2009-10 PBA Tour #17


Desire to attend his own tournament drives Mark Roth’s recovery efforts

PBA superstar plans to attend GEICO Mark Roth Plastic Ball Championship in West Babylon, N.Y.

MarkRothSupportFund_small.jpgOver the past few weeks, the intensity and desire that carried Mark Roth to 34 PBA Tour titles has started to return. The 58-year-old hall of famer has been working harder than he has in years, trying to get ready for his next tournament. But when Mark Roth makes his appearance at the GEICO Mark Roth Plastic Ball Championship at AMF Babylon Lanes in West Babylon, N.Y., March 24-28, it will be dramatically different than any he has ever made before. He will arrive at the Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour event named in his honor in a wheelchair.

2009-10 PBA Tour #17


GEICO Mark Roth Plastic Ball Championship will require players to use 1970s-era bowling ball technology

LLPBATourLogo_small.jpgWhat if the PGA Tour required players to use persimmon woods or the USTA required its players to use wood-framed tennis rackets instead of today's equipment that incorporates high-tech titanium and graphite technology? The PBA GEICO Mark Roth Plastic Ball Championship March 24-28 at AMF Babylon Lanes in West Babylon, N.Y., is the one event on the Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour that turns back the clock on bowling ball technology so that players will have less reliance on today's high-powered equipment.

2009-10 PBA Tour #16


Get in the Game: PBA's Bowling Bracket Battle begins

Go RVing Match Play Championship lineup is set, online "pick the winners" contest now available

2010GoRVingPBABracketBattle_small.jpgLet the games begin: the PBA's first "PBA Bracket Battle" is online and ready to go, giving bowling fans an opportunity to pick all of the winners in the Go RVing Match Play Championship which gets underway Wednesday, March 17, at Norwich Bowling and Entertainment Center in Norwich, Conn. The PBA Bracket Battle will seed the top 58 PBA Tour players and 8 players who emerge from the Tour Qualifying Round on March 17 in a 64-player single-elimination bracket competition.

2009-10 PBA Tour #15


Mike Scroggins wins his 8th PBA title in Etonic Don Johnson Eliminator

Home-state favorite Kretzer fails to capitalize on gift opportunity in 10th frame

200910PBA14MikeScroggins_small.jpg200910PBABrianKretzer_small.jpgMike Scroggins (l.) of Amarillo, Texas, won his eighth career title and second of the 2009-10 season in the PBA Etonic Don Johnson Eliminator finals at Sequoia Pro Bowl Sunday, surviving a 10th-frame error to edge home-state favorite Brian Kretzer (r.) of Dayton, Ohio, 206-195, in the championship match. The PBA Tour will take a week off before returning to action in ithe Go RVing Match Play Championship March 17-21 in Norwich, Conn.

2009-10 PBA Tour #15


Palermaa, Malott, Kretzer, Scroggins to bowl for the title in PBA Don Johnson Eliminator

Sequoia Lanes in Columbus, Ohio (March 2-7, 2010)

200910PBABrianKretzer_small.jpg2010EBT04OskuPalermaa_small.jpgOhio native Brian Kretzer (l.) will take on a diverse field in the PBA Etonic Don Johnson Eliminator finals at Sequoia Pro Bowl in Columbus, Ohio, Sunday, including reigning PBA Player of the Year Wes Malott, U.S. Open runner-up Mike Scroggins and Finland's two-handed star, Osku Palermaa (r.). The finals will air at 12:30 p.m. Eastern on ESPN. The four emerged as survivors of three rounds of elimination games by dominating their respective four-player groups.

2009-10 PBA Tour #15


Sean Rash earns top seed in PBA Etonic Don Johnson Eliminator

Barnes' bid for third consecutive title in Columbus falls short

200910PBASeanRash_small.jpg200910PBATommyJones_small.jpgSean Rash (l.) of Wichita, Kan., charged out of sixth place to earn the top seeding position for Eliminator Rounds in the Professional Bowlers Association's Etonic Don Johnson Eliminator at Sequoia Pro Bowl Friday, averaging 229.5 over 28 qualifying games including a 300 game. Rash topped the field of 30 with a total of 6,426 pins, holding off Tommy Jones (r.) of Simpsonville, S.C., for the top qualifying position by 14 pins. Jones had a 6,412 total.

2009-10 PBA Tour #15


Steve Harman holds onto the lead in PBA Etonic Don Johnson Eliminator

300 game helps Sean Rash move into second place

200910PBASteveHarman_small.jpg200910PBASeanRash_small.jpgDespite closing with two sub-par games, Steve Harman (l.) of Indianapolis held onto the third round lead in the Professional Bowlers Association's Etonic Don Johnson Eliminator Friday at Sequoia Pro Bowl, averaging 230.1 over 21 qualifying games. Harman, a 36-year-old non-title winner, finished Friday's morning round with a 4,832 pinfall total and a 30-pin lead over Sean Rash (r.) of Wichita, Kan., who finished with games of 300 and 254 to advance from sixth to second.

2009-10 PBA Tour #15


Steve Harman jumps from 14th to first in PBA Etonic Don Johnson Eliminator

First-round leader Haugen slips into second place; U.S. Open champ O’Neill is third

200910PBASteveHarman_small.jpg200910PBAMichaelHaugen_small.jpgThird-year touring player Steve Harman (l.) jumped from 14th place into the lead in the Etonic Don Johnson Eliminator Thursday, averaging 240.86 over 14 qualifying games to take a 45–pin lead over first-round leader Michael Haugen Jr. (r.). Harman averaged 255 during the second round, finishing with a 3,372 pinfall total. The top 30 will bowl two more seven-game qualifying rounds Friday to narrow the field to the 16 players for Saturday’s Eliminator Rounds.

2009-10 PBA Tour #15


Michael Haugen takes first round lead in PBA Etonic Don Johnson Eliminator

U.S. Open champ O’Neill four pins behind heading into Thursday night’s second round

200910PBABillONeill_small.jpg200910PBAMichaelHaugen_small.jpgAfter battling injuries the past three seasons, Michael Haugen Jr. (l.) charged into the first round lead in the Etonic Don Johnson Eliminator Thursday at Sequoia Pro Bowl. Haugen averaged 247.43 for seven games to take a four-pin lead over 2010 U.S. Open champion Bill O’Neill (r.). The 43-year-old two-time Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour title winner posted a seven-game total of 1,732 pins in his bid for his first title since winning the 2008 PBA Tournament of Champions.

2009-10 PBA Tour #15


Billy Oatman tops Etonic Don Johnson Eliminator TQR

Liz Johnson advances to face men's field for the ninth time since 2004

200809PBABillyOatman_small.jpg200910PBAWSLizJohnson_small.jpg2006-07 Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour Rookie of the Year Billy Oatman (l.) led a field of nine players who advanced out of the PBA Tour Qualifying Round Tuesday and will join the field of 64 for the Etonic Don Johnson Eliminator which gets underway Thursday at Sequoia Pro Bowl. Liz Johnson (r.), Cheektowaga, N.Y., advanced for the ninth time out of the TQR into the tournament proper since the PBA opened its membership to women in 2004. 

2009-10 PBA Tour #16


New bowling version of "March Madness" during Go RVing Match Play Championships

Free online PBA Bracket Battle offers fans a chance to pick the winners

LLPBATourLogo_small.jpgPBA fans will have an opportunity to play a new PBA Bracket Battle, bowling's version of "March Madness," during the Go RVing Match Play Championship March 17-21 in Norwich, Conn. Borrowing from the same tradition millions of Americans follow in filling out their annual NCAA basketball brackets in March, the PBA is creating its own 64-player "pick the winners" contest that will allow bowling fans to try to pick winners of matches from start to finish. It's free to enter and there will be prizes to win.

2009-10 PBA Tour #14


Bill O'Neill wins first major title in 67th Lumber Liquidators U.S. Open

Former PBA Rookie of the Year dethrons defending champion Scroggins

200910PBA14BillONeill2_small.jpg200910PBA14MikeScroggins_small.jpgBill O'Neill (l.) of Southampton, Pa., who earned a "can't miss" tag after his 2005-06 Professional Bowlers Association Rookie of the Year season, cruised past defending champion Mike Scroggins (r.) of Amarillo, Texas, 267-207, to win his first major title in the 67th Lumber Liquidators U.S. Open at Woodland Bowl Sunday. Along with his title, O'Neill earned $60,000 and a three-year PBA Tour exemption. Scroggins was consoled with $30,000.

2009-10 PBA Tour #14


Defending champion Mike Scroggins earns No. 1 seed for U.S. Open finals

Jason Couch jumps from seventh to fourth in position round

200910PBAMikeScroggins_small.jpg200910PBAJasonCouch_small.jpgDefending champion Mike Scroggins (l.) methodically worked his way through the field Saturday, rolling a key 300 game on the way to clinching the top qualifying position for Sunday's finals in the 67th Lumber Liquidators U.S. Open at Woodland Bowl. Jason Couch (r.) bowled the biggest 214 game of his life in a pressured-packed final position round match to join Scroggins, Bill O'Neill and Tommy Jones in the Sunday's finals live on ESPN at 12:30 p.m. Eastern. 

2009-10 PBA Tour #14


Tommy Jones overtakes the lead in 67th Lumber Liquidators U.S. Open

200910PBATommyJones_small.jpgT2010PBCPIAJasonBelmonte_small.jpgommy Jones (l.) overtook Australia's Jason Belmonte (r.) and Bill O'Neill to take the lead in the 67th Lumber Liquidators U.S. Open heading into Saturday night's final eight games of match play at Woodland Bowl. Jones, the 2006 U.S. Open champion, won seven of his eight matches Saturday afternoon to jump from third place into a 98-pin lead over O'Neill and a 136-pin margin over fifth-round leader Belmonte.

2009-10 PBA Tour #14


Belmonte holds off O'Neill, Jones to retain U.S. Open lead

Australian two-hander player clings to 27–pin lead after first match play round

200910PBAJasonBelmonte_small.jpg200910PBABillONeill_small.jpgJason Belmonte (l.), the two-hander from Down-under barely held onto the lead after the opening round of match play in the 67th Lumber Liquidators U.S. Open at Woodland Bowl Friday, fending off challengers Bill O'Neill (r.) of Southampton, Pa., and Tommy Jones of Simpsonville, S.C. Belmonte, who led by 178 pins heading into Friday's competition, finished the day with a 5-3 match play record, 7,871 total pins for 35 games and a 27-pin edge over O'Neill.

2009-10 PBA Tour #14


Jason Belmonte leads top 24 into match play in 67th U.S. Open

Four-time U.S. Open champ Pete Weber wins one-game roll-off to advance

200910PBA05JasonBelmonte_small.jpg2009KSAAndresGomez_small.jpgAustralia's Jason Belmonte (l.) slowed his torrid scoring pace, but still led the field of 24 top qualifiers into the match play portion of the 67th Lumber Liquidators U.S. Open. Belmonte finished the final qualifying round with a 27-game total of 6,051 pins, an overall average of 224.1, and held an 87-pin lead over Colombia's Andres Gomez (r.). The top 24 players after 27 qualifying games will begin the first of three eight-game match play rounds Friday night.

2009-10 PBA Tour #14


Australia’s Jason Belmonte races into third round lead in U.S. Open

Two-handed star makes difficult scoring conditions look easy in Indianapolis

200910PBA13JasonBelmonte_small.jpgJason Belmonte (l.), Australia’s two-handed star, made one of the most difficult scoring conditions in bowling look easy Thursday as he raced into the third round lead in the 67th Lumber Liquidators U.S. Open at Woodland Bowl. Belmonte, who sat in sixth place after the first 12 qualifying games, averaged a blistering 248.33 for his six qualifying games Thursday to finish with an 18-game total of 4,117 pins and a 178-pin lead over Dave Beres of Waukesha, Wis. The top 88 in the field of 352 advance to a nine-game cashers’ round Friday morning.

2009-10 PBA Tour #14


Jack Jurek takes second round lead in 67th Lumber Liquidators U.S. Open

Venezuela’s Amleto Monacelli advances from 29th place to second

200910PBAJackJurek_small.jpg200910PBAAmletoMonacelli_small.jpgJack Jurek (l.) of Lackawanna, N.Y., who ended a record 14-year drought between titles earlier this season, claimed the second round lead in the 67th Lumber Liquidators U.S. Open at Woodland Bowl Wednesday, averaging 222 for 12 games to take a 13-pin lead over PBA Hall of Famer Amleto Monacelli (r.) of Venezuela. Jurek, who was in third place after the opening round, posted a 2,672 pinfall total to lead Monacelli’s 2,659.

2009-10 PBA Tour #14


2000 champion Robert Smith rolls into first round lead in U.S. Open

Australian two-handed star Belmonte trails by 16 pins.

200910PBARobertSmith_small.jpg200910PBAJasonBelmonte_small.jpgRobert Smith (l.) of Columbus, Ohio, rolled into the first round lead in the 67th Lumber Liquidators U.S. Open at Woodland Bowl Tuesday, averaging 235.3 for his first six games to take a 16-pin lead over Australia's two-handed star, Jason Belmonte (r.). Smith, a 36-year-old 13-year PBA Tour veteran, has won seven PBA Tour titles, including the 2000 U.S. Open. All players in the U.S. Open will bowl 18 qualifying games before the field is cut to the top 87.

2009-10 PBA Tour #14


Pressure's on as final Major Championship of PBA's 2009-10 Season begins

67th Lumber Liquidators U.S. Open starts Tuesday at Woodland Bowl in Indianapolis

200910PBA07ThomasSmallwood2_small.jpg200910PBA10KellyKulick6_small.jpgThe pressure couldn't be more intense as the PBA's final major championship of the 2009-10 gets underway in the 67th Lumber Liquidators U.S. Open at Woodland Bowl Tuesday, heading toward a Sunday conclusion at 12:30 p.m. Eastern on ESPN. The three majors this season went to Tom Smallwood (l., PBA World Championship), Kelly Kulick (r., Tournament of Champions) and Walter Ray Williams Jr. (USBC Masters).

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