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2013/03/31

 

Pete Weber Wins Barbasol PBA Tournament of Champions, Ties Anthony with 10th Major, Completes PBA Triple Crown for a Second Time

Professional Bowlers Association Hall of Famer Pete Weber of St. Ann, Mo., wrote another chapter in bowling history Sunday when he defeated Australian two-handed star Jason Belmonte, 224-179, to win the Barbasol PBA Tournament of Champions at Woodland Bowl.

The victory made Weber the first player to complete the PBA Triple Crown for a second time and tied bowling legend Earl Anthony for most major PBA titles with 10.

Weber, who was considered one of the professional tour’s power players when he won his first PBA Tournament of Champions with his unique high back swing back in 1978, is now 50 – the oldest player ever to win the Tournament of Champions – and affectionately called “Gramps” by his younger opponents.

He won his second TOC title to go along with five U.S. Open titles and two PBA World Championships to complete the PBA’s Triple Crown a second time, a feat no other bowler has accomplished. He also owns a PBA Touring Players Championship for his other major. His win Sunday was his 37th, tying him for third place on the PBA all-time titles list with Norm Duke, behind Walter Ray Williams Jr. (47) and Anthony (43).

“I don’t know what it is,” Weber said. “I get up for the majors, but there’s one eluding me and the Weber family – the USBC Masters. I really want that one, and I’m not done yet. I’m not slowing down. I have no plans to retire.”

Weber won Sunday with three doubles, four spares and help from Belmonte, who left the 4-10 split three times – failing to convert it twice.

“I woke up today and said my dream would be to bowl Pete and win by a pin,” Belmonte said. “I got half of it right. I bowled Pete, but I lost by 60.

“Pete is the most talented bowler the world has ever seen, and may ever see,” Belmonte added. “To bowl him in the finals and see him break records like he has broken is really special. If I could achieve half of what he has done by the time my career is over, I’ll be ecstatic.”

Belmonte eliminated defending champion Sean Rash of Montgomery, Ill., 229-171, in the semifinal match. Belmonte started with five strikes while Rash threw only one strike in his first six frames. When Belmonte left the 1-2-4-6-10 in the eighth frame and failed to convert, he gave Rash a glimmer of hope, but Rash was unable to close the gap.

In the second match, Rash followed a first-frame spare with five strikes to build a 34-pin lead over Tommy Jones of Simpsonville, S.C., after Jones left and failed to convert the 3-4-6-7-10 split in his second frame. Despite striking on eight of his last nine shot, Jones was unable to overcome his early mistake against Rash’s error-free game.

Jones started the stepladder finals with a 217-189 victory over Finland’s two-handed star, Osku Palermaa. Jones had a double in the second and third frames which gave him the lead and Palermaa, unable to double the entire game, couldn’t catch up.

The PBA Tour’s winter season ends next Sunday (April 7) when the finals of the Elias Cup, the concluding event of the inaugural PBA League season, airs on ESPN at 1 p.m. ET. The New York City WTT KingPins, owned by women’s sports legend Billie Jean King, is the top-qualifying team for the finals. Other finalists include the Motown Muscle, owned by former Pittsburgh Steelers star Jerome Bettis; the BROOKLYN STyLES, owned by Grey’s Anatomy actor Jesse Williams, and the Dallas Strikers, owned by former NFL great Terrell Owens.


 

2013/03/30

 

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Doug Kent and Danny Wiseman Inducted Into PBA Hall of Fame During Ceremonies in Indianapolis

Doug Kent of Newark, N.Y., the winner of 10 Professional Bowlers Association Tour titles including four major championships, and Danny Wiseman of Baltimore, a 12-time Tour winner with one major title, were inducted into the PBA Hall of Fame for superior performance during ceremonies at the Indianapolis Marriott North Saturday night.

Wiseman, 45, joined the PBA in 1987 and has earned just over $1.55 million. Kent, also 45, joined the PBA in 1988 and has earned just over $1.51 million during his career. In the voting for the 50 Greatest Players in PBA History during the organization’s 50th anniversary celebration in 2009, Wiseman was ranked 42nd and Kent 43rd.

Among Kent’s major titles are the 1991 United States Bowling Congress Masters, his first title, the 2002 PBA World Championship, and the 2006 USBC Masters and Denny’s PBA World Championship. Winning two majors in 2006 led to the Chris Schenkel PBA Player of the Year award. He is one of only nine players ever to win two major titles in the same season.

“As a young player I never thought about Halls of Fame or Player of the Year awards,” Kent said. “All I wanted to be was like my hero Mark Roth.

“I want to thank PBA for the opportunity to be a professional bowler and to live a dream.”

Kent joins his brother-in-law, Parker Bohn III, in the PBA Hall of Fame. Kent’s wife is the former Chrissie Beamish; Bohn’s wife is the former Leslie Beamish. They are the second set of brothers-in-law in the PBA Hall, joining Mike Aulby and Steve Cook, who also married sisters.

Wiseman, who won the first of his 11 standard titles in the 1990 Fair Lanes Open in his hometown in his first television appearance, won the historic 2004 USBC Miller High Life Masters which was staged on a special lane installation inside Miller Park in Milwaukee – the first time a bowling championship had been conducted inside a major league baseball stadium.

Wiseman also had memorable performances in the 1992 Tournament of Champions and 2009 USBC Masters, finishing second in both tournaments.

Early in his career, Wiseman defined himself by compiling the winningest television record in PBA history at that time (21-5), and by introducing a colorful persona that branded him as something of a maverick.

“I never had a lot of natural ability and often wondered how I got to this point,” Wiseman said. “I have to give my parents a lot of the credit. I learned to strive for perfection from dad and to never give up from my mom.

“I took what I learned from a lot of the greats in the sport, combined it with my own ability and made a career out of it.”

Including the Class of 2013, the PBA Hall of Fameconsists of 61 performance, 27 meritorious service and three PBA50 (formerly senior) inductees.

The PBA Hall of Fame ceremonies were held in conjunction with the Barbasol PBA Tournament of Champions which concludes Sunday at Woodland Bowl. Pete Weber, Jason Belmonte, Sean Rash, Tommy Jones and Osku Palermaa will compete for the $50,000 first prize in the live stepladder finals at 2:30 p.m. ET on ESPN.


 

2013/03/29

 

Weber Tops Belmonte in Final Match for No. 1 Berth in Sunday’s PBA Tournament of Champions Finals

Professional Bowlers Association Hall of Famer Pete Weber of St. Ann, Mo., defeated Australian two-handed star Jason Belmonte in their final match Friday night, 226-183, to claim the top qualifying position for Sunday’s Barbasol PBA Tournament of Champions stepladder finals at Woodland Bowl.

The 50-year-old Weber, who is trying for a record-tying 10th major title and a chance to complete the PBA’s Triple Crown for an unprecedented second time, traded leads with Belmonte throughout Friday’s competition before reclaiming the lead in the final game. Weber averaged 236.71 and won 15 of his 24 matches to finish with a 48-game total of 11,812 pins, topping Belmonte by 46 pins for first place.

Weber, who ranks fourth on the all-time PBA Tour titles list with 36, can tie the late Earl Anthony for most PBA major titles if he wins Sunday’s title match. Weber has won the U.S. Open a record five times and the PBA World Championship twice; those events are the other two legs in the PBA Triple Crown.

“When we’re done Sunday, I’ll talk about those things,” Weber said. “I thought I was pulling away from everyone, but all of a sudden, here comes Belmo. I would have been content with second, but I’m happy I only have to bowl one game Sunday.”

Weber credited his older brother Rich for identifying a minor fix in his timing, which made a big difference in the way he has bowled the past two months.

“(Rich) watches me bowl a lot and he never says anything if I’m bowling well,” Weber said. “He hasn’t said anything to me in a couple of months, so I must be doing things right.”

Belmonte, who won his sixth career title and first major title in the United States Bowling Congress Masters in February, had a 14-9-1 match play record and posted a 11,766 pinfall total.

Reigning PBA Player of the Year and defending Tournament of Champions winner Sean Rash of Montgomery, Ill., qualified third with 11,661 pins. Tommy Jones of Simpsonville, S.C., advanced from 12th place at the start of play Friday to qualify fourth, 25 pins ahead of Finland’s Osku Palermaa. Palermaa defeated Bill O’Neill of Langhorne, Pa., in their final match, 198-194, to hold onto the fifth berth in Sunday’s finals.

The Tournament of Champions finals will air live on ESPN Sunday at 2:30 p.m. ET. First prize is $50,000.


 

2013/03/28

 

7-10 Split Conversion Propels Palermaa into Barbasol PBA Tournament of Champions Lead

Finland’s Osku Palermaa left a 7-10 split on his first shot of the day, converted the so-called impossible split and carried that momentum into the lead after four rounds of the Barbasol PBA Tournament of Champions Thursday at Woodland Bowl.

Ironically, Palermaa retained a 29-pin lead over Pete Weber of St. Ann, Mo., when Weber left a 7-10 split in the 10th frame of his final match Thursday night, which he was unable to convert, costing him a chance to overtake the Finnish two-handed star.

Palermaa, a three-time PBA Tour champion and winner of the 2011 PBA World Championship, averaged 240.56 through his first 32 games, but struggled through his the opening round of match play Thursday night, winning four of his eight matches to finish with a total of 7,818 pins. Weber, who can tie the PBA record for most major championships if he wins his 10th major title this week, posted a 5-3 match play record and finished with 7,789 pins.

“I left a 7-10 split in my first frame and converted it, and that’s the way my day started,” Palermaa said. “It was a good omen. To be honest, I’ve probably converted the 7-10 more times than I have bowled 300 games - and I have a few of those – but it was a good day.

“I felt like I bowled better physically Wednesday, but I scored better today,” he added. “Yesterday I made the right moves, but I didn’t make big enough moves. Today the moves were smaller, but I made them pair to pair and I stayed right on top of things.”

But Palermaa saw his 146-pin third-round lead over Australia’s Jason Belmonte shrink to 29 pins over Weber in the evening session.

“I made a few bad shots,” Palermaa said. “I felt like I had no ball reaction, but I got away with three wins early in the round. I should have bowled better.”

Sean Rash of Montgomery, Ill., was in third place with 7,724 pins followed by Belmonte with a 7,688 total and Dick Allen of Columbia, S.C., with a 7,536 total.

All-time PBA titles leader Walter Ray Williams Jr. of Ocala, Fla., saw hopes for a 48th title fade. He sat in 19th place with 16 match play games remaining on Friday, 372 pins away from the fifth spot for Sunday’s stepladder finals. Williams needs to win the Tournament of Champions to become the eighth player to complete the PBA Triple Crown (Tournament of Champions, U.S. Open and PBA World Championship) and the third to complete the Grand Slam (Triple Crown plus USBC Masters).

The Tournament of Champions continues Friday with the final two match play rounds at 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. After 48 games, the top five players will advance to Sunday’s live ESPN stepladder finals at 2:30 p.m. ET.

Friday’s match play rounds (and the PBA Hall of Fame induction ceremonies Saturday night) will be covered live, exclusively on PBA’s online bowling channel, Xtra Frame. For subscription information, visit pba.com.

 

Two-Handers Palermaa, Belmonte Lead Top 24 into Match Play in Barbasol PBA Tournament of Champions

Finland’s Osku Palermaa and Australia’s Jason Belmonte, the top two-handed bowlers in the world, led the field of 24 finalists into the opening round of match play in the Barbasol PBA Tournament of Champions Thursday at Woodland Bowl.

Palermaa, a three-time PBA Tour champion and winner of the 2011 PBA World Championship, averaged 244.88 for his 24 qualifying games, finishing with a total of 5,877 pins to lead Belmonte by 146 pins. Belmonte, who entered the final qualifying round in eighth place, averaged 265.87 for his first seven games in round three before finishing with a 169 game, but he held onto second place with a 5,731 total, 15 pins ahead of Pete Weber of St. Ann, Mo.

“I felt tired this morning, but I started well anyway,” Palermaa said. “I left a 7-10 split in my first frame and converted it, and that’s the way it started. To be honest, I’ve probably converted the 7-10 more times than I have bowled 300 games - and I have a few of those – but it was a good way to start the day.

“Scores were high today, but I made the right guesses,” Palermaa continued. “I felt like I bowled better physically yesterday, but I scored better today. Yesterday I made the right moves, but I didn’t make big enough moves. Today the moves were smaller, but I made them pair to pair and I stayed right on top of things.”

Weber, who is trying for a record-tying 10th major championship, had 5,716 pins for third place. He was followed by reigning PBA Player of the Year Sean Rash in fourth with a 5,599 total and Stuart Williams of England with 5,570 pins.

All-time PBA titles leader Walter Ray Williams Jr. of Ocala, Fla., kept his hopes for a 48th title alive, advancing to match play in 19th place. Williams needs to win the Tournament of Champions to become the eighth player to complete the PBA Triple Crown (Tournament of Champions, U.S. Open and PBA World Championship) and the third to complete the Grand Slam (Triple Crown plus USBC Masters).


 

2013/03/27

 

Pete Weber Charges into Second Round Lead in Barbasol PBA Tournament of Champions

Pete Weber of St. Ann, Mo., in his bid to tie the late Earl Anthony for the most Professional Bowlers Association major titles won, charged into the second round lead in the Barbasol PBA Tournament of Champions Wednesday night at Woodland Bowl.

Weber, at age 50, averaged 242.19 including the only 300 game in the second round to finish with a 16-game total of 3,875 pins. With eight more qualifying games remaining Thursday before the cut to the top 24 for round-robin match play, the PBA Hall of Famer held a 41-pin lead over reigning PBA Player of the Year Sean Rash of Montgomery, Ill.

Weber, a 36-time PBA Tour titlist, ranks fourth on the all-time PBA Tour titles list behind Walter Ray Williams Jr. (47), Earl Anthony (43) and Norm Duke (37). He is trying for his 10th major championship to equal Anthony’s record and his 37th overall title to tie Duke for third place on the career titles list.

He won two of his major titles – the 1991 U.S. Open and 1992 Touring Players Championship – at Woodland Bowl.

“I kinda like it here. I have always enjoyed bowling here,” Weber said. “Winning this one would let me complete the Triple Crown for the second time (he has won the other two legs of the Triple Crown multiple times; the U.S. Open a record five times and the PBA World Championship twice).”

No player has ever won all three PBA Triple Crown events twice.

“I’ve bowled well all year, but something was missing,” Weber added. “My brother Rich straightened it out. It was just a smidgeon in my timing, but it worked. I just feel a lot more confident, and when you have a good reaction and good carry, it just loosens the arm swing up that much more.”

History is on the line , but Weber isn’t concerned about it.

“I don’t think about the majors. That’s the least thing I worry about,” he said. “It’s not Sunday. I’m thinking about making the top 24 first, and then if I make it to the TV show on Sunday, I’ll think about winning. Not now.”

Rash, with 3,834 pins, was followed by Osku Palermaa of Finland with a 3,825 total; first-round leader Scott Norton of Mission Viejo, Calif., in fourth place with 3,812 and Stuart Williams of England in fifth place with 3,757 pins.

The Tournament of Champions continues Thursday with the final eight-game qualifying round at 10 a.m. The top 24 players based on 24-game pinfall totals will then advance to an eight-game round-robin match play round at 5 p.m. The final two eight-game match play rounds will be held Friday at 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. After 48 games, the top five players will advance to Sunday’s live ESPN stepladder finals at 2:30 p.m. ET.

All qualifying and match play rounds of the Tournament of Champions (and the PBA Hall of Fame induction ceremonies Saturday night) will be covered live, exclusively on PBA’s online bowling channel, Xtra Frame. For subscription information, visit pba.com.

 

Norton Averages 252 to Take First Round Lead Over Williams in Barbasol PBA Tournament of Champions

Scott Norton of Mission Viejo, Calif., threw back-to-back games of 300 and 296, and averaged 252.25 for eight games to take the first round lead in the Barbasol PBA Tournament of Champions lead Wednesday at Woodland Bowl.

Norton, who is trying for his third title of the 2012-13 season, and his first major win, said “my pin carry today was ridiculous. It wasn’t a case of the conditions favoring left-handers. It was a matter of, if I hit the 1-2 pocket, I got a strike. It didn’t matter if I was high in the pocket, light or whatever, the pins fell.

“But if you’re going to win out here, you have to have days like that. Lord knows I’ve had enough of the other kind.”

Norton finished the opening round of qualifying with a total of 2,018 pins for a 37-pin lead over the all-time PBA Tour titles leader, Walter Ray Williams Jr. of Ocala, Fla. Williams, a 47-time titlist, has never won win the Tournament of Champions. If he can win this week, he’ll become the eighth player in PBA history to complete the “Triple Crown” (Tournament of Champions, U.S. Open and PBA World Championship), and the third ever to complete the “Grand Slam” (Triple Crown plus USBC Masters).

Pete Weber of St. Ann, Mo., was in third place with 9,159 pins followed by Osku Palermaa of Finland with a 1,940 total and Dick Allen of Columbia, S.C., in fifth place with 1,932 pins.


 

2013/03/24

 

Indianapolis’ Ronnie Russell Wins Brunswick Euro Challenge for First PBA Tour Title, Berth in PBA TOC

After 10 years and 142 tournaments, Indianapolis area native Ronnie Russell captured his first Professional Bowlers Association Tour title Sunday, earning a berth in the Barbasol PBA Tournament of Champions which gets underway Wednesday at Woodland Bowl in his home town.

Russell, a 33-year-old right-hander, defeated Sweden’s James Gruffman, 224-210, to win the Brunswick Euro Challenge at Dream Bowl Palace. The tournament is part of the World Tenpin Bowling Association-PBA International Tour.

Russell jumped out to an early lead in the title match, starting with three strikes, but the tall Swedish left-hander fought his way back. Russell got a big break when Gruffman left the 4-6-10 split late in the game. With a strike on his first ball in the 10th frame, Russell locked up the title.

With his win, Russell became eligible to compete in the PBA Tournament of Champions for the first time, eliminating Cincinnati’s Brian Himmler, who held the 48th and final berth among eligible PBA Tour champions. The Barbasol PBA TOC features an exclusive field of the 48 most recent PBA Tour champions along with any past TOC champions who elect to enter. The tournament will conclude next Sunday with a five-player stepladder final airing live on ESPN at 2:30 p.m. ET.

Russell earned 15,000 Euros, equal to roughly $19,500 U.S. dollars. Gruffman earned 7,500 Euros ($9,750) and England’s Dom Barrett, who lost to Gruffman in the semifinal match, 210-207, won 5,000 Euros ($6,500).

 

Scott Norton Wins Earl Anthony PBA Players Championship for Second Title of 2012-13 Season

Scott Norton of Mission Viejo, Calif., defeated reigning Professional Bowlers Association Player of the Year Sean Rash of Montgomery, Ill., 219-191, to win the Earl Anthony PBA Players Championship at Thunderbowl Lanes for his third career title and second of the 2012-13 season.

The Anthony PBA Players Championship finals aired Sunday on ESPN.

Back-to-back unconverted 4-9 and 4-6-7 splits in the fifth and sixth frames put Rash in a 35-pin hole. He rebounded with a string of three strikes, but Norton continued to fill frames to maintain the lead. When Rash failed to strike in the 10th, Norton only needed seven pins in his 10th frame and the California left-hander threw three strikes to seal the victory.

“I knew Earl Anthony when I was a kid. My mother (women’s professional hall of famer Virginia Norton) bowled on tour at about the same time, so I got to know him,” Norton said. “To win the tournament named in his honor is really special.

“I thought it was a lot to get one title in a year, let alone two,” Norton added. “I don’t even have the words. I knew I was throwing the ball well. I knew I was in a good place mentally. Last year I knew what it took to win, but this year, I just decided I’m out here because I love to bowl and compete, and for no other reason.”

Norton was frustrated that he was unable to put the match away early, given opportunities by Rash, but he said he has new-found confidence that he can ultimately get the job done.

“Every time (Rash) gave me an opening, I couldn’t close the door,” he said, “but I have a little more determination now than I’ve had in the past. Every time I’m on that big stage, I know what I need to do.”

Norton, a practicing attorney when he isn’t bowling on Tour, knows it’s very early to start thinking about the PBA Player of the Year race, but moving into a tie with Mika Koivuniemi as the only two-time winners so far in 2012-13 at least puts him in the conversations.

“If I win POY that’s great,” he said. “That’s everyone’s goal, but I can only do what I can do and the rest isn’t up to me.”

PBA competition resumes with the Barbasol PBA Tournament of Champions and PBA League Elias Cup finals Wednesday-Sunday at Woodland Bowl in Indianapolis. The two-hour, five-player Tournament of Champions stepladder finals will air live on ESPN next Sunday at 2:30 p.m. ET.

 

New York City WTT KingPins Win Top Berth for Inaugural PBA League Elias Cup Finals

L.A. X, a team of Professional Bowlers Association stars owned by Los Angeles Clippers all-star guard Chris Paul, struck on seven of its first eight shots to build an insurmountable lead over the top qualifiers, Terrell Owens’ Dallas Strikers, to win the PBA League Anthony round, 257-214, but it wasn’t enough to earn the team a berth in the PBA League Elias Cup finals.

L.A. X made its ESPN debut in the fifth and final qualifying round of PBA League competition, but missed the Elias Cup finals by two points. The Anthony team round aired Sunday on ESPN.

“It was a game of near misses for us all week,” L.A. X franchise player Jason Belmonte said. “We felt like there was always one game that seemed to get away from us, even in qualifying. The same thing was happening to us in the Clash eliminator rounds.

“I’m always the optimist, so I figured if we got on the main show, we’d take it and today we did. The guys bowled awesome. I’m really proud of them,” he added. “We moved up to fifth in the Elias Cup standings, but we still missed the finals. It was another near miss.”

L.A. X advanced to the Anthony round finals with a 207-206 victory over Chris Hardwick’s Silver Lake Atom Splitters. After L.A. X’s Dave Wodka missed a 10 pin in the eighth frame to give Silver Lake a 10-pin lead, Belmonte struck in the ninth and anchor Parker Bohn III threw three strikes in the 10th frame to put L.A. X back in front. Needing three strikes in his 10th frame to win by one pin, Silver Lake’s Chris Barnes threw two strikes, but left the 4-7 standing on his final shot. The Atom Splitters needed to win the Anthony round to advance to the Elias Cup finals by two points over the Dallas Strikers.

In the opening team match, Silver Lake was nearly perfect in running away with a 279-215 victory over Jerome Bettis’ Motown Muscle. The only flaw in Silver Lake’s 11-strike performance was a 10 pin left by Dom Barrett in the fourth frame, which he converted.

The New York City WTT KingPins, owned by women’s sports legend Billie Jean King, earned the top stepladder berth for the PBA League Elias Cup finals by winning two qualifying rounds during the PBA Detroit Winter Swing and compiling 45 points to out-distance Jerome Bettis’ Motown Muscle by seven points. The BROOKLYN STyLES, owned by actor Jesse Williams, captured the No. 3 berth in the Elias Cup finals thanks to their win in the opening round. The STyLES will meet the Dallas Strikers in the Elias Cup opening match. Dallas claimed the final berth in the finals thanks to its second-place finish in the Anthony round.

PBA competition resumes with the Barbasol PBA Tournament of Champions and PBA League Elias Cup finals next week at Woodland Bowl in Indianapolis. The two-hour Tournament of Champions finals will air live on ESPN next Sunday at 2:30 p.m. ET and the Elias Cup finals will air on Sunday, April 7, at 1 p.m. ET.


 

2013/03/22

 

大友 仁 優勝!

先日3/10(日)に品川プリンスホテルボウリングセンターにて開催されました承認大会・第13回ABS300クラブプロアマトーナメントにて、大友 仁が優勝致しました。

ABS取り扱いボールでパーフェクトを達成した選手のみが参加できる大会とあって、ハイレベルな戦いが繰り広げられ、なかでも準決勝1G目にパーフェクトを達成した大友が勢いに乗って大会を制覇しました。


 

2013/03/17

 

Sean Rash Tops Mika Koivuniemi to Win Kuwait Open for First PBA International Tour Title

Reigning Professional Bowlers Association Player of the Year Sean Rash of Montgomery, Ill., defeated Finnish-American Mika Koivuniemi of Hartland, Mich., 234-201, to win the Kuwait Open at Cozmo Bowling Center Sunday.

The victory was the sixth of Rash’s career and his first in PBA International Tour competition. Rash earned $25,000 and denied Koivuniemi’s bid to add Kuwait to the list of countries where he has won titles. A week earlier, Koivuniemi won the Kingdom of Bahrain International Open – a non-PBA International Tour event – for the 20th different country where he has won titles.

Koivuniemi advanced to the title match with a 238-228 victory over fellow Finn and defending champion Osku Palermaa after Palermaa eliminated Sweden’s Sandra Andersson in match two, 279-176. In the opening stepladder finals match, Anderson ended Ronnie Russell’s bid to earn a berth in the upcoming Barbasol PBA Tournament of Champions, defeating the Indianapolis resident, 226-185.

The final PBA International Tour event prior to the Tournament of Champions is the Brunswick Euro Challenge, Tuesday-Sunday, at Dream Bowl Palace in Munich, Germany. Mike Fagan of Dallas is the defending champion. The Brunswick Euro Challenge will be covered live on the Internet by bowlingdigital.com.

The Kuwait Open and Brunswick Euro Challenge are also World Tenpin Bowling Association World Bowling Tour qualifying events.


 

2013/03/03

 

Georgia’s Sterner Almost Perfect, Rolls 299 to Win PBA Don Carter Classic, First Trip to Barbasol TOC

Jason Sterner of McDonough, Ga., who had never finished higher than seventh place in a Professional Bowlers Association Tour event before the 2012-13 season, won his first PBA Tour title in the Don Carter Classic with a nearly-perfect 299-235 victory over top qualifier Wes Malott of Pflugerville, Texas, at Thunderbowl Lanes.

The Don Carter Classic and PBA League Carter team finals aired Sunday on ESPN.

Sterner, who lost a 199-177 decision to eventual champion Tom Daugherty in his only previous PBA television appearance in the Bowlers Journal Scorpion Championship during the GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling earlier in the season, lost his chance at the 23rd nationally-televised 300 game in PBA history when he left a solid 10 pin on his final shot.

He also lost a bid to join Bob Benoit of Topeka, Kan., as only the second player to win his first PBA Tour title with a 300 game. Benoit won the 1988 Quaker State Open in Grand Prairie, Texas, for his first title in his first PBA television appearance.

“The biggest thing I learned from my first show was getting rid of the nerves, and to trust your decisions,” Sterner said. “It’s a little added pressure to bowl on TV, but once you get comfortable, and trust your decisions, it’s a lot easier.

“I felt very confident,” he added. “I had the right ball, I knew what moves I needed to make and it was just a matter of going through my routine and believing in it. After the first couple of shots, I could see how the lanes were changing, and it just came easy. It was definitely a great feeling.

“When I realized the match was done, I realized I had a shot at 300, and the pins just kept falling,” Sterner continued. “I don’t think I’ve ever bowled that good of a game under pressure, ever.

“The last shot, I liked. I thought it was a great shot, but at that point I was so ready to celebrate the win, the 300 game wasn’t even important.”

With his first PBA Tour title, Sterner also earned his first opportunity to compete in the Barbasol PBA Tournament of Champions, March 26-31 at Woodland Bowl in Indianapolis.

The Don Carter Classic was the third of four PBA Tour events held during the PBA Detroit Winter Swing. The Earl Anthony PBA Players Championship will conclude the Winter Swing on ESPN on Sunday, March 24 at 3 p.m. ET when top qualifier Sean Rash of Montgomery, Ill., meets challenger Scott Norton of Mission Viejo, Calif. The telecast also will include the PBA League Earl Anthony round, the final qualifying round heading into the Elias Cup finals. The Anthony PBA League round qualifiers are Terrell Owens’ Dallas Strikers, Chris Paul’s L.A. X, Jerome Bettis’ Motown Muscle and a fourth team that will advance from the Clash eliminator round.

 

New York City WTT KingPins Win PBA League Don Carter Round, Clinch Elias Cup Finals Berth

The New York City WTT KingPins’ lineup of Tommy Jones, Jack Jurek, Pete Weber, Scott Norton and John Szczerbinski struck on eight of their first nine shots to run away from Jesse Williams’ BROOKLYN STyLES, 243-199, in the title match of the PBA League Don Carter round at Thunderbowl Lanes.

The PBA League Carter round finals, and the championship match of the Don Carter Classic, aired Sunday on ESPN.

The KingPins, owned by women’s sports legend Billie Jean King, clinched a berth in the inaugural PBA League Elias Cup Finals with their win in the Carter round. The top four of eight PBA League teams, based upon points earned in five preliminary rounds, will compete for the first PBA League championship on Sunday, March 31, at Woodland Bowl in Indianapolis as part of Barbasol PBA Tournament of Champions week. The Elias Cup Finals will air on ESPN on April 7 at 1 p.m. ET.

“I think I’m liking my team a lot,” KingPins franchise player Pete Weber beamed after making a surprise lineup change that worked to his team’s advantage. He moved Norton, a left-hander who had been a dominant player in previous PBA League rounds, to the No. 4 position in the lineup and he placed Team USA member and former Wichita State collegiate star John Szczerbinski in the anchor position.

“I know Scott was bowling well (in the anchor position), but Szczerbinski averaged 257 on the Don Carter lane condition in qualifying, so I talked it over with the team and they all agreed to make the change and have John bowl anchor,” Weber said. “It isn’t me; this is our whole team agreeing to what we’re doing. After every shot we communicate and try to help each other.

“I have all the confidence in the world in all of my players. We got a few breaks, but without breaks you don’t win. Tomorrow we might not get them, but today we did and we took advantage of them.”

In the semifinal match between the KingPins, who won the Salvino round earlier in the PBA League series, and the Roth round-winning Motown Muscle, neither team put together consecutive strikes until the KingPins started a string of seven strikes in the sixth frame to run away with a 249-192 win.

In the opening match, owner Jerome Bettis’ Motown team got a string of four strikes from Tom Smallwood, Mike Scroggins, Ronnie Russell and Mike Fagan to take the lead, and they held on for a 210-199 victory over Chris Hardwick’s Silver Lake Atom Splitters when Silver Lake anchor Chris Barnes was unable to double in the 10th frame.

With their second PBA League stepladder win, the KingPins have earned 44 points to lock up no worse than the No. 2 stepladder position for the Elias Cup finals. The PBA League Anthony round – the final qualifying round heading into the Elias Cup finals - will include Terrell Owens’ Dallas Strikers, Chris Paul’s L.A. X, Jerome Bettis’ Motown Muscle and a fourth team that will advance from the Clash eliminator round. The Anthony round and the championship match of the Earl Anthony PBA Players Championship between top qualifier Sean Rash of Montgomery, Ill., and Norton will air on ESPN on Sunday, March 24, at 1 p.m. ET.

 

レギュラーツアー開幕を告げる関西オープン。

一年おきに男女交代で開催されるこの大会、今年は女子大会な上に最終日は3月3日、雛の節句とあって一層華やかな開幕戦となりました。

準決勝ではTV生中継中のパーフェクトの記憶も新しい姫路 麗が順位を落とし、女王・松永裕美も追い上げ届かず敗退となるなど波乱含みの展開となるなか、決勝ラウンドロビンでは予選後半から首位を守る長谷川真実がラウンドロビンで自身初のパーフェクトを達成し、賞金100万円を獲得して決勝ステップラダーへトップシードで進出。

阿部聖水、中谷優子が後に続くと、5勝7敗で勝利ポイントは低かったものの高アベレージをキープした吉田真由美が最後の一枠を守りました。

そして始まったTV決勝、4位決定戦は吉田と中谷の親友対決。

会場となった神戸スカイレーンのホストプロとして、なんとしても勝ちたい中谷はターキーでスタートしたものの4フレーム目で痛恨のビッグファイブ。今年1月末に腰を痛め、一時は欠場も考えたと語る吉田はスペアからのスロースタートを切りますが、4・5フレームでダブルを決めて中谷に追いつくと後半は一転して5連続ストライクを決め、中谷を下します。

3位決定戦で吉田を待ち受ける阿部もまた、トップシードの長谷川とは姉妹のような間柄。長谷川との親友対決の上で悲願の初優勝を果たしたいとターキーで先行する吉田に食らいつき、中盤5フレーム目を吉田がオープンにするとワンマークリードを奪って10フレームに臨みます。

しかし阿部の1投目は4・6・10番を残す悪夢のスプリット。対する吉田は9フレーム目からのターキーを決めて逆転、昨年の最終戦から連続となる優勝決定戦へと駒を進めました。

盟友・阿部の仇討ち、そして昨年初優勝を果たした宮崎へ新たな優勝報告を手土産にしたい長谷川。親友の中谷をその手で倒してきた以上、頂点を手に入れるまで負けるわけにはいかない吉田。

それぞれ大事なものを背負い、そして多くのファンをはじめ大切な人達に見守られながらの二人の対決は、ともにターキーでの滑り出しに。

中盤でストライクが続かなかった吉田を、再びターキーを決めた長谷川がリードしながらも差を開くことは出来ず、油断できない状況のまま迎えた勝負どころの9フレーム目、吉田がラッキーを拾ってダブルを決め、勝敗の行方を10フレーム目へと持ち越します。

1投目は両者ともにストライク。続いて吉田が2投目で10番ピンを残し、長谷川はダブルを持って来られればほぼ勝利が決まるという場面となりましたが、無情にも7番ピンが飛んでくれません。

3投目、「腰を痛めてから練習した、これまでのがつんとした投げ方とは違う優しい投げ方がレーンに合っていた」という吉田のボールは、きっちり10番ピンを捉えて自力優勝を確定。

まさに今日が結婚記念日の吉田、両親と愛息子のりゅうき君、そして10年連れ添ってきた大切な伴侶が見守るなか、昨年末の全日本女子での雪辱を果たす見事な開幕戦優勝を果たしました!

 

 

長谷川真実

ラウンドロビンパーフェクト賞で100万円獲得の長谷川真実が予選・準決勝に続きラウンドロビンもトップ通過、完全優勝を狙いトップシードでTV決勝へ! そして初優勝を目指す阿部聖水が2位、ホームの中谷優子が大声援を受け3位、中谷の親友であり地元関西の吉田真由美が4位でTV進出を果たす。


 

2013/03/02

 

 

長谷川真実

長谷川真実が予選に続き準決勝もトップで完全優勝、そして昨年の「宮崎オープン」初優勝に続く2勝目を狙う! 会場所属の中谷優子は前半3G571で順位を落とすも後半3G716と奮起し(ラストゲーム247を打ち)7位で進出。ディフェンディングチャンピオンの松永裕美は予選27位からラストゲーム268で滑り込みを狙ったが1マーク足りず次点の13位で終了。

 

 

長谷川真実


 

2013/03/01

 

 

姫路 麗

昨年の女子ツアー最終ゲーム「全日本女子プロボウリング選手権」優勝決定戦で見事TV生中継パーフェクトゲームVを達成した姫路 麗が、地元関西でスタートした今季開幕戦「関西オープン」も予選前半トップの好スタート!


 

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