Thursday, April 20, 2017

Missy Heads Out to 2017 PWBA Tour

I am thoroughly excited to be starting the 2017 PWBA Tour Season. Be sure to check out my website for weekly, detailed blogs summarizing each event.

I will also be posting on Twitter - @MissyParkin,  Instagram - @Missy_Parkin and my Facebook Fanpage. Please follow and "like" my social media outlets to stay up-to-date with my progress throughout the 2017 PWBA Tour Season.

Our first event officially starts on Thursday, April 27th at the QubicaAMF PWBA Sonoma County Open at Double Decker Lanes in Rohnert Park, Calif.

Tune in to watch all of the action LIVE on XtraFrame. 

#letsbowl #PWBATour

Missy Wins PWBA Regional

Recently, I competed in the PBA/PWBA Earl Anthony Memorial Regional event in Dublin, Calif. at Earl Anthony’s Dublin Bowl.

That weekend, we competed on the 40’ Earl Anthony oil pattern. The lane conditions were very challenging, which put a premium on hitting your target and picking up spares.

It was a pleasure to see proprietors - Marilyn Hoffman and Susie Anthony. I always love coming up to this venue because the area is so peaceful and the hospitality of the center staff is second to none.

In the 8 games of qualifying, I started off using my Columbia 300 Tyrant playing outside, pointing the ball. I shot games of 228, 227 and 196. I then switched to my Track Heat Xtreme and shot 255 ad 276. Unfortunately, I hit a couple of tough pairs, as there are definitely a few in that building and shot 160 and 172. I then brought it back with a 215 my last game to end up +129 overall. I was leading the PWBA Division and the same score would have put me in 4th place in the Regular Men’s Division.

The next day, we came back for 8 games of round robin match play. The winner of each match would earn 30 bonus pins and a tie would earn 15. I honestly struggled, shooting -32 scratch for the 8 games. However, I did manage to win matches, going 6-2.

With my high qualifying scores and match play record, I ended up winning the event, making it three West Region PWBA Regional titles in-a-row. Here are the final scores from the event.

This was definitely great practice gearing up for the PWBA Tour.

Until next time…

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Missy Makes Team USA 2017

Last week, I travelled to Henderson, Nev. to compete at the Team USA Trials at Sunset Station for a chance to earn a bern onto Team USA 2017. Team USA Trials features five days of competition on five different WTBA oil patterns. The format features a unique point system in which you earn ranking points based on your overall finish each day. If you finish in 1st place, you earn 1 point, 2nd place, 2 points, etc. The 4 lowest ranking points, after five days of competition earn an automatic spot onto Team USA 2017.

On Day 1, we competed on the 35' Los Angeles oil pattern.

Typically the short patterns have been my weakness, but I've put in a lot of work to get better at attacking them. I started out slow, shooting back-to-back 181 games, but then switched to my New Ebonite Game Breaker 2 Phenom Pearl to shoot 213, 246, 200 and 233 to end up +54. This put me in 15th place for the day, giving me 15 ranking points.

Knowing I needed to bowl four amazing days to get back up to the top, I really focused on keeping things simple. I did not look up at the score board at all and simply thought of simple execution keys the rest of the week. This definitely paid off. 

I started out Day 2 on the 40' Athens oil pattern using my Ebonite Warrior Supreme to shoot a perfect 300 game to start the day. Check out the 10th frame of my 300 game here.  

I then shot games of 216 and 258 before switching to my Hammer Scandal Peal to shoot 229. I had to Switch balls again to my Columbia 300 Impulse to shoot 216 and finished the day going back to my Hammer Scandal Pearl to shoot 229. This put me at +248 for the day, which was enough to lead the block and earn me 1 ranking point for a total of 16 points overall.

On Day 3, we competed on the 45' Rome oil pattern.

I again started out the block strong using my trusty Columbia 300 Oath, throwing the first 9 strikes in a row. Check out the 10th frame to see what happened. I followed up that game with games of 256, 205, 279, 257 and 278 for +362 on the day, which was possibly a USBC scoring record for Team UA Trials. I finished in the top spot for the day, which again earned me 1 ranking point, putting my total at 17 points for the week and moved me into the overall lead. Check out the video to see my thoughts on this crazy, fun day of bowling. 

On Day 4, we competed on the 44' Tokyo oil pattern.

I started out slow shooting 196 using my Columbia 300 Oath. I then switched to my Ebonite Game Breaker 2 Phenom and shot 213 and 206. As the lanes continued to break down, I switched to my Hammer Scandal Pearl and shot 248, 236 and 205 to end up +105 for the day. I am happy with my execution, but unfortunately with the scores being so high that put me in 20th place for the day and gave me a total of 37 ranking points, which dropped me down to 3rd place overall. 

On Day 5, the final day of qualifying, we bowled on the 39' Seoul oil pattern. 

Being 10 points behind 1st and 2nd place going into the final day, I knew I needed a good day on the lanes. I had a great look playing near the track with my Game Breaker 2 Phenom. Unfortunately that quickly went away towards the end of the game 1, as I shot 199 to start the block. I then switched strategies and played further right with a flatter release, more speed and used my Track Heat Xtreme to shot 207. Having carry issues, I again switched strategies and moved inside, slowed down my ball speed and used my Oath to shot 201. I again needed better carry to compensate for the higher scores and changed my hand position and switched to my Hammer Scandal Pearl to shoot 200. In game 5, I continued to have carry problems and switched to my Columbia 300 Impulse in the 9th and 10th frame to shoot 186. Going into the final game, I threw every shot really well and again used both my Hammer Scandal Pearl and Columbia 300 Impulse and ended the block shooting 236 for +29 on the day. This put me in 34th position for the day, due to the higher scoring pace.  

Despite my finish on the day, I was extremely happy with my execution. I tried a variety of bowling balls, areas on the lane, changed my ball speed and changed hand positions, but I just couldn't seem to get my ball to go through the pins correctly. I definitely showed a lot of versatility and guts to be able to make all of those changes in a crucial point in the tournament. Some days that's just the way things go. 

Overall I lead the field by 130 pins finishing at +798 over the 30 games of qualifying, averaging 226.6. I was extremely consistent all week with my low game only being 181 (during day 1 of qualifying.) I am extremely happy with my overall execution all week long. With my final day of qualifying, I finished in 7th place in the ranking points, which did not earn me an automatic spot onto Team USA.

Fortunately, I was selected my the National Selection Committee to be a part of Team USA 2017 based on my performance at Team USA Trials. I am elated to again be a part of the best Team in the World! This is my 8th year on the adult team and I couldn't be happier to be surrounded by an amazingly talented group of ladies! 

Congratulations to Erin McCarthy and Jakob Butturff for winning Team USA Trials and Julia Bond and Matt Russo for winning the US Amateur. Big congratulations to everyone that qualified for Team USA and Junior Team USA! The future is definitely bright for Team USA! #TeamUSA #BestTeamInTheWorld  

For the full recap on Team USA Trials, click here.  

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Missy Featured on TLCMe

I was recently contacted by TLCMe to be a part of their new social media series called "Female Firsts." Being the first woman to join the PBA and helping to break barriers for other women bowlers, TLCMe put together a short video clip, highlighting my bowling career. Check out the video here.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Missy Wins PWBA/PBA Regional Challenge

On Sunday, I competed in the PWBA/PBA Regional Challenge in Reno, Nev. as part of the World Series of Bowling. There were three separate divisions bowling at the same time - the women, PBA 50 and the PBA regular division. I earned a spot into the finals through earning the top female points in the PBA West Region. There were 8 regions total in each division that qualified for the finals. Unfortunately, the bowlers from the Japan region did not participate, thus leaving 7 total competitors per division.

We bowled 8 games of round robin match play, with a position round the final game. The winner of each match earned 30 bonus pins and the top 2 bowlers would qualify for the stepladder finals. I bowled steady the entire time, but had a bit of trouble winning matches. I started out using the New Columbia 300 Tyrant shooting 213, but losing to Ashly Galante's 242.

My next match was very close, but in the end I also lost shooting 222 to Clara Guerrero's 225. Even though I lost that match, I did manage to convert the 7-10 split in the 4th frame. That little bit of luck seemed to get things going in the right direction.

I then won my next two matches shooting 243 and 227, switching to the Columbia 300 Impulse. This jumped me into 2nd place. I then lost shooting 213, but brought it back the next two games shooting 191 and 201 winning both matches and staying in 2nd place going into the final position round game.

I was facing tournament leader Ashly Galante, who was leading by a significant margin. I was ahead of Diana Zavjalova in 3rd place by 64 pins. The final game would be crucial, seeing as if Diana won her match and I lost my match, she would need to beat my score by 34 pins to advance to the stepladder finals.

Things were close the entire game. I made a gutsy ball change and zone change in the 5th frame to my Hammer Scandal Pearl and managed to string three in-a-row. I needed to strike out in the 10th frame to lock out Diana and threw a good shot, but didn't carry. Diana needed to get the first strike in the 10th frame to pass me. Although things were close till the end, I ended up hanging on to the No. 2 seed for the Xtra Frame stepladder finals.

Top 2 finalists in each Division - Ron Mohr, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Ashly Galante, myself, Dick Allen, Matt O'Grady

The lanes were then re-oiled and No. 1 seed Ashly Galante and I bowled the first match of the stepladder finals. I decided to change strategies a bit during our 5 minutes of warm up, overhearing where the men had been playing the lanes all day. I moved further right than I had been all day and used my New Columbia 300 Tyrant.

I spared the first frame and then threw the next 8 strikes in a row to defeat Ashly 267-188, thus capturing the PWBA/PBA Regional Challenge title.

This win meant a lot to me because of my current circumstances. I had laparoscopic surgery only 5 1/2 weeks prior to competing. Six days before the event, I had only been able to bowl 2 games in-a-row and wasn't even fully sure I'd be able to compete. So to come away with a win was absolutely incredible. Unfortunately, I was unable to take advantage of my free entry into the World Series of Bowling due to my doctor's restrictions.

Big congratulations to Walter Ray Williams Jr. and Matt O'Grady for winning the PBA 50 and PBA divisions. Good luck to everyone competing at the World Series of Bowling!

Until next time!

For the official press release, click here. 

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Missy Defends Title, Winning PWBA Parkin's Bowling Supply Open

This weekend, I competed in the PWBA Parkin's Bowling Supply Open at Bowlium Lanes in Montclair, CA. The tournament featured a PWBA women's division, along with a PBA regular division and PBA50 division.

Being the defending champion, along with having the season PBA West Women's Points on the line, I knew I needed to have a  good week.

Immediately following the practice session, we held an EBI Demo for all of the latest Columbia 300, Hammer, Track and Ebonite bowling balls. Thank you to Jake Peters, Buddy Lucas and everyone that assisted in making the demo a success for Parkin's Bowling Supply.

The next morning, the women started our 8 games of qualifying. This weekend, we competed on the 43' PBA Regional Chameleon pattern. I started off using my pin down Track Heat Xtreme playing straight and outside and shot 235. I then moved a zone inside and switched to my Columbia 300 Delirium Shock and shot games of 202, 213, 234 and 212. With the heads breaking down pretty quick, I need to then switch to my Hammer Rebel and shot 237, 202 and 236 for +171 overall. This put me 120 pins in the lead over 2nd place.

The field was then cut to the top 6 ladies. The next day, we bowled 6 games of round robin match play, with the winner of each match earning 30 bonus pins.

I started out strong shooting 225 and winning game 1. However, I then struggled my next two games losing shooting 178 and 179. The scores were then getting a little closer as Laura Lee Daniel starting shooting big games and winning all of her matches. I then switched to my Hammer Rebel and won my next two matches, shooting 238 and 247.

Going into the final position round game, I was 83 pins ahead of Laura Lee. So with bonus pins, she would need to win the match and beat me by 54 pins to win the title. I shot a clean 218, losing the game to her 233, but hanging on to the title by 38 pins.

Congratulations to Michael Haugen Jr. for winning the PBA Regional Event and to Derek Gregory for winning his 1st PBA title, capturing the PBA50 event.

I'd like to thank Scott and Teresa Poddig for hosting the PBA/PWBA Regional at Bowlium Lanes for the past few years. Sunday marked their last day of ownership of Bowlium Lanes. From myself, Drew and the entire staff of Parkin's Bowling Supply, we'd like to wish Scott and Teresa much success in their future endeavors!

Until next time...

Monday, September 26, 2016

2016 PABCON Adult Championships Recap

Last week, I had the honor and privilege of competing alongside my Team USA teammates at the 2016 PABCON Adult Championships in Cali, Colombia. It was nice to head back to Bolera Departamental in Cali, Colombia, where I found much success with Team USA in 2014.

This week we competed on the 36' Beijing oil pattern using Fire oil.

Luckily this year started out equally as well as 2014, as I won the Gold medal in Singles shooting games of 234, 245, 242, 244, 226 and 246 to edge out defending Singles Gold medalist and Colombia native Clara Guerrero. I used my Track Heat Xtreme during game 1 and then used my Track Paradox for the rest of the 6-game block. Team USA teammate Bryanna Cote won the Bronze medal.

Then in Doubles, Bryanna and I were paired together. Bryanna held me up shooting + 124, while I remained consistent, but couldn't shoot any big games, bowling scores of 197, 219, 222, 200, 215 and 215. Overall we were +192 and finished in 4th place, missing the Bronze Medal by 70 pins. Colombia's Clara Guerrero and Rocio Restrepo won the Gold Medal in Doubles. For the full story, click here. 

The next day in Trios, I was paired with Bryanna Cote and Danielle McEwan. We got off to a rough start, but really brought things back the final 3 games. I switched to my Hammer Arson High Flare Solid, a ball I hadn't used all week, to get back on track the final 3 games. My teammates definitely held me up as we shot +252 overall. I struggled shooting only +9, while Danielle shot +164 and Bryanna shot +79. We managed to hold on to the Bronze Medal. Our Team USA teammates of Shannon Pluhowsky, Shannon O'Keefe and Josie Earnest bowled amazing to break the Trios record and capture the Gold Medal shooting +444. Colombia's Clara Guerrero, Rocio Restrepo and Maria Jose Rodriguez captured the Silver Medal. For the full story, click here. 

Team event was next. It was the event we had been preparing for all week. In the 6-person roster, only 5 people can bowl towards the team score. So one person has to bowl on a pacer team, with their scores still counting towards individual all-events and the masters cut, but not towards the overall team's score.

Since I struggled the day before in Trios, I was that 6th person. So my scores did not count for Team event during the first 3 games. I shot games of 234, 238 and 242 for 714 and was then subbed in for the final 3 games of Team event.

Going into the final 3 games of team event, we were roughly 120 pins behind Colombia. The lanes were very difficult the final 3 games and the bowling center was extremely hot and humid in the afternoon block. We struggled shooting 997 (-3) the first game. Then brought it back with 1047 (+47) in game 2. We were down 135 pins going into the final game. With Colombia struggling the final game, it came down to the 10th frame to see which team would win the Gold Medal. Team USA caught a couple of bad breaks (I left a pocket 7-10 in the 10th frame and Josie left a solid 9 pin her first shot in the 10th frame.) It all came down to Clara Guerrero who anchored her Colombian national team. She needed X9/ in the final 10th frame and threw two amazing shots for a clutch double to clench the Gold medal for Colombia, beating us by 11 pins. Mexico won the Bronze Medal. For the full story, click here.

The balls I used all week - Hammer Arson High Flare Solid, Track Heat Xtreme and Track Paradox 

The top 16 in individual all-events qualified for the Masters event. The Masters event format puts the top 16 players into a 16-person bracket with a single-elimination format. Each match is best of 3, meaning the first person to win 2 games advances to the next round.

I qualified in 7th place overall and faced Mexico's Tannya Lopez. She killed me the first game shooting 246 to my 215. I used a different ball on each lane (my Heat Xtreme on the left lane and my Arson High Flare Solid on the right lane) to bring it back and win game two 246-193. The final game was close and came down to the 10th frame. I struck out to defeat Tannya 248-237.

In my next match, I faced Colombia's Rocio Restrepo. That pair was very difficult and played very different from lane to lane. I again used two different balls, using my Eruption Pro Orange on the left lane and playing the lanes 5-2 further left and then used my Arson High Flare Solid on the right lane.  I won the first game 191 to 183. I then started striking game 2 and shot 255 to Rocio's 199, to advance to the semifinal round.

The next match, I faced my Team USA teammate Shannon Pluhowsky. I struggled at the end of game one and lost shooting 181 to 210. Shannon again beat me game two, shooting 219 to my 215. Winning the first two matches earned me the Bronze Medal in the Masters event along with my Team USA Teammate Shannon O'Keefe. Shannon Pluhowsky went on to win the Gold Medal and Mexico's Sandra Gongora won the Silver. For the full story, click here. 

After competition was over, we did manage to do a little sightseeing and visited El Cristo Rey, a huge statue of Jesus atop one of the mountains that overlooked the City of Cali. The views were absolutely incredible!

Overall, I had a great time competing at the 2016 PABCON Adult Championships. There truly is nothing like wearing the red, white and blue and competing internationally for your Country. When you get to stand on a podium and hear your own national anthem in another country, there's no greater feeling.

Until next time...