Ryan Ciminelli Wins PBA One A Day Earl Anthony Memorial for First Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour Title
In his fourth season competing on the Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour, Ryan Ciminelli of Cheektowaga, N.Y., broke through to win his first title Sunday in the PBA One A Day Earl Anthony Memorial at Earl Anthony's Dublin Bowl.
In a battle of lefthanders in the championship match, the 24-year-old Ciminelli defeated Tour veteran and 13-time Tour titlist Patrick Allen of Wesley Chapel, Fla., 237-215, to win the $20,000 first prize.
Ciminelli's previous best Tour finishes were second in the 2009 PBA Cheetah and Viper Championships and third in the 2010 United States Bowling Congress Masters.
"Even though I didn't win last year I had a good year and just didn't want to go back into a slump," Ciminelli said. "Sometimes I think you have to go through the losing part first to prepare yourself to win."
As the top seed for the tournament, Ciminelli felt this was his best opportunity to win a title and as a result lost a lot of sleep the night before the finals.
"I probably only got four or five hours of sleep last night," he said. "But every time I closed my eyes I visualized a lot of scenarios and hoped this would be the outcome so I'm extremely relieved."
"I was bowling against one of my heroes in a tournament named after one of the greatest bowlers of all-time so it was even more than I could ask for."
In the semifinal match Allen defeated PBA Hall of Famer and 35-time Tour titlist Pete Weber who finished third, 212-206, to advance to the final.
Even though Allen had to settle for second he was encouraged by his finish.
"Ryan got off to a strong start and I just couldn't catch him," Allen said. "He bowled great and I'm happy for him."
"I haven't bowled well since late last year so this was a confidence booster for me. I bowled well against Tommy (Jones) in the first but was probably lucky to win against Pete but overall it was a good tournament for me."
In the opening match, Allen defeated another 13-time Tour winner, Tommy Jones of Greenville, S.C., who finished fourth, 226-223.
Ryan Ciminelli Hoping for First PBA Tour Title as Top Qualifier for PBA One A Day Earl Anthony Memorial Finals
Looking for his first Lumber Liquidators Professional Bowlers Association Tour title, Ryan Ciminelli of Cheektowaga, N.Y., earned the top seed for Sunday's stepladder finals of the PBA One A Day Earl Anthony Memorial at Earl Anthony's Dublin Bowl.
The 24-year-old Ciminelli earned the top seed with an 11-6-1 overall match play record and 32-game 7,688 overall pinfall total Friday, topping PBA Hall of Famer Pete Weber of St. Ann, Mo., who had an 11-7 match play record and 7,572 overall pinfall to earn the No 2 seed.
Ciminelli's previous best Tour finishes were second in the 2009 Cheetah and Viper Championships and third in the 2010 United States Bowling Congress Masters. He's gained a lot of confidence after finishing 14th in last week's PBA Tournament of Champions in Las Vegas.
"For whatever reason I haven't matched up with the conditions well for a long time," said Ciminelli. "Things started to turn around at the Tournament of Champions where my physical game was sharp and my mental game was locked in."
"If I can win it will take a big load off my shoulders. There's a lot of pressure but I'm in the best position to be in so hopefully the pins will fall my way this time."
Weber, 48, will be trying for his 36th Tour title with his last title coming in the Lumber Liquidators Marathon Open last April. He's gotten off to a slow start this season with a best finish of 17th in both the Brunswick Pro Bowling Cheetah Championship and GEICO Shark Championship.
"It may be hard to believe but I feel I'm bowling well but just not scoring well," Weber said. "A lot of times it comes down to the breaks you get. You can throw it good but not get the breaks but when you do get the breaks you need to take advantage of them and I was able to do that."
Competing in the opening stepladder match that will be televised Sunday on ESPN2 at 2 p.m. Eastern (11 a.m. Pacific) will be No. 3 seed Patrick Allen of Wesley Chapel, Fla., against No. 4 seed Tommy Jones of Greenville, S.C. Both players will be trying for a14th Tour title. Ironically, both of their last wins came in the DyDo Japan Cup---Jones in 2010 and Allen in 2009.
Jones Retains Lead After First Match Play Round In PBA One A Day Earl Anthony Memorial: Koivuniemi in Third
Tommy Jones of Greenville, S.C., posted a 6-3 match play record and averaged 224.6 to maintain his lead after Friday's first match play round in the Professional Bowlers Association One A Day Earl Anthony Memorial at Earl Anthony's Dublin Bowl.
The field has been cut from 32 players to 16 who will return this evening for another nine-game match play round that will determine the four players who will advance to the the stepladder finals which will air live on ESPN2 Sunday at 2 p.m. Eastern/11 a.m. Pacific.
Jones, a 13-time Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour titlist whose last title came in the DyDo Japan Cup that concluded the 2009-10 season, had games of 215, 215, 198, 225, 215, 244, 237, 214 and 259 winning his last four matches.
"The lanes broke down a little differently than I thought so I had to make some quick adjustments," Jones said. "I was hoping to get off to a better start but I was able to hang in there early and finish strong. I'm going to drill up another ball for tonight's round so I can pick it up quicker."
Jones' best finish this season was third in the PBA World Series of Bowling Pepsi Viper Championship.
In second after posting a 7-2 match play record is Ronnie Russell of Marion, Ind., who is looking for his first PBA Tour title, and coming all the way from 31st with the help of an 8-1 match play record and a 237.2 block average is last week's PBA Tournament of Champions winner Mika Koivuniemi of Finland in third. PBA Hall of Famer Pete Weber, looking for his 36th title, rounds out the top four.
Two 300s were bowled in today's early match play round by Dave Wodka and Weber, both seen on pba.com's Xtra Frame video service. Click on the Xtra Frame logo on the pba.com home page for subscription info.
Tommy Jones Leads After Two Rounds In PBA One A Day Earl Anthony Memorial
Tommy Jones of Greenville, S.C. averaged 235 to take the lead after two rounds in the Professional Bowlers Association One A Day Earl Anthony Memorial Thursday at Earl Anthony's Dublin Bowl.
Jones, a 13-time Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour titlist, had a 3,290 14-game pinfall to hold a 49-pin lead over PBA Hall of Famer Pete Weber in second with 3,241.
Jones had a 1,645 seven-game pinfall in Thursday's early round and followed that up with an identical pinfall in the second round on games of 198, 269, 235, 221, 299, 234 and 189.
"It's quite a difference from bowling the Tournament of Champions last week which was about the worst I've bowled in a tournament," said Jones, who finished 91st in the Tournament of Champions. "But that tournament is over and it's time to move on and that's the mindset you have to have."
"Going into match play tomorrow the lanes will play differently but if I can get off to a good start I like my chances."
Jones won the DyDo Japan Cup to close out the 2009-10 season and his best finish this season was third in the Pepsi Viper Championship.
The field has been cut to 32 players for match play on Friday. After match play concludes the four players will be determined for the stepladder finals which will air live on ESPN2 Sunday at 2 p.m. Eastern/11 a.m. Pacific.
Mika Koivuniemi, who won the Tournament of Champions and a record $250,000 first prize last week for his ninth PBA Tour title and third major, finished the day in 31st just making the cut with a 2,994 pinfall.
Earl Anthony Memorial defending champion Anthony LaCaze failed to advance to match play after finishing 45th.
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