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2011/03/27

Jaros, Weiss, Allen Advance to Dick Weber PBA Playoffs Conference Championships; Williams Streak Ends

Seven-time Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour champion Steve Jaros of Yorkville, Ill.; 10-time PBA Regional winner Randy Weiss of Columbia, S.C., and two-time PBA Tour titlist Dick Allen, also of Columbia, S.C., advanced to the Conference Championships in the Dick Weber PBA Playoffs after victories in the Go RVing Regional Championships Round at Woodland Bowl.

The Go RVing Regional Championships Round, which aired Sunday on ESPN, featured three three-player regional championship matches with the winners advancing to the Conference Championship Round, and the two lowest scores being eliminated. The Conference Championships will air Sunday, April 10, at 1 p.m. Eastern on ESPN.

Jaros, who has now made a television appearance in 20 consecutive seasons, nipped Tom Smallwood of Saginaw, Mich., 258-257, to win the East Region championship. Scott Norton of Costa Mesa, Calif., finished third in the three-player East Regional final with a 224.

Weiss, in his national television debut, threw five strikes in a row to end his game and stun 12-time PBA Tour champ Tommy Jones of Greenville, S.C., 239-238, in the South Region championship. Ryan Shafer of Horseheads, N.Y., also was eliminated after rolling a 207 game.

Allen was nearly perfect in throwing a 289 game that eliminated Walter Ray Williams Jr. (221) of Ocala, Fla., and Mika Koivuniemi (201) of Hartland, Mich., in the Central Region finale.

In the East Region championship, Jaros started with seven strikes before leaving back-to-back 10 pins, but Smallwood battled Jaros into the 10th frame. Jaros finished first, throwing a strike on his first ball in the 10th and filling the frame with a 10 pin/spare. Smallwood needed the first strike to win, but left a 7 pin. After converting the spare, he then needed a strike to tie Jaros, but he left a 4 pin on his fill ball.

Jaros said he thought the match would be close, but "I figured it would be Tom or me versus Scott after the way he bowled in practice. But Scott just didn't look comfortable once the show started."

Weiss was the surprise of the day with his clutch finish to nip Jones after a horrible break ended Shafer's hopes. Shafer was very much in the hunt, but trying to extended a double in the eighth and ninth frames, the four-time PBA Tour winner left a 7-10 split on a pocket hit in the 10th frame to end his chances.

At the same time, Jones overcame the carry issues he had during the first half of his game, stringing five strikes before leaving a 4 pin on his fill ball in the 10th frame. That pin gave Weiss an opportunity to strike out in the 10th to win by one pin.

"I knew I was going to have to strike because these guys are really good," Weiss said, "but they are human, so I knew I had to stay in my world and see what happens."

"My thought in the last frame was that there is no way you could ask for anything better than an opportunity to win in the 10th, so I told myself to get a good shot off my hand and let the chips fall where they may."

"Mike Machuga may have given me the best advice when he said it'll be the fastest 10 minutes of your life, so slow it down in your mind as much as you can, and that's exactly what I did," Weiss added. "I just kept slowing my thoughts and not watching what they were doing, and I focused on what my job was."

In the Central Region match, Allen and Williams both started with five strikes while Koivuniemi struggled to strike after starting with a double. Williams' string ended when he also left a pocket 7-10 in the sixth frame, but Allen kept on striking until leaving a 10 pin on his 11th attempt. By that time, thanks to a 4-6-7-10 split by Williams in the ninth frame, the match was over.

"I followed all of the old cliches - keep your head down, don't watch what they're doing, make one shot at a time - and that's exactly what I did," Allen said. "I wasn't worried about anybody else. I know when I throw it good, I can strike with the best of them."

Allen has a history of being one of the PBA Tour's more volatile players, but after the birth of his first child in early March, "I came here with less negative thoughts," he said. "I've got some cool pictures on my phone, I'm smiling more because of (daughter Piper). My mind's in a different place and I'm not so upset if I make a bad shot. And I'm not making as many bad shots because of a grip change and a swing change I made, and those are probably the keys to success more than anything."

"I got away with about three bad shots," Allen added. "That was probably the highest 220 game I've ever shot; let's put it that way. Without a doubt I knew I was going for 300. When Walter got that second split in the ninth frame and I knew the match was over, I told myself to finish it off. Unfortunately I threw a really good shot in the 10th and they didn't fall."

The Lucas Oil Regional Championships Round will complete the field for the Conference Championships. The Lucas Oil Regional round, which airs Sunday on ESPN at 1 p.m., will feature three finalists each in the Midwest (Jack Jurek, Wes Malott, Bill O'Neill), Southwest (Brad Angelo, Dino Castillo, Jason Belmonte) and West/Southwest (Chris Barnes, Lennie Boresch Jr., Lonnie Waliczek) Regions.

On Sunday, April 10, the Conference Championships telecast at 1 p.m. Eastern will include the East Region winner (Jaros) against the South (Weiss), the Central (Allen) vs. the Midwest winner, and the Southwest vs. the West/Northwest winner. Those three winners will return to Woodland Bowl on Sunday, April 17, for the live ESPN finals at 1 p.m. Eastern.

First prize in the inaugural Dick Weber PBA Playoffs is $50,000.


 

2011/03/25

                                      

第2次テスト実施日 決定のお知らせ


東日本大震災の影響により延期となっておりました、「第50回男子・第44回女子プロボウラー資格取得テスト」第2次テスト(実技)及び第3次テスト(研修会)の日程が決まりましたのでお知らせいたします。

但し、今後大きな余震が発生したり、大規模停電・原発事故が悪化した場合、再び延期となる可能性がありますのでご理解の程宜しくお願い申し上げます。

期日・会場 

     第2次テスト1日目 5月10日(火) 会場:大阪・イーグルボウル

     第2次テスト2日目 5月11日(水) 会場:大阪・ラウンドワン堺中央環状店

     第2次テスト3日目 5月17日(火) 会場:東京・品川プリンスホテルB/C

     第2次テスト4日目 5月18日(水) 会場:東京・田町ハイレーン

     第3次テスト研修会 5月19日(木)・20日(金)の2日間 田町ハイレーン

     ※今回特殊な事情により研修会日程を縮小して行います(C級インストラクター講習会は後日開催)

受験者数

     2次テスト受験者数 男子25名・女子17名

               


 

2011/03/23

 【PBA】 Pan American Games

O'Neill, Barnes Will Represent Team USA at Pan Am Games

Team USA's Bill O'Neill and Chris Barnes will represent the United States in the men's division at the 2011 Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico, in October.

The two stars on the Lumber Liquidators Professional Bowlers Association Tour survived a qualifying process that gave them points based on their finish at the Pan American Games Trials (60 percent), the United States Bowling Congress Masters (20 percent) and the U.S. Open (20 percent).

O'Neill led with 100 points, earning the maximum of 66 points for leading the Trials, while Barnes finished with 94 total points. Tommy Jones just missed advancing with 92 points.

All 11 Team USA men competed in 32 games on Tuesday and Wednesday at the International Training and Research Center to finalize the rankings. O'Neill led the field with a total of 7,386, an average of 230.8, while Patrick Allen was second with 7,185. Barnes finished third with 7,160.

"I was feeling really good and even when I was struggling a little bit I still was throwing the ball well," O'Neill said. "Going to the Pan Am Games is going to be pretty neat. It could be a once in a lifetime opportunity. It's an Olympic setting, and I'm looking forward to watching some of the other sports as well."

For Barnes, it will be the second time he has competed in the Pan American Games. He represented Team USA in the 1995 event in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and relishes the idea of going back again.

"I really wanted the opportunity to go back again," said Barnes, who won two gold medals at the 1995 event. "I think the Pan Am Games are very reflective to what bowling would be in the Olympics. I thought it was one of the coolest events I have been a part of in my bowling career."

The Pan American Games are an Americas version of the Olympic Games which includes the Olympic program sports and others that are not part of the Olympics. The United States Olympic Committee has specific requirements for selecting players to compete in the event.

In each of the three events, the players were ranked in order of finish with the highest finisher in each event earning 11 points, second gets 10 and so on. If a player did not compete in an event, they get the same amount of points as the final finisher.

The Masters and U.S. Open each made up 20 percent of the points total, while the Pan American Games Trials represented the other 60 percent.

The two representatives in the women's division will be determined based on finishes at the USBC Queens and U.S. Women's Open. The women will bowl their Pan American Games Trials the first week of May.

With the Pan American Games Trials completed, the Team USA men will now take part in specialized training at the ITRC, which is considered the home of Team USA, throughout the rest of the week.

 

 【PBA】 Kuwait International Open 【Finals】

Loschetter Wins $25K In Kuwait International Open

PBA exempt player Chris Loschetter (l.), United States, defeated Tore Torgersen, Norway, 255-186, in the title match of the 8th Kuwait International Open Tuesday afternoon at Cozmo Bowling Center en route to claim the $25,000 top prize.

Sweden's Martin Larsen and Helen Johnsson finished third and fourth with Osku Palermaa, Finland, fifth. Johnson (r.) defeated compatriot Sandra Andersson, 266-212, to win the women's extra stepladder final.
The 112-player field in the 8th Kuwait International Open - 96 men and 16 women from 20 countries - was divided into four squads (A-D) to bowl three blocks of six games qualifying over three days. A total of 38 players survived the first cut.

In Monday's three six-game rounds the field was trimmed to 30, 23 and then 15 players who advanced to Round Five on Tuesday morning. Those 15 bowled four games with the pinfall total being carried forward into a "Modified Match Play Round" (3 bowlers on each pair of lanes. The winner of each match on a pair of lanes will receive 20 bonus pins while the second place will receive 10 bonus pins, total seven games). The top 5 after match play advanced to the stepladder finals.


 

2011/03/18
東日本大震災でお亡くなりになられた方のご冥福をお祈り申し上げますとともに、被災された皆様に心よりお見舞い申し上げます。

日本プロボウリング協会では、被災地への支援として義援金を送らせていただくことを決定いたしました。

日本プロボウリング協会の各支部(選手)におきましても義援金を送るなど、支援活動を行ってまいります。

また日頃ご支援いただいております皆様からの義援金につきましても、当協会にて受付をさせていただきます。

皆様からのお寄せ頂きました寄付金は、被災地復興の義援金として送らせていただきます。皆様のご協力をお願いいたします。

社団法人日本プロボウリング協会  
会長  中山 律子


 

2011/03/15

 

 【JPBA】 第44回 女子プロボウラー資格取得テスト

東日本大地震による「第2次テスト」延期について

3月11日(金)に発生した東日本大地震により、被災された皆様、関係の皆様に対しまして、心よりお見舞い申し上げますとともに、お亡くなりになられた方々のご冥福を心よりお祈り申し上げます。

さて当協会では3月15日(火)より実施予定でした、上記第2次テストを1日目の延期は決定していましたが、現在の交通事情などによる受験生の安全面、計画停電などの社会的環境を考慮し第2次テストを全面的に延期させていただくことに決定いたしました。

変更後の日程につきましては、復興状況などにより決定させていただきます。決まりしだい発表させていただきますのでご了承下さい。

関係各位の皆様にはご迷惑をおかけ致しますが、何とぞ事情をご賢察の上、ご理解いただきますようお願い申し上げます。

資格審査委員会

 

第2回HANDA CUP・プロボウリングマスターズ延期に関する件

東北・関東大地震・津波の被害に遭われたました皆様、関係の皆様に対しましてお見舞いを申し上げますとともに、お亡くなりになりました方々のご冥福を心よりお祈り申し上げます。

3月11日に発生した東北・関東大地震・津波の影響により、東京都・田町ハイレーンで4月9日(土)より開催を予定しておりました「第2回HANDA CUP・プロボウリングトーナメント」は開催延期となりました。

東北・関東大地震・津波で広域に余震、交通機関など混乱が続いていること、原発事故の影響が予断を許さない状況であること、及び被害を受けた全ての方々のご心情を鑑み、開催延期となりました。

楽しみにされていたファンの皆様、関係者各位の皆様には誠に残念ではございますが、事情ご賢察のうえご理解を頂きたくお願い申し上げます。

なお、今後の開催につきましては、決定次第お知らせ致します。

事務局


 

2011/03/11

Walter Ray Keeps Title Streak Hopes Alive; 18 Headed to Dick Weber PBA Playoffs Regional Championships

Walter Ray Williams Jr., trying to extend his Professional Bowlers Association record for winning at least one title in a season to 18 years, was among 18 players who advanced to Sunday's Regional Championships in the Dick Weber PBA Playoffs at Woodland Bowl Friday.

Williams, who owns the PBA Tour record for career titles with 47, finished second in the four-player Central Region, to keep his title hopes alive. The Dick Weber PBA Playoffs is the final tournament of the 2010-11 Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour season, which means it's the last chance for the 51-year-old from Ocala, Fla.

The PBA Playoffs is six tournaments-in-one, featuring six regional groups bowling elimination rounds within their respective regions. Three players of four players from each Region remain in the hunt after Round Five, but like the NCAA basketball brackets, upsets took a toll on the inaugural event.

In Round Four, 2011 U.S. Open Norm Duke of Clermont, Fla., became the third PBA Hall of Famer eliminated during Friday's action. Duke finished sixth in the South Region, missing the cut to the top four by 24 pins. Among the Tour's top six points leaders for 2010-11 who were seeded into the Regions for Round Four, only Sean Rash of Montgomery, Ill., failed to advance when he finished fifth in the East Region.

In Round Three earlier Friday, where the top five of eight advanced, bowlers eliminated included Rhino Page of Dade City, Fla., who had been the top qualifier in both previous rounds in the East Region, and Kelly Kulick of Union, N.J., who finished eighth in the Southwest Region after leading Round One and finishing fifth in Round Two. PBA Hall of Famers Parker Bohn III of Jackson, N.J. and Tom Baker of King, N.C. (South Region), and 2011 Bayer USBC Masters champion Tom Hess of Urbandale, Iowa (Midwest Region) also failed to survive Round Three.

In Round Five, Mika Koivuniemi of Hartland, Mich., who won the $1 million PBA Tournament of Champions earlier in the season, but lost the U.S. Open title two weeks ago when he missed a 10 pin in the 10th frame, kept his hopes alive by converting the 2-8 in the 10th frame and striking on his fill ball to edge Dan MacLelland of Saginaw, Mich., was three pins for the third spot in the Central Region. Dick Allen of Columbia, S.C., and Williams also advanced.

In the East Region, PBA Rookie of the Year candidate Scott Norton of Costa Mesa, Calif.; seven-time PBA Tour champion Steve Jaros of Yorkville, Ill., and 2009 PBA World Champion Tom Smallwood of Saginaw, Mich., advanced.

In the South Region, 13-time PBA Tour winner Tommy Jones of Simpsonville, S.C.; four-time titlist Ryan Shafer of Horseheads, N.Y., and regional qualifier Randy Weiss of Columbia, S.C., advanced. Weiss has never won a PBA Tour title.

Current season points leader Bill O'Neill of Southampton, Pa., moved on with a second-place finish in the Midwest Region along with six-game leader Jack Jurek of Lackawanna, N.Y., and third-place finisher Wes Malott of Pflugerville, Texas. Malott fired a 248 final game to overtake local favorite Ronnie Russell of Marion, Ind., for the final spot in the Midwest.

Chris Barnes of Double Oak, Texas, the 2010 PBA World Champion, was second in the West/Northwest along with Round Five leader Lennie Boresch Jr., Kenosha, Wis., and Lonnie Waliczek, Wichita, Kan. Boresch is trying for his first PBA Tour title. Waliczek, who won both of his titles during the 2002-03 season, rolled a 248 final game to knock Baltimore’s Danny Wiseman out of the Regional Championship round.

Advancing in the Southwest Region were Dino Castillo, Carrollton, Texas; Australian two-handed star Jason Belmonte and Brad Angelo, Lockport, N.Y. Castillo is trying for his first title. Belmonte and Angelo each have won one title.

In Sunday's first Regional Championship at 9 a.m., the three East, South and Central Region survivors will bowl one game matches with the winner in each Region advancing to the Conference Championship at 3:30 p.m. In the second Regional Championship at 1 p.m., the three Midwest, Southwest and West/Northwest survivors will bowl one-game matches to determine the other three Conference Championship finalists.

In the Conference Championship, the East Region winner will bowl one game against the South Region winner, the Central Region winner will bowl against the Midwest winner, and the Southwest winner will meet the West/Northwest winner.

The Regional Championships will air on ESPN on Sunday, March 27, at 2:30 p.m., and Sunday, April 3, at 1 p.m. Eastern, respectively. The Conference Championship will air on Sunday, April 10, at 1 p.m. Eastern, respectively.

The three Conference Championship winners will return to Indianapolis on Sunday, April 17, for the final live telecast of the 2010-11 Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour season. In the first match, the three finalists will bowl one game with the lowest score finishing third. The two survivors will bowl two one-game matches. If one player wins both, he will win the $50,000 first prize. If they split the two games, a one-ball roll-off will decide the title.


 

2011/03/10

Dick Weber PBA Playoffs Round Two Turns Dramatic; Monacelli, Weber Out; Walter Ray, Kulick Move On

In the grand tradition of basketball's March Madness, the Dick Weber PBA Playoffs staged its own series of dramatic surprises Thursday night at Woodland Bowl.

Professional Bowlers Association Hall of Famer Amleto Monacelli of Venezuela, who earlier in the day dominated the South Region, was eliminated from the tournament in Round Two when he finished the six-game round in 10th place. The top seven of 10 players in each Region advance to Round Three. Mike Edwards of Tulsa, Okla., led the South Region in Round Two with a 1,407 pinfall total.

The Dick Weber PBA Playoffs is six-tournaments-in-one, featuring six independent regional groups bowling elimination rounds within their respective regions. The event is named in honor of the PBA Tour legend who grew up in Indianapolis.

In other Thursday night highlights, Walter Ray Williams Jr. of Ocala, Fla., the PBA Tour's all-time titles leader with 47, advanced in the Central Region in second place behind Region leader Dick Allen of Columbia, S.C. Williams needs to win the PBA Playoffs, the final event of the 2010-11 Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour season, in order to extend his PBA record of winning at least one title per year to 18 years.

Also in the Central Region, Troy Stus of South Lyon, Mich., rolled a 224 game to win a one-game roll-off against PBA Hall of Famer Pete Weber (197), Dick Weber's son, and Kenneth Kolberg Jr. (191) of Cleveland, Ohio, after they tied for seventh place. Weber and Kolberg were eliminated from the playoffs.

In the East Region, Rhino Page of Dade City, Fla., led his group after both rounds, finishing the second round with 1,421 pins, but 13-time PBA Tour champion Patrick Allen of Wesley Chapel, Fla., finished ninth in Round Two and was eliminated after a fourth-place finish earlier in the day.

In the Midwest, Tom Hess of Urbandale, Iowa, who won his first PBA Tour title in the Bayer United States Bowling Congress Masters in February, paced his Region with 1,402 pins, but the drama in Hess' group came from local favorite Ronnie Russell of Marion, Ind., who was last after two games, but rallied with a 239 final game to earn the sixth of seven spots advancing to Friday’s Round Three.

Eugene McCune of Munster, Ind., led the Southwest Region with 1,400 pins after barely sneaking into Round Two. Round One leader Kelly Kulick of Union, N.J., advanced by placing fifth in Round Two.

Baltimore's Danny Wiseman, a 12-time PBA Tour winner, paced the West/Northwest Region with 1,440 pins.

In Friday's Round Three, the PBA Tour players who finished seventh through 12th on the 2010-11 points list will be seeded into the competition (Tom Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich., in the East; Dan MacLelland, Saginaw, Mich., in the Central; Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., in the South; Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, in the Midwest; Mike DeVaney, Murrieta, Calif., in the Southwest, and Michael Haugen Jr., Carefree, Ariz., in the West/Northwest. After six games, the top five out of seven in each Region will advance to Round Four.

For Round Four, the six top seeds for the season ? Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., East; Mika Koivuniemi, Hartland, Mich., Central; Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., South; Bill O'Neill, Southampton, Pa., Midwest; Jason Belmonte, Australia, Southwest, and Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, West/Northwest - will enter the tournament for another six-game round. The top four of six per Region will advance to Round Five.

After Friday night's Round Five, three survivors in each Region will advance to two Regional Championship and one Conference Championship television shows. The television rounds will be contested at 9 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Eastern on Sunday for for delayed telecast on ESPN on Sunday, March 27, at 2:30 p.m.; Sunday, April 3, at 1 p.m. Eastern, and Sunday, April 10, at 1 p.m. Eastern, respectively.

The six Conference Championship survivors will return to Indianapolis on Sunday, April 17, for the final live telecast of the 2010-11 Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour season. ESPN will air the finals at 1 p.m. Eastern. First prize in the event is $50,000.

All of the remaining elimination rounds are being covered live on Xtra Frame, pba.com’s exclusive online video streaming service. To subscribe, visit pba.com and click on the Xtra Frame logo.


 

2011/03/09

Kulick Takes Charge Among First Round Leaders in Dick Weber PBA Playoffs

Kelly Kulick of Union, N.J., the only woman ever to win a Lumber Liquidators Professional Bowlers Association Tour title, took command of her regional group Wednesday after the first 10 of 15 games in the opening round of the Dick Weber PBA Playoffs at Woodland Bowl Wednesday.

Kulick, who won the 2010 PBA Tournament of Champions, averaged 247.2 for 10 games for a 2,472 pinfall total to not only lead the Southwest Region into Thursday's final five first-round games, but to pace the entire tournament field. Kulick, who was seeded into the Southwest Region after qualifying a disappointing 50th on the 2010-11 Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour competition points standings, had 299, 290 and a pair of 278s games Wednesday.

Other regional leaders were Rhino Page of Dade City, Fla., the South Region leader with 2,471 pins - one behind Kulick; Lonnie Waliczek of Wichita, Kan., in the West/Northwest Region with a 2,358 total; Mike Scroggins of Amarillo, Texas, with a 2,399 total in the Midwest Region; Venezuela’s Amleto Monacelli with a 2,324 total in the South Region, and Billy Oatman of Chicago paced the Central Region with a 2,246 total. Among the six regional leaders, Oatman is the only one without a PBA Tour title.

"I've known something was wrong for a while," Kulick said of her sub-par season. "The (Earl Anthony Memorial) in Dublin (Calif.) was frustrating, but the eye-opener was last week at the Mark Roth Plastic Ball Championship. It didn't matter if I was throwing plastic or urethane balls. I was getting the same reactions, so that re-confirmed my problem was physical rather than mechanical to get the ball to do what I wanted it to do.

"My arm swing bumped right at start and went behind my back," she continued. "My swing plane wasn't straight, so my hand couldn't repeat a consistent release. It magnified my misses. With Mike Machuga's help, I have created a different feel by pushing the ball left in my approach, which makes my swing straighter and my release effortless. And so far it's working; I'm not trying to over-analyze it. It's still a long week."

The PBA playoffs feature six independent regional groups bowling elimination rounds within their respective regions. The first round concludes Thursday morning with a final five-game session. After 15 games, the top nine from each Region will advance to the second round Thursday evening where they will be joined by six Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour players who finished 13th through 18th in 2010-11 competition points (Ronnie Russell, Marion, Ind.; Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo.; Jason Couch, Clermont, Fla.; Mike Fagan, Patchogue, N.Y.; Scott Norton, Costa Mesa, Calif., and Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y. Elimination rounds will continue Friday when 12 more seeded Exempt Tour players will enter the competition.

On Sunday, the three survivors in each Region will advance to two Regional Championship and one Conference Championship television shows. The television shows at 9 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Eastern will be taped for delayed telecast on ESPN on Sunday, March 27, at 2:30 p.m.; Sunday, April 3, at 1 p.m. Eastern, and Sunday, April 10, at 1 p.m. Eastern, respectively.

The six Conference Championship survivors will return to Indianapolis on Sunday, April 17, for the final live telecast of the 2010-11 Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour season. ESPN will air the finals at 1 p.m. Eastern. First prize in the event is $50,000.

All of the elimination rounds Wednesday, Thursday and Friday are being video streamed live on Xtra Frame, pba.com’s exclusive online video streaming service. To subscribe, visit pba.com and click on the Xtra Frame logo.


 

2011/03/06

Jason Couch Wins 16th PBA Tour Title in PBA Mark Roth Plastic Ball Championship

Jason Couch of Clermont, Fla., won his first Lumber Liquidators Professional Bowlers Association Tour title in four years and the 16th of his career by defeating Hall of Famer Parker Bohn III, 219-175, in the championship match to win the PBA Mark Roth Plastic Ball Championship Sunday at AMF Thruway Lanes.

Couch's last wins came in January 2007 when he won back-to-back tournaments in Las Vegas and Fountain Valley, Calif. At the conclusion of the 2006-07 season he had knee surgery which took him out for the entire 2007-08 season.

"It's been a long road to get back to even close to where you need to be physically and mentally," said Couch, who was the No. 1 seed for the tournament. "But I've been making good progress and bowling pretty well lately."

"Coming into this tournament I had high expectations because I have experience throwing plastic equipment and the way I throw the ball I can get the reaction I need bowling on the conditions we're bowling on here."

Bohn, who was hoping for his 33rd Tour win, ran into trouble in the second half of the championship match throwing back-to-back opens, one of which was a 4-6-7-8-10 split.

"I was fighting the feel of the ball and was having problems with the tape in my thumb hole," Bohn said. "I had an opportunity to turn it around there but just couldn't capitalize on it."

"Jason threw a complete game - I didn't - and he was rewarded for it."

Couch, who earned $20,000 for the win, left a 6-7-10 split in the fifth frame but made the spare and then threw three consecutive strikes which essentially wrapped up the match.

"I was disappointed with that shot but when I picked up the spare it loosened me up and I threw three good shots after that," said Couch who is the only player to win three consecutive PBA Tournament of Champions titles.

In the semifinal match, Bohn defeated hometown favorite Ryan Ciminelli of Cheektowaga, N.Y., 213-207, to advance to the final match. Ciminelli, who finished third, was hoping for his second career title having won his first six weeks ago in the One A Day Earl Anthony Memorial.

In the opening match, Bohn defeated 2009 PBA World Championship winner Tom Smallwood 201-197. Smallwood, who finished second in the 2011 PBA Tournament of Champions, finished fourth and was also hoping for his second career Tour title.

The Mark Roth Plastic Ball Championship, which requires players to use identical "throwback" polyester (plastic) ball technology, is named in honor of the PBA Hall of Famer who dominated the plastic ball era in the 1970s. Roth, who is making a steady recovery from a stroke he suffered in 2009, threw out the ceremonial first ball of the tournament.

The concept behind the plastic ball tournament is to put a premium on knowledge of changing lane conditions, subtle adjustments in hand positions and delivery techniques, and other skills rather than relying on advanced bowling ball technology.


 

2011/03/04

 

 【JPBA】 第44回 女子プロボウラー資格取得テスト 【第1次テスト・4日目】

 

 【PBA】 Mark Roth Plastic Ball Championship 【Round of 16】

Jason Couch and Hometown Star Ryan Ciminelli Take Top Spots for Mark Roth Plastic Ball Championship Finals

Fifteen-time Lumber Liquidators Professional Bowlers Association Tour champion Jason Couch and hometown star Ryan Ciminelli earned the No. 1 and 2 seeds for Sunday's stepladder finals of the PBA Mark Roth Plastic Ball Championship at AMF Thruway Lanes.

Couch had a 13-5 match play record and 7,891 32-game overall pinfall total to earn the top seed for Sunday's finals which will air Sunday at 1 p.m. Eastern on ESPN.

Couch, the only bowler to win three consecutive PBA Tournament of Champions titles, will be looking for his first Tour win since winning back-to-back events in Las Vegas and Fountain Valley, Calif. in 2007. His last television appearance was in the 2010 U.S. Open where he finished fourth.

"I was a little amped up in that last round of match play and had to use my 20 years of experience to settle myself down," Couch said. "I've been here before and I just need to get out of my own way and not over-think it for one game Sunday."

Ciminelli, who turns 25 on Monday, also had a 13-5 match play record and a 7,807 32-game pinfall to earn the No. 2 seed. He will be looking for his second Tour title with his first coming in January at the PBA One A Day Earl Anthony Memorial in Dublin, Calif.

"The hometown crowd kept the adrenaline pumping that's for sure and I was really feeding off of it," Ciminelli said of bowling in his hometown of Cheektowaga. "I was more nervous than I thought I would be in the last round but I was able to settle myself down. My goal was to win matches and 13-5 will usually do it every time."

Opening up Sunday's stepladder final will be No. 3 qualifier Parker Bohn III of Jackson, N.J., who had an 11-7 match play record and 7,644 pinfall and No. 4 qualifier Tom Smallwood of Saginaw, Mich., who went 11-6-1 with a 7,560 pinfall.

Bohn, a PBA Hall of Famer will be looking for his 33rd Tour title with his last win coming in the Cheetah Championship here in December of 2008. Smallwood won the 2009 PBA World Championship not long after being laid off from his job with General Motors. He also finished second in the recent PBA Tournament of Champions where he won $100,000.

The Mark Roth Plastic Ball Championship, which requires players to use identical "throwback" polyester (plastic) ball technology, is named in honor of the PBA Hall of Famer who dominated the plastic ball era in the 1970s. The concept behind the plastic ball tournament is to put a premium on knowledge of changing lane conditions, subtle adjustments in hand positions and delivery techniques, and other skills rather than relying on advanced bowling ball technology.

 

 【PBA】 Mark Roth Plastic Ball Championship 【Round of 32】

Couch and Ciminelli Lead After First Round of Match Play In PBA Mark Roth Plastic Ball Championship

Fifteen-time Lumber Liquidators Professional Bowlers Association Tour champion Jason Couch and hometown star Ryan Ciminelli hold down the top two positions after three rounds in the PBA Mark Roth Plastic Ball Championship Friday at AMF Thruway Lanes.

Couch and Ciminelli both had 7-2 records in the first round of match play Friday and are among the 16 players who will advance to this evening's final match play round which will determine the top four who will advance to Sunday's finals to be telecast live on ESPN at 1 p.m. Eastern.

Couch, of Clermont, Fla., has a 5,639 pinfall total including bonus pins, and leads Ciminelli of Cheektowaga, N.Y., in second with 5,478. Rounding out the top four going into tonight's final nine-game round are Ronnie Russell of Marion, Ind., in third with 5,416 and PBA Hall of Famer Parker Bohn III of Jackson, N.J., in fourth with 5,390.

"In match play it's always important to get off to a good start and I was able to win my first two matches with 258 games and keep the momentum going," said Couch, whose last title came in 2007. "Now, it's a matter of getting yourself pumped up for the next round and do it all over again."

Ciminelli won his first PBA Tour title in the recent PBA One A Day Earl Anthony Memorial.

"I'm in a good spot but it's going to be a long final block tonight," Ciminelli said. "The key for me is I've been able to throw straight down the lane. If I have to cross boards I'll be in trouble."

Fans can catch this evening's final match play round on pba.com's Xtra Frame video service. Subscription information may be found by clicking on the Xtra Frame logo on the pba.com home page.

The Mark Roth Plastic Ball Championship, which requires players to use identical "throwback" polyester (plastic) ball technology, is named in honor of the PBA Hall of Famer who dominated the plastic ball era in the 1970s. The concept behind the plastic ball tournament is to put a premium on knowledge of changing lane conditions, subtle adjustments in hand positions and delivery techniques, and other skills rather than relying on advanced bowling ball technology.


 

2011/03/03

 

 【JPBA】 第44回 女子プロボウラー資格取得テスト 【第1次テスト・3日目】

 

 【PBA】 Mark Roth Plastic Ball Championship 【Round of 64 - Round 2】

Sean Rash Leads After Second Round in PBA Mark Roth Plastic Ball Championship

Four-time Lumber Liquidators Professional Bowlers Association Tour champion Sean Rash averaged 236.14 to lead after two rounds in the PBA Mark Roth Plastic Ball Championship Thursday at AMF Thruway Lanes.

The Mark Roth Plastic Ball Championship, which requires players to use identical "throwback" polyester (plastic) ball technology, is named in honor of the PBA Hall of Famer who dominated the plastic ball era in the 1970s.

The concept behind the plastic ball tournament is to put a premium on knowledge of changing lane conditions, subtle adjustments in hand positions and delivery techniques, and other skills rather than relying on advanced bowling ball technology.

Rash had a 3,306 14-game pinfall total and leads 15-time Tour titlist Jason Couch of Clermont, Fla., in second with 3,275. After a 1,689 seven-game pinfall in Thursday's first round, Rash followed it up with 1,617 in the second round on games of 227, 266, 193, 226, 259, 227 and 219.

The field of 64 has been cut to 32 players who advance to Friday morning's match play round which cuts the field to the top 16. Friday evening's match play round will determine the top four who will advance to Sunday's finals to be telecast live on ESPN at 1 p.m. Eastern.

"This is the one tournament of the year where we're all on the same playing field," Rash said. "You need to have a lot of things going for you right from the start - the ball has to feel good in your hand, you need to be lined up and fill frames."

"When you're in the lead everyone's gunning for you. A lot of guys bowled well that second block, especially Jason (Couch). Moving into match play the emphasis is going to be winning matches and if I can get off to a strong start like I did in the first two rounds I'll be in good shape."

Couch came from 16th in the first round up to second with a 1,742 pinfall (248.8 average) in the second round.

"I grew up in the plastic ball era so I know how you have to adjust with this equipment," Couch said. "I've done well in this event the past two years so I'm hopeful my good fortune will continue."

 

 【PBA】 Mark Roth Plastic Ball Championship 【Round of 64 - Round 1】

Sean Rash is First Round Leader in PBA Mark Roth Plastic Ball Championship

Four-time Lumber Liquidators Professional Bowlers Association Tour champion Sean Rash averaged 241.29 to lead the first round of the PBA Mark Roth Plastic Ball Championship Thursday at AMF Thruway Lanes.

The Mark Roth Plastic Ball Championship, which requires players to use identical "throwback" polyester (plastic) ball technology, is named in honor of the PBA Hall of Famer who dominated the plastic ball era in the 1970s.

The concept behind the plastic ball tournament is to put a premium on knowledge of changing lane conditions, subtle adjustments in hand positions and delivery techniques, and other skills rather than relying on advanced bowling ball technology.

Rash had games of 267, 277, 227, 206, 208, 256 and 248 for a 1,689 pinfall total and leads western New York players Brad Angelo of Lockport in second with 1,651, and Jack Jurek of Lackawana in third with 1,640.

"This is the one tournament of the year where we're all on the same playing field," Rash said. "You need to have a lot of things going for you right from the start - the ball has to feel good in your hand, you need to be lined up and fill frames."

"I've gotten off to a good start, only had three opens which were all splits on the same lane. So far pointing the ball off the gutter like I would on a modified Cheetah pattern seems to be the way to go. We'll see how it goes from here."

The field of 64 will bowl another seven-game round later Thursday afternoon and then the field will be cut to 32 players who will advance to a match play round Friday morning which cuts the field to the top 16. Friday evening’s match play round will determine the top four who will advance to Sunday’s finals to be telecast live on ESPN at 1 p.m. Eastern.


 

2011/03/02

 

2011/03/01

 

 【JPBA】 第44回 女子プロボウラー資格取得テスト 【第1次テスト・1日目】

 

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