PBA Spare Shots: All Systems “Go” for PBA50 Storm Invitational as Hurricane Florence Flooding Subsides

by Bill Vint September 19, 2018 09:11

Thanks in great part to the foresight of its builders, Planet Fun Bowling and Entertainment Center in Shallotte, N.C., has escaped the ravages of Hurricane Florence and the show will go on as planned.

“The show” is the PBA50 Storm Invitational, a new end-of-season tournament for 12 elite “senior” stars who excelled during the 2018 season (Michael Haugen Jr., Brian Kretzer, Ron Mohr, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Norm Duke, Parker Bohn III, Lennie Boresch Jr., Amleto Monacelli, Ryan Shafer, Bob Learn Jr., Pete Weber and Harry Sullins) plus PBA Hall of Fame legends Johnny Petraglia and Brian Voss, will take place at 32-lane Planet Fun Sept. 29-30. PBA Xtra Frame on FloBowling will live-stream the entire 14-game round-robin match play event plus the stepladder finals.

In the wake of the tragic flooding and wind damage caused by Hurricane Florence, the Planet Fun family entertainment complex in the sleepy little resort area of 3,600 residents escaped with minimal damage and is now patiently waiting for flood waters to recede.

”We’re doing okay,” proprietor Brian McCall said Tuesday. “We made it through the storm with very little damage. The area is still in the midst of trying to recover; roads are still really bad, but flooding is supposed to crest soon so we’re hoping we’ll get back to normal soon.”

Shallotte, McCall noted, is only a couple of miles from the ocean. It’s midway between Wilmington to the north and Myrtle Beach to the south. Shallotte got about 15 inches of rain – far less than areas of the north – and winds that hit the 80-100 mph range. But the bowling center itself escaped, despite having a river right behind it, because “we raised the center about 11 feet to get out of flood plain when we built it,” McCall said. “We got it about 19 feet above sea level. It certainly has paid for itself a couple of times over. The river has never gotten to our parking lot, but we can see it from there.”

The upcoming PBA50 event, he said, may prove to be therapeutic for the region.

“We look forward to hosting the event,” McCall said. “We know people will show up to support it. We hope it’ll be a breath of fresh air for people around here. We had to shut down the center for a week because our league bowlers couldn’t get here, but as bad as things have been, they could have been a whole lot worse.”

chinese bowlersEIGHT MORE CHINESE BOWLERS QUALIFY FOR PBA MEMBERSHIP

Thanks to the on-going efforts of Frank Zhao (third from left), owner of Longmarch Bowling in China, eight more Chinese bowlers have qualified to apply for PBA membership by participating in the 14th Longmarch Pioneers Tournament at Tian-Cheng-Hong-Ri Bowling Center in Shenyang in north China.

To qualify for PBA membership, the bowlers have to average 200 or more over a minimum of 21 games on PBA-level lane conditions. In the Longmarch tournament, 25 players bowled 36 games in three days and eight topped the 200 average target.

Since China entered players in PBA World Series of Bowling VI in 2014, a total of 94 bowlers have qualified and applied for PBA membership through Zhao’s Pioneers Tournaments, including 89 men and five women representing players from Taiwan, The Philippines and Hong Kong as well as China. Six of the 94 were younger than 24; the rest were 24 or older.

Zhao hopes to bring a contingent of Chinese PBA members to WSOB X at Thunderbowl Lanes in Allen Park, Mich., in March of 2019.

PBA REGIONAL UPDATE: SIMONSEN NIPS LAVERY-SPAHR IN KANSAS

Four-time PBA Tour champion Anthony Simonsen from Austin, Texas, won five of his eight matches to overtake Anthony Lavery-Spahr of Pasadena, Texas, and claim his fifth PBA Regional title in the second annual PBA Liberal Kansas Southwest Open Sunday at Ayr Lanes.

Simonsen began the eight-game modified round-robin finals with 102-pin lead over Lavery-Spahr, but dropped his first two matches before eking out a 177-163 win over Dylan Burns from Garden City, Kan. Meanwhile, Lavery-Spahr won his first three matches with games of 239, 229, and 247, to build his lead to over 120 pins. Simonsen then out-dueled Anthony’s twin brother, Sean Lavery-Spahr, to win a 279-275 decision in game 4 to narrow the gap as the top two players pulled away from the rest of the field.

Going into position round, Anthony Lavery-Spahr held a nine-pin lead, needing to defeat Simonsen for the title. But Simonsen coverted the 6-7-10 split in the ninth frame and then filled the 10th frame with a strike and spare to win the match, 226-223, and claim the $4,500 first place check. Simonsen finished with a 21-game total of 5,019 pins, including match play bonus pins, for a 24-pin margin of victory over Anthony Lavery-Spahr, who earned $3,000 as runner-up.

● Ryan Ciminelli of Clarence, N.Y. defeated Chris Loschetter of Avon, Ohio by 42 pins to win the Professional Bowlers Association Sturgis Central/Midwest Open at Sturgis Bowl in Sturgis, Mich., Sunday.

Ciminelli finished with a 6-2 match play record and a total of 4,738 pins for 21 games, including match play bonus pins, to win his 12th career title along with the $2,600 first prize.

● The PBA Century Lanes South Open, scheduled for last weekend in Hampton, Va., was cancelled due to the presence of Hurricane Florence in the Atlantic Coast region.

● September’s PBA Regional calendar continues this weekend with the PBA/PBA50 Millsboro Lanes Eastern Doubles in Millsboro, Del.; the one-day Florence Bowling Center Central Open in Florence, Ky.; the PBA50 Cherokee Lanes South Open presented by Roto Grip in Canton, Ga.; the Lubbock Sports Southwest Challenge at South Plains Lanes in Lubbock, Texas, the one-day Mockingbird Lanes PBA and PBA50 Midwest Open doubleheader presented by Hammer in Omaha, Neb., and a Northwest/West tripleheader at Paradise Lanes in Tacoma, Wash., including the Always Painting Northwest/West Open presented by Vac-Tec; the Gary Mage PBA50 Northwest/West Open presented by Great American Casino, and the Jeanne Naccarato Women’s Open.

● The September PBA Regional schedule concludes over the Sept. 28-30 weekend with the Bluffton Central/Midwest Open at EZ Bowl in Bluffton, Ind.; the PBA50 J&L Sports South Open at Paradise Lanes in Spartanburg, S.C., and the Double Decker West/Northwest Open presented by Roto Grip in Rohnert Park, Calif. The Double Decker event will be live-streamed by PBA Xtra Frame on FloBowling.

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

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PBA Spare Shots: Next Stop for PBA International-World Bowling Tour is WBT Thailand in Bangkok Sept. 22-28

by Bill Vint September 13, 2018 13:36

The next stop for PBA Tour players who are chasing the top eight places on the 2018 Go Bowling! PBA Tour earnings list for a berth in the end-of-season PBA Clash will be the PBA International-World Bowling Tour Thailand, Sept. 22-28, at Blu-O Rhythm & Bowl Paragon in Bangkok where the tournament’s US$32,250 first prize could play a significant role in the 2018 earnings race.

The WBT Thailand format includes three three-game qualifying blocks with nine-game pinfall totals determining the 42 players who will advance to Round Two which involves qualifiers 25-42 bowling six games (all previous pins are dropped). The top 10 from Round Two will join qualifiers 9-24 for another six-game block in Round Three. The top 12 from Round Three will join qualifiers 1-8 for the six-game Round Four.

Round Four will decide the seven players who will join the highest-qualifying Thai player for the final round on Friday, Sept. 28, that will be a modified stepladder schedule. Match One will include Finalists 6, 7 and 8. The winner moves on to Match Two along with finalists 4 and 5. That winner bowls Finalist 3 in Match Three. The Match Three winner bowls Finalist 2 in the Semifinal Match. The Semifinal winner advances to the championship match where he/she has to beat Finalist 1 twice in order to win the event.

The winner will earn a PBA Tour title if he/she is a PBA member and doesn’t accept handicap pins (like many WBT events, WBT Thailand offers women 8 handicap pins per game.

PBA fans can follow the Thailand tournament online through the Asian Bowling Federation’s website: http://www.abf-online.org/results/ttbawbt18.htm. Thailand’s Jojoe Yannaphon, a PBA member, is the defending champion. In 2017, Yannaphon was high qualifier and defeated Sweden’s two-handed star, Jesper Svensson, 212-202, to earn his first PBA Tour title.

The WBT Thailand is also a WBT points event. The top three men and top three women in WBT points for the 2018 season will compete in the World Bowling Tour Finals presented by the PBA which will be contested at the International Training and Research Center in Arlington, Texas, for airing on FS1 on Sunday, March 10, at 10 p.m. EST.

NEXT UP: XTRA FRAME ON FLOBOWLING VISITS NORTH CAROLINA, CALIFORNIA

Closing out the month, PBA Xtra Frame on FloBowling will visit North Carolina and California to cover another weekend doubleheader: the PBA50 Storm Invitational at Planet Fun Bowling and Entertainment Center in Shallotte, N.C., and a PBA Regional event, the PBA Double Decker West/Northwest Open presented by Roto Grip from Double Decker Lanes in Rohnert Park, Calif., Sept. 29-30.

The PBA50 Invitational, Saturday and Sunday, Sept.29-30, will involve a field of 14 including 2018 PBA50 Player of the Year Michael Haugen Jr., PBA50 Cup winner Brian Kretzer, PBA60 Player of the Year Ron Mohr, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Norm Duke, Parker Bohn III, Lennie Boresch Jr., Amleto Monacelli, Ryan Shafer, Bob Learn Jr., Pete Weber, Harry Sullins, Brian Voss and Johnny Petraglia.

All PBA Xtra Frame on FloBowling events are covered live from start to finish. One last reminder: existing Xtra Frame subscribers need to transition their current subscriptions to FloBowling by visiting https://www.flobowling.com/claim-account. New subscribers can enroll at FloBowling.com.

PBA REGIONAL UPDATE: ANDY PATTERSON WINS GRAND CASINO INVITATIONAL

Andy Patterson from Tyler, Texas defeated Chris Hibbitts II from Keller, Texas, to win the fifth annual PBA Grand Casino Resort & Hotel Southwest Invitational at FireLake Bowling Center in Shawnee, Okla., Sunday. The entire event was live-streamed by PBA Xtra Frame on FloBowling.

Patterson, who earned his sixth PBA Regional title, was able to string strikes while Hibbitts had trouble adjusting to the final pair’s conditions, topping him, 220-158, to claim the $4,000 winner’s check.

After 12 games of qualifying, both players had long roads to the final match. After qualifying 13th, Patterson started his road to victory by downing Houston PBA50 player David Scardaville, 2-0, in the best-of-three-game Round of 16; David Krol from Nixa, Mo., 2-1, in the Round of 12, and Tyler Albracht of Amarillo, Texas, 2-1 in the Round of 8. In the semifinal round, he eliminated newly-inducted PBA Southwest Hall of Famer Mark Scroggins of Canyon, Texas, 279-243.

Hibbitts, who had won two previous PBA Regionals at FireLake, qualified 14th and defeated Sean Lavery-Spahr from Pasadena, Texas, 2-1; Joe Findling from Mesquite, Texas, 2-0; Shawn Maldonado of Houston, 2-1, and Devin Bidwell of Wichita, Kan., 236-160, before Patterson ended his bid for another PBA title.

As part of the tournament weekend, Scroggins and Junction City Bowl proprietor and long-time PBA Regional tournament host Joe Ellison from Junction City, Kan., were inducted into the PBA Southwest Region Hall of Fame.

Steve Lickliter of Beckley, W.Va., won the PBA60 Wilson & Sons Pest Control Open title in Mooresville, N.C.; Stoney Baker of Canton, Ga., notched his 31st PBA regional win in the PBA50 Samuel Adams Mooresville South Open presented by Columbia 300, and Bill Peters of Dayton, Ohio, won his first PBA title in the PBA60 Kingsport Southern Open presented by Storm to complete the PBA South Region’s annual extended Labor Day “tripleheader” at Warpath Lanes in Kingsport, Tenn.

Lickliter kicked off the series by defeating Sam Ventura of Syracuse, N.Y., 214-207, in the final of the PBA60 Wilson & Sons event at Victory Lanes in Mooresville, N.C., on Sept. 1. Two days later, Stoney Baker came out striking with the front five to defeat PBA Hall of Famer and defending champion Tom Baker (no relation) of King, N.C., 258-220, in the PBA50 event, also at Victory Lanes in Mooresville.

Along with his 15th regional title, Lickliter earned $2,200. Stoney Baker earned $2,300 in the PBA50 event.

The South Region players then traveled to Tennessee where Peters was the top qualifier. A recent “super senior” after turning 60 on Dec. 27, Peters defeated no. 2 qualifier Sammy Ventura of Syracuse, N.Y., 259-181, to win the PBA60 title and $1,600 in Kingsport.

● Also in the PBA South Region, Brandon Curtis of Manson, N.C. won his first PBA title Sunday, defeating Matt Martin of Axton, Va., 278-246, to win the 15th annual PBA Fayetteville South Open at Lafayette Lanes in Fayetteville, N.C.

Curtis, who qualified in the fourth-and-final position for the four-man stepladder finals with a 17-game total of 4,199 pins – one pin ahead of PBA Hall of Famer Walter Ray Williams Jr. – disposed of Mike Coffey of Melbourne, Fla., in opening match, 268-245, and easily defeated Dick Allen of Columbia, S.C., 265-226, in the semifinal contest to advance to the championship match.

In the title match Curtis started with nine strikes to grab a healthy lead while Martin fumbled early. Despite a six-strike rally from the fourth frame to the 10th, it wasn’t enough to catch Curtis who earned $2,400 along with his title.

Rick Graham of Lancaster, Pa. compiled a 6-1-1 match play record on his way to a 69-pin victory over tournament sponsor Brian LeClair of Albany, N.Y. in the PBA50 Brian LeClair’s Revolutions Pro Shop Eastern Open at Boulevard Bowl in Schenectady, N.Y., Sunday.

Graham, who finished second in last year’s event, survived a 178 final game in qualifying to advance to the semifinal round. He then led the semifinal round to advance to the round robin finals, where he retained the lead to the end, posting a total of 2,083 pins for the eight-game final round, including match play bonus pins, to out-distance LeClair’s 2,014 total.

The win was Graham’s fourth in PBA Regional competition, but his first in PBA50 competition. He earned $1,500 for the win while LeClair, who rolled a 279 in the position round to move into second place, earned $900.

John Dudak of Orland Park, Ill., defeated Brian Menini of Brookfield, Mo., 254-163, to win the PBA50 Diamond Jo Casino Midwest Open at Cherry Lanes in Dubuque, Iowa, Sunday, for his first PBA title after competing in more than 200 events as a “senior” bowler.

The 64-year-old Dudak, a veteran of 103 PBA50 Tour and 115 PBA50 regional events, earned a $1,600 prize. He defeated Menini after Menini eliminated Jon Schure of Ripon, Wis,. 259-223, in the first match and Dean Mueller of Arlington Heights, Ill., 222-180, in the semifinal contest.

● PBA Regional events on the Sept. 14-16 weekend schedule include the Sturgis Central/Midwest Open at Sturgis Bowl in Sturgis, Mich., and the Liberal Kansas Southwest Open at Ayr Lanes.

● September’s PBA Regional calendar continues over the Sept. 21-23 weekend with the PBA/PBA50 Millsboro Lanes Eastern Doubles in Millsboro, Del.; the one-day Florence Bowling Center Central Open in Florence, Ky.; the PBA50 Cherokee Lanes South Open presented by Roto Grip in Canton, Ga.; the Lubbock Sports Southwest Challenge at South Plains Lanes in Lubbock, Texas, the one-day Mockingbird Lanes PBA and PBA50 Midwest Open doubleheader presented by Hammer in Omaha, Neb., and a Northwest/West tripleheader at Paradise Lanes in Tacoma, Wash., including the Always Painting Northwest/West Open presented by Vac-Tec; the Gary Mage PBA50 Northwest/West Open presented by Great American Casino, and the Jeanne Naccarato Women’s Open.

● The September PBA Regional schedule concludes over the Sept. 28-30 weekend with the Bluffton Central/Midwest Open at EZ Bowl in Bluffton, Ind.; the PBA50 J&L Sports South Open at Paradise Lanes in Spartanburg, S.C., and the Double Decker West/Northwest Open presented by Roto Grip in Rohnert Park, Calif. The Double Decker event will be live-streamed by PBA Xtra Frame on FloBowling.

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

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PBA Spare Shots: “Perfect” Bowling Binge Now Available on PBA’s YouTube Channel, Facebook Page

by Bill Vint September 6, 2018 11:20

For every PBA fan, you can now binge on the greatest collection of bowling achievements in the PBA’s 60-year history by visiting the PBA channel on YouTube where a series of videos showing every nationally-televised PBA Tour 300 game is now showing.

As of September 5, the PBA YouTube Channel (and the PBA Facebook page) has aired the first eight televised 300 games. A new perfect performance will be added every weekday until all 26 300 games have aired. Visit YouTube.com and search for: PBA 60th Anniversary Collection: Televised 300 Games. Then click on the show you’d like to watch on the playlist. The same shows also are available on the PBA page on Facebook under “Featured Videos:” https://www.facebook.com/pg/ProfessionalBowlersAssociation/videos/?ref=page_internal

The 300 games that are currently available on YouTube and Facebook include the following:

1) Jack Biondolillo vs. Les Schissler, 216 (Akron, OH, April 1, 1967);
2) John Guenther vs. Don Johnson, 189 (San Jose, CA, Feb. 1, 1969);
3) Jim Stefanich vs. Glenn Carlson, 243 (Alameda, CA, Jan. 5, 1974);
4) Pete McCordic vs. Wayne Webb, 249 (Torrance, CA, Jan. 31, 1987);
5) @ Bob Benoit vs. Mark Roth, 255 (Grand Prairie, TX, Jan. 23, 1988);
6) @ Mike Aulby vs. David Ozio, 279 (Wichita, KS, July 31, 1993);
7) Johnny Petraglia vs. Walter Ray Williams Jr., 194 (Toledo, OH, March 5, 1994);
8) Butch Soper vs. Bob Benoit, 236 (Reno, NV, July 12, 1994);

Coming in the days ahead will be:

9) C.K. Moore vs. Parker Bohn III, 192 (Austin, TX, Feb. 2, 1996);
10) Bob Learn Jr. vs. Johnny Petraglia, 279 (Erie, PA, April 6, 1996);
11) Jason Queen vs. Bobby Fleetwood, 225 (Huntsville, AL, May 3, 1997;
12) Steve Hoskins vs. Walter Ray Williams Jr., 234 (Rochester, NY, Oct. 15, 1997);
13) Parker Bohn III vs. Chris Sand, 246, and Mike Mullin, 191 (Reno, NV, May 9, 1998);
14) Steve Jaros vs. Ricky Ward, 200 (Chattanooga, TN, Feb. 13, 1999);
15) Mike Miller vs. Danny Wiseman, 266, and Tim Criss, 224 (Reno, NV, June 20, 1999);
16) Norm Duke vs. Walter Ray Williams Jr., 213 (Tacoma, WA, Jan. 5, 2003);
17) Mika Koivuniemi vs. Jason Couch, 248 (Windsor Locks, CT, Dec. 7, 2003);
18) Tony Reyes vs. Parker Bohn III, 215 (Taylor, MI, Nov. 5, 2006);
19) Ryan Shafer vs. Jeff Carter, 228 (Indianapolis, IN, March 18, 2007);
20) Rhino Page vs. Tae Hwe Jeong (Tokyo, Japan, April 25, 2009);
21) Jason Belmonte vs. Brian Kretzer, 231, and Mike Fagan, 220 (Las Vegas, Nov. 19, 2011);
22) Chris Barnes vs. Jason Belmonte, 215, and Sean Rash, 182 (Las Vegas, Nov. 19, 2011);
23) Sean Rash (pba.com home page photo) vs. Chris Loschetter, 236 (Shawnee, OK, May 24, 2014);
24) Ronnie Russell vs. Sean Rash, 266, and J.R. Raymond, Bay City, Mich., 186, (Las Vegas, Dec. 28, 2014);
25) Sean Rash vs. Ryan Ciminelli, 214 (Indianapolis, IN, Feb. 15, 2015);

26) Francois Lavoie vs. Shawn Maldonado, 211 (Las Vegas, Nov. 10, 2016).

@-denotes perfect game bowled in the championship match.

If you miss one, no problem. All of the 300 game segments will be maintained in the YouTube and Facebook archives so you can watch them at your leisure.

XTRA FRAME ON FLOBOWLING VISITS SWEDEN, OKLAHOMA THIS WEEKEND

For all of your late-night bowling fans, PBA Xtra Frame on FloBowling will be streamed live from Malmo, Sweden, starting in the wee-early hours Sunday with the final day of competition in the PBA International-World Bowling Tour Storm Lucky Larsen Masters from Malmo, Sweden.

Lucky Larsen coverage begins with the four-game “Step One” round at 1:30 a.m. Sunday, followed by the four-game “Step Two” round at 4 a.m. and the eight-game “Step Three” round at 7 a.m. The top four players from Step Three will advance to the stepladder finals at noon. All times are Eastern Daylight.

Fans can track daily results of the Lucky Larsen Masters while the tournament is underway at this website: (http://luckylarsenmasters.com/results2018/). Many of the PBA’s leading player of the year candidates are entered in Malmo including Australia’s Jason Belmonte, the defending champion; 2018 USBC Masters winner Andrew Anderson; Anthony Simonsen and EJ Tackett.

Also on the Xtra Frame on FloBowling schedule for Saturday and Sunday is a PBA Southwest Regional event – the PBA Grand Hotel Casino and Resort Southwest Open from Shawnee, Okla.

Closing out the month, PBA Xtra Frame on FloBowling will cover another pair of events, including the PBA50 Storm Invitational at Planet Fun Bowling and Entertainment Center in Shallotte, N.C., and another PBA Regional event, the PBA Double Decker West/Northwest Open presented by Roto Grip from Double Decker Lanes in Rohnert Park, Calif., Sept. 29-30. The PBA50 Invitational will include a field of 14 include 2018 PBA50 Player of the Year Michael Haugen Jr., PBA50 Cup winner Brian Kretzer, PBA60 Player of the Year Ron Mohr, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Norm Duke, Parker Bohn III, Lennie Boresch Jr., Amleto Monacelli, Ryan Shafer, Bob Learn Jr., Pete Weber, Harry Sullins, Brian Voss and Johnny Petraglia.

All PBA Xtra Frame on FloBowling events are covered live from start to finish. One last reminder: existing Xtra Frame subscribers need to transition their current subscriptions to FloBowling by visiting https://www.flobowling.com/claim-account. New subscribers can enroll at FloBowling.com.

PBA REGIONAL UPDATE: CALKINS LAST-MINUTE DECISION PAYS OFF IN FIRST TITLE

Kenny Calkins of Des Moines, Iowa, made a last-minute decision to make the trip to Peru, Ill., where he defeated top qualifier and 12-time PBA Tour title winner Sean Rash of Montgomery, Ill. 254-214 to win the 23rd annual Illinois Valley Midwest Region Open at Illinois Valley Super Bowl Sunday for his first PBA title.

Calkins, who also earned $2,000, qualified fourth for the stepladder finals and defeated Ambrose University collegiate bowler Nate Stubler of Peru, 221-214, in the first match and reigning PBA Midwest Region Player of the Year AJ Johnson of Oswego, Ill., 236-228, in the semifinal game to advance to the championship match.

Jay Boyle of Garnet Valley, Pa. defeated Ray Textor of Kennedy, N.Y., 213-188, to win the PBA50 Hammer/Strike Zone Open at the Strike Zone Alleys in Pottsville, Pa., Sunday for his second career PBA50 Regional title.

Boyle, who had gone undefeated throughout the earlier elimination rounds, left the door open for Textor when he failed to double in his 10th frame. Textor, who had a previous career best finish of seventh place, failed to strike out in the final frame to force a tie. Boyle, who earned $1,500, defeated Darryl Bower of Middletown, Pa., 235-224, and Textor defeated Glenn Smith of New York City, 210-170, in the semifinal round.

● September’s PBA Regional activity continues this week with the PBA60 Kingsport Super Senior South Open presented by Storm at Warpath Lanes in Kingsport, Tenn., concluding a tripleheader program over the extended Labor Day weekend. Events this weekend include the PBA Grand Casino Hotel and Resort Southwest Invitational (streaming live on PBA Xtra Frame on FloBowling); Brian LeClair’s PBA50 Revolutions Pro Shop Open at Boulevard Bowl in Schenectady, N.Y.; the Fayetteville South Open at Lafayette Lanes in Fayetteville, N.C.; the PBA50 Diamond Jo Casino Midwest Open presented by Brunswick, and the PBA Japan Region’s Aikyo House Cup Wolf Open and Women’s Wolf Open in Chiba, Japan.

● PBA Regional events on the Sept. 14-16 weekend schedule include the Sturgis Central/Midwest Open at Sturgis Bowl in Sturgis, Mich.; the Century Lanes South Open in Hampton, Va., and the Liberal Kansas Southwest Open at Ayr Lanes.

● September’s PBA Regional calendar continues over the Sept. 21-23 weekend with the PBA/PBA50 Millsboro Lanes Eastern Doubles in Millesboro, Del.; the one-day Florence Bowling Center Central Open in Florence, Ky.; the PBA50 Cherokee Lanes South Open presented by Roto Grip in Canton, Ga.; the Lubbock Sports Southwest Challenge at South Plains Lanes in Lubbock, Texas, the one-day Mockingbird Lanes PBA and PBA50 Midwest Open doubleheader presented by Hammer in Omaha, Neb., and a Northwest/West/Northwest tripleheader at Paradise Lanes in Tacoma, Wash., including the Always Painting Northwest/West Open presented by Vac-Tec; the Gary Mage PBA50 Northwest/West Open presented by Great American Casino, and the Jeanne Naccarato Women’s Open.

● The September PBA Regional schedule concludes over the Sept. 28-30 weekend with the Bluffton Central/Midwest Open at EZ Bowl in Bluffton, Ind.; the PBA50 J&L Sports South Open at Paradise Lanes in Spartanburg, S.C., and the Double Decker West/Northwest Open presented by Roto Grip in Rohnert Park, Calif. The Double Decker event will be live-streamed by PBA Xtra Frame on FloBowling.

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

QUICK NOTES:

● Completely useless trivia fact: There are 15 bowlers named Andersson bowling in the Storm Lucky Larsen Masters in Malmo, Sweden, this week. All but one are residents of Sweden. The other is American PBA member Andrew Anderson, who is the only one who spells his last name with one “s”…

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PBA Spare Shots: Did Anthony Simonsen’s “Backup Ball” Victory Preview the Next Evolution in Bowling?

by Bill Vint August 22, 2018 09:42

On Sunday, August 19, Anthony Simonsen of Austin, Texas, made PBA history in winning the PBA Xtra Frame Gene Carter’s Pro Shop Classic Sunday in Middletown, Del., by throwing a “backup ball.”

Simonsen, 21, who normally delivers a powerful two-handed hook from the right side of the lane, made a dramatic decision, using his two-handed skills from the left side of the lane and throwing a reverse hook to play the lanes like a left-hander.

In doing so, Simonsen may have introduced the next evolutionary advancement in bowling technique.

In researching the use of a “backup ball” in a PBA title match, the PBA found the closest a “backup ball” player came to winning a PBA Tour title was the late Ernie Hoesterey of New Bedford, Mass., who finished seventh in the 1965 Boston Open. More on Hoesterey later…

If PBA Hall of Famer Johnny Petraglia is correct, the ability of two-handed players to compete from either side of the lane could revolutionize the sport. And Petraglia, who has seen it all in his 53-year PBA career, believes this is the next-gen.

“We’ve got juniors doing that right now. One of them, Matt Stephens, is a high school state record-holder,” the 71-year-old New Jersey left-hander said. “Ironically, he learned to bowl as a backup ball player and then he learned the other way. I don’t know what his future holds, but if he figures it out, the game changes completely.”

Petraglia, one of the most astute observers of bowling history among today’s active competitors, noted that the governing bodies of bowling long ago adopted rules that forbid players from changing delivery hands during competition. That is, a right-handed player isn’t allowed to shoot at a spare with a left-handed delivery, nor can he change delivery hands in the middle of competition.

“But that kinda goes by the board (with two-handers),” he said. “We have a guy around here who can bowl with either hand. He who looks like a mirror (image of himself); it’s not just which arm but his whole body. But now you can bowl with both hands on either side of the lane? I don’t know what happens after that.

“That said, I don’t think any rules should be passed to stop two-handers,” Petraglia said. “If you grew up, like Jason Belmonte, throwing the ball with two hands from the time you were three years old, and you get to be 30 and they tell you you can’t play like that? That’s unfair. I don’t think you should ban it, but it is a problem.”

Back to Ernie Hoesterey, who died in 1991. He was a right-hander who threw a reverse hook/backup ball his entire life. He co-owned Country Club Lanes in Fairhaven, Mass., as well as a company that manufactured precision surgical scissors. He bowled PBA Tour events primarily in New England, where he was an active New England Bowling Association competitor, winning four NEBA titles and earning induction into the NEBA Hall of Fame.

“Ernie was a right-handed lefty, a very good player,” said PBA Hall of Famer and founding member Carmen Salvino. “He blew racks.”

“You could only do that (throw a ‘backup ball’) if your arm went that way,” said PBA Hall of Famer Wayne Webb, who grew up in the area and knew Hoesterey well. “I saw him bowl all over the place; he was really good at it.”

Simonsen, like thousands of bowlers before him, began to tinker with the reverse hook as a way to get a better angle to try to convert the 2-8-10 split. He also observed a favorable ball path when he did that, so he expanded his experimentation in a couple of PBA Regional tournaments prior to Middletown, and liked what he saw. A lot of other bowlers have thrown “backup balls” here-and-there, but no one had ever tried the technique for an game and won a PBA title in the process.

In the XF Gene Carter’s Pro Shop Classic, Simonsen decided to try the reverse hook with two games to go in match play, and shot 245 and 268 in his final two matches to jump from fourth to first. Even though the stepladder finals were bowled on a freshly-oiled pair of lanes, Simonsen decided to stick with his left side, reverse hook delivery and it paid off as he defeated Matt Sanders of Indianapolis, 216-194, for his fourth PBA Tour title.

It probably won’t be the last time we’ll see the reverse hook used in PBA competition.

MULTI-STREAM COVERAGE OF PBA XTRA FRAME KENN-FELD CLASSIC SET FOR WEEKEND

PBA Xtra Frame on FloBowling will have a unique opportunity to showcase its new multi-stream system this weekend when it covers every player in every game of the PBA Xtra Frame Kenn-Feld Classic from Pla-Mor Lanes in Coldwater, Ohio, this weekend.

Because Pla-Mor is a 16-lane center, FloBowling will be able to stream live coverage on all eight pairs of lanes including a designated “FloZone” pair that will provide live commentary by the Xtra Frame announcing team. The other pairs will provide video coverage with scoring. The banner at the bottom of the screen will provide links to the available pairs of lanes being streamed so viewers can select the lanes they want to watch. The 96-player field will be divided into three qualifying squads on Saturday. To find out which squad any given player is assigned to, click here: https://www.pba.com/Rosters/Details/2698.

FloBowling also is tentatively planning to expand its Xtra Frame coverage to include the PBA International-World Bowling Tour Storm Lucky Larsen Masters from Malmo, Sweden, Sept. 6-9. A pair of PBA Regional events also have been added to the PBA Xtra Frame on FloBowling schedule: the Grand Hotel Casino and Resort Southwest Open from Shawnee, Okla., Sept. 8-9, and the Double Decker West/Northwest Open presented by Roto Grip from Double Decker Lanes in Rohnert Park, Calif., Sept. 29-30.

All PBA Xtra Frame on FloBowling events are covered live from start to finish. Existing Xtra Frame subscribers need to transition their current subscriptions to FloBowling by visiting https://www.flobowling.com/claim-account. New subscribers can enroll at FloBowling.com.

PBA REGIONAL UPDATE: LAKOTA GETS FIRST TITLE IN ILLINOIS

Four years after winning in Lockport, Ill., as an amateur, Ryan Lakota of Shorewood, Ill., defeated Mike Martell of Brooklyn, N.Y., 179-144, to win his first PBA title in the PBA BowlerX.com Midwest Challenge at Strike N Spare II in Lockport Sunday.

Lakota, who earned $1,400 along with his title, defeated Mike Schlabach of Goshen, Ind., 202-189 and Martell, a non-PBA member, rolled past Kevin Kullman of Lockport, 204-160, in the semifinal round to set up the championship match. PBA Challenge events are open to players who have never won a PBA title.

In a battle of collegiate bowlers, Tyler Lewis from Ponchatoula, La., edged fellow Louisianian Jacob Dupre from Baton Rouge by one pin to claim victory in the PBA Emerald Bowl Southwest Challenge presented by Bowling Dynamix and Track in Houston, Texas, Sunday.

Lewis, a student at Southeastern Louisiana, trailed Dupre by 87 pins going into the final position round match. Dupre, a student at LSU, struggled to find the pocket through most of the final game as Lewis kept increasing his lead. Lewis threw three strikes to end his game, forcing Dupre to strike to win the event, but a solid 10 pin on his first shot allowed Lewis to win the game, 222-164, and with the 30 bonus pins, claim the $2,000 first prize with 4,517 total pins.

Because Lewis is not a PBA member, he doesn’t get credit for a PBA title.

● A week after winning his first PBA Regional event with doubles partner Jakob Butturff, amateur Ryan Nikolas of Milwaukie, Ore., posted a 5-7 match play record and a 20-game total of 5,036 pins Sunday to win his second PBA Regional in the PBA’s longest-running regional tournament, the 39th annual PBA Dave Husted Northwest Open presented by 900 MOTIV at Husted’s Milwaukee Bowl in Milwaukie, Ore.

Nikolas, who earned $2,000, defeated Craig Tuholski of Troutdale, Ore., by 114 pins for the win, but won’t receive credit for a title in either event because he isn’t a PBA member.

● PBA’s Japan Region will hold the DHC Chameleon Open and Women’s Chameleon Open Aug. 25-26 in Nagano, Japan.

● Labor Day weekend will include the PBA60 Wilson & Sons Pest Control Super Senior Open and the PBA50 Mooresville South Open presented by Columbia 300 at George Pappas’ Victory Lanes in Mooresville, N.C.; the PBA50 Hammer/Strike Zone Alleys Open in Pottsville, Pa., and the 23rd annual Illinois Valley Midwest/Central Open presented by Ebonite at Illinois Valley Super Bowl in Peru, Ill.

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

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PBA Spare Shots: Xtra Frame on FloBowling Debuts Multi-Stream Options for PBA50, XF Tour Events

by Bill Vint August 16, 2018 10:37

As the PBA “senior” players wrapped up their regular season this week with the third annual PBA60 Dick Weber Championship, PBA Xtra Frame on FloBowling unveiled a new multi-stream system to provide subscribers with a “sneak peek” at enhanced viewing options to watch a variety of players.

For the Dick Weber Championship, an event that included a field of 97 players 60 and older, FloBowling began using six streams covering five different pairs of lanes along with a sixth “FloZone” stream that is similar to DirectTV’s “Red Zone” channel. A banner at the bottom of the screen includes links to the available pairs of lanes being streamed. The “FloZone” channel provides live commentary by the Xtra Frame announcing team, but the remaining channels provide scoring and allow viewers the opportunity to watch the players in action.

The Dick Weber Championship, presented by 900 Global, concluded today at Pro Bowl West in Fort Wayne, Ind., wrapping up with the stepladder finals airing live on PBA Xtra Frame on FloBowling at 1 p.m. EDT.

For the upcoming the Go Bowling! PBA Tour events on PBA Xtra Frame in Middletown, Delaware, multi-stream options will be expanded to 10 simultaneous streams. That means, if there are four players on any given pair of lanes, viewers will have the ability to watch 40 different players on 10 different pairs of lanes during any given game. In Coldwater, Ohio the following week, all eight pairs in 16-lane Pla-Mor Lanes will be live-streamed throughout the event.

Xtra Frame on FloBowling coverage of the 2018 Go Bowling! PBA Tour’s 10th anniversary Gene Carter’s Pro Shop Classic at Mid-County Lanes in Middletown, Del., is set for Saturday and Sunday, with the stepladder finals airing on Sunday at 7 p.m. EDT. The PBA Xtra Frame Kenn-Feld Group Classic takes place in Coldwater Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 25-26. PBA Tour titles will be at stake in both exclusive PBA Xtra Frame Tour events.

All PBA Xtra Frame events on FloBowling are covered live, from first ball to last. Existing Xtra Frame subscribers need to transition their current subscriptions to FloBowling by visiting https://www.flobowling.com/claim-account. New subscribers can enroll at FloBowling.com.

PETRAGLIA, VOSS TO JOIN END-OF-SEASON PBA50 STORM INVITATIONAL QUALIFIERS

With the conclusion of the PBA50 Tour’s regular season Sunday in Wyoming, Mich., the field of 12 qualifiers for the new PBA50 Storm Invitational in late September has been finalized, and the two invitational berths in the end-of-season tournament have been awarded to PBA Hall of Famers Johnny Petraglia (featured photo) and Brian Voss, PBA50 Tour Director John Weber has confirmed.

Advancing to the invitational tournament at Planet Fun Bowling and Entertainment Center in Shallotte, N.C., Sept. 28-30, will be 2018 points leader and Player of the Year Michael Haugen Jr. (30,123), PBA50 Cup winner Brian Kretzer (23,915), PBA60 star Ron Mohr (22,190), Walter Ray Williams Jr. (20,194), Norm Duke (20,014), Parker Bohn III (18,313), Lennie Boresch Jr. (17,388), Amleto Monacelli (16,699), Ryan Shafer (16,685), Bob Learn Jr. (14,886), Pete Weber (12,182) and Harry Sullins (11,617). Sullins held on to out-point Voss (11,161) for the final berth based on points.

The all-star special event will be covered in its entirety by PBA Xtra Frame on FloBowling. Competition will include of two rounds of qualifying to determine the top five for a stepladder final to decide the winner of the $10,000 first prize on Sept. 30 at 6 p.m. ET.

PBA50 PLAYERS TO REPRESENT U.S. IN 2018 PABCON SENIOR CHAMPIONSHIPS

Three PBA50 competitors including four-time PBA50 Tour titlist Lennie Boresch Jr. of Kenosha, Wis.; three-time winner Bob Learn Jr. of Erie, Pa., and 2018 PBA50 Florida Open winner Warren Eales of Chandler, Ariz., will be among the eight 50-and-older players representing the United States in the 2018 Pan American Bowling Confederation Senior Championships at Let’s Bowl in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, Aug. 19-24.

The fourth member of the men’s delegation will be Steve Badovinac of Parker, Colo. On the women’s side will be Tish Johnson of Colorado Springs, Colo.; Sharon Powers of Lakewood, Colo.; Lucy Sandelin of Tampa, Fla., and Paula Vidad of Sun City, Calif. Three-time PBA Tour titlist and USBC Gold coach Bill Spigner of Vernon Hill, Ill., will coach the team.

The United States has not competed in the PABCON Senior Championships since its inaugural event in 2008.

PBA REGIONAL UPDATE: BUTTURFF WINS REYES DOUBLES FOR 18TH REGIONAL TITLE

Jakob Butturff of Tempe, Ariz., and his non-member partner, Ryan Nikolas of Milwaukie, Ore., posted a 9-3 match play record and a combined 20-game total of 10,033 pins Sunday to run away with the PBA Tony Reyes Memorial Member/Non-Member Doubles title at 4th Street Bowl in San Jose, Calif.

Nikolas and Butturff, who picked up his fifth PBA Regional title of the year and the 18th in his three-year PBA career, defeated Darren Tang of San Francisco and non-member Zack Hattori of Las Vegas by 824 pins to split the $4,000 first prize. Tang and Hattori posted an 8-4 match play record and a 9,209 pinfall total to earn $2,200.

The Tony Reyes Memorial is named in honor of the late PBA Tour champion who died in 2012.

Jason Sterner, a newly-relocated resident of Atlanta, Ga., won his 12th PBA Regional title and the $5,000 top prize Sunday, defeating Kyle Troup of Taylorsville, N.C., 278-216, in the title match of the third annual PBA AMF Chesapeake South Open presented by Hammer at AMF Western Branch Lanes in Chesapeake, Va.

Sterner, the top qualifier for the stepladder finals, waited while Troup disposed of Stephen Hahn of Sterling, Va., in opening match, 215-186, and Randy Weiss of Columbia, S.C., 224-173, in the semifinal contest. In the title match Sterner started with six strikes while Troup started with four. The final difference was that Sterner converted a single-pin spare in the seven frame and then struck out until leaving another single pin on his final ball while Troup was unable to match Sterner’s strike barrage.

● Chris Colella of Indianapolis defeated Jean Perez of Puerto Rico, 211-166, to win the PBA Greater Richmond Central Open at Richmond 40 Bowl in Richmond, Ind., Sunday, earning $1,600 and his second PBA Regional title.

Colella downed Kyle Cook of Centerville, Ohio, 279-173, in the semifinal round while Perez eliminated Joe Bailey of Wooster, Ohio, 209-186, to also advance to the championship match.

● On tap over the Aug. 17-19 weekend will be the Emerald Bowl Southwest Challenge presented by Track and Bowling Dynamix for non-PBA title winners in Houston, Texas; the Dave Husted Northwest/West Open presented by MOTIV at Husted’s Milwaukie Bowl in Milwaukie, Ore., and the Sunday-only BowlerX.com Midwest Challenge for non-titlists at Strike N Spare II in Lockport, Ill.

● PBA’s Japan Region will hold the DHC Chameleon Open and Women’s Chameleon Open Aug. 25-26 in Nagano, Japan.

● Labor Day weekend will include the PBA60 Wilson & Sons Pest Control Super Senior Open and the PBA50 Mooresville South Open presented by Columbia 300 at George Pappas’ Victory Lanes in Mooresville, N.C.; the PBA50 Hammer/Strike Zone Alleys Open in Pottsville, Pa., and the annual Illinois Valley Midwest/Central Open presented by Ebonite at Illinois Valley Super Bowl in Peru, Ill.

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

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