PBA Spare Shots: Fans Invited to Experience the Best in Bowling at GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling IX

by Bill Vint September 21, 2017 14:02

For bowling fans, it doesn’t get any better than attending the ultimate bowling event – the GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling IX, and thanks to PBA’s presenting sponsor, Eldorado Reno Properties, two Ultimate WSOB Fan Experience Packages will make the adventure easy and affordable.

For those who would like to watch the world’s greatest bowlers compete for nationally-televised titles in the sport’s premier showcase Nov. 17-19 at the National Bowling Stadium in Reno, the Ultimate Fan Experience packages will provide participants with lodging, transportation to-and-from the airport, and VIP seating for all of the TV finals. Options include a two-night “Strike” package and a three-night “300 Game” package. Prices depend on the accommodations each fan prefers, but the basics of each package include the following:

STRIKE PACKAGE (starting at $200)

Two (2) nights’ accommodation at Silver Legacy Resort & Casino.

● Two VIP tickets to all ESPN shows including the PBA World Championship.

● Round trip transportation to and from the Reno-Tahoe International Airport and Silver Legacy.

300 GAME PACKAGE (starting at $340)

Three (3) nights’ accommodation at Silver Legacy Resort & Casino.

● Two VIP tickets to all ESPN shows including the PBA World Championship.

● Behind the scenes tour of PBA Player Services Trucks and ESPN Production Truck.

● Official autographed PBA Tour bowling pin.

● Official WSOB t-shirt.

● Round trip transportation to and from the Reno-Tahoe International Airport and Silver Legacy.

To enroll in the GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling Ultimate Experience Fan program, visit: www.pba.com/tickets.

JASON BELMONTE LEADS 2018 DHC PBA JAPAN QUALIFYING LIST

Jason Belmonte is the leader on the combined PBA Tour-World Bowling Tour points list that will determine the 11 exempt players who will be invited to compete in the 2018 DHC PBA Japan Invitational in January as the PBA Tour heads into its final three events of the year.

Belmonte, with victories in the Barbasol PBA Players Championship and USBC Masters as well as the PBA International-WBT Storm Lucky Larsen Masters in Sweden, has compiled 110,432 points for a comfortable lead over Marshall Kent (60,950 points). Anthony Simonsen is third at 42,144 and EJ Tackett, who is automatically exempt as the defending DHC PBA Japan Invitational champion, is fourth. Qualifying points for the DHC Japan event are awarded on PBA Tour and WBT events that are open to all PBA members.

Tackett plus the 10 other points leaders will receive invitations to the event. DHC, as the tournament sponsor, will invite five additional players of its own choosing. They will join 16 Japanese players in the 32-game match play event.

There is still ample opportunity for players to qualify. Events remaining on the 2017 schedule include the WBT Thailand, Sept. 30-Oct 6; U.S. Open, Oct. 27-Nov. 1, and the multi-event GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling IX, presented by Eldorado Reno Properties, Nov. 7-19 in Reno.

As of September 15, the 2017 PBA-WBT points leaders include:
1, Jason Belmonte, 110,432.
2, Marshall Kent, 60,950.
3, Anthony Simonsen, 42,144.
4, EJ Tackett, 39,838.
5, Dom Barrett, 320,210.
6, Rhino Page, 28,650.
7, Sean Rash, 27,262.
8, Jesper Svensson, 26,856.
9, Dick Allen, 25,515.
10, Chris Barnes, 24,250.
11, Martin Larsen, 23,730.
12, Francois Lavoie, 22,905.
13, Bill O’Neill, 20,980.
14, Jason Sterner, 20,725.
15, Josh Blanchard, 20,175.
16, Kyle Troup, 20,040.
17, Stuart Williams, 19,543.
18, Tom Daugherty, 18,945.
19, Tom Smallwood, 17,350.
20, Cameron Weier, 17,015.

APPLICATIONS BEING ACCEPTED FOR 2017 TONY REYES COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARD

The PBA is now accepting nominations for the 2017 PBA Tony Reyes Community Service award, named in honor of the late PBA Tour player in recognition of his service to the bowling community. The award recognizes a current PBA member who performs extraordinary community service over the course of a PBA Tour season. To be eligible, the nominee must be a PBA member in good standing.

For a nomination form and additional information click on http://www.pba.com/Corporate/Awards. The deadline for submissions is Dec. 18.

Reyes, a popular PBA Tour titlist, died in late September 2012 of injuries sustained in a traffic accident near his home in San Bruno, Calif.

Past winners of the award have been Parker Bohn III of Jackson, N.J., in 2013 for his work primarily with two charitable endeavors he established – the Striking Out Sandy fundraiser and his annual Parker Bohn III Scholarship Tournament; Missy Parkin of Laguna Hills, Calif., in 2014, for her work in organizing the Baby Reesa Foundation fundraiser which supports families with children born with Krabbe Disease; Ed Godbout of Felton, Calif., in 2015, for establishing several charitable initiatives in Reyes’ name including the Tony Reyes Memorial Scholarship and the Tony Reyes Memorial Youth/Adult Doubles Tournament, and Rhino Page of Orlando, Fla., in 2016, for his involvement with the Thomas Cacioppo family in New York in raising more than $225,000 to combat the debilitating digestive tract disorders Crohn’s and Colitis.

WISEMAN’S SIXTH ANNUAL SCHOLARSHIP TOURNAMENT SET FOR OCT. 7-8

Twelve-time PBA Tour champion Danny Wiseman of Baltimore will conduct his sixth annual Danny Wiseman Youth Scholarship Tournament Oct. 7-8 at AMF Country Lanes in suburban Baltimore.

Since its inception, the PBA Hall of Famer’s scholarship event has distributed more than $90,000 in college scholarship money. This year’s event will add another $25,000 to that total.

The tournament, which can accommodate 342 youth bowlers in scratch and handicap divisions, is filling rapidly. For information, visit Wiseman’s Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/Danny-Wiseman-Bowling-Fan-Page-107752155919763/) or his website (http://www.dannywisemanbowling.com/).

PBA REGIONAL UPDATE: TACKETT WINS IN TROY, OHIO

EJ Tackett of Huntington, Ind., defeated Graham Fach of Canada, 279-237, to win the PBA Rex & Griffin Bigelow Memorial/M & D Blacktop/BW3’s Central Open presented by Hammer at Troy Bowl Sunday for a $5,000 first prize and his sixth PBA Central Region title.

In the semifinal match, Fach downed Chris Via of Springfield, Ohio, 265-247, to advance to the championship match. AJ Johnson of Oswego, Ill., started the finals by eliminating Matt Sanders of Evansville, Ind., 267-206, but then lost to Via, 270-245.

The tournament was dedicated to PBA Regional competitor Kyle Bigelow’s father, Rex, who died of leukemia a few years ago, and to Griffin Bigelow, Kyle’s infant son who died from heart complications when he was 6 months old.

Jakob Butturff of Tempe, Ariz., posted a 7-0-1 match play record and knocked down 3,964 pins Sunday to win his 11th career regional title in the PBA Ken & Kathy Fowler Auto Centers Open at Yokayo Bowl in Ukiah, Calif.

Butturff, who earned $2,000, defeated PJ Haggerty of Roseville, Calif., by 303 pins for his second win of the year after a PBA-record nine regional victories in 2016. Haggerty had a 5-3 match play record and 3,661 total pins for his 16 games including match play bonus pins.

In the companion PBA50 Open, Derek Gregory of Chowchilla, Calif., went 7-1 and knocked down 3,575 total pins to top Craig Miller of Tracy, Calif., by 92 pins for his second PBA50 West Region title.

● The PBA Regional calendar for the Sept. 22-24 weekend includes the PBA/PBA50 Millsboro Lanes Doubles in Millsboro, Del.; the Florence Bowling Center Central Open in Florence, Ky.; the PBA50 Rocky Mount South Open at Rocky Mount (Va.) Bowling Center; the Liberal Kansas Southwest Open at Ayr Lanes; the PBA and PBA50 Mockingbird Lanes doubleheader in Omaha, Neb., and the PBA West/Northwest TSI Inc. Open presented by Onsite Express at Paradise Lanes in Tacoma, Wash.

● The PBA Regional schedule for the Sept. 29-Oct. 1 weekend includes the PBA50 Mel Westrich Memorial Central/Midwest Open at Delphos Recreation in Delphos, Ohio; the PBA50 Spartanburg South Open at Paradise Lanes in Spartanburg, S.C., and the Killeen Southwest Open at Hallmark Lanes in Killeen, Texas.

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

QUICK NOTES

● Fun Fact: Did you know that for the 22 events held during 2007-08 PBA Tour season, there were 10 titles won by players age 40 and over, and the average age of the winners was 36.5 years? In 2017, through 20 events, there have been zero titles won by players 40 and older…and the average age of the winners is 28.15 years.

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PBA Spare Shots: PBA Members, Tournament Hosts Survive the Worst of Hurricane Harvey

by Bill Vint September 8, 2017 08:46

A number of PBA members, from regional players to PBA Hall of Famers, faced the consequences of Hurricane Harvey in the Houston and eastern Texas coastline in recent weeks. For the most part, bowlers and others with PBA connections survived the catastrophic storm in relatively good shape, as detailed in an in-depth report by Bowlers Journal International editor Gianmarc Manzione.

Among those Manzione talked with were PBA Hall of Famer David Ozio, DJ Archer, Steve Wunderlich, twin brothers Pete and Paul McCordic, and Dallas area resident Conner Pickford who just wants to help.

For Manzione’s full story, click here: http://www.bowlersjournal.com/hurricane-harvey-a-sobering-experience-for-texas-bowling-community/

In addition, PBA Hall of Famer Mark Williams was able to re-open his bowling center in Beaumont, to give people something to do, and PBA Southwest Region Player of the Year Shawn Maldonado said he was on dry ground.

Among the thousands of people offering assistance was newly-signed Houston Rocket and noted PBA friend Chris Paul, who donated $75,000 to help victims.

PBA followers are encouraged to follow PBA’s Facebook page for updates related to Hurricane Harvey as well as Hurricane Irma and wildfires that are impacting the Pacific Coast region.

HURRICANE IRMA FORCES POSTPONEMENT OF NORTH CAROLINA REGIONALS

The PBA South Region has postponed the PBA and PBA-PWBA Fayetteville South Open doubleheader scheduled for Fayetteville Lanes in LaFayette, N.C., this weekend due to the anticipated arrival of Hurricane Irma along the Atlantic Coast. PBA South Region Manager Sam Zurich said discussions regarding re-scheduling will take place after the threat of the hurricane is over.

PBA, HOTELPLANNER.COM RENEW “OFFICIAL HOTEL BOOKING AGENT” AGREEMENT

HotelPlanner.com, the leading provider of online services to the global group hotel sales market, has renewed its relationship as an Official Hotel Booking Agent of the PBA for the 2018 season.

HotelPlanner.com will continue to work directly with the PBA to provide players, coaches, family, and fans convenient online room reservations the organization’s tournaments, including PBA Tour, PBA-World Bowling International Tour, PBA50 Tour, PBA Regional Tour and the PBA-PWBA Women’s Regional Tour events. As part of its sponsorship, HotelPlanner.com awards a monthly $200 gift certificate for future lodging expenses to an individual who books a room through HotelPlanner.com’s link on pba.com.

“We’re proud to renew our partnership for the 2018 season as an official hotel booking agent and sponsor of the PBA,” said Tim Hentschel, co-founder and CEO of HotelPlanner.com. “HotelPlanner looks forward to providing quality hotels, great rates, and exceptional customer service for PBA’s tournament sports travel for its members and fans.

“The PBA and HotelPlanner.com have enjoyed a strong partnership and we are pleased to announce it will continue. Our traveling staff, players and fans love to utilize HotelPlanner.com’s efficient services,” said Tom Clark, PBA CEO and Commissioner.

PBA REGIONAL UPDATE: HAGGERTY, DICKEY WIN TONY REYES MEMORIAL DOUBLES

PJ Haggerty of Roseville, Calif. and his non-member partner, Dupree Dickey of Oakland, Calif., posted an 8-2 match play record and a combined 18-game total of 8,398 pins Sunday to win the PBA Tony Reyes Memorial Member/Non-Member Doubles at 4th Street Bowl in San Jose, Calif.

Haggerty and Dickey defeated Darren Tang of San Francisco and non-member Zack Hattori of Las Vegas who had a 4-6 match play record and 8,387 pins. Haggerty and Dickey shared the $4,000 first prize.

The Tony Reyes Memorial is named in honor of the late PBA Tour champion who died in 2012. The PBA’s Community Service Award is also named after Reyes.

Mike Hastings of Millsboro, Del. defeated John Conroy of Mahopac, N.Y., 220-201, to win the PBA50 Strike Zone Open presented by Track at the Strike Zone Alleys in Pottsville, Pa., Sunday for his second PBA50 Regional title.

Hastings, a veteran of 116 PBA50 Regional events, bowled a clean game in the championship round while Conroy could not overcome a split in the middle of the final game. For Hastings, the win came seven years after winning his first title in Martinsville, Va., in 2010. He earned $1,500 along with his title.

Hastings defeated Ryan Shafer of Horseheads, N.Y., 216-140, and Conroy defeated Ray Edwards of Middle Island, N.Y., 200-190, in the semifinal round.

AJ Johnson of Owego, Ill., celebrated his 25th birthday by defeating Kyle Sherman of O’Fallon, Mo., 253-237, to win the PBA Illinois Valley Midwest Open at Super Bowl in Peru, Ill., Sunday for his third consecutive PBA Midwest Region title.

Johnson, who now has four career PBA Regional titles, also earned $1,700.

Sherman defeated Nathan Michalowski of Burlington, Wis., 218-141, to advance to the championship match. In the first stepladder match, Michalowski edged Steve Taylor of Deer Creek, Ill., 185-183.

● September’s PBA Regional calendar continues over the Sept. 8-10 weekend with the PBA50 Towne Bowling Academy Open in Schenectady, N.Y.; the PBA Autism Awareness Central Open presented by K&R Mower Derby at Astro Lanes in Wapakoneta, Ohio; the Grand Hotel Casino & Resort Southwest Invitational at FireLake Bowling Center in Shawnee, Okla.; the PBA and PBA-PWBA Diamond Jo Casino Championships at Cherry Lanes in Dubuque, Iowa, and the Aquimo West Open presented by Columbia 300 at Mesa East Bowl in Mesa, Ariz.

● September 15-17 PBA Regional events will include the PBA Rex & Griffin Bigelow Memorial/M&D Blacktop/BW3’s Central Open presented by Hammer at Troy Bowl in Troy, Ohio; the PBA Century Lanes Hampton South Open in Hampton, Va., and the PBA and PBA50 Ken & Kathy Fowler Auto Centers West/Northwest Opens doubleheader at Yokayo Bowling Center in Ukiah, Calif.

● The PBA Regional calendar for the Sept. 22-24 weekend includes the PBA/PBA50 Millsboro Lanes Doubles in Millsboro, Del.; the Florence Bowling Center Central Open in Florence, Ky.; the PBA50 Rocky Mount South Open at Rocky Mount (Va.) Bowling Center; the Liberal Kansas Southwest Open at Ayr Lanes; the PBA and PBA50 Mockingbird Lanes doubleheader in Omaha, Neb., and the PBA West/Northwest TSI Inc. Open presented by Onsite Express at Paradise Lanes in Tacoma, Wash.

● The PBA Regional schedule for the Sept. 29-Oct. 1 weekend includes the PBA50 Mel Westrich Memorial Central/Midwest Open at Delphos Recreation in Delphos, Ohio; the PBA50 Spartanburg South Open at Paradise Lanes in Spartanburg, S.C., and the Killeen Southwest Open at Hallmark Lanes in Killeen, Texas.

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

QUICK NOTES

Gavin O’Neill has a baby sister. Bill and Christi O’Neill became parents of Avery Lynn O’Neill on Monday. Avery arrived at 7 pounds, four ounces…and 19.5 inches.

● William Smith of Hampton, Va., receives a new high-performance MOTIV ball; James Tagalos of Rhinelander, Wis., wins a new Brunswick ball, and Tiffany China of Leesville, La., is the lucky winner of a new high-performance ball from DV8 as August sweepstakes prizes for subscribing to Xtra Frame. The monthly sweepstakes is sponsored by the respective PBA Product Registered partners. Monthly winners are selected from among new Xtra Frame subscribers, who are automatically entered when they enroll as a monthly or Xtra Frame Season Ticket (full year) subscriber.

● Kerrilyn Askey is the August winner of a $200 HotelPlanner.com certificate, redeemable for future lodging expenses, compliments of PBA’s official travel partner. The monthly sweepstakes is open to anyone who books a hotel through the HotelPlanner.com link on pba.com. Those who book through HotelPlanner.com are automatically entered.

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PBA Spare Shots: 2017 PBA Xtra Frame Tour Features 10 Events, 10 Locations, 11 Different Champions

by Bill Vint August 31, 2017 08:36

Xtra Frame is today’s solution to providing the sport with a traveling PBA Tour with broad appeal. The rapid growth of technology that allows for video streaming provides the ability to transmit live “televised” events via the internet from all corners of the world to all corners of the world, on any day at any time.

The PBA, a frontrunner in using Xtra Frame to cover events and make them available to bowling fans around the world at very little cost, will continue to evolve to serve the interests of its fan base. The nature of video streaming also expands the fan’s access to aspects of tournament competition, such as qualifying and match play rounds, that were never available in the past.

In 2017, the PBA’s Xtra Frame programming included 10 events in 10 different locations, all covered exclusively from first ball to last. The Xtra Frame Tour produced 11 different champions (including one woman, who received a PWBA title). A quick recap of the events and winners includes:

● DHC PBA Japan Invitational, Bentencho Grand Bowl, Osaka, Japan: EJ Tackett.

● Xtra Frame Reality Check Classic, Sawgrass Lanes, Tamarac, Fla.: Josh Blanchard.

● Xtra Frame Wilmington Open, Ten Pin Alley Family Fun Center, Wilmington, N.C.: Anthony Simonsen.

● Xtra Frame Greater Jonesboro Open, Jonesboro Bowling Center, Jonesboro, Ark.: Francois Lavoie.

● Xtra Frame Lubbock Sports Open, Lubbock, Texas: Marshall Kent.

● Xtra Frame Billy Hardwick Memorial Open, Billy Hardwick’s All-Star Lanes, Memphis, Tenn.: Matt Sanders.

● Xtra Frame Striking Against Breast Cancer Mixed Doubles, Copperfield Bowl, Houston, Texas: Jason Sterner/Birgit Poppler.

● Xtra Frame Chesapeake Open, AMF Western Branch, Chesapeake, Va.: Dick Allen.

● Xtra Frame Gene Carter’s Pro Shop Classic, Mid-County Bowling & Entertainment, Middletown, Del.: Sean Rash.

● Xtra Frame Kenn-Feld Group Classic, Pla-Mor Lane, Coldwater, Ohio: Rhino Page.

Seven of the 10 events listed were part of the inaugural Xtra Frame Storm Cup points series, which provided players with more than $411,000 in prize money plus the added incentive to compete for another $50,000 in bonus prize money based upon consistency of performance throughout the season. DHC Japan (an invitational event), Hardwick Memorial (a restricted-equipment event) and Mixed Doubles (an event involving partners) were not part of the Storm Cup due to their unique variations, but they were important parts of the Xtra Frame program.

As a group, all of the XF Tour events all offered at least $10,000 in first prize money and collectively, they provided a grand total of $750,000 in prize money to PBA Tour players that otherwise may not have existed. The Xtra Frame Tour also created an opportunity for a special points competition – the PBA Xtra Frame Storm Cup – which led to $50,000 in bonus prize money including a $20,000 prize to points champion EJ Tackett (feature photo).

JASON BELMONTE MOVES INTO ELITE TERRITORY WITH 15TH CAREER TITLE

By winning his 15th PBA Tour title in the PBA International-World Bowling Tour Storm Lucky Larsen Masters Sunday in Malmo, Sweden, Australia’s Jason Belmonte have moved into a higher tier among PBA’s elite.

With 15 titles, Belmonte is now tied with Steve Cook for 23rd place on the all-time titles list. Next on the list is Jason Couch with 16, Carmen Salvino with 17 and a logjam of bowlers with 18 career titles, including Chris Barnes, Nelson Burton Jr., Dave Davis, Billy Hardwick, Tommy Jones and Dave Soutar, all of whom are tied for 15th place on the all-time list.

Among active PBA players, Belmonte is eighth behind Walter Ray Williams Jr. (47), Norm Duke (38), Pete Weber (37), Parker Bohn III (35), Amleto Monacelli (20), Barnes and Jones (18 each).

PBA’S NEWEST CHAMPION JOINS BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS “BIG CHAMPIONS” PROGRAM

Sanders.Matt_Evansville INPBA rookie Matt Sanders (at left), a 23-year-old two-time All-American at Marian University-Indiana and the PBA Tour’s newest first-time title winner, will become the first PBA member to join Big Brothers Big Sisters’ “Big Champions” program on Friday.

Sanders, who won the PBA Xtra Frame Billy Hardwick Memorial plastic ball title in Memphis in late June, will become a “celebrity ambassador” for the nationally-famous youth organization that provides mentoring for young people in need of adult guidance. Sanders, the first PBA member to sign on as a Big Champion, will join a group including actor Jamie Foxx, Pittsburgh Steelers star Antonio Brown, singer/songwriters Letoya Luckett and Eric Hutchinson, and actor and former Little Brother Ryan Potter, among others, who will work to create awareness for the organization as well as assisting in fundraising and recruitment.

Sanders noted he will specifically try to assist Big Brothers Big Sisters with its Bowl for Kids’ Sake program. For more information about the Big Champions project, visit: http://www.bbbs.org/big-champions/

MARSHALL KENT RETAINS LEAD IN TIGHT WORLD BOWLING TOUR POINTS RACE

Kent.MarshallThanks in part to his win in the PBA Grand Casino Hotel & Resort Oklahoma Open in early July, Marshall Kent (at left) of Yakima, Wash., has retained a modest lead in the 2017 World Bowling Tour men’s points race heading into the WBT Thailand in Bangkok Sept. 30-Oct. 6, followed by the PBA World Championship at the GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling IX, presented by Eldorado Reno Properties, in early November in Reno.

The PBA World Championship will be the final qualifying event for the 2017 WBT Men’s and Women’s Finals, presented by the PBA, that will be conducted on Nov. 19 as the concluding event to WSOB IX. The WBT Finals will include the top three men and top three women based on 2017 points, bowling for $20,000, $10,000 and $5,000 in prize money.

Following the PBA International-WBT Storm Lucky Larsen Masters in Malmo, Sweden, last weekend, Kent continued to lead the men’s standings with 273 points, with England’s Dom Barrett second with 249 points. Both players missed the Malmo event to bowl in the PBA’s Xtra Frame Kenn-Feld Classic in Coldwater, Ohio, where they were in contention in the PBA Xtra Frame Storm Cup points race as well.

Currently third in WBT men’s points is Sweden’s Martin Larsen with 227 points followed by Malmo winner Jason Belmonte of Australia (220), Anthony Simonsen of Austin, Texas (216), EJ Tackett of Huntington, Ind. (203) and Jesper Svensson of Sweden (190). England’s Stuart Williams (188), Denmark’s Thomas Larsen (177) and Sean Rash of Montgomery, Ill. (172) round out the men’s top 10.

The women’s points leaders included Danielle McEwan (445), Liz Johnson (230), Anggie Ramirez (228), Shayna Ng (186) and Liz Kuhlkin (176).

XTRA FRAME FEATURES SMITHFIELD PWBA TOUR CHAMPIONSHIP

Xtra Frame, PBA’s exclusive online video streaming service, will focus on coverage of the Smithfield PWBA Tour Championship over the Labor Day weekend. Xtra Frame will cover the preliminary best-of-five-game elimination matches of PWBA’s end-of-season tournament Monday and Tuesday from Richmond Raceway in Richmond, Va.

Xtra Frame’s coverage will begin on Labor Day at noon (EDT) with matches featuring Maria Jose Rodriquez vs. Missy Parkin, and Shannon O’Keefe vs. Birgit Poppler. At 3 p.m., Shannon Pluhowsky will meet Sin Li Jane, and Rocio Restrepo will bowl Stefanie Johnson. Monday’s coverage concludes at 6 p.m. with Clara Guerrero vs. Siti Rahman and Daria Pajak vs. Verity Crowley.

Tuesday’s schedule includes Danielle McEwan vs. the Rodriguez-Parkin winner in match 7 and the O’Keefe-Poppler winner vs. the Pluhowsky-Sin winner in match 8 at noon followed by the Restrepo-Johnson winner meeting the Guerrero-Rahman winner in match 9, and the Pajak-Crawler winner facing Diana Zavjalova in match 10 at 3 p.m. The quarterfinal round at 6 p.m. will feature the match 7 and 8 winners and the match 9 and 10 winners.

The two survivors will advance to the live CBS Sports Network finals on Wednesday at 8 p.m. EDT where they’ll join semifinalists Liz Johnson and Kelly Kulick for showdown matches leading into the championship match.

Also making its Xtra Frame debut this week is an Xtra Frame Player Perspective feature in which England’s Dom Barrett discusses his emotional 2013 PBA World Championship victory over America’s Sean Rash at the South Point Exhibition Hall in Las Vegas.

To sign up for an Xtra Frame subscription, visit xtraframe.tv.

PBA REGIONAL UPDATE: TONY REYES MEMORIAL DOUBLES SET FOR LABOR DAY WEEKEND

Kicking off the September PBA Regional schedule will be the PBA60 Wilson & Sons Super Senior Open presented by the Mooresville Convention and Visitors Bureau Saturday and Sunday at George Pappas’ Victory Lanes in Mooresville, N.C., followed immediately by the PBA50 Samuel Adams South Open presented by the Mooresville Convention and Visitors Bureau at George Pappas’ Victory Lanes in Mooresville, N.C.

The Labor Day weekend calendar of PBA Regional action also includes the PBA50 Strike Zone Open presented by Track in Pottsville, Pa.; the Tony Reyes Memorial Member/Non-Member Doubles at Fourth Street Bowl in San Jose, Calif.; the Illinois Valley Midwest Open at IV Super Bowl in Peru, Ill., and the DHC Japan PBA Doubles Open, Japan Cheetah Masters and Japan Cheetah Queens at Nagoya Grand Bowl in Nagoya, Japan.

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

QUICK NOTES

● The PBA has advised that fewer than 80 spots remain available to members wanting to enter the GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling IX in Reno, Nov. 7-19. Players must confirm a lodging reservation at one of presenting sponsor Eldorado Reno Properties’ facilities (Silver Legacy, Eldorado or Circus Circus) at the time of entry. To enter online, PBA members can use this link: https://secure.pba.com/Store/catalog/world-series-of-bowling,25.htm

● The United States Bowling Congress has announced the 2018 USBC Masters, a major on the PBA Tour schedule, will be held at the Oncenter Convention Center in Syracuse, N.Y., April 8-15. It will be the first time the Masters has been a part of the USBC Open Championship since 2011. Jason Belmonte is the defending champion.

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PBA Spare Shots: PBA Players Help Boston’s Mookie Betts Raise $150,000 for New England Kids’ Charities

by Bill Vint August 24, 2017 09:32

Tommy Jones, Bill O’Neill, Dom Barrett, Tom Daugherty, Chris Via and Malaysia’s Zulmazran (ZZ) Zulkifli were participants in the inaugural Mookie Betts Big League Bowl held on August 17 at Jillian’s Lucky Strike Lanes in Boston, helping the Boston Red Sox star and noted bowling enthusiast raise more than $150,000 to benefit Pitching In For Kids and One Mission, a pair of charities aimed at improving the lives of children in New England and helping affected kids deal with their battles with cancer.

Betts, an accomplished bowler, competed in the 2015 GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling VII in Reno and in the 2017 CP3 PBA Celebrity Invitational in Los Angeles.

The inaugural fundraiser, held in an upscale bowling facility in the shadow of historic Fenway Park, also included a group of Betts’ Red Sox teammates.

EJ TACKETT CLOSES IN ON XTRA FRAME STORM CUP POINTS BONUS

Even though he hasn’t won a PBA Xtra Frame Tour title in 2017, EJ Tackett’s four top-five finishes in last five events (and a 10th-place finish in the other event) have brought him to the brink of winning the $20,000 bonus as the 2017 PBA Xtra Frame Storm Cup points champion.

Heading into this weekend’s PBA Xtra Frame Kenn-Feld Group Classic at Pla-Mor Lanes in Coldwater, Ohio, Tackett has accumulated 83 points thus far. There are only three players who have mathematical chances to catch him: England’s Dom Barrett with 74 points, Marshall Kent of Yakima, Wash., with 69 and Dick Allen of Columbia, S.C., with 68.

Fifth-place is also up for grabs, with XF Gene Carter’s Pro Shop Classic winner Sean Rash of Montgomery, Ill., currently holding that spot with 54 points. Behind Rash are Tom Daugherty of Riverview, Fla. (49), Josh Blanchard of Mesa, Ariz. (47), Ryan Ciminelli of Cheektowaga, N.Y. (45) and four other players in the upper 30s.

In the Xtra Frame Storm Cup series, 25 points are awarded to each tournament winner, 19 to second place, 18 to third, etc. through 20th place. Even one point is valuable because there is significant bonus prize money at stake. In addition to the $20,000 bonus to the points winner, the other top-five finishers will earn $10,000, $8,000, $7,000 and $5,000 respectively.

The points leaders heading into this weekend includes the following:
1, EJ Tackett, Huntington, Ind., 83.
2, Dom Barrett, England, 74.
3, Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., 69.
4, Dick Allen, Columbia, S.C., 68.
5, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 54.
6, Tom Daugherty, Riverview, Fla., 49.
7, Josh Blanchard, Mesa, Ariz., 47.
8, Ryan Ciminelli, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 45.
9, Anthony Simonsen, Austin, Texas, 39.
10 (tie), AJ Johnson, Oswego, Ill., and Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 37.
12, Shota Kawazoe, Japan, 36.
13, Kyle Troup, Taylorsville, N.C., 32.
14, Bill O'Neill, Langhorne, Pa., 28.
15 (tie), Francois Lavoie, Canada, and Rhino Page, Orlando, Fla., 27.
17, Cristian Azcona, Lake Wales, Fla., 26.
18, Ildemaro Ruiz, Venezuela, 25.

Also as a final reminder, PBA fans are still eligible for Xtra Frame’s special $2.99 three-day subscription rate for the Coldwater, Ohio Xtra Frame Tour season-finale.

In addition, fans can follow real-time results for PBA50, PBA Xtra Frame Tour and all PBA Regional events by downloading the new PBA app on Apple devices or by visiting the “live scoring” feature on pba.com.

PBA STARS COMPETING IN WORLD BOWLING TOUR MALMO

In addition to the Xtra Frame Kenn-Feld Group Classic in Coldwater, Ohio, another group of PBA stars are competing abroad in the PBA International-World Bowling Tour Malmo (also known as the Lucky Larsen Masters) at Baltiska Bowlinghallen in Malmo, Sweden. First prize will be roughly $19,850 plus a PBA Tour title if the winner is a PBA member.

Among the PBA Tour regulars competing include champions Martin Larsen, Thomas Larsen, Stuart Williams, Osku Palermaa, Jesper Svensson, Francois Lavoie, Anthony Simonsen and Cameron Weier.

From an original field of approximately 465 players who began competition on Aug. 13, a field of 44 players will enter the final day of competition on Sunday which will culminate with the top four advancing to the stepladder finals. PBA fans can monitor the results online (http://luckylarsenmasters.com/results/) or watch the Swedish live stream (https://bowlingtv.solidtango.com/vip) for 49kr (Swedish krona), which converts to roughly US$6. Live streaming coverage Saturday and Sunday can be seen at no cost using the link on www.worldbowling.org.

PBA50 STARS SHINE IN WORLD BOWLING SENIOR CHAMPIONSHIPS

PBA50 stars Parker Bohn III, Ron Mohr, Bob Learn Jr. and Lennie Boresch Jr. dominated the World Bowling Senior Championships held last week at Dream Bowl Palace in Munich, Germany, winning gold medals in every event. The U.S. women’s team added gold in every event except doubles.

In men’s singles, Mohr won gold with Boresch and Bohn adding bronze medals. Bohn and Learn won gold in doubles, defeating silver-medalists Boresch and Mohr. Mohr won all-events, and Bohn won the Masters title. The U.S. stars also won the four-man team title.

In the women’s competition, Lynda Barnes (wife of PBA star Chris Barnes) won singles, Masters and team gold medals, a silver in all-events and a bronze medal with Carolyn Dorin-Ballard in doubles. Leanne Hulsenberg won all-events, silver in singles and bronze in Masters. Dorin-Ballard, the wife of PBA Hall of Famer Del Ballard Jr. and manager of the PBA League’s New York City WTT KingPins, also won a bronze medal in the Masters event.

PBA REGIONAL UPDATE: DEAN RICHARDS WINS TRADITIONAL HUSTED FAMILY EVENT

Dean Richards of Tacoma, Wash., posted a 7-5 match play record and a 20-game total of 4,876 pins Sunday to win his fourth PBA Regional title in the 38th annual PBA Dave Husted Northwest Open presented by 900 Global at Husted’s Milwaukie Bowl in Milwaukie, Ore.

Richards, who earned $2,000, defeated Cameron Weier of Tacoma, Wash., by 99 pins for the win. Weier had an 8-4 match play record and 4,776 pins for his 20 games, including match play bonus pins.

The tournament, hosted by the Husted family at Milwaukie Bowl, is the longest running regional in the PBA.

Former PBA member Clint Land of Houston out-dueled the non-champion field to win the PBA’s Bowling Dynamix Houston Emerald Bowl Challenge Sunday in his hometown after Anggie Ramirez of Colombia, now living in Austin, Texas topped the PBA-PWBA Houston Emerald Bowl Southwest Women’s Open field on Saturday.

Land, who finished the 21-game tournament with a 6-2 match play record and 4,620 total pins, started the modified eight-game round-robin finals with a 20-pin lead. With four games to go, only 85 pins separated the top 10 places. Land jumped to the top of the leaderboard by winning his last three matches with scores of 258, 213 and 241 to claim the $2,000 first place check. Anthony Coats from Pflugerville, Texas, finished second with 4,472 total pins.

On Saturday, Ramirez, started the eight-game women’s event with a 247 game and never looked back as she coasted to the win with 1,709 total pins, topping amateur Ashley Lawley of Friendswood, Texas, by 144 pins. Ramirez earned $1,000 while Lawley collected $360.

● Closing out the August schedule will be the PBA60 Wilson & Sons Super Senior Open presented by the Mooresville Convention and Visitors Bureau Aug. 31-Sept. 2 at George Pappas’ Victory Lanes in Mooresville, N.C., followed immediately by the PBA50 Samuel Adams South Open presented by the Mooresville Convention and Visitors Bureau at George Pappas’ Victory Lanes in Mooresville, N.C.

● The Labor Day weekend calendar of PBA Regional action includes the PBA50 Strike Zone Open presented by Track in Pottsville, Pa.; the Tony Reyes Memorial Member/Non-Member Doubles at Fourth Street Bowl in San Jose, Calif.; the Illinois Valley Midwest Open at IV Super Bowl in Peru, Ill., and the DHC Japan PBA Doubles Open, Japan Cheetah Masters and Japan Cheetah Queens at Nagoya Grand Bowl in Nagoya, Japan.

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

QUICK NOTES

● The PBA has been informed that long-time member Greg Rottengen of Washington, N.J., a veteran of nearly 250 PBA national and regional tournaments, died Tuesday at the age of 74. No additional information was immediately available.

Shawn Maldonado and Dolores Rodriguez are the parents of a baby girl, Mia Bella Maldonado, born on August 14.

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PBA Spare Shots: PBA Regional Points Leaders Have an Eye on October 15 Deadline for Berths in WSOB IX

by Bill Vint August 11, 2017 10:02

PBA Regional points leaders as of August 6 have an eye on the October 15 deadline when the PBA’s regional points competitions for 2017 will be finalized, and the leaders in each region will be announced for the PBA Regional Challenge to be held on November 7 to kick off the GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling IX, presented by Eldorado Reno Properties Inc., at the National Bowling Stadium in Reno, Nev.

The regional points leaders will meet in a head-to-head match play competition in Reno, at the same time the eight points leaders from the 2017 PBA50 Tour season bowl the PBA50 Challenge. All regional and PBA50 Tour qualifiers also will receive paid entries into the World Series, and both Challenge events will air live on PBA’s Xtra Frame online bowling channel.

The current leaders in the PBA Regional points races are:

● East Region – Matt O’Grady (feature photo), 105,277 points (second place, Greg Ostrander, 66,763).

● South Region – Dick Allen, 90,674 (Cristian Azcona, 81,781).

● Central Region – Graham Fach, 92,839 (Kyle Mayberry, 87,6715).

● Midwest Region – AJ Johnson, 83,392 (Tom Hess, 66,202).

● Southwest Region – Francois Lavoie, 137,678 (Mike Bailey, 89,040).

● West Region – David Haynes, 116,934 (Darren Tang, 109,137).

● Northwest Region – Darren Tang, 117,603 (Cameron Weier, 112,156).

Finishing in the top eight in PBA50 points were Brian LeClair, Norm Duke, Parker Bohn III, Bob Learn Jr., Michael Haugen Jr., Walter Ray Williams Jr., Amleto Monacelli and Ron Mohr.

Williams is the defending PBA50 Challenge winner; O’Grady is the defending PBA Regional Challenge winner.

XTRA FRAME OFFERS LIMITED TIME THREE-DAY SUBSCRIPTION DISCOUNT

For a limited time, Xtra Frame is offering a special $2.99 three-day subscription rate, a $1 savings over its normal rate. The special offer, good now through August 27, will make it possible for PBA fans to watch all three remaining PBA Xtra Frame Storm Cup Series tournaments at the special rate.

This weekend’s PBA Xtra Frame Chesapeake Open will air Saturday and Sunday, followed by the Xtra Frame Gene Carter’s Pro Shop Classic from Mid-County Bowling and Entertainment in Middletown, Del., Aug. 19-20, and the Storm Cup series finale, the Xtra Frame Kenn-Feld Group Classic from Pla-Mor Lanes in Coldwater, Ohio, Aug. 26-27. The special $2.99 rate can be used multiple times, so it can be applied to all three weekend events. To sign up, visit xtraframe.tv.

PBA fans also are reminded they can follow real-time results for PBA50, PBA Xtra Frame Tour and all PBA Regional events by visiting the “live scoring” feature on pba.com or by downloading the new PBA app on Apple devices.

WBT RESULTS WITH MARTIN LARSEN-JESPER SVENSSON INSPIRED EVENT IN MALMO

The World Bowling Tour Malmo, also known as the “Storm Lucky Larsen Masters,” begins Sunday in Malmo, Sweden, and concludes on Sunday, Aug. 27, as bowlers from around the world descend on Malmo for Sweden’s first PBA International/World Bowling Tour event.

The tournament had a preliminary entry of 465 players from 25 countries including a number of PBA stars, prompting Competition Manager Daniel Rönnbäck to note, “Judging by the huge number of entries and that the tickets to the finals are completely sold out well before the start date, this is obviously a competition that Sweden has been waiting for.”

According to a World Bowling news release, the tournament was cofounded by Swedish Bowling proprietors Rönnbäck and Hampus Torstensson who were inspired by Jesper Svensson’s Swedish Rookie Sportsman of The Year award, which they hope will encourage young Swedes to to become more active in the sport. Rönnbäck also recruited Swedish national star Martin Larsen to join the organizing committee to provide input into the athletic sides of the event.

The tournament will use a format common among European events. Multiple six-game qualifying rounds will result in a finals field of 44 players, with all scores dropped at the end of qualifying. Qualifiers 1-8 will advance to Step 2; qualifiers 9-44 will bowl the six-game Step 1 round. The top 16 from Step 1 plus the top eight qualifiers will advance to Step 2 for an eight-game round. The top eight players after Step 2 advance to Step 3 for a four-game round. The top four players based on combined 12-game Step 2 and 3 pinfall totals advance to the stepladder finals for one-game matches. A PBA Tour title will be awarded if the winner is a PBA member.

The World Bowling Tour Malmo will be live streamed Aug. 13-25 via www.luckylarsenmasters.com and Aug. 26-27 via http://www.worldbowling.org/events-results/world-bowling-tour/. The World Bowling Tour Men’s and Women’s Finals, presented by the PBA and featuring the top three in points in each division, will be conducted during the GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling IX in Reno in November.

How did the organizers come up with the “Lucky Larsen” name? Well, this link explains: http://luckylarsenmasters.com/about-lucky-larsen/

AS THE CURTAIN FALLS ON THE 2017 PBA50 TOUR SEASON…

● With his win in the season-ending PBA50 DeHayes Insurance Group Championship, Pete Weber not only recorded his 100th overall PBA title, but joined Walter Ray Williams Jr. and Gene Stus in a tie for fifth place on the all-time PBA50 Tour titles list with 11. John Handegard is the leader in PBA50 Tour titles with 14. Tom Baker, Gary Dickinson and Dale Eagle are tied for second place with 12 titles each.

● Throughout his colorful career as a PBA Tour competitor, winning 38 titles to rank third on the all-time list behind Walter Ray Williams Jr. (47) and Earl Anthony (43), Norm Duke has never had a year with as many close calls as he had during the 2017 PBA50 Tour season. In addition to his lone title in Mooresville, N.C., in May, Duke had three second-place finishes (New Port Richey, Fla.; Anderson, Ind., and Fort Wayne, Ind.), a third-place finish in Hammond, Ind., and a fourth-place finish in the USBC Senior Masters.

● Former Major League Baseball pitcher John Burkett of Southlake, Fla., was in contention to make his second career championship round appearance in Fort Wayne until the end of the final match play round, eventually finishing ninth for his best finish of the season. Burkett’s best career finish was fourth in the 2015 Northern California Classic in his rookie season as a PBA50 Tour player.

● With his 300 game near the end of the second qualifying round in Fort Wayne, Parker Bohn III improved his record for most 300 games bowled in PBA competition to 112, six more than Walter Ray Williams Jr.

PBA REGIONAL UPDATE: AJ JOHNSON WINS BACK-TO-BACK PBA MIDWEST TITLES

AJ Johnson of Oswego, Ill, defeated top qualifier Steven Taylor of Deer Creek, Ill., 219-194, to win the PBA Poplar Creek Bowl Midwest Open at Poplar Creek Bowl in Hoffman Estates, Ill., Sunday for his second straight PBA Midwest Region title.

Johnson, who won the St. Charles Lanes Midwest Open on July 16 in Missouri, picked up his fourth career regional title and the $2,000 first prize.

Amateur Mike Dole of Loves Park, Ill. defeated Steve Jaros of Yorkville, Ill., 235-200, in the first match of the four-man stepladder finals and Johnson then defeated Dole, 258-216, to advance to the title match.

Anthony Pepe of Elmhurst, N.Y., defeated B.J. Moore of Greensburg, Pa., 198-178, to win the PBA Bowlers Supply/Storm Open presented by Roto Grip at Colony Park Lanes North in York, Pa., Sunday for $2,5000 plus his third career regional title and his second in this event.

Neither bowler was able to post a double in the title match, but the only open frame was by Moore, who split in the eighth frame while trailing by only four pins. When Moore failed to double in the ninth frame, Pepe needed only a mark in his final frame to secure the win.

Pepe dominated qualifying, including bowling the tournament’s only 300 game. He then defeated Matt Taylor of Youngsville, N.C., 2-1, in the best-of-three-game Round of 8 and Andrew Suscreba of Clifton, N.J., 247-183, in the semifinals. Moore defeated Jon Van Hees of Charlestown, R.I., 200-194, in the other semifinal match.

Matt Staninger of Highland, Ind. defeated Matt Sanders of Evansville, Ind., in a three-game total pins match, 731-649, to win his first PBA Regional title in the Boss Snow Plows/Ebonite Central Open at PinHeads in Fishers, Ind., Sunday.

Staninger, who earned $2,000, downed non-member and defending champion Steve Novak of Louisville, Ky., 705-632, while Sanders eliminated Josh Conner of Columbus, Ohio, 783-663, in the semifinal round to set up the championship match.

● In a pair of PBA50 Regionals held in proximity to the PBA50 Tour’s DeHayes Insurance Group Open and PBA60 Dick Weber Super Senior Classic in Fort Wayne, Ind., Tom Baker of King, N.C., defeated Mike Scroggins of Amarillo, Texas, 245-212, to win the 20th annual PBA50 Progressive/Gerdeman Insurance/Al Smith Jeep Central/Midwest Classic at Al-Mar Lanes in Bowling Green, Ohio, on Saturday, and Tony Johnson of Canton, Ohio defeated Brian Kretzer of Dayton, Ohio, 222-169, to win the PBA50 Pro Bowl West Central/Midwest Shootout during the PBA50 Tour’s one-day break in Fort Wayne on Wednesday.

The Bowling Green title was Baker’s 35th overall PBA Regional title. He also earned $3,500.

Scroggins defeated Brian LeClair of Athens, N.Y., 245-223, to advance to the championship match. In the first stepladder match, LeClair downed Billy Froberg of St. Joseph, Mich., 239-235.

In Fort Wayne, Johnson downed Joe Scarborough of Charlotte, N.C., 213-172, while Kretzer topped Harry Sullins of Chesterfield Twp., Mich., 257-228, in the semifinal round. The one-day, reduced entry fee event drew a field of 58 bowlers.

● The Greater Richmond Central Open at Richmond 40 Bowl in Richmond, Ind., a one-day event on Aug. 13, is the lone regional event over the Aug. 11-13 weekend.

● The Aug. 18-20 PBA Regional calendar includes the Emerald Bowl Houston Southwest Challenge for non-title winners plus the PBA-PWBA Emerald Bowl Southwest Open in Houston, Texas, for women, and the Dave Husted Northwest Open presented by 900 Global at Husted’s Milwaukie Bowl in Milwaukie, Ore.

● Closing out the August schedule will be the PBA60 Wilson & Sons Super Senior Open presented by the Mooresville Convention and Visitors Bureau Aug. 31-Sept. 2 at George Pappas’ Victory Lanes in Mooresville, N.C., followed immediately by the PBA50 Samuel Adams South Open presented by the Mooresville Convention and Visitors Bureau at George Pappas’ Victory Lanes in Mooresville, N.C.

● The Labor Day weekend calendar of PBA Regional action includes the PBA50 Strike Zone Open presented by Track in Pottsville, Pa.; the Tony Reyes Memorial Member/Non-Member Doubles at Fourth Street Bowl in San Jose, Calif.; the Illinois Valley Midwest Open at IV Super Bowl in Peru, Ill., and the DHC Japan PBA Doubles Open, Japan Cheetah Masters and Japan Cheetah Queens at Nagoya Grand Bowl in Nagoya, Japan.

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

QUICK NOTES:

● PBA Hall of Famer Pete Weber has learned he will be inducted into the St. Louis Sports Hall of Fame during ceremonies on Sept. 15 at the Hilton St. Louis Frontenac Hotel.

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