PBA News: Dick Allen, Brian Kretzer Repeat but Newcomers Dominate 2019 PBA Regional Awards

by Bill Vint January 14, 2020 09:51

CHICAGO – Veteran PBA Regional competitors Dick Allen of Lexington, S.C., and Brian Kretzer of Kettering, Ohio, were repeat winners in 2019 PBA Regional awards categories, but otherwise, it was a year dominated by newcomers and first-time award recipients.

Allen, who won his first PBA South Region Player of the Year award during the 2004-05 season, won back to back honors in 2018 and ’19 while Kretzer (below) Kretzer.Brian_2018SrUSOpenfinals(6)captured Senior Player of the Year for the third time in four years in the PBA’s Central Region while also winning the same honor in the PBA Midwest. Kretzer had previously won both Senior POY honors in 2017.

Another familiar winner was PBA Hall of Famer Walter Ray Williams Jr. of Oxford, Fla., who was named South Region Senior Player of the Year for the third time in the past four years.

Those accomplishments in 2019 were among the highlights of the PBA Regional awards program that annually honors a Player of the Year, Rookie of the Year and Pat Patterson Award winner. The recipients were announced today by Director of the PBA Regional and PBA50 Tours John Weber for each of the seven domestic regions.

The Pat Patterson Award recipients are recognized for contributions to the regional program. Award winners were selected by the PBA’s regional managers: Russ Mills, East Region; Sam Zurich, South Region; Bobby Jakel, Central and Midwest Regions; Pete McCordic, Southwest Region, and Gary Mage, West and Northwest Regions.

Here’s a summary of the 2019 PBA Regional Award winners:

EAST – Keith Laing of Oakdale, Conn., won two titles in seven tournaments and led his region in earnings to capture Player of the Year honors for the first time. Rookie of the Year was Baltimore’s Zachary Dudley who cashed in three of his five events, qualifying for match play in one of them. Sammy Ventura of Syracuse, N.Y., Senior Player of the Year after winning two titles in eight tries and added three additional top five finishes to win the PBA50 honor for the third time. Don Herrington of Ballston Lake, N.Y., was recipient of the East Region’s Pat Patterson Award.

SOUTH – PBA Tour veteran Dick Allen of Lexington, S.C., repeated as PBA South Region Player of the Year and his third overall after initially winning the 2004-05 honor. Allen bowled in eight events and won four of them, earning nearly $12,000 in the process. Lithuania’s Kristijons Sergejeves, a former Webber International collegiate star, entered seven tournaments, cashed in four and had a second-place finish to win Rookie of the Year honors. Ageless PBA Hall of Famer Walter Ray Williams Jr. of Oxford, Fla., bowled in eight events and finished in third place or higher (winning once) to capture South Region Senior Player of the Year honors for the third time in the last four seasons. Rich Kosto of Tavares, Fla., was recipient of the region’s Pat Patterson Award.

CENTRAL – Central Region veteran Patrick Dombrowski of Parma, Ohio, failed to win a title, but he finished among the top four in eight of 10 tournaments he entered, finishing second three times, to end Graham Fach’s two-year run as Player of the Year. It was Dombrowski’s first POY selection. David Harold II of Columbus, Ohio, captured Rookie of the Year honors after cashing in eight of 15 tournaments and recording a fourth-place finish. Brian Kretzer of Kettering, Ohio regained the Senior Player of the Year he held in 2016 and ’17, winning six times in 15 tournaments and recording four additional top five finishes. Bruce VanMetre of Delphos, Ohio, was recipient of the region’s Pat Patterson Award.

MIDWEST – Brady Stearns of St. Augusta, Minn., was one of the rare players to win both PBA Midwest Region Player and Rookie of the Year awards after winning his first title and finishing second in two other events. Brian Kretzer of Kettering, Ohio, repeated his 2017 double-header feat by winning Senior Player of the Year honors in the Midwest and Central Regions after posting seven top-five finishes in eight events in the Midwest, including one title. The 2018 Midwest Senior Player of the Year, Jeff Johnson of Freeport, Ill., earned another honor as the Midwest’s Pat Patterson Award recipient.

SOUTHWEST – After contending for the honor for a few years, Anthony Lavery-Spahr of Pasadena, Texas, had a breakout year to win the Southwest Region’s top honor. Lavery-Spahr was selected as the region’s Player of the Year after winning one title and finishing second and third twice each. Thomas Rash of Longview, Texas, earned Rookie of the Year honors after posting two top-five finishes in the nine tournaments he entered. Paul Fleming of Fort Worth, Texas, was the Southwest Region’s Senior Player of the Year after recording second- and third-place finishes in four tries. Scott Dodson of Waxahachie, Texas, was awarded the Southwest Region Pat Patterson Award.

WEST – West Region veteran PJ Haggerty of Roseville, Calif., won Player of the Year honors for the first time, notching first-, second-, fourth- and fifth-place finishes in seven tournaments. Taylor Jacobs of Auburn, Calif., was selected as Rookie of the Year after cashing in four of six events. Bob Rosenau of Redding, Calif., was a first-time West Region Senior Player of the Year after two runner-up and a fifth-place finish in four events. Ty Dawson of Sunnyvale, Calif., was named the Pat Patterson Award recipient.

NORTHWEST – Christopher Tuholski of Gresham, Ore., had one finish in each of the top five positions – including a title – in the seven tournaments he entered to end Jakob Butturff’s three-year reign as Northwest Player of the Year while Zack Stone of Kelso, Wash., cashed in three of his four tournaments with a best finish of third place to earn Rookie of the Year honors. John Gould of Yuba City, Calif., captured his first Senior Player of the Year nod after one win and two other top-five finishes in five events. Don Marquart of Klamath Falls, Ore., was selected as the Pat Patterson Award recipient.

The PBA’s regional program, founded in 1970, provides bowlers with a proving ground to develop their skills in high-level competition against some of the sport’s established stars. The PBA Regional program annually conducts roughly 150 events across the nation and in its Japan Region.

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Wichita’s Hanrahan Tops Seven Players in PTQ Earning Berths in PBA Hall of Fame Classic

by Jerry Schneider January 13, 2020 18:33

ARLINGTON, Texas  – Left-handed two-hander Patrick Hanrahan of Wichita, Kansas, averaged 229 for the eight-game pre-tournament qualifier Monday at the International Training and Research Center to lead seven players who earned berths in the PBA Hall of Fame Classic. The seven players completed the field of 56 players who will begin the first tournament of the 2020 Go Bowling PBA Tour season with Wednesday’s first-round qualifying.

The 24-year-old former Wichita State University player, in his second season on tour, bowled games of 205, 224, 299, 226, 208, 222, 223 and 229 for an 1,836 pinfall total, qualifying first in the 35-player PTQ field. Deo Benard of Henderson, Nevada was second with 1,823.

Wesley Low Jr. of Palmdale, California, another former Wichita State player who uses a two-handed delivery from the left side and Canadian Patrick Girard tied for sixth with a 1,759 pinfall to take the final two spots in the tournament field.

After Tuesday’s practice sessions, half of the 56-player field will bowl first-round qualifying Wednesday at 11 a.m. and the other half will bowl at 5 p.m. Qualifying continues with second-round qualifying on Thursday also at 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. 

After 12 qualifying games, the top 14 players will advance to match play rounds at 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. Friday. Total pinfall, including match play bonus pins, for 26 games will determine the top five for the stepladder finals live on FS1 Sunday at 1 p.m. ET (noon CT).

For the complete PBA Hall of Fame Classic roster click on https://www.pba.com/Rosters/Details/3083

All qualifying and match play rounds leading up to the finals will be live-streamed by PBA’s online streaming partner, FloBowling. For subscription and schedule information, visit FloBowling.com.


Pre-Tournament Qualifier Results

International Training and Research Center, Arlington, Texas, Monday

(after eight games; top seven advance to Wednesday’s first-round qualifying)

1, Patrick Hanrahan, Wichita, Kan., 1,836.
2, Deo Benard, Henderson, Nev., 1,823.
3, Brent Boho, Colgate, Wis., 1,785.
4, Nate Garcia, Port St. Lucie, Fla., 1,777.
5, Ildemaro Ruiz, Venezuela, 1,768.
6 (tie), Wesley Low Jr., Palmdale, Calif., and Patrick Girard, Canada, 1,759.

Did not advance:

8, Greg Ostrander, Brick, N.J., 1,748.
9, Sean Lavery-Spahr, Pasadena, Texas, 1,747.
10, Chris Via, Springfield, Ohio, 1,732.
11, (tie) Arturo Quintero, Mexico, and Alex Martin, Kennesaw, Ga., 1,730.
13, Jim Pratt, Avondale, Ariz., 1,728.
14, (tie) Brandon Curtis, Manson, N.C., and Matt Kuba, Chicago Ridge, Ill., 1,726.
16, Sam Cooley, Australia, 1,724.
17, Brandon Novak, Chillicothe, Ohio, 1,691.
18, Dino Castillo, Highland Village, Texas, 1,679.
19, Michael Tang, Johnstown, Ohio, 1,670.
20, Nick Kruml, Downers Grove, Ill., 1,664.
21, Kamron Doyle, Brentwood, Tenn., 1,633.
22, Russ Oviatt, Sioux Falls, S.D., 1,630.
23, (tie) Mike Coffey, Melbourne, Fla., and Zachary Wilkins, Canada, 1,615.
25, Zeke Bayt, Westerville, Ohio, 1,610.
26, Gaetan Mouveroux, France, 1,602.
27, Andrew Silverman, Akron, Ohio, 1,594.
28, Michael Davidson, Versailles, Ohio, 1,591.
29, Brian Robinson, Morgantown, W.Va., 1,581.
30, Greg Young, Viera, Fla., 1,554.
31, Ryan Burks, Kansas City, Mo., 1,550.
32, Justin Wyman, Fairport, N.Y., 1,494.
33, Zac Tackett, Huntington, Ind., 1,492.
34, Trey Ford III, Bartlesville, Okla., 1,468.
35, Carl Hay, Redondo Beach, Calif., 1,338.

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PBA Announces 15-Tournament Schedule for 2020 PBA50 Tour Season

by Jerry Schneider January 10, 2020 10:54

CHICAGO – The Professional Bowlers Association today announced its 15-tournament schedule for the 2020 PBA50 Tour season, providing bowlers 50 and older with four major championships and a new year-end bracket elimination event for 24 PBA50 and PBA60 players.

PBA Hall of Famer Walter Ray Williams Jr. will defend his PBA50 Player of the Year honor (the third of his career) as a 60-year-old when the season kicks off in Florida with the PBA50 Johnny Petraglia BVL Open presented by Lucas Magazine & Brunswick at Maple Countryside Lanes in Clearwater, Florida, April 19-22. Williams, the all-time Go Bowling PBA Tour titles leader with 47 wins, also will be trying for his 15th career PBA50 Tour title which will give him sole possession of the all-time titles lead on both PBA national tours. He is currently tied with John Handegard for the PBA50 Tour career titles lead with 14 wins.

Among the newcomers eligible for PBA50 competition in 2020 are PBA Hall of Famers Jason Couch and Chris Barnes.

After the season-opening Petraglia BVL Open, the season’s first major returns to Spanish Springs Lanes in The Villages for the Florida Blue PBA50 National Championship April 26-30. The PBA50 Tour’s newest major will be familiar to Go Bowling PBA Tour fans when South Plains Lanes in Lubbock, Texas hosts the PBA50 Lubbock Sports Cup presented by South Plains Lanes May 16-19. 

The season’s other two majors will return to Las Vegas for the USBC Senior Masters May 31-June 7 at Sam’s Town and the Suncoast PBA Senior U.S. Open presented by Storm June 7-12 at the Suncoast Bowling Center.

The PBA50 Tour will also make return trips to Mooresville, North Carolina; Brentwood, California; Monticello, Minnesota, as well as Indiana stops in Hammond and Anderson before concluding the season in Michigan with visits to Wyoming and Jackson.

Two PBA60 events open exclusively to players 60 and older include the USBC Super Senior Classic May 27-31 at Sam’s Town and the season-ending PBA60 Dick Weber Championship in Jackson Aug. 23-25.

New for 2020, 13 events on the schedule conducted by PBA will include a special “bracket” side event competition for both the PBA50 and PBA60 divisions that will pay additional prize money for the first three bracket finishers within each tournament. The bracket program, which requires no additional entry fee, will also have its own year-long points list which will determine the top 24 players from each division for an end-of-season bracket championship. Details on the new PBA50/PBA60 bracket elimination program and season finale will be announced later.

All PBA50/60 events will be covered start to finish by PBA’s online streaming partner FloBowling. For subscription and schedule information visit www.flobowling.com.

Players can enter PBA50 Tour events beginning March 9 by downloading an entry form and emailing it to Mary von Krueger at maryvk@pba.com.


April 19-22 - PBA50 Johnny Petraglia BVL Open presented by Lucas Magazine & Brunswick, Maple Countryside Lanes      

April 26-30 - Florida Blue Medicare PBA50 National Championship, Spanish Springs Lanes, The Villages, Fla. (Major)

May 3-6 - PBA50 Mooresville Open presented by Mooresville CVB & Storm, Victory Lanes Family Entertainment Center, Mooresville, N.C.          

May 16-19 - PBA50 Lubbock Sports Cup presented by South Plains Lanes, Lubbock, Texas (Major)                              

May 23-26 -  PBA50 Northern California Classic, Harvest Park Bowl, Brentwood, Calif.      

May 27-31 -  USBC Super Senior Classic, Sam’s Town, Las Vegas

May 31-June 7 – USBC Senior Masters, Sam’s Town, Las Vegas (Major)  

June 7-12 – Suncoast PBA Senior U.S. Open, Suncoast Bowling Center, Las Vegas (Major)           

June 14-17 – PBA50 Fountain Valley Open, Fountain Bowl, Fountain Valley, Calif.

July 27-30 – PBA50 River City Extreme Open, River City Extreme, Monticello, Minn.        

Aug. 3-6 – PBA50 South Shore Open, Olympia Lanes, Hammond, Ind.                             

Aug. 8-11 – PBA50 David Small’s Championship Lanes Classic, Anderson, Ind.     

Aug. 14-17 – PBA50 Spectrum Lanes Open, Spectrum Lanes, Wyoming, Mich.     

Aug. 19-22 – PBA50 David Small’s Jax 60 Lanes Open, Jackson, Mich.

Aug. 23-25 – PBA60 Dick Weber Classic, Jackson, Mich.

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PBA Spare Shots: Go Bowling PBA Tour Fans are Advised to Order Admission Tickets Early to Avoid Sellouts

by Bill Vint January 10, 2020 08:22

Go Bowling PBA Tour fans are advised to order admission tickets early for 2020 television finals seats, based upon the “sold out” success of last year’s schedule.

The best way to watch the Go Bowling PBA Tour finals is inside the specially designed FOX Sports TV set. Each venue offers a variety of seating options and ticket prices for exclusive experiences that fit exactly what you’re looking for during the finals.

In support of the PBA Tour’s record television viewership in 2019, the PBA is again expecting growth in on-site attendance in 2020. Tickets for all tournament finals through the PBA World Series of Bowling XI in Las Vegas can be ordered online at: https://www.pba.com/Tickets/.


Strikeforce Bowling LLC has announced the signing of a three-year product registration agreement with the PBA, providing all PBA members access to use the extensive line of Strikeforce Bowling bags and accessories in competition.

“Supporting the Professional Bowlers Association is a natural fit for KR Strikeforce,” said Strikeforce President Brad Handelman. “Given the exciting Fox Sports television deal, recent acquisition of the Tour by Bowlero Corp, an expanded schedule, and increased prize funds, the timing was perfect to commit to a multi-year agreement and support the exciting future of our sport at the highest level.”


The PBA Player’s Perspective interview series, featuring PBA title winners reflecting on their victories, kicks off the 2020 Go Bowling PBA Tour season by re-visiting Bill O’Neill’s victory in the 2019 season-opener, the PBA Hall of Fame Classic. By winning his 10th career title, O’Neill became title-eligible for PBA Hall of Fame consideration in 2025, his 20th year as a PBA member.

To view all of the PBA Player’s Perspective episodes, visit the PBA’s YouTube channel and click on the PBA Player’s Perspective play list. The weekly series will add a new perspective every Tuesday. The following players will provide personal play-by-play reflections in the weeks ahead:

Jan. 21 – Jakob Butturff made the PBA Oklahoma Open a part of his “career year.” He’ll share insights about his 2019 win in Shawnee, Okla.

Jan. 28 – Sean Rash will take a look into his past, revealing what he experienced in winning the 2012 PBA Tournament of Champions in Las Vegas.

Player’s Perspectives currently in the archives on YouTube include:

• Norm Duke’s stunning 2011 U.S. Open win (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pQ0cGzRfnBk).

• Kris Prather’s historic PBA Playoffs victory (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hISjw3KmGCk).

• Anthony Simonsen’s win in the 2019 Bear Open. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tt2k25WKNzQ).

Sean Rash’s 2019 Wolf Open title (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2GNxO2WdaZo).

• EJ Tackett’s Barbasol PBA Tour Finals victory (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wVuLOuU8btQ).

Bill O’Neill’s 2019 Harry O’Neale Chesapeake Open win (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xSwE3YYFjso).

• Jason Belmonte’s historic 11th major title victory in the 2019 PBA World Championship (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q4QqbkRPirM).

• Jakob Butturff’s 2019 USBC Masters win (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-cuYcXxfXXs).

EJ Tackett’s 2017 DHC PBA Japan Invitational victory. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=91yoFd7nd8g).

Kris Prather’s 2019 PBA Scorpion Championship win (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-aVe_n8uCOM).

Fans can follow all of the latest video clips and more by enrolling as a subscriber to PBA’s YouTube channel. It’s easy and it’s free. Visit YouTube.com/PBABowling and click on the “subscribe” button.


The 2020 PBA Regional season gets underway over the Jan. 17-19 weekend with tournaments in North Carolina and California for PBA50 competitors. Westview Lanes in Wilson, N.C., will host the PBA50 Richie’s Automotive South Open and Tracy Bowl in Tracy, Calif., will host the PBA50 Patton Amusement West Regional.

Scheduled for Jan. 29-30 is the PBA Japan Region’s Ikyo Cup Wolf Open at Ikyo Bowl Inzai in Inzai, Japan.

The PBA Central Region kicks off its 2020 schedule over the Jan. 31-Feb. 2 weekend with the PBA/PBA50 Don Vay Memorial Doubles Classic at Legend Lanes in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio.

For complete PBA Regional schedules including 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. Whether you are a competitor or a fan, 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).


The PBA will again have strong representation on Team USA 2020 based on performances in the 2020 USBC Team USA Trials that concluded Tuesday at Gold Coast Bowling Center in Las Vegas. PBA players who either bowled their way onto the team, or were selected by the National Selection Committee, were Kyle Sherman of O’Fallon, Mo.; Nick Pate of Inver Grove Heights, Minn.; Andrew Anderson of Holly, Mich.; AJ Johnson of Oswego, Ill.; Kyle Troup of Taylorsville, N.C.; Marshall Kent of Yakima, Wash.; EJ Tackett of Bluffton, Ind.; Kris Prather of Plainfield, Ill., and Jakob Butturff of Tempe, Ariz.

PBA Tour star AJ Johnson has learned he’ll be inducted into the Oswego, Ill., High School Hall of Fame on Saturday, Feb. 15. In addition to excelling in bowling in high school, Johnson also was a baseball and football competitor.

PBA member Nick Pate of Inver Grove Heights, Minn., has been elected as an athlete representative to the USBC Board of Directors, fulfilling the three-year term of fellow PBA member Rhino Page who stepped down to focus on new business opportunities within the bowling industry. Pate’s term will expire on July 31, 2020. Andrew Anderson, Kelly Kulick and Josie Barnes are the other athlete representatives on the USBC Board.

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Boston Red Sox Star Mookie Betts to Return to PBA Competition in PBA Hall of Fame Classic Jan. 13-19

by Bill Vint January 8, 2020 08:15

CHICAGO – Boston Red Sox All-Star outfielder Mookie Betts is planning to return to Professional Bowlers Association competition for the first time since bowling a 300 game in the 2017 PBA World Series of Bowling IX when he competes in the PBA Hall of Fame Classic Jan. 13-19 at the International Training and Research Center in Arlington, Texas.

Betts, who also competed in the PBA WSOB VII at the National Bowling Stadium in Reno, Nevada, was invited to participate in the PBA Hall of Fame Classic on a commissioner’s exemption by PBA Commissioner Tom Clark. The HOF Classic is the first event on the 2020 Go Bowling PBA Tour schedule. The finals will air live on FS1 at 1 p.m. Eastern on Sunday, Jan. 19, kicking off the PBA’s second season of television coverage by FOX Sports.

Betts, who turned 27 in October, has been an enthusiastic and talented bowler most of his life. He was named Tennessee High School Bowler of the Year in 2010 and began developing his relationship with the PBA in 2014 when he made it known he wanted to participate in the annual Chris Paul PBA Celebrity Invitational, an annual fundraiser hosted by the National Basketball Association superstar in partnership with the PBA. Betts has subsequently bowled in the CP3 event three times, winning the doubles title in the 2019 event with PBA partner Tommy Jones who will be inducted into the PBA Hall of Fame during ceremonies on Saturday, Jan. 18, as part of the PBA HOF weekend.

Betts is destined to become one of baseball’s all-time great players if his career path remains on track. In 2018 he became the first player in Major Baseball League history to win the Most Valuable Player, Silver Slugger, Gold Glove, batting title and a World Series ring in the same season.

Betts, who has been practicing three to four days a week over the winter, is enthusiastic about his return to the lanes to add another chapter to his bowling resumé.

“Bowling is a sport I’ve enjoyed with my family since I was a kid,” Betts said. “It brings a sense of community that’s important in my life.”

The PBA Hall of Fame Classic will be contested in the 14-lane International Training and Research Center which is a joint venture between United States Bowling Congress and the Bowling Proprietors' Association of America. It is one of the most innovative and advanced training, research and testing facilities in the sport of bowling, and serves as the training facility for Team USA, among its numerous functions.

Bill O’Neill of Langhorne, Pennsylvania, is the defending PBA Hall of Fame Classic champion, winning the 2019 title by defeating top qualifier Jakob Butturff of Tempe, Ariz., 199-194, in the final match.

Admission and television show tickets, and pro-am information for the PBA Hall of Fame Classic (and other Go Bowling PBA Tour events) are available online. Visit: https://www.pba.com/Tickets.

All preliminary rounds of the PBA Hall of Fame Classic will be livestreamed by FloBowling. For FloBowling subscription information, visit: https://www.flobowling.com/.

(A 2020 Go Bowling PBA Tour event)
International Training and Research Center, Arlington, Texas (all times are CST)

Monday, Jan. 13
2 p.m. – Pre-Tournament Qualifier (PTQ), 8 games.

Tuesday, Jan. 14
10 a.m. – Squad A practice session
2 p.m. – Squad B practice session
6 p.m. – Pro-Am squad

Wednesday, Jan. 15
11 a.m. – Squad A, 6 qualifying games.
5 p.m. – Squad B, 6 qualifying games.

Thursday, Jan. 16
11 a.m. – Squad B, 6 qualifying games.
5 p.m. – Squad A, 6 qualifying games.
Top 14 after 12 games advance to round robin match play.

Friday, Jan. 17
11 a.m. – Top 14, 7 games match play.
5 p.m. – Top 14, 7 games match play.
Top 5 after 26 games advance to stepladder finals.

Saturday, Jan. 18
5 p.m. – PBA Hall of Fame dinner (cocktail reception at International Bowling Museum and Hall of Fame; HOF induction ceremonies at Arlington Hilton).

Sunday, Jan. 19
Noon – Top 5 stepladder finals (1 p.m. EST; live on FS1).

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