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2013/07/28

 

公式トーナメントでは唯一の男女ペアによるチーム戦、スポルト杯第32回全日本ミックスダブルスが本日4日間の幕を閉じました。

誰と誰がチームを組むかから始まり、それでなくても見どころ満載の大会ですが、特に今年は13個のパーフェクトが達成され、さらに800シリーズ記録も達成されるなど、まさに夏の大祭と呼ぶに相応しい盛り上がりとなりました。

予選・準決勝の通算15Gを投げ、上位32チームが出揃った決勝トーナメントでは1投ごと交互に投球するスカッチダブルスによるワンゲームマッチが行われ、ガチンコ勝負に場内の興奮も最高潮に達します。

観客を一喜一憂させて3回戦が終了し、TVファイナルとなる準決勝に柳 美穂&尾西健太の神戸チーム、野瀬千春&棚橋孝太の師弟チーム、吉田真由美&山本 勲のABSチーム、そして酒井美佳&パク・キョンシンの国際交流チームが進出。

柳&尾西チームVS野瀬&棚橋チームによる準決勝第1試合は、柳&尾西も前半にターキー、10フレームはパンチアウトと善戦しましたが、7フレーム目と10フレーム3投目以外すべてストライクを決めた野瀬&棚橋に敗北。

続く第2試合、吉田&山本VS酒井&パクの対戦は酒井&パクが前半に5連続ストライクを決めてリードを取りますが、吉田&山本もお返しとばかりに後半4連続ストライクを決めて追い上げ、両チームとも同ピンでフィニッシュ。ワンショットプレーオフが行われ、パクがストライクに成功し吉田&山本を倒しました。

全236チームの頂点を賭けた最終決戦は、両チームとも女子の第1投球・ストライクからスタート。野瀬&棚橋は2フレーム目でスプリットを出しこれをオープンにします。
ここで差を広げたい酒井&パクですが、こちらも一転してパクにストライクが決まりません。野瀬&棚橋は5フレーム目もオープンにしてしまい、万事休すかと思われましたが6・7フレームでダブルに成功。

酒井&パクも5・6フレームでダブルを決めましたが、後半またしてもパクがレーンに捕まり酒井が懸命にフォローする展開となり、このチャンスに乗じたい野瀬&棚橋が9フレーム目からストライクを繋げて追い上げます。

勝敗の行方は10フレ勝負へともつれ込み、野瀬&棚橋はオールウェーが絶対条件。酒井&パクは1投目がストライク、2投目で9ピン以上なら勝利が確定する局面で、ここまでの酒井のフォローに応えたパクが1投目を見事ストライク。そして酒井もまた期待に応えて2投目を9ピンカウントとし、最後まで諦めず追ってくる野瀬&棚橋に引導を渡しました。

奇遇にも昨年の優勝は酒井の父である酒井武雄と近藤文美のチーム。2年連続で酒井の名前を持つチームによるミックスダブルス制覇となりました!

 

 

大島晶子

山崎 敬

 


 

2013/07/27

 

 【PBA】 U.S. Open 【Finals】

Malott, Johnson Capture Lipton Bowling’s U.S. Open Titles

Liz Johnson of Cheektowaga, N.Y., and Wes Malott of Pflugerville, Texas, each claimed titles at the 2013 Lipton Bowling's U.S. Open on Saturday at Columbus Western Bowl.

The win marked the third U.S. Women's Open title for Johnson and first major victory for Malott, who now owns eight PBA Tour titles.

Johnson and Malott each earned $50,000 for winning their respective events and set up a special Battle of the Sexes match to crown the ultimate U.S. Open champion. Johnson earned an additional $10,000 by defeating Malott, 194-188.

"It's still going to take some time to process all of this," Johnson said. "Coming into the week, I felt really strong physically and mentally prepared for sure, and it's nice to have so much support from my family and friends."

Johnson, a 39-year-old right-hander, opened the U.S. Women's Open championship match with six consecutive strikes on the way to a 257-195 win over defending champion and top seed Kelly Kulick of Union, N.J. The two now are tied for second on the event's all-time win list with three victories apiece.

"I am so fortunate to be part of such an elite group," said Johnson, who also won the U.S. Women's Open in 1996 and 2007. "I am so proud of this week, and I can't believe this is my third title here. To win this week, after such a grind in three different centers, is amazing."

Malott, who lost to Australian two-hander Jason Belmonte in the championship match of the 2013 United States Bowling Congress Masters, got redemption and the coveted U.S. Open green jacket by defeating Belmonte, 214-156, on Saturday.

"The biggest thing I wanted to put on my resume was a major title," said Malott, who struck on 22 of 34 shots in three matches. "I've been close so many times, and especially close at the Masters after bowling really, really well there all week."

Surgery on his left knee kept Malott from the recent PBA GEICO Summer Swing in the Milwaukee area, and the grueling U.S. Open format was a true physical test for this year's PBA Tour average leader.

"This is the most prestigious tournament in our sport, I think, because of the demanding lane conditions and all of the pressure, and I don't even know that it's all sunk in yet," said Malott, a 36-year-old right-hander. "It's awesome."

Belmonte led the 54-game event from the first game of the week and by as many as 449 pins. He has reached the championship round at seven of the last eight PBA Tour majors and also had runner-up finishes at this year's PBA World Championship and Barbasol Tournament of Champions.

Kulick has been the No. 1 seed at the U.S. Women's Open three consecutive times, with wins in 2010 and 2012. She won the event for the first time in 2003. USBC Hall of Famer Marion Ladewig owns a record eight U.S. Women's Open victories.

Johnson topped her Team USA teammate Danielle McEwan of Stony Point, N.Y., 227-202, for a shot at her third U.S. Women's Open crown, while Malott set up the Masters rematch with a 279-182 win against five-time U.S. Open champion Pete Weber of St. Ann, Mo.

"After winning the U.S. Open, the rest is just icing on the cake," Johnson said. "To be in that position to bowl in the Battle of the Sexes was a fun bonus, and it was pretty awesome that I was able to win."

In the men's opening match, Team USA member Marshall Kent of Yakima, Wash, stepped up in the ninth frame with a chance to shut out Malott. Kent left and missed the 2-4-5-8 combination, allowing Malott to seal the 200-193 win with a mark in the 10th frame.

Reigning USBC Queens champion Diandra Asbaty of Chicago led halfway through the women's opener, but back-to-back opens in the sixth and seventh frames helped McEwan to a 192-171 victory.

The 2013 Lipton Bowling's U.S. Open included the best men and women bowlers in the world, competing side by side (in separate events) at three Columbus-area bowling centers - Wayne Webb's Columbus Bowl, Columbus Western Bowl and Holiday Lanes. The combined U.S. Open events featured a prize fund of more than $400,000.

 

 

大島晶子

山崎 敬

 

 

 

猪口亜紀

木村弘太郎

 

 

 

酒井美佳

朴庚信 パク・キョンシン

 


 

2013/07/26

 

Field Set for Lipton Bowling’s U.S. Open Finals

For four days, Australian two-hander Jason Belmonte has dominated the field at the 2013 Lipton Bowling's U.S. Open, and he's now one game away from capping off the wire-to-wire run as the top seed for Saturday's final round at Columbus Western Bowl.


The seven-time Professional Bowlers Association Tour champion started the week with a 289 game and never looked back, out-averaging the field by more than five pins on the way to a 54-game pinfall total of 12,272, which included an 11-12-1 match-play record and 30 bonus pins for each win. The final round will be televised live on ESPN at noon EDT.


Defending champion Kelly Kulick of Union, N.J., took a less direct route to the No. 1 seed on the women's side but earned the distinction for the third consecutive year. The 36-year-old right-hander never fell below second place this week and finished her 54 games with a 20-4 match-play record and 12,062 total pinfall.


"Last year, I had a ghost on my shoulder because I led it and lost the year before," said Kulick, who is one of 11 women to win the event more than once (2003, '10 and '12) and is looking to become the first bowler since Dorothy Fothergill in 1969 to win in back-to-back years. "I have to think the same way I did last year and play offense and really attack. All you can do is put yourself in a position to win, and I did that. I really want to win. I want to repeat." 

Belmonte, who will celebrate his 30th birthday Monday, will be joined in the championship round by defending champion and five-time U.S. Open winner Pete Weber of St. Ann, Mo. (12,098), Team USA member Marshall Kent of Yakima, Wash. (12,069) and seven-time PBA champion Wes Malott of Pflugerville, Texas (12,049). 

On the women's side, two-time U.S. Women's Open titlist Liz Johnson of Cheektowaga, N.Y., earned the second seed with an 11,778 total and was followed by reigning USBC Queens champion Diandra Asbaty of Chicago (11,495) and Team USA member Danielle McEwan of Stony Point, N.Y. (11,465). 

"I am mentally and physically exhausted, but this tournament is supposed to take everything out of you," said Belmonte, who won the 2013 USBC Masters and is in position to become the 11th player in PBA history to win two majors in one season. "I am glad I was able to start the way I did and carry it through." 

The combined U.S. Open events have a prize fund of more than $400,000 and will culminate with the live two-hour telecast, which will end with a special Battle of the Sexes match to crown the ultimate U.S. Open winner. The special match will feature the men's and women's champions and be broadcast live on ESPN immediately following the men's and women's finals. 

Each U.S. Open winner will receive $50,000, while the winner of the Battle of the Sexes will take home an additional $10,000. 

The 2013 Lipton Bowling's U.S. Open started with nearly 400 of the best men and women bowlers in the world, competing side by side (in separate events) at three Columbus-area bowling centers - Wayne Webb's Columbus Bowl, Columbus Western Bowl and Holiday Lanes. The cashers round and all match play was held at Columbus Bowl. 

 

 

猪口亜紀

木村弘太郎

 

 

大島晶子

山崎 敬

 

 

岸田有加

宮崎映丞

 


 

2013/07/25

 

24-Player Match Play Fields Set for U.S. Open

Match play is set to begin at the 2013 Lipton Bowling's U.S. Open, where Australian two-hander Jason Belmonte leads in the men's standings, and Liz Johnson of Cheektowaga, N.Y., holds the top spot on the women's side.

Belmonte has out-averaged the field by nearly 15 pins a game on the way to a 6,976 total, a 232.53 average, for 30 games. He rolled a perfect game in Thursday's six-game cashers round and now is 449 pins ahead of defending champion Pete Weber of St. Ann, Mo., who is second with 6,527. Collegiate standout AJ Johnson of Oswego, Ill., is third with 6,453.

Johnson, a two-time U.S. Women's Open champion, maintained her lead Thursday with a 1,234 six-game effort. She is sitting at 6,342 for 30 games followed by defending champion Kelly Kulick of Union, N.J. (6,297) and their Team USA teammate Danielle McEwan of Stony Point, N.Y. (6,248).

Following the cashers round at Wayne Webb's Columbus Bowl, the field was cut to the top 24 in each division for round-robin match play, which will begin Thursday at 6 p.m. EDT. The final four in each division at the conclusion of match play Friday will advance to the TV finals.

The 2013 Lipton Bowling's U.S. Open started with nearly 400 of the best men and women bowlers in the world, competing side by side (in separate events) at three Columbus-area bowling centers - Wayne Webb's Columbus Bowl, Columbus Western Bowl and Holiday Lanes.

It took an average of 207.57 to make match play on the men's side and 195.23 to make the cut in the women's division.

The combined events have a prize fund of more than $400,000 and will culminate with the live two-hour ESPN finals on Saturday at noon EDT.

The men's and women's champions will face off in a special Battle of the Sexes match to crown the ultimate U.S. Open winner. The special match will be broadcast live on ESPN immediately following the men's and women's finals.

 

 

宮城鈴菜

岩切稔純

 

 

 

谷川章子

遠藤 誠

 

 

 

大島晶子

山崎 敬

 


 

2013/07/24

 

Belmonte, Johnson Lead Qualifying at U.S. Open, Fields Cut to Top 65 men and 28 Women

After 24 games of qualifying at three different Columbus-area bowling centers, only 93 players remain in contention at the 2013 Lipton Bowling's U.S. Open.

Australian two-hander Jason Belmonte overcame a couple of early hiccups in Wednesday's third round to increase his lead to 381 pins in the men's division with a 5,567 total, a 231.96 average. Defending champion Pete Weber is a distant second with 5,186, while collegiate standout AJ Johnson is third with 5,170.

"I've been pretty realistic about the difficulty of the lane condition, and even though I had two good days so far, I certainly haven't relaxed," said Belmonte, who had games of 164 and 145 on Wednesday but finished with 1,763 for his eight games. "I just didn't have a very good feel or look, and if I didn't hit the pocket, it was a split. I didn't let it get me down. I tried to fight back and find a good ball reaction and then take advantage of it."

On the women's side, two time U.S. Women's Open champion Liz Johnson of Cheektowaga, N.Y., moved into the top spot after spending the first two rounds behind defending champion Kelly Kulick of Union, N.J.

Johnson finished her 24 games with a 5,108 total, a 212.83 average. Kulick now is second with 5,038, and 2013 USBC Team USA Trials winner Danielle McEwan of Stony Point, N.Y., is third with 4,984.

"You pretty much had to thread a needle to get to the spot today, and the lanes were pretty tough from pair to pair," said Johnson, who won the U.S. Women's Open in 1996 and 2007. "You really need the right ball and the right speed, but it's also about making shots and executing. I feel pretty good overall, though. I have been pretty consistent at all three centers, so I'm confident, but I also know there's still a long way to go."

The 2013 Lipton Bowling's U.S. Open started with nearly 400 of the best men and women bowlers in the world, competing side by side (in separate events) at Wayne Webb's Columbus Bowl, Columbus Western Bowl and Holiday Lanes.

Following Wednesday's final qualifying round, the field was cut to the top 25 percent in each division (65 men and 28 women), who will return to the lanes at Columbus Bowl for the six-game cashers round Thursday morning at 8 a.m. EDT. The top 24 in each division after 30 games will advance to 24 games of round-robin match play beginning Thursday night. The final four in each division will advance to the TV finals.

"I understand the challenge and nature of this tournament, and I know it's not even halfway over, so I can't relax," said Belmonte, who finished third in last year's U.S. Open. "I have to continue to fight and knuckle down because there's still a lot of bowling left. I don't just want to depend on a really good start to carry me to the finals."

It took an average of 200.8 to make the cut on the men's side and 193.13 to make it through in the women's division.

The combined events have a prize fund of more than $400,000 and will culminate with the live two-hour ESPN finals on Saturday at noon EDT.

The men's and women's champions will face off in a special Battle of the Sexes match to crown the ultimate U.S. Open winner. The special match will be broadcast live on ESPN immediately following the men's and women's finals.


 

2013/07/23

 

Kulick and Belmonte Maintain Leads After U.S. Open Second Round Qualifying

Defending champion Kelly Kulick of Union, N.J., made good shots and filled frames Tuesday at the 2013 Lipton Bowling's U.S. Open and was able to maintain her place atop the women's standings through two rounds of competition.

Although she briefly was passed by United States Bowling Congress Hall of Famer Leanne Hulsenberg of Roseville, Calif., Kulick used a big final game to surge back into the lead with a 3,449 total for 16 games. Two-time U.S. Women's Open champion Liz Johnson flirted with the lead all day and is second with 3,417, and Hulsenberg, who turned in the highest block of the day with 1,831, jumped 29 spots to third place with 3,376.

On the men's side, Australian two-hander Jason Belmonte continued his torrid pace and leads after two rounds with a 3,804 total, a 237.75 average, for 16 games. Defending champion Pete Weber of St. Ann, Mo., remained consistent and moved into second place with 3,491, while collegiate standout AJ Johnson of Oswego, Ill., is third with 3,490.

"Every center is a new tournament, and the lanes today played a lot different than what we bowled on last night," said Kulick, who is looking for her fourth U.S. Women's Open title and third in four years. "I physically felt like I threw the ball well today but was just missing something (ball-wise) that helped me get the four and five baggers yesterday. Overall, it was a good day. Good communication and ball selection really helped take some of the guesswork out of being at a new center, too."

The 36-year-old right-hander enjoys the long format and challenging lane condition at the U.S. Open, which also is serving as the optimal training opportunity this week as she prepares to join fellow Team USA member Mike Fagan at the 2013 World Games in Cali, Colombia, next week.

Despite the dual purpose, Kulick's sights are set on one small goal at a time.

"The goal right now is to make it to the show," Kulick said. "I don't know if I've ever repeated at a tournament, so doing that would be really special. And, my finishes at the U.S. Open the last few years have been phenomenal, so it would mean a lot to be able to keep that going."

Belmonte's performance at recent U.S. Open events has been stellar as well, but he's still in search of his first win. He is looking to improve on last year's third-place finish and add a second major title to his growing resume, which includes a victory at the 2013 USBC Masters.

"The 300 pins is a lot for sure, but it definitely can be run down by a guy like Pete Weber or one of the other great players out here," said Belmonte, who has appeared in the championship match of all three PBA majors this season. "That's why you can't look too far ahead. I look at each day like a new tournament, and if I focus on trying to lead each one as it comes, they won't be able to catch up with me."

Belmonte, a seven-time PBA champion, attributes much of his success to capitalizing on breaks and opportunities.

"I'm glad I was able to take advantage of a good reaction again today," Belmonte said. "At this event, especially, I've learned that if you have a good reaction on a pair, you need to take advantage and get all you can. I bowled well, and I'm really happy."

The 2013 Lipton Bowling's U.S. Open includes nearly 400 of the best men and women bowlers in the world, competing side by side (in separate events) at three Columbus-area bowling centers - Wayne Webb's Columbus Bowl, Columbus Western Bowl and Holiday Lanes.

The combined events have a prize fund of more than $400,000 and will culminate with the live two-hour ESPN finals on Saturday at noon EDT. Competition will resume Wednesday with another eight games. Half of the field will bowl at 9 a.m. EDT, and the rest will hit the lanes at 4 p.m.

After 24 games of qualifying over three days, the field will be cut to the top 25 percent in each division (65 men and 28 women). A final six-game cashers qualifying round will determine the top 24 men and top 24 women, who advance to 24 games of round-robin match play. The final four in each division will advance to the TV finals.

The men's and women's champions will face off in a special Battle of the Sexes match to crown the ultimate U.S. Open winner. The special match will be broadcast live on ESPN immediately following the men's and women's finals.

 

 

夏本番の暑さにも負けず、予選から熱いハイスコア合戦となった今年の六甲クィーンズオープン。

上位陣がほぼ固定の状態で突入した決勝ラウンドロビンには、予選からトップ争いを繰り広げる吉田真由美と松永裕美を先頭に、今大会のダークホースとなった松村伊津子、4年ぶりの復帰戦で健在ぶりを見せてくれた関根直子に阿部聖水・西村美紀・佐藤美香・岸田有加ら若手シードプロ陣、時本美津子・松井八知栄のベテラン組とバラエティに富んだ顔ぶれが出揃う中、今年5月にプロデビューしたばかりの小泉奈津美と山田弥佳も進出。

小泉はレギュラーツアー2戦目、山田にいたっては今大会がツアーデビュー戦での決勝ラウンドロビン進出に、そう遠くない将来に新たなるヒロインが誕生することを予感させてくれました。

中盤まで吉田・松永・関根・松村の4強状態が続きましたが、7G目からマイナスを打った関根が脱落。かわって時本が順位を上げてステップラダー進出圏内に入ります。 そして迎えた決勝ステップラダー・4位決定戦、時本VS松村の組合せは、通算20勝を挙げた選手に与えられる永久シードの資格を持つ時本が、7フレーム目からのオールウェーを決めて貫禄の勝利。

続く吉田VS時本の3位決定戦は時本が6・10番ピンに悩まされる一方、吉田が4位決定戦での時本を再現するかのように7フレーム目からのオールウェーを決めて時本を下しました。

思い起こせば2年前の第27回大会と同じ松永・吉田の顔合わせ。吉田にとって今大会ではラウンドロビンでの対戦で2度とも敗北したやりづらい相手ではありましたが、六甲での借りは六甲で返すべく、松永が待つ優勝決定戦へと進みます。

優勝決定戦は吉田がダブルで滑り出しましたが、2フレーム目からターキーを決めた松永がリードを取ります。しかし中盤、松永のストライクが途切れて形勢逆転。中盤からストライクを繋げてリードを広げる吉田を、松永が懸命に追いかける展開となりましたが、2年前の敗北を繰り返す気はない吉田のストライクは途切れることなく、とうとう5フレーム目からのオールウェーで松永を圧倒。

今回も愛息のりゅうき君に見守られながら、”小さな巨人”吉田が開幕戦の関西オープンに続く地元関西での今季2勝目、そして通算10勝を挙げて準永久シード権をあわせて獲得しました!

 

 

松永裕美


 

2013/07/22

 

Belmonte, Kulick Lead Qualifying After First Round in U.S. Open

Australian two-hander Jason Belmonte made light work of the challenging lane condition at the 2013 Lipton Bowling's U.S. Open on Monday as he averaged more than 246 to lead the men's division after the first day of qualifying.

The seven-time Professional Bowlers Association titlist had a high game of 299 on the way to a 1,969 eight-game total, almost 100 pins ahead of the field. In the women's division, defending champion Kelly Kulick of Union, N.J., leads with 1,753.

"Today was one of those days where everything that was close seemed to go the right way for me," Belmonte said. "I made a lot of good shots, and when you do that, it gives you a lot of confidence."

Belmonte finished third at last year's U.S. Open and has been in the top 10 each of the last three seasons. This year, he has enjoyed continued success in major events, including a win at the 2013 United States Bowling Congress Masters and runner-up finishes at the PBA World Championship and Barbasol Tournament of Champions.

"I pride myself on having the kind of character where I never give up, and I have a lot of faith in my ability," said Belmonte, who also won the Lucas Oil PBA Bear Open during the recent GEICO PBA Summer Swing. "Sometimes, you need a lot of games to get there, and sometimes, you use those games to build a lead and build your confidence. I really enjoy the longer formats and tougher patterns because I feel like I bowl my best when I'm forced to throw my best shots."

Brett Wolfe of Tempe, Ariz., who won the 2002 USBC Masters, is second with 1,873, and Brian LeClair of Albany, N.Y., is third with 1,774. Defending champion Pete Weber of St. Ann, Mo., finished the day in a tie for 12th place with 1,717.

The 2013 Lipton Bowling's U.S. Open includes nearly 400 of the best men and women bowlers in the world, competing side by side (in separate events) at three Columbus-area bowling centers - Wayne Webb's Columbus Bowl, Columbus Western Bowl and Holiday Lanes.

The combined events have a prize fund of more than $400,000 and will culminate with the live two-hour ESPN finals on Sunday.

On the women's side, Kulick took a big step toward a fourth U.S. Women's Open title and finds herself in familiar territory atop the leaderboard, though she knows there's a long way to go.

The 36-year-old right-hander averaged 219.13 and finished just ahead of two-time U.S. Women's Open titlist Liz Johnson of Cheektowaga, N.Y., who is second with 1,728. Their Team USA teammate Stefanie Nation of Grand Prairie, Texas, is third with 1,726.

"It's a very challenging shot, and you really have to match up with the right angles through the front part of the lane to score well," said Kulick, who also won the U.S. Women's Open in 2003 and 2010. "I was able to play my A game, which is to play a little deeper, so I was comfortable. I also had a lot of great help behind me."

Competition will resume Tuesday with another eight games. Half of the field will bowl at 9 a.m. EDT, and the rest will hit the lanes at 4 p.m.

"Only eight of the 24 games of qualifying are done, and then there's match play, so anything can happen, but I feel good about today," Kulick said. "With the three different bowling centers, it's like starting over each day, so you can't get too comfortable. I feel like having a lot of options is important, and I have a good progression of bowling balls, which should allow me to stay where I'm comfortable playing."

After 24 games of qualifying over three days, the field will be cut to the top 25 percent in each division. A final six-game cashers qualifying round will determine the top 24 men and top 24 women, who advance to 24 games of round-robin match play. The final four in each division will advance to the TV finals.

The men's and women's champions will face off in a special Battle of the Sexes match to crown the ultimate U.S. Open winner. The special match will be broadcast live on ESPN immediately following the men's and women's finals.

 

 

吉田真由美

 

 

吉田真由美

 

 

佐藤美香


 

2013/07/17

 

 【PBA】 News

Pete Weber Wins Third Best Bowler ESPY Award

PBA Hall of Famer and 2013 PBA Tournament of Champions winner Pete Weber of St. Ann, Mo., received his third Best Bowler ESPY Award Wednesday evening during the 2013 ESPY Awards ceremony at the Nokia Theater in downtown Los Angeles.

Weber was among winners in a variety of sports categories and special moments that were determined by fan voting on espn.com with the winners announced during the ESPY Awards telecast on ESPN.

Weber, who previously won the Best Bowler ESPY in 2002 and 2004, won his second Tournament of Champions title at age 50 in April to complete the PBA’s Triple Crown a second time, a feat no other bowler has accomplished. In winning his 37th career PBA Tour title, he tied Norm Duke for third on the all-time career list and tied Earl Anthony for most major titles with 10. He also has six other top-10 Tour finishes this season.

Competing as a rookie on the PBA50 Tour this season, Weber also notched his first win by capturing the USBC Senior Masters title—a PBA50 Tour major.

Weber’s historic win in the Tournament of Champions marked the second consecutive season that his performance in a major made for memorable sports television. In February 2012, he won the U.S. Open and gained widespread media attention for coining the phrase – “Who do you think you are? I am,” after defeating Mike Fagan 215-214 in the championship match for a record fifth U.S. Open title.

Jason Belmonte of Australia and Scott Norton of Mission Viejo, Calif., were also nominated for the 2013 Best Bowler ESPY.

Belmonte, the Australian two-handed specialist and 2011 ESPY Award winner, won the Lucas Oil PBA Bear Open and the USBC Masters for his first major title this season, bringing his career titles total to seven. He also has five other top-five finishes including runner-up finishes in the PBA World Championship, Tournament of Champions and Chameleon Open.

Norton, who was nominated for the first time, has two titles this season which came in the Chameleon Open and Earl Anthony Players Championship. He also has four other top-10 finishes including a second in the Mark Roth Classic and fifth in the Viper Open.

Both Weber and Norton were also members of the New York City Mylan WTT KingPins PBA League championship team owned by tennis legend Billie Jean King.


 

2013/07/14

 

松永裕美、1年半ぶりの8勝目を挙げる!

勝利の美酒ならぬセブンティーンアイスをぱくり

男子に続いて行われた女子優勝決定戦。頂点を決する最後のステージに立ったのは、ここ一年以上優勝回数を増やせない松永裕美と、何度も初優勝に王手を掛けながら逃がし続けてきた阿部聖水の二人。

予選では阿部が首位に立ちましたが、準決勝で怒濤の追い上げを見せた名和 秋と松永が1位・2位を奪取すると、順位を落として姫路 麗、何とか4位にかじりついて阿部が続き、決勝シュートアウトへ突入します。

ターキーでスタートした姫路が一旦リードを取りましたが、4フレーム目からストライクを繋げることができなくなってしまいじりじりと後退。名和も2度の7-10スプリットでスコアを伸ばせません。一方で4フレーム目から4連続ストライクを決めた松永がさらにパンチアウトを決めて決勝一番乗りを果たすと、勝負どころでターキーを決めた阿部が後に続きました。

しかし優勝決定戦ではレーンが変化を見せ、両者ともストライクを繋げることが出来ません。

阿部は左レーンに捕まってしまいダッチマン状態に、松永もようやく6・7フレームでダブルに成功しますが阿部を突き放すまでには到らず、一進一退の攻防戦は10フレームまでもつれ込みます。

10フレーム1投目が4・8番を残す8ピンカウントとなり、この時点で敗北を覚悟したと言う松永でしたが、これをカバーして204ピンで終了。

対する阿部は男子優勝決定戦での河津と同じく、優勝にはダブルが絶対条件という展開に。持ち前のガッツでここまでかじりついて来た阿部でしたが、運を味方につけること叶わず、その2投目は無情にも4番ピンを残し、松永の優勝が確定しました。

恩師・柴田英徳のパーフェクト記念大会に華を添える8勝目を挙げ、今年こそ悲願の三冠女王に輝くべく、今季後半戦に向けて新たな闘志を燃やす松永にご注目下さい!

 

河津亨至、喜びの初優勝!

若武者が見せた男泣き

JPBA初の試みとなるB公認大会の先陣を切って開催された『グリコセブンティーンアイス杯』第1回プロアマトーナメント。男女別会場で行われた予選はあいにくの大雨となりましたが、からしまボウル福島に会場が統合された最終日の本日は雨も上がり、たくさんのお客様に足を運んで頂きました。

男女同ボックスでの投球が行われた準決勝では、青森県出身で地元東北の声援を一身に受けた中村 智が驚異の追い上げを見せて首位を奪取。予選から上位を守った河津亨至、玉井慎一郎が後に続き、決勝進出最後の一枠に中沢 奨が飛び込みました。

エキシビションで盛り上がった場内が一転して静まり、緊張感漂うなか始まった決勝シュートアウトでは、四者一歩も譲らぬ混戦模様に。そんな中、河津が7フレーム目からオールウェーを決めて一抜けすると、残る3名の10フレ勝負に突入。

中盤の貯金で一歩リードしている中村を玉井と中沢が追う展開となりましたが、玉井・中沢ともに10フレームでダブルを持ってくることが出来ず、僅差で中村が逃げ切りました。

勝てばどちらも初優勝、しかも中村にとっては地元東北で優勝という滅多にないチャンス。一方河津にとっても今年5月に結婚したばかりの新妻・長谷川真実が見守るなかでの初優勝と、両者ともに何としても勝ちたい最後の一戦は、ターキーで滑り出した河津がリードを取ります。

4年前のROUND1CUPでの敗因を「自分の世界に入ってしまって相手を見ていなかった」と分析した河津。今日は対戦相手の中村を意識しながら、良い緊張感を持って投球が出来たと語り、その言葉通り中村が中盤で4連続ストライクを決めて追い上げて来ても焦らずターキーに成功します。

勝負どころの9フレーム目で力が入って失投してしまいましたが、スプリットは免れて難なくカバー。中村が先に227ピンで投球を終えると、河津は10フレームでダブルが勝利の絶対条件となりましたが、これも見事クリア。

優勝インタビューでは「ずっと優勝したかった」と昔年の想いがこみ上げ、思わず涙を滲ませた河津。

生涯の伴侶と念願の初優勝を手にした今年、河津のさらなる成長にご期待下さい!

 

 

名和 秋

 

 

中村 智


 

2013/07/13

 

Kim Jun Yung Wins It’s Daejeon International Open, Rash Finishes Third

In a finals dominated by Korean players, reigning PBA Player of the Year Sean Rash, trying for his second International PBA Tour title, finished third in the It’s Daejeon International Open World Bowling Tour tournament Saturday in Daejeon, Korea.

Kim Jun Yung of Korea, who finished second in the 2011 World Series of Bowling Scorpion Championship, won his first title by defeating fellow countryman Kim Jae Hoon 237-200 in the championship match. Rash, qualified third for the TV finals but lost in the three-player semifinal with a 186 to Hoon’s 227. Kim Tae Young of Korea bowled a 169 to finish fourth.

Rash who led a contingent of six U.S. PBA Tour players competing in the event, won the Kuwait Open in March for his first title of the season and sixth of his career. After the combined second round, Tommy Jones finished ninth, Tom Smallwood, 18th, Mika Koivuniemi, 19th, Josh Blanchard, 21st and Scott Newell, 59th.

Rash, along with Koivuniemi and Mike Fagan are among the top three in World Bowling Tour points. With four tournaments remaining in 2013, the top three after the two-season cumulative point standings will earn the opportunity to compete in the ESPN-televised World Bowling Tour finals as part of the World Series of Bowling V in November at the South Point in November. The women’s WBT finals will also be conducted as part of World Series of Bowling V.

In the all-Korea Women’s Division final , Kang Soo Jin defeated Kang Hyun Jin 226-214 for the title. In the semifinal Jin defeated Jeon Eun Hee 224-203 to advance to the championship match.

 

 

阿部聖水

 

河津亨至

 

 

阿部聖水

 

 

玉井慎一郎


 

2013/07/09

 

 

儀間義博
会場:稲沢グランドボウル

 

 

梶 義宏
会場:MKボウル上賀茂

 

Clutch 10th-Frame Performance Helps Norm Duke Win GEICO PBA King of the Swing

Professional Bowlers Association Hall of Famer Norm Duke successfully concluded the GEICO PBA Summer Swing with a clutch 10th-frame performance for a bittersweet 222-213 victory over Chris Barnes in the GEICO King of the Swing special event.

It was the kind of performance that has made Duke one of the PBA’s most popular players.

The final event in the GEICO PBA Summer Swing presented by Lucas Oil telecasts aired Tuesday on CBS Sports Network.

Duke, a 49-year-old Clermont, Fla., resident, defeated four Summer Swing event champions in impressive style after earning his way into the King of the Swing field as the “wild card,” the highest point-getter without a title.

As the No. 5 qualifier for the stepladder finals, Duke began his climb up the stepladder by defeating Badger Open titlist Jake Peters of Decatur, Ill., 220-190; Bear Open winner Jason Belmonte of Australia, 258-226, and Wolf Open champ Chris Loschetter of Avon, Ohio, 207-205. Those victories set up a championship re-match against Barnes, who had defeated Duke, 246-237, in the title match of the Milwaukee Open earlier in the Summer Swing.

Bowling on the same Badger lane condition Barnes had selected for the Milwaukee Open finals – a right the Double Oak, Texas, resident had earned as Summer Swing points leader - Duke successfully turned the tables on Barnes.

In the Milwaukee Open, Barnes won when he threw two strikes in the 10th, surviving to claim his 15th career title when Duke struck on his first shot in the 10th, but left a 10 pin on his second attempt.

In the King of the Swing finale, Barnes’ string of four strikes ended when the 9 pin stood on his second shot in the 10th frame. Duke, working on a double heading into his 10th frame, needed two more strikes to win, and he got what he needed.

“I realize it’s not a PBA Tour title, but it still feels good,” Duke said. “I’ll go home without a title, and that’s disappointing because I’m here to win titles, but I did win an event.

“I needed to spend some time on TV. I haven’t been on TV in a while, and when I got there and didn’t perform the way I wanted in the Wolf and Milwaukee Opens, it was just because we haven’t had any tournaments for a while,” Duke continued. “It takes a little time just to get comfortable. In the Wolf Open, I was scared and nervous, but today was a walk in the park.”

Duke was unhappy with a couple of shots he made in the previous events that, in his mind, probably cost him titles. But converting the 1-2-4-10 washout after making a bad shot in the 10th frame against Peters in the opening match of the King of the Swing finals was a key moment.

“When you bowl a lot of games on TV, there are going to be some shots you’re not real proud of, but I was about 90 percent happy with the shots I made today,” he said. “I had to make that washout against Jake Peters to win, and I did it.”

He also was happy to beat Barnes on the Badger pattern, a lane condition he wouldn’t have picked if he had the choice.

“I’d have picked the Wolf pattern,” Duke said. “I’ll bowl all day on the Wolf against those high-rev guys, but my job is to not have a favorite pattern. When you have a favorite, you also have a least-favorite pattern and that’s a problem; it’s conceding you have a weakness and I don’t like to say that out loud.

“In my mind, this was Barnes’ place,” he added. “Barnes led (the Summer Swing). He won the Milwaukee Open, which was the most important one, I believe. I’d love to have that shot back (10 pin in 10th frame of title match), but he’d love to have a couple of shots back as well. He earned it.

”When I get home and reflect on the Summer Swing, one of the things I’ll probably congratulate myself on was my ability to keep a strong focus on what I needed to do. I feel pretty good about that.”


 

2013/07/05

 

 

谷合貴志
会場:トミコシ高島平ボウル


 

2013/07/03

 

 

日置秀一
会場:JFE千葉リバーレーン


 

2013/07/02

 

Chris Barnes Out-Duels Norm Duke to Win Lucas Oil PBA Milwaukee Open for 15th Career Title

In a battle that went down to the second ball in the final frame, Chris Barnes of Double Oak, Texas, out-dueled Professional Bowlers Association Hall of Famer Norm Duke of Clermont, Fla., 246-237, to win his 15th PBA Tour title in the Lucas Oil PBA Milwaukee Open at AMF Bowlero.

The fourth of five GEICO PBA Summer Swing presented by Lucas Oil telecasts aired Tuesday on CBS Sports Network.

The Milwaukee Open, featuring the top qualifiers from the PBA Badger, Wolf and Bear Open tournaments held earlier in the Summer Swing, came down to a pair of classic matches involving three of the six members of the elite PBA “Triple Crown” club – Barnes, Duke and PBA Hall of Famer Pete Weber of St. Ann, Mo. (Billy Hardwick, Johnny Petraglia and Mike Aulby are the other three Triple Crown winners; Weber is the only player to win all three major championships – U.S. Open, PBA World Championship and PBA Tournament of Champions – twice).

After Mike Fagan of Fort Worth, Texas, defeated Jason Sterner of McDonough, Ga., 198-182, to start the Milwaukee Open finals, Duke eliminated Fagan in the second match, 238-194.

That win set up a semifinal match between Duke and Weber, who are tied for third place on the all-time PBA Tour titles list with 37 each, and who have met each other in televised matches only three previous times in their 30-plus-year careers. In those matches – each in a different decade – Weber held a 2-1 edge (he beat Duke in the 1986 St. Louis Open semifinal match, 247-234; lost to Duke in the 1997 Ebonite Challenge title match in Windsor Locks, Conn., 236-194, and beat Duke, 260-227, in the semifinal match of the 2001 Greater Louisville Open).

Duke evened the score in a match that was never more than 10 pins apart, 225-217, when Weber left a solid 9 pin on his second shot in the 10th frame after striking on his first ball in the 10th.

But Barnes ruined Duke’s bid to break his titles tie with Weber in an equally exciting title match. Barnes struck on five of his first six shots, building a 20-pin lead after five frames, but Duke responded with a string of four strikes to take a 188-187 lead after eight frames. Barnes struck in the ninth and on his first two shots in the 10th frame, finishing with a nine-count. Duke ran his strike string to four on his first attempt in the 10th frame, but left a 10 pin on his second shot to give Barnes the victory.

“My matches with Norm have always been interesting, going back to 2000 when the winner (of the MSN Open in Tucson) was probably the difference in who won Player of the Year,” Barnes said (Duke beat Barnes in that title match, 236-228, and went on to win PBA Player of the Year).

“I won today, but I wouldn’t say I evened things with Norm,” he added. “And you hate to win on another guy’s bad break. (Duke) put every shot in the pocket down the stretch, like he always does, and leaving that 10 pin was a bad break.

“But I have figured out a way to finish matches,” Barnes added. “I think that’s been a big change in my game over the past few years. I don’t feel like I need to be ahead going into the 10th frame; I just need a chance to force the other guy to make a shot, and this time it worked out.”

Barnes said retired PBA Tour champion Mark Baker detected a flaw in Barnes’ approach that helped him correct his well-known television woes.

“There were some mistakes I was making on TV, and when I started working with Mark Baker, he noticed whenever I’d get to a point where I really needed to make a shot to put the match away, I’d get forward with my spine tilt and it would change the result into something bad. Right after that, I went win, win and was a stone 8 pin away from a third title in four weeks. Ever since then, Mark Baker’s been my coach.”

The GEICO King of the Swing – a special event concluding the GEICO PBA Summer Swing presented by Lucas Oil - will air next Tuesday, July 9, at 7 p.m. ET. The field of players who advanced to the finals included the Badger, Wolf, Bear and Milwaukee Open champions plus a “wild card” player, all seeded in the stepladder finals based upon Summer Swing points. The “King of the Swing” field will include Barnes, the top qualifier and Milwaukee Open winner; Wolf Open winner Chris Loschetter of Avon, Ohio; Bear Open winner Jason Belmonte of Australia; Badger Open winner Jake Peters of Decatur, Ill., and Duke, the wild card qualifier as high points-getter in the Summer Swing without a title.


 

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