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2010/02/28
Bill O'Neill Wins First Major Title in 67th Lumber Liquidators U.S. Open

Bill O'Neill of Southampton, Pa., who earned a "can't miss" tag after his 2005-06 Professional Bowlers Association Rookie of the Year season, cruised past defending champion Mike Scroggins of Amarillo, Texas, 267-207, to win his first major title in the 67th Lumber Liquidators U.S. Open at Woodland Bowl Sunday.

O'Neill, who won his first Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour title earlier in the season in Detroit, had a spare in the first frame, failed to convert the 2-10 split in the second, and then threw 10 strikes in a row to race away to victory. Along with his title, he earned $60,000 and a three-year PBA Tour exemption.

"This title means everything to me. I can't begin to explain it," he said. "It's the most difficult title on tour to win. To have my name up there will the guys who have won it is amazing."

"I can't believe I bowled a game like that on this lane condition," the 28-year-old O'Neill said. "I found a little hold area and that's all I needed. It was just a matter of bearing down and making good shots."

"It was the most relaxed I've ever been on TV," he continued. "I don't know why, but from the time I got up this morning and came into the center, everything felt great. Even after throwing that split in the second frame, I knew I was going to throw the ball great."

"Scroggins has beaten me, like, the last 34 times I've bowled him, so it was nice to get some payback."

Scroggins never found a solid line to the pocket, failing to put two strikes together until the 10th frame. But it was a pocket 7-10 split in the eighth frame that clinched the win for O'Neill.

"At start of the match, my thumb shrunk just a bit and I was afraid to add a piece of tape because I didn't want to hang up in the ball," Scroggins said. "I was losing it just enough, so when I put the tape in the ball in the seventh frame, I got back to the pocket."

"But Bill bowled well. All of the strikes looked the same, so you know he was throwing the ball well," Scroggins added. "It's hard to beat 267 on an easy condition, let alone the U.S. Open oil pattern."

With his victory, O'Neill also jumped into the thick of the PBA Player of the Year race with only four tournaments remaining in the season.

"I picked up a couple of points on Walter Ray (Williams Jr.), but you know he'll make a couple of more TV shows before the season is over," O'Neill said. "I'll just have to try to win another one."

O'Neill earned his berth in the title match by defeating Tommy Jones of Simpsonville, S.C., 203-152, after Jones romped past Jason Couch of Clermont, Fla., 245-192, in the opening match. In the first game, Jones threw seven strikes in the first eight frames to win easily, but when the oil began to move, he got lost against O'Neill, leaving and failing to convert four splits.

The Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour's next event is the Etonic Don Johnson Eliminator which gets underway with preliminary qualifying rounds Monday at Sequoia Pro Bowl in Columbus, Ohio.


 

2010/02/27

 【JPBA】 関西オープンボウリングトーナメント 【TV決勝】

 

第32回関西オープン
カン・ソンユ JPBAツアー初優勝!

今年一年の始まりにふさわしく、男子プロアマ総勢250名以上が集結した関西オープン。
パーフェクト3個に710スプリットメイドも達成され、見応えある戦いの末に最終ラウンドの舞台に上がったのは昨年のROUND1CUPで敗れたカン・ソンユとパク・キョンシン、そして前大会で決勝進出を果たしながらも頂点を極められなかった中沢 奨とキム・ヨンピル。
4人全員がレフティ、中沢以外はすべてKPBAかつJPBA初優勝がかかった顔ぶれと、どの組合せでもそれぞれ因縁があり誰が勝ってもドラマが期待される中、熱戦の火蓋が切って落とされました。
キム対中沢の4位決定戦はキムが前半にオープンフレームを2つ出し、パンチアウトで追い上げますが中沢に届かず敗退。パク対中沢の3位決定戦では、両者オープンを出しましたがターキーを2つ決めた中沢が逃げ切り、トップシードで待つカンへの挑戦権を手に入れます。
昨年のジャパンオープンで逃した6勝目を賭けて挑む中沢、JPBAツアー初優勝が欲しいカン。二人の対決となった優勝決定戦は、両者ストライクでの滑り出しとなりました。
続く2フレーム目もストライクを決めた中沢がワンマークリード。中盤でカンがターキーに成功。中沢も負けずと6フレーム目からターキーを決めてリードを取り返しますが、勝負どころの9フレーム目、中沢は7番ピンを残してスペア。対するカンは、昨年秋のシーズントライアル優勝決定戦でパーフェクトを達成した勝負強さをここで発揮し、9フレーム目から10フレーム2投目までストライクを繋げ、中沢を追い抜いて逆転。手に汗握る真剣勝負を制し、見事カンがJPBA初優勝を成し遂げました!

 

優勝決定戦

○ カン・ソンユ 237 - 226 × 中沢 奨

中沢奨健闘を見せるもカン・ソンユが9・10フレで逆転勝ち!中沢が1マークリードで迎えた終盤、中沢は9フレスペア、10フレ一投目再び3.9が残りスペア・ストライクで226で先に終了。9フレストライクのカンは10フレ一投目・二投目もストライクで中沢を逆転、JPBAツアー初優勝を挙げる。最後まで見せ場をつくった中沢だったが最後で力尽きた。

3位決定戦

× パク・キョンシン 193 - 210 ○ 中沢 奨

序盤中沢はターキーをもってくるがツーミスで6フレ時点で5ピンのリードを許す。しかし7フレからのターィーで逆転、10フレ一投目3.9のダブルウッドもカバーしKPBA勢二人を撃破!日本初優勝を目指したハパクは力んだかコントロールが粗く敗退。

4位決定戦

○ 中沢 奨 212 - 187 × キム・ヨンピル

盤互角の戦いながら中沢が6フレから気合いのターキーでキム・ヨンピルを振り切り3位決定戦へ進出!

 

 【JPBA】 関西オープンボウリングトーナメント 【ラウンドロビン】

 

カン・ソンユ

KPBA勢3名は、日本未勝利ながら1位のカン・ソンユは昨年のシーズントライアルオータームシリーズで優勝、2位のパク・キョンシンは2007の「KPBA新人戦」を制し、4位のキム・ヨンピルは前回「関西オープン」準優勝など実力者が進出を果たす!迎え撃つ3位進出の中沢奨はポジションマッチで238を打って進出しこの勢いで優勝となるか「'03キリンカップ」優勝以来の6勝目を目指す。

 

 【JPBA】 関西オープンボウリングトーナメント 【準決勝】

 

貞松保行

アラカン(先月で60歳を迎え)の貞松保行が予選に続き準決勝もトップ通過!2位に1月のシーズントライアルで優勝し現在ランキングトップの遠藤誠、そして1期生大ベテラン矢島純一(64歳)が猛チャージを見せ予選18位から一気に3位へ浮上。

 

 【PBA】 67th Lumber Liquidators U.S. Open 【Match Play Round】

Defending Champion Scroggins Tops Field for Sunday's U.S. Open Finals

Defending champion Mike Scroggins of Amarillo, Texas, methodically worked his way through the field Saturday, rolling a key 300 game on the way to clinching the top qualifying position for Sunday's finals in the 67th Lumber Liquidators U.S. Open at Woodland Bowl.

And Jason Couch of Clermont, Fla., bowled the biggest 214 game of his life to earn his shot at the title in a pressured-packed final round of match games.

In the intense position round to determine Sunday's finalists, Scroggins defeated Bill O'Neill of Southampton, Pa., 227-185, to pass O'Neill for the top rung on the stepladder with a total of 11,537 pins for 51 games. O'Neill, who is trying for his second career title and first major championship, dropped to second with 11,486 pins.

Tommy Jones of Simpsonville, S.C., slipped past Australia's Jason Belmonte in the final game, 203-190, to clinch the third spot in the finals. Belmonte, who led the tournament after the first match play round, battled a hamstring injury suffered earlier Saturday and dropped to sixth place because of his loss.

But the real drama was unfolding on the adjacent pairs of lanes where the winner of the Walter Ray Williams Jr. of Ocala, Fla., vs. Norm Duke of Clermont, Fla., match was poised to pass Belmonte for the fourth position in Sunday's finals. Duke closed his game with four strikes to force Williams to get a double and good count in the 10th frame to win and earn 30 bonus pins. Williams got the first two strikes, but left four pins on his final shot to end the match between PBA Hall of Famers in a 201-201 tie.

Because the tie gave each player 15 bonus pins, Couch - who entered the position round in seventh place - jumped all the way to fourth by winning his match against four-time U.S. Open champion Pete Weber of St. Ann, Mo., 214-190. With 30 bonus pins for winning the match, Couch edged Williams by two pins for fourth place.

Scroggins will try to become the first bowler since Dave Husted in 1996 and 1995 to win back-to-back U.S. Open titles. Ironically, Husted won his 1996 in Indianapolis. Prior to changing its name to the U.S. Open in 1971, St. Louis bowling legends Dick Weber and Don Carter each won the former BPAA All Star in consecutive years twice.

Sunday's stepladder finals will air live on ESPN at 12:30 p.m. Eastern. At stake is the Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour's final major title of the 2009-10 season, a $60,000 first prize and a three-year PBA Tour exemption.


 

2010/02/26

貞松保行

昨日の前半トップ貞松保行が後半もスコアを伸ばしそのままトップで準決勝へ!2位にそろそろ初優勝が欲しい斉藤茂雄、3位にKPBAパワーを見せつけたキム・ヨンピル、4位に昨年「全日本選手権」を制した日置秀一がつけている。
予選10G目木村広人がパーフェクトゲーム達成

 

 【PBA】 67th Lumber Liquidators U.S. Open 【Match Play Round 1】

Australia's Belmonte Holds Off O'Neill, Jones to Retain U.S. Open Lead

Australia's Jason Belmonte barely held onto the lead after the opening round of match play in the 67th Lumber Liquidators U.S. Open at Woodland Bowl Friday, fending off challengers Bill O'Neill of Southampton, Pa., and Tommy Jones of Simpsonville, S.C.

Belmonte, who led by 178 pins heading into Friday's competition, finished the day with a 5-3 match play record, 7,871 total pins for 35 games and a 27-pin edge over O'Neill. Jones, who came into match play 273 pins behind of the Australian two-handed star, was in third place, 79 pins behind after both he and O'Neill had closed to within eight pins of the lead with one game to go.

Parker Bohn III of Jackson, N.J., was in fourth place with 7,664 pins and two-time U.S. Open champion Walter Ray Williams Jr., who is trying for his 48th career victory and second major title of the season, was in fifth place with a 7,657 total.

"It was me and Frodo Baggins walking to Mordor tonight," Belmonte said. "It was an adventure like Lord of the Rings. I needed a map."

"In match play the lanes are going to play differently depending upon who played where and how the oil was broken down as you move across the center," Belmonte added. "It's really different in the U.S. Open because earlier in the day, guys played all over the lanes. It was hard to find anything, but Tommy Jones found something. Everyone else was bowling 180s and he had nothing under 205. But that's what makes players at his echelon as good as they are. They rise up."

O'Neill, who said he made a change in his timing and the way he was playing the lanes after he wound up in 185th place after the first six games, almost overtook Belmonte.

"I'm bowling good now. I'm getting a good ball reaction and I got some good luck tonight. Three times guys could have beat me in the 10th frame and they didn't," O'Neill said. "I was fortunate. I'll have to do better tomorrow or I won’'t be around on Sunday.”"

The 24 match play finalists will bowl two more eight-game match play rounds Saturday to determine the top four players who will advance to Sunday's live ESPN stepladder finals at 12:30 p.m. Eastern.

At stake is the Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour's final major title of the 2009-10 season, a $60,000 first prize and a three-year PBA Tour exemption.


 

2010/02/25

貞松保行

歴代チャンピオンのベテラン貞松保行が好調にスコアを伸ばし前半トップ、2位に昨年「全日本選手権」を制した日置秀一がつけている。
6G目佐藤秀樹が7-10スプリットメイド達成!

佐藤秀樹、7-10スプリットメイド達成!

本日はシードプロ、アマチュア選手も参戦して予選前半が行われ、Bシフト6G目・8フレーム目に佐藤秀樹が7-10スプリットメイドを達成しました!
佐藤は前半3Gではまずまずの位置についていましたが、後半3Gで失速。しかしながら本日の最終ゲームで自身初、JPBA男子公認記録としてもまだ78号目という珍しい記録を達成したことで、明日の後半6Gでは追い風に乗って欲しいところです!

 

 【PBA】 67th Lumber Liquidators U.S. Open 【Round 3 Qualifying】

Australia's Jason Belmonte Races into Third Round Lead in U.S. Open

Jason Belmonte, Australia's two-handed star, made one of the most difficult scoring conditions in bowling look easy Thursday as he raced into the third round lead in the 67th Lumber Liquidators U.S. Open at Woodland Bowl.

Belmonte, who sat in sixth place after the first 12 qualifying games, averaged a blistering 248.33 for his six qualifying games Thursday to finish with an 18-game total of 4,117 pins and a 178-pin lead over Dave Beres of Waukesha, Wis. At one point in his round, Belmonte rolled consecutive games of 280, 278 and 278 to break away from the field.

Andres Gomez of Colombia was in third place with 3,920 pins followed by 2005 U.S. Open champion Chris Barnes of Double Oak, Texas, at 3,915 and Bill O'Neill of Southampton, Pa., at 3,914. O'Neill was in 185th place after the first six games.

"I grew up bowling long-format tournaments in Australia where there was lots of qualifying and match play games," the 26-year-old said. "I think most bowlers will tell you that if you're consistently bowling well, you have a better chance in a long format competition."

"Today, for those three big games, I think that's the best 36 shots I've ever thrown. You can't bowl any better than that."

Belmonte, an established international champion with his unusual method of rolling a bowling ball with both hands, is bowling his first full season on the Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour after winning his first and only title in the Bowling Foundation Long Island Classic last March to earn a PBA Tour exemption.

His ability to generate significantly higher ball revolutions and hooking power than most conventional bowlers dazzled the near-capacity crowd watching the first of three squads Thursday morning.

"The general consensus is that I would bowl better on the 'burn'," he said, referring to the second squad of the day when lane oil is moved around by the first squad to sometimes create a higher scoring environment. "Actually I've never done that well on the conditions where there's lots of carrydown oil. When I bowled on that condition yesterday I was 40 over and very happy to do that well."

"On the fresh condition like we had today I'm usually more confident. If I can play an area where nobody has played, that can be an advantage for me."

The top 88 in the field of 352 advance to a nine-game cashers' round Friday morning. The top 24 after 27 games will advance to eight-game match play rounds Friday night and Saturday to determine the four finalists for Sunday's live ESPN telecast at 12:30 p.m. Eastern.

At stake is the Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour's final major title of the 2009-10 season, a $60,000 first prize and a three-year PBA Tour exemption.


 

2010/02/24

児島都史

中村陽介が大会第1号パーフェクト達成!

2010年における本格的な男子トーナメント開幕戦、第32回関西オープン。大会初日の今日はプロ選抜大会が行われ、快い球音が響き渡りました。
そんな中、Bシフト7G目に中村陽介が大会第1号にして自身初(JPBA公認1068号)のパーフェクトを達成!
プロデビューしてからもうじき1年、4月には新人を迎えて先輩プロとなる48期生の中村にとって、大きなステップアップとなりました!

 

 【JPBA】 関西オープンボウリングトーナメント 【選抜大会Aシフト】

 

平井 翔

 

 【PBA】 67th Lumber Liquidators U.S. Open 【Round 2 Qualifying】

New York's Jack Jurek Takes Second Round Lead in U.S. Open

Jack Jurek of Lackawanna, N.Y., who ended a record 14-year drought between titles earlier this season, claimed the second round lead in the 67th Lumber Liquidators U.S. Open at Woodland Bowl Wednesday, averaging 222 for 12 games to take a 13-pin lead over PBA Hall of Famer Amleto Monacelli of Venezuela.

Jurek, who was in third place after the opening round, posted a 2,672 pinfall total to lead Monacelli's 2,659. Monacelli was in 29th place after the first six games.

Dave Beres of Waukesha, Wis., was in third place with 2,656 pins followed by Jason Wojnar of Chicago at 2,652 and first round leader Robert Smith of Columbus, Ohio, with 2,650 pins. Beres and Wojnar are both trying for the first PBA Tour titles. Smith won the 2000 U.S. Open.

Jurek, 46, is trying for his first PBA Tour major title and third overall career title. He defeated Mike Fagan of Patchogue, N.Y., over Labor Day weekend in Detroit to win the PBA Shark Championship, his first title since winning the 1995 Tums Classic in Windsor Locks, Conn. While the pressure to end that streak is now gone, he finds himself leading a tournament that hasn’t been kind to him in years past.

"This is by far the best start I've ever had in a U.S. Open," he said. "The whole season has been going well. It's a combination of things."

"Today I started with a 179, but then I stumbled into a little better shot. The second squad has always been a little tougher for me because the condition is broken down and you have to move to an inside angle where the ball returns get in the way," Jurek added. "But today I was been able to play a little farther to the right, so I felt like I bowled 200 (pins) over (a 200 average) today."

Among the players who made significant moves Wednesday were PBA Player of the Year contender Bill O'Neill of Southampton, Pa., was averaged 242 during the second round to advance from 185th place to 13th, and reigning PBA Player of the Year Wes Malott, who jumped from 135th place to 33rd.

All players in the U.S. Open will bowl six more qualifying games Thursday before the field is cut to the top 88 for a cashers' round Friday morning. The top 24 will then advance to eight-game match play rounds Friday night and Saturday to determine the four finalists for Sunday's live ESPN telecast at 12:30 p.m. Eastern. At stake in the Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour's final major championship of the 2009-10 season is a $60,000 first prize and a three-year PBA Tour exemption.


 

2010/02/23
2000 Champion Robert Smith Leads U.S. Open After First Round

Robert Smith of Columbus, Ohio, rolled into the first round lead in the 67th Lumber Liquidators U.S. Open at Woodland Bowl Tuesday, averaging 232.67 for his first six games to take a 16-pin lead over Australia's two-handed star, Jason Belmonte.

Smith, a 36-year-old 13-year PBA Tour veteran, has won seven PBA Tour titles, including the 2000 U.S. Open.

"This is by far my favorite tournament," he said. "You go into this event knowing you can't give away the headpin. You're going to have your good games and your bad games, but you can't give anything away. It calls for a different mindset.

"I fell into something today, and I basically had two pockets --- the 1-3 and the Brooklyn side. It was a good day."

Smith, one of the strongest players ever to compete on the PBA Tour, has admittedly had an up-and-down career, partly due to injuries caused by his power game. After 13 years of wear-and-tear, he is forcing himself to adapt.

"I feel healthy for the first time in awhile," he said, "but my game has changed. I'm not the gorilla I thought I was once upon a time. Mentally, I still am, but physically, no. I can't do what I used to do. I'm learning to deal with it."

Smith led the field of 352 players with a 1,396 pinfall total. Belmonte, in his first full year as a PBA Tour competitor after winning the Bowling Foundation Long Island Open a year ago, was second with 1,380 pins. Third was Jack Jurek of Lackawanna, N.Y., who won the PBA Shark Championship earlier in the season in Detroit, with 1,374 pins followed by defending U.S. Open champion Mike Scroggins of Amarillo, Texas, at 1,352 and Parker Bohn III of Jackson, N.J., with 1,350 pins.

All players in the U.S. Open will bowl 18 qualifying games before the field is cut to the top 87 for an additional qualifying round Friday morning. The top 24 will then advance to eight-game match play rounds Friday night and Saturday to determine the four finalists for Sunday's live ESPN telecast at 12:30 p.m. Eastern. At stake in the Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour's final major championship of the 2009-10 season is a $60,000 first prize and a three-year PBA Tour exemption.


 

2010/02/21
Voss and Asbaty Victorious in PBA Bayer Don and Paula Carter Mixed Doubles

Coming from the fifth qualifying position, Hall of Famers Brian Voss of Alpharetta, Ga., and Diandra Asbaty of Chicago, won four consecutive matches to capture the Professional Bowlers Association Bayer Don and Paula Carter Mixed Doubles Sunday at Brunswick Zone Wheat Ridge.

Voss, a member of the PBA Hall of Fame, and Asbaty, a member of the World Bowling Writers Hall of Fame, defeated No. 1 qualifiers Jason Belmonte of Australia and Michelle Feldman of Auburn, N.Y., in the Baker format championship match 234-212.

For Voss it was his 25th career Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour title ranking him 10th on the all-time list and his first in four years. It was the second PBA Women's Series presented by BOWL.COM title for Asbaty.

"Diandra bowled so well it took a lot of pressure off of me," said the 51-year-old Voss. "Once we got to match play our strategy was that she would start and I would finish and we stuck with that the whole tournament."

"This was special not just for myself but also because you have an opportunity to share it with someone."

The Baker format requires each member of the team to bowl alternate frames in a game to combine for one score.

"Believe me, I couldn't have done it without Brian," Asbaty said. "We had good chemistry right from the start. Even though we qualified fifth for the finals, we had a lot of confidence and the fact that we jumped out to big leads in the first two matches helped make us feel we were in control."

The Voss and Asbaty team had a scare in the championship match when Voss missed a 10 pin spare in the eighth frame.

"I hadn't thrown any shots on the right hand part of the lane all day and just threw a bad shot," Voss said. "Fortunately it didn't cost us."

Voss and Asbaty shared in a $50,000 first prize and Belmonte and Feldman split $26,000 for second.

"I thought after bowling really well at the start it would eventually end for them but it didn't," said Belmonte. "That's the cruel part of bowling one game for the title, but if it's your day it can be the beauty of it as well."

Voss and Asbaty began the finals by defeating 2009 PBA World Championship winner Tom Smallwood and Jodi Woessner 276-224. In the second match they defeated Rhino Page and Shannon Pluhowsky 276-227, and in the semi-final reigning PBA Player of the Year Wes Malott and Shannon O'Keefe 224-202 to get to the championship match.


 

2010/02/19
Belmonte and Feldman are Top Qualifiers For PBA Bayer Don and Paula Carter Mixed Doubles ESPN TV Finals

Jason Belmonte of Australia and Michelle Feldman of Auburn, N.Y., picked up where they left off in qualifying and combined forces in match play to earn the No. 1 qualifying position for Sunday's stepladder finals of the Professional Bowlers Association Bayer Don and Paula Carter Mixed Doubles at Brunswick Zone Wheat Ridge.

Belmonte and Feldman combined for an 11-5 Baker format match play record and a 7,289 30-game overall pinfall Friday giving the pair a 386-pin lead over No. 2 qualifiers, reigning PBA Player of the Year Wes Malott and Shannon O'Keefe. O'Keefe, trying for her first PBA Women's Series presented by BOWL.COM title, won a PBA regional title on Feb. 5 in Houston.

The Baker format requires each player to alternate frames in a game to combine for one score.

"The only strategy we had was determining which lane we felt best bowling on," said Belmonte, the 2008-09 PBA Rookie of the Year. "We have a lot of confidence in each other right now which helps develop a good rythym which I feel is very important in a doubles or team situation."

"I think we're pretty relaxed and confident for Sunday and we'll formulate our strategy then."

Belmonte, using his trademark two-handed delivery, is trying for his second career Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour title and Feldman her third PBA Women's Series title.

"It's easy to help each other because we both have a lot of hook," Feldman said. "We both play the same part of the lane so it's just a matter of making little adjustments here and there."

Qualifying No. 3 for the finals were three-time PBA Tour titlist Rhino Page and two-time Women's Series titlist Shannon Pluhowsky.

The opening stepladder match will be between No. 4 qualifiers, 2009 PBA World Championship winner Tom Smallwood and Jodi Woessner against No. 5 qualifers PBA Hall of Famer Brian Voss and World Bowling Writers Hall of Famer and one-time Women's Series titlist Diandra Asbaty.

Voss converted a crucial 7-10 split in the eighth frame of the last match to keep his team in contention for a TV finals position.

The Mixed Doubles finals will be televised live by ESPN at 1 p.m. Eastern (11 a.m. Mountain) on Sunday.


 

2010/02/18
Belmonte and Feldman are Top Pair Heading into Match Play for PBA Bayer Don and Paula Carter Mixed Doubles

After earning top qualifier honors, 2008-09 PBA Rookie of the Year Jason Belmonte of Australia and Michelle Feldman of Auburn, N.Y., will head a field of 16 mixed doubles teams going into Friday's match play rounds in the PBA Bayer Don and Paula Carter Mixed Doubles at Brunswick Zone Wheat Ridge.

Looking for his second Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour title, Belmonte led the 64-player PBA Tour men's field with a 3,389 14-game pinfall (242 average). Belmonte, who uses a two-handed delivery, had games of 245, 257, 258, 268, 220, 233 and 211 in Thursday's seven-game qualifying round.

"She's bowling great and I'm bowling great and what more can you ask for than that," Belmonte said of his pairing with Feldman. "Michelle's a winner, she has lots of titles so I'm looking forward to bowling with someone that has the experience she has."

Feldman, a two-time PBA Women's Series titlist ended Thursday's qualifying with a 3,199 14-game overall pinfall (228 average). She had games of 258, 229, 211, 194, 258, 217 and 247 in Thursday's qualifying round.

"The one thing we have in common is that we're here to bowl well and try the best we can," Feldman said. "I haven't had a real good year so this is the last hurrah for me this season and I'm hoping we can make the best of it."

The PBA Tour players and PBA Women's Series presented by BOWL.COM players competed in separate qualifying rounds which determined the doubles parings. Based on their qualifying ranking, the top 16 men and top 16 women are paired together to compete in Baker format match play beginning Friday. After 16 head-to-head doubles matches, the top five teams will advance to the stepladder finals. The finals format will also use the Baker format where each player will bowl five alternate frames to combine for one score.

The Mixed Doubles finals will be televised live by ESPN at 1 p.m. Eastern (11 a.m. Mountain) on Sunday, Feb. 21.

Fans can also follow all the action by subscribing to PBA.com's video service Xtra Frame. Visit pba.com, click on the Xtra Frame link and follow the instructions. Monthly and annual subscriptions are available.


 

2010/02/17
Belmonte and Woessner Lead First Round in PBA Bayer Don and Paula Carter Mixed Doubles

Two-handed specialist Jason Belmonte of Australia and Jodi Woessner of Oregon, Ohio, were the first round qualifying leaders Wednesday in the Professional Bowlers Association Bayer Don and Paula Carter Mixed Doubles at Brunswick Zone Wheat Ridge.

Belmonte, last season's PBA Rookie of the Year and the first two-hander to win a Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour title, had a 1,697 seven-game pinfall (242 average) to lead the 64-player men's field. He had games of 222, 256, 238, 237, 289, 220 and 235.

Having to negotiate an extreme inside shot in today's first round matched up well with Belmonte's technique as a two-handed player.

"You'll find that most two-handers hook the ball a lot," said the 26-year-old Belmonte. "So any time we can use a lot of the lane it's to our advantage."

"Obviously having a big hook is not conducive to all conditions on tour but it's nice to be able to take advantage of a condition where you can throw the big hook."

Woessner, who owns one PBA Women's Series title, led the 32-player women's field with a 1,640 seven- game pinfall (234 average) which included a 300 game. She had games of 221, 202, 226, 214, 243, 300 and 234.

Woessner holds a five-pin lead over 2010 PBA Tournament of Champions winner Kelly Kulick of Union, N.J., in second with 1,635. Kulick's Tournament of Champions win on Jan. 24 landed her a place in sports history by becoming the first woman to win a PBA Tour title.

"I was really concentrating on keeping a tight line to the pocket," Woessner said. "I was also able to make the right ball choice and stayed ahead of the changing lane conditions by making the right adjustments."

The PBA Tour male players and PBA Women's Series players compete in separate qualifying rounds which will continue Thursday. Based on their qualifying ranking after qualifying concludes, the top 16 men and top 16 women will be paired together to compete in match play on Friday. After 16 head-to-head doubles matches, the top five teams will advance to the stepladder finals. The finals format will use the Baker format where each player will bowl five alternate frames to combine for one score.

The Mixed Doubles finals will be televised live by ESPN at 1 p.m. Eastern (11 a.m. Mountain) on Sunday, Feb. 21.

Fans can also follow all the action by subscribing to PBA.com's video service Xtra Frame. Visit pba.com, click on the Xtra Frame link and follow the instructions. Monthly and annual subscriptions are available.


 

2010/02/14
Williams wins second Masters title

Walter Ray Williams Jr. of Ocala, Fla., won his second United States Bowling Congress Masters title Sunday, defeating top seed Chris Barnes of Double Oak, Texas, 290-217, at the National Bowling Stadium.

The victory was Williams' 47th on the Lumber Liquidators Professional Bowlers Association Tour, extending his record for the most in PBA Tour history, while also moving him up to a tie for second with eight career major titles.

"This is just another little feather, it's just awesome," said Williams, who defeated Barnes, 268-239, to win the January 2004 USBC Masters also at the National Bowling Stadium. "It's hard to explain it better than that. To win any tournament is awesome, and the bigger ones are even better."

Williams is now tied with Pete Weber and Mike Aulby with eight career major titles, but all three players trail USBC and PBA Hall of Famer Earl Anthony, who won 10 majors and 43 total titles.

"I really don't envision that I can get to 10, but I'm not giving up yet," said Williams, who turned 50 in 2009. "I'm going to go out there and plug along as good as I can, and the year that I'm no longer exempt out here, that's when I will have had enough."

In the title match against Barnes, Williams got off to a shaky start, going high on his first shot, breaking up a split and leaving a 7 pin. From there, he was perfect, finishing with 11 consecutive strikes to take home the $50,000 prize and two-year PBA Tour exemption.

Williams said the turning point in the match was when Barnes left a 10 pin in the fourth frame, but he managed to carry a similar shot in the fifth frame.

"Chris left that weak 10 pin after a scout came over and touched it but didn't knock it over, and then I step up and leave a 10 pin but the scout comes over and gets it," Williams said. "That helped me get a little more comfortable, and from that point, every one of my strikes was high flush."

Looking back on the loss, Barnes said he thought he threw the ball well, but it was the way the lanes broke down in practice that had a major impact.

"I lost this one in the practice session," said Barnes, who finished second in the season's second major, losing to Kelly Kulick, 265-195, in the PBA Tournament of Champions three weeks ago. "He played further right than I anticipated. When I broke them down, it made the lanes pretty good for me, but it had no affect on him."

When Williams and Barnes met for the Masters title in 2004, the scenario set up the same way. Barnes was the top seed, while Williams was No. 2.

"The last two Masters here in Reno, I've gone undefeated in match play, I haven't lost a three-game match, yet I haven't won either tournament," said Barnes, who made it through the double-elimination bracket unscathed in both events. "TV is one of the best things the sport has going for it, but it is probably the worst thing I have going for me personally."

To reach the championship match, Williams defeated No. 3 seed Ryan Ciminelli of Buffalo, N.Y., 258-224. Ciminelli advanced with a 246-229 victory over fourth seed Mike Scroggins of Amarillo, Texas, in the opening match.

The 2010 USBC Masters featured a field of 267 of the top professional and amateur bowlers in the world, competing for an overall prize fund of $255,000.

For more information on the USBC Masters, visit BOWL.com.


 

2010/02/12
Barnes Heads Field of Finalists in USBC Masters

Chris Barnes of Double Oak, Texas, rode the momentum of a clutch 300 game all the way to the championship round of the 2010 United States Bowling Congress Masters on Friday.

The 39-year-old right-hander averaged 230.2 and rolled untouched through the double-elimination match-play bracket, compiling a 6-0 record and earning the No. 1 seed for Sunday's final round, which will be televised live on ESPN at 3 p.m. EST.

Barnes defeated 46-time Professional Bowlers Association champion Walter Ray Williams Jr., 712-612, to take the top spot. The two have battled on the lanes at the National Bowling Stadium before, with Williams defeating Barnes to capture the USBC Masters title in January of 2004, the last time the event was contested at the 78-lane Stadium.

"I feel really good right now, and a nice long week like this with a lot of games was definitely beneficial for me," said Barnes, who was down 54 pins to reigning PBA Player of the Year Wes Malott earlier in the day and tossed one of the tournament's two perfect games to escape with a 730-698 victory. "I didn't bowl well at all last week, so it was good to bowl so many games and get through the pressure situations you tend to get with this format."

Three weeks ago, Barnes finished second to Kelly Kulick at the PBA Tournament of Champions. He also started the season with a runner-up finish to Williams at the Motor City Open, so he's motivated to reach the winner's circle. A win at the Masters would help Barnes accomplish one of his three major career goals.

"There are three things I'd really like to accomplish - winning the Masters, winning the World Championship and being PBA Player of the Year again," Barnes said. "If I get those three things on my career checklist, I think it would put me alongside some great company."

Sunday will mark the third consecutive time Williams has made the Masters finals at the Stadium. In 2003, he finished second to Bryon Smith of Roseburg, Ore., before topping Barnes a year later.

On the way to this year's show, Williams averaged 235.2 and compiled a 5-1 match-play record.

"I was pretty comfortable all week, but if I'm going to win, I've got to bowl a lot better than I did tonight," said Williams, who owns seven major titles. "First, I've got to beat a left-hander, and then I have to beat Chris. The left-hander is going to have a game behind him, so I'll have to figure out something that works for me and I'm comfortable with so I can throw a lot of strikes. I think I'm going to need them."

Joining Barnes and Williams on the show will be a pair of left-handers, No. 3 seed Ryan Ciminelli of Cheektowaga, N.Y., and No. 4 Mike Scroggins of Amarillo, Texas, the 2005 Masters champion. Ciminelli will be making his third TV appearance of the year, while Scroggins, the winner at the Pepsi Red, White and Blue Open presented by the USBC in December, makes his second.

The field at the 2010 Masters included 267 competitors vying for the $50,000 top prize and two-year PBA Tour exemption.


 

2010/02/11
Top two seeds undefeated at USBC Masters

Australian two-handed superstar Jason Belmonte leads a group of 16 undefeated players remaining in the winners bracket at the 2010 United States Bowling Congress Masters being held at the National Bowling Stadium this week.

The group includes five past Masters champions, Rick Steelsmith (1987), Doug Kent (1991 and 2006), Parker Bohn III (2001), Walter Ray Williams Jr. (Jan. 2004) and Mike Scroggins (2005) along with Thursday's qualifying leader, Chris Loschetter of Avon, Ohio.

Prior to this week's Masters, Belmonte spent a week in Australia with his wife, Kimberly, and their 5-week-old daughter, Aria Rose, and although the visit didn't turn out exactly how he hoped, he did get some much needed rest and a little motivation.

"I was very sick and in bed for most of the week, but just hearing Aria cry from the other room was enough for me to know she was healthy and doing well," Belmonte said. "I didn't get to see her much, but I definitely got a lot of rest. I'm glad I went home, but I'm also glad to be back out here. It's the back half of the season, the business half, and now is the time to prove you want to be here. I want to do well for me, and I want to do well for Aria."

Although he's still not feeling 100 percent better, the 26-year-old Belmonte is rolling along at the Masters, where he earned the No. 2 seed after 15 games of qualifying and started match play with wins against 1990 Masters champion Chris Warren (658-580) and Professional Bowlers Association Hall of Famer Amleto Monacelli (671-610).

Belmonte, the 2008-09 PBA Rookie of the Year, may be relatively new to the Tour, but he definitely understands the significance of winning a major championship.

"Everyone holds the major championship wins above all else because there are only four majors each year, and they are so hard to win," said Belmonte, who owns one standard title on the Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour. "Of course I want this tournament more than most. Winning a major is a dream. I've bowled well this week, and my first two matches went how I wanted them to, so I'm happy. My goal the rest of the way is to throw the best shot I can every time I step up on the approach. If I do that, I'll still be happy, no matter what the outcome is."

Loschetter overcame a major personal obstacle when he started match play with a 673-573 win against Tim Mack of Indianapolis. He also defeated Tony Reyes of San Bruno, Calif., 705-638.

"This is the first time I won my first match at this tournament, and that was a really big hump to get over," said Loschetter, who also was the top qualifier in 2007, but finished match play with a 1-2 record. "I'm definitely pleased with how I've bowled so far, but it's been a long day. I'm ready to get some rest so I can come back and bowl well again tomorrow."

After Thursday's competition, only 32 of the event's 267 competitors remain in the hunt for the $50,000 top prize and two-year PBA Tour exemption.

When competition resumes Friday at 1 p.m. EST, Loschetter will face Steelsmith of Wichita, Kan., while Belmonte takes on Joe Ciccone of Buffalo, N.Y.

Defending champion John Nolen of Grand Blanc, Mich., opened the day with a 668-662 win against former Team USA member Derek Eoff of Arlington, Texas, but then fell to Chris Barnes of Double Oak, Texas, 696-642, and John May of Lincolnton, N.C., 699-595, in consecutive matches.

For more information on the USBC Masters, visit BOWL.com. All qualifying and match-play rounds this week are being broadcast for free courtesy of the PBA's Xtra Frame live streaming service.

 

 【PBA】 USBC Masters 【Casher's Round】

Loschetter No. 1 as Field of 64 Heads into Double-Elimination Match Play in USBC Masters

Chris Loschetter of Avon, Ohio, maintained his lead at the United States Bowling Congress Masters and now is in familiar territory heading into the double-elimination match-play portion of the event.

The 29-year-old right-hander, Wednesday's second-round leader, finished qualifying Thursday with a 15-game total of 3,498, an average of 233.2, to lead the field of 267 of the best professional and amateur bowlers in the world at the 78-lane National Bowling Stadium. He earned the top seed for double-elimination match play, which begins at 7 p.m. EST today.

Loschetter will be joined in match play by 62 other qualifiers and defending champion John Nolen of Grand Blanc, Mich. The 64 bowlers will compete to determine the four players who will advance to Sunday's championship round, which will be televised live on ESPN at 3 p.m. EST. The winner will take home $50,000 and a two-year Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour exemption.

"I've had a great reaction all week, and I feel like I'm throwing it well, but it's a whole new tournament now," said Loschetter, who also earned top-qualifier honors at the 2007 Masters. "At this point, I can't worry about trying to beat my opponent, no matter who it is. I'm just going to focus on keeping my shoulder loose, and if I do what I've been doing, I think I'll be tough to beat."

Loschetter is still searching for his first win on the PBA Tour. Although there is still a long road to Sunday's championship round, he is confident entering match play. His first opponent will be No. 61 Tim Mack of Indianapolis.

"My confidence was high coming in because I thought I'd bowl well on this pattern and because I've had past success in this tournament," said Loschetter, whose highest finish this season was sixth at the Shark Championship. "I played inside the first day and outside yesterday and today, so I know I have different looks. Now it's just a matter of good shotmaking and focusing on my own game."

Australian two-hander Jason Belmonte earned the No. 2 seed Thursday with a 3,421 total and was followed by Patrick Allen of Wesley Chapel, Fla. (3,404), Chris Barnes of Double Oak, Texas (3,377) and Ryan Shafer of Horseheads, N.Y. (3,369). First-round leader Brian Voss of Alpharetta, Ga., qualified 23rd with 3,251.

Nolen, the No. 32 seed, will open match play against former Team USA member Derek Eoff of Arlington, Texas, the No. 36 seed.

For more information on the USBC Masters, visit BOWL.com. All qualifying and match-play rounds this week are being broadcast at no charge on pba.com courtesy of the PBA's Xtra Frame live streaming service.


 

2010/02/10
Loschetter fires into lead at USBC Masters

Chris Loschetter of Avon, Ohio, played a part of the lane most of the other players in the field were avoiding Wednesday night as he took the overall lead after 10 games at the 2010 United States Bowling Congress Masters.

Loschetter decided to play the outside part of the lane, while a majority of his competitors chose to play a deep inside line. The decision worked as Loschetter moved into the lead with a total of 2,343, an average of 234.3, at the National Bowling Stadium.

"I had a good look in practice today playing out, so that's where I stayed the whole block," Loschetter said. "I felt like if I played them a little straighter then the transition out there was a little more manageable."

With a big lead, Loschetter is already looking ahead to match play. The top 67 players after Wednesday advanced to a final five-game qualifying block Thursday morning. The top 63 players will then join defending champion John Nolen in the double-elimination match-play bracket starting Thursday afternoon.

"The key is not to focus on what I've done in qualifying," Loschetter said. "I have to keep an open mind in match play. I have a good ball reaction, so it's really all mental at this point."

Chris Barnes of Double Oak, Texas, fired 289 in the fourth game Wednesday and sits in second place, 14 pins behind Loschetter. Wes Malott of Pflugerville, Texas, is third, 57 pins back, while two-hander Jason Belmonte of Australia sits in fourth, 58 pins off the pace.

Patrick Allen of Wesley Chapel, Fla., led the first squad of the day but dropped to fifth overall, trailing Loschetter by 75 pins. Allen, who was second after qualifying at last year's Masters, said the real focus is when the tournament reaches match play.

"I qualified second heading into match play last year and then lost my first two matches and was out," Allen said. "Nobody really remembers what you do at this point. It's all about getting to the next round."

Colombia's Andres Gomez fired the tournament's first perfect game, connecting on 12 consecutive strikes in the fourth game Wednesday. Gomez is 13th, 126 pins off the lead.

At the end of 10 games, two players tied for 67th place and had a one-game roll-off for the final spot in Thursday's final five-game block. Daniel Miyamoto of Mililani, Hawaii, defeated George Lambert IV of Canada, 268-215, to advance.

For more information on the USBC Masters, visit BOWL.com.


 

2010/02/09
Voss leads opening day at USBC Masters

Five days ago, before one of the biggest tournaments of the year, Brian Voss of Alpharetta, Ga., decided to make a physical change to his game to help him keep up with the "young guys."

Voss, 51, proved Tuesday night that the change to his timing paid off as he fired 1,242 for five games, an average of 248.4, to take the lead after the opening round of the 2010 United States Bowling Congress Masters at the National Bowling Stadium.

"I had to make a change to my timing if I wanted to keep up with all these young guys," said Voss, a PBA Hall of Famer and 24-time champion. "I worked on getting the ball into the swing a little sooner. All my career, I've had to adapt to the eras of bowling, and this era is different. You can't keep up with these guys unless you have ball speed."

Voss started his opening round with games of 277, 258 and 269 for an 804 series before closing with games of 212 and 226. He leads Jeff Carter of Springfield, Ill., by 27 pins.

"It's a good start," Voss said. "I was able to get left of the oil line and there was some margin for error there. I just bowled good and was clean the entire block."

Eugene McCune of Munster, Ind., took the lead after the opening squad and sits in third with 1,214. McCune said his game plan for the day blew up as soon as he threw his first shot Tuesday.

"During practice yesterday, I had a good look playing outside, but when I came in today, I didn't have the same look," said McCune, who finished sixth at the PBA One A Day Dick Weber Open two weeks ago. "Sometimes you just have to make a guess, hope that it's right and then execute. I moved way inside and threw the ball well."

All 267 players will return Wednesday for five games of qualifying before the field is cut to the top 67 for five final games of qualifying Thursday morning. The top 63 will join defending champion John Nolen in the double-elimination match-play bracket Thursday afternoon.

For more information on the USBC Masters, visit BOWL.com.


 

2010/02/01

 

期 日

申請受付期間:2010年2月1日〜2月12日

  第一次テスト:2010年3月2日(火)〜5日(金)
  第二次テスト:2010年3月16日(火)・23日(火)・24日(水)・29日(月)
  第三次テスト:2010年3月30日(火)〜4/3日(土)

会 場
<第一次テスト会場・東日本>
  3/2:ハタ・ボウリングセンター
  3/3:東京ドームボウリングセンター
  3/4:シチズンボウル
  3/5:東京ポートボウル

<第一次テスト会場・西日本>
  3/2:新三国アルゴ
  3/3:神戸六甲ボウル
  3/4:桜橋ボウル
  3/5:千日前ファミリーボウル

<第二次テスト会場>
  3/16:品川プリンスホテルボウリングセンター(東京)
  3/23:イーグルボウル(大阪)
  3/24:ラウンドワン堺中央環状店 (大阪)
  3/29:田町ハイレーン(東京)

<第三次テスト会場>
  3/30〜4/3:田町ハイレーン(東京)

内 容
<第一次・二次テスト>
  男子:一日15G、トータル60Gの実技テスト
  女子:一日12G、トータル48Gの実技テスト
  ※男子はAVG200、女子はAVG190が合格基準点
  ※男女とも1Gごとにレーン移動

<第三次テスト>
  男女:筆記試験・面接 他



 

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