2008-09

2008-09 PBA Tour #12

01/24/09

Malott fights back into H&R Block Tournament of Champions lead

Soaring confidence, never quit attitude keep tall Texan on hot streak

200809PBA11WesMalott_small.jpg Wes Malott (pictured left), the hottest player in professional bowling, used a combination of soaring confidence and a never quit attitude to take the lead into Friday night's final Round of match play in the Professional Bowlers Association's H&R Block Tournament of Champions at Red Rock Lanes. Malott, who has won two of the last five Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour events and has advanced to the ESPN television finals in five consecutive singles events, won six of his eight matches Friday afternoon and tied in the other two to finish with a 40-game total of 9,864 pins (238.4 average) and a seven-pin lead over Mike Scroggins of Amarillo, Texas.

2008-09 PBA Tour #12

01/23/09

Perfect finish vaults Rhino Page into H&R Block Tournament of Champions lead

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

200809PBA12RhinoPagewithParents_small.jpg After rolling a pair of 289 games earlier in the round, Rhino Page (pictured with his parents), closed the opening Round of match play with a perfect game Thursday night to take the lead in the Professional Bowlers Association's H&R Block Tournament of Champions at Red Rock Lanes. Page (pictured with his parents), bowling in his first Tournament of Champions, finished the fourth round averaging 240.3 for his 32 games taking a 23–pin lead over Mike Scroggins. The top 24 will bowl two more eight-game match play rounds Friday, after which the top four will advance to Sunday's stepladder finals.

 

 


2008-09 PBA Tour #12

01/23/09

Malott leads top 24 qualifiers into Match Play in H&R Block Tournament of Champions

Norm Duke's bid for fourth consecutive major championship comes to an end

200809PBAWesMalott_small.jpg Wes Malott (l.) continued his torrid streak, charging into the lead in the PBA's H&R Block Tournament of Champions at Red Rock Lanes Thursday afternoon. The right-hander finished 24 games of qualifying with 5,822 pins for a three-pin lead over the second-hottest player on the 2008-09 Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour, Patrick Allen. Malott is seeking his third title and fifth TV appearance in the past six events. Allen is in the hunt for his fifth consecutive TV final. Missing from the field of 24 advancing to match play Thursday evening is Norm Duke, who came into the Tournament of Champions hoping to win an unprecedented fourth consecutive major title.

2008-09 PBA Tour #12

01/22/09

DeVaney races into lead in H&R Block Tournament of Champions

Duke sits in 32nd place heading into final qualifying round

200809PBA12MikeDeVaney_small.jpg Mike DeVaney (pictured left) of San Diego would like to make his second career Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour title a big one. DeVaney, who won his only PBA Tour title six years ago in Tacoma, Wash., finished the second round of qualifying in the Professional Bowlers Association H&R Block Tournament of Champions at Red Rock Lanes Thursday with a 287 game for a 3,909 total and a 29-pin lead over first-round leader Ryan Shafer of Horseheads, N.Y. After Thursday's final qualifying round, the field of 60 PBA champions will be cut to the top 24.

2008-09 PBA Tour #12

01/22/09

Norm Duke anxious to begin quest for fourth straight PBA Major Title

Walter Ray Williams Jr. targets to complete Triple Crown and Grand Slam

2008NormDuke_small.jpg Norm Duke (pictured left) of Clermont, Fla., has already accomplished a feat no other professional bowler has equaled, and he's anxiously awaiting the opportunity to add to it when the H&R Block Tournament of Champions gets underway at Red Rock Lanes Wednesday on the Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour. Duke, the first Professional Bowlers Association competitor in 50 years to win three consecutive "major" titles, is the headliner in a field of 60 PBA champions who will do battle for the $50,000 first prize and a three-year Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour exemption.

PBA News

01/21/09

Malott, Duke are the frontrunners in the PBA Player of the Year race

2007PBANormDuke_small.jpg 2007PBAWesMalott_small.jpg With 11 out of 20 tournaments in the books, Wes Malott (l.) and Norm Duke (r.) have positioned themselves 1 and 2 in the 2008-09 Chris Schenkel PBA Player of the Year race. As the only two-time champions this season; Malott and Duke lead the three major categories. Malott is the current point ranking leader with 160,256 points and has the highest average of 224.66. Heading into the Tournament of Champions with a $50,000 Grand Prize to the winner, Duke is the earnings leader with $93,820.

2008-09 PBA Tour #12

01/21/09

H&R Block Tournament of Champions Showdown at Red Rock Lanes

Contemporary PBA Stars and Legends to Battle in Second Major of 2008-09 Season

PBA50thAnniversaryLogo_small.jpg The most talented contemporary stars of the Lumber Liquidators Professional Bowlers Association Tour will face off against some of the legends of the sport when the PBA H&R Block Tournament of Champions gets underway Wednesday at Red Rock Lanes. At stake in the second “major” championship on the 2008-09 Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour is a $50,000 first prize and a three-year exemption to compete on the PBA Tour. The centerpiece of the PBA’s 50th anniversary celebration week in Las Vegas will feature a 60-player field of PBA champions. Leading the pack of current stars will be Norm Duke, who will be trying to win an unprecedented fourth consecutive “major” title.

2008-09 PBA Tour #11

01/19/09

Malott defends PBA Bayer Earl Anthony Medford Classic title

Macpherson tops Nation in PBA Women's Series Regular Season Finale

200809PBA11WesMalott_small.jpg Wes Malott (l.) moved into the Lumber Liquidators PBA Player of the Year points lead Sunday when he successfully defended his Bayer Earl Anthony Medford Classic title with a 239-201 victory over top qualifier Tommy Jones. Malott, the No. 4 qualifier, won three straight matches on his way to the $25,000 first prize, his fifth career title and his second title of the 2008-09 season. In the final PBA Women's Series event of the 2008-09 season, Wendy Macpherson closed with four strikes to win 199-184 against Stefanie Nation.

2008-09 PBA Tour #11

01/17/09

Allen eyes back-to-back titles in PBA Bayer Earl Anthony Medford Classic

Macpherson, Nation to bowl for the title in the PBA Women's Series

200809PBAPatrickAllen_small.jpg 2008CoCWendyMacpherson_small.jpg Patrick Allen (l.) will try for back-to-back Lumber Liquidators PBA titles Sunday in the ESPN-televised finals of the Bayer Earl Anthony Classic at Lava Lanes, but he'll have to win three matches to do it. Allen, fresh off a victory in the National Bowling Stadium Championship in Reno, Nev., qualified fourth for Sunday's finals behind top qualifier Tommy Jones, Bill O'Neill and Wes Malott. In the final PBA Women's Series event of the season, newly-elected USBC Hall of Famer Wendy Macpherson (r.) will try for her first Women's Series title against rising star Stefanie Nation.

2008-09 PBA Tour #11

01/16/09

Russell leads Round of 64 at PBA Bayer Earl Anthony Medford Classic

Woessner atop qualifying in PBA Women's Series regular season finale

200809PBARonnieRussell_small.jpg 200809PBAWSJodiWoessner_small.jpg Ronnie Russell (l.) of Indianapolis, Ind., earned the top seed for match play in the PBA Bayer Earl Anthony Medford Classic, finishing with a 3197 14-game pinfall and a 228.36 average after Round of 64 qualifying Thursday at Lava Lanes in Medforf, Ore.. Russell will join 31 other players who advanced to match play on Friday. The Medford stop also features the seventh and final PBA Women's Series event of the season. Earning the top seed after Thursday's Round of 16 was Jodi Woessner (r.) of Oregon, Ohio who finished with a 2882 pinfall (205.86 average).

2008-09 PBA Tour #11

01/15/09

Field of 64 set for PBA Bayer Earl Anthony Medford Classic

Marshall Holman joins the field as Commissioner’s Exemption

PBA50thAnniversaryLogo_small.jpg Timothy Behrendt of St. Louis, Mo., rolled a 1,542 seven-game total Wednesday to top a field of 61 non-exempt bowlers competing for six berths in the PBA Bayer Earl Anthony Medford Classic at Lava Lanes. The top 5 PBA qualifiers advanced to the Round of 64 Thursday along with PBA Hall of Famer Marshall Holman of Medford, who is bowling in the tournament at the PBA’s invitation, and Azidi Ameran of Malaysia who rolled a 1,419 for seven games to top the amateur bowlers in the TQR. The Medford stop also features the seventh and final PBA Women’s Series event of the year.

2008-09 PBA Tour #10

01/12/09

Patrick Allen wins PBA National Bowling Stadium Championship

Walter Ray Williams Jr. leaves 8-10 spilt in final frame

200809PBA10WRW8-10Split_small.jpg 200809PBAPatrickAllen_small.jpg Patrick Allen (left) stumbled as he approached the finish line, but a colossal bad break for Walter Ray Williams Jr., the Professional Bowlers Association's all-time titles leader, handed Allen the Lumber Liquidators PBA National Bowling Stadium Championship Sunday. Allen defeated Williams, 225-223, when Williams left a pocket 8-10 split (right) on his second shot in the 10th frame of the title match. A fourth consecutive strike would have meant an unprecedented 46th career title for Williams.

2008-09 PBA Tour #10

01/10/09

Williams earns No. 1 seed for PBA National Bowling Stadium Championship TV Finals

National Bowling Stadium in Reno, NV, United States (Jan. 7-11, 2009)

2007PBAWalterRayWilliams_small.jpg Many considered Walter Ray Williams Jr. (pictured left) of Ocala, Fla. the heavy favorite as the Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour unveiled its first multiple-pattern event at the National Bowling Stadium Championship. The all-time PBA titles leader, charged to the top of the leader board with 7673 pinfall total including a field-best 13-5 match play record and will seek his unprecedented 46th career title as the tournament leader and top seed for Sunday's live ESPN final round. Joining Williams in the stepladder final at 10 a.m. PT are No. 2 Wes Malott, No. 3 Chris Barnes, No. 4 Patrick Allen and No. 5 Bill O'Neill.

2008-09 PBA Tour #10

01/09/09

Duke leads PBA National Bowling Stadium Championship after qualifying rounds

2007PBANormDuke_small.jpg 2007PBAWalterRayWilliams_small.jpg PBA Hall of Famer-Elect Norm Duke (left) of Clermont, Fla. and Walter Ray Williams Jr. of Ocala, Fla. sit 1-2 in the standings after the qualifying rounds of the 2009 National Bowling Stadium Championship. Duke felled 3185 pins and averaged 227.50 over 14 games. Williams (right) was 25 pins behind in second place with 3160. The top 32 players advanced to the first Match Play round. The top five players will advance to the ESPN-televised stepladder finals on Sunday Jan. 11.

2008-09 PBA Tour #10

01/08/09

Field of 64 set for PBA National Bowling Stadium Championship

Two women advance qualify through the Tour Qualifying Round

2008PCWLizJohnson_small.jpg 2008BWCAumiGuerra_small.jpg Liz Johnson (l.), Cheektowaga, N.Y., the only woman to ever bowl in a PBA national title match and amateur Aumi Guerra (r.), Dominican Republic have qualified through the PBA Tour Qualifying Round Wednesday rounding out the 64-player field competing in the National Bowling Stadium Championship on the Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour. Lonnie Waliczek, a 2-time PBA champion from Wichita, Kan. led the TQR with 1624 seven-game total and an average of 232.00. Johnson was 20 pins behind in second place. The top 6 PBA members plus the best mateur (Guerra) advanced to the main event.

2008-09 PBA Tour #9

01/07/09

Norm Duke and Liz Johnson earn No. 1 seed for Don and Paula Carter Mixed Doubles Championship finals

National Bowling Stadium in Reno, NV, United States (Jan. 4-6, 2009)

2008USBCQLizJohnson_small.jpg 200809PBA01NormDuke3_small.jpg Norm Duke and Liz Johnson target to become the first PBA Mixed Doubles Champions since 1998 as the duo earned the No. 1 seed for the stepladder finals of the PBA Don and Paula Carter Mixed Doubles Championship Tuesday at the National Bowling Stadium in Reno, Nev. The finals will be taped for broadcast on Sunday Jan. 11 at approximately 1 p.m. PT at the National Bowling Stadium to air on ESPN Sunday Feb. 1 at 2:00 pm ET, marking the first time a PBA Tour Mixed Doubles event has ever been televised.

2008-09 PBA Tour #9

01/06/09

Norm Duke, Liz Johnson form the No. 1 team in Don and Paula Carter Mixed Doubles Championship

National Bowling Stadium in Reno, NV, United States (Jan. 4-6, 2009)

2009TUSATTLizJohnson_small.jpg 2007PBANormDuke_small.jpg Norm Duke led the PBA Exempt Round of 64 and Liz Johnson topped the Women's Series Round of 32 after 14 games to form the No. 1 team in the match play round of the PBA Don and Paula Carter Mixed Doubles Championship at the National Bowling Stadium in Reno, Nev. Duke averaged 236.64 over 14 games to lead the men's field with 3313 pinfall total. Johnson felled 3188 pins (227.71). The top 16 men and woomen were combined to form 16 mixed doubles teams which advanced to match play. The final round is scheduled to air on ESPN Feb. 1, 2009 at 2:00 pm ET.

2008-09 PBA Tour #9

01/03/09

Don and Paula Carter Mixed Doubles Championship ready to roll

Hall of Fame couple looks forward to namesake event at the National Bowling Stadium

200809PBA09DonPaulaCarter_small.jpg In 1964 Don Carter became the first athlete in any sport to sign a $1 million promotional contract. In the early 1970's Paula Carter, the "Blonde Bombshell", hit the professional bowling lanes on her way to a Hall of Fame career. Together, Don and Paula Carter became one of sport's first power couples, on and off the lanes. The Carters' legacy will be celebrated on the Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour as the Don and Paula Carter Mixed Doubles Championship gets underway at the National Bowling Stadium in Reno, Nev. Jan. 4-6, 2009.

2008-09 PBA Tour #8

12/16/08

Rhino Page wins second career PBA title in his first 2008-09 appearance in Lumber Liquidators Shark Championship

Jodi Woessner claims first career PBA Women’s Series title

200809PBA08RhinoPageJodiWoessner_small.jpg Baltimore has been very good to both Rhino Page and Jodi Woessner and Sunday proved no different as each claimed titles in Lumber Liquidators Shark Championship at AMF Country Club Lanes, the eighth stop of the Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour. Top seed Page defeated No. 2 seed Wes Malott, 197-189, to claim his second career title. In the PBA Women's Series, sponsored by the USBC, No. 2 seed Jodi Woessner defeated last week's champion and top seed Carolyn Dorin-Ballard, 247-189.

2008-09 PBA Tour #8

12/13/08

Rhino Page and Carolyn Dorin-Ballard top seeds in Lumber Liquidators Shark Championship Finals

AMF Country Club Lanes in Baltimore, MD, United States (Dec., 10-14, 2008)

200809PBAWSCarolynDorinBallard_small.jpg 200809PBARhinoPage_small.jpg Rhino Page (l.) ended up edging out Wes Malott by 72 pins for the No. 1 seed in Sunday's live televised ESPN finals of the Lumber Liquidators Shark Championship, the eighth stop of the 2008-09 Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour. No. 4 seed Patrick Allen will face No. 3 seed Parker Bohn III in the first men's stepladder match. In the Women's Series, Carolyn Dorin-Ballard (r.) and Jodi Woessner finished No. 1 and 2, respectively, to earn spots in Sunday's live ESPN finals.

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