Pete Weber Looks to Continue Record-Breaking Season In PBA50 Treasure Island Resort & Casino World Championship July 17-23

by bturner July 12, 2016 13:05

WELCH, Minn. – Defending PBA50 Player of the Year Pete Weber, who will be trying for his third consecutive major win of the season, tops the list of PBA stars 50 and over who will compete in the inaugural PBA50 Treasure Island Resort & Casino World Championship presented by Storm July 17-23 at Island Xtreme Bowl in Welch, Minn.

The Treasure Island Resort & Casino Open continues a busy month of July on PBA’s online bowling channel Xtra Frame. PBA fans will be able to catch all the action beginning Monday, July 18 with first round qualifying. For subscription and schedule information visit www.xtraframe.tv.

The third major of the 2016 PBA50 Tour season will be a scaled-down version of the PBA Tour’s PBA World Championship, providing a test of versatility and endurance by employing qualifying, match play and stepladder final stages on the PBA’s Viper, Chameleon and Scorpion lane conditions. Each of the three stages also will award a PBA50 regional title. Combined qualifying pinfall totals for the three stages will determine the match play finalists for the PBA50 World Championship, leading up to a five-player stepladder final on Saturday, July 23.

Weber is currently in the middle of an incredible season in which he has already won a record five PBA50 Tour tournaments including a record four consecutive. Among those titles are victories in the season’s first two majors, the Suncoast PBA Senior U.S. Open presented by 900 Global and the USBC Senior Masters in June.

The fourth and final major of the season will be the PBA50 National Championship to benefit Riley Hospital for Children Aug. 14-17 at Signature Lanes in Elkhart, Ind.

In the two PBA50 tournaments he has not won this season, Weber’s worst finish was a fourth in the season-opening Pasco County Florida Open, which was won by Hall of Famer Walter Ray Williams Jr. He also was second in the PBA50 Northern California Classic which was won by first-time PBA50 Tour titlist Noel Vazquez of Sacramento. Weber didn’t bowl in the PBA50 Fountain Valley Open.

The PBA50 World Championship returns to the schedule for the first time since 2009 when three-time PBA50 Tour winner Harry Sullins of Chesterfield Township, Mich., won the event in suburban Detroit.

Other Hall of Famers competing include Amleto Monacelli, Norm Duke, Parker Bohn III, Mark Williams and Dale Eagle.

Competition begins Monday, July 18 with the first of three days of qualifying that begins at 8 a.m. After qualifying World Championship match play begins on Saturday, July 23 at 8:30 a.m.  Qualifying scores from the first three days will also determine the top players who will compete in Viper, Chameleon and Scorpion match play rounds on Thursday, July 21. The top five from each of those rounds will earn berths in the stepladder finals on Friday, July 22 beginning at 12:30 p.m. which will award a PBA50 regional title to the winner.

Practice sessions will be conducted Sunday, July 17 beginning at 7:30 a.m. and pro-ams will be conducted at 3 and 5 p.m. Admission is free for all rounds including the World Championship stepladder finals.

PBA50 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP WINNERS

2009     Harry Sullins

2002     Mark Roth

2000     Roger Workman

1999     Dale Eagle

PBA50 TREASURE ISLAND RESORT & CASINO

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP PRESENTED BY STORM SCHEDULE

Island Xtreme Bowl, Welch, Minn. (All times Central)

Sunday, July 17
7:30 – 9:30 a.m. - A Squad practice
10 – 11:30 a.m. – B squad practice
Pro-am Squads - 3, 5 p.m.
Monday, July 18

(Five games of qualifying on PBA50 Viper lane condition)
8 a.m. - A Squad
12:30 p.m. - B Squad
PBA50 Viper qualifying pins carryover to PBA50 Viper match play and World Championship match play rounds.
Tuesday, July 19

(Five games of qualifying on PBA50 Chameleon lane condition)
8 a.m. - B Squad
12:30 p.m. – A Squad
PBA50 Chameleon qualifying pins carryover to PBA50 Chameleon match play and World Championship match play rounds.
Wednesday, July 20

(Five games of qualifying on PBA50 Scorpion lane condition)
8 a.m. - A Squad
12:30 p.m. - B Squad
PBA50 Scorpion qualifying pins carryover to PBA50 Scorpion match play and World Championship match play rounds.

Thursday, July 21
8:30 a.m. - PBA50 Viper match play (five games)
Top five advance to PBA50 Viper stepladder finals
1 p.m. - PBA50 Chameleon match play (five games)
Top five advance to PBA50 Chameleon stepladder finals
5:30 p.m. - PBA50 Scorpion match play (five games)
Top five advance to PBA50 Scorpion stepladder finals
Friday, July 22
12:30 - PBA50 Viper stepladder finals
3 p.m. - PBA50 Chameleon stepladder finals
5:30 p.m. - PBA50 Scorpion stepladder finals

Saturday, July 23
9 a.m. - World Championship match play (six games)
2 p.m. - World Championship match play (six games)
Top five advance to the stepladder finals
7 p.m. - World Championship stepladder finals

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New York’s Adam Zimmerman, South Carolina’s Breanna Clemmer Win Teen Masters High School Bowling Championships

by bturner July 8, 2016 14:17

TAMARAC, Fla.  (July 8, 2016) – Adam Zimmerman of Deer Park, N.Y., and three-time Junior Team USA member Breanna Clemmer of Clover, S.C., won the boy’s and girls’ division titles in the Teen Masters High School Bowling Championships at Sawgrass Lanes Friday.

Zimmerman, 17, finally overtook Dawson Maier of Hampton, Va., late in the final round of match play. Protecting a 17-pin lead going into the final game, he threw a critical string of four strikes to win that match, 220-188, and clinch the boys’ title with a 42-game total of 9,475 pins. Maier, who had led since round two, finished 109 pins behind.

“After mixed pairs (round three of qualifying), I probably had the best block I’ve ever had and that’s when I realized I had a chance to catch (Maier),” Zimmerman said of his fourth round, when he averaged 239.8 for six games to advance from seventh to second. “I just needed to make the right moves and that’s what I did.”

Zimmerman, a two-handed player, was bowling in the Teen Masters for the seventh consecutive year. His best previous finish was eighth place in 2015.

Clemmer, 18, moved into the lead during the first round of match play Thursday and then ran away from the field during Friday’s final two rounds. Leading by 151 pins at the start of Friday’s final 12 games, Clemmer expanded her final margin of victory to 392 pins over Adrianna Stacy of Sebring, Fla. Clemmer, the 2015 USBC Junior Gold champion and 2015 Junior Gold runner-up, finished her first Teen Masters tournament with a 13-4-1 match play record and 9,029 pins. She was the only girl in the field to average 200 (205.3).

“I think after game five in match play, I decided if I really wanted it, I had to go for it,” Clemmer said. She also said her future collegiate coach, McKendree University’s Shannon O’Keefe, an active competitor on the Professional Women’s Bowling Association Tour during the summer months, “really pushed me hard to be better; she’s definitely been my biggest influence.”

Kirk Mowl of Ormond Beach, Fla., and Mabel Cummins of Elburn, Ill., were the boys’ and girls’ U14 division winners as the highest finishing players in their age group. Each was guaranteed $2,000 scholarships.

The 20th annual Teen Masters High School Bowling Championships included 42 games of qualifying and match play on Professional Bowlers Association-caliber long- and short-oil lane conditioning patterns, plus a choice of two low-technology bowling balls which required players to focus on skill vs. technology.

The Teen Masters was conducted in cooperation with the PBA which provided live coverage of the entire event on its Xtra Frame online video streaming service. For subscription information, visit pba.com and click on the Xtra Frame link.

Gary Beck, founder of Killer B Promotions which owns and operates the Teen Masters, also announced the 2017 tournament will be conducted in Richmond, Va.

TEEN MASTERS HIGH SCHOOL BOWLING CHAMPIONSHIPS

Sawgrass Lanes, Tamarac, Fla., July 8

(Money listed is scholarship prize money)

BOYS’ DIVISION

Final Standings (after 42 games, including match play bonus pins):

1, Adam Zimmerman, Deer Park, N.Y., 14-4, 9,475, $6,000.
2, Dawson Maier, Hampton, Va., 11-7, 9,366, $3,000.
3, Tyler Gromlovits, Junction City, Kan., 14-4, 9,102, $2,000.
4, Andy Campbell, Fort Thomas, Ky., 7-11, 8,996, $1,500.
5, Sean Wilcox, Altamonte Springs, Fla., 10-8, 8,932, $1,000.
6, Connor Egan, East Northport, N.Y., 8-10, 8,873, $900.
7, Igar Rodriguez, Miami, Fla., 10-8, 8,862, $800.
8, Kennon McFalls, Gastonia, N.C., 9-9, 8,821, $700.
9, Benjamin Hardin, Tampa, Fla., 11-7, 8,782, $600.
10, Jacob Shockley, Ocean City, Md., 8-10, 8,744, $500.
11, Tom Hankey, Great Barrington, Mass., 9-9, 8,733, $440.
12, Andrew Hall, Westborough, Mass., 4-14, 8,667, $430.
13, Brandon Magennis, Fort Mill, S.C., 11-7, 8,644, $420.
14, Charlie Forero, Miami, Fla., 9-9, 8,637, $410.
15, Hunter Kempton, Buzzards Bay, Mass., 8-10, 8,608, $400.
16, Ryan Winters, Livonia, Mich., 7-11, 8,596, $390.
17, Kenneth Merrick, Port St Lucie, Fla., 6-12, 8,465, $380.
18, Steven Welsh, Patchogue, N.Y., 6-12, 8,453, $370.

GIRLS’ DIVISION

Final Standings (after 42 games, including match play bonus pins):

1, Breanna Clemmer, Clover, S.C., 13-4-1, 9,029, $6,000.
2, Adrianna Stacy, Sebring, Fla., 13-5, 8,637, $3,000.
3, Caitlyn Johnson, Beaumont, Texas, 10-6-2, 8,614, $1,750.
4, Crystal Elliott, Melbourne, Fla., 9-8-1, 8,562, $1,000.
5, Bryanna Leyen, Perry Hall, Md., 11-7, 8,554, $800.
6, Madison Janack, Myrtle Beach, S.C., 8-10, 8,482, $750.
7, Natalie Koprowitz, Girard, Ill., 9-8-1, 8,334, $600.
8, Jenna Williams, Homosassa, Fla., 8-9-1, 8,273, $500.
9, Megan Eaglehouse, Cibolo, Texas, 7-11, 8,231, $400.
10, Emma Dockery, Ravenna, Ohio, 9-9, 8,222, $300.
11, Leanne Vastbinder, Winter Park, Fla., 10-8, 8,206, $250.
12, Sarah Florence, Egg Harbor City, N.J., 10-8, 8,163, $225.
13, Samantha Johnson, Apopka, Fla., 7-10-1, 8,148, $200.
14, Cayla Hicks, Salem, Va., 9-9, 7,996, $180.
15, Mabel Cummins (14u), Elburn, Ill., 3-13-2, 7,965, $2,000.
16, Patricia Rosales, Orlando, Fla., 7-10-1, 7,900, $160.
17, Heather Trapp, Chester, Va., 7-11, 7,864, $140.
18, Mallory Liversedge, Meridian, Idaho, 7-11, 7,826, $130.

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Wichita State’s Sydney Brummett Is 2016 PBA Billy Welu Scholarship Recipient

by bturner July 8, 2016 14:16

CHICAGO – The Professional Bowlers Association has announced that Wichita State University Shocker bowling star Sydney Brummett of Fort Wayne, Ind., is the winner of the 2016 PBA Billy Welu Scholarship Award.

Brummett, entering her junior year majoring in health science/pre-nursing, was a member of the second-place 2016 Intercollegiate Team Championships women’s team. Her Shockers women’s team earned its berth in the ITC Championship by winning the 2016 sectional qualifier.

Named to four all-tournament teams during the 2015-16 season, the two-time Junior Team USA member was a 2015-16 National Collegiate Bowling Coaches Association first team All-American after earning second team honors and rookie of the year for the 2014-15 season.

Among her other bowling accomplishments are Masters gold, team silver and trios silver medals in the 2015 PABCON Youth Championship, a 17th-place finish in the 2016 USBC Queens and a third-place finish in the 2015 Junior Gold Championships. The 20-year-old right hander also is a three-time Indiana Female Bowler of the Year.

“I’m very thankful to receive the Billy Welu Scholarship because it will heavily affect not just my academic career in nursing by helping me continue my education at Wichita State, but also help me grow myself in the sport of bowling,” she said. “My experience at Wichita State has allowed me the opportunity to grow as an athlete and as a person. Going forward I hope to reach new goals in the sport by competing internationally and on the PWBA Tour.” 

The Fort Wayne, Ind. native has a 3.45 grade point average and has been an academic All-American since 2014. She has been an active volunteer for youth bowling serving as an Indiana State USBC youth board member and vice president, and as chairperson of the organization’s food drive committee. She also is an active advocate for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and breast cancer awareness initiatives in her hometown. 

The $1,000 scholarship award was established to annually recognize a college student who combines outstanding bowling talents with academic excellence. Welu, who passed away in 1974, was best known for his expert analysis alongside legendary ABC broadcaster and PBA Hall of Famer Chris Schenkel on the “Pro Bowlers Tour” series. Welu was a two-time PBA Tour champion and a member of the PBA Hall of Fame’s inaugural induction class in 1975.

BILLY WELU SCHOLARSHIP AWARD WINNERS

2016 – Sydney Brummett (Wichita State)

2015 – Ramon Hilferink (Webber International)

2014 – Melanie Hannon (Fairleigh Dickinson)

2013 – Katie Thornton (Webber International)

2012 – Danielle McEwan (Fairleigh Dickinson)

2011 – Kristina Frahm (Maryland Eastern Shore)

2010 – Kim Yioulos (Pikeville)

2009 – Elizabeth Seibel (Penn State)

2008 – Heather D’Errico (Robert Morris-Illinois)

2007 – Ricki Williams (Wichita State)

2006 – Jerrod Reece (Creighton University)

2005 – Mandy Pezzano (U of Penn)

2004 – Holly Pusok (University of Houston)

2003 – Robby Spigner (Indiana University)

2002 – N/A

2001 – Jennie Snoddy (Notre Dame College of Ohio)

2000 – Jackie Edwards (Cal State-Fresno)

1999 – Steven Svetlik (University of Illinois-Chicago)

1998 – Nicholas Hoagland (Indiana University)

1997 – Preston Brunswig (Wichita State)

1996 – Brenda Dosher (University of Southern Indiana)

1995 – Michael Lamont (University of Florida)

1994 – Joe Ciccone (Erie Community College)

1993 – N/A

1992 – Stephen Dale Jr. (Northeastern University)

1991 – Kari Murph (Morehead State)

1990 – Kimberly Berke (University of Nebraska-Lincoln)

1989 – Ronni Shehorn (San Jose State)

1988 – Julie Powell (University of Michigan)             

1987 – N/A

1986 – Paul Kaib (University of Florida)

1985 – Curt Pezzano (University of Miami (Fla))

1984 – Michelle Mullen (University of Illinois)

1983 – Jeri Edwards (Penn State)

1982 – Patricia Bowie (Arizona State)

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Weber Writes Yet Another Chapter in His Career With USBC Senior Masters Win

by bturner June 26, 2016 15:33

By Matt Cannizzaro, USBC Communications

peteandtracyPete Weber of St. Ann, Missouri, made history Sunday at Sam's Town Bowling Center by winning the 2016 United States Bowling Congress Senior Masters to become the first player with five Professional Bowlers Association 50 Tour titles in a season.

The 53-year-old reigning PBA50 Player of the Year achieved the feat in dramatic fashion with a 266-263 win against left-hander Paul McCordic of Sugar Land, Texas, who stepped up in the final frame with a chance to win but left the 1-3-6-9 combination on his second offering to fall short.

After Weber doubled in the 10th frame, something he'd been unable to do in three previous attempts with the USBC Senior Masters title on the line, McCordic needed a strike and at least nine pins on his next shot to have the opportunity to make the spare for his first PBA50 Tour title.

Weber, who also won in 2013, is the sixth two-time winner at the Senior Masters. He earned $16,000 for the victory, while McCordic took home $9,000 for the runner-up effort.

"Once Paul threw the strike, I thought I was done," Weber said. "To win is nice, but to see a guy throw a shot like that, I feel for him. I've done it. He bowled great all week and put together two of his best games against me. Paul is a great champion."

mccordicMcCordic defeated Weber 248-224 to start the championship match, but as the top seed, Weber needed to be beaten twice to be denied his second Senior Masters title.

In the first game, Weber controlled his own destiny and could've thrown three strikes in the 10th frame to lock out McCordic. Instead, he left the 4-7-10 split and sent his mind rushing back to 2015 when he was in the same position as the No. 1 seed and left two final-frame splits to lose twice to Amleto Monacelli of Venezuela.

"When I let the ball go, I thought it was a great shot," said Weber, a USBC and PBA Hall of Famer who owns 37 PBA Tour titles and nine victories on the PBA50 Tour. "I thought it was pretty pure, so I didn't know what I did. Maybe it was slow or over hit, but it felt really good off my hand. I did wonder if I was going to do this again, open twice in the 10th to lose again, but I stepped up in the 10th in the second match and threw the double to make him strike."

Additionally, the first title of Weber's PBA Tour career came in a similar must-strike situation against McCordic's twin brother, Pete. Weber registered two strikes and a seven-count in his final frame to force McCordic to double for the win. McCordic knocked down nine pins on his first shot and Weber won the 1982 Greater Hartford Open, 210-199.

On the way to the championship match Sunday, Paul McCordic posted two clean games in wins over eight-time PBA50 Tour winner Ron Mohr of nearby North Las Vegas, Nevada, and PBA50 rookie Dave Arnold of Elk Grove, California.

In his semifinal win against Arnold, McCordic found himself down 17 pins after four frames but closed the gap with a double in the fifth and sixth. He struck on four of his last five shots for a 235-198 win. Arnold finished third, worth $7,000.

McCordic entered the stepladder as the No. 3 seed and was able to capitalize on a seventh-frame Mohr miscue to earn a 225-212 win. Mohr, who downed the stepladder's other left-hander, Andy Neuer of Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, 212-181, in the day's opening match, finished fourth and took home $5,000. Neuer, also a rookie this season, finished fifth, earning $4,000.

Weber's victory Sunday marked his fifth in six events. His streak of four consecutive wins came to an end last week at the hands of first-time PBA50 winner Noel Vazquez of Sacramento, California, in the title match of the PBA50 Northern California Classic presented by MOTIV.

With five events remaining on the 2016 PBA50 schedule, there's still plenty of time for Weber add to his legacy and bid for a second consecutive player-of-the-year nod, but in the back of his mind also is the idea of becoming the first three-time Senior Masters winner.

"I didn't expect this, but it's an unexpected pleasure," Weber said. "It's a great honor to win. To win five tournaments in a season is an awesome deal for me, and I'm not done yet. I still have a bunch of tournaments left. I plan on winning a couple more. As far as the Senior Masters, I'm going to make it three next year, so they better watch out."

The other two-time winners at the Senior Masters are Dave Davis (1995, 1996), Gary Dickinson (1997, 2004), Pete Couture (1998, 2002), Tom Baker (2006, 2007) and Dale Traber (2009, 2011).

2016 USBC SENIOR MASTERS
At Sam's Town Bowling Center, Las Vegas
Sunday's Results

Final standings

1, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Missouri, 490 (two games), $16,000
2, Paul McCordic, Sugar Land, Texas, 971 (four games), $9,000
3, Dave Arnold, Elk Grove, Calif., 198 (one game), $7,000
4, Ron Mohr, North Las Vegas, Nev., 424 (two games), $5,000
5, Andy Neuer, Lewisburg, Pa., 181 (one game), $4,000

Stepladder results

Match One - Mohr def. Neuer, 212-181
Match Two - McCordic def. Mohr, 225-212
Semifinal - McCordic def. Arnold, 235-198
Championship - McCordic def. Weber, 248-224 (second match needed). Weber def. McCordic, 266-263

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Stepladder Finals From Most Recent PBA Tour and PBA50 Tour Events Now Available on Xtra Frame and PBA’s YouTube Page

by bturner April 28, 2016 12:06

The stepladder finals of both the PBA Xtra Frame STORM Open from Liberty Lanes in Carpentersville, Ill., and the PBA50 UnitedHealthcare Sun Bowl in The Villages presented by Radical from Spanish Springs Lanes in The Villages, Fla., are available now in high quality video on Xtra Frame and on the PBA’s YouTube page.

Here is a quick peak at the stepladder finals from the PBA Xtra Frame STORM Open: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sWIbHAonllo

And, here is a quick peak at the stepladder finals from The Villages:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KvDLtmygdK8

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