Thursday, July 27, 2017

JOHNSON SEEKS 4TH OPEN TITLE

JOHNSON SEEKS FOURTH CONSECUTIVE U.S. WOMEN’S OPEN TITLE 
ARLINGTON, Texas – As a 21-year-old Professional Women’s Bowling Association Tour rookie in 1996, Liz Johnson of Deerfield, Illinois, won her first U.S. Women’s Open title and the tour was immediately put on notice as the young rookie set the stage for what was sure to be an incredible career.
Now, Johnson, 43, will head to Plano, Texas, next week seeking her fourth consecutive and sixth overall U.S. Women’s Open title.
The U.S. Women’s Open will take place July 31- Aug. 6 at Plano Super Bowl. The event’s stepladder finals will be televised live Aug. 6 at noon Eastern on CBS Sports Network. 
The event brings about a different challenge in terms of the format, as it takes 56 games to determine the five players who will make the stepladder finals. It’s designed to be tough and presents a specific challenge for the best players in the world. 
While each year presents a unique challenge, it’s a challenge Johnson has met five times because of something she learned during her first win. 
“I remember it being such a long tournament,” Johnson said. “That’s how a U.S. Women’s Open is supposed to be. It’s not supposed to be a cakewalk. It’s supposed to be a tough condition, and a marathon, like any other major tournament. What I’ve learned from my first event that’s made me so strong to now is patience, and you don’t take anything for granted. 
“Try to get nine or a strike on 10th frame fill balls instead of six because that could be the difference in making a cut or making a TV show. It starts from the very first game, all the way to the 50th game. If you have a good game, awesome. If you have a bad game, shake it off and leave it there. You make every shot and every pin count. I think that’s what I’ve learned from 1996 all the way to 2017.”   
The 2017 PWBA Tour season has been a great one for Johnson, as she leads the tour in points, earnings, match-play appearances, television appearances and is tied for the lead in cashes. She claimed her 20th and 21st professional titles earlier this season, including her ninth major, and has been the top player since the relaunch of the PWBA Tour. 
Even she is somewhat surprised with the way the season has unfolded, considering the level of difficulty on Tour.
“I never would’ve thought this season, to this point, could’ve been any better than the 2015 and 2016 seasons,” Johnson said. “For as good as those two years were, this is probably the healthiest I’ve felt. One year was a knee, one year was an elbow, but this year has been pretty good.
“The fact that all of the patterns have been so tough week in and week out has been physically and mentally draining. But, so far, it’s been pretty amazing this year, finishing second at the (USBC) Queens, winning another major at the (Go Bowling) Players Championship and having two titles with seven shows. We still have a couple more weeks and hopefully I can finish it out strong.”
Johnson, a United States Bowling Congress Hall of Famer, is the reigning two-time PWBA Player of the Year and could become the first player in PWBA history to win the award in three consecutive seasons. With a commanding lead in points, a solid showing at the U.S. Women’s Open could all but lock up the honor.
“Obviously, it’s not here yet, but I feel it can show age is just a number,” Johnson said. “You can be 25, you can be 35 or you could be 43, but you have to stay healthy, take care of yourself and be strong. I’ve had a good balance with my bowling life and my non-bowling life, and it’s helped me not get tired and burned out this year. Last year, I started to get a little burned out and that may have slowed me down toward the end. 
“This year, I feel really good mentally. But, staying healthy is the key. When I’m home, I’m in the gym three to five days a week. I’ve had back issues most of my life, so I have to make sure I stay active physically. Whether it’s a physical therapist, massage therapist, chiropractor, they’ve always been keys to my success throughout my career.” 
While Johnson has the inside track on player of the year, Danielle McEwan of Stony Point, New York, enters the U.S. Women’s Open riding a wave of momentum, and, if all goes to plan, could challenge Johnson for PWBA Player of the Year. 
McEwan, a two-time PWBA champion, would need an excellent showing at the U.S. Women’s Open and she also has qualified for the television finals of the PWBA Orlando Open, PWBA St. Petersburg-Clearwater Open and the Nationwide PWBA Rochester Open. All three shows will be taped at Plano Super Bowl on Aug. 6. to air during the month of August. 
She recently teamed with Kelly Kulick to win the silver medal in doubles at the World Games in Wroclaw, Poland, and McEwan said she now is feeling the best she’s felt physically compared to any point during the season.

It could be a big week for McEwan, who has two career top-five U.S. Women's Open finishes, and could potentially set up a “winner take all” scenario at the season-ending Smithfield PWBA Tour Championship in September at Richmond Raceway in Richmond, Virginia.
Prior to the kickoff of the U.S. Women’s Open, several PWBA players will be in action this weekend at the Storm PWBA/PBA Striking Against Breast Cancer Mixed Doubles tournament at Copperfield Bowl in Houston. The 18th edition of the event, also known as “The Luci,” runs from July 27-30, and features the best male and female bowlers, amateur and professional, in the world.
All qualifying and match play rounds of the Striking Against Breast Cancer Mixed Doubles and the U.S. Women’s Open can be watched live on Xtra Frame, the online bowling channel of the Professional Bowlers Association.
U.S. Women’s Open
At Plano Super Bowl, Plano, Texas
(All times local)
Monday, July 31: Practice session and Pro-Am
Practice Session 1
                                      
8 a.m. – A squad
8:50 a.m. - B squad
9:40 a.m. – C squad
Re-oil
Practice Session 2                
11:30 a.m. – B squad
12:20 p.m. – C squad
1:10 p.m. – A squad
Re-oil
Practice Session 3                                
3 p.m. – C squad
3:50 p.m. – A squad
4:40 p.m. – B squad
7 p.m. – Pro-Am                                                    
Tuesday, Aug. 1: Qualifying Round One (Eight Games)
8 a.m. – A Squad (fresh)
1:15 p.m. – B Squad (burn)
6:30 p.m. – C Squad (double burn)
Wednesday, Aug. 2: Qualifying Round Two (Eight Games)
8 a.m. – B Squad (fresh)
1:15 p.m. – C Squad (burn)
6:30 p.m. – A Squad (double burn)
Thursday, Aug. 3: Qualifying Round Three (Eight Games)
8 a.m. – C Squad (fresh)
1:15 p.m. – A Squad (burn)
6:30 p.m. – B Squad (double burn)
The field is cut to the top 1/4
Friday, Aug. 4: Qualifying Round Four (Eight Games)
10 a.m. – Squad bowls eight games of qualifying (fresh)
                The field is cut to the top 24
6 p.m. – Eight games of head-to-head match play (burn)
Saturday, Aug. 5
10 a.m. – Eight games of head-to-head match play (fresh)
5 p.m. – Eight games of head-to-head match play (burn)
              Top five advance to TV stepladder finals
Sunday, Aug. 6
11 a.m. – Live stepladder finals on CBS Sports Network 

TIDES TAKE FINALE, 3-2

Tides Take Finale, 2-1
RailRiders Settle for Series Split

Norfolk, Va. – The SWB RailRiders (Triple-A/New York Yankees) were held to one hit by three Norfolk pitchers and dropped a 2-1 contest to the host Tides (Baltimore Orioles) at Harbor Park on Thursday afternoon. The RailRiders (65-39) settled for a series split on the four-gamer, but took the season set from the Tides (46-59), 4-3.

Norfolk plated the game’s first run in the fifth. Former SWB and New York Yankee Chris Dickerson drew a leadoff walk, took third on Chris Johnson’s single and scored on a fielder’s choice off the bat of Pedro Alvarez.

Miguel Andujar logged SWB’s only hit and scored its lone run in the seventh. He connected on a leadoff single and took second on the play due to an errant bobble by Dickerson in left. Billy McKinney dropped down a successful sac bunt and Cito Culver pushed Andujar home with a sac fly deep to right in foul ground.

Alvarez launched the decisive blow to right-center off of reliever Joe Mantiply (4-4) to begin the eighth, his team-leading 22nd homer.

SWB starter Byran Mitchell recorded his fourth straight quality start at Triple-A (6IP, 7H, 1R, 3BB, 7K, 1WP, 95P/63S).

Norfolk starter Mike Wright, in his first non-rehab/Rookie action since June 14, threw three no-hit innings with six strikeouts and one walk. Lefty Chris Lee followed with four frames of one-hit ball, allowing one unearned run, three walks and whiffing two. Jimmy Yacabonis (3-0) concluded with two innings. He walked one and struck out three.

The RailRiders’ road trip shifts to Charlotte for a three-game series against the Knights (Chicago White Sox). It starts at 7:05 p.m. on Friday night as right-hander Brady Lail (5-4, 5.12) gets a rematch nod against Tyler Danish (3-9, 4.42). The two dueled at PNC Field on Sunday.

The RailRiders return home on Tuesday, Aug. 1 to open a six-game homestand. It starts with the first of three against the Buffalo Bisons (Toronto Blue Jays) at 7:05 p.m. The Two Dollar Tuesday presented by La Tolteca means $2 lawn tickets and $2 tallboys every Tuesday during the 2017 season. For tickets or more information, please call 570-969-BALL (2255) or visit swbrailriders.com.

OFF THE RAILS:
Miguel Andujar went 1-for-4 and scored SWB’s only run. He has hit safely in 13 straight games, lifting his Triple-A average by 69 points from .255-.324. His 67 overall RBIs between Double-A and Triple-A lead the Yankees’ farm.

SWB hurlers posted 11 more strikeouts on Thursday. The staff recorded 50 strikeouts on the four-game series.

Norfolk went 0-for-8 with men in scoring position, stranding eight. On the series, the Tides went 5-for-45 (.111) with men in prime real estate, leaving 37 aboard.

PONIES CHEERS OR TEARS PICNIC

Ponies Invite Fans to “Cheers or Tears” Picnic
BINGHAMTON, NY – The Binghamton Rumble Ponies are inviting fans to a “Cheers or Tears” Picnic on Thursday, August 3 to coincide with the Eastern League’s announcement of the host for the 2020 All-Star Game. The event, which is free to the public, is being thrown by the Rumble Ponies to thank fans for their unprecedented support of the team’s #BingItHome campaign to claim the Eastern League All-Star Game. From 4:00 PM to 5:15 PM, fans can help themselves to free appetizers and $1 Bud and Bud Lights while enjoying live music in the new right-field entrance.
“This picnic is our way of saying ‘Thank You’ to all those that showed their support for a possible All-Star Game in Binghamton,” said team president John Hughes. “Our fans made their voices heard to the Eastern League and we are so proud of the message they sent. We let everyone know that we are ready to rumble in Binghamton.”
After the picnic, the Rumble Ponies will play their series finale against the Trenton Thunder with first pitch scheduled for 6:35 PM.
Tickets for the game on August 3 can be purchased at any time at the Rumble Ponies’ website (www.bingrp.com). The NYSEG Stadium box office is open from 9 AM to 5 PM on weekdays. Fans can also call (607) 722-FUNN to purchase tickets for Thursday’s game.

DUTCHESS COUNTY FAIR NOTES

Rhinebeck NY - The Dutchess County Fair SporkAward and SporkRun are back!  And the winners will be all the foodies who like to treat their palates to new foods!  The SporkRun is a contest between the Fair’s food concessionaires to come up with a new goodie for the Fair.  This year’s SporkRun is centered on desserts – and have we some scrumptious entries for the coveted Spork Crowns!  The Kettle Corn Ice Cream Pop, the Italian Chocolate Temptation “Chocotini”, Rajin’ Cajin Kettle Korn, Caramel Apple Milkshake and Grilled Cheesecake Sandwich are all on the list. 
For the second year, Rhinebeck Bank is dishing up the SporkAward & SporkRun fun as our Partner.  Not only are they supporting this Hudson Valley event, but they are going the extra mile to be a judge SporkAward as well!  Four distinguished judges will be voting on the merits of each entry’s presentation, taste and originality.   Judging for the SporkAward will be Tuesday, August 23 at 11:00 AM in front of the Administration building. 
The SporkRun, the people’s choice award, will be awarded Friday, August 25 at 11:00 in front of the Administration building.  Guests can vote for their favorite SporkRun entry by “liking” them on the Dutchess County Fair App, available at the App Store or Google Play.  Fair guests can also ask for the SporkRun form at either of the Information Booths at the Fair. 
Rhinebeck Bank is currently running a Facebook contest offering lucky winners free tickets to the fair. Rhinebeck Bank is posting a trivia question, fill in the blank, or other similar contest type posts each weekday morning. One contestant a day who completes the post as instructed will win two complimentary tickets to the fair. For more information view their Official Contest Rules at https://www.rhinebeckbank.com/DCFairFacebookContest.aspx .    If you don’t win any tickets, feel free to visit their Rhinebeck, Red Hook, Hyde Park or MidHudson locations to purchase tickets until August 13th, 2017!
The Dutchess County Fair runs August 22nd through August 27th .   To purchase tickets, see the entire SporkRun list and for more information visit www.dutchessfair.com.

WEBB LEADS LADIES SCOTTISH OPEN

 Ladies Scottish Open
Dundonald Links
North Ayrshire, Scotland


Karrie Webb rolled back the years with a seven-under-par, 65, to lead the Aberdeen Asset Management Ladies Scottish Open after the first round.

The Australian, who has 56 wins on the Ladies European Tour and LPGA Tour combined, shot six-under-par on the back nine to leapfrog Cristie Kerr, who had been the clubhouse leader for the majority of the day.

At the turn, Webb was one-under-par with two birdies and a bogey. However, a scintillating run of five consecutive birdies between holes 11 and 15, when added to a final birdie on 18, sees Webb sleep on a one-shot lead.

“When we were warming up and our first few holes, obviously it was really cold and really windy,” Webb said. “I looked at the scoreboard and saw that Cristie Kerr shot 6-under, and I was like, what course did she play today?

“Then I sort of really hung in there through the front nine and made a nice birdie on 9 to turn at 1-under, and then just really started swinging at it well and hitting it quite close and had some good birdie chances and made the most of them.”

To read Josh Carr’s complete recap please visit http://www.lpga.com/news/2017-karrie-webb-leads-aberdeen-asset-management-ladies-scottish-open-after-round-one.

WEBB HOPING TO TURN SEASON AROUND IN SCOTLAND
Karrie Webb has yet to have the season that she would like as she currently sits in 106th on the LPGA money list but the LPGA and World Golf Hall of Famer is hoping that a trip across the pond following her best play of the year will start to turn things around.

“Yeah, it’s been a bit of an unusual year for me,” Webb admitted. “I haven’t enjoyed how I’ve played much at all but I really did feel at the U.S. Open, I turned a corner a little bit. Probably just more mentally than anything. Just trusting the work that I’ve done and you know, just backing myself a little bit more.

And I actually played quite well at the U.S. Open. I just didn’t make the putts that I needed to. But I didn’t putt poorly. I just either didn’t read them well or my speed was off every now and then.

But yeah, I felt that I sort of turned a corner there, and I mean, these two weeks were the highlight of my year. When I set my schedule, I was really excited to play in Scotland for two weeks.”

CHRISTINA KIM STILL NOT 100% BUT ENJOYING HER SCOTTISH EXPERIENCE
Christina Kim opened with a 1-under-par 71 to sit in a tie for 14th at the Aberdeen Asset Management Ladies Scottish Open.

“I love Scotland,” Kim said with a smile. “The people are awesome. I’ve hung out with a lot of Scottish people, so I can surprisingly understand them. I think it’s really, really cool that we’re able to have links golf prior to one of our major championships.

Despite the solid start kim admitted that she still isn’t feeling 100% after having to withdraw from the Marathon Classic last week.

“I’m definitely not 100 percent,” Kim explained. “I was suffering from heat exhaustion, which I thankfully won’t be feeling this week. But I was having heat exhaustion. I had cramps in my legs and my body just gave up.

It was five weeks in, and it was just, I wanted to play, and actually the last hole I played last week, I made birdie, but I couldn’t see myself make it to the next tee just from, it was five long weeks, lots of walking, high temperatures.

So I was just a slab of meat, just kind of getting dragged along the entire golf course last week. I rarely withdraw and I felt terrible about it, but I had to listen to my body and I didn’t want to end up cramping and then end up in pretzel form on like the 13th hole on Friday.”

MAKING MATHS COUNT
Aberdeen Asset Management together with the Scottish Government and North Ayrshire Council has come up with a novel idea to encourage greater enthusiasm for maths. Competitors at this year’s Aberdeen Asset Management Ladies Scottish Open have had to use their arithmetic skills to navigate the course on the first day of play, as the 18 pin flags all have mathematic calculations depicting their number.

The Scottish Government’s ‘Making Maths Count’ initiative ran a competition for primary and secondary schools across North Ayrshire to come up with the calculations to be printed on the flags. A panel of four judges from the competition organizers selected their favorite calculations to be used at the Championships. 

“It was interesting to see such creative calculations used on the pin flags at Dundonald today and I’m sure quite a few of them probably caught a few of the players by surprise,” Scotland’s two-time Ladies Scottish Open winner Catriona Matthew said. “Any initiative that can link schooling with sport is great and hats off to the organizers for thinking of something different here at the Aberdeen Asset Management Ladies Scottish Open.” 

Making Maths Count is a Scottish Government initiative to encourage greater enthusiasm for maths amongst children and young people, their parents and carers and the wider public.

OF NOTE
Karrie Webb’s 65 is her lowest round on the LPGA Tour since a 64 during the final round of the 2016 CP Women’s Open last August

Webb has gone 71 events since her last win on the LPGA Tour at the 2014 Founders Cup

This is the first event that Webb has led after the opening round since the 2014 HSBC Women’s Champions

Webb and Cristie Kerr, who currently sits in second place, have combined for 60 wins on the LPGA Tour

Since 2002, Kerr has made the cut at every Ricoh Women’s British Open that she’s played with the exception of 2014 when she needed to withdraw during the first round due to injury. In that stretch of 15 events Kerr has tallied 11 top-20 and five top-10 finishes

Stacy Lewis has gone 79 events without a win, with her last victory coming at the 2014 Walmart NW Arkansas Championship; in that timespan, Lewis has 12 runner-up finishes

In 16 starts this season, Lewis has five top-10 finishes, with a season-best runner-up finish at the Bank of Hope Founders Cup

Defending Aberdeen Asset Management Ladies Scottish Open champion Isabelle Boineau shot an opening round 76 (+4)

QUOTE OF THE DAY
“You know, when we were warming up and our first few holes, obviously it was really cold and really windy. I looked at the scoreboard and saw that Cristie Kerr shot 6-under, and I was like, what course did she play today.

Then I sort of really hung in there through the front nine and made a nice birdie on 9 to turn at 1-under, and then just really started swinging at it well and hitting it quite close and had some good birdie chances and made the most of them.”

PBA SPARE SHOTS.....


PBA Spare Shots

PBA50 SOUTH SHORE OPEN FINALS SET FOR TONIGHT ON XTRA FRAME
Coverage of the stepladder finals of the PBA50 South Shore Open are set to begin at 7:45 p.m. EDT tonight as the countdown to the conclusion of 2017 PBA50 Tour season continues. Among the leaders heading into today’s finals was Brian LeClair of Delmar, N.Y., who is trying to add to his lead in the 2017 PBA50 Player of the Year points race.

Following the finals at Olympia Lanes in Hammond, Ind., the PBA50 Tour wraps up its year with the Dave Small’s Championship Lanes Classic presented by Roto Grip July 30-Aug. 1 and the DeHayes Insurance Group Championship presented by Pro Bowl West and Ebonite Aug. 6-8. The final senior event of the year will be the PBA60 Dick Weber Championship for players 60 and older Aug. 10-12 at Pro Bowl West.

As the curtain comes down on the PBA50 Tour, competition resumes for PBA Tour players with the PBA-PWBA Xtra Frame Storm Striking Against Breast Cancer Mixed Doubles from Copperfield Bowl in Houston, Texas, July 28-30, which will award PBA and PWBA Tour titles if either/both winners are PBA and/or PWBA members.

Xtra Frame will then follow the women bowlers to Plano, Texas, for the preliminary rounds of the U.S. Women’s Open from Plano Super Bowl Aug. 1-5. The U.S. Women’s Open finals will air live on CBS Sports Network on Sunday, Aug. 6, at noon EDT.

The PBA Xtra Frame Storm Cup will become August’s focal point with the final three events in the 2017 series on tap: the Xtra Frame Chesapeake Open from AMF Western Branch in Chesapeake, Va., Aug. 12-13; the Xtra Frame Gene Carter’s Pro Shop Classic from Mid-County Bowling and Entertainment in Middletown, Del., Aug. 19-20, and the series finale, the Xtra Frame Kenn-Feld Group Classic from Pla-Mor Lanes in Coldwater, Ohio, Aug. 26-27. Michael Haugen Jr., a leading contender for PBA50 Rookie of the Year honors in 2017, is defending champion in Delaware. The Chesapeake and Coldwater tournaments are new to the PBA Xtra Frame Tour schedule. EJ Tackett of Huntington, Ind. (53 points) will take a narrow lead over England’s Dom Barrett andMarshall Kent of Yakima, Wash. (46 points each) into the final three events in the Xtra Frame Storm Cup series, which will award the top five players with shares of $50,000 in bonus prize money.

For live streaming time and other details, check under the “schedules” tab on pba.com. Xtra Frame subscription packages are available for three days, 30 days and a full year. To sign up, visit xtraframe.tv for details.

PBA fans also can follow real-time results for PBA50, PBA Xtra Frame Tour and all PBA Regional events by visiting the “live scoring” feature on pba.com or by downloading the new PBA app on Apple devices. PWBA live scoring is available on pwba.com.

Xtra Frame subscribers also are invited to tune in to a special “PBA Perspective” feature in which 2017 Mark Roth/Marshall Holman PBA Doubles champions Kyle Troup and Jesper Svenssonshare their insights about their victory over EJ Tackett and Marshall Kent at Bayside Bowl in Portland, Maine. Next up for release in this series will be Francois Lavoie taking Xtra Frame subscribers through his 2016 U.S. Open victory. That feature will make its Xtra Frame debut on August 2.

INTERNATIONAL, U.S. PBA STARS SHINE IN WORLD GAMES
PBA members on both the men’s and women’s sides starred in the medal rounds of the 2017 World Games, an international competition for sports that are not included on the Olympic Games program, last week in Wroclaw, Poland. The bowling program included singles and doubles events for both genders.

In the men’s competition, Venezuela’s Ildemaro Ruiz won the silver medal in singles, losing to Korea’s Youngseon Cho in the two-game title match, 483-435. Germany’s Tobias Bording was bronze medalist. In doubles, 2016 PBA Rookie of the Year Francois Lavoie and former PBA member Dan MacLelland won the gold medal over Ruiz and Venezuelan teammate Massimiliano Fridegotto, 972-935. Hong Kong’s Siu Hong Wu and Michael Mak won bronze.

American stars Tommy Jones and Marshall Kent were eliminated in the quarterfinal round in doubles. Jones also made it to the quarterfinals in singles before he was eliminated. Kent didn’t make it into the 16-man elimination rounds.

In women’s singles, Germany’s Laura Beuthner defeated PBA champion Kelly Kulick of Union, N.J., 509-372 in the title match while Colombia’s Clara Guerrero took bronze. Guerrero and fellow PBA member Rocio Restrepo earned gold for Colombia in doubles, defeating the U.S. team of Kulick and Danielle McEwan of Stony Point, N.Y., 922-875. Mexico’s Tannya Lopez andSandra Gongora won the bronze medal.

PBA REGIONAL UPDATE: KLINGLER UPSETS TACKETT FOR SECOND PBA TITLE
Andrew Klingler of Grand Rapids, Mich., won his second PBA title in style Sunday, defeating reigning PBA Player of the Year EJ Tackett of Huntington, Ind. by 55 pins to win the Angola Central/Midwest Open at Angola Bowl in Angola, Ind.

Klingler, a 25-year-old second-year PBA member, finished with a 5-3 match play record and a total of 4,816 pins for 21 games, including match play bonus pins, to upset Tackett and a field including several PBA Tour title-winners for the $2,600 first prize.

● A day after celebrating his 23rd birthday, Anthony Caso won his first PBA title in his hometown center Sunday, defeating PBA Tour titlist Tom Daugherty of Riverview, Fla., to win the 29th PBA Crystal Automotive Spring Hill South Open in Spring Hill, Fla.

Caso, a third-year PBA member, spoiled Daugherty’s run at defending his Spring Hill title by defeating Daugherty in the championship match, 244-225. The no. 3 qualifier for the stepladder, Caso took care of Jason Sterner of Rockledge, Fla., in his first match, 279-221, and then defeated Chris Arcaro of Carolina Beach, N.C., 268-203, to advance to the title match. Caso earned $2,500 along with his title in the PBA South Region’s longest-running tournament.

● Bob Leonard of Lockwood, N.Y. recorded an 8-0 match play record to win the PBA50 Investors Bank Open at Parkway Lanes Saturday for his first PBA title, and Liz Kuhlkin of Rotterdam, N.Y., completed the weekend program at Parkway Lanes with a victory in the PBA-PWBA Investors Bank Open in Elmwood Park, N.J., on Sunday.

Leonard, an 18-year PBA member, qualified ninth in the 52-man field. He moved steadily through the field but did not take the lead until position round where he retained his perfect match play record for a 101-pin victory over runner-up Sammy Ventura of Norwich, N.Y. The victory was worth $1,500.

In Sunday’s women’s event, Kuhlkin compiled a 4-2 match play record to outscore Jennifer Russo of Monmouth Junction, N.J., by 50 pins to win her second PBA-PWBA Women’s Regional title and a $1,700 prize. Kuhlkin won last season’s East Region PBA-PWBA event in Hornell, N.Y.
Russo, a non-member, finished with a 5-1 match play record and earned $925 as the runner-up. USBC Hall of Famer and New Jersey native Carolyn Dorin-Ballard of Keller, Texas, was third, another 63 pins behind Russo.

● Keith Lesko of Chicago began the title match of the Beverly Lanes PBA50 Midwest Regional Open with eight straight strikes, routing top qualifier Patrick Shipley of Spring Valley, Calif., 279-165, to win his second PBA50 regional title in three weeks Sunday in Arlington Heights, Ill.

Lesko, who won a pair of PBA South Region titles in 2001 and 2003 before taking an extended sabbatical from PBA competition, advanced to the title match by getting past Chris Keane of Cape Coral, Fla., 215-194, in the semifinal match after Keane eliminated defending champ Harry Sullins of Chesterfield Township, Mich., 236-225, in the opening game of the stepladder finals.

● Mike Bailey of Irving, Texas, dominated the match play finals of the eighth annual PBA Fort Sill Southwest Open, presented by DV8, Sunday at Twin Oaks Bowling Center in Fort Sill, Okla., to win his fifth PBA Southwest Region title.

Bailey opened the tournament with a 290 game and built his tournament lead to 73 pins after the 13 games of qualifying. Losing his first match in the modified eight-game round robin finals allowed 2014 USBC Queens champion Maria Rodriguez of Colombia to take a one-pin lead, but Bailey rebounded by winning five of his next six matches to build an insurmountable 272-pin lead heading into position round. Amateur Jack Zuniga of Tulsa, Okla., beat Bailey in the final match, 244-237, to retain second place but Bailey earned the $2,500 winner’s check with a 5,114 total.

● Cameron Weier of Tacoma, Wash.; Hugh Miller of Mercer Island, Wash., and Catherine Rawsthorne of Federal Way, Wash., were victorious in a PBA Northwest Region tripleheader at Secoma Lanes in Federal Way Sunday.

Weier posted a 10-2 match play record and a 20-game total of 5,181 pins, including match play bonus pins, to win Sunday’s Secoma Lanes Open, a standard PBA Northwest/ West Regional event, by 144 pins over Darren Tang of San Francisco. Weier’s performance included a trio of 300s (including back-to-back) in match play on his way to the $2,500 first-place check.

Miller won the PBA50 portion of the tripleheader with a 6-5-1 match play record and 5,075 total pins, beating Robert Harvey of Boise, Idaho by 262 pins for the $1,500 first prize.

Rawsthorne had a 4-4 match play record and knocked down 3,499 total pins for her 16 games to top Lori Eskew of Hillsboro, Ore., for the win in the PBA/PWBA women’s event to earn the $1,000 prize. Eskew had 3,417 pins.

● Paul McCordic of Sugar Land, Texas, defeated PBA Hall of Famer Tom Baker of King, N.C. by 50 pins to win the PBA50 Fairborn Central Classic at Bowl 10 Fairborn in Fairborn, Ohio, on Thursday, July 20. McCordic averaged 218.7 for the tournament to claim his second PBA50 regional title along with the $1,500 first prize.

In a unique format, the top 14 players after qualifying bowled 10 games of round robin match play where the winner received 10 bonus pins. After the final position round match, the top four advanced to a two-game final round where bonus pins were awarded based on score. The top scorer received 12 bonus pins, second place received eight bonus pins, third four bonus pins and fourth received no bonus pins.

● Closing the July regional schedule are the PBA Japan Region’s first events of 2017, the PBA Chameleon Open on July 23 followed by the Women’s Chameleon Championship on July 30, both at Shinsayama Grand Bowl in Sayama.

● PBA’s August regional calendar gets underway over the Aug. 4-6 weekend with the PBA50 Progressive/Gerdman Insurance Agency/Al Smith Chrysler/Dodge/Jeep Central/Midwest Classic at Al-Mar Colonial Lanes in Bowling Green, Ohio; the Bowlers Supply/Storm Products Open at Colony Park Lanes North in York, Pa.; the Boss Snow Plows/Ebonite Central Open at PinHeads in Fishers, Ind., and the Poplar Creek Bowl Midwest Open presented by Columbia 300 in Hoffman Estates, Ill.

● A mid-week event for PBA50 players – the PBA50 Pro Bowl West Central/Midwest Shootout – is set for Aug. 9 in Fort Wayne, Ind.

● The Greater Richmond Central Open at Richmond 40 Bowl in Richmond, Ind., a one-day event on Aug. 13, is the lone regional event over the Aug. 11-13 weekend.

● The Aug. 18-20 PBA Regional calendar includes the Emerald Bowl Houston Southwest Challenge for non-title winners plus the PBA-PWBA Emerald Bowl Southwest Open in Houston, Texas, for women, and the Dave Husted Northwest Open presented by 900 Global at Husted’s Milwaukie Bowl in Milwaukie, Ore.

● Closing out the August schedule will be the PBA60 Wilson & Sons Super Senior Open presented by the Mooresville Convention and Visitors Bureau Aug. 31-Sept. 2 at George Pappas’ Victory Lanes in Mooresville, N.C., followed immediately by the PBA50 Samuel Adams South Open presented by the Mooresville Convention and Visitors Bureau at George Pappas’ Victory Lanes in Mooresville, N.C.

● The Labor Day weekend calendar of PBA Regional action includes the PBA50 Strike Zone Open presented by Track in Pottsville, Pa.; the Tony Reyes Memorial Member/Non-Member Doubles at Fourth Street Bowl in San Jose, Calif.; the Illinois Valley Midwest Open at IV Super Bowl in Peru, Ill., and the DHC Japan PBA Doubles Open, Japan Cheetah Masters and Japan Cheetah Queens at Nagoya Grand Bowl in Nagoya, Japan.

● For complete PBA Regional schedules, rules and entry information, visit pba.com, open the “schedules” tab and click on PBA Regional Tours to find the event(s) in your area…and remember, you can follow “live scoring” for all PBA Regional events on pba. com (easily accessible for Apple device users using the new PBA app).

QUICK NOTES:
● Tim Pierce of Portland, Ore., went from embarrassed to elated in record time Tuesday morning in the PBA50 South Shore Open. On his first shot of the tournament at Olympia Lanes in Hammond, Ind., the 62-year-old Pierce left the dreaded 5-7-10 split. On his second shot, he converted the “lily” for a spare. It’s extremely rare for PBA competitors (of any age) to leave the 5-7-10…but it’s even more rare to convert the spare.

DUKE STILL IN THE LEAD

Duke Has Roller Coaster Second Round But Still
Dominates PBA50 South Shore Open Qualifying

HAMMOND, Ind. (July 26, 2017) – PBA Hall of Famer Norm Duke’s second round in the PBA50 South Shore Open presented by DV8 felt like a roller coaster ride but he still managed to dominate qualifying finishing with a 4,007 16-game pinfall total Wednesday at Olympia Lanes.

Duke, who is trying for his second PBA50 Tour title of the season, followed up his monster 2,088 eight-game pinfall in Tuesday’s first round with 1,919 in the second round bowling games of 187, 180, 279, 279, 275, 194, 248 and 277.

“Boy, that was either feast or famine,” said Duke, who averaged 250 in qualifying. “I waited a little longer than I should have to go to another ball after those first two games but I had a game plan to turn it around.

“I couldn’t have predicted coming back with three 270 games but going to a different ball and making a few other adjustments was certainly going to result in something a lot better than 180.”

Duke held a 190-pin lead over fellow hall of famer and tournament defending champion Pete Weber who finished qualifying in second with a 3,817 pinfall.

Weber, the 2016 and 2015 PBA50 Player of the Year, had a 1,814 pinfall in the second round with games of  233, 207, 257, 259, 214, 185, 224 and 235, after finishing second behind Duke in the first round with 2,003.       

Weber, who is winless this season, won the 2016 South Shore Open to finish the season with a record six PBA50 Tour titles.

If Weber can win this year’s event, he will reach 100 PBA titles overall for his career which includes titles in PBA Tour, PBA50 Tour, PBA Regional and PBA50 Regional competition. PBA Hall of Famer Walter Ray Williams Jr., who qualified seventh with 3,692, holds the record with 102 wins overall.

Brian LeClair of Delmar, N.Y., the season’s only multiple winner with two titles, finished qualifying in third with a 3,776 pinfall.

LeClair, who currently leads the PBA50 Player of the Year point standings, had games of 217, 222, 246, 300, 211, 246 and 254 in the second round after finishing 12th in the first round with 1,824.

Rounding out the top five were three-time PBA50 Tour winner Bob Learn Jr., Erie, Pa., 3,766 and Brian Kretzer, Dayton, Ohio, 3,752.

The top 24 players advanced directly to Thursday’s match play. Eight additional spots will be determined through a casher’s round Thursday morning. After match play the top five players will advance to the stepladder finals scheduled for 7 p.m. CDT.

Fans can catch all of Thursday’s action on PBA’s online bowling channel Xtra Frame. For subscription and schedule information visit www.xtraframe.tv.

PBA50 SOUTH SHORE OPEN PRESENTED BY DV8
Olympia Lanes, Hammond, Ind., Wednesday

Second Round
(After 16 games. top 24 advance to match play; 25th-32nd plus eight PBA60 players advance to cashers round which determines eight additional match play spots)

1, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 4,007.
2, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 3,817.
3, Brian LeClair, Delmar, N.Y., 3,776.
4, Bob Learn Jr., Erie, Pa., 3,766.
5, Brian Kretzer, Dayton, Ohio, 3,752.
6, Harry Sullins, Chesterfield Twp., Mich., 3,701.
7, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., 3,692.
8, Ron Mohr, Las Vegas, 3,687.
9, (tie) Doug Kent, Newark, N.Y., and Bill Henson, Westerville, Ohio, 3,677.
11, Lennie Boresch Jr., Kenosha, Wis., 3,670.
12, Danny Clark, New Palestine, Ind., 3,667.
13, Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, 3,660.
14, Mark Sullivan, Indianapolis, 3,654.
15, Tom Baker, King, N.C., 3,631.
16, Gary Faulkner, Norfolk, Va., 3,595.
17, Sammy Ventura, Syracuse, N.Y., 3,584.
18, Michael Chrzanowski, Shepherd, Mich., 3,573.
19, Mike Scroggins, Amarillo, Texas, 3,571.
20, Sam Maccarone, Blackwood, N.J., 3,561.
21, Keith Lesko, Chicago, 3,557.
22, Gary Schluchter, Femont, Ohio, 3,556.
23, John Burkett, Southlake, Texas, 3,549.
24, Gary Alstott, Washington, Ill., 3,548.
25, n-Leroy Johnson, Chicago, 3,545.
26, Eddie Graham, Centerville, Ohio, 3,530.
27, (tie) James Storts, Westfield, Ind., and Billy Froberg, St Joseph, Mich., 3,519.
29, Paul McCordic, Sugar Land, Texas, 3,516.
30, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 3,502.
31, Edward Silva, Manteca, Calif., 3,483.
32, Kenny Parks, Hammond, Ind., 3,462.
33, ss-Ted Staikoff, Black Hawk, S.D., 3,457.
34, John Kidwell, Indianapolis, Ind., 3,451.
35, n-Gregg Zicha, Glen Ellyn, Ill., 3,444.
36, ss-Brian Miller, Springfield, Ohio, 3,442.
37, ss-Darryl Bower, Middletown, Pa., 3,437.
38, Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., 3,424.
39, Bryan Goebel, Shawnee, Kan., 3,422.
40, n-John Chapman, Canada, 3,421.
41, Christopher Keane, Cape Coral, Fla., 3,414.
42, Michael Haugen Jr., Phoenix, 3,398.
43, Rick Zakrajsek, Lorain, Ohio, 3,394.
44, ss-Warren Nelson, Hemet, Calif., 3,390.
45, Todd Haney, Boiling Springs, S.C., 3,385.
46, Steve Kenyon, Dade City, Fla., 3,381.
47, Joel Carlson, Omaha, Neb., 3,376.
48, ss-Steven Jansson, Barnes, Wis., 3,374.
49, ss-Don Blatchford, Santa Monica, Calif., 3,372.
50, Glenn Morgan, Carson City, Nev., 3,370.
51, Ernie Segura, Taylor, Mich., 3,369.
52, ss-Emilio Mora Sr, Defiance, Ohio, 3,355.
53, Rick Francis, Linden, Calif., 3,353.
54, Craig O'Reilly, Orland Hills, Ill., 3,352.
55, ss-Gary Kammes, Winfield, Ill., 3,347.
56, Lee Brosius, Ashburn, Va., 3,345.
57, John Dudak, Orland Park, Ill., 3,340.
58, (tie) n-Jeff Richgels, Madison, Wis., and Tony Johnson, Canton, Ohio, 3,333.
60, Kevin Foley, Reno, Nev., 3,331.
61, (tie) John Brockland, St. Charles, Mo., and Timothy Regan, East Northport, N.Y., 3,327.
63, Greg McDaniel, Kimball, Neb., 3,313.
64, Don Herrington, Ballston Lake, N.Y., 3,311.
65, Marc Lineberry, Camanche, Iowa, 3,292.
66, Warren Burr, Wilmington, Del., 3,289.
67, Tom Carter, Columbus, Ohio, 3,276.
68, Jeffery Johnson, Freeport, Ill., 3,274.
69, (tie) Mike Keough, Stockton, Calif., and Richard Hunt, Valparaiso, Ind., 3,254.
71, Scott Greiner, Platte City, Mo., 3,251.
72, Brian Cooper, Henderson, Nev., 3,248.
73, Harry Wright, Venice, Fla., 3,235.
74, Tommy Martin, Millington, Tenn., 3,232.
75, Patrick Shipley, Spring Valley, Calif., 3,225.
76, Fred Phillips, Canada, 3,218.
77, n-John Thompson, Sarasota, Fla., 3,217.
78, Rick Woloszyn, Griffith, Ind., 3,211.
79, Daniel Twomey, Teaneck, N.J., 3,201.
80, Robert Kicmal, LaGrange, Ill., 3,198.
81, Dave Bernhardt, Romeo, Mich., 3,183.
82, Nile Konicek, Gilbert, Ariz., 3,180.
83, Vince Honeycutt, Franklin, N.C., 3,179.
84, Todd Kjell, Roscoe, Ill., 3,177.
85, Bill Argenbright, New Hope, Va., 3,160.
86, Doug O'Bryant, Ball Ground, Ga., 3,156.
87, Paul Mielens, Menomonie, Wis., 3,122.
88, William Banks, Laurel Hill, N.C., 3,107.
89, n-Jerry Krause, Mudelein, Ill., 3,106.
90, Michael Truitt, New Port Richey, Fla., 3,080.
91, Brendan Bierch, Grafton, Mass., 3,065.
92, Mike Watson, Grass Valley, Calif., 2,988.
93, Tim Pierce, Portland, Ore., 2,949.
94, Garry Blanton, Owensboro, Ky., 2,926.
95, Steve Stein, Staten Island, N.Y., 2,874.
96, Brian Dunn, Plainfield, Ill, 2,836.
97, Allen Meskan, Addison, Ill., 2,684.

300 games (2) – Brian LeClair, Gary Faulkner

n-non-member
ss-PBA60 players advancing to casher’s round