2008-09

2009 PBA Tour Trials

06/01/09

Joe Ciccone leads field of eight in PBA Tour Trials

Diverse field of players advance to Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour for 2009-10 season

2009PBATTTop8_small.jpgLess than two months after losing his the Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour exemption, Joe Ciccone (far right) of Buffalo, N.Y., regained a berth on the PBA Tour for the 2009-10 season as the top qualifier in the PBA Tour Trials at Thunderbowl Lanes Sunday. Ciccone, 34, survived a grueling Shark lane condition round Sunday to finish the five-day, 45-game competition with 9,648 pins, a 214 average. He led a diverse group of eight players who earned exemptions to bowl as full-time touring professionals next season: George Lambert IV, Thomas Smallwood, Cassidy Schaub, Mitch Beasley, Stuart Williams, Stevie Weber and Tim Mack.

 


2009 PBA Tour Trials

05/31/09

Joe Ciccone hangs on to PBA Tour Trials lead

Regional Players Champion looking forward to one more good day

2006PBA08JoeCiccone_small.jpgJoe Ciccone (pictured) Buffalo, N.Y., struggled to retain his lead in the Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour Trials at Thunderbowl Lanes Saturday, but the player he was most concerned about was the guy in ninth place. Ciccone, who is trying to regain an exemption to bowl on the Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour for the 2009-10 season, finished Saturday's Scorpion lane condition round with a 36-game total of 7,884 pins, a 219 average. He held a 23-pin lead over George Lambert IV of Hamilton, Ontario, but in this event, eighth place is as good as first, and Ciccone was 265 pins ahead of fellow Buffalo resident Dan Patterson, who sat in ninth place.

2009 PBA Tour Trials

05/30/09

Regional Players Champ Joe Ciccone rolls into PBA Tour Trials lead

Former collegiate star bids to regain "exemption" after six years as national touring player

2007PBAJoeCiccone_small.jpgFresh off his victory Monday in the PBAQ Regional Players Championship, Joe Ciccone (pictured) of Buffalo, N.Y., charged into the third-round lead in the Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour Trials at Thunderbowl Lanes Friday. Ciccone, 34, is bowling to regain a PBA Tour exemption he lost after six years on tour. He was in fourth place after two rounds and finished the Chameleon lane condition round with a 27-game total of 6,038 pins, a 223 average. First-round leader Cassidy Schaub of Ashland, Ohio, remained in second place with 5,925 pins.

2009 PBA Tour Trials

05/29/09

Stevie Weber takes PBA Tour Trials lead after Round Two

England's Williams and Canada's Lambert among the top 8 after 18 games

2009PBATTStevieWeber_small.jpg2009PBATTCassidySchaub_small.jpgStevie Weber (l.) of Chalmette, La., broke a tie with first-round leader Cassidy Schaub (r.) of Ashland, Ohio, in the final game Thursday to take the second round lead in the Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour Trials at Thunderbowl Lanes. Weber, a member of Team USA 2005, finished the Viper lane conditioning segment of the tournament with an 18-game total of 4,049 pins, a 224.94 average. Schaub was second with 4,007 pins.


2009 PBA Tour Trials

05/28/09

Two-hander Cassidy Schaub paces PBA Tour Trials after Round One

Team USA 2009 member scorches Cheetah pattern for 243 average

2007PITCassidySchaub_small.jpgCassidy Schaub (pictured) of Ashland, Ohio, averaged 243 on the PBA Tour’s Cheetah lane conditioning pattern Wednesday to take the first round lead in the PBA Tour Trials at Thunderbowl Lanes. Schaub, a two-handed player who throws the ball from the left side of his body, is hoping to join Australia’s Jason Belmonte and Finland’s Osku Palermaa as the third two-handed technician to earn an exemption for the 2009-10 Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour season. Eight PBA Tour exemptions are at stake in the five-day, 45-game Tour Trials which continues through Sunday.

2009 Dydo Japan Cup

04/26/09

Allen tops Malott to win DYDO Japan Cup 2009

Page earns $100,000 for throwing first perfect game in Japan Cup TV finals history

200809PBAPatrickAllen_small.jpg200809PBARhinoPage_small.jpgTour star Patrick Allen (l.) found a reaction in the championship game that he hadn’t seen all day which lead him to a 247-214 win over Wes Malott in the finals of the DYDO Japan Cup 2009. The win, worth $50,000, marks Allen’s 13th career PBA Tour title. Joining Allen in the spotlight on Sunday was Rhino Page (r.) as he threw the first perfect game in Japan Cup TV finals history, in the Round of 8. Page earned a $100,000 bonus.


2009 Dydo Japan Cup

04/25/09

Allen, Malott and Page advance to DYDO Japan Cup 2009 finals

Shinagawa Prince Hotel Bowling Center in Tokyo, Japan (April 23-26)

200809PBAPatrickAllen_small.jpg2008TeamUSARhinoPage_small.jpgThree PBA stars, Patrick Allen, Rhino Page and reigning PBA Player of the Year Wes Malott advanced to the finals of the 2009 Dydo Japan Cup. They will attempt to keep the Tour's winning streak alive in Japan as the last 19 Japan Cup titles have been won by a PBA player. Joining them in the finals are Japan PBA players Ichihara Ryota, Yoshiki Ohsawa and Shigenori Sakata, as well as Korean PBA players Jeong Tae-Hwa and Byun Yong-Hwan.


2009 Dydo Japan Cup

04/24/09

Malott continues hot streak at DYDO Japan Cup 2009

Newly-crowned PBA Player of the Year shoots 834-series in second block

2009PBAJCShinagawaPrinceBowlingCenter_small.jpgLumber Liquidators Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) Tour Player of the Year Wes Malott likes what he sees on the lanes in the DYDO Japan Cup 2009. After shooting 219 in the first game, Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, turned up the heat and never looked back qualifying with a 3,060 12-game pinfall Friday at the Shinagawa Prince Bowling Center (pictured) to earn the top seed for Saturday’s match play. Malott, who opened the second qualifying block with an 837-series, credits the DYDO Japan Cup 2009 oil pattern for his success.


2008-09 PBA Tour #20

04/06/09

Scroggins beats Barnes and Duke to win 66th U.S. Open

Wes Malott wins 2008-09 PBA Lumber Liquidators Player of the Year honors

200809PBA20MikeScroggins_small.jpgDefeating PBA Player of the Year contenders Norm Duke and Chris Barnes in the stepladder finals, Mike Scroggins (pictured left) won his second career major in winning the 66th Lumber Liquidators U.S. Open Sunday at Brunswick Zone Carolier. It was Scroggins' sixth career PBA Tour title worth $100,000 and three-year Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour exemption. Due to Duke's and Barnes' defeat, Wes Malott of Pflugerville, Texas, earns 2008-09 PBA Player of the Year honors.

2008-09 PBA Tour #20

04/05/09

Duke and Barnes in running for Player of the Year by making U.S. Open finals

Brunswick Zone Carolier in North Brunswick, NJ, United States (March 29 - April 5, 2009)

2008NormDuke_small.jpg200809PBA20ChrisBarnes_small.jpgDefending champion Norm Duke (l.) of Clermont, Fla., earned the top qualifier position Saturday for the stepladder finals of the 66th Lumber Liquidators U.S. Open, enabling him to control his destiny for his third Player of the Year honor. With an opportunity to defend his 2007-08 Player of the Year honor is Chris Barnes (r.) who qualified third for the finals. Joining Duke and Barnes in the finals are Mike Scroggins, Amleto Monacelli and Richard Wolfe.


2008-09 PBA Tour #20

04/04/09

PBA Hall of Famer Amleto Monacelli tops leaderboard at 66th Lumber Liquidators U.S. Open

200809PBA20AmletoMonacelli_small.jpgWith the help of a first-round match play record of 7-1, PBA Hall of Famer Amleto Monacelli (left) of Venezuela, moved into the lead in the 66th Lumber Liquidators U.S. Open at Brunswick Zone Carolier. Monacelli, a 19-time PBA Tour titlist who is bowling only in occasional PBA Tour stops this season, has a 7,738 35-game overall pinfall and leads defending U.S. Open champion Norm Duke in second with 7,715 and reigning PBA Player of the Year Chris Barnes in third with 7,677.


2008-09 PBA Tour #20

04/04/09

U.S. Open bowler races against time and competition to make qualifying cut

PBA player makes roll-off at Brunswick Zone Carolier with 30 seconds to spare

PBA50thAnniversaryLogo_small.jpgIt happens on occasion. A bowler competes in a tournament and doesn't think his or her score is good enough to make the cut for the next round and is nowhere near the bowling center. But, it turns out the score's good enough and there's a tie for the cut. The bowler then has to scramble to get back to the center. Sometimes they make it and sometimes they don't. U.S. Open competitor Ron Dixon experienced this scenario Thursday after third round qualifying at Brunswick Zone Carolier, but under some remarkable circumstances.

2008-09 PBA Tour #20

04/03/09

Norm Duke struggles but holds on to lead 66th Lumber Liquidators U.S. Open

Brunswick Zone Carolier in North Brunswick, NJ, United States (March 29 - April 5, 2009)

200809PBA01NormDuke_small.jpgPBA Hall of Famer Norm Duke (l.) retained his position as qualifying leader in the 66th Lumber Liquidators U.S. Open for the second consecutive day but found the going a lot tougher Thursday at Brunswick Zone Carolier. Duke has a 3,997 18-game pinfall (overall 222.0 average) to hold a 48-pin lead over reigning PBA Player of the Year Chris Barnes (right). The field of 415 players was cut to the top 103 who will bowl an additional 9-game round Friday to determine the 24 players for match play.


2008-09 PBA Tour #20

04/02/09

Norm Duke moves to the top after Round Two Qualifying in 66th U.S. Open

Brunswick Zone Carolier in North Brunswick, NJ, United States (March 29 - April 5, 2009)

2008NormDuke_small.jpgThere is a lot at stake for Norm Duke (pictured left) at the 66th PBA Lumber Liquidators U.S. Open - a major title defense and a shot at Player of the Year honors. The 44-year-old Hall of Famer demonstrated he's up for the challenge by taking the second round qualifying lead Wednesday at Brunswick Zone Carolier. With a 2,826 12-game overall pinfall (235.5 average) and averaging 243.5 in Wednesday's six-game round, Duke holds a 141-pin lead over reigning PBA Player of the Year Chris Barnes in second who is a contender to repeat as Player of the Year.


2008-09 PBA Tour #20

04/01/09

Chris Barnes eyes run at Player of the Year after taking first round qualifying lead in U.S. Open

Brunswick Zone Carolier in North Brunswick, NJ, United States (March 29 - April 5, 2009)

ImageBecause of his recent success on the Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour, reigning Player of the Year Chris Barnes (left) can still defend his title but he'll need a little help for it to happen. Barnes had a 1,394 six-game pinfall (232.33 average) to lead a 415-player field after first-round qualifying Tuesday in the 66th Lumber Liquidators U.S. Open at Brunswick Zone Carolier. With the U.S. Open being the final event of the 2008-09 Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour season, Wes Malott of Pflugerville, Texas, who has won three titles this season, is the front runner to win PBA Player of the Year honors. Malott is currently in 42nd place after first-round qualifying with a 1,253.


2008-09 PBA Tour #19

03/30/09

Belmonte wins his first PBA title in PBA Bowling Foundation Long Island Classic

AMF Babylon Lanes in W. Babylon, NY, United States (March 25-29, 2009)

200809PBA19JasonBelmonte2_small.jpgAustralia's Jason Belmonte (pictured left) became the first two-handed player in Professional Bowlers Association history to win a PBA Tour title when he upset top qualifier Michael Fagan of Patchoque, N.Y., 215-201, to win The Bowling Foundation Long Island Classic at AMF Babylon Lanes Sunday. Belmonte, making his PBA Tour singles television debut, won $25,000 and an exemption to bowl on the Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour during the 2009-10 season. He also joined Sweden's Mats Karlsson, Venezuela's Amleto Monacelli and Finland's Mika Koivuniemi as the fourth international player to win a PBA Tour title.


2008-09 PBA Tour #19

03/28/09

Michael Fagan is top qualifier for PBA Bowling Foundation Long Island Classic ESPN Finals

Two-hander Jason Belmonte to make PBA Tour TV Finals debut

200809PBA19MichaelFagan_small.jpgLooking for his first Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour singles title, Michael Fagan (pictured) of Patchogue, N.Y., earned the No. 1 qualifying position for Sunday's live ESPN-televised stepladder finals of the Bowling Foundation Long Island Classic at AMF Babylon Lanes. As a result of earning the No. 2 qualifying position, Australian two-handed bowling sensation Jason Belmonte will make his PBA Tour television debut in Sunday's finals scheduled for 2 p.m. Eastern on ESPN.


2008-09 PBA Tour #19

03/27/09

Michael Fagan leads Round of 64 in PBA Bowling Foundation Long Island Classic

Australian two-handed star Jason Belmonte in seventh place

200809PBAMichaelFagan_small.jpg2009EBT01JasonBelmonte_small.jpgWith a 3,296 14-game pinfall, Michael Fagan (l.) of Patchogue, N.Y., led Thursday's Round of 64 in the PBA Bowling Foundation Long Island Classic at AMF Babylon Lanes. Looking for his first television finals appearance, Australian two-handed player Jason Belmonte (r.) is in seventh place with a 3,127 pinfall. The top 32 players advance to a nine-game modified round robin match play round


2008-09 PBA Tour #19

03/26/09

"Rudy Revs" hopes to strike gold in Bowling Foundation Long Island Classic

Aussie sensation Belmonte, Hall of Famer Petraglia also among the top 64 finalists in West Babylon

2009EBT01JasonBelmonte_small.jpgRudy Kasimakis.jpgAustralian Jason Belmonte (l.) qualified for the Round of 64 field in the Bowling Foundation Long Island Classic by a single pin during Wednesday's Tour Qualifying Round, but long-time Long Islanders were cheering loudest for Rudy Kasimakis (r.), who grew up honing his skills on the island. Kasimakis (r.), a PBA touring player off-and-on throughout much of his adult life turned on his fabled "Rudy Revs" power game and bowled like a hometown favorite in posting a 1,560-pin total to easily make the Round of 64 cut.


2008-09 PBA Tour #19

03/25/09

Jason Belmonte leads TQR field at PBA Bowling Foundation Long Island Classic

Australian two-handed sensation to compete at Long Island Classic and U.S. Open

2009EBT01JasonBelmonte_small.jpgWith his season-opening appearance on the Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour at the PBA World Championship in October, two-handed Aussie sensation Jason Belmonte (pictured left) lapped the field in qualifying then finished in 10th place, launching a media blitz for pro bowling. As the 2008-09 season heads down the homestretch, Belmonte heads the list of competitors bowling Wednesday in the PBA Tour Qualifying Round at the Bowling Foundation Long Island Classic. The PBA Tour comes to AMF Babylon Lanes in West Babylon, N.Y. March 25-29 and will play a pivotal role in the season points race and Player of the Year honors.

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