Monday, April 12, 2010

Bowling Bytes--4/12/10

~ Rhino Page Makes Big Shots to win PBA Experience Showdown in Arlington -- "Rhino Page of Dade City, Fla., made critical shots when he had needed them most to nip Bill O’Neill of Southampton, Pa., in the PBA Experience Showdown presented by BOWL.COM at the International Training and Research Center...the Showdown was a first-of-its-kind contest featuring five PBA Experience lane condition champions (Norm Duke, Cheetah pattern; Mike DeVaney, Scorpion; Jack Jurek, Shark; O’Neill, Chameleon, and Page) along with Kevin Reuer, a USBC Sport Bowling league member from Hoffman Estates, Ill. Reuer, who bowls in the Beverly Lanes Sport League in Arlington Heights, Ill., won a national competition among thousands of USBC PBA Experience League bowlers for the right to bowl against the PBA stars. The made-for-television event required all six players to bowl a single frame on each of the five “animal patterns” and then repeat that process to complete a 10-frame game. After one full round, the field was trimmed to the two highest scores for a five-frame championship game, also across all five patterns. In sequence, players bowled one frame each on the Shark, Chameleon, Viper, Scorpion and Cheetah patterns."

~ Long road to NCAA women's bowling title worth it for Fairleigh Dickinson -- "Fairleigh Dickinson took the long road to its second NCAA women’s bowling championship, finally overcoming No. 1 Nebraska in the seventh and deciding game of the championship match on Saturday night at the Brunswick Zone Carolier Lanes in North Brunswick."

~ 2010 BEC Video #8 -- Semifinal Match between Zulmazran Zulkifli (MAS) and Rob Thurlby (ENG) -- "The remaining four players after the single-elimination rounds of the 2010 Brunswick Euro Challenge advanced to a traditional stepladder final to bowl for the title and the 13.000 Euro top prize. After defeating No. 4 Ildemaro Ruiz, Venezuela. In the opening match, No. 3 Zulmazran Zulkifli, Malaysia, faced No. 2 Rob Thurlby, England, in the semifinal. The winner advanced to the title match against the No. 1 seed, Adrian Ang, Malaysia."

~ Germany 2 wins Nations Cup at host center of the 2010 Men's World Championships -- "Germany 2 (pictured left with Germay 1) with Jens Nickel, Bodo Konieczny, Pascal Winternheimer, Kai Günther, Michael Holzapfel and Timo Schröder won the Nations Cup 2010, a test event in preparation for the 2010 Men's World Championship at the host bowling center, Dream-Bowl Palace, in Unterföhring, Germany. The Germans led the mini-tournament after four disciplines, Singles, Doubles, Team and another Singles, with 28812pinfall total or an average of 208.78. As each team was allowed six players or more, the team average decided the winner."

~ Zikes Joins 100,000 Club -- "ABC/USBC of Famer Les Zikes of Palatine, Ill., has a bowling resume filled with accomplishments at the USBC Open Championships (formerly known as the ABC Championship Tournament), and he added another milestone to his legacy at the National Bowling Stadium in Reno on Thursday night. The 75-year-old right-hander entered the 2010 USBC Open Championships needing 272 pins to become the newest member of the tournament’s elite 100,000-Pin Club, and he got there in the 7th frame of his second team game. As always, his wife, Mary Cay, was by his side, and he was joined on the lanes by his granddaughter Cathy Kipp and his son, Lyle, who covers the pro bowling beat for BJI."

~ Thought Stopping Methods -- "You’ve bowled quite well in the first five frames against a tough opponent. The match is dead even. Leading off the sixth frame, the other bowler throws a Brooklyn strike. You’re in the pocket, but leave a ringing 10. You say to yourself, “Why don’t I get the breaks?” The spare shot misses. As your stomach knots up, your inner voice says, “Oh no, here we go again. Don’t choke.”Because you keep a self-talk log and know your own tendencies, you quickly recognize the negative self-talk. What do you do next? A technique we recommend for quickly and effectively controlling negative self-talk as well as negative images is thought stopping. Let’s see how it works."

~ French Coach Eric Courault Visits International Training and Research Center -- "Bowling's global push to someday attain the Olympic spotlight has found an ally in French national bowling team head coach Eric Courault...In a whirlwind travel schedule that demonstrated Courault's tireless commitment to strengthening the Tenpin Bowling Association of France, Courault recently visited the International Training and Research Center in Arlington, Texas, just days after attending the Brunswick Euro Challenge in Paris – and then promptly left town en route to the European Youth Championships. "I am so impressed with his overall dedication to the sport and developing it further," says USBC Director of International Relations Bill Hoffman."

~ General Lane Play Guidelines -- "Here are some general guidelines on how to play the lanes, from the outside to the inside, or how-to attack the longer or shorter patterns. I encourage you to read my advanced targeting article as well."

~ Andrew's Angle: Road Trip, Part 1 -- "Road trips. Often regarded as one of the true staples of American freedom, they are also the backbone of those who choose to pursue the bowling dream. I am one of those people."

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