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2011/01/30

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.


 

2011/01/28

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.

 

  【PBA】 One A Day Earl Anthony Memorial Classic 【Round of 32】

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.


 

2011/01/27

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.

PBA.com's Xtra Frame video service is providing live coverage of the Earl Anthony Memorial. For Xtra Frame subscription information click on the Xtra Frame logo on the homepage of pba.com.

 

 【PBA】 One A Day Earl Anthony Memorial Classic 【Round of 64 - Block 1】

Mike Scroggins Leads PBA One A Day Earl Anthony Memorial After First Round

Eight-time Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour titlist Mike Scroggins of Amarillo, Texas, leads the 64-player field in the PBA One A Day Earl Anthony Memorial after the first Round of 64 block Thursday with a 1,677 seven-game pinfall (239.57 average). He had games of 290, 259, 200, 213, 209, 269 and 237.

Scroggins, who had been in a bit of a slump since the World Series of Bowling last November felt his game returning to form after last week's PBA Tournament of Champions where he finished 19th.

"Making match play last week at the Tournament of Champions was a good confidence builder," said Scroggins. "During the World Series I think I bowled the minimum number of games you could bowl---didn't make the top 16 in any of the events.

"Sometimes I get into a phase where my timing isn't where it should be and that was the case in the World Series, but I think I have that corrected now and I'm feeling much more comfortable."

Mika Koivuniemi, who won the PBA Tournament of Champions and record $250,000 first prize last week for his ninth PBA Tour title, finished the first block in 21st with a 1,528 pinfall.

He's hoping to keep the momentum going after winning the T of C for his third major.

"When you're bowling good, you're bowling good," Koivuniemi said. "When I won my first tournament (2000 USBC Masters) I made the show the next week so hopefully I can do that again this week. It's easier to keep bowling good than having to start bowling good."

Earl Anthony Memorial defending champion Anthony LaCaze will have some work to do to advance to match play currently sitting in 56th place.

The entire field will bowl another seven-game round later this afternoon after which the field will be cut to the top 32 players who will advance to Friday's match play. After match play has concluded 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.


 

2011/01/25

 

土屋 翼
会場:品川プリンスホテルボウリングセンター

 

平山陽一
会場:イーグルボウル


 

2011/01/23

 【PBA】 News

Pedersen, Eagle and Nicholson Inducted into PBA Hall of Fame in Las Vegas

The PBA inducted 13-time PBA Tour titlist Randy Pedersen, Senior Tour standout Dale Eagle and former PBA Tour lane maintenance director Len Nicholson into the PBA Hall of Fame during post-Tournament of Champions ceremonies Saturday evening at Red Rock Casino Resort & Spa.

Pedersen, 48, is currently the color analyst for Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour telecasts on ESPN but he earned entry into the Hall based on his accomplishments on the lanes. The Clermont, Fla., resident had a break out year in 1987, winning the PBA National Championship and then winning the Fair Lanes Open the next week.

Called one of bowling's great clutch players by Hall of Fame emcee Nelson Burton Jr., Pedersen had 34 top-five finishes in 561 Tour tournaments during his career, finishing in the top 20 in earnings six times and the top 20 in average eight times. His accomplishments contributed to his ranking of 35th on the PBA's list of 50 greatest bowlers as part of the organization's 50th anniversary celebration in 2009.

"It’'s been a long time coming, but when you think about it, who would have thought a beach bum from southern California would end up here?" Pedersen said. "As a kid I spent a lot of time on the beach and played basketball, but bowling was always my first passion."

"I owe everything to the sport of bowling and to PBA. The friendships I made, my bowling accomplishments and announcing bowling on television are all thanks to the PBA and you can't put a price on that."

Eagle was the second player elected into the Senior section of the PBA Hall of Fame, following John Handegard, who was inducted in 2009. The Frisco, Texas, resident has 11 career Senior Tour titles which ranks tied for third all-time. Among his titles are four Senior majors - Reno PBA Senior World Invitational (1997); The Villages Senior World Championship (1999); PBA Senior National Championship (2001), and USBC Senior Masters (2003).

Eagle was the PBA Senior Rookie of the Year in 1996 and Senior Player of the Year in 1999. In 171 PBA Senior Tour tournaments he has finished in the top five 40 times. He also won 10 Senior Regional titles and three PBA Tour titles.

"I'd just like to thank everybody from the bottom of my heart. It's been quite a ride," said the 64-year-old Eagle. "Bowling and the PBA have been my life and to be recognized as a great player has made my dream a reality."

Inducted into the meritorious service category, Nicholson’'s career was devoted to the science of bowling lane maintenance and for more than 20 years the Tucson, Ariz., resident was the PBA Tour's lane maintenance director. Nicholson, 70, gained worldwide industry recognition as one of the foremost experts on the subject of lane maintenance.

Nicholson was instrumental in developing the PBA Lane Maintenance Program in 1971 which is still referred to today. He was a founding member of the Bowling Foundation which was created to find solutions to scoring issues in bowling. An instructor, author of several bowling publications and host of the popular Phantom Internet radio bowling program, he also has served on the technical committee of the World Tenpin Bowling Association. He was a recipient of the bowling industry’s Flowers for the Living Award and the John Davis Award in recognition for his contributions to the sport.

"This is absolutely hard to believe and just awesome," said Nicholson. "I made a lot of friends in this sport who had a tremendous influence on me and for that I’m grateful."

"You need friends, family and good co-workers because without their support I would not be here tonight. This is something I never expected but will cherish forever."

Other awards presented during the ceremonies were the Bowlers Journal Person of the Year, Glenn Allison Hero Award and World Bowling Writers International Bowler of the Year awards to 2010 PBA Tournament of Champions winner Kelly Kulick. Norm Duke also was presented with his Glenn Allison Hero Award for winning a record three consecutive PBA major tournaments over the 2007-'08 and '08-'09 seasons. Bowling writer Bill Vint was the recipient of the World Bowling Writers Golden Quill Award for excellence in bowling journalism.


 

2011/01/22

"Major Mika" Koivuniemi Wins PBA Tournament of Champions, Record $250,000 First Prize

Finnish native Mika Koivuniemi of Hartland, Mich., defeated top qualifier Tom Smallwood of Saginaw, Mich., 269-207, Saturday to win the $250,000 first prize in the $1 million Professional Bowlers Association Tournament of Champions at Red Rock Lanes.

After rolling a 299 game against Tom Daugherty of Wesley Chapel, Fla., in the semifinal match, Koivuniemi threw another 10 strikes on 12 tries against Smallwood to become the first international player ever to win the PBA's signature tournament.

"I can't even say what this title means right now," Koivuniemi said. "It was my third major and I have nine titles now. I hope I can win a few more and secure a spot in the hall of fame. And my oldest daughter is starting college next year, so the money will help."

"It helped to get past my first match," he added. "I haven't had a lot of breaks on TV lately. Even after I shot the 299, I held myself back and stayed focused. It would have been nice to shoot 300, but it's more important to win the title."

Koivuniemi earned the nickname "Major Mika" after winning the 2000 United States Bowling Congress Masters and the 2001 U.S. Open - both major championships - for his first two PBA titles after a highly successful international career where he won titles in 15 different countries.

"Mika bowled great. He won," said Smallwood, who earned $100,000 as runner-up. "He out-bowled all of us. He had a great look at the lane condition and he made the shots. And winning $100,000 can make you a good loser."

In the semifinal match, Koivuniemi came within a wobbling 10 pin of becoming the first player in PBA history to shoot two nationally-televised 300 games. The 42-year-old right-hander rolled a perfect game against Jason Couch of Clermont, Fla., in Windsor Locks, Conn., in 2003.

Koivuniemi easily defeated Daugherty, 299-100, because Daugherty's television debut was a disaster. The 35-year-old Floridian left seven difficult - if not unmakeable - splits in rolling the lowest nationally-televised game in PBA history. Daugherty converted two pins after leaving the 4-6-7-10 split in the 10th frame to shoot an even 100, erasing the 129 bowled by Steve Jaros in Lake Zurich, Ill., in 1992. Despite his record low score, Daugherty took home $50,000 for third place.

"I destroyed Jaros' record," Daugherty grinned. "I would have been more upset if I'd shot 260 and lost. I really wasn't nervous. I just threw the wrong ball and made some bad shots. Once I was down 50 pins and threw another split, I was just trying to get out of Mika's way.

"But I still had the most fun I've ever had in my life this week, including today. I'd rather shoot 100 today than earlier in the week. I made $500 a pin today. That's more than Mika made, pin for pin."

Koivuniemi began his march to the title with a 224-220 win over Gomez in the opening match when Gomez failed to double in the 10th frame. Both players showed early jitters - Koivuniemi leaving a pocket 7-10 split on his first shot and Gomez missing a 7 pin in his second frame - but both recovered with strings of strikes. Gomez used his string of five in a row to take the lead heading into the ninth frame, but made his biggest mistake, leaving and missing the 3-4-6-7 split to hand the lead back to the Finnish native.

Koivuniemi had a chance to lock up the match with a strike on his first shot in the 10th frame, but left a 10 pin to give Gomez a chance. Gomez earned $40,000 for his fourth place finish.

The first prize and total prize fund were the richest in bowling history. The finals, which aired in high-definition for the first time in PBA history, returned to ABC for the first time in 14 years.

The Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour's next event is the One A Day Earl Anthony Memorial which begins Wednesday at Earl Anthony's Dublin Bowl in Dublin, Calif.


 

2011/01/21

Smallwood Re-Lives Fairytale, Advances to Saturday's PBA Tournament of Champions Finals as Top Qualifier

Tom Smallwood of Saginaw, Mich., who captured the hearts of thousands of unemployed American workers a year ago, re-lived his fairytale journey Friday by advancing to the finals of the $1 million Professional Bowlers Association Tournament of Champions at Red Rock Lanes.

Just over a year ago, Smallwood was one of thousands of Michigan auto workers who were laid off by General Motors. He decided to try his luck in professional bowling, earned an exemption to bowl the full season on the Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour, and converted that opportunity into a victory in the 2009 PBA World Championship.

Smallwood's first PBA Tour title earned him a $50,000 prize and a guarantee of two more years as a full-time professional bowler, but the 32-year-old right-hander's remarkable performance in Friday's match play rounds gave him an opportunity to dwarf last year's accomplishment.

Smallwood is one win away from a PBA-record $250,000 first prize in Saturday's live stepladder finals on ABC at 2:30 p.m. Eastern (11:30 a.m. Pacific).

Also advancing to Saturday's finals are Tom Daugherty of Wesley Chapel, Fla.; Mika Koivuniemi of Hartland, Mich., and Andres Gomez, a Colombian citizen who lives in Weston, Fla. Daugherty is a four-time PBA Regional title winner. Koivuniemi, a native of Finland, owns eight PBA Tour titles including two major championships. Gomez is an exempt player on the 2010-11 Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour.

Smallwood finished the 58-game qualifying portion of the tournament with a 19-5 match play record and 13,606 total pins, including match play bonus pins, to top Daugherty's 13,545 total by 61 pins. Koivuniemi finished with 13,424 pins and Gomez with a 13,376 total to claim the fourth position by 18 pins over Chris Barnes of Double Oak, Texas, who won last Sunday's PBA World Championship.

In addition to the $250,000 first prize, Saturday's other prizes are $100,000 for second place, $50,000 for third and $40,000 for fourth.

After entering match play Thursday night in 16th place, 435 pins behind qualifying leader Dan MacLelland, Smallwood lost his first two matches, won the next five and lost his final first-round match to move up to 13th place. Friday afternoon, he swept all eight opponents to advance to sixth place, seven pins out of the stepladder field.

"The breaks started going my way today," Smallwood said. "It seemed like when my opponent stepped up in the 10th needing a strike, he missed. Or I'd get the strike I needed."

Smallwood's run of good fortune continued into the final round. He won his ninth straight match when Daugherty failed to double in the 10th frame, and No. 10 when Parker Bohn III opened in his 10th frame. He made it 11 in a row by throwing a 298 game at Norm Duke, taking the tournament lead for the first time.

Smallwood won his 12th straight match thanks in part to Bill O’Neill's three consecutive splits, and he threw strikes on nine of his first 10 shots to cruise to victory No. 13 in a row over Mike Edwards. Australian two-handed star Jason Belmonte finally ended Smallwood's streak, 249-224, but he came right back, securing his position in Saturday's finals by defeating Finland's Osku Palermaa, 264-214. Smallwood finished the night with a 258-236 loss to Daugherty that didn't impact his standing.

While Smallwood hasn't won a title since his PBA World Championship, "I'm not disappointed with the way things have been going," he said. "You just try to make the show every week and give yourself a chance."

Nor has Smallwood thought much about the magnitude of winning the Tournament of Champions. "I've never thrown a ball in the first frame of a tournament worrying about whether first prize is $10,000 or $250,000," he said. "It doesn't make any difference. The thing I've learned over the past year is that great bowlers know they are going to throw a great shot when they need one. A good bowler has doubts. I'm still a good bowler, not a great one."

Saturday's PBA Tournament of Champions finals will return to ABC Television for the first time in 14 years. The PBA Tour has been televised live on ESPN since 1980.

 

 【PBA】 PBA Tournament of Champions 【Match Play Round 2】

Dan MacLelland Takes 94-Pin Lead into PBA Tournament of Champions' Final Match Play Round

Former collegiate bowling star Dan MacLelland of Saginaw, Mich., carried a 94-pin lead into Friday night's final round of match play in the $1 million Professional Bowlers Association Tournament of Champions at Red Rock Lanes, but the biggest move during Friday's early round was made by fellow Saginaw resident Tom Smallwood who advanced from 13th place to sixth.

MacLelland, who took the lead at the end of qualifying Thursday afternoon and has remained in front ever since, finished with an 8-8 match play record and a 50-pin total of 11,620 pins. Smallwood, the fairytale story of the 2009-10 Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour season, swept all eight matches Friday afternoon to close to within seven pins of advancing to Saturday's final four.

The top four players after Friday night's eight-game match play round will compete for the PBA-record $250,000 first prize in Saturday's live stepladder finals on ABC at 2:30 p.m. Eastern (11:30 a.m. Pacific).

Tom Daugherty of Wesley Chapel, Fla., was in second place with 11,526 pins followed by Mika Koivuniemi of Hartland, Mich., at 11,511 and Chris Barnes of Double Oak, Texas, at 11,499. Barnes, who is trying to win back-to-back PBA major titles, won the PBA World Championship last Sunday. Colombia's Andres Gomez was five pins behind Barnes and two pins ahead of Smallwood. Finland's Osku Palermaa and Bill O'Neill of Southampton, Pa. - Sunday's PBA World Championship runner-up - also were within striking distance of the top four spots.

"I thought I threw the ball better today than I did yesterday," MacLelland said. "My scores might not show it, but my timing and the way I threw the ball was better. I'm happy with the results."

"I'm definitely (feeling the pressure)," the three-time Saginaw Valley State University collegiate All-American said. "When you're trying to maintain a 100-pin lead over second and you see guys getting close, you start to feel it a little in the arm swing."

Smallwood is the former General Motors auto worker who won last season's PBA World Championship just months after being laid off during the economic downturn. He needs to finish in the top four Friday night for a chance to win his second career PBA Tour title.

"The breaks started going my way today," Smallwood said. "It seemed like when my opponent stepped up in the 10th needing a strike, he missed. Or I'd get the strike I needed. The lanes felt pretty good to me all day. All week when I played a deeper angle and I didn't feel like I could strike. I played farther right today and it felt much better."

While Smallwood has only advanced to the television finals one time since his fairytale victory, he isn't disappointed or concerned about being in position to bowl for a $250,000 prize.

"I'm not disappointed with the way things have been going," he said. "You just try to make the show every week and give yourself a chance. I've never thrown a strike first frame worrying about whether first prize is $10,000 or $250,000. It doesn't make any difference.

"The thing I've learned is that great bowlers know they are going to throw a great shot when they need one. A good bowler has doubts. I'm still a good bowler, not a great one."

 

 【JPBA】 シーズントライアル 2011 ウィンターシリーズ

 

柴田英徳
会場:ボウルアピア静岡店


 

2011/01/20

Former Collegiate Bowler of the Year Dan MacLelland Leads $1 Million PBA Tournament of Champions

Former two-time Collegiate Bowler of the Year Dan MacLelland of Saginaw, Mich., held an 86-pin lead over Finland's Osku Palermaa after the first round of match play in the $1 million Professional Bowlers Association Tournament of Champions at Red Rock Lanes Thursday night.

The 24 players still in contention will bowl two more eight-game match play rounds Friday to determine the four players who will compete for the PBA-record $250,000 first prize in Saturday's live stepladder finals on ABC at 2:30 p.m. Eastern (11:30 a.m. Pacific).

MacLelland, a Windsor, Ontario native who has returned to Saginaw Valley State University to complete his sociology degree, advanced from fourth place to first at the end of qualifying earlier Thursday, and posted a 4-4 match play record Thursday night to retain his lead with a 42-game total of 9,773 pins. Palermaa and Tom Daugherty of Wesley Chapel, Fla., also had 4-4 records to finish the round in second and third place with 9,687 and 9,644 totals, respectively. Colombia's Andres Gomez rode back-to-back 279 games into a jump into fourth place with a 9,634 pinfall total.

"It's overwhelming, really," the 25-year-old right-hander said of his first-place status. "I'm trying to not look too far ahead."

"Right now, I'm frustrated with the way I threw the ball tonight," he added. "I'm not very happy. I have to make better shots tomorrow and watch the players on the next pair of lanes so I can keep track of the transition in conditions better."

"Guys are closing in," MacLelland added. "There's a little more pressure with every shot. I'm trying to keep a clear head and have fun. I'm not even thinking about (the $250,000 first prize and title). I'm just trying to make the top four."

MacLelland, a three-time Collegiate All-American at Saginaw Valley State between 2007 and 2009, qualified for the Tournament of Champions by winning his only PBA Regional title in Michigan in June of 2010. He has never won a Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour national title, but he came close during the PBA World Series of Bowling in November when he was the GEICO Shark Championship leader before losing in the title match to Finland’s Osku Palermaa, 173-149.

"I kind of feel like I left something behind in that one," MacLelland said. "I was disappointed in the Shark final. It just didn't pan out," he added, "but I want to be back on that stage again. Bowling full-time on the PBA Tour has been my dream my whole life."

Among players who remain in contention are Chris Barnes of Double Oak, Texas, winner of last Sunday's PBA World Championship, in sixth place, and PBA Hall of Famer Walter Ray Williams Jr. of Ocala, Fla., a 47-time PBA champion who needs to win a Tournament of Champions title to become the third player in history to complete the PBA Triple Crown and Grand Slam. Williams was in 17th place after 42 games and faces an uphill climb with only 16 games to go on Friday.

Defending champion Kelly Kulick of Union, N.J., finished the tournament in 49th place.

 

 【PBA】 PBA Tournament of Champions 【Casher's Qualifying Round 2】

MacLelland Leads 24 Survivors into $1 Million PBA Tournament of Champions Match Play Finals

Dan MacLelland of Saginaw, Mich., averaged 253.2 for his final seven qualifying games Thursday afternoon to lead the top 24 qualifiers into the match play finals of the $1 million Professional Bowlers Association Tournament of Champions at Red Rock Lanes Thursday.

The leaders after 34 qualifying games will bowl 24 additional head-to-head matches in three eight-game rounds Thursday night and Friday to determine the four players who will compete for the PBA-record $250,000 first prize in Saturday's live stepladder finals on ABC at 2:30 p.m. Eastern (11:30 a.m. Pacific).

MacLelland, a Canadian citizen who is completing his sociology degree at Saginaw Valley State University, advanced from fourth place to first with a total of 7,894 pins, to take an 86-pin lead over Finland's two-handed star, Osku Palermaa, and a 94-pin edge over fifth-round leader Tom Daugherty of Wesley Chapel, Fla.

"I drilled a new ball for the fresh condition today," MacLelland said. "I had been struggling on the fresh oil and wanted to make sure I had a ball that would work. After I shot 235 the first game, I was ecstatic."

"It's overwhelming, really," the 25-year-old right-hander said. "I'm trying to not look too far ahead. I'm just trying to take it one frame, one match at a time."

MacLelland, a three-time collegiate All-American at Saginaw Valley State, qualified for the Tournament of Champions by winning a PBA Central Region title in June of 2010. He has never won a Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour national title, but he came close during the PBA World Series of Bowling in early November when he led the GEICO Shark Championship qualifying only to lose the title to Palermaa, 173-149.

"I kind of feel like I left something behind in that one," MacLelland said. "I learned a lot during the World Series about match play and the amount of games we're bowling this week, which is about the same as it was during the World Series. It helped my physical and mental outlook, just being prepared for what to expect this week. But I was disappointed in the Shark final. It didn't pan out, but I want to be back on that stage again."

Among players who survived the cut to match play were Chris Barnes of Double Oak, Texas, winner of last Sunday's PBA World Championship, and Walter Ray Williams Jr. of Ocala, Fla., the PBA Tour's all-time titles leader with 47. Williams, who rolled a 254 in his final qualifying game to remain in contention, needs a Tournament of Champions title to become the third player in history to complete the PBA Triple Crown and Grand Slam.

Defending champion Kelly Kulick of Union, N.J., finished the tournament in 49th place.


 

2011/01/19

銘苅卓士
会場:SAP草加ボウル

 

 【PBA】 PBA Tournament of Champions 【Casher's Qualifying Round 1】

Florida's Tom Daugherty Charges into 21-Pin Lead Over Finland’s Palermaa in PBA Tournament of Champions

Tom Daugherty of Wesley Chapel, Fla., charged into a 21-pin lead over Finland's Osku Palermaa after five rounds of the $1 million Professional Bowlers Association Tournament of Champions at Red Rock Lanes Wednesday.

The field of 53 survivors is closing in on four berths in the Saturday stepladder finals which will air live on ABC at 2:30 p.m. Eastern (11:30 a.m. Pacific). First prize is a PBA-record $250,000.

Daugherty, a 35-year-old former touring player, averaged 228.96 for the first 27 games of the richest tournament in Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour history in overtaking Palermaa. He finished the fifth round with a total of 6,182 pins. Palermaa had a 6,161 total. Sean Rash of Montgomery, Ill., was in third place with 6,127 pins followed by Canadian citizen Dan MacLelland of Saginaw, Mich., at 6,121, and Bill O'Neill, Southampton, Pa., at 6,094.

Daugherty, a four-time PBA Regional title winner, has never won a national title. His best finish was sixth place in the 2006 Earl Anthony Classic.

"I'm here because it's a $1 million tournament," Daugherty said. "There's no better place to be than first. I have the most confidence I've ever had. I've been bowling a lot at home and winning everything. I couldn't be more confident. It's an amazing feeling to know if you throw a good shot, you'll strike and right now I feel like I can repeat shots."

"In years past, I'd throw a few good shots and then I'd get in my own way. It was a combination of lack of confidence, losing focus, not thinking about the right things. But now I'm staying focused, staying in the moment and bowling the best I've ever bowled in my life," he added. "If I keep doing that, everything will take care of itself."

The 6-foot-1, 235-pound Daugherty generates extraordinary strike power by not using his thumb to grip the ball. Palermaa is also a power player, but he generates his revolutions with a two-handed delivery.

Palermaa was the leader after three qualifying rounds. He slowed his scoring pace on Wednesday, but said he wasn't concerned.

"There is no point in getting stressed out at this point," Palermaa said. "We're only about halfway through. I've won tournaments by being at the top of the standings the whole way and I've come back from being farther down in the standings. The key is to be consistent. In a long format, you can't do anything with one good round."

Palermaa is trying to become the first international player to win the Tournament of Champions. The 27-year-old Finn is only the fifth international player to win a Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour title. Sweden's Mats Karlsson, Venezuela's Amleto Monacelli, Finland's Mika Koivuniemi and Australia's Jason Belmonte (also a two-handed player) are the other international players who have won PBA Tour titles. Monacelli, a 19-time PBA Tour title winner and member of the PBA Hall of Fame, is the only player in that group to reach a Tournament of Champions title match, losing to David Ozio of Vidor, Texas, 236-203, in 1991.

MacLelland, Belmonte, Koivuniemi, Colombia's Andres Gomez and England's Stuart Williams also remain in contention for the title.

Defending champion Kelly Kulick of Union, N.J., is in danger of missing the match play cut, dropping into a tie for 45th place with seven games to go Thursday morning. Kulick, the first and only woman to win a PBA Tour title, is one of three women who remain in contention. Liz Johnson of Cheektowaga, N.Y., was in 37th place and Diandra Asbaty of Chicago was tied for 48th.

The 53 cashers will bowl a final seven-game qualifying round Thursday morning, after which the field will be cut to the top 24 for head-to-head match play.

After three eight-game match play rounds Thursday evening and Friday - a total of 58 games - the top four will advance to Saturday's live stepladder finals.

 

 【PBA】 PBA Tournament of Champions 【Elite Qualifying Block 4】

Florida's Daugherty Overtakes Palermaa as PBA Tournament of Champions Field Cuts to Top 53

Tom Daugherty of Tampa, Fla., rolled a 269 final game Wednesday afternoon to take a one-pin lead over Finland's Osku Palermaa as the field in the $1 million Professional Bowlers Association Tournament of Champions was trimmed to 53 survivors at Red Rock Lanes.

The field of 53 will now pursue four spots in the live stepladder finals Saturday at 2:30 p.m. Eastern (11:30 a.m. Pacific) on ABC. First prize is a PBA-record $250,000.

Daugherty, a 35-year-old former touring player, averaged 230.4 for the 20-game qualifying portion of the richest tournament in PBA history to overtake Palermaa. Daugherty, a four-time PBA Regional title winner, has never won a national title. His best finish was sixth place in the 2006 Earl Anthony Classic.

"I'm here because it's a $1 million tournament," Daugherty said. "There's no better place to be than first. I have the most confidence I've ever had. I've been bowling a lot at home and winning everything. I couldn't be more confident. It's an amazing feeling to know if you throw a good shot, you'll strike and right now I feel like I can repeat shots."

"I'm staying focused, staying in the moment and bowling the best I've ever bowled in my life," he added. "If I keep doing that, everything will take care of itself."

Daugherty, who generates extraordinary strike power by not using his thumb, leads Palermaa, who generates his power with a two-handed delivery. After leading the first three qualifying rounds, Palermaa slowed his pace on the freshly-oiled condition Wednesday morning, but he wasn't concerned.

"Even though bowling in the morning on a fresh condition is not my favorite, I had a cushion," Palermaa said. "I was just taking it easy and getting the strikes when they came. "

"There is no point in getting stressed out at this point," he added. "We're still only about one-third of the way through. I've won tournaments by being at the top of the standings the whole way through and I've come back from being farther down in the standings. The key is to be consistent. In a long format, you can't do anything with one good block."

Palermaa is trying to become the first international player ever to win the Tournament of Champions. The 27-year-old two-handed player is only the fifth international player to win a Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour title. Sweden's Mats Karlsson, Venezuela's Amleto Monacelli, Finland's Mika Koivuniemi and Australia's Jason Belmonte (also a two-handed player) also have won PBA Tour titles, but Monacelli, a 19-time PBA Tour title winner and member of the PBA Hall of Fame, is the only international player ever to reach a Tournament of Champions title match, losing to David Ozio of Vidor, Texas, 236-203, in 1991.

Belmonte, Koivuniemi, Colombia's Andres Gomez and England's Stuart Williams also advanced to the cashers' round.

Defending champion Kelly Kulick of Union, N.J., advanced in 29th place with 4,340 pins. Kulick, the first and only woman to win a PBA Tour title, was one of three women who advanced among the top 53. Liz Johnson of Cheektowaga, N.Y., finished qualifying in 30th place, five pins behind Kulick and Diandra Asbaty of Chicago qualified 49th with 4,267 pins.

The 53 cashers will bowl two seven-game rounds Wednesday night and Thursday morning to narrow the field to 24 for head-to-head match play.

After three eight-game match play rounds Thursday evening and Friday - a total of 58 games - the top four will advance to Saturday's stepladder finals live.


 

2011/01/18

Finland's Palermaa Expands Lead After Three Rounds in $1 Million PBA Tournament of Champions

Finland's Osku Palermaa maintained a 234.6 average and expanded his lead after the third of four qualifying rounds in the $1 million Professional Bowlers Association Tournament of Champions at Red Rock Lanes Tuesday.

Palermaa, Europe's premier two-handed bowler, led PBA Hall of Famer Norm Duke of Clermont, Fla., by one pin after Monday's opening round, built his edge to 18 pins over Hong Kong's Robert Smith after 10 games, and increased his advantage to 65 pins over Duke after 15 games, finishing the day with a total of 3,519 pins. Duke had a 3,454 total.

Palermaa is making his Tournament of Champions debut after winning the GEICO Shark Championship during the PBA's World Series of Bowling in early November to qualify for the Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour's richest event.

Prior to the Tournament of Champions, Palermaa competed in Sunday's PBA World Championship stepladder finals at South Point Bowling Center on the south side of Las Vegas, where he was eliminated by eventual champion Chris Barnes of Double Oak, Texas. As a one-time PBA title winner, he then raced to the northwest side of Las Vegas to bowl the 14-game Champions Field round where he finished in a tie for 12th to advance into the Tournament of Champions' Elite Field.

"I've been busy the last couple of days, but now it doesn’t matter," Palermaa said. "I didn't bowl have to 100 percent in the Champions Field - just enough to get used to my equipment and to get into the Elite field."

"Monday night I got a lot of good breaks," he said. "This morning I used the same ball and I made good adjustments when I needed to. The lanes were a little tougher and I had a few bad breaks, but I wasn't worried. And tonight was my best block so far."

"Tonight was a fresh condition, which is tougher for me. I was all over the place at the start," Palermaa said. "A few bad shots turned into splits, but I bowled the best overall of any block."

"My confidence is getting better, too. Even if I would have started with a bad game, I had a cushion, and I finished with a good game - a 278 - so I feel good about making the first (cashers') cut with only five more qualifying games to go," he added. "Now my eyes are on the match play cut (top 24). That's when the tournament will really begin."

With one qualifying round to go Wednesday morning before the field is cut to the top 53 cashers, Sean Rash of Montgomery, Ill., was in third place with 3,443 pins followed by Mike Fagan of Patchogue, N.Y., with 3,436 pins and Mike Edwards of Tulsa, Okla., at 3,418.

Defending champion Kelly Kulick of Union, N.J., slipped to 42nd place with 3,226 pins, 26 pins above the cut to the cashers' round. Wes Malott of Pflugerville, Texas, was the player on the cut line in 53rd place with 3,200 pins.

The 53 cashers will bowl two seven-game rounds Wednesday night and Thursday morning to narrow the field to 24 for head-to-head match play.

After three eight-game match play rounds Thursday evening and Friday - a total of 58 games - the top four will advance to Saturday's stepladder finals live on ABC at 2:30 p.m. Eastern. The winner of the PBA's first telecast on ABC in 14 years will earn a record $250,000 first prize.

 

 【PBA】 PBA Tournament of Champions 【Elite Qualifying Block 2】

Finland's Palermaa Retains Second Round Lead in $1 Million PBA Tournament of Champions

Palermaa, Europe's premier two-handed bowler, led PBA Hall of Famer Norm Duke of Clermont, Fla., by one pin after Monday's opening qualifying round and he expanded his lead to 18 pins over California native Robert Smith, who now lives in Hong Kong. Palermaa finished the second round with a 10-game total of 2,355 pins while Smith had a 2,337 total.

Palermaa is making his Tournament of Champions debut after winning the GEICO Shark Championship during the PBA's World Series of Bowling in early November to qualify for the Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour's richest event.

Prior to the Tournament of Champions, Palermaa bowled in Sunday's PBA World Championship stepladder finals at South Point Bowling Center on the south side of Las Vegas, where he lost to eventual champion Chris Barnes of Double Oak, Texas. As a one-time PBA title winner, he then raced to the northwest side of Las Vegas to bowl the 14-game Champions Field round where he finished in a tie for 12th to remain in contention for the Tournament of Champions' title.

"I've been busy the last couple of days, but now it doesn't matter," Palermaa said. "I didn't bowl have to 100 percent in the Champions Field - just enough to get used to my equipment and to get into the Elite field."

"Monday night I got a lot of good breaks," he said. "Today I used the same ball and I made good changes when I needed to. The lanes were a little tougher, and I had a few bad breaks, but I wasn't worried."

"Making the first cut is the first thing on your mind. And this is only 10 games out of 58," Palermaa added.

After 10 games, Dan MacLelland of Saginaw, Mich., was in third place with 2,330 followed by Bob Learn Jr. of Macomb, Mich., with a 2,300 total and Tom Daugherty of Wesley Chapel, Fla., at 2,293.

Defending champion Kelly Kulick of Union, N.J., was in 31st place after 10 games, solidly in contention to advance to the 53-player cashers' round which will be determined after 10 additional qualifying games Tuesday night and Wednesday morning. The 53 cashers will bowl two seven-game rounds Wednesday night and Thursday morning to trim the field to 24 for head-to-head match play.

After three eight-game match play rounds Thursday evening and Friday, the four leading players will advance to Saturday's stepladder finals which will air live on ABC at 2:30 p.m. Eastern. The winner of the PBA's first telecast on ABC in 14 years will earn a record $250,000 first prize.


 

2011/01/17

Finland's Palermaa Tops Duke by One Pin for First Round Lead in PBA Tournament of Champions

Finland's Osku Palmeraa averaged 235.8 to take the first round lead in the $1 million Professional Bowlers Association Tournament of Champions at Red Rock Lanes Monday by one pin over 33-time Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour titlist Norm Duke of Clermont, Fla.

Palermaa, Europe's premier two-handed bowler, earned the chance to compete in the Tournament of Champions when he won the GEICO Shark Championship during the PBA's World Series of Bowling in early November.

During the World Series, Palermaa also qualified for Sunday's PBA World Championship stepladder finals at South Point Bowling Center, but after he lost his match to eventual champion Chris Barnes of Double Oak, Texas, he had to race across Las Vegas to bowl the 14-game Champions Field round in order to remain in the hunt for the Tournament of Champions' title.

Palermaa finished in a tie for 12th among the 50 Champions Field qualifiers who advanced into the Elite Field and he then finished the first qualifying round with a five-game total of 1,179 pins to nip Duke, a PBA Hall of Famer and the 1994 Tournament of Champions winner, for the early lead. Steve Jaros of Yorkville, Ill., and Bob Learn Jr. of Macomb, Mich., were tied for third with 1,165 totals, and Robert Smith of Hong Kong was fifth at 1,161.

"I've been busy the last couple of days, but now it doesn't matter," Palermaa said. "I didn't bowl have to 100 percent in the Champions Field - just enough to get used to my equipment and to get into the Elite field. Tonight I got a lot of good breaks, but that's what you need. I'll take it.

"Making the first cut is the first thing on your mind. And this is only five games out of 58," he added. "You can only lose the tournament today, not win it."

Defending champion Kelly Kulick of Union, N.J., the first woman ever to win a Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour title, was in 38th place, solidly in contention to advance to the 53-player cashers' round which will be determined after 15 additional qualifying games Tuesday and Wednesday. The 53 cashers will bowl two seven-game rounds Wednesday night and Thursday morning to further prune the field to 24 for head-to-head match play.

After three eight-game match play rounds Thursday evening and Friday, the four leading players will advance to Saturday's stepladder finals which will air live on ABC at 2:30 p.m. Eastern. The winner of the PBA's first telecast on ABC in 14 years will earn a record $250,000 first prize.


 

2011/01/16

Barnes Upsets O'Neill to Win PBA World Championship, Complete PBA's Triple Crown

Chris Barnes of Double Oak, Texas, exorcised his television demons Sunday, upsetting top qualifier Bill O'Neill of Southampton, Pa., 267-237, to win the Professional Bowlers Association World Championship at South Point Bowling Center and become the sixth player in PBA history to complete the sport's Triple Crown.

Along with his 13th career title, the 40-year-old Barnes won a $50,000 first prize. He previously had won the 2005 U.S. Open and the 2006 PBA Tournament of Champions, the other two legs in the PBA Triple Crown. The only other Triple Crown winners are Billy Hardwick, Johnny Petraglia, Pete Weber, Mike Aulby and Norm Duke --- all PBA Hall of Famers.

Barnes, the No. 4 qualifier, came into the PBA World Championship with a 7-14 record on television in major championships, but he won four consecutive matches for the title to improve his record to 11-14. He defeated Michael Haugen Jr. of Carefree, Ariz., in Saturday night's elimination round, 243-172, to reach Sunday's finals where he eliminated Finland's Osku Palermaa, 246-176, and Sean Rash of Montgomery, Ill., 237-161, for the chance to meet O'Neill for the title.

In the title match, Barnes started with six strikes to build a 31-pin lead after seven frames, but O'Neill refused to back down, finishing with a string of four strikes to force Barnes to mark in the 10th frame. Barnes' strike on his first shot in the clinched the title.

"I feel bad for Bill," Barnes said. "He was the best bowler in the PBA World Series to get here, but I've been in his shoes a few times and I'm not going to give the trophy back."

"There are a lot of guys who have won the PBA World Championship, but it's a short and distinguished list of guys who have won the Triple Crown," he added. "Right after I won, Billy Hardwick called my wife and told her to welcome me to the club."

"I'm not unhappy with my performance," O'Neill said. "I threw all but one shot on line. When I needed shots to make Chris show up in 10th, they were all good. That's something I've struggled with out here. I think it's a good sign of things to come."


 

2011/01/09

 【PBA】 U.S.A. vs. The World

International Players Top U.S.A. in PBA World Series of Bowling Team Event

For two weeks, nearly 250 of the world's best bowlers battled each other in a grueling series of individual events during the Professional Bowlers Association's World Series of Bowling at South Point Bowling Center. On the final day, the best from America met the best from the rest of the world, and the World defeated the U.S.A.

The special six-player U.S.A. vs. The World team competition aired Sunday on ESPN.

The PBA World Series of Bowling's special team event pitted the six American bowlers who had finished highest in the 60-game qualifying session against the six international bowlers who had fared best while bowling 12 games per day on five different lane conditions. The six-man team event awarded one point for each of six head-to-head matches, plus three points to the team with the highest total pinfall.

While the head-to-head matches wound up in a 3-3 tie, The World won the team total battle and decisive three points, 1,251-1,208.

"It was fun," said Australia's Jason Belmonte, who defeated Wes Malott of Pflugerville, Texas, 254-215, in their head-to-head match. "But fun or not, we're competitors. We don't like to lose."

Michael Haugen Jr. of Carefree, Ariz., gave the U.S. a healthy lead when he defeated Finland's Kimmo Lehtonen, 246-161, in the first match. Canada's Dan MacLelland trimmed the American lead in Match Two when he topped Ronnie Russell of Camby, Ind., 192-169. Belmonte then put The World into the overall lead, and fellow two-handed specialist Osku Palermaa of Finland padded the international team's lead with his easy 227-150 victory over Sean Rash of Montgomery, Ill.

Chris Barnes of Double Oak, Texas, tried to get the U.S. back into the match, but a late surge of four strikes by opponent Mika Koivuniemi, the third Finn on The World team, closed Barnes' margin of victory to a modest three pins, 227-224. International anchor bowler Amleto Monacelli of Venezuela started his game with four strikes and held off a rally by U.S. anchor Bill O'Neill of Southampton, Pa., who won the point, 201-193, but it wasn't enough to overcome The World's overall lead.

"It was a long, tiring two weeks," O'Neill said. "The team match was a good way to end the World Series, even though we lost. I hope we get to do it again next year."


 

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