Danielle McEwan Tops England’s Stuart Williams in Two Matches to win PBA International-WBT Thailand Title

by Bill Vint September 28, 2018 08:33

BANGKOK, Thailand – Top qualifier Danielle McEwan of Stony Point, N.Y., turned back Stuart Williams of England in a two-game championship match to win the PBA International-WBT Thailand at Blu-O Rhythm and Bowl Paragon on Friday.

McEwan, a four-time Professional Women’s Bowling Association titlist, won the six-game qualifying round to earn the top berth in the eight-player stepladder finals by seven pins over Malaysia’s Rafiq Ismail, taking advantage of the eight handicap pins per game awarded to women in the tournament.

Williams, who qualified third, defeated Kyle Troup of Taylorsville, N.C., 182-173, and Ismail, 206-205, to advance to the title match where he needed to beat McEwan twice to win the event. Williams won the first game, 232-218, but McEwan won the second, 225-179, to claim the $31,908 first prize.

McEwan is a PBA member, but won’t receive credit for a PBA title because she accepted the handicap pins.

thailand top 8Next on the PBA Tour’s 2018 schedule will be the FloBowling Fall Swing Oct. 14-20 at The Lanes at Coffee Creek in suburban Tulsa, Okla. The multi-event tournament, open to an elite field of 120 PBA members only, will be covered exclusively on FloBowling.com and will award three PBA Tour titles for the PBA Wolf Open, PBA Bear Open and FloBowling Tulsa Open events.

The U.S. Open from Northrock Lanes in Wichita, Kan., will be the final qualifying event for the PBA Clash and the final event of the 2018 Go Bowling! PBA Tour season. The U.S. Open finals will air live on CBS Sports Network on Wednesday, Oct. 31 at 7:30 p.m. ET. Rhino Page is the defending champion.

PBA INTERNATIONAL-WBT THAILAND
Blu-O Rhythm and Bowl Siam Paragon, Bangkok, Thailand, Sept. 28

Final Standings:
1, w-Danielle McEwan, Stony Point, N.Y., $31,908.
2, Stuart Williams, England, $15,954.
3, Rafiq Ismail, Malaysia, $9,572.
4, Kyle Troup, Taylorsville, N.C., $6,381.
5, w-Sin Li Jane, Malaysia, $3,190.
6, Anthony Simonsen, Austin, Texas, $2,871.
7, Jojoe Yannaphon, Thailand, $2,712.
8, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., $2,552.

Stepladder Results:
Match One – Jane (261) def. Yannaphon (246) and Rash (195).
Match Two – Troup (220, 10) def. Jane (220, 9) and Simonsen (178).
Match Three – Williams def. Troup, 182-173.
Semifinal – Williams def. Ismail, 206-205.
Championship – McEwan def. x-Williams, 218-232, 225-179.
    x-Williams had to defeat McEwan, the high qualifier, twice to win the title.

Round 4 Cashers (after 6 games, top 7 plus highest ranking Thailand player advanced to stepladder finals):
1, McEwan, 1,381,
2, Ismail, 1,374.
3, Williams, 1,352.
4, Troup, 1,348.
5, Simonsen, 1,339.
6, w-Jane, 1,317.
7, Rash, 1,316.
8, y-Yannaphon, 1,240.
    y-Yannaphon qualified 15th but advanced as the highest finishing Thailand player in the field.

Failed to advance ($2,233 each):
9, Chris Via, Springfield, Ohio, 1,306.
10, Greg Young, Viera, Fla., 1,261.
11, w-New Hui Fen, Singapore, 1,260.
12, Jesper Svensson, Sweden, 1,251.
13, Shota Kawazoe, Japan, 1,249.
14, w-Liz Johnson, Palatine, Ill., 1,247.
15, Bill O'Neill, Langhorne, Pa., 1,246.
16, Francois Lavoie, Canada, 1,230.
17, Osku Palermaa, Finland, 1,218.
18, Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., 1,212.
19, Surasak Manuwong, Thailand, 1,199.
20, Wu Siu Hong, Hong Kong, 1,179.

Round 3 Cashers (after six games, $1,595 each):
21,  Sithiphol Kunaksorn, Thailand, 1,272.
22,  Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 1,267.
23,  w-Natasha Roslan, Malaysia, 1,252.
24,  Michael Tang, San Francisco, 1,227.
25,  w-Esther Cheah), Malaysia, 1,216.
26,  Billy Islam, Indonesia, 1,214.
27,  Sam Cooley, Australia, 1,209.
28,  Ryan Lalisang, Indonesia, 1,199.
29,  Napat Buspanikonkul, Thailand, 1,191.
30,  Abdulrahman Alkheliwi, Saudi Arabia, 1,176.
31,  Steve Weber, Chalmette, La., 1,168.
32,  Darren Tang, San Francisco, 1,139.
33,  Ryan Ciminelli, Clarence, N.Y., 1,128.
34,  Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 1,068.

Round 2 Cashers (after six games, $1,276 each):
35,  Kim Bolleby, Thailand, 1,227.
36,  Choi Won Young, Korea, 1,216.
37,  Francois Louw, South Africa, 1,205.
38,  Matt Sanders, Indianapolis, 1,192.
39,  w-Daphne Tan, Singapore, 1,185.
40,  Alhassan Sugati, Saudi Arabia, 1,172.
41,  Atchariya Cheng, Thailand, 1,169.
42,  w-Misaki Mukotani, Japan, 1,149.

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PBA Spare Shots: Xtra Frame Begins Exclusive Coverage of PWBA’s 2017 Season in Sonoma County

by Bill Vint April 28, 2017 15:19

Xtra Frame began its exclusive coverage of the 2017 PWBA Tour today with qualifying in the QubicaAMF Sonoma County Open from Double Decker Lanes in Rohnert Park, Calif. Xtra Frame will cover PWBA events through qualifying up to the stepladder finals, which will be recorded at a later date for broadcast on CBS Sports Network.

Following Rohnert Park will be the Storm Sacramento Open from Steve Cook's Fireside Lanes in Sacramento, Calif., May 4-6, and Fountain Valley Open from Fountain Bowl in Fountain Valley, Calif.,, May 11-13. PWBA’s first major of the season, the USBC Queens, is set for May 17-23 in Baton Rouge, La.

Xtra Frame’s coverage of the PBA50 Tour heads north next week when the 50-and-older players gather in Mooresville, N.C., at George Pappas Victory Lanes for the Race City Open presented by Columbia 300 Monday through Wednesday. The “senior” players then travel to Farmingdale Lanes in Farmingdale, N.Y., for the PBA50 Johnny Petraglia BVL Open presented by Brunswick before heading to Indianapolis for the 2017 season’s first major, the PBA50 Tour Players Championship at Woodland Bowl, May 13-16.

Xtra Frame subscription packages are available for three days, 30 days and a full year. To sign up, visit xtraframe.tv for details.

PBA XTRA FRAME BILLY HARDWICK MEMORIAL TO GO “OLD SCHOOL”

The upcoming PBA Xtra Frame Billy Hardwick Memorial, scheduled for June 23-25 at the Memphis, Tenn., bowling center formerly owned by the late PBA Hall of Famer, will honor Hardwick in more than name only. It will be contested using the kind of limited-technology bowling balls the 18-time PBA Tour champion used when he became the PBA’s first “triple crown” winner back in the late 1960s.

The Hardwick Memorial, which will be live-streamed exclusively on PBA’s Xtra Frame online bowling channel, will be open to a field of 80 bowlers. All players must use approved polyester bowling balls manufactured by a PBA Product Registered company. A list of approved bowling balls can be found on pba.com (https://www.pba.com/Tournaments/Details/2331) and includes the PBA Skill Ball 2.0 which is used in Teen Masters competition.

The tournament will offer a $10,000 first prize and a PBA Tour title, if the winner is a PBA member. The event will not be part of the PBA Xtra Frame Storm Cup series because of its equipment limitations. Competition will include eight qualifying games for all players on Saturday, June 24, with the top one-third advancing to a four-game cashers’ round on Sunday. After 12 games, the top 16 will enter into three-game single elimination match play leading up to one-game semifinal and championship matches.

ENTRIES NOW OPEN FOR PBA XTRA FRAME TOUR EVENTS

Entries are now being accepted for upcoming PBA Xtra Frame Tour tournaments, beginning with the PBA XF Wilmington Open at Ten Pin Alley in Wilmington, N.C., May 26-29, followed by the PBA Xtra Frame Jonesboro Open at Jonesboro Bowling Center in Jonesboro, Ark., June 2-4; the PBA Xtra Frame Lubbock Sports Open presented by Ebonite at South Plains Lanes in Lubbock, Texas, June 9-11, and the PBA Xtra Frame Billy Hardwick Memorial at Billy Hardwick's All Star Lanes in Memphis, Tenn., June 23-25.

The Wilmington, Jonesboro and Lubbock tournaments are Xtra Frame Storm Cup points events. The Memphis tournament, which will be a “throwback” tournament restricted to approved limited-technology bowling balls, is not part of the Storm Cup.

PBA members have preferred entry priority into all PBA Xtra Frame Tour events until 30 days prior to the start of the events when entries will be open to non-members. Entries for all Xtra Frame events must be submitted through the PBA Regional Manager who has responsibility for the area hosting the event.

PBA CHAMPIONS OZIO, SHADY ENTER USBC HALL OF FAME

David Ozio, an 11-time PBA Tour champion and member of the PBA Hall of Fame, and one-time PBA titlist Mike Shady were inducted into the USBC Hall of Fame Wednesday during the USBC Annual Meeting at The Orleans in Las Vegas.

Ozio, 63, resides in Beaumont, Texas. His resume includes 1991 PBA Player of the Year honors along with a PBA Tournament of Champions title. He was ranked 34th on the PBA’s list of the 50 greatest players in PBA history during the organization’s 50th anniversary celebration in 2009.

"When you think back to the dedication and the things it took to get here, was it worth it?” Ozio asked during his induction speech. “By all means, I would've done it again 10 times over."

Shady, 51, is a former collegiate star at Nebraska and Wisconsin-LaCrosse who now lives in Girard, Pa. The 1992 Earl Anthony PBA Open winner also is a two-time USBC Open Championships title holder who currently leads the tournament’s lifetime average list with a 222.28 average for 21 years of participation.

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

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

Based on fan voting which begins Thursday (click here: http://bit.ly/Radical_17 to cast your vote), the “winning” Radical ball will be available for play on May 12.

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

PBA REGIONAL UPDATE: WILLIAMS, DAUGHERTY WIN IN HAWAII

Stuart Williams of Phoenix, Ariz., defeated Tom Daugherty of Riverview, Fla., 199-191, to win the PBA Hawaii West/Northwest Open presented by Ebonite at Schofield Army Base Lanes Sunday, and on Wednesday, the top two swapped places in the Ft. Shafter Army Base event.

The Schofield and Ft. Shafter tournaments were the first two events in a traditional PBA West and Northwest Region Hawaii tripleheader series which concludes with the Hickam AFB West/Northwest Open presented by Ebonite Friday through Sunday.

Williams, who won his third PBA Regional title, received $2,000 for his win. He advanced to the title match by eliminating Troy Kendrick of Coto De Caza, Calif., 224-182, while Daugherty defeated Cameron Weier of Tacoma, Wash., 213-179, in the semifinal round.

On Wednesday, Daugherty posted an 8-2 match play record and an 18-game total of 4,215 pins to win his 13th PBA Regional title in the PBA Fort Shafter West/Northwest Hawaii Open presented by Ebonite, defeating Williams by 32 pins for the $2,000 top prize.

● Brandon Novak of Chillicothe, Ohio, defeated Larry Verble of Mason, Mich. by 165 pins Sunday to win the PBA Debbie & Leo Nunan Memorial Central Open presented by Track at AMF Stardust Lanes in Grove City, Ohio.

Novak finished with an 8-4 match play record and a total of 4,971 pins for 20 games, including match play bonus pins, for his first Central Region title of 2017 and his fourth overall title. He also earned $2,300.

● Mike Moore of Orlando, Fla., defeated Jason Sterner of Rockledge, Fla., 290-225, to take the first prize in the inaugural PBA Valdosta South Open at Jac’s Lanes in Valdosta, Ga., Sunday.

Moore qualified second for the stepladder finals with an 8-4 match play record and a 20-game total of 4,817 pins, including match play bonus pins, and earned $2,400. Sterner posted a 10-2 match play record and had 4,848 pins to qualify first, 31 pins ahead of Moore.

In the first stepladder match Jeff Piroozshad of Coral Springs, Fla. defeated Anthony DeStasio of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., 232-183. Moore then disposed of Piroozshad, 190-181, in the semifinal match.

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

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

QUICK NOTES:

Reminder: Applications for the 2017 PBA Billy Welu Scholarship, recognizing exemplary qualities in male or female college students who compete in bowling, are due by June 15. Candidates must be currently attending college and maintaining at least a 2.5/4.0 GPA or equivalent. The two-part application can be retrieved using this link: http://www.pba.com/Corporate/Scholarships.

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PBA, PWBA Renew Regional, Xtra Frame Coverage Agreements for 2017 Season

by Bill Vint December 13, 2016 08:50

CHICAGO – The Professional Bowlers Association will provide regional competitions and player services, plus live event coverage of the Professional Women’s Bowling Association through Xtra Frame, its online video streaming service, after renewing its strategic partnership agreement with the PWBA.

The PBA plans to conduct seven “women only” PWBA-PBA regional events in 2017 which will be operated by PBA’s regional managers, will complement the PWBA Tour schedule to provide more competitive opportunities for women bowlers.

“The PBA is committed to helping build a strong tour and providing regional events for women bowlers,” PBA Tour CEO and Commissioner Tom Clark said. “We’re excited to continue showcasing these talented bowlers on Xtra Frame, and we’re looking forward to another great season.”

The PWBA will utilize Xtra Frame to provide PWBA fans with exclusive live coverage of the tour starting with the 2017 PWBA Sonoma County Open, which kicks off the season April 27-29.

“The PBA-PWBA partnership is a great example of the bowling industry working together to build a future for the sport,” United States Bowling Congress Executive Director Chad Murphy said. “The partnership not only provides great opportunities for today’s women bowlers, it also gives youth and collegiate bowlers an aspirational goal.”

The PBA will continue to provide player services, equipment transportation and a mobile pro shop for PWBA Tour members during the season.

The agreement provides PWBA members the eligibility to bowl in all PBA events. In 2016, PWBA members earned points in regional competitions, culminating with the PBA-PWBA Women’s Regional Challenge event that kicked off the GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling VIII in late November. Missy Parkin of Laguna Hills, Calif., representing the PBA West Region, defeated Ashly Galante of Palm Harbor, Fla., representing the PBA South Region, 267-188, to capture the title.

“The services the PBA provides, such as transport and mobile pro shop, are important elements in operating a professional tour, and we appreciate the PBA’s collaboration,” Bowling Proprietors’ Association of America Executive Director Frank DeSocio said. “Along with the regional events that will allow more players to develop their skills, these are all essential parts of building a strong and successful PWBA Tour.”

Go to XtraFrame.tv to learn more about how to subscribe to Xtra Frame and PBA.com for information on the PBA Regional program.

Visit PWBA.com for the complete 2017 PWBA schedule along with news, player biographies and more.

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PBA Spare Shots: Special “Clash” Events Kick Off Xtra Frame Coverage of PBA50 Johnny Petraglia BVL Open

by Bill Vint May 5, 2016 12:43

Next up on PBA’s Xtra Frame schedule will be start-to-finish coverage of the PBA50 Johnny Petraglia BVL Open, the final standard event before the “senior tour” heads west for a five-week early summer swing including two major championships, and preliminary-round coverage of the Nationwide PWBA Sonoma County Open Saturday and Sunday from Double Decker Lanes in Rohnert Park, Calif.

Leading off the Xtra Frame coverage of the Petraglia BVL Open will be a pair of special “clash” event on Saturday night, starting at 6:45 p.m. ET. First will be a special four-person, low-ball-out “Clash of the Legends II” featuring PBA Hall of Famers Walter Ray Williams Jr., Amleto Monacelli, Pete Weber and Parker Bohn III. Immediately after that clash, a “Clash of Military Heroes” Baker team event will be held to benefit BVL featuring Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force and Coast Guard veterans teaming up with the four “clash” players plus Petraglia.

Coverage of the PBA50 Johnny Petraglia BVL Open presented by Brunswick will include qualifying rounds from Farmingdale Lanes in Farmingdale, N.Y., Sunday and Monday, and the cashers round, match play rounds and the stepladder finals on Tuesday.

The PBA50 Tour will then take a break until the Suncoast PBA Senior U.S. Open May 29-June 3 in Las Vegas, followed by events in Fountain Valley and Brentwood, Calif., before returning to Las Vegas for the USBC Super Senior Classic and USBC Senior Masters June 16-29 at Sam’s Town.

PWBA coverage on Xtra Frame will continue with preliminary rounds of the Storm Sacramento Open May 14-15 and the first PWBA major of the year, the USBC Queens from the Orleans in Las Vegas May 20-26.

Three-day ($3.99), 30-day ($7.99) and full year ($64.99) Xtra Frame subscriptions are available by clicking on the Xtra Frame link on pba.com.

QUBICAAMF PBA REGIONAL UPDATE: WEIER WINS HAWAII FINALE

Weier.Cameron_FederalWayWA_2016 (1)Cameron Weier of Federal Way, Wash., defeated former Robert Morris-Illinois teammate Marshall Kent of Yakima, Wash., 226-175, to win the PBA Hickam AFB West/Northwest Open presented by Brunswick Sunday, wrapping up the PBA annual West and Northwest Region tripleheader series in Hawaii.

Weier, a second-year PBA member, picked up his second regional title along with the $2,000 first prize. In the semifinal round, Weier defeated Anthony Pepe of Elmhurst, N.Y., 244-201, while Kent defeated Jakob Butturff of Chandler, Ariz., 174-166, to set up the championship match.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA         Sam Maccarone of Blackwood, N.J. swept Mike Byers of Charleston, S.C., 239-180, 247-218, in the best-of-three-game championship final to win his 15th QubicaAMF PBA Regional title in the PBA50 Canton South Open presented by Roto Grip at Cherokee Lanes in Canton, Ga., Saturday.

The Canton stop included a number of PBA50 Tour players who were on their way to the PBA50 Mooresville Ford Open presented by Columbia 300 and Miller High Life in Mooresville, N.C. Maccarone earned $2,000.

In best-of-three semifinal round, Maccarone ended Walter Ray Williams Jr.’s bid to win back-to-back PBA50 South Region titles by defeating the Oxford, Fla., resident, 242-171, 210-213, 257-221, while Byers eliminated defending Canton South champion Ron Mohr of Las Vegas, 227-182, 238-200.

Drew Klingler of Grand Rapids, Mich., defeated amateur Matt Gargano of Bloomington, Ill., 236-188, to win the PBA Victory Lanes Midwest Challenge at Victory Lanes in Kankakee, Ill., Sunday.

The win was Klingler’s first in PBA Regional competition. He earned $1,400 in addition to becoming eligible to enter the 2017 PBA Tournament of Champions.

Klingler defeated B.J. Satkowski of Jackson, Mich., 235-222, and Gargano eliminated amateur Matt Staninger of Highland, Ind., 257-187, in the semifinal round to set up the championship match.

● The QubicaAMF PBA Regional Tour schedule for the May 13-15 weekend includes the Al Jones Memorial presented by Storm at Rockaway Lanes in Rockaway, N.J., and the Baldo Campana Memorial/Ohio Lottery Central/Midwest Open presented by Storm at Rebman Recreation in Lorain, Ohio.

● The May 20-22 QubicaAMF PBA Regional Tour schedule includes the J.D. Producing/Star Strategies/Orrivilon Inc. Central Open presented by Hammer at Triway Lanes in Wooster, Ohio; the Planet Bowl Southwest Open in Oklahoma City, and a Northwest Region doubleheader – The Shock Top/Budweiser Open presented by US Foods and Brunswick plus the PBA50 Daffodil Bowl Open presented by Sunset Chevrolet and Brunswick in Puyallup, Wash. The Midwest Region will conduct a one-day Tony Grigat Allstate Midwest Open presented by Hammer on May 21 at Fox Bowl in Wheaton, Ill.

● As PBA50 players head toward Las Vegas and the Suncoast PBA U.S. Senior Open presented by 900 Global May 29-June 3, they’ll have a couple of regional opportunities in Arizona – the 7th annual Lona King Saguaro West Open at Johnson Lanes in Sun City West, May 23-25, and the PBA50 Miller Lite Western Open at Starlite Lanes in Flagstaff May 25-27.

● Over the May 27-29 Memorial Day weekend, QubicaAMF PBA Regional competition will include the Junction City Bowl Southwest/Midwest Open presented by MOTIV in Junction City, Kan. (which was originally scheduled for May 13-15); and the Colony Park Lanes East Challenge for non-title winners in York, Pa.

● The third Xtra Frame PBA Tour event of the year, the Douwnums Waste Services Jonesboro PBA Open presented by Xtra Frame at Jonesboro Bowling Center in Jonesboro, Ark., June 3-5, kicks off the June calendar.

For complete QubicaAMF PBA Regional schedules, rules and entry information, visit pba.com, open the “schedules” tab and click on QubicaAMF Regional Tours to find the event(s) in your area. For more information about QubicaAMF, visit www.qubicaamf.com or, for social media posts, visit http://bit.ly/QAMFSponsorship1.

QUICK NOTES:

Robert Wilson is the April winner of the HotelPlanner.com sweepstakes after booking a room through HotelPlanner.com’s link on pba.com for the PBA50 Pasco County Florida Open. Wilson earned a $200 gift certificate for future lodging booked through PBA’s official travel partner.

● Jessica Moore of Chesterfield, Mich., is the winner of a new DV8 ball and Jeffrey Prucnal of Milton, Del., is the recipient of a new high-performance MOTIV bowling ball in the April sweepstakes sponsored by DV8 and MOTIV. New Xtra Frame monthly or yearly subscribers (monthly plan $7.99 or 12-month XF Season Ticket for $64.99) are automatically entered into the monthly sweepstakes.

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PBA Spare Shots: 2016 PWBA-PBA Women’s Regional Tour Events Set

by Bill Vint April 21, 2016 07:57

In addition to a full schedule of QubicaAMF PBA Regional Tour events that provide competitive opportunities for women bowlers, the PBA will offer a dedicated PWBA/PBA Women’s Regional tournament open exclusively to women bowlers as part of its 2016 program.

The 2016 PWBA-PBA Women’s Regional events will be:

● June 17-19 – PWBA/PBA Secoma Lanes Northwest Open presented by Storm, Secoma Lanes, Federal Way, Wash.

● Aug. 19-21 – PWBA/PBA Emerald Bowl Southwest Open, Emerald Bowl, Houston, Texas.

● Aug. 26-28 – PWBA/PBA Lafayette Lanes South Open, LaFayette Lanes, Fayetteville, N.C.

●Sept. 16-18 – PWBA/PBA Maple City Dodge East Open powered by Ram, Maple City Bowl, Hornell, N.Y.

● Sept. 17-18 – PWBA/PBA Budweiser Midwest Open hosted by Diamond Jo Casino, Cherry Lanes, Dubuque, Iowa.

● Sept. 30-Oct. 2 – PWBA/PBA Parkin Bowling Supply West Open, Bowlium Lanes, Montclair, Calif.

● Oct. 8-9 – PWBA/PBA Northwest Lanes Central Open, Northway Lanes, Muskegon, Mich.

In addition to the women-only events, women bowlers, whether Professional Women’s Bowling Association members or not, are invited to participate in all QubicaAMF PBA Regional Tour events where the highest placing woman (if not among the regular cashers) is guaranteed $250, and one in five women entered in each tournament is guaranteed at least a $250 prize.

In each of the PBA’s regional programs, women also earn points in each tournament toward berths in the end-of-season PWBA/PBA Women’s Regional Challenge special event that will be held as part of PBA World Series of Bowling VIII in Reno Nov. 27-Dec. 11. The leading women in competition points from the PBA’s East, South, Central, Midwest, Southwest, West, Northwest and Japan Regions will receive paid entries into WSOB VIII along with berths in the special women’s challenge event. PBA Midwest Region representative Ingelimar Beasley is the defending PWBA/PBA Women’s Challenge winner.

FULL SCHEDULE OF DIVERSE EVENTS COMING TO XTRA FRAME

PBA’s Xtra Frame continues to provide a full schedule of programming this week, including exclusive coverage of the PBA Xtra Frame Storm Open from Liberty Lanes in Carpentersville, Ill., April 23-24, followed by the PBA50 United Healthcare Sun Bowl in The Villages presented by Radical, April 24-26. PWBA action returns to Xtra Frame April 30-May 1 with the PWBA Las Vegas Open from Texas Station.

The May schedule gets underway with the PBA50 Mooresville Ford Open presented by Columbia 300 and Miller High Life May 2-4; the Nationwide PWBA Sonoma County Open May 6-7; the PBA50 Johnny Petraglia BVL Open presented by Brunswick May 8-10 and the PWBA Storm Sacramento Open May 13-14.

Three-day ($3.99), 30-day ($7.99) and full year ($64.99) Xtra Frame subscriptions are available by clicking on the Xtra Frame link on pba.com.

QUBICAAMF PBA REGIONAL UPDATE: GOLLICK TOPS TEENAGER TO WIN IN MARYLAND

GollickTommy Gollick of Oberlin, Pa., defeated teenage amateur Andrew Lazarchick of Brick, N.J., 217-198, to win the PBA Bowlers Discount Pro Shop Eastern Open presented by Hammer at Brunswick Zone Normandy Sunday. It was Gollick’s fourth career title and his first since 2013.

Trailing 2-1 in the best-of-five-game Round of 16, Gollick rallied for a 3-2 win over Will Vidulich of Parsippany, N.J. He then eliminated Tim Foy Jr. of Seaford, Del., 2-0, and he defeated Kevin Donovan of Painted Post, N.Y., 233-223, in the semifinal round, throwing three clutch strikes in the 10th frame to secure the win.

In the championship match, Gollick faced Lazarchick, who was celebrating his 17th birthday while bowling in only his third PBA Regional tournament. Again Gollick threw clutch strikes at the end of the game to secure the $2,700 first prize.

Lazarchick added $1,600 to his scholarship account for his runner-up finish. Lazarchick edged qualifying leader Anthony Pepe of Elmhurst, N.Y., 225-224, in his semifinal match.

sparksRonnie Sparks of Ecorse, Mich. defeated Eugene McCune of Munster, Ind., 222-191, to win the PBA Elkhart Central/Midwest Open presented by Brunswick at Country Club Lanes in Elkhart, Ind., Sunday for his first PBA Regional title and a $2,500 first prize.

Sparks, who is now eligible to enter the 2017 PBA Tournament of Champions, topped J.R. Raymond of Saginaw, Mich., 244-233, while McCune downed Tom Hess of Urbandale, Iowa, 267-211, in the semifinal round to set up the championship match.

● Next up in QubicaAMF PBA Regional Tour competition is the PBA50 Sarasota Open presented by Ebonite, Wednesday, April 20-Friday, April 22 – which will give PBA50 Tour competitors a mid-week stop following the Pasco County Open and heading into the UnitedHealthcare Sun Bowl in The Villages presented by Radical at Spanish Springs Lanes (April 23-26). A second mid-week event, the PBA50 Cherokee Lanes South Open presented by Roto Grip in Canton, Ga., is set for April 28-30 as the PBA50 Tour leaves Florida and heads to North Carolina for the Mooresville Ford Open presented by Columbia 300 and Miller High Life May 1-4.

● In addition to the PBA Xtra Frame Storm Open at Liberty Lanes in Carpentersville, Ill., April 22-24, the PBA West and Northwest Regions return to Hawaii for the annual Hawaii West/Northwest Open at Scofield Air Based April 24, the Fort Shafter West/Northwest Hawaii Open April 27, and the Hickam AFB West/Northwest Open April 29-May 1.

For complete QubicaAMF PBA Regional schedules, rules and entry information, visit pba.com, open the “schedules” tab and click on QubicaAMF Regional Tours to find the event(s) in your area. For more information about QubicaAMF, visit www.qubicaamf.com or, for social media posts, visit http://bit.ly/QAMFSponsorship1.

QUICK NOTES:

● Two-time PBA Tour titlist Josh Blanchard and wife Aimee of Mesa, Ariz., welcomed the newest addition to their family on April 14. Jamison Dean Blanchard arrived weighing in at 7 pounds and measuring 20 inches.

● Looking for a great buy on PBA logoed merchandise? Check out the “blowout sale” now underway on pba.com: www.pbastore.com.

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