Roumimper Tops Bahrain Open Qualifiers; Kent Leads PBA Contingent into Elimination Rounds

by Bill Vint March 5, 2015 08:45

SITRA, Bahrain – Fresh off her victory Saturday in the H.H. Emir Cup in Doha, Qatar, former Wichita State University star Tannya Roumimper of Indonesia carried her bid for a second straight World Bowling Tour title into Friday’s elimination rounds of the 13th Kingdom of Bahrain International Open as top qualifier by 62 pins over 2014 PBA Rookie of the Year Marshall Kent of Yakima, Wash.

Roumimper, who received 7 handicap pins per game as a woman participant, finished the qualifying round at Ozone Entertainment Centre with a 12-game total of 2,826 pins. Kent had a 2,764 total. Also among the top six qualifiers who earned byes all the way to Round 5 were Tim Mack, Indianapolis; Venezuela’s Ildemaro Ruiz; Kuwait’s Kahled Al Dubyyan and Bahrain’s Yousif Falah. The Indonesia star won the H.H. Emir Cup last Sunday when she defeated Qatar’s Khaled Al-Dossari, 516-430, in the two-game title match.

The 13th Kingdom of Bahrain International Open, a PBA International-World Bowling Tour event, continues Friday and concludes Saturday. To follow the daily action, visit: http://abf-online.org/index.html.

Men and women in Bahrain are competing for World Bowling Tour points on a rolling two-year points list that will result in the top three in each division competing in the World Bowling Tour Finals presented by PBA at the 2015 PBA World Series of Bowling VII in Las Vegas next fall. In addition, a PBA Tour title will be awarded to the winner if he is a PBA member (all women finalists in Bahrain are accepting the traditional 7 handicap pins per game, which makes them ineligible for PBA title consideration).

Here’s how Bahrain Open format works: The top six players, including one Bahraini, automatically advance to Friday’s Round 5. Qualifiers 7-12 advance to Round 4. Qualifiers 13-18 advance to Round 3. Qualifiers 19-30, including two Bahrainis and one woman, will begin Friday’s competition in Round 2. Each six-game round will begin from scratch; no carryover pins, but the women finalists receive 7 handicap pins per game. The top six after rounds 2 through 4 will advance to the next round along with higher qualifiers; the top 4 after Round 5 will advance to the semifinals:

PBA INTERNATIONAL-WORLD BOWLING 13TH KINGDOM OF BAHRAIN OPEN
Ozone Entertainment Center, Sitra, Bahrain, March 5, 2015

Final Qualifying Standings (after 6 games; top six advance to Round 5):
1, f-Tannya Roumimper, Indonesia, 2,826.
2, Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., 2,764.
3, Tim Mack, Indianapolis, 2,709.
4, Ildemaro Ruiz, Venezuela, 2,707.
5, Khaled Al Dubyyan, Kuwait, 2704.
6, Yousif Falah, Bahrain, 2,498 (qualifies as top Bahraini in the field)
Qualifiers 7-12 advance to Round 4:
7, Tom Daugherty, Tampa, Fla., 2,703.
8, Mika Koivuniemi, Finland, 2,696.
9, Mike Fagan, Fort Worth, Texas, 2,678.
10 (tie), Jason Belmonte, Australia, and Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 2,658.
12, Martin Larsen, Sweden, 2,656.
Qualifiers 13-18 advance to Round 3:
13, Osku Palermaa, Finland, 2,653.
14, f-Jazreel Tan, Singapore, 2,642.
15, Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 2,639.
16, f-Bernice Lim, Singapore, 2,636.
17, Muhammad Jaris Goh, Singapore, 2,635.
18, f-Cherie Tan, Singapore, 2,634.
Qualifiers 19-30 advance to Round 2:
19, Christopher Sloan, Ireland, 2,632.
20, Jesper Svensson, Sweden, 2,628.
21, f-New Hui Fen, Singapore, 2,606.
22, Michael Mak, Hong Kong , 2,602.
23, Andres Gomez, Colombia, 2,583.
24, Rakan Al Ameeri, Kuwait, 2,582.
25, Jason Sterner, Covington, Ga., 2,554.
26, f-Danielle McEwan, Stony Point, N.Y., 2,550.
27, Brad Angelo, Lockport, N.Y., 2,549.
Top 2 Bahraini players below the cut line advance
28, Mohammed Janahi, Bahrain, 2,483.
29, Abdulla Karim, Bahrain, 2,437.
Top woman below the cut line advances
30, f-Missy Parkin, Laguna Hills, Calif., 2,546

f-designates female competitor; women receive 7 handicap pins per game

FRIDAY’S SCHEDULE
● Round 2 (Friday morning): Qualifiers 19-30 bowl six games, top six advance to Round 3.
● Round 3 (Friday afternoon): Qualifiers 13-18 plus top six from Round 2 bowl six games, top six ● advance to Round 4.
SATURDAY’S SCHEDULE
● Round 4 (Saturday morning): Qualifiers 7-12 plus top six from Round 3 bowl six games, top six advance to Round 5.
● Round 5 (Saturday afternoon): Qualifiers 1-6 plus top six from Round 4 bowl six games, top four advance to championship rounds.
● Semifinal Match (immediately after Round 4): Qualifier 3 vs. Qualifier 2, one game. Winner bowls Qualifier 1 (semifinal winner must win two one-game matches to win the title).

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PBA Spare Shots: Star-Studded Field Set for PBA League Elias Cup Playoffs, Maine Event; Limited Entries Still Available

by Bill Vint March 4, 2015 06:09

With a field of PBA Tour champions including USBC Masters and Barbasol PBA Tournament of Champions winner Jason Belmonte, PBA Players Champion Parker Bohn III and Mark Roth/Marshall Holman PBA Doubles Champions Norm Duke and Wes Malott already entered, the PBA Xtra Frame Maine Shootout March 29-31 at Bayside Bowl in Portland has a few more spots available to PBA members on a first-come basis.

The entry fee for the tournament, which will be covered exclusively from start to finish on PBA’s Xtra Frame online bowling channel, is $500 with a 1:2 cashing ratio. The tournament offers a $10,000 first prize, a last-to-cash payout of $1,000 for players who win one match and a PBA Tour title will be awarded to the winner.

The format consists of best-of-three-game, single-elimination match play rounds from start to finish, beginning on Monday, March 30, with four Round of 64 squads, followed by two Round of 32 squads Monday evening for the winners. The 16 Round of 32 winners will advance to Tuesday’s final rounds.

On Tuesday, two Round of 16 rounds will narrow the field to the top eight for the quarterfinal round, followed by the semifinal and championship rounds Tuesday evening.

The Maine Shootout will be covered live, start to finish, by PBA’s online bowling channel, Xtra Frame.  For subscription and schedule information, visit pba.com and click on the Xtra Frame link. 

To enter or for additional information, contact PBA Central Region Manager Bobby Jakel at bobby.jakel@pba.com.

“MOTOWN MUSCLE” PBA LEAGUE VIRTUAL BOWLING BALL DEBUTS THIS WEEK

Number five in the continuing series, Concrete Software will debut the “virtual” Motown Muscle PBA League team ball into the PBA Bowling Challenge game on Thursday (March 5). PBA League-logoed team balls for gaming play currently available to PBA Bowling Challenge players include the Dallas Strikers, GEICO New York WTT KingPins, Silver Lake Atom Splitters and Pittsburgh Jack Rabbits. The remaining three PBA League balls will be added to the PBA Bowling Challenge arsenal, one a week, leading up to the PBA League Elias Cup competition March 28-29 at Bayside Bowl in Portland, Maine.

PBA League-logoed balls can be used by more than 12 million people who play PBA Bowling Challenge Mobile Game on a regular basis. The PBA Bowling Challenge by Concrete Software app is available on Google Play, Apple iOS, Amazon App Store and Nook.

PBA REGIONAL UPDATE: WILLIAMS WINS BATTLE OF SOUTH REGION PBA50 STARS

In a best-of-three-game final between PBA Hall of Famer Walter Ray Williams Jr. of Oxford, Fla., and 2014 South Region PBA50 Player of the Year Gary Morgan of Atlanta, Ga., Williams was victorious, 246-235, 195-189, in winning his 37th career PBA Regional title in the PBA50 Pensacola South Open at New Liberty Lanes in Pensacola, Fla., Sunday.

Williams, who won all 11 games he bowled during the single-elimination match play finals, earned $1,900 while Morgan earned $1,000 as the runner-up.

● As PBA Regional players continue their pursuit of season-long points championships in their respective regions, which will mean berths in the PBA Regional Challenge Finals along with paid entries into PBA World Series of Bowling VII at South Point in Las Vegas, a busy March schedule kicks into gear this weekend with the PBA50 Victory Lanes Central Open presented by 900 Global in Galion, Ohio; the Sunday-only PBA50 Thunderbowl Midwest Open presented by Hammer in Council Bluffs, Iowa; and the PBA West/Northwest Sands Regency Winter Challenge, Winter Classic and PBA50 Winter Classic at the National Bowling Stadium in Reno.

● The March 13-15 PBA Regional schedule includes only one event – the joint PBA50 Showtime Lanes Midwest/Central Open presented by Track in Virden, Ill.

● A heavy slate of PBA Regional action is on tap over the March 20-22 weekend, including the PBA50 Fayetteville (N.C.) Open at Lafayette Lanes; the PBA50 Rossi Lanes Open in Elmira, N.Y.; the joint PBA Trumbull County Tourism Bureau Central/East Open presented by DV8 at Bell-Wick Bowl in Hubbard, Ohio; the PBA Odessa (Texas) Southwest Open at Astro Bowl; the PBA50 Boys & Girls Club Midwest/Central Open presented by MOTIV at Liberty Lanes in Carpentersville, Ill., and the PBA Caveman Bowl Northwest/West Open in Grants Pass, Ore.

● Wrapping up the March PBA Regional schedule over the 27-28 weekend will be the PBA50 Tony Grigat Allstate Midwest/Central Open presented by DV8 at Willowbrook Lanes in Willowbrook, Ill.

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: If you’re not already an Xtra Frame subscriber, you might win a valuable prize if you enroll today. Every 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 ball-a-month promotion is a continuation of the MOTIV promotion which ran during the GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling VI. The February MOTIV ball winner is Johnny Smithey of Metairie, La.

● Reminder: Every month, HotelPlanner.com, the official travel partner of the PBA, is awarding a $200 lodging gift certificate to a lucky person who books a hotel room through HotelPlanner.com. Use the “Book Hotel” link on pba.com before the last day of the month, and you will be automatically entered. The $200 gift certificate will be valid for hotel room and tax only.

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Wheaties Signs on as Sponsor of PBA League, L.A. X Team

by Bill Vint March 2, 2015 09:28

CHICAGO – The Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) and Wheaties have reached an agreement to have the General Mills brand come on as a sponsor for both the 2015 PBA League playoffs and as presenting sponsor of team L.A. X later this month at Bayside Bowl in Portland, Maine.

The sponsorship package will include on-site signage during the PBA League Elias Cup Playoffs, as well as 30-second commercials on the four ESPN telecasts originating from the event. PBA League quarterfinal, semifinal and Elias Cup Finals shows will air on ESPN on March 29, April 5, April 12 and April 19.

“Wheaties is an iconic brand, and to have it attach its name to the PBA is very exciting,” said PBA Commissioner Tom Clark. “The PBA has a lot of momentum. Large audiences have been riveted to compelling action on the lanes."

Wheaties’ deal with the PBA comes as the Tour’s television series is enjoying a 22 percent increase in year-over-year audience ratings on ESPN.

“The PBA is a high-energy organization, and bowling has really grown in popularity, so it was a great opportunity for us,” said Jamie Lyon, associate marketing manager for Wheaties. “We have a history with working with so many iconic athletes. There’s something about bowling that’s very classic.”

Shamrock Sports & Entertainment, the PBA’s strategic marketing and sales agency, negotiated the agreement.

"The PBA is experiencing historic popularity via double digit increases in ratings on ESPN and Wheaties is eager to tap into that passion and performance,” Shamrock President Brian Corcoran said. "We are confident this initial partnership between PBA and Wheaties only scratches the surface of many shared values and championship celebrations to come.”

Wheaties will sponsor the PBA League’s L.A. X, a team founded by Los Angeles Clippers all-star Chris Paul and featuring a roster that includes two-time reigning PBA Player of the Year Jason Belmonte of Australia; England’s Stuart Williams, Sweden’s Martin Larsen, Colombia’s Andres Gomez and Patrick Allen of Wesley Chapel, Fla. Andrew Cain is team manager.

The PBA League portion of the PBA’s schedule has a unique attraction to potential sponsors, Clark said, because it features teams competing rather than individuals.

“During the traditional season, a brand can sponsor a player or multiple players and gamble on that player making the ESPN finals,” he said. “During the PBA League competition, you know for a fact that your team is going to have visibility on ESPN.”

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Kingdom of Bahrain International Open is Underway

by Bill Vint March 2, 2015 05:51

The 13th Kingdom of Bahrain International Open, a PBA International-World Bowling Tour event, is underway at Ozone Entertainment Centre in Sitra, Bahrain. The tournament concludes on Saturday. To follow the daily action, visit: http://abf-online.org/index.html (Photos courtesy Terence Yaw and Asian Bowling Federation).

Here’s the Bahrain format: players will bowl 12 qualifying games in two six-game blocks (qualifying continues thru Thursday). Top six, including one Bahraini, will automatically advance to Round 5. Qualifiers 7-12 advance to Round 4. Qualifiers 13-18 advance to Round 3. Qualifiers 19-30, including two Bahrainis and one woman, advance to Round 2. Female and Youth bowlers receive 7 handicap pins per game. Each round begins from scratch; no carryover pins.

Round 2 (Friday morning): Qualifiers 19-30 bowl six games, top six advance to Round 3.

Round 3 (Friday afternoon): Qualifiers 13-18 plus top six from Round 2 bowl six games, top six advance to Round 4.

Round 4 (Saturday morning): Qualifiers 7-12 plus top six from Round 3 bowl six games, top six advance to Round 5.

Round 5 (Saturday afternoon): Qualifiers 1-6 plus top six from Round 4 bowl six games, top four advance to championship rounds.

Semifinal Match (immediately after Round 4): Qualifier 3 vs. Qualifier 2, one game. Winner bowls Qualifier 1 (semifinal winner must win two one-game matches to win the title).

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Malott Helps Duke Win 38th Title in Roth/Holman PBA Doubles Championship; Duke Now Third on Titles List

by Bill Vint March 1, 2015 06:52

INDIANAPOLIS – Professional Bowlers Association Hall of Famer Norm Duke of Clermont, Fla., with the help of partner Wes Malott of Pflugerville, Texas, successfully defended their Mark Roth/Marshall Holman PBA Doubles Championship at Woodland Bowl, giving Duke his 38th career title and sole possession of third place on the all-time PBA titles list.

The doubles event aired Sunday on ESPN with the hall of fame namesakes in the crowd, watching the action.

Duke, who stands 5-foot-6 and weighs 128 pounds, teamed up with Malott, at 6-foot-4, 250 pounds, to defeat international stars Dom Barrett of England and Osku Palermaa of Finland, 228-203, for a victory that also gave Malott 10 career titles and eligibility for future PBA Hall of Fame consideration.

The 2011 Roth-Holman Doubles champions entered the finals as top qualifiers, and they bowled a game that was four single-pin spares away from perfection despite their contrasting physiques and bowling styles. Duke played a relatively straight line up the outside of the right lane, leaving and converting three of the four single-pin spares, but never missing the pocket. Malott played an inside angle on the left lane with his power game, striking on six of his seven shots.

“On day one in Milwaukee (where qualifying rounds for the doubles event took place two weeks earlier), there was so much traffic I had to play straight,” Duke said. “I couldn’t go around (the big-hook players), but the shot I found looked great and I told myself to remember that, because I figured that’s what we would face in the TV finals if we got that far, and that’s exactly what happened.”

Malott followed Duke’s lead.

“We discussed the situation and decided I’d finish the game on the left lane, where I could stand far to the left on the approach and wouldn’t have to deal with the ball return,” Malott said. “We had to let the conditions develop, but Norm was okay on the right lane, and I was okay on the left. Norm told me some past history about leaving single pins on the right lane and I wanted to make sure he remembered what he told me.”

As predicted, Duke left back-to-back single pins in his first two frames of the Baker-format contest. He said he was contemplating a ball change in hopes of striking, but Malott talked him out of it.

“Wes told me to just live with it,” Duke said. “He told me, stick with the plan. We got a couple more nine-counts, but he just sat on that left lane and pounded the pocket. That’s the reason we worked together so well. He believed in me and I believed in him, and it worked.”

While breaking his tie with Pete Weber for third place on the PBA career titles list (behind Walter Ray Williams Jr. with 47 and Earl Anthony with 43) was memorable, Duke was subdued about the accomplishment.

“I don’t think anyone believes Pete is done winning titles,” the 50-year-old Duke said. “I don’t like to think that I’m done, either. This is part of a process in building a career. I’m glad to be part of helping Wes build with his career, and I’m certainly glad he’s helping with mine, because without him, I’m probably still chasing Pete. But to be ahead of Pete for even one day is a remarkable achievement, and something I truly value.”

Malott, 38, felt the same about winning his 10th title, which will earn him a spot on the PBA Hall of Fame ballot in seven years, when he competes in his 20th year of membership.

“Winning the doubles title in 2011 after struggling for a couple of years after I won Player of the Year for the 2008-09 season kind of kick-started me again,” Malott said. “Winning my 10th title and being eligible for the hall of fame someday is a huge honor, but I really don’t think it’ll set in until that day that it’s announced I’m going to be put into the hall of fame. I’m very proud and humbled by what I’ve been able to accomplish, but right now it’s mind-boggling to me.”

Barrett and Palermaa – the 2013 and 2010 PBA World Championship winners respectively – defeated DJ Archer of Friendswood, Texas, and two-hander Shawn Maldonado of Houston, Texas, 237-179, in the opening stepladder match, spoiling Maldonado’s television debut and bid for his first title. In the second match, the Finnish two-handed player and his English partner took advantage of back-to-back splits by Australian two-handed star Jason Belmonte and partner Bill O’Neill of Langhorne, Pa., to win 178-168.

Barrett and Palermaa started the semifinal match with six consecutive strikes and took advantage of back-to-back open frames by Tom Daugherty of Tampa, Fla., and partner Dino Castillo of Carrollton, Texas, to post a 220-201 victory and a berth in the title match.

PBA Tour players will compete in a trio of PBA International-World Bowling Tour events in Qatar, Bahrain and Germany over the next month before heading to Portland, Maine, March 28-31 for PBA League Elias Cup competition and the Xtra Frame Maine Event at Bayside Bowl. PBA League quarterfinal, semifinal and championship rounds will air over four consecutive Sundays beginning March 29. The Maine Event will be covered live, exclusively on PBA’s online video streaming channel, Xtra Frame.

MARK ROTH/MARSHALL HOLMAN PBA DOUBLES CHAMPIONSHIP

Woodland Bowl, Indianapolis, ESPN telecast March 1

Final Standings: 1, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla./Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, $22,000. 2, Dom Barrett, England/Osku Palermaa, Finland, $12,000. 3, Tom Daugherty, Tampa, Fla./Dino Castillo, Carrollton, Texas, $10,000. 4, Jason Belmonte, Australia/Bill O’Neill, Langhorne, Pa., $9,000. 5, DJ Archer, Friendswood, Texas/Shawn Maldonado, Houston, Texas, $8,000.

Stepladder Results: Match One – Barrett/Palermaa def. Archer/Maldonado, 237-179. Match Two – Barrett/Palermaa def. Belmonte/O’Neill, 178-168. Semifinal Match – Barrett/Palermaa def. Daugherty/Castillo, 220-201. Championship – Duke/Malott def. Barrett, Palermaa, 228-203.

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