Storm PBA and PWBA Pros to Host PBA Jr. National Championship Regional Clinics

by ddziomba August 6, 2020 15:21

New York, NY – The Professional Bowlers Association and Storm are excited to announce that eight of the top PBA and PWBA bowlers will join the PBA Jr. National Championships and host clinics at each of the regional events in September.

The instructional clinics will be a great opportunity for the registered youth bowlers to get hands on experience and advice from the top professionals prior to competition.

The Storm players hosting the clinics are PBA’s three-time title winner Kris Prather and Lennie Boresch Jr. in the Midwest, PBA six-time title winner Kyle Troup in the South, PWBA’s three-time title winner Stefanie Johnson, four-time title winner Diana Zavjalova, and 20-time title winner Carolyn Dorin-Ballard in the Southwest, and PBA four-time title winner Marshall Kent and PWBA title winner Bryanna Coté in the West.

“Storm is a proud supporter of the PBA and professional bowling in all capacities,” Gary Hulsenberg, Storm’s VP of Business Development said. “We’re very excited to join forces with the PBA in their PBA Jr. National Championship events to continue to inspire the next generation of competitive athletes.”

The PBA Jr. National Championship will be a two-fold competition starting with bowlers receiving direct entry into one of four regional tournaments at Bowlero centers around the country on September 4 and 5, 2020.

Each regional tournament will guarantee a first place $2,000 SMART Scholarship. SMART scholarships will also be awarded to one out of every six (1:6) entries in each division.

Regional tournaments will take place at the following Bowlero locations with a 1-hour clinic hosted by professional bowlers prior to the start of competition on Friday.

Midwest Region
Bowlero Wauwatosa
11737 W Burleigh St, Wauwatosa, WI 53222
Clinic hosted by Kris Prather and Lennie Boresch

South Region
Bowlero Marietta
2749 Delk Rd, Marietta, GA 30067
Clinic hosted by Kyle Troup

Southwest Region
Bowlero Euless
1901 W Airport Fwy, Euless, TX 76040
Clinic hosted by Stefanie Johnson, Diana Zavjalova, Carolyn Dorin-Ballard

West Region
Bowlero Christown
1919 W Bethany Home Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85015
Clinic hosted by Marshall Kent and Bryanna Coté

The top two male and female finishers in each regional will then advance to the National Championship to compete for a $7,500 first place SMART Scholarship. The National Championship date will be held in conjunction with a PBA National Tour stop, to be named at a later date.

Bowlers who are interested in competing must be ages 17 and under as of August 1, 2020.

For additional information, registration fees, and to sign up, please visit pba.com/junior.

With health and safety top of mind, the PBA is following local and federal guidelines on COVID-19. The PBA is significantly modifying event procedures as well as taking all necessary precautions to reduce health risks for players and staff during competition. For a complete list of standards, please visit pba.com.

About the PBA
The Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) is the world’s preeminent organization dedicated to the sport of bowling and its professional competition, with thousands of members and millions of fans throughout the world. The PBA plays host to bowling’s biggest tournaments from the Go Bowling! PBA Tour, PBA Regional Tour, and PBA50 Tour. In 2019, the PBA was acquired by Bowlero Corporation, the world’s largest owner and operator of bowling entertainment centers with more than 300 locations throughout North America. For more information, please visit PBA.com.

About Storm Products, Inc.
Storm Products Inc. continues to lead the bowling industry in innovation through our high-performance bowling equipment featuring the Storm and Roto Grip Brands. In addition to creating the highest quality of products that the top athletes choose for PBA and PWBA Tour competitions, Storm strives to continue to inspire existing bowlers, foster and develop new bowlers, and educate those in our industry to provide exemplary service to all bowlers.

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Sean Rash Takes the Crown from Norm Duke as the New PBA King of the Lanes on Night Two of the Series

by ddziomba July 22, 2020 08:51

Jupiter, Fla. – All hail the new PBA King of the Lanes – Sean Rash! On night two of the six-part series airing on FS1, Sean Rash knocked off reigning King Norm Duke and then bowled a nearly perfect game to retain the crown from contender Clara Guerrero.

15-time title winner and 2020 PBA Summer Clash Winner Sean Rash took full advantage of favorable lane conditions in all of his matches starting with a 256-227 win against 12-time title winner Bill O’Neill in the first Contenders Match. As the winner, Rash went on to bowl PBA Hall of Famer Norm Duke for the crown. Needing a double and four pins in the 10th , Rash struck out to defeat Duke, 262-255 to become the new King.

With a new King residing on the throne, two new contenders took to the lanes – seven-time title winner Jakob Butturff, who bowled a perfect 300 televised game on Saturday and the first female competitor, PWBA’s Clara Guerrero. Guerrero consistently led the Contenders Match and secured the win, 204-195.

In the final King Match of the night, Rash put up a nearly perfect game, just missing the four pin in the 10th frame to end a run at his 31st career PBA 300 game. Rash’s dominance was too much for Guerrero and he successfully defended the crown with a 289-237 win.

The PBA King of the Lanes series’ Golden Strike promotion, sponsored by Go Bowling!, continued to roll on with two more Golden Strikes thrown (a strike when the head pin is gold) thrown by Rash and Guerrero. With four strikes thrown on Monday and two Tuesday, fans can get six free games of bowing at participating centers, redeemable at GoBowling.com/FreeAmerica.

Rash moves on to the final night as the King, but will face competition from the winner of the next Contenders Match between – three-time PBA Tour title winner Kris Prather and PWBA’s Gazmine Mason, followed by six-time title winner Kyle Troup and 37-title winner Pete Weber.

Viewers can live stream the King of the Lanes series on the FOX Sports and FOX NOW apps or at FOXSports.com. Select highlights will be available on @FOXSports social handles across Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube. International fans can watch live on FloBowling.com.

FS1 will telecast the final night of the series in prime time.

Wednesday, July 22 – 8-9 PM ET
Contenders Match: Kris Prather vs. Gazmine Mason
King Match 5: Winner from King 4 vs. Contenders Winner

Wednesday, July 22 – 9-10 PM ET
Contenders Match: Kyle Troup vs. Pete Weber
King Match 6: Winner from King 5 vs. Contenders Winner

Results Night 1

Contenders Match 1
Norm Duke def. Walter Ray Williams Jr., 266-211

King Match 1
Duke def. Wes Malott, 248-219. Duke is the new King.

Contenders Match 2
Anthony Simonsen def. EJ Tackett, 217-193

King Match 2
Simonsen vs. Duke, 198-185. Duke remains King.

Results Night 2

Contenders Match 3
Sean Rash def. Bill O’Neill, 256-227

King Match 3
Rash def. Norm Duke, 262-255. Rash is the new King.

Contenders Match 4
Clara Guerrero def. Jakob Butturff, 204-195

King Match 4
Rash def. Guerrero, 289-237. Rash remains King.

With health and safety top of mind, the PBA is following local and federal guidelines on COVID-19. The PBA is significantly modifying event procedures as well as taking all necessary precautions to reduce health risks for players and staff during competition. For a complete list of standards, please visit pba.com.

About the PBA
The Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) is the world’s preeminent organization dedicated to the sport of bowling and its professional competition, with thousands of members and millions of fans throughout the world. The PBA plays host to bowling’s biggest tournaments from the Go Bowling! PBA Tour, PBA Regional Tour, and PBA50 Tour. In 2019, the PBA was acquired by Bowlero Corporation, the world’s largest owner and operator of bowling entertainment centers with more than 300 locations throughout North America. For more information, please visit PBA.com.

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Six-Part PBA King of the Lanes Series Begins Tonight on FS1

by ddziomba July 20, 2020 14:51

Former PBA Player of the Year Wes Malott looks to defend his crown in special series airing July 20 – July 22

New York, NY – Professional bowling royalty will take to the lanes starting tonight at 8 PM ET for an action-packed six-episode PBA King of the Lanes series live from Bowlero Jupiter in prime time on FS1 with a new twist – sports betting.

Top players from the Go Bowling! PBA Tour, PBA50 Tour, and PWBA Tour will vie for the chance at capturing the crown as King of the Lanes, and hold on to it as long as they can.

While fans will not be in attendance, spectators will be able to participate in the action with online wagering through FOX Bet Sportsbook. During PBA King of the Lanes, the PBA and FOX Bet Sportsbook will present a market to wager on all six Contenders Matches and place their bets on who will go up against King. Odds are now live on FOX Bet Sportsbook and available in Colorado and Pennsylvania, and are presented for entertainment purposes in all other states.

10-time title winner Wes Malott, the undefeated King from the 2009 version of the series, returns as the first King and will face competition from the winner of the first contenders match between two of the all time greatest bowlers – 40-time title winner and PBA Hall of Famer Norm Duke and 47-time title winner, who holds the record for most PBA Tour titles, Walter Ray Williams Jr.

The winner of the first King Match between Malott and the Duke/Williams Contenders Match will return for the second show wearing the crown. The same competition format, of two contenders facing off in a traditional 10-frame bowling match for the right to face the reigning King, will continue throughout the series until the ultimate King is crowned.

PBA stars having earned a spot in the PBA Tour Finals as top PBA points earners over the past two seasons - Anthony Simonsen, EJ Tackett, Bill O'Neill, Sean Rash, Jakob Butturff, Kris Prather and Kyle Troup are slated to compete. Australia's Jason Belmonte, the top points earner, will not be able to attend due to travel restrictions.

Joining the Go Bowling! PBA Tour stars as contenders along with Duke and Williams Jr., are Hall of Famer Pete Weber and Top PWBA players Clara Guerrero and Gazmine Mason.

Viewers can live stream the King of the Lanes series on the FOX Sports and FOX NOW apps or at FOXSports.com. Select highlights will be available on @FOXSports social handles across Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube. International fans can watch live on FloBowling.com.

FS1 will telecast the six-part series live in prime time.

Monday, July 20 – 8-9 PM ET
Contenders Match: Norm Duke vs. Walter Ray Williams
King Match 1: Wes Malott vs. Contenders Winner

Monday, July 20 – 9-10 PM ET
Contenders Match: Anthony Simonsen vs. EJ Tackett
King Match 2: Winner from King 1 vs. Contenders Winner

Tuesday, July 21 – 7-8 PM ET
Contenders Match: Bill O’Neill vs. Sean Rash
King Match 3: Winner from King 2 vs. Contenders Winner

Tuesday, July 21 – 8-9 PM ET
Contenders Match: Jakob Butturff vs. Clara Guerrero
King Match 4: Winner from King 3 vs. Contenders Winner

Wednesday, July 22 – 8-9 PM ET
Contenders Match: Kris Prather vs. Gazmine Mason
King Match 5: Winner from King 4 vs. Contenders Winner

Wednesday, July 22 – 9-10 PM ET
Contenders Match: Kyle Troup vs. Pete Weber
King Match 6: Winner from King 5 vs. Contenders Winner

With health and safety top of mind, the PBA is following local and federal guidelines on COVID-19. The PBA is significantly modifying event procedures as well as taking all necessary precautions to reduce health risks for players and staff during competition. For a complete list of standards, please visit pba.com.

About the PBA
The Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) is the world’s preeminent organization dedicated to the sport of bowling and its professional competition, with thousands of members and millions of fans throughout the world. The PBA plays host to bowling’s biggest tournaments from the Go Bowling! PBA Tour, PBA Regional Tour, and PBA50 Tour. In 2019, the PBA was acquired by Bowlero Corporation, the world’s largest owner and operator of bowling entertainment centers with more than 300 locations throughout North America. For more information, please visit PBA.com.

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PBA Announces Inaugural PBA Junior National Championship

by ddziomba July 15, 2020 09:11

Regional and National Competition for Youth Bowlers to Take Place at Bowlero Locations Around the Country with $38,000 Guaranteed in SMART Scholarships

New York, NY – The Professional Bowlers Association is proud to introduce the inaugural PBA Jr. National Championship. A first of its kind event by the PBA which will showcase the best youth bowlers from around the country as they compete for SMART scholarships, totaling over $38,000 in prize funds.

The PBA Jr. National Championship will be a two-fold competition starting with bowlers receiving direct entry into four regional tournaments at Bowlero centers around the country on September 5, 2020.

Each regional tournament will guarantee a first place $2,000 SMART Scholarship. SMART scholarships will also be awarded to one out of every six (1:6) entries in each division.

Regional tournaments will take place at the following Bowlero locations:

Midwest Region
Bowlero Wauwatosa
11737 W Burleigh St, Wauwatosa, WI 53222

South Region
Bowlero Marietta
2749 Delk Rd, Marietta, GA 30067

Southwest Region
Bowlero Euless
1901 W Airport Fwy, Euless, TX 76040

West Region
Bowlero Christown
1919 W Bethany Home Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85015

The top two male and female finishers in each regional will then advance to the National Championship to compete for a $7,500 SMART Scholarship. The National Championship date will be held in conjunction with a PBA National Tour stop, to be named at a later date.

“The PBA is committed to advancing the sport of bowling AT EVERY LEVEL and launching the PBA Jr. National Championship is an important step in developing the next generation of top bowlers,” said Colie Edison, CEO of the PBA. “There is so much raw talent at the youth level and I can’t wait to see these great bowlers compete in the inaugural event.”

Bowlers who are interested in competing must be ages 17 and under as of August 1, 2020.

For additional information, registration fees, and to sign up, please visit www.pba.com/junior.

About the PBA
The Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) is the world’s preeminent organization dedicated to the sport of bowling and its professional competition, with thousands of members and millions of fans throughout the world. The PBA plays host to bowling’s biggest tournaments from the Go Bowling! PBA Tour, PBA Regional Tour, and PBA50 Tour. In 2019, the PBA was acquired by Bowlero Corporation, the world’s largest owner and operator of bowling entertainment centers with more than 300 locations throughout North America. For more information, please visit PBA.com.

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PBA50 Tour Postpones World Series of Bowling

by ddziomba July 13, 2020 12:56

New York, NY – The Professional Bowlers Association has postponed the Florida Blue Medicare PBA50 World Series of Bowling, slated for August 8-15 at Spanish Spring Lanes at the Villages, FL., out of an abundance of caution due to growing COVID-19 public health concerns around the country.

The PBA and longtime partner Larry Ducat, proprietor of Spanish Spring Lanes are deeply disappointed to share this news, but considered many factors in making the decision to postpone this Senior event.

“The health and safety of our athletes, staff, and host center employees is the number one priority right now” said Colie Edison, CEO of the PBA. “We are very excited to bring the World Series of Bowling format to the PBA50 Tour and look forward to the opportunity to host this event when conditions allow.”

The PBA50 World Series of Bowling will be rescheduled and announced at a later date.

About the PBA
The Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) is the world’s preeminent organization dedicated to the sport of bowling and its professional competition, with thousands of members and millions of fans throughout the world. The PBA plays host to bowling’s biggest tournaments from the Go Bowling! PBA Tour, PBA Regional Tour, and PBA50 Tour. In 2019, the PBA was acquired by Bowlero Corporation, the world’s largest owner and operator of bowling entertainment centers with more than 300 locations throughout North America. For more information, please visit PBA.com.

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