2009-10

2009-10 PBA Tour #2

08/12/09

Ryan Ciminelli continues to pace PBA Cheetah Championship field

Top four finishers earn first round match play bye

200910PBA04RyanCiminelli_small.jpgRyan Ciminelli (pictured) continued to pace the field in the PBA Cheetah Championship after first-round qualifying Tuesday at Thunderbowl Lanes. Ciminelli, of Buffalo, N.Y., finished qualifying with a 3,477 14-game pinfall (248.3 average). The 72-player field has been cut to the top 28 players who will advance to best-of-seven game match play beginning Wednesday at 9 a.m. Rounding out the top four who earned a first-round bye in match play were reigning PBA Player of the Year Wes Malott (left), 3,390; Hall of Famer Norm Duke (right), 3,389 and one-time Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour titlist Jack Jurek, 3,381.

2009-10 PBA Tour #2

08/12/09

Ciminelli stays hot as early leader in PBA Cheetah Championship

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

200910PBA04RyanCiminelli_small.jpgRyan Ciminelli (pictured), who was the top qualifier in two of three PBA Tour Qualifying Rounds this past weekend, continued his torrid pace by leading qualifying after the first seven-game block Tuesday in the PBA Cheetah Championship at Thunderbowl. Ciminelli, of Cheektowaga, N.Y., had a 1,795 seven-game pinfall (256.4 average) to hold an 18-pin lead over fellow western New Yorker Jack Jurek of Lackawanna. The 72-player field will bowl another seven-game qualifying round this afternoon after which the field will be cut to the Round of 28.

2009-10 PBA Tour #4

08/10/09

Ryan Ciminelli wins another TQR in PBA Chameleon Championship

Lefthander is top qualifier in two of three events at World Series of Bowling

200910PBA04RyanCiminelli_small.jpgIf there was a versatility award for performances in Tour Qualifying Rounds at the Professional Bowlers Association World Series of Bowling, Ryan Ciminelli (pictured left) would have a commanding lead after three events. Ciminelli, of Cheektowaga, N.Y., had a 1,553 seven-game pinfall (221.8 average) to lead a field of 78 players in the PBA Chameleon Championship TQR Sunday afternoon to earn his second top-qualifier honor in three events held at Thunderbowl Lanes over the weekend. Among the other 10 players, who advanced were two international bowlers, Paul Moor, England, and Andres Gomez, Colombia.

2009-10 PBA Tour #3

08/10/09

Chad Kloss is top qualifier in Viper Championship TQR

Swede Martin Larsen among the top 11 who advance to the Round of 72

200910PBAChadKloss_small.jpgIn the first event of a Professional Bowlers Association Tour Qualifying Round double-header, former Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour exempt player Chad Kloss (pictured left) of Greenfield, Wis., was the top qualifier in the Viper Championship TQR Sunday at Thunderbowl Lanes. Kloss had a 1,575 seven-game pinfall (225 average) to lead a field of 82 non-exempt players competing for 11 spots in the PBA Viper Championship which begins with qualifying Aug. 15. Among the others, who advanced to the Round of 72, was 3-time World Champion Martin Larsen, Sweden.

2009-10 PBA Tour #2

08/09/09

Ryan Ciminelli tops PBA Cheetah Championship TQR field

International bowlers Moor and Gomez advance to the main event

200809PBA02RyanCiminelli_small.jpgRyan Ciminelli (pictured left) of Cheektowaga, N.Y., bowled a seven-game 1,769 pinfall (252.7 average) Saturday to top a field of 99 non-exempt players competing for 12 berths in the Professional Bowlers Association World Series of Bowling Cheetah Championship at Thunderbowl Lanes. The 12 qualifiers from Saturday's PBA Tour Qualifying Round will join 60 exempt players for the Cheetah Championship which begins Aug. 11. Two extra berths were awarded when exempt players Patrick Allen and Tommy Delutz withdrew because of injury. Among the top 12 were international bowlers Paul Moor, England, and Andres Gomez, Colombia.

2009-10 PBA Tour #1

08/07/09

Williams earns top seed for PBA Motor City Open stepladder final

Top 5 bowl for the title in stepladder finals on Sept. 5

2009WalterRayWilliams_small.jpgThe inaugural Professional Bowlers Association World Series of Bowling got off to a wild start Thursday, but in the end Hall of Famer Walter Ray Williams Jr. (left) of Ocala, Fla., stood on the top rung for the stepladder finals of the Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour Motor City Open. In the stepladder finals will be held Saturday, Sept. 5, at Thunderbowl Lanes in nearby Allen Park for broadcast of ESPN on Sunday, Nov. 1, at 1 p.m. Eastern, the 45-time PBA champion will meet,Chris Barnes, Hall of Famer Pete Weber, Tommy Jones and Bill O’Neill. Weber defeated Finland’s two-hander Osku Palermaa, 258-205, in the position round, to knock Palermaa out of the finals.

2009-10 PBA Tour #1

08/07/09

Barnes maintains slim edge as PBA Motor City Open enters final round

Hall of Famers Walter Ray Williams Jr., Pete Weber remain in hot pursuit

200910PBA01CrisBarnes_small.jpgIn a battle of three of the biggest names in bowling in the PBA Tour Motor City Open, Chris Barnes of Double Oak, Texas, maintained a slim lead over a pair of the most successful players in history.  with the final eight games to go on Thursday. Barnes, with a 31-game total of 7,338 pins and an 11-4-1 match play record, leads Walter Ray Williams of Ocala, Fla., by 22 pins iwith  Pete Weber of St. Ann, Mo., another 103 pins behind in third place. The top 24 will bowl their final eight-game match play round Thursday afternoon to cut to the top five for the stepladder finals.

2009-10 PBA Tour #1

08/06/09

Barnes overtakes Hall of Famers for PBA Motor City Open lead

Victory in final match pushes former Player of the Year past Weber, Williams

200809PBA20ChrisBarnes_small.jpgChris Barnes (pictured) of Double Oak, Texas, finished strong to overtake Hall of Famers Pete Weber and Walter Ray Williams Jr. at the end of the first round of match play in the Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour Motor City Open, the kick-off event in the inaugural PBA World Series of Bowling, Wednesday night at Taylor Lanes. Barnes, the 2007-08 PBA Player of the Year, finished the opening eight games of match play with a 257-254 victory over Rhino Page.

2009-10 PBA Tour #1

08/06/09

Superstars Weber, Williams lead PBA Motor City Open match play field

Palermaa, Gomez make the cut to the top 24

200809PBAPeteWeber_small.jpg200809PBAWalterRayWilliams_small.jpgHall of Famers Pete Weber (left) and Walter Ray Williams Jr. (right), who between them own 79 Professional Bowlers Association Tour titles, are one-two heading into the match play portion of the Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour Motor City Open, the kick-off event in the inaugural PBA World Series of Bowling. The top 24 advancing to match play Wednesday night and Thursday includes two international players – Finland's two-handed star, Osku Palermaa and Colombia's Andres Gomez.

2009-10 PBA Tour #1

08/05/09

Amateur Fero Williams leads in PBA Motor City Open after two rounds

International players among early challengers

2009KSAAndresGomez_small.jpg2009EBT04MartinLarsen_small.jpgFormer Team USA member Fero Williams averaged 239 for his 10 qualifying games Tuesday to roll into the lead after two rounds of the PBA Motor City Open. Reinforcing the international flavor of the World Series was Colombia’s Andres Gomez (l.) who was tied for 11th place with 2,233 pins and Martin Larsen (r.), a 3-time World Champion from Sweden, in 13th with 2,229. After the complete field bowls a third five-game qualifying round Wednesday, the top 24 players will advance to match play.


2009-10 PBA Tour #1

08/05/09

Slow-starter Weber leads international-studded field as PBA's World Series of Bowling gets underway

34-time PBA champion takes first round lead in PBA Motor City Open

200809PBA13PeteWeber_small.jpgPete Weber (pictured left), a notoriously slow starter, charged out of the gate at a 243.8 average clip to take the first round lead in the Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour's Motor City Open, the opening event in the PBA's five-week World Series of Bowling, Tuesday at Taylor Lanes. Chris Barnes is in second place with  Colombia's Andres Gomez in third. Six countries, including the United States, were represented in the top 24. The complete 131-player field will bowl a second five-game qualifying round later Tuesday.

2009-10 PBA Tour #1

08/02/09

Machuga ready to defend Motor City Open title as PBA World Series begins

Past success at Taylor Lanes provides "extra motivation" for Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour veteran

2008PBAMikeMachuga_small.jpgAs a veteran of the Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour, Mike Machuga (pictured) isn't sure what the inaugural Professional Bowlers Association World Series of Bowling is going to be like from a competitor's viewpoint, but he's plenty happy to be the defending champion for the opening event, the Motor City Open which gets underway with pro-am squads Sunday at Taylor Lanes. The finals will be contested on Saturday, Sept. 5, at Thunderbowl Lanes for tape-delayed telecast on ESPN on Sunday, Nov. 1.


PBA News

06/07/09

PBA announces 2009-10 Tour Schedule, ESPN Telecast Dates

2009LLPBATourLogo_small.jpgThe PBA will kick off its second half-century in August with another wave of new programs, that will result in 23 Sunday afternoon television shows on ESPN. The 2009-10 Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour will shift the 67th U.S. Open to a February time slot and a new home in Indianapolis; create the first-ever Internet-based “bowling league” for PBA stars; bring back the controversial “plastic ball” championship; expand opportunities for the world’s best women bowlers, and convert the PBA World Championship into a unique two-part event concluding with a live television final in Wichita, Kan.

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