PBA Spare Shots: ‘Birthday Boy’ Walter Ray Williams Jr. Boosts Overall PBA Titles Total to 105

by Bill Vint October 6, 2017 11:39

Aging like a fine wine, PBA Hall of Famer Walter Ray Williams Jr. of Oxford, Fla., celebrated his 58th birthday Friday, six days after defeating amateur Robert Crain of Gray Court, S.C., 257-174, for his 105th career PBA title Sunday in Spartanburg, S.C.

Williams, PBA’s all-time leading title winner, picked up his third PBA50 regional title in the month of September in the PBA50 J & L Sports Spartanburg South Open at Paradise Lanes. Over his 37-year PBA career, he has won 47 PBA Tour, 32 PBA Regional, 11 PBA50 Tour and now 15 PBA50 Regional titles.

Unofficially, Williams has competed in 823 PBA Tour, 192 PBA Regional, 83 PBA50 Tour and 35 PBA50 Regional events – a grand total of 1,133 tournaments.

After qualifying in a tie for 15th place to slip into the Spartanburg elimination bracket finals, he never looked back in winning five consecutive matches on his way to the $1,900 first prize. Crain pocketed $1,000 as the runner-up.

Williams started his climb by eliminating Joe Scarborough of Charlotte, N.C., 2-0 in the best-of-three-game Round of 16, followed by a 2-0 sweep of Ernie Segura of Taylor, Mich., in the Round of 12; another 2-0 sweep of Roy Davis of Lumberton, N.C., in the Round of 8, and 210-195 victory over Doug Becker of Clermont, Fla., in the semifinal round. Crain won his Rounds of 12 and 8 matches before rallying to eliminate PBA Hall of Famer Tom Baker of King, N.C., 199-178, in his semifinal match.

XTRA FRAME’S PBA PLAYER’S PERSPECTIVE VISITS WITH SEAN RASH

Sean Rash won his 11th PBA Tour title when he defeated Australia’s Jason Belmonte in the finals of the 2016 PBA Detroit Open at Thunderbowl Lanes in Allen Park, Mich. In this new PBA Player’s Perspective that debuted on Xtra Frame on Friday, Oct. 6, Rash provides insight into that victory.

On Oct. 14, the Player’s Perspective series on Xtra Frame will be Francois Lavoie’s insights into his 300 game in the 2016 U.S. Open. Xtra Frame subscription packages are offered for seven days, a full month or a 12-month Xtra Frame Season Ticket. Visit xtraframe.com for details on how to enroll.

Additionally, Player’s Perspective features that have previously been released on Xtra Frame will be made available on the PBA’s YouTube channel. EJ Tackett’s Player’s Perspective from the 2016 PBA World Championship has already been posted and fans can look for other Player’s Perspectives to be added to YouTube beginning this Tuesday with Ryan Ciminelli’s description of the 2015 U.S. Open title match.

PBA REGIONAL UPDATE: FRANCOIS LAVOIE WINS IN KILLEEN, TEXAS

Reigning U.S. Open champion Francois Lavoie from Quebec City, Canada, defeated Kurt Gengelbach of Carrollton, Texas, 243-221, to win his third PBA Regional title in the 21st annual PBA Killeen Southwest Open at Hallmark Lanes in Killeen, Texas, Sunday.

Lavoie opened the title match with a spare and then struck six out of the next seven frames to outdistance Gengelbach who started the final game with four strikes before suffering opens in the fifth and seventh frames, allowing Lavoie to claim the $2,700 winner’s check.

Lavoie started his road to victory by topping Brian Burkett of Ennis, Texas, 2-1 in their best-of-three-game Round of 12 match. He then eliminated Andy Patterson from Tyler, Texas, in the Round of 8, 2-1. In his semifinal round match, PBA Southwest Region Hall of Famer Wes Malott of Pflugerville, Texas, could not keep up with Lavoie, succumbing, 231-183.

Gengelbach, who won his first of two PBA regional titles in 1982, defeated Gabe Yanes from Shertz, Texas, 2-1 in the Round of 16 and then topped Mike Bailey of Carrollton in the Round of 12, 2-0. In the round of 8, Gengelbach edged former Southwest Region Player of the Year Joe Findling of Mesquite, Texas, 2-1. In his semifinal match, Gengelbach ousted Anthony Lavery-Spahr from Pasadena, Texas, 208-203, to reach the final match.

Brian Kretzer of Dayton, Ohio, defeated Harry Sullins of Chesterfield Twp., Mich., by 161 pins to win the PBA50 Mel Westrich Memorial Central/Midwest Open at Delphos Recreation Center in Delphos, Ohio, Sunday.

Kretzer finished the 20-game event with a 9-3 match play record and a total of 4,706 pins, including match play bonus pins, to earn his second PBA50 Central Region title of the year and his sixth overall PBA50 Regional title. He also earned $1,500.

● PBA members bidding for points to qualify for the PBA Regional Challenge at the GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling IX will have the following opportunities over the Oct. 6-8 weekend, the next-to-last weekend of qualifying (points are not awarded for PBA50 events): the Tavares Member/Non-Member South Doubles presented by Columbia 300 at Break Point Alley in Tavares, Fla.; the PBA and PBA50 Junction City Southwest/Midwest Opens in Junction City, Kan.; the Battle at Black Oak Casino West Open in Tuolumne, Calif.; the PBA and PBA-PWBA Greater Muskegon Central Opens at Sherman Bowling Center in Muskegon, Mich.; the PBA Champion Bowl Midwest Open in Ottumwa, Iowa, and the PBA Japan Shark Open presented by Ebonite International in Iruma, Japan.

● The final weekend of qualifying for the PBA Regional Challenge at the GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling IX on Nov. 7 includes limited opportunities to add to players’ points totals. The Oct. 13-15 weekend includes the PBA50/PBA60 Centre Lanes Central Open presented by Storm in North Canton, Ohio; the PBA/PBA50 Over/Under D.A. Roofing Baker Doubles at Station 300 in Bluffton, S.C., and the Lubbock Sports Southwest Challenge presented by Ebonite for non-title winners at South Plains Lanes in Lubbock, Texas.

● PBA Regional action continues over the Oct. 20-22 weekend with the PBA50 Bryan’s Bowling Center Eastern Open presented by The Insurance Market and 900 Global in Laurel, Del.; the NAS JAX Freedom Lanes South Open in Jacksonville, Fla.; the Wichita Southwest Open at Northrock Lanes in Wichita, Kan.; the PBA and PBA50 Spare Time Lanes Northwest Opens presented by Clover Island Hotel in Kennewick, Wash., and the Kokomo Central/Midwest Classic presented by Security Federal Savings in Kokomo, Ind.

● Closing the October PBA Regional calendar over the Oct. 27-29 weekend will be the South Point Challenge for non-champions and the South Point Member/Non-Member Doubles, both presented by Radical, 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 device users using the new PBA app).

QUICK NOTES

● Jermaine Baxter of Blythewood, S.C., is the winner of a new high-performance ball from DV8; Cal Yokomizo of San Diego, Calif., will receive a new high-performance ball from MOTIV, and Garrett Anderson of Atco, N.J., wins a new Brunswick ball as September sweepstakes winners for subscribing to Xtra Frame. The monthly sweepstakes is sponsored by the respective PBA Product Registered partners. Monthly winners are selected from among new Xtra Frame subscribers, who are automatically entered when they enroll as a monthly or Xtra Frame Season Ticket (full year) subscriber.

PBA60 member Ty Dawson of Sunnyvale, Calif., is the September winner of a $200 HotelPlanner.com certificate, redeemable for future lodging expenses, compliments of PBA’s official travel partner. The monthly sweepstakes is open to anyone who books a hotel through the HotelPlanner.com link on pba.com. Those who book through HotelPlanner.com are automatically entered.

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PBA Spare Shots: Matt O’Grady Wins Southwest “Super” Regional Thriller in Colorado

by Bill Vint March 8, 2017 11:54

Matt O’Grady from Rahway, N.J., normally a QubicaAMF East Region competitor, defeated U.S. Open champion Francois Lavoie of Canada, 279-278, in a thrilling title match to conclude the fifth annual PBA Lakewood Southwest Super Regional, sponsored by Denver Broncos running back C.J. Anderson and Storm Products, Sunday at Holiday Lanes in Lakewood, Colo.

The win was O’Grady’s third in QubicaAMF PBA Regional competition and his first in the PBA Southwest Region.

Lavoie, the 2016 PBA Rookie of the Year, won his first PBA title in last year’s Lakewood event. In this year’s title match, the 23-year-old Canadian started the game with a 7-10 split, picked up one pin, and then threw eight strikes heading into his 10th frame. O’Grady started with four strikes, spared a 10 pin, then struck out to force Lavoie to throw three more strikes to force a sudden death roll-off. A 10 pin on Lavoie’s final shot allowed O’Grady to claim the $5,000 first place check.

O’Grady, who averaged 256.89 for the tournament, qualified second. He edged Dylan Macon of Lubbock, Texas, 2-1, in his Round of 8 match and AJ Chapman from Wichita, Kan., 279-236, in the semifinal round match. Lavoie survived a semifinal round thriller over Andrew Klingler of Grand Rapids, Mich., 269-268, to advance to the title match.

BRONCOS’ C.J. ANDERSON HELPS PROMOTE BOWLING’S “COOL FACTOR”

Speaking of Denver Broncos running back C.J. Anderson, he admitted during the Lakewood tournament that when he was a kid, bowling wasn’t very cool. It was something old people – like his grandmother – did while he spent his time in the bowling center playing arcade games.

As an adult, however, Anderson has done a 180-degree turn, and is now in love with the sport, and all of the many aspects of the game most people overlook. In fact, he’s become so fascinated with the sport, and the advanced skills one has to develop in order to compete at the PBA level, he decided to sponsor a PBA Southwest “Super Regional” at Holiday Lanes in Lakewood, Colo., last weekend. A two-time participant in the CP3 PBA Celebrity Invitational, Anderson used that platform to explain his passion for the sport to members of the Denver area news media who came out to cover the event.

“C.J. Anderson is cool,” said PBA CEO and Commissioner Tom Clark, who also attended the event. “A great running back for the Denver Broncos who scores touchdowns in the Super Bowl is cool. All of us who are involved with bowling know it’s cool, but a lot of people have a perception that tells them it’s not. So when you have a guy like C.J. devote this much time and passion to the sport, it really elevates the cool factor in our game.”

Anderson, who has competed in PBA Regional events during the NFL’s offseason, said he is hopeful that bowling can rise to the level of popularity that would allow for more people to make a living doing it. He is also hoping that more young people will pursue scholarships in bowling, which are often available without acquiring a high level of skill .

“The bigger picture is to get other sponsors and to get a bunch of people into bowling and get the PBA back to what it was when I was younger and when I watched my grandma bowl,” Anderson said.

Anderson, who employs an unusual “wrong foot” delivery, bowled in the Lakewood event and averaged 197.88 for a respectable 68th-place finish in the field of 100.

631960468In addition to Anderson, Boston Red Sox star Mookie Betts (left) also has received considerable mainstream media related to his bowling skills, including a great feature story by ESPN.com’s Scott Lauber, after bowling with Anderson in the CP3 PBA Celebrity Invitational in January. Media coverage of Anderson’s and Betts’ bowling activities are posted in the “In The News” section of pba.com (http://denver.cbslocal.com/2017/03/06/anderson-devotes-time-passion-to-the-sport-of-bowling/#.WL5cHHsBrgF.twitter; http://www.espn.com/blog/boston/red-sox/post/_/id/51908/if-baseball-doesnt-work-out-for-mookie-betts-theres-always-pro-bowling).

PBA TOUR PLAYERS RETURN TO ACTION IN FIRST XTRA FRAME STORM CUP EVENT

PBA Tour players return to action in the first in a series of eight PBA Xtra Frame Storm Cup events March 17-19 when Sawgrass Lanes in Tamarac, Fla., hosts the Xtra Frame Reality Check Classic.

The event, re-scheduled due to Hurricane Matthew, will feature a minimum $10,000 first prize and will award the first points in the new XF Storm Cup series that will pay a $20,000 first prize at the conclusion of the 2017 series plus additional cash prizes to the next four highest finishers. XF Storm Cup points will be awarded to the top 20 players with the winner earning 25 points, second place 19, third place 18, etc., with points declining by one through 20th place.

Each of the Storm Cup events also will be covered live from start to finish, exclusively by PBA’s Xtra Frame live streaming service. For subscription information, visit xtraframe.tv.

Immediately following the XF Reality Check Classic will be the first PBA International-World Bowling Tour tournament of 2017, the Brunswick Euro Challenge at Dream-Bowl Palace in Munich, Germany. Qualifying gets underway March 18 and the tournament ends on Sunday, March 26. First prize will be roughly $12,000 plus a PBA Tour title if the winner is a PBA member who doesn’t accept handicap pins.

QUBICA AMF PBA REGIONAL UPDATE: SHAFER WINS SECOND PBA50 REGIONAL TITLE

Ryan Shafer of Horseheads, N.Y. defeated Harry Sullins of Chesterfield Twp., Mich. by 125 pins to win the $1,500 first prize in the PBA50 Strike Zone Lanes Central Classic presented by Brunswick at Strike Zone Lanes in Canton, Ohio, Sunday.

Shafer, who turned 50 in August just as the 2016 PBA50 Tour season was wrapping up, finished with an 11-1 match play record and a total of 4,827 pins for 20 games, including match play bonus pins. The title was Shafer’s first of the year in the PBA Central Region and his second PBA50 Regional title.

● QubicaAMF PBA Regional activity over the March 10-12 weekend includes the PBA50 Fayetteville South Open at Lafayette Lanes in Fayetteville, N.C.; the Colorado Springs Southwest Super Regional, presented by Budweiser, at Harmony Bowl in Colorado Springs, Colo., and the Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort Championship at Gold Country Lanes in Sutter, Creek, Calif.

● The March 17-19 calendar of QubicaAMF PBA Regional action includes the Trumbull County Tourism Bureau Central/East Open, presented by Radical, at Bell-Wick Bowl in Hubbard, Ohio; the Odessa Southwest Open at Astro Bowl in Odessa, Texas, and a PBA West/Northwest tripleheader at the National Bowling Stadium in Reno – the PBA50 and PBA Sands Regency West/Northwest Classic events plus the Sands Regency West/Northwest Challenge (for non-titlists), presented by DV8.

● The schedule of QubicaAMF PBA Regional events over the March 24-26 weekend will feature the PBA50 Rossi Lanes Eastern Open in Elmira, N.Y.; the PBA50 Liberty Lanes Midwest/Central Open in Carpentersville, Ill.; the CCFA Strike Out Crohn’s and Colitis South Open, presented by Rhino Page, at Boardwalk Bowl in Orlando, Fla., and the Caveman Bowl Northwest/West Open presented by DV8 in Grants Pass, Ore.

● Closing out March and kicking off April’s QubicaAMF PBA Regional calendar over the March 31-April 2 weekend will be the PBA50 Showtime Lanes Midwest/Central Open in Virden, Ill.; the Myrtle Beach South Open at Myrtle Beach Bowl in South Carolina, and the FireLake Grand Casino Hotel & Resort Southwest Open at FireLake Bowl in Shawnee, Okla. The weekend also will include a Sunday-only reduced entry fee Elkhart Central/Midwest Open presented by 900 Global at Country Club Lanes in Elkhart, Ind.

● For complete QubicaAMF PBA Regional schedules, rules and entry information, visit pba.com, open the “schedules” tab and click on QubicaAMF Regional Tours to find the event(s) in your area. For more information about QubicaAMF, visit www.qubicaamf.com or, for social media posts, visit http://bit.ly/QAMFSponsorship1.

QUICK NOTES

● Reminder: entries are now open for PBA members for PBA50 Tour events that get underway April 15-17 (PBA60 Killer ‘B’ Open) and 17-20 (PBA50 Pasco County Florida Open), both at Lane Glo Bowl in New Port Richey, Fla. Entries will be available on March 15 to non-members for New Port Richey if space is available. Bowlers can enter online (http://www.pba.com/Tournaments/Season/106) or by contacting Mary von Krueger at maryvk@pba.com (fax: 850-564-1717).

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PBA Spare Shots: Sweden’s Jesper Svensson Wins 2016 George Young PBA High Average Honors

by Bill Vint January 26, 2017 08:08

Sweden’s Jesper Svensson continued to add to his portfolio of accomplishments after being confirmed as PBA’s George Young Memorial High Average award winner for the 2016 season after scoring at a 226.07 pace for 324 games.

Svensson, a 21-year-old two-handed left-hander, won the high average race by a fairly impressive 1.32-pin margin over fellow two-handed player Jason Belmonte of Australia, who averaged 225.75 for 364 games. Belmonte won high-average honors in 2013, when he set the PBA record with a 228.81 average, and in 2014 when he scored at a 226.71 pace.

Behind Svensson and Belmonte were E.J. Tackett of Huntington, Ind. (224.49 for 490 games); England’s Dom Barrett (222.80 for 372 games) and Canada’s Francois Lavoie (222.79 for 330 games).

The PBA also confirmed that Tackett was the organization’s overall 2016 earnings leader with $168,290, followed by Anthony Simonsen of Austin, Texas, at $143,278; Svensson at $138,380; Barrett at $116,890 and PBA Hall of Famer Pete Weber of St. Ann, Mo., at $105,130.

ADAM ZIMMERMAN WINS TEEN MASTERS GRAND CHAMPIONSHIP

In a hard-fought best-of-two-game match that required a sudden-death roll-off, Adam Zimmerman of Deer Park, N.Y. defeated  three-time Junior Team USA member Breanna Clemmer of Clover, S.C., to win the 2016 Teen Masters Grand Championship presented by Ebonite. The finals, conducted during the GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling VIII in Reno, aired Sunday on ESPNU.

Zimmerman, a two-hander who will be attending Webber International University as a freshman this fall defeated Clemmer, who will be attending McKendree University, in the opening match at the National Bowling Stadium, 184-173, in the first match but Clemmer came back to win match two, 179-176, setting up the roll-off. Zimmerman then won with a strike while Clemmer knocked down six pins on her first shot.

Both players earned their trip to the Grand Championship after winning their respective divisions in the Teen Masters National Championships in July in Tamarac, Fla., where each won a $6,000 scholarship.

The unique Teen Masters competition requires that players use only two PBA Skill balls (one plastic and one urethane) designed to place the focus on player execution rather than equipment selection.

“Even though the lanes were tough I was confident I could get the ball close to the pocket,” Zimmerman said. “It was awesome.  I’ve bowled in the Teen Masters all four years and to end my last year with a win was just a great experience.”

JUNIOR BOWLING WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS, PBA AGREE ON PROMOTIONAL PACKAGE

The Junior Bowling World Championships, a two-week long event that will be conducted at the National Bowling Stadium in Reno, Nev., June 16-July 3, and the PBA have reached agreement on a promotional package that will provide the JBWC with advertising and social media exposure through PBA’s media outlets.

The event will consist of doubles and singles formats in two divisions – the Under 20 Ladies division (June 16-23) and the Under 20 Men’s division (June 24-July 3). Both the singles and doubles winners will earn scholarship prizes. For additional entry information visit the http://thejbwc.com/ website.

PBA ENTERS INTO PROMOTIONAL PARTNERSHIP WITH BOWL4LIFE FOUNDATION

The PBA has announced a promotional partnership with the Bowl4Life Foundation, a non-profit organization established to promote the sport of bowling  and youth development through quality coaching at all levels and to provide scholarship assistance to youth bowlers.

Established in 2013 by Brunswick Pro Staff Tour Representative Chuck Gardner, Bowl4Life has already awarded $16,000 in scholarships through youth tournament and other fundraising efforts.

High school bowlers are now eligible to apply for a $1,000 scholarship. For additional scholarship information and guidelines visit https://bowl4life.com/pages/scholarship-application. The deadline for the scholarship application is May 1.

The Bowl4Life mission is to not only improve a youth bowler’s ability but to promote education coupled with a strong focus on integrity, honesty, professionalism and respect  that will create a healthy competitive environment.

QUBICA AMF PBA REGIONAL UPDATE: ZAFFINO, WHITE WIN CENTRAL DOUBLES TITLE

Jeff Zaffino of Warren, Pa. and partner Matt White of Warren, Pa., defeated defending champs Parker Bohn III of Jackson, N.J. and Patrick Allen of South Salem, N.Y., 2-0, in a best-of-three-game match to win the PBA/PBA50 Don Vay Memorial Central Doubles Classic presented by Columbia 300 at Legend Lanes in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, Sunday.

The title was Zaffino’s 27th in QubicaAMF PBA Regional competition and White’s first. They also split a $4,000 first prize.

Zaffino and White blanked Tom Baker of King, N.C., and Chris Loschetter of Avon, Ohio, 2-0, while Bohn and Allen topped Richie Brown and Kelly Jordon of Marion, Ohio, 2-1, in the best-of-three semifinal round. The tournament drew a full field of 48 teams.

● After new member Kyle King of Glendale, Ariz., kicked off the QubicaAMF PBA Regional weekend at South Point Bowling Plaza with his first PBA victory on Friday, non-member Brett Wolfe and Stuart Williams teamed up to win Sunday’s South Point Member/Non-Member Doubles to complete the PBA West Region’s opening events of the 2017 season.

On Friday, King, who joined the PBA prior to the weekend, defeated Jason Tehee of Clovis, Calif., 232-225, to win the South Point West Challenge for a $2,000 prize and his first PBA title. The former Robert Morris-Illinois collegiate star defeated Scott LaRiviere of Murrieta, Calif., 258-212, while Tehee defeated non-member Eric Hatchett of Henderson, Nev., 264-230, in the semifinal round. The tournament was open to non-champions only.

On Sunday, Wolfe and Williams, both living in the Phoenix area, defeated non-member Alex Hoskins of Pocatello, Idaho, and Darren Tang of San Francisco, 476-441, to claim the $4,000 doubles first prize.

Wolfe, who won the 2002 USBC Masters as an amateur, and Williams defeated Kyle Duster of LaHabra, Calif., and Mark Myers of Phoenix, 521-484, while Hoskins and Tang eliminated Russ Oviatt of Tempe, Ariz., and Jakob Butturff of Chandler, Ariz. 511-460, in the semifinal matches.

● The Jan. 27-29 weekend includes the PBA and PBA50 Sands Regency West/Northwest Winter Classic doubleheader presented by Storm at the National Bowling Stadium in Reno, Nev. The weekend also will include a Sands Regency West/Northwest Winter Challenge event for non-champions.

● For complete QubicaAMF PBA Regional schedules, rules and entry information heading into the new year, visit pba.com, open the “schedules” tab and click on QubicaAMF Regional Tours to find the event(s) in your area. For more information about QubicaAMF, visit www.qubicaamf.com or, for social media posts, visit http://bit.ly/QAMFSponsorship1.

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PBA Spare Shots: Will Youth Movement Continue in 2015 PBA World Championship?

by Bill Vint November 23, 2016 09:10

There’s a youth movement going on in today’s PBA Tour and it’s being underscored by the immediate impact young players are making in not just winning PBA Tour events, but by winning majors.

You need to look no further back than last year’s GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling VII presented by Silver Legacy Resort and Casino when 25-year-old Gary Faulkner Jr. of Memphis won the PBA World Championship at the National Bowling Stadium by defeating then-23-year-old EJ Tackett of Huntington, Ind., for his first PBA Tour title.

Faulkner’s win in the 2015 PBA World Championship started a string of the last five majors being won by players age 25 or younger for their first major titles: FireLake PBA Tournament of Champions, Jesper Svensson, 20; USBC Masters, Anthony Simonsen, 19; Barbasol PBA Players Championship, Graham Fach, 23; U.S. Open, Francois Lavoie, 23.

Another name to watch for is Jakob Butturff of Chandler, Ariz., who heads into the WSOB after winning a PBA-record ninth QubicaAMF PBA West Region title Sunday (see details under “QubicaAMF Regional Update” below) and his first two PBA Tour titles earlier in the year.

Faulkner will begin his title defense Monday when the GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling VIII presented by Silver Legacy gets underway. It will culminate when the fifth and final major title of the 2016 season is settled when the PBA World Championship finals air live on ESPN on Dec. 11 at 1 p.m. ET (10 a.m. PT).

In addition to the crown jewel of the WSOB, ESPN will air the finals of five other PBA Tour events on Dec. 18, 24, 25 and Jan. 8 (plus a re-air of the PBA World Championship on New Year’s Day. The finals will be contested on Dec. 10-11 for delayed broadcast. For taping times and ticket information for the Cheetah, Chameleon, Scorpion and Shark Championships, plus the U.S. vs. The World finals at the National Bowling Stadium click here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/pba-geico-wsob-viii-tv-tickets-tickets-28534712092

For a complete listing of ESPN air dates for all WSOB events click on http://www.pba.com/Television.

Xtra Frame, the PBA’s online channel, will provide approximately 100 hours of live coverage of qualifying and match play rounds during the World Series, leading up to the ESPN finals. In addition to daily reports provided by the PBA, many of the competitors in the World Series will provide their personal fans with daily insights into the event. Beginning with PBA World Championship competition on Dec. 4, PBA Hall of Famer Marshall Holman will join the Xtra Frame announce team. For subscription and schedule information click on http://www.xtraframe.tv/#!home

NEXT UP ON XTRA FRAME: RANDY GOES “ONE ON ONE” WITH BARRETT, FAULKNER, RASH

As the PBA heads into its wall-to-wall coverage of the GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling VIII on Xtra Frame, subscribers are invited to tune in for a glimpse into the lives of some of the PBA’s personalities who are featured in a new “One on One with Randy Pedersen” series of interviews.

On Thanksgiving day, Pedersen will visit with England’s Dom Barrett who discusses his early bowling obsession and idols, life on the road, a day at home, whether or not Randy is welcome in Dom’s hometown pub and more.

Coming on Monday will be Pedersen’s sit-down chat with 2015 PBA World Champion Gary Faulkner Jr. who talks about his two-handed start to bowling, an addiction to movies, karate, his workout regimen and more.

On Thursday, Dec. 1, Pedersen will chat with Sean Rash, who tells some moose stories, talks about his favorite places to bowl, a growing affinity for wine with help from Johnny Petraglia and more.

Already in the Xtra Frame archives are conversations with Ryan Ciminelli who talks about how he got started, how he revamped his game, his Corvette affinity, personal transformation and more.

Also in the archives, Jason Belmonte  discussed his daily routine, his crush on Jennifer Lawrence, family cuisine, shark cages and more; and 2015 PBA Rookie of the Year Jesper Svensson discusses his expansive hat collection, cuddleball, golf and his unique "scam step."

Coming soon to Pedersen’s “One on One” series will be visits with Anthony Simonsen, Chris Barnes and Tom Daugherty.

For fans who want to watch bowling action, Xtra Frame’s comprehensive coverage of the multi-event, two-week showcase of international bowling begins Sunday with the qualifying and championship rounds of the PBA Regional, PBA-PWBA Women’s Regional and PBA50 Challenge events.

Monday is practice day, but Tuesday through Friday, Nov. 29-Dec. 2, will feature exclusive coverage of qualifying rounds in the Cheetah, Chameleon, Scorpion and Shark Championships.

A new addition to the XF schedule will be the PBA League Pre-Season Showdown on Saturday, Dec. 3, at 6 p.m. ET (3 p.m. in Reno). Fans will get a sneak-peek at the 2017 PBA League teams as all eight teams participate in a series of Baker format team matches. The opening two-game round will pair teams based on how they finished in 2016. A one-game round robin match play round will then determine the top teams for the one-game Baker finale.

PBA Hall of Famer Marshall Holman will join the Xtra Frame announcing team beginning with competition in the PBA World Championship, Monday and Tuesday, Dec. 4-5. Holman will remain in the XF booth through the conclusion of World Series coverage, Dec. 6-8, and will also join ESPN announcers Dave LaMont and Randy Pedersen for the live ESPN telecast of the PBA World Championship on Dec. 11. For the Xtra Frame daily schedule, including air times, visit http://www.pba.com/Live

Xtra Frame subscriptions are available in a variety of packages: three-day ($3.99), 30-day ($7.99) and Xtra Frame Season Ticket (a full-year’s coverage at an average cost of $1.25 per week) subscriptions are available by visiting “xtraframe.tv” and clicking on the “subscribe now” link.

PBA CHAMPION MIKE SHADY ELECTED TO USBC HALL OF FAME

PBA Tour title winner Mike Shady of Fairview, Pa., has been elected to the USBC Hall of Fame in the Outstanding USBC Performance category by the USBC Hall of Fame committee. Shady, 51, won the 1992 PBA Earl Anthony Open, but earned his USBC recognition for an unprecedented run at the USBC Open Championships which includes 2005 Team All-Events and 2011 Regular Team titles.
Shady, the lifetime USBC Open average leader with a mark of 222.28 in 21 appearances, has 13 additional top-10 finishes in addition to his two titles.
The USBC Hall of Fame committee also slated eight bowlers for the Superior Performance national ballot that will be voted on by a panel of USBC Hall of Fame members, USBC Board members and veteran bowling writers. The men’s ballot includes Dave Ferraro of Kingston, N.Y.; David Ozio and Mark Williams of Beaumont, Texas; Randy Pedersen of Clermont, Fla.; Mike Scroggins of Amarillo, Texas; and Danny Wiseman of Baltimore.
The two competitors on the women’s ballot are Marianne DiRupo of Succasunna, N.J., and Tammy Turner of West Palm Beach, Fla.
USBC’s induction ceremony will take place April 26 at the 2017 USBC Convention in Las Vegas.

QUBICA AMF PBA REGIONAL UPDATE: BUTTURFF SETS SINGLE-SEASON REGIONAL RECORD

Jakob Butturff of Chandler, Ariz., continued his dominance in the QubicaAMF PBA West Region Sunday, winning a PBA-record ninth regional title of the year with a 174-pin victory over Chris Warren of Grants Pass, Ore. in the PBA West/Northwest Capital City Open hosted at Strikes Unlimited Lanes in Rocklin, Calif.

With his win, Butturff took sole possession of the PBA record for most regional titles in a single season, breaking his tie with Mike Scroggins of Amarillo, Texas, who won eight times in 1999.

Butturff, a 22-year-old left-hander, posted a 9-3 match play record and 4,842 pinfall total for 20 games to earn the $2,000 first prize. Warren, a six-time PBA Tour title winner, had 4,668 pins including match play bonus pins.

In his second year as a PBA member, Butturff also has won two PBA Tour titles in 2016 (PBA Xtra

Frame Lubbock Sports Open in Texas in June and PBA Xtra Frame South Point Las Vegas Open in October), and he has earned more than $22,000 in regional competition alone.

In the companion PBA50 event, presented by DV8, Genesis and Mongoose, Joe Petrovich of Tracy, Calif., went 10-0 and knocked down 4,269 total pins for his first PBA50 West Region title 24 years.

Jimmy Jean of Kathleen, Ga., defeated Gary Morgan of Atlanta, Ga., 275-175, 236-213 in the best-of-three-game title match to win his second QubicaAMF PBA South Region title in the PBA50 Gastonia Southern Open presented by Brunswick at Liberty Lanes in Gastonia, N.C., Sunday. Jean also earned $2,000.

In the best-of-three semifinal round, Jean defeated Keith Lesko of Indian Land, S.C., 228-200, 178-220, 191-189, while Morgan eliminated Gary Shultis of Levittown, N.Y., 234-206, 181-224, 202-196.

● Amateur Andrew Anderson of Holly, Mich., defeated Matt Zasowski of Towanda, N.Y., 2-1, in the best-of-three-game title match to win the PBA La-Z-Boy Central Challenge at Monroe Sport Center in Monroe, Mich., Sunday. Anderson, who earned $2,000, won his first QubicaAMF PBA Regional event, but he was not awarded a PBA title since he is a non-member.

● The QubicaAMF PBA Regional Tour’s Thanksgiving weekend schedule begins with the Japan Region’s Phoenix Rays Wolf Open at PBA Fuji Bowl in Iruma, Japan. The only tournament in the U.S. will be the Beaumont Southwest Open at Crossroads Bowling Center in Beaumont, Texas, Nov. 25-27.

● Heading into the GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling VIII in Reno, the QubicaAMF PBA East Region will host the MJK Pro Shop/Knob Hill Eastern Challenge presented by DV8 for non-champions at Knob Hill Country Lanes in Manalapan, N.J., over the Dec. 2-3 weekend.

● For complete QubicaAMF PBA Regional schedules, rules and entry information, visit pba.com, open the “schedules” tab and click on QubicaAMF Regional Tours to find the event(s) in your area. For more information about QubicaAMF, visit www.qubicaamf.com or, for social media posts, visit http://bit.ly/QAMFSponsorship1.

QUICK NOTES:

● The entry of Isaac Russell of Malaysia brings the GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling VIII country count to record 23 different nations. More than 50 international players in the field will represent Argentina, Australia, Bahrain, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Canada, China, Colombia, Denmark, England, Finland, Germany, Latvia, Malaysia, Mexico, The Philippines, Poland, South Africa, South Korea, Sweden, Thailand, Venezuela and the United States.

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PBA Spare Shots: Tommy Jones Saves Best for Last in Winning PBA Xtra Frame Series Points Bonus

by Bill Vint November 4, 2016 10:35

After finishing second in the bowlingball.com PBA Maine Shootout in April to kick off the PBA Xtra Frame Tour’s winner-take-all points chase, Tommy Jones of Simpsonville, S.C., never led until it mattered – at the very end.

Jones, needing a big finish to overtake Xtra Frame Series points leader E.J. Tackett, finished match play in Sunday’s Xtra Frame South Point Las Vegas Open with games of 300, 278 and 290 to qualify third for the stepladder finals. He then lost to Anthony Simonson, 248-191, but his fourth-place finish was good for 17 Xtra Frame Tour points and that gave him a total of 89 points for the year, enough to top Tackett’s 84 and Ryan Ciminelli’s 83. The win earned him a $10,000 bonus.

For the record, Jones finished second in Maine (19 points), won the Greater Jonesboro Open (25 points), finished 19th in Lubbock, Texas (2 points); 11th in Middletown, Del. (10 points), and fifth in Aurora, Ill. (16 points) before the finale in Las Vegas. The seven-tournament Xtra Frame Tour awarded 25 points to each tournament winner, 19 points for second place, 18 for third, etc., declining by one point each place through 20 places, resulting in a close, competitive points race all the way to the end.

APPLICATIONS BEING ACCEPTED FOR 2016 TONY REYES COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARD

The PBA is now accepting nominations for the 2016 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 recognizes a current PBA member who performs extraordinary community service over the course of a PBA Tour season. To be eligible, the nominee must be a PBA member in good standing.

For a nomination form and additional information click on http://www.pba.com/Corporate/Awards. The deadline for submissions is Dec. 19

Reyes, a popular PBA Tour titlist, died in late September 2012 of injuries sustained in a traffic accident near his home in San Bruno, Calif. at the age of 38. Reyes, who competed in 14 seasons on the PBA Tour, won his lone Tour title in dramatic fashion in the 2006 Motor City Classic in Detroit where he bowled the 18th televised 300 game in PBA Tour history in the semi-final match against Hall of Famer Parker Bohn III before going on to defeat Wes Malott in the championship match, 255-238.

Past winners of the award were Parker Bohn III in 2013, Missy Parkin in 2014 and Ed Godbout in 2015.

NEXT UP ON XTRA FRAME: U.S. OPEN TO INCLUDE SPECIAL “XF2” COVERAGE

PBA’s Xtra Frame team will not only provide exclusive live coverage of all qualifying and match play rounds of Bowling’s U.S. Open from South Point Bowling Plaza in Las Vegas, Nov. 4-8, but will continue to provide bonus coverage of featured groups of players on its new “XF2” channel.

During the mid-day (second) qualifying squad on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, XF2 – introduced during last week’s PBA Fall Classic – will cover a group of players-to-be-named every game in the mid-day eight-game rounds. The same coverage will apply to Monday’s cashers round. During the three match play rounds Monday evening and Tuesday, XF2 will follow a specific player-to-be-named for each eight-game round. The XF2 coverage will be available simultaneously along with Xtra Frame’s normal coverage as players migrate across the bowling center during each round.

PBA Hall of Famer Marshall Holman will join the team for its coverage of the evening rounds of match play on Nov. 7 and 8, leading into the stepladder finals that will air live on CBS Sports Network on Wednesday, Nov. 9, at 8 p.m. ET.

Xtra Frame will feature a Free Trial Day on Nov. 8 and three-day ($3.99), 30-day ($7.99) and Xtra Frame Season Ticket (a full-year’s coverage at an average cost of $1.25 per week) subscriptions are available by visiting “xtraframe.tv” and clicking on the “subscribe now” link. New monthly or Season Ticket subscribers also are automatically entered into monthly sweepstakes where they have chances to win a new high-performance bowling ball from Brunswick, DV8 or MOTIV.

QUBICA AMF PBA REGIONAL UPDATE: TWO EVENTS OPEN NOVEMBER SCHEDULE

The QubicaAMF PBA Regional Tour schedule for November begins over the Nov. 4-6 weekend with the Pro Bowl West Central/Midwest Classic in Ft. Wayne, Ind., and the PBA50 Dick’s Pro Shop Northwest/West Open presented by Boulder Falls Inn in Lebanon, Ore.

● The QubicaAMF PBA Regional Tour schedule for the Nov. 11-13 weekend includes the PBA50 Victory Lanes Midwest/Central Open in Kankakee, Ill.; the Lubbock Sports Southwest Challenge presented by Ebonite, an event for non-champions, at South Plaines Lanes in Lubbock, Texas, and the East Region’s PBA50 Chuck Pezzano Memorial presented by The Insurance Market at Bryan’s Bowling Center in Laurel, Del.

● The QubicaAMF PBA Regional Tour schedule for the Nov. 18-20 weekend includes the PBA50 Gastonia South Open presented by Brunswick at George Pappas Liberty Lanes in Gastonia, N.C.; the PBA and PBA50 3rd Capital City West/Northwest Open doubleheader, presented by DV8, Genesis and Mongoose, at Strikes Unlimited in Rocklin, Calif., and the La-Z-Boy Central Challenge for non-champions at Monroe Sports Center in Monroe, Mich.

● The QubicaAMF PBA Regional Tour’s Thanksgiving weekend schedule begins with the Japan Region’s Phoenix Rays Wolf Open at PBA Fuji Bowl in Iruma, Japan. The only tournament in the U.S. will be the Beaumont Southwest Open at Crossroads Bowling Center in Beaumont, Texas, Nov. 25-27.

● Heading into the GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling VIII in Reno, the QubicaAMF PBA East Region will host the MJK Pro Shop/Knob Hill Eastern Challenge presented by DV8 for non-champions at Knob Hill Country Lanes in Manalapan, N.J., over the Dec. 2-3 weekend.

● For complete QubicaAMF PBA Regional schedules, rules and entry information, visit pba.com, open the “schedules” tab and click on QubicaAMF Regional Tours to find the event(s) in your area. For more information about QubicaAMF, visit www.qubicaamf.com or, for social media posts, visit http://bit.ly/QAMFSponsorship1.

QUICK NOTES

Dean Courtade, the first bowler to average 200 for an entire season in New Orleans (1958) and the second Louisiana bowler to join the PBA (1960) died on Oct. 22 in New Orleans. He was 88. A former co-owner of Fazzio-Courtade Pro Shop he also owned Sugar Bowl Lanes and Sugar Bowl/Orbit Lanes, and earned induction into the Louisiana USBC Hall of Fame.

● The 12th annual Chris and Lynda Barnes Thanksgiving Classic Scholarship tournament will take place Nov. 25-27 at Super Bowl in Plano, Texas. The tournament, which will include $7,000 in added scholarship money, features scratch, handicap and 12-under divisions. For more information, look for the Barnes Thanksgiving Classic page on Facebook.

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