D.J. Archer Wins First PBA Title in Emotional Chameleon Championship; Russell Rolls 24th TV 300

Two months after losing his mother to cardiac failure, D.J. Archer of Friendswood, Texas, bowled the biggest game of his life, winning his first Professional Bowlers Association Tour title in the PBA Chameleon Championship and stealing the spotlight from Ronnie Russell of Marion, Indiana, who bowled the first nationally-televised 300 game in the new, $35 million South Point Bowling Plaza a game earlier.

The Chameleon finals, the third of five PBA Tour title events conducted during GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling VI, aired Sunday on ESPN.

After starting the championship match with two strikes, Archer left the 1-2-4-6-10 in the third frame and failed to convert. But he quickly righted his ship and closed the match with a string of seven strikes to lock Russell out, winning, 241-215.

“Coming into the finals, with everything that’s gone on in my life the past month-and-a-half, I just felt like (my mother) was there,” Archer said about the loss of his mother Sharon at age 59 in mid-September. “The only thing that could have happened in the 10th frame was for me to throw two really good shots and that’s what I did. I felt like nothing was going to stand up. She knocked the pins over for me, and I’m very grateful.”

Archer had finished second once before (in the 2013 Carmen Salvino Classic) during his 12-year PBA Tour career, so he got to experience the thrill of victory for the first time.

“I’ve been chasing this feeling for years, and now that I know what it feels like, I’m going to work harder and get stronger, and hopefully I’ll get this feeling more often,” he said. “I’m excited, very excited. Those guys have been beating my head in for a long time and I figured out a way I learned how to bowl.”

In the opening three-player shootout match, Russell and Sean Rash of Montgomery, Illinois, each started with six strikes to open a big lead over J.R. Raymond of Bay City, Michigan, who was making his PBA television debut. Raymond opened in the second frame and never had a chance to catch up.

Rash was the first to end his strike string, leaving a 10 pin in the seventh frame and the 1-2-4-10 “washout” in the eighth, while Russell kept on striking on his way to the PBA’s 24th nationally-televised 300 game. Rash finished with a 265 and Raymond a 186.

“That was a lot of fun,” Russell said, “but you’re still trying to get the win. I had three really good breaks where I tripped 4 or 10 pins, and I think that hurt me in the title game because my laydown point went away a little bit. I kept chasing the transition (in the changing lane condition) with my eyes and feet, but I knew I should have changed balls. I just did it two frames too late.”

The fourth PBA WSOB VI final to air on ESPN will be the Scorpion Championship on Sunday, Jan. 4, at 1 p.m. ET. In the title match, top qualifier Michael Haugen Jr. of Phoenix will bowl the winner of a three-player shootout match involving No. 2 Scott Newell, Deland, Fla.; No. 3 Martin Larsen, Sweden, and No. 4 Tom Hess, Urbandale, Iowa.




長谷 宏 優勝!

12月23日(火祝)に行われました承認大会・第2回TTBオープントーナメントを長谷 宏が制しました。

決勝トーナメント準決勝にて、井上信吾選手 とナインテンマッチにもつれ込み、4連続ストライクで勝ち上がった長谷 宏は優勝決定戦で阿部聖水と対戦。ちょうど30ピン差で阿部をくだし、優勝を果たしました。











Mika Koivuniemi Defeats First-Time TV Finalist Connor Pickford for PBA Viper Championship Title

Finnish native Mika Koivuniemi of Hartland, Mich., defeated first-time television finalist Connor Pickford of Charlotte, North Carolina, 224-214, to win his 14th career PBA Tour title in the PBA Viper Championship at the new South Point Bowling Plaza, ending a three-year title drought on American soil.

The Viper finals, the second of five PBA Tour title events conducted during GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling VI, aired Sunday on ESPN.

Koivuniemi, 47, had won four PBA International titles after winning the 2011 PBA Tournament of Champions, but he had to threw three strikes in the 10th-frame twice to end a three-year winless streak in U.S.-based competition.

“I was lucky I finished on the left lane,” Koivuniemi said of his victory over Pickford. “I was lined up much better on the left lane than I was on the right lane, but I still needed to make a good shot. I got a great break in the fifth frame, but it’s about time some luck was with me. I feel like luck hasn’t been on my side on TV very much lately.

“It’s been three years since I’ve won in the U.S. so, yes, it feels excellent.”

In the title match, Pickford left the 2-4-6-7 split in his fourth frame and failed to convert for the only serious mistake of the match. He followed the open with three strikes, but Koivuniemi took the lead when he carried a high crossover strike in fifth, converting that break into a turkey. Pickford failed to strike in the eighth and ninth frames, giving Koivuniemi room to lock up the title with strikes on his first two shots in the 10th frame and that’s what he did.

In the three-player shootout to start the Viper finals, a similar 10th frame performance got Koivuniemi into the title match. Koivuniemi started with four strikes and appeared to have the match under control, but he missed a 4-7 spare attempt in the fifth and momentarily lost his strike shot. He stayed out of trouble, leaving makeable spares until throwing three strikes in the 10th frame to lock up the match. His 221 game was too much for Ronnie Russell of Marion, Indiana (190) and England’s Dom Barrett (126).

Barrett, the reigning PBA World Champion, ran into early trouble, leaving splits he couldn’t convert in four of the first six frames, and quickly bowled himself out of contention. Two more splits resulted in the second-lowest nationally-televised game in PBA history (the record is Tom Daugherty’s 100 game in the 2011 PBA Tournament of Champions).

Russell stayed close to Koivuniemi until he left the 6-7-10 split in the eighth frame. After a strike in the ninth frame, a 10 pin on his first shot in the 10th ended his title hopes.

The next GEICO PBA WSOB VI final to air on ESPN will be the Chameleon Championship on Sunday, Dec. 28, at 1 p.m. ET. In the title match, top qualifier D.J. Archer of Friendswood, Texas, will bowl the winner of a three-player shootout match involving No. 2 Russell; No. 3 Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., and No. 4 J.R. Raymond, Bay City, Mich. Raymond will be making his PBA television debut.









姫路 麗




AVGもプリンスカップトータル18Gで261.89AVGという驚異のスコアを叩き出した姫路 麗がトップに躍り出て、2009年に松永に奪われたAVG女王の座を5年ぶりに奪取。

















なかでも予選前半でH/4を更新した姫路 麗と、ほぼ同時に姫路の記録を3ピン上回った寺下智香の五回戦目は、両者ともに一歩も譲らぬストライク合戦を繰り広げ、とくに2G目は299対300という滅多にお目にかかれない激戦を見せてくれました。






















姫路 麗




















黒田仙雄 優勝!






New York’s Anthony Pepe Wins First Title in PBA Cheetah Championship

Anthony Pepe of Elmhurst, New York, in his national television debut, won the PBA Cheetah Championship presented by PBA Challenge Mobile Game at the new South Point Bowling Plaza with an emotional 224-206 come-from-behind victory over top qualifier Dick Allen of Columbia, South Carolina.

The Cheetah finals, the first of five GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling VI title events, aired Sunday on ESPN. It also was the first national telecast originating from the new state-of-the-art 60-lane bowling facility at the South Point Casino, Hotel and Spa complex on Las Vegas’ south side.

After converting the 6-10 in the first frame of the title match, Allen ran off a string of six strikes to take control of the match, But a 2-4-6-7-9-10 split in the eighth frame, a 6-7 split in the ninth frame and a pocket 7-10 in the 10th frame opened the door for Pepe. After leaving back-to-back 6 pins in the eighth and ninth frames, Pepe threw three strikes in the 10th frame to clinch the title.

“I couldn’t believe it when (Dick) left that split in the 10th frame, but I just told myself to stay calm and execute a good shot,” Pepe said. “After all of those hours of working hard, practicing alone, for this moment, it’s unbelievable.”

In the opening three-player, all-New York shootout match, Pepe, a 26-year-old self-proclaimed healthy-lifestyle advocate, thrilled the crowd by taking a perfect game to his final shot, where he faltered, leaving the 2-4-6-7-8 for a 295 game. It was more than enough to eliminate Brad Angelo of Lockport, who rolled a 226 game, and to spoil the title dreams of Liz Johnson of Cheektowaga, who finished with a 224. The first woman ever to qualify for two PBA TV finals had hopes of joining Kelly Kulick as the second woman to win a PBA Tour title, but Pepe made sure she never had room to recover after she left the 4-6-7-10 split in her second frame.

Pepe came within one shot of matching a feat performed only one other time in PBA history: a 300 game in a player’s first-ever game on national television. Bob Benoit of Topeka, Kansas, is the only player to do that, winning the 1988 Quaker State Open in Fort Worth, Texas, with a 300-255 victory over PBA legend Mark Roth.

“On that 12th shot, I was a bundle of nerves,” Pepe admitted. “To think I had the first 11 strikes in my first game on TV…I kinda grabbed (the ball) at the bottom (of my arm swing) and I paid the penalty.”

Pepe also refused to give in to Allen in the title match, despite missing a 7 pin in the sixth frame which put him in a 29-pin hole with four frames to go.

“I just told myself to make better shots,” he said. “It was unfortunate what happened to Dick, especially in the 10th frame – he threw that (7-10) shot really well – but I came up in the 10th and knew I only needed a mark a win. When all 10 pins fell down, I fell down, too.

“There are no words to describe the feeling,” Pepe continued. “I’ve dreamed of this since I was a little kid. (PBA Tour champions) Patrick Allen, Mike Fagan and Ryan Shafer all told me to get my PBA card because they thought I had the potential to be successful out here. That kinda gave me a little confidence. That meant so much to me and the fact I’m now holding this trophy, well, it’s an indescribable feeling.”

The next GEICO PBA WSOB VI final to air on ESPN will be the Viper Championship on Sunday, Dec. 21, at 1 p.m. ET. In the title match, top qualifier Connor Pickford of Charlotte, N.C., making his PBA television debut, will bowl the winner of a three-player shootout match involving No. 2 Ronnie Russell, Marion, Ind.; No. 3 Dom Barrett, England, and No. 4 Mika Koivuniemi, Finland.












そして最終日、タフなレーンとなった準決勝にてそれまで3位をキープしていた宮城鈴菜が脱落。予選から上位を守っていた近藤・松永と吉野 操、そして姫路 麗らがファイナリストとなって決勝ステップラダーへ進出しました。


もはや宿命のライバルといった様相を呈する姫路 VS 松永の対決は、姫路がターキーで滑り出したものの4フレーム目で痛恨のスプリット。これで流れを引き寄せた松永が10連続ストライクで姫路を突き放し、夢の連覇へ向けて立ち塞がる近藤との優勝決定戦へと進みます。





























津島健次 優勝!


パーフェクトも3つ達成され、レベルの高い戦いを勝ち上がって来た西村 了、津島健次、川添奨太による頂上決戦は僅差で津島が西村と川添を制して優勝。大会初制覇となりました。




“Rookie” Marshall Kent Wins First PBA Title in Saudi Arabia’s 8th Kingdom International Open

Professional Bowlers Association rookie Marshall Kent of Yakima, Washington, won his first PBA Tour title Tuesday, defeating Sweden’s Martin Larsen, 257-206, to claim the eighth Kingdom International Open title at Universal Bowling Center Tuesday.

Kent earned $10,000 and became eligible to enter the 50th anniversary Barbasol PBA Tournament of Champions in Indianapolis in February. The Kingdom International Open is the final PBA International Tour-World Bowling Tour event on the 2014 schedule.

Kent, 22, a former two-time Collegiate Bowler of the Year with Robert Morris University-Illinois, was the top qualifier for the finals in Riyadh and defeated No. 4 qualifier Mike Fagan of Fort Worth, Texas, 243-237, to advance to the championship match. Larsen, who also was trying for his first PBA title, defeated Kuwait’s Khaled Al Dubyyan, 224-174, in the other semifinal match.

"After I had a couple of strikes early in the match and Larsen had an open frame, I felt a little bit more comfortable," Kent told Asian Bowling Federation Media Services representative Terence Yaw. "And when I managed a few more strikes and Larsen continued to struggle, I kept telling myself to focus on making sure I made good shots. This win will certainly give me more confidence going into next week's World Championships in Abu Dhabi."

The Kingdom International Open featured a unique format. All players bowled three six-game qualifying rounds on different lane conditions. The first round was contested on World Bowling’s 39-foot Seoul oil pattern, day two on the 45-foot Mexico City pattern, and day three with the Seoul pattern on the left lane and Mexico City pattern on the right lane. After each day’s competition, the top four players for that day bowled a “shootout” round for a $5,000 first prize, and after 18 combined games, the top 30 plus the top six Saudi Arabian competitors advance to Tuesday’s “masters” finals.

In the daily “shootout” rounds, Craig Nidiffer of Trenton, Michigan, won both the Seoul pattern and mixed pattern events, earning $5,000 in each event. He defeated England’s Dom Barrett in the Seoul finale, 278-269, and Mike Fagan of Fort Worth, Texas, 239-228, in the mixed pattern final. Chris Barnes of Double Oak, Texas, won the Mexico City event, defeating Saudi Arabia’s Bader Al Shaikh, 223-181, for the $5,000 first prize.

The masters qualifying round involved nine games from scratch (no carryover pins), three game each of the Seoul, Mexico City and mixed conditions. The top four after nine games bowled advanced to the one-game single-elimination match play finals with qualifier No. 1 meeting No. 4, and No. 2 vs. No. 3. The two winners then bowled a one-game match for the title.

Following the Kingdom International Open, a number of PBA members from the U.S. and around the world will close out the year by competing representing their home countries in the World Men’s Bowling Championships – a non-PBA event – in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. The Men’s World Championships will include singles, doubles, trios, Baker team, all-events and Masters events.

The PBA Tour officially concludes its 2014 season with the finals of the PBA World Championship which will air live on ESPN on Sunday, Jan. 11, at 1 p.m. ET from South Point Bowling Plaza in Las Vegas. The PBA World Championship finalists, in qualifying order, are Wes Malott of Pflugerville, Texas; Fagan; Ronnie Russell of Marion, Indiana; Todd Book of Russells Point, Ohio, and Stuart Williams of England.




プロの部優勝 柴田英徳!


トップシードで進出した決勝ステップラダーで柴田は栴檀 稔と対戦。252対228の見応えある優勝決定戦を制しました。

またアマチュアの部では金谷和美選手 vs 岡本美月選手による優勝決定戦にて、岡本選手が281ピンのビッグゲームを叩き出して優勝されました。