2009-10

2009-10 PBA Tour #6

08/29/09

Duke, Dorin-Ballard top qualifying in PBA Shark Championships

Leslie and Parker Bohn III will try to become first wife-and-husband TV finalists

200910PBANormDuke_small.jpg2009WUSOCarolynDorinBallard2_small.jpgNorm Duke (pictured left) of Clermont, Fla., and Carolyn Dorin-Ballard (right) of Keller, Texas, led the qualifying fields in the Professional Bowlers Association Shark Championships at Thunderbowl Lanes Friday, but most eyes will be on the wife-and-husband tandem of Leslie and Parker Bohn III who will attempt to become the first TV finals couple in PBA history when the tournament begins match play competition Saturday.

2009-10 PBA Tour #5

08/26/09

Underdog Smallwood prevails in PBA Scorpion Championship

Defending champions Malott, Feldman knocked out of TV finals

200910PBAThomasSmallwood_small.jpgTuesday was a big day for the underdogs in the PBA Scorpion Championships at Thunderbowl Lanes where defending champions Wes Malott of Pflugerville, Texas, and Michelle Feldman of Auburn, N.Y., were among the victims, and a local player who is the face of Michigan's struggling automotive industry was one of the heroes. Thomas Smallwood (pictured) of Saginaw, who decided to give the professional tour a try after being laid off from his job at General Motors, out-lasted 34-time PBA Tour champion Norm Duke of Clermont, Fla., to make his first TV final.

2009 PBA Senior Tour #11

08/26/09

8-0 match play record helps Tom Baker take lead PBA Senior Dick Weber Open

Royal Scot Golf & Bowl in Lansing, Mich. (August 22-26, 2009)

PBASeniorPotYTomBaker_small.jpgWith an 8-0 match play record, Hall of Famer Tom Baker (pictured left) of King, N.C., moved into the lead after the first round of match play Tuesday in the Professional Bowlers Association Senior Dick Weber Open at Royal Scot Golf & Bowl. Baker, a four-time PBA Senior Player of the Year, averaged 228.5 in match play and led with a 7,270 32-game overall pinfall. The 24-player field will return for two additional eight-game match play rounds on Wednesday.

2009-10 PBA Tour #5

08/26/09

Defending champions Malott, Feldman advance in PBA Scorpion Championship

Thunderbowl Lanes, Allen Park, Mich. (Aug. 23-25, finals on Sept. 6, 2009)

2009PBAKoBWesMalott_small.jpg2009WUSOMichelleFeldman_small.jpgDefending champion Wes Malott (l.) of Pflugerville, Texas, advanced to the Round of 8 in the PBA Scorpion Championship at Thunderbowl Lanes Tuesday. Defending Women's Scorpion Champion Michelle Feldman (r.) of Auburn, N.Y., needed seven games to advance to Tuesday night's semifinal round.The Scorpion Championships, for men and women, are part of the inaugural PBA World Series of Bowling taking place in suburban Detroit.


2009-10 PBA Tour #5

08/25/09

Weber, Kulick lead top 28 men and 8 women into match play in PBA Scorpion Championships

Thunderbowl Lanes, Allen Park, Mich. (Aug. 23-25, finals on Sept. 6, 2009)

2007PBAPeteWeber_small.jpg2009WUSOKellyKulick_small.jpgPBA Hall of Famer Pete Weber (pictured left) and former PBA Tour exempt player Kelly Kulick (right) led their respective fields at the end of qualifying in the PBA Scorpion and Women's Scorpion Championships at Thunderbowl Lanes Monday. The Scorpion Championships are part of the inaugural PBA World Series of Bowling, a festival of professional bowling which will include 13 championship events by the time it ends on Sept. 6.

2009-10 PBA Tour #5

08/25/09

Barnes, Johnson take early qualifying leads in PBA Scorpion Championships

Thunderbowl Lanes, Allen Park, Mich. (Aug. 23-25, finals on Sept. 6, 2009)

2009WGChrisBarnes_small.jpg2009WUSOLizJohnson_small.jpgChris Barnes (pictured left) of Double Oak, Texas, and Liz Johnson of Cheektowaga, N.Y., raced into the first round qualifying leads in the Professional Bowlers Association Scorpion and Women's Scorpion Championships, respectively, at Thunderbowl Lanes Monday. Barnes averaged 235.7 for the first seven qualifying games, finishing with a 1,650 pinfall total and an 89-pin lead. Johnson Johnson averaged 224.7 and felled 1,573 pins. 

2009-10 PBA Tour #6

08/23/09

Goergen, Miller top PBA Shark Championship TQRs

Sixth PBA World Series of Bowling event gets underway Friday

2009USBCOCBoGoergen_small.jpg2009WUSAAdrienneMiller_small.jpgBo Goergen (l.), Midland, Mich., and Adrienne Miller, Albuquerque, N.M., will lead a field of 13 men and three women, respectively, who will advance to the PBA Shark Championship at Thunderbowl Lanes on Friday. Goergen posted a seven-game total of 1,509 pins to top a field of 66 in Saturday’s men’s Tour Qualifying Round while Miller had 1,563 pins to lead the field of 19 women. Qualifying rounds start on Friday Aug. 28 at 8 a.m.

2009-10 PBA Tour #5

08/23/09

Vanderhoef, Lee are PBA Scorpion Championship TQR top qualifiers

Thunderbowl Lanes, Allen Park, Mich. (Aug. 23-25, finals on Sept. 6, 2009)

2009USBCOCLeeVanderhoef_small.jpg2009WUSOLeeSunHee_small.jpgLee Vanderhoef (l.) of Greenville, S.C., and Lee Sun-Hee (r.) of South Korea will lead a field of 13 men and four women, respectively, who will advance to the PBA Scorpion Championship at Thunderbowl Lanes on Monday. Vanderhoef posted a seven-game total of 1,537 pins to top a field of 73 in Saturday’s men’s Tour Qualifying Round while Lee’s 1,384 pins led the field of 17 women bidding for berths into the PBA Women’s Series presented by BOWL.COM event.

2009-10 PBA Tour #4

08/21/09

It's down to four in PBA Chameleon Championship

Dorin-Ballard, Pluhowsky to bowl for the title in PBA Women's Series Chameleon Championship

200809PBA03BillONeill_small.jpg2009WUSOShannonPluhowsky_small.jpgThe semifinal and championship matches for the PBA Chameleon Championship and PBA Women's Series were determined in best-of-seven game match play Thursday at Thunderbowl Lanes. In the PBA Chameleon Championship semifinals, Bill O'Neill (l.) will bowl against Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, and Sean Rash takes on Ronnie Russell. Carolyn Dorin-Ballard and Shannon Pluhowsky (r.) will battle it out for the women's title.

2009-10 PBA Tour #4

08/21/09

International players making mark at PBA Chameleon Championships

Thunderbowl Lanes in Allen Park, Mich. (Aug. 18-20, 2009; finals on Sept. 5)

2008EBT05AndresGomez_small.jpg200910PBAAmletoMonacelli_small.jpgInternational bowling stars Amleto Monacelli (l.) of Venezuela and Andres Gomez (r.) of Colombia, are among the match play survivors after the PBA Chameleon Championship Round of 16 Thursday at Thunderbowl Lanes. Both players will battle it out in the Round of 8 match. The players advancing to the PBA Women's Series Chameleon Championship semifinal were Carolyn Dorin-Ballard, Liz Johnson, Shannon Pluhowsky and Jodi Woesnner.

2009-10 PBA Tour #4

08/20/09

Sean Rash and Kelly Kulick are top qualifiers in PBA Chameleon Championships

Steve Jaros leads PBA World Series of Bowling Lumber Leader Contest

2009EBT04SeanRash2_small.jpg2009WUSOKellyKulick_small.jpgSean Rash and Kelly Kulick were the top qualifiers after Wednesday's qualifying round of the Professional Bowlers Association Chameleon Championship and PBA Women's Series presented by BOWL.COM Chameleon Championship at Thunderbowl Lanes. Rash (l.) had a 3,112 14-game pinfall while Kulick (r.) finished with 3,033. The top 28 men and the top eight women advanced to best-of-seven game match play beginning Thursday morning.

2009-10 PBA Tour #4

08/20/09

Gomez and Kulick are early qualifying leaders in PBA Chameleon Championships

Thunderbowl Lanes in Allen Park, Mich. (Aug. 18-20, 2009; finals on Sept. 5)

2009KSAAndresGomez_small.jpg2009WUSOKellyKulick_small.jpgAndres Gomez (pictured left) and Kelly Kulick (right) were the early qualifying leaders after seven games in the Professional Bowlers Association Chameleon Championship and PBA Women's Series presented by BOWL.COM Chameleon Championship Wednesday. Both events are being held concurrently as part of the five-week-long PBA World Series of Bowling at Thunderbowl Lanes.

2009-10 PBA Tour #3

08/17/09

Fields set for PBA Viper and Women's Series Viper Championships

Thunderbowl Lanes in Allen Park, Mich. (Aug. 14-16, 2009; finals on Sept. 5)

200910PBASteveJaros_small.jpgThe semifinal match-ups for the Professional Bowlers Association Viper Championship and the championship match-ups for the PBA Women's Series presented by BOWL.COM Championship were determined in best-of-seven game match play Sunday at Thunderbowl Lanes. In the PBA Viper Championship Round of 8, seven-time Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour titlist and top qualifier Steve Jaros (pictured) of Yorkville, Ill., advanced to the semifinal by defeating Stevie Weber of Chalmette, La., 4-3. Liz Johnson and Lynda Barnes will meet in the Women's Series championship final.

2009-10 PBA Tour #3

08/17/09

Belmonte, Zulkifli advance in match play at PBA Viper Championships

Thunderbowl Lanes in Allen Park, Mich. (Aug. 14-16, 2009; finals on Sept. 5)

2009WUSOShalinZulkifli2_small.jpg2009SSST03JasonBelmonte2_small.jpgInternational bowling standouts Jason Belmonte (l.) of Australia and Shalin Zulkifli (r.) of Malaysia are among the match play survivors in the Professional Bowlers Association Viper Championship and PBA Women's Series presented by BOWL.COM Viper Championship at Thunderbowl Lanes. Two-handed specialist Belmonte heads into the Round of 8 which will determine the four Viper Championship semifinalists who will return on Sept. 5 for the semifinal and championship matches.


2009-10 PBA Tour #3

08/16/09

Two-handers Belmonte, Palermaa advance to match play in PBA Viper Championship

Jaros and Dorin-Ballard are Viper's Top Qualifiers

2009SSST03JasonBelmonte2_small.jpg2009WGOskuPalerrmaa_small.jpgA pair of two-handed international stars advanced to Round of 28 match play in the PBA Viper Championship Saturday at Thunderbowl Lanes. Jason Belmonte (l.) of Australia, and Osku Palermaa (r.) of Finland, finished qualifying in fifth and 18th, resp. Seven-time Tour titlist Steve Jaros topped the 72-player field with a 3,214 pinfall (229.5 average). Carolyn Dorin-Ballard led the PBA Women's Series presented by BOWL.COM Viper Championship qualifying with 3,157 (225.5).

2009-10 PBA Tour #3

08/16/09

Dombrowski and Dorin-Ballard are early qualifying leaders in PBA Viper Championships

Thunderbowl Lanes in Allen Park, Mich. (Aug. 14-16, 2009; finals on Sept. 5)

2009WUSOCarolynDorinBallard3_small.jpgPatrick Dombrowski and Hall of Famer Carolyn Dorin-Ballard (pictured) are the early qualifying leaders after seven games Saturday in the PBA Viper Championship and PBA Women Series presented by BOWL.COM Viper Championship. Dombrowski had a 1,654 seven-game block on the Viper pattern and Dorin-Ballard was just four pins behind with 1,650. Both events are being held concurrently this weekend as part of the PBA World Series of Bowling at Thunderbowl Lanes.

2009-10 PBA Tour #2

08/14/09

Duke wins PBA Cheetah Championship for 33rd career title

Tops non-exempt challenger Ciminelli to claim fifth place on all-time titles list

200910PBA02NormDuke3_small.jpgNorm Duke (pictured) added another milestone to his Professional Bowlers Association Hall of Fame career by capturing the PBA Cheetah Championship at Thunderbowl Lanes for his 33rd career title. Duke, who now ranks fifth on the list of PBA all-time title winners behind Walter Ray Williams Jr. (46), Earl Anthony (43) and Mark Roth and Pete Weber (34 each), ended an incredible run by challenger Ryan Ciminelli of Buffalo, N.Y., to win their best-of-seven-game championship match, 4-1.


2009-10 PBA Tour #2

08/14/09

Ciminelli defeats Voss in PBA Cheetah Championship Round of 8 Match Play

First-time title hopeful among four survivors advancing to semifinals

200910PBA04RyanCiminelli_small.jpgRyan Ciminelli (pictured) of Buffalo, N.Y., continued to march toward his first Professional Bowlers Association Tour title by advancing to the semifinal round of the PBA Cheetah Championship Thursday at Thunderbowl Lanes. The 23-year-old left-hander defeated PBA Hall of Famer Brian Voss in his Round of 8 best-seven-game match, 4-2. Joining Ciminelli in the semifinals are Norm Duke of Clermont, Fla., Derek Sapp of Keokuk, Iowa, and Stevie Weber of Chalmette, La.

2009-10 PBA Tour #2

08/14/09

Duke beats Williams Jr. to advance to Round of 8 in PBA Cheetah Championship

Ryan Ciminelli marches on by defeating Ryan Shafer

200809PBA13NormDuke_small.jpgIn a battle between two PBA legends, Norm Duke (pictured left) defeated all-time Tour win leader Walter Ray Williams Jr. Wednesday to advance to the Round of 8 in the PBA Cheetah Championship at Thunderbowl Lanes. Others advancing to the Round of 8 were qualifying leader Ryan Ciminelli, Hall of Famer Brian Voss, 2007-08 PBA Player of the Year Chris Barnes, Mike Wolfe, Derek Sapp, England's Stuart Williams and Stevie Weber who eliminated reigning Player of the Year Wes Malott.The eight players will compete in the Round of 8 Thursday morning at 9 a.m.

2009-10 PBA Tour #2

08/13/09

Williams Jr. and Barnes among players advancing to Round of 16 in PBA Cheetah Championship

Thunderbowl Lanes in Allen Park, Mich. (Aug. 8-13, 2009)

200809PBAWalterRayWilliams_small.jpgImagePBA Hall of Famer and all-time win leader Walter Ray Williams Jr. (pictured left) and 2007-08 PBA Player of the Year Chris Barnes (right) are among the survivors in the Round of 28 eliminations Wednesday in the PBA Cheetah Championship at Thunderbowl Lanes. The entire Cheetah Championship is being taped with the highlight-style telecast airing on ESPN Sunday, Nov. 8, at 1 p.m. ET.


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