PBA Spare Shots: Nominations Now Being Accepted for PBA Tony Reyes Community Service Award

by Bill Vint October 11, 2019 09:57

Nominations are now being accepted for one of the PBA’s most prestigious awards, the PBA Tony Reyes Community Service award, which is presented annually to a current PBA member who does extraordinary community service, charitable and/or educational contributions over the course of a PBA Tour season. To be eligible, the nominee must be a PBA member in good standing.

The community service award was first presented in 2013, a year after the PBA Tour champion died as a result of injuries sustained in an automobile accident near his home in northern California. Reyes, one of the PBA’s most popular players, was a former collegiate All-American bowler, an eight-time PBA Regional title winner and the 18th player in PBA history to bowl a nationally-televised 300 game.

TonyReyestributegroup_2012WSOBFollowing Reyes’ death on Sept. 28, 2012, a group of his fellow competitors gathered in front of a tribute masking unit created in Reyes’ honor for the PBA World Series of Bowling at South Point in Las Vegas.

To nominate an individual, click here to access the nomination form: (https://www.pba.com/Content/files/awards/TonyReyes_App_2019.pdf). Type or print clearly, filling in all requested information completely. Supplemental materials such as newspaper clippings, event programs or pictures may be submitted. Nominations are due by Friday, Nov. 22. The winner will be recognized during the PBA Hall of Fame induction ceremonies on Saturday, Jan. 18, as part of the PBA Hall of Fame Classic tournament weekend at the International Bowling Campus in Arlington, Texas.

Previous recipients of the Tony Reyes Award are Chris Barnes (2018), Del Ballard Jr. (2017), Rhino Page (2016), Ed Godbout (2015), Missy Parkin (2014) and Parker Bohn III (2013).

DICK RITGER REFLECTS ON PBA’S “MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT”

“When Don Johnson collapsed on the alley after leaving the 10-pin standing to finish with a 299 in the finals of the 1970 Firestone Tournament of Champions, Dick Ritger was there to pick him up.”

Dick RiterThat statement by Bob Burrows summarized Burrows’ interview with 80-year-old PBA Hall of Famer Dick Ritger at his northern Wisconsin home, published in the Hudson (Wis.) Star-Observer, in which Ritger addressed his role in the event that was ranked No. 1 in the PBA’s 60 Most Memorable Moments, celebrated during the PBA’s 60th anniversary season in 2018.

Ritger, Johnson’s victim in that famous match, was sitting on the bench watching the historic almost-perfect shot unfold, and he related his recollections about Johnson’s 299 game and his own career in Burrows’ feature story (https://www.rivertowns.net/sports/4560493-one-ages-ritger-part-pbas-no-1-greatest-moment).

Included in the interview is Ritger’s personal reflection of a memorable perfect game of his own:

"I bowled a 300 at the Miller Tournament in Milwaukee one year and you know what I got for a prize? Beer for a year," he said. "Fifty-two cases. I didn't drink so we donated the money to the Milwaukee Children's hospital."

COMING SOON TO CONSOLES AND PCs: PBA PRO BOWLING

Keep an eye open for the debut of the new PBA Pro Bowling game for Xbox One, Steam, Nintendo Switch, PS4 and personal computer owners. The officially licensed PBA product will allow players to bowl against more than 15 PBA stars, including Jason Belmonte, Jakob Butturff, EJ Tackett, Norm Duke and others, in realistic animated competition with commentary provided by PBA announcers Rob Stone and Randy Pedersen.

HighresScreenshot00021Click here a preview of the game https://youtu.be/5Mk9G6jDDRk , and watch the official unveiling, coming soon.

Speaking of PBA bowling games, note that Concrete Software’s wildly-popular PBA Bowling Challenge for mobile devices now has been downloaded more than 27.6 million times, including almost 2.5 million times in 2019 alone. Two-handed star Kyle Troup and 2019 PBA Playoffs champion Kris Prather are joining the lineup of players included in the PBA Bowling Challenge game.

PBA REGIONAL UPDATE: TOM DAUGHERTY WINS 16TH REGIONAL TITLE IN GEORGIA

Tom Daugherty of Riverview, Fla., defeated Giorgio Clinaz of Orlando, Fla., 220-190, to win the third annual PBA Albany Strikers South Open presented by MOTIV at Albany Strikers Lanes in Albany, Ga.

In winning his 16th PBA Regional title, Daugherty qualified in the number one position for the four-man stepladder finals with a 17-game total of 3,937. Clinaz advanced to the title match by disposing of PBA Tour titlist Connor Pickford of Charlotte, N.C., in the opening match, 256-220, and easily defeating Trevor Roberts of Crystal River, Fla., 213-184.

In the title match Clinaz needed a double and nine pins in the 10th frame to win but came up short when he left a split that handed the $2,500 first prize to Daugherty,

• PJ Haggerty of Roseville, Calif., won eight of his 10 matches to post a winning 18-game total of 4,142 pins Sunday in the PBA Battle of Black Oak Casino West Open at Black Oak Lanes in Tuolumne, Calif., picking up his 13th PBA Regional title.

Haggerty, who earned $2,000, defeated Christopher Tuholski of Troutdale, Ore., by 284 pins for the win. Tuholski had a 5-5 match play record and 3,858 pins.

• Ryan Shafer of Horseheads, N.Y. compiled a 7-1 match play record on his way to a 61-pin victory over Brian Boghosian of Springfield, Mass. in the PBA50 Brian LeClair’s Revolutions Pro Shop Eastern Open at Boulevard Bowl in Schenectady, N.Y., Sunday.

Shafer qualified second, which gave him a bye into the round robin finals. He went into the final position round match holding a seven-pin lead over Boghosian, meaning the winner of the match would receive 30 bonus pins and win the title. Shafer’s 237-213 victory produced the final 61-pin margin.

The win was Shafer’s 31st overall PBA Regional title, but his first in two years. He earned $1,500.

• Jeff Campbell of Sioux Falls, S.D., took an early lead and never trailed in defeating 2019 PBA Rookie of the Year Kamron Doyle of Brentwood, Tenn., 180-173, to win the PBA Champion Bowl Midwest Open presented by Storm in Ottumwa, Iowa, Sunday for his first PBA Regional title and the $2,000 first prize.

In the first match of the three-player stepladder finals, Campbell defeated non-PBA member Tim Gruendler of St. Louis, 209-188, to advance to the title match.

On the PBA Regional calendar for the Oct. 11-13 weekend are the PBA50/PBA60 Park Centre Lanes Central Doubles presented by Columbia 300 in North Canton, Ohio, and the PBA Japan Region’s Sound Bowl Cup Scorpion Open in Ryugasaki, Japan.

PBA Regional tournaments scheduled for the Oct. 18-20 weekend include the PBA50 Timber Lanes Open in Oxford, Pa.; the PBA50 Waxahachie Southwest Open at Hilltop Lanes in Waxahachie, Texas; the PBA and PBA50 Northwest/West Opens presented by Dick’s Pro Shop and Boulder Falls Inn at Linn Lanes in Lebanon, Ore.; the Greater Jackson Central Open at Jax’s 60 in Jackson, Mich., and the Bowl-A-Vard Lanes Midwest Open in Madison, Wis.

Closing out the October PBA Regional calendar will be the South Point West Challenge presented by MOTIV and the South Point Member/Non-Member Doubles presented by Hammer at South Point Bowling Plaza in Las Vegas.

QUICK NOTES

• REMINDER: A limited number of general admission and VIP tickets are on sale for the 2019 PBA Clash that will take place on Monday, Oct. 21, at Kegel Training Center in Lake Wales, Fla. The Clash will include the 2019 Go Bowling! PBA Tour’s top eight money-winners in a special elimination-format telecast that will air on FOX on Sunday, Nov. 3. VIP ticket packages are available for $50. General admission tickets are $20. To order tickets, visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/pba-clash-tickets-68818707607.

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PBA Spare Shots: FloSports Rebranding Includes New App for Android Devices

by Bill Vint October 4, 2019 06:49

Austin, Texas-based FloSports, the innovator in live digital sports and original content, has launched a complete rebrand across all of the 20-plus sports it covers to unify its brand identity and bring to life the company’s competitive spirit. In addition, FloSports has expanded its distribution with the release of an Android app, giving subscribers more ways to live stream their favorite sports, including FloBowling.

“Since our first live stream in 2006, we have been obsessed with the drive to give underserved sports the love they deserve,” said Mark Floreani, CEO and Co-Founder of FloSports. “We live and breathe the sports we cover.  It is time for our brand identity to fully represent the competitive spirit that is core to our DNA.”

Over the past year, FloSports has been on a fast growth trajectory, achieving more than a 125 percent year over year increase in net subscribers. In May, the company announced a Series C funding round of $47 million, to continue investment in rights to grow coverage of underserved sports. In June, FloSports launched new Apple TV, Roku and Fire TV apps. In September, FloSports acquired DirtonDirt, the home for Dirt Late Model racing.

“We are continuing to see a shift in viewership from desktop and mobile browsers to mobile and TV apps, said Floreani. “Through our apps, we give consumers a superior viewing experience and easy access to all of the live events we cover. And we’re not done yet. In the next few months, we will be releasing casting support, which allows consumers to cast live events from their mobile devices to LG, Samsung and Vizio TVs, Roku and Fire TV.”

FloSports streams more than 10,000 live competitions per year and offers a growing library of more than 2,000 hours of exclusive content. To access live and on-demand coverage of FloSport’s entire network of Flo app artsports products, visit FloSports.tv and become a monthly or annual PRO subscriber.

To download the new FloSports app for Androids, use this link: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=tv.flosports&hl=en_US

“WIRED” EXPLORES WHY CONVERTING THE 7-10 IS “ALMOST IMPOSSIBLE”

With the assistance of PBA Tour star Wes Malott, USBC’s bowling robot “Earl,” and USBC Senior Engineer Tom Frenzel, Wired Senior Writer Robbie Gonzalez addresses “Why It’s Almost Impossible to Make a 7-10 Split” in an “Almost Impossible” video segment posted on YouTube. To view the scientific analysis of what many call “bowling’s impossible split,” click on this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EMoSsCDgZys&list=PLibNZv5Zd0dxkbCooIoTnbkAHz_Z6YvTK

WORLD BOWLING TOUR LEADERS RETAIN THEIR POSITIONS AFTER THAILAND

The three leading men and three women in World Bowling Tour competition points retained their positions after the PBA-WBT Thailand Open. Two events remain on the WBT schedule heading into the WBT Men’s and Women’s Finals in Kuwait on Thursday, Nov. 7.

Based on points earned in 2019 WBT events, Jakob Butturff (1,240 points), AJ Johnson (1,088) and Kyle Sherman (1,076) lead the men’s competition with Mitch Hupé (960) and Kris Prather (952) in fourth and fifth places, respectively. Danielle McEwan (2,192), Liz Johnson (2,084) and Tannya Roumimper (1,720) lead the women’s standings followed by Clara Guerrero (1,248) and Marie Jose Rodriguez (1,184).

In addition to the points leaders, World Bowling’s Asian, European and Pan American zones will each invite one man and one woman to bowl in the WBT Finals following the PBA-WBT Kuwait Open, Oct. 31-Nov. 6, at Kuwait Bowling Center in Kuwait City. The Kuwait Open is the final WBT Finals qualifying event. The other remaining qualifying tournament on the 2019 schedule is the U.S. Open, Oct. 23-30, at Victory Lanes Family Entertainment Center in Mooresville, N.C.

FUTURE DOCTOR REID COLLIS FULFILLS DREAM, EARNS PBA MEMBERSHIP CARD

Reid Collis, who developed his love for competitive bowling as a member of the Canterbury High School bowling team in Fort Wayne, Ind., is now closing in on his dream of becoming a doctor…and a professional bowler…according to a feature story by Elizabeth Wyman published recently in the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette (https://www.journalgazette.net/sports/rec/20190929/making-most-of-his-spare-time).

reid collis.fort wayne journal gazette photoCollis, who is currently attending Washington University’s medical school in St. Louis, earned his PBA membership card after competing in a “PBA qualifier league” in St. Louis over the summer. While balancing his demanding medical school schedule with his long-time desire to become a PBA member, Collis isn’t sure how much bowling he’ll be able to do. But he’s hopeful.

(Reid Collis photo courtesy of Fort Wayne, Ind., Journal Gazette)

“I've dreamed about (getting the PBA card) for a long time, and obviously, my passions are medicine and becoming a doctor in the future,” Collis told Wyman, “but it's always been something I've loved to do ever since I was a student at Canterbury and bowling on the team there.”

Collis has two more years of medical school, his residency and possibly a fellowship before fully completing school. He has yet to decide what his focus in medicine will be. He competes in PBA tournaments when he can, but most take full weekends, and sometimes that's not in his schedule. But his love for the game remains.

“It’s just been a passion of mine that I haven't been able to explore as much as I wanted to with how busy I've been,” he said. “I'm definitely looking forward to competing in more tournaments in the future and hopefully winning one of these days.”

PBA REGIONAL UPDATE: BRIAN KRETZER WINS FOURTH CONSECUTIVE DELPHOS TITLE

Brian Kretzer of Dayton, Ohio defeated Harry Sullins of Chesterfield Twp., Mich., by 130 pins to win the PBA50 Mel Westrich Memorial Central/Midwest Open for the fourth consecutive year at Delphos (Ohio) Recreation Center Sunday.

Kretzer finished the 20-game event with a 9-3 match play record and a total of 4,742 pins, including match play bonus pins, to earn his fifth PBA50 Central Region title of the year and his 15th career PBA50 Regional title. He also earned $1,500.

• John Furey of Howell, N.J., earned his second PBA Regional title when he defeated PBA Hall of Famer Danny Wiseman of Baltimore, 224-190, in the title match of the PBA Bowlers Discount Eastern Open presented by Radical at Terrace Lanes in Frederick, Md., Sunday.

Furey, whose previous win came in 2012, started the championship match with five strikes while Wiseman struggled with pin carry on the left lane. Wiseman closed the deficit to 22 pins late in the game. When Furey failed to clinch the win with a double in the 10th frame, Wiseman had a chance to strike out to force a roll-off, but he failed to strike on his first shot and Furey was assured of the $2,500 first prize.

In the semifinal matches, Furey defeated Matt O’Grady of Rahway, N.J., 242-191, while Wiseman eliminated Jake Rollins of Glen Rock, N.J., 245-167.

• Doug Becker of Clermont, Fla., defeated Greg Thomas of Irmo, S.C., 237-204, to win the PBA50 J&L Sports Spartanburg South Open at Paradise Lanes in Spartanburg, S.C., Sunday.

Becker, who won $2,000 along with his 10th regional title, never trailed after starting the title match with four strikes on the heels of rolling the only perfect game of the event in the semifinal round to eliminate PBA Hall of Famer Walter Ray Williams Jr. of Oxford, Fla., 300-256. In the other semifinal round, Thomas defeated Greg McMahan of Dandridge, Tenn., 247-196.

Dave Axon from Belleview, Neb., and Mike Dias of Lafayette, Colo., won joint PBA50 Southwest/Midwest Regional titles in a doubleheader weekend of one-day tournaments at Junction City Bowl in Junction City, Kan.

On Saturday, Axon defeated Joel Carlson of Omaha, Neb., 245-204, to win his fourth PBA50 title and a $1,200 check. Axon qualified fourth, receiving byes to the best two-of-three-game semifinal round where he defeated defending champion Ricky Schissler of Brighton, Colo., 2-1.

On Sunday, Dias, a former Junction City champion, won five of his first seven matches in the eight-game round robin match play finals to overtake Schissler for the lead by 14 pins heading into position round. Dias held a nine-pin lead in the seventh frame and an open frame by Schissler in the ninth allowed Dias to claim his fourth Junction City title and the $1,200 victor’s check. 

Dave Arnold of Elk Grove, Calif., posted a 7-3 match play record and a 18-game total of 4,085 pins Sunday to win his 15th PBA Regional title in the 17th Annual Double Decker Lanes West/Northwest Open presented by Roto Grip at Double Decker Lanes in Rohnert Park, Calif.

Arnold, a three-time PBA Tour title winner, won his last Tour title in 2001 and his last regional 12 years ago in 2007. The 55-year-old defeated Chris Warren of Grants Pass, Ore., and Joe Petrovich of Tracy, Calif., who tied for second place, by 58 pins for the win. Arnold earned $2,000.

Kicking off the October PBA Regional schedule over the Oct. 4-6 weekend will be the PBA50 Brian LeClair’s Revolutions Pro Shop Eastern Open at Boulevard Bowl in Schenectady, N.Y.; the Albany Strikers South Open presented by MOTIV at Albany Strikers in Albany, Ga.; the PBA Battle at Black Oak Casino at Black Oak Lanes in Toulumne, Calif., and the Champion Bowl Midwest Open presented by Storm in Ottumwa, Iowa.

On the PBA Regional calendar for the Oct. 11-13 weekend are the PBA50/PBA60 Park Centre Lanes Central Doubles presented by Columbia 300 in North Canton, Ohio, and the PBA Japan Region’s Sound Bowl Cup Scorpion Open in Ryugasaki, Japan.

PBA Regional tournaments scheduled for the Oct. 18-20 weekend include the PBA50 Timber Lanes Open in Oxford, Pa.; the PBA50 Waxahachie Southwest Open at Hilltop Lanes in Waxahachie, Texas; the PBA and PBA50 Northwest/West Opens presented by Dick’s Pro Shop and Boulder Falls Inn at Linn Lanes in Lebanon, Ore.; the Greater Jackson Central Open at Jax’s 60 in Jackson, Mich., and the Bowl-A-Vard Lanes Midwest Open in Madison, Wis.

Closing out the October PBA Regional calendar will be the South Point West Challenge presented by MOTIV and the South Point Member/Non-Member Doubles presented by Hammer at South Point Bowling Plaza in Las Vegas.

● 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 and Android device users using the PBA app).

QUICK NOTES

• REMINDER: A limited number of general admission and VIP tickets are on sale for the 2019 PBA Clash that will take place on Monday, Oct. 21, at Kegel Training Center in Lake Wales, Fla. The Clash will include the 2019 Go Bowling! PBA Tour’s top eight money-winners in a special elimination-format telecast that will air on FOX on Sunday, Nov. 3. VIP ticket packages are available for $50. General admission tickets are $20. To order tickets, visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/pba-clash-tickets-68818707607.

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Jesper Svensson Ends Two-Year Title Drought, Defeats Sean Rash to Win PBA-WBT Thailand Open

by Bill Vint September 28, 2019 08:02

BANGKOK, Thailand – Sweden’s Jesper Svensson defeated Sean Rash of Montgomery, Illinois, 211-181, to win the PBA International-WBT Thailand Open at Blu-O Paragon Saturday for his first PBA Tour title since 2017.

Behind a near-perfect start to the final qualifying round to earn the top berth for the Thailand stepladder finals, Svensson, a left-handed two-handed player, picked up his eighth career PBA Tour title along with a $32,258 first prize.

(PBA.com feature photo: from left, runner-up Sean Rash, winner Jesper Svensson, third-place finisher Ryan Ciminelli. Photo by Terence Yaw courtesy of Asian Bowling Federation)

The 24-year-old Swedish star rolled games of 289, 300, 290, 218, 279 and 195 for a 1,571 pinfall total in the final six-game qualifying round to win the top spot in the stepladder finals by a stunning 217 pins over Rash.

Svensson also won the Thailand Open title in 2016. He won last title in the 2017 PBA Cheetah Championship during the PBA World Series of Bowling IX in Reno, Nevada.

The PBA Tour’s final two tournaments on the 2019 Go Bowling! PBA Tour and World Bowling Tour schedule are the U.S. Open – the season’s final major – Oct. 23-30 at Victory Lanes Family Entertainment Center in Mooresville, North Carolina, and the PBA-WBT Kuwait Open at Kuwait Bowling Center in Kuwait City, Oct. 31-Nov. 6.

PBA INTERNATIONAL-WBT THAILAND
Blu-O Paragon, Bangkok, Thailand, Sept. 28

Final Standings:
1, Jesper Svensson, Sweden, $32,258.
2, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., $16,129.
3, Ryan Ciminelli, Lancaster, S.C., $9,677.
4, Dom Barrett, England, $6,451.
5, Jojoe Yannaphon, Thailand, $3,225.
6, Cheah Ray Han, Singapore, $2,903.
7, Liz Johnson, Palatine, Ill., $2,741.
8, Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, $2,580.

Stepladder Results:
Match One – Yannaphon (225) def. Johnson (193) and Malott (182).
Match Two – Ciminelli (220) def. Yannaphon (216) and Cheah (186).
Match Three – Ciminelli def. Barrett, 206-184.
Semifinal – Rash def. Ciminelli, 209-208.
Championship – Svensson def. Rash, 211-181.

Round 4 Cashers (after 6 games, top 6 plus top Thailand and top woman qualifiers advanced to stepladder finals):
1, Svensson, 1,571.
2, Rash, 1,354.
3, Barrett, 1,348.
4, Ciminelli, 1,327.
5, Cheah, 1,319.
6, Malott, 1,307.
7, y-Yannaphon, 1,270.
8, w-Johnson, 1,257.
    y-Yannaphon qualified 13th but automatically advanced as the highest finishing Thailand player in the field; w-Johnson qualified 14th but automatically advanced as the highest finishing woman in the field.

Failed to advance ($2,258 each):
9, Kyle Troup, Taylorsville, N.C., 1,300.
10, Mitch Hupé, Canada, 1,282.
11, Darren Tang, Las Vegas, 1,281.
12, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 1.279.
13, Osku Palermaa, Finland, 1,276.
14, Anthony Simonsen, Little Elm, Texas, 1,271.
15, Chong Jun Foo, Malaysia, 1,211.
16, Wu Siu Hong, Hong Kong, 1,206.
17, Michael Tang, San Francisco, 1,204.
18, Ahmad Muaz, Malaysia, 1,197.
19, Danielle McEwan, Stony Point, N.Y., 1,167.
20, AJ Johnson, Oswego, Ill., 1,107.

Round 3 Cashers (after six games, $1,612 each):
21, Wesley Low, Palmdale, Calif., 1,248.
22 (tie), Michael Mak, Hong Kong, and Shota Kawazoe, Japan, 1,239.
24, Rafiq Ismail, Malaysia, 1,236.
25, Remy Ong, Singapore, 1,234.
26, Kris Prather, Plainfield, Ill., 1,228.
27, Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 1,224.
28, Tannya Roumimper, Indonesia, 1,211.
29, Kim Bolleby, Thailand, 1,208.
30, Francois Lavoie, Canada, 1,206.
31, Greg Young, Viera, Fla., 1,175.
32, Atchariya Cheng, Thailand, 1,174.
33, Jazreel Tan, Singapore, 1,156.
34, Zulmazran Zulkifli, Malaysia, 1,091.

Round 2 Cashers (after six games, $1,290 each):
35, Surasak Manuwong, Thailand, 11,187.
36, Nur Syazwani Sahar, Malaysia, 1,182.
37, Bryanna Coté, Red Rock, Ariz., 1,178.
38, Kamron Doyle, Brentwood, Tenn., 1,163.
39, Ryan Lalisang, Indonesia, 1,148.
40, Kyle Sherman, O’Fallon, Mo., 1,141.
41, Billy Islam, Indonesia, 1,141.
42, Pasut Punsanthaveekul, Thailand, 1,059.

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PBA Spare Shots: New PBA CEO Colie Edison Talks About PBA’s Future in Exclusive FloBowling Interview

by Bill Vint September 27, 2019 07:02

In a wide-ranging exclusive interview with FloBowling Senior Editor Lucas Wiseman, new PBA CEO Colie Edison talks about the future of the PBA following Bowlero Corp's acquisition of the association.

Edison, who noted Bowlero Corp and the PBA have been in acquisition talks for the past few years, said the timing was finally right to complete the deal. During the 24-minute interview she also talks about Bowlero’s passion for the sport, its plans for growth and its confidence in the PBA’s future.

To view the complete interview, FloBowling subscribers can click on this link: https://www.flobowling.com/video/6567640-new-pba-ceo-colie-edison-talks-pba-future-answers-critics. To sign up for a FloBowling monthly or annual subscription, visit: www.flobowling.com.

NEW PBA PRO BOWLING VIDEO GAME PREVIEW NOW AVAILABLE

A new PBA Pro Bowling video game, created in partnership with FarSight Studios, is about to make its debut. A preview of the official PBA-licensed console video game is now available on YouTube: https://youtu.be/OplDifm24I0.

HighresScreenshot00042The game will feature dozens of venues and playing environments, quickplay and local multi-player modes, online leaderboards, E-Sports style online tournaments and more. More than 15 PBA Tour stars will be included in the launch of the game with in-game commentary from PBA Hall of Famer Randy Pedersen.

Due for release later this fall, the game will be available for PC (Steam), Nintendo Switch, PS4 and Xbox One. Visit probowling.com for the latest information on the game.

PBA INTERNATIONAL-WBT THAILAND FINALS SET FOR SATURDAY

The eighth annual PBA International-World Bowling Tour Thailand Open is underway at Blu-O Paragon in Bangkok. The tournament, offering a $32,250 first prize, concludes Saturday.

Fans can follow the final rounds of competition Saturday on the Asian Bowling Federation’s official website. Use this link to track the results: http://abf-online.org/results/2019/ttbawbt-2.asp?Round=4.

Following the Thailand Open, two tournaments remain on the 2019 Go Bowling! PBA Tour and World Bowling Tour schedules: the U.S. Open, Oct. 23-30 at Victory Lanes Family Entertainment Center in Mooresville, N.C., and the Kuwait Open at Kuwait Bowling Center in Kuwait City, Oct. 31-Nov. 6.

PBA REGIONAL UPDATE: LAVERY-SPAHR WINS THIRD STRAIGHT ODESSA OPEN TITLE

Anthony Lavery-Spahr of Pasadena, Texas, steadily moved up after each round of the PBA Odessa Southwest Super Regional Open to claim his third straight victory in the annual Odessa event at Diamond Lanes, overtaking Shawn Maldonado of Houston in the final game to claim the $5,000 first prize.

Lavery-Spahr started his climb from fourth place after the eight-game qualifying round. He then moved up to third after the five-game casher’s round, and then won five of his first seven matches in the eight-game modified round-robin finals to close to within 27 pins of Maldonado going into the final position round match. Needing a win over Maldonado to claim the 30 match play bonus pins for the title, Lavery-Spahr struck on four of his first six shots while Maldonado started the game with an open frame. Lavery-Spahr continued to strike through the 10th frame to clinch his fifth career PBA Regional title.

Lavery-Spahr finished with a 21-game total of 4,575 pins, including match play bonus pins. Maldonado had 4,512 total pins to earn $2,700 for second place.

• Jakob Butturff of Tempe, Ariz.; Alx Arizala of Tualatin, Ore., and non-member Leea Haworth of Tumwater, Wash., were victorious in a PBA Northwest Region tripleheader at Paradise Lanes in Tacoma, Wash., Sunday.

Butturff posted an 8-4 match play record and a 20-game total of 5,014 pins, including match play bonus pins, to win the Paradise Lanes Northwest/West Open, a standard PBA Regional event, by 357 pins over Marshall Kent of Yakima, Wash. The win was Butturff’s 22nd PBA Regional title and he received $2,000 for the win.

Arizala won the PBA50 Gary Mage Northwest/West Open portion of the tripleheader with an 5-3 match play record and a 16-game total of 3,737 pins for a 49-pin victory over Blaine Weninger of Happy Valley, Ore. The win was Arizala’s first PBA50 Regional title and included a $1,500 first prize.

Haworth had a 6-2 match play record and knocked down 3,458 total pins for her 16 games to top non-PBA member Catherine Rawsthorne of Federal Way, Wash., for the win in the Jeanne Naccarato Women’s Open. She earned a $1,000 prize.

• Sammy Ventura of Norwich, N.Y. and Brett Cunningham of Clay, N.Y., defeated John Neral of Vienna, Va. and Matt Wozney of Clayton, Del., 505-421, 492-428 in the best-of-three-game title match of the PBA50/PBA Millsboro Lanes Doubles Sunday at Millsboro Lanes.

The win was the 11th career regional title for Ventura and his third of 2019. Cunningham, who bowled this event as a non-member, does not receive credit for a PBA Regional title. Ventura and Cunningham each earned $2,000.

In the best-of-three semifinal round, Ventura and Cunningham defeated Robert Boehm of Nutley, N.J. and Andrew Suscreba of Clifton, N.J., 2-1, while Neral and Wozney defeated Parker Bohn III of Jackson, N.J. and Kerry Smith of Lititz, Pa., 2-0.

A week after winning his first PBA Regional title, Justin Knowles of Okemos, Mich. defeated Joe Bailey of Doylestown, Ohio, 248-174, to win the PBA EZ Bowl Central Open Sunday at EZ Bowl for his second title. Knowles, who earned $2,300 in Bluffton, Ind., won the PBA Sturgis/Storm Central/Midwest Open for his first title the previous Sunday in Sturgis, Mich.

Bailey defeated Kurt Pilon of Sterling Heights, Mich., 245-198, to advance to the championship match after Pilon downed Ric McCormick of Cincinnati, 234-189, in the first stepladder match.

• Nick Pate of Inver Grove Heights, Minn. defeated Brady Stearns of Saint Augusta, Minn., 229-193, to win the PBA Ten Pin Alley Midwest Open at Ten Pin Alley in Fitchburg, Wis., Saturday for his first PBA Regional title and the $2,000 first prize.

In the first match of the three-player stepladder finals, Stearns defeated Ryan Zagar of Racine Wis., 237-135, to advance to the title match.

September’s busy calendar of PBA Regional events will conclude over the Sept. 27-29 weekend with the Bowlers Discount Pro Shop East Open presented by Radical at Terrace Lanes in Frederick, Md.; the PBA50 Mel Westrich Memorial Central/Midwest Open at Delphos Recreation in Delphos, Ohio; the PBA50 J&L Sports South Open at Paradise Lanes in Spartanburg, S.C.; the back-to-back PBA50 Junction City Bowl Southwest/Midwest Open I and II one-day events in Junction City, Kan.; and the 17th annual Double Decker Lanes West/Northwest Open presented by Roto Grip in Rohnert Park, Calif.

● 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 and Android device users using the PBA app).

QUICK NOTES

If you missed the live coverage of the FloBowling PBA ATX Invite, the complete webcast is available to FloBowling subscribers at this link: https://www.flobowling.com/?utm_campaign=TemplateHead&utm_medium=Email&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Newsletter&utm_source=newsletter

Veteran PBA East Region competitor Eric Race of Schoharie, N.Y., died from brain cancer on Aug. 31. He was 67. The owner/operator of a carpet and cleaning business, Race loved bowling and the Boston Red Sox. For information regarding services when it becomes available, visit: http://www.langanfuneralhome.com/obituary/eric-race.

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Bill O’Neill Helps Norm Duke Lock Up Eighth and Final Berth in End-of-Season PBA Clash

by Bill Vint September 25, 2019 08:00

CHICAGO – The end-of-season PBA Clash field of the eight leading PBA players based on Go Bowling! PBA Tour earnings for 2019 is set in the aftermath of Saturday’s FloBowling PBA ATX Invite where Bill O’Neill of Langhorne, Pa., locked up Norm Duke’s berth in the Clash.

When O’Neill, the ATX Invite winner, defeated Kyle Sherman of O’Fallon, Mo., in the first elimination round of the Invite, 280-212, Sherman’s hope to make the elite PBA Clash field also was over. Sherman needed to win the $25,000 first prize to overtake the PBA Hall of Famer from Clermont, Fla., for eighth place on the earnings list.

Duke, who didn’t qualify to participate in the ATX Invite, qualified for the Clash with $97,415 while Sherman, who earned $3,750 as a first-round loser in the final event of the FloBowling PBA Summer Tour, finished the Clash qualifying period with $85,965.

The second PBA Clash will be contested on Monday, Oct. 21, at Kegel Training Center in Lake Wales, Fla., for airing on FOX on Sunday, Nov. 3. Marshall Kent, who won the inaugural PBA Clash, didn’t qualify for this year’s event. The following players (with their earnings totals for 2019) will compete for a $50,000 first prize in the Clash:

    1, Jason Belmonte, Australia, $275,290.
    2, Jakob Butturff, Mesa, Ariz., $185,780.
    3, Bill O’Neill, Langhorne, Pa., $177,148.
    4, Kris Prather, Plainfield, Ill., $175,248.
    5, EJ Tackett, Bluffton, Ind., $170,445.
    6, Anthony Simonsen, Little Elm, Texas, $159,340.
    7, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., $127,968.
    8, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., $97,415.

General admission and VIP tickets for the PBA Clash are available online. To order, visit: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/pba-clash-tickets-68818707607. VIP ticket packages are $50; general admission tickets are $20.

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