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2009/09/18

5日間の長い戦いもとうとう本日最終日を迎え、安養虎渓体育館ボウリング場にてテレビ生中継による決勝ステップラダーが行われました。
栄えあるファイナリストとなったのは、予選終了時点で23位から怒濤の追い上げを見せ、決勝ラウンドロビンでも終盤から猛チャージをかけて滑り込んだキム・ユンホー。KPBA今季プロデビューの新人、キム・ヨングァン。PBAヤングガンズとして人気も高いショーン・ラッシュ、今大会800シリーズも達成したウェス・マーロット。そしてそのマーロットを決勝ラウンドロビンでようやく追い抜き、トップシードに立ったティム・マックの5人。
会場に詰めかけたたくさんの観客と、テレビ中継を通して韓国中が見守る中、キム・ユンホーvsキム・ヨングァンのKPBA対決となる5位決定戦は、キ ム・ユンホーが5連続ストライクで滑り出し、健闘するキム・ヨングァンをワンマークの差で抑えて勝利。先輩の意地を見せます。
4位決定戦でもキムは前半に再び5連続ストライクを決め、ラッシュを突き放すことに成功。ウェス・マーロットとの3位決定戦へ進出します。
3位決定戦ではマーロットが4連続ストライクを決めた後もノーミスを守ったのに対し、キムは2つのオープンフレームを出してしまい、マーロット優勢に思 われましたが、キムの執念が天に届いたか、9フレーム目からオールウェーを決めてなんと同点に追いつきます。勝負はワンショットプレーオフに持ち込まれ、 1投目は両者ともにストライク。そして運命の2投目、マーロットの9ピンに対してキムがストライクを決め、今大会2個のパーフェクトを打ち出したティム・ マック対キム・ユンホーの優勝決定戦となりました。
緊迫した空気が漂う中始まった優勝決定戦は、ここまで戦い続けてレーンを把握しているキムがターキーでスタート。対するマックはスペアでスタートし、さらに3フレーム目をオープンに。勢いのあるキムがリードを取りましたが、ターキーの後に勝負どころである9フレームでまさかのオープン。
この千載一遇のチャンスに、ようやく掴んだ首位の座を奪われたくないマックの意地が炸裂!最低でも10フレーム2投目までストライクが続かなければ勝利は難しい展開の中、プレッシャーもはね除けて何と5連続ストライクのオールウェーに成功。残る10フレーム目でパンチアウトを決めてももはやキムはマック に届かない状況となり、キムの最後の投球を待たずにマックの勝利が確定。
PBAでは優勝経験がなかったティム・マック、海を越えた韓国での初優勝となりました!


 

2009/09/05

早くも秋の気配を感じさせる京都にて、4日間にわたり繰り広げられた熱戦は、男女ともにドラマティックな結果で幕を閉じました。
成績発表ごとに大きく順位が変動する激戦をくぐり抜け、PBAツアー参戦で一回り大きくなったジョン・テハ、前大会5位の川西広次、プロ入り3年目にして初ファイナル進出の鈴木勇太の3名が決勝ステップラダーへ進出を果たします。
なかでも決勝ラウンドロビンで猛チャージをかけて滑り込んできた川西がその勢いを失わず、3位決定戦では初めてのTV決勝レーンに苦しむ鈴木を大差で下し、トップシードで待ち受けるジョンとの優勝決定戦へ進出。
昨年から今年にかけて口惜しい敗北を重ね、今度こそ優勝が欲しいジョンが4連続ストライクで滑り出す一方で、川西は1フレーム目で10番ピンをカバーし 損ねると、さらに3フレーム目にて4・6・7・9・10番ピンを残すビッグファイブ。序盤2つのオープンフレームで川西がもはやツキに見放されたかに見え ましたが、5フレーム目をジョンがオープンにすると、川西はすかさずダブルを持ってきて間合いを詰め、さらに終盤で4連続ストライクに成功し、結果210 ピンまで追い上げて投球を終了しました。
後攻のジョンは10フレーム目1投目を2・4・5・8番を残す6ピンカウントとし、スペアを取れなければ敗北と追い詰められたところで、放った2投目は無情にも5番ピンが残留。
呆然と立ち尽くすジョンと対照的に悠然と立ち上がる川西が、5年振りの勝利の栄冠を手にすると同時にJPBA優勝者最年長記録を更新しました!

 

優勝決定戦

× ジョン・テハ 200 - 210 ○ 川西広次

こちらも5マーク差をひっくり返し大逆転勝利!
ジョンが10フレ痛恨のミスで川西が'04のイーグルクラシック優勝以来2勝目を最年長V(60歳2ヵ月)で飾る!

3位決定戦

○ 川西広次 248 - 157 × 鈴木勇太

60歳川西対23歳鈴木の親子差対決は、老練な川西の貫禄勝ちで5年ぶり('04の「イーグルクラシック」優勝)の2勝目を狙って優勝戦へ!

 

一方、女子も男子に負けず劣らずの苦しい戦いでした。
決勝ラウンドロビンではほとんどの選手が我慢のボウリングを強いられましたが、三冠女王の実力者・姫路 麗、プロ入り18年目の初優勝に燃える夏賀淳子がまずファイナルラウンドへ名乗りを挙げると、先月のレディース新人戦で初優勝を飾ったばかりの佐藤まさみがまたしても台風の目となり、3位で進出を果たします。
夏賀VS佐藤の3位決定戦は、夏賀が序盤にターキーを持ってきて一歩リードしますが、勝負どころの9フレーム目をスプリットにしてしまい自滅。ノーミスを守った佐藤が4ピンの僅差でかわして姫路との優勝決定戦へ。
7月の六甲クィーンズで惜敗を味わい、今度こそ勝ちたい姫路がオープンでの滑り出しとなりましたが中盤でターキーを打ち出し、5フレーム目までにオープ ンフレームが3つと出遅れた佐藤に大きくリード。このまま姫路の独走かと思われましたが、そんな状況となっても「ボウリングが楽しい。これで大会が終わっ てしまうのが寂しいくらい、とても楽しい」と語った佐藤からは笑顔が消えません。
そんな佐藤にツキが回ったか、姫路がターキーの後の7フレーム目で手痛いスプリット。そこで流れが変わり、今度は佐藤が終盤に4連続ストライクを決めて 大逆転!4マーク差から追い上げて3ピン差で逃げ切り、2週連続の優勝が決定。
勝負よりもボウリング自体を楽しんだ佐藤の天真爛漫さに、勝利の女神も微笑まずにいられませんでした!

 

優勝決定戦

× 姫路 麗 187 - 190 ○ 佐藤まさみ

新人佐藤が大逆転勝ちでレギュラーツアー初優勝!
5フレが終了し佐藤が3オープンで姫路と4マーク半、姫路は4フレからターキーで楽勝と思われたが7フレ姫路がスプリットミスで流れが逆転。佐藤は7フレからフォースをもってきて逆転勝利。昨年3冠王を新人(今年度トップ合格)が破る大金星を挙げる。

3位決定戦

× 夏賀淳子 202 - 206 ○ 佐藤まさみ

18年目の初優勝を狙った夏賀だったが、1マークリードで迎えた9フレ4.7.10スプリットで自滅。。先週「新人戦」で初タイトルを挙げた佐藤がレギュラーツアー初優勝を目指し3冠王姫路に挑む。

 

ジョン・テハ

上位3名そのままTV決勝へ進出!

 

 【JPBA】 MKチャリティカップ 【準決勝】

 

姫路 麗

ポジションマッチ3位土屋佑佳対4位佐藤まさみの対戦で佐藤が246で土屋194を破り58ポイント差をひっくり返し3位でTVへ!

 

 【JPBA】 MKチャリティカップ 【準決勝】

 

ジョン・テハ

PBAツアーにも参戦し日本でも5勝を挙げているジョン・テハがトップでラウンドロビンへ!また2007年プロ入りの23歳鈴木勇太(46期:フリー)が大健闘を見せ2位、無冠の実力者土谷が3位、そして先日の「新人戦」を制し初タイトルを挙げた串田 昭も見事4位通過。

 

 【JPBA】 MKチャリティカップ 【準決勝】

縄多禧子

予選トップの長縄が準決勝も216アベを残し初優勝を目指してトップでラウンドロビンへ!2位に昨年3冠王が地元関西で今季初優勝を目指す姫路 麗、そして先日の「女子新人戦」で嬉しい初優勝を挙げた新人佐藤まさみが3位通過を果たす。


 

2009/09/04

 

ジョン・テハ

PBAツアーにも参戦しているジョン・テハが4シリーズ全て700アップ゚(12G=240AVG)でトップ!
吉井昌幸が10G目パーフェクトゲーム達成!

 

 【JPBA】 MKチャリティカップ 【予選・後半】

 

長縄多禧子

昨日の1G目パーフェクトゲームを達成し勢いに乗る長縄多禧子が、後半6ゲームも4位のスコアで遂にトップへ!22年目での初優勝を目指し明日の最終日へ。2位に現在ポイントランキングトップの土屋佑佳が続く。

 

 【PBA】 PBA World Championship 【Round of 8】

Malott to Bowl for First Major Title in PBA World Championship

Reigning Professional Bowlers Association Player of the Year Wes Malott of Pflugerville, Texas, will get his chance to win the PBA World Championship and his first Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour major title on Dec. 13 at Northrock Lanes in Wichita, Kan.

Malott, who entered the best-of-seven-game, single-elimination match play portion of the tournament as the No. 1 qualifier, survived an upset-filled day Friday at Thunderbowl Lanes, defeating Sweden's Martin Larsen, 4-3, and Jeff Carter of Springfield, Ill., 4-1, to advance to the championship round.

Thomas Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich.; Rhino Page, Wesley Chapel, Fla., and Bill O'Neill, Southampton, Pa., also advanced to the finals with victories Friday night.

Earning berths in the Women's World Championships title match were Shannon Pluhowsky of Phoenix and Kelly Kulick of Union, N.J. Harry Sullins of Chesterfield Township, Mich., and Hugh Miller of Mercer Island, Wash., are the Senior World Championships finalists.

It was a day filled with upsets, however, as 11 of the 16 men, women and seniors who earned byes for two rounds were eliminated during Friday's early rounds.

"That's something that always happens in this event," Malott, the only top 8 survivor in the men's field, said. "The guys ahead of you get two matches to see how the lanes are going to set up, but I'll take my chances with two byes any day. At least it guarantees you’ll be in the top 16."

"I made a risky move against Martin (Larsen), and it worked, and I was able to shoot 279 at him in the last game to win the match," Malott continued. "I kind of wish we could keep the tour going because every week of the World Series, I've been getting better. Hopefully I can end it with a title on Sunday (in the PBA Shark Championship), and then go for my first major title in December."

"It wasn't just a tough day; it's been a tough month," Page said, "but what a way to finish it. You'd ideally like to carry the momentum of the tournament into the TV show, but that won't happen in this case. I'm just excited I have to wait until December."

Smallwood, who is bowling on the PBA Tour only because he was laid off from General Motors earlier in the year, will bowl O'Neill in the first World Championship semifinal match in December. Each is looking for his first PBA Tour title.

"I won't say this has been a dream month for me, but it has exceeded expectations," Smallwood said. "I was hoping to come out of here maybe in the top 15 in points or make a couple top eight finishes, so I'm pretty happy. This has validated what I can do out here."

"I'm thrilled," O'Neill said of making his third TV final of the World Series. "It's been tough to put your opponent away here, even when you're up 3-0. But now I've got to take it to the next level."

Sullins, the only top four Senior qualifier to advance, slipped past Kerry Painter of Henderson, Nev., 4-3, and Brian Brazeau of Ocala, Fla., 4-3. Sullins, who made the championship round for the fourth time in six PBA Senior Tour events, hasn't won a PBA title since winning in Windsor Locks, Conn., 15 years ago.

"It was fun, exhilarating, pressure-packed," Sullins said. "It was like, 'Holy cow, throw the ball, Batman!' but in a good way."

Miller knocked out No. 4 Dave Patchen of Oregon, Ohio, 4-1, and won a tense 4-3 contest over four-time PBA Senior Tour Player of the Year Tom Baker of King, N.C., in his semifinal match.

"I've bowled Baker many times on the regular Tour and the Senior Tour and he was always especially tough to bowl against," Miller said. "On the Senior Tour it seems like he's gotten the best of me, so it was nice to turn the tables this time."

The top two Women's qualifiers will meet in their TV final. Pluhowsky defeated Carolyn Dorin-Ballard of Keller, Texas, 4-1, and Liz Johnson of Cheektowaga, N.Y., 4-3, to earn her third television finals berth of the World Series. No. 2 Kulick defeated Diandra Asbaty of Chicago, 4-3, and Missy Bellinder of Fullerton, Calif., 4-2.

"My brain hurts," Kulick said. "Those were some good matches. I think my advantage was moving in to where my opponents were playing so I could take advantage of what they were doing."

Pluhowsky, the 2006 USBC Queens champion and a three-time U.S. Amateur champion, will be trying for her second major title and her second PBA Women's Series presented by BOWL.COM title. "This is my third TV show of the World Series, so I'm happy," she said. "Anything can happen in one game on TV, but getting there is the biggest part."

The Women's and Senior World Championship title matches will be contested Saturday at noon for delayed telecast to open the Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour season on ESPN on Sunday, Oct. 25. The men's finals will be contested live on ESPN on Dec. 13 at Northrock Lanes in Wichita, Kan.


 

2009/09/03

 

高橋延明

 

 【JPBA】 MKチャリティカップ 【予選・前半】

 

高坂麻衣

ディフェンディングチャンピオンの高坂麻衣が 1st・2nd と2シリーズ続けて700アップで前半トップ!
1G目長縄多禧子がパーフェクトゲーム達成!(自身6個目)

 

 【PBA】 PBA World Championship 【Round of 32】

Leaders Malott, Mohr, Pluhowsky Await Final Day of World Championship

Reigning Professional Bowlers Association Player of the Year Wes Malott of Pflugerville, Texas, led the field of 40 PBA World Championship finalists who moved into match play at Thunderbowl Lanes Thursday by sitting on the sidelines, resting until Friday.

Malott, Ron Mohr of Eagle River, Alaska, and Shannon Pluhowsky of Phoenix were the top qualifiers in the PBA, PBA Women's and PBA Senior World Championships, respectively, which earned each of them - and a handful of others - byes for the first two rounds of best-of-seven-game, single-elimination match play.

Also earning byes in the PBA World Championship field were Mike Scroggins, Amarillo, Texas; Sean Rash, Wichita, Kan.; Mika Koivuniemi, Hartland, Mich.; Mike DeVaney, San Diego; Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas; Walter Ray Williams Jr., Ocala, Fla., and Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C.

Senior World Championship players earning two bye rounds along with Mohr were Kent Wagner, Palmetto, Fla.; Harry Sullins, Chester Township, Mich., and Dave Patchen, Oregon, Ohio. Joining Pluhowsky in the women's bye pool were Kelly Kulick, Union, N.J.; Michelle Feldman, Auburn, N.Y., and Liz Johnson, Cheektowaga, N.Y.

During Thursday's afternoon opening PBA World Championship Round of 32, Michigan residents Thomas Smallwood, Saginaw; Brian Waliczek, Birch Run, and Dan MacLelland, Saginaw, advanced to Friday's Round of 16 while PBA Hall of Famers Pete Weber of St. Ann, Mo., and Brian Voss of Alpharetta, Ga., along with Australian two-handed star Jason Belmonte were among the 16 players eliminated.

In the opening Senior match play round, PBA Hall of Famers Tom Baker, King, N.C.; Mark Williams, Beaumont, Texas, and Wayne Webb, Sacramento, Calif., were among the eight Round of 16 survivors. In the women's Round of 16, hall of famer Carolyn Dorin-Ballard of Keller, Texas, advanced while a pair of fellow hall of famers - Wendy Macpherson of Henderson, Nev., and Cheryl Daniels of West Bloomfield, Mich., were eliminated.

The final three rounds of matches for all players on Friday will reduce the fields to four men, two seniors and two women for the ESPN finals.

"My concern was staying in the top four," Malott said. "Scroggins has a great look on fresh lane conditions. He has been bowling some big games, so I figured if I could stay in the top four, the first time I'll have to bowl against him would be on TV. That was on my mind. Now I can get some rest, which is always a good thing.

"But I will be in the center watching to see how the guys break down the lane condition on the pairs I'll be on tomorrow."

"I'm tired," Mohr admitted. "When you're trying to bowl at this level, every shot is important. It's draining. It'll be nice to have a couple of rounds to rest."

"The lanes today played the hardest they have all week," the three-time 2009 PBA Senior Tour titlist said. "There was no mistake room. When that happens, you become afraid of making a shot too fast or too slow. You just can't relax."

Pluhowsky overtook Kulick for the first time, but being the top women's qualifier didn't excite her.

"All pins are dropped now and we're moving into a different section of the bowling center for match play, so there's no advantage to being No. 1 other than having fewer matches to bowl and the guarantee of a bigger check," Pluhowsky said. "So far I'm very pleased with the way I have been bowling. Everything's good. It's going to be a busy weekend (she has already qualified for two television finals over the weekend), but that's much better than watching."

The Women's and Senior World Championship title matches will be contested Saturday at noon for delayed telecast on ESPN. The men's finals will be contested live on ESPN on Dec. 13 at Northrock Lanes in Wichita, Kan.


 

2009/09/02

日置秀一

前半4Gで1006(251アベ)と爆発の日置秀一が後半も934とスコアを伸ばしトップ通過、2位にブラインドが出て繰り上がり出場のラッキー正田晃也、3位に先日の「新人戦」を制した串田 昭らが明日の本大会へ進出を果たす。

 

 【PBA】 PBA World Championship 【Qualifying Round - Block 3】

Malott, Mohr, Kulick are Third Round Leaders in PBA World Championships

Reigning Professional Bowlers Association Player of the Year Wes Malott of Pflugerville, Texas, trying to add his first major title to his resume claimed the third round lead in the PBA World Championship at Thunderbowl Lanes Wednesday.

Kelly Kulick of Union, N.J., and Ron Mohr of Eagle River, Alaska, retained their leads in the PBA Women's and Senior World Championships, respectively.

Malott, a three-time Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour winner during the 2008-09 season, averaged 233.06 for a 4,195 pinfall total to advance from fourth place into a 64-pin lead over Chris Barnes of Double Oak, Texas, who needs a PBA World Championship title to become the sixth player in history to complete the PBA Triple Crown.

"I started slow, but then I moved left, got slow, managed to get the right ball in my hands and the combination of things worked out," Malott said. "The main thing is to stay in the top eight. Unless I fall on my face, that would be two less matches I'd have to worry about."

Barnes, who won the 2005 U.S. Open and 2006 PBA Tournament of Champions, finished with 4,131 pins.

"I have six more games to try to make the top eight and get a couple of bye rounds in match play," Barnes said. "The World Championship is my missing piece. I have two seconds against guys who shot big scores at me. I need to get back to the title match and be the one who has the big game. You can't bowl average and win this title."

Among Wednesday's casualties was two-time defending PBA World Champion Norm Duke of Clermont, Fla., who failed to make the cut to the top 40.

Kulick, who has won two majors herself - the 2007 USBC Queens and 2003 U.S. Women's Open titles - struggled but maintained a healthy lead over the women's field. She finished with an 18-game total of 4,191 pins - a 232.83 average - for a 101-pin lead over Shannon Pluhowsky of Phoenix.

"The lanes were different today. I read the condition wrong and made some dumb mistakes," Kulick said. "But I caught some breaks, too. The goal now is to keep pushing, make the top four tomorrow and worry about it from there."

Mohr, the PBA Senior Tour's only three-time winner in 2009, hopes to win his first major title in the Senior Tour's final event of the year. Mohr, who had led all three rounds, posted an 18-game total of 4,018 pins to fend off hard-charging Kent Wagner of Palmetto, Fla., who finished with 3,953 pins.

"This whole year has been surreal," Mohr said. "If I won a major, I don't know how I could explain that. My first title in Dayton was awesome, but winning last week in Lansing against the stepladder field of players I had to beat? That was unreal. I was like that guy who beat Tiger Woods a couple of weeks ago. He said, what's the worst that can happen? I lost to Tiger Woods? That's the way I was thinking."

"My goal tonight was just to stay ahead of fifth place," he added. "Getting one of those byes would be a huge advantage."

The top 40 men, 36 seniors and 20 women's advance to a six-game cashers round Thursday morning to determine seeding positions for best-of-seven-game, single-elimination match play rounds Thursday night and Friday. Thursday's morning round will determine the top eight men, four seniors and four women who will earn byes through the first two rounds of match play.

The Women's and Senior World Championship title matches will be contested Saturday at noon for delayed telecast on ESPN. The men's finals will be contested live on ESPN on Dec. 13 at Northrock Lanes in Wichita, Kan.


 

2009/09/01

 【PBA】 PBA World Championship 【Qualifying Round - Block 2】

Scroggins, Mohr, Kulick are Second Round PBA World Championship Leaders

Mike Scroggins of Amarillo, Texas, trying for his third Professional Bowlers Association major title, took the second round lead in the PBA World Championship at Thunderbowl Lanes Tuesday.

First round leaders Kelly Kulick of Union, N.J., and Ron Mohr of Eagle River, Alaska, retained their leads in the PBA Women's and Senior World Championships respectively.

Scroggins, who was fourth after the first round, averaged 236.92 to a 12-game total of 2,843 pins and a 36-pin lead over Sean Rash of Wichita, Kan., who finished with a total of 2,807 pins. Tommy Jones of Simpsonville, S.C., was third, seven pins behind Rash.

"I tend to do better when I'm not in the lead," said Scroggins, who won the 2005 USBC Masters and 2009 U.S. Open titles, "but I'd definitely like to be in the lead after the next 10 or 12 games."

"I had the left side of the lane all to myself until two games to go," the 35-year-old left-hander added, "and that made a big difference. Once I get lined up, I get comfortable and stay focused and make good shots. When I get in trouble is when I have to start fishing around."

Kulick, who is trying for her first PBA Women's Series presented by BOWL.COM title, maintained a 240.67 average clip for a 2,888 12-game total and a 100-pin lead over Shannon Pluhowsky of Phoenix.

"It seemed like yesterday was the reverse of today," Kulick said. "Monday the higher scores seemed to be on the fresh condition and today I was doing better when the lanes were burnt, and that made ball selection very important."

"One thing I do is pay a lot of attention to the other players' ball reactions and where they play the lanes," she added, "so I'm always looking ahead to the next pair to prepare for what I need to do."

Mohr, the PBA Senior Tour's only three-time winner this season, finished with 2,727, but had to rally in the final game to regain the lead over second-year Senior Tour player Bob Harvey of Boise, Idaho, who finished with 2,719 pins.

"Any time you bowl over par (a 200 average), it's fun, especially on demanding lane conditions like this," Harvey said. "One of the guys said it's much more fun to sit on top of the hill and look down than it is to be at the bottom looking up."

Harvey joined the Senior Tour in 2008 as another victim of the economic downturn, and teamed up with Kulick to win his only title in the PBA Ladies and Legends tournament in Rockford, Ill., which was only the second PBA Tour event he had ever entered.

"I owned a bowling center, lost my lease and had to close it," he said. "I always wanted to try the Senior Tour, so my wife and I bought a motor home, and now we travel and I bowl. I got a lemon in my life and made some lemonade."

All players in the three PBA World Championship events will bowl one more six-game qualifying round Wednesday. After a six-game semifinal round Thursday morning, the top 40 men, top 20 seniors and top 20 women will advance to best-of-seven-game, single-elimination match play Thursday night and Friday. The Women's and Senior World Championship title matches will be contested Saturday at noon for delayed telecast on ESPN. The men's finals will be contested live on ESPN on Dec. 13 at Northrock Lanes in Wichita, Kan.

 

 【PBA】 PBA World Championship 【Qualifying Round - Block 1】

Williams, Mohr, Kulick Hold First Round PBA World Championships Leads

Walter Ray Williams Jr., seeking an eighth major title and a record 46th Professional Bowlers Association Tour victory, averaged 244.17 to take the first round lead in the PBA World Championship at Thunderbowl Lanes Monday.

Three-time 2009 PBA Senior Tour champion Ron Mohr of Eagle River, Alaska, and Kelly Kulick of Union, N.J., led the Senior and Women's World Championships, respectively.

Williams, the top qualifier in the Motor City Open, the first tournament in the five-week-long PBA World Series of Bowling, posted a six-game total of 1,465 pins to lead Mika Koivuniemi of Hartland, Mich., who had a 1,422 total. Two-time defending champion Norm Duke of Clermont, Fla., was in a tie for 42nd place after the opening round at 1,296, 169 pins behind Williams.

"I had some fun today," Williams said. "It seemed like I threw more strikes today than I did in 14 games on the Shark pattern last week."

"I started playing way outside and then moved in to second arrow," the Ocala, Fla., right-hander added. "I had a real nice ball reaction and the pins cooperated. I'm happy to be where I am."

Mohr, who took a decided lead in PBA Senior Player of the Year race with his third victory of the year in last week's Senior Dick Weber Open in Lansing, Mich., had a 1,423 pinfall total - a 237 average pace - for his six games and a 62-pin lead over Michael Henry of Brunswick, Ohio, who had 1,361 pins.

"I'm real pleased," the Eagle River, Alaska, resident said. "I drilled a new ball and it was the right answer. You need good roll here and not so much power in order to get good pin carry, and that was my answer today."

Kulick rolled the first 300 game of the World Championships tripleheader, and the first by a woman in five PBA Women's Series presented by BOWL.COM events, to finish with a six-game total of 1,432 pins and a 35-pin lead over Michelle Feldman of Auburn, N.Y.

Kulick, who won an intense best-of-seven-game match play battle against Liz Johnson of Cheektowaga, N.Y., 4-3, Saturday to clinch a spot in the PBA Shark Women's Championships title match, said the momentum from that contest carried over into the inaugural PBA Women's World Championship.

"Bowling the first 300 by a woman in the World Series is pretty special," the Union, N.J., resident said. "My confidence is definitely a lot stronger after my match with Liz. Today it was a combination of having the right ball, matching up with the lanes and making good shots. It all worked."


 

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