Monacelli Avenges PBA50 Tour Loss to Williams in PBA Challenge; Parkin, Blanchard, Coffey Also Win

by Bill Vint January 18, 2015 09:00

LAS VEGAS – Venezuelan native Amleto Monacelli defeated fellow Professional Bowlers Association Hall of Famer Walter Ray Williams Jr. of Oxford, Fla., with a near-perfect game, 277-219, to win the PBA50 Tour Finals as part of a four-match PBA Challenge presented by the International Bowling Museum and Hall of Fame at the new South Point Bowling Plaza.

The PBA Challenge Finals presented by the International Bowling Museum and Hall of Fame aired Sunday on ESPN. The PBA Challenge was a GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling VI showcase for four different aspects of PBA competition – youth, seniors, women and regional. PBA50, PBA Women’s Regional and PBA Regional qualifying events were held earlier in the World Series, with the top two players advancing to the finals. The Teen Masters boys’ and girls’ division winners were decided during the summer in Tamarac, Fla.

In the opening PBA50 Tour Finals match between 2013 finalists, Monacelli avenged his 224-204 loss to Williams. Monacelli just missed a perfect game, leaving the 3-6-10 in the eighth frame, for his only mistake.

“I told myself this morning that I should shoot 300 on TV,” Monacelli said. “That would have been nice. I shot 287 against Mark Roth one time, but I was really focusing on what I needed to do to win the match. It’s a nice way to end the season.”

Monacelli said he lost his focus in the eighth frame when he rushed himself to avoid a shot clock violation.

“But I don’t use that as an excuse because I know what I was supposed to do when things like that come up,” he said, “and I just didn’t do what I needed to do. It’s my own fault.”

In the Teen Masters Grand Championship that followed, Michael Coffey, 19, of Melbourne, Fla., defeated 18-year-old Kelly Skalacki of Corem, N.Y., 202-156, in a match that involved a long oil pattern on the left lane and a shorter application on the right. In addition, all Teen Masters players are limited to using one “old-school” plastic ball and/or one urethane ball, placing emphasis on player skill over technology.

Coffey, who is bowling for Lindenwood University in St. Louis, started with three strikes and had only one open frame – a missed 10 pin in the sixth frame. Skalacki, a member of the Webber International collegiate team in Lake Wales, Fla., struggled with the demanding environment and didn’t strike until the eighth frame.

Both Teen Masters gender division winners were making their national television debuts.

“I was a lot less nervous than I thought I would be because I prepared really hard and this is something I want really badly,” Coffey said. “It’s like being around family; you’re not nervous when you’re around family and I feel like this is where I belong.”

Is PBA competition part of his future plans? He answered emphatically, “Yes.”

Parkin won match three easily, 266-202. Parkin, who represented the PBA West Region in the inaugural PBA Women’s Regional finals, defeated PBA Southwest Region representative Clara Guerrero of Pflugerville, Texas. Parkin struck on nine of her first 10 shots, while back-to-back 4-6-7 splits in the seventh and eighth frames ended Guerrero’s hopes.

“I was extremely excited when I heard about the PBA Women’s Regional program,” Parkin said, “so I jumped on the opportunity right away. I actually cancelled a big trip to Costa Rica in order to bowl one of the regionals, so this definitely made it worthwhile. It was really a great opportunity to be able to come to the World Series.

“On top of that, my focus was on making the TV show,” she continued. “I practiced a lot getting ready and I bowled really well to make it to TV. That’s the grandest stage of all, the reason we all bowl. Today, I came out remembering why we bowl – because we love our sport. I wanted to have fun and I did and the pins cooperated, so it all worked out.”

Match four pitted 2012 PBA Rookie of the Year Josh Blanchard of Gilbert, Ariz., representing the PBA Northwest Region, against 2013 Rookie of the Year EJ Tackett of Huntington, Ind., representing the Central Region, in the PBA Regional Finals.

Blanchard took the lead with a spare followed by three strikes while Tackett struggled with pin carry in the early frames. Tackett made a ball change in the sixth frame and got lined up, but Blanchard was lined up as well, putting the match away with a late string of five strikes to win, 258-236.

“I had a good ball reaction the whole match,” Blanchard said. “I used a ball I hadn’t thrown until my last shot in practice. I struck with it and made all the right moves, so it made it easy to bowl. I knew (EJ) was going to bowl a good game and the other balls I used in practice, it seemed like I’d bowl a 210, 200, so I needed something different. After that one shot, I knew I was going to stick with it the whole match.”

Blanchard also made it into the PBA Regional field by winning the final Northwest Region event of the season.

“I was supposed to go to (fellow PBA competitor) Andres Gomez’s wedding, but I cancelled – and I ended up winning the regional to get into the field,” he said.

While winning the Regional Finals wasn’t the same as winning his first PBA Tour title, Blanchard feels like he’s getting closer to that goal.

“I’ve been out here for two years and I’m still working at it,” he said. “I change my game every year trying to find the ‘it’ factor to get my first win. Usually when guys do that, they’ll win two or three times, and keep moving along. I’m still waiting for that ‘it’ factor.”

Closing the telecast, the four winners participated in a special one-shot, low-player-out Bonus Knockout Round. Parkin won the event with a strike in the third round to eliminate Blanchard, who left a 10 pin. Coffey was eliminated in the first round and Monacelli was knocked out in the second.

The World Bowling Tour Men’s and Women’s Finals presented by the PBA, the final event conducted during the GEICO PBA WSOB VI, will air Sunday, Jan. 25, on ESPN2 at 1 p.m. ET. The WBT event will be contested using an experimental “best frame” scoring system that is being tested by World Bowling. Finnish native Mika Koivuniemi of Hartland, Mich.; Sean Rash of Montgomery, Ill., and Jason Belmonte of Australia will bowl for the WBT Men’s title. Kelly Kulick of Union, N.J.; Liz Johnson of Cheektowaga, N.Y., and Sandra Andersson of Sweden will compete in the WBT Women’s final.

PBA CHALLENGE
presented by International Bowling Museum and Hall of Fame
South Point Bowling Center, Las Vegas

PBA50 Tour Final: Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela ($8,000) def. Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., ($4,000), 277-219.

Teen Masters Grand Championship: Michael Coffey, Melbourne, Fla. ($10,000 scholarship) def. Kelly Skalacki, Corem, N.Y., ($7,500 scholarship), 202-156.

PBA Women’s Regional Final: Missy Parkin, Laguna Hills, Calif. ($8,000) def. Clara Guerrero, Pflugerville, Texas ($4,000), 266-202.

PBA Regional Final: Josh Blanchard, Gilbert, Ariz. ($8,000) def. E.J. Tackett, Huntington, Ind. ($4,000), 258-236.

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PBA’s Product Registered Program Continues to Grow

by Bill Vint January 13, 2015 07:00

CHICAGO – The Professional Bowlers Association kicked off its 2015 season on January 1 with a full complement of companies, highlighted by long-time partners Ebonite, Brunswick, Storm and MOTIV, participating in its Product Registered program.

The PBA Product Registered program was created to provide participating companies a variety of opportunities to showcase their brand-name products, logos and/or other product identification in PBA competition across America and around the world. The introduction of the extensive multi-media PBA Network in 2014 has expanded those opportunities to an unprecedented level.

PBA Product Registered companies are eligible to participate in a year-round schedule of tournaments televised by ESPN and CBS Sports Network, on PBA’s online bowling channel Xtra Frame and on the PBA YouTube Channel, in a wide range of social media outlets and more. Bowling product manufacturers have the opportunity to sponsor teams in the PBA League, place premium products in Concrete Software’s popular PBA Bowling Challenge Mobile Game, and showcase star players in PBA50 Tour and more than 160 regional tournaments conducted annually.

Returning to the PBA Product Registered program is Global Manufacturing with its 900 Global, 3G and AMF300 brands. Representing 900 Global will be 17-time PBA Tour champion Chris Barnes, and 2000 U.S. Open champion Robert Smith, who is returning to health after chronic back ailments forced him to the sidelines.

Product visibility opportunities available to participating companies also include on-air signage on ESPN and CBS Sports Network, exposure on High 5 Gear’s dye-sublimated player jerseys, billboards and commercial messages with international exposure, extensive social and electronic media exposure, online bowling programming through an expanded schedule of Xtra Frame events, presenting sponsorship of Senior Tour and PBA Regional events among other marketing opportunities.

“The PBA is continually developing opportunities to help our sponsors market their products,” said PBA Commissioner Tom Clark. “In recent years PBA has expanded exposure opportunities through our extensive PBA Network, which reaches bowlers and fans around the world, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.”

PBA’s partnership with World Bowling, the international governing body for tenpin bowling, and the creation of a new PBA Japan Regional program have expanded the PBA’s presence internationally. The participation of U.S. and international PBA players brings greater attention to PBA Product Registered brands to a worldwide audience of bowling enthusiasts. During the 2015 season, the PBA and World Bowling will cooperate in supporting nearly a dozen international tournaments.

The PBA gains more mainstream and bowling media than any other outlet in bowling through media exposure on programs such as ESPN SportsCenter, Around the Horn, Pardon The Interruption, SportsNation, The Howard Stern radio and publications ranging from New York Times, ESPN The Magazine, and Sports Illustrated among many others.

2015 PBA Product Registered Companies

Full Registration
900 Global
Brunswick
Columbia300
DV8
Ebonite
Hammer
MOTIV
Radical
Roto Grip
Storm
Track

Grassroots Registration
AMF300

National Footwear
3G
Brunswick
Dexter
Storm

Full Accessories
Masters
Robby’s
Turbo 2-n-1 Grips
Vise Grips

Accessories Limited
High 5 Gear
Mongoose Products
Powerhouse

Accessories Grassroots
KR Strikeforce

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PBA Spare Shots: PBA Challenge to Return to 2015 PBA World Series of Bowling VII Program

by Bill Vint December 2, 2014 08:14

PBA Regional, PBA Women’s Regional and PBA50 Tour players will have the added incentive of paid entry fees in the 2015 PBA World Series of Bowling VII and potential berths in the 2015 PBA Challenge as part of the World Series, PBA Commissioner Tom Clark has announced.

The PBA Challenge, introduced for WSOB VI, will involve season-long qualifying programs within the PBA Regions as well as the PBA50 Tour in 2015. Qualifying for each division remains the same as last year, with regional players competing for points between Jan. 1 and Sept. 30, and PBA50 Tour players competing throughout their 2015 schedule. In each of the PBA’s eight regions (East, South, Central, Midwest, Southwest, West, Northwest and Japan), plus the PBA50 Tour, the competition points leader as of Sept. 30 will earn a paid entry into the World Series along with a berth in a special eight-game match play roll-off leading to two players advancing to the PBA Challenge Finals. The fourth spot in the PBA Challenge Finals will be awarded to the 2015 Teen Masters boys’ and girls’ division champions.

While the regional schedules for 2015 are still pending, the PBA expects an increase in the number of regional events that will include PBA Women’s Regional qualifiers. Complete details about the regional program will be available on each region’s home page on pba.com.

The 2014 PBA Challenge finals, presented by the International Bowling Museum and Hall of Fame, will air on ESPN on Sunday, Jan. 18, at 3 p.m. ET. Finalists will include Walter Ray Williams Jr. of Oxford, Fla., vs. Venezuela’s Amleto Monacelli (PBA50 Tour); Josh Blanchard, Gilbert, Ariz., vs. E.J. Tackett, Huntington, Ind. (PBA Regional); Clara Guerrero, Pflugerville, Texas, vs. Missy Parkin, Laguna Hills, Calif. (PBA Women’s Regional), and Michael Coffey, Melbourne, Fla., vs. Kelly Skalacki, Coram, N.Y. (Teen Masters).

PBA STARS CARRY AMERICA’S GOLD MEDAL HOPES INTO MEN’S WORLD CHAMIONSHIPS

Six PBA stars will carry America’s gold medal hopes into the World Bowling Men’s Championships Dec. 6-14 at Zayed Sports City in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas; Mike Fagan, Fort Worth, Texas; Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C.; Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash.; Bill O’Neill, Langhorne, Pa., and Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., are the members of Team USA who will join 274 bowlers from 49 countries competing for gold, silver and bronze medals in singles, doubles, trios, team, all-events and Masters match play events.
In the 2013 Men’s World Championships, held in Las Vegas, Finland won the team title, denying the United States a fourth consecutive win. Despite the absence of a team gold medal, the U.S. won three gold, two silver and three bronze medals.
Bowling fans will be able to follow the Men’s World Championships live on USBC’s BowlTV online video streaming service (visit bowl.com).

SUBSCRIBE TO XTRA FRAME FOR CHANCE TO WIN NEW MOTIV BOWLING BALL

Each month MOTIV is giving away a bowling ball to someone who signs up for a new Xtra Frame subscription, either monthly ($7.99) or 12-month XF Season Ticket ($64.99).

The November winner is Tyler Gruhl of Madison, Wis., who was selected at random. Gruhl won a Jackal ball from MOTIV (http://www.motivbowling.com/products/balls/jackal.html).

The ball-a-month promotion is a continuation of the MOTIV promotion which ran during the 2014 GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling VI when the company gave away one bowling ball a day for the six days of WSOB competition.

PBA REGIONAL SUMMARY: SIMONSEN WINS BATTLE OF TEENAGERS FOR SECOND TITLE

In a battle of teenagers, Anthony Simonsen of Mesquite, Texas, won his second PBA Southwest Region title Sunday, clinching the title in the Beaumont Southwest Open at Beaumont’s Crossroads Bowling Center in Beaumont, Texas, by winning his last three games of the eight-game round robin match play finals.

Going into the final game position round match, the 17-year-old Simonsen led Chris Hibbitts from Fort Worth, Texas, by 29 pins, and was only 33 pins ahead of fourth place. Simonsen defeated Hibbitts, 230-190, to secure the $3,000 first prize. Nineteen-year-old Mason Edmondson from Amarillo, Texas, defeated Houston’s Shawn Maldonado, 205-189, to move up to second. Simonsen finished with a 21-game total of 4,652 pins, 56 ahead of Edmondson.

● Amateur Charles Easton of Sylvania, Ohio, defeated Kyle Bigelow of Troy, Ohio by 75 pins to win his first PBA Regional event in the La-Z-Boy/Monroe Sport Center Central Challenge at Monroe Sport Center in Monroe, Mich., Sunday.

Easton finished with an 8-2 match play record and a total of 4,535 pins for 18 games, including match play bonus pins. He also earned $1,600.

The Challenge tournament field consisted of PBA members who do not hold a PBA title or non-members who have never won a PBA event. Because Easton is a non-member, he does not receive credit for a PBA title.

● Moving into the final month of the year, there is only one PBA Regional on the calendar for the Dec. 5-6 weekend – the PBA Knob Hill/MJK Pro Shop Eastern Challenge for non-title holders at Knob Hill Country Lanes in Manalapan, N.J.

The Dec. 12-14 PBA Regional schedule includes the PBA Decker Appraisal Services Southern Baker Trios presented by Hammer at Wayne Lanes in Waynesboro, Va.; the PBA McKinley Lanes Central/East Challenge in Niles, Ohio, and the PBA and PBA50 Sands Regency Trio Region Challenge and Open presented by Radical at the National Bowling Stadium in Reno, Nev.

Closing out the year over the Dec. 19-21 weekend will be the PBA/PBA50 Southwest Doubles Open presented by Bowling Dynamix at Emerald Bowl in Houston, Texas.

For complete PBA Regional schedules, rules and entry information, visit pba.com, open the “schedules” tab and click on Regional Tours to find the event(s) in your area.

QUICK NOTES

● Admission will be free, and no tickets will be necessary, for the live PBA World Championship finals from the brand new South Point Bowling Plaza in Las Vegas on Sunday, Jan. 11 at 1 p.m. ET (10 a.m. PT) on ESPN. Wes Malott, Mike Fagan, Ronnie Russell, Todd Book and Stuart Williams will do battle in the finals of the final tournament (and major) of the 2014 PBA Tour season. A $50,000 first prize also is at stake.

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PBA Spare Shots: Harry Sullins Becoming a ‘Legend’ in PBA50 Regional Competition

by Bill Vint November 14, 2014 06:27

Five-time PBA Tour and three-time PBA50 Tour winner Harry Sullins, who also goes by the moniker “The Legend,” isn’t letting the grass grow under his feet.

On Sunday, Sullins defeated Tim Kauble of Marion, Ohio, 218-188, to win the PBA50 Victory Lanes Midwest/Central Open in Kankakee, Ill., for his sixth PBA50 Regional title of the year and a $1,600 payday.

When not competing full time on the PBA50 Tour, the Chesterfield Twp., Mich., resident is a weekend warrior who fills his schedule with regular and PBA50 Regional tournaments. During his years as a PBA Tour regular, Sullins competed in 403 national tour stops, but since becoming eligible for PBA50 competition in 2007, he has experienced a resurgence in his professional career, especially at the regional level where is his trying to build another “legendary” resumé.

Since Sullins drives to all of his tournaments he estimates that he has driven nearly 35,000 miles this year alone while bowling in a total of 27 PBA events, including the full PBA50 Tour schedule, PBA and PBA50 Regionals plus the GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling VI in Las Vegas.

“With all the equipment I have, it’s just easier to put it all in the car than have to deal with the airlines,” he said.

At the regional level, he has bowled in 14 PBA50 events this year (plus two standard regionals against “the kids”).

“I still want to win every tournament I bowl in,” said the 57-year-old Sullins, who won the PBA50 World Championship during the first PBA World Series of Bowling in 2009. “My goal is to get to 20 PBA50 regional titles before anyone else and see how far I can take it after that."

Sullins, who plans to bowl one more PBA50 Regional in December, now has 17 PBA50 Regional titles including his win in Kankakee, Ill., on Sunday, Nov. 9. He also has won 12 regular PBA Regional titles.

BARNES, GUERRERO WIN BOWLING WORLD CUP TITLES

PBA champions Chris Barnes of Double Oak, Texas, and Clara Guerrero, a Colombia native now living in Pflugerville, Texas, won the men’s and women’s titles in the 50th QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup Saturday at Sky Bowling Center in Wroclaw, Poland.

Entering the finals as the No. 3 qualifier, Barnes won his best-of-three-game semifinal match against Ukraine's Mykhaylo Kalika, 215-204, 300-219 and then swept top qualifier Tobias Bording of Germany, 269-248, 231-216 for the title.

In the women’s title match, Guerrero defeated Malaysia's Li Jane Sing, 2-1. Guerrero won the first game, 239-234, lost the second, 257-243, and won the deciding game, 265-211. Team USA’s Brittni Hamilton finished third.

Barnes, who bowled in the World Cup as a member of Team USA, joined wife Lynda Barnes as the first husband-wife duo to win World Cup titles. Lynda won in 2005.

PBA REGIONAL SUMMARY: LeCLAIR AND SON WIN PBA EAST DOUBLES TITLE

The father and son team of Brian and Connor LeClair of Albany, N.Y., defeated fellow New Yorkers Joe Ciccone of Buffalo and Sammy Ventura of Syracuse, 2-0, in the best-of-three-game title match to win the PBA Doug Kent’s Central New York Doubles Classic at Doug Kent’s Rose Bowl Lanes in Newark, N.Y. on Sunday, Nov. 9.

The LeClairs won a first-game roll-off 8-6 after tying at 389 and completed the sweep with a 397-368 win in game two to claim the $3,000 first prize.

The event teamed one bowler under the age of 50 with a PBA50 player for the “over/under” doubles format. The win marked the 18th career regional title for Brian LeClair, who turned 50 on Oct. 20. Connor, the oldest of his two sons, is a student at Fordham University and was competing in his third PBA regional event. Connor, a non-member, does not earn a PBA title because he isn’t a PBA member.

The LeClairs defeated host and PBA Hall of Famer Doug Kent and his partner, Mike Tryniski of nearby Fulton, 2-1, while Ciccone and Ventura eliminated Matt O’Grady of Matawan, N.J., and Ray Edwards, Middle Island, N.Y., 2-0, in the semifinal round.

Tyler Jensen of Fort Worth, Texas, defeated Mike Scroggins of Amarillo, Texas, 221-198, to win the inaugural PBA Harmony Colorado Springs Southwest Open, presented by Budweiser, at Harmony Lanes in Colorado Springs on Sunday. Jensen earned $2,500 and his 15th PBA Regional title.

Jensen advanced to the final match by defeating Brett Cooper of Denver, 2-1; Jeff Hatt of Oklahoma City, 2-1, Dave Wodka, 10-9 in a one-ball roll-off after they tied at 224-224 in the semi-final contest.

Scroggins, who slipped into the finals by converting the 6-7 split in the final frame of qualifying, won his way to the title match by defeating Ben Laughlin from Chandler, Ariz., 2-1, in the Round of 12; Mike Keily from Golden, Colo., 2-0 in the Round of 8, and 2013 USBC Queen’s champion Diana Zavjalova from Latvia, 246-192, in the semifinal round.

Rich Horsley of Morrisville, N.C., defeated top qualifier Kyle Troup of Taylorsville, N.C., 223-219, to win his first PBA Regional title in the PBA Gloucester (Va.) Southern Open at Village Lanes Sunday. Along with his $2,300 prize, Horsley became eligible to enter the 50th anniversary Barbasol PBA Tournament of Champions in February in Indianapolis.

In winning the title, Horsley defeated Chris Blackmore of Fairfax, Va., 221-203; and three-time PBA Tour titlist Dick Allen of Columbia, S.C., 217-181, to advance to the title match.

● In the final PBA Japan Regional event of the year, 17-year-old non-member Miku Urano and Yuni Shibata won the PBA Japan Scorpion Women’s and Scorpion Open titles, respectively, in Tokyo.

● The Nov. 14-16 schedule includes the PBA50 Liberty Lanes South Open in Gastonia, N.C.; the Go Bowl Northwest Doubles (a reduced entry fee tournament) in Pasco, Wash., and the Pro Bowl West Central/Midwest Cheetah Classic (a one-day reduced entry fee event) in Ft. Wayne, Ind.

On the Nov. 21-23 schedule are the PBA50 Bryan’s Bowling Center Eastern Open presented by The Insurance Market in Laurel, Del.; the PBA50 Dick’s Pro Shop Northwest/West Open at Linn Lanes in Lebanon, Ore.; the Dallas Orthopaedic Trauma Surgeons Southwest Open at Brunswick Zone in Watauga, Texas, and the PBA50 Shore Lanes Merritt Island Open presented by Storm and Sill’s Pro Shop at Shore Lanes in Merritt Island, Fla.

Thanksgiving weekend includes the Beaumont Southwest Open at Crossroads Bowling Center in Beaumont, Texas, and the La-Z-Boy/Monroe Sport Center Central Challenge for non-titlists in Monroe, Mich.

For complete PBA Regional schedules, rules and entry information, visit pba.com, open the “schedules” tab and click on Regional Tours to find the event(s) in your area.

QUICK NOTES

● Reminder: nominations for the 2014 Tony Reyes Community Service award are due by Wednesday, Nov. 26. Nominees must be current PBA members in good standing. The winner will be selected by a PBA committee and announced along with the 2014 PBA Player of the Year, Rookie of the Year and Steve Nagy Sportsmanship Award winners early in 2015. Nominations may be submitted by anyone. To obtain a nomination form, visit: (http://www.pba.com/Content/images/forms/TonyReyes_App_2014.pdf).

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Jim Knoblauch Wins USBC Super Senior Classic

by Editor November 1, 2014 05:41

By Matt Cannizarro, USBC

ARLINGTON, Texas - Jim Knoblauch of Waukesha, Wisconsin, made a key ball change that ultimately helped him win the 2014 International Training and Research Center Super Senior Classic with a 224-213 win against defending champion Kerry Painter of Henderson, Nev., Friday at the International Bowling Campus.

Knoblauch, who earned $3,000 for the victory, qualified No. 3 for the stepladder finals and used the last frame of his first match to try something different. Although he stayed around the pocket and remained clean in his opening game, he knew he'd need to strike more as he climbed the ladder.

While closing out his 194-170 win over Howard Partell of Las Vegas, Knoblauch decided to try a ball that would save some energy for down the lane and give him a stronger reaction on the backend.

The strategy worked for the 60-year-old right-hander, who earned his ticket to the title match with a 218-196 semifinal victory over Ed Roberts of Braintree, Mass. Knoblauch started the game with five strikes before a 4-7-10 split ended his run, but Roberts struggled on the left lane throughout the game and was unable to take advantage of the miscue.

"I watched Howard and Darwin (Wimer) start off throwing strikes, so I started with the ball I thought would give me the most consistent look," Knoblauch said. "It looked OK throughout the game but didn't finish and was bleeding too much energy. I had a free shot in the 10th against Howard, made the change and it gave me the look I needed. From there, I was able to make slight adjustments and get off to some strong starts against my opponents."
Painter, who won the inaugural ITRC Super Senior Classic in 2013 and led wire to wire in 2014, averaged more than 10 pins higher than the second-seeded Roberts over 20 games to put himself in position for back-to-back wins.
An 8-10 split on a light hit in the fifth frame of the finale proved to be the difference for Painter. Knoblauch secured the win with nine pins on his first shot in the 10th frame. Painter earned $2,200 for the runner-up finish.

"I had gotten a lesson about a month before this, and I have spent every day practicing to get ready," Knoblauch said. "It's absolutely awesome to see the hard work pay off and capture my first national win. This was my first time coming down to the ITRC, and it was great to get the win against some really good bowlers."

In the opening game of the championship round, Partell struck on seven of his first eight shots, and he needed every one of them, as Darwin Wimer of Mesquite, Nevada, kept the match close heading into the final frames. Despite a split in the ninth frame, Partell was able to escape with a 234-217 victory.

All competitors in the 38-player field bowled 16 games of qualifying over two days before the field was narrowed to the top 10 for the cashers' round. An additional four games determined the five finalists for the stepladder finals.

The Super Senior Classic was open to all USBC members age 60 and older.

2014 ITRC SUPER SENIOR CLASSIC
At International Training and Research Center, Arlington, Texas
Final Standings: 1, Jim Knoblauch, Waukesha, Wis., 636 (three games), $3,000. 2, Kerry Painter, Henderson, Nev., 213 (one game), $2,200. 3, Ed Roberts, Braintree, Mass., 196 (one game), $1,500. 4, Howard Partell, Las Vegas, 404 (two games), $1,100. 5, Darwin Wimer, Mesquite, Nev., 217 (one game), $900.
Stepladder results: Match One - Partell def. Wimer, 234-217. Match Two - Knoblauch def. Partell, 194-170. Semifinal - Knoblauch def. Roberts, 218-196. Championship - Knoblauch def. Painter, 224-213.
Cashers' round standings (20 games; top five advance to stepladder): 1, Kerry Painter, Henderson, Nev., 4,465. 2, Ed Roberts, Braintree, Mass., 4,244. 3, Jim Knoblauch, Waukesha, Wis., 4,235. 4, Howard Partell, Las Vegas, 4,177. 5, Darwin Wimer, Mesquite, Nev., 4,126.
Did not advance: 6, Paul McCordic, Sugar Land, Texas, 4,106 ($750). 7, Dick Baker, Henderson, Nev., 4,103 ($600). 8, Pete McCordic, Katy, Texas, 4,085 ($500). 9, Willie Wells, Plano, Texas, 4,038 ($450). 10, Ted Staikoff, Black Hawk, S.D., 4,034 ($400).

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