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2012/02/26

 【PBA】 69th U.S. Open 【Finals】

Pete Weber Wins Record Fifth U.S. Open to Surpass Father Dick Weber and Don Carter

Pete Webe

Pete Weber

Pete Weber of St. Ann, Mo., became the most successful bowler in U.S Open history Sunday, winning the most challenging major title in bowling for a record fifth time at Brunswick Zone-Carolier with a strike on his final ball in the 10th frame to nip top qualifier Mike Fagan of Dallas, 215-214.

Weber, who came into the stepladder finals as the No. 4 qualifier, threw clutch shots in three matches to win, but none was more critical than his strike on his final ball in the title match. Needing at least a nine-count spare and strike to win, Weber threw a perfect pocket shot on his first ball, but left a 10 pin. After converting the spare, he threw an identical shot that carried for a strike.

In winning the title, Weber broke a tie with his late father, Professional Bowlers Association legend Dick Weber, and his father’s close friend, the late Don Carter, who each won the forerunner to the U.S. Open – the BPAA All Star – four times.

“Dad, I know you were watching,” Weber said as he looked up toward heaven after the win. “I know you’re proud, and I’m sorry I broke your record.

“This is my greatest title ever,” Weber said. “To win five U.S. Opens and pass Dick Weber and Don Carter says a lot, but I’ll never say I’m better than them. They paved the way for us to be here. It was an honor and a privilege to join them when I won my fourth U.S. Open, and it’s even more of an honor to be the first one to win five.

“This is the tournament I look forward to ever year,” he added. “I live for the U.S. Open because I know, no matter what, I have a chance to win.”

At age 49 years, 189 days, Weber became the oldest player ever to win the U.S. Open, breaking the record set by 46-year-old Norm Duke last year at Carolier. And he moved into second place on the PBA’s all-time major title-winners list with his ninth title, behind only Earl Anthony’s 10.

“That’s probably the calmest I’ve ever been needing to throw a shot to win,” he added. “Not to toot my own horn, but I think I’m prouder of myself than anyone else. I’ve always wanted to be the one to throw a strike to win.”

In advancing to the title match, Weber threw critical shots in two preliminary matches, coming from behind to defeat Ryan Shafer of Horseheads, N.Y., 223-191, in the opening match and Australia’s Jason Belmonte, 225-213, in the semifinal contest.

“I threw strikes in the seventh, eighth and ninth in all three games and put pressure on those guys,” Weber said. “The way those guys performed was excellent. My hat’s off to them. They bowled amazing.”

Weber earned $60,000 and an automatic berth in the Round of 36 for the PBA Tournament of Champions in April. Fagan collected $30,500, Belmonte $15,000 and Shafer, who failed to win a title in his 14th television appearance in a major championship, earned $10,000.

The PBA Tour’s next televised event will be the finals of GEICO Shark Open which will air next Sunday at 3 p.m. ET on ESPN. Finalists will be top qualifier Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas; Jason Belmonte, Australia; Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., and Mike Koivuniemi, Hartland, Mich.


 

2012/02/25

 【PBA】 69th U.S. Open 【Match Play Round】

Fagan Leads Field into U.S. Open Finals; Belmonte, Shafer, Four-Time Winner Pete Weber Round Out Field


Mike Fagan of Dallas emerged Saturday night as the top qualifier for Sunday’s finals in the 69th U.S Open at Brunswick Zone-Carolier, when he will try to become the first player in nearly four years to win back-to-back major professional bowling championships.

Fagan will be joined in the championship round by Australia’s Jason Belmonte, Ryan Shafer of Horseheads, N.Y., and four-time winner Pete Weber of St. Ann, Mo., arguably the most successful U.S. Open competitor in history, who advanced from 13th place to fourth during Saturday’s final two rounds.

The finals air live on ESPN at 3 p.m. Eastern.

Weber, a Professional Bowlers Association Hall of Fame, 35-time Tour titlist and one of only six to win the PBA Triple Crown of major championships, is the only player to win the modern U.S. Open four times. His late father, Dick Weber, and the late Don Carter, both won the BPAA All Star – the forerunner to the U.S. Open – four times.

Fagan, a 10-year PBA competitor, won his third career title in the Alka-Seltzer Plus Liquid Gels United States Bowling Congress Masters in late January. He earned the top spot for the finals by overtaking Belmonte and Shafer during Saturday night’s final round of head-to-head match play, finishing with a 16-8 match play record and a 50-game total of 11,343 pins, including 30 bonus pins for each match won.

If he wins the U.S. Open, Fagan will be the first player since Norm Duke to win consecutive majors. In 2008, Duke won the PBA World Championship in February, the U.S. Open in March and a second PBA World Championship in October to become the only player ever to win three majors in a row.

Belmonte, a two-handed player who won his second career PBA Tour title in the PBA Chameleon Open earlier in the season, qualified second with a 14-9-1 match play record and 11,279 pins. He is looking for his first major title.

Shafer, who led the event from the second round until Saturday’s morning match play round, will be trying for his fifth career title and his first major after advancing to the TV finals in a PBA-record 13 previous major championships without a title. Shafer posted an 11-13 record with 11,095 total pins.

Weber, who turns 50 in August, clinched the final spot in the finals with a 14-10 match play record and 11,010 pins, beating Shafer in his final match of the night, 208-164, to top Rhino Page of Dade City, Fla., by 32 pins.

Missy Parkin of Lake Forest, Calif., the first woman ever to qualify for match play in the U.S. Open, finished 21st with a 9-14-1 match play record and 10,449 pins. Defending champion Norm Duke of Clermont, Fla., finished 14th.

First prize is $60,000 and includes an automatic berth in the Round of 36 for the end-of-season PBA Tournament of Champions.


 

2012/02/24

 【PBA】 69th U.S. Open 【Match Play Round 1】

Shafer Takes 85-Pin Lead into Final Two Rounds of Match Play in U.S. Open; Parkin Makes Women’s History


 

Ryan Shafer retained his lead, 14-year-old Kamron Doyle’s magical ride came to an end, and Missy Parkin became the first woman to reach the match play finals in U.S Open competition Friday at Brunswick Zone-Carolier.

Shafer, a 25-year Professional Bowlers Association Tour veteran from Horseheads, N.Y., posted a conservative 4-4 match play record Friday night to take an 85-pin lead over Mike Fagan of Dallas into Saturday’s final 16 games of match play. Including 30 bonus pins for each match won, Shafer had a 34-game total of 7,592 pins.

Australian two-handed player Jason Belmonte won his first six matches to advance from 14th place to third with 7,491 pins. Chris Barnes of Double Oak, Texas, was 90 pins behind Belmonte in fourth place while defending champion Norm Duke of Clermont, Fla., struggled to a 3-5 match play record and fell to 18th place.

Shafer, a four-time PBA Tour titlist, wants to qualify first for Sunday’s live ESPN stepladder finals, where he would only have to bowl one match in his bid to end his PBA-record streak of 13 television appearances in major championships without winning a title. The top four players after Saturday’s final two eight-game rounds of match play will bowl at 3 p.m. Eastern for the $60,000 first prize and an automatic berth in the Round of 36 for the end-of-season PBA Tournament of Champions.

“Hopefully things will keep going the way they have been going,” Shafer said. “It’s hard not to think ahead. I look at the leader board. I knew I was ahead, but I just want to keep adding pins. You can never have too many.

“I just have to avoid having bad games,” he added. “I had one tonight. I made some bad decisions. I have to avoid that tomorrow.”

Earlier Friday, Doyle, the Brentwood, Tenn., eighth-grader who set a PBA record as the youngest player ever to cash in a national tour event, ended his run in 61st place, averaging 200.77 on the most difficult lane conditions the sport has to offer and earning $1,340 for his United States Bowling Congress SMART scholarship account.

Parkin, who just turned 30, qualified for the match play finals in ninth place and posted a 4-4 match play record, slipping to 15th place. The Lake Forest, Calif., resident was the first woman to join the PBA when the formerly all-male professional organization opened its doors to women in 2004, and she was the first woman to win two PBA Regional titles. In March, she set another PBA major championship record when she tied for ninth place in the USBC Masters, the highest finish ever by a woman in that event.

On Friday, Parkin and Kelly Kulick, the 2010 PBA Tournament of Champions winner and the only woman ever to win a PBA Tour title, both came into the cashers round with a chance to advance to match play (Kulick was 28th, Parkin 32nd), but Parkin made the bigger move, moving up to ninth place while Kulick slipped back to 46th. The previous highest finish by a woman in the U.S. Open was 27th by Liz Johnson of Cheektowaga, N.Y., in 2009.

“This is my first U.S. Open ever,” Parkin said. “I’ve wanted to bowl it for a long time. For a few years, the Open was held in Fountain Valley (Calif., near her former home in Fullerton), but it wasn’t open to women at that time. When it opened to women, they moved it to the other side of the country and I never made the trip.

“This year I’m throwing the ball well, so I wanted to come. I like the idea that it’s a hard tournament. I’ve heard for years how difficult it is, but you never really understand until you try it. In my first 10 minutes of practice here, I was like a deer in headlights. I thought, oh my gawd, this is really hard. But figured it out.”

Parkin had no idea she was the first woman to qualify for match play in the U.S. Open, but she really wasn’t overly impressed with her performance. She has higher goals in mind.

“I feel like I’m throwing the ball better than I ever have,” she said. “At this level, a lot of your success is based on confidence. We all know how to bowl. Having confidence helps you throw the ball better. I made a lot of changes last year, and they have really made a difference. The thing is now, if something goes wrong with my game, I know exactly what to do and how to fix it.
“At the U.S. Open, it’s all about hitting your target and making spares, and I did pretty good at that.”

Bowling against the best male bowlers in the world doesn’t intimidate her.

“I’ve bowled against guys my whole life; it’s not a big deal,” she said. “They’re just bowlers. I’m a bowler. The fact that they are males doesn’t really matter.

“I’m looking at making the TV show,” she added, “but I’ll take it one step at a time. I want to get there and then I want to bowl well. For now, I love match play. I love having to throw a shot when you need it, and in match play, you have to do that a lot. I’m excited.”

To prove her point, in her first-ever head-to-head match in U.S. Open competition, she threw two strikes in the 10th frame to nip four-time U.S. Open champion and PBA Hall of Famer Pete Weber of St. Ann, Mo., 217-213.

Saturday’s final two rounds of match play will be webcast live on the PBA’s exclusive online bowling channel, Xtra Frame, at 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. Eastern. To subscribe to Xtra Frame, click on the logo on the home page of pba.com.

 

 【JPBA】 関西オープンボウリングトーナメント 【TV決勝】

パーフェクト13個、800シリーズ9個、7-10スプリットメイド2個と記録の大盤振る舞いとなった今年のレギュラーツアー開幕戦。

打てなければ残れない、熾烈な生き残り戦を勝ち抜いた12名による決勝ラウンドロビンでは、大友 仁が2G目でトップに立つと、そのまま首位を守って決勝ステップラダー一番乗りを決めます。

残る3席をかけた戦いは順位の変動が激しく、予断を許さない展開に。その中でも今大会ベストアマの高品康成 選手は優勝候補の一人である川添奨太を相手にパーフェクトで勝利、さらに800シリーズも同時に達成。猛チャージをかけて追い上げましたがプロの壁に阻まれ、ファイナルステージには一歩届届かなかったものの素晴らしい大活躍を見せてくれました。

そんな追いすがるライバル達を振り払い、大友に続いて決勝ステップラダーへ飛び込んだのはいずれもレフティの中沢 奨と斉藤祐哉、そしてディフェンディングチャンピオンのカン・ソンユ。

どの組合せでもそれぞれ見どころのある面子が揃ったところで、大会連覇がかかったカンと初優勝をかけた斉藤の4位決定戦が始まりました。

前王者のプライドか、カンは出足から5連続ストライクを決め、2・6フレームでスプリットからオープンにしてしまった斉藤に大量リード。後半もターキーを決め、最後の意地で斉藤がパンチアウトを決めるも時遅く、カンが3位決定戦へ駒を進めます。

待ち受ける中沢とは前大会で優勝決定戦を戦った因縁の間柄。4連続ストライクでスタートを切ったカンがリードを取りましたが、5フレーム目で痛恨のスプリット。リベンジに燃える中沢がこの隙を見逃すはずもなく、3フレーム目から連続8ストライクを決めてカンを突き放し、ワンマーク差で苦汁をなめたお返しとばかりに50ピン以上の差をつけてカンの連覇を阻止しました。

優勝決定戦という最後のステージへ、2年前の忘れ物を取りに戻った中沢。初優勝という大きな宝を取りに来た大友。二人の対決は両者ともにダブルでスタートを切ります。

4フレーム目までほぼ並んだ状況の中、中沢が5フレーム目でアプローチに足を取られて7番ピンをミス。するとまるで3位決定戦の焼き直しのようにその隙を突いて大友が4連続ストライクに成功。さらに中沢は続く7フレーム目を今度はアンラッキーでオープンにしてしまい、ここでほぼ勝敗が決定します。

勝利の女神の祝福を受け、その後もノーミスでまとめた大友、この長く熾烈なハイスコア合戦を勝ち抜き、プロ入り10年目にして初優勝・初タイトルを手に入れました!

 

 【JPBA】 関西オープンボウリングトーナメント 【ラウンドロビン】

 

大友 仁

大友 仁

大友仁が初優勝目指しトップシードでTVファイナルへ、2位にポジションマッチで高品康成選手に220で勝った中沢奨、3位に大友に敗れるも239を打った斉藤祐哉、そして前回チャンピオンのカン・ソンユが2連覇を狙って4位で進出を果たす。

 

2012/02/23

 【PBA】 69th U.S. Open 【Qualifying Round 3】

Shafer Leads U.S. Open, But 14-Year-Old Kamron Doyle Becomes Youngest Casher in PBA Tour History

Ryan Shafer

Ryan Shafer

Ryan Shafer of Horseheads, N.Y., rolled a 234 final game Thursday night to retain the lead in the 69th U.S. Open at Brunswick Zone-Carolier, but it was 14-year-old Kamron Doyle of Brentwood, Tenn., who stole the show, earning a spot in Friday’s cashers round and becoming the youngest player ever to cash in a Professional Bowlers Association Tour event.

Not only did he cash, but the 5-foot-5, 105-pound eighth grader picked the most difficult tournament in the sport for his record-setting performance.

Doyle, who cashed in a PBA South Regional event in Canton, Ga., two years ago at age 12 (a record for non-national tour events) when he finished 30th, averaged 202 for his 18 qualifying games in the U.S. Open and advanced to Friday’s cashers round in 54th place out of a field of 394 amateur and professional bowlers from 12 countries.

Doyle will be among the top 98 players who will bowl eight more game Friday to determine the top 24 who will advance to match play rounds Friday evening and Saturday. The top four after 24 round robin match games will bowl in the live ESPN-televised stepladder finals Sunday at 3 p.m. Eastern. At stake is a $60,000 first prize, a PBA major title and an automatic berth in the Round of 36 for the end-of-season PBA Tournament of Champions.

Doyle, who turned 14 on Jan. 13, bowled all three qualifying rounds on the same pair of lanes with PBA Hall of Famer Johnny Petraglia of Jackson, N.J., a 14-time PBA Tour champion and one of only six players to ever complete the PBA Triple Crown. Petraglia, who turns 65 on March 3, beat Doyle by seven pins, but he had to out-score the teenager, 219-184, in the final game to do it.

“(Kamron) dumped the last game out of respect,” Petraglia laughed.

“I wasn’t thinking about beating him,” Doyle said matter-of-factly. “I was just trying to beat myself.”

“I have never had a pairing anything like this one, except the other way around,” Petraglia said. “When I bowled my first PBA event in Detroit in 1965, I got to cross with Ray Bluth (a hall of fame and member of the legendary Budweisers team), so this was a nice reversal. I remember in my first tournament, in the first frame, I left the bucket (3-5-6-9). I was so naïve. I knew Bluth, Don Carter and the whole Budweiser team were watching and I figured if I missed that spare, they’d all think I stink. But I made the spare.

“I think (Kamron) is going to be terrific,” Petraglia added. “I remember bowling with (35-time PBA Tour titlist and fellow Triple Crown winner) Pete Weber in a pro-am in St. Louis when he was maybe 15, and I see the same kind of swing, the same fiery attitude, the same attributes Pete had when he was a teenager.

“About the only physical criticism I can make, because he has such a nice natural game, is that Kamron doesn’t look down to see where he’s at when he steps onto the approach. It’s kind of a feel thing with him, but when you’re in an event this difficult, where you stand is magnified so much. He’ll fix that soon. His horizon is high.”

When Doyle was asked if he knew who he was paired with for qualifying, he immediately answered, “Yah, I know who he is. I know all of these guys.”

Doyle said he has been bowling ever since he experienced the game at a birthday party when he was 7. He immediately wanted his own ball and shoes, and said he has practiced an average of 50-60 games a week ever since. “Honest,” he said. “I kinda taught myself. I watched the pros on TV a lot. I got real serious about it when I was about 10.”

Surprisingly, he doesn’t come from a bowling family. His father, Sean Doyle, is a Nashville area orthodontist. Dad may not be a bowler, but Kamron isn’t lacking for mentors.

“Tommy Jones, Bill O’Neill, Chris Barnes, Mika Koivuniemi, Mike Fagan, they impress me the most,” the young Doyle said. “I’ve become good friends with all of them. Tommy Jones actually stayed at our house. He taught me a lot: take your time when you’re bowling bad, he helped with last two steps of my approach, how to stay down and get through the shot, all of that stuff.”

Mentally, he approaches the game like a polished veteran.

“People tell me I have a pretty good mental attitude which keeps me in the game,” he said. “That’s probably why I’m still in the cut. It’s kind of grown with me. I was real bad when I was young. But that’s something people have to learn. If you get mad and frustrated and miss a spare, that costs you 20 pins.”

The right mental approach is especially important in a tournament like the U.S. Open, which is notorious for its difficult scoring conditions.

“This is my first U.S. Open,” Doyle said. “I’ve been wanting to bowl it the last three years. I heard how tough it was from my ball driller, but I didn’t believe him. I do now. You have no idea how tough it is until you do it. It’s brutal. I found out in practice you couldn’t miss by a centimeter. The heads burn up. The ball hooks at your feet. The lanes are snot-tight in back. But the biggest lesson is you have to make your spares.”

After starting the tournament with a 150 game, Doyle has been in plus-200-average territory ever since. While his odds of moving up enough to make the match play finals are remote, he hasn’t thrown in the towel.

“Making the 24 cut would be pretty amazing,” he said. “I’ll have to go huge tomorrow. I’ll have to go 180 over (average more than 220 for eight games), but I can do it if I put my mind to it.”
Whatever money Doyle makes in bowling is deposited into his United States Bowling Congress SMART scholarship account. It was the advent of the SMART scholarship management program by the sport’s National Governing Body seven years ago that allowed bowlers under the age of 18 to compete in professional events without losing their amateur status. To date, Doyle said he has deposited about $22,000 in his SMART account, but he isn’t sure what college he’ll eventually attend, or exactly what he’ll study when the time comes.

“I don’t know what I want to do yet,” he said. “My dad’s an orthodontist, so maybe I’ll follow him. But if I’m good enough I may want to be a professional bowler.”

Shafer, a 25-year PBA Tour veteran who is hoping to end his record streak of 13 television finals in major championships without a title, averaged 233.89 for his 18 games, finishing with 4,030 pins to retain the lead by 10 pins over veteran PBA Regional competitor P.J. Sonday of Luzerne, Pa.

Sonday, whose national tour experience includes five previous U.S. Opens, had 4,020 pins. Sonday has cashed in four U.S. Opens, but has never made it into the match play field. In PBA Regional competition, he won his only title three years ago.

Mike Fagan of Dallas is in third place with 3,923 pins followed by a pair of amateurs - Ron Nelson Jr. of Bridgeview, Ill., at 3,919 and John Janawicz of Winter Haven, Fla., at 3,893. Defending U.S. Open champion Norm Duke of Clermont, Fla., made a big move up the leader board Thursday, finishing 11th with 3,818 pins.

Friday morning’s cashers round and the final three rounds of match play Friday night and Saturday will be webcast live on the PBA’s exclusive online bowling channel, Xtra Frame. To subscribe to Xtra Frame, click on the logo on the home page of pba.com.

 

 【JPBA】 関西オープンボウリングトーナメント 【準決勝】

 

大友 仁

大友 仁

準決勝5G目に小林哲也がパーフェクトゲーム達成、併せて800シリーズ(847=268・300・279)も達成し2位まで浮上。明日のラウンドロビンは左10名vs右2名(川添奨太・田坂大輔)による争いも見どころ。

 

 【JPBA】 関西オープンボウリングトーナメント 【予選後半】

 

大友 仁

大友 仁

上位36名準決勝へ進出!


 

2012/02/22

 【PBA】 69th U.S. Open 【Qualifying Round 2】

“Bridesmaid” Ryan Shafer Poised for Another Major Title Run as Second Round Leader in U.S. Open

Ryan Shafer

Ryan Shafer

Ryan Shafer, the ultimate bridesmaid in major bowling championship tournaments, is once again posed to make a run for the title he covets most.

Shafer, bowling in his 25th year on the Professional Bowlers Association Tour at age 45, emerged Wednesday as the second round leader in the 69th U.S. Open after averaging 225.17 through the first 12 qualifying games at Brunswick Zone-Carolier.

On the usually low-scoring freshly-oiled lane condition Wednesday morning, the Horseheads, N.Y., resident rolled games of 236, 188, 250, 255, 255 and 229 to finish with 2,702 pins and a six–pin lead over newly-elected PBA Hall of Famer Jason Couch of Clermont, Fla., who finished the second round with 2,696 pins.

Mike Fagan of Dallas and Brian Kretzer of Dayton, Ohio, were tied for third place with 2,665 pins. Defending champion Norm Duke of Clermont, Fla., was in 38th place with 2,478 pins.

Shafer’s goal is to end a PBA-record string of 13 major championship television finals without a title. He has finished second in majors five times, including the PBA World Championship earlier this season, and he has three additional top five finishes in majors when fewer than five players advanced to the TV finals.

Two of those second-place finishes came at the hands of Couch, in the 2000 and 2002 PBA Tournament of Champions.

But Shafer realizes the only way he can end the streak is to continue putting himself into position to win one, and the U.S. Open is his major of choice. He has finished among the top five in six U.S. Opens, including a fourth-place finish in last year’s U.S. Open at Brunswick Zone-Carolier, a center he also likes.

“I love this tournament,” he said. “It can be frustrating at times, but house knowledge also helps a lot. We’ve bowled a lot of tournaments here (at Carolier) and I remember characteristics of the center that help. There are certain sections of the center where I know I can’t use the same ball on both lanes. You’re taking a chance when you do that, but I know I’ll shoot 160 if I don’t do it.

“You don’t expect to bowl as well as I did on the fresh condition this morning,” he added. “But I got a good night’s sleep and came in feeling good. I had one bad game, but for the most part, everything went as planned and I carried the pocket. That was the big thing.”

The entire field of 394 players will bowl six more qualifying games Thursday. The top 98 players after 18 games will then advance to the eight-game cashers’ round Friday morning. After a total of 26 games, the top 24 will advance to three eight-game round robin match play rounds Friday evening and Saturday to decide the four stepladder finalists who will battle for the $60,000 top prize on ESPN Sunday at 3 p.m. Eastern.

All preliminary rounds leading up to Sunday’s ESPN finals are being webcast live on the PBA’s exclusive online bowling channel, Xtra Frame. To subscribe to Xtra Frame, click on the logo on the home page of pba.com.

 

 【JPBA】 関西オープンボウリングトーナメント 【予選前半】

 

斉藤正典

斉藤正典

予選前半だけでパーフェクトが3個(大会通算6号)、800シリーズが4個達成され乱打戦となった今大会、久しぶりに存在感を見せつけた斉藤正典と地元関西の中田博則が同スコアでトップ!


 

2012/02/21

 【PBA】 69th U.S. Open 【Qualifying Round 1】

MacLelland Takes First Round Lead in U.S. Open, Hopes to Become First Canadian to Win PBA Tour Title

Dan MacLelland

Dan MacLelland

Dan MacLelland has done the imaginary role-playing during practice, dreaming about the day when he’ll become the first Canadian citizen to win a Professional Bowlers Association title.
The 26-year-old Windsor, Ontario, native took the first step toward converting his dream into reality by taking the first round lead in the 69th U.S. Open at Brunswick Zone-Carolier on Tuesday, averaging 238.17 for six games for a six–pin lead over journeyman Brian Kretzer of Dayton, Ohio, 1,429-1,423.

Newly-elected PBA Hall of Famer Jason Couch of Clermont, Fla., fired a 300 game to close his first round and held onto third place with 1,410 pins. Mike Fagan of Dallas was fourth with 1,403 pins and Joe Ciccone of Buffalo, N.Y., was fifth at 1,374. Defending champion Norm Duke of Clermont, Fla., finished with 1,225 pins and sat in 59th place.

MacLelland, who is bowling in only his second full-time season as a PBA Tour player, has established himself as a top contender to win his first title, and he has been particularly impressive in some of the Tour’s most demanding tournaments. In late January, the three-time Collegiate Bowler of the Year finished fourth in the Alka-Seltzer Plus Liquid Gels United States Bowling Congress Masters, one of the Tour’s four major championship. During the 2010-11 season, he recorded sixth-place finishes in two other majors, the U.S. Open and the PBA Tournament of Champions.

“I like tough tournaments,” the former Saginaw Valley (Mich.) State University star said. “There’s more emphasis on making good shots. Today, you had to get the ball into the air. The front part of the lanes got pretty dry, but I made the right ball choices and decisions, and everything worked out.

“Throughout my collegiate career, we had to loft the ball on a weekly basis. We haven’t had to do that so much this year because there has been more oil on the front part of the lanes, but I was kinda scared coming into this week knowing we’d have to get the ball into the air, and I had to convince myself I could do it.”

MacLelland is aware that a Canadian has never won a PBA Tour title, and that has only fueled his drive.

“It’s always in the back of my mind,” he said. “I’ve been knocking on the door. I’ve been fine-tuning my game to get me to the point where I’ll have that chance. For me, the hurdle is winning a match on TV. I think once I get past that, it’ll be a little easier.

“Last year I made TV for the U.S. Open, but I was nervous. I can’t hide it. The other times I’ve lost on TV it was a matter of getting experience, learning what ball to use, how to handle the lights. But the U.S. Open is the U.S. Open. It’s the most prestigious tournament we have. To make it to TV the first time I bowled in it gave me a sense that I belong here and good things are yet to come.”

MacLelland fired games of 209, 246, 206, 247, 255 and 266 to hold off the 45-year-old Kretzer, a 12-year PBA Tour veteran who owns one title.

Couch, a 16-time PBA titlist, was as surprised as anyone in the building by his performance Tuesday because the U.S. Open hasn’t been kind to him over the years.

“I’ve struggled in the U.S. Open. Mightily,” he said. “It’s probably because it’s the one tournament I’ve wanted to win more than any other. I finished second at Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Conn., back in 1999 (he lost in the title match to Bob Learn Jr., 231-215), and that’s one I’ll never forget.

“This tournament is so hard. You gear yourself mentally, but it just drains you, especially if you don’t have much success over a few years.”

Just a week after learning he had been elected to the PBA Hall of Fame, the usually intense Couch was uncharacteristically laid back during his opening round.

“I’m more relaxed these days. I know I’m on the downside of my career,” the 42-year-old left-hander said. “I’m not expecting or asking so much of myself. I’m more patient. Five, 10 years ago, I would have demanded a good block out of the gate for myself, but I had no high expectations coming in the door this morning.

“I think I was more shocked than anyone with that 300 game,” he grinned. “I’ve been throwing one or two bad shots every game the past few weeks, but today I just bore down and focused.”

The 69th U.S. Open concludes Sunday with a four-player stepladder final televised live on ESPN at 3 p.m. Eastern. First prize is $60,000.

The entire field of 394 will bowl two more six-game qualifying rounds Wednesday and Thursday. The top 98 players after 18 games will advance to a nine-game cashers’ round Friday morning. After a total of 27 games, the top 24 will advance to three eight-game round robin match play rounds Friday evening and Saturday to decide the four stepladder finalists.

All preliminary rounds leading up to Sunday’s ESPN finals are being webcast live on the PBA’s exclusive online bowling channel, Xtra Frame. To subscribe to Xtra Frame, click on the logo on the home page of pba.com.

 

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2012/02/19

 【PBA】 Ricart Ford Open 【Finals】

Scott Newell Shakes off Nerves to Win PBA Ricart Ford Open Presented by Columbia 300

Scott Newell

Scott Newell

Despite rolling a gutter ball on his first shot of the opening stepladder match, Scott Newell of Deland, Fla., quickly regained his composure to win three consecutive matches for the PBA Ricart Ford Open presented by Columbia 300 title Sunday at Sequoia Pro Bowl.

The 28-year-old Newell won his first Tour title by defeating tournament leader and one-time Tour winner Ryan Ciminelli of Cheektowaga, N.Y., 247-245, in a title match that went down to the 10th frame. Leaving the tricky 2-8 on the first ball of the 10th frame, Newell was able to make the spare and then strike on the final ball for the victory.

“I may have looked composed on the outside but I was shaking on the inside,” said Newell who owns three regional tour titles and a best previous Tour finish of 12th. “I just had to take a deep breath and remind myself to stay focused and do what I do best.”

In the semi-final match, Newell survived another nail biter when he defeated three-time Tour titlist Rhino Page of Dade City, Fla., 238-237. In that match he had to convert a 10-pin on the final shot to secure the win.

“You try to prepare yourself the best you can for pressure situations but you never know how you’re going to perform until those situations present themselves,” Newell said. “A lot of people say you have the ability and you can get it done but it’s just a great relief when you finally do.”

In the first frame of the opening stepladder match against Dom Barrett of England, Newell threw the gutter ball after it hit his ankle which he admitted was a sign of his nervousness. He regained his composure enough to then make the spare and went on to defeat Barrett 255-202.

“It was just a matter of getting too quick with my feet and my timing was off,” Newell said. “It was probably good that I made that mistake right away because I could then put it behind me and get on with the rest of the match.”

Barrett was trying for his second Tour title after winning the PBA Scorpion Open which, ironically, was aired on an ESPN taped-delayed telecast earlier in the day.

The Ricart Ford Open was the second PBA Tour event streamed live exclusively on pba.com’s Xtra Frame online bowling channel. Two more Xtra Frame events are scheduled during the remainder of the season.

The next stop for the PBA Tour will be the 69th U.S. Open—the third major of the season— from Brunswick Zone Carolier in North Brunswick, N.J., Feb. 20-26.

 

 【PBA】 Scorpion Open 【Finals】

England’s Dom Barrett Wins First PBA Tour Title in Scorpion Open

Dom Barrett

Dom Barrett

England’s Dom Barrett, in his American television debut, defeated Sean Rash of Montgomery, Ill., 247-204, to win the Professional Bowlers Association Scorpion Open at South Point Casino and Hotel. The finals aired Sunday on ESPN.

The Scorpion Open was the third of four PBA “animal pattern” championships contested during the third annual PBA World Series of Bowling and the fourth straight World Series title – including the PBA World Championship – won by international players.

Barrett joined countryman Stuart Williams, winner of the Bayer Viper Open, as the second English player ever to win a PBA Tour title. He came into the finals as the top qualifier and worked his way through two elimination matches before throwing his best game at the hard-luck Rash, who was once again plagued by a fatal error.

In the opening game of the eliminator-format finals, Rash led the four-man field with a 217 game. Barrett was right behind with a 207. Hometown favorite Dave Wodka of Henderson, Nev., nipped Patrick Allen of Baltimore, 177-173, to remain in contention. Allen, as low man, was eliminated.

In game two, Rash again led the survivors, using a late string of five strikes to post a 221. Barrett advanced to the title match with a 214. Three open frames led to a 164 game and doomed Wodka’s hopes for his second PBA Tour title.

In the title match, Rash and Barrett both struck on six of their first seven shots, but Rash’s unconverted 2-4-8-10 split in the third frame gave Barrett an 18-pin advantage. Both players converted single pin spares in the eighth and ninth frames before Barrett doubled in the 10th frame to claim the $15,000 first prize and a berth in the Round of 36 for the end-of-season PBA Tournament of Champions.

“It’s a fantastic feeling,” Barrett said. “I kind of got to go through some of the emotions with Stu (Williams) after he won his title, and that gave me a little insight about what was going to happen to me if I got this far.

“I just wanted to throw the best 10 shots I could, and I think most of them were pretty good,” he added. “The thing to remember is the lane is still 60 feet and there are 10 pins at the other end, and you can’t control your opponent. You just have to make a good shot yourself.”

For Rash and the United States professionals, the loss was another bitter disappointment. In four straight World Series of Bowling finals appearances, Rash has finished third in the PBA World Championship and Bayer Viper Open, and second in the Chameleon and Scorpion Opens. He also finished second to Mika Koivuniemi in the WTBA World Bowling Tour Finals to kick off the World Series. And the U.S. has yet to win a World Series title. Following Koivuniemi’s win in the WBT Finals for Finland, fellow Finn Osku Palermaa won the PBA World Championship, England’s Williams won the Bayer Viper Open, and Australia’s Jason Belmonte won the Chameleon Open.

“If you were to roll the calendar back 10 years, this wouldn’t be happening,” Barrett said of the surprising international dominance. “But we have so many international tournaments now, and the PBA Tour has opened events like the World Series to international players, that the experience we’ve been able to get on the European and Asian tours has really meant a lot.

“The tournaments we have in Europe have televised finals, but nothing quite like this,” he added. “The arena setting here reminds me of the Weber Cup back home, so when I walked in and saw how close this setting was to the Weber Cup, it made me feel right at home.”

Barrett didn’t want to rate himself against Williams as to who the best British bowler might be, but he said, “Stu was the best after the Viper Open, and I put myself into the running today. But the fact is, we’re the only two Englishmen to win a PBA Tour title, so that’s what is really cool.”

The final “animal pattern” championship, the GEICO Shark Open, will be contested on Sunday, March 4, at 3 p.m. ET on ESPN. Rash will appear in his fifth straight elimination final along with top qualifier Chris Barnes of Double Oak, Texas; Jason Belmonte of Australia, and reigning PBA Player of the Year Mika Koivuniemi of Hartland, Mich.


 

2012/02/18

 【PBA】 Ricart Ford Open 【Qualifying Round】

Page and Ciminelli Average 244 to Lead PBA Ricart Ford Open Presented by Columbia 300 Qualifying

Rhino Page

Rhino Page

Left-handers Rhino Page of Dade City, Fla., and Ryan Ciminelli of Cheektowaga, N.Y., averaged 244 to lead qualifying Saturday in the Professional Bowlers Association Ricart Ford Open presented by Columbia 300 at Sequoia Pro Bowl.

Both players had a 2,199 nine-game pinfall with Ciminelli bowling games of 220, 246, 257, 219, 289, 204, 256, 245 and 263 and Page games of 225, 266, 280, 236, 259, 280, 226, 227 and 200.

“This is not normally a shot I would do real well on,” Ciminelli said. “The key for me is to take advantage of the condition right off the bat where there is a good hook spot right around the 6-8 board. But then you really have to pay attention to the motion of the ball to keep pace with the changing conditions throughout the block and I was able to stay ahead of the transitions.”

Ciminelli is trying for his second career PBA Tour title having won his first title in last season’s Earl Anthony Memorial Open in Dublin, Calif. This season his best finish was 10th in the PBA World Championship.

Page, a three-time Tour champion, with his last win coming in the 2009 PBA Viper Championship, has a best finish of 17th which also came in the PBA World Championship.
“I’ve been practicing a lot and really working on my mental game,” Page said. “I’m working on not getting so emotional and eliminate the ups and downs. This is the first time in a long time that I’ve really felt as prepared as I should be going into a tournament.”

Ciminelli and Page topped 22 other players who advanced to Sunday’s match play round which will determine the four finalists for Sunday evening’s stepladder finals which will get underway at 6 p.m. ET. Rounding out the top five in Saturday’s qualifying were PBA Hall of Famer Pete Weber, 2,083; and Dom Barrett and Patrick Dombrowski both with 2,077.

The Ricart Ford Open is the second PBA Tour event of the season to be streamed live exclusively on PBA’s Xtra Frame online bowling channel. Two more Xtra Frame events are scheduled during the remainder of the season. Xtra Frame subscription information is available by visiting pba.com.


 

2012/02/15

 【PBA】 News

Jason Couch and Gene Stus Elected to PBA Hall of Fame

Dino Castillo

Sixteen-time Professional Bowlers Association Tour titlist Jason Couch and 11-time PBA Senior Tour winner Gene Stus have been elected to the PBA Hall of Fame.

The 42-year-old Couch is the only player in Tour history to win three consecutive PBA Tournament of Champions titles, an event many players consider one of the most demanding to win because a player must win a PBA title to be eligible to compete.

In addition to his Tournament of Champions titles, which came in 1999, 2000 and 2002, Couch won a fourth Tour major in the 1993 PBA Touring Players Championship.

Couch, who makes his home in Clermont, Fla., began his Tour career in 1992 when he earned Rookie of the Year honors. His first title would come the next season in Windsor Locks, Conn.
“I’m a firm believer in setting goals along the way in your career, working hard at achieving those milestones and hopefully you’ll be rewarded with a great honor like being elected to the PBA Hall of Fame,” Couch said. “I went out and did my best and when I achieved one milestone, continued to work hard and went on to the next one.”

Couch’s career path was probably a foregone conclusion as the son of parents who owned a Florida bowling center.

“Bowling on Tour has been a dream of mine since I was four years old watching PBA Tour telecasts on ABC on Saturday afternoons,” said Couch. “Growing up in a bowling center certainly helped, but it took the right combination of hard work and desire.”

Throughout his 20-year Tour career, Couch had a string of winning at least one title in six straight seasons (1998-2004) and he won multiple titles in five seasons. Still active on Tour, he has more than $1.6 million in career earnings and was ranked 24th among PBA’s 50 greatest players in history as part of the organization’s 50th anniversary in 2009.

As a competitive bowler for most of his adult life, the 71-year-old Stus had always wondered how he might have done on the PBA Tour. But the opportunity to compete in Tour competition didn’t present itself until he was able to retired from General Motors after 32 years at the age of 50 and became a regular on the Senior Tour.

Stus’ 11 Senior Tour titles rank fourth on the all-time list behind fellow Hall of Famers John Handegard with 14 titles, and Gary Dickinson and Dale Eagle each with 12.

In 1992, Stus, who currently resides in Taylor, Mich., earned Senior Player of the Year honors thanks in part to winning two titles. In July of that year he became the first Senior Tour player to bowl a 300 game on national television, defeating Don Gilman, 300-188, in the Pacific Cal Bowl Senior Open in Lakewood, Calif.

“It was an honor to bowl with bowling’s greats who I admired my whole life and I always wondered how I would measure up,” said Stus, who had 50 top-five finishes in 173 Senior Tour events. “When I was able to retire at 50, I started to get back to bowling seriously and found I still had the touch.

“Bowling on the Senior Tour was a lot more than achieving the dream of bowling with the greats of the game,” he added. “Just to be around them and to remember all the fun we had on and off the lanes for those years was an experience I’ll never forget.”

Couch and Stus will be inducted during ceremonies at Red Rock Resort in Las Vegas, Saturday, April 14. Additional details regarding the Hall of Fame ceremonies will be released at a later date.


 

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2012/02/12

 【PBA】 Chameleon Open 【Finals】

Belmonte Ends Three-Year Quest for Second PBA Tour Title, Races Past Rash to Win Chameleon Open

Jason Belmonte

Jason Belmonte

Australia’s Jason Belmonte ended his nearly three-year quest for his second Professional Bowlers Association title, stringing eight strikes to run away from Sean Rash of Montgomery, Ill., 268-191, in the finals of the Chameleon Open at South Point Casino and Hotel.

The Chameleon Open finals, the second of four PBA “animal pattern” championships contested during the third annual PBA World Series of Bowling, aired Sunday on ESPN.
Belmonte, who came into the Chameleon elimination-format finals as the leading qualifier, barely survived the first two games before finding his groove in the title match.

In the opening game, Belmonte’s two-handed rival, Osku Palermaa of Finland, led the four-man field with a 213. Rash was second with a 201, and Belmonte nipped Venezuela’s Ildemaro Ruiz, 189-187, to avoid elimination as low man in the round.

In game two, Rash led the survivors with a 226 while Belmonte edged Palermaa, 200-190, to advance to the title match. Belmonte had lost to Palermaa in the only two previous meetings of the two-handed rivals, and barely escaped a third loss. After throwing a strike on his first ball in the 10th to take the lead over Palermaa, Belmonte left the 3-6-9-10 on his next shot to hand a one-pin lead back to the Finn. But Palermaa then left a 10 pin on his first shot in the 10th frame and failed to convert the spare to hand the game back to Belmonte.

In the title match, the Australian kicked in the afterburners. After converting the 6-10 spare in the first frame, the 2008-09 PBA Rookie of the Year ran off a string of eight consecutive strikes to run away with the $15,000 first prize and a berth in the Round of 36 for the end-of-season PBA Tournament of Champions. Belmonte won his only previous PBA Tour title in the 2009 Bowling Foundation Long Island Open.

“This feels a million times better than my first title,” Belmonte beamed. “I bowled one of the best games of my life.

“In the second match, I got very lucky,” he added. “When you get a break like that, you have to take it, pardon the expression, in both hands and I was able to do that.”

By winning the Chameleon Open, Belmonte became the third straight international player to win a PBA World Series of Bowling title. In two previous events, Palermaa captured the PBA World Championship and England’s Stuart Williams won the Bayer Viper Open.

The third “animal pattern” championship, the Scorpion Open, will be settled next Sunday at 3 p.m. ET on ESPN. The finalists will be England’s Dom Barrett; Dave Wodka of Henderson, Nev.; Rash and Patrick Allen of Wesley Chapel, Fla.


 

2012/02/11

 【WBT】 World Bowling Tour International Bowling Championships 2012 【Finals】

Tommy Jones, Cherie Tan triumph in International Bowling Championship 2012 supported by DHC

Cherie Tan

Cherie Tan

 

Tommy Jones

Tommy Jones

PBA professional and Team USA member Tommy Jones and Singaporean national team member Cherie Tan captured the men's and women's titles in the International Bowling Championship 2012 supported by DHC Saturday in Hakata, Japan en route to earn the 6 million Yen (approx. $77,500) top prize.

In the men's title match, top seeded Jones, who has won three of his 13 PBA titles in Japan, flew past reigning PBA Player of the Year Mika Koivuniemi, Finland, 290-204, to wrap up the title. On the women's side, No. 2 seed Tan defeated women's top seed Dayang Khairuniza, Malaysia, 218-179, for the biggest payday in her career.

The TV Finals started already on Friday evening with a shootout match between players ranked fourth to 9th after the semifinals to determine the No. 4 seed for the stepladder finals.

Zulmazran Zulkifli o Malaysia who took the ninth and last place for the men's shoot-out match, almost rolled the first 300 game of the tournament firing a 298 game to defeat #5 Mike Fagan, United States (267), #4 Dan MacLelland, Canada (248), #6 Chris Barnes, United States (224), #7 Park Kyung-Sin, Korea (214) and #8 Shota Kawazoe, Japan (182).

In the opening match of the stepladder finals, Zulkifli fell to No. 3 seed, Choi Bok-Eum of Korea, 241-198. Zulkifli struck on six of his first eight shots but suffered two open frames. Bok-Eum bowled a clean game including a four-bagger and a three-bagger to putt he match away well before the final frame.

In the semifinal match it was current World Bowling Tour point ranking leader Koivuniemi, who bowled a clean game to defeat the Korean lefty, 226-211, to advance to the title match. Heading into the final frame, Bok-Eum held a 17-pin lead behind seven strikes and two open frames. Koivuniemi struck out in the 9th and 10th frame to force Bok-Eum to strike on his first ball in the last frame. When the Korean failed to strike, the match was over.

Koivuniemi pocketed 3 million Yen for second place. Bok-Eum received 1.5 million Yen for third and Zulkifli walked away with 800.000 Yen for fourth place.

In the women's shoot-out match, reigning USBC Queens champion Missy Parkin, United States, who finished fifth after the semifinals, rolled a huge 267 game to defeat #6 Wendy Macpherson, United States (246), #9 Maki Nakano, Japan (218), #7 Zandra Aziela, Malaysia (212), #8 Mari Kimura, Japan (208) and #4 Carol Gianotti, Australia (183) and to earn the No. seed for the women's stepladder finals.

In the opening match, World and Asian Champion Jeon Eun-Hee of Korea, seeded third, struck on her last five shots to overcome a five-pin deficit for a 224-206. Tan then used two three-baggers in the first seven frames of the semifinal match to cruise to victory over the Korean, 235-179.

L-R Former WTBA President and Japan Bowling Congress Honorary President, Kyohei Akagi, Missy Parkin (4th), women's champion Cherie Tan, Jeon Eun-Hee (3rd) and Dayang Khairuniza (2nd). Click on the image to enlarge it.

Tan carried the momentum into the title match where she bowled a clean game including a three-bagger to seal the victory.

Khairuniza earned 3 million Yen for second place. Eun-Hee received 1.5 million Yen for third and Parkin pocketed 800.000 Yen for fourth place.

The International Bowling Championship 2012 supported by DHC was the fourth stop of the 2012 World Bowling Tour and offered total prize fund of 30 million Yen or more than 380,000 U.S. Dollars.

Men and women competed in separate divisions. Each division consisted of 84 players - 45 local bowlers (15 each from three pre-qualifying tournament), the top 16 of the international trials (Feb. 7 and 8), as well as 23 seeded and invited players.

All 84 men and 84 women bowled nine games of qualifying divided into three blocks of three games. Based on the nine-game total, the top 24 men and the top 24 women advanced to the semifinals.

Those 24 bowled another two three-game blocks on Friday with the pinfall from the qualifying being carried forward. The top 9 men and the top 9 women with the highest 15-game total qualified for the TV Finals.

The top three in each division advanced straight to the TV stepladder finals on Saturday, while bowlers seeded fourth to ninth determined the No. 4 seed for the stepladder in a single-game shoot-out match.

In the TV stepladder finals, which were broadcasted nationwide by NHK Global Media Services, Inc., were staged on specially constructed lanes in Diamond Hall on the second floor of the building.

In the stepladder, the No. 4 seed bowled the No. 3 seed. The winner of the single-game match took on the No. 2 seed for the right to bowl the No. 1 seed for the title.

The prize money for each division was the same, with the men's and women's winner each taking 6 million Yen or more than $77,000, with $38,500 and $19,250 going to the second and third place finishers, respectively..
 


 

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2012/02/05

 【PBA】 Chris Paul PBA Celebrity Invitational

Blake Griffin Helps Dethrone Teammate in Chris Paul PBA Celebrity Invitational


National Basketball Association All-Star point guard Chris Paul and his new Los Angeles Clippers teammate, power forward Blake Griffin, are rapidly becoming the most dynamic duo in the NBA.

But on the bowling lanes in Sunday’s ESPN telecast of the Chris Paul PBA Celebrity Invitational presented by Sheets Brand from Lucky Strike LA Live, Paul gave Griffin an unwanted “assist” that helped Griffin’s team win the trios event and end Paul’s two-year hold on the trophy.

The fourth annual Chris Paul PBA Celebrity Invitational presented by Sheets Brand, a fundraiser to benefit Paul’s CP3 Foundation, featured PBA stars Pete Weber, Jason Belmonte, Wes Malott and Ryan Shafer along with several of Paul’s celebrity friends from the worlds of sports and entertainment.

In this year’s event, an expanded roster of celebrities got the competition underway with a special one-ball, low-man-out Super Shootout. Miami Dolphins running back Reggie Bush was the first player eliminated, followed by Grammy Award-winning recording artist Ciara, former New York Giants defensive end Michael Strahan, comedian Kevin Hart, Entourage actor Jerry Ferrara and Griffin. In the final showdown frame between Paul and Grey’s Anatomy actor Jesse Williams, Williams threw back-to-back strikes for the victory.

The celebrities then teamed up with the PBA stars for the Baker format trios event, with the PBA player throwing shots in the first, fourth, seventh and 10th frames, and the celebrities filling out the other frames. In the opening round, Belmonte, Hart and Paul routed Shafer, Ciara and Strahan, 178-90, while Weber, Ferrara and Griffin eliminated Malott, Williams and Bush, 154-131.

In the championship match, Belmonte, Hart and Paul trailed Weber, Ferrara and Griffin by only one pin after seven frames. Hart and Paul converted eight-count spares in the eighth and ninth frames, respectively, but consecutive strikes by Ferrara and Griffin set up a dramatic finish. Belmonte’s double in the 10th frame forced Weber to strike on his first shot to lock up the 187-180 victory.

“Blake (Griffin) set me up for the 10th frame when he threw the best shot of the entire night,” Weber said. “It was kind of neat of him to do that. I don’t think Chris (Paul) enjoyed it, but I’m sure Blake enjoyed it a whole lot.

“For someone who doesn’t bowl a lot, Blake understands the object of the game,” Weber added. “He hit the headpin almost every time he threw the ball, and then he made his spares.”
“Normally it comes down to the pro needing to strike to win, but in this case it was up to the celebrities,” Belmonte said. “Chris and Kevin did their jobs on my team by getting spares, but unfortunately Jerry and Blake got strikes on the other team. Kevin made lots of comments about the odds of that ever happening. It was very funny. I didn’t expect both of them to strike, but they both stepped up and did their jobs.

“I doubled to force Pete to strike and then he did what he does best, which is strike when he has to strike.”

If Paul would have struck in the ninth frame, the outcome might have been different.

“Chris is a competitor. They all are,” Belmonte added. “He doesn’t like losing, whether it’s basketball or bowling, or anything else. He was a good sport about it, but I know it killed him to tell the other guys they did well.”

“Michael Strahan was great,” said Shafer, who bowled with the former NFL star, “and he doesn’t like to lose. But I don’t think anyone doesn’t like to lose as much as Chris Paul. He really doesn’t like to lose.

“It was a great time for all of us,” Shafer added, “and I gained a lot of respect for Chris Paul because he had to play host, he had to do the PBA thing, the charity thing, the Sheets Brand thing, and bowl. He did all of them and he did a great job.”

The PBA Tour’s next telecast will be the finals of the Chameleon Open Sunday at 3 p.m. ET on ESPN. The finalists will be Belmonte, Finland’s Osku Palermaa, Sean Rash of Montgomery, Ill., and Venezuela’s Ildemaro Ruiz. A free preview of the finals will be webcast on pba.com’s Xtra Frame starting Wednesday.


 

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