PBA Spare Shots: China Boosts World Series IX Entry to Record 28 Countries; British Virgin Islands is Out

by Bill Vint October 19, 2017 13:30

After losing his home and his job to Hurricanes Irma and Maria, 33-year-old Adrian McCoy of Road Town in the British Virgin Islands had to forego his fourth visit to GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling IX, presented by Eldorado Reno Properties, preventing the international field from being even larger than its record entry of 28 countries.

The opening events of the Go Bowling! PBA Tour season grew to 28 nations with the entry of China’s Fang Jiafei, but also will be without an entry from Bermuda for the first time since 2012.

“My family is good as well as I am,” McCoy, a corporate administrator for a trust company, told the PBA Media Relations staff. “The devastation of hurricane Irma and Maria left me without a home and a job, so regrettably I won’t be able to make it to the World Series this year. I’ve had an awesome time for the past three years and hoped to make it this year.

“Currently I’m still in the British Virgin Islands, but I’m anticipating traveling to Boston for a few weeks to get away from it all and do some bowling. I managed to save my equipment during the storm (that was a plus for me).

‘I just want to let the PBA know that I’m okay for the most part,” he continued” “I hope to be logged into Xtra Frame to watch all the action of the PBA qualifiers. Watch Belmo, Bob Learn, (Kyle) Troup, everyone that I’ve met over the years vie for the title.”

Also missing from the field will be Bermuda’s LeVinc Samuels, who said his island nation mostly escaped the hurricane devastation, but is unable to attend anyway. He noted he is already at work preparing for 2018.

BOWLER X SIGNS ON AS ROTH-HOLMAN PBA DOUBLES PRESENTING SPONSOR

Bowler X, the online bowling superstore, has signed on as presenting sponsor of the 2018 Mark Roth-Marshall Holman PBA Doubles Championship which will be held in the Feb. 18-25 window along with the Barbasol PBA Players Championship at Wayne Webb’s Columbus Bowl in Columbus, Ohio. The Roth-Holman Doubles finals will air on ESPN on Sunday, March 25 as part of the Go Bowling! PBA Tour series of ESPN telecasts.

Bowler X, based in Bethlehem, Pa., is a full-service provider of all major brands of bowling balls, bags, shoes and accessories through its website, bowlerx.com.

XTRA FRAME TO COVER KOKOMO REGIONAL SUNDAY; U.S. OPEN ON DECK

Xtra Frame returns to live action Sunday with coverage of the PBA Kokomo Central/Midwest Classic regional, presented by Security Federal Savings, from Heritage Lanes in Kokomo, Ind.

Coverage will begin with the seven-game qualifying round at 9 a.m. with the top 12 qualifiers moving on to single-elimination match play beginning at 1:30 p.m. when qualifiers five through 12 will bowl a best-of-three-game elimination round. The winners will join the top four qualifiers for the Round of 8 matches, followed by the semifinal and championship rounds.

Non-subscribers can sign up for Xtra Frame’s three-day subscription package for only $3.99, or a 30-day package, which will allow new subscribers from around the world to watch Xtra Frame’s comprehensive coverage of all preliminary rounds of the U.S. Open and the GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling IX, presented by Eldorado Reno Properties, Nov. 7-16. Plus all new subscribers are automatically entered into PBA’s monthly bowling ball sweepstakes which awards new MOTIV, Brunswick and DV8 bowling balls to randomly-selected subscribers.

U.S. Open coverage on Xtra Frame will include qualifying rounds at 8 a.m., 1:15 and 6:30 p.m. Friday through Sunday, Oct. 27-29, from Flamingo Bowl in Liverpool, N.Y.; the cashers round at 10 a.m. on Oct. 30, and match play rounds Oct. 30 at 6 p.m. and Oct. 31 at 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. The stepladder finals will air live on CBS Sports Network on Wednesday, Nov. 1, at 7:30 p.m. All times are Eastern.

To start your Xtra Frame subscription, visit xtraframe.tv.

FRANCOIS LAVOIE’S PBA PLAYER’S PERSPECTIVE DEBUTS ON XTRA FRAME

The Xtra Frame Player’s Perspective series introduced Francois Lavoie’s insights into his historic 300 game in the 2016 U.S. Open this week. The special series of personal conversations about key moments in PBA history is available to Xtra Frame subscribers.

Xtra Frame subscription packages are offered for seven days, a full month or a 12-month Xtra Frame Season Ticket. Visit xtraframe.com for details on how to subscribe.

Player’s Perspective features that have been previously released on Xtra Frame are being released on PBA’s YouTube channel on a regular basis. New YouTube releases include Ryan Ciminelli’s 2015 U.S. Open victory and Kyle Troup and Jesper Svensson providing insights into their 2017 Mark Roth/Marshall Holman PBA Doubles Championship victory. Fans can look for other Player’s Perspectives as they are added to the YouTube collection every Tuesday.

PBA REGIONAL UPDATE: TROUP, BOLIN WIN PBA-PBA50 DOUBLES TITLE

Kyle Troup of Taylorsville, N.C. and PBA50 partner Wayne Bolin of Lumberton, N.C. paired up to defeat the team of Dick Allen of Columbia, S.C., and Walter Ray Williams Jr. of Oxford, Fla., 234-226, to win the PBA/PBA50 D.A. Roofing Baker Doubles title Sunday at Station 300 in Bluffton, S.C.

With Bolin finishing the 10th frame first in the alternate-frame Baker format match, working on a strike by Troup in the ninth frame, Bolin struck to force a Allen to strike on his first shot in 10th frame. Allen threw what appeared to be a perfect shot to the pocket but left a solid 8 pin, handing Troup and Bolin the title after Allen and Williams had led the event from start to final match.

Troup and Bolin qualified third for the stepladder finals and defeated the team of Tom Daugherty of Riverview, Fla., and Doug Becker of Clermont, Fla., 231-222, to start the four-team stepladder finals. They then eliminated the father-son team of Jeff and James Campbell from Clearwater, Fla., 235-216, to advance to the title match.

The win marked Troup’s 11th PBA Regional win and Bolin’s first. The Troup/Bolin team earned $3,600.

PBA60 competitor Kenny Parks of Hammond, Ind. and his PBA50 partner Ernie Segura of Taylor, Mich., defeated amateurs Joseph Nuzzo of Girard, Ohio and Danny Guerrieri of Youngstown, Ohio, 2-1, in the best-of-three-game championship match to win the PBA50/PBA60 Park Centre Lanes Central Doubles title presented by Storm at Park Centre Lanes in North Canton, Ohio, Sunday.

Teams in the event included one bowler age 50 or older, and the other over the age of 60. The win was Parks’ 16th in PBA50 regional competition and Segura’s second. The champions split the $2,800 first prize.

In the best-of-three-game semifinal round, Parks and Segura defeated Dick Gran of Hartville, Ohio, and Brian Kretzer of Kettering, Ohio, 2-0, while Nuzzo and Guerrieri downed Vince Honeycutt of Franklin, N.C., and Joe Scarborough of Charlotte, N.C., 2-1, to set up the championship match.

Kenneth Harlan from Lubbock, Texas, completed his quest for his first PBA title in the final position round match, overtaking tournament leaders Cole Schroyer of Stanton, Texas, and Dylan Macon of Lubbock, Texas, to win the PBA Lubbock Sports Southwest Challenge, presented by Ebonite, Sunday at South Plains Lanes in Lubbock, Texas.

With only 49 pins separating the top four finalists and 30 match play bonus pins also at stake going into position round, Schroyer, an amateur, was the tournament leader but he struggled to defeat Macon, 181-178, while Harlan was rolling to a 245-228 victory over Cody Meiers, also from Lubbock. Picking up 75 pins allowed Harlan to leapfrog the other three to claim the victory.

Harlan, who qualified seventh for the round robin match play finals, won seven of his eight matches to finish with 5,015 total pins, including match play bonus pins.

● PBA Regional action continues over the Oct. 20-22 weekend with the PBA50 Bryan’s Bowling Center Eastern Open presented by The Insurance Market and 900 Global in Laurel, Del.; the NAS JAX Freedom Lanes South Open in Jacksonville, Fla.; the Wichita Southwest Open at Northrock Lanes in Wichita, Kan.; the PBA and PBA50 Spare Time Lanes Northwest Opens presented by Clover Island Hotel in Kennewick, Wash., and the Kokomo Central/Midwest Classic presented by Security Federal Savings in Kokomo, Ind.

● Closing the October PBA Regional calendar over the Oct. 27-29 weekend will be the South Point Challenge for non-champions and the South Point Member/Non-Member Doubles, both presented by Radical, at South Point Bowling Plaza in Las Vegas.

● 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:

● Did you know that since the inaugural PBA World Series of Bowling in 2009, England’s Dom Barrett has bowled more 300 games in WSOB competition than any other player? Barrett has recorded eight 300 games (one each of the Cheetah, Chameleon, Scorpion, PBA World Championship and Carmen Salvino patterns, and three on the Viper). Jason Belmonte is second with five career 300s in WSOB competition while Eugene McCune, Bill O’Neill, Parker Bohn III and PJ Haggerty are tied for third with four 300s each.

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Chris Barnes, Ron Mohr, Don Mitchell Elected to PBA Hall of Fame; Ceremonies Set for Feb. 17 in Indianapolis

by Bill Vint October 18, 2017 08:59

CHICAGO – Eighteen-time PBA Tour champion Chris Barnes of Double Oak, Texas; two-time PBA50 Player of the Year Ron Mohr of North Las Vegas, and the late Don Mitchell, a renowned bowling center owner and PBA host from Indianapolis, have been elected to the PBA Hall of Fame.

They will be inducted into the PBA Hall of Fame on Saturday, Feb. 17, at the Marriott North in Indianapolis as part of the Go Bowling! PBA 60th Anniversary Celebration.

Barnes, 47, is one of five players to win both PBA Rookie and Player of the Year honors. He is one of six players to complete the PBA Triple Crown (2005 U.S. Open, 2006 PBA Tournament of Champions and 2011 PBA World Championship), and he ranked among the top 10 in PBA earnings for 16 consecutive seasons. He surpassed the $1 million milestone in career earnings in 170 events (2005), at the time the fewest events any player needed to achieve that milestone, and he won $200,000 “winner take all” prizes in Motel 6 Roll to Riches special events in 2005 and 2006.

He was a late-comer to PBA competition after four years as a member of the Wichita State University bowling team, a starring role with Team USA and a prolific nine-year career as a “professional amateur.” After joining the PBA just before his 28th birthday, he won PBA Rookie of the Year honors and added PBA Player of the Year honors 10 years later, joining Mike Aulby and Tommy Jones – at the time – as the third player to win both of those honors.

In 379 PBA Tour tournaments, Barnes finished in the top five 91 times (an impressive 24 percent of the time) and cashed in 296 (78.1 percent of tournaments entered).

All of that came years after a surprising performance in the Coca-Cola National Youth Championships as a youngster diverted his attentions away from a promising future as a basketball player growing up in Topeka, Kan.

“In high school, I was 100 pins behind Lonnie Waliczek in the state Coca-Cola Youth Championship qualifier,” Barnes said of his future fellow PBA competitor. “I figured I was the fourth-best bowler in Kansas, but I bowled Lonnie in the next to last game and won. And then I won the championship, so I got to go to the national finals. That’s where I found out how good the other guys in Kansas were.”

He then joined Waliczek on the powerful Wichita State team – founded by Lonnie’s father, Paul – and was the last player selected to make the roster in his freshman year.

“Between that and calculus class in the morning, I was re-thinking my decision to not play basketball,” Barnes said.

But he began to apply his four-hours-a-day basketball practice regimen to bowling. At 19, he qualified for the nationally-televised Brunswick Bowling Shootout, where he competed against Mark Roth, Marshall Holman and women’s star Lisa Wagner, he launched a profitable “megabucks” career and he began a string of 15 berths on Team USA – most of those at a time when pros were not allowed to bowl in international competition.

In 1998, Barnes decided “it was time to take on the best of the best and find out where I could fit in.”

Looking back, Barnes said, “after my late start, you realistically don’t know what’s possible. I didn’t know if I could win out there; I just wanted to find out how well I could bowl against those guys.

“Then it took me awhile to learn how to win on TV,” he added. “I knew I was never going to match Walter Ray (Williams Jr.) or (Mark) Roth. I knew I wasn’t going to be the best of all-time, but I wanted to be the best of this time.”

After he got his call from PBA CEO and Commissioner Tom Clark, the reality began to set in.

“It’s pretty cool to have my name next to the guys I’ve idolized,” Barnes said. “I got to bowl against Dick Weber. I’ve been lucky to be able to play a game for a living, and make more money than a kid from Topeka ever imagined.

“It’s a pretty cool thing.”

Mohr, who has established one of the most successful track records in PBA50 Tour history (ranking among the top 10 in every key statistical category every year he has competed as a “senior” player), took a more indirect path to the hall of fame.

After growing up in Fort Wayne, Ind., Mohr moved to Alaska at age 23 where his brother was serving in the U.S. Air Force. A 170-average bowler back in Indiana, he got a job in a bowling center in Anchorage, and that’s when he found out timing is everything. He was dating a girl whose father worked for the Federal Aviation Administration at the time President Ronald Reagan fired all of the striking air traffic controllers who refused his order to return to work. Mohr was encouraged to apply for a position and, after training, wound up working as an air traffic controller in Alaska for 25 years.

He also had advanced his bowling skills and knowledge during his time at the Anchorage bowling center, and got serious about the game. In 1988, he shocked himself by earning a berth on Team USA.

“That’s when my game really started to develop, mentally as well as physically,” Mohr said. “It convinced me even more that I could be competitive. As a Team USA member, we got seeded spots into some tournaments (the U.S. Open and USBC Masters among them); it was incredible just to be exposed to that level of competition. That’s when I began to dream that I might be competitive one day. I knew I had a lot to learn, but decided if FAA gave me the time off, I’d become the best bowler I could be.”

What Mohr also found out was that having a physical edge on the competition would serve him well.

“I found out probably in my 30s, not many bowlers were doing that sort of thing,” he said of his daily fitness regimen. “It could help me physically, but also mentally because I knew not many others were doing that sort of thing. It became a habit, relaxed me, and I’ve kind of continued that.

“I keep a log, just to amuse myself. I’m at about 2.7 million sit ups over the last 18 years. I’ve done just a little over a million pushups. Lord knows how many miles on my bike…”

Today, Mohr said, “I couldn’t hardly be any better. By no means did I think (getting elected to the PBA Hall of Fame) was a foregone conclusion. I kept my fingers crossed and it turned out just right. I couldn’t be happier.”

Other than his opportunities as a Team USA member, Mohr had never bowled in PBA-level competition. But when he retired from his air traffic controller position in 2008, he decided to try the PBA50 Tour.

“I bowled the first two as a non-member because I didn’t know if I’d be competitive, and I bowled okay,” he said. “So I joined and promptly failed to cash in the next one.

“Finding out I could be competitive was quite an epiphany,” he continued, “and to win PBA50 Player of the Year the next year was beyond rewarding.”

In his breakout season in 2009, Mohr won three of his nine career titles en route to his first POY award (he won again in 2011). In nine full seasons as a “senior” bowler, he has finished in the top 10 in earnings and averages each year. He has never had a season averaging below 220.

In the 103 PBA50 Tour events he has entered, Mohr has cashed an impressive 97 times (94.1 percent success rate) and has finished in the top five 34 times, one in every three tournaments entered.

He also suffered through one of those frustrating streaks where he had 17 top five finishes without winning a title between 2012 and 2017, but in the two years since reaching age 60, he earned PBA60 Player of the Year in both years.

The PBA50/Senior division of the PBA Hall of Fame was established in 2009 to recognize players for their accomplishments after reaching the age of 50.

Mitchell, who succumbed to cancer in 2012 at the age of 80, went from managing a small bowling center in Indianapolis to developing the Royal Pin Leisure Centers chain, which has hosted dozens of showcase events at all levels of bowling. Its centerpiece – Woodland Bowl on Indianapolis’ north side – has hosted every major championship the PBA has offered, and in 2018 will again be the focal point of the PBA Tour when it hosts the Go Bowling! PBA 60th Anniversary Classic, Feb. 13-18.

”Oh my gosh, what a great honor,” said Mitchell’s daughter, Donna Leimgruber, on behalf of her brothers, David and Craig Mitchell. “He would have been thrilled. He was such a good guy. I cannot express to you what this honor would mean to him.

“He always wanted to stay in the background. He might have been embarrassed with the recognition, but I can tell you he would be glowing with pride if he was still here. Bowling was my dad’s life and he lived it to the fullest.”

Maybe one of Mitchell’s closest admirers was his close friend, PBA Hall of Famer Mike Aulby, who Mitchell sponsored on tour for most of Aulby’s career.

“Don was one of the great bowling people,” said Aulby. “He loved the industry and the people in it. Don knew the importance of the Tour and its promotional value for the sport as a whole—he was very innovative.”

Mitchell’s bowling center empire grew from one center in 1974 to multiple centers with more than 300 lanes and five pro shops. He was a vocal advocate for the PBA as the sport’s most prominent promotional vehicle, and he put his money behind his passions. He was equally enthusiastic as a bowler, competing in 50 USBC Open Championships.

Mitchell, who becomes the first bowling proprietor elected to the PBA Hall of Fame exclusively because of his role as a bowling center owner, has previously been inducted into the Indianapolis and Indiana Bowling Halls of Fame. Upon his death, the Indiana Bowling Centers Association created the Don Mitchell Meritorious Medal Award in his honor.

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PBA Spare Shots: Matt O’Grady, Dick Allen Earn Return Trips to PBA Regional Challenge in Reno

by Bill Vint October 12, 2017 13:50

Matt O’Grady of Matawan, N.J., representing the PBA East Region, and Dick Allen of Columbia, S.C., representing the South Region, have earned return trips to the PBA Regional Challenge in Reno where O’Grady is the defending champion and Allen was runner-up in 2016.

The PBA Regional and PBA50 Tour Challenge events will kick off the GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling IX, presented by Eldorado Reno Properties, at the National Bowling Stadium, on Tuesday, Nov. 7. WSOB IX kicks off the Go Bowling! PBA Tour series for 2017-18.

Taken 11/28/2016In 2016, Allen and O’Grady emerged from the eight-game head-to-head match play preliminary round as the one-two qualifiers for the title match which was live streamed on Xtra Frame. O’Grady won the showdown match, 225-217.

O’Grady earned his return trip to Reno as the 2017 East Region points race with 126,853 points, easily beating runner-up Alex Cavagnaro of Massapequa, N.Y., who had 78,858 points. Likewise, Allen repeated as South Region champ with Allen.Dick_Columbia SC_2015 WSOB (2)140,915 points, out-distancing Cristian Azcona of Puerto Rico (112,210).

The other regional qualifiers O’Grady and Allen will face this year include (photos from top: O’Grady, Allen, Fach, Johnson, Lavoie, Tang, Weier):

● Central Region – Graham Fach of Guelph, Ontario (183,896 points) over Kyle Mayberry of Mt. Vernon, Ohio (142,939);

Taken 11/28/2016● Midwest Region – AJ Johnson of Oswego, Ill. (142,414) over veteran Tom Hess of Urbandale, Iowa (111,916);

● Southwest Region – 2016 PBA Rookie of the Year Francois Lavoie of Quebec City, Quebec (175,775) over Anthony Lavery-Spahr of Pasadena, Texas (116,796);

● West Region - Darren Tang of San Francisco (198,309) over Jakob Butturff Taken 11/28/2016of Phoenix (195,631);

● Northwest Region – Tang also won the Northwest points title (199,194) over Cameron Weier of Tacoma, Wash. (191,577), but Tang will represent the region where he lives, meaning Weier gets the Northwest Region berth in Reno.

The PBA50 Tour Challenge also will be held on Nov. 7 in Reno, featuring the top Taken 11/28/2016eight players in 2017 competition points: PBA50 Player of the Year Brian LeClair, Norm Duke, Parker Bohn III, Bob Learn Jr., Walter Ray Williams Jr., PBA50 Rookie of the Year Michael Haugen Jr., Amleto Monacelli and Ron Mohr.

Both Challenge events will be covered live in their entirety by PBA’s Xtra Frame video streaming channel. For subscription information, visit xtraframe.tv.

Taken 11/28/2016PBA HALL OF FAME VOTING UNDERWAY FOR CHRIS BARNES, RON MOHR

The PBA’s panel of veteran bowling writers, existing Hall of Famers and PBA staff members are currently considering the résumés of 18-time PBA Tour champion Chris Barnes of Double Oak, Texas, and Ron Mohr of North Las Vegas for election to the PBA Hall of Fame.

Taken 11/28/2016Should either or both be elected, induction ceremonies will be held as part of the Go Bowling! PBA 60th Anniversary Celebration weekend in Indianapolis. The celebration dinner at the Marriott North in Indianapolis on Saturday, Feb. 17, also will honor any meritorious service candidate(s) elected by the PBA Hall of Fame Committee. Results of both elections will be announced next week, and the entire celebration dinner, which also will include the presentation of 2017 PBA Tour award winners, will be live streamed by PBA’s Xtra Frame online bowling channel.

The stepladder finals of the Go Bowling! PBA 60th Anniversary Classic will follow on Sunday, Feb. 18, live on ESPN at 1 p.m. EDT. Preliminary rounds of the tournament will be held earlier in the week at nearby Woodland Bowl.

Barnes, 47, is one of five players to win both PBA Rookie (1998) and Player of the Year (2008) honors, one of six players to complete the PBA Triple Crown, and has earned more than $2.2 million during his career.

Mohr, 61, joined the PBA shortly after his 50th birthday and compiled an impressive portfolio to earn consideration in the Senior/PBA50 section of the PBA Hall of Fame, which focuses on accomplishments a player has made after reaching the age of 50. He has won nine PBA50 Tour titles, earned PBA50 and PBA60 Player of the Year honors twice each, and has finished among the top 10 in PBA50 Tour earnings and averages for nine consecutive years.

LARPAPHARAT, SVENSSON LEAD WORLD BOWLING TOUR MEN’S FINALISTS

Thailand’s Yannaphon Larpapharat, winner of the recent PBA International-WBT Thailand, and Sweden’s Jesper Svensson are tied for the World Bowling Tour men’s points lead while Latvia’s Diana Zavjalova tops the women’s points standing heading into the GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling IX, presented by Eldorado Reno Properties, which will host the final qualifying event for the 2017 WBT Men’s and Women’s Finals presented by the PBA.

Finishing positions in the PBA World Championship standings, a double points event on the WBT schedule, will likely decide the top three qualifiers for the WBT Men’s and Women’s Finals, which will be conducted on Sunday, Nov. 19, for ESPN telecast on Sunday, Jan. 7, at 1 p.m. EDT. The WBT finals will be live streamed on ESPN3 and the WatchESPN app as they happen on Nov. 19.

Heading into WSOB IX, Larpapharat and Svensson are tied for the men’s points lead with 90 points each while England’s Stuart Williams is third with 89 points. Rounding out the men’s top 10 are Marshall Kent of Yakima, Wash., and Jason Belmonte of Australia with 85 points each; Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 75; England’s Dom Barrett, 68; Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 59; Sweden’s Pontus Andersson, 54, and Cameron Weier of Tacoma, Wash., 46.

Zavjalova has 89 points in the women’s division followed by Danielle McEwan, Stony Point, N.Y., 72; Shalin Zulkifli, Malaysia, 62; Britt Bronsted, Denmark, 54; Anggie Ramirez Perea, Columbia, 52; Tannya Roumimper, Indonesia, and Birgit Poppler, Germany, 50 each; Sin Li Jane, Malaysia, 48; and Daphne Tan of Singapore and Sanna Pasanen, Finland, tied for ninth with 40 points each.

As a major on the 2017 WBT schedule, players will be awarded double the normal points based upon how they finish relative to their respective fields. For example, the top 10 men and top 10 women will earn 100, 80, 70, 60, 50, 48, 46, 44, 42 and 40 points, respectively, while other finishers also will earn double points of declining value.

The weighted points based on finishing positions in the PBA World Championship – which includes qualifying rounds of PBA’s Chameleon, Shark, Cheetah and Scorpion animal patterns – will undoubtedly impact both points races, but most significantly the women’s event where Zavjalova and McEwan are entered in the World Series along with three-time PWBA Player of the Year Liz Johnson of Deerfield, Ill., and Daria Pajak of Poland, who both will have a strong chance to break into the top three.

RYAN CIMINELLI’S PBA PLAYER’S PERSPECTIVE DEBUTS ON YOUTUBE

Ryan Ciminelli’s insights into his victorious 2015 U.S. Open title match, which originally aired as part of the PBA’s Xtra Frame Player’s Perspective series, made its public debut on PBA’s YouTube channel Tuesday.

The Xtra Frame Player’s Perspective series continues on Oct. 14 when Francois Lavoie’s discusses his historic 300 game in the 2016 U.S. Open.

Xtra Frame subscription packages are offered for seven days, a full month or a 12-month Xtra Frame Season Ticket. Visit xtraframe.com for details on how to subscribe.

Player’s Perspective features that have been previously released on Xtra Frame will be made available on the PBA’s YouTube channel on a regular basis. EJ Tackett’s Player’s Perspective regarding the 2016 PBA World Championship and Sean Rash’s reflections on his 2016 Detroit Open win have already been posted. Fans can look for other Player’s Perspectives as they are added to the YouTube collection every Tuesday.

PBA REGIONAL UPDATE: WEBER, WARREN MISSED SHOTS AT 48TH PBA REGIONAL TITLES

PBA Hall of Famer Pete Weber of St. Ann, Mo., and veteran PBA member Chris Warren of Grants Pass, Ore., both missed chances to break their tie for winning the most all-time standard PBA Regional titles.

Weber bowled in the Champion Bowl Midwest Open in Ottumwa, Iowa, where he lost a 245-168 decision to Devin Bidwell of Wichita, Kan., in the stepladder finals of that tournament. A couple of hours later, Warren failed to convert the 3-6-10 in the 10th frame of his final game in the PBA Battle of Black Oak Casino West Open in Tuolumne, Calif., losing the title to PJ Haggerty of Roseville, Calif., by six pins.

Weber and Warren entered the weekend tied for the PBA Regional titles record with 47 each.

In Ottumwa, Iowa, AJ Johnson of Oswego, Ill., defeated Mitch Hupe of Wichita, Kan., 228-212, to win the PBA Champion Bowl Midwest Open Sunday for his fourth title in the last five PBA Midwest tournaments he has entered.

Johnson, who had just flown home from competing in the PBA International-WBT Thailand tournament in Bangkok in time to drive from his home to Ottumwa, collected his sixth career regional and earned $2,000. Johnson defeated Devin Bidwell of Wichita, Kan., 257-222, in the semifinal game to advance to the championship match after Bidwell defeated PBA Hall of Famer Pete Weber of St. Ann, Mo., 246-168, in the first stepladder match.

In Tuolumne, Calif., PJ Haggerty of Roseville, Calif., posted a 10-0 match play record for a winning 18-game total of 4,363 pins Sunday in the PBA Battle of Black Oak Casino West Open at Black Oak Lanes. Haggerty needed the match play bonus pins, plus some help he got from Chris Warren’s missed spare conversion attempt to pick up his 12th career PBA Regional title.

Haggerty, who earned $2,500, defeated the Grants Pass, Ore., veteran by six pins for the title when Warren failed to convert the 3-6-10 in the 10th frame. Warren had a 5-5 match play record and 4,357 pins for 18 games including match play bonus pins.

Kris Prather of Plainfield, Ill., defeated amateur Dan Higgins of Westerville, Ohio, 217-201, to win the PBA Greater Muskegon Central Open at Sherman Bowling Center on Sunday, spoiling the possibility of a husband-wife sweep in Muskegon, Mich.

In the women’s portion of the Sunday doubleheader, Dan’s wife, Jennifer Higgins, defeated reigning three-time PWBA Bowler of the Year Liz Johnson of Deerfield, Ill., 2-0, in a best-of-three-game match to win the PBA-PWBA Greater Muskegon Central Open.

Prather, who won his first PBA Central Region title and third overall, defeated Mike Eaton of Caledonia, Mich., 276-183, while Dan Higgins downed Zac Tackett of Huntington, Ind., 223-201, in the semifinal round to set up the championship match. Prather earned $2,000.

In the women’s event, Jennifer Higgins, who earned $1,300, defeated Summer Jasmin of Beckley, W. Va., 2-1, while Johnson downed MyKaela Mitchell of London, Ontario, 2-0, in the best-of-three semifinal round.

Ricky Schissler from Brighton, Colo., and PBA Hall of Famer Bryan Goebel of Shawnee, Kan., won joint PBA50 Southwest/Midwest Regional titles in a doubleheader weekend at Junction City Bowl in Junction City, Kan.

On Saturday, Schissler, a PBA member for over 30 years, defeated defending champion Mark Scroggins from Canyon, Texas, 237-172, to win his first PBA title.

On Sunday, Goebel chased David Scardaville of Houston, Texas, throughout the round-robin match play finals. Holding a 50-pin lead over Goebel going into position round, Scardaville saw his lead vanish when Goebel started with five strikes and coasted to a 225-167 position round win to claim his third Junction City title. Goebel finished the 15-game event with an 8-0 match play record and 3,567 total pins, including match play bonus pins, to top Scardaville by 38 pins.

Chris Arcaro of Carolina Beach, N.C., and amateur partner A.J. Rice of Salem, Ala., defeated Venezuela’s Ildemaro Ruiz and his amateur partner, Matt Russo of Millstone Township, N.J., by nine pins to win the $4,000 first prize in the PBA Member/Non-Member South Doubles presented by Columbia 300 at Break Point Alley Bowling Center in Tavares, Fla., Sunday.

Behind Arcaro’s 246 game and Rice’s 222, the top qualifiers knocked off Ruiz and Russo, 468-459, to claim the $4,000 first prize. Anthony Caso of Spring Hill, Fla., and amateur Sean Connolly of Apopka, Fla., qualified second, but were eliminated by Ruiz and Russo in the first match of the two-match finals, 495-410. Ruiz and Russo split $2,000 for second place. Caso and Connolly shared $1,500 for finishing third.

● The PBA Regional calendar for the Oct. 13-15 weekend includes the PBA50/PBA60 Centre Lanes Central Open presented by Storm in North Canton, Ohio; the PBA/PBA50 Over/Under D.A. Roofing Baker Doubles at Station 300 in Bluffton, S.C., and the Lubbock Sports Southwest Challenge presented by Ebonite for non-title winners at South Plains Lanes in Lubbock, Texas.

● PBA Regional action continues over the Oct. 20-22 weekend with the PBA50 Bryan’s Bowling Center Eastern Open presented by The Insurance Market and 900 Global in Laurel, Del.; the NAS JAX Freedom Lanes South Open in Jacksonville, Fla.; the Wichita Southwest Open at Northrock Lanes in Wichita, Kan.; the PBA and PBA50 Spare Time Lanes Northwest Opens presented by Clover Island Hotel in Kennewick, Wash., and the Kokomo Central/Midwest Classic presented by Security Federal Savings in Kokomo, Ind.

● Closing the October PBA Regional calendar over the Oct. 27-29 weekend will be the South Point Challenge for non-champions and the South Point Member/Non-Member Doubles, both presented by Radical, at South Point Bowling Plaza in Las Vegas.

● 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:

● Did you know that since the inaugural PBA World Series of Bowling in 2009, 41 different players have knocked down more than 100,000 pin in WSOB competition? The leader of the pack? Sean Rash of Montgomery, Ill., who has knocked down 194,069 pins in 867 World Series games, also a record.

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PBA Spare Shots: ‘Birthday Boy’ Walter Ray Williams Jr. Boosts Overall PBA Titles Total to 105

by Bill Vint October 6, 2017 11:39

Aging like a fine wine, PBA Hall of Famer Walter Ray Williams Jr. of Oxford, Fla., celebrated his 58th birthday Friday, six days after defeating amateur Robert Crain of Gray Court, S.C., 257-174, for his 105th career PBA title Sunday in Spartanburg, S.C.

Williams, PBA’s all-time leading title winner, picked up his third PBA50 regional title in the month of September in the PBA50 J & L Sports Spartanburg South Open at Paradise Lanes. Over his 37-year PBA career, he has won 47 PBA Tour, 32 PBA Regional, 11 PBA50 Tour and now 15 PBA50 Regional titles.

Unofficially, Williams has competed in 823 PBA Tour, 192 PBA Regional, 83 PBA50 Tour and 35 PBA50 Regional events – a grand total of 1,133 tournaments.

After qualifying in a tie for 15th place to slip into the Spartanburg elimination bracket finals, he never looked back in winning five consecutive matches on his way to the $1,900 first prize. Crain pocketed $1,000 as the runner-up.

Williams started his climb by eliminating Joe Scarborough of Charlotte, N.C., 2-0 in the best-of-three-game Round of 16, followed by a 2-0 sweep of Ernie Segura of Taylor, Mich., in the Round of 12; another 2-0 sweep of Roy Davis of Lumberton, N.C., in the Round of 8, and 210-195 victory over Doug Becker of Clermont, Fla., in the semifinal round. Crain won his Rounds of 12 and 8 matches before rallying to eliminate PBA Hall of Famer Tom Baker of King, N.C., 199-178, in his semifinal match.

XTRA FRAME’S PBA PLAYER’S PERSPECTIVE VISITS WITH SEAN RASH

Sean Rash won his 11th PBA Tour title when he defeated Australia’s Jason Belmonte in the finals of the 2016 PBA Detroit Open at Thunderbowl Lanes in Allen Park, Mich. In this new PBA Player’s Perspective that debuted on Xtra Frame on Friday, Oct. 6, Rash provides insight into that victory.

On Oct. 14, the Player’s Perspective series on Xtra Frame will be Francois Lavoie’s insights into his 300 game in the 2016 U.S. Open. Xtra Frame subscription packages are offered for seven days, a full month or a 12-month Xtra Frame Season Ticket. Visit xtraframe.com for details on how to enroll.

Additionally, Player’s Perspective features that have previously been released on Xtra Frame will be made available on the PBA’s YouTube channel. EJ Tackett’s Player’s Perspective from the 2016 PBA World Championship has already been posted and fans can look for other Player’s Perspectives to be added to YouTube beginning this Tuesday with Ryan Ciminelli’s description of the 2015 U.S. Open title match.

PBA REGIONAL UPDATE: FRANCOIS LAVOIE WINS IN KILLEEN, TEXAS

Reigning U.S. Open champion Francois Lavoie from Quebec City, Canada, defeated Kurt Gengelbach of Carrollton, Texas, 243-221, to win his third PBA Regional title in the 21st annual PBA Killeen Southwest Open at Hallmark Lanes in Killeen, Texas, Sunday.

Lavoie opened the title match with a spare and then struck six out of the next seven frames to outdistance Gengelbach who started the final game with four strikes before suffering opens in the fifth and seventh frames, allowing Lavoie to claim the $2,700 winner’s check.

Lavoie started his road to victory by topping Brian Burkett of Ennis, Texas, 2-1 in their best-of-three-game Round of 12 match. He then eliminated Andy Patterson from Tyler, Texas, in the Round of 8, 2-1. In his semifinal round match, PBA Southwest Region Hall of Famer Wes Malott of Pflugerville, Texas, could not keep up with Lavoie, succumbing, 231-183.

Gengelbach, who won his first of two PBA regional titles in 1982, defeated Gabe Yanes from Shertz, Texas, 2-1 in the Round of 16 and then topped Mike Bailey of Carrollton in the Round of 12, 2-0. In the round of 8, Gengelbach edged former Southwest Region Player of the Year Joe Findling of Mesquite, Texas, 2-1. In his semifinal match, Gengelbach ousted Anthony Lavery-Spahr from Pasadena, Texas, 208-203, to reach the final match.

Brian Kretzer of Dayton, Ohio, defeated Harry Sullins of Chesterfield Twp., Mich., by 161 pins to win the PBA50 Mel Westrich Memorial Central/Midwest Open at Delphos Recreation Center in Delphos, Ohio, Sunday.

Kretzer finished the 20-game event with a 9-3 match play record and a total of 4,706 pins, including match play bonus pins, to earn his second PBA50 Central Region title of the year and his sixth overall PBA50 Regional title. He also earned $1,500.

● PBA members bidding for points to qualify for the PBA Regional Challenge at the GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling IX will have the following opportunities over the Oct. 6-8 weekend, the next-to-last weekend of qualifying (points are not awarded for PBA50 events): the Tavares Member/Non-Member South Doubles presented by Columbia 300 at Break Point Alley in Tavares, Fla.; the PBA and PBA50 Junction City Southwest/Midwest Opens in Junction City, Kan.; the Battle at Black Oak Casino West Open in Tuolumne, Calif.; the PBA and PBA-PWBA Greater Muskegon Central Opens at Sherman Bowling Center in Muskegon, Mich.; the PBA Champion Bowl Midwest Open in Ottumwa, Iowa, and the PBA Japan Shark Open presented by Ebonite International in Iruma, Japan.

● The final weekend of qualifying for the PBA Regional Challenge at the GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling IX on Nov. 7 includes limited opportunities to add to players’ points totals. The Oct. 13-15 weekend includes the PBA50/PBA60 Centre Lanes Central Open presented by Storm in North Canton, Ohio; the PBA/PBA50 Over/Under D.A. Roofing Baker Doubles at Station 300 in Bluffton, S.C., and the Lubbock Sports Southwest Challenge presented by Ebonite for non-title winners at South Plains Lanes in Lubbock, Texas.

● PBA Regional action continues over the Oct. 20-22 weekend with the PBA50 Bryan’s Bowling Center Eastern Open presented by The Insurance Market and 900 Global in Laurel, Del.; the NAS JAX Freedom Lanes South Open in Jacksonville, Fla.; the Wichita Southwest Open at Northrock Lanes in Wichita, Kan.; the PBA and PBA50 Spare Time Lanes Northwest Opens presented by Clover Island Hotel in Kennewick, Wash., and the Kokomo Central/Midwest Classic presented by Security Federal Savings in Kokomo, Ind.

● Closing the October PBA Regional calendar over the Oct. 27-29 weekend will be the South Point Challenge for non-champions and the South Point Member/Non-Member Doubles, both presented by Radical, at South Point Bowling Plaza in Las Vegas.

● 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

● Jermaine Baxter of Blythewood, S.C., is the winner of a new high-performance ball from DV8; Cal Yokomizo of San Diego, Calif., will receive a new high-performance ball from MOTIV, and Garrett Anderson of Atco, N.J., wins a new Brunswick ball as September sweepstakes winners for subscribing to Xtra Frame. The monthly sweepstakes is sponsored by the respective PBA Product Registered partners. Monthly winners are selected from among new Xtra Frame subscribers, who are automatically entered when they enroll as a monthly or Xtra Frame Season Ticket (full year) subscriber.

PBA60 member Ty Dawson of Sunnyvale, Calif., is the September winner of a $200 HotelPlanner.com certificate, redeemable for future lodging expenses, compliments of PBA’s official travel partner. The monthly sweepstakes is open to anyone who books a hotel through the HotelPlanner.com link on pba.com. Those who book through HotelPlanner.com are automatically entered.

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Yannaphon Larpapharat Becomes First Thai Bowler to Win PBA Tour Title in WBT Thailand

by Bill Vint October 6, 2017 10:44

BANGKOK, Thailand  –Yannaphon Larpapharat became the first bowler from Thailand to win a PBA Tour title when he threw two strikes in the 10th frame to defeat Swedish two-handed star Jesper Svensson, 212-202, in the championship match of the PBA International-WBT Thailand at Blu-O Rhythm and Bowl Paragon on Friday in his home city.

(Feature photo: WBT Thailand finalists from left: Yannaphon Larpapharat, Chris Barnes, Sean Rash, Jesper Svensson, Tommy Jones, Tannya Roumimper, Ryan Ciminelli, Ryan Lalisang. Photos courtesy Terence Yaw, Asian Bowling Federation)

Larpapharat.Yannaphon_2017 WBT Thailand_Terence Yaw photo courtesy Asian Bowling FederationLarpapharat (at left), a 34-year-old right-hander and a third-year PBA member, was the top qualifier heading into the eight-player stepladder finals, and won the equivalent of US$32,255 over a world-class field of American and international PBA competitors. Larpapharat, who previously bowled in the 2008 PBA World Championship in Wichita, Kan., and the 2015 U.S. Open in Arlington, Texas, will return to the United States to bowl in the GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling IX, presented by Eldorado Reno Properties, Nov. 7-19, in Reno, Nev.

Svensson, the 22-year-old defending WBT Thailand champion, was trying for his seventh PBA Tour title. He advanced to the title match by defeating Chris Barnes of Double Oak, Texas, 248-222, in the semifinal match. He also eliminated Sean Rash of Montgomery, Ill., 258-227, in match three after knocking out Indonesia’s Tannya Roumimper and PBA Tour star Tommy Jones of Simpsonville, S.C., in a hotly-contested three-player match two.

Next on the PBA Tour’s 2017 schedule will be Bowling U.S. Open from Flamingo Bowl in Liverpool, N.Y., Oct. 27-Nov. 1. Preliminary rounds will be live streamed on PBA’s Xtra Frame online bowling channel. The finals will air live on CBS Sports Network on Wednesday, Nov. 1 at 7:30 p.m. ET.

PBA INTERNATIONAL-WBT THAILAND
Blu-O Rhythm and Bowl Siam Paragon, Bangkok, Thailand, Oct. 6

Final Standings:
1, Yannaphon Larpapharat, Thailand, $32,255.
2, Jesper Svensson, Sweden, $16,130.
3, Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, $9,675.
4, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., $6,450.
5, w-Tannya Roumimper, Indonesia, $3,225.
6, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., $2,900.
7, Ryan Lalisang, Indonesia, $2,740.
8, Ryan Ciminelli, Cheektowaga, N.Y., $2,580.

Stepladder Results:
Match One – Roumimper (244) def. Lalisang (233) and Ciminelli (228).
Match Two – Svensson (203) def. Roumimper (202) and Jones (199).
Match Three – Svensson def. Rash, 258-227.
Semifinal – Svensson def. Barnes, 248-222.
Championship – Larpapharat def. Svensson, 212-202.

Round 4 Cashers (after 6 games, top 8 advanced to stepladder finals, others earned $2,255 each):
1, Larpapharat, 1,392.
2, Barnes, 1,356.
3, Rash, 1,355.
4, Svensson, 1,335.
5, Jones, 1,333.
6, w-Roumimper, 1,325.
7, Ciminelli, 1,319.
8, Lalisang, 1,300.
Failed to advance:
9, Mika Koivuniemi, Finland, 1,299.
10, Osku Palermaa, Finland, 1,288.
11, Stuart Williams, England, 1,286.
12, w-Shalin Zulkifli, Malaysia, 1,284.
13, Christopher Sloan, Ireland, 1,282.
14, Shota Kawazoe, Japan, 1,239.
15, Francois Louw, South Africa, 1,237.
16, Michael Mak, Hong Kong, 1,232.
17, Rafiq Ismail, Malaysia, 1,230.
18, w-Danielle McEwan, Stony Point, N.Y., 1,173.
19, w-Diana Zavjalova, Latvia, 1,154.
20, Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., 1,141.

Round 3 Cashers (after six games, $1,610 each):
21, w-Sharon Limansantoso, Indonesia, 1,302.
22, Andrew Anderson, Holly, Mich., 1,295.
23, w-Maria J. Rodriguez, Colombia, 1,293.
24, w-Sin Li Jane, Malaysia, 1,281.
25, Timmy Tan, Malaysia, 1,258.
26, Surasak Manuwong, Thailand, 1,252.
27, Hengki Susanto, Indonesia, 1,249.
28, Annop Arromsaranon, Thailand, 1,246.
29, Hiroki Takada, Japan, 1,233.
30 (tie), Hassan Alshaikh, Saudi Arabia, and Kyle Troup, Taylorsville, N.C., 1,213.
32, Kamron Doyle, Brentwood, Tenn., 1,174.
33, Bill O'Neill, Langhorne, Pa., 1,167.
34, Anthony Simonsen, Austin, Texas, 1,166.

Round 2 Cashers (after six games, $1,290 each):
35, Badin Lerdpiriyasakulkit, Thailand, 1,255.
36, Syaffique Ikhwan, Malaysia, 1,248.
37, Tom Daugherty, Riverview, Fla., 1,245.
38, AJ Johnson, Oswego, Ill., 1,237.
39, Billy Islam, Indonesia, 1,203.
40, Martin Larsen, Sweden, 1,202.
41, Mike Chan, Hong Kong, 1,185.
42, Hardy Rachmadian, Indonesia, 1,108.

w–denotes woman (women received 8 handicap pins per game).

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