2008-09

PBA News

12/13/08

PBA to celebrate 50th Anniversary Gala Jan. 24, 2009, in Las Vegas

Tables and seats are currently on sale for huge celebration at the Red Rock Resort, Casino and Spa

 Tickets are on sale for tables and seats for what is being billed as the "Bowling Event of the Century." The PBA's 50th Anniversary Gala event, presented by the Bowling Foundation, will take place Jan. 24, 2009, from 7-11 p.m. at the Red Rock Resort, Casino and Spa in Las Vegas. Tickets are $2,500 per table (seats 10) or $250 per seat. "Our 50th anniversary is a historical occasion and our anniversary gala will be an event worthy of such a milestone," said PBA Commissioner and CEO Fred Schreyer. "We know our legion of supporters and fans will want to be on hand to witness and participate in this memorable evening."

2008-09 PBA Tour #8

12/12/08

Russell and Dorin-Ballard finish atop qualifying at Shark Championship

Top 32 men and top 10 women advance to Friday's match play

200809PBAWSCarolynDorinBallard_small.jpg 2007PITRonnieRussell_small.jpg Ronnie Russell and Carolyn Dorin-Ballard each dominated their respective fields in Thursday's second block of qualifying to finish atop the field in the Lumber Liquidators Shark Championship, the eighth stop on the Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour. Russell (l.) averaged 232.79 over the 14 qualifying games to edge out second-place Wes Malott by 27 pins. Dorin-Ballard (r.), who won last week at the Cheetah Championship, finished 98 pins ahead of Clara Guerrero, Colombia. The top 32 men and the top 10 women advanced to Friday's match play.

2008-09 PBA Tour #8

12/11/08

William Barlow atop Tournament Qualifying Round of Lumber Liquidators Shark Championship

Barlow and seven others advance to join main field on Thursday

LLPBATourLogo_small.jpg Just ten minutes down the road from Country Club Lanes, local bowler William Barlow definitely made his presence known at Wednesday's Tournament Qualifying Round (TQR) of the Lumber Liquidators Shark Championship, the eighth stop on the Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour. Barlow of Edgewood, Md. finished with 1,597 pins over the 7-game block, averaging 228.14 to lead the 89-playerf ield. Richard Fairley of Christiansburg, Va. finished in second with a score of 1,538. The top seven PBA members plus the best amateur earned spots in Thursday's Round of 64. The women's field will begin play on Thursday with its qualifying Round of 16.

2008-09 PBA Tour #7

12/08/08

Parker Bohn III and Carolyn Dorin-Ballard win at Cheetah Championship

AMF Thruway Lanes in Cheektowaga, NY, United States (Dec., 3-7, 2008)

200809PBA07CarolynDorinBallardParkerBohn_small.jpg Two of the greatest to ever throw a bowling ball, Parker Bohn III of Jackson, N.J. and Carolyn Dorin-Ballard of N. Richland Hills, Texas, took home titles at the Cheetah Championship, the seventh stop on the 2008-09 Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour. The final round was telecast live from AMF Thruway Lanes on ESPN. Bohn III's 32nd career title came after defeating No. 3 seed Mike Scroggins of Amarillo, Texas 242-198 in the televised championship round. PBA Women's Series Dorin-Ballard defeated No. 2 seed Stefanie Nation of Arlington, Texas, 208-204.

2008-09 PBA Tour #7

12/06/08

Bohn and Dorin-Ballard claim top spots going into finals of Cheetah Championship

Local favorite Jurek has a shot at his second career title in home state

200809PBAParkerBohn_small.jpg 200809PBAWSCarolynDorinBallard_small.jpg Parker Bohn III (l.) and Carolyn Dorin-Ballard (r.) became the top seeds going into Sunday's televised championship round at the Cheetah Championship, the seventh stop on the 2008-09 Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour. The final round will be telecast live from AMF Thruway Lanes on ESPN at 1 p.m. EST. No. 2 seed Patrick Allen, No. 3 seed Mike Scroggins and No. 4 seed Jack Jurek will compete in a stepladder competition to reach top seed Bohn in the finals. Dorin-Ballard will face off against No. 2 seed Stefanie Nation in the women's final.

2008-09 PBA Tour #7

12/06/08

An infamous piece of history comes to life at PBA Cheetah Championship

LLPBATourLogo_small.jpg While the Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) recognizes its 50th Anniversary in myriad ways this season, Del Ballard Jr. gave fans at the PBA Cheetah Championship a startling, unprecedented throwback experience while competing in the Tournament Qualifying Round on Wednesday at Thruway Lanes, just outside Buffalo. The background: A display case filled with artifacts from the Lumber Liquidator's PBA Tour's storied past accompanies the Tour into each city it visits as it celebrates its 50th birthday.

2008-09 PBA Tour #7

12/05/08

Patrick Allen leads after Round of 64 at the PBA Cheetah Championship

Stefanie Nation L leads top 10 women into Friday's competition

200809PBAWSStefanieNation_small.jpg 2006PBAPatrickAllen_small.jpg Patrick Allen (l.) finished on top of the pack after two seven-game blocks at the Cheetah Championship, the seventh stop on the 2008-09 PBA Tour, taking place at AMF Thruway Lanes. Allen finished the 14 games with a 234.93 average, 29 pins ahead of Bill O'Neill of Southampton, Pa. The Cheetah pattern proved to be fruitful for left-handed bowlers like Allen; six of eight lefties in the field made the cut to 32. In the Women's Series, Stefanie Nation (r.) finished the day with a 220.5 average over 14 games.



2008-09 PBA Tour #7

12/04/08

Liz Johnson makes historic cut at PBA Cheetah Championship

Becomes first woman to break into a men's tournament through the TQR since the establishment of the PBA Women's Series

2007USWOLizJohnson2_small.jpg Liz Johnson (pictured left) of Cheektowaga, N.Y. made history during Wednesday's Tournament Qualifying Round (TQR) of the Cheetah Championship at AMF Thruway Lanes, the seventh stop on the Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour. Johnson made the cut for the Cheetah Championship men's field, becoming the first woman in PBA history to qualify for a men's tournament during an event where a PBA Women's Series is running concurrently. Johnson finished second in Wednesday's TQR to Scott Newell of Deland, Fla., who finished with a 228.71 average over seven games. Johnson averaged 226.71.

2008-09 PBA Tour #6

12/01/08

Malott and Feldman crowned CLR Carmen Salvino Scorpion champions

Brunswick Zone Hawthorn in Vernon Hills, IL, United States (Nov., 26-30, 2008)

200809PBA06MalottSalvinoFeldman_small.jpg Wes Malott and Michelle Feldman (pictured left with Carmen Salvino, center) captured the CLR Carmen Salvino Scorpion Championship at Brunswick Zone Hawthorn, the sixth stop on the Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour. In a tight championship match, top seed Wes Malott watched as No. 2 seed Ken Simard had the chance to win the match with two strikes in the 10th. However, Simard threw the first strike but left a solid 10-pin in his second attempt giving Malott the victory, 216-211. In the PBA Women's Series, Feldman defeated Missy Bellinder, 200-147.

2008-09 PBA Tour #6

11/29/08

Malott earns No. 1 seed for stepladder finals in CLR Carmen Salvino Scorpion Championship

Feldman and Bellinder advance to PBA Women's Series finals

200809PBAWesMalott_small.jpg Wes Malott (l.) finished atop the field of the CLR Carmen Salvino Scorpion Championship with a 13-5 record, 8,197 pins and averaged 243.97, to earn the No. 1 seed on Sunday. It is Malott’s third television appearance this season. Ken Simard shot a 300 in the final position round game, moving himself from the fourth spot to the No. 2 seed. Brad Angelo nabbed the No. 3 seed and takes on No. 4 Jason Couch in the opening match. In the Women’s Series, Michelle Feldman and Missy Bellinder finished No. 1 and 2, respectively, to earn spots in Sunday’s live ESPN finals.

2008-09 PBA Tour #6

11/28/08

Simard leads PBA CLR Carmen Salvino Scorpion Championship after Round of 64

Bellinder atop the PBA Women's Series

200809PBAKenSimard_small.jpg 200809PBAWSMissaBellinder_small.jpg Ken Simard (l.) averaged 250.00 over 14 games in the Round of 64 at the PBA CLR Carmen Salvino Scorpion Championship en rote to lead the top 32 players into the next round. Due to an unexpected lane breakdown on Thursday morning, the start of the second block of qualifying for the Round of 64 of the CLR Carmen Salvino Scorpion Championship was postponed to 7:00 pm CT. Missy Bellinder (r.) led the PBA Women's Series with 3352 pinfall total and an average of 239.43.

2008-09 PBA Tour #6

11/27/08

Jason Poli atop Tournament Qualifying Round of CLR Carmen Salvino Scorpion Championship

Brunswick Zone Hawthorn in Vernon Hills, IL, United States (Nov., 26-30, 2008)

200809PBA06JasonPoli_small.jpg Jason Poli (pictured) decided it was time for "out with the old and in with the new." Going into this week he got rid of all his previous equipment and started anew and that proved a to be smart game plan as he led Wednesday's Tournament Qualifying Round of the CLR Carmen Salvino Scorpion Championship at Brunswick Zone Hawthorn. Poli finished with 1,761 pins over the seven game block, averaging 251.57 and bested the field by at least 84 pins. Local favorite Robert Spigner and Ed Carter of Akron, Ohio actually tied for the fifth and final PBA member spot, forcing a one-game roll-off, with Spigner defeating Carter, 243-220 to advance.

2008-09 PBA Tour #4

11/24/08

Michael Wolfe crowned Ultimate Scoring Champion

Wolfe captures his fourth career PBA title

2007PBAMikeScroggins_small.jpg 200809PBA04MikeWolfe2_small.jpg Michael Wolfe (l.) managed to outlast a first-of-its-kind weeklong shootout to be crowned the Ultimate Scoring Champion at Taylor Lanes, the fifth stop on the Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour which was taped on Nov. 16 and aired on ESPN on Nov. 23. Wolfe of New Albany, Ind., struck in the fourth-seventh frames of the championship match to defeat Mike Scroggins (r.) of Amarillo, Texas, 246-206, to win his fourth career title. Wolfe defeated Bill O'Neill and Scroggins beat Robert Smith in the semifinals.

2008-09 PBA Tour #5

11/19/08

Michael Machuga works his way up stepladder to win PBA Chameleon Championship

Feldman wins first PBA Women's Series title

200809PBA05MichelleFeldmanMikeMachuga_small.jpg Michael Machuga and Michelle Feldman (pictured) captured the Chameleon Championship at Taylor Lanes, the fourth stop on the Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour. No. 5 seed Machuga  struck out in the 10th frame to narrowly defeat No. 1 seed Bill O'Neill, 209-204, to win his first title in three years. Machuga only advanced to Sunday's televised finals due to a scoring malfunction during Friday's Round of 16. In the PBA Women's Series, sponsored by the USBC, Feldman handily defeated Jodi Woessner, 199-173 in the championship match.

2008-09 PBA Tour #5

11/15/08

O'Neill leads Chameleon Championship; men's finals will feature top five instead of top four

Feldman and Woessner advance to women's finals; ESPN live finals air Sunday at 1 p.m. EST

200809PBA03BillONeill_small.jpg 200809PBAWSJodiWoessner_small.jpg The Chameleon Championship finals, which were originally scheduled to be a four-man stepladder finals, have become a five-man stepladder finals due to a scoring malfunction during Friday's Round of 16 match play. Bill O'Neill (l.) finished atop the men's field in Friday's match play finishing 12-6 with 7,575 pins to earn the top seed in Sunday's final round. He led the field for the entire tournament. In the Women's Series, sponsored by the U.S. Bowling Congress, Michelle Feldman and Jodi Woessner (r.) finished No. 1 and 2, respectively, to earn spots in Sunday's live ESPN final at at 1 p.m. EST. 

2008-09 PBA Tour #5

11/14/08

O’Neill and Johnson hold strong to finish atop qualifying at Chameleon Championship

Top 32 men and top 10 women advance to Friday’s match play

200809PBA05BillONeill_small.jpg 200809PBA05LiZJohnson_small.jpg Bill O’ Neill and Liz Johnson continued their dominance in Thursday’s qualifying of the Chameleon Championship at Taylor Lanes, the fourth stop on the Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour. O’Neill (l.) who led the 64-player field with 1,689 pins after seven games, remained consistent during the second block, finishing with 3,290. Johnson (r.) wasn't exactly thrilled with her second block performance but managed to hang on with 2,906 pins.

2008-09 PBA Tour #5

11/13/08

Jim Tomek Jr. atop TQR of PBA Chameleon Championship

Tomek Jr. and seven others advance to join main field on Thursday

2007PBAJimTomek_small.jpg Jim Tomek Jr.'s (pictured left) hard work has certainly paid off. Tomek Jr., who has been working closely with friend and exempt bowler Danny Wiseman on his game, led Wednesday's Tournament Qualifying Round (TQR) to advance to the main field of the Chameleon Championship at Taylor Lanes. Tomek Jr., 32, of Camp Hill, Pa. led the field with a score of 1,578, averaging 225.43 over the seven game block.Thursday's men's competition continues with the qualifying Round of 64, cutting down the field to the top 32 players. The women's field will begin play on Thursday with its qualifying Round of 16, cutting the field down to 10.

2008-09 PBA Tour #4

11/12/08

Robert Smith powers his way through to Sunday's Finals in Ultimate Scoring Championship

Smith, Bill O'Neill, Mike Wolfe and Mike Scroggins advance to ESPN finals

200809PBA04RobertSmith_small.jpg Robert Smith (pictured left) of Pataskala, Ohio managed to overcome his emotions and his back pain to prove he is one of the most powerful bowlers on the Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour. Smith was one of four players to advance to Sunday's televised finals in the high-scoring Ultimate Scoring Championship. Bill O' Neill, Mike Wolfe and Mike Scroggins will be joining him in the finals, which will be taped on Sunday and will air on ESPN on Nov. 23 at 1 p.m. EST.

2008-09 PBA Tour #4

11/11/08

Patrick Allen ties record at Ultimate Scoring Championship

200809PBA04PatrickAllen_small.jpg The Ultimate Scoring Championship certainly lived up to its name as Patrick Allen (pictured left) of Wesley Chapel, Fla. shot a record-tying 3,647 (+847) total, averaging 260.50 for the 14-game block in Monday's Round of 64 qualifying at Taylor Lanes. Eleven players shot 300 during Monday's Round of 64. Parker Bohn III of Jackson, N.J. was the only player to shoot two 300 games during Monday's qualifying, bringing his PBA career total to 82. Three of the players who shot 300 unpredictably missed the cut. Tuesday's competition continues with single-elimination best 4-of-7 match play, until four players remain.

2008-09 PBA Tour #3

11/10/08

Walter Ray Williams, Jr. and Timothy Kauble win in PBA Lake County Indiana Golden Anniversary Championship

Williams claims his 45th career PBA title in Hammond, Ind.

200809PBA03WalterRayWilliamsTimothyKauble_small.jpg Walter Ray Williams Jr. took home his 45th Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour title today at the Lake County Indiana Golden Anniversary Championship at Olympia Lanes in Hammond, Ind. Williams Jr. defeated Bill O'Neill, 246-202, in the televised championship round. Senior bowler Timothy Kauble claimed his first career senior title Sunday at the Lake County Indiana Golden Anniversary Championship; additionally, Sunday's championship round marked his first career television appearance. Kauble defeated Hugh Miller, 235-185, for the win.

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