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2016/12/25

 

Canadian Rookie Francois Lavoie Wins PBA Shark Championship, Spoils Walter Ray’s Bid for History

Canada’s Francois Lavoie dramatically improved his Professional Bowlers Association Rookie of the Year chances when he defeated the PBA’s all-time titles leader, Walter Ray Williams Jr., 204-196, to win the PBA Shark Championship and spoil Williams’ bid for history.

The Shark Championship was the fourth and final PBA animal pattern championships conducted during the GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling VIII, presented by Silver Legacy Resort & Casino, at Reno’s National Bowling Stadium. The Scorpion and Shark Championships aired back-to-back Sunday on ESPN.

Lavoie, who joined the PBA late in the 2016 season, threw the only back-to-back strikes in the title match and bowled an otherwise error-free game to edge the 57-year-old Williams. The 23-year-old former Wichita State University star survived two 4 pin leaves on high pocket shots by Williams – both times following strikes – to claim his second victory of the year. In November, the Quebec City native won the U.S. Open, bowling the first nationally-televised 300 game in U.S. Open history en route to his first PBA title.

“Being able to bowl someone like Walter is special,” Lavoie said after his Shark victory. “I watched him a lot when I was a kid. It seemed like he was always on TV. It’s amazing he’s still competing with us, but to be able to bowl against him is a privilege. It was definitely a close match, and I was fortunate to come out on top.”

Williams, at age 57 years, 65 days, was in position to become the oldest player to win a PBA Tour title when he advanced out of the four-player elimination match to open the championship round. Williams broke open that match with three late strikes for a 227 game. Lavoie was second with a 212, followed by a 208 by Andrew Cain of Phoenix and a 201 by Matt O’Grady of South Amboy, N.J.

The record for the oldest PBA Tour titlist is held by John Handegard, who was 57 years, 55 days old when he won the PBA Tour event in Kennewick, Wash., in 1995. The significance of bowling Williams for the title wasn’t lost on the young Canadian.

“He’s definitely the most accomplished player I’ve ever beaten, so it’s great,” Lavoie said. “We talk about the history and a little part of me kinda feels bad it didn’t happen, but when we’re competing like this, everyone has to be a little selfish. I wanted to do it for myself.

“That’s what you dream about as kids,” he said after throwing a decisive strike on his first shot in the 10th frame. “Anyone who’s a true competitor wants to be in that position, wants to have the ball in your hand to win a title. It’s one of those dreams come true, but I always try to stick with the process and not think of things I shouldn’t be thinking about. When you do that, it’s a lot easier to throw a shot in a situation like that.”

Williams, who continues to defy the calendar, was disappointed, but he took the loss in stride.

“It wasn’t my best game and Francois deserved to win,” the 47-time PBA Tour titlist said. “Hopefully it won’t be the last chance I get. Winning another PBA Tour title is something I definitely want to do.”

The Shark Championship was the final PBA Tour event of the 2016 season, but ESPN’s World Series of Bowling coverage continues with an encore presentation of the PBA World Championship on New Year’s Day at 4 p.m. ET., followed by the special USA vs. The World team event on Sunday, Jan. 8, at 1 p.m. ET.

The PBA’s first event of the 2017 season will be the DHC PBA Japan Invitational Jan. 11-14 at Bentencho Grandbowl in Osaka, Japan, featuring a field of 16 PBA international players and 16 Japan PBA competitors in a 32-game match play event. The winner will earn a projected $40,000 first prize and a PBA Tour title (if he/she is a member). The entire tournament will be live streamed on PBA’s exclusive online bowling channel, Xtra Frame.

 

Tommy Jones Wins PBA Scorpion Championship; Two Titles Shy of Joining Elite 20-Title Club

Tommy Jones of Simpsonville, S.C., took another step toward his goal of joining an elite group of Professional Bowlers Association champions to win 20 titles when he captured the PBA Scorpion Championship presented by Reno Tahoe USA for his 18th PBA Tour title.

The Scorpion Championship, the third of four PBA animal pattern championships conducted during the GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling VIII, presented by Silver Legacy Resort & Casino, at Reno’s National Bowling Stadium, aired as part of a WSOB VIII doubleheader Sunday on ESPN.

Jones, at age 38, made another statement for age-and-experience overcoming youthful exuberance when he defeated B.J. Moore III of Greensburg, Pa., 211-168, to win the Scorpion title.

“That (Scorpion) pattern is really tricky, especially when you’ve got four guys playing in a similar part of the lane,” Jones said. “You have to stay ahead of the moves, but if you get too far ahead, you go right by what’s happening to the condition. It’s one of the hardest patterns for me because I’m not very good at throwing the ball slow. It actually hurts the next day because I’m so tense from trying to slow down.”

Jones won the event by starting the title match with four strikes to jump into a 41-pin lead midway through the match, and he kept the pressure on while the 28-year-old Moore struggled to find the pocket.

“I got fortunate on the first shot, but the next three were as good as I’ve thrown all week,” Jones said. “I got off to a little lead and he got a bad break (4-6-7 split in the third frame). From that point, it was just a matter of surviving.

“It was hard throwing the ball slow during the week, but it was really hard on TV when you’ve got the adrenalin going. It’s something I’ve been working at and I’m getting better. We’ll call it mission accomplished.”

Moore, who was trying for his first PBA Tour title, won his berth in the final match with a 224 game in the four-player elimination match to open the telecast while Jones advanced with a 212 game. Sweden’s Jesper Svensson and Brandon Novak of Chillicothe, Ohio, were eliminated with 194 and 175 games, respectively.

With his 18th PBA Tour title, Jones joined PBA Hall of Famers Nelson Burton Jr., Dave Davis, Dave Soutar, the late Billy Hardwick and future hall of famer Chris Barnes in a tie for 15th place on the all-time PBA Tour titles list.

“Eighteen is great, but 20 is special,” he said. “There aren’t many guys in PBA history who have won 20 titles so that’s something that’ll hopefully happen down the road.

“Right now, the most important thing is I tied Chris Barnes…and I’m a decade younger than him, and you can quote me on that,” he added with a grin. (For the record, Barnes is 46).

The PBA’s World Series animal pattern championships on ESPN concluded with the PBA Shark Championship which aired immediately following the Scorpion Championship.

ESPN’s World Series of Bowling coverage continues with an encore presentation of the PBA World Championship on New Year’s Day at 4 p.m. ET., followed by the special USA vs. The World team event on Sunday, Jan. 8, at 1 p.m. ET.


 

2016/12/24

 

22 Years Later, Mitch Beasley Wins Chameleon Championship for First PBA Tour Title

Twenty-two years, a crushed wrist, debilitating hip and back injuries and a whirlwind marriage later, Mitch Beasley won the PBA Chameleon Championship presented by HotelPlanner.com for his first PBA Tour title.

The Chameleon Championship, the second of four PBA animal pattern championships conducted during the GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling VIII, presented by Silver Legacy Resort & Casino, at Reno’s National Bowling Stadium, aired Saturday on ESPN.

Beasley, at age 48, held off A.J. Johnson of Oswego, Ill., 246-237, for a title he began chasing in the early 1980s when he was on active duty with the U.S. Air Force. After converting a 9 pin in the second frame, he reeled off seven consecutive strikes and survived a pocket 7-10 split in the ninth frame to defeat Johnson, who was 2 years old when Beasley bowled his first PBA event.

“It’s been a great road,” Beasley said with a delayed grin. “I was late into bowling, late to the Tour. I just got better with age, like fine wine.”

The title match held almost as much drama as the four-player elimination battle that started the telecast, culling the field to the top two scorers for the finale. In the elimination match, Beasley finished with four strikes to lead the group with a 239. Johnson put together a late string of six strikes, adding a nine-count on his fill ball for 236. Denmark’s Thomas Larsen, a two-time PBA International-World Bowling Tour winner, appeared a lock for the final match, but left four pins standing on his final shot for a 235. And veteran PBA Central Regional competitor Patrick Dombrowski of Parma, Ohio, struggled to a 182 in his national television debut.

In the championship match, Beasley was a man on a mission.

“I began to doubt I’d ever win because of the injuries,” he said. “I fell off a ladder eight years ago and shattered my wrist, which cost me a year. Then I had to throw 13 pounds at the World Series that year (and cashed in three out of five events). Then I was out of bowling for two-and-a-half years with hip and back injuries.

“I saw nine different specialists. I had four tell me to do surgery, two said don’t, but I met a great surgeon who does reconstruction for people who have had a crushed pelvis in a car accident, and he said he knew exactly what my problem was. He did scans and MRIs, and found the issue and told me not to do fusion surgery because it would destroy my other hip and continue to destroy my back. So with lots of physical therapy and rest, it finally started to get better.”

Beasley, shortly after his retirement from 20 years of service with the Air Force, returned to bowling in 2014 and won a PBA “super” regional in Lubbock, Texas. Then he traveled to the PBA World Series of Bowling where he met Ingelimar Contreras, a three-time Venezuela Woman Bowler of the Year, and they got married a month later. And now he has a great support system.

“I’ve kept on learning along the way,” Beasley added. “The more you learn, the better you get.

“I expected to win. If you expect not to win, you won’t win. I’ve paid my dues. I’ve put in the time and effort. I fixed things that needed to be fixed. Now I’m looking for four or five more wins before I get to the (PBA50 Tour) in a couple of years.

The PBA’s World Series animal pattern championships continue with a Christmas Day doubleheader – the Scorpion Championship presented by Reno Tahoe USA and the Shark Championship – at 2:30 and 3:30 p.m. ET, respectively.

For fans who may have missed ESPN’s live coverage of the PBA World Championship on Dec. 11, ESPN will present an encore telecast of the PBA’s final major championship of 2016 on New Year’s Day at 1 p.m. ET.


 

 

本日のプリンスカップをもちまして、女子プロボウリングツアー、並びに2016年度の公式戦がすべて終了となりました。

各ランキングにおいては、ポイント&アベレージの二部門を松永裕美が制覇。今季優勝はありませんでしたが、多くの大会で上位入賞を果たし、ポイントを積み重ねてのランキングトップとなりました。

また賞金部門は堂元美佐が初のランキングトップ。開幕戦の関西オープン、高額賞金のROUND1CupLadiesで優勝し、ぶっちぎりのトップで栄冠を手に入れました。

2年連続の三冠は逃したものの、三部門すべてで2位につけている姫路 麗や吉田真由美らの女王組、そして成長めざましい寺下智香や山田 幸ら若手組に、近藤文美、愛甲恵子といったベテラン組も健在の女子プロボウリング。協会発足50周年を迎える来季にどうぞご期待下さい! 

 

桑藤美樹、大会史上初のレフティ制覇!

2016年最後を飾るJLBCクイーンズオープンプリンスカップが、本日とうとう最終日を迎えました。

予選8Gを通過した各シフト上位48名、総勢96名によるガチンコ勝負の決勝トーナメントは、今年も様々なドラマを生み出しました。

2回戦で吉田真由美と寺下智香、3回戦で姫路 麗と堂元美佐らポイントランキング上位組が敗退していく大番狂わせが続出。一方で小池沙紀や小久保実希、秋山希望、坂倉にいなといった新人組の健闘が光りました。

頂点を決するファイナルステージには、女王・松永裕美をワンショットプレーオフの末に撃破した堀内 綾、前屋瑠美・内藤真裕実・秋山の今をときめく若手組にいずれも僅差での勝利となった近藤文美、近藤とは対照的に初戦から対戦相手に大差で勝ち続けた桑藤美樹、そして堂元を倒した宇山侑花ら4名が集結。

堀内、宇山は優勝経験はなくとも実力は折り紙付き。桑藤は今季2勝目を挙げ、近藤はプリンスカップとの相性の良さには定評があり、誰が優勝しても不思議のない顔ぶれが出揃います。

優勝決定戦進出を決める4名による準決勝は、滑り出しはほぼ互角ペースでしたが、4フレーム目から桑藤がストライクを連発し頭一つリード。近藤はダブルの後のオープンフレームが響いて一歩後退し、その後はストライクを繋げることができず脱落。

宇山・堀内は中盤にターキーを決めて桑藤を追いますが、堀内は8フレーム目にスプリットからのオープンフレーム。これが勝負の分け目となり、桑藤と宇山が優勝決定戦へと駒を進めました。

先に行われた全日本女子プロボウリング選手権にて、もっとも難しいと言われたミディアムパターンの準決勝9Gでただ一人200AVGを越えた宇山と、宇山には及ばずとも同じく準決勝で順位を上げた桑藤。両者とも「あの全日本女子のミディアムを投げたお陰でコントロールが良くなった」と語ります。そしてその経験はこのプリンスカップにて、最高の形で活かされたのではないでしょうか。

ゲーム開始からストライクを連発する桑藤と宇山。特に1フレーム目からストライクが途切れない宇山には、決勝パーフェクトの期待が高まります。

しかし「相手が打つなら自分はそれ以上に打てばいい」と強気を覗かせる桑藤が黙って置いて行かれるわけがなく、2フレーム目のスペア以降はしっかりとストライクを重ね、先を行く宇山に食らいつきます。

パーフェクトへの期待が痛いほどに高まるなか迎えた、勝負どころの9フレーム目。宇山のボールはわずかに外へ出てしまい、2番ピンを残す9本カウント。これを宇山がカバーしたところで、そのままパンチアウトと繋げれば279ピンでフィニッシュ。対する桑藤はオールウェーに成功すれば280ピンでフィニッシュとなり、確実に自力で優勝するには最後の最後までストライクが必要という、極めて苦しい展開に。

しかし桑藤が掲げた今季の目標は、”AVG215以上”と”ランキング上位”、そして”レギュラーツアー優勝”。このプリンスカップが3つめの目標を達成する最後のチャンス。その為には何としてもストライクを決めなければなりません。震えが止まらないほどの緊張を感じながらも、10フレーム1投目、桑藤はストライクに成功。紙一重で追ってくる宇山もまたストライク。「ストライクが切れた瞬間に負ける」、そんな痛いほど張り詰めた空気の中、淡々とストライクを決める桑藤と宇山。

そして運命の10フレーム3投目、先を投げる桑藤はストライクなら優勝が確定、9本以下なら宇山のミスを待たねばならない状況のなか、見事ストライクに成功。宇山の最終投球を待たずして、自力優勝を掴み取りました。

しかしながら決勝パーフェクトを目前にし、さらに敗北が確定した状況でもきっちり最後までストライクを決め、メンタルの強さを見せてくれた宇山も、初優勝までそう長い時間を必要としないでしょう。

そんな宇山とプリンスカップ大会史上初のレフティ制覇となった桑藤、両者の戦いは2016年の最後を飾るに相応しい、まさに激戦の名勝負となりました!  

 

4回戦進出、堂々10位入賞でベストアマ獲得!

吉川真弓 選手


 

2016/12/23

 

 

桑藤美樹

 

 

霜出佳奈 選手

 

 

松永裕美

 

 

木村亜沙子 選手


 

2016/12/20

 

受賞のご報告

本日12月20日(火)、グランドプリンスホテル新高輪(東京)にて第49回日本プロスポーツ大賞の受賞式典が行われ、JPBAからは新人賞に山田 幸、功労賞に尾藤三千雄理事が受賞致しました。

2015年プロデビューし、ルーキーイヤーに大会史上最年少で全日本女子制覇を遂げ、今季もすでに2勝目を挙げた山田はその活躍が認められて新人賞を受賞。

またJPBA副会長の杉本勝子がプレゼンターを務めた功労賞を受賞した尾藤理事は、ボウリング場勤務から始まって長年業界に携わり、JPBA理事に就任以降は公益法人移行など協会の運営に尽力した功績が称えられました。 


 

2016/12/18

 

Walter Ray Williams Jr. First to Reach 100 PBA Titles with Win in PBA/PBA50/PBA60 Baker Trios Event

Professional Bowlers Association Hall of Famer Walter Ray Williams Jr., with the help of partners Dennis Lane and Dick Allen, became the first player in PBA history to win a combined total of 100 PBA titles Sunday when the trio won the PBA/PBA50/PBA60 Decker Appraisal Services Baker Trios title, presented by Hammer, at Valley Lanes.

Williams, as the PBA50 player in the group, won his 10th PBA50 Regional title to go along with his 47 PBA Tour titles, 32 PBA Regional titles and 11 PBA50 Tour titles. With his win, Williams broke a tie with fellow hall of famer Pete Weber in their race to become the first 100-title winner in PBA history.

“It was quite amazing watching Walter Ray strike in the 10th to win his 100th title,” said Kyle Troup, the PBA member on the runner-up team.

Williams’ team defeated top qualifiers Kenny Parks, Dale Csuhta and Troup, 213-201, in the title match to share a $5,100 first prize.

 

Indiana’s Mike Wolfe Uses Timeworn Skills to Win PBA Cheetah Championship for Fifth Career Title

Using skills developed as a teenager nearly a quarter century ago, 40-year-old Mike Wolfe of New Albany, Ind., upstaged the Professional Bowlers Association’s youth movement when he routed 23-year-old rookie Darren Tang of San Francisco, 279-143, to win the PBA Cheetah Championship presented by PBA Bowling Challenge Mobile Game.

The Cheetah Championship, the first of four PBA animal pattern championships conducted during the GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling VIII at Reno’s National Bowling Stadium, aired Sunday on ESPN.

Wolfe, playing a treacherous outside angle to the pocket, delivered clutch strikes throughout the game, to win his fifth career PBA Tour title and first in four years. While the final score makes it look like Wolfe had an easy time, it was only because he was able to control a thin line between throwing a strike and throwing the ball into the gutter.

“I grew up playing that shot on short oil back in the urethane days,” Wolfe said of his formative years. “People always told me Pete Weber was one of the best gutter players ever and I was a fan of his growing up, so I thought it was cool to play out there.”

In the title match, Wolfe was seen smiling nervously after throwing a couple of early strikes.

“I thought I threw them in the gutter,” he confessed. “The very first shot out of the (commercial) break, I threw it too hard, but it got back to the pocket. There were two shots, at least, that I thought I threw them into the gutter.”

Living on the edge of the lane, however, almost resulted in a perfect game. Wolfe’s only flaw was leaving a 10 pin in the seventh frame, which he converted for a spare.

Wolfe used the same approach during the four-player match to open the telecast, where he had a more difficult time. In the elimination match, the two players with the highest scores advanced to the championship match. Tang, in his ESPN-television debut, doubled in the 10th frame for a 237 to lead the four finalists.

Wolfe also doubled in the 10th frame, but fired a rocket shot down the middle of the lane for a seven-count fill ball to finish with 223. That almost opened the door for 19-year-old Anthony Simonsen of Austin, Texas, who then needed three strikes in his 10th frame to force a roll-off with Wolfe. Simonsen got the first strike, but missed on his second to finish with a 210. Also eliminated was 28-year-old B.J. Moore III of Greensburg, Pa., who posted a 192 in his ESPN debut in singles competition.

“Over the past few years, Belmo (Australian two-handed star and three-time PBA Player of the Year Jason Belmonte) and some of the other young guys have made winning look easy,” Wolfe said. “Bowling a first-timer on TV helped, I think. They look at it differently, like I did when I was their age.

“Darren bowled amazingly for his first show, but you just have to use your experience to make good shots. When the little guys (like me) can sneak one out, it’s special.”

The PBA’s World Series animal pattern championships continue with a busy holiday weekend on ESPN including the finals of the Chameleon Championship presented by HotelPlanner.com on Saturday at 1 p.m. ET followed by a Christmas Day doubleheader – the Scorpion Championship presented by Reno Tahoe USA and the Shark Championship – at 2:30 and 3:30 p.m. ET, respectively. In all three events, a PBA veteran will take on a field of youthful challengers.

For fans who may have missed ESPN’s live coverage of the PBA World Championship on Dec. 11, ESPN will present an encore telecast of the PBA’s final major championship of 2016 on New Year’s Day at 1 p.m. ET.


 

2016/12/17

 

姫路 麗、4年ぶり3度目の全日本女子制覇!

プロトーナメントのなかでも格別な価値を持つ、全日本女子プロボウリング選手権大会。昨年、ルーキーイヤーに史上最年少で制覇を果たしたディフェンディングチャンピオンの山田 幸が療養中の為、欠場となったのは残念でしたが、今年も72名のトッププロが集い、手に汗握る戦いを見せてくれました。

ショート・ロング・ミディアムと3日間毎日違うオイルパターン、さらに今年は男子と同じコンディションが採用された為、苦戦する選手が続出。さらに予選・準決勝あわせて33Gという長丁場で、選手達は投げ続ける体力、ロースコアを出しても次で取り返すという気力、タフなレーンをねじ伏せる技量と経験値と、持てるすべての力を振り絞っての戦いとなりました。

そんな苛酷の戦いを、さすがと言うべきか三冠女王・姫路 麗と、昨年ROUND1CupLadiesというビッグタイトルを制した寺下智香が予選では抜きつ抜かれつのトップ争いを繰り広げ、ワンツーで決勝へ進出。その後に今大会ずっと上位をキープしていた小林よしみが続き、吉田真由美・松永裕美・佐藤まさみらタイトルホルダー達が最後の一席を巡って火花を散らします。しかしタフなレーンにスコアが伸びず、吉田がわずか10ピンほどの差で松永・佐藤を振り切りました。

小林と吉田の4位決定戦は、滑り出しこそ理想のストライクだったものの、変化の早いレーンに翻弄され、両者とも以降はストライクを繋げることができません。

さらに吉田は中盤までは粘ってカバーしましたが、7・8フレームを連続でオープンにしてしまいます。対する小林は8フレーム目で息を吹き返してターキーに成功。まずは吉田という大きな壁を乗り越えます。

続く小林VS寺下の対戦は、再びストライクが決まらなくなり、中盤までほぼ互角のペース。しかし5フレーム目で寺下がボールをチェンジしてターキーに成功し、一旦リードを取りましたが、小林も7フレーム目からターキーを決めて食らいつきます。

10フレ勝負に持ち込まれたところで、小林の1投目は4・10番を残すスプリット。勝負に出た2投目はうまく4番を飛ばしましたが、10番ピンにわずかに届かず。残念ながら小林の初優勝決定戦はお預けとなってしまいました。

「トップシードが敗北したら再優勝決定戦にて勝敗を決する」全日本方式ステップラダーが採用されている為、寺下が優勝するには姫路に2勝しなければなりません。

逆を言えば姫路にとっては1敗してももう1ゲームチャンスがあるということですが、昨年、松永・吉田の女王達を撃破した山田に2敗を喫して優勝をもぎ取られた苦い思い出があるだけに、準決勝から優勝決定戦を想定して攻略を練り、「絶対に1ゲームで終わらせて優勝する」と強く決意して最後のゲームに臨みます。

しかしレーンの変化はなおも進み、姫路でさえ「もう1ゲームあると思えば一か八かの賭けに出られた」と語るほど、攻略に苦戦します。寺下も再びボールをチェンジするなどアジャストしましたが、右レーンに捕まりストライクを続けることができません。

両者ともダブルがないままオープンフレーム1つと並んだ状態が続ますが、まず寺下が8フレーム目からダブルに成功。しかし姫路もここでダブルを決めて10フレ勝負にもつれ込みます。

寺下としてはなんとかストライクを繋いで1ピンでも多く取り、再優勝決定戦に持ち込みたいところでしたが、1投目は4番ピンを残す9本カウント。これをカバーして3投目でストライクを決めても193ピンとなり、姫路のミスを待つ展開に。

すでに集中の極みにあってスコアを意識していなかった姫路は、10フレーム1投目まで繋いだストライクが2投目で切れてしまった時わずかに眉を寄せましたが、これをミスしたとしても197ピンとなり、この時点で優勝が確定。

見守る応援団から優勝が決まったことに気付かされると、表情がぱっと明るくなりました。

「昨年の口惜しい思いがあったから、今年がある」と語る姫路。昨年の雪辱を果たし、大きな忘れ物をようやく手に入れることができました。

そして4年ぶり3度目の全日本優勝でポイントランキングも2位に浮上。現在1位の松永とはわずか52ポイント差。また賞金・アベレージも三冠への希望を残した状態で、来週に控えた今季最終戦・プリンスカップから目が離せない展開となって参りました!

 

 

姫路 麗


 

2016/12/16

 

 

姫路 麗

 

 

寺下智香


 

2016/12/15

 

 

姫路 麗

 

 

松永裕美


 

2016/12/13

 

 【PBA】 News

PBA, PWBA Renew Regional, Xtra Frame Coverage Agreements for 2017 Season

The Professional Bowlers Association will provide regional competitions and player services, plus live event coverage of the Professional Women’s Bowling Association through Xtra Frame, its online video streaming service, after renewing its strategic partnership agreement with the PWBA.

The PBA plans to conduct seven “women only” PWBA-PBA regional events in 2017 which will be operated by PBA’s regional managers, will complement the PWBA Tour schedule to provide more competitive opportunities for women bowlers.

“The PBA is committed to helping build a strong tour and providing regional events for women bowlers,” PBA Tour CEO and Commissioner Tom Clark said. “We’re excited to continue showcasing these talented bowlers on Xtra Frame, and we’re looking forward to another great season.”

The PWBA will utilize Xtra Frame to provide PWBA fans with exclusive live coverage of the tour starting with the 2017 PWBA Sonoma County Open, which kicks off the season April 27-29.

“The PBA-PWBA partnership is a great example of the bowling industry working together to build a future for the sport,” United States Bowling Congress Executive Director Chad Murphy said. “The partnership not only provides great opportunities for today’s women bowlers, it also gives youth and collegiate bowlers an aspirational goal.”

The PBA will continue to provide player services, equipment transportation and a mobile pro shop for PWBA Tour members during the season.

The agreement provides PWBA members the eligibility to bowl in all PBA events. In 2016, PWBA members earned points in regional competitions, culminating with the PBA-PWBA Women’s Regional Challenge event that kicked off the GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling VIII in late November. Missy Parkin of Laguna Hills, Calif., representing the PBA West Region, defeated Ashly Galante of Palm Harbor, Fla., representing the PBA South Region, 267-188, to capture the title.

“The services the PBA provides, such as transport and mobile pro shop, are important elements in operating a professional tour, and we appreciate the PBA’s collaboration,” Bowling Proprietors’ Association of America Executive Director Frank DeSocio said. “Along with the regional events that will allow more players to develop their skills, these are all essential parts of building a strong and successful PWBA Tour.”

Go to XtraFrame.tv to learn more about how to subscribe to Xtra Frame and PBA.com for information on the PBA Regional program.

Visit PWBA.com for the complete 2017 PWBA schedule along with news, player biographies and more.


 

2016/12/12

 

 【JPBA】 News

第38回 ユニセフ ハンド・イン・ハンド グランドフィナーレ 参加のご報告

昨日の12月11日(日)、有楽町中央口駅前広場で「第38回ユニセフ ハンド・イン・ハンド 募金キャンペーン」が予定通り行われ、当協会からも木田大輔と戸辺 誠の両プロが参加しました。

今年のキャンペーンは「栄養不良から小さな命を守ろう」をテーマに、アグネス・チャン日本大使を筆頭に、芸能・スポーツの各界から賛同団体などから集まり、募金活動に協力

空は晴れたもののこの冬一番の厳しい寒さでしたが、木田、戸辺の両プロは通行人へ元気よく募金の協力を呼びかけていました。参加された皆様、寒いなか本当にお疲れさまでした。

お立ち寄り頂き、募金にご協力くださった皆様にも御礼申し上げます。ありがとうございました!


 

2016/12/11

 

Indiana’s E.J. Tackett Wins PBA World Championship for First Major, Fourth 2016 Title

E.J. Tackett of Huntington, Ind., one of the Professional Bowlers Association’s rising young stars, defeated veteran Tom Smallwood of Saginaw, Mich., 246-180, to win the PBA World Championship Sunday at the National Bowling Stadium.

Tackett, PBA’s 2013 Rookie of the Year, won his first major championship and his fourth title of the 2016 season with a closing string of six strikes after Smallwood lost his strike line on the left lane and suffered two open frames late in the match. Tackett, the top qualifier for the World Championship for the second year in a row, earned $60,000 along with his fifth career title.

It was the greatest feeling in the world to have my dad here to watch,” Tackett said after a tearful embrace with his father, Ed Tackett.

“It was great to bowl a good game to win,” Tackett said. “Tom gave me some breaks, which you’d never expect from him, but to throw the last six strikes, to be able to perform like that on a stage like this is what you dream about. It’s been a huge breakout year for me. I just hope I can keep riding the wave. I don’t expect to win every time, but I just want to bowl well.”

With his win, the 5-foot-7, 130-pound right hander, put himself into the thick of the PBA Player of the Year race.

“Player of the Year is one of those things you strive for,” the 24-year-old Tackett said. “Now it’s a matter of what my peers think. With the kind of year I’ve had, I’d put myself in the top five in the world. Where, I’m not sure, but I grew up watching Tiger Woods, and I want to be the Tiger Woods of bowling.”

Smallwood earned his berth in the title match with three consecutive wins, including a 266-235 victory over England’s Dom Barrett in the semifinal match. Smallwood, who became a hero among America’s working class in early 2010, started the match against Barrett with eight strikes before leaving the 3-6-10 in the ninth frame.

Smallwood’s legacy began during the recession of 2009 when he lost his job with GMC and decided to pursue his dream of bowling professionally. He earned an exemption to bowl on the PBA Tour during the 2009-10 season, but more importantly, won the 2010 PBA World Championship for his first title and a $50,000 prize.

Smallwood, with key strikes when he needed them, eliminated 19-year-old Anthony Simonsen, who failed to carry strikes at critical opportunities, in the first match, 204-193. Simonsen, a two-handed player from Austin, Texas, was trying to become the youngest player to win two major titles in the same season after winning the United States Bowling Congress Masters in February.

In the second match, Smallwood rebounded from an open second frame with a string of five strikes, building a lead Australia’s Jason Belmonte couldn’t overcome. Belmonte, the three-time reigning PBA Player of the Year, saw his hopes for his first title in 2016 die when he left the 3-4-6-7 split in the ninth frame and failed to convert, losing to Smallwood, 224-185.

The PBA World Championship was the final event of the 2016 PBA Tour season. PBA competition resumes January 10-14 when a field of 16 PBA stars will join 16 Japanese players in the DHC PBA Japan Invitational in Osaka.


 

2016/12/09

 

 【PBA】 News

Bryan Goebel, Steve Hoskins, Mike Scroggins Elected to PBA Hall of Fame for Superior Performance

Bryan Goebel of Shawnee, Kan.; Steve Hoskins of Tarpon Springs, Fla., and Mike Scroggins of Amarillo, Texas, have been elected to the Professional Bowlers Association Hall of Fame for superior performance. They will be inducted into the PBA Hall of Fame, along with meritorious service honoree and former PBA Commissioner Mark Gerberich, during ceremonies on Monday, Feb., 13, at the Grand Casino Hotel & Resort in Shawnee, Okla.

Goebel is a 10-time PBA Tour champion who won his lone major in the Brunswick World Tournament of Champions in Overland Park, Kan., in 1998. Hoskins, PBA’s 1989 Rookie of the Year, also won 10 times including Bayer/Brunswick Touring Players Championships in 1997 and 1999. Scroggins won eight times, including majors in the 2005 Miller High Life USBC Masters in Milwaukee and the 2009 Lumber Liquidators U.S. Open in North Brunswick, N.J.

“I’m fairly stunned and a little overjoyed,” Goebel said. “I’ve been on the ballot for a long time so I’m really thrilled. Those two guys belong, too. It’s great, it’s really nice…and I’m happy for those two guys, too.”

Goebel said when he started his career, he never dreamed of reaching the hall of fame.

“Most of the time I just wanted to get out there and bowl against those great bowlers,” he said. “But when you win a couple of times, you start to think, man, wouldn’t it be great? But I honestly never thought I’d win two titles, let alone 10. I was bowling against Walter (Ray Williams Jr.) and Pete (Weber) and those guys, and they’re so awesome.”

Hoskins retired from PBA Tour competition shortly after winning the 2000 Lone Star Open in Pasadena, Texas, and said he’s never looked back.

“That was a nice phone call (from PBA CEO and Commissioner Tom Clark),” Hoskins said. “It’s been an odd scenario, but it was a matter of being patient.

“I’d be remiss if I said I didn’t think about (getting into the hall of fame),” he added. “When you’re in your teens, you thing about it, but you never believe it’ll happen until you get out there and find out. It’s a constant test of your ability. When you get there, it’s incredibly satisfying but humbling at the same time.

“Looking back, it was quite an interesting career; I actually quit at a fairly young career, but it was a personal choice and I don’t regret it one bit,” Hoskins said. He currently owns a car lot and works for a sub-prime auto lender, a field he entered right after retirement.

“After I retired, I bowled for years with my father, but when he had to quit due to arthritis, I gave it up, too,” he said. “Now I play softball and golf, but every now and then, I do get the itch to go bowling.”

Scroggins, like his fellow electees, was more than a little surprised.

“I can’t believe it,” he said. “It’s something you always wish for, but then you don’t believe it’ll happen. It’s what you dream about when you’re a kid. You want to win a PBA title, and then you say, you want to be in the PBA HOF. Now it’s true and it’s unbelievable.

“I’m just so honored to be in with the people who are in the HOF now,” he added. “As you get older, your body kinda doesn’t let you do the things you want to do, but I’m going to keep going as long as I’m able to be competitive.”

Additional information regarding the hall of fame and PBA awards dinner will be announced soon.

 

宇山侑花がプロの部制覇!

さる11月23日(水祝)に桃園シティボウル(福岡)で開催されました承認大会・第17回北九州オープン桃園カップ・プロの部にて、宇山侑花が優勝致しました。

予選・準決勝あわせて12Gを投げ、上位4名による決勝ステップラダーが行われましたが、なんとトップシードの柴田英徳に続いて2位通過・宇山、3位通過・松永裕美と小嶺軍団が占拠。4位通過の進 博美を破った松永も宇山に下され、優勝決定戦は柴田VS宇山の師弟対決に。準決勝では2位の宇山に100ピン以上の差を付けていた柴田でしたが、最終対決ではツーマーク差で宇山の勝利となりました。

またアマチュアの部ではトップシードの前畑利樹選手をワンマーク差で破り、黒江 明選手が優勝されました。


 

2016/12/08

 

Four GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling PBA Tour ESPN Finals Set After Round of 8 Competition

As the GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling VIII presented by the Silver Legacy Resort and Casino heads down the homestretch, the finalists for four ESPN telecasts were determined Thursday at the National Bowling Stadium. The finals will be taped on Saturday and will air beginning Saturday, Dec. 18.

All four finals telecasts will use a format where the four finalists simultaneously bowl one game on the same pair of lanes with the top two scorers advancing to a head-to-head title match.

In a match that showcased one of PBA’s all-time greats, and one of its youngest stars, Player of the Year contender 19-year-old Anthony Simonsen of Austin, Texas swept PBA Hall of Famer Walter Ray Williams Jr. of Oxford, Fla., in the PBA Cheetah Championship presented by PBA Bowling Challenge Mobile Game best-of-five-game single-elimination Round of 8, 3-1 (224-213, 206-224, 256-203, 279-207).

Also advancing was four-time Tour winner Mike Wolfe of New Albany, Ind., who defeated 18-time Tour winner Chris Barnes of Double Oak, Texas, 3-2 (256-211, 223-201, 216-269, 179-225, 227-205). Wolfe is making his first Tour television appearance in four seasons.

Making his first PBA television appearance, 23-year-old Darren Tang of San Francisco, advanced by winning his match 3-2 (239-170, 195-214, 208-225, 224-171, 223-201) against 12-time Tour winner Sean Rash of Montgomery, Ill.

Rounding out the top four was BJ Moore III of Greensburg, Pa., who swept four-time Tour winner Dom Barrett of England, 3-0 (214-211, 248-232, 280-187). Moore is hoping to improve on a Tour best sixth-place finish which he has accomplished three times.

The Cheetah Championship finals will be taped Saturday at noon and will air Sunday, Dec. 18 at 1 p.m. ET.

For the Chameleon Championship presented by HotelPlanner.com, two-time Tour winner Thomas Larsen of Sweden, the lone international player in the finals field, won his match 3-1 (225-224, 262-246, 215-256, 259-250) over PBA Hall of Famer Pete Weber. It was Larsen’s second consecutive Chameleon Championship television appearance after finishing third in 2015.

Three players trying for their first Tour title also made the Chameleon finals. A.J. Johnson of Oswego, Ill., who finished second in the 2015 USBC Masters, won his best-of-five match 3-0 (290-222, 222-195, 234-228) over Brandon Novak of Chillicothe, Ohio.

Mitch Beasley of Clarksville, Tenn., the 2016 FireLake PBA Tournament of Champions runner-up, beat four-time Tour winner EJ Tackett of Huntington, Ind., 3-1 (215-232, 264-247, 242-233, 239-219).

Making his first television appearance, Patrick Dombrowski of Parma, Ohio, advanced to the Chameleon finals with a 3-1 (238-199, 180-226, 205-158, 203-161) victory over two-time Tour winner Mike DeVaney of Winchester, Calif.

The Chameleon Championship finals will be taped Saturday at 2:30 p.m. and will air Saturday, Dec. 24 at 1 p.m. ET.

In the third animal pattern lane condition event of the World Series, Moore made his second World Series final in the PBA Scorpion Championship presented by Reno Tahoe USA by sweeping Beasley, 3-0 (224-197, 243-213, 256-165).

Five-time Tour winner Jesper Svensson of Sweden made his first 2016 World Series telecast with a 3-2 (258-257, 160-188, 190-246, 248-201, 238-230) win over Tom Daugherty of Riverview, Fla. The 2016 FireLake PBA Tournament of Champions winner and Player of the Year contender will be trying for his fourth win of the season.

Former PBA Player of the Year and 17-time Tour winner Tommy Jones of Simpsonville, S.C. made his first television appearance of the 2016 World Series with a 3-1 (246-199, 211-227, 224-217, 212-199)
win over Tackett.

Rounding out the Scorpion field will be Novak who notched a 3-2 (184-227, 218-195, 277-256, 193-218, 242-180) win over Kris Prather of Milton, Fla., to make his first Tour television appearance.

The Scorpion Championship finals will be taped Saturday at 4:15 p.m. PT and will air Sunday, Dec. 25 at 2:30 p.m.

In the Shark Championship Round of 8, Williams advanced to the finals after beating Tackett, 3-1 (236-222, 178-243, 248-219, 223-184).

Williams, who is tied with Weber with 99 combined titles in PBA Tour, PBA50 Tour, PBA Regional and PBA50 Regional competition, kept his hopes alive to be the first to reach the 100-title mark. The PBA’s all-time Tour titles leader also will be trying for his 48th Tour title.

Canadian Francois Lavoie, the winner of the 2016 U.S. Open, advanced to the Shark final four by beating Sam Cooley of Australia, 3-0 (236-202, 221-171, 234-157).

Shark qualifying leader Andrew Cain of Phoenix advanced by beating Tom Smallwood of Saginaw, Mich., 3-0 (193-191, 278-211, 204-157). Rounding out the top four was Matthew O’Grady of South Amboy, N.J., making his first Tour television appearance by sweeping Markus Jansson of Sweden, 3-0 (238-200, 205-174, 200-191).

The Shark Championship will be taped this Saturday at 6 p.m. PT and will air Sunday, Dec. 25 at 3:30 p.m.

Bowling fans will also be able to watch the finals of the animal pattern events live via ESPN’s livestreaming service ESPN3.

The crown jewel of the GEICO PBA World of Series VIII will be Sunday’s live ESPN telecast of the PBA World Championship from the National Bowling Stadium at 1 p.m. ET (10 a.m. PT). Tackett, who is the top qualifier for the second consecutive year, will be joined by Barrett, Jason Belmonte, Smallwood and Simonsen in the stepladder finals.

 

長原京子 優勝!

さる11月12日(土)・13日(日)の2日間にわたり、承認大会・第8回スマイルフィールド。カップが開催されました。

予選6Gを投げて各シフト上位29名が決勝シュートアウトに進出するなか、安定したスコアで勝ち抜いた長原京子が優勝決定戦へトップシードで進出。アマチュアの野上勇樹選手と対戦し、ベテランの安定感を見せて優勝を掴みました。


 

2016/12/07

 

Walter Ray Williams Jr. Beats Pete Weber to Advance to PBA Shark Championship Round of 8

In a match featuring two of the Professional Bowlers Association’s all-time greats, Walter Ray Williams Jr. beat Pete Weber Wednesday at the National Bowling Stadium to advance to the PBA Shark Championship Round of 8.

Williams, the PBA Tour’s all-time career titles leader with 47 wins, defeated Weber 3-0 (247-204, 247-209, 202-188) in the best-of-five-game single elimination Round of 16 match. Weber continued to battle through his hip injury but it may have proved to have been too much to overcome in the match.

“He’s been bowling great despite his injury so I had to be ready for his best,” Williams said. “I think it’s amazing what he’s been able to do.

“I really wasn’t anticipating sweeping the match but I was bowling well and I only missed the pocket a few times so I was pretty dialed in to what I needed to do,” Williams added. “Tomorrow I have two more chances to make a (World Series) final so I’m hoping for the best.”

Going into the GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling VIII both Weber, who ranks fourth on the all-time PBA Tour titles list with 37 wins, and Williams were tied with 99 combined titles in PBA Tour, PBA50 Tour, PBA Regional and PBA50 Regional competition.

With his Round of 8 wins in the Shark and Cheetah Championships, Williams is still alive in his quest for the 100-title mark.

“Every time I see these young guys out here, I sometimes ask myself what I’m still doing out here,” said the 56-year-old Williams. “Then I do something like bowl well here at the World Series and I convince myself I can still be competitive.”

EJ Tackett of Huntington, Ind., who owns the top berth for this Sunday’s PBA World Championship stepladder finals, advanced to his third World Series final eight by beating Dick Allen, of Columbia, S.C., 3-0. The four-time Tour winner had previously qualified for the semifinals in the Chameleon and Scorpion Championships.

“I’m encouraged by being able to make the right adjustments on different conditions but with the Round of 8 to go there’s still a lot of work to do,” said Tackett.

Andrew Cain of Phoenix, Ariz., the Shark Championship qualifying leader, advanced to the Round of 8 by winning his match 3-0 against 2016 USBC Masters champion Anthony Simonsen of Austin, Texas.

Others advancing to the Shark Championship Round of 8 were Tom Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich., 3-0; Francois Lavoie, Canada, 3-1; Markus Jansson, Sweden, 3-1; Sam Cooley, Australia, 3-1, and Matthew O’Grady, South Amboy, N.J., 3-0.

The 24 players competing in today’s match play rounds advanced from Shark Championship qualifying conducted last Friday.

All four “animal” lane conditioning pattern Round of 8 rounds will be conducted on Thursday beginning at 10 a.m. PT with the Shark round scheduled for 6 p.m. The Shark Championship telecast will be taped by ESPN on Saturday at 6 p.m. and will air Dec. 25 at 3:30 p.m. ET on ESPN.

All Round of 8 matches will be covered live, exclusively by PBA’s online live-streaming service, Xtra Frame. To sign up for an Xtra Frame subscription, visit xtraframe.tv.

 

Svensson Beats Belmonte in Battle of Two-Handers to Advance to PBA Scorpion Championship Round of 8

In a marquee international matchup between two players who use a two-hand delivery, Jesper Svensson of Sweden defeated three-time reigning PBA Player of the Year Jason Belmonte of Australia Wednesday to join seven other players who advanced to the PBA Scorpion Championship presented by Reno Tahoe USA Round of 8 at the National Bowling Stadium.

Svensson, who already at 21 years of age owns five career PBA Tour titles including three this season, handed Belmonte a 3-1 loss in the best-of-five-game single elimination match (267-206, 192-257, 244-220, 255-248).

“I got off to a good start but struggled in the second game,” said Svensson. “I switched to a different ball in the second game but ended up going back to my original ball and was able to strike out to win so I felt fortunate to win that game.

“I had some breaks in the last game and Jason was a bit unlucky,” the 2015 PBA Rookie of the Year added. “The breaks can work for you or against you but this time they came out the way I wanted. At this point in the tournament you just throw the ball the best you can and hope you can keep going.”

Four-time Tour winner EJ Tackett of Huntington, Ind., who earned the top-qualifier berth for Sunday’s PBA World Championship finals which will be televised live on ESPN at 1 p.m. ET (10 a.m. PT), made his second Round of 8 appearance by beating Lonnie Waliczek of Wichita, Kan., 3-1 (181-249, 264-244, 246-246, 250-200. Tackett won one-frame rolloff in the third game.) Tackett also advanced to the Round of 8 for the Chameleon Championship.

Also advancing to the Scorpion Championship Round of 8, which is scheduled for Thursday at 4:30 p.m. were Tom Daugherty, Riverview, Fla., 3-1; Mitch Beasley, Clarksville, Tenn., 3-2; Kristopher Prather, Milton, Fla., 3-1; BJ Moore III, Greensburg, Pa., 3-2; Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 3-0, and Brandon Novak, Chillicothe, Ohio, 3-1.

The 24 players competing in today’s match play rounds advanced from Scorpion Championship qualifying conducted last Wednesday.

After Thursday’s Round of 8, the top four players will advance to the ESPN taping of the Scorpion Championship at 4:15 p.m. PT on Saturday. The Scorpion Championship telecast will air Dec. 25 at 2:30 p.m. ET on ESPN.

GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling VIII action continues with Round of 24 and Round of 16 matches for the PBA Shark Championship which will get underway later this afternoon.

All qualifying and match play elimination rounds in the World Series are being covered live, exclusively by PBA’s online live-streaming service, Xtra Frame. To sign up for an Xtra Frame subscription, visit xtraframe.tv.


 

2016/12/06

 

EJ Tackett Rebounds to Advance to PBA Chameleon Championship Round of 8

After a disappointing Round of 16 in the PBA Cheetah Championship presented by PBA Challenge Mobile Game, EJ Tackett of Huntington, Ind., rebounded to advance to the Round of 8 in the PBA Chameleon Championship presented by HotelPlanner.com Tuesday at the National Bowling Stadium in Reno.

Tackett, who has already earned the top qualifying berth for Sunday’s PBA World Championship stepladder finals, defeated 2016 U.S. Open winner Francois Lavoie of Canada 3-1 (248-226, 258-214, 200-202, 286-267) in the Chameleon Championship best-of-five single elimination Round of 16 match.

Earlier in the day Tackett found it tough going in the Cheetah Championship Round of 16 losing in three games.

“I just bowled bad and blew it off,” said the four-time Tour winner about the Cheetah Round of 16. “I came into tonight trying to regroup by practicing a little more so I made sure I had my feet under me.

“I anticipated a tough match against Francois and thought I probably opened the door in the fourth game,” Tackett added. “We were both playing the same part of the lane and had a good shot. It was a good match and I felt fortunate to win it.”

After just missing the PBA World Championship finals Monday by finishing sixth, PBA Hall of Famer Pete Weber of advanced to the Chameleon Round of 8.

Continuing to battle lingering pain after recently being diagnosed with scoliosis in his lower back, Weber won the Round of 16 with a 3-1 (267-182, 258-268, 254-248, 263-227) win over Canadian Patrick Girard.

“Throwing the ball I feel great,” said Weber, who ranks fourth on the PBA Tour all-time win list with 37 titles. “The pain is actually forcing me to stay upright at the (foul) line which keeps me from chasing the ball down.

“You probably couldn’t tell it by looking at me but I’m actually feeling better as the tournament goes on. I’m determined to finish this thing.”

Weber is coming off a 2016 PBA50 Tour (for players 50 and over) season in which he earned PBA50 Player of the Year honors winning a record six PBA50 Tour tournaments including four in a row.

Also advancing to the Chameleon Championship Round of 8, which is scheduled for Thursday at 1 p.m. were Patrick Dombrowski, Parma, Ohio, 3-1; Thomas Larsen, Denmark, 3-0; Mitch Beasley, Clarksville, Tenn., 3-1; Brandon Novak, Chillicothe, Ohio, 3-2; A.J. Johnson, Oswego, Ill., 3-2, and Mike DeVaney, Winchester, Calif., 3-1.

The 24 players competing in today’s match play rounds advanced from Chameleon Championship qualifying conducted last Wednesday.

After Thursday’s Round of 8, the top four players will advance to the ESPN taping of the Chameleon Championship at 2:30 p.m. PT on Saturday. The Chameleon Championship telecast will air Saturday, Dec. 24 at 1 p.m. ET.

GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling VIII action continues with Round of 24 and Round of 16 matches for the PBA Scorpion Championship presented by Reno-Tahoe USA and PBA Shark Championship which will get underway Wednesday.

All qualifying and match play elimination rounds in the World Series are being covered live, exclusively by PBA’s online live-streaming service, Xtra Frame. To sign up for an Xtra Frame subscription, visit xtraframe.tv.

 

Sean Rash Looks for Silver Lining After Advancing to PBA Cheetah Championship Final 8

In what has been an otherwise disappointing GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling VIII presented by the Silver Legacy Resort and Casino for Sean Rash of Montgomery, Ill., the former PBA Player of the Year was among a field of eight players who advanced to Thursday’s PBA Cheetah Championship presented by PBA Bowling Challenge Mobile Game semifinal round after Round of 16 competition at the National Bowling Stadium Tuesday.

Rash won his best-of-five game single-elimination Round of 16 match by beating Andrew Graff of Las Vegas, 3-1 (238-247, 278-161, 255-249, 206-173).

“It’s been disappointing, especially the World Championship,” said Rash, who finished 24th in the World Championship. “It seemed like I was just getting in my own way. As I’ve always said, this is a humbling game. Hopefully I can make the (Cheetah) TV show and salvage something.

As for his performance in the Cheetah Championship Round of 16, Rash likes the unpredictability of the elimination match format.

“I love the elimination matches because anything can happen in a matter of shots,” Rash said. “It can turn on a dime. It’s win or go home.

“You just look out there and you see some players who look like their bowling on the U.S. Open shot and others who are putting up big numbers. If you’re a fan you’ve got to like it.”

Rash won the Badger and Detroit Open at the PBA Fall Swing for his two PBA Tour titles this season.

Also advancing to the Cheetah Championship Round of 8, which is scheduled for Thursday at 10 a.m., were PBA Hall of Famer Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., 3-0; Anthony Simonsen, Austin, Texas, 3-1; Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 3-1; Mike Wolfe, New Albany, Ind., 3-0; Darren Tang, San Francisco, 3-2; BJ Moore, Greensburg, Pa., 3-2, and Dom Barrett, England, 3-1.

The 24 players competing in today’s match play rounds advanced from Cheetah Championship qualifying conducted last Tuesday.

After Thursday’s Round of 8, the top four players will advance to the ESPN taping of the Cheetah Championship at Noon PT time Saturday. The Cheetah Championship telecast will air Sunday, Dec. 18 at 1 p.m. ET.

Round of 24 and Round of 16 matches for the PBA Chameleon Championship presented by HotelPlanner.com will get underway later this afternoon.



 

2016/12/05

 

EJ Tackett Earns Second Consecutive Top Qualifier Berth for PBA World Championship Finals

For the second year in a row, EJ Tackett of Huntington, Ind., captured the top qualifying position for the stepladder finals of the PBA World Championship after the conclusion of match play Monday at the National Bowling Stadium.

Tackett, who finished second in last year’s World Championship after losing to winner Gary Faulkner Jr. 215-202 in the title match, compiled a 12-12 match play record and 62-game 14,747 overall pinfall total, including bonus pins, to lead No. 2 qualifier 2013 World Championship winner Dom Barrett of England who finished with a 14,616 pinfall and 17-7 match play record.

Tackett, Barrett, Jason Belmonte of Australia, 2009 World Championship winner Tom Smallwood of Saginaw, Mich., and Anthony Simonsen of Austin, Texas will return for the live World Championship ESPN stepladder finals Sunday at 1 p.m. ET (10 a.m. PT). The World Championship is the fifth and final major championship of the PBA’s 2016 season.

Tackett, who won the PBA Xtra Frame Storm Open, PBA Bear Open and PBA Team Challenge earlier this season, could only manage a 3-5 record in Monday’s final match play round with games of 257, 247, 245, 237, 255, 235, 217 and 236 but it was enough to hold on to the tournament lead. Overall for the tournament, which was conducted on five different PBA lane conditions – Cheetah, Chameleon, Scorpion, Shark and World Championship – Tackett averaged 232.05.

“My match play record didn’t show it but I bowled really well,” said Tackett, who was the 2013 PBA Rookie of the Year, “Bowling this format isn’t necessarily the toughest as far as scoring but it’s definitely the toughest physically as far as I’m concerned. I can’t say I knew I could get to this point again, but this year I really came in with more confidence. You just never know until you get here.”

As top qualifier for the stepladder finals Tackett will have to bowl only one game for the title.

“With a finals field of players made up of proven winners it won’t be easy,” Tackett added. “After the year I’ve had so far I’m hoping the boost of confidence will help me get it done this time. All I can do is give it my best.”

Barrett, also a four-time Tour winner, will be trying for his first win of the season and his first Tour title since winning the Qatar Open in 2014.

Belmonte, a 12-time Tour winner that includes six majors, earned the No. 3 qualifying position with a 14,544 pinfall total and 13-10-1 match play record. The three-time reigning Player of the Year will be trying for his first World Championship title and first win of the season.

Smallwood, the No. 4 qualifier, finished with a 14,443 pinfall total and 16-6-2 record. He will be trying for his third Tour title with his last coming in the 2013 Scorpion Championship.

Simonsen finished with a 14,411 pinfall total and 14-10 match play record and held on to the No. 5 qualifying position with a 287-254 win in the final position round match against Mitch Beasley of Clarksville, Tenn.

Simonsen, who will be trying for his third career Tour title, made PBA Tour history in February when he won the USBC Masters to become the youngest to win a major at age 19 years and 39 days.

Tickets are still available for the World Championship finals which will be available at the door or in advance by ordering on pba.com.

The GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling VIII presented by Silver Legacy Resort & Casino returns to action Tuesday with best-of-five-single elimination match play rounds of the Cheetah Championship presented by PBA Bowling Challenge Mobile Game and the Chameleon Championship presented by HotelPlanner.com.

All qualifying and match play rounds of the WSOB are being covered live, exclusively by PBA’s online video streaming service, Xtra Frame. For subscription information, visit pba.com and click on the Xtra Frame link.

 

EJ Tackett Continues to Lead PBA World Championship into Final Round of Match Play

EJ Tackett of Huntington, Ind., held a 217-pin lead after 54 of 62 games of PBA World Championship qualifying Monday, as the race for the top five positions in the Dec. 11 live ESPN finals headed into the final eight games of match play Monday night.

With eight games to go, 2013 PBA World Champion Dom Barrett of England was in second place with 12,511 pins followed by PBA Hall of Famer Pete Weber of St. Ann, Mo., in third place with 12,502 pins. Weber, a 10-time PBA major title winner, needs one more to break his title with the late PBA legend Earl Anthony for the most PBA major titles. Weber won the PBA World Championship in 1989 and 1998 when it was known as the PBA National Championship.

Tom Smallwood of Saginaw, Mich., the 2010 World Champion, was fourth at 12,480 and Mitch Beasley of Clarksville, Tenn., who is trying for his first PBA Tour title, sat in fifth place at 12,455.

Wes Malott of Pflugerville, Texas, trailed Beasley by 30 pins and two-handers Anthony Simonsen of Austin, Texas, and Jason Belmonte of Australia both were less than 100 pins out of the top five berths for the live ESPN stepladder finals on Sunday, Dec. 11, at 1 p.m. ET.

 

丹羽由香梨 優勝!

11月23日(水祝)に狐ヶ崎ヤングランドボウル(静岡)で開催されました承認大会・第2回N&Kプロアマオープンボウリング in 狐ヶ崎にて、丹羽由香梨が優勝致しました!

予選8G、準決勝3Gを2位で通過した丹羽は、続いて行われた決勝シュートアウトで黒川 靖と対戦。準決勝では279ピンのビッグゲームを打った黒川でしたが、優勝決定戦ではスコアが伸びず、264ピンを打った丹羽の勝利となりました。


 

2016/12/04

 

Indiana’s EJ Tackett Leads Hall of Famer Pete Weber as PBA World Championship Heads into Final Rounds

After leading the GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling VIII field into the Professional Bowlers Association World Championship cashers round Friday, EJ Tackett of Huntington, Ind., continued to lead the field through 14 more games Sunday at the National Bowling Stadium.

Tackett, a four-time PBA Tour title winner, also led the field a year ago before losing the PBA World Championship title match to Gary Faulkner Jr. of Memphis, Tenn., 215-202. After topping the qualifying list Friday, he admitted he has “unfinished business” to take care of this year.

The 2013 PBA Rookie of the Year averaged 229.5 for 32 games during four different PBA animal pattern qualifying stages to lead the WSOB field into the World Championship qualifying round, and increased his scoring pace slightly to 230.2 during the cashers round earlier Sunday when he expanded his lead from seven to 151 pins.

During Sunday night’s first round of head-to-head match play, Tackett split his eight matches, 4-4, but he finished with a 266 game for a 46-game total of 10,682 pins and a 135-pin lead over PBA Hall of Famer Pete Weber of St. Ann, Mo., into Monday’s final two rounds of match play.

Weber, who is battling chronic hip pain, won six of his eight matches Sunday night to advance from 12th to second in his bid for a record 11th PBA major title. He currently is tied with the late Earl Anthony for the PBA record with 10 majors. Behind Weber were 19-year-old two-handed player Anthony Simonsen of Austin, Texas, and 2013 World Champion Dom Barrett of England, tied with 10,499 pins, and Canadian rookie Francois Lavoie in fifth place with 10,472 pins.

PBA World Championship qualifying concludes Monday with the eight-game match play rounds at 2 and 8:30 p.m. ET. After a total of 62 games, the top five players advance to the live ESPN stepladder finals Sunday at 1 p.m. ET.

All qualifying and match play elimination rounds in the World Series are being covered live, exclusively by PBA’s online live-streaming service, Xtra Frame. To sign up for an Xtra Frame subscription, visit xtraframe.tv.

 

Indiana’s EJ Tackett Leads Field of 24 into Match Play Finals of PBA World Championship

EJ Tackett of Huntington, Ind., retained his lead as the Professional Bowlers Association World Championship field was trimmed to 24 match play finalists Sunday afternoon at the National Bowling Stadium.

The PBA World Championship is the final major championship of the 2016 PBA season. The title will be decided live on ESPN next Sunday at 1 p.m. ET.

Tackett led the field of five finalists into last year’s World Championship during GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling VII, but lost in the title match to Gary Faulkner Jr. of Memphis, Tenn. Faulkner failed to match the finals this year while Tackett was the only player  to make the match play finals in all five PBA Tour events being contested as part of WSOB VIII. He will now try to maintain his lead through three more eight-game rounds of head-to-head match play Sunday night and Monday leading up to next Sunday’s stepladder finals.


 

2016/12/03

 

 

ポイント&アベレージランキング1位:川添奨太
賞金ランキング1位:谷合貴志

全日本プロボウリング選手権大会をもちまして、2016年の男子大会はすべて終了となり、各種ランキングも確定致しました。

まず川添奨太がポイントとアベレージランキングを制覇。残る賞金ランキングは最多賞金額を誇るROUND1CUPにて3勝目を挙げた谷合貴志がトップに輝きました。

2部門を制覇し、賞金部門でも2位につけていた川添でしたが、谷合に賞金王をもぎ取られた形で今年も三冠王奪還は叶わず。しかしこれで諦める川添ではありません。来季も三冠王奪還を目標の一つに掲げ、さらなる活躍を見せてくれることでしょう。

また今年はランキングトップこそ成らなかったものの、山本 勲、藤井信人の優勝候補筆頭組をはじめ、福丸哲平、斉藤琢哉、永野すばる、そして遠藤 誠らのレギュラーツアー初優勝を果たした若手も多く、男子プロボウリング界を盛り上げてくれました。さらに酒井武雄や原田招雄ら大ベテラン組ももちろん健在。来季はまたニュースターが誕生するのか、はたまたベテランがその底力を見せつけるのか。来年の男子プロボウリングも非常に楽しみです! 

 

 

遠藤 誠、涙の全日本初制覇!

男子プロボウリングの一年を締めくくる全日本プロボウリング選手権大会が、3日間の熱戦に幕を下ろしました。800名近い男子プロボウラーの中から96名しか参加できない、まさに最高峰の戦いに相応しく、毎日変わるレーンコンディション、予選・準決勝あわせて36Gという長丁場にもかかわらず、パーフェクト4つ、800シリーズ2つ、7-10スプリットメイドも2つ達成されたハイレベルな試合展開を見せてくれました。

しかし大会最終日のレーンは40フィートのミディアムコンディション。ロング・ショート・ミディアムの3パターンの中でもっとも難しいと言われるレーンとあって、攻略に苦戦する選手も多く、準決勝では予選1位を独走していた髙淵常志、その後をつけていた田形研吾がまさかの後退。決勝進出圏内から脱落してしまいます。そこへ追い上げて来た遠藤 誠と日置秀一が空いた席に座り、3位通過の宮田俊輔が順位を守ると、準決勝最終ゲームは永野すばる、平山陽一、谷合貴志、髙淵による熾烈な4位争いが繰り広げられた末に永野が平山を3ピン差でかわし、決勝進出枠に滑り込みました。

山本 勲、川添奨太、藤井信人の優勝候補筆頭3人衆が不在という意外な展開となったものの、遠藤、日置、宮田、永野らもまた実力は折り紙付きの若武者たち。しかもトップシードの遠藤は新人戦のタイトルホルダーですがレギュラーツアー優勝は未体験。2位の日置は7年前の43回大会で初優勝を果たして以来の2勝目、3位の宮田は初優勝、4位の永野は先月のジャパンオープンでの初優勝に続く連勝と、それぞれ勝利に重要な意味があるという、ドラマティックな戦いを予想させる顔ぶれが揃います。

そんな期待が高まるなか、永野と宮田による4位決定戦がスタート。序盤はほぼ互角ペースでしたが、4フレーム目に宮田がビッグフォーを出してしまいオープンフレームにすると、7フレーム目はイージーミス、勝負どころの9フレーム目もスプリットを出して自滅。永野もストライクは4つしか決まらず、我慢のボウリングとなりましたがノーミスを守って宮田を突き放します。

続く3位決定戦、勝ち上がった永野と日置による対決は、一転してストライク合戦に。3フレーム目からストライクを重ねる永野が優勢かと思われましたが、前半はじっと我慢を続けた日置も6フレーム目からストライクを連発します。両者とも6連続ストライクを決めましたが、永野が10フレーム1投目をスプリットにしてしまい、日置に逆転を決められてしまいました。

ともに初優勝を経験し、喉から手が出るほど2勝目が欲しい日置と遠藤。「トップシードが敗北した場合は0スタートの再優勝決定戦にて勝敗を決定」する全日本方式ステップラダーの為、アドバンテージがある遠藤でしたが、「この1ゲームで勝負を決める」という心持ちで優勝決定戦に臨みます。

しかし優勝決定戦はこれが初の遠藤、思いがけず緊張が強くのしかかりました。

序盤でダブルを決めたものの、4フレーム目はスプリット、5フレーム目はイージーミスと連続でオープンにしてしまう遠藤。しかし対する日置もストライクが続かず、6フレーム目をオープンにして遠藤とほぼ互角の状態に。

この膠着状態から抜け出すためには相手より先にダブルが必要という展開で、10番ピンに嫌われる日置を尻目に遠藤が8・9フレームとストライクに成功。しかし3位決定戦で後半、怒濤の追い上げを見せた日置だけに、油断はできません。遠藤としてはさらにストライクを重ねたいところでしたが、10フレーム1投目で1・2・7番を残す7本カウント。さらに2投目で1番ピンを残してしまい、179ピンとロースコアに終わってしまった遠藤はここで負けを覚悟します。そして緊張のために歩幅が大きくなっていたり、投球のタイミングがずれていることを自覚し、再優勝決定戦への準備に入りました、が。

10フレーム目、日置はまずスペア、3投目に9本カウントで勝利という状況で、1投目は2・4・5・8番のバケットを残してカバー。遠藤をはじめ見守る観客も、日置ならばここは9本以上を倒してきて再優勝決定戦に突入するだろうと考えました。

しかし日置自身が「コントロールが良過ぎだろ俺!」と語ったように、3投目に放たれたボールは1投目とまったく同じラインを通り、再び2・4・5・8番を残すバケットに。

7本以下なら敗北という状況で、6本にしてしまった日置。見守る観客から悲鳴のようなざわめきがあがり、日置自身も信じられないという表情で立ち尽くします。

自力優勝とは言い難い展開ながら、それでも6年ぶりに待ち望んだ2勝目、それも全日本という重要なタイトルを手に入れ、さらに急遽応援に駆けつけた師匠の加藤敦子と、最愛の妻に迎えられて遠藤の目に涙がにじみます。

2016年最後の最後でまた一人、男子プロボウリング界を背負う若手が台頭しました! 

 

 

遠藤 誠


 

2016/12/02

 

Andrew Cain Slips Past Pete Weber for Shark Qualifying Lead; EJ Tackett Paces World Championship

Andrew Cain of Phoenix, one of two left-handers to survive the Professional Bowlers Association Shark Championship qualifying round, surged past PBA Hall of Famer Pete Weber with a 223 final game to lead the fourth and final animal pattern event in the GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling VIII at the National Bowling Stadium Friday.

Cain, a former Team USA member and past-president of the United States Bowling Association, rolled games of 224, 255, 207, 222, 236, 221, 258 and 223 on the demanding 43-foot Shark oiling pattern to lead the 24 players who advanced to the Shark Championship best-of-five-game elimination matches next Wednesday. Cain and the seven other top qualifiers earned first-round byes in match play.

The Shark round also produced a first in PBA Tour competition as husband-and-wife Mitch and Ingellimar Beasley of Clarksville, Tenn., both qualified for match play. Mitch tied for 12th; his wife, a Venezuela native, was the other left-hander to finish among the top 24.

“I was sick last week and couldn’t practice, so it took a while to get my legs under me,” Cain said. “I was particularly focused on this condition, and I was able to make good shots all night – stay in the moment and go through the process.”

Cain is trying for his first PBA Tour title. His best previous finish was a tie for third in the 2015 Cheetah Championship.

At the conclusion of the Shark round, the top 42 qualifiers based on combined totals of eight games in each of the four animal pattern events advanced to the PBA World Championship cashers round Sunday morning. The eight-game cashers round will cull the field to the top 24 players for three eight-game head-to-head match play rounds Sunday evening and Monday. Based on 56 total games, the five top players will compete for the PBA World Championship, the final major of the 2016 season, live on ESPN on Sunday, Dec. 11, at 1 p.m. ET.

The 32-game qualifying totals also determined the U.S. bowlers who will meet five international players in a special USA vs. The World team match on Sunday, Dec. 11, for delayed broadcast on ESPN. The five Americans will EJ Tackett of Huntington, Ind.; BJ Moore III of Greensburg, Pa.; Mitch Beasley; Matt O’Grady of South Amboy, N.J., and Dick Allen of Columbia, S.C. The international team will be composed of Australia’s Sam Cooley, England’s Dom Barrett, Canada’s Francois Lavoie, Mexico’s Arturo Quintero and Sweden’s Martin Larsen.

Leading the World Championship qualifiers after his final round Friday was Tackett (left) who has unfinished business on his mind after leading the field into last year’s live ESPN stepladder finals, only to lose to Gary Faulkner Jr. of Memphis, Tenn., in the title match.

Weber, who remains in contention for his 38th career PBA Tour title, spent more of his preparation time for the World Series in the doctor’s office than on the lanes. Despite lingering pain that has limited his activity for much of the 2016 season, he limped into the early PBA Shark Championship qualifying lead before Cain edged him for the top spot.

Weber, at age 54 and bowling in his 782nd PBA Tour event, rolled games of 247, 234, 214, 238, 222, 258, 217 and 212 in Friday’s Shark round, scoring at a 230.25 pace on what many feel is the PBA’s most difficult animal oiling pattern. He finished three pins ahead of O’Grady, who is having a “career year” in WSOB VIII competition. Fourth was Cooley with 1,830 pins and fifth was Lavoie with 1,806 pins.

After finishing Tuesday’s eight-game Cheetah Championship qualifying round tied for 110th place, Weber switched on the afterburners, finishing 18th in the Chameleon round Wednesday and 32nd on the Scorpion condition Thursday . His 32-game qualifying total of 7,064 pins is easily enough to advance to Sunday’s PBA World Championship cashers round.

“I felt like I bowled pretty good on the Cheetah pattern,” he said of his meager start, “but I asked myself, how many different ways can you leave 10 pins? I think I counted about 75.

“I’m throwing the ball really well for being as sore as I am,” he added. “I’m trying to stay focused and not think about the pain.”

Weber said he has recently learned he has scoliosis in his lower spine which is causing severe hip pain. The pain knocked him out of last year’s World Series, but he was able to manage it over the summer months when he had unprecedented success on the PBA50 Tour, winning a record four tournaments in a row, a record six for the year and repeating as both Senior U.S. Open champion and PBA50 Player of the Year.

But as the PBA50 season was winding down in late summer, so was Weber’s pain tolerance.

“I missed all of (the PBA Fall Swing in) Detroit. I started (the PBA Fall Classic) in Vegas and didn’t finish. I didn’t even start the U.S. Open,” he said. “It just kills me; I love to bowl, I love to be out here and it hurts when you have to withdraw or can’t even start a major. Especially the U.S. Open (which he has won a record five times).

“I have three months after we get home to get straightened out for next year’s majors (the PBA will conduct three major championships back-to-back-to-back in February),” he said. “I’m going to do a CAT scan and that’ll be enough to tell my doctor what he needs to do to me. For now it’s cortisone treatments. It keeps the pain away from my right hip. Not so much on the left side, but so far, the pain hasn’t gotten any worse. I’m going to do everything I possibly can to not have to withdraw.”

Tackett, 24, has been consistently among the front-runners in all four World Championship qualifying stages, finishing fifth in the Cheetah round, 20th in the Chameleon, third in the Scorpion stage and he ranked fourth among the early finishers on the Shark condition. The 2013 PBA Rookie of the Year also was dominant in the 56-game World Championship marathon last year before he lost a 215-202 decision to Faulkner in the title match.

“After last year, yes, it’s business not done yet,” Tackett said. “I’ve had a good week so far. I’m getting my ball to do what it’s supposed to do. Hopefully things will hold up. There are still a lot of games left.”

Despite his small stature, Tackett is one of the PBA’s most powerful high-rev players, ranking right at the top alongside the top two-handed power players. When deteriorating lane conditions require players to move into deep inside angles, Tackett not only can play that shot, but loves it.

“I don’t mind it at all,” he grinned.

After his 32 games on the four animal patterns, Tackett held off Moore by seven pins to lead World Champions qualifiers. Cooley was third with 7,249 pins, 91 behind Moore. Beasley was fourth with 7,248 pins and O’Grady was fifth with a 7,231 total. Faulkner failed to advance.

Saturday is a day off for WSOB VIII competitors, but action resumes Sunday with the PBA World Championship cashers round at 1 p.m. ET, followed by the first eight-game match play round at 8:30 p.m. ET for the top 24 qualifiers. World Championship competition continues with two eight-game match play rounds Monday at 1 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. ET.

All qualifying and match play elimination rounds in the World Series are being covered live, exclusively by PBA’s online live-streaming service, Xtra Frame. To sign up for an Xtra Frame subscription, visit xtraframe.tv.

 

 

高淵常志

 

 

高淵常志


 

2016/12/01

 

Australia’s Jason Belmonte Makes Key Changes, Leads PBA Scorpion Championship Qualifying Round

Australia’s two-handed star, Jason Belmonte, caught fire Thursday to lead qualifying in the Professional Bowlers Association Scorpion Championship, presented by Reno Tahoe USA, at the National Bowling Stadium.

The Scorpion Championship is the third of four animal pattern qualifying stages in GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling VIII competition, leading into the PBA World Championship finals that will air live on ESPN on Sunday, Dec. 11, at 1 p.m. ET. After 24 qualifying games, 24-year-old Brandon Novak of Chillicothe, Ohio, a fourth-year PBA member who uses an unconventional sidearm delivery, maintained his PBA World Championship lead with a third straight strong round.

Belmonte, who has qualified for 14 television shows and has won three of his 12 career titles in his previous seven World Series of Bowling events, has yet to win a title in 2016 as he tries to win an unprecedented fourth consecutive PBA Player of the Year award. But things changed Thursday when he had his best WSOB performance in two years.

After he opened his eight-game Scorpion round with a 189 game, he caught fire, rolling games of 269, 236, 214, 247, 235, 289 and 245 for a 1,924 total after finishing 44th in the Cheetah Championship qualifying round Tuesday and 66th in the Chameleon Championship round Wednesday.

“Bowling to me is so much about where and how your ball goes through the pins, and that’s the difference between 300 pins over and 100 pins over (a 200 average),” Belmonte said about finishing plus-324 in the Scorpion round vs. plus-150 in his Cheetah round and plus-114 on the Chameleon lane condition. “I haven’t left the bowling center the previous two days feeling like I bowled poorly; I just couldn’t get my ball through the pins to strike.

“So today I made a few changes and I started striking. When the pins are falling on the PBA Tour, you have to take advantage,” he said. “After the first game, I changed balls, changed where I was playing, changed my speed and it worked. You know when you throw the ball right, it’s going to strike.”

By averaging 240.5 on the 47-foot Scorpion lane condition, Belmonte out-paced Matt O’Grady of Matawan, N.J., by 26 pins. O’Grady, with a 1,898 total for his eight games, was 16 pins ahead of EJ Tackett of Huntington, Ind. (1,882), 20 pins ahead of Shawn Maldonado of Houston, Texas (1,878) and 29 pins ahead of fifth-place Kris Prather of Milton, Fla.

Novak, who is trying for his first PBA Tour title, qualified 20th in the Scorpion event Thursday after leading the Cheetah round Tuesday and finishing sixth in Wednesday’s Chameleon round, averaging 224.76 over 24 games to lead BJ Moore III of Greensburg, Pa., by 58 pins in the PBA World Championship race. Tackett is third with 5,558 pins, followed by Mitch Beasley of Clarksville, Tenn., with a 5,483 total and 2013 PBA World Champion Dom Barrett of England in fifth place with 5,464 pins.

WSOB VIII competition continues Friday with qualifying in the PBA Shark Championship, the final PBA World Championship qualifying round. After the Shark stage, the top 42 players based on 32-game pinfall totals for the four animal patterns will advance to the PBA World Championship cashers round on Sunday.

All qualifying and match play elimination rounds in the World Series are being covered live, exclusively by PBA’s online live-streaming service, Xtra Frame. To sign up for an Xtra Frame subscription, visit xtraframe.tv.

 

 

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