【PBA】 PBA Regional Players Championship 【Finals】

Kalfas Revives Game in Time to Win PBA Regional Players Championship

Riga Kalfas of Florence, Ky., revived his game just in time to win the Professional Bowlers Association Regional Players Championship at Thunderbowl Lanes Monday.

Kalfas, a 42-year-old truck driver by day and bowling pro shop operator by night, defeated Chris Collins of Savannah, Ga., 236-216, to complete a near-perfect day and claim the $7,500 first prize along with a guaranteed berth in the 2011 PBA Tournament of Champions, a record $1 million event with a $250,000 first prize.

Coming into the Detroit area event, however, Kalfas was on the brink of giving up the game.

"Three weeks ago, I was bowling so bad, I didn't plan on bowling anything," the former PBA Touring Player said. "I felt like the game had passed me by. To win this title is unbelievable. I can't describe how it feels. I'm numb."

After qualifying fifth in the field of 172 non-exempt PBA members to advance to Monday's single-elimination match play finals, Kalfas lost first game of day, 254-252, to Bo Goergen of Midland, Mich., but he didn't lose again, winning nine consecutive games for the victory. His closest call was a 210-209 squeeker against Tommy Gollick of Oberlin, Pa., in the semifinal round.

"I was throwing the ball good until toward the end," he said, "but by the grace of God, I held on. I don't know how."

The Regional Players Championship is one of two major championships for PBA regional competitors, and a win means a paid entry into the Tournament of Champions. 'I'll probably bowl that one," Kalfas said with a relieved laugh. "Hopefully this win will loosen up my arm swing a bit."

The top three qualifiers - No. 1 Jonathan Van Hees of Charlestown, R.I.; No. 2 Matt White of Warren, Pa., and No. 3 Don Hogue of Akron, Ohio, were eliminated in the opening best-of-five-game match play round. No. 24 seed Chris Hibbitts II of Fort Worth, Texas, eliminated Van Hees, 3-1; No. 23 Richard Kidd of El Paso, Ill., ousted White, 3-2, and No. 22 Rick Zakrajsek, Lorain, Ohio, swept Hogue, 3-0.



 【PBA】 News

Anthony LaCaze is 2009-10 Harry Golden PBA Rookie of the Year

The PBA has announced Anthony LaCaze of Melrose Park, Ill., as the 2009-10 Harry Golden PBA Rookie of the Year.

As a non-exempt player, the 27-year-old LaCaze had to compete in Tour qualifying rounds for most Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour events last season to earn his way into tournament fields. In the ninth tournament of the season, he won the PBA Earl Anthony Memorial Classic in January to earn an exemption for the 2010-11 season.

LaCaze ranked 27th in earnings with $42,570 and 38th in average with 211.94. He made match play in five tournaments and his other top finishes included a 17th in the Etonic Don Johnson Eliminator, 19th in the PBA Tournament of Champions and 24th in the Motor City Open.

LaCaze's decision to compete on Tour was solidified after a fourth place finish as an amateur in the Lake County Golden Anniversary Championship in Hammond, Ind., during the 2008-09 season.

"When I made the show in Hammond that gave me the confidence I needed to compete on Tour," he said. "It proved to me that I could become good enough to win."

"After winning a title I feel like in a small way that I'm part of PBA's history."

LaCaze credited a lot of players on Tour for helping him during his rookie season. Most notable among those was 2005-06 Rookie of the Year and former Saginaw Valley State teammate Bill O'Neill who also broke into the win column this season by winning two titles including the Lumber Liquidators U.S. Open.

"I owe Bill a lot because he was really my mentor out on Tour this year," LaCaze said. "The help and experience he shared with me were very instrumental in my success."

While his professional career is off to a good start, LaCaze admitted the work has only just begun.

"You quickly find out that there are a lot of things you need to learn both physically and mentally," he said. "I'm committed to doing whatever it takes so hopefully there will be even better seasons to come."

Also receiving votes for Rookie of the Year were Tae-Hwa Jeong, Nick Weber, Dan MacLelland, Jay Futrell Cassidy Schaub, Stuart Williams, Martin Larsen, Steven Black and Johnny Petraglia Jr.







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 【USBC】 U.S. Women's Open 【Finals】

Kulick takes another major title, wins U.S. Women's Open

The dream season continued to be a reality for Kelly Kulick as she won her second major women's title in 15 days on Wednesday, claiming the U.S. Women's Open, a United States Bowling Congress event.

Kulick, of Union, N.J., defeated Liz Johnson of Cheektowaga, N.Y., 233-203, in the first live event televised from the new International Training and Research Center. Kulick also won the event in 2003 and became the 11th player to win the event more than once.

Just two weeks after winning the USBC Queens in El Paso, Texas, Kulick took a 32-pin lead after seven frames against Johnson and rolled to the title. In January, Kulick made sports history when she became the first woman to earn a title on the Professional Bowlers Association Tour, winning the Tournament of Champions.

"This has just been a magical run for me," said Kulick, who also won the PBA Women's World Championship and the PBA Women's Series Shark Championship in September. "This is it. This is what I've always dreamed about. I'm so humbled right now."

Kulick, who earned $20,000 for the victory, struck six times starting in the fourth frame to pull away from Johnson, who bowled a clean game but only managed one double.

"I felt good and got lined up in practice, but the first couple shots didn't come off my hand well," said Johnson, who won the U.S. Women's Open in 1996 and 2007. "After that, I was pretty close, but the pins just didn't fall for me. Kelly just bowled great."

As the player who hooks the ball the most among the five television finalists, Kulick said that turned out to be an advantage. Kulick was able to stay left of the rest of the players and throw the ball into the part of the lane where the oil pattern had broken down.

"The way the lanes broke down was an advantage for me tonight," Kulick said. "Knocking out the 10 pin was challenging. I waited for the lane to come to me, and when that happened, it allowed me to strike."

In the semifinal, Kulick beat Carolyn Dorin-Ballard of Keller, Texas, 201-176. Dorin-Ballard only managed two strikes in the match and suffered through a stretch of five consecutive nine counts in frames two through six. Kulick, meanwhile, threw a pair of doubles in the match and just needed a mark in the final frame to shut out the USBC Hall of Famer.

Dorin-Ballard knocked off Colombian native Clara Guerrero of Pflugerville, Texas, 216-192, to advance to the semifinal. Dorin-Ballard threw four consecutive strikes from frames three through six, and Guerrero left a pocket 7-10 split in the sixth frame to fall behind by 24 pins, a deficit from which she would never recover.

In the opening match, Dorin-Ballard advanced with an overtime victory against Lynda Barnes of Double Oak, Texas. Barnes struck on her final shot in regulation to tie Dorin-Ballard at 207, but on the first extra shot Dorin-Ballard struck and Barnes left a 4 pin to be eliminated.

The U.S. Women's Open featured a field of 100 of the top female bowlers in the world competing for a total prize fund of $117,100.


 【USBC】 News

USBC adds four members to Hall of Fame

The United States Bowling Congress Hall of Fame welcomed four new members on Wednesday during the first induction ceremonies to be held outdoors.

The induction ceremony for Marshall Holman and Kim Terrell-Kearney for Superior Performance, Betty Barnes for Meritorious Service and John Handegard in the Veteran category was held in front of the International Bowling Campus, home of the International Bowling Museum and Hall of Fame.

Holman, 55, was a 22-time champion on the Professional Bowlers Association Tour. The Medford, Ore., native was PBA Player of the Year in 1987 and was inducted into the PBA Hall of Fame in 1990.

"When I was 35, I was inducted into the PBA Hall of Fame and it was a great honor but I was in the middle of my competitive career," Holman said. "It was nice, I appreciated it. But to be removed from the game and to be honored now is so much more meaningful. I really do appreciate this day and this is something I will remember for a very long time."

Terrell-Kearney, of Grand Prairie, Texas, owns two U.S. Women's Open titles and was the 2002 USBC Queens champion. Terrell-Kearney, 44, was the women's coach at Delaware State before joining the USBC staff as assistant head coach of the International Training and Research Center and Team USA.

"It's proven to be the most rewarding thing I've experienced in my life," Terrell-Kearney said of her time as coach at Delaware State. "To be entrusted with these young ladies' careers in the sport that they love so much was a big responsibility. To be given the task to train and, most importantly, mentor these you ladies was something I took very seriously. I'm overjoyed that many of my girls have made it out here today to share this special day with me."

Handegard, 71, did not win his first PBA title of any kind until winning a PBA Senior Tour title in 1990. The Spring, Texas, resident would go on to capture 14 PBA Senior titles and three PBA Senior Player of the Year honors. At age 57, he became the oldest player to win a PBA national title.

"In 1995 I finally won my first national title, and that's still the biggest thrill I've had on the bowling lanes," Handegard said of winning the PBA Northwest Classic. "It's such an emotional thing for me because I started on that quest in 1968 - it took me 27 years before I finally won that. I really have trouble watching that show; it literally makes me cry, even today, and that was 15 years ago."

Barnes, of Reno, Nev., joined the Women's International Bowling Congress Board of Directors in 1989 and would later serve as Sergeant-at-Arms from 1994-2005. As president of the Reno/Sparks Women's Bowling Association, she was instrumental in helping Reno to build the National Bowling Stadium.

"Ignore the tears, I'm known to cry at every occasion, especially when I'm happy," Barnes said. "To be elected to the USBC Hall of Fame for Meritorious Service, for something that you have loved doing, is what you call icing on the cake."

The USBC Hall of Fame was created in 2005 by merging the former American Bowling Congress and Women's International Bowling Congress Halls of Fame. With Wednesday's inductees, there are now 249 Hall of Famers in the Performance category, 111 for Meritorious Service and 19 Pioneers.



 【PBA】 News

12-Year-Old Kamron Doyle Becomes Youngest to Cash in a PBA Tournament

Twelve-year-old Kamron Doyle of Brentwood, Tenn., finished 30th in the Professional Bowlers Assocation Canton (Ga.) Open Regional tournament Sunday at Cherokee Lanes, becoming the youngest bowler ever to cash in a PBA event. He earned $400 which will be deposited into a scholarship account.

Bowling as a non-PBA member, Doyle had a 2,797 13-game pinfall total (215.1 average) bowling against a 94-player field which included some of the top regional and national tour professional players from the organization's South region. The event was won by 2009-10 PBA Player of the Year Walter Ray Williams Jr., a 47-time PBA Tour title winner and member of the PBA Hall of Fame.

Asked about his formula for success the sixth-grader at Brentwood Middle School said, "I just practice and bowl in a lot of tournaments. There's no secret--just go out there and do it."

Doyle is a youth bowling phenom who already holds the all-time record as the youngest bowler to roll a United States Bowling Congress-certified 800 series (he rolled games of 279, 278, and 245 for an 802 three-game series at the age of 11 years, 2 months, and 1 day) and is also the third-youngest bowler to roll a 300 game in certified competition. In all, Doyle has two 800 series (highest is 803) and two 300 games.

According to his mother Cathy, Doyle got hooked on bowling when he attended a friend's bowling birthday party at the age of seven.

"After that he was hooked," Cathy said. "Before we knew it he was bowling three days a week and at this point I think he's got about 60 bowling balls."

The Doyle's live 10 minutes from Nashville in a region of the country that has recently been hard-hit by flooding but the family has not been directly affected by the disaster.

Bowling in his second PBA regional tournament, Kamron regularly competes in youth leagues and the Southern Scratch Junior Bowling Association where he has won several tournaments and also averages about 215. In addition to youth competition, he often competes in other adult tournaments where he has a best finish of fourth.

Kamron is already thinking about his future in the sport and seems to have his priorities in order.

"When I'm ready for college I'd like to go to Wichita State or Webber University because they are two of the top bowling schools," Kamron said. "After that I'd like to bowl on the PBA Tour."

Doyle was featured in a Disney Channel Get'cha Head in the Game feature in the summer of 2009.



 【PBA】 News

Canada's George Lambert IV wins Steve Nagy Award


After finishing second in the Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour Trials in Allen Park, Mich., last May, native Canadian George Lambert IV expressed his desire to become the first bowler from his home country to win a PBA Tour title. He is now the owner of one of the PBA's most prestigious honors, but it isn't the one he had in mind.

Lambert, a 10-time member of Team Canada and a former collegiate star with Wichita State University, has been selected by his fellow exempt tour players as winner of the Steve Nagy Sportsmanship Award. He is the first international player to win the award in its 44-year history.

"It was definitely a surprise. It's not something you compete for," Lambert said, "but to be voted the best sportsman on tour after the season I had means a lot. I think it speaks to the role everyone around me has played in making me who I am today - my fellow players, my family, my fiance(Samantha Swanson).

"I didn't bowl very well last season. It's reflected in the stats - I was close to the bottom in just about everything - but to win the Nagy Award is really cool to me. It's easy to be a good sport when you're winning, but when you're not bowling well and are still able to be a good sport, that's important to me.

"I was still able to be myself," Lambert continued. "It's a job, a competitive business, but you've got to have fun. No matter what you do in life, you need to have fun."

The Hamilton, Ontario, native and his soon-to-be-wife have just moved to Justin, Texas.

Others receiving votes in the Nagy Sportsmanship Award balloting were Mike Edwards of Tulsa, Okla.; Jack Jurek of Lackawanna, N.Y.; Parker Bohn III of Jackson, N.J.; Nathan Bohr of Wichita, Kan., and Mike Scroggins of Amarillo, Texas.

Established in 1966, the Steve Nagy Sportsmanship Award is named after the late PBA Hall of Famer who was one of 33 founding members of the PBA. A colorful and talented performer, Nagy made such an impact on his fellow pros that the award was established shortly after his death. Hall of Famer Johnny Guenther won the first "Nagy."