England’s Dom Barrett Wins PBA World Championship

England’s Dom Barrett became the second international player ever to win the PBA World Championship when he held off reigning PBA Player of the Year Sean Rash of Montgomery, Ill., 238-235, in the title match at the South Point Hotel and Casino complex.

The 55th World Championship, which aired Sunday on ESPN, was the fifth and final PBA Tour championship event held as part of PBA World Series of Bowling V.

“Right now I couldn’t be happier,” Barrett said after joining Finland’s Osku Palermaa, the 2011 World Champion, as the second international player to win the event. “It’s a very special feeling, one you don’t often get in bowling, so I’m going to make the most of it.”

Barrett, the leading qualifier over 52 games of qualifying and match play, locked up his third PBA Tour title with three strikes in the 10th frame, although he prematurely began to celebrate after his second strike, thinking that shot had clinched the victory.

“I tried to stay calm all week, not get ahead of myself, trying to keep my heart rate the same and my emotions in check,” the 28-year-old British star said of his emotional outburst. “I know some Americans come across as a bit brash, but I consciously try not to do that. I try to stay very much in the moment, but I guess that was two weeks’ worth of joy and excitement coming out.

“I couldn’t see the scoreboard from where I sat. I thought I had enough, but my corner man said I needed some more, so I got myself composed again. I knew I had count in my favor, so it was a matter of hitting the pocket one more time.”

Needing eight pins on his final ball to shut out Rash, Barrett threw another strike.

Barrett, who lost to Ryan Ciminelli of Cheektowaga, N.Y., in the title match of the Chameleon Championship earlier in the World Series, and failed to advance to the television finals in the 2012 World Championship after leading the tournament going into the final round of match play, said he put those disappointments to good use.

“I was pretty disappointed in the Chameleon, but I really didn’t have a chance because (Ciminelli) bowled so well,” Barrett said. “You always learn more from your failures than your successes, but it’s still important to have success. If you go around losing all the time, you’re not going to want to do this much longer.

“Last year’s World Championship really hurt, too. The pain makes you go home, knuckle down a little more, try a little bit harder, and bowl for days like today.”

Rash, who needed the title to bolster his chances for a second straight PBA Player of the Year award, is one of those emotional players Barrett was referring to, so he didn’t fault Barrett for his emotional display.

“Dom made some great shots toward the end,” Rash said. “He apologized (for his outburst) because he thought he had shut me out and he got a little excited.

“He bowled good, I bowled good,” said Rash, who finished the match with six strikes, but couldn’t overcome a missed 6-10 spare conversion in the third frame over an otherwise error-free game. “It could have gone either way. I guess the good news is, I finished second instead of third like I have in four out of the last five World Championships, so maybe next year I can win this thing.”

Another finalist who saw his PBA Player of the Year hopes fade was PBA Hall of Famer Pete Weber of St. Ann, Mo. At age 51, Weber fought his way into the final field as the No. 5 qualifier and struck on eight of his first nine shots to eliminate 2009 World Champion Tom Smallwood of Saginaw, Mich., 258-237, in the first match. Weber, trying for a record 11th PBA major championship, did exactly the same thing in edging Mike Fagan of Fort Worth, Texas, 258-246, in the second match.

Despite starting the semifinal match with six strikes, Weber’s hopes ended when Rash struck on 11 of 12 shots on his way to a 279-249 victory.

Coverage of the PBA World Series of Bowling resumes on ESPN on Sunday, Jan. 5, at 1 p.m. ET with the World Bowling Tour Men’s and Women’s Finals presented by the PBA. Each final features the three point leaders from a two-year rolling points list based on tournaments held around the world. In the women’s final, points leader Kelly Kulick of Union, N.J., will bowl for the title against the winner of a preliminary match between fellow Americans Liz Johnson of Cheektowaga, N.Y., and Missy Parkin of Laguna Hills, Calif. In the men’s final, Rash is the top qualifier and will bowl the winner of a preliminary match between 2011 WBT Men’s champion Mika Koivuniemi of Finland and Fagan.

A recap of the PBA World Championship and a preview of the WBT events, along with other features, will be available Monday on “The Bowling Center” on YouTube.com. Xtra Frame subscribers who may have missed Sunday’s telecasts will be able to watch the finals “on demand” in the Xtra Frame archives three days after the original show airs.





PBA Hall of Famers Steve Cook of Granite Bay, Calif., and Doug Kent of Newark, N.Y., have been elected to the United States Bowling Congress Hall of Fame in the Superior Performance category.

The two were among six bowlers on the men's national ballot and none of the candidates received the 70 percent of the votes cast by USBC’s panel of veteran bowling writers, hall of famers and board members needed for election. In such cases, USBC’s procedure calls for leading vote-getters to be re-considered by the USBC Hall of Fame Committee where they can be confirmed by 70 percent approval of the committee members.

Also on the Superior Performance ballot this year were PBA stars David Ozio of Beaumont, Texas; Danny Wiseman of Baltimore; Larry Laub of, Lincoln, Calif., and Randy Pedersen of Clermont, Fla.

Cook; Kent; previously-elected John Gaines of Orlando, Fla.; Dale Traber of Cedarburg, Wis., and the late Woody Woodruff of Long Island, N.Y., will be inducted on April 24 during the USBC Convention in Reno, Nev.

Cook, 56, a 15-time PBA Tour champion, was inducted into the PBA Hall of Fame in 1993. His titles include the 1981 Tournament of Champions, 1983 Touring Players Championship and the 1986 U.S. Open. Kent, 46, owns 10 PBA titles including the 1991 and 2006 USBC Masters plus the 2002 and 2007 PBA World Championships.


 【JPBA】 第46回 内閣総理大臣杯 日本プロスポーツ大賞












Tom Smallwood Ends TV Drought, Wins PBA Scorpion Championship for Second Tour Title

Tom Smallwood of Saginaw, Mich., ended a four-year television drought when he defeated collegiate star Marshall Kent of Yakima, Wash., 221-216, to win his second Professional Bowlers Association Tour title in the Scorpion Championship at the South Point Hotel and Casino complex.

The Scorpion Championship, which aired Sunday on ESPN, was the final animal pattern championship conducted as part PBA World Series of Bowling V, and the fourth in a series of seven events conducted during the World Series. It also featured the innovative blue oil that has been used during all animal pattern tournament finals to give television fans a unique opportunity to see the lane conditioning challenges PBA players face.

Smallwood, who won his only previous PBA Tour title in the 2009 PBA World Championship, ended a personal six-appearance television drought when he out-lasted 2011-12 PBA Rookie of the Year Josh Blanchard of Gilbert, Ariz., in a PBA-record five-frame sudden-death roll-off, followed by another thrilling victory over Kent for the title.

Blanchard started the stepladder finals with a 234-226 victory over Tommy Jones of Simpsonville, S.C., but lost to Smallwood in the semifinal match roll-off. A six-count on his final shot in the 10th frame tied the match at 232-232. After throwing matching strikes in four one-ball, sudden-death frames, Smallwood ended the longest televised sudden-death roll-off in PBA history with a fifth strike while Blanchard left a 10 pin.

In the title match against Kent, a two-time Collegiate Player of the Year who was competing in the World Series on a special PBA Commissioner’s exemption, Smallwood struck on six of his first seven shots, but failed to convert a 3-10 split in the fourth frame. Kent, with a four-strike string of his own, held an early 13-pin lead, but a 7-10 split in the ninth frame proved to be the difference. A spare and nine-count on his fill ball in the 10th frame clinched the title for Smallwood.

“I thought if I ever made another show and won, I’d bawl like a baby,” Smallwood said, “but I was so emotionally drained, I didn’t have any emotions left.

“It’s amazing,” he added. “I never dreamed in my life I’d have one (title), so to have two? As a kid, all I ever wanted was a chance to be there. I watched these guys on TV forever. I’ve bowled bad enough on TV enough times it’s nice to be on the other side of a bad break. That last time I was (on TV), I got knocked out of the World Championship when I left back to back 4-9s, so I know the feeling.”

Smallwood said the difference was finding his shot to the pocket in the roll-off against Blanchard.

“In the roll-off (against Blanchard), my timing got really good. The first shot was perfect, it was like, there it is,” Smallwood said. “After that, I never missed until the fifth shot and I apparently missed in the right place on that one, so it worked out well.”

Smallwood joined the list of animal pattern finalists who said the blue oil had no bearing on his game or the outcome.

“(The blue oil) doesn’t matter as long as you can see the target you’re looking for,” he said. “It’s so clear I could see the board I was looking at, so it had no effect on me at all.”

The Scorpion Championship telecast also included the fourth and final PBA League Challenge segment, called the “T.O. Challenge.” The skills competition among PBA League franchise players called for each of the eight bowlers to try to match the exact pinfall of a shot thrown by PBA League owner and long-time NFL all-pro wide receiver Terrell Owens. Owens threw a strike for five of the eight players, but the only player to match his effort was Australia’s Jason Belmonte, who won the T.O. Challenge and the overall competition.

As the PBA League Challenge winner, all of the proceeds from an upcoming fund-raising auction will be donated to Belmonte’s designated charity, NBA star and PBA League owner Chris Paul’s CP3 Foundation.

“I had the easiest (shot) because all of us who got to shoot at strikes, that was the easiest one to try to duplicate,” said PBA Hall of Famer and Dallas Strikers franchise player Norm Duke. Owens struck on his first attempt, but Duke failed to match his effort, leaving two pins standing.

Owens got a seven-count for Silver Lake Atom Splitters owner Chris Barnes, and Barnes successfully matched the pin count.

“The T.O. Challenge could have been anything,” Barnes said. “He got lined up, which gave a few guys a chance to do what they do best, which is throw strikes, but only one of them did it. I was lucky to get seven pins and that gave me a chance.”

“We were all hoping (Owens) would get a strike, so I was fortunate that he pulled my name out and he struck,” said Belmonte, L.A. X’s franchise player. “It was just a matter of throwing a good shot and hoping all 10 pins fell, and that’s exactly what happened. I’m glad he pulled my name out, glad he struck and glad I won everything.”

ESPN coverage of the PBA World Series continues next Sunday at 1 p.m. ET with the finals of the PBA World Championship, the final major championship of the season. Smallwood will make his third consecutive television appearance, bowling against PBA Hall of Famer Pete Weber of St. Ann, Mo., in the opening match. Other finalists are No. 3 qualifier Mike Fagan of Fort Worth, Texas; No. 2 Sean Rash of Montgomery, Ill., and top qualifier Dom Barrett of England.

A recap of the Scorpion Championship and a preview of the PBA World Championship, along with other features, will be available Monday on “The Bowling Center” on YouTube.com. Xtra Frame subscribers who may have missed Sunday’s telecasts will be able to watch the finals “on demand” in the Xtra Frame archives three days after the original show airs.







山本 勲




賞金ランキングは JAPAN CUP で初優勝を果たした加藤祐哉がトップに。最後のAVGランキングは山本 勲が川添奨太とトップ争いの末、2007年以来6年ぶりの返り咲きとなりました。






そして準決勝最終ゲームで7-10スプリットメイドを決めて、わずか1ピン差で山本 勲をまくった日置秀一が最後の一枠を奪取します。










川添奨太が前人未到の「全日本」4連覇を目指しトップシード決勝へ!そして初優勝を目指す斉藤茂雄が2位、3位以上で逆転ポイントランキングトップを狙う藤井信人が3位、そしてラストゲーム9フレ⑦ー⑩スプリットメイドを達成し僅か1ピン差で山本 勲を退けた日置秀一が4位で進出!

















JPBA城西地区長の横川義雄(24期)が健闘を見せ現在トップ!また6G目に梶 義宏が大会1号のパーフェクトゲーム達成!




Tommy Jones Closes 2012-13 PBA Season with Victory in Saudi Arabia’s 7th Kingdom International Open

Tommy Jones of Simpsonville, S.C., won the 7th Kingdom International Open at Universal Bowling Center Monday for his 15th Professional Bowlers Association Tour title. It was the final tournament of the 2012-13 PBA season.

Jones, who entered the modified stepladder finals as the No. 2 qualifier, defeated top qualifier Michael Mak of Hong Kong twice, 247-218 and 268-258, to claim the $25,000 first prize and his second World Bowling/PBA International Tour title of the season. Jones also won the International Bowling Championships title in Tokyo, Japan, last January.

Jones defeated Bahrain’s Yousif Falah, 218-211, in the semifinal match after Falah started the championship round by winning the three-player “shootout” opening match. Falah’s 258 game eliminated Bill O’Neill of Langhorne, Pa. (217) and Sweden’s Daniel Fransson (193).

The Saudi Arabia tournament concluded an extended 14-month PBA season as the PBA returns to a calendar year schedule beginning January 1. During its extended season, the PBA conducted 23 traditional tournaments, including five major championships, and 11 World Bowling/PBA International Tour tournaments in addition to its inaugural PBA League schedule of team events.




Inspired Ryan Ciminelli Wins PBA Chameleon Championship for Second Tour Title

Ryan Ciminelli of Cheektowaga, N.Y., converted disappointment into determination, winning the Professional Bowlers Association Chameleon Championship for his second PBA Tour title with an inspired 258-203 victory over England’s Dom Barrett.

The third of seven telecasts from PBA World Series of Bowling V at the South Point Hotel and Casino complex aired Sunday on ESPN. It again featured the use of “blue oil” to help fans see the otherwise invisible lane conditioning pattern. The Chameleon pattern was applied to 43 feet compared to a 35-foot application for the Cheetah Championship and 39 feet for the Viper pattern in previous weeks. The Scorpion Championship, which will air next Sunday at 3:30 p.m. ET, is a 47-foot pattern.

Ciminelli, bowling in the wake of a bitter loss to Chris Barnes in the Viper Championship title match, when he left a 7-10 split in the final frame, started his battle against Barrett with three strikes and never trailed. When Barrett closed to within two pins after five frames, Ciminelli threw another string of five strikes to race away with his first title since winning the 2011 Earl Anthony Memorial.

“It was tough to put (the Viper) behind me, but I decided to use it as inspiration instead of letting it get to me,” the 27-year-old left-hander said. “I felt really good. I broke the lane down the way I wanted to and created some room for myself.

“I knew the (right) side really wasn’t that good,” he continued. “I knew if I stayed within myself, 220, 230 would probably win.

“The second title feels better (than the first),” Ciminelli added. “It’s been too long. You know you can win after the first one, but you wait three years and you begin to ask yourself if you’re a one-hit wonder. So now that’s off my shoulders.”

Barrett, who was the top qualifier for the Chameleon stepladder finals, was a bit confused at the start of the match.

“I didn’t feel like I made many bad shots, but my ball reaction didn’t look very good,” Barrett said. “One time it would hook, the next time it would go straight. It’s not the kind of scenario you want going into a title match against someone who was throwing the ball as well as Ryan was.”

Barrett insisted the blue oil had no bearing on anything, echoing Ciminelli’s sentiments.

“I think when you get to a certain level, your ball is your guide,” he said of the colored oil. “You’ve grown up reading ball reaction. That’s how we make our decisions. That’s how we win tournaments, so any visual aid out there might be great for TV or young bowlers, but when you get to this level, it doesn’t matter. We’re going to use information available to us like pattern length, the type of oil, the lane surface. All of those things make a huge difference, but visually, we’re going to read ball motions. We know what we do.

“If you paid too much attention to (the blue oil), you’d be ignoring the facts of what you’ve been doing all week. Ball motion is far more important.”

Ciminelli, the No. 3 qualifier coming into the Chameleon finals, ran away from Tom Smallwood of Saginaw, Mich., in the first match, 255-197, and was equally impressive in eliminating Brian Kretzer of Dayton, Ohio, 235-179, in the semifinal match.

The Chameleon telecast also included the third of four special PBA League Challenge segments in which the eight PBA League franchise players are demonstrating their skills in unique competitions. In the “Obstacle Bowling” round, players tried to knock down as many pins as they could by throwing three shots through or around an obstacle course of rubber pins positioned at intervals down the lane.

BROOKLYN STyLES franchise player Sean Rash won the competition in a one-ball roll-off against Pittsburgh Jack Rabbits’ franchise player Osku Palermaa after they tied at 28 out of a possible total of 30.

“The obstacle course was fun,” Rash said. “I’m pretty good at throwing it hard and straight off the corner, and hooking it as much as possible. You were just trying to hit a target, draw a line and throw it hard, and I was able to come out on top in that one.”

“Visually (obstacle bowling) isn’t much different than what we do,” added Chris Barnes, who represented the Silver Lake Atom Splitters and tied for second with a 27. “There is always (an invisible) sand trap or a tree that you have to avoid, but physically you can’t see them represented like (the rubber pins).”

Next Sunday’s Scorpion Championship finals include top qualifier Marshall Kent of Yakima, Wash., an amateur and a Collegiate All-American at Robert Morris University-Illinois who was invited to bowl in the World Series on a PBA Commissioner’s Exemption; Smallwood; Josh Blanchard of Gilbert, Ariz., and Tommy Jones of Simpsonville, S.C. The telecast also will include a PBA League “TO” Challenge in which NFL all-pro wide receiver and PBA League Dallas Strikers owner Terrell Owens will make a shot and a randomly-selected player will try to exactly match TO’s pinfall.

A post-finals look at the Chameleon Championship and a preview of the Scorpion Championship, along with other features, will be available Monday on “The Bowling Center” on YouTube.com. Xtra Frame subscribers who may have missed Sunday’s telecasts will be able to watch the finals “on demand” in the Xtra Frame archives three days after the original show airs.




姫路 麗からAVGランキングトップの座をもぎ取り、姫路の2年連続三冠女王を阻止した2009年から4年、AVG女王の座は死守してきましたが、他2部門もあと一歩で独占することができず、昨年は三冠女王を目前にしながら最後の最後で姫路に賞金部門を奪われ、「どうやったら三冠獲れるのか」と嘆いた松永。







予選8Gに続き、2Gトータルで争われる決勝トーナメントは実力もさる事ながら運も勝利の大事な要素となるだけに、三冠女王を巡るランキング争いの筆頭格・松永裕美と吉田真由美、姫路 麗に今季一勝を挙げて以来好調の名和 秋らが初戦敗退という大番狂わせが起きるなか、五回戦を勝ち抜いた時本美津子、小林あゆみ、西村美紀、そしてアマチュアの倉田 萌選手の4名が決勝シュートアウトへ進出を果たします。




































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 【WBT】 Qatar Open 【Finals】

England’s Dom Barrett Wins PBA International Tour Title in Qatar Open

England’s Dom Barrett defeated Sweden’s Mattias Olsson, 515-467, in the two-game title match of the Qatar Open at Qatar Bowling Center Tuesday.

Barrett spotted Olsson a 12-pin lead after their 269-257 first game, but dominated game two, 258-198, to capture the $42,000 first prize and a PBA International Tour title.

Barrett advanced to the title match by defeating last week’s Abu Dhabi WBT winner, Thomas Larsen of Denmark, 459-438, while Olsson eliminated Robert Morris University-Illinois collegiate star Cameron Weier of Federal Way, Wash., 413-392, in the semifinal round.

Barrett is a finalist in the PBA Chameleon Championship telecast which will air Sunday on ESPN at 1 p.m. ET and he is the top qualifier for the PBA World Championship finals that air on ESPN on Sunday, Dec. 29, at 1 p.m. ET.

Other PBA players among the cashers included Mike Fagan, Fort Worth, Texas, fifth; Osku Palermaa, Finland, sixth; Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., seventh; Bill O’Neill, Langhorne, Pa., 13th; Tim Mack, Indianapolis, 15th; Martin Larsen, Sweden, 16th; Mika Koivuniemi, Finland, 18th; Andrew Frawley, Australia, 21st, and Paul Moor, England, 24th.

Two other members of Robert Morris University-Illinois’ top-ranked collegiate team – junior Marshall Kent of Yakima, Wash. and senior Matt Gasn of Laurel, Md. – finished eighth and 10th, respectively. Kent, a two-time Collegiate Bowler of the Year, recently competed in PBA World Series of Bowling V on a PBA Commissioner’s Exemption, and was the leading qualifier in the PBA Scorpion Championship that will air on ESPN on Sunday, Dec. 22, at 3:30 p.m. ET.

The 2012-13 PBA Tour season will conclude with the 7th International Kingdom Open at Universal Bowling Center, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Dec. 11-16. The International Kingdom Open, along with the Abu Dhabi WBT and Qatar Open, are World Bowling/PBA International Tour events. All three are part of the two-year, rolling World Bowling Tour points competition.




Chris Barnes Wins 16th Career Title in PBA Viper Championship

Chris Barnes of Double Oak, Texas, captured his 16th career title in the Professional Bowlers Association Viper Championship presented by PBA Bowling Challenge, defeating top qualifier Ryan Ciminelli of Cheektowaga, N.Y., 230-212, when Ciminelli left a 7-10 split in the 10th frame of the title match.

The second of seven telecasts from PBA World Series of Bowling V at the South Point Hotel and Casino complex aired Sunday on ESPN, and again featured the use of a unique “blue oil” on the lanes to help television viewers and on-site fans see the otherwise invisible lane conditioning pattern.

“It’s way more fun winning than losing, and I’ve tried both,” Barnes said of his second PBA Tour victory of the 2012-13 season.

England’s Stuart Williams started the four-man Viper stepladder finals with a 203-194 victory over Australia’s PBA Player of the Year contender, Jason Belmonte, but Barnes then eliminated Williams, 200-171, to advance to the title match.

Ciminelli jumped into a 15-pin lead over Barnes after five frames, striking on four of his first five shots, and he maintained his lead heading into the 10th frame when disaster struck. He left the 7-10 split on a light pocket hit, and nearly converted the spare when he bounced the 7 pin out of the pit in front of the 10 pin. Barnes, working on strikes in the eighth and ninth frames, then locked up the title with two more strikes in his 10th frame.

“It was an awful shot,” Ciminelli said of his fatal 10th-frame error. “I guess I could have gotten lucky and got nine or something, but you can’t rely on that. You have to throw it good when you’re in that position. I made all of my good frames irrelevant with one bad shot.”

Barnes knew he got a break, but predicted Ciminelli would return to the winner’s circle soon.

“(Ryan) keeps getting better and better,” Barnes said of the 27-year-old Ciminelli, who won his only PBA Tour title in Dublin, Calif., in January 2011. “He’s better in qualifying and better in match play, and he’s getting better at finishing. He almost made the 7-10, which would have changed things considerably.

“Ryan’s going to be one of the guys to beat and he’s trying to step in as the premier left-hander on tour. I’m not sure (33-time PBA Tour winner and Hall of Famer) Parker (Bohn III) is ready to step aside right yet, but Ryan is certainly laying his claim to be that guy.”

Barnes also said the two previous right-handed players in the finals (Williams and Belmonte) had moved the oil around on the lanes, which forced him to make continuously move around until he found a consistent shot to the pocket.

“I kept moving around and trying to make the ball hook, and eventually I got back to where I started and made some good shots,” Barnes said. “It was kind of what you’d see (Hall of Famers) Walter Ray (Williams Jr.) or Norm (Duke) do – pick a spot and keep hitting that spot, and make the other guy show up.”

The Viper Championship used the same blue oil used in the Cheetah Championship earlier in the World Series. The Viper pattern was applied to 39 feet compared an application to 35 feet for the Cheetah. The unique colored oil also will be used in the Chameleon Championship which airs on Dec. 15 at 1 p.m. ET and the Scorpion Championship telecast on Dec. 22 at 3:30 p.m. ET.

“I don’t even see the oil when I’m bowling; I didn’t even notice it was there,” Ciminelli said, but Barnes noted with a grin, “The funniest thing was, when I threw my spare ball, it disappeared (his spare ball is light blue, almost the same shade as the oil).

“On one of these (blue oil) shows, if all of the guys play in the same area of the lane, I think we’ll see much better how the condition will get lighter,” Barnes added, “but this show was like the U.S. Open. One guy was playing first arrow, another was playing fourth arrow, one playing the 12 board, so it was hard to see (the movement of oil).

“I’m not sure what we’ll learn from it, but I don’t have a problem with it at all,” he added. “It doesn’t really create any kind of advantage for what we do because we’re still going to rely on what we know. We don’t know enough about (the blue oil) to trust our eyes over our feel for the lanes.”

The Viper telecast also included a segment called “Time to Strike,” the second of four special PBA League Challenge segments in which the eight PBA League franchise players are demonstrating their skills in unique competitions. In the second round, players tried to throw as many strikes as possible within a span of 90 seconds.

“Speed bowling is not for me,” said 51-year-old Hall of Famer Pete Weber, franchise player for the New York City WTT KingPins, who threw two strikes. “Go back 30 years, maybe…”

“I thought I was going to rule that one,” the Dallas Strikers’ Duke noted, “but I ended up dead last with no strikes. I could hear Chris Berman in the background saying, Come on, man!”

“I did really well in the speed challenge,” said Philadelphia Hitmen representative Bill O’Neill, who won the competition in a two-shot roll-off against L.A. X franchise player Jason Belmonte after each had thrown five strikes in the 90-second round. “Apparently that’s how I need to bowl from now on. When I pick my ball up and think for a second, things go haywire, so I’ve got to just get up and run to the line.”

Next Sunday’s Chameleon Championship finals include top qualifier Dom Barrett, England; No. 2 qualifier Brian Kretzer, Dayton, Ohio; No. 3 Ciminelli and No. 4 Tom Smallwood of Saginaw, Mich. The telecast also will include a PBA League “Obstacle Bowling” Challenge, calling for players to knock down as many pins as possible with three shots in or around rubber bowling pins placed on the lane.

A post-finals look at the Viper Championship and a preview of the Chameleon Championship, along with other features, will be available Monday on “The Bowling Center” on YouTube.com. Xtra Frame subscribers who may have missed Sunday’s telecasts will be able to watch the finals “on demand” in the Xtra Frame archives one week after the original show airs.







予選21G、準々決勝6G、準決勝9Gのトータル36Gというファイナルステージまでの長い道のりで、800シリーズ4つ、パーフェクト1つ、7-10スプリットメイド1つと数々の記録が生まれた上にH/6・H/9の最高記録が一挙に更新されるなど、まさしくトップレベルの戦いの中、松永裕美、名和 秋、姫路 麗の3名がTOP3を独占。














準決勝第1Sで松永裕美、、第2Sで谷川章子が800シリーズ達成!なお、谷川は第1S 760・第2S 815の1575を打ちJPBA公認H/6最高記録を更新(9ピン上回り)、併せてラスト3G662を打ちH/9最高記録更新も更新した!(斉藤志乃ぶの2213記録を24ピン更新)




Denmark’s Thomas Larsen Wins First PBA International Tour Title in Abu Dhabi

Denmark’s Thomas Larsen captured his first Professional Bowlers Tour title, defeating Finland’s Mika Koivuniemi, 239-280, 247-204, in the title match of the Abu Dhabi World Bowling Tour Open at Khalifa Bowling Center Friday.

Larsen, who entered the modified stepladder finals as the top qualifier, lost the opening game against Koivuniemi, who had to defeat Larsen twice to win, but the 24-year-old Danish star rescued his first PBA International Tour title by winning the second game. In doing so, he also denied Koivuniemi a fourth PBA International Tour title during the 2012-13 season.

"I did well too in the first game, but Mika had better carry,” Larsen told Asian Bowling Federation representative Terrence Yaw. “In the second match, he made a few bad shots and that gave me the chance to win if I can focus on my game.

"I'm completely thrilled to have won my first World Tour title. In fact this is my first major title apart from one (European Bowling Tour) title I won this year."

In the preliminary matches, Hong Kong’s Wu Siu Hong won two opening “shootout” matches and eliminated England’s Dom Barrett in match three, but Koivuniemi ended his titles hopes in the semifinal match, 258-165.

Earlier in the season, Koivuniemi had won titles in the 2012 Qatar Open, 2012 Round1 Japan Cup and 2013 Vienna Open.

The World Bowling/PBA International Tour’s next stop will be the Qatar Open in Doha, Qatar, which concludes Tuesday, followed by the 7th International Kingdom Open at Universal Bowling Center, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Dec. 11-16 – the final event of the 2012-13 PBA Tour season.



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Wes Malott Wins PBA Cheetah Championship for Ninth Career Title

Wes Malott of Pflugerville, Texas, capped a three-match sweep in the finals of the Professional Bowlers Association Cheetah Championship, defeating top qualifier Parker Bohn III of Jackson, N.J., in the title match of the historic ESPN telecast, 243-169, for his ninth career PBA Tour title.

The first of seven telecasts from PBA World Series of Bowling V at South Point Hotel, Casino and Bowling Center aired Sunday on ESPN, and featured the use of a highly-visible blue oil on the lanes for the first time in PBA history.

Malott, in winning his second consecutive title, defeated Colombia native Clara Guerrero, 214-208, in the opening match, and was nearly perfect in ousting 51-year-old PBA Hall of Famer Pete Weber of St. Ann, Mo., 288-242, in advancing to the title match.

Guerrero, only the third woman ever to advance to the nationally-televised championship round of a PBA Tour event, made a short-lived, but exciting appearance. The 31-year-old former Wichita State University star – now married and an American citizen living not far from Malott in Pflugerville – took a 15-pin lead over Malott into the eighth frame of the opening match. But Malott finished with a string of five strikes to eliminate Guerrero, 214-208, and exorcise a personal demon.

In two previous nationally-televised matches against another woman star, Liz Johnson of Cheektowaga, N.Y., Malott lost both times. He committed a foul that contributed to a 235-228 loss to Johnson in the 2005 PBA Banquet Open (the first time a woman had ever appeared on a PBA Tour telecast), and in July, after he won the U.S. Open in Columbus, Ohio, Malott lost a special “Battle of the Sexes” match against Johnson, the Women’s U.S. Open winner, 194-188.

“There was a lot riding on this show, especially for me,” Malott said. “The first match against Clara – the lady – I obviously remembered my foul against Liz and losing to Liz at the U.S. Open. I needed to get that off my back. As much as I acted like it wasn’t there, it was on the back of my mind. I told myself at the end of the match I couldn’t give up and let it happen again, so I wanted to put the pressure on her and I was fortunate to come out the winner.”

For Guerrero, just the opportunity “was a dream,” she said. “Every time you see the guys on TV, you want to compete with them, beat them. So being here, having the opportunity to bowl against the greatest bowlers in the world, it was a dream. It was the best part of my career.”

After closing out Guerrero with his string of five strikes, Malott added another 10 in a row against Weber, losing his shot at a perfect game when he left a 10 pin on his 11th shot.

“That might have been the best shot I threw all day,” Malott said of the 11th shot. “I’d throw that one again a million times.”

He continued his torrid pace, striking on seven of his first eight shots in racing away from Bohn in the title match.

“Against Pete, both of us are kind of in the running for player of the year, and I thought I would help my chances by winning that match,” Malott said, “but I also had to beat Parker to win the title, so every match meant a lot. I just worried about myself and did what I could to win back-to-back titles (the Cheetah Championship was the first PBA Tour event since the U.S. Open), and it’s a great feeling.”

The Cheetah Championship was the first time a lane conditioning oil with a color additive had ever been used in a PBA Tour championship event, and it was praised by both Guerrero and Malott.

“I saw it,” Guerrero said. “I thought it was going to be a little different. I thought I’d see the lines on the bowling ball, but it didn’t bother me at all. I think it’s cool for the audience to actually see the oil and understand the game a little more, but I just ignored it.”

Malott agreed.

“Everyone was concerned about what the dye was going to do to the oil, but I really didn’t move for all three games,” he said. “Because I bowled all three games playing the same line, so you could see the track of the ball. That’s what I was curious about.

“This oil could be very educating for the fans and outsiders to help them understand what we’re dealing with, and to see how accurate we are,” he added. “To me that’s more important than what the oil did to us. I don’t think it affected anything performance-wise. I’m kind of excited about it.”

The “blue oil” will be used in all four animal pattern championship finals held during the World Series. The Viper Championship presented by PBA Bowling Challenge will air next Sunday, Dec. 8, followed by the Chameleon Championship on Dec. 15 and the Scorpion Championship on Dec. 22. All December telecasts begin at 1 p.m. ET.

The Cheetah Championship telecast also included the first of four special “PBA League Challenge” segments, allowing the eight PBA League franchise players to demonstrate their skills in unique competitions. The first segment was a “blind bowling” event in which a large curtain was suspended over the lanes, hiding the pins from the players and leaving only the first part of the lanes visible for targeting. Each player bowled a ninth and 10th frame, and Weber – the franchise player for the PBA League New York City WTT KingPins – won the initial round of “challenge” competition by throwing four strikes for a perfect score of 60.

In the light-hearted competition, BROOKLYN STyLES franchise player Sean Rash of Montgomery, Ill., asked for a re-rack (despite not being able to see the pins) and competitors jokingly complained that Dallas Strikers franchise player Norm Duke had an unfair advantage because he’s so short, he could see under curtain.

After winning the round, Weber said, “I didn’t have to shoot any spares, so what’s the big deal? I spot at the foul line, so shooting spares wouldn’t have been a problem if I had needed to shoot at one. I never even saw the screen.”

Next Sunday’s Viper Championship telecast will include a “speed bowling” PBA League Challenge, calling for players to roll as many strikes as possible in a span of 90 seconds.