PBA50 Tour Postpones World Series of Bowling

by ddziomba July 13, 2020 12:56

New York, NY – The Professional Bowlers Association has postponed the Florida Blue Medicare PBA50 World Series of Bowling, slated for August 8-15 at Spanish Spring Lanes at the Villages, FL., out of an abundance of caution due to growing COVID-19 public health concerns around the country.

The PBA and longtime partner Larry Ducat, proprietor of Spanish Spring Lanes are deeply disappointed to share this news, but considered many factors in making the decision to postpone this Senior event.

“The health and safety of our athletes, staff, and host center employees is the number one priority right now” said Colie Edison, CEO of the PBA. “We are very excited to bring the World Series of Bowling format to the PBA50 Tour and look forward to the opportunity to host this event when conditions allow.”

The PBA50 World Series of Bowling will be rescheduled and announced at a later date.

About the PBA
The Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) is the world’s preeminent organization dedicated to the sport of bowling and its professional competition, with thousands of members and millions of fans throughout the world. The PBA plays host to bowling’s biggest tournaments from the Go Bowling! PBA Tour, PBA Regional Tour, and PBA50 Tour. In 2019, the PBA was acquired by Bowlero Corporation, the world’s largest owner and operator of bowling entertainment centers with more than 300 locations throughout North America. For more information, please visit PBA.com.

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PBA50 Tour Announces Multi-event WSOB Set for August at The Villages

by kwarner2 June 17, 2020 08:18

PBA50 National Championship at heart of seniors event to be broadcast on FloBowling

THE VILLAGES, Fla. (June 16, 2020) - The World Series of Bowling concept has come to the PBA50 Tour. The Professional Bowlers Association has announced the first-ever Florida Blue Medicare PBA50 WSOB, slated for August 8-15 at Spanish Springs Lanes at The Villages, Fl.

The multi-faceted event will feature three PBA50 title tournaments on different Legend oil patterns (PBA Roth 42, PBA Ballard 34 and PBA Petraglia 46), plus the main event PBA50 Florida Blue Medicare National Championship as the focal point PBA50 major on PBA Holman 37.

A full field of 192 of the greatest bowlers more than 50 years of age is expected for the $224,000 PBA50 WSOB event, including many PBA Hall of Famers such as Walter Ray Williams Jr., Norm Duke, Pete Weber, Parker Bohn, Johnny Petraglia and Amleto Monacelli. PBA50 newcomers and Hall of Famers Chris Barnes and Jason Couch are also expected to compete.

FloBowling will have exclusive coverage of all rounds of the competition, including four different match play rounds and all of the finals.

Faced with the global pandemic threatening the cancelation of the entire 2020 PBA50 Tour, the PBA and longtime partner Larry Ducat at The Villages worked together to create this event, in the mold of the Go Bowling! PBA Tour WSOB and its multiple opportunities for players in one location with one entry fee, which celebrated its 11th year earlier in 2020.

As in the PBA WSOB, the PBA50 WSOB qualifying games in the PBA Mark Roth Championship, PBA Del Ballard Championship, and PBA Johnny Petraglia Championship will count towards the main event PBA National Championship.

Health and safety measures will be paramount at the event at The Villages, considering state and local guidelines. Among other things, there will be three squads of qualifying to ensure social distancing during play.

The rest of the previously scheduled 2020 PBA50 Tour has been canceled, meaning the following events: Johnny Petraglia BVL Open, Mooresville Open, Lubbock Sports Cup, Suncoast US Senior Open, Fountain Valley Open, River City Extreme Open, South Shore Open, Championship Lanes Classic, Spectrum Lanes Open, Jax 60 Open, and the PBA60 Dick Weber Classic.

The PBA expresses thanks to all the previously scheduled 2020 PBA50 Tour hosts and hopes to be back in 2021 to all the great partner venues.

One $750 entry fee enters each player into all four events. The PBA50 National Championship will have a first place prize of $15,000 and pay ratio of 1:3, plus eight Super Senior cash spots. The top 24 in each of the three Legend Pattern events plus four Super Senior will cash, with the winners of all three Legend Pattern events earning $3,500. Entry information is at pba.com.

Florida Blue Medicare PBA50 World Series of Bowling
August 8-15, 2020
Spanish Springs Lanes, The Villages, FL
All times EST.

Saturday, August 8

A Squad Practice: 8:30 – 10 a.m.
Re-oil
B Squad Practice: 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Re-oil
C Squad Practice: 1:30 p.m. – 3 p.m.
*Pro-am: 4:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Sunday, August 9

The PBA50 Mark Roth Championship
A Squad: 8 a.m. – Noon
Re-oil
B Squad: 1 – 5 p.m.
Re-oil
C Squad: 6 – 10 p.m.
(6 games of qualifying on PBA Roth 42)

Top 24 advance to PBA Roth 42 bracket match play based on 128 entries.

Monday, August 10

PBA Roth 42 Bracket Match Play Round of 24: 10 – 11 a.m.
(qualifiers 9-24, bowl best of three games, single elimination)

PBA Roth 42 Bracket Match Play Round of 16: 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
(qualifiers 1-8 and 8 winners from the Round of 24, bowl best of three games, single elimination)

*Pro-am: 2 -4 p.m.
(bowlers eliminated from Bracket Match Play Rounds of 24 and 16 will be scheduled for the pro-am)

PBA Roth 42 Bracket Match Play Round of 8: 5 – 6 p.m.
(winners from the Round of 16, bowl best of three games single elimination)

PBA Roth 42 Bracket Match Play Semifinals: 6:30 – 7:15 p.m.
(winners from Round of 8, bowl single game elimination semifinal matches)

PBA Roth 42 Championship Match: 7:15 – 7:45 p.m.
(winners of the semifinal matches bowl for the PBA50 Roth Championship)

Tuesday, August 11

PBA50 Del Ballard Championship
B Squad: 8 a.m. – Noon
Re-oil
C Squad: 1 – 5 p.m.
Re-oil
A Squad: 6 – 10 p.m.
(6 games of qualifying on PBA Ballard 34)

Top 24 advance to PBA Ballard 34 bracket match play based on 128 entries.

Wednesday, August 12

PBA Ballard 34 Bracket Match Play Round of 24: 10 – 11 a.m.
(qualifiers 9-24, bowl best of three games, single elimination)

PBA Ballard 34 Bracket Match Play Round of 16: 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
(qualifiers 1-8 and 8 winners from the Round of 24, bowl best of three games, single elimination)

*Pro-am: 2 -4 p.m.
(bowlers eliminated from Bracket Match Play Rounds of 24 and 16 will be scheduled for the pro-am)

PBA Ballard 34 Bracket Match Play Round of 8: 5 – 6 p.m.
(winners from the Round of 16, bowl best of three games single elimination)

PBA Ballard 34 Bracket Match Play Semifinals: 6:30 – 7:15 p.m.
(winners from Round of 8, bowl single game elimination semifinal matches)

PBA Ballard 34 Bracket Match Play Championship Match: 7:15 – 7:45 p.m.
(winners of the semifinal matches bowl for the PBA50 Del Ballard Championship)

Thursday, August 13

PBA Johnny Petraglia Championship

C Squad: 8 a.m. – Noon
Re-oil
A Squad: 1 – 5 p.m.
Re-oil
B Squad: 6 – 10 p.m.
(6 games of qualifying on PBA Petraglia 46)

Top 24 advance to PBA Petraglia 46 bracket match play based on 128 entries.

*The top 32 bowlers after 18 games of PBA50 Legend patterns qualifying advance to PBA50 Florida Blue Medicare National Championship match play Saturday, August 15 based on 128 entries.

Friday, August 14

PBA Petraglia 46 Bracket Match Play Round of 24: 1 – 2 p.m.
(qualifiers 9-24, bowl best of three games, single elimination)

PBA Petraglia Bracket Match Play Round of 16: 2:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
(qualifiers 1-8 and 8 winners from the Round of 24, bowl best of three games, single elimination)

Reoil

PBA Petraglia 46 Bracket Match Play Round of 8: 5 – 6 p.m.
(winners from the Round of 16, bowl best of three games single elimination)

PBA Petraglia 46 Bracket Match Play Semifinals: 6:30 – 7:15 p.m. (winners from Round of 8, bowl single game elimination semifinal matches)

PBA Petraglia 46 Bracket Match Play Championship Match: 7:15 – 7:45 p.m. (winners of the semifinal matches bowl for the PBA50 Johnny Petraglia Championship)

Saturday, August 15

PBA50 Florida Blue Medicare National Championship
On Holman 37 oil pattern.
Match Play Round 1: 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
(6 games)
No re-oil
Match Play Round 2: 2 – 6 p.m.
(6 games)
Top five advance to the stepladder finals
Re-oil
5 Player Stepladder Practice: 6:45 – 7 p.m.
5 Player Stepladder Finals: 7 – 8:30 p.m.

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PBA Puts All Tournament Activity on Hiatus Due to Coronavirus Pandemic

by Bill Vint March 17, 2020 13:02

NEW YORK, N.Y. - The Professional Bowlers Association has placed all tournament activities at all levels on hiatus indefinitely due to coronavirus concerns, PBA CEO Colie Edison announced today. Included in the postponements is the start of the 2020 PBA Playoffs which were scheduled to start on April 6.

The announcement, made out of an abundance of preventative caution, means all PBA Tour, PBA50 Tour and PBA Regional tournaments currently scheduled will be put on hiatus as the PBA complies with decisions made nationally and locally in a concerted effort to help avoid “community spread” of the COVID-19 virus. All scheduled events will be re-evaluated in early April.

The PBA postponed the final match play elimination rounds and television finals of the Storm PBA World Series of Bowling XI animal pattern championships (Go Bowling Cheetah, Chameleon and Scorpion Championships) that were scheduled to take place at South Point Bowling Plaza in Las Vegas Sunday, Monday and Tuesday, allowing all competitors including several international bowlers to return home before federal airline restrictions took effect.

The PBA World Championship finals were conducted Sunday instead of Wednesday, as originally planned, because the five finalists were on hand in Las Vegas and wanted to complete the 2020 Go Bowling PBA Tour’s fourth major championship. Australia’s Jason Belmonte won the event before an audience consisting only of a handful of PBA players, tournament officials, and his own family including wife Kimberly, daughters Aria and Sylvie, and son Hugo who had flown in from Australia to watch. The finals aired live on FS1 and was the network’s most-watched telecast last week.

In addition to PBA’s decision, the United States Bowling Congress indefinitely postponed the USBC Masters that was scheduled for March 23-29 as well as the start of the 2020 USBC Open Championships, a traditional tournament for all USBC members including a number of PBA members who planned to participate.

“This is a completely unforeseen, unprecedented issue of global concern,” Edison said. “The PBA greatly appreciates the understanding and cooperation of its players, business partners, tournament hosts and all other parties impacted as we try to do our part in keeping everyone as safe as we can.”

As circumstances dictate, the PBA will make further announcements regarding the completion of the animal pattern championships, competition points races impacting the postponed PBA League Draft and qualifiers for the 2020 PBA Playoffs.

In the interim, fans can stay engaged with the PBA through its social media outlets (PBA on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and PBA on YouTube); by using the PBA App for mobile devices; the PBA Pro Bowling console game, and PBA.com.

FOX Sports also is planning multiple re-broadcasts of the PBA World Championship, PBA Tournament of Champions and Roth-Holman PBA Doubles Championship finals on its FS1 and FS2. Check your local listings for dates and times.

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PBA Spare Shots: Deadline Looming for PBA League Team Managers to “Protect” Rostered Players

by Bill Vint February 28, 2020 08:57

While PBA players continue to earn as many competition points as possible during this week’s Go Bowling Indianapolis Open and Mark Roth-Marshall Holman PBA Doubles Championship, the 2020 PBA League Draft also is looming with next Thursday being a key day in setting up this year’s league draft pool.

Players hoping to become eligible for the 2020 PBA League Draft have this week in Indy and the qualifying rounds of the PBA World Series of Bowling XI to compile points, but Thursday, March 5, is the deadline for the eight existing PBA League managers to decide which of their 2019 rostered players they want to “protect” for 2020. Each manager can retain up to three players from last season’s roster.

The players not protected will be returned to the PBAL draft pool. Assuming each team returns two players to the draft, that will mean 16 spots available to join teams this year. And thanks to the expansion of the PBA League from eight to 10 teams, another 10 players will get a chance to participate when the league’s Elias Cup competition returns to Bayside Bowl in Portland, Maine, July 20-23.

After Thursday’s protected players are announced, the draft picture will be a lot clearer. The PBAL Draft will take place on Sunday, March 15 at 4:30 p.m. Eastern/1:30 p.m. Pacific at South Point Bowling Plaza in Las Vegas, the host center for PBA World Series of Bowling XI. The list of eligible players will be published on March 13. Here are the 2019 teams and rosters:

2019 PBA League Final Standings (with team rosters):

1, Portland Lumberjacks (manager Tim Mack; rostered players are Ryan Ciminelli, Wes Malott, Kyle Troup, Kris Prather, Mitch Hupé).

2, L.A. X (manager Andrew Cain; rostered players are Jason Belmonte, Stuart Williams, Jakob Butturff, Dick Allen, Anthony Lavery-Spahr).

3, Dallas Strikers (player-manager is Norm Duke; rostered players are Tommy Jones, Bill O’Neill, Andrew Anderson, Brad Miller).

4, NYC KingPins (manager is Carolyn Dorin-Ballard; rostered players are Pete Weber, Marshall Kent, BJ Moore, Kyle Sherman, Darren Tang).

5, Silver Lake Atom Splitters (manager is Mark Baker; rostered players are Chris Barnes, Jesper Svensson, Tom Daugherty, DJ Archer, AJ Johnson).

6, Motown Muscle (manager is Del Ballard Jr.; rostered players are EJ Tackett, Anthony Simonsen, Josh Blanchard, AJ Chapman, Mykel Holliman).

7, Brooklyn Styles (manager is Johnny Petraglia; rostered players are Walter Ray Williams Jr., Sean Rash, Rhino Page, Andres Gomez, Brad Angelo).

8, Philadelphia Hitmen (manager is Jason Couch; rostered players are Dom Barrett, Tom Smallwood, Matt Sanders, Patrick Girard, x-Shawn Maldonado, x-Jake Peters (Peters replaced Maldonado due to injury).

ALMOST 2 MILLION FOX VIEWERS WATCHED BELMO’S HISTORIC U.S. OPEN WIN

FOX Sports has confirmed that Sunday’s live U.S. Open telecast was watched by an average of 1,146,000 viewers over the two hours of coverage, an impressive 17 percent increase over the February 2019 audience average for FOX Sports/PBA telecasts.

In addition, viewership spiked to 1.97 million during the finals when Australia’s Jason Belmonte made PBA history, defeating top qualifier Anthony Simonsen, 226-201, for his record 12th major championship as well as completing the PBA Triple Crown, Grand Slam and Super Slam.

NO SURPRISE: BELMO JUMPS INTO 2020 PBA PLAYOFFS POINTS LEAD

After top-five finishes in each of the past three tournaments – all Tier 1 major championships in the PBA competition points structure – Jason Belmonte has assumed the lead in the 2020 Go Bowling PBA Tour points race as it heads toward the second annual PBA Playoffs.

Belmonte picked up 7,500 points for his historic U.S. Open win, following a third-place finish in the PBA Players Championship and a fourth-place finish in the PBA Tournament of Champions, to boost his total for the year to 17,195 points, overtaking previous leader Bill O’Neill of Langhorne, Pa. Defending PBA Playoffs champion Kris Prather slipped to third place after six of 13 events.

Belmonte was the points leader for the inaugural PBA Playoffs in 2019, but was eliminated in the “race to two points” quarterfinal round by Prather, 197-165, 224-214.

This week in Indianapolis, a “doubleheader” program will award points in both the Go Bowling Indianapolis Open (a Tier 2 “standard PBA Tour event”) and the Mark Roth-Marshall Holman PBA Doubles Championship (a Tier 3 limited field/restricted format event). Tier 1 (major championships) award 7,500 points to the winner, Tier 2 events award 5,000 points for first place and Tier 3 events award 2,500 points to the winner(s). All other players in each event get points on of declining value based upon where they finish.

The race to finish within the top 24 in 2020 points will be finalized at the conclusion of the USBC Masters on March 29 in Reno, Nev. The PBA Playoffs will begin on April 6 in Norco, Calif. Below are the top 30 points standings after six of 13 events:

2020 Go Bowling PBA Tour Competition Points Standings
(Top 30 after six of 13 events)

1, Jason Belmonte, 17,195
2, Bill O'Neill, 15,455
3, Kris Prather, 15,070
4, Anthony Simonsen, 10,405
5 (tie), EJ Tackett, and Sean Rash, 10,340
7, Kyle Troup, 8,415
8, Tommy Jones, 7,815
9, Darren Tang, 6,940
10, Dick Allen, 6,523
11, Tom Daugherty, 6,470
12, Francois Lavoie, 6,303
13, Tom Smallwood, 6,100
14, AJ Johnson, 6,040
15, Chris Barnes, 5,950
16, Brad Miller, 5,945
17, Dom Barrett, 5,690
18, Marshall Kent, 5,445
19, Kyle Sherman, 5,430
20, Mitch Hupe, 5,370
21, Norm Duke, 5,268
22, Stuart Williams, 5,080
23, Ryan Ciminelli, 4,883
24, Nicholas Pate, 4,435
25, Jesper Svensson, 4,370
26, Wes Malott, 4,280
27, Zacharay Wilkins, 4,250
28, Josh Blanchard, 4,060
29, Thomas Larsen, 3,840
30, Patrick Girard, 3,750

PBA PLAYER’S PERSPECTIVE: BELMONTE & O’NEILL TALK ABOUT DOUBLES 2018 TITLE

In 2018, Jason Belmonte and Bill O’Neill won the Mark Roth-Marshall Holman PBA Doubles Championship. Their victory on their fourth try to win the PBA doubles title is the topic of their joint PBA Player’s Perspective that became the PBA’s YouTube channel on Tuesday (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mJDxB7EtVdU)

To view the entire series of PBA Player’s Perspective episodes, visit the PBA’s YouTube channel and click on the PBA Player’s Perspective play list. A wide range of Player’s Perspectives currently reside in the archives on YouTube. Among the most recent are:

• Jakob Butturff’s 2019 USBC Masters win (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-cuYcXxfXXs).

EJ Tackett’s 2017 DHC PBA Japan Invitational victory. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=91yoFd7nd8g).

Kris Prather’s 2019 PBA Scorpion Championship win (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-aVe_n8uCOM).

• Bill O’Neill’s 2019 PBA Hall of Fame Classic victory that made him title-eligible for future PBA HOF consideration (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OeHXCYxWH4o).

• Jakob Butturff’s 2019 PBA Oklahoma Open win (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JOsC36SxxxA&list=).

• Sean Rash’s 2012 PBA TOC victory (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tkzuCw4Cpqs).

• Jason Belmonte’s record-tying 10th PBA major championship in the 2019 PBA Tournament of Champions (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Si3d6oPhBo).

• Anthony Simonsen’s 2019 PBA Players Championship victory (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nGLBRvb_T24).

• Norm Duke’s 39th career title in the 2019 Go Bowling Indianapolis Open (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o02VZegoziY\).

Fans can follow all of the latest video clips and more by enrolling as a subscriber to PBA’s YouTube channel. It’s easy and it’s free. Visit YouTube.com/PBABowling and click on the “subscribe” button.

PBA REGIONAL UPDATE: GARY MORGAN WINS IN SPARTANBURG

Gary Morgan of Henderson, Nev., defeated PBA Hall of Famer Tom Baker of King, N.C., 237-204, in the final match to take the first prize in the PBA50 Dave Edwards Toyota South Open at Paradise Lanes in Spartanburg, S.C., Sunday, improving his all-time PBA titles record to 16.

Morgan qualified in the number three position for the four-man stepladder finals with an 6-2 match play record and a 16-game total of 3,650 pins, including match play bonus pins. He then won three consecutive matches to earn the $2,000 first prize. Tom Baker, a four-time PBA50 Player of the Year who is still competing at age 65, posted a 6-2 match play record and had 3,752 pins to qualify first, 41 pins ahead of Stoney Baker (no relation) of Canton, Ga., but had to settle for the $1,000 second prize.

In the first stepladder match, Morgan defeated non-PBA member Joseph Boothe of Belvedere, S.C., 226-203. Morgan then disposed of Stoney Baker, 226-198, in the semifinal match.

Kyle Duster from Scottsdale, Ariz. and amateur partner Matthew Zweig from Phoenix, Ariz., teamed up to win Sunday’s PBA South Point Member/Non-Member Doubles title at South Point Bowling Plaza in Las Vegas after PBA member Derek Acuff of Phoenix, Ariz., won the South Point West Challenge portion of the PBA West Region doubleheader on Friday for his first PBA title.

In the preliminary singles event for players who have never won a PBA event, Acuff defeated 16-year-old two-hander Deo Benard of Henderson, Nev, 266-246, in to earn the $2,300 first prize. Acuff knocked out non-member Jimmy Schmitzer of Las Vegas, 258-249, in the semifinal round while Benard eliminated non-member Michael Hartter of Henderson, Nev., 278-246, to set up the championship match.

In Sunday’s doubles title match, Duster and Zweig defeated Hartter and PBA50 Hall of Famer Ron Mohr of Las Vegas, 556-464, to claim the $4,000 first prize. Duster and Zweig advanced to the title match by eliminating Gary Estep Jr. of Peoria, Ariz. and Brett Wolfe of Mesa, Ariz., 462-443, while Hartter and Mohr ousted Cortez Schenck of Phoenix, Ariz., and Eric Hatchett of Henderson, Nev., 523-435, in the other semifinal match

Closing out the February regional calendar over the Feb. 28-March 1 “leap year” weekend will be the PBA Plaza Lanes Central/Midwest Open in Crawfordsville, Ind.

For complete PBA Regional schedules including 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. Whether you are a competitor or a fan, you can follow “live scoring” for all PBA Regional events on pba.com (easily accessible for Apple and Android device users using the PBA app).

QUICK NOTES

Australia’s Sam Cooley has returned to PBA Tour competition to fulfill a promise he made to his mother, Donna Cooley, who died of cancer on February 18 in New South Wales. Cooley wrote on Facebook that he is returning to the U.S. to finish the PBA Tour winter schedule, noting “I will be devoting my focus solely on that as I had promised her. Once I return home preparations will resume for her life celebration.” A South Coast Open regional event to be held at Shellharbour Bowl (Cooley’s home center) in late May will include the renaming of the tournament’s adult division “The Donna Cooley Memorial Open” in his mother’s honor.

• In his fourth television appearance of the 2020 Go Bowling PBA Tour season in the U.S. Open, Australia’s Jason Belmonte added 12 strikes to his ongoing pledge make a donation for each strike thrown on television to his “2HandsHelpingAustralia” fundraiser. His latest donation included $300 for six strikes at $50 each in the semifinal match of the U.S. Open and $100 for six strikes in the title match. Belmonte has now donated $1,800 for 30 strikes in his TV matches this season.

• PBA Hall of Famer Chris Barnes of Double Oak, Texas, became PBA50 eligible on Tuesday, Feb. 25, his 50th birthday. Also reaching PBA50 eligibility in 2020 are fellow PBA Hall of Famer Jason Couch of Clermont, Fla., and PBA Tour title winners Tom Hess of Granger, Iowa, and Brad Angelo of Lockport, N.Y.

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Sammy Ventura Voted 2019 PBA50 Dick Weber Sportsmanship Award Winner

by Jerry Schneider September 30, 2019 07:56

CHICAGO – Nine-year PBA50 Tour veteran Sammy Ventura of Syracuse, New York, has been named the 2019 PBA50 Dick Weber Sportsmanship Award winner as voted on by his fellow competitors on PBA’s tour for players 50 and over.

“It’s an award you always hope to receive not only because it’s voted on by your peers but because of the person it’s named after,” the 61-year-old Ventura said. “I think my intense passion for the sport helps keep my attitude positive and that’s what everyone sees. When you’re fortunate enough to compete at the highest level against great bowlers, how could you not enjoy that experience?”

On the competitive side, the 2019 season was arguably Ventura’s best with two runner-up finishes that matched his career high on the PBA50 Tour.

“The guys (on tour) keep telling me I’m like a fine wine getting better with age,” said Ventura, who finished second in the PBA50 Johnny Petraglia BVL Open and PBA50 South Shore Open. “I’ve had a tendency to throw the ball too hard but within the last year or so my ball speed and rev rate have started to match up better which has resulted in more strikes.

“I’m confident as ever and still determined to win,” the 11-time PBA50 Regional winner added. “The game evolves so you have to be able to learn from your experiences and make the changes to get better.”

The PBA50 Dick Weber Sportsmanship Award is named in honor of the PBA legend who won 30 PBA Tour and six PBA50 Tour titles during his Hall of Fame career and was considered one of the sport’s greatest ambassadors.

Other 2019 PBA50 Tour award winners were Walter Ray Williams Jr., who won his third PBA50 Player of the Year honor; Eugene McCune, Rookie of the Year, and Ron Mohr who won his fourth consecutive PBA60 Player of the Year award. Recipients will be presented their awards at the 2020 Senior U.S. Open in Las Vegas.

PBA50 DICK WEBER SPORTSMANSHIP AWARD WINNERS

2019 – Sammy Ventura

2018 – Chris Keane

2017 – Ted Staikoff

2016 – Kerry Fulford

2015 - Tom Carter

2014 - Chris Keane

2013 - Robert Harvey

2012 - Dave Soutar

2011 - Ray Randall

2010 - Robert Harvey

2009 - Larry Graybeal

2008 - Fred Baldwin

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