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2009/12/26

 【PBA】 News

2009-2010 PBA Media Guide Now Available Online

The Official 2009-2010 PBA Tour Media Guide is now available online in pdf format.

The guide includes complete player bios, tournament stats, archived historical data and much more. 2009 is the first year that the PBA is offering the Media Guide in pdf format, which will allow every fan with a computer and internet access to download a copy and view this massive storehouse of bowling info.

To download or view the Media Guide, simply click on the following link:

http://www.pba.com/Content/files/pressroom/MediaGuide_09.pdf

2009-2010 PBA メディアガイド(310ページ・PDF フォーマット)無料にてダンロードが可能です


 

2009/12/25

 

功労賞受賞:山本 勲(44期 所属:ABS)
新人賞受賞:佐藤まさみ(42期 所属:ダイトースターレーン)

2009内閣総理大臣杯日本プロスポーツ大賞 表彰式のご報告

さる12/25(金)に、東京都内のホテルにて2009内閣総理大臣杯日本プロスポーツ大賞の表彰式が行われました。
日本プロボウリング協会からは2008年11月にTV決勝パーフェクトを達成、また男子史上初の全日本選手権三連覇を果たした功績を讃えて山本 勲が功労賞を受賞。今年4月にプロデビュー後、8月の新人戦・9月のMKチャリティカップと連続で優勝を果たした佐藤まさみが新人賞を受賞し、記念の盾を授与されました。
なお、大賞にはゴルフの石川 遼選手が選ばれ、二年連続の受賞となりました。


 

2009/12/19

 

「今年は年間2勝を挙げた選手がいない」と言われた大乱戦の一年。言い換えれば多くの選手が善戦し、念願の初優勝を果たした選手も多かったこの一年。そんな激動の2009年を締めくくる全日本女子プロボウリング選手権大会もまた、ハイスコア合戦の熾烈な戦いとなりました。
2日に分けて行われた予選の21G、準々決勝6G、準決勝9Gのトータル36Gという長い戦いの末、ファイナルラウンドに立ったのは時本美津子、高坂麻衣、準決勝ラストの9G目でパーフェクトを達成した金城愛乃、そして予選から首位を独走し続けた松永裕美。
時本VS高坂の神奈川勢対決となった4位決定戦では、高坂が勝負どころの9フレーム目をオープンにしてしまい、パンチアウトで時本を追い上げるもわずかに届かず2ピン差で敗退。
勝ち上がった時本と金城の対決は、金城が奇数レーンに捕まってしまい、2度のオープンフレームを出してしまいます。対する時本は中盤で5連続ストライクに成功。一気に金城を突き放し、松永との優勝決定戦へ進みます。
あとひとつ勝てば3年振りの優勝、そして2度目の全日本制覇となる時本。歴代5位の優勝記録を持つこの大ベテランを相手としながらも松永の破竹の勢いは衰えず、前半で4連続ストライクを決めて時本にツーマーク差をつけます。さらに松永が後半7・8フレームで連続ストライクを決めたところ、時本は8フレーム目で痛恨のスプリット!これをカバーできずオープンとした時本に対し、松永はさらに9フレーム・10フレーム1投目までストライクを繋げて勝利が確定。すでに勝敗が決した後も勝負を捨てずにパンチアウトを決める時本のプロ意識に敬意を表して、見守る観客から盛大な拍手が贈られました。
そして三冠はほぼ確実だろうと思われていた姫路 麗からアベレージランキングの1位をもぎ取る逆転劇、2009年度ただ一人の年間2勝、初優勝から半年で初の全日本制覇など、様々なドラマを見せてくれた松永の最後の投球は、嬉し涙で視界を曇らせながらも見事7番ピンにヒット。今年一年を締めくくるに相応しい快音を場内に響かせました!

 

優勝決定戦

○ 松永裕美 257 - 215 × 時本美津子

予選から一度もトップの座を渡すことなく、松永が完全優勝で「全日本」を制す。

3位決定戦

× 金城愛乃 162 - 237 ○ 時本美津子

先ほどの準決勝ラストゲーム、TV収録レーンで300を達成した金城だったがまったくストライクが続かず時本の圧勝で、今大会tぽっぷ独走だった松永との優勝決定戦へ!

4位決定戦

× 高坂麻衣 193 - 195 ○ 時本美津子

僅差で迎えた終盤、高坂が9フレオープンとなり時本が逃げ切って3位決定戦へ!

 

 

松永裕美

トップ独走の松永裕美がトップシード、2位に準決勝ラストゲームでパーフェクトゲーム達成の金城愛乃、3位に最後よれよれながら何とか進出を果たした高坂麻衣、そして4位に31勝を誇る時本美津子が進出を果たした。


 

2009/12/18

予選トップの松永裕美が準々決勝でもトップのスコアをたたき出しブッチギリのトップで明日の準決勝へ!また予選19位の清水弘子が8位まで浮上、決勝進出枠4位以内へ望みをかける。そして2年連続3冠王を狙う姫路 麗は通過ラインぎりぎりの24位で進出、アベレージ部門で松永裕美にまくられまさかの展開で明日巻き返しを見せるか!
(現時点の年間アベ姫路が216.39、松永が216.50)
時本美津子がラストゲームで大会1号のパーフェクト達成!

今季「千葉女子オープン」で初優勝を挙げ絶好調の松永裕美が今年の最終戦「全日本」でも爆発、現在2位に191ピン差をつけてトーナメントリーダー!今年元気のなかった金城愛乃がやっとらしさを見せ(本日730・577・755)2位、そして3位に「DHC第2戦」優勝の高坂麻衣、、4位に永久シード稲橋和枝が続く。


 

2009/12/17

気力体力技術が必要なトータルピン勝負の全日本、初日トップは「千葉女子オープン」で初優勝を挙げ今季絶好調の松永裕美、前半6Gに続き後半も順調にスコアを伸ばして現在トップ!2位はラストシリーズ769の松岡美穂子、ジャパンオープンで初優勝を挙げメジャー全日本も制する勢い。そしてベテラン勢の松井八知栄・稲橋和枝が3・4位と続き、ディフェンディングチャンピオンの姫路 麗は前半35位から猛チャージを見せ現在12位まで浮上。

 【PBA】 PBA Regional Players Invitational 【Finals】

California's Norton Wins PBA Regional Players Invitational

Scott Norton of San Francisco overtook Bobby Hall II of Landover, Md., in the final round to win the Sands Regency PBA Regional Players Invitational at the National Bowling Stadium Thursday.

Norton, a 27-year-old former Team USA member and the son of United States Bowling Congress Hall of Famer Virginia Norton, averaged 216 over 30 games - six games on each on the Professional Bowlers Association's Cheetah, Chameleon, Viper, Scorpion and Shark lane conditioning patterns - for a total of 6,482 pins and a 65-pin cushion over Hall, who had led the previous three rounds.

"I grew up watching my mother bowl on the women's tour," said Norton, who recently passed his California bar exam, but may now combine a new career as a lawyer with an opportunity to bowl full-time on the Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour. "This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity," he said.

As Sands Regency PBA Regional Players Invitational champion, Norton earned a $7,500 prize and a berth in the 2010 PBA Tournament of Champions in Las Vegas in addition to an exemption to bowl on tour during the 2010-11 season. Also earning PBA Tour exemptions for 2010-11 were Hall; Ryan Ciminelli, Cheektowaga, N.Y.; Dave Beres, Waukesha, Wis.; Lennie Boresch Jr., Kenosha, Wis.; Chris Warren, Grants Pass, Ore., and Jeff Zaffino, Warren, Pa.

Hall, a long-time PBA East Regional competitor, will realize his dream of becoming a full-time member of the PBA Tour next season, but he realizes it's a big leap from regional competition to the national tour.

"This is bowling," Hall said. "You're pretty much competing against yourself. What I've learned from bowling at the regional level is I have to post my score and hope it is higher than anyone else's. The same principle is going to apply when I bowl on the national tour against those guys.

"I've been part-time on and off the tour for the past several years," he added, "and I've found my enemy is myself. When I've stepped out of my own way, things have been good for me."

Hall is the second African-American bowler to earn a PBA Tour exemption, following in the footsteps of Chicago native Billy Oatman, who went on to earn PBA Rookie of the Year honors during the 2006-07 season.

Ciminelli, 23, is the youngest of the newly-exempt group and has been knocking on the door for the past two seasons. He advanced from Tour Qualifying Rounds to make two television appearances during the PBA World Series of Bowling in Detroit in August. "My career is set," Ciminelli beamed after his third-place finish.

Beres, a 31-year-old office manager, will make his PBA Tour debut next season. "I finally came through after a lot of hard work and close calls," he said.

Boresch, a 47-year-old pro shop operator, will test the tour again after a lengthy absence. "I did (the Tour) 25 years ago," he said. "This is my second chance at it."

Warren, a 46-year-old pro shop operator, is a five-time PBA Tour titlist who has bowled on Tour on-and-off over the past two decades. "It's another opportunity," he said.

Zaffino, the oldest qualifier at age 50, also has bowled on Tour in years past, but is still looking for his first national title. "Now my decision is whether or not to quit my job (as a garage door installer)," he said.

The PBA Regional Players Invitational was open only to players who finished among the top 25 in competition points in their respective regions.


 

2009/12/13

全日本女子プロ選手権に参戦できないランキング下位の選手にとっては来年への布石、ランキング上位の選手にとってはシード権獲得のチャンスを左右する大事な試合とあって、毎年華やかな中にもピリリとした緊張感が漂うJLBCプリンスカップ。
2日間にわたるアマチュア選抜、プロも参戦しての予選10Gを終えて、大会最終日の本日、真剣勝負の幕があがりました。
昨年までの勝ち抜きトーナメント戦から、今年はTV決勝にてシュートアウト方式が採用され、A(須田開代子)ゾーンを勝ち上がった岡田郁子と石本裕恵、B(中山 律子)ゾーンからは近藤文美と浅田梨奈選手が出揃い、4人が一堂に会しての準決勝がスタート。
準々決勝で279・278ピンのビッグゲームを叩き出した近藤が、1フレーム目から4連続ストライクでリードすると、序盤でオープンフレームを出して出遅れた石本と岡田がそれを追う展開に。ファイナリスト中ただ一人のアマチュアである浅田選手は、ここに来てなかなかストライクを決められず、大きく差を広げられて脱落。一方、先頭を走る近藤は一人ノーミスを守り、さらに8フレーム目からオールウェーを決めて余裕の決勝進出を果たします。
残り一枠をかけての石本と岡田のせめぎ合いは、勝負どころの9フレーム目を石本はストライク、岡田はスペアにしたことが明暗を分け、わずか3ピン差で石本が勝ち上がります。
近藤と石本の一騎打ちによる優勝決定戦は、両者スペアで滑り出し、2フレーム目から近藤がターキー、石本も2フレーム目から4連続ストライクに成功。中盤まではほぼ互角の戦いとなりましたが、8フレーム目で石本が痛恨の7-10スプリットを出しオープンに。対する近藤は6フレーム目からの5連続ストライクを決め、石本を引き離します。
石本も最後まで粘って10フレームの1投目・2投目でダブルを決めましたが、もはや近藤には追いつかず223ピンで終了。
丁寧なゲーム運びをしていた近藤も気が緩んだか、10フレーム2投目でビッグファイブを出してしまい、さらに最終投球でも10番ピン1本しか倒れないというご愛敬を見せましたが、250ピンという高スコアで締めくくり、2年振りにして3度目の大会制覇を成し遂げました!

 

 【PBA】 PBA World Championship 【Finals】

Underdog Smallwood Wins One for America's Unemployed in PBA World Championship

Tom Smallwood of Saginaw, Mich., hit a home run for America's unemployed workers Sunday, upsetting reigning Professional Bowlers Association Player of the Year Wes Malott of Pflugerville, Texas, 244-228, to win the PBA World Championship at Northrock Lanes.

Smallwood, a 32-year-old former assembly line worker who was laid off from his job with General Motors nearly a year ago, won his first PBA Tour title, his first "major" title, a $50,000 first prize, a two-year exemption to continue his PBA Tour career and his first chance to bowl in January's PBA Tournament of Champions.

The title match was a nail-biter until the 10th frame. Malott started with four strikes, but then ran into carry problems on the right lane. Smallwood stayed close, striking on five of his first six shots, but then left a 4-6-7 split in the seventh frame and the tide turned to Malott's favor. Malott wasn't able to put two strikes together in the final frames, however, and Smallwood answered with another four strikes in a row - including two in the tense-filled 10th frame - to seal the victory.

"It's surreal," Smallwood said. "It has been a wild ride."

"I was already so nervous in the 10th frame, I told myself I couldn't possibly get any more nervous," he added. "The right lane was my good lane anyway, so I figured if I threw a decent shot, I'd be OK."

Smallwood said he always felt he could compete on the PBA Tour, but with a wife and two-year-old daughter, he had no desire to go on the road until he got the bad news from General Motors. He then decided to enter the PBA Tour Trials in suburban Detroit, where a finish in the top eight meant a full year's exemption to bowl. Finishing third meant a new career option.

"I wouldn't be here otherwise," he said. "Getting an exemption is so hard to do."

Ironically, Smallwood recently got a call from the General Motors jobs bank, offering him a chance to go back to work.

"The lady who called asked me if I wanted to come back to work, but I told her no," he said. "She asked what I was doing. I told her I'm now a professional bowler and that I'd be on ESPN this weekend. At first she didn't believe me, but the lady sitting next to her was a bowler, so I wound up talking to her for a while. Now I think the people at GM are fans."

"It's disappointing, but I couldn't get my ball to read the left lane," Malott said. "I made the adjustments I needed to make, committed to them and threw good shots, so there really wasn't much more I could have done. Tom stepped up in the 10th frame and made the shots he made to make, so my congratulations to him.”"

Malott defeated Rhino Page of Wesley Chapel, Fla., in the first semifinal round match, 203-191. Malott started the match with four strikes, but gave Page a chance when he left the 2-4-8-10 split in the fifth frame and opened, followed by missing a 10 pin. But Page made a fatal error, leaving the 4-6-10 split in his ninth frame, and Malott closed the door with a spare/strike in his 10th frame.

Smallwood, who had lost resoundingly in his first TV appearance earlier in the season, threw a pair of turkeys at Bill O'Neill of Southampton, Pa., en route to a 211-159 win in the second semifinal match. A pair of splits and open frames in the second and third, and the absence of a double the rest of the way, ended O'Neill's title hopes.

The PBA World Championship was the first live ESPN telecast of the 2009-10 Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour season. The Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour's next televised event will be the finals of the Pepsi Red, White and Blue Open presented by BOWL.COM on Sunday, Jan. 10, at 1 p.m. Eastern.

The Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour returns to action Jan. 12-17 in the Earl Anthony Memorial at Earl Anthony's Dublin Bowl in Dublin, Calif. The Anthony Memorial will also include the final PBA Women's Series presented by BOWL.COM singles tournament of the season. Malott and Wendy Macpherson, Henderson, Nev., are defending Earl Anthony Memorial champions.


 

2009/12/12

 【JPBA】 JLBC クィーンズオープン プリンスカップ 【予選Aシフト】

 

名和 秋


 

2009/12/11

Allen Rolls 300 in Final Game to Top Pepsi Red, White and Blue Open Finalists

Patrick Allen of Wesley Chapel, Fla., fired the 31st and final 300 game of the tournament in the last match Friday night to jump from fifth place to the top qualifying position for the Pepsi Red, White and Blue Open presented by the United States Bowling Congress finals at Northrock Lanes.

Allen, who never led until the final game, rolled his record-setting 300 game against Walter Ray Williams Jr. of Ocala, Fla., the Professional Bowlers Association record-holder for career titles (46), to finish the event with a 48-game total of 12,308 pins, including match play bonus pins.

Also advancing to the championship round were Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour rookie Wayne Garber, Modesto, Calif., 12,306; fifth-round leader Michael Machuga, Erie, Pa., 12,279; Mike Scroggins, Amarillo, Texas, 12,257; Mike Fagan, Patchogue, N.Y., 12,253; and Williams, 12,138.

"I just hung around, won a few games in the 10th that I probably didn't deserve to win, and someone was going to be the odd man out," Allen, a 13-time PBA Tour titlist, said. "I was just hoping it wouldn't be me. Then guys around me started opening in the 10th frame and I realized if I shot 300, I could actually take the lead."

Garber, who earned his place on Tour this year through the PBA Regional Players Invitational last December, was stunned by his performance. "I'm 42. I can't believe this," he said. "I have no idea how I'll do on TV, but I've done pretty well at the start of each round, so I hope that continues on TV."

"Mentally and physically, I couldn't have bowled worse than I did tonight," Machuga said. "But at least I still have a shot at the title."

Friday's final round on the USBC Blue pattern produced three more 300 games to boost the record for most perfect games in a PBA Tour event to 31.

The Pepsi Red, White and Blue Open presented by the USBC was conducted on three different lane conditioning patterns the USBC plans to introduce on an optional basis to American league bowlers in cooperation with the Bowling Proprietors' Association of America for the 2010-11 winter league season. Similar in concept to golf's tee system, the USBC Red condition is the most forgiving pattern, the White condition is a medium challenge and the Blue pattern is the most challenging.

The championship round will be conducted Sunday on the Blue pattern and taped to air on ESPN on Jan. 10. Also on Sunday's schedule is the live finals of the PBA World Championship, which will air on ESPN at 1 p.m. Eastern. The World Championship finalists are Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas; Rhino Page, Wesley Chapel, Fla.; Bill O’Neill, Southampton, Pa., and Tom Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich.

 

 【PBA】 Pepsi Red, White and Blue Open 【Round 3 Round Robin】

Machuga Stays Hot in Record-Setting Pepsi Red, White and Blue Open

Michael Machuga of Erie, Pa., won six of his eight matches Friday afternoon, establishing a Professional Bowlers Association 40-game scoring record as he maintained his lead in the Pepsi Red, White and Blue Open presented by the United States Bowling Congress at Northrock Lanes.

Machuga, a 33-year-old two-time Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour titlist, improved his average to 252.03 for 40 games, posting an actual total of 10,081 pins to establish a PBA record for 40 games. Including his bonus pins after posting an 11-5 match play record, he had a total of 10,411 pins for a 136-pin lead over rookie Wayne Garber of Modesto, Calif.

Walter Ray Williams Jr. of Ocala, Fla., was third with 10,207 pins; Wes Malott of Pflugerville, Texas, fourth with a 10,156 total; Patrick Allen of Wesley Chapel, Fla., fifth at 10,153 and Mike Fagan of Patchogue, N.Y., held the sixth spot for the championship finals with 10,121 pins.

Friday morning's White round, Machuga's favorite, produced two more 300 games to boost the record for most perfect games in a PBA Tour event to 28.

"I saw some different things today, but the adjustments I had to make made sense," Machuga said. "I struggled on a couple of pairs, but I figured things out. Every adjustment I made worked, and that's been the key this week. You have to make quick decisions and not get confused, because you're going to need to throw a six- or seven-bagger every game."

"It's nice to have a 136-pin lead, but when you're averaging 250 and the people chasing you are averaging 245 or so, you don't have a comfort zone. Throw a couple 220s in a row and lose those matches, you'll give away 80 pins a game. Things can change very quickly."

"My strategy has been to try to pick up 100 pins a game. If you can come close to that, no one can catch you and I think that strategy is why I'm where I am right now."

The Pepsi Red, White and Blue Open presented by the USBC is being conducted on three different lane conditioning patterns the USBC plans to introduce on an optional basis to American league bowlers in cooperation with the Bowling Proprietors' Association of America for the 2010-11 winter league season. Similar in concept to golf's tee system, the USBC Red condition is the most forgiving pattern, the White condition is a medium challenge and the Blue pattern is the most challenging.

After Friday's final eight-game round of round-robin match play on the Blue pattern, the top six will advance to the championship round which will be taped Sunday to air on ESPN on Jan. 10.


 

2009/12/10

Machuga Sets Torrid Pace in Record-Setting Pepsi Red, White and Blue Open

Michael Machuga of Erie, Pa., threw a record-tying 300 game on his way to the Professional Bowlers Association 32-game scoring record and claimed the fourth-round lead in the Pepsi Red, White and Blue Open presented by the United States Bowling Congress Thursday night at Northrock Lanes.

Machuga, a 33-year-old two-time Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour titlist, averaged 250.50 for 32 games, posting an actual total of 8,016 pins to break the PBA record of 7,940 set by Parker Bohn III in Japan in 1999, and with his bonus pins after posting a 5-3 won-lost record in match play, had a total of 8,166 pins for a 67-pin lead over Patrick Allen of Wesley Chapel, Fla.

Machuga, who admitted he had to sell his Jeep in order to raise money to cover his travel expenses to bowl in Wichita, also threw the 24th perfect game of the tournament, tying the Tour's record for most 300s in one event. David Ruder of Edmond, Okla., then broke the record with 300 No. 25 and Walter Ray Williams Jr. of Ocala, Fla., capped first match play round on the USBC Red lane conditioning pattern with the 26th 300 in the event. The previous record for 300s in one PBA event was set in Peoria, Ill., in 1996.

"I got off to a rocky start," Machuga said, "but all of a sudden, the lanes made sense, the carry is especially easy for me to read, and I've used the same ball for 28 of the 32 games. It reads the lane perfectly, not matter what the pattern or how the lanes are breaking down."

His 2,097 pinfall total for eight games in the opening round of match play Thursday night exceed his career best 2,043 which he posted Wednesday on the White oiling pattern. The final two match play rounds Thursday will be conducted on the White and Blue patterns, respectively.

"Tomorrow was the pattern I shot my second-best round ever on, so I'm just going to hope my leg and my hand feel good, and I'll come back and do it the same way," Machuga said. "And if I can go on and win this thing, I'll buy myself a new Jeep."

Trailing Patrick Allen in third place was Ritchie Allen (no relation) of Columbia, S.C., with 8,063 pins; Williams with an 8,060 total; Wes Malott of Pflugerville, Texas, with 8,004 and Wayne Garber of Modesto, Calif., with a 7,997 total.

Malott, who came into the round in 23rd place, had a 2,115 total for the round, falling 50 pins short of the oldest PBA scoring record on the books - a 2,165 eight-game round by Billy Hardwick in Japan in 1968.

The Pepsi Red, White and Blue Open presented by the USBC is being conducted on three different lane conditioning patterns the USBC plans to introduce on an optional basis to American league bowlers in cooperation with the Bowling Proprietors' Association of America for the 2010-11 winter league season. Similar in concept to golf's tee system, the USBC Red condition is the most forgiving pattern, the White condition is a medium challenge and the Blue pattern is the most challenging.

After Friday's final two eight-game rounds of round-robin match play on the White and Blue patterns, the top six will advance to the championship round which will be taped Sunday to air on ESPN on Jan. 10.

 

 【PBA】 Pepsi Red, White and Blue Open 【Casher's Round】

Schaub Leads Pepsi Red, White and Blue Open Field into Match Play

Rookie Cassidy Schaub of Polk, Ohio, slowed his record scoring pace, but retained his lead as the top 24 qualifiers in the Pepsi Red, White and Blue Open presented by the United States Bowling Congress headed into match play Thursday night at Northrock Lanes.

Schaub finished the qualifying portion of the Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour event with a 24-game total of 5,991 pins - shy of the PBA 24-game record of 6,109 by Pete Weber in Las Vegas in 1996 - but held onto a 25-pin lead over Patrick Allen of Wesley Chapel, Fla., after eight games Thursday morning on the USBC's Blue lane conditioning pattern.

Mike Scroggins of Amarillo, Texas, who momentarily took the lead after rolling one of the event's 19 perfect games, sat in third place with 5,957 pins. Billy Oatman of Chicago was fourth with a 5,952 total and Brad Angelo of Lockport, N.Y., was fifth at 5,926 pins.

The happiest player in the building, however, was 23-year-old Jack Ness of Gastonia, N.C., who finished 25th, missing the cut to match play by six pins in his very first PBA Tour event.

Disappointed, yes, but the fact that Ness was even bowling in Wichita is something of a miracle.

On June 26, two days before he was scheduled to bowl in a PBA South Regional tournament, Ness woke up and was virtually blind in his left eye.

"I was diagnosed with a tumor on the pituitary gland on my brain," he said. "I started losing my vision; the tumor had gotten so big it was pinching my optic nerve. They put me on some medication to shrink it because it was too big to take out surgically. The medicine didn't work, so now I'm on a different medicine. I'll be on it three months and do another MRI and then we'll consider possible surgery."

Ness said he went to his eye doctor after waking up with his vision gone. His eye doctor referred him to a retina specialist, who ordered an MRI "and that's when they found the tumor."

The tumor is non-malignant, Ness said, and if it can be controlled by medication, maybe he can avoid surgery. If not? He has had the experience of a lifetime.

"It's disappointing to look at the leader board and see my name in 25th place, but I'm going to hang around as alternate (in case anyone gets ill or injured)," he said. "There was a lot of pressure, but I had a lot of fun. For my first national tournament, the experience I got here was amazing."

Ness works at a bowling center back home. He has bowled since his father introduced him to the game at age 4. "I've been gung-ho ever since," he said. "I joined the PBA about a year ago and I've bowled some regionals, but I decided to come to Wichita kind of on a whim. I just decided to come out and have some fun, and see if I could compete."

If it's any consolation to Ness, he got knocked out of the match play field by reigning PBA Player of the Year Wes Malott of Pflugerville, Texas, who slipped past the North Carolina rookie in the final game.

The Pepsi Red, White and Blue Open presented by the USBC is being conducted on three different lane conditioning patterns the USBC plans to introduce on an optional basis to American league bowlers in cooperation with the Bowling Proprietors' Association of America for the 2010-11 winter league season. Similar in concept to golf's tee system, the USBC Red condition is the most forgiving pattern, the White condition is a medium challenge and the Blue pattern is the most challenging.

The top 24 will bowl three eight-game rounds of round-robin match play on the Red, White and Blue patterns, respectively, Thursday night and Friday. The top six will then advance to the championship round which will be taped Sunday to air on ESPN on Sunday, Jan. 10.

It took a 236.38 average on the three lane conditioning patterns to advance to match play. With six more 300 games on the Blue pattern Thursday morning, the tournament total is now 19. The PBA record for most 300s in a single tournament is 24, set in Peoria, Ill., in 1995.


 

2009/12/09

Two-hander Schaub Retains PBA Pepsi Red, White and Blue Open Lead

Rookie Cassidy Schaub of Ashland, Ohio, set a Professional Bowlers Association 16-game scoring record Wednesday, averaging 257.25 to retain the second round lead in the Pepsi Red, White and Blue Open presented by the United States Bowling Congress at Northrock Lanes.

Schaub, a two-handed bowler who throws the ball from the left side of his body, posted a 16-game total of 4,116 pins to erase the PBA record of 4,095 set by John Mazza in Las Vegas in 1996. Despite his torrid scoring pace, he maintained only a modest 70-pin lead over Michael Machuga of Erie, Pa., who recorded a 2,103 round on the USBC White lane condition Wednesday for a 4,046 total.

Billy Oatman of Chicago was third with 3,994 pins followed by Wayne Garber of Modesto, Calif., with a 3,988 total and Mike Scroggins of Amarillo, Texas, with 3,984 pins.

"To throw that many strikes in one day is a pretty good feeling," Schaub beamed. "I honestly thought I'd never top yesterday - and score-wise I didn't - but throwing my first PBA 300 and backing it up with another is a feeling I can't describe."

Schaub, who is seeking his first Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour title, is on top of the world after a miserable debut in the five-week, seven-tournament PBA World Series of Bowling in late summer where his highest finish was 35th place.

"After Detroit, I questioned whether I should even be out here," he said. "In Detroit, if I had bowled a 190, I would have backed it up with a 170 because I would have been mad. Today, shot I 192 (his only sub-200 game of the tournament) and backed it up with a 300, and then another 300, so just taking things one shot at a time is something I've learned and I'm still learning."

"I've never had back-to-back 300s in practice or anything," he laughed. "I've never, ever thrown that many strikes in a row."

Schaub said the USBC White lane condition "played a little tighter at the start, but once a spot developed, the lanes played pretty much like they did yesterday. The right side developed a cliff again, because there are so many more right-handers in the tournament. There were little differences, but nothing drastic."

"I chased (Schaub) all day, but I just couldn't reel him in," said Machuga, a two-time PBA Tour winner who bowled on a pair of lanes next to Schaub all day. "I've only had one other block of games in my life where I threw the ball as well as I did today."

The Pepsi Red, White and Blue Open presented by the USBC is being conducted on three different lane conditioning patterns the USBC plans to introduce on an optional basis to American league bowlers in cooperation with the Bowling Proprietors' Association of America for the 2010-11 winter league season. Similar in concept to golf's tee system, the USBC Red condition is the most forgiving pattern, the White condition is a medium challenge and the Blue pattern is the most challenging.

The top 39 after Wednesday's second round advance to a third eight-game qualifying round on the Blue pattern Thursday morning. The top 24 players after 24 games will advance to three eight-game, round-robin match play rounds on the Red, White and Blue patterns, respectively, Thursday and Friday. The top six will then advance to the championship round which will be taped Sunday to air on ESPN on Sunday, Jan. 10.

It took a 235 average to make the cut to Wednesday's third qualifying round. Among those who advanced were Liz Johnson of Cheektowaga, N.Y., with a 3,799 total good for a tie for 29th, and two of the four PBA World Championship finalists who will bowl for that title Sunday at 1 p.m. Eastern, live on ESPN. Rhino Page of Wesley Chapel, Fla., and Wes Malott of Pflugerville, Texas, qualified 34th and 39th respectively, both by rolling 279 in their final games. Bill O'Neill, Southampton, Pa., and Thomas Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich., failed to advance.

Johnson also had one of the 13 perfect games bowled thus far. The PBA record for most 300 games in a single tournament is 24, set in Peoria, Ill., in 1995.

Among those who didn't advance was three-time Professional Golfers Association titlist Woody Austin of nearby Derby, Kan., who finished 118th in the field of 119 with a 188 average.

"My nine-year-old son (Peyton) told me before the round, 'Dad, you're dead last.' I didn't want to disappoint him. I bowled better today," Austin said. "At least I had four games over 200. But I just can't get enough revolutions on the ball to compete with these guys. I was leaving 10 pins all day long."


 

2009/12/06

Jurek Ends Record 14-Year Title Quest in PBA Shark Championship

Jack Jurek of Lackawanna, N.Y., ended a Professional Bowlers Association record 14-year void between titles when he defeated Mike Fagan of Patchogue, N.Y., in a one-ball, sudden-death roll-off to win the PBA Shark Championship at Thunderbowl Lanes.

In the final PBA "animal pattern" championships of the inaugural PBA World Series of Bowling which aired Sunday on ESPN, Kelly Kulick of Union, N.J., defeated Carolyn Dorin-Ballard of Keller, Texas, 198-182, to win the women's Shark Championship.

Jurek, at age 46, ended his 14-year, 175-day quest for his second Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour title when he struck in the roll-off after he and Fagan had tied a 218-218, and then watched Fagan missed the headpin. It was a heart-stopping finish after an equally tense final frame that saw Jurek falter when victory was an eyelash away.

A pair of doubles early in the game gave Jurek an edge, but he let Fagan back into the match when he left the "Big Four" 4-6-7-10 split in the sixth frame. Jurek jumped back into command with strikes in the eighth and ninth frames, and on his first ball in the 10th. Needing only a nine-count/spare to lock up the title, Jurek left the 3-6-10. He got the spare, and held his breath.

Fagan, with a strike in the ninth, needed three more in the 10th to win by a pin. He got the first two, but left a 10 pin on his last shot to send the match into overtime.

"I got the first strike and gave myself a chance," Jurek said, "but then the chills that went up my spine were indescribable. That was 15 years of waiting for the opportunity, and it was a little too much for me to handle at the moment. I thought about taking a re-rack, but I didn't want to give myself too much time to think about what I was going to do.

"But it was overwhelming. I took a deep breath and thought I had myself under control. But three pins? I thought it was another opportunity I let slip away," he confessed. "I was fortunate (Mike) left a pin on his third shot."

Jurek had the right to bowl first in the roll-off, so he took a calculated risk.

"The last four shots (Fagan) threw on the left lane, he struck," Jurek said. "The right lane was a little trickier. I was just kind of banking on the fact that I could throw the first strike and he'd leave something, and it worked out."

It was not the result Jurek had grown to expect in his career. In 10 previous television appearances, he had averaged a respectable 223.8, but he had a 3-9 won-lost record because his opponents were averaging nearly 250 against him. In the Shark Championship, it was Jurek's turn, racing to a 255-213 victory over reigning PBA Player of the Year Wes Malott of Pflugerville, Texas, to advance to the championship match.

"It was nice to finally not have 250 shot at me," Jurek grinned. "The odds were in my favor."

Jurek knew it had been a long time since his only previous title in the 1995 Tums Classic in Windsor Locks, Conn., but "I didn't keep track. I knew it was a long time. I knew I could go to my grave with my name on a banner for winning at least one title, but as the years went on, it was important to me to feel like I belonged out here and could win again.

"I may not have had the career I dreamed of when I was a kid, but bowling on tour is everything I still want to do. I'm sorry I'm getting older because I realize my time is getting shorter. Maybe I'm like wine, getting better as I get older."

Jurek's record span between titles broke the previous record of 14 years, 6 days held by Les Zikes.

Along with his victory, Jurek earned $25,000, an exemption for the 2010-11 Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour season, a berth in the 2010 PBA Tournament of Champions and a spot in the end-of-season PBA Experience Showdown presented by BOWL.COM.

Fagan, who was trying for his first PBA Tour singles title, defeated Jason Couch of Clermont, Fla., 224-201, to earn his spot in the championship match.

In the PBA Women's Series presented by BOWL.COM title match, Kulick was in a strike-or-bust mode. Three strikes early in the game kept her in the match until she opened in the sixth and seventh frames. Dorin-Ballard, who was seeking her third career PBA Women's Series title, gave her advantage back with splits and open frames in her eighth and ninth frames.

A key ball change by Kulick in the ninth frame led to another string of three strikes and a come-from-behind victory.

"I thought I made the right ball choice at the start, but as the game went along, things just got worse," Kulick said. "I don't know how I strung three strikes in a row early, but in the ninth and 10th, I made a ball change. I knew I had to do something. It was a good guess. I had an idea what I wanted to do, and what the ball was supposed to do, and when the first shot went flush, I knew that was the right answer."

The title was Kulick's second during the PBA World Series of Bowling. She also won the inaugural PBA Women's World Championship. Her Shark victory was worth $10,000. Because Kulick had previously qualified for the PBA Women's Series Showdown presented by BOWL.COM, Dorin-Ballard earned a spot in the end-of-season event which will be held in the United States Bowling Congress' International Training Center in Arlington, Texas.


 

2009/12/05

”日置が7-10スプリットメイドを達成すると、他の選手の間でパーフェクトラッシュが起きる”などと運が良いのか悪いのか、話題に事欠かない日置秀一。関係者からは「嵐を呼ぶ男」と呼ばれ、7-10スプリットメイド達成ではJPBA一の記録を誇るも、パーフェクト記録からは遠ざかっていたその日置が、準決勝にて5年ぶりに達成したとあってはまた一波乱があるに違いない。
そんな妙な期待感が漂う中、パーフェクト合計11個、800シリーズも3個達成される激戦となったHANDA CUP全日本プロボウリング選手権大会も最後の決戦の火蓋が切って落とされ、まずは土谷翼VS水野成祐による4位決定戦が行われました。
土谷・水野ともに初優勝への切符がかかった大事な一戦は、わずか8ピン差で土谷が水野を制して3位決定戦へ進出。
しかし土谷もまたベテランの長谷宏に行く手を阻まれ、5ピン差で敗退。長谷にとっても初の”日本一”のタイトルをかけて、優勝決定戦へ駒を進めます。
トップシードで長谷を待ち受ける日置は「トップシードが負けた場合のみ再優勝決定戦にて勝敗を決する」全日本方式ステップラダーの為、一度負けてもまだチャンスがありますが、その余裕と初優勝へのプレッシャーが良い方向へ働いたものか、出だしから5連続ストライク。
3位決定戦後のインタビューで「レーンが難しい」と語りながらも攻略の鍵を掴んだか、長谷も負けずと同じく5連続ストライクを決め、その後も両者互角に打ち合い、なんと8フレーム目までまったくの同スコアという非常に面白い展開に。
先攻の長谷が9・10フレーム目を投げて245ピンで終了すると、後攻の日置は第1投目に8ピン以上を持って来るのが勝利への最低条件となりましたが、ここでストライクを決めることに成功。2投目に8ピン以上で勝利が確定する状況で、再びストライク!さらにとどめのパンチアウトを決め、長谷を13ピン差で追い抜いて勝利を手中に収めます。
プロ入り6年目の”嵐を呼ぶ男”はこの檜舞台で成長を遂げ、みずから”嵐の目”となって初優勝、そして初の日本一の栄光に輝きました!

 

優勝決定戦

○ 日置秀一 258 - 245 × 長谷 宏

8フレ終了時点で日置が2ピンリード、9フレ両者スペアで10フレ勝負となった優勝決定戦は、10フレ先投げの長谷は9本スペアストライクの245で終了。
後投げの日置は大事な一投目を見事ストライク、その後もパンチアウトで締め見事完全優勝を飾り「全日本」で嬉しい涙の初優勝・初タイトルを挙げる。

3位決定戦

○ 長谷 宏 210 - 205 × 土谷 翼

僅差で追いかける長谷が終盤勝負どこでダブルを持ってきて逆転、、後投げの土谷は再逆転を狙ったが10フフレ一投目が10ピンタッkプで万事休す。
長谷が日置との優勝戦へ進出!

4位決定戦

× 水野成祐 191 - 199 ○ 土谷 翼

未勝利ながら数々のTV決勝を経験している水野対アマ時代'04の「ジャパンオープン」で総合3位の経験がある土谷('05プロ入り)の対戦は10フレ勝負となり、先に10フレ投球の土谷がダブルをもってきて199で終了、2ピンリードの水野は10フレダブルで勝ちのチャンスが一投目ピンアクションのアンラッキーで7番ピンが残り191で終了、またも初タイトルはお預けとなった。土谷は実力者長谷との3位決定戦へ!

 

 【JPBA】 全日本プロボウリング選手権大会 【準決勝】

 

日置秀一

決勝進出者4名とも「全日本」優勝は初、しかも2位通過の長谷宏(タイトル6)以外3名(日置秀一・水野成祐・土谷翼)は、タイトル0と波乱の展開となった「全日本」は、長谷が鍵を握る決勝となった。


 

2009/12/04

 

2009/12/03

10G目に大会3号のパーフェクトゲームを達成した大友仁が4シリーズ全て700UPで前半トップ!


 

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