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2011/04/28

 

石原章夫
会場:JFE 千葉リバーレーン


 

2011/04/27

 【USBC】 USBC Queens

Missy Parkin wins 2011 USBC Queens

After a heart-breaking finish at last year's USBC Queens, there was no way Missy Parkin of Lake Forest, Calif., was going to let the coveted title get away again.

The 29-year-old right-hander headed into the 2011 Queens more determined than ever and defeated top-seed Elysia Current of Ephrata, Pa., 214-189, to claim her first major championship at the Oncenter Convention Center on Wednesday.

The championship round aired live on ESPN2 and marked the first time a women's bowling event was broadcast in high definition.

"I've made TV shows before, but I've never won, and words can't describe how I'm feeling right now," said Parkin, who took home the Queens tiara and $20,000 first-place check for the win. "I was raised in a pro shop and a bowling center, and this is something I've always dreamed about. To finally get it is an amazing feeling."

Parkin made a run at the Queens title last year in El Paso, Texas, but her efforts were derailed by a 7-10 split that haunted her for months after. She stepped up needing a mark to defeat eventual champion Kelly Kulick in the second match of the night, but the untimely split left her with a fourth-place finish.

"After last year's show, I was pretty devastated, and for a while after that, every time I left the 7-10, I got angrier and angrier," said Parkin, whose only loss this week was against Current in the match to determine the No. 1 seed for the TV show. "But today, I definitely had a different mindset. I told myself I needed to throw 10 good shots every game, and that's all I could do. That was my plan all week, and it worked out well."

Current started the championship match with three consecutive strikes before being slowed by a split and three straight spares in frames five through seven. A missed washout in the ninth frame ended her bid for her first win on bowling's biggest stage, but she intends to learn from the experience.

"I didn't catch a couple of the shots like I should have, and the end result wasn't good," said Current, who was the 2003-04 Collegiate Player and Rookie of the Year at Fairleigh Dickinson and then went on to help Wichita State to a televised national championship in 2007. "I'm definitely going to take what I learned here and use it to help me achieve bigger and better things."

Current, a 26-year-old right-hander, earned $10,000 for the runner-up finish.

In reaching the title match, Parkin downed USBC Hall of Famer and 2002 Queens champion Kim Terrell-Kearney of Grand Prairie, Texas, 235-172. Terrell-Kearney received $7,000 for the third-place effort.

To open the championship round, one-time Professional Women's Bowling Association titlist Cathy Dorin-Lizzi of Sandusky, Ohio, defeated USBC Hall of Famer and three-time Queens champion Wendy Macpherson, 180-168.

Dorin-Lizzi was the only bowler in the 206-player field guaranteed to make the show, since she was slated to be the sideline reporter for the telecast, but she chose a different route, which included a match-play win over her hall-of-fame sister, Carolyn Dorin-Ballard. Dorin-Lizzi's run came to an end in the second match of the night as she fell to Terrell-Kearney, 223-206. She took home $5,000 for the fourth-place finish.

The 2011 Queens featured 206 of the top female bowlers in the world competing for a total prize fund of $120,000.

 

 【PBA】 News

Koivuniemi Wins 2010-11 PBA Tour Earnings Title, George Young High Average Award;
Barnes Wins Third Harry Smith Point Leader Award

Mika Koivuniemi of Hartland, Mich., has officially won the 2010-11 Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour earnings title and George Young High Average award, while Chris Barnes of Double Oak, Texas, and Bill O'Neill of Southampton, Pa., topped the other key PBA statistical charts.

Thanks to his PBA-record $250,000 first prize in the PBA Tournament of Champions, Koivuniemi dominated the Tour in earnings with $333,040, the third-highest single-season total on record behind Walter Ray Williams Jr.'s record $419,700 during the 2002-03 season and Patrick Allen's $350,740 in 2004-05. Koivuniemi also led the PBA Tour in earnings during the 2003-04 season when he won PBA Player of the Year honors.

Koivuniemi also won his second George Young High Average Award, bowling at a 222.50 pace for 292 games. He won his previous high average award during his Player of the Year season, averaging 222.73.

Despite the fact that Koivuniemi became the first player in PBA history to reach the nationally-televised finals in all four PBA majors (PBA World Championship, Tournament of Champions, Bayer USBC Masters and U.S. Open), Barnes was nearly as dominant. His PBA World Championship title along with his consistency throughout the season was the key factor in topping both O'Neill and Koivuniemi to win his third career Harry Smith Point Leader Award.

O'Neill also had an excellent season, topping the Tour with 12 cashes and 10 match play finals in 12 events. He also tied Koivuniemi for the most championship round appearances with five.

For complete listings of all statistics for the 2010-11 Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour season, click here: "statistics".

 

 【JPBA】 シーズントライアル 2011 スプリングシリーズ

 

酒井武雄
会場:しょうざんボウル


 

2011/04/26

 【USBC】 USBC Queens

Elysia Current earns top seed at 2011 USBC Queens

Not long ago, Elysia Current of Ephrata, Pa., was a dominant collegiate bowler. Now, she's the top seed at the USBC Queens and one win away from officially proving herself against the best bowlers in the world.

The 26-year-old right-hander averaged 228 on the way to a 6-0 match-play record at the Oncenter Convention Center, which included a 626-584 win Tuesday against former Team USA member Missy Parkin of Lake Forest, Calif., in the battle for the No. 1 seed for Tuesday's ESPN2 telecast.

Parkin, formerly Bellinder, earned the No. 2 seed for the show and is looking to avenge a heart-breaking loss to eventual champion Kelly Kulick in the second match of last year's stepladder, when she need a mark to advance, but left a 7-10 split and finished fourth.

The two will be joined by No. 3 seed, USBC Hall of Famer Kim Terrell-Kearney of Grand Prairie, Texas, No. 4 Cathy Dorin-Lizzi of Sandusky, Ohio, and No. 5 Wendy Macpherson of Henderson, Nev., a USBC Hall of Famer who is looking to win a record fourth Queens title. Macpherson defeated Team USA member Shannon O'Keefe of Arlington, Texas, 733-664, to advance out of the contenders bracket Tuesday night.

"I'm just taking everything in as it happens and trying to enjoy being out here and competing," said Current, who was the 2003-04 Collegiate Player and Rookie of the Year at Fairleigh Dickinson University. "When I'm not in a bowling center, I try not to think about bowling or talk about bowling. Tonight, I'm going to relax and enjoy the moment and just wait for the lights to go on tomorrow."

After two successful seasons at Fairleigh Dickinson, Current transferred to bowling powerhouse Wichita State University and enjoyed some time under the TV lights while helping the Shockers to a win at the 2007 USBC Intercollegiate Team Championships.

That same year, the two-time Junior Team USA member also took home the women's title at the USBC Intercollegiate Singles Championships, which earned her a spot on Bowling's Clash of Champions in 2008.

"I know they all have more experience, but I've been on TV twice before, and that's in the back of my mind right now," Current said. "I just love competing, and I'm excited about the opportunity to prove myself as a competitor at this level."

The championship round of the 2011 Queens will be televised live on ESPN2 on Wednesday, at 7 p.m. EDT. The winner will take home the Queens tiara and a $20,000 first-place check.

 

 【JPBA】 シーズントライアル 2011 スプリングシリーズ

 

横川義雄
会場:調布スポーツセンター

 

 【PBA】 PBA Senior Sun Bowl In The Villages 【Finals】

Harry Sullins Wins PBA Senior Sun Bowl In The Villages for Second Senior Tour Title

Harry Sullins of Chesterfield Township, Mich., defeated Hall of Famer Walter Ray Williams Jr. of Ocala, Fla., 248-239 in the title match Tuesday to win the Professional Bowlers Association Senior Sun Bowl In the Villages at Spanish Springs Lanes.

Sullins, who won the 2009 PBA Senior World Championship for his first Senior Tour title, put together seven consecutive strikes after an open and spare in the first two frames of the title match to help seal the win.

"I thought I would have a good read with the ball I was throwing in the semifinal match but that wasn't the case," said Sullins, who also owns five PBA Tour titles. "I had to go to another ball, adjust my hand position and release and was able to put seven strikes together."

The win brought back some memories for the 53-year-old Sullins who won his first title on the PBA Tour by defeating Williams in the championship match of the True Value Open in 1986.

"It brought back some memories bowling in that match," Sullins said. "Anytime you bowl Walter Ray you're in for a tough match. There's a saying out here on tour --- if you want to win you have to beat Walter Ray."

Sullins had to win four matches Tuesday to get to the title match including a 253-175 win in the semifinal against Mike Hastings of Millsboro, Del.

"All the matches were tough today," Sullins said. "I had a pretty good handle on the semifinal but I really felt I had to earn this one."

In the other semifinal match, Williams, the 2010 Senior Rookie of the Year, defeated 2009 Senior Player of the Year Ron Mohr of Eagle River, Alaska, 270-199, to advance to the final match.

The next stop for the PBA Senior Tour is George Pappas Victory Lanes in Mooresville, N.C., for the PBA Senior Miller High Life Classic May 1-4.


 

2011/04/25

 【USBC】 USBC Queens

Local favorite undefeated in match play at 2011 USBC Queens

Michelle Feldman of Auburn, N.Y., lives just 25 minutes from the Oncenter Convention Center, where she is one of 16 players still undefeated in match play at the 2011 USBC Queens.

While her trip to the tournament venue might be simple and scenic, the road to the coveted title that has eluded her for more than 15 years is shared by 31 other talented bowlers all with their eyes on the tiara and $20,000 first-place prize.

Among those still undefeated are top-qualifier and 2001 Queens champion Carolyn Dorin-Ballard, who will take on her sister, Cathy Dorin-Lizzi of Sandusky, Ohio, in the next round of the winners bracket Tuesday morning, 2009 Queens winner Liz Johnson of nearby Cheektowaga, N.Y., who averaged 246.5 in her two wins Monday and Team USA member Shannon O'Keefe, formerly of Rochester, N.Y., who averaged more than 251 in her two victories.

Feldman has been close to breaking through at the Queens in the past, including a runner-up finish in 2004 and a fifth-place effort at last year's event in El Paso, Texas, and she'd love to finally capture the crown in front of her hometown fans.

The 35-year-old right-hander had a fair share of family members and friends in the stands to see her wins over Mandy Wilson of Dayton, Ohio (631-570) and defending champion Kelly Kulick of Union, N.J. (655-514), and many likely will be back when she takes on Tracy Ganjoin of Brick, N.J., on Tuesday morning at 9 a.m. EDT.

"Being so close to home is especially cool when you bowl well, and it was nice to get those first two wins, so I can go home and relax a little bit," said Feldman, who teamed with USBC Hall of Famer Aleta Sill of Livonia, Mich., to take the Scratch Doubles lead at the USBC Women's Championships late last week. "I've been close to winning this event a few times now, but for some reason, I haven't been able to finish it off. To be able to do it here would be pretty special."

Despite being bounced to the contenders bracket after losing to Feldman, Kulick defeated Jamie Rovner of West Hills, Calif., and still is in the hunt to become the first competitor to repeat as champion since Katsuko Sugimoto of Tokyo won back-to-back Queens titles in 1981 and 1982.

Jonquay Armon of Roselle, Ill., and Keli Callahan of Las Vegas each rolled perfect games in match play Monday. Armon was later eliminated, while Callahan is one of 16 bowlers still alive in the contenders bracket.

All of Tuesday's match play action will be live streamed on BOWL.com. The action begins at 9 a.m. EDT, and is scheduled to last until approximately 7 p.m. The championship round of the 2011 Queens will be televised live on ESPN2 on Wednesday, at 7 p.m. EDT.

 

Dorin-Ballard, Miller-Mackie lead after three rounds in Syracuse

Qualifying is complete at the 2011 USBC Queens, and the match-play field is set, with USBC Hall of Famer Carolyn Dorin-Ballard of Keller, Texas, in the top spot for the second consecutive year.

The 2001 Queens champion posted a 1,043 score in her final five-game block to finish with a 3,305 total for 15 games at the Oncenter Convention Center. Left-hander Shannon Pluhowsky of Kettering, Ohio, the 2006 Queens winner, finished second with 3,294, and three-time Queens champion Wendy Macpherson of Henderson, Nev., is third with 3,283.

Leanne Hulsenberg of Roseville, Calif., who won the Queens in 1999, made the biggest move of the day, jumping from 35th to sixth with a 1,229 set, which included a 299 game. Defending champion Kelly Kulick of Union, N.J., qualified 24th with 3,093.

"I didn't feel well last night and didn't get much sleep, so my goal today was just to keep my same feel and not press too much," said Dorin-Ballard, who finished sixth at the Queens last year in El Paso, Texas. "I tried some different balls to see what kind of look I had, and we'll see what happens. At this tournament, because of the format, you just never know. It's three-game matches, and anything can happen, so you have to be strong from the start."

The top 64 competitors now will begin the double-elimination match-play format, which begins at 1:30 p.m. EDT and will be live streamed on BOWL.com. Each match will consist of a three-game set, with total pinfall determining who advances.

The last spot in match play went to Margie Chetney of Baldwinsville, N.Y., who finished in 64th with 2,915.

The championship round will be televised live on ESPN2 on Wednesday, April 27 at 7 p.m. EDT.

SBC Hall of Famer Dana Miller-Mackie of Albuquerque, N.M., was extremely ill during the second round of qualifying at the USBC Senior Queens, but battled back to take the lead after three rounds Monday.

Miller-Mackie finished with a 3,278 total for 15 games to edge out second-round leader Patti Schultz of Braidwood, Ill., by two pins (3,276), while first-round leader and first-time Senior Queens participant Cynthia Johnson of Bowie, Md., finished third with 3,218. Defending champion Char Hammel of Las Vegas qualified 26th with 2,936.

The top 32 finishers now will enter the double-elimination match-play format. The final spot in match play went to Debra Sinek of Odenton, Md., with 2,898.

The championship round will be televised live on ESPN2 on Wednesday, April 27 at 7 p.m. EDT.

The Senior Queens finals will be broadcast live on BOWL.com on Wednesday at 10 a.m. Eastern.


 

2011/04/24

震災後初の女子公式戦開催となった今年の宮崎プロアマオープンは、恒例となっていた交流パーティーを中止して代わりにチャリティオークションが催され、選手達は”がんばろう日本”の言葉を背負い、例年以上に胸が熱くなる空気の中で開催されました。

プロボウラーとして出来る最大の応援は素晴らしい戦いを見てもらい、元気を届けることと改めて気分を引き締め、戦いに臨んだ選手達の横顔はみな真剣そのもの。

さらに2日間にわたる長い予選をじっくり戦った後、各ブロックに分かれてのラウンドロビンから上位2名が選出され、計16名による決勝トーナメントと見応え満載の大会とあって、見守る観客も応援に熱が入ります。

そんな中、近藤文美、愛甲恵子らの過去大会優勝者をはじめ、ギネス女王・斉藤志乃ぶからプロ入り2年目を迎える片井文乃・進博美まで粒揃いの強豪をを打ち破り、TVファイナルのステージに上がったのは阿部聖水、松永裕美、加藤八千代、吉川朋絵の4人。

TVファイナル準決勝第一試合、今度こその初優勝が欲しい阿部と、2月の関西オープンに続く2連覇達成に燃える松永の対戦は、松永が1フレーム目でまさかの7-10スプリット。阿部はダブルでの滑り出しとなり、さらに4フレーム目もオープンにしてしまった松永は阿部にツーマーク差をつけられます。予選から首位を独占、決勝でも一人ストライクを続けるのが常勝パターンとなっていた松永に焦りが生まれますが、なんと8フレーム目、阿部にとって悪夢のガター。ここで勝機を掴んだ松永はターキーを打ち出し、8ピン差で逆転。阿部を下して優勝決定戦へ駒を進めます。

第二試合は12勝を挙げて準永久シード権を持つ大ベテラン・加藤と、昨年10月の初優勝に続いて全日本女子プロ選手権で2勝目を挙げるなど、急成長著しい吉川が対戦。

吉川も滑り出しの1・2フレーム目をオープンフレームにしましたが、そこから5連続ストライクに成功。先行する加藤を追い上げて一旦は並びましたが、8フレーム目からはストライクが決まらなくなってしまい、加藤が逃げ切りを決めて松永の待つ決戦の場へと上がります。

経験値の差を見せて吉川を下した加藤、対する松永は今もっとも勢いのある若手。真剣勝負への期待が高まる中、またしてもオープンで滑り出した松永が中盤に意地の4連続ストライクを決めれば、加藤もお返しとばかりに後半4連続ストライクを決めます。実力伯仲の戦いは、加藤がワンマークリードして10フレ勝負にもつれ込み、先攻の加藤が9ピンカウントからスペア。松永は優勝を決める為にダブルが欲しいところでしたが、二投目はあえなく9ピンカウント。両者互いに追い詰め合いましたが、結果8ピン差で加藤が逃げ切り、勝利を決めます。

2006年のジャパンオープン以来優勝戦線から遠く、さらに昨年は肩を故障して不本意な一年を送った加藤、今大会に相応しい”復活V”を成し遂げました!

 

 【JPBA】 宮崎プロアマオープン 【準決勝ブロックラウンドロビン】

 




 

2011/04/23

 

 【JPBA】 宮崎プロアマオープン 【予選後半・Bシフト】

 

松永裕美


 

2011/04/22

 

 【JPBA】 宮崎プロアマオープン 【予選前半・Aシフト】

 

西村美紀


 

2011/04/21

Mike Dias Wins Senior Don Carter Open for First PBA Senior Tour Title

After four seasons competing on the Professional Bowlers Association Senior Tour, Mike Dias of Lafayette, Colo., captured his first title by winning the PBA Senior Don Carter Open Thursday at Carter Family Bowl.

Dias defeated Tom Howison of Chillicothe, Ohio, 215-176, in the championship match after winning five previous matches Thursday to get to the final. Two of those matches were against PBA Hall of Famers Walter Ray Williams Jr. of Ocala, Fla., and Mark Williams of Beaumont, Texas.

"The toughest part of the whole day was definitely having to beat two Hall of Famers in back-to-back matches," said the 54-year-old Dias who works as a software engineer for the Boeing Co. "You could say it was a dream match against Walter Ray having to throw two strikes to beat him."

In the Round of 8, Dias defeated PBA Hall of Famer and two-time Senior Tour winner Mark Williams 2-1 in a best-of-three-game match, and then in a semifinal match defeated Williams Jr. who was also last season's Senior Rookie of the Year, 222-213, to advance to the championship match.

"I had a feeling the scores would be low in the final match," said Dias who has one PBA regional tournament title to his credit. "It was going to be a matter of which one of us adjusted the quickest. After the previous two matches I was actually pretty relaxed for the final so I just made the best shots I could and whatever happens, happens."

In the other semifinal match, Howison, a third-year Senior Tour Player also looking for his first win, defeated 2009 Senior Player of the Year Ron Mohr of Eagle River, Alaska, 173-138.

The next stop on the PBA Senior Tour will be the Sun Bowl In The Villages at Spanish Springs Lanes April 23-26 in The Villages, Fla.

Final-day coverage of the Sun Bowl In The Villages will be available on pba.com's Xtra Frame video service. Additional information can be found by visiting the pba.com homepage and clicking on the Xtra Frame logo.


 

2011/04/17

"X Factor" Dick Allen Sweeps Chris Barnes to Win End-of-Season Dick Weber PBA Playoffs Title

Dick Allen of Columbia, S.C., who called himself the "X Factor" among the three finalists, swept favorite Chris Barnes of Double Oak, Texas, in the "best-of-two-game" championship match to win the inaugural Dick Weber PBA Playoffs Sunday at Woodland Bowl.

Allen, who earned his third career PBA title and first in five years, threw the last five strikes in the first game in the championship round to overcome a 15-pin deficit and win, 237-218. He put together another strike of five strikes in the second game to take advantage of back-to-back pocket 7-10 splits by Barnes to win the second game, 221-193.

Allen immediately turned over the $50,000 check to his wife Sarah, but held onto the crystal trophy. "The money comes and goes. I want the trophy and a banner in the bar at Woodland Bowl along with all of the great players who have won titles here," Allen said. "That means more to me than anything."

Allen said he came into the PBA Playoffs finals under the radar. "A lot of people were cheering for Randy (Weiss) to win his first title, and Barnes was the obvious favorite," Allen said. "So I was happy to be the X Factor. I just kept my head down and tried to get one more pin than the other guys. That's all I did today."

Barnes and Allen advanced to the championship match by rolling 245 and 209 games, respectively, in the opening elimination match when Randy Weiss of Columbia, S.C., was eliminated when he finished third with a 200 game. Weiss, who was trying for his first PBA title, earned $13,000.

Barnes threw strikes on six of his first seven shots in the first game against Allen, but Allen stayed close despite leaving the 10 pin on four of five shots in the middle of his game. When Barnes left the 4-6-7-10 split in the eighth frame, Allen capitalized with his closing string of strikes.

Allen was the victim of a pair of splits in the second game, helping Barnes take a 25-pin lead in the fifth frame, but the consecutive 7-10s "pretty much took the wind out of my sails," he said. "There were a few pocket 7-10s on the left lane earlier in the tournament, so the first one wasn't a huge surprise. But the second one was a stunner. I thought I threw the ball well."

The Dick Weber PBA Playoffs was the final event of the 2010-11 Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour season.


 

2011/04/14

 

天野景之
会場:藤枝グランドボウル


 

2011/04/10

Weiss, Allen, Barnes Advance to Lumber Liquidators Dick Weber PBA Playoffs Next Sunday in Indianapolis

Randy Weiss of Columbia, S.C., who made his national television debut in the Regional Championships Round of the inaugural Dick Weber PBA Playoffs, will have an opportunity to win his first Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour in the Championship Round of the PBA Playoffs next Sunday at Woodland Bowl.

Weiss, a 10-time PBA South Region title winner, defeated PBA Tour veteran Steve Jaros of Yorkville, Ill., 191-179, to win the East Conference Championship during Sunday's ESPN telecast. He will advance to the PBA Playoffs finale along with Midwest Conference champion Dick Allen, also of Columbia, S.C., and West Conference champion Chris Barnes of Double Oak, Texas.

Allen defeated Jack Jurek of Lackawanna, N.Y., 222-198, in a battle of two-time PBA Tour title winners while Barnes raced past Australia's Jason Belmonte, 260-199.

The inaugural Lumber Liquidators Dick Weber PBA Playoffs championship round will air live on ESPN at 1 p.m. ET Sunday. First prize is $50,000.

Weiss trailed Jaros, a six-time PBA Tour winner, by 24 pins after five frames, but Jaros left a pocket 7-10 split in the sixth frame that turned the match around. A 2-8-10 split in the eighth frame cut Jaros' lead to two pins, and a 4-10 split in the 10th gave Weiss the opening he needed. With a strike in the 10th, Weiss advanced to his first championship round appearance.

"I didn't like my chances, that's for sure," Weiss said, "but I was fighting myself. I was more nervous this round than in the first round. My feet were a little quicker, but somehow things worked out."

Allen and Jurek both settled down after opening-frame splits, and their match could have been over in the seventh frame had not Allen converted the 1-2-4-6-10 "washout" to stay within 12 pins. But disaster struck Jurek in the 10th frame when he left and failed to convert the 3-4-6-7 split. Allen threw three strikes in the 10th frame to advance.

"My mechanics kinda went awry in the first frame, and again when I left the washout," Allen said, "but that's just nerves. It happens. You have to deal with it. I got back under control and made better shots.

"I got a little lucky on that washout. I hadn't left one all week, so I honestly didn't know how I wanted to shoot it. I decided to go straight at it and try to get as many pins as I could," he added, "and I nicked the headpin just enough. If I'd have been any farther right, I would have missed it."

Barnes, who broke up potential pocket 7-10s in the second and fourth frames, got lined up and made his match against Belmonte look easy despite the fact that Belmonte threw five strikes in a row after he failed to convert splits in the first two frames.

"I threw 12 shots in the pocket, but it was hard to get the ball through the pins on the left lane," Barnes said. "I made a little adjustment and it worked, and from that point on, I didn't have too much trouble. I figured it would take 220, 230 to beat Belmo and as it turned out, if he had thrown three strikes in the 10th, that's what he would have had."

Barnes said his lack of success on television over the past couple of years hasn't been an issue this season. He believes he proved his point when he won his 13th career title in the PBA World Championship in January, a victory that made him the sixth player in history to complete the PBA Triple Crown.

"I've bowled well on TV the last couple of years, but last year the four people I bowled against shot a combined 1,012 so no one gave me any breathing room," he said. "I've bowled pretty well, and the season before, at the end of the year, I won back-to-back titles and left a 8 pin on the money shot in the U.S. Open to win. The things that haunted me through those TV shows Mark Baker (Barnes' coach) addressed, and I fixed them, and when I get in those situations now there's no fear about what's going to happen. I know what I need to execute when I'm in those situations and it's gone pretty well since then."

In Sunday's opening match PBA Playoffs match, all three finalists will bowl one game with the lowest score in that match being eliminated. The two survivors will then bowl a "best of two games" match for the $50,000 first prize. In one player wins both games, he'll win the title. If the two players split, they will bowl a one-ball roll-off to decide the championship.

A "pre-game" show will air on pba.com's exclusive Xtra Frame video streaming service beginning Monday and throughout the week. To subscribe to Xtra Frame, visit pba.com and click on the Xtra Frame link.


 

2011/04/05

 

2011/04/03

Jurek, Belmonte, Barnes Advance with Lucas Oil Regional Championships Wins in Dick Weber PBA Playoffs

Two-time Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour champion Jack Jurek; 2008-09 PBA Rookie of the Year Jason Belmonte and Chris Barnes, the newest member of the PBA Triple Crown club, advanced to the Conference Championships in the Dick Weber PBA Playoffs after victories in the Lucas Oil Regional Championships Round at Woodland Bowl.

The Lucas Oil Regional Championships Round, which aired Sunday on ESPN, featured three three-player championship matches with the winner of each advancing to the Conference Championship Round while the two lowest scores in each match were eliminated. The Conference Championships will air Sunday, April 10, at 1 p.m. Eastern on ESPN.

Jurek, who finished second in the Bayer USBC Masters in February, used a string of four strikes and an otherwise clean game to top Wes Malott, 221-206, to win the Midwest Region championship. Bill O'Neill started with a pair of open frames and never got on track in finishing third with a 178.

Jurek dismissed the notion that his victory helped make up for his loss in the USBC Masters title match.

"I did have one guy come up and say that what he saw in the Masters (when Jurek helped calm a noticeably emotional Tom Hess in the 10th frame) was one of the nicest things he'd seen, so maybe good karma comes around," Jurek said. "It was a little tense, but when you get to TV and the lights affect the lanes a bit, and everyone is trying to get to that final spot, that all plays into keeping the scores down a bit and the excitement level up. That keeps the matches tight."

"I was pretty relaxed," he added. "That's my goal now when I get to TV - just relax and bowl, and let whatever happens happen. Too many times I've just been too uptight on TV and haven't performed well. I don't mind getting beat if a guy beats me, as long as I give myself a chance to perform. That's all I'm looking to do now."

Belmonte, seeking his second career title, had a pair of turkeys to overcome a pair of open frames in topping Brad Angelo, 211-202, in the Southwest Region finale. Dino Castillo's bid for his first PBA Tour title was derailed by three missed spares in a 160 game for third place.

"I had a really good look," Belmonte said. "The three bad shots I made were really bad. I got a little rushed and a little ahead of myself. I wanted to close out the match and I should have been a little more patient. I'm a little eager to win, but I think everyone else is as well. I just have to realize that I can't think too far ahead of myself. I have to focus on what my job is, and that's frame by frame, as cliched as that may sound."

There was a point in the match when Angelo was distracted by a noise Belmonte apparently made with his water bottle, causing a moment of tension. But Belmonte dismissed the issue after talking with Angelo.

"There's no issue," Belmonte said. "(Brad) said good luck for the next match. We discussed it and we're good. He and I are going for a drink later on; there are no hard feelings."

Barnes topped former Wichita State University teammate Lonnie Waliczek, 217-201, with a clean game and a pair of doubles in the West/Northwest championship game. Waliczek's hopes for a third PBA Tour title, and his first since 2003, ended when he followed a double with a pocket 7-10 in the ninth frame. Veteran PBA Midwest Region competitor Lennie Boresch Jr., making his PBA Tour television debut, threw only two strikes in finishing third with a 177 game.

"The pair was pretty choppy," Barnes said. "The right lane had a hook spot in the front of the lane and once you got past that, it didn't hook much at all. The left lane was better, but it was tighter down lane. I tried to make small moves because in practice, every time I had a bigger move I missed the headpin or left a split. When Lonnie got lined up, I thought I might be in trouble, but he was having some issues, too. But that 7-10 in the ninth was just a terrible break.

"I've always believed that good things happen to guys who work hard," Barnes added. "He's one of those guys, so I'm not surprised that Lonnie made the show. I'm disappointed for him, but if he had to lose to someone, I'm glad it was me."

On Sunday, April 10, the Conference Championships telecast at 1 p.m. Eastern will include East Region winner Steve Jaros against South winner Randy Weiss, Central champion Dick Allen vs. Midwest winner Jurek, and Southwest champ Belmonte vs. West/Northwest winner Barnes. The winners of those three matches 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.


 

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