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2017/07/30

 

Sterner, Poppler Win PBA-PWBA Xtra Frame Striking Against Breast Cancer Mixed Doubles Title

Jason Sterner of Cocoa, Fla., and “replacement” partner Birgit Poppler of Germany defeated Australia’s Jason Belmonte and Diandra Asbaty of Chicago in the final game to win the 18th PBA-PWBA Xtra Frame Striking Against Breast Cancer Mixed Doubles title at Copperfield Bowl Sunday.

Sterner, who won his only Professional Bowlers Association Tour title in the 2013 Don Carter Classic in Detroit, teamed up with Poppler, who was in the United States as a Professional Women’s Bowling Association competitor, after his original partner (Cassandra Leuthold of Black Hawk, S.D.) was forced to cancel due to an injury. Trailing Asbaty and Belmonte by 10 pins heading into the final position round match, Sterner threw a 258 game and Poppler a 204 for 462 total pins, topping Asbatay’s 178 and Belmonte’s 254 by 30 pins to overcome the deficit.

The winners, who won five consecutive matches earlier in the round to dig out from under a 238-pin deficit, split $16,000 in prize money. Poppler, a veteran member of Germany’s national bowling team, also earned her first PWBA Tour title.

“Before we started, I told her I needed to impress her, so hopefully I did,” Sterner said. “Everyone knows how much work I put it in, so it’s nice to get a little reward.”

“I’m just happy,” Poppler said. “I didn’t expect to bowl this tournament so it couldn’t be a better outcome.”

Four-time past winners Shannon Pluhowsky and Tommy Jones, and three-time winners Shannon O’Keefe and Bill O’Neill failed to qualify for the match play finals. Pluhowsky and Jones finished in 12th place while two-time defending champions O’Keefe and O’Neill finished 36th.

PWBA players now head to Plano, Texas, for the U.S. Women’s Open Tuesday through Sunday, PBA Tour players will begin the final three weeks of PBA Xtra Frame Storm Cup series competition in the Xtra Frame Chesapeake Open from AMF Western Branch in Chesapeake, Va., Aug. 12-13. Immediately following will be the Xtra Frame Gene Carter’s Pro Shop Classic from Mid-County Bowling and Entertainment in Middletown, Del., Aug. 19-20, and the Storm Cup series finale, the Xtra Frame Kenn-Feld Group Classic from Pla-Mor Lanes in Coldwater, Ohio, Aug. 26-27.

All preliminary rounds of the U.S. Women’s Open and start-to-finish coverage of all three Storm Cup events will air live on PBA’s online live streaming channel, Xtra Frame. For subscription information, visit xtraframe.tv.

 

 【PBA Japan Regional】 PBA Japan Women's Chameleon Open

 

谷原美来 選手


 

2017/07/28

 

Natalie Cortese, Brad Miller Lead PBA-PWBA Xtra Frame Striking Against Breast Cancer Mixed Doubles Qualifiers
Shannon O’Keefe, Bill O’Neill Keep Title Hopes Alive by a Single Pin

Two-time defending champions Shannon O’Keefe and Bill O’Neill kept their hopes for a third consecutive PBA-PBA Xtra Frame Striking Against Breast Cancer Mixed Doubles title alive by a single pin Saturday as Brad Miller of Raytown, Mo., and partner Natalie Cortese of Hoffman Estates, Ill., led the 40 qualifying teams that will advance to Sunday’s cashers round at Copperfield Bowl.

Also advancing were Shannon Pluhowsky of Dayton, Ohio, and partner Tommy Jones of Simpsonville, S.C., the only team to win the event four times.

Cortese, a former Valparaiso University collegiate star and a Dexter High School All-American, averaged 213.7 for her seven qualifying games. Miller, who has won one PBA Midwest Regional title in his five-year career, averaged 232 on games of 289, 226, 221, 217, 248, 255 and 168 as they finished with a combined total of 3,120 pins and a 14-pin lead over Germany’s Birgit Poppler and PBA Tour titlist Jason Sterner of Cocoa, Fla. Lindsay Boomershine of Perry, Utah, and Kyle Troup of Taylorsville, N.C., were third with 3,045 pins.

O’Keefe, from O’Fallon, Ill., and O’Neill, from Langhorne, Pa., won the tournament in 2013 as well as 2015 and ’16. They kept their hopes for a third consecutive – and fourth overall – title by one pin, qualifying in 40th place, 259 pins behind the leaders. Pluhowsky and Jones, who are trying for a record fifth title, qualified in 12th place. They won the event in 2007, ’08, ’10 and ’11.

The top 40 teams will bowl a five-game cashers round at 8:30 a.m. CDT Sunday, after which the top eight teams based on a combined 12 team games (24 individual games) will bowl a final eight games of round-robin match play to determine the champion. All of Sunday’s competition will be live streamed on PBA’s subscription-based bowling channel, Xtra Frame. For details, visit xtraframe.tv.


 

2017/07/27

 

Ron Mohr Ends Five-Year Title Drought, Wins Ninth Career Title in PBA50 South Shore Open

Ron Mohr of Las Vegas, a two-time PBA50 Tour Player of the Year, ended a five-year title drought Thursday, winning the PBA50 South Shore Open presented by DV8 at Olympia Lanes for his ninth career PBA50 Tour title with a 213-194 victory over Bob Learn of Erie, Pa.

Mohr, now a 61-year-old “super senior,” threw five strikes on his first six attempts to build a 41-pin lead over Learn and he held on despite leaving a 4-6-7-10 split in the ninth frame. Learn’s inability to put two strikes together until the final two frames gave Mohr a big cushion, and he sealed the win with a strike on his first attempt in the 10th frame.

“That’s nine titles, and it’s nine more than I expected when I came out here to bowl,” said Mohr, who retired from his career as an air traffic controller in Alaska to try his hand in professional bowling. “It’s great to win, but when it’s over, you still have to go home and mow the lawn and pick up dog poop. It’s not life changing to win out here, but it sure is nice.”

The turning point in Mohr’s title quest actually came in the semifinal match, when it looked like PBA Hall of Famer Norm Duke of Clermont, Fla., was going to extend Mohr’s frustrating streak of 15 championship round appearances in the past two years without a title. Needing a strike in the 10th frame to complete a comeback victory against Mohr, Duke left a pocket 7-10 split, handing Mohr a 210-200 victory and a berth in the championship match.

“You never expect that from Norm,” Mohr said. “If all Norm needs is a mark to win, he’ll never miss. He was by far the best bowler in the tournament this week, but I guess it was my turn. To get past Norm was a real blessing. He just got a really bad break, but I’ve been on that side myself.”

In the opening match, PBA50 rookie Gary Faulkner of Norfolk, Va., a two-time PBA Regional title winner bowling in his sixth event as a “senior” player, struck on eight of his first nine shots (leaving a pocket 7-10 split on his only non-strike shot). But a 4-7-10 split in the 10th frame gave Venezuela’s Amleto Monacelli a chance to win with two strikes in his 10th frame. Monacelli, who was trying for his ninth PBA50 Tour title and second of the year, got the first strike, but left his fourth 10 pin of the game in a 229-225 loss to Faulkner.

Duke ended Faulkner’s title hopes in the second game, 278-247, throwing nine strikes before leaving a 10 pin on his first shot in the 10th frame. Faulkner didn’t miss the pocket on his first nine shots, but a pair of single pins prevented him from keeping pace the 38-time PBA Tour title winner.

The tour’s next stop is the PBA50 Dave Small’s Championship Lanes Classic presented by Roto Grip in Anderson, Ind., beginning Sunday and concluding on Wednesday, Aug. 2. The PBA50 Tour will then complete its season with the DeHayes Insurance Group Championship presented by Pro Bowl West and Ebonite Aug. 6-8. The final senior event of the year will be the PBA60 Dick Weber Championship for players 60 and older Aug. 10-12 at Pro Bowl West.

All three events will be covered from start to finish live, exclusively on PBA’s online bowling channel. Xtra Frame. For subscription information, visit xtraframe.tv.


 

2017/07/24

 

 【THE WORLD GAMES】 Men's Doubles

CANADA’S MACLELLAND, LAVOIE WIN DOUBLES GOLD AT WORLD GAMES

World champions Dan MacLelland and Francois Lavoiejoined forces to win the gold medal in men’s doubles which concluded the bowling competition at the X World Games 2017 Monday at Sky Bowling in Wroclaw, Poland.

Pictured above from left to right: Venezuela (Massimiliano Fridegotto, Ildemaro Ruiz), Canada (Dan MacLelland, Francois Lavoie) and Hong Kong (Michael Mak, Wu Siu Hong).

In one of the most exciting and thrilling matches of the four-day competition, the Canadians topped Ildemaro Ruizand Massimiliano Fridegotto, 972-935, in two-games, total pins format.

Canada took a slim 28-pin lead after winning the first game, 477-449. MacLelland led the Canadians with 268, with Ruiz close behind with 259.

The Venezuelan standout started the second game with 11 consecutive strikes before a brutal pocket 7-10 split on his final shot ended his bid at perfection. Even a huge 298 game, however, was not enough to make up ground and catch the Canadians as Fridegotto was unable to match Ruiz vigorous pace.

Fridegotto contributed 188 for 486, but MacLelland (216), gold medalist in singles at the 2014 World Championships, and especially Lavoie (279), gold medalist in trios at the 2013 World Championships, 2016 U.S. Open winner, and 2016 Rookie of the Year, posted 495 to wrap up the title.

It was the first medal for Canadian men in the history of the World Games and the second gold medal for Canada after Jane Amlinger‘s victory in singles 1989 in Karlsruhe, Germany. It also capped off an extremely successful month of July for Lavoie, who win back-to-back European Bowling Tour titles in Madrid Challenge and San Marino Open.

The medals were presented by José Perurena López of Spain, president of the International World Games Association (IWGA), who attended the gold medal match.

From left to right: Tournament Director Mike Seymour; Kevin Dornberger, CEO of World Bowling; IWGA President José Perurena López, and Adam Roczek, Vice President of the Wroclaw Organizing Committee – The World Games 2017.

After the award ceremony, the dignitaries each held a brief speech (right) to the athletes, official and spectators.

Ruiz, who averaged over 244 for 12 games in doubles, and Fridegotto received the silver medal. It was the second silver medal for Ruiz, who fell to Cho Youngseon of Korea in the gold medal match in singles.

Ruiz’ 298 game and 557 series topped the 296 and 543 series Michael Makof Hong Kong posted in the bronze medal match against Mexico on the way to a 1003-948 victory. Mak and his team mate Wu Siu Hong (left), who ran into a Canadian ‘buzzsaw’ in losing the semi-final match, 1059-911, earned the bronze medal.

It was the second medal for Hong Kong at World Games after Siu Hong’s silver medal in singles at the 2009 Games in Kaohsiung, Chinese Taipei.

Mexico’s Ricardo Lecuona and Arturo Quintero (right, l-r), who lost to Venezuela in the other semifinal match, 941-862, had to settle for fourth place. The Mexicans led Poll 1

Mexico, one of the unseeded teams in the group phase like Venezuela, defeated Canada and Korea in a 9th and 10th place roll-off, 89-86-84, to win Pool 1. Canada advanced in second place, while the top-seeded Koreans were eliminated.

For the doubles competition, the men’s teams from the 16 countries, who qualified for the World Games, were split into four pools with four doubles each. The top 8 federations, two per pool, were seeded based on their overall performance at the 21014 world championships. The remaining eight federations were placed into the pools based on a draw.

Each pool then had three matches where each team plays each other over two games. Two points were allocated for a win and one point for a tie. The top two point scorers from each pool proceeded to the finals where the matches were based on a predetermined draw, with the losers of semi-finals playing off for the bronze medal and the winners proceeding to the gold medal match.

The World Games is a multi-sport event staged every four years since 1981 by the International World Games Association under the patronage of the International Olympic Committee for sports, disciplines or events within a sport that are not contested in the Olympic Games.

The 10th edition of the World Games will be held in Wroclaw, Poland, 20–30 July 2017. More than 3,000 athletes from 31 sports and 111 countries will take part in the biggest sport event ever staged in Poland.

Bowlingdigital.com provided onsite coverage of the bowling events from July 21 through July 24, including reports, results and photos of each event.


 

2017/07/23

 

 【THE WORLD GAMES】 Women's Doubles

GUERRERO, RESTREPO WIN FIRST GOLD FOR COLOMBIAN WOMEN IN DOUBLES

Bowling is listed as a Precision Sport at the X World Games 2017 and two of bowling’s powerhouses, Colombia and the United States of America, demonstrated their skills Sunday at Sky Bowling in Wroclaw, Poland.

In a hard-fought battle, Clara Juliana Guerrero and Rocio Restrepo (right and above, l-r) of Colombia defeated Team USA’s Kelly Kulick and Danielle McEwan, 922-874, in two-games, total pins format, to win the gold medal in the inaugural women’s doubles event.

It is the first women’s gold medal for Colombia in the World Games history. The only men’s gold medal was won by Manual Otalora in the singles event 2009 in Kaohsiung, Chinese Taipei.

The women’s teams from the 16 countries, who qualified for the World Games, were split into four pools with four doubles each. The top 8 federations, two per pool, were seeded based on their overall performance at the most recent world championships. The remaining eight federations were placed into the pools based on a draw.

Each pool then had three matches where each team plays each other over two games. Two points were allocated for a win and one point for a tie. The top two point scorers from each pool proceeded to the finals where the matches were based on a predetermined draw, with the losers of semi-finals playing off for the bronze medal and the winners proceeding to the gold medal match.

Colombia as well as Mexico, Germany (left) and Finland (right) led their respective pools with three wins (6 points), while Singapore, Canada, Venezuela and the United States also advanced with two wins (4 points).

In the quarterfinals, USA flew past Germany, 1057-853, including a 556 opening game (McEwan 278, Kulick 278), Colombia eliminated women’s ranking leader Singapore (left), 949-847, Mexico downed Canada (right), 899-807, and in the closest match, Venezuela defeated Finland, 856-815, to set up an all-Pan American Bowling Confederation medal round.

Team USA carried the momentum into the semi-finals, starting with a 504 game to build an insurmountable lead, defeating Mexico, 902-812. Colombia sealed the 947-866 victory over Venezuela with a string of strikes in the last frames of the second game.

Mexico’ Sandra Gongora put on a show in the bronze medal match, posting games of 254 and 268 to lead her team mate Tannya Lopez(206, 237) to a 965-835 victory over Venezuela’s Patricia De Faría and Karen Marcano (left, r-l).

The Mexicans (right, from left Lopez and Gongora) received the bronze medal while the Venezuelans had to settle for fourth place.

In the title match featuring four champions on Professional Women’s Bowling Association Tour, the Colombians took a 39-pin lead in the first game that was highlighted by a 279 from Guerrero. Restrepo and Guerrero widened their lead to 59 pins in the middle of his game, when the Americans started striking.

However, McEwan and Kulick (left, l-r) were unable to catch up as the Colombians countered every strike to win the game, 432-424, and the match, 922-874.

While it was the first gold medal for Restrepo, a three-time PWBA champion, on world level, it was the last gold medal missing in the trophy case of two-time World Champion and World Ranking Masters winner, Guerrero.

The bowling competition in the X World Games 2017 conclude on Monday, July 24, with women’s doubles starting at 9 a.m. with the group phase.

The World Games is a multi-sport event staged every four years since 1981 by the International World Games Association under the patronage of the International Olympic Committee for sports, disciplines or events within a sport that are not contested in the Olympic Games.

The 10th edition of the World Games will be held in Wroclaw, Poland, 20–30 July 2017. More than 3,000 athletes from 31 sports and 111 countries will take part in the biggest sport event ever staged in Poland.

Bowlingdigital.com will provide onsite coverage of the bowling events from July 21 through July 24, including reports, results and photos of each event.

 

 【PBA Japan Regional】 PBA Japan Chameleon Open

 

松下昭史 選手


 

2017/07/22

 

 【THE WORLD GAMES】 Men's Singles

KOREA’S CHO YOUNGSEON CAPTURES THE FIRST GOLD MEDAL FOR KOREA IN MEN’S SINGLES

In an exciting showdown between the two best bowlers Saturday at Sky Bowling in Wroclaw, Poland, Cho Youngseon of the Republic of Korea defeated Ildemaro Ruiz of Venezuela, two-games-to-none, to win the gold medal in men’s singles at the X World Games 2017.

Ruiz (left) received the silver medal, while Tobias Börding (right), who finished second to Chris Barnes, United States, in the 50th QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup 2014 here at Sky Bowling, swept Salvatore Polizzotto of Italy in the bronze medal match.

Cho (above), who has won the prestigious Masters title at the 2013 World Championships in Las Vegas, became the first man to win an individual title in the history of the World Games.

Opposite to previous World Games, Korea has sent some of the finest bowlers to Poland and the decision immediately paid off. Cho and his team mate, 2014 World Champion in Masters, Kang Heewon (right, l-r), are one the favorites in men’s doubles, which will conclude the bowling competition in Wroclaw on Monday.

Cho and Ruiz were among the five bowlers, who cracked the 1400-bar in qualifying. Thomas Larsen (left) of Denmark and Ricardo Lecuona (below right)of Mexico led the 32 bowlers from 16 countries with 1420 and were followed by Ruiz in third place with 1414, Kuek Qi En of Singapore in fourth place with 1401 and Cho in fifth place with 1400.

Cho posted games of 255 and 195 to sweep Ruiz’ team mate Massimiliano Fridegotto, 2-0, and Ruiz used games of 234 and 289 to make quick work of Shogo Wada of Japan.

Both players had to go the distance in the Round of 8. Down 1-0 against 18-time PBA champion Tommy Jones, United States, Cho won the second game in the second one-ball roll-off, 10-8, after a 215-215 tie and a 10-10 tie in the first roll-off. In the decider Cho flew past the American, 259-156.

Ruiz eliminated 2014 World Singles Champion Dan MacLelland of Canada, 2-1, including a 210-200 win in the decider. MacLelland held off defending champion Osku Palermaa of Finland in the opening round, winning two consecutive games by one pin, 258-257 and 215-214.

In his semi-final match, Cho came rebounded from a 1-0 deficit with games of 253 and 279 to advance to the gold medal match. Ruiz was too strong for Börding and swept the German with games of 226 and 247.

Cho started the title match with a five-bagger to a 1-0 lead with 226-182. The second game was thriller that was decided in last frame. Cho struck out for 257 to force Ruiz to throw a double in the 10th frame to force a deciding third game. Ruiz struck on his first shot but the second was little bit high leaving a 4-pin to hand the victory to Cho.

Germany (right) is the only team that has medaled in both events (gold in women’s singles and bronze in men’s singles) so far. The bowling competition continues Sunday with women’s doubles.

From left: Head coach Peter Lorenz, women’s singles champion Laura Beuthner, men’s singles bronze medalist Tobias Börding and coach Michael Wouters.

The World Games is a multi-sport event staged every four years since 1981 by the International World Games Association under the patronage of the International Olympic Committee for sports, disciplines or events within a sport that are not contested in the Olympic Games.

The 10th edition of the World Games will be held in Wroclaw, Poland, 20–30 July 2017. More than 3,000 athletes from 31 sports and 111 countries will take part in the biggest sport event ever staged in Poland.

Bowlingdigital.com will provide onsite coverage of the bowling events from July 21 through July 24, including reports, results and photos of each event.



 

2017/07/21

 

 【THE WORLD GAMES】 Women's Singles

GERMANY’S LAURA BEUTHNER WINS GOLD IN SINGLES TO START X WORLD GAMES 2017

On the first day of the bowling competition in the X World Games 2017, Laura Beuthner of Germany swept Kelly Kulick, United States of America, two-game-to-none, to capture the gold medal in women’s singles at Sky Bowling in Wroclaw, Poland.

Pictured above are the medalists in women’s singles in the bowling competition at the World Games (from left): Kelly Kulick, United States (silver), Laura Beuthner, Germany (gold), Clara Guerrero, Colombia (bronze).

Beuthner averaged 258.17 in qualifying to earn the No. 1 seed in the 16-player match play bracket and won best-of-three matches on her way to the title.

In the gold medal match, Beuthner flew past Kulick in the first game, 287-165, and wrapped up the title with a 222-207 win in game two.

Kulick, who made sports history by winning the 2010 2010 PBA Tournament of Champions to become the first woman to win a PBA Tour event, won her second silver medal in Singles after the 2013 World Games in Cali, Colombia. In 2013, she also won gold in mixed doubles with Mike Fagan.

In the semifinals, Kulick defeated defending World Games champion Daria Kovalova of Ukraine, 2-0 (234-183, 247-214), who had defeated Kulick in the 2013 title match. Colombia’s Clara Guerrero lost to Beuthner, 2-1 (269-226, 210-247, 218-227), in the other semifinal match.

Guerrero rebounded with sweep of Kovalova, 239-170 and 228-216, in the bronze medal match to earn the bronze medal, while Kovalova had to settle for fourth place.

The 32 women from 16 countries, five from each zone (America, Asia and Europe) of World Bowling plus the host country Poland, bowled six games of qualifying to determine who advanced to the 16-player bracket.

Beuthner’s 1549 pinfall total led the field, and she was followed by Colombia’s Rocio Restrepo with 1486, and Germany’s Birgit Pöppler with 1481, including a 300 game in game four.

Poland’s Daria Pająk, who won the Greater Detroit Open last month for her first PWBA title , and Japan’s Mirai Ishimoto tied for fifth in qualifying at 1449.

Beuthner defeated No. 16 Miranda Panas of Canada in the Round of 16, 2-1, and then ousted Patricia De Faría of Venezuela, 2-0, in the Round of 8.

The World Games is a multi-sport event staged every four years since 1981 by the International World Games Association under the patronage of the International Olympic Committee for sports, disciplines or events within a sport that are not contested in the Olympic Games.

The bowling competition continues Saturday with the men’s singles event. Osku Palermaa of Finland is the defending champion.

The 10th edition of the World Games will be held in Wroclaw, Poland, 20–30 July 2017. More than 3,000 athletes from 31 sports and 111 countries will take part in the biggest sport event ever staged in Poland.


 

2017/07/18

 

PAJAK WINS FIRST TITLE AT PWBA GREATER DETROIT OPEN

When Daria Pajak considered leaving her home in Poland to pursue a college education and bowling career in the United States, she needed an extra push. Her father was the person to do it. 

Now, Pajak can call herself a Professional Women’s Bowling Association champion after defeating Verity Crawley, her friend and Webber International teammate, 224-203, to win the 2017 PWBA Greater Detroit Open.

After a spare in the first frame, Pajak rattled off three consecutive strikes before leaving a 3-4-6-7 split in the fifth. The 24-year-old right-hander converted the split and rode the momentum to her first career PWBA title.

It was a title that may never have happened had it not been for her father, and Pajak dedicated the victory to her dad. 

“My dad is a great man and has been my idol,” Pajak said. “He’s an athlete. He used to be a bodybuilder, and he has that athlete’s mind, where he knows what it takes to win. He’s always been pushing me outside of my comfort zone.

“Coming to the (United) States was something I always wanted, but if he didn’t push me here, I don’t think I would’ve ever made the decision. Father’s Day back home was a few days ago (the show was taped June 25), and he said the TV show was his present. He doesn’t need anything else.”

Pajak advanced to the title match by defeating 2012 United States Bowling Queens champion Diandra Asbaty of Chicago, 190-186. Asbaty was making her first televised appearance since winning the major title. 

The match was close throughout, with Asbaty needing a double in the final frame to advance, but she was unable to strike on her first attempt. 

“I was really proud of my spare game, which is my biggest enemy,” said Pajak, who was without an open frame during the final two games on television. “Going into the game with Diandra, I had lost my look, and I couldn’t carry, which shows on the shots where I left a washout and then went high. I was proud of myself and knew I could make all of the spares, so going into the championship game, my confidence was very high.”

In the opening match, Pajak rolled seven consecutive strikes after an early open to defeat Juliana Franco of Colombia, 233-194. Franco was making her second championship-round appearance of the season.

The win earned Pajak $10,000 and a spot in the season-ending Smithfield PWBA Tour Championship, a 16-player invitation-only event that will include the winners and top point-earners from the 2017 PWBA Tour season.

All qualifying and match-play rounds of the PWBA Greater Detroit Open were held at Super Bowl in Canton, Michigan, on June 16-17.

The stepladder was held June 25 at The Ashwaubenon Bowling Alley in conjunction with the live championship round of the 2017 Go Bowling PWBA Players Championship, the second major of the 2017 PWBA Tour season, and the finals of the PWBA Wichita Open and Pepsi PWBA Lincoln Open.


 

2017/07/16

 

松永裕美、2年ぶりの”女王復活”!

六甲クイーンズが終了してから中1日というハードなスケジュールにも関わらず、男女共催といつもとは勝手の違う大会ながらもハイパフォーマンスを見せてくれた女子選手たち。今季デビューの期待の新人、水谷若菜、霜出佳奈らも勝ち進み、決勝グループラウンドロビンに名を連ねます。

しかし先輩プロ達も黙って引き下がるわけにはいきません。第Ⅰグループは注目の成長株・坂倉にいなと三浦美里の47期生組と、ベテラン・川口富美恵らを相手に大石奈緒が圧勝。

大石と同期の堀井千恵、地元愛知の声援を背負った澤田春花、そして霜出の若手揃いの第Ⅱグループを内藤真裕実が制し、堂元美佐・谷川章子・水谷のタイトルホルダーで占められた第Ⅲグループからはやはりと言うべきか松永裕美が台頭。さらに1位以外のポイントトップとして堂元が加わり、東海女王決定戦の幕が開かれました。

男子に続いて行われた4名でのセミファイナルは、大石と内藤が左右で感触の違うレーンに手こずり、ストライクを繋げられず苦戦する一方、序盤でレーンを掴んだ松永と堂元がストライクを連発。”女王”と呼ばれる先輩達の壁の厚さを見せつけて、後輩達を蹴散らします。

2016年ポイント&アベレージランキング二冠の松永と、賞金女王の堂元。両者とも対戦相手に不足なし。ましてセミファイナルをあれだけのスコアで勝ち抜いた二人だけに、さぞや火花散る打ち合いになるかと思われましたが、男子決勝を挟み、レーンの変化が進行。そして常に第一線で戦い続ける松永は、満身創痍と言って過言ではない状況にありました。

近々の六甲クイーンズで2位に終わり、そのとき長年抱えてきたイップス(自分の思う通りに動作できなくなる運動障害)の原因が、これも長く悩みの種となっている腕の痛みであると掴めたという松永。イップスへの怯えは解消されたものの、だからといって腕の痛みが消えるわけではありません。今回も痛む腕と指に向き合いつつ、一生懸命前に振ることに集中したという松永。その甲斐あってか準決勝シュートアウトで安藤 瞳と10フレ勝負のしびれる戦いを繰り広げ、そんなぎりぎりの熱い戦いが出来たことを励みにして、堂元との戦いに臨みます。

滑り出しは両者ともにストライク、続く2フレーム目でイージーミスからオープンにするところまで足並みが揃ってしまいましたが、続く3フレーム目に松永は4・6・7・10番を残すビッグ4。対する堂元は3フレーム目でストライクを決めますが、調整するもスペアボールの指穴が合わず、4フレーム目でまたしてもカバーミスしてしまいます。

この2度のミスでメンタルが揺らいでしまったか、堂元は中盤にダブルを決めたほかはストライクが繋がりません。松永も思うようにリードを広げられませんが、終盤7フレーム目からようやくターキーに成功。さらに10フレームで堂元が3度目のオープンを出してしまい、勝敗が確定。

男子は小原が16年ぶりの東海2勝目、女子は優勝自体が2年ぶり、東海優勝は3年ぶりの松永。今年の東海のキーワードは間違い無く”復活”と言えるでしょう。

六甲でようやく掴んだ現状打破の糸口を即座に活かし、苦しい戦いを制した松永、女王復活への狼煙となる13勝目を果たしました!

 

総合23位、準決勝シュートアウト2位でベストアマ獲得!

吉田祐香 選手

 

小原照之、16年ぶりの東海制覇!

直前に局地的豪雨に見舞われましたが、無事開催の運びとなった今年の東海オープン。いざ開始してみれば選手達の意気込みも強く、悪天候を吹き飛ばすかのようなパーフェクトラッシュも巻き起こり、夏のお祭りのような盛り上がりを見せました。

準々決勝シュートアウト、準決勝シュートアウト、決勝グループラウンドロビンとステージが分かれ、組合せのくじ運も大きく左右してくる東海オープンですが、特筆すべきは男子準決勝シュートアウトのDグループでしょう。矢島純一、酒井武雄というレジェンドが揃っただけでも注目を集めるというのに、この大ベテランを相手に戦わなければならない3人目はなんと現役中学生の林 元輝選手。レジェンド達には届かず敗退となってしまいましたが、健闘する姿には観客からも惜しみない声援と拍手が贈られました。

また林選手のほかにも、ベストアマとなった熊谷 涼選手を筆頭に吉田大祐選手、藤村嶺弥選手ら若手アマチュア選手が大活躍を見せてくれました。

実力と運を兼ね備え、続く決勝グループラウンドロビンを勝ち抜いた児島都史、日置秀一、小原照之の3名と、各グループ1位以外で一番獲得ポイントが高かった井口直之がファイナルステージ・決勝シュートアウトに進出。まずは4名で1Gを投球し、優勝決定戦へ進出するスコア上位2名が選抜されます。

全員滑り出しはまずまずといったところでしたが、まず日置が3フレーム目でイージーミス。続く4フレーム目もスプリットにしてしまい、一歩出遅れてしまいます。

さらに井口も中盤にイージーミスからのスプリットと、日置をなぞる形で後退。2フレーム目から5連続ストライクを決めた児島が頭一つ飛び出し、4人のなかで最も年長の小原が落ち着いたボウリングを見せ、7フレーム目からターキーに成功。10フレーム2投目をカバーできず、スコアが伸びなかったためにわずか5ピン差の紙一重ではありましたが何とか日置をかわし、優勝への挑戦切符を手に入れます。

41期生の児島VS32期生の小原、出身も岡山と神奈川で共通点のないように思えますが、実は両名とも東海オープンのタイトルホルダー。児島は2011年、小原は2001年に優勝しており、さらに言えばこの東海オープンで優勝して以後は長期にわたって優勝がないというところまで共通していました。

つまり、児島と小原、どちらが勝っても数年ぶりの復活優勝にして東海オープンV2ということとなり、ここで「負けられない理由」はまさにイーブン。そんな二人の頂上決戦は、ダブルスタートの児島が3フレーム目をオープンにしてしまい、小原も右レーンでストライクが来ず、序盤はほぼ互角のペースで進みます。

しかし5フレーム目、ここで小原に右レーン初めてのストライクが来て繋がると、そこからはストライクを連発。児島も必死に食らいつき、8フレーム目からはばちばちのストライク合戦に突入。すでに4マーク差がある児島にとっては一つもミスは出来ず、かつ小原のミスがなければ勝てない状況に追い込まれますが、波に乗った小原は隙を見せません。とうとう小原は4フレーム目からのオールウェーに成功し、児島を突き放しました。

5勝目を挙げた2001年から16年を掛けて、再びこの東海を制覇した小原。ウィニング投球でストライクを決めた瞬間、万感の思いを込めた咆哮が場内に響き渡りました!

 

ジュニア選手ながら堂々5位でベストアマ獲得!

熊谷 涼 選手

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

2017/07/15

 

MCEWAN MAKES THIRD CONSECUTIVE TV SHOW, EARNS TOP SEED AT NATIONWIDE PWBA ROCHESTER OPEN

Despite her young age, Danielle McEwan of Stony Point, New York, has many accomplishments on her resume, and she is considered to be among the best in the sport.  

The 25-year-old right-hander added a new item to her growing list of accomplishments Saturday as she qualified for the TV finals of the 2017 Nationwide Professional Women’s Bowling Association Rochester Open, marking the third consecutive event in which she has qualified for the championship round. 

McEwan earned the No. 1 seed for the finals of the Nationwide PWBA Rochester Open, outlasting a field of 87 competitors this week at AMF Gates Lanes. She recently qualified for the finals of the PWBA Orlando Open and PWBA St. Petersburg-Clearwater Open.

All three TV shows will be taped for delayed broadcast Aug. 6 at Plano Super Bowl in Plano, Texas, in conjunction with the 2017 U.S. Women’s Open, the third major for the 2017 PWBA Tour season.

McEwan earned the top seed this week in Rochester based on total pinfall, including bonus pins for each of her wins in match play (5,186), and will be joined in the stepladder by No. 2 seed Shannon Pluhowsky of Dayton, Ohio, No. 3 seed Kristina Szczerbinski of North Tonawanda, New York, and fourth seed Clara Guerrero of Colombia. 

McEwan did not take the overall lead until the position round, where she closed with six strikes to defeat Jacqui Reese of McAdoo, Pennsylvania, 216-189, to top the Group B standings. 

McEwan, who competes year-round, hasn’t had a week in off in three years and began to feel something off in her game in February. 

With the help of many, and some trial and error, she is close, if not 100 percent back to being one of the best players in the world with two regular-season events remaining on the Tour schedule and international competition at the upcoming World Games in Poland.

“I’ve felt like a completely different person during these last few weeks,” said McEwan, who is searching for her third PWBA Tour title. “All of my confidence lies in my physical game, and I was struggling physically. That affected my mental game, and my confidence followed. Now that I’m hitting what I’m looking at consistently, my confidence is up, and I’m stepping on the approach knowing where the ball is going. I’m not saying I hope it goes in the right direction. I know what I’m doing now.”

Pluhowsky entered the Group A position round trailing leader Missy Parkin of Laguna Hills, California, by 72 pins, and the two faced off in the final game to see who would advance to television. 

Pluhowsky strung together five consecutive strikes between frames four and eight to pull ahead early, but Parkin still had a chance to advance to the TV finals with two strikes in her final frame.

Parkin struck on the first shot, but a 5 pin on her next offering ended her run, allowing Pluhowsky to move into the lead in the Group A standings with a 5,183 total, two pins ahead of Parkin. Pluhowsky fell three pins shy of McEwan for the No. 1 seed.

“I was checking my score to make sure it was right, so it didn’t really sink in right away,” said Pluhowsky, who finished third at the season-opening QubicaAMF PWBA Sonoma County Open. “Now that it has, it’s relaxing. This was a grueling week. The lanes were hard, and they’ve been hard all year, so just to get back to TV when they’re hard is awesome.”

Szczerbinski earned her first PWBA TV appearance by defeating Parkin in the Group A stepladder final, 198-179. Szczerbinski almost let the moment get away from her, leaving a Greek Church in the ninth frame, but Parkin was unable to capitalize on the error. 

In the past, a split in the ninth frame could’ve derailed Szczerbinski but an improved mental game helped her realize her dream. 

“I’m getting emotional just thinking about it,” Szczerbinski explained. “It has been a struggle for me this year, and when I left the Greek Church, it hurt me a bit. Stepping up in the 10th, even though I knew I didn’t need a strike, being able to walk up and throw that strike meant a lot. It really solidified my overall performance for the week.

“My mental game has been something I’ve struggled with in the past. There have been plenty of times when I knew I needed to throw a strike and didn’t because mentally, I wasn’t there. Today, I really focused on controlling my breathing, keeping my mind present and staying in the moment, and that was the biggest difference.”

Szczerbinski knocked off Katelyn Simpson of Emmett, Idaho, 212-181, to advance to the Group A final.

For the second consecutive week, Guerrero qualified for television as the fourth seed, this time besting Reese in the Group B stepladder final, 216-194. Last week, at the PWBA St. Petersburg-Clearwater Open, she earned her first TV finals berth of the season. 

Guerrero advanced to the Group B final by defeating Valerie Bercier of Derry, New Hampshire, 202-187. 

Competition this week at the Nationwide PWBA Rochester Open included two six-game qualifying blocks Friday at AMF Gates Lanes to determine the 32 players for Saturday's cashers’ round.

An additional six-game block Saturday morning narrowed the field from the 32 cashers to 12 players for round-robin match play.

The 2017 PWBA Tour season continues with the U.S. Women’s Open, the third major of the season, July 31-Aug.6 at Plano Super Bowl in Plano, Texas.

Go to PWBA.com for more information about the PWBA Tour. Qualifying and match-play rounds of PWBA Tour events are broadcast on Xtra Frame, the exclusive online bowling channel for the Professional Bowlers Association.

 

 

 

大石奈緒

 

 

河津亨至

 

 

小林よしみ

 

 

太田隆昌


 

2017/07/14

 

 

鈴木亜季

 

 

山本 勲

 

 

大石奈緒

 

 

水谷孝敏


 

2017/07/13

 

 

岸田有加

 

 

望月大士

 

 

霜出佳奈

 

 

谷岸 明

 

 

岸田有加

 

 

吉野武典

 

 

岡田貴美

 

 

宮崎 淳


 

2017/07/12

 

 【PBA】 News

Jason Belmonte Wins Third Consecutive Best Bowler ESPY

Australia’s Jason Belmonte received his third consecutive Best Bowler ESPY Award Wednesday evening during the 2017 ESPY Awards ceremony at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.

Belmonte, who now owns four ESPY awards, became the second player to earn three consecutive ESPYs joining PBA Hall of Famer Norm Duke who won three consecutively in 2007, ’08 and ’09. 

Belmonte, a three-time PBA Player of the Year, was among winners in a variety of sports and special moment categories that were determined by fan voting on espn.com with the winners announced during ABC-TV’s live ESPY Awards telecast.

In 2017, Belmonte won the USBC Masters for a record fourth time and brought his PBA major win total to eight by winning the Barbasol PBA Players Championship.

Since last summer Belmonte also has compiled eight other top-10 finishes including seventh in the 2017 FireLake PBA Tournament of Champions and fourth in the 2016 PBA World Championship. Most recently, he finished second in the inaugural Main Event PBA Tour Finals and third in the Grand Casino Hotel & Resort PBA Oklahoma Open. 

"I'm absolutely stoked about winning this year’s ESPY award,” said Belmonte, who won his first ESPY in 2011. “I can't thank the fans enough for voting for me. The support and passion I receive from people all around the world is a huge motivation to keep pushing myself to raise the bar.

“To show my fans the appreciation I have for them, I will continue to work hard on and off the lanes and be as interactive as possible with them through social media and appearances. In addition to the fans I’d also like to thank ESPN for establishing an award that honors outstanding achievement in our sport.”

Also nominated in the Best Bowler category were 2016 PBA Player of the Year EJ Tackett of Huntington, Ind. and 2016 PBA Rookie of the Year Francois Lavoie of Canada.

Among Tackett’s wins in 2017 were the Tournament of Champions, DHC Japan Invitational and the recent Main Event PBA Tour Finals. In the last half of 2016, he won the PBA World Championship, Bear Open and was a member of the winning Merica Rooster Illusion PBA Team Challenge team.

Lavoie became only the second foreign-born winner of the U.S. Open when he beat Marshall Kent 228-194 in the title match last November. During the stepladder finals he also bowled the 26th televised 300 game when he beat Shawn Maldonado 300-211 in the semi-final match. In June, Lavoie won the Xtra Frame Jonesboro Open for his third career PBA Tour title.

Belmonte is tied with Duke and PBA Hall of Famer Pete Weber for second with four Best Bowler ESPY awards trailing PBA Hall of Famer Walter Ray Williams Jr. who tops the list with seven.



 

2017/07/11

 

MALAYSIA'S SIN WINS 2017 PEPSI PWBA LINCOLN OPEN

Malaysia's Sin Li Jane was the top seed for the stepladder finals at two consecutive Professional Women's Bowling Association tournaments, and the experiences couldn't have been more different.

After a disappointing loss to her own teammate in her first opportunity, the resilient right-hander confidently returned to the CBS Sports Network television set at The Ashwaubenon Bowling Alley and opened the title match of the 2017 Pepsi PWBA Lincoln Open with five consecutive strikes.

Sin, 25, cruised to a 222-186 victory over amateur Thashaina Seraus of Aruba in the final of the PWBA Lincoln Open and joins her teammate, Siti Rahman, in the record book as the second Malaysian player to claim a PWBA Tour title.

The win earned Sin $10,000 and a spot in the season-ending Smithfield PWBA Tour Championship in Richmond, Virginia, a 16-player invitation-only event that will include the winners and top point-earners from the 2017 PWBA Tour season.

"After I lost in the Wichita event, I knew I had one more chance, and we started joking that since (Siti) was going to the Tour Championship, she'd probably need a roommate," said Sin, who opened in the first three frames of the PWBA Wichita Open title match against Rahman and fell 221-170. "The loss didn't get me down, it made me come back even stronger. I looked forward to the second chance. I just had to remember it was a different event and different lane condition."

Sin was dominant on her way to the No. 1 seed at the PWBA Wichita Open but edged Seraus by just 32 pins to claim the top spot for the championship round in Lincoln a week later.

Overall, the six-player Malaysian contingent, supported by their country's National Sports Council, had a successful four-event stint on the PWBA Tour this year, tallying four TV appearances and two titles.

They competed in the Wichita, Lincoln and Detroit events and finished the trip with all six players cashing at the 2017 Go Bowling PWBA Players Championship. They'll now spend time at home preparing for the 2017 Southeast Asian Games, which will be held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, in August.

"Winning here was a dream come true for me as something I've thought about since I was very young," Sin said. "I heard a lot about the PWBA Tour, especially when Shalin (Zulkifli) came to bowl, so it was something I hoped to do, too. I was disappointed when I heard the Tour went away (2003) but very excited when it came back (2015). It feels great to be a PWBA champion."

The 2017 PWBA Lincoln Open was just the second event for Seraus, a top collegiate competitor and recent graduate of Maryland Eastern Shore.

The 26-year-old right-hander performed like a veteran in her PWBA television debut, topping PWBA spokesperson Kelly Kulick of Union, New Jersey, 222-142, to set up the meeting with Sin.

Seraus struck three times in the first five frames to build a 25-pin lead, and Kulick opened four times in the second half of the game to end her run at her second title in 2017. Kulick won the recent PWBA Fountain Valley Open for her first victory since the relaunch of the Tour in 2015.

The opening game of the PWBA Lincoln Open stepladder featured a rematch of the title tilt at the 2017 Go Bowling PWBA Players Championship and allowed Kulick to earn some redemption against two-time reigning PWBA Player of the Year Liz Johnson of Deerfield, Illinois.

In this showdown, Kulick, 40, built an 11-pin lead after five frames and cruised to a 207-159 victory, as Johnson, a 43-year-old United States Bowling Congress Hall of Famer, opened in her last three frames.

Johnson has had a successful 2017 campaign as she looks for her third consecutive player-of-the-year honor. The PWBA Lincoln Open marked her fifth consecutive championship round appearance.

During that stretch, Johnson collected wins at the PWBA Storm Sacramento Open and Players Championship, and a runner-up finish at the USBC Queens.

All qualifying and match-play rounds of the Pepsi PWBA Lincoln Open were held at Sun Valley Lanes in Lincoln, Nebraska, on June 9-10.

The stepladder was held June 25 at The Ashwaubenon Bowling Alley in conjunction with the live championship round of the 2017 Go Bowling PWBA Players Championship, the second major of the 2017 PWBA Tour season, and the finals of the PWBA Wichita Open and PWBA Greater Detroit Open.

Johnson topped Kulick to win the PWBA Players Championship for her ninth major title, while Rahman was victorious at the Wichita Open to become the first player from Malaysia to win a PWBA Tour title.

The finals of the Greater Detroit Open will air July 18 at 8 p.m. Eastern and feature England's Verity Crawley, 2012 Queens champion Diandra Asbaty of Chicago, Colombia's Juliana Franco and Daria Pajak of Poland.

 

姫路 麗、念願の六甲制覇!

今大会開催直前に急逝された松村義整氏への黙祷から始まった今年の六甲クイーンズオープン。会場である神戸六甲ボウルに長く所属され、常に六甲クイーンズ開催を見守り、裏方として支えてきて下さった松村氏を偲ぶとともに、「松村プロに見てもらいたい」と意気込む選手達から立ち上る熱気が、会場を包みます。

しかし予選・準決勝と首位をひた走る松永裕美、その後を追いかける寺下智香と姫路 麗らを筆頭に上位陣の壁は厚く、決勝ラウンドロビンに圏外から飛び込んで来たのは小池沙紀と坂倉にいなの2名のみ。残りの席を森 彩奈江・丹羽由香梨・名和 秋が守り通します。

決勝ラウンドロビンでもトップシードには松永、準決勝で一旦落としたもののラウンドロビンで2位に浮上した姫路、寺下が3位で不動の体制を築きますが、決勝ステップラダー最後の一枠を巡り、森・坂倉・丹羽が三つ巴の混戦状態に。最後のポジションマッチ時点で4位だった森は3位の寺下との対戦でロースコアを打ってしまい大きく後退する一方、5位・丹羽と6位・坂倉の直接対決では坂倉が250ピンのビッグゲームで丹羽を倒して一気に浮上。坂倉が自身初の決勝ステップラダー進出を果たします。

坂倉VS寺下の47期生同士による4位決定戦は、寺下がターキーで滑り出して一歩リード。坂倉は10番ピンに悩まされながらもノーミスを守り、粘り強く寺下の後を追いますが、後半で寺下が再びターキーを決めてさらにリードを広げ、坂倉の逆転はなりませんでした。昨年の東海オープンでアマチュア優勝を果たし、今年実技免除でプロ入りした坂倉 凜を妹に持つ坂倉。妹に先を越されたというプレッシャーに苦しんだこともあったでしょうが、まだ伸び盛りの22歳、今後のさらなる成長に期待が持てる一戦となりました。

同期対決を制した寺下は、待ち受ける女王・姫路と対戦。3大会連続のファイナル進出で、今度こそ3勝目が欲しい寺下でしたが、昨年の全日本女子での対戦を見直して研究してきたという姫路も一歩も譲らず、両者ほぼ互角の状態で勝負どころの9フレーム目を迎えます。

ここでミスをすれば致命傷になる大事な場面で、なんと姫路が4・9番を残すスプリット。寺下はここでストライクを決めてプレッシャーをかけたいところでしたが、この姫路のスプリットに気が緩んでしまい10番ピンを残す9本カウントに。しかし準決勝でも何度も4番ピン絡みでスプリットを出して来たという姫路はしっかり攻略法を練っており、これを見事カバー。ここから両者ともパンチアウトを決めますが、姫路が7ピン差で寺下をかわしての勝利となりました。

そして迎えた優勝決定戦は、松永VS姫路の押しも押されぬ女王対決。意外にも優勝決定戦での両者の対決は2008年以来なんと9年ぶり。松永にとってはリベンジ戦ですが、姫路もまた強敵と認める松永に対して余裕ではいられません。

しかし前へ前へと気負いが先走るところを、いつも通りでと一言くれるだけでリズムの乱れを戻してくれるという師匠・北野周一が応援してくれる前で優勝したいと願う姫路、極めて強い集中力でのっけからストライクを連発します。

1・2フレーム目はスペアで後れを取ったものの、松永も3フレーム目からはストライクを繋げ、ばちばちの打ち合いに突入。火花散る戦いに場内も固唾を飲んで見守ります。

予断を許さぬ展開のまま、勝敗の行方は10フレーム勝負へ。ともにオールウェーに成功したとして279ピンでまったくの同点ということは、逆に言えば一本でも残せば敗北を覚悟しなければならないということ。プレッシャーに打ち勝つ極限の集中力が求められるなか、松永の1投目は5番ピンを残す9本カウントとなり、対する姫路の1投目はストライクで、7フレーム目からの4連続に成功。続いて姫路2投目を9本カウントとした時点で勝敗が確定しました。

今季はこれまで3大会とも予選敗退、低迷を心配された姫路でしたが、節目の15勝目は地元関西の大声援を背負い、恩師・北野と故・松村氏へ捧げる念願の六甲制覇となりました!

 

神戸プロアマフェスティバルに続き、本大会でもベストアマ獲得!

亀島愛永 選手

 

 

松永裕美

 

 

松永裕美


 

2017/07/10

 

 

松永裕美

 

 

姫路 麗


 

2017/07/09

 

優勝 谷川章子!

六甲クイーンズの前哨戦、承認大会・第37回神戸プロアマボウリングフェスティバルを、谷川章子が制す!

予選Aシフトを9位で通過した谷川でしたが、今年のプロテストトップ合格者・霜出佳奈を皮切りに、村田和子、小林あゆみらプロを次々撃破。アマチュア強豪の渡邊美和選手にも快勝し、優勝決定戦では同じ東海勢の丹羽由香梨との対戦に。ここで苦戦しつつもワンマーク差で丹羽を振り切り、優勝を手に入れました。

明日からの本大会でも活躍が期待されます!


 

2017/07/08

 

O'KEEFE EARNS TOP SEED AT 2017 PWBA ST. PETERSBURG-CLEARWATER OPEN

After a few frustrating weeks on the Professional Women's Bowling Association Tour, Shannon O'Keefe of O'Fallon, Illinois, got back to feeling like herself again, and it showed as she captured the No. 1 seed for the TV finals of the 2017 PWBA St. Petersburg-Clearwater Open.  

O'Keefe held the overall lead after the second round of qualifying at Seminole Lanes, and she never relinquished the top spot despite her 2-4 record during the match-play portion of the event Saturday. 

She topped the Group A standings with a 5,616 total, locking up a spot in the championship round, which will be taped for delayed broadcast Aug. 6 at Plano Super Bowl in Plano, Texas, and air on CBS Sports Network on Aug. 22.

O'Keefe withstood a potential challenge from Group B leader Giselle Poss of Montgomery, Illinois, who defeated defending champion Rocio Restrepo of Louisville, Ohio, in an epic position-round battle to clinch her first career PWBA TV appearance. 

Poss earned the No. 2 seed based on total pinfall, including bonus pins for each of her wins in match play (5,503). O'Keefe and Poss will be joined by No. 3 seed Danielle McEwan of Stony Point, New York, and No. 4 seed Clara Guerrero of Colombia. 

O'Keefe, 38, had been battling some issues in her physical game during the past few events, which contributed to her not cashing at the PWBA Greater Detroit Open and the Go Bowling PWBA Players Championship. The recovery period began last week at the PWBA Orlando Open, where she began to feel better and more confident with the help of her ball rep and husband, Bryan.  

With an extra set of eyes, O'Keefe focused on a different portion of her physical game each round and ultimately left Orlando with a top-five finish.

"When I start getting in trouble, my shoulders get overactive," O'Keefe said. "When I push the ball, I'll chase it with my right shoulder, and then I pull back a little bit and the ball gets stuck behind my back. I'll have a lot of shots where I'll miss a little right, and then I'll grab one. I was really just trying to tighten everything back up, making sure I just drop the ball from the spot in my pushaway, don't let my shoulder chase it into my swing and keep my left arm really stable. Those things are really important for my success."

This week, O'Keefe put it all together on the 40-foot Sport Bowling-certified lane condition and will make her first trip to television as a competitor in 2017. She claimed three titles in 2016, including her first professional singles title, but her time on TV this season has been as a sideline reporter on the PWBA telecasts.

"It just feels good," said O'Keefe, who won the Pepsi PWBA Lincoln Open last season as the No. 1 seed. "It feels good to know I haven't lost it. I missed back-to-back checks, and those little mental demons do come at you. You start thinking, 'Gosh, did I lose it? Do I still have what it takes?' because these young girls are really good. But, I'm still ok. I'm not the old lady yet. I just have to take it one shot at a time and fight my own mental demons, which everybody does." 

Poss, a recent graduate of Vanderbilt University and PWBA Tour rookie, entered the position round trailing Restrepo by 16 pins, which meant the winner of the match would earn an automatic TV bid. 

Both players began the match with six strikes, and both players saw their strings end in the seventh frame. Restrepo left a 2-8-10 split for an open frame, while Poss left a 4 pin, which she converted.

Poss, 22, opened in the ninth frame, chopping the 2-4-8 combination, and she needed a double and eight pins in the final frame to shut out Restrepo. Poss showed great poise after the open by tossing three strikes in the 10th frame for a 247-231 victory.
 
"I've been working a lot on my emotions, and after I have an open frame, I tend to have another open frame," said Poss, who was a 2017 National Tenpin Coaches Association First Team All-American. "I tried to calm myself down as quickly as possible with breathing. Plus, I had nothing to lose, so I just put it all out there for three shots. The third wasn't the best, but it struck, and I'm happy about that."

McEwan, 25, made the most of the PWBA's time in the state of Florida as she qualified for her second television show in as many weeks, this time defeating Stefanie Johnson of McKinney, Texas, 208-198, in the Group A stepladder final.

McEwan, who began to feel more like herself recently during the Tour's second major of the season, now will head to her home state of New York next week looking to qualify for a third consecutive TV appearance. McEwan earned the No. 2 seed for the finals of last week's PWBA Orlando Open.

"It started at the (Go Bowling) Players Championship, where I started to feel like myself again," said McEwan, who finished fourth at the 2017 PWBA Storm Sacramento Open. "I told myself to make every tournament for the rest of the season better than the last. So, that mentality has been helping me not put so much pressure on each individual event and instead just focus on improving myself."

Stefanie Johnson defeated two-time reigning PWBA Player of the Year Liz Johnson of Deerfield, Illinois, 219-159, in the Group A semifinal to advance. It was the first time this season Liz Johnson qualified for match play and did not advance to a television final. She has advanced to the championship round seven times in 2017.

Guerrero averaged 246 during the Group B stepladder finals and captured her spot by defeating Restrepo, her Team Colombia teammate, 244-204, in the final. It has been a tough year for Guerrero, who is battling a finger injury and has come up just shy of television in multiple events.
 
Guerrero, 35, couldn't hide her excitement after securing her return ticket to television.

"It feels amazing," Guerrero said. "I've been close twice, and it has been heartbreaking missing the show those times. It has been quite a season mentally, more than anything else. It feels amazing to be back. It feels amazing to get it done against such great players in the stepladder. Just to bowl great again feels amazing and I'm happy to be back on TV."

Guerrero defeated Erin McCarthy of Omaha, Nebraska, 248-227, in the Group B semifinal.

Competition this week at the PWBA St. Petersburg-Clearwater Open included two six-game qualifying blocks Friday at Seminole Lanes to determine the 32 players for Saturday's cashers' round.

An additional six-game block Saturday morning narrowed the field from the 32 cashers to 12 players for round-robin match play.

The 2017 PWBA Tour season continues next week with the Nationwide PWBA Rochester Open at AMF Gates Lanes in Rochester, New York.

Qualifying and match-play rounds of PWBA Tour events are broadcast on Xtra Frame, the exclusive online bowling channel for the Professional Bowlers Association.

 

谷合貴志がプロの部優勝!

先日の7月2日(日)に新東京ダイヤモンドボウルで開催されました承認大会・第39回関東オーディンプロアマオープントーナメントにて、谷合貴志がプロの部優勝を果たしました。

予選・準決勝・決勝の10Gトータルスコアで競われ、谷合は女子HDCPのアドバンテージを持つ鈴木理沙・近藤文美を相手に、一歩も退かぬ2,292ピンを打って優勝。

またアマチュアの部では内藤芳弘選手が優勝。2位の成川和利選手とともに、海外ツアーに招待されました。


 

2017/07/07

 

 

岡野秀幸
会場:コーシンボウル


 

2017/07/06

 

 

遠藤 誠
会場:川崎グランドボウル


 

2017/07/05

 

 

藤井信人
会場:宇都宮第二トーヨーボウル


 

2017/07/04

 

RAHMAN MAKES HISTORY AT PWBA WICHITA OPEN

Siti Rahman became the first Malaysian-born player to win a Professional Women's Bowling Association title by winning the 2017 PWBA Wichita Open. 

Rahman, the No. 2 seed, defeated Team Malaysia teammate Sin Li Jane, 221-170, to become the first Malaysian player to win on the PWBA Tour. The stepladder finals aired nationally Tuesday on CBS Sports Network. 

Rahman built an early 31-pin lead after Sin opened the match with three consecutive splits, and strikes in frames four and five for Rahman all but locked up the victory.

The 26-year-old right-hander remained clean throughout the game en route to her first PWBA title. Along with earning the championship, Rahman also captured a spot in the season-ending Smithfield PWBA Tour Championship to be held at Richmond International Raceway in Richmond, Virginia.

The win not only was a win for herself, but a win for her team and the country of Malaysia.

"I'm really happy and proud of myself for winning a PWBA title," said Rahman, who finished fourth at the 2017 Go Bowling PWBA Players Championship. "But, we are always happy for each other because we are all winners. If I win, if you win, we are still a team, and all of Team Malaysia are winners. This win is really prestigious for our country, Team Malaysia and our sports council."

Rahman's title almost never came to be as she tied with Colombia's Juliana Franco in the semifinal at 191. Who advanced to meet Sin was decided by a one-ball roll-off. 

As the higher seed, Rahman had choice of starting order and lane and chose to start the on the left lane. She left the 6 and 10 pins on her first offering, but Franco failed to top that, leaving the 1-2-4 combination. Rahman won the roll-off by a score of 8-7.

"I didn't expect to advance to the next round," Rahman said. "I threw an eight-count, and I was expecting her to roll something higher than me. When she didn't, I was really shocked. I was surprised and didn't know what to do."

Franco advanced to the semifinal match by defeating two-time reigning PWBA Player of the Year Liz Johnson, 172-154. Johnson, who won the Go Bowling PWBA Players Championship in June, was making her fourth consecutive TV finals appearance. 

All qualifying and match-play rounds of the PWBA Wichita Open were held at Northrock Lanes in Wichita, Kansas, on June 2-3.

The stepladder finals were held June 25 at the The Ashwaubenon Bowling Alley in Green Bay, Wisconsin, in conjunction with the Go Bowling PWBA Players Championship and the finals of the Pepsi PWBA Lincoln Open and PWBA Greater Detroit Open.

 

 

田形研吾
会場:星ヶ丘ボウル


 

2017/07/02

 

Kent Outlasts Barnes in Championship Match To Win Grand Casino Hotel & Resort PBA Oklahoma Open

In a title match that featured five lead changes, Marshall Kent of Yakima, Wash., outlasted 18-time PBA Tour winner Chris Barnes of Double Oak, Texas, to win the Grand Casino Hotel & Resort PBA Oklahoma Open Sunday for his second title of the season and fourth of his career.

With both players struggling to start the match, Kent fired four consecutive strikes in the ninth and 10th frames to defeat Barnes, 194-188, during the ESPN telecast contested on two specially-installed lanes in the Grand Hotel Event Center for his first win on national television.

“That was a lot harder than I wanted to work,” said the 24-year-old Kent, “but I’m grateful to be standing here as the winner. It’s a dream come true.”

With both players hampered by splits, Barnes held a 12-pin lead in the eighth frame but Kent was able to come back with strikes in the eighth, ninth and the first two in the 10th to clinch the win.

“The first half of the game I just didn’t throw the ball well,” Kent said. “I knew after the seventh frame I still had a chance but I had to buckle down and make good shots. Finally, I executed the way I should have and was fortunate to put those strikes together.”Kent, who was the top qualifier for the finals, averaging 227.4 for the tournament contested on four different PBA lane conditions, earned the opportunity to choose the lane conditions for both Saturday’s semi-final and Sunday’s championship stepladder rounds. He chose the 40-foot Bear lane condition for Saturday’s round but changed his selection to the 32-foot Wolf condition for the championship round.

“In the semi-final the right side (of the lane) got a little ugly and the guys were struggling,” Kent said. “It just didn’t develop the way I thought and felt I would have a more consistent reaction on the Wolf. I was good with my decision, I just had to execute.”

Kent had not won a match on television in six appearances which included three runner-up finishes that came in the 2016 U.S. Open, 2015 Wolf Open and 2013 Scorpion Open.

“This win was important for my confidence,” Kent said. “I proved I have the versatility to compete on a variety of lane conditions and I can win in a pressure situation.”

In the opening match, Barnes, who qualified fourth for the finals, defeated six-time Tour winner Jesper Svensson of Sweden, 190-149, who earned his berth in the championship round by winning Saturday’s semi-final round.

In the second match Barnes beat four-time Tour winner and No. 3 qualifier Rhino Page of Orlando, 206-185, to advance to the semi-final match where he beat three-time PBA Player of the Year Jason Belmonte of Australia, 256-218.

After a slow start in the tournament, finishing 28th after the first round and 12th after the third round earlier in the week, Belmonte surged to the no. 2 qualifying spot for the finals by averaging 256 in the fourth round on the 44-foot Oklahoma lane condition.

The next stop for the PBA Tour will be the Storm PBA/PWBA Striking Against Breast Cancer Mixed Doubles July 27-30 in Houston.


 

2017/07/01

 

Jesper Svensson Takes Grand Casino Hotel & Resort PBA Oklahoma Open Semi-final to Advance to Championship Round

Six-time PBA Tour winner Jesper Svensson of Sweden won the final semi-final round match of the Grand Casino Hotel & Resort PBA Oklahoma Open Saturday to earn a berth as the fifth qualifier for Sunday’s championship round at the Grand Casino Hotel & Resort in Shawnee, Okla.

The 2015 PBA Rookie of the Year, who was the no. 7 qualifier for the semi-final round, defeated no. 5 qualifier two-time Tour winner Thomas Larsen of Denmark in the fourth match, 192-160, which was conducted on the 40-foot Bear lane condition pattern on two specially-installed lanes in the Grand Hotel Event Center.

With his win, Svensson advanced to Sunday’s first match against no. 4 qualifier 18-time Tour winner Chris Barnes which will be telecast live on ESPN at noon CDT (1 p.m. ET).

Also competing in Sunday’s championship round will be four-time Tour winner Rhino Page, three-time PBA Player of the Year Jason Belmonte and tournament leader three-time winner and 2014 Rookie of the Year Marshall Kent.

As tournament leader, Kent earned the opportunity to select the lane conditions for both rounds but changed his selection from the Bear condition used Saturday to the 32-foot Wolf lane condition for Sunday’s championship round.

“Because this was a difficult lane condition, I played it safe and just concentrated on getting to the pocket,” Svensson said. “No matter what the lane condition is my mindset is just bowl better than my opponent and don’t worry about the scores.”

Saturday’s stepladder match featured players who qualified fifth through ninth with the winner earning the fifth spot in Sunday’s championship round.

In the first match no. 8 qualifier two-time Tour winner Tom Smallwood of Saginaw, Mich. beat two-time Tour winner no. 9 qualifier Tom Daugherty 232-211 in the opening match.

Svensson defeated Smallwood 213-201 in the second match to advance to the semi-final match where he beat reigning PBA Player of the Year EJ Tackett of Huntington, Ind., 179-150.

To get to this stage the top nine had to compete in four eight-game qualifying rounds on four different PBA lane conditions – 32-foot Wolf, 40-foot Bear, 52-foot Badger and 44-foot Oklahoma Open – at the FireLake Bowling Center.

 

 【PWBA】 PWBA Orlando Open

FINALISTS SET AT 2017 PWBA ORLANDO OPEN

Birgit Poppler may have been nearly 5,000 miles from Germany, but she felt right at home at Boardwalk Bowl on her way to the top seed for the finals of the 2017 Professional Women's Bowling Association Orlando Open.

The 30-year-old right-hander found success at the 80-lane bowling center nearly a decade ago and used that experience to find to comfort while averaging more than 221 against some of the best bowlers in the world over 24 games this weekend.

Poppler was fifth in the standings after Saturday's cashers' round at Boardwalk Bowl and posted a 6-0 record in match play to top the Group A standings with a 5,494 total, locking up a spot in the championship round, which will be taped for delayed broadcast Aug. 6 at Plano Super Bowl in Plano, Texas, and air on CBS Sports Network on Aug. 15.

The perfect effort helped Poppler outdistance Group B leader, Danielle McEwan of Stony Point, New York, who earned the No. 2 seed for the finals based on total pinfall, including bonus pins for each of her wins in match play (5,349).

McEwan sealed her spot on the show with a position-round win against Kelly Kulick of Union, New Jersey, as the two found themselves 29 pins apart heading into the final game. The 25-year-old right-hander closed with six consecutive strikes to win the finale, 221-207.

Poppler and McEwan will be joined in the finals by No. 3 Liz Johnson of Deerfield, Illinois, and No. 4 Stefanie Johnson of McKinney, Texas, who won their respective group stepladders Saturday to advance.

"I do feel great, of course, and I like that the center had some meaning to me, which helped me feel comfortable," said Poppler, who earned a doubles gold medal with Tina Hulsch at Boardwalk Bowl during the 2008 World Bowling Youth Championships. "I'm going to be staying here for three weeks, and I can't imagine a better start than this."

Throughout each block at Boardwalk Bowl this weekend, Poppler felt more confident in the later games and credits finally conquering the fresh 37-foot oil pattern as her secret to success.

"I struggled on the fresh all weekend, and since we were seeing it every round, I knew I needed to try something completely different, and it worked," said Poppler, who finished fourth in her PWBA television debut at the 2016 United States Bowling Congress Queens. "I felt comfortable in the later games, but being able to score on the fresh during match play really helped my confidence. I'm looking forward to being back on TV, and I hope I can continue to bowl well the next two weeks."

Poppler now will have to research flights for a return trip to the United States for the Aug. 6 television show.

While she is scheduled to compete in the upcoming PWBA St. Petersburg-Clearwater Open and Nationwide PWBA Rochester Open, she also is slated to represent Germany at the 2017 World Games in Poland from July 21-24.

The Johnsons, who are not related, experienced their own homecomings at Boardwalk Bowl this week, but for different reasons.

Liz Johnson, 43, has been at home under the TV lights this season and now has qualified for the show in seven of the year's nine events, including a streak of five consecutive TV appearances earlier in the season.

She was victorious at the PWBA Storm Sacramento Open and claimed the ninth major victory of her career last week at the 2017 Go Bowling PWBA Players Championship in Green Bay, Wisconsin.

Liz Johnson earned her spot on the PWBA Orlando Open show by defeating four-time PWBA Tour titlist Shannon O'Keefe of O'Fallon, Illinois, 226-203, in the Group A stepladder Saturday. O'Keefe earned the meeting with the two-time reigning PWBA Player of the Year with a nine-strike, 276-203, win against Erin McCarthy of Omaha, Nebraska.

Stefanie Johnson lists Boardwalk Bowl as the place where she truly became a competitor, both as a collegiate bowling standout at the nearby University of Central Florida and later while an employee at the center.

Things now will come full circle for the 33-year-old right-hander, who lives 16 miles from Plano Super Bowl and serves as the center's group sales manager.

She earned her spot in the Orlando Open championship round with a 214-190 win over Kulick, who won the PWBA Fountain Valley Open earlier in the season.

Johnson's place in the Group B final came after three clutch strikes in her final frame against Josie Earnest-Barnes of Nashville, Tennessee. Earnest-Barnes left a 7-10 split, her second of the match, in her own 10th frame, giving Johnson the opportunity to win. Johnson advanced by a score of 207-201.

All qualifying and match play at the 2017 PWBA Orlando Open were held this week at Boardwalk Bowl, while the stepladder finals at Plano Super Bowl will be one of four telecasts at the 2017 U.S. Women's Open, the third major of the season. The show will air Aug. 15 at 8:30 p.m. Eastern.

Competition this week at the PWBA Orlando Open included two six-game qualifying blocks Friday to determine the 32 players for Saturday's cashers' round. An additional six-game block Saturday morning narrowed the field from the 32 cashers to 12 players for round-robin match play.

The top prize for the 2017 Orlando Open will be $10,000.

The 2017 PWBA Tour season continues next week with the 2017 PWBA St. Petersburg-Clearwater Open at Seminole Lanes in Seminole, Florida.

Go to PWBA.com for more information about the PWBA Tour. Qualifying and match-play rounds of PWBA Tour events are broadcast on Xtra Frame, the exclusive online bowling channel for the Professional Bowlers Association.

All qualifying and match play rounds of PWBA Tour events are carried on Xtra Frame, the exclusive online bowling channel for the Professional Bowlers Association. Go to XtraFrame.TV for more information.


 

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