Bill Fong gained national attention in January 2010 when he bowled a Texas record 899 series in Plano, Texas, unknowingly while fighting through the early stages of a stroke as he was preparing to throw his final shot.
A Chicago native, Fong moved to Texas where he opened a hair styling salon, and eventually developed a serious passion for bowling. In stories told by the New York Times and Fox TV, among numerous other media outlets, about his unique achievement and the events in his life that led up to his almost-perfect series, Fong – now 51 - said one of his fantasies is to bowl in the PBA World Series of Bowling.
In December, at the invitation of PBA CEO and Commissioner Tom Clark, Fong will get a chance to realize his dream when he begins competition in the GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling VII presented by Silver Legacy Resort and the Reno-Sparks Convention and Visitors Bureau, at the National Bowling Stadium in Reno. He’ll join a field of more than 200 of the world’s best bowlers representing more than 20 different countries.
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All preliminary rounds of WSOB VII will be covered live on PBA’s online bowling channel, Xtra Frame. For Xtra Frame subscription information, visit pba.com and click on the Xtra Frame link.
“BAD BOY OF BOWLING” EARNING GREAT REVIEWS ON NATIONWIDE TOUR
The “Bad Boy of Bowling” documentary centered around PBA Hall of Famer Pete Weber’s colorful career has yet to make its debut on ESPN’s “30 for 30” series, but producer Bryan Storkel said the film continues to earn great reviews as it tours the nation’s film festivals.
“The film has played at over 25 festivals and has gotten a great response everywhere we've shown it,” Storkel said. “We've played in San Francisco, Boston, Baltimore, Maui, Palm Springs, Indianapolis, Portland, Seattle, Milwaukee and many more.”
The film is scheduled for additional screenings in November, including the St. Louis Film Festival in Weber’s hometown Nov. 14 (where Weber will make a personal appearance to answer questions); Nov. 16 at Doc NYC in New York City, and at the Cucalorus Film Festival in Wilmington, N.C., Nov. 12-14.
For additional details about those festivals, visit the following links: http://www.cinemastlouis.org/sliff/2015/doc-shorts-st-louis-stories; http://www.docnyc.net/film/bad-boy-of-bowling-the/#.VjcB1q6rQUE; http://www.cucalorus.org/film_Detail.asp?id=2497.
MYRTLE BEACH COUPLE WINS TRIP TO WORLD SERIES OF BOWLING VII
Edward and Ellen Simpson of Myrtle Beach, S.C., will be special guests of the PBA and Next Level Bowling during the live ESPN telecast of the PBA World Championship on Thursday, Dec. 17, at the National Bowling Stadium in Reno.
The Simpsons won round-trip airfare for two, hotel accommodations for four nights at GEICO WSOB VII host Silver Legacy Resort, and VIP tickets for the live World Championship telecast as part of Next Level Bowling’s participation in the Golf Patriot Day program in Myrtle Beach, benefitting the Folds of Honor Foundation. Next Level Bowling, the PBA, participating bowling manufacturers and PBA players including hall of famer Norm Duke have supported the Golf Patriot Day program for the past three years, raising more than $19,000 to benefit American military veterans and provide children of disabled veterans with scholarship assistance.
THIS WEEK ON XTRA FRAME: BOWLMOR AMF U.S. OPEN
This week’s Xtra Frame schedule includes exclusive live coverage of the qualifying and match play rounds of the Bowlmor AMF U.S. Open from AMF Garland Lanes in Garland, Texas. Qualifying coverage of eight-game squads began Tuesday, and continues today and Thursday at 9 a.m., 2:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. Friday’s coverage includes the eight-game cashers round at 11 a.m. followed by three eight-game match play rounds at 7 p.m. Friday, and at 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday. All times noted are Eastern.
The stepladder finals will air live on CBS Sports Network on Sunday, Nov. 8, at 1 p.m. ET.
Bowling fans who want to sample Xtra Frame can subscribe on a three-day (72-hour) basis for only $3.99. Fans can lock in the entire October package with a 30-day Xtra Frame subscription for only $7.99. But PBA’s best package is the 12-month XF Season Ticket for $64.99, or $5.41 per month. To sign up, visit pba.com and click on the Xtra Frame link.
“KING OF BOWLING” SERIES AVAILABLE ON PBA’S MODERN CLASSICS ON YOUTUBE
The PBA’s made-for-television “King of Bowling” series, held in 2009 at the Kegel Training Center in Lake Wales, Fla., is making an encore appearance among the PBA’s Modern Classics on YouTube. Watch for a new episode every Friday through Nov. 27. To access the free programming, visit YouTube and search for “PBA Modern Classics” or click here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLwuUW8zaol88yWoNbytvj286cU8TajCgg
PBA REGIONAL UPDATE: AFTER CLOSE CALL, PETRAGLIA ROLLS TO PBA50 EAST VICTORY
PBA Hall of Famer Johnny Petraglia of Jackson, N.J., defeated Mike Hastings of Millsboro, Del, 278-267, to win the PBA50 Craig Pezzano Memorial presented by WGB Accounting and The Insurance Market at Bryan’s Bowling Center in Laurel, Del., Sunday.
Petraglia was one game from elimination in the Round of 16 but fired 290 and 298 games to force the best-of-five-game match to a final game where he defeated Jay Boyle of Garnet Valley, Pa., 225-217, to advance. From there the 68-year-old lefthander eliminated Norm Ginsberg of West Babylon, N.Y. 2-0, and Brian LeClair of Albany, N.Y., 279-234, in the semi-final round.
Hastings also escaped elimination in the first round, edging Don Herrington of Ballston Lake, N.Y., 234-232, in game five and then defeating amateur Jay Davis of Silver Springs, Md., 2-1, and Ernie Segura of Taylor, Mich. 236-216, in the other semi-final match.
Petraglia earned $3,000 along with his 13th PBA Regional title.
● Former Wichita State University competitor Kristopher Prather of Milton, Fla., defeated Kevin Andes of Wichita, Kan., 197-181, to win the $2,700 first prize and his first PBA title in the PBA Wichita Southwest Open at Northrock Lanes in Wichita on Sunday.
Prather dominated qualifying, earning a bye to the Round of 8 match where he defeated amateur Francois Lavoie, a Canadian citizen who bowls for Wichita State, 2-1. In the semifinal round, Prather disposed of Anthony Lavery-Spahr of Pasadena, Texas, 233-203, to advance to the title match.
Prather previously had won two PBA regionals as a non-member, which means he didn’t get credited with PBA titles. After winning the MOTIV Revolution tournament in July, however, Prather earned the right to represent the ball company on the PBA Tour for a full year, so his victory in Wichita as a PBA rookie qualifies him for the FireLake PBA Tournament of Champions Jan. 30-Feb. 6 in Shawnee, Okla.
● After eliminating younger brother Dave in the semifinal round, Dale Traber of Cedarburg, Wis., defeated amateur Craig Keith of Bloomingdale, Ill., 245-225, to win his 52nd overall PBA Regional title and the $1,500 first prize in the PBA50 Tony Grigat Allstate Midwest/Central Open at Arlington Lanes in Arlington Heights, Ill., on Saturday.
Traber defeated sibling Dave Traber of Hebron, Ill., 2-0, while Keith edged Lennie Boresch of Kenosha, Wis., 2-1, to set up the title match.
● The Nov. 6-8 regional calendar includes the PBA50 Dick’s Pro Shop Northwest/West Open presented by Lassen Toyota of Albany, a reduced entry fee event, at Linn Lanes in Lebanon, Ore.; the Reality Check Southern Open at Sawgrass Lanes in Tamarac, Fla.; the PBA50 Victory Lanes Midwest/Central Open in Kankakee, Ill.; the Lubbock Sports Southwest Challenge for non-champions, presented by Ebonite, at South Plains Lanes in Lubbock, Texas, and the Pro Bowl Central/Midwest Cheetah Classic, a reduced entry fee one-day event, in Fort Wayne, Ind.
● The PBA Regional schedule for the Nov. 13-15 weekend includes the Colorado Springs Harmony Bowl Southwest Open presented by Budweiser; the PBA50 Liberty Lanes South Open presented by Brunswick in Gastonia, N.C., and the PBA Japan Shark Open at Fuji Bowl in suburban Tokyo. The Teen Masters Ocala Open, presented by the Ocala/Marion County Visitors and Convention Bureau is scheduled for Nov. 14-15 at AMF Galaxy West in Ocala, Fla.
● Two events on the Nov. 20-22 PBA Regional calendar include the La-Z-Boy Central Challenge at Monroe Sport Center in Monroe, Mich., and the Decker Appraisal Services Waynesboro Baker Trios presented by Hammer at Wayne Lanes in Waynesboro, Va.
● The only PBA Regional activity over Thanksgiving weekend will be the Beaumont Southwest Open at Crossroads Bowling Center in Beaumont, Texas, Nov. 27-29.
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.
● The October winner of the HotelPlanner.com sweepstakes, including a $200 gift certificate for future lodging, is Chip Fryer of Traverse City, Mich. Fryer was automatically entered in the monthly sweepstakes after booking a room through HotelPlanner.com’s link on pba.com.
● Subscribe to Xtra Frame (monthly plan at $7.99 or XF Season Ticket for $64.99) during November and you will be automatically entered into the monthly MOTIV and DV8 sweepstakes for a chance to win a new high-performance MOTIV or DV8 bowling ball, courtesy of the PBA’s Product Registered partners. For October, new subscriber Aloysius McLane of Lusby, Md., won the new MOTIV ball while Jeremy Farmer of Columbia, Tenn., won the DV8 ball.
● Last call: Nov. 13 is the deadline for PBA members to declare themselves eligible for the 2016 PBA League draft. Players not protected by team managers must declare their intentions to participate in the 2016 draft by contacting PBA Director of Events Janay Haggerty (email@example.com) by Nov. 13. The 2016 PBA League draft will be held on Dec. 17 in Reno.