Norton Ends Left-Handed Drought with PBA Chameleon Championship Title

California attorney Scott Norton ended the longest title drought for left-handed bowlers in 50 years of Professional Bowlers Association Tour competition when he defeated Australian two-handed star Jason Belmonte, 227-223, to win the PBA Chameleon Championship at South Point Hotel and Casino.

Norton, the 2010-11 PBA Rookie of the Year, became the PBA’s first left-handed title winner since Jason Couch won the Mark Roth Plastic Ball Championship in March, 2011. The last full season in which there was not a left-handed winner in PBA competition was 1962.

The Chameleon Championship finals, the third of five GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling IV events, aired Sunday on ESPN.

“I didn’t think I’d be the one to end the drought, but why not?” Norton grinned. “Someone had to do it. I’m so happy. This is the best week of my career.”

The Costa Mesa, Calif., resident won his second PBA Tour title by throwing three pressure-packed strikes in the 10th frame after Belmonte, the top qualifier, missed an opportunity to lock him out when he failed to strike on his first shot in the 10th frame.

“That was a lot of fun,” Norton said. “The first match I bowled on TV I started with eight strikes, so I didn’t have to come from behind. The second time I was on TV, my opponent started with eight strikes. This one? I don’t know. I don’t remember half of it.”

Belmonte started the title match with four strikes in the first five frames, but left the 3-10 split in the sixth frame and failed to convert. With the match tied at 127-127, Belmonte ran off another string of three strikes and regained the lead when Norton left the 4-7 in his eighth frame to fall behind by 19 pins.

“When I got up in the ninth and 10th frames, I knew if I threw the ball as well as I could, that’s all I could do, and whatever happened, happened,” Norton said. “That’s all I focused on.”

Norton started the finals with a 225-194 win over Bahrain’s Fawaz Abdulla, who bowled in excruciating pain after suffering a chronic case of gout in his right foot – the foot he uses to push away in his approach – on the eve of the finals, resulting in a brief hospital stay for treatment. Despite bowling in severe pain, the first Middle Eastern bowler ever to appear in a PBA Tour final led Norton until he left the 2-4-6-10 split and opened in the eighth frame. Norton responded with a late string of four strikes for the win.

In the semifinal match, Norton eliminated PBA Hall of Famer Walter Ray Williams Jr. of Ocala, Fla., 236-195. Williams made his first television appearance in more than a year. His record 26-year streak of making at least one PBA Tour television appearance ended during the 2010-11 season, and his bid for his 48th PBA Tour title ended when he left eight single pins during his match against Norton.

The GEICO World Series of Bowling continues on ESPN next Sunday at 1 p.m. ET with the finals of the Bowlers Journal Scorpion Championship. Finalists will include Tom Daugherty of Wesley Chapel, Fla.; Jason Sterner of McDonough, Ga.; Belmonte and top qualifier Osku Palermaa of Finland. The final telecast of the World Series IV series will be the PBA World Championship which airs on Sunday, Jan. 13, at 1 p.m. ET.

Pre- and post-telecast shows for all PBA-ESPN telecasts will be available on Xtra Frame, PBA’s online bowling channel.










Brad Angelo Ends Four-Year Title Slump with PBA Viper Championship Victory

Brad Angelo of Lockport, N.Y, with two strikes and an eight-count in the 10th frame, ended four years of frustration with a 233-232 victory over Finland’s Mika Koivuniemi to win the Professional Bowlers Association Viper Championship at South Point Hotel and Casino.

Angelo, who won his only PBA Tour title in the 2008 Viper Championship in Omaha, Neb., came into the Viper Championship finals as the top qualifier, but got help from Koivuniemi in the final frame before pulling off his clutch victory.

The Viper Championship, the second of five PBA Tour events held as part of the GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling IV at South Point, aired Sunday on ESPN.

“The finals are airing on my birthday, and I guarantee there will be an absolute blow-out Christmas party, slash birthday party, slash victory number two party at Brad Angelo Lanes,” the now-43-year-old Angelo said.

Koivuniemi started the title match with a 4-10 split and an open frame. Angelo returned the favor in the third frame when he left a 4-6-7 split and opened. Neither bowler missed the pocket after those errors, although each left and converted a single-pin spare.

The contest came down to the 10th frame where Koivuniemi, working on a string of four strikes, added a fifth on his first shot. Needing nine pins and a spare to lock up the title, Koivuniemi left the 3-6-9-10 to give Angelo a chance to win with a double and eight pins, and that’s exactly what the 11-year PBA Tour veteran got.

“Mika gave me a chance, but I feel for him,” Angelo said. “I’ve bowled against him for 25 years and he’s about as classy as they come. He made some great shots to virtually shut me out, and the next thing I know, he got six (pins).

“All you ever want is a chance. That’s what I kept saying to myself, give me a chance,” Angelo continued. “I thought I needed nine pins to win. I guess it didn’t register that he got six pins, not seven, but I didn’t look at the score. That’s the first time in my career I didn’t look to see what I really needed; I just got up and tried to make three quality shots.”

The victory was redemption for four years of extreme frustration for Angelo.

“My slow years were certainly not for lack of effort,” he said. “I dealt with the evolution of the sport. Bowling with so much friction on the lanes here in Las Vegas, a guy like me without the speed and rev rate some of the power guys have, is pretty much nullified.

“Some of these guys – and they’re great players – have an advantage over guys like me. My weak 10 pin is their messenger 10-pin strike. My 2-10 split could be another strike for them because they can send the headpin off the wall.

“It’s been a struggle, but today I feel great. Great,” he said with a grin. “Hopefully I’ve silenced some of the people who decided that my career is over. Hopefully I’ve shoved that right in their mouths.”

Koivuniemi advanced to the title match with a 214-150 victory over Mike Fagan of Dallas in the first match, and a 258-180 win over reigning PBA Player of the Year Sean Rash of Montgomery, Ill., in the semifinal match.

The GEICO World Series of Bowling continues on ESPN next Sunday at 1 p.m. ET with the finals of the Chameleon Championship. Finalists will include Bahrain’s Fawaz Abdulla, the first Middle Eastern player to reach the nationally-televised finals of a PBA Tour event; 2010-11 PBA Rookie of the Year Scott Norton of Costa Mesa, Calif.; PBA Hall of Famer Walter Ray Williams Jr., of Ocala, Fla., the winningest player in PBA history with 47 PBA Tour titles, and top qualifier Jason Belmonte of Australia, a two-handed player who won three titles during World Series of Bowling III in 2011.

Pre- and post-telecast shows for all PBA-ESPN telecasts will be available on Xtra Frame, PBA’s online bowling channel.




 【JPBA】 2012年度ランキング結果発表!



全日本女子で3位が確定した松永はその賞金で三冠女王確定と思われましたが、姫路 麗が全日本優勝の上に予想だにしなかったTV決勝パーフェクトを決め、その賞金が加算された結果大どんでん返しで賞金女王をもぎ取りました。








女子賞金トップ:姫路 麗








なかでも千葉OP覇者・山本 勲、全日本と相性の良い高橋延明と水野成祐、日置秀一や斉藤茂雄の実力派、そして川添による上位争いは熾烈を極めました。











 【JPBA】 全日本プロボウリング選手権大会 【準決勝後半】



川添奨太がトップシードで決勝へ!これで川添の3年連続3冠王が決定!2位に自身の持つ全日本3連覇の記録に並ぶ川添のV絶対阻止の山本 勲、3位に地元埼玉で全日本初優勝を狙う高橋延明、そして残り1枠にラストゲームで同じボックスの斉藤を下し4位で水野成祐が進出。次点5位は斉藤茂雄。








山本 勲

トップを走っていた川添奨太を22G目山本 勲が279で追い抜き(22G目川添159)、そのままトップで準決勝へ!2位にラストシリーズ598の川添、3位に地元埼玉で全日本初優勝を狙う高橋延明、4位に3年前の全日本で初優勝を決めた日置秀一が続く。













山本 勲

只一人全日本3連覇を誇る山本 勲が現在1位!










Bill O’Neill Wins Fourth Title in PBA Alka Seltzer Plus Cold Cheetah Championship

Bill O’Neill of Langhorne, Pa., completed a dramatic performance to win his fourth Professional Bowlers Association Tour title in the Alka Seltzer Plus Cold Cheetah Championship, the opening tournament in the 2012-13 PBA Tour season, at South Point Hotel and Casino.

O’Neill, who won his last title in the 2010 Pepsi Viper Championship, started the title match with seven strikes and cruised to a 243-192 victory over top qualifier Mike Wolfe of New Albany, Ind.

The title match concluded an uphill battle that began when O’Neill barely made it into the Round of 16 in 16th place by two pins. After sneaking into the Round of 16, he advanced 12 positions to qualify fourth for the four-man stepladder finals by 28 pins.

In the stepladder finals, O’Neill eliminated Chris Loschetter of Avon, Ohio, 248-223, and Jeff Roche of Dearborn, Mich., 246-177, to advance to the title match where he raced to an easy victory over Wolfe.

The Cheetah Championship finals, conducted as part of the GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling IV, aired Sunday on ESPN.

“I was definitely confident today,” O’Neill said. “I wanted to get off to a good start. I knew what I needed to do. I had to stay mentally right and keep focused on my game, and make sure I wasn’t throwing errant shots.”

In his opening match, Loschetter started with five strikes before leaving a 10 pin and missing the spare. O’Neill answered with a string of six strikes after converting a single-pin spare in his first frame, taking a 23-pin lead after seven frames which Loschetter couldn’t overcome.

He had an easier time against Roche, who missed three spare attempts in the first five frames of his national television debut. O’Neill led by only 11 pins after four frames, but started a string of eight strikes in the fifth frame and ran away with the victory.

“When Jeff started off slow, I got a little complacent and I almost threw one shot in the gutter,” O’Neill said, “but I made the spare, and took a deep breath, and tried not to look ahead to the championship match.

“Winning again was definitely important. After not making any TV shows last season, I just wanted to bowl well. I wanted to compete again, and be in the hunt to make shows,” O’Neill added. “I made a lot of top 10s last season, but I never even threatened for a show. That’s what I wanted to do coming into the World Series. I worked really hard on my game over the summer and it’s paying off.”

In the title match, O’Neill admitted thoughts of bowling a nationally-televised 300 games began dancing in his head after building a big lead with seven strikes to start the contest. Wolfe, who didn’t throw consecutive strikes until the seventh and eighth frames, was all but eliminated after six frames.

“When I got the strike in the seventh frame, I knew I just needed one more mark to lock up the title,” he said. “I got to thinking it would be really cool to shoot 300, because Tony Reyes bowled 300 for his first title on this lane condition, and that was kind of going through my mind. I got a little jittery in the eighth and threw it a little quick, and left the 2-8-10. That’s what happened.”

Reyes, a close friend, died in late September of injuries sustained in a traffic accident near his northern California home.

“Tony was on all of our minds,” O’Neill said. “There was a masking unit with his picture on it in the bowling center and every time you saw it, it was sad, but you have to put it out of your mind. You just had to know he’d want you to do well. We all wish he was here.”

The 2012-13 PBA Tour season on ESPN continues next Sunday at 1 p.m. ET with the finals of the Viper Championship. Stepladder finalists will include Mike Fagan of Dallas; Finnish native Mika Koivuniemi of Hartland, Mich.; reigning PBA Player of the Year Sean Rash of Montgomery, Ill., and top qualifier Brad Angelo of Lockport, N.Y.

Pre- and post-telecast shows for all PBA-ESPN telecasts will be available on Xtra Frame, PBA’s online bowling channel.




その瞬間、姫路 麗は顔を覆いアプローチに崩れ落ちた。

2012年の総決算にして、2013年への大事な布石となる「HANDA CUP」全日本女子プロ選手権大会。誰もが出場権を得たいと願って一年を戦い、出場権を与えられた72名の選手はひとつでも上を望んで1ピンに笑い、1ピンに泣く。そんな夢の大舞台が姫路 麗による史上最高の勝利をもって本日閉幕致しました。
















姫路 麗

準々決勝トップ通過の姫路 麗が準決勝9Gもトップ(24名中1位)のスコアでぶっちぎりTVトップシード! 2位に2連覇を狙う松永裕美、3位に「全日本」初優勝を目指す吉田真由美、そしてラストゲーム245を打った西村美紀が4位で進出を果たした。





姫路 麗

姫路 麗・松永裕美・吉田真由美の3人が熾烈なトップ争いを繰り広げ4位以下を引き離す。その4位に小林よしみ(妹)が予選9位から順位を上げ浮上。




吉田真由美 が昨日に続きトップをキープ、2位松永裕美・3位姫路 麗・4位西村美紀と今季ランキング上位者が順当に上位で進出!










姫路 麗

姫路 麗が予選第1シリーズ惜しくも800シリーズを逃す795、第2シリーズも709と爆発し現在トップ!

1G目いきなり吉田真由美が300達成! 併せて800シシリーズも達成(806=300・216・290)!




冬の女甲子園・JLBCプリンスカップ。予選を勝ち抜いたプロアマ96名によるマッチゲームのガチンコ勝負、決勝トーナメントでは先にお伝えしたように岸田有加・森 彩奈江・松永裕美・舟本 舞の4名がこの決勝トーナメントでパーフェクトを達成するなど、数々の名勝負が生まれた大会となりました。










Barnes, Parkin Kick Off 2012-13 PBA Tour Season with World Bowling Tour Titles

Chris Barnes of Double Oak, Texas, and Missy Parkin of Lake Forest, Calif., successfully concluded two years of international travel when they captured Bayer Advanced Aspirin World Bowling Tour men’s and women’s finals titles to kick off the 2012-13 Professional Bowlers Association television season at South Point Hotel and Casino.

Barnes, a 14-time PBA Tour champion, defeated reigning WBT men’s champion Mika Koivuniemi of Finland, 244-228, while Parkin defeated Liz Johnson of Cheektowaga, N.Y., 238-190, in the women’s finals during the GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling. Both finals, which featured three players who qualified by earning points in World Tenpin Bowling Association-PBA International Tour events over a span of two years, aired Sunday on ESPN. Both champions earned $20,000.

Barnes, who won the Columbia 300 Vienna Open in Austria in October to lock up his berth in the WBT men’s finals, edged Mike Fagan of Dallas, 258-244, in the semifinal match before closing with a string of six strikes for a come-from-behind victory over his close friend, Koivuniemi, in the title match.

“Any win feels good,” Barnes said. “Mika and I always have good matches. I’ve been fortunate the last three times, but I’m pretty sure it’ll even out whether I like it or not.”

The key to Barnes’ victory was three 10 pins left by his long-time international rival on the right lane in the third, seventh and ninth frames.

“I left a couple of solid 10s on that lane myself,” Barnes said. “I knew that lane was tighter. I threw one shot that I thought was pretty good that didn’t even get back to the pocket.”

Forced to finish his game on the tricky right lane after Koivuniemi’s misfortune in the ninth frame gave him an opening, Barnes made a critical adjustment and threw three strikes in the 10th frame. The first strike was the one that iced the title.

“I knew I was going to move right and have to stay firm with the shot,” Barnes said. “Earlier on in my career I didn’t commit to that shot very well, but I committed to it, and made the shot I wanted to throw. It didn’t quite get up to high flush, but it was good enough today.”

As part of their ongoing rivalry on television, Barnes and Koivuniemi make a side bet that has involved things like the gaudy Madras plaid pair of pants Koivuniemi was forced to wear on television the last time he lost.

“We had a jersey bet on this one,” Barnes said of his WBT win. “I, or my fans, or his daughters will get to design a jersey that he’ll get to wear on a future TV show. And pretty much anything goes as long as it’s legal for TV.”

In the women’s finals, Johnson advanced to the title match after a thrilling 267-260 victory over PBA Tour titlist Kelly Kulick of Union, N.J. But Johnson’s strike shot evaporated in the title match. A 4-6-7 split in the second frame and a 4-6 in the fourth put her in a hole she couldn’t escape.

“I’ve come in second a lot lately,” said Parkin, who lost to Chicago’s Diandra Asbaty in the Australian Masters title match prior to the WSOB and finished second to Kulick in the U.S. Women’s Open earlier in the year. “Today I wasn’t going to let that happen again. I kind of went out with a mindset that I was going to make the pins strike. I know you can’t do that, but it was the mindset I had.

“I only had one game, and I needed to throw 10 really good shots, and I feel like I did. Luckily the pins fell my way and it was enough to win.”

But for Parkin, the victory made her international travels worth the effort.

“This year all of the travel has been particularly hard being away from family and friends,” she said. “It’s really hard; a lot of people don’t understand how much we travel. Winning this tournament after two years and having to accumulate all those points means so much.”

The second annual Bayer Advanced Aspirin WBT Finals presented by the PBA also signaled the start of a new points cycle for the international series. Points earned in WTBA-PBA International Tour events over the next 12 months will replace points earned in the first year of the qualifying cycle, leading into the third WBT Finals which will be part of PBA WSOB V in November 2013.

The 2012-13 PBA Tour season on ESPN continues next Sunday at 1 p.m. ET with the finals of the Alka Seltzer Plus Cold Cheetah Championship. Stepladder finalists will include Bill O’Neill, Langhorne, Pa.; Chris Loschetter, Avon, Ohio; Jeff Roche, Dearborn, Mich., and top qualifier Mike Wolfe, New Albany, Ind.

Pre- and post-telecast shows for all PBA-ESPN telecasts will be available on Xtra Frame, PBA’s online bowling channel.




















舟本 舞










そんな厳しい戦いを勝ち抜けてファイナルステージにあがったのは、桜庭良弘、須田 毅、梶 義宏。PBAからは”ヤングガン”オスクゥー・パレマとショーン・ラッシュ、2009年大会準優勝のウェス・マロット、準決勝でただ一人全戦ストレート勝ちを決めたパーカー・ボーンⅢ、そして2007年大会王者のミカ・コイブニエミら8名が出揃いました。