PBA Spare Shots: HOFer Randy Pedersen to Anchor Facebook Live Coverage of PBAL Seeding Round

by Bill Vint July 11, 2019 09:24

PBA Hall of Famer Randy Pedersen will anchor the Facebook LIVE coverage of the PBA League’s eight-game seeding round Monday from Bayside Bowl in Portland, Maine, before joining his FOX Sports teammates Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings for the live FS1 coverage of the PBA League Elias Cup competition.

Pedersen will be joined during Monday’s eight-game Baker team qualifying round, beginning at 10:30 a.m. EDT, by PBAL team managers. The qualifying round will determine the pairings for the “race to two points” quarterfinal round matches that will air Tuesday beginning at 7 p.m. EDT on FS1. To watch the qualifying round, visit PBA’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/ProfessionalBowlersAssociation/.

For the FS1 telecasts, Pedersen will serve as color analyst alongside announcer Dave LaMont and sideline reporter Kimberly Pressler. FS1 coverage will include four hours of live quarterfinal round coverage Tuesday, two hours of semifinal round coverage Wednesday and two hours of Elias Cup championship round coverage Thursday. Tuesday’s telecast begins at 7 p.m. EDT; the Wednesday and Thursday telecasts start at 9 p.m. EDT.

PBA REGIONAL UPDATE: EX-WICHITA STATE PLAYERS WIN GRAND CASINO DOUBLES

Former Wichita State competitors A.J. Chapman of Manchester, Iowa, and Canadian Mitch Hupe’, both currently living in Wichita, Kan., teamed up to win the PBA FireLake Grand Casino Hotel & Resort Southwest Doubles, presented byDV8, at FireLake Bowling Center in Shawnee, Okla., Sunday, defeating Texans Joe Findling from Mesquite and Shawn Maldonado of Houston, 473-414, in the title match.

For Chapman, the win was his second in PBA Regional competition, while Hupé, the 2018 PBA Southwest Region Rookie of the Year, earned his first PBA title. Each collected $2,000 for the win.

The winning team qualified second after the eight-game qualifying round, earning byes directly into the best-of-three-game semifinal round where they defeated Englishman Stuart Williams, now living in Pflugerville, Texas, and his PBA Hall of Fame partner, Chris Barnes of Double Oak, Texas, 2-0.

Findling and Maldonado, qualified fourth, earning a first-round bye before defeating twin brothers Anthony and Sean Lavery-Spahr from Pasadena, Texas, 2-0, followed by a 2-1 win over qualifying leaders Paul Henderson from Watauga, Texas, and non-PBA member Marc Heninger of Tonganoxie, Kan., 2-1, in their semifinal round match.

• Will Garber of Modesto, Calif., defeated Jake Peters of Henderson, Nev., 254-225, to win the Vanessa Brown Homes West Open, presented by Track, at Yosemite Lanes in Modesto, Calif., on Sunday.

In the companion PBA50 Vanessa Brown Homes West Open, Ty Dawson of Sunnyvale, Calif., defeated Rick Memeley of Santa Maria, Calif., 225-215, for his fifth PBA50 Regional in addition to a $1,500 first prize.

In addition to the $2,000 first prize, the title was Garber’s second in PBA Regional competition. Garber defeated Taylor Jacobs of Auburn, Calif., 214-184, in the semifinal round while Peters advanced to the title match by defeating Warren Crawford of McKinleyville, Calif., 228-216.

In the PBA50 semifinal round, Dawson eliminated Chris Preble of Clovis, Calif., 191-190, and Memeley defeated Mark Mazzulla of Brentwood, Calif., 215-196.

• Brian Kretzer of Dayton, Ohio defeated Dave Axon of Bellevue, Neb., 200-190, to win the PBA50 Greater Freeport Midwest/Central Open at 4 Seasons Bowling Center in Freeport, Ill., Sunday for his 14th PBA50 Regional title and a $1,400 first prize.

Kretzer blanked tournament host Jeff Johnson, 2-0, while Axon downed Chris Gibbons of Madison, Wis., 2-1, in a best-of-three-game semifinal round to set up the championship match.

PBA Regional activity continues over the July 12-14 weekend with the PBA50 Cecil Raymond Memorial presented by Track at Brunswick Zone Deptford in Deptford, N.J., and the PBA50 Beverly Lanes Midwest/Central Open presented by MOTIV in Arlington Heights, Ill.

The July 19-21 PBA Regional calendar includes the Angola Central/Midwest Open presented by Storm at Angola Bowl in Angola, Ind., the Fort Sill Southwest Open presented by MOTIV at Twin Oaks Bowling Center in Fort Sill, Okla., and the Husted Member/Non-Member Doubles at Husted’s Hazel Dell Lanes in Vancouver, Wash.

• The July schedule of PBA Regionals concludes over the July 26-28 weekend with the PBA50 Tower Lanes Summer Classic in Tacoma, Wash.

● 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

• Pete McCordic of Katy, Texas, forfeited his eligibility to compete in PBA competition almost 20 years ago when he became PBA Southwest Region manager, but as a proven PBA competitor with two PBA Tour and seven PBA Regional titles to his credit (plus a memorable nationally-televised 300 game in Torrance, Calif., in 1987) prior to accepting his new job, he has pursued his competitive challenges elsewhere. Proving he can still roll the ball with authority, the 65-year-old McCordic won the Super Senior Singles title in the recently-completed Bowlers Journal Championships held in conjunction with the USBC Open Championships in Las Vegas. McCordic won the 60-and-older event with a 717 series, two years after winning the BJ Senior Singles title with an 812 series. For more information about how PBA members fared in the Bowlers Journal Championships as well as the USBC Open Championships, visit https://www.bowl.com/openchamp/.

• Julian Michael Salinas of Richmond, Texas, posted a 42-game total of 9,197 pins, including match play bonus pins, to defeat Bryce Oliver of Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, by 28 pins and Hannah Diem of Seminole, Fla., had a total of 8,653 pins to top Caroline Thesier of Mooresville, N.C., by 27 pins to win the boys’ and girls’ Teen Masters varsity titles Saturday at Sawgrass Lanes in Tamarac, Fla.


• Reminder
: Tickets to attend the Barbasol PBA Tour Finals presented by Red Rock Casino, Resort & Spa in Las Vegas are still available. Visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/barbasol-pba-tour-finals-presented-by-red-rock-casino-resort-spa-tickets-57610119418. Jason Belmonte, Jakob Butturff, Anthony Simonsen, EJ Tackett, Marshall Kent, Bill O’Neill, Andrew Anderson and Kris Prather will compete in the Finals live by CBS Sports Network over a span five shows (two two-hour shows on Saturday, July 20 and two two-hour shows plus the one-hour finale on Sunday, July 21).

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PBA Spare Shots: Follow PBA Summer Tour, USBC Cup Points Races Beginning Sunday with Lubbock Finals

by Bill Vint June 28, 2019 11:14

With the conclusion of the PBA Lubbock Sports Shootout, the first event of the PBA Summer Tour on FloBowling, pba.com will begin tracking the USBC Cup points standings Sunday at the following link: https://www.pba.com/SeasonStats/PointsList/132?list=6. The winner of the Lubbock event, a Tier 3 tournament in PBA’s points system, will earn 2,500 points to get the summer points race underway.

In addition to offering PBA Summer Tour competitors a total of $40,000 in bonus prize money based upon how the top five players perform across the 10-event series of tournaments, competition points earned during the summer will qualify eight players to bowl for a $25,000 first prize in the first FloBowling ATX Invite at Dart Bowl in Austin, Texas, on Sept. 21, and the same eight players will earn expenses-paid trips to compete in the inaugural PBA China Tiger Cup Nov. 19-21 which also will offer a $20,000 top prize.

The PBA Summer Tour landing page includes a complete listing of tournament schedules along with competition points values assigned to each event. The points standings will be updated immediately upon the conclusion of each tournament in the summer series.

The entire PBA Summer Tour will be livestreamed exclusively by FloBowling, which also will livestream all remaining PBA50 Tour events in July and August plus the Teen Masters July 1-5. FloBowling is available around the world on a subscription basis. Visit flobowling.com for details and enrollment information. Check the “Xtra Frame on FloBowling” link on pba.com (https://www.pba.com/Live) for a complete schedule of livestreaming times.

While July and August will be packed with PBA and PBA50 Tour action on FloBowling, the PBA Tour’s summer schedule also includes three consecutive nights of PBA League Elias Cup competition July 16, 17 and 18 from Bayside Bowl in Portland, Maine, live on FOX Sports’ FS1 channel, and two days of Barbasol PBA Tour Finals coverage, presented by Red Rock Casino, Resort & Spa, live on CBS Sports Network, July 20-21, from Red Rock Lanes in Las Vegas.

PBA CEO/COMMISSIONER TOM CLARK RECEIVES KEGEL’S JOHN DAVIS AWARD

2019 John Davis award from left_Nicholson.Len_Chartrand.Chris_Clark.Tom_Villareale.SamPBA CEO and Commissioner Tom Clark was the 19th recipient of the John Davis Award, presented by Kegel – the company the late John Davis co-founded – Wednesday at International Bowl Expo in Las Vegas. The award is presented annually to an individual who is actively involved in trying to advance the sport of bowling. A perpetual plaque, bearing each recipient’s name, is permanently displayed in The Kegel Training Center in Lake Wales, Fla.

(Photo caption: 2019 John Davis award presention, from left: Len Nicholson, Chris Chartrand, Tom Clark, Sam Villareale)

“(Clark) brought the PBA from the doldrums to probably the greatest of all-time,” said PBA Hall of Famer Len Nicholson, the former PBA supervisor of lane maintenance and host of the long-running “The Phantom” internet podcast, as he presented the award.

“I loved John Davis. Any award with his name on it and celebrates what (Kegel CEO) Chris Chartrand and Kegel have done to keep his name alive, is amazing,” Clark said. “To have you guys recognize me is sweet, very nice.

“I used to have conversations with John that would last for hours, and they never got boring,” Clark added. “All John cared about was the sport of bowling, and that’s what I care about, too.”

FLORIDA’S BILL ROGERS WINS PBA BOWLING CHALLENGE “PBA PLAYOFFS” SPECIAL EVENT

Bill Rogers of Rotonda West, Fla., won the “PBA Playoffs Challenge” special event conducted as part of Concrete Software’s PBA Bowling Challenge in early June. The special competition required a contestant to bowl a game higher than the 216 game Kris Prather bowled in his second game in winning the PBA Playoffs on the PBA Bowling Challenge game for mobile devices.

Rogers was among the 22,866 unique players who re-entered the contest an average of 4.5 times, generating a total of 103,513 submissions – a record for the PBA mobile device game. Rogers had 14 submissions and his winning score was selected at random among those who topped Prather’s 216. Numerous players submitted more than 100 game scores.

For his win, Rogers receives a PBA bowling pin autographed by Prather plus 6,000 PBA Bowling Challenge gold pins from Concrete Software.

PBA REGIONAL UPDATE: VENTURA WINS NINTH REGIONAL TITLE IN NEW HYDE PARK

Sammy Ventura of Norwich, N.Y., a two-time East Region PBA50 Player of the Year, compiled a 5-3 match play record and a 15-game total of 3,598 pins to win the PBA50 Ned Micelli Memorial at Herrill Lanes in New Hyde Park, N.Y., Saturday by a mere six pins over reigning PBA50 East Region Player of the Year Rick Graham of Lancaster, Pa.

Ventura qualified second, 11 pins behind Graham, but quickly assumed the lead, which he held throughout the first seven games of the round robin match play finals. Ventura held a 69-pin lead over Graham going into the final match, but Graham started with four strikes and found himself in position to win before he suffered an open frame in the seventh frame. After Graham failed to strike in the ninth, Ventura had the title clinched despite an open in the final frame.

Ventura won $1,500 along with his ninth overall PBA Regional title while Graham earned $800.

The new PBA East Region event was organized by PBA member Glenn Smith to honor the late Ned Micelli, a long-time fellow competitor. Micelli, who died in July 2017, competed well into his 80s throughout the Long Island area.

• Greg Thomas of Irmo, S.C., defeated red-hot Stoney Baker of Canton, Ga., 233-166, to win the PBA50 Aberdeen South Open at SandHills Bowling Center in Aberdeen, N.C., Sunday.

Thomas won $2,600 along with his fifth overall PBA Regional title. He started the championship game with five strikes and that was all he needed in running away with the win after Baker ran into trouble early and couldn’t recover.

In the semifinal round, Thomas defeated Brian Kretzer of Dayton, Ohio, 179-165, while Baker disposed of PBA Hall of Famer Walter Ray Williams Jr. of Oxford, Fla., 249-227, in the other semifinal round match.

• Myles Duty of Modesto, Calif. posted a 6-4 match play record and knocked down 4,543 pins Sunday to win his second PBA Regional title in the PBA Epi Center Northwest/West Open in Klamath Falls, Ore.

Duty, who earned $2,000, defeated non-PBA member Anthony Thompson of Redding, Calif., by 21 pins for the title. Thompson had an 8-2 match play record and 4,522 total pins for his 18 games including match play bonus pins.

In the companion PBA50 Open, John Gould of Yuba City, Calif., went 6-2 and knocked down 3,944 total pins to top Bob Rosenau of Redding, Calif., for his first PBA50 Regional title and third title overall. Rosenau had a 3-5 match play record and a total of 3,745 pins.

Non-PBA member Cory Hines of Jackson, Mich. defeated Chandler Stevens of Archbold, Ohio, 276-193, to win the PBA Pro Bowl West Central/Midwest Challenge presented by Ebonite at Pro Bowl West in Fort Wayne, Ind., on Saturday.

Challenge events are open to PBA members without a PBA title or non-members who have never won a PBA event. Hines earned $1,500 for the win, but since he is not a PBA member, he does not receive credit for a PBA regional title.

Hines downed Charlie Brown Jr. of Granville, Mich., 248-203 while Stevens edged Michael Bankert of Indianapolis, 267-255, in semifinal round matches to set up the championship match.

Closing out the June PBA Regional calendar this weekend will be the PBA-PBA50 John Kontos Memorial Midwest/Central Doubles Open at Town & Country Lanes in Joliet, Ill., and the Century Lanes Hampton South Open in Hampton, Va.

Heading into the 4th of July weekend, Bowl 10 Fairborn will host the PBA50 Fairborn Central Classic presented by Roto Grip Monday-Wednesday, July 1-3, in Fairborn, Ohio. Closing the extended holiday weekend July 5-7 will be the PBA50 Greater Freeport Midwest/Central Open at 4 Seasons Bowl in Freeport, Ill.; the Grand Casino Hotel & Resort Southwest Doubles presented by DV8 at FireLake Bowling Center in Shawnee, Okla., and the PBA/PBA50 Vanessa Brown Homes West Open doubleheader presented by Track at Yosemite Lanes in Modesto, Calif.

● 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

Long-time PBA member Lee Vanderhoef of Fuquay-Varina, N.C., became the third bowler in the 116-year history of the USBC Open Championships to bowl three perfect games in the tournament when he rolled his most recent 300 during his team event on June 20 at the South Point Bowling Plaza in Las Vegas. Vanderhoef, 40, rolled his first 300 in the 2009 USBC Open Championships, also in Las Vegas, and he joined the list of 31 other bowlers with multiple 300s when he recorded No. 2 during the 2013 tournament in Reno.

You still have time to help select the winner if the 2019 ESPY “best bowler” award by voting online at ESPN.com/ESPYS and social media platforms: https://www.espn.com/espys/story/_/page/voting48/best-athlete-sport. ESPN’s candidates are Jason Belmonte, Norm Duke, Jakob Butturff and Anthony Simonsen. The winner will be announced during the ESPYs telecast on ABC-TV on Wednesday, July 10, at 8 p.m. Eastern.

• Reminder: Tickets to watch the 2019 Barbasol PBA Tour Finals presented by Red Rock Casino, Resort & Spa are still available. For tickets for the July 20-21 battle between the PBA’s elite eight players based upon total points earned during the 2018 and 2019 Go Bowling! PBA Tour seasons, visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/barbasol-pba-tour-finals-presented-by-red-rock-casino-resort-spa-tickets-57610119418. The field of eight will include Jason Belmonte, Jakob Butturff, Anthony Simonsen, EJ Tackett, Marshall Kent, Bill O’Neill, Andrew Anderson and Kris Prather. The Barbasol PBA Tour Finals will be televised live by CBS Sports Network over a span five shows (two on Saturday, July 20 and three on Sunday, July 21).

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PBA Spare Shots: American PBA Stars Successfully Defend Weber Cup, Tie Series at 10-10

by Bill Vint June 21, 2019 17:28

PBA stars Anthony Simonsen, Kyle Troup, Jakob Butturff and team captain Chris Barnes successfully defended the Weber Cup against a quartet of European PBA stars – Osku Palermaa, Jesper Svensson, Stuart Williams and captain Dom Barrett – in the 20th anniversary of the Ryder-Cup-style bowling event, but the first held on American soil.

Simonsen’s 287-278 win over Williams in the 32nd match finished off the 18-14 win by the U.S. One point was awarded in each singles, doubles and Baker team match bowled using the World Bowling “current frame” scoring system. The U.S. win evened the series at 10-10. The invitational event will return to Europe in 2020.

The Weber Cup was conducted over four days on a single lane in a stadium-style setting at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas.

20TH WEBER CUP
Mandalay Bay Resort, Las Vegas, June 18-21
(Scores based on World Bowling Current Frame scoring system; one point awarded for each match win; first team to 18 points wins)

Match One: Europe def. USA, 232-218.
Match Two: Anthony Simonsen, U.S., def. Jesper Svensson, Europe, 279-246.
Match Three: Dom Barrett, Europe, def. Jakob Butturff, U.S., 255-244.
Match Four: Chris Barnes, U.S., def. Stuart Williams, Europe, 263-222.
Match Five: Kyle Troup, U.S., def. Osku Palermaa, Europe, 232-223.
Match Six: Simonsen def. Svensson, 257-223.
Match Seven: Williams def. Butturff, 276-243.
Match Eight: Barrett def. Barnes, 230-210.

Match Nine: Troup def. Palermaa, 278-201.
Match 10: Palermaa/Barrett def. Butturff/Barnes, 236-234.
Match 11: Barnes def. Barrett, 257-234.
Match 12: Svensson/Palermaa def. Troup/Butturff, 257-236.
Match 13: Butturff def. Svensson, 278-235.
Match 14: Barnes/Simonsen def. Barrett/Williams, 267-267, 60-16 in roll-off.
Match 15: Troup def. Palermaa, 246-242.
Match 16: USA def. Europe, 300-257.

Match 17: Barnes def. Barrett, 234-188.
Match 18: Williams def. Simonsen, 267-242.
Match 19: Svensson def. Butturff, 243-212.
Match 20: Barnes def. Williams, 246-176.
Match 21: Troup def. Barrett, 278-235.
Match 22: Simonsen def. Palermaa, 254-220.
Match 23: Barrett def. Butturff, 241-229.

Match 24: Williams/Palermaa def. Barnes/Troup, 289-246.
Match 25: Troup def. Williams, 267-245.
Match 26: Svensson/Barrett def. Simonsen/Butturff, 267-256.
Match 27: Barnes def. Palermaa, 288-244.
Match 28: Svensson/Williams def. Troup/Simonsen, 267-256.
Match 29: Simonsen def. Svensson, 267-232.
Match 30: Palermaa def. Barnes, 255-228.
Match 31: Barrett def. Butturff, 247-213.
Match 32: Simonsen def. Williams, 287-278 (U.S. def. Europe, 18-14).

JAKOB BUTTURFF, LIZ JOHNSON TOP 2019 WORLD BOWLING TOUR POINTS LISTS

Jakob Butturff of Tempe, Ariz., and Liz Johnson of Palatine, Ill., are the early men’s and women’s leaders in World Bowling Tour points in the races for three berths in the 2019 World Bowling Tour Men’s and Women’s Finals. The finals will take place for the first time in Kuwait at the conclusion of the World Bowling-PBA International Tour’s Kuwait Open, Oct. 31-Nov. 6.

Points are earned in designated World Bowling Tour events held around the world. Seven additional events are on the men’s schedule in 2019 while women have eight more events, including this week’s U.S. Women’s Open.

Butturff heads the men’s qualifying list with 1,080 points, followed by PBA Tour rookie Mykel Holliman of Collierville, Tenn. (636 points); defending WBT Men’s Finals winner Jason Belmonte of Australia (600); Mitch Hupé of Canada (468) and AJ Chapman of Manchester, Iowa (444). The women’s top five are Johnson (1,224); Danielle McEwan of Stony Point, N.Y. (928); Tannya Roumimper of Indonesia (720); and Clara Guerrero of Colombia (696). Missy Parkin of Laguna Hills, Calif., and Dasha Kovalova of Ukraine are tied for fifth with 600 points each.

PBA REGIONAL UPDATE: UMBRELLO ROLLS CLUTCH DOUBLE FOR FIRST PBA TITLE

Corey Umbrello of Westminster, Mass. rolled a clutch double in the 10th frame to defeat Ryan Graywacz of Canastota, N.Y., 227-224, to win the PBA Homefield Bowl Eastern Open presented by MOTIV in Yonkers, N.Y., Sunday. 

Umbrello, who qualified first for the stepladder finals by 65 pins over Graywacz, opened in the ninth frame to give Graywacz an opportunity to close him out. But after throwing strikes in the ninth and 10th frames, Graywacz failed to throw the clinching third strike in a row and Umbrello then doubled to secure his first PBA title and the $3,000 first place prize.

Graywacz almost missed the stepladder finals, but defeated Michael Markis of Scranton, Pa., in a one-game roll-off, 206-176, to make it into the four-man finals. Graywacz, who also was looking for his first PBA title, then defeated Jonathan Van Hees of Charlestown, R.I., 213-190, and defending champion Anthony Pepe of Elmhurst, N.Y., 201-189, to advance to the championship match.

• John Janawicz of Winter Haven, Fla., defeated Kristijonas Sergejevas of Lithuania, 235-196, Sunday to win the fourth annual PBA Timmy See Memorial South Open presented by MOTIV at BreakPoint Alley in Tavares, Fla.

Janawicz, a 2018 USBC Hall of Fame inductee, qualified in the top position for the stepladder finals with a 17-game pinfall total of 4,238, and easily won the championship match after starting with four strikes while Sergejevas opened in the third frame and failed to throw consecutive strikes until the eighth and ninth frames.

In the opening match Anthony DeStasio of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., defeated Shawn Naumann of Orlando, Fla., 248-235. Sergejevas then defeated DeStasio, 257-224, to advance to the final match.

Janawicz earned $2,300 for the win but doesn’t get credit for a PBA title because he is not a PBA member.

PBA Regional tournaments on tap for the June 21-23 weekend include the PBA50 Ned Micelli Memorial presented by Ebonite at Herrill Lanes in New Hyde Park, N.Y.; the Pro Bowl West Central/Midwest Challenge presented by Ebonite for non-title winners in Fort Wayne, Ind.; the PBA50 Sand Hills South Open at Sand Hills Bowling Center in Aberdeen, N.C., and the PBA/PBA50 Epicenter Northwest/West Open doubleheader in Klamath Falls, Ore.

Closing out the June PBA Regional calendar will be the PBA-PBA50 John Kontos Memorial Midwest/Central Doubles Open at Town & Country Lanes in Joliet, Ill., and the Century Lanes Hampton South Open in Hampton, Va.

Heading into the 4th of July weekend, Bowl 10 Fairborn will host the PBA50 Fairborn Central Classic presented by Roto Grip Monday-Wednesday, July 1-3, in Fairborn, Ohio. Closing the extended holiday weekend July 5-7 will be the PBA50 Greater Freeport Midwest/Central Open at 4 Seasons Bowl in Freeport, Ill.; the Grand Casino Hotel & Resort Southwest Doubles presented by DV8 at FireLake Bowling Center in Shawnee, Okla., and the PBA/PBA50 Vanessa Brown Homes West Open doubleheader presented by Track at Yosemite Lanes in Modesto, Calif.

● 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

How did PBA Hall of Famer Nelson Burton Jr. spend his 77th birthday on June 6? He bowled as a sub in the Wednesday Handicap Singles league at Stuart Bowl in Stuart, Fla., and rolled games of 279, 290 and 269 for an 838 series. He then added a 248 for a four-game series of 1,086 for a 271.5 average.

• Don’t Forget to Vote: Four-time PBA Player of the Year Jason Belmonte, PBA Hall of Famer Norm Duke, and rising stars Jakob Butturff and Anthony Simonsen – four players who have already put together milestone seasons in the 2019 Go Bowling! PBA Tour season – have been selected by ESPN as nominees for the 2019 ESPY Best Bowler Award. Fans will select the winners by voting online at ESPN.com/ESPYS and social media platforms: https://www.espn.com/espys/story/_/page/voting48/best-athlete-sport.

Fans can watch the 2019 Teen Masters from July 1-5 on FloBowling. For schedule and FloBowling subscription information, visit FloBowling.com

• Reminder: Tickets to watch the 2019 Barbasol PBA Tour Finals presented by Red Rock Casino, Resort & Spa are still available. For tickets for the two-day battle July 20-21 between the PBA’s elite eight players based upon competition points earned during the 2018 and 2019 Go Bowling! PBA Tour seasons, visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/barbasol-pba-tour-finals-presented-by-red-rock-casino-resort-spa-tickets-57610119418. For room reservations, call Red Rock line (702-797-7625 or 866-767-7773) prior to June 26 to check on availability. Use the code PBARATE prior to June 26. The field of eight will include Jason Belmonte, Jakob Butturff, Anthony Simonsen, EJ Tackett, Marshall Kent, Bill O’Neill, Andrew Anderson and Kris Prather. The Barbasol PBA Tour Finals will be televised live by CBS Sports Network over a span five shows (two on Saturday, July 20 and three on Sunday, July 21).

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PBA Spare Shots: PBA’s Mermaid Lanes Midwest Open Features a Bizarre Ending

by Bill Vint June 14, 2019 10:15

Brady Stearns of Saint Augusta, Minn., won his first PBA Regional title Sunday in Mounds View, Minn., in what might have been the most bizarre ending in PBA Regional tournament history.

Stearns.Brady_2019 Mounds View MN w GM Greg HolemanIn Sunday’s PBA Mermaid Lanes Midwest Open presented by Columbia 300 in Mounds View, Stearns defeated Nick Pate of Inver Grove Heights, Minn., 240-239, to win the title and $2,500 first prize after Pate, needing two pins on his fill ball after converting a 10 pin spare in the 10th frame, saw his final shot drift right into the gutter.

(At left, Brady Stearns with Mermaid Lanes general manager Greg Holeman)

Ironically, Stearns had opened the door for Pate in similar fashion just moments earlier. Working on a string of six strikes including the first two in his 10th frame, Stearns also threw his final shot into the gutter to give Pate an easier chance to win. Had Stearns struck on his fill ball, he would have forced Pate to also strike on his first shot in the 10th for the title, but his gutterball meant Pate only had to spare and get two pins.

Adding to the irony, the Mermaid Lanes Midwest Open was contested on the Del Ballard Jr. lane oiling pattern. The lane conditioning pattern was named in honor of the PBA Hall of Famer who infamously rolled a gutter ball on his final shot to lose the 1991 PBA Fair Lanes Open title to Pete Weber.

“It was the most bizarre finish I’ve ever seen, and I’ve been involved with the PBA since 1976 – 43 years. And I bowled a few years before that,” said veteran PBA East Region Manager Russ Mills, who served as tournament director for the event. “I thought Nick was going to throw it right down the middle, but he didn’t. I don’t think he was aware of the situation, but hopefully he’ll learn from it.”

You can watch the drama unfold on YouTube:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_nNKGdgPOS4&feature=youtu.be&fbclid=IwAR1SFYH7beVyQv4Luj8CxrrlfPnJqUjHtAOzsMyoTOms754dhuUf1p2CPBE

Prior to the climactic title match, Pate defeated Russ Oviatt of Chandler, Ariz., 279-236, to advance to the championship match after Pate downed Kiho Kyun of Plymouth, Minn., 257-219, in the first stepladder match.

In Saturday’s PBA River City Extreme Midwest Open presented by Hammer in Monticello, Minn., non-PBA member John Kreyer Jr. of Mounds View defeated Stearns, 213-202, to win in Monticello. Kreyer earned $2,500 but doesn’t get credited with a PBA regional title since he is a non-member.

Kreyer defeated Mike Fagan of Las Vegas, 209-179, to advance to the championship match after Kreyer edged Blake Demore of Springfield, Mo., 214-212, in the first stepladder match.

FLOSPORTS ANNOUNCES NEW APPS AVAILABLE FOR INSTANT ACCESS

FloSports, the parent of PBA’s official livestreaming partner FloBowling, has announced the launch of its new app on Amazon Fire TV, and updated-and-improved apps on Roku and Apple TV.

The user experience streamlines the ability to explore live events and content across the entire FloSports network of more than 20 sports. Improvements have been made to navigation, stream switching capabilities, instant auto-play, content automation, and more.

The apps have many new features, highlighted by instant auto-play, which allows users who are watching long-form events to resume watching where they left off, and seamlessly switch between different live event streams, archives, and camera angles. Additionally, users are able to login and return to the sport vertical they last watched.

“We are excited to offer sports fans more ways to live stream their favorite events on the big screen,” FloSports CEO and Co-Founder Mark Floreani said. “With the launch of our new apps, fans now have multiple ways to watch from any device with a streamlined experience.  We have simplified the ability to search for videos and events, get breaking news, and watch event highlights and replays.”

To access live and on-demand coverage of events across the entire FloSports network become a monthly or annual PRO subscriber. Either subscription provides access to content to all of FloSports partners.

Streaming more than 10,000 live competitions per year, FloSports continues to emerge as the global leader in live, in-depth, and on-demand digital coverage for passionate sports fans.

TICKETS, SPECIAL ROOM RATES AVAILABLE FOR PBA TOUR FINALS AT RED ROCK

Tickets to watch the 2019 Barbasol PBA Tour Finals, as well as special room rates at the host Red Rock Casino Resort & Spa in Las Vegas, are still available. For tickets for the two-day battle in July between the PBA’s elite eight players based upon composite competition points earned during the 2018 and 2019 Go Bowling! PBA Tour seasons, visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/barbasol-pba-tour-finals-presented-by-red-rock-casino-resort-spa-tickets-57610119418.

For room reservations at Red Rock, visit:  https://reservations.redrockresort.com/cgi-bin/lansaweb?PROCFUN+RN+RESNET+RRS+funcparms+UP%28A2560%29:;PBARATE;;;;;;?/ Fans also may call the hotel reservation line (702-797-7625 or 866-767-7773) and use the code PBARATE to reserve within the block. All reservations need to be made prior to the June 26 cutoff date.

The field of eight for the Barbasol PBA Tour Finals will include top qualifier and defending champion Jason Belmonte, 2019 USBC Masters champion Jakob Butturff, Anthony Simonsen, EJ Tackett, Marshall Kent and PBA Tour Finals newcomers Bill O’Neill, 2018 PBA Player of the Year Andrew Anderson and newly-crowned PBA Playoffs champion Kris Prather.

The Barbasol PBA Tour Finals, presented by Red Rock Casino, Resort & Spa, will take place at Red Rock Lanes in Las Vegas and will be televised live by CBS Sports Network over a span five shows (two on Saturday, July 20 and three on Sunday, July 21).

PBA REGIONAL UPDATE: BRAD ANGELO WINS IN ELKHART, INDIANA

Brad Angelo of Lockport, N.Y. defeated JR Raymond of Clinton Twp., Mich., 195-167, to win the PBA Elkhart Central Open presented by 900 Global at Country Club Lanes in Elkhart, Ind., Sunday for his third PBA Regional title and a $2,000 first prize.

Angelo topped Greg Young of Viera, Fla., 227-199, while Raymond downed Tristan Butler of Ft. Wayne, Ind., 201-155, in the semifinal round to set up the championship match.

The June 14-16 weekend schedule of PBA Regional activity features the Homefield Bowl Eastern Open presented by MOTIV in Yonkers, N.Y., and the Timmy See Memorial Tavares South Open at Break Point Alley in Tavares, Fla.

PBA Regional tournaments on tap for the June 21-23 weekend include the PBA50 Ned Micelli Memorial presented by Ebonite at Herrill Lanes in New Hyde Park, N.Y.; the Pro Bowl West Central/Midwest Challenge presented by Ebonite for non-title winners in Fort Wayne, Ind.; the PBA50 Sand Hills South Open at Sand Hills Bowling Center in Aberdeen, N.C., and the PBA/PBA50 Epicenter Northwest/West Open doubleheader in Klamath Falls, Ore.

Closing out the June PBA Regional calendar will be the PBA-PBA50 John Kontos Memorial Midwest/Central Doubles Open at Town & Country Lanes in Joliet, Ill., and the Century Lanes Hampton South Open in Hampton, Va.

Heading into the 4th of July weekend, Bowl 10 Fairborn will host the PBA50 Fairborn Central Classic presented by Roto Grip Monday-Wednesday, July 1-3, in Fairborn, Ohio. Closing the extended holiday weekend July 5-7 will be the PBA50 Greater Freeport Midwest/Central Open at 4 Seasons Bowl in Freeport, Ill.; the Grand Casino Hotel & Resort Southwest Doubles presented by DV8 at FireLake Bowling Center in Shawnee, Okla., and the PBA/PBA50 Vanessa Brown Homes West Open doubleheader presented by Track at Yosemite Lanes in Modesto, Calif.

● 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

• Last Call: Applications for the 2019 PBA Billy Welu Scholarship Award, recognizing exemplary qualities in male or female college students who excel in academics as well as in the sport of bowling, are being accepted through June 21. The winner will receive a $1,000 scholarship. To be eligible candidates must be amateur bowlers who are currently in college (preceding the application date) and maintaining at least a 2.5/4.0 GPA or equivalent. The two-part application can be retrieved by downloading the files from this link http://www.pba.com/Corporate/Scholarships.

Reminder: The 10th annual Rhino Page Lace Up to Strike Out Crohn’s and Colitis fundraiser is set for Saturday, June 15, at South Levittown Lanes in Levittown, N.Y. For more information about the event, visit: www.strikeoutcrohns.com.

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PBA Spare Shots: PBA Playoffs Champ Kris Prather Climbs to No. 3 on FloBowling’s PBA “Power Rankings”

by Bill Vint June 6, 2019 12:46

With his surprising victory in the inaugural PBA Playoffs, previously-under estimated Kris Prather got some respect from the unofficial pollsters who compile the FloBowling “power ranking” list, moving up from seventh to third on the most current list.

Prather, who defeated Bill O’Neill in the “race to two points” championship match, won $100,000 by outlasting a field of 23 of the world’s premier players in 2019. Heading into the start of the summer season June 29 in Lubbock, Texas, FloBowling’s top 10 are as follows with the player’s previous ranking in parenthesis. To review the rationale behind FloBowling’s ratings of players, visit FloBowling.com:

1, Jason Belmonte (previous ranking: 1);
2, Jakob Butturff (2);
3, Kris Prather (7);
4, EJ Tackett (3);
5, Bill O’Neill (6);
6, Dom Barrett (4);
7, Kyle Sherman (5);
8, Anthony Simonsen (8);
9, Sean Rash (14);
10, Rhino Page (10).

PBA ADDS $10,500 TO SUNCOAST PBA SENIOR U.S. OPEN PRIZE FUND

With the addition of $10,500 to the prize fund for the Suncoast PBA Senior U.S. Open prize fund, first place in the 2019 season’s final major championship for players ages 50 and older has been increased to $15,000 and prize money for the other top five finishers also has been increased.

The Senior U.S. Open, presented by Storm, is open to non-members as well as PBA50 members. The PBA50 Tour’s most challenging tournament begins Monday, June 10, and concludes on Friday, June 14, at Suncoast Bowling Center in Las Vegas with FloBowling’s livestreaming coverage of the stepladder finals at 7:15 p.m. EDT (4:15 Pacific). PBA Hall of Famer Mika Koivuniemi is defending champion.

For FloBowling subscription information, visit flobowling.com.

PBA REGIONAL UPDATE: REGIONAL ACTIVITY RESUMES THIS WEEKEND

PBA’s Regional program moves into the summer with a trio of tournaments over the June 8-9 weekend including the Elkhart Central/Midwest Open presented by 900 Global at Country Club Lanes in Elkhart, Ind., and a pair of one-day events in Minnesota: the River City Extreme Midwest Open presented by Hammer on June 8 in Monticello followed by the Mermaid Lanes Midwest Open presented by Columbia 300 in Moundsview on Sunday.

The June 14-16 weekend schedule of PBA Regional activity features the Homefield Bowl Eastern Open presented by MOTIV in Yonkers, N.Y., and the Timmy See Memorial Tavares South Open at Break Point Alley in Tavares, Fla.

PBA Regional tournaments on tap for the June 21-23 weekend include the PBA50 Ned Micelli Memorial presented by Ebonite at Herrill Lanes in New Hyde Park, N.Y.; the Pro Bowl West Central/Midwest Challenge presented by Ebonite for non-title winners in Fort Wayne, Ind.; the PBA50 Sand Hills South Open at Sand Hills Bowling Center in Aberdeen, N.C., and the PBA/PBA50 Epicenter Northwest/West Open doubleheader in Klamath Falls, Ore.

Closing out the June PBA Regional calendar will be the PBA-PBA50 John Kontos Memorial Midwest/Central Doubles Open at Town & Country Lanes in Joliet, Ill., and the Century Lanes Hampton South Open in Hampton, Va.

Heading into the 4th of July weekend, Bowl 10 Fairborn will host the PBA50 Fairborn Central Classic presented by Roto Grip Monday-Wednesday, July 1-3, in Fairborn, Ohio. Closing the extended holiday weekend July 5-7 will be the PBA50 Greater Freeport Midwest/Central Open at 4 Seasons Bowl in Freeport, Ill.; the Grand Casino Hotel & Resort Southwest Doubles presented by DV8 at FireLake Bowling Center in Shawnee, Okla., and the PBA/PBA50 Vanessa Brown Homes West Open doubleheader presented by Track at Yosemite Lanes in Modesto, Calif.

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

QUICK NOTES

• Reminder: Fans have until 1 a.m. EDT on June 10 to enter the special PBA Playoffs tournament on Concrete Software’s PBA Bowling Challenge mobile device players. Each score you bowl that beats the 216 posted by Kris Prather in winning the PBA Playoffs will count as an entry. One entry will be randomly selected as the winner and will receive a bowling pin signed by the PBA Playoffs champion plus 6,000 Gold Pins. To play PBA Bowling Challenge, visit: http://bit.ly/Download-PBA. For the official rules, visit: http://bit.ly/PBA_OfficialRules.

The Weber Cup, in cooperation with Storm, has launched a ‘Weber Cup Golden Ticket’ competition on its Facebook page, offering fans the chance to win an expenses-paid trip to Las Vegas for the Weber Cup June 18-21, including round-trip airfare, accommodation, event tickets, merchandise and a meet & greet with players. To enter, visit Weber Cup on Facebook and post the name of the team (USA or Europe) that you think will win this year's Weber Cup. Entries close 11 a.m. ET on Friday, June 7.

The two most recent PBA Playoffs In Brief episodes covering last weekend’s semifinal and finals telecasts are now available at the following links: https://youtu.be/BrSS8jeKOhI and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m6BeyaRjF-I

Reminder: Applications for the 2019 PBA Billy Welu Scholarship Award, recognizing exemplary qualities in male or female college students who excel in academics as well as in the sport of bowling, are being accepted through June 21. The winner will receive a $1,000 scholarship. To be eligible candidates must be amateur bowlers who are currently in college (preceding the application date) and maintaining at least a 2.5/4.0 GPA or equivalent. The two-part application can be retrieved by downloading the files from this link http://www.pba.com/Corporate/Scholarships.

Reminder: The 10th annual Rhino Page Lace Up to Strike Out Crohn’s and Colitis fundraiser is set for Saturday, June 15, at South Levittown Lanes in Levittown, N.Y. Since its inception, the Tyler Cacioppo family event has raised more than $300,000 to fight the debilitating gastrointestinal diseases. For more information about the event, visit: www.strikeoutcrohns.com.

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