Wendy Macpherson wins back-to-back Chiba Open for her ninth career JPBA title


    2011 JPBA Ladies Tour #3

    2011JPBALT03WendyMacpherson.jpg2011JPBALT03HiromiMatsunaga.jpgWendy Macpherson (pictured left) defeated 2011 Japan Professional Bowlers Association Ladies Tour Player of the Year frontrunner Hiromi Matsunaga (right) in the title match of the JFE Cup Women's Chiba Open, 217-199, to successfully defend her 2010 title.

    The 43-year former PWBA star, who used a Columbia 300 Outburst, pocketed 1.2 million Yen or approximately 14,890 Dollar. I was Macpherson's first JPBA title in 2011 and the ninth of her career.

    The defending champion posted an 805 three-game series in games 4-6 in the round robin finals (279, 279, 247) en route to take the No. 1 seed for the four-player stepladder finals.

    2011JPBALT03AmaymiKondo.jpg2011JPBALT03MasamiAbe.jpgFourth seeded Matsunaga, who won the season-opening Kansai Open and finished second in the Miyazaki Pro-Am Open, topped No. 3 seed, Amaymi Kondo (left), in the opening match, 216-185, and went on to defeat No. 2 seed, Masami Abe (right), in the semifinal, 205-196.

    Both players started the title match with two spares. When Matsunaga left a big split (4-6-7-9) in the third frame which she was unable to convert, Macpherson reeled off three consecutive strikes to take a 30-plus pin lead in the middle of the game.

    Matsunaga narrowed the gap to 27 pins with a double in the sixth and seventh frame, but as both players converted single-pin spares in the eighth and ninth frame, the match was practically over. Matsunaga closed out with a double and a 9-count while Macpherson wrapped up the title with strike on her first ball in the tenth frame.

    Matsunaga, who hasn't finished lower than second in the first three women's tournaments this season, received 610.000 Yen ($7,570) for second place3. Abe earned 390.000 Yen ($4,840) for third place and Kondo garnered 280.000 Yen ($3,475) for fourth place.

    All players were divided into two squads (A and B) to bowl eight games of pre-qualifying. The top 15 professionals plus 11 amateurs from each squad advanced to the qualifying round. 75 players - 51 pros including the exempt players and 24 amateurs bowled 10 games with the top 30 advancing to the semifinals.

    Those 30 bowled five games to determine the top 12 who advanced to match play. The top 4 players after 11 games round robin plus one game position round were seeded first through fourth in the stepladder finals.

    Courtesy of Junia Yoshida of Japan Bowling Promotion. Photos and results courtesy of JPBA.


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    JFE Cup Women's Chiba Open (July 1-3, 2011)

    Total Prize Fund: 5 Million Yen (approx. US$62,050)

    2011JPBALT03WendyMacpherson2.jpgChampionship Round:
    1. Wendy Macpherson (picture right), 217 (1 game), 1.200.000 Yen (US$14,890)
    2. Hiromi Matsunaga, 620 (3 games), 610.000 Yen ($7,570)
    3. Masami Abe, 196 (1 game), 390.000 Yen ($4,840)
    4. Amaymi Kondo, 185 (1 game), 280.000 Yen ($3,475)

    Playoff Results:
    First Match: #4 Matsunaga def. #3 Kondo, 216-185
    Second Match: Matsunaga def. #2 Abe, 205-196
    Championship: #1 Macpherson def. Matsunaga, 217-199.

    Frame-by-frame results (pdf file)

    2011JPBALT03SumikoMatusmaru.jpgPlaces 5-12 (match play finalists)
    5. Masami Hasegawa, 230.000 Yen
    6. Mayumi Yoshida, 200.000 Yen
    7. Urara Himeji, 180.000 Yen
    8. Mitsuko Tokimoto, 160.000 Yen
    9. Sumiko Matusmaru (top amateur; pictured right)
    10. Yuka Kishida, 140.000 Yen
    11. Kazue Inahashi, 130.000 Yen
    12. Mika Sakai, 120.000 Yen




    2011 JFE Cup Women's Chiba Open Finals