Boresch Takes Tip From LeClair to Take First Round Lead in PBA50 UnitedHealthcare Sun Bowl In The Villages

by Jerry Schneider April 23, 2017 19:13

Thanks to a tip from last week’s Pasco County Florida Open winner Brian LeClair, two-time PBA50 Tour winner Lennie Boresch Jr. put it to good use by taking the first round lead Sunday in the PBA50 UnitedHealthcare Sun Bowl In The Villages presented by Radical at Spanish Springs Lanes in the Villages, Fla.

Boresch, of Kenosha, Wis., topped the field of 160 players 50 and over with a 1,952 eight-game pinfall total (244 average) bowling games of 226, 225, 228, 249, 300, 257, 223 and 244.

“After the third game I was talking with Brian and he suggested I try another ball,” Boresch said. “With both of us being pro shop operators we talk a lot about what equipment to use for various conditions.

“I was throwing the ball well the first three games but just couldn’t get the pin carry I wanted,” Boresch added. “I thought what the heck I’ll take Brian up on his suggestion and went to a new ball that hit a little more on the back end. Sure enough that was the right move.”

Boresch, who finished seventh in the Pasco County Open, held a 10-pin lead over three-time PBA50 and five-time PBA Tour winner Bob Learn Jr. of Erie. Pa. with 1,942. Rounding out the top five after the first round were Sam Maccarone, Blackwood, N.J., 1,935; PBA Hall of Famer Bryan Goebel, Shawnee, Kan., 1,921, and Sammy Ventura, Syracuse, N.Y., who also rolled a 300 in the round, 1,917.

Bowling in his first PBA50 tournament of the season, defending champion Pete Weber of St. Ann, Mo., finished the round in 23rd with a 1,822 pinfall.

LeClair, who won the Pasco County Open for his second career PBA50 Tour title, finished 12th with 1,873.

After Monday’s second qualifying round, the top 32 players will advance to Tuesday’s match play round. After match play, the top five will be determined for the stepladder finals scheduled for 7 p.m. ET.

The Sun Bowl In The Villages will be available on PBA’s online bowling channel Xtra Frame but on a one-day delayed basis beginning Monday at 9 a.m. ET with Sunday’s first round action. Visit www.xtraframe.tv for schedule and subscription information.

PBA50 SUN BOWL IN THE VILLAGES PRESENTED BY RADICAL

Spanish Springs Lanes, The Villages, Fla., Sunday

FIRST ROUND

(after 8 games)

1, Lennie Boresch Jr., Kenosha, Wis., 1,952.
2, Bob Learn Jr., Erie, Pa., 1,942.
3, Sam Maccarone, Blackwood, N.J., 1,935.
4, Bryan Goebel, Shawnee, Kan., 1,921.
5, Sammy Ventura, Syracuse, N.Y., 1,917.
6, Paul McCordic, Sugar Land, Texas, 1,891.
7, Darryl Dempsey, Pinellas Park, Fla., 1,884.
7, Mike Dias, Lafayette, Colo., 1,884.
9, Mark Sullivan, Indianapolis, 1,882.
10, Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., 1,881.
11, Ron Mohr, Las Vegas, 1,879.
12, Brian LeClair, Delmar, N.Y., 1,873.
13, Joe Fulner III, Belleview, Fla., 1,863.
14, Darin Hays, Wesley Chapel, Fla., 1,856.
15, Wayne Bolin, Lumberton, N.C., 1,855.
16, n-John Hough, Naples, Fla., 1,853.
17, James Hansen, Anchorage, Alaska, 1,842.
18, John Donovan, Melbourne, Fla., 1,840.
19, Tony Johnson, Canton, Ohio, 1,831.
20, (tie) Gary Alstott, Washington, Ill., and Tony Adkins, Port Orange, Fla., 1,829.
22, Peter Knopp, Germany, 1,825.
23, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 1,822.
24, Hugh Miller, Mercer Island, Wash., 1,820.
25, Pete Thomas, Oklahoma City, Okla., 1,816.
26, Frank Gallo Jr., Jacksonville, Fla., 1,815.
27, (tie) Eddie Graham, Centerville, Ohio, and David Williams Jr., Omaha, Neb., 1,814.
29, Steve Kenyon, Dade City, Fla., 1,813.
30, Ken Fishman, Lutz, Fla., 1,811.
31, Michael Shequin, Debary, Fla., 1,809.
32, Scott Greiner, Platte City, Mo., 1,803.
33, Kenny Parks, Hammond, Ind., 1,802.
34, Jerry Brunette Jr., Rochester, N.Y., 1,800.
35, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., 1,798.
36, (tie) Bruce Hall, Westborough, Mass., and William Peters, Dayton, Ohio, 1,797.
38, Tom Baker, King, N.C., 1,792.
39, Mark Scime, Winter Garden, Fla., 1,790.
40, Brian Miller, Springfield, Ohio, 1,789.
41, Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, 1,787.
42, Darryl Bower, Middletown, Pa., 1,785.
43, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 1,771.
44, Michael Haugen Jr., Phoenix, 1,769.
45, (tie) Doug O'Bryant, Ball Ground, Ga., and Christopher Keane, Cape Coral, Fla., 1,767.
47, Don Breeden, Clive, Iowa, 1,763.
48, Joel Carlson, Omaha, Neb., 1,759.
49, Tom Carter, Columbus, Ohio, 1,756.
50, Michael Byers, Charleston, S.C., 1,754.
51, Don Blatchford, Santa Monica, Calif., 1,752.
52, n-John Thomspon, Sarasota, Fla., 1,751.
53, Ralph Brunt Jr., Jensen Beach, Fla., 1,748.
54, n-Rick Pittman, Fruitland Park, Fla., 1,747.
55, Bo Goergen, Sanford, Mich., 1,745.
56, Richard McDaniel, Coconut Creek, Fla., 1,742.
57, Dale Eagle, Twin Falls, Idaho, 1,734.
58, Danny Clark, New Palestine, Ind., 1,733.
59, Timothy Regan, East Northport, N.Y., 1,732.
60, Don Herrington, Ballston Lake, N.Y., 1,730.
61, Glenn Smith, New York, 1,727.
62, Ernie Segura Jr., Taylor, Mich., 1,725.
63, Mike Hastings, Millsboro, Del., 1,724.
64, Dave Bernhardt, Romeo, Mich., 1,723.
65, James Knoblauch, Waukesha, Wis., 1,721.
66, Patrick King, Yankton, S.D., 1,720.
67, John Dudak, Orland Park, Ill., 1,717.
68, Stephen Pavlinko, Sewell, N.J., 1,712.
69, Patrick Shipley, Spring Valley, Calif., 1,710.
70, Gary Faulkner, Norfolk, Va., 1,707.
71, (tie) Doug Hergenrader, Griimes, Iowa, and David Taylor, Largo, Fla., 1,706.
73, Gary Morgan, Atlanta, 1,701.
74, Charlie Gadd, Lake Worth, Fla., 1,696.
74, Keith Glasgow, St. Petersburg, Fla., 1,696.
76, Joe Scarborough, Charlotte, N.C., 1,695.
76, Nick Morgan, Sacramento, Calif., 1,695.
78, (tie) n-Widmar Vargas, Sun City Center, Fla., and Michael Owen, Gainesville, Fla., 1,694.
80, Dale Traber, Cedarburg, Wis., 1,692.
81, Paul Mielens, Menomonie, Wis., 1,691.
82, Doug Becker, Clermont, Fla., 1,688.
83, (tie) Paul LeMond, Jasper, Ind., and Bob Kelly, Dayton, Ohio, 1,679.
85, Bill Nichols, Bella Vista, Ark., 1,676.
86, Chuck Richardson, The Villages, Fla., 1,674.
87, Tim Shirlock, Las Vegas, 1,671.
88, Bobby Sense, Jr., Massillon, Ohio, 1,669.
89, James Storts, Westfield, Ind., 1,666.
90, (tie), William Banks, Laurel Hill, N.C., and Emilio Mora Sr., Defiance, Ohio, 1,664.
92, (tie) Craig Auerbach, Sunrise, Fla., and Marty Berke, Allentown, Pa., 1,660.
94, n-David Cushion, Dewitt, Mich., 1,652.
95, John Burkett, Southlake, Texas, 1,651.
96, (tie) Barry Clare, Bayside, N.Y., and James Lord, Fort Mill, S.C., 1,649.
98, Johnny Petraglia, Jackson, N.J., 1,647.
99, Thomas Ream, Tampa, Fla., 1,641.
100, (tie) Dave Han, Birmingham, Ala., and Tommy Martin, Olive Branch, Miss., 1,640.
102, (tie) John DiSantis, Wilmington, Del., and George Gomez, Orlando, Fla., 1,638.
104, Dave Sill, Titusville, Fla., 1,636.
105, Lee Rautenberg, Boynton Beach, Fla., 1,633.
106, John Austin Jr., League City, Texas, 1,627.
107, John Younger, Winston-Salem, N.C., 1,624.
108, Brian Kretzer, Dayton, Ohio, 1,622.
109, Brian Cooper, Henderson, Nev., 1,620.
110, Todd Haney, Boiling Springs, S.C., 1,618.
111, Jon DeLaney, McKinney, Texas, 1,616.
112, (tie) Ted Staikoff, Black Hawk, S.D., and David Goldenberg, Holtsville, N.Y., 1,605.
114, Ron Glick, Morganville, N.J., 1,597.
115, James Deplanche, Taylor, Mich., 1,595.
116, Bill Ursillo, Bluffton, S.C., 1,593.
117, Warren Nelson, Hemet, Calif., 1,592.
118, Steve Bova, Massapequa, N.Y., 1,590.
119, James Blackstone, Kennesaw, Ga., 1,587.
120, (tie) James Souder, Greeneville, Tenn., and Warren Burr, Wilmington, Del., 1,586.
122, John Conroy, Mahopac, N.Y., 1,583.
123, Mike Schmid, St. Paul, Minn., 1,582.
124, Bill Henson, Westerville, Ohio, 1,581.
125, John Dougherty, Fort Walton Beach, Fla., 1,578.
126, Kevin Foley, Reno, Nev., 1,574.
127, Bill Hewlett, Las Vegas, 1,570.
128, Todd Kjell, Roscoe, Ill., 1,559.
129, Han Chen, Wellington, Fla., 1,553.
129, Terry Rohrer, Ft. Wayne, Ind., 1,553.
131, Darrell Adams, Flintstone, Ga., 1,545.
132, Jim Pitts, Elmira, N.Y., 1,540.
133, Kevin Croucher, Grants Pass, Ore., 1,537.
134, Pete Arruda, Gilbert, S.C., 1,533.
135, n-Adam Colton, Boynton Beach, Fla., 1,528.
136, Pete Bryan, Laurel, Del., 1,527.
137, Larry Williams, St. Augustine, Fla., 1,520.
138, Chuck Best, Buda, Texas, 1,519.
139, Larry Felts Jr., Moore, S.C., 1,509.
140, Jim Lesiuk, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., 1,508.
141, Bob Chamberlain, The Villages, Fla., 1,497.
142, Lee Brosius, Ashburn, Va., 1,496.
143, Jim Dilyard, Burbank, Ohio, 1,495.
144, Nick Panicaro, Ocala, Fla., 1,493.
145, n-Dave Van Riet, Summerfield, Fla., 1,489.
146, Sam Perrotta, Newark, Del., 1,481.
147, Harry Alchin III, Madeira Beach, Fla., 1,478.
148, Steven Jansson, Barnes, Wisc., 1,471.
149, (tie) Steven Grotowski, Ft Lauderdale, Fla., and Rich Giragosian, Charlotte, N.C., 1,466.
151, Mike Walden, Stony Point, N.Y., 1,456.
152, William Keenan Jr., Orlando, Fla., 1,455.
153, Michael Truitt, New Port Richey, Fla., 1,454.
154, Ken Waters, Kingsport, Tenn., 1,445.
155, Galen Keas, Alda, Neb., 1,432.
156, n-Joseph Woznicki, Lakeland, Fla., 1,430.
157, Stephen Lippman, Palm Harbor, Fla., 1,418.
158, John Maloof, Park Hall, Md., 1,380.
159, Peter Brainard, Tampa, Fla., 1,348.
160, Steve Stein, Staten Island, N.Y., 1,051.

300 games (3) – Lennie Boresch Jr., Sammy Ventura, Gary Alstott

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Philadelphia Hitmen, Dallas Strikers Win As L.L.Bean PBA League Competition Gets Underway in Maine

by Bill Vint April 23, 2017 12:13

PORTLAND, Maine – The underdog Sysco Philadelphia Hitmen and the defending champion Shipyard Dallas Strikers got the fifth edition of the L.L.Bean PBA League Elias Cup competition off to a roaring start with sudden-death victories in front of a sold-out crowd at Bayside Bowl.

The first two best-of-two-game quarterfinal rounds matches aired Sunday on ESPN.

The Philadelphia Hitmen, after finishing last in the eight-game league a year earlier and qualifying eighth in the seeding competition two days earlier at Bayside Bowl, were on the brink of another disappointment in Portland when the top-seeded GEICO NYC WTT KingPins won the opening Baker format game, 248-238, thanks to a closing string of six strikes including three in the 10th frame by anchor bowler Marshall Kent.

The Hitmen forced the one-ball sudden-death roll-off by staging their own five-strike rally in the second game, winning a 227-223 battle when anchor bowler Tom Smallwood struck on his first shot in the 10th frame.

In the roll-off, Philadelphia’s Dom Barrett matched KingPins’ leader Pete Weber’s strike. On the second try, New York City’s John Szczerbinski left a 10 pin that a rebounding “messenger” pin failed to topple. Tom Smallwood ended the drama when his “messenger” connected, tipping over the 10 pin for a strike and the victory.

“It’s been a rough couple of years for us,” Philadelphia manager Jason Couch said. “We’ve been on the losing end despite bowling the two highest scores other than the people we bowled against. I told our guys when we got here, we haven’t had the greatest luck but when they get on the approach, I wanted them to be committed and just go do it. That was my speech of the day.

“Tom (Smallwood) bowled phenomenal, but our whole team bowled well. Tom just looked comfortable on the lanes, so I moved him to anchor,” Couch added. “I don’t know who we bowl next and I don’t care because my guys are really committed and I feel good about our chances.”

Smallwood embraced the opportunity to throw the sudden-death shot.

“I had a great ball reaction,” he said. “I could hit the pocket basically from everywhere. In the end, my messenger delivered, John’s didn’t.”

Dallas jumped in front in the second quarterfinal match, tripping the Lee Auto Malls L.A. X team, 223-215, when L.A. X anchor Jason Belmonte left a 2 pin on his second shot in the 10th frame after striking on his first shot. L.A. X was almost perfect in the second game with Martin Larsen, Jakob Butturff, Osku Palermaa, Stuart Williams and Belmonte throwing 11 strikes, just missing 300 when the Australian two-hander left a 10 pin on his final shot.

In their sudden-death duel, the Strikers insisted reluctant player-manager Norm Duke throw their first shot, and the PBA Hall of Famer struck. Belmonte then stunned the Portland crowd when he left a 4 pin.

Dallas_Duke.Norm_2017PBA_1(8)“That was exciting, nerve-wracking, what sports is all about,” Duke said, “especially when you’ve got the team behind you. They know if you falter, they falter. (PBA players) don’t get a lot of that and when we do, it’s thrilling. We’re used to being individuals.

“I’m sure golfers would understand, but Jack Nicklaus would tell you the Ryder Cup is a different feeling.

This (PBA League) is building,” Duke continued. “Don’t think for a minute it doesn’t mean anything to these guys. If it didn’t mean anything, you wouldn’t see the level of fear or the level of confidence in two players standing right next to each other.”

Duke said he didn’t want to be the guy throwing the sudden-death shot, “but my team came to me and said it was either Rhino (Page, a left-hander) or me because we had the best chance of throwing a strike. They thought my ball was going through the pins better and they were right. They put it all on me. I was scared of it, to be honest, but we all know that’s why we’re here and every one of us would have thrown that shot.”

Duke also said winning the Elias Cup in 2016 “was one of the highlights of my entire career. It wasn’t because I was player-manager; it was because there wasn’t a match where we weren’t down 40 pins and had to come back, just like today. And then we bowled that 300 (en route to winning the Elias Cup). That’s why it meant so much. Now we’re in the top four, and I like our chances.”

The final two quarterfinal round matches, airing next Sunday at 1 p.m. EDT, will send the MaineQuarterly.com Brooklyn Styles against the Live + Work in Maine Silver Lake Atom Splitters in the first match, and the Barbasol Motown Muscle against the hometown-favorite L.L.Bean Portland Lumberjacks in the fourth quarterfinal round contest.

The ESPN telecast will be simultaneously streamed on ESPN3 and the WatchESPN app.

L.L.BEAN PBA LEAGUE

Bayside Bowl, Portland, Maine (aired Sunday on ESPN)

Quarterfinal Round Results (best-of-two-game Baker format)

Match One: Sysco Philadelphia Hitmen (Ronnie Russell, Dave Wodka, Chris Loschetter, Dom Barrett, Tom Smallwood) def. GEICO NYC WTT KingPins (Danielle McEwan, Sam Cooley, John Szczerbinski, Pete Weber, Marshall Kent), 238-248, 227-223, 10-10, 10-9 in one-ball sudden-death roll-off.

Match Two: Shipyard Dallas Strikers (Bill O’Neill, Norm Duke, B.J. Moore III, Rhino Page, Tommy Jones) def. Lee Auto Malls L.A. X (Martin Larsen, Jakob Butturff, Osku Palermaa, Stuart Williams, Jason Belmonte), 223-215, 217-299, 10-9 in one-ball sudden-death roll-off.

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LeClair Benefits From Open by Duke in 10th Frame To Win Pasco County Florida Open for Second Career PBA50 Tour Title

by Jerry Schneider April 20, 2017 16:12

An open in the 10th frame of the championship match by PBA Hall of Famer Norm Duke of Clermont, Fla., enabled tournament top qualifier Brian LeClair of Delmar, N.Y., to win the PBA50 Pasco County Florida Open at Lane Glo Bowl Thursday for his second career PBA50 Tour title.

After LeClair finished with 191 in the title match, Duke needed to mark in the 10th to win but left the 2-4-8-10 split which he failed to convert finishing with 187. It was the fourth consecutive runner-up finish for Duke in the Pasco County Florida Open.

“I’ve lost a few that way, so it was nice to be on the winning end this time,” said an emotional LeClair, whose brother Kevin passed away of natural causes in February. “I don’t know what else to say but I think someone was maybe looking down on me today.”

After breezing to wins in the first three stepladder matches, Duke, trying for his fourth career PBA50 Tour title, struggled in the title match throwing splits that he failed to convert in the first three of four frames. He rallied back with five consecutive strikes but the missed split in the 10th ended his title hopes.

“I could see how that could have happened to Norm because I was having trouble with that right lane, too,” LeClair said. “If I had it to do over again I would have made another ball choice but I decided to stick with it because I could see Norm was struggling. Fortunately, I was able to fill the frames when I needed to.”

Duke, the No. 5 qualifier, opened the stepladder finals with a 258-215 win over No. 4 qualifier two-time PBA50 Player of the Year Ron Mohr of Las Vegas who was trying for his ninth PBA50 Tour title and first since 2012. It was yet another top-five finish without a win for Mohr who had a combined eight PBA50/PBA60 top-five finishes in 2016 and finished second to Hall of Famer Tom Baker in the PBA60 Killer ‘B’ Open which concluded on Monday.

Duke then went on to beat No. 3 qualifier Stoney Baker of Canton, Ga., who was making his first PBA50 finals appearance, 266-202, before defeating five-time PBA Tour winner Michael Haugen Jr. of Phoenix, who was making his PBA50 Tour debut, 241-227, in the semi-final.

As the top qualifier, LeClair dominated taking a 9-3 match play record and 180-pin lead into the finals over Haugen who was the No. 2 qualifier.

The PBA50 Tour travels to The Villages, Fla., beginning Sunday for the UnitedHealthcare Sun Bowl In The Villages presented by Radical.

The Sun Bowl In The Villages will be available on PBA’s online bowling channel Xtra Frame but on a one-day delayed basis. Visit www.xtraframe.tv for schedule and subscription information.

PBA50 PASCO COUNTY FLORIDA OPEN

Lane Glo Bowl, New Port Richey, Fla., Thursday

Final Standings:

1, Brian LeClair, Delmar, N.Y., $7,500.

2, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., $4,000.

3, Michael Haugen Jr., Phoenix, $3,000.

4, Stoney Baker, Canton, Ga., $2,000.

5, Ron Mohr, Las Vegas, $1,750. 

Stepladder Results:

Match One – Duke def. Mohr, 258-215.

Match Two – Duke def. Baker, 266-202.

Semifinal Match – Duke def. Haugen, 241-227.

Championship – LeClair def. Duke, 191-187.

FOURTH ROUND

(Top five advance to stepladder finals. Includes match play record and 26-game total pinfall including bonus)

1, Brian LeClair, Delmar, N.Y., 9-3, 6,531.
2, Michael Haugen Jr., Phoenix, 9-3, 6,351.
3, Stoney Baker, Canton, Ga., 10-2, 6,283.
4, Ron Mohr, Las Vegas, 8-3-1, 6,254.
5, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 7-5, 6,233.
6, Steve Pavlinko, Sewell, N.J., 7-5, 6,127, $1,600.
7, Lennie Boresch Jr., Kenosha, Wis., 7-5, 6,108, $1,550.
8, Brian Cooper, Henderson, Nev., 6-6, 6,077, $1,500.
9, Eddie Graham, Centerville, Ohio, 6-6, 6,074, $1,450.
10, Bryan Goebel, Shawnee, Kan., 7-4-1, 6,042, $1,425.
11, Brian Voss, Centennial, Colo., 6-5-1, 6,008, $1,400.
12, Nick Morgan, Sacramento, Calif., 5-7, 5,987, $1,375.
13, Patrick Shipley, Spring Valley, Calif., 6-6, 5,953, $1,350.
14, Ernie Segura Jr., Taylor, Mich., 6-6, 5,947, $1,325.
15, Kenny Parks, Hammond, Ind., 9-3, 5,937, $1,300.
16, Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., 4-8, 5,935, $1,275.
17, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., 7-5, 5,933, $1,250.
18, Don Breeden, Clive, Iowa, 6-6, 5,927, $1,240.
19, Christopher Keane, Cape Coral, Fla., 6-0, 5,890, $1,230.
20, Mark Sullivan, Indianapolis, 4-8, 5,861, $1,220.
21, Peter Knopp, Germany, 5-7, 5,838, $1,210.
22, Dale Eagle, Twin Falls, Idaho, 8-4, 5,823, $1,200.
23, Pete Thomas, Oklahoma City, Okla., 3-9, 5,806, $1,190.
24, Joel Carlson, Omaha, Neb., 5-7, 5,804, $1,180.
25, Tommy Brodowski, New Hyde Park, N.Y., 6-6, 5,803, $1,170.
26, Harry Sullins, Chesterfield Twp., Mich., 4-8, 5,741, $1,160.
27, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 4-8, 5,739, $1,150.
28, Mark Scime, Winter Garden, Fla., 4-8, 5,711, $1,140.
29, James Hansen, Anchorage, Alaska, 4-8, 5,691, $1,130.
30, John Conroy, Mahopac, N.Y., 4-8, 5,675, $1,120.
31, Craig Auerbach, Sunrise, Fla., 3-9, 5,623, $1,110.
32, Doug Becker, Clermont, Fla., 2-10, 5,525, $1,100.

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PBA Spare Shots: Auto Accident Doesn’t Deter Maine Bowler from Competing in Roth/Holman Doubles

by Bill Vint April 20, 2017 13:03

Another illustration of just how passionate the Maine bowling community is for PBA’s annual stop in Portland was the plight of Sarah Pelletier of Lewiston, who escaped serious injury when her car was totaled in an accident the day before the MaineQuarterly.com Mark Roth/Marshall Holman PBA Doubles event got underway at Bayside Bowl.

Pelletier, who was entered in the tournament with partner Joe Ramsdell, wasn’t about to let her bruised sliding leg and balance arm keep her out of the tournament. The three local teams failed to make the cashers’ cut, but they loved the experience.

You can get the details from an article in the Portland Press Herald by reporter Taylor Vortherms:

http://www.pressherald.com/2017/04/11/maine-bowlers-and-fans-are-having-a-ball-at-portland-tournament/

SPEAKING OF GREAT FANS, MARK ROTH T-SHIRTS DISPLAY TRIBUTE TO MISSING STAR

Portland’s passionate PBA fans seldom miss a chance to express themselves, so when it became known that PBA legend Mark Roth would be unable to attend the Mark Roth/Marshall Holman PBA Doubles Championship due to health issues, the fans got decked out in Mark Roth signature t-shirts and surrounded Holman to send a “best wishes” message to Roth prior to the live ESPN finals on April 16.

The Mark Roth t-shirts are available to the public through “The Store” on pba.com. Use this link to access the PBA Store: http://pba.firelakedesigns.com/

THIS WEEK: “PICK THE COLUMBIA 300 BALL” FOR PBA BOWLING CHALLENGE GAME

Concrete Software’s “pick the ball” survey for PBA Bowling Challenge mobile game continues this week with players invited to select a new Columbia 300 ball from among three options provided weekly for each PBA-participating brand.

Based on fan voting which begins Thursday (click here: http://bit.ly/C300_17 to cast your vote), the “winning” Columbia 300 ball will be available for play on May 5.

A code to purchase the ball for 50% off (the code will be available on PBA’s and the specific companies’ social media pages) will be posted. Each company also will have a flashback weekend where all its previous balls will be available for that weekend only.

XTRA FRAME CONTINUES PBA50 COVERAGE; VILLAGES BROADCAST TO BE DELAYED

Xtra Frame’s coverage of the PBA50 Tour continues next week at the UnitedHealthcare Sun Bowl in The Villages presented by Radical, but due to internet restrictions at The Villages, the tournament will be streaming from the event on a one-day delayed basis. Sun Bowl’s XF coverage will start on Monday and will conclude with coverage of the finals on Wednesday, April 26.

Rather than the normal “Live Now” link, fans will be directed to a link to the Xtra Frame archive that will house the round they are looking for.

Xtra Frame will resume its normal live coverage of PBA50 Tour action when the players head north to Mooresville, N.C., for the Race City Open presented by Columbia 300 Monday, May 1 through Wednesday, May 3.

Xtra Frame also begins its coverage of the Professional Women’s Bowling Association Friday, April 28-Saturday, April 29, when the QubicaAMF PWBA Sonoma County Open kicks off the women’s tour’s 2017 season in Rohnert Park, Calif.

PBA REGIONAL UPDATE: McMAHAN WINS SECOND KINGSPORT PBA50 TITLE

Greg McMahan of Dandridge, Tenn., defeated Darryl Bower of Middletown, Pa., 227-164, to take the first prize in the 4th Annual PBA60 Blue Ridge Properties/Kingsport C.V.B. South Open presented by Storm at Warpath Lanes in Kingsport, Tenn., on April 12.

McMahan, who also won this event in 2015, earned the top spot in the stepladder finals with an 8-2 match play record and an 18-game total of 4,343 pins. He earned $1,700. Bower qualified second, 88 pins behind McMahan, and earned $1,000.

In the first stepladder match PBA Hall of Famer Tom Baker of King, N.C. defeated Ted Staikoff of Black Hawk, S.D., 237-194. Bower then disposed of Baker, 237-227, in the semifinal match.

● Non-member Pat McGainey Jr. of Baltimore defeated PBA Hall of Famer Danny Wiseman, also of Baltimore, 258-214, to win the PBA Bowlers Discount Pro Shop Eastern Open presented by Hammer at Brunswick Zone Normandy Sunday. 

McGainey, who finished fifth in this event in 2015, faced elimination in the round of 16 against Andrew Lazarchick of Brick, N.J., but rallied from a 2-1 deficit and went undefeated the rest of the way to claim the $2,500 top prize. He does not receive credit for a PBA title, however, because he is a non-member.  Wiseman, coming off wrist surgery in 2015, earned $1,300 for his runner-up finish.

In the semifinal matches, McGainey bested Kevin Donovan of Painted Post, N.Y., 200-173, while Wiseman ousted qualifying leader Greg Ostrander of Freehold, N.J., 268-238.

George Duke from Vidor, Texas, won six of his first seven matches and coasted to victory in the PBA Copperfield Bowl Southwest Challenge, presented by Global 900, in Houston, Texas, Sunday.

Duke, who finished fifth in last year’s Copperfield event, and also has a second place finish in PBA competition, earned a $2,200 winner’s check.

Duke, who led the 13-game qualifying portion of the event, started the modified round robin match play finals by losing his first match, then won his next six matches to build a 156-pin lead over Marshall Morrison from Wills Point, Texas. Morrison prevailed in position round over Duke, 201-161, but Duke had enough of a margin to win while Morrison dropped to third as Houston’s Jay Nephew leapfrogged from fourth to second with a 236-212 over amateur Tyler Wright of Gonzales, La.

● The April 21-23 PBA Regional schedule features the Debbie & Leo Nunan Memorial Central Open presented by Track at AMF Stardust Lanes in Grove City, Ohio, and the Jac’s Lanes Valdosta South Open in Valdosta, Ga. April 23 also kicks of the PBA West Region’s annual tripleheader in Hawaii, including the Hawaii West/Northwest Open presented by Ebonite at Schofield AFB (April 23), the Fort Shafter West/Northwest Hawaii Open in Honolulu (April 26) and the Hickam AFB West/Northwest Open presented by Ebonite (April 28-30).

● April’s PBA Regional competition concludes with the PBA50 Cherokee Lanes South Open presented by Roto Grip in Canton, Ga., April 27-29, and the Al Jones Memorial presented by Storm at Rockaway Lanes in Rockaway, N.J., April 28-30.

● 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.

QUICK NOTES:

Andres Gomez and wife Mirley welcomed son Christopher on April 14. Christopher weighed in at 8.14 pounds and measured 20 inches. He joins big sister Isabella.

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Sunday on ESPN: Maine’s Energetic Fans Welcome Opening Round of L.L.Bean PBA League Competition

by Bill Vint April 20, 2017 10:38

PORTLAND, Maine – The most energetic fans in bowling will provide the background as L.L.Bean PBA League competition returns to ESPN Sunday at 1 p.m. Eastern with a pair of quarterfinal matches involving the inaugural Elias Cup champion GEICO New York City WTT KingPins facing the Sysco Philadelphia Hitmen and the Lee Auto Malls L.A.X challenging the defending champion Shipyard Dallas Strikers.

The PBA League returns to an expanded Bayside Bowl in Portland for third third consecutive year, this time under the umbrella sponsorship of one of Maine’s most famous brands, L.L.Bean.

In Sunday’s opening match, the top-seeded GEICO New York City WTT KingPins, led by PBA Hall of Famer Pete Weber and his supporting cast of Marshall Kent, John Szczerbinski, Danielle McEwan and Sam Cooley will meet the No. 8-seeded Sysco Philadelphia Hitmen (Dom Barrett; Tom Smallwood; Chris Loschetter, Ronnie Russell, Dave Wodka) in a best-of-two-game Baker format contest.

In PBA League play, the best-of-two-game Baker matches are decided by a dramatic one-ball sudden-death roll-off if the teams split their two games.

The second quarterfinal match will feature the No. 4-seeded defending champion Dallas Strikers, led by player-manager Norm Duke and featuring 2016 Mark Roth MVP Tommy Jones, Bill O’Neill, Rhino Page and B.J. Moore. The Strikers will need to eliminate the No. 5 L.A. X squad led by Australia’s Jason Belmonte, Stuart Williams, Martin Larsen, Osku Palermaa and newcomer Jakob Butturff.

The winning teams will advance to the semifinal round, where they will meet each other in an ESPN-televised match that will air on Sunday, May 7, at 1 p.m. EDT. The Elias Cup finals will air on Sunday, May 14, at 1 p.m. All ESPN telecasts also will be streamed simultaneously on ESPN3 and the WatchESPN app.

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