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2013/05/30

 

Barnes Starts Final Round with 300, Races Away to Top Berth for Lucas Oil PBA Milwaukee Open Finals

Chris Barnes of Double Oak, Texas, started the final round of match play in the Lucas Oil PBA Milwaukee Open Thursday night with a 300-237 victory over E.J. Tackett and raced away from the field to capture the top qualifying berth for Sunday’s Milwaukee Open stepladder finals at AMF Bowlero.

Barnes, a 43-year-old 14-time PBA Tour champion, defeated PBA Hall of Famer Pete Weber of St. Ann, Mo., in his second match and toppled Weber from the lead one game later. Barnes, who hasn’t won a PBA title in the U.S. since the 2011 PBA World Championship, won seven of his eight matches in the Badger match play round to finish with a 59-game average of 228.83 and a total of 14,011 pins, topping Weber by 289 pins.

Weber, who led the field after the morning Wolf round, lost his first six matches, but had a big enough margin to hold onto second place with a total of 13,722 pins, 39 ahead of his long-time rival and fellow 37-time PBA Tour title winner, Norm Duke of Clermont, Fla. Duke won his first five Badger round matches to lock himself into the stepladder finals.

Barnes qualified for his second television final in the GEICO PBA Summer Swing series. He also was No. 2 qualifier for the Bear Open finals. Duke and Weber had previously qualified for Saturday’s Lucas Oil Wolf Open finals in the No. 2 and No. 4 spots, respectively.

“I’m the young guy among the top three, so I came out of the tournament in pretty good shape,” Barnes said. “I’m a practice guy anyway, so all of the games didn’t really bother me.”

As top qualifier, Barnes earned the right to select the lane condition that will be used in the stepladder finals, and he selected the Badger pattern.

“Tonight was pretty good. The Badger played a lot tighter here at Bowlero on the synthetic lanes than it did on the natural wood at AMF Waukesha,” Barnes said. “There aren’t 10 other guys who can adjust ball speed as well as I can, so I was able to keep my ball speed down without losing my rev rate. Combine that with a new ball I used, and things worked out pretty well.”

Barnes has historically struggled as the top qualifier – he’s 2-10 in that position – but he said that is no longer a problem.

“When you look at my whole history, when I started working with Mark Baker a few years ago, he caught a flaw that was happening to me on TV and since then, my record on TV has improved significantly. If not my record, at least my confidence has improved significantly. There was a time when there was a lot of baggage with being the top qualifier, but now I know who I am, where I come from and where my mistakes come from. I’m comfortable in my own skin now.”

Seven players battled throughout the final round for the final two berths in the Milwaukee Open finals before Mike Fagan of Fort Worth, Texas, and Jason Sterner of McDonough, Ga., won their position round matches – despite a 10-minute power blackout two frames into position round – to clinch the No. 4 and No. 5 berths. Sterner threw two strikes in the 10th frame to outlast Michael Haugen Jr. of Phoenix, 216-206, in the final match.

The Milwaukee Open was contested on a combination of three challenging “animal” lane conditions introduced for the four-tournament GEICO PBA Summer Swing: a 40-foot Bear lane conditioning pattern similar to the demanding U.S Open lane condition, a 32-foot Wolf pattern (the shortest application of oil of any of the eight PBA animal patterns), and a 52-foot Badger pattern (the longest oil condition the PBA has ever used). Milwaukee Open finalists qualified during the Badger, Wolf and Bear Open tournaments held over the previous 10 eight days at AMF Waukesha, AMF West and AMF Bowlero, respectively.

The stepladder finals for the Badger, Wolf, Bear and Milwaukee Opens will be contested Saturday at 11 a.m., 2:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. respectively. The GEICO Summer King of the Swing special event will follow the Milwaukee Open finals Sunday at 3:30 p.m. The Summer Swing finals will air on five consecutive Tuesdays at 7 p.m. ET beginning June 11.

 

Weber Extends Lead After Second Match Play Round In Lucas Oil Milwaukee Open

With the help of a 6-2 match play record and 250.2 average for eight games, PBA Hall of Famer Pete Weber extended his lead in the Lucas Oil Milwaukee Open after Thursday’s opening match play round.

Bowling on the 32-foot Wolf lane conditioning pattern, Weber, who leads the 24-player field with a 11,974 pinfall total (including bonus), has compiled a 13-3 overall record after two rounds bowling games of 254, 223, 241, 247, 245, 268, 277 and 247 today.

The final Milwaukee Open match play round will get underway at 6:30 p.m. ET tonight on the 52-foot Badger lane condition. The top five players after 59 games will advance to the Milwaukee Open stepladder finals Sunday at noon.

“The more I keep bowling the more I’m able to get better at repeating shots,” said the 2013 PBA Tournament of Champions winner and 37-time Tour champion. “The more I bowl the more consistent I’m getting and even at this point I’m still improving on that consistency.

“But even though I feel I’m getting better each round, every round is different so I still have to make sure I have the right equipment and be ready to make the right adjustments.”

Weber holds a 165- pin lead over 13-time Tour winner Chris Barnes in second with 11,809. Rounding out the top five are Dan MacLelland, 11,707; Hall of Famer Norm Duke, 11,689 and Eugene McCune, 11,585.

The Milwaukee Open is the fourth and final event in the GEICO PBA Summer Swing presented by Lucas Oil. Finalists in the Milwaukee Open qualified during the Badger, Wolf and Bear Open tournament, conducted on three different lane conditions over the past eight days at AMF Waukesha, AMF West and AMF Bowlero, respectively.

The stepladder finals for the Badger, Wolf, Bear and Milwaukee Opens will be contested Saturday at 11 a.m., 2:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. respectively. The GEICO Summer King of the Swing special event will follow the Milwaukee Open finals Sunday at 3:30 p.m. The Summer Swing finals will air on five consecutive Tuesdays at 7 p.m. ET beginning June 11.


 

2013/05/29

 

Pete Weber Storms into Lucas Oil PBA Milwaukee Open Lead Behind Near-Perfect Opening Match Play Round

Pete Weber of St. Ann, Mo., won his first seven matches in the Lucas Oil PBA Milwaukee Open Wednesday night at AMF Bowlero to storm into a 23–pin lead over Chris Barnes of Double Oak, Texas, heading into Thursday’s final two match play rounds.

Weber, who entered the opening round of Milwaukee Open match play in fifth place, steadily moved up to finish the day with a 43-game total of 9,792 pins, including 210 match play bonus pins. His only loss came in his final match against fellow 37-time PBA Tour titlist Norm Duke of Clermont, Fla., 213-201. Barnes, a 14-time PBA Tour winner, held the lead early in the round and finished with 9,769 pins.

Canada’s Dan MacLelland, who is trying for his first PBA Tour title and the first ever by a Canadian, was in third place with 9,615 pins followed by Duke with a 9,603 total and three-time Tour winner Eugene McCune of Munster, Ind., with 9,588 pins.

The first round of Milwaukee Open match play was contested on the challenging 40-foot Bear lane conditioning pattern, a scoring environment similar to the U.S Open lane condition which is considered the most difficult in bowling. Weber has won the U.S. Open a record five times, so he embraced the challenge.

“I don’t mind this pattern at all,” he grinned.

“The lanes were a little different today than they were yesterday (for the Bear Open),” he added. “I started the day with a 160 game, so I changed to a ball I figured wouldn’t work, and I shot 240, 230, 230, 230 in the last four games of qualifying.

“Tonight I tried another ball I didn’t think would work, used it for three games on the left lane along with a different ball on the right lane, and I felt good about it.

“I got to move inside to the fourth and fifth arrow, and I like playing in there. My arm swing was loose and when your arm swing is loose, good things happen.”

Wednesday, the Milwaukee Open match play finals conclude with an eight-game round on the 32-foot Wolf Open pattern at 11 a.m. and eight games on the 52-foot Badger lane condition at 5:30 p.m. The top five players after 59 games will advance to the Milwaukee Open stepladder finals Sunday at noon.

The Milwaukee Open is the fourth and final event in the GEICO PBA Summer Swing presented by Lucas Oil. Finalists in the Milwaukee Open qualified during the Badger, Wolf and Bear Open tournament, conducted on three different lane conditions over the past eight days at AMF Waukesha, AMF West and AMF Bowlero, respectively.

The Milwaukee Open match play rounds are being covered live, exclusively on PBA’s online bowling channel, Xtra Frame.

The stepladder finals for the Badger, Wolf, Bear and Milwaukee Opens will be contested Saturday at 11 a.m., 2:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. respectively. The GEICO Summer King of the Swing special event will follow the Milwaukee Open finals Sunday at 3:30 p.m. The Summer Swing finals will air on five consecutive Tuesdays at 7 p.m. ET beginning June 11.

 

Bill O’Neill Leads After Lucas Oil Milwaukee Open Cashers Round

Four-time Tour winner Bill O’Neill topped a field of 24 players advancing to the first match play round of the Lucas Oil Milwaukee Open Wednesday at AMF Bowlero Lanes.

The 28 players who competed in today’s Milwaukee Open cashers round were the top scorers from the combined qualifying rounds of the GEICO Summer Swing Badger, Wolf and Bear Opens. Mika Koivuniemi, Osku Palermaa, Sean Rash and Andrew Graff failed to advance to match play.

O’Neill had games of 224, 181, 167, 220 and 231 in today’s round to bring his 35-game pinfall total to 7,896 (225.6 average). He maintains a 19-pin lead over Mike Fagan in second with 7,877.

“I’ve been able to play wherever I’ve wanted to play throughout the whole tournament,” O’Neill said of competing in three different tournaments on three different lane conditions. “In this situation where you’re bowling multiple events on multiple conditions, it’s a matter of finding the part of the lane where you feel the most comfortable.

“In the middle of this round I wasn’t able to find that comfortable place but I was fortunate to get in a better position toward the end of the round.”

O’Neill, the 2010 U.S. Open champion, has already qualified for one Summer Swing TV final as the No. 5 qualifier for the Lucas Oil PBA Wolf Open.

Rounding out the top five heading into tonight’s first match play round are Chris Barnes (7,862), Chris Loschetter (7,824 and Pete Weber (7,804).

After this evening’s match play round, match play continues Thursday at 11 a.m. (Wolf pattern) and Thursday at 5:30 p.m. (Badger pattern). The top five after 59 games will advance to the Milwaukee Open finals at 11 a.m. Sunday at Bowlero.

The Milwaukee Open cashers round and match play rounds are being covered live, exclusively on PBA’s online bowling channel, Xtra Frame.

The stepladder finals for the Badger, Wolf, Bear and Milwaukee Opens will be contested Saturday at 11 a.m., 2:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. respectively. The GEICO Summer King of the Swing special event will follow the Milwaukee Open finals Sunday at 2:30 p.m. The Summer Swing finals will air on five consecutive Tuesdays at 7 p.m. ET beginning June 11.


 

2013/05/28

 

Australia’s Belmonte Charges From 10th to First in Lucas Oil PBA Bear Open; Hess Rolls 300 to Make TV

Australia’s Jason Belmonte won six of his final eight matches and tied another to charge out of 10th place and capture the top stepladder finals berth for the Lucas Oil PBA Bear Open Tuesday night at AMF Bowlero.

Belmonte, who is trying for his seventh PBA Tour title, averaged a modest 215.65 for a 26-game total of 5,952 pins, including match play bonus, to complete a move that began when he dropped to 24th place after the first two games of match play Tuesday. Chris Barnes of Double Oak, Texas, finished second with 5,891 pins followed by Chris Loschetter of Avon, Ohio, with a 5,855 total; Canada’s Dan MacLelland with 5,819 pins and Tom Hess of Urbandale, Iowa, with a 5,811 total.

“I bowled really, really well tonight,” the Aussie two-handed star said. “After sitting in 24th place two games into match play, I was just hoping to maybe break into the top 10. Then I got closer, and I drilled a new ball that gave me a lot better look down the lane. It carried so much better, and that was the difference.”

Belmonte finished seventh in the Badger Open last week at AMF Waukesha, the first of the fourth GEICO PBA Summer Swing tournaments, but then finished 69th in the Wolf Open at AMF West – a performance that knocked him out of the Milwaukee Open field.

“My goal when I came over here was to do well on all of the patterns,” Belmonte said. “I just missed on the first one (Badger). The second one (Wolf) was – what’s a good word – disaster? But I never give up, even in the Wolf.

“It was just like today,” he continued. “I needed to dig a little deeper and I’m a whole lot happier now than I was last week. Hopefully I can cap it off with one more good game on TV and add another “W”.

Barnes will be trying for his 15th title in the Bear Open finals. Loschetter, who led the tournament heading into the final eight games, is trying for his first title after nine years on Tour. He also is top qualifier for the Wolf Open finals. MacLelland, also a non-titlist, hopes to become the first Canadian ever to win a PBA Tour title. Hess, who won his only title in the 2011 United States Bowling Congress Masters, made a huge move when he bowled the tournament’s only 300 game in the sixth game of the final round, and then jumped from eighth to fifth with a 268-210 victory over collegiate star Aaron Lorincz of Belleville, Mich., in the final position round match.

The Bear Open was conducted on a flat 40-foot oiling pattern – similar to the demanding scoring environment used for the U.S. Open. It is the third of four events that compose the GEICO PBA Summer Swing presented by Lucas Oil. The Bear Open stepladder finals will be conducted at 6 p.m. Saturday at AMF Bowlero and will air on CBS Sports Network on June 25 at 7 p.m. ET.

The PBA Summer Swing continues Wednesday when the top 28 qualifiers from the Badger, Wolf and Bear “animal pattern” events compete in the five-game Lucas Oil PBA Milwaukee Open cashers round on the Bear pattern at 11 a.m. at Bowlero. Based on 35-game pinfall totals, the top 24 will advance to three eight-game match play rounds Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. (Bear pattern), Thursday at 11 a.m. (Wolf pattern) and Thursday at 5:30 p.m. (Badger pattern). The top five after 59 games will advance to the Milwaukee Open finals at 11 a.m. Sunday at Bowlero. There will be no competition on Friday.

The Milwaukee Open cashers round and match play rounds Wednesday and Thursday will be covered live, exclusively on PBA’s online bowling channel, Xtra Frame.

The stepladder finals for the Badger, Wolf, Bear and Milwaukee Opens will be contested Saturday at 11 a.m., 2:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. respectively. The GEICO Summer King of the Swing special event will follow the Milwaukee Open finals Sunday at 2:30 p.m. The Summer Swing finals will air on five consecutive Tuesdays at 7 p.m. ET beginning June 11.

 

Hoping for Second Summer Swing Telecast Appearance, Loschetter Leads Bear Open After First Match Play Round

After Tuesday’s first match play round in the Lucas Oil Bear Open at AMF Bowlero Lanes, Chris Loschetter surged from 12th to start the round to take the lead over the 24-player field.

Loschetter opened with a 7-1 match play record and tallied a 4,130 overall pinfall total (including bonus pins) to take a 76-pin lead over Ryan Shafer in second with 4,054. He is trying to make his second Summer Swing telecast appearance having earned top qualifier honors earlier in the GEICO Summer Swing for the Wolf Open.

“It was a combination of people not bowling well against me and I was just bowling generally pretty well,” said Loschetter. “It probably helped that I was able to play an outside shot for most of the round when everyone else was playing inside.”

Loschetter is hoping to win his first PBA Tour title after nine seasons on Tour. He has finished second four times during his career and his best finish this season was fourth in the Cheetah Open conducted as part of World Series of Bowling IV last November.

Even though Loschetter already has a top qualifier spot in his pocket, he knows he has a lot of work to do in this evening’s second match play round to keep the pace.

“I had a great look in the Wolf tournament but it’s taking a little more work here,” he said. “It hasn’t come as easy in this tournament. For the next round I expect to have to make quite a few more adjustments. I need to stay focused and not get ahead of myself.”

Rounding out the top five after the first round are Dan MacLelland, Canada, in third with 4,051 (6-2); Dom Barrett, England, 4,039 (7-1), and Hall of Famer Pete Weber of St. Ann, Mo., also trying for his second Summer Swing TV appearance, and Brian Kretzer of Dayton, Ohio, tied for fifth with 3,997 (5-3).

Missy Parkin, trying to become only the second woman to win a PBA Tour tournament, finished the first match play round in ninth with a 3,934 overall pinfall total.

The Bear Open is being contested on a flat 40-foot oiling pattern and is the third of four events that compose the GEICO PBA Summer Swing presented by Lucas Oil.

Tonight’s final eight-game match play round will determine the top five players who will compete in Bear Open TV finals which will be taped by the CBS Sports Network June 1 at 6 p.m. ET

The 28 qualifiers from the Badger, Wolf and Bear “animal pattern” events will compete in the Milwaukee Open cashers round which will be contested on the Bear pattern at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Bowlero. Based on 35 games, the top 24 will then advance to three eight-game match play rounds at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday (Bear pattern), and 11 a.m. (Wolf pattern) and 5:30 p.m. (Badger pattern) on Thursday. There will be no competition on Friday.

Five-player stepladder finals for the Badger, Wolf, Bear and Milwaukee Opens, plus the GEICO Summer King of the Swing special event, will be taped over two days by the CBS Sports Network Saturday and Sunday at AMF Bowlero for airing on five consecutive Tuesdays at 7 p.m. ET beginning June 11.

The GEICO Summer King of the Swing will include the four Summer Swing event champions plus the next highest points leader who hasn’t won a title. Those five will compete in a $25,000 stepladder final for a $10,000 first prize, concluding the summer series on June 2.

 

西村美紀 優勝!

5/26(日)、承認大会・第3回ボウラーズストリートカップフタバオープンが泉大津フタバボウル(大阪)にて開催され、西村美紀が優勝致しました。

大会当日はUSTREAMにてネット生中継が行われ、女子プロ16名、アマチュア選手は関西・関東の2会場で予選が行われたとあって華やかなうえにもレベルの高い大会となった模様です。

 

プロの部を川添奨太が制す!

5/26(日)に下関ロイヤルボウルにて開催されました承認大会・第10回下関オープンロイヤルカップにおいて、川添奨太がプロの部で優勝致しました。

山口・福岡を中心にプロアマ198名が参加し、予選1G目には内山 智昭がパーフェクトを達成。伊福正直、愛甲恵子と川添の3名で行われた優勝決定戦では、川添が267ピンのビッグゲームを打ってぶっちぎりの優勝を果たし、大変盛り上がった大会となりました。

またアマチュアの部では昨年11月のジャパンオープンでHS賞を受賞した辻本博樹選手が優勝されました。


 

2013/05/27

 

Dave Wodka Paces Match Play Field in Lucas Oil PBA Bear Open; O’Neill Heads Milwaukee Open Qualifiers

Dave Wodka of Henderson, Nev., emerged at the top of the qualifying pile after six lead changes in the final six games in the Lucas Oil PBA Bear Open Monday at AMF Bowlero, averaging 223.5 to lead the field of 24 players who advanced to Tuesday’s match play rounds.

Wodka, 42, is trying for his first title since he won the 1999 Greater Detroit Open for his only PBA Tour win. He finished qualifying in front of a packed house at AMF Bowlero with a 10-game total of 2,235 pins on a demanding lane condition, rolling games of 229, 210, 216, 206 and 246 Monday night to take a 27–pin lead over Chris Barnes of Double Oak, Texas.

Qualifying third was PBA Hall of Famer Pete Weber of St. Ann, Mo., with 2,000 pins followed by 2013 Intercollegiate Singles Champion Aaron Lorincz of Belleville, Mich., with a 2,195 total and Mike Fagan of Dallas with 2,184 pins.

“I really had only one bad game,” Wodka said. “I finished the first round with a 176. After that, I came in with a game plan of doing nothing other than making one good shot at a time. I know you’re always supposed to do that, but I really focused on that, and I only had two opens in the second block. Both of those were in the same game, but I still bailed out a 205 and that’s just as important when scores are like they were as anything.”

Wodka would love to end his 14-year winless drought, but isn’t getting ahead of himself.

“It’s been a lot of years (since I won), but there are a lot of games left,” he said. “It’s going to be a long day (Tuesday) and winning matches is going to be of utmost importance. Getting those 30 bonus pins for winning matches when the scores are as low as they are will be huge.”

The Bear Open is being contested on a flat 40-foot oiling pattern which is similar to the U.S. Open lane condition, considered the most challenging scoring environment on the PBA Tour schedule. The Bear Open is the third of four events that compose the GEICO PBA Summer Swing presented by Lucas Oil, and it was the final qualifying event for the Milwaukee Open which begins Wednesday at AMF Bowlero.

The top 28 qualifiers based on total pinfall after 30 qualifying games from the Badger, Wolf and Bear “animal pattern” events advance to the five-game Milwaukee Open cashers which will be contested on the Bear pattern at 11 a.m. Wednesday. Based on 35 games, the top 24 will then advance to three eight-game match play rounds at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday (Bear pattern), and 11 a.m. (Wolf pattern) and 5:30 p.m. (Badger pattern) on Thursday. There will be no competition on Friday.

Leading the Milwaukee Open qualifiers was Bill O’Neill of Langhorne, Pa., who averaged 229.1 for a 30-game total of 6,873 pins. Surviving the cut in 28th place was reigning PBA Player of the Year Sean Rash of Montgomery, Ill., who qualified 27th. The 28th and final berth in the Milwaukee Open went to Andrew Graff of Las Vegas by seven pins over Brett Cunningham of Clay, N.Y.

Five-player stepladder finals for the Badger, Wolf, Bear and Milwaukee Opens, plus the GEICO Summer King of the Swing special event, will be taped over two days by the CBS Sports Network Saturday and Sunday at AMF Bowlero for airing on five consecutive Tuesdays at 7 p.m. ET beginning June 11.

The GEICO Summer King of the Swing will include the four Summer Swing event champions plus the next highest points leader who hasn’t won a title. Those five will compete in a $25,000 stepladder final for a $10,000 first prize, concluding the summer series on June 2.

 

Canada’s Dan MacLelland Takes First Round Lead in Lucas Oil PBA Bear Open

Canada’s Dan MacLelland went into his U.S. Open mode Monday, averaging 237 for the first five games of qualifying in the Lucas Oil PBA Bear Open to take a three–pin lead over Chris Loschetter of Avon, Ohio.

MacLelland, a 28-year-old former Saginaw Valley State University collegiate star, is trying for this first PBA Tour title, which make him the first Canadian ever to win a PBA Tour title. He fired games of 211, 244, 227, 233 and 270 Monday afternoon for a 1,185 total, overtaking Loschetter in the final game. Loschetter, who also is trying for his first PBA Tour title, posted a 1,182 total for second place.

“I just went into my U.S. Open frame of mind,” he said. “I tried to get ball to the pocket and make spares. We all know this pattern plays deep; it kind of depends on how far left other guys start, but with my power game, I was pretty confident I’d do ok if I could match up with my equipment and I did.”

The Bear Open is being bowled on a flat 40-foot oiling pattern which is similar to the U.S. Open lane condition, considered the most challenging scoring environment on the PBA Tour schedule. The Bear Open is the third of four events that compose the GEICO PBA Summer Swing presented by Lucas Oil, and the final qualifying event for the Milwaukee Open which begins Wednesday at AMF Bowlero.

While the scoring pace is lower than it was on the 52-foot Badger Open lane condition at AMF Waukesha and the 32-foot Wolf Open pattern used at AMF West last week, it was just want MacLelland was hoping for.

“This tournament has the U.S. Open characteristics, but the lane surface (at AMF Bowlero) is helping make scores higher,” MacLelland said. “I’m trying to take advantage on the good pairs, and so far it’s working.

“I had a great PBA World Championship during the PBA World Series of Bowling last fall (where he finished fifth), but I missed a few cuts in (the Detroit Winter Swing) and I missed the first cut here,” he continued. “I just want to get back into the cut and make it to TV shows.”

Loschetter, who has already qualified for the Wolf Open television finals as the top qualifier, finished 23 pins ahead of Mike Fagan of Dallas. Two more non-tiltists – John Szczerbinski of North Tonawanda, N.Y., and Jon VanHees of Charlestown, R.I. - sat in fourth and fifth positions heading into Monday night’s final five-game qualifying round with 1,151 and 1,140 totals, respectively.

After Monday night’s final five qualifying games, the top 28 qualifiers based on total pinfall after 30 qualifying games from the Badger, Wolf and Bear “animal pattern” events will advance to the Milwaukee Open. After 25 of 30 games, Bill O'Neill of Langhorne, Pa., is the Milwaukee Open qualifying leader with a 5,853, 49 pins ahead of Mike Fagan of Dallas. With five games to go, Randy Weiss of Columbia, S.C.; Szczerbinski and reigning PBA Player of the Year Sean Rash of Montgomery, Ill., were tied for 28th place with 5,431 pins.

Five-player stepladder finals for the Badger, Wolf, Bear and Milwaukee Opens, plus the GEICO Summer King of the Swing special event, will be taped over two days by the CBS Sports Network June 1-2 at Bowlero for airing on five consecutive Tuesdays at 7 p.m. ET beginning June 11.

The GEICO Summer King of the Swing will include the four Summer Swing event champions plus the next highest points leader who hasn’t won a title. Those five will compete in a $25,000 stepladder final for a $10,000 first prize, concluding the summer series on June 2.

All qualifying and match play rounds during the GEICO PBA Summer Swing presented by Lucas Oil are being covered live on PBA’s online bowling channel, Xtra Frame. For subscription information, click on the Xtra Frame logo on the pba.com home page.

 

 

2013/05/24

 

Loschetter Tops Duke by Two Pins for Top Berth in Lucas Oil PBA Wolf Open Stepladder Finals on June 1

Chris Loschetter of Avon, Ohio, trying for his first Professional Bowlers Association Tour title after nine years, held off PBA Hall of Famer Norm Duke by two pins to earn the top stepladder berth for the June 1 Lucas Oil PBA Wolf Open finals at AMF West Friday night.

Loschetter, who has finished second four times in his career, led the tournament from the second game, fighting off challenges all day Friday and clinging to the No. 1 position when Duke left a solid 8 pin in the 10th frame of his final game.

Loschetter celebrated his 33rd birthday by finishing the Wolf Open, the second of four tournaments in the GEICO PBA Winter Swing presented by Lucas Oil with a 26-game total of 6,617 pins, including match play bonus pins, and a feeling that maybe it’s time to win his first PBA Tour title.

“I’m definitely due,” he said. “I feel like I deserve a title more than anybody out here. I’ve worked hard. I deserve it. I hope this time it happens. I’ve had some horrible breaks on TV, but I think the time has come.”

Loschetter will meet the winner of a stepladder field including Duke in second place; 20-year-old rookie E.J. Tackett of Huntington, Ind., in third place with 6,554 pins; PBA Hall of Famer Pete Weber of St. Ann, Mo., in fourth place with a 6,477 total, and Bill O’Neill of Langhorne, Pa., in fifth with 6,436 pins.

As relieved as Loschetter was to hold onto the lead, Duke was stunned over his bad break.

“That ball could have struck,” he said of the 8 pin that stood on a solid pocket hit. “Unbelievable. That was the third solid 8 pin I left in the last three games. They cost me 70 pins.

“Mentally I’m exhausted,” he continued. “Physically I’m fine except my right thumb wants to fall off. I’m a little frustrated, but I’ll tell you, a lot of other guys are frustrated, too.”

Missing the top position for the Wolf Open stepladder finals means there can’t be a showdown match for the title between Duke and Weber, each of whom owns 37 PBA Tour titles, tied for third best in PBA history behind Walter Ray Williams Jr. (47) and Earl Anthony (43). But the two hall of famers could meet in the semifinal match.

“We haven’t bowled each other on TV in a long time,” Duke said, “but Pete and I have had some barn burners over the years. Pete’s one of the best that ever lived. We’re dear friends. We’re both aware of where we are in our careers, and to be mentioned in the same breath with him is really special.”

Tackett, a two-time member of Junior Team USA, will be making his first television appearance in the Wolf Open finals on Saturday, June 1, at 2:30 p.m. CT. O’Neill is trying for his fifth PBA Tour title.

The GEICO PBA Summer Swing now moves to AMF Bowlero in nearby Wauwatosa for the Lucas Oil Bear Open. Following a day off on Saturday, players will bowl practice and pro-am events Sunday followed by two five-game qualifying rounds on Monday. The top 24 will then advance to two eight-game match play rounds on Tuesday.

The Bear Open is the final qualifying leg leading into the Lucas Oil Milwaukee Open which will be held Wednesday and Thursday, also at AMF Bowlero. The Milwaukee Open will feature the top 28 qualifiers based on total pinfall after 30 qualifying games from the Badger, Wolf and Bear “animal pattern” events. O’Neill leads the Milwaukee Open qualifying field after 20 games.

Stepladder finals for all four PBA Tour events, plus the GEICO Summer King of the Swing special event, will be taped over two days by the CBS Sports Network June 1-2 at Bowlero for airing on five consecutive Tuesdays at 7 p.m. ET beginning June 11.

The GEICO Summer King of the Swing will include the four Summer Swing event champions plus the next highest points leader who hasn’t won a title. Those five will compete in a $25,000 stepladder final for a $10,000 first prize, concluding the summer series on June 2.

 

Loschetter Retains Lucas Oil PBA Wolf Open Lead Heading into Friday Night’s Final Match Play Round

Chris Loschetter of Avon, Ohio, trying for his first Professional Bowlers Association Tour title after nine years, continued to bowl at a torrid pace and retained the lead in the Lucas Oil PBA Wolf Open at AMF West heading into Friday night’s final eight games of match play.

Loschetter, who is celebrating his 33rd birthday on Friday, won five of his eight matches Friday afternoon and tied another, averaging 247.33 to finish with an 18-game total of 4,617 pins and an 83-pin lead over PBA Hall of Famer Norm Duke of Clermont, Fla. Duke won seven of eight matches to advance from 16th place to second with a 4,534 total.

Rounding out the top five heading into Friday night’s final match play round were Bill O’Neill of Langhorne, Pa., with 4,517 pins followed by 20-year-old rookie E.J. Tackett of Huntington, Ind., at 4,506 and PBA Hall of Famer Pete Weber of St. Ann, Mo., with a 4,426 total. Duke and Weber are tied for third on the list of PBA Tour all-time title winners with 37 each.

Following Friday night’s final Wolf Open match play round, the GEICO PBA Summer Swing moves to AMF Bowlero in nearby Wauwatosa for the Lucas Oil Bear Open. Following Sunday’s practice and pro-am events, players will bowl two five-game qualifying rounds on Monday and the top 24 will advance to two eight-game match play rounds on Tuesday.

The Bear Open is the final qualifying leg leading into the Lucas Oil Milwaukee Open which will be held Wednesday and Thursday, also at AMF Bowlero. The Milwaukee Open will feature the top 28 qualifiers based on total pinfall after 30 qualifying games from the Badger, Wolf and Bear “animal pattern” events.

Stepladder finals for all four PBA Tour events, plus the GEICO Summer King of the Swing special event, will be taped over two days by the CBS Sports Network June 1-2 at Bowlero for airing on five consecutive Tuesdays at 7 p.m. ET beginning June 11.

The GEICO Summer King of the Swing will include the four Summer Swing event champions plus the next highest points leader who hasn’t won a title. Those five will compete in a $25,000 stepladder final for a $10,000 first prize, concluding the summer series on June 2.

 


 

2013/05/23

 

Veteran Chris Loschetter Averages 250 to Lead Qualifiers into Lucas Oil PBA Wolf Open Match Play

Nine-year Professional Bowlers Association veteran Chris Loschetter of Avon, Ohio, averaged 250 over 10 games of qualifying Thursday at AMF West to lead the field of 24 players who advanced to Friday’s match play finals in the Lucas Oil PBA Wolf Open.

The Wolf Open, bowled on a 32-foot oiling pattern – the shortest ever in the PBA’s collection of “animal” lane conditioning patterns – is the second of four events that compose the GEICO PBA Summer Swing presented by Lucas Oil.

In his nine-season career on Tour, Loschetter has yet to win a title, but he has finished second four times and had his best title shot of the 2012-13 season on another short oiling pattern in the Alka Seltzer Cheetah Championship where he finished fourth during the World Series of Bowling in November.

On Thursday, Loschetter jumped into the lead in the five-game morning round and added games of 248, 268, 214, 259 and 238 in the evening session for a 10-game total of 2,508 pins, finishing 41 pins ahead of PBA Tour rookie E.J. Tackett of Huntington, Ind. Bill O'Neill of Langhorne, Pa., qualified third with 2,454 pins followed by a pair of left-handers, Patrick Allen of Wesley Chapel, Fla., at 2,445, and Ryan Ciminelli of Cheektowaga, N.Y., with a 2,392 total.

After struggling on the longest oiling pattern in PBA history, the 52-foot Lucas Oil Badger Open pattern, earlier in the week at AMF Waukesha, Loschetter was looking forward to attacking the Wolf.

“I really felt positive coming into this tournament,” Loschetter said. “I generally get a much better ball reaction on the shorter patterns and struggle a little bit on the longer ones.

“Coming into this tournament I admit I was a little rusty, but this is a good confidence-builder. I’m getting sharper with every game so hopefully I’m going in the right direction for the rest of the tournament.”

Tackett, 20, is a two-time Junior Team USA member who joined under the pro tour under the organization’s PBA24 low-cost membership program for aspiring young players. The former Indiana Purdue-Ft. Wayne student converted to full-time membership prior to the Detroit Winter Swing. His best finish in professional competition was 20th place in the 2011 U.S. Open in North Brunswick, N.J.

“I’m not surprised I’ve done so well this week,” Tackett said. “I’ve always bowled well on the shorter patterns in Junior Gold tournaments and such. I was a little worried about this pattern only being 32 feet long, but after practice, I thought I’d be all right.”

The short Wolf pattern proved to be a significant challenge for some of the PBA Tour’s most prominent power players, however. Missing the cut to match play finalists were Player of the Year contenders Sean Rash of Montgomery, Ill., who finished qualifying in 54th place and Australia’s Jason Belmonte, who finished 69th in the 90-player field.

Following Thursday’s Wolf Open match play rounds, the GEICO PBA Summer Swing moves to AMF Bowlero in nearby Wauwatosa for the Lucas Oil Bear Open, the final qualifying leg leading into the Lucas Oil Milwaukee Open May 29-30, also at AMF Bowlero. The Milwaukee Open will feature the top 28 qualifiers based on total pinfall after 30 qualifying games from the Badger, Wolf and Bear “animal pattern” events.

After 20 of the 30 animal pattern qualifying games, O'Neill led the Milwaukee Open qualifiers with a 4,821 total, 111 pins ahead of Anthony LaCaze of Melrose Park, Ill.

Stepladder finals for all four tournaments, plus the GEICO Summer King of the Swing special event, will be taped over two days by the CBS Sports Network June 1-2 at Bowlero for airing on five consecutive Tuesdays at 7 p.m. ET beginning June 11.

The GEICO Summer King of the Swing will include the four Summer Swing event champions plus the next highest points leader who hasn’t won a title. Those five will compete in a $25,000 stepladder final for a $10,000 first prize, concluding the summer series on June 2.

 

Chris Loschetter Leads After First Round in Lucas Oil Wolf Open

The 90-player GEICO PBA Summer Swing field moved to AMF West Lanes in Greenfield, Wis. for this morning’s first five-game qualifying round of the Lucas Oil Wolf Open and are returning to a synthetic lane surface on the new PBA 32-foot Wolf lane conditioning pattern.

Looking for his first PBA Tour win, veteran Chris Loschetter of Avon, Ohio, leads after the first round with a 1,281 pinfall total. He had games of 268, 259, 279, 247 and 228.

In a nine-season career on Tour, Loschetter has finished second four times and his best finish so far this season was a fourth in the Alka Seltzer Cheetah Championship at the World Series of Bowling.

After struggling on the long oil pattern in the recent Lucas Oil Badger Open, Loschetter was looking forward to the shorter Wolf oil pattern.

“I really felt positive coming into this tournament,” Loschetter said. “I generally get a much better ball reaction on the shorter patterns and struggle a little bit on the longer ones.

“Coming into this tournament I admit I was a little rusty but this is a good confidence builder and I’m getting sharper with every game so hopefully I’m going in the right direction for the rest of the tournament.”

Rounding out the top five after the first round are: E.J. Tackett, Huntington, Ind., 1,261; Patrick Allen, Wesley Chapel, Fla., 1235; Bill O’Neill, Langhorne, Pa., 1,234, and Dino Castillo, Carrollton, Texas, 1,216.

The 90-player field will bowl another five game qualifying round this afternoon at 5:30 p.m. after which the top 24 will be determined for Friday’s match play rounds.

The Lucas Oil Bear Open follows Sunday through Tuesday at AMF Bowlero, followed by the Lucas Oil Milwaukee Open May 29-30, also at AMF Bowlero. The Milwaukee Open will feature the top 28 qualifiers based on total pinfall after 30 qualifying games from the three animal pattern events.

Stepladder finals for all four tournaments, plus the GEICO Summer King of the Swing special event, will be taped over two days by the CBS Sports Network June 1-2 at Bowlero for airing on five consecutive Tuesdays at 7 p.m. ET beginning June 11. The Badger Open stepladder finals will be conducted on June 1 at 11 a.m., the Wolf Open at 2:30 p.m. and the Bear Open at 6 p.m. on June 1.

The GEICO Summer King of the Swing will include the four Summer Swing event champions plus the next highest points leader who hasn’t won a title. Those five will compete in a $25,000 stepladder final for a $10,000 first prize, concluding the summer series on June 2.


 

2013/05/22

 

糸山賀津人 優勝!

さる4/7(日)に浜松毎日ボウルにて開催されましたJPBA支部活動・静岡オープンボウリングトーナメント2013において、糸山賀津人が優勝しましたのでご報告致します。

予選8G、決勝3Gの11Gトータルスコアを競う形式で、糸山は安定したスコアから終盤にかけては250ピン以上のビッグゲームを打ち、追ってくる村山賢季を9ピン差でかわしての優勝となりました。

また大会中に催されたチャリティオークションでは多くのお客様にご参加頂き、119,699円の売上となりました。


 

2013/05/21

 

Ex-Wichita State Teammates Blanchard, Peters Claim Top Two Berths in PBA Badger Open Stepladder Finals

Former Wichita State University teammates Josh Blanchard of Gilbert, Ariz., and Jake Peters of Decatur, Ill., claimed the top two positions for the Professional Bowlers Association Badger stepladder finals Tuesday night at AMF Waukesha.

Blanchard, the 2011-12 PBA Rookie of the Year, won seven of his eight matches Tuesday night to post a 26-game total of 6,426 pins, clinching the top berth in the June 1 Badger Open stepladder finals by 10 pins over Peters. Peters, who started the day in first place, plunged to 18th after the morning match play round, but surged back into contention by also winning seven of his final eight matches for a 6,416 total.

Blanchard and Peters, who won a pair of Intercollegiate Men’s Team Championships with Wichita State in 2009 and 2010, are both trying for their first PBA Tour titles.

Saginaw (Mich.) Valley State collegiate bowler Aaron Lorincz of Belleville, Mich., the 2013 Intercollegiate Singles Champion, qualified third with 6,327 pins. Rounding out the stepladder finals in the first of four GEICO PBA Summer Swing tournaments will be Michael Haugen Jr. of Phoenix and Kurt Pilon of Warren, Mich.

“I told my wife last week I thought I could be really strong on this pattern,” Blanchard said of the 52-foot Badger lane condition, the longest oil pattern the PBA Tour has ever used. “I really felt like I could win on it. I haven’t won yet, but… The longer we went tonight, the stronger I got. I could have gone another eight games.”

Blanchard said the most valuable lesson he has learned in his first full year as a PBA Tour player has been “creating loft in my game. It worked tonight. I was able to keep my ball straighter and carry better, and that was the difference.”

Peters, also a second-year PBA Tour player, had never finished higher than 19th place, but despite his roller coaster performance, he was elated.

His plunge in the standings “was really exhausting,” he said, “but it might have really helped because after the way I bowled in the morning, I had nothing to lose and I made some really aggressive moves I probably wouldn’t have made had I not bowled so bad.

“As bad as I bowled in the morning, I was only 160 pins out of the TV show, and my fiancé and ball reps told me to just hang in there and see what happens. So I never gave up.”

Lorincz. 23, was surprised to make the TV finals, but said, “You practice and practice to get to this moment and to get here is awesome. I’ve been running out shots with these guys since I was 10 years old.”

Making the CBS Sports Network finals on June 1, however, will disrupt his plans.

“I’m scheduled to bowl (the United States Bowling Congress Open Championships in Reno, Nev.) on June 1,” he said. “I think I’m going to have nine unhappy teammates.”

The GEICO PBA Summer Swing now moves to AMF West in Milwaukee for the Wolf Open with practice and pro-ams scheduled for Wednesday, two five-game qualifying rounds Thursday and two eight-game match play rounds Friday The Bear Open follows Sunday through Tuesday at AMF Bowlero, followed by the Milwaukee Open May 29-30, also at AMF Bowlero. The Milwaukee Open will feature the top 28 qualifiers based on total pinfall after 30 qualifying games from the three animal pattern events.

Stepladder finals for all four tournaments, plus the GEICO Summer King of the Swing special event, will be taped over two days by the CBS Sports Network June 1-2 at Bowlero for airing on five consecutive Tuesdays at 7 p.m. ET beginning June 11.

The GEICO Summer King of the Swing will include the four Summer Swing event champions plus the next highest points leader who hasn’t won a title. Those five will compete in a $25,000 stepladder final for a $10,000 first prize, concluding the summer series on June 2.

 

Sean Rash Takes Lead After First Match Play Round in GEICO PBA Summer Swing Badger Open

PBA Player of the Year Sean Rash compiled a 5-3 match play record and averaged 231 to take the lead after the first match play round in the GEICO PBA Summer Swing Badger Open at AMF Waukesha Lanes today.

Rash leads with a 4,391 18-game overall pinfall (including bonus pins) bowling games of 247, 216, 217, 235, 245, 226, 247 and 216 in today’s first round.

Rash has won one title this season winning the Kuwait Open for his sixth career title. He also has six other top five finishes including thirds in the Tournament of Champions and World Championship.

Rash has adapted well to the new 52-foot PBA Badger lane condition on AMF Waukesha’s wood lane surface which he says hasn’t offered many surprises.

“You still have to play the pattern, win matches, make the right ball choices and adjustments like you would anywhere else,” Rash said. “The patterns that play long force you to move left on the lane and you just have to be prepared for that.”

To get ready for the Summer Swing, Rash took some time off before some intense practice just before heading for Milwaukee.

“I took a two week vacation and then practiced every day for about five days before the tournament so I feel about as ready as I can be to do well here,” he added.

Rash holds an eight-pin lead over PBA titlist Kurt Pilon who also had a 4,383 pinfall and 5-3 match play record. Rounding out the top five are Tommy Jones, 4,361 (5-2-1), Josh Blanchard, 4,334 (5-3) and Chris Barnes, 4,333 (5-3).

The 24-player field will return at 5:30 p.m. this afternoon for another eight-game match play round to determine the top five for the stepladder finals. The top five players will advance to the stepladder finals on Saturday, June 1, at AMF Bowlero in nearby Wauwatosa.

After the Badger Open concludes, the Summer Swing moves to AMF West in Milwaukee for the Wolf Open May 22-24. The Bear Open is next, May 26-28 at AMF Bowlero, followed by the Milwaukee Open May 29-30, also at AMF Bowlero. The Milwaukee Open will feature the top 28 qualifiers based on total pinfall after 30 qualifying games from the three animal pattern events.

Stepladder finals for all four tournaments, plus the GEICO Summer King of the Swing special event, will be taped over two days by the CBS Sports Network June 1-2 at Bowlero for airing on five consecutive Tuesdays at 7 p.m. ET beginning June 11.

The GEICO Summer King of the Swing will include the four Summer Swing event champions plus the next highest points leader who hasn’t won a title. Those five will compete in a $25,000 stepladder final for a $10,000 first prize, concluding the summer series on June 2.

 

 


 

2013/05/20

 

Peters Overtakes Rash for Qualifying Lead in GEICO PBA Summer Swing’s Badger Open

Former Junior Team USA member Jake Peters, a second-year Professional Bowlers Association member from Decatur, Ill., overtook reigning PBA Player of the Year Sean Rash in the final game Monday to take the qualifying lead in the PBA Badger Open at AMF Waukesha.

Peters, who has yet to win a PBA title at any level, averaged 241.1 for 10 qualifying games Monday, finishing with a 2,411 total and a 19-pin lead over Rash on a new 52-foot Badger lane conditioning pattern, the longest application of oil the PBA has used in years.

The Badger Open is the first of four tournaments in the GEICO PBA Summer Swing that is being held at three Milwaukee area bowling centers. It also is the first PBA Tour event being contested in a bowling center with natural wood lanes in several years.

“That was exciting. I’ve never led a PBA event before,” Peters said.

“Every event I’ve bowled in the PBA has been on synthetic lane surfaces, so it was pretty exciting to bowl on natural wood lanes,” Peters added. “I was pretty eager about it. I’ve seen the old animal patterns a bunch of times, and I’ve had a tough time on them, so it was interesting to see something new. I was pretty eager to try it.

“I called my father last night and told him I thought the Badger was going to be my toughest pattern. I thought I was going to have to move way left on the lane, but they held up pretty good and I didn’t have to move nearly as far as I thought.”

Peters, who has never finished higher than 19th place in a PBA Tour event, was thrilled to be in the lead.

“When you’re growing up, you know it’s going to be hard to compete out here,” he said, “but it has been a thousand times harder than I thought it would be. The support I’ve had behind me from my family has been great. It’s nice to finally have some success.”

Peters was fifth after Monday’s first five-game round, but fired games of 256, 226, 243, 259 and 257 in the evening session to overtake Rash. Rash, who finished with a 2,392 total, is trying for his seventh career title and second of the 2012-13 season.

Bill O’Neill of Langhorne, Pa., started the day with 21 consecutive strikes and held the first round lead. He finished the day in third place with 2,367 pins followed by Anthony LaCaze of Melrose Park, Ill., at 2,363 and non-pro Aaron Lorincz of Belleville, Mich., with a 2,339 total.

The top 24 qualifiers advanced to Tuesday’s 16 games of round robin match play. The top five players after Tuesday’s 11 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. match play rounds will advance to the stepladder finals on Saturday, Jan. 1, at AMF Bowlero in nearby Wauwatosa.

Following Tuesday’s Badger Open match play rounds, the GEICO PBA Summer Swing moves to AMF West in Milwaukee for the Wolf Open May 22-24. The Bear Open is next, May 26-28 at AMF Bowlero, followed by the Milwaukee Open May 29-30, also at AMF Bowlero. The Milwaukee Open will feature the top 28 qualifiers based on total pinfall after 30 qualifying games from the three animal pattern events.

Stepladder finals for all four tournaments, plus the GEICO Summer King of the Swing special event, will be taped over two days by the CBS Sports Network June 1-2 at Bowlero for airing on five consecutive Tuesdays at 7 p.m. ET beginning June 11.

The GEICO Summer King of the Swing will include the four Summer Swing event champions plus the next highest points leader who hasn’t won a title. Those five will compete in a $25,000 stepladder final for a $10,000 first prize, concluding the summer series on June 2.

 

Bill O’Neill Leads After First Round in GEICO PBA Summer Swing’s Badger Open

Four-time PBA Tour winner Bill O’Neill averaged 252 and opened with a 300 game to take the first round lead in the GEICO PBA Summer Swing Badger Open at Waukesha Lanes today.

Competing on PBA’s new 52-foot Badger lane conditioning pattern on a wood surface, O’Neill had a 1,262 five-game pinfall total with games of 300, 279, 223, 212 and 248.

“Bowling on a wood surface, which is something we never do, it makes you think and I like that,” O’Neill said. “I grew up bowling on wood surfaces so I know what to expect.

“For me bowling on wood lanes means you have to make your adjustments faster than on a wood surface. Every game I was having to move three or four boards to the left but I was still able to throw hard which is what I like to do.”

O’Neill is trying for his second win of the season having won the Alka Seltzer Plus Cold Cheetah Championship at the World Series of Bowling.

“I’ve had my ups and downs this season but overall I’m bowing well,” said the 2010 U.S. Open winner. “I felt like I really had only one bad event in the (USBC) Masters but other than that it’s been pretty good this year.”

Rounding out the top five are reigning PBA Player of the Year Sean Rash, 1,228; four-time titlist Mike Fagan, 1,185; Ryan Ciminelli, 1,172 and Jake Peters, 1,170.

Qualifying for the Badger Open continues this afternoon with the second round at 5 p.m. After Monday’s qualifying the field will be cut to the top 24 for match play on Tuesday.

Following the Badger Open will be the Wolf Open May 22-24 at AMF West Lanes, the Bear Open May 26-28 at AMF Bowlero and the Milwaukee Open May 29-30 also at AMF Bowlero. The top 28 qualifiers based upon 30 games, total pinfall from the three animal pattern events, will advance to the Milwaukee Open. Stepladder finals will be taped over two days by the CBS Sports Network June 1-2 at Bowlero for airing on five consecutive Tuesdays at 7 p.m. ET beginning June 11.

The GEICO Summer King of the Swing special event featuring the four Summer Swing event champions plus the next highest points leader will compete in a five-player, $25,000 stepladder final for a $10,000 first prize to conclude the summer series on June 2.

 


 

2013/05/17

 

 



男子実技免除合格
藤井 信人


男子実技トップ合格
高田 浩規


女子トップ合格
小泉奈津美


最終合格者名簿

今年度のプロボウラー資格取得テストが本日第三次テストを終え、第52期男子40名、第46期女子10名の新人プロボウラーが誕生致しました。

今年は男女ともにアマチュアの最高峰、全日本ナショナルチーム経験者が多数受験。熾烈なトップ争いの末、男子は男子合格者中最年少の高田浩規、女子は小泉奈津美がトップで合格した上に、2010年のHANDACUPフィランスロピー・男子でアマチュア優勝を果たした藤井信人が2005年合格の山本勲以来8年ぶりの実技免除合格者となりました。

男子新人プロの多くは今月20日から開催されるシーズントライアル・スプリングシリーズでデビューが予定され、藤井・高田は6月開催のROUND1CUP2013にも出場予定となっております。

女子トップの小泉は同じく6月開催のJFEカップ千葉女子オープンでデビュー、他9名は出場優先順位決定戦でデビュー致します。

プロボウリングに新風を巻き起こすルーキー達にどうぞ温かいご声援をお願い致します!


 

2013/05/16

 

Randy Pedersen is Unlikely Winner in PBA50 Dayton Classic

After starting qualifying dead last with a 144 game, and not bowling competitively for six years, winning the PBA50 Dayton Classic presented by Roto Grip was the furthest thing from PBA Hall of Famer Randy Pedersen’s mind.

After his rough start, the 50-year-old color analyst for ESPN and CBS Sports Network PBA Tour telecasts rocketed through the field to win in his PBA50 Tour debut by defeating fellow Hall of Famer Amleto Monacelli, 232-226, in the championship match Thursday at Capri Lanes.

“It was a combination of just bowling bad and maybe being on a tough pair of lanes,” Pedersen of his first game. “But after that I bowled a 240, then a 230 and thought, okay, things are getting better.

“It was a combination of things,” he added. “I got some good advice, made the right ball choices and adjustments and then got a good sense pretty quickly for how the lanes were reacting and how I could adjust for it.”

In the championship match, Pedersen won by striking on his first ball in the 10th frame on a light hit.

“Amleto had lane choice and that left me finishing on the right lane which we both knew was the toughest,” Pedersen said, “but as the match progressed I thought, hey, even though it’s been 11 years since I’ve won, I remember how to do this, so I threw what I thought was a pretty good shot and got a lucky break with the high hit.”

After winning a tournament he admitted to being a little reluctant about even entering, Pedersen plans to continue his PBA50 career by taking it tournament-by-tournament. He was a 13-time PBA Tour winner during a 25-year career (1981-2006-07). Knee injuries after the 2006-07 season and two subsequent surgeries led to his retirement.

Qualifying third for the stepladder finals, Pedersen defeated 2012 USBC Senior Masters winner Mike Edwards of Tulsa, 244-191, in the opening match and then defeated Pasco County Suncoast Open winner Bob Learn Jr. of Erie, Pa., 268-223, in the semifinal.

Throughout the 2013 PBA50 Tour season, players are competing for the opportunity to advance to the nationally-televised PBA50 Tour Finals which will be conducted as part of the World Series of Bowling V in Las Vegas in November. The top three players in points at the conclusion of the season will advance to the PBA50 Tour Finals. The top three after five tournaments this season are Walter Ray Williams Jr., Bob Learn Jr., and Lennie Boresch Jr.

The PBA50 Tour takes a short break but will return for the season’s two majors in Las Vegas. The PBA Senior U.S. Open presented by Suncoast will be conducted June 2-7 at the Suncoast Bowling Center and the USBC Senior Masters June 9-14 at the South Point Bowling Center.


 

2013/05/14

 

阿部聖水が大会初制覇!

梅雨の沖縄・サラダボウルにて5/11(土)・12(日)の二日間にわたり、2013沖縄オープンサラダカップが開催され、プロの部を阿部聖水が制覇しました!

準決勝でトップシードに立った阿部と、上位7名による決勝シュートアウトを勝ち抜いた松岡美穂子による優勝決定戦は松岡がダブルでスタートします。阿部は初っぱな1フレーム目をビッグ4でオープンフレームにしてしまい、大きく出遅れましたが4フレーム目でボールをチェンジ。これが功を奏して連続ストライクに成功します。一方、松岡は中盤ストライクが決まらず我慢のボウリングに。パンチアウトを決めるも4フレーム目からの7連続ストライクを決めた阿部に追いつくことかなわず、阿部が沖縄オープン初制覇を果たしました。

またアマチュアの部では優勝決定戦は安里秀策選手VS安里和善選手の安里対決に。

可愛らしい3人娘が応援するパパ、安里和善選手が40ピン以上の差を付けて勝利しました。

 

 


 

2013/05/13

 


 

2013/05/08

 

Lennie Boresch Jr. Captures PBA50 Miller High Life Classic by One Pin For Second Career PBA50 Tour title

Down by more than 30 pins halfway through the title match, Lennie Boresch Jr. of Kenosha, Wis., came back to win the PBA50 Miller High Life Classic presented by Columbia 300 by one pin Wednesday at George Pappas’ Victory Lanes.

Boresch won his second career PBA50 Tour title by defeating Mike Henry of Brunswick, Ohio, 211-210 in the title match. In 2012 Boresch won in his PBA50 Tour debut capturing the Senior Sun Bowl In The Villages title.

After Boresch made his run to take the lead heading into the 10th frame, Henry still had a chance to win by throwing a double in the 10th. He got the first strike but threw a seven count on the second ball handing the win to Boresch.

“I figured I was done but then Mike threw a bad shot and then I started thinking, well, you never know what can happen.” Boresch said. “It was kind of early in the match and I looked up at the scoring monitor and saw I could strike out for 232. I didn’t strike out but I put enough strikes together to put a little pressure on Mike.”

It marked the second week in a row that the title match was decided by one pin. Hall of Famer Tom Baker defeated Bryan Goebel 227-226 to win last week’s Greater Birmingham Open.

“I thought Mike would get that double in the 10th frame after he got the first one because he was generally bowling pretty well,” Boresch added. “You just never know in this game.”

Henry, who was also trying for his second career PBA50 Tour title, was hoping to end a three-season winless streak dating back to 2010 when he won the Senior Lake County (Ind.) Open.

Boresch’s win was a confidence builder after a slow start to the season and having thoughts about taking this week off to work on his game.

“I’ll be honest I had some work to do,” Boresch said. “I thought about taking this tournament off and coming back home to work on my game but then I decided after bowling a little better in the second tournament of the season I could maybe work through it and that’s what happened. It’s nice to win again and not have to worry that you’ll be a one-hit wonder.”

In the semifinal, Boresch defeated seven-time PBA Tour and three-time PBA50 Tour winner Hugh Miller of Seattle, 205-191 and Henry defeated Dale Csuhta of Wadsworth, Ohio, 241-138 to advance to the title match.

Boresch’s win makes it four different winners in the first four tournaments of the season. The next stop for the PBA50 Tour will be Capri Lanes in Kettering, Ohio, for the PBA50 Dayton Classic presented by Roto Grip May 13-16.

 

山本喜代志選手 優勝!

さる4/28(日)に飯塚第一ボウル(福岡)で開催されました承認大会・ドリームプロチャレンジマッチにて、山本喜代志選手が優勝されました。

予選6Gを投げて各シフトの上位12名ずつが決勝トーナメントへ進出。トーナメント3回戦目から人気実力ともにうなぎ登りの女子プロ6名が参戦し、優勝決定戦では山本選手、全日本ユースナショナルチームの岡本美月選手、岸田有加の3名によるガチンコ勝負が繰り広げられました。


 

2013/05/01

 

Tom Baker Defeats Bryan Goebel by One Pin To Win PBA50 Greater Birmingham Open

Four-time PBA50 Player of the Year Tom Baker converted a spare and then bowled a nine-count on his fill ball in the 10th frame of the championship match to win the PBA50 Greater Birmingham Open presented by Ebonite by one pin Wednesday at Lightning Strikes Lanes.

The PBA Hall of Famer defeated 10-time PBA Tour titlist Bryan Goebel of Shawnee, Kan., 227-226, in the title match for his 10th career PBA50 Tour title and his first since winning the PBA Senior Pepsi Open in Decatur, Ill. in August of 2010. His 10 PBA50 titles now matches his 10 PBA Tour titles.

“I knew it was just a matter of time before I’d win again, I just didn’t think it would take this much time,” said the 58-year-old Baker. “Over the past few years I was always qualifying well, but couldn’t seal the deal in match play. I finally got it done today.”

Goebel, trying for his first PBA50 Tour win, finished the match first with three strikes in the 10th frame forcing Baker to at least get a spare and nine-count in the 10th for the win which is just what he did. It would have been slightly easier for Baker had he struck on his first ball in the 10th but he left a solid nine-pin.

“That took the wind out of my sails a little,” said Baker, who is the only player to win four consecutive PBA50 Player of the Year crowns, “but I was confident that if I made the spare I could make the shot I needed on the last ball to win.”

Both Baker and Goebel advanced to the title match by being the top two scorers in the fifth eliminator round. Baker had a 525 two-game total and Goebel, 504, eliminating three-time PBA50 Tour titlist Hugh Miller (488) and PBA50 Player of the Year Walter Ray Williams Jr. (427) who won last week’s Sun Bowl In the Villages.

“This is the first time we’ve used this eliminator format and I enjoyed it,” Baker said. “Your mindset is a little different because you’re bowling for score more than you are an opponent.”

The next stop for the PBA50 Tour will be Mooresville, N.C., for the PBA50 Miller High Life Classic presented by Columbia 300 May 5-8. PBA’s online bowling channel Xtra Frame will provide start-to-finish coverage of the tournament beginning with qualifying on May 6. For subscription and schedule information visit the pba.com homepage and click on the Xtra Frame logo.

Throughout the 2013 PBA50 Tour season, players will be competing for the opportunity to advance to the nationally-televised PBA50 Tour Finals which will be conducted as part of the World Series of Bowling V in Las Vegas in November. The top three players in points at the conclusion of the season will advance to the PBA50 Tour Finals.


 

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