PBA, CLR Sign Sponsorship Deal

by PBA Editor September 6, 2007 19:00
The PBA announced today it has reached an agreement with CLR brands of household cleaning products to become an official sponsor of the PBA.

CLR, whose slogan is “Clear Choice for Clean,” will receive commercial spots, a weekly feature and a billboard on all Denny's PBA Tour telecasts on ESPN during the 2007-08 season.

CLR will also receive event entitlement of the sixth event on the 2007-08 Denny’s PBA Tour. The 2007 CLR Classic will take place at Hawthorn Lanes in Vernon Hills, Ill., Nov. 21-25.

“We are very pleased to welcome CLR as a new sponsor of the PBA,” PBA Commissioner and CEO Fred Schreyer said. “CLR products are leaders in the cleaning industry and we appreciate that it recognizes the value in associating its brand with the Denny’s PBA Tour.”

Additionally, CLR will sponsor three Denny’s PBA Tour stars in the season-long 2007-08 PBA Sponsor Competition. The selected bowlers will wear CLR patches on their shirt backs and right sleeves and throw specially-made spare balls emblazoned with the CLR logo.

The 2007-08 Denny’s PBA Tour kicks off with the Dydo Japan Cup in Tokyo, Japan, Sept. 18-23. The tape-delayed ESPN telecast will air Sunday, Oct. 21 at 1 p.m. ET. The first event on American soil takes place Oct. 21-28 in Milwaukee, Wis., with the 2007 United States Bowling Congress (USBC) Masters, one of four Major events. The live ESPN televised finals will take place at the Milwaukee Brewers’ Miller Park, Sunday, Oct. 28 at 1 p.m. ET.
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PBA Stars, Griffey Team Up for Charity

by PBA Editor September 5, 2007 19:00
PBA stars Tommy Delutz Jr., Brian Himmler, Brian Kretzer, Bob Learn Jr. and Ronnie Russell joined Major League Baseball star Ken Griffey Jr. Wednesday night for Griffey’s inaugural “Stars and Strikes for Kids” bowling tournament at AMF Kingpin Lanes in Anderson Township, Ohio.

Proceeds from the tournament and a charity auction benefited cancer research at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital.

In addition to Griffey, 21 Cincinnati Reds players and coaches were in attendance, including Adam Dunn, David Weathers and Brandon Phillips. Also, Cincinnati Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis, former NFL star Ricky Watters, former NBA All-Star Dee Brown and Joey Fatone of “Dancing with the Stars” attended the event.

“It was a blast. It was a lot of fun working with the kids since a lot of them had never bowled before,” Russell said. “Griffey bowled on the pair next to me on the right with his mom and Joey Fatone was on my left with a couple other Reds guys. Jeff Keppinger and Scott Hatteberg from the Reds were on my pair and they were great guys. It was really cool. My wife was really excited too because she got a photo with Joey Fatone.”

Prior to the tournament, a PBA Kids Clinic was held with children from the James Espy Boys and Girls Club participating.

Griffey is a bowling enthusiast who boasts a high score of 263, which was one of the reasons he chose the sport as an avenue to raise money. The tournament was expected to raise six figures for Children’s Hospital.

According to Mark Sheldon of MLB.com, Griffey often keeps his charitable endeavors private, but after watching both of his parents deal with cancer the past year, it inspired him to do a more public event.

“You start to realize what’s important,” Griffey said. “Giving kids a fighting chance and to get the research to have them live a productive life, I think it’s the most important thing an athlete can do to help somebody.”

The 2007-08 Denny’s PBA Tour kicks off with the Dydo Japan Cup in Tokyo, Japan, Sept. 18-23. The tape-delayed ESPN telecast will air Sunday, Oct. 21 at 1 p.m. ET. The first event on American soil takes place Oct. 21-28 in Milwaukee, Wis., with the 2007 United States Bowling Congress (USBC) Masters, one of four Major events. The live ESPN televised finals will take place at the Milwaukee Brewers’ Miller Park, Sunday, Oct. 28 at 1 p.m. ET.
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PBA, Brunswick Agree to Three-Year Deal

by PBA Editor September 5, 2007 19:00
Brunswick Bowling & Billiards announces that it will continue its sponsorship of the PBA with the signing of a new three-year agreement for the Denny’s PBA Tour.

The PBA will be holding the 65th Denny’s U.S. Open at Brunswick Zone Carolier, North Brunswick, N.J., March 23-30, 2008, and conducting Pro-Am events in Brunswick-owned centers. In addition, Brunswick will furnish the bowling equipment for all PBA arena events conducted during the next three seasons, and the Denny’s PBA Tour will continue to use the Brunswick Authority22® lane maintenance program, featuring accu-ject innovation.

“Brunswick provides the Denny’s PBA Tour with a total package of premium products and services,” said PBA Commissioner and CEO Fred Schreyer. “Bowling centers, capital equipment, lane maintenance equipment, bowling balls and pins, as well as a strong marketing campaign. It’s a good partnership.”

“We are pleased to provide equipment and locations for the best bowlers in the world, “said Warren Hardie, president of Brunswick Bowling & Billiards. “Through our nationwide learn-to-bowl program with more than 300 certified coaches and our sponsorship of competitive bowlers at all levels – juniors, high school, collegiate, and professionals—Brunswick is committed to the growth and success of competitive bowling.”
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by PBA Editor September 4, 2007 19:00
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Bellinder Wins Again

by PBA Editor September 4, 2007 19:00
Missy Bellinder is making quite a name for herself on the PBA Regional Tour.

Bellinder captured her second career PBA Regional Tour title in last weekend’s PBA West/Northwest Regions Don Johnson Memorial Classic in Pacifica, Calif., defeating an impressive list of Denny’s PBA Tour champions along the way.

The 25-year-old, who recently qualified for the 2007 PBA Women’s Series by finishing 10th in the PBA Women’s Tour Trials in August, finished fifth in qualifying then went on to defeat two current exempt bowlers and two others with a combined 12 Denny’s PBA Tour titles.

Bellinder started her march through match play with a 3-0 sweep of seven-time champion Hugh Miller, winning by scores of 235-197, 214-202 and 232-226. She then advanced to the Round of 4 with a 2-0 win over Curtis Woods Jr., who will be exempt in 2007-08 after leading the 2006-07 PBA West Region point rankings.

In the semifinal match, Bellinder knocked off another exempt bowler and Denny’s PBA Tour champion in Mike DeVaney, 212-199, setting up a title match against five-time champion and former exempt bowler Eric Forkel.

The match came down to the final frame as Bellinder needed a double in the 10th to beat Forkel. She did just that, winning the match, 240-234, becoming the first woman in history to win two PBA Regional Tour events.

Reyes Raises More Money
At the same regional where Bellinder made history, Tony Reyes continued to show he is one of the true good guys in the world of bowling.

Reyes, who co-hosted the regional event at Seabowl, spent the weekend raising $6,500 for Juvenile Diabetes. One of the key items up for bid was a lesson with Reyes and a bowling ball, which caused a bidding war and eventually went for $400 to former San Francisco Giants outfielder Jeffrey Leonard. The two other men who were bidding with Leonard then decided they would each donate $300, and Reyes chipped in a lesson for each of them as well.

All in all, 144 bowlers participated with 10 on the waiting list, and the event saw almost 200 Pro-Am entries. It was the fourth consecutive year Reyes has helped host the event.

“Whether they finish first or last, I want everyone to come out of the event with a great feeling,” Reyes said. “They’re pro athletes and they’re entertainers so I want to make everyone feel special. It was really great. We had a packed house all weekend and to see Missy win was just awesome.”

Following the title match, Bellinder and Senior winner Fred Kaczmarczyk squared off in a challenge match, which Bellinder also won after which she donated her winnings from the challenge match to the fund.

Jaros, Weber Running Neck and Neck
Steve Jaros and Pete Weber have quite a battle going in the PBA Midwest Region.

Not only have the two Denny’s PBA Tour stars been dominating the region, combining to win four of the last five events, they’re in the middle of a heated battle for the crown of the PBA Regional Tour’s all-time winningest bowler.

Jaros and Weber came into the summer with 36 PBA Regional Tour titles each, tied for the all-time lead. Weber got off to a strong start this summer, winning the Midwest Region’s fourth event for his 37th title to take the lead. He then teamed with Camden Rokita in July to win a Midwest Region doubles title for win No. 38. The next week, however, Jaros pulled within one of Weber with a win in the PBA Midwest Region Thunderbowl Open.

Things really got interesting in the PBA Midwest Region Greater Cedar Valley USBC Open on August 19, where Jaros and Weber this time squared off for the title. Jaros came out victorious with a 225-201 win which pulled him even with Weber in the record books with title No. 38.

This past weekend, the two stars met again in the title match, this time in the PBA Midwest Region Illinois Valley Classic in Peru, Ill. Weber earned the top seed for the stepladder final while Jaros earned the No. 2 seed. After Jaros knocked off fellow exempt bowler Jeff Carter in the semifinal, Weber exacted some revenge over Jaros, streaking past him with a 286-235 win to take his 39th career PBA Regional Tour title.

Though Weber trails Walter Ray Williams Jr. on the all-time Denny’s PBA Tour titles list, he can stake his claim to not only being the all-time leader in PBA Regional Tour titles, but with his 34 Denny’s PBA Tour titles he is the PBA’s all-time titles leader with a combined 73 PBA titles.

Not to be outdone, Williams captured his 29th career PBA Regional Tour title this weekend with a win in the PBA South Region Port Saint Lucie Open. It was Williams’ second regional win of the year and gives him 71 PBA titles, just two shy of Weber.

Williams Shines on the Green
While he’s not winning PBA Regional Tour events, Williams is winning golf tournaments. Both Williams and Weber were invited to play in the Tom Dreesen Celebrity Invitational Golf Tournament recently in Bolingbrook, Ill., where Williams teamed up with former NBA player Jack Marin and former New York Jets player John Ebersole to win the event in a playoff.

Williams, Marin and Ebersole topped the team of CFL quarterback and NFL color analyst John Congemi, NHL defenseman Darren Veitch and Major League Baseball Hall of Famer Joe Morgan with two pars as the format switched from a morning scramble to two best balls of three during the afternoon shootout.

According to Ron Kremer of the Daily Herald in Chicago, Williams made a nifty up-and-down from 30 yards off the green and Marin dropped a 3-footer for birdie on the 27th hole to send the competition to a playoff.

Though Marin was the star in the playoff, he credited Williams for his play.

“Walter Ray played very well, and John was our ‘C’ player and he’s no ‘C’ player,” Marin told Kremer. “We were real lucky on the draw.”

Said Williams: “Oh, man, this was something else. I’m not used to this stuff in golf. I hit some decent shots. But I had two great partners. Jack was awesome. He was right at the same spot all five times on that ninth hole.”

Williams, Marin and Ebersole accepted three checks during an awards ceremony afterward, one for $25,000 to be split three ways, the winner’s share of the total purse. The two others were made out in the amount of $20,000 each and presented to the tournament’s two primary charities – Illinois Fatherhood Initiative and United Way of Will County.

Tomek, Wiseman Head to Races
Jim Tomek Jr. and Danny Wiseman recently got up close and personal with the power of drag racing as they were guests in the pit at the NHRA Drag Racing Series event at Maple Grove Raceway in Reading, Pa.

Tomek and Wiseman also had the chance to meet Chuck and Del Worsham, famous in the NHRA Funny Car Series, who showed the two exempt Denny’s PBA Tour bowlers around the pits.










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