2019 PBA Hall of Fame Ceremonies Set for January 5 at International Bowling Campus in Arlington, Texas

by Bill Vint August 31, 2018 12:10

CHICAGO – The Professional Bowlers Association’s historic first live telecast under its new agreement with FOX Sports is scheduled for Sunday, Jan. 6, as part of a PBA Hall of Fame week that will include the PBA Hall of Fame Classic tournament and the induction of the PBA’s Class of 2019 Hall of Famers – all of which will take place at the International Bowling Campus, including the International Bowling Museum and Hall of Fame, in Arlington, Texas.

ibmhfThe PBA Hall of Fame Classic, the first event on the 2019 Go Bowling! PBA Tour schedule, will include exclusive preliminary round live streaming on PBA Xtra Frame by PBA’s new live streaming partner, FloBowling.com; live coverage of the PBA Hall of Fame induction dinner at the International Bowling Campus on Saturday, Jan. 5, and live broadcast television coverage of the PBA Hall of Fame Classic finals on FS1 on Sunday, Jan. 6, 11 a.m. EST.

The PBA Hall of Fame Classic will be contested at the International Bowling Campus’ International Testing and Research Center in Arlington beginning Wednesday, Jan. 2. The tournament will be the first qualifying event toward the 2019 PBA Playoffs. Tournament details will be announced later.

Also to be announced soon will be the 2019 PBA Hall of Fame candidates in Superior Performance and Meritorious Service categories along with details regarding tickets for the Hall of Fame dinner.

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PBA Spare Shots: Jason Belmonte’s Star is Rising in the Eyes of Australia’s Mainstream Media

by Bill Vint August 31, 2018 08:51

Despite producing several world-class champions over the past few decades, Australian bowlers have never been top-of-mind sport in their home country until Jason Belmonte began to gather trophies around the world. Even after raising to his stature as arguably the world’s best bowler, it has taken the non-stop promotional efforts by “Belmo” himself, a hands-on effort led by Australia’s Lynne Clay and the PBA’s constant coverage of Belmonte’s accomplishments to get key media doors opened.

INSIDE SPORT magazine July 2018 front coverAfter winning PBA Player of the Year honors in four of the past five years, becoming the fastest “millionaire” in PBA history, collecting nine major championships (among his 18 PBA Tour titles) and other unprecedented feats, the sport’s most popular (and/or most disliked) personality – depending on your viewpoint regarding his two-handed technique – has seen his “star” rise in his homeland.

Earlier this year, the Australia Broadcast Corporation – the country’s version of America’s ABC-TV – profiled Belmonte’s life and bowling career in a six-and-a-half minute segment on its popular prime time “7:30” magazine-style program (http://www.abc.net.au/7.30/meet-the-world%E2%80%99s-number-one-tenpin-bowler,/9847034).

In July, “Inside Sport,” Australia’s version of “Sports Illustrated,” published an eight-page tribute to Belmonte under the headline, “That’s How He Rolls” (https://www.pba.com/content/files/downloads/INSIDE_SPORT_magazine_July_2018.pdf)

And because Belmonte early-on embraced social media and its global platforms, he has cultivated a world-wide fan base. Most recently, working with the wildly popular “Dude Perfect” YouTube channel for the second time in four years, Belmonte helped orchestrate a series of outrageous “trick shots” that recorded more than 10 million views in the first 24 hours (www.youtube.com/watch?v=wSB9JvsBT4M).

Editor’s Note (pba.com feature photo): Dude Perfect is a group of former basketball players and Texas A&M University roommates who created what has become the second-largest YouTube channel in the world. The group teamed up with Belmonte in 2014 to create “Bowling Trick Shots 1,” which has since notched nearly 90 million views, many of them among the highly-coveted youth market.

Among the trick shots on the first episode was a “two-handed, 250-yard strike.” When he was approached to do a second version, Belmonte said, “After the success of the first video, I knew we had to up the ante. And after three days of shooting, I told the boys, I’m not sure how we did it, but we just made a better video…”

Watch both YouTube videos, and you be the judge.


Speaking of Jason Belmonte, Bowlers Journal International publisher Keith Hamilton, in his “Leading Off” column in September’s issue, declares “Belmo” as “bowling’s most influential” player, citing the eye-catching number of youth bowlers who are now throwing the ball using Belmonte’s two-handed technique.

Relating statistics from the recently-completed USBC Junior Gold Championships, Hamilton notes 25 percent of the U12 (12-and-under) age group bowled two-handed as did 24 percent of the U15 players and 19 percent of the U20 players. Overall that represented 21 percent of the entire field.

Hamilton’s conclusion: “By the time Belmonte is finished bowling, I’m not certain how many titles he will have won. But his impact on the game might just make him the most important and influential bowler ever – and, without question, of the 21st century.”


PBA Xtra Frame on FloBowling will go international for its next event, providing live coverage of the final day of competition in the PBA International-World Bowling Tour Storm Lucky Larsen Masters from Malmo, Sweden, beginning at 2 a.m. EDT Sunday, Sept. 9.

Fans can track daily results of the Lucky Larsen Masters while the tournament is underway at his website: (http://luckylarsenmasters.com/results2018/). Australia’s Jason Belmonte is defending champion.

Also on the schedule for Sept. 8-9 is the PBA Grand Hotel Casino and Resort Southwest Open from Shawnee, Okla., Sept. 8-9. The PBA Double Decker West/Northwest Open presented by Roto Grip will air on FloBowling.com from Double Decker Lanes in Rohnert Park, Calif., Sept. 29-30.

All PBA Xtra Frame on FloBowling events are covered live from start to finish. Existing Xtra Frame subscribers need to transition their current subscriptions to FloBowling by visiting https://www.flobowling.com/claim-account. New subscribers can enroll at FloBowling.com.


The PBA is now accepting nominations for the 2018 Tony Reyes Community Service award, named in honor of the late PBA Tour player in recognition of his service to the bowling community. The award will be presented in early January to a PBA member in good standing, based upon the extraordinary community service, charitable and/or educational contributions the nominee has made during the 2018 calendar year.

The postmark deadline for nominations will be Thursday, Nov. 15. Nominees must be current PBA members in good standing. The winner will be selected by a PBA committee and announced during The Clash telecast on FOX on Sunday, Dec. 23, along with the 2019 Chris Schenkel PBA Player of the Year, Harry Golden PBA Rookie of the Year and Steve Nagy Sportsmanship Award winner.

Reyes award nominations may be submitted by anyone. Additional information and nomination form may be obtained by visiting https://www.pba.com/Corporate/Awards.

Past winners of the Tony Reyes award are: Parker Bohn III (2013), Missy Parkin (2014), Ed Godbout (2015), Rhino Page (2016) and Del Ballard Jr. (2017).


● Labor Day weekend will include the PBA60 Wilson & Sons Pest Control Super Senior Open and the PBA50 Mooresville South Open presented by Columbia 300 at George Pappas’ Victory Lanes in Mooresville, N.C.; the PBA50 Hammer/Strike Zone Alleys Open in Pottsville, Pa., and the 23rd annual Illinois Valley Midwest/Central Open presented by Ebonite at Illinois Valley Super Bowl in Peru, Ill.

● 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 PBA app).


● England’s Dom Barrett and wife Cassie became first-time parents with the arrival of Colby Henry Barrett on Saturday, Aug. 18, weighing in at 7.3 pounds.

● The PBA was saddened to learn of the passing of MaryAnn O’Neill, mother of PBA star Bill O’Neill, on Saturday, Aug. 18 at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. She was 63. The family has asked that memorial contributions in MaryAnn O’Neill’s name be made to the Polycystic Kidney Disease Foundation, 1001 E. 101st Terrace, Suite 220, Kansas City, MO 64131 or at https://pkdcure.org/.

Anne Wangeman, wife of long-time PBA tournament host proprietor Jim Wangeman, passed away on Aug. 27 at the age of 83. The couple built and operated Harvest Park Bowl in Brentwood, Calif., which is approaching its 25th year of operation, and has most recently been host of the PBA50 Tour’s Northern California Classic. A Celebration of Life will be held at Harvest Park Bowl on Sept. 2 at 2 p.m. PDT. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Harvest Park Bowl Youth Scholarship Program, Harvest Park Bowl, 5000 Balfour Rd., Brentwood, CA 94513.

● FloBowling has retained Lucas Wiseman as its Senior Editor to produce editorial content for the PBA’s new live streaming partner. Wiseman, who studied journalism at the University of South Florida, has covered bowling for more than 20 years including stints in the daily newspaper realm and 13 years in public relations and social media positions with the United States Bowling Congress. Most recently he worked as the public relations manager for a national sports marketing agency and continued to cover bowling on a freelance basis.

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2019 Go Bowling! PBA Tour Tournaments on FOX to be Open to PBA Members Only

by Bill Vint August 28, 2018 09:58

CHICAGO – The Professional Bowlers Association has announced its 2019 schedule of Go Bowling! PBA Tour events airing on FOX Sports will be open exclusively to PBA members.

The exception to the policy will be the United States Bowling Congress Masters, an event that traditionally has included USBC members who may or may not be PBA members.

Tournaments included in the members only policy include: the PBA Hall of Fame Classic in Arlington, Texas; Oklahoma Open and Mark Roth-Marshall Holman PBA Doubles Championship in Shawnee, Okla.; Lubbock Sports Open in Lubbock, Texas; PBA Tournament of Champions in Fairlawn, Ohio; PBA Players Championship in Columbus, Ohio; Indianapolis Open in Indianapolis; Jonesboro Open in Jonesboro, Ark.; PBA World Series of Bowling X in Allen Park, Mich., the PBA League in Portland, Maine, and any Pre-Tournament Qualifier (PTQ) held in conjunction with these events.

The PBA will continue to welcome non-members in its Regional Tour, PBA Xtra Frame Tour on FloBowling and PBA50 Tour events. Non-members are allowed to bowl in these events until they cash twice in any given year, at which time they are required to join in order to continue participation in PBA events.

“The return to members-only status for PBA Tour competition is a return to the rules that applied to PBA competition for most of the organization’s 60-year history,” said PBA Deputy Commissioner Kirk von Krueger in announcing the policy. “It’s a privilege to be able to compete with and against the best bowlers in the world, not a right. Restoring the original policy is simply a matter of restoring one of the building blocks of the PBA.”

PBA membership includes a variety of benefits including reduced tournament entry fees, discounts on equipment from PBA Product Registered companies, reduced or no-cost lineage fees to practice at participating bowling centers, and other perks.

To join the PBA, visit pba.com and click on the “join” link (https://www.pba.com/join). Competitive membership in the PBA is open to any bowler who has maintained a 200 or higher average for a minimum of 36 games in any USBC-certified league or tournament club within the previous (190 for Sport leagues) 12 months, or who has cashed in PBA tournament of any kind within the last two years.

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PBA to Donate Go Bowling! PBA Tour and PBA50 Tour Player Fines to BVL

by Jerry Schneider August 28, 2018 08:42

CHICAGO - The Professional Bowlers Association has announced that PBA will donate all proceeds from player fines from the Go Bowling! PBA Tour and PBA50 Tour to the Bowlers to Veterans Link (BVL).

Founded in 1942, BVL grants provide arts and crafts programs, music and sports activities, reading materials, board games and much more to help boost spirits and improve morale to veterans while also speeding recuperation for those in VA Medical Centers, Vet Centers and State Veterans Homes.

BVL also assists recuperating veterans, veterans suffering from PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) and aging veterans by giving them an outlet for the joy, freedom, and friendship that recreation and sport can bring. Since its inception BVL has raised almost $50 million dollars for America’s active duty service members and veterans.

“The genesis of this new annual charitable donation came from conversations with the PBA Player Committee,” said PBA Commissioner Tom Clark.  "Fines happen. No player wants to be fined, but from now on everyone will know that money goes directly to support the BVL."

“We’re very happy that the PBA and PBA Players Committee thought of us for this kind gesture,” said John LaSpina, BVL Board of Directors Chair. The BVL is very appreciative of PBA’s generosity to our efforts because nothing can be greater than supporting the men and women who serve our country.”

PBA incorporates a policy of levying fines for various rules violations. Players can be fined for a number of rules infractions which range from an improperly filled out recap sheet to unsportsmanlike conduct. PBA will donate funds beginning with those collected during the 2018 season.

PBA Hall of Famer Johnny Petraglia, a 14-time PBA Tour and eight-time PBA50 Tour champion, is a spokesperson for BVL and often visits VA hospitals throughout the country. After having already started his professional bowling career, Petraglia was called to duty and served in the Army during the Vietnam War from 1967-68.

For additional information about BVL visit www.bowlforveterans.org.

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Jakob Butturff Wins PBA Xtra Frame Kenn-Feld Group Classic for Second 2018, Fourth Career Title

by Bill Vint August 26, 2018 15:14

COLDWATER, Ohio Jakob Butturff, an unorthodox 24-year-old left-hander from Tempe, Ariz., inserted himself into the Professional Bowlers Association Player of the Year conversation Sunday when he defeated Tom Daugherty of Riverview, Fla., 217-182, to win the PBA Xtra Frame Kenn-Feld Group Classic at Pla-Mor Lanes.

Butturff, who won the Go Bowling! PBA 60th Anniversary Classic earlier in the year in Indianapolis, joins Australia’s Jason Belmonte; EJ Tackett of Huntington, Ind., and Andrew Anderson of Holly, Mich., as the Go Bowling! PBA Tour’s fourth two-time titlist in 2018.

Butturff, who uses a quirky double-jointed delivery, entered the finals as the top qualifier after overtaking Daugherty in the final game of qualifying earlier in the day. He then started the title match with four strikes, but surrendered the lead when he left and failed to convert the 1-3-7-9 in the seventh frame. Daugherty, who had a clean game including a turkey through seven frames, lost his edge when he failed to convert the 2-4-5-8 in the eighth frame and then missed a 5 pin in the ninth.

“This win means everything,” Butturff, now a four-time title winner, said before turning his praise to the fans of Coldwater, a rural community of just over 4,000 residents who turned out in droves to support the 11th annual tournament. “Every time I come in here, it’s amazing. The fans want to see us bowl and they give us their all. They’re what keeps our sport going.”

In the first match of the four-man stepladder final, PBA Tour veteran Brad Angelo of Lockport, N.Y., bowled an error-free game, rolling a key strike in the ninth frame and striking out in the 10th for a dramatic win after defending champion Rhino Page recovered from failing to convert the 2-4-7-10 split in his fourth frame, finishing with six strikes to force Angelo’s hand. Angelo won, 228-225.

In the semifinal match, Daugherty got some help when Angelo had three open frames, throwing his own decisive string of four strikes in a 226-188 victory to advance to the championship match.

The 2018 Go Bowling! PBA Tour will complete its domestic schedule with the three-event FloBowling PBA Fall Swing in suburban Tulsa, Okla., Oct. 14-20, followed by the U.S. Open Oct. 24-31 in Wichita, Kan. The Fall Swing will award titles in the Wolf, Bear and Tulsa Opens, all of which will be live streamed from start to finish on FloBowling. For subscription information, visit FloBowling.com.

Prior to the Fall Swing, PBA Tour players will have an opportunity to bowl for PBA International-World Bowling Tour titles in the Storm Lucky Larsen Open that is currently underway in Malmo, Sweden, concluding Sept. 9, and the WBT Thailand in Bangkok, Sept. 22-28.

(A part of the 2018 Go Bowling! PBA Tour)
Pla-Mor Lanes, Coldwater, Ohio, Sunday

Final Standings:
1, Jakob Butturff, Tempe, Ariz., $10,000.
2, Tom Daugherty, Riverview, Fla., $5,000.
3, Brad Angelo, Lockport, N.Y., $2,500.
4, Rhino Page, Orlando, $2,250.

Stepladder Results:
Match One – Angelo def. Page, 228-225.
Semifinal Match – Daugherty def. Angelo, 226-188.
Championship – Butturff def. Daugherty, 217-182.

Round of 8 (after 17 games):

1, Butturff, 3,709.
2, Daugherty, 3,703.
3, Page, 3,587.
4, Angelo, 3,569.
5, Dick Allen, Lexington, S.C., 3,554, $2,000.
6, Ryan Ciminelli, Clarence, N.Y., 3,542, $1,750.
7, Jason Lundquist, Columbus, Ohio, 3,540, $1,500.
8, Andrew Anderson, Holly, Mich., 3,378, $1,250.

Round of 16 Cashers (did not advance, after 15 games):

9, Connor Pickford, Charlotte, N.C., 3,036, $1,100.
10, Francois Louw, South Africa, 3,001, $1,000.
11, Darren Tang, San Francisco, 2,989, $950.
12, Richie Teece, England, 2,977, $900.
13, Brandon Novak, Chillicothe, Ohio, 2,973, $875.
14, Kamron Doyle, Brentwood, Tenn., 2,971, $850.
15, Anthony Simonsen, Austin, Texas, 2,955, $825.
16, Joe Bailey, Wooster, Ohio, 2,918, $800.

Cashers Round Cashers (did not advance, after 12 games):

17, Chris Colella, Indianapolis, 2,381, $775.
18, Tom Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich., 2,376, $775.
19, Chris Via, Springfield, Ohio, 2,375, $775.
20, Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., 2,369, $775.
21, Kurt Pilon, Warren, Mich., 2,361, $750.
22, Matt O'Grady, Rahway, N.J., 2,335, $750.
23, n-Chad Roberts, Reynoldsburg, Ohio, 2,327, $750.
24, Tom Hess, Urbandale, Iowa, 2,323, $750.
25, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 2,317, $725.
26, AJ Chapman, St. Paul, Minn., 2,311, $725.
27, JR Raymond, Clinton Twp., Mich., 2,301, $725.
28, Graham Fach, Canada, 2,300, $725.
29, Kyle Troup, Taylorsville, N.C., 2,296, $700.
30, Chris Loschetter, Avon, Ohio, 2,295, $700.
31, Michael Clark Jr., Cleveland, Ohio, 2,289, $700.
32, Michael Tang, San Francisco, 2,288, $700.

n-denotes non-PBA member.

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