PBA Spare Shots: It’s Haugen in the Lead as PBA50 Player of the Year Race Enters Home Stretch

by Bill Vint July 19, 2018 13:20

As the PBA50 Tour makes its PBA Xtra Frame on FloBowling debut this week in the PBA50 River City Extreme Open, presented by Ebonite, from River City Extreme in Monticello, Minn., the chase for PBA50 Player of the Year honors heads into the home stretch with Michael Haugen Jr. at the head of the pack.

The annual honor in 2018 will be based upon standard PBA competition points that are being applied to all levels of PBA competition this year. Haugen, the 2017 PBA50 Rookie of the Year, won the BVL Johnny Petraglia Open earlier in the season and has four other top 10 finishes for a 2,400-point lead over PBA Hall of Famer Walter Ray Williams Jr., who has yet to add to his PBA50 Tour title total this year, but has three runner-up finishes.

For the current PBA50 Tour points standings heading into the Monticello event, click here: https://www.pba.com/SeasonStats/Points/130. Xtra Frame on FloBowling will air the finals of the River City Extreme Open on Friday at 8 p.m. EDT.

Coverage of the PBA50 Tour by PBA Xtra Frame on FloBowling continues with the PBA50 South Shore Open presented by Hammer at Olympia Lanes in Hammond, Ind., July 23-26, and the PBA50 Security Federal Savings Bank Championship, presented by Track, at Dave Small's Heritage Lanes, Kokomo, Ind., July 28-31. The PBA50 Dave Small’s Championship Lanes Classic, presented by Roto Grip, in Anderson, Ind., is set for Aug. 4-7 before the PBA50 Cup, presented by DV8, in Wyoming, Mich., Aug. 9-12, concludes the 2018 points competition that will decide the Player of the Year.

All PBA Xtra Frame events on FloBowling are covered live, from first ball to last. Existing Xtra Frame subscribers need to transition their current subscriptions to FloBowling by visiting https://www.flobowling.com/claim-account. New subscribers can enroll at FloBowling.com.

PBA BOWLING CHALLENGE PRESENTS “MOTIV THROWBACK WEEKEND CHALLENGE”

pbavc_limitedtime_MOTIVThrowback_Social1The popular PBA Bowling Challenge Mobile Game is going to debut a new “MOTIV Throwback Weekend Challenge” starting Thursday at 1 p.m. EDT and running thru Monday, July 23 at 12:59 a.m. EDT.  It will operate under the same rules and Gold Pin prizes that previous regular “Weekend Challenge” events have used with one exception: users will be limited to the three ball options below (all three balls will be offered at 50% of usual prices for the weekend).

The balls in play will be the Venom Panic: http://bit.ly/Panic_50; the Venom Cobra: http://bit.ly/Cobra_50, and the Jackal Ghost: http://bit.ly/Ghost_50.

In a recent “Weekend Challenge,” more than 25,000 people took on PBA Commissioner Tom Clark’s lineup of PBA stars in the “PBA Bowling Commissioner’s Challenge” and only 1.16 percent beat the gauntlet of PBA stars in a series of matches, but in the end 283 “out-bowled” the entire field.

The good news is, it’s free to enter and you can bowl as many times as you want. Special stand-alone events within Concrete Software’s PBA Bowling Challenge game for mobile devices (Weekend Challenges, Commissioner’s Challenge, etc.) will be regular events in the future. If you are a registered PBA Bowling Challenge player, you’ll get notices when a new game or “challenge” is scheduled.

If you haven’t already done so, download the free PBA Bowling Challenge app at Google Play or the Apple App Store and start bowling immediate.

PBA REGIONAL UPDATE: SEAN WILCOX HELPS DICK ALLEN WIN 21ST REGIONAL TITLE

With help from partner Sean Wilcox of Altamonte Springs, Fla., Dick Allen of Lexington, S.C. picked up his 21st career PBA Regional title when the twosome defeated Kyle Troup of Taylorsville, N.C., and Steve Arehart of Chesapeake, Va., 243-213, to win the PBA Beltline Lanes Columbia 300 Baker Doubles title Sunday on the outskirts of Columbia, S.C.

Troup and Arehart qualified fourth for the stepladder finals and edged Connor Pickford of Plano, Texas, and Kole Payne of Charlotte, N.C., 183-182, to start the four-team stepladder finals. They then won another squeaker, eliminating Hall of Famer Walter Ray Williams Jr. of Oxford, Fla., and amateur partner Josh Johnson from Callahan, Fla., 198-179, to advance to the title match.

In addition to Allen’s 21st Regional title, Wilcox won his first title along with a share of the $4,000 top prize.

Michael Haugen Jr. of Phoenix defeated Ron Profitt of Brookville, Ohio by 182 pins to win the PBA50 Fairborn Central Classic presented by Roto Grip at Bowl 10 Fairborn in Fairborn, Ohio, Sunday.

Haugen, who averaged 221.7 for the tournament, claimed his second PBA50 central region title of the year along with the $1,500 first prize.

In a unique format, the top 16 players after qualifying bowled 10 games of round robin match play where the winner of each match received 10 bonus pins. After the 10th match, the top four advanced to a two-game, four-man match play final round where bonus pins were given based on two-game totals. The top scorer received 12 bonus pins, second received eight bonus pins, third four bonus pins and fourth received no bonus pins. Haugen rolled games of 219 and 186 for a 405 total, earning 12 bonus pins and finishing with a 4,506 pinfall total to top Profitt’s 4,324 total.

Jakob Butturff of Tempe, Ariz., defeated amateur Fidel Marchena of Dominican Republic, 234-194, to win the PBA Tony Grigat Allstate Midwest Open at Poplar Creek Bowl in Hoffman Estates, Ill., Sunday, for his 16th career PBA Regional title and first in the PBA Midwest Region. He also earned $2,000.

Marchena edged Kenny Calkins of Des Moines, Iowa, 215-214, in the semifinal game to advance to the championship match after also sneaking past Ryan Burks of Valparaiso, Ind., 192-190, in the first stepladder match.

● Over the July 20-22 weekend, PBA Regional events will include the PBA50 Parkway Lanes Eastern Open presented by Roto Grip in Elmwood Park, N.J.; the PBA Angola Central/Midwest Open presented by Ebonite at Angola Bowl in Angola, Ind.; the PBA Spring Hill Lanes South Open presented by Track in Spring Hill, Fla.; the PBA Fort Sill Southwest Open at Twin Oaks Bowling Center in Fort Sill, Okla.; the PBA, PBA50 and PBA-PWBA Secoma Lanes Northwest/West Open tripleheader in Federal Way, Wash., and the PBA50 Beverly Lanes Midwest/Central Open presented by Roto Grip in Arlington Heights, Ill.

● Closing out the July schedule of PBA Regional competitions will be the PBA50 Ned Micelli Memorial at Herrill Lanes in New Hyde Park, N.Y., over the July 27-28 weekend.

● 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 PBA app).

QUICK NOTES:

● Dick Allen and his wife Sarah welcomed the third addition to their family on Tuesday, July 17 (coincidentally, Sarah’s birthday…) when Declain Atticus Allen arrived, weighing in at 7 pounds, 9 ounces, and measuring 21 inches. Declain joins future babysitters Piper and Arabella.

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PBA Spare Shots: New “Beauties vs. Beasts” Special Event to Kick Off Annual Mixed Doubles Event

by Bill Vint July 13, 2018 08:29

A new “Beauties vs. Beasts” five-game Baker format team match will kick off the annual PBA-PWBA Striking Against Breast Cancer Mixed Doubles Tournament presented by Storm on Thursday, July 26, at 4 p.m. CDT at Copperfield Bowl in Houston, Texas. PBA Xtra Frame on FloBowling will cover the event.

Tournament founder Donna Conners, who is always looking to add bigger-and-better features to the event, will pit last year’s top male qualifiers against last year’s leading female qualifiers in a Baker format team competition. At stake will be $5,000 in bonus prize money for the winning team, with $1,000 to the losing team.

Bowling on the female side will be Germany’s Birgit Popplar (who won the 2017 mixed doubles title with partner Jason Sterner); Stefanie Johnson of McKinney, Texas; Holly Harris of Wichita, Kan.; Josie Earnest-Barnes of Nashville, Tenn., and Natalie Cortese of Hoffman Estates, Ill. (Cortese replaces Sweden’s Jenny Wegner, who is not entered this year). The male side will feature Kyle Troup of Taylorsville, N.C.; Tommy Jones of Simpsonville, S.C.; Chris Barnes of Double Oak, Texas; Brad Miller of Raytown, Mo., and Clint Land of Houston.

The 19th annual mixed doubles tournament, the largest event of its kind in professional bowling, will feature a world-class field of 160 teams including players from around the world. It will be covered from start to finish by PBA Xtra Frame on FloBowling, beginning with the first of four eight-game qualifying squads at 8 a.m. CDT on Friday, July 27.

PBA50 TOUR NEXT TO MAKE PBA XTRA FRAME ON FLOBOWLING DEBUT

The PBA50 Tour will be the next to make its PBA Xtra Frame on FloBowling debut when the “senior tour” resumes its 2018 schedule July 17-20 in the PBA50 River City Extreme Open, presented by Ebonite, from River City Extreme in Monticello, Minn.

July coverage of the PBA50 Tour by PBA Xtra Frame on FloBowling continues with the PBA50 South Shore Open presented by Hammer at Olympia Lanes in Hammond, Ind., July 23-26, and the PBA50 Security Federal Savings Bank Championship, presented by Track, at Dave Small's Heritage Lanes, Kokomo, Ind., July 28-31.

All PBA Xtra Frame on FloBowling events are covered live, from first ball to last, at

FloBowling.com. Existing Xtra Frame subscribers can transition their current subscriptions by visiting https://www.flobowling.com/claim-account or new subscribers can sign-up at FloBowling.com.

USBC EXTENDS SENIOR MASTERS, SUPER SENIOR CLASSIC THROUGH 2021 AT SAM’S TOWN

The United States Bowling Congress has extended its agreement with Sam’s Town Bowling Center in Las Vegas to host the Senior Masters and Super Senior Classic through 2021. Sam’s Town has hosted both events since 2016.

In 2019, the Super Senior Classic for players 60 and older will begin on May 29 with the Senior Masters set for June 2-9. The Super Senior Classic has grown from 28 competitors in 2013 to 184 bowlers in 2018.

The 2020 Senior Masters is set for May 31-June 7, while the 2021 event will take place June 6-13. The 2020 Super Senior Classic is scheduled for May 27-31 and the 2021 tournament will be June 2-6.

PBA REGIONAL UPDATE: BOB CARUSO WINS CECIL RAYMOND MEMORIAL TITLE

Bob Caruso of Dayton, N.J. defeated Steve Pavlinko of Sewell, N.J., 246-218, to win the PBA50 Cecil Raymond Memorial presented by Ebonite at Brunswick Zone Deptford on Sunday.

Caruso, who qualified second, held a comfortable lead throughout the title match on his way to his fourth career PBA Regional title and his second in Deptford. He also won the 2014 Mil-Ray Foods Open. Pavlinko is the co-sponsor of the event and operates the pro shop inside the center. Caruso won $2,000 while Pavlinko earned $1,000 for his runner-up finish.

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

In the semifinal round, Caruso edged Tommy Brodowski of New Hyde Park, N.Y., 174-173, when Brodowski opened in the 10th frame while Pavlinko defeated three-time East Region PBA50 Player of the Year Sam Maccarone of Williamstown, N.J., 227-207. Brodowski and Maccarone each earned $750 as semifinal round losers.

● The July 13-15 PBA Regional schedule includes the PBA50 Fairborn Central Classic presented by Roto Grip at Bowl 10 Fairborn in Fairborn, Ohio; the PBA Allstate Tony Grigat Midwest Open presented by Columbia 300 at Poplar Creek Bowl in Hoffman Estates, Ill., and the PBA Beltline Lanes Columbia Baker Doubles South Open in Columbia, S.C.

● Over the July 20-22 weekend, PBA Regional events will include the PBA50 Parkway Lanes Eastern Open presented by Roto Grip in Elmwood Park, N.J.; the PBA Angola Central/Midwest Open presented by Ebonite at Angola Bowl in Angola, Ind.; the PBA Spring Hill Lanes South Open presented by Track in Spring Hill, Fla.; the PBA Fort Sill Southwest Open at Twin Oaks Bowling Center in Fort Sill, Okla.; the PBA, PBA50 and PBA-PWBA Secoma Lanes Northwest/West Open tripleheader in Federal Way, Wash., and the PBA50 Beverly Lanes Midwest/Central Open presented by Roto Grip in Arlington Heights, Ill.

● Closing out the July schedule of PBA Regional competitions will be the PBA50 Ned Micelli Memorial at Herrill Lanes in New Hyde Park, N.Y., over the July 27-28 weekend.

● 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 PBA app).

QUICK NOTES

● Last call for fans to vote on the “best bowler” in the 2018 ESPY competition. Click on this link (http://www.espn.com/espys/story/_/page/voting54/best-athlete-sport) and look for the “best bowler” ballot which includes Jason Belmonte, Rhino Page, Tom Smallwood and Jesper Svensson. The winner will be announced when the ESPY shows airs on ESPN on Wednesday, July 18.

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EJ Tackett Uses 300 Game, 200 Bonus Pins to Lead PBA Xtra Frame Parkside Lanes Open After First Round

by Bill Vint June 30, 2018 14:32

AURORA, Ill. – EJ Tackett of Huntington, Ind., rolled the only 300 game in the opening round to lead a group dominated by rising 20-something stars after the first eight qualifying games in the Professional Bowlers Association’s Xtra Frame Parkside Lanes Open Saturday.

Tackett, a nine-time PBA Tour champion and already a former PBA Player of the Year at age 25, took advantage of his 300 game and 200 bonus pins to finish the eight-game round with a 2,086 pinfall total and an 87-pin lead over 26-year-old Canadian left-hander Graham Fach.

The PBA Xtra Frame Parkside Lanes Open, a Go Bowling! PBA Tour event, is the inaugural tournament in the PBA’s new live streaming relationship with FloSports, and features multi-lane condition challenges as well as a unique scoring system that awards bonus pins based upon how players score in relationship to the other players on their respective pair of lanes each game.

With heat index hovering in the 110-degree range outside Parkside Lanes, Tackett rolled games of 259, 218, 224, 232, 300, 215, 225 and 213 for an actual 235.75 average. Fach, the first Canadian ever to win a PBA Tour title (2016 Barbasol PBA Players Championship), finished with 1,999 pins. Jason Sterner of Rockledge, Fla., the oldest player among the leaders at the age 34, was third with 1,992 pins, Tied for fourth were 23-year-old Andrew Anderson, Holly, Mich.; 25-year-old Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., and 25-year-old AJ Johnson, Oswego, Ill., all with 1,985 pins.

Anderson and Australia’s Jason Belmonte are the only two-time PBA Tour title winners in 2018 (Belmonte isn’t competing in Aurora). Johnson is the only player among the leaders without a PBA Tour title.

With PBA Xtra Frame on FloBowling following the action from start to finish, the event includes eight-game qualifying rounds Saturday and Sunday, with the top 27 qualifiers after 16 games advancing to Monday’s eight-game cashers round. Saturday’s qualifying was contested on the PBA Chameleon lane condition. Sunday’s 10 a.m. qualifying round will be bowled on the Don Carter lane condition and Monday’s cashers round, also at 10 a.m., will involve the PBA Bear oiling pattern. All three involve 39-foot applications of oil with variations in the amount of oil applied as well as how it is distributed across the lanes.

After 24 games plus bonus pins, the top five will bowl in the stepladder finals at 3 p.m. CDT with the top qualifier selecting the oil pattern for the finals.

The “bonus pin” scoring system for qualifying works like this: with four players on each pair of lanes, the player who bowls the highest score each game will earn an additional 30 bonus pins. The second highest player will earn 20 bonus pins, and the third-high player will get an extra 10 pins. The lowest scoring player on the pair won’t get any bonus pins. In case of ties, bonus pins will be divided.

All PBA Xtra Frame events for the rest of the season will be covered live, from first ball to last, by PBA’s new live streaming partner, FloBowling.com. Subscriptions are available at FloBowling (existing Xtra Frame subscribers can transition their current subscriptions by visiting https://www.flobowling.com/claim-account).

PBA XTRA FRAME PARKSIDE LANES OPEN

(A 2018 Go Bowling! PBA Tour event)

Parkside Lanes, Aurora, Ill., Saturday

First Round Standings (after 8 games, including bonus pins):

1, EJ Tackett, Huntington, Ind., 2,086.
2, Graham Fach, Canada, 1,999.
3, Jason Sterner, Rockledge, Fla., 1,992.
4 (tie), Andrew Anderson, Holly, Mich.; Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., and AJ Johnson, Oswego, Ill., 1,985.
7, Greg Ostrander, Freehold, N.J., 1,969.
8, Nick Kruml, Downers Grove, Ill., 1,958.
9, Matt Kuba, Chicago Ridge, Ill., 1,948.
10, Matt O'Grady, Rahway, N.J., 1,935.
11, Chris Via, Springfield, Ohio, 1,917.
12, Dom Barrett, England, 1,916.
13, Zach Doty, Campbellsville, Ky., 1,911.
14, Anthony Simonsen, Austin, Texas, 1,908.
15, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 1,893.
16, Mitch Hupe, Canada, 1,892.
17, Chris Loschetter, Avon, Ohio, 1,888.
18, Matt Sanders, Indianapolis, 1,882.
19, Jason Miller, Plano, Ill., 1,869.
20, Bill O'Neill, Langhorne, Pa., 1,853.
21, Richard McCormick, Cincinnati, Ohio, 1,846.
22, Kristopher Prather, Plainfield, Ill., 1,833.
23, Kamron Doyle, Brentwood, Tenn., 1,827.
24, Kyle Sherman, O'Fallon, Mo., 1,826.
25, AJ Chapman, Manchester, Iowa, 1,821.
26, Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., 1,813.
27, Tom Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich., 1,807.
28, Steve Jaros, Yorkville, Ill., 1,806.
29, Matthew McNiel, Minneapolis, Minn., 1,802.
30, n-Mike Dole, Loves Park, Ill., 1,798.
31, Anthony Pepe, Elmhurst, N.Y., 1,795.
32, Gerald Marrs, Lake in the Hills, Ill., 1,790.
33 (tie), Aaron Beaver, Goshen, Ind., and Nicholas Pate, Inver Grove Heights, Minn., 1,782.
35, Keven Williams, Springfield, Mo., 1,780.
36, Nathan Michalowski, Burlington, Wis., 1,778.
37, Kyle Walther, Columbus, Ohio, 1,777.
38, Charlie Brown Jr, Grandville, Mich., 1,773.
39, n-Alex Leeman, Appleton, Wis., 1,770.
40, Michael Vitalone, Jr., Lake Worth, Fla., 1,767.
41, Michael Davidson, Versailles, Ohio, 1,758.
42, n-Patrick Hanrahan, Greenwich, Conn., 1,757.
43, Dakota Vostry, Chicago, 1,752.
44, JR Raymond, Clinton Twp., Mich., 1,747.
45, Devin Bidwell, Wichita, Kan., 1,734.
46, Joseph Kruzel Jr, Addison, Ill., 1,731.
47, Francois Lavoie, Canada, 1,724.
48, Cameron Weier, Tacoma, Wash., 1,711.
49, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 1,707.
50, Richie Teece, England, 1,697.
51, n-William Guszczo, Orland Park, Ill., 1,690.
52, Kyle Cook, Centerville, Ohio, 1,689.
53, Francois Louw, South Africa, 1,686.
54 (tie), Kurt Pilon, Warren, Mich., and Tim Foy Jr., Seaford, Del., 1,684.
56, Kenny Calkins III, Des Moines, Iowa, 1,681.
57 (tie), John Furey, Howell, N.J., and n-Germaine Tyler, Bolingbrook, Ill., 1,680.
59 (tie), n-Victor Cortez, Waukegan, Ill., and Joe Paluszek, Bensalem, Pa., 1,676.
61, Bobby Hall II, Landover, Md., 1,670.
62, n-Joseph Grondin, San Pedro, Calif., 1,667.
63, Steven Taylor, Tremont, Ill., 1,659.
64, n-Brent Boho, Colgate, Wis., 1,650.
65, Kyle Troup, Taylorsville, N.C., 1,645.
66, n-Jim Spigner, Vernon Hills, Ill., 1,641.
67, n-Ron Fujita, El Sobrente, Calif., 1,635.
68, Scott Merritt, Iowa City, Iowa, 1,632.
69, Phillip Watson, Belleville, Ill., 1,630.
70, Michael Schlabach, Goshen, Ind., 1,618.
71, Christopher O'Neil, Decatur, Ill., 1,617.
72, n-Mike Kicmal, LaGrange, Ill., 1,613.
73, n-Tom Carter, Aurora, Ill., 1,610.
74, Cristian Azcona, Puerto Rico, 1,605.
75, Ryan Zagar, Racine, Wis., 1,588.
76, CJ Kirchner, Cartersville, Ill., 1,585.
77, Trent Knoop, Sidney, Ohio, 1,565.
78, n-Zach Rhoades, Lafayette, Ind., 1,558.
79, n-Christopher Dower, Cary, Ill., 1,555.
80, Brad Miller, Lees Summit, Mo., 1,554.
81, n-Joshua Berry, Glasgow, Ky., 1,552.
82, n-Josh Parkin, Urbana, Ohio, 1,550.
83, Brandon Curtis, Manson, N.C., 1,529.
84, n-Kevin Sickler, Plainfield, Ill., 1,526.
85 (tie), Shane Yesovich, Boardman, Ohio, and Tyler Wilds, Three Rivers, Mich., 1,523.
87, n-Will Clark, Montgomery, Ill., 1,516.
88, n-Daniel Hall, Wolfforth, Texas, 1,514.
89, Dakoda Christianson, Rice Lake, Wis., 1,497.
90, Peter Switalski, Oak Forest, Ill., 1,492.
91, Ryan Lakota, Shorewood, Ill., 1,490.
92, Matt Taylor, Youngsville, N.C., 1,487.
93, Tristan Butler, Fort Wayne, Ind., 1,461.
94, ss-Larry Helton, Bolingbrook, Ill., 1,444.
95, Michael Baker, Moline, Ill., 1,440.
96, Jason Gittleson, Southern Pines, N.C., 1,402.
97, n-Glenn Itter, Aurora, Ill., 1,400.
98, n-William Thompson, Romeoville, Ill., 1,389.
99, n-Kevin Henkens, Fort Madison, Iowa, 1,363.
100, John Contos, Crystal Lake, Ill., 1,227.
101, ss-Carmen Salvino, Schaumburg, Ill., 961.
102, Rhino Page, Orlando, Fla., withdrew.
103, Ryan Ciminelli, Clarence, N.Y., withdrew.
104, Ronnie Russell, Marion, Ind., withdrew.

300 Game: EJ Tackett.

n-denotes non-PBA member.

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PBA Spare Shots: PBA Xtra Frame on FloBowling.com Makes Its Debut Saturday with Parkside Lanes Open

by Bill Vint June 29, 2018 10:54

PBA’s exclusive Xtra Frame live streaming coverage of the preliminary rounds of the U.S. Women’s Open from Orlando, Fla., on xtraframe.tv wraps up on Friday, with PBA Xtra Frame on FloBowling.com making its debut Saturday from Aurora, Ill., where the PBA Xtra Frame Parkside Lanes Open gets underway with a unique qualifying format that will award players with “bonus pins” based upon how well they perform each game on their respective pairs of lanes.

That means current Xtra Frame subscribers who want to watch this weekend’s Parkside Lanes Open need to activate their FloBowling accounts as soon as possible. If you are a current subscriber and didn’t get an email from FloSports regarding the simple step to activate your new account, the first place to go is: https://www.flobowling.com/claim-account. If you can’t find your email, send an email to: support@flosports.tv (don’t forget to check your “spam” folder first to see if the email was filtered into that folder).

For those of you who are curious about FloSports, whether you are a paid subscriber or not, you are invited to preview free content on FloBowling.com which includes features on Walter Ray Williams Jr.’s experimentation with two-handed bowling, Sean Rash’s behind-the-scenes role with the XF Parkside Lanes Open; Andrew Anderson’s breakout season as a second-year PBA member; a nice feature about Wes Malott’s rise to PBA stardom; podcasts, video features, the live streaming schedule, and more.

As the transition to FloBowling continues, PBA fans can also follow FloBowling on Facebook and @FloBowling on Twitter and Instagram, which also is free and where features and conversation about the PBA is growing daily for everyone – not just paid subscribers.

Live coverage of the PBA Xtra Frame Parkside Lanes Open, which will be available exclusively to FloBowling subscribers, is the fourth of eight exclusive PBA Xtra Frame tournaments that are part of the 2018 Go Bowling! PBA Tour schedule. The Illinois tournament includes qualifying rounds Saturday and Sunday leading into a semifinal round and stepladder finals on Monday, July 2.

The PBA50 Tour will make its PBA Xtra Frame on FloBowling debut July 17-20 with coverage of the PBA50 River City Extreme Open, presented by Ebonite, from River City Extreme in Monticello, Minn.

AUSTRALIAN NETWORK TELEVISION PROFILES JASON BELMONTE

Bowling has never been a “headline” sport in Australia, but Jason Belmonte is slowly by steadily changing that. Most recently, according to Australia’s Lynne Clay, the Australia Broadcast Company – Australia’s “ABC-TV” - has recently aired a segment on its popular 7.30 Report profiling the world’s top-ranked bowler.

The 34-year-old two-handed star from Orange in New South Wales has achieved unprecedented success with dozens of titles in national and international tournaments, re-writing the sport’s record books, becoming the first player ever to win the USBC Masters on four occasions, and sweeping the PBA’s two most defining statistical categories for 2017 – official earnings and scoring average, which included a record 229.39 scoring pace for the full season.

Clay noted the 7.30 Report is billed as providing the best analysis of local, national and international events from an Australian perspective and is streamed live on iView. The program is watched by a national audience of many millions. Here is a link to the segment: http://www.abc.net.au/7.30/meet-the-world’s-number-one-tenpin-bowler,/9847034.

PBA REGIONAL UPDATE: CASTILLO, LAVOIE CAPTURE FIRELAKE DOUBLES TITLE

Dino Castillo of Highland Village, Texas, and Canadian Francois Lavoie, now living in Wichita, Kan., teamed up to win the PBA FireLake Grand Casino Hotel & Resort Southwest Doubles at FireLake Bowling Center Sunday, defeating the Houston area team of D.J. Archer and Shawn Maldonado, 436-390, in the title match.

For Castillo, the win was his seventh in PBA Regional competition while Lavoie’s number of PBA Regional titles is up to six following his second victory at FireLake. Each collected $2,000 for the win.

The winning team had a long road to the finals after qualifying in seventh position while Archer and Maldonado earned byes to the Round of Four by leading the eight-game qualifying round. Castillo and Lavoie defeated another Canadian, PBA rookie Mitch Hupe’, and his amateur partner, Marc Heninger from Tonganoxie, Kan., 2-0, in the best-of-three-game Round of 8.

In the Round of 6, Castillo and Lavoie out-battled Oklahoma’s James Cantere from Norman and Jeff Hatt of Midwest City, 2-1. Castillo and Lavoie then overwhelmed the No. 2 qualifiers from Amarillo, Texas, Mason Edmondson and Tyler Albracht, 2-0, in the semifinal round while Archer and Maldonado eliminated a pair of two-handed players, Malaysia’s Zulmazran Zulkifli and Trey Ford III of Bartlesville, Okla, 2-1.

Anthony Pepe of Elmhurst, N.Y. defeated defending champion Darren Andretta of Wantagh, N.Y. 253-226, to win the PBA Homefield Bowl Eastern Open presented by MOTIV at Homefield Bowl in Yonkers, N.Y., Sunday. 

Pepe compiled a 7-5 match play record and 4,828 pins for 20 games, including match play bonus pins, to qualify first for the stepladder finals by 78 pins over Andretta. Pepe then started the championship match with four strikes, but an open frame in the fifth saw his lead shrink to seven pins. Recovering quickly, he rolled another five strikes to clinch the victory along with a $3,000 prize and his fourth regional title.

Andretta advanced to the championship match by defeating John Furey of Howell, N.J., 226-211, after Furey defeated Patrick Allen of Elmwood Park, N.J., 233-198, in the opening match.

Aaron Beaver of Goshen, Ind. defeated amateur Conner Weber of Wayne, Mich., 267-178, to win $1,500 and his first PBA title in the PBA Pro Bowl West Central/Midwest Challenge presented by Storm at Pro Bowl West in Ft. Wayne, Ind., on Saturday. Challenge events are open to PBA members without a PBA title or non-members who have never won a PBA event.

Beaver downed Brian Hall of Macedon, N.Y., 218-199 while Weber edged Doug Henry of Columbus, Ind., 180-176, to set up the championship match.

● PBA Regional competition in July begins this weekend with the PBA50 Ultra Star Multi-Tainment Center at Harrah’s Cherokee South Open, a new PBA Regional event, in Cherokee, N.C.

● The only event on the July 6-8 PBA Regional calendar is the PBA50 Cecil Raymond Memorial presented by Ebonite at Brunswick Deptford Lanes in Deptford, N.J.

● The July 13-15 PBA Regional schedule includes the PBA50 Fairborn Central Classic presented by Roto Grip at Bowl 10 Fairborn in Fairborn, Ohio; the PBA Allstate Tony Grigat Midwest Open presented by Columbia 300 at Poplar Creek Bowl in Hoffman Estates, Ill., and the PBA Beltline Lanes Columbia Baker Doubles South Open in Columbia, S.C.

● Over the July 20-22 weekend, PBA Regional events will include the PBA50 Parkway Lanes Eastern Open presented by Roto Grip in Elmwood Park, N.J.; the PBA Angola Central/Midwest Open presented by Ebonite at Angola Bowl in Angola, Ind.; the PBA Spring Hill Lanes South Open presented by Track in Spring Hill, Fla.; the PBA Fort Sill Southwest Open at Twin Oaks Bowling Center in Fort Sill, Okla.; the PBA, PBA50 and PBA-PWBA Secoma Lanes Northwest/West Open tripleheader in Federal Way, Wash., and the PBA50 Beverly Lanes Midwest/Central Open presented by Roto Grip in Arlington Heights, Ill.

● Closing out the July schedule of PBA Regional competitions will be the PBA50 Ned Micelli Memorial at Herrill Lanes in New Hyde Park, N.Y., over the July 27-28 weekend.

● 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 PBA app).

QUICK NOTES

Don’t forget: Fan voting is now open to select the “best bowler” in the 2018 ESPY competition.Click on this link (http://www.espn.com/espys/story/_/page/voting54/best-athlete-sport) and look for the “best bowler” ballot which includes Jason Belmonte, Rhino Page, Tom Smallwood and Jesper Svensson. The winner will be announced when the ESPY shows airs on ESPN on Wednesday, July 18.

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Unique Format in Place as FloBowling Makes Its Debut with PBA Xtra Frame Parkside Lanes Open

by Bill Vint June 26, 2018 09:15

AURORA, Ill. – When Ryan Ciminelli of Clarence, N.Y., returns to Parkside Lanes Saturday to defend the Professional Bowlers Association’s Xtra Frame Parkside Lanes Open title he won in 2016, he and the rest of the all-star field will find a few changes are in place, including the debut of PBA Xtra Frame on FloBowling.com, and a new format that will bring a new dimension to the qualifying portion of the event.

Organized by PBA Tour champion Sean Rash, an Aurora area resident, the Parkside Lanes Open will present unique challenges to a world-class field of proven PBA champions as well as a talented field of challengers who are seeking their first PBA title, and it’ll be an event that is part festival as well as part tournament.

With FloBowling’s PBA Xtra Frame cameras and announcers following the action from start to finish, the event will feature a new dimension to the qualifying rounds Saturday and Sunday, as well as Monday’s semifinal round. For starters each of those rounds will be contested on a different lane condition. Ciminelli conquered the lane condition challenge on two different patterns when he won in 2016, but this year players will have to demonstrate their skills on three widely different oil patterns: PBA Chameleon 39 on Saturday, Don Carter 39 on Sunday and PBA Bear 39 on Monday (designations refer to 39-foot applications of oil).

New this year also is a “bonus pin” scoring system during qualifying that will put added emphasis on performing well every game. The new system will work like this: with four players on each pair of lanes, the player who bowls the highest score each game will earn an additional 30 bonus pins. The second highest player will earn 20 bonus pins, and the third-high player will get an extra 10 pins. The lowest scoring player on the pair won’t get any bonus pins. In case of ties, bonus pins will be divided.

Qualifying in PBA competition normally involves actual pin count only, but the new wrinkle is something Rash introduced based on his years of experience in PBA competition.

“It’s a combination of events we’ve played in the past,” Rash said, “but it’s the first time is PBA history this has been used in PBA Tour competition. It’s something I wanted to try so we’ll see how it goes.

“The whole objective to is make every shot matter,” he added. “Too often in qualifying, players get a little complacent so now the guys are going to have to pay attention, myself included. The bonus pins can make a huge difference.”

Therefore, Ciminelli will try to overcome the lane condition challenges as well as take advantage of the new bonus pin system as he tries to repeat against a world-class field of bowling talent that features several 2018 PBA titlists including DHC PBA Japan Invitational winner Dom Barrett of England; PBA Tournament of Champions winner Matt O’Grady of Rahway, N.J.; PBA Xtra Frame Greater Jonesboro Open and USBC Masters champ Andrew Anderson of Holly, Mich.; Mark Roth-Marshall Holman PBA Doubles co-winner Bill O’Neill of Langhorne, Pa., and PBA Xtra Frame Wilmington Open winner Cristian Azcona of Puerto Rico.

Other PBA Tour title holders entered include Ciminelli, Canada’s Graham Fach, Yorkville’s Steve Jaros, Tommy Jones, Marshall Kent, Rhino Page, Anthony Pepe, Rash, Ronnie Russell, Matt Sanders, Ryan Shafer, Anthony Simonsen, Tom Smallwood, Jason Sterner, EJ Tackett, England’s Richie Teece, Kyle Troup and Cameron Weier.

The Illinois delegation of competitors will be highlighted by PBA Hall of Famer Carmen Salvino of Chicago, who earlier this year set a PBA record as the oldest player ever to bowl in the PBA Tour event when he competed in the Go Bowling! PBA 60th Anniversary Classic in Indianapolis at the age of 84 (he turns 85 in November).

The Parkside Lanes Open, like all eight PBA Xtra Frame Tour events in 2018, is part of the Go Bowling! PBA Tour. All Xtra Frame events will be covered live, from first ball to last, by PBA’s live streaming partner, FloBowling. PBA created the online Xtra Frame Tour in 2014 to supplement its nationally-televised events. The growing popularity of live streaming events enables more fans around the world to watch the world’s greatest bowlers compete for a PBA Tour title.

Competition begins on Saturday, June 30 with an eight-game qualifying round at 10 a.m. with a second eight-game qualifying round Sunday at 10 a.m. After 16 games, the top 25 percent of the field will advance to an eight-game semifinal round Monday at 10 a.m. Based on 24 games with “bonus pins,” the five will advance to the stepladder finals at 3 p.m., where the top qualifier will decide which lane condition will be used for the finals. At stake is a projected $10,000 first prize and a PBA Tour title.

A practice session is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. Friday followed by a pro-am where grassroots amateur bowlers can bowl with the pros will be conducted at 6 p.m.  Following Saturday’s qualifying round, Parkside will host a BBQ party beginning at 3 p.m. Sunday, Rash and the tournament organizers will host a free youth clinic at 3 p.m. (more than 100 youth bowlers have already signed up). For tournament pro-am, BBQ and youth clinic information contact Parkside Lanes at (630) 898-5678.

For Xtra Frame subscriptions, visit xtraframe.tv by no later than Friday to enroll at the current subscription rates (three days for $3.99, 30 days for $7.99 or for a full year for $64.99. As of Saturday, FloBowling PRO subscription rates will be in effect ($30 per month, $150 per year) through FloBowling.com. FloBowling PRO subscriptions include access to all of FloSports’ diverse channels.

For a complete tournament roster, click here: https://www.pba.com/Rosters/Details/2697

PBA XTRA FRAME PARKSIDE LANES OPEN
(A 2018 Go Bowling! PBA Tour event)
Parkside Lanes, Aurora, Ill., June 29-July 2 (All times Central)

Friday, June 29
8 a.m. – Golf outing
3:30 p.m. - Practice Session
5:30 p.m. – New player orientation meeting
6 p.m. - Pro-am

Saturday, June 30
10 a.m. - Eight qualifying games
3 p.m. – BBQ party

Sunday, July 1
10 a.m. – Eight qualifying games
     Top 25 percent of field after 16 games advance
3 p.m. – Youth clinic

Monday, July 2
10 a.m. – Semifinal Round, eight games
    Top five after 24 games advance to stepladder finals
3 p.m. – Top five, stepladder finals
6 p.m. – Champion’s dinner

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