プロボウリング情報



2017/08/31

 

太田隆昌 優勝!

さる8月20日(日)、ジャンボボールにて2017KANAZAWAプロアマオープンが開催され、太田隆昌が優勝しましたことご報告致します。

予選8G、準決勝3Gを投球し、上位12名が決勝シュートアウトへ進出。Bシフトを1位で通過した太田は3位決定戦から参戦し、高橋延明と対戦。これを243対227で撃破し、内藤真裕実との優勝決定戦となりましたが、これをぴったりワンマーク差で下して大会制覇を果たしました。


 

2017/08/30

 

MCEWAN WINS 2017 NATIONWIDE PWBA ROCHESTER OPEN

After falling short in two recent opportunities to win the third title of her Professional Women’s Bowling Association Tour career, Danielle McEwan of Stony Point, New York, finally was able to find the winner’s circle in the last standard event of the 2017 season.

The 25-year-old right-hander topped fellow Team USA member Shannon Pluhowsky of Dayton, Ohio, 226-224, to win the 2017 Nationwide PWBA Rochester Open.

In the see-saw match, Pluhowsky jumped out to an early lead with four strikes in her first five frames, but a missed 10 pin in the sixth frame shifted the momentum in McEwan’s favor.

McEwan answered with strikes in frames seven through nine, and Pluhowsky struck in the eighth and ninth frames to set up the 10th frame most bowlers dream of – getting the chance to deliver in the final frame to win a professional title.

McEwan finished first, leaving a 10 pin on her first offering and a 7-10 split on the fill ball after the spare. That gave Pluhowsky, a 35-year-old left-hander, the opportunity to win her first official PWBA Tour title with two strikes and one pin.

The 17-time Team USA veteran threw the first shot for a strike. But, she nicked the ball return cover on her second shot, and, instead of stopping, she continued and left the 2-4 combination, allowing McEwan to win on the bench.

“I was pretty much down the whole match, but I tried to be optimistic after throwing the best shots I could in the 10th frame,” said McEwan, who won one title in each of the last two seasons (2015 and 2016). “It’s never a good feeling to sit down knowing it’s in the other player’s hands, especially at this level. I absolutely expected her to throw great shots in that situation, but I was fortunate to come away with the win.”

When McEwan qualified for the championship round of the PWBA Rochester Open, it was the third show she made in as many weeks and her fourth of the season. 

She suffered a couple of disappointing losses in the finals of the PWBA Orlando Open and PWBA St. Petersburg-Clearwater Open, where she finished third and fourth, respectively, and she entered the finals of the Rochester event motivated to end the streak on a positive note.

The win earned McEwan $10,000 and a spot in the season-ending Smithfield PWBA Tour Championship in Richmond, Virginia, a 16-player invitation-only event she won in 2015 for her first title. The tournament will include the winners and top point-earners from the 2017 PWBA Tour season.

Pluhowsky earned her spot in the title match of the Rochester Open with a 254-181 win against fellow southpaw Kristina Szczerbinski of North Tonawanda, New York, a former collegiate standout at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, who was making her first PWBA television appearance.

In the three seasons of the relaunched PWBA Tour, Pluhowsky has made nine championship-round appearances but continues to fall short on TV. She does have two major victories, the 2006 United States Bowling Congress Queens and the 2014 Bowling Proprietors’ Association of America All-Star, but an official PWBA win has eluded her.

“I bowled two good games on TV this time, and I feel like I’m getting closer, but it just hasn’t happened yet,” said Pluhowsky, who had three runner-up finishes in 2016. “I had a lot of fun out there, and I threw some really good shots. The result may have been disappointing, but I can see a lot of progress, too. You can’t learn if you’re not there, so I’ll keep doing everything I can to get into that position.”

Although Pluhowsky hasn’t won a title in 2017, her consistent performance earned her enough points to qualify for the PWBA Tour Championship, where she’ll have one more opportunity to win. 

In the opening game of the PWBA Rochester Open stepladder, Szczerbinski tossed four strikes in her first five frames to build a lead Colombia’s Clara Guerrero could not overcome. 

Although Guerrero, a PWBA major champion, started the match with two strikes, she was unable to knock down more than eight pins on her first shot the rest of the way, allowing Szczerbinski to notch her first TV win, 201-149.

All qualifying and match-play rounds of the Nationwide PWBA Rochester Open were held at Rochester’s AMF Gates Lanes, on July 14-15. The championship round was held Aug. 6 at Plano Super Bowl in conjunction with the live finals of the 2017 U.S. Women’s Open.

For more information on the PWBA Tour, visit PWBA.com.


 

2017/08/27

 

Rhino Page Ends Title Slump with PBA Xtra Frame Kenn-Feld Classic Win; EJ Tackett Claims Storm Cup

Rhino Page of Orlando, Fla., defeated rookie Chris Via of Springfield, Ohio, 190-173, to win his first Professional Bowlers Association singles title in seven years Sunday in the PBA Xtra Frame Kenn-Feld Group Classic at Pla-Mor Lanes.

Earlier in the event, EJ Tackett of Huntington, Ind., clinched the PBA Xtra Frame Storm Cup title in a finale without much drama.

The Kenn-Feld Classic championship match reflected the challenging scoring environment, where strings of strikes were rare and spares were at a premium. Via, the tournament leader coming into the title match, left a 2-10 split and opened in the first frame. Page returned the favor, leaving a 3-7-9 split and opening in the sixth frame.

After a ball change that resulted in a cross-over strike, Page tacked on another for the only double of match, taking a six-pin lead. Via then left a 4-9 split in the ninth and opened again. Needing a double in the 10th to force Page to mark in his final frame, the former Notre Dame College two-handed player got the first strike but not the second.

All Page needed was seven pins to end his title slump, and he threw a strike to lock up his fifth career title.

“I can’t even catch my breath,” Page said. “It feels so wonderful, I can’t even describe it. I can’t thank the guys who helped me keep my head up the past seven years.

“I think (Pla-Mor Lanes) is one place that shows it’s not always about the (lane conditioning) pattern, but the playing surface as well. It’s not like there were a lot of strikes to be had, so I relied on my spare game, and that was the key.”

In the opening match, Jason Sterner of Rockledge, Fla., struck on five of his first six shots and held a 36-pin lead, but lost his momentum when he left a 4-7-10 split and opened in the seventh frame. Given an opening, Joe Bailey, a 35-year-old veteran of PBA Central Region competition with one title, responded with a double, but needing a double in the 10th frame, he left the 3-4-6-7 split and opened. Sterner won, 209-179, but Bailey recorded his highest finish (fourth place) in 39 national tour events.

Sterner quickly became a victim of the challenging scoring environment in the semifinal match, dropping a 214-168 decision to Page, who started with a spare and three strikes, and stayed out of trouble the rest of the game to earn his shot at the title.

The Xtra Frame Kenn-Feld Classic was the final tournament in the seven-event PBA Xtra Frame Storm Cup series that awarded $50,000 in bonus prizes to the five points leaders, including $20,000 to Tackett as the points champion. Tackett came into Coldwater with a nine-point lead in the Storm Cup race, and picked up two more points with his 19th place finish.

As a testament to the difficulty of the event, Tackett had the highest finish among the four players who had a mathematical chance to win the Cup, but the other three failed to gain any ground. Because only the top 20 finishers in each tournament earn Storm Cup points, England’s Dom Barrett, who finished 65th; Marshall Kent of Yakima, Wash., who finished 58th, and Dick Allen of Columbia, S.C., who finished 76th in Coldwater, failed to win a point. Regardless, Barrett held on to second place for a $10,000 bonus, Kent wound up in a tie with Sean Rash of Montgomery, Ill., who finished sixth in Coldwater, for third place ($7,500 each) and Allen earned $5,000 for fifth place in the points race.

The entire Xtra Frame Tour and Storm Cup series was live streamed on PBA’s online bowling channel, Xtra Frame.

 

Jason Belmonte Wins PBA-WBT “Lucky Larsen Masters” in Sweden for 15th Career Title

Australia’s Jason Belmonte defeated Cameron Weier of Tacoma, Wash., 245-180, to win the PBA International-World Bowling Tour’s Storm Lucky Larsen Masters at Baltiska Bowlinghallen Sunday for his 15th career PBA Tour title.

Belmonte, 34, joined EJ Tackett of Huntington, Ind., as the only three-time PBA Tour title winners in 2017. Earlier in the year, Belmonte won the Barbasol PBA Players Championship and a record fourth USBC Masters title. His win in Sweden, a new event on the PBA International-WBT schedule, was his second international tour title. He also won the 2012 Australian Masters.

After qualifying first for the Malmo stepladder finals by 45 pins over Weier, Belmonte started the title match with two spares followed by a string of six strikes to build a lead Weier couldn’t overcome. Belmonte won the equivalent of $19,832 along with his title.

Weier, a 26-year-old former Robert Morris-Illinois collegiate star, won his only PBA Tour title in the 2015 Qatar Open. He defeated Finland’s Jari Ratia, 226-194, to advance to the title match.

The Malmo tournament – named for Swedish PBA star Martin Larsen – was a World Bowling Tour points event. The top three men and top three women in 2017 WBT points will bowl in the WBT Men’s and Women’s Finals, presented by the PBA, during the GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling IX, presented by Eldorado Reno Properties, on Nov. 19 in Reno, Nev. Two additional qualifying events – the WBT Thailand in September, and the PBA World Championship in Reno – remain on the schedule prior to the finals.


 

2017/08/26

 

Ohio’s Chris Via Takes First Round Lead In Xtra Frame Kenn-Feld Group Classic; Tackett Takes Storm Cup

In a tournament that is putting a player’s ability to navigate demanding lane conditions to the test, Team USA member and one-time PBA regional winner Chris Via of Springfield, Ohio, seemed to have found the key to success averaging 221 to lead the first round of the PBA Xtra Frame Kenn-Feld Group Classic, the final event of the 2017 PBA Xtra Frame Storm Cup series.

Reigning PBA Player of the Year EJ Tackett of Huntington, Ind., who has led the Storm Cup points race for most of the season, qualified 17th with 1,611 which was good enough to secure the Storm Cup title and the $20,000 in bonus money that goes with the crown.

Dom Barrett, Marshall Kent and Dick Allen, who were second through fourth in the Storm Cup standings, were still in contention heading into the tournament, but all three failed to advance to Sunday’s cashers’ round handing the crown to Tackett.

Tackett, who is trying for his fourth PBA Tour win of the season, is hoping to win the Kenn-Feld Group Classic for his first win in the seven-tournament Storm Cup series.

Competing on the Tournament of Champions lane condition at Pla-Mor Lanes, Via bowled games of 221, 244, 277, 233, 223, 188, 177 and 208 to lead 32 players from the original 96-player field into Sunday’s cashers’ round.

Via finished 67 pins ahead of Joe Bailey of Wooster, Ohio in second with 1,704, and Sean Rash of Montgomery, Ohio, who won last week’s Xtra Frame Gene Carter’s Pro Shop Classic for his 12th career PBA Tour title, in third with 1,691.

Rash, who ranks fifth in Storm Cup points, can move as high as second in the standings if he can win the tournament.

After Sunday morning’s cashers’ round the field will be cut to the top 16 players for match play beginning at 12:30 p.m. EDT which will determine the top four players for the stepladder finals at 3:30 p.m.

To catch all the action on PBA’s online bowling channel click on www.xtraframe.tv for subscription and schedule information.

 

宮澤拓哉選手がプロを抑えて大会制覇!

夏の終わりを飾るプロボウリング男子新人戦が本日その熱戦の幕を閉じました。今年は2015年プロ入りの54期生から今年デビューの56期生まで47名の新人プロが参戦。プロ入りから3年間、3回しか獲得のチャンスがない貴重なタイトルを巡り、火花を散らしました。

しかし参加するからには優勝を手に入れたいと願うのは、プロだけに止まりません。新人とはいえプロを相手に堂々と渡り合うアマチュア選手も多く、なかでも予選8G・準決勝6Gを投げてファイナルステージとなる決勝ラウンドロビンに宮澤拓哉選手と畑 秀明選手が進出を果たします。

そして最後のチャンスに奮起する54期生、竹本圭実・入口光司・佐藤昌徳・渡邊虎太郎・望月大士らもファイナルへ進出。最後の1枠は準決勝最終ゲームで圏外から飛び込んで来たただ一人の55期生・志摩竜太郎が手に入れました。

決勝ラウンドロビンではファイナル8名が総当たり戦で熾烈なポジション争いを展開。準決勝でトップに立った竹本が序盤はトップを守ったものの、中盤で志摩に逆転されると、さらに3位に転落。優勝争いに加わるには厳しい状況になってしまいます。

そんな竹本に代わってトップに立った志摩が一人負け無しで白星を重ねましたが、最終順位を確定するポジションマッチ直前の7G目、志摩に続いて2位に浮上していた宮澤選手がなんと今大会初にして唯一のパーフェクトを達成。この時点で志摩を抜き、トップの座を奪取します。

抜かれたとは言え志摩もいまだ黒星がなく、7戦全勝でポイントを稼いでおり、トップの宮澤選手との差はわずか13ポイント。さらに7G時点で2位の志摩と3位の望月とでは160ポイントの差があり、例えポジションマッチで望月がパーフェクトを達成して白星を挙げたとしても130ポイントにしかならない為、3位以下からの逆転はあり得ない状況とあり、宮澤選手と志摩、勝利した方がイコール優勝という展開となりました。

54期生で新人戦参加リミットまであと一年あるとしても、プロとしてアマチュア選手に優勝を許すわけにはいかない志摩。地元埼玉の応援を背に、ストライクでの滑り出しに成功します。

しかしアマチュア選手、弱冠20才の若い選手とは言え、16才で全日本ユースナショナル入りを果たしてから現在も日の丸を背負って戦っている宮澤選手。その引き出しは多く、志摩や多くのプロが苦戦するレーンにも果敢に挑み、3・4フレーム目でダブルに成功。5フレーム目はスプリットでオープンフレームとするも、続く6フレーム目から5連続ストライクを決め、左レーンに捕まってしまった志摩をスコア、ポイントともに大きく突き放して優勝を掴み取りました。

宮澤選手に完敗したものの、この戦いで多くを学び、自分の中の幅を広げられたと語った志摩。来年の新人戦はもちろん、今後のレギュラーツアーでも一層の活躍を見せてくれることでしょう。また志摩のみならず、この口惜しさをバネに新人プロ達が成長してくれることに期待が持たれます。

 

 

竹本 圭実


 

2017/08/25

 

 

土方 捷 選手

 

 

土方 捷 選手


 

2017/08/23

 

石原章夫 優勝!

センター創立25周年を記念して、先日の8月20日(日)に承認大会・アイキョーホームカップが千葉・アイキョーボウルにて開催されました。

予選6Gを投球後、0スタートで仕切り直して準々決勝・準決勝トータル6Gを投げて上位4名が決勝シュートアウトに進出。セミファイナルを勝ち抜いた石原章夫と市原竜太が優勝決定戦へ進出し、白熱の10フレ勝負を繰り広げた末に石原が勝利。ベテランの底力を見せつけました。


 

2017/08/22

 

O’KEEFE CLAIMS PWBA ST. PETERSBURG-CLEARWATER OPEN TITLE

Coming off a three-title season and then coaching her collegiate team to two national titles, Shannon O’Keefe of O’Fallon, Illinois, seemingly could do no wrong.

But bowling seems to have a way of challenging even the best players, and it took a little longer for O’Keefe to make her first television appearance of the 2017 Professional Women’s Bowling Association Tour season.

The top seed for the PWBA St. Petersburg-Clearwater Open, O’Keefe captured her fifth career PWBA title with a 202-200 victory over Colombia’s Clara Guerrero. The stepladder finals were televised Tuesday on CBS Sports Network.

When the final match reached the 10th frame, O’Keefe simply had to watch as Guerrero stepped up with an opportunity to take the title with two strikes and a nine-count. But Guerrero left the 4-6-7-10 combination and did not convert the spare. 

That left O’Keefe needing a spare and nine pins to take the match, and she took advantage of the opening to win the event and, in the process, turn around a troubling season.

“It’s been a challenging year,” O’Keefe said. “I missed the very first cut by seven pins, was frustrated by that, then dug my heels in and just had to grind every week. Then, in the middle of the season, I missed back-to-back cuts and was really upset. I don’t think I have been that upset over bowling, ever.”

Her thoughts went from questioning what she was doing to possibly taking a week off and going home. Instead, her husband, Bryan, worked with her each round of the PWBA Orlando Open, including practice sessions, giving her one goal on which to focus.

“He said to exaggerate my pushaway, then work on keeping my elbow a little tighter at the bottom, then the next round was keep my left arm really stable,” said O’Keefe, who coaches the McKendree women’s bowling team during the school year. “By the end of the tournament, it’s the best I have felt throwing the ball in a year and a half. And that just snowballed into the rest of the season.”

Guerrero, who has battled injuries since late last year, also was making her first TV appearance of the season and was attempting to climb the stepladder as the No. 4 seed.

In the opening match, Guerrero struck on four of her first six shots to get past Danielle McEwan of Stony Point, New York, 215-198.

Also making her first TV appearance was Giselle Poss of Montgomery, Illinois, a 2016-2017 National Tenpin Coaches Association first-team All-American at Vanderbilt competing in just her fourth PWBA event.

Poss held a slim lead heading into the seventh frame, but back-to-back open frames – missing a 7-pin and failing to convert the more difficult 2-4-8-10 combination – cut short her bid to advance as Guerrero took a 235-214 victory to reach the title match.

The qualifying and match-play rounds of the PWBA St. Petersburg-Clearwater Open took place July 6-8 at Seminole Lanes in Seminole, Florida. It was the second consecutive year Seminole Lanes hosted the tournament. The stepladder finals were one of three shows taped at Plano Super Bowl, in conjunction with the U.S. Women’s Open, for later broadcast on CBS Sports Network.

The finals of the PWBA Orlando Open aired Aug. 15, and the Nationwide PWBA Rochester Open finals will be broadcast on CBS Sports Network on Aug. 29 at 8 p.m. EDT.


 

2017/08/20

 

Sean Rash Wins 12th Career Title in PBA Xtra Frame Gene Carter’s Pro Shop Classic

Sean Rash of Montgomery, Ill., used a string of seven strikes to defeat reigning PBA Player of the Year EJ Tackett of Huntington, Ind., 257-223, to win the Professional Bowlers Association’s Xtra Frame Gene Carter’s Pro Shop Classic title Sunday at Mid-County Bowling and Entertainment Center for his 12th career PBA Tour title and first of the 2017 season.

Rash, who got a break by carrying a crossover strike in the middle of his string, earned $15,000 and 25 points in the PBA Xtra Frame Storm Cup points race, which moved him into fifth place heading into the season’s final event next weekend. Tackett solidified his hold on first place in the Storm Cup points race with 83 points, nine ahead of England’s Dom Barrett.

“EJ’s a great champion and he’s going to be for a long time,” Rash said of his opponent, noting his “Brooklyn” strike was a mistake.

“I got a little slow on that shot and grabbed it,” he said, “but I threw some good ones when I needed them. Winning never gets old.”

In the first stepladder match, Tackett escaped with a 206-204 win over Alex Cavagnaro of Massapequa, N.Y., when Cavagnaro left a 10 pin after striking on his first shot in the 10th frame. Cavagnaro, in his PBA Tour stepladder debut at age 33, was a member of the “Dead Money” team that won the PBA Team Challenge in Las Vegas in 2015. Tackett, who left three 7 pins on pocket hits – missing one of the spares in the fifth frame – struck out in his 10th frame to put the pressure on Cavagnaro to double in his half of the final frame.

In the semifinal match, Tackett started with three strikes and jumped out to a 45-pin lead when PBA Tour rookie Andrew Anderson of Holly, Mich., left 3-6-7-10 split in the fifth frame followed by the 2-8-10 in the sixth, failing to convert both. Despite missing a 2 pin spare in the seventh frame and a late four-strike rally by Anderson, Tackett raced away to a 223-200 victory.

The Xtra Frame Gene Carter’s Pro Shop Classic was the sixth tournament in the seven-event PBA Xtra Frame Storm Cup series that will award $50,000 in bonus prizes to the five points leaders. Behind Tackett and Barrett (74 points) in the race for the top five spots are Marshall Kent of Yakima, Wash. (69); Dick Allen of Columbia, S.C. (59) and Rash (54). Tom Daugherty of Riverview, Fla., is five points behind Rash.

The Storm Cup series concludes with the PBA Xtra Frame Kenn-Feld Group Classic at Pla-Mor Lanes in Coldwater, Ohio, next Saturday and Sunday. The entire tournament will be live streamed on PBA’s online bowling channel, Xtra Frame. For Xtra Frame subscription information, visit xtraframe.tv.

 


川添 奨太


Cashers' Round

第20位

$700 獲得

 


 

2017/08/19

 

Jones, Kent Lead PBA Xtra Frame Gene Carter’s Pro Shop Classic First Round

Eighteen-time PBA Tour winner Tommy Jones of Simpsonville, S.C., averaged 238 for seven games Saturday to lead 50 players who advanced to Sunday’s cashers’ qualifying round in the PBA Xtra Frame Gene Carter’s Pro Shop Classic at Mid-County Bowling and Entertainment Center.

Jones bowled a 1,669 seven-game pinfall total to lead Marshall Kent of Yakima, Wash., who finished the round in second just one pin behind with 1,668. Starting the round with a 299, Jones recovered after a 191 in the second game with games of 204, 262, 237, 256 and 220.

Kent is currently in second in the PBA Xtra Frame Storm Cup points race trailing reigning PBA Player of the Year EJ Tackett of Huntington, Ind., by two points with one event to go after the Gene Carter’s Pro Shop Classic. Tackett finished eighth in the first round with 1,610.

Kent owns two PBA Tour titles this season winning the Grand Casino Hotel & Resort PBA Oklahoma Open and the Xtra Frame Lubbock Sports Open. Jones, who is trying for his first win of the season, finished second in the FireLake PBA Tournament of Champions in February.

Tackett, who has three Tour wins this season including the Tournament of Champions, is trying for his first Storm Cup Tour event win this year but has three top-five finishes in the last four events including a second to Kent in the Lubbock Sports Open.

The Xtra Frame Storm Cup series concludes with the Xtra Frame Kenn-Feld Group Classic from Pla-Mor Lanes in Coldwater, Ohio, Aug. 26-27. At the conclusion of the tournament $50,000 in Storm Cup bonus money will be awarded.

Rounding out the Gene Carter’s Pro Shop Classic top five are Tim Foy Jr., Seaford, Del., 1,655; last week’s Chesapeake Open winner Dick Allen, Columbia, S.C., 1,651, and four-time PBA Tour winner Ronnie Russell, Marion, Ind., 1,633.

Allen also is in contention in the Storm Cup Points race just five pins behind Tackett. Five-time Tour winner Dom Barrett of England, who is third on the points list four points behind Tackett, finished the first round in 11th with 1,602.

After Sunday’s cashers’ round the field will be cut to the top 16 players for match play beginning at 1 p.m. EDT which will determine the top four players for the stepladder finals at 6:30 p.m.

The Xtra Frame Storm Cup series concludes with the Kenn-Feld Group Classic from Pla-Mor Lanes in Coldwater, Ohio, Aug. 26-27. At the conclusion of the tournament $50,000 in in Storm Cup bonus money will be awarded.

To catch all the action on PBA’s online bowling channel click on www.xtraframe.tv for subscription and schedule information.

 


川添 奨太


予選

第19位

Cashers' Round
進出

7G 1554
Average 222.00

 

 

長谷川真実 優勝!

夏休みまっさかりの8月11日(金祝)に、イーグルボウル(大阪)にて承認大会・第3回レジェンドカップが開催され、長谷川真実が優勝しましたことご報告致します。

予選6G・準決勝3Gを投げて9位で決勝トーナメントに進出した長谷川は、1回戦から勝ち上がりセミファイナルで上田晋也と対戦。スクラッチでも50ピン以上の大差をつけて上田を下すと、上田菜帆選手との優勝決定戦へと駒を進めます。

今年4月に同じくイーグルボウルで開催された承認大会でも優勝した上田選手を相手に、長谷川は滑り出しから5連続ストライクを決めてリード。最後まで上田選手を寄せ付けず、ぶっちぎりの優勝となりました。


 

2017/08/15

 

STEFANIE JOHNSON CAPTURES PWBA ORLANDO OPEN TITLE IN HER RETURN

Missing the first eight events of the 2017 Professional Women’s Bowling Association Tour season didn’t keep Stefanie Johnson of McKinney, Texas, from punching her ticket to the season-ending Smithfield PWBA Tour Championship.

Returning to the PWBA Tour following maternity leave, Johnson didn’t skip a beat as she climbed the stepladder to claim her second career PWBA title with a 189-184 victory over Germany’s Birgit Poppler in the title match of the PWBA Orlando Open.

The Johnson family grew to four in March, as Stefanie, her husband, Chris, and their son, Levi, welcomed Kenzie in March. Two months after her daughter was born, Stefanie was cleared to bowl and made the PWBA Orlando Open her first competitive event because it, too, represented family.

Qualifying and match play rounds were held at Boardwalk Bowl in Orlando, Florida, with the stepladder finals taking place at Plano Super Bowl, where Johnson is the center’s group sales manager. The finals aired Tuesday on CBS Sports Network.

“I’m kind of at a loss for words because I started it in Orlando, which was my first tournament back, and where I really fell in love with bowling at UCF (University of Central Florida),” Johnson said. “I worked there, I bowled there … I lived there. To start it there and finish it here, my new home, I just don’t know how it could be any better.”

The title match saw Johnson and Poppler match strike for strike in the opening frames, before Johnson left the 4-9 split in the fourth frame and failed to convert it. A 7-10 split for Poppler in the fifth fame allowed Johnson to get right back in the game.

In the eighth frame, Poppler left the 3-4-6-7-9-10 combination, getting only three more for her second open frame, and Johnson took advantage with back-to-back spares. She would step up in the 10th frame needing just eight pins for the title.

“It was the lowest scoring of the matches, but I love having to be up and know what I need to do,” Johnson said. “I knew at that point, if I got count, I was OK. Having it in your hands is more special to me, because you are holding your fate.”

As the No. 4 qualifier, Johnson opened the stepladder finals against two-time reigning PWBA Player of the Year Liz Johnson of Deerfield, Illinois, who was coming off her sixth U.S. Women’s Open title. Strikes in frames five through nine allowed Stefanie to advance with a 210-176 victory.

Her next match against Danielle McEwan of Stony Point, New York, was close through the first seven frames. While McEwan would close with back-to-back strikes, a spare and nine-count, Johnson rolled five consecutive strikes to win, 245-216, and advance to the title match.

Johnson said the finals were a great opportunity to showcase the PWBA to her friends.

“My support here (at Plano Super Bowl) goes beyond my family,” said Johnson, who earned a spot in the 16-player Smithfield PWBA Tour Championship field with her victory. “It’s just exciting to be able to perform at that level in front of them, so they can see first-hand how it actually is. I’m glad they got to sit under the lights, see the emotion, the back and forth, the tension, the quietness – all the factors.”

Competition at the 2017 PWBA Orlando Open included two six-game qualifying blocks to determine the 32 players for the six-game cashers’ round. The top 12 players then advanced to round-robin match play based in their 18-game pinfall totals.

The final round of the Orlando Open was one of three PWBA standard-event finals taped for broadcast at Plano Super Bowl in conjunction with the U.S. Women’s Open.

The PWBA St. Petersburg-Clearwater Open will air Tuesday, Aug. 22, at 8:30 p.m. Eastern, and the Nationwide PWBA Rochester Open will be televised on Tuesday, Aug. 29, at 8 p.m. Eastern, both on CBS Sports Network.

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

 

久保田彩花 & 田中清隆選手チームが優勝!

先日の8月5日(土)~6日(日)の2日間にわたり、ユーズボウル久留米(福岡)にて承認大会・第2回 ドリーム!プロアマミックスダブルスチャリティトーナメントが開催されました。

プロとアマ、男女1名ずつでペアを組み、チームトータルピンで競われ、0スタートの決勝4Gにてチームで1,816ピンを打った久保田彩花&田中清隆選手チームが優勝しました。

またチャリティー大会も行われ、こちらは身障者の選手とプロボウラーがペアを組み、スカッチダブルスにて2Gを投球。優勝を争った三浦美里 & 杉本真嵩選手チームと、玉城妙子 & 中島正博選手チームはその差たったの1ピンで三浦 & 杉本選手チームの勝利となりました。


 

2017/08/13

 

Dick Allen Ends Six-Year Title Drought with Victory in PBA Xtra Frame Chesapeake Open

Dick Allen of Columbia, S.C., defeated top qualifier Ryan Ciminelli of Cheektowaga, N.Y., 205-176, to win his fourth Professional Bowlers Association Tour title Sunday in the PBA Xtra Frame Chesapeake Open at AMF Western Branch Lanes.

Allen, who won his most recent PBA Tour title in Indianapolis in 2011, was in or near the lead throughout the final stages of qualifying before surrendering the lead to Ciminelli in the final qualifying game. But making the finals as the no. 2 qualifier was fine with Allen, who knew he would at least get a shot at ending his six-year title drought.

“I’ve been close a couple of times,” Allen said, “but after coming so close (a third-place finish in the (Mark Roth-Marshall Holman PBA Doubles Championship) with Zeke (Bayt) made me want to really focus on my game, so I’ve been working at it.

“These young kids out here now are so good, you really have to work at it if you want to win again. And I love to bowl, and I wanted to win again.”

Allen and Bayt finished third in the Roth-Holman Doubles event in Portland, Maine, in April for Allen’s best finish since a runner-up finish in the 2014 Cheetah Championship in Las Vegas.

In the championship match, Ciminelli never got comfortable. He failed to convert the 3-5-6-10 in the second frame, and didn’t throw his first strike until the sixth frame. He got his second strike in the seventh frame, but then left a 7 pin – his fifth single pin leave. In the meantime, Allen’s early double was followed by a 2-8-10 split. And then a turkey was followed by a 4-7-10 split, giving Ciminelli a fighting chance. But the Cheektowaga left-hander left a 4-10 split in the ninth frame and his comeback hopes evaporated.

“The guy’s a great bowler, but I definitely left it open for him,” Allen said of his match with Ciminelli. “I was fortunate to escape this time. You don’t escape those moments very often out there.”

In the first stepladder match between a pair of 23-year-old PBA newcomers, Anthony Caso of Spring Hill, Fla., eliminated five-time Puerto Rico national team member Cristian Azcona, 244-219. Caso struck on five of his first six shots, held a 37-pin lead after Azcona failed to convert the 3-6-10 in the seventh frame, and doubled in the ninth and 10th frames to clinch the win.

Allen, a 38-year-old, 18-year PBA Tour veteran, eliminated Caso in almost identical fashion in the semifinal match, 228-201. Allen started the contest with five strikes on his first six attempts while Caso, a third-year PBA member who was bowling in only his second PBA Tour event, struggled to find the pocket until the final two frames.

The Xtra Frame Chesapeake Open was the fifth tournament in the seven-event PBA Xtra Frame Storm Cup series that will award $50,000 in bonus prizes to the five points leaders. With his win, Allen will be in the thick of the race heading into the Xtra Frame Gene Carter’s Pro Shop Classic from Mid-County Bowling and Entertainment in Middletown, Del., Aug. 19-20, and the series finale, the PBA Xtra Frame Kenn-Feld Group Classic at Pla-Mor Lanes in Coldwater, Ohio, Aug. 26-27.

Both events will be live streamed on PBA’s online bowling channel, Xtra Frame. For Xtra Frame subscription information, visit xtraframe.tv.


 


川添 奨太


Cashers' Round

第21位

$760 獲得

 


 

2017/08/12

 

Ryan Ciminelli Averages 239.25 to Lead PBA Xtra Frame Chesapeake Open Qualifiers into Cashers Rounds

Ryan Ciminelli of Cheektowaga, N.Y., averaged 239.25 Saturday to take the first-round qualifying lead in the Professional Bowlers Association’s Xtra Frame Chesapeake Open at AMF Western Branch Lanes by 34 pins over Anthony Caso of Spring Hill, Fla.

Ciminelli, a seven-time PBA Tour champion, rolled games of 258, 248, 249, 202, 240, 230, 219 and 268 for an eight-game total of 1,914 pins on a lane condition that proved to be a test of mental and physical skills for the field of 130 PBA members and regional amateur bowlers. Caso, a third-year PBA member who won his first PBA title in a PBA South Region tournament in his home town late July, averaged 235 to finish with 1,880 pins.

Josh Blanchard of Mesa, Ariz., was third with 1,866 pins followed by Rhino Page of Orlando, Fla., with a 1,826 total and Andres Gomez of Colombia in fifth with a 1,792 total.

The top 43 qualifiers will return for a four-game cashers round Sunday at 8:30 a.m. The top 16 after 12 games will advance to a three-game Round of 16 at 11:30 a.m. Based on 15-game totals, the top eight will bowl another two games with pinfall totals based on 17 games determining the top four for the 3 p.m. stepladder finals. All times are Eastern.

All rounds Sunday will be live streamed on PBA’s online bowling channel, Xtra Frame. For Xtra Frame subscription information, visit xtraframe.tv.

The Xtra Frame Chesapeake Open is the fifth tournament in the seven-event Xtra Frame Storm Cup series that will award $50,000 in bonus prizes to the five points leaders following the Xtra Frame Gene Carter’s Pro Shop Classic from Mid-County Bowling and Entertainment in Middletown, Del., Aug. 19-20, and the PBA Xtra Frame Kenn-Feld Group Classic at Pla-Mor Lanes in Coldwater, Ohio, Aug. 26-27.

Among players advancing to the cashers round were the top four players in the PBA Xtra Frame Storm Cup points race: points leader EJ Tackett, Huntington, Ind., in 15th place; co-holders of second place in points, Dom Barrett of England (16th) and Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash. (13th), and Blanchard, who currently is fourth in points. PBA members who finish among the top 20 in Chesapeake will earn points in the Storm Cup series.

 


川添 奨太


予選

第34位

Cashers' Round
進出

8G 1632
Average 204.00

 

 

Darryl Bower Throws Last Six Strikes in Title Match to Win PBA60 Dick Weber Championship

Darryl Bower of Middletown, Pa., threw the last six strikes in the championship match to win the PBA60 Dick Weber Championship presented by Hammer Saturday at Pro Bowl West for his first PBA60 national title.

Bower defeated the stepladder finals’ top qualifier Dave Axon of Bellevue, Neb., 255-208, to win the last of three PBA60 events for players 60 and older during the season.

Bower, a 61-year-old bowling proprietor, held a commanding lead until the sixth frame when he left the 4-6-7 split opening the door for Axon who was trying for his first national title. But then Bower made a small adjustment which enabled him to put the string of strikes together to seal the match.

“Being able to throw the ball straight and fairly slow allowed me to repeat shots,” Bower said. “I had that one bad shot in the sixth frame but I made a small adjustment by moving my feet to the left on the approach and that’s all I needed to get the ball back to the pocket.”

The win was Bower’s second national PBA title. He won the PBA Tour’s 1985 PBA True Value Open which was held in Indianapolis.

“Indiana has been good to me,” said Bower. “My PBA Tour win came in Indianapolis and now I’ve got a senior win here in Fort Wayne. I’m looking forward to coming back.”

Bower’s best finish on the PBA50 Tour was fifth in the 2012 PBA50 Senior Dayton Classic.

Bower, who qualified third for the finals, defeated No. 5 qualifier Hugh Miller of Mercer Island, Wash., 280-192, in the second stepladder match before advancing to the semi-final where he beat 2008 USBC Senior Masters winner Kenny Parks of Hammond, Ind., 234-206.

Miller, a seven-time PBA Tour and three-time PBA50 Tour winner, posted an 11-1 match play record to make it to the finals.

In the opening match, Miller beat three-time PBA Tour and two-time PBA50 Tour winner Charlie Tapp of Kalamazoo, Mich., 222-193.

The winner of the two previous PBA60 events this season were PBA Hall of Famer and four-time PBA50 Tour Player of the Year Tom Baker who won the season-opening PBA60 Killer ‘B’ Open and two-time PBA50 Player of the Year and reigning PBA60 Player of the Year Ron Mohr, who won the Super Senior Classic.


 

2017/08/11

 

森 彩奈江 優勝!

さる7月22日(土)~23日(日)の2日間にわたり、ボウルアピア郡山(福島)にて承認大会・ウェルズホーム杯福島オープン2017が開催され、森 彩奈江が優勝致しました。

予選1位通過の森は、決勝トーナメント3回戦から参戦し、板倉奈智美と対戦。266対245の激闘の末に板倉を倒し、優勝決定戦では角田照彦選手を相手に255ピンのビッグゲームを打って勝利しました。


 

2017/08/09

 

北原泰輔選手 優勝!

先日の7月29日(土)・30日(日)の2日間にわたり、承認大会・熊本地震復興支援がまだせ!熊本ボウリングトーナメントが開催されました。

九州で活動するプロ、及び熊本出身のプロが中心となり、29日に熊本県内9センターで行われた予選では、ダブルス戦4G・個人戦4Gを投げて全センター合計プロ28名・アマ84名を選出。続く30日はパスカワールド宇土店にて決勝戦が行われました。

決勝トーナメントでは川口富美恵や前田充彦らを撃破した予選1位通過の髙淵常志と、アマチュアの北原泰輔選手が対戦。ここまでハイゲームを連発した髙淵でしたが、優勝決定戦ではスコアを伸ばせず、北原選手が髙淵に30ピン以上の差を付けて優勝となりました。


 

2017/08/08

 

Pete Weber Wins PBA50 DeHayes Insurance Group Championship for 100th Career PBA Title
Brian LeClair Wins PBA50 Player of the Year Crown

PBA Hall of Famer Pete Weber won the PBA50 DeHayes Insurance Group Championship presented by Pro Bowl West and Ebonite for his 100th overall title in PBA competition Tuesday, and Brian LeClair of Delmar, N.Y., survived challenges from Norm Duke and Parker Bohn III to win his first PBA50 Player of the Year crown.

Weber, who was the top seed for the finals, won his first PBA50 Tour title of the season by defeating Duke in the title match, 279-255, for his 11th career title on the tour for players 50 years and older.

“I thought it could come at any time but I might have taken it for granted a little bit,” said Weber of his 100th overall win. “You have to earn it – you can’t expect it.

“It’s been a humbling experience this year,” Weber admitted of his otherwise disappointing season in which his previous best finish was third in the USBC Senior Masters. “You’re going to have the down times no matter who you are. You have to take the good with the bad.”

Weber, the 2015 and 2016 PBA50 Player of the Year, has won 37 PBA Tour titles, 48 PBA regional and four PBA50 regional titles in addition to his 11 on the PBA50 Tour. His 100 titles ranks second behind fellow hall of famer Walter Ray Williams Jr. who has 102 titles overall in PBA competition.

Both Weber and Duke got off to strong starts in the championship match. Weber started with the first seven strikes before leaving a solid nine pin in the eighth frame. Duke, who was also on a string of strikes, left a pocket 7-10 split in the eighth frame which pretty much ended his hopes for the win.

“I knew going in it was going to take a 260 game against Norm and fortunately I bowled 270,” Weber said. “I needed every bit of it because every time I bowl Norm, we always have a great match and it seems like it’s always a battle.”

Weber’s title also moved him into a tie for fifth with Williams and Gene Stus on the all-time PBA50 Tour titles list.

Duke, who qualified third for the finals, needed a win to overtake LeClair in the player of the year point race. LeClair, who finished seventh in the tournament, was the only player to win more than one title during the season winning the Pasco County Florida Open and Johnny Petraglia BVL Opens. He also had a second-place finish in the Suncoast PBA Senior U.S. Open.

In the opening match of the final tournament of the season, Bohn, trying for his second consecutive title of the season after winning last week’s Dave Small’s Championship Lanes Classic, defeated Williams, the 2017 USBC Senior Masters winner, 212-206.

In the second match, Duke defeated Bohn 224-217 to advance to the semi-final match where he beat hall of famer Amleto Monacelli, 268-224. Both Duke and Monacelli were also trying for their second titles of the season. With a win Bohn could have also won the PBA50 Player of the Year crown.

In all, the five championship round finalists represented a combined 177 PBA Tour and 38 PBA50 Tour titles.

Finishing in the top eight in PBA50 points, LeClair, Duke, Bohn, Bob Learn Jr., Michael Haugen Jr., Williams, Monacelli and Ron Mohr earned the opportunity to compete in the PBA50 Challenge which will be held in conjunction with GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling IX presented by Eldorado Reno Properties this November.

PBA players 60 and older will wrap up their season with the PBA60 Dick Weber Championship presented by Hammer which begins with first round qualifying Thursday at 4 p.m. EDT.


 

2017/08/06

 

LIZ JOHNSON WINS 2017 U.S. WOMEN'S OPEN FOR 10TH MAJOR TITLE

United States Bowling Congress Hall of Famer Liz Johnson of Deerfield, Illinois, just bought a house and is in the process of permanently relocating from New York to Illinois, and she'll now need to make some room in her new place for a couple more trophies.

The 43-year-old right-hander defeated Poland's Daria Pajak, 188-176, to win the 2017 U.S. Women's Open at Plano Super Bowl on Sunday, marking the fourth consecutive time, and sixth time in her career, she has claimed the coveted green jacket. 

The win, which was broadcast live on CBS Sports Network, was the record 10th major victory of her career and second of the season. She earned $20,000 for the win, and Pajak took home $10,000 for the runner-up finish.

The two-time reigning Professional Women's Bowling Association Player of the Year, Johnson won the Go Bowling PWBA Players Championship in June and also claimed a standard PWBA title earlier in the year at the 2017 PWBA Storm Sacramento Open.

USBC Hall of Famer Marion Ladewig won the U.S. Women's Open a record eight times, including five straight, starting with the inaugural edition in 1949.

On the way to the win Sunday, Johnson threw two doubles to stay head of Pajak, who rolled a pair perfect games and averaged more than 229 this week to earn the top seed for the championship round. 

Johnson needed just two pins in her final frame to secure the win and sealed it with a six-count on her first delivery.

She now is a formal trophy presentation away from her third consecutive PWBA Player of the Year award, which is based on competition points from the 13 of the season's 14 events.

"It's probably cliché, but it's a dream-come-true season," said Johnson, who was the runner-up to Latvia's Diana Zavjalova at the 2017 USBC Queens in May. "I never could've thought about winning two majors and finishing second in the third one, along with the possibility of a third player of the year, and I can't put into words the season I've had. With all the talent we have out here on the Tour, to be in the position I'm in is the best feeling in the world."

Johnson entered Sunday's live TV finals as the No. 5 seed and defeated four talented young players to climb the ladder for the second consecutive year. 

"Climbing up the ladder always is tough, and a couple of times I thought there was no way it was going to happen," Johnson said. "I was close early and then found my look, but in the third match, I lost my feel a little bit. I had to take a step back mentally, take some deep breaths and just focus on making better shots. It was a little more of a grind today than we saw during the week, and that's when experience really helps. Sometimes, you have to expect the unexpected."

Pajak was looking to become the first international player since 1982 to win the U.S. Women's Open. Japan's Shinobu Saitoh was the first and only other to do so, defeating USBC Hall of Famer Robin Romeo, who went on to win the event in 1989.

Pajak is in contention for the 2017 PWBA Rookie of the Year Award, which will be decided at the season-ending Smithfield PWBA Tour Championship, the fourth major on the 2017 PWBA Tour schedule and an invitation-only event that features eligible champions and the top point-earners from the current season. 

The 24-year-old right-hander earned a spot in the PWBA Tour Championship with a win at the recent PWBA Greater Detroit Open, the first title of her PWBA career.

"I lost to the best bowler in the world, ever," Pajak said. "Liz is probably - not probably, she is the best bowler in the world. I could never take advantage of the fact she was missing a little bit. I'm upset that at the time I really needed to carry, I didn't, because I felt that could have changed the game. I don't like losing in the ninth frame, but it is what it is."

On the way to the seventh U.S. Women's Open championship match of her career, Johnson needed to fill 15 pins in her final frame to get past Team USA member Erin McCarthy of Omaha, Nebraska. 

Johnson left, and converted, the 3-6 combination on her first offering and then tossed a crossover strike to earn a spot in the final by a 199-195 margin.

Throughout match play this week at Plano Super Bowl, McCarthy suffered from severe back spasms and was unable to sit during the match. 

She led by 26 pins after five frames, before missing a 3-10 split in the sixth frame slowed her momentum and allowed Johnson to take the lead with strikes in frames seven through nine.

The semifinal between Johnson and McCarthy was rematch of the title tilt at the 2015 Queens, where Johnson defeated McCarthy, the top seed, to win her second Queens tiara.

Prior to meeting with McCarthy, Johnson found herself down nine pins at the halfway point of her match against Canada's Valerie Bercier, but she tossed six consecutive strikes, starting in the fifth frame, to outdistance the former University of Nebraska standout, 255-223.

The day's opening match featured just seven strikes between the two players, but nine consecutive clean frames from Johnson to start helped her sneak past Nicole Trudell of Bridgeport, Connecticut, 191-178. 

Back-to-back splits from Trudell in the seventh and eighth frames, including a 7-10 in the latter, proved to be her undoing, despite Johnson leaving, and missing, a split of her own in the final frame.

The 2017 U.S. Women's Open started with 114 competitors, who each bowled 24 games of qualifying over three days before the field was cut to the top 38 for Friday's eight-game cashers' round.

The 32-game pinfall totals determined the 24 bowlers for match play, while their 56-game totals, including 30 bonus pins for each win, decided the five players for the TV show. There were 10 perfect games this week, with Pajak (two) and Johnson among them.

The championship round of the U.S. Women's Open was one of four finals contested Sunday at Plano Super Bowl. 

The finals of the 2017 PWBA Orlando Open, PWBA St. Petersburg-Clearwater Open and Nationwide PWBA Rochester Open were taped for broadcast on CBS Sports Network on Aug. 15, Aug. 22 and Aug. 29, respectively.

All qualifying and match play rounds of the 2017 U.S. Women's Open were broadcast live on Xtra Frame, the online bowling channel of the Professional Bowlers Association.


 

2017/08/05

 

PAJAK EARNS TOP SEED FOR TV AT 2017 U.S. WOMEN'S OPEN

Over the past year, Poland's Daria Pajak has matured from a green competitor on the Professional Women's Bowling Association Tour to a confident contender.

This week, the PWBA Rookie-of-the-Year candidate rolled a pair of perfect games and outlasted more than 100 of the best female bowlers in the world to earn the top seed for the finals of the 2017 U.S. Women's Open at Plano Super Bowl. With one win Sunday on CBS Sports Network, the only thing green about her would be the coveted jacket she'd earn as the event's champion.

The U.S. Women's Open is the third of four majors on the 2017 PWBA Tour schedule and will conclude live on CBS Sports Network on Sunday, starting at noon Eastern. The winner also will take home $20,000.

Pajak, a 24-year-old right-hander, averaged more than 229 over 56 games and posted a 16-8 match-play record to earn the No. 1 spot with a 13,331 pinfall total, which includes 30 bonus pins for each win in match play.

Team USA member Erin McCarthy of Omaha, Nebraska, never was far behind, despite severe back spasms during the final round of match play Saturday night, and claimed the No. 2 seed for the TV show with a 13,151 total.

Canada's Valerie Bercier and Nicole Trudell of Bridgeport, Connecticut, each will make their first television appearances as the No. 3 (13,096) and No. 4 (13,044) seeds, respectively.

The final spot in the stepladder belongs to United States Bowling Congress Hall of Famer and three-time defending U.S. Women's Open champion Liz Johnson of Deerfield, Illinois (13,026), who will be making her 11th TV appearance at the U.S. Women's Open alone and looks to climb the stepladder for the second consecutive year.

"I don't think any of this really is sinking in yet, but I am already very proud of what I've accomplished this week, especially since I feel I was able to do this well without using my A-game," said Pajak, who won the 2017 PWBA Greater Detroit Open for her first PWBA title. "Going into the show, I just want to enjoy the experience. I will focus on my breathing and being committed to every shot, and hopefully the pins will fall my way for one more game."

The 2017 event marked Pajak's third appearance at the U.S. Women's Open, and she has improved each year, proving that her hard work is paying off. She was 62nd in her debut in 2015 and finished 23rd in 2016.

Making match play at last year's event in Addison, Illinois, was among the most important learning experiences of her career. As the event wound down, and she knew making the TV show was not possible, she used the opportunity to play a part of the lane she was not familiar with (left of the fifth arrow), and doing so helped her journey to becoming a more versatile player.

Ultimately, this year's Greater Detroit Open was the turning point in her career, not because she won the event after considering not even going, but because she rolled her first perfect game at a time she felt she was performing less than perfectly.

"I think that first 300 changed me the most as a bowler because it showed me I don't have to be perfect all the time to be successful," Pajak said. "I shot 300 and made the show when I did not feel perfect physically, and that has helped take some pressure off when I compete."

For McCarthy, being in excruciating pain during the final round of match play actually worked to her advantage because it forced her to stay slow and really focus on her ball speed. As a nurse, she'll use her training to help herself feel as good as possible by showtime.

"My back was feeling fine for the majority of the week, then I woke up a little sore, and it got progressively worse," said McCarthy, who was the runner-up to Johnson at the 2015 USBC Queens. "I'm just going to take it as easy as I can, use ice and heat and hope it feels better, but I also know it will help slow me down and really focus on each shot. Luckily, tomorrow won't be as many games."

Johnson, who won her ninth major title at the 2017 Go Bowling PWBA Players Championship in June, is looking for her fourth consecutive, and sixth overall, U.S. Women's Open title.

She is in pursuit of fellow hall of famer Marion Ladewig, who won the event eight times, including five in a row, but will have to defeat four talented young players along the way.

Trudell, who competed collegiately for Sacred Heart University, was a three-time National Tenpin Coaches Association All-American and the 2011 NTCA Division I Rookie of the Year, while Bercier, a six-time member of Team Canada, was a standout at the University of Nebraska, where she helped the Huskers win at the 2009 National Collegiate Athletic Association Women's Bowling Championship.

Bercier also just returned from representing Canada at the 2017 World Games in Wroclaw, Poland.

"For as high as the scores were for everybody, I grinded my butt off for every shot today," Johnson said. "I struggled to get the ball through the pins the right way, but I never counted myself out. I didn't have a great look, but I somehow got through it. I'm going into tomorrow with a fresh look and a fresh attitude, and I'm happy to make another show at the U.S. Women's Open. Hopefully, I'll have the chance to win a few games and go for No. 6."

The 2017 U.S. Women's Open started with 114 competitors, who each bowled 24 games of qualifying over three days, before the field was cut to the top 38 for Friday's eight-game cashers' round.

The 32-game pinfall totals determined the 24 bowlers for match play, while their 56-game pinfall totals, including bonus pins, decided the five players for the TV show. There were 10 perfect games this week.

The championship round of the U.S. Women's Open is one of four being contested Sunday at Plano Super Bowl.

The finals of the 2017 PWBA Orlando Open, PWBA St. Petersburg-Clearwater Open and Nationwide PWBA Rochester Open will be taped for broadcast on CBS Sports Network on Aug. 15, Aug. 22 and Aug. 29, respectively.

All qualifying and match play rounds of the 2017 U.S. Women's Open were broadcast live on Xtra Frame, the online bowling channel of the Professional Bowlers Association.


 

2017/08/04

 

WOESSNER SETS PACE IN MATCH PLAY AT 2017 U.S. WOMEN'S OPEN

The U.S. Women's Open is notorious for being extremely challenging, both mentally and physically, but Jodi Woessner of Oregon, Ohio, seems to be on autopilot this week at Plano Super Bowl when it comes to enduring the 56-game format and 43-foot oil pattern.

The 47-year-old right-hander has been lined up and comfortable physically, while averaging more than 227 through 40 games at the 2017 edition of the U.S. Women's Open, so reigning in her thoughts and focusing on her pre-shot routine were the keys to her success Friday as she climbed to the top of the standings.

Woessner was in the top 10, and as high as second, through the first four rounds of the event, and she'll now go to sleep for the first time as the overall leader with a 40-game pinfall total of 9,297, just 20 pins ahead of Poland's Daria Pajak (9,277), a recent winner on the Professional Women's Bowling Association Tour.

Three-time defending champion Liz Johnson of Deerfield, Illinois, is third with 9,264 and followed by Erin McCarthy of Omaha, Nebraska (9,170), and Shannon O'Keefe of O'Fallon, Illinois (9,150).

The U.S. Women's Open is the third of four majors on the 2017 PWBA Tour schedule and will conclude live on CBS Sports Network on Sunday, starting at noon Eastern. The winner will take home $20,000 and the event's coveted green jacket.

Woessner entered the match-play portion of the event in third place, but a 7-1 record, including seven consecutive wins to start, helped her move to the front of the remaining 24 players.

"I actually was doing everything possible to not look at the scores or standings, since there's still 16 games left," said Woessner, who has made match play at all three PWBA majors this season. "I've been doing that all week, and it has been working. I'm just trying to play my game, and if the pins fall, they fall."

On the opening day of the tournament, Woessner didn't bowl until the final squad, so she'd already watched 16 games of qualifying, in person and online, before taking the lanes.

She knew she'd have to strike a lot to keep up with the scoring pace, which added a little pressure, but she quickly found a look and did her best to take advantage of it. As her own strikes added up, so did her confidence.

Woessner has had some struggles this season, and a few recent realizations about her physical game helped explain why she was leaving so many splits. Being more aware of her shoulder position, even giving herself verbal reminders before throwing each shot, has helped immensely.

Another hurdle for the competitors at an event as long as the U.S. Women's Open is not thinking too far ahead. Even now, there's still two rounds of match scheduled for Saturday, beginning at 11 a.m. Eastern, and that equates to a lot of bowling and potential pins, before the roster is set for the five-player championship stepladder.

"Earlier in match play, I started to let my mind wander a little too much," Woessner said. "I caught myself looking around to see who else was bowling well and actually thought about the potential for an all-Storm show. When you're not able to have your cell phone as a distraction, you start looking around and thinking too much. I immediately told myself to stop and refocus on the job at hand. It's still far, far too early for that."

Pajak, who rolled one of nine 300 games this week at Plano Super Bowl, posted the highest eight-game block during the opening round of match play Friday, a 1,910 effort.

The 2017 PWBA Greater Detroit Open champion works hard to be a versatile competitor, and that helped her to be successful on the lanes Friday.

"I felt very accomplished when I shot 300 (in the cashers' round) because I was playing it very right, and I was very up the back of the ball, which created a very low axis, and the ball was very controllable," Pajak said. "That's something that was never in my "A" game, so I proved to myself that I can play left and I can play right. That's why today was so consistent."

The 2017 U.S. Women's Open started with 114 competitors, who each bowled 24 games of qualifying over three days, before the field was cut to the top 38 for Friday's eight-game cashers' round.

The 32-game pinfall totals determined the 24 bowlers for match play, and by Saturday night, 56-game totals, including 30 bonus pins for each win in match play, will determine the five players for Sunday's live TV finals.

The championship round of the U.S. Women's Open is one of four being contested Sunday at Plano Super Bowl.

The finals of the 2017 PWBA Orlando Open, PWBA St. Petersburg-Clearwater Open and Nationwide PWBA Rochester Open will be taped for broadcast on CBS Sports Network on Aug. 15, Aug. 22 and Aug. 29, respectively.

All qualifying and match play rounds of the 2017 U.S. Women's Open can be watched live on Xtra Frame, the online bowling channel of the Professional Bowlers Association.


 

2017/08/03

 

DEFENDING CHAMPION LIZ JOHNSON TAKES LEAD AT 2017 U.S. WOMEN'S OPEN

It may have taken three days and all 24 games of qualifying, but three-time defending champion Liz Johnson of Deerfield, Illinois, found her way to the top of the standings at the 2017 U.S. Women's Open.

The 43-year-old right-hander entered the final day of qualifying at Plano Super Bowl in fifth place and averaged nearly 236 during her final block to sneak into the lead with a 24-game total of 5,522, just five pins ahead of Jodi Woessner of Oregon, Ohio (5,517).

Second-round leader Shannon O'Keefe of O'Fallon, Illinois, is third with a 5,434 total and followed by Erin McCarthy of Omaha, Nebraska (5,416), and last year's U.S. Women's Open runner-up Shannon Pluhowsky of Dayton, Ohio (5,413), the only left-hander to make the first cut this year.

The five are among the 38 competitors, from a field of 114, who advanced to Friday's eight-game cashers' round based on their 24-game pinfall totals. Sweden's Isabelle Hultin earned the final spot with a 5,147 total, a 214.46 average.

The U.S. Women's Open is the third of four majors on the 2017 Professional Women's Bowling Association Tour schedule and will conclude live on CBS Sports Network on Sunday, starting at noon Eastern. The winner will take home $20,000 and the event's coveted green jacket.

Johnson, a United States Bowling Congress Hall of Famer with five U.S. Women's Open titles (1996, 2007, 2013, 2015 and 2016), got better with each round on the 43-foot oil pattern but made sure to keep her emotions in check. That included not getting down if she happened to have a low game and not getting too fired up when things were going well.

She has navigated the long U.S. Women's Open format enough times to know one or two games will not determine the outcome, and she kept that in mind Thursday when she shot 173 in her fourth game.

The two-time reigning PWBA Player of the Year then moved to the low end of the of the bowling center, made a ball change and calmly got comfortable again. She finished with games of 214, 265, 300 and 236 to pass Woessner, who closed the morning round with 247, 279 and 270 to set the bar.

Johnson's 300 was one of six rolled during the three days of qualifying at Plano Super Bowl, and while the U.S. Women's Open has a reputation of being one of the more challenging events on the schedule, Johnson saw the higher scoring pace this year as a different kind of grind.

"The first day, I probably got a little down on myself," Johnson said. "You start to look around and see other players shooting 250, and I'm shooting 180-190 and losing ground. I was able to step back and let it go. It's a grind out there, but a different kind of grind with scores being a little higher. I just have to keep it up and hope to be up there Sunday."

The lanes at Plano Super Bowl only were oiled once per day during qualifying, giving all competitors the chance to experience each phase of the oil pattern - fresh, burn and double-burn.

Johnson's final round came on the double-burn, which she expected would be the most challenging for her. Instead, it was her highest block by 25 pins.

"Right now, I'm able to take a very deep breath and leave this building with a great attitude," said Johnson, who had blocks of 1,886 on the double-burn, 1,861 on the fresh oil pattern and 1,775 on the burn. "I really didn't think this would be one of my better squads, but I was proud of being very consistent in each squad."

Friday's cashers' round will get underway at 11 a.m. Eastern, after which, 32-game pinfall totals will determine the 32 players who advance to round-robin match play Friday night.

By Saturday night, 56-game totals, including 30 bonus pins for each win in match play, will determine the five players for Sunday's live TV finals.

The championship round of the U.S. Women's Open is one of four being contested Sunday at Plano Super Bowl. The finals of the 2017 PWBA Orlando Open, PWBA St. Petersburg-Clearwater Open and Nationwide PWBA Rochester Open will be taped for broadcast on CBS Sports Network on Aug. 15, Aug. 22 and Aug. 29, respectively.

All qualifying and match play rounds of the 2017 U.S. Women's Open can be watched live on Xtra Frame, the online bowling channel of the Professional Bowlers Association.


 

2017/08/02

 

O'KEEFE LEADS AFTER TWO ROUNDS AT 2017 U.S. WOMEN'S OPEN

Shannon O'Keefe of O'Fallon, Illinois, has reached the pinnacle of her sport in various capacities and on multiple occasions, but she knows not to take those opportunities for granted.

She's well aware that for every moment she spends in the spotlight, someone is working hard to take her place.

During the 2017 Professional Women's Bowling Association Tour season, O'Keefe unintentionally has been her own worst enemy, struggling to find the physical and mental harmony that helped her claim four victories over the last two years.

Everything finally started falling back into place in the weeks leading up to the 2017 U.S. Women's Open, and she now is the player to beat after two rounds of qualifying at Plano Super Bowl.

The 38-year-old right-hander tops the 114-player field with a 16-game total of 3,657, a 228.56 average. She has been consistent, rolling 16 games of 200 or better on the way to blocks of 1,824 and 1,833 on this week's 43-foot pattern.

Jodi Woessner of Oregon, Ohio, is second with 3,655 and followed by Ashly Galante of Palm Harbor, Florida (3,650), Erin McCarthy of Omaha, Nebraska (3,641), and three-time defending champion Liz Johnson of Deerfield, Illinois (3,636).

The lanes at Plano Super Bowl only are being oiled once per day during qualifying, giving all competitors the chance to experience each phase of the oil pattern - fresh, burn and double-burn - and O'Keefe credits good choices and good shotmaking for her success on the double-burn and burn, respectively.

"I feel like I'm making all the right choices so far, and I'm really confident in my moves and decisions," said O'Keefe, whose last PWBA Tour title came at the 2016 Professional Bowlers Association/PWBA Striking Against Breast Cancer Mixed Doubles with Bill O'Neill. "After I got out to a good start, my focus really changed to doing everything I can to separate myself from 25th place by as much as possible. I'm not really a score watcher, and I don't want to think too far ahead, so I'm just treating each frame as its own game and focusing on the things I can control."

O'Keefe, and her confidence, have come a long way since she missed cashing in back-to-back events in June, a stretch that included her wondering if it was time for a break from the PWBA Tour grind, which kicked off in California in April and will conclude in Virginia in September, but only for the 16 top performers.

For everyone else, the 2017 season will end with this week's U.S. Women's Open.

Instead of taking a break, O'Keefe worked with her husband, Junior Team USA head coach Bryan O'Keefe, during the PWBA Orlando Open to work out the kinks in her game, and the effort paid immediate dividends.

She just missed qualifying for the stepladder finals of the Orlando Open, used that momentum to earn the top seed for the championship round of the following week's PWBA St. Petersburg-Clearwater Open and cruised into the U.S. Women's Open after a top-10 effort at the Nationwide PWBA Rochester Open.

"Missing back-to-back checks in Detroit and Green Bay really had me questioning my abilities, and I called Bryan in tears, wondering if I just needed to take a break," O'Keefe said. "Instead, we worked on something different during each round in Orlando, and I ended up feeling like I was throwing the ball better than I have in a very long time."

With the momentum, came the confidence O'Keefe has exhibited through two rounds at Plano Super Bowl.

The 13-time Team USA member, who suffered a heartbreaking loss to Johnson in the title match of the 2015 U.S. Women's Open, is peaking at the right time and looking to give herself two chances at a guaranteed spot in the season-ending Smithfield PWBA Tour Championship in Richmond, Virginia.

The 16-player field at the Tour Championship will include all eligible winners from the 2017 season and be filled out with the season's top point-earners.

O'Keefe will lead the contenders at the U.S. Women's Open back onto the lanes at Plano Super Bowl on Thursday for the final round of qualifying, starting at 9 a.m. Eastern.

Their 24-game pinfall totals will determine the 38 players who advance to Friday's eight-game cashers' round, and total pinfall after 32 games will decide the 24 bowlers who advance to round-robin match play.

By week's end, 56-game totals, including 30 bonus pins for each win in match play, will determine the five players for Sunday's live TV finals.

The championship round of the U.S. Women's Open will be broadcast on CBS Sports Network at noon Eastern, with the winner taking home $20,000, the event's coveted green jacket and a spot in the PWBA Tour Championship.

O'Keefe already is guaranteed one shot at a spot in Richmond through the finals of the St. Petersburg-Clearwater Open, which will be taped Sunday for broadcast on CBS Sports Network on Aug. 22.

"This season definitely has been mentally challenging, and I haven't bowled my best at times, but I'm glad to know I was able to work through it," O'Keefe said. "I actually 7-10'd on my first shot in St. Petersburg, and if it had been a couple weeks earlier, I don't know how I would've handled it. I'm in a good place right now and seeing the lanes and ball motion extremely well, and I hope to keep it going through the rest of the week and into Sunday."

The championship rounds of the 2017 PWBA Orlando Open and Nationwide PWBA Rochester Open also will be taped at Plano Super Bowl on Sunday for broadcast on CBS Sports Network on Aug. 15 and Aug. 29, respectively.

All qualifying and match play rounds of the 2017 U.S. Women's Open can be watched live on Xtra Frame, the online bowling channel of the Professional Bowlers Association.

 

小池沙紀、笑顔の初優勝・初タイトル!

プロデビューから5年だけ参戦できるレディース新人戦。限られたチャンスで得られる貴重なタイトルだけに、今年で新人戦卒業となる5年目のプロはもちろん、プロ入りから3ヶ月のピカピカのルーキーまで十分な意気込みで臨むこの大会、今年はフレッシュながらも波乱含みの展開となりました。

まず予選トップの山田弥佳が準決勝ではスコアを伸ばせず、その代わりのように今年実技免除でプロ入りした水谷若菜が予選7位から一気に浮上してトップで通過。さらに小久保実希、岩見彩乃、小池沙紀らが圏外から飛び込んで来る一方で、昨年の新人戦でアマチュア優勝を果たした大久保咲桜、長尾朱里、大仲純怜らが弾き出されるように後退。残る3席を予選から上位を守り抜いた大嶋有香、阪本 彩、内藤真裕実らが確保して決勝トーナメント進出を果たします。

ここからは一対一、1Gマッチのガチンコ勝負。まずは1回戦を終え、小久保、小池、阪本、山田が勝ち抜き、優勝決定戦進出の切符を賭けて準決勝に突入。

小久保VS小池の対戦は、2フレーム目からストライク5連発に成功した小池がさらに8フレーム目から4連発を決めて大差で小久保を圧倒。優勝決定戦へと駒を進めます。

続く2試合目、阪本VS山田はターキーで滑り出した山田がリードを取りましたが、4フレーム目から一転してストライクが決まりません。オープンフレームで滑り出し、出遅れた阪本でしたが、中盤でターキー、勝負どころの8・9フレーム目でダブルに成功し逆転。わずか7ピン差で山田を下して阪本の勝利となりました。

長崎出身の小池と、福岡出身の阪本。九州対決となった優勝決定戦は、両者スペアで滑り出します。

変化の速いレーンに捕まった小池がストライクを繋げられないなか、先にターキーを決めた阪本がワンマークリード。しかし中盤以降は両者ともストライクが繋がらず、我慢くらべの状況に。

このまま阪本がワンマークを守りきるかと思われましたが、9フレーム目に小池がストライクを決めて勝負の行方は10フレームに持ち込まれます。

運命の10フレーム目、先に投げた小池がストライク。追い詰められた阪本はストライクが絶対必要となりますが、思わず投球に力が入って失投。4・6・7番を残すスプリットとなってしまい万事休す。

優勝へのプレッシャーも集中力で振り切った小池は見事ストライク。これで勝利が確定しましたが、さらに3投目もストライクを決めてオールウェーで初優勝を飾りました。

昨年トップ合格を果たしてルーキーイヤーでシード入りをものにした小池、いつかは必ず獲ると決めていた新人戦タイトルをプロ入り2年目で果たし、次はレギュラーツアー優勝を目指します! 

 

こちらも10フレ勝負の激戦、2ピン差で岡田選手をかわしてアマチュアの部優勝!

國本ひとみ 選手

 

 

水谷 若菜


 

2017/08/01

 

KUHLKIN LEADS OPENING ROUND OF 2017 U.S. WOMEN'S OPEN

Professional Women's Bowling Association champion Liz Kuhlkin of Schenectady, New York, took advantage of a look she did not expect to have to lead the opening round of qualifying Tuesday at the 2017 U.S. Women's Open.

After Monday's practice session, the 23-year-old right-hander thought her block on the double-burn was going to give her trouble, but she was able to get out of the gates with games of 276 and 266 on her way to a 1,870 eight-game block at Plano Super Bowl, a 233.75 average.

All 114 players in this week's field will qualify on three phases of the 43-foot oil pattern being used for the 2017 event - fresh, burn and double-burn.

"I really thought I was going to struggle today," said Kuhlkin, the 2015 PWBA Topeka Open champion. "I was hoping to grind through it to put up a score and then concentrate on the rest of the week, but I really had a good look out there. I used the same ball the entire set and really carried well. When you have that, you need to take advantage of it."

The former Junior Team USA member and collegiate standout at Nebraska now will transition to the burn squad Wednesday. She'll look to continue the momentum but won't think too far ahead in hopes of a long week in Plano.

"I'm absolutely satisfied with today's performance, but I know there are a lot of games left," Kuhlkin said. "I need to concentrate on tomorrow, treat it as a new day and keep moving forward."

England's Verity Crawley sits in second place with 1,852, and Bryanna Coté‚ of Red Rock, Arizona, is third with 1,836. Mexico's Sandra Gongora and Shannon O'Keefe of O'Fallon, Illinois, round out the top five with totals of 1,826 and 1,824, respectively.

United States Bowling Congress Hall of Famer Liz Johnson of Deerfield, Illinois, who is looking to capture her fourth consecutive, and sixth overall, U.S. Women's Open title, is in 17th place with a 1,775 total.

Two competitors connected for perfect games during Tuesday's opening round.

Former Junior Team USA member Jen Higgins of Westerville, Ohio, rolled 12 consecutive strikes during the day's first squad on her way to a 1,781 total, and Kristina Rosberg of Ord, Nebraska, kicked off the day's final squad with a 300. She finished with a 1,731 total.

All competitors at the 2017 U.S. Women's Open will bowl 24 games at Plano Super Bowl over three days, before the field is cut to the top 38 for eight additional games of qualifying. Wednesday's second round will begin at 9 a.m. Eastern.

After 32 games, total pinfall will decide the 24 bowlers who advance to round-robin match play, and 56-game totals, including 30 bonus pins for each win, will determine the five players who will battle for the $20,000 top prize and coveted green jacket on Sunday's live television finals, which will air on CBS Sports Network at noon Eastern.

The championship rounds of the 2017 PWBA Orlando Open, PWBA St. Petersburg-Clearwater Open and Nationwide PWBA Rochester Open also will be taped at Plano Super Bowl on Sunday for broadcast on CBS Sports Network on Aug. 15, Aug. 22 and Aug. 29, respectively.

All qualifying and match play rounds of the 2017 U.S. Women's Open can be watched live on Xtra Frame, the online bowling channel of the Professional Bowlers Association.

 

Bohn Beats Duke to Win PBA50 Dave Small’s Championship Lanes Classic for First Title of the Season

In a championship match featuring two of the Professional Bowlers Association’s all-time greats, Parker Bohn III of Jackson, N.J., took advantage of a struggling Norm Duke to win the PBA50 Dave Small’s Championship Lanes Classic presented by Roto Grip Tuesday for his first PBA50 Tour title of the season and the fourth of his career.

After a spare in the first frame of the title match and then nine consecutive strikes, Bohn beat Duke, 279-206, to record his first PBA50 Tour win since the 2015 PBA50 Treasure Island Resort & Casino Open.

“I feel like I’ve scaled a tall obstacle,” said Bohn, whose previous best finish this season was second in the PBA50 Players Championship. “I’ve always said, if I continue to knock on the door eventually it will open and good things will happen.

“I feel like I have a lot of wins left in me,” he added. “When you think that my four wins have come against either Pete (Weber) or Norm, you have to feel pretty good about that.”

Except for a stumble in the later match play rounds, Bohn, who was No. 3 qualifier for the finals, dominated the tournament averaging 240 in qualifying, 20 pins more than his closest competitor third-place finisher Bob Learn Jr., of Erie, Pa., who averaged 220.

“Once I had the right ball in my hand, all I had to do was find the right hand position and I was pretty much in control,” Bohn said. “Believing in yourself is one thing but reading what the lanes are telling you is another. When you have both of those things in synch and you can repeat shots, it’s a winning formula.”

Bohn ranks fifth all-time on the PBA Tour titles list with 35 wins while Duke ranks third with 38 titles to go along with his four on the PBA50 Tour.

In the opening stepladder match, Jeff Zaffino of Warren, Pa., making his first championship round appearance, beat PBA Hall of Famer Amleto Monacelli of Venezuela, who was trying for his ninth career PBA50 Tour title and second of the season, 202-187.

In the second match, Bohn beat Zaffino, 238-234, in a come-from-behind effort, to advance to the semi-final match where he beat Learn 231-202 to advance to the title match.

For Learn, who was also looking for his first win of the season, his third-place finish was his fifth top-five of the year and came after a runner-up finish in last week’s PBA50 South Shore Open.

Duke’s second-place finish puts him in second on the PBA50 Player of the Year points list heading into the season’s final tournament in Fort Wayne, Ind. next week. He will have some work to do, however, to catch Brian LeClair of Delmar, N.Y., who has led the player of the year points race for most of the season.

The 2017 PBA50 Tour concludes with the DeHayes Insurance Group Championship presented by Pro Bowl West and Ebonite Aug. 5-8 and the PBA60 Dick Weber Championship presented by Hammer (for players 60 and over) Aug. 10-12.

The DeHayes Insurance Group Championship will also play an important role in determining the top eight players from the season’s points list who will have the opportunity to advance to the PBA Challenge held in conjunction with the GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling IX presented by Eldorado Reno Properties this November in Reno, Nev.

PBA fans will be able to follow all the action streamed live on PBA’s online bowling channel Xtra Frame. In addition to following the action on pba.com, Apple users will be able to use the new PBA app, available through the Apple App store, to access live scoring.

 

 

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