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2011/11/16

 【PBA】 Pepsi PBA Elite Players Championship 【Eliminator Round】

Duke to Try for Title No. 35 in Pepsi PBA Elite Players Championship; Belmonte Makes Fifth WSOB TV Final

Professional Bowlers Association Hall of Famer Norm Duke of Clermont, Fla., will have an opportunity to move into a tie for third place on the all-time PBA titles list after advancing to the finals of the Pepsi PBA Elite Players Championship Wednesday at South Point Bowling Center.

Duke, currently tied with fellow hall of famer Mark Roth for fourth place on the PBA career titles list with 34, eliminated Bill O’Neill of Southampton, Pa.; Andres Gomez of Colombia, and Dan MacLelland of Windsor, Ontario, in the Elite Players Eliminator Round to reach the finals. Roth was in the crowd, watching as Duke defeat O’Neill, 484-438, in their two-game finale.

Pete Weber of St. Ann, Mo., who was eliminated in his final match Wednesday by Mike DeVaney of Murrieta, Calif., is third on the PBA titles list with 35, trailing leader Walter Ray Williams Jr. (47) and Earl Anthony (43). DeVaney knocked Weber out of the event, 473-425, to win his group’s berth in the finals.

“Bowling in the Elite Players Championship was like bowling three different formats in one, so you can imagine what that can do with your mind,” Duke said about surviving 30 qualifying games just to reach the Eliminator Round. “The physical part of the game is demanding enough, but mentally it’s even more tiring. You start to space out after a while and lose track of the little things like where you’re standing, how fast should I be throwing it, what ball you’re using. The one thing that helps is you’re not alone. I say to myself, look at the rest of the field – they’re going through the same thing.”

Regarding his quest to break his titles tie with Roth and catch Weber, the 47-year-old Duke said, “I look at everything I do now as to how will it round out my career. How much longer do I have? To be tied with Roth and have the chance to tie Weber, how great is that?”

In Wednesday’s Eliminator Round, 16 players were divided into four groups for two-game elimination rounds. After each round, the lowest scoring player was eliminated. In addition to Duke and DeVaney, the other two players advancing to the Elite Players Championship finals were Australia’s Jason Belmonte and Mike Scroggins of Amarillo, Texas.

Belmonte defeated Mike Fagan of Dallas, 473-407, to qualify for his fifth World Series television final, tying a World Series record for TV appearances set earlier in the event by Sean Rash of Montgomery, Ill. Scroggins eliminated Jason Couch of Clermont, Fla., 460-417, in their group’s final game.

The 16 Eliminator Round qualifiers will also compose the field for the Lumber Liquidators Mark Roth-Marshall Holman PBA Doubles Championship which will be contested on Sunday as part of a four-day PBA World Series of Bowling television extravaganza at South Point.

Ronnie Russell of Marion, Ind., the top qualifier going into the Eliminator Round, was eliminated in the first game in Group A, but he will be the first player to select a doubles partner from among the remaining 15 during a special doubles selection session Thursday afternoon. After Russell selects his partner, the next highest qualifier will select a partner. That process will continue until the field of eight doubles teams has been determined. The doubles competition will be conducted Sunday afternoon as part of the World Series of Bowling’s weekend television package.

Beginning Thursday at 5:30 p.m. Pacific, the PBA will produce the first of 14 television shows for delayed telecast on ESPN in a special arena in South Point’s Exhibit Hall A. Admission is free for all of the shows.


 

2011/11/15

 【PBA】 Pepsi PBA Elite Players Championship 【Qualifying Round 4】

Russell Overtakes Gomez for Pepsi PBA Elite Players Championship Lead; Top 32 Advance to Round Five

Ronnie Russell of Marion, Ind., with a 24-game total of 5,850 pins, claimed the fourth-round lead in the Pepsi PBA Elite Players Championship Tuesday by 86 pins over Colombia’s Andres Gomez at South Point Bowling Center. Both players are trying to win their first PBA Tour title.

Russell and Gomez jockeyed for the lead for 12 games Tuesday before Russell moved in front behind games of 231, 255, 226, 235, 247 and 249. Russell maintained a 243.75 average for the first 24 games of Elite Players Championship in overcoming Gomez’s 64-pin third-round lead.

“Round to round it seems like we need to move left on the lanes quicker and I’ve been able to stay on top of those changes in conditions with my adjustments and equipment,” Russell said. “There’s more friction on the conditions we’re bowling on now and that’s a situation I’m more comfortable with. I just need to continue to make good shots, not press and finish off each round.”

“I’m doing well on the medium length patterns, which is generally where I have my best success,” Gomez said. “The two finals I’ve made have been on medium patterns and I’m usually confident I can finish in the top 10 whenever we bowl on those conditions.”

Russell and Gomez had previously qualified for the Carmen Salvino Classic finals. Gomez also has qualified for the PBA World Championship finals.

The Pepsi PBA Elite Players Championship began with an exclusive field of 49 PBA Tour exempt players. The field has been reduced to the top 32 for a final six-game qualifying round Wednesday morning.

After round five, the top 16 players based on 30 games will advance to the Eliminator Round of 16 Wednesday afternoon where they will compete for four spots in the Elite Players Championship finals. The same 16 players will compose the field for the Lumber Liquidators Mark Roth-Marshall Holman PBA Doubles Championship which will be contested on Sunday as part of a four-day PBA World Series of Bowling television extravaganza at South Point.

Beginning Thursday at 5:30 p.m. Pacific, the PBA will produce the first of 14 television shows for delayed telecast on ESPN in a special arena in South Point’s Exhibition Hall A. Admission is free for all of the shows.


 

2011/11/14

 【PBA】 Carmen Salvino Classic 【Round of 16】

Colombian Andres Gomez is Top Qualifier Heading into Carmen Salvino Classic TV Finals

Andres Gomez of Colombia averaged 249.4 Monday to lead four players who qualified for the finals of the PBA Carmen Salvino Classic at South Point Bowling Center, and Australia’s Jason Belmonte ended Sean Rash’s bid for a record sixth straight television appearance by six pins.

Gomez, who is trying for his first PBA Tour title, finished with a 4,490 18-game pinfall total and had games of 229, 239, 223, 237, 257 and 243 in Monday’s final six-game round to qualify for his second TV final of the World Series of Bowling.

“It hasn’t been until the last few years that I’ve been able to take advantage of high scoring conditions,” said Gomez, whose best finishes on Tour have been a second in last season’s Viper Championship and a fourth in the 2011 PBA Tournament of Champions. “I’ve been getting a better ball reaction by working on the angles you need to score on easier conditions.”

Gomez, who has already qualified for the PBA World Championship finals which will be taped by ESPN on Saturday beginning 10:30 a.m. PT, said his success was because he was able to make only slight adjustments throughout all three rounds.

“As the rounds went on it got a little tougher,” Gomez said. “But I was able to use the same ball and just had to make small adjustments on the lane and with my speed to make sure I had the good angle into the pocket.”

Also advancing to the Carmen Salvino final was Belmonte, who qualified for his fourth World Series of Bowling telecast by finishing fourth with a 4,253 pinfall total to edge Rash.

“It seemed like I had a good look the whole round but just couldn’t finish it off for a few games,” said Belmonte, who has one PBA Tour title. “In the last game I had to throw some of the best shots of my life.”

Also, making the Salvino final were six-time Tour champion Wes Malott of Pflugerville, Texas, who finished second, 84 pins behind Gomez with 4,406 pins, and Ronnie Russell of Marion, Ind., who finished third with 4,361. Malott and Russell both reached their first TV final. Russell also is trying for his first PBA title.

The first 12 games also were part of Pepsi PBA Elite Players Championship qualifying for the 49 PBA Tour exempt players in the field. Their scores will carry over to Tuesday when the Elite Players Championship field will bowl two more six-game qualifying rounds. After 24 games, the top 32 players will advance to a fifth six-game qualifying round Wednesday morning.
After 30 games, the Elite Players field will be cut to the top 16 for three elimination bracket rounds that will trim the field to four finalists. Those same 16 players will become the field for the Lumber Liquidators Mark Roth-Marshall Holman PBA Doubles Championship. Teams will be determined during a draft whereby the top qualifier will be first to select a partner. The No. 2 qualifier will then select his partner and so on until all eight teams are determined.

All competition through Wednesday will be covered live on PBA’s exclusive Xtra Frame online bowling channel. For subscription information, visit pba.com and click on the Xtra Frame logo.

 

 【PBA】 Carmen Salvino Classic 【Qualifying Round 2】

Rash Eyes Sixth Straight TV Final Heading into Final Round of Carmen Salvino Classic

Four-time PBA Tour titlist Sean Rash is heading for his sixth consecutive TV final sitting in third after the second round of the Carmen Salvino Classic Monday at the South Point Bowling Center. He will have to hold on to a fourth or better finish after this evening’s third and final six-game round to make his sixth show.

Rash has a 2,963 12-game pinfall total (246.6 average) after two rounds with games of 236, 279, 174, 268, 248 and 269 in Monday’s second round.

“If everyone else is striking you have to go for it on every shot,” Rash said. “Even with a 174 game I’m close after two rounds and that’s where I want to be.”

To this point in the World Series of Bowling, Rash has already qualified for the TV finals in the Bayer Viper, Chameleon, Scorpion, GEICO Shark Opens, as well as the PBA World Championship.

Leading after the first two rounds is Andres Gomez of Colombia with a 3,062 12-game pinfall (255.1 average). He had games of 277, 239, 258, 268, 289 and 255 in the second round.

“It hasn’t been until the last few years that I’ve been able to take advantage of an easier condition,” said Gomez, whose best Tour finishes have been a second and a fourth in last season’s Tournament of Champions. “I’ve been getting a better ball reaction by working on the angles you need to score on easier conditions.”

Also in the top four after two rounds are Ronnie Russell in second with 3,017 and Andrew Cain in fourth with 2,962.

The field will bowl the third and final six-game qualifying round at 4 p.m. PT which will determine the four players who will advance to Sunday’s finals to be taped by ESPN.

The first 12 games also are part of Pepsi PBA Elite Players Championship qualifying. Scores bowled by the 49 PBA Tour exempt players carry over to Tuesday when the Elite Players Championship field will bowl two more six-game qualifying rounds. After 24 games, the top 32 players will advance to a fifth six-game qualifying round Wednesday morning.

After 30 games, the Elite Players field be cut to the top 16 for three elimination bracket rounds that will trim the field to four finalists. Those same 16 players will become the field for the Lumber Liquidators Mark Roth-Marshall Holman PBA Doubles Championship. Teams will be decided during a draft whereby the top qualifier will be first to select a partner. The No. 2 qualifier will then select his partner and so on until all eight teams are determined.

All competition through Wednesday will be covered live on PBA’s exclusive Xtra Frame online bowling channel. For subscription information, visit pba.com and click on the Xtra Frame logo.


 

2011/11/13

 【PBA】 PBA West Region Member/Non-Member Doubles 【Finals】

Parker Bohn III, amateur Alex Aguiar Win PBA West Region Member/Non-Member Doubles Title

PBA Hall of Famer Parker Bohn III of Jackson, N.J., and amateur partner Alex Aguiar of Dartmouth, Mass., defeated Brian Kretzer of Dayton, Ohio, and amateur Jeff Fehr of Cincinnati, 428-415, to win the PBA West Region Member/Non-Member Doubles title Sunday at South Point Bowling Center.

Bohn fired a 224 and Aguiar a 204 to claim the $4,800 first prize. The victory was Bohn’s 19th in PBA Regional competition. He also has 32 PBA Tour titles, sixth best in PBA history. He and Aguiar upset the top-seeded team of Hyun Bum Kim of South Korea and Mika Koivuniemi of Hartland, Mich., 420-412, in the semifinal round to advance to the title match.

Action resumes in the PBA World Series of Bowling when qualifying begins in the Carmen Salvino Classic Monday morning. After two six-game rounds, the top 16 players will advance to an additional six-game qualifying round Monday evening to determine the top four players for the ESPN TV finals which will be conducted in South Point Exhibition Hall A next Sunday at 3:30 p.m.

All preliminary rounds of competition in the World Series of Bowling are being covered live on Xtra Frame, the PBA’s exclusive online bowling channel. For information on how to subscribe to Xtra Frame, visit pba.com.


 

2011/11/12

 【PBA】 PBA All Region South Point Open 【Finals】

Veteran Malott Defeats Rookie Blanchard to Win PBA All Regions South Point Open; Doubles Event Next

Six-time Professional Bowlers Association Tour winner Wes Malott of Pflugerville, Texas, defeated rookie Josh Blanchard of Gilbert, Ariz., 266-214, to win the PBA All Regions South Point Open Saturday at South Point Bowling Center.

Malott, the 2008-09 PBA Player of the Year, collected his 14th career PBA Regional title and a $4,000 prize. Blanchard, who has been a PBA member for just over a week, earned $2,200.

Malott defeated Chris Hayden of Las Vegas, 268-228, and Blanchard eliminated Mike Fagan of Dallas, 251-224, in the semifinal round to set up the championship match.

The All Regions South Point Open is the first of two PBA Regional events taking place over the weekend. Qualifying in the PBA West Region’s Member/Non-Member Doubles will take place Saturday afternoon with the top 16 teams advancing to single-elimination match play Sunday morning. PBA’s Xtra Frame online bowling channel will video-stream action from selected lanes during qualifying and provide full coverage of Sunday’s match play rounds.

PBA Tour action resumes in the PBA World Series of Bowling with the Carmen Salvino Classic on Monday.


 

2011/11/11

 【PBA】 Carmen Salvino Classic 【Qualifying Round】

Sterner Paces Carmen Salvino Classic Qualifiers

 

 【PBA】 PBA All Region South Point Open 【Qualifying Round】

Malott Leads Round of 16 Qualifiers in All Region Open

Former Professional Bowlers Association touring player Jason Sterner of McDonough, Ga., led a field of 15 players who qualified Friday for berths in the PBA’s Carmen Salvino Classic which gets underway Monday at South Point Bowling Center.

In a concurrent event, six-time PBA Tour titlist Wes Malott of Pflugerville, Texas, led a group of 16 players out of a field of 175 into Saturday’s best-of-five-game single-elimination match play finals in the PBA All Region South Point Open.

Both events are part of the PBA World Series of Bowling, a multi-event festival of bowling that continues through Sunday, Nov. 20, at South Point. Complete standings for both events are posted on pba.com, the PBA’s official website.

Saturday’s All Region South Point open match play competition gets underway at 8 a.m. and continues until a winner is decided. Qualifying in the PBA West Region’s Member/Non-Member Doubles will follow the singles event at 1:30 p.m., with the top 16 doubles teams advancing to best-of-five match play Sunday at 8 a.m.

Saturday’s All Region and Sunday’s Member/Non-Member Doubles match play rounds will be webcast live on pba.com’s Xtra Frame online bowling channel. For subscription information, visit pba.com.

PBA Tour competition resumes Monday with six-game qualifying rounds in the Carmen Salvino Classic at 7:30 a.m. and noon, followed by a third six-game qualifying round for the top 16 players at 8 p.m.


 

2011/11/09

 【PBA】 PBA World Championship 【Cashiers Round】

Rash Dominates PBA World Championship Qualifying, Reaches Fifth Consecutive ESPN Final

Sean Rash

Sean Rash of Montgomery, Ill., completed the most impressive five-day run in the three-year history of the Professional Bowlers Association’s World Series of Bowling Wednesday, earning the top qualifying position for the PBA World Championship and earning an unprecedented fifth consecutive television finals berth.

Rash, a 29-year-old four-time PBA Tour champion, averaged 234.03 over 40 games bowled on five different lane conditioning patterns at South Point Bowling Center to finish with 9,361 pins and earn a $5,000 bonus as top qualifier by 296 pins over Tom Smallwood of Saginaw, Mich.

“I’ve got my foot down and I’m going full force,” Rash said. “There are so many great players here, you can’t let up. If you think positive, positive things will happen. You need to avoid the negativity. With this (40-game) format, you have to have that mindset.”

Rash, who qualified for the Bayer Viper, Chameleon, Scorpion and GEICO Shark Open finals the previous four days, is the first player to reach more than three television finals in a World Series. He will be among the 16 players who now advance to a series of four divisional elimination rounds in determining the PBA World Championship winner.

In each divisional final, named in honor of past PBA World Champions Don Carter, Billy Hardwick, Johnny Petraglia and Mike Aulby, four players will bowl one game with the lowest-scoring player eliminated. The three surviving players will bowl a second game, again eliminating the low score. The two survivors will then bowl a game to decide who advances to the PBA World Championship finals which will follow the same format.

All five PBA World Championship rounds will be contested on Saturday, Nov. 19, in a special arena lanes setup at South Point, starting at 10:30 a.m. PT. The telecasts will air on ESPN on five consecutive Sundays except Christmas Day (Dec. 11, 18, Jan. 1, 8 and 15) at 1 p.m. ET.

First prize in the 2011 PBA World Championship is $50,000.

The World Series of Bowling will take a break Thursday. Competition resumes Friday with the All Region South Point Open and Carmen Salvino Classic Tour Qualifying Round, followed by a special PBA West Region Member/Non-Member Doubles event Saturday afternoon and Sunday. Competition for PBA Tour players resumes Monday with Carmen Salvino Classic qualifying rounds.

All preliminary rounds of World Series competition are being webcast live on PBA’s Xtra Frame online bowling channel. To subscribe, visit pba.com and click on the Xtra Frame logo.

 

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2011/11/08

 【PBA】 GEICO Shark Open 【Round of 16】

Rash Qualifies for Fourth Consecutive TV Final in PBA World Series of Bowling;
Barnes Tops GEICO Shark Open Qualifying

Bowling fans will be seeing a lot of four-time PBA Tour champion Sean Rash on ESPN this season.

Rash continued his unprecedented PBA World Series of Bowling streak Tuesday, qualifying for his fourth consecutive television final at South Point Bowling Center. With his third-place finish in the GEICO Shark Open, the Montgomery, Ill., resident has qualified for the ESPN-televised finals in all four animal pattern tournaments - Bayer Viper Open, Chameleon Open, Scorpion Open and the Shark Open.

Rash finished the tournament with a 3,238 14-game pinfall (231.3 average) and had games of 243, 222, 209, 230, 214 and 247 in Tuesday’s six-game final round to secure his berth in the TV finals.

“I have everything working together right now,” Rash said. “Physically and mentally I’m in the right place and Brunswick has given me great equipment.”

Asked about the challenge of competing on four different conditions over four days, Rash said it’s all in the preparation.

“Every day is a different day and having a game plan for each day really becomes important in the World Series,” he said. “That’s going to help put yourself in a position to win and it has worked great so far.”

Thirteen-time Tour champion and defending PBA World Championship winner Chris Barnes of Double Oak, Texas, led the Shark qualifying and will be making his first World Series television final after posting a 3,297 pinfall total (235.5 average). He had games of 226, 290, 268, 176, 227 and 268 Tuesday night.

“I really haven’t been bowling up to expectations,” Barnes said. “I’ve been way off the pace and needed to get out of the block much better. It was important for me to make this show and get some momentum going into the last round of the World Championship.”

Also making the Shark Open finals were Australian two-hander Jason Belmonte, who finished second with a 3,251 pinfall, making his second television final and reigning PBA Player of the Year Mika Koivuniemi of Hartland, Mich., who finished fourth with 3,190 pins to make his first final. The Shark Open finals will be taped by ESPN on Nov. 18 at 8 p.m. PT.

The World Series of Bowling is webcast live on pba.com’s exclusive online bowling channel, Xtra Frame. Special one-day and World Series of Bowling subscription packages are available on pba.com.

 

 【PBA】 GEICO Shark Open 【Qualifying Round】

Belmo is Early Leader in GEICO Shark Open

Jason Belmonte

Australian two-hander Jason Belmonte is hoping to qualify for his second World Series of Bowling television final by taking the early lead in the GEICO Shark Open Tuesday at South Point.

Belmo fired a 1,897 eight-game pinfall (237.1 average) to lead Tuesday’s first squad by 55 pins over 13-time Tour champion and 2010 PBA World Championship winner Chris Barnes in second.

Belmo, who has already made the TV finals for the Chameleon Open, and Barnes are a virtual lock to advance to tonight’s final qualifying round which will advance 16 players after this afternoon’s second qualifying block. After the final round the top four will be determined for the Shark Open ESPN taping at 8 p.m. PT on Nov. 18.

“I think it comes down to patience,” Belmonte said. “When the lanes come to you, you take advantage. That’s what guys around the world do.

“The Shark pattern forces you to play farther left, which is where I like to play. You couldn’t swing the ball. You had to play a little tighter line. I was patient and waited for lanes to come to me. They did, I saw it and took advantage.

“I didn’t start so well (on the Viper pattern Saturday), but I led on the Chameleon and yesterday I was a pin or two away from making the cut, so I’m very happy with the way things are going. This is a brutal tournament. It’s quick, it’s short, but it’s the same for all of us, so when you get a chance, you take it advantage.”

Belmonte tied for 75th on the Viper pattern, led Sunday’s Chameleon Open qualifying and finished 20th in the Scorpion round Monday. After 24 games, he was seventh on the PBA World Championship qualifying list.

After this afternoon’s second eight-game qualifying block the top 53 players will advance to the World Championship cashers round on Wednesday beginning at 9 a.m.


 

2011/11/07

 【PBA】 Scorpion Open 【Round of 16】

England’s Dom Barrett Tops PBA Scorpion Open Qualifying;
Rash Leads World Championship Qualifying Heading into GEICO Shark Open

International players continued to make an impact at the World Series of Bowling as Dom Barrett of England earned top-qualifier honors in the PBA Scorpion Open Monday at the South Point Bowling Center.

Barrett bowled a 3,264 14-game pinfall total (233.1 average) with the help of a 1,453 six-game block on games of 248, 277, 210, 241, 178 and 299 in the final round.
Barrett will be joined by PBA Tour titlist Dave Wodka of Henderson, Nev., four-time Tour titlist Sean Rash of Montgomery, Ill., and 13-time Tour winner Patrick Allen of Baltimore in the Scorpion Open ESPN Eliiminator finals which will be taped at 6 p.m. PT on Nov. 18.

Barrett, who currently ranks fifth on the European Bowling Tour points list, won his first PBA title in a regional tournament in Reno last weekend on his way to the World Series.

“I came here to win one of these tournaments,” Barrett said. “Winning the regional gave me a lot of confidence. This is going to be my first (PBA) show and I couldn’t be happier.
“The key to my success so far has been taking advantage of every minute of practice time I’ve had since I’ve been here to work on everything from making adjustments to selecting the right ball.”

Rash earned his third straight television final, and fortified his lead after 24 games of PBA World Championship qualifying.

Rash, who has already qualified for the ESPN televised finals of the Bayer Viper Open and Chameleon Open, had a 1,870 eight-game pinfall total in the morning qualifying round.

“Having already made two TV shows helps loosen up your arm swing,” he added. “I’ve bowled well in all three World Series events and the All-In Showdown. All you ever want to do is give yourself a chance to win. If you give yourself enough chances, you’ll win and that’s what I’m trying to do.”

With the conclusion of Monday’s eight-game Scorpion qualifying round, the fourth and final animal pattern is tomorrow’s GEICO Shark Open. After the Shark round, the top 53 players based on 32 games will advance to Wednesday’s eight-game PBA World Championship cashers round. After a total of 40 games, the top 16 players will advance to the ESPN-televised elimination finals in the first PBA major championship of the season.

 

 【PBA】 Scorpion Open 【Qualifying Round】

Rash Eyes Third Straight WSOB TV Final; Leads after First Squad in Scorpion Open

Sean Rash

Four-time PBA Tour champion Sean Rash averaged 233.75 for his first eight qualifying games Monday morning in the Scorpion Open to ensure himself a shot at a third straight television final, and he fortified his lead after 24 games of PBA World Championship qualifying.

Rash, who has already qualified for the ESPN televised finals of the Bayer Viper Open and Chameleon Open, had a 1,870 eight-game pinfall total with games of 233, 220, 246, 253, 255, 207 and 209.

“I feel good. I’ve been bowling overseas and have been very close to winning,” Rash said. “I have some great guys from Brunswick behind me, giving me great advice. If I make a mistake, they make sure I don’t do it a second time.

“Having already made two TV shows helps loosen up your arm swing,” he added. “I’ve bowled well in all three World Series events and the All-In Showdown. All you ever want to do is give yourself a chance to win. If you give yourself enough chances, you’ll win and that’s what I’m trying to do.”

Six players from the country of Bahrain, competing in their first World Series and are getting the competitive bowling experience of a lifetime.

34-year-old Fawaz Abdullah is in contention to advance to tonight’s final Round of 16 by finishing eighth after the first block with a 1,797 eight-game pinfall that included games of 175, 193, 215, 222, 237, 240 and 300. He rolled 20 straight strikes in the last two games.

The Bahrainian contingent is coached by former Tour player and three-time World Bowler of the Year Tim Mack.

“I always have problems getting started,” Abdullah said. “But I’m gaining a lot of confidence as the tournament progresses. With Tim’s help I’m getting better with making adjustments and making the right ball changes.

“You can see their confidence level growing exponentially,” Mack said of the Bahrainian players. “They have the ability—all they’re lacking is experience and that’s what they’re getting here.”
B squad bowls its eight-game block this afternoon after which the field will be but to 16 players who will advance to a final six-game round to determine the four television finalists for the Scorpion Open.

After the conclusion of yesterday’s Chameleon Open Rash led qualifiers for the PBA World Championship which will ultimately take the top 16 players to the elimination finals at the conclusion of the animal pattern events.

 

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2011/11/06

 

第35回ABSジャパンオープン
JO史上初・女子アマチュア選手クィーンが誕生!

日本を制し、世界に羽ばたく!
佐々木菜月選手

長きにわたる戦いを乗り越えて、ファイナルの大舞台に立ったのはクィーンズ予選からトップに躍り出てきたウエンディ・マックファーソン、そのウエンディと優勝候補の双璧に挙げられる松永裕美。その後に近藤文美・川口富美恵・姫路 麗達のタイトルホルダー、さらに全日本ナショナルチームの大石奈緒選手と佐々木菜月選手が続き、最後の一席には熾烈な乱戦を制して片井文乃が飛び込みました。

誰が優勝しても不思議のない、いずれ劣らぬ実力派が出揃った決勝ダブルイルミネーションでしたが、難しいレーンを相手に全員が苦戦を強いられてスコアが伸び悩みます。そんな中、なんと佐々木選手が3回戦でウエンディを破り、無傷で優勝決定戦へ進出。

敗者ゾーンに回ったウエンディと川口による3位決定戦は、奇しくも先月のROUND1CupLadiesを再現する形に。惜敗のリベンジを果たしたいウエンディでしたが、対戦相手の川口よりも大きな壁となって立ちはだかったレーン攻略に最後まで苦しめられ、スプリット3回、ストライクはわずか2個という、いつものウエンディからは考えられないロースコアで撃沈。川口も中盤にオープンフレームを出しますが、勝負どころでダブルを決めてウエンディを突き放します。

2大会連続でウエンディから白星を奪った川口としては、アマチュアに負けられない思いは強くあったことでしょう。しかし待ち受ける佐々木選手はただのアマチュアではありませんでした。

アマチュアトップクラスの証明、全日本ナショナルチームの一員であることは先にご紹介しましたが、先月開催された山口国体と内閣総理大臣杯で優勝、世界選手権大会や東アジア・パシフィック選手権大会でも入賞経験を持つ、まさに世界で通用するトップボウラー。ダブルスタートで滑り出し、追いつこうともがく川口に対しリードを保ちます。

しかし川口もプロとしての意地を見せ、9フレーム目からオールウェーに成功。10フレーム3投目にストライクを持って来なければ再優勝決定戦へ持ち越すところまで佐々木選手を追い詰めます。

観客もこの展開に興奮して盛り上がる中、非常にプレッシャーがかかる場面に佐々木選手は「ストライクを取ることしか考えない」強さでこれを見事クリア。

ジャパンオープン35年の歴史の中、初のアマチュア選手クィーンという快挙を成し遂げました!

 

第35回ABSジャパンオープン
川添奨太 大会連覇、そして国内四連勝達成!

たくさんの期待を背に、三冠王獲得へまた一歩近づいた!

関東を飛び出し、東海に舞台を移して開催された今年のジャパンオープン。男女プロアマ総勢で参加人数は1,000名を超し、チーム戦・ダブルス戦・シングルス戦と各部門に分かれて戦いが繰り広げられ、また意外な組み合わせによるチーム編成やベストドレッサー賞など見どころも満載の、まさにボウリングの祭典は本日最終日を迎えました。

プロアマ問わず苦しめられた難しいレーンを攻略し、国内プロアマの頂点に立つべく決勝ダブルイルミネーションへ駒を進めたのは、昨年の同大会で奇跡のTV決勝パーフェクト二連発を達成した川添奨太、その時の対戦相手で完封負けを喫した佐野芳宏。一躍東海オープン2010年度覇者の玉井慎一郎と2011年度覇者の児島都史、その児島とともにファイナルを戦った酒井武雄と梶 義宏。そしてベテランの長谷 宏と強豪アマの武真明選手が続きます。

「パーフェクトで川添プロに勝ちたい」と語った武本選手や、昨年のリベンジを果たしたい佐野らが無念の敗退となる中、川添は危なげなく勝ち進み、無敗を守って二年連続の優勝決定戦へ進出。わずか3ピン差で酒井を下して敗者ゾーンを勝ち上がった玉井と、川添に一敗した児島による3位決定戦からTVファイナルがスタートします。

東海王者同士の対戦は、4ヶ月前にこの同じ会場で初優勝を果たした児島にアドバンテージがあるかと思われましたが、大会初日から苦しんできたコンディションな上、本日初めて使用されるフレッシュレーンが王者達を翻弄します。一進一退のシーソーゲームの末に児島が失投。この痛恨のミスで玉井が辛勝を納め、玉井VS川添という九州勢による優勝決定戦となりました。

史上初のルーキー三冠王、現在も今季3勝を挙げて向かうところ敵なしの川添でしたが、本日のレーンは難敵でした。

ダブルでスタートするも3フレーム目にスプリット。奇しくも玉井もまったく同じスプリットを出しましたが差を詰められ、中盤はほぼ同点に。しかし玉井が終盤に2つのオープンを出してしまい、再び川添に引き離されます。

同じ福岡出身で、ジュニア時代から玉井には世話になったという川添。敬愛する先輩をまた一人乗り越えて、ジャパンオープン二大会連覇、さらに国内四連勝を達成しました!

 

 

 【PBA】 Chameleon Open 【Round of 16】

Twin-grip Players Belmonte and Palermaa Top PBA Chameleon Open Qualifying

International twin-grip players Jason Belmonte of Australia and Osku Palermaa of Finland took the top two spots after qualifying in the Professional Bowlers Association Chameleon Open Sunday at South Point Bowling Center.

Belmonte and Palermaa, the only players to have won a PBA Tour title using a two-handed delivery, will advance to the Chameleon Open televised finals which will be taped by ESPN at 3 p.m. on Nov. 18.

After 14 games of qualifying in the second tournament of the PBA World Series of Bowling, Belmonte, whose PBA title came in the 2009 Bowling Foundation Long Island Open, led with a 3,308 pinfall total (236.2 average).

“I was bowling scared yesterday, like I was afraid to make errors which caused more errors,” said Belmonte of his disappointing 75th place performance in yesterday’s Bayer Viper Open. “I was too cautious and I had to make sure to come out more aggressive today.

“Today was a new day and generally I had more confidence. Any time I got into a lull or I was cruising I just kept reminding myself not to bowl scared—just grab the ball and get it. This is a huge confidence builder for the rest of the tournament.”

Also advancing to the Chameleon TV finals were four-time PBA Tour champion Sean Rash in third, with a 3,267 total, and Ildemaro Ruiz of Venezuela in fourth with 3,183 pins. It will be the second consecutive TV finals for both players who also qualified for the Bayer Viper Open finals.

With Rash and Belmonte in the Chameleon finals, a re-match is possible from their emotional “bottlegate” confrontation during the GEICO PBA Team Shootout in June in Chicago. Both players will also go head-to-head in the World Bowling Tour finals which is also part of the World Series of Bowling lineup.

The Chameleon Championship is the second leg in the PBA World Championship. In addition to competing for a spot in the Chameleon Open finals, all World Series of Bowling competitors will bowl two more eight-game qualifying rounds in the PBA’s Scorpion and Shark tournaments over the next two days to qualify for the eight-game PBA World Championship cashers round.

The top 16 players after 40 games will then advance to the World Championship ESPN-taped divisional finals scheduled for Nov. 19 starting at 10:30 a.m.

 

 【PBA】 Chameleon Open 【Qualifying Round】

Belmonte Retains Lead After First Two Squads of PBA Chameleon Open

Jason Belmonte

PBA Tour titlist and two-hander Jason Belmonte of Australia maintained his lead after the first two rounds of the PBA Chameleon Open Sunday at South Point Bowling Center.
The field has been cut to the top 16 for the final qualifying round this evening to determine the four players who will advance to the TV finals.

Belmonte fired a 1,963 eight game pinfall (245.3 average) with games of 279, 258, 211, 279, 241, 218, 177 and 300 in Sunday’s opening eight-game block.

Belmonte, the winner of the 2009 Bowling Foundation Long Island Open, rebounded after a disappointing 75th-place finish in Saturday’s Bayer Viper Open.

“I was bowling scared yesterday like I was afraid to make errors which caused more errors,” said Belmonte. “I was too cautious and I had to make sure to come out more aggressive today.
“It’s a new day and generally I had more confidence. Anytime I got into a lull or I was cruising I just kept reminding myself not to bowl scared—just grab the ball and get it.”

Belmonte’s 300 game to end the round vaulted him around Patrick Gerard of Canada who finished the squad in second with 1,938 and also bowled a 300 game.

Belmonte was able to withstand a challenge for the top spot by four-time PBA Tour champion Sean Rash who bowled a 1,955 pinfall to move into second.

In general, international players made an impact after the first squad with a total of five countries represented in the top 16 which also included Patrick Girard of Canada in third; two-handed specialist and PBA Tour titlist Osku Palmeraa of Finland in a tie for ninth with Ildemaro Ruiz of Venezuela and Dennis Ecklund of Sweden in 15th.

Ruiz will be hoping to make his second television appearance having qualified for the TV finals in yesterday’s Bayer Viper Championship.

Kelly Kulick, the first and only woman to win a PBA Tour title by capturing the 2010 PBA Tournament of Champions made the cut to the final round by finishing 15th. She is hoping to rebound from a 2010-11 season in which her best finish was 15th.

Thomas Larsen of Denmark in a tie for 10th with Stuart Williams of England; Dan MacLelland of Canada in 13th, Martin Larsen of Sweden in 14th and Andres Gomez of Colombia in 15th.
Four 300 games have been shot in the tournament thus far by Belmonte, Girard, Eugene McCune and John Furey.

The PBA Chameleon Open is the second leg in the PBA World Championship. In addition to competing for a spot in the Chameleon Championship televised finals which will be taped by ESPN at 3 p.m. PT Nov. 18, all World Series of Bowling competitors will bowl two more eight-game qualifying rounds in the PBA’s Scorpion and Shark tournaments over the next two days to qualify for the PBA World Championship cashers round.

The top 16 players after 40 games will then advance to the World Championship ESPN-taped divisional finals scheduled for Nov. 19 starting at 10:30 a.m.


 

2011/11/05

酒井武雄

Wendy Macpherson

 

 【JPBA】 ABSジャパンオープン 【女子オールエベンツ】

 

松永裕美

 

 【JPBA】 ABSジャパンオープン 【女子シングルス戦】

 

松永裕美

 

酒井武雄

酒井武雄

 

 【JPBA】 ABSジャパンオープン 【マスターズ予選】

 

酒井武雄

酒井武雄

 

 【PBA】 Bayer Viper Open 【Round of 16】

Mike Fagan Earns Top Qualifier Honors In PBA Bayer Viper Open

Trying for his third PBA Tour title, Mike Fagan of Dallas, led an international field of four players Saturday who will advance to the televised finals of the PBA Bayer Viper Open at South Point Lanes.

After 14 games of qualifying in the first tournament of the PBA World Series of Bowling, Fagan had a 3,393 pinfall (242.3 average). In Saturday’s final six-game round he bowled games of 209, 237, 246, 279, 237 and 269.

Fagan finished 90 pins ahead of second-place finisher Stuart Williams of England, who had a 3,303 pinfall. Four-time PBA Tour winner Sean Rash of Montgomery, Ill., finished third with 3,261 and Ildemaro Ruiz of Venezuela rounded out the top four with 3,240.

“I had some momentum coming into the final round and was able to get into cruise control,” said Fagan. “It’s nice to be the tournament leader but you still have to win when it counts on TV.”
Williams, whose previous best Tour finish was sixth in the 2009 PBA Cheetah Championship, felt he could capitalize on the Viper lane condition especially in Saturday’s final qualifying round.

“My goal was to stay steady for the whole round and hope to maybe catch a couple pairs where you could shoot a big game to vault up the standings and that’s pretty much what happened in that round,” said Williams.

The Bayer Viper Open is the opening event of the 2011-12 PBA Tour season, and the first leg in the PBA World Championship. In addition to competing for a spot in the Viper Championship televised finals which will be taped by ESPN at 1 p.m. PT Nov. 18, all World Series of Bowling competitors will bowl three more eight-game qualifying rounds in the PBA’s Chameleon, Scorpion and Shark tournaments over the next three days to qualify for the PBA World Championship cashers round.

The top 16 players after 40 games will then advance to the World Championship ESPN-taped divisional finals scheduled for Nov. 19 starting at 10:30 a.m.

 

 【PBA】 Bayer Viper Open 【Qualifying Round】

Rash Maintains Lead Heading into Bayer Viper Open Final Qualifying Round

酒井武雄

Sean Rash

After today’s A and B squads, four-time PBA Tour champion Sean Rash topped a field of 16 players who advanced to this evening’s final six-game qualifying round of the PBA Bayer Viper Open at the South Point Bowling Center.

Rash took the early lead in today’s A squad with a 1,976 eight-game pinfall (247 average) with games of 247, 222, 220, 205, 279, 234, 290 and 279.

“The Viper is a pretty good condition for me — it’s consistent and I bowled well on it last year,” said Rash, a four-time PBA Tour titlist. “I don’t think I’ve made a (Tour) show on it but I’ve won a regional on it and I qualified third here last year.”

After the 14 games of qualifying have been completed, the top four players will advance to the Bayer Viper Open ESPN television finals which will be taped at 1 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 18 at South Point.

“It’s like a sprint,” Rash added. “It’ll be 16 players who bowled well all day and who will need to keep the intensity level high down the stretch.”

Dom Barrett of England is in second with a 1,923 pinfall and leads five international players who advanced to the top 16. The other international players advancing were Kimmo Lehtonen, Finland, sixth; Stuart Williams, also of England, seventh; Ildemaro Ruiz, Venezuela, eighth, and Hyun Bum Kim, South Korea, 14th.

Last year’s Viper Open winner Bill O’Neill made the cut in 12th place.

The Bayer Viper Open qualifying round is the opening event of the 2011-12 PBA Tour season, and the first leg in the PBA World Championship. In addition to competing for a spot in the Viper Championship eliminator finals, all PBA World Series of Bowling competitors will bowl three more eight-game qualifying rounds on the PBA’s Chameleon, Scorpion and Shark tournaments over the next three days to qualify for the PBA World Championship cashers round.

The top 16 players after 40 games will advance to the World Championship ESPN-taped divisional finals scheduled for Nov. 19 starting at 10:30 a.m.


 

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