins. Williams, 49, was in second place with 3,398 pins as the field of 131 was trimmed to 24 for the start of round-robin match play Wednesday night at Taylor Lanes. Chris Barnes of Double Oak, Texas, was third at 3,381 followed by Chris Loschetter of Avon, Ohio, at 3,375 and Bill O'Neill of Southampton, Pa., at 3,363.

Weber, a 34-time PBA Tour winner, led after the first five games before slipping to fourth after 10. He said he had no explanation for Tuesday night's round. "I felt as good last night as I did in the morning, and I felt as good today as I did last night," the St. Ann, Mo., veteran said.

Weber admitted he's usually a slow-starter, but got a kick-start this year after a disappointing performance in a PBA regional tournament in Oak Forest, Ill., leading into the World Series.

"That tournament was on a lane condition that caters to me, and I didn't even cash," he said. "I went home and started working with my brother Rich. He noticed I was leaning to the right and leaning forward in my stance. Now it's a matter of watching my posture. I'm trying not to lean any direction. When I stay upright, my pushaway is longer and that makes my backswing higher. It might not be quite as high as it used to be, but it's closer and I'm actually on balance. I feel like the old Pete."

Williams, the all-time PBA Tour titles leader with 45, was surprised to be as close to the lead as he is, considering he didn't spend much time practicing over the summer months and when he got to Taylor, he wasn't very excited about how the lanes were playing in practice. The Ocala, Fla., resident is noted for his extraordinary skills playing the outside part of the lane, but most observers believe an inside angle like the one dominating scoring at Taylor is his weakness.

"I've always been able to play inside," Williams said, "but my rev rate usually doesn't allow me to play as deep as the other guys. This week the lanes are hooking a lot more than I expected after practice, but I was able to find an angle where my carry was pretty good.

"I wasn't overly optimistic after practice; I usually don't do that well on shorter oil patterns," Williams continued. "It isn't that I can't play the left side of the lane; it's just that that part of the lane isn't my forte"

The top 24 advancing to match play Wednesday night and Thursday includes two international players - Finland's two-handed star, Osku Palermaa and Colombia's Andres Gomez - who will represent one of the largest groups of international players ever to bowl a standard PBA Tour event. Ten countries including the United States were represented in the starting field.


 
2009/08/04

 【PBA】 Motor City Open 【Round 2 Qualifying】

Amateur Fero Williams Leads as PBA World Series of Bowling Gets Underway

Former Team USA member Fero Williams of Fairfield, Ohio, averaged 239 for his 10 qualifying games Tuesday to roll into the lead after two rounds of the Lumber Liquidators PBA Motor City Open at Taylor Lanes.

Williams, a 28-year-old amateur and part-time computer tech, decided to bowl the first event in the PBA's five-week World Series of Bowling "to see if I'm ready. Opportunities are dwindling for amateur bowlers. This is a test to see if I have the mental and physical abilities to compete at this level."

Williams stood atop a field seeded with international talent. Chris Barnes of Double Oak, Texas, was in second place with 2,340 pins, 50 behind Williams. Bill O'Neill of Southampton, Pa., was third at 2,271 pins followed by first round leader Pete Weber of St. Ann, Mo., and Sean Rash of Wichita, Kan., at 2,267.

"It feels good to be where I'm at," Williams confessed. "I have worked hard, practiced hard and today everything just clicked. I was nervous all day, and usually when I'm nervous, I bowl well. I hope I stay nervous tomorrow."

Reinforcing the international flavor of the World Series was Colombia's Andres Gomez who was tied for 11th place with 2,233 pins and Martin Larsen of Sweden in 13th with 2,229. Bowlers from 10 countries including the United States are represented in the field of 131 players.

After the complete field bowls a third five-game qualifying round Wednesday, the top 24 players will advance to match play Wednesday evening and Thursday to determine the top four players for the stepladder finals.


 

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