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PBA Unveils Library of 16 New Lane Oiling Patterns for GoBowling! PBA Tour’s 60th Anniversary Season

Mon, 2017-09-25 14:24

CHICAGO – The Professional Bowlers Association has announced plans to introduce a newly-revamped library of 16 different lane oiling patterns for the GoBowling! PBA Tour’s 60th anniversary season, creating a wide variety of challenges to test player skills at the highest level.

The lane maintenance program, pioneered by the PBA more than 40 years ago, has been reviewed in depth and modified to take into account current technology, PBA Deputy Commissioner Kirk von Krueger said in announcing the new patterns.

Several of the revised patterns will make their debuts during the GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling IX, presented by Eldorado Reno Properties, in Reno, Nev., Nov. 7-19. WSOB IX is collectively the opening event of the 2017-18 GoBowling! PBA Tour schedule.

“The new library of lane oiling patterns will include eight animal pattern lane conditions and seven ‘legends’ patterns, three of which will be used as major championship patterns, plus the Chris Paul pattern,” von Krueger added. “Each pattern has specific characteristics including the distance oil is applied down the lane, how it is applied across the lane and the volume of oil applied to each lane.”

Two new named patterns will debut in 2018. The “Dragon” is a 45-foot pattern in the animal pattern library that figures to provide a high level of difficulty for PBA players. And for the first time, the PBA will have an official “house shot” design named in honor of the PBA’s long-time celebrity bowling partner, Chris Paul, that is likely to become the PBA’s highest-scoring pattern.

The library of lane oiling patterns was designed by PBA Head of Lane Maintenance Sean Parry with the assistance of Brunswick, PBA’s Official Lane Maintenance partner. The oiling patterns will be used exclusively throughout the GoBowling! PBA Tour, PBA50 Tour and PBA Regional program’s 2018 seasons. Illustrations of the 16 revamped oiling patterns along with more detailed information can be found on pba.com under the Lanes and Equipment tab (https://www.pba.com/OilPatterns). Each pattern’s name will be followed by a number indicating the length of the pattern in feet as it will be applied on a 60-foot lane.

The new Cheetah 33, Chameleon 39, Scorpion 42, Shark 45 and Earl Anthony 42 patterns will debut at the GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling IX presented by Eldorado Reno Properties in Reno in November. The Go Bowling! PBA Tour’s 2018 Big February events will feature the Don Johnson 40 pattern at the PBA Tournament of Champions in Akron; the Carmen Salvino 44 at the Barbasol PBA Players Championship in Columbus, Ohio, and the Dick Weber 45 at the Go Bowling! PBA 60th Anniversary Classic in Indianapolis. The Mark Roth 42 will be used for the Roth/Holman PBA Doubles Championship in Columbus and for the PBA League competition in Portland, Maine.

In addition to the new Dragon 45, the oil pattern library also will include the Wolf 33, Viper 36, Bear 39 and Johnny Petraglia 36 patterns. The Badger 52 will be removed temporarily from the rotation. Plans for the use of these patterns will be announced later.

"For decades, the PBA lane maintenance program has helped define the greatest players in the sport of bowling,” said PBA CEO and Commissioner Tom Clark. “This revised menu of oil patterns and the strategy of their release and implementation is in line with our core values, including integrity, complete transparency and recognizing both challenges and opportunities advanced technology presents. Most of all, we are proud of these diverse conditions that will demand a combination of player skills.

“Along with the distinct characteristics of the bowling centers and lane beds where the PBA conducts competition, these patterns will be a platform for champions while entertaining and educating fans."

In addition to providing physical definitions of oiling patterns, the PBA uses visible blue oil on most telecasts, allowing fans to see the oil pattern and how the pattern changed during competition, providing another layer of education to the sport’s challenges.

“The PBA recognizes that every oiling pattern will present a different challenge depending upon the type of lane surface, weather conditions, the viscosity of lane conditioning oil and other factors,” von Krueger said. “Every condition is also subject to change due to bowling ball traffic during competition which moves the oil around.

“But defining the physical aspects of each pattern is a valuable tool for players, tournament hosts and fans. Solving those characteristics is the challenge that makes bowling such a great sport.”

PBA Spare Shots: Fans Invited to Experience the Best in Bowling at GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling IX

Thu, 2017-09-21 17:02

For bowling fans, it doesn’t get any better than attending the ultimate bowling event – the GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling IX, and thanks to PBA’s presenting sponsor, Eldorado Reno Properties, two Ultimate WSOB Fan Experience Packages will make the adventure easy and affordable.

For those who would like to watch the world’s greatest bowlers compete for nationally-televised titles in the sport’s premier showcase Nov. 17-19 at the National Bowling Stadium in Reno, the Ultimate Fan Experience packages will provide participants with lodging, transportation to-and-from the airport, and VIP seating for all of the TV finals. Options include a two-night “Strike” package and a three-night “300 Game” package. Prices depend on the accommodations each fan prefers, but the basics of each package include the following:

STRIKE PACKAGE (starting at $200)

Two (2) nights’ accommodation at Silver Legacy Resort & Casino.

● Two VIP tickets to all ESPN shows including the PBA World Championship.

● Round trip transportation to and from the Reno-Tahoe International Airport and Silver Legacy.

300 GAME PACKAGE (starting at $340)

Three (3) nights’ accommodation at Silver Legacy Resort & Casino.

● Two VIP tickets to all ESPN shows including the PBA World Championship.

● Behind the scenes tour of PBA Player Services Trucks and ESPN Production Truck.

● Official autographed PBA Tour bowling pin.

● Official WSOB t-shirt.

● Round trip transportation to and from the Reno-Tahoe International Airport and Silver Legacy.

To enroll in the GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling Ultimate Experience Fan program, visit: www.pba.com/tickets.

JASON BELMONTE LEADS 2018 DHC PBA JAPAN QUALIFYING LIST

Jason Belmonte is the leader on the combined PBA Tour-World Bowling Tour points list that will determine the 11 exempt players who will be invited to compete in the 2018 DHC PBA Japan Invitational in January as the PBA Tour heads into its final three events of the year.

Belmonte, with victories in the Barbasol PBA Players Championship and USBC Masters as well as the PBA International-WBT Storm Lucky Larsen Masters in Sweden, has compiled 110,432 points for a comfortable lead over Marshall Kent (60,950 points). Anthony Simonsen is third at 42,144 and EJ Tackett, who is automatically exempt as the defending DHC PBA Japan Invitational champion, is fourth. Qualifying points for the DHC Japan event are awarded on PBA Tour and WBT events that are open to all PBA members.

Tackett plus the 10 other points leaders will receive invitations to the event. DHC, as the tournament sponsor, will invite five additional players of its own choosing. They will join 16 Japanese players in the 32-game match play event.

There is still ample opportunity for players to qualify. Events remaining on the 2017 schedule include the WBT Thailand, Sept. 30-Oct 6; U.S. Open, Oct. 27-Nov. 1, and the multi-event GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling IX, presented by Eldorado Reno Properties, Nov. 7-19 in Reno.

As of September 15, the 2017 PBA-WBT points leaders include:
1, Jason Belmonte, 110,432.
2, Marshall Kent, 60,950.
3, Anthony Simonsen, 42,144.
4, EJ Tackett, 39,838.
5, Dom Barrett, 320,210.
6, Rhino Page, 28,650.
7, Sean Rash, 27,262.
8, Jesper Svensson, 26,856.
9, Dick Allen, 25,515.
10, Chris Barnes, 24,250.
11, Martin Larsen, 23,730.
12, Francois Lavoie, 22,905.
13, Bill O’Neill, 20,980.
14, Jason Sterner, 20,725.
15, Josh Blanchard, 20,175.
16, Kyle Troup, 20,040.
17, Stuart Williams, 19,543.
18, Tom Daugherty, 18,945.
19, Tom Smallwood, 17,350.
20, Cameron Weier, 17,015.

APPLICATIONS BEING ACCEPTED FOR 2017 TONY REYES COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARD

The PBA is now accepting nominations for the 2017 PBA Tony Reyes Community Service award, named in honor of the late PBA Tour player in recognition of his service to the bowling community. The award recognizes a current PBA member who performs extraordinary community service over the course of a PBA Tour season. To be eligible, the nominee must be a PBA member in good standing.

For a nomination form and additional information click on http://www.pba.com/Corporate/Awards. The deadline for submissions is Dec. 18.

Reyes, a popular PBA Tour titlist, died in late September 2012 of injuries sustained in a traffic accident near his home in San Bruno, Calif.

Past winners of the award have been Parker Bohn III of Jackson, N.J., in 2013 for his work primarily with two charitable endeavors he established – the Striking Out Sandy fundraiser and his annual Parker Bohn III Scholarship Tournament; Missy Parkin of Laguna Hills, Calif., in 2014, for her work in organizing the Baby Reesa Foundation fundraiser which supports families with children born with Krabbe Disease; Ed Godbout of Felton, Calif., in 2015, for establishing several charitable initiatives in Reyes’ name including the Tony Reyes Memorial Scholarship and the Tony Reyes Memorial Youth/Adult Doubles Tournament, and Rhino Page of Orlando, Fla., in 2016, for his involvement with the Thomas Cacioppo family in New York in raising more than $225,000 to combat the debilitating digestive tract disorders Crohn’s and Colitis.

WISEMAN’S SIXTH ANNUAL SCHOLARSHIP TOURNAMENT SET FOR OCT. 7-8

Twelve-time PBA Tour champion Danny Wiseman of Baltimore will conduct his sixth annual Danny Wiseman Youth Scholarship Tournament Oct. 7-8 at AMF Country Lanes in suburban Baltimore.

Since its inception, the PBA Hall of Famer’s scholarship event has distributed more than $90,000 in college scholarship money. This year’s event will add another $25,000 to that total.

The tournament, which can accommodate 342 youth bowlers in scratch and handicap divisions, is filling rapidly. For information, visit Wiseman’s Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/Danny-Wiseman-Bowling-Fan-Page-107752155919763/) or his website (http://www.dannywisemanbowling.com/).

PBA REGIONAL UPDATE: TACKETT WINS IN TROY, OHIO

EJ Tackett of Huntington, Ind., defeated Graham Fach of Canada, 279-237, to win the PBA Rex & Griffin Bigelow Memorial/M & D Blacktop/BW3’s Central Open presented by Hammer at Troy Bowl Sunday for a $5,000 first prize and his sixth PBA Central Region title.

In the semifinal match, Fach downed Chris Via of Springfield, Ohio, 265-247, to advance to the championship match. AJ Johnson of Oswego, Ill., started the finals by eliminating Matt Sanders of Evansville, Ind., 267-206, but then lost to Via, 270-245.

The tournament was dedicated to PBA Regional competitor Kyle Bigelow’s father, Rex, who died of leukemia a few years ago, and to Griffin Bigelow, Kyle’s infant son who died from heart complications when he was 6 months old.

Jakob Butturff of Tempe, Ariz., posted a 7-0-1 match play record and knocked down 3,964 pins Sunday to win his 11th career regional title in the PBA Ken & Kathy Fowler Auto Centers Open at Yokayo Bowl in Ukiah, Calif.

Butturff, who earned $2,000, defeated PJ Haggerty of Roseville, Calif., by 303 pins for his second win of the year after a PBA-record nine regional victories in 2016. Haggerty had a 5-3 match play record and 3,661 total pins for his 16 games including match play bonus pins.

In the companion PBA50 Open, Derek Gregory of Chowchilla, Calif., went 7-1 and knocked down 3,575 total pins to top Craig Miller of Tracy, Calif., by 92 pins for his second PBA50 West Region title.

● The PBA Regional calendar for the Sept. 22-24 weekend includes the PBA/PBA50 Millsboro Lanes Doubles in Millsboro, Del.; the Florence Bowling Center Central Open in Florence, Ky.; the PBA50 Rocky Mount South Open at Rocky Mount (Va.) Bowling Center; the Liberal Kansas Southwest Open at Ayr Lanes; the PBA and PBA50 Mockingbird Lanes doubleheader in Omaha, Neb., and the PBA West/Northwest TSI Inc. Open presented by Onsite Express at Paradise Lanes in Tacoma, Wash.

● The PBA Regional schedule for the Sept. 29-Oct. 1 weekend includes the PBA50 Mel Westrich Memorial Central/Midwest Open at Delphos Recreation in Delphos, Ohio; the PBA50 Spartanburg South Open at Paradise Lanes in Spartanburg, S.C., and the Killeen Southwest Open at Hallmark Lanes in Killeen, Texas.

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

QUICK NOTES

● Fun Fact: Did you know that for the 22 events held during 2007-08 PBA Tour season, there were 10 titles won by players age 40 and over, and the average age of the winners was 36.5 years? In 2017, through 20 events, there have been zero titles won by players 40 and older…and the average age of the winners is 28.15 years.

PBA Spare Shots: GEICO World Series of Bowling IX Closing in on International Participation Record

Thu, 2017-09-14 14:32

With the GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling IX, presented by Eldorado Reno Properties, less than two months away, the early entry list is closing in on the WSOB record for international representation with PBA members from 19 countries already on the roster, just four shy of the record set last year in Reno.

More than 120 entries are already on file from bowlers representing Australia, Canada, Colombia, Denmark, Ecuador, England, Finland, Germany, Ireland, Japan, Malaysia, The Netherlands, Norway, Puerto Rico, South Africa, Sweden, Thailand and Venezuela as well as the United States.

Ramon Hilferink will be the first bowler from The Netherlands to bowl in the World Series.

WSOB IX, which kicks off the 2017-18 GoBowling! PBA Tour schedule, will begin on Nov. 7 and conclude with a series of finals Nov. 18-19 for delayed telecast on ESPN (all of the finals will be live-streamed on ESPN3 and the Watch ESPN app). The World Series, open exclusively to PBA members, will include the PBA Cheetah, Chameleon, Scorpion and Shark animal pattern events, all leading into the PBA World Championship. The multi-event program also will include a USA vs. The World team match featuring the five top U.S. and five top international qualifiers based on composite scores from the four animal pattern events, and the 2017 World Bowling Tour Men’s and Women’s Finals, presented by the PBA, which will feature the three leaders in competition points from a global series of tournaments in each gender division.

PBA Regional Challenge and PBA50 Tour Challenge events will kick off the World Series on Nov. 7, and will be covered exclusively by Xtra Frame, PBA’s online video streaming channel, which also will provide live coverage of all preliminary rounds of WSOB competition.

All PBA members are reminded that a lodging confirmation from one of Eldorado Reno Properties (Silver Legacy, Eldorado or Circus Circus) is required at the time of entry. Special World Series room rates also are available to fans, and news media and bowling industry representatives. To make room reservations, use one of the following links:

Silver Legacy: Room rates: $50 Sunday–Thursday, $70 Friday & Saturday. Silver Legacy code ISPBA17. Reservations phone number: 800-687-8733. Online reservations: https://silverlegacyreno.reztrip.com/ext/promoRate?property=1080&mode=b&pm=true&sr=242404&vr=3&accessCode=ISPBA17

Eldorado: Room rates $50 Sunday–Thursday; $80 Friday & Saturday. Eldorado code IEPBA17. Reservations phone number: 800-879-8879. Online reservations: https://eldoradoreno.reztrip.com/ext/promoRate?property=1079&mode=b&pm=true&sr=242406&vr=3&accessCode=IEPBA17

Circus Circus: Room rates: $38 Sunday–Thursday; $60 Friday & Saturday. Circus Circus code ICPBA17. Reservations phone number: 800-648-5010. Online reservations: https://circusreno.reztrip.com/ext/promoRate?property=1081&mode=b&pm=true&sr=242416&vr=3&accessCode=ICPBA17

Once a room reservation is made, PBA members can enter the World Series online (https://secure.pba.com/Store/catalog/world-series-of-bowling,25.htm).

XTRA FRAME’S NEWEST “PBA PLAYER PERSPECTIVE” FEATURES ANTHONY SIMONSEN

Anthony Simonsen’s historic victory in the 2016 USBC Masters at age 19 is the newest “PBA Player Perspective” feature on PBA’s Xtra Frame online video streaming channel. In the exclusive Xtra Frame feature that debuted on Wednesday, Simonsen shares his insight on becoming the youngest player in history to win a PBA Tour major title in his victory over Canada’s Dan MacLelland in the 2016 Masters from Woodland Bowl in Indianapolis.

A new PBA Player Perspective is being unveiled every other week, exclusively available to Xtra Frame subscribers along with hundreds of hours of additional content, including PBA tournament archives, interviews, bowling instruction, discussions about bowling equipment and more. To sign up for an Xtra Frame subscription, visit xtraframe.tv.

PBA REGIONAL UPDATE: RAY EDWARDS WINS A THRILLER IN SCHENECTADY

Ray Edwards of Middle Island, N.Y. rolled three clutch strikes in the 10th frame to achieve a 279 tie in the final match against Rick Graham of Lancaster, Pa., preserving his 12-pin lead and earning his 23rd PBA Regional title in the PBA50 Towne Bowling Academy Open in Schenectady, N.Y., Sunday.

Edwards entered the position round finale with a 12-pin lead over Graham. With the 30 bonus pins awarded to the match winner, whoever won the match won the title. Both players started with six strikes before Graham left a 10 pin. Edwards posted a seventh strike before leaving a 4 pin.

Graham, who finished first, struck out to force Edwards to match his effort and split the 30 bonus pins, which he did to finish with an eight-game total of 2,054 pins. The reigning East Region PBA50 Player of the Year won his second title of the season, making him the leading candidate to retain his PBA50 POY title and earn his fifth overall East Region POY award. He also took home the $1,500 first prize.

Graham, who turned 50 in August, won $850 as the runner-up. Harry Sullins of Chesterfield Township, Mich., who rolled the only 300 game of the event, trailed Edwards by only 30 pins going into the position round game, but could not overcome the 279-279 match between the two leaders. He finished third and earned $800.

Former University of Kansas star Dylan Burns from Lawrence, Kan., defeated 17-year old Trey Ford III of Bartlesville, Okla., 205-167, to win the fourth annual PBA Grand Casino Resort & Hotel Southwest Invitational at FireLake Bowling Center in Shawnee, Okla., Sunday.

Burns, who won the 2014 PBA Lakewood Southwest Open as an amateur, earned his first PBA Regional title by avoiding open frames to topple the Oklahoma teenager to claim the $4,000 winner’s check.

After 12 games of qualifying, both Burns and Ford had long roads to the final match. Neither earned any byes in the elimination finals as Burns qualified 11th and Ford slipped into the finals with a 257 in his final game to grab the last spot in the 16-man finals. Burns started his road to victory by edging Brett Cooper of Fort Worth, Texas, 2-1 in the best-of-three-game Round of 16. He then defeated Anthony Lavery-Spahr of Pasadena, Texas; Sean Lavery-Spahr, also of Pasadena, and Mike Bailey from Irving, Texas, in his ensuing single-elimination matches.

Ford, who began bowling in PBA competition as a 13-year-old amateur, advanced to the finals with elimination match wins over Andy Patterson of Tyler, Texas; Beau Peterson from Newton, Kan.; fellow two-hander Shawn Maldonado of Houston, and Devin Bidwell of Wichita, Kan., before Burns ended his bid for his first PBA title. Ford, who joined the PBA in 2016 at age 16, earned $2,500 for second place.

As part of the tournament weekend, Dallas native Chris Warren of Grants Pass, Ore., and South Plains Lanes general manager/proprietor Jimmy (Jimbo) Evans of Lubbock, Texas, were inducted into the PBA Southwest Region Hall of Fame.

Chris Loschetter of Avon, Ohio defeated Ryan Ciminelli of Cheektowaga, N.Y. by 130 pins to win the PBA Autism Awareness Central Open presented by K&R Mower Derby at Astro Lanes in Wapakoneta, Ohio, Sunday.

Loschetter finished with a 10-2 match play record and a total of 5,120 pins for 20 games, including match play bonus pins, to win the $3,300 first place prize and his 14th PBA Regional title.

● Amateur Russ Oviatt defeated Jakob Butturff, 250-239, in a battle of Tempe, Ariz., bowlers to win the PBA West Aquimo Open presented by Columbia 300 at Mesa East Bowl in Mesa, Ariz., Sunday.

Oviatt, who earned $2,500 for his win, does not receive credit as a regional champion because he isn’t a PBA member. He defeated Josh Blanchard of Mesa, 212-187, to set up the title match after Blanchard eliminated Ronnie Russell of Marion, Ind., 184-156, in the opening match of the stepladder finals.

Nick Kruml of Downers Grove, Ill., defeated Mitch Beasley of Clarksville, Tenn., 245-147, to win the PBA Diamond Jo Midwest Open at Cherry Lanes Sunday in Dubuque, Iowa. Kruml, a PBA rookie, won his first PBA title along with the $1,800 first prize.

Beasley defeated amateur Collin Smith of Huron, S.D., 210-204, to advance to the championship match. In the first stepladder match, Beasley edged another amateur, Bryan Hahlen of Greenwood, S.C., 235-171.

In the PBA-PWBA segment of the tournament, Jodi Gawlik of Schaumburg posted an eight-game total of 1,697 pins to defeat Nichole DePaul-Miller of Plano, Ill., by 98 pins for the $1,200 first prize.

● September 15-17 PBA Regional events will include the PBA Rex & Griffin Bigelow Memorial/M&D Blacktop/BW3’s Central Open presented by Hammer at Troy Bowl in Troy, Ohio; the PBA Century Lanes Hampton South Open in Hampton, Va., and the PBA and PBA50 Ken & Kathy Fowler Auto Centers West/Northwest Opens doubleheader at Yokayo Bowling Center in Ukiah, Calif.

● The PBA Regional calendar for the Sept. 22-24 weekend includes the PBA/PBA50 Millsboro Lanes Doubles in Millsboro, Del.; the Florence Bowling Center Central Open in Florence, Ky.; the PBA50 Rocky Mount South Open at Rocky Mount (Va.) Bowling Center; the Liberal Kansas Southwest Open at Ayr Lanes; the PBA and PBA50 Mockingbird Lanes doubleheader in Omaha, Neb., and the PBA West/Northwest TSI Inc. Open presented by Onsite Express at Paradise Lanes in Tacoma, Wash.

● The PBA Regional schedule for the Sept. 29-Oct. 1 weekend includes the PBA50 Mel Westrich Memorial Central/Midwest Open at Delphos Recreation in Delphos, Ohio; the PBA50 Spartanburg South Open at Paradise Lanes in Spartanburg, S.C., and the Killeen Southwest Open at Hallmark Lanes in Killeen, Texas.

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

QUICK NOTES

● Ebonite International has named PBA Tour titlist Dave Wodka as the company's new Global Marketing Manager. Wodka, who owns one PBA Tour and 21 PBA Regional titles, will work closely with the EBI team to drive the company’s brands worldwide.

● As a tribute to his grandfather, PBA member Andy Varipapa II of Brookeville, Md., has created a comprehensive website (www.andyvaripapa.com) that chronicles the life of the legendary showman and trick shot artist from the 1930s until his death in 1984 at age 93. Although Varipapa was 68 when the PBA was founded, his passion for the organization and the sport is clearly outlined in his grandson’s extensive collection of articles, photos, testimonials and more. A lengthy interview with Varipapa II, conducted during the 2016 PBA Xtra Frame Gene Carter’s Pro Shop Classic is included in PBA’s Xtra Frame archives.

PBA’s 60th Anniversary Celebration in 2018 to Include Unveiling of 60 Most Memorable Moments

Tue, 2017-09-12 14:40

CHICAGO – The Professional Bowlers Association is making plans for a festive anniversary season in 2018, 60 years after a group of 33 of the most famous bowlers in a bygone era met with Akron, Ohio, lawyer Eddie Elias and agreed to support a new professional bowling organization.

As the PBA prepares to celebrate its 60th anniversary with a variety of special tributes, including a new Go Bowling! PBA 60th Anniversary Classic tournament, a 60th Anniversary celebration dinner, the highlight of the 2018 season will be the unveiling of the “60 Most Memorable Moments in PBA History” as a part of the PBA’s ESPN television schedule beginning on Feb. 4 and concluding on May 13, 2018.

In preparation for the anniversary season, a panel of PBA historians, veteran bowling writers and long-time PBA Tour competitors are reviewing a list of more than 100 of the PBA’s most memorable victories, defeats, triumphs and disappointments, record-setting achievements and headline news stories to come up with a list of the top 60 moments.

The list is formidable, including such moments as:

● The inaugural meeting when the PBA was born;

● PBA’s first national telecast;

● Don Johnson’s historic 299 in the Tournament of Champions…and Jack Biondolillo’s first nationally-televised 300 game;

● Mark Roth’s unmatched season when he won eight PBA Tour titles;

● Venezuela’s Amleto Monacelli becoming PBA’s first international hall of famer;

● Earl Anthony breaking the million-dollar barrier in career earnings;

● Walter Ray Williams Jr. breaking Earl Anthony’s career titles record;

● Kelly Kulick becoming the first-and-only woman to win a PBA Tour title;

● Pete Weber winning the U.S. Open for the fifth time…

How would you rank these and more than 100 additional moments over a span of 60 years? That’s the task many of our sport’s most experienced observers have been asked to answer, and fans will be invited to make their selections as well.

There will be a special line of PBA 60th Anniversary merchandise, video highlights of PBA’s most memorable moments shared on PBA’s YouTube channel as well as Xtra Frame. The PBA 60th Anniversary Dinner and hall of fame ceremonies will air live on Xtra Frame, and components of the historical moments will be built into Concrete Software’s PBA Challenge Mobile Game, and more. A special logo has been created to also commemorate the special year in PBA history.

Other special features of the 2018 celebration planning in cooperation with the Go Bowling! PBA Tour in 2018 will be announced later. Throughout the season, the 60th Anniversary celebration will be featured on the PBA Network’s comprehensive mass media and social media outlets as well as on PBA’s exclusive online video streaming service, Xtra Frame (visit xtraframe.tv for subscription information).

To enlist in all PBA Network outlets, visit pba.com and click on the PBA Network link for easy access to sign up for PBA’s exclusive email list, links to PBA’s Facebook page (Professional Bowlers Association), YouTube channel (PBABowling), Twitter feeds (@PBATOUR) and Instagram (@pbatour).

PBA50 Tour Veteran Ted Staikoff Named 2017 PBA50 Dick Weber Sportsmanship Award Winner

Mon, 2017-09-11 12:34

Ted Staikoff of Black Hawk, S.D., a competitor on the PBA50 Tour for 20 seasons, was selected by his fellow competitors as the winner of the 2017 PBA50 Dick Weber Sportsmanship Award.

“When John (PBA50 Tour Director John Weber) called to tell me I won the award, I said, are you kidding?,” a surprised Staikoff said. “It’s quite an honor to receive an award with that name on it—probably the top honor of my career.”

Staikoff, who will turn 70 in November, is still competitive on the tour for players 50 and older. In 2017, he had a best finish of 11th in the Suncoast PBA Senior U.S. Open, matching his previous best finish in a major (2007 Senior U.S. Open). His career-best finish overall is fourth which he accomplished twice in 2004.

“I feel like I’m bowling better now than when I was younger,” said Staikoff, who is a retired lieutenant colonel in the South Dakota Army National Guard. “What makes it special for me is to see the great young bowlers – or young-old bowlers as I call them – come out to bowl on the senior tour and then have the opportunity to bowl against them.”

Staikoff got off to a slow start this season with finishes of 110th and 130th in the first two tournaments but thanks to some help from fellow competitors Bob Learn Jr. and Tom Carter, was able to turn his season around.

“Another thing that makes it so enjoyable to bowl out here is the help you get from the other guys,” he said. “Bob and Tom noticed that I needed to get the ball down on the lane sooner and stop muscling the ball. They found a problem with my arm swing and worked with me to correct it, and as a result I had some better finishes later in the season.”

In addition to his 11th-place Senior U.S. Open finish, Staikoff also finished 14th in the PBA50 South Shore Open in Hammond, Ind. He also finished 11th in the Super Senior Classic for players 60 and older.

“As long as I’m competitive I’ll keep going,” said the two-time PBA50 regional winner. “It’s an opportunity to bowl against some great bowlers and make a lot of friends along the way and you can’t ask for much more than that.”

The Dick Weber Sportsmanship Award is named after the late PBA Hall of Fame legend, who won 30 PBA Tour and six PBA50 Tour titles among his many accomplishments in the sport.

History of PBA50 Dick Weber Sportsmanship Award Winners

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

PBA Spare Shots: PBA Members, Tournament Hosts Survive the Worst of Hurricane Harvey

Fri, 2017-09-08 11:46

A number of PBA members, from regional players to PBA Hall of Famers, faced the consequences of Hurricane Harvey in the Houston and eastern Texas coastline in recent weeks. For the most part, bowlers and others with PBA connections survived the catastrophic storm in relatively good shape, as detailed in an in-depth report by Bowlers Journal International editor Gianmarc Manzione.

Among those Manzione talked with were PBA Hall of Famer David Ozio, DJ Archer, Steve Wunderlich, twin brothers Pete and Paul McCordic, and Dallas area resident Conner Pickford who just wants to help.

For Manzione’s full story, click here: http://www.bowlersjournal.com/hurricane-harvey-a-sobering-experience-for-texas-bowling-community/

In addition, PBA Hall of Famer Mark Williams was able to re-open his bowling center in Beaumont, to give people something to do, and PBA Southwest Region Player of the Year Shawn Maldonado said he was on dry ground.

Among the thousands of people offering assistance was newly-signed Houston Rocket and noted PBA friend Chris Paul, who donated $75,000 to help victims.

PBA followers are encouraged to follow PBA’s Facebook page for updates related to Hurricane Harvey as well as Hurricane Irma and wildfires that are impacting the Pacific Coast region.

HURRICANE IRMA FORCES POSTPONEMENT OF NORTH CAROLINA REGIONALS

The PBA South Region has postponed the PBA and PBA-PWBA Fayetteville South Open doubleheader scheduled for Fayetteville Lanes in LaFayette, N.C., this weekend due to the anticipated arrival of Hurricane Irma along the Atlantic Coast. PBA South Region Manager Sam Zurich said discussions regarding re-scheduling will take place after the threat of the hurricane is over.

PBA, HOTELPLANNER.COM RENEW “OFFICIAL HOTEL BOOKING AGENT” AGREEMENT

HotelPlanner.com, the leading provider of online services to the global group hotel sales market, has renewed its relationship as an Official Hotel Booking Agent of the PBA for the 2018 season.

HotelPlanner.com will continue to work directly with the PBA to provide players, coaches, family, and fans convenient online room reservations the organization’s tournaments, including PBA Tour, PBA-World Bowling International Tour, PBA50 Tour, PBA Regional Tour and the PBA-PWBA Women’s Regional Tour events. As part of its sponsorship, HotelPlanner.com awards a monthly $200 gift certificate for future lodging expenses to an individual who books a room through HotelPlanner.com’s link on pba.com.

“We’re proud to renew our partnership for the 2018 season as an official hotel booking agent and sponsor of the PBA,” said Tim Hentschel, co-founder and CEO of HotelPlanner.com. “HotelPlanner looks forward to providing quality hotels, great rates, and exceptional customer service for PBA’s tournament sports travel for its members and fans.

“The PBA and HotelPlanner.com have enjoyed a strong partnership and we are pleased to announce it will continue. Our traveling staff, players and fans love to utilize HotelPlanner.com’s efficient services,” said Tom Clark, PBA CEO and Commissioner.

PBA REGIONAL UPDATE: HAGGERTY, DICKEY WIN TONY REYES MEMORIAL DOUBLES

PJ Haggerty of Roseville, Calif. and his non-member partner, Dupree Dickey of Oakland, Calif., posted an 8-2 match play record and a combined 18-game total of 8,398 pins Sunday to win the PBA Tony Reyes Memorial Member/Non-Member Doubles at 4th Street Bowl in San Jose, Calif.

Haggerty and Dickey defeated Darren Tang of San Francisco and non-member Zack Hattori of Las Vegas who had a 4-6 match play record and 8,387 pins. Haggerty and Dickey shared the $4,000 first prize.

The Tony Reyes Memorial is named in honor of the late PBA Tour champion who died in 2012. The PBA’s Community Service Award is also named after Reyes.

Mike Hastings of Millsboro, Del. defeated John Conroy of Mahopac, N.Y., 220-201, to win the PBA50 Strike Zone Open presented by Track at the Strike Zone Alleys in Pottsville, Pa., Sunday for his second PBA50 Regional title.

Hastings, a veteran of 116 PBA50 Regional events, bowled a clean game in the championship round while Conroy could not overcome a split in the middle of the final game. For Hastings, the win came seven years after winning his first title in Martinsville, Va., in 2010. He earned $1,500 along with his title.

Hastings defeated Ryan Shafer of Horseheads, N.Y., 216-140, and Conroy defeated Ray Edwards of Middle Island, N.Y., 200-190, in the semifinal round.

AJ Johnson of Owego, Ill., celebrated his 25th birthday by defeating Kyle Sherman of O’Fallon, Mo., 253-237, to win the PBA Illinois Valley Midwest Open at Super Bowl in Peru, Ill., Sunday for his third consecutive PBA Midwest Region title.

Johnson, who now has four career PBA Regional titles, also earned $1,700.

Sherman defeated Nathan Michalowski of Burlington, Wis., 218-141, to advance to the championship match. In the first stepladder match, Michalowski edged Steve Taylor of Deer Creek, Ill., 185-183.

● September’s PBA Regional calendar continues over the Sept. 8-10 weekend with the PBA50 Towne Bowling Academy Open in Schenectady, N.Y.; the PBA Autism Awareness Central Open presented by K&R Mower Derby at Astro Lanes in Wapakoneta, Ohio; the Grand Hotel Casino & Resort Southwest Invitational at FireLake Bowling Center in Shawnee, Okla.; the PBA and PBA-PWBA Diamond Jo Casino Championships at Cherry Lanes in Dubuque, Iowa, and the Aquimo West Open presented by Columbia 300 at Mesa East Bowl in Mesa, Ariz.

● September 15-17 PBA Regional events will include the PBA Rex & Griffin Bigelow Memorial/M&D Blacktop/BW3’s Central Open presented by Hammer at Troy Bowl in Troy, Ohio; the PBA Century Lanes Hampton South Open in Hampton, Va., and the PBA and PBA50 Ken & Kathy Fowler Auto Centers West/Northwest Opens doubleheader at Yokayo Bowling Center in Ukiah, Calif.

● The PBA Regional calendar for the Sept. 22-24 weekend includes the PBA/PBA50 Millsboro Lanes Doubles in Millsboro, Del.; the Florence Bowling Center Central Open in Florence, Ky.; the PBA50 Rocky Mount South Open at Rocky Mount (Va.) Bowling Center; the Liberal Kansas Southwest Open at Ayr Lanes; the PBA and PBA50 Mockingbird Lanes doubleheader in Omaha, Neb., and the PBA West/Northwest TSI Inc. Open presented by Onsite Express at Paradise Lanes in Tacoma, Wash.

● The PBA Regional schedule for the Sept. 29-Oct. 1 weekend includes the PBA50 Mel Westrich Memorial Central/Midwest Open at Delphos Recreation in Delphos, Ohio; the PBA50 Spartanburg South Open at Paradise Lanes in Spartanburg, S.C., and the Killeen Southwest Open at Hallmark Lanes in Killeen, Texas.

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

QUICK NOTES

Gavin O’Neill has a baby sister. Bill and Christi O’Neill became parents of Avery Lynn O’Neill on Monday. Avery arrived at 7 pounds, four ounces…and 19.5 inches.

● William Smith of Hampton, Va., receives a new high-performance MOTIV ball; James Tagalos of Rhinelander, Wis., wins a new Brunswick ball, and Tiffany China of Leesville, La., is the lucky winner of a new high-performance ball from DV8 as August sweepstakes prizes for subscribing to Xtra Frame. The monthly sweepstakes is sponsored by the respective PBA Product Registered partners. Monthly winners are selected from among new Xtra Frame subscribers, who are automatically entered when they enroll as a monthly or Xtra Frame Season Ticket (full year) subscriber.

● Kerrilyn Askey is the August winner of a $200 HotelPlanner.com certificate, redeemable for future lodging expenses, compliments of PBA’s official travel partner. The monthly sweepstakes is open to anyone who books a hotel through the HotelPlanner.com link on pba.com. Those who book through HotelPlanner.com are automatically entered.

Woodland Bowl in Indianapolis to Host GoBowling! PBA 60th Anniversary Classic, PBA HOF Ceremonies

Thu, 2017-09-07 15:53

CHICAGO – Woodland Bowl in Indianapolis, the only bowling center in America that has hosted every Professional Bowlers Association major championship tournament over the years, has been selected as the site for a new event that will celebrate the organization’s 60-year history: the GoBowling! PBA 60th Anniversary Classic.

The new tournament, which will be open to all PBA members, will be held between Tuesday, Feb. 13, and Sunday, Feb. 18, when ESPN will televise the stepladder finals live at 1 p.m. EDT. As part of the festive week, the PBA’s 60th Anniversary Celebration Dinner will include its 2018 PBA Hall of Fame induction ceremonies on Saturday, Feb. 17, at the Marriott North in Indianapolis.

The GoBowling! PBA 60th Anniversary Classic is the second leg of “Big February” portion of the 2018 GoBowling! PBA Tour schedule that includes two major events concluding with live coverage on ESPN: the return of the PBA Tournament of Champions to long-time host AMF Riviera Lanes in Fairlawn, Ohio, Feb. 6-11, and the Barbasol PBA Players Championship at Wayne Webb’s Columbus Bowl in Columbus, Ohio, Feb. 21-25. February’s ESPN schedule will also include a special Super Bowl Sunday presentation, the CP3 PBA Celebrity Invitational, and the Mark Roth/Marshall Holman PBA Doubles Championship that will be held in conjunction with the Players Championship in Columbus.

“Woodland Bowl has been the scene of many of the PBA’s most historic moments,” said PBA CEO and Commissioner Tom Clark. “As we began planning for our 60th anniversary celebration, we wanted to bring it to a location that has been important to the PBA throughout its 60-year history.”

Woodland Bowl is the only bowling center to host every PBA major championship, at one time or another. The 70-lane center on Indianapolis’ north side has hosted the PBA Tournament of Champions, PBA Touring Players Championship, U.S. Open, USBC Masters and PBA World Championship.

“We are honored at Royal Pin Entertainment to have our Woodland location chosen to host this very meaningful event,” said Jim Doty, Royal Pin Entertainment’s General Manager. “Our long association with the Professional Bowlers Association has been a labor of love that brings back memories of past events that include many hall of fame members who have competed at our Woodland Bowl location. We sincerely thank the PBA for honoring us to serve as the host center for the GoBowling! PBA 60th Anniversary Classic.”

Additional details about the GoBowling! PBA 60th Anniversary Classic and the PBA 60th Anniversary Celebration Dinner will be announced later.

PBA Tournament of Champions to Return to Historic AMF Riviera Lanes in Akron in 2018

Wed, 2017-09-06 16:48

CHICAGO – The Professional Bowlers Association will return to historic AMF Riviera Lanes in Fairlawn, Ohio, for the 2018 PBA Tournament of Champions, February 5-11, as part of the organization’s 60th anniversary celebration, PBA CEO and Commissioner Tom Clark announced today.

Riviera Lanes, the home of PBA’s TOC from 1966 through 1994, provided the setting for many of the most memorable tournaments in PBA history. The 40-lane center in suburban Akron hosted the Tournament of Champions for 28 years, with Norm Duke winning Riviera’s final event.

Akron also was the home of PBA headquarters from its founding in 1958 through 2000.

“As the PBA makes plans to celebrate its 60th anniversary, returning to one of the most famous settings for PBA competition was more than a goal. It was a dream come true,” Clark said. “We greatly appreciate Bowlmor AMF’s support in making our return to Riviera Lanes possible.”

Among the expected field of 96 PBA champions will be defending champion EJ Tackett of Huntington, Ind., who was not quite 2 years old when Riviera last hosted the TOC. He will be among the national tour title holders who will have first option to enter the event. PBA50 and regional winners will be given the opportunity to fill any vacancies. Entry details will be announced later.

"We are thrilled to be hosting the 2018 Tournament of Champions at our iconic AMF Riviera Lanes. It is an honor to be a part of this historic event and we look forward to seeing it played out at the venue where the Firestone PBA Tournament of Champions began,” said Colie Edison, Chief Customer Officer for Bowlmor AMF, the owner of the Riviera Lanes.

The first PBA Tournament of Champions was held in Indianapolis in 1962, but was discontinued until 1965 when it returned as the Firestone PBA Tournament of Champions, in the first year of PBA’s long-standing “Pro Bowlers Tour” series on ABC-TV. The 1965 event was the first nationally-televised sports event to include a corporate sponsor as part of its title, launching what has since become a multi-billion-dollar sports marketing industry.

The 2018 PBA Tournament of Champions will conclude on Sunday, Feb. 11, with the live ESPN stepladder finals. Additional information about the event will be announced soon.

PBA Spare Shots: 2017 PBA Xtra Frame Tour Features 10 Events, 10 Locations, 11 Different Champions

Thu, 2017-08-31 11:36

Xtra Frame is today’s solution to providing the sport with a traveling PBA Tour with broad appeal. The rapid growth of technology that allows for video streaming provides the ability to transmit live “televised” events via the internet from all corners of the world to all corners of the world, on any day at any time.

The PBA, a frontrunner in using Xtra Frame to cover events and make them available to bowling fans around the world at very little cost, will continue to evolve to serve the interests of its fan base. The nature of video streaming also expands the fan’s access to aspects of tournament competition, such as qualifying and match play rounds, that were never available in the past.

In 2017, the PBA’s Xtra Frame programming included 10 events in 10 different locations, all covered exclusively from first ball to last. The Xtra Frame Tour produced 11 different champions (including one woman, who received a PWBA title). A quick recap of the events and winners includes:

● DHC PBA Japan Invitational, Bentencho Grand Bowl, Osaka, Japan: EJ Tackett.

● Xtra Frame Reality Check Classic, Sawgrass Lanes, Tamarac, Fla.: Josh Blanchard.

● Xtra Frame Wilmington Open, Ten Pin Alley Family Fun Center, Wilmington, N.C.: Anthony Simonsen.

● Xtra Frame Greater Jonesboro Open, Jonesboro Bowling Center, Jonesboro, Ark.: Francois Lavoie.

● Xtra Frame Lubbock Sports Open, Lubbock, Texas: Marshall Kent.

● Xtra Frame Billy Hardwick Memorial Open, Billy Hardwick’s All-Star Lanes, Memphis, Tenn.: Matt Sanders.

● Xtra Frame Striking Against Breast Cancer Mixed Doubles, Copperfield Bowl, Houston, Texas: Jason Sterner/Birgit Poppler.

● Xtra Frame Chesapeake Open, AMF Western Branch, Chesapeake, Va.: Dick Allen.

● Xtra Frame Gene Carter’s Pro Shop Classic, Mid-County Bowling & Entertainment, Middletown, Del.: Sean Rash.

● Xtra Frame Kenn-Feld Group Classic, Pla-Mor Lane, Coldwater, Ohio: Rhino Page.

Seven of the 10 events listed were part of the inaugural Xtra Frame Storm Cup points series, which provided players with more than $411,000 in prize money plus the added incentive to compete for another $50,000 in bonus prize money based upon consistency of performance throughout the season. DHC Japan (an invitational event), Hardwick Memorial (a restricted-equipment event) and Mixed Doubles (an event involving partners) were not part of the Storm Cup due to their unique variations, but they were important parts of the Xtra Frame program.

As a group, all of the XF Tour events all offered at least $10,000 in first prize money and collectively, they provided a grand total of $750,000 in prize money to PBA Tour players that otherwise may not have existed. The Xtra Frame Tour also created an opportunity for a special points competition – the PBA Xtra Frame Storm Cup – which led to $50,000 in bonus prize money including a $20,000 prize to points champion EJ Tackett (feature photo).

JASON BELMONTE MOVES INTO ELITE TERRITORY WITH 15TH CAREER TITLE

By winning his 15th PBA Tour title in the PBA International-World Bowling Tour Storm Lucky Larsen Masters Sunday in Malmo, Sweden, Australia’s Jason Belmonte have moved into a higher tier among PBA’s elite.

With 15 titles, Belmonte is now tied with Steve Cook for 23rd place on the all-time titles list. Next on the list is Jason Couch with 16, Carmen Salvino with 17 and a logjam of bowlers with 18 career titles, including Chris Barnes, Nelson Burton Jr., Dave Davis, Billy Hardwick, Tommy Jones and Dave Soutar, all of whom are tied for 15th place on the all-time list.

Among active PBA players, Belmonte is eighth behind Walter Ray Williams Jr. (47), Norm Duke (38), Pete Weber (37), Parker Bohn III (35), Amleto Monacelli (20), Barnes and Jones (18 each).

PBA’S NEWEST CHAMPION JOINS BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS “BIG CHAMPIONS” PROGRAM

PBA rookie Matt Sanders (at left), a 23-year-old two-time All-American at Marian University-Indiana and the PBA Tour’s newest first-time title winner, will become the first PBA member to join Big Brothers Big Sisters’ “Big Champions” program on Friday.

Sanders, who won the PBA Xtra Frame Billy Hardwick Memorial plastic ball title in Memphis in late June, will become a “celebrity ambassador” for the nationally-famous youth organization that provides mentoring for young people in need of adult guidance. Sanders, the first PBA member to sign on as a Big Champion, will join a group including actor Jamie Foxx, Pittsburgh Steelers star Antonio Brown, singer/songwriters Letoya Luckett and Eric Hutchinson, and actor and former Little Brother Ryan Potter, among others, who will work to create awareness for the organization as well as assisting in fundraising and recruitment.

Sanders noted he will specifically try to assist Big Brothers Big Sisters with its Bowl for Kids’ Sake program. For more information about the Big Champions project, visit: http://www.bbbs.org/big-champions/

MARSHALL KENT RETAINS LEAD IN TIGHT WORLD BOWLING TOUR POINTS RACE

Thanks in part to his win in the PBA Grand Casino Hotel & Resort Oklahoma Open in early July, Marshall Kent (at left) of Yakima, Wash., has retained a modest lead in the 2017 World Bowling Tour men’s points race heading into the WBT Thailand in Bangkok Sept. 30-Oct. 6, followed by the PBA World Championship at the GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling IX, presented by Eldorado Reno Properties, in early November in Reno.

The PBA World Championship will be the final qualifying event for the 2017 WBT Men’s and Women’s Finals, presented by the PBA, that will be conducted on Nov. 19 as the concluding event to WSOB IX. The WBT Finals will include the top three men and top three women based on 2017 points, bowling for $20,000, $10,000 and $5,000 in prize money.

Following the PBA International-WBT Storm Lucky Larsen Masters in Malmo, Sweden, last weekend, Kent continued to lead the men’s standings with 273 points, with England’s Dom Barrett second with 249 points. Both players missed the Malmo event to bowl in the PBA’s Xtra Frame Kenn-Feld Classic in Coldwater, Ohio, where they were in contention in the PBA Xtra Frame Storm Cup points race as well.

Currently third in WBT men’s points is Sweden’s Martin Larsen with 227 points followed by Malmo winner Jason Belmonte of Australia (220), Anthony Simonsen of Austin, Texas (216), EJ Tackett of Huntington, Ind. (203) and Jesper Svensson of Sweden (190). England’s Stuart Williams (188), Denmark’s Thomas Larsen (177) and Sean Rash of Montgomery, Ill. (172) round out the men’s top 10.

The women’s points leaders included Danielle McEwan (445), Liz Johnson (230), Anggie Ramirez (228), Shayna Ng (186) and Liz Kuhlkin (176).

XTRA FRAME FEATURES SMITHFIELD PWBA TOUR CHAMPIONSHIP

Xtra Frame, PBA’s exclusive online video streaming service, will focus on coverage of the Smithfield PWBA Tour Championship over the Labor Day weekend. Xtra Frame will cover the preliminary best-of-five-game elimination matches of PWBA’s end-of-season tournament Monday and Tuesday from Richmond Raceway in Richmond, Va.

Xtra Frame’s coverage will begin on Labor Day at noon (EDT) with matches featuring Maria Jose Rodriquez vs. Missy Parkin, and Shannon O’Keefe vs. Birgit Poppler. At 3 p.m., Shannon Pluhowsky will meet Sin Li Jane, and Rocio Restrepo will bowl Stefanie Johnson. Monday’s coverage concludes at 6 p.m. with Clara Guerrero vs. Siti Rahman and Daria Pajak vs. Verity Crowley.

Tuesday’s schedule includes Danielle McEwan vs. the Rodriguez-Parkin winner in match 7 and the O’Keefe-Poppler winner vs. the Pluhowsky-Sin winner in match 8 at noon followed by the Restrepo-Johnson winner meeting the Guerrero-Rahman winner in match 9, and the Pajak-Crawler winner facing Diana Zavjalova in match 10 at 3 p.m. The quarterfinal round at 6 p.m. will feature the match 7 and 8 winners and the match 9 and 10 winners.

The two survivors will advance to the live CBS Sports Network finals on Wednesday at 8 p.m. EDT where they’ll join semifinalists Liz Johnson and Kelly Kulick for showdown matches leading into the championship match.

Also making its Xtra Frame debut this week is an Xtra Frame Player Perspective feature in which England’s Dom Barrett discusses his emotional 2013 PBA World Championship victory over America’s Sean Rash at the South Point Exhibition Hall in Las Vegas.

To sign up for an Xtra Frame subscription, visit xtraframe.tv.

PBA REGIONAL UPDATE: TONY REYES MEMORIAL DOUBLES SET FOR LABOR DAY WEEKEND

Kicking off the September PBA Regional schedule will be the PBA60 Wilson & Sons Super Senior Open presented by the Mooresville Convention and Visitors Bureau Saturday and Sunday at George Pappas’ Victory Lanes in Mooresville, N.C., followed immediately by the PBA50 Samuel Adams South Open presented by the Mooresville Convention and Visitors Bureau at George Pappas’ Victory Lanes in Mooresville, N.C.

The Labor Day weekend calendar of PBA Regional action also includes the PBA50 Strike Zone Open presented by Track in Pottsville, Pa.; the Tony Reyes Memorial Member/Non-Member Doubles at Fourth Street Bowl in San Jose, Calif.; the Illinois Valley Midwest Open at IV Super Bowl in Peru, Ill., and the DHC Japan PBA Doubles Open, Japan Cheetah Masters and Japan Cheetah Queens at Nagoya Grand Bowl in Nagoya, Japan.

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

QUICK NOTES

● The PBA has advised that fewer than 80 spots remain available to members wanting to enter the GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling IX in Reno, Nov. 7-19. Players must confirm a lodging reservation at one of presenting sponsor Eldorado Reno Properties’ facilities (Silver Legacy, Eldorado or Circus Circus) at the time of entry. To enter online, PBA members can use this link: https://secure.pba.com/Store/catalog/world-series-of-bowling,25.htm

● The United States Bowling Congress has announced the 2018 USBC Masters, a major on the PBA Tour schedule, will be held at the Oncenter Convention Center in Syracuse, N.Y., April 8-15. It will be the first time the Masters has been a part of the USBC Open Championship since 2011. Jason Belmonte is the defending champion.

Rhino Page Ends Title Slump with PBA Xtra Frame Kenn-Feld Classic Win; EJ Tackett Claims Storm Cup

Sun, 2017-08-27 19:11

COLDWATER, Ohio – Rhino Page of Orlando, Fla., defeated rookie Chris Via of Springfield, Ohio, 190-173, to win his first Professional Bowlers Association singles title in seven years Sunday in the PBA Xtra Frame Kenn-Feld Group Classic at Pla-Mor Lanes.

Earlier in the event, EJ Tackett of Huntington, Ind., clinched the PBA Xtra Frame Storm Cup title in a finale without much drama.

The Kenn-Feld Classic championship match reflected the challenging scoring environment, where strings of strikes were rare and spares were at a premium. Via, the tournament leader coming into the title match, left a 2-10 split and opened in the first frame. Page returned the favor, leaving a 3-7-9 split and opening in the sixth frame.

After a ball change that resulted in a cross-over strike, Page tacked on another for the only double of match, taking a six-pin lead. Via then left a 4-9 split in the ninth and opened again. Needing a double in the 10th to force Page to mark in his final frame, the former Notre Dame College two-handed player got the first strike but not the second.

All Page needed was seven pins to end his title slump, and he threw a strike to lock up his fifth career title.

“I can’t even catch my breath,” Page said. “It feels so wonderful, I can’t even describe it. I can’t thank the guys who helped me keep my head up the past seven years.

“I think (Pla-Mor Lanes) is one place that shows it’s not always about the (lane conditioning) pattern, but the playing surface as well. It’s not like there were a lot of strikes to be had, so I relied on my spare game, and that was the key.”

In the opening match, Jason Sterner of Rockledge, Fla., struck on five of his first six shots and held a 36-pin lead, but lost his momentum when he left a 4-7-10 split and opened in the seventh frame. Given an opening, Joe Bailey, a 35-year-old veteran of PBA Central Region competition with one title, responded with a double, but needing a double in the 10th frame, he left the 3-4-6-7 split and opened. Sterner won, 209-179, but Bailey recorded his highest finish (fourth place) in 39 national tour events.

Sterner quickly became a victim of the challenging scoring environment in the semifinal match, dropping a 214-168 decision to Page, who started with a spare and three strikes, and stayed out of trouble the rest of the game to earn his shot at the title.

The Xtra Frame Kenn-Feld Classic was the final tournament in the seven-event PBA Xtra Frame Storm Cup series that awarded $50,000 in bonus prizes to the five points leaders, including $20,000 to Tackett as the points champion. Tackett came into Coldwater with a nine-point lead in the Storm Cup race, and picked up two more points with his 19th place finish.

As a testament to the difficulty of the event, Tackett had the highest finish among the four players who had a mathematical chance to win the Cup, but the other three failed to gain any ground. Because only the top 20 finishers in each tournament earn Storm Cup points, England’s Dom Barrett, who finished 65th; Marshall Kent of Yakima, Wash., who finished 58th, and Dick Allen of Columbia, S.C., who finished 76th in Coldwater, failed to win a point. Regardless, Barrett held on to second place for a $10,000 bonus, Kent wound up in a tie with Sean Rash of Montgomery, Ill., who finished sixth in Coldwater, for third place ($7,500 each) and Allen earned $5,000 for fifth place in the points race.

The entire Xtra Frame Tour and Storm Cup series was live streamed on PBA’s online bowling channel, Xtra Frame.

PBA XTRA FRAME KENN-FELD CLASSIC
Pla-Mor Lanes, Coldwater, Ohio, Sunday

Final Standings:
1, Rhino Page, Orlando, Fla., $10,000.
2, Chris Via, Springfield, Ohio, $6,000.
3, Jason Sterner, Rockledge, Fla., $3,500.
4, Joe Bailey, Wooster, Ohio, $2,000.

Stepladder Results:
Match One – Sterner def. Bailey, 209-179.
Semifinal Match – Page def. Sterner, 214-168.
Championship – Page def. Via, 190-173.

Round of 8 Cashers (after 17 games):
1, Via, 3,660.
2, Page, 3,520.
3, Sterner, 3,478.
4, Bailey, 3,476.
5, Mason Brantley, Detroit, 3,463, $1,800.
6, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 3,456, $1,500.
7, Tom Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich., 3,441, $1,400.
8, Andrew Anderson, Holly, Mich., 3,423, $1,300.

Round of 16 Cashers (did not advance, after 15 games):
9, AJ Johnson, Oswego, Ill., 3,024, $1,250.
10, Brad Angelo, Lockport, N.Y., 3,023, $1,200.
11, Chris Loschetter, Avon, Ohio, 2,997, $1,150.
12, Matthew Staninger, Highland, Ind., 2,992, $1,100.
13, Jake Peters, Henderson, Nev., 2,973, $1,075.
14, Anthony Kennard, Wapakoneta, Ohio, 2,964, $1,050.
15, Frank Snodgrass, Center Line, Mich., 2,927, $1,025.
16, Michael Davidson, Versailles, Ohio, 2,900, $1,000.

Cashers Round Cashers (did not advance, after 12 games):
17, Carleton Chambers, Detroit, 2,381, $675.
18, Patrick Dombrowski, Parma, Ohio, 2,367, $675.
19, EJ Tackett, Huntington, Ind., 2,366, $675.
20, Chris Arcaro, Carolina Beach, N.C., 2,347, $675.
21, Anthony LaCaze, Melrose Park, Ill., 2,341, $650.
22, Darren Tang, San Francisco, 2,338, $650.
23, Bo Goergen, Sanford, Mich., 2,330, $650.
24, Michael Clark Jr, Cleveland, Ohio, 2,321, $650.
25, Michael Tang, San Francisco, Calif., 2,316, $625.
26, Dave Wodka, Beavercreek, Ohio, 2,312, $625.
27, Graham Fach, Canada, 2,291, $625.
28, James Hennessey, Adrian, Mich, 2,286, $625.
29, J.R. Raymond, Clinton Twp., Mich., 2,275, $600.
30, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 2,272, $600.
31, Josh Blanchard, Mesa, Ariz., 2,265, $600.
32, CJ Kirchner, Herrin, Ill., 2,231, $600.

PBA XTRA FRAME STORM CUP FINAL STANDINGS
1, EJ Tackett, Huntington, Ind., 85 points, $20,000.
2, Dom Barrett, England, 74, $10,000.
3 (tie) Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., and Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 69, $7,500.
5, Dick Allen, Columbia, S.C., 68, $5,000
6, Rhino Page, Orlando, Fla., 52.
7 (tie), Tom Daugherty, Riverview, Fla., and AJ Johnson, Oswego, Ill., 49.
9, Josh Blanchard, Mesa, Ariz., 47.
10, Ryan Ciminelli, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 45

Jason Belmonte Wins PBA-WBT “Lucky Larsen Masters” in Sweden for 15th Career Title

Sun, 2017-08-27 15:15

MALMO, Sweden – Australia’s Jason Belmonte defeated Cameron Weier of Tacoma, Wash., 245-180, to win the PBA International-World Bowling Tour’s Storm Lucky Larsen Masters at Baltiska Bowlinghallen Sunday for his 15th career PBA Tour title.

Belmonte, 34, joined EJ Tackett of Huntington, Ind., as the only three-time PBA Tour title winners in 2017. Earlier in the year, Belmonte won the Barbasol PBA Players Championship and a record fourth USBC Masters title. His win in Sweden, a new event on the PBA International-WBT schedule, was his second international tour title. He also won the 2012 Australian Masters.

After qualifying first for the Malmo stepladder finals by 45 pins over Weier, Belmonte started the title match with two spares followed by a string of six strikes to build a lead Weier couldn’t overcome. Belmonte won the equivalent of $19,832 along with his title.

Weier, a 26-year-old former Robert Morris-Illinois collegiate star, won his only PBA Tour title in the 2015 Qatar Open. He defeated Finland’s Jari Ratia, 226-194, to advance to the title match.

The Malmo tournament – named for Swedish PBA star Martin Larsen – was a World Bowling Tour points event. The top three men and top three women in 2017 WBT points will bowl in the WBT Men’s and Women’s Finals, presented by the PBA, during the GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling IX, presented by Eldorado Reno Properties, on Nov. 19 in Reno, Nev. Two additional qualifying events – the WBT Thailand in September, and the PBA World Championship in Reno – remain on the schedule prior to the finals.

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

Final Standings:
1, Jason Belmonte, Australia, $19,832.
2, Cameron Weier, Tacoma, Wash., $13,635.
3, Jari Ratia, Finland, $9,916.
4, Pontus Andersson, Sweden, $8,057.

Stepladder Results:
Match One – Ratia def. Andersson, 224-183.
Semifinal Match – Weier def. Ratia, 226-194.
Championship – Belmonte def. Weier, 245-180.

Step Three Cashers (after 12 games; top 4 advanced to stepladder finals):
1, Belmonte, 2,734.
2, Weier, 2,689.
3, P. Andersson, 2,581.
4, Ratia, 2,486
5, w-Britt Brondsted, Denmark, 2,459, $6,198.
6, w-Sanna Pasanen, Finland, 2,447, $4,958.
7, Jesper Svensson, Sweden, 2,443, $3,966.
8, w-Diana Zavjalova, Latvia, 2,415, $3,099.

Step Two Cashers (did not advance, after 8 games):
9, Bader Alaishaikh, Saudi Arabia, 1,654, $2,479.
10, w-Nina Flack, Sweden, 1,651, $2,169.
11, Andrew Cain, Phoenix, 1,649, $1,859.
12, Jassim al Muraikhi, Qatar, 1,657, $1,673.
13, Francois Lavoie, Canada, 1,646, $1,580.
14, w-Victoria Johansson, Sweden, 1,643, $1,549.
15 (tie), w-Sandra Andersson, Sweden, and Mattias Olsson, Sweden, 1,627, $1,553.
17 (tie), Timmy Fredricksson, Sweden, and Thomas Larsen, Denmark, 1,612, $1,440.
19, Filip Wilhelmsson, Sweden, 1,597, $1,394.
20, Stuart Williams, England, 1,596, $1,363.
21, Markus Jansson, Sweden, 1,576, $1,332.
22, w-Sandra Gongora, Mexico, 1,573, $1,301.
23, Mik Stampe, Denmark, 1,554, $1,270.
24, William Svensson, Sweden, 1,484, $1,240.

Step One Cashers (did not advance, after 6 games):
25, Nathan Ruest-Lajoie, Canada, 1,227, $1,209
26, Daniel Fransson, Sweden, 1,225, $1,178.
27, Robert Lindberg, Sweden, 1,224, $1,147
28, Stefan Roos, Sweden, 1,223, $1,116.
29, w-Danielle McEwan, Stony Point, N.Y., 1,213, $1,085.
30, Christer Danielsson, Sweden, 1,200, $1,054.
31, Christopher Sloan, Ireland, 1,199, $1,043.
32, Anton Persson, Sweden, 1,169, $992.
33, Emanuel Jonsson, Sweden, 1,160, $961.
34, w-Joline Persson Planefors, Sweden, 1,155, $930.
35, Anthony Simonsen, Austin, Texas, 1,154, $899.
36 (tie), Johan Danielsson, Sweden, and Francois Louw, South Africa, 1,150, $853.
38, w-Elisa Hiltunen, Finland, 1,138, $806.
40, w-Ida Andersson, Sweden, 1,117, $775.
41, Lars Lindback, Sweden, 1,107, $744.
42 (tie), Alfred Berggren, Sweden, and Fredrik Tjernes, Norway, 1,090, $675.
44, Martin Paulsson, Sweden, 1,087, $620.

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

Ohio’s Chris Via Takes First Round Lead In Xtra Frame Kenn-Feld Group Classic; Tackett Takes Storm Cup

Sun, 2017-08-27 01:14

In a tournament that is putting a player’s ability to navigate demanding lane conditions to the test, Team USA member and one-time PBA regional winner Chris Via of Springfield, Ohio, seemed to have found the key to success averaging 221 to lead the first round of the PBA Xtra Frame Kenn-Feld Group Classic, the final event of the 2017 PBA Xtra Frame Storm Cup series.

Reigning PBA Player of the Year EJ Tackett of Huntington, Ind., who has led the Storm Cup points race for most of the season, qualified 17th with 1,611 which was good enough to secure the Storm Cup title and the $20,000 in bonus money that goes with the crown.

Dom Barrett, Marshall Kent and Dick Allen, who were second through fourth in the Storm Cup standings, were still in contention heading into the tournament, but all three failed to advance to Sunday’s cashers’ round handing the crown to Tackett.

Tackett, who is trying for his fourth PBA Tour win of the season, is hoping to win the Kenn-Feld Group Classic for his first win in the seven-tournament Storm Cup series.

Competing on the Tournament of Champions lane condition at Pla-Mor Lanes, Via bowled games of 221, 244, 277, 233, 223, 188, 177 and 208 for a 1,771 eight-game pinfall total to lead 32 players from the original 96-player field into Sunday’s cashers’ round.

Via finished 67 pins ahead of Joe Bailey of Wooster, Ohio in second with 1,704, and Sean Rash of Montgomery, Ohio, who won last week’s Xtra Frame Gene Carter’s Pro Shop Classic for his 12th career PBA Tour title, in third with 1,691.

Rash, who ranks fifth in Storm Cup points, can move as high as second in the standings if he can win the tournament.

After Sunday morning’s cashers’ round the field will be cut to the top 16 players for match play beginning at 12:30 p.m. EDT which will determine the top four players for the stepladder finals at 3:30 p.m.

To catch all the action on PBA’s online bowling channel click on www.xtraframe.tv for subscription and schedule information.

PBA XTRA FRAME KENN-FELD GROUP CLASSIC

Pla-Mor Lanes, Coldwater, Ohio, Saturday

First Round (After eight games. Top 32 advance to Sunday’s cashers’ qualifying round)

1, Chris Via, Springfield, Ohio, 1,771.
2, Joe Bailey, Wooster, Ohio, 1,704.
3, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 1,691.
4, (tie) Michael Davidson, Versailles, Ohio, and Andrew Anderson, Holly, Mich., 1,655.
6, Rhino Page, Orlando, Fla., 1,640.
7, Jason Sterner, Rockledge, Fla., 1,633.
8, Jake Peters, Henderson, Nev., 1,629.
9, Matthew Staninger, Highland, Ind., 1,627.
10, (tie) Tom Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich., and AJ Johnson, Oswego, Ill., 1,626.
12, Brad Angelo, Lockport, N.Y., 1,625.
13, Anthony LaCaze, Melrose Park, Ill., 1,621.
14, Chris Loschetter, Avon, Ohio, 1,618.
15, (tie) Mason Brantley, Detroit, and Anthony Kennard, Wapakoneta, Ohio, 1,614.
17, EJ Tackett, Huntington, Ind., 1,611.
18, Chris Arcaro, Carolina Beach, N.C., 1,608.
19, Michael Tang, San Francisco, 1,604.
20, Darren Tang, San Francisco, 1,602.
21, (tie) Bo Goergen, Sanford, Mich., and Patrick Dombrowski, Parma, Ohio, 1,582.
23, Carleton Chambers, Detroit, 1,580.
24, Michael Clark Jr., Cleveland, Ohio, 1,571.
25, CJ Kirchner, Herrin, Ill., 1,559.
26, Dave Wodka, Beavercreek, Ohio, 1,553.
27, Graham Fach, Canada, 1,552.
28, (tie) Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., and James Hennessey, Adrian, Mich, 1,549.
30, Josh Blanchard, Mesa, Ariz, 1,546.
31, Frank Snodgrass, Center Line, Mich., 1,535.
32, (tie) J.R. Raymond, Clinton Twp., Mich., and Aaron Lorincz, Center Line, Mich., 1,533.
34, Bryan Paul, Brooklyn, N.Y., 1,524.
35, Gabriel Garcia, Port St. Lucie, Fla., 1,523.
36, Brian Kretzer, Dayton, Ohio, 1,522.
37, (tie) Michael Schlabach, Goshen, Ind., Charlie Brown Jr, Grandville, Mich., and Matthew Sanders, Evansville, Ind., 1,514.
40, Terry Rohrer, Ft. Wayne, Ind., 1,510.
41, Chris Hartung, Goshen, Ind., 1,509.
42, Tom Daugherty, Riverview, Fla., 1,502.
43, Jeff Evans, Supply, N.C., 1,501.
44, (tie) Matthew Ogle, Louisville, Ky., and Matt Kuba, Chicago Ridge, IL, 1,494.
46, Zeke Bayt, Westerville, Ohio, 1,493.
47, BJ Moore III, Greensburg, Pa., 1,490.
48, Ronnie Russell, Marion, Ind., 1,489.
49, (tie) Zachery Tackett, Huntington, Ind., and John Szczerbinski, N. Tonawanda, N.Y., 1,488.
51, Matt Taylor, Youngsville, N.C., 1,482.
52, AJ Chapman, Wichita, Kan., 1,480.
53, Tom Hess, Urbandale, Iowa, 1,477.
54, Brandon Novak, Chillicothe, Ohio, 1,474.
55, Kelly Jordon, Marion, Ohio, 1,465.
56, (tie) Kyle Troup, Taylorsville, N.C., and Kyle Mayberry, Mt. Vernon, Ohio, 1,464.
58, Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., 1,460.
59, (tie) Chandler Stevens, Archbold, Ohio; Ryan Patterson, Washington, W.Va.; David Haynes, Las Vegas; Josh Conner, Columbus, Ohio, and Craig LeMond, Jasper, Ind., 1,456.
64, Nick Kruml, Downers Grove, Ill., 1,454.
65, Dom Barrett, England, 1,451.
66, Tom Sorce, Blasdell, N.Y., 1,448.
67, (tie) Jason Lundquist, Columbus, Ohio, and Michael Jachcinski, Macomb, Mich., 1,446.
69, Andrew Klingler, Grand Rapids, Mich., 1,443.
70, Noel Vega, Noblesville, Ind., 1,438.
71, (tie) Ronnie Sparks JR, Redford, Mich., and BJ Satkowski, Jackson, Mich., 1,437.
73, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., 1,436.
74, Ryan Lakota, Shorewood, Ill., 1,414.
75, Mitch Beasley, Clarksville, Tenn., 1,397.
76, Dick Allen, Columbia, S.C., 1,384.
77, Tyler Wilds, Three Rivers, Mich., 1,382.
78, Tony Johnson, Canton, Ohio, 1,374.
79, Tommy Parker III, Bowling Green, Ohio, 1,371.
80, D.J. Rose, Ypsilanti, Mich., 1,363.
81, Matthew Burgin, Decatur, Ind., 1,361.
82, Kyle Bigelow, Troy, Ohio, 1,358.
83, Steven Arehart, Chesapeake, Va., 1,353.
84, Brandon Keirns, Marion, Ohio, 1,348.
85, Brian Robinson, Morgantown, W.Va., 1,333.
86, Gary Zwiezinski, Elyria, Ohio, 1,316.
87, William Tarpein, McDonough, Ga., 1,292.
88, Bill Burke, Angola, Ind., 1,283.
89, Chris Mays, Muncie, Ind, 1,272.
90, Wendell Barger, Dry Ridge, Ky., 1,267.
91, Tristan Butler, Fort Wayne, Ind., 1,260.
92, Anthony Smith, Defiance, Ohio, 1,255.
93, David Rosengarten, Gardendale, Ala., 1,250.
94, Derek Engeln, Miamisburg, Ohio, 1,217.
95, Steve Tobolt, Chicago, Ill., 1,197.
96, Aaron Pond, Fort Edward, N.Y., 1,175.

PBA Spare Shots: PBA Players Help Boston’s Mookie Betts Raise $150,000 for New England Kids’ Charities

Thu, 2017-08-24 12:32

Tommy Jones, Bill O’Neill, Dom Barrett, Tom Daugherty, Chris Via and Malaysia’s Zulmazran (ZZ) Zulkifli were participants in the inaugural Mookie Betts Big League Bowl held on August 17 at Jillian’s Lucky Strike Lanes in Boston, helping the Boston Red Sox star and noted bowling enthusiast raise more than $150,000 to benefit Pitching In For Kids and One Mission, a pair of charities aimed at improving the lives of children in New England and helping affected kids deal with their battles with cancer.

Betts, an accomplished bowler, competed in the 2015 GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling VII in Reno and in the 2017 CP3 PBA Celebrity Invitational in Los Angeles.

The inaugural fundraiser, held in an upscale bowling facility in the shadow of historic Fenway Park, also included a group of Betts’ Red Sox teammates.

EJ TACKETT CLOSES IN ON XTRA FRAME STORM CUP POINTS BONUS

Even though he hasn’t won a PBA Xtra Frame Tour title in 2017, EJ Tackett’s four top-five finishes in last five events (and a 10th-place finish in the other event) have brought him to the brink of winning the $20,000 bonus as the 2017 PBA Xtra Frame Storm Cup points champion.

Heading into this weekend’s PBA Xtra Frame Kenn-Feld Group Classic at Pla-Mor Lanes in Coldwater, Ohio, Tackett has accumulated 83 points thus far. There are only three players who have mathematical chances to catch him: England’s Dom Barrett with 74 points, Marshall Kent of Yakima, Wash., with 69 and Dick Allen of Columbia, S.C., with 68.

Fifth-place is also up for grabs, with XF Gene Carter’s Pro Shop Classic winner Sean Rash of Montgomery, Ill., currently holding that spot with 54 points. Behind Rash are Tom Daugherty of Riverview, Fla. (49), Josh Blanchard of Mesa, Ariz. (47), Ryan Ciminelli of Cheektowaga, N.Y. (45) and four other players in the upper 30s.

In the Xtra Frame Storm Cup series, 25 points are awarded to each tournament winner, 19 to second place, 18 to third, etc. through 20th place. Even one point is valuable because there is significant bonus prize money at stake. In addition to the $20,000 bonus to the points winner, the other top-five finishers will earn $10,000, $8,000, $7,000 and $5,000 respectively.

The points leaders heading into this weekend includes the following:
1, EJ Tackett, Huntington, Ind., 83.
2, Dom Barrett, England, 74.
3, Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., 69.
4, Dick Allen, Columbia, S.C., 68.
5, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 54.
6, Tom Daugherty, Riverview, Fla., 49.
7, Josh Blanchard, Mesa, Ariz., 47.
8, Ryan Ciminelli, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 45.
9, Anthony Simonsen, Austin, Texas, 39.
10 (tie), AJ Johnson, Oswego, Ill., and Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 37.
12, Shota Kawazoe, Japan, 36.
13, Kyle Troup, Taylorsville, N.C., 32.
14, Bill O'Neill, Langhorne, Pa., 28.
15 (tie), Francois Lavoie, Canada, and Rhino Page, Orlando, Fla., 27.
17, Cristian Azcona, Lake Wales, Fla., 26.
18, Ildemaro Ruiz, Venezuela, 25.

Also as a final reminder, PBA fans are still eligible for Xtra Frame’s special $2.99 three-day subscription rate for the Coldwater, Ohio Xtra Frame Tour season-finale.

In addition, fans can follow real-time results for PBA50, PBA Xtra Frame Tour and all PBA Regional events by downloading the new PBA app on Apple devices or by visiting the “live scoring” feature on pba.com.

PBA STARS COMPETING IN WORLD BOWLING TOUR MALMO

In addition to the Xtra Frame Kenn-Feld Group Classic in Coldwater, Ohio, another group of PBA stars are competing abroad in the PBA International-World Bowling Tour Malmo (also known as the Lucky Larsen Masters) at Baltiska Bowlinghallen in Malmo, Sweden. First prize will be roughly $19,850 plus a PBA Tour title if the winner is a PBA member.

Among the PBA Tour regulars competing include champions Martin Larsen, Thomas Larsen, Stuart Williams, Osku Palermaa, Jesper Svensson, Francois Lavoie, Anthony Simonsen and Cameron Weier.

From an original field of approximately 465 players who began competition on Aug. 13, a field of 44 players will enter the final day of competition on Sunday which will culminate with the top four advancing to the stepladder finals. PBA fans can monitor the results online (http://luckylarsenmasters.com/results/) or watch the Swedish live stream (https://bowlingtv.solidtango.com/vip) for 49kr (Swedish krona), which converts to roughly US$6.

PBA50 STARS SHINE IN WORLD BOWLING SENIOR CHAMPIONSHIPS

PBA50 stars Parker Bohn III, Ron Mohr, Bob Learn Jr. and Lennie Boresch Jr. dominated the World Bowling Senior Championships held last week at Dream Bowl Palace in Munich, Germany, winning gold medals in every event. The U.S. women’s team added gold in every event except doubles.

In men’s singles, Mohr won gold with Boresch and Bohn adding bronze medals. Bohn and Learn won gold in doubles, defeating silver-medalists Boresch and Mohr. Mohr won all-events, and Bohn won the Masters title. The U.S. stars also won the four-man team title.

In the women’s competition, Lynda Barnes (wife of PBA star Chris Barnes) won singles, Masters and team gold medals, a silver in all-events and a bronze medal with Carolyn Dorin-Ballard in doubles. Leanne Hulsenberg won all-events, silver in singles and bronze in Masters. Dorin-Ballard, the wife of PBA Hall of Famer Del Ballard Jr. and manager of the PBA League’s New York City WTT KingPins, also won a bronze medal in the Masters event.

PBA REGIONAL UPDATE: DEAN RICHARDS WINS TRADITIONAL HUSTED FAMILY EVENT

Dean Richards of Tacoma, Wash., posted a 7-5 match play record and a 20-game total of 4,876 pins Sunday to win his fourth PBA Regional title in the 38th annual PBA Dave Husted Northwest Open presented by 900 Global at Husted’s Milwaukie Bowl in Milwaukie, Ore.

Richards, who earned $2,000, defeated Cameron Weier of Tacoma, Wash., by 99 pins for the win. Weier had an 8-4 match play record and 4,776 pins for his 20 games, including match play bonus pins.

The tournament, hosted by the Husted family at Milwaukie Bowl, is the longest running regional in the PBA.

Former PBA member Clint Land of Houston out-dueled the non-champion field to win the PBA’s Bowling Dynamix Houston Emerald Bowl Challenge Sunday in his hometown after Anggie Ramirez of Colombia, now living in Austin, Texas topped the PBA-PWBA Houston Emerald Bowl Southwest Women’s Open field on Saturday.

Land, who finished the 21-game tournament with a 6-2 match play record and 4,620 total pins, started the modified eight-game round-robin finals with a 20-pin lead. With four games to go, only 85 pins separated the top 10 places. Land jumped to the top of the leaderboard by winning his last three matches with scores of 258, 213 and 241 to claim the $2,000 first place check. Anthony Coats from Pflugerville, Texas, finished second with 4,472 total pins.

On Saturday, Ramirez, started the eight-game women’s event with a 247 game and never looked back as she coasted to the win with 1,709 total pins, topping amateur Ashley Lawley of Friendswood, Texas, by 144 pins. Ramirez earned $1,000 while Lawley collected $360.

● Closing out the August schedule will be the PBA60 Wilson & Sons Super Senior Open presented by the Mooresville Convention and Visitors Bureau Aug. 31-Sept. 2 at George Pappas’ Victory Lanes in Mooresville, N.C., followed immediately by the PBA50 Samuel Adams South Open presented by the Mooresville Convention and Visitors Bureau at George Pappas’ Victory Lanes in Mooresville, N.C.

● The Labor Day weekend calendar of PBA Regional action includes the PBA50 Strike Zone Open presented by Track in Pottsville, Pa.; the Tony Reyes Memorial Member/Non-Member Doubles at Fourth Street Bowl in San Jose, Calif.; the Illinois Valley Midwest Open at IV Super Bowl in Peru, Ill., and the DHC Japan PBA Doubles Open, Japan Cheetah Masters and Japan Cheetah Queens at Nagoya Grand Bowl in Nagoya, Japan.

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

QUICK NOTES

● The PBA has been informed that long-time member Greg Rottengen of Washington, N.J., a veteran of nearly 250 PBA national and regional tournaments, died Tuesday at the age of 74. No additional information was immediately available.

Shawn Maldonado and Dolores Rodriguez are the parents of a baby girl, Mia Bella Maldonado, born on August 14.

EJ Tackett Leads Field into PBA Xtra Frame Kenn-Feld Group Classic and Storm Cup Series Finale

Wed, 2017-08-23 12:05

COLDWATER, Ohio – Coldwater, Ohio, a community of 4,400 residents, will be the focal point of the bowling world this weekend when 16-lane Pla-Mor Lanes hosts the 10th annual Kenn-Feld Group Classic, one of the Professional Bowlers Association’s most anticipated events of 2017.

Many of the world’s premier players are headed to western Ohio for the PBA Xtra Frame Storm Cup season finale, where points leader EJ Tackett of Huntington, Ind., will try to hold off Dom Barrett of England; Marshall Kent of Yakima, Wash., and Dick Allen of Columbia, S.C., in the battle for $20,000 in Storm Cup bonus prize money in the final event on the 2017 PBA Xtra Frame Tour schedule.

The entire tournament will be covered live, exclusively by PBA’s Xtra Frame online bowling channel. Xtra Frame is a subscription-based video-streaming service, available on a three-day plan for special price of $2.99 (good for this weekend only), 30-day plan for $7.99 and full year XF Season Ticket plan for equivalent of about $1.25 a week. Visit xtraframe.tv for details.

Tackett, PBA’s reigning player of the year and the Tour’s only three-time PBA Tour title-winner in 2017, holds a modest nine-point lead in the Storm Cup points race over England’s Barrett, while Kent and Allen both remain mathematically in contention. In addition to the Storm Cup points race, bowling fans across America and around the world also will be watching Coldwater and Pla-Mor Lanes Saturday and Sunday to see who in a world-class field of players will emerge as the PBA’s Xtra Frame Kenn-Feld Group Classic champion, winning $10,000 and a PBA Tour title.

Among the players entered in Coldwater is defending champion Kyle Troup of Taylorsville, N.C., and PBA Hall of Famers Parker Bohn III of Jackson, N.J., and Walter Ray Williams Jr. of Oxford, Fla. Other PBA Tour champions in the sold-out field include Brad Angelo of Lockport, N.Y.; Josh Blanchard of Mesa, Ariz.; Tom Daugherty of Riverview, Fla.; Graham Fach of Canada; Tom Hess of Urbandale, Iowa; Brian Kretzer of Dayton, Ohio; Chris Loschetter of Avon, Ohio; Rhino Page of Orlando, Fla.; Jake Peters of Henderson, Nev.; Kurt Pilon of Warren, Mich.; Ronnie Russell of Marion, Ind.; Tom Smallwood of Saginaw, Mich.; Jason Sterner of Rockledge, Fla., and Dave Wodka of Beavercreek, Ohio.

Mix the established champions into a field of talented young players who are out to make a name for themselves in PBA competition, and you have the makings for an exciting conclusion to PBA’s Xtra Frame Tour season.

The Kenn-Feld Group Classic gets underway on Friday, Aug. 25, with a practice session for tournament players at 2 p.m., followed by pro-am squads at 5:30 and 8:30 p.m. when Coldwater area grassroots league bowlers – men, women, kids, seniors – can bowl with PBA stars for their own prizes. For pro-am information, call Pla-Mor Lanes at 419-678-3113.

Competition begins with three eight-game qualifying squads on Saturday at 8 a.m., 1:30 and 7 p.m. The top one-third of the field after eight games will advance to a four-game cashers round Sunday at 10 a.m., after which the top 16 will bowl an additional three games at 12:30 p.m. Based on 15-game pinfall totals, the top eight will bowl two more games to determine the top four stepladder finalists. The finals will take place at approximately 3:30 p.m. Sunday.

PBA XTRA FRAME KENN-FELD GROUP CLASSIC
Pla-Mor Lanes, Coldwater, Ohio, Aug. 25-27 (all times Eastern)

Friday, Aug. 25
2 p.m. - Practice session
5:30 and 8:30 p.m. – Pro-am squads

Saturday, Aug. 26
8 a.m. - A Squad, 8 qualifying games
1:30 p.m. – B Squad, 8 qualifying games
7 p.m. – C Squad, 8 qualifying games
            Top 32 players after 8 games advances to Sunday’s cashers round

Sunday, Aug. 27
10 a.m. – Cashers round, 4 games (top 16 after 12 games advance to Round of 16)
12:30 p.m. – Round of 16, three games (top 8 based on 15 games advance to Round of 8)
2 p.m. – Round of 8, two games (top 4 based on 17 games advance to stepladder finals)
3:30 p.m. - Top four stepladder finals

PBA XTRA FRAME STORM CUP POINTS LEADERS
(Players with 25 or more points after six of seven events; 25 points awarded to winner, 19 to second place, 18 to third, etc. through 20th place. Bonus prize money payable at the end of the season will include $20,000 for first place, $10,000 for second place, $8,000 for third, $7,000 for fourth and $5,000 for fifth place.)
1, EJ Tackett, Huntington, Ind., 83.
2, Dom Barrett, England, 74.
3, Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., 69.
4, Dick Allen, Columbia, S.C., 68.
5, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 54.
6, Tom Daugherty, Riverview, Fla., 49.
7, Josh Blanchard, Mesa, Ariz., 47.
8, Ryan Ciminelli, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 45.
9, Anthony Simonsen, Austin, Texas, 39.
10 (tie), AJ Johnson, Oswego, Ill., and Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 37.
12, Shota Kawazoe, Japan, 36.
13, Kyle Troup, Taylorsville, N.C., 32.
14, Bill O'Neill, Langhorne, Pa., 28.
15 (tie), Francois Lavoie, Canada, and Rhino Page, Orlando, Fla., 27.
17, Cristian Azcona, Lake Wales, Fla., 26.
18, Ildemaro Ruiz, Venezuela, 25.

Sean Rash Wins 12th Career Title in PBA Xtra Frame Gene Carter’s Pro Shop Classic

Sun, 2017-08-20 20:41

WILMINGTON, Del.  – Sean Rash of Montgomery, Ill., used a string of seven strikes to defeat reigning PBA Player of the Year EJ Tackett of Huntington, Ind., 257-223, to win the Professional Bowlers Association’s Xtra Frame Gene Carter’s Pro Shop Classic title Sunday at Mid-County Bowling and Entertainment Center for his 12th career PBA Tour title and first of the 2017 season.

Rash, who got a break by carrying a crossover strike in the middle of his string, earned $15,000 and 25 points in the PBA Xtra Frame Storm Cup points race, which moved him into fifth place heading into the season’s final event next weekend. Tackett solidified his hold on first place in the Storm Cup points race with 83 points, nine ahead of England’s Dom Barrett.

“EJ’s a great champion and he’s going to be for a long time,” Rash said of his opponent, noting his “Brooklyn” strike was a mistake.

“I got a little slow on that shot and grabbed it,” he said, “but I threw some good ones when I needed them. Winning never gets old.”

In the first stepladder match, Tackett escaped with a 206-204 win over Alex Cavagnaro of Massapequa, N.Y., when Cavagnaro left a 10 pin after striking on his first shot in the 10th frame. Cavagnaro, in his PBA Tour stepladder debut at age 33, was a member of the “Dead Money” team that won the PBA Team Challenge in Las Vegas in 2015. Tackett, who left three 7 pins on pocket hits – missing one of the spares in the fifth frame – struck out in his 10th frame to put the pressure on Cavagnaro to double in his half of the final frame.

In the semifinal match, Tackett started with three strikes and jumped out to a 45-pin lead when PBA Tour rookie Andrew Anderson of Holly, Mich., left 3-6-7-10 split in the fifth frame followed by the 2-8-10 in the sixth, failing to convert both. Despite missing a 2 pin spare in the seventh frame and a late four-strike rally by Anderson, Tackett raced away to a 223-200 victory.

The Xtra Frame Gene Carter’s Pro Shop Classic was the sixth tournament in the seven-event PBA Xtra Frame Storm Cup series that will award $50,000 in bonus prizes to the five points leaders. Behind Tackett and Barrett (74 points) in the race for the top five spots are Marshall Kent of Yakima, Wash. (69); Dick Allen of Columbia, S.C. (59) and Rash (54). Tom Daugherty of Riverview, Fla., is five points behind Rash.

The Storm Cup series concludes with the PBA Xtra Frame Kenn-Feld Group Classic at Pla-Mor Lanes in Coldwater, Ohio, next Saturday and Sunday. The entire tournament will be live streamed on PBA’s online bowling channel, Xtra Frame. For Xtra Frame subscription information, visit xtraframe.tv.

PBA XTRA FRAME GENE CARTER’S PRO SHOP CLASSIC
Mid-County Bowling and Entertainment Center, Middletown, Del., Sunday

Final Standings:
1, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., $15,000.
2, EJ Tackett, Huntington, Ind., $7,800.
3, Andrew Anderson, Holly, Mich., $4,000.
4, Alex Cavagnaro, Massapequa, N.Y., $2,500.

Stepladder Results:
Match One – Tackett def. Cavagnaro, 206-204.
Semifinal Match – Tackett def. Anderson, 223-200.
Championship – Rash def. Tackett, 257-223.

Final Match Play Standings (after 23 games, including match play bonus pins):

1, Rash, 9-3, 5,501.
2, Anderson, 5-6-1, 5,419.
3, x-Tackett, 9-3, 5,394.
4, Cavagnaro, 9-3, 5,394.
5, Bill O'Neill, Langhorne, Pa., 8-4, 5,337, $2,000.
6, Tim Foy Jr., Seaford, Del., 6-6, 5,307, $1,500.
7, Dom Barrett, England, 8-4, 5,295, $1,300.
8, Tom Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich., 6-6, 5,268, $1,200.
9, Tom Daugherty, Riverview, Fla., 5-6-1, 5,213, $1,150.
10, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 6-6, 5,196, $1,100.
11, Billy Asbury, Odenton, Md., 6-6, 5,141, $1,050.
12, Dick Allen, Columbia, S.C., 4-8, 5,110, $1,040.
13, BJ Moore III, Greensburg, Pa., 4-8, 5,079, $1,030.
14, Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., 3-9, 5,040, $1,020.
15, Brent Tishuk, Belvidere, N.J., 5-7, 5,034, $1,010.
16, Steven Arehart, Chesapeake, Va., 2-10, 4,884, $1,000.

x-Tackett won a one-ball roll-off to decide third position for the stepladder finals

Cashers Round Cashers (did not advance, after 11 games):

17, Patrick Allen, Elmwood Park, N.J., 2,424, $700.
18, David Stouffer, Lehigh Acres, Fla., 2,420, $700.
19, Johnathan Bower, Middletown, Pa., 2,408, $700.
20, Shota Kawazoe, Japan, 2,401, $700.
21, Chris Via, Springfield, Ohio, 2,397, $700.
22, Michael Tang, San Francisco, Calif., 2,390, $700.
23, Matt Taylor, Youngsville, N.C., 2,389, $700.
24, Chris Bolosan, Newport News, Va., 2,381, $700.
25, Ronnie Russell, Marion, Ind., 2,371, $650.
26, Darren Tang, San Francisco, 2,367, $650.
27, Jason Stadtler, Lafayette, N.J., 2,364, $650.
28, Jon Van Hees, Charlestown, R.I., 2,356, $650.
29, Ryan Galli, Binghamton, N.Y., 2,348, $650.
29, John Furey, Freehold, N.J., 2,348, $650.
31, n-James Johnson III, Wilmington, Del., 2,338, $650.
32, Dave Wodka, Beavercreek, Ohio, 2,329, $650.
33, Cristian Azcona, Puerto Rico, 2,326, $625.
34, Ray Edwards, Middle Island, N.Y., 2,321, $625.
35, Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., 2,317, $625.
36, Adam Chase, North Babylon, N.Y., 2,312, $625.
37, Bryan Paul, Brooklyn, N.Y., 2,311, $625.
38, Michael Markis, Tafton, Pa., 2,307, $625.
39, Chris Blackmore, Aldie, Va., 2,304, $625.
40, Paul Brion, Mansfield, Pa., 2,299, $625.
41, Brett Cunningham, Clay, N.Y., 2,287, $600.
42, Joe Paluszek, Bensalem, Pa., 2,282, $600.
43, Tommy Barna, Westminster, Md., 2,279, $600.
44, Daniel Mitchell, Elkton, Md., 2,262, $600.
45, Michael Haugen Jr., Phoenix, 2,253, $600.
46, Gabriel Garcia, Port St. Lucie, Fla., 2,250, $600.
47, Rick Graham, Lancaster, Pa., 2,249, $600.
48, Brian Elder, Newark, Del., 2,243, $600.
49, Marty Berke, Allentown, Pa., 2,212, $600.
50, Dwight Adams, Greensboro, N.C., 2,199, $600.

n-denotes non-member.

Jones, Kent Lead PBA Xtra Frame Gene Carter’s Pro Shop Classic First Round

Sat, 2017-08-19 23:10

WILMINGTON, Del. – Eighteen-time PBA Tour winner Tommy Jones of Simpsonville, S.C., averaged 238 for seven games Saturday to lead 50 players who advanced to Sunday’s cashers’ qualifying round in the PBA Xtra Frame Gene Carter’s Pro Shop Classic at Mid-County Bowling and Entertainment Center.

Jones bowled a 1,669 seven-game pinfall total to lead Marshall Kent of Yakima, Wash., who finished the round in second just one pin behind with 1,668. Starting the round with a 299, Jones recovered after a 191 in the second game with games of 204, 262, 237, 256 and 220.

Kent is currently in second in the PBA Xtra Frame Storm Cup points race trailing reigning PBA Player of the Year EJ Tackett of Huntington, Ind., by two points with one event to go after the Gene Carter’s Pro Shop Classic. Tackett finished eighth in the first round with 1,610.

Kent owns two PBA Tour titles this season winning the Grand Casino Hotel & Resort PBA Oklahoma Open and the Xtra Frame Lubbock Sports Open. Jones, who is trying for his first win of the season, finished second in the FireLake PBA Tournament of Champions in February.

Tackett, who has three Tour wins this season including the Tournament of Champions, is trying for his first Storm Cup Tour event win this year but has three top-five finishes in the last four events including a second to Kent in the Lubbock Sports Open.

The Xtra Frame Storm Cup series concludes with the Xtra Frame Kenn-Feld Group Classic from Pla-Mor Lanes in Coldwater, Ohio, Aug. 26-27. At the conclusion of the tournament $50,000 in Storm Cup bonus money will be awarded.

Rounding out the Gene Carter’s Pro Shop Classic top five are Tim Foy Jr., Seaford, Del., 1,655; last week’s Chesapeake Open winner Dick Allen, Columbia, S.C., 1,651, and four-time PBA Tour winner Ronnie Russell, Marion, Ind., 1,633.

Allen also is in contention in the Storm Cup Points race just five pins behind Tackett. Five-time Tour winner Dom Barrett of England, who is third on the points list four points behind Tackett, finished the first round in 11th with 1,602.

After Sunday’s cashers’ round the field will be cut to the top 16 players for match play beginning at 1 p.m. EDT which will determine the top four players for the stepladder finals at 6:30 p.m.

The Xtra Frame Storm Cup series concludes with the Kenn-Feld Group Classic from Pla-Mor Lanes in Coldwater, Ohio, Aug. 26-27. At the conclusion of the tournament $50,000 in in Storm Cup bonus money will be awarded.

To catch all the action on PBA’s online bowling channel click on www.xtraframe.tv for subscription and schedule information.

PBA XTRA FRAME GENE CARTER’S PRO SHOP CLASSIC

Mid-County Bowling and Entertainment Center, Middletown, Del., Saturday

First Round (After seven games. Top 50 advance to Sunday’s cashers’ qualifying round)

1, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 1,669.
2, Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., 1,668.
3, Tim Foy Jr., Seaford, Del., 1,655.
4, Dick Allen, Columbia, S.C., 1,651.
5, Ronnie Russell, Marion, Ind., 1,633.
6, BJ Moore III, Greensburg, Pa., 1,616.
7, Steven Arehart, Chesapeake, Va., 1,612.
8, EJ Tackett, Huntington, Ind., 1,610.
9, Andrew Anderson, Holly, Mich., 1,604.
10, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 1,603.
11, Dom Barrett, England, 1,602.
12, Tom Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich., 1,596.
13, Chris Via, Springfield, Ohio, 1,593.
14, Bill O'Neill, Langhorne, Pa., 1,592.
15, Tom Daugherty, Riverview, Fla., 1,590.
16, Brent Tishuk, Belvidere, N.J., 1,569.
17, Matt Taylor, Youngsville, N.C., 1,562.
18, Billy Asbury, Odenton, Md., 1,559.
19, (tie) Jason Stadtler, Lafayette, N.J., Shota Kawazoe, Japan, and David Stouffer, Lehigh Acres, Fla., 1,554.
22, Chris Blackmore, Aldie, Va., 1,548.
23, Michael Tang, San Francisco, Calif., 1,546.
24, Daniel Mitchell, Elkton, Md., 1,543.
25, Alex Cavagnaro, Massapequa, N.Y., 1,534.
26, Patrick Allen, Elmwood Park, N.J., 1,529.
27, Jon Van Hees, Charlestown, R.I., 1,527.
28, Brian Elder, Newark, Del., 1,508.
29, Dave Wodka, Beavercreek, Ohio, 1,505.
30, Dwight Adams, Greensboro, N.C., 1,504.
31, (tie) n-James Johnson III, Wilmington, Del., and Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., 1,498.
33, Adam Chase, North Babylon, N.Y., 1,497.
34, Chris Bolosan, Newport News, Va., 1,496.
35, Joe Paluszek, Bensalem, Pa., 1,494.
36, Ray Edwards, Middle Island, N.Y., 1,493.
37, (tie) Johnathan Bower, Middletown, Pa., and Michael Haugen Jr., Phoenix, 1,491.
39, Paul Brion, Mansfield, Pa., 1,490.
40, Michael Markis, Tafton, Pa., 1,486.
41, John Furey, Freehold, N.J., 1,485.
42, Bryan Paul, Brooklyn, N.Y., 1,484.
43, Brett Cunningham, Clay, N.Y., 1,483.
44, Cristian Azcona, Puerto Rico, 1,481.
45, Darren Tang, San Francisco, 1,480.
46, Tommy Barna, Westminster, Md., 1,478.
47, Ryan Galli, Binghamton, N.Y., 1,475.
48, Gabriel Garcia, Port St. Lucie, Fla., 1,469.
49, Rick Graham, Lancaster, Pa., 1,465.
50, Marty Berke, Allentown, Pa., 1,464.

Did not advance
51, Greg Ostrander, Freehold, N.J., 1,459.
52, (tie) Theodore Fedder III, Berwick, Pa, and Kevin Donovan, Painted Post, N.Y., 1,455.
54, Victor Florie Jr, Richmond, Va., 1,454.
55, Josh Schmehl, Millsboro, Del., 1,449.
56, Jim Tomek Jr., New Cumberland, Pa., 1,448.
57, Rusty Thomsen, Cateret, N.J., 1,438.
58, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., 1,436.
59, Josh Blanchard, Mesa, Ariz, 1,434.
60, Kristian Rogers, Salisbury, N.C., 1,430.
61, Jack Bogan, Kensington, Md., 1,428.
62, (tie) Cody Shoemaker, Hanover, Pa., and Paul Nickle III, Rising Sun, Md., 1,427.
64, (tie) Andrew Klingler, Grand Rapids, Mich., and Sam Maccarone, Blackwood, N.J., 1,426.
66, Matthew O'Grady, Rahway, N.J., 1,425.
67, Ernest Lukacs Jr., Manville, N.J., 1,424.
68, Louis Gaudio, Morganville, N.J., 1,421.
69, Robert Mockenhaupt, Rutherford, N.J., 1,415.
70, Kyle Troup, Taylorsville, N.C., 1,412.
71, n-Tom Norris, Elkton, Md., 1,411.
72, Bradley Hoffman, Lemoyne, Pa, 1,408.
73, (tie) Craig Schneider, Marcy, N.Y., and Brian Robinson, Morgantown, W.Va., 1,404.
75, David Asbury, Ellicott City, Md., 1,403.
76, Zeke Bayt, Westerville, Ohio, 1,398.
77, Mike McDonnell, Chesterfield, Va., 1,395.
78, (tie) Scott Denlinger, Lancaster, Pa. and Isaac Kim, Lebanon, Pa., 1,394.
80, Chris Arcaro, Carolina Beach, N.C., 1,392.
81, Ben Zakrocki, Philadelphia, 1,391.
82, Paul Bajorski, West Babylon, N.Y., 1,390.
83, Tommy Gollick, Oberlin, Pa., 1,387.
84, (tie) AJ Johnson, Oswego, Ill., and Jay Davis, Silver Spring, Md., 1,381.
86, Justin D'Amico, Staten Island, N.Y., 1,379.
87, Ryan Ciminelli, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 1,377.
88, Tim Gillick, Milford, Conn., 1,374.
89, Doug Scheidig, Royersford, Pa., 1,371.
90, (tie) Ethan Gray, North East, Md., and Danny Wiseman, Baltimore, 1,370.
92, n-Jeffrey Roberts, Clermont, Fla., 1,363.
93, w-Stephanie Sheridan, Factoryville, Pa., 1,361.
94, Jeffrey Voght, Canojaharie, N.Y., 1,349.
95, Mike Hastings, Millsboro, Del., 1,346.
96, Darryl Bower, Middletown, Pa., 1,345.
97, Ervin Raines, New Cummberland, Pa., 1,342.
98, Jeremy Domingo, Sewell, N.J., 1,340.
99, (tie) Clifton Wolfe, West Grove, Pa., and Gary Haines, West Babylon, N.Y., 1,339.
101, Darryl Carreon, Woodbridge, Va., 1,335.
102, Frank Gray Jr., North East, Md., 1,334.
103, John Mertz III, Lancaster, Pa., 1,332.
104, Ronnie Horton, Christiansburg, Va., 1,331.
105, (tie) Stephen Dieter, Palmerton, Pa., and Rob Hoffman, Freehold, N.J., 1,328.
107, Bob Caruso, Dayton, N.J., 1,326.
108, Benjamin Thompson, New Castle, Del., 1,325.
109, John Conroy, Mahopac, N.Y., 1,324.
110, Brandon Hinderer, York, Pa., 1,323.
111, Scott Canfield, Mountville, Pa., 1,320.
112, Andrew Suscreba, Clifton, N.J., 1,319.
113, Rocco Serpico, Hazlet, N.J., 1,317.
114, Larry Ivey, Berwick, Pa., 1,312.
115, Zulmazran Zulkifli, Malaysia, 1,305.
116, Adam Travis, Cockeysville, Md., 1,300.
117, Jackson Getting, Portsmouth, N.H., 1,292.
118, Hector Medina, Woodbridge, Va., 1,291.
119, (tie) Michael Vella, Bellport, N.Y., and Lee Brosius, Ashburn, Va., 1,289.
121, Stephen Haas, Enola, Pa., 1,280.
122, Stephen Pavlinko Jr., Sewell, N.J., 1,279.
123, Thad Rand, Rapidan, Va., 1,278.
124, Vincent Wright, New York, N.Y., 1,277.
125, Jay Boyle, Garnet Valley, Pa., 1,276.
126, Tommy Dakouvanos, N. Middletown, N.J., 1,270.
127, Michael Houtz, Myerstown, Pa., 1,268.
128, Robert Perniciaro Jr., Yardley, Pa., 1,262.
129, Fran Luzzi, Geneva, N.Y., 1,253.
130, Joseph Rzemieniewski, Middletown, Del., 1,251.
131, Jason Couch, Clermont, Fla., 1,249.
132, Geordin Krupski, Newtonville, N.J., 1,246.
133, n-Terry Wiley, Vienna, Va., 1,244.
134, n-Arthur Nowlin, New Castle, Del., 1,240.
135, Rob Manley Jr., Newark, Del., 1,230.
136, n-Jonathon Bush, Clermont, Fla., 1,227.
137, Mike Lattuca, Harrisburg, Pa, 1,208.
138, Collin Raineri, Gilbertsville, Pa., 1,203.
139, Christopher Clay, Woodbridge, Va., 1,197.
140, Joshua Marino, Forest Hills, N.Y., 1,176.
141, Nathan Johnson, Elmira, N.Y., 1,174.
142, Nathan Lidke, Elkton, Md., 1,166.
143, Austin Boone, Blackwood, 1,155.
144, Williard Isaacs Jr, Kenton, Del., 1,149.
145, Richard Walker, Owings Mills, Md., 1,148.
146, James Scott, Manassas, Va., 1,147.
147, Mike Gossman, Allentown, Pa., 1,121.
148, Matthew Wozney, Clayton, Del., 1,109.
149, Joseph Steuber, Lakehurst, N.J., 1,100.
150, Brian Bradley, Fredericksburg, Va., 1,067.

n-non-member

Journey to PBA50 Player of the Year Became a Nail-Biter for Brian LeClair

Thu, 2017-08-17 11:22

For Brian LeClair, the quest to winning 2017 PBA50 Player of the Year honors, turned from a relatively sure thing into one of those “I can’t bear to watch” moments that characterized his earlier PBA Tour career.

LeClair, the 2017 season’s only two-time winner, held off challenges by two of the PBA’s all-time greats – Norm Duke and Parker Bohn III – who took the PBA50 Player of the Year race into the stepladder finals of the DeHayes Insurance Group Championship presented by Pro Bowl West and Ebonite in Fort Wayne, Ind., the final PBA50 Tour event of the season.

“I honestly thought they were going to do it,” LeClair said, referring to Duke and Bohn’s late-season challenge for the crown. “I thought the handwriting was on the wall for another disappointment in my career. I didn’t even stay for the finals to find out what happened.”

LeClair, who lives in Delmar, N.Y., spent nearly two decades competing regularly on the PBA Tour without a win but his lengthy career was finally rewarded when he won PBA50 Player of the Year honors on the strength of his wins in the Pasco County Florida Open and Johnny Petraglia BVL Open presented by Brunswick, and a runner-up finish in the Suncoast PBA Senior U.S. Open presented by Storm.

“The best thing about it is I finally have my name on something,” LeClair said. “I’m just as happy for my friends and family who supported me because I think they wanted it as bad as I did.”

Heading into the DeHayes Insurance Group Championship, LeClair held a substantial lead in player of the year points but because of the PBA50’s point structure which awards points for both qualifying and final finishing position, Bohn and Duke still had a chance to catch LeClair. It was a tall order for the pair of hall of famers because one-or-the-other needed to win and qualify either first or second. If Bohn had won, LeClair would have to finish second to clinch POY. If Duke had won, LeClair would have had to finish third.

LeClair left the door open when he finished seventh in the tournament and 19th in qualifying. But in the end, Bohn finished fourth, losing to Duke in the second stepladder match, 224-217, and Duke’s chances were then dashed when he lost to fellow hall of famer Pete Weber in the title match, 279-255.

“I was concerned heading into Fort Wayne because I was going to have to make the show at a center I really didn’t have a good handle on if I wanted to clinch it,” LeClair said. “Every time I bowled (in Fort Wayne) it seemed like I would come out of the gate just killing it in every round but then I’d lose it in the middle of the round. I could never figure it out.”

Competing on the PBA50 Tour has resulted in a resurgence of LeClair’s career. A big weight was lifted off his shoulders in his rookie season in 2015 when he won his first PBA national title in the PBA50 Fountain Valley Open. He had another quality season in 2016, without a title, but he was back in the winner’s circle right away in 2017.

“What makes winning (PBA50) player of the year so rewarding was doing it an era when so many of bowling’s all-time greats are competing,” said LeClair, who now owns three PBA50 Tour titles. “Just look at the finals in Fort Wayne as an example – Pete, Norm, Parker, Walter Ray (Williams Jr.) and Amleto (Monacelli) – and then all the other great bowlers who bowl week-in and week-out. I think that’s what means the most to me.”

Five-time PBA Tour winner Michael Haugen Jr. of Phoenix earned PBA50 Rookie of the Year honors. Haugen won the Suncoast PBA Senior U.S. Open defeating LeClair, 173-158, in the title match. He had three other top-five finishes including a third in the PBA50 Players Championship.

Ron Mohr of Las Vegas successfully defended his PBA60 Player of the Year crown, winning the PBA50 South Shore Open for his first win against the 50-and-older generation in five years as well as winning USBC’s Super Senior Classic for 60-and-older players. He had three other PBA50 top-five finishes during the season and a second in the PBA60 Killer ‘B’ Open.

Finishing in the top eight in PBA50 competition points were LeClair, Duke, Bohn, Bob Learn Jr., Williams, Haugen, Monacelli and Mohr who earned the opportunity to compete in the PBA50 Challenge which will be held in conjunction with GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling IX presented by Eldorado Reno Properties this November in Reno, Nev. All eight also earned paid entries into WSOB IX.

PBA50 players will vote on the Dick Weber Sportsmanship award at a later date.

For complete PBA50 stats click on https://www.pba.com/SeasonStats/Points/106

PBA Spare Shots: Despite 10th Place Finish, Tackett Clings to PBA Xtra Frame Storm Cup Points Lead

Wed, 2017-08-16 16:41

Despite his 10th place finish in the PBA Xtra Frame Chesapeake Open Sunday, which earned him 11 points in the Xtra Frame Storm Cup points race, EJ Tackett of Huntington, Ind., held on to a slim two-point lead in the 2017 points race over Marshall Kent of Yakima, Wash., heading into the final two events in the series.

Tackett, who finished second in the Xtra Frame Tour points race in 2016 to Tommy Jones Simpsonville, S.C., has yet to win an Xtra Frame Tour event this year, but three top-five finishes in the last four events while Kent has closed the gap with a win in the Lubbock Sports Open in June (worth 25 Storm Cup series points) and a fifth-place finish in Chesapeake (worth 16 points). Right behind the two leaders are England’s Dom Barrett with 60 points and Chesapeake Open winner Dick Allen of Columbia, S.C., with 59. Holding down fifth place on the points list is Josh Blanchard of Gilbert, Ariz., with 47.

In the Xtra Frame Storm Cup series, 25 points are awarded to each tournament winner, 19 to second place, 18 to third, etc. through 20th place. Even one point is valuable because there is significant bonus prize money at stake. At the end of the season, the points champion will earn a $20,000 bonus while other top-five finishers will earn $10,000 for second place, $8,000 for third, $7,000 for fourth and $5,000 for fifth place.

The top 25 in points heading into this weekend’s PBA Xtra Frame Gene Carter’s Pro Shop Classic from Mid-County Bowling and Entertainment in Middletown, Del., are as follows (the series concludes with the Xtra Frame Kenn-Feld Group Classic from Pla-Mor Lanes in Coldwater, Ohio, Aug. 26-27). For a complete Storm Cup points list, click here: https://www.pba.com/SeasonStats/XtraFrameTourPoints/95?page=1 .

PBA Xtra Frame Storm Cup points leaders after five of seven events are:
1, EJ Tackett, Huntington, Ind., 64.
2, Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., 62
3, Dom Barrett, England, 60.
4, Dick Allen, Columbia, S.C., 59
5, Josh Blanchard, Gilbert, Ariz., 47.
6, Ryan Ciminelli, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 45.
7, Anthony Simonsen, Austin, Texas, 39.
8 (tie), AJ Johnson, Oswego, Ill., and Tom Daugherty, Tampa, Fla., 37.
10, Shota Kawazoe, Japan, 35.
11, Kyle Troup, Taylorsville, N.C., 32.
12, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 29.
13 (tie), Rhino Page, Orlando, FL, and Francois Lavoie, Quebec City, Quebec, 27.
15 (tie), Cristian Azcona, Puerto Rico, and Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 26.
17, Ildemaro Ruiz, Venezuela, 25.
18, Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 24.
19 (tie), Jakob Butturff, Chandler, Ariz.; Jason Sterner, Cocoa Beach, Fla.; Stuart Williams, England, and Anthony Caso, Spring Hill, Fla., 18.
23 (tie), Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, and Shawn Maldonado, Houston, Texas, 17.
25 (tie), Craig Nidiffer, Trenton, Mich., and Steven Arehart, Chesapeake, Va., 15.

PBA fans also are reminded that for a limited time, Xtra Frame is available for a special $2.99 three-day subscription rate, a $1 savings over its normal rate. The special offer, good now through August 27, makes it possible to watch each of the remaining PBA Xtra Frame Storm Cup Series tournaments at the special rate.

In addition, fans can follow real-time results for PBA50, PBA Xtra Frame Tour and all PBA Regional events by downloading the new PBA app on Apple devices or by visiting the “live scoring” feature on pba.com.

FAULKNER PROVIDES INSIGHT INTO WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP WIN ON XTRA FRAME

Gary Faulkner Jr. of Memphis, Tenn., provides insights into his 2015 Rolltech PBA World Championship victory over EJ Tackett in the newest PBA Player Perspective that debuts on Xtra Frame on Wednesday.

Faulkner defeated Tackett, 216-178, to win his first PBA Tour title at the National Bowling Stadium in Reno, Nevada.

PBA Player Perspective is an ongoing series of special interviews with PBA Tour players which will debut every other week on Xtra Frame.

PBA REGIONAL UPDATE: GRAHAM FACH WINS FOURTH REGIONAL TITLE IN INDIANA

Graham Fach of Guelph, Ontario, defeated C.J. Kirchner of Herrin, Ill., 176-147, to win the PBA Greater Richmond Central Open at Richmond 40 Bowl Sunday.

Fach, who earned his fourth regional title and $1,600 for the one-day, reduced entry fee event, downed Craig Nidiffer of Trenton, Mich., 2-0, while Kirchner eliminated Aaron Lorincz of Center Line, Mich., 2-0, in the best-of-three-game semifinal round to set up the championship match.

● The Aug. 18-20 PBA Regional calendar includes the Emerald Bowl Houston Southwest Challenge for non-title winners plus the PBA-PWBA Emerald Bowl Southwest Open in Houston, Texas, for women, and the Dave Husted Northwest Open presented by 900 Global at Husted’s Milwaukie Bowl in Milwaukie, Ore.

● Closing out the August schedule will be the PBA60 Wilson & Sons Super Senior Open presented by the Mooresville Convention and Visitors Bureau Aug. 31-Sept. 2 at George Pappas’ Victory Lanes in Mooresville, N.C., followed immediately by the PBA50 Samuel Adams South Open presented by the Mooresville Convention and Visitors Bureau at George Pappas’ Victory Lanes in Mooresville, N.C.

● The Labor Day weekend calendar of PBA Regional action includes the PBA50 Strike Zone Open presented by Track in Pottsville, Pa.; the Tony Reyes Memorial Member/Non-Member Doubles at Fourth Street Bowl in San Jose, Calif.; the Illinois Valley Midwest Open at IV Super Bowl in Peru, Ill., and the DHC Japan PBA Doubles Open, Japan Cheetah Masters and Japan Cheetah Queens at Nagoya Grand Bowl in Nagoya, Japan.

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

Age and Wisdom Again Faces Youthful Challenge in PBA Xtra Frame Gene Carter’s Pro Shop Classic

Tue, 2017-08-15 15:45

MIDDLETOWN, Del. – For the past two years, the PBA Tour Xtra Frame Gene Carter’s Pro Shop East Classic has featured a showdown between some of the Professional Bowlers Association’s established veteran stars and what many believe is the strongest generation of rising stars the PBA has seen in years. The story isn’t any different this year, except maybe the stakes are a bit higher.

This year, in addition to a $15,000 first prize and a PBA Tour title (if the winner is a PBA member), players are competing for PBA Xtra Frame Storm Cup series points, which are awarded to the top 20 players in each of seven tournaments in the series. Middletown is the sixth of seven Storm Cup series events which will reward the top five in points with shares of $50,000 in bonus prize, including $20,000 to the winner.

Heading into Delaware, the top five Storm Cup points leaders are: EJ Tackett (64), Marshall Kent (62), Dom Barrett (60), Dick Allen (59), Josh Blanchard (47). Blanchard is two points ahead of Ryan Ciminelli.

Whether or not youth will prevail in Middletown remains to be seen, because age-and-wisdom has proven to be the winning commodity the past two seasons. In 2016, it was Michael Haugen Jr. (featured photo) of Phoenix who took the title on the eve of launching his PBA50 Rookie of the Year campaign. In 2015, victory went to the older-and-wiser Ryan Shafer of Horseheads, N.Y., a 30-year PBA Tour veteran who ended a 12-year title slump with a 254-144 romp past then-22-year-old Marshall Kent of Yakima, Wash. The 2014 champ was PBA Hall of Famer Jason Couch of Clermont, Fla., who came out of retirement to win.

The 2017 field coming to Mid-County Bowling and Entertainment will include veteran PBA Tour champions including Dick Allen of Columbia, S.C., who won last Sunday’s PBA Xtra Frame Chesapeake Open in Virginia; Patrick Allen of Elmwood Park, N.J.; England’s Dom Barrett; Josh Blanchard of Mesa, Ariz.; Ryan Ciminelli of Cheektowaga, N.Y.; Couch; Tom Daugherty of Tampa, Fla.; Ray Edwards of Middle Island, N.Y.; Haugen; Tommy Jones of Simpsonville, S.C.; Bill O’Neill of Langhorne, Pa.; Anthony Pepe of Elmhurst, N.Y.; Sean Rash of Montgomery, Ill.; Ronnie Russell of Marion, Ind.; Shafer; Tom Smallwood of Saginaw, Mich.; Kyle Troup of Taylorsville, N.C.; Danny Wiseman of Baltimore; Dave Wodka of Beavercreek, Ohio, and the winningest PBA player of them all, 47-time PBA Tour champion Walter Ray Williams Jr. of Oxford, Fla.

Among the next-generation challengers will be reigning PBA Player of the Year EJ Tackett of Huntington, Ind.; Kent, the 2014 PBA Rookie of the Year; AJ Johnson of Oswego, Ill.; San Francisco’s Tang brothers, Darren and Michael; PBA rookie Cristian Azcona of Puerto Rico, and several others who are trying to establish names for themselves.

The Delaware field also has a distinct international flavor, including Japan’s Shota Kawazoe and Malaysian two-hander Zulmazran (ZZ) Zulkifli.

The entire tournament will be covered live, exclusively by PBA’s Xtra Frame online bowling channel. Xtra Frame is a subscription-based video-streaming service, available on a three-day plan for special price of $2.99, 30-day plan for $7.99 and full year XF Season Ticket plan for equivalent of about $1.25 a week. Visit xtraframe.tv for details.

The Gene Carter Pro Shop East Classic gets underway on Friday, Aug. 18, with a practice session for tournament players from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m., followed by pro-am squads at 3, 5:15 and 8 p.m. when grassroots league bowlers – men, women, kids, seniors – can bowl with PBA stars for their own prizes.

Competition begins with three seven-game qualifying squads on Saturday with seven-game qualifying squads bowling at 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. The top 50 players will advance to a four-game cashers round Sunday at 9 a.m., after which the top 16 will bowl a modified 12-game round-robin match play round. Based upon combined 23-game pinfall totals (including 30 bonus pins for matches won), the top four will compete in a stepladder finale at approximately 6:30 p.m.

For pro-am information, e-mail len.h@outlook.com.

PBA XTRA FRAME GENE CARTER’S PRO SHOP CLASSIC
Mid-County Bowling and Entertainment, Middletown, Del., Aug. 19-21 (all times Eastern)

Friday, Aug. 18
11 a.m. - Practice session
3 p.m. – AB Sports Junior Scholarship pro-am
5:15 and 8 p.m. – Anchor Buick-GMC/Williams Chevrolet pro-am squads

Saturday, Aug. 19
9 a.m. - A Squad, 7 qualifying games
4 p.m. – B Squad, 7 qualifying games
Top one-third of field after 7 games advances to match play

Sunday, Aug. 20
9 a.m. – Cashers round, 4 games (top 16 after 11 games advance to match play
1 p.m. – Top 16, 12 games modified round robin match play (top four after 23 games advance to stepladder finals)
6:30 p.m. - Top four stepladder finals

PBA XTRA FRAME STORM CUP POINTS LEADERS
(Players with 10 or more points after five of seven events; 25 points awarded to winner, 19 to second place, 18 to third, etc. through 20th place. Bonus prize money payable at the end of the season will include $20,000 for first place, $10,000 for second place, $8,000 for third, $7,000 for fourth and $5,000 for fifth place.)
1, EJ Tackett, Huntington, Ind., 64
2, Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., 62
3, Dom Barrett, England, 60
4, Dick Allen, Columbia, S.C., 59
5, Josh Blanchard, Gilbert, Ariz., 47
6, Ryan Ciminelli, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 45
7, Anthony Simonsen, Austin, Texas, 39
8 (tie), AJ Johnson, Oswego, Ill., and Tom Daugherty, Tampa, Fla., 37
10, Shota Kawazoe, Japan, 35
11, Kyle Troup, Taylorsville, N.C., 32
12, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 29
13 (tie), Rhino Page, Orlando, FL, and Francois Lavoie, Quebec City, Quebec, 27
15 (tie), Cristian Azcona, Puerto Rico, and Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 26
17, Ildemaro Ruiz, Venezuela, 25
18, Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 24
19 (tie), Jakob Butturff, Chandler, Ariz.; Jason Sterner, Cocoa Beach, Fla.; Stuart Williams, England, and Anthony Caso, Spring Hill, Fla., 18
23 (tie), Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, and Shawn Maldonado, Houston, Texas, 17
25 (tie), Craig Nidiffer, Trenton, Mich., and Steven Arehart, Chesapeake, Va., 15
27, Chris Loschetter, Avon, Ohio, 14
28, BJ Moore III, Greensburg, Pa., 13
28 (tie), Sean Lavery-Spahr, Pasadena, Texas, and Chris Spoo, Boynton Beach, Fla., 13
31 (tie), Kris Koeltzow, Wheat Ridge, Colo.; Andres Gomez, Colombia; Bill O'Neill, Langhorne, Pa., and Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., 12
35, Jeff Piroozshad, Coral Springs, Fla., 11

Dick Allen Ends Six-Year Title Drought with Victory in PBA Xtra Frame Chesapeake Open

Sun, 2017-08-13 18:00

CHESAPEAKE, Va. - Dick Allen of Columbia, S.C., defeated top qualifier Ryan Ciminelli of Cheektowaga, N.Y., 205-176, to win his fourth Professional Bowlers Association Tour title Sunday in the PBA Xtra Frame Chesapeake Open at AMF Western Branch Lanes.

Allen, who won his most recent PBA Tour title in Indianapolis in 2011, was in or near the lead throughout the final stages of qualifying before surrendering the lead to Ciminelli in the final qualifying game. But making the finals as the no. 2 qualifier was fine with Allen, who knew he would at least get a shot at ending his six-year title drought.

“I’ve been close a couple of times,” Allen said, “but after coming so close (a third-place finish in the (Mark Roth-Marshall Holman PBA Doubles Championship) with Zeke (Bayt) made me want to really focus on my game, so I’ve been working at it.

“These young kids out here now are so good, you really have to work at it if you want to win again. And I love to bowl, and I wanted to win again.”

Allen and Bayt finished third in the Roth-Holman Doubles event in Portland, Maine, in April for Allen’s best finish since a runner-up finish in the 2014 Cheetah Championship in Las Vegas.

In the championship match, Ciminelli never got comfortable. He failed to convert the 3-5-6-10 in the second frame, and didn’t throw his first strike until the sixth frame. He got his second strike in the seventh frame, but then left a 7 pin – his fifth single pin leave. In the meantime, Allen’s early double was followed by a 2-8-10 split. And then a turkey was followed by a 4-7-10 split, giving Ciminelli a fighting chance. But the Cheektowaga left-hander left a 4-10 split in the ninth frame and his comeback hopes evaporated.

“The guy’s a great bowler, but I definitely left it open for him,” Allen said of his match with Ciminelli. “I was fortunate to escape this time. You don’t escape those moments very often out there.”

In the first stepladder match between a pair of 23-year-old PBA newcomers, Anthony Caso of Spring Hill, Fla., eliminated five-time Puerto Rico national team member Cristian Azcona, 244-219. Caso struck on five of his first six shots, held a 37-pin lead after Azcona failed to convert the 3-6-10 in the seventh frame, and doubled in the ninth and 10th frames to clinch the win.

Allen, a 38-year-old, 18-year PBA Tour veteran, eliminated Caso in almost identical fashion in the semifinal match, 228-201. Allen started the contest with five strikes on his first six attempts while Caso, a third-year PBA member who was bowling in only his second PBA Tour event, struggled to find the pocket until the final two frames.

The Xtra Frame Chesapeake Open was the fifth tournament in the seven-event PBA Xtra Frame Storm Cup series that will award $50,000 in bonus prizes to the five points leaders. With his win, Allen will be in the thick of the race heading into the Xtra Frame Gene Carter’s Pro Shop Classic from Mid-County Bowling and Entertainment in Middletown, Del., Aug. 19-20, and the series finale, the PBA Xtra Frame Kenn-Feld Group Classic at Pla-Mor Lanes in Coldwater, Ohio, Aug. 26-27.

Both events will be live streamed on PBA’s online bowling channel, Xtra Frame. For Xtra Frame subscription information, visit xtraframe.tv.

PBA XTRA FRAME CHESAPEAKE OPEN
AMF Western Branch Lanes, Chesapeake, Va.  Sunday

Final Standings:
1, Dick Allen, Columbia, S.C., $10,000.
2, Ryan Ciminelli, Cheektowaga, N.Y., $6,000.
3, Anthony Caso, Spring Hill, Fla., $3,500.
4, Cristian Azcona, Puerto Rico, $2,000.

Stepladder Results:
Match One – Caso def. Azcona, 244-219.
Semifinal Match – Allen def. Caso, 228-201
Championship – Allen def. Ciminelli, 205-176.

Round of 8 Cashers (after 17 games):

1, Ciminelli, 3,959.
2, Allen, 3,924.
3, Caso, 3,885.
4, Azcona, 3,882.
5, Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., 3,865, $1,700.
6, Steven Arehart, Chesapeake, Va., 3,847, $1,500.
7 (tie), x-Dom Barrett, England, and Anthony Simonsen, Austin, Texas, 3,809, $1,425.

Round of 16 Cashers (did not advance, after 15 games):

9, Andres Gomez, Colombia, 3,370, $1,350.
10, EJ Tackett, Huntington, Ind., 3,346, $1,300.
11, n-Josh Garner, Hampton, Va., 3,335, $1,250.
12, Tom Daugherty, Riverview, Fla., 3,333, $1,200.
13, Rhino Page, Orlando, Fla., 3,300, $1,150.
14, Josh Blanchard, Mesa, Ariz., 3,276, $1,100.
15, Kyle Troup, Taylorsville, N.C., 3,260, $1,050.
16, Matt Taylor, Youngsville, N.C., 3,217, $1,000.

Cashers Round Cashers (did not advance, after 12 games):

17, Chris Arcaro, Carolina Beach, N.C., 2,606, $800.
18, Clifford Stanley II, Virginia Beach, Va., 2,582, $790.
19, Zulmazran Zulkifli, Malaysia, 2,575, $780.
20, Jason Sterner, Rockledge, Fla., 2,555, $770.
21, Shota Kawazoe, Japan, 2,549, $760.
22, Ildemaro Ruiz, Venezuela, 2,545, $750.
23, Darren Tang, San Francisco, 2,535, $740.
24, Michael Tang, San Francisco, 2,527, $730.
25, Cody Shoemaker, Hanover, Pa., 2,519, $720.
26, Andrew Klingler, Grand Rapids, Mich., 2,515, $710.
27, Chris Via, Springfield, Ohio, 2,512, $700.
28, Chris Polizzi, Spring Hill, Fla., 2,508, $690.
29, David Powers, Newport News, Va., 2,498, $680.
30, Richard Horsley, Morrisville, N.C., 2,495, $670.
31, Darrin Casstevens, Winston-Salem, N.C., 2,488, $660.
32, Kristian Rogers, Salisbury, N.C., 2,472, $655.
33, Anthony DeStasio, Fort Lauderdale, Fla., 2,463, $650.
34, Michael Vitalone, Jr., Lake Worth, Fla., 2,451, $645.
35, Jeremy Mooney, West Palm Beach, Fla., 2,431, $640.
36, Trevor Roberts, Crystal River, Fla., 2,406, $635.
37, Kip Roberts, Glen Allen, Va., 2,403, $630.
38, Jeff Evans, Supply, N.C., 2,393, $625.
39, n-Chris Kruschke, Newport News, Va., 2,391, $620.
40, Johnnie Payne, Savannah, Ga., 2,385, $615.
41, n-David Schmidtmann, Norfolk, Va., 2,377, $610.
42, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 1,767, $605.
43, Craig Nidiffer, Trenton, Mich., 1,660, $600.

x-Barrett def. Gomez, 245-196, in a one-game roll-off to advance to the Round of 8 after they tied for eighth place in the Round of 16.

n-denotes non-member.