Koivuniemi Wins Chris Schenkel PBA Player of the Year Award; Norton, Jurek Also Win Post-Season Honors

by Bill Vint May 5, 2011 05:11

SEATTLE – Finland’s Mika Koivuniemi, who won the richest first prize in PBA history and became the first player ever to reach the television finals in all four PBA major championships in a single season, has been selected as 2010-11 Chris Schenkel PBA Player of the Year.

Koivuniemi, who won the $250,000 first prize in the $1 million PBA Tournament of Champions, also finished second in the U.S. Open, third in the Bayer USBC Masters and sixth in the PBA World Championship on his way to winning the PBA Tour earnings title with $330,040 – the third-highest total in PBA Tour history. The 44-year-old right-hander, who also won Player of the Year honors for 2003-04, was the Tour’s average leader with a 222.50 average for 292 games bowled.

The PBA also announced Scott Norton of Costa Mesa, Calif., is 2011 Harry Golden Rookie of the Year and Jack Jurek of Lackawanna, N.Y., has won the Steve Nagy Sportsmanship Award for the second time.

Koivuniemi, who lives in Hartland, Mich., and Venezuela’s Amleto Monacelli (1989 and 1990) are the only international players who have won PBA Player of the Year honors. Koivuniemi received 334 votes from his peers, easily out-distancing runner-up Chris Barnes of Double Oak, Texas (63) and Bill O’Neill of Southampton, Pa. (61).

“It’s really a great honor,” Koivuniemi said. “There are only 10 players who had won Player of the Year more than once, and to be the 11th member of that group is really special.

“It was an almost perfect season for me,” he added. “Qualifying for TV for all four majors is a huge deal. No one had ever done that before, and to win the Tournament of Champions? That’s the one everyone wanted.”

Norton, a practicing California attorney, won his first PBA Tour title in the Pepsi Chameleon Championship. He was the only rookie to win a title during the 2010-11 Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour season. Norton received 445 votes; no other player received more than 15.

Jurek, who also won the Steve Nagy Sportsmanship Award in 2006, also was an overwhelming choice. His most visible act of sportsmanship came during the title match of the Bayer USBC Masters where he was top qualifier, and was on the verge of losing to first-time champion Tom Hess of Urbandale, Iowa. Jurek approached Hess, who had broken down in tears under the emotion of his victory, and helped him calm down enough to finish the match.

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Alaska’s Ron Mohr Wins PBA Senior Miller High Life Classic for Fourth Senior Tour Title

by Jerry Schneider May 4, 2011 14:48

MOORESVILLE, N.C. – Ron Mohr of Eagle River, Alaska, won the PBA Senior Miller High Life Classic Wednesday at George Pappas’ Victory Lanes for his fourth career Senior Tour title.

Mohr, the 2009 PBA Senior Player of the Year, defeated Tim Kauble of Marion, Ohio, 248-236, in the title match for his first win of the season after a third-place finish in last week’s Sun Bowl In the Villages and fourth-place finish in the season-opening Senior Don Carter Open.

It was an especially emotional win for Mohr, whose wife Linda passed away in January as the result of treatment complications from surgery last September. He had to miss most of the second half of the 2010 Senior Tour season to return home to be with his wife and family.

“My plan was to approach this season like I did when I first came out on Tour in 2008,” said the 55-year-old Mohr. “I’d bowl the first three tournaments or so and see how it goes and then make a decision on if I should continue.

“It’s a big relief, he continued. “Prior to the start of this season I hadn’t bowled competitively for seven months so I wasn’t sure what the future was going to hold. I’ll be honest, winning in the third tournament of the season was more than I could expect.”

With Mohr down by 20 pins in the fifth frame, Kauble missed a 10 pin in the sixth frame which turned out to be a turning point in the match.

“He started with the first five (strikes) but when he missed that spare it put me back in the match,” Mohr said. “Then, I had four strikes in a row from the sixth to the ninth and all I needed to do was mark in the 10th frame to shut him out.”

Mohr defeated Keith Sharp of Orlando, Fla., 268-249, in the semifinal to advance to the championship match. Kauble defeated PBA Hall of Famer and four-time Senior Player of the Year Tom Baker of King, N.C., in the other semifinal match, 268-238.

The PBA Senior Tour will take a short break and resume May 21-24 for the Mark Roth Allentown Open at Playdrome Rose Bowl in Allentown, Pa.

PBA SENIOR MILLER HIGH LIFE CLASSIC

George Pappas’ Victory Lanes, Mooresville, N.C.

Final Results

Championship Match

Ron Mohr, Eagle River, Alaska ($8,000) def. Tim Kauble, Marion, Ohio ($4,500), 248-236.

Semifinal Round (one-game matches, losers earn $2,500)

Kauble, def. Tom Baker, King, N.C., 268-238.

Mohr def. Keith Sharp, Orlando, Fla., 268-249.

Round of 8 (best-of-three games, losers eliminated, $1,700 each)

Kauble def. Steve Lickliter, Beckley, W. Va., 2-1

Baker def. Kenny Parks, Hammond, Ind., 2-0.

Sharp def. Marty Berke, Allentown, Pa., 2-0.

Mohr def. Roger Kossert, Lithia, Fla., 2-0.

Round of 16 (best-of-five games, losers eliminated, $1,300 each)

Lickliter def. Walter Ray Williams Jr., Ocala, Fla., 3-2.

Kauble def. William Keene, Orlando, Fla., 3-1.

Baker def. Warren Blankenship, Ardmore, Okla., 3-0.

Parks def. Brian Brazeau, Ocala, Fla., 3-1.

Mohr def. Henry Gonzalez, Colorado Springs, Colo., 3-0.

Kossert def. Gary Shultis, Levittown, N.Y., 3-1.

Berke def. Bill McCorkle, Westerville, Ohio, 3-2.

Sharp def. David Kneas, Annapolis, Md., 3-2.

Round of 24 (best-of-five games, losers eliminated, $1,150 each)

Lickliter def. Dave Patchen, Oregon, Ohio, 3-2.

Kauble def. Harry Sullins, Chesterfield Township, Mich., 3-0.

Blankenship def. Dave Goldenberg, Selden, N.Y., 3-0.

Parks def. Hugh Miller, Seattle, 3-0.

Kneas def. Larry Popp, Marion, Ohio, 3-1.

McCorkle def. Russ Freeman, Antioch, Ill., 3-2.

Gonzalez def. Dale Eagle, Tavares, Fla., 3-0.

Kossert def. Mark Williams, Beaumont, Texas, 3-0.

Round of 32 (best-of-five games, losers eliminated, $1,050 each)

Patchen def. George Pappas, Charlotte, 3-2.

Sullins def. Jeff Bellinger, Columbia, S.C., 3-1.

Goldenberg def. Kerry Painter, Henderson, Nev., 3-1.

Parks def. Guppy Troup, Taylorsville, S.C., 3-1.

Kneas def. Charlie Tomey, Spartanburg, S.C., 3-1.

McCorkle def. Darryl Bower, Mechanicsburg, Pa., 3-1.

Eagle def. Bob Brady, Santa Monica, Calif., 3-0.

Kossert def. Vince Honeycutt, Bufurd, Ga., 3-1.

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PBA Senior Miller High Life Classic - Match Play Rounds

by John Weber May 4, 2011 02:14
PBA Senior Tour
PBA Senior Miller High Life Classic
George Pappas Victory Lanes
Mooresville, NC

MATCH PLAY ROUNDS

Championship Match
Winners from the round of 4.
Single elimination, single game match play.
Loser earns $4,500. Winner earns $8,000.
(updated 9:40 p.m. ET)

#9  Tim Kauble                  236
#6  Ron Mohr                    248
Ron Mohr - Champion

ROUND OF 4
Winners from the round of 8.
Single elimination, single game match play.
Losers eliminated, earn $3,000.

#9  Tim Kauble                  268
#5  Tom Baker                   238
Tim Kauble - Winner

#2  Keith Sharp                 249
#6  Ron Mohr                    268
Ron Mohr - Winner

ROUND OF 8
Winners from the round of 16.
Single elimination, best-of-three games match play.
Losers eliminated, earn $1,700.

#16 Steve Lickliter             177   226   189
#9  Tim Kauble                  181   198   259
Tim Kauble - Winner

#5  Tom Baker                   279   290
#20 Kenny Parks                 180   258
Tom Baker - Winner

#2  Keith Sharp                 259   231
#7  Marty Berke                 168   214
Keith Sharp - Winner

#6  Ron Mohr                    257   270
#19 Roger Kossert               217   246
Ron Mohr - Winner

ROUND OF 16
Winners from the round of 16 and Qualifiers 1-8.
Single elimination, best-of-five games match play.
Losers eliminated, earn $1,300.

#16 Steve Lickliter             265   217 (27)   255   265
#1  W.R. Williams Jr.           215   217 (26)   279   236
Steve Lickliter - Winner

#9  Tim Kauble                  286   194   255   226
#8  William Keenan Jr.          215   206   225   188
Tim Kauble - Winner

#5  Tom Baker                   239   206   269
#12 Warren Blankenship          196   247   210
Tom Baker - Winner

#4  Brian Brazeau               212   266   182   205
#20 Kenny Parks                 257   244   236   237
Kenny Parks - Winner

#18 David Kneas                 212   247   182   225   226
#2  Keith Sharp                 200   190   201   233   246
Keith Sharp - Winner

#23 Bill McCorkle               226   257   244   220   213
#7  Marty Berke                 206   269   232   248   228
Marty Berke - Winner

#6  Ron Mohr                    244   226   257
#11 Henry Gonzalez              213   185   236
Ron Mohr - Winner

#3  Gary Shultis                191   257   300   198
#19 Roger Kossert               205   275   278   257
Roger Kossert - Winner

ROUND OF 24
Winners from the round of 32 and Qualifiers 9-16.
Single elimination, best-of-five games match play.
Losers eliminated, earn $1,150.

#32 Dave Patchen                209   279   216   208   195
#16 Steve Lickliter             246   231   199   233   197
Steve Lickliter - Winner

#25 Harry Sullins               194   220   225
#9  Tim Kauble                  260   268   237
Tim Kauble - Winner

#12 Warren Blankenship          212   256   232
#28 Dave Goldenberg             201   240   187
Warren Blankenship - Winner

#13 Hugh Miller                 214   190   247
#20 Kenny Parks                 225   208   257
Kenny Parks - Winner

#18 Dave Kneas                  228   224   217   224
#15 Larry Popp                  234   190   184   212
Dave Kneas - Winner

#23 Bill McCorkle               191   224   184   236  228
#10 Russ Freeman                235   191   221   186  138
Bill McCorkle - Winner

#11 Henry Gonzalez              280   225   257
#22 Dale Eagle                  225   210   197
Henry Gonzalez - Winner

#14 Mark Williams               234   177   202
#19 Roger Kossert               248   226   217
Roger Kossert - Winner

ROUND OF 32
Qualifiers 17-32.
Single elimination, best-of-five games match play.
Losers eliminated, earn $1,050.

#17 George Pappas               223   241   246   206 (9)    172
#32 Dave Patchen                193   258   245   206 (10)   235
Dave Patchen - Winner

#25 Harry Sullins               183   258   259   268
#24 Jeff Bellinger              246   222   208   175
Harry Sullins - Winner

#21 Kerry Painter               201   198   265   221
#28 Dave Goldenberg             205   233   242   227
Dave Goldenberg - Winner

#29 Guppy Troup                 259   232   215   235
#20 Kenny Parks                 175   276   259   257
Kenny Parks - Winner

#18 Dave Kneas                  258   245   237 (26)   214
#31 Charlie Tomey               185   193   237 (29)   190
Dave Kneas - Winner

#26 Darryl Bower                236   214   213   185
#23 Bill McCorkle               201   225   267   248
Bill McCorkle - Winner 

#22 Dale Eagle                  232   224   257
#27 Bob Brady                   166   196   194
Dale Eagle - Winner

#30 Vince Honeycutt             179   248   165   196
#19 Roger Kossert               216   228   193   244
Roger Kossert - Winner
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Walter Ray Williams Jr. Retains Lead After Second Round of PBA Senior Miller High Life Classic

by Jason Thomas May 3, 2011 14:53

MOORESVILLE, N.C. – Professional Bowlers Association Hall of Famer Walter Ray Williams Jr. of Ocala, Fla., heads a field of 32 players who advanced to match play after Tuesday’s second round qualifying in the PBA Senior Miller High Life Classic at George Pappas’ Victory Lanes.

The 2010 PBA Senior Rookie of the Year leads with a 3,899 16-game pinfall total (243.6 average) after bowling 2,025 in Monday’s first eight-game round and 1,874 in Tuesday’s second round. Using the same ball he used in Monday’s round, Williams had games of 244, 257, 168, 279, 245, 195, 247 and 239 in Tuesday’s round.

“Out of the gate I liked my ball reaction much better in today’s round than yesterday but I had a couple bad games,” said the 51-year-old Williams, who is the PBA Tour’s all-time titles leader with 47 wins. “In the 168 game I had a problem adjusting to the pair of lanes I was on and in the 195 game I actually had a good shot to the pocket but just didn’t carry.”

Rounding out the top five are Keith Sharp of Orlando, Fla., in second with 3,881, followed by Gary Shultis, Levittown, N.Y., 3,826; Brian Brazeau of Ocala, Fla., 3,785 and four-time PBA Senior Player of the Year Tom Baker of King, N.C., 3,771.

Williams, who won last season’s PBA Senior Miller High Life Classic in his Senior Tour debut, is hoping to defend his title after a second-place finish in last week’s Senior Sun Bowl In The Villages and third-place in the season-opening Senior Don Carter Open.

“When you lead qualifying you just hope to keep the momentum going,” Williams said. “Hopefully I can keep throwing a lot of strikes because I’m going to need them. The guys on the Senior Tour are good and just like regular tour you can’t take anything for granted.”

Match play begins Wednesday at 11 a.m. ET with Round of 8 and championship rounds starting at 7:30 p.m.

PBA SENIOR MILLER HIGH LIFE CLASSIC

George Pappas’ Victory Lanes, Mooresville, N.C.

SECOND ROUND

16-game pinfall totals; top 32 advance to Wednesday’s match play rounds

1, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Ocala, Fla., 3,899.

2, Keith Sharp, Orlando, Fla., 3,881.

3, Gary Shultis, Levittown, N.Y., 3,826.

4, Brian Brazeau, Ocala, Fla., 3,785.

5, Tom Baker, King, N.C., 3,771.

6, Ron Mohr, Eagle River, Alaska, 3,718.

7, Marty Berke, Allentown, Pa., 3,697.

8, William Keenan, Jr., Orlando, Fla., 3,690.

9, Tim Kauble, Marion, Ohio, 3,688.

10, Russ Freeman, Antioch, Ill., 3,677.

11, Henry Gonzalez, Colorado Springs, Colo., 3,676.

12, Warren Blankenship, Ardmore, Okla., 3,675.

13, Hugh Miller, Seattle, 3,666.

14, Mark Williams, Beaumont, Texas, 3,655.

15, Larry Popp, Marion, Ohio, 3,654.

16, Steve Lickliter, Beckley, W. Va., 3,652.

17, George Pappas, Charlotte, N.C., 3,632.

18, David Kneas, Annapolis, Md., 3,625.

19, Roger Kossert, Lithia, Fla., 3,624.

20, Kenny Parks, Hammond, Ind., 3,623.

21 (tie), Kerry Painter, Henderson, Nev., and Dale Eagle, Tavares, Fla., 3,612.

23, Bill McCorkle, Westerville, Ohio, 3,610.

24, Jeff Bellinger, Columbia, S.C., 3,595.

25, Harry Sullins, Chesterfield Township, Mich., 3,589.

26, Darryl Bower, Middletown, Pa., 3,586.

27, Bob Brady, Santa Monica, Calif., 3,580.

28, David Goldenberg, Selden, N.Y., 3,575.

29 (tie), Guppy Troup, Taylorsville, N.C., and Vince Honeycutt, Buford, Ga., 3,570.

31, Charlie Tomey, Spartanburg, S.C., 3,568.

32, Dave Patchen, Oregon, Ohio, 3,565.

Failed to advance

s-indicates super seniors outside of the regular prize list cashing for $700

33, Michael Henry, Brunswick, Ohio, 3,563, $900.

34, Gale Voshell, Dover, Del., 3,562, $900.

35, Robert Harvey, Boise, Idaho, 3,560, $900.

36, Gary Morgan, Marietta, Ga., 3,556, $900.

37, Peter Knopp, Germany, 3,554, $900.

38, Mark Glover, Woodbridge, Va, 3,542, $900.

39, Dale Csuhta, Wadsworth, Ohio, 3,532, $900.

40, Mike Hastings, Millsboro, Del., 3,524, $900.

41, Bob Handley, Winter Park, Fla., 3,522, $900.

42 (tie), Don Blatchford, Santa Monica, Calif., and Steve Ferraro, Kingston, N.Y., 3,512, $900.

44, Emilio Mora Sr., Defiance, Ohio, 3,511, $900.

45, Brent Hunter, Glenville, Pa., 3,506, $900.

46, Steve Neff, Homosassa Springs, Fla., 3,496, $900.

47 (tie), Ron Garr, Ridgedale, Mo., and Phil Taylor, Tifton, Ga., 3,488, $900.

49, Mark Scime, Winter Garden, Fla, 3,478, $900.

50, Bill Henson, Westerville, Ohio, 3,467.

51 (tie), Bob Kelly, Dayton, Ohio, William Banks, Laurel Hill, N.C., and Kevin Croucher, Grants Pass, Ore., 3,458.

54, Dave Sill, Rockledge, Fla., 3,453.

55, Dave Flemming, Fairborn, Ohio, 3,443.

56, Patrick King, Yankton, S.D., 3,434.

57, Sammy Ventura, Syracuse, N.Y., 3,432.

58, Jeff Schrum, Cherryville, N.C., 3,429.

59, Michael Tryniski, Fulton, N.Y., 3,401.

60, s-Gary Hiday, Indianapolis, 3,397, $700.

61, Darryl Traber, Waterford, Wis., 3,394.

62, Dennis Psaropoulos, Lake Worth, Fla., 3,393.

63 (tie), Frank Gallo Jr., Jacksonville, Fla., and Mark Pickford, Charlotte, N.C., 3,392.

65, Bill Argenbright, Fisherville, Va., 3,387.

66, Ron Jacobson, Jupiter, Fla., 3,379.

67 (tie), Bob Chamberlain, The Villages, Fla., and Tom Smith III, Newark, Del., 3,370.

69, Terry Metzner, Kentwood, Mich., 3,368.

70, Dale Traber, Cedarburg, Wis., 3,365.

71, s-Michael Truitt, Orland Park, Ill., 3,362, $700.

72, Fred Kaczmarczyk, Martinez, Calif., 3,358.

73 (tie), Don Patterson, Lakewood, Colo., Steve Stein, Staten Island, N.Y., and s-Mike O'Barr, Anderson, S.C., 3,357, $700.

76, s-Bob Andersen, Forest City, N.C., 3,350, $700.

77, Tom Howison, Chillicothe, Ohio, 3,347.

78, s-Thomas Ream, Tampa, Fla., 3,343, $700.

79, Mark McNutt, Alpharetta, Ga., 3,335.

80, s-Dowell Milliken, Lake Grove, N.Y., 3,318, $700.

81, Michael Walden, Stony Point, N.Y., 3,313.

82, Keith Glasgow, St. Petersburg, Fla., 3,310.

83, Don Hicks, West Babylon, N.Y., 3,302.

84, s-Larry Graybeal, Elizabethton, Tenn., 3,300, $700.

85, Pete Bryan, Laurel, Del., 3,293.

86 (tie), James Souder, Greeneville, Tenn., and William Tenan Jr., Hayes, Va., 3,292.

88, Stan Wells, Kingsport, Tenn., 3,277.

89, Ron Profitt, Brookville, Ohio, 3,272.

90, Rich Giragosian, Charlotte, N.C., 3,271.

91, Harv Pallas, Stevensville, Mich., 3,267.

92, David Frazier, Parkersburg, W.Va., 3,251.

93, Roy Buckley, New Albany, Ohio, 3,248.

94, Ray Johnson, Battle Creek, Mich., 3,246.

95, Jim Price, Harrrisburg, N.C., 3,244.

96, Daniel Miner, East Moline, Ill., 3,243.

97, Ron Woods, Hudson, Fla., 3,223.

98, Marc Lineberry, Camanche, Iowa, 3,217.

99, Hector Valenzuela, Brown Summit, N.C., 3,214.

100, Terry Wellman, Marengo, Ohio, 3,210.

101, Tom Carter, Rockford, Ill., 3,208.

102, Donna Tuttle, King, N.C., 3,205.

103, John Maloof, Park Hall, Md., 3,185.

104, Gary Simon, Philippi, W.Va., 3,183.

105, Fred Ferreira, Kings Park, N.Y., 3,182.

106, Henry Blough, Elizabethtown, Pa., 3,181.

107, Harley Trumbull, New Boston, Mich., 3,170.

108 (tie), Joseph Stalnaker, Alderson, W.V., and Rusty Huggins, Concord, N.C., 3,169.

110, Frank Manley Jr., Fletcher, N.C., 3,168.

111, Hollis McMullen, Rockville, Md., 3,161.

112, Ron Glick, Morganville, N.J., 3,159.

113, Douglas Weese, Carson City, Mich., 3,155.

114, John Shreve Sr., Elyria, Ohio, 3,132.

115, Steve Easterday, Strasburg, Ohio, 3,123.

116, Norm Ginsberg, Kissimmee, Fla., 3,122.

117, Archie Means, Spartanburg, S.C., 3,116.

118, Dave Bernhardt, Romeo, Mich., 3,114.

119, Gregory Smith, Baltimore, 3,106.

120, Bobby Dunn, Augusta, Ga., 3,105.

121, Dave Paquin, Kannapolis, N.C., 3,093.

122, Greg Wilhelm, Stafford, Va., 3,087.

123, Todd Wilson, Summerfield, N.C., 3,083.

124, Kerry Fulford, Brownwood, Texas, 3,077.

125, Ken Gibson, Greenville, S.C., 3,072.

126, Ken Waters, Kingsport, Tenn., 3,066.

127, Christopher Keane, New City, N.Y., 3,065.

128, Xavier Pullara, Brandon, Fla., 3,041.

129, Donald Breihan, Columbia, S.C., 3,037.

130, Nick Panicaro, Naples, Fla., 3,036.

131, George Lord, Lakeland, Fla., 3,034.

132, Jim Shuck, Huntingdon, Pa., 3,021.

133, Ray Randall, Dearborn, Mich., 3,004.

134, Dennis Amato, Pine Brook, N.J., 3,001.

135, Dan Clausse, Reno, Nev., 2,982.

136, Larry Felts Jr., Moore, S.C., 2,951.

137, Andy Anderson, Falls Church, Va., 2,937.

138, Bob Webb, Burnsville, N.C., 2,913.

139, Stephen Lippman, Palm Harbor, Fla, 2,885.

140, Ross McDonald, Clarksville, Md., 2,842.

141, Fred Baldwin, Sturgis, Mich., 2,743.

142, Rick Hood, Stafford, Va., 2,701.

143, Dennis Lefebvre, High Point, N.C., 2,649.

144, Larry Williams, St. Augustine, Fla., 1,577 (WD).

145, Andy Ippolito, Forest Hills, N.Y., 1,561 (WD).

146, Randy Niehaus, Rockford, Ill., 1,473 (WD).

147, Brian Clarke, Columbia, S.C., 1,341 (WD).

148, Dave Soutar, Bradenton, Fla., 886 (WD).

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Lumber Liquidators, PBA Team Up for Six-Week “Winning Wednesday” Promotion on Facebook, Twitter

by Bill Vint May 3, 2011 06:41

SEATTLE – The Professional Bowlers Association and Lumber Liquidators, the PBA Tour's title sponsor, are teaming up for a special six-week social networking promotion to award a lucky fan a $500 flooring certificate.

Lumber Liquidators Winning Wednesday will take place on Wednesdays from May 4 through June 8 on Facebook and Twitter, producing six weekly winners who will be eligible for the grand prize drawing.

On Wednesdays during the contest, PBA fans on Facebook and Twitter will be directed to the PBA's YouTube Channel to watch a Lumber Liquidators "Know the Wood" segment from PBA's ESPN television programs featuring expert bowling analyst Randy Pedersen. The first fan to correctly answer a trivia question in conjunction with the video will win an entry into the grand prize drawing.

"Lumber Liquidators is proud to partner with the PBA on this special six-week social networking promotion", said Juli Denike, Coordinator of Customer Relations and Social Media for Lumber Liquidators. "Lumber Liquidators Winning Wednesday will produce a $500 winner for PBA fans who really know their wood."

Lumber Liquidators, the nation’s leading retailer of affordable hardwood flooring, has more than 200 retail locations in 46 states.  The Lumber Liquidators Winning Wednesday grand prize winner will be announced on June 8 and will be able to redeem the certificate at any Lumber Liquidators retail location.

PBA Winning Wednesday started as a social networking promotion at the beginning of the 2010-11 Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour season. PBA product-registered companies and other sponsors provided weekly prizes to PBA’s Facebook and Twitter fans during the season, including bowling balls and accessories, Brunswick Pro Bowling video games by Crave Games and Norm Duke's "Learn to Bowl Competitively" DVDs.

"PBA Winning Wednesday developed a strong following during the 2010-11 season thanks to our sponsors and product registered companies", said Mike Jakubowski, PBA's Cross Marketing and Multimedia Specialist. "Online contests help to promote traffic to both PBA and our sponsors’ social networking and websites."

For rules for Lumber Liquidators Winning Wednesday, visit pba.com or click here.

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