2008-09

2008-09 PBA Tour #15

02/21/09

Chris Barnes rolls a 279 triplicate to reach the finals in PBA GEICO Plastic Ball Championship

Brunswick Zone Wheat Ridge in Wheat Ridge, CO, United States (Feb. 18-22, 2009)

2007PBAPeteWeber_small.jpg 2007PBAChrisBarnes_small.jpg It has been a long time since reigning PBA Player of the Year Chris Barnes (l.) and PBA Hall of Famer Pete Weber have used a plastic bowling ball on a regular basis for other than spare shooting. But they got the most out of that technology Friday when both bowlers advanced to Sunday's finals of the PBA GEICO Plastic Ball Championship. Barnes defeated Mike DeVaney of San Diego, 4-1 in the Round of 8 behind games of 279, 279, 279, 230 and 257. Joining Barnes and Weber in the finals will be Jeff Carter and Michael Fagan.

2008-09 PBA Tour #15

02/20/09

Mike DeVaney leads after Round of 64 qualifying at PBA GEICO Plastic Ball Championship

Australian two-handed star Jason Belmonte in second place

200809PBA15MikeDeVaney_small.jpg In a tournament where all competitors are required to use identical plastic bowling balls, Mike DeVaney (pictured left) of San Diego and two-handed bowling star Jason Belmonte of Australia, are the leaders after Round of 64 qualifying Thursday in the PBA GEICO Plastic Ball Championship at Brunswick Zone Wheat Ridge. DeVaney leads with a 3,348 14-game pinfall (239.1 average) just eight pins ahead of Belmonte in second with 3,340. The top 32 players will now move into best-of-seven game matches on Friday until the final four are remaining for the ESPN finals airing Sunday, Feb. 22, at 1 p.m. Eastern (11 a.m. Mountain).

2008-09 PBA Tour #15

02/19/09

Two-handed star Jason Belmonte advances to Round of 64 in PBA GEICO Plastic Ball Championship

David Williams Jr. of Omaha, Neb. takes TQR top spot

200809PBA01JasonBelmonte_small.jpg Finishing ninth in the PBA GEICO Plastic Ball Championship Pro Tour Qualifying Round Wednesday with a 1,507 seven-game total, two-handed bowling sensation Jason Belmonte (pictured) of Australia is among the nine players who will advance to the event’s Round of 64. David Williams Jr. of Omaha, Neb., rolled a 1,680 seven-game total Wednesday to top the 79-player non-exempt TQR field competing for the nine berths at Brunswick Zone Wheat Ridge. The 64-player field begins Round of 64 competition on Thursday.

2008-09 PBA Tour #15

02/18/09

USBC Masters Champ John Nolen granted exemption for GEICO Plastic Ball Championship

Nolen's exemption for winning Regional Players Invitational returned to PBA Tour Trials

2006BrianVoss_small.jpg 200809PBA14JohnNolan_small.jpg By virtue of his recent USBC Masters victory, John Nolen (l.) has been granted a commissioner's exemption into this week's PBA GEICO Plastic Ball Championship to be conducted Feb. 18-22 at Brunswick Zone Wheat Ridge in Wheat Ridge, Colo.  Nolen joins PBA Hall of Famer Brian Voss (r.), the first time two players have received commissioner's exemptions to be in the same tournament field. With his Masters victory, Nolen earned a two-year exemption on the Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour. However, that exemption does not begin until the 2009-10 season.

2008-09 PBA Tour #14

02/16/09

Nolen remains undefeated, wins USBC Masters and $60,000

Cashman Center in Las Vegas, NV, United States (Feb. 8-15, 2009)

200809PBA14JohnNolen2_small.jpg Until recently, John Nolen (pictured) of Waterford, Mich., was a virtual unknown on the national bowling scene. He used Sunday's nationally televised championship Round of the 2009 USBC Masters to change that in a hurry. Competing on television for the first time, Nolen defeated Danny Wiseman of Baltimore, 202-193, to win the USBC Masters and claim his first career Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour title, a 2-year exemption and $60,000. Nolen, the No. 1 seed for the championship round, finished as the top qualifier and blew through match play undefeated to win the title.

2008-09 PBA Tour #14

02/14/09

Field set for 2009 USBC Masters finals

Nolen, Harman, Wiseman, Jones to bowl for $60,000 top prize and two-year exemption

200809PBA14JohnNolan_small.jpg After four days of intense competition at Cashman Center, the field is finally set for the championship Round of the 2009 USBC Masters. John Nolen (pictured) of Waterford, Mich., outdistanced the competition during qualifying to earn the top seed for match play and then cruised untouched through the double-elimination bracket, compiling a 6-0 record on the way to the No. 1 seed for Sunday's finals, which will be televised live on ESPN at 1 p.m. Eastern. Nolen defeated Steve Harman of Camby, Ind., 755-632, to earn the top seed and is the first player since 2005 USBC Masters champion Mike Scroggins to lead qualifying at the Masters and advance to the TV show.

2008-09 PBA Tour #14

02/13/09

Weber focused, remains undefeated after two match play rounds at 2009 USBC Masters

Yamamoto, Belmonte still in the race for title and the $60,000 top prize

200809PBA13PeteWeber_small.jpg Pete Weber (pictured left) of St. Ann, Mo., is filled with confidence and proving it at the 2009 United States Bowling Congress Masters. The USBC and Professional Bowlers Association Hall of Famer cruised through the first two rounds of match play at Cashman Center on Thursday with wins over Ritchie Allen (735-619) and 2001 USBC Masters champion Parker Bohn III (706-595). After Thursday's competition, only 32 of the event's 452 players remained in the competition. Two international bowlers, Isao Yamamoto, Japan, in the winners bracket and Jason Belmonte, Australia, in the losers bracket are still in the hunt for the title and the $60,000 first prize.

2008-09 PBA Tour #14

02/13/09

Nolen high qualifier at USBC Masters as the field is cut to 64 for double-elimination match play

Five international bowlers make the second cut

200809PBA14JohnNolan_small.jpg John Nolen finished qualifying with a 15-game total of 3,420, an average of 228, to lead the field of 452 of the best professional and amateur bowlers in the world at Cashman Center in Las Vegas, Nev. He earned the top seed for double-elimination match play, which began at 6:30 p.m. Eastern on Thursday. Nolen will be joined in match play by 62 other qualifiers and defending champion Sean Rash. Five international bowlers made the second cut. Sunday's championship round will be televised live on ESPN beginning at 1 p.m. Eastern. The winner will take home $60,000 and a two-year PBA Tour exemption.

2008-09 PBA Tour #14

02/13/09

Perfect game propels McCune into pole position in USBC Masters after Day Two Qualifying

International contingent is well represented in the third qualifying round

200809PBA14EugeneMcCune_small.jpg All season, Eugene McCune (pictured left) of Munster, Ind., has been plagued by injuries to his left leg that have left him competing on the Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour in tremendous pain. Now the pain is gone and the results are starting to show. McCune fired a perfect game as he moved into the overall lead after the second round of qualifying at the 2009 United States Bowling Congress Masters on Wednesday with 2,343 for 10 games, an average of 234.3. The top 115 bowlers (cut is 2,071) advanced to Thursday morning's final five-game qualifying block. The international contingent is well represented in the third qualifying round.

2008-09 PBA Tour #14

02/12/09

Tuholski leads first round in USBC Masters after three of four squads

England's Barrett in second and Norway's Sandbækken in 10th after Day One Qualifying

2008EBT08DominicBarrett_small.jpg 200809PBA14CraigTuholski_small.jpg Craig Tuholski (l.) averaged 237.4 and 1,187 five-game total to take the overall lead after qualifying round one in the USBC Masters Tuesday at Cashman Center in Las Vegas, Nev. Tuholski, bowling in his 13th event as an exempt player on the PBA Tour, ended the day with a 289 game and finished eight pins ahead of England's Dominic Barrett (r.), who is second with 1,179. European champion Mads Sandbækken, Norway, is 10th with 1,160.  Tuholski and company now must focus on five more games of qualifying on Wednesday.

2008-09 PBA Tour #14

02/10/09

Rash hopes to continue success in majors at USBC Masters

Cashman Center in Las Vegas, NV, United States (Feb. 8-15, 2009)

200809PBA14Feb15LiveonESPN_small.jpg Sean Rash's professional bowling career may be just beginning, but over the past four seasons a trend has quickly developed. Rash brings his best game when it comes time to compete in major events. Rash (pictured left), a Wichita, Kan., resident and the defending champion in the United States Bowling Congress Masters, has finished among the top 15 in 10 of the 14 majors he has competed in since the 2005-06 season. He will look to add to that total when the USBC Masters is conducted on 60 specially-constructed lanes inside Cashman Center in Las Vegas from Feb. 10-15.

2008-09 PBA Tour #13

02/07/09

Norm Duke leads stepladder final field for Denny's Dick Weber Open

Pete Weber qualifies second in tournament named for legendary father

200809PBA13NormDuke_small.jpg After a disappointing finish in the recent Professional Bowlers Association H&R Block Tournament of Champions, where he was trying for his fourth consecutive "major" title, Norm Duke (pictured left) regained his focus to take top qualifier honors for Sunday's ESPN-televised stepladder finals of the Denny's Dick Weber Open at Fountain Bowl. His 9,371 39-game pinfall total put him 52 pins ahead of fellow Hall of Famer Pete Weber, who qualified second for the TV finals. Sunday's finals will get underway at 1 p.m. Eastern. The winner earns $35,000 plus a one-year exemption on the Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour.

2008-09 PBA Tour #13

02/06/09

Pete Weber paces the field after Match Play Round One in Denny's Dick Weber Open

Current top 5 includes three Hall of Famers and 121 PBA Tour Titles

200809PBA13PeteWeber_small.jpg PBA Hall of Famer Pete Weber (pictured left) posted a 7-1 record after the first Round of match play to help him take the lead in an event honoring his father's incredible bowling legacy. Overall, Weber finished with a 23-game total of 5,486 to hold a 63-pin lead over fellow PBA Hall of Famer Norm Duke of Clermont, Fla., in the Denny's Dick Weber Open at Fountain Bowl Thursday. The field of 24 players will return for two more 8-game rounds of match play Friday after which the top five will be determined for Sunday's ESPN-televised stepladder final.

2008-09 PBA Tour #13

02/06/09

Norm Duke is qualifying leader at PBA Denny's Dick Weber Open

Fountain Bowl in Fountain Valley, Calif., United States (Feb., 3-8, 2009)

2007PBAChrisBarnes_small.jpg 2007PBANormDuke_small.jpg After a tough outing in the recent H&R Block Tournament of Champions in Las Vegas where he was trying for his fourth consecutive "major" title, PBA and USBC Hall of Famer Norm Duke (l.) emerged as the qualifying leader at the Denny's Dick Weber Open at Fountain Bowl Thursday afternoon. Duke, who became the first bowler to win three consecutive majors, averaged 230.6 for 15 games. His 3,460 pinfall total is 35 pins ahead of reigning PBA Player of the Year Chris Barnes (r.) in second place.

2008-09 PBA Tour #13

02/05/09

Pete Weber leads qualifying after two rounds in PBA Denny's Dick Weber Open

Weber turns to family to improve his game

2008WCPeteWeber_small.jpg Pete Weber (l.) averaged 227.4 to take the qualifying lead after two rounds Wednesday in the PBA Denny's Dick Weber Open at Fountain Bowl. Weber, the son of the late Hall of Fame bowler Dick Weber, had a 2,274 10-game pinfall to hold a three-pin lead over reigning PBA Player of the Year Chris Barnes in second with 2,271. Norm Duke is third with 2,249. Australian two-handed player Jason Belmonte is 10th with 2,180. Shalin Zulkifli, Malaysia, is the best woman in the field in 29th place with 2,120. The field of 158 bowlers will return Thursday for a final five-game qualifying block to determine the 24 players who advance to match play.

2008-09 PBA Tour #15

02/03/09

PBA Tour returns to Denver area for GEICO Plastic Ball Championship

PBA Tour players limited to two plastic balls in exciting test of bowling skill

PBA50thAnniversaryBall_small.jpg Perhaps the most anticipated and certainly the most controversial event in this 50th Anniversary season of the Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour is the first-ever GEICO Plastic Ball Championship to be held at Brunswick Zone in Wheat Ridge, Colo., Feb. 18-22. Debates in the bowling world rage on as to what bowling styles and players will succeed in this radical departure from the usual, generally unlimited equipment rules. In the Plastic Ball Championship, each of the 64 players in the main draw will be given two identical, unmarked plastic bowling balls with pancake weight blocks, branded only by the PBA 50th Anniversary logo.

2008-09 PBA Tour #9

02/03/09

Johnson, Duke nearly perfect in winning PBA Mixed Doubles Title

First time a PBA Tour Mixed Doubles event has ever been televised

200809PBA09LizJohnsonNormDuke_small.jpg Norm Duke called his 31st career Professional Bowlers Association title "the easiest I've ever won" and that was because he and partner Liz Johnson were nearly perfect in running away with the Don and Paula Carter Mixed Doubles Championship at the National Bowling Stadium. Johnson, the first and only woman to advance to the title match in a Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour event, and Duke defeated Jennifer Petrick of Canton, Ohio, and Steve Harman of Indianapolis, 274-180, in the title match to split the $50,000 first prize.

2008-09 PBA Tour #13

01/31/09

PBA Tour returns to Southern California for Denny's Dick Weber Open

Fountain Bowl in Fountain Valley, Calif., United States (Feb., 3-8, 2009)

200809PBA13DickWeberOpen_small.jpg Defending champion Mike Scroggins of Amarillo, Texas, will head a field of the world's best bowlers who will return to Southern California Feb. 3-8 for the Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) Denny's Dick Weber Open at Fountain Bowl in Fountain Valley, Calif. Named in honor of one of the sport's all-time greats (archive photo), the tournament will feature a star-studded field including a number of competitors recently named to the list of the 50 greatest players in PBA history as part of its 50th anniversary celebration.

2008-09 PBA Tour #12

01/26/09

Allen beats Page in high-scoring title match in PBA H&R Block Tournament of Champions

Red Rock Lanes in Las Vegas, NV, United States (Jan. 19-25, 2009)

200809PBA12PatrickAllen_small.jpg In a title match between the reigning WTBA World Champions in Doubles, Patrick Allen (pictured left), Wesley Chapel, Fla., defeated Rhino Page (right), Topeka, Kan., 267-263, to win the prestigious PBA H&R Block Tournament of Champions, his second PBA major title, the $50,000 top prize plus a two-year exemption. Three lefties, No. 1 Allen, No. 2 Page, No. 3 Mike Scroggins, Amarillo, Texas and right-hander Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, the No. 4 seed advanced to the live TV final which started on Sunday, January 25th, 12:30p.m. ET at Red Rock Lanes in Las Vegas, Nev.

2008-09 PBA Tour #12

01/24/09

Allen & Malott show continues in H&R Block Tournament of Champions

Scroggins, Page to challenge red-hot pair in Sunday's TV final

200809PBAWesMalott_small.jpg 200809PBAPatrickAllen_small.jpg Patrick Allen (l.) and Wes Malott (r.), the two hottest players in pro bowling, will be on stage again Sunday for the finals of the Professional Bowlers Association's H&R Block Tournament of Champions, the closing event in the PBA's 50th Anniversary celebration at Red Rock Lanes. Reigning PBA Rookie of the Year Rhino Page of Topeka, Kan., and veteran Mike Scroggins of Amarillo, Texas, will be the challengers who hope to throw ice water on the torrid tandem. First prize in the tournament is $50,000 plus a two-year Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour exemption.

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