PBA Spare Shots: Rolltech’s PBA World Series of Bowling VI Stats Reveal Portrait of PBA Cheetah Championship Finalists

by Bill Vint December 18, 2014 03:24

During the GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling VI, the PBA worked with Rolltech to record unique frame-by-frame, ball-by-ball statistics for the 14 qualifying games. Here’s a look at some of the stats for the four players – Dick Allen, Brad Angelo, Anthony Pepe and Liz Johnson – who made it to the Cheetah Championship presented by PBA Bowling Challenge Mobile Game ESPN finals. Pepe won the Cheetah title, defeating Allen in the title match, after rolling a near-perfect 295 in the “shootout” preliminary match…and the reason Liz Johnson advanced to a women’s record second national PBA television appearance may become evident in the stats summary below. The Cheetah finals aired on ESPN on Sunday:

● Strike percentage: Allen, the top qualifier, struck on 116 of 161 shots for a 77.05% success rate. Angelo was second (71.88%, 115 strikes on 160 attempts), Pepe was third (70.12%, 115 of 164) and Johnson fourth (67.26%, 109 of 162). The entire field’s strike percentage was 57.92 (12,042 strikes on 20,791 attempts).

● Spare percentage: Johnson was the leading spare shooter (93.75% successful on 45 of 48 attempts) followed by Allen (81.40%, 35 of 43 attempts) followed by Pepe (79.55%, 35 of 44) and Angelo (73.17%, 30 of 41). Note: splits were not counted as “spare attempts.” The field’s success rate was 73.16.

● Single pin spare conversions: Johnson again led, converting 33 of 34 (97.05%), followed by Pepe (96.66%, 29 of 30), Allen (86.42%, 27 of 28) and Angelo (88.88%, 24 of 27). The field’s success rate was 91.67.

● Multi-pin spare conversions: Johnson was perfect on 12 of 12 attempts, followed by Angelo (85.71%, 6 of 7), Pepe (83.33%, 5 of 6) and Allen (75%, 6 of 8). The field converted 75.33% (1,609 on 2,135 attempts).

LAS VEGAS TEEN CARDINES LOSES TO DOM BARRETT, BUT EMERGES A WINNER

A special “take a selfie” promotion sponsored by High 5 Gear during the GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling VI gave a lucky fan an opportunity to participate in a one-ball “showdown” against a PBA star prior to each WSOB telecast. In the Cheetah showdown, 14-year-old two-hander Cerell Cardines of Las Vegas knocked down nine pins, but “lost” to reigning PBA World Champion Dom Barrett’s strike. Despite losing the showdown, Cardines left with the autographed ball Barrett used in the contest.

A different High 5 Gear “take a selfie” winner will bowl against a PBA Tour star as part of each upcoming WSOB VI telecast.

KOREA DOMINATES WORLD MEN’S CHAMPIONSHIPS

Korea was the dominant team as the World Men’s Bowling Championships wrapped up Sunday at Khalifa International Bowling Centre in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, winning four gold and four bronze medals, including impressive gold-medal victories in the five-man team event and the Masters finale, where Kang Heewon defeated PBA star Mike Fagan, representing the United States, 213-198.

Fagan, a four-time PBA Tour titlist, was Team USA’s top player, bringing home four silver medals (Masters, team, all-events and trios). Several other PBA members also visited the medal podium:

In the singles event, Canada’s Dan MacLelland won the gold medal with a 256-212 victory over Shaker Al Hassan of the United Arab Emirates. MacLelland eliminated Tommy Jones of Simpsonville, S.C., 269-236, in the semifinal round, handing Jones a bronze medal.

In doubles, Finnish PBA members Kimmo Lehtonen and Joonas Jehkinen won bronze medals, losing to eventual gold medalists Choi Bokeum and Park Jongwoo of Korea, 490-466, in the semifinal round.

In trios, two-time PBA Tour titlist Thomas Larsen along with teammates Carsten Hansen and Frederik Ohrgaard won the gold medal with a 10th-frame victory over American PBA Tour champions Mike Fagan, Sean Rash and Marshall Kent, 647-638. Reigning PBA Player of the Year Jason Belmonte and Australian teammates David Porto and Sam Cooley earned bronze medals.

In the five-man team event, Korea defeated Team USA (Fagan, Rash, Kent, Jones, Chris Barnes and Bill O’Neill) in the gold medal match, 1,097-1,088, after eliminating Australia in the semifinal round. The U.S. players defeated Sweden in the other semifinal contest, 1,236-985.

Fagan won the silver in all-events with a 24-game total of 5,510 pins, 20 pins ahead of Canada’s MacLelland, who earned the bronze. Fagan also won silver in the Masters finale where Korea won both bronze medals in addition to the gold medal.

ON TAP FOR SUNDAY: THE PBA VIPER CHAMPIONSHIP ON ESPN

GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling VI telecast No. 2, the Viper Championship finals, will air Sunday at 1 p.m. ET on ESPN. Top qualifier Connor Pickford of Charlotte, N.C., making his PBA television debut, will bowl the winner of a three-player shootout match involving No. 2 Ronnie Russell, Marion, Ind.; No. 3 Dom Barrett, England, and No. 4 Mika Koivuniemi, Hartland, Mich./Finland.

To view a preview of Sunday’s telecast, visit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hk1tg7Pqozc

EXTENSIVE XTRA FRAME COVERAGE ON TAP FOR NEW YEAR

In addition to the return of PBA Tour competition to ESPN on Sundays throughout December, January and into the spring, the PBA will provide online viewers with an extensive schedule of programming on its online television channel, Xtra Frame, in the new year.

For a complete schedule of Xtra Frame events, visit: http://www.pba.com/Live/. In addition to live preliminary round coverage of the PBA Players Championship, Mark Roth/Marshall Holman PBA Doubles Championship, USBC Masters and 50th anniversary Barbasol PBA Tournament of Champions, Xtra Frame will make its international debut, providing coverage of the DHC PBA Japan Invitational in January.

For Xtra Frame monthly or year-long XF Season Ticket subscription information, visit pba.com and click on the Xtra Frame link.

PBA REGIONAL SUMMARY: McCORKLE, SULLINS, BOOK COMBINE TO WIN TRIOS TITLE

trioThe team composed of PBA50 star Harry Sullins of Chesterfield Twp., Mich.; PBA60 competitor Bill McCorkle of Westerville, Ohio, and 2014 PBA World Championship finalist Todd Book of Russells Point, Ohio, defeated the team of Jeff Bellinger, Carl Breaman and Dick Allen, 212-179, to win the PBA South Region’s Decker Appraisal Baker Trios event presented by Hammer at Wayne Lanes in Waynesboro, Va., Sunday.

The event was a first-of-a-kind tournament in the PBA South Region, featuring teams composed of one player under the age of 50, one in the 50-59 age group and one 60-or-older player. Each member of the winning team earned $1,900. Breaman and Allen were winning doubles partners in 2013, and added Bellinger, a two-time PBA Tour titlist, to make up their trios roster.

In the first stepladder match, the Ferraro family team from Kingston, N.Y. – older brother Steve, younger brother Dave and Dave’s son John - defeated the team of “super senior” Steve Lickliter, PBA50 player Gary Morgan and 2014 PBA Viper Open finalist Connor Pickford, 257-189. In the semifinal match, Book doubled in the 10th frame to shut out the Ferraro clan, 225-214.

The event drew 34 teams. All competition involved the Baker scoring format, with the leadoff bowler bowling the first, fourth, seventh and 10th frames; the No. 2 bowler bowling the second, fifth and eighth frames, and the No. 3 player bowling the third, sixth and ninth frames.

Michael Haugen Jr. of Phoenix posted a 5-7 match play record and a 24-game total of 5,999 pins Sunday to win his seventh career PBA Regional title in the PBA Sands Regency Tri Regions Open presented by Radical at the National Bowling Stadium in Reno, Nev. Haugen, who earned $2,000, defeated Dennis Horan Jr. of Oakley, Calif., by 11 pins.

In the companion PBA50 Open, amateur Chip Aki of Grand Prairie, Texas went 15-1 and knocked down 7,497 total pins for 28 games to top Rory Peterson of Carmichael, Calif., by 495 pins. Aki is a non-member so he does not receive credit for a PBA title, but he wins $2,000.

Leading into the weekend doubleheader, Brett Cunningham of Clay, N.Y., defeated Don Cosper of Reno, 257-225, to win Friday’s Sands Regency Challenge presented by Radical. Challenge events are open to players who had never won a PBA title. By virtue of his win, Cunningham is now eligible to enter the 50th anniversary Barbasol PBA Tournament of Champions in Indianapolis in February.

● Dean Billings of Rootstown, Ohio, defeated Dan Buchman of Maple Shade, N.J., 2-0, in a best-of-three-game match to win $1,500 and his first PBA Regional title in the McKinley Lanes Central/East Challenge in Niles, Ohio, Sunday.

With his first title, Billings also became eligible to enter the 50th anniversary Barbasol PBA Tournament of Champions in February in Indianapolis. PBA Challenge events are open to PBA members who do not hold a PBA title or non-members who have never won a PBA event.

● Closing out the 2014 schedule over the Dec. 19-21 weekend will be the PBA/PBA50 Southwest Doubles Open presented by Bowling Dynamix at Emerald Bowl in Houston, Texas.

Regional activity in 2015 gets started over the Jan. 23-25 weekend when Legend Lanes in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, hosts the Don Vay Memorial Regular/PBA50 Central Doubles Classic presented by Ebonite.

The Feb. 6-8 weekend includes the Break Point Alley South Challenge, a non-champions event, in Tavares, Fla., while the Midwest and Central Regions will conduct a joint one-day PBA50 Allstate Midwest/Central Open at River Rand Lanes in Des Plaines, Ill.

There are no regionals scheduled for Feb. 13-15, but the Feb. 20-22 weekend includes the PBA50 Dave Edwards Toyota Southern Open presented by Ebonite at Paradise Lanes in Spartanburg, S.C.; the PBA Lakewood Southwest Open at Holiday Bowling and Billiards in Lakewood, Colo.; the West Region’s Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort Championship at Gold Country Lanes in Sutter Creek, Calif., and the Sunday-only Lynwood Midwest Challenge presented by Roto Grip, a non-champions event, at Lynwood Bowl in Lynwood, Ill.

Closing the February schedule will be the PBA50 Pensacola South Open at New Liberty Lanes in Pensacola, Fla.

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

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PBA Spare Shots: PBA Visited 130 Cities in 39 States During 2014 Season

by Bill Vint December 10, 2014 02:58

Over the course of the past 12 months, the PBA conducted tournaments for PBA Tour, PBA50 Tour, PBA Regional and PBA Women’s Regional players in a total of 130 cities in 39 states.

As part of the PBA tournament program, PBA host proprietors conducted a total of 123 pro-am events, which allowed grassroots amateur league bowlers, from kids to seniors, an opportunity to bowl alongside some of the greatest players in the sport.

“Because dozens of progressive bowling center owners in all parts of the United States understand the importance of professional bowling as an inspiration to young people, the PBA continues to have a significant presence across the nation,” PBA Commissioner Tom Clark said. “Fans across the nation who attend PBA Regional and PBA50 Tour tournaments, as well as our traditional PBA Tour events, have incredible access to our established stars as well as the stars of the future, often at no cost whatsoever.

“The PBA has been the face of bowling for more than 50 years,” Clark added, “and we have every intention of continuing to provide an environment for young bowlers who want to pursue the dream of becoming a PBA champion.”

EXTENSIVE XTRA FRAME COVERAGE ON TAP FOR NEW YEAR

In addition to the return of PBA Tour competition to ESPN on Sundays throughout December, January and into the spring, the PBA will provide online viewers with an extensive schedule of programming on its online television channel, Xtra Frame, in the new year.

For a complete schedule of Xtra Frame events, visit: http://www.pba.com/Live/. In addition to live preliminary round coverage of the PBA Players Championship, Mark Roth/Marshall Holman PBA Doubles Championship, USBC Masters and 50th anniversary Barbasol PBA Tournament of Champions, Xtra Frame will make its international debut, providing coverage of the DHC PBA Japan Invitational in January.

For Xtra Frame monthly or year-long XF Season Ticket subscription information, visit pba.com and click on the Xtra Frame link.

PBA REGIONAL SUMMARY: FOY BECOMES ELIGIBLE FOR PBA TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS

Tim Foy Jr. of Seaford, Del., defeated Jonathan Sellers of Stratford, Conn., 213-184, to win the PBA Knob Hill/MJK Pro Shop Eastern Challenge at Knob Hill Country Lanes in Manalapan, N.J., on Saturday. PBA Challenge events are open to any member or non-member who has never won a PBA event.

Foy, who had bowled infrequently as a non-member prior to joining in 2013, had cashed in each event he entered this season and had made the finals in three of the last four events. Now a PBA member, Foy became eligible to enter the 50th anniversary Barbasol PBA Tournament of Champions in Indianapolis in February as a PBA title winner. Foy earned $1,500 for the win while Sellers earned $1,000 as the runner-up.

Foy advanced to the finals by defeating Johnathan Bower of Middletown, Pa., 204-187, while Sellers defeated 2013 East Region Rookie of the Year Gary Haines of West Babylon, N.Y., 267-233, in the other semifinal round match. Bower and Haines earned $750 apiece.

● 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 Tri-Region Challenge plus 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

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

● Reminder: the PBA returns to ESPN Sunday with the finals of the Cheetah Championship presented by PBA Challenge Mobile Game at 1 p.m. ET, the first in a series of GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling VI telecasts leading up to the two-hour live finals of the PBA World Championship on Sunday, Jan. 11, at 1 p.m.

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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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“Rookie” Marshall Kent Wins First PBA Title in Saudi Arabia’s 8th Kingdom International Open

by Bill Vint December 2, 2014 06:18

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia – Professional Bowlers Association rookie Marshall Kent of Yakima, Washington, won his first PBA Tour title Tuesday, defeating Sweden’s Martin Larsen, 257-206, to claim the eighth Kingdom International Open title at Universal Bowling Center Tuesday.

Kent earned $10,000 and became eligible to enter the 50th anniversary Barbasol PBA Tournament of Champions in Indianapolis in February. The Kingdom International Open is the final PBA International Tour-World Bowling Tour event on the 2014 schedule.

Kent, 22, a former two-time Collegiate Bowler of the Year with Robert Morris University-Illinois, was the top qualifier for the finals in Riyadh and defeated No. 4 qualifier Mike Fagan of Fort Worth, Texas, 243-237, to advance to the championship match. Larsen, who also was trying for his first PBA title, defeated Kuwait’s Khaled Al Dubyyan, 224-174, in the other semifinal match.

"After I had a couple of strikes early in the match and Larsen had an open frame, I felt a little bit more comfortable," Kent told Asian Bowling Federation Media Services representative Terence Yaw. "And when I managed a few more strikes and Larsen continued to struggle, I kept telling myself to focus on making sure I made good shots. This win will certainly give me more confidence going into next week's World Championships in Abu Dhabi."

The Kingdom International Open featured a unique format. All players bowled three six-game qualifying rounds on different lane conditions. The first round was contested on World Bowling’s 39-foot Seoul oil pattern, day two on the 45-foot Mexico City pattern, and day three with the Seoul pattern on the left lane and Mexico City pattern on the right lane. After each day’s competition, the top four players for that day bowled a “shootout” round for a $5,000 first prize, and after 18 combined games, the top 30 plus the top six Saudi Arabian competitors advance to Tuesday’s “masters” finals.

In the daily “shootout” rounds, Craig Nidiffer of Trenton, Michigan, won both the Seoul pattern and mixed pattern events, earning $5,000 in each event. He defeated England’s Dom Barrett in the Seoul finale, 278-269, and Mike Fagan of Fort Worth, Texas, 239-228, in the mixed pattern final. Chris Barnes of Double Oak, Texas, won the Mexico City event, defeating Saudi Arabia’s Bader Al Shaikh, 223-181, for the $5,000 first prize.

The masters qualifying round involved nine games from scratch (no carryover pins), three game each of the Seoul, Mexico City and mixed conditions. The top four after nine games bowled advanced to the one-game single-elimination match play finals with qualifier No. 1 meeting No. 4, and No. 2 vs. No. 3. The two winners then bowled a one-game match for the title.

Following the Kingdom International Open, a number of PBA members from the U.S. and around the world will close out the year by competing representing their home countries in the World Men’s Bowling Championships – a non-PBA event – in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. The Men’s World Championships will include singles, doubles, trios, Baker team, all-events and Masters events.

The PBA Tour officially concludes its 2014 season with the finals of the PBA World Championship which will air live on ESPN on Sunday, Jan. 11, at 1 p.m. ET from South Point Bowling Plaza in Las Vegas. The PBA World Championship finalists, in qualifying order, are Wes Malott of Pflugerville, Texas; Fagan; Ronnie Russell of Marion, Indiana; Todd Book of Russells Point, Ohio, and Stuart Williams of England.

8TH KINGDOM INTERNATIONAL OPEN
Universal Bowling Center, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Dec. 2

Championship:
Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash. ($10,000) def. Martin Larsen, Sweden ($7,000), 257-206.

Semifinal Results:
Kent def. Mike Fagan, Fort Worth, Texas ($5,000), 243-237.
Larsen def. Khaled Al Dubyyan, Kuwait ($4,000), 224-174.

Masters Qualifying Round Final Standings (after nine games, top four advanced to championship round):
1, Kent, 2,161.
2, Larsen,  2,108.
3, Al Dubyyan, 2,096.
4, Fagan, 2,091.
5, Dom Barrett, England, 2,076, $2,800.
6, Osku Palermaa, Finland, 2,046, $2,400.
7, Tom Hess, Urbandale, Iowa, 2,034, $2,000.
8, a-John Janawicz, Lake Wales, Fla., 2,030, $1,800.
9, Bader Al Shaikh, Saudi Arabia, 2,015, $1,700.
10, Craig Nidiffer, Trenton, Mich., 2,006, $1,500.
11, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 2,004, $1,500.
12, Brad Angelo, Lockport, N.Y., 2,001, $1,500.
13, Bill O'Neill, Langhorne, Pa., 1,992, $1,400.
14, Tom Daugherty, Wesley Chapel, Fla., 1,985, $1,400.
15, Yousif Falah, Bahrain, 1,982, $1,400.
16, Shaik Abdul Hameed, Indonesia, 1,969, $1,300.
17, Stuart Williams, England, 1,966, $1,300.
18, Mika Koivuniemi, Finland, 1,955, $1,300.
19, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 1,936, $1,200.
20, Paul Moor, England, 1,931, $1,200.
21, Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 1,913, $1,200.
22, Mohammed Sultan, Bahrain, 1,910, $1,000.
23, Michael Mak, Hong Kong, 1,885, $1,000.
24, Yousef Al Jaber, Qatar, 1,876, $1,000.
25, Matt Chamberlain, England, 1,853, $900.
26, Tim Mack, Indianapolis, 1,845, $900.
27, Abdullah Al Dolijan, Saudi Arabia, 1,835, $900.
28, Yaqoub Al Shatti, Kuwait, 1,824, $800.
29, Rakan Al Ameeri, Kuwait, 1,814, $800.
30, Adel Al Barqi, Saudi Arabia, 1,811, $800.
31, Mohammed Al Saud, Saudi Arabia, 1,811, $700.
32, Mansour Al Awamy, Qatar, 1,723, $700.
33, Abdulrahman Al Kheliawi, Saudi Arabia, 1,700, $700.
34, Yaser Abu Alreesh, Saudi Arabia, 1,699, $600.
35, Salman Al Shehri, Saudi Arabia, 1,637, $600.
36, Majed Aslani, Saudi Arabia, 1,543, $600.

Round One Seoul Pattern Shootout:
Craig Nidiffer, Trenton, Mich. ($5,000) def. Dom Barrett, England ($3,500), 278-269.

Semifinals: Nidiffer def. Bader Al Shaikh, Saudi Arabria ($2,500), 234-198. Barrett def. Rakan Al Ameeri, Kuwait ($2,000), 169-166.

Round Two Mexico City Pattern Shootout:
Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas ($5,000) def. Bader Al Shaikh, Saudi Arabia ($3,500), 223-181.

Semifinals: Barnes def. Matt Chamberlain, England ($2,500), 267-236. Al Shaikh def. Brad Angelo, Lockport, N.Y. ($2,000), 269-188.

Round Three Mixed Seoul/Mexico City Patterns Shootout:
Craig Nidiffer, Trenton, Mich. ($5,000) def. Mike Fagan, Fort Worth, Texas ($3,500), 239-228.

Semifinals: Nidiffer def. Martin Larsen, Sweden (($2,500), 278-222. Fagan def. Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C. ($2,000), 215-186.

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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, 395-388, 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), 395-388.

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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