PBA Spare Shots: PBA50 South Shore Open Finals to Air Live on Xtra Frame Tonight

by Bill Vint July 27, 2017 08:44

Coverage of the stepladder finals of the PBA50 South Shore Open are set to begin at 7:45 p.m. EDT tonight as the countdown to the conclusion of 2017 PBA50 Tour season continues. Among the leaders heading into today’s finals was Brian LeClair of Delmar, N.Y., who is trying to add to his lead in the 2017 PBA50 Player of the Year points race.

Following the finals at Olympia Lanes in Hammond, Ind., the PBA50 Tour wraps up its year with 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 final senior event of the year will be the PBA60 Dick Weber Championship for players 60 and older Aug. 10-12 at Pro Bowl West.

As the curtain comes down on the PBA50 Tour, competition resumes for PBA Tour players with the PBA-PWBA 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 if either/both winners are PBA and/or PWBA members.

Xtra Frame will then follow the women bowlers to Plano, Texas, for the preliminary rounds of the U.S. Women’s Open from Plano Super Bowl 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 with the final three events in the 2017 series on tap: 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. Michael Haugen Jr., a leading contender for PBA50 Rookie of the Year honors in 2017, is defending champion in Delaware. The Chesapeake and Coldwater tournaments are new to the PBA Xtra Frame Tour schedule. EJ Tackett of Huntington, Ind. (53 points) will take a narrow lead over England’s Dom Barrett and Marshall Kent of Yakima, Wash. (46 points each) into the final three events in the Xtra Frame Storm Cup series, which will award the top five players with shares of $50,000 in bonus prize money.

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.

Xtra Frame subscribers also are invited to tune in to a special “PBA Perspective” feature in which 2017 Mark Roth/Marshall Holman PBA Doubles champions Kyle Troup and Jesper Svensson share their insights about their victory over EJ Tackett and Marshall Kent at Bayside Bowl in Portland, Maine. Next up for release in this series will be Francois Lavoie taking Xtra Frame subscribers through his 2016 U.S. Open victory. That feature will make its Xtra Frame debut on August 2.

INTERNATIONAL, U.S. PBA STARS SHINE IN WORLD GAMES

PBA members on both the men’s and women’s sides starred in the medal rounds of the 2017 World Games, an international competition for sports that are not included on the Olympic Games program, last week in Wroclaw, Poland. The bowling program included singles and doubles events for both genders.

In the men’s competition, Venezuela’s Ildemaro Ruiz won the silver medal in singles, losing to Korea’s Youngseon Cho in the two-game title match, 483-435. Germany’s Tobias Bording was bronze medalist. In doubles, 2016 PBA Rookie of the Year Francois Lavoie and former PBA member Dan MacLelland won the gold medal over Ruiz and Venezuelan teammate Massimiliano Fridegotto, 972-935. Hong Kong’s Siu Hong Wu and Michael Mak won bronze.

American stars Tommy Jones and Marshall Kent were eliminated in the quarterfinal round in doubles. Jones also made it to the quarterfinals in singles before he was eliminated. Kent didn’t make it into the 16-man elimination rounds.

In women’s singles, Germany’s Laura Beuthner defeated PBA champion Kelly Kulick of Union, N.J., 509-372 in the title match while Colombia’s Clara Guerrero took bronze. Guerrero and fellow PBA member Rocio Restrepo earned gold for Colombia in doubles, defeating the U.S. team of Kulick and Danielle McEwan of Stony Point, N.Y., 922-875. Mexico’s Tannya Lopez and Sandra Gongora won the bronze medal.

PBA REGIONAL UPDATE: KLINGLER UPSETS TACKETT FOR SECOND PBA TITLE

Andrew Klingler of Grand Rapids, Mich., won his second PBA title in style Sunday, defeating reigning PBA Player of the Year EJ Tackett of Huntington, Ind. by 55 pins to win the Angola Central/Midwest Open at Angola Bowl in Angola, Ind.

Klingler, a 25-year-old second-year PBA member, finished with a 5-3 match play record and a total of 4,816 pins for 21 games, including match play bonus pins, to upset Tackett and a field including several PBA Tour title-winners for the $2,600 first prize.

● A day after celebrating his 23rd birthday, Anthony Caso won his first PBA title in his hometown center Sunday, defeating PBA Tour titlist Tom Daugherty of Riverview, Fla., to win the 29th PBA Crystal Automotive Spring Hill South Open in Spring Hill, Fla.

Caso, a third-year PBA member, spoiled Daugherty’s run at defending his Spring Hill title by defeating Daugherty in the championship match, 244-225. The no. 3 qualifier for the stepladder, Caso took care of Jason Sterner of Rockledge, Fla., in his first match, 279-221, and then defeated Chris Arcaro of Carolina Beach, N.C., 268-203, to advance to the title match. Caso earned $2,500 along with his title in the PBA South Region’s longest-running tournament.

Bob Leonard of Lockwood, N.Y. recorded an 8-0 match play record to win the PBA50 Investors Bank Open at Parkway Lanes Saturday for his first PBA title, and Liz Kuhlkin of Rotterdam, N.Y., completed the weekend program at Parkway Lanes with a victory in the PBA-PWBA Investors Bank Open in Elmwood Park, N.J., on Sunday.

Leonard, an 18-year PBA member, qualified ninth in the 52-man field. He moved steadily through the field but did not take the lead until position round where he retained his perfect match play record for a 101-pin victory over runner-up Sammy Ventura of Norwich, N.Y. The victory was worth $1,500.

In Sunday’s women’s event, Kuhlkin compiled a 4-2 match play record to outscore Jennifer Russo of Monmouth Junction, N.J., by 50 pins to win her second PBA-PWBA Women’s Regional title and a $1,700 prize. Kuhlkin won last season’s East Region PBA-PWBA event in Hornell, N.Y.

Russo, a non-member, finished with a 5-1 match play record and earned $925 as the runner-up. USBC Hall of Famer and New Jersey native Carolyn Dorin-Ballard of Keller, Texas, was third, another 63 pins behind Russo.

Keith Lesko of Chicago began the title match of the Beverly Lanes PBA50 Midwest Regional Open with eight straight strikes, routing top qualifier Patrick Shipley of Spring Valley, Calif., 279-165, to win his second PBA50 regional title in three weeks Sunday in Arlington Heights, Ill.

Lesko, who won a pair of PBA South Region titles in 2001 and 2003 before taking an extended sabbatical from PBA competition, advanced to the title match by getting past Chris Keane of Cape Coral, Fla., 215-194, in the semifinal match after Keane eliminated defending champ Harry Sullins of Chesterfield Township, Mich., 236-225, in the opening game of the stepladder finals.

Mike Bailey of Irving, Texas, dominated the match play finals of the eighth annual PBA Fort Sill Southwest Open, presented by DV8, Sunday at Twin Oaks Bowling Center in Fort Sill, Okla., to win his fifth PBA Southwest Region title.

Bailey opened the tournament with a 290 game and built his tournament lead to 73 pins after the 13 games of qualifying. Losing his first match in the modified eight-game round robin finals allowed 2014 USBC Queens champion Maria Rodriguez of Colombia to take a one-pin lead, but Bailey rebounded by winning five of his next six matches to build an insurmountable 272-pin lead heading into position round. Amateur Jack Zuniga of Tulsa, Okla., beat Bailey in the final match, 244-237, to retain second place but Bailey earned the $2,500 winner’s check with a 5,114 total.

Cameron Weier of Tacoma, Wash.; Hugh Miller of Mercer Island, Wash., and Catherine Rawsthorne of Federal Way, Wash., were victorious in a PBA Northwest Region tripleheader at Secoma Lanes in Federal Way Sunday.

Weier posted a 10-2 match play record and a 20-game total of 5,181 pins, including match play bonus pins, to win Sunday’s Secoma Lanes Open, a standard PBA Northwest/ West Regional event, by 144 pins over Darren Tang of San Francisco. Weier’s performance included a trio of 300s (including back-to-back) in match play on his way to the $2,500 first-place check.

Miller won the PBA50 portion of the tripleheader with a 6-5-1 match play record and 5,075 total pins, beating Robert Harvey of Boise, Idaho by 262 pins for the $1,500 first prize.

Rawsthorne had a 4-4 match play record and knocked down 3,499 total pins for her 16 games to top Lori Eskew of Hillsboro, Ore., for the win in the PBA/PWBA women’s event to earn the $1,000 prize. Eskew had 3,417 pins.

Paul McCordic of Sugar Land, Texas, defeated PBA Hall of Famer Tom Baker of King, N.C. by 50 pins to win the PBA50 Fairborn Central Classic at Bowl 10 Fairborn in Fairborn, Ohio, on Thursday, July 20. McCordic averaged 218.7 for the tournament to claim his second PBA50 regional title along with the $1,500 first prize.

In a unique format, the top 14 players after qualifying bowled 10 games of round robin match play where the winner received 10 bonus pins. After the final position round match, the top four advanced to a two-game final round where bonus pins were awarded based on score. The top scorer received 12 bonus pins, second place received eight bonus pins, third four bonus pins and fourth received no bonus pins.

● Closing the July regional schedule 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.

● PBA’s August regional calendar gets underway over the Aug. 4-6 weekend with the PBA50 Progressive/Gerdman Insurance Agency/Al Smith Chrysler/Dodge/Jeep Central/Midwest Classic at Al-Mar Colonial Lanes in Bowling Green, Ohio; the Bowlers Supply/Storm Products Open at Colony Park Lanes North in York, Pa.; the Boss Snow Plows/Ebonite Central Open at PinHeads in Fishers, Ind., and the Poplar Creek Bowl Midwest Open presented by Columbia 300 in Hoffman Estates, Ill.

● A mid-week event for PBA50 players – the PBA50 Pro Bowl West Central/Midwest Shootout – is set for Aug. 9 in Fort Wayne, Ind.

● The Greater Richmond Central Open at Richmond 40 Bowl in Richmond, Ind., a one-day event on Aug. 13, is the lone regional event over the Aug. 11-13 weekend.

● The Aug. 18-20 PBA Regional calendar includes the Emerald Bowl Houston Southwest Challenge for non-title winners plus the PBA-PWBA Emerald Bowl Southwest Open in Houston, Texas, for women, and the Dave Husted Northwest Open presented by 900 Global at Husted’s Milwaukie Bowl in Milwaukie, Ore.

● Closing out the August schedule will be the PBA60 Wilson & Sons Super Senior Open presented by the Mooresville Convention and Visitors Bureau Aug. 31-Sept. 2 at George Pappas’ Victory Lanes in Mooresville, N.C., followed immediately by the PBA50 Samuel Adams South Open presented by the Mooresville Convention and Visitors Bureau at George Pappas’ Victory Lanes in Mooresville, N.C.

● The Labor Day weekend calendar of PBA Regional action includes the PBA50 Strike Zone Open presented by Track in Pottsville, Pa.; the Tony Reyes Memorial Member/Non-Member Doubles at Fourth Street Bowl in San Jose, Calif.; the Illinois Valley Midwest Open at IV Super Bowl in Peru, Ill., and the DHC Japan PBA Doubles Open, Japan Cheetah Masters and Japan Cheetah Queens at Nagoya Grand Bowl in Nagoya, Japan.

● 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).

Pierce.Ted_Portland OR_2017 PBA50QUICK NOTES:

Tim Pierce (left) of Portland, Ore., went from embarrassed to elated in record time Tuesday morning in the PBA50 South Shore Open. On his first shot of the tournament at Olympia Lanes in Hammond, Ind., the 62-year-old Pierce left the dreaded 5-7-10 split. On his second shot, he converted the “lily” for a spare. It’s extremely unusual for PBA competitors (of any age) to leave the 5-7-10…but it’s even more uncommon to convert the spare.

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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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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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