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2018/05/27

 

 

 

 

松永 裕美

 

 

霜出 佳奈

 

 

市川 佑一

 

 

斉藤 祐哉



2018/05/26

 

 【PBA - IWBT】 Busan Cup  【Finals】

Thailand’s Annop Arromsaranon Defeats Texas Two-Hander Anthony Simonsen to Win Korea’s Busan Cup

Thailand’s Annop Arromsaranon defeated top qualifier Anthony Simonsen of Austin, Texas, 221-208, to win the PBA International-World Bowling Tour Busan Cup Saturday on bowling lanes constructed outdoors in Pusan Gwangalli Beach Park in Busan, becoming the second bowler from Thailand to win a PBA Tour title.

In the soaring heat of the outdoor setting, Simonsen left splits he was unable to convert in the fourth and fifth frames as the 33-year-old Thai opened a 44-pin lead and raced away to victory despite leaving a “big four” 4-6-7-10 split in the eighth frame. He claimed the 30 million won (US$27,875) first prize and joined 2017 PBA-WBT Thailand winner Jojoe Yannaphon as Thailand’s second PBA Tour title winner.

Simonsen, a 21-year-old two-hander, had earned the top qualifying position for the four-man stepladder finals with a six-game, 1,480 total posted at Rainbow Square Bowling Center.

In the preliminary matches, Korea’s Choi Seokbyeong defeated countryman Choi Wonyoung, 247-217, to start the Busan Cup’s Open Division finals. Arromsaranon then eliminated Choi Seokbyeong in the semifinal match, 215-203.

The Go Bowling! PBA Tour’s next event will be the PBA Xtra Frame Tour Greater Jonesboro Open at Hijinx in Jonesboro, Ark., June 1-3. For Xtra Frame subscriptions, visit xtraframe.tv. Subscriptions are available for three days ($3.99), 30 days ($7.99) or for a full year at a cost of about $1.25 per week.

 

 

大根谷 愛

 

 

川添 奨太

 

 

姫路 麗

 

 

小森 清人


たまや ボウリング用品のプロショップ 自信の用品提供と納得のプラス

2018/05/23

 

佐藤晃一選手が優勝!

5月9日(土)・20日(日)の2日間にわたり、承認大会・第11回スマイルフィールド。カップが開催され、アマチュアの佐藤晃一選手が優勝されました。

予選6Gを投げて、上位25名が決勝シュートアウトへ進出。アマチュア選手達の勢いに圧倒されたか、プロ最後の砦となったホストプロの松浦和彦も4回戦で敗退。優勝決定戦は佐藤選手と清原康信選手によるアマチュア対決となり、佐藤選手がツーマーク差で清原選手を下して優勝となりました。


5月26日 『グリコセブンティーンアイス杯 』第6回プロアマボウリングトーナメント
5月31日 PWBA East Hartford Open
6月1日 PBA Xtra Frame Greater Jonesboro Open
6月5日 2018下半期女子出場優先順位決定戦
6月7日 PWBA Louisville Open
6月8日 PBA Xtra Frame Lubbock Sports Open
6月12日 ROUND1 GRAND CHAMPIONSHIP BOWLING 2018
6月14日 PWBA Greater Harrisburg Open
6月19日 ROUND1 GRAND CHAMPIONSHIP BOWLING 2018
6月23日 U.S. Women’s Open
6月29日 PBA Xtra Frame Parkside Open

2018/05/22

 

O'Keefe wins 2018 USBC Queens

Shannon O'Keefe now has claimed the last two majors on the Professional Women's Bowling Association Tour after winning the 2018 United States Bowling Congress Queens on Tuesday.

The 39-year-old right-hander from O'Fallon, Illinois, put the finishing touches on a dominating week at the National Bowling Stadium as she defeated Bryanna Coté of Red Rock, Arizona, in the title match, 221-189, to capture the coveted tiara awarded to the winner and $20,000 top prize. Coté, the top seed for Tuesday's stepladder finals, earned $11,000 for the runner-up finish.

The USBC Queens is a major on the PWBA Tour schedule, and Tuesday's championship round was broadcast live on CBS Sports Network.

O'Keefe grabbed the early advantage in the title tilt after Coté started with back-to-back splits. She opened the door for a brief moment after leaving the 4-6-7-10 split in the fifth frame.

"That was just a bad shot," said O'Keefe, a 14-time Team USA member. "I got really quick and came off my power step, and I tend to grab the ball when I do that. It was my miss the whole week. I knew I needed to keep my hand under it and really feel my power step. Bad shots happen and I'm not a machine, but what's important is how you bounce back from it. I had really great ball motion and trusted what I was seeing and the moves I had to make."

O'Keefe quickly bounced back with strikes in the sixth and seventh frames, and she seized the opportunity to seal the win after Coté missed a 7 pin in the eighth frame by striking on her final four shots.

"The biggest thing for me was staying patient and in the moment," O'Keefe said. "One of the things that makes Liz Johnson so great is when people give her an opportunity, she takes advantage of it, and I idolize her for that. I really tried to take my time in those pressure situations and trust my process to deliver a good shot without any regrets."

O'Keefe claimed her first major championship to conclude the 2017 PWBA Tour season at the PWBA Tour Championship. Her win at the Queens marked her second victory through four events in the 2018 season.

The eight-time PWBA Tour champion has her sights set on winning PWBA Player of the Year, but she knows she can't rest on the success she's found in the first quarter of the season to reach her goal.

"This doesn't even feel like real life, and maybe that's a good thing," said O'Keefe, who won the 2018 PWBA Sonoma County Open earlier this month. "I'm just staying so focused and not thinking of everything as a whole, and that's probably the space I need to stay in to push through the rest of the season. I need to keep pushing myself to be better because the girls out here are so good. I need to keep practicing, keep the workouts going and stay present and committed to every shot for the rest of the season."

Coté, a 32-year-old right-hander, went 6-0 in match play to earn the top seed for the second consecutive week on the PWBA Tour. She led the way at last week's PWBA Fountain Valley Open but lost in the title match to Danielle McEwan of Stony Point, New York, 215-182.

"I was pretty confident going in, and the ball just hooked much earlier than I expected to start," said Coté, the 2016 PWBA Lexington Open champion. "After that, I made some pretty good moves and kept it in play. To say I wasn't nervous would be a lie. I was bowling for a major title against a great competitor. I know things didn't go my way this week, like last week, but that's OK. I'm going to keep fighting to put myself in that position."

O'Keefe advanced to the title match by delivering eight strikes against USBC Hall of Famer and two-time Queens champion Liz Johnson of Palatine, Illinois, 247-224. Johnson was looking to join fellow hall of famers Mildred Ignizio (1967, 1970, 1971) and Wendy Macpherson (1988, 2000, 2003) as the event's only three-time champions.

Liz Johnson bested Stefanie Johnson of McKinney, Texas, to advance to the semifinals, 232-212. Liz Johnson bounced back from an open in the third frame to roll strikes on six of her next seven shots, while Stefanie Johnson left four consecutive nine counts starting in the sixth frame.

In the opening round of the stepladder, Stefanie Johnson put together a late run of strikes to hold off Amanda Fry of Antelope, California, 200-172. Fry had the chance to win the match with a double in the 10th frame but left a 4-6-10 split on her first delivery.

A total of 191 bowlers from 14 countries competed in three five-game qualifying blocks over three days to determine the 63 players joining defending champion Diana Zavjalova of Latvia in the double-elimination match-play bracket.

Zavjalova, a two-time Queens champion, finished this year's event tied for 17th place.

Each bracket match leading up to the stepladder included three games, with total pinfall determining which player advanced.

 

Belmonte, Kent Lead After First PBA Tour Finals Positioning Round

After the opening positioning round of the PBA Tour Finals, which aired on CBS Sports Network Tuesday, reigning PBA Player of the Year Jason Belmonte and four-time PBA Tour winner Marshall Kent emerged as the leaders in their respective groups heading into next week’s second positioning round at Thunderbowl Lanes.

The top money earners on the Go Bowling! PBA Tour between 2016 and the first four months of 2018 include 2017 runner-up Belmonte, Dom Barrett, Anthony Simonsen and Sean Rash in Group 1, and defending champion EJ Tackett, Jesper Svensson, Kent and Tommy Jones in Group 2. The eight players opened the PBA Tour Finals by bowling one game each on PBA’s 36-foot Johnny Petraglia and 42-foot Mark Roth lane conditions.

In a test of each player’s ability to navigate vastly different PBA lane conditions, positioning round competition takes place on two lanes which are dressed with lane conditioner that incorporates blue dye to help fans visualize the conditions. Each player will bowl a total of four games on four different oil patterns with total pinfall within each group determining positions for the final rounds.

Belmonte took the lead in Group 1 with a 491 two-game total after bowling 236 on the Petraglia condition and 255 on the Roth condition. He was followed by Simonsen, 483 (236, 247); Rash, 379 (178, 201), and Barrett, 350 (205, 145).

“The two different conditions required two different plans of attack,” said Belmonte. “On the Petraglia condition I used urethane and played outside. On the Roth condition, I used a reactive ball and hooked the ball more.

“At this point you play what’s in front of you,” he added. “It’s really not too different than what you’d experience in any other tournament except the pace is much faster and you have to make your adjustments faster. It’s bang-bang, get up and throw it, and hope you’ve made the right decisions.”

Kent led Group 2 with a 458 pinfall after a 238 on the Petraglia condition and 220 on the Roth condition. He was followed by Tackett, 448 (236, 212); Svensson, 447 (224, 223), and Jones, 419 (257, 162).

“I got into a good comfort level on both conditions pretty quickly and had a good look on both lanes,” Kent said. “I think I only threw one bad shot.

“I like the faster pace because you can stay in a good rhythm,” Kent added. “Even though you’re having to deal with the different conditions, the quick pace prevents you from overthinking what you need to do.”

Next week’s second positioning round (on CBSSN Tuesday, May 29 at 8 p.m. ET) will put the players on the 39–foot Don Carter and 45-foot Dick Weber lane conditions. The four-game pinfall totals will determine each player’s position for their respective group stepladder semifinals.

The Group 1 semifinal stepladder will air on CBSSN June 5 at 8 p.m. ET and the Group 2 stepladder will air on June 12, also at 8 p.m. The final match of each semifinal stepladder will be a best-of-two-game match with ties broken by a 9th and 10th frame roll off. The two group winners will then meet in another best-of-two-game championship match which will air June 19 at 8 p.m. using the same stepladder format.

 

 

添田 道彦
会場:神戸スカイレーン

 

 

高橋 延明
会場:新狭山グランドボウル


 

2018/05/21

 

Coté earns top seed for stepladder finals at 2018 USBC Queens

Bryanna Coté of Red Rock, Arizona, will bowl for her first major championship after earning the top seed in the stepladder finals Monday at the 2018 United States Bowling Congress Queens.

The stepladder finals will air live on CBS Sports Network on Tuesday at 8 p.m. Eastern. The winner will claim the coveted tiara and top prize of $20,000. The USBC Queens is the first major of the 2018 Professional Women's Bowling Association Tour season.

Coté, a 32-year-old right-hander, won six consecutive matches in the double-elimination bracket at the National Bowling Stadium over two days to claim the top seed, including a come-from-behind win against Shannon O'Keefe of O'Fallon, Illinois, in the winners bracket final, 641-637.

O'Keefe was up by 11 pins heading into the third game of the total-pinfall match and had the opportunity to shut out Coté in the 10th frame with a 29-pin fill, but left a 10 pin on her first delivery. Coté needed a mark to complete the comeback, and she converted a 7 pin to earn her spot in the title match.

"My keys were to keep it simple," said Coté, the 2016 PWBA Lexington Open champion. "I stayed focused, slow and aggressive with my shot. If you're aggressive and committed to your shot, the pins should fall your way, and I'm thankful they did."

Coté will bowl for the title for the second consecutive week on the PWBA Tour. She was the top seed at the PWBA Fountain Valley Open but fell to Danielle McEwan of Stony Point, New York, in the finals, 215-182.

She plans on sticking to the same process for Tuesday's title match, knowing she only can control what happens behind the foul line at the NBS.

"I'm just thankful to be in the position to be on another show," Coté said. "I'm not going to do much differently, though. I plan on making the best 10 shots I can, and if the pins fall, they fall. I can't ask for too much, since this is the first time I've advanced to the second day of match play at this event, so I'm ecstatic to get this far. I'm grateful to be in this position."

USBC Hall of Famer and two-time Queens champion Liz Johnson of Palatine, Illinois, Stefanie Johnson of McKinney, Texas, and Amanda Fry of Antelope, California, are the No. 3, No. 4 and No. 5 seeds for the stepladder, respectively, after advancing through the elimination bracket Monday.

In the shootout round, Liz Johnson used the momentum of a 287 effort in Game 2 to lead the way with a 731 series to earn the third spot, while Stefanie Johnson grabbed the fourth spot with 663. Fry rolled 225 in her final game to hold onto the final spot with 620.

Sydney Brummett of Fort Wayne, Indiana, was eliminated in the shootout round and finished in sixth place after posting a 585 series.

A total of 191 bowlers from 14 countries competed in three five-game blocks of qualifying over three days this week to determine the 63 players joining defending champion Diana Zavjalova of Latvia in the double-elimination match-play bracket.

Zavjalova, a two-time Queens champion, finished this year's event tied for 17th place.

Each bracket match leading up to the stepladder included three games, with total pinfall determining which player advanced. The televised portion of the event will feature one-game matches.

 

 

 

髙橋 俊彦
会場:星ヶ丘ボウル

 

 

小原 照之
会場:シチズンボウル


 

2018/05/20

 

Eight remain undefeated at 2018 USBC Queens

Former Team USA member Tina Williams of Phoenix had her family by her side as she recorded three wins Sunday at the 2018 United States Bowling Congress Queens to stay undefeated in the 64-player double-elimination bracket.

Williams is one of eight undefeated players left in match play at the National Bowling Stadium, and a total of 16 bowlers still remain in contention for the $20,000 top prize and coveted tiara presented to the winner.

Match play, which consists of three-game total-pinfall matches, will continue Monday at noon Eastern until the five stepladder finalists are determined. The stepladder finals will be broadcast live on CBS Sports Network on Tuesday at 8 p.m. Eastern.

While Williams collected wins against Germany's Birgit Poppler (650-523), Jennifer Russo of Monmouth Junction, New Jersey (673-638), and Sweden's Jenny Wegner (713-580), she also had the support of her family on-site at the NBS, which included her husband, Professional Bowlers Association Tour champion Stuart Williams, and 20-month-old son, Brady.

Her outlook certainly has changed as her family has grown, but she also hopes to serve as an inspiration to her son.

"Since I've had Brady, it definitely has been a whole different perspective and I just remember that I truly am out here doing it for fun," Williams said. "I'm only planning to bowl two stops, so I'm trying to go out there with the right mindset and have fun because no matter what, the most important thing now is that little boy that's back there. I still bowl because I love it and want to show him that he should strive for his dreams."

The 37-year-old right-hander's main goal coming into this week was to advance to the bracket. She knew it wouldn't be an easy road to navigate, but she stuck to her process in hopes of performing at her best for her son.

"I put a lot of pressure on myself," said Williams, a three-time National Collegiate Bowling Coaches Association All-American at West Texas A&M. "But the main thing I wanted to do this week was make the cut, so it was bonus bowling. I stuck to my routine on every single shot and just trusted the process. And for Brady, I told myself to be brave on every shot."

Williams now is two wins away from earning a spot in the stepladder finals, and she'll face Bryanna Coté‚ of Red Rock, Arizona, to start competition Monday.

Regardless of the outcome, she knows she'll have her biggest fans supporting her until the final ball is rolled.

"It's really special," Williams said. "I definitely had my whole village here. My mom is with me, and Stu's parents are with us. Brady's running around and having a really good time, and it's just great that I don't have to worry about him because I know he's right there. I'm getting to show him that you should strive to do something that you're passionate about and makes you happy."

Other matches in the winners bracket include two-time Queens champion Kelly Kulick of Union, New Jersey, taking on Amanda Fry of Antelope, California, Shannon O'Keefe of O'Fallon, Illinois, matching up against Sweden's Anna Andersson and Colombia's Clara Guerrero, who rolled the first 300 game of the 2018 event on Sunday, against Stefanie Johnson of McKinney, Texas.

Two former Queens champions still remain in contention in the elimination bracket - two-time champion Liz Johnson of Palatine, Illinois, and 2006 winner Shannon Pluhowsky of Dayton, Ohio.

Defending champion Diana Zavjalova of Latvia made a valiant run in the elimination bracket after losing in the opening round, winning her next three matches, but was eliminated during the final round of the day by Josie Barnes of Nashville, Tennessee, 697-646. Zavjalova finished tied for 17th place.

All players in this year's field bowled 15 games of qualifying over three days to determine the 63 competitors joining Zavjalova in match play.

This week's event is the first major on the 2018 Professional Women's Bowling Association Tour schedule.

All rounds of competition leading up to the stepladder finals will be broadcast on Xtra Frame, the exclusive online bowling channel for the Professional Bowlers Association. To subscribe to watch the action on Xtra Frame, visit XtraFrame.TV.

 

Puerto Rico’s Cristian Azcona Makes History with First PBA Tour Title in PBA Xtra Frame Wilmington Open

Puerto Rico’s Cristian Azcona became his country’s first Professional Bowlers Association champion Sunday when he defeated AJ Johnson of Oswego, Ill., 217-214, to win the PBA Xtra Frame Wilmington Open at Ten Pin Alley Family Fun Center. 

In a title match between two players vying for their first PBA Tour title, three pins separated the pair heading into the 10th frame when the 24-year-old Azcona threw three strikes to clinch the title and hand the 25-year-old Johnson his fourth second-place finish in PBA Tour competition. 

“It feels amazing,” Azcona said. “I’ve always thought about this, but it feels amazing.” 

Both players struggled to deal with the touchy lane conditions but Azcona found the solution first, throwing a late string of three strikes to take the lead. 

“I moved in a little and hooked the ball a little more,” he said. Knowing he needed two strikes and at least eight pins in the 10th frame to lock up his first title, “I thought thank God I’m finishing on my good lane, and then I just concentrated on making good shots. 

“I wasn’t sure (I was the first Puerto Rican to win a PBA Tour title), but knowing the bowlers in Puerto Rico, I had a pretty good idea. I figured if it ever happened, I’d be the first one.” 

Making bowling history for his country was secondary, however, to winning his first PBA Tour title. 

“I’ve been thinking about that ever since I decided to take this sport seriously, which is most of my life,” he said. “It’s a dream come true.” 

The two finalists have followed remarkably similar paths in their young PBA careers. Azcona, a former collegiate star at Lindenwood University, was the PBA South Region’s Player of the Year in 2017, his PBA rookie year. Johnson, a former All-American with McKendree University, was the 2017 PBA Midwest Region Player of the Year. Azcona is a five-time member of Puerto Rico’s national bowling team; Johnson is four-time member of Team USA. 

In the opening match, Tom Daugherty of Riverview, Fla., took advantage of Tommy Jones’ inability to strike on the right lane until the ninth frame, eliminating the tournament qualifying leader, 214-185. But after building a 29-pin lead on four strikes in five frames in the semifinal match, Daugherty lost his shot at the title when he left and failed to convert the 4-6-9-10 split in the ninth frame while Johnson ran off a string of five strikes on his way to a 224-201 win. 

The Wilmington Open is the second of eight PBA Xtra Frame Tour events in 2018 and a part of the Go 
Bowling! PBA Tour. The third PBA Xtra Frame Tour event will be the Greater Jonesboro Open at Hijinx in Jonesboro, Ark., June 1-3. 

 

堀内 綾が大会初制覇!

雨の予報を覆して晴れ渡る青い空のもと、今年も沖縄オープンサラダカップの熱戦が繰り広げられました。

お祭り騒ぎの前夜祭から一転、プロアマ問わず真剣な表情で予選・準決勝を投げ、上位8名が決勝シュートアウトに進出。プロの部では堀内 綾と板倉奈智美が優勝決定戦へと駒を進めました。

序盤は両者とも互角ペースで進みましたが、5フレーム目に板倉がイージーミスからオープンにしてしまい、また中盤でターキーを決めた堀内がリードを取ります。

しかし板倉も先輩プロとしての意地を見せて7フレーム目からターキーを打ち、8・9フレームとストライクが決まらない堀内を脅かしますが、10フレーム1投目で10番ピンに嫌われ、逆転はならず。

堀内がワンマーク差で逃げ切り、参加5回目にして初の大会制覇となりました。

またアマチュアの部、座覇政史選手とスティーブ・ウェーバー選手による優勝決定戦では、出だし1フレーム目でスティーブ選手がスプリットを見事カバーして場内を沸かせ、中盤は両者一歩も譲らぬストライク合戦に突入。しかし勝負どころの9フレーム目をスティーブ選手がスペアとしてしまったことが明暗を分け、248対238とぴったりワンマーク差で座覇選手の勝利となりました。


 

2018/05/19

 

Wegner leads qualifying at 2018 USBC Queens

Sweden's Jenny Wegner celebrated her 24th birthday Saturday at the 2018 United States Bowling Congress Queens, and one of her presents was a trip to the tournament's double-elimination match-play bracket at the National Bowling Stadium.

Wegner led qualifying after 15 games at the National Bowling Stadium this week with a 3,472 total, a 231.47 average, and will headline the 64-player bracket starting Sunday at noon Eastern.

The 2018 USBC Queens, the first major on the 2018 Professional Women's Bowling Association Tour schedule, will run through May 22 at the famed 78-lane venue, with the stepladder finals being broadcast live on CBS Sports Network on May 22 at 8 p.m. Eastern.

Wegner jumped into second place in the standings Friday after posting the highest block of the day (1,185), and she used Saturday's final round to learn as much as she could about her equipment and the characteristics of the NBS.

She rolled games of 233, 248, 199, 247 and 208 for a 1,135 total Saturday.

"I tried to use every ball in my bag to find out as much as I could for tomorrow," said Wegner, the 2016 QubicaAMF World Cup champion. "I hoped to find out what I needed to do with surfaces and everything, and I learned a lot in the last five games. I'm just trying to make every shot as well as I can and take it one shot at a time."

Although Wegner celebrated her birthday nearly 5,000 miles away from home, she certainly felt surrounded by family in Reno. Nine additional players, as well as coaches, made the trip from Sweden, including her sister, Cajsa.

Five of the 10 players from Sweden advanced to match play. Joining Wegner in the top 64 are 2016 Queens runner-up Sandra Andersson, Cajsa Wegner, Anna Andersson and Ida Andersson.

"I love when there are a lot of Swedish people here," Wegner said. "It feels like home even though I'm so far away. We have our coaches with us, so it's very comforting. They're watching every single shot, and from one block to another we are communicating to each other. I always end up bowling on my birthday and am never at home, so I'm kind of used to it, but being able to lead the Queens is a lot of fun."

Shannon O'Keefe of O'Fallon, Illinois, finished second with 3,439, and Ukraine's Daria Kovalova, who led the first two rounds of qualifying, was third with 3,415. Erin McCarthy of Omaha, Nebraska, finished fourth with 3,398, and Stefanie Johnson of McKinney, Texas, rounded out the top five with 3,383.

Defending champion Diana Zavjalova of Latvia finished qualifying tied in 19th place with a 15-game total of 3,283. She'll face Colombia's Clara Guerrero in Sunday's opening round of match play.

Zavjalova, a two-time Queens champion, was guaranteed the No. 64 spot in the double-elimination match-play bracket but was able to improve her seeding through qualifying.

Three bowlers tied for the 63rd position in the bracket, resulting in a one-game roll-off to determine the final two competitors advancing to match play. Sweden's Nina Flack, Venezuela's Karen Marcano and Shannon Sellens of Copiague, New York, each finished qualifying with a 3,116 total, a 207.73 average.

Marcano delivered six consecutive strikes in the early going to earn her spot in match play with a 233 game, and Sellens advanced with 168. Flack was unable to recover from three open frames and was eliminated with 160.

Marcano, the No. 63 seed, will face O'Keefe, and Sellens, the No. 64 seed, will bowl Wegner.

The match-play bracket will feature three-game matches with total pinfall determining who advances. The five players who make their way through the bracket will advance to the stepladder finals and have the chance to take home the top prize of $20,000.

All players in this year's field bowled 15 games of qualifying over three days to determine the 63 competitors joining Zavjalova in match play.

All rounds of competition leading up to the stepladder finals will be broadcast on Xtra Frame, the exclusive online bowling channel for the Professional Bowlers Association. To subscribe to watch the action on Xtra Frame, visit XtraFrame.TV.

 

18-Time Titlist Tommy Jones Paces Qualifying in PBA Xtra Frame Wilmington Open; Finals Sunday

Eighteen-time Professional Bowlers Association titlist Tommy Jones of Simpsonville, S.C., finished his eight-game qualifying round with a 279 game Saturday to roll into an 88-pin lead in PBA’s Xtra Frame Wilmington Open Saturday at Ten Pin Alley Family Fun Center.

Jones, 39, rolled games of 200, 208, 256, 243, 247, 278, 235 and 279 for an eight-game total of 1,946 pins, averaging at a 243.25 pace to easily lead the top 32 qualifiers who advanced to Sunday’s 9 a.m. cashers round. Chris Polizzi of Spring Hill, Fla., a six-year PBA member who won his only title in a PBA South Region tournament in Valdosta, Ga., in March, finished with 1,858 pins, six ahead of 2018 United States Bowling Congress Masters champion Andrew Anderson of Holly, Mich.

Puerto Rico’s Cristian Azcona, with 1,843 pins, and two-handed player Tim Foy Jr. of Seaford, Del., with a 1,836 total, round out the top five. Defending Wilmington Open champion Anthony Simonsen of Austin, Texas, qualified for the cashers round in 24th place, 240 pins behind Jones.

The Wilmington Open is the second of eight PBA Xtra Frame Tour events in 2018 and a part of the Go Bowling! PBA Tour. Competition continues Sunday with the four-game cashers round at 9 a.m. The top 16 after 12 games will bowl a three-game round at 11:30 a.m.; the top eight after 15 games bowl two more qualifying games at 1:30 p.m., and the four bowlers after 17 games advance to the stepladder finals at 3 p.m.

 

男子20名・女子10名の新人プロボウラーが誕生しました!


藤村 隆史



越智 真南

本日5月19日、第57回男子・51回女子プロボウラー資格取得テストが全日程を終了し、新たに男子20名・女子10名のプロボウラーが誕生しましたこと、ご報告致します。

男子では4期生・藤村重定の次男、藤村隆史が実技テスト最終まで佐藤貴啓と熾烈なトップ争いを繰り広げ、わずか15ピン差で藤村のトップ合格となりました。

女子はJPBA史上3人目の愛媛県出身女子プロボウラー、18歳の越智真南がトップで合格。また、54期生ヤン・ヒョンギュの親戚、チャン・ヨンヒャンや、24期生・岡田貴美の姪である岡田友貴、43期生・小池和久と49期生・小池沙紀の兄妹で、48期生・小松永宜夫人の小松 渚らも合格しました。

新人達は今後シーズントライアルスプリングシリーズを皮切りに、グリコセブンティーンアイス杯や女子出場優先順位決定戦にてプロデビュー致します。

プロボウリング界の未来を担う期待の新星達に、どうぞ温かいご声援をよろしくお願い致します。  


 

2018/05/18

 

Kovalova continues to lead at 2018 USBC Queens

Ukraine's Daria Kovalova continued to pace the 191-player field at the 2018 United States Bowling Congress Queens and leads for the second consecutive round.

The 23-year-old right-hander rolled games of 211, 230, 205, 267 and 226 for a 1,139 five-game block Friday at the National Bowling Stadium to bring her overall total to 2,384, a 238.4 average.

The 2018 USBC Queens, the first major on the 2018 Professional Women's Bowling Association Tour schedule, will run through May 22 at the famed 78-lane venue, with the stepladder finals being broadcast live on CBS Sports Network on May 22 at 8 p.m. Eastern.

Kovalova started the 2018 event with a blistering performance Thursday, averaging 249 for her first block. She was eager to return to the NBS for Friday's second round and quickly settled in after trying a few different things in the early going on the fresh 38-foot lane condition.

Also helping Kovalova settle in was having several of her former Wichita State University teammates in this week's field.

Kovalova was a standout during her collegiate career with the Shockers. She was named a National Collegiate Bowling Coaches Association All-American in each of her four seasons and was the most valuable player during the 2014-2015 season.

"I tried to not get ahead of myself because I was a little anxious and couldn't sleep very well last night," Kovalova said. "But it's great to have my teammates here. I'm much more comfortable knowing they have my back. They always support me, which really is a big thing."

Kovalova will continue to keep an open mind heading into Saturday's final round of qualifying.

"I'll see what's going to happen tomorrow," Kovalova said. "The lanes will play a little different, but I will try to stick to what I've been using."

Sweden's Jenny Wegner put together the highest block during Friday's second round to jump into second place with 2,337. Wegner rolled games of 236, 279, 233, 221 and 216 for a 1,185 total.

Two-time Queens champion Kelly Kulick of Union, New Jersey, is third with 2,286, while Shannon O'Keefe of O'Fallon, Illinois, and Bryanna Coté of Red Rock, Arizona, round out the top five with 2,275 and 2,271, respectively.

Defending champion Diana Zavjalova of Latvia dropped to 20th place in the standings after a 1,018 block Friday. She has a 10-game total of 2,178.

Zavjalova, a two-time Queens champion, is guaranteed the No. 64 spot in the double-elimination match-play bracket at Queens, but bowling qualifying will give her a chance to improve her seeding.

Qualifying will conclude Saturday, with both squads bowling on the fresh lane condition. All players will bowl 15 games of qualifying over three days to determine the 63 competitors joining Zavjalova in match play.

With five games remaining in qualifying, there are three players tied for 63rd place. Indonesia's Aldila Indryati, Debbie Ayers of La Mesa, California, and Samantha Kelly of Waukesha, Wisconsin, each are at 2,086, a 208.6 average.

The match-play bracket will feature three-game matches with total pinfall determining who advances. The five players who make their way through the bracket will advance to the stepladder finals and have the chance to take home the top prize of $20,000.

All rounds of competition leading up to the stepladder finals will be broadcast on Xtra Frame, the exclusive online bowling channel for the Professional Bowlers Association. To subscribe to watch the action on Xtra Frame, visit XtraFrame.TV.


 

2018/05/17

 

Kovalova leads after first round of 2018 USBC Queens

Ukraine's Daria Kovalova was at the head of the class Thursday at the 2018 United States Bowling Congress Queens, averaging nearly 250 on the way to capturing the opening-round lead.

The 23-year-old right-hander rolled games of 236, 247, 236, 259 and 267 at the National Bowling Stadium for a 1,245 total.

The 2018 USBC Queens, the first major on the 2018 Professional Women's Bowling Association Tour schedule, will run through May 22 at the famed 78-lane venue, with the stepladder finals being broadcast live on CBS Sports Network on May 22 at 8 p.m. Eastern.

Kovalova started the 2018 PWBA Tour season with a solid start at the PWBA Las Vegas Open in April, finishing 11th overall.

She missed the next two stops, however, as she finished her degree in art and illustration at Wichita State.

"After bowling the first stop, I had my final exams and graduation," said Kovalova, a four-time National Collegiate Bowling Coaches Association All-American. "Since my parents came up, I was able to practice all of last week before getting ready to travel. I also worked on some visualizations and exercises to make sure my game was sharp."

Kovalova kept her options open while competing on the burn squad Thursday and let this week's 38-foot lane condition show her the way.

"I didn't want to have any expectations on how it would play because you never know when it might go wrong," said Kovalova, who finished tied for ninth place at the 2017 Queens in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. "I tried to come out here with a clear mind and not look at it as a burn squad, but rather as just a slightly different pattern. I was able to see what the lanes were showing me and tried to play it and follow the transition and moves, and it worked."

Sweden's Cajsa Wegner was second for the day with 1,218, while Team USA's Shannon O'Keefe of O'Fallon, Illinois, was third with 1,210. A pair of past Queens champions, Diandra Asbaty (2012) of Chicago and Kelly Kulick (2007, 2010) of Union, New Jersey, rounded out the top five with scores of 1,200 and 1,187, respectively.

Defending champion Diana Zavjalova of Latvia is ninth after Thursday's five-game block with a 1,160 total.

Zavjalova, a two-time Queens champion, is guaranteed the No. 64 spot in the double-elimination match-play bracket at Queens, but bowling qualifying will give her a chance to improve her seeding.

Competition will resume Friday at noon Eastern with the second round of qualifying. All bowlers will bowl 15 games of qualifying over three days to determine the 63 bowlers joining Zavjalova in match play.

The match-play bracket will feature three-game matches with total pinfall determining who advances. The five players who make their way through the bracket will advance to the stepladder finals and have the chance to take home the top prize of $20,000.

All rounds of competition leading up to the stepladder finals will be broadcast on Xtra Frame, the exclusive online bowling channel for the Professional Bowlers Association. To subscribe to watch the action on Xtra Frame, visit XtraFrame.TV.

 

優勝はホストプロの一谷知広!

先日の4月29日(日)、トドロキボウル(奈良)にて承認大会・第2回NARAOPENルーキーズカップが開催され、トドロキボウルのホストプロである一谷知広が優勝しましたことをご報告致します。

ルーキーズカップの名の通り、若手プロとアマチュア選手で開催され、髙田浩規、ヤン・ヒョンギュ、髙橋俊彦、新城一也、内藤真裕実らの若手ながらもシード権を手にする実力者達も多数参加し、予選6Gを投球しました。

上位32名による決勝トーナメントでは熱戦が繰り広げられ、優勝決定戦にはアマチュア時代に2015年ジャパンオープン選手権で優勝した水谷若菜と、地元ホストプロの一谷知広が進出。地元の応援に応え、実力以上の力が発揮出来たと語った一谷に軍配が上がりました。


 

2018/05/15

 

 

 


 

2018/05/14

 

 

 

堀内 綾 優勝!

今年もGW最終日の5月6日(日)に、アソビックスびさいにて承認大会・第7回エーツーカッププロアマオープントーナメントが開催されました。

プロアマ問わず多くの強豪が参戦するなか、坂田重徳、入口光司、水谷孝敏、そして紅一点の堀内 綾が決勝へ進出。4人で1Gを投げる準決勝で堀内が252ピンと頭一つ飛び抜けたスコアで勝ち抜け、続く優勝決定戦でも坂田に40ピン以上の大差をつけて優勝を掴みました。


 

2018/05/13

 

Silver Lake Atom Splitters Sweep Philadelphia Hitmen to Win Third PBA League Elias Cup; Barnes named MVP

The Go Bowling! Silver Lake Atom Splitters became the first team to win three OceanView at Falmouth PBA League Elias Cup championships, winning in a dominant performance over the Sysco Philadelphia Hitmen at Bayside Bowl.

The two match, best-of-two-game finals, part of the 2018 Go Bowling! PBA Tour schedule, aired Sunday as the PBA Tour’s final telecast on ESPN after 38 consecutive years of coverage.

Silver Lake, the winner of back-to-back Elias Cups in 2014 and ’15, ended a two-year dry spell in a sweep over the Hitmen, who had never bowled in the Elias Cup finals. After a dominant semifinal round win over the Barbasol Motown Muscle, the Atom Splitters’ Jesper Svensson, Dick Allen, AJ Johnson, Tom Daugherty and Chris Barnes had only one close call in a four-game sweep.

After winning the opening game, 248-189, on the strength of seven strikes in the first eight frames, game two came down to a 10th frame showdown where Atom Splitters’ anchor Barnes threw three strikes to force Matt Sanders to match the effort to force a roll-off. Sanders ran the Hitmen’s string of strikes five, but on his final ball in the 10th frame, Sanders left a 9 pin and Silver Lake claimed a 216-215 decision.

With match one secured, and Philadelphia running into spare-shooting difficulties, Silver Lake easily won game three, 202-163. The Atom Splitters completed the sweep by throwing the first six strikes in game four, winning again, 246-192.

“We went undefeated, but on every shot, you do the math in your head and take it one shot at a time,” Silver Lake manager Mark Baker said. “My guys really bowled well. Really well. We played the lanes a little differently than everyone else, and our shot wasn’t going away. Jesper was Jesper. Dick Allen bowls great in this place. Daugherty, except for the solid 8, struck on about every ball. Putting Chris (Barnes) last relaxed (Dick) and I think that was the big difference.

“This is so much fun,” Baker continued. “It’s hard to explain to anyone who has never been here what the atmosphere is like. The first shot thrown (in the final round) gave me goosebumps. I don’t bowl any more. It wasn’t even my team, but that’s how electrifying it is here.”

While the entire Atom Splitters team bowled well, the decision to award the Mark Roth PBA League Most Valuable Player Award came down to Chris Barnes’ three-strike, 10th frame performance in game two of the Elias Cup finals. Barnes also won the inaugural Roth MVP award in 2014, making him the first two-time winner.

“That’s pretty cool, but I look at it as more of a team thing,” Barnes said. “We all struck a lot. We only had a couple of close games. I struck out to win one. It was a big one to win, but if it hadn’t been for a stone 8 (by Daugherty), we wouldn’t have been in a position where I needed to do that.

“Our guys were really clicking for the most part. We never had more than one person in between strikes and even then, we were all lined up,” he added. “(Philadelphia) just couldn’t get all of its guys going at the same time, and that’s always the issue here.”

At the conclusion of the event, PBA CEO and Commissioner Tom Clark announced the PBA League will return to Bayside Bowl in 2019 as part of the PBA’s new television package with FOX Sports. Details will be announced later.


 

2018/05/12

 

McEwan Wins 2018 PWBA Dountain Valley Open

Mother’s Day is a day each year where children honor their mothers for being great, and Danielle McEwan of Stony Point, New York, gave her mother an early present Saturday by winning the Professional Women’s Bowling Association Fountain Valley Open.

McEwan, the No. 3 seed, ran the stepladder and defeated Bryanna Coté of Red Rock, Arizona, in the title match, 215-182, to win her fourth career PWBA Tour title. In the process, she joined last week’s PWBA Sonoma County Open champion Shannon O’Keefe of O’Fallon, Illinois, as the only players to win a title in each season since the relaunch of the PWBA Tour in 2015.

The stepladder finals were streamed live on Xtra Frame, the Professional Bowlers Association’s online bowling channel.

In the championship match, McEwan began with three consecutive strikes, which echoed a tone she’d set in her previous matches by getting off to strong starts. Coté struggled to find a look early in the match, but she still managed to give herself a chance to win with strikes in the eighth and ninth frames. McEwan countered with a strike in the ninth, and she sealed the victory with a spare to start the 10th frame to collect the $10,000 top prize.

“This means the world to me, especially on this tour,” McEwan said. “This year, in particular, the talent is unbelievable. The girls have come back and have gotten so much better from the first year to the second year and all the way through. Every week out here is grueling, the shots are hard and it’s really taken everything I have to make it through each round. So, to come out on top, this one’s a great feeling.”

McEwan didn’t record an open frame during her three wins. It’s a fact she didn’t even notice because she was intently focused on keeping her process the same throughout the stepladder finals. Her mental game has played an important role in her continued development as a player, and it’s something she’s focused on improving since last season.

“My main keys have been being positive and being patient,” McEwan said. “My downward spirals come from when I start to panic and I’m not patient, and it affects my physical game. I saw a lot of that last year. So, this year is about being patient, being positive and trying to keep everything as even-keel as possible.”

In McEwan’s three previous wins, her mother, Susan Varano, had been present for each victory. With the stepladder finals being held in the host center during the 2018 season, Varano was not in attendance for this championship-round appearance.

This presented a different feeling and vibe for McEwan, who was used to looking up and seeing her mother watching on as a spectator. But, perhaps more than anything, it provided McEwan a different perspective and understanding of just how important her mother is and has been.

“My family is very important to me,” McEwan said. “But, with Mother’s Day in particular, this is my first win where my mom hasn’t been here. It’s one of those things you kind of take for granted almost. I don’t mean to, but she’s just always been here. And, today while bowling, it caught me a couple times and I said, ‘wow, she’s not here. This is really weird.’ I know she was at home glued to the computer and sitting next to my grandmother probably all screaming and crying. It’s all good. Happy Mother’s Day, mom.”

McEwan advanced to the title match after defeating No. 2 seed Rocio Restrepo of Louisville, Ohio, 247-209. Restrepo was looking for her fourth career PWBA Tour title.

In the opening match, McEwan defeated local favorite Missy Parkin of Laguna Hills, California, 220-202.

Competition this week at the PWBA Fountain Valley Open at Fountain Bowl included two eight-game qualifying blocks on Friday to determine the 32 players for Saturday's Round of 32. An additional eight-game block Saturday morning narrowed the field to 12 players, who bowled six additional games to determine the stepladder finalists.
The 2018 PWBA Tour season continues next week with the first major of the season at the United States Bowling Congress Queens at the National Bowling Stadium in Reno, Nevada.

Qualifying and match-play rounds of PWBA Tour events are broadcast on Xtra Frame, which also will be the livestream home for the stepladder finals of seven standard events.

Go to PWBA.com for more information about the PWBA Tour.

 

 

Bryanna Cote

 

 

Bryanna Cote


 

2018/05/11

 

 

Shannon O'Keefe

63位 長縄多禧子

 

 

Bryanna Cote

59位 長縄多禧子


 

2018/05/09

 

 【PBA】 News

PBA’s 10th Anniversary World Series of Bowling Returns to Its Detroit Roots in March 2019

The Professional Bowlers Association’s 10th anniversary World Series of Bowling will return to its roots at historic Thunderbowl Lanes in suburban Detroit, and will include a unique television package with the PBA’s new broadcast partner, FOX Sports, PBA CEO and Commissioner Tom Clark announced today.

WSOB X, a multi-event tournament series, will be held March 11-21 as part of the 2019 Go Bowling! PBA Tour at the same site that hosted the inaugural World Series in 2009.

“The PBA World Series of Bowling has evolved over the past nine years in becoming the world’s premier event in professional bowling,” Clark said. “The 10th edition will be the most electrifying yet, with multiple PBA titles being won live in prime time on national TV on consecutive nights. None of this growth would have been possible without the shared vision of Thunderbowl Lanes proprietor Tom Strobl and the great bowling fans of Detroit, so it’s with great pleasure that the PBA will return to the place of the WSOB’s birth in 2019.”

WSOB X will include four championship events that were part of the original event: the Cheetah Championship (won in 2009 by Norm Duke), Chameleon Championship (won by Bill O’Neill), Scorpion Championship (won by Mike DeVaney) and the PBA World Championship (won by Tom Smallwood). The finals of those four events will be televised live by FOX Sports in prime time on consecutive nights in March. A fifth event – a special USA vs. The World team match – will be the final event of WSOB X. Details will be announced soon.

Thunderbowl Lanes’ unique arena bay, originally built to showcase team bowling in an era just before the PBA’s formation in 1958, will be the site of the FOX Sports telecasts, continuing a WSOB tradition that has included events at premier bowling venues including South Point in Las Vegas and the National Bowling Stadium in Reno, Nev.

Since its formation, the WSOB has become a magnet for both established and rising international bowling stars. Bowlers from 41 different countries have participated over the past nine years.

Because the PBA’s new partnership with FOX Sports begins in 2019 and presents an opportunity to televise the entire World Series live, there is no 2018 WSOB. The PBA replaced the World Series on the 2018 schedule with the recently-announced PBA Fall Swing in Tulsa, Okla., in October.

Only PBA members will be eligible to enter the World Series. Detrails and a complete schedule of WSOB X events will be announced soon.

 

F会場ぶっちぎりの成績で決勝大会進出!

吉田 文啓

本日行われましたROUND1 GRAND CHAMPIONSHIP BOWLING 2018・JPBA選抜大会F会場(ラウンドワン仙台苦竹店)第1シフト3Gシリーズにて、吉田文啓が自身初(JPBA公認290号)の800シリーズを達成しました!

278・258・269計805ピンを打ち出し、川添奨太、串田 昭に続く大会第3号の記録達成で決勝大会進出を掴んだ吉田、こちらも決勝での活躍が期待されます!


 

2018/05/08

 

Michael Haugen Jr. Makes Right Ball Choices to Win PBA50 Johnny Petraglia BVL Open

Using three different balls to attack the changing lane conditions in the stepladder finals, Michael Haugen Jr. of Phoenix, won the PBA50 Johnny Petraglia BVL Open presented by Brunswick Tuesday for his second career PBA50 Tour title.

Haugen, the 2017 PBA50 Rookie of the Year and winner of the 2017 Suncoast PBA Senior U.S. Open, defeated PBA Hall of Famer and stepladder finals top qualifier Walter Ray Williams Jr. of Oxford, Fla., 277-195, in the title match at Farmingdale Lanes to win his first PBA50 Tour title of the season.

“It’s pretty special anytime you can beat the most prolific winner in our sport because he doesn’t give them away,” said Haugen of his win over Williams. “To beat Walter Ray for the title in a tournament named after Johnny Petraglia, it doesn’t get much better than that.”

The 51-year-old Haugen used three different balls in the finals, often using a different ball on each lane in his three matches.

“I used three different balls and just rotated them in and out depending on what I felt I needed to get the reaction I wanted,” said Haugen, a five-time PBA Tour winner. “It’s all about knowing what’s in your (bowling) bag and choosing the right ball for the right situation.”

Haugen, the No. 3 qualifier for the finals, started each match he bowled with at least four strikes.

He beat No. 4 qualifier Marty Berke of Allentown, Pa., who was making his first finals appearance, 224-170, in the second match and then went on to beat three-time PBA50 Tour winner Bob Learn Jr. of Erie, Pa., in the semifinal match, 244-194, to advance to the championship match against Williams.

“Whenever you can get off to a good start with early strings it’s going to put the pressure on your opponent,” Haugen added. “Fortunately, I was able to make the right decisions and didn’t waste those good starts.”

For Williams, who was trying for his 12th PBA50 Tour title, it was his second runner-up finish of the season after finishing second in the PBA50 Lucas/Magazine Classic to open the season. He also finished fifth in the PBA50 National Championship.

In the first stepladder match, Berke, who turned 60 on Monday, defeated five-time PBA Tour winner Ryan Shafer of Horseheads, N.Y., 237-188, whose fifth-place finish was his first PBA50 Tour finals appearance.

The fourth tournament of the season was named after PBA legend and Vietnam War veteran Johnny Petraglia who is a 14-time PBA Tour and eight-time PBA50 Tour winner. The BVL fund provides recreational and therapeutic programs and services to military veterans.

The PBA50 Tour will take a three-week break before returning with the PBA50 Northern California Classic presented by MOTIV May 27-30 at Harvest Park Bowl in Brentwood, Calif.

 

優勝 三池 丹揮!

先の4月15日(日)に飯塚第一ボウル(福岡)にて承認大会・BIGプロチャレンジトーナメント2018が開催され、ホストプロの三池丹揮が優勝しましたことご報告致します。

プロの部予選でディフェンディングチャンピオンの玉井慎一郎が2G連続パーフェクトを達成したり、決勝トーナメントでもしのぎを削る大接戦や、ビッグゲームが連発するなど、見応えある戦いが繰り広げられました。

頂点を決する優勝決定戦には注目選手の久保田彩花と、アマチュアの部優勝の平川照義選手を倒した三池丹揮が進出。ここで調子を落としてしまった久保田を、安定のスコアで三池が下し、昨年2位で終わったリベンジを果たしての優勝となりました。


 

2018/05/06

 

Silver Lake Atom Splitters, Philadelphia Hitmen Advance to PBA League Elias Cup Finals

The Go Bowling! Silver Lake Atom Splitters will get a chance to become the first three-time OceanView at Falmouth PBA League Elias Cup champions after a convincing semifinal round victory, but the two-time defending champion Shipyard Dallas Strikers will be watching from the sidelines after losing a thrilling “double overtime” battle with the Sysco Philadelphia Hitmen team.

The best-of-two-game semifinal rounds matches, which are part of the 2018 Go Bowling! PBA Tour schedule, were contested at Bayside Bowl and aired Sunday on ESPN.

Silver Lake, the winner of back-to-back Elias Cups in 2014 and ’15, was dominant in sweeping the Barbasol Motown Muscle in their best-of-two-game Baker format match, throwing 10 strikes in 12 attempts in game one for a 258-235 win, and almost duplicating their first game performance in posting a 245-207 victory to complete their march to the Elias Cup championship match.

The Atom Splitters’ Jesper Svensson, Dick Allen, AJ Johnson, Tom Daugherty and Chris Barnes as a team missed the pocket twice in two games.

“That was some pretty stellar bowling,” said Atom Splitters manager Mark Baker.” There wasn’t much for me to do other than keep giving them high fives.”

In the second semifinal match, the Dallas Strikers looked like they were going to make the finale a match between the PBA League’s only two-time winners, romping to a 278-248 win over the Hitmen in game one. After Bill O’Neill and player-manager Norm Duke converted single-pin spares in the first two frames, Kyle Sherman, Rhino Page and Tommy Jones began a run of nine consecutive strikes to run away with the first game.

But Philadelphia pulled off a stunning upset. In game two, the Hitmen took a two-pin advantage into the 10th frame where anchor bowler Dom Barrett left the 2-8 on his first shot. After converting the spare, he needed nine pins to clinch the win by a pin, but left a pocket 7-10 split, ending the game in a 213-213 tie and forcing a one-ball sudden death roll-off.

Philadelphia manager Jason Couch sent in rookie left-hander Matt Sanders, who struck. Dallas countered with its leftie, veteran Rhino Page, who left a 6 pin.

With the match then tied at one game each, another roll-off was needed to decide who advanced to the Elias Cup finals. Sanders struck and Duke matched him. Couch then called on Tom Smallwood, who got help from a messenger to take out the 10 pin for another strike. Page (at left) again got the call for Dallas, but again misfired, leaving a 2 pin and sending the Hitmen into the Elias Cup title match for the first time in the series’ seven-year history.

“My heart was definitely pumping,” Couch said. “That’s what we hope will happen in this kind of format. I got lucky; I made the right moves and put guys in the right spot, and it worked out well.

“We’ve been here enough times. We know the environment,” Couch added. “Nothing seems to rattle (Sanders, at left). He’s really good under pressure. We explained to him after we drafted him what he could expect when he came to Portland. We told him to just have a good time.

“I have no problem sending ‘Smalls’ in when we need something. He’s come of age; he bloomed a little later than normal, but I’d take him in that position any time. He did it in Columbus (where he won the Barbasol PBA Players Championship), and he did it for us last year. I have no problem with him anywhere in our lineup.”

The Elias Cup and the Mark Roth PBA League MVP will be decided on ESPN on Sunday, March 13, at 1 p.m. ET. The new Elias Cup format will involve two best-of-two-game Baker format matches with a one-ball sudden death roll-off being used to decide any ties. The new format could see up to seven one-ball roll-offs.


 

2018/05/05

 

O'Keefe Wins 2018 PWBA Sonoma County Open

Shannon O’Keefe of O’Fallon, Illinois, came into the week with fond memories of Double Decker Lanes, and she will leave with one more after capturing the 2018 Professional Women’s Bowling Association Sonoma County Open.

In a title match for the ages, O’Keefe, the No. 4 seed, defeated top seed Verity Crawley of England, 268-266, on Saturday. The stepladder finals were streamed live on Xtra Frame, the Professional Bowlers Association’s online bowling channel.

The championship match began in a flurry with both players combining for 15 out of 16 strikes through eight frames, with O’Keefe owning the only non-strike when she spared in the first frame.

Crawley left the 1-2-4 combination in the ninth frame to end her run at perfection, giving O’Keefe the opportunity to lock up her seventh career PWBA Tour title if she could throw strikes in the ninth and the first shot in the 10th frame along with an eight count spare in the final stanza.

O’Keefe struck in the ninth but left a 10 pin on her first shot in the final frame. She made the spare and filled nine pins on her final offering.

Crawley, who finished second at the 2017 PWBA Fountain Valley Open and 2017 PWBA Greater Detroit Open, would have the chance to win her first PWBA Tour title if she could double in the 10th frame. She left a 7 pin on her first shot, giving O’Keefe her second Sonoma County Open title in three seasons.

The range of emotions were significant for O’Keefe during the title match, but being able to manage them were key.

“There were some moments in the match where I needed to take a really deep breath,” O’Keefe said. “I’d throw a strike, which followed her strikes, and knew I was staying right in it. I knew I just needed to calm myself down and really try to control what I could control and stay in the moment. However it was going to end, I told myself I’d be happy with it.”

With the win, O’Keefe now has claimed at least one win in each season since the relaunch of the PWBA Tour in 2015. Her success was nothing more than a dream just a few years ago.

“This is something that I dreamed of back on the old PWBA Tour but definitely was not refined to where am I now,” O’Keefe said. “When the relaunch happened, I was so excited to be able to get out here and compete at this level week in and week out. Really, all we had was Team USA for the last decade, and I’m so grateful and blessed to be apart of that. But, I wanted more. So, to see how it’s just snowballing from year to year is just incredible, and I feel so blessed.”

The win for O’Keefe was extra special because of the family’s recent loss of their 13-year-old dog, Cola. She was an important part of the O’Keefe family, and she may have given O’Keefe the extra help she needed to take home the title.

“She was my baby,” said O’Keefe, while holding back tears. “She owned Mommy and everyone knew it. Everybody who would stay at the house would always say she was completely different when I was home than when I was gone. It was really hard. I feel like I lost a piece of me. Anytime this week was tough, or I threw a bad shot, I just thought of doing it for Cola. I thought Verity was going to double for sure in the 10th and when she didn’t, Bryan (O’Keefe) looked right at me and said, ‘That was Cola Bear,’ and I just lost it. This one’s for her.”

O’Keefe advanced to the title match after defeating last week’s PWBA Las Vegas Open champion, Shayna Ng of Singapore, 214-186. Ng was looking to win the first two titles of the 2018 season.

In the opening match, O’Keefe downed Sweden’s Ida Andersson, 226-160. Andersson was looking for her first PWBA title.

O’Keefe made a late charge to the stepladder finals during Saturday’s Round of 12, where she jumped from 10th to fourth in the standings on the strength of a 276 effort in Game 5 of the six-game block.

Competition this week at the PWBA Sonoma County Open at Double Decker Lanes included two eight-game qualifying blocks on Friday to determine the 32 players for Saturday's Round of 32. An additional eight-game block Saturday morning narrowed the field to 12 players, who bowled six additional games to determine the stepladder finalists.

The 2018 PWBA Tour season continues next week with the PWBA Fountain Valley Open at Fountain Bowl in Fountain Valley, California.

Qualifying and match-play rounds of PWBA Tour events are broadcast on Xtra Frame, which also will be the livestream home for the stepladder finals of seven standard events.

Go to PWBA.com for more information about the PWBA Tour.

 

 

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Verity Crawley


 

2018/05/04

 

 

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2018/05/02

 

Brian Voss Wins Second PBA50 Tour Title in North Carolina’s Mooresville Open

Brian Voss, who recently moved into the North Carolina neighborhood, threw two strikes in the 10th frame on the same lane where he had left a 7-10 split only two frames earlier, to defeat Lennie Boresch Jr. of Kenosha, Wis., 226-223, in the title match of the PBA50 Tour’s Mooresville Open presented by Columbia 300 Tuesday at George Pappas’ Victory Lanes.

Voss, who won his only previous PBA50 Tour title in the 2016 Dave Small’s Championship Lanes Classic in Anderson, Ind., survived a wild final round of match play to earn the top berth in the stepladder finals where he had the title match under control until his pocket 7-10 let Boresch back into the match. Voss’ clutch double in the 10th forced Boresch – the only non-PBA Hall of Famer among the five finalists – to also double for the win, but the Wisconsin pro shop operator left a 4 pin on his first shot.

“I love to bowl. I live to win,” Voss said. “My sons were with me tonight. It was fabulous.

“There are days I wonder why I’m still doing this,” he added, “but when you experience this, it keeps you coming back. I love to entertain, to show my emotions. I live just to feel the adrenalin, not only when you win, but the path along the way. It’s addictive, overcoming the fear. It’s a great feeling.”

Voss, who will turn 60 later in the summer, said he moved to nearby Cornelius, N.C., from Colorado about three months ago because he had an opportunity to teach bowling, “so why not? I love being around the bowling world. I love to teach, so I moved.”

Boresch, fresh off winning his fourth PBA50 Tour title in the PBA50 National Championship at Spanish Springs Lanes in The Villages, Fla., a week earlier, eliminated Norm Duke of Clermont, Fla., in the semifinal match, 232-222. Boresch, who also defeated Duke in the PBA50 National Championship title match, used a late string of four strikes to overcome a pocket 7-10 split of his own while Duke lost his strike pocket early in the game and dug a hole he couldn’t escape.

Duke started the stepladder finals with a 279-214 win over Parker Bohn III of Jackson, N.J., with only a 10 pin in the fifth frame preventing a perfect game. In the second match, Duke took advantage of Pete Weber’s only mistake – leaving and failing to convert the 3-10 split in the 10th frame – to win a classic battle with the St. Ann, Mo., hall of famer, 257-245.

The PBA50 Tour’s next event is the PBA50 Johnny Petraglia BVL Open, presented by Brunswick, at Farmingdale Lanes in Farmingdale, N.Y., beginning with eight-game qualifying rounds Sunday and Monday at 6 p.m. ET. The tournament concludes Tuesday with a cashers’ round, two modified match play rounds and the stepladder finals at 7 p.m. Brian LeClair is defending champion.


 

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