The PBA will again take advantage of today’s digital technology, giving fans the opportunity to watch the entire L.L. Bean PBA League telecasts via live video streaming on ESPN3.com and the WatchESPN app on Saturday and Sunday, April 15 and 16, from Bayside Bowl in Portland, Maine.
The quarterfinal, semifinal and Elias Cup championship rounds all will be live streamed as they are being recorded for delayed broadcast on ESPN on four consecutive Sundays at 1 p.m. ET, beginning April 23. PBA introduced the ESPN3/WatchESPN live streaming feature for die-hard fans during the GEICO World Series of Bowling VIII in Reno last December.
The addition of live streaming, which means people can easily watch PBA telecasts on mobile devices, laptop computer – even big-screen television with streaming devices that transfer signals – means that 15 of the 17 telecasts ESPN and PBA have produced in the past year have been available live. Only the USA vs. The World and CP3 PBA Celebrity Invitational have aired exclusively on a delayed basis.
Combined with PBA’s Xtra Frame Tour series, fans will have access to 25 events live via digital outlets this year.
PBA STARS TO REPRESENT U.S. IN BIDS FOR WORLD GAMES GOLD
PBA veteran Tommy Jones of Simpsonville, S.C., an 18-time PBA Tour champion and a 13-time member of Team USA, and 23-year-old first-year Team USA member Jakob Butturff of Tempe, Ariz., will represent the United States in the 2017 World Games bowling competition July 21-24 in Wroclaw, Poland, along with PBA Tour champion Kelly Kulick of Union, N.J., and PBA member Danielle McEwan of Stony Point, N.Y., who is a member of the L.L. Bean PBA League GEICO New York City WTT KingPins.
The World Games are held every four years for 25 sports that are not included in the Olympic Games. Competition will include women's singles on July 21, men's singles on July 22, women's doubles on July 23 and men's doubles on July 24.
Kulick, who made bowling history when she won the 2010 PBA Tournament of Champions, returns to the World Games where she and PBA champion Mike Fagan, her mixed doubles partner, became the first American players to win bowling gold medals in the 2013 World Games in Cali, Colombia.
DATES FOR PBA-PWBA WOMEN’S REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS SET
The PBA will continue to provide opportunities for women bowlers by hosting a series of PBA-PWBA Women’s Regional Championship tournaments during the 2017 season, beginning with this weekend’s West Region Women’s Championship at Earl Anthony’s Dublin Bowl in Dublin, Calif.
Other scheduled events include the PBA-PWBA Northwest Women’s Championship July 21-23 at Secoma Lanes in Federal Way, Wash.; the East Region championship July 23 at Parkway Lanes in Elmwood Park, N.J.; the Southwest Region championship Aug. 18-20 at Emerald Bowl in Houston, Texas; the South Championship Sept. 8-10 at Lafayette Lanes in Fayetteville, N.C.; the Midwest Championship Sept. 9-10 at Cherry Lanes in Diamond Jo Casino, Dubuque, Iowa, and the Central Championship Oct. 7-8 at Northway Lanes in Muskegon, Mich.
For tournament details, visit pba.com and click on the “schedules” link.
JANAY HAGGERTY NAMED PBA VICE PRESIDENT-MARKETING
Janay Haggerty, who has been the PBA’s behind-the-scenes marketing services and event planning leader for the majority of her 14 years with the organization, has been promoted to PBA Vice President–Marketing, PBA CEO and Commissioner Tom Clark has announced.
Haggerty joined the PBA in 2003 and “has performed admirably in all facets she’s been tasked with in the organization, including her most recent role as Director of Events and Community Relations,” Clark said. In her new position, she will implement the PBA’s marketing strategies and coordinate with other departments and outside partners. She will oversee marketing materials and planning, pba.com, event staging and fan experience, public relations, social media, email communications, pba.com, community events, player communications and licensing initiatives.
THIS WEEK: “PICK THE STORM BALL” FOR PBA BOWLING CHALLENGE MOBILE GAME
Concrete Software’s “pick the ball” survey for PBA Bowling Challenge mobile game continues this week with players invited to select a new Storm ball from among three options provided weekly for each PBA-participating brand.
Based on fan voting (click here: http://bit.ly/Storm_17 to cast your vote), the “winning” Storm ball will be available for play on April 21.
A code to purchase the ball for 50% off (the code will be available on PBA’s and the specific companies’ social media pages) will be posted. Each company also will have a flashback weekend where all its previous balls will be available for that weekend only.
PBA REGIONAL UPDATE: LAVOIE PERFECT IN SOUTHWEST VICTORY
Reigning PBA Rookie of the Year Francois Lavoie, who rolled the only nationally-televised 300 game in U.S. Open history on his way to the 2016 title, did it again Sunday at FireLake Bowling Center in Shawnee, Okla., defeating collegiate amateur Wesley Low Jr. of Palmdale, Calif., 300-216, to win the sixth annual PBA FireLake Grand Casino Resort Southwest Open presented by MOTIV.
Lavoie, who had advanced to the championship round in his last two Southwest region events only to fall short of victory when his opponents bowled games of 279 and 266, left no opportunity for loss by tossing the event’s second 300 game. After qualifying third and receiving byes to advance to the Round of 8, the Canadian native eliminated Mike Edwards of Tulsa, Okla., 2-0, in a best-of-three-game match and then edged PBA Southwest Region Hall of Famer Nathan Bohr of Austin, Texas, 222-201, in the semifinal round.
Low, a two-handed left-hander who is bowling for Wichita State University, qualified ninth and had a longer road to the final. In his opening match, he defeated Joe Findling of Mesquite, Texas, 2-1;, PBA rookie and Team USA member AJ Chapman of Manchester, Iowa, 2-0, and Mike Bailey of Irving, Texas, 258-180, to advance to the title match.
The pro-am portion of the event on Friday included a fundraiser for the Shawnee area Big Brothers Big Sisters chapter. FireLake General Manager Chris Skillings announced more than $20,000 was raised for that cause.
● Chris Warren of Grants Pass, Ore. posted a 4-4 match play record and a 16-game total of 3,786 pins Sunday at the National Bowling Stadium in Reno to win his 47th career PBA Regional title in the PBA Sands Regency West/Northwest Spring Classic presented by Storm.
Warren, who earned $2,000, defeated Jakob Butturff of Chandler, Ariz., by 78 pins to close to within one title of the record 48 standard PBA Regional titles, held by PBA Hall of Famer Pete Weber. Butturff, coming off a record nine PBA Regional titles performance in 2016, had a 6-2 match play record and 3,708 pins for his 16 games.
In the companion PBA50 Open, Ty Dawson of Sunnyvale, Calif., went 4-4 and knocked down 3,659 total pins defeating Michael Haugen Jr. of Phoenix by four pins to earn a $1,500 prize, and kicking of the weekend, Casey Knutson of Sparks, Nev., defeated Adam Wilson of Reno, 203-164, to win Friday’s PBA Sands Regency Spring Challenge presented by Storm. The Challenge was open to players who had never won a PBA title.
● Puerto Rico national bowling team member Cristian Azcona of Lake Wales, Fla. defeated top qualifier Anthony DeStasio of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., 248-210 to win his first PBA South Regional title Sunday in the PBA Brighton Construction South Open at Myrtle Beach Bowl in Myrtle Beach, S.C.
Azcona, a 22-year-old PBA rookie, was nearly flawless in defeating Jeremy Mooney of West Palm Beach, Fla., 299-223, in the first stepladder match. He then eliminated Mike Byers of Charleston, S.C., 258-226, to advance to the title match where he earned $2,500 for his first win in PBA competition.
● Kelly Jordon of Marion, Ohio defeated Kris Prather of Plainfield, Ill., 196-181, to win the PBA Elkhart Central/Midwest Open presented by 900 Global at Country Club Lanes in Elkhart, Ind., Sunday for his second career PBA Regional title and a $2,000 first prize.
Jordon topped reigning Central Region Rookie of the Year Graham Fach of Guelph, Ontario, 227-224, while Prather downed Jesse Buss of Belvidere, Ill., 277-207, in the semifinal round to set up the championship match.
● Amateur Tom Adcock of Decatur, Ill., defeated Lennie Boresch of Kenosha, Wis., 222-180, to win the PBA50 Showtime Lanes Midwest/Central Open at Showtime Lanes in Virden, Ill., Sunday. The win was Adcock’s third in PBA competition. He earned $1,500 but he doesn’t get credit for the title because he is an amateur.
Adcock defeated Brian Kretzer of Dayton, Ohio, 2-1 in the best-of-three-game semifinal round while Boresch edged Scott Merritt of Iowa City, Iowa, 2-0, in the other match to set up the championship contest.
● April’s PBA Regional schedule gets underway this weekend with the PBA50 AMF Fredericksburg (Va.) South Open presented by Radical, followed by the PBA60 Blue Ridge Properties/Kingsport CVB Super Senior Open presented by Storm Monday through Wednesday at Warpath Lanes in Kingsport, Tenn. This weekend also includes of the Pacific Coast’s premier events, the PBA, PBA50 and PBA-PWBA Earl Anthony West/Northwest Classic events at Earl Anthony’s Dublin Bowl in Dublin, Calif.
● The April 14-16 PBA Regional calendar includes the Bowlers Discount Eastern Open presented by Columbia 300 at Brunswick Zone-Normandy in Ellicott City, Md., and the Copperfield Bowl Southwest Challenge presented by Global 900 for non-champions in Houston, Texas.
● The April 21-23 PBA Regional schedule features the Debbie & Leo Nunan Memorial Central Open presented by Track at AMF Stardust Lanes in Grove City, Ohio, and the Jac’s Lanes Valdosta South Open in Valdosta, Ga. April 23 also kicks of the PBA West Region’s annual tripleheader in Hawaii, including the Hawaii West/Northwest Open presented by Ebonite at Schofield AFB (April 23), the Fort Shafter West/Northwest Hawaii Open in Honolulu (April 26) and the Hickam AFB West/Northwest Open presented by Ebonite (April 28-30).
● April’s PBA Regional competition concludes with the PBA50 Cherokee Lanes South Open presented by Roto Grip in Canton, Ga., April 27-29, and the Al Jones Memorial presented by Storm at Rockaway Lanes in Rockaway, N.J., April 28-30.
● 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.
● Late additions to the Mark Roth/Marshall Holman PBA Doubles Championship roster next week in Portland, Maine, include Terry Robinson and Charlie Mitchell, Gray, Maine, while James Goulding, Lewiston, Maine, and Jimmy Clark, Hermon, N.H., will replace Steve Pavlinko Sr. and Jr., who withdrew.
● Robert Alman of Murrysville, Pa., is the March winner of a $200 HotelPlanner.com certificate, redeemable for future lodging expenses, compliments of PBA’s official travel partner. The monthly sweepstakes is open to anyone who books a hotel through the HotelPlanner.com link on pba.com. Those who book through HotelPlanner.com are automatically entered.
● Roman Fowler of Cookeville, Tenn., will receive a new high-performance Brunswick ball, Charles Fainberg of Pacifica, Calif., has won a new high-performance MOTIV ball, and Gunther Grinde of Prior Lake, Minn., wins a new DV8 ball as March sweepstakes prizes for subscribing to Xtra Frame. The monthly sweepstakes is sponsored by the respective PBA Product Registered partners. Monthly winners are selected from among new Xtra Frame subscribers, who are automatically entered when they enroll as a monthly or Xtra Frame Season Ticket (full year) subscriber.