PBA Spare Shots: Belmonte, Page, Smallwood, Svensson Earn ESPY “Best Bowler” Nominations

by Bill Vint June 20, 2018 14:01

Reigning PBA Player of the Year Jason Belmonte, 2017 U.S. Open champion Rhino Page, 2018 Barbasol PBA Players Championship titlist Tom Smallwood and Sweden’s two-handed powerhouse, Jesper Svensson, are ESPN’s candidates for the 2018 “Best Bowler ESPY,” ESPN announced Wednesday.

Fan voting is now open (http://www.espn.com/espys/story/_/page/voting52/vote-best-sports) for “best bowler” and a variety of other categories. The annual ESPYs telecast, hosted for the first time by a woman – auto racing star Danica Patrick – will air live on ABC on Wednesday, July 18, from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. Fans also can vote at ESPN’s social media platforms (@ESPN on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter) and @ESPYS (Twitter).

The ESPYS and related events benefit the V Foundation for Cancer Research in memory of the late Jim Valvano.

Belmonte, who has won the “Best Bowler” ESPY in fan voting the past three years, could become the first bowler to win the honor four consecutive years. He also is a four-time winner, tying Norm Duke and Pete Weber for second place behind the all-time ESPY leader, Walter Ray Williams Jr., who has won the award seven times since its inception in 1995. Belmonte and Duke are the only recipients to win three years in a row.

Belmonte is coming off a 2017 season in which he became the first player ever to win three PBA majors in a single season, and thus far in 2018 he has won the Mark Roth-Marshall Holman PBA Doubles Championship (with partner Bill O’Neill) and the PBA Tour Finals as well as posting top-five finishes in the PBA Tournament of Champions and the Barbasol PBA Players Championship.

In addition to his U.S. Open win, Page won the Xtra Frame Kenn-Feld Group Classic title and he finished fifth in the USBC Masters earlier this season. In addition to winning his second major in the PBA Players Championship, Smallwood helped the Sysco Philadelphia Hitmen to a second-place finish in the OceanView at Falmouth PBA League Elias Cup finals. Svensson, after runner-up finishes in the 2017 PBA World Championship and 2018 PBA Tournament of Champions, helped the GoBowling.com Silver Lake Atom Splitters win the 2018 Elias Cup.

PBA XTRA FRAME ON FLOBOWLING.COM DEBUTS FOLLOWING BOWL EXPO

PBA’s Xtra Frame live streaming service will take a week off for the bowling industry’s annual trade show, International Bowl Expo in Las Vegas, before returning to live action June 25-29 with exclusive coverage of the preliminary rounds of the U.S. Women’s Open from Orlando, Fla. Liz Johnson of Palatine, Ill., will be trying for her fifth consecutive, and seventh overall, U.S. Women’s Open title. CBS Sports Network will air the stepladder finals live on Saturday, June 30, at 5 p.m. EDT.

The Go Bowling! PBA Tour returns to Xtra Frame on June 30 on its new online home, FloBowling.com. The inaugural event on the FloBowling calendar will be the PBA Xtra Frame Parkside Lanes Open from Aurora, Ill., June 30-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.

Fans can still enroll as XtraFrame subscribers through June 29 by visiting xtraframe.tv. An entire month of coverage costs only $7.99. A three-day subscription is also available through June 25 for $3.99, and the 12-month Season Ticket plan is offered for about $1.25 week. Monthly and year-long subscriptions will be honored by FloSports as the PBA moves to Xtra Frame on FloBowling as of June 30. As of June 30, new subscribers will enroll through FloSports.com at the current FloSports PRO subscription rates.

PBA REGIONAL UPDATE: AREHART WINS TIMMY SEE MEMORIAL OPEN

Steven Arehart of Chesapeake, Va., won his third PBA Regional title Sunday, defeating Anthony DeStasio of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., 201-193, to win the third annual PBA Timmy See Memorial South Open presented by Motiv at Break Point Alley in Tavares, Fla.

Arehart was the number one qualifier for the stepladder finals with a 17-game pinfall total of 3,671, vaulting into the lead with a 257 in the final game of qualifying. He pocketed $2,500 for the win.

In stepladder match one, DeStasio defeated Brandon Curtis of Manson, N.C., 223-166. Then DeStasio eliminated amateur Steve Johnson of Coral Springs, Fla., 200-171, to advance to the title match.

● PBA Regional activity over the June 22-24 weekend will be the Homefield Bowl Eastern Open presented by MOTIV in Yonkers, N.Y.; the Pro Bowl West Central/Midwest Challenge presented by Storm in Fort Wayne, Ind., and the Grand Casino Hotel & Resort Southwest Doubles at FireLake Bowling Center in Shawnee, Okla.

● 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

Click on this link to listen to the Steve (Sparky) Fifer’s podcast on Milwaukee’s 1057 FM the Fan’s website with PBA CEO-Commissioner Tom Clark discussing PBA’s new relationship with FOX Sports: http://www.1057fmthefan.com/media/audio-channel/pba-commissioner-tom-clark-joins-sparky-discuss-fox-tv-deal.

You can listen to PBA Hall of Famer Chris Barnes’ interview on Herb FM Sports Radio anytime by clicking on this podcast link: https://www.iheart.com/podcast/53-HerbFM-Sports-Radio-28673959/.

● A four-man team of American PBA stars (Chris Barnes, Tommy Jones, Anthony Simonsen and Kyle Troup) defeated a team of our European PBA stars (Dom Barrett, Stuart Williams, Martin Larsen and Jesper Svensson), 19-10, to win the Weber Cup for the first time in six years. Troup was named MPV for the multi-event, Ryder Cup-style competition. At the conclusion of the invitational event, organizers said the 2019 Weber Cup (named in honor of PBA legend Dick Weber) will be held in Las Vegas, the first time it has ever been held in the United States. Dates and location are pending.

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PBA Spare Shots: FloSports History and Some Cool Things to Know About FloBowling

by Bill Vint June 14, 2018 14:07

FloSports is a 100% digital sports media company based in Austin, Texas. Here is some background on the PBA’s new video streaming partner as of June 30:

Floreani.Mark 2018 5x7● FloSports was founded in 2006 by brothers Martin and Mark (at left) Floreani, along with their friend Madhu Venkatesan, to provide comprehensive coverage of their favorite sports, wrestling and track & field. They raised $10,000 and invested $3,000 in a van, which they planned to drive cross-country to film events, and struck gold when their coverage of Ryan Hall’s record half-marathon drew a large following among long-distance runners on FloTrack.com.

●In 2012, FloSports began selling subscriptions to their live streaming service and other premium content. By mid-2014, they had raised $8 million and began adding new channels dedicated to specific underserved sports.

● FloSports’ philosophy is to grow sports by elevating the coverage. This is done by providing a fresh and informed perspective and offering an unmatched live experience. Bowling fans who follow the sport via Xtra Frame will soon find out what that means as FloBowling adds its own touch to PBA Xtra Frame coverage.

● Today FloSports’ list of channels includes FloWrestling, FloTrack, FloGymnastics, FloGrappling, FloSoftball, FloCheer, FloBikes, FloRodeo, FloRugby, plus more than a dozen others. The company has signed more than 330 new rights partnerships so far this year.

● In Tom Foster’s Inc. Magazine story about the birth of FloSports, he said, “(You may) recall a different upstart’s rise. In 1979, a slow-pitch softball game aired on (its) first night of programming. Years of bowling tournaments and highlight reels followed. It hardly added up to something that looked like a revolution. Until it did. Perhaps you’ve heard of that quixotic little company. It’s called ESPN.”

● Currently, there is a shift in the broadcasting and entertainment industry toward cord-cutting as the inevitable future of watching television. Amazon, Netflix, and Hulu are other notable companies offering digital content. Exactly how it will unfold remains to be seen, but one thing is certain, FloSports is far ahead of the trend.

●FloSports has more than 200 employees, 20+ channels, and is adding thousands of new subscribers each month. That means when PBA Xtra Frame switches onto FloBowling.com, the PBA will immediately gain the potential for several hundred thousand new viewers.

● One more note: FloBowling's subscription rate is $30/month or $150/year ($12.50/mo. prorated) – both include access to all FloSports channels. Xtra Frame subscribers who are in good standing as of June 29 will be able to retain their existing subscriptions at the current prices if they renew in a timely manner. If the existing Xtra Frame subscription is canceled or lapses, renewals will be at the FloBowling rate.

If you've been procrastinating about subscribing to Xtra Frame, don’t delay. Sign up no for Xtra Frame no later than June 29, in time for FloBowling’s inaugural coverage of the PBA Xtra Frame Parkside Lanes Open from Aurora, Ill., June 30-July 2.

● Learn more about FloSports here: http://www.flosports.tv/our-story/. Other stories about FloSports:

· They Started With $10,000. Now They're Taking on ESPN (Inc) - Sept 2017

· This Sports Streaming Service Aims for the Mainstream with Football Games (Fortune) - July 2017

· How FloSports is playing David to ESPN's trembling Goliath (The Street)  - Apr 2017

· FloSports Nets $21.2M for Live-Streaming Alternative Sports (Wall Street Journal) - Aug 2016

SENIOR U.S. OPEN HIGHLIGHTS XTRA FRAME COVERAGE THIS WEEK

Start to finish coverage of the PBA50 Tour’s Suncoast PBA Senior U.S. Open, presented by Storm, at Suncoast Bowling Center in Las Vegas highlights this week’s exclusive live streaming coverage on Xtra Frame.

Qualifying began Monday and continues through Thursday with coverage of head-to-head match play and the stepladder finals wrapping up the event on Friday. The finals will air at 7 p.m. ET (4 p.m. PT). Michael Haugen Jr. is defending champion.

Also on this week’s Xtra Frame schedule is the PWBA Greater Harrisburg Open which gets underway in Harrisburg, Pa., on Friday, with the final rounds airing on Saturday.

After a week-long break, Xtra Frame returns June 25-29 with exclusive coverage of the preliminary rounds of the U.S. Women’s Open from Orlando, Fla. Liz Johnson of Palatine, Ill., will be trying for her fifth consecutive, and seventh overall, U.S. Women’s Open title. CBS Sports Network will air the stepladder finals live on Saturday, June 30, at 5 p.m. EDT.

June 30 marks the beginning of PBA Xtra Frame on FloBowling.com. The inaugural event on the FloBowling calendar will be the PBA Xtra Frame Parkside Lanes Open from Aurora, Ill. 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.

Fans can still enroll as XtraFrame subscribers through June 29 by visiting xtraframe.tv. An entire month of coverage costs only $7.99. A three-day subscription is also available through June 25 for $3.99, and the 12-month Season Ticket plan is offered for about $1.25 week. Monthly and year-long subscriptions will be honored by FloSports as the PBA moves to Xtra Frame on FloBowling as of June 30. As of June 30, new subscribers will enroll through FloSports.com at the current FloSports PRO subscription rates.

PBA REGIONAL UPDATE: TUHOLSKI ENDS 10-YEAR DRY SPELL WITH WIN IN TUMWATER

Craig Tuholski of Troutdale, Ore., won only four of his eight matches, but posted a winning 16-game total of 3,545 pins Sunday in the PBA South Gate Northwest Regional presented by DV8 at Tumwater Lanes in Tumwater, Wash., Sunday to end a 10-year title drought.

Tuholski, who earned $2,000, claimed his ninth PBA Regional title and first since 2008. He out-scored Tanner Spacey of Burien, Wash., by 133 pins for the win. Spacey had a 5-3 match play record and 3,412 pins for his 16 games including match play bonus pins.

Devon Miller of Dublin, Ohio defeated Andrew Klingler of Grand Rapids, Mich., 224-182, to win the PBA Elkhart Central/Midwest Open presented by 900 Global at Country Club Lanes in Elkhart, Ind., Sunday for his first PBA Regional title and a $2,000 first prize.

In the semifinal round, Miller topped Chris Colella of Indianapolis, 219-213, while Klingler downed Jason Lundquist of Columbus, Ohio, 209-188, to set up the championship match.

● The only event on the June 15-17 PBA Regional calendar is the Timmy See Memorial Tavares South Open presented by MOTIV at Break Point Alley in Tavares, Fla.

● PBA Regional activity over the June 22-24 weekend will be the Homefield Bowl Eastern Open presented by MOTIV in Yonkers, N.Y.; the Pro Bowl West Central/Midwest Challenge presented by Storm in Fort Wayne, Ind., and the Grand Casino Hotel & Resort Southwest Doubles at FireLake Bowling Center in Shawnee, Okla.

● 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

Correction: In the coverage of Chris Barnes’ victory in Sunday’s PBA Xtra Frame Lubbock Sports Open, the story noted Barnes won his last title in the 2016 DHC PBA Japan Invitational. That event actually was in 2015.

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Stage is Set for Tackett vs. Belmonte PBA Tour Finals Title Rematch Next Tuesday on CBS Sports Network at 8 p.m. ET

by Jerry Schneider June 14, 2018 09:59

ALLEN PARK, Mich.  – After two positioning rounds based on total pinfall on four different lane conditions, and two stepladder semifinal rounds decided by best-of-two-game final matches, the PBA showcase that began with eight elite players based on composite earnings over the past two and a half years has boiled down to a duel between the past two PBA Players of the Year to decide the winner.

A rematch between reigning PBA Player of the Year Jason Belmonte and 2016 Player of the Year EJ Tackett to decide the 2018 PBA Tour Finals title will air next Tuesday on CBS Sports Network at 8 p.m. ET from the historic arena bay at Thunderbowl Lanes.

The defending champion is Tackett, a 25-year-old, nine-time PBA Tour champion from Huntington, Ind. The challenger is four-time PBA Player of the Year Belmonte, a 34-year-old 17-time PBA Tour winner from Australia. Tackett is a high-rev, one-handed power player. Belmonte is a high-rev, two-handed power player.

Belmonte, who will be trying for his 18th Go Bowling! PBA Tour title, earned his spot in the finals as the winner of his four-player Group 1 stepladder semifinal. Tackett, trying for his 10th PBA Tour title, earned his berth as winner of his Group 2 semifinal.

All eight players were split into two four-player groups and began the competition by bowling four games on four different PBA lane conditions in the positioning rounds, which determined their positions in a semfinal stepladder. The positioning rounds were conducted on PBA’s 36-foot Johnny Petraglia, 42-foot Mark Roth, 39-foot Don Carter and 45-foot Dick Weber lane conditions.

Tackett won his Group 2 semifinal round by beating Sweden’s Jesper Svensson, 2-0, in the best-of-two-game final match, 235-206, and 245-203. Belmonte won the Group 1 semifinal round by beating Anthony Simonsen of Austin, Texas, 265-259, and 239-216.

As the player with the highest average for the tournament (246), Belmonte earned the right to select the lane condition for the finals and chose the Dick Weber condition (which, coincidentally, was also Tackett’s choice for the Group 2 semifinal round).

Tackett won the inaugural PBA Tour Finals title in Orlando, Fla., last year by defeating Belmonte, 666-628, in a three-game, total pinfall championship match.

Preceding the title match Svensson will bowl Simonsen in the PBA Tour Finals third-place match.

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Hall of Famer Chris Barnes Leads Qualifying in PBA Xtra Frame Lubbock Sports Open

by Bill Vint June 9, 2018 18:29

LUBBOCK, Texas – Recently-inducted Professional Bowlers Association Hall of Famer Chris Barnes of Double Oak, Texas, averaged 240.5 for eight games to lead the PBA Xtra Frame Lubbock Sports Open at the end of qualifying Saturday at South Plains Lanes.

Barnes, an 18-time PBA Tour title winner who hasn’t won since 2015, rolled games of 276, 254, 217, 235, 258, 279, 215 and 190 – his only sub-200 game - for a 1,942 pinfall total and a nine-pin lead over Roger Petrin of Arlington, Texas.

Petrin, 27, is a fifth-year PBA member who has won three regional titles, but is still trying for his first PBA Tour title. Barnes, a 20-year PBA member, and Petrin are among the several Wichita State University collegiate bowlers in the field of 121.

In third place heading into Sunday’s cashers round is two-handed player Shawn Maldonado of Houston with 1,909 pins. Former PBA Players of the Year EJ Tackett of Huntington, Ind., with a 1,906 total, and Sean Rash of Montgomery, Ill., at 1,904, rounded out the top five as the 40 high qualifiers who remained in the running.

After the six-game cashers round, the top 16 based on 14-game pinfall totals will advance to an eight-game modified round-robin match play round. The top four after 22 games will advance to the stepladder finals. At stake Sunday is a $12,500 first prize and a PBA Tour title if the winner is a PBA member.

Sunday’s cashers round, match play and stepladder finals will be live-streamed on PBA’s Xtra Frame online bowling channel at 8:30 a.m., 12:15 and 4:15 p.m. CDT, respectively. Monthly and annual Xtra Frame subscription packages are available for $7.99 and $64.99, respectively, through June 29. Three-day passes for $3.99 are available through June 25. Visit xtraframe.tv to enroll. After June 29, FloSports subscription rates will apply.

The Lubbock Sports Open is the fourth of eight PBA Xtra Frame events that are part of the 2018 Go Bowling! PBA Tour schedule. The next Xtra Frame event will be the PBA Parkside Lanes Open June 30-July 1 at Parkside Lanes in Aurora, Ill., launching PBA’s new relationship with FloBowling.com.

PBA XTRA FRAME LUBBOCK SPORTS OPEN presented by Ebonite

South Plains Lanes, Lubbock, Texas, June 9

Final Qualifying Standings (after 8 games; top advance to Sunday’s cashers round):

1, Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 1,924.
2, Roger Petrin, Arlington, Texas, 1,915.
3, Shawn Maldonado, Houston, 1,909.
4, EJ Tackett, Huntington, Ind., 1,906.
5, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 1,904.
6, Mike Bailey, Irving, Texas, 1,902.
7, Andrew Anderson, Holly, Mich., 1,886.
8, Michael Tang, San Francisco, 1,883.
9, Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 1,879.
10, Tun Ameerul Al-Hakim, Malaysia, 1,867.
11, n-Wesley Low Jr., Palmdale, Calif., 1,856.
12, Nicholas Pate, Inver Grove Heights, Minn., 1,852.
13, Ahmad Muaz, Malaysia, 1,849.
14, Anthony Lavery-Spahr, Pasadena, Texas, 1,826.
15 (tie), Jason Sterner, Rockledge, Fla., and n-Deo Benard, Rio Rancho, N.M., 1,821.
17, n-Levi Fintel, Lubbock, Texas, 1,820.
18, Dino Castillo, Highland Village, Texas, 1,813.
19, Cristian Azcona, Puerto Rico, 1,807.
20 (tie), s-Martin Bedford, Gasport, N.Y., and Marshal Morrison, Wills Point, Texas, 1,803.
22, Jakob Butturff, Tempe, Ariz., 1,799.
23, Sean Lavery-Spahr, Pasadena, Texas, 1,794.
24, Trey Sledge, Amarillo, Texas, 1,790.
25, Francois Lavoie, Canada, 1,783.
26, Alex Liew Liang, Malaysia, 1,779.
27, Trey Ford III, Bartlesville, Okla., 1,778.
28, AJ Johnson, Oswego, Ill., 1,776.
29, Vaughn Cruz, Helotes, Texas, 1,754.
30, Russ Oviatt, Chandler, Ariz., 1,750.
31, n-Zach Wojciechowski, Lubbock, Texas, 1,744.
32 (tie), Brandon Curtis, Manson, N.C., and Bobby Hall II, Landover, Md., 1,740.
34 (tie), Rafiq Ismail, Malaysia, and n-Zachary Harvey, Albuquerque, N.M., 1,738.
36, Tyler Albracht, Amarillo, Texas, 1,737.
37, David (Boog) Krol, Nixa, Mo., 1,734.
38, Michael Smith, Centennial, Colo., 1,733.
39, Dick Allen, Columbia, S.C., 1,729.
40, Mitch Hupé, Canada, 1,726.

Failed to advance:
41, n-Matthew Stephens, Houston, Texas, 1,721.
42, Darren Tang, San Francisco, 1,715.
43 (tie), Kyle King, Glendale, Ariz., and Billy Rogers, Dallas, Texas, 1,712.
45, DJ Archer, Friendswood, Texas, 1,710.
46, n-Victor de la Garza Jr., Mexico, 1,707.
47, Michael Steele, Abilene, Texas, 1,705.
48, Donald Davis Jr., W. Tawakoni, Texas, 1,698.
49, Syafiq Ridhwan, Malaysia, 1,693.
50 (tie), Jonathan Lawson, Canyon, Texas, and n-Stefan Wood, Lubbock, Texas, 1,689.
52 (tie), Humberto Vazquez, Mexico, and n-Scotty Pope Jr., Odessa, Texas, 1,683.
54, Dylan Burns, Garden City, Kan., 1,682.
55, Brian Burkett, Ennis, Texas, 1,671.
56, n-Mitchell Whitehead, Sachse, Texas, 1,669.
57, Nick Kruml, Downers Grove, Ill., 1,666.
58 (tie), Devin Bidwell, Wichita, Kan., and n-Eric Manthei, Lumberton, Texas, 1,662.
60 (tie), Clint Land, Houston, and Michael Duran, Banning, Calif., 1,658.
62, Adrian Ang Loong, Malaysia, 1,651.
63, n-Jason Tidwell, Odessa, Texas, 1,647.
64, n-Nick Burgess, Jersey Village, 1,646.
65, Zulmazran Zulkifli, Malaysia, 1,645.
66, s-Mark Waters, Plainview, Texas, 1,641.
67 (tie), Keven Williams, Springfield, Mo., and Scotty Scott, Wylie, Texas, 1,639.
69, Juan Garza, Lubbock, Texas, 1,635.
70, n-Dalton Kimzey, Lubbock, Texas, 1,633.
70, Mason Edmondson, Amarillo, Texas, 1,633.
72, Donnie Benson, Newalla, Okla., 1,632.
73, n-Kevin Pennington, Amarillo, Texas, 1,624.
74, Adam Pogge, Austin, Texas, 1,621.
75, Tom Daugherty, Riverview, Fla., 1,616.
76, Brett Spangler, Niles, Ohio, 1,610.
77, Brett Cooper, Denver, 1,608.
78, Joe Findling, Mesquite, Texas, 1,607.
79, Cody Meiers, Lubbock, Texas, 1,581.
80, Jeffrey Wertz, Plainview, Texas, 1,579.
81, William Grant, Rio Rancho, N.M., 1,568.
82, n-Blayne Hurst, Amarillo, Texas, 1,563.
83 (tie), Harley Deckert, Odessa, Texas, and Kenneth Harlan, Lubbock, Texas, 1,557.
85, CJ Kirchner, Cartersville, Ill., 1,544.
86, Guillermo Espinosa, Rio Rancho, N.M., 1,539.
87, n-Alberto Mirasole, Abilene, Texas, 1,534.
88 (tie), Blake Demore, Springfield, Mo., and Carlos Fourzan, Albuquerque, N.M., 1,528.
90, Dave Chubb, Farmington, N.M., 1,522.
91, Eric Altenburg, Albuquerque, N.M., 1,518.
92, Dylan Macon, Amarillo, Texas, 1,516.
93, Christopher Hull, Odessa, Texas, 1,512.
94 (tie), Lee White, Odessa, Texas, and n-Madeleine McDuff, Katy, Texas, 1,495.
96, Michael Gallagher, Midland, Texas, 1,487.
97, n-Brandi Stephens, Lubbock, Tex., 1,484.
98, Francis Russo, Richmond, Texas, 1,474.
99, John Reichert, Dalhart, Texas, 1,471.
100, Richard VanHorn, Carlsbad, N.M., 1,469.
101, n-Stan McClain, Rosenberg, Texas, 1,467.
102, n-Cole Schroyer, Stanton, Texas, 1,464.
103, n-Bradley Harvey, Albuquerque, NM, 1,459.
104, Anthony Coats, Pflugerville, Texas, 1,449.
105, Cody Copeland, Abilene, Texas, 1,448.
106, n-Alec Willingham, Midland, Tex., 1,437.
107 (tie), Shane Martin, Lubbock, Texas, and n-Austin Williams, Odessa, Texas, 1,415.
109, Alan Blankenship, Denison, Texas, 1,413.
110, n-Tylor Babcock, Amarillo, Tex., 1,409.
111, Gabriel Yanes, Shertz, Texas, 1,408.
112, Don Blankenship, Odessa, Texas, 1,396.
113, Jorge Gutierrez, Las Cruces, N.M., 1,366.
114, n-Clinton Watkins, Andrews, Texas, 1,349.
115, David Wilson, Amarillo, Texas, 1,348.
116, Doug Chap, Katy, Texas, 1,330.
117, n-Jason Thomas, Wylie, Texas, 1,308.
118, n-Kurt Stuve, Carlsbad, N.M., 1,262.
119, n-Susan Saccomen, Katy, Texas, 1,198.
120, Phillip Scoggins, Midland, Texas, 1,179.
121, Kamron Doyle, Brentwood, Tenn., 986 (withdrew).

300 Games: Nick Pate, Ahmad Muad Mohd, Andrew Anderson.

n-denotes non-member

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PBA Spare Shots: Nine Consecutive Days of Live Coverage on Xtra Frame Begins Today

by Bill Vint June 8, 2018 09:55

Nine consecutive days of exclusive live coverage of PBA, PBA50 and PWBA events on Xtra Frame begins Friday with two days of action from the PWBA Louisville Open. PBA action then kicks in with Saturday-Sunday coverage of the PBA Xtra Frame Lubbock Sports Open from South Plains Lanes in Lubbock, Texas.

In Lubbock, Marshall Kent will not be on hand to defend his 2017 title (he’s attending his brother’s graduation), so the fourth title in eight Xtra Frame PBA Tour events on the 2018 Go Bowling! PBA Tour schedule is up for grabs. Qualifying round coverage for two squads on Saturday begins at 9:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. ET followed by the cashers round Sunday at 9:30 a.m., modified eight-game round robin match play at 1:15 p.m. and the stepladder finals at 5:15 p.m.

Next up will be the PBA50 Tour’s Suncoast PBA Senior U.S. Open, presented by Storm, at Suncoast Bowling Center in Las Vegas. Four rounds of qualifying will air Monday, June 11, through Thursday, June 14, at noon and 4:30 p.m. ET (9 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Pacific), followed by match play and the stepladder finals on Friday. The finals will air at 7 p.m. ET (4 p.m. PT). Michael Haugen Jr. (pba.com home page feature photo) is defending champion.

While the Senior U.S. Open is wrapping up, the PWBA Greater Harrisburg Open will get underway in Harrisburg, Pa., on Friday, with the final rounds airing on Saturday.

After a week-long break, Xtra Frame returns June 25-29 with exclusive coverage of the preliminary rounds of U.S. Women’s Open from Orlando, Fla. Liz Johnson of Palatine, Ill., will be trying for her fifth consecutive, and seventh overall, U.S. Women’s Open title. CBS Sports Network with air the stepladder finals live on Saturday, June 30, at 5 p.m. EDT.

Currently underway, PBA50 players are competing in the USBC Senior Masters in Las Vegas which is being live streamed on USBC’s bowl.tv. The tournament ends Sunday.

Fans can still enroll as XtraFrame subscribers through June 29 by visiting xtraframe.tv. An entire month of coverage costs only $7.99. A three-day subscription is also available through June 25 for $3.99, and the 12-month Season Ticket plan is offered for about $1.25 week. Monthly and year-long subscriptions will be honored by FloSports as the PBA moves to Xtra Frame on FloBowling as of June 30. As of June 30, new subscribers will enroll through FloSports.com at the current FloSports PRO subscription rates.

PUERTO RICO BECOMES 10TH COUNTRY TO WIN PBA TOUR TITLE

Officially the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico is an unincorporated territory of the United States, but it’s considered a country in its own right on the PBA’s growing list of countries that have produced a PBA Tour title winner after Cristian Azcona won the PBA Xtra Frame Wilmington Open in May.

Prior to 2009, Sweden’s Mats Karlsson (1986), Venezuela’s Amleto Monacelli (1987) and Finland’s Mika Koivuniemi (2000) were the only international players to capture PBA Tour titles. There were no international champions in the first PBA World Series of Bowling in 2009 (although Australia’s Jason Belmonte got his country’s first PBA title earlier that year), but in WSOB II in Las Vegas, the influx of international competition in PBA Tour events began to blossom. South Korea’s Yong-Jin Gu won the WSOB II Scorpion Championship in Las Vegas as an amateur, and therefore didn’t get credit for an official title. In WSOB III, England (Stuart Williams) and Colombia (Andres Gomez) got their respective country’s first title.

Since then, the list of countries to claim a PBA Tour title has expanded to include Denmark (Thomas Larsen, 2013), Canada (Graham Fach, 2016), Thailand (Jojoe Yannaphon, 2017) and Puerto Rico became No. 10 in May. Among the countries with multiple titles, England leads with four (Williams, Dom Barrett, Paul Moor and Richie Teece). Finland (Koivuniemi and Osku Palermaa), Sweden (Karlsson and Jesper Svensson), Canada (Fach and Francois Lavoie) and Thailand (Yannaphon and Annop Arromsaranon) have two each. Three Japanese players and one Korean have won the Japan Cup over the years, but none was a PBA member at the time.

“COMMISSIONER’S CHALLENGE” DRAWS A CROWD TO PBA BOWLING CHALLENGE GAME

Do you think you can out-bowl the best of the PBA…on your smartphone? Well, more than 25,000 people took on PBA Commissioner Tom Clark’s lineup of PBA stars in the “PBA Bowling Commissioner’s Challenge” in mid-May and only 1.16 percent beat the odds!

The “Challenge” involved the highly-popular PBA Bowling Challenge for mobile devices by Concrete Software, inviting players to beat a gauntlet of PBA stars, in order. Lose a match and you had to start over. The 24,500 unique players who tried played a total of 879,000 games. Among the players, 23,700 won at least one match, but only 283 “out-bowled” the entire field (#PBA #GoBowling).

For the record, the Challenge was successful enough that both Google and iOS featured it on their sites while the friendly competition was taking place. Special stand-alone events within the game (Weekend Challenges, Commissioner’s Challenge, etc.) will be regular events on the PBA Bowling Challenge game in the future, so if you’d like to play, keep an eye open for future announcements. If you are a registered PBA Bowling Challenge player, you’ll get notices when a new game or “challenge” is scheduled. There is no charge to play the special games/challenges.

Couch.Jason_2018 Jason Couch Way poseEBONITE RECOGNIZES JASON COUCH’S 25 YEARS OF INVOLVEMENT WITH THE COMPANY

Ebonite International wanted to do “something special” to recognize PBA Hall of Famer Jason Couch’s 25 years of involvement with the company, as a competitor, coach and regional sales rep.

“They don’t come any more loyal than this guy. His passion bleeds through,” said Ebonite’s North American Sales Manager Mike Judy before unveiling a sign featuring a silhouette of Couch’s iconic “three-peat” gesture after winning his third consecutive PBA Tournament of Champions title. The “Jason Couch Way” sign will reside at the entrance to Ebonite’s plant in Hopkinsville, Ky.

“I don’t know what to say. This is a shock,” Couch said.

Click here to view the presentation: https://www.facebook.com/Ebonitebowling/videos/10160447296775243/?hc_ref=ARQz6b5BhqbsilpZ_JOAmxyN_GPxW-GAV_NFAjhqJyGqiN8xGO07sFZpI1JSRhH3FHc

PBA REGIONAL UPDATE: COMPETITION RESUMES NEXT WEEKEND

There was no activity over the first weekend of June, so kicking off the June PBA Regional calendar over the June 8-10 weekend will be the PBA Tumwater Northwest Open presented by DV8 at Tumwater Lanes in Tumwater, Wash., and the one-day, reduced entry fee Elkhart Central/Midwest Open presented by 900 Global on June 10 at Country Club Lanes in Elkhart, Ind.

● The June 15-17 PBA Regional calendar includes the Timmy See Memorial Tavares South Open presented by MOTIV at Break Point Alley in Tavares, Fla.

● PBA Regional activity over the June 22-24 weekend will be the Homefield Bowl Eastern Open presented by MOTIV in Yonkers, N.Y.; the Pro Bowl West Central/Midwest Challenge presented by Storm in Fort Wayne, Ind., and the Grand Casino Hotel & Resort Southwest Doubles at FireLake Bowling Center in Shawnee, Okla.

● 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

● PBA star Sean Rash’s bowling session with three National Hot Rod Association stars was captured in a short video by FOX Sports. Here’s the clip:  https://www.nhra.com/videos/2018/richie-crampton-and-jr-todd-pick-bowling-tips.

● Noticeably absent from the PBA50 Tour this season has been PBA Hall of Famer and 12-time PBA50 Tour titlist Tom Baker of King, N.C., who is recovering from back surgery. Baker, 63, has said he hopes to return for the last segment of the 2018 PBA50 Tour schedule.

Roy Okamoto of Rosemead, Calif., will receive a new high-performance ball from MOTIV, Sarah Germano of Rochester, N.Y., wins a new Brunswick ball, and Andrew Davitz of Montgomery, Ala., is the winner of a new high-performance ball from DV8 as May Xtra Frame sweepstakes winners. The monthly sweepstakes is sponsored by the respective PBA Product Registered partners. Winners are randomly selected from among new monthly or full-year Xtra Frame subscribers.

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