PBA Spare Shots: Auto Accident Doesn’t Deter Maine Bowler from Competing in Roth/Holman Doubles

by Bill Vint April 20, 2017 13:03

Another illustration of just how passionate the Maine bowling community is for PBA’s annual stop in Portland was the plight of Sarah Pelletier of Lewiston, who escaped serious injury when her car was totaled in an accident the day before the MaineQuarterly.com Mark Roth/Marshall Holman PBA Doubles event got underway at Bayside Bowl.

Pelletier, who was entered in the tournament with partner Joe Ramsdell, wasn’t about to let her bruised sliding leg and balance arm keep her out of the tournament. The three local teams failed to make the cashers’ cut, but they loved the experience.

You can get the details from an article in the Portland Press Herald by reporter Taylor Vortherms:

http://www.pressherald.com/2017/04/11/maine-bowlers-and-fans-are-having-a-ball-at-portland-tournament/

SPEAKING OF GREAT FANS, MARK ROTH T-SHIRTS DISPLAY TRIBUTE TO MISSING STAR

Portland’s passionate PBA fans seldom miss a chance to express themselves, so when it became known that PBA legend Mark Roth would be unable to attend the Mark Roth/Marshall Holman PBA Doubles Championship due to health issues, the fans got decked out in Mark Roth signature t-shirts and surrounded Holman to send a “best wishes” message to Roth prior to the live ESPN finals on April 16.

The Mark Roth t-shirts are available to the public through “The Store” on pba.com. Use this link to access the PBA Store: http://pba.firelakedesigns.com/

THIS WEEK: “PICK THE COLUMBIA 300 BALL” FOR PBA BOWLING CHALLENGE GAME

Concrete Software’s “pick the ball” survey for PBA Bowling Challenge mobile game continues this week with players invited to select a new Columbia 300 ball from among three options provided weekly for each PBA-participating brand.

Based on fan voting which begins Thursday (click here: http://bit.ly/C300_17 to cast your vote), the “winning” Columbia 300 ball will be available for play on May 5.

A code to purchase the ball for 50% off (the code will be available on PBA’s and the specific companies’ social media pages) will be posted. Each company also will have a flashback weekend where all its previous balls will be available for that weekend only.

XTRA FRAME CONTINUES PBA50 COVERAGE; VILLAGES BROADCAST TO BE DELAYED

Xtra Frame’s coverage of the PBA50 Tour continues next week at the UnitedHealthcare Sun Bowl in The Villages presented by Radical, but due to internet restrictions at The Villages, the tournament will be streaming from the event on a one-day delayed basis. Sun Bowl’s XF coverage will start on Monday and will conclude with coverage of the finals on Wednesday, April 26.

Rather than the normal “Live Now” link, fans will be directed to a link to the Xtra Frame archive that will house the round they are looking for.

Xtra Frame will resume its normal live coverage of PBA50 Tour action when the players head north to Mooresville, N.C., for the Race City Open presented by Columbia 300 Monday, May 1 through Wednesday, May 3.

Xtra Frame also begins its coverage of the Professional Women’s Bowling Association Friday, April 28-Saturday, April 29, when the QubicaAMF PWBA Sonoma County Open kicks off the women’s tour’s 2017 season in Rohnert Park, Calif.

PBA REGIONAL UPDATE: McMAHAN WINS SECOND KINGSPORT PBA50 TITLE

Greg McMahan of Dandridge, Tenn., defeated Darryl Bower of Middletown, Pa., 227-164, to take the first prize in the 4th Annual PBA60 Blue Ridge Properties/Kingsport C.V.B. South Open presented by Storm at Warpath Lanes in Kingsport, Tenn., on April 12.

McMahan, who also won this event in 2015, earned the top spot in the stepladder finals with an 8-2 match play record and an 18-game total of 4,343 pins. He earned $1,700. Bower qualified second, 88 pins behind McMahan, and earned $1,000.

In the first stepladder match PBA Hall of Famer Tom Baker of King, N.C. defeated Ted Staikoff of Black Hawk, S.D., 237-194. Bower then disposed of Baker, 237-227, in the semifinal match.

● Non-member Pat McGainey Jr. of Baltimore defeated PBA Hall of Famer Danny Wiseman, also of Baltimore, 258-214, to win the PBA Bowlers Discount Pro Shop Eastern Open presented by Hammer at Brunswick Zone Normandy Sunday. 

McGainey, who finished fifth in this event in 2015, faced elimination in the round of 16 against Andrew Lazarchick of Brick, N.J., but rallied from a 2-1 deficit and went undefeated the rest of the way to claim the $2,500 top prize. He does not receive credit for a PBA title, however, because he is a non-member.  Wiseman, coming off wrist surgery in 2015, earned $1,300 for his runner-up finish.

In the semifinal matches, McGainey bested Kevin Donovan of Painted Post, N.Y., 200-173, while Wiseman ousted qualifying leader Greg Ostrander of Freehold, N.J., 268-238.

George Duke from Vidor, Texas, won six of his first seven matches and coasted to victory in the PBA Copperfield Bowl Southwest Challenge, presented by Global 900, in Houston, Texas, Sunday.

Duke, who finished fifth in last year’s Copperfield event, and also has a second place finish in PBA competition, earned a $2,200 winner’s check.

Duke, who led the 13-game qualifying portion of the event, started the modified round robin match play finals by losing his first match, then won his next six matches to build a 156-pin lead over Marshall Morrison from Wills Point, Texas. Morrison prevailed in position round over Duke, 201-161, but Duke had enough of a margin to win while Morrison dropped to third as Houston’s Jay Nephew leapfrogged from fourth to second with a 236-212 over amateur Tyler Wright of Gonzales, La.

● The April 21-23 PBA Regional schedule features the Debbie & Leo Nunan Memorial Central Open presented by Track at AMF Stardust Lanes in Grove City, Ohio, and the Jac’s Lanes Valdosta South Open in Valdosta, Ga. April 23 also kicks of the PBA West Region’s annual tripleheader in Hawaii, including the Hawaii West/Northwest Open presented by Ebonite at Schofield AFB (April 23), the Fort Shafter West/Northwest Hawaii Open in Honolulu (April 26) and the Hickam AFB West/Northwest Open presented by Ebonite (April 28-30).

● April’s PBA Regional competition concludes with the PBA50 Cherokee Lanes South Open presented by Roto Grip in Canton, Ga., April 27-29, and the Al Jones Memorial presented by Storm at Rockaway Lanes in Rockaway, N.J., April 28-30.

● 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.

QUICK NOTES:

Andres Gomez and wife Mirley welcomed son Christopher on April 14. Christopher weighed in at 8.14 pounds and measured 20 inches. He joins big sister Isabella.

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PBA Spare Shots: Jason Belmonte Becomes 47th PBA “Millionaire,” Achieves Milestone in Record for Fewest Tournaments

by Bill Vint April 12, 2017 12:34

Australia’s two-handed star, Jason Belmonte, will officially become the 47th member of the PBA “Millionaire’s Club” this week after qualifying for the match play finals of the Mark Roth/Marshall Holman PBA Doubles Championship at Bayside Bowl in Portland, Maine. And he’ll become the fastest player to reach that milestone in terms of the fewest number of events bowled to get to $1 million, thanks in no small part to his collection of 14 career titles including eight majors.

Less than $2,000 shy of the milestone after winning his unprecedented fourth USBC Masters title in February, Belmonte – who is bowling the Roth/Holman Doubles event with partner Bill O’Neill of Langhorne, Pa. – is assured of winning more than the $2,000 he needs to exceed $1 million in official PBA Tour earnings. At age 33 and bowling in his 131st PBA Tour event, he will shatter the record for reaching $1 million in the fewest number of events, previously held by Wes Malott who broke the million-dollar barrier when he won the 2013 U.S. Open in his 180th event.

The youngest player to reach $1 million in career earnings was Pete Weber who was 26 in 1989 when he reached the milestone in his 253rd Tour event.

PORTLAND CHARITY PRO-AM RAISES $17,000-PLUS FOR “FULL PLATES”

The charity pro-am held at Bayside Bowl in Portland, Maine, Sunday night to benefit Full Plates, Full Potential, raised more than $17,000 for the organization that is dedicated to providing disadvantaged Maine children with quality meals in order to help them realize their potential as they grow toward adulthood. The special event was organized by Bayside Bowl co-owner Justin Alfond.

first pitchThe money raised thus far translates into connecting kids to 150,000 meals. PBA fans who were unable to attend the special event, held in conjunction with the MaineQuarterly.com Mark Roth/Marshall Holman PBA Doubles Championship and the L.L. Bean PBA League, can still donate by visiting: https://www.fullplates.org/pba.

In addition to the pro-am, L.L. Bean Portland Lumberjacks team manager Tim Mack threw out the first pitch at the Portland Sea Dogs game Tuesday night. The Lumberjacks are part of the L.L. Bean PBA League competition that gets underway with a qualifying round at noon ET Thursday to determine the seeding positions for the ESPN-televised Elias Cup elimination rounds that will take place Saturday and Sunday at Bayside Bowl. Thursday’s round will be live streamed on PBA’s Xtra Frame online bowling channel; the weekend shows will be recorded for delayed telecast on ESPN, but will also be live streamed on ESPN3 and the WatchESPN app.

Williams.WR Jr_visits Cystic Fibrosis patient Aaron Thiboutot at Maine Med in PortlandAlso on Wednesday, PBA Hall of Famer Walter Ray Williams Jr. paid a surprise visit to cystic fibrosis patient and PBA super fan Aaron Thiboutot at Maine Med in Portland. Thiboutot, an avid bowler who has rolled nine 300 games, was unable to attend this weekend’s PBA League finals at Bayside Bowl.

XTRA FRAME, ESPN3/WATCHESPN LIVE STREAMING OPTIONS AVAILABLE THIS WEEK

This week will be a busy week for PBA fans following activities in Portland, Maine, online. Thursday means live coverage of the L.L. Bean PBA League “seeding” round beginning at noon ET. All eight teams will bowl eight Baker format games to determine the seeding positions for the quarterfinal, semifinal and Elias Cup finals Saturday and Sunday at Bayside Bowl.

Saturday’s schedule includes PBA League quarterfinal round action which will be recorded for delayed telecast on ESPN – but both shows, beginning at noon and 3:30 p.m. – will be live streamed on ESPN/WatchESPN app for those who want to watch the events as they happen.

Sunday’s action begins with the live ESPN telecast of the MaineQuarterly.com Roth/Holman Doubles Championship at 1 p.m., followed by the PBA League semifinal round at 4:30 p.m. and the Elias Cup finals at 7 p.m. All three shows also will be live streamed on ESPN3/WatchESPN app.

The ESPN3 and WatchESPN apps can be downloaded at ESPN.com. For Xtra Frame subscription information, visit xtraframe.tv.

THIS WEEK: “PICK THE BRUNSWICK BALL” FOR PBA BOWLING CHALLENGE MOBILE GAME

Concrete Software’s “pick the ball” survey for PBA Bowling Challenge mobile game continues this week with players invited to select a new Brunswick ball from among three options provided weekly for each PBA-participating brand.

Based on fan voting which begins Thursday (click here: http://bit.ly/Brunswick_17 to cast your vote), the “winning” Brunswick ball will be available for play on April 28.

A code to purchase the ball for 50% off (the code will be available on PBA’s and the specific companies’ social media pages) will be posted. Each company also will have a flashback weekend where all its previous balls will be available for that weekend only.

PBA REGIONAL UPDATE: LOW, MOHR, PARKIN WIN AT EARL ANTHONY MEMORIAL

Collegiate bowler Wesley Low Jr. of Palmdale, Calif., posted a 13-3 match play record and a 24-game total of 5,834 pins Sunday to win the PBA Earl Anthony West/Northwest Memorial at Earl Anthony’s Dublin Bowl while Ron Mohr of Las Vegas won the PBA50 portion of the event and Missy Parkin of Laguna Hills, Calif., captured the PBA-PWBA segment of the tripleheader weekend.

Low, who turns 20 on April 27 (coincidentally the late Earl Anthony’s birthday), won his third Earl Anthony Memorial in a row but as an amateur, he does not receive credit for a title. His $2,500 first prize goes into his SMART scholarship account. The two-handed, left-handed player defeated Derek Acuff of Glendale, Ariz., by 172 pins for the win.

Mohr went 6-4 in match play and knocked down 4,019 total pins for his 18 games to top amateur Dennis Acma of San Ramon, Calif., for his 19th PBA50 Regional title and $1,500.

Parkin, the first woman to join the PBA and the only woman to win three standard PBA Regional titles, won the PBA-PWBA Women’s Regional event for the third year in a row. She had a 6-2 match play record and knocked down 3,477 total pins for her 16 games to top non-member Karen Rosprim of Albany, Calif., for the $1,000 first prize.

PBA Hall Of Famer Tom Baker of King, N.C., defeated Steve Jones of Berlin, Md., 2-0 in the best-of-three-game final match at AMF Fredericksburg Lanes Sunday to win the PBA50 AMF Fredericksburg (Va.) South Open presented by Radical for his 34th overall PBA regional title.

Baker, at age 62, made short work of Jones, defeating him, 277-268 and 279-214, for his 17th victory as a PBA50 player. He also has 17 standard PBA Regional titles.

Baker, who earned $2,200, defeated Todd Haney of Boiling Springs, S.C., 2-0, in the semifinal round while Jones defeated Brian Kretzer of Dayton, Ohio, 2-0. Haney and Kretzer each earned $900.

●  The April 14-16 PBA Regional calendar includes the Bowlers Discount Eastern Open presented by Columbia 300 at Brunswick Zone-Normandy in Ellicott City, Md., and the Copperfield Bowl Southwest Challenge presented by 900 Global for non-champions in Houston, Texas.

● The April 21-23 PBA Regional schedule features the Debbie & Leo Nunan Memorial Central Open presented by Track at AMF Stardust Lanes in Grove City, Ohio, and the Jac’s Lanes Valdosta South Open in Valdosta, Ga. April 23 also kicks of the PBA West Region’s annual tripleheader in Hawaii, including the Hawaii West/Northwest Open presented by Ebonite at Schofield AFB (April 23), the Fort Shafter West/Northwest Hawaii Open in Honolulu (April 26) and the Hickam AFB West/Northwest Open presented by Ebonite (April 28-30).

● April’s PBA Regional competition concludes with the PBA50 Cherokee Lanes South Open presented by Roto Grip in Canton, Ga., April 27-29, and the Al Jones Memorial presented by Storm at Rockaway Lanes in Rockaway, N.J., April 28-30.

● 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.

QUICK NOTES

● Monday, April 10 – the day the MaineQuarterly.com Mark Roth/Marshall Holman PBA Doubles Championship got underway in Portland, Maine – was Mark Roth’s 65th birthday.

● Former PBA Press Director and Tournament Director Johnny Campos, the long-time bowling columnist for the Peoria (Ill.) Journal-Star, has been named recipient of the International Bowling Media Association’s Luby Hall of Fame Award for his long-time contributions to bowling journalism. He will be recognized in Nashville, Tenn., during the International Bowl Expo Industry Awards Luncheon on June 20.

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PBA Spare Shots: ESPN3.com, WatchESPN App to Carry PBA League Shows ‘Live’ on April 15-16

by Bill Vint April 7, 2017 12:55

The PBA will again take advantage of today’s digital technology, giving fans the opportunity to watch the entire L.L. Bean PBA League telecasts via live video streaming on ESPN3.com and the WatchESPN app on Saturday and Sunday, April 15 and 16, from Bayside Bowl in Portland, Maine.

The quarterfinal, semifinal and Elias Cup championship rounds all will be live streamed as they are being recorded for delayed broadcast on ESPN on four consecutive Sundays at 1 p.m. ET, beginning April 23. PBA introduced the ESPN3/WatchESPN live streaming feature for die-hard fans during the GEICO World Series of Bowling VIII in Reno last December.

The addition of live streaming, which means people can easily watch PBA telecasts on mobile devices, laptop computer – even big-screen television with streaming devices that transfer signals – means that 15 of the 17 telecasts ESPN and PBA have produced in the past year have been available live. Only the USA vs. The World and CP3 PBA Celebrity Invitational have aired exclusively on a delayed basis.

Combined with PBA’s Xtra Frame Tour series, fans will have access to 25 events live via digital outlets this year.

PBA STARS TO REPRESENT U.S. IN BIDS FOR WORLD GAMES GOLD

PBA veteran Tommy Jones of Simpsonville, S.C., an 18-time PBA Tour champion and a 13-time member of Team USA, and 23-year-old first-year Team USA member Jakob Butturff of Tempe, Ariz., will represent the United States in the 2017 World Games bowling competition July 21-24 in Wroclaw, Poland, along with PBA Tour champion Kelly Kulick of Union, N.J., and PBA member Danielle McEwan of Stony Point, N.Y., who is a member of the L.L. Bean PBA League GEICO New York City WTT KingPins.

The World Games are held every four years for 25 sports that are not included in the Olympic Games. Competition will include women's singles on July 21, men's singles on July 22, women's doubles on July 23 and men's doubles on July 24.

Kulick, who made bowling history when she won the 2010 PBA Tournament of Champions, returns to the World Games where she and PBA champion Mike Fagan, her mixed doubles partner, became the first American players to win bowling gold medals in the 2013 World Games in Cali, Colombia.

DATES FOR PBA-PWBA WOMEN’S REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS SET

The PBA will continue to provide opportunities for women bowlers by hosting a series of PBA-PWBA Women’s Regional Championship tournaments during the 2017 season, beginning with this weekend’s West Region Women’s Championship at Earl Anthony’s Dublin Bowl in Dublin, Calif.

Other scheduled events include the PBA-PWBA Northwest Women’s Championship July 21-23 at Secoma Lanes in Federal Way, Wash.; the East Region championship July 23 at Parkway Lanes in Elmwood Park, N.J.; the Southwest Region championship Aug. 18-20 at Emerald Bowl in Houston, Texas; the South Championship Sept. 8-10 at Lafayette Lanes in Fayetteville, N.C.; the Midwest Championship Sept. 9-10 at Cherry Lanes in Diamond Jo Casino, Dubuque, Iowa, and the Central Championship Oct. 7-8 at Northway Lanes in Muskegon, Mich.

For tournament details, visit pba.com and click on the “schedules” link.

JANAY HAGGERTY NAMED PBA VICE PRESIDENT-MARKETING

Haggerty.Janay_2012WSOBJanay Haggerty, who has been the PBA’s behind-the-scenes marketing services and event planning leader for the majority of her 14 years with the organization, has been promoted to PBA Vice President–Marketing, PBA CEO and Commissioner Tom Clark has announced.

Haggerty joined the PBA in 2003 and “has performed admirably in all facets she’s been tasked with in the organization, including her most recent role as Director of Events and Community Relations,” Clark said. In her new position, she will implement the PBA’s marketing strategies and coordinate with other departments and outside partners. She will oversee marketing materials and planning, pba.com, event staging and fan experience, public relations, social media, email communications, pba.com, community events, player communications and licensing initiatives.

THIS WEEK: “PICK THE STORM BALL” FOR PBA BOWLING CHALLENGE MOBILE GAME

Concrete Software’s “pick the ball” survey for PBA Bowling Challenge mobile game continues this week with players invited to select a new Storm ball from among three options provided weekly for each PBA-participating brand.

Based on fan voting (click here: http://bit.ly/Storm_17 to cast your vote), the “winning” Storm ball will be available for play on April 21.

A code to purchase the ball for 50% off (the code will be available on PBA’s and the specific companies’ social media pages) will be posted. Each company also will have a flashback weekend where all its previous balls will be available for that weekend only.

PBA REGIONAL UPDATE: LAVOIE PERFECT IN SOUTHWEST VICTORY

Reigning PBA Rookie of the Year Francois Lavoie, who rolled the only nationally-televised 300 game in U.S. Open history on his way to the 2016 title, did it again Sunday at FireLake Bowling Center in Shawnee, Okla., defeating collegiate amateur Wesley Low Jr. of Palmdale, Calif., 300-216, to win the sixth annual PBA FireLake Grand Casino Resort Southwest Open presented by MOTIV.

Lavoie, who had advanced to the championship round in his last two Southwest region events only to fall short of victory when his opponents bowled games of 279 and 266, left no opportunity for loss by tossing the event’s second 300 game. After qualifying third and receiving byes to advance to the Round of 8, the Canadian native eliminated Mike Edwards of Tulsa, Okla., 2-0, in a best-of-three-game match and then edged PBA Southwest Region Hall of Famer Nathan Bohr of Austin, Texas, 222-201, in the semifinal round.

Low, a two-handed left-hander who is bowling for Wichita State University, qualified ninth and had a longer road to the final. In his opening match, he defeated Joe Findling of Mesquite, Texas, 2-1;, PBA rookie and Team USA member AJ Chapman of Manchester, Iowa, 2-0, and Mike Bailey of Irving, Texas, 258-180, to advance to the title match.

The pro-am portion of the event on Friday included a fundraiser for the Shawnee area Big Brothers Big Sisters chapter. FireLake General Manager Chris Skillings announced more than $20,000 was raised for that cause.

Chris Warren of Grants Pass, Ore. posted a 4-4 match play record and a 16-game total of 3,786 pins Sunday at the National Bowling Stadium in Reno to win his 47th career PBA Regional title in the PBA Sands Regency West/Northwest Spring Classic presented by Storm.

Warren, who earned $2,000, defeated Jakob Butturff of Chandler, Ariz., by 78 pins to close to within one title of the record 48 standard PBA Regional titles, held by PBA Hall of Famer Pete Weber. Butturff, coming off a record nine PBA Regional titles performance in 2016, had a 6-2 match play record and 3,708 pins for his 16 games.

In the companion PBA50 Open, Ty Dawson of Sunnyvale, Calif., went 4-4 and knocked down 3,659 total pins defeating Michael Haugen Jr. of Phoenix by four pins to earn a $1,500 prize, and kicking of the weekend, Casey Knutson of Sparks, Nev., defeated Adam Wilson of Reno, 203-164, to win Friday’s PBA Sands Regency Spring Challenge presented by Storm. The Challenge was open to players who had never won a PBA title.

● Puerto Rico national bowling team member Cristian Azcona of Lake Wales, Fla. defeated top qualifier Anthony DeStasio of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., 248-210 to win his first PBA South Regional title Sunday in the PBA Brighton Construction South Open at Myrtle Beach Bowl in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

Azcona, a 22-year-old PBA rookie, was nearly flawless in defeating Jeremy Mooney of West Palm Beach, Fla., 299-223, in the first stepladder match. He then eliminated Mike Byers of Charleston, S.C., 258-226, to advance to the title match where he earned $2,500 for his first win in PBA competition.

Kelly Jordon of Marion, Ohio defeated Kris Prather of Plainfield, Ill., 196-181, to win the PBA Elkhart Central/Midwest Open presented by 900 Global at Country Club Lanes in Elkhart, Ind., Sunday for his second career PBA Regional title and a $2,000 first prize.

Jordon topped reigning Central Region Rookie of the Year Graham Fach of Guelph, Ontario, 227-224, while Prather downed Jesse Buss of Belvidere, Ill., 277-207, in the semifinal round to set up the championship match.

● Amateur Tom Adcock of Decatur, Ill., defeated Lennie Boresch of Kenosha, Wis., 222-180, to win the PBA50 Showtime Lanes Midwest/Central Open at Showtime Lanes in Virden, Ill., Sunday. The win was Adcock’s third in PBA competition. He earned $1,500 but he doesn’t get credit for the title because he is an amateur.

Adcock defeated Brian Kretzer of Dayton, Ohio, 2-1 in the best-of-three-game semifinal round while Boresch edged Scott Merritt of Iowa City, Iowa, 2-0, in the other match to set up the championship contest.

● April’s PBA Regional schedule gets underway this weekend with the PBA50 AMF Fredericksburg (Va.) South Open presented by Radical, followed by the PBA60 Blue Ridge Properties/Kingsport CVB Super Senior Open presented by Storm Monday through Wednesday at Warpath Lanes in Kingsport, Tenn. This weekend also includes of the Pacific Coast’s premier events, the PBA, PBA50 and PBA-PWBA Earl Anthony West/Northwest Classic events at Earl Anthony’s Dublin Bowl in Dublin, Calif.

● The April 14-16 PBA Regional calendar includes the Bowlers Discount Eastern Open presented by Columbia 300 at Brunswick Zone-Normandy in Ellicott City, Md., and the Copperfield Bowl Southwest Challenge presented by Global 900 for non-champions in Houston, Texas.

● The April 21-23 PBA Regional schedule features the Debbie & Leo Nunan Memorial Central Open presented by Track at AMF Stardust Lanes in Grove City, Ohio, and the Jac’s Lanes Valdosta South Open in Valdosta, Ga. April 23 also kicks of the PBA West Region’s annual tripleheader in Hawaii, including the Hawaii West/Northwest Open presented by Ebonite at Schofield AFB (April 23), the Fort Shafter West/Northwest Hawaii Open in Honolulu (April 26) and the Hickam AFB West/Northwest Open presented by Ebonite (April 28-30).

● April’s PBA Regional competition concludes with the PBA50 Cherokee Lanes South Open presented by Roto Grip in Canton, Ga., April 27-29, and the Al Jones Memorial presented by Storm at Rockaway Lanes in Rockaway, N.J., April 28-30.

● 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.

QUICK NOTES

● Late additions to the Mark Roth/Marshall Holman PBA Doubles Championship roster next week in Portland, Maine, include Terry Robinson and Charlie Mitchell, Gray, Maine, while James Goulding, Lewiston, Maine, and Jimmy Clark, Hermon, N.H., will replace Steve Pavlinko Sr. and Jr., who withdrew.

● Robert Alman of Murrysville, Pa., is the March 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.

● Roman Fowler of Cookeville, Tenn., will receive a new high-performance Brunswick ball, Charles Fainberg of Pacifica, Calif., has won a new high-performance MOTIV ball, and Gunther Grinde of Prior Lake, Minn., wins a new DV8 ball as March 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.

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PBA Spare Shots: PBA Network Expands with Live Scoring for PBA Regionals, Geofilter for Fans in Maine

by Bill Vint March 31, 2017 11:21

The PBA Network, already the sport’s most comprehensive communications tool, has expanded with a software update that allows PBA’s Regional Managers to post real time game-by-game results on pba.com for all regional tournaments. The improved Live Scoring feature will enable fans to follow tournaments in the PBA’s East, South, Central, Midwest, Southwest, West and Northwest Regions as they happen.

The PBA also has announced the enthusiastic fan base at Bayside Bowl in Portland, Maine, will be encouraged to share the fun of the MaineQuarterly.com Mark Roth-Marshall Holman PBA Doubles Championship and the L.L. Bean PBA League Elias Cup competition with PBA fans around the world using a new Snapchat geofilter to share photos and videos. The geofilter, which will be introduced on April 9, creates a kind of “photo frame” around Snapchat content that will tell the world you are attending the PBA competition in Portland. The app will be available through the iTunes store, Google Play for android users or by visiting https://www.snapchat.com/geofilters.

The new PBA Network additions expand the PBA’s reach into mainstream media, social media and digital platforms that provide PBA fans around the world with a wide variety of media outlets to access PBA news, video, interviews and more.

PBA STARS TO PARTICIPATE IN “STRIKE OUT CHILD HUNGER” EVENT IN PORTLAND

Eighteen PBA Tour stars will participate in a “Strike Out Child Hunger” fundraiser as part of the PBA’s visit to Bayside Bowl in Portland, Maine, April 9-16. The second annual “Bowling for a Cause” pro-am event, which is being held in cooperation with a number of Portland area restaurants, will take place on Sunday, April 9, at 6 p.m., following the official practice session for the MaineQuarterly.com Mark Roth-Marshall Holman PBA Doubles Championship competitors.

The special pro-am will involve 18 teams bowling with PBA stars. Each team will be sponsored by a Portland area restaurant for a minimum contribution of $1,000 per team. Last year’s inaugural event raised more than $10,000 to help combat childhood hunger issues in Maine, and this year, with donations of food, $25 admission fees for spectators to watch and other contributions, Child Hunger pro-am founder and Bayside Bowl co-owner Justin Alfond said the goal is to raise more than $20,000.

Players participating in the Strike Out Child Hunger pro-am squad are: DJ Archer, Dom Barrett, Josh Blanchard, Parker Bohn III, Jakob Butturff, Ryan Ciminelli, Martin Larsen, Chris Loschetter, Danielle McEwan, Rhino Page, Sean Rash, Ronnie Russell, Anthony Simonsen, Tom Smallwood, Bryon Smith, John Szczerbinski, Walter Ray Williams Jr. and Dave Wodka.

Money raised during the pro-am event will support Full Plates Full Potential, a non-profit organization that works to connect children with the reliable, nutritious meals they need to thrive. If you can’t attend the event in person, but would like to support the effort, you can make a donation in the name of your favorite bowler (https://www.fullplates.org/pba) or you can donate in the name of one of Portland’s participating restaurants (https://www.fullplates.org/events/bowl).

THIS WEEK: “PICK THE TRACK BALL” FOR PBA BOWLING CHALLENGE MOBILE GAME

Concrete Software’s second-edition “pick the ball” survey for PBA Bowling Challenge mobile game invites users to select a new ball model from among three options provided weekly for each PBA-participating brand. This week’s brand is Track. Based on fan voting (click here: http://bit.ly/Track_17 to cast your vote), the “winning” Track ball will be available for play on April 14.

A code to purchase the ball for 50% off (the code will be available on PBA’s and the specific companies’ social media pages) will be posted. Each company also will have a flashback weekend where all its previous balls will be available for that weekend only.

QUBICA AMF PBA REGIONAL UPDATE: TOMMY JONES WINS CCFA BENEFIT TOURNEY TITLE

Tommy Jones of Simpsonville, S.C. defeated local favorite Mike Moore of Orlando, Fla., 242-212, to win his 13th QubicaAMF PBA Regional title in the PBA’s Strike Out Crohn’s & Colitis South Open at Boardwalk Bowl in Orlando Sunday.

After Moore missed a single pin spare in the second frame, Jones raced into a commanding lead that Moore could not overcome. Along with his title, Jones, an 18-time PBA Tour title winner, earned $4,000.

The CCFA Strike Out Crohn’s & Colitis South Open was a benefit tournament orchestrated by Orlando resident and PBA champion Rhino Page, the 2016 Tony Reyes Community Service Award recipient and raised more than $5,000 for the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America.

In first game of the four-player stepladder finals, amateur Matt Russo of Millstone Township, N.J., easily overtook reigning PBA Player of the Year EJ Tackett of Huntington, Ind., 228-180. Jones then eliminated Russo in the semifinal match, 257-211.

● Jakob Butturff of Tempe, Ariz., defeated Dean Richards of Tacoma, Wash., 250-239, to win the PBA DV8 Northwest/West Open at Caveman Bowl in Grants Pass, Ore., Sunday.

The win was Butturff’s 10th in QubicaAMF PBA Northwest and/or West regional competition in less than two years as a PBA member. He also earned $2,000 for the win.

The 23-year-old lefthander defeated Bryon Smith of Roseburg, Ore., in a one-ball sudden death roll-off in the semifinal round match after they tied at 248. The roll-off went six attempts before Butturff struck and Smith left a seven-count to lose. Smith defeated Chris Warren of Grants Pass, Ore., 221-207, in the opening match and then Smith eliminated amateur Adrian Anderson of Roseburg, Ore., 227-204.

David Kneas of Annapolis, Md., defeated Gary Bondarchuk of Langhorne, Pa., 279-237, to win the PBA50 Rossi Lanes Eastern Open at Rossi Lanes in Elmira, N.Y., Sunday for his ninth career QubicaAMF PBA Regional title and a $3,000 first prize.

Kneas started Saturday’s qualifying with a 300 game and led the remainder of the weekend. He earned byes for two single-elimination match play rounds as qualifying leader and then defeated Sam Maccarone of Blackwood, N.J., 2-1, in the best-of-three-game Round of 8 before eliminating Steve Jones of Berlin, Md., 234-198, in the semifinal round.

Bondarchuk, who qualified sixth, defeated local amateur Chuck Pitts of Cortland, N.Y., 2-1, in the Round of 12; Ray Edwards of Middle Island, N.Y., 2-0, in the Round of 8, and Ryan Shafer of Horseheads, N.Y., 236-214, in his semifinal round match.

Scott Merritt of Iowa City, Iowa, defeated Walt Schaub of Schaumburg, Ill., 290-279, to win his first QubicaAMF PBA Regional title in the PBA50 Liberty Lanes Midwest/Central Open at Liberty Lanes in Carpentersville, Ill., Saturday.

Merritt, bowling his first PBA50 regional event after turning 50 in May of 2016, earned $1,700 after Schaub’s bid for a 300 game in the title match ended when he left a 2 pin on his first shot in the 10th frame after starting the match with nine strikes.

Merritt defeated tournament host Jerry Morano of Lombard, Ill., 205-192 in the semifinal round while Schaub edged Dave Armstrong of Naperville, Ill., 209-200, to set up the championship match.

● Closing out March and kicking off April’s PBA Regional calendar over the March 31-April 2 weekend will be the PBA50 Showtime Lanes Midwest/Central Open in Virden, Ill.; the Myrtle Beach South Open at Myrtle Beach Bowl in South Carolina; the FireLake Grand Casino Hotel & Resort Southwest Open at FireLake Bowl in Shawnee, Okla., and a PBA West/Northwest tripleheader at the National Bowling Stadium in Reno – the PBA50 and PBA Sands Regency West/Northwest Classic events plus the Sands Regency West/Northwest Challenge (for non-titlists), presented by DV8. The weekend also will include a Sunday-only reduced entry fee Elkhart Central/Midwest Open presented by 900 Global at Country Club Lanes in Elkhart, Ind.

● 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.

QUICK NOTES

● With his victory in the Brunswick Euro Challenge in Munich, Germany, Sunday, England’s Dom Barrett joined Mika Koivuniemi, Osku Palermaa and Jesper Svensson as the fourth player to win three PBA International-World Bowling Tour titles since PBA and World Bowling launched the international tournament series five years ago. Since the initiative began in 2012, 15 different PBA members have won international titles in the global series.

● Just in time for the 2017 L.L. Bean PBA League Elias Cup finals, April 13-16 at Bayside Bowl in Portland, Maine, the PBA has created a new series of PBA League logoed baseball caps and s-shirts for each team. To order your cap or t-shirt, visit http://pba.firelakedesigns.com/.

Applications for the $1,000 PBA Billy Welu Scholarship, recognizing exemplary qualities in male or female college students who compete in bowling, are due by June 15. Candidates must be currently attending college and maintaining at least a 2.5/4.0 GPA or equivalent. The two-part application can be retrieved using this link http://www.pba.com/Corporate/Scholarships. Nominations also can be sent by email to scholarships@pba.com or mailed to PBA Billy Welu Scholarship, 55 E. Jackson Blvd., Suite 401, Chicago, IL 60604.

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PBA Spare Shots: “Pick the Ball” Survey Returns to PBA Bowling Challenge Mobile Game

by Bill Vint March 23, 2017 08:01

Concrete Software is renewing its PBA Bowling Challenge “pick the ball” survey, inviting fans to select the new Product Registered ball model they would like to see introduced into the popular mobile device game.

Beginning today (March 23), the PBA Bowling Challenge mobile game will list three new ball models for each PBA-participating brand, and ask fans to vote on which ball to include in the game. Weekly voting will feature a different brand and choice of ball models through the first week in June.

First up will be MOTIV. Based on fan voting (click here: http://bit.ly/MOTIV_17 to cast your vote), the “winning” MOTIV ball will be available for play on April 7. A code to purchase the ball for 50% off (the code will be available on PBA’s and the specific companies’ social media pages) will be posted.

Each company also will have a flashback weekend where all its previous balls will be available for that weekend only.

As the season progresses, voting will take place each week to select the new ball for release as noted below:

● Track: March 30 (voting begins); April 14 (ball release date).

● Storm: April 6; April 21.

● Brunswick: April 13; April 28.

● Columbia 300: April 20; May 5.

● Radical: April 27; May 12.

● DV8: May 4; May 19.

● Ebonite: May 11; May 26.

● Roto Grip: May 18; June 2.

● 900 Global: May 25; June 9.

● Hammer: June 1; June 16.

JOSH BLANCHARD TAKES EARLY LEAD IN XTRA FRAME STORM CUP RACE

PBA Xtra Frame Reality Check Classic winner Josh Blanchard has assumed the early lead in the 2017 PBA Xtra Frame Storm Cup points race, earning 25 points for his victory in the first of eight Storm Cup events this season. Rounding out the top 10 after the first event are Reality Check Classic runner-up AJ Johnson, 19 points; Dom Barrett, 18; Shawn Maldonado, 17; Dick Allen, 16; Ildemaro Ruiz, 15; Tom Daugherty, 14; Chris Spoo, 13; Walter Ray Williams Jr., 12, and Jeff Piroozshad, 11.

In each Storm Cup event, PBA members who finish in the top 20 will earn points with 25 points going to the winner, 19 to the runner-up, 18 for third place and points diminishing by one through 20th place. A complete summary of the points leaders will be posted on pba.com (http://www.pba.com/SeasonStats/XtraFrameTourPoints/95#stats-list) after each tournament.

The next tournament in the series will be the PBA XF Wilmington Open at Ten Pin Alley in Wilmington, N.C., May 26-29.

QUBICA AMF PBA REGIONAL UPDATE: MATT O’GRADY WINS IN OHIO

Fresh off his win in the PBA Lakewood (Colo.) Southwest Super Regional two weeks earlier, Matt O’Grady of Rahway, N.J., defeated Joe Bailey of Wooster, Ohio, 237-148, to claim the PBA Trumbull County Tourism Bureau Central/East Open title presented by Radical at Bell-Wick Bowl in Hubbard, Ohio, Sunday.

The title was O’Grady’s first of the year in the PBA Central Region and the fourth of his career. He also earned $2,700.

Alex Cavagnaro of Massapequa, N.Y., led off the stepladder finals by eliminating Ryan Shafer of Horseheads, N.Y., 234-182. O’Grady then defeated Cavagnaro, 233-217, and he advanced to the championship match by defeating Mike Clark of Cleveland, 242-158.

Anthony Lavery-Spahr from Pasadena, Texas, defeated Derek Acuff of Glendale, Ariz., 234-199, to claim his fourth QubicaAMF PBA Regional title Sunday in the sixth annual PBA Odessa Southwest Open at Astro Bowl in Odessa, Texas.

Lavery-Spahr, last year’s runner-up, started the championship match with a spare and two strikes while Acuff struggled after two opens in the first three frames. Lavery-Spahr received byes to the Round of 8 after qualifying fourth and started his road to victory by defeating defending champion Clara Guerrero, a Colombia native now living in Pflugerville, Texas, 2-1, in their best-of-three-game match. In the semifinal round, he survived with a 173-164 victory over Jeff Hatt of Midwest City, Okla.

Acuff, who qualified second, defeated Joe Findling from Mesquite, Texas, 2-0, in the Round of 8, and prevented a title match between twin brothers by eliminating Sean Lavery-Spahr in the semifinal round, 200-178.

● QubicaAMF PBA Regional events over the March 24-26 weekend include the PBA50 Rossi Lanes Eastern Open in Elmira, N.Y.; the PBA50 Liberty Lanes Midwest/Central Open in Carpentersville, Ill.; the CCFA Strike Out Crohn’s and Colitis South Open, presented by Rhino Page, at Boardwalk Bowl in Orlando, Fla., and the Caveman Bowl Northwest/West Open presented by DV8 in Grants Pass, Ore.

● Closing out March and kicking off April’s PBA Regional calendar over the March 31-April 2 weekend will be the PBA50 Showtime Lanes Midwest/Central Open in Virden, Ill.; the Myrtle Beach South Open at Myrtle Beach Bowl in South Carolina; the FireLake Grand Casino Hotel & Resort Southwest Open at FireLake Bowl in Shawnee, Okla., and a PBA West/Northwest tripleheader at the National Bowling Stadium in Reno – the PBA50 and PBA Sands Regency West/Northwest Classic events plus the Sands Regency West/Northwest Challenge (for non-titlists), presented by DV8. The weekend also will include a Sunday-only reduced entry fee Elkhart Central/Midwest Open presented by 900 Global at Country Club Lanes in Elkhart, Ind.

● 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.

QUICK NOTES

● To follow the Brunswick Euro Challenge in Munich, Germany, this week, visit http://brunswickeurochallenge.com/live-streaming/ for live streaming coverage. Fans also can visit the website for daily updates as the event progresses. The first event on the 2017 PBA International-World Bowling Tour schedule concludes Sunday. Sweden’s Jesper Svensson is defending champion.

● PBA Hall of Famer Pete Weber and PBA Women’s Series titlist Diandra Asbaty can be seen in cameo roles in the 2016 movie, “Split,” which is now available at no cost to Amazon Prime members. The movie billed as “The World’s First Romantic Bowling Comedy,” is available for rent or purchase on Amazon, iTunes, Google Play, VUDU, Xbox and PlayStation. Click here to watch the trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zekgYUGOjXc .

● USBC Hall of Famer and two-time PBA Tour champion Les Zikes of Palatine, Ill., became the 11th player in history to participate in 65 USBC Open Championships when the 82-year-old bowled his team event on Monday, March 20, at South Point Bowling Plaza in Las Vegas. With his 546 series in team event, 562 in doubles and 570 in singles, Zikes added 1,678 pins to his career total of 112,564 pins knocked down in USBC Open competition (seventh on the all-time list).

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