2010-11

2010-11 PBA Tour #8

02/01/11

Ryan Ciminelli wins first PBA title in One A Day Earl Anthony Memorial

201011PBA08RyanCiminelli2_small.jpg201011PBAPatrickAllen_small.jpgIn his fourth season competing on the Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour, Ryan Ciminelli (l.) of Cheektowaga, N.Y., broke through to win his first title Sunday in the PBA One A Day Earl Anthony Memorial at Earl Anthony's Dublin Bowl. In a battle of lefthanders in the championship match, the 24-year-old Ciminelli defeated Tour veteran and 13-time Tour titlist Patrick Allen (r.) of Wesley Chapel, Fla., 237-215, to win the $20,000 first prize.

2010-11 PBA Tour #8

01/30/11

Pete Weber trying for 36th PBA Tour title Sunday on ESPN2 at 2 p.m. Eastern

Earl Anthony's Dublin Bowl in Dublin, Calif. (Jan. 26-30, 2011)

201011PBAPeteWeber_small.jpgAs the No. 2 seed for Sunday's stepladder finals in the PBA One A Day Earl Anthony Memorial at Earl Anthony's Dublin Bowl, Hall of Famer Pete Weber (pictured) of St. Ann, Mo., likes his chances of winning his 36th career Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour title. With 35 titles, the 48-year-old Weber who is the son of another bowling legend, the late Dick Weber, currently ranks third on the all-time win list. The stepladder final will be televised Sunday on ESPN2 at 2 p.m. Eastern (11 a.m. Pacific).

2010-11 PBA Tour #8

01/29/11

Ryan Ciminelli earns No. 1 seed for PBA One A Day Earl Anthony Memorial finals

Hopes for first PBA Tour title in Sunday’s ESPN2-televised stepladder finals

201011PBARyanCiminelli_small.jpgLooking for his first Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour title, Ryan Ciminelli (pictured) of Cheektowaga, N.Y., earned the top seed for Sunday’s stepladder finals of the PBA One A Day Earl Anthony Memorial at Earl Anthony’s Dublin Bowl. The 24-year-old Ciminelli earned the top seed with an 11-6-1 overall match play record and 32-game 7,688 overall pinfall total Friday. Joining Ciminelli in the finals are Pete Weber of St. Ann, Mo., Patrick Allen of Wesley Chapel, Fla. and Tommy Jones of Greenville, S.C.

2010-11 PBA Tour #8

01/29/11

Tommy Jones retains lead after first match play round in PBA Earl Anthony Memorial

T of C winner Koivuniemi moves from 31st to third as the field is cut to top 16

201011PBATommyJones_small.jpgTommy Jones of Greenville, S.C., posted a 6-3 match play record and averaged 224.6 to retain his lead after Friday's first match play round in the PBA One A Day Earl Anthony Memorial at Earl Anthony's Dublin Bowl. In second was Ronnie Russell of Marion, Ind., and coming all the way from 31st was last week's PBA Tournament of Champions winner Mika Koivuniemi of Finland in third. The field has been cut to 16 for another nine-game match play round . The stepladder finals will air live on ESPN2 Sunday at 2 p.m. Eastern.

2010-11 PBA Tour #8

01/28/11

Tommy Jones leads top 32 into match play at PBA One A Day Earl Anthony Memorial

Defending champion Anthony LaCaze fails to advance

201011PBATommyJones_small.jpg201011PBAPeteWeber_small.jpgTommy Jones (l.) of Greenville, S.C., averaged 235 to take the lead after two rounds in the PBA One A Day Earl Anthony Memorial Thursday at Earl Anthony's Dublin Bowl. Jones had a 3,290 14-game pinfall to hold a 49-pin lead over PBA Hall of Famer Pete Weber (r.) in second with 3,241. The field has been cut to 32 players for match play on Friday. The stepladder finals which will air live on ESPN2 Sunday at 2 p.m. Eastern/11 a.m. Pacific.

2010-11 PBA Tour #8

01/28/11

Mike Scroggins leads PBA One A Day Earl Anthony Memorial after first round

Earl Anthony's Dublin Bowl in Dublin, Calif., Jan. 26-30, 2011

201011PBAMikeScroggins_small.jpg201011PBA08EarlAnthonyMCLogo_small.jpgEight-time Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour titlist Mike Scroggins (l.) of Amarillo, Texas, led the 64-player field in the PBA One A Day Earl Anthony Memorial at Earl Anthony's Dublin Bowl after the first Round of 64 block Thursday with a 1,677 seven-game pinfall (239.57 average). He had games of 290, 259, 200, 213, 209, 269 and 237. The entire field will bowl another seven-game round after which the field will be cut to the top 32 players.

2010-11 PBA Tour #8

01/27/11

Dave Wodka leads PBA One A Day Earl Anthony Memorial TQR

Former PBA Tour player repeats as top qualifier for second consecutive year

201011PBA08DaveWodka2_small.jpgDave Wodka (pictured) of Chatsworth, Calif., repeated as top qualifier in the Tour Qualifying Round of the One A Day PBA Earl Anthony Memorial Wednesday at Earl Anthony's Dublin Bowl, averaging 225.14 for seven games to pace the 13 players who will advance to the tournament's Round of 64 on Thursday. Wodka, a former Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour exempt player who won his only PBA Tour title in the 1999 Greater Detroit Open, finished the seven-game TQR with a 1,576 total, 41 pins ahead of Jon Brandon of Santa Clarita, Calif.

2010-11 PBA Tour #8

01/25/11

PBA Tour moves to ESPN2 for this week's PBA One A Day Earl Anthony Memorial

Earl Anthony's Dublin Bowl in Dublin, Calif., Jan. 26-30, 2011

201011PBA08EarlAnthonyMCLogo_small.jpg The Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour moves to ESPN2 Sunday for the finals of the PBA One A Day Earl Anthony Memorial at 2 p.m. Eastern from Earl Anthony's Dublin Bowl in Dublin, Calif. Heading the list of the world's greatest bowlers competing in the Earl Anthony Memorial are 2011 PBA Tournament of Champions winner Mika Koivuniemi and runnerup Tom Smallwood. Koivuniemi defeated top qualifier Smallwood, 269-207, last Saturday to win the record $250,000 first prize in the $1 million Tournament of Champions.

2010-11 PBA Tour #7

01/23/11

Mika Koivuniemi wins PBA Tournament of Champions and $250,000 first prize

"Major Mika" nearly perfect in becoming first international Tournament of Champions winner

201011PBA07MikaKoivuniemiTrophy_small.jpgFinnish native Mika Koivuniemi (l.) of Hartland, Mich., defeated top qualifier Tom Smallwood of Saginaw, Mich., 269-207, to win the $250,000 first prize in the $1 million PBA Tournament of Champions at Red Rock Lanes. After defeating Colombia's Andres Gomez in the opening match and rolling a 299 game against Tom Daugherty of Wesley Chapel, Fla., in the semifinal match, Koivuniemi threw another 10 strikes against Smallwood to become the first international player ever to win the PBA's signature tournament.

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01/22/11

Osku Palermaa, a super Finn By Joan Taylor

201011PBAOskuPalermaa_small.jpgFinland's two-handed star, Osku Palermaa, 27, won the Shark tournament, the last stop of the PBA World Series to qualify for this year's 1 million PBA Tournament of Champions. He also found out that morning that he is going to be a father, so the victory was twice as sweet. For this week's Tournament of Champions, he was taking it day by day. He led the first three days but slipped out of the top 4 in the second block of match play and finished the richest tournament in the history of the PBA in seventh place, worth $26,000.

2010-11 PBA Tour #7

01/22/11

Dan MacLelland clings to PBA Tournament of Champions lead

Eight players in striking distance of the top four spots for Saturday's ABC stepladder finals

201011PBA07DanMacLelland_small.jpgFormer collegiate bowling star Dan MacLelland (pictured), a Canadian native who lives in Saginaw, Mich., finished Friday night's match play round at Red Rock Lanes in Las Vegas with an 8-8 match play record and a 50-pin total of 11,620 pins to hold on to the lead in the $1 million PBA Tournament of Champions. Tom Daugherty of Wesley Chapel, Fla., was in second place with 11,526 pins followed by Mika Koivuniemi of Hartland, Mich., at 11,511 and Chris Barnes of Double Oak, Texas, at 11,499.

2010-11 PBA Tour #7

01/21/11

Canada's Dan MacLelland leads Top 24 into Match Play at Tournament of Champions

24 head-to-head matches to determine top four for Saturday's ABC stepladder finals

201011PBADanMacLelland_small.jpgCanada's Dan MacLelland (l.), of Saginaw, Mich., averaged 253.2 for his final seven qualifying games Thursday afternoon to lead the top 24 qualifiers into the match play finals of the $1 million PBA Tournament of Champions. The leaders after 34 qualifying games will bowl 24 additional head-to-head matches in three eight-game rounds Thursday night and Friday to determine the four players who will compete for the PBA-record $250,000 first prize in Saturday's live stepladder finals on ABC at 2:30 p.m. EST.

2010-11 PBA Tour #7

01/20/11

Tom Daugherty holds on to the lead in PBA Tournament of Champions after 27 games

International players Palermaa, MacLelland, Gomez, Belmonte among the top 10

201011PBA07TomDaugherty2_small.jpg201011PBA06OskuPalermaa2_small.jpgTom Daugherty (l.) of Wesley Chapel, Fla., charged into a 21-pin lead over Finland's Osku Palermaa (r.) after five rounds of the $1 million PBA Tournament of Champions at Red Rock Lanes  in Las Vegas, Nev., Wednesday. The field of 53 survivors is closing in on four berths in the Saturday's stepladder finals which will air live on ABC at 2:30 p.m. Eastern (11:30 a.m. Pacific). First prize is a PBA-record $250,000.

2010-11 PBA Tour #7

01/20/11

Tom Daugherty overtakes lead in PBA Tournament of Champions after Round Four

Doug Kent hits the cutoff number for 53rd place with 4,260

201011PBA07TomDaugherty_small.jpg201011PBA06OskuPalermaa_small.jpgTom Daugherty (l.) of Tampa, Fla., rolled a 269 final game Wednesday afternoon to take a one-pin lead over Finland's Osku Palermaa (r.) as the field in the $1 million PBA Tournament of Champions was trimmed to 53 survivors at Red Rock Lanes. The field of 53 will now pursue four spots in the live stepladder finals Saturday at 2:30 p.m. Eastern (11:30 a.m. Pacific) on ABC. First prize is a PBA-record $250,000.

2010-11 PBA Tour #7

01/19/11

Confident Osku Palermaa builds his lead in PBA Tournament of Champions

European star averages 234.6 to lead Duke by 65 pins after Round Three Qualifying

201011PBA07OskuPalermaa_small.jpg201011PBANormDuke_small.jpgFinland's Osku Palermaa (l.) maintained a 234.6 average and expanded his lead after the third of four qualifying rounds in the $1 million PBA Tournament of Champions at Red Rock Lanes Tuesday. Palermaa, Europe's premier two-handed bowler, led PBA Hall of Famer Norm Duke (r.) of Clermont, Fla., by 65 pins after 15 games with a total of 3,519 pins. Wes Malott of Pflugerville, Texas, was the player on the cut line in 53rd place with 3,200.

2010-11 PBA Tour #7

01/19/11

Palermaa retains second round lead in PBA Tournament of Champions

Finland's two-handed star averages 235.5 to lead Hong Kong resident Robert Smith

201011PBA06OskuPalermaa_small.jpg200910PBARobertSmith_small.jpgFinland's Osku Palermaa (l.) maintained a 235.5 average and retained the lead after the second qualifying round in the $1 million PBA Tournament of Champions at Red Rock Lanes Tuesday. Palermaa, Europe's premier two-handed bowler, expanded his lead to 18 pins over California native Robert Smith (r.), who now lives in Hong Kong. Palermaa finished the second round with a 10-game total of 2,355 pins while Smith had a 2,337 total.

2010-11 PBA Tour #7

01/18/11

Finland's Osku Palermaa takes first round lead in PBA Tournament of Champions

European two-handed star averages 235.8 to lead Norm Duke by one pin

201011PBA06OskuPalermaa2_small.jpg201011PBANormDuke_small.jpgFinland's Osku Palermaa (l.) averaged 235.8 to take the first round lead in the $1 million PBA Tournament of Champions at Red Rock Lanes Monday by one pin over 33-time PBA Tour titlist Norm Duke (r.) of Clermont, Fla. Palermaa is one of three international bowlers in the top 10 after the first qualifying round. The 53-player cashers' round will be determined after 15 additional qualifying games Tuesday and Wednesday.

2010-11 PBA Tour #7

01/18/11

Fifty players advance from Champions Field to Elite Field in 46th PBA Tournament of Champions

2010SINOpenTimMack_small.jpgAfter the completion of the Champions Field elimination round Monday afternoon, 50 players advanced to the start of Elite Field qualifying in the 46th PBA Tournament of Champions at Red Rock Lanes. Former Touring player Tim Mack (pictured), of Indianapolis, topped the 100-player Champions Field with a 3,178 pinfall total, a 227 average. Among the notable players advancing was two-hander Osku Palermaa of Finland, who finished the round tied for 12th with a 3,016.


2010-11 PBA Tour #7

01/17/11

$1 Million PBA Tournament of Champions qualifying gets underway in Las Vegas

Three women, amateur titlist among Champions Round contenders

201011PBATournamentofChampionsBanner_small.jpgThe 46th PBA Tournament of Champions got underway Sunday afternoon at Red Rock Lanes with the first round of Champions Field qualifying. The Champions Field will bowl a second seven-game round Monday morning to determine the 50 players who will join the tournament’s Elite Field for the duration of the $1 million event. Tom Daugherty of Wesley Chapel, Fla., led the field of 100 players with 1,658 total and an average of 236.86.

2010-11 PBA Tour #6

01/17/11

Chris Barnes wins PBA World Championship; becomes sixth player to complete Triple Crown

No. 4 qualifier upsets Bill O’Neill for 13th career title and $50,000 first prize

201011PBA06ChrisBarnes3_small.jpg201011PBA06BillONeill2_small.jpgChris Barnes (l.) exorcised his television demons Sunday, upsetting top qualifier Bill O’Neill (r.), 267-237, to win the PBA World Championship at South Point Bowling Center and become the sixth player in PBA history to complete the sport’s Triple Crown. Along with his 13th career title, the 40-year-old Barnes won a $50,000 first prize. Barnes eliminated Finland’s Osku Palermaa and Sean Rash for the chance to meet O’Neill for the title.

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