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2016/10/31

 

BFFs Lead “Super Team” into Tuesday’s PBA Team Challenge Match Play, Stepladder Finals

The BFFs,an international team consisting of England’s Dom Barrett and Stuart Williams, Sweden’s Jesper Svensson and Martin Larsen, and Finland’s Osku Palermaa, averaged 232.64 as a team Monday to lead the top six qualifying teams into Tuesday’s match play portion of the second Professional Bowlers Association Team Challenge at the South Point Bowling Plaza.

The BFFs, with a combined total of 9,771 pins, held at 66-pin lead over “One College POY and You Know The Rest,” a so-called super team consisting of Jason Belmonte, Chris Barnes, Tommy Jones, Wes Malott and Bill O’Neill who, as a group, represented 65 PBA Tour titles and six PBA Player of the Year awards.

“We’ve continued with the chemistry we’ve had in the Weber Cup, which is a Europe vs. the USA team competition,” Williams said. “Pretty much the whole day today, at least three of us were bowling well and the guys who were struggling would figure it out. But when you have three bowling well, it makes life a lot easier.”

The top six teams after six standard and 12 Baker format games Monday advanced to Tuesday’s final round of head-to-head Baker team matches leading up to the four-team Baker format stepladder finals at 6 p.m. ET (3 p.m. PT). In Baker format team bowling, each of the five players bowls two frames to complete a game.

Also advancing was the defending champion Dead Money team, which consists of a group of players who bowled extensively with and against each other in national youth bowling competition over the years: Alex Cavagnaro, Danielle McEwan, Matt McNiel, Matt O’Grady and Anthony Pepe.

Tuesday’s competition will include six Baker format team matches, beginning at 1 p.m. ET (10 a.m. PT). Based on pinfall totals for six traditional team games and 18 Baker format games, plus match play bonus pins, the top four teams will advance to the Baker format stepladder finals Tuesday at 6 p.m. ET (3 p.m. PT). All of Tuesday’s competition will be covered live, exclusively on PBA’s online video-streaming service, Xtra Frame. For details, visit xtraframe.tv.


 

2016/10/30

 

Jakob Butturff Wins PBA Xtra Frame South Point Las Vegas Open for Second Career Title

Jakob Butturff of Chandler, Ariz., won his second career Professional Bowlers Association Tour title Sunday in the PBA Xtra Frame South Point Las Vegas Open at South Point Bowling Plaza in a championship round that featured three of the PBA’s rising stars.

Butturff, who won his only other title earlier in the year in the PBA Xtra Frame Lubbock Sports Open in Texas, struck on 10 of his first 11 shots to defeat 19-year-old Anthony Simonson of Princeton, Texas, 277-211.

Butturff, a 22-year-old left-hander, led the field after 32 games of qualifying and match play by 448 pins, winning 14 of his 16 matches Sunday without an open frame. Except for his 218 game to start the tournament, the second-year PBA member led all the way to the final match.

“Everyone performed great,” Butturff said. “I just had to make as many good shots as they did.

“My mom was diagnosed with cancer recently, so I really wanted to win this one for her. One thing I’ve learned is that when someone has cancer, you have to keep their spirits up and I know she likes it when I bowl well. My title was basically for her.

“I’ve just been successful bowling here in Vegas; it was more of a comfort feeling than anything,” he added.

Simonsen, who won both of his PBA Tour titles earlier in the year, won the semifinal match in a strike-fest against 21-year-old Swedish two-hander Jesper Svensson, 267-258. The battle of contenders for 2016 PBA Player of the Year honors began with Simonsen throwing seven strikes to start the match while Svensson, the Tour’s only three-time winner in 2016, converted three single-pin spares before rolling eight strikes in a row to finish his game.

In the first match, Simonsen struck on four of his first five shots before leaving the 4-6-7-10 split, but O’Neill had trouble gaining ground, leaving 10 pins on five of his first seven shots. He finally got on track with a late string of four strikes, but Simonsen recovered from his big split with a string of six strikes for a 242-224 victory.

Simonsen also struck on four of his first five shots against Jones in the second match, but Jones, after converting spares in his first three frames, threw three strikes to catch up. A 4-6-10 split in Jones’ seventh frame, however, gave Simonsen an opening and he jumped on it, throwing another string of five strikes to knock Jones out of the finals, 248-191.

With his fourth-place finish, Jones earned 17 points in the final PBA Xtra Frame Tour event of the year and captured the $10,000 winner-take-all bonus with a season-ending total of 87 points to overtake E.J. Tackett, who finished with 84 points, and Ryan Ciminelli, who had 83.

The PBA Fall Classic continues Monday at South Point Bowling Plaza with qualifying rounds in the PBA Team Challenge, a high-powered five-player team competition that will conclude Tuesday. Twenty teams representing a broad mix of PBA Hall of Famers, PBA50 Tour stars, women, rising future stars and international players from 11 different countries will bowl six standard and 12 Baker format team games Monday at noon and 8 p.m. ET (9 a.m. and 5 p.m. PT). The top six teams will advance to a six-game round of Baker format match play Tuesday at 1 p.m. ET (10 a.m. PT), leading to four-team Baker format stepladder finals at 6 p.m. ET (3 p.m. PT).

All competition in the PBA Fall Classic is being covered live, exclusively on PBA’s online video-streaming service, Xtra Frame. To subscribe, visit xtraframe.tv.

 

Jakob Butturff Continues Rampage as PBA Xtra Frame South Point Las Vegas Open Heads toward Finals

Left-hander Jakob Butturff of Chandler, Ariz., in pursuit of his second PBA Tour title, continued to dominate the PBA Xtra Frame South Point Las Vegas Open as the field of 16 finalists headed toward the stepladder finals at 8 p.m. ET (5 p.m. PT) today.

The 22-year-old Butturff, who led by 149 points coming into Sunday’s first eight-game match play round, won his first seven matches before losing a 258-227 match against Sweden’s Martin Larsen to conclude the round. Despite that one blemish, Butturff finished the round with a grand total of 6,281 pins, expanding his lead to 305 pins over Swedish two-handed star Jesper Svensson. Svensson, a leading candidate in the 2016 PBA Player of the Year race, is trying to become the first four-time title winner of the year.

Also underway is the final leg in the race for the 2016 Xtra Frame Tour points title involving E.J. Tackett, Tommy Jones and Ryan Ciminelli. Tackett leads in points with 75 followed by Jones (72) and Ciminelli (69). Going into the final round match play Jones was in fifth place, Ciminelli sixth and Tackett seventh.

The final eight matches to determine the five stepladder finalists got underway at 4 p.m. ET (1 p.m. PT).


 

2016/10/29

 

Jakob Butturff Averages 253 to Lead Top 16 Qualifiers into PBA’s South Point Las Vegas Open Final Rounds

Jakob Butturff of Chandler, Ariz., one of the hottest players on tour in 2016, torched the lanes in the PBA Xtra Frame South Point Las Vegas Open Saturday in the South Point Bowling Plaza, averaging 253.75 for 16 games to lead the field of 16 qualifiers into Sunday’s final match play rounds.

Butturff, an unorthodox double-jointed left-hander, started Saturday’s qualifying with a modest 218 game, but followed with games of 270, 300, 279, 256, 245, 261 and 248 for a total of 2,072 pins and an early 79-pin lead. In the second round Saturday evening, his scoring pace slowed a bit, but he expanded his lead to 159 pins over Tommy Jones of Simpsonville, S.C.

The top 16 players after 16 games advanced to two eight-game match play rounds Sunday at 8:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. PT, leading to the five-player stepladder finals at 5:30 p.m. PT.

Butturff, a 22-year-old second-year PBA member, made his PBA national television debut during the GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling VII last December in Reno, finishing fourth in the PBA Viper Championship, but since then has won his first PBA Tour title in Lubbock, Texas, earlier this year in addition to winning eight PBA West and/or Northwest Regional titles in 2016. And he really likes bowling in the South Point Bowling Plaza.

“This is one of my favorite buildings,” Butturff said. “I feel pretty comfortable bowling in Vegas because this is where I was born and raised. My family moved to Phoenix when I was 18, but when I’m here, it’s like bowling at home. I’m just more relaxed.”

The comfort of bowling in his native home city, combined with the confidence he has gained early in his PBA career, all support his bigger ambitions.

“I made my first TV show at the World Series last year, but I kinda wanted to get that first win because all of those other rookies (Sweden’s Jesper Svensson and Texan Anthony Simonsen among them) were killin’ it,” Butturff said. “I just wanted to be known as part of the best rookie class ever in the PBA.”

Sunday’s round-robin match play rounds will determine the top five players after 32 games who will advance to the stepladder finals that will be covered live of PBA’s online video-streaming service, Xtra Frame, at 5:30 p.m. PT (8:30 p.m. ET).

In addition to bowling for a PBA Tour title in the Las Vegas Open, the tournament is the final event in a season-long Xtra Frame Tour points competition that will award the points leader a $10,000 bonus. EJ Tackett of Huntington, Ind., leads the bonus race with 75 points, three ahead of Jones and six ahead of defending South Point Las Vegas Open champion Ryan Ciminelli of Cheektowaga, N.Y. All three advance to Sunday’s final rounds. In the Xtra Frame series, the tournament winner earns 25 points, second place 19, third 18, etc., declining by one point through 20 places.

The South Point Bowling Plaza PBA Fall Classic continues with the match play and stepladder final rounds of the PBA Xtra Frame South Point Las Vegas Open Sunday and the five-player PBA Team Challenge Monday and Tuesday. All competition in the Fall Classic is being covered live, exclusively on PBA’s online video-streaming service, Xtra Frame. For details, visit xtraframe.tv.


 

2016/10/28

 

小久保実希 & 山本一晶選手チーム優勝!

10月8日(土)・9日(日)の2日間にわたり、ユーズボウル北九州店(福岡)にて承認大会・ドリーム!プロアマミックスダブルスチャリティートーナメントが開催されました。

男女1名ずつのプロアマミックスダブルスで予選8Gを投球し、上位30チームを選抜。決勝は0スタートで4Gを投球し、チームトータル1,990ピンを打った小久保実希&山本一晶選手が優勝。予選28位通過からのごぼう抜きで快勝しました!

 

姫路 麗 優勝!

10月15日(土)~16日(日)にパスカワールド宇土店にて開催されました、承認大会・熊本オープンパスカカップを姫路 麗が制覇しました!

優勝決定戦で姫路は川口富美恵と対決。223ピンを打って川口を下しました。


 

2016/10/22

 

堂元美佐、昨年のリベンジを果たして今季2勝目!

男子大会と同じく、レギュレーションを変更して開催された、今年のROUND1CupLadies。

スコアの積み重ねと戦略が物を言うこれまでの予選・準決勝・決勝ラウンドロビンから、予選・決勝トーナメントへと変更され、経験の浅いプロやアマチュア選手にも勝利の可能性が広がる大会となりました。

決勝トーナメントには今をときめく女王達はもとより、多くの若手プロが進出。平野志帆と矢野朋代が3Gフルセットの末にワンショットプレーオフにもつれ込み、5投目でようやく勝敗が決定する激戦を繰り広げたり、宇山侑花、岸田有加らを下してアマチュアで唯一2回戦まで勝ち抜いた滝澤規子選手を、松永裕美がパーフェクトで撃破したりと、また数々の名勝負が生まれました。

そんな激戦をくぐり抜け、予選トップ通過の堂元美佐、姫路 麗を2ピン差でかわした吉田真由美のタイトルホルダー2名、そして大坪菜摘美と小池沙紀ら今季プロデビューのルーキー2名という、対照的な顔ぶれがTVファイナルの準決勝へと駒を進めました。

昨年はワンマーク差に泣き、寺下智香に初優勝を許してしまった堂元は、今大会は悔いのないようにと29個のボールを準備して念入りに選抜。アマチュア選抜大会でパーフェクトを達成した時にレーンを掴んだという手応えもあり、大会前にすべてのボールをドリルし直したという状況ながらも仕上がりは上々。準決勝第1試合では中盤でレーンの変化に捕まり、2フレーム連続オープンとしてしまった吉田を、4連続ストライクで突き放して圧勝します。

続く準決勝第2試合、今季デビューの49期生同士、さらにお互い初TV決勝という実にフレッシュな小池と大坪の対戦は、両者ともダブルで滑り出しましたが、3フレーム目で大坪はスペア、小池はビッグフォーからオープンフレームとしてしまいますが、しかしすぐに立て直し、4フレーム目から6連続ストライクに成功。大坪は小池と対照的に、後半ストライクが決まらなくなってしまい、50ピンの大差をつけて小池が大坪を下しました。

高額賞金を誇るROUND1CupLadiesは、賞金ランキング、ひいては三冠女王を争うには是非とも欲しいタイトル。今年は三冠女王を獲ると公言しており、さらには昨年の雪辱を果たす為にも、堂元は絶対に勝たなければなりません。

気合い、調子ともに申し分のない状態で臨む優勝決定戦、堂元はダブルでスタートしました。対する小池は倒してきた同期・大坪の分まで頑張りたいところですが、10番ピンに嫌われてなかなかストライクを決めることができません。小池がじっと我慢のボウリングを続けるなか、4フレーム目に堂元が10番ピンをイージーミスしてしまいオープンに。ここで一旦両者のスコアが並びます。

一つのオープンフレームが響いて調子を乱してしまい、自滅することも多かった堂元。しかしすでに2勝を挙げて大きく成長しただけにその切り替えは早く、続く5フレーム目から7連続ストライクに成功。

準決勝で良いイメージを持ってしまったのがかえって徒となったか、ひたすら10番ピンが残ってしまう状況でもラインやボールを変えることができなかった小池との、プロとしての経験値の差と言えるのではないでしょうか。

さらに小池は8フレーム目でようやくストライクが決まったものの、続く勝負どころでオープンフレームに。

「9・10フレームでストライクを決められたのは、ROUND1CupLadiesのナインテントーナメントで鍛えられたお陰」と語った堂元は最終投球こそ8本カウントとしましたが、255ピンのハイスコアで完全勝利を決めました。

「勝っても負けても泣く」と言われていたほど、涙もろさに定評のある堂元でしたが、今回は笑顔でフィニッシュ。3勝目ともなればもう泣かないかと思わせておきながら、優勝インタビューでやっぱり涙がこみ上げる姿に、笑いと祝福の拍手が降り注ぎました! 

 

決勝トーナメント3回戦進出でベストアマ獲得!

滝澤規子 選手

 

アマチュアチャンピオンシップトーナメント
石田裕子 選手が制覇!

本大会のレギュレーション変更とともに、これまでのナインテントーナメントから一変、アマチュア選手のみで腕を競い合うアマチュアチャンピオンシップトーナメントがこの女子大会でも開催されました。

本大会決勝と同じく2G先取の決勝トーナメント、準決勝~優勝決定戦は1Gマッチのガチンコ勝負で行われ本大会にも劣らぬ見応えある戦いが繰り広げられました。

優勝決定戦では昨年度ベストアマの石田裕子選手と蛯名智恵選手が対戦。約50ピンの大差をつけて石田選手の勝利となりました。

今大会は石田万音選手と親子で参加した石田選手、愛娘でありライバルでもある万音選手が見守る前で、アマチュアチャンピオンシップトーナメント初代女王の座に輝きました! 

 

 


 

2016/10/21

 

 

 

堂元美佐


 

2016/10/20

 

 

堀内 綾


 

2016/10/19

 

EJ Tackett Defeats Sean Rash to Win PBA Fall King of the Swing Finale

PBA Fall Swing Bear Open winner EJ Tackett of Huntington, Ind., earned the title of King of the Swing by winning the PBA Fall Swing finale which aired on the CBS Sports Network Wednesday.

Tackett, the winner of the Fall Swing’s Bear Open for his second title of the season and third of his career, defeated Badger and Detroit Open winner Sean Rash of Montgomery, Ill., 192-189, in the title match at Thunderbowl Lanes in suburban Detroit.

The King of the Swing, a special showcase event, did not award a PBA Tour title, but it provided a unique challenge and a $10,000 bonus to the winner. The competition required the finalists to compete on a dramatically different lane condition on each lane – the 32-foot Wolf lane condition on the right lane and the 52-foot Badger lane condition on the left lane – putting a premium on adjustments, shot-making and equipment selections for the players.

Tackett, Rash and Tom Daugherty of Riverview, Fla. (Wolf Open winner) earned their spots in the special event by winning Fall Swing titles. Australian Jason Belmonte and Wes Malott of Pflugerville, Texas earned spots as the top non-winners in Fall Swing points.

In a close title match, Rash held the edge until the seventh frame when he left the 3-4-6-7 split and was not able to convert, handing the lead to Tackett. With Tackett holding a three-pin lead in the ninth frame and both players striking on their first ball in the 10th, Tackett earned the win when Rash was unable to double.

“It’s a unique challenge that you don’t see all year,” said Tackett about bowling on two very different lane conditions. “You know coming in the biggest challenge is getting the ball to do the right thing and whoever is the first to get into a good rhythm is going to have the edge.”

Tackett, who was the No. 2 qualifier for the stepladder finals, anticipated that using a different ball on each lane to match up with the contrasting conditions was the first step in putting together an effective strategy.

“Nothing seemed definitive as far as an advantage on either lane,” Tackett said. “On the long pattern (Badger), I used a ball with more surface and played an outside lane which seemed to work pretty well.”

In the semifinal, Tackett employed a similar strategy in defeating Belmonte, the three-time reigning PBA Player of the Year, 226-194.

“I had the feeling that if I had to bowl one more match I was going to have to do something totally different,” Tackett added. “I was just trying to get in some type of rhythm where I didn’t have to give the pocket away.”

In the opening match, Belmonte who had three top-five PBA Fall Swing finishes, beat Malott who had two Fall Swing top-five finishes, 199-185. Belmonte then defeated Daugherty, 219-208, to advance to the semifinal against Tackett.


 

2016/10/16

 

斉藤琢哉、親子二代で千葉OP制覇を果たす!

トーナメントに参戦する以上、負けるつもりで参加する選手はいないでしょう。

誰もが優勝を目指して奮戦するなか、しかし一番強く優勝を願うのは、前年の優勝決定戦で敗北を喫した者ではないでしょうか。それが初優勝を賭けた上での敗北であれば、なおさらその願いは強いものでしょう。

今年の千葉オープンでは、まさに斉藤琢哉がその人でした。

ぶっちぎりのトップシードで臨んだ優勝決定戦、「自分に合っているレーンだ」と楽観視して斉藤茂雄に大差をつけられて敗北した苦い思い出を払拭するには、もはや今大会で優勝するしかありません。

しかし予選からトップ争いに身を置いていた昨年と違い、今年は予選・準決勝とラインぎりぎりでの通過。それでも決勝ラウンドロビンはスコアの持ち込みがなく、0スタートだった為、ここから打てばいいと気持ちの切り替えが出来た斉藤は、1G目からハイスコアを叩き出し、順調に白星を重ねます。

そんな斉藤に唯一の黒星をつけた永野すばると斉藤が首位攻防戦を繰り広げ、その後に髙橋俊彦が続き、以下に続く千葉OP3勝の山本 勲と2勝の川添奨太、新人戦で初優勝を果たしたばかりの小鹿大樹、宮田俊輔と甘糟翔太らを大きく引き離して決勝ステップラダーへと進出を果たします。

ジュニアボウラーのエキシビションマッチを終え、和やかな空気から一転、場内に静かな緊張が走るなか、永野VS髙橋による3位決定戦がスタートしました。

16歳でプロ入りし、今年プロ16年目の永野。すでに人生の半分をプロボウラーとして過ごして来た永野と、今年実技免除合格でプロデビューした髙橋の戦いは、手前のオイルが薄くなってしまったレーンに永野が捕まってしまいます。ストライクどころか5つのフレームでオープンにしてしまい、恐らくは永野本人にとっても目を疑いたくなるスコアで自沈。対する髙橋は中盤に5連続ストライクに成功し、プロ入り5ヶ月にして2度目となる優勝決定戦へ駒を進めました。

待ち受ける斉藤と髙橋、どちらが勝っても初優勝となる最後の一戦は、両者ともスペアからのスタート。しかし髙橋が2・3フレームとダブルを決め、3フレーム目で再び7番タップのスペアとなった斉藤に一歩リードします。

ワンマークリードを取られた斉藤は、ここで「待っていてはいけない、攻めていかなければ」と臨戦態勢に突入。昨年、トップシードから初優勝を逃した口惜しさと、所属を同じくする大先輩・益田隆司に「あの状況で勝てなくては今後勝てなくなる」とかけられた発破が、そこで大きな後押しとなったのではないでしょうか。

”自ら勝ちに行く”と気持ちを切り替えた斉藤にボールが応えたかのように、5フレーム、6フレームとストライクが決まります。

その気迫に押されたか、今度は髙橋にストライクが決まらなくなり、7フレーム目でとうとうカバーミス。ここで一気にリードが広がり、かかるプレッシャーも軽くなったかと思われましたが、ストライクが4つ、5つと続いた終盤、今度は目前に迫ってきた”優勝”の二文字を急に意識してしまったという斉藤。

それでも強い気持ちで投げ抜き、とうとう5フレーム目からのオールウェーに成功。約70ピンの大差をつけて、髙橋を下しました。

父に斉藤正典、母に斉藤悦子、兄弟に斉藤祐哉・征哉を持つ、「家族全員プロボウラー」一家次男坊の斉藤。家族のみんなが見守るなか、父・正典が20年前の1996年大会で優勝したこの千葉オープンにて、親子二代による大会制覇、そして嬉しい嬉しい初優勝を果たしました!

 

総合32位でベストアマ獲得!

吉野貴宣 選手

 

 

斉藤琢哉

 

 

小鹿大樹

 

 

高橋俊彦


 

2016/10/15

 

 

山本 勲

 

 

越後裕哉


 

2016/10/14

 

 

斉藤祐哉

 

 

太田隆昌


 

2016/10/12

 

Sean Rash Wins PBA Detroit Open for Back-to-Back Fall Swing Titles

After winning his 10th career PBA Tour title in the PBA Badger Open last week, former PBA Player of the Year Sean Rash didn’t waste any time starting on his next 10 titles by winning the PBA Detroit Open for his second consecutive win in the final championship event of the 2016 PBA Fall Swing at Thunderbowl Lanes in suburban Detroit.

In a low scoring match on the demanding 40-foot PBA Bear lane condition, Rash beat rival and top qualifier Jason Belmonte, 178-161, in the title match of the fourth event of the PBA Fall Swing. The finals aired Wednesday on CBS Sports Network.  

As the tournament leader, Belmonte had his choice of selecting the Wolf, Bear or Badger Fall Swing lane oil patterns and chose the Bear pattern.

While neither player could get into a rhythm, Rash was helped by strikes in the first three of four frames. A missed single pin spare by three-time reigning PBA Player of the Year Belmonte was a portent of things to come as he left a 3-4-6-7 split in the fourth frame and a 3-4-6-7-10 split in the ninth frame, failing to convert either one.

“This (lane conditioning) pattern will eat you up,” said Rash. “It’s probably the toughest condition we bowl on. It can be like an obstacle course.

“You take a tough condition like this and then you throw in the changing environment of bowling on TV where there are so many variables, from the changing lane conditions frame-to-frame to the different styles of the players in the earlier matches,” Rash continued. “It’s not like bowling on league night, believe me.”

Belmonte notched his third top-five finish in four Fall Swing events after finishing third in the Wolf Open and fourth in the Badger Open, but his bid for his first title of 2016 escape him once again.

In the semifinal match, Rash beat 10-time Tour winner and 2009 Player of the Year Wes Malott, 202-198, striking out in the 10th frame to take the four-pin victory. Rash also had defeated Malott, 259-195, in the title match of the Badger Open.

“I didn’t get off to a great start in the match (against Malott), so I was grateful to be in a position where I could win,” said Rash, who won PBA Player of the Year honors for the 2011-12 season. “I just stayed with the game plan of playing straighter, keep the ball in play and fill the frames. I could have probably done better but I did good enough to win.”

Rash was the first player to win back-to-back in 2016, joining Jesper Svensson (three titles) and fellow two-time winners E.J. Tackett and Ryan Ciminelli as the year’s only multiple title winners.

The Detroit Open finalists earned their berths in the CBSSN stepladder finals by finishing in the top five after a combined total of 36 games in the Wolf, Bear and Badger Open qualifying rounds. Belmonte led finalists with a combined 229.9 average on the three vastly different lane conditions.

In the first match of the finals, Tackett, the Bear Open winner and No. 5 qualifier, defeated Wolf Open winner and No. 4 qualifier Tom Daugherty, 231-159. In the second match, Malott eliminated Tackett, 201-195, to advance to the semifinal against Rash.

All five Detroit Open finalists also qualified for the finals of the King of the Swing special event which will air Oct. 19 at 9 p.m. ET on the CBS Sports Network. Daugherty, Tackett and Rash earned their spots in the final event as Wolf, Bear and Badger Open titlists, respectively. Because Rash won two events, Malott and Belmonte also earned spots as the top players in Fall Swing points.


 

2016/10/10

 

チェ・ジュンヒー、大会初制覇!

年に一度、海を渡って開催される唯一のレギュラーツアー、三湖コリアンカップ。今年は大会直前に吹き荒れた台風の影響が懸念されましたが、無事開催の運びとなり、JPBAからは39名の精鋭プロが参加致しました。

JPBA、KPBA、そしてPBAプロ達の戦いは、パーフェクトが6つ、800シリーズも達成され、予選から熾烈なストライク合戦に。

そんな激しい打ち合いを勝ち抜けた予選各シフト上位16名は、1~2回戦は2G先取、3~4回戦は3G先取の準決勝で激突。日本でもお馴染みのショーン・ラッシュが1回戦を299・300の驚異的スコアで突破したのをはじめに、吉田文啓と小林龍一がフルセットの末3ピン差で勝敗を分けたり、第11回大会チャンピオンのティム・マックを別所 翼が倒すなど、数々の名勝負が繰り広げられました。

激戦を制して最終日のTVファイナルへと駒を進めたのは、日本のホープ・藤井信人を下したチェ・ジュンヒー、粘る酒井武雄をフルセットの末にねじ伏せたキム・ミンウー、ラッシュとのPBA対決を制したアンソニー・サイモンセン。そして小林哲哉、髙田浩規らを倒してJPBA唯一の砦となった森本健太の4名。

韓国SBS-SPORTSによる生中継が行われるなか、決戦の火蓋が切って落とされました。全員で投球し、最低スコアの1人が脱落して行く変則ステップラダーで行われる決勝一回戦、弱冠19歳で史上最年少のPBAメジャータイトルホルダーとなった、両手投げの新星・サイモンセンが5フレーム目からのオールウェーを決めて独走。

その後を追う3名の戦いは、森本が先に224ピンで投げ終わり、チェとキムの10フレを待つ展開となり、チェには1ピン差でかわされてしまいます。

そしてキムの10フレーム1投目が7本以下なら森本の勝ち、8本スペアとストライクで同ピンとなり、9本スペアとストライクならキムの勝ちという状況になりましたが、キムの1投目はまさかの7本カウント。これで森本が勝ち抜け、サイモンセン・チェ・森本の3位決定戦に突入しました。

しかしここで森本は5フレーム目に7-10スプリット、7フレーム目にはビッグフォーと左レーンに捕まってしまいます。6連続ストライクを決めたチェ、後半にターキーを決めたサイモンセンに大きく引き離され、意地のパンチアウトを決めるも時すでに遅し。森本は追いつくこと叶わず、チェとサイモンセンによる頂上決戦となりました。

KPBA6勝を挙げる実力者のチェ、PBAの超新星・サイモンセン。両者の戦いはともにストライクから滑り出します。サイモンセンが4フレーム目に10番ピンを残す9本カウントとし、チェがストライクとしたことでチェがワンマークリードを取りますが、サイモンセンもそれ以上は許さず、勝敗は10フレームにもつれ込みます。

先に投げるサイモンセンにとっては、自力優勝を決める為には2投目までストライクが必要な状況でしたが、無情にも10番ピンが倒れず9本カウントとなり、227ピンで終了。

対するチェは1投目を失投としたもののストライク。これでほぼ勝利を確定させたところで、2投目に駄目押しのストライクを決めました。

PBA、JPBA、KPBAの若手達を相手取り、チェ・ジュンヒー、7年ぶりの7勝目にしてコリアンカップ初制覇を果たしました!


 

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2016/10/05

 

Sean Rash Wins PBA Badger Open for Milestone 10th Career Title

With two major titles and more than five Professional Bowlers Association Tour titles to his credit, 2011-12 PBA Player of the Year Sean Rash established his PBA Hall of Fame eligibility three years ago. But there’s something undeniably satisfying about reaching the 10-title milestone.

Rash, at age 34, became the 51st player to enter the 10-win club by beating another 10-time winner Wes Malott of Pflugerville, Texas, 259-195, in the championship match of the PBA Badger Open at Thunderbowl Lanes in suburban Detroit. The finals for the third tournament of the PBA Fall Swing aired Wednesday on the CBS Sports Network.

Rash took an early lead that he never relinquished, striking in the first four frames and failing to strike in only the fifth and seventh frames. Malott, who was trying for his first title since winning the 2015 Roth/Holman Doubles with partner Norm Duke in March 2015, struggled to find the pocket until throwing a strike in the fourth frame.

“It seemed like a long time ago that I got my first win (West Virginia Championship in 2005-06), but I’m hoping I can get the next 10 a little quicker,” said Rash. “I knew it would be just a matter of time. You just have to keep knocking on the door until it opens and it opened today.”

Rash also had to deal with the effects of a hand injury that has bothered him for nearly a year but through various therapies plus changing the grip layout on his ball, he has been able to minimize the pain.

“I’ve tried everything – doctor, chiropractor, massage therapy, ice, you name it. I’ve got it to where it’s manageable and doesn’t have an obvious effect on my bowling. Overall, I’m working out to get in better shape, but as far as my hand is concerned, the key is to reduce the pressure on my hand. As you get older I guess things are going to happen.”

Rash, the No. 2 qualifier, advance to the title championship by beating young Canadian Graham Fach, 224-205, in the semifinal. Fach, a rookie of the year candidate, won the Barbasol PBA Players Championship earlier this season.

The finals started with No. 5 qualifier and three-time reigning Player of the Year Jason Belmonte squeaking out a one-pin victory over No. 4 qualifier Francois Lavoie, 226-225. In the second match, Fach dominated beating Belmonte, 249-161.

With his victory, Rash joined Bear Open winner EJ Tackett and Wolf Open titlist Tom Daugherty as the first three players to earn berths in the King of the Swing telecast, which will feature the four PBA Fall Swing title winners plus the player who finishes highest in overall points without winning a title.

PBA Fall Swing telecasts on CBSSN continue with the Detroit Open on Oct. 12 and the King of the Swing special event on Oct. 19. All Fall Swing shows air at 9 p.m. ET.


 

2016/10/02

 

Ryan Ciminelli Wins PBA Xtra Frame Parkside Lanes Open for Second 2016, Seventh Career Title

Ryan Ciminelli of Cheektowaga, N.Y., converted a 244 game in his final qualifying game into his second PBA Tour title of the season, and the seventh of his career, in the PBA Xtra Frame Parkside Lanes Open Sunday.

Ciminelli, who sat one spot out of the stepladder finals heading into the final game of qualifying, advanced from fifth to first in his 20th game, and then survived a late charge by J.R. Raymond of Bay City, Mich., to win the title match, 232-221, to claim the $10,000 first prize.

“I was never on the show the entire tournament,” Ciminelli said, “but I’ve been working on my perseverance and it worked. I kind of felt like I was on a slide coming into the tournament after a couple of recent second-place finishes, so this one is pretty special.”

Ciminelli, who had the choice of lane conditions based on his qualifying position, selected the unusual 40-foot “strips” pattern – one of three used in the tournament, which was organized by fellow PBA Tour competitor Sean Rash. The “strips” pattern involved what PBA Xtra Frame announce Randy Pedersen called “moguls” – alternating three-board peaks of heavy oil next to four-board valleys of very little oil across the lanes.

After finding the condition wasn’t playing the way he had hoped, Ciminelli moved inside and struck on five of his first six shots to build a big enough lead to hold on. Raymond, a sixth-year PBA member who was trying for his first PBA Tour title, was behind by 43 pins in the fifth frame, but made a ball change and threw five strikes in a row to get back into the match. Needing three strikes in the 10th to tie Ciminelli and force a roll-off, he left the 6-10 on his second try in the final frame.

Raymond advanced to the title match with a come-from-behind 207-193 win over Kristopher Prather of Milton, Fla., ending Prather’s bid for his first PBA Tour title. Prather led into the final frame as Raymond struggled to find the pocket on the PBA “strips” lane condition, which he had selected for the match. But after rolling only one strike in the first seven frames, Raymond put together a late string of four strikes to take the lead and he won the match when Prather, needing a strike, left a solid 7 pin on his first shot in the 10th frame.

Prather spoiled PBA Hall of Famer Walter Ray Williams Jr.’s bid for his first PBA Tour title since winning the 2010 USBC Masters, 224-191, in the first match of the four-player stepladder finals. Prather, as the higher qualifier, selected the flat U.S. Open lane condition for the match and threw an early turkey to take a 23-pin lead after five frames that Williams was unable to overcome.

The Xtra Frame PBA Tour Series continues next weekend when Sawgrass Lanes in Tamarac, Fla., hosts the PBA Reality Check Tamarac Open presented by Xtra Frame. The series, which will reward the overall points leader with a $10,000 bonus, concludes with the PBA Xtra Frame South Point Las Vegas Open Oct. 31-Nov. 1.

 

寺村文孝、プロ19年目の初優勝!

寺村文孝

本州の最西端・下関にて初の開催となったB公認大会・下関オープンロイヤルカップ。宮本武蔵と佐々木小次郎の対決の地、巌流島にほど近い下関ロイヤルボウルを舞台に、男子プロ達が武蔵と小次郎もかくやの熱い戦いを繰り広げました。

予選では山上英章や勢力優之、玉井慎一郎ら中国・四国地区、及び九州・北地区所属の選手、そして今季プロテストトップ合格で山口を地元とする嶋田佑介らが上位を占

大友 仁と寺村文孝が決勝進出枠を守り抜いた他は、圏外から追い上げた石橋 孝、髙橋俊彦、谷合貴志らが飛び込みます。特に5位争いは熾烈を極め、嶋田と玉井はわずか1ピンの差で涙を呑みました。

5名による決勝ステップラダーは谷合VS髙橋、新進気鋭の若手対戦からスタート。

今季すでに2勝を挙げて波に乗る谷合と、今季デビューながら実技免除の実力をいかんなく発揮している髙橋は、のっけから両者ストライクの応酬を繰り広げます。

谷合が5連続ストライクを決めれば、ターキーで一度途切れた髙橋が再びターキーに。火花散る鍔迫り合いは、しかし8フレーム目で髙橋がイージーミスを出してしまい、谷合にワンマーク差で敗北を喫しました。

258対246という手に汗握る好ゲームを勝ち抜き、3位通過の寺村との4位決定戦に進んだ谷合でしたが、2フレーム目から4連続ストライクに成功したものの、中盤以降は変化したレーンに捕まってしまいます。

5フレーム目以降ストライクが決まらず、さらにオープンフレームを2つ出してしまった谷合。対照的に7フレーム目までストライクが1つしかなく、谷合に3マーク以上の差を付けられていた寺村は、谷合が崩れるのを待っていたかのように8フレーム目からストライクを連発。オールウェーを決めて逆転し、谷合をねじ伏せました。

決勝進出が決まり、「最後まで諦めず、後悔のないように」と自ら念じつつ、この1勝で少し気が楽になったと言う寺村は、続く3位決定戦も大友を相手に10フレ勝負の末、わずか2ピン差で勝利。

優勝できるかできないかよりも、一投一投悔いのないように投げたと言う寺村が、トップシード・石橋が待つ優勝決定戦へと駒を進めました。

大阪生まれの寺村と、京都生まれの石橋は、学生時代ともに学連で投げた気の置けない仲。しかし両者とも念願の初優勝を賭けた大事な一戦、しかも年齢的には後輩ながらも、プロ入りは石橋より5年先輩の寺村としては負ける訳には行きません。

4位決定戦からずっとスロースタートで後半追い上げる形で勝ってきた寺村は、この優勝決定戦でも4フレーム目までオールスペア。石橋は3フレーム目をオープンとしましたが、続く4フレーム目からターキーを決めて中盤はほぼ両者互角の状態に。

しかしここから寺村が本領発揮し、5フレーム目から5連続ストライクに成功。石橋はまるで運を吸い取られたかのようにストライクが続かなくなり、寺村が逃げ切り優勝を掴み取りました。

プロデビューから19年目の寺村、区切りの20年を前に一勝を挙げたいとの願いが天に通じ、学連時代の仲間との優勝決定戦を制するという重みある初優勝となりました!

 

國崎孝行 選手

下関初のB公認大会となった今大会は、プロの部と同時にアマチュアの部も行われ、こちらは男女問わず中国・四国や九州からアマチュア選手が参加して賑やかな大会となりました。

アマチュアの部もプロ同様、準決勝は予選スコア持ち込み無しの0スタートとなった為、上位陣は大きく入れ替わり、決勝ステップラダーには予選Bシフト13位通過の藤村雅之選手を筆頭に、佐々木 剛選手、紅一点の庭月野 恵選手、坂口正則選手、國崎孝行選手らが進出を果たします。

坂口選手と國崎選手の5位決定戦は、両者ともツーミスでオープンフレームとし、國崎選手がワンマーク差の勝利となりましたが、そこから國崎選手が無双状態に突入。なんと5位通過からごぼう抜きで優勝決定戦へと進み、安定したボウリングで優勝をもぎ取りました。

初代アマチュア王者となった國崎選手に、場内の観客から大きな拍手が贈られました。 

 

 

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