PBA Announces 15-Tournament 2019 PBA50/60 Tour Season Schedule; Season to Feature Three Majors and Three New Venues

by Jerry Schneider December 10, 2018 07:28

CHICAGO - The Professional Bowlers Association has released its 2019 15-stop PBA50/60 Tour schedule that includes three majors and three new events. All of the PBA50/60 events are expected to be streamed live from start to finish by PBA Xtra Frame on FloBowling.

After kicking off the season with the PBA50 Johnny Petraglia Open presented by Brunswick at Maple Countryside Lanes in Clearwater, Fla., April 14-17, the season’s first major returns to Spanish Springs Lanes in The Villages, Fla., April 22-26 for the PBA50 National Championship presented by Spanish Springs Lanes and Radical.

The season’s two other majors return to Las Vegas for the USBC Senior Masters June 2-9 at Sam’s Town and the Suncoast PBA Senior U.S. Open presented by Storm June 9-14 at the Suncoast Bowling Center.

New events in 2019 will include the PBA50 Hamilton Lanes & Entertainment Center Open in Trenton, N.J., May 3-5, and two stops at Jax 60 Lanes in Jackson, Mich., the PBA50 Dave Small’s Jax 60 Open, July 30-Aug. 2, and PBA60 Dave Small’s Jax 60 Open, Aug. 3-5.

The PBA50 Tour will also make return trips to Mooresville, N.C., Brentwood, Calif., Monticello, Minn., Hammond, Ind., Anderson, Ind., and Wyoming, Mich.

There will be two other events for players 60 and over which are: USBC Super Senior Classic at Sam’s Town, May 29-June 2, and PBA60 Dick Weber Championship presented by 900 Global Aug. 4-7 at Pro Bowl West in Goshen, Ind., to close out the season.

Players can enter beginning March 4 online at pba.com or by downloading an entry form and emailing it to Mary von Krueger at mary@pba.com.

2019 PBA50 TOUR SCHEDULE

April 14-17 – PBA50 Johnny Petraglia BVL Open presented by Brunswick, Maple Countryside Lanes, Clearwater, Fla.

April 22-26 – PBA50 National Championship presented by Spanish Springs Lanes and Radical, Spanish Springs Lanes, The Villages, Fla.

April 28-May 1 – PBA50 Mooresville Open, presented by the Mooresville Convention and Visitors Bureau and Columbia300

May 3-5 – PBA50 Hamilton Lanes & Entertainment Center Open, Hamilton Lanes & Entertainment Center, Trenton, N.J.

May 25-28 – PBA50 Northern California Classic presented by MOTIV, Harvest Park Bowl, Brentwood, Calif.

May 29-June 2 –USBC Super Senior Classic, Sam's Town, Las Vegas.

June 2-9 – USBC Senior Masters, Sam's Town, Las Vegas.

June 9-14 – Suncoast PBA Senior U.S. Open presented by Storm, Suncoast Bowling Center, Las Vegas

July 9-12 – PBA50 River City Extreme Open presented by Hammer, River City Extreme, Monticello, Minn.

July 15-18 – PBA50 South Shore Open presented by Ebonite, Olympia Lanes, Hammond, Ind.

July 20-23 - PBA50 Dave Small's Championship Lanes Classic presented by Roto Grip, Dave Small's Championship Lanes, Anderson, Ind.

July 25-28 – PBA50 Spectrum Lanes Open, Spectrum Lanes, Wyoming, Mich.

July 30-Aug. 2 – PBA50 Dave Small's Jax 60 Open, Jax 60, Jackson, Mich.

Aug. 3-5 –PBA60 Dave Small's Jax 60 Open, Jax 60, Jackson, Mich.

Aug. 7-9 – PBA60 Dick Weber Championship presented by 900 Global, Pro Bowl West, Fort Wayne, Ind.

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PBA Spare Shots: EJ Tackett Claims Third Berth in 2019 World Bowling Tour Men’s Finals

by Bill Vint December 6, 2018 09:04

Thanks in part to a gold-medal performance in all-events in the World Bowling Men’s Championships in Hong Kong last week, EJ Tackett of Bluffton, Ind., claimed the third berth in the 2019 World Bowling Tour Men’s Finals that will be contested on Sunday, Jan. 6, at the International Research and Training Center in Arlington, Texas, for broadcast on FS1 on March 10.

Tackett will join 2018 WBT points leader Anthony Simonsen of Little Elm, Texas, and Stuart Williams of England in the men’s finals. The WBT Women’s Finals, presented by the PBA, will feature Danielle McEwan of Stony Point, N.Y.; Liz Johnson of Palatine, Ill., and Daria Pajak of Poland.

Featured photo caption: Team USA’s World Bowling Men’s Championships trios gold medalists, from left: EJ Tackett, Kyle Troup and Andrew Anderson.

On his way to winning the all-events gold medal in Hong Kong, Tackett also won gold in trios with Team USA teammates Andrew Anderson and Kyle Troup, and a silver medal in doubles with Anderson, PBA’s newly-crowned 2018 Chris Schenkel PBA Player of the Year. Anderson was also silver-medalist in all-events.

WBT Men’s and Women’s Finalists were determined based on competition points earned in WBT events during calendar year 2018. For a complete summary of World Bowling Men’s Championships results, visit worldbowling.org.

INTERNATIONAL BOWLING MUSEUM TO UNVEIL PBA HALL OF FAME EXHIBIT

The International Bowling Museum and Hall of Fame in Arlington, Texas, will unveil a new PBA Hall of Fame exhibit featuring items on loan from 2019 PBA Hall of Fame inductees Patrick Allen, Mika Koivuniemi, Bob Johnson and Jim Doty.

The PBA Hall of Fame exhibit, which will celebrate the organization’s role as the “major league of bowling in the world,” will hold its premier on Saturday, Jan. 5, in conjunction with the newest inductions. The Arlington-based IBM/HF serves as the home of the PBA Hall of Fame.

PBA REGIONAL UPDATE: MIKE BAILEY WINS BEAUMONT SOUTHWEST OPEN

Mike Bailey from Irving, Texas, defeated Anthony Lavery-Spahr of Pasadena, Texas, 258-202, in the position round final match to win the 17th annual PBA Beaumont Southwest Open at Crossroads Bowling Center in Beaumont, Texas, Sunday. The victory was Bailey’s seventh in PBA Regional competition and his second in 2018.

Bailey battled Lavery-Spahr for the lead through most of the match play finals, but trailed Lavery-Spahr by 78 pins before the final game. With the 30 bonus pins awarded for winning the match, Bailey made up the deficit with a 258-202 win to claim the $2,500 first place check.

Bailey finished the event 18 pins ahead of Lavery-Spahr’s 4,853. Houston’s David Scardaville finished in third place.

Mike Moore and non-PBA member partner Shawn Naumann, both of Orlando, Fla., defeated Cristian Azcona of Puerto Rico and non-member Justin Dunn of Deland, Fla., 451-335, in a total pinfall match to win the $4,000 first prize in the PBA South Region Member/Non-Member Doubles at Break Point Alley Bowling Center in Tavares, Fla., Sunday.

Moore and Naumann won six of their eight matches and finished with a 16-game total of 7,042 pins to qualify first. Azcona and Dunn, who shared $2,000 for second place, eliminated Dave Stouffer of Lehigh Acres, Florida, and Lee Rathjen of Naples, Fla., 446-377, in the first stepladder match.

Harry Sullins of Chesterfield Twp., Mich., defeated top qualifier Mike Steil of Wheeling, Ill., 224-194, to win the PBA50 Victory Lanes Midwest/Central Open at Victory Lanes in Kankakee, Ill., Sunday. The tournament was Rich Weber’s final tournament as PBA Midwest Region tournament manager. Weber will officially retire on December 31.

Sullins, who earned $1,500 along with his 36th overall PBA Regional title and his fourth at Victory Lanes, defeated Gary Alstott of Washington, Ill., 267-214, in the semifinal game to advance to the championship match after Alstott eliminated Brian Kretzer of Dayton, Ohio, 234-221, in the first match.

Scott Kinkaid of Elizabethtown, Pa., defeated Steven Kotowski of Clark, N.J., 278-236, to win the PBA MJK Pro Shop/Knob Hill Eastern Challenge presented by Brunswick in Manalapan, N.J., on Saturday.

PBA Challenge events are open to any member or non-member who has never won a PBA event.

Kinkaid, a 44-year-old non-PBA member, was bowling in his 12th PBA event. He qualified sixth and then dominated the field in the bracket elimination finals. He posted 6-1 record, averaging 262.4 over the seven games. Kotowski, also a non-member who was competing in only his second PBA event, posted a 5-2 record.

Kinkaid earned $1,500 for the win, but does not receive credit for a PBA Regional title because he is a non-member.

In the semifinal matches, Kinkaid topped Michael Markis of Tafton, Pa., 269-234, and Kotowski defeated Jeremy Milito of Holbrook, N.Y., 223-214.

● The PBA50 Timber Lanes East Open, originally scheduled for the Dec. 7-9 weekend in Oxford, Pa., has been postponed until 2019.

● As the PBA heads toward the year-end holidays, a limited schedule of PBA Regional competition is on tap for the Dec. 14-16 weekend, including the Reality Check/CareHawk South Classic at Sawgrass Lanes in Tamarac, Fla., and the Warren Harley-Davidson Central-East Challenge for non-title winners at Freeway Lanes of Warren, Ohio.

● Closing out PBA’s 2018 regional calendar will be the PBA50/PBA Houston Emerald Bowl Doubles presented by Bowling Dynamix over the Dec. 21-23 weekend, and the PBA Japan Region’s Scorpion and Women’s Scorpion Open tournaments at Tokyo Hagashiyamato Grand Bowl.

● 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:

Del Ballard Jr., recipient of the 2017 PBA Tony Reyes Memorial Community Service Award, and wife Carolyn Dorin-Ballard have announced a $72,000 contribution to Cancer Care Services in the wake of their annual “Ballard Vs. The Big C” fund-raiser in Dallas.

Chris Barnes, the 2018 PBA Tony Reyes Memorial Community Service Award recipient, and wife Lynda drew a field of 241 participations for their 14th annual Barnes Thanksgiving Classic tournament at Plano Super Bowl in the Dallas area, awarding a total of $17,750 in scholarships.

Correction: the correct dates for the 20th anniversary Striking Against Breast Cancer Mixed Doubles tournament in Houston, Texas, are Thursday, July 25 through Sunday, July 28. The tournament will be part of the 2019 USBC Cup points series and will be covered live from start to finish by PBA Xtra Frame on FloBowling.

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USBC Cup Highlights PBA’s Six-City Eight-Tournament 2019 Summer Tour Schedule on FloBowling

by Jerry Schneider December 5, 2018 11:43

 

Expanding upon what already will be an historic year of competition, Professional Bowlers Association CEO and Commissioner Tom Clark today announced a six-city, eight-tournament summer series as part of the 2019 Go Bowling! PBA Tour schedule that will include a $40,000 USBC Cup points competition.

The 2019 PBA Summer Tour will award eight PBA Tour titles beginning with the 20th anniversary PBA/PWBA Striking Against Breast Cancer Mixed Doubles in Houston in July and continuing with stops in Chesapeake, Va.; Wilmington, N.C.; Middletown, Del., and Coldwater, Ohio, before ending in late August with the FloBowling PBA Summer Swing which will include two animal pattern events and the Aurora Open finale in Aurora, Ill. Complete tournament schedules and formats will be announced later.

Open to PBA members as well as non-members, all eight events will be streamed live from first ball to last by PBA Xtra Frame on FloBowling. For subscription and schedule information visit www.flobowling.com.

All summer tour events except the Aurora Open will be classified as Tier 3 points events under the PBA’s Tier 1-2-3 points system. The Aurora Open will be a Tier 2 event. The top five PBA members at the end of the summer tour will share in the $40,000 USBC Cup prize fund – including $20,000 to the points leader. The USBC Cup points bonus, sponsored by the United States Bowling Congress, will be part of the summer tour for the next three seasons. All competition points earned during the summer tour will also apply to 2020 DHC PBA Japan Invitational and 2020 PBA Tour Finals eligibility.

2019 GO BOWLING! PBA SUMMER TOUR SCHEDULE

July 25-28 - Storm PBA Striking Against Breast Cancer Mixed Doubles, Copperfield Lanes, Houston, Texas

August 9-11 - PBA Chesapeake Open, AMF Western Branch Lanes, Chesapeake, Va.

August 12-14 - PBA Wilmington Open, Ten Pin Alley Family Fun Center, Wilmington, N.C.

August 16-18- PBA Gene Carter's Pro Shop Classic, Mid-County Lanes, Middletown, Del.

August 21-23 - PBA Bowlerstore.com Classic presented by Moxy’s Xtra Pair, Pla-Mor Lanes, Coldwater, Ohio

August 24-31 - FloBowling PBA Summer Swing (Wolf Open, Bear Open, Aurora Open), Parkside Lanes, Aurora, Ill.

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PBA Spare Shots: H5G Brands Offers New Line of PBA Replica Jerseys in Time for Christmas

by Bill Vint November 30, 2018 13:34

H5G Brands, the PBA’s official dye-sublimated jersey provider, has unveiled a new line of replica jerseys in time for the Christmas gift-giving season.

2019_AndrewAnderson_0001The new line of jerseys feature new looks and designs that have been worn by many of PBA’s top stars in the past as well as designs that will be worn when the 2019 Go Bowling! PBA Tour season gets underway. Jersey designs include those worn in PBA League competition.

Fans can check out H5G Brands’ (formerly High 5 Gear) line of PBA replica jerseys at: http://h5gbrands.com/bowling/replica-jerseys/pba-pro-replica-jerseys.html or review HG5 Brands’ full line of apparel and related products at http://h5gbrands.com/?SID=250b1bd71rp4inldlpdv6gs5u6. Jerseys are available in a full range of sizes and assorted styles.

PBA TOUR ADDS THREE INTERNATIONAL EVENTS TO 2019 SCHEDULE

The PBA has announced the addition of three international events to the 2019 Go Bowling! PBA Tour schedule, adding to the number of tournaments that will award PBA Tour titles as well as men’s World Bowling Tour competition points.

PBA Tour events that will award WBT points in 2019 are listed below. None of the events will allow handicap pins for women:

● March 12-21 – PBA World Championship, Allen Park, Mich.;

● March 26-April 1 – USBC Masters, Las Vegas;

● July tba – Striking Against Breast Cancer Mixed Doubles, Houston, Texas;

● tba – Illinois Open, Aurora, Ill.;

● tba – U.S. Open;

● Aug. 24-Sept. 9 – Lucky Larsen Masters, Helsingborg, Sweden;

● Sept. 27-Oct. 4 – WBT Thailand Open, Bangkok, Thailand;

● Oct. 31-Nov. 6 – Kuwait Open, Kuwait City, Kuwait.

ILLINOIS NATIVE BOBBY JAKEL TO MANAGE PBA MIDWEST REGION

Photos from the PBA Players Draft at Woodland Bowl in 
Indianapolis, IN.  Saturday, Feb. 17 2018. (Photo Alan Petersime)Lockport, Ill., native Bobby Jakel, the PBA Central Region manager since 2006, will succeed Rich Weber as PBA Midwest Region manager at the start of the 2019 season.

Jakel, a 49-year-old graduate of Illinois State University where he majored in psychology and bowled with the Redbirds for four years, will become the PBA Midwest Region’s seventh manager, following in the footsteps of Pat Patterson, Ray Bluth, Don McClaren, Dick Weber, John Weber and Rich Weber. He also will continue to manage the PBA Central Region.

“I’m looking forward to handling duties in both regions and seeing Midwest bowlers more often,” Jakel said.

PBA REGIONAL UPDATE: BAILEY WINS SOUTHWEST TITLE IN BEAUMONT

PBA Southwest Region veteran Mike Bailey of Irving, Texas, won his seventh career regional title in the Beaumont Southwest Open Sunday at Crossroads Bowling Center in Beaumont, Texas, defeating Anthony Lavery-Spahr of Pasadena, Texas, by 18 pins to claim the $2,500 first prize.

Bailey posted a 4-4 match play record in the final round, but needed a 258-202 win over Lavery-Spahr in the final match to claim the title. Lavery-Spahr finished with a 4,853 pinfall total for the 21-game event. David Scardaville of Houston was third with 4,653 pins followed by Sean Lavery-Spahr in fourth with a 4,622 total.

● The November PBA Regional calendar comes to a close over the Nov. 30-Dec. 2 weekend with the Knob Hill/MJK Pro Shop Challenge (a non-champions event) presented by Brunswick at Knob Hill Country Lanes in Manalapan, N.J.; the PBA50 Victory Lanes Midwest Open presented by Allstate in Kankakee, Ill.; and the re-scheduled Break Point Alley Member/Non-Member Doubles in Tavares, Fla.

● 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).

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10th Anniversary PBA World Series of Bowling to Return to its Original Home in Suburban Detroit in 2019

by Bill Vint November 30, 2018 08:23

ALLEN PARK, Mich. – The 10th anniversary Professional Bowlers Association World Series of Bowling will return to its original home at Thunderbowl Lanes in suburban Detroit in March where it will write a new chapter in bowling history with five consecutive nights of prime-time national television coverage on FS1.

PBA’s World Series of Bowling, created in 2009 as a multi-event series of tournaments, has grown into the most important international event in bowling, annually attracting the most talented bowlers from around the world. And the 2019 WSOB X will continue the trend, concluding with an historic television package including four consecutive nights of live championship tournament finals telecasts – Monday through Thursday, March 18, 19, 20 and 21 – plus a USA vs. The World team match featuring the World Series’ top performers on Friday, March 22.

The five consecutive nights of prime-time coverage is a first in bowling history, and an important segment in the PBA’s 60th consecutive year of national television coverage. All five two-hour shows, part of the 2019 Go Bowling! PBA Tour season, will air on FS1 at 8 p.m. EST from the famous arena bay inside historic Thunderbowl Lanes in Allen Park, Mich.

WSOB X, which gets underway on March 10, will include four championship tournaments: the PBA Cheetah 33, Chameleon 39 and Scorpion 42 Championships plus the 2019 PBA World Championship which will include an elite field of players based upon their overall performances in the three preliminary “animal pattern” events that will be contested on distinctly different lane oiling patterns. The PBA World Championship will be contested on the Earl Anthony 43 oiling pattern. Each event’s numerical designation indicates the distance oil is applied down the lane.

A total of 115 PBA members will be invited to compete in the World Series, based upon their composite WSOB earnings between 2015-17, plus any PBA Tour title winner who has not qualified on the composite earnings list. A pre-tournament qualifier will be held on March 10 at Thunderbowl to allow other PBA members to compete for all remaining berths in the 135-player field.

Fans can pre-order tickets for the World Series by visiting PBA.com (https://www.eventbrite.com/e/pba-world-series-of-bowling-x-tickets-49606041004).

2019 PBA WORLD SERIES OF BOWLING X SCHEDULE
Thunderbowl Lanes, Allen Park, Mich., March 10-21 (all times are Eastern)

Sunday, March 10
10 a.m. – Unofficial practice session
1 p.m. – Pre-Tournament Qualifier (if necessary; six games)
7 p.m. – WSOB X Pro-Am

Monday, March 11
10 a.m. – Cheetah 33 and Chameleon 39 practice session
2:30 p.m. – Scorpion 42 and Earl Anthony 43 practice session

Tuesday, March 12
(Contested on 33-foot Cheetah lane oiling pattern)
12:30 p.m. – Cheetah Championship Qualifying Round 1, 5 games
6:30 p.m. - Cheetah Championship Qualifying Round 2, 5 games
    Top 16 qualifiers after 10 games advance to single-elimination match play, March 18; 10-game qualifying totals carry over to PBA World Championship

Wednesday, March 13
(Contested on 39-foot Chameleon lane oiling pattern)
12:30 p.m. – Chameleon Championship Qualifying Round 1, 5 games
6:30 p.m. – Chameleon Championship Qualifying Round 2, 5 games
    Top 16 qualifiers after 10 games advance to single-elimination match play, March 19; 10-game qualifying totals carry over to PBA World Championship

Thursday, March 14
(Contested on 42-foot Scorpion lane oiling pattern)
12:30 p.m. – Scorpion Championship Qualifying Round 1, 5 games
6:30 p.m. – Scorpion Championship Qualifying Round 2, 5 games
    Top 16 qualifiers after 10 games advance to single-elimination match play, March 20; 10-game qualifying totals carry over to PBA World Championship; top 40 qualifiers based on composite 30-game totals from Cheetah, Chameleon and Scorpion Championships advance to PBA World Championship cashers round; top five American and top five international players advance to USA vs. The World team competition.

Friday, March 15
(Contested on 43-foot Earl Anthony lane oiling pattern)
12:30 p.m. – PBA World Championship Cashers Round 1, 5 games
6:30 p.m. - PBA World Championship Cashers Round 2, 5 games
    Top 16 qualifiers after 40 games advance to round robin match play

Saturday, March 16
(Contested on 43-foot Earl Anthony lane oiling pattern)
9 a.m. – PBA World Championship Round Robin Match Play, 8 games
3 p.m. - PBA World Championship Round Robin Match Play, 8 games
    Top 5 qualifiers after 56 games advance to FS1 stepladder finals, Thursday, March 21, 8 p.m.

Sunday, March 17
4 p.m. – WSOB X Pro-Am

Monday, March 18
(Contested on 33-foot Cheetah lane oiling pattern)
Noon – Cheetah Championship Round of 16 (best of five games, single-elimination match play)
3 p.m. – Cheetah Championship Round of 8 (best of five games, single-elimination match play)
8 p.m. - Cheetah Championship Finals (live on FS1)
    Match 1 – Four finalists, one game, lowest score eliminated
    Semifinal Match – Three finalists, one game, lowest score eliminated
    Championship – Two survivors, best of three games (game three is 9th and 10th frame if needed)

Tuesday, March 19
(Contested on 39-foot Chameleon lane oiling pattern)
Noon – Chameleon Championship Round of 16 (best of five games, single-elimination match play)
3 p.m. – Chameleon Championship Round of 8 (best of five games, single-elimination match play)
8 p.m. - Chameleon Championship Finals (live on FS1)
    Match 1 – Four finalists, one game, lowest score eliminated
    Semifinal Match – Three finalists, one game, lowest score eliminated
    Championship – Two survivors, best of three games (game three is 9th and 10th frame if needed)

Wednesday, March 20
(Contested on 42-foot Scorpion lane oiling pattern)
Noon – Scorpion Championship Round of 16 (best of five games, single-elimination match play)
3 p.m. – Scorpion Championship Round of 8 (best of five games, single-elimination match play)
8 p.m. - Scorpion Championship Finals (live on FS1)
    Match 1 – Four finalists, one game, lowest score eliminated
    Semifinal Match – Three finalists, one game, lowest score eliminated
    Championship – Two survivors, best of three games (game three is 9th and 10th frame if needed)

Thursday, March 21
(Contested on 43-foot Earl Anthony lane oiling pattern)
5 p.m. – USA vs. The World team match (top five U.S. qualifiers for PBA World Championship vs. top five international qualifiers, best of three Baker scoring team matches (taped to air on FS1 on Friday, March 22, at 8 p.m.)
8 p.m. – PBA World Championship Stepladder Finals (live on FS1)

Friday, March 22
8 p.m. – USA vs. The World telecast (FS1)

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