2008-09

2007PBA20TommyJones

03/25/09

Jason Belmonte leads TQR field at PBA Bowling Foundation Long Island Classic

Australian two-handed sensation to compete at Long Island Classic and U.S. Open

2009EBT01JasonBelmonte_small.jpgWith his season-opening appearance on the Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour at the PBA World Championship in October, two-handed Aussie sensation Jason Belmonte (left) lapped the field in qualifying then finished in 10th place, launching a media blitz for pro bowling. As the Lumber Liquidators Professional Bowlers Association Tour's 2008-09 season heads down the homestretch, Belmonte heads the list of competitors bowling Wednesday in the PBA Tour Qualifying Round at the Bowling Foundation Long Island Classic.


2008-09 PBA Tour #18

03/23/09

Barnes overpowers Williams to win Go RVing Match Play Championship

Norwich Bowling and Entertainment Center in Norwich, CT, United States (March 18-22, 2009)

2007PBAChrisBarnes.jpg200809PBAWalterRayWilliams.jpgReigning Lumber Liquidators PBA Player of the Year Chris Barnes (l.) fought his way back into contention to repeat with an impressive three-game 722-693 victory over Walter Ray Williams Jr. (r.) in the title match of the Go RVing Match Play Championship at Norwich Bowling and Entertainment Center Sunday. Barnes, the No. 3 seed in the PBA's "March Madness" match play elimination tournament, used the three-game, total pinfall format to his advantage in winning his 12th career title and back-to-back titles for the first time in his career.

2008-09 PBA Tour #18

03/22/09

Williams and Barnes advance to the title match in PBA Go RVing Match Play Championship

Norwich Bowling and Entertainment Center in Norwich, CT, United States (March 18-22, 2009)

2006WalterRayWilliams_small.jpg2007PBAChrisBarnes_small.jpgThe PBA Tour's all-time win leader Walter Ray Williams Jr. (l.) and reigning PBA Player of the Year Chris Barnes (r.) won their semifinal matches Saturday to advance to the championship final of the Go RVing Match Play Championship. Williams, with 45 career PBA titles defeated Chris Loschetter of Avon, Ohio, 679-589, while Barnes used a 300 game to eliminate Mike Wolfe of New Albany, Ind., 824-741. The winner earns a first prize of $25,000 and a one-year exemption on the Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour.


2008-09 PBA Tour #18

03/21/09

It's down to four in PBA Go RVing Match Play Championship

Williams, Barnes, Loschetter and Mike Wolfe survive Friday's elimination rounds

200809PBAWalterRayWilliams_small.jpgPBA all-time title leader Walter Ray Williams Jr. (l.), reigning PBA Player of the Year Chris Barnes, Chris Loschetter and Mike Wolfe survived Friday's elimination rounds and will bowl for the title in the PBA Go RVing Match Play Championship at Norwich Bowling and Entertainment Center. Williams will meet Loschetter in the first semifinal, while Barnes takes on Wolfe in the other semifinal match on Saturday beginning at 6 p.m. Eastern. Both the semifinals and the live ESPN finals will feature three-game total pinfall matches. The live ESPN-final match for the Go RVing Match Play Championship will be conducted Sunday at 1 p.m. Eastern.

2008-09 PBA Tour #18

03/20/09

Top 4 seeds advance to Round of 32 in PBA Go RVing Match Play Championship

Norwich Bowling and Entertainment Center in Norwich, CT, United States (March 18-22, 2009)

200809PBAWesMalott_small_1.jpgThe top four seeds survived the Round of 64 eliminations Thursday in the PBA Go RVing Match Play Championship at Norwich Bowling and Entertainment Center. No. 1 seed and 2008-09 Player of the Year front-runner Wes Malott (l.) defeated Alex Aquiar, 4-1 in the best-of-seven game Round of 64 match. Malott is looking for his fourth win of the 2008-09 Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour season. Looking for his first career title, No. 2 seed Bill O’Neill, No. 3 seed and reigning PBA Player of the Year Chris Barnes, and No. 4 seed, PBA Hall of Famer Norm Duke, all advanced to the Round of 32 by winning their matches 4-1.


2008-09 PBA Tour #18

03/19/09

Full 64-player field determined for PBA Go RVing Match Play Championship

Seven players advance through Wednesday's TQR

PBA50thAnniversaryLogo_small.jpgIn a tournament featuring an NCAA Basketball Tournament-style bracket competition, the field of 64 has been set for the PBA Go RVing Match Play Championship at Norwich Bowling and Entertainment Center. Ryan Ciminelli of Cheektowaga, N.Y., topped 69 entrants in Wednesday's PBA Tour Qualifying Round with a 1,590 seven-game pinfall (227.14 average). Like the NCAA Tournament, the Go RVing Match Play Championship will pit 64 contestants in a win-or-go-home bracket elimination competition.

2008-09 PBA Tour #18

03/17/09

Big Wes Malott – Pro Bowling's No. 1 Seed

Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour moves to East Region for Go RVing Match Play Championship

200809PBAWesMalott_small.jpgMarch Madness will gear up this week as college basketball fans across the country pencil in their brackets. Fans of the Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour will also have their eyes set on this week's brackets for the Go RVing Match Play Championship at Norwich Bowling and Entertainment Center. At six-foot four-inches and 250 pounds, the top seed is Wes Malott (pictured) of Pflugerville, Texas, is preparing to face the 64th seed (top amateur in Wednesday's PBA Tour Qualifying Round) in his opening match.


2008-09 PBA Tour #18

03/14/09

PBA's version of March Madness ready to roll in Norwich

Malott, O'Neill, Barnes and Duke head brackets in Go RVing Match Play Championship

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The seeding position for the top 36 points leaders on the Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour have been set for the Go RVing Match Play Championship. The top seeds are No. 1 Wes Malott (pictured left) of Pflugerville, Texas; No. 2 Bill O'Neill (right) of Southampton, Pa.; No. 3 Chris Barnes of Double Oak, Texas, and No. 4 Norm Duke of Clermont, Fla. The Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour's version of March Madness gets underway Wednesday at Norwich Bowling and Entertainment Center in Norwich, Conn., when the rest of the field of 64 competitors for the Go RVing Match Play Championship will be determined.


2008-09 PBA Tour #18

03/12/09

Rhino Page heads list of stars to compete in PBA Tour Go RVing Match Play Championship

Norwich Bowling and Entertainment Center in Norwich, CT, United States (March 18-22, 2009)

 Defending champion and 2007-08 Professional Bowlers Association Rookie of the Year Rhino Page of Topeka, Kan., will head a field of the world's best bowlers who will return to Norwich, Conn., March 18-22 for the Go RVing Match Play Championship at the Norwich Bowling and Entertainment Center. The Go RVing event will feature the "best of seven" single-elimination match play format which will cut the 64-player field down to two who will compete in the ESPN-televised three-game, total pinfall championship match. Semifinals from the previous evening will be taped with highlights airing on the finals show. The players will also have to negotiate two different lane conditions throughout the event —the Chameleon pattern on the left lane and Cheetah on the right.


2008-09 PBA Tour #17

03/09/09

Barnes ends TV slump with victory in PBA's Buckeye State Eliminator

Defending champ captures 11th Career Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour title

2009PBA17ChrisBarnes_small.jpgChris Barnes (pictured) of Double Oak, Texas, ended his five-game television losing streak in style Sunday, racing away to a 258-172 victory over Mika Koivuniemi of Hartland, Mich., in the title match of the Don Johnson Buckeye State Eliminator at Sequoia Pro Bowl. Barnes, who successfully defended his 2008 Buckeye State title, earned $25,000 and his first title of the 2008-09 Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour season. Four straight strikes in the middle of the game in response to four consecutive nine-pin spares by Koivuniemi put Barnes into a commanding lead and he never looked back. The tournament also raised more than $37,000 in the name of the tournament's namesake, the late PBA Hall of Famer Don Johnson, for Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus.


2008-09 PBA Tour #17

03/08/09

Chris Barnes makes his sixth TV appearance this season at PBA Don Johnson Buckeye State Eliminator

Joining Barnes in finals will be Mika Koivuniemi, Mike Scroggins and Rhino Page

2008PBA18ChrisBarnes_small.jpg Reigning PBA Player of the Year and 10-time Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour titlist Chris Barnes (pictured left) of Double Oak, Texas, is among four finalists who survived a unique elimination format Saturday to advance to Sunday's ESPN-televised finals of the PBA Don Johnson Buckeye State Eliminator at Sequoia Pro Bowl. Barnes, along with eight-time PBA Tour titlist Mika Koivuniemi, five-time titlist Mike Scroggins, and Rhino Page, who won his second career title earlier this season, survived three two-game elimination rounds where the lowest two-game total in each group of four players was eliminated from the tournament.

2008-09 PBA Tour #17

03/07/09

Mike Scroggins leads Round of 33 at PBA Don Johnson Buckeye State Eliminator

Sixteen players advance to unique eliminator format

2008EBT08BillONeill_small.jpg 2007PBAMikeScroggins_small.jpg Five-time Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour titlist Mike Scroggins (l.) of Amarillo, Texas, averaged 229.14 after the Round of 33 Friday to lead 16 players who will advance to elimination rounds in the Professional Bowlers Association Don Johnson Buckeye State Eliminator at Sequoia Pro Bowl. With a 28-game 6,416 pinfall, Scroggins led qualifying by 10-pins over second place Bill O'Neill (r.) of Southampton, Pa., who led after Thursday's competition. The top four players will bowl in the ESPN finals, which will take place Sunday at 1 p.m. Eastern.

2008-09 PBA Tour #17

03/06/09

Bill O'Neill leads Round of 64 at PBA Don Johnson Buckeye State Eliminator

Wes Malott stays hot on the Scorpion pattern charging from last to 10th place

200809PBA03BillONeill_small.jpg 200809PBAParkerBohn_small.jpg With a 3,204 14-game pinfall (228.8 average), Bill O'Neill (l.) led 33 players who advanced from Thursday's Round of 64 in the PBA Don Johnson Buckeye State Eliminator at Sequoia Pro Bowl. With six television appearances this season and a best finish of second (twice), O'Neill is still looking for his first career PBA Tour title. O'Neill leads Hall of Famer and 32-time PBA Tour titlist Parker Bohn III (r.) in second by 42 pins. The 33 remaining players will bowl two additional rounds Friday to determine the top 16 who will compete in the eliminator rounds on Saturday.

2008-09 PBA Tour #17

03/04/09

Brian Himmler is top qualifier in Don Johnson Buckeye State Eliminator PBA TQR

2009 USBC Masters Champion John Nolen also makes the cut to Round of 64

2007PITBrianHimmler_small.jpg Brian Himmler (pictured) of Cincinnati rolled an 1,862 eight-game pinfall (232.7 average) to top a field of 84 non-exempt bowlers Tuesday competing for seven berths in the PBA Don Johnson Buckeye State Eliminator at Sequoia Pro Bowl.  Other bowlers moving on to the Round of 64 were: Christopher Collins, 1,816; 2009 USBC Masters champion John Nolen, 1,809; Jonathan Van Hees, 1,808; Scott Newell, 1,791; Tim Mack, 1,785 and the top non-member Richard Jones of Bedford, Ohio, 1,665. The Round of 64 will begin by bowling a seven-game block on Thursday.

2008-09 PBA Tour #16

03/02/09

Wes Malott wins third title of the year in PBA Etonic Marathon Open

"The Big Nasty" has inside track for PBA Player of the Year honors

200809PBA16WesMalott_small.jpg After conquering one of the most challenging tournament formats in Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour history, Wes Malott (pictured left) of Pflugerville, Texas, earned his sixth career title by winning the PBA Etonic Marathon Open Sunday at Woodland Bowl. Malott defeated hometown favorite Ronnie Russell of Indianapolis, 248-195, in the championship match to win his third title of the year and take a commanding lead in the race for Player of the Year honors. He won a $35,000 first prize. The unique tournament format consisted of 54 games - total pinfall with no match play - over four days contested on six different PBA Tour lane condition patterns leading up to the stepladder finals.

2008-09 PBA Tour #16

02/28/09

Wes Malott is top qualifier for PBA Etonic Marathon Open stepladder finals

Joining Malott in finals will be Weber, Russell, O'Neill and Barnes

200809PBAWesMalott_small.jpg2008WCPeteWeber_small.jpg Arguably the most versatile bowler on the Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour, Wes Malott (l.) of Pflugerville, Texas, earned top qualifier honors Friday for Sunday's stepladder finals of the PBA Etonic Marathon Open at Woodland Bowl. With a 12,272 54-game pinfall (227.2 average), Malott finished 223 pins ahead of Hall of Famer Pete Weber (r.) with 12,049 (223.1 average) who earned the No. 2 spot for the finals. Joing Malott and Weber in the stepladder finals are #3 Ronnie Russell, #4 Bill O'Neill and #5 Chris Barnes.

2008-09 PBA Tour #16

02/28/09

Wes Malott living up to his Mr. Versatility title in PBA Etonic Marathon Open

Marathon enters home stretch with 18 games remaining to determine five finalists

200809PBA11WesMalott_small.jpg Wes Malott (pictured) has already proven that he is one of the most versatile players in professional bowling by winning the Lumber Liquidators Professional Bowlers Association Tour six-tournament Versatility Swing this season. He backed that title up by moving into the lead in the Etonic Marathon Open after Thursday's third and fourth rounds at Woodland Bowl With an overall 8,295 36-game pinfall (230.4 average) on four different lane conditions thus far in the tournament, Malott holds a 129-pin lead over reigning PBA Player of the Year Chris Barnes of Double Oak, Texas, in second with 8,166 with all-time title leader (45) Walter Ray Williams Jr., Ocala, Fla., in third 8,143.

2008-09 PBA Tour #16

02/26/09

Chris Loschetter moves to the top in PBA Etonic Marathon Open

Top 53 bowl 36 more games on four additional pattern

2007PBAChrisLoschetter_small.jpg After bowling on two different lane conditions in two days and averaging 230.06 overall, Chris Loschetter (pictured left) of Avon, Ohio, moved into the lead after the second round of the Professional Bowlers Association Etonic Marathon Open Wednesday at Woodland Bowl. Finishing second to Eugene McCune of Munster, Ind., after Tuesday's nine-game first round on the Cheetah condition, Loschetter put together a nine-game block of 1,997 Wednesday on the Viper condition for an overall 18-game pinfall of 4,141, to move ahead of McCune by 29 pins. The 161-player field has now been cut to the top 53.

2008-09 PBA Tour #16

02/25/09

Perfect game helps McCune take early lead in PBA Etonic Marathon Open

Six PBA lane patterns will be supreme test of stamina and versatility

200809PBA14EugeneMcCune_small.jpg With the help of a 300 game, Eugene McCune (pictured left) of Munster, Ind., led after the first Round of the Etonic Marathon Open Tuesday at Woodland Bowl, a tournament that incorporates a unique format where players compete on six different PBA lane conditioning patterns over the course of the event. The 40-year-old McCune, who has one PBA Tour title to his credit, topped the 161-player field with a 2,156 nine-game pinfall (239.56 average) on the PBA Tour's Cheetah lane condition. His 300 game came in the final game of the block. After Wednesday's competition on the Viper pattern the field will be cut to the top 53 players.

2008-09 PBA Tour #16

02/24/09

PBA Tour's Extreme Swing features epic format at Etonic Marathon Open

All Bowlers Eligible to Enter Grueling 54-Game Battle in Unique Mixed Pattern Event

200809PBA13NormDuke_small.jpg The Etonic Marathon Open will be one of the most challenging tournaments on the Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour schedule from Feb. 23-March 1 at Woodland Bowl in Indianapolis. Not only will it be an "open field" tournament – anyone can enter – it will also be the first tournament in PBA history to require players to bowl 54 games on six different lane conditions. PBA Hall of Famer Norm Duke (pictured left) of Clermont, Fla., will return to defend his Woodland Bowl title in Indianapolis earned in last season's PBA Denny's World Championship. At stake in Indianapolis is the $35,000 first prize.

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