Next Up on CBS Sports Network: Hall of Famer Norm Duke Leads Field into PBA Bear Open Finals

by Bill Vint May 28, 2015 10:18

SHAWNEE, Okla. – PBA Hall of Famer Norm Duke of Clermont, Fla., in pursuit of his 39th PBA Tour title, heads the field for the finals of the PBA Bear Open which will air on CBS Sports Network on Tuesday, June 2, at 9 p.m. ET.

Duke took sole possession of third place on the list of all-time PBA Tour title winners after teaming up with Wes Malott to win the Mark Roth/Marshall Holman PBA Doubles Championship earlier in the year. He earned the top berth in the five-man Bear Open stepladder finals by averaging 225 for 12 games on the demanding U.S. Open-style 40-foot flat lane condition to top five-time PBA Tour title-winner Bill O’Neill of Langhorne, Pa., by 45 pins.

Qualifying third was Australian two-handed star Jason Belmonte. Belmonte will meet the winner of the opening match between No. 4 Tommy Jones, a 15-time PBA Tour titlist from Simpsonville, S.C., and No. 5 qualifier Brad Angelo of Lockport, N.Y.

The Bear Open is the second of five events that compose Oklahoma’s Grand Casino Hotel & Resort PBA Summer Swing. Qualifying rounds were conducted at nearby FireLake Bowling Center. The CBS Sports Network finals were held on specially-installed lanes in the Grand Casino Event Center. The Bear Open winner will join Wolf Open champ Kyle Troup of Taylorsville, N.C., in the five-man Oklahoma’s Grand Casino King of the Swing special event that will conclude the summer series.

Duke, 51, is now competing on the PBA50 Tour as well as the PBA Tour. Last year, in his first season as a “senior” player, Duke earned both PBA50 Player and Rookie of the Year honors.

O’Neill also qualified No. 2 for the Wolf Open (where he finished third, losing a 202-188 decision to eventual winner Troup) and No. 1 for the Oklahoma Open finals. In 2014, he won the Badger Open and Oklahoma’s Grand Casino King of the Swing events at the Grand Casino Event Center.

Belmonte is trying for his third consecutive PBA Player of the Year honor in 2015. He also is seeking his 13th career title after winning a third straight USBC Masters title and a second straight Barbasol PBA Tournament of Champions title earlier in the season. Belmonte’s won-lost record on television, 37-17, is No. 1 among all active PBA players.

Jones’ 39-22 record on television ranks second behind Belmonte among active players. He will be trying for his first title on U.S. soil since winning the 2008 GEICO Classic in West Babylon, N.Y. He has made 14 television appearances in the U.S. since then with two second-place finishes, including a runner-up finish in the 2014 Bear Open.

Angelo, 45, is a two-time PBA Tour titlist whose most recent title was the 2012 Viper Championship during PBA World Series of Bowling IV. The 2002-03 PBA Rookie of the Year won his first title in the 2008 Viper Championship.

For a Bear Open preview video, click here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VUY9swzxlLc

CBS Sports Network coverage of Oklahoma’s Grand Casino Hotel & Resort PBA Summer Swing will continue on three consecutive Tuesdays at 9 p.m. ET with the finals of the PBA Badger Open on June 9, the Oklahoma Open on June 16 and the Oklahoma’s Grand Casino King of the Swing on June 23.

CBS Sports Network is available across the country through local cable, video and telco providers and via satellite on DirecTV Channel 221 and Dish Network Channel 158.  For more information, including a full programming schedule and how to get CBS Sports Network, go to www.cbssportsnetwork.com.

Xtra Frame, the PBA’s on-line video subscription service, will feature a preview show for the PBA Bear Open on Friday, May 29, and a post-game show immediately following the conclusion of the CBS Sports Network telecast on June 2. PBA fans can find additional coverage of Summer Swing action through the PBA Network which includes archived coverage of all preliminary rounds on Xtra Frame, player interactions through Facebook and Twitter, mobile gaming, original programming, archived events and immediate news updates 24/7 on varying communications devices anywhere in the world. For additional PBA Network information, visit http://www.pba.com/PBANetwork.

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PBA Spare Shots: Funeral Services Set for Saturday for 19-Time PBA Regional Title Winner Sean Swanson

by Bill Vint May 27, 2015 08:25

Funeral services have been scheduled for Saturday in Springfield, Mo., for Sean Swanson, a 19-time PBA Regional title winner from Springfield, Mo., who died on his 46th birthday Sunday after a three-year struggle to overcome a rare form of cancer.

Swanson, a Midwest Region resident, competed extensively in the PBA Southwest Region where he won 16 of his titles. He will be inducted into the PBA Southwest Region Hall of Fame on Aug. 28 during ceremonies at the Grand Casino Hotel & Resort in Shawnee, Okla.

Funeral services in Springfield Saturday will follow a visitation that is scheduled for noon-2 p.m. at Klinger-Cope Funeral Home.

Swanson, who had a highly successful amateur career before joining the PBA 18 years ago, won his last PBA title in Fort Campbell, Ky., in 2013. In his 70 PBA Tour appearances, he made the TV finals once, finishing second in the 1998 Oregon Open when he lost to Danny Wiseman in the title match, 213-191.

Swanson is survived by his wife, Angie; son Cabel and daughter Victoria, and stepson Justin.

For more information, read Lyndal Scranton’s stories in the Springfield News-Leader:

http://www.news-leader.com/story/sports/2015/05/26/funeral-arrangements-set-acclaimed-springfield-bowling-pro-swanson/27961923/ and http://www.news-leader.com/story/sports/2015/05/24/local-bowling-pro-swanson-succumbs-long-cancer-battle/27897841/

GRAND CASINO HOTEL & RESORT PBA SUMMER SWING SHOWS ARCHIVED ON XTRA FRAME

PBA fans who miss the original Tuesday night telecasts of the Grand Casino Hotel & Resort PBA Summer Swing finals on CBS Sports Network can find the shows in the archives on PBA’s online bowling channel, Xtra Frame, on Fridays after they air. Xtra Frame is available on three-day ($3.99), 30-day ($7.99) and 12-month ($64.99) subscription plans. To sign up, visit pba.com and click on the Xtra Frame link.

PBA REGIONAL UPDATE: MARSHALL KENT WINS FIRST PBA REGIONAL TITLE

Marshall Kent of Yakima , Wash., posted a 7-1 match play record and 4,315 pins for 16 games Sunday to win his first PBA Regional title in the PBA Daffodil Bowl Northwest Open, presented by U.S. Foods, in Puyallup, Wash.

The 2014 PBA Rookie of the Year, who earned $2,000, rolled three 300 games on his way to a 259-pin margin of victory over Rob Edwards of Vancouver, Wash. Edwards had a 5-3 match play record and 4,056 pins for his 16 games, including match play bonus pins.

In the companion PBA50 Daffodil Bowl Northwest Open presented by Sunset Chevrolet, Rob Rice of Sunnyside, Wash., went 5-3 and knocked down 3,896 total pins for 16 games to top Michael Karch of Edgewood, Wash., for his seventh Northwest Senior Regional title. Karch had a 4-4 match play record and 3,890 pins.

● Amateur Ryan Yelle of South Easton, Mass. defeated Noel Vega of Kew Gardens, N.Y., 220-190, to win the PBA Colony Park Lanes Eastern Challenge in York, Pa., on Saturday. PBA Challenge events are open to any member or non-member who has never won a PBA event.

Yelle, bowling in his second regional event, was undefeated in the bracket elimination finals. Vega had opens in two of the last three frames to spoil any chance he had to win. Yelle earned $2,000 for the win, but does not receive credit for a PBA Regional title because he is a non-member. Vega earned $1,300 for his second runner-up finish in the past three East Challenge events.

● Closing the May schedule will be a traditional West Region PBA50 doubleheader preceding the Suncoast PBA Senior U.S. Open in Las Vegas. The 6th annual PBA50 Lona King Saguaro West Open at Johnson Lanes in Sun City West, Ariz., ends today (May 27). Starlite Lanes in Flagstaff, Ariz., will then host the PBA50 Miller Lite Western Open Thursday and Friday. The PBA Senior U.S. Open, set for June 1-5 at Suncoast Bowling Center, will be covered from start to finish on PBA’s Xtra Frame online bowling channel. To subscribe, visit pba.com and click on the Xtra Frame link.

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

● Helped by their performances in the USBC Queens last week in Green Bay, Wis., PBA members Shannon Pluhowsky of Dayton, Ohio, and Liz Johnson of Cheektowaga, N.Y., have earned the right to represent Team USA at the 2015 Pan American Games this July in Toronto. Pluhowsky finished third in the Queens; Johnson won the USBC tiara for the second time.

The qualifying process was based on performance at the 2015 USBC Team USA Trials and the 2015 USBC Queens. Earlier in the year, PBA star Tommy Jones of Simpsonville, S.C., and amateur Devin Bidwell of Wichita, Kan., were announced as Team USA’s men’s representatives for the Pan Am Games.

● Reminder: the deadline for applying for the 2015 PBA Billy Welu Scholarship is rapidly approaching. Applications for the $1,000 Welu Scholarship Award, recognizing exemplary qualities in a collegiate bowler, must be postmarked by June 15. Eligible candidates must be currently in college and maintaining at least a 2.5/4.0 GPA or equivalent. The two-part application can be downloaded using this link: https://pba.com/Corporate/Scholarships/.

● The late PBA Hall of Famer Chuck Pezzano has been selected as winner of the International Bowling Media Association’s Hennessy Award of Merit for his meritorious contributions to the sport. The award will be presented posthumously during IBMA’s awards luncheon during International Bowl Expo in Las Vegas on June 24.

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Next Up On Xtra Frame: Suncoast PBA Senior U.S. Open June 1-5

by Jerry Schneider May 27, 2015 07:14

 

The PBA50 Tour returns to action as the world’s top bowlers ages 50 years and older will compete in the first major tournament of the 2015 season when the Suncoast PBA Senior U.S. Open presented by Storm gets underway at the Suncoast Bowling Center June 1-5.

PBA Hall of Famer Norm Duke won the 2014 Senior U.S. Open in his rookie PBA50 Tour campaign for his second win of the season and what turned out to be the launching pad for PBA50 Player and Rookie of the Year honors.

Fans can catch wire-to-wire coverage of the Senior U.S. Open via PBA’s online bowling channel Xtra Frame beginning with first round qualifying at 11 a.m. ET (8 a.m. PT) Monday, June 1. For subscription information visit http://www.xtraframe.tv/pba/

Here’s a look at several of the compelling storylines for the 13th annual Senior U.S. Open:

Players hoping to become Senior U.S. Open’s first three-time winner: PBA Hall of Famers and Senior U.S. Open double winners Amleto Monacelli and Tom Baker will be trying to become the tournament’s first three-time winner. Monacelli won in 2012 and 2013 and Baker in 2005 and 2006. 

PBA legend Johnny Petraglia still going strong at 68: PBA Hall of Famer Johnny Petraglia, the only player in PBA history to win a national tour or PBA50 Tour title in six different decades, will try to set another longevity mark by becoming the oldest to win a PBA50 Tour event at age 68. The 14-time PBA Tour and eight-time PBA50 Tour winner is in his 50th year of PBA competition.

Former major league pitcher John Burkett to compete in first Senior U.S. Open: Two-time all-star John Burkett, who played Major League Baseball for 16 years, is competing in his rookie season on the PBA50 Tour. Burkett, who has competed in several PBA Tour and regional tournaments, had a successful run at the UnitedHealthcare Sun Bowl In the Villages earlier this season where he made match play and eventually finished 24th for his best finish of the season.

Las Vegas’ Ron Mohr tries for second Senior U.S. Open win: Two-time PBA50 Player of the Year Ron Mohr, who moved to Las Vegas from Alaska about a year ago, will be trying for his second Senior U.S. Open. He won it for the first time in 2011.

PBA legends Walter Ray Williams Jr. and Pete Weber trying for first Senior U.S. Open win: Two-time PBA50 Player of the Year Walter Ray Williams Jr., the PBA Tour’s all-time leader in career titles with 47 wins, will be trying for his 10th PBA50 Tour title and first Senior U.S. Open title after finishing second in 2011 and 2012. Williams, with best finishes of fifth and sixth this season, won the PBA50 Tour’s other major, the USBC Senior Masters, in 2014.

Weber, a 37-time PBA Tour winner on the national Tour, will be trying for his fourth PBA50 Tour title. So far this season Weber has second and third-place finishes to his credit. He won the USBC Senior Masters in 2013.

Mike Scroggins tries to become season’s first three-time winner: PBA50 Tour rookie Mike Scroggins of Amarillo, Texas, will be trying to become the season’s first three-time winner. The eight-time PBA Tour titlist is the season’s only multiple winner thus far capturing the Johnny Petraglia BVL Open and UnitedHealthcare Sun Bowl In The Villages titles.

Hall of Famers competing in the Senior U.S. Open include: Nine PBA Hall of Famers are entered in the Senior U.S. Open including Amleto Monacelli, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Pete Weber, Tom Baker, Norm Duke, Parker Bohn III, Johnny Petraglia, Randy Pedersen and Dale Eagle.

Challenging format: The Senior U.S. Open is considered the most demanding test for players because of its grueling format. Like the U.S. Open on the PBA Tour, the Senior U.S. Open demands patience, quality shot-making and a strong mental game over 50 games of qualifying and match play. The top four players will then meet in the stepladder finals to determine the winner.

Players vying for season-ending PBA50 Tour TV finals: Throughout the 2015 PBA50 Tour season, players are competing for the opportunity to advance to the PBA50 Tour Finals which will be held later this year at the PBA World Series of Bowling VII. 

Senior U.S. Open returns to Las Vegas for 10th time: While this will mark the 13th PBA Senior U.S. Open, it will be the 10th time the Suncoast has hosted the event.

SUNCOAST PBA SENIOR U.S. OPEN PRESENTED BY STORM
Suncoast Bowling Center, Las Vegas
(All times Pacific)

Admission is free for all rounds

Sunday, May 31
A Squad practice: 8 - 9 a.m.
B Squad practice: 9:15 - 10:15 a.m.
C Squad practice: 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Pro-Am squads to follow

Monday, June 1
(Round 1 Qualifying – 6 games)

7 a.m. - A Squad
10:45 a.m. - B Squad
2:30 p.m. - C Squad

Tuesday, June 2
(Round 2 Qualifying – 6 games)
7 a.m. - B Squad
10:45 a.m. - C Squad
2:30 p.m. - A Squad

Wednesday, June 3
(Round 3 Qualifying – 6 games)
7 a.m. - C Squad
10:45 a.m. - A Squad
2:30 p.m. - B Squad 

Thursday, June 4
11:30 a.m. - Match Play Round 1
1:30 p.m. - Match Play Round 2 

Friday, June 5
7 a.m. - Match Play Round 3
Noon - Match Play Round 4

4 p.m. - Four-player stepladder finals

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19-Time PBA Regional Champion Sean Swanson Loses Battle with Cancer

by Bill Vint May 27, 2015 02:37

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Sean Swanson, a 19-time PBA Regional title winner from Springfield, Mo., lost his lengthy battle with cancer on his 46th birthday Sunday.

Although he lived in the Midwest Region, Swanson competed extensively in the PBA Southwest Region where won 16 of his titles. He will be inducted into the PBA Southwest Region Hall of Fame on Aug. 28 during ceremonies at the Grand Casino Hotel & Resort in Shawnee, Okla.

Funeral services are scheduled for Saturday in Springfield. A visitation will be held from noon until 2 p.m. at Klinger-Cope Funeral Home preceding the services.

Swanson, who had a highly successful amateur career before joining the PBA 18 years ago, won his last PBA title in Fort Campbell, Ky., in 2013. In his 70 PBA Tour appearances, he made the TV finals once, finishing second in the 1998 Oregon Open when he lost to Danny Wiseman in the title match, 213-191.

Swanson is survived by his wife, Angie; son Cabel and daughter Victoria, and stepson Justin.

For more information, read Lyndal Scranton’s stories in the Springfield News-Leader:

http://www.news-leader.com/story/sports/2015/05/26/funeral-arrangements-set-acclaimed-springfield-bowling-pro-swanson/27961923/ and http://www.news-leader.com/story/sports/2015/05/24/local-bowling-pro-swanson-succumbs-long-cancer-battle/27897841/

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Kyle Troup Wins PBA Wolf Open For First PBA Tour Title, Joins Father Guppy as PBA Tour Champions

by Jerry Schneider May 26, 2015 13:57

In his first television appearance, two-handed competitor Kyle Troup of Taylorsville, N.C., sporting a throwback Afro hairdo and Partridge Family bus-styled attire, won the PBA Wolf Open in the opening event of the Oklahoma’s Grand Casino Hotel & Resort PBA Summer Swing.

The first of five Summer Swing events conducted at the Grand Event Center aired Tuesday on CBS Sports Network.

Proving the adage that the apple doesn’t fall from the tree, the son of equally-flamboyant eight-time Tour winner Guppy Troup, defeated 2014 PBA Rookie of the Year Marshall Kent, 229-179, in a championship match that featured two of PBA’s rising stars. In winning, Troup and his dad became the fourth father-son tandem in PBA history to win Tour titles.

“This is an unbelievable feeling,” said the 23 year-old Troup. “It’s going to take a while for me to realize it. “It’s a dream come true and it makes it all that much better that my family was able to be here to be a part of it.”

Troup, who qualified third for the stepladder finals conducted on specially-installed lanes in the Grand Event Center, was using an older technology urethane ball to attack the 32-foot Wolf lane condition, the shortest of the PBA’s “animal pattern” lane conditions.

“Anytime I can play the gutter and use urethane that’s a game I like to play,” Troup said. “I could see the other guys were having some trouble dealing with the transition and eventually it was going to get ugly, so I had confidence that using urethane and playing outside would be a good combination to have to deal with that. Today straighter is greater was the rule of the day.”

After Troup qualified for the finals earlier in the week at the nearby FireLake Bowling Center, Guppy, Kyle’s mother Sherri and brother Tyler were able to fly in from North Carolina to watch the finals telecast.

The win made the Troup’s the fourth father and son to record a PBA Tour win. Eugene and Don McCune, Pete and Dick Weber, and Jimmy and Don Johnson were the previous father-son combinations to win titles.

That’s the toughest match I’ve ever been a part of and I wasn’t even bowling in it,” Guppy Troup said. “I was hanging on every shot, so I’m a wreck right now. Maybe I’ll be less nervous the next time he makes a show but right now I’m just beside myself – it’s awesome.”

The stepladder began with two-time Tour winner Andres Gomez of Colombia defeating 15-time Tour winner Tommy Jones of Simpsonville, S.C., in the opening match, 215-195. Troup then beat Gomez in the second match, 203-163, to advance to the semifinal where he beat No. 2 qualifier five-time Tour winner Bill O’Neill, 202-188, to advance to the title match against Kent.

Kent was trying to win his second Tour title after winning the Kingdom International Open in Saudi Arabia in his rookie season. With his win, Troup automatically qualified for the Grand Casino Resort King of the Swing special event that will close the Summer Swing.

The Wolf Open is followed by the Bear Open (June 2), Badger Open (June 9), Oklahoma Open (June 16) and Oklahoma’s Grand Resort King of the Swing (June 23) all scheduled to air at 9 p.m. ET on the CBS Sports Network.

PBA WOLF OPEN

Grand Casino Resort & Hotel Event Center, Shawnee, Okla.

Final Standings

1, Kyle Troup, Taylorsville, N.C., $10,000.

2, Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., $5,000.

3, Bill O’Neill, Langhorne, Pa., $4,000.

4, Andres Gomez, Colombia, $3,500.

5. Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., $3,000.

Playoff Results

Match One – Gomez def. Jones, 215-195.

Match Two – Troup def. Gomez, 203-163.

Semifinal Match – Troup def. O’Neill, 202-188.

Championship – Troup def. Kent, 229-179.

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