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

by Bill Vint August 22, 2018 09:42

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

PBA REGIONAL UPDATE: LAKOTA GETS FIRST TITLE IN ILLINOIS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

by Bill Vint August 16, 2018 10:37

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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PBA Spare Shots: Michael Haugen Jr. Locks Up PBA50 Player of the Year Honors; Top 12 Still in Question

by Bill Vint August 9, 2018 13:20

On the basis of points earned for his runner-up finish in Tuesday’s PBA50 Security Federal Savings Bank Championship, presented by Track, in Anderson, Ind., 2017 PBA50 Rookie of the Year Michael Haugen Jr. of Phoenix has added the 2018 PBA50 Player of the Year award to his portfolio.

With only the PBA50 Cup presented by DV8 remaining on the PBA50 Tour’s regular-season schedule, Haugen ended the PBA50 Player of the Year drama in Anderson by boosting his tour-leading competition points total to 28,500 – eliminating Norm Duke (20,014), Ron Mohr (19,721) and Walter Ray Williams Jr. (19,027) from contention. All three had mathematical chances to catch Haugen entering last week’s tournament.

By locking up Player of the Year, Haugen became the second player to win PBA50 ROY and POY honors in consecutive years, joining Mark Roth who accomplished the feat in 2001 and ’02. Duke and Tom Baker are the only two to win ROY and POY in the same year. A handful of others have won both awards, but not in the same or consecutive years.

With POY settled, the PBA50 Rookie of the Year race is still up in the air heading into the PBA50 Cup in Wyoming, Mich., along with the 12 berths in a new end-of-season PBA50 Storm Invitational that will be held at Planet Fun Bowling and Entertainment Center in Shallotte, N.C., Sept. 28-30. In addition to Haugen, Duke, Mohr and Williams, the other eight players among the top 12 in points after Anderson include Brian Kretzer (17,015), Lennie Boresch Jr. (16,089), Ryan Shafer (14,684), Parker Bohn III (14,533), Bob Learn Jr. (14,049), Amleto Monacelli (12,634), Pete Weber (10,307) and Harry Sullins (9,814). Just off the pace are Brian Voss (9,664) and Bryan Goebel (9,430).

The PBA50 Storm Invitational will feature a field of 14 including two invitational spots to be decided later. The special event will offer a $10,000 first prize.

Following the PBA50 Cup, Xtra Frame will cover the PBA60 Dick Weber Championship for players 60 and older, presented by 900 Global, at Pro Bowl West in Fort Wayne, Ind., Aug. 14-16, before the 2018 Go Bowling! PBA Tour resumes competition Aug. 17-19 with the 10th anniversary Gene Carter’s Pro Shop Classic at Mid-County Lanes in Middletown, Del., followed by the Kenn-Feld Group Classic at Pla-Mor Lanes in Coldwater, Ohio, Aug. 24-26. PBA Tour titles will be at stake in both exclusive PBA Xtra Frame Tour events.

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

PBA CEO-COMMISSIONER ATTENDS TERRELL OWENS’ NFL HALL OF FAME CEREMONY

Clark.Tom_Owens.Terrell_2018 Owens NFL HOF party in Chattanooga TNPBA CEO and Commissioner Tom Clark was on hand to help his long-time PBA friend, Terrell Owens, celebrate his entry into the NFL Hall of Fame in a unique ceremony held at Owens’ alma mater, the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga, on Aug. 4.

Owens, who has been a friend of the PBA since becoming one of the original PBA League owners (Dallas Strikers) in 2013, has since competed as a player in the PBA World Series of Bowling in Las Vegas, participated in five CP3 PBA Celebrity invitational events (winning in 2013 in Los Angeles with partner Pete Weber), and hosted the 2017 Main Event Terrell Owens PBA Super Clash in Houston. He has attended several other PBA events as a fan, and has competed in two USBC Open Championships with Clark and others on a Bowlers Journal team as an active bowler.

Owens, in making a statement to the football writers who select NFL Hall of Famers, decided not to participate in the traditional induction ceremonies in Canton, Ohio, but hosted his own induction ceremony in Chattanooga.

Belmonte.Jason_ Pinman_disc jockey.Aric.Almirola_2018 Go Bowling! NASCAR race at Watkins Glen NYJASON BELMONTE GOES BOWLING AT “GO BOWLING IN THE GLEN” NASCAR EVENT

Australia’s Jason Belmonte put his bowling skills on display in a new venue last weekend, bowling on special lanes installed in a tent as part of the “Go Bowling at the Glen” NASCAR race at Watkins Glen, N.Y. Belmonte did bowling exhibitions along with NASCAR driver Aric Almirola who drove the Go Bowling! entry in the race. PBA REGIONAL UPDATE: JAKOB BUTTURFF WINS 17TH PBA REGIONAL TITLE

Third-year PBA member Jakob Butturff of Tempe, Ariz., defeated AJ Johnson of Oswego, Ill., 249-234, to win the PBA Glo Bowl Midwest Open at Glo Bowl Fun Center in Hoffman Estates, Ill., Sunday for his 17th career PBA Regional title.

Butturff, a 24-year-old left-hander, earned $1,600 along with his second PBA Midwest Region title of the 2018 season to go along with two other titles won in the PBA’s West and Northwest Regions earlier in the season.

Johnson, the PBA Midwest Region’s reigning Player of the Year, defeated Nick Kruml of Downers Grove, Ill., 268-190, in the first stepladder match and then eliminated Tom Hess of Urbandale, Iowa, 236-197, in the semifinal game to advance to the championship match.

Harry Sullins of Chesterfield Twp., Mich. defeated Ryan Shafer of Horseheads, N.Y., 246-213, to win the 21st PBA50 Progressive/Gerdeman Insurance-Al Smith Chrysler/Dodge/Jeep Central/Midwest Classic at Al-Mar Lanes in Bowling Green, Ohio, Saturday.

The title was Sullins’ second of the year in the PBA Central Region and his 35th career PBA Regional title. He also earned $3,500.

Sullins defeated Eddie Graham of Centerville, Ohio, 181-158, to advance to the championship match after eliminating Brian Kretzer of Dayton, Ohio, 222-194, in the first stepladder match.

Darren Andretta of Wantagh, N.Y., rallied from a 30-pin deficit after seven frames to defeat Brad Angelo of Lockport, N.Y., 228-207, in the championship round of the PBA Bowlers Supply/Storm Open at Colony Park Lanes North in York, Pa., Sunday.

Angelo was leading by 30 pins when he opened in the eighth frame. After Angelo converted a single-pin spare in the ninth frame, Andretta rolled strikes in the ninth and the first two in the 10th to clinch his third career title and his second of the 2018 season along with the $2,500 first prize.

Andretta reached the finals by defeating Tom Daugherty of Riverview, Fla., 236-211, in the semifinal round while Angelo defeated teenager Anthony Neuer of Lewisburg, Pa., 217-185, in the other semifinal match. Neuer, the 16-year old son of PBA Tour titlist Andy Neuer, recently won the U20 division of the USBC Junior Gold Championships, earned $1,000 for his SMART scholarship account.

Richard Wilburn of Adamstown, Md., defeated Mike Hastings of Millsboro, Del., 245-211, in the title match to win his first PBA title in the PBA50 Sparetimes Hampton Southern Open presented by Radical at Sparetimes Family Fun Center Sunday.

Wilburn started the title match with five strikes while Hastings had two open frames in his first five. Hastings rallied behind a string of four strikes to threaten, but Wilburn answered with strikes in the ninth and 10th frames to seal the $2,000 top prize.

In the semifinal round, Wilburn defeated Chris Johnson of Nashville, N.C., 217-167, while Hastings took out Tommy Brodowski of New Hyde Park, N.Y., 204-172.

● The Aug. 10-12 PBA Regional schedule will include the AMF Western Branch South Open presented by Hammer in Chesapeake, Va.; the annual Tony Reyes Memorial West/Northwest Member/Non-Member Doubles at Fourth Street Bowl in San Jose, Calif., and the Greater Richmond Central Open at Richmond 40 Bowl in Richmond, Ind.

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

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

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

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

QUICK NOTES

Sean and Sara Rash welcomed the arrival of daughter Olivia Lynn Rash on Wednesday. Olivia, who weighed in at 7 pounds, 1 ounce and measured 20 inches long, joins sister Kaylee as a member of the Rash family.

● PBA Hall of Famer Parker Bohn III and 2018 USBC Masters champion Andrew Anderson will join PWBA titlist Daria Pajak on Fox & Friends on Saturday, Aug. 11, between 6 and 10 a.m. EDT to help promote National Bowling Day. The trio is expected to appear in at least three full segments featuring bowling, as well as multiple bumps and quick shots.

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PBA Spare Shots: PBA50 Players in Hammond Teach a Lesson About the Value of a Pin

by Bill Vint August 1, 2018 11:11

There’s a school of thought in bowling that you should never throw away a pin, and if you need an object lesson, consider what happened during the PBA50 South Shore Open at Olympic Lanes in Hammond, Ind., last week.

● The first cut after 16 games of qualifying saw Ernie Segura Jr. survive with a 3,475 total, one pin ahead of PBA Hall of Famer Parker Bohn III and Rick Zakrajsek, who went home with 3,474 pins.

● In the five-game cashers round, PBA Hall of Famer Tom Baker (featured photo) and fellow PBA50 competitor Leroy Johnson tied for seventh place, advancing to modified match play with 1,086 totals – one pin ahead of Dale Traber.

● In the first five-game modified match play elimination round, Tom Baker again slipped through, qualifying eighth with a 1,131 total – one pin ahead of Leroy Johnson, who went home.

Thus in three consecutive rounds, players saw their chance to remain in the title hunt disappear by a single pin. It happens more often than you might think. Remember the old adage: when in doubt, go for count…

MARK SCROGGINS, JOE ELLISON TO ENTER PBA SOUTHWEST HALL OF FAME

Ma.scrogs. joe ellisonThe PBA Southwest Region has announced that 13-time PBA Regional Tour champion Mark Scroggins (at left) of Canyon, Texas, and long-time PBA Southwest tournament host Joe Ellison (at right) of Junction City, Kan., will be the 2018 inductees into the PBA Southwest Region Hall of Fame on Sept. 8 at the Grand Casino Hotel & Resort in Shawnee, Okla.

Scroggins, an Amarillo native and the twin brother of PBA Hall of Famer Mike Scroggins, will be inducted in the Performance category. In addition to his regional titles, he was the 1993 PBA Tour Rookie of the Year and the 2001 PBA Southwest Region Player of the Year. He has recorded 19 PBA 300 games and career earnings of over $314,000, with approximately $200,000 coming in regional events. Brother Mike is already a member of the region’s Hall of Fame.

Ellison, the proprietor of Junction City Bowl, will be inducted in the Meritorious Service category. He has hosted PBA Southwest Regional events for 11 consecutive years, and in 2014 added PBA50 Regional events to the Southwest schedule. All of his events have been joint tournaments with the PBA Midwest Region.

Ticket information for the Southwest Region Hall of Fame ceremonies will be announced later.

“BEASTS” WIN “LUCI MIXED DOUBLES” SPECIAL EVENT

The team of five leading male qualifiers from the 2017 Striking Against Breast Cancer Mixed Doubles tournament – affectionately called “The Luci” in honor of the late Luci Bonneau, a breast cancer victim who inspired the creation of the event – won a new special event kicking off the 2018 event, edging an all-female team in a one-game roll-off.

2018Lucidoubles_BeastsvsBeautieswinners_fromleftCarolNorman_Miller.Brad_Land.Clint_Barns.Chris_Troup.Kyle_Jones.Tommy_Conners.Donna“The Beauties vs. The Beasts” competition began as a five-game Baker format contest pitting Birgit Poppler, Stefanie Johnson, Holly Harris, Josie Earnest-Barnes and Natalie Cortese against Brad Miller, Clint Land, Chris Barnes,  Kyle Troup and Tommy Jones (shown with Carol Norman, left, and Donna Conners, right). The “Beasts” won the first two games, 198-188 and 190-181, and game four, 216-192. But the “Beauties,” with 223-199 and 223-204 wins in games three and five, created a 1,007-1,007 tie. In the one-game roll-off concluding the live stream coverage by PBA Xtra Frame on FloBowling, the “Beasts” won, 225-197, to claim the $5,000 first prize.

HAUGEN HOLDS BIG LEAD AS PBA50 PLAYER OF YEAR RACE ENTERS FINAL TWO EVENTS

With the PBA50 Security Federal Savings Bank Championship, presented by Track, in the books, two events remain on the PBA Xtra Frame on FloBowling schedule to decide the 2018 PBA50 Player of the Year race plus 12 berths in a new end-of-season PBA50 Storm Invitational that will be held at Planet Fun Bowling and Entertainment Center in Shallotte, N.C., Sept. 28-30.

The Player of the Year race, based on competition points, concludes with the PBA50 Dave Small’s Championship Lanes Classic, presented by Roto Grip, in Anderson, Ind., Aug. 4-7, and the PBA50 Cup, presented by DV8, from Wyoming, Mich., Aug. 9-12. Heading into Anderson, Michael Haugen Jr. continues to lead the race with 25,998 points, more than 6,000 ahead of Kokomo winner Norm Duke (19,734). A PBA50 Tour player can earn a maximum of 5,000 points in a standard event (Anderson, Ind.) and up to 7,500 in a major (Wyoming, Mich.), so Duke would need a big finish and some help in order to overtake Haugen, the 2017 PBA50 Rookie of the Year.

Others in the top 12 in points as of today are Ron Mohr (17,817), Walter Ray Williams Jr. (17,207), Brian Kretzer (16,201), Lennie Boresch Jr. (15,235), Ryan Shafer (14,294), Bob Learn Jr. (12,525), Parker Bohn III (12,093), Amleto Monacelli (11,054), Chris Warren (9,302) and, in 12th place, Pete Weber (9,261). Also in the top 12 hunt are Brian Voss (8,750) and Harry Sullins (8,724).

The PBA50 Storm Invitational will feature a field of 14 including two invitational spots to be decided later. The special event offers a $10,000 first prize. To follow the Player of the Year and PBA50 Storm Invitational points races, click here: https://www.pba.com/SeasonStats/Points/130.

“Bonus coverage” on Xtra Frame will also include the PBA60 Dick Weber Championship for players 60 and older, presented by 900 Global, at Pro Bowl West in Fort Wayne, Ind., Aug. 14-16.

The PBA Xtra Frame Tour resumes Aug. 17-19 with the 10th anniversary Gene Carter’s Pro Shop Classic at Mid-County Lanes in Middletown, Del., followed by the Kenn-Feld Group Classic at Pla-Mor Lanes in Coldwater, Ohio, Aug. 24-26. PBA Tour titles will be at stake in both exclusive PBA Xtra Frame Tour events.

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

USBC/BPAA ANNOUNCE CHANGES FOR 2018 U.S. OPEN

The U.S. Open, the final major championship on the 2018 Go Bowling! PBA Tour schedule, will include some notable breaks from tradition when it takes place Oct. 24-31 at Northrock Lanes in Wichita, Kan.

● This year’s U.S. Open will use four different lane conditioning patterns for qualifying and match play, with a fresh application of oil planned before each squad. The oil patterns will be posted before the start of the official practice sessions.

● All players will be limited to a maximum of 10 bowling balls for qualifying which must be listed on an equipment registration form before A Squad begins its first round of competition. Players will be able to make changes to their ball registration cards prior to the cashers round and stepladder finals.

● The tournament will be limited to a field of 144 players. Warmup lanes will be designated for 20 minutes of use prior to each round, but at the start of competition, players will be limited to one warmup ball on each of their starting lanes.

● The U.S. Open will use its traditional format: three eight-game qualifying rounds for all players, a cashers round for the top 36 after 24 games, and three eight-game round robin match play rounds leading to the five-man stepladder finals airing live on CBS Sports Network on Wednesday, Oct. 31.

Visit BOWL.com/USOpen for the complete rules and to see how bowlers qualify for the event.

PBA REGIONAL UPDATE: ROOKIE DIMARTINO WINS INAUGURAL NED MICELLI MEMORIAL

Steven DiMartino of Upper Saddle River, N.J., bowling in his first PBA regional event as a member, compiled a 5-2-1 match play record and a 15-game total of 3,352 pins to win the PBA50 Ned Micelli Memorial at Herrill Lanes Saturday by 49 pins over reigning PBA50 East Region Player of the Year Ray Edwards of Middle Island, N.Y.

DiMartino, who bowled in a handful of events as a non-member prior to joining in February, qualified for the match play finals in 10th position. He then rolled games of 256, 255, 232, 229, 170, 215, and 228 prior to the final position round match where he tied Edwards at 224-224 to split the 30 bonus pins awarded for match play wins, but it was enough to secure the victory and the $1,500 first prize. Edwards earned $800 as the runner-up.

The event, which was new to the PBA East Region, was organized by PBA member Glenn Smith of New York to honor Ned Micelli, a long-time fellow competitor. Micelli, who died in July 2017, competed well into his 80s throughout the Long Island area.

● Kicking off the August PBA Regional calendar this week will be the PBA50 Progressive/Gerdeman Insurance Agency/Al Smith Chrysler/Dodge/Jeep Central/Midwest Classic at Al-Mar Colonial Lanes in Bowling Green, Ohio; the Bowlers Supply/Storm Open at Colony Park Lanes North in York, Pa.; the Glo Bowl Midwest Open presented by 900 Global in Marengo, Ill., and the PBA50 SpareTimes Hampton South Open presented by Radical in Hampton, Va.

● The Aug. 10-12 PBA Regional schedule will include the AMF Western Branch South Open presented by Hammer in Chesapeake, Va.; the annual Tony Reyes Memorial West/Northwest Member/Non-Member Doubles at Fourth Street Bowl in San Jose, Calif., and the Greater Richmond Central Open at Richmond 40 Bowl in Richmond, Ind.

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

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

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

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

QUICK NOTES

● The PBA has advised its members that the PBA will comply with new United States Bowling Congress bowling ball specifications and timelines as announced by USBC in late June. The specs and timelines are effective as of today (Aug. 1, 2018). For a complete explanation of the specifications and timelines, click here: https://www.bowl.com/News/NewsDetails.aspx?id=23622331380

● The PBA has learned of the late June death of PBA50 competitor John Bennett (at left), a Detroit area native who was living in The Villages, Fla., at the time of his death after a lengthy battle with ALS. The two-time PBA50 Tour titlist was 70.

● Check out the new PBA-logoed products at the PBA Store: http://pba.firelakedesigns.com/.

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PBA Spare Shots: PBA Xtra Frame on FloBowling Rolls into Nine Consecutive Days of Live Coverage

by Bill Vint July 26, 2018 12:23

Mid-summer bowling activity for PBA Xtra Frame on FloBowling subscribers heated up this week with the start of nine consecutive days of exclusive live streaming coverage beginning with the PBA50 South Shore Open presented by Hammer which concludes today in Hammond, Ind.; the PBA-PWBA Storm Striking Against Breast Cancer Mixed Doubles Championship which starts today and continues through Sunday, and the PBA50 Security Federal Savings Bank Championship, presented by Track Sunday through Tuesday.

After a brief respite, Xtra Frame resumes live coverage with the PBA50 Dave Small’s Championship Lanes Classic, presented by Roto Grip, in Anderson, Ind., Aug. 4-7, and the PBA50 Cup, presented by DV8, from Wyoming, Mich., Aug. 9-12, the concluding event of the 2018 PBA50 season.

“Bonus coverage” on Xtra Frame will involve the PBA60 Dick Weber Championship for players 60 and older, presented by 900 Global, at Pro Bowl West in Fort Wayne, Ind., Aug. 14-16.

With his victory in last week’s River City Xtreme Open in Monticello, Minn., two-time 2018 titlist Michael Haugen Jr. has extended his PBA50 Player of the Year lead to 6,633 points over Ron Mohr of Las Vegas. Walter Ray Williams Jr., Norm Duke and Lennie Boresch Jr. round out the top five. For the current PBA50 Tour points standings heading into the Hammond event, click here: https://www.pba.com/SeasonStats/Points/130.

Xtra Frame on FloBowling will air the finals of the South Shore Open on Thursday at 7 p.m. EDT.

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

PBA REGIONAL UPDATE: HAUGEN ADDS ANOTHER REGIONAL TITLE TO RESUMÉ

Fresh off victories in the PBA50 River City Extreme Open Friday in Monticello, Minn., and the PBA Central Region’s PBA50 Fairborn Central Classic presented by Roto Grip in Fairborn, Ohio, the previous Sunday, red-hot Michael Haugen Jr. of Phoenix defeated Ryan Shafer of Horseheads, N.Y., 190-162, to win the PBA50 Beverly Lanes Midwest/Central Region Open at Beverly Lanes Sunday.

Haugen collected his first PBA Midwest Region title, the 30th overall regional win of his career and a $1,600 first prize in Beverly Lanes’ 21st annual tournament. He defeated Brian Kretzer of Dayton, Ohio, 238-216, in the semifinal game to advance to the championship match after Kretzer defeated Greg Thomas of Irmo, S.C. 214-191 in the first match.

Tom Daugherty of Riverview, Fla., won the 30th PBA Crystal Automotive Spring Hill South Open Sunday at Spring Hill Lanes in Spring Hill, Fla., defeating amateur Shawn Naumann of Orlando, 233-212, in the title match.

Daugherty, who finished second in last year’s event, has now won at Spring Hill Lanes four times (2006, 2008, 2016 and 2018) to tie Darrin Hays of Wesley Chapel, Fla., for the most Spring Hill titles.

Daugherty, who qualified no. 1 for the stepladder finals, waited while Naumann eliminated amateur Mike Coffey of Melbourne, Fla., in the opening stepladder match, 200-184, and Jason Sterner of Rockledge, Fla., 204-182, in the semifinal match. Daugherty earned a $2,500 pay check in the PBA South Region’s longest-running tournament.

Ryan Ciminelli of Clarence, N.Y., defeated 2018 USBC Masters champion Andrew Anderson of Holly, Mich. by 55 pins to win the PBA Angola Central/Midwest Open presented by Ebonite at Angola Bowl in Angola, Ind., Sunday.

Ciminelli, a seven-time PBA Tour titlist, finished with a 6-2 match play record and a total of 5,056 pins for 21 games, including match play bonus pins, to win his 12th PBA Regional title. He also earned $2,600.

Mike Bailey from Carrollton, Texas, won six of his first seven matches, and then held off Shawn Maldonado’s last-game charge to successfully defend his title in the PBA Fort Sill Southwest Open, presented by DV8, Sunday at Twin Oaks Bowling Center in Fort Sill, Okla.

Bailey, who won the Fort Sill title for the third time, started the modified eight-game round robin finals in seventh place, but kept gaining on Houston’s Maldonado, the qualifying leader, finally taking the lead with three games to go. Holding a 51-pin lead going into the final position round match, Bailey struck on six of his first seven shots while Maldonado started the last game with seven strikes before splitting in the eighth frame. Bailey also left a 7-10 split in his eighth frame, sending the match into the final two frames virtually even.

Maldonado converted spares in the ninth and 10th frames, and Bailey converted the 2-7 split in his 10th frame, striking his final shot to edge Maldonado by three pins, 4,931-4,928, after 21 games. The victory earned Bailey a $2,500 winner’s check.

Evan Nash of Kennewick, Wash.; Hugh Miller of Mercer Island, Wash., and amateur Courtney Couch of Puyallup, Wash., were victorious in a PBA Northwest Region tripleheader at Secoma Lanes in Federal Way, Wash., Sunday.

Nash posted a 10-2 match play record and a 20-game total of 5,064 pins, including match play bonus pins, to win Sunday’s PBA Secoma Lanes Northwest Open, a standard PBA Northwest/West Regional event. Nash held off red-hot Jakob Butturff of Tempe, Ariz., by seven pins to win his first PBA regional title and the $2,500 first prize.

Miller won the PBA50 portion of the tripleheader with an 8-3-1 match play record and 4,929 total pins for his 11th PBA50 Regional title and a $1,500 first prize.

Couch had a 7-1 match play record and knocked down 3,733 total pins for her 16 games to top Bryanna Coté of Red Rock, Ariz., for the win in the PBA-PWBA women’s event to earn the $1,000 prize. Coté had 3,667 pins.

Johnny DiSantis of Wilmington, Del., rolled a 267 game in the position round to move from third place to first, winning the PBA50 Investors Bank Eastern Open presented by Roto Grip at Parkway Lanes in Elmwood Park, N.J., Saturday for his second PBA Regional title.

After qualifying in second place for the match play finals, DiSantis moved into the lead after a 278 in game three, but with three games remaining, he lost his ball reaction and dropped to third place. A short break and five minutes of warm-up prior to the final position round match, he re-grouped for his big finish to win the $1,500 first prize by 15 pins over Rick Graham of Lancaster, Pa.

● Closing out the July schedule of PBA Regional competitions will be the PBA50 Ned Micelli Memorial at Herrill Lanes in New Hyde Park, N.Y., over the July 27-28 weekend.

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

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