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2010/11/28

McCune Executes Flawless Shot to Win Brunswick Pro Bowling Cheetah Championship

Eugene McCune of Munster, Ind., flawlessly executed the shot he had practiced for more than two decades to nip Professional Bowlers Association Hall of Famer Norm Duke of Clermont, Fla., 238-237, to win the Brunswick Pro Bowling Cheetah Championship, the opening event of the 2010-11 Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour season.

The Brunswick Pro Bowling Cheetah Championship finals, conducted as part of the PBA World Series of Bowling at South Point Bowling Center, aired Sunday on ESPN.

McCune's strike on his final ball earned him the second title of his 24-year PBA Tour career and a successful conclusion to an event he had dominated in earning the No. 1 position for the stepladder finals for the first time in his career. McCune romped through nine games of match play with a 9-0 record and a PBA-record 2,468 pins (a 274.22 average) to run away with the qualifying lead.

"It's especially nice to win when you set records and it comes down to one game for the title," McCune said, "because if you lose, some people think you're just a piece of garbage."

McCune and Duke, a 33-time PBA Tour champion and the defending Cheetah champion, battled pin-for-pin into the final frame. Duke, finishing the match first, struck on his first shot in the 10th frame, but left the 4-8 on his second shot. McCune, needing a nine-count/spare and strike to win, got exactly what he needed, converting a 4 pin for a spare before throwing the biggest strike of his career.

That strike followed an interruption. Just as McCune was prepared to deliver his final shot, a background noise disturbed his concentration, so he backed off and re-grouped.

"Maybe I wasn't even ready to throw the shot," he said. "I got to step away and calm down, collect myself. I wasn't nervous at all. I figured, this is what you do. This is it. This is the shot you have told yourself about in practice all of those years: 'He must have this strike...this one is for the title.' And I absolutely threw that ball so good it was unreal."

In most television matches, the higher qualifier commonly tries to apply pressure to his challenger by forcing the challenger finish last. McCune decided he wanted to finish on the right lane, but it had nothing to do with the pressure.

"The ball return was in my way on the left lane," said McCune, who was standing on the far right side of the approach and throwing the ball hard up the right side of the lane. "I like to stay on top of the shot, and (the ball return on the left lane) was making me get my arm swing out. I just made a minor adjustment to the left with my feet and target to get away from the ball return, and I prayed the lane was hooking enough. Usually that means a (10 pin tap) for me, but I snapped the 10 pin out in the ninth frame. It was a big relief to get that hit.

"When I can play where I was on this pattern and throw the ball hard, I don't miss. If I'm on lane conditions where I have to hook the ball, there are guys who can hook it better than me. I start making mistakes and leaving splits. On the Cheetah, I knew I could strike and if I didn't, I wasn't leaving splits. It's easier mentally for me when I know I can stay out there on the corner and pipe the ball to the pocket."

With his PBA Hall of Fame father Don McCune in the crowd, McCune was overcome with emotion. His only previous title came in the 2002 Banquet Classic in Grand Rapids, Mich., where, ironically, he defeated Duke and PBA Hall of Famer Walter Ray Williams Jr. for the win.

Duke took the one-pin loss in stride.

"It wasn't the bad shots that hurt me," Duke said. "I got lucky on the bad shots. It was the good shots that didn't work that killed me. Oh, well. Mark Roth will just have to wait."

Duke trails Roth by one title on the all-time PBA Tour titles list. Roth is in fourth place behind Williams (47), Earl Anthony (43) and Pete Weber (35).

In the semifinal match, Duke took advantage of three open frames by Ritchie Allen of Columbia, S.C., to win, 229-192, after he cruised to a 269-247 victory over Michael Haugen Jr. of Carefree, Ariz., in the second match. Haugen won the first match of the 2010-11 Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour television season, defeating Lonnie Waliczek of Wichita, Kan., 248-228.

The Viper Championship, the second of five World Series of Bowling "animal pattern" events, will air Sunday, Dec. 5, at 1 p.m. Eastern. The Viper stepladder finalists are Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela; Bill O'Neill, Southampton, Pa.; Mike DeVaney, Murrieta, Calif.; Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., and top qualifier Andres Gomez, Colombia.


 

2010/11/14

松永裕美、今季2勝目!

歓声の中、喜びのガッツポーズ!

秋も深まる桐生市にて開催の群馬オープン、今年は予選からほぼ固まった上位陣の中、新星・片井文乃がトップで決勝ラウンドロビン進出を果たすと、今季0勝ながらポイントランキングトップを走る吉田真由美、群馬と相性の良い阿部聖水、アマチュアで大健闘を見せた菊地葵選手、準決勝17位からジャンプアップして飛び込んできた猪口亜紀、今季1勝を挙げている姫路麗と原口奈織、そして松永裕美ら8名が出揃います。

決勝ラウンドロビンでは阿部が一人6勝を挙げて片井からトップを奪うと、片井・松永・吉田とここ最近ではお馴染みの顔ぶれが後に続いてファイナルステージへ進出。

強豪同士の対決となった4位決定戦、ターキースタートの松永がリードを取ります。出遅れた吉田もダブルで取り戻そうとしますが、5フレーム目に痛恨のスプリット。カバーしきれずオープンにする一方、松永は攻撃の手をゆるめずストライクを重ね6連続に成功。吉田も終盤5連続ストライクを決めますが届かず、松永が3位決定戦へ駒を進めます。

待ち構える片井は2度目の初優勝へのチャレンジ。強敵・松永を倒して是非とも優勝決定戦へ進みたいところでしたが、ストライクがなかなか続かず苦戦を強いられる展開に。松永もターキー以上は続きませんが手堅くまとめて苦しむ片井を突き放します。

そして迎えた優勝決定戦、阿部VS松永の対決は、松永がなんと1フレーム目から7連続ストライク。スペアでスタートを切り、一歩出遅れた阿部も4連続ストライクを決めて松永を追いますがリードを取り返すに至りません。

しかし8フレーム目、ここまでノーミスを守ってきた松永がシングルピンをカバーしきれずオープンフレームに。ヒヤリとさせられましたが、10月のROUND1CupLadiesでも勝負所の9フレーム目をオープンにしながら優勝をもぎ取れたようにメンタル面の成長が見られる松永には致命的なミスとはなりません。さらに阿部もここで追いつきたいところでしたが10番ピンに嫌われてストライクが来ず、パンチアウトで有終の美を飾った松永に完敗を喫します。

昨年の同大会、トップシードで進出しながら優勝を逃した口惜しさをバネに、成長著しい松永、ステップラダーごぼう抜きで見事群馬オープンを初制覇しました!

 

ポジションマッチ1位片井文乃対2位阿部聖水の対戦は、212-228で阿部が勝ち初優勝に向けトップシードでステップラダー進出!!敗れた片井は2位、そして3位松永裕美対4位吉田真由美の対戦は201-204で吉田が勝ち姫路麗を抑え4位で進出。姫路は205で菊地葵選手に勝つもビッグゲームが打てず5位に終わる。


 

2010/11/13

片井文乃がラストゲーム257を打ちトップの吉田真由美を抜いてトーナメントリーダーに!そして現在ポイントランキング1位の吉田真由美、初優勝を狙いたい阿部聖水、今季優勝を挙げている姫路麗・松永裕美、17位から一気に上がってきた猪口亜紀、新人戦を制した原口奈織がラウンドロビン進出を果たし、只一アマチュアで残った来年プロテスト受験希望の菊地葵選手が5位で進出を果たす。

 

今季8試合中7試合でトップ10入りも今年未勝利の吉田真由美が今季初Vを目指しトップで準決勝へ!


 

2010/11/12

 【JPBA】 群馬オープンレディースボウリングトーナメント 【選抜大会Aシフト】

  

岡田郁子


  

2010/11/07

 【JPBA】 ABS ジャパンオープンボウリング選手権 【決勝ダブルイリミネーション】

 女子クィーンズ ウエンディ・マックファーソンもパーフェクト優勝!

男子マスターズの興奮冷めやらぬ中、女子クィーンズ優勝決定戦が行われました。

頂点を決する舞台に上がったのは、勝者ゾーンから今季出場回数4試合中2勝を挙げている、ほんとんど「出たら勝つ」状態のウエンディ・マックファーソン。敗者ゾーンからは両親や伴侶が見守る中での2勝目が欲しい佐藤美香。

川添が生み出した大記録を目前にして、二人の胸中をよぎったものは何だったのでしょう。自分にも出来るというチャレンジ精神か、はたまた自分のボウリングをするだけだという平常心か。

いずれにせよ、両者ともに優勝を願う気持ちに変わりはなく、そしてボウリングの神様はまだレーンを離れてはいませんでした。

とはいえ、ダブルイルミネーション方式で2度勝たなければ優勝はなく、しかも3回戦目で一度負けた相手に勝たなければならない佐藤にとってプレッシャーはより大きく、1フレーム目は3・6・10をカバーしきれずオープンフレームでの出だしに。

片や”不沈の黒船”と異名を取るウエンディが淡々とストライクを重ねて行くと、場内はもしやクィーンズもパーフェクト優勝が達成されるのでは、との期待感が生まれます。

出足は苦しんだ佐藤も7フレーム目から立て直して善戦しますが、ウエンディの背中は遠く、一方で男女ともにパーフェクト優勝という歴史の証人になる瞬間を待つ場内の緊迫感はますます高まります。

そして運命の10フレーム目、12個目のストライクを決めると、ウエンディはどう感情表現したら良いのか迷うようにしばらく口に手を当てて噛みしめていましたが、対戦相手の佐藤が記録達成を称えて手を伸ばすと、喜びが爆発!いつもの余裕を感じさせる”ウエンディスマイル”から一変、最高の笑顔を浮かべて佐藤と抱き合うウエンディへ、今季3勝目、ジャパンオープン初制覇、そして何よりもTV決勝パーフェクトというJPBA史上8人目の偉業達成に場内から万雷の拍手が送られました。

男女プロアマ総勢1,040名で繰り広げられた第34回ABSジャパンオープンは、男女ともにパーフェクト優勝という史上最高の結末をもって閉幕となりました。

語るべきところが多すぎるこの最高の戦いは11月21日(日)20:00〜21:00、BS11にて放映予定となっております。伝説が生まれる瞬間をどうぞTVでご覧下さい!

 

 【JPBA】 ABS ジャパンオープンボウリング選手権 【決勝ダブルイリミネーション】

男子マスターズにて川添 奨太がダブルパーフェクト優勝!

思い起こせば2年前、第32回大会にて男子では14年ぶりとなる優勝決定戦でのTV決勝パーフェクトを山本勲が達成したその時。

同じTVファイナルの舞台に上がり、間近でその伝説が生まれる瞬間を見ていた一人のアマチュア選手がいました。

そして2年後の今年、今度はプロとしてこのジャパンオープンに帰ってきた彼の名は、川添奨太。

4日間の長丁場をくぐり抜け、決勝ダブルイルミネーションへ2位で進出した川添は、パク・ジョンスー、キム・ヨンピルらKPBAトップクラスの強豪を次々と下し、3回戦で斉藤祐哉、田形研吾を下して勝ち上がってきた佐野芳宏と対戦。ここでわずか6ピン差に泣き、敗者ゾーンへ移動します。

敗者ゾーン2名による3位決定戦、再びパクと対戦した川添は、5フレーム目からオールウェーを決めて大差でパクに勝利し、佐野との優勝決定戦へ臨みます。

二度の敗北で終了となるこの決勝ダブルイルミネーションでは、勝者ゾーンから進出した選手は優勝決定戦で一度敗北しても再決定戦へ持ち込めるアドバンテージが与えられますが、言い換えれば敗者ゾーンから進出した選手は二度勝たなければ優勝できないということになり、かかるプレッシャーは計り知れないものがあります。

しかし3位決定戦でレーンを掴んだ川添はそのプレッシャーを跳ね返し、決して調子が悪くはなかった佐野が追いつけないほどストライクを重ねて、なんと2年ぶり史上7人目のTV決勝パーフェクトを達成してしまいます。

ですがこれで終わりではありません。

優勝の行方を決める為、場内の興奮静まらぬ中始まった再優勝決定戦、圧倒的な力量を見せつけられて追い詰められた佐野は、ダブルでスタートを切るも5フレーム目でカバーミス。立て直して後半4連続ストライクを決めますが、ストライクが途切れない川添に追いつけません。10フレームを前にもはや勝敗は確定していましたが、優勝よりもさらに大きな記録が生まれる瞬間を、観客は固唾を呑んで見守ります。

一投目、二投目とストライクが決まり、そして最後の投球で放たれたボールがピンをすべて倒した瞬間、優勝決定戦における連続パーフェクト達成という前人未踏の大記録を樹立した川添は雄叫びを上げました。

参加総勢1000名を超えるビッグタイトル、デビュー一年目にしての初優勝、9月のMKチャリティカップの雪辱戦、契約メーカーへのこれ以上ない恩返し、二連続TV決勝パーフェクトによるビッグマネー獲得などなど、川添の勝利を飾る言葉は書ききれない程ありますが、この言葉で締めくくりたいと思います。

2010年11月7日、ボウリング史上に川添奨太という名の燦然と輝く伝説が生まれました。

 

 【JPBA】 ABS ジャパンオープンボウリング選手権 【クイーンズ準決勝】

 

吉川朋絵


 

2010/11/06

 

2010/11/05

 【JPBA】 ABS ジャパンオープンボウリング選手権 【男子シングルス戦】

 

森西義治


 

2010/11/04

 【JPBA】 ABS ジャパンオープンボウリング選手権 【男子ダブルス戦】

 

小金正治・藤井和真

 

 【JPBA】 ABS ジャパンオープンボウリング選手権 【男子チーム戦】

 

菊地勇人・河合貞治・大友仁・須崎信行

 


 

2010/11/03

Canada's Dan MacLelland Earns No. 1 Berth for GEICO Shark Championship Stepladder Finals

Dan MacLelland of Windsor, Ontario, closed in on his childhood dream, earning the No. 1 position for Saturday's GEICO Shark Championship at South Point Bowling Center Wednesday in his quest for his first Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour title.

By topping the Shark Championship field after 21 games of qualifying and match play, the 25-year-old MacLelland became the fifth consecutive player in PBA World Series of Bowling competition to earn the top stepladder position for the first time. Cheetah Championship leader Eugene McCune of Munster, Ind.; Viper Championship top qualifier Andres Gomez of Colombia; No. 1 Chameleon Championship qualifier Scott Norton, Costa Mesa, Calif., and Scorpion Champion leader Jun-Yung Kim of South Korea also clinched spots in the title match of their respective events for the first time earlier in the week.

MacLelland, a three-time collegiate All-American at Saginaw (Mich.) Valley State, finished the nine-game Shark round with an 8-1 match play record and a 21-game total of 5,087 pins, including match play bonus pins. He entered the match play round in 10th place following last week's 12-game preliminary round. Finland's Osku Palermaa was second with 4,946 pins. Also qualifying for Saturday's stepladder finals were Tom Smallwood of Saginaw, Mich.; Jason Belmonte of Australia, and Mike Fagan of Patchogue, N.Y.

MacLelland, Palermaa and Belmonte all qualified for their second World Series of Bowling stepladder final. Palermaa and Belmonte are two-handed players. Fagan threw two strikes in the 10th frame to win the fifth seat in the stepladder finals by four pins over reigning PBA Player of the Year Walter Ray Williams Jr. of Ocala, Fla.

"I'm overwhelmed," MacLelland said. "Coming into the round, a lot of people thought we would be bowling for two spots because of the three two-handers in the field (Brian Valenta of Lockport, Ill., was the third two-hander; Valenta finished seventh). The two-handed players can open up the lane condition so much, but that wasn't the case. I was able to stay on top of the conditions and make all of the correct moves at the right time. I didn't fight the conditions with the wrong bowling balls."

MacLelland, who has returned to Saginaw Valley State to complete his senior year and earn a degree in sociology, has dreamed of a PBA title "since I started bowling as a little kid. I have always wanted to be one of the best on tour."

He tried to earn an exemption to bowl full-time on the Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour last season, but fell 74 pins short of qualifying in a similar event - the PBA Tour Trials which were contested over five days on the same five PBA "animal pattern" lane conditions.

"I was minus 60 (pins below a 200 average) on the Cheetah pattern," he said. "While everyone else was bowling high scores, I was struggling. I almost made it back, but I knew someday I'd get out here and live my dream."

The GEICO Shark Championship stepladder finals will be conducted at 3 p.m. Pacific on Friday at South Point Bowling Center for delayed airing on ESPN on Sunday, Dec. 19, at 1 p.m. Eastern. The concluding event of the World Series will be a televised USA vs. The World Team Championship which will be conducted at 5:30 p.m. Saturday for airing on ESPN on Sunday, Dec. 26, at 1 p.m. Eastern.


 

2010/11/02

South Korea's Kim Tops International Invasion for PBA Scorpion Championship Stepladder Finals

South Korea's Jun-Yung Kim and countryman Yong-Jin Gu became the first Korean bowlers to reach the television finals of a Professional Bowlers Association Tour event on American soil Tuesday when they qualified first and fifth for Saturday's stepladder finals in the Scorpion Championship at South Point Bowling Center.

Kim, a 30-year-old amateur bowling in his first professional event, became the fourth consecutive bowler in the PBA's five-event World Series of Bowling to reach the television finals as the No. 1 qualifier for the first time. Previously, Eugene McCune of Munster, Ind.; Andres Gomez of Colombia, and PBA Tour rookie Scott Norton of Costa Mesa, Calif., qualified No. 1 for the first time in their careers in the Cheetah, Viper and Chameleon Championships, respectively.

The Scorpion Championship, the fourth of five PBA "lane condition" championships being contested during the PBA World Series of Bowling, will feature the first stepladder finals field with four international players and one United States player. Australia's Jason Belmonte qualified second, Bill O'Neill of Southampton, Pa., qualified third and Canada's Dan MacLelland qualified fourth.

O'Neill is the first World Series competitor to qualify for two television finals. He also qualified fourth for Friday's Pepsi Viper Championship.

"I am very, very happy," Kim said through his interpreter. "I hoped to bowl well, but I never dreamed I would qualify first. The players here were much better than I thought they would be. It was fun, but very difficult. It's a good omen to be the No. 1 person."

Kim has been a member of South Korean's Inchun Transportation Team, but he has never experienced a professional event in Asia or the United States before because it would jeopardize his amateur status. He entered the PBA World Series of Bowling because it was open to international amateurs.

South Korean bowlers have appeared in the finals of the Japan Cup - an invitational event including PBA stars - in the past, but this will be the first time Korean bowlers have bowled for a Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour title in the United States.

The Scorpion Championship stepladder finals will be conducted at 11 a.m. Pacific on Saturday at South Point Bowling Center for delayed airing on ESPN on Sunday, Dec. 19, at 1 p.m. Eastern. Match play qualifying in the final pattern championship being contested in the PBA World Series - the GEICO Shark Championship - will be held at 9 a.m. Pacific on Wednesday.

Bowling fans around the world are following the action on Xtra Frame, the PBA’s exclusive video-streaming service. Full-year, World Series only and one-day trial memberships are available by visiting www.xtraframe.tv.

 

 【PBA】 Chameleon Championship 【Round of 16】

Rookie Scott Norton Advances from 13th to No. 1 Berth for Chameleon Championship Stepladder Finals

Rookie Scott Norton of Costa Mesa, Calif., advanced from 13th place to earn the No. 1 berth in Friday's Chameleon Championship stepladder finals at South Point Bowling Center Tuesday.

Norton, 28, the son of United States Bowling Congress and Professional Women's Bowling Association Hall of Famer Virginia Norton, won seven of his nine matches Tuesday, including a 257-195 victory over Finland's Osku Palermaa in his final match to qualify for his first Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour television appearance.

He is the third straight player in three PBA World Series of Bowling "lane condition" championships to earn a No. 1 berth for the first time. On Monday, Eugene McCune of Munster, Ind., and Andres Gomez of Colombia qualified first for the Brunswick Pro Bowling Cheetah and Pepsi Viper Championship finals, respectively, for the first time in their careers.

Norton, a practicing attorney in his first year out of law school, finished the qualifying and match play portions of the Chameleon Championship with a total of 4,932 pins including match play bonus pins. He overtook Wes Malott of Pflugerville, Texas, and Chris Barnes of Double Oak, Texas, in the final game of match play. Sean Rash of Wichita, Kan., and Palermaa rounded out Friday's finals field.

"You never come out here if you don't expect to compete," Norton said. "I came into the World Series hoping to execute and bowl well. Today and last Wednesday (during his qualifying round), things worked out well. It probably didn't hurt that I was the only left-hander in the field today. I had a fresh shot on every pair of lanes. No one to mess it up for me; it was quite nice.

"I'm still pretty amazed," he added. "I got to grow up watching my mother bowl, and I got to see her on TV and wondered what that would be like. I got to see her inducted into both halls of fame, and I always kinda dreamed and hoped."

"When the PBA went to its exempt tour program (in 2004), I was finishing my undergrad year in college and I had a decision to make about whether to go on tour or finish your law degree," Norton said. "I figured it couldn't hurt to have a backup plan, and that was mine. So now I'm the only practicing attorney on tour."

Norton had a successful amateur career, as a collegiate All-American, 2000 U.S. Amateur Champion and a member of Team USA 2001. He earned his PBA Tour exemption by winning the PBA Regional Players Invitational in Reno, Nev., last December. But he said he learned one of his most valuable lessons from Team USA sports psychologist Dr. Dean Hinitz.

"We were very busy at work before I came out here, so I had limited time for practice. I made sure it was all about execution, being able to hit all five of the patterns. But my work with Dr. Dean for a few years proved to be incredibly insightful, especially today. He taught me now to take games like that last one and turn it into something special rather than fear it."

"Pressure it a privilege," Norton said. "I have always treated it that way. If you feel pressure, you've done something good to get yourself into that position."

During the Chameleon Championships match play round, Finland's Mika Koivuniemi was forced to withdraw due to a back injury suffered during a practice session on Sunday. Koivuniemi's status for Friday's special "USA vs. The World" team event, where he qualified as a member of the international contingent, is unknown.

The Chameleon Championship stepladder finals will be conducted at 3 p.m. Pacific on Friday at South Point Bowling Center for delayed airing on ESPN on Sunday, Dec. 12, at 1 p.m. Eastern.

Bowling fans around the world are following the action on Xtra Frame, the PBA's exclusive video-streaming service. Full-year, World Series only and one-day trial memberships are available by visiting www.xtraframe.tv.


 

2010/11/01

Colombia's Gomez Earns Top Berth for Pepsi Viper Championship in Bid for First PBA Tour Title

Colombia's Andres Gomez, a veteran international competitor, will try for his first Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour title as top qualifier when the Pepsi Viper Championship stepladder finals are held Friday at South Point Bowling Center.

Gomez, who entered Monday's nine-game match play round as the No. 4 qualifier, lost his first match, but won six of the next eight including a 224-194 victory over Tommy Jones of Simpsonville, S.C., in the position round, to finish with a 21-game total of 4,964 pins, two better than Jones. Also advancing to Friday's stepladder finals were Mike DeVaney of Murrieta, Calif.; Bill O'Neill of Southampton, Pa., and 19-time PBA Tour champion Amleto Monacelli of Venezuela.

Among the five finalists, Gomez is the only non-titlist and the other player never to appear on a PBA Tour telecast.

"I've been on EuroSport television during the AMF World Cup a few years ago, and I've been close a few times in PBA Tour events, a few heart-breakers," Gomez said. "It hasn't settled in yet. I'm amazed. I knew I had a good chance to make the TV show, but being No. 1 is amazing. I've been smiling for an hour and a half."

"I'm going to have to take it one frame at a time on TV," he said. "It's easier said than done, but I was able to manage it today."

Gomez, 37, has lived in the United States off and on for the past 15 years, after attending the University of Central Florida in Orlando. He has bowled around the world, and worked for a time in a bowling pro shop, but ultimately decided he needed to test his skills on the American professional tour.

"You've got to bowl with the best and the best are on the PBA Tour," he said. "I knew if I wanted to get better, it would be here."

But the PBA's Viper lane condition was the last place he expected to find success.

"Since the PBA named the patterns, the Viper has always been my worst," he said. "But I knew when I saw it in practice earlier in the tournament it was different than the versions I've seen before. I made some adjustments and they worked like a charm. It suited my game really good."

Jones, a 13-time PBA Tour winner, advanced from 14th place at the start of match play to take the lead going into his position round match with Gomez. The final match also was pivotal for O'Neill and Monacelli, who were both out of the stepladder finals with a game to go. O'Neill defeated Greg Thompson Jr. of Dublin, Calif., 257-201, to advance from sixth to fourth and Monacelli, a PBA Hall of Famer, raced past Sean Rash of Wichita, Kan., 257-180, to claim the fifth spot.

The Pepsi Viper Championship was the second of five PBA "lane condition" championships which will be contested as the PBA World Series of Bowling continues this week.

The Pepsi Viper Championship stepladder finals will be conducted Friday at 1 p.m. Pacific at South Point Bowling Center for delayed airing on ESPN on Sunday, Dec. 5, at 1 p.m. Eastern.

Bowling fans around the world are following the action on Xtra Frame, the PBA’s exclusive video-streaming service. Full-year, World Series only and one-day trial memberships are available by visiting www.xtraframe.tv.

 

 【PBA】 Brunswick Pro Bowling Cheetah Championship 【Round of 16】

McCune Shatters PBA 9-Game Record,
Claims No. 1 Spot for Brunswick Pro Bowling Cheetah Championship Finals

Eugene McCune of Munster, Ind., a 24-year Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour veteran with one title to show for his patience, shattered the PBA Tour nine-game scoring record Monday to advance from 14th place to first for Friday's Brunswick Pro Bowling Cheetah Championship finals at South Point Bowling Center.

McCune fired games of 300, 253, 275, 279, 279, 279, 236, 300 and 267 for a record total of 2,468 pins, an average of 274.22, to break the PBA nine-game record of 2,367 pins set by Walter Ray Williams Jr. in Tucson, Ariz., in 2004, by 101 pins. With 270 bonus pins for a perfect 9-0 match play record, McCune finished the Cheetah match play round with a total of 5,612 pins for 21 games, claiming the No. 1 position for Friday's stepladder finals by 226 pins over qualifying leader Ritchie Allen of Columbia, S.C.

Also advancing to the stepladder finals were 33-time PBA Tour winner Norm Duke of Clermont, Fla.; Michael Haugen Jr. of Carefree, Ariz., and Lonnie Waliczek of Wichita, Kan.

The Brunswick Pro Bowling Cheetah Championship was the first of five PBA "lane condition" championships which will be contested as the PBA World Series of Bowling continues this week.

"I match up well on the Cheetah pattern," McCune said. "I left eight pocket splits in qualifying for my only opens, so I could have shot a lot more then, too. But I drilled a new ball for match play and it was a lot smoother. I didn't come close to leaving a 4-9. I left a 7 pin in last game (after starting with eight strikes), which was the most solid tap I had all day."

McCune, who loves to play off the right corner of the lane and throw the ball hard, didn't know exactly how many strikes he threw, but it was "a lot," he grinned.

"The thing I was worried about was yesterday in practice I had no look off corner at all," McCune continued. "I thought I was going to have move inside and hook the ball, but today I could just stand on top of the corner, dig my fingers a little deeper into the ball and throw it hard.

McCune won his only PBA Tour title in Grand Rapids, Mich., in 2002 when he defeated Duke and Williams in back-to-back matches Banquet Classic.

"I've been bowling the best I've ever bowled the past three years," he said. "I've finished 15th and 17th in points the past two seasons. It's been great, but I don't have much money to show for it because I haven't made any TV shows. I keep missing by 10 pins or so."

Despite his torrid pace, McCune's primary challengers weren't paying attention.

"I had two bad games, but I averaged 260 myself for the last five games, so I pretty much stampeded everyone else except for that guy," Allen said. "I acknowledged his scores were pretty good, but I wasn't playing the lanes anything like the way he was, so I wasn't watching him at all."

"We knew he was going to be No. 1," Haugen said. "The only thing we were paying attention to was the next four spots for the TV show."

The Brunswick Pro Bowling Cheetah Championship stepladder finals will be conducted at 9 a.m. Pacific on Friday at South Point Bowling Center for delayed airing on ESPN on Sunday, Nov. 28, at 1 p.m. Eastern.

Bowling fans around the world are following the action on Xtra Frame, the PBA’s exclusive video-streaming service. Full-year, World Series only and one-day trial memberships are available by visiting www.xtraframe.tv.


 

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