GEICO PBA WSOB IX Notebook: PBA Challenge Events Debut Detailed LaneTalk Performance Statistics

by Bill Vint November 8, 2017 19:22

The PBA50 Tour and PBA Regional Challenge events that kicked off the GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling IX on Tuesday also introduced the first batch of detailed scoring statistics that will be provided throughout the World Series by PBA’s WSOB IX statistical analysis partner, LaneTalk.

Fans will be able to access a wide variety of detailed data regarding WSOB IX by visiting LaneTalk’s page on Facebook on a daily basis.

As an example of information that will be provided by LaneTalk was the following pulled from the performances by PBA50 Tour Challenge winner Norm Duke and PBA Regional Challenge winner Francois Lavoie during their nine games of match play Tuesday at the National Bowling Stadium in Reno.

During Duke’s perfect 9-0 match play performance:

— He hit the pocket on 83.02% of his shots, and carried strikes 79.55% of the time.

— He got nine pins or better on 88.68% of his first shots;

— Across nine games, Duke’s “clean frame” percentage was 95.56;

— His spare conversion rate for all non-split leaves was 100%.

During Lavoie’s 7-2 match play performance:

— He hit the pocket on 86.41% of his shots, and carried strikes 78.65% of the time;

— He got nine or better on 89.32% of his first shots;

— Across his nine games, Lavoie’s “clean frame” percentage was 92.22%;

— His spare conversation rate for all non-split leaves was 95.83%.

2017 WSOB “ANIMAL PATTERN” PRIMER

Since its inception in Detroit in 2009, the essence of the World Series has been a variety of “animal pattern” events that not only offer PBA Tour titles, but serve as qualifying stages culminating with the PBA World Championship. In order to win the PBA World Championship, players must demonstrate a high level of consistency across the different challenges the “animal patterns” present.

While oiling patterns on bowling lanes are normally invisible, the PBA helped fans get a visual picture of the differences in playing conditions when it introduced blue dyed oil for televised WSOB events in 2013. The “blue oil” lanes have remained a part of PBA’s televised events ever since.

Another major advance in understanding the challenges of bowling came when the PBA gave those varying oiling patterns names. Thus the so-called animal patterns were born, and fans can now relate to the playing surface involved simply by referring to the animal pattern name and knowing peculiar features are involved with that particular oiling pattern.

This year, the patterns have been modified based upon advances in technology, but the essence of the program remains the same even if the order they will be used has been changed, and their names have been adjusted to include the distance oil is applied for each pattern. The new order and names include the Chameleon 39 (a 39-foot pattern), Shark 45, Cheetah 33 and Scorpion 42. Although the patterns are a bit different, here’s a summary of the players who have won on the respective patterns in years past:

The Chameleon 39: Past WSOB Chameleon champions include Bill O’Neill (2009), Scott Norton (2010), Jason Belmonte (2011), Scott Norton (2012), Ryan Ciminelli (2013), Mika Koivuniemi (2014), Jesper Svensson (2015) and Mitch Beasley (2016).

The Shark 45: Past WSOB Shark champions include: Jack Jurek (2009), Osku Palermaa (2010) and Jason Belmonte (2011) and, after a four–year absence, Francois Lavoie (2016).

The Cheetah 33: Past WSOB Cheetah champions include Norm Duke (2009), Eugene McCune (2010), Bill O’Neill (2012), Wes Malott (2013), Anthony Pepe (2014), Parker Bohn III (2015) and Mike Wolfe (2016). The Cheetah was not part of the 2011 WSOB.

The Scorpion 42: Past WSOB Scorpion champions include Mike DeVaney (2009), non-member Yong-Jin Gu (2010), Dom Barrett (2011), Tom Daugherty (2012), Tom Smallwood (2013), Michael Haugen Jr. (2014), Jon Van Hees (2015) and Tommy Jones (2016).

Notice anything unusual about those stats? Only Scott Norton (Chameleon in 2010 and 2012) has ever won the same animal pattern event more than once.

NEXT UP ON XTRA FRAME: ANIMAL PATTERN PREVIEW, WRAPUP SHOWS ON TAP

As the 2017-18 Go Bowling! PBA Tour schedule gets underway in Reno, Xtra Frame begins its extensive coverage of the GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling IX, presented by Eldorado Resorts Reno Properties, on Xtra Frame with preview and wrap-up shows before-and-after each of the animal pattern events. Here’s the projected schedule:

Thursday - PBA Shark Championship presented by Xtra Frame five-game qualifying squads at 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. (PST).

Saturday – PBA Cheetah Championship presented by PBA Bowling Challenge Mobile Game five-game qualifying squads, 11 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Sunday – Pepsi PBA Scorpion Championship presented by GoBowling.com five-game qualifying squads, 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. (PDS) (Scorpion wrap-up show also will unveil the players who will advance to PBA World Championship cashers’ round competition on Monday and Tuesday, Nov. 13-14, at 1 and 5 p.m.)

Xtra Frame subscriptions are available in a variety of packages: three-day ($3.99), 30-day ($7.99) and Xtra Frame Season Ticket (a full-year’s coverage at an average cost of $1.25 per week) subscriptions are available by visiting “xtraframe.tv” and clicking on the “subscribe now” link. As a reminder, new monthly or Season Ticket subscribers also are automatically entered into monthly sweepstakes where they have chances to win a new high-performance bowling ball from Brunswick, DV8 or MOTIV.

PBA REGIONAL UPDATE: KRETZER WINS TITLE, GOOD NIGHT’S SLEEP

Brian Kretzer of Dayton, Ohio, defeated Scott Merritt of Iowa City, Iowa, 245-209, to not only win the PBA50 Victory Lanes Midwest/Central Region Open presented by Mattress Firm at Victory Lanes in Kankakee, Ill., Sunday, but he also won a good night’s sleep as a bonus.

In addition to his third PBA50 regional title of the year and a $1,600 cash prize, Kretzer won a Mattress Firm bed worth $5,000 from the tournament sponsor.

Kretzer defeated Mike Steil of Wheeling, Ill., 226-213, in the semifinal game to advance to the championship match after defeating Lennie Boresch Jr. of Kenosha, Wis., 213-194, in the first match.

Summer Jasmin of Beckley, W. Va., won the PBA-PWBA Fayetteville Open and Anthony Caso of Spring Hill, Fla., won the PBA Fayetteville South Open in a PBA regional doubleheader for women and men at Lafayette Lanes in Fayetteville, N.C., last weekend.

Jasmin earned the number one spot in PWBA qualifying with a 1,645, seven-game pinfall total followed by Ashly Galante of Palm Harbor, Fla. with 1,571; Jessica Lesagonicz of Atlanta, Ga., 1,557, and Giselle Poss of Montgomery, Ill. with 1,505 pins.

In the stepladder finals, Lesagonicz eliminated Poss, 208-236, before Galante ousted Lesagonicz, 224-212, in the semifinal match. Jasmin then out-lasted Galante, 262-255, to win her first PBA-PWBA title and $1,200.

Caso, the top qualifier for the PBA stepladder finals, posted with a 9-3 match play record and 4,844 pinfall total. He and Chris Polizzi of Spring Hill, Fla., tied in the title match, 228-228, before Caso threw two strikes to win the one-ball, sudden death roll-off. Polizzi struck on his first shot, but left a 7 pin on his second. 

In the first stepladder match, Polizzi defeated Vic Florie of Richmond, Va., 232-204. In the semifinal match, Polizzi eliminated amateur Brian Dennis of Creedmoor, N.C., 243-176.

In addition to his second win of the year, Caso pocketed $2,200.

— Amateur Mike Karch of Edgewood, Wash., defeated Derek Gregory of Chowchilla, Calif., 199-138, to win the PBA50 Dick’s Pro Shop Northwest/West Open at Linn Lanes in Lebanon, Ore., Sunday. Karch earned $2,500 but does not receive credit for a title because he isn’t a PBA member.

Karch defeated PBA Hall of Famer Parker Bohn III of Jackson, N.J., 247-237, and Gregory defeated Craig Miller of Tracy, Calif., 201-184, in the semifinal round to set up the championship match.

● The only PBA Regional event on Nov. 10-12 weekend is the PBA50 Gastonia South Open presented by Brunswick at George Pappas’ Liberty Lanes in Gastonia, N.C.

● One event is on the PBA Regional calendar for the Nov. 17-19 weekend: the La-Z-Boy Central Challenge for non-titlists at Monroe Sports Center in Monroe, Mich.

● Thanksgiving Day (Nov. 23) is an American holiday, but it’s also the day the PBA Japan Region will conduct its Phoenix Rays PBA Japan Bear Open at Sagami First Lanes in Sagamihara, Japan. Over the Thanksgiving weekend, the PBA Southwest Region will conduct its Beaumont Southwest Open at Crossroads Bowling Center in Beaumont, Texas.

● For complete PBA Regional schedules, rules and entry information, visit pba.com, open the “schedules” tab and click on Regional Tours to find the event(s) in your area.

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Norm Duke, Francois Lavoie Wins PBA Challenge Titles to Kick Off GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling IX

by Bill Vint November 7, 2017 18:24

RENO, Nev. – Professional Bowlers Association Hall of Famer Norm Duke of Clermont, Fla., and 2016 PBA Rookie of the Year Francois Lavoie of Quebec City, Quebec, kicked off the GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling IX, presented by Eldorado Reno Proprieties, with victories in the special PBA50 Tour and PBA Regional Challenge events Tuesday at the National Bowling Stadium.

Duke, a 38-time PBA Tour champion who endured a second-place plagued season in PBA “senior tour” competition, completed a perfect match play round with a 222-212 victory over newly-elected PBA Hall of Famer Ron Mohr of Las Vegas to win the PBA50 Tour Challenge title, and an $8,000 prize heading into the start of World Series competition Wednesday.

“There’s no place worse than second,” Duke said after winning an eight of his matches to reach the title match against Mohr. “It’s a nice start to the World Series and it’s a testament to how I bowled all season on the PBA50 Tour. Those second place finishes got in the way of the Player of the Year, which was a goal, but you have to take pride in knowing you were in the race all the way to the end.

“I knew I had to change my momentum coming into the World Series. You can lose with big games, and win with lesser games, but it’s winning that’s important. After all of the work I put into the U.S. Open (he finished fifth last week), I knew that was going to pay dividends this week, and it already has.”

Lavoie, who currently lives in Wichita, Kan., where he starred as a collegian and began his PBA Regional career, dominated the PBA Southwest Region in competition points in 2017 and won a frame-for-frame battle over PBA Midwest Regional points champ AJ Johnson of Oswego, Ill., 247-235, when Johnson failed to strike on his first shot in the 10th frame.

“Bowling in the PBA Regional program when I was in college helped me get ready for this,” Lavoie said of his impressive PBA Tour debut, including the 2016 U.S. Open title. “Everyone in the Challenge field bowled well in the regional program all year, so I knew it was going to be a tough event to win. It’s nice to have this under my belt before the World Series gets started.”

Both of the Challenge events culminated season-long competition points qualifying to allow players to reach the World Series, and entitled each of the competitors to paid entries into the World Series as well. The Challenge events, which were the debut events contested on the new PBA Earl Anthony 42 lane oiling pattern, were covered live on PBA’s online video streaming service, Xtra Frame.

The ninth annual WSOB, which officially kicks off the 2017-18 Go Bowling! PBA Tour schedule, gets underway Wednesday with the first of four animal pattern qualifying stages leading into the PBA World Championship. Qualifying rounds of the Chameleon 39, Shark 45, Cheetah 33 and Scorpion 42 events will be covered live on Xtra Frame Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday, respectively, at 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. PST. All competition throughout the WSOB also will be covered in depth on pba.com’s “live scoring” feature.

PBA50 TOUR CHALLENGE

Championship: Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla. ($8,000) def. Ron Mohr, Las Vegas ($4,000), 222-212.

Final Match Play Standings (after 8 games, including match play bonus pins; top two advanced to championship match):. 1, Duke, 8-0, 2,147. 2, Mohr, 5-3, 2,050 3, Bob Learn Jr, Erie, Pa., 5-3, 1,971, $2,000. 4, Michael Haugen Jr., Phoenix, 3-5, 1,946, $1,000. 5, Brian LeClair, Albany, N.Y., 4-4, 1,839, $800. 6, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 3-5, 1,748, $700. 7, Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, 3-5, 1,712, $600. 8, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., 1-7, 1,622, $500.

PBA REGIONAL CHALLENGE

Championship: Francois Lavoie, Canada, ($8,000) def. AJ Johnson, Oswego, Ill. ($4,000), 247-235.

Final Match Play Standings (after 8 games, including match play bonus pins; top two advanced to championship match):. 1, Johnson (Midwest Region), 6-2, 2,147. 2, Lavoie (Southwest Region), 6-2, 2,080. 3, Cameron Weier, Tacoma, Wash. Northwest Region), 3-5, 2,006, $2,000. 4, Darren Tang, San Francisco (West Region), 5-3, 1,999, $1,000. 5, Graham Fach, Canada (Central Region), 5-3, 1,991, $800. 6, Matthew O'Grady, Rahway, N.J. (East Region), 3-5, 1,918, $700. 7, Dick Allen, Columbia, S.C. (South Region), 3-5, 1,866, $600. 8, Shota Kawazoe, Japan Region, 1-7, 1,732, $500.

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PBA Spare Shots: “Animal Pattern Shuffle” Adds to Intrigue at GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling IX

by Bill Vint October 26, 2017 09:32

A shuffle in the order the “animal pattern” events will be conducted during the GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling IX, combined with a different mix in the type of lane conditioners, will add certain elements of intrigue to the ninth annual event when it gets underway at the National Bowling Stadium in Reno, Nev., on Nov. 7.

Looking back at WSOB history, the multi-event tournament has historically bowled a schedule starting with the shortest animal pattern (the Cheetah) followed by progressively longer oiling patterns (Chameleon and Scorpion) leading to the longest (the Shark). Variations over the years have included the Viper, Carmen Salvino and a handful of other patterns.

But the goal has always been the same: provide the world’s premier players with a variety of challenges leading into the crown jewel, the PBA World Championship. It has been similar in concept to cycling’s Tour de France where stages along the way include mountain legs, sprints, flatlands, etc., and the best rider overall wins the grand prize.

The GEICO WSOB IX, presented by Eldorado Reno Properties, is yet another fine-tuning of the ultimate challenge as the PBA rolls into its new 2017-18 Go Bowling! PBA Tour schedule. The order of qualifying stages for the PBA World Championship will begin with the Chameleon 39 (meaning a 39-foot oiling pattern) followed by the Shark 45, Cheetah 33 and then the Scorpion 42. Different lane conditioning oils will be added into the mix (Logic for Chameleon and Scorpion, Defy 30 for Shark and Cheetah), further revising the challenges players will face in trying to bowl consistently to earn spots in the PBA World Championship finals.

“Our goal is to provide our players with a different set of challenges, but with the same ultimate purpose,” said PBA Deputy Commissioner Kirk von Krueger. “To give all players a better opportunity to acclimate themselves to the new sequence of events, we also have adjusted our practice schedule to allow players to focus on the challenges they’ll face.”

In previous years, von Krueger noted, the “official” tournament practice session involved applying all four animal patterns on selected lanes for a single practice session. Players had to move around to experience each. This year, there will be two practice sessions dedicated to the four animal patterns. All players will practice on the Chameleon 39 and the Shark 45 from 10 a.m. until noon (Reno time) on Nov. 7. Chameleon qualifying (two five-game rounds) will take place on Nov. 8 and Shark qualifying on Nov. 9.

Working in concert with the PBA Players Committee, a second day of practice on Nov. 10 from noon until 2 p.m. will give players a chance to re-group and re-focus. Half of the lanes will be conditioned with the Cheetah 33 pattern and the other half with the Scorpion 42 pattern. Players will then bowl their Cheetah 33 qualifying rounds on Nov. 11 and their Scorpion 42 qualifying on Nov. 12.

In all cases, qualifying on each animal pattern will involve two five-game squads including all players bowling at the same time, eliminating the previous “split squad” scheduling.

The combined 40-game pinfall totals for the four animal pattern stages (which will award PBA Tour titles on their own merits) will determine the top 25 percent of the field that will advance to the PBA World Championships, where all qualifiers will bowl another five-game session on each of the four patterns. The top qualifier for the World Championship will then earn the right to select the oil pattern that will be used for the ESPN stepladder finals.

FRANCOIS LAVOIE’S U.S. OPEN TITLE DEFENSE BEGINS FRIDAY ON XTRA FRAME

Francois Lavoie, PBA’s 2016 Rookie of the Year, begins defense of his 2016 U.S. Open title live on Xtra Frame Friday at Flamingo Bowl in Liverpool, N.Y.

Exclusive coverage of the U.S. Open, a part of the 2017-18 Go Bowling! PBA Tour, on Xtra Frame will include qualifying rounds at 8 a.m., 1:15 and 6:30 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday; the cashers round at 10 a.m. next Monday, and match play rounds Monday at 6 p.m. and Tuesday at 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. The stepladder finals will air live on CBS Sports Network on Wednesday, Nov. 1, at 7:30 p.m. All times are Eastern.

Non-subscribers can sign up for Xtra Frame’s 30-day package which will include not only comprehensive coverage of all preliminary rounds of the U.S. Open, but the GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling IX, presented by Eldorado Reno Properties, Nov. 7-16. Plus all new subscribers are automatically entered into PBA’s monthly bowling ball sweepstakes which awards new MOTIV, Brunswick and DV8 bowling balls to randomly-selected subscribers. To start your Xtra Frame subscription, visit xtraframe.tv.

Coinciding with the start of the U.S. Open, PBA’s Xtra Frame Player’s Perspective segment featuring Lavoie’s victory in the 2016 event was released on PBA’s YouTube channel Tuesday. New Player’s Perspective segments will be release on YouTube every Tuesday.

DANNY WISEMAN SCHOLARSHIP TOURNAMENT HITS A HIGH MARK

PBA Hall of Famer Danny Wiseman’s sixth annual Youth Scholarship Tournament in Baltimore was the largest event yet, fielding 306 entries and paying a prize fund of $28,300 in scholarships.

Donations of bowling equipment, PBA jerseys, NASCAR, Baltimore Ravens and Baltimore Orioles memorabilia raised another $3,600 that was added to the youth bowlers prize fund, Wiseman noted.

AMERICAN PBA STARS TRY TO REGAIN WORLD BOWLING TEAM TITLE FOR U.S.

Following the GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling IX, presented by Eldorado Reno Properties, six American PBA stars will try to regain the World Bowling men’s team title – along with medals in several other events – in the World Bowling Men’s Championships at South Point Bowling Plaza in Las Vegas Nov. 24-Dec. 6.

Led by newly-elected PBA Hall of Famer Chris Barnes of Double Oak, Texas, Team USA’s representatives also will include Tommy Jones of Simpsonville, S.C.; Marshall Kent of Yakima, Wash.; Jakob Butturff of Tempe, Ariz.; AJ Johnson of Oswego, Ill., and Chris Via of Springfield, Ohio.

The Team USA men ended a 35-year gold medal drought in 2006, won again in 2008 and 2010, but have not won gold since then. In Las Vegas, Team USA will bowl against a number of other PBA members in competition who will be representing their home countries in pursuit of singles, doubles, trios, five-man team, all-events and Masters medals.

The World Bowling Championships at South Point also will include identical events for women. The World Bowling Championships for men and women are now held every four years.

PBA REGIONAL UPDATE: LAVOIE WINS IN WICHITA, READY FOR U.S. OPEN

Bowling in his final tuneup event before beginning defense of his U.S. Open title Friday in Liverpool, N.Y., Canada’s Francois Lavoie, the PBA and PBA Southwest Region Rookie of the Year, defeated Devin Bidwell of Wichita, Kan., 261-255, to win the $2,500 first prize and his fourth PBA Regional title in the third annual PBA Wichita Southwest Open at Northrock Lanes in Wichita on Sunday.

In the title game, both players started with five strikes before Lavoie opened. Bidwell followed with a solid 10 pin and a spare in his sixth frame. After striking in the seventh frame, Bidwell left another 10 pin and made the spare, but was shut out when Lavoie continued striking until his final shot in the 10th frame.

Lavoie, who claimed his third PBA Regional win of the year, jumped to second place in the cashers’ round, earning a bye into the Round of 12 where he defeated recently announced PBA Hall of Fame electee Chris Barnes from Double Oak, Texas, 2-1, in the best-of-three-game match.

In the semifinal round, Lavoie eliminated 15-year-old amateur Spencer Robarge, the 2015 USBC Junior Gold U12 boys champion from Springfield, Mo., 247-215, while Bidwell eliminated amateur Mitch Hupe of Towanda, Kan., 233-156.

PBA rookie Cristian Azcona of San Juan, Puerto Rico, defeated Craig Auerbach of Sunrise, Fla., 252-224, to take the first prize in the PBA NAS Freedom Lanes South Open at Freedom Lanes in Jacksonville, Fla., Sunday.

Azcona, a five-time Puerto Rico national team member who now lives in Lakes Wales, Fla., qualified in first place for the stepladder finals with an 8-2 match play record and a 18-game total of 4,494 pins, including match play bonus pins, 51 pins ahead of Auerbach. Azcona, who bowled on Lindenwood University’s 2014 intercollegiate championship team, earned $2,300 in addition to his third PBA regional title.

In the first stepladder match Chris Polizzi of Spring Hill, Fla. defeated Leon Platt of Summerville, S.C., 247-202. Auerbach then disposed of Polizzi, 245-216, in the semifinal match.

Jakob Butturff of Tempe, Ariz., posted a 6-2 match play record and knocked down 4,009 pins Sunday to win his 13th PBA Regional title in the PBA Spare Time Lanes Northwest Open in Kennewick, Wash.

Butturff, who earned $2,000 along with his fourth 2017 title, defeated Craig Tuholski of Troutdale, Ore., by 320 pins for the win. Tuholski had a 4-4 match play record and 3,689 total pins for his 16 games including match play bonus pins.

In the companion PBA50 Open, Hugh Miller of Mercer Island, Wash., went 5-3 and knocked down 3,605 total pins for 16 games to top non-member Jeff Britton of Kennewick, Wash., by 67 pins for his ninth PBA50 Northwest Region title. Britton had a 5-3 match play record and a total of 3,538 pins.

Darryl Bower of Middletown, Pa., defeated Brian Kretzer of Dayton, Ohio, 198-182, to win the PBA50 Bryan’s Bowling Center Open presented by The Insurance Market and 900 Global at Bryan’s Bowling Center in Laurel, Del., Sunday.

Bower won all six games he bowled in Sunday’s single-elimination match play finals to win his first PBA50 Regional title after winning his first title as a PBA “senior” in the PBA60 Dick Weber Championship, a national event for players ages 60 and older, earlier in the season. The win in Laurel was Bower’s 15th overall regional title and earned him $1,600. Kretzer earned $900 as the runner-up.

In the semifinal round, Bower eliminated PBA50 Tour Rookie of the Year Michael Haugen Jr. of Phoenix, 236-186, while Kretzer ousted Lee Brosius of Ashburn, Va., 245-218, to advance to the title match. Haugen and Brosius each earned $750. In earlier best-of-three-game matches, Bower swept John Conroy of Mahopac, N.Y., 2-0, and Glenn Smith of New York City, 2-0.

● Amateur Aaron Beaver of Elkhart, Ind., defeated Tyler Wilds of Three Rivers, Mich., 259-246, to win the PBA Kokomo Central/Midwest Classic presented by Security Federal Savings at Heritage Lanes in Kokomo, Ind., Sunday.

Beaver earned $2,200 for his victory but because he is not a PBA member, his win is not recognized as a PBA title. Beaver downed Chris Loschetter of Avon, Ohio, 208-196, and Wilds topped Graham Fach of Canada, 255-237, in the semifinal round to set up the championship match.

● Closing the October PBA Regional calendar over the Oct. 27-29 weekend will be the South Point Challenge for non-champions and the South Point Member/Non-Member Doubles, both presented by Radical, at South Point Bowling Plaza in Las Vegas.

● 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:

● Did you know that since the inaugural PBA World Series of Bowling in 2009, Australia’s Jason Belmonte has made 15 television finals in World Series competition, winning three titles. Sean Rash of Montgomery, Ill., is runner-up in TV appearances with 14, but has yet to win his first WSOB title.

● Mongolia’s planned debut in the GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling IX, presented by Eldorado Reno Properties, will not take place as planned due to the inability of its two players (Tumendelger Dangaasuren and Munkhgerel Samdan) to obtain visas to visit the U.S.

● Seven-time PBA Tour and 42-time PBA Regional title winner Steve Jaros of Yorkville, Ill., and PBA Regional champions Mike Nape of Aurora, Ill.; Illinois native John Weltzien of Wellington, Fla., and Skip Wolfe of Dixon, Ill., were inducted into the Illinois Bowling Association Hall of Fame Saturday.

● Fun Fact: Les Zikes of Palatine, Ill., for years held the PBA record for most years between his first and second titles – 14 years and six days between the only two PBA Tour titles he won, both in Waukegan, Ill. Recent research has unveiled another oddity in Zikes’ career: he also won two PBA Regional titles – the first in 1981 and the second, a PBA50 title, 20 years later in 2001. Both are consistent with the USBC Hall of Famer’s bowling skills over a lengthy career. Now 82, Zikes was the first bowler to win USBC Open Championships titles in three consecutive years (1962-64). Earlier in 2017, he became the 11th player to bowl in at least 65 Open Championships.

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PBA Spare Shots: Matt O’Grady, Dick Allen Earn Return Trips to PBA Regional Challenge in Reno

by Bill Vint October 12, 2017 13:50

Matt O’Grady of Matawan, N.J., representing the PBA East Region, and Dick Allen of Columbia, S.C., representing the South Region, have earned return trips to the PBA Regional Challenge in Reno where O’Grady is the defending champion and Allen was runner-up in 2016.

The PBA Regional and PBA50 Tour Challenge events will kick off the GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling IX, presented by Eldorado Reno Properties, at the National Bowling Stadium, on Tuesday, Nov. 7. WSOB IX kicks off the Go Bowling! PBA Tour series for 2017-18.

Taken 11/28/2016In 2016, Allen and O’Grady emerged from the eight-game head-to-head match play preliminary round as the one-two qualifiers for the title match which was live streamed on Xtra Frame. O’Grady won the showdown match, 225-217.

O’Grady earned his return trip to Reno as the 2017 East Region points race with 126,853 points, easily beating runner-up Alex Cavagnaro of Massapequa, N.Y., who had 78,858 points. Likewise, Allen repeated as South Region champ with Allen.Dick_Columbia SC_2015 WSOB (2)140,915 points, out-distancing Cristian Azcona of Puerto Rico (112,210).

The other regional qualifiers O’Grady and Allen will face this year include (photos from top: O’Grady, Allen, Fach, Johnson, Lavoie, Tang, Weier):

● Central Region – Graham Fach of Guelph, Ontario (183,896 points) over Kyle Mayberry of Mt. Vernon, Ohio (142,939);

Taken 11/28/2016● Midwest Region – AJ Johnson of Oswego, Ill. (142,414) over veteran Tom Hess of Urbandale, Iowa (111,916);

● Southwest Region – 2016 PBA Rookie of the Year Francois Lavoie of Quebec City, Quebec (175,775) over Anthony Lavery-Spahr of Pasadena, Texas (116,796);

● West Region - Darren Tang of San Francisco (198,309) over Jakob Butturff Taken 11/28/2016of Phoenix (195,631);

● Northwest Region – Tang also won the Northwest points title (199,194) over Cameron Weier of Tacoma, Wash. (191,577), but Tang will represent the region where he lives, meaning Weier gets the Northwest Region berth in Reno.

The PBA50 Tour Challenge also will be held on Nov. 7 in Reno, featuring the top Taken 11/28/2016eight players in 2017 competition points: PBA50 Player of the Year Brian LeClair, Norm Duke, Parker Bohn III, Bob Learn Jr., Walter Ray Williams Jr., PBA50 Rookie of the Year Michael Haugen Jr., Amleto Monacelli and Ron Mohr.

Both Challenge events will be covered live in their entirety by PBA’s Xtra Frame video streaming channel. For subscription information, visit xtraframe.tv.

Taken 11/28/2016PBA HALL OF FAME VOTING UNDERWAY FOR CHRIS BARNES, RON MOHR

The PBA’s panel of veteran bowling writers, existing Hall of Famers and PBA staff members are currently considering the résumés of 18-time PBA Tour champion Chris Barnes of Double Oak, Texas, and Ron Mohr of North Las Vegas for election to the PBA Hall of Fame.

Taken 11/28/2016Should either or both be elected, induction ceremonies will be held as part of the Go Bowling! PBA 60th Anniversary Celebration weekend in Indianapolis. The celebration dinner at the Marriott North in Indianapolis on Saturday, Feb. 17, also will honor any meritorious service candidate(s) elected by the PBA Hall of Fame Committee. Results of both elections will be announced next week, and the entire celebration dinner, which also will include the presentation of 2017 PBA Tour award winners, will be live streamed by PBA’s Xtra Frame online bowling channel.

The stepladder finals of the Go Bowling! PBA 60th Anniversary Classic will follow on Sunday, Feb. 18, live on ESPN at 1 p.m. EDT. Preliminary rounds of the tournament will be held earlier in the week at nearby Woodland Bowl.

Barnes, 47, is one of five players to win both PBA Rookie (1998) and Player of the Year (2008) honors, one of six players to complete the PBA Triple Crown, and has earned more than $2.2 million during his career.

Mohr, 61, joined the PBA shortly after his 50th birthday and compiled an impressive portfolio to earn consideration in the Senior/PBA50 section of the PBA Hall of Fame, which focuses on accomplishments a player has made after reaching the age of 50. He has won nine PBA50 Tour titles, earned PBA50 and PBA60 Player of the Year honors twice each, and has finished among the top 10 in PBA50 Tour earnings and averages for nine consecutive years.

LARPAPHARAT, SVENSSON LEAD WORLD BOWLING TOUR MEN’S FINALISTS

Thailand’s Yannaphon Larpapharat, winner of the recent PBA International-WBT Thailand, and Sweden’s Jesper Svensson are tied for the World Bowling Tour men’s points lead while Latvia’s Diana Zavjalova tops the women’s points standing heading into the GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling IX, presented by Eldorado Reno Properties, which will host the final qualifying event for the 2017 WBT Men’s and Women’s Finals presented by the PBA.

Finishing positions in the PBA World Championship standings, a double points event on the WBT schedule, will likely decide the top three qualifiers for the WBT Men’s and Women’s Finals, which will be conducted on Sunday, Nov. 19, for ESPN telecast on Sunday, Jan. 7, at 1 p.m. EDT. The WBT finals will be live streamed on ESPN3 and the WatchESPN app as they happen on Nov. 19.

Heading into WSOB IX, Larpapharat and Svensson are tied for the men’s points lead with 90 points each while England’s Stuart Williams is third with 89 points. Rounding out the men’s top 10 are Marshall Kent of Yakima, Wash., and Jason Belmonte of Australia with 85 points each; Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 75; England’s Dom Barrett, 68; Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 59; Sweden’s Pontus Andersson, 54, and Cameron Weier of Tacoma, Wash., 46.

Zavjalova has 89 points in the women’s division followed by Danielle McEwan, Stony Point, N.Y., 72; Shalin Zulkifli, Malaysia, 62; Britt Bronsted, Denmark, 54; Anggie Ramirez Perea, Columbia, 52; Tannya Roumimper, Indonesia, and Birgit Poppler, Germany, 50 each; Sin Li Jane, Malaysia, 48; and Daphne Tan of Singapore and Sanna Pasanen, Finland, tied for ninth with 40 points each.

As a major on the 2017 WBT schedule, players will be awarded double the normal points based upon how they finish relative to their respective fields. For example, the top 10 men and top 10 women will earn 100, 80, 70, 60, 50, 48, 46, 44, 42 and 40 points, respectively, while other finishers also will earn double points of declining value.

The weighted points based on finishing positions in the PBA World Championship – which includes qualifying rounds of PBA’s Chameleon, Shark, Cheetah and Scorpion animal patterns – will undoubtedly impact both points races, but most significantly the women’s event where Zavjalova and McEwan are entered in the World Series along with three-time PWBA Player of the Year Liz Johnson of Deerfield, Ill., and Daria Pajak of Poland, who both will have a strong chance to break into the top three.

RYAN CIMINELLI’S PBA PLAYER’S PERSPECTIVE DEBUTS ON YOUTUBE

Ryan Ciminelli’s insights into his victorious 2015 U.S. Open title match, which originally aired as part of the PBA’s Xtra Frame Player’s Perspective series, made its public debut on PBA’s YouTube channel Tuesday.

The Xtra Frame Player’s Perspective series continues on Oct. 14 when Francois Lavoie’s discusses his historic 300 game in the 2016 U.S. Open.

Xtra Frame subscription packages are offered for seven days, a full month or a 12-month Xtra Frame Season Ticket. Visit xtraframe.com for details on how to subscribe.

Player’s Perspective features that have been previously released on Xtra Frame will be made available on the PBA’s YouTube channel on a regular basis. EJ Tackett’s Player’s Perspective regarding the 2016 PBA World Championship and Sean Rash’s reflections on his 2016 Detroit Open win have already been posted. Fans can look for other Player’s Perspectives as they are added to the YouTube collection every Tuesday.

PBA REGIONAL UPDATE: WEBER, WARREN MISSED SHOTS AT 48TH PBA REGIONAL TITLES

PBA Hall of Famer Pete Weber of St. Ann, Mo., and veteran PBA member Chris Warren of Grants Pass, Ore., both missed chances to break their tie for winning the most all-time standard PBA Regional titles.

Weber bowled in the Champion Bowl Midwest Open in Ottumwa, Iowa, where he lost a 245-168 decision to Devin Bidwell of Wichita, Kan., in the stepladder finals of that tournament. A couple of hours later, Warren failed to convert the 3-6-10 in the 10th frame of his final game in the PBA Battle of Black Oak Casino West Open in Tuolumne, Calif., losing the title to PJ Haggerty of Roseville, Calif., by six pins.

Weber and Warren entered the weekend tied for the PBA Regional titles record with 47 each.

In Ottumwa, Iowa, AJ Johnson of Oswego, Ill., defeated Mitch Hupe of Wichita, Kan., 228-212, to win the PBA Champion Bowl Midwest Open Sunday for his fourth title in the last five PBA Midwest tournaments he has entered.

Johnson, who had just flown home from competing in the PBA International-WBT Thailand tournament in Bangkok in time to drive from his home to Ottumwa, collected his sixth career regional and earned $2,000. Johnson defeated Devin Bidwell of Wichita, Kan., 257-222, in the semifinal game to advance to the championship match after Bidwell defeated PBA Hall of Famer Pete Weber of St. Ann, Mo., 246-168, in the first stepladder match.

In Tuolumne, Calif., PJ Haggerty of Roseville, Calif., posted a 10-0 match play record for a winning 18-game total of 4,363 pins Sunday in the PBA Battle of Black Oak Casino West Open at Black Oak Lanes. Haggerty needed the match play bonus pins, plus some help he got from Chris Warren’s missed spare conversion attempt to pick up his 12th career PBA Regional title.

Haggerty, who earned $2,500, defeated the Grants Pass, Ore., veteran by six pins for the title when Warren failed to convert the 3-6-10 in the 10th frame. Warren had a 5-5 match play record and 4,357 pins for 18 games including match play bonus pins.

Kris Prather of Plainfield, Ill., defeated amateur Dan Higgins of Westerville, Ohio, 217-201, to win the PBA Greater Muskegon Central Open at Sherman Bowling Center on Sunday, spoiling the possibility of a husband-wife sweep in Muskegon, Mich.

In the women’s portion of the Sunday doubleheader, Dan’s wife, Jennifer Higgins, defeated reigning three-time PWBA Bowler of the Year Liz Johnson of Deerfield, Ill., 2-0, in a best-of-three-game match to win the PBA-PWBA Greater Muskegon Central Open.

Prather, who won his first PBA Central Region title and third overall, defeated Mike Eaton of Caledonia, Mich., 276-183, while Dan Higgins downed Zac Tackett of Huntington, Ind., 223-201, in the semifinal round to set up the championship match. Prather earned $2,000.

In the women’s event, Jennifer Higgins, who earned $1,300, defeated Summer Jasmin of Beckley, W. Va., 2-1, while Johnson downed MyKaela Mitchell of London, Ontario, 2-0, in the best-of-three semifinal round.

Ricky Schissler from Brighton, Colo., and PBA Hall of Famer Bryan Goebel of Shawnee, Kan., won joint PBA50 Southwest/Midwest Regional titles in a doubleheader weekend at Junction City Bowl in Junction City, Kan.

On Saturday, Schissler, a PBA member for over 30 years, defeated defending champion Mark Scroggins from Canyon, Texas, 237-172, to win his first PBA title.

On Sunday, Goebel chased David Scardaville of Houston, Texas, throughout the round-robin match play finals. Holding a 50-pin lead over Goebel going into position round, Scardaville saw his lead vanish when Goebel started with five strikes and coasted to a 225-167 position round win to claim his third Junction City title. Goebel finished the 15-game event with an 8-0 match play record and 3,567 total pins, including match play bonus pins, to top Scardaville by 38 pins.

Chris Arcaro of Carolina Beach, N.C., and amateur partner A.J. Rice of Salem, Ala., defeated Venezuela’s Ildemaro Ruiz and his amateur partner, Matt Russo of Millstone Township, N.J., by nine pins to win the $4,000 first prize in the PBA Member/Non-Member South Doubles presented by Columbia 300 at Break Point Alley Bowling Center in Tavares, Fla., Sunday.

Behind Arcaro’s 246 game and Rice’s 222, the top qualifiers knocked off Ruiz and Russo, 468-459, to claim the $4,000 first prize. Anthony Caso of Spring Hill, Fla., and amateur Sean Connolly of Apopka, Fla., qualified second, but were eliminated by Ruiz and Russo in the first match of the two-match finals, 495-410. Ruiz and Russo split $2,000 for second place. Caso and Connolly shared $1,500 for finishing third.

● The PBA Regional calendar for the Oct. 13-15 weekend includes the PBA50/PBA60 Centre Lanes Central Open presented by Storm in North Canton, Ohio; the PBA/PBA50 Over/Under D.A. Roofing Baker Doubles at Station 300 in Bluffton, S.C., and the Lubbock Sports Southwest Challenge presented by Ebonite for non-title winners at South Plains Lanes in Lubbock, Texas.

● PBA Regional action continues over the Oct. 20-22 weekend with the PBA50 Bryan’s Bowling Center Eastern Open presented by The Insurance Market and 900 Global in Laurel, Del.; the NAS JAX Freedom Lanes South Open in Jacksonville, Fla.; the Wichita Southwest Open at Northrock Lanes in Wichita, Kan.; the PBA and PBA50 Spare Time Lanes Northwest Opens presented by Clover Island Hotel in Kennewick, Wash., and the Kokomo Central/Midwest Classic presented by Security Federal Savings in Kokomo, Ind.

● Closing the October PBA Regional calendar over the Oct. 27-29 weekend will be the South Point Challenge for non-champions and the South Point Member/Non-Member Doubles, both presented by Radical, at South Point Bowling Plaza in Las Vegas.

● 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:

● Did you know that since the inaugural PBA World Series of Bowling in 2009, 41 different players have knocked down more than 100,000 pin in WSOB competition? The leader of the pack? Sean Rash of Montgomery, Ill., who has knocked down 194,069 pins in 867 World Series games, also a record.

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PBA Spare Shots: Ever Wonder Why Winning a PBA Title is Such a Precious Accomplishment?

by Bill Vint September 28, 2017 09:25

As the Professional Bowlers Association prepares for its 60th anniversary season in 2018, it would be interesting to know exactly how many bowlers have held PBA membership since its formation in 1958. But keeping track of information like that in the pre-computer era of the ‘50s was rather difficult, so accurate membership data from the early years isn’t available.

An educated guess is more than 10,000 bowlers have been PBA members at one time or another. But what the PBA did track was many of its more important statistics, like who won a title…or two…or 47, which gives perspective to that 10,000-plus estimate.

A quick trip through some of the PBA title stats reveals some interesting trivia, such as:

● As of September 1, 345 different players had won at least one PBA Tour title.

● Exactly 51 players have won 10 or more titles.

● Of the 345 individuals who have won PBA Tour titles, 124 (35.9%) have won one title.

● 54 players (15.6%) are in the group of two-time title winners who invariably said the second title proved the first one wasn’t just luck.

● We didn’t ask them, but the 36 players who have won three PBA Tour titles would likely agree with the two-time winners.

● So that begs the question, how precious do you think PBA titles are to the 132 players who have won four or more titles?

● A lot of bowling experts thought Earl Anthony’s record of 41 PBA Tour titles (later upgraded to 43 when his two USBC Masters titles were recognized) was untouchable. So do you think Walter Ray Williams Jr.’s record 47 titles will ever be broken?

● 100% of all PBA title winners will tell you that you can’t win a title simply “by luck,” regardless of how many players were in the field or how many games you had to bowl.

● Beyond the PBA Tour, thousands of PBA members also have participated in the PBA Regional program since the inaugural National Resident Pro Championship in 1969. Over the years 573 different players have won at least one PBA Regional title…and as of September 25, the PBA has awarded a grand total of 6,318 titles in regional competition. Scientifically speaking, that’s a lot of regional titles.

PBA history is filled with enlightening “firsts” and unusual feats. For example, did you know Roy Lown of Baltimore was not only the first left-hander to win a PBA Tour title (his only Tour title), but he won it in the first televised PBA Tour finals, the 1961 PBA National Invitational in Paramus, N.J. It wasn’t national television, but it WAS televised.

And that’s how legends and legacies begin – with stats and figures and notes about unique accomplishments.

As the PBA prepares to celebrate its 60th anniversary, it remains true that every PBA Tour title has been precious, the ultimate prize in a bowler’s life, and every title has a story behind it. In 2018, the PBA is going to re-live a lot of those precious memories through a special “60 Most Memorable Moments in PBA History” review. Watch for it.

PLAYERS FROM FRANCE, MONGOLIA HELP WSOB IX SET INTERNATIONAL RECORD

The GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling IX, presented by Eldorado Reno Properties, will have the most international representation in the program’s history when it gets underway Nov. 7 at the National Bowling Stadium in Reno.

The first event under the Go Bowling! PBA Tour umbrella sponsorship package will have at least 27 countries in the sold-out field, thanks to first-time entries from France and Mongolia. South Korea also is a new addition to the field, which now includes players from Argentina, Australia, Bahrain, Canada, Colombia, Denmark, Ecuador, England, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Japan, Latvia, Malaysia, Mexico, Mongolia, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Puerto Rico, South Africa, South Korea, Sweden, Thailand and Venezuela as well as the United States. The previous record for international representation in the WSOB was 23 countries in 2016.

XTRA FRAME’S PBA PLAYER’S PERSPECTIVE VISITS WITH CANADA’S GRAHAM FACH

Bowling in only his second professional tournament, 24-year-old rookie Graham Fach of Guelph, Ontario, defeated PBA veteran Ryan Ciminelli to win the 2016 Barbasol PBA Players Championship at Wayne Webb’s Columbus Bowl in Columbus, Ohio. Fach discusses becoming the first Canadian to win a PBA Tour title in the newest edition of PBA Player’s Perspective, a special feature on PBA’s Xtra Frame.

Two more Player’s Perspective features are set to debut on Xtra Frame in the month of October. On October 6, Sean Rash will share his thoughts on his win over Jason Belmonte in the 2016 PBA Detroit Open. Then, on October 14, Francois Lavoie will take viewers through his 300 game in the 2016 U.S. Open. Xtra Frame subscription packages are offered for seven days, a full month or a 12-month Xtra Frame Season Ticket. Visit xtraframe.com for details on how to enroll.

PBA REGIONAL UPDATE: BOHR EXTENDS REGIONAL TITLE STREAK TO 11 YEARS

PBA Southwest Region Hall of Famer Nathan Bohr from Austin, Texas, won six of his eight matches to overtake qualifying leader Anthony Lavery-Spahr of Pasadena, Texas, and claim his 23rd PBA Regional title in the inaugural PBA Liberal Kansas Southwest Open Sunday at Ayre Lanes.

Bohr not only earned $4,000, but also stretched his personal record for winning at least one PBA Regional title to 11 consecutive years.

Bohr trailed Lavery-Spahr until the sixth game of the eight-game modified round-robin match play finals when he defeated Brad Miller of Maryland Heights, Mo., 269-216, while Lavery-Spahr suffered a disastrous 256-146 loss to Canada’s Francois Lavoie. Taking a 42-pin lead going into position round against Lavery-Spahr, Bohr won the decisive match, 254-200, to claim the title, while collegiate bowler Cortez Schenck from Phoenix defeated Mark Scroggins of Canyon, Texas, 203-160, to move into second place. Bohr finished the event with a 21-game total of 5,018 pins, including match play bonus pins, for a 93-pin margin of victory over Schenck.

PBA Hall of Famer Walter Ray Williams Jr. of Oxford, Fla., defeated Lee Brosius of Ashburn, Va., 240-138, 239-245, 246-244, in the best-of-three-game title match to win his 104th PBA title in the PBA50 PlyGems Windows Rocky Mount South Open at Rocky Mount Bowling Center in Rocky Mount, Va., Sunday.

Williams, the PBA’s all-time leading champion, won a $1,800 prize. His composite PBA titles total includes PBA Tour, PBA Regional, PBA50 Tour and PBA50 Regional victories.

In the best-of-three semifinal round, Williams defeated top qualifier Chuck Walker of Blaine, Tenn., 226-222, 255-267, 258-216 while Brosius rallied to edged Brian Kretzer of Dayton, Ohio, 200-207, 244-176, 199-182.

Chris Loschetter of Avon, Ohio defeated Matt Ogle of Louisville, Ky. by 62 pins Sunday to win the PBA Florence Bowling Center Central Open in Florence, Ky.

Loschetter finished with a 7-3 match play record and a total of 4,200 pins for 18 games, including match play bonus pins, to win the $2,000 first prize and his 15th career regional title.

John Conroy of Mahopac, N.Y. and partner Alex Cavagnaro of Massapequa, N.Y., defeated Ray Edwards of Middle Island, N.Y. and Matt O’Grady of Rahway, N.J., 447-432, 402-471, 436-427, in the best-of-three-game title match to win the PBA/PBA50 Millsboro Lanes Doubles title Sunday at Millsboro Lanes in Millsboro, Del.

Cavagnaro, bowling anchor, needed a double in the final frame for the title. After struggling earlier on the right lane, he made a ball change in the eighth frame which allowed him to throw the clinching double in the 10th. The title was the second for each bowler, who also earned $2,000 each.

In the best-of-three semifinal round, Conroy and Cavagnaro defeated Tony Reynaud of Harwinton, Conn. and Anthony Pepe of Elmhurst, N.Y., 2-0, while Edwards and O’Grady defeated the father/son team of Steve Pavlinko Sr. and Jr. of Sewell, N.J., 2-0.

Tom Hess of Urbandale, Iowa, defeated amateur Rick Miller of Lincoln, Neb., by 93 pins over a span of 13 games to win the PBA Mockingbird Lanes Midwest Open in Omaha, Neb., Sunday.

In picking up his 10th career title, Hess won five of his six matches and posted a 3,044 pinfall total to top Miller’s 2,951 total to earn $1,800.

Scott Merritt of Iowa City, Iowa, defeated Jim Knoblauch of Waukesha, Wis., 2,990-2,981, to win the companion PBA50 Mockingbird Lanes Midwest Open. Merritt, a PBA50 rookie, earned his second title of the year plus the $1,500 first prize.

Jakob Butturff of Tempe, Ariz., posted a 5-5 match play record and knocked down 4,749 pins Sunday to win his 12th career regional title and second in a row in the PBA Northwest/West TSI Inc. Open at Paradise Lanes in Tacoma, Wash.

Butturff, who earned $2,000, defeated David Haynes of Las Vegas, by 73 pins for the title. Haynes had a 7-2-1 match play record and 4,676 total pins for his 18 games including match play bonus pins.

In the companion PBA50 Open, Hugh Miller of Mercer Island, Wash., went 7-1 and knocked down 3,861 total pins for 16 games to top Kevin Croucher of Grants Pass, Ore., by 44 pins for his eighth PBA50 West Region title. Croucher had a 5-3 match play record and a total of 3,817 pins.

Steve Arehart won his second PBA title near his hometown on Sunday, Sept. 17, defeating PBA Tour titlist Dick Allen of Columbia, S.C., 246-140, to win the $2,300 first prize in the second annual PBA Century Lanes Hampton South Open in Hampton, Va.

Arehart, from nearby Chesapeake, was the top qualifier for the stepladder finals in leading the event from wire to wire. In the first stepladder match Allen defeated Chris Arcaro of Carolina Beach, N.C. 210-205. Allen then eliminated Kyle Troup of Taylorsville, N.C., 230-185, in the semifinal match.

● 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

PBA star Chris Barnes and his PWBA champion wife Lynda will host their 13th annual Barnes Thanksgiving Classic youth scholarship tournament Nov. 24-26 at Plano Super Bowl in Plano, Texas. There will be scratch and handicap divisions, and a 13 & Under Division. For more information, visit the Barnes Thanksgiving Classic Facebook page.

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