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2012/01/29

 【USBC】 Alka Seltzer Plus Liquid Gels United States Bowling Congress Masters 【Finals】

Fagan claims 2012 USBC Masters title

Mike Fagan

Mike Fagan

Mike Fagan of Dallas won his first career major title Sunday, defeating Chris Barnes of Double Oak, Texas, 246-213, to win the 2012 Alka-Seltzer Plus Liquid Gels United States Bowling Congress Masters.

A three-time winner on the Professional Bowlers Association Tour, Fagan completed a 30-pin comeback in the back half of the game to pull off the upset over the top-seeded Barnes at Sunset Station's Strike Zone Bowling Center.

"All week long I really wasn't thinking about majors, matches or what my opponents were doing. I just wanted to do what I do to the best of my ability," said Fagan, a two-time Team USA member who earned $50,000 for the victory. "Now the fact that it has paid off feels amazing. Sometimes you can bowl your best and not come out on top. I know how few and far between these opportunities can be, so for me to take advantage of it is amazing."

Fagan failed to strike in the first four frames of the championship match, while Barnes started with four out of five strikes to start the match. Fagan then rattled off seven consecutive strikes to take control.

"I really didn't like any of the first couple shots off my hand because they were a little fast or a little bit too aggressive," Fagan said. "The next few shots I really just wanted to get my body position right and let the swing follow and the pins cooperated thankfully."

Barnes was hoping to become just the third player in PBA history to complete the career Grand Slam with victories at each of the PBA's four majors. Only two players in bowling history have accomplished the feat - Mike Aulby and Norm Duke.

"This one hurts; it was a difficult day," said Barnes, who has now lost the Masters as the top seed three times. "I was more nervous today for the final than I have been in a long time. There were a lot of legacy things on the line, and I'm not confident I will get another chance to win this tournament because it's so hard to get through all the matches."

Fagan advanced to the championship match by defeating 2003 Masters champion Bryon Smith of Roseburg, Ore., 228-180. Smith never led in the match and failed to double, allowing Fagan to pull away with a four-bagger down the stretch.

In the opening match, Smith had a come-from-behind victory against Canada's Dan MacLelland, 251-212. MacLelland opened the match by striking on five of his first six shots and grabbing a 24-pin lead, but an open in the seventh frame allowed Smith to pull ahead and take the win.

The week began with 305 of the best players in the world vying for a piece of the $250,000 prize fund and $50,000 first-place prize.

For more information on the USBC Masters, visit BOWL.com/masters.

ラスベガスから車で15分の、ヘンダーソン・サンセットステーションホテル&カジノ・ストライクゾーンボウリングセンターで開催された標記トーナメントは、日本人選手7名を含む305名が参加して、24日(火)から29日(日)まで行われた。

予選は4グループに別れて2日間10ゲームが行われ、初日59位タイと出遅れた斉藤茂雄(グランドボウル)は2日目1,174点(228.8AVG)を打ち、順位を20位まで上げて予選3回戦に進出(77名)。見事、35位でダブルエルミネーションへ進出した。

26日午後4時から行われたダブルエルミネーション(3Gのトータルピンで争うマッチプレー)では、「ウイナーズブラケット(勝者ゾーン)」1回戦でKris Koeltzow(30位)に682vs574で敗れ、「ルーザーズブラケット(敗者ゾーン)」へ。敗者1回戦はJohn Slavichに700vs571で圧勝すると、続く2回戦では日本でもお馴染みのライノ・ページを相手に694vs668で勝利し27日に進んだ。

27日午前10時から敗者3回戦が行われ、Eric Espindaを621vs586で退けるといよいよベスト16をかけてジャック・ジュレックとの4回戦に臨んだ。ジュレックは絶好調で744点を打ち、斉藤は557点で敗退、5回戦進出は成らなかった。

斉藤の最終順位は24位ながら賞金は2,300ドルを稼ぎ、「チータオープン」の15位に続く賞金獲得となり、2月に行われるJPBAツアー開幕戦の「関西オープン」が楽しみとなった。

TV決勝は29日(日)に行われ、オープニングマッチのステップラダー1G目は、第4シードのブライオン・スミス(2003年チャンピオン)と初優勝を狙う第3シードのダン・マックランドの対戦で、251vs212でスミスが勝利。続く2G目は第2シードのマイク・フェーガン(タイトル2)が228vs180でスミスを退け、チャンピオンシップマッチに進出。

今大会絶好調のクリス・バーンズとの対戦は、共に勝てば「マスターズ」初優勝のプレッシャーの中、序盤はバーンズがリードを奪うものの、5フレから7連続ストライクのフェーガンが246vs213で勝ち、ツアー3勝目と“メジャー”初優勝を決めた。優勝賞金は50,000ドルで、2位のバーンズは25,000ドル、3位のスミスは15,000ドル、4位のマックランドは10,000ドルの賞金を手にした。

なお、他のJPBA選手の順位は小林哲也が106位、工藤貴志163位、玉井慎一郎182位、金子俊之193位、井口直之240位、ロバート・リー244位という結果だった。


 

2012/01/27

 【USBC】 Alka Seltzer Plus Liquid Gels United States Bowling Congress Masters 【Double-Elimination Mach Play】

Barnes top seed for finals at Masters

Chris Barnes

Chris Barnes

Chris Barnes of Double Oak, Texas, earned the top seed for Sunday's live televised finals at the 2012 Alka Seltzer Plus Liquid Gels United States Bowling Congress Masters on Friday.

Barnes went 6-0 in the double-elimination match-play bracket at Sunset Station's Strike Zone Bowling Center and is now one more victory away from claiming his first career Masters title. The finals will be broadcast live on ESPN at 12:30 p.m. Eastern on Sunday.

Barnes earned the top seed by virtue of an 806-743 victory over Mike Fagan of Dallas. Fagan, who was previously unbeaten, is the No. 2 seed for the finals. Rounding out the telecast is No. 3 seed Dan MacLelland of Canada and No. 4 seed Bryon Smith of Roseburg, Ore.

"Things definitely fell my way today," said Barnes, who finished as the runner-up to Walter Ray Williams Jr. at 2004 and 2010 Masters. "This is where I wanted to be at the start of the week. After having Walter Ray fire a 268 and a 290 at me when I was the top seed previously, I feel like this time it's my turn. I'm a big believer that everything evens out, and I'm a long way from being even."

A victory by Barnes would make him the third Professional Bowlers Association Grand Slam winner in history, joining bowling greats Mike Aulby and Norm Duke. The Grand Slam is made up of the four majors on the PBA Tour - the USBC Masters, PBA Tournament of Champions, U.S. Open and the PBA National/World Championship.

"Winning this event is definitely a bucket list item for me," Barnes said. "This tournament is the most important one on my career list right now."

Fagan plowed through five consecutive opponents before running into Barnes in the final match to determine the top seed for the TV show. He said he was just happy that match happened when it did.

"I feel good, and I'm just happy that match with Chris came at the end and not earlier in the bracket," said Fagan, who will be seeking his first major title. "I'm just trying to play my game and not worry about any of my competitors. That's the frame of mind I need to keep for the TV show."

As for MacLelland, he knew getting to the championship would be a grind after winning his first match and then dropping into the losers bracket. He had to win seven matches in the losers bracket, including a 746-690 victory over Chris Warren of Grants Pass, Ore., that locked up a spot on the telecast.

"My body isn't quite what it used to be, and I knew it was going to be a grind coming into today," said MacLelland, who was a three-time collegiate bowler of the year at Saginaw Valley State. "I kept telling myself that I could do it, and I basically willed myself to the show."

Smith made the finals by overcoming a 29-pin deficit heading into the final game, rallying for a 660-625 victory against Chris Loschetter of Avon, Ohio. It's the first time Smith has made a TV appearance since 2004 and his lone professional title came at the 2003 USBC Masters.

"My heart rate went up a couple times today, and when I was down in that last game my heart rate went up again," Smith said. "Come Sunday, I'm sure there will be some nerves. When this isn't something you do on a regular basis anymore, it can be a bit more nerve wrecking."

The week began with 305 of the best players in the world vying for a piece of the $250,000 prize fund and $50,000 first-place prize.

For more information on the USBC Masters, visit BOWL.com/masters.


 

2012/01/26

 【USBC】 Alka Seltzer Plus Liquid Gels United States Bowling Congress Masters 【Double-Elimination Mach Play】

Parkin among unbeaten players at Masters

Missy Parkin

Missy Parkin

The lone woman remaining in the field - Missy Parkin of Lake Forest, Calif. - was among 16 undefeated players after the opening rounds of double-elimination match play Thursday at the 2012 Alka Seltzer Plus Liquid Gels United States Bowling Congress Masters.

Parkin went 2-0 in matches at Sunset Station's Strike Zone Bowling Center and with one more victory Friday would break the record for the high finish by a woman at the Masters. Dana Miller-Mackie (2000) and Liz Johnson (2006) hold the record by finishing in a tie for 17th position.

"I have never made match play before at the Masters, and I'm excited because I love match play," said Parkin, who won the 2011 USBC Queens. "Match play is one of the biggest assets of my game because I love the head-to-head matches. The first two matches are always the most important, and I'm very happy to be 2-0."

In her final match of the night, Parkin, a two-time PBA regional champion, took down one of the top stars in the Professional Bowlers Association when she defeated Wes Malott of Pflugerville, Texas, 662-609. In her opening match, Parkin defeated Hong Kong's Siu Hong Wu, 725-659.

In order to keep her string of victories alive, Parkin will face some tough competition. She takes on last year's runner-up Jack Jurek of Lackawanna, N.Y., in her first match Friday.

The highest remaining seed in the winners bracket is Chris Barnes of Double Oak, Texas, who entered the bracket as the No. 3 seed. Barnes rolled to a pair of easy victories in Thursday's opening rounds.

"I really think you have to win your first three matches in this format to have a legit shot to make the championship round," Barnes said. "You can make it if you drop to the losers bracket, but you have to dodge some bullets. My shot making has been getting better and I'm looking forward to getting off to a quick start and winning some matches tomorrow."

Defending champion Tom Hess of Urbandale, Iowa, was eliminated Thursday. After defeating top seed Rick Steelsmith of Wichita, Kan., 660-603, in the opening round, Hess lost his next two matches to end his title defense.

A total of 32 players remain in the hunt for this year's Masters title with 16 players in the winners bracket and 16 players in the losers bracket. All players completed 15 games of qualifying over three days to earn their spot in match play.

The week began with 305 of the best players in the world vying for a piece of the $250,000 prize fund and $50,000 first-place prize. The Masters will conclude Sunday with the nationally televised stepladder finals at 12:30 p.m. Eastern on ESPN.

For more information on the USBC Masters, visit BOWL.com/masters.

 

 【USBC】 Alka Seltzer Plus Liquid Gels United States Bowling Congress Masters 【Qualifying Round 3】

Steelsmith top qualifier at Masters

Rick Steelsmith

Rick Steelsmith

Rick Steelsmith of Wichita, Kan., earned high-qualifier honors Thursday after 15 games at the 2012 Alka Seltzer Plus Liquid Gels United States Bowling Congress Masters.

The 1987 Masters champion finished qualifying with 3,505, an average of 233.6, and will face defending champion and No. 64 seed Tom Hess of Urbandale, Iowa, in the opening round of the double-elimination match-play bracket at Sunset Station's Strike Zone Bowling Center.

Steelsmith, who earned $1,000 for being the top qualifier, finished 76 pins ahead of second-place finisher Wes Malott of Pflugerville, Texas. Chris Barnes of Double Oak, Texas, finished third with 3,424.

The top 63 players from the final qualifying standings advanced to match play. Two-time champion Walter Ray Williams Jr. of Ocala, Fla., earned the final spot with 3,148, an average of 209.8.

Match play begins at 4 p.m. Pacific on Thursday with three rounds of matches on the schedule. By the end of the day, only 32 players will remain in the field and stay alive heading into Friday's match-play rounds.

The week began with 305 of the best players in the world vying for a piece of the $250,000 prize fund. The Masters will conclude Sunday with the nationally televised stepladder finals at 12:30 p.m. Eastern on ESPN.

For more information on the USBC Masters, visit BOWL.com/masters.

35位 斉藤 茂雄(Match Play 進出)

 


 

2012/01/25

 【USBC】 Alka Seltzer Plus Liquid Gels United States Bowling Congress Masters 【Qualifying Round 2】

Barnes takes lead at USBC Masters

Chris Barnes

Chris Barnes

Two-time runner-up Chris Barnes of Double Oak, Texas, moved into the lead after two rounds of qualifying Wednesday at the 2012 Alka Seltzer Plus Liquid Gels United States Bowling Congress Masters.

Barnes has totaled 2,352 over the first two days of the event, averaging 235.2 at Sunset Station's Strike Zone Bowling Center. He leads a field of 305 of the best players in the world competing for a total prize fund of $250,000 and a spot on the televised finals, which will be broadcast on ESPN on Sunday at 12:30 p.m. Eastern.

After finishing the first round in second place, Barnes moved up to the top spot by virtue of a 246 final game. He started Wednesday with games of 216, 200, 256 and 209.

"The Masters is my Super Bowl, and it's the most important tournament on my career goal list right now," said Barnes, who finished second in the 2004 and 2010 Masters, losing both times to Walter Ray Williams Jr. "Although it's only qualifying, it's good to know that I'm bowling well heading into match play tomorrow afternoon."

Rick Steelsmith of Wichita, Kan., who sits in second with 2,348, is looking to avenge a crushing exit to last year's Masters, when he left a ringing 10 pin to miss making the championship round.

"This is kind of my tournament, and I have a good vibe coming in every year," said Steelsmith, who won the Masters in 1987. "I'm surprised by how well I've bowled because I've been busy and haven't been practicing a lot. Everything has just fallen into place this week."

The top 77 players after 10 games advanced to Thursday's third round of qualifying, which will determine the top 63 players who will join defending champion Tom Hess of Urbandale, Iowa, in the double-elimination match-play bracket Thursday afternoon. Hess failed to make the first cut but will occupy the No. 64 seed in the bracket as the defending champion.

The USBC Masters is a major on the PBA Tour, and the champion of the event will earn $50,000 for first place. The final four players who survive bracket play will advance to the nationally televised championship round.

For more information on the USBC Masters, visit BOWL.com/masters.

20位 斉藤 茂雄(Qualifying Round 3 進出)・105位 小林 哲也・162位 工藤 貴志・182位 玉井慎一郎・193位 金子 俊之・240位 井口 直之・244位 ロバート・リー


 

2012/01/24

 【USBC】 Alka Seltzer Plus Liquid Gels United States Bowling Congress Masters 【Qualifying Round 1】

Monacelli on top after Round 1 at Masters

Amleto Monacelli

Amleto Monacelli

Venezuela's Amleto Monacelli took the lead after the first round of qualifying Tuesday at the 2012 Alka Seltzer Plus Liquid Gels United States Bowling Congress Masters by averaging 247.8 over the opening five games.

Monacelli, a 19-time Professional Bowlers Association champion, fired 1,239 in the opening round to lead a field of 305 of the top bowlers in the country vying for a piece of the $250,000 prize fund at Sunset Station's Strike Zone Bowling Center. The finals of the event will be broadcast live on ESPN on Jan. 29 at 12:30 p.m. Eastern.

Fueled by a 298 finish, Monacelli, 50, surged into the lead in the final game of the day. He began the opening round with games of 255, 226, 215 and 245. Chris Barnes of Double Oak, Texas, sits in second with 1,225.

"This morning when I was working out something came to my mind that I wanted to change in my game today," said Monacelli, who will be inducted into the USBC Hall of Fame this April. "I wanted to accelerate a little more toward the release. That's something I thought had been hurting me a little bit."

Another key to Monacelli's success Tuesday was his ability to maintain a strong mental game, which is another area he has spent time working on lately.

"I've been working really hard to get my mental game back," said Monacelli, whose last PBA title came nearly seven years ago when he won the PBA Jackson Hewitt Tax Service Open in 2005. "I have to keep my mind clean without thoughts of the past or future. I also am trying to keep my wishes and desires out of my body, and that has helped keep my anxiety down a lot."

Rick Steelsmith of Wichita, Kan., rounded out the top three with 1,206, while Alex Aguiar of North Dartmouth, Mass., was the high non-professional in the field in fourth place with 1,179.

After struggling in the Masters in the past, Aguiar was pleased to get off to a stellar start at the event. He's never made the cut at the Masters and put himself in good position to do so with Tuesday's opening round total.

"This tournament has been a disaster for me in the past," said Aguiar, who won a Professional Bowlers Association member/non-member doubles event in January with USBC Hall of Famer Parker Bohn III. "This is one of those tournaments where things haven't gone very well for me. It's very satisfying to come out and not have to press to knock down pins in the second round that you didn't get in the first round."

All 305 players will return Wednesday for five additional games of qualifying before the field is cut to the top 77 for five final games of qualifying Thursday morning. The top 63 players plus defending champion Tom Hess of Urbandale, Iowa, will move on to the double-elimination match-play bracket Thursday afternoon.

The USBC Masters is a major on the PBA Tour, and the champion of the event will earn $50,000 for first place. The final four players who survive bracket play will advance to the nationally televised championship round.

For more information on the USBC Masters, visit BOWL.com/masters.

59位 斉藤 茂雄・146位 小林 哲也・180位 工藤 貴志・222位 玉井慎一郎・227位 井口 直之・263位 ロバート・リー・283位 金子 俊之

 

 

 【JPBA】 シーズントライアル 2012 ウィンターシリーズ

 

金子俊之

川添奨太
会場:イーグルボウル


 

2012/01/22

 【PBA】 PBA Cheetah Open 【Finals】

Eugene McCune Successfully Defends PBA Cheetah Open Title


Eugene McCune

Throwing his traditional rocket to the pocket, Eugene McCune of Munster, Ind., successfully defended his PBA Cheetah Open presented by Ebonite title Sunday at Fountain Bowl.
McCune, who was the top qualifier for the stepladder finals, defeated PBA Hall of Famer and 35-time Tour titlist Pete Weber of St. Ann, Mo., 245-229, in the championship match for his third career win.

“Anytime I can play outside on the lane and throw it hard it plays in my favor,” said McCune who estimated he was throwing the ball at a little over 20 miles per hour. “It’s old school and that’s where I feel most comfortable.”

McCune won his second career title last season when, as tournament leader, he defeated Norm Duke, 238-237, to win the Cheetah Championship. It was during the match play round of that event that McCune broke the PBA nine-game scoring record with a 2,468 pinfall (274.22 average). In this year’s Cheetah Open, conducted on PBA’s Cheetah lane conditioning pattern, he averaged 253 for the tournament.

“When I bowl on this condition there’s a little pressure because I know I need to take advantage of it,” he added. “I was a little worried after the first two frames of the tournament when I had open frames but I went to a different ball and made a couple of other adjustments and got back on track.”

McCune was the first player to successfully defend a Tour title since Chris Barnes won back-to-back events in Columbus, Ohio, in the 2007-08 and 2008-09 seasons.

The landmark Cheetah Open was the first PBA Tour event streamed live exclusively on PBA’s Xtra Frame online bowling channel. Three more Xtra Frame events are scheduled during the remainder of the season.

“It was going to be a good match because he’s one of the best on this pattern and I match up real well in this house,” said Weber, who was trying for his 36th Tour title. “It was a good match for a while until I had a couple bad shots.”

Weber defeated fellow Hall of Famer Duke in the opening stepladder match, 237-226, to advance to the semi-final against Josh Blanchard of Gilbert, Ariz., who was rebounding after his fall on the approach during the PBA World Championship Mike Aulby Division Final telecast on ESPN two weeks ago. Weber defeated Blanchard in the semifinal 248-165.

1月21日(土)現地時間午前9時と午後4時からの2シフトに別れて行われた予選(9G)では、日本の選手6名(玉井慎一郎、井口 直之、斉藤 茂雄、工藤 貴志、金子 俊之、小林 哲也)がAシフトで投球し、斉藤は11位、工藤は19位で通過しマッチプレーラウンドに進んだ。

他の“JPBA戦士”は金子が89位、玉井が108位、井口が115位、小林が140位だった。

予選トップはJAPANCUP2010で2位のD・カスティーヨ。300点のスタートで、8G目にも300点をマークし257,33のアベレージだった。また、カットラインの24位のスコアは241,67というハイアベレージ。

22日(日)は朝9時からマッチプレーラウンド1(6G)が行われ、レーンメンテナンスを挟んで午後1時半からマッチプレーラウンド2(6G)とポジションラウンド(1G)が行われた。

ラウンド1の斉藤はスタートから257・254・258で3連勝したものの、4・5G目を連敗、6G目に2ピン差で勝利し4勝2敗で9位に浮上。

ラウンド2に入ると4G目の278(対戦相手はN・デューク)以外は思うようにスコアが伸びず、11位まで順位を下げてトップ4(Xtra-Frameステップラダー)進出は絶望となり、最終のポジションマッチでもP・アレンに敗れ15位(1,450$)でこの大会を終了した。

一方の工藤は連敗スタートで4G目にはB・オニールに300点を打たれたものの、5・6Gは勝利。ラウンド1では3勝3敗で23位に順位を下げた。

ラウンド2に入っても2G目にN・デュークに300点を打たれ、その後もスコアを伸ばせず24位に低迷、最終ポジションでも敗れ3勝10敗の24位(1,150$)で終了した。

上位4名は、ディフェンディングチャンピオンのE・マッキューンがトップで、以下J・ブランチャード、一昨年のチャンピオンのN・デューク、P・ウエーバーと言う顔ぶれが残り、優勝を争う。

インターネット配信による「Xtra-Frameステップラダー」はGAME-1でN・デューク対P・ウエーバーと言う“豪華対戦”となり、終盤まで接戦が続きノームがパンチアウトすればプレーオフとなる展開も、237vs226でノームの4位(2,600$)が決定。続くGAME-2ではピートの圧勝!3位(3,000$)はブランチャード。優勝決定戦(Final)はマッキューンが中盤5連続ストライクを決め、ストライクの来ないピートを16ピン差で敗って昨年の同大会以来の3勝目を飾った。優勝賞金は10,000$、2位は5,000$。

明日(現地時間1月23日)からは場所をラスベガスに移して「USBCマスターズ」が開催される。

上記6名にロバート・リーを加えた7名が参戦するので、こちらも期待したいところだ。

 

 【PBA】 PBA Bayer Viper Open 【Finals】

Stuart Williams Wins Bayer Viper Open, Becomes First English Player to Win a PBA Tour Title

Stuart Williams

Stuart Williams

England’s Stuart Williams, a third-year Professional Bowlers Association competitor, defeated Venezuela’s Ildemaro Ruiz, 246-194, to win the PBA Bayer Viper Open at South Point Casino and Hotel, becoming the first English bowler ever to win a PBA Tour title.

The finals of the Bayer Viper Open, the first of four PBA “animal pattern” championships contested during the PBA World Series of Bowling, aired Sunday on ESPN.

Williams, 30, started the title match with a spare and then reeled off five strikes in a row, building an insurmountable 44-pin lead when Ruiz failed to convert the 3-10 “baby split” in the fifth frame and missed a 10 pin in the sixth. Along with his first PBA Tour title, Williams earned $15,000 and an automatic berth in the Round of 36 for the end-of-season PBA Tournament of Champions, April 8-15 at Red Rock Lanes in Las Vegas.

“This is the best. It’s great. I’m really excited,” Williams said. “Once you’ve won, it makes it easier the second time. It certainly loosens up the arm swing.

“Bowling on the PBA Tour is all about learning the different moves you have to make. I had one full season, and half a season last year, and I feel like I learned a great deal,” he continued. “I spoke to the right people and they helped me out a lot. I throw many less bad shots per game now. I try to throw at least nine good shots a game, rather than six or seven. When you’re playing against the best players in the world, you can’t get away with throwing those bad shots.

“Today you had to be more conscious about using your speed adjustments rather than opening up angles. That’s one of the attributes of my game, so I felt comfortable that if I could just get through two games and the lanes didn’t get too easy, I felt like I had a pretty good chance.”

Williams established himself in the first game of the three-game eliminator finals, throwing nine strikes in 12 attempts for a 238. Ruiz was next with a 213, Sean Rash of Montgomery, Ill., posted a 203 and qualifying leader Mike Fagan of Dallas was eliminated with a 192 for the round’s lowest score.

Ruiz led the closely-contested game two with a 201. Williams advanced to the title match with a mistake-free 197. Rash was eliminated with a 186 game. A 4-6-10 split in the third frame and an unconverted 1-2-6-10 spare attempt in the ninth ended Rash’s hopes.

The victory gave Williams a feeling of redemption after a disappointing 2010-11 season that began when he was denied entry into the United States over a visa problem, causing him to miss the entire PBA World Series of Bowling.

“It comes down to what does it take to make you stronger,” Williams said. “We all have to go through adversity and it was my turn. Everything has gone well since then.”
A title winner in bowling competitions in nine different countries, Williams was thrilled to add the United States as his 10th.

“Being the first English title winner has become my specialty,” he smiled “I was the first Englishman to win on the European Bowling Tour, too, so hopefully this will lead to a flood of English wins on the American tour.”

On Sunday, Jan. 29, ESPN will air the finals of the Alka Seltzer Plus Liquid Gels USBC Masters live at 12:30 p.m. ET (9:30 a.m. PT) from Sunset Station’s Strike Zone in Henderson, Nev. The second major championship of the 2011-12 PBA Tour season offers a $50,000 first prize along with a berth in the Round of 36 for the PBA Tournament of Champions. Tom Hess of Urbandale, Iowa, is defending champion.

PBA’s online bowling channel, Xtra Frame, will webcast live coverage of the qualifying and three-game, double-elimination match play competition in the Masters Tuesday through Friday. A one-month subscription to Xtra Frame is available for $7.99 and a full-year subscription is $64.99. To enroll, visit pba.com and click on the Xtra Frame logo.


 

2012/01/21

 【PBA】 PBA Cheetah Open 【Qualifying Roud】

Dino Castillo Averages 257 to Lead After PBA Cheetah Open Qualifying

Dino Castillo

Dino Castillo

Dino Castillo of Carrollton, Texas, bowled two 300 games and averaged 257.33 Saturday to lead qualifying in the PBA Cheetah Open presented by Ebonite at Fountain Bowl.
Castillo had games of 300, 258, 256, 279, 238, 235, 192, 300 and 258 for a 2,316 nine-game pinfall total on the high-scoring PBA Cheetah lane conditioning pattern to top 24 players who advanced to Sunday morning’s match play round. In all, 13 300 games were bowled in Saturday’s qualifying.

“It’s a high-scoring pace, of course, which means you really have to concentrate on staying one step ahead.” said Castillo, who has a previous best PBA Tour finish of second that came in the 2010 Japan Cup. “Your concentration really has to focus on not just hitting the pocket but getting the ball through the pins.

“For me that requires getting the ball to go right on the lane so I can get the best angle to the pocket,” he added. “I tried so hard to do that a couple of times I threw it in the gutter—I guess I tried too hard.”

Castillo finished 21 pins ahead of PBA Hall of Famer and 34-time Tour titlist Norm Duke of Clermont, Fla., in second with 2,295. Rounding out the top five were Josh Blanchard, Gilbert, Ariz., 2,273; defending Cheetah Open champion Eugene McCune, Munster, Ind., 2,268, and two-time Tour winner Michael Haugen Jr., Carefree, Ariz., 2,257.
The landmark Cheetah Open is the first PBA Tour event to be streamed live exclusively on PBA’s Xtra Frame online bowling channel. Three more Xtra Frame events are scheduled during the remainder of the season.

After Sunday morning’s match play round, the field will be cut to the top four players who will compete in a stepladder final at 9 p.m. ET.

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2012/01/15

 【PBA】 PBA World Championship 【Finals】

Finland’s Osku Palermaa Becomes First International Player to Win PBA World Championship, First Two-Hander to Win PBA Major Title

Osku Palermaa

Osku Palermaa

Finland’s Osku Palermaa became the first international player, and the first two-handed bowler, to win the Professional Bowlers Association World Championship when he defeated Ryan Shafer of Horseheads, N.Y., 203-177, in the 2011-12 season’s first major championship.

The PBA World Championship, which included a $50,000 first prize and a berth in the Round of 36 for the end-of-season PBA Tournament of Champions, aired Sunday on ESPN.

Palermaa, who had battled flu-like symptoms for two months leading into the World Championship, was feeling much better after winning his second career PBA title. He saved his best for the final game after surviving two earlier elimination games that saw fellow two-handed player Jason Belmonte of Australia and top qualifier Sean Rash of Montgomery, Ill., knocked out of contention.

The 28-year-old Finn started the title match in South Point Casino and Hotel’s exhibition hall with a 7-10 split, but that was his only open frame. Shafer threw only three strikes – two of them for his only double – but his failure to convert the 3-6-10 spare in the seventh frame proved fatal, shifting the match to Palermaa’s favor. Strikes in the ninth and 10th frame secured the victory for Palermaa, and extended Shafer’s PBA record for television appearances in major championships without a title to 13.

“I was grateful. I knew I had the pocket, but to see all 10 pins go down, I felt grateful,” Palermaa said. “The 7-10 was only one frame. After that, I threw a lot of strikes on the left lane, so it evened out. I don’t know if this makes me the best in the world, but I hope so.”

The anticipated showdown between Palermaa and Belmonte, the world’s premier two-handed players, created some excitement, but not in the way most observers expected. Rash dominated the first elimination game with a 245, Shafer was second with a 236, and Palermaa and Belmonte rolled to a 203-203 tie, forcing a one-ball roll-off to see who would advance and who would be eliminated.

In the roll-off, Belmonte barely touched the headpin, leaving the 2-4-5-8 “bucket.” Needing only seven pins, Palermaa struck to move on.

“All you can do is throw a good shot and you get what you get,” Palermaa said. “Seeing Jason leave a bucket helped. But I bowled a good game. It is what it is.”

In the second elimination game, Shafer, a 25-year PBA Tour veteran, struck on his last four shots to finish with a 222. Palermaa threw three strikes in the 10th for a 217. Rash, who dominated the World Championship qualifying rounds, saw his title hopes collapse when he left a 7-10 in the ninth frame, finishing with a 193.

The finals were conducted on the PBA’s Scorpion lane condition, selected by Rash as the leading qualifier in the field.

Next Sunday, ESPN will televise the finals of the Bayer Viper Open at 3 p.m. ET. Finalists in the first of four “animal pattern” championships contested during the PBA World Series of Bowling will be Stuart Williams of England, Ildemaro Ruiz of Venezuela, Rash and Mike Fagan of Dallas. A preview of the Bayer Viper Open finals will be webcast on PBA’s official online bowling channel, Xtra Frame, on Wednesday.


 

2012/01/08

 【PBA】 PBA World Championship 【Elimination Round】

Belmonte Rolls 300 En Route to Winning Aulby Division, Locking Up Final PBA World Championship Berth

Jason Belmonte

Jason Belmonte

A funny thing happened to Australian two-handed star Jason Belmonte in Sunday’s Mike Aulby Division telecast on ESPN. He recorded the 21st nationally-televised 300 game in Professional Bowlers Association history, but it was a sub-200 game that earned him a trip to the Jan. 15 PBA World Championship final round.

Belmonte, who won his only PBA Tour title in the 2009 Bowling Foundation Long Island Classic, followed his game-two perfect effort with a less-than-perfect 196-179 victory over Brian Kretzer of Dayton, Ohio, to capture the final berth in the World Championship finals at South Point Hotel Exhibition Hall.

Each of the divisional elimination contests consist of three one-game rounds, starting with four players. The lowest-scoring player after each game is eliminated.

In Sunday’s ESPN telecast, Belmonte was fortunate to survive the opening game. Kretzer’s 231 led the opening round. Mike Fagan of Dallas was second with a 194, Belmonte struggled through a pair of open frames for a 188, but PBA rookie Josh Blanchard of Gilbert, Ariz., had even more problems in his PBA television debut, posting a 139 game to get eliminated.

Belmonte righted his ship in game two, however, earning a $10,000 bonus for his perfect game. Kretzer’s second consecutive 231 game was enough to eliminate Fagan, who started with five strikes but failed to convert the 3-6-10 in the ninth frame and finished with a 220.Belmonte maintained his poise into the final game, striking on four of his first five shots. He failed to convert the 5-10 and 6-7-10 splits in the eighth and ninth frames, but by that time, Kretzer’s inability to string strikes proved to be his downfall.

“The struggle was to forget about the 300 because you have one more game to bowl,” Belmonte said. “You kinda want those games as your last game, not second-to-last, but I was so thrilled it was difficult to put it behind me and work on the next game. I actually thought about it in the second frame. It just popped into my head and I threw a really bad shot. But the next three or four frames were OK, so I kind of loosened up.

“Then the lanes started playing tricks with me, but Brian was having troubles as well. I was fortunate he didn’t find the look that would allow him to strike. If that game had gone on another four or five frames, I don’t know what would have happened.”

Belmonte will join Finland’s Osku Palermaa, winner of the Don Carter Division; Ryan Shafer of Horseheads, N.Y., winner of the Billy Hardwick Division, and Sean Rash of Montgomery, Ill., winner of the Johnny Petraglia Division in the World Championship finals on ESPN on Sunday, Jan. 15, at 1 p.m. ET. At stake will be a $50,000 first prize, the first major title of the 2011-12 PBA Tour season, and a berth in the Round of 36 for the end-of-season PBA Tournament of Champions.

The Aulby finals were conducted on the PBA’s Shark lane condition, selected by Belmonte as the high qualifier in his group.

A special World Championship pre-game show will be webcast on the Wednesday on pba.com’s Xtra Frame and a post-game Xtra Frame interview with the winners will immediately follow the Sunday telecast.


 

2012/01/06

 【PBA】 News

Bowling’s Original Superstar Don Carter Dies at 85

Don Carter

Bowling’s original superstar, Professional Bowlers Association and United States Bowling Congress Hall of Famer Don Carter, died at his home in Miami Thursday night. Carter, who had recently been hospitalized with pneumonia complicated by emphysema, was 85.

Carter rocketed to fame during bowling’s so-called golden era of team bowling in the 1950s, but at that same time he was a dominant figure in the emerging world of sports television. He is widely remembered as a member of fabled Budweisers of St. Louis, but most of the world got to know him through his appearances on television shows like Jackpot Bowling, Make That Spare, Championship Bowling and numerous others. He also traveled the world making appearances for Brunswick and Budweiser.

In great part due to his high standing among his fellow competitors, Carter became a leading force in the formation of the PBA in 1958. After appearing on an Akron, Ohio, radio program hosted by attorney Eddie Elias where he talked about the importance of building a professional bowling tour similar to what golf had created, Carter and his fellow Budweisers’ teammates (Dick Weber, Ray Bluth, Tom Hennessey and Pat Patterson) convinced a group of other players to pledge $50 each to back Elias’ plan and get the PBA off the ground.
The PBA was launched in 1959 with three tournaments, but only three years later it had a schedule of 32 events and Carter was one of its stars, eventually winning seven PBA titles including six major championships.

Carter won two of the seven PBA Tour events conducted in 1960 including the PBA National Championship. His other major wins were four BPAA All-Star titles (the forerunner of the PBA U.S. Open) and the 1961 American Bowling Congress Masters. He also won a record five World Invitational titles – a grueling 100-game marathon – and he won four ABC Tournament titles.

The St. Louis native first experienced the sport at age 13.

“We were very poor but my mother managed to give me one game of bowling for my 13th birthday,” Carter said in an article written by the late Hall of Fame bowling writer and long-time friend Dick Evans. “That was the biggest birthday present of my life. I enjoyed that one game so much that when one of my teachers started a bowling club after school, I signed up. Then I started setting pins so I could bowl and practice for free.”

It was at that early age that he also developed his unique, unorthodox bowling style, using a bent elbow and a deep knee bend to almost push the ball down the lane. Carter later said his technique evolved because he started bowling with balls that had very large finger holes, and that’s the only way he could hold onto the ball.

Carter also was a good athlete in other sports, including baseball. After serving a tour of duty in the United States Navy during World War II in the South Pacific, Carter signed a minor league baseball contract with the Philadelphia Athletics organization as pitcher-infielder. But after a year he returned to St. Louis and took a job at Golden Eagle Lanes where he began taking up the sport seriously.

His bowling career gained momentum in 1951 when he was invited to bowl on the Pfeifer Beer team in Detroit. Then his long-time St. Louis bowling friends, including Bluth, Hennessey and Whitey Harris, convinced Anheuser-Busch to sponsor their team. With the brewery’s financial backing secured, the group lured Carter back to town and their Budweiser team became arguably the most famous bowling team in history. A great deal of the team’s fame came after it recorded a 3,858 five-player team series in 1958, a record that stood until 1994.

At the height of his fame, Carter was as recognizable among American sports heroes as Mickey Mantle, Johnny Unitas and Arnold Palmer. And he accomplished something none of those sports legends had ever done when he became the first athlete in American sports history to sign a $1 million sports marketing endorsement contract with bowling ball manufacturer Ebonite in 1964.

Carter received virtually every honor available within the sport. He was voted Bowler of the Year six times (1953, 1954, 1957, 1958, 1960 and 1962). He served as the PBA’s first president. He was inducted into the ABC Hall of Fame in 1970, alongside his close friend and teammate Dick Weber, and he was a charter member of the PBA Hall of Fame in 1975, also joined by Weber, Bluth, Carmen Salvino, Harry Smith and Billy Welu.

Carter was selected as the Greatest Bowler of All-time in a 1970 Bowling Magazine poll, ranked second in Bowling Magazine’s “20 Greatest Bowlers of the 20th Century” poll in 2000, and he was voted the 11th greatest PBA player of all-time as part of the organization’s 50th anniversary celebration in 2009.

Because of deteriorating knee injuries, Carter retired from PBA competition in 1972 and settled in Miami, Fla., with wife and fellow hall of fame bowler Paula Sperber where he owned a chain of bowling centers bearing his name.

Because he hated to fly, and didn’t like public speaking, Carter rarely ventured far from home in retirement, although he did regain widespread public exposure in the 1980s when he appeared in a series of Miller Lite commercials featuring retired sports stars

Carter is survived by his wife, Paula; son Jim (Nancy) of Winter Garden, Fa.; daughter Caycee Carter of Winter Garden, Fla.; adopted son John Carter, Miami; three grandchildren and five great grandchildren. Details regarding memorial services are pending.


 

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2012/01/01

 【PBA】 PBA World Championship 【Elimination Round】

Rash Wins Petraglia Division, Joins Palermaa, Shafer in PBA World Championships Finals on Jan. 15

Sean Rash

Sean Rash

Sean Rash of Montgomery, Ill., the runaway qualifying leader in the Professional Bowlers Association World Championship preliminary rounds, advanced to the Jan. 15 final round with a victory in the Johnny Petraglia Division finals that aired Sunday on ESPN.

Rash, who won his only major title in the 2007 United States Bowling Congress Masters, defeated PBA Hall of Famer Pete Weber of St. Ann, Mo., 246-222, to capture the third of four berths in the World Championship finals at South Point Hotel Exhibition Hall.

The divisional finals consist of three one-game rounds, starting with four players. The lowest-scoring player after each game is eliminated.

Rash will join Finland’s Osku Palermaa, winner of the Don Carter Division; Ryan Shafer of Horseheads, N.Y., winner of the Billy Hardwick Division, and the winner of next Sunday’s Mike Aulby Division finals in the World Championship finals on ESPN on Sunday, Jan. 15, at 1 p.m. ET. The PBA World Championship offers a $50,000 first prize and the first major title of the 2011-12 PBA Tour season.

Rash, a four-time PBA Tour winner who is trying to end a four-year title slump, survived a high-scoring opening game led by Weber’s 279. Left-hander Ryan Ciminelli of Cheektowaga, N.Y., was second with a 267 and Rash posted a 257. Nathan Bohr of Wichita, Kan., rolled a respectable 236 in his PBA television debut, but was eliminated.

Rash took command in game two, starting with nine strikes before leaving the 6-10 on his first shot in the 10th frame and finishing with a 278 game. Weber was right behind, starting with eight strikes on his way to a 268. Ciminelli was ousted after rolling a 219 game.

In the final game, Weber lost the strike pocket for four frames, allowing Rash to jump into a 34-pin lead after five frames, and he never let the 35-time PBA Tour titlist back into the match.

“I think we broke down the lanes extremely well,” Rash said. “Ciminelli was all by himself on the left side. Nathan played a little right of where Pete and I were playing. We were in the track area and just chased the transition to the left. Pete’s got a phenomenal ball roll. He can do things the rest of us can’t. But I got into a little groove and my confidence got higher and higher.”

Rash said beating Weber was a “special thing” because of a bond the two have developed ever since Rash arrived on the scene.

“Pete and I have been friends since I came out on tour,” he said. “A lot of people figure I’m the new bad-(boy), the role Pete played for 25-or-so years. He has given me a lot of great advice, to be who I am, not worry about what people think and not try to change. When I’m on the lanes I’m by myself. The only people I care about are my wife and family. But to beat Pete is a special thing.”

Rash also will head into the PBA World Championship finals with a dark cloud hanging over his head. He has not won a title in his last eight television appearances.

“I’ve had some mental issues over the years. Everyone knows that,” he said. “I’ve had some things come up bowling-wise, family-wise that get in the way of the sport sometimes. And some personal things. Physically, I bowled well for several years, but I remember Chris Barnes made 12 shows in a row and never won. Look at Amleto (Monacelli) and Walter (Ray Williams Jr.) and they had years between titles. Chris Barnes told me a long time ago – and Parker Bohn the same thing – that you have to put yourself in position to win. No one remembers who bowled Friday night in the Round of 32. You remember the guys who got to TV on Sunday and had a chance to win. And now I’m in position to win again.”

Rash also noted he was inspired during the Petraglia round by the presence of new-found friend Dan McCarty, an 8-year-old who was born with a medical condition commonly called “brittle bone disease.” Rash met the youngster during a “Best Buddies” gathering in Las Vegas prior to the PBA World Series of Bowling, struck up a friendship and invited McCarty to attend the television show.

“It was a thrill to have Danny at the show,” Rash said. “When you realize what that kid’s been through, what he lives with his entire life, he’s such an inspiration.”

The Petraglia finals were conducted on the PBA’s Scorpion lane condition, selected by Rash as the high qualifier.

The Mike Aulby Division finalists will be the final group to bowl, on Sunday, Jan. 8, at 1 p.m. ET on ESPN. Australia’s Jason Belmonte is top qualifier for that group which also includes Brian Kretzer of Dayton, Ohio; PBA Tour rookie Josh Blanchard of Gilbert, Ariz., and Mike Fagan of Dallas.

Special pre-game shows for each World Series of Bowling telecast will be webcast beginning on the Wednesday preceding the ESPN finals on pba.com’s Xtra Frame and a post-game Xtra Frame interview with the winners will immediately follow the Sunday telecasts.


 

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