PBA Spare Shots: Go Bowling PBA Tour Fans are Advised to Order Admission Tickets Early to Avoid Sellouts

by Bill Vint January 10, 2020 08:22

Go Bowling PBA Tour fans are advised to order admission tickets early for 2020 television finals seats, based upon the “sold out” success of last year’s schedule.

The best way to watch the Go Bowling PBA Tour finals is inside the specially designed FOX Sports TV set. Each venue offers a variety of seating options and ticket prices for exclusive experiences that fit exactly what you’re looking for during the finals.

In support of the PBA Tour’s record television viewership in 2019, the PBA is again expecting growth in on-site attendance in 2020. Tickets for all tournament finals through the PBA World Series of Bowling XI in Las Vegas can be ordered online at: https://www.pba.com/Tickets/.

STRIKEFORCE SIGNS MULTI-YEAR PBA PRODUCT REGISTRATION AGREEMENT

Strikeforce Bowling LLC has announced the signing of a three-year product registration agreement with the PBA, providing all PBA members access to use the extensive line of Strikeforce Bowling bags and accessories in competition.

“Supporting the Professional Bowlers Association is a natural fit for KR Strikeforce,” said Strikeforce President Brad Handelman. “Given the exciting Fox Sports television deal, recent acquisition of the Tour by Bowlero Corp, an expanded schedule, and increased prize funds, the timing was perfect to commit to a multi-year agreement and support the exciting future of our sport at the highest level.”

PBA PLAYER’S PERSPECTIVE: BILL O’NEILL RE-LIVES PBA HALL OF FAME CLASSIC VICTORY

The PBA Player’s Perspective interview series, featuring PBA title winners reflecting on their victories, kicks off the 2020 Go Bowling PBA Tour season by re-visiting Bill O’Neill’s victory in the 2019 season-opener, the PBA Hall of Fame Classic. By winning his 10th career title, O’Neill became title-eligible for PBA Hall of Fame consideration in 2025, his 20th year as a PBA member.

To view all of the PBA Player’s Perspective episodes, visit the PBA’s YouTube channel and click on the PBA Player’s Perspective play list. The weekly series will add a new perspective every Tuesday. The following players will provide personal play-by-play reflections in the weeks ahead:

Jan. 21 – Jakob Butturff made the PBA Oklahoma Open a part of his “career year.” He’ll share insights about his 2019 win in Shawnee, Okla.

Jan. 28 – Sean Rash will take a look into his past, revealing what he experienced in winning the 2012 PBA Tournament of Champions in Las Vegas.

Player’s Perspectives currently in the archives on YouTube include:

• Norm Duke’s stunning 2011 U.S. Open win (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pQ0cGzRfnBk).

• Kris Prather’s historic PBA Playoffs victory (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hISjw3KmGCk).

• Anthony Simonsen’s win in the 2019 Bear Open. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tt2k25WKNzQ).

Sean Rash’s 2019 Wolf Open title (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2GNxO2WdaZo).

• EJ Tackett’s Barbasol PBA Tour Finals victory (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wVuLOuU8btQ).

Bill O’Neill’s 2019 Harry O’Neale Chesapeake Open win (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xSwE3YYFjso).

• Jason Belmonte’s historic 11th major title victory in the 2019 PBA World Championship (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q4QqbkRPirM).

• Jakob Butturff’s 2019 USBC Masters win (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-cuYcXxfXXs).

EJ Tackett’s 2017 DHC PBA Japan Invitational victory. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=91yoFd7nd8g).

Kris Prather’s 2019 PBA Scorpion Championship win (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-aVe_n8uCOM).

Fans can follow all of the latest video clips and more by enrolling as a subscriber to PBA’s YouTube channel. It’s easy and it’s free. Visit YouTube.com/PBABowling and click on the “subscribe” button.

PBA REGIONAL UPDATE: 2020 SEASON BEGINS WITH TWO EVENTS JAN. 17-19

The 2020 PBA Regional season gets underway over the Jan. 17-19 weekend with tournaments in North Carolina and California for PBA50 competitors. Westview Lanes in Wilson, N.C., will host the PBA50 Richie’s Automotive South Open and Tracy Bowl in Tracy, Calif., will host the PBA50 Patton Amusement West Regional.

Scheduled for Jan. 29-30 is the PBA Japan Region’s Ikyo Cup Wolf Open at Ikyo Bowl Inzai in Inzai, Japan.

The PBA Central Region kicks off its 2020 schedule over the Jan. 31-Feb. 2 weekend with the PBA/PBA50 Don Vay Memorial Doubles Classic at Legend Lanes in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio.

For complete PBA Regional schedules including 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. Whether you are a competitor or a fan, you can follow “live scoring” for all PBA Regional events on pba.com (easily accessible for Apple and Android device users using the PBA app).

QUICK NOTES

The PBA will again have strong representation on Team USA 2020 based on performances in the 2020 USBC Team USA Trials that concluded Tuesday at Gold Coast Bowling Center in Las Vegas. PBA players who either bowled their way onto the team, or were selected by the National Selection Committee, were Kyle Sherman of O’Fallon, Mo.; Nick Pate of Inver Grove Heights, Minn.; Andrew Anderson of Holly, Mich.; AJ Johnson of Oswego, Ill.; Kyle Troup of Taylorsville, N.C.; Marshall Kent of Yakima, Wash.; EJ Tackett of Bluffton, Ind.; Kris Prather of Plainfield, Ill., and Jakob Butturff of Tempe, Ariz.

PBA Tour star AJ Johnson has learned he’ll be inducted into the Oswego, Ill., High School Hall of Fame on Saturday, Feb. 15. In addition to excelling in bowling in high school, Johnson also was a baseball and football competitor.

PBA member Nick Pate of Inver Grove Heights, Minn., has been elected as an athlete representative to the USBC Board of Directors, fulfilling the three-year term of fellow PBA member Rhino Page who stepped down to focus on new business opportunities within the bowling industry. Pate’s term will expire on July 31, 2020. Andrew Anderson, Kelly Kulick and Josie Barnes are the other athlete representatives on the USBC Board.

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PBA Spare Shots: Bowlers Journal Names Jason Belmonte Player of Decade, Colie Edison Person of Year

by Bill Vint January 3, 2020 07:15

Bowlers Journal International magazine has selected Australia’s Jason Belmonte as its Male Bowler of the Decade for the 2010s and new PBA CEO Colie Edison as its 2019 Person of the Year.

In what was arguably the most dominant decade by a bowler in PBA history, Belmonte set a number of records, including winning 11 major championships including four USBC Masters titles (three of those in a row). He won 21 of his 22 BJI Covercareer titles in the 2010s, earned PBA Player of the Year honors five times and joined the PBA “Millionaire’s Club” in a record-shattering 131 tournaments.

But maybe Belmonte’s most impressive feat was establishing the two-handed delivery as a dominant technique that has been mimicked by thousands of young bowlers in the wake of his success.

Edison rose to prominence in the bowling world when Bowlero Corp purchased the PBA in September, and the Bowlero Chief Customer Officer was named PBA CEO. Within two months of becoming the first woman to hold the PBA’s top executive position, Edison won the favor of PBA players and fans by announcing the 2020 Go Bowling PBA Tour would receive a nearly $500,000 boost in prize money, including $100,000 first prize checks for winners of the 2020 PBA Tournament of Champions, PBA World Championship and PBA Playoffs.

TOMMY JONES WINS BOWLERO ELITE SERIES FOR $100,000 PAYDAY

Nineteen-time PBA Tour champion Tommy Jones of Simpsonville, S.C., who will be inducted into the PBA Hall of Fame in Arlington, Texas, on Jan. 18, defeated Bowlero league bowler Garrett Shovan of Denver, Colo., 266-200, to win the $100,000 first prize in the final Bowlero Elite Series tournament of 2019 at Bowlero Jupiter in Florida to conclude the season.

BES_T3_Winner_1080x1080Jones, 41, defeated 2019 PBA Player of the Year Jason Belmonte, 279-216, to win the professional side of the pro-am bracket and advance to the championship match where he equaled the largest payday of his career, matching the $100,000 he collected for winning the 2006 U.S. Open.

Shovan, a pro shop operator and former Saginaw Valley State collegiate bowler, won the right to bowl against Jones by winning the league bowler side of the 16-player invitational field. He defeated Chicago’s Luis Gonzalez, 236-202, in the amateur bracket final match. Shovan won $25,000 as runner-up.

The third event in the Bowlero Elite Series aired Sunday on NBC. Other PBA stars who were invited to participate in the special event were Marshall Kent of Yakima, Wash.; Anthony Simonsen of Little Elm, Texas; Kyle Troup of Taylorsville, N.C.; and Kyle Sherman of O’Fallon, Mo. You can watch the competition on PBA’s YouTube channel: https://youtu.be/1OV3B0-nij0.

PBA PLAYER’S PERSPECTIVE RETURNS WITH KRIS PRATHER INTERVIEW ON JAN. 7

The PBA Player’s Perspective interview series, featuring PBA title winners reflecting on their victories, will return to YouTube when Kris Prather discusses winning his first PBA Tour title in the 2019 PBA Scorpion Championship during World Series of Bowling X. The Prather perspective will debut on Tuesday, Jan. 7.

To view all of the PBA Player’s Perspective episodes, visit the PBA’s YouTube channel and click on the PBA Player’s Perspective play list. The weekly series includes a new perspective released every Tuesday on the PBA’s YouTube channel. The following players will provide personal play-by-play reflections in the weeks ahead:

Jan. 14 – Bill O’Neill talks about his victory in the 2019 PBA Hall of Fame Classic, a win that made him title-eligible for PBA Hall of Fame consideration in the future.

Jan. 21 – Jakob Butturff made the PBA Oklahoma Open a part of his “career year.” He’ll share insights about his 2019 win in Shawnee, Okla.

Jan. 28 – Sean Rash will take a look into his past, revealing what he experienced in winning the 2012 PBA Tournament of Champions in Las Vegas.

Player’s Perspectives currently in the archives on YouTube include:

• Norm Duke’s stunning 2011 U.S. Open win (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pQ0cGzRfnBk).

• Kris Prather’s historic PBA Playoffs victory (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hISjw3KmGCk).

• Anthony Simonsen’s win in the 2019 Bear Open (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tt2k25WKNzQ).

Sean Rash’s 2019 Wolf Open title (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2GNxO2WdaZo).

• EJ Tackett’s Barbasol PBA Tour Finals victory (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wVuLOuU8btQ).

Bill O’Neill’s 2019 Harry O’Neale Chesapeake Open win (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xSwE3YYFjso).

• Jason Belmonte’s historic 11th major title victory in the 2019 PBA World Championship (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q4QqbkRPirM).

• Jakob Butturff’s 2019 USBC Masters win (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-cuYcXxfXXs).

EJ Tackett’s 2017 DHC PBA Japan Invitational victory (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=91yoFd7nd8g).

Fans can follow all of the latest video clips and more by enrolling as a subscriber to PBA’s YouTube channel. It’s easy and it’s free. Visit YouTube.com/PBABowling and click on the “subscribe” button.

PBA REGIONAL UPDATE: 2020 SEASON BEGINS WITH TWO EVENTS JAN. 17-19

The 2020 PBA Regional season gets underway over the Jan. 17-19 weekend with tournaments in North Carolina and California for PBA50 competitors. Westview Lanes in Wilson, N.C., will host the PBA50 Richie’s Automotive South Open and Tracy Bowl in Tracy, Calif., will host the PBA50 Patton Amusement West Regional.

Scheduled for Jan. 29-30 .is the PBA Japan Region’s Ikyo Cup Wolf Open at Ikyo Bowl Inzai in Inzai, Japan.

The PBA Central Region kicks off its 2020 schedule over the Jan. 31-Feb. 2 weekend with the PBA/PBA50 Don Vay Memorial Doubles Classic at Legend Lanes in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio.

For complete PBA Regional schedules including 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. Whether you are a competitor or a fan, you can follow “live scoring” for all PBA Regional events on pba.com (easily accessible for Apple and Android device users using the PBA app).

QUICK NOTES

The PBA has learned of the unexpected death Sunday of Jim Welch, Bowlero Corp Director of Competitive Bowling and tournament director of the PBA-PWBA Striking Against Breast Cancer Mixed Doubles tournament since 2003. Welch also served as tournament manager for Chicago’s famous Petersen Classic under Bowlero’s ownership. A celebration of life will take place on Tuesday, Jan. 7 at 11 a.m. at Interfaith Peace Chapel at the Cathedral of Hope, 5910 Cedar Springs Road, in Dallas, Texas.

• Jason Belmonte has announced he will donate $50 for every strike he throws on television in 2020 - $100 for strikes in championship matches – to Red Cross in Australia in the wake of the catastrophic wildfires affecting his home country. “I intend to strike a lot,” Belmonte noted.

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PBA Spare Shots: Bowlero Elite Series Finale to Air Sunday at 1 p.m. EST on NBC

by Bill Vint December 26, 2019 10:36

The semifinalists are set for the Bowlero Elite Series finale that will air Sunday at 1 p.m. ET on NBC. The professional side of the unique pro-am competition at Bowlero Jupiter in Florida has been culled down to newly-elected PBA Player of the Year Jason Belmonte and recently-elected PBA Hall of Famer Tommy Jones.

(PBA.com lede photo includes, from left, professional competitors Kyle Troup, Marshall Kent, Jason Belmonte, Shannon O’Keefe, Tommy Jones, Clara Guerrero, Kyle Sherman and Anthony Simonsen).

The two PBA stars will bowl a one-game match with the winner taking on the survivor of the Bowlero league bowler side of the bracket that will include former Saginaw Valley State collegiate bowler Garrett Shovan vs. Illinois’ Luis Gonzalez, who won the first event in the three-event Bowlero Elite Series competition. The winner of the Jupiter tournament will receive $100,000.

Leading up to the semifinals, PBA titlist Kyle Troup eliminated PWBA champion Clara Guerrero, 248-246, before losing to Belmonte in the quarterfinal round, 247-246. Belmonte knocked out fellow two-hander Anthony Simonsen, 263-257, in his first match. In the lower half of the pro bracket, Jones defeated PWBA Bowler of the Year Shannon O’Keefe, 226-196, and Marshall Kent, 235-218, to reach the semifinals. Kent ousted Kyle Sherman, 257-197, in his first-round match.

On the amateur side of the match play elimination bracket, Douglas Herron defeated Greg Thompson, 230-172, before losing to Shovan, 179-161. In the lower half of the amateur bracket, Jay Nephew eliminated Elizabeth Jones, 204-191, before losing to Gonzalez, 243-216. In the other first round matches, Shovan knocked out Mike Ewing, 199-167, while Gonzalez topped Amy Brehm, 226-175.

Gonzalez won the inaugural Bowlero Elite Series tournament in suburban Chicago, defeating Troup in the final match, 237-226. Simonsen won the second event in New Jersey, eliminating Brehm in the final match, 259-220.

HALL OF FAMER PETE WEBER HELPS ROOKIE MYKEL HOLLIMAN WIN FIRST TITLE

With a little Hall-of-Fame help from Pete Weber, 2019 PBA Rookie of the Year Mykel Holliman of Collierville, Tenn., won his first PBA title Sunday in the PBA/PBA50 Houston Emerald Bowl Doubles in Houston, Texas.

regionalHolliman, PBA’s top rookie in 2019, finished second in the USBC Masters but had yet to capture his first PBA title. Weber, on the other hand, is one of two players in PBA history to win 100 titles at all levels of PBA competition. He has won 37 PBA Tour titles (including 10 majors); 11 PBA50 Tour titles, 47 standard PBA Regionals and six PBA50 Regionals, including his win at Emerald Bowl in Houston, for a total of 101 – 14 behind all-time leader Walter Ray Williams Jr. The duo split a $7,000 first prize.

The winning duo finished the eight-game qualifying portion of the event in third place. After winning only four of their first nine matches in the 10-game round robin finals, they were still stalking the leaders in third place going into the final position round match. The father-son duo of Deo Benard from Henderson, Nev., and Rick Benard, now living in Keller, Texas, had just assumed a slim lead over WRW Jr. and his PBA Tour champion partner Dick Allen from Lexington, S.C. With only 73 pins separating the top three teams, Williams and Allen combined for a 420 team game to top the Benards’ final game of 404, while Weber and Holliman handily defeated the team of Paul McCordic of Sugar Land, Texas, and Justin Bui from Terrytown, La., 468-422. Earning 50 match bonus pins, Weber and Holliman overtook Williams and Allen by 11 pins, 8,539-8,528, in 18-game total pinfall to claim the title.

PBA PLAYER’S PERSPECTIVE RETURNS WITH KRIS PRATHER INTERVIEW ON JAN. 7

The PBA Player’s Perspective interview series, featuring PBA title winners reflecting on their victories, will return to YouTube in early January when Kris Prather will chat about winning his first PBA Tour title in the 2019 PBA Scorpion Championship during World Series of Bowling X. The Prather perspective will debut on Tuesday, Jan. 7.

To view all of the PBA Player’s Perspective episodes, visit the PBA’s YouTube channel and click on the PBA Player’s Perspective play list. The weekly series includes a new perspective released every Tuesday on the PBA’s YouTube channel. The following players will provide personal play-by-play reflections in the weeks ahead:

Jan. 14 – Bill O’Neill talks about his victory in the 2019 PBA Hall of Fame Classic, a win that made him title-eligible for PBA Hall of Fame consideration in the future.

Jan. 21 – Jakob Butturff made the PBA Oklahoma Open a part of his “career year.” He’ll share insights about his 2019 win in Shawnee, Okla.

Jan. 28 – Sean Rash will take a look into his past, revealing what he experienced in winning the 2012 PBA Tournament of Champions in Las Vegas.

Player’s Perspectives currently in the archives on YouTube include:

• Norm Duke’s stunning 2011 U.S. Open win (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pQ0cGzRfnBk).

• Kris Prather’s historic PBA Playoffs victory (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hISjw3KmGCk).

• Anthony Simonsen’s win in the 2019 Bear Open (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tt2k25WKNzQ).

Sean Rash’s 2019 Wolf Open title (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2GNxO2WdaZo).

• EJ Tackett’s Barbasol PBA Tour Finals victory (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wVuLOuU8btQ).

Bill O’Neill’s 2019 Harry O’Neale Chesapeake Open win (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xSwE3YYFjso).

• Jason Belmonte’s historic 11th major title victory in the 2019 PBA World Championship (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q4QqbkRPirM).

• Jakob Butturff’s 2019 USBC Masters win (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-cuYcXxfXXs).

EJ Tackett’s 2017 DHC PBA Japan Invitational victory (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=91yoFd7nd8g).

Fans can follow all of the latest video clips and more by enrolling as a subscriber to PBA’s YouTube channel. It’s easy and it’s free. Visit YouTube.com/PBABowling and click on the “subscribe” button.

PBA BOWLING CHALLENGE HOLIDAY TOURNAMENT ENDS FRIDAY

Last call for PBA Bowling Challenge for mobile devices players: the Holiday Tournament ends at 1 a.m. Eastern on Friday. The game calls for players to bowl a 245 or higher game. Each qualifying game will count as an entry. At the conclusion of the tournament, three entries will be randomly selected to receive a bowling pin signed by PBA stars along with 5,000 Gold Pins within the PBA Bowling Challenge game.

To enter, Download PBA Bowling Challenge http://bit.ly/Download-PBA and start playing. There is no cost to enter. Participants must be 18 or older.

PBA REGIONAL UPDATE: 2020 SEASON BEGINS IN NORTH CAROLINA, CALIFORNIA

The 2020 PBA Regional season gets underway over the Jan. 17-19 weekend with a pair of tournaments in North Carolina and California for PBA50 competitors. Westview Lanes in Wilson, N.C., will host the PBA50 Richie’s Automotive South Open and Tracy Bowl in Tracy, Calif., will host the PBA50 Patton Amusement West Regional.

Next up (Jan. 29-30) will be the PBA Japan Region’s Ikyo Cup Wolf Open at Ikyo Bowl Inzai in Inzai, Japan.

The PBA Central Region kicks off its 2020 schedule over the Jan. 31-Feb. 2 weekend with the PBA/PBA50 Don Vay Memorial Doubles Classic at Legend Lanes in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio.

For complete PBA Regional schedules including 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. Whether you are a competitor or a fan, you can follow “live scoring” for all PBA Regional events on pba.com (easily accessible for Apple and Android device users using the PBA app).

QUICK NOTES

The five best PBA moments of 2019? Check the PBA Channel on YouTube for this summary: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=565AySMex8A

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PBA Spare Shots: Brunswick, PBA Sign Three-Year Sponsorship and Product Registration Agreement

by Bill Vint December 19, 2019 08:41

Brunswick Bowling Products has announced it has signed a three-year, multimillion-dollar sponsorship and product registration agreement with the PBA, assuring products for all brands will be represented on the Go Bowling PBA Tour: Brunswick, Columbia 300, DV8, Ebonite, Hammer, Radical, and Track ball brands; Brunswick and Hammer bowling shoes and all of the accessories for Ultimate Bowling Products and Powerhouse brands.

Corey Dykstra“The PBA sponsorship was one of our top priorities as a follow up to the recent Ebonite acquisition. This multi-year agreement with the PBA confirms our commitment to all of our consumer brands and to growing the sport of bowling,” said Corey Dykstra, Brunswick Bowling Products CEO (at left).

The agreement also solidified Brunswick as the “Exclusive Official Capital Equipment and Lane Maintenance Supplier” to the PBA through 2022. As such, the PBA will use Brunswick MAX® lane machines, cleaners, conditioners and cloth exclusively on the PBA Tour and the PBA50 Tour. In addition, Brunswick will also furnish the bowling equipment for PBA arena events conducted during the next three seasons, including pinsetters, ball returns, Sync® scoring systems, and Pro Lane™ synthetic lanes. Brunswick will supply MAX® crown bowling pins to be used during televised PBA Tour competitions and will be named as the preferred bowling ball brand at PBA Tour pro-am events.

PBA CEO Colie Edison commented, “We are very excited to continue the long-standing partnership between Brunswick and the PBA. This relationship has been productive for more than 60 years, and we appreciate Brunswick’s tradition of supporting competitive bowling and look forward to continuing to deliver outstanding value to their brands.”

“Brunswick Bowling Products was born out of a love for the sport and nearly 130 years later that passion is still at the heart of everything we do,” Dykstra added. “We are thrilled that the best bowlers in the world will continue to compete using the best bowling equipment.”

HOLIDAY TOURNAMENT BEGINS FOR PBA BOWLING CHALLENGE GAME PLAYERS

A special Holiday Tournament is underway for the popular PBA Bowling Challenge for mobile devices, Concrete Software has announced.

The limited-time tournament calls for players to bowl a 245 or higher game. Each game of 245 or higher will count as an entry. At the conclusion of the Holiday Tournament at 1 a.m. Eastern on December 27, three entries will be randomly selected to receive a bowling pin signed by PBA stars along with 5,000 Gold Pins within the PBA Bowling Challenge game.

To get started, open the PBA Bowling Challenge game app on your mobile device. Enter the Winter Tournament on the North Pole venue. There is no cost to enter, but participants must be 18 or older.

To enter, Download PBA Bowling Challenge http://bit.ly/Download-PBA and start playing. To review the official rules, visit this link: http://bit.ly/OfficialRules7.

PBA PLAYER’S PERSPECTIVE: EJ TACKETT RE-VISITS 2017 DHC PBA JAPAN INVITATIONAL

The PBA Player’s Perspective interview series, featuring PBA title winners reflecting on their victories, continues over the holiday season with a Christmas Eve day presentation of EJ Tackett’s insights into his victory in the DHC PBA Japan Invitational to kick off the 2017 season. Tackett’s perspective will debut Tuesday on the PBA’s YouTube channel.

To view all of the PBA Player’s Perspective episodes, visit the PBA’s YouTube channel and click on the PBA Player’s Perspective play list. The weekly series includes a new perspective released every Tuesday on the PBA’s YouTube channel. The following players will provide personal play-by-play reflections in the weeks ahead:

Jan. 7 – Kris Prather will explain what was going through his mind in winning his first PBA Tour title in the 2019 PBA Scorpion Championship during World Series of Bowling X.

Jan. 14 – Bill O’Neill talks about his victory in the 2019 PBA Hall of Fame Classic, a win that made him title-eligible for PBA Hall of Fame consideration in the future.

Jan. 21 – Jakob Butturff made the PBA Oklahoma Open a part of his “career year.” He’ll share insights about his 2019 win in Shawnee, Okla.

Jan. 28 – Sean Rash will take a look into his past, revealing what he experienced in winning the 2012 PBA Tournament of Champions in Las Vegas.

Player’s Perspectives currently in the archives on YouTube include:

• Norm Duke’s stunning 2011 U.S. Open win (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pQ0cGzRfnBk).

• Kris Prather’s historic PBA Playoffs victory (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hISjw3KmGCk).

• Anthony Simonsen’s win in the 2019 Bear Open (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tt2k25WKNzQ).

Sean Rash’s 2019 Wolf Open title (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2GNxO2WdaZo).

• EJ Tackett’s Barbasol PBA Tour Finals victory (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wVuLOuU8btQ).

Bill O’Neill’s 2019 Harry O’Neale Chesapeake Open win (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xSwE3YYFjso).

• Jason Belmonte’s historic 11th major title victory in the 2019 PBA World Championship (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q4QqbkRPirM).

• Jakob Butturff’s 2019 USBC Masters win (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-cuYcXxfXXs).

Fans can follow all of the latest video clips and more by enrolling as a subscriber to PBA’s YouTube channel. It’s easy and it’s free. Visit YouTube.com/PBABowling and click on the “subscribe” button.

PBA REGIONAL UPDATE: REGIONAL SEASON ENDS THIS WEEKEND IN HOUSTON

The PBA Regional program will wrap up its 2019 season with PBA/PBA50 Houston Emerald Bowl Doubles Dec. 20-22 in Houston, Texas. The Southwest Region event is projected to pay $7,000 for first place.

For complete PBA Regional schedules heading into the 2020 season, including 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. Whether you are a competitor or a fan, you can follow “live scoring” for all PBA Regional events on pba.com (easily accessible for Apple and Android device users using the PBA app).

QUICK NOTES

• Patrick Allen, a 13-time PBA Tour champion and 2019 PBA Hall of Fame inductee, has been elected to the United States Bowling Congress Hall of Fame along with eight-time PWBA titlist Marianne DiRupo, a fellow New Jersey resident. Allen had a career-year during the 2004-05 season when he earned PBA Player of the Year honors after winning the PBA World Championship and finishing among the top five in the other three major championships (U.S. Open, USBC Masters and PBA Tournament of Champions). Other PBA members on USBC’s Superior Performance ballot were Bryan Goebel, Wes Malott, Randy Pedersen, Mike Scroggins and Mark Williams. The USBC Hall of Fame induction ceremonies will take place on April 29 during the USBC Convention at The Orleans in Las Vegas.

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PBA Spare Shots: New “Worst Breaks of 2019” Video Clip Featured on PBA’s YouTube Channel

by Bill Vint December 13, 2019 10:28

Newly posted on PBA’s YouTube channel is a segment called “Friday Five – the worst breaks of 2019.” If you’d like to re-live an emotionally painful collection of five of the most heart-breaking tough luck shots of the 2019 Go Bowling! PBA Tour season, click on this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DEnpOd9CHaI.

The “what might have been…” clip illustrates how unfair the Bowling Gods can be at times, and features game-changing shots made by Marshall Kent, Rhino Page, Dom Barrett and Sean Rash - all in the PBA Playoffs – and PBA Player of the Year Jason Belmonte in the title match of the PBA Players Championship.

This clip, produced by PBA video productions manager Jef Goodger, is one of thousands of video clips that have attracted more than 157,000 subscribers to PBA’s YouTube channel – more than twice the viewership base of any other bowling channel on YouTube. PBA’s content on YouTube has produced more than 92 million views since its inception, and currently is averaging right at two million views per month.

If you are a bowling fan who is looking for new or “throwback” telecasts of PBA events, or highlights, interviews, bowling tips, behind-the-scenes insights and more, sign on as a PBA YouTube subscriber. It’s free, and it’s easy.

PBA PLAYER’S PERSPECTIVE: JAKOB BUTTURFF DISCUSSES USBC MASTERS VICTORY

The PBA Player’s Perspective interview series, featuring PBA title winners reflecting on their victories, will turn to Jakob Butturff’s experiences in capturing his first major title in the 2019 USBC Masters, a big moment in the young lefthander’s most successful season so far. Butturff’s perspective debuted Tuesday on the PBA’s YouTube channel.

To view all of the PBA Player’s Perspective episodes, visit the PBA’s YouTube channel and click on the PBA Player’s Perspective play list. The weekly series includes a new perspective released every Tuesday on the PBA’s YouTube channel. The following players will provide personal play-by-play reflections in the weeks ahead:

Dec. 24 – On Christmas Eve day, EJ Tackett will take fans across the Pacific Ocean to talk about his victory in the DHC PBA Japan Invitational to kick off the 2017 season.

Jan. 7 – Kris Prather will explain what was going through his mind in winning his first PBA Tour title in the 2019 PBA Scorpion Championship during World Series of Bowling X.

Jan. 14 – Bill O’Neill talks about his victory in the 2019 PBA Hall of Fame Classic, a win that made him title-eligible for PBA Hall of Fame consideration in the future.

Jan. 21 – Jakob Butturff made the PBA Oklahoma Open a part of his “career year.” He’ll share insights about his 2019 win in Shawnee, Okla.

Jan. 28 – Sean Rash will take a look into his past, revealing what he experienced in winning the 2012 PBA Tournament of Champions in Las Vegas.

Player’s Perspectives currently in the archives on YouTube include:

• Norm Duke’s stunning 2011 U.S. Open win (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pQ0cGzRfnBk).

• Kris Prather’s historic PBA Playoffs victory (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hISjw3KmGCk).

• Anthony Simonsen’s win in the 2019 Bear Open (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tt2k25WKNzQ).

Sean Rash’s 2019 Wolf Open title (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2GNxO2WdaZo).

• EJ Tackett’s Barbasol PBA Tour Finals victory (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wVuLOuU8btQ).

Bill O’Neill’s 2019 Harry O’Neale Chesapeake Open win (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xSwE3YYFjso).

• Jason Belmonte’s historic 11th major title victory in the 2019 PBA World Championship (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q4QqbkRPirM).

PBA REGIONAL UPDATE: GRAYWACZ, CURRY WIN FIRST PBA REGIONAL TITLES

Ryan Graywacz of Canastota, N.Y., defeated Rich Reynolds of Plantsville, Conn., 250-188, to win the PBA MJK Pro Shop/Knob Hill Eastern Challenge presented by Brunswick at Knob Hill Country Lanes in Manalapan, N.J., on Saturday.

PBA Challenge events are open to any member or non-member who has never won a PBA event.

Graywacz, a five-year member, had a runner-up finish earlier this season in Yonkers, N.Y. He started the qualifying round slowly, averaging 181 for the first three games before exploding with a 239 average for the final seven games of qualifying. He posted 6-1 record throughout the match play finals to claim the $1,500 first prize along with his first PBA title. Reynolds earned $1,000 for his runner-up finish.

In the semifinal matches, Graywacz topped Conrad Chapple of West Pittston, Pa., 196-181, and Reynolds defeated Scott Kinkaid of Elizabethtown, Pa., 163-152.

Chris Curry of Beech Grove, Ind., defeated Dick Gran of Hartville, Ohio, 214-211, to win his first PBA Regional title in the Warren Harley-Davidson Central Challenge at Freeway Lanes of Warren, Ohio, on Sunday.

Curry, who earned $1,500, blanked Brent Boho of Colgate, Wis., 2-0, and Gran topped non-PBA member James Cheff of Austintown, Ohio, 2-1, in the best-of-three-game semifinal round matches to set up the championship match.

The PBA Regional program concludes its 2019 season with PBA/PBA50 Houston Emerald Bowl Doubles Dec. 20-22 in Houston, Texas. The Southwest Region event is projected to pay $7,000 for first place.

For complete PBA Regional schedules, rules and entry information, visit pba.com, open the “schedules” tab and click on PBA Regional Tours to find the event(s) in your area…and remember, you can follow “live scoring” for all PBA Regional events on pba.com (easily accessible for Apple and Android device users using the PBA app).

QUICK NOTES

• Denise Roth, wife of PBA legend Mark Roth, has confirmed that Mark has suffered another stroke which necessitated placement in a New York long-term care facility. Fans are invited to send best wishes to Mark through his Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/mark.roth.374? Cards or letter can be sent to Mark Roth, 821 Forest Ave., Fulton NY 13069.

Denise Roth’s most recent Facebook message noted, “We have had so many inquiries on Mark's progress since his stroke last month. Mark is having a battle and all prayers are so very appreciated and needed. We can't thank Family, Friends and his Fans enough for your beautiful messages and support. I read your messages to Mark and he lights up with a huge smile.”

If you missed the 2019 PBA awards presentations livestreamed by FloBowling, FloBowling subscribers can watch the show on demand by visiting FloBowling.com (https://www.flobowling.com/articles/6611262-belmo-wins-fifth-pba-poy-award).

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