PBA Spare Shots: All Systems “Go” for PBA50 Storm Invitational as Hurricane Florence Flooding Subsides

by Bill Vint September 19, 2018 09:11

Thanks in great part to the foresight of its builders, Planet Fun Bowling and Entertainment Center in Shallotte, N.C., has escaped the ravages of Hurricane Florence and the show will go on as planned.

“The show” is the PBA50 Storm Invitational, a new end-of-season tournament for 12 elite “senior” stars who excelled during the 2018 season (Michael Haugen Jr., Brian Kretzer, Ron Mohr, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Norm Duke, Parker Bohn III, Lennie Boresch Jr., Amleto Monacelli, Ryan Shafer, Bob Learn Jr., Pete Weber and Harry Sullins) plus PBA Hall of Fame legends Johnny Petraglia and Brian Voss, will take place at 32-lane Planet Fun Sept. 29-30. PBA Xtra Frame on FloBowling will live-stream the entire 14-game round-robin match play event plus the stepladder finals.

In the wake of the tragic flooding and wind damage caused by Hurricane Florence, the Planet Fun family entertainment complex in the sleepy little resort area of 3,600 residents escaped with minimal damage and is now patiently waiting for flood waters to recede.

”We’re doing okay,” proprietor Brian McCall said Tuesday. “We made it through the storm with very little damage. The area is still in the midst of trying to recover; roads are still really bad, but flooding is supposed to crest soon so we’re hoping we’ll get back to normal soon.”

Shallotte, McCall noted, is only a couple of miles from the ocean. It’s midway between Wilmington to the north and Myrtle Beach to the south. Shallotte got about 15 inches of rain – far less than areas of the north – and winds that hit the 80-100 mph range. But the bowling center itself escaped, despite having a river right behind it, because “we raised the center about 11 feet to get out of flood plain when we built it,” McCall said. “We got it about 19 feet above sea level. It certainly has paid for itself a couple of times over. The river has never gotten to our parking lot, but we can see it from there.”

The upcoming PBA50 event, he said, may prove to be therapeutic for the region.

“We look forward to hosting the event,” McCall said. “We know people will show up to support it. We hope it’ll be a breath of fresh air for people around here. We had to shut down the center for a week because our league bowlers couldn’t get here, but as bad as things have been, they could have been a whole lot worse.”

chinese bowlersEIGHT MORE CHINESE BOWLERS QUALIFY FOR PBA MEMBERSHIP

Thanks to the on-going efforts of Frank Zhao (third from left), owner of Longmarch Bowling in China, eight more Chinese bowlers have qualified to apply for PBA membership by participating in the 14th Longmarch Pioneers Tournament at Tian-Cheng-Hong-Ri Bowling Center in Shenyang in north China.

To qualify for PBA membership, the bowlers have to average 200 or more over a minimum of 21 games on PBA-level lane conditions. In the Longmarch tournament, 25 players bowled 36 games in three days and eight topped the 200 average target.

Since China entered players in PBA World Series of Bowling VI in 2014, a total of 94 bowlers have qualified and applied for PBA membership through Zhao’s Pioneers Tournaments, including 89 men and five women representing players from Taiwan, The Philippines and Hong Kong as well as China. Six of the 94 were younger than 24; the rest were 24 or older.

Zhao hopes to bring a contingent of Chinese PBA members to WSOB X at Thunderbowl Lanes in Allen Park, Mich., in March of 2019.

PBA REGIONAL UPDATE: SIMONSEN NIPS LAVERY-SPAHR IN KANSAS

Four-time PBA Tour champion Anthony Simonsen from Austin, Texas, won five of his eight matches to overtake Anthony Lavery-Spahr of Pasadena, Texas, and claim his fifth PBA Regional title in the second annual PBA Liberal Kansas Southwest Open Sunday at Ayr Lanes.

Simonsen began the eight-game modified round-robin finals with 102-pin lead over Lavery-Spahr, but dropped his first two matches before eking out a 177-163 win over Dylan Burns from Garden City, Kan. Meanwhile, Lavery-Spahr won his first three matches with games of 239, 229, and 247, to build his lead to over 120 pins. Simonsen then out-dueled Anthony’s twin brother, Sean Lavery-Spahr, to win a 279-275 decision in game 4 to narrow the gap as the top two players pulled away from the rest of the field.

Going into position round, Anthony Lavery-Spahr held a nine-pin lead, needing to defeat Simonsen for the title. But Simonsen coverted the 6-7-10 split in the ninth frame and then filled the 10th frame with a strike and spare to win the match, 226-223, and claim the $4,500 first place check. Simonsen finished with a 21-game total of 5,019 pins, including match play bonus pins, for a 24-pin margin of victory over Anthony Lavery-Spahr, who earned $3,000 as runner-up.

● Ryan Ciminelli of Clarence, N.Y. defeated Chris Loschetter of Avon, Ohio by 42 pins to win the Professional Bowlers Association Sturgis Central/Midwest Open at Sturgis Bowl in Sturgis, Mich., Sunday.

Ciminelli finished with a 6-2 match play record and a total of 4,738 pins for 21 games, including match play bonus pins, to win his 12th career title along with the $2,600 first prize.

● The PBA Century Lanes South Open, scheduled for last weekend in Hampton, Va., was cancelled due to the presence of Hurricane Florence in the Atlantic Coast region.

● September’s PBA Regional calendar continues this weekend with the PBA/PBA50 Millsboro Lanes Eastern Doubles in Millsboro, Del.; the one-day Florence Bowling Center Central Open in Florence, Ky.; the PBA50 Cherokee Lanes South Open presented by Roto Grip in Canton, Ga.; the Lubbock Sports Southwest Challenge at South Plains Lanes in Lubbock, Texas, the one-day Mockingbird Lanes PBA and PBA50 Midwest Open doubleheader presented by Hammer in Omaha, Neb., and a Northwest/West tripleheader at Paradise Lanes in Tacoma, Wash., including the Always Painting Northwest/West Open presented by Vac-Tec; the Gary Mage PBA50 Northwest/West Open presented by Great American Casino, and the Jeanne Naccarato Women’s Open.

● The September PBA Regional schedule concludes over the Sept. 28-30 weekend with the Bluffton Central/Midwest Open at EZ Bowl in Bluffton, Ind.; the PBA50 J&L Sports South Open at Paradise Lanes in Spartanburg, S.C., and the Double Decker West/Northwest Open presented by Roto Grip in Rohnert Park, Calif. The Double Decker event will be live-streamed by PBA Xtra Frame on FloBowling.

● 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).

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PBA Spare Shots: Next Stop for PBA International-World Bowling Tour is WBT Thailand in Bangkok Sept. 22-28

by Bill Vint September 13, 2018 13:36

The next stop for PBA Tour players who are chasing the top eight places on the 2018 Go Bowling! PBA Tour earnings list for a berth in the end-of-season PBA Clash will be the PBA International-World Bowling Tour Thailand, Sept. 22-28, at Blu-O Rhythm & Bowl Paragon in Bangkok where the tournament’s US$32,250 first prize could play a significant role in the 2018 earnings race.

The WBT Thailand format includes three three-game qualifying blocks with nine-game pinfall totals determining the 42 players who will advance to Round Two which involves qualifiers 25-42 bowling six games (all previous pins are dropped). The top 10 from Round Two will join qualifiers 9-24 for another six-game block in Round Three. The top 12 from Round Three will join qualifiers 1-8 for the six-game Round Four.

Round Four will decide the seven players who will join the highest-qualifying Thai player for the final round on Friday, Sept. 28, that will be a modified stepladder schedule. Match One will include Finalists 6, 7 and 8. The winner moves on to Match Two along with finalists 4 and 5. That winner bowls Finalist 3 in Match Three. The Match Three winner bowls Finalist 2 in the Semifinal Match. The Semifinal winner advances to the championship match where he/she has to beat Finalist 1 twice in order to win the event.

The winner will earn a PBA Tour title if he/she is a PBA member and doesn’t accept handicap pins (like many WBT events, WBT Thailand offers women 8 handicap pins per game.

PBA fans can follow the Thailand tournament online through the Asian Bowling Federation’s website: http://www.abf-online.org/results/ttbawbt18.htm. Thailand’s Jojoe Yannaphon, a PBA member, is the defending champion. In 2017, Yannaphon was high qualifier and defeated Sweden’s two-handed star, Jesper Svensson, 212-202, to earn his first PBA Tour title.

The WBT Thailand is also a WBT points event. The top three men and top three women in WBT points for the 2018 season will compete in the World Bowling Tour Finals presented by the PBA which will be contested at the International Training and Research Center in Arlington, Texas, for airing on FS1 on Sunday, March 10, at 10 p.m. EST.

NEXT UP: XTRA FRAME ON FLOBOWLING VISITS NORTH CAROLINA, CALIFORNIA

Closing out the month, PBA Xtra Frame on FloBowling will visit North Carolina and California to cover another weekend doubleheader: the PBA50 Storm Invitational at Planet Fun Bowling and Entertainment Center in Shallotte, N.C., and a PBA Regional event, the PBA Double Decker West/Northwest Open presented by Roto Grip from Double Decker Lanes in Rohnert Park, Calif., Sept. 29-30.

The PBA50 Invitational, Saturday and Sunday, Sept.29-30, will involve a field of 14 including 2018 PBA50 Player of the Year Michael Haugen Jr., PBA50 Cup winner Brian Kretzer, PBA60 Player of the Year Ron Mohr, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Norm Duke, Parker Bohn III, Lennie Boresch Jr., Amleto Monacelli, Ryan Shafer, Bob Learn Jr., Pete Weber, Harry Sullins, Brian Voss and Johnny Petraglia.

All PBA Xtra Frame on FloBowling events are covered live from start to finish. One last reminder: 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 REGIONAL UPDATE: ANDY PATTERSON WINS GRAND CASINO INVITATIONAL

Andy Patterson from Tyler, Texas defeated Chris Hibbitts II from Keller, Texas, to win the fifth annual PBA Grand Casino Resort & Hotel Southwest Invitational at FireLake Bowling Center in Shawnee, Okla., Sunday. The entire event was live-streamed by PBA Xtra Frame on FloBowling.

Patterson, who earned his sixth PBA Regional title, was able to string strikes while Hibbitts had trouble adjusting to the final pair’s conditions, topping him, 220-158, to claim the $4,000 winner’s check.

After 12 games of qualifying, both players had long roads to the final match. After qualifying 13th, Patterson started his road to victory by downing Houston PBA50 player David Scardaville, 2-0, in the best-of-three-game Round of 16; David Krol from Nixa, Mo., 2-1, in the Round of 12, and Tyler Albracht of Amarillo, Texas, 2-1 in the Round of 8. In the semifinal round, he eliminated newly-inducted PBA Southwest Hall of Famer Mark Scroggins of Canyon, Texas, 279-243.

Hibbitts, who had won two previous PBA Regionals at FireLake, qualified 14th and defeated Sean Lavery-Spahr from Pasadena, Texas, 2-1; Joe Findling from Mesquite, Texas, 2-0; Shawn Maldonado of Houston, 2-1, and Devin Bidwell of Wichita, Kan., 236-160, before Patterson ended his bid for another PBA title.

As part of the tournament weekend, Scroggins and Junction City Bowl proprietor and long-time PBA Regional tournament host Joe Ellison from Junction City, Kan., were inducted into the PBA Southwest Region Hall of Fame.

Steve Lickliter of Beckley, W.Va., won the PBA60 Wilson & Sons Pest Control Open title in Mooresville, N.C.; Stoney Baker of Canton, Ga., notched his 31st PBA regional win in the PBA50 Samuel Adams Mooresville South Open presented by Columbia 300, and Bill Peters of Dayton, Ohio, won his first PBA title in the PBA60 Kingsport Southern Open presented by Storm to complete the PBA South Region’s annual extended Labor Day “tripleheader” at Warpath Lanes in Kingsport, Tenn.

Lickliter kicked off the series by defeating Sam Ventura of Syracuse, N.Y., 214-207, in the final of the PBA60 Wilson & Sons event at Victory Lanes in Mooresville, N.C., on Sept. 1. Two days later, Stoney Baker came out striking with the front five to defeat PBA Hall of Famer and defending champion Tom Baker (no relation) of King, N.C., 258-220, in the PBA50 event, also at Victory Lanes in Mooresville.

Along with his 15th regional title, Lickliter earned $2,200. Stoney Baker earned $2,300 in the PBA50 event.

The South Region players then traveled to Tennessee where Peters was the top qualifier. A recent “super senior” after turning 60 on Dec. 27, Peters defeated no. 2 qualifier Sammy Ventura of Syracuse, N.Y., 259-181, to win the PBA60 title and $1,600 in Kingsport.

● Also in the PBA South Region, Brandon Curtis of Manson, N.C. won his first PBA title Sunday, defeating Matt Martin of Axton, Va., 278-246, to win the 15th annual PBA Fayetteville South Open at Lafayette Lanes in Fayetteville, N.C.

Curtis, who qualified in the fourth-and-final position for the four-man stepladder finals with a 17-game total of 4,199 pins – one pin ahead of PBA Hall of Famer Walter Ray Williams Jr. – disposed of Mike Coffey of Melbourne, Fla., in opening match, 268-245, and easily defeated Dick Allen of Columbia, S.C., 265-226, in the semifinal contest to advance to the championship match.

In the title match Curtis started with nine strikes to grab a healthy lead while Martin fumbled early. Despite a six-strike rally from the fourth frame to the 10th, it wasn’t enough to catch Curtis who earned $2,400 along with his title.

Rick Graham of Lancaster, Pa. compiled a 6-1-1 match play record on his way to a 69-pin victory over tournament sponsor Brian LeClair of Albany, N.Y. in the PBA50 Brian LeClair’s Revolutions Pro Shop Eastern Open at Boulevard Bowl in Schenectady, N.Y., Sunday.

Graham, who finished second in last year’s event, survived a 178 final game in qualifying to advance to the semifinal round. He then led the semifinal round to advance to the round robin finals, where he retained the lead to the end, posting a total of 2,083 pins for the eight-game final round, including match play bonus pins, to out-distance LeClair’s 2,014 total.

The win was Graham’s fourth in PBA Regional competition, but his first in PBA50 competition. He earned $1,500 for the win while LeClair, who rolled a 279 in the position round to move into second place, earned $900.

John Dudak of Orland Park, Ill., defeated Brian Menini of Brookfield, Mo., 254-163, to win the PBA50 Diamond Jo Casino Midwest Open at Cherry Lanes in Dubuque, Iowa, Sunday, for his first PBA title after competing in more than 200 events as a “senior” bowler.

The 64-year-old Dudak, a veteran of 103 PBA50 Tour and 115 PBA50 regional events, earned a $1,600 prize. He defeated Menini after Menini eliminated Jon Schure of Ripon, Wis,. 259-223, in the first match and Dean Mueller of Arlington Heights, Ill., 222-180, in the semifinal contest.

● PBA Regional events on the Sept. 14-16 weekend schedule include the Sturgis Central/Midwest Open at Sturgis Bowl in Sturgis, Mich., and the Liberal Kansas Southwest Open at Ayr Lanes.

● September’s PBA Regional calendar continues over the Sept. 21-23 weekend with the PBA/PBA50 Millsboro Lanes Eastern Doubles in Millsboro, Del.; the one-day Florence Bowling Center Central Open in Florence, Ky.; the PBA50 Cherokee Lanes South Open presented by Roto Grip in Canton, Ga.; the Lubbock Sports Southwest Challenge at South Plains Lanes in Lubbock, Texas, the one-day Mockingbird Lanes PBA and PBA50 Midwest Open doubleheader presented by Hammer in Omaha, Neb., and a Northwest/West tripleheader at Paradise Lanes in Tacoma, Wash., including the Always Painting Northwest/West Open presented by Vac-Tec; the Gary Mage PBA50 Northwest/West Open presented by Great American Casino, and the Jeanne Naccarato Women’s Open.

● The September PBA Regional schedule concludes over the Sept. 28-30 weekend with the Bluffton Central/Midwest Open at EZ Bowl in Bluffton, Ind.; the PBA50 J&L Sports South Open at Paradise Lanes in Spartanburg, S.C., and the Double Decker West/Northwest Open presented by Roto Grip in Rohnert Park, Calif. The Double Decker event will be live-streamed by PBA Xtra Frame on FloBowling.

● 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).

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Kyle Troup Upsets Jason Belmonte to Win PBA-WBT Lucky Larsen Masters Title in Sweden

by Bill Vint September 9, 2018 11:07

MALMO, Sweden – Kyle Troup of Taylorsville, N.C., threw strikes on seven of his first eight shots on his way to upsetting top qualifier and defending champion Jason Belmonte of Australia, 248-232, in the title match of the PBA International-World Bowling Tour Storm Lucky Larsen Masters at Baltiska Bowlinghallen Sunday.

Troup, a 27-year-old 10th-year PBA member, earned his third PBA Tour title along with a $16,500 first prize, completing a sweep of the top three positions by two-handed players. Belmonte, who led qualifying as well as the “Step Three” round leading into the stepladder finals, saw his hopes for a title repeat when he failed to convert the 2-10 split in the fourth frame and left the 2-8 in the ninth frame after rallying behind a string of four strikes.

The colorful Troup, dressed in matching jersey and slacks in Sweden’s blue-and-yellow national colors, also bowled without his trademark “afro” hairdo in denying Belmonte his third title of the 2018 season.

“This is my first trip to Sweden,” Troup said. “I couldn’t ask for a better result.”

In the first stepladder match, Ireland’s Christopher Sloan opened in the seventh frame of a close match, but recovered by throwing six strikes to close out the contest and eliminate nine-time PBA Tour champion Bill O’Neill of Langhorne, Pa., 236-234.

Troup advanced to the title match with a 235-187 win over Sloan, a 24-year-old third-year PBA member from Dublin, who was unable to sustain his first-game momentum. Sloan threw one strike and had an open in his first six frames while Troup started with four strikes. A pocket 7-10 in the sixth frame slowed Troup, but he came right back with another three strikes to roll to an easy win.

The Malmo tournament – named in honor of Swedish PBA star Martin Larsen – was a World Bowling Tour points event. The tournament format involved multiple six-game qualifying squads to arrive at 60 finalists. Qualifiers 34-60 bowled the four-game Step One, with the top 11 advancing to Step Two along with qualifiers 9-33. The 36 players in Step Two bowled another four-game block, with the top 16 joining qualifiers 1-8 in Step Three for an eight-game round to determine the four stepladder finalists. In each “Step” round, pinfall from all previous rounds was dropped. Under tournament rules, women bowling in the event were entitled to eight handicap pins per game.

The final PBA International-WBT event on the 2018 schedule is the WBT Thailand which will take place in Bangkok Sept. 22-28. Thailand’s Jojoe Yannaphon is defending champion. Fans can follow the event on the Asian Bowling Federation website (http://www.abf-online.org/results/ttbawbt18.htm).

PBA INTERNATIONAL-WORLD BOWLING TOUR STORM LUCKY LARSEN MASTERS
Baltiska Bowlinghallen, Malmo, Sweden, Sunday

Final Standings:
1, Kyle Troup, Taylorsville, N.C., $16,498.
2, Jason Belmonte, Australia, $12,099.
3, Christopher Sloan, Ireland, $8,799.
4, Bill O’Neill, Langhorne, Pa., $6,599.

Stepladder Results:
Match One – Sloan def. O’Neill, 236-234.
Semifinal Match – Troup def. Sloan, 235-187.
Championship – Troup def. Belmonte, 248-232.

Step Three Cashers (after 8 games; top 4 advanced to stepladder finals):
1, Belmonte, 1,916.
2, Troup, 1,810.
3, O’Neill, 1,800.
4, Sloan, 1,776.
5, Anthony Simonsen, Austin, Texas, 1,774, $4,949.
6, Pontus Andersson, Sweden, 1,767, $3,850
7, Jesper Svensson, Sweden, 1,765, $3,300.
8, Martin Larsen, Sweden, 1,733, $2,750.
9, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 1,726, $2,200.
10, Francois Lavoie, Canada, 1,720, $1,980.
11, Annop Arromsaranon, Thailand, 1,714, $1,870.
12, Mattias Wetterberg, Sweden, 1,678, $1,787.
13, Stuart Williams, England, 1,671, $1,732.
14, Teemu Putkisto, Finland, 1,658, $1,677.
15, Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., 1,645, $1,650.
16, Tom Daugherty, Riverview, Fla., 1,634, $1,622.
17, Karl Wahlgren, Sweden, 1,615, $1,595.
18, Jimmy Dan Mortensen, Denmark, 1,593, $1,567.
19, Jojoe Yannaphon, Thailand, 1,591, $1,540.
20, w-Sandra Gongora, Mexico, 1,571, $1,512.
21, w-Daria Pajak, Poland, 1,544, $1,485.
22, William Svensson, Sweden, 1,541, $1,457.
23, Mikael Roos, Sweden, 1,535, $1,430.
24, Tore Torgersen, Norway, 1,516, $1,375.

Step Two Cashers (did not advance, after 4 games):
25, Kimmo Lehtonen, Finland, 855, $1,320.
26, Peter Hellstrom, Sweden, 849, $1,265.
27, EJ Tackett, Huntington, Ind., 849, $1,237.
28, Gustaf Johansson, Sweden, 844, $1,210.
29, Matt McNiel, Minneapolis, 839, $1,182.
30, Richie Teece, England, 835, $1,155.
31, Joonas Hahl, Finland, 821, $1,127.
32, w-Liz Johnson, Palatine, Ill., 811, $1,100.
33, Alfred Berggren, Sweden, 810, $1,072.
34, Daniel Fransson, Sweden, 809, $1,045.
35, w-Li Jan Sin, Malaysia, 807, $1,017.
36, Emanuel Jonsson, Sweden, 790, $990.
37, Gaetan Mouveroux, France, 773, $962.
38, Kamron Doyle, Brentwood, Tenn., 771, $935.
39, Thomas Larsen, Denmark, 762, $907.
40, Syafiq Ridhwan, Malaysia, 749, $880.
41, Andrew Cain, Phoenix, 731, $852.
42, AJ Chapman, St. Paul, Minn., 724, $825.
43, Kim Andersson, Sweden, 709, $797.
44, Pyry Puharinen, Finland, 624, $770.

Step One Cashers (did not advance, after 4 games):
45, w-Jenny Wegner, Sweden, 840, $715.
46, Tomas Kayhko, Finland, 837, $660.
47, Kevin Lindbladh, Sweden, 825, $660.
48, Carsten Warming Hansen, Denmark, 824, $660.
49, Cameron Weier, Tacoma, Wash., 814, $605.
50 (tie), Rasmus Edvall, Sweden, and Viktor Albihn, Sweden, 808, $525.
52, Niko Oksanen, Finland, 796, $495.
53, Bendt Petersson, Sweden, 795, $495.
54, Jorgen Roos, Sweden, 780, $440.
55, Martin Paulsson, Sweden, 779, $440.
56, Francois Louw, South Africa, 776, $440.
57, Joachim Karlsson, Sweden, 769, $385.
58, Eric Ahlstrand, Sweden, 752, $385.
59, Robin Persson, Sweden, 714, $385.
60, Thor Morten Bjorge, Norway, 694, $385.

w-denotes woman (women received 8 handicap pins per game).

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PBA Spare Shots: “Perfect” Bowling Binge Now Available on PBA’s YouTube Channel, Facebook Page

by Bill Vint September 6, 2018 11:20

For every PBA fan, you can now binge on the greatest collection of bowling achievements in the PBA’s 60-year history by visiting the PBA channel on YouTube where a series of videos showing every nationally-televised PBA Tour 300 game is now showing.

As of September 5, the PBA YouTube Channel (and the PBA Facebook page) has aired the first eight televised 300 games. A new perfect performance will be added every weekday until all 26 300 games have aired. Visit YouTube.com and search for: PBA 60th Anniversary Collection: Televised 300 Games. Then click on the show you’d like to watch on the playlist. The same shows also are available on the PBA page on Facebook under “Featured Videos:” https://www.facebook.com/pg/ProfessionalBowlersAssociation/videos/?ref=page_internal

The 300 games that are currently available on YouTube and Facebook include the following:

1) Jack Biondolillo vs. Les Schissler, 216 (Akron, OH, April 1, 1967);
2) John Guenther vs. Don Johnson, 189 (San Jose, CA, Feb. 1, 1969);
3) Jim Stefanich vs. Glenn Carlson, 243 (Alameda, CA, Jan. 5, 1974);
4) Pete McCordic vs. Wayne Webb, 249 (Torrance, CA, Jan. 31, 1987);
5) @ Bob Benoit vs. Mark Roth, 255 (Grand Prairie, TX, Jan. 23, 1988);
6) @ Mike Aulby vs. David Ozio, 279 (Wichita, KS, July 31, 1993);
7) Johnny Petraglia vs. Walter Ray Williams Jr., 194 (Toledo, OH, March 5, 1994);
8) Butch Soper vs. Bob Benoit, 236 (Reno, NV, July 12, 1994);

Coming in the days ahead will be:

9) C.K. Moore vs. Parker Bohn III, 192 (Austin, TX, Feb. 2, 1996);
10) Bob Learn Jr. vs. Johnny Petraglia, 279 (Erie, PA, April 6, 1996);
11) Jason Queen vs. Bobby Fleetwood, 225 (Huntsville, AL, May 3, 1997;
12) Steve Hoskins vs. Walter Ray Williams Jr., 234 (Rochester, NY, Oct. 15, 1997);
13) Parker Bohn III vs. Chris Sand, 246, and Mike Mullin, 191 (Reno, NV, May 9, 1998);
14) Steve Jaros vs. Ricky Ward, 200 (Chattanooga, TN, Feb. 13, 1999);
15) Mike Miller vs. Danny Wiseman, 266, and Tim Criss, 224 (Reno, NV, June 20, 1999);
16) Norm Duke vs. Walter Ray Williams Jr., 213 (Tacoma, WA, Jan. 5, 2003);
17) Mika Koivuniemi vs. Jason Couch, 248 (Windsor Locks, CT, Dec. 7, 2003);
18) Tony Reyes vs. Parker Bohn III, 215 (Taylor, MI, Nov. 5, 2006);
19) Ryan Shafer vs. Jeff Carter, 228 (Indianapolis, IN, March 18, 2007);
20) Rhino Page vs. Tae Hwe Jeong (Tokyo, Japan, April 25, 2009);
21) Jason Belmonte vs. Brian Kretzer, 231, and Mike Fagan, 220 (Las Vegas, Nov. 19, 2011);
22) Chris Barnes vs. Jason Belmonte, 215, and Sean Rash, 182 (Las Vegas, Nov. 19, 2011);
23) Sean Rash (pba.com home page photo) vs. Chris Loschetter, 236 (Shawnee, OK, May 24, 2014);
24) Ronnie Russell vs. Sean Rash, 266, and J.R. Raymond, Bay City, Mich., 186, (Las Vegas, Dec. 28, 2014);
25) Sean Rash vs. Ryan Ciminelli, 214 (Indianapolis, IN, Feb. 15, 2015);

26) Francois Lavoie vs. Shawn Maldonado, 211 (Las Vegas, Nov. 10, 2016).

@-denotes perfect game bowled in the championship match.

If you miss one, no problem. All of the 300 game segments will be maintained in the YouTube and Facebook archives so you can watch them at your leisure.

XTRA FRAME ON FLOBOWLING VISITS SWEDEN, OKLAHOMA THIS WEEKEND

For all of your late-night bowling fans, PBA Xtra Frame on FloBowling will be streamed live from Malmo, Sweden, starting in the wee-early hours Sunday with the final day of competition in the PBA International-World Bowling Tour Storm Lucky Larsen Masters from Malmo, Sweden.

Lucky Larsen coverage begins with the four-game “Step One” round at 1:30 a.m. Sunday, followed by the four-game “Step Two” round at 4 a.m. and the eight-game “Step Three” round at 7 a.m. The top four players from Step Three will advance to the stepladder finals at noon. All times are Eastern Daylight.

Fans can track daily results of the Lucky Larsen Masters while the tournament is underway at this website: (http://luckylarsenmasters.com/results2018/). Many of the PBA’s leading player of the year candidates are entered in Malmo including Australia’s Jason Belmonte, the defending champion; 2018 USBC Masters winner Andrew Anderson; Anthony Simonsen and EJ Tackett.

Also on the Xtra Frame on FloBowling schedule for Saturday and Sunday is a PBA Southwest Regional event – the PBA Grand Hotel Casino and Resort Southwest Open from Shawnee, Okla.

Closing out the month, PBA Xtra Frame on FloBowling will cover another pair of events, including the PBA50 Storm Invitational at Planet Fun Bowling and Entertainment Center in Shallotte, N.C., and another PBA Regional event, the PBA Double Decker West/Northwest Open presented by Roto Grip from Double Decker Lanes in Rohnert Park, Calif., Sept. 29-30. The PBA50 Invitational will include a field of 14 include 2018 PBA50 Player of the Year Michael Haugen Jr., PBA50 Cup winner Brian Kretzer, PBA60 Player of the Year Ron Mohr, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Norm Duke, Parker Bohn III, Lennie Boresch Jr., Amleto Monacelli, Ryan Shafer, Bob Learn Jr., Pete Weber, Harry Sullins, Brian Voss and Johnny Petraglia.

All PBA Xtra Frame on FloBowling events are covered live from start to finish. One last reminder: 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 REGIONAL UPDATE: CALKINS LAST-MINUTE DECISION PAYS OFF IN FIRST TITLE

Kenny Calkins of Des Moines, Iowa, made a last-minute decision to make the trip to Peru, Ill., where he defeated top qualifier and 12-time PBA Tour title winner Sean Rash of Montgomery, Ill. 254-214 to win the 23rd annual Illinois Valley Midwest Region Open at Illinois Valley Super Bowl Sunday for his first PBA title.

Calkins, who also earned $2,000, qualified fourth for the stepladder finals and defeated Ambrose University collegiate bowler Nate Stubler of Peru, 221-214, in the first match and reigning PBA Midwest Region Player of the Year AJ Johnson of Oswego, Ill., 236-228, in the semifinal game to advance to the championship match.

Jay Boyle of Garnet Valley, Pa. defeated Ray Textor of Kennedy, N.Y., 213-188, to win the PBA50 Hammer/Strike Zone Open at the Strike Zone Alleys in Pottsville, Pa., Sunday for his second career PBA50 Regional title.

Boyle, who had gone undefeated throughout the earlier elimination rounds, left the door open for Textor when he failed to double in his 10th frame. Textor, who had a previous career best finish of seventh place, failed to strike out in the final frame to force a tie. Boyle, who earned $1,500, defeated Darryl Bower of Middletown, Pa., 235-224, and Textor defeated Glenn Smith of New York City, 210-170, in the semifinal round.

● September’s PBA Regional activity continues this week with the PBA60 Kingsport Super Senior South Open presented by Storm at Warpath Lanes in Kingsport, Tenn., concluding a tripleheader program over the extended Labor Day weekend. Events this weekend include the PBA Grand Casino Hotel and Resort Southwest Invitational (streaming live on PBA Xtra Frame on FloBowling); Brian LeClair’s PBA50 Revolutions Pro Shop Open at Boulevard Bowl in Schenectady, N.Y.; the Fayetteville South Open at Lafayette Lanes in Fayetteville, N.C.; the PBA50 Diamond Jo Casino Midwest Open presented by Brunswick, and the PBA Japan Region’s Aikyo House Cup Wolf Open and Women’s Wolf Open in Chiba, Japan.

● PBA Regional events on the Sept. 14-16 weekend schedule include the Sturgis Central/Midwest Open at Sturgis Bowl in Sturgis, Mich.; the Century Lanes South Open in Hampton, Va., and the Liberal Kansas Southwest Open at Ayr Lanes.

● September’s PBA Regional calendar continues over the Sept. 21-23 weekend with the PBA/PBA50 Millsboro Lanes Eastern Doubles in Millesboro, Del.; the one-day Florence Bowling Center Central Open in Florence, Ky.; the PBA50 Cherokee Lanes South Open presented by Roto Grip in Canton, Ga.; the Lubbock Sports Southwest Challenge at South Plains Lanes in Lubbock, Texas, the one-day Mockingbird Lanes PBA and PBA50 Midwest Open doubleheader presented by Hammer in Omaha, Neb., and a Northwest/West/Northwest tripleheader at Paradise Lanes in Tacoma, Wash., including the Always Painting Northwest/West Open presented by Vac-Tec; the Gary Mage PBA50 Northwest/West Open presented by Great American Casino, and the Jeanne Naccarato Women’s Open.

● The September PBA Regional schedule concludes over the Sept. 28-30 weekend with the Bluffton Central/Midwest Open at EZ Bowl in Bluffton, Ind.; the PBA50 J&L Sports South Open at Paradise Lanes in Spartanburg, S.C., and the Double Decker West/Northwest Open presented by Roto Grip in Rohnert Park, Calif. The Double Decker event will be live-streamed by PBA Xtra Frame on FloBowling.

● 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:

● Completely useless trivia fact: There are 15 bowlers named Andersson bowling in the Storm Lucky Larsen Masters in Malmo, Sweden, this week. All but one are residents of Sweden. The other is American PBA member Andrew Anderson, who is the only one who spells his last name with one “s”…

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PBA Spare Shots: Jason Belmonte’s Star is Rising in the Eyes of Australia’s Mainstream Media

by Bill Vint August 31, 2018 08:51

Despite producing several world-class champions over the past few decades, Australian bowlers have never been top-of-mind sport in their home country until Jason Belmonte began to gather trophies around the world. Even after raising to his stature as arguably the world’s best bowler, it has taken the non-stop promotional efforts by “Belmo” himself, a hands-on effort led by Australia’s Lynne Clay and the PBA’s constant coverage of Belmonte’s accomplishments to get key media doors opened.

INSIDE SPORT magazine July 2018 front coverAfter winning PBA Player of the Year honors in four of the past five years, becoming the fastest “millionaire” in PBA history, collecting nine major championships (among his 18 PBA Tour titles) and other unprecedented feats, the sport’s most popular (and/or most disliked) personality – depending on your viewpoint regarding his two-handed technique – has seen his “star” rise in his homeland.

Earlier this year, the Australia Broadcast Corporation – the country’s version of America’s ABC-TV – profiled Belmonte’s life and bowling career in a six-and-a-half minute segment on its popular prime time “7:30” magazine-style program (http://www.abc.net.au/7.30/meet-the-world%E2%80%99s-number-one-tenpin-bowler,/9847034).

In July, “Inside Sport,” Australia’s version of “Sports Illustrated,” published an eight-page tribute to Belmonte under the headline, “That’s How He Rolls” (https://www.pba.com/content/files/downloads/INSIDE_SPORT_magazine_July_2018.pdf)

And because Belmonte early-on embraced social media and its global platforms, he has cultivated a world-wide fan base. Most recently, working with the wildly popular “Dude Perfect” YouTube channel for the second time in four years, Belmonte helped orchestrate a series of outrageous “trick shots” that recorded more than 10 million views in the first 24 hours (www.youtube.com/watch?v=wSB9JvsBT4M).

Editor’s Note (pba.com feature photo): Dude Perfect is a group of former basketball players and Texas A&M University roommates who created what has become the second-largest YouTube channel in the world. The group teamed up with Belmonte in 2014 to create “Bowling Trick Shots 1,” which has since notched nearly 90 million views, many of them among the highly-coveted youth market.

Among the trick shots on the first episode was a “two-handed, 250-yard strike.” When he was approached to do a second version, Belmonte said, “After the success of the first video, I knew we had to up the ante. And after three days of shooting, I told the boys, I’m not sure how we did it, but we just made a better video…”

Watch both YouTube videos, and you be the judge.

BJI PUBLISHER DECLARES “BELMO” BOWLING’S MOST INFLUENTIAL PLAYER

Speaking of Jason Belmonte, Bowlers Journal International publisher Keith Hamilton, in his “Leading Off” column in September’s issue, declares “Belmo” as “bowling’s most influential” player, citing the eye-catching number of youth bowlers who are now throwing the ball using Belmonte’s two-handed technique.

Relating statistics from the recently-completed USBC Junior Gold Championships, Hamilton notes 25 percent of the U12 (12-and-under) age group bowled two-handed as did 24 percent of the U15 players and 19 percent of the U20 players. Overall that represented 21 percent of the entire field.

Hamilton’s conclusion: “By the time Belmonte is finished bowling, I’m not certain how many titles he will have won. But his impact on the game might just make him the most important and influential bowler ever – and, without question, of the 21st century.”

XTRA FRAME ON FLOBOWLING TO GO INTERNATIONAL FOR NEXT EVENT

PBA Xtra Frame on FloBowling will go international for its next event, providing live coverage of the final day of competition in the PBA International-World Bowling Tour Storm Lucky Larsen Masters from Malmo, Sweden, beginning at 2 a.m. EDT Sunday, Sept. 9.

Fans can track daily results of the Lucky Larsen Masters while the tournament is underway at his website: (http://luckylarsenmasters.com/results2018/). Australia’s Jason Belmonte is defending champion.

Also on the schedule for Sept. 8-9 is the PBA Grand Hotel Casino and Resort Southwest Open from Shawnee, Okla., Sept. 8-9. The PBA Double Decker West/Northwest Open presented by Roto Grip will air on FloBowling.com from Double Decker Lanes in Rohnert Park, Calif., Sept. 29-30.

All PBA Xtra Frame on FloBowling events are covered live from start to finish. 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 NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR TONY REYES COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARD

The PBA is now accepting nominations for the 2018 Tony Reyes Community Service award, named in honor of the late PBA Tour player in recognition of his service to the bowling community. The award will be presented in early January to a PBA member in good standing, based upon the extraordinary community service, charitable and/or educational contributions the nominee has made during the 2018 calendar year.

The postmark deadline for nominations will be Thursday, Nov. 15. Nominees must be current PBA members in good standing. The winner will be selected by a PBA committee and announced during The Clash telecast on FOX on Sunday, Dec. 23, along with the 2019 Chris Schenkel PBA Player of the Year, Harry Golden PBA Rookie of the Year and Steve Nagy Sportsmanship Award winner.

Reyes award nominations may be submitted by anyone. Additional information and nomination form may be obtained by visiting https://www.pba.com/Corporate/Awards.

Past winners of the Tony Reyes award are: Parker Bohn III (2013), Missy Parkin (2014), Ed Godbout (2015), Rhino Page (2016) and Del Ballard Jr. (2017).

PBA REGIONAL UPDATE: FOUR EVENTS ON TAP FOR LABOR DAY WEEKEND

● Labor Day weekend will include the PBA60 Wilson & Sons Pest Control Super Senior Open and the PBA50 Mooresville South Open presented by Columbia 300 at George Pappas’ Victory Lanes in Mooresville, N.C.; the PBA50 Hammer/Strike Zone Alleys Open in Pottsville, Pa., and the 23rd annual Illinois Valley Midwest/Central Open presented by Ebonite at Illinois Valley Super Bowl in Peru, Ill.

● 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:

● England’s Dom Barrett and wife Cassie became first-time parents with the arrival of Colby Henry Barrett on Saturday, Aug. 18, weighing in at 7.3 pounds.

● The PBA was saddened to learn of the passing of MaryAnn O’Neill, mother of PBA star Bill O’Neill, on Saturday, Aug. 18 at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. She was 63. The family has asked that memorial contributions in MaryAnn O’Neill’s name be made to the Polycystic Kidney Disease Foundation, 1001 E. 101st Terrace, Suite 220, Kansas City, MO 64131 or at https://pkdcure.org/.

Anne Wangeman, wife of long-time PBA tournament host proprietor Jim Wangeman, passed away on Aug. 27 at the age of 83. The couple built and operated Harvest Park Bowl in Brentwood, Calif., which is approaching its 25th year of operation, and has most recently been host of the PBA50 Tour’s Northern California Classic. A Celebration of Life will be held at Harvest Park Bowl on Sept. 2 at 2 p.m. PDT. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Harvest Park Bowl Youth Scholarship Program, Harvest Park Bowl, 5000 Balfour Rd., Brentwood, CA 94513.

● FloBowling has retained Lucas Wiseman as its Senior Editor to produce editorial content for the PBA’s new live streaming partner. Wiseman, who studied journalism at the University of South Florida, has covered bowling for more than 20 years including stints in the daily newspaper realm and 13 years in public relations and social media positions with the United States Bowling Congress. Most recently he worked as the public relations manager for a national sports marketing agency and continued to cover bowling on a freelance basis.

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