PBA Spare Shots: Was “The Villages” PBA560 Field the Toughest Championship Group in PBA History?

by Bill Vint April 24, 2014 07:40

WAS “THE VILLAGES” FIELD THE TOUGHEST CHAMPIONSHIP GROUP IN PBA HISTORY?

It’s one of those unofficial statistical categories, but long-time PBA observers have been wracking their brains trying to recall if there was ever a tougher field of finalists than the group of five who bowled for the PBA50 Tour UnitedHealthcare Sun Bowl in The Villages title Tuesday night at Spanish Springs Lanes in Florida.

All five finalists – top qualifier Tom Baker, Pete Weber, Norm Duke, Parker Bohn III and Walter Ray Williams Jr. – were PBA Hall of Famers and combined they have won 164 PBA Tour titles, plus another 19 PBA50 Tour titles (not including The Villages’ title Duke won Tuesday). Baker was low man on the PBA Tour titles list with 10. Weber and Duke are tied for third on the all-time list with 37 each. Bohn is sixth with 33. Williams is the all-time leader with 47 Tour title.

Baker is the leader in PBA50 Tour titles with 10 (fifth-best on the all-time list). Williams has won seven titles as a “senior” player. Weber won two titles in his “rookie” year in 2013. Duke got his first PBA50 title in his second appearance (he finished second to another Hall of Famer, Amleto Monacelli, in his “senior” debut a week earlier in New Port Richey, Fla.) Bohn, who also bowled in his second PBA50 event in The Villages, had top-five finishes in both events.

In addition, Williams is a seven-time PBA Player of the Year and two-time defending PBA50 Player of the Year. Duke and Bohn have each won PBA Player of the Year honors twice. Weber has never won Player of the Year honors, but is a former PBA and PBA50 Rookie of the Year. Baker is the only player to win PBA50 Player of the Year honors four straight years.

The PBA50 Tour season is just getting started, but it promises to be the most exciting campaign ever for the elder statesmen of the PBA…and all of the remaining tournaments will be covered live on PBA’s exclusive online bowling channel Xtra Frame (except for the USBC Senior Masters, which will be aired on USBC’s online channel BowlTV. To subscribe to Xtra Frame, visit pba.com and click on the Xtra Frame link. Next up: the PBA50 Miller High Life Classic presented by Columbia 300 from George Pappas’ Victory Lanes in Mooresville, N.C., Monday, April 28-Wednesday, April 30.

PBA REGIONAL ROUNDUP: VOSS TOPS WALTER RAY IN PBA50 SOUTH REGIONAL EVENT

In a best-of-three-game final between PBA Hall of Famers, Brian Voss of Atlanta, Ga., defeated Walter Ray Williams Jr. of Ocala, Fla., 221-216, 257-247, to win $2,000 and his seventh PBA Regional title in the PBA50 Sarasota South Open at Sarasota (Fla.) Lanes on Friday, April 18.

In the semifinal round, Voss eliminated another hall of famer, Wayne Webb of Columbus Ohio, 180-189, 247-198, 212-167, while Williams swept Ron Mohr of Las Vegas, 187-186, 212-209.

● Amateur Eric Traylor of Pearland, Texas, defeated 2012 PBA Southwest Region Rookie of the Year Sean Lavery of Plano, Texas, 241-173, to win the PBA U Can Bowl 2 Houston Southwest Challenge presented by Motiv at Houston’s Del-Mar Lanes Sunday. PBA Challenge events are limited to bowlers who have never won a PBA event.

In the championship match, Traylor followed a 7-10 split in the first frame with a string of eight strikes and coasted to the victory. He earned $2,000 but does not get credit for a PBA title because he isn’t a member.

Amateur Brett Wolfe of Tempe, Ariz., defeated Steven Villanueva of North Las Vegas, 256-171, to win the PBA South Point West Challenge event at South Point Bowling Center on April 18, and Californians Kevin Jones and Deeronn Booker teamed up to win the companion PBA South Point Member/Non-Member Doubles on Sunday.

Wolfe, who won the 2002 USBC Masters as an amateur, earned $1,700, but doesn’t get credit for a PBA title because he is not a PBA member. PBA Challenge events are open to non-champions only. Both weekend tournaments were presented by Ebonite.

Booker, from Anaheim, teamed up with Jones, from Diamond Bar, to defeat Jarrett Mizo of Honolulu and Tony Sambueno of Saginaw, Mich., 470-341, in the doubles title match to claim the $4,000 first prize.

● Closing out the April schedule will be the star-studded PBA50 Cherokee Lanes Southern Open presented by MOTIV in Canton, Ga., April 24-26. The tournament is expected to attract a field of top 50-and-older PBA players as they make their way north to North Carolina for the Miller High Life Classic presented by Columbia 300 at George Pappas Victory Lanes in Mooresville, N.C., April 27-30. The Miller High Life Classic will be covered in its entirety via PBA’s online bowling channel Xtra Frame. Click on the Xtra Frame logo on the pba.com homepage for subscription and schedule information.

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 Pearl Harbor Naval Station on May 1, and the Hickam AFB West/Northwest Open presented by Columbia 300 May 2-4.

The May 2-4 PBA Regional calendar also includes the Junction City (Kan.) Southwest/Midwest Open presented by Storm at Junction City Bowl; the Country Club Lanes Central Open presented by MOTIV in Elkhart, Ind., and the reduced entry-fee Bowl-A-Vard Lanes Midwest Open presented by Roto-Grip in Madison, Wis.

On the May 9-11 schedule are the PBA and PBA50 Baldo Campana Central Opens benefiting the Lorain County Kids Fund at Rebman Recreation in Lorain, Ohio; the Rocky Mount South Open at The Bowling Center in Rocky Mount, N.C.; the Midcontinent Communications Midwest Open presented by DV8 at Empire Bowl in Sioux Falls, S.D., and the Vanessa Brown Homes West Open presented by Columbia 300 at Yosemite Lanes in Modesto, Calif.

The May 16-18 schedule features the PBA Lightning Lanes Challenge for non-winners in Marion, N.C., and the PBA/PBA50 Daffodil Bowl Opens presented by U.S. Foods in Puyallup, Wash.

Memorial Day weekend will include the CBS Sports Network television finals of Oklahoma’s Grand Casino Resort Summer Swing in Shawnee, Okla., along with the Colony Park Lanes East Challenge (a reduced entry fee non-champions event) in York, Pa.; the Brookmont Bowling Center Midwest/Central Challenge (a non-champions event) and the Brookmont Bowling Center Midwest/Central Re-Entry Classic presented by Radical Bowling in Kankakee, Ill., and a pair of West Region PBA50 events in Arizona – the fifth annual Lona King Sagurao West Open at Johnson Lanes in Sun City West followed by the Miller Lite Western Open at Starlite Lanes in Flagstaff.

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

QUICK NOTES

● Three-time PBA Tour titlist Teata Semiz, who celebrated his 80th birthday on April 16, returned to competition in the PBA50 Tour UnitedHealthcare Sun Bowl in The Villages presented by Radical this week. Semiz, an eight-time PBA50 Tour winner, finished 106th in the 158-player field. It was Semiz’s first PBA50 Tour appearance since 2012.

In 2013, non-member Darrell Ducat became unofficially the oldest player ever to bowl in a PBA tournament when he competed in the PBA50 Tour’s Sun Bowl in The Villages at age 87.

Anthony LaCaze of Melrose Park, Ill., the 2009-10 PBA Rookie of the Year, recorded the fourth-highest all-events total in 111 years of USBC Open Championships history on his way to the Regular All-Events lead on April 21. The 31-year-old right-hander, a former PBA Touring Player, posted series of 766 in doubles, 765 in team and 742 in singles for a 2,273 total. The USBC Open Championships all-events record belongs to Matt McNiel of Prior Lake, Minn., who shot 2,326 to win the 2010 Regular All-Events title.

● 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.

● Former PBA member Lou Ivancik of Detroit, a pro shop owner, bowling center manager and member of the Greater Detroit Bowling Hall of Fame, died on April 18 at age 77.

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Norm Duke Tops Field of PBA Greats in Stepladder Finals to Win PBA50 UnitedHealthcare Sun Bowl In The Villages

by Jerry Schneider April 22, 2014 13:35

In a stellar stepladder final that included five Professional Bowlers Association Hall of Famers, Norm Duke of Clermont, Fla., emerged as the winner of the PBA50 UnitedHealthcare Sun Bowl In The Villages presented by Radical Tuesday capturing his first career PBA50 Tour title.

Bowling in his second PBA50 Tour tournament, after finishing second in last week’s season-opening Pasco County (Fla.) Open, Duke defeated four-time PBA50 Player of the Year Tom Baker of King, N.C., 256-228, in the title match at Spanish Springs Lanes.

“I tell you, there were more titles in that final than I can even think about so it makes winning that much more gratifying,” Duke said. “I’ve bowled against these guys on Tour so many times but it’s still the same – a battle for every game, a battle for every frame.”

In the opening match, Parker Bohn III of Jackson, N.J., also bowling in his second PBA50 Tour tournament, defeated two-time defending PBA50 Player of the Year and 2013 Sun Bowl In The Villages winner Walter Ray Williams Jr. of Ocala, Fla., 287-268, to advance to the second match.

In a contest between the PBA50 Tour rookies, Duke defeated Bohn, 255-238, in the second match to advance to the semifinal. Duke then went on to beat 2013 PBA50 Rookie of the Year Pete Weber of St. Ann, Mo., 279-215, in the semifinal to set up the championship showdown against Baker.

Duke started the title match with the first seven strikes which ultimately proved too much for Baker to overcome.

“When the scores are high, the match is never over,” Duke said. “Tom is a great player so it inspires you to remain focused.”

In all, the five finalists represented 164 titles – 28 of them majors – won during their careers on the PBA Tour. Williams is the PBA Tour’s all-time titles leader with 47 wins, with Weber and Duke tied for third with 37 titles each. Bohn ranks sixth in career PBA Tour titles with 33 wins. Baker, a 10-time winner on the PBA50 Tour also has 10 PBA Tour titles.

Duke qualified third for the finals with the help of a 10-6 match play record earlier Tuesday which he described as one of the toughest tests he has experienced in his career.

“I think the past two days were the hardest two days I’ve experienced in a tournament in a long time,” Duke said. “It was physically demanding and as tough to win as any tournament I’ve ever bowled.”

The PBA50 Tour travels to Mooresville, N.C., for the Miller High Life Classic presented by Columbia 300 at George Pappas Victory Lanes in Mooresville, N.C., April 27-30. The Miller High Life Classic will be covered in its entirety on PBA’s online bowling channel Xtra Frame. Click on the Xtra Frame logo on the pba.com homepage for subscription and schedule information.

PBA50 UNITEDHEALTHCARE SUN BOWL IN THE VILLAGES PRESENTED BY RADICAL
At Spanish Springs Lanes
The Villages, Fla.,
Tuesday’s final results
a-amateur

Final Standings

1, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., $9,000
2, Tom Baker, King, N.C., $4,500.
3, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., $3,000.
4, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., $2,500.

5, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Ocala, Fla., $2,000.

Stepladder Results
Match One: Bohn def. Williams, 287-268.

Match Two: Duke def. Bohn, 255-238.
Semifinal Match: Duke def. Weber, 279-215.
Championship: Duke def. Baker, 256-228.

Match play results after 32 games

Includes match play record, pinfall plus bonus and money earned. Top five advanced to stepadder finals.

1, Tom Baker, King, N.C., 13-3, 8,203.
2, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 11-5, 8,032.
3, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 10-6, 8,010.
4, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 10-6, 7,967.
5, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Ocala, Fla., 11-5, 7,925.
6, Kevin Croucher, Grants Pass, Ore., 10-5-1, 7,866, $1,700.
7, Dennis Rakauskas, Apopka, Fla., 9-6-1, 7,834, $1,550.
8, Ralph Brunt Jr., Ft. Pierce, Fla., 10-6, 7,820, $1,500.
9, Bryan Goebel, Shawnee, Kan., 9-7, 7,755, $1,475.
10, (tie) a-Bo Goergen, Sanford, Mich., 6-10, and
Stephen Pavlinko, Sewell, N.J., 8-8, 7,723, $1,438.
12, Keith Glasgow, St. Petersburg, Fla., 12-4, 7,699, $1,400.
13, a-Al Runkel, Cincinnati, 6-9-1, 7,655, $1,375.
14, Harry Sullins, Chesterfield Twp., Mich., 5-10-1, 7,642, $1,350.
15, Terry Wiley, Vienna, Va., 8-7-1, 7,633, $1,325.
16, Steve Ferraro, Kingston, N.Y., 8-8, 7,535, $1,300.

Missed cut to final match play round:

Includes match play record total pinfall plus bonus for 24 games and money earned.

17, Randy Pedersen, Clermont, Fla., 4-4, 5,668, $1,200.
18, Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, 4-4, 5,658, $1,180.
19, John Conroy, Mahopac, N.Y., 3-5, 5,635, $1,160.
20, Tommy Brodowski, New Hyde Park, N.Y., 3-5, 5,623, $1,140.
21, Bill Henson, Westerville, Ohio, 4-4, 5,602, $1,120.
22, Mike Dias, Lafayette, Colo., 4-4, 5,595, $1,100.
23, Brian Voss, Alpharetta, Ga., 3-5, 5,593, $1,090.
24, Sam Maccarone, Glassboro, N.J., 3-5, 5,581, $1,080.
25, Don Breeden, Clive, Iowa, 2-6, 5,552, $1,070.
26, Brian Cooper, Henderson, Nev., 2-6, 5,541, $1,060.
27, a-Darin Hays, Wesley Chapel, Fla., 3-5, 5,519, $1,050.
28, Robert Harvey, Boise, Idaho, 2-5-1, 5,511, $1,040.
29, Dale Eagle, Newport Beach, Calif., 1-7, 5,482, $1,030.
30, Jeff Schrum, Cherryville, N.C., 3-5, 5,461, $1,020.
31, Doug Evans, Southgate, Mich., 2-6, 5,412, $1,010.
32, Billy Block, Pembroke Pines, Fla., 0-8, 5,313, $1,000.

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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 www.grandboxoffice.com, 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 http://usgcr.webhotel.microsdc.us/ 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 http://grandboxoffice.com/, 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 http://www.concretesoftware.com/web/games/pba-bowling-challenge/ and click on the proper app store button.

PBA REGIONAL ROUNDUP: RED-HOT CASTILLO WINS FIRELAKE/GRAND CASINO TITLE

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 pba.com, open the “schedules” tab and click on Regional Tours to find the event(s) in your area.

QUICK NOTES

● 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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