PBA Spare Shots: How to Order Your Copy of New Earl Anthony Biography

by Bill Vint October 18, 2019 08:13

Veteran bowling writer Barry Sparks of York, Pa., has authored the first comprehensive biography covering the life and accomplishments of PBA legend Earl Anthony, which can now be ordered from Luby Publishing.

“EARL: The Greatest Bowler of All Time,” is Sparks’ 293-page compilation of more than 100 interviews with people who crossed paths with Anthony and includes more than two dozen vintage photos from Anthony’s career. Anthony, who held the PBA Tour titles record with 43 for several years before being surpassed by Walter Ray Williams Jr. (47), was selected as the PBA’s greatest player in the 2009 celebration of the 50 Greatest Players in PBA history.

To place an order for the book, visit www.earlanthonybook.com. Ten percent of the proceeds will be donated to the Earl Anthony Scholarship Fund that is managed by the United States Bowling Congress.

DID YOU KNOW “HI AND LOIS” ARE INTO BOWLING?

“Hi and Lois” is an American comic strip about the suburban Flagstone family. Created by Mort Walker and illustrated by Dik Browne, it debuted on Oct. 18, 1954, and is distributed to newspapers across America by King Features Syndicate.

With those family-oriented ties, it only makes sense that – 65 years later – the family comic strip would acknowledge its bowling roots. Now produced by the sons of the original creative team, the strip is written by Brian and Greg Walker and drawn by Robert "Chance" Browne and Eric Reaves, and it appears in 1,000 newspapers across the country. Here’s a link to the strip featuring the Flagstones’ teenage son Chip that ran this week: (https://www.comicskingdom.com/hi-and-lois/2019-10-17).

Trivia tidbit about the strip: did you know that Hiram and Lois Flagstone first appeared in Mort Walker’s “Beetle Bailey” cartoon strip…and that Lois is actually Beetle Bailey’s sister?

WATCH U.S. OPEN ON FLOBOWLING, CBS SPORTS NETWORK

Bowling’s U.S. Open, the final major championship of the 2019 Go Bowling! PBA Tour season, gets underway on Friday, Oct. 25, and concludes with the stepladder finals airing live on Wednesday, Oct. 30, at 8 p.m. Eastern on CBS Sports Network.

All preliminary rounds of the U.S. Open will be livestreamed simultaneously by FloBowling.com and BowlTV.com. All three days of qualifying, the cashers round and three rounds of match play will be contested on different lane conditioning patterns.

England’s Dom Barrett is the defending U.S. Open champion.

FOX SPORTS, FACEBOOK COLLABORATION TO INCLUDE PBA HIGHLIGHTS

FOX Sports is teaming with Facebook to create new, exclusive interactive programs and segments on Facebook Watch that will focus on football, sports wagering and more, including highlights from the 2020 PBA Tour season.

The new weekly FOX Football Sunday program streams on the platform each Monday morning during the season where fans on Facebook can submit questions to Terry Bradshaw, Howie Long, Michael Strahan, Tony Gonzalez and Curt Menefee. Additionally, every Sunday night, Menefee will host FOX Football Update, a recap of the day’s action with FOX Sports analysts from game locations.

The new collaboration between FOX Sports and Facebook will also offer regular highlights from Liga MX, Big East basketball, NASCAR, Premier Boxing Championships and PBA Tour events.

PBA REGIONAL UPDATE: NUZZO, GUERRIERI WIN PBA50-60 DOUBLES EVENT IN OHIO

PBA60 competitor Joe Nuzzo of Girard, Ohio and his PBA50 partner Danny Guerrieri of Youngstown, Ohio, defeated Bill Peters of Dayton, Ohio and Eddie Graham of Kettering, Ohio, 482-479, 475-395, in the best-of-three-game championship match to win the Park Centre Lanes PBA50/PBA60 Central Open Doubles event presented by Columbia 300 in North Canton, Ohio, Sunday.

Teams in the event included one bowler between the ages of 50 and 59 and one bowler over the age of 60. Even though the champions split the $2,800 first prize, neither earned a PBA title because both are non-members.

In the best-of-three-game semifinal round, Nuzzo and Guerrieri blanked PBA Hall of Famer Tom Baker of King, N.C., and partner Dean Billings of Rootstown, Ohio, 2-0, while Peters and Graham downed Jeff Zaffino of Warren, Pa., and Don Herrington of Ballston Lake, N.Y., 2-0, to set up the championship match.

PBA Regional tournaments scheduled for the Oct. 18-20 weekend include the PBA50 Timber Lanes Open in Oxford, Pa.; the PBA50 Waxahachie Southwest Open at Hilltop Lanes in Waxahachie, Texas; the PBA and PBA50 Northwest/West Opens presented by Dick’s Pro Shop and Boulder Falls Inn at Linn Lanes in Lebanon, Ore.; the Greater Jackson Central Open at Jax’s 60 in Jackson, Mich., and the Bowl-A-Vard Lanes Midwest Open in Madison, Wis.

Closing out the October PBA Regional calendar will be the South Point West Challenge presented by MOTIV and the South Point Member/Non-Member Doubles presented by Hammer at South Point Bowling Plaza in Las Vegas.

Bohr.Nathan wedding 2019_DErrico.Heather_Rodriguez.Maria Jose_Bohr_Sterner.JasonQUICK NOTES

PBA Southwest Region Hall of Famer Nathan Bohr, a 23-time PBA Regional title-winner and three-time Southwest Region Player of the Year, married two-time PWBA champion and 11-year Team Colombia competitor Maria Jose Rodriguez Saturday in Austin, Texas.

REMINDER: Nominations are being accepted through Nov. 22 for the 2019 PBA Tony Reyes Community Service award. To be eligible, the nominee must be a PBA member in good standing. To nominate an individual, use the nomination form available at this link: (https://www.pba.com/Content/files/awards/TonyReyes_App_2019.pdf).

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PBA Star Tommy Jones, Former Ownership Partners Mike Slade, Rob Glaser Elected to PBA Hall of Fame

by Bill Vint October 17, 2019 13:15

CHICAGO – Nineteen-time title winner Tommy Jones of Simpsonville, South Carolina, and former ownership partners Mike Slade and Rob Glaser have been elected to the Professional Bowlers Association Hall of Fame, PBA Commissioner Tom Clark announced today.

Jones was unanimously elected for superior performance by an elite panel of veteran bowling writers and PBA Hall of Famers. Slade and Glaser were elected for meritorious service by the PBA Hall of Fame Board.

Induction ceremonies of the 2020 Hall of Fame Class will take place on Saturday, Jan. 18, at the International Bowling Museum and Hall of Fame, and the Arlington Hilton, in Arlington, Texas, as part of the PBA Hall of Fame Classic tournament weekend.

Jones, one of five PBA players to win both PBA Rookie (2001-02) and Player of the Year (2005-06) honors, has earned more than $1.7 million in his 20-year PBA career. The 41-year-old power player owns 17 standard PBA Tour titles plus two majors: the 2006 U.S. Open and 2007 PBA Tournament of Champions. He has finished in the top 10 in annual PBA Tour earnings nine times and has finished in the top five in 47 of the 326 PBA Tour tournaments he entered, cashing in a remarkable 80.3 percent of those events.

An 11-time member of Team USA, Jones also has been on winning teams in PBA League Elias Cup competition three times and was the recipient of the PBA League Mark Roth Most Valuable Player Award in 2017.

“It’s one of those things I probably wouldn’t have known was coming if I hadn’t seen an article about being on the ballot,” Jones said of his election to the Hall. “It’s a huge honor to be among all of those players who are in the Hall. It’s something you dream about all of your life. It’ll probably hit me when I’m standing up in front of the crowd to accept.”

Defining moments in Jones’ career? “For me, it’s a combination of things. The U.S. Open title was big and being selected No. 30 among the top 50 players in PBA history (in 2009) as the youngest one (age 30) also was pretty cool for me,” Jones said. “The U.S. Open was defining because I bowled so bad the previous year. The Tournament of Champions at Mohegan Sun also was a great win because that’s the one title every PBA member wants to win. It’s really special to be on that list of winners.”

Jones admits his career isn’t over; his ultimate goal is to reach 25 PBA Tour titles and that goal is still alive.

“It’s not unrealistic,” Jones said. “My body is finally healthy again. My back was bad for a while, but now it seems to be good.

“We have a lot more events now, in a lot of different centers, which makes a difference,” he continued. “At this point in my career, there isn’t a whole lot I haven’t seen. One of the reasons this game is so great is that you can never master it. But I figure, with my experience, I may be better prepared than some of the younger guys.”

Slade and Glaser will join their original PBA ownership partner, Chris Peters, in the PBA Hall of Fame. All three were former Microsoft executives who combined resources to purchase the PBA in 2000, pulling the organization back from the brink of bankruptcy, and providing the organization with leadership from their board of directors positions and the financial support to remain viable until its recent sale to Bowlero Corp.

Slade's creativity and contacts at ESPN and with leaders in sports media were key assets in advancing the PBA brand and opening doors with new partners including FOX Sports.

Slade began his career at Microsoft in 1983 and spent seven years there in a variety of product marketing roles. In 1993 he was hired as CEO of Starwave, Paul Allen's trailblazing venture into the Internet and multimedia where he launched ESPN.com, NBA.com, NFL.com, NASCAR.com, ABCNews.com and the Go.com network. He retired as Chairman and CEO of Starwave following its sale to the Walt Disney Corp. in 1998.

Slade then served as strategic advisor for Apple Computer CEO Steve Jobs, and as a strategic consultant for ESPN, NBA.com, NFL.com, Starbucks, Real Networks, Disney, and various Paul Allen companies. In 2000, he co-founded the venture capital firm Second Avenue Partners and he became a co-owner and board member of the PBA.

“It’s a real honor to be elected,” Slade said. “I kind of got involved with the PBA by accident and I wound up being the owner.

“When we left Microsoft, Chris Peters got into bowling instead of golf, and he was really excited about it,” Slade reflected. “Then he found out the PBA was about to go out of business, so he approached Rob and me about buying the Tour. I had a sports background; I was once a sportswriter and the company I was affiliated with at the time was involved with a number of sports.

“I had a lot of experience at the intersection of sports and tech(nology), so I was excited to get involved. When we did the deal with ESPN way back when, that was me getting involved.

“We hired good people and we ran the PBA like a real professional sport,” Slade added. “We always felt (the PBA) was going to advance in the sports world, but ultimately it needed a bigger plan, so that’s why the deal with Bowlero made sense.”

Glaser, a New York City native, was the PBA's principle investor financially, largely funding the early 2000's efforts to boost prize funds, regulate TV exposure and further explore arena settings. After a 10-year career in a variety of positions with Microsoft, Glaser founded RealNetworks in 1994, a company that produces RealAudio, RealVideo, RealPlayer, and Helix, among other products and services. A Yale graduate with degrees in Computer Science and Economics, Glaser has been a major donor supporting a wide range of humanitarian causes throughout his career.

“In 1999, my good friend Chris Peters approached me with the opportunity to get involved in what he called “saving the PBA,’” Glaser said. “I was a lifelong bowler and PBA bowling fan, so I happily said yes.

“It’s a true honor (to be elected),” he added. “I have so much respect for the incredible athletes who make up the core of the PBA Hall of Fame. Other than Mike Slade, I am certainly the worst bowler ever elected to the PBA. But the last time I bowled I rolled a 217, so that’s something.”

In addition to the inductions in Arlington on Jan. 18, the PBA also will present the 2019 Chris Schenkel Player of the Year; Harry Golden Rookie of the Year; Steve Nagy Sportsmanship Award winner and PBA Tony Reyes Memorial Community Service Award winner. The winners of those annual awards will be announced later this year.

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PBA Spare Shots: Nominations Now Being Accepted for PBA Tony Reyes Community Service Award

by Bill Vint October 11, 2019 09:57

Nominations are now being accepted for one of the PBA’s most prestigious awards, the PBA Tony Reyes Community Service award, which is presented annually to a current PBA member who does extraordinary community service, charitable and/or educational contributions over the course of a PBA Tour season. To be eligible, the nominee must be a PBA member in good standing.

The community service award was first presented in 2013, a year after the PBA Tour champion died as a result of injuries sustained in an automobile accident near his home in northern California. Reyes, one of the PBA’s most popular players, was a former collegiate All-American bowler, an eight-time PBA Regional title winner and the 18th player in PBA history to bowl a nationally-televised 300 game.

TonyReyestributegroup_2012WSOBFollowing Reyes’ death on Sept. 28, 2012, a group of his fellow competitors gathered in front of a tribute masking unit created in Reyes’ honor for the PBA World Series of Bowling at South Point in Las Vegas.

To nominate an individual, click here to access the nomination form: (https://www.pba.com/Content/files/awards/TonyReyes_App_2019.pdf). Type or print clearly, filling in all requested information completely. Supplemental materials such as newspaper clippings, event programs or pictures may be submitted. Nominations are due by Friday, Nov. 22. The winner will be recognized during the PBA Hall of Fame induction ceremonies on Saturday, Jan. 18, as part of the PBA Hall of Fame Classic tournament weekend at the International Bowling Campus in Arlington, Texas.

Previous recipients of the Tony Reyes Award are Chris Barnes (2018), Del Ballard Jr. (2017), Rhino Page (2016), Ed Godbout (2015), Missy Parkin (2014) and Parker Bohn III (2013).

DICK RITGER REFLECTS ON PBA’S “MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT”

“When Don Johnson collapsed on the alley after leaving the 10-pin standing to finish with a 299 in the finals of the 1970 Firestone Tournament of Champions, Dick Ritger was there to pick him up.”

Dick RiterThat statement by Bob Burrows summarized Burrows’ interview with 80-year-old PBA Hall of Famer Dick Ritger at his northern Wisconsin home, published in the Hudson (Wis.) Star-Observer, in which Ritger addressed his role in the event that was ranked No. 1 in the PBA’s 60 Most Memorable Moments, celebrated during the PBA’s 60th anniversary season in 2018.

Ritger, Johnson’s victim in that famous match, was sitting on the bench watching the historic almost-perfect shot unfold, and he related his recollections about Johnson’s 299 game and his own career in Burrows’ feature story (https://www.rivertowns.net/sports/4560493-one-ages-ritger-part-pbas-no-1-greatest-moment).

Included in the interview is Ritger’s personal reflection of a memorable perfect game of his own:

"I bowled a 300 at the Miller Tournament in Milwaukee one year and you know what I got for a prize? Beer for a year," he said. "Fifty-two cases. I didn't drink so we donated the money to the Milwaukee Children's hospital."

COMING SOON TO CONSOLES AND PCs: PBA PRO BOWLING

Keep an eye open for the debut of the new PBA Pro Bowling game for Xbox One, Steam, Nintendo Switch, PS4 and personal computer owners. The officially licensed PBA product will allow players to bowl against more than 15 PBA stars, including Jason Belmonte, Jakob Butturff, EJ Tackett, Norm Duke and others, in realistic animated competition with commentary provided by PBA announcers Rob Stone and Randy Pedersen.

HighresScreenshot00021Click here a preview of the game https://youtu.be/5Mk9G6jDDRk , and watch the official unveiling, coming soon.

Speaking of PBA bowling games, note that Concrete Software’s wildly-popular PBA Bowling Challenge for mobile devices now has been downloaded more than 27.6 million times, including almost 2.5 million times in 2019 alone. Two-handed star Kyle Troup and 2019 PBA Playoffs champion Kris Prather are joining the lineup of players included in the PBA Bowling Challenge game.

PBA REGIONAL UPDATE: TOM DAUGHERTY WINS 16TH REGIONAL TITLE IN GEORGIA

Tom Daugherty of Riverview, Fla., defeated Giorgio Clinaz of Orlando, Fla., 220-190, to win the third annual PBA Albany Strikers South Open presented by MOTIV at Albany Strikers Lanes in Albany, Ga.

In winning his 16th PBA Regional title, Daugherty qualified in the number one position for the four-man stepladder finals with a 17-game total of 3,937. Clinaz advanced to the title match by disposing of PBA Tour titlist Connor Pickford of Charlotte, N.C., in the opening match, 256-220, and easily defeating Trevor Roberts of Crystal River, Fla., 213-184.

In the title match Clinaz needed a double and nine pins in the 10th frame to win but came up short when he left a split that handed the $2,500 first prize to Daugherty,

• PJ Haggerty of Roseville, Calif., won eight of his 10 matches to post a winning 18-game total of 4,142 pins Sunday in the PBA Battle of Black Oak Casino West Open at Black Oak Lanes in Tuolumne, Calif., picking up his 13th PBA Regional title.

Haggerty, who earned $2,000, defeated Christopher Tuholski of Troutdale, Ore., by 284 pins for the win. Tuholski had a 5-5 match play record and 3,858 pins.

• Ryan Shafer of Horseheads, N.Y. compiled a 7-1 match play record on his way to a 61-pin victory over Brian Boghosian of Springfield, Mass. in the PBA50 Brian LeClair’s Revolutions Pro Shop Eastern Open at Boulevard Bowl in Schenectady, N.Y., Sunday.

Shafer qualified second, which gave him a bye into the round robin finals. He went into the final position round match holding a seven-pin lead over Boghosian, meaning the winner of the match would receive 30 bonus pins and win the title. Shafer’s 237-213 victory produced the final 61-pin margin.

The win was Shafer’s 31st overall PBA Regional title, but his first in two years. He earned $1,500.

• Jeff Campbell of Sioux Falls, S.D., took an early lead and never trailed in defeating 2019 PBA Rookie of the Year Kamron Doyle of Brentwood, Tenn., 180-173, to win the PBA Champion Bowl Midwest Open presented by Storm in Ottumwa, Iowa, Sunday for his first PBA Regional title and the $2,000 first prize.

In the first match of the three-player stepladder finals, Campbell defeated non-PBA member Tim Gruendler of St. Louis, 209-188, to advance to the title match.

On the PBA Regional calendar for the Oct. 11-13 weekend are the PBA50/PBA60 Park Centre Lanes Central Doubles presented by Columbia 300 in North Canton, Ohio, and the PBA Japan Region’s Sound Bowl Cup Scorpion Open in Ryugasaki, Japan.

PBA Regional tournaments scheduled for the Oct. 18-20 weekend include the PBA50 Timber Lanes Open in Oxford, Pa.; the PBA50 Waxahachie Southwest Open at Hilltop Lanes in Waxahachie, Texas; the PBA and PBA50 Northwest/West Opens presented by Dick’s Pro Shop and Boulder Falls Inn at Linn Lanes in Lebanon, Ore.; the Greater Jackson Central Open at Jax’s 60 in Jackson, Mich., and the Bowl-A-Vard Lanes Midwest Open in Madison, Wis.

Closing out the October PBA Regional calendar will be the South Point West Challenge presented by MOTIV and the South Point Member/Non-Member Doubles presented by Hammer at South Point Bowling Plaza in Las Vegas.

QUICK NOTES

• REMINDER: A limited number of general admission and VIP tickets are on sale for the 2019 PBA Clash that will take place on Monday, Oct. 21, at Kegel Training Center in Lake Wales, Fla. The Clash will include the 2019 Go Bowling! PBA Tour’s top eight money-winners in a special elimination-format telecast that will air on FOX on Sunday, Nov. 3. VIP ticket packages are available for $50. General admission tickets are $20. To order tickets, visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/pba-clash-tickets-68818707607.

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PBA Spare Shots: FloSports Rebranding Includes New App for Android Devices

by Bill Vint October 4, 2019 06:49

Austin, Texas-based FloSports, the innovator in live digital sports and original content, has launched a complete rebrand across all of the 20-plus sports it covers to unify its brand identity and bring to life the company’s competitive spirit. In addition, FloSports has expanded its distribution with the release of an Android app, giving subscribers more ways to live stream their favorite sports, including FloBowling.

“Since our first live stream in 2006, we have been obsessed with the drive to give underserved sports the love they deserve,” said Mark Floreani, CEO and Co-Founder of FloSports. “We live and breathe the sports we cover.  It is time for our brand identity to fully represent the competitive spirit that is core to our DNA.”

Over the past year, FloSports has been on a fast growth trajectory, achieving more than a 125 percent year over year increase in net subscribers. In May, the company announced a Series C funding round of $47 million, to continue investment in rights to grow coverage of underserved sports. In June, FloSports launched new Apple TV, Roku and Fire TV apps. In September, FloSports acquired DirtonDirt, the home for Dirt Late Model racing.

“We are continuing to see a shift in viewership from desktop and mobile browsers to mobile and TV apps, said Floreani. “Through our apps, we give consumers a superior viewing experience and easy access to all of the live events we cover. And we’re not done yet. In the next few months, we will be releasing casting support, which allows consumers to cast live events from their mobile devices to LG, Samsung and Vizio TVs, Roku and Fire TV.”

FloSports streams more than 10,000 live competitions per year and offers a growing library of more than 2,000 hours of exclusive content. To access live and on-demand coverage of FloSport’s entire network of Flo app artsports products, visit FloSports.tv and become a monthly or annual PRO subscriber.

To download the new FloSports app for Androids, use this link: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=tv.flosports&hl=en_US

“WIRED” EXPLORES WHY CONVERTING THE 7-10 IS “ALMOST IMPOSSIBLE”

With the assistance of PBA Tour star Wes Malott, USBC’s bowling robot “Earl,” and USBC Senior Engineer Tom Frenzel, Wired Senior Writer Robbie Gonzalez addresses “Why It’s Almost Impossible to Make a 7-10 Split” in an “Almost Impossible” video segment posted on YouTube. To view the scientific analysis of what many call “bowling’s impossible split,” click on this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EMoSsCDgZys&list=PLibNZv5Zd0dxkbCooIoTnbkAHz_Z6YvTK

WORLD BOWLING TOUR LEADERS RETAIN THEIR POSITIONS AFTER THAILAND

The three leading men and three women in World Bowling Tour competition points retained their positions after the PBA-WBT Thailand Open. Two events remain on the WBT schedule heading into the WBT Men’s and Women’s Finals in Kuwait on Thursday, Nov. 7.

Based on points earned in 2019 WBT events, Jakob Butturff (1,240 points), AJ Johnson (1,088) and Kyle Sherman (1,076) lead the men’s competition with Mitch Hupé (960) and Kris Prather (952) in fourth and fifth places, respectively. Danielle McEwan (2,192), Liz Johnson (2,084) and Tannya Roumimper (1,720) lead the women’s standings followed by Clara Guerrero (1,248) and Marie Jose Rodriguez (1,184).

In addition to the points leaders, World Bowling’s Asian, European and Pan American zones will each invite one man and one woman to bowl in the WBT Finals following the PBA-WBT Kuwait Open, Oct. 31-Nov. 6, at Kuwait Bowling Center in Kuwait City. The Kuwait Open is the final WBT Finals qualifying event. The other remaining qualifying tournament on the 2019 schedule is the U.S. Open, Oct. 23-30, at Victory Lanes Family Entertainment Center in Mooresville, N.C.

FUTURE DOCTOR REID COLLIS FULFILLS DREAM, EARNS PBA MEMBERSHIP CARD

Reid Collis, who developed his love for competitive bowling as a member of the Canterbury High School bowling team in Fort Wayne, Ind., is now closing in on his dream of becoming a doctor…and a professional bowler…according to a feature story by Elizabeth Wyman published recently in the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette (https://www.journalgazette.net/sports/rec/20190929/making-most-of-his-spare-time).

reid collis.fort wayne journal gazette photoCollis, who is currently attending Washington University’s medical school in St. Louis, earned his PBA membership card after competing in a “PBA qualifier league” in St. Louis over the summer. While balancing his demanding medical school schedule with his long-time desire to become a PBA member, Collis isn’t sure how much bowling he’ll be able to do. But he’s hopeful.

(Reid Collis photo courtesy of Fort Wayne, Ind., Journal Gazette)

“I've dreamed about (getting the PBA card) for a long time, and obviously, my passions are medicine and becoming a doctor in the future,” Collis told Wyman, “but it's always been something I've loved to do ever since I was a student at Canterbury and bowling on the team there.”

Collis has two more years of medical school, his residency and possibly a fellowship before fully completing school. He has yet to decide what his focus in medicine will be. He competes in PBA tournaments when he can, but most take full weekends, and sometimes that's not in his schedule. But his love for the game remains.

“It’s just been a passion of mine that I haven't been able to explore as much as I wanted to with how busy I've been,” he said. “I'm definitely looking forward to competing in more tournaments in the future and hopefully winning one of these days.”

PBA REGIONAL UPDATE: BRIAN KRETZER WINS FOURTH CONSECUTIVE DELPHOS TITLE

Brian Kretzer of Dayton, Ohio defeated Harry Sullins of Chesterfield Twp., Mich., by 130 pins to win the PBA50 Mel Westrich Memorial Central/Midwest Open for the fourth consecutive year at Delphos (Ohio) Recreation Center Sunday.

Kretzer finished the 20-game event with a 9-3 match play record and a total of 4,742 pins, including match play bonus pins, to earn his fifth PBA50 Central Region title of the year and his 15th career PBA50 Regional title. He also earned $1,500.

• John Furey of Howell, N.J., earned his second PBA Regional title when he defeated PBA Hall of Famer Danny Wiseman of Baltimore, 224-190, in the title match of the PBA Bowlers Discount Eastern Open presented by Radical at Terrace Lanes in Frederick, Md., Sunday.

Furey, whose previous win came in 2012, started the championship match with five strikes while Wiseman struggled with pin carry on the left lane. Wiseman closed the deficit to 22 pins late in the game. When Furey failed to clinch the win with a double in the 10th frame, Wiseman had a chance to strike out to force a roll-off, but he failed to strike on his first shot and Furey was assured of the $2,500 first prize.

In the semifinal matches, Furey defeated Matt O’Grady of Rahway, N.J., 242-191, while Wiseman eliminated Jake Rollins of Glen Rock, N.J., 245-167.

• Doug Becker of Clermont, Fla., defeated Greg Thomas of Irmo, S.C., 237-204, to win the PBA50 J&L Sports Spartanburg South Open at Paradise Lanes in Spartanburg, S.C., Sunday.

Becker, who won $2,000 along with his 10th regional title, never trailed after starting the title match with four strikes on the heels of rolling the only perfect game of the event in the semifinal round to eliminate PBA Hall of Famer Walter Ray Williams Jr. of Oxford, Fla., 300-256. In the other semifinal round, Thomas defeated Greg McMahan of Dandridge, Tenn., 247-196.

Dave Axon from Belleview, Neb., and Mike Dias of Lafayette, Colo., won joint PBA50 Southwest/Midwest Regional titles in a doubleheader weekend of one-day tournaments at Junction City Bowl in Junction City, Kan.

On Saturday, Axon defeated Joel Carlson of Omaha, Neb., 245-204, to win his fourth PBA50 title and a $1,200 check. Axon qualified fourth, receiving byes to the best two-of-three-game semifinal round where he defeated defending champion Ricky Schissler of Brighton, Colo., 2-1.

On Sunday, Dias, a former Junction City champion, won five of his first seven matches in the eight-game round robin match play finals to overtake Schissler for the lead by 14 pins heading into position round. Dias held a nine-pin lead in the seventh frame and an open frame by Schissler in the ninth allowed Dias to claim his fourth Junction City title and the $1,200 victor’s check. 

Dave Arnold of Elk Grove, Calif., posted a 7-3 match play record and a 18-game total of 4,085 pins Sunday to win his 15th PBA Regional title in the 17th Annual Double Decker Lanes West/Northwest Open presented by Roto Grip at Double Decker Lanes in Rohnert Park, Calif.

Arnold, a three-time PBA Tour title winner, won his last Tour title in 2001 and his last regional 12 years ago in 2007. The 55-year-old defeated Chris Warren of Grants Pass, Ore., and Joe Petrovich of Tracy, Calif., who tied for second place, by 58 pins for the win. Arnold earned $2,000.

Kicking off the October PBA Regional schedule over the Oct. 4-6 weekend will be the PBA50 Brian LeClair’s Revolutions Pro Shop Eastern Open at Boulevard Bowl in Schenectady, N.Y.; the Albany Strikers South Open presented by MOTIV at Albany Strikers in Albany, Ga.; the PBA Battle at Black Oak Casino at Black Oak Lanes in Toulumne, Calif., and the Champion Bowl Midwest Open presented by Storm in Ottumwa, Iowa.

On the PBA Regional calendar for the Oct. 11-13 weekend are the PBA50/PBA60 Park Centre Lanes Central Doubles presented by Columbia 300 in North Canton, Ohio, and the PBA Japan Region’s Sound Bowl Cup Scorpion Open in Ryugasaki, Japan.

PBA Regional tournaments scheduled for the Oct. 18-20 weekend include the PBA50 Timber Lanes Open in Oxford, Pa.; the PBA50 Waxahachie Southwest Open at Hilltop Lanes in Waxahachie, Texas; the PBA and PBA50 Northwest/West Opens presented by Dick’s Pro Shop and Boulder Falls Inn at Linn Lanes in Lebanon, Ore.; the Greater Jackson Central Open at Jax’s 60 in Jackson, Mich., and the Bowl-A-Vard Lanes Midwest Open in Madison, Wis.

Closing out the October PBA Regional calendar will be the South Point West Challenge presented by MOTIV and the South Point Member/Non-Member Doubles presented by Hammer at South Point Bowling Plaza in Las Vegas.

● 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 and Android device users using the PBA app).

QUICK NOTES

• REMINDER: A limited number of general admission and VIP tickets are on sale for the 2019 PBA Clash that will take place on Monday, Oct. 21, at Kegel Training Center in Lake Wales, Fla. The Clash will include the 2019 Go Bowling! PBA Tour’s top eight money-winners in a special elimination-format telecast that will air on FOX on Sunday, Nov. 3. VIP ticket packages are available for $50. General admission tickets are $20. To order tickets, visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/pba-clash-tickets-68818707607.

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Jesper Svensson Ends Two-Year Title Drought, Defeats Sean Rash to Win PBA-WBT Thailand Open

by Bill Vint September 28, 2019 08:02

BANGKOK, Thailand – Sweden’s Jesper Svensson defeated Sean Rash of Montgomery, Illinois, 211-181, to win the PBA International-WBT Thailand Open at Blu-O Paragon Saturday for his first PBA Tour title since 2017.

Behind a near-perfect start to the final qualifying round to earn the top berth for the Thailand stepladder finals, Svensson, a left-handed two-handed player, picked up his eighth career PBA Tour title along with a $32,258 first prize.

(PBA.com feature photo: from left, runner-up Sean Rash, winner Jesper Svensson, third-place finisher Ryan Ciminelli. Photo by Terence Yaw courtesy of Asian Bowling Federation)

The 24-year-old Swedish star rolled games of 289, 300, 290, 218, 279 and 195 for a 1,571 pinfall total in the final six-game qualifying round to win the top spot in the stepladder finals by a stunning 217 pins over Rash.

Svensson also won the Thailand Open title in 2016. He won last title in the 2017 PBA Cheetah Championship during the PBA World Series of Bowling IX in Reno, Nevada.

The PBA Tour’s final two tournaments on the 2019 Go Bowling! PBA Tour and World Bowling Tour schedule are the U.S. Open – the season’s final major – Oct. 23-30 at Victory Lanes Family Entertainment Center in Mooresville, North Carolina, and the PBA-WBT Kuwait Open at Kuwait Bowling Center in Kuwait City, Oct. 31-Nov. 6.

PBA INTERNATIONAL-WBT THAILAND
Blu-O Paragon, Bangkok, Thailand, Sept. 28

Final Standings:
1, Jesper Svensson, Sweden, $32,258.
2, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., $16,129.
3, Ryan Ciminelli, Lancaster, S.C., $9,677.
4, Dom Barrett, England, $6,451.
5, Jojoe Yannaphon, Thailand, $3,225.
6, Cheah Ray Han, Singapore, $2,903.
7, Liz Johnson, Palatine, Ill., $2,741.
8, Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, $2,580.

Stepladder Results:
Match One – Yannaphon (225) def. Johnson (193) and Malott (182).
Match Two – Ciminelli (220) def. Yannaphon (216) and Cheah (186).
Match Three – Ciminelli def. Barrett, 206-184.
Semifinal – Rash def. Ciminelli, 209-208.
Championship – Svensson def. Rash, 211-181.

Round 4 Cashers (after 6 games, top 6 plus top Thailand and top woman qualifiers advanced to stepladder finals):
1, Svensson, 1,571.
2, Rash, 1,354.
3, Barrett, 1,348.
4, Ciminelli, 1,327.
5, Cheah, 1,319.
6, Malott, 1,307.
7, y-Yannaphon, 1,270.
8, w-Johnson, 1,257.
    y-Yannaphon qualified 13th but automatically advanced as the highest finishing Thailand player in the field; w-Johnson qualified 14th but automatically advanced as the highest finishing woman in the field.

Failed to advance ($2,258 each):
9, Kyle Troup, Taylorsville, N.C., 1,300.
10, Mitch Hupé, Canada, 1,282.
11, Darren Tang, Las Vegas, 1,281.
12, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 1.279.
13, Osku Palermaa, Finland, 1,276.
14, Anthony Simonsen, Little Elm, Texas, 1,271.
15, Chong Jun Foo, Malaysia, 1,211.
16, Wu Siu Hong, Hong Kong, 1,206.
17, Michael Tang, San Francisco, 1,204.
18, Ahmad Muaz, Malaysia, 1,197.
19, Danielle McEwan, Stony Point, N.Y., 1,167.
20, AJ Johnson, Oswego, Ill., 1,107.

Round 3 Cashers (after six games, $1,612 each):
21, Wesley Low, Palmdale, Calif., 1,248.
22 (tie), Michael Mak, Hong Kong, and Shota Kawazoe, Japan, 1,239.
24, Rafiq Ismail, Malaysia, 1,236.
25, Remy Ong, Singapore, 1,234.
26, Kris Prather, Plainfield, Ill., 1,228.
27, Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 1,224.
28, Tannya Roumimper, Indonesia, 1,211.
29, Kim Bolleby, Thailand, 1,208.
30, Francois Lavoie, Canada, 1,206.
31, Greg Young, Viera, Fla., 1,175.
32, Atchariya Cheng, Thailand, 1,174.
33, Jazreel Tan, Singapore, 1,156.
34, Zulmazran Zulkifli, Malaysia, 1,091.

Round 2 Cashers (after six games, $1,290 each):
35, Surasak Manuwong, Thailand, 11,187.
36, Nur Syazwani Sahar, Malaysia, 1,182.
37, Bryanna Coté, Red Rock, Ariz., 1,178.
38, Kamron Doyle, Brentwood, Tenn., 1,163.
39, Ryan Lalisang, Indonesia, 1,148.
40, Kyle Sherman, O’Fallon, Mo., 1,141.
41, Billy Islam, Indonesia, 1,141.
42, Pasut Punsanthaveekul, Thailand, 1,059.

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