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2010/01/31
Mike Fagan Wins PBA One A Day Dick Weber Open For First Individual PBA Tour Title

In his eighth season on the Lumber Liquidators Professional Bowlers Association Tour, Mike Fagan of Patchogue, N.Y., finally won his first individual Tour title in the PBA One A Day Dick Weber Open Sunday at Fountain Bowl.

It will be an especially memorable win for Fagan as he defeated PBA Hall of Famer and all-time win leader Walter Ray Williams Jr. 241-213 in the championship match to earn the $25,000 first prize.

It was just a year ago that Fagan finished second in the Dick Weber Open after losing to another bowling great, Hall of Famer Norm Duke 278-168 in the championship match.

"I think I learned a lot from that experience last year," the 29-year-old Fagan said. "The key for me was just to bowl the way I know I can and the results will take care of themselves."

Fagan's only other Tour title was the PBA Exempt Doubles with partner Danny Wiseman in the 2007-08 season.

"I've had a lot of experience bowling on TV so I knew it would be just a matter of time before I got another win," Fagan said. "If I have a weakness bowling on TV, it's probably selecting the right equipment, but I made the right decisions today."

For Williams, who was trying for his 47th title, it was a matter of pin carry. He earned $13,000 for second.

"I just didn't have the carry and Mike did," said the 50-year-old Williams, "but he had a better angle to the pocket and he bowled a great game --- it would have been tough to beat that."

In the semifinal match Williams defeated Hall of Famer Pete Weber 234-178 to advance to the championship match. Weber, who ranks in a tie for third in all-time Tour wins with 34, finished third for the second consecutive year in the tournament named after his legendary father.

In the second match Weber defeated fourth-place finisher Bill O'Neill of Southampton, Pa., 214-202, and in the opening match O'Neill defeated four-time Tour titlist Ryan Shafer 226-200 who finished fifth.

The Dick Weber Open featured the traditional open qualifying format used in the PBA's early years with 15 games of qualifying determining the top 24 advancing to three eight-game blocks of round-robin match play. The top five players after match play advanced to the stepladder finals.


 

2010/01/30

遠藤 誠
会場:スポルト上尾スポーツレーンズ


 

2010/01/29
Mike Fagan Leads Stepladder Final Field for PBA One A Day Dick Weber Open

Mike Fagan of Patchogue, N.Y., earned top-qualifier honors Friday for Sunday's stepladder finals of the PBA One A Day Dick Weber Open at Fountain Bowl.

Fagan posted a 17-7 overall match play record and was 8-0 after Friday night's final match play round. His 9,136 39-game overall pinfall was 172 pins ahead of PBA Hall of Famer Walter Ray Williams Jr. who qualified second for the finals.

Fagan will be hoping to avenge his 278-168 championship match loss to Norm Duke in last season's Dick Weber Open.

"Well I can't do any worse than last year," said the 29-year-old Fagan. "I'm going to be thinking about a game plan for Sunday so I'll be as prepared as I can be for the championship match and hopefully the results will be different this year."

Fagan is trying for his first individual PBA Tour title. He has one Tour win which came in the 2007-08 season in the PBA Exempt Doubles Classic with Danny Wiseman.

Williams, the all-time leader in career PBA Tour titles, will be looking to win his 47th title and second of the season. He had a 12-12 match play record and 8,964 pinfall.

"It's just a matter of finding the right line and getting a good ball reaction," said the 50-year-old Williams. "I've won from every position in the finals so I like my chances for Sunday."

Qualifying No. 3 for the finals was Hall of Famer Pete Weber with a 8,941 39-game pinfall and 14-9-1 overall match play record.

Weber, who finished third in last season's Dick Weber Open, is hoping to win his 35th Tour title which is named after his legendary father and would put him in third place all alone on the all-time list.

"I love this house," Weber said. "I always bowl well here but I just haven't been able to put it all together for TV. Hopefully, it will be a different story on Sunday."

Qualifying fourth was last year's fourth-place finisher and four-time Tour titlist Ryan Shafer. Bill O’'Neill, who won the Chameleon Championship for his first career title, defeated Eugene McCune in the position round match 278-227 to qualify for the fifth stepladder spot.

The tournament featured the "traditional" qualifying and match play format used in the PBA's early years with three rounds of qualifying determining the top 24 advancing to three eight-game blocks of round-robin match play. The top five players after match play advance to the stepladder finals.

 

 【PBA】 One A Day Dick Weber Open 【Round Robin - Block 2】

Two All-Time Greats in Top 5 Heading Into Final Match Play Round of PBA One A Day Dick Weber Open

As the 2010 PBA One A Day Dick Weber Open heads down the homestretch with the last eight-game match play round scheduled for this evening at Fountain Bowl, two of bowling's greatest are poised to qualify for Sunday's ESPN2 finals that will be aired live at 1 p.m. Eastern.

Right behind tournament leader Mike Fagan are Hall of Famers Pete Weber in second, and Walter Ray Williams Jr. in third.

Weber is hoping to win the tournament named after his Hall of Famer father who passed away in 2005. It would be his 35th title, which would put him in third place all alone on the all-time list.

He likes his chances in a long-format event such as this.

"In the long format tournaments I often feel stronger as I go especially when I get into match play," Weber said. "In match play nobody has an advantage and harder for a bowler to get line up."

"Basically, you pick up where you left off in the previous match and make the necessary adjustments. Whoever does that the best is going to have the most success."

Williams, the all-time leader in career Tour titles, will be looking to win his 47th title and second of the season after winning the season-opening Motor City Open.

"I don't know if I get stronger as the tournament goes on," Williams said, "but you kind of weather the storm and hope you get the breaks. I'm not throwing the ball great right now and I need to improve that in the last round."

Fagan continues to lead the 24-player match play field with a 7,110 31-game pinfall. He's looking to avenge his loss to defending champion Norm Duke in the championship match of last year's Dick Weber Open to win his first individual Tour title.

Rounding out the top five going into the final round are Bill O'Neill, who won his first Tour title earlier this season in the Chameleon Championship, and last year's fourth-place finisher and four-time titlist Ryan Shafer in fifth.

A member of the PBA and United States Bowling Congress Halls of Fame, Dick Weber amassed one of the greatest careers in the sport. He was ranked No. 3 on the PBA's 50 Greatest list behind only Earl Anthony and Williams. Weber's 30 PBA Tour titles ranks sixth all-time and he was the only bowler to win a PBA title in six different decades.


 

2010/01/28
Mike Fagan Maintains Lead in PBA One A Day Dick Weber Open After First Round of Match Play

Mike Fagan of Patchogue, N.Y., maintained his lead in the Professional Bowlers Association One A Day Dick Weber Open Thursday after the first eight-game match play round.

Despite a 3-5 record, Fagan had a 5,297 overall 23-game pinfall to hold a 23-pin lead over Hall of Famer Walter Ray Williams Jr. in second. Williams is the PBA Tour's all-time win leader with 46 Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour titles.

"At some point in a tournament like this everyone is going to have times when they are struggling," said Fagan. "The lanes were tough in match play but probably not as tough as it was for the other guys. I have some adjustments to make to gain a little more confidence for tomorrow."

"I still feel good but the important thing now is not to get ahead of myself."

Fagan, who finished second in last season's Dick Weber Open as a result of losing in the championship match to PBA Hall of Famer and defending champion Norm Duke 278-168, is hoping for his first individual Tour title. His lone win came in the 2007-08 season in the PBA Exempt Doubles Classic with partner Danny Wiseman.

Among other notables in the top 24 are 2005-06 PBA Player of the Year Tommy Jones in third, with 5,235. Three other PBA Hall of Famers are also in the top 24; Amleto Monacelli in fifth with 5,178, Pete Weber right behind in sixth with 5,132, and Duke in 13th with 5,022.

Competition continues on Friday with two more eight-game rounds of match play. The top five bowlers after match play advance to the stepladder finals that will be televised by ESPN2 at 1 p.m. Eastern (10 a.m. Pacific).

 

 【PBA】 One A Day Dick Weber Open 【Qualifying Round - Block 3】

Mike Fagan Maintains Lead in PBA One A Day Dick Weber Open

Mike Fagan of Patchogue, N.Y., leads the field of 24 who have advanced to round-robin match play for the PBA One A Day Dick Weber Open at Fountain Bowl.

Fagan, who led after yesterday's second round, expanded his lead after Thursday's third and final five-game qualifying round posting a 3,538 15-game overall pinfall (235 average). He holds a 97-pin lead over Eugene McCune of Munster, Ind., in second with a 3,441 pinfall (229 average).

In the final round Fagan, who finished second in last year's Dick Weber Open, had games of 169, 250, 214, 290 and 260.

"The lanes were very touchy today and the ball I had been using from yesterday wasn't working," said the 29-year-old Fagan. "I made the adjustments I needed to make and started to get the ball reaction I was looking for."

"I feel great but the important thing now is not to get ahead of myself."

Fagan's has one PBA Tour win which came in the 2007-08 season in the PBA Exempt Doubles Classic with Danny Wiseman.

Among other notables making the top 24 were: Hall of Famer and PBA's all-time win leader (46 titles) Walter Ray Williams Jr. in fourth; Hall of Famer and 19-time titlist Amleto Monacelli in fifth; 2005-06 PBA Player of the Year Tommy Jones in sixth; PBA Hall of Famer and third-place finisher in last year's event, Pete Weber in ninth, and Hall of Famer and defending champion Norm Duke in a tie for 13th.

The Dick Weber Open features the traditional open qualifying format used in the PBA's early years with 15 games of qualifying determining the top 24 advancing to three eight-game blocks of round-robin match play. The top five players after match play advance to the stepladder finals.

The first match play round begins later this evening with two more rounds to be conducted on Friday. The stepladder finals will be televised by ESPN2 at 1 p.m. Eastern (10 a.m. Pacific).


 

2010/01/27

長谷 宏
会場:アサヒボウリングセンター

 

 【PBA】 One A Day Dick Weber Open 【Qualifying Round - Block 2】

Mike Fagan Leads After Second Round in PBA One A Day Dick Weber Open

Mike Fagan of Patchogue, N.Y., averaged 235.5 to take the second round lead Wednesday in the Professional Bowlers Association One A Day Dick Weber Open at Fountain Bowl.

Fagan, who finished second to winner Norm Duke in last season's Dick Weber Open, topped the 153-player field with a 2,355 10-game pinfall. He leads two-time Tour titlist Lonnie Waliczek of Wichita, Kan., in second by 55 pins.

"I've had good success here," said Fagan. "It seems like I'm able to make the right adjustments quickly and I'm able to learn what I need to do from each shot. Last year was a breakout year for me here so I'm pretty confident."

Fagan has one PBA Tour win which came in the 2007-08 season in the PBA Exempt Doubles Classic with Danny Wiseman.

The Dick Weber Open features the traditional open qualifying format used in the PBA's early years with 15 games of qualifying determining the top 24 advancing to three eight-game blocks of round-robin match play. The top five players after match play advance to the stepladder finals.

The field of 153 players will return Thursday for a final five-game qualifying round to determine the top 24 who will advance to match play beginning Thursday evening. Match play continues on Friday to determine the top five bowlers who will advance to the Sunday's stepladder final that will be televised by ESPN2 at 1 p.m. Eastern (10 a.m. Pacific).

 

 【PBA】 One A Day Dick Weber Open 【Qualifying Round - Block 1】

Southern California Native Robert Smith Leads After First Round in PBA One A Day Dick Weber Open

Southern California native and seven-time Professional Bowlers Association Tour titlist Robert Smith averaged 233 after five games Wednesday to take the first round lead in the Professional Bowlers Association One A Day Dick Weber Open at Fountain Bowl in Fountain Valley, Calif.

Smith, who now makes his home in Columbus, Ohio, topped a field of 153 bowlers with a 1,166 five-game pinfall on games 212, 279, 256, 213, 206 to hold a three-pin lead over 12-time titlist and 2005-06 PBA Player of the Year Tommy Jones of Simpsonville, S.C. in second.

"I had two big games in that block that really carried me," Smith said. "The lanes really opened up and that's really an advantage for my game."

"When I bowl the next block the condition will be different and I'll have to adjust quite a bit. This tournament is kind of like a series of sprints and that's how I approach it."

All bowlers return this evening for another five-game qualifying round and the final five-game qualifying round Thursday. The field will then be cut to the top 24 players who will advance to the first eight-game match play round Thursday evening. Match play continues on Friday to determine the top five bowlers who will advance to the Sunday's stepladder final that will be televised by ESPN2 at 1 p.m. Eastern (10 a.m. Pacific).

A member of the PBA and United States Bowling Congress Halls of Fame, Dick Weber amassed one of the greatest careers in the sport. He was ranked No. 3 on the PBA's 50 Greatest list behind only Earl Anthony and Walter Ray Williams Jr. Weber's 30 PBA Tour titles ranks sixth all-time and he was the only bowler to win a PBA title in six different decades.


 

2010/01/26

中田博則
会場:イーグルボウル


 

2010/01/25

大友 仁
会場:ボウルアピア静岡店


 

2010/01/24
Kelly Kulick Makes Sports History as First Woman to Win a PBA Tour Title
by Capturing 45th PBA Tournament of Champions

Sports history was made Sunday when Kelly Kulick of Union, N.J., won the 45th Professional Bowlers Association Tournament of Champions at Red Rock Lanes becoming the first woman to win a Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour tournament.

She defeated 2007-08 PBA Player of the Year Chris Barnes 265-195 in the championship match to win a $40,000 first prize in PBA's signature event, plus a two-year exemption on the PBA Tour.

"It's been a dream of mine to win a PBA Tour event but I couldn't have imagined it would have come in the Tournament of Champions," said the 32-year-old right-hander. "It may have looked easy but my legs were like jelly---it got to a point where I couldn't feel them. Believe me I was nervous and I was just letting adrenalin take over."

The previous high finish for a woman in a PBA Tour event was second by Liz Johnson of Cheektowaga, N.Y., in the 2005 Banquet Open.

In 2006, Kulick became the first woman to earn an exemption on the PBA Tour by finishing sixth in the PBA Tour Trials. Her best finish in the 2006-07 season was 22nd which she accomplished twice.

Kulick recognized the potential impact her victory will have for the future of the sport.

"I believe this can only mean bigger and better things for the sport," she said. "If in any way this can be a boost for women sports and bowling, I'm willing to do my part."

"I feel like I'm on a magic carpet ride right now and I want to keep riding it higher and higher."

In the championship match Kulick started with four consecutive strikes, then had an open frame when she left the 7-10 split in the fifth frame. She then went on to fire the next six strikes and a nine-count on the final ball to close the game.

Barnes, who won the Tournament of Champions in 2006, was trying for his second Tournament of Champions win.

"When it comes down to one game, a combination of factors have to come together and they just didn't for me," Barnes said, "but Kelly bowled great and she met every challenge."

In women's professional competition, Kulick won the 2007 United States Bowling Congress Queens and the 2003 U.S. Women's Open in addition to winning the PBA Women's World Championship in 2009.

In the semifinal match, Kulick defeated eight-time Tour champion Mika Koivuniemi 227-223 to advance to the final match against Barnes.

In the opening match, Koivuniemi defeated three-time titlist Rhino Page, 255-215.

Kulick earned a berth in the Tournament of Champions, by winning the PBA Women's World Championship last September, the first PBA women's major tournament.


 

2010/01/22
Kelly Kulick on Path to Make Sports History by Qualifying Second For PBA Tournament of Champions Finals

Rallying in dramatic form in the final match play round, Kelly Kulick of Union, N.J., moved a step closer in her quest to become the first woman to win a Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour tournament Friday by qualifying in the No. 2 position for the stepladder finals of the 45th PBA Tournament of Champions at Red Rock Lanes.

Going into the final round in sixth position and after starting with games of 174 and 172, Kulick came back with games of 223, 279, 277, 222, 236 and 267 (231.2 average) to make the final four for Sunday’s stepladder finals which will be televised live on ESPN at 1 p.m. Eastern (10 a.m. Pacific).

Kulick finished with an 11,265 48-game total and had an overall match play record of 14-9-1. She finished 57 pins behind tournament leader Chris Barnes of Double Oak, Texas.

"Actually being in a position where I had to work my way back into the top four took pressure off of me," said the 32-year-old Kulick. "I've been in this situation many times before and I would rather fight to get there because for me there’s less pressure than being on top."

Kulick earned a berth in the Tournament of Champions, by winning the PBA Women's World Championship, the first PBA women's major tournament.

After the first two games in the final block, Kulick had to change to another ball to get a better ball reaction on the lanes.

"I had those two bad games to start but I still wasn't too worried because there was a long way to go in the block," she added. "I went to another ball and started watching how the other guys were playing the lanes and it was like a strikefest for me."

As one of four PBA Tour major tournaments, the Tournament of Champions is considered PBA's signature event.

Kulick is not a stranger to performing well in major tournaments. In women's professional competition she won the 2007 United States Bowling Congress Queens and the 2003 U.S. Women's Open in addition to winning the PBA Women's World Championship.

In 2006, Kulick became the first woman to earn an exemption on the PBA Tour by finishing sixth in the PBA Tour Trials. Her best finish in the 2006-07 season was 22nd which she accomplished twice. The previous high finish by a woman in a PBA Tour event was second by Liz Johnson of Cheektowaga, N.Y., in 2005.

Barnes, the 2007-08 PBA Player of the Year and 2006 Tournament of Champions winner, is seeded into the championship match where he will bowl one game for the title.

"The lanes were a lot different for me in that block and I had to work a lot harder to score as well as I did," Barnes said, "but, I'm in the position I want to be and that's bowling one game for the title."

Sunday's first match will be between No. 3 qualifier Mika Koivuniemi of Hartland, Mich. and No. 4 qualifier Rhino Page of Dade City, Fla.

Koivuniemi, a native of Finland, is an eight-time titlist and the winner of two majors who will be trying for his first Tournament of Champions win. Page, a three-time PBA Tour titlist, who suffered a heartbreaking championship match loss last season in the Tournament of Champions, will also be trying for his first Tournament of Champions win.


 

2010/01/21
Tony Reyes Makes Steady Climb to PBA Tournament of Champions Lead

Tony Reyes of San Bruno, Calif., who won his only Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour title in 2006, averaged 225.5 in the first round of match play to take the lead in the 45th PBA Tournament of Champions Thursday at Red Rock Lanes.

Reyes finished the fourth round with a 32-game total of 7,483 and a 5-3 match play record to hold an 11-pin lead over PBA Hall of Famer and 1987 Tournament of Champions winner Pete Weber in second, and a 32-pin lead over reigning Player of the Year Wes Malott in third. Rhino Page, who led the first three rounds, trails by 52 pins in fourth.

"I was struggling to start the tournament but I'm really finding a groove now," said Reyes, who finished second in the 2007 Tournament of Champions. "It's not how you start, it's how you finish so obviously I'm going to have to carry this momentum through tomorrow's match play rounds."

Weber, tied for third all-time with 34 Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour titles, is trying for his ninth major. He is currently tied for second with Mike Aulby in career majors with eight. Earl Anthony is the all-time leader with 10 major titles.

"It's been awhile since I've won but for the last year I've been happy with my game," Weber said. "There's no secret here but just to stay focused, stay calm and make the right adjustments when I need to."

Kelly Kulick of Union, N.J., the only woman in the Tournament of Champions field, finished the day in fifth with a 7,376 32-game total and a 4-3-1 match play record. Kulick is making a serious bid to become the first woman to win a Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour title. The best previous finish by a woman in a PBA Tour event is second by Liz Johnson in 2005.

The 24-player field will bowl two more eight-game match play rounds Friday, after which the top four will advance to Sunday's stepladder finals that will air live on ESPN at 1 p.m. Eastern (10 a.m. Pacific).

Other past Tournament of Champions winners in the field of 24 are Jason Couch (1999, 2000, 2002) who is trying to become the first four-time winner, tied for ninth with 2007 winner Tommy Jones; two-time winner Mark Williams (1985, 1988), 11th; Chris Barnes (2006), seventh; Bryan Goebel (1998), 18th and Wayne Webb (1980), 22nd.

All-time PBA Tour win leader Walter Ray Williams Jr. (46) is in 16th and needs a Tournament of Champions win to complete Triple Crown, Grand Slam and Super Slam.

 

 【PBA】 Tournament of Champions 【Qualifying Round - Block 3】

Kelly Kulick is Making Impressive Showing in PBA Tournament of Champions

Averaging 229 after three rounds of qualifying Thursday, Kelly Kulick of Union, N.J.,is making her presence felt as the only woman competing in the 45th PBA Tournament of Champions at Red Rock Lanes.

Kulick, who became the first woman ever to earn a berth in the Tournament of Champions by winning the PBA Women's World Championship earlier this season, is currently in a tie for fourth place with a 5,496 24-game pinfall and now heads into the match play portion of the tournament which begins later this afternoon.

The 32 year-old Kulick originally made Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour history in 2006 when she became the first woman to earn an exemption to compete on the Tour. Her best finish during the 2006-2007 season was 22nd.

"I drew on a lot of experience from that season for this tournament," Kulick said. "So far I've been able to find an area of the lane to play where most of the guys either aren't or can't play. I'm getting good ball reaction and my carry percentage is high."

Kulick is not a stranger to doing well in majors. In women's professional competition she won the 2007 United States Bowling Congress Queens and the 2003 U.S. Women's Open in addition to winning the PBA Women's World Championship.

"I think my experience in major competitions has helped too," she said. "There can be more pressure associated with those events and I've been able to handle that pressure pretty well. But, I'm not taking anything for granted. There's still a long way to go and things can change quickly in match play."

Three-time PBA Tour titlist Rhino Page, who finished second in last season's Tournament of Champions, maintained his position as tournament leader with a 5,580 pinfall and averaging 232.5 for the 24 games.

Tied for fourth with Kulick is PBA Hall of Famer and 1987 Tournament of Champions winner Pete Weber.

Weber, tied for third all-time with 34 Tour wins, is trying for his ninth major title. He is currently tied for second with Mike Aulby in career majors with eight. Earl Anthony is the all-time leader with 10 major titles.

Among those in the top 24 advancing to this afternoon's first match play round is all-time PBA Tour win leader Walter Ray Williams Jr. (46) in 18th, who needs a Tournament of Champions win to complete PBA's Triple Crown, Grand Slam and Super Slam.

Other past champions advancing to match play were Jason Couch (1999, 2000, 2002) who is trying to become the first four-time Tournament of Champions winner in 15th; two-time winner Mark Williams (1985, 1988); Tommy Jones (2007) in ninth; Chris Barnes (2006) in seventh; Bryan Goebel (1998) in 13th and Wayne Webb (1980) in 17th.

The top 24 players advance to the first eight-game match play round this evening followed by two more eight-game rounds on Friday which will determine the top four players for the finals to be telecast on ESPN Sunday at 1 p.m. Eastern.


 

2010/01/20
Rhino Page Leads After Second Round in PBA Tournament of Champions

Rhino Page of Dade City, Fla., averaged 233.2 for 16 games to take the second round lead in the PBATournament of Champions at Red Rock Lanes Wednesday.

Page, a three-time Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour titlist, had a 3,731 pinfall to hold a four-pin lead over PBA Hall of Famer and 1987 Tournament of Champions winner Pete Weber of St. Ann, Mo.

Page finished second in last season's Tournament of Champions losing to defending champion Patrick Allen 267-263. Page lost the match when he threw a four-count washout in the 10th frame, handing the victory to Allen.

"I'm coming in here really focused and motivated this year," said the 26-year-old Page. "I just have to continue to work hard and continue to do what I've been doing."

"The main thing right now is to get to match play which is actually my favorite part of the tournament. From there I need to get to the TV finals and hopefully this year it will be a different story."

Weber, tied for third all-time with 34 PBA Tour titles, is trying for his ninth major. He is currently tied for second with Mike Aulby in career majors with eight. Earl Anthony is the all-time leader with 10 major titles.

Kelly Kulick of Union, N.J., the first woman to earn a berth in the Tournament of Champions by winning the PBA Women's Championship earlier this season, is currently in sixth place with a 3,628 pinfall (226.7 average).

PBA Hall of Famer and 1994 Tournament of Champions winner Norm Duke had to withdraw because of injury.

The 63-player field will bowl one more eight-game qualifying round Thursday morning after which the field will then be cut to the top 24 qualifiers who will advance to match play Thursday evening. Match play continues with two additional rounds on Friday. The top four after 48 games will advance to Sunday's stepladder finals which airs at 1 p.m. Eastern (10 a.m. Pacific) on ESPN.

The Tournament of Champions, one of four majors on the Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour, is open exclusively to Tour exempt-player champions; the winners of the most recent PBA Regional Players Championship and Regional Players Invitational; the USBC Masters winner; the USBC Senior Masters, PBA Senior U.S. Open and PBA Senior World Championship winners; all Tournament of Champions past winners, PBA Hall of Famers and the PBA Women's Championship winner.

 

 【PBA】 Tournament of Champions 【Qualifying Round - Block 1】

Rhino Page Leads After First Round in PBA Tournament of Champions

Rhino Page of Wesley Chapel, Fla., averaged 235.6 for eight games to take the first round lead in the PBA Tournament of Champions at Red Rock Lanes Wednesday.

Page, a three-time Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour titlist, rolled 1,885 for eight games to hold a 43-pin lead over Mike Fagan of Patchogue, N.Y. in second.

Page is hoping to avenge his defeat in the championship match of last year's Tournament of Champions where he threw a four-count washout in the 10th frame, handing the victory to Patrick Allen. Allen, currently in 21st after today's first round, defeated Page 267-263.

"I was miserable for about a day," said the 26-year-old Page recalling last year's tournament. "Obviously it was a big disappointment, but I wasn't going to let it affect me. I just kept looking ahead."

"I'm coming in here really focused and motivated this year and I'm off to a good start but there's a long way to go."

The 63-player field will bowl another eight-game qualifying round at 5 p.m. this afternoon and one more eight-game qualifying round Thursday morning. The field will then be cut to the top 24 qualifiers who will advance to match play which begins Thursday evening and continues with two additional rounds on Friday. The top four after 48 games will advance to Sunday's stepladder finals which airs at 1 p.m. Eastern (10 a.m. Pacific) on ESPN.


 

2010/01/17

Rookie Anthony LaCaze, Stefanie Nation Win PBA Earl Anthony Memorial Titles

Anthony LaCaze, a 27-year-old rookie from Melrose Park, Ill., won his first Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour title Sunday, throwing three clutch strikes in the ninth and 10th frames to defeat Michael Machuga of Erie, Pa., 214-206, in the title match of the Earl Anthony Memorial at Earl Anthony's Dublin Bowl.

Stefanie Nation of Grand Prairie, Texas, virtually matched LaCaze, throwing three strikes in her 10th frame to nip Lynda Barnes of Double Oak, Texas, 201-181, for the Anthony women's title.

LaCaze, in his second career Professional Bowlers Association television appearance, trailed until he threw the biggest strike of his life in the ninth frame and followed with two even bigger strikes in the 10th to force Machuga to double in his 10th frame to win. Machuga got the first strike, but left a 10 pin on his second to hand LaCaze the $25,000 first prize and a berth in next week's PBA Tournament of Champions.

"It's a great feeling," LaCaze said. "I wanted to throw the best shots I could, and make Machuga throw the best shots he could, and whoever did it best would win. I'm speechless."

Machuga was on the same page. "My second shot in the 10tInh frame is as good as I can throw it," he said. "You always have the mindset that your opponent is going to strike out. Anthony stepped up in the 10th frame, bowling for his first title on very difficult lane conditions, and threw it as good as you possibly can. I give him all the credit in the world."

"I always knew I could win," LaCaze added, "but when you actually do it, it's different. I'm up in the clouds right now."

LaCaze and Machuga both survived low-scoring semifinal matches that set the stage for the title match. Machuga nipped Sean Rash of Wichita, Kan., in his semifinal match, 188-183. Machuga didn't have two strikes in a row, but otherwise bowled an error-free game until he failed to convert the 3-10 split in the 10th frame. But Rash missed a pair of single-pin spares and that proved to be his undoing.

LaCaze, a former collegiate All-American bowler with Saginaw Valley State University, slipped past Mike Wolfe of New Albany, Ind., 190-158, in the other semifinal match. LaCaze had a double late in the game, but a pair of splits and a pair of missed single-pin spares ended Wolfe's hopes.

In the PBA Women's Series presented by BOWL.COM title match, Nation jumped into the lead with strikes in the first and second frames, but couldn't build on her lead. An unconverted split in the sixth frame gave Barnes life, and Barnes then doubled in the eighth and ninth frames to take the lead. Even after she left the 4-6-7 split and opened in the 10th frame, Nation had to mark to win.

"I had it and I let it get away," Barnes said. "I grabbed the ball in the 10th frame and pulled it. That's what you tend to do when the lanes are as difficult as they were today."

Nation, who lost the 2009 Earl Anthony women's title with an errant shot in the final frame, threw three strikes in the 10th frame this time to avenge her loss a year earlier.

"I was fortunate things fell my way," said Nation, who won her second PBA Women's Series title. "It was a very difficult lane condition. You had to make good shots and hope. I followed my gut, made a move and I was able to strike out in the 10th frame. That was the difference."

In addition to a $10,000 prize, the victory also earned Nation the final berth in the PBA Women's Series Showdown presented by BOWL.COM which will be conducted in April at the new United States Bowling Congress International Training and Research Center in Arlington, Texas. Kelly Kulick, Union, N.J.; Shannon Pluhowsky, Kettering, Ohio; Liz Johnson, Cheektowaga, N.Y.; Carolyn Dorin-Ballard, Keller, Texas, and Michelle Feldman, Auburn, N.Y., had previously qualified for the special event during the PBA World Series of Bowling.

The Earl Anthony Memorial, the ninth event of the 2009-10 Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour season, was dedicated to the late superstar who was recognized as the greatest player in PBA history last January during the organization’s 50th anniversary celebration. Anthony, the first player in PBA history to earn $1 million, was a 43-time PBA Tour champion.


 

2010/01/15

Rash, LaCaze and Lynda Barnes Headline PBA Earl Anthony Memorial Finalists

Rookie Anthony LaCaze of Melrose Park, Ill., upset top qualifier Tommy Jones of Simpsonville, S.C., to advance to Sunday's finals in the Professional Bowlers Association’s Earl Anthony Memorial at Earl Anthony's Dublin Bowl Friday.

Sean Rash of Wichita, Kan., upset No. 2 qualifier Jason Belmonte of Australia, 4-2; Mike Machuga of Erie, Pa., defeated Ryan Shafer of Horseheads, N.Y., 4-2, and Mike Wolfe of New Albany, Ind., eliminated Stevie Weber of Chalmette, La., 4-0, in their best-of-seven-game matches to earn the other three men's berths in Sunday's finals.

Top qualifier Lynda Barnes of Double Oak, Texas, and Stefanie Nation of Grand Prairie, Texas, will meet for the women's Earl Anthony Memorial title.

LaCaze, a 27-year-old former Saginaw Valley State University bowler, will make his second TV appearance. His first came as an amateur in the 2008 PBA Lake County Indiana Golden Anniversary Championship in Hammond, Ind. Despite a loss in his TV debut, "I made the decision that I wanted to bowl full-time as my career," he said, "so I'm dedicating myself to being the best."

LaCaze built a 3-0 lead over Jones, only to watch Jones rally to even the match.

"Tommy Jones is one of the best players in the PBA, a highly respected player," LaCaze said. "But I never let up, never gave up. In the last game, I threw the ball well and I was able to capitalize on a couple of his mistakes."

LaCaze ended the match with a 233-180 victory.

Rash, who won his first seven matches on television in winning his four career PBA Tour titles, has since experienced a four-match losing streak on TV, including two appearances earlier this season. But he isn't concerned.

"I'm absolutely pleased with the way my season is going," he said. "I made back-to-back TV shows during the World Series of Bowling in Detroit. I made every cut except one. When you get to TV, it's a crap shoot. I started my career unbelievable with seven straight wins, but it catches up to you. All of the great players - Earl Anthony, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Norm Duke, Parker Bohn III - have had slumps on TV.

"When you're out here, you want to win, but there are 63 other guys who can do it, too. I'm just hoping I can take care of business Sunday. Is there some added pressure? Absolutely," Rash added. "I haven't won since 2007. I have a tough match with Machuga and nothing's a given in this game. But I've given myself another chance to win, and that's what you want to do."

Barnes, a San Francisco area favorite because of her childhood roots in nearby Concord, Calif., defeated Lindsay Baker of Amherst, N.Y., 4-2, and Jodi Woessner of Oregon, Ohio, 4-1, to advance to Sunday's Women's Series presented by BOWL.COM championship match.

"It was the coolest thing to turn around and see the whole bleachers full of family and friends from 30 years ago," Barnes said. "It's just a wonderful feeling to make a good shot and have everyone cheer. There's nothing better than that."

"These girls are so good," she added, referring to her competition. "To be able to compete with them is a great feeling. I just love to bowl. But getting this far is just half of it. There is still Sunday to go."

Barnes will face an opponent who has unfinished business to attend to in the Anthony event. Nation was runner-up in the 2009 Earl Anthony Memorial women's event, losing to Wendy Macpherson of Henderson, Nev. To get another chance at the Anthony title, Nation threw nine strikes in a row to close out Shannon Pluhowsky of Kettering, Ohio, 259-244, and win in her semifinal round match Friday, 4-3.

"I was down 3-0. I made a few ball changes. I figured I had nothing to lose," Nation said. "I kind of got loosened up and, like usual, pins start to fall when that happens. But Shannon never gave up. It was do-or-die until the final frame."

"Last year didn't end on a good note," she continued, referring to her 10th frame loss to Macpherson. "It's always in the back of your mind, but this is a brand-new tournament."

"In Detroit, I had a terrible time during the World Series of Bowling. I didn't make a cut, so to come back out here with a fresh attitude and make the cut was huge. Sunday, it'll be one shot at a time. Lynda will be a fighter, so I have to be on the top of my game."

The Earl Anthony Memorial, the ninth event of the 2009-10 Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour season, is dedicated to the late superstar who was recognized as the greatest player in PBA history last January during the organization's 50th anniversary celebration. Anthony, the first player in PBA history to earn $1 million, was a 43-time PBA Tour champion.


 

2010/01/14

Jones, Barnes Top Qualifying as PBA Earl Anthony Memorial Heads into Match Play

Tommy Jones of Simpsonville, S.C., momentarily slipped into second place, but fired a 288 game to regain the top qualifying position in the Professional Bowlers Association's Earl Anthony Memorial at Earl Anthony's Dublin Bowl Thursday.

Lynda Barnes of Double Oak, Texas, led the field of eight women who advanced to match play in the women's portion of the tournament.

Jones, a 12-time PBA Tour winner who hasn't won since 2008, averaged 232 for 14 games of qualifying to lead the field of 28 men into the best-of-seven-game, single-elimination match play competition Friday. Jones finished with 3,249 pins. Australia's two-handed sensation, Jason Belmonte, was second, 25 pins behind.

Brian Kretzer of Dayton, Ohio, was third with a 3,122 total followed by Mike Wolfe of New Albany, Ind., at 3,112 and Chris Barnes of Double Oak, Texas, at 3,096.

Chris Barnes' wife Lynda, who grew up in nearby Concord, Calif., and starred as a collegiate bowler at San Jose State University, averaged 208.43 to finish qualifying in the women's event with 2,918 pins and an 18-pin edge over Liz Johnson of Cheektowaga, N.Y.

Other women advancing to match play were Wendy Macpherson, Henderson, Nev.; Jodi Woessner, Oregon, Ohio; Kelly Kulick, Union, N.J.; Shannon Pluhowsky, Kettering, Ohio; Stefanie Nation, Grand Prairie, Texas, and Lindsay Baker, Amherst, N.Y.

Lynda Barnes is bowling as a member of the PBA Women's Series presented by BOWL.COM for the first time after a lengthy and highly-successful amateur career. She advanced from seventh place after Wednesday's opening round by calming herself from unexpected, but self-imposed pressure a day earlier.

"I had a better game plan today," Barnes said. "I was a little more relaxed. I was surprised how much extra pressure I felt with my family and friends in the crowd yesterday. A lot of people came to watch me bowl. I didn't want to let them down. It was kind of self-induced."

Barnes, who left her Northern California roots in 1996 when she got married, admitted returning to the San Francisco Bay area was an emotional experience.

"My aunt passed away last week, so I came in a week early," Barnes noted. "It was hard last week, but I'm kind of trying to bowl for her. There are a lot of emotions to deal with."

Friday's match play elimination rounds which will cull the fields to four men and two women for the live ESPN finals Sunday at 1 p.m. Eastern (10 a.m. Pacific).

The Earl Anthony Memorial is dedicated to the late superstar who was recognized as the greatest player in PBA history last January during the organization's 50th anniversary celebration. Anthony, the first player in PBA history to earn $1 million, was a 43-time PBA Tour champion.


 

2010/01/13

Jones, Macpherson Hold First Round Leads in PBA Earl Anthony Memorial

Tommy Jones of Simpsonville, S.C., trying to end a two-year title slump, averaged 240 to take the first round lead in the Professional Bowlers Association's Earl Anthony Memorial Wednesday at Earl Anthony's Dublin Bowl.

Jones, a 12-time Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour champion, started the opening seven-game qualifying round with a 267 game to claim a share of the lead and never let up. He finished with 1,680 pins for a 33-pin lead over Australia's Jason Belmonte. Belmonte, a two-handed specialist, had the only 300 game of the opening round en route to a 1,647 total.

Ryan Shafer of Horseheads, N.Y., was in third place with 1,608 pins followed by Brian Kretzer of Dayton, Ohio, with a 1,601 total and Steve Jaros of Yorkville, Ill., with 1,571 pins.

The PBA Women's Series presented by BOWL.COM bowled its first seven qualifying games Wednesday night.

"I've had a bad couple of years, but I'm trying to get back on track," Jones said. "I bowled okay in the last couple of World Series of Bowling events in Detroit and I did okay in (the Pepsi Red, White and Blue Open in) Wichita, but I'm trying to stay positive, eliminate things I can't control and just bowl."

"Last year I bowled well on this lane condition in Medford (Ore.). You can throw it hard and that's my strong suit," he continued. "Today I got off to a good start and I kept it going."

Jones won his last title in the GEICO Classic in West Babylon, N.Y., in March 2008.

Macpherson, the all-time earnings leader in women's professional bowling, began her career as a youth bowler in nearby Walnut Creek, Calif. She finished her first qualifying round with 1,513 pins for a 61 pin lead over Shannon Pluhowsky of Phoenix who had a 1,452 total. Liz Johnson, Cheektowaga, N.Y., was third with 1,435 pins followed by Stefanie Nation of Grand Prairie, Texas, at 1,416 and Lindsay Baker of Amherst, N.Y., at 1,413.

"It feels good to bowl well. Detroit was sub par for me," Macpherson said of her PBA World Series of Bowling experience in August. "Bowling has been better since then and I can't think of a better place than to come back home and see some friendly faces in the crowd. It means a lot to me."

"I've struggled with rhythm and timing the past couple of years," she added. "I felt it coming back toward the end of the World Series and I've been bowling a lot better."

The fields of 64 men and 20 women will bowl seven additional qualifying games Thursday. The top 28 men and eight women then advance to the best-of-seven-game, single-elimination match play rounds Friday. Match play will cull the fields to four men and two women for the live ESPN finals Sunday at 1 p.m. Eastern (10 a.m. Pacific).

The Earl Anthony Memorial is dedicated to the late superstar who was recognized as the greatest player in PBA history last January during the organization's 50th anniversary celebration. Anthony, the first player in PBA history to earn $1 million, was a 43-time PBA Tour champion.


 

2010/01/10

Scroggins Wins Pepsi Red, White and Blue Open for Seventh Career PBA Tour Title

Mike Scroggins of Amarillo, Texas, flirted with a perfect finish, but settled for an easy victory in winning his seventh career Professional Bowlers Association Tour title in the Pepsi Red, White and Blue Open presented by the United States Bowling Congress at Northrock Lanes.

Scroggins ruined 42-year-old rookie Wayne Garber's bid for his first PBA Tour title, 278-229, to conclude the highest scoring tournament in PBA history. The finals aired Sunday on ESPN.

Scroggins, who struggled in two preliminary matches leading up to the title contest, started the championship match with nine strikes before leaving a 7 pin on his first shot in the 10th frame. He made the spare and left another 7 pin on his fill ball, but the match may have been decided before it even started because the inexperienced Garber made a decision that played right into Scroggins' hands.

Garber, making his first television appearance, earned his berth in the title match by upsetting PBA Hall of Famer Walter Ray Williams Jr. of Ocala, Fla., 10-8, in a one-ball, sudden-death roll-off after they had tied at 237-237 and threw matching strikes in the first roll-off frame. As the highest ranking survivor in the ESPN finals, Garber then had the right to select which pair of lanes would be used for the championship match.

Normally, one pair of lanes is used for all TV matches, but because of the unusual six-player format used in the Red, White and Blue Open finals, two pairs of lanes were in use. Garber decided to remain on the right pair of lanes where he had just defeated Williams, rather than move to the left pair of lanes where Scroggins had left a steady stream of 7 pins in edging Mike Fagan of Patchogue, N.Y., 218-197, and then fellow left-hander Patrick Allen of Wesley Chapel, Fla., 227-215, in his preliminary matches.

"My biggest mistake was choosing that pair of lanes," Garber said later. "I threw four practice balls on the left pair and had no look at all, but if I could do it over, I'd pick that pair."

Scroggins, the reigning U.S. Open champion, said a silent "yeah" to himself when Garber announced his choice. No left-handers had bowled on the right pair other than a few practice balls, so Scroggins had fresh conditions which meant better odds his ball would finish hard and carry strikes.

"I was glad to get off the pair I was on," Scroggins said. "The back ends got so tight, we had no carry at all. Then we got a little practice on the right pair and I never missed the pocket, so I felt pretty good. And I got some lucky strikes along the way."

Despite his runner-up finish, Garber had the tournament of his life. "I've bowled for local titles, but this was a lot different," he confessed. "I'm ecstatic. If there are nine clouds, I'm on cloud 15."

In the other first-round match, Williams eliminated Michael Machuga of Erie, Pa., 257-244, in his PBA-record 171st television appearance.

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 was the most forgiving pattern, the White condition was a medium challenge and the Blue pattern - which was used for the ESPN finals - was the most challenging.

The Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour's next event is the Earl Anthony Memorial Jan. 12-17 at Earl Anthony's Dublin Bowl in Dublin, Calif. The Anthony Memorial will include a PBA Exempt Tour event and the final PBA Women's Series presented by BOWL.COM singles event of the 2009-10 season. ESPN will televise the finals live at 1 p.m. Eastern on Sunday, Jan. 17. Wes Malott of Pflugerville, Texas, is the two-time defending Earl Anthony Memorial champion; Wendy Macpherson of Henderson, Nev., is the defending Earl Anthony Women's champion.


 

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