PBA Spare Shots: Main Event PBA Tour Finals to Feature Blue Oil with a Twist

by Bill Vint May 25, 2017 09:58

The inaugural Main Event PBA Tour Finals, hosted by Main Event Entertainment in Orlando, Fla., will introduce CBS Sports Network viewers to blue oil with a twist when the new event begins its five-week run on Tuesday, May 30, at 9:30 p.m. EDT.

Not only will fans be able to see the 42-foot “PBA Tour Finals” oiling pattern because of a blue dye added to the conditioner, but the pattern is more easily seen because the synthetic lanes at Main Event Orlando are white, with black striping to indicate the “boards” across each lane.

PBA introduced the blue-dyed oil during the 2014 PBA World Series of Bowling in Las Vegas as a way to illustrate the differences in the applications of oil for the PBA’s animal patterns, and the visual aid has been used in a wide variety of televised PBA events ever since. The colored oil – which has no effect on the oil itself – not only allows fans to see how the oil is applied to the lanes, but also makes it much easier to see how oil is moved around and depleted during competition. The depletion and movement of oil is what creates the transitions on the playing surface, requiring bowlers to make adjustments based upon how their bowling balls react to the constantly changing lane conditions.

The question of the day was, did the white lane surface in combination with the blue oil have any impact on the PBA Tour Finals competitors?

“Nah,” said Sean Rash of Montgomery, Ill. “You learn to do what your ball tells you to do.”

“It didn’t bother me at all,” said Sweden’s Jesper Svensson. “You get used to it. Besides, it’s the same for everyone.”

“The white surface is a little brighter than a wood surface,” said EJ Tackett, “but the blue oil kind of mutes the brightness, so it isn’t much different.”

FOR JON VAN HEES, ONE OUT OF THREE AIN’T BAD…

VanHees.Jon)As the classic Meatloaf lyrics noted, “two out of three ain’t bad.” But for Rhode Island’s Jon Van Hees (at left), one out of three worked out pretty well in the PBA Romeo Chevrolet/Buick/GMC East Open presented by Ebonite at Patel’s Kingston Lanes in Kingston, N.Y., Sunday.

Van Hees started the final round of match play bowling his way to a 234-234 tie with non-member William Donahue of Accord, N.Y. He then nipped Rick Graham of Lancaster, Pa., 235-234, before bowling a perfect tie in his third match – 300-300 – vs. Ryan Galli of Binghamton, N.Y.

Perfect-game ties in match play are rare in PBA competition, but they have been done before. In Van Hees’ case, he had to share the 30 bonus pins for match play ties with Donahue and Gallie, but he got all 30 in his win against Graham which helped him qualify second for the stepladder finals where he lost to eventual tournament winner Greg Ostrander of Freehold, N.J., 258-225.

MAJOR CHAMPIONSHIPS HIGHLIGHT XTRA FRAME SCHEDULE

The PBA50 Tour returns to action in its annual western swing, the PWBA Tour resumes its normal schedule in the wake of the USBC Queens, and the PBA Tour returns to Xtra Frame with three consecutive Xtra Frame Storm Cup series events in the weeks ahead.

The PBA50 Tour resumes competition on Xtra Frame in the Northern California Classic from Harvest Park Bowl in Brentwood, Calif., May 29-31, followed by a pair of USBC events on Bowl.tv (USBC’s Super Senior Classic, June 1-3, and the USBC Senior Masters, June 4-10, both at Sam’s Town Bowling Center). Xtra Frame will then cover the Suncoast PBA Senior U.S. Open presented by Storm, June 12-16, from Suncoast Bowling Center in Las Vegas.

PBA Tour competition returns to Xtra Frame with the PBA Xtra Frame Wilmington Open from Ten Pin Alley Family Fun Center in Wilmington, N.C., May 27-29; the PBA Xtra Frame Jonesboro Open from Jonesboro Bowling Center in Jonesboro, Ark., June 3-4, and the PBA Xtra Frame Lubbock Sports Open presented by Ebonite from South Plains Lanes in Lubbock, Texas, June 9-11. All three are PBA Xtra Frame Storm Cup events and each will be covered live, exclusively on Xtra Frame, from first ball to last.

Upcoming PWBA Tour coverage includes qualifying and match play rounds of the Wichita Open from Northrock Lanes in Wichita, Kan., June 2-3; the Pepsi Lincoln Open from Sun Valley Lanes in Lincoln, Neb., June 9-10; the Greater Detroit Open from Super Bowl in Canton, Mich., June 16-17, and the Go Bowling PWBA Players Championship from The Ashwaubenon Bowling Alley in Green Bay, Wis., June 22-24.

Xtra Frame subscription packages are available for three days, 30 days and a full year. To sign up, visit xtraframe.tv for details.

PBA fans also are reminded they can follow real-time results for PBA50 and PBA Xtra Frame Tour events by visiting the “live scoring” feature on pba.com.

THIS WEEK: “PICK THE 900 GLOBAL BALL” FOR PBA BOWLING CHALLENGE GAME

Concrete Software’s “pick the ball” survey for PBA Bowling Challenge mobile game continues this week with players invited to select a new 900 Global ball from among three options provided weekly for each PBA-participating brand.

Based on fan voting which begins Thursday (click here: http://bit.ly/Global_17 to cast your vote), the “winning” 900 Global will be available for play on June 9.

A code to purchase the ball for 50% off (the code will be available on PBA’s and the specific companies’ social media pages) will be posted. Each company also will have a flashback weekend where all its previous balls will be available for that weekend only.

PBA REGIONAL UPDATE: GREG OSTRANDER DEFENDS KINGSTON TITLE

Greg Ostrander of Freehold, N.J. defeated amateur Zach Doty of Nassau, N.Y., 227-192, to successfully defend his title in the PBA Romeo Chevrolet/Buick/GMC East Open presented by Ebonite at Patel’s Kingston Lanes in Kingston, N.Y., Sunday.

Prior his victory, Ostrander’s only other PBA title came in the same event in 2016.

Ostrander took advantage of an early open frame by Doty, a recent college graduate who rolled perfect games in both the qualifying and match play portions of the event, to build his winning margin. Ostrander earned $3,000 for the win.

● Brian Robinson of Morgantown, W. Va. defeated Matt White of Warren, Pa., 234-212, to win the PBA Baldo Campana Memorial/Ohio Lottery Central Open, presented by DV8, at Rebman Recreation in Loraine, Ohio, Saturday, and Brian Kretzer of Dayton, Ohio, won the PBA50 half of the Campana Memorial doubleheader on Sunday, edging Dean Billings of Rootstown, Ohio, by six pins.

In Saturday’s event, Robinson won his first PBA Regional title and $2,000 after bowling a perfect game to eliminate Andrew Anderson of Holly, Mich., 300-243, in the semifinal round while White edged Chris Loschetter of Avon, Ohio, 256-251, to also advance to the championship match. White earned $1,000 for second place. Anderson and Loschetter each earned $750 as semifinal round losers.

On Sunday, Kretzer finished with an 8-4 match play record and a total of 4,838 pins for 20 games, including match play bonus pins, to win the $1,400 first prize and his fifth PBA50 Regional title.

Gary Morgan of Atlanta, Ga., defeated Jeff Bellinger of Columbia, S.C., 234-215 and 214-178, in the best-of-three-game title match Sunday to win his 15th PBA Regional title in the PBA50 SpareTimes Hampton South Open presented by Ebonite at SpareTimes Lanes in Hampton, Va.

Morgan considered his win a milestone after overcoming a bout with cancer in 2016. He earned $1,600.

In the best-of-three semifinal round matches, Morgan eliminated Sam Maccarone of Blackwood, N.J., 268-213, 258-172, while Bellinger defeated Lee Brosius of Ashburn, Va., 244-206, 210-228, 233-222.

Kris Prather of Milton, Fla., defeated AJ Chapman of Wichita, Kan., 259-235, to win the PBA Family Insurance Midwest Open presented by Hometown Chevrolet at Oak Forest Bowl in Oak Forest, Ill., Sunday for his first PBA Midwest title and a $2,400 first prize.

Prather defeated AJ Johnson of Oswego, Ill., 279-224, in the semifinal game to advance to the championship match after Johnson eliminated Matt Kuba of Chicago Ridge, Ill., 279-210, in the first match.

● PBA Regional events over Memorial Day weekend include the Colony Lanes Eastern Challenge, a reduced entry fee event, in York, Pa., and the Celeste Walker Midwest Challenge at Strike N Spare II in Lockport, Ill. – two events for players who have not won a PBA title.

● 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.

QUICK NOTES

● Newly-inducted PBA Hall of Famer and former PBA Commissioner Mark Gerberich will become the new president and CEO of the International Soap Box Derby Inc. June 12. Gerberich succeeds Joe Mazur, who resigned in March to become president of the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad.

● The ESPN telecast of the Grand Casino Hotel & Resort PBA Oklahoma Open semifinals, which will air live on Saturday, July 1 at 1 p.m. EDT, also will re-air on Sunday, July 2, at 11 a.m. on ESPN2. The re-air precedes the live finals of the event which will air on ESPN at 1 p.m. that same day.

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PBA Spare Shots: “PDW” Helps Fire Up Chicago Wolves Before American Hockey League Playoffs

by Bill Vint May 3, 2017 09:02

PBA Hall of Famer Pete Weber, well-known for his fiery temperament when things are going well, helped provide a dash of fire to the Chicago Wolves hockey team prior to their entry into the American Hockey League playoffs.

trophyIt happened like this: the Wolves’ President Mike Gordon, who has worked with Chicagoland Bowling Proprietors’ Association Executive Director Bill Duff on a variety of cooperative promotions, asked Duff if he could get in touch with Weber, who is well-known to a few of the Wolves’ players through videos of Weber they have watched, including PDW’s infamous 1991 U.S. Open trophy-drop and his “Who do you think you are?” rant after winning the 2012 U.S. Open. Weber’s fierce spirit caught on with the team, so Gordon wondered if Weber would deliver a surprise inspirational message to the Wolves to amp them up for their playoff run.

Duff sent a text message to Weber who was competing at Bayside Bowl in Portland, Maine, and Weber was eager to help – in part because the Wolves are the “AAA level” affiliate of the NHL St. Louis Blues, Weber’s hometown hockey team. Assisted by PBA’s Xtra Frame crew, Weber’s message was shown to the Wolves prior to their first Calder Cup playoffs game vs. the Charlotte Checkers.

To view Weber’s message, click here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DrF-_SfhNgw&feature=youtu.be.

For the record, the Wolves lost their first playoff game against Charlotte, but roared back to win the best-of-five game series, 3-2, to advance to the second round of the Calder Cup playoffs.

MATT O’GRADY ESCAPES SERIOUS INJURY AFTER LEAGUE BOWLING ACCIDENT

PBA member Matt O’Grady of Rahway, N.J., escaped serious injury when he was struck in the head by his own bowling ball and knocked unconscious during a recent league bowling accident.

After leaving a 4-6-10 split, O’Grady said he was trying to throw his spare ball hard in hopes of bouncing a pin out of the pit, but the ball hung up on his thumb. His hand went straight up, poked a hole in the ceiling and the ball came loose, striking him in the head. He said he lost consciousness momentarily and remembers waking up in a nearby hospital trauma center.

Two weeks later, he’s still suffering from periodic headaches and bouts of nausea, but nothing serious enough to keep him from bowling in the PBA Al Jones Memorial Eastern Open where he finished second to Patrick Allen.

ogrady“During roll call before our squad, I knew I was getting the 2016 East Region Player of the Year award from (PBA East Region manager) Russ Mills,” O’Grady said, “but he also presented me with a hard hat with a Storm logo. Everybody got a good laugh, including me. It was pretty funny.”

Ironically, less than two weeks earlier, two-time PBA Tour titlist and periodic PBA50 competitor Kent Wagner of Bradenton, Fla., had a similar experience during the USBC Open Championships in Las Vegas. In a widely-distributed video seen on social media outlets, Wagner’s ball also stuck on his thumb, went straight up in the air and just missed hitting him in the head.

XTRA FRAME CONTINUES WITH PBA50, PWBA EVENTS; PBA TOUR RETURNS SOON

Xtra Frame coverage of both the PBA50 Tour and the PWBA Tour continues through May, heading toward the resumption of PBA Tour competition at the end of the month.

Following this week’s coverage of the Race City Open presented by Columbia 300 from Mooresville, N.C., the “senior tour” travels to Farmingdale Lanes in Farmingdale, N.Y., for the PBA50 Johnny Petraglia BVL Open presented by Brunswick, May 7-9, before heading to Indianapolis for the 2017 season’s first major, the PBA50 Tour Players Championship at Woodland Bowl, May 14-16.

The 2017 PWBA Tour continues with the Storm Sacramento Open from Steve Cook's Fireside Lanes in Sacramento, Calif., Friday and Saturday, followed by the Fountain Valley Open from Fountain Bowl in Fountain Valley, Calif., May 12-13. PWBA’s first major of the season, the USBC Queens, is set for May 18-23 in Baton Rouge, La.

PBA Tour competition resumes with the PBA XF Wilmington Open from Ten Pin Alley in Wilmington, N.C., May 27-29, followed by the PBA XF Jonesboro Open from Jonesboro Bowling Center in Jonesboro, Ark., June 3-4. Both are PBA XF Storm Cup events and both will be covered live, exclusively on Xtra Frame, from first ball to last.

Xtra Frame subscription packages are available for three days, 30 days and a full year. To sign up, visit xtraframe.tv for details.

THIS WEEK: “PICK THE DV8 BALL” FOR PBA BOWLING CHALLENGE GAME

Concrete Software’s “pick the ball” survey for PBA Bowling Challenge mobile game continues this week with players invited to select a new DV8 ball from among three options provided weekly for each PBA-participating brand.

Based on fan voting which begins Thursday (click here: link http://bit.ly/DV8_17 to cast your vote), the “winning” DV8 ball will be available for play on May 19.

A code to purchase the ball for 50% off (the code will be available on PBA’s and the specific companies’ social media pages) will be posted. Each company also will have a flashback weekend where all its previous balls will be available for that weekend only.

PBA REGIONAL UPDATE: DAUGHERTY, WILLIAMS DOMINATE IN HAWAII

Tom Daugherty of Riverview, Fla., defeated Stuart Williams of Phoenix, 215-186, to win the PBA Hickam AFB West/Northwest Open at Hickam Lanes Sunday as the two players swept the top two places in all three of the PBA West and Northwest Region’s annual Hawaii events, presented by Ebonite.

After Williams defeated Daugherty, 199-191, to win the Hawaii West/Northwest Open at Schofield Army Base Lanes on April 23 to kick off the series, the top two swapped places three days later when Daugherty posted an 18-game total of 4,215 pins to top Williams by 32 pins in the PBA Fort Shafter West/Northwest Hawaii Open.

With his win at Hickam, Daugherty has now won 14 regional titles. He also received $2,000 for his win.

Daugherty defeated Cameron Weier of Tacoma, Wash., 199-185, and Williams defeated Ben Canfield of Tempe, Ariz., 226-181, in the semifinal round to set up the Hickam championship match.

PBA50 rookie Michael Haugen Jr. of Phoenix defeated Brian Kretzer of Dayton, Ohio, 223-175, to take the $1,500 first prize in the PBA50 Canton South Open presented by Roto Grip at Cherokee Lanes in Canton, Ga., Saturday.

Haugen qualified in second place for the stepladder finals with an 18-game total of 4,321 pins, including match play bonus pins, and defeated Stoney Baker of Canton, 216-171, to advance to the title match. Kretzer had 4,382 pins to qualify first, 61 pins ahead of Haugen. Baker defeated Warren Nelson of Hemet, Calif., 203-183, in the first match before losing to Haugen.

Patrick Allen of Elmwood Park, N.J. defeated Matt O’Grady of Rahway, N.J., 248-218, to win his 30th PBA Regional title in the PBA Al Jones Memorial Eastern Open presented by Storm at Rockaway Lanes Sunday in Rockaway, N.J.

Allen qualified third for the stepladder finals and defeated John Furey, Freehold, N.J., 244-201, and Greg Ostrander, Freehold, N.J., 217-206, to advance to the title match. Allen led throughout the championship match but a mid-game open frame by O’Grady gave Allen an insurmountable lead. Allen earned $2,500.

The long-running event was named to honor the late Al Jones, co-owner of Pro Image Bowling pro shop at Rockaway Lanes. Jones, who suffered from cystic fibrosis since childhood, twice endured a double lung transplant, but lost his life to an infection early in 2016, eight years after his second transplant. Jones joined the PBA in 2001 and competed until 2007, just prior to his second transplant.

● May’s PBA Regional schedule gets underway May 5-7 with the PBA Junction City Bowl Southwest/Midwest Open presented by Hammer from Junction City, Kan.; the PBA50 Data & South Specialties Blue Ridge South Open from Fannin Lanes in Blue Ridge, Ga., and the PBA Daffodil Bowl Sunset Automotive Group Northwest Open presented by US Foods plus the PBA50 Daffodil Northwest Open presented by Sunset Chevrolet from Puyallup, Wash.

● The May 12-14 PBA Regional calendar includes the Taylor Kia Central Open presented by Hammer from Holiday Bowl in Struthers, Ohio, and the Planet Bowl Southwest Open presented by Radical from Oklahoma City.

● PBA Regional competition over the May 19-21 weekend includes the Romeo Chevrolet/Buick/GMC Open presented by Ebonite from Patel’s Kingston Lanes in Kingston, N.Y.; the PBA50 Baldo Campana Memorial/Ohio Lottery Central/Midwest Open presented by DV8 plus the one-day PBA Baldo Campana Memorial/Ohio Lottery Central Open from Rebman Recreation in Lorain, Ohio; the American Family Insurance Midwest Open presented by Homewood Chevrolet from Oak Forest Bowl in Oak Forest, Ill., and the PBA50 Spare Times Hampton South Open presented by Ebonite from Spare Times Bowling Center in Hampton, Va.

● PBA Regional events over Memorial Day weekend include the Colony Lanes Eastern Challenge, a reduced entry fee event, in York, Pa., and the Celeste Walker Midwest Challenge at Strike N Spare II in Lockport, Ill. – two events for players who have not won a PBA title.

● 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.

QUICK NOTES:

● Robert Krickbaum of Pueblo West, Colo., wins a new DV8 ball; Austin Martin of Windham, Maine, will receive a new high-performance Brunswick ball, and Roland Martsolf of Frisco, Texas, has won a new high-performance MOTIV ball as April sweepstakes prizes 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.

● Michelle Hess is the April 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: Auto Accident Doesn’t Deter Maine Bowler from Competing in Roth/Holman Doubles

by Bill Vint April 20, 2017 13:03

Another illustration of just how passionate the Maine bowling community is for PBA’s annual stop in Portland was the plight of Sarah Pelletier of Lewiston, who escaped serious injury when her car was totaled in an accident the day before the MaineQuarterly.com Mark Roth/Marshall Holman PBA Doubles event got underway at Bayside Bowl.

Pelletier, who was entered in the tournament with partner Joe Ramsdell, wasn’t about to let her bruised sliding leg and balance arm keep her out of the tournament. The three local teams failed to make the cashers’ cut, but they loved the experience.

You can get the details from an article in the Portland Press Herald by reporter Taylor Vortherms:

http://www.pressherald.com/2017/04/11/maine-bowlers-and-fans-are-having-a-ball-at-portland-tournament/

SPEAKING OF GREAT FANS, MARK ROTH T-SHIRTS DISPLAY TRIBUTE TO MISSING STAR

Portland’s passionate PBA fans seldom miss a chance to express themselves, so when it became known that PBA legend Mark Roth would be unable to attend the Mark Roth/Marshall Holman PBA Doubles Championship due to health issues, the fans got decked out in Mark Roth signature t-shirts and surrounded Holman to send a “best wishes” message to Roth prior to the live ESPN finals on April 16.

The Mark Roth t-shirts are available to the public through “The Store” on pba.com. Use this link to access the PBA Store: http://pba.firelakedesigns.com/

THIS WEEK: “PICK THE COLUMBIA 300 BALL” FOR PBA BOWLING CHALLENGE GAME

Concrete Software’s “pick the ball” survey for PBA Bowling Challenge mobile game continues this week with players invited to select a new Columbia 300 ball from among three options provided weekly for each PBA-participating brand.

Based on fan voting which begins Thursday (click here: http://bit.ly/C300_17 to cast your vote), the “winning” Columbia 300 ball will be available for play on May 5.

A code to purchase the ball for 50% off (the code will be available on PBA’s and the specific companies’ social media pages) will be posted. Each company also will have a flashback weekend where all its previous balls will be available for that weekend only.

XTRA FRAME CONTINUES PBA50 COVERAGE; VILLAGES BROADCAST TO BE DELAYED

Xtra Frame’s coverage of the PBA50 Tour continues next week at the UnitedHealthcare Sun Bowl in The Villages presented by Radical, but due to internet restrictions at The Villages, the tournament will be streaming from the event on a one-day delayed basis. Sun Bowl’s XF coverage will start on Monday and will conclude with coverage of the finals on Wednesday, April 26.

Rather than the normal “Live Now” link, fans will be directed to a link to the Xtra Frame archive that will house the round they are looking for.

Xtra Frame will resume its normal live coverage of PBA50 Tour action when the players head north to Mooresville, N.C., for the Race City Open presented by Columbia 300 Monday, May 1 through Wednesday, May 3.

Xtra Frame also begins its coverage of the Professional Women’s Bowling Association Friday, April 28-Saturday, April 29, when the QubicaAMF PWBA Sonoma County Open kicks off the women’s tour’s 2017 season in Rohnert Park, Calif.

PBA REGIONAL UPDATE: McMAHAN WINS SECOND KINGSPORT PBA50 TITLE

Greg McMahan of Dandridge, Tenn., defeated Darryl Bower of Middletown, Pa., 227-164, to take the first prize in the 4th Annual PBA60 Blue Ridge Properties/Kingsport C.V.B. South Open presented by Storm at Warpath Lanes in Kingsport, Tenn., on April 12.

McMahan, who also won this event in 2015, earned the top spot in the stepladder finals with an 8-2 match play record and an 18-game total of 4,343 pins. He earned $1,700. Bower qualified second, 88 pins behind McMahan, and earned $1,000.

In the first stepladder match PBA Hall of Famer Tom Baker of King, N.C. defeated Ted Staikoff of Black Hawk, S.D., 237-194. Bower then disposed of Baker, 237-227, in the semifinal match.

● Non-member Pat McGainey Jr. of Baltimore defeated PBA Hall of Famer Danny Wiseman, also of Baltimore, 258-214, to win the PBA Bowlers Discount Pro Shop Eastern Open presented by Hammer at Brunswick Zone Normandy Sunday. 

McGainey, who finished fifth in this event in 2015, faced elimination in the round of 16 against Andrew Lazarchick of Brick, N.J., but rallied from a 2-1 deficit and went undefeated the rest of the way to claim the $2,500 top prize. He does not receive credit for a PBA title, however, because he is a non-member.  Wiseman, coming off wrist surgery in 2015, earned $1,300 for his runner-up finish.

In the semifinal matches, McGainey bested Kevin Donovan of Painted Post, N.Y., 200-173, while Wiseman ousted qualifying leader Greg Ostrander of Freehold, N.J., 268-238.

George Duke from Vidor, Texas, won six of his first seven matches and coasted to victory in the PBA Copperfield Bowl Southwest Challenge, presented by Global 900, in Houston, Texas, Sunday.

Duke, who finished fifth in last year’s Copperfield event, and also has a second place finish in PBA competition, earned a $2,200 winner’s check.

Duke, who led the 13-game qualifying portion of the event, started the modified round robin match play finals by losing his first match, then won his next six matches to build a 156-pin lead over Marshall Morrison from Wills Point, Texas. Morrison prevailed in position round over Duke, 201-161, but Duke had enough of a margin to win while Morrison dropped to third as Houston’s Jay Nephew leapfrogged from fourth to second with a 236-212 over amateur Tyler Wright of Gonzales, La.

● The April 21-23 PBA Regional schedule features the Debbie & Leo Nunan Memorial Central Open presented by Track at AMF Stardust Lanes in Grove City, Ohio, and the Jac’s Lanes Valdosta South Open in Valdosta, Ga. April 23 also kicks of the PBA West Region’s annual tripleheader in Hawaii, including the Hawaii West/Northwest Open presented by Ebonite at Schofield AFB (April 23), the Fort Shafter West/Northwest Hawaii Open in Honolulu (April 26) and the Hickam AFB West/Northwest Open presented by Ebonite (April 28-30).

● April’s PBA Regional competition concludes with the PBA50 Cherokee Lanes South Open presented by Roto Grip in Canton, Ga., April 27-29, and the Al Jones Memorial presented by Storm at Rockaway Lanes in Rockaway, N.J., April 28-30.

● 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.

QUICK NOTES:

Andres Gomez and wife Mirley welcomed son Christopher on April 14. Christopher weighed in at 8.14 pounds and measured 20 inches. He joins big sister Isabella.

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PBA Spare Shots: Jason Belmonte Becomes 47th PBA “Millionaire,” Achieves Milestone in Record for Fewest Tournaments

by Bill Vint April 12, 2017 12:34

Australia’s two-handed star, Jason Belmonte, will officially become the 47th member of the PBA “Millionaire’s Club” this week after qualifying for the match play finals of the Mark Roth/Marshall Holman PBA Doubles Championship at Bayside Bowl in Portland, Maine. And he’ll become the fastest player to reach that milestone in terms of the fewest number of events bowled to get to $1 million, thanks in no small part to his collection of 14 career titles including eight majors.

Less than $2,000 shy of the milestone after winning his unprecedented fourth USBC Masters title in February, Belmonte – who is bowling the Roth/Holman Doubles event with partner Bill O’Neill of Langhorne, Pa. – is assured of winning more than the $2,000 he needs to exceed $1 million in official PBA Tour earnings. At age 33 and bowling in his 131st PBA Tour event, he will shatter the record for reaching $1 million in the fewest number of events, previously held by Wes Malott who broke the million-dollar barrier when he won the 2013 U.S. Open in his 180th event.

The youngest player to reach $1 million in career earnings was Pete Weber who was 26 in 1989 when he reached the milestone in his 253rd Tour event.

PORTLAND CHARITY PRO-AM RAISES $17,000-PLUS FOR “FULL PLATES”

The charity pro-am held at Bayside Bowl in Portland, Maine, Sunday night to benefit Full Plates, Full Potential, raised more than $17,000 for the organization that is dedicated to providing disadvantaged Maine children with quality meals in order to help them realize their potential as they grow toward adulthood. The special event was organized by Bayside Bowl co-owner Justin Alfond.

first pitchThe money raised thus far translates into connecting kids to 150,000 meals. PBA fans who were unable to attend the special event, held in conjunction with the MaineQuarterly.com Mark Roth/Marshall Holman PBA Doubles Championship and the L.L. Bean PBA League, can still donate by visiting: https://www.fullplates.org/pba.

In addition to the pro-am, L.L. Bean Portland Lumberjacks team manager Tim Mack threw out the first pitch at the Portland Sea Dogs game Tuesday night. The Lumberjacks are part of the L.L. Bean PBA League competition that gets underway with a qualifying round at noon ET Thursday to determine the seeding positions for the ESPN-televised Elias Cup elimination rounds that will take place Saturday and Sunday at Bayside Bowl. Thursday’s round will be live streamed on PBA’s Xtra Frame online bowling channel; the weekend shows will be recorded for delayed telecast on ESPN, but will also be live streamed on ESPN3 and the WatchESPN app.

Williams.WR Jr_visits Cystic Fibrosis patient Aaron Thiboutot at Maine Med in PortlandAlso on Wednesday, PBA Hall of Famer Walter Ray Williams Jr. paid a surprise visit to cystic fibrosis patient and PBA super fan Aaron Thiboutot at Maine Med in Portland. Thiboutot, an avid bowler who has rolled nine 300 games, was unable to attend this weekend’s PBA League finals at Bayside Bowl.

XTRA FRAME, ESPN3/WATCHESPN LIVE STREAMING OPTIONS AVAILABLE THIS WEEK

This week will be a busy week for PBA fans following activities in Portland, Maine, online. Thursday means live coverage of the L.L. Bean PBA League “seeding” round beginning at noon ET. All eight teams will bowl eight Baker format games to determine the seeding positions for the quarterfinal, semifinal and Elias Cup finals Saturday and Sunday at Bayside Bowl.

Saturday’s schedule includes PBA League quarterfinal round action which will be recorded for delayed telecast on ESPN – but both shows, beginning at noon and 3:30 p.m. – will be live streamed on ESPN/WatchESPN app for those who want to watch the events as they happen.

Sunday’s action begins with the live ESPN telecast of the MaineQuarterly.com Roth/Holman Doubles Championship at 1 p.m., followed by the PBA League semifinal round at 4:30 p.m. and the Elias Cup finals at 7 p.m. All three shows also will be live streamed on ESPN3/WatchESPN app.

The ESPN3 and WatchESPN apps can be downloaded at ESPN.com. For Xtra Frame subscription information, visit xtraframe.tv.

THIS WEEK: “PICK THE BRUNSWICK BALL” FOR PBA BOWLING CHALLENGE MOBILE GAME

Concrete Software’s “pick the ball” survey for PBA Bowling Challenge mobile game continues this week with players invited to select a new Brunswick ball from among three options provided weekly for each PBA-participating brand.

Based on fan voting which begins Thursday (click here: http://bit.ly/Brunswick_17 to cast your vote), the “winning” Brunswick ball will be available for play on April 28.

A code to purchase the ball for 50% off (the code will be available on PBA’s and the specific companies’ social media pages) will be posted. Each company also will have a flashback weekend where all its previous balls will be available for that weekend only.

PBA REGIONAL UPDATE: LOW, MOHR, PARKIN WIN AT EARL ANTHONY MEMORIAL

Collegiate bowler Wesley Low Jr. of Palmdale, Calif., posted a 13-3 match play record and a 24-game total of 5,834 pins Sunday to win the PBA Earl Anthony West/Northwest Memorial at Earl Anthony’s Dublin Bowl while Ron Mohr of Las Vegas won the PBA50 portion of the event and Missy Parkin of Laguna Hills, Calif., captured the PBA-PWBA segment of the tripleheader weekend.

Low, who turns 20 on April 27 (coincidentally the late Earl Anthony’s birthday), won his third Earl Anthony Memorial in a row but as an amateur, he does not receive credit for a title. His $2,500 first prize goes into his SMART scholarship account. The two-handed, left-handed player defeated Derek Acuff of Glendale, Ariz., by 172 pins for the win.

Mohr went 6-4 in match play and knocked down 4,019 total pins for his 18 games to top amateur Dennis Acma of San Ramon, Calif., for his 19th PBA50 Regional title and $1,500.

Parkin, the first woman to join the PBA and the only woman to win three standard PBA Regional titles, won the PBA-PWBA Women’s Regional event for the third year in a row. She had a 6-2 match play record and knocked down 3,477 total pins for her 16 games to top non-member Karen Rosprim of Albany, Calif., for the $1,000 first prize.

PBA Hall Of Famer Tom Baker of King, N.C., defeated Steve Jones of Berlin, Md., 2-0 in the best-of-three-game final match at AMF Fredericksburg Lanes Sunday to win the PBA50 AMF Fredericksburg (Va.) South Open presented by Radical for his 34th overall PBA regional title.

Baker, at age 62, made short work of Jones, defeating him, 277-268 and 279-214, for his 17th victory as a PBA50 player. He also has 17 standard PBA Regional titles.

Baker, who earned $2,200, defeated Todd Haney of Boiling Springs, S.C., 2-0, in the semifinal round while Jones defeated Brian Kretzer of Dayton, Ohio, 2-0. Haney and Kretzer each earned $900.

●  The April 14-16 PBA Regional calendar includes the Bowlers Discount Eastern Open presented by Columbia 300 at Brunswick Zone-Normandy in Ellicott City, Md., and the Copperfield Bowl Southwest Challenge presented by 900 Global for non-champions in Houston, Texas.

● The April 21-23 PBA Regional schedule features the Debbie & Leo Nunan Memorial Central Open presented by Track at AMF Stardust Lanes in Grove City, Ohio, and the Jac’s Lanes Valdosta South Open in Valdosta, Ga. April 23 also kicks of the PBA West Region’s annual tripleheader in Hawaii, including the Hawaii West/Northwest Open presented by Ebonite at Schofield AFB (April 23), the Fort Shafter West/Northwest Hawaii Open in Honolulu (April 26) and the Hickam AFB West/Northwest Open presented by Ebonite (April 28-30).

● April’s PBA Regional competition concludes with the PBA50 Cherokee Lanes South Open presented by Roto Grip in Canton, Ga., April 27-29, and the Al Jones Memorial presented by Storm at Rockaway Lanes in Rockaway, N.J., April 28-30.

● 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.

QUICK NOTES

● Monday, April 10 – the day the MaineQuarterly.com Mark Roth/Marshall Holman PBA Doubles Championship got underway in Portland, Maine – was Mark Roth’s 65th birthday.

● Former PBA Press Director and Tournament Director Johnny Campos, the long-time bowling columnist for the Peoria (Ill.) Journal-Star, has been named recipient of the International Bowling Media Association’s Luby Hall of Fame Award for his long-time contributions to bowling journalism. He will be recognized in Nashville, Tenn., during the International Bowl Expo Industry Awards Luncheon on June 20.

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PBA Spare Shots: ESPN3.com, WatchESPN App to Carry PBA League Shows ‘Live’ on April 15-16

by Bill Vint April 7, 2017 12:55

The PBA will again take advantage of today’s digital technology, giving fans the opportunity to watch the entire L.L. Bean PBA League telecasts via live video streaming on ESPN3.com and the WatchESPN app on Saturday and Sunday, April 15 and 16, from Bayside Bowl in Portland, Maine.

The quarterfinal, semifinal and Elias Cup championship rounds all will be live streamed as they are being recorded for delayed broadcast on ESPN on four consecutive Sundays at 1 p.m. ET, beginning April 23. PBA introduced the ESPN3/WatchESPN live streaming feature for die-hard fans during the GEICO World Series of Bowling VIII in Reno last December.

The addition of live streaming, which means people can easily watch PBA telecasts on mobile devices, laptop computer – even big-screen television with streaming devices that transfer signals – means that 15 of the 17 telecasts ESPN and PBA have produced in the past year have been available live. Only the USA vs. The World and CP3 PBA Celebrity Invitational have aired exclusively on a delayed basis.

Combined with PBA’s Xtra Frame Tour series, fans will have access to 25 events live via digital outlets this year.

PBA STARS TO REPRESENT U.S. IN BIDS FOR WORLD GAMES GOLD

PBA veteran Tommy Jones of Simpsonville, S.C., an 18-time PBA Tour champion and a 13-time member of Team USA, and 23-year-old first-year Team USA member Jakob Butturff of Tempe, Ariz., will represent the United States in the 2017 World Games bowling competition July 21-24 in Wroclaw, Poland, along with PBA Tour champion Kelly Kulick of Union, N.J., and PBA member Danielle McEwan of Stony Point, N.Y., who is a member of the L.L. Bean PBA League GEICO New York City WTT KingPins.

The World Games are held every four years for 25 sports that are not included in the Olympic Games. Competition will include women's singles on July 21, men's singles on July 22, women's doubles on July 23 and men's doubles on July 24.

Kulick, who made bowling history when she won the 2010 PBA Tournament of Champions, returns to the World Games where she and PBA champion Mike Fagan, her mixed doubles partner, became the first American players to win bowling gold medals in the 2013 World Games in Cali, Colombia.

DATES FOR PBA-PWBA WOMEN’S REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS SET

The PBA will continue to provide opportunities for women bowlers by hosting a series of PBA-PWBA Women’s Regional Championship tournaments during the 2017 season, beginning with this weekend’s West Region Women’s Championship at Earl Anthony’s Dublin Bowl in Dublin, Calif.

Other scheduled events include the PBA-PWBA Northwest Women’s Championship July 21-23 at Secoma Lanes in Federal Way, Wash.; the East Region championship July 23 at Parkway Lanes in Elmwood Park, N.J.; the Southwest Region championship Aug. 18-20 at Emerald Bowl in Houston, Texas; the South Championship Sept. 8-10 at Lafayette Lanes in Fayetteville, N.C.; the Midwest Championship Sept. 9-10 at Cherry Lanes in Diamond Jo Casino, Dubuque, Iowa, and the Central Championship Oct. 7-8 at Northway Lanes in Muskegon, Mich.

For tournament details, visit pba.com and click on the “schedules” link.

JANAY HAGGERTY NAMED PBA VICE PRESIDENT-MARKETING

Haggerty.Janay_2012WSOBJanay Haggerty, who has been the PBA’s behind-the-scenes marketing services and event planning leader for the majority of her 14 years with the organization, has been promoted to PBA Vice President–Marketing, PBA CEO and Commissioner Tom Clark has announced.

Haggerty joined the PBA in 2003 and “has performed admirably in all facets she’s been tasked with in the organization, including her most recent role as Director of Events and Community Relations,” Clark said. In her new position, she will implement the PBA’s marketing strategies and coordinate with other departments and outside partners. She will oversee marketing materials and planning, pba.com, event staging and fan experience, public relations, social media, email communications, pba.com, community events, player communications and licensing initiatives.

THIS WEEK: “PICK THE STORM BALL” FOR PBA BOWLING CHALLENGE MOBILE GAME

Concrete Software’s “pick the ball” survey for PBA Bowling Challenge mobile game continues this week with players invited to select a new Storm ball from among three options provided weekly for each PBA-participating brand.

Based on fan voting (click here: http://bit.ly/Storm_17 to cast your vote), the “winning” Storm ball will be available for play on April 21.

A code to purchase the ball for 50% off (the code will be available on PBA’s and the specific companies’ social media pages) will be posted. Each company also will have a flashback weekend where all its previous balls will be available for that weekend only.

PBA REGIONAL UPDATE: LAVOIE PERFECT IN SOUTHWEST VICTORY

Reigning PBA Rookie of the Year Francois Lavoie, who rolled the only nationally-televised 300 game in U.S. Open history on his way to the 2016 title, did it again Sunday at FireLake Bowling Center in Shawnee, Okla., defeating collegiate amateur Wesley Low Jr. of Palmdale, Calif., 300-216, to win the sixth annual PBA FireLake Grand Casino Resort Southwest Open presented by MOTIV.

Lavoie, who had advanced to the championship round in his last two Southwest region events only to fall short of victory when his opponents bowled games of 279 and 266, left no opportunity for loss by tossing the event’s second 300 game. After qualifying third and receiving byes to advance to the Round of 8, the Canadian native eliminated Mike Edwards of Tulsa, Okla., 2-0, in a best-of-three-game match and then edged PBA Southwest Region Hall of Famer Nathan Bohr of Austin, Texas, 222-201, in the semifinal round.

Low, a two-handed left-hander who is bowling for Wichita State University, qualified ninth and had a longer road to the final. In his opening match, he defeated Joe Findling of Mesquite, Texas, 2-1;, PBA rookie and Team USA member AJ Chapman of Manchester, Iowa, 2-0, and Mike Bailey of Irving, Texas, 258-180, to advance to the title match.

The pro-am portion of the event on Friday included a fundraiser for the Shawnee area Big Brothers Big Sisters chapter. FireLake General Manager Chris Skillings announced more than $20,000 was raised for that cause.

Chris Warren of Grants Pass, Ore. posted a 4-4 match play record and a 16-game total of 3,786 pins Sunday at the National Bowling Stadium in Reno to win his 47th career PBA Regional title in the PBA Sands Regency West/Northwest Spring Classic presented by Storm.

Warren, who earned $2,000, defeated Jakob Butturff of Chandler, Ariz., by 78 pins to close to within one title of the record 48 standard PBA Regional titles, held by PBA Hall of Famer Pete Weber. Butturff, coming off a record nine PBA Regional titles performance in 2016, had a 6-2 match play record and 3,708 pins for his 16 games.

In the companion PBA50 Open, Ty Dawson of Sunnyvale, Calif., went 4-4 and knocked down 3,659 total pins defeating Michael Haugen Jr. of Phoenix by four pins to earn a $1,500 prize, and kicking of the weekend, Casey Knutson of Sparks, Nev., defeated Adam Wilson of Reno, 203-164, to win Friday’s PBA Sands Regency Spring Challenge presented by Storm. The Challenge was open to players who had never won a PBA title.

● Puerto Rico national bowling team member Cristian Azcona of Lake Wales, Fla. defeated top qualifier Anthony DeStasio of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., 248-210 to win his first PBA South Regional title Sunday in the PBA Brighton Construction South Open at Myrtle Beach Bowl in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

Azcona, a 22-year-old PBA rookie, was nearly flawless in defeating Jeremy Mooney of West Palm Beach, Fla., 299-223, in the first stepladder match. He then eliminated Mike Byers of Charleston, S.C., 258-226, to advance to the title match where he earned $2,500 for his first win in PBA competition.

Kelly Jordon of Marion, Ohio defeated Kris Prather of Plainfield, Ill., 196-181, to win the PBA Elkhart Central/Midwest Open presented by 900 Global at Country Club Lanes in Elkhart, Ind., Sunday for his second career PBA Regional title and a $2,000 first prize.

Jordon topped reigning Central Region Rookie of the Year Graham Fach of Guelph, Ontario, 227-224, while Prather downed Jesse Buss of Belvidere, Ill., 277-207, in the semifinal round to set up the championship match.

● Amateur Tom Adcock of Decatur, Ill., defeated Lennie Boresch of Kenosha, Wis., 222-180, to win the PBA50 Showtime Lanes Midwest/Central Open at Showtime Lanes in Virden, Ill., Sunday. The win was Adcock’s third in PBA competition. He earned $1,500 but he doesn’t get credit for the title because he is an amateur.

Adcock defeated Brian Kretzer of Dayton, Ohio, 2-1 in the best-of-three-game semifinal round while Boresch edged Scott Merritt of Iowa City, Iowa, 2-0, in the other match to set up the championship contest.

● April’s PBA Regional schedule gets underway this weekend with the PBA50 AMF Fredericksburg (Va.) South Open presented by Radical, followed by the PBA60 Blue Ridge Properties/Kingsport CVB Super Senior Open presented by Storm Monday through Wednesday at Warpath Lanes in Kingsport, Tenn. This weekend also includes of the Pacific Coast’s premier events, the PBA, PBA50 and PBA-PWBA Earl Anthony West/Northwest Classic events at Earl Anthony’s Dublin Bowl in Dublin, Calif.

● The April 14-16 PBA Regional calendar includes the Bowlers Discount Eastern Open presented by Columbia 300 at Brunswick Zone-Normandy in Ellicott City, Md., and the Copperfield Bowl Southwest Challenge presented by Global 900 for non-champions in Houston, Texas.

● The April 21-23 PBA Regional schedule features the Debbie & Leo Nunan Memorial Central Open presented by Track at AMF Stardust Lanes in Grove City, Ohio, and the Jac’s Lanes Valdosta South Open in Valdosta, Ga. April 23 also kicks of the PBA West Region’s annual tripleheader in Hawaii, including the Hawaii West/Northwest Open presented by Ebonite at Schofield AFB (April 23), the Fort Shafter West/Northwest Hawaii Open in Honolulu (April 26) and the Hickam AFB West/Northwest Open presented by Ebonite (April 28-30).

● April’s PBA Regional competition concludes with the PBA50 Cherokee Lanes South Open presented by Roto Grip in Canton, Ga., April 27-29, and the Al Jones Memorial presented by Storm at Rockaway Lanes in Rockaway, N.J., April 28-30.

● 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.

QUICK NOTES

● Late additions to the Mark Roth/Marshall Holman PBA Doubles Championship roster next week in Portland, Maine, include Terry Robinson and Charlie Mitchell, Gray, Maine, while James Goulding, Lewiston, Maine, and Jimmy Clark, Hermon, N.H., will replace Steve Pavlinko Sr. and Jr., who withdrew.

● Robert Alman of Murrysville, Pa., is the March 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.

● Roman Fowler of Cookeville, Tenn., will receive a new high-performance Brunswick ball, Charles Fainberg of Pacifica, Calif., has won a new high-performance MOTIV ball, and Gunther Grinde of Prior Lake, Minn., wins a new DV8 ball as March sweepstakes prizes 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.

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