Mika Koivuniemi Wins Suncoast PBA Senior U.S. Open For First PBA50 Tour Title

by Jerry Schneider June 15, 2018 19:49

LAS VEGAS – Known as Major Mika during a 16-year career on the PBA Tour, 14-time PBA Tour winner Mika Koivuniemi lived up to that nickname by winning the Suncoast PBA Senior U.S. Open presented by Storm Friday for his first title on PBA’s tour for players 50 and over.

The 51-year-old native of Finland, who was top qualifier for the stepladder finals, reeled off the first six strikes in a 259-237 win over Brian Kretzer of Dayton, Ohio, in the title match at the Suncoast Bowling Center to win the season’s third PBA50 Tour major.

“We may be getting older but winning never gets old,” said Koivuniemi, who won three majors during his PBA Tour career. “There’s a lot of great bowlers out here and many of them are bowlers who I bowled against on the PBA Tour so the competition is still tough.”

S75_0997 copyWith the first six strikes in the title match, Koivuniemi was able to build a lead that was just too much for Kretzer to overcome.

“I really felt good mentally and couldn’t have thrown the ball better considering I don’t bowl as much as I used to,” said Koivuniemi. “I used a ball that I felt good about but it’s one that I either throw a lot of strikes with or throw a lot of splits. Fortunately, it was strikes today.

“My attitude has always been to focus on what I can do to win,” he added. “Even though Brian was bowling well it didn’t have any effect on what I needed to do going into the (title) match.”

Koivuniemi, who has been retired from the PBA Tour for three years, isn’t able to bowl as much because he is the full-time head coach for the United Arab Emirates national bowling team.

“I’m fortunate that I’m still able to get time off to bowl these tournaments,” Koivuniemi said of competing in the Senior U.S. Open and USBC Senior Masters. “I believe I can win these tournaments so that’s why I make the trip.”

The two-time PBA Player of the Year also joined Amleto Monacelli of Venezuela as the only international players to win  the Senior U.S. Open.

Koivuniemi’s previous best PBA50 major finishes were seventh in the 2017 Senior Masters and ninth in the 2017 Senior U.S. Open.

Kretzer, who qualified fifth for the finals after making a big move from 14th after Friday’s first match play round, started by winning the opening match against No. 4 qualifier five-time PBA Tour winner Ryan Shafer of Horseheads, N.Y., 208-196. He then went on to beat PBA Hall of Famers Parker Bohn III of Jackson, N.J., 243-193, and Brian Voss of Centennial, Colo., 257-196, on his way to the title match.

Kretzer, who owns one PBA Tour title, was trying for his first PBA50 Tour title. Bohn was trying for his fifth PBA50 Tour title and Voss was trying for his third and second of the season.

In danger of missing the cut to match play, PBA Hall of Famer Pete Weber of St. Ann, Mo., who was trying to become the Senior U.S. Open’s first three-time winner rallied in the final two rounds of match play with an 11-1 match play record but fell just short of making the finals finishing sixth.

The PBA50 Tour will take a four-week break and return to action with the PBA50 River City Xtreme Open presented by Ebonite in Monticello, Minn., July 17-20.

SUNCOAST PBA SENIOR U.S. OPEN

Presented by Storm

Suncoast Bowling Center, Las Vegas, Friday

Final Standings:

1, Mika Koivuniemi, Finland, $10,000.

2, Brian Kretzer, Dayton, Ohio, $6,000.

3, Brian Voss, Centennial, Colo., $5,000.

4, Parker Bohn, III, Jackson, N.J., $4,000.

5, Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., $3,500.

Stepladder Results:

Match One – Kretzer def. Shafer, 208-196.

Match Two – Kretzer def. Bohn, 243-193.

Semifinal Match – Kretzer def. Voss, 257-196.

Championship Match – Koivuniemi def. Kretzer, 259-237.

SIXTH ROUND

(after 36 games. Includes match play record and total pinfall including bonus pins. Top five players advance to stepladder finals).

1, Mika Koivuniemi, Hartland, Mich., 9-3, 8,206.
2, Brian Voss, Centennial, Colo., 7-5, 8,095.
3, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 8-3-1, 8,078.
4, Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., 5-6-1, 8,057.
5, Brian Kretzer, Dayton, Ohio, 8-4, 8,042.
6, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 11-1, 7,974, $3,000.
7, Allan Sennevall, Sweden, 9-3, 7,966, $2,800.
8, n-Steven Smith, San Diego, 8-4, 7,964, $2,600.
9, Eric Forkel, Henderson, Nev., 6-6, 7,959, $2,500.
10, Rolando Sebelen, Dominican Republic, 6-6, 7,944, $2,400.
11, Kimmo Lehtonen, Finland, 7-5, 7,926, $2,300.
12, Ron Mohr, Las Vegas, 7-5, 7,912, $2,200.
13, Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, 4-7-1, 7,894, $2,100.
14, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 5-7, 7,859, $2,050.
15, Andrew Frawley, Australia, 8-4, 7,842, $2,000.
16, Michael Haugen Jr., Phoenix, 4-8, 7,841, $1,950.
17, Mark Williams, Beaumont, Texas, 7-5, 7,832, $1,900.
18, Harry Sullins, Chesterfield Twp., Mich., 4-8, 7,788, $1,850.
19, n-Steven Badovinac, Parker, Colo., 7-5, 7,778, $1,800.
20, Lennie Boresch Jr., Kenosha, Wis., 8-4, 7,771, $1,750.
21, n-Paul Fleming, Bedford, Texas, 4-8, 7,767, $1,700.
22, Doug Kent, Newark, N.Y., 6-6, 7,755, $1,650.
23, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., 6-6, 7,714, $1,600.
24, Bo Goergen, Sanford, Mich., 7-5, 7,705, $1,575.
25, Eddie Graham, Kettering, Ohio, 4-8, 7,698, $1,550.
26, Chris Warren, Grants Pass, Ore., 6-6, 7,690, $1,525.
27, Rick Minier, Houston, 4-8, 7,675, $1,500.
28, Jeff Johnson, Freeport, Ill., 6-6, 7,625, $1,475.
29, Bob Learn Jr., Erie, Pa., 6-6, 7,590, $1,450.
30, Todd Kjell, Roscoe, Ill., 4-8, 7,579, $1,425.
31, (tie) Kevin Croucher, Grants Pass, Ore., 4-8, 7,567, and n-David Bolles, Stockton, Calif., 6-6, 7,567, $1,388.
33, n-Ben Hoefs, Mobile, Ala., 7-5, 7,558, $1,350.
34, Ricky Schissler, Brighton, Colo., 5-6-1, 7,550, $1,325.
35, Wayne Garber, Modesto, Calif., 7-5, 7,531, $1,300.
36, Mark Mazzulla, Brentwood, Calif., 5-7, 7,442, $1,290.
37, Jan Larsen, Sweden, 4-8, 7,421, $1,280.
38, Sammy Ventura, Syracuse, N.Y., 2-10, 7,370, $1,270.
39, Robert Lawrence, Austin, Texas, 3-9, 7,361, $1,260.
40, *Pat Nolan, Japan, 2-3-0, 7,348, $1,250.
41, Mike Edwards, Tulsa, Okla., 2-5-0, 6,490.

*Alternate Pat Nolan replaced Mike Edwards who withdrew in second game.

FIFTH ROUND

(after 30 games. Includes match play record and total pinfall including bonus pins. All players advance to sixth round)

1, Mika Koivuniemi, Hartland, Mich., 5-1, 6,697.
2, Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., 3-3, 6,691.
3, n-Steven Smith, San Diego, 5-1, 6,660.
4, Brian Voss, Centennial, Colo., 4-2, 6,655.
5, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 4-1-1, 6,630.
6, Michael Haugen Jr., Phoenix, 3-3, 6,615.
7, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 4-2, 6,592.
8, Allan Sennevall, Sweden, 5-1, 6,559.
9, Harry Sullins, Chesterfield Twp., Mich., 3-3, 6,533.
10, Eric Forkel, Henderson, Nev., 3-3, 6,517.
11, Ron Mohr, Las Vegas, 3-3, 6,502.
12, Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, 2-4-0, 6,497.
13, Rolando Sebelen, Dominican Republic, 2-4, 6,491.
14, Brian Kretzer, Dayton, Ohio, 3-3-0, 6,487.
15, Mark Williams, Beaumont, Texas, 3-3, 6,453.
16, Doug Kent, Newark, N.Y., 4-2, 6,438.
17, Kimmo Lehtonen, Finland, 2-4, 6,426.
18, n-Steven Badovinac, Parker, Colo., 4-2, 6,421.
19, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 5-1, 6,418.
20, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., 4-2, 6,389.
21, Todd Kjell, Roscoe, Ill., 2-4, 6,369.
22, Mike Edwards, Tulsa, Okla., 2-4, 6,366.
23, Bo Goergen, Sanford, Mich., 3-3, 6,356.
24, Jeff Johnson, Freeport, Ill., 4-2, 6,342.
25, Rick Minier, Houston, 2-4, 6,340.
26, Bob Learn Jr., Erie, Pa., 4-2, 6,335.
27, Eddie Graham, Kettering, Ohio, 2-4, 6,311.
28, Lennie Boresch Jr., Kenosha, Wis., 3-3, 6,293.
29, Andrew Frawley, Australia, 3-3, 6,290.
30, (tie) Chris Warren, Grants Pass, Ore., 3-3, and n-Paul Fleming, Bedford, Texas, 1-5, 6,287.
32, Wayne Garber, Modesto, Calif., 4-2, 6,286.
33, Kevin Croucher, Grants Pass, Ore., 1-5, 6,285.
34, n-David Bolles, Stockton, Calif., 3-3, 6,258.
35, Ricky Schissler, Brighton, Colo., 3-2-1, 6,243.
36, n-Ben Hoefs, Mobile, Ala., 3-3, 6,237.
37, Robert Lawrence, Austin, Texas, 2-4, 6,181.
38, Sammy Ventura, Syracuse, N.Y., 1-5, 6,178.
39, Jan Larsen, Sweden, 1-5, 6,150.
40, Mark Mazzulla, Brentwood, Calif., 1-5, 6,126.

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Bad Game Doesn’t Prevent Ryan Shafer from Taking Top Qualifier Honors In Suncoast PBA Senior U.S. Open

by Jerry Schneider June 14, 2018 18:41

LAS VEGAS – Despite bowling 154 in his final game of qualifying in the fourth round, Ryan Shafer of Horseheads, N.Y., earned top qualifier honors in the Suncoast PBA Senior U.S. Open presented by Storm Thursday to lead 40 players who advanced to Friday’s match play rounds.

Shafer finished the qualifying portion of the third PBA50 Tour major of the season with a 5,340 24-game pinfall total (222.5 average) to lead 14-time PBA Tour winner Mika Koivuniemi who surged into second from 10th in the third round, with 5,256.

“You have to put that experience in your memory bank for the future,” said a frustrated Shafer. “I used four different balls on the right lane alone and just couldn’t get anything going.”

While he ended the round poorly, Shafer, a five-time winner on the PBA Tour who is trying for his first PBA50 Tour title, did bowl well the rest of the round with games of 279, 221, 210, 227 and 212 before the 154 game.

“I felt good about all the decisions I made for playing the lanes and my equipment choices for the whole round,” he continued. “Even in the last game I don’t think there’s any decision I would change — I just got to a pair (of lanes) where I couldn’t figure it out.”

Trailing by 164 pins heading into the final round of qualifying, Koivuniemi bowled a 1,383 six-game pinfall in the fourth round with games of 268, 186, 279, 236, 218 and 196.

Koivuniemi, a native of Finland, is currently the head coach of the United Arab Emirates national bowling team and has been retired from PBA Tour competition for three years, but still manages to bowl an occasional professional event.

“Of course, you can find places where you could have scored higher but I’m really happy with the way I’m bowling,” said the 51-year-old Koivuniemi who has won three PBA Tour majors. “Today was a little better because I could play further inside and loft the ball more which is more the game I like to play.”

PBA50 Tour rookie Rolando Sebelen of the Dominican Republic finished qualifying in third with a 5,210 pinfall. He bowled a 1,246 in Thursday’s round with games of 212, 211, 244, 161, 185 and 233.

Sebelen, a member of the Dominican Republic national bowling team for more than 30 years, is a multi-medalist in international competition, most notably winning a doubles bronze medal in the 2007 Pan Am Games and a team gold medal in the 1989 World Bowling Championships.

Qualifying fourth was defending champion Michael Haugen Jr. of Phoenix with a 5,205 pinfall, followed by three-time PBA50 Tour winner Harry Sullins of Chesterfield Twp., Mich., who bowled the tournament’s first 300 game, in fifth with 5,204.

The top 40 players will bowl two six-game match play rounds Friday beginning at 8 a.m. PT. At the end of match play the top five players will be determined for the stepladder finals schedule for 4:15 p.m.

PBA Hall of Famer and 2014 Senior U.S. Open winner Norm Duke of Clermont, Fla., finished qualifying in sixth with 5,188, followed by fellow hall of famer Parker Bohn III of Jackson, N.J., in seventh with 5,167.

Two-time Senior U.S. Open winners hall of famers Amleto Monacelli of Venezuela, who finished 10th with 5,149, and Pete Weber of St. Ann, Mo., who finished 31st with 4,942, are trying to become the tournament’s first three-time winner. Monacelli won back-to-back in 2012 and 2013 and Weber won consecutively in 2015 and 2016.

PBA’s online bowling channel Xtra Frame will provide start to finish final day coverage of the Senior U.S. Open. For subscription and schedule information click on www.xtraframe.tv.

SUNCOAST PBA SENIOR U.S. OPEN

Presented by Storm

Suncoast Bowling Center, Las Vegas, Thursday

FOURTH ROUND (after 24 games. Field cut to top 40 players for Friday’s match play rounds)

1, Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., 5,340.
2, Mika Koivuniemi, Hartland, Mich., 5,256.
3, Rolando Sebelen, Dominican Republic, 5,210.
4, Michael Haugen Jr., Phoenix, 5,205.
5, Harry Sullins, Chesterfield Twp., Mich., 5,204.
6, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 5,188.
7, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 5,167.
8, n-Paul Fleming, Bedford, Texas, 5,161.
9, n-Steven Smith, San Diego, 5,153.
10, Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, 5,149.
11, Brian Kretzer, Dayton, Ohio, 5,131.
12, Eddie Graham, Kettering, Ohio, 5,104.
13, Rick Minier, Houston, 5,096.
14, Ron Mohr, Las Vegas, 5,095.
15, Brian Voss, Centennial, Colo., 5,094.
16, Todd Kjell, Roscoe, Ill., 5,083.
16, Allan Sennevall, Sweden, 5,083.
18, Mark Williams, Beaumont, Texas, 5,081.
19, Kimmo Lehtonen, Finland, 5,077.
20, n-Steven Badovinac, Parker, Colo., 5,072.
21, Eric Forkel, Henderson, Nev., 5,067.
22, Kevin Croucher, Grants Pass, Ore., 5,054.
23, n-Ben Hoefs, Mobile, Ala., 5,003.
24, Mike Edwards, Tulsa, Okla., 4,997.
25, Lennie Boresch Jr., Kenosha, Wis., 4,976.
26, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., 4,974.
27, Sammy Ventura, Syracuse, N.Y., 4,961.
28, Doug Kent, Newark, N.Y., 4,955.
29, Ricky Schissler, Brighton, Colo., 4,954.
30, Robert Lawrence, Austin, Texas, 4,953.
31, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 4,942.
32, Bob Learn Jr., Erie, Pa., 4,937.
33, Bo Goergen, Sanford, Mich., 4,933.
34, Andrew Frawley, Australia, 4,930.
35, n-David Bolles, Stockton, Calif., 4,922.
36, Jan Larsen, Sweden, 4,918.
37, Chris Warren, Grants Pass, Ore., 4,915.
38, Wayne Garber, Modesto, Calif., 4,913.
39, Jeff Johnson, Freeport, Ill., 4,908.
40, Mark Mazzulla, Brentwood, Calif., 4,906.

Failed to advance:
41, Pat Nolan, Japan, 4,901.
42, Keith Lesko, Prosper, Texas, 4,894.
43, Noel Vazquez, Sacramento, Calif., 4,893.
44, ss-Mike Dias, Lafayette, Colo., 4,882, $1,100.
45, Dennis Horan Jr., Oakley, Calif., 4,872.
46, ss-Ted Staikoff, Black Hawk, S.D., 4,864, $1,100.
47, ss-Paul McCordic, Sugar Land, Texas, 4,859, $1,100.
48, ss-David Axon, Bellevue, Neb., 4,853, $1,100.
49, Peter Knopp, Germany, 4,850.
50, (tie) ss-Don Blatchford, Santa Monica, Calif., and ss-Darwin Wimer, Mesquite, Nev., 4,845, $1,100.
52, ss-Michael Lucente, Warren, Mich., 4,842, $1,100.
53, Mike Kanada, Camarillo, Calif., 4,839.
54, Brian LeClair, Albany, N.Y., 4,836.
55, Bryan Goebel, Shawnee, Kan., 4,835.
56, n-Marv Sargent, Temecula, Calif., 4,826.
57, ss-Junichi Yajima, Japan, 4,824, $1,100.
58, Terry Metzner, Kentwood, Mich., 4,817.
59, Andrew Warren, Austin, Tex., 4,812.
60, n-Paul Renteria, Henderson, Nev., 4,809.
61, Joseph Petrovich, Tracy, Calif, 4,804.
62, n-Bob Baer, Henderson, Nev., 4,802.
63, Tom Carter, Columbus, Ohio, 4,798.
64, Christer Petersson, Gothenburg, Sweden, 4,787.
65, n-Dave Cirigliano, Phoenix, 4,785.
66, Hakan Fast, Sweden, 4,756.
67, Dale Traber, Cedarburg, Wis., 4,755.
68, Marty Deh, San Jose, Calif., 4,751.
69, Bruce Hall, Westborough, Mass., 4,749.
70, (tie) Brian Cooper, Henderson, Nev., and Gary Faulkner, Norfolk, Va., 4,747.
72, Tony Johnson, Canton, Ohio, 4,743.
73, Christopher Keane, Cape Coral, Fla., 4,740.
74, Edward Silva, Manteca, Calif., 4,737.
75, (tie) Daniel Miyamoto, Mililani, Hawaii, and Toby Contreras, Lee's Summit, Mo., 4,735.
77, David Allen, Las Vegas, 4,729.
78, n-Barry Zimmerman, Grand Forks, N.D., 4,727.
79, Olle Svenson, Lerum, Sweden, 4,721.
80, Mike Mineman, St Louis, 4,720.
81, n-John Hricsina Jr., Las Vegas, 4,719.
82, n-Klaus Lischka, Germany, 4,713.
83, John Dudak, Orland Park, Ill., 4,711.
84, Troy Kendrick, Las Vegas, Nev., 4,707.
85, Scott Greiner, Sunrise Beach, Mo., 4,704.
86, Darron Peters, Temecula, Calif., 4,702.
87, n-Tish Johnson, Colorado Springs, Colo., 4,695.
88, n-Dana Wright, St. Paul, Minn., 4,689.
89, Rob Rice, Sunnyside, Wash., 4,685.
90, Lennart Nyman, Sweden, 4,682.
91, Paul Mielens, Menomonie, Wis., 4,677.
92, Skip Pavone, San Jose, Calif., 4,672.
93, Brian Miller, Springfield, Ohio, 4,667.
94, Johnny Petraglia, Jackson, N.J., 4,666.
95, n-Jimmie Pritts Jr., Mathuen, Mass., 4,660.
96, Lew Elting, Carlsbad, Calif., 4,658.
97, Crister Danielsson, Sweden, 4,654.
98, Kerry Fulford, Ft. Worth, Texas, 4,653.
99, Greg McDaniel, Kimball, Neb., 4,651.
100, n-Anthony Figuiera, Gardena, Calif., 4,643.
101, Doug O'Bryant, Ball Ground, Ga., 4,639.
102, (tie) n-John Marsala, St. Louis, and Klas Thunberg, Sweden, 4,635.
104, (tie) n-Paul Appling, Camarillo, Calif., and Tony Rodriguez Jr., Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., 4,628.
106, n-Bill Oakes, Lawton, Okla, 4,625.
107, n-Joe Baca, Brentwood, Calif., 4,623.
108, Stan Winters, Simi Valley, Calif., 4,621.
109, Warren Nelson, Hemet, Calif., 4,618.
110, Randy Turner, Shallowater, Texas, 4,614.
111, n-David Graber, Las Vegas, 4,584.
112, Warren Eales, Chandler, Ariz., 4,573.
113, Jonny Hall, Sweden, 4,565.
114, Don Herrington, Ballston Lake, N.Y., 4,553.
115, n-Dennis Klein, Phoenix, 4,532.
116, Russ Simmons, Fontana, Calif., 4,531.
117, n-Jeff Row, Humbolt, Ariz., 4,505.
118, Henry Dawson, Elma, Wash., 4,494.
119, Jon DeLaney, McKinney, Texas, 4,488.
120, Ray Valdovino, Sacramento, Calif., 4,459.
121, n-Ron Hosler, Englewood, Colo., 4,447.
122, Don Lane, San Francisco, 4,412.
123, n-Nelson Sand, Maple Valley. Wash., 4,400.
124, n-Robert Callari, Cordova, Tenn.., 4,389.
125, Norm Spurlock, Kenner, La., 4,388.
126, Raymond Scrivens, Jr., Athens, Pa., 4,387.
127, James Storts, Westfield, Ind., 4,384.
128, Mike Schmid, St. Paul, Minn., 4,378.
129, Steven Jansson, Barnes, Wis., 4,365.
130, Timothy Regan, East Northport, N.Y., 4,360.
131, Doug Kempt, Arcadia, Calif., 4,342.
132, Robert Donovan, Prattsville, N.Y., 4,317.
133, Daniel Knafo, Valencia, Calif., 4,316.
134, Ron Anderson, Canyon Country, Calif., 4,309.
135, Jon J.J. Jensen, Olympia, Wash., 4,302.
136, n-Marty Hinton, Henderson, Nev., 4,299.
137, Garry Blanton, Owensboro, Ky., 4,274.
138, Rodney Garrick, San Francisco, 4,273.
139, Richard McNeill, Yorktown, Va., 4,263.
140, Glen Nakagawa, Highland Village, Texas, 4,245.
141, Glenn Morgan, Carson City, Nev., 4,211.
142, John Kidwell, Indianapolis, Ind., 4,202.
143, Frank Paganelli, Las Vegas, Nev., 4,195.
144, Charles Allen Jr., Pell City, Ala., 4,178.
145, Ross McDonald, Las Vegas, Nev., 4,170.
146, n-Jay Gneiting, Aberdeen, Idaho, 4,155.
147, Steve Stein, Staten Island, N.Y., 4,128.
148, Joe Beck, Montgomery, Ala., 4,120.
149, n-William Mcgee, Great Falls, Mont., 4,080.
150, Tim Pierce, Portland, Ore., 4,020.
151, John Austin Jr., League City, Texas, 3,996.
152, n-Dale Knight, Las Vegas, 3,805.
153, Galen Keas, Alda, Neb., 3,762.   

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PBA Spare Shots: FloSports History and Some Cool Things to Know About FloBowling

by Bill Vint June 14, 2018 14:07

FloSports is a 100% digital sports media company based in Austin, Texas. Here is some background on the PBA’s new video streaming partner as of June 30:

Floreani.Mark 2018 5x7● FloSports was founded in 2006 by brothers Martin and Mark (at left) Floreani, along with their friend Madhu Venkatesan, to provide comprehensive coverage of their favorite sports, wrestling and track & field. They raised $10,000 and invested $3,000 in a van, which they planned to drive cross-country to film events, and struck gold when their coverage of Ryan Hall’s record half-marathon drew a large following among long-distance runners on FloTrack.com.

●In 2012, FloSports began selling subscriptions to their live streaming service and other premium content. By mid-2014, they had raised $8 million and began adding new channels dedicated to specific underserved sports.

● FloSports’ philosophy is to grow sports by elevating the coverage. This is done by providing a fresh and informed perspective and offering an unmatched live experience. Bowling fans who follow the sport via Xtra Frame will soon find out what that means as FloBowling adds its own touch to PBA Xtra Frame coverage.

● Today FloSports’ list of channels includes FloWrestling, FloTrack, FloGymnastics, FloGrappling, FloSoftball, FloCheer, FloBikes, FloRodeo, FloRugby, plus more than a dozen others. The company has signed more than 330 new rights partnerships so far this year.

● In Tom Foster’s Inc. Magazine story about the birth of FloSports, he said, “(You may) recall a different upstart’s rise. In 1979, a slow-pitch softball game aired on (its) first night of programming. Years of bowling tournaments and highlight reels followed. It hardly added up to something that looked like a revolution. Until it did. Perhaps you’ve heard of that quixotic little company. It’s called ESPN.”

● Currently, there is a shift in the broadcasting and entertainment industry toward cord-cutting as the inevitable future of watching television. Amazon, Netflix, and Hulu are other notable companies offering digital content. Exactly how it will unfold remains to be seen, but one thing is certain, FloSports is far ahead of the trend.

●FloSports has more than 200 employees, 20+ channels, and is adding thousands of new subscribers each month. That means when PBA Xtra Frame switches onto FloBowling.com, the PBA will immediately gain the potential for several hundred thousand new viewers.

● One more note: FloBowling's subscription rate is $30/month or $150/year ($12.50/mo. prorated) – both include access to all FloSports channels. Xtra Frame subscribers who are in good standing as of June 29 will be able to retain their existing subscriptions at the current prices if they renew in a timely manner. If the existing Xtra Frame subscription is canceled or lapses, renewals will be at the FloBowling rate.

If you've been procrastinating about subscribing to Xtra Frame, don’t delay. Sign up no for Xtra Frame no later than June 29, in time for FloBowling’s inaugural coverage of the PBA Xtra Frame Parkside Lanes Open from Aurora, Ill., June 30-July 2.

● Learn more about FloSports here: http://www.flosports.tv/our-story/. Other stories about FloSports:

· They Started With $10,000. Now They're Taking on ESPN (Inc) - Sept 2017

· This Sports Streaming Service Aims for the Mainstream with Football Games (Fortune) - July 2017

· How FloSports is playing David to ESPN's trembling Goliath (The Street)  - Apr 2017

· FloSports Nets $21.2M for Live-Streaming Alternative Sports (Wall Street Journal) - Aug 2016

SENIOR U.S. OPEN HIGHLIGHTS XTRA FRAME COVERAGE THIS WEEK

Start to finish coverage of the PBA50 Tour’s Suncoast PBA Senior U.S. Open, presented by Storm, at Suncoast Bowling Center in Las Vegas highlights this week’s exclusive live streaming coverage on Xtra Frame.

Qualifying began Monday and continues through Thursday with coverage of head-to-head match play and the stepladder finals wrapping up the event on Friday. The finals will air at 7 p.m. ET (4 p.m. PT). Michael Haugen Jr. is defending champion.

Also on this week’s Xtra Frame schedule is the PWBA Greater Harrisburg Open which gets underway in Harrisburg, Pa., on Friday, with the final rounds airing on Saturday.

After a week-long break, Xtra Frame returns June 25-29 with exclusive coverage of the preliminary rounds of the U.S. Women’s Open from Orlando, Fla. Liz Johnson of Palatine, Ill., will be trying for her fifth consecutive, and seventh overall, U.S. Women’s Open title. CBS Sports Network will air the stepladder finals live on Saturday, June 30, at 5 p.m. EDT.

June 30 marks the beginning of PBA Xtra Frame on FloBowling.com. The inaugural event on the FloBowling calendar will be the PBA Xtra Frame Parkside Lanes Open from Aurora, Ill. The PBA50 Tour will make its PBA Xtra Frame on FloBowling debut July 17-20 with coverage of the PBA50 River City Extreme Open, presented by Ebonite, from River City Extreme in Monticello, Minn.

Fans can still enroll as XtraFrame subscribers through June 29 by visiting xtraframe.tv. An entire month of coverage costs only $7.99. A three-day subscription is also available through June 25 for $3.99, and the 12-month Season Ticket plan is offered for about $1.25 week. Monthly and year-long subscriptions will be honored by FloSports as the PBA moves to Xtra Frame on FloBowling as of June 30. As of June 30, new subscribers will enroll through FloSports.com at the current FloSports PRO subscription rates.

PBA REGIONAL UPDATE: TUHOLSKI ENDS 10-YEAR DRY SPELL WITH WIN IN TUMWATER

Craig Tuholski of Troutdale, Ore., won only four of his eight matches, but posted a winning 16-game total of 3,545 pins Sunday in the PBA South Gate Northwest Regional presented by DV8 at Tumwater Lanes in Tumwater, Wash., Sunday to end a 10-year title drought.

Tuholski, who earned $2,000, claimed his ninth PBA Regional title and first since 2008. He out-scored Tanner Spacey of Burien, Wash., by 133 pins for the win. Spacey had a 5-3 match play record and 3,412 pins for his 16 games including match play bonus pins.

Devon Miller of Dublin, Ohio defeated Andrew Klingler of Grand Rapids, Mich., 224-182, to win the PBA Elkhart Central/Midwest Open presented by 900 Global at Country Club Lanes in Elkhart, Ind., Sunday for his first PBA Regional title and a $2,000 first prize.

In the semifinal round, Miller topped Chris Colella of Indianapolis, 219-213, while Klingler downed Jason Lundquist of Columbus, Ohio, 209-188, to set up the championship match.

● The only event on the June 15-17 PBA Regional calendar is the Timmy See Memorial Tavares South Open presented by MOTIV at Break Point Alley in Tavares, Fla.

● PBA Regional activity over the June 22-24 weekend will be the Homefield Bowl Eastern Open presented by MOTIV in Yonkers, N.Y.; the Pro Bowl West Central/Midwest Challenge presented by Storm in Fort Wayne, Ind., and the Grand Casino Hotel & Resort Southwest Doubles at FireLake Bowling Center in Shawnee, Okla.

● 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 device users using the PBA app).

QUICK NOTES

Correction: In the coverage of Chris Barnes’ victory in Sunday’s PBA Xtra Frame Lubbock Sports Open, the story noted Barnes won his last title in the 2016 DHC PBA Japan Invitational. That event actually was in 2015.

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Stage is Set for Tackett vs. Belmonte PBA Tour Finals Title Rematch Next Tuesday on CBS Sports Network at 8 p.m. ET

by Jerry Schneider June 14, 2018 09:59

ALLEN PARK, Mich.  – After two positioning rounds based on total pinfall on four different lane conditions, and two stepladder semifinal rounds decided by best-of-two-game final matches, the PBA showcase that began with eight elite players based on composite earnings over the past two and a half years has boiled down to a duel between the past two PBA Players of the Year to decide the winner.

A rematch between reigning PBA Player of the Year Jason Belmonte and 2016 Player of the Year EJ Tackett to decide the 2018 PBA Tour Finals title will air next Tuesday on CBS Sports Network at 8 p.m. ET from the historic arena bay at Thunderbowl Lanes.

The defending champion is Tackett, a 25-year-old, nine-time PBA Tour champion from Huntington, Ind. The challenger is four-time PBA Player of the Year Belmonte, a 34-year-old 17-time PBA Tour winner from Australia. Tackett is a high-rev, one-handed power player. Belmonte is a high-rev, two-handed power player.

Belmonte, who will be trying for his 18th Go Bowling! PBA Tour title, earned his spot in the finals as the winner of his four-player Group 1 stepladder semifinal. Tackett, trying for his 10th PBA Tour title, earned his berth as winner of his Group 2 semifinal.

All eight players were split into two four-player groups and began the competition by bowling four games on four different PBA lane conditions in the positioning rounds, which determined their positions in a semfinal stepladder. The positioning rounds were conducted on PBA’s 36-foot Johnny Petraglia, 42-foot Mark Roth, 39-foot Don Carter and 45-foot Dick Weber lane conditions.

Tackett won his Group 2 semifinal round by beating Sweden’s Jesper Svensson, 2-0, in the best-of-two-game final match, 235-206, and 245-203. Belmonte won the Group 1 semifinal round by beating Anthony Simonsen of Austin, Texas, 265-259, and 239-216.

As the player with the highest average for the tournament (246), Belmonte earned the right to select the lane condition for the finals and chose the Dick Weber condition (which, coincidentally, was also Tackett’s choice for the Group 2 semifinal round).

Tackett won the inaugural PBA Tour Finals title in Orlando, Fla., last year by defeating Belmonte, 666-628, in a three-game, total pinfall championship match.

Preceding the title match Svensson will bowl Simonsen in the PBA Tour Finals third-place match.

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Ryan Shafer Has Big Third Round to Move into Suncoast PBA Senior U.S. Open Lead

by Jerry Schneider June 13, 2018 18:48

LAS VEGAS  – Five-time PBA Tour champion Ryan Shafer of Horseheads, N.Y., averaged 239.5 in the third round to surge into the Suncoast PBA Senior U.S. Open presented by Storm lead Wednesday at the Suncoast Bowling Center.

With a 4,037 pinfall total (228 average) for 18 games after three rounds, the 51-year-old Shafer took a five pin lead over defending champion Michael Haugen Jr. of Phoenix, who led after the first two rounds.

Trying for his first PBA50 Tour title on the tour for players 50 and over, Shafer bowled a 1,437 six-game pinfall in the third round with games of 258, 236, 247, 228, 276 and 192.

061018_S75_1332_PBA50 copy“Until today it seemed like I was starting the rounds making the wrong decisions and then had to scramble to make the adjustments I needed to make,” said Shafer, who was 17th after the first round and 10th after the second round. “Today, I had a good look right from the start so I was able to get in a comfort zone and play my ‘A’ game pretty much the whole round.

Shafer, who finished fifth earlier this season in the PBA50 Johnny Petraglia BVL Open presented by Brunswick for his career best PBA50 Tour finish, has been using a different ball on each lane for every pair of lanes he has bowled on since early in the first round.

“It’s a tool I like to use quite a bit because my wrist isn’t as strong as it used to be,” Shafer said. “Because of that, I can’t make as many adjustments as I used to with my hand position so I can make up for it by changing my equipment more often to get the desired ball reaction.”

Haugen, the 2017 PBA50 Rookie of the Year and the winner of the Johnny Petraglia BVL Open, bowled 1,263 in his third round with games of 241, 221, 183, 200, 183 and 235 to finish with 4,032 after three rounds.

PBA Hall of Famer and 2010 Senior U.S. Open winner Mark Williams of Beaumont, Texas, who was second after the first two rounds managed to hold on to third with a 3,998 pinfall for 18 games. He bowled 1,253 in the third round with games of 269, 178, 193, 197, 191 and 225.

“After that first game I really didn’t have a good feel until the end of the round,” the 60-year-old Williams said. “I was having a problem reading the lanes and not getting a good ball reaction for most of the round. But it’s all good. If I can be around the top five heading into match play I’d be happy with that.”

PBA50 Tour rookie Rolando Sebelen of the Dominican Republic finished the day in fourth with a 3,964 18-game pinfall and PBA Hall of Famer Parker Bohn III of Jackson, N.J., rounded out the top five with 3,933.

With one qualifying round remaining, the scramble is on for players to make the top 40 for Friday’s first match play round.

Other big movers in the third round were PBA Hall of Famers Brian Voss of Centennial, Colo., Venezuelan native Amleto Monacelli and Norm Duke of Clermont, Fla.

Voss, who was 17th after the second round moved up to seventh with a 3,915 pinfall, Monacelli moved from 19th to eighth and Duke vaulted from 40th to ninth.

Monacelli, along with hall of famer Pete Weber, who finished the day in 41st, are trying to become the Senior U.S. Open’s first three-time winner. Monacelli won back-to-back in 2012 and 2013 and Weber in 2015 and 2016.

After Thursday’s fourth and final six-game qualifying, the field will be cut to the top 40 players for modified round-robin match play which will begin Friday at 8 a.m. PT. After Friday’s second match play round at noon the top five players will be determined for the stepladder finals scheduled to begin at 4:15 p.m.

PBA’s online bowling channel Xtra Frame is providing start to finish coverage of the Senior U.S. Open. For subscription and schedule information click on www.xtraframe.tv.

SUNCOAST PBA SENIOR U.S. OPEN

Presented by Storm

Suncoast Bowling Center, Las Vegas, Wednesday

THIRD ROUND (after 18 games)

1, Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., 4,037.
2, Michael Haugen Jr., Phoenix, 4,032.
3, ss-Mark Williams, Beaumont, Texas, 3,998.
4, Rolando Sebelen, Dominican Republic, 3,964.
5, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 3,933.
6, ss-Harry Sullins, Chesterfield Twp., Mich., 3,930.
7, Brian Voss, Centennial, Colo., 3,915.
8, Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, 3,900.
9, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 3,876.
10, Mika Koivuniemi, Hartland, Mich., 3,873.
11, Allan Sennevall, Sweden, 3,863.
12, n-Paul Fleming, Bedford, Texas, 3,855.
13, ss-Ron Mohr, Las Vegas, 3,847.
14, Todd Kjell, Roscoe, Ill., 3,846.
15, Eric Forkel, Henderson, Nev., 3,843.
16, Brian Kretzer, Dayton, Ohio, 3,841.
17, n-Steven Badovinac, Parker, Colo., 3,835.
18, Bob Learn Jr., Erie, Pa., 3,831.
19, (tie) n-Steven Smith, San Diego, and Ricky Schissler, Brighton, Colo., 3,820.
21, (tie) Sammy Ventura, Syracuse, N.Y., and Eddie Graham, Kettering, Ohio, 3,815.
23, Lennie Boresch Jr., Kenosha, Wis., 3,806.
24, Kimmo Lehtonen, Finland, 3,803.
25, ss-Rick Minier, Houston, 3,794.
26, Mike Kanada, Camarillo, Calif., 3,791.
27, ss-Kevin Croucher, Grants Pass, Ore., 3,777.
28, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., 3,767.
29, (tie) n,ss-Ben Hoefs, Mobile, Ala., and Robert Lawrence, Austin, Texas, 3,750.
31, Mike Edwards, Tulsa, Okla., 3,745.
32, (tie) Doug Kent, Newark, N.Y., and Jeff Johnson, Freeport, Ill., 3,743.
34, Pat Nolan, Japan, 3,737.
35, Noel Vazquez, Sacramento, Calif., 3,732.
36, Andrew Frawley, Australia, 3,724.
37, Keith Lesko, Prosper, Texas, 3,723.
38, Bo Goergen, Sanford, Mich., 3,718.
39, Mark Mazzulla, Brentwood, Calif., 3,696.
40, ss-Ted Staikoff, Black Hawk, S.D., 3,690.
41, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 3,683.
42, ss-Michael Lucente, Warren, Mich., 3,678.
43, ss-David Axon, Bellevue, Neb., 3,677.
44, ss-Toby Contreras, Lee's Summit, Mo., 3,655.
45, n-Paul Renteria, Henderson, Nev., 3,645.
46, Brian LeClair, Albany, N.Y., 3,644.
47, ss-John Petraglia, Jackson, N.J., 3,641.
48, n-Dave Cirigliano, Phoenix, 3,638.
49, (tie) Dennis Horan Jr., Oakley, Calif., and n-David Bolles, Stockton, Calif., 3,637.
51, Joseph Petrovich, Tracy, Calif, 3,635.
52, Troy Kendrick, Las Vegas, Nev., 3,625.
53, Wayne Garber, Modesto, Calif., 3,618.
54, Bryan Goebel, Shawnee, Kan., 3,611.
55, (tie) Peter Knopp, Germany, ss-Mike Dias, Lafayette, Colo., and ss-Paul McCordic, Sugar Land, Texas, 3,608.
58, Terry Metzner, Kentwood, Mich., 3,606.
59, (tie) ss-Junichi Yajima, Japan, and n-ss-Darwin Wimer, Mesquite, Nev., 3,604.
61, Hakan Fast, Sweden, 3,599.
62, n-Barry Zimmerman, Grand Forks, N.D., 3,595.
63, ss-Tom Carter, Columbus, Ohio, 3,592.
64, (tie) Olle Svenson, Lerum, Sweden, and Marty Deh, San Jose, Calif., 3,589.
66, Andrew Warren, Austin, Tex., 3,587.
67, (tie) Chris Warren, Grants Pass, Ore., and Lennart Nyman, Sweden, 3,584.
69, ss-Christopher Keane, Cape Coral, Fla., 3,579.
70, n-Marv Sargent, Temecula, Calif., 3,575.
71, n-John Hricsina Jr., Las Vegas, 3,566.
72, Gary Faulkner, Norfolk, Va., 3,564.
73, (tie) David Allen, Las Vegas, and Tony Johnson, Canton, Ohio, 3,560.
75, ss-Don Blatchford, Santa Monica, Calif., 3,559.
76, Jan Larsen, Sweden, 3,558.
77, n-Bob Baer, Henderson, Nev., 3,554.
78, Scott Greiner, Sunrise Beach, Mo., 3,553.
79, Daniel Miyamoto, Mililani, Hawaii, 3,548.
80, n-Jimmie Pritts Jr., Mathuen, Mass., 3,546.
81, (tie) ss-Paul Mielens, Menomonie, Wis., and Brian Cooper, Henderson, Nev., 3,541.
83, n-Klaus Lischka, Germany, 3,531.
84, ss-Dale Traber, Cedarburg, Wis., 3,530.
85, (tie) ss-Warren Nelson, Hemet, Calif., and n-Joe Baca, Brentwood, Calif., 3,527.
87, (tie) ss-Brian Miller, Springfield, Ohio, and n-Tish Johnson, Colorado Springs, Colo., 3,523.
89, Christer Petersson, Gothenburg, Sweden, 3,521.
90, n-Dana Wright, St. Paul, Minn., 3,519.
91, ss-Edward Silva, Manteca, Calif., 3,509.
92, Darron Peters, Temecula, Calif., 3,506.
93, Doug O'Bryant, Ball Ground, Ga., 3,504.
94, Klas Thunberg, Sweden, 3,502.
95, n-John Marsala, St. Louis, 3,495.
96, n-Anthony Figuiera, Gardena, Calif., 3,494.
97, (tie) ss-Bruce Hall, Westborough, Mass., and Rob Rice, Sunnyside, Wash., 3,492.
99, (tie) ss-John Dudak, Orland Park, Ill., and Mike Mineman, St Louis, 3,490.
101, Warren Eales, Chandler, Ariz., 3,474.
102, ss-Skip Pavone, San Jose, Calif., 3,470.
103, ss-n-David Graber, Las Vegas, 3,469.
104, ss-Kerry Fulford, Ft. Worth, Texas, 3,458.
105, ss-Stan Winters, Simi Valley, Calif., 3,443.
106, ss-Crister Danielsson, Sweden, 3,439.
107, Tony Rodriguez Jr., Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., 3,438.
108, ss-John Parry, Oak Park, Calif., 3,429.
109, n-ss-Bill Oakes, Lawton, Okla, 3,428.
110, Jonny Hall, Sweden, 3,416.
111, Greg McDaniel, Kimball, Neb., 3,412.
112, Don Herrington, Ballston Lake, N.Y., 3,407.
113, (tie) ss-Lew Elting, Carlsbad, Calif., and ss-Russ Simmons, Fontana, Calif., 3,400.
115, ss-Randy Turner, Shallowater, Texas, 3,384.
116, n,ss-Ron Hosler, Englewood, Colo., 3,380.
117, Jon DeLaney, McKinney, Texas, 3,377.
118, ss-Don Lane, San Francisco, 3,376.
119, ss-James Storts, Westfield, Ind., 3,374.
120, ss-Henry Dawson, Elma, Wash., 3,372.
121, n-Dennis Klein, Phoenix, 3,367.
122, Doug Kempt, Arcadia, Calif., 3,358.
123, ss-Raymond Scrivens, Jr., Athens, Pa., 3,356.
124, n,ss-Paul Appling, Camarillo, Calif., 3,345.
125, n-Jeff Row, Humbolt, Ariz., 3,333.
126, ss-Ray Valdovino, Sacramento, Calif., 3,332.
127, n-Mike Yuwiler, Las Vegas, 3,328.
128, ss-Robert Donovan, Prattsville, N.Y., 3,317.
129, Timothy Regan, East Northport, N.Y., 3,299.
130, ss-Mike Schmid, St. Paul, Minn., 3,283.
131, ss-Steven Jansson, Barnes, Wis., 3,278.
132, Daniel Knafo, Valencia, Calif., 3,269.
133, n,ss-Robert Callari, Cordova, Tenn., 3,264.
134, n-Marty Hinton, Henderson, Nev., 3,259.
135, ss-Garry Blanton, Owensboro, Ky., 3,250.
136, ss-Rodney Garrick, San Francisco, 3,248.
137, Norm Spurlock, Kenner, La., 3,234.
138, n,ss-Jay Gneiting, Aberdeen, Idaho, 3,231.
139, n,ss-Nelson Sand, Maple Valley, Wash., 3,228.
140, Richard McNeill, Yorktown, Va., 3,220.
141, Charles Allen Jr., Pell City, Ala., 3,214.
142, John Kidwell, Indianapolis, Ind., 3,211.
143, Jon J.J. Jensen, Olympia, Wash., 3,195.
144, Ron Anderson, Canyon Country, Calif., 3,185.
145, Joe Beck, Montgomery, Ala., 3,179.
146, ss-Glen Nakagawa, Highland Village, Texas, 3,159.
147, ss-Ross McDonald, Las Vegas, Nev., 3,132.
148, n,ss-William Mcgee, Great Falls, Mont., 3,131.
149, Glenn Morgan, Carson City, Nev., 3,121.
150, Frank Paganelli, Las Vegas, Nev., 3,100.
151, ss-Steve Stein, Staten Island, N.Y., 3,095.
152, ss-Tim Pierce, Portland, Ore., 3,038.
153, John Austin Jr., League City, Texas, 2,985.
154, n,ss-Dale Knight, Las Vegas, 2,908.
155, ss-Galen Keas, Alda, Neb., 2,885.
156, n-Sean Couse, Henderson, Nev., 2,873.

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