Tickets and Pro-am Entries for Oklahoma’s Grand Casino Resort PBA Summer Swing Now Available

by Jerry Schneider April 18, 2014 05:07

Tickets for the CBS Sports Network TV finals and pro-am entries for Oklahoma’s Grand Casino Resort PBA Summer Swing hosted by the Grand Casino Hotel and Resort and FireLake Bowling Center in Shawnee, Okla., May 17-25, are now available.

The Summer Swing will include four PBA Tour title events – the Wolf, Bear and Badger Opens, the PBA Oklahoma Open – and the Grand Casino Hotel and Resort Summer King of the Swing special event involving the four tour event winners plus a “wild card” player. 

Tapings for the finals of all five events will be conducted in a stadium setting on specially installed lanes in the Grand Events Center. Television finals will be conducted on Saturday, May 24, at 11 a.m. (Wolf Open), 2:30 p.m. (Bear Open) and 6 p.m. (Badger Open). The Oklahoma Open finals will be contested at noon on Sunday, May 25, followed by the Grand Casino Resort King of the Swing at 3:30 p.m.

TV finals tickets may be purchased by visiting, by calling (405) 964-7263 or by visiting the Grand Casino Event Center Box Office. General admission all-day passes are available for $25 each day for Saturday and Sunday’s TV shows. A lane-side all-day VIP pass is also available for $80 each day. Tickets for practice session, qualifying, match play rounds (May 18-22) and pro-am day (May 17) are $10 each day or $30 for a week-long pass (which does not include TV finals). Telecast dates and times will be announced later.

Bowling fans will have the opportunity to bowl with PBA’s top stars by entering the pro-am on Saturday, May 17, at 2 p.m. at the FireLake Bowling Center. The basic pro-am entry fee is $65 but for $165 entrants will receive a high-performance bowling ball package that includes the Storm IQ Tour Fusion. Players confirmed to bowl in the pro-am include PBA Hall of Famers Walter Ray Williams Jr., Pete Weber, Parker Bohn III and Norm Duke as well as a host of other stars including reigning PBA Player of the Year Jason Belmonte, Sean Rash, Tommy Jones, Chris Barnes, Wes Malott and Mika Koivuniemi.

Pro-am entries may only be purchased at the FireLake Bowling Center. For additional details, call (405) 275-0404, ext. 0.

The FireLake Bowling Center will also conduct a Win-a-Spot nine-game qualifier on April 27 at noon. The top four players will earn paid entries into the Summer Swing. Entry fee for the win-a-spot event is $150. For additional information call (405) 275-0404, ext. 0.

PBA members, amateur bowlers and fans who are planning to attend the Summer Swing are urged to use a special online link to obtain the special $99-per-night room rate. To reserve your room at the special PBA rate, visit and enter 140516SUMM in the Group Code Box. Or you can call the Grand directly at (405) 964-7777 and mention the PBA Summer Swing to obtain the preferred rate.

Grand Casino Hotel and Resort is located off of Interstate 40, just east of Oklahoma City.

Oklahoma’s Grand Resort PBA Summer Swing CBS Sports Network TV Finals Schedule
Grand Casino Resort and FireLake Bowling Center, Shawnee, Okla.

Saturday, May 24
11 a.m. – PBA Wolf Open
2:30 p.m. – PBA Bear Open
6 p.m. – PBA Badger Open
General admission all-day pass - $25
VIP all-day pass - $80

Sunday, May 25
Noon – PBA Oklahoma Open
3:30 p.m. – Oklahoma’s Grand Casino Resort Summer King of the Swing
General admission all-day pass - $25
VIP all-day pass - $80

May 17-22
Practice, pro-am, qualifying and match play rounds
Tickets $10 per day or $30 for weekly pass
To purchase TV tickets click on, or call (405) 964-7263.

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PBA Spare Shots: Concrete Software’s PBA Bowling Challenge Approaches 10 Million Downloads

by Bill Vint April 18, 2014 03:48

Concrete Software’s popular PBA Bowling Challenge continues to reel in record numbers of users as one of the mobile device industry’s most popular games, approaching 10 million total downloads.

Originally introduced via Google Play for Android devices, PBA Bowling Challenge has surpassed 7.6 million free downloads and maintains an impressive 4.5 star rating out of 5.0. In addition, since its introduction in the Apple Store, another 1.5 million Apple device users have downloaded the game and given it a 4.6 star rating.

Some other interesting statistics regarding PBA Bowling Challenge:

● The game is averaging 11,200 new users per day via Google Play and 5,250 new users per day via Apple Store;

● More than 102,000 Android device users and 68,000-plus Apple device users play the day every day;

● Android users are buying more than 30,000 bowling balls and 41,000-plus energy refreshes daily while Apple users are purchasing 18,000-plus bowling balls and 33,000 energy refreshes every day.

To download the PBA game in a version to fit your mobile device, visit and click on the proper app store button.


Dino Castillo of Carrollton, Texas, defeated reigning PBA Southwest Region Player of the Year Joe Findling of Mesquite, Texas, 288-203, to win the PBA FireLake/Grand Casino Resort Southwest Open presented by Dexter at FireLake Bowling Center in Shawnee, Okla., on Sunday, April 13.

Castillo pitched two 300 games in qualifying to pace the field and earn two byes in the single-elimination finals. He then threw a third 300 game, averaging 283 in his four games of match play, to coast to his fifth PBA Regional title.

Castillo fired games of 300 and 278 at Mike Edwards of Tulsa, Okla., in winning their best-of-three-game Round of 8 match, 2-0. He then eliminated former PBA SW Region Rookie of the Year Sean Lavery of Pasadena, Texas, 268-216, to advance to the final match.

● Dave Wodka of Henderson, Nev., posted a 13-2-1 match play record and a 24-game total of 5,902 pins Sunday to win his 18th PBA Regional title in the PBA Earl Anthony West/Northwest Memorial at Earl Anthony’s Dublin Bowl in Dublin, Calif.

Wodka, who earned $2,500, defeated Jake Peters of Henderson, Nev., by 177 pins for the title.

In the companion PBA50 Open, Marty Deh of San Jose, Calif., went 9-3 and knocked down 4,577 total pins for 20 games to top Mark McCreary of Livermore, Calif., for his fourth West PBA50 Regional title and $1,500.

Bill O’Neill of Langhorne, Pa. defeated Joe Paluszek of Bensalem, Pa., 185-165, to win the PBA Rockaway Eastern Open presented by Storm at Rockaway Lanes in Rockaway, N.J., Sunday for his 10th career PBA Regional title and a $2,500 first prize.

Paluszek dominated qualifying and retained the lead after posting a 7-5 match play record. O’Neill, who qualified second, also went 7-5 in match play and defeated Ryan Shafer of Horseheads, N.Y., 279-247, to advance to the title match.

● Brandon Novak of Chillicothe, Ohio defeated Carleton Chambers of Detroit by 189 pins to win the PBA Debbie & Leo Nunan Memorial Central Open presented by Track at AMF Stardust Lanes in Grove City, Ohio, Sunday.

Novak finished with a 9-3 match play record and a total of 4,844 pins for 20 games, including match play bonus pins, for his second career PBA Regional title and a $2,300 prize.

● Heading into Easter weekend, the schedule features the PBA50 Sarasota Southern Open at Sarasota (Fla.) Lanes, Wednesday through Friday, and over the weekend, the PBA South Point West Challenge (for non-champions), the South Point West Member/Non-Member Doubles in Las Vegas, and the PBA Del Mar Lanes U Can Bowl 2 Southwest Challenge presented by MOTIV (for non-champions) in Houston, Texas.

Closing the April schedule will be the PBA50 Cherokee Lanes Southern Open presented by MOTIV in Canton, Ga., April 24-26.

The annual PBA West/Northwest Hawaii tripleheader is also on tap, beginning with the PBA Kona West/Northwest Open at KBXtreme Lanes in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, April 27-28, and followed by the PBA John Gonsalves Memorial West/Northwest Open at Schofield Barracks on May 1, and the Hickam AFB West Northwest Open presented by Columbia 300 May 2-4.

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


● Reminder: Four paid entries into Oklahoma’s Grand Casino Resort PBA Summer Swing will be awarded in a “win-a-spot” qualifier to be hosted by FireLake Bowling Center on Sunday, April 27, at noon. The entry fee is $150. Competition will involve nine games total pinfall, including three games each on the Wolf, Badger and Bear patterns that will be used during the Summer Swing. To enter the win-a-spot qualifier, call FireLake at 405-275-0404.

● Noted New Jersey dentist Dr. Robert Russano, a longtime PBA member who competed in PBA Tour events from 1991-93 died April 12 at the age of 72 after a lengthy illness.  He was also a member of the Morris County B.A. Hall of Fame.

● Former PBA Touring Player David Bash past of New Martinsville, W.Va., died unexpectedly on April 10 at age 58. Services for Bash, who joined the PBA in 1974, were held in Parkersburg, on April 21.

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One Year Later, Joe Scarborough Still Being Recognized For Historic 900 Series

by Jerry Schneider April 17, 2014 02:39

It was just a year ago that Joe Scarborough of Charlotte, N.C., made bowling history by rolling the first and only 900 series in PBA history at the PBA50 Sun Bowl In The Villages at Spanish Springs Lanes.

Scarborough, a PBA50 Tour rookie bowling in only his second tournament, stunned a sold-out Spanish Springs Lanes crowd by rolling three consecutive 300 games to start his first qualifying round. The 51-year-old self-employed electrical contractor threw another strike to start his fourth game, but his streak ended at 37 in a row when he left a split on his 38th shot.

Scarborough will return to the scene of bowling history when the PBA50 UnitedHealthcare Sun Bowl In The Villages presented by Radical gets underway April 19. The second stop of the 2014 season concludes on April 22.

“The fans at The Villages are the best there is and I give them a lot of credit for helping me bowl the 900,” said Scarborough, who eventually finished 49th in the tournament. “I was really feeding off the fans. I was talking with them in between shots which helped distract me from the pressure of the moment. The only time I had to block out the crowd was when I was up on the approach so I could focus on executing every shot.”

After returning home following the historic feat, Scarborough achieved what he called ‘celebrity’ status and was also able to turn his accomplishment into a marketing coup for his business.

“The reaction back home was unbelievable,” Scarborough said. “The emails, texts, media attention was great, and it seemed like it went on for months and months. People still walk up to me and want to talk about it.”

Scarborough changed the name of his business to ‘Mr. 900 Electric’ after he was ironically pressed into service to help fix an electrical problem at the PBA50 Tour tournament at George Pappas Victory Lanes in Mooresville, N.C., two weeks later. The power went off during qualifying when two-time PBA50 Tour winner Bob Learn Jr. had the first five strikes in a row. After a two-hour delay to get it fixed, Learn went on to throw the next seven strikes to complete his 300 game.

“When people see that name it makes them curious so they call and want to know what Mr. 900 means,” Scarborough said. “It not only promotes my business but it also gives me an opportunity to talk bowling with people and promote the sport. It’s a win-win.”

As a unique promotional touch Scarborough provides his customers with a signed Mr. 900 bowling pin as a calling card of sorts after he completes a job.

“They really love it,” Scarborough said of his customers. “It’s just another opportunity for me to talk bowling while promoting the business.”

Scarborough’s 900 set PBA50 Tour records for consecutive 300 games (the previous record was two by Norb Wetzel of Fond du Lac, Wis. (Albany, N.Y., 1998) and Rohn Morton of Portland, Ore. (Tucson, Ariz., 2005), and highest three-game series. He also tied the record for most 300s by an individual in a PBA50 Tour tournament, shared by Ron Mohr of Eagle River, Alaska (Columbus, Ohio, 2010) and Bob Kelly of Dayton, Ohio (Mooresville, N.C., 2010).

The PBA surprised Scarborough when PBA Commissioner Tom Clark presented him with a custom-designed, framed 900 series jersey during the GEICO PBA Summer Swing in Milwaukee.

“It’s unbelievable, especially to be the first in the PBA to do it,” said Scarborough, whose previous high series was 834. “When you think of all the games that have been bowled in the history of the sport, to accomplish something like bowling 900 is just mind-boggling.”

PBA50 UnitedHealthcare Sun Bowl In The Villages presented by Radical Schedule
Spanish Springs Lanes, The Villages, Fla.
(All times Eastern)

For admission and pro-am entry information contact Spanish Spring Lanes at (352) 750-9440

Saturday, April 19
9 a.m. - noon – Practice session
2 p.m., 4:30 p.m., – Pro-am squads

Sunday, April 20
9 a.m. - A Squad qualifying (8 games)
3 p.m. - B Squad qualifying (8 games)

Monday, April 21
9 a.m. - B Squad qualifying (8 games)
3 p.m. - A Squad qualifying (8 games)
Cut to top 32

Tuesday, April 22
11 a.m. – Match play
7 p.m. – Championship rounds

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Monacelli Defeats Duke to Win Pasco County Open For Third Career PBA50 Tour Title

by Jerry Schneider April 15, 2014 14:11

PBA Hall of Famer Amleto Monacelli of Venezuela, a 19-time winner on the PBA Tour, notched his third career PBA50 Tour title Tuesday by winning the season-opening Pasco County Open at Lane Glo Bowl in New Port Richey, Fla.

In a battle between two Hall of Famers, Monacelli defeated 37-time PBA Tour winner Norm Duke of Clermont, Fla., bowling in his first PBA50 Tour event, 259-190, in the championship match.

Monacelli, whose previous PBA50 wins came in the 2012 and 2013 PBA Senior U.S. Opens, is hoping that gaining increased knowledge of his bowling equipment and lane conditions will bring even better results on the PBA50 Tour this season.

“A lot of people may not know that I really only had a basic knowledge of my bowling equipment and lane conditions until recently,” said the 52-year-old Monacelli. “With the game changing so much now I had to pay more attention to what balls I should be using in different situations.

“Back in the 80s when I was bowling on tour, I was a ‘feel player’ and I could make the equipment I happened to be using work,” Monacelli added. “But now you just can’t totally rely on your skill — you have to combine the skill with good knowledge of the bowling ball and how it reacts with the lane conditions.”

In the championship match Duke got off to an early lead striking in the first three frames but leaving a 2-8-10 split in the fifth frame swung the momentum back to Monacelli for the rest of the game.

“I had to slow down my thoughts and not get too anxious at that point,” Monacelli said. “Bowling a great player like Norm is like when we were on tour together—the nerves are the same.”

In the semifinals Duke defeated Mike Dias of Lafayette, Colo., who was trying for his second PBA50 Tour title, 225-183, to advance to the championship match. Monacelli defeated Hall of Famer and two-time defending PBA50 Player of the Year Walter Ray Williams Jr. of Ocala, Fla., who was trying for his eighth career PBA50 Tour title, 236-225.

The PBA50 Tour makes its second stop of the season at Spanish Spring Lanes in The Villages, Fla., for the UnitedHealthCare Sun Bowl In The Villages presented by Radical April 19-22. Xtra Frame coverage of the PBA50 Tour returns April 28-30 for the PBA50 Miller High Life Classic presented by Columbia 300 at George Pappas Victory Lanes in Mooresville, N.C.

Tuesday’s Final Results
At Lane Glo Bowl
New Port Richey, Fla.

Championship Match
Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela ($7,500) def. Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla. ($4,000), 259-190. 

Semifinal Round (one-game matches, losers earn $2,500)
Monacelli def. Walter Ray Williams Jr., Ocala, Fla., 236-225.
Duke def. Mike Dias, Lafayette, Colo., 225-183.

Round of 8 (best-of-three games, losers eliminated, earn $1,700)
Dias def. Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 2-1.
Duke def. Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 2-0.
Monacelli def. Ron Mohr, Las Vegas, 2-0.
Williams def. Don Breeden, Clive, Iowa, 2-0.

Round of 16 (best-of-five games, losers eliminated, earn $1,300)
Mohr def. a-Darin Hays, Wesley Chapel, Fla., 3-1.
Monacelli def. Kevin Croucher, Grants Pass, Ore., 3-1.           
Williams def. Randy Pedersen, Clermont, Fla., 3-2.                               
Breeden def. Bryan Goebel, Shawnee, Kan., 3-2.
Bohn def. Kenny Parks, Hammond, Ind., 3-1.
Dias def. William Peters, Dayton, Ohio, 3-2.
Weber def. Brian Voss, Alpharetta, Ga., 3-0.
Duke def. Bob Learn Jr. Macomb, Mich., 3-1.                               

Round of 24 (best-of-five games, losers eliminated, earn $1,150)
Monacelli def. Steve Pavlinko, Sewell, N.J., 3-0.
Mohr def. Paul Lemond, Jasper, Ind., 3-2.
Breeden def. Michael Henry, Brunswick, Ohio, 3-1.
Pedersen def. Tom Ream, Tampa, Fla., 3-1.
Peters def. Gary Morgan, Marrietta, Ga., 3-2.
Parks def. Tom Carter, Rockford, Ill., 3-2.
Learn def. Peter Knopp, Germany, 3-0.
Voss def. Tim Kauble, Marion, Ohio, 3-2.

Round of 32 (best-of-three games, losers eliminated, earn $1,025)
Pavlinko def. Henry Gonzalez, Colorado Springs, Colo., 2-0.
Mohr def. Tom Baker, King, N.C., 2-1.
Henry def. Johnny Petraglia, Jackson, N.J., 2-1.
Pedersen def. Frank Gallo Jr., Jacksonville, Fla., 2-0.
Peters def. Todd Kjell, Roscoe, Ill., 2-1.
Carter def. Darryl Bower, Middletown, Pa., 2-0.
Knopp def. John Tavano, Sebring, Fla., 2-1.
Voss def. a-Stan Sprow, Lakeland, Fla., 2-0.

Round of 40 (best-of-three games, losers eliminated, earn $950)
Pavlinko def. Dennis Lane, Kingsport, Tenn., 2-0.
Baker def. Marc Lineberry, Camanche, Iowa, 2-0.
Henry def. Tom Howison, Chillicothe, Ohio, 2-0.
Pedersen def. Michael Shequin, Orange City, Fla., 2-1.
Peters def. a-Widmar Vargas, Riverview, Fla., 2-0.   
Bower def. Terry Metzner, Kentwood, Mich., 2-1.
Tavano def. a-Jose Estevez, Spain, 2-1.
Sprow def. Ted Staikoff, Black Hawk, S.D., 2-0.   

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2014 PBA League Bracket - Final Standings

by Pba Editor April 13, 2014 08:13

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