PBA Announces 14-Event 2018 PBA50 Tour Season

by Jerry Schneider December 15, 2017 09:56

The Professional Bowlers Association has announced a 14-event PBA50 Tour schedule for 2018 that includes four major championships and three new venues.

In what is becoming the traditional opening event for PBA’s tour for players 50 and over, Lane Glo Bowl in New Port Richey, Fla. will once again kick off the season with the PBA50 Florida Open April 21-23 which will be followed by the season’s first major, the PBA50 National Championship presented by Spanish Springs Lanes and Radical April 24-28 in The Villages, Fla.

Las Vegas will once again be home to two of the PBA50 Tour’s most prestigious majors. The USBC Senior Masters will be held at Sam’s Town in Las Vegas June 4-10, followed by the Suncoast PBA Senior U.S. Open presented by Storm at the Suncoast Bowling Center June 10-15.

New to the schedule in 2018 will be first-time stops in Monticello, Minn., for the PBA50 River City Extreme Open presented by Ebonite at River City Extreme July 17-20, the PBA50 Security Federal Savings Bank Championship presented by Track at Dave Small’s Heritage Lanes in Kokomo, Ind., July 28-31, and the PBA50 Cup presented by DV8, the season’s fourth major, at Spectrum Lanes in Wyoming, Mich., Aug. 9-12.

Returning to the schedule for 2018 will be stops in Mooresville, N.C., April 29-May 2; Farmingdale, N.Y., May 5-8; Brentwood, Calif., May 27-30 and three stops in Indiana (Hammond, July 23-26; Anderson, Aug. 4-7 and Fort Wayne, Aug. 14-16).

The season will also include two PBA60 tournaments for players 60 and over; the USBC Super Senior Classic at Sam’s Town May 31-June 3 and the PBA60 Dick Weber Championship presented by 900 Global at Pro Bowl West which closes out the season in Fort Wayne, Aug. 14-16.

Entries for PBA50/60 events will be accepted beginning March 1. PBA members can enter online at pba.com. For additional entry information, questions and non-member entries contact Mary von Krueger at maryvk@pba.com.

All events will also be covered in their entirety by PBA’s online bowling channel Xtra Frame. Visit www.xtraframe.tv for subscription information.

2018 PBA50 TOUR SCHEDULE

April 21-23 - PBA50 Florida Open, Lane Glo Bowl, New Port Richey, Fla.

April 24-28 - PBA50 National Championship presented by Spanish Springs Lanes and Radical,

Spanish Springs Lanes, The Villages, Fla.

April 29-May 2 - PBA50 Mooresville Ford Open presented by Columbia 300, George Pappas Victory Lanes, Mooresville, N.C.

May 5-8 - PBA50 Johnny Petraglia BVL Open, presented by Brunswick, Farmingdale Lanes, Farmingdale, N.Y.

May 27-30 - PBA50 Northern California Classic, presented by MOTIV, Harvest Park Bowl, Brentwood, Calif.

May 31-June 3 - USBC Super Senior Classic, Sam's Town, Las Vegas

June 4-10 - USBC Senior Masters, Sam's Town, Las Vegas

June 10-15 - Suncoast PBA Senior U.S. Open, presented by Storm, Suncoast Bowling Center,

Las Vegas

July 17-20 - PBA50 River City Extreme Open, presented by Ebonite, River City Extreme,

Monticello, Minn.

July 23-26 - PBA50 South Shore Open, presented by Hammer, Olympia Lanes, Hammond, Ind.

July 28-31 - PBA50 Security Federal Savings Bank Championship, presented by Track, Dave Small's Heritage Lanes, Kokomo, Ind.

Aug.  4-7 -  PBA50 Dave Small's Championship Lanes Classic, presented by Roto Grip, Dave Small's Championship Lanes, Anderson, Ind.

Aug.  9-12 - PBA50 Cup, presented by DV8, Spectrum Lanes, Wyoming, Mich.

Aug. 14-16 - PBA60 Dick Weber Championship, presented by 900 Global, Pro Bowl West, Fort Wayne, Ind.

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Popular PBA50 Tour Player Bill McCorkle Dies at 65

by Jerry Schneider December 14, 2017 14:49

Bill McCorkle, a PBA60 national tournament titlist, four-time regional and three-time PBA50 regional titlist from Westerville, Ohio, died Thursday after a battle with cancer. He was 65.

One of the most popular players on the PBA50 Tour, McCorkle achieved his dream of winning a PBA national title by capturing the 2014 PBA60 Dick Weber Super Senior Classic title in Fort Wayne, Ind., when he defeated PBA Hall of Famer Johnny Petraglia, 244-173, in the title match at Pro Bowl West.

McCorkle’s win in that event was made extra special when his close friend since childhood - fellow Westerville, Ohio native Bill Henson - won the same event the very next year, also beating Petraglia for the title under very similar circumstances.

To read McCorkle’s account of his and Henson’s quests to win a national PBA title click on https://www.pba.com/articles/Lifelong-Friends-Bill-McCorkle-Bill-Henson-Achieve-Their-PBA-Dream-in-Ironically-Coincidental-Fashion

A competitor on the PBA50 Tour for 15 years and a PBA member since 1972, McCorkle also competed in 111 PBA Tour events, advancing to match play six times.

McCorkle competed in 47 USBC Open Championships and was also a member of the Central Ohio and Ohio State bowling Halls of Fame. Funeral arrangements are pending.

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Two GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling IX PBA Tour Finals Back-to-Back This Sunday on ESPN Beginning at 1 p.m. ET

by Jerry Schneider December 13, 2017 08:44

RENO, Nev. - The Go Bowling! PBA Tour schedule for 2017 continues with doubleheader action Sunday on ESPN beginning at 1 p.m. ET featuring the PBA Chameleon Championship presented by Reno Tahoe followed by the PBA Shark Championship presented by Xtra Frame. The finals are the first two animal pattern events of the GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling IX presented by Eldorado Resorts Reno Properties.

USBC Hall of Famer and three-time reigning PWBA Player of the Year Liz Johnson, and PBA Tour champions Wes Malott, Anthony Pepe and Tom Smallwood swept their respective best-of-three-game Round of 8 matches to advance to Sunday’s Chameleon final at the National Bowling Stadium.

The finals will use a format where the four finalists simultaneously bowl one game on the same pair of lanes with the top two scorers advancing to a head-to-head final match.

Johnson, a native of western New York who now lives in Palatine, Ill., is a PBA regional champion, who will make a record third PBA Tour television appearance. Her best finish was second in the 2005 Banquet Open when she became the first woman to qualify for a PBA Tour national television final. She also owns a record 10 PWBA Tour major titles. She will be trying to join Kelly Kulick, the 2010 PBA Tournament of Champions winner, as the only women to win a PBA Tour title.

Malott, a 10-time Tour winner from Pflugerville, Texas, will be trying for his first win of the season. Pepe, of Elmhurst, N.Y., won his only PBA Tour title in the 2014 Cheetah Championship, and Smallwood, of Saginaw, Mich., will be trying for his third Tour title.

For detailed tournament notes of the Chameleon Championship click on https://www.pba.com/content/files/downloads/2017%20WSOB%20Chameleon%20TV%20Notes.pdf

For the Shark Championship, two PBA Tour champions and two players making their first telecast appearances will face off at 2 p.m.

Four-time PBA Tour winner Marshall Kent of Yakima, Wash., and two-time winner Tom Daugherty of Riverview, Fla., both swept their best-of-three matches to advance to the finals. Kent will be trying for his third win of the 2017 season and Daugherty his first.

Charlie Brown Jr. of Grandville, Mich., a 36-year-old rookie bowling in his first PBA Tour event, swept Shota Kawazoe of Japan, 2-0 in the Round of 8, to make his first PBA Tour telecast.

Bowling in his fourth World Series of Bowling, England’s Richie Teece finally broke through to make his first Tour telecast by beating Smallwood, 2-1 in the Round of 8.

WSOB IX continues with back-to-back telecasts on ESPN of the PBA Cheetah Championship presented by PBA Bowling Challenge Mobile Game and the Pepsi PBA Scorpion Championship presented by GoBowling.com on Dec. 24 beginning at 1 p.m. EST and the PBA World Championship Dec. 31 at 1 p.m. WSOB IX coverage concludes with World Bowling Tour Men’s and Women’s Finals presented by PBA on Jan. 7 at 1 p.m.

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U.S. Stars Defeat International Standouts to Successfully Defend USA vs. The World Team Title at WSOB IX

by Jerry Schneider December 10, 2017 10:56

RENO, Nev. - The five leading American qualifiers in PBA World Championship pinfall during the GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling IX presented by Eldorado Resorts Reno Properties combined for 20 clean frames and 18 strikes in 24 attempts to sweep the best-of-two-game USA vs. The World team competition, kicking off ESPN’s coverage of the 2017-18 Go Bowling! PBA Tour schedule Sunday.

The USA team, captained by PBA Hall of Famer and 22-time PBA Tour champion Marshall Holman, included PBA Tour champions Kyle Troup, Bill O’Neill, Ryan Ciminelli, Tom Smallwood and PBA regional winner Matt McNiel. Making up The World team, captained by England’s Stuart Williams, were PBA Tour winners Jason Belmonte of Australia, Jesper Svensson of Sweden, Dom Barrett of England, Thomas Larsen of Denmark and 20-year-old newcomer Rafiq Ismail of Malaysia.

In what could be considered the all-star event of WSOB IX, players earned their spots on their respective teams based on their finishing positions after 40 games of qualifying in the PBA Chameleon Championship presented by Reno Tahoe, Shark Championship presented by Xtra Frame, Cheetah Championship presented by PBA Challenge Mobile Game and Pepsi Scorpion Championship presented by GoBowling.com. 

In the first Baker format match contested at the National Bowling Stadium, where each player bowls two frames to combine for one score, the U.S. team took control with a 226-213 win when the World team couldn’t catch up after a missed 1-2-4-6-10 washout in the fifth frame by Barrett.

USA vs. The WorldThe USA completely dominated game two, combining for a 279 while The World managed only 191. Troup, O’Neill, McNiel and Ciminelli struck in the first four frames. Smallwood then converted a 10-pin spare in the fifth frame before the team closed out the victory with a string of seven consecutive strikes.

“We may have been the underdogs on paper but all these guys had the qualities you need to contribute to a great team effort,” said Holman. “I had a good idea of what lineup would work and went with my first instinct, but in reality I could have put any lineup out there and we would have been in good shape.”

The USA vs. The World event was conducted on the 42-foot PBA Earl Anthony lane condition which was a neutral condition the players had not competed on in WSOB IX.

“In Baker team competition, especially on a new lane condition, communication is key,” said O’Neill, an eight-time PBA Tour winner. “With everyone’s break point being so different it can be difficult to get the reads so it was important that we were on the same page.

“Marshall put together a good lineup and then it was up to us to take it from there,” O’Neill added. “I think there was only one frame where we didn’t hit the pocket and we had a high strike percentage so the rest took care of itself.”

In 2016, the USA (Mitch Beasley, BJ Moore, Matt O’Grady, Dick Allen, EJ Tackett) beat The World (Sam Cooley, Barrett, Arturo Quintero, Francois Lavoie, Martin Larsen) in a one-frame roll-off after each team won one game.

WSOB IX action continues on ESPN Sunday, Dec. 17 with the Chameleon Championship at 1 p.m. ET followed immediately by the Shark Championship at 2 p.m.

USA vs. THE WORLD TEAM CHALLENGE

National Bowling Stadium Reno, Nev. (televised Sunday on ESPN)

(Best-of-two-game Baker format match)

Match One: USA (Kyle Troup, Bill O’Neill, Ryan Ciminelli, Matt NcNiel, Tom Smallwood) def. The World (Jason Belmonte, Jesper Svensson, Dom Barrett, Thomas Larsen, Rafiq Ismail), 226-213.

Match Two: USA def. The World, 279-191.

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GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling IX’s ESPN Coverage Kicks Off Sunday with USA vs. The World Team Challenge

by Jerry Schneider December 6, 2017 08:26

RENO, Nev. - The five leading American players and the five top international players in PBA World Championship qualifying during the GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling IX presented by Eldorado Resorts Reno Properties will face off in the second USA vs. The World team competition from the National Bowling Stadium on ESPN Sunday at 1 p.m. ET, kicking off ESPN’s coverage of the 2017-18 Go Bowling! PBA Tour.

The USA team, captained by PBA Hall of Famer and 22-time Tour champion Marshall Holman, includes PBA Tour champions Kyle Troup, Bill O’Neill, Ryan Ciminelli, Tom Smallwood and PBA regional winner Matt McNiel. Making up The World team, captained by England’s Stuart Williams, are PBA Tour international standouts Jason Belmonte of Australia, Jesper Svensson of Sweden, Dom Barrett of England, Thomas Larsen of Denmark and newcomer Rafiq Ismail of Malaysia.

In what could be considered the all-star event of WSOB IX, players earned their spots on their respective teams based on their finishing positions after a combined 40 games of qualifying in the PBA Chameleon Championship presented by Reno Tahoe, PBA Shark Championship presented by Xtra Frame, PBA Cheetah Championship presented by PBA Challenge Mobile Game and Pepsi PBA Scorpion Championship presented by GoBowling.com.

For in-depth event stats click on https://www.pba.com/content/files/downloads/2017%20USA%20vs%20World%20TV%20Notes.pdf

The teams will compete in a best-of-two-game Baker format final with a sudden-death roll-off should the teams tie after two games.

The U.S. team will try to defend its title from WSOB VIII when the USA (Mitch Beasley, BJ Moore, Matt O’Grady, Dick Allen, EJ Tackett) beat The World (Sam Cooley, Barrett, Arturo Quintero, Francois Lavoie, Martin Larsen) in a one-frame roll-off after each team won one game.

WSOB IX continues with back-to-back telecasts on ESPN of the Chameleon Championship and Shark Championship Sunday, Dec. 17 beginning at 1 p.m. ET, followed by the Cheetah Championship and Scorpion Championship Dec. 24 at 1 p.m., PBA World Championship Dec. 31 at 1 p.m. and wrapping up with World Bowling Tour Men’s and Women’s finals presented by PBA Jan. 7 at 1 p.m.

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