Kyle Troup Upsets Jason Belmonte to Win PBA-WBT Lucky Larsen Masters Title in Sweden

by Bill Vint September 9, 2018 11:07

MALMO, Sweden – Kyle Troup of Taylorsville, N.C., threw strikes on seven of his first eight shots on his way to upsetting top qualifier and defending champion Jason Belmonte of Australia, 248-232, in the title match of the PBA International-World Bowling Tour Storm Lucky Larsen Masters at Baltiska Bowlinghallen Sunday.

Troup, a 27-year-old 10th-year PBA member, earned his third PBA Tour title along with a $16,500 first prize, completing a sweep of the top three positions by two-handed players. Belmonte, who led qualifying as well as the “Step Three” round leading into the stepladder finals, saw his hopes for a title repeat when he failed to convert the 2-10 split in the fourth frame and left the 2-8 in the ninth frame after rallying behind a string of four strikes.

The colorful Troup, dressed in matching jersey and slacks in Sweden’s blue-and-yellow national colors, also bowled without his trademark “afro” hairdo in denying Belmonte his third title of the 2018 season.

“This is my first trip to Sweden,” Troup said. “I couldn’t ask for a better result.”

In the first stepladder match, Ireland’s Christopher Sloan opened in the seventh frame of a close match, but recovered by throwing six strikes to close out the contest and eliminate nine-time PBA Tour champion Bill O’Neill of Langhorne, Pa., 236-234.

Troup advanced to the title match with a 235-187 win over Sloan, a 24-year-old third-year PBA member from Dublin, who was unable to sustain his first-game momentum. Sloan threw one strike and had an open in his first six frames while Troup started with four strikes. A pocket 7-10 in the sixth frame slowed Troup, but he came right back with another three strikes to roll to an easy win.

The Malmo tournament – named in honor of Swedish PBA star Martin Larsen – was a World Bowling Tour points event. The tournament format involved multiple six-game qualifying squads to arrive at 60 finalists. Qualifiers 34-60 bowled the four-game Step One, with the top 11 advancing to Step Two along with qualifiers 9-33. The 36 players in Step Two bowled another four-game block, with the top 16 joining qualifiers 1-8 in Step Three for an eight-game round to determine the four stepladder finalists. In each “Step” round, pinfall from all previous rounds was dropped. Under tournament rules, women bowling in the event were entitled to eight handicap pins per game.

The final PBA International-WBT event on the 2018 schedule is the WBT Thailand which will take place in Bangkok Sept. 22-28. Thailand’s Jojoe Yannaphon is defending champion. Fans can follow the event on the Asian Bowling Federation website (http://www.abf-online.org/results/ttbawbt18.htm).

PBA INTERNATIONAL-WORLD BOWLING TOUR STORM LUCKY LARSEN MASTERS
Baltiska Bowlinghallen, Malmo, Sweden, Sunday

Final Standings:
1, Kyle Troup, Taylorsville, N.C., $16,498.
2, Jason Belmonte, Australia, $12,099.
3, Christopher Sloan, Ireland, $8,799.
4, Bill O’Neill, Langhorne, Pa., $6,599.

Stepladder Results:
Match One – Sloan def. O’Neill, 236-234.
Semifinal Match – Troup def. Sloan, 235-187.
Championship – Troup def. Belmonte, 248-232.

Step Three Cashers (after 8 games; top 4 advanced to stepladder finals):
1, Belmonte, 1,916.
2, Troup, 1,810.
3, O’Neill, 1,800.
4, Sloan, 1,776.
5, Anthony Simonsen, Austin, Texas, 1,774, $4,949.
6, Pontus Andersson, Sweden, 1,767, $3,850
7, Jesper Svensson, Sweden, 1,765, $3,300.
8, Martin Larsen, Sweden, 1,733, $2,750.
9, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 1,726, $2,200.
10, Francois Lavoie, Canada, 1,720, $1,980.
11, Annop Arromsaranon, Thailand, 1,714, $1,870.
12, Mattias Wetterberg, Sweden, 1,678, $1,787.
13, Stuart Williams, England, 1,671, $1,732.
14, Teemu Putkisto, Finland, 1,658, $1,677.
15, Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., 1,645, $1,650.
16, Tom Daugherty, Riverview, Fla., 1,634, $1,622.
17, Karl Wahlgren, Sweden, 1,615, $1,595.
18, Jimmy Dan Mortensen, Denmark, 1,593, $1,567.
19, Jojoe Yannaphon, Thailand, 1,591, $1,540.
20, w-Sandra Gongora, Mexico, 1,571, $1,512.
21, w-Daria Pajak, Poland, 1,544, $1,485.
22, William Svensson, Sweden, 1,541, $1,457.
23, Mikael Roos, Sweden, 1,535, $1,430.
24, Tore Torgersen, Norway, 1,516, $1,375.

Step Two Cashers (did not advance, after 4 games):
25, Kimmo Lehtonen, Finland, 855, $1,320.
26, Peter Hellstrom, Sweden, 849, $1,265.
27, EJ Tackett, Huntington, Ind., 849, $1,237.
28, Gustaf Johansson, Sweden, 844, $1,210.
29, Matt McNiel, Minneapolis, 839, $1,182.
30, Richie Teece, England, 835, $1,155.
31, Joonas Hahl, Finland, 821, $1,127.
32, w-Liz Johnson, Palatine, Ill., 811, $1,100.
33, Alfred Berggren, Sweden, 810, $1,072.
34, Daniel Fransson, Sweden, 809, $1,045.
35, w-Li Jan Sin, Malaysia, 807, $1,017.
36, Emanuel Jonsson, Sweden, 790, $990.
37, Gaetan Mouveroux, France, 773, $962.
38, Kamron Doyle, Brentwood, Tenn., 771, $935.
39, Thomas Larsen, Denmark, 762, $907.
40, Syafiq Ridhwan, Malaysia, 749, $880.
41, Andrew Cain, Phoenix, 731, $852.
42, AJ Chapman, St. Paul, Minn., 724, $825.
43, Kim Andersson, Sweden, 709, $797.
44, Pyry Puharinen, Finland, 624, $770.

Step One Cashers (did not advance, after 4 games):
45, w-Jenny Wegner, Sweden, 840, $715.
46, Tomas Kayhko, Finland, 837, $660.
47, Kevin Lindbladh, Sweden, 825, $660.
48, Carsten Warming Hansen, Denmark, 824, $660.
49, Cameron Weier, Tacoma, Wash., 814, $605.
50 (tie), Rasmus Edvall, Sweden, and Viktor Albihn, Sweden, 808, $525.
52, Niko Oksanen, Finland, 796, $495.
53, Bendt Petersson, Sweden, 795, $495.
54, Jorgen Roos, Sweden, 780, $440.
55, Martin Paulsson, Sweden, 779, $440.
56, Francois Louw, South Africa, 776, $440.
57, Joachim Karlsson, Sweden, 769, $385.
58, Eric Ahlstrand, Sweden, 752, $385.
59, Robin Persson, Sweden, 714, $385.
60, Thor Morten Bjorge, Norway, 694, $385.

w-denotes woman (women received 8 handicap pins per game).

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Thailand’s Annop Arromsaranon Defeats Texas Two-Hander Anthony Simonsen to Win Korea’s Busan Cup

by Bill Vint May 26, 2018 07:22

BUSAN, Korea – Thailand’s Annop Arromsaranon defeated top qualifier Anthony Simonsen of Austin, Texas, 221-208, to win the PBA International-World Bowling Tour Busan Cup Saturday on bowling lanes constructed outdoors in Pusan Gwangalli Beach Park in Busan, becoming the second bowler from Thailand to win a PBA Tour title.

In the soaring heat of the outdoor setting, Simonsen left splits he was unable to convert in the fourth and fifth frames as the 33-year-old Thai opened a 44-pin lead and raced away to victory despite leaving a “big four” 4-6-7-10 split in the eighth frame. He claimed the 30 million won (US$27,875) first prize and joined 2017 PBA-WBT Thailand winner Jojoe Yannaphon as Thailand’s second PBA Tour title winner.

Simonsen, a 21-year-old two-hander, had earned the top qualifying position for the four-man stepladder finals with a six-game, 1,480 total posted at Rainbow Square Bowling Center.

In the preliminary matches, Korea’s Choi Seokbyeong defeated countryman Choi Wonyoung, 247-217, to start the Busan Cup’s Open Division finals. Arromsaranon then eliminated Choi Seokbyeong in the semifinal match, 215-203.

The Go Bowling! PBA Tour’s next event will be the PBA Xtra Frame Tour Greater Jonesboro Open at Hijinx in Jonesboro, Ark., June 1-3. For Xtra Frame subscriptions, visit xtraframe.tv. Subscriptions are available for three days ($3.99), 30 days ($7.99) or for a full year at a cost of about $1.25 per week.

PBA-WORLD BOWLING TOUR BUSAN CUP
Pusan Gwangalli Beach Park, Busan, Korea, Saturday

Final Standings:
1, Annop Arromsaranon, Thailand, $27,875.
2, Anthony Simonsen, Austin, Texas, $13,900.
3, n-Choi Seokbyeong, Korea, $7,430.
4, n-Choi Wonyoung, Korea, $4,645.

Stepladder Results:
Match One – S. Choi def. W. Choi, 247-217.
Semifinal Match – Arromsaranon def. S. Choi, 215-203.
Championship – Arromsaranon def. Simonsen, 221-208.

n-denotes non-member.

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Sweden’s Jenny Wegner wins Brunswick Euro Challenge over Anthony Simonsen

by Bill Vint March 18, 2018 11:35

MUNICH, Germany – Thanks to the assistance of eight handicap pins awarded to all women bowlers in the tournament, Sweden’s Jenny Wegner won the PBA International-World Bowling Tour Brunswick Euro Challenge Sunday at Dream-Bowl Palace, thwarting a 10th frame comeback bid by tournament leader Anthony Simonsen.

Simonsen, the top qualifier, quickly fell behind when Wegner, the 2016 Qubica AMF World Cup women’s champion, started the title match with five strikes. But the contest changed direction when the 23-year-old Swedish kindergarten teacher failed to convert the 1-2-4-10 washout in the seven frame. She still had the match under control until she left the 2-8 in both the ninth and 10th frames. Despite failing to convert the 1-8 spare in her final frame, the eight handicap pins-per-game awarded to all women in the tournament allowed Wegner hold off Simonsen for the title.

Simonsen, who had thrown only one strike on the right lane previously in the match, threw two strikes before leaving the 10 pin on his final shot for an actual 213-211 margin, but with her handicap pins, Wegner won by a 219-213 margin.

Simonsen, a 21-year-old two-handed player from Austin, Texas, started the seven-game Step Three match play round with games of 300, 287 and 278 – an 865 series – to expand his lead and he comfortably maintained his position all the way to the championship match.

In the first match of the three-player stepladder finals, Thailand’s Yannaphon Larpapharat dug himself into a 21-pin hole after failing to convert a pair of splits, and Wegner had a double and a turkey in a clean game for a 233-214 win to advance to the title match.

Next on the Go Bowling! PBA Tour’s 2018 schedule will be the United States Bowling Congress Masters April 8-15 at the Oncenter Convention Center in Syracuse, N.Y., where defending champion Jason Belmonte of Australia will try for an unprecedented fifth Masters title, which also would result in a PBA record-tying 10th major championship.

PBA’s Xtra Frame online bowling channel will live stream all qualifying and three-game double-elimination match play rounds of the Masters before the finals air live on ESPN on April 15 at 1 p.m. EDT. For Xtra Frame subscription information, visit xtraframe.tv.

BRUNSWICK EURO CHALLENGE
Dream-Bowl Palace, Munich, Germany, Sunday

Final Standings:
1, w-Jenny Wegner, Sweden, $14,150.
2, Anthony Simonsen, Austin, Texas, $10,460.
3, Yannaphon Larpapharat, Thailand, $6,700.

Stepladder Results:
Match One – Wegner def. Larpapharat, 233-214. Championship – Wegner def. Simonsen, 219-213.

Final Step 3 Standings (after 13 games, including 30 match play bonus pins for each match win; prize money is converted from Euros to U.S. dollars):
1, Simonsen, 5-2, 3,408.
2, w-Wegner, 6-1, 3,281.
3, Larpapharat, 5-2, 3,271.
4, Stuart Williams, England, 2-5, 3,217, $4,180.
5, w-Siti Safiyah Amirah, Malaysia, 2-5, 3,210, $3,690.
6, w-Cherie Tan, Singapore, 3-4, 3,150, $3,440.
7, David Simard, Canada, 3-4, 3,119, $3,080.
8, w-Mai Ginge Jensen, Denmark, 2-5, 3,107, $2,710.

Step 2 Cashers (after six games):
9, w-Daphne Tan, Singapore, 1,420, $2,340.
10, Kyle Troup, Taylorsville, N.C., 1,410, $2,340.
11, w-Shayna Ng, Singapore, 1,409, $2,340.
12, w-Ghislaine Stigter-Van Der Tol, Netherlands, 1,408, $2,340.
13, Jesper Svensson, Sweden, 1,395, $1,970.
14, w-Bernice Lim, Singapore, 1,393, $1,970.
15, w-Danielle McEwan, Stony Point, N.Y., 1,390, $1,970.
16, Adrian Ang, Malaysia, 1,385, $1,970.
17, Rafiq Ismail, Malaysia, 1,380, $1,720.
18, Andrew Anderson, Holly, Mich., 1,372, $1,720.
19, Kim Bolleby, Thailand, 1,371, $1,720.
20, w-Anggie Ramirez Perea, 1,358, $1,720.
21, w-Esther Cheah, Malaysia, 1,351, $1,600.
22, Annop Arromsaranon, Thailand, 1,345, $1,600.
23, Jaroslav Lorenc, Czechoslovakia, 1,343, $1,600.
24, Emil Ågren, Sweden, $1,600.
25, Shawn Maldonado, Houston, Texas, 1,289, $1,480.
26, Syafiq Ridhwan, Malaysia, 1,286, $1,480.
27, Timmy Tan, Malaysia, 1,270, $1,480.
28, w-Cajsa Wegner, Sweden, 1,243, $1,480.

Step 1 Cashers (after six games):
29 (tie), Darren Tang, San Francisco, and Wicky Yeung, Hong Kong, 1,405, $1,350.
31 (tie), w-Tannya Roumimper, Indonesia, and Hassan Alshaikh, Saudi Arabia, 1,401, $1,350.
33, Jimmy Mortensen, Denmark, 1,400, $1,350.
34, Patrick Weichert, Germany, 1,397, $1,350.
35, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 1,387, $1,230.
36, Francois Louw, South Africa, 1,370, $1,230.
37, Jason Sterner, Rockledge, Fla., 1,367, $1,230.
38 (tie), John Wells, England, and Niko Oksanen, Finland, 1,361, $1,230.
40, Dom Barrett, England, 1,360, $1,230.
41, Oliver Morig, Germany, 1,351, $1,230.
42, Jamie McDermott, Jamie, Germany, 1,350, $1,230.
43, w-Jazreel Tan, Singapore, 1,349, $1,230.
44, Richie Teece, England, 1,347, $1,230.
45, w-Sin Li Jane, Malaysia, 1,340, $1,107.
45, Manuel Otalora, Colombia, 1,338, $1,107.
46, Kimmo Lehtonen, Finland, 1,337, $1,107.
48, w-Hui Fen New, Singapore, 1,336, $1,107.
49, Raymond Teece, England, 1,335, $1,107.
50, Nathan Ruest-Lajoie, Canada, 1,332, $1,107.
51, Karl Wahlgren, Sweden, 1,316, $1,107.
52, Markus Jansson, Sweden, 1,300, $1,107.
53, Thomas Larsen, Denmark, 1,299, $1,107.
54, Tobia Börding, Germany, 1,296, $1,107.
55, w-Shalin Zulkifli, Malaysia, 1,284, $984.
56, Rasmus Edvall, Sweden, 1,270, $984.
57, Kwun Ho Lau, Hong Kong, 1,240, $984.
58, Christoph Schurian, Germany, 1,231, $984.
59, Christopher Sloan, Ireland, 1,228, $984.
60, Timo Schroeder, Germany, 1,223, $984.
61, Andres Juliusson, Israel, 1,221, $984.
62, w-Birgit Pöppler, Germany, 1,216, $984.
63, Surasak Manuwong, Thailand, 1,211, $984.
64, Moued Saad Alqahtani, Saudi Arabia, 1,121, $984.

w–denotes woman (women received 8 handicap pins per game except during the championship round).

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PBA Spare Shots: Busy Month of Live Xtra Frame Coverage Set for April

by Bill Vint March 15, 2018 12:59

PBA’s online bowling channel, Xtra Frame, returns in April with a full schedule of programming including preliminary rounds of the USBC Masters, a PBA Xtra Frame Tour event in Maine, the first three PBA50 Tour events of 2018 and the 2018 season’s first PWBA events.

The April schedule, available for the monthly Xtra Frame subscription rate of $7.99, includes the following. Three-day and full season subscription plans are also available. To enroll as an Xtra Frame viewer, visit xtraframe.tv:

● April 10-14 - USBC Masters qualifying and elimination match play rounds, The Oncenter Convention Center, Syracuse, N.Y. (defending champion: Jason Belmonte).

● April 16-18 - Port Property Management PBA Xtra Frame Maine Shootout, Bayside Bowl, Portland, Maine (defending champion: Ryan Ciminelli).

● April 20 – Oceanview at Falmouth PBA League Team seeding tournament, Bayside Bowl, Portland, Maine.

● April 22-23 - PBA50 Florida Open, Lane Glo Bowl, New Port Richey, Fla. (defending champion: Brian LeClair)

● April 25-28 - PBA50 UnitedHealthcare National Championship presented by Spanish Springs Lanes & Radical, Spanish Springs Lanes, The Villages, Fla. (defending champion: Lennie Boresch Jr.)

● April 27-28 - PWBA Las Vegas Open, South Point Bowling Plaza, Las Vegas (new event).

● April 30-May 2 - PBA50 Mooresville Ford Open presented by Columbia 300, George Pappas Victory Lanes, Mooresville, N.C. (defending champion: Norm Duke).

BRUNSWICK EURO CHALLENGE FINALS SET FOR SUNDAY

The finals of the Brunswick Euro Challenge, a PBA International-World Bowling Tour event, will be live streamed Sunday from Dream-Bowl Palace in Munich, Germany, by StreamForce4Bowling (https://www.youtube.com/user/StreamForce4Bowling).

Sunday’s finals begin at 3:30 a.m. Eastern. In Step One, qualifiers 13 through 64 will bowl six games with the top 16 advancing to Step Two along with qualifiers 1-12 for another six-game round, beginning at 6:15 a.m. The top eight from Step Two will move on to Step Three, an eight-game round-robin match play round with 30 bonus pins to match winners, at 8:45 a.m. Step Four, based on combined pinfall totals from Step Two and Three, will produce three players for the championship round beginning at 11:45 a.m. The No. 3 qualifier will bowl one game against No. 2. The winner takes on the top qualifier in the one-game title match.

First prize will be roughly $14,150 plus a PBA Tour title if the winner is a PBA member (women who accept handicap pins are not eligible for a PBA title). England’s Dom Barrett is defending champion.

PBA’S “60 MOST MEMORABLE MOMENTS” UNVEILING CONTINUES: 51 THRU 55

The countdown to unveil the complete list of the PBA”s “60 most memorable moments” in its 60-year history continues, one a day, Monday through Friday, on all PBA Network outlets. The top 10 moments were announced on PBA’s ESPN telecast of the Go Bowling! PBA 60th Anniversary Classic. Last week, “memorable moments” 55 through 51 were unveiled. Here are those five moments as the countdown continues:

51) Prior to the 1974 PBA Midas Open finals, a lane breakdown forced the PBA to use lanes from non-adjoining pairs for the finals. In the second game, Jim Stefanich threw the PBA’s third perfect game on TV, the first and only time that feat occurred. Dick Ritger won the title, but Stefanich won a $10,000 bonus plus a new Lincoln-Mercury Cougar.

52) At age 57, John Handegard defeated Mark Williams, 278-247, to win the 1995 PBA Northwest Classic in Kennewick, Wash., becoming the oldest player to win a PBA Tour title.

53) Michael Haugen Jr. overcame a 53-pin deficit through six frames to win the 2008 PBA Tournament of Champions, 215-214, over Chris Barnes at Red Rock Lanes in Las Vegas. Haugen’s five-strike rally forced Barnes to get 20 pins in the 10th to force a tie.  After converting a spare, Barnes left the 4 pin on his last shot.

54) In 1962, Don Carter won four titles, earned $49,972 in prize money and recorded an incredible 18 top-five finishes.

55) Mike Durbin became the first bowler to win the Firestone PBA Tournament of Champions three times when he defeated Mike Aulby, 246-163, at Riviera Lanes in Fairlawn, Ohio. Durbin, who also won the event in 1972 and 1982, was inducted into the PBA Hall of Fame earlier that week.

To check on releases of subsequent “moments” as they are revealed, check the PBA Network: PBA on Facebook (www.facebook.com/ProfessionalBowlersAssociation) or Instagram (pbatour); subscribe to the PBA channel on YouTube (PBABowling); tweet along on Twitter (@pbatour), and on the web: https://www.pba.com/PBANetwork/MostMemorableMoments.

PBA REGIONAL UPDATE: WALTER RAY BOOST TITLES TOTAL TO 106

PBA Hall of Famer Walter Ray Williams Jr. (featured photo) of Oxford, Fla., defeated fellow Hall Of Famer Tom Baker of King, N.C., 279-157, to win his 106th PBA title in the PBA50 Fayetteville  Southern Open at LaFayette Lanes in Fayetteville, N.C., Sunday.

Williams, who was defending his 2017 title, won easily after Baker started his game with a pocket 7-10 split and could never recover. Williams earned $1,600.

Williams’ PBA titles include a composite total of PBA Tour (47), PBA Regional (32), PBA50 Tour (11) and PBA50 Regional (16) victories.

In the semifinal round, Williams eliminated Mike Hastings of Millsboro, Del., 246-178, while Baker took out Scott Thomsen of Sumter, S.C., 232-192.

David Haynes of Las Vegas posted an 8-4 match play record and a 20-game total of 4,653 pins Sunday to win his 12th career PBA Regional title in the PBA Sands Regency West/Northwest Winter Classic Open presented by Storm.

Haynes, who earned $2,000, defeated PJ Haggerty of Roseville, Calif., by three pins at the National Bowling Stadium.

In Sunday’s companion PBA50 Open, Dennis Horan Jr. of Oakley, Calif., went 6-3-1 in match play and knocked down 4,270 total pins in his PBA50 debut to defeat Ron Mohr of Las Vegas by 123 pins. Mohr had 4,147 pins for his 18 games, including match play bonus pins. In addition to his first PBA50 title, Horan earned $1,500 while Mohr received $1,000

Leading into the weekend, Scott Boyle of Salida, Calif., was almost perfect in defeating David Allen of Las Vegas, 299-202, to win Friday’s PBA Sands Regency Winter Challenge presented by Storm along with the $1,500 first prize and his first PBA Regional title.

PBA Challenge tournaments are open to players who have never won a PBA title.

In the semifinal round, Boyle defeated Matt McGill of Grants Pass, Ore., 254-218, and Allen defeated Mark DelCerro of Hayward, Calif., 277-179, to set up the championship match.

● Former PBA and PBA Southwest Region Rookie of the Year Francois Lavoie, a Canadian citizen now living in Wichita, Kan., defeated non-member Frankie Guccione of Castle Rock, Colo., 255-244, to win the $5,000 first prize in the fourth annual PBA Colorado Springs Southwest Super Regional at Harmony Lanes in Colorado Springs Sunday.

Needing two strikes in the 10th frame to clinch the victory, Lavoie struck on the first shot, but failed on his second, giving Guccione a chance to win his first PBA tournament. Needing 20 pins in his 10th frame, Guccione left a 7 pin on his first shot and then missed the spare, allowing Lavoie to claim his fifth PBA Regional victory.

Lavoie qualified seventh, earning a bye into the best-of-three-game Round of 12 elimination matches where he defeated amateur Jeffrey Carter of Westminster, Colo., 2-0; No. 2 qualifier Sean Lavery-Spahr of Pasadena, Texas, 2-0, and PBA50 Tour champion Mike Dias of Lafayette, Colo., 214-210, in the semifinal round. Guccione also earned a bye before defeating collegiate amateur Nick Burgess of Jersey Village, Texas, 2-0; tournament leader Devin Bidwell of Wichita, 2-1, and Ronald Johnson III of Durango, Colo., 210-182, in his semifinal match.

● A busy weekend is on tap for PBA Regional competitors over the March 16-18 weekend when the schedule includes the Trumbull County Tourism Bureau Central/East Open presented by Radical at Bell-Wick Bowl in Hubbard, Ohio; the PBA50 Showtime Lanes Midwest/Central Open in Virden, Ill.; the Jac’s Lanes Valdosta South Open in Valdosta, Ga., and the Odessa Southwest Open at Astro Bowl in Odessa, Texas.

● PBA’s March 23-25 regional tournament schedule includes the PBA50 Rossi Lanes Open in Elmira, N.Y.; the PBA50 Monte Skeels Allstate Midwest/Central Open at Liberty Lanes in Carpentersville, Ill.. and the Caveman Bowl Northwest/West Open presented by DV8 in Grants Pass, Ore.

● Closing out the March PBA Regional schedule will be the Copperfield Bowl Southwest Challenge for non-title winners over the March 30-April 1 weekend in Houston, Texas.

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

QUICK NOTES

● Upon further review, the PBA has discovered Patrick Allen is tied with Dennis Horan and Jeff Richgels for 10th place on the PBA Regional titles list, each with 30 wins.

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Nine-Event PBA International-WBT Season Gets Underway in Munich with Brunswick Euro Challenge

by Bill Vint March 9, 2018 14:35

CHICAGO (March 9, 2018) – World Bowling, the international governing body for tenpin bowling, and the Professional Bowlers Association have announced a nine-tournament PBA International-World Bowling Tour schedule for 2018, beginning March 10-18 when England’s Dom Barrett will try to defend his title in the Brunswick Euro Challenge at Dream-Bowl Palace in Munich, Germany.

The PBA International-WBT schedule awards PBA Tour titles if the winner is a PBA member and, if a woman, she does not accept “handicap pins” as part of her score. The PBA-WBT series awards points which are used to qualify players for the end-of-season WBT Men’s and Women’s Finals.

The Brunswick Euro Challenge also could play a role in the 2018 PBA Tour Finals set for early May in Allen Park, Mich. Composite PBA and WBT earnings for 2016 through the PBA Xtra Frame Maine Shootout at Bayside Bowl in Portland, Maine, April 17-18, will determine the eight players who will compete at Thunderbowl Lanes in May.

The 2018 schedule includes the United States Bowling Congress Masters and Queens, and the Busan Cup in South Korea and the Storm PBA/PWBA Striking Against Breast Cancer Mixed Doubles, both new to the PBA-WBT schedule. Returning are the Storm Lucky Larsen Masters in Malmo, Sweden; the WBT Thailand in Bangkok, and the PBA World Championship which will be part of PBA World Series of Bowling X. Closing the WBT schedule will be the World Bowling Men’s World Championships in Hong Kong, which is open only to players representing World Bowling member federations.

Additional tournaments that comply with World Bowling and PBA International rules are under consideration and may be added to the schedule.

2018 PBA INTERNATIONAL-WORLD BOWLING TOUR SCHEDULE

(Events designated as PBA-WBT tournaments will award a PBA Tour title if the winner is a PBA member and does not accept handicap pins)

March 10-18 – PBA-WBT Brunswick Euro Challenge, Dream-Bowl Palace, Munich, Germany

April 8-15 – USBC Masters, Oncenter Convention Center, Syracuse, N.Y. (PBA-WBT event)

May 20-26 – PBA-WBT Busan Cup, Rainbow Square Bowling Center, Busan, Korea

July 26-29 – Storm PBA/PWBA Striking Against Breast Cancer Mixed Doubles, Copperfield Bowl, Houston, Texas (PBA title to male partner, PWBA title to female partner if a member of his/her respective organization)

Aug. 25-Sept. 9 – PBA-WBT Storm Lucky Larsen Masters, Baltiska Bowlinghallen, Malmo, Sweden

Sept. 22-28 – PBA-WBT Thailand, Blu-O Rhythm and Bowl Siam Paragon, Bangkok, Thailand

Oct. 24-31 – U.S. Open, Northrock Lanes, Wichita, Kan. (PBA-WBT event, tentative)

November/December – PBA World Championship, tba (PBA-WBT event, tentative)

Nov. 24-Dec. 5 – World Bowling Men’s World Championships, SCAA Bowling Centre, Hong Kong

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