Dom Barrett Repeats as Qatar Open Champion, Defeats Stuart Williams in All-England Title Match

by Bill Vint November 27, 2014 04:31

DOHA, Qatar – Dom Barrett won an all-England championship match, defeating country Stuart Williams, 495-488, in the two-game title match to successfully defending his Qatar Open title at Qatar Bowling Center Thursday. Barrett earned $40,000 and his fourth PBA Tour title.

The Qatar Open is a PBA International Tour-World Bowling Tour event.

After the two English bowlers tied at 206 at the end of the first game, Barrett rolled a 189 game to top Williams’ 182 for the seven-pin margin of victory.

In the semifinal round, Williams, who earned the No. 1 qualifying position earlier in the day, eliminated Robert Morris University-Illinois collegiate star Cameron Weier of Federal Way, Washington, 434-421, while Barrett ended Sweden’s Martin Larsen’s bid for his first PBA Tour title, 510-469.

PBA International Tour players now travel to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, for the 8th Kingdom International Open, Nov. 28-Dec. 2. A number of PBA members from the U.S. and around the world will then close the year by competing representing their home countries in the World Men’s Bowling Championships – a non-PBA event – in Abu Dhabi, UAE.

QATAR OPEN

Qatar Bowling Center, Doha, Qatar, Nov. 27

Championship (two games, total pinfall): Dom Barrett, England ($40,000) def. Stuart Williams, England ($20,000), 495-488.

Semifinal Results (two games total pinfall, losers each earned $7,000): Williams def. Cameron Weir, Federal Way, Wash., 434-421. Barrett def. Martin Larsen, Sweden, 510-469.

Step 2 Final Standings (after six games, top four advanced to championship round): 1, Williams, 1,474. 2, Larsen, 1,419. 3, Barrett, 1,407. 4, Weier, 1,404. 5, Daniel Fransson, Sweden, 1,384, $3,500. 6, Mika Koivuniemi, Finland, 1,365, $3,500. 7, Osku Palermaa, Finland, 1,364, $3,500.

8, Mike Fagan, Fort Worth, Texas, 1,364, $3,500. 9, Thomas Larsen, Denmark, 1,350, $3,500. 10, Brad Angelo, Lockport, N.Y., 1,322, $3,500. 11, Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 1,316, $3,500. 12, f-Mai Ginge Jensen, Denmark, 1,313, $3,500. 13, Bill O'Neill, Langhorne, Pa., 1,311, $2,500. 14, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 1,299, $2,500.

15, John Wells, England, 1,298, $2,500. 16, Richard Teece, England, 1,280, $2,500. 17, Tom Daugherty, Wesley Chapel, Fla., 1,279, $2,500. 18, Mattias Wetterberg, Sweden, 1,277, $2,500. 19, Craig Nidiffer, Trenton, Mich., 1,267, $2,500. 20, Michael Mak, Hong Kong, 1,267, $2,500. 21, f-Diana Zavjalova, Latvia, 1,258, $2,000.

22, Markus Jansson, Sweden, 1,253, $2,000. 23, Perttu Jussila, Finland, 1,248, $2,000. 24, Marshall Kent, 1,243, $2,000. 25, Peter Hellstrom, Sweden, 1,235, $2,000. 26, Pontus Andersson, Sweden, 1,231, $2,000. 27, Yousif Falah, Bahrain, 1,225, $2,000. 28, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 1,174, $2,000.

f-denotes female bowler (under tournament rules, female bowlers received an additional 8 handicap pins per game).

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PBA Spare Shots: Several PBA Stars in Contention as Qatar Open Heads Toward Thanksgiving Day Finale

by Bill Vint November 26, 2014 04:06

Several PBA stars are in contention for the Qatar Open title this week in Doha, Qatar. England’s Dom Barrett is defending champion. PBA fans can monitor the action by visiting http://abf-online.org/index.html or http://www.bowlingdigital.com/. The tournament ends on Thursday. First prize is the equivalent of $40,000.

The Qatar Open format includes 17 squads of qualifying plus a last-chance “desperado” round on Wednesday leading to Thursday’s “step” finals. The top 10 qualifiers, based on six-game totals, earn a bye into Final Step 2.

In Final Step 1, qualifiers 11-34, plus two qualifiers each from three rounds held early in the week and three “desperado” qualifiers will bowl six games (qualifying pins do not carry over). The top 18 from Step 1 will join the top 10 for Step 2. Step 2 is another six game round, from scratch.

The top four players after Step 2 advance to the Step 3 championship round, where qualifier No. 1 will bowl a two-game total pinfall match against No. 4, while No. 2 will bowl No. 3 in a two-game match. The two winners will advance to a two-game, total pinfall championship match.

Among the PBA players bowling in Qatar are American players Sean Rash, Mike Fagan, Marshall Kent, Tommy Jones, Bill O’Neill, Craig Nidiffer, Chris Barnes, Brad Angelo, Tom Daugherty and Tom Hess; Sweden’s Kim Bolleby, Martin Larsen, Magnus Johnson and Mattias Olsson; Finland’s Osku Palermaa and Mika Koivuniemi, Denmark’s Thomas Larsen and England’s Dom Barrett (the defending Qatar Open champion) and Stuart Williams. Sweden’s Sandra Andersson and Latvia’s Diana Zavjalova are among the females in the field who are accepting the traditional eight handicap pins per game awarded to women who bowl against men in many international tournaments.

The Qatar Open is a PBA International Tour-World Bowling Tour event. A PBA Tour title will be awarded to the winner if he is a PBA member. Women bowling in PBA-WBT events can earn a PBA title only if they are bowling scratch.

PBA REGIONAL SUMMARY: BOHR WINS 18TH REGIONAL TITLE IN WATAUGA

Nathan Bohr of Austin, Texas, outlasted fellow Texans Wes Malott of Pflugerville, Mike Fagan of Hurst and Shawn Maldonado of Houston to win his 18th PBA Regional title Sunday in the 10th annual PBA Dallas Orthopaedic Trauma Surgeons Southwest Open, hosted by Brunswick Zone, Watauga, Texas.

Maldonado led Saturday’s 10 games of qualifying, won his first two matches, but then faltered, losing five of his next six matches. Bohr, Malott and Fagan took turns at the top of the leader board before Bohr pulled comfortably ahead of Malott with a 290 in the 14th of 16 games of match play.

Bohr earned $5,000 with the victory, Malott collected $2,600 for second, Maldonado $1,750 for third and Fagan $1,300 for fourth.

Gary Faulkner Jr. of Memphis, Tenn., defeated PBA Tour titlist Jason Sterner of Covington, Ga., 235-234, to win his first PBA South Region title in the PBA Merritt Island Southern Open presented by Storm Sunday at Shore Lanes in Merritt Island, Fla.

In the PBA50 portion of the doubleheader event, Bob Learn Jr. of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., defeated Kent Wagner of Bradenton, Fla., 279-218, to win his 28th overall PBA regional Title.

Faulkner and Learn each earned $2,000 for their wins. With his first title, Faulkner also is now eligible to enter the 50th anniversary Barbasol PBA Tournament of Champions in February in Indianapolis.

Gary Shultis of Levittown, N.Y., defeated PBA Hall of Famer Johnny Petraglia of Jackson, N.J., 207-190, to win the PBA50 Bryan’s Bowling Center Open presented by The Insurance Market at Bryan’s Bowling Center in Laurel, Del., Sunday. Shultis earned $1,700 along with his 21st career regional title.

Shultis also ended two-time defending champion George Tignor’s bid for a three-peat when Shultis defeated the Winchendon, Mass., resident, 205-180, in the semifinal round. Petraglia defeated first-time competitor Jay Davis of Silver Spring, Md., 238-186, in the other semi-final match.

Hugh Miller of Mercer Island, Wash., defeated Brian Tinsley of Medford, Ore., 258-187, to win his sixth PBA50 regional title and a $2,000 first prize in the PBA50 Dick’s Pro Shop Northwest/West Open at Linn Lanes in Lebanon, Ore., Sunday.

Miller defeated Trent Zabelle of Portland, Ore., 185-176, and Tinsley defeated Mal Acosta of Lebanon, 196-145, to set up the championship match.

● The PBA’s Thanksgiving weekend schedule 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.

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Follow the PBA Stars in the Qatar Open

by Bill Vint November 25, 2014 05:22

DOHA, Qatar – You can follow the stars of the PBA as they contend for the Qatar Open this week. England’s Dom Barrett is defending champion. You can monitor the qualifying final rounds by visiting http://abf-online.org/index.html or http://www.bowlingdigital.com/. The tournament ends Thanksgiving Day. First prize is $US40,000.

The Qatar Open format includes 17 squads of qualifying plus a last-chance “desperado” round on Wednesday leading to Thursday’s “step” finals. The top 10 qualifiers, based on six-game totals, earn a bye into Final Step 2. In Final Step 1, qualifiers 11-34, plus two qualifiers each from three rounds held early in the week and three “desperado” qualifiers will bowl six games (qualifying pins do not carry over). The top 18 from Step 1 will join the top 10 for Step 2. Step 2 is another six game round, from scratch. The top four players from Step 2 advance to the Step 3 championship round, where qualifier No. 1 will bowl a two-game total pinfall match against No. 4, while No. 2 will bowl No. 3 in a two-game match. The two winners will advance to a two-game, total pinfall championship match.

The Qatar Open is a PBA International Tour-World Bowling Tour event. A PBA Tour title will be awarded to the winner if he is a PBA member. Women bowling in PBA-WBT events can earn a PBA title only if they are not accepting the traditional 8 handicap pins per game offered in many international tournaments.

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Korea’s Song Si Ra Wins It’s Daejeon International Open; Canada’s Dan MacLelland Finishes Third

by Bill Vint November 22, 2014 01:56

DAEJEON, Korea (Nov. 22, 2014) – Korea’s Song Si Ra became the first woman to win a World Bowling Tour major title when she upset countryman and top qualifier Choi Tae Seung, 231-205, to win the It’s Daejeon International Open at the Daejeon World Cup Bowling Centre Sunday.

Song, 24, advance to the title match by defeating Canada’s Dan MacLelland, 213-195, in the semifinal match after MacLelland won a three-player shootout match to start the championships round.

In the It’s Daejeon International Open, like many international events, women who entered the “open” division received eight handicap pins per game, but Song didn’t need the “bonus” pins because she won each match by more than eight pins. Along with her title, Song earned 40 million Korean won, the equivalent of $37,200 U.S. dollars. Choi earned $18,600 and MacLelland took home $9,300 for his third-place finish.

In the shootout match, which was televised nationally in Korea, MacLelland’s 196 eliminated Korea’s Lee Na Hyun (168) and Jang Dong Chul (167). Lee was the second woman to make the championship round.

Song does not receive credit for a PBA International Tour title because she is a non-member, and in order for a woman to earn a PBA Tour title, she must be a PBA member and bowl the event without receiving handicap pins.

PBA International Tour players now travel to Doha, Qatar for the Qatar Open, Nov. 22-27, and the 8th Kingdom International Open in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Nov. 28-Dec. 2. A number of PBA members from around the world will then close the year by competing in the World Men’s Bowling Championships – a non-PBA event – in Abu Dhabi, UAE.

IT’S DAEJEON INTERNATIONAL OPEN
Daejeon World Cup Bowling Centre, Daejeon, Korea, Nov. 22

Final Standings: 1, f-Song Si Ra, Korean, $37,200. 2, Choi Tae Seung, Korea, $18,600. 3, Dan MacLelland, Canada, $9,300. 4, f-Lee Na Hyun, Korea, $4,650. 5, Jang Dong Chul, Korea, $3,050.

Stepladder Results: Shootout Match: MacLelland (196) def. f-Lee (168) and Jang (167). Semifinal Match: Song def. MacLelland, 213-195. Championship: Song def. Choi, 231-205.

f-denotes female bowler (under tournament rules, female bowlers received an additional 8 handicap pins per game).

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Ryan Ciminelli, Buffalo Area PBA Members Struggle Through Historic Snowfall

by Bill Vint November 21, 2014 08:51

CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y. – Two-time Professional Bowlers Association titlist Ryan Ciminelli feels lucky today to be among the survivors of what may be the worst snowstorm to bury the Buffalo, New York, area in a century.

Ciminelli, a 28-year-old lifelong resident of Buffalo suburb Cheektowaga, explained his harrowing story while taking a break Friday from trying to clear more than five feet of snow from the roof of his house.

Last Sunday, Ciminelli flew home from Tokyo, where he had competed in the Round1 Japan Cup, when the lake-effect snow across Lake Erie began to bury the region in up to nine feet of snow. Ciminelli’s personal troubles began with an airline maintenance problem that delayed his arrival in Buffalo from Monday night until Tuesday.

“When we got in, there was only about three inches of snow on the ground at the airport, but no one could come and get me, so I decided to walk home (about three miles),” he said. “I wasn’t dressed for the snow. I didn’t have a hat or gloves, or anything. By the time I got to the end of my street, there was no way I could get to my house. I could either try to walk through five feet of snow to a neighbor’s house, or turn around and go back toward another friend’s house near the airport. I decided to try for my neighbor’s house.

“By the time I got through the snow – it was less than 500 feet – my legs had gone numb. I literally fell into their garage. They got me inside and warmed me up, but I couldn’t stay there, so I went to another neighbor’s. I was really scared; I’m convinced I almost died,” he said.

“Apparently someone called in a false alarm to the fire department, so a small bobcat went through and plowed a path down my street on Wednesday morning, so I was able to follow that path to get home. That night, my wife Chelsea was making dinner, and I looked up and saw stress cracks all over the ceiling, so we called the fire department to ask what we should do. They told us they couldn’t remove the snow, but we should evacuate the house, so we went to my parents’ house.

“We decided to go back and try to get the snow off our roof,” Ciminelli continued. “I had a couple of guys helping and we got most of it off, but Chelsea said it seemed pretty cold in the house. Turns out our furnace is broken, so we’ve had no heat for the past 14-16 hours.

“And it could get worse. Rain is on the way, which will add more weight to the snow on the roof,” he added. “I think the news said there were 30 roof collapses last night alone, and there have been 13 deaths reported so far. And it’s supposed to warm up to 40-50 degrees, so it’s going to flood. It’s bad, really bad.”

Fellow Cheektowaga resident Liz Johnson had similar issues with snow, but made it safely back to the Buffalo airport late Monday night following the GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling, where she qualified for the ESPN finals of the PBA Cheetah Championship presented by PBA Bowling Challenge Mobile Game, followed by a promotional engagement in Las Vegas. She made it home without incident but knowing heavy snow was on its way, immediately headed to the closest hardware store to buy a new snow blower.

“All of the snow blowers were gone, and by the time I got back home, it was insane. It didn’t stop snowing for two days, so other that going outside to try to help others dig out, I haven’t been out of the house,” Johnson said Friday. “It’s unbelievable. I live about a half mile from (Ciminelli), and we got about 80 inches of snow, but you can go five miles north, and they got next to nothing. The bands of snow were amazing. There are areas with next to nothing, but then you run into a wall of snow.

“I’ve lived here for 15 years,” the native of nearby Niagara Falls said, “and I remember some pretty bad snowfalls before. But this is double the worse I’ve ever seen. It’s pretty, but it’s pretty crazy. And now we’re going to have to deal with the flooding.”

Two-time PBA titlist Jack Jurek, who lives in Lackawanna on Buffalo’s south side – right in the path of the worst of it – said he got home from work Monday night “just when it started, and it snowed steadily for the next 30 to 36 hours. The band of snow coming off the lake never moved.

“I was born and raised in Lackawanna,” the 50-year-old PBA50 Tour “rookie” said, “but I’ve never seen anything like this. The blizzard of ’77 was bad, but that one didn’t have as much snow. It just covered a bigger area. This time we got as much snow in two days as we normally get in a whole year.”

Other than being tired from shoveling, Jurek said “we’re getting low on milk, but otherwise we’re good, and there’s light at the end of the tunnel. It’s going to start warming up, so the snow is going to start melting. But now we’ll start worrying about flooding.”

Other PBA players who live in the area, but apparently were spared the worst of the weather, are John Szczerbinski, who lives on the north side of Buffalo; Buffalo resident Joe Ciccone and Brad Angelo, who lives northeast of Buffalo in Lockport.

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