Bowling News USA - December 15, 2013 In The Bag - 2013 PBA Chameleon Championship
Ryan Ciminelli of Cheektowaga, N.Y., won the Professional Bowlers Association Chameleon Championship for his second PBA Tour title with a 258-203 victory over Storm's Dom Barrett.
(Highlights from the 2013 PBA Chameleon Championship featuring Storm's Del Ballard Jr., Dom Barrett and Roto Grip's Brian Kretzer. Filmed on location at the 2013 World Series of Bowling V - South Point Bowling Center, Las Vegas, NV.)
Barrett won the 2013 Qatar Open (third PBA title) last week. He used a Storm Crossroad™ at the Chameleon Championship.
The third of seven telecasts from PBA World Series of Bowling V at the South Point Hotel and Casino complex aired Sunday on ESPN. It again featured the use of “blue oil” to help fans see the otherwise invisible lane conditioning pattern. The Chameleon pattern was applied to 43 feet compared to a 35-foot application for the Cheetah Championship and 39 feet for the Viper pattern in previous weeks. The Scorpion Championship, which will air next Sunday at 3:30 p.m. ET, is a 47-foot pattern.
Ciminelli, bowling in the wake of a bitter loss to Chris Barnes in the Viper Championship title match, when he left a 7-10 split in the final frame, started his battle against Barrett with three strikes and never trailed. When Barrett closed to within two pins after five frames, Ciminelli threw another string of five strikes to race away with his first title since winning the 2011 Earl Anthony Memorial.
“It was tough to put (the Viper) behind me, but I decided to use it as inspiration instead of letting it get to me,” the 27-year-old left-hander said. “I felt really good. I broke the lane down the way I wanted to and created some room for myself.
“I knew the (right) side really wasn’t that good,” he continued. “I knew if I stayed within myself, 220, 230 would probably win.
Barrett, who was the top qualifier for the Chameleon stepladder finals, was a bit confused at the start of the match.
“I didn’t feel like I made many bad shots, but my ball reaction didn’t look very good,” Barrett said. “One time it would hook, the next time it would go straight. It’s not the kind of scenario you want going into a title match against someone who was throwing the ball as well as Ryan was.”
Barrett insisted the blue oil had no bearing on anything, echoing Ciminelli’s sentiments.
“I think when you get to a certain level, your ball is your guide,” he said of the colored oil. “You’ve grown up reading ball reaction. That’s how we make our decisions. That’s how we win tournaments, so any visual aid out there might be great for TV or young bowlers, but when you get to this level, it doesn’t matter. We’re going to use information available to us like pattern length, the type of oil, the lane surface. All of those things make a huge difference, but visually, we’re going to read ball motions. We know what we do.
“If you paid too much attention to (the blue oil), you’d be ignoring the facts of what you’ve been doing all week. Ball motion is far more important.”
Ciminelli, the No. 3 qualifier coming into the Chameleon finals, ran away from Tom Smallwood of Saginaw, Mich., in the first match, 255-197, and was equally impressive in eliminating Roto Grip's Brian Kretzer of Dayton, Ohio, 235-179, in the semifinal match.
Kretzer used a Storm Hy-Road™.
The Chameleon telecast also included the third of four special PBA League Challenge segments in which the eight PBA League franchise players are demonstrating their skills in unique competitions. In the “Obstacle Bowling” round, players tried to knock down as many pins as they could by throwing three shots through or around an obstacle course of rubber pins positioned at intervals down the lane.
Next Sunday’s Scorpion Championship finals include top qualifier and Storm staffer Marshall Kent of Yakima, Wash., an amateur and a Collegiate All-American at Robert Morris University-Illinois who was invited to bowl in the World Series on a PBA Commissioner’s Exemption; Smallwood; Josh Blanchard of Gilbert, Ariz., and Tommy Jones of Simpsonville, S.C. The telecast also will include a PBA League “TO” Challenge in which NFL all-pro wide receiver and PBA League Dallas Strikers owner Terrell Owens will make a shot and a randomly-selected player will try to exactly match TO’s pinfall.
A post-finals look at the Chameleon Championship and a preview of the Scorpion Championship, along with other features, will be available Monday on “The Bowling Center” on YouTube.com. Xtra Frame subscribers who may have missed Sunday’s telecasts will be able to watch the finals “on demand” in the Xtra Frame archives three days after the original show airs.
2013 CHAMELEON CHAMPIONSHIP
South Point Exhibition Hall, Las Vegas (ESPN telecast Dec. 15)
1, Ryan Ciminelli, Cheektowaga, N.Y., $20,000.
2, Dom Barrett, England, $10,000.
3, Brian Kretzer, Dayton, Ohio, $7,000.
4, Tom Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich., $5,000.
Match One – Ciminelli def. Smallwood, 255-197.
Semifinal Match – Ciminelli def. Kretzer, 235-179.
Championship – Ciminelli def. Barrett, 258-203.
Storm All-Time Wins
1st Win - Dennis Horan Jr. - 1996 Greater Hartford Open (Forest Fire)
2nd Win - Pete Weber - 1997 Tucson Open (Lightning Storm)
3rd Win - Pete Weber - 1997 Comfort Inn Classic (Blue Thunder Pro)
4th Win - First Major - Pete Weber - 1998 National Championship (Bolt)
5th Win - Dennis Horan Jr. - 1998 Bayer/Brunswick Touring Players Championship (Bolt)
1st Storm Sponsored PBA Tour Event - 1998 Storm Flagship Open
6th Win - Brian Himmler - 1999 Albuquerque Open (Sky Bolt)
7th Win - Eric Forkel - 1999 Brunswick Long Island N.Y City PBA Experience (Meteor Flash)
8th Win - Pete Weber - 2000 Empire State Open (El Nino 2000)
9th Win - Dennis Horan Jr. - 2000 Bayer/Brunswick Touring Players Championship (ThunderFlash Pro)
10th Win - Second Major - Robert Smith - 2000 U.S Open (Fire Power)
11th Win - Robert Smith - 2000 Flagship Open (Super Power)
12th Win - Ryan Shafer - 2001 Orleans Casino Open Championship (X-IT)
13th Win - Pete Weber - 2001 Great Lakes Classic (X-IT/Eraser)
14th Win - Pete Weber - 2001 Greater Louisville Open (Trauma Recovery)
15th Win - Pete Weber - 2002 Columbia 300 Tar Heel Open (Trauma ER)
16th Win - Robert Smith - 2002 PBA Empire State Open (Erase It/Super Power)
17th Win - Hugh Miller - 2002 PBA Dream Bowl 2002 (Erase It)
18th Win - Robert Smith - 2002 Japan Cup (Shock Trauma)
19th Win - Danny Wiseman - 2002 Miller High Life Open (Eraser/Eraser Blaze)
20th Win - Randy Pedersen - 2002 Pepsi Open (X Factor)
2nd Storm Sponsored PBA Tour Event - 2003 Storm Las Vegas Classic
21st Win - Mike DeVaney - 2003 PBA GEICO Earl Anthony Classic (X Factor)
22nd Win - Pete Weber - 2003 PBA Tar Heel Open (X Factor Deuce)
23rd Win - Robert Smith - 2003 PBA Banquet Open (Eraser Boost)
24th Win - Brian Himmler - 2003 PBA Miller High Life Open (Hotwire)
25th Win - Ryan Shafer - 2003 PBA Empire State Open (X Factor Deuce)
26th Win - Patrick Healey Jr. - 2003 PBA GEICO Open (X Factor)
27th Win -Third Major - Patrick Healey Jr. - 2003 PBA Dexter Tournament of Champions (Flash Point/Hot Rod)
3rd Storm Sponsored PBA Tour Event - 2004 PBA Earl Anthony Classic presented by Storm Products
28th Win - Pete Weber - 2004 PBA Medford Open (Super Charge/X Factor Re Loaded)
29th Win - Fourth Major - Pete Weber - 2004 U.S Open (X Factor)
30th Win - Robert Smith - 2004 PBA Odor Eaters Open (Eraser Boost)
31st Win - Brian Himmler - 2004 PBA Chicago Open ( X Factor Ace)
4th Storm Sponsored PBA Tour Event - 2004 PBA Orange County Classic presented by Storm Products
32nd Win - Pete Weber - 2005 Bowlers Paradise.com Classic (Fired Up)
33rd Win - Pete Weber - 2006 PBA Etonic Championship (Special Agent)
34th Win - Norm Duke - 2006 PBA Lake County Indiana Classic ( X Factor Ace)
35th Win - Brian Himmler - 2006 PBA Earl Anthony Medford Classic (Paradigm)
36th Win - Norm Duke - 2006 PBA Ace Hardware Championship (X Factor Ace)
37th Win - Norm Duke - 2006 Columbia 300 Classic (Spit Fire)
38th Win - Fifth Major - Pete Weber - 2007 U.S Open (Shift)
39th Win - Norm Duke - 2007 PBA Pepsi Championship (Spit Fire/Fired Up)
40th Win - Sixth Major - Norm Duke - 2008 PBA Denny's World Championship (Hy-Road)
41st Win - Seventh Major - Norm Duke - 2008 U.S Open (Shift)
42nd Win - Mike Machuga - 2008 PBA Chameleon Championship (Hy-Road)
43rd Win - Mike Wolfe - 2008 PBA Ultimate Scoring Championship (Dimension/T-Road Pearl)
44th Win - Rhino Page - 2008 Shark Championship (Hy-Road)
45th Win - Eighth Major Norm Duke - 2008 PBA World Championship (Hy-Road)
46th Win - Patrick Allen - 2009 National Bowling Stadium Championship (T-Road Solid/Rapid Fire)
47th Win - Ninth Major - Patrick Allen - 2009 PBA H & R Block Tournament of Champions (T-Road Pearl/Rapid Fire)
48th Win - Norm Duke/Liz Johnson 2009 Don and Paula Carter Mixed Doubles Championship (Hy-Road)
49th Win - Norm Duke - 2009 PBA Dick Weber Open (Hy-Road)
50th Win - Jeff Carter - 2009 GEICO Plastic Ball Championship (Plastic)
51st Win - Jason Belmonte - 2009 PBA Long Island Classic - (Hy-Road/Team Storm Plastic)
52nd Win - Tenth Major - Mike Scroggins- 2009 U.S Open (Hy-Road/T-Road Pearl)
53rd Win - Patrick Allen - 2009 Dydo Japan Cup (Hy-Road)
54th Win - Norm Duke - 2009 PBA Cheetah Championship (Second Dimension)
55th Win - Rhino Page - 2009 PBA Viper Open (Natural)
56th Win - Mike DeVaney 2009 PBA Scorpion Championship (Natural/Street Rod)
57th Win - Jack Jurek - 2009 PBA Shark Championship (Virtual Energy)
58th Win - Brian Voss/Diandra Asbaty - 2010 Don and Paula Carter Mixed Doubles Championship (Hy-Road)
59th Win - Pete Weber - 2010 PBA Lumber Liquidators Marathon Challenge (Hy-Road)
60th Win - Yong Jin Gu - 2010 PBA Scorpion Championship (Anarchy)
61st Win - Osku Palermaa - 2010 PBA GEICO Shark Championship (Hy-Road)
5th Storm Sponsored PBA Tour Event - 2010 Chris Paul PBA Celebrity Invitational sponsored by Storm Products
62nd Win - 11th Major - Tom Hess - 2011 USBC Masters (Virtual Gravity Nano)
63rd Win - 12th Major - Norm Duke - 2011 U.S Open (Prodigy)
64th Win - Stuart Williams - 2012 Bayer Viper Open (Victory Road Solid/Tropical Heat)
65th Win - Jason Belmonte - 2012 WSOB Chameleon Open (Marvel Pearl)
66th Win - Dominic Barrett - 2012 WSOB Scorpion Open (Marvel Pearl)
67th Win - Jason Belmonte - 2012 WSOB Shark Open (Marvel Pearl)
68th Win - 13th Major - Osku Palermaa - 2012 PBA World Championship (Hy-Road)
69th Win - Andres Gomez - 2012 PBA Carmen Salvino Classic (Marvel Pearl)
70th Win - Jason Belmonte - 2012 PBA Elite Players Championship (Marvel Pearl)
6th Storm Sponsored PBA Tour Event - 2012 Chris Paul PBA Celebrity Invitational sponsored by Storm Products
71st Win - Scott Newell - 2012 PBA Ricart Ford Open (Victory Road Solid)
72nd Win - Osku Palermaa - 2012 PBA Kuwait International Open (Natural)
73rd Win - 14th Major - Pete Weber - 2012 U.S Open (Marvel Pearl/Frantic)
74th Win - Norm Duke/Wes Malott - 2012 PBA Roth/Holman Doubles (Anarchy/Frantic)
75th Win - Norm Duke - 2012 PBA Dick Weber Playoffs (Frantic)
76th Win - Jason Belmonte - 2012 PBA Australian Masters (Lucid)
77th Win - Norm Duke - 2012 PBA Dick Weber Playoffs (Frantic)
78th Win - Brad Angelo - 2012-13 PBA Viper Championship (Hy-Road)
79th Win - Tom Daugherty - 2012-13 PBA BJ Scorpion Championship - (Victory Road)
80th Win - Andres Gomez - 2013 PBA Carmen Salvino Classic (Hy-Road)
81st Win - Michael Haugen Jr. - 2013 PBA Mark Roth Classic - (IQ Tour Pearl)
82nd Win - 15th Major - Jason Belmonte - 2013 USBC Masters (Lucid)
83rd Win - 16th Major - Pete Weber - 2013 Barbasol PBA Tournament of Champions (IQ Tour Pearl)
84th Win - Chris Loschetter - 2013 Lucas Oil PBA Wolf Open (IQ Tour)
85th Win - 17th Major - Wes Malott - 2013 Lipton U.S Open (Hy-Road Pearl)
86th Win - Dom Barrett - 2013 Qatar Bowling Open (IQ Tour/Crossroad)
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