Catch Wall-to-Wall Xtra Frame Coverage of PBA Players Championship, Roth/Holman PBA Doubles Preliminary Rounds Jan. 26-30

by Jerry Schneider January 21, 2015 07:06

The world’s best bowlers will return to Milwaukee Jan. 26-30 to compete in the preliminary rounds of two Professional Bowlers Association championship tournaments – the PBA Players Championship and the Mark Roth/Marshall Holman PBA Doubles Championship – leading into a mega-television weekend in Indianapolis as part of the 50th anniversary Barbasol PBA Tournament of Champions.

Bowling fans will be able to catch all the action on PBA’s online bowling channel Xtra Frame. An annual subscription to Xtra Frame is $64.99 or $7.99 per month. To subscribe to Xtra Frame, click on http://www.xtraframe.tv/pba

Longtime PBA host AMF Bowlero Lanes in suburban Wauwatosa will host the special competitions before the players head north to Green Bay to compete in the United States Bowling Congress Masters – the first major championship on the 2015 PBA schedule – which is scheduled for Feb. 2-8 at Ashwaubenon Bowl.

The Milwaukee stop will involve concurrent qualifying rounds on Tuesday, Jan. 27, and Wednesday, Jan. 28, for the Players Championship and the Roth/Holman Doubles Championship. All players will bowl two qualifying rounds totaling 12 games with the top 24 individuals and the top 12 doubles teams advancing to round-robin match play.

The Players Championship finalists will then bowl three eight-game match play rounds Wednesday at 1:30 p.m., and Thursday at 8 a.m. and 1 p.m., with the top five after a total of 36 games advancing to the stepladder finals which will be conducted for delayed telecast on ESPN on Saturday, Feb. 14, at Woodland Bowl in Indianapolis in conjunction with the 50th Tournament of Champions. The PBA Players Championship finals will air on ESPN on Sunday, Feb. 22, at 1 p.m.

The PBA returns to an old-school format for the Roth/Holman PBA Doubles Championship, which is named in honor of two PBA legends who also bowled together as one of the sport’s most successful doubles teams. The doubles teams will use their combined 12-game qualifying totals to determine the 12 teams advancing to the match play finals.

The finalists will then bowl two six-game, Baker format match play rounds at 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. ET on Friday, Jan. 30. After a composite total of 36 qualifying and Baker games, the top five teams will advance to the PBA Doubles Championship finals which will be conducted on Sunday, Feb. 15, at Woodland Bowl following the live 1 p.m. telecast of the Tournament of Champions finals. The PBA Doubles show will air on ESPN on March 1 at 1 p.m. ET.

Defending champion in the PBA Players Championship is Australia’s Jason Belmonte. Wes Malott of Pflugerville, Texas, and Norm Duke of Clermont, Fla., are defending Roth/Holman PBA Doubles champions. Both events were last conducted during the 2011 PBA World Series of Bowling in Las Vegas.

As a bonus, Xtra Frame will air presentations of the 2014 PBA Player of the Year, Rookie of the Year, Steve Nagy Sportsmanship award and Tony Reyes Community Service award at 5:30 p.m. ET on Monday, Jan. 26 from AMF Bowlero.

Admission for the Milwaukee stop is $10 each day and $5 with an AMF League Card. Contact AMF Bowlero at (414) 258-9000 for additional admission details.

PBA PLAYERS CHAMPIONSHIP/MARK ROTH-MARSHALL HOLMAN DOUBLES SCHEDULE
AMF Bowlero Lanes, Wauwatosa, Wis., Jan. 26-30

All times are Eastern

Monday, Jan. 26
3 p.m. – Official practice session

Tuesday, Jan. 27
11 a.m. – Players Championship/PBA Doubles qualifying, 8 games

Wednesday, Jan. 28
9 a.m. – Players Championship/PBA Doubles qualifying, 4 games
  Top 24 individuals advance to Players Championship match play and top 12 teams advance to PBA Doubles match play
2:30 p.m. – Top 24 Players Championship, 8 games round-robin match play

Thursday, Jan. 29
9 a.m. - Top 24 Players Championship, 8 games round-robin match play
2 p.m. - Top 24 Players Championship, 8 games round-robin match play
   Top five after 36 games advance to ESPN stepladder finals at 12:30 p.m. ET on Saturday, Feb. 14, at Woodland Bowl, Indianapolis (finals air Sunday, Feb. 22, at 1 p.m. ET)

Friday, Jan. 30
9 a.m. – Top 12 doubles teams, 6 games round-robin match play (Baker format)
2 p.m. - Top 12 doubles teams, 6 games round-robin match play (Baker format)
  Top five doubles teams advance to ESPN stepladder finals at 4:30 p.m. ET on Sunday, Feb. 15, at Woodland Bowl, Indianapolis (finals air Sunday, March 1, at 1 p.m. ET)

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GEICO PBA WSOB Action Moves to ESPN2 Sunday With WBT Finals at 1 p.m. ET

by Jerry Schneider January 20, 2015 03:09

The GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling VI concludes with the introduction of an experimental scoring system being used by World Bowling during the telecast of the World Bowling Tour Men’s and Women’s Finals presented by the PBA from the South Point Bowling Plaza Sunday (Jan. 25) at 1 p.m. ET on ESPN2.

PBA stars Sean Rash and Kelly Kulick will try to defend their titles from last season after earning their berths in the 2014 finals, based on a rolling two-year points ranking involving a series of PBA International Tour-World Bowling Tour tournaments held around the world.

Sunday’s telecast will introduce an experimental “best frame” scoring system called “Frameplay,” developed by a World Bowling panel of bowling experts from around the world, exclusively for the WBT Finals. The new system was designed as a possible alternative for international competition with the goal of making the sport more attractive and easier to understand for casual bowling fans, media and other audiences. World Bowling, the international governing body for bowling, hopes an easier-to-understand scoring system for non-bowlers will help in its quest to grow the sport and get bowling accepted as an official Olympic Games sport.

In the last of seven telecasts from WSOB VI, the women’s finalists will include PBA women’s star Liz Johnson, Cheektowaga, N.Y., and Swedish standout Sandra Andersson bowling the opening match for the right to meet Kulick, the top qualifier and defending champion, for the title.

Johnson is making her third WBT Finals appearance. She finished third last year, losing to Missy Parkin in the semifinal, 198-195, and second in 2012, losing to Parkin in the title match, 238-190.

Kulick, also making her third WBT Finals appearance, won last year’s title by defeating Parkin, 267-194, in the title match. She also finished third in 2012, losing to Johnson in the semifinal.

The men’s final will feature three of the PBA’s top stars: Rash and reigning PBA Player of the Year Jason Belmonte will face off in the semifinal match, with the winner meeting top qualifier Mika Koivuniemi.

Rash won last year’s men’s final by defeating Mike Fagan in the title match, 255-231. He also finished second in 2011 losing to Koivuniemi, 237-224, in the title match. Belmonte will be trying for his first WBT Finals title after a best finish of third in 2011.

Koivuniemi, the only player to reach all four WBT Finals telecasts, won the 2011 title by defeating Rash, 237-224, in the title match. He finished second in 2012, losing to Chris Barnes in the title match, 244-228, and in 2013, finished third, losing to Fagan in the semifinal match, 279-233.

Fans can follow all PBA action through the PBA Network which includes wall-to-wall coverage of an expanded schedule of live events on Xtra Frame, player interactions through Facebook and Twitter, mobile gaming, original programming, archived events and immediate news updates 24/7 on varying communications devices anywhere in the world.  For additional PBA Network information visit http://www.pba.com/PBANetwork.

To catch a replay of last year’s WBT Finals click on https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jtyI0eoW1Hk.

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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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Chris Barnes Enjoys Rewarding Day with 300 Game, 18th Career Title in DHC PBA Japan Invitational

by Bill Vint January 18, 2015 02:23

TOKYO, Japan – Future Professional Bowlers Association Hall of Famer Chris Barnes of Double Oak, Texas, enjoyed one of the most rewarding days in his career Sunday, winning the DHC PBA Japan Invitational at Tokyo Port Bowl for his 18th career PBA Tour title after rolling a 300 game in his semifinal round match.

The championship round was video streamed live on PBA’s Xtra Frame bowling channel, completing start-to-finish online live coverage of an international PBA Tour event for the first time.

Barnes, 44, won the $43,032 (5 million yen) first prize with a 206-196 victory over top qualifier Mike Fagan of Fort Worth, Texas, who was trying for back-to-back titles after winning the PBA World Championship seven days earlier in Las Vegas. Barnes also won a $43,032 bonus for rolling a championship round perfect game in eliminating England’s Stuart Williams, 300-225, in the semifinal match. For the day, Barnes earned 10 million yen, or $86,064 U.S. dollars.

Williams, the No. 4 qualifier, ended the first-title hopes of two-handed player Shawn Maldonado of Houston, Texas, 242-237, in the first stepladder match, and Liz Johnson of Cheektowaga, N.Y., 245-222, in the second match.

Earlier Sunday, Australia’s Jason Belmonte and partner Yang Hyeong Kyoo of Japan won the $5,164 first prize in the Scotch Doubles special event with a 236-204 victory over England’s Dom Barrett and Manae Kameshima of Japan. The doubles competition paired a member of the international contingent with a PBA Japan player.

International Team B (Fagan, Sean Rash, Dom Barrett and Barnes) won the Baker team special event with a 239-184 victory over International Team A (Wes Malott, Williams, Eddie Van Daniker and Belmonte), and shared a $10,328 bonus prize. The team event involved four International teams and four Japanese teams bowling eight Baker format games with the top two advancing to the final match.

Barrett won a $4,303 prize in a special “last man standing” event that closed the tournament program.

The DHC PBA Japan Invitational was a cooperative venture between the PBA, the new PBA Japan Region, Japan Bowling Promotions and DHC Corporation, a multi-faceted company that produces cosmetics, health foods and pharmaceuticals among its diverse product line. It featured a field of 16 international players and 16 Japanese players, and it was the first international tournament covered live by the PBA’s exclusive online video streaming channel, Xtra Frame (complete coverage is available in the Xtra Frame archives under”archived tournaments”).

Xtra Frame’s next live event will be comprehensive coverage of the 2014 PBA Tour Awards presentations (Monday, Jan. 26 at 5:30 p.m. ET) followed by live coverage of the qualifying and match play rounds of the PBA Players Championship and PBA Mark Roth/Marshall Holman Doubles Championship from AMF Bowlero Lanes in suburban Milwaukee, Tuesday, Jan. 27 thru Friday, Jan. 30. For a complete schedule of upcoming Xtra Frame programming, click on the Xtra Frame link under the “Schedules” tab on pba.com.

DHC PBA JAPAN INVITATIONAL
Tokyo Port Bowl, Tokyo, Japan, Sunday, Jan. 18

Final Standings (prize money converted from Yen to U.S. dollars:
1, Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, $43,032.
2, Mike Fagan, Fort Worth, Texas, $21,516.
3, Stuart Williams, England, $11,188.
4, Liz Johnson, Cheektowaga, N.Y., $9,467.
5, Shawn Maldonado, $8,606.

Stepladder Results:
Match One: Williams def. Maldonado, 242-237. Match Two: Williams def. Johnson, 245-222. Semifinal Match: Barnes def. Williams, 300-225. Championship: Barnes def. Fagan, 206-196.

Final Match Play Standings (after 32 games of match play, includes match play bonus pins; top five advanced to stepladder finals:
1, Mike Fagan, Fort Worth, Texas, 23-9, 8,036.
2, Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 21-11, 7,708.
3, Liz Johnson, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 21-11, 7,612.
4, Stuart Williams, England, 20-11-1, 7,603.
5, Shawn Maldonado, Houston, 20-12, 7,590.
Other Cashers:
6, Mika Koivuniemi, Hartland, Mich., 18-13-1, 7,516, $6,630.
7, Shusaku Asato, Japan, 20-11-1, 7,485, $5,800.
8, Todd Book, Russells Point, Ohio, 22-10, 7,469, $4,975.
9, Scott Norton, Mission Viejo, Calif., 16-16, 7,425, $4,560.
10, Jason Belmonte, Australia, 17-15, 7,405, $4,145.
11, Dom Barrett, England, 18-14, 7,382, $3,730.
12, Eddie VanDaniker Jr., Chatsworth, Calif., 16-16, 7,360, $3,315.
13, Daisuke Yoshida, Japan, 20-12, 7,304, $3,110.
14, Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 14-18, 7,276, $2,900.
15, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 18-14, 7,180, $2,695.
16, Ronnie Russell, Marion, Ind., 16-15-1, 7,140, $2,485.
17, Yuka Tsuchiya, Japan, 15-16-1, 7,112, $2,070.
18, Cho Young Seon, Korea, 14-18, 7,031, $1,990.
19, Manae Kameshima, Japan, 15-17, 7,015, $1,905.
20, Patrick Girard, Canada, 18-14, 6,999, $1,825.
21, Koichi Takahashi, Japan, 15-17, 6,931, $1,740.
22, Shogo Wada, Japan, 16-16, 6,924, $1,660.
23, Yuki Akiyoshi, Japan, 15-17, 6,858, $1,575.
24, Mayumi Naito, Japan, 16-16, 6,749, $1,490.
25, Yang Hyeong Kyoo, Japan, 15-17, 6,737, $1,410.
26, Ryogo Tsurumi, Japan, 12-20, 6,662, $1,325.
27, Takashi Yamazaki, Japan, 8-23-1, 6,576, $1,240.
28, Naoshi Ishimine, Japan, 12-20, 6,477, $1,160.
29, Takashi Fujimura, Japan, 12-20, 6,467, $1,075.
30, Miku Urano, Japan, 9-21-2, 6,459, $995.
31, Yumi Nakajima, Japan, 11-21-0, 6,354, $910.
32, Hiroko Shimizu, Japan, 5-27-0, 6,202, $830.

ALTERNATE-SHOT SCOTCH DOUBLES
Championship:
Jason Belmonte, Australia/Yang Hyeong Kyoo, Japan ($5,164) def. Dom Barrett, England/Manae Kameshima, Japan ($2,582), 236-204.
Semifinal Round:
Barrett/Kameshima def. Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas/Yuka Tsuchiya, Japan ($1,291), 194-181.
Belmonte/Kyoo def. Shawn Maldonado, Houston, Texas/Koichi Takahashi, Japan ($861), 188-167.

Final Match Play Standings (after three games; winner of each quad advanced to finals):
1, Quad A: Malott/Tsuchiya, 3-0, 821.
2, Quad D: Belmonte/Kyoo, 2-1, 704.
3, Quad B: Maldonado/Takahash, 3-0, 701.
4, Quad C: Barrett/Kamashima, 2-1, 669.
Other Cashers ($430 each team):
Quad A: Ronnie Russell, Marion, Ind./Yumi Nakajima, Japan, 1-2, 618.
Quad B: Scott Norton, Mission Viejo, Calif./Takashi Yamazaki, Japan, 1-2, 601.
Quad C: Patrick Girard, Canada/Hiroko Shimizu, Japan, 1-2, 623.
Quad D: Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas/Takashi Fujimara, Japan, 2-1, 664.

BAKER TEAM
Championship:
International Team B (Mike Fagan, Sean Rash, Dom Barrett, Chris Barnes) ($10,328) def. International Team A (Wes Malott, Stuart Williams, Eddie Van Daniker and Jason Belmonte) ($5,164), 239-184.
Other Cashers (after 8 Baker team games):
3, International Team C (Ronnie Russell, Scott Norton, Patrick Girard, Mika Koivuniemi), 1,793, $$1,721.
4, International Team D (Todd Book, Shawn Maldonado, Liz Johnson, Cho Young Seon), 1,785, $861.

LAST MAN STANDING SPECIAL EVENT
Dom Barrett, England ($4,303).

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Fagan, Barnes, Johnson, Williams, Maldonado Battle for Japan Invitational Title Tonight on Xtra Frame

by Bill Vint January 17, 2015 03:37

TOKYO, Japan – Fresh off his PBA World Championship victory last Sunday in Las Vegas, Mike Fagan of Fort Worth, Texas, will lead the five-player field into the stepladder finals of the DHC PBA Japan Invitational starting at 9:55 p.m. Eastern Time tonight on PBA’s online bowling channel, Xtra Frame.

Xtra Frame’s live coverage today will begin with the finals of a special alternate-ball Scotch Doubles and four-player Baker Team events at 6:45 p.m. Eastern. A “last man standing” special event will follow the Japan Invitational finals.

Other Japan Invitational finalists will include No. 2 qualifier Chris Barnes of Double Oak, Texas; No. 3 Liz Johnson of Cheektowaga, N.Y.; No. 4 Stuart Williams of England, and two-hander Shawn Maldonado of Houston, Texas.

Fagan, a 34-year-old five-time PBA Tour winner, is trying for back-to-back titles after posting a 23-9 match play record in the 32-game round-robin match play event and winning the top qualifying berth by 328 pins over Barnes.

Barnes, a future PBA Hall of Famer, is trying for his 18th career PBA Tour title and first since winning the H.H. Emir Cup in Qatar early in 2014.

Johnson, who finished fourth in the 2014 Cheetah Championship presented by PBA Bowling Challenge Mobile Game, is trying to join Kelly Kulick as the second woman in PBA history to win a PBA Tour title.

Williams, who became the first English bowler to win a PBA Tour title in the 2011 PBA Viper Championship, is making his second straight championship round appearance. He finished third in the PBA World Championship last Sunday at South Point Bowling Plaza.

Maldonado, who is beginning his third year of PBA Tour competition, is making his championship round debut. He finished eighth in the 2014 PBA World Championship.

The preliminary Xtra Frame webcast today at 6:45 p.m. ET will feature special events conducted as part of the Japan Invitational, starting with the alternate-ball Scotch doubles finals (No. 1 Wes Malott/Yuka Tsuchiya vs. No. 4 Dom Barrett/Manae Kameshima and No. 2 Jason Belmonte/Yang Hyeong Kyoo vs. No. 3 Shawn Maldonado/Koichi Takahashi; winners bowl for title). The Baker team finale will pit International Team B (Fagan, Sean Rash, Barrett, Barnes) vs. International Team A (Malott, Williams, Eddie Van Daniker and Belmonte).

The tournament includes a field of 11 PBA players who qualified based on 2014 PBA World Championship qualifying scores, three PBA members invited by the sponsoring DHC Corporation, one Korean PBA member and 16 Japan bowlers. Johnson is one of eight women – seven from the PBA Japan Regional program – who participated in the tournament.

The DHC PBA Japan Invitational is the first international tournament to be video-streamed live, around the world, on Xtra Frame. To sign up for an Xtra Frame Season Ticket ($64.99) or monthly ($7.99) subscription,  click on the Xtra Frame link on the pba.com home page.

DHC PBA JAPAN INVITATIONAL FINALS
Tokyo Port Bowl, Tokyo, Japan, Saturday, Jan. 17

Championship Round Pairings (live on Xtra Frame at 9:55 p.m. ET)
Match One:
No. 4 Stuart Williams, England, vs. No. 5 Shawn Maldonado, Houston, Texas.
Match Two: Match One winner vs. No. 3, Liz Johnson, Cheektowaga, N.Y.
Semifinal Match: Match Two winner vs. No. 2, Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas.
Championship: Semifinal Match winner vs. No. 1, Mike Fagan, Fort Worth, Texas.

Alternate-Shot Scotch Doubles Pairings (live on Xtra Frame at 6:45 p.m. ET)
Match One:
No. 1 Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas/Yuka Tsuchiya, Japan vs. No. 4 Dom Barrett, England/Manae Kameshima, Japan.
Match Two: No. 2 Jason Belmonte, Australia/Yang Hyeong Kyoo, Japan vs. No. 3 Shawn Maldonado, Houston, Texas/Koichi Takahashi, Japan.
Championship: Winner Match One vs. Winner Match Two.

Baker Team Pairings (live on Xtra Frame following Scotch Doubles finals)
Championship:
International Team B (Mike Fagan, Sean Rash, Dom Barrett, Chris Barnes) vs. International Team A (Wes Malott, Stuart Williams, Eddie Van Daniker and Jason Belmonte).

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