2010-11

2010-11 PBA Tour #6

01/16/11

Chris Barnes bids for Triple Crown in Sunday’s PBA World Championship finals

$50,000 first prize, major title on the line in Sunday’s ESPN finals

201011PBA06ChrisBarnes_small.jpg201011PBA06MichaelHaugen3_small.jpgChris Barnes (l.) of Double Oak, Texas, kept his bid to complete the PBA Triple Crown alive Saturday night when he defeated Michael Haugen Jr. (r.) of Carefree, Ariz., 243-172, to advance to Sunday’s finals in the PBA World Championship. In Saturday’s first match, Haugen nipped No. 5 qualifier Mika Koivuniemi of Hartland, Mich., 233-232. The World Championship will air live on ESPN Sunday at 1 p.m. Eastern.

2010-11 PBA Tour #6

01/15/11

Michael Haugen Jr. advances to Saturday's Round in PBA World Championship

Top three qualifiers waiting in the wings for $50,000 showdown in Sunday's ESPN finals

201011PBA06MichaelHaugen_small.jpgMichael Haugen Jr. (pictured) of Carefree, Ariz., admittedly got out-bowled Friday, but he defeated Australia's Jason Belmonte, 233-220, to advance to Saturday's elimination round in the PBA World Championship at South Point Bowling Center. Haugen converted a "crossover" strike into a turkey in the sixth frame and threw another pivotal crossover strike to build a string of four to end the game, eliminating Belmonte from contention for the $50,000 first prize.

2010-11 PBA Tour #7

01/14/11

Chris Barnes sets past aside, focuses on winning $1 million Tournament of Champions

Despite past disappointments, 2010 runner-up is eager for $250,000 top prize

201011PBA07ChrisBarnes_small.jpgChris Barnes of Double Oak, Texas, was the second-biggest story in the 2010 PBA Tournament of Champions. As the leading qualifier and odds-on favorite heading into the title match at Red Rock Lanes in Las Vegas, Barnes found himself on the losing end of a 265-195 thrashing administered by Kelly Kulick of Union, N.J. Despite the disappointments, Barnes is a glass-half-full guy. He'd rather focus on 2006, when he did win the Tournament of Champions.

2010-11 PBA Tour #6

01/11/11

Belmonte, Malott face uphill battle to win PBA World Championship

Starting Friday, No. 8 vs. No. 7 qualifiers must win seven consecutive matches to win major title

201011PBAJasonBelmonte_small.jpg201011PBAWesMalott_small.jpgBill O'Neill needs to win one game Sunday for $50,000 and his second Professional Bowlers Association major title. But beginning Friday, Australia's Jason Belmonte (l.) and Wes Malott (r.) of Pflugerville, Texas, face staggering odds if they hope to upset the 2011 PBA World Championship's leading qualifier and deny O'Neill's bid for one of the Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour's most prized titles. The thing is, neither Belmonte nor Malott is intimidated by the long odds.

2010-11 PBA Tour #7

01/07/11

Grammy-nominated Bowling For Soup to perform at PBA Tournament of Champions

Red Rock Lanes in Las Vegas, Nev., USA (Jan. 15-22, 2011)

201011PBA07BowlingForSoup2_small.jpgGrammy-nominated American rock/punk band Bowling For Soup (pictured) will perform its newest song – "Saturday Night" – during the ABC telecast of the $1 million Professional Bowlers Association Tournament of Champions finals Saturday, Jan. 22 at Red Rock Lanes in Las Vegas. BFS lead singer Jaret Riddick attended the 2010 PBA Tournament of Champions, witnessing the historic victory by Kelly Kulick from the front row.

2010-11 PBA Tour #7

01/06/11

Jason Couch to bid for record fourth PBA Tournament of Champions title

Red Rock Lanes in Las Vegas, Nev., USA (Jan. 15-22, 2011)

201011PBATournamentofChampionsBanner_small.jpg With its expanded field for 2011, the $1 million PBA Tournament of Champions could be the greatest assemblage of bowling talent ever in one tournament. Will the 46th running of PBA's signature event produce another fairy tale story like Kelly Kulick's win in 2010 or Tom Smallwood's PBA World Championship victory in 2009? Or, will Jason Couch win an unprecedented fourth Tournament of Champions title?

2010-11 PBA Tour #6

01/05/11

Top qualifier Bill O'Neill picks "Viper" for PBA World Championship finals

Unique eight-man stepladder final gets underway at South Point on Friday, Jan. 14

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Bill O'Neill of Southampton, Pa., who won his third career Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour title in the Pepsi Viper Championship in the 2010 PBA World Series of Bowling in October, has selected the Viper lane condition for the 2011 PBA World Championship finals as the PBA Tour launches the live television portion of its schedule at South Point Bowling Center. The first-ever three-day, eight-player stepladder finals will air on Friday through Sunday, Jan. 14-16 on ESPN2 and ESPN.

2010-11 PBA Tour #7

01/04/11

Can Kelly Kulick repeat history in 2011 PBA Tournament of Champions?

First woman ever to win a PBA Tour title admits her confidence isn't what it should be

201011PBAKellyKulick_small.jpgOn Monday, January 17, Kelly Kulick of Union, N.J., will begin defense of the most prestigious title a woman bowler has ever won. Defeating an otherwise all-male field of 63 PBA champions to win the 2010 PBA Tournament of Champions was one of the most extraordinary achievements in women's sports history. But now the question is, can sher win it again? When Kulick returns to Red Rock Lanes this time, the stakes will be enormous and the pressure more intense than any she has ever faced.

2010-11 PBA Tour #5

12/27/10

Finland's Osku Palermaa captures PBA GEICO Shark Championship

European two-handed star wins first PBA Tour title, berth in PBA Tournament of Champions

201011PBA05OskuPalermaa_small.jpgFinland's Osku Palermaa (l.), Europe's premier two-handed bowler, survived a 173-149 battle with top qualifier Dan MacLelland of Windsor, Ontario, Canada, to win his first Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour title in the PBA GEICO Shark Championship at South Point Bowling Center. Besides his first PBA title and the $15,000 top prize, Palermaa earned berth in the $1 million PBA Tournament of Champions. The finals of the GEICO Shark Championship was held Nov. 6 at South Point Bowling Center and aired Sunday, Dec. 26 on ESPN.

2010-11 PBA Tour #5

12/26/10

This Sunday, 1 p.m. EST on ESPN: PBA GEICO Shark Championship

Fifth tournament of the 2010-11 Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour season

201011PBA05SharkChampionship_small.jpgThe PBA GEICO Shark Championship is the fifth telecast of the 2010-11 Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour season and will air Sunday, Dec. 26 at 1 p.m. Eastern on ESPN. For the second consecutive week the telecast will feature an international-laden stepladder finals field where four countries are represented: Australia, Finland, Canada and U.S. The GEICO Shark Championship is the last of the five “animal” pattern events.


2010-11 PBA Tour #11

12/23/10

2011 PBA Mark Roth Plastic Ball Championship to benefit bowling’s charities

Sale of six different ball designs to bowling fans will benefit Bowling Foundation’s official charities

LLPBATourLogo_small.jpgThe Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour's third annual Mark Roth Plastic Ball Championship March 2-6, 2011 at AMF Thruway Lanes in Cheektowaga, N.Y., will benefit a family of charities supported by the bowling industry through the sale of specially logoed bowling balls to the bowling public. The Plastic Ball Championship was originated in 2009 as a unique competition which required all PBA Tour players to use identical "throwback" polyester bowling ball technology.

2010-11 PBA Tour #4

12/20/10

South Korea's Gu Yong-Jin pulls off stunning upset in PBA Scorpion Championship

Top qualifier Kim's 7-10 split in the 10th frame opens the door for countryman

201011PBA04GuYongJin3_small.jpgGu Yong-Jin (l.) pulled off one of the biggest upsets in PBA history when he defeated an international field of opponents to win the PBA Scorpion Championship at South Point Bowling Center.Gu upset four straight opponents, including top qualifier Kim Jun-Yung, 236-224, in the all-South Korea championship match, to become the first South Korean ever to win a PBA Tour event. The finals of the PBA Scorpion Championship was held Nov. 6 and aired Sunday Dec. 19 on ESPN.

2010-11 PBA Tour #4

12/15/10

This Sunday, 1 p.m. EST on ESPN: PBA Scorpion Championship

Fourth tournament of the 2010-11 Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour season

201011PBA04ScorpionChampionship_small.jpgThe PBA Scorpion Championship is the fourth telecast of the 2010-11 Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour season and will air Sunday, Dec. 19 at 1 p.m. Eastern on ESPN from South Point Bowling Center in Las Vegas. The historic stepladder final will be the first ever with four countries represented; Canada, South Korea, Australia and U.S. The Scorpion Championship is one of the five animal pattern events conducted as part of the PBA World Series of Bowling.


2010-11 PBA Tour #3

12/13/10

Rookie Scott Norton nabs first PBA Tour title in Chameleon Championship

Young California attorney delivers near-perfect opening statement in his television debut

201011PBA03ScottNorton_small.jpgCalifornia attorney Scott Norton (l.) of Costa Mesa, Calif., held court for the first time as a full-time Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour competitor in the title match of the Chameleon Championship at South Point Bowling Center, and he won his case. The 28-year-old left-hander easily defeated Sean Rash of Wichita, Kan., in the title match, 256-181, to win his first PBA Tour totle and the $15,000 top prize. The Chameleon Championship finals was the third of five legs in the PBA World Series of Bowling.

2010-11 PBA Tour #3

12/10/10

This Sunday, 1 p.m. EST on ESPN: PBA Chameleon Championship

201011PBA03ChameleonChampionship_small.jpgThe PBA Chameleon Championship is the third tournament of the 2010-11 Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour season and will be telecast Sunday, Dec. 12 at 1 p.m. Eastern on ESPN from South Point Bowling Center in Las Vegas. The Chameleon Championship is one of the five animal pattern events recently conducted during the PBA World Series of Bowling.

2010-11 PBA Tour #2

12/06/10

Bill O'Neill romps to third PBA Tour title in Pepsi Viper Championship

No. 4 qualifier wins four matches to capture second leg of PBA World Series of Bowling

201011PBA02BillONeill2_small.jpg201011PBA02AndresGomez3_small.jpgBill O'Neill (l.) of Southampton, Pa., made his third Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour title look easy, eliminating four competitors to capture the Pepsi Viper Championship. The Viper Championship finals was held Nov. 5 at South Point Bowling Center in Las Vegas and aired Sunday Dec. 5 on ESPN. O'Neill struck on six of his first seven shots in the title match to soundly defeat top qualifier Andres Gomez (r.) of Colombia, 237-203.

PBA Tour 2010-11 #2

12/04/10

Sunday, Dec. 5 on ESPN: PBA Pepsi Viper Championship

2010PBAWSOBLogo_small.jpgThe PBA Pepsi Viper Championship is the second tournament of the 2010-11 Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour season and will be telecast Sunday, Dec. 5 at 1 p.m. Eastern on ESPN from South Point Bowling Center in Las Vegas. The Pepsi Viper Championship is one of the five animal pattern events recently conducted during the PBA World Series of Bowling and will be followed by ESPN telecasts of the Chameleon (Dec. 12), Scorpion (Dec. 19), and GEICO Shark Championships (Dec. 26) plus the "USA vs. The World" team event on Jan. 9.

2010-11 PBA Tour #1

11/29/10

Eugene McCune executes flawless shot to win Brunswick Pro Bowling Cheetah title

Finals aired Sunday Nov. 28 on ESPN

201011PBA01EugeneMcCune3_small.jpgEugene McCune of Munster, Ind., flawlessly executed the shot he had practiced for more than two decades to nip PBA Hall of Famer Norm Duke of Clermont, Fla., 238-237, to win the Brunswick Pro Bowling Cheetah Championship, the opening event of the 2010-11 Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour season. McCune's strike on his final ball earned him the second title of his 24-year PBA Tour career and the $15,000 top prize. The Brunswick Pro Bowling Cheetah Championship finals was held Nov. 5 and aired Sunday Nov. 28 on ESPN.

2010-11 PBA Tour #5

11/04/10

Canada's Dan MacLelland earns top seed for GEICO Shark Championship finals

Three international bowlers among the top 5 in the last "animal pattern" match play

201011PBADanMacLelland_small.jpgDan MacLelland (pictured left) of Windsor, Ontario, closed in on his childhood dream, earning the No. 1 position for Saturday's GEICO Shark Championship at South Point Bowling Center Wednesday in his quest for his first Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour title. By topping the Shark Championship field after 21 games of qualifying and match play, the 25-year-old MacLelland became the fifth consecutive player in PBA World Series of Bowling competition to earn the top stepladder position for the first time.

2010-11 PBA Tour #4

11/03/10

South Korea's Kim Jun-Yung tops Scorpion Championship match play round

Four international bowlers make the show, another three finish in the top 10

201011PBAKimJunYung_small.jpg201011PBAGuYongJin_small.jpgSouth Korea's Kim Jun-Yung (l.) and countryman Gu Yong-Jin (r.) became the first Korean bowlers to reach the television finals of a PBA Tour event on American soil Tuesday when they qualified first and fifth for Saturday's stepladder finals in the Scorpion Championship. The show will feature the first stepladder finals field with four international players as Australia's Jason Belmonte (2nd) and Canada's Dan MacLelland (4th) joined Bill O'Neill of Southampton, Pa. (3rd) in the finals.

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