PBA Spare Shots: 2019 PBA Tour Award Winners to be Announced on December 11 on FloBowling

by Bill Vint November 15, 2019 09:14

The winners of the 2019 Chris Schenkel PBA Player of the Year, Harry Golden PBA Rookie of the Year, Steve Nagy Sportsmanship and Tony Reyes PBA Community Service Awards will be announced live on FloBowling on Wednesday, December 11, from FloSports studios in Austin, Texas.

The annual awards announcements by PBA CEO Colie Edison and PBA Commissioner Tom Clark will be livestreamed by FloBowling at a time to be announced later.

(Featured photo: PBA Commissioner Tom Clark presented the 2018 Player of the Year award to, from left, Andrew Anderson and the 2018 Rookie of the Year award to Kamron Doyle)

The PBA Player and Rookie of the Year winners will be selected by a panel of veteran bowling writers and the entire PBA membership. The Nagy Sportsmanship Award winner is selected by PBA Tour players who have bowled in at last half of the current season’s tournaments. The Tony Reyes award winner is selected by a special executive panel.

Last year’s winners of the PBA’s four prestigious awards were Andrew Anderson, Player of the Year; Kamron Doyle, Rookie of the Year; Tom Smallwood, Nagy Sportsmanship Award, and Chris Barnes, Tony Reyes Community Service Award.

VISA DELAY FORCES EJ TACKETT OUT OF TRIP TO COMPETE IN PBA CHINA TIGER CUP

Former PBA Rookie and Player of the Year EJ Tackett has been forced to cancel plans to compete in next week’s PBA China Tiger Cup in suburban Shanghai, China, because of a delay in obtaining a visa in time to make the trip.

Tackett was scheduled to be part of an eight-player PBA contingent competing in the PBA’s first-ever competition in mainland China. The invitational China Cup field, based on competition points earned during the FloBowling PBA Summer Tour, will include Sean Rash, Jason Sterner, AJ Johnson, Bill O'Neill, Kyle Sherman, newly-elected PBA Hall of Famer Tommy Jones and Kyle Troup, who will replace Anthony Simonsen. Simonsen declined his invitation due to a prior commitment, but Tackett’s spot in the field won’t be filled due to time constraints.

The tournament will now include seven PBA Tour players who have earned expenses-paid trips to China. The PBA qualifiers will join a contingent of bowlers from China, Korean, Japan and other Asian countries in a singles tournament with a $20,000 first prize. A special USA vs. China team event will conclude the event.

WESLEY LOW TO BEGIN CHASING PBA DREAMS

The widely anticipated arrival of Wesley Low Jr. to the PBA ranks will begin in January when the highly decorated two-handed left-hander begins his quest for 2020 PBA Rookie of the Year honors.

Low, now 22 and a graduate of the famous Wichita State University collegiate program, was the youngest bowler ever to win a PBA Regional tournament when he won a PBA West Region “challenge” event for non-title winners in Las Vegas in 2013 at the age of 15 years, 336 days. He didn’t get credit for an official title because he was not a PBA member at the time.

He also was the second-youngest player ever to “cash” in a PBA Regional when he finished third in the same non-champions event in Las Vegas the previous year at age 14. The youngest casher record is held by 2018 PBA Rookie of the Year Kamron Doyle who was 12 when he “cashed” in a PBA Regional in Canton, Ga., in 2010. In both cases, Low and Doyle competed as youth bowlers and accepted prize money in the form of contributions to their SMART scholarship funds.

Low, who has achieved success at virtually every level of youth and collegiate bowling leading up to his PBA debut, announced he will begin chasing his PBA dreams in an interview with FloBowling Senior Editor Lucas Wiseman (https://www.flobowling.com/video/6598050-wesley-low-talks-about-chasing-his-pba-dreams).

The Palmdale, Calif., resident said, “I’m nervous but excited. I’ll probably be humbled for a bit. I’d like to go on to great success, but there’s no guarantee.”

PBA PLAYER’S PERSPECTIVE: SEAN RASH DISCUSSES 2019 WOLF OPEN WIN

The newest PBA Player’s Perspective interview with PBA title winners reflecting on their victories continues on Tuesday, Nov. 19, when Sean Rash reflects on his 2019 Wolf Open title. To view all of the PBA Player’s Perspective episodes, visit the PBA’s YouTube page and click on the PBA Player’s Perspective play list.

The weekly series includes a new perspective released every Tuesday on to the PBA’s YouTube channel. The following players will provide personal play-by-play reflections in the weeks ahead:

Nov. 26 – EJ Tackett reflects on winning the 2019 PBA Tour Finals.

Dec. 3 – Bill O’Neill talks about his 2019 Harry O’Neale Chesapeake Open triumph.

Dec. 10 – Jason Belmonte provides insights about capturing his record-breaking 11th major title in the 2019 PBA World Championship during PBA World Series of Bowling X in Allen Park, Mich.

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

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

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

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

PBA REGIONAL UPDATE: 25 YEARS LATER, JOE FIRPO WINS AGAIN

A quarter of a century later, Joe Firpo of Tucker, Ga., defeated Gary Shultis of Levittown, N.Y., 258-214, to win a PBA Regional tournament when he won the PBA50 Gastonia Southern Open presented by Brunswick at George Pappas Liberty Lanes in Gastonia, N.C., Sunday.

Firpo, a 54-year-old former PBA member, won $2,000 in his first PBA Regional win since a tournament in Tallahassee, Fla., in 1994. But because he dropped his PBA membership 15 years ago, he doesn’t get credit for a fourth PBA title. Firpo won his only PBA Tour title with partner Del Warren in winning the 1987 Showboat PBA Doubles Classic in Las Vegas,

In the semifinal round Firpo easily disposed of Ken Shealy of Myrtle Beach, S.C., 227-190, while Shultis made it to the championship match for a third consecutive year by defeating Bill Vannoy of Lexington, S.C., 275-248. Shultis, who had won at Liberty Lanes three times in the past, pocketed 1,000 as the runner-up.

• Tom Hess of Granger, Iowa defeated Dakota Vostry of Chicago, 225-193, to win the PBA Plaza Bowl Midwest Open presented by Roto Grip in Clinton, Iowa, Sunday for his 11th PBA Regional title and the $2,000 first prize.

In the first match of the three-player stepladder finals, Vostry defeated Kenny Calkins III of Des Moines, Iowa, 222-215, to advance to the title match to face Hess, the top qualifier. The tournament was the final PBA Midwest Region event of the 2019 season.

• Brendon Miller of Urban, Ohio defeated Michael Adams of Fresno, Mich., 208-166, to win the PBA La-Z-Boy Central Challenge at Monroe Sport Center in Monroe, Mich., Saturday for a $1,500 first prize and his first PBA title.

The tournament field consisted of PBA members who had not won a PBA title and non-members who have never won a PBA event (non-members are not eligible to win PBA titles).

Miller blanked David Harold II of Columbus, Ohio, 2-0, while Adams downed Corey Miller of Waterford, Mich., 2-1, in a best-of-three-game semifinal round to set up the championship match.

On this weekend’s PBA Regional schedule are the PBA50 Bryan’s Bowling Center Eastern Open presented by 900 Global in Laurel, Del.; the PBA50 PLYGEM Windows South Open at Rocky Mount Bowling Center in Rocky Mount, Va., and the Japan Region’s High Sports Cup Chameleon Open at Kashima Bowl in Kashima, Japan.

On the pre-Thanksgiving Day weekend schedule, Nov. 22-24, is the PBA50 Allstate Central Match Classic at Westland Bowl in Westland, Mich.; the Break Point Alley Member/Non-Member Doubles in Tavares, Fla., and the PBA and PBA50 Epicenter Northwest-West Open tournaments in Klamath Falls, Ore.

The only PBA Regional tournament over the Nov. 29-Dec. 1 Thanksgiving weekend will be the PBA50 Beaumont Southwest Open at Crossroads Bowling Center in Beaumont, Texas.

The PBA Regional schedule over the Dec. 6-8 weekend includes the Knob Hill East Challenge at Knob Hill Country Lanes in Manalapan, N.J., and the Warren Harley-Davidson Central Challenge at Freeway Lanes of Warren, Ohio. Both “challenge” tournaments are open exclusively to non-title winners.

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

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

QUICK NOTES

• Jason Belmonte’s newest off-the-lanes venture is serving as a “mentor” to help novice inventors improve their pitches to judges on the upcoming series “Everyday Edison” that will begin livestreaming on Amazon Prime in February. You can view Belmonte’s preview of his role in the show on his Facebook page.

• Last Call: Nominations are being accepted through Nov. 22 for the 2019 PBA Tony Reyes Community Service award. To be eligible, the nominee must be a PBA member in good standing. To nominate an individual, use the nomination form available at this link:  (https://www.pba.com/Content/files/awards/TonyReyes_App_2019.pdf).

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PBA Spare Shots: Kris Prather Discusses PBA Playoffs Victory in New PBA Player’s Perspective Interview

by Bill Vint November 1, 2019 10:13

PBA Player’s Perspective, a series of YouTube interviews with PBA title winners reflecting on their victories in selected title matches, continues on Tuesday, Nov. 5, when Kris Prather of Plainfield, Ill., explains what was going through his mind when the won the inaugural PBA Playoffs in Portland, Maine.

To view the episodes, visit the PBA home page on YouTube and click on the appropriate link. Currently available is Norm Duke’s perspectives on his 2011 U.S. Open victory over Mika Koivuniemi (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pQ0cGzRfnBk).

The weekly series, with new perspectives released to the PBA’s YouTube home page, will feature the following players providing personal play-by-play reflections in the weeks ahead:
  • Nov. 12 – Anthony Simonsen’s win in the 2019 Bear Open.
  • Nov. 19 – Sean Rash discusses his 2019 Wolf Open title.
  • Nov. 26 – EJ Tackett reflects on winning the 2019 PBA Tour Finals.

NICK PATE, RAFIQ ISMAIL INVITED TO WORLD BOWLING TOUR FINALS
PBA members Nick Pate of Inver Grove Heights, Minn., representing the Pan American zone, and Malaysia’s Rafiq Ismail, representing the Asian Zone, have been invited to participate in the 2019 World Bowling Tour Men’s Finals along with European Zone representative Arnard David Jonsson. Those three will join the top six male points leaders in World Bowling Tour for 2019 in the WBT Finals in Kuwait on Nov. 7.

The top five men, along with the top five women in WBT points, will be determined at the conclusion of the PBA-WBT Kuwait Open on Nov. 6. In the wake of his U.S. Open victory, Canada’s Francois Lavoie has taken the men’s points lead. The top five heading into the Kuwait Open, with current points in parenthesis, are: Lavoie (1,384); Anthony Simonsen (1,344); U.S. Open runner-up Sean Rash (1,272); AJ Johnson (1,268); Kyle Sherman (1,256), and Jakob Butturff and Jason Belmonte, who are tied with 1,240 points.

The women’s points leaders heading into the U.S. Open were Danielle McEwan (2,192); Liz Johnson (2,084); Tannya Roumimper (1,720); Clara Guerrero (1,248); and Missy Parkin (1,184) and Maria Jose Rodriguez (1,084). Women invited to represent their respective zones are Guerrero (Pan American Zone), Women invited to represent their respective zones are Guerrero (Pan American Zone), Singapore’s Cherie Tan (Asian Zone) and Sweden’s Anna Andersson, European Zone.

Both the Kuwait Open and WBT Men’s and Women’s Finals will be livestreamed on Nov. 6 and 7, respectively, on dailymotion.com.

PBA REGIONAL UPDATE: HATTORI, WILSON, KLOEMPKEN WIN AT SOUTH POINT
Zach Hattori and partner Ari Wilson,  both from Henderson, Nev., teamed up to win Sunday’s PBA South Point Member/Non-Member Doubles title at South Point Bowling Plaza after fellow non-PBA member Steve Kloempken of Pleasant Valley, Utah, won the South Point West Challenge portion of the PBA West Region doubleheader on Friday.

In the preliminary singles event open to non-PBA title winners, Kloempken, a former Team USA member who currently is Storm Products Vice President of Marketing, was perfect in defeating Deo Benard of Rio Rancho, N.M., 300-217, to earn the $2,000 first prize.

Kloempken knocked out another non-member, Kyle Duster of La Habra, Calif., 236-192, in the semifinal round while Benard eliminated Lanndyn Carnate of Modesto, Calif., 279-236, to set up the championship match.

In Sunday’s doubles title match, Hattori and Wilson defeated Cortez Schenck of Phoenix, Ariz. and Eric Hatchett of Las Vegas, 458-414, to claim the $4,000 first prize.

Hattori and Wilson advanced to the title match by eliminating Curtis Woods of Santa Rosa, Calf. and Josh Blanchard of Mesa, Ariz., 482-459, while Schenck and Hatchett ousted Ramsey Basurto of Lancaster, Calif., and Tim Cagle II of Hercules, Calif. 435-423, in the other semifinal match.

Kloempken, Hattori and Wilson are all non-members so none of the three receive credit for a PBA title.

• A busy schedule of events is on tap for November as the PBA Regional program starts to wrap up the 2019 season, beginning this weekend. On the schedule are the PBA-PBA50 Callahan’s Bowling for Gold Over-Under Doubles presented by TechVision at Callahan’s Bowl O Rama in Newington, Conn.; the PBA-PBA50 Decker Appraisal Services Doubles presented by Hammer at Interstate Bowl in Bristol, Va.; the Mesa East Open presented by Columbia 300 at Mesa East Bowl in Mesa, Ariz., and the one-day Ft. Wayne Central-Midwest Open at Pro Bowl West in Ft. Wayne, Ind.

• The Nov. 8-10 calendar of PBA Regional activity includes the La-Z-Boy Central Challenge for non-title winners at Monroe Sports Center in Monroe, Mich.; the Plaza Bowl Midwest Open presented by Roto Grip in Clinton, Iowa, and the Gastonia South Open presented by Brunswick at George Pappas’ Liberty Lanes in Gastonia, N.C.

—• On the Nov. 15-17 PBA Regional weekend schedule are the PBA50 Bryan’s Bowling Center Eastern Open presented by 900 Global in Laurel, Del.; the PBA50 PLYGEM Windows Rocky Mount South Open at Rocky Mount Bowling Center in Rocky Mount, Va., and the Japan Region’s High Sports Cup Chameleon Open at Kashima Bowl in Kashima, Japan.

—• On the pre-Thanksgiving Day weekend schedule, Nov. 22-24, is the PBA50 Allstate Central Match Classic at Westland Bowl in Westland, Mich.; the Break Point Alley Member/Non-Member Doubles in Tavares, Fla., and the PBA and PBA50 Epicenter Northwest-West Open tournaments in Klamath Falls, Ore.

• The only PBA Regional tournament over the Nov. 29-Dec. 1 Thanksgiving weekend will be the PBA50 Beaumont Southwest Open at Crossroads Bowling Center in Beaumont, Texas.

• The PBA Regional program concludes its 2019 season with a pair of tournaments over the Dec. 6-8 weekend: the Knob Hill East Challenge at Knob Hill Country Lanes in Manalapan, N.J., and the Warren Harley-Davidson Central Challenge at Freeway Lanes of Warren, Ohio. Both “challenge” tournaments are open exclusively to non-title winners.

• 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
tackett wedding photo• Thirteen-time PBA Tour champion EJ Tackett and Natalie Goodman, a two-time Junior Team USA member and former Vanderbilt University bowler, will be married Saturday in Pigeon Forge, Tenn. Fellow competitors and close friends Ronnie Russell and Marshall Kent will be groomsmen.

Danny Wiseman’s eighth annual Youth Scholarship Tournament held over the Oct. 12-13 weekend at AMF Country Club Lanes in Baltimore drew a sold-out field of 342 competitors and paid out $33,850 in scholarship money. For details, visit Wiseman’s website: http://dannywisemanbowling.com.

Reminder: The IBM/HF is holding a special auction with one fan receiving a PBA Hall of Fame Classic VIP Experience Jan. 18-19. Fans who would like to place a bid for the package must visit BowlingMuseumAuctions.com. The winner will be announced on Dec. 11 on the IBM/HF Facebook page. The PBA and the International Bowling Museum and Hall of Fame are teaming up to offer the unique experience in conjunction with the PBA Hall of Fame Classic in January that will kick off the PBA Tour’s 2020 season.

Reminder: Nominations are being accepted through Nov. 22 for the 2019 PBA Tony Reyes Community Service award. To be eligible, the nominee must be a PBA member in good standing. To nominate an individual, use the nomination form available at this link:  (https://www.pba.com/Content/files/awards/TonyReyes_App_2019.pdf).

—• Update: Upon further review of PBA Regional records, Ron Mohr is tied for second place among all-time PBA50 Regional winners with 19 titles. Harry Sullins is the leader with 24. Walter Ray Williams Jr. and Tom Baker also have won 19 PBA50 Regional titles.

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PBA Spare Shots: Chris Warren Wins Record 55th PBA Regional Title in Waxahachie

by Bill Vint October 25, 2019 08:53

Defending champion Chris Warren, a native Texan now living in Grants Pass, Ore., built a 238-pin lead after the 13 games of qualifying and then coasted in the eight-game round robin finals to win a record 55th PBA Regional title by repeating as the PBA50 Waxahachie Southwest Open titlist at Hilltop Lanes in Waxahachie, Texas, Sunday.

Warren defeated runner-up Pete Thomas from Oklahoma City, Okla., 227-201, in the final position round match for a 4,896-4,695 victory, including match play bonus pins. Thomas held off third-place finisher Paul Fleming of Ft. Worth, Texas, who finished with 4,649 total pins, to stay in second place.

Along with his eighth PBA50 Regional title to go along with his 47 standard PBA Regional wins, Warren earned the $2,000 winner’s check.

Warren improved his lead in the overall PBA Regional titles race to three over Dale Traber, Pete Weber and Walter Ray Williams Jr. who have each won 52 PBA Regional titles. Warren and Weber share the standard PBA Regional titles lead with 47 each while Harry Sullins of Chesterfield Township, Mich., is the PBA50 Regional titles leader with 24 wins. The current PBA Regional titles leaders include the following:

Overall Standard and PBA50 Regional Titles
1, Chris Warren 55
2 (tie), Dale Traber 52
   Pete Weber 52
   Walter Ray Williams Jr. 52
5, Hugh Miller 45
6, Mike Scroggins 44
7, Steve Jaros 43
8 (tie), Ross Packard 42
   Guppy Troup 42
10, Sam Zurich 40

Standard PBA Regional Titles
1 (tie), Chris Warren 47
   Pete Weber 47
3, Steve Jaros 43
4, Mike Scroggins 40
5, Dale Traber 39
6, Sam Zurich 38
7 (tie), Walter Ray Williams Jr. 33
   Hugh Miller 33
   Ross Packard 33
10 (tie), Dennis Horan 30
   Patrick Allen 30
   Jeff Richgels 30

PBA50 Regional Titles
1, Harry Sullins 24
2 (tie), Walter Ray Williams Jr. 19
   Tom Baker 19
4 (tie), George Pappas 17
   Ron Mohr 17
6, Brian Kretzer 15
7, Ron Winger 14
8 (tie), Dale Traber 13
   Guppy Troup 13
   Tim Kauble 13

“PBA PLAYER’S PERSPECTIVE” RETURNS WITH NORM DUKE REVISITING 2011 U.S. OPEN

PBA Player’s Perspective, a series of special YouTube interviews with PBA title winners reflecting on their victories in selected title matches, returns on Tuesday, Oct. 29, when PBA Hall of Famer Norm Duke revisits his stunning victory over Mika Koivuniemi in the 2011 U.S. Open.

The weekly series, with new perspectives released to the PBA’s YouTube home page, will feature the following players providing personal play-by-play reflections in the weeks ahead:

Nov. 5 – Kris Prather’s 2019 PBA Playoffs victory.

Nov. 12 – Anthony Simonsen’s win in the 2019 Bear Open.

Nov. 19 – Sean Rash discusses his 2014 Wolf Open title.

Nov. 26 – EJ Tackett reflects on winning the 2019 PBA Tour Finals.

PBA, IBM/HF PARTNER FOR SPECIAL “VIP EXPERIENCE” AT PBA HALL OF FAME CLASSIC

The PBA and the International Bowling Museum and Hall of Fame are teaming up to offer bowling fans a unique experience in conjunction with the PBA Hall of Fame Classic in January that will kick off the PBA Tour’s 2020 season.

The PBA Hall of Fame Classic will take place at the International Bowling Campus in Arlington, Texas, which is home to the IBM/HF and the International Training and Research Center, where the PBA Hall of Fame Classic will be contested – all as part of a weekend that will include the induction of PBA Hall of Famers Tommy Jones, Mike Slade and Rob Glaser on Saturday, Jan. 18. The weekend will conclude with the tournament’s stepladder finals, live on FOX Sports 1 (FS1) on Sunday, Jan. 19, at 1 p.m. EST.

The IBM/HF is holding a special auction with one fan receiving a Hall of Fame VIP Experience to the weekend’s activities on Jan. 18-19. The auction is underway at BowlingMuseumAuctions.com. The winner will be announced Dec. 11 at noon Eastern on the IBM/HF Facebook page and will receive:

— Round-trip travel (domestic travel only) and select meal expenses for two to the International Bowling Campus for the 2020 PBA Hall of Fame Classic;
— Weekend events hosted IBM/HF President Mike Aulby, a PBA Hall of Fame member;
— Private, behind-the-scenes guided tour of the IBM/HF and the IBC;
— Tickets to PBA Hall of Fame cocktail party and special exhibit opening;
— VIP seating at the PBA Hall of Fame dinner and induction ceremonies;
— Meet and greet with PBA Hall of Fame bowlers;
— Special PBA TV production tour;
— VIP seating at PBA Hall of Fame Classic stepladder finals live on FS1;
— Bowling jersey autographed by the PBA Hall of Fame Classic champion;
— Autographed PBA Hall of Fame Class of 2020 bowling pin;
— Photo in a national bowling magazine;
— Tons of photo and autograph opportunities.

All proceeds from the auction will benefit the IBM/HF’s Frame4Frame Film Restoration Initiative. Go to BowlingMuseum.com to learn more about the International Bowling Museum and Hall of Fame. Also visit BowlingHeritage.com for the Bowling Virtual Vault featuring online collections at the museum.

PBA REGIONAL UPDATE: CHRIS GIBBONS WINS FIRST PBA REGIONAL IN 29 YEARS

Chris Gibbons of Madison, Wis. threw three strikes in his final frame Sunday to defeat non-PBA member Jason French of Levittown, N.Y., 236-234, to win the PBA Bowl-A-Vard Midwest Open at Bowl-A-Vard Lanes in his hometown for his first PBA Regional title in 29 years.

Gibbons, who had not won a PBA Regional title since winning his only previous regional title in Belleville, Ill. in 1990, earned a first-place check for $2,500. In the first match of the three-player stepladder finals, French defeated Jerry Marrs of Lake in the Hills, Ill., 235-187, to advance to the title match.

Darryl Bower of Middletown, Pa. compiled an 8-0 match play record and a 16-game total of 3,417 pins to win the PBA50 Timber Lanes Open at Timber Lanes in Oxford, Pa., Sunday for his 16th career PBA Regional title.

Bower entered the position round match trailing Sammy Ventura of Norwich, N.Y. by 10 pins. Bower doubled in the 10th frame to force Ventura to throw the first strike to win the game and earn the 30 bonus pins. Ventura failed to strike, giving Bower a 215-199 win and the title by a final margin of 36 pins, 3,417-3,381.

The win was Bower’s fifth in PBA50 Regional competition to go along with 11 standard regional titles. He also received $1,500 for the win.

— Joe Cannon of Puyallup, Wash., posted a 6-1-1 match play record and knocked down 4,140 pins Sunday to win the PBA50 Dick’s Pro Shop Northwest/West Open at Linn Lanes in Lebanon, Ore., for his first PBA50 Regional title.

Cannon, who earned $1,500, defeated non-PBA member Mal Acosta of Lebanon, Ore., by 301 pins for a convincing win. Acosta had a 4-4 match play record and 3,839 total pins for his 16 games including match play bonus pins.

In the companion PBA60 Open for bowlers age 60 and older, Hugh Miller of Mercer Island, Wash., went 6-2 and knocked down 4,042 total pins for 16 games to top John Gould of Yuba City, Calif., by 114 pins and earn $1,500. Gould had a 5-3 match play record and a total of 3,928 pins. This was Miller’s eighth win as a “senior” player, and his first in the 60-and-older category.

Kyle Mayberry of Mechanicsburg, Ohio defeated Justin Knowles of Okemos, Mich., 269-209, to win the PBA Greater Jackson Central Open at Dave Small’s JAX 60 in Jackson, Mich., Sunday for his third career regional title and the $2,000 first prize.

Mayberry topped Chandler Stevens of Archbold, Ohio, 203-169 and Knowles downed Patrick Dombrowski of Parma, Ohio, 276-192 to set up the championship match.

Closing out the October PBA Regional calendar will be the South Point West Challenge presented by MOTIV and the South Point Member/Non-Member Doubles presented by Hammer at South Point Bowling Plaza in Las Vegas.

busy schedule of events is on tap for November as the PBA Regional program begins to wrap up the 2019 season, beginning with the Nov. 1-3 weekend. On the schedule are the PBA-PBA50 Callahan’s Bowling for Gold Over-Under Doubles presented by TechVision at Callahan’s Bowl O Rama in Newington, Conn.; the PBA-PBA50 Decker Appraisal Services Doubles presented by Hammer at Interstate Bowl in Bristol, Va.; the Mesa East Open presented by Columbia 300 at Mesa East Bowl in Mesa, Ariz., and the one-day Ft. Wayne Central-Midwest Open at Pro Bowl West in Ft. Wayne, Ind.

The Nov. 8-10 calendar of PBA Regional activity includes the La-Z-Boy Central Challenge for non-title winners at Monroe Sports Center in Monroe, Mich.; the Plaza Bowl Midwest Open presented by Roto Grip in Clinton, Iowa, and the Gastonia South Open presented by Brunswick at George Pappas’ Liberty Lanes in Gastonia, N.C.

On the Nov. 15-17 PBA Regional weekend schedule are the PBA50 Bryan’s Bowling Center Eastern Open presented by 900 Global in Laurel, Del.; the PBA50 PLYGEM Windows Rocky Mount South Open at Rocky Mount Bowling Center in Rocky Mount, Va., and the Japan Region’s High Sports Cup Chameleon Open at Kashima Bowl in Kashima, Japan.

On the pre-Thanksgiving Day weekend schedule, Nov. 22-24, at the PBA50 Allstate Central Match Classic at Westland Bowl in Westland, Mich.; the Break Point Alley Member/Non-Member Doubles in Tavares, Fla., and the PBA and PBA50 Epicenter Northwest-West Open tournaments in Klamath Falls, Ore.

The only PBA Regional tournament over the Nov. 29-Dec. 1 Thanksgiving weekend will be the PBA50 Beaumont Southwest Open at Crossroads Bowling Center in Beaumont, Texas.

The PBA Regional program concludes its 2019 season with a pair of tournaments over the Dec. 6-8 weekend: the Knob Hill East Challenge at Knob Hill Country Lanes in Manalapan, N.J., and the Warren Harley-Davidson Central Challenge at Freeway Lanes of Warren, Ohio. Both “challenge” tournaments are open exclusively to non-title winners.

● 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

FloBowling’s coverage of U.S. Open qualifying, cashers and match play rounds begins Friday and continues through Tuesday, leading into the live stepladder finals Wednesday at 8 p.m. Eastern on CBS Sports Network. Qualifying rounds begin at 8 a.m., 1 and 6 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The top 36 qualifiers will bowl the cashers round at 10 a.m. Monday followed by the first round of match play at 5 p.m. Match play concludes with rounds at 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Tuesday. For subscription information, visit flobowling.com. BowlTV also will livestream the same rounds simultaneously. Visit bowltv.com for details.

Fans also can follow the tournament as it happens, game by game, by visiting the “Live Scoring” feature on pba.com (https://www.pba.com/PBALiveScoring?TournamentID=2951).

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PBA Spare Shots: How to Order Your Copy of New Earl Anthony Biography

by Bill Vint October 18, 2019 08:13

Veteran bowling writer Barry Sparks of York, Pa., has authored the first comprehensive biography covering the life and accomplishments of PBA legend Earl Anthony, which can now be ordered from Luby Publishing.

“EARL: The Greatest Bowler of All Time,” is Sparks’ 293-page compilation of more than 100 interviews with people who crossed paths with Anthony and includes more than two dozen vintage photos from Anthony’s career. Anthony, who held the PBA Tour titles record with 43 for several years before being surpassed by Walter Ray Williams Jr. (47), was selected as the PBA’s greatest player in the 2009 celebration of the 50 Greatest Players in PBA history.

To place an order for the book, visit www.earlanthonybook.com. Ten percent of the proceeds will be donated to the Earl Anthony Scholarship Fund that is managed by the United States Bowling Congress.

DID YOU KNOW “HI AND LOIS” ARE INTO BOWLING?

“Hi and Lois” is an American comic strip about the suburban Flagstone family. Created by Mort Walker and illustrated by Dik Browne, it debuted on Oct. 18, 1954, and is distributed to newspapers across America by King Features Syndicate.

With those family-oriented ties, it only makes sense that – 65 years later – the family comic strip would acknowledge its bowling roots. Now produced by the sons of the original creative team, the strip is written by Brian and Greg Walker and drawn by Robert "Chance" Browne and Eric Reaves, and it appears in 1,000 newspapers across the country. Here’s a link to the strip featuring the Flagstones’ teenage son Chip that ran this week: (https://www.comicskingdom.com/hi-and-lois/2019-10-17).

Trivia tidbit about the strip: did you know that Hiram and Lois Flagstone first appeared in Mort Walker’s “Beetle Bailey” cartoon strip…and that Lois is actually Beetle Bailey’s sister?

WATCH U.S. OPEN ON FLOBOWLING, CBS SPORTS NETWORK

Bowling’s U.S. Open, the final major championship of the 2019 Go Bowling! PBA Tour season, gets underway on Friday, Oct. 25, and concludes with the stepladder finals airing live on Wednesday, Oct. 30, at 8 p.m. Eastern on CBS Sports Network.

All preliminary rounds of the U.S. Open will be livestreamed simultaneously by FloBowling.com and BowlTV.com. All three days of qualifying, the cashers round and three rounds of match play will be contested on different lane conditioning patterns.

England’s Dom Barrett is the defending U.S. Open champion.

FOX SPORTS, FACEBOOK COLLABORATION TO INCLUDE PBA HIGHLIGHTS

FOX Sports is teaming with Facebook to create new, exclusive interactive programs and segments on Facebook Watch that will focus on football, sports wagering and more, including highlights from the 2020 PBA Tour season.

The new weekly FOX Football Sunday program streams on the platform each Monday morning during the season where fans on Facebook can submit questions to Terry Bradshaw, Howie Long, Michael Strahan, Tony Gonzalez and Curt Menefee. Additionally, every Sunday night, Menefee will host FOX Football Update, a recap of the day’s action with FOX Sports analysts from game locations.

The new collaboration between FOX Sports and Facebook will also offer regular highlights from Liga MX, Big East basketball, NASCAR, Premier Boxing Championships and PBA Tour events.

PBA REGIONAL UPDATE: NUZZO, GUERRIERI WIN PBA50-60 DOUBLES EVENT IN OHIO

PBA60 competitor Joe Nuzzo of Girard, Ohio and his PBA50 partner Danny Guerrieri of Youngstown, Ohio, defeated Bill Peters of Dayton, Ohio and Eddie Graham of Kettering, Ohio, 482-479, 475-395, in the best-of-three-game championship match to win the Park Centre Lanes PBA50/PBA60 Central Open Doubles event presented by Columbia 300 in North Canton, Ohio, Sunday.

Teams in the event included one bowler between the ages of 50 and 59 and one bowler over the age of 60. Even though the champions split the $2,800 first prize, neither earned a PBA title because both are non-members.

In the best-of-three-game semifinal round, Nuzzo and Guerrieri blanked PBA Hall of Famer Tom Baker of King, N.C., and partner Dean Billings of Rootstown, Ohio, 2-0, while Peters and Graham downed Jeff Zaffino of Warren, Pa., and Don Herrington of Ballston Lake, N.Y., 2-0, to set up the championship match.

PBA Regional tournaments scheduled for the Oct. 18-20 weekend include the PBA50 Timber Lanes Open in Oxford, Pa.; the PBA50 Waxahachie Southwest Open at Hilltop Lanes in Waxahachie, Texas; the PBA and PBA50 Northwest/West Opens presented by Dick’s Pro Shop and Boulder Falls Inn at Linn Lanes in Lebanon, Ore.; the Greater Jackson Central Open at Jax’s 60 in Jackson, Mich., and the Bowl-A-Vard Lanes Midwest Open in Madison, Wis.

Closing out the October PBA Regional calendar will be the South Point West Challenge presented by MOTIV and the South Point Member/Non-Member Doubles presented by Hammer at South Point Bowling Plaza in Las Vegas.

Bohr.Nathan wedding 2019_DErrico.Heather_Rodriguez.Maria Jose_Bohr_Sterner.JasonQUICK NOTES

PBA Southwest Region Hall of Famer Nathan Bohr, a 23-time PBA Regional title-winner and three-time Southwest Region Player of the Year, married two-time PWBA champion and 11-year Team Colombia competitor Maria Jose Rodriguez Saturday in Austin, Texas.

REMINDER: Nominations are being accepted through Nov. 22 for the 2019 PBA Tony Reyes Community Service award. To be eligible, the nominee must be a PBA member in good standing. To nominate an individual, use the nomination form available at this link: (https://www.pba.com/Content/files/awards/TonyReyes_App_2019.pdf).

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PBA Spare Shots: Nominations Now Being Accepted for PBA Tony Reyes Community Service Award

by Bill Vint October 11, 2019 09:57

Nominations are now being accepted for one of the PBA’s most prestigious awards, the PBA Tony Reyes Community Service award, which is presented annually to a current PBA member who does extraordinary community service, charitable and/or educational contributions over the course of a PBA Tour season. To be eligible, the nominee must be a PBA member in good standing.

The community service award was first presented in 2013, a year after the PBA Tour champion died as a result of injuries sustained in an automobile accident near his home in northern California. Reyes, one of the PBA’s most popular players, was a former collegiate All-American bowler, an eight-time PBA Regional title winner and the 18th player in PBA history to bowl a nationally-televised 300 game.

TonyReyestributegroup_2012WSOBFollowing Reyes’ death on Sept. 28, 2012, a group of his fellow competitors gathered in front of a tribute masking unit created in Reyes’ honor for the PBA World Series of Bowling at South Point in Las Vegas.

To nominate an individual, click here to access the nomination form: (https://www.pba.com/Content/files/awards/TonyReyes_App_2019.pdf). Type or print clearly, filling in all requested information completely. Supplemental materials such as newspaper clippings, event programs or pictures may be submitted. Nominations are due by Friday, Nov. 22. The winner will be recognized during the PBA Hall of Fame induction ceremonies on Saturday, Jan. 18, as part of the PBA Hall of Fame Classic tournament weekend at the International Bowling Campus in Arlington, Texas.

Previous recipients of the Tony Reyes Award are Chris Barnes (2018), Del Ballard Jr. (2017), Rhino Page (2016), Ed Godbout (2015), Missy Parkin (2014) and Parker Bohn III (2013).

DICK RITGER REFLECTS ON PBA’S “MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT”

“When Don Johnson collapsed on the alley after leaving the 10-pin standing to finish with a 299 in the finals of the 1970 Firestone Tournament of Champions, Dick Ritger was there to pick him up.”

Dick RiterThat statement by Bob Burrows summarized Burrows’ interview with 80-year-old PBA Hall of Famer Dick Ritger at his northern Wisconsin home, published in the Hudson (Wis.) Star-Observer, in which Ritger addressed his role in the event that was ranked No. 1 in the PBA’s 60 Most Memorable Moments, celebrated during the PBA’s 60th anniversary season in 2018.

Ritger, Johnson’s victim in that famous match, was sitting on the bench watching the historic almost-perfect shot unfold, and he related his recollections about Johnson’s 299 game and his own career in Burrows’ feature story (https://www.rivertowns.net/sports/4560493-one-ages-ritger-part-pbas-no-1-greatest-moment).

Included in the interview is Ritger’s personal reflection of a memorable perfect game of his own:

"I bowled a 300 at the Miller Tournament in Milwaukee one year and you know what I got for a prize? Beer for a year," he said. "Fifty-two cases. I didn't drink so we donated the money to the Milwaukee Children's hospital."

COMING SOON TO CONSOLES AND PCs: PBA PRO BOWLING

Keep an eye open for the debut of the new PBA Pro Bowling game for Xbox One, Steam, Nintendo Switch, PS4 and personal computer owners. The officially licensed PBA product will allow players to bowl against more than 15 PBA stars, including Jason Belmonte, Jakob Butturff, EJ Tackett, Norm Duke and others, in realistic animated competition with commentary provided by PBA announcers Rob Stone and Randy Pedersen.

HighresScreenshot00021Click here a preview of the game https://youtu.be/5Mk9G6jDDRk , and watch the official unveiling, coming soon.

Speaking of PBA bowling games, note that Concrete Software’s wildly-popular PBA Bowling Challenge for mobile devices now has been downloaded more than 27.6 million times, including almost 2.5 million times in 2019 alone. Two-handed star Kyle Troup and 2019 PBA Playoffs champion Kris Prather are joining the lineup of players included in the PBA Bowling Challenge game.

PBA REGIONAL UPDATE: TOM DAUGHERTY WINS 16TH REGIONAL TITLE IN GEORGIA

Tom Daugherty of Riverview, Fla., defeated Giorgio Clinaz of Orlando, Fla., 220-190, to win the third annual PBA Albany Strikers South Open presented by MOTIV at Albany Strikers Lanes in Albany, Ga.

In winning his 16th PBA Regional title, Daugherty qualified in the number one position for the four-man stepladder finals with a 17-game total of 3,937. Clinaz advanced to the title match by disposing of PBA Tour titlist Connor Pickford of Charlotte, N.C., in the opening match, 256-220, and easily defeating Trevor Roberts of Crystal River, Fla., 213-184.

In the title match Clinaz needed a double and nine pins in the 10th frame to win but came up short when he left a split that handed the $2,500 first prize to Daugherty,

• PJ Haggerty of Roseville, Calif., won eight of his 10 matches to post a winning 18-game total of 4,142 pins Sunday in the PBA Battle of Black Oak Casino West Open at Black Oak Lanes in Tuolumne, Calif., picking up his 13th PBA Regional title.

Haggerty, who earned $2,000, defeated Christopher Tuholski of Troutdale, Ore., by 284 pins for the win. Tuholski had a 5-5 match play record and 3,858 pins.

• Ryan Shafer of Horseheads, N.Y. compiled a 7-1 match play record on his way to a 61-pin victory over Brian Boghosian of Springfield, Mass. in the PBA50 Brian LeClair’s Revolutions Pro Shop Eastern Open at Boulevard Bowl in Schenectady, N.Y., Sunday.

Shafer qualified second, which gave him a bye into the round robin finals. He went into the final position round match holding a seven-pin lead over Boghosian, meaning the winner of the match would receive 30 bonus pins and win the title. Shafer’s 237-213 victory produced the final 61-pin margin.

The win was Shafer’s 31st overall PBA Regional title, but his first in two years. He earned $1,500.

• Jeff Campbell of Sioux Falls, S.D., took an early lead and never trailed in defeating 2019 PBA Rookie of the Year Kamron Doyle of Brentwood, Tenn., 180-173, to win the PBA Champion Bowl Midwest Open presented by Storm in Ottumwa, Iowa, Sunday for his first PBA Regional title and the $2,000 first prize.

In the first match of the three-player stepladder finals, Campbell defeated non-PBA member Tim Gruendler of St. Louis, 209-188, to advance to the title match.

On the PBA Regional calendar for the Oct. 11-13 weekend are the PBA50/PBA60 Park Centre Lanes Central Doubles presented by Columbia 300 in North Canton, Ohio, and the PBA Japan Region’s Sound Bowl Cup Scorpion Open in Ryugasaki, Japan.

PBA Regional tournaments scheduled for the Oct. 18-20 weekend include the PBA50 Timber Lanes Open in Oxford, Pa.; the PBA50 Waxahachie Southwest Open at Hilltop Lanes in Waxahachie, Texas; the PBA and PBA50 Northwest/West Opens presented by Dick’s Pro Shop and Boulder Falls Inn at Linn Lanes in Lebanon, Ore.; the Greater Jackson Central Open at Jax’s 60 in Jackson, Mich., and the Bowl-A-Vard Lanes Midwest Open in Madison, Wis.

Closing out the October PBA Regional calendar will be the South Point West Challenge presented by MOTIV and the South Point Member/Non-Member Doubles presented by Hammer at South Point Bowling Plaza in Las Vegas.

QUICK NOTES

• REMINDER: A limited number of general admission and VIP tickets are on sale for the 2019 PBA Clash that will take place on Monday, Oct. 21, at Kegel Training Center in Lake Wales, Fla. The Clash will include the 2019 Go Bowling! PBA Tour’s top eight money-winners in a special elimination-format telecast that will air on FOX on Sunday, Nov. 3. VIP ticket packages are available for $50. General admission tickets are $20. To order tickets, visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/pba-clash-tickets-68818707607.

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