PBA Spare Shots: “Pick the Ball” Survey Returns to PBA Bowling Challenge Mobile Game

by Bill Vint March 23, 2017 03:01

Concrete Software is renewing its PBA Bowling Challenge “pick the ball” survey, inviting fans to select the new Product Registered ball model they would like to see introduced into the popular mobile device game.

Beginning today (March 23), the PBA Bowling Challenge mobile game will list three new ball models for each PBA-participating brand, and ask fans to vote on which ball to include in the game. Weekly voting will feature a different brand and choice of ball models through the first week in June.

First up will be MOTIV. Based on fan voting (click here: http://bit.ly/MOTIV_17 to cast your vote), the “winning” MOTIV ball will be available for play on April 7. 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.

As the season progresses, voting will take place each week to select the new ball for release as noted below:

● Track: March 30 (voting begins); April 14 (ball release date).

● Storm: April 6; April 21.

● Brunswick: April 13; April 28.

● Columbia 300: April 20; May 5.

● Radical: April 27; May 12.

● DV8: May 4; May 19.

● Ebonite: May 11; May 26.

● Roto Grip: May 18; June 2.

● 900 Global: May 25; June 9.

● Hammer: June 1; June 16.

JOSH BLANCHARD TAKES EARLY LEAD IN XTRA FRAME STORM CUP RACE

PBA Xtra Frame Reality Check Classic winner Josh Blanchard has assumed the early lead in the 2017 PBA Xtra Frame Storm Cup points race, earning 25 points for his victory in the first of eight Storm Cup events this season. Rounding out the top 10 after the first event are Reality Check Classic runner-up AJ Johnson, 19 points; Dom Barrett, 18; Shawn Maldonado, 17; Dick Allen, 16; Ildemaro Ruiz, 15; Tom Daugherty, 14; Chris Spoo, 13; Walter Ray Williams Jr., 12, and Jeff Piroozshad, 11.

In each Storm Cup event, PBA members who finish in the top 20 will earn points with 25 points going to the winner, 19 to the runner-up, 18 for third place and points diminishing by one through 20th place. A complete summary of the points leaders will be posted on pba.com (http://www.pba.com/SeasonStats/XtraFrameTourPoints/95#stats-list) after each tournament.

The next tournament in the series will be the PBA XF Wilmington Open at Ten Pin Alley in Wilmington, N.C., May 26-29.

QUBICA AMF PBA REGIONAL UPDATE: MATT O’GRADY WINS IN OHIO

Fresh off his win in the PBA Lakewood (Colo.) Southwest Super Regional two weeks earlier, Matt O’Grady of Rahway, N.J., defeated Joe Bailey of Wooster, Ohio, 237-148, to claim the PBA Trumbull County Tourism Bureau Central/East Open title presented by Radical at Bell-Wick Bowl in Hubbard, Ohio, Sunday.

The title was O’Grady’s first of the year in the PBA Central Region and the fourth of his career. He also earned $2,700.

Alex Cavagnaro of Massapequa, N.Y., led off the stepladder finals by eliminating Ryan Shafer of Horseheads, N.Y., 234-182. O’Grady then defeated Cavagnaro, 233-217, and he advanced to the championship match by defeating Mike Clark of Cleveland, 242-158.

Anthony Lavery-Spahr from Pasadena, Texas, defeated Derek Acuff of Glendale, Ariz., 234-199, to claim his fourth QubicaAMF PBA Regional title Sunday in the sixth annual PBA Odessa Southwest Open at Astro Bowl in Odessa, Texas.

Lavery-Spahr, last year’s runner-up, started the championship match with a spare and two strikes while Acuff struggled after two opens in the first three frames. Lavery-Spahr received byes to the Round of 8 after qualifying fourth and started his road to victory by defeating defending champion Clara Guerrero, a Colombia native now living in Pflugerville, Texas, 2-1, in their best-of-three-game match. In the semifinal round, he survived with a 173-164 victory over Jeff Hatt of Midwest City, Okla.

Acuff, who qualified second, defeated Joe Findling from Mesquite, Texas, 2-0, in the Round of 8, and prevented a title match between twin brothers by eliminating Sean Lavery-Spahr in the semifinal round, 200-178.

● QubicaAMF PBA Regional events over the March 24-26 weekend include the PBA50 Rossi Lanes Eastern Open in Elmira, N.Y.; the PBA50 Liberty Lanes Midwest/Central Open in Carpentersville, Ill.; the CCFA Strike Out Crohn’s and Colitis South Open, presented by Rhino Page, at Boardwalk Bowl in Orlando, Fla., and the Caveman Bowl Northwest/West Open presented by DV8 in Grants Pass, Ore.

● Closing out March and kicking off April’s PBA Regional calendar over the March 31-April 2 weekend will be the PBA50 Showtime Lanes Midwest/Central Open in Virden, Ill.; the Myrtle Beach South Open at Myrtle Beach Bowl in South Carolina; the FireLake Grand Casino Hotel & Resort Southwest Open at FireLake Bowl in Shawnee, Okla., and a PBA West/Northwest tripleheader at the National Bowling Stadium in Reno – the PBA50 and PBA Sands Regency West/Northwest Classic events plus the Sands Regency West/Northwest Challenge (for non-titlists), presented by DV8. The weekend also will include a Sunday-only reduced entry fee Elkhart Central/Midwest Open presented by 900 Global at Country Club Lanes in Elkhart, Ind.

● 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

● To follow the Brunswick Euro Challenge in Munich, Germany, this week, visit http://brunswickeurochallenge.com/live-streaming/ for live streaming coverage. Fans also can visit the website for daily updates as the event progresses. The first event on the 2017 PBA International-World Bowling Tour schedule concludes Sunday. Sweden’s Jesper Svensson is defending champion.

● PBA Hall of Famer Pete Weber and PBA Women’s Series titlist Diandra Asbaty can be seen in cameo roles in the 2016 movie, “Split,” which is now available at no cost to Amazon Prime members. The movie billed as “The World’s First Romantic Bowling Comedy,” is available for rent or purchase on Amazon, iTunes, Google Play, VUDU, Xbox and PlayStation. Click here to watch the trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zekgYUGOjXc .

● USBC Hall of Famer and two-time PBA Tour champion Les Zikes of Palatine, Ill., became the 11th player in history to participate in 65 USBC Open Championships when the 82-year-old bowled his team event on Monday, March 20, at South Point Bowling Plaza in Las Vegas. With his 546 series in team event, 562 in doubles and 570 in singles, Zikes added 1,678 pins to his career total of 112,564 pins knocked down in USBC Open competition (seventh on the all-time list).

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Jeff Piroozshad Leads Top 62 Qualifiers into Sunday’s PBA’s Xtra Frame Reality Check Classic Final Rounds

by Bill Vint March 18, 2017 12:16

TAMARAC, Fla. – Part-time Professional Bowlers Association competitor Jeff Piroozshad of Coral Springs, Fla., averaged 238.8 for eight games Saturday to lead the 62 top qualifiers who advanced to Sunday’s final rounds of the PBA Xtra Frame Reality Check Classic at Sawgrass Lanes. AJ Johnson of Oswego, Ill., (shown in feature photo) was in second place, three pins behind.

The tournament, which will award a PBA Tour title along with a $10,000 first prize, is the first in a series of eight PBA Xtra Frame Tour events that will award $50,000 in Storm Cup bonus prize money at the end of the season. All Storm Cup events will be live streamed on PBA’s online bowling channel, Xtra Frame, which is available by subscription. Visit xtraframe.tv for details.

Piroozshad, who has been a PBA member on-and-off for 17 years, rolled games of 253, 231, 268, 244, 223, 191, 224 and 275 for a 1,911 pinfall total and overtook Johnson with his big closing game. Piroozshad, 42, has won one regional title in 43 PBA Regional and 10 PBA Tour tournament appearances.

Johnson, a 24-year-old former McKendree University collegiate star, rolled games of 206, 257, 278, 260, 257, 211, 201 and 238 to finish qualifying with 1,908 total pins. Johnson, a third-year PBA member, has two second place finishes during his brief career, but has yet to win his first PBA Tour title.

The Reality Check Classic was originally scheduled for last October, but was postponed due to the arrival of Hurricane Matthew. In its new place on the PBA schedule, the tournament drew a field of 186 PBA members and top amateur bowlers. The top one-third of the field – 62 players – advanced to Sunday’s four-game cashers round at 8:30 a.m. The top 16 after 12 games advance to the three-game Round of 16 at 11:30 a.m.; the top 8 after 15 games advance to the two-game Round of 8 at 1:30 p.m., and the top four after 17 total games advance to the stepladder finals at 3 p.m. All times are Eastern.

PBA XTRA FRAME REALITY CHECK CLASSIC

Sawgrass Lanes, Tamarac, Fla., Saturday

Final Qualifying Standings (after 8 games; top 62 advance to cashers’ round):

1, Jeff Piroozshad, Coral Springs, Fla., 1,911.
2, AJ Johnson, Oswego, Ill., 1,908.
3, Tom Daugherty, Riverview, Fla., 1,878.
4, Dick Allen, Columbia, S.C., 1,872.
5, DJ Archer, Friendswood, Texas, 1,841.
6, Chris Spoo, Boynton Beach, Fla., 1,839.
7, Shawn Maldonado, Houston, 1,822.
8, Cristian Azcona, Puerto Rico, 1,821.
9, Michael Azcarate, Coral Springs, Fla., 1,816.
10, Chris Loschetter, Avon, Ohio, 1,813.
11, Josh Blanchard, Mesa, Ariz, 1,805.
12, Ildemaro Ruiz, Venezuela, 1,800.
13, Ryan Ciminelli, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 1,792.
14, n-Danny Battles, Zephyrhills, Fla., 1,790.
15, Dom Barrett, England, 1,789.
16 (tie), Darren Tang, San Francisco, and n-Gabriel Garcia, Port St. Lucie, Fla., 1,786.
18, Ralph Brunt Jr., Jensen Beach, Fla., 1,784.
19, Trevor Roberts, Crystal River, Fla., 1,780.
20, n-Thomas Bosquez Jr., Springhill, Fla., 1,769.
21, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 1,754.
22 (tie), Arturo Quintero, Mexico; Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., and Brad Miller, Maryland Heights, Mo., 1,749.
25, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., 1,748.
26, Patrick Dombrowski, Parma, Ohio, 1,741.
27, n-Sean Riccardi, St. Petersburg, Fla., 1,736.
28, Mike Williams II, Montgomery, Ala., 1,730.
29, n-Greg Young, Viera, Fla., 1,728.
30, Nick Kruml, Downers Grove, Ill., 1,726.
31, Andres Gomez, Colombia, 1,721.
32, n-Matt Russo, Millstone Township, N.J., 1,717.
33 (tie}, EJ Tackett, Huntington, Ind., and Cody Mullis, Homosassa, Fla., 1,714.
35, n-Ramon Hilferink, Netherlands, 1,710.
36, n-Daniel Vasquez, Colombia, 1,709.
37 (tie), w-Daria Pajak, Poland, and n-Reggie Pierson, Miami, Fla., 1,701.
39, Zachary Seals, Kingsland, Ga., 1,697.
40 (tie), n-John Janawicz, Winter Haven, Fla., and n-Jason Ferrill, Venice, Fla., 1,690.
42, n-Giorgio Clinaz Jr., Orlando, Fla., 1,689.
43, n-Wyatt Smith, Cape Coral, Fla., 1,688.
44, Carlos Tobon, Plantation, Fla., 1,686.
45, n-Vince Grudinsky Jr., Jupiter, Fla., 1,684.
46, Anthony DeStasio, Fort Lauderdale, Fla., 1,683.
47, n-Joe Barna, Stuart, Fla., 1,680.
48, n-Andraunick Simounet, Lake Wales, Fla., 1,679.
49, n-Sebastian Charry, Colombia, 1,678.
50 (tie), Ronnie Russell, Marion, Ind.; n-Anthony Veney, San Antonio, Texas, and Mike Moore, Orlando, Fla., 1,675.
53 (tie), n-Shawn Naumann, Orlando, Fla., and Jeff Evans, Supply, N.C., 1,671.
55 (tie), w-n-Taylor Bulthuis, Coral Springs, Fla., and Dwight Adams, Greensboro, N.C., 1,670.
57, n-Kristijonas Sergejevas, Lake Wales, Fla., 1,668.
58, n-James Campbell, Clearwater, Fla., 1,666.
59, Zachary Dwyer, Ft. Walton Beach, Fla., 1,664.
60 (tie), Kristian Sieradzki, Seminole, Fla., and n-Chris Via, Springfield, Ohio, 1,662.
62, x-Kyle Troup, Taylorsville, N.C., 1,659.

Failed to advance:
63, Bob Learn Jr., Erie, Pa., 1,659.
64, Shane Holt, Lake Wales, Fla., 1,658.
65, David Haynes, Las Vegas, 1,657.
66, n-David Simms, Port St. Lucie, Fla., 1,654.
67, Anthony Pepe, Elmhurst, N.Y., 1,652.
68, Greg Ostrander, Freehold, N.J., 1,643.
69, Andrew Anderson, Holly, Mich., 1,641.
70, Jordan Klassen, Canada, 1,640.
71, n-Jon Trzcinski, Bay Shore, N.Y., 1,635.
72, Ronnie Sparks Jr., Redford, Mich., 1,634.
73, n-Matthew Lazarus, Sunrise, Fla., 1,633.
74, n-Kendrick Gregory, Lakeland, Fla., 1,630.
75, Christopher Keane, Cape Coral, Fla., 1,627.
76, Chris Polizzi, Spring Hill, Fla., 1,624.
77, n-Sean Connolly, Apopka, Fla., 1,623.
78 (tie), Dale Coleman, High Springs, Fla., and George Litwin, Miami, 1,618.
80, Mario Lemos, Ecuador, 1,617.
81, Sean Hoff, Melbourne, Fla., 1,614.
82, Jeffrey Campbell, Clearwater, Fla., 1,613.
83, n-Vernon Peterson, Lake Wales, Fla., 1,611.
84, Curtis Foss, Medina, N.Y., 1,603.
85, Brett Spangler, Niles, Ohio, 1,602.
86, David Taylor, Largo, Fla., 1,601.
87, n-Steve Johnson, Coral Springs, Fla., 1,597.
88 (tie), David Stouffer, Lehigh Acres, Fla., and Cody McCowin, Daytona Beach, Fla., 1,594.
90, n-Mark Booke, Boca Raton, Fla., 1,592.
91, David Shinn, West Columbia, S.C., 1,589.
92, n-Ernie Faulkner, Miramar, Fla., 1,588.
93, Michael Shequin, Debary, Fla., 1,587.
94, Randy Rose, Davenport, Fla., 1,584.
95, Kristian Rogers, Salisbury, N.C., 1,583.
96, Chuck Richardson, The Villages, Fla., 1,579.
97, n-Larry Brande, Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., 1,577.
98, Craig Auerbach, Sunrise, Fla., 1,576.
99, n-David Piroozshad, Coral Springs, Fla., 1,575.
100, w-n-Verity Crawley, Babson Park, Fla., 1,574.
101, Gary Faulkner Jr., Memphis, Tenn., 1,573.
102, n-Johnnie Payne, Savannah, Ga., 1,571.
103, Rhino Page, Orlando, Fla., 1,570.
104, Anthony Colosimo, Davie, Fla., 1,567.
105, Matt Bollhalter, Niceville, Fla., 1,565.
106 (tie), n-Pablo Cerda, Sunrise, Fla., and n-Holten Bradshaw, Winterville, Ga., 1,563.
108, Anthony Caso, Spring Hill, Fla., 1,560.
109 (tie), Jeremy Mooney, West Palm Beach, Fla., and w-n-Ashly Galante, Palm Harbor, Fla., 1,558.
111, Scott Newell, Deland, Fla., 1,552.
112, Shane Nevers, Miami, Fla., 1,548.
113, n-Michael Thompson, Venice, Fla., 1,541.
114, n-Matt Gilman, Davie, Fla, 1,540.
115, n-Stephen Brown, Pinellas Park, Fla., 1,537.
116, n-Steven Baran, Sarasota, Fla., 1,531.
117, David O'Sullivan, Olviedo, Fla., 1,524.
118, Steven Grotowski, Ft Lauderdale, Fla, 1,519.
119, n-Jesse Rodriguez, Davie, Fla., 1,516.
120, n-Lee Rathjen Jr, Naples, Fla., 1,514.
121, w-n-Elise Bolton, Merritt Island, Fla., 1,513.
122, n-Paul Koehler, Stuart, Fla., 1,512.
123, n-Richard Baroff, Boca Raton, Fla., 1,511.
124 (tie), n-Leon Walsh Jr., Plymouth, Mich.; Christopher Racey, Canada; n-Derek Rathbun, Stafford, Va., and n-Manny Sanchez, Miami, Fla., 1,509.
128 (tie), n-Robert Perez, Biscayne Park, Fla., and n-Salvatore Anzalone, Margate, Fla., 1,508.
130 (tie), n-Mike Roberts, Ft. Pearce, Fla., and Han Chen, Wellington, Fla., 1,507.
132, n-Bobby Walters Jr., Pembroke Pines, Fla., 1,506.
133, Brian McMahon, Boca Raton, Fla., 1,503.
134, w-Crystal Hall, St. Pauls, N.C., 1,500.
135, n-Mike Bauer, Merritt Island, Fla., 1,497.
136, ss-Lee Rautenberg, Boynton Beach, Fla., 1,489.
137, David McCay Jr., Fredericksburg, Va., 1,480.
138, n-Brian Huther, Tampa, Fla., 1,476.
139, n-Sean Mattison, Homestead, Fla., 1,471.
140, Jeff Sanders, Ocoee, Fla, 1,470.
141 (tie), n-Jason Plaskett, Pompano Beach, Fla., and n-w-Hannah Brookins, Ocola, Fla., 1,468.
143 (tie), Connor Pickford, Plano, Texas, and Steven Jusino, Miramar, Fla., 1,467.
145, Mike Preston, Gainesville, Fla., 1,465.
146, n-Cory Lenz, Machesney Park, Ill., 1,462.
147, Stephen Wood, Naylor, Ga., 1,459.
148, n-Dennis Bush, Ft. Myers, Fla., 1,446.
149, n-Juan Gaviria, Tamarac, Fla., 1,445.
150, n-Jay Hess, Gotha, Fla., 1,441.
151, James Johnson, Waynesville, Mo., 1,440.
152, Joshua Thomas, Lewistown, Pa., 1,435.
153, n-Patrick Wallace, Jupiter, Fla., 1,432.
154, n-Glenn Williams, King George, Va., 1,431.
155, ss-Frank Gallo Jr., Jacksonville, Fla., 1,421.
156 (tie), Daniel Weber, Boynton Beach, Fla., and n-John Bembaron, Plantation, Fla., 1,419.
158, n-Jeffrey Roberts, Clermont, Fla., 1,417.
159, n-Earl Cooke, Tampa, Fla., 1,415.
160, n-Justin Minnis, St. Petersburg, Fla., 1,410.
161, n-Garrett Litwin, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., 1,405.
162, Joe Fulner III, Belleview, Fla., 1,403.
163, n-Brad Waldbauer, Coral Springs, Fla., 1,402.
164, Donald Cheshire, Fernandina Beach, Fla., 1,396.
165, n-Jonathon Bush, Clermont, Fla., 1,393.
166, n-David Pavilack, Hollywood, Fla., 1,391.
167, n-Troy Christopher, British Virgin Islands, 1,387.
168, Mike Mayo, Edwardsville, Ill., 1,386.
169, n-Adam Colton, Boynton Beach, Fla., 1,385.
170, Israel Velasco, Pinecrest, Fla., 1,380.
171, n-Michael Vitalone Jr., Lake Worth, Fla., 1,379.
172, n-Mitchell Block, Lake Worth, Fla., 1,367.
173 (tie), n-Marucio Lima, Pompano Beach, Fla., and n-Ken Schneider, Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., 1,366.
175, n-Rob Comito, Davie, Fla., 1,357.
176, n-Brian Metlika, Jacksonville, Fla., 1,348.
177, n-Mervin Hastings, British Virgin Islands, 1,339.
178, Adrian McCoy, British Virgin Islands, 1,338.
179, n-Robert Carroll, Ocala, Fla., 1,336.
180, n-Jason Smith, Jupiter, Fla., 1,323.
181, n-Marion Moreland, McDonough, Ga., 1,316.
182, n-Christopher Carroll, Leesburg, Fla., 1,297.
183, n-John Charneco, Coconut Creek, Fla., 1,186.
184, Aaron Schwartz, Boca Raton, Fla., 1,182.
185, Mitchell Shumway, Winter Springs, Fla., 1,402.
186, Vincent Balisky, Elmhurst, N.Y., 1,271.

x-Troup def. Learn, 222-200, in a one-game roll-off to decide the 62nd place in the cashers round.

n-denotes non-member; w-denotes woman.

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PBA Spare Shots: Field of Nearly 200 Ready for PBA Xtra Frame Storm Cup Tournament in Tamarac

by Bill Vint March 16, 2017 08:20

A field of nearly 200 PBA members and amateur hopefuls, including players representing nine different countries, will compete this weekend in the first in a series of eight PBA Xtra Frame Storm Cup events when Sawgrass Lanes in Tamarac, Fla., hosts the Xtra Frame Reality Check Classic.

The event, postponed from October when Hurricane Matthew struck Florida, will award the first set of points in the new XF Storm Cup series that will pay $50,000 in bonus prize money to the top five players in total points at the conclusion of the 2017 series. The XF Storm Cup events will award points to PBA members who finish in the top 20 in each event with the winner earning 25 points, second place 19, third place 18, etc., with points declining by one through 20th place.

Bowlers in the field will represent England, Canada, Colombia, the British Virgin Islands, The Netherlands, Poland, Mexico, Puerto Rico and the U.S.

Each of the Storm Cup events also will be covered live from start to finish, exclusively by PBA’s Xtra Frame live streaming service. For subscription information, visit xtraframe.tv.

Immediately following the Tamarac tournament will be the first PBA International-World Bowling Tour tournament of 2017, the Brunswick Euro Challenge at Dream-Bowl Palace in Munich, Germany. The tournament ends on Sunday, March 26. First prize will be roughly $12,000 plus a PBA Tour title if the winner is a PBA member who doesn’t accept handicap pins.

INDIANA SENATOR RECOGNIZES EJ TACKETT’S PBA ACHIEVEMENTS

tackett honor croppedEJ Tackett’s recent bowling achievements, including victories in the 2016 PBA World Championship and the 2017 FireLake PBA Tournament of Champions, have earned notice in his home state. Tackett was the recipient of a resolution recognizing his accomplishments in a meeting with Indiana State Senator Andy Zay on Monday. Zay, like Tackett, is a resident of Huntington, Ind.

Said Tackett, “I was presented a resolution for my achievements in the world of bowling! It is such an incredible feeling to represent this great sport and to be acknowledged by such important people in our state government!! Thank You Senator Zay!!!”

PBA TO AGAIN HOST PBA-PWBA REGIONAL EVENTS

The PBA will again host special PBA-PWBA regional events open exclusively to women bowlers in its East, South, Central, Midwest, Southwest, West and Northwest Regions in 2017. Dates and locations will be announced soon.

The PBA also will continue to welcome women bowlers in all of its regional tournaments, but regionals will no longer pay a special prize to the highest-finishing woman in the field. Women who are members of the Professional Women’s Bowling Association will be able to enter standard PBA regional events at the membership entry fee rate, but the end-of-season PBA-PWBA Women’s Regional Challenge which has been part of the PBA World Series of Bowling the past three seasons has been discontinued.

QUBICA AMF PBA REGIONAL UPDATE: WALTER RAY WINS 101ST PBA TITLE

PBA Hall of Famer Walter Ray Williams Jr. of Oxford, Fla., defeated Lee Brosius of Ashburn, Va., 268-221, 211-206, in the best-of-three-game title match to win his 101st PBA title in the PBA50 Fayetteville Southern Open at LaFayette Lanes in Fayetteville, N.C., on Sunday.

In a repeat of last year’s title match, which Brosius won, 2-1, the PBA’s all-time leading champion was dominant this time, winning a $1,900 prize. Williams’ overall PBA titles total includes victories in PBA Tour, PBA Regional, PBA50 Tour and PBA50 Regional events.

In the best-of-three semifinal round, Williams swept Steve Jones of Berlin Md., 232-214, 236-223, while Brosius rallied to edge Dave Sanders of Blythewood, S.C., 204-205, 212-176, 237-235. Williams also swept Joe Scarborough of Charlotte, N.C., 2-0, in the best-of-three Round of 8.

● PBA Hall of Famer Brian Voss of Centennial, Colo., defeated 2016 U.S. Open champion and PBA Rookie of the Year Francois Lavoie of Canada, 263-210, to win the $5,000 first prize in the third annual PBA Colorado Springs Southwest Super Regional, presented by Budweiser, at Harmony Lanes in Colorado Springs on Sunday.

Voss, the winner of 25 PBA Tour titles, grabbed an early lead when Lavoie failed to convert splits in two of the first three frames. Voss started with a two strikes, spared and then strung seven strikes to put away Lavoie.

After qualifying sixth, Voss earned a bye to the best-of-three-game Round of 12 where he defeated Dino Castillo of Highland Village, Texas, 2-1. He then disposed of local amateur John Cicero of Colorado Springs, 2-0, and eliminated Brad Miller of Maryland Heights, Mo., 225-202, in the semifinal round to advance to the title match.

As qualifying leader, Lavoie earned byes for the first two match play rounds. He then won his way to the title match by defeating Kris Koeltzow from Wheat Ridge, Colo., 2-0, in the Round of 8, and Team USA member Steve Badovinac of Parker, Colo., 223-190, in his semifinal match.

Voss, an infrequent PBA Regional competitor, won his fifth standard PBA Regional title and first in 31 years (not counting a PBA50 Regional title he won in 2015).

Competing in his second consecutive PBA Southwest Regional, Denver Broncos running back C.J. Anderson finished 37th in the field of 75, averaging 196.5 for his eight qualifying games.

Ivan Yee of San Francisco defeated amateur Raymond Lussier of San Jose, Calif., 243-193, to win his first PBA title in the PBA West Region’s Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort Championship at Gold Country Lanes in Sutter Creek, Calif., Sunday. He also earned $2,500.

In the semifinal round, Yee defeated Lanndyn Carnate of Modesto, Calif., 179-159, while Lussier defeated Tony Rodriguez Jr. of Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., 203-165, to set up the championship match.

● The March 17-19 calendar of QubicaAMF PBA Regional action includes the Trumbull County Tourism Bureau Central/East Open, presented by Radical, at Bell-Wick Bowl in Hubbard, Ohio, and the Odessa Southwest Open at Astro Bowl in Odessa, Texas.

● The schedule of QubicaAMF PBA Regional events over the March 24-26 weekend will feature the PBA50 Rossi Lanes Eastern Open in Elmira, N.Y.; the PBA50 Liberty Lanes Midwest/Central Open in Carpentersville, Ill.; the CCFA Strike Out Crohn’s and Colitis South Open, presented by Rhino Page, at Boardwalk Bowl in Orlando, Fla., and the Caveman Bowl Northwest/West Open presented by DV8 in Grants Pass, Ore.

● Closing out March and kicking off April’s PBA Regional calendar over the March 31-April 2 weekend will be the PBA50 Showtime Lanes Midwest/Central Open in Virden, Ill.; the Myrtle Beach South Open at Myrtle Beach Bowl in South Carolina; the FireLake Grand Casino Hotel & Resort Southwest Open at FireLake Bowl in Shawnee, Okla., and a PBA West/Northwest tripleheader at the National Bowling Stadium in Reno – the PBA50 and PBA Sands Regency West/Northwest Classic events plus the Sands Regency West/Northwest Challenge (for non-titlists), presented by DV8. The weekend also will include a Sunday-only reduced entry fee Elkhart Central/Midwest Open presented by 900 Global at Country Club Lanes in Elkhart, Ind.

● 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

Leslie Bohn, wife of PBA and USBC Hall of Famer Parker Bohn III of Jackson, N.J., has been selected to receive the Volunteer of the Year Award by the International Bowling Campus Youth Committee. The award is presented each year to an adult volunteer who displays outstanding efforts to foster, organize and promote certified youth bowling at the local, state and/or national level.

“I simply do this to help promote the sport that has given so much to myself and our family,” she said. “The memories that are created among the bowlers and families will last a lifetime.”

Bohn is involved in organizing fundraisers for youth bowling, making sure kids are aware of scholarship opportunities, organizes and runs the Parker Bohn III Youth Scholarship tournament, and actively recruits teams to participate in the USBC Youth Open. So far, she has recruited 31 teams to will make the trip to Cleveland this summer.

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Hurricane Matthew Postponement Puts PBA's Xtra Frame Reality Check Classic in the Spotlight for 2017

by Bill Vint March 9, 2017 04:12

TAMARAC, Fla. – Hurricane Matthew’s arrival in south Florida last October forced postponement of the Professional Bowlers Association’s inaugural PBA Xtra Frame Reality Check Classic, but the delay turned into good news for Sawgrass Lanes and the Tamarac area.

In the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew, the tournament has been re-scheduled for March 17-19 as the kickoff event for a new eight-event Storm Cup Xtra Frame Tour series in 2017. In addition to competing for prize money and a PBA Tour title in Tamarac, all PBA members will compete for points toward $50,000 in end-of-season Storm Cup bonus money.

As part of PBA’s Xtra Frame Tour series, the Reality Check Classic will be live streamed around the world on the organization’s online, subscription-based bowling channel. Bowling fans can watch the entire event for as little as $3.99 for a three-day subscription (or for roughly $1.25 a week, have access to hundreds of hours of PBA, PBA50 and PWBA women’s tournament programming for a full year). Visit xtraframe.tv for details.

More than 100 of the PBA’s best-known stars will be on hand at Sawgrass Lanes. Among the established veterans already entered are 18-time PBA Tour titlist Tommy Jones, superstar Walter Ray Williams Jr., England’s Dom Barrett and PBA Tour titlists Dick Allen, Josh Blanchard, Ryan Ciminelli, Tom Daugherty, Bob Learn Jr., Bill O’Neill and Ronnie Russell. Representing PBA’s legion of emerging young stars will be 2016 Player of the Year EJ Tackett, two-hander Kyle Troup and former Rookie of the Year Marshall Kent. A significant number of top amateurs and collegiate bowlers also will be in the field, bowling as non-members.

The XF Storm Cup series provides unique incentives for PBA members to compete in all eight of the series events and encourages performances at a high level in every event because every point earned will be meaningful in the chase for shares of the end-of-season bonus pool.

Competition will be intense because points awarded to the top 20 players in each Xtra Frame event begin with the winner earning 25 points, second place 19, third place 18, etc., with points declining by one through 20th place. In 2016, the points race was decided in the final event when Jones won by five points over Tackett, who led by three points going into the finale, and by six points over Ciminelli, who led early in the series.

Following the Reality Check Classic, the Xtra Frame PBA Tour series will include stops in North Carolina, Arkansas, Texas, Tennessee, Virginia and Delaware before its final event in Coldwater, Ohio, in late August. Fans will be able to track XF Storm Cup news and current point standings on a special link on pba.com once the series gets underway.

PBA XTRA FRAME REALITY CHECK CLASSIC
Sawgrass Lanes, Tamarac, Fla., March 17-19

Friday, March 17
3 p.m. - Practice session
4:15 p.m. – First-time players’ orientation meeting
6 p.m. – Pro-am

Saturday, March 18
9 a.m. – A Squad, eight qualifying games
2:30 p.m. – B Squad, eight qualifying games
    Top one-third after eight games advance to Cashers Round

Sunday, March 19
8:30 a.m. - Cashers Round, four games
    Top 16 after 12 games advance
11:30 a.m. – Round of 16, three games
    Top 8 after 15 games advance
1:30 p.m. – Round of 8, two games
    Top 4 after 17 games advance to stepladder finals
3 p.m. – Top 4 stepladder finals

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PBA Spare Shots: Matt O’Grady Wins Southwest “Super” Regional Thriller in Colorado

by Bill Vint March 8, 2017 06:54

Matt O’Grady from Rahway, N.J., normally a QubicaAMF East Region competitor, defeated U.S. Open champion Francois Lavoie of Canada, 279-278, in a thrilling title match to conclude the fifth annual PBA Lakewood Southwest Super Regional, sponsored by Denver Broncos running back C.J. Anderson and Storm Products, Sunday at Holiday Lanes in Lakewood, Colo.

The win was O’Grady’s third in QubicaAMF PBA Regional competition and his first in the PBA Southwest Region.

Lavoie, the 2016 PBA Rookie of the Year, won his first PBA title in last year’s Lakewood event. In this year’s title match, the 23-year-old Canadian started the game with a 7-10 split, picked up one pin, and then threw eight strikes heading into his 10th frame. O’Grady started with four strikes, spared a 10 pin, then struck out to force Lavoie to throw three more strikes to force a sudden death roll-off. A 10 pin on Lavoie’s final shot allowed O’Grady to claim the $5,000 first place check.

O’Grady, who averaged 256.89 for the tournament, qualified second. He edged Dylan Macon of Lubbock, Texas, 2-1, in his Round of 8 match and AJ Chapman from Wichita, Kan., 279-236, in the semifinal round match. Lavoie survived a semifinal round thriller over Andrew Klingler of Grand Rapids, Mich., 269-268, to advance to the title match.

BRONCOS’ C.J. ANDERSON HELPS PROMOTE BOWLING’S “COOL FACTOR”

Speaking of Denver Broncos running back C.J. Anderson, he admitted during the Lakewood tournament that when he was a kid, bowling wasn’t very cool. It was something old people – like his grandmother – did while he spent his time in the bowling center playing arcade games.

As an adult, however, Anderson has done a 180-degree turn, and is now in love with the sport, and all of the many aspects of the game most people overlook. In fact, he’s become so fascinated with the sport, and the advanced skills one has to develop in order to compete at the PBA level, he decided to sponsor a PBA Southwest “Super Regional” at Holiday Lanes in Lakewood, Colo., last weekend. A two-time participant in the CP3 PBA Celebrity Invitational, Anderson used that platform to explain his passion for the sport to members of the Denver area news media who came out to cover the event.

“C.J. Anderson is cool,” said PBA CEO and Commissioner Tom Clark, who also attended the event. “A great running back for the Denver Broncos who scores touchdowns in the Super Bowl is cool. All of us who are involved with bowling know it’s cool, but a lot of people have a perception that tells them it’s not. So when you have a guy like C.J. devote this much time and passion to the sport, it really elevates the cool factor in our game.”

Anderson, who has competed in PBA Regional events during the NFL’s offseason, said he is hopeful that bowling can rise to the level of popularity that would allow for more people to make a living doing it. He is also hoping that more young people will pursue scholarships in bowling, which are often available without acquiring a high level of skill .

“The bigger picture is to get other sponsors and to get a bunch of people into bowling and get the PBA back to what it was when I was younger and when I watched my grandma bowl,” Anderson said.

Anderson, who employs an unusual “wrong foot” delivery, bowled in the Lakewood event and averaged 197.88 for a respectable 68th-place finish in the field of 100.

631960468In addition to Anderson, Boston Red Sox star Mookie Betts (left) also has received considerable mainstream media related to his bowling skills, including a great feature story by ESPN.com’s Scott Lauber, after bowling with Anderson in the CP3 PBA Celebrity Invitational in January. Media coverage of Anderson’s and Betts’ bowling activities are posted in the “In The News” section of pba.com (http://denver.cbslocal.com/2017/03/06/anderson-devotes-time-passion-to-the-sport-of-bowling/#.WL5cHHsBrgF.twitter; http://www.espn.com/blog/boston/red-sox/post/_/id/51908/if-baseball-doesnt-work-out-for-mookie-betts-theres-always-pro-bowling).

PBA TOUR PLAYERS RETURN TO ACTION IN FIRST XTRA FRAME STORM CUP EVENT

PBA Tour players return to action in the first in a series of eight PBA Xtra Frame Storm Cup events March 17-19 when Sawgrass Lanes in Tamarac, Fla., hosts the Xtra Frame Reality Check Classic.

The event, re-scheduled due to Hurricane Matthew, will feature a minimum $10,000 first prize and will award the first points in the new XF Storm Cup series that will pay a $20,000 first prize at the conclusion of the 2017 series plus additional cash prizes to the next four highest finishers. XF Storm Cup points will be awarded to the top 20 players with the winner earning 25 points, second place 19, third place 18, etc., with points declining by one through 20th place.

Each of the Storm Cup events also will be covered live from start to finish, exclusively by PBA’s Xtra Frame live streaming service. For subscription information, visit xtraframe.tv.

Immediately following the XF Reality Check Classic will be the first PBA International-World Bowling Tour tournament of 2017, the Brunswick Euro Challenge at Dream-Bowl Palace in Munich, Germany. Qualifying gets underway March 18 and the tournament ends on Sunday, March 26. First prize will be roughly $12,000 plus a PBA Tour title if the winner is a PBA member who doesn’t accept handicap pins.

QUBICA AMF PBA REGIONAL UPDATE: SHAFER WINS SECOND PBA50 REGIONAL TITLE

Ryan Shafer of Horseheads, N.Y. defeated Harry Sullins of Chesterfield Twp., Mich. by 125 pins to win the $1,500 first prize in the PBA50 Strike Zone Lanes Central Classic presented by Brunswick at Strike Zone Lanes in Canton, Ohio, Sunday.

Shafer, who turned 50 in August just as the 2016 PBA50 Tour season was wrapping up, finished with an 11-1 match play record and a total of 4,827 pins for 20 games, including match play bonus pins. The title was Shafer’s first of the year in the PBA Central Region and his second PBA50 Regional title.

● QubicaAMF PBA Regional activity over the March 10-12 weekend includes the PBA50 Fayetteville South Open at Lafayette Lanes in Fayetteville, N.C.; the Colorado Springs Southwest Super Regional, presented by Budweiser, at Harmony Bowl in Colorado Springs, Colo., and the Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort Championship at Gold Country Lanes in Sutter, Creek, Calif.

● The March 17-19 calendar of QubicaAMF PBA Regional action includes the Trumbull County Tourism Bureau Central/East Open, presented by Radical, at Bell-Wick Bowl in Hubbard, Ohio; the Odessa Southwest Open at Astro Bowl in Odessa, Texas, and a PBA West/Northwest tripleheader at the National Bowling Stadium in Reno – the PBA50 and PBA Sands Regency West/Northwest Classic events plus the Sands Regency West/Northwest Challenge (for non-titlists), presented by DV8.

● The schedule of QubicaAMF PBA Regional events over the March 24-26 weekend will feature the PBA50 Rossi Lanes Eastern Open in Elmira, N.Y.; the PBA50 Liberty Lanes Midwest/Central Open in Carpentersville, Ill.; the CCFA Strike Out Crohn’s and Colitis South Open, presented by Rhino Page, at Boardwalk Bowl in Orlando, Fla., and the Caveman Bowl Northwest/West Open presented by DV8 in Grants Pass, Ore.

● Closing out March and kicking off April’s QubicaAMF PBA Regional calendar over the March 31-April 2 weekend will be the PBA50 Showtime Lanes Midwest/Central Open in Virden, Ill.; the Myrtle Beach South Open at Myrtle Beach Bowl in South Carolina, and the FireLake Grand Casino Hotel & Resort Southwest Open at FireLake Bowl in Shawnee, Okla. The weekend also will include a Sunday-only reduced entry fee Elkhart Central/Midwest Open presented by 900 Global at Country Club Lanes in Elkhart, Ind.

● For complete QubicaAMF PBA Regional schedules, rules and entry information, visit pba.com, open the “schedules” tab and click on QubicaAMF Regional Tours to find the event(s) in your area. For more information about QubicaAMF, visit www.qubicaamf.com or, for social media posts, visit http://bit.ly/QAMFSponsorship1.

QUICK NOTES

● Reminder: entries are now open for PBA members for PBA50 Tour events that get underway April 15-17 (PBA60 Killer ‘B’ Open) and 17-20 (PBA50 Pasco County Florida Open), both at Lane Glo Bowl in New Port Richey, Fla. Entries will be available on March 15 to non-members for New Port Richey if space is available. Bowlers can enter online (http://www.pba.com/Tournaments/Season/106) or by contacting Mary von Krueger at maryvk@pba.com (fax: 850-564-1717).

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