PBA Spare Shots: Marshall Kent Moves into Lead in World Bowling Tour Men’s Finals Points Standings

by Bill Vint July 20, 2017 11:50

Marshall Kent’s win in the Grand Casino Hotel & Resort PBA Oklahoma Open moved him into first place on the World Bowling Tour points list over England’s Dom Barrett . Sweden’s Martin Larsen retained third place on the list with stops in Malmo, Sweden; Bangkok, Thailand, and PBA World Championship in Reno remaining on the 2017 schedule leading into the three-man WBT Men’s Finals presented by PBA in November in Reno.

The top 10 on the 2017 points list are: Kent 273; Barrett 249; Martin Larsen 224; Anthony Simonsen, Austin, Texas, 210; EJ Tackett, Huntington, Ind., 203; Stuart Williams, 174; Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 172; Jason Belmonte, Australia, 170; Jesper Svensson, Sweden, 165, and Thomas Larsen, Denmark, 162.

The current WBT Women’s Finals points leaders are Danielle McEwan, Stony Point, N.Y., 653; Liz Johnson, Deerfield, Ill., 521; Diana Zavjalova, Latvia, 354; Kelly Kulick, Union, N.J., 319, and Cheri Tan, Singapore, 307.

The WBT Men’s and Women’s Finals presented by the PBA will be held on Sunday, Nov. 19, at the National Bowling Stadium in Reno for airing on ESPN on Sunday, Jan. 7, at 1 p.m. ET.

PBA50 RETURNS TO XTRA FRAME AS FINAL LEG OF 2017 SEASON BEGINS

The final leg of the 2017 PBA50 Tour highlights the July and early August Xtra Frame schedule. The final three PBA50 events, plus the PBA60 Dick Weber Championship presented by Hammer, will close out the PBA50 Tour’s regular season. The concluding events of 2017 begin with the South Shore Open presented by DV8 from Hammond, Ind., July 25-27, followed by the Dave Small’s Championship Lanes Classic presented by Roto Grip July 30-Aug. 1 and the DeHayes Insurance Group Championship presented by Pro Bowl West and Ebonite Aug. 6-8. The PBA60 Dick Weber Championship airs Aug. 10-12.

Also on tap is the Xtra Frame Storm Striking Against Breast Cancer Mixed Doubles from Copperfield Bowl in Houston, Texas, July 28-30, which will award PBA and PWBA Tour titles, followed by the preliminary rounds of the U.S. Women’s Open from Plano Super Bowl in Plano, Texas, Aug. 1-5. The U.S. Women’s Open finals will air live on CBS Sports Network on Sunday, Aug. 6, at noon EDT.

The PBA Xtra Frame Storm Cup will become August’s focal point when the final three events in the 2017 series are on the calendar: the Xtra Frame Chesapeake Open from AMF Western Branch in Chesapeake, Va., Aug. 12-13; the Xtra Frame Gene Carter’s Pro Shop Classic from Mid-County Bowling and Entertainment in Middletown, Del., Aug. 19-20, and the series finale, the Xtra Frame Kenn-Feld Group Classic from Pla-Mor Lanes in Coldwater, Ohio, Aug. 26-27.

For live streaming time and other details, check under the “schedules” tab on pba.com. Xtra Frame subscription packages are available for three days, 30 days and a full year. To sign up, visit xtraframe.tv for details.

PBA fans also can follow real-time results for PBA50, PBA Xtra Frame Tour and all PBA Regional events by visiting the “live scoring” feature on pba.com or by downloading the new PBA app on Apple devices. PWBA live scoring is available on pwba.com.

PBA REGIONAL UPDATE: PUERTO RICO’S AZCONA WINS IN ALBANY, GEORGIA

Puerto Rico’s Cristian Azcona defeated Chris Arcaro of Carolina Beach, N.C., 199-196, 227-196, in the best-of-three-game championship match to win the inaugural PBA Albany Strikers South Open title at Albany Strikers Lanes in Albany, Ga., Sunday.

Azcona, a rookie currently living in Lake Wales, Fla., collected $2,300 for his second win following his victory in Myrtle Beach, S.C. in April. In the semifinal round, Arcaro eliminated Dwight Adams of Greensboro, N.C., 217-172, 202-172, while Azcona defeated Jeff Evans of Supply, N.C., 198-192, 207-198, in the other best-of-three bracket.

AJ Johnson of Oswego, Ill., defeated PBA rookie Nick Kruml of Downers Grove, Ill., 219-181, to win the PBA St. Charles Lanes Midwest Region Open at St. Charles Lanes Sunday. Johnson collected his third regional title along with $2,300.

Johnson defeated Brad Miller of Kansas City, Mo., 247-203, in the semifinal game to advance to the championship match. Miller defeated Kyle Krol of Tinley Park, Ill., 234-197, in the first match.

● Over the upcoming weekend, PBA Regional calendar includes the PBA50 Parkway Lanes Open and the PWBA/PBA Parkway Lanes Open in Elmwood Park, N.J.; the Angola Central/Midwest Open at Angola Bowl in Angola, Ind.; the PBA50 Beverly Lanes Midwest/Central Open presented by Roto Grip in Arlington Heights, Ill.; the Spring Hill South Open at Spring Hill Lanes in Spring Hill, Fla.; the Fort Sill Southwest Open at Twins Oaks Bowling Center in Fort Sill, Okla., and the Secoma Lanes Northwest/West Open, PBA50 Northwest/West Open and PWBA/PBA Open, all presented by Storm, in Federal Way, Wash.

● Also in July are the PBA Japan Region’s first events of 2017, the PBA Chameleon Open on July 23 followed by the Women’s Chameleon Championship on July 30, both at Shinsayama Grand Bowl in Sayama.

● 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 new PBA app).

QUICK NOTES:

● If you’d like to know more about the visit to the Harry S. Truman Bowling Alley at the White House involving PBA stars EJ Tackett, Sean Rash and Wes Malott, and organized by PBA member Chris Holmes, click here: http://www.wusa9.com/sports/local/country-s-top-bowlers-plat-at-the-white-house-/456485505.

● Several PBA members will be among the international players competing in the World Games at Sky Bowling in Wroclaw, Poland, Friday through Monday, in men’s and women’s singles and doubles. For results when the events are completed, click here: https://worldgames2017.sportresult.com/nh/en/-120/Comp/Info/EventSummary/BWM201000

● For the latest in new PBA products and designs, visit the PBA Store on pba.com: http://pba.firelakedesigns.com/

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PBA50 Tour Begins Stretch Run in Indiana With the PBA50 South Shore Open July 24-27

by Jerry Schneider July 19, 2017 07:56

After a four-week break, the 2017 PBA50 Tour season makes its stretch run with three tournaments in Indiana to close the season beginning with its traditional stop in Hammond, Ind., for the PBA50 South Shore Open presented by DV8 at Olympia Lanes July 24-27.

Heading into the South Shore Open, Brian LeClair of Delmar, N.Y., who is the season’s only multiple winner with two titles, holds a healthy lead in the PBA50 Player of the Year points race over 2017 Senior U.S. Open winner Michael Haugen Jr. – who also leads the Rookie of the Year race – in second, and USBC Senior Masters winner Walter Ray Williams Jr. in third place.

PBA fans will be able to follow all the action streamed live on PBA’s online bowling channel Xtra Frame. In addition to following the action on pba.com, Apple users will be able to use the new PBA app, available through the Apple App store, to access live scoring.

In 2016, two-time defending PBA50 Player of the Year Pete Weber defeated tournament top qualifier Lennie Boresch Jr., 241-203, in the title match to win the South Shore Open to finish the season with a record six PBA50 Tour victories that included a record string of four in a row. It was also his 99th title overall in PBA competition.

Weber, who is winless this season, is hoping to win his elusive 100th career title in Hammond. He has won 37 PBA Tour, 10 PBA50 Tour, 48 PBA regional and four PBA50 regional titles which ranks second all-time to fellow Hall of Famer Walter Ray Williams Jr. who owns 102 titles in PBA competition.

Also among the field of 90 players will be fellow Hall of Famers Tom Baker, 2017 PBA50 Players Championship winner Bryan Goebel, Amleto Monacelli and Parker Bohn III.

The South Shore Open could also play an important role in determining the top eight players from the season’s points list who will have the opportunity to advance to the PBA Challenge held in conjunction with the GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling IX presented by Eldorado Reno Properties this November in Reno, Nev.

South Shore Open competition begins with the first eight-game qualifying round on Tuesday, July 25 to be followed by the second eight-game round on Wednesday, July 26. Match play begins Thursday, July 27 which will determine the top five for the stepladder finals scheduled for 7 p.m. Central Time. The official practice session is scheduled for 9 a.m. – noon on Monday, July 24 followed by pro-am squads conducted at 1, 3 and 6 p.m. For pro-am entry information call Olympia Lanes at (219) 933-6677.

After the South Shore Open, the PBA50 Tour heads to Anderson, Ind., for the Dave Small’s Championship Lanes Classic presented by Roto Grip July 29 – Aug. 1 to be followed by the DeHayes Insurance Group Championship presented by Pro Bowl West and Ebonite in Fort Wayne, Aug. 5-8.

The season wraps up with the PBA60 Dick Weber Championship presented by Hammer, for players 60 and older, Aug. 10-12 also at Pro Bowl West in Fort Wayne.

PBA50 SOUTH SHORE OPEN PRESENTED BY DV8 SCHEDULE
Olympia Lanes, Hammond, Ind.
(all times are Central)

Monday, July 24
9 a.m. – noon – Practice session.
Pro-am squads - 1, 3, and 6 p.m.

Tuesday, July 25
10 a.m. – A squad qualifying (8 games)
3:30 p.m. - B squad qualifying (8 games)

Wednesday, July 26
10 a.m. - B squad qualifying (8 games)
3:30 p.m. - A squad qualifying (8 games)

Thursday, July 27
8:30 a.m. - Cashers round (5 games)
Noon – Match Play Round 1 (5 games)
3 p.m. – Match Play Round 2 (6 games)
Top five bowlers advance to stepladder finals
7 p.m. - Stepladder Finals

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PBA Introduces Official PBA App That Will Provide Immediate Access to Live Scoring for PBA Events

by Jerry Schneider July 18, 2017 09:31

The PBA has introduced an official PBA app available through the Apple App Store which will provide fans with immediate access to live scoring for the PBA Tour, PBA50 Tour and all PBA Regional events.

The new PBA app will provide users with quick access to live scoring when any of the PBA events are underway, plus access to the latest PBA news, schedules, bowler profiles and more – all at no cost.

The app is a companion app to the popular Xtra Frame app, which allows fans to watch live bowling from their mobile and tablet devices, as well as the PBA Bowling Challenge mobile game app which has 18 million users.

The PBA app, which is currently only available through the Apple App Store, will be available in Google Play soon.

The newest product is one more addition to the PBA Network, which provides PBA fans around the world with access to PBA news and information through a comprehensive system of mass-media and social media outlets.

To download the apps use the links provided below:

The new PBA app – Apple App Store: https://itunes.apple.com/us/developer/professional-bowlers-association/id1249507892

Xtra Frame app – Apple App Store: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/pba-xtraframe/id600637358?mt=8 Android Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.neulion.android.pba&hl=en

PBA Bowling Challenge app – Apple App Store: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/pba-bowling-challenge/id657459418?mt=8

Android Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.concretesoftware.pbachallenge_androidmarket&hl=en

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Jason Belmonte Wins Third Consecutive Best Bowler ESPY

by Jerry Schneider July 12, 2017 21:35

Australia’s Jason Belmonte received his third consecutive Best Bowler ESPY Award Wednesday evening during the 2017 ESPY Awards ceremony at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.

Belmonte, who now owns four ESPY awards, became the second player to earn three consecutive ESPYs joining PBA Hall of Famer Norm Duke who won three consecutively in 2007, ’08 and ’09. 

Belmonte, a three-time PBA Player of the Year, was among winners in a variety of sports and special moment categories that were determined by fan voting on espn.com with the winners announced during ABC-TV’s live ESPY Awards telecast.

In 2017, Belmonte won the USBC Masters for a record fourth time and brought his PBA major win total to eight by winning the Barbasol PBA Players Championship.

Since last summer Belmonte also has compiled eight other top-10 finishes including seventh in the 2017 FireLake PBA Tournament of Champions and fourth in the 2016 PBA World Championship. Most recently, he finished second in the inaugural Main Event PBA Tour Finals and third in the Grand Casino Hotel & Resort PBA Oklahoma Open. 

"I'm absolutely stoked about winning this year’s ESPY award,” said Belmonte, who won his first ESPY in 2011. “I can't thank the fans enough for voting for me. The support and passion I receive from people all around the world is a huge motivation to keep pushing myself to raise the bar.

“To show my fans the appreciation I have for them, I will continue to work hard on and off the lanes and be as interactive as possible with them through social media and appearances. In addition to the fans I’d also like to thank ESPN for establishing an award that honors outstanding achievement in our sport.”

Also nominated in the Best Bowler category were 2016 PBA Player of the Year EJ Tackett of Huntington, Ind. and 2016 PBA Rookie of the Year Francois Lavoie of Canada.

Among Tackett’s wins in 2017 were the Tournament of Champions, DHC Japan Invitational and the recent Main Event PBA Tour Finals. In the last half of 2016, he won the PBA World Championship, Bear Open and was a member of the winning Merica Rooster Illusion PBA Team Challenge team.

Lavoie became only the second foreign-born winner of the U.S. Open when he beat Marshall Kent 228-194 in the title match last November. During the stepladder finals he also bowled the 26th televised 300 game when he beat Shawn Maldonado 300-211 in the semi-final match. In June, Lavoie won the Xtra Frame Jonesboro Open for his third career PBA Tour title.

Belmonte is tied with Duke and PBA Hall of Famer Pete Weber for second with four Best Bowler ESPY awards trailing PBA Hall of Famer Walter Ray Williams Jr. who tops the list with seven.

HISTORY OF ESPY BEST BOWLER AWARD WINNERS

2017 – Jason Belmonte

2016 – Jason Belmonte

2015 – Jason Belmonte

2014 -  Pete Weber

2013 – Pete Weber

2012 – Sean Rash

2011 – Jason Belmonte

2010 – Walter Ray Williams Jr.

2009 – Norm Duke

2008 – Norm Duke

2007 – Norm Duke

2006 – Walter Ray Williams Jr.

2005 – Walter Ray Williams Jr.

2004 – Pete Weber

2003 – Walter Ray Williams Jr.

2002 – Pete Weber

2001 – Walter Ray Williams Jr.

2000 – Parker Bohn III

1999 – Walter Ray Williams Jr.

1998 – Walter Ray Williams Jr.

1997 – Bob Learn Jr.

1996 – Mike Aulby

1995 – Norm Duke

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PBA Spare Shots: PBA Stars EJ Tackett, Sean Rash, Wes Malott Visit White House Lanes

by Bill Vint July 12, 2017 11:30

Thanks to more than a little help from a PBA member with government insider connections, PBA stars EJ Tackett, Sean Rash and Wes Malott got a chance to bowl on the Harry S. Truman Bowling Alley in the White House complex recently.

2017 White House_memory ballPBA member Chris Holmes, who works for the U.S. Department of the Interior, was asked by another government friend if Holmes would show his staff what “real bowling” looks like…so Holmes figured that would be a great chance to get some real bowlers to lend a hand. After getting appropriate approvals, Holmes invited Tackett through MOTIV, Rash and tour rep Chuck Gardner through Brunswick and Malott through Roto Grip to visit the White House lanes.

Under the condition that the players’ visit would remain confidential until after the fact, the players got a chance to bowl and discuss the sport with a few members of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy while Holmes shot some video and recorded some interviews. Some of Holmes’ content aired on WUSA-TV in Washington, D.C. Each of the players also will have access to some of the content for their own social media outlets.

JULY OFFERS BUSY AND VARIED XTRA FRAME SCHEDULE

Xtra Frame’s exclusive video streaming action continues this week with the Nationwide PWBA Rochester (N.Y.) Open, Friday and Saturday, and then the PBA50 Tour begins the final leg of its 2017 season in the South Shore Open from Hammond, Ind., July 25-27; the XF Striking Against Breast Cancer Mixed Doubles from Copperfield Bowl in Houston, Texas, July 28-30, which will award PBA and PWBA Tour titles; and the PBA50 Dave Small’s Championship Lanes Classic from Anderson, Ind., July 30-Aug. 1.

The PBA Xtra Frame Storm Cup will become August’s focal point when the final three events in the 2017 series are on the calendar: the Xtra Frame Chesapeake Open from AMF Western Branch in Chesapeake, Va., Aug. 12-13; the Xtra Frame Gene Carter’s Pro Shop Classic from Mid-County Bowling and Entertainment in Middletown, Del., Aug. 19-20, and the series finale, the Xtra Frame Lefeld Implement Central Classic from Pla-Mor Lanes in Coldwater, Ohio, Aug. 26-27.

For broadcast time and other details, check under the “schedules” tab on pba.com. Xtra Frame subscription packages are available for three days, 30 days and a full year. To sign up, visit xtraframe.tv for details.

PBA fans also can follow real-time results for PBA50, PBA Xtra Frame Tour and all PBA Regional events by visiting the “live scoring” feature on pba.com. PWBA live scoring is available on pwba.com.

PBA SOUTHWEST MANAGER PETE McCORDIC STILL HAS SOME BOWLING SKILLS
All of the PBA Regional managers have demonstrated some bowling skills over the years, but they all have set their PBA aspirations aside and no longer compete in PBA competition to avoid any conflicts of interest. But when opportunities outside of the PBA are available, some of them still like to lace up their shoes and get their competitive juices flowing, like PBA Southwest Region Pete McCordic of Katy, Texas, did in the Bowlers Journal Championships presented by USBC earlier this week.

McCordic, a two-time PBA Tour titlist who bowled a nationally-televised 300 game during his peak playing days, returned to South Point Bowling Center in Las Vegas Monday and claimed the lead in Senior Singles Tuesday with an 812 series. The 63-year-old right-hander rolled games of 279, 290 and 243 to take the lead from Bo Goergen of Stanford, Mich., who previously led with a 769 effort. McCordic and partner Les Shirwindt also missed taking the Senior Doubles lead by a single pin. McCordic had a 745 series and Shirwindt 670 for a 1,415 total, one pin shy of the 1,416 rolled earlier by Robert Brown of Cody, Wyo., and Billy Langford of Lone Grove, Okla.

The “BJ” and the USBC Open Championships end Saturday.

MASSACHUSETTS, OHIO TEENS WIN TEEN MASTERS TITLES

Tom Hankey, 17, of Great Barrington, Mass., and Allie Leiendecker, 16, of Wooster, Ohio, won the boys’ and girls’ Teen Masters titles Friday in Mechanicsville, Va. The final three days of the event were streamed live on Xtra Frame.

Hankey, who posted a 9-6-2 match play record and a 9,092 pinfall total for 42 games, defeated Wyatt Smith of Cape Coral, Fla., 278-170, in his final match to lockup his $6,000 scholarship. The final game dropped Smith into third place behind runner-up Hunter Kempton of Buzzards Bay, Mass. Tyler Gromlovits of Junction City, Kan., finished fourth and Roscoe Pretlow of Chesapeake, Va., was fifth in the boys’ division.

Leiendecker ran away with the girls’ title, winning her division and a $6,000 scholarship by 221 pins over Crystal Elliott of Melbourne, Fla. After 24 qualifying games, Leiendecker was in fourth place, 121 pins behind leader Natalie Koprowitz of Girard, Ill., but she closed her first match play round with a 279 game and then rolled games of 300 (the first perfect game ever by a girl in Teen Masters competition), 233, 220, 168, 200 and 200 to establish a huge lead. She finished the event with a 13-5 match play record and 8,867 total pins. Mabel Cummins of Elburn, Ill., the 2016 U14 winner, finished third; Koprowitz was fourth and Adrianna Stacy of Sebring, Fla., rounded out the top five.

PBA REGIONAL UPDATE: RED-HOT RAY EDWARDS WINS 22ND REGIONAL TITLE

Ray Edwards of Middle Island, N.Y., concluded the PBA50 Cecil Raymond Memorial presented by Columbia 300 with an 877 series Sunday at 30 Strikes, defeating Jay Davis of Silver Spring, Md., 279-231, in the final match for his 22nd overall PBA Regional title.

Edwards, the reigning PBA50 East Region Player of the Year, averaged 259 during the Sunday’s finals, throwing games of 298, 300 and 279 to conclude the day and spoil Davis’s bid for his first PBA title. Edwards, who won $1,500, eliminated Howard Snyder of Hunt Valley, Md., 300-188, in the semifinal round while Davis defeated Steve Jones of Berlin, Md., 238-236.

The Cecil Raymond tournament, which began in 2004, was renamed in 2014 to honor Raymond after he passed away in January 2014. Raymond was the 2013 recipient of the East Region’s Pat Patterson Award for outstanding contributions to the region.

● July 14-16 weekend activity for PBA Regional players includes the Albany Strikers South Open in Albany, Ga., and the St. Charles Lanes Midwest Open presented by Storm in St. Charles, Mo. The PBA Central Region will conduct a mid-week event, the PBA50 Fairborn Central Classic at Bowl 10 Fairborn in Fairborn, Ohio, July 18-20.

● On the busy July 21-22 PBA Regional calendar are the PBA50 Parkway Lanes Open and the PWBA/PBA Parkway Lanes Open in Elmwood Park, N.J.; the Angola Central/Midwest Open at Angola Bowl in Angola, Ind.; the PBA50 Beverly Lanes Midwest/Central Open presented by Roto Grip in Arlington Heights, Ill.; the Spring Hill South Open at Spring Hill Lanes in Spring Hill, Fla.; the Fort Sill Southwest Open at Twins Oaks Bowling Center in Fort Sill, Okla., and the Secoma Lanes Northwest/West Open, PBA50 Northwest/West Open and PWBA/PBA Open, all presented by Storm, in Federal Way, Wash.

● Also in July are the PBA Japan Region’s first events of 2017, the PBA Chameleon Open on July 23 followed by the Women’s Chameleon Championship on July 30, both at Shinsayama Grand Bowl in Sayama.

● 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.

QUICK NOTES:

● On Tuesday, one day after entries opened for the GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling IX, set for Nov. 7-19 at the National Bowling Stadium in Reno, reservations have already been received from eight countries, including the U.S. Entries, or intentions-to-enter, have been received so far from Norway, Denmark, Australia, Canada, Malaysia, Bahrain and Colombia. WSOB IX is presented by Eldorado Resorts Reno properties (Eldorado Resort Casino, Silver Legacy Resort Casino and Circus Circus Reno) in cooperation with Reno Tahoe USA.

● Long-time Brunswick executive Milt Rudo, the first bowling manufacturers’ representative granted PBA Honorary Membership in 1979, died on July 4 at age 98. Rudo, who got his start in bowling as a laborer constructing lanes in 1938, advanced through the ranks to become president of the Brunswick Bowling Division in 1965 and spearheaded the introduction of Brunswick’s first automatic scoring system two years later.

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