Two Women's Professional Bowling Teams Join the 2020 PBA League Elias Cup

by kwarner2 June 23, 2020 08:49

(JUNE 23, 2020) - Today, the Professional Bowlers Association announces that two new, all-women's professional bowling teams will join the race for the 2020 PBA League Elias Cup, increasing the number of teams in this year’s event to twelve.

The Phoenix Fury, managed by PWBA champion Kim Terrell-Kearney, and Miami Waves, managed by PBA champion Bob Learn Jr., will be the first all-women's teams in the PBA League’s history, since its founding in 2013. While female pros Kelly Kulick (NYC KingPins), Liz Johnson (Portland Lumberjacks) and Danielle McEwan (Motown Muscle) have been on previous team rosters in past years, this is the first time the PBA will include all-women team rosters. No women are currently on any of the other 10 team PBA League rosters.

A special draft between the two new clubs will take place on Tuesday, July 7, at 4 pm ET on FloBowling. The top 35 players on the 2019 PWBA Points List will be eligible to be drafted onto the new teams 5-player rosters.

The 2020 PBA League Elias Cup tournament, to be broadcast live on FS1, is being rescheduled due to COVID-19 health and safety precautions, for this coming fall at Bayside Bowl in Portland, Maine. An announcement on scheduling will be made soon.

Two expansion clubs had already been added to the PBA League for 2020. The Brew City Ballers and Las Vegas High Rollers joined the League and took part in the annual player draft in May. All of the other team rosters are set.

The new divisional lineups with the addition of the two new women's teams:

Carter Division
Dallas Strikers (Manager Norm Duke)
Philadelphia Hitmen (Manager Jason Couch)
Brooklyn Styles (Manager Johnny Petraglia)
Silver Lake Atom Splitters (Manager Mark Baker)
Las Vegas High Rollers (Manager Amleto Monacelli)
Phoenix Fury (Manager Kim Terrell-Kearney)

Anthony Division
NYC KingPins (Manager Carolyn Dorin-Ballard)
Motown Muscle (Manager Del Ballard)
Portland Lumberjacks (Manager Tim Mack)
L.A. X (Manager Andrew Cain)
Brew City Ballers (Manager Marshall Holman)
Miami Waves (Manager Bob Learn Jr.)

The Portland Lumberjacks are defending Elias Cup champions.

The top 35 players from the 2019 PWBA Points list, eligible to be drafted by the Phoenix Fury and Miami Waves:

1 Shannon O'Keefe 148,125
2 Danielle McEwan 117,085
3 Dasha Kovalova 109,970
4 Liz Johnson 84,325
5 Clara Guerrero 83,190
6 Jordan Richard 80,795
7 Missy Parkin 78,512.5
8 Liz Kuhlkin 77,650
9 Stefanie Johnson 74,945
10 Maria José Rodriguez 70,170
11 Bryanna Coté 69,135
12 Shannon Pluhowsky 67,480
13 Cherie Tan 66,875
14 Josie Barnes 62,310
15 Tannya Roumimper 60,780
16 Birgit Poppler 55,905
17 Diana Zavjalova 55,047.5
18 Valerie Bercier 52,162.5
19 Kelly Kulick 50,420
20 Sydney Brummett 50,325
21 Verity Crawley 48,815
22 Giselle Poss 44,000
3 Sandra Gongora 43,402.5
24 Shayna Ng 42,550
25 Julia Bond 40,970
26 Erin McCarthy 37,300
27 Rocio Restrepo 36,065
28 Ashly Galante 33,680
29 Jen Higgins 32,705
30 Gazmine Mason 32,570
31 Lindsay Boomershine 31,370
32 Daria Pajak 30,845
33 Jodi Woessner 29,395
34 Katelyn Simpson 29,235
35 Daphne Tan 27,105
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New PBA King of the Lanes series will be live on FS1 in July

by kwarner2 June 18, 2020 09:32

Former PBA Player of the Year Wes Malott to defend crown as first King

JUPITER, Fla. (June 18, 2020) - Professional bowling royalty will take to the lanes for a new six-episode PBA King of the Lanes series live from Bowlero Jupiter in prime time on FS1, this July 20-22.

On each telecast, top players from the Go Bowling! PBA Tour, PBA50 Tour and PWBA Tour will vie for the chance at capturing the crown as King of the Lanes, and hold on to it as long as they can.

Wes Malott, who had an unforgettable 5-day run as the undefeated "PBA King of Bowling" in 2009 that included two televised 300 games, and subsequently defended his crown in three different iterations of the King series, will return as the first King of the Lanes on Monday, July 20. Malott will face the winner of the first contenders match, between PBA Hall of Famers Norm Duke and Walter Ray Williams Jr.

The winner of the first King match between Malott and the Duke/Williams survivor will return for the second show wearing the crown. The same competition format, of two new contenders facing off in a traditional 10-frame bowling match for the right to face the reigning King (or Queen) in a 10-frame game, will continue throughout the run of shows.

PBA stars having earned a spot in the PBA Tour Finals as top PBA points earners over the past two seasons, Anthony Simonsen, EJ Tackett, Bill O'Neill, Sean Rash, Jakob Butturff, Kris Prather and Kyle Troup are slated to compete. Australia's Jason Belmonte, the top points earner, will not be able to attend due to travel restrictions.

Joining the Go Bowling! PBA Tour stars as contenders along with Duke and Williams Jr., are Hall of Famer Pete Weber and PWBA players Clara Guerrero and Gazmine Mason.

International fans can watch live on FloBowling.com.

Viewers can live stream the PBA shows on the FOX Sports and FOX NOW apps or at FOXSports.com. Select highlights will be available on @FOXSports social handles across Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube.

PBA King of the Lanes

FS1 broadcast schedule and players:
Monday, July 20, 8-9 pm ET
King of the Lanes 1
Contenders match: Norm Duke vs. Walter Ray Williams Jr.
King match 1: King Wes Malott vs. contenders match winner

Monday, July 20, 9-10 pm ET

King of the Lanes 2
Contenders match: Anthony Simonsen vs. EJ Tackett
King match 2: Winner from King 1 match vs. contenders match winner

Tuesday, July 21, 7-8 pm ET

King of the Lanes 3
Contenders match: Bill O'Neill vs. Sean Rash
King match 3: Winner from King 2 match vs. contenders match winner

Tuesday, July 21, 8-9 pm ET

King of the Lanes 4
Contenders match: Jakob Butturff vs. Clara Guerrero
King match 4: Winner from King 3 match vs. contenders match winner

Wednesday, July 22, 8-9 pm ET

King of the Lanes 5
Contenders match: Kris Prather vs. Gazmine Mason
King match 5: Winner from King 4 match vs. contenders match winner

Wednesday, July 22, 9-10 pm ET

King of the Lanes 6
Contenders match: Kyle Troup vs. Pete Weber
King match 6: Winner from King 5 match vs. contenders match winner

 

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PBA50 Tour Announces Multi-event WSOB Set for August at The Villages

by kwarner2 June 17, 2020 08:18

PBA50 National Championship at heart of seniors event to be broadcast on FloBowling

THE VILLAGES, Fla. (June 16, 2020) - The World Series of Bowling concept has come to the PBA50 Tour. The Professional Bowlers Association has announced the first-ever Florida Blue Medicare PBA50 WSOB, slated for August 8-15 at Spanish Springs Lanes at The Villages, Fl.

The multi-faceted event will feature three PBA50 title tournaments on different Legend oil patterns (PBA Roth 42, PBA Ballard 34 and PBA Petraglia 46), plus the main event PBA50 Florida Blue Medicare National Championship as the focal point PBA50 major on PBA Holman 37.

A full field of 192 of the greatest bowlers more than 50 years of age is expected for the $224,000 PBA50 WSOB event, including many PBA Hall of Famers such as Walter Ray Williams Jr., Norm Duke, Pete Weber, Parker Bohn, Johnny Petraglia and Amleto Monacelli. PBA50 newcomers and Hall of Famers Chris Barnes and Jason Couch are also expected to compete.

FloBowling will have exclusive coverage of all rounds of the competition, including four different match play rounds and all of the finals.

Faced with the global pandemic threatening the cancelation of the entire 2020 PBA50 Tour, the PBA and longtime partner Larry Ducat at The Villages worked together to create this event, in the mold of the Go Bowling! PBA Tour WSOB and its multiple opportunities for players in one location with one entry fee, which celebrated its 11th year earlier in 2020.

As in the PBA WSOB, the PBA50 WSOB qualifying games in the PBA Mark Roth Championship, PBA Del Ballard Championship, and PBA Johnny Petraglia Championship will count towards the main event PBA National Championship.

Health and safety measures will be paramount at the event at The Villages, considering state and local guidelines. Among other things, there will be three squads of qualifying to ensure social distancing during play.

The rest of the previously scheduled 2020 PBA50 Tour has been canceled, meaning the following events: Johnny Petraglia BVL Open, Mooresville Open, Lubbock Sports Cup, Suncoast US Senior Open, Fountain Valley Open, River City Extreme Open, South Shore Open, Championship Lanes Classic, Spectrum Lanes Open, Jax 60 Open, and the PBA60 Dick Weber Classic.

The PBA expresses thanks to all the previously scheduled 2020 PBA50 Tour hosts and hopes to be back in 2021 to all the great partner venues.

One $750 entry fee enters each player into all four events. The PBA50 National Championship will have a first place prize of $15,000 and pay ratio of 1:3, plus eight Super Senior cash spots. The top 24 in each of the three Legend Pattern events plus four Super Senior will cash, with the winners of all three Legend Pattern events earning $3,500. Entry information is at pba.com.

Florida Blue Medicare PBA50 World Series of Bowling
August 8-15, 2020
Spanish Springs Lanes, The Villages, FL
All times EST.

Saturday, August 8

A Squad Practice: 8:30 – 10 a.m.
Re-oil
B Squad Practice: 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Re-oil
C Squad Practice: 1:30 p.m. – 3 p.m.
*Pro-am: 4:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Sunday, August 9

The PBA50 Mark Roth Championship
A Squad: 8 a.m. – Noon
Re-oil
B Squad: 1 – 5 p.m.
Re-oil
C Squad: 6 – 10 p.m.
(6 games of qualifying on PBA Roth 42)

Top 24 advance to PBA Roth 42 bracket match play based on 128 entries.

Monday, August 10

PBA Roth 42 Bracket Match Play Round of 24: 10 – 11 a.m.
(qualifiers 9-24, bowl best of three games, single elimination)

PBA Roth 42 Bracket Match Play Round of 16: 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
(qualifiers 1-8 and 8 winners from the Round of 24, bowl best of three games, single elimination)

*Pro-am: 2 -4 p.m.
(bowlers eliminated from Bracket Match Play Rounds of 24 and 16 will be scheduled for the pro-am)

PBA Roth 42 Bracket Match Play Round of 8: 5 – 6 p.m.
(winners from the Round of 16, bowl best of three games single elimination)

PBA Roth 42 Bracket Match Play Semifinals: 6:30 – 7:15 p.m.
(winners from Round of 8, bowl single game elimination semifinal matches)

PBA Roth 42 Championship Match: 7:15 – 7:45 p.m.
(winners of the semifinal matches bowl for the PBA50 Roth Championship)

Tuesday, August 11

PBA50 Del Ballard Championship
B Squad: 8 a.m. – Noon
Re-oil
C Squad: 1 – 5 p.m.
Re-oil
A Squad: 6 – 10 p.m.
(6 games of qualifying on PBA Ballard 34)

Top 24 advance to PBA Ballard 34 bracket match play based on 128 entries.

Wednesday, August 12

PBA Ballard 34 Bracket Match Play Round of 24: 10 – 11 a.m.
(qualifiers 9-24, bowl best of three games, single elimination)

PBA Ballard 34 Bracket Match Play Round of 16: 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
(qualifiers 1-8 and 8 winners from the Round of 24, bowl best of three games, single elimination)

*Pro-am: 2 -4 p.m.
(bowlers eliminated from Bracket Match Play Rounds of 24 and 16 will be scheduled for the pro-am)

PBA Ballard 34 Bracket Match Play Round of 8: 5 – 6 p.m.
(winners from the Round of 16, bowl best of three games single elimination)

PBA Ballard 34 Bracket Match Play Semifinals: 6:30 – 7:15 p.m.
(winners from Round of 8, bowl single game elimination semifinal matches)

PBA Ballard 34 Bracket Match Play Championship Match: 7:15 – 7:45 p.m.
(winners of the semifinal matches bowl for the PBA50 Del Ballard Championship)

Thursday, August 13

PBA Johnny Petraglia Championship

C Squad: 8 a.m. – Noon
Re-oil
A Squad: 1 – 5 p.m.
Re-oil
B Squad: 6 – 10 p.m.
(6 games of qualifying on PBA Petraglia 46)

Top 24 advance to PBA Petraglia 46 bracket match play based on 128 entries.

*The top 32 bowlers after 18 games of PBA50 Legend patterns qualifying advance to PBA50 Florida Blue Medicare National Championship match play Saturday, August 15 based on 128 entries.

Friday, August 14

PBA Petraglia 46 Bracket Match Play Round of 24: 1 – 2 p.m.
(qualifiers 9-24, bowl best of three games, single elimination)

PBA Petraglia Bracket Match Play Round of 16: 2:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
(qualifiers 1-8 and 8 winners from the Round of 24, bowl best of three games, single elimination)

Reoil

PBA Petraglia 46 Bracket Match Play Round of 8: 5 – 6 p.m.
(winners from the Round of 16, bowl best of three games single elimination)

PBA Petraglia 46 Bracket Match Play Semifinals: 6:30 – 7:15 p.m. (winners from Round of 8, bowl single game elimination semifinal matches)

PBA Petraglia 46 Bracket Match Play Championship Match: 7:15 – 7:45 p.m. (winners of the semifinal matches bowl for the PBA50 Johnny Petraglia Championship)

Saturday, August 15

PBA50 Florida Blue Medicare National Championship
On Holman 37 oil pattern.
Match Play Round 1: 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
(6 games)
No re-oil
Match Play Round 2: 2 – 6 p.m.
(6 games)
Top five advance to the stepladder finals
Re-oil
5 Player Stepladder Practice: 6:45 – 7 p.m.
5 Player Stepladder Finals: 7 – 8:30 p.m.

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2020 PBA Tour Returns With Official Event in July

by kwarner2 June 15, 2020 13:20

Fourth-Annual PBA Tour Finals Features 9 Hours of Live Coverage on CBS Sports Network From Florida

JUPITER, FL (June 11, 2020) – The Go Bowling! Professional Bowlers Association Tour returns to championship event competition as eight of the Tour’s top performers based on competition points earned over a two-year span – including defending champion E.J. Tackett – will take center stage July 18 and 19 for the PBA Tour Finals at Bowlero Jupiter, FL. The event will be televised live, in its entirety, on CBS Sports Network.

Tackett, who defeated Jakob Butturff for the 2019 Barbasol PBA Tour Finals presented by Red Rock Lanes in Las Vegas, and also won the inaugural event in 2017 in Orlando, qualified third for this year's Tour Finals by accumulating 44,950 points in PBA Tour competition over the last two seasons ending with the PBA World Championship in March when play was placed on pause due to COVID-19.

Jason Belmonte is the Tour Finals points leader with 61,485, but the 2018 PBA Tour Finals champion will not be able to travel from his home in Australia for this year's event due to travel restrictions. Norm Duke, as the 9th place finisher on the points list with 31,132.50, will move up to take his place in the field as the 8th seed.

Also qualifying for the 2020 PBA Tour Finals are 2019 PBA Players Championship winner Anthony Simonsen (47,085); 2020 PBA Players Championship winner Bill O'Neill (42,504); 2020 PBA Oklahoma Open champion Sean Rash (41,360); 2019 USBC Masters champion Jakob Butturff (38,175); 2020 PBA Tournament of Champions winner Kris Prather (37,280), and 2020 Jonesboro Open champion Kyle Troup (31,755).

CBS Sports Network will air back-to-back live two-hour shows on Saturday, July 18 followed by five consecutive hours of coverage culminating with the one-hour finale on Sunday, July 19. This will be the second-consecutive year that CBS Sports Network has carried the entire competition live over one weekend.

The PBA Tour Finals will incorporate the same format as the past two years, with the eight-player field divided into two four-player groups. The field will bowl four games of qualifying in their respective groups. The four-game pinfall totals for each player will be used to determine the seeding for a separate stepladder finals in each group. The final match of each group’s stepladder will be a Race to Two Points match with each game worth one point and, if the two games are split, the final point is awarded via a 9th and 10th frame roll off. The two group winners will then meet in another Race to Two Points championship match that will also use a 9th and 10th frame roll-off should there be a tie after two games.

The four total pinfall seeding rounds will air Saturday, July 18, at noon and 2 p.m. ET and will determine the order for the Group 1 stepladder matches at noon ET on Sunday, July 19, and the Group 2 stepladder at 2 p.m. ET. The winners of each group stepladder will the face off in the championship match Sunday, July 19, at 4 p.m. ET.

PBA TOUR FINALS
TV: CBS Sports Network
Where: Bowlero Jupiter, FL
When: Saturday, July 18
Noon (ET) – Group 1 total pinfall round (four games)
2 p.m. (ET) – Group 2 total pinfall round (four games)
Sunday, July 19
Noon (ET) – Group 1 Stepladder Finals
2 p.m. (ET) – Group 2 Stepladder Finals
4 p.m. (ET) – Championship Match

Qualifiers (Top 8 in PBA Tour points for 2019 and 2020 seasons combined, through March 15)

  1. *Jason Belmonte, Australia 61,485.00 (unable to attend)
  2. Anthony Simonsen, Little Elm, Texas 47,085.00
  3. EJ Tackett, Bluffton, Ind. 44,950.00
  4. Bill O'Neill, Langhorne, Pa. 42,507.50
  5. Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill. 41,360.00
  6. Jakob Butturff, Tempe, Ariz. 38,175.00
  7. Kristopher Prather, Plainfield, Ill. 37,280.00
  8. Kyle Troup, Taylorsville, N.C. 31,755.00
  9. Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla. 31,132.50 (moves up to take 8th position with Belmonte unable to attend)
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PBA Summer Clash Results

by kwarner2 June 15, 2020 07:16

JUPITER, Fla. (June 13, 2020) – Sean Rash emerged as the 2020 PBA Summer Clash champion by outlasting nine other pro bowling stars in the special event at Bowlero Jupiter broadcast by FOX on Saturday.

Rash, a 15-time Go Bowling! PBA Tour titleist, downed longtime rival and fellow future PBA Hall of Famer Bill O'Neill in the final round to capture the winner-take-all $20,000 prize.

The event, with it's unique low ball elimination format featuring sudden death pressure every round for surviving players, began with 10 of pro bowling's finest. At the starting gates were the eight available high finishers from 2020 Go Bowling! PBA Tour events, joined for the first time by the top two points getters on the 2019 PWBA Tour, Shannon O'Keefe and Danielle McEwan.

In the first round, O'Keefe was the first eliminated. Then Rash, who earned his berth into the event as the 2020 PBA Oklahoma Open champion, tied for low ball with Shawn Maldonado in the second round, forcing a rolloff between the two that lasted eight frames. Rash finally advanced when Maldonado left a 10-pin after a Rash strike.

That clutch win in a memorable duel propelled Rash to the overall victory.

Stealing the show for the first eight rounds was Anthony Simonsen, a two-hand right-handed star who employed a two-handed backup-ball delivery throughout the competition, giving his ball a left-handed motion. The only player to ever win a PBA title using a reverse hook, Simonsen owned the left side of the lane and nearly used the compelling strategy to win the Summer Clash, finishing third.

In all, 77 strikes were thrown at the Summer Clash. When combined with the barrage of 213 strikes at the June 6 PBA Strike Derby won by Kris Prather, bowling fans witnessed 290 strikes the past two Saturdays on FOX as the PBA signaled the return of bowling on TV after being on pause for COVID-19.

2020 PBA Summer Clash final finishing order:

  1. Sean Rash, $20,000
  2. Bill O'Neill (eliminated in championship round)0
  3. Anthony Simonsen (eliminated in eighth round)0
  4. EJ Tackett (eliminated in seventh round)0
  5. Kyle Troup (eliminated in sixth round)0
  6. Danielle McEwan (eliminated in fifth round)0
  7. Tommy Jones (eliminated in fourth round)0
  8. Kris Prather (eliminated in third round)0
  9. Shaun Maldonado (eliminated in second round)0
  10. Shannon O'Keefe (eliminated in first round)0
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