PBA Spare Shots: Lucky Fan Could Win a Chance to Bowl with Chris Paul in 2016

by Bill Vint January 23, 2015 07:19

NBA star Chris Paul, host of the CP3 PBA Celebrity Invitational, is offering a lucky fan an opportunity to bowl with the Los Angeles Clippers’ all-star guard during the 2016 celebrity fundraiser in Los Angeles. The winning fan and a friend will win an expenses-paid trip to Los Angeles, free hotel accommodations, and a chance to meet Paul and his celebrity friends.

To enter, you need to pick the finalists and winner in the 2015 CP3 PBA Celebrity Invitational. You need to visit this link: https://www.crowdrise.com/cp3foundation and click on the “Donate and Play for a chance to win” link where you will you be asked to select the two celebrity finalists and the winner. A “Player Bios” link also will give you some insight into the celebrity bowlers’ backgrounds.

For each $10 contribution you make to Paul’s CP3 Foundation, you get one entry into the contest. Entries close at 12 p.m. PT on Sunday, Feb. 1. The CP3 PBA Celebrity Invitational will air on ESPN on Super Bowl Sunday at 2 p.m. ET.

XTRA FRAME TO COVER PLAYER, ROOKIE OF THE YEAR ANNOUNCEMENTS MONDAY

Xtra Frame will kick off five days of extensive live coverage of the PBA Players Championship and Mark Roth/Marshall Holman PBA Doubles Championship qualifying and match play rounds with a live presentation show Monday at 5:30 p.m. ET, when PBA Commissioner Tom Clark will announce the 2014 GEICO Chris Schenkel PBA Player of the Year, Harry Golden Rookie of the Year, Steve Nagy Sportsmanship Award winner and the winner of the 2014 Tony Reyes Community Service Award.

PBA Players and Doubles Championship coverage will follow from AMF Bowlero in Milwaukee starting Tuesday at 11 a.m. ET and continuing through Friday. The PBA Network will have full coverage of the competition throughout its diverse media outlets.

For a complete schedule of upcoming events on Xtra Frame, click here: http://www.pba.com/Live/. To subscribe to Xtra Frame, visit pba.com and click on the Xtra Frame link. Full year Xtra Frame Season Ticket subscriptions are available for $64.99; one-month subscriptions are only $7.99. Xtra Frame is a major component of the PBA’s multi-media PBA Network.

TICKETS FOR ESPN TELECASTS IN INDIANAPOLIS NOW AVAILABLE

Tickets for the live ESPN telecast of the 50th anniversary Barbasol PBA Tournament of Champions, and finals of the PBA Players Championship and Mark Roth/Marshall Holman PBA Doubles Championship, over the Feb. 14-15 weekend at Woodland Bowl in Indianapolis are now on sale on pba.com.

The “tripleheader” ESPN weekend begins with the finals of the PBA Players Championship on Saturday, Feb. 14, at 7 p.m. ET for delayed broadcast on Sunday, Feb. 22, at 1 p.m. ET. The Tournament of Champions stepladder finals will air live on Sunday, Feb. 15, at 1 p.m. The Roth/Holman Doubles finals will be contested at 4:30 p.m. on Sunday for telecast on Sunday, March 1, at 1 p.m. ET.

For ticket information, click here: http://www.pba.com/Tickets/.

PBA NETWORK SIGNS SPONSORSHIP PACT WITH LEAGUE PALS

PBA Network, the PBA’s multi-platform media service, has signed a sponsorship agreement with League Pals, a new service that is designed to automate and streamline the cash flow of league bowling. The unique platform enables bowlers and bowling centers to track weekly payments, view stats and standings, search nearby leagues, create and fill teams, receive payments electronically, and more.

"It's 2015 and there are over $2.25 billion in league bowling dues being tracked and collected each year with a paper envelope and a pencil,” said LeaguePals co-founder and CEO Bill Savastano. “LeaguePals set out to introduce much needed technology in a unique and inclusive way to an industry we have a deep and unwavering passion for. We feel LeaguePals will breathe new life into leagues across the nation by starting with the most important pieces - the bowlers, the centers, and how they pay and get paid."

For a preview of what League Pals has to offer, view the introductory video at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x2mbQFILJmI

As part of the sponsorship package, League Pals will have a rotating ad on pba.com throughout February, presenting sponsor and other visibilities on PBA’s online video streaming service, Xtra Frame, throughout the USBC Masters (Feb. 2-7 in Green Bay, Wis.), and prominent links on PBA’s Facebook page and Twitter account.

For information about how to enroll in the League Pals program, visit: www.leaguepals.com.

BARRETT, KULICK TOP WORLD BOWLING TOUR POINTS LISTS AT END OF 2014

At the conclusion of the 2014 season – including the finals of the PBA World Championship – England’s Dom Barrett is the World Bowling Tour men’s points leader, and for the first time since the cooperative PBA-World Bowling international competition began four years ago, Finnish native Mika Koivuniemi is not among the top three men.

Koivuniemi is the defending WBT Men’s champion and the only male to win that title twice.

Barrett made his move to the top of the two-year, rolling points list with a 10th-place finish in the PBA World Championship, a successful defense of his Qatar Open title and a fifth-place finish in the Kingdom International Open in Saudi Arabia to close the year with 588 WBT points. Reigning PBA World Champion Mike Fagan is second with 582 points, Sean Rash third with 560, Australia’s Jason Belmonte fourth at 532 and Koivuniemi is fifth with 531 in the race for the top three positions for the 2015 WBT Men’s Finals which will be held as part of PBA World Series of Bowling VII in Las Vegas in the fall. Rounding out the men’s top 10 with a full schedule of PBA International-World Bowling Tour events yet to come in 2015 are Tommy Jones (467), Finland’s Osku Palermaa (444), Sweden’s Martin Larsen (394), Chris Barnes (378) and England’s Stuart Williams (338).

Two-time defending WBT Women’s champion Kelly Kulick has a big lead on the women’s points list (698), 149 points head of Liz Johnson (559). Sweden’s Sandra Andersson is third (421) followed by Singapore’s Jazreel Tan (394) and Shayna Ng (348), Missy Parkin (318), Colombia’s Clara Guerrero (286), Singapore’s Cheri Tan (283), Danielle McEwan (253) and Sweden’s Joline Persson Planefors (251).

PBA REGIONAL UPDATE: TOURNAMENT ACTIVITY BACK IN FULL SWING IN FEBRUARY

PBA Regional activity returns to full swing in February, following the end-of-month Don Vay Memorial Regular/PBA50 Doubles Central Classic presented by Ebonite at Legend Lanes in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, Jan. 23-25.

● The Feb. 6-8 weekend includes the Break Point Alley South Challenge presented by DV8, a tournament for non-title winners, in Tavares, Fla., and the PBA50 Tony Grigat Allstate Midwest/Central Open at River Rand Lanes in Des Plaines, Ill.

● The Feb. 20-22 weekend includes the PBA50 Dave Edwards Toyota South Open presented by Ebonite in Spartanburg, S.C.; the Lakewood Colorado Southwest Open at Holiday Bowling and Billiards; the Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort West Championship at Gold Country Lanes in Sutter Creek, Calif., and the Lynwood Midwest Challenge presented by Roto Grip, a non-titlists event, at Lynwood Bowl in Lynwood, Ill.

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

2014 PBA Regional Challenge winner Josh Blanchard and wife Aimee are the proud new parents of Madalyn Marie Blanchard, who arrived at 1:13 p.m. on Jan. 16. Vital statistics: Madalyn weighed in at 7 pounds, 12 ounces and measured 21 inches long.

● PBA Hall of Famer Brian Voss, who has competed extensively in Europe over the past three years, added the 27th Irish Open title to his collection on Jan. 18, defeating fellow American Ron Hurt, 439-386, in the two-game title match at Leisureplex Stillorgan in Dublin, Ireland. Voss, a 25-time PBA Tour titlist, earned 5,000 Euros (roughly $5,600) along with his fourth European Bowling Tour title.

● Reminder: if you missed Sunday’s ESPN telecast of the PBA Challenge presented by the International Bowling Museum and Hall of Fame, all GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling VI telecasts are archived on Xtra Frame three days after they air on ESPN. Click on the “2014 WSOB archives” tab on the left side of the Xtra Frame home page for a complete listing of archived shows.

● Reminder: HotelPlanner.com, the official travel partner of the PBA, has renewed its sweepstakes program for 2015 and will award a $200 lodging gift certificate to a lucky winner each month all year. To enter, book a hotel room through HotelPlanner.com using one of the links below before the last day of the month, and you will be automatically entered. The monthly drawing will take place on the last day of the month. The $200 gift certificate will be valid for hotel room and tax only.

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Monacelli Avenges PBA50 Tour Loss to Williams in PBA Challenge; Parkin, Blanchard, Coffey Also Win

by Bill Vint January 18, 2015 09:00

LAS VEGAS – Venezuelan native Amleto Monacelli defeated fellow Professional Bowlers Association Hall of Famer Walter Ray Williams Jr. of Oxford, Fla., with a near-perfect game, 277-219, to win the PBA50 Tour Finals as part of a four-match PBA Challenge presented by the International Bowling Museum and Hall of Fame at the new South Point Bowling Plaza.

The PBA Challenge Finals presented by the International Bowling Museum and Hall of Fame aired Sunday on ESPN. The PBA Challenge was a GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling VI showcase for four different aspects of PBA competition – youth, seniors, women and regional. PBA50, PBA Women’s Regional and PBA Regional qualifying events were held earlier in the World Series, with the top two players advancing to the finals. The Teen Masters boys’ and girls’ division winners were decided during the summer in Tamarac, Fla.

In the opening PBA50 Tour Finals match between 2013 finalists, Monacelli avenged his 224-204 loss to Williams. Monacelli just missed a perfect game, leaving the 3-6-10 in the eighth frame, for his only mistake.

“I told myself this morning that I should shoot 300 on TV,” Monacelli said. “That would have been nice. I shot 287 against Mark Roth one time, but I was really focusing on what I needed to do to win the match. It’s a nice way to end the season.”

Monacelli said he lost his focus in the eighth frame when he rushed himself to avoid a shot clock violation.

“But I don’t use that as an excuse because I know what I was supposed to do when things like that come up,” he said, “and I just didn’t do what I needed to do. It’s my own fault.”

In the Teen Masters Grand Championship that followed, Michael Coffey, 19, of Melbourne, Fla., defeated 18-year-old Kelly Skalacki of Corem, N.Y., 202-156, in a match that involved a long oil pattern on the left lane and a shorter application on the right. In addition, all Teen Masters players are limited to using one “old-school” plastic ball and/or one urethane ball, placing emphasis on player skill over technology.

Coffey, who is bowling for Lindenwood University in St. Louis, started with three strikes and had only one open frame – a missed 10 pin in the sixth frame. Skalacki, a member of the Webber International collegiate team in Lake Wales, Fla., struggled with the demanding environment and didn’t strike until the eighth frame.

Both Teen Masters gender division winners were making their national television debuts.

“I was a lot less nervous than I thought I would be because I prepared really hard and this is something I want really badly,” Coffey said. “It’s like being around family; you’re not nervous when you’re around family and I feel like this is where I belong.”

Is PBA competition part of his future plans? He answered emphatically, “Yes.”

Parkin won match three easily, 266-202. Parkin, who represented the PBA West Region in the inaugural PBA Women’s Regional finals, defeated PBA Southwest Region representative Clara Guerrero of Pflugerville, Texas. Parkin struck on nine of her first 10 shots, while back-to-back 4-6-7 splits in the seventh and eighth frames ended Guerrero’s hopes.

“I was extremely excited when I heard about the PBA Women’s Regional program,” Parkin said, “so I jumped on the opportunity right away. I actually cancelled a big trip to Costa Rica in order to bowl one of the regionals, so this definitely made it worthwhile. It was really a great opportunity to be able to come to the World Series.

“On top of that, my focus was on making the TV show,” she continued. “I practiced a lot getting ready and I bowled really well to make it to TV. That’s the grandest stage of all, the reason we all bowl. Today, I came out remembering why we bowl – because we love our sport. I wanted to have fun and I did and the pins cooperated, so it all worked out.”

Match four pitted 2012 PBA Rookie of the Year Josh Blanchard of Gilbert, Ariz., representing the PBA Northwest Region, against 2013 Rookie of the Year EJ Tackett of Huntington, Ind., representing the Central Region, in the PBA Regional Finals.

Blanchard took the lead with a spare followed by three strikes while Tackett struggled with pin carry in the early frames. Tackett made a ball change in the sixth frame and got lined up, but Blanchard was lined up as well, putting the match away with a late string of five strikes to win, 258-236.

“I had a good ball reaction the whole match,” Blanchard said. “I used a ball I hadn’t thrown until my last shot in practice. I struck with it and made all the right moves, so it made it easy to bowl. I knew (EJ) was going to bowl a good game and the other balls I used in practice, it seemed like I’d bowl a 210, 200, so I needed something different. After that one shot, I knew I was going to stick with it the whole match.”

Blanchard also made it into the PBA Regional field by winning the final Northwest Region event of the season.

“I was supposed to go to (fellow PBA competitor) Andres Gomez’s wedding, but I cancelled – and I ended up winning the regional to get into the field,” he said.

While winning the Regional Finals wasn’t the same as winning his first PBA Tour title, Blanchard feels like he’s getting closer to that goal.

“I’ve been out here for two years and I’m still working at it,” he said. “I change my game every year trying to find the ‘it’ factor to get my first win. Usually when guys do that, they’ll win two or three times, and keep moving along. I’m still waiting for that ‘it’ factor.”

Closing the telecast, the four winners participated in a special one-shot, low-player-out Bonus Knockout Round. Parkin won the event with a strike in the third round to eliminate Blanchard, who left a 10 pin. Coffey was eliminated in the first round and Monacelli was knocked out in the second.

The World Bowling Tour Men’s and Women’s Finals presented by the PBA, the final event conducted during the GEICO PBA WSOB VI, will air Sunday, Jan. 25, on ESPN2 at 1 p.m. ET. The WBT event will be contested using an experimental “best frame” scoring system that is being tested by World Bowling. Finnish native Mika Koivuniemi of Hartland, Mich.; Sean Rash of Montgomery, Ill., and Jason Belmonte of Australia will bowl for the WBT Men’s title. Kelly Kulick of Union, N.J.; Liz Johnson of Cheektowaga, N.Y., and Sandra Andersson of Sweden will compete in the WBT Women’s final.

PBA CHALLENGE
presented by International Bowling Museum and Hall of Fame
South Point Bowling Center, Las Vegas

PBA50 Tour Final: Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela ($8,000) def. Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., ($4,000), 277-219.

Teen Masters Grand Championship: Michael Coffey, Melbourne, Fla. ($10,000 scholarship) def. Kelly Skalacki, Corem, N.Y., ($7,500 scholarship), 202-156.

PBA Women’s Regional Final: Missy Parkin, Laguna Hills, Calif. ($8,000) def. Clara Guerrero, Pflugerville, Texas ($4,000), 266-202.

PBA Regional Final: Josh Blanchard, Gilbert, Ariz. ($8,000) def. E.J. Tackett, Huntington, Ind. ($4,000), 258-236.

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Chris Barnes Enjoys Rewarding Day with 300 Game, 18th Career Title in DHC PBA Japan Invitational

by Bill Vint January 18, 2015 02:23

TOKYO, Japan – Future Professional Bowlers Association Hall of Famer Chris Barnes of Double Oak, Texas, enjoyed one of the most rewarding days in his career Sunday, winning the DHC PBA Japan Invitational at Tokyo Port Bowl for his 18th career PBA Tour title after rolling a 300 game in his semifinal round match.

The championship round was video streamed live on PBA’s Xtra Frame bowling channel, completing start-to-finish online live coverage of an international PBA Tour event for the first time.

Barnes, 44, won the $43,032 (5 million yen) first prize with a 206-196 victory over top qualifier Mike Fagan of Fort Worth, Texas, who was trying for back-to-back titles after winning the PBA World Championship seven days earlier in Las Vegas. Barnes also won a $43,032 bonus for rolling a championship round perfect game in eliminating England’s Stuart Williams, 300-225, in the semifinal match. For the day, Barnes earned 10 million yen, or $86,064 U.S. dollars.

Williams, the No. 4 qualifier, ended the first-title hopes of two-handed player Shawn Maldonado of Houston, Texas, 242-237, in the first stepladder match, and Liz Johnson of Cheektowaga, N.Y., 245-222, in the second match.

Earlier Sunday, Australia’s Jason Belmonte and partner Yang Hyeong Kyoo of Japan won the $5,164 first prize in the Scotch Doubles special event with a 236-204 victory over England’s Dom Barrett and Manae Kameshima of Japan. The doubles competition paired a member of the international contingent with a PBA Japan player.

International Team B (Fagan, Sean Rash, Dom Barrett and Barnes) won the Baker team special event with a 239-184 victory over International Team A (Wes Malott, Williams, Eddie Van Daniker and Belmonte), and shared a $10,328 bonus prize. The team event involved four International teams and four Japanese teams bowling eight Baker format games with the top two advancing to the final match.

Barrett won a $4,303 prize in a special “last man standing” event that closed the tournament program.

The DHC PBA Japan Invitational was a cooperative venture between the PBA, the new PBA Japan Region, Japan Bowling Promotions and DHC Corporation, a multi-faceted company that produces cosmetics, health foods and pharmaceuticals among its diverse product line. It featured a field of 16 international players and 16 Japanese players, and it was the first international tournament covered live by the PBA’s exclusive online video streaming channel, Xtra Frame (complete coverage is available in the Xtra Frame archives under”archived tournaments”).

Xtra Frame’s next live event will be comprehensive coverage of the 2014 PBA Tour Awards presentations (Monday, Jan. 26 at 5:30 p.m. ET) followed by live coverage of the qualifying and match play rounds of the PBA Players Championship and PBA Mark Roth/Marshall Holman Doubles Championship from AMF Bowlero Lanes in suburban Milwaukee, Tuesday, Jan. 27 thru Friday, Jan. 30. For a complete schedule of upcoming Xtra Frame programming, click on the Xtra Frame link under the “Schedules” tab on pba.com.

DHC PBA JAPAN INVITATIONAL
Tokyo Port Bowl, Tokyo, Japan, Sunday, Jan. 18

Final Standings (prize money converted from Yen to U.S. dollars:
1, Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, $43,032.
2, Mike Fagan, Fort Worth, Texas, $21,516.
3, Stuart Williams, England, $11,188.
4, Liz Johnson, Cheektowaga, N.Y., $9,467.
5, Shawn Maldonado, $8,606.

Stepladder Results:
Match One: Williams def. Maldonado, 242-237. Match Two: Williams def. Johnson, 245-222. Semifinal Match: Barnes def. Williams, 300-225. Championship: Barnes def. Fagan, 206-196.

Final Match Play Standings (after 32 games of match play, includes match play bonus pins; top five advanced to stepladder finals:
1, Mike Fagan, Fort Worth, Texas, 23-9, 8,036.
2, Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 21-11, 7,708.
3, Liz Johnson, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 21-11, 7,612.
4, Stuart Williams, England, 20-11-1, 7,603.
5, Shawn Maldonado, Houston, 20-12, 7,590.
Other Cashers:
6, Mika Koivuniemi, Hartland, Mich., 18-13-1, 7,516, $6,630.
7, Shusaku Asato, Japan, 20-11-1, 7,485, $5,800.
8, Todd Book, Russells Point, Ohio, 22-10, 7,469, $4,975.
9, Scott Norton, Mission Viejo, Calif., 16-16, 7,425, $4,560.
10, Jason Belmonte, Australia, 17-15, 7,405, $4,145.
11, Dom Barrett, England, 18-14, 7,382, $3,730.
12, Eddie VanDaniker Jr., Chatsworth, Calif., 16-16, 7,360, $3,315.
13, Daisuke Yoshida, Japan, 20-12, 7,304, $3,110.
14, Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 14-18, 7,276, $2,900.
15, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 18-14, 7,180, $2,695.
16, Ronnie Russell, Marion, Ind., 16-15-1, 7,140, $2,485.
17, Yuka Tsuchiya, Japan, 15-16-1, 7,112, $2,070.
18, Cho Young Seon, Korea, 14-18, 7,031, $1,990.
19, Manae Kameshima, Japan, 15-17, 7,015, $1,905.
20, Patrick Girard, Canada, 18-14, 6,999, $1,825.
21, Koichi Takahashi, Japan, 15-17, 6,931, $1,740.
22, Shogo Wada, Japan, 16-16, 6,924, $1,660.
23, Yuki Akiyoshi, Japan, 15-17, 6,858, $1,575.
24, Mayumi Naito, Japan, 16-16, 6,749, $1,490.
25, Yang Hyeong Kyoo, Japan, 15-17, 6,737, $1,410.
26, Ryogo Tsurumi, Japan, 12-20, 6,662, $1,325.
27, Takashi Yamazaki, Japan, 8-23-1, 6,576, $1,240.
28, Naoshi Ishimine, Japan, 12-20, 6,477, $1,160.
29, Takashi Fujimura, Japan, 12-20, 6,467, $1,075.
30, Miku Urano, Japan, 9-21-2, 6,459, $995.
31, Yumi Nakajima, Japan, 11-21-0, 6,354, $910.
32, Hiroko Shimizu, Japan, 5-27-0, 6,202, $830.

ALTERNATE-SHOT SCOTCH DOUBLES
Championship:
Jason Belmonte, Australia/Yang Hyeong Kyoo, Japan ($5,164) def. Dom Barrett, England/Manae Kameshima, Japan ($2,582), 236-204.
Semifinal Round:
Barrett/Kameshima def. Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas/Yuka Tsuchiya, Japan ($1,291), 194-181.
Belmonte/Kyoo def. Shawn Maldonado, Houston, Texas/Koichi Takahashi, Japan ($861), 188-167.

Final Match Play Standings (after three games; winner of each quad advanced to finals):
1, Quad A: Malott/Tsuchiya, 3-0, 821.
2, Quad D: Belmonte/Kyoo, 2-1, 704.
3, Quad B: Maldonado/Takahash, 3-0, 701.
4, Quad C: Barrett/Kamashima, 2-1, 669.
Other Cashers ($430 each team):
Quad A: Ronnie Russell, Marion, Ind./Yumi Nakajima, Japan, 1-2, 618.
Quad B: Scott Norton, Mission Viejo, Calif./Takashi Yamazaki, Japan, 1-2, 601.
Quad C: Patrick Girard, Canada/Hiroko Shimizu, Japan, 1-2, 623.
Quad D: Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas/Takashi Fujimara, Japan, 2-1, 664.

BAKER TEAM
Championship:
International Team B (Mike Fagan, Sean Rash, Dom Barrett, Chris Barnes) ($10,328) def. International Team A (Wes Malott, Stuart Williams, Eddie Van Daniker and Jason Belmonte) ($5,164), 239-184.
Other Cashers (after 8 Baker team games):
3, International Team C (Ronnie Russell, Scott Norton, Patrick Girard, Mika Koivuniemi), 1,793, $$1,721.
4, International Team D (Todd Book, Shawn Maldonado, Liz Johnson, Cho Young Seon), 1,785, $861.

LAST MAN STANDING SPECIAL EVENT
Dom Barrett, England ($4,303).

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Fagan, Barnes, Johnson, Williams, Maldonado Battle for Japan Invitational Title Tonight on Xtra Frame

by Bill Vint January 17, 2015 03:37

TOKYO, Japan – Fresh off his PBA World Championship victory last Sunday in Las Vegas, Mike Fagan of Fort Worth, Texas, will lead the five-player field into the stepladder finals of the DHC PBA Japan Invitational starting at 9:55 p.m. Eastern Time tonight on PBA’s online bowling channel, Xtra Frame.

Xtra Frame’s live coverage today will begin with the finals of a special alternate-ball Scotch Doubles and four-player Baker Team events at 6:45 p.m. Eastern. A “last man standing” special event will follow the Japan Invitational finals.

Other Japan Invitational finalists will include No. 2 qualifier Chris Barnes of Double Oak, Texas; No. 3 Liz Johnson of Cheektowaga, N.Y.; No. 4 Stuart Williams of England, and two-hander Shawn Maldonado of Houston, Texas.

Fagan, a 34-year-old five-time PBA Tour winner, is trying for back-to-back titles after posting a 23-9 match play record in the 32-game round-robin match play event and winning the top qualifying berth by 328 pins over Barnes.

Barnes, a future PBA Hall of Famer, is trying for his 18th career PBA Tour title and first since winning the H.H. Emir Cup in Qatar early in 2014.

Johnson, who finished fourth in the 2014 Cheetah Championship presented by PBA Bowling Challenge Mobile Game, is trying to join Kelly Kulick as the second woman in PBA history to win a PBA Tour title.

Williams, who became the first English bowler to win a PBA Tour title in the 2011 PBA Viper Championship, is making his second straight championship round appearance. He finished third in the PBA World Championship last Sunday at South Point Bowling Plaza.

Maldonado, who is beginning his third year of PBA Tour competition, is making his championship round debut. He finished eighth in the 2014 PBA World Championship.

The preliminary Xtra Frame webcast today at 6:45 p.m. ET will feature special events conducted as part of the Japan Invitational, starting with the alternate-ball Scotch doubles finals (No. 1 Wes Malott/Yuka Tsuchiya vs. No. 4 Dom Barrett/Manae Kameshima and No. 2 Jason Belmonte/Yang Hyeong Kyoo vs. No. 3 Shawn Maldonado/Koichi Takahashi; winners bowl for title). The Baker team finale will pit International Team B (Fagan, Sean Rash, Barrett, Barnes) vs. International Team A (Malott, Williams, Eddie Van Daniker and Belmonte).

The tournament includes a field of 11 PBA players who qualified based on 2014 PBA World Championship qualifying scores, three PBA members invited by the sponsoring DHC Corporation, one Korean PBA member and 16 Japan bowlers. Johnson is one of eight women – seven from the PBA Japan Regional program – who participated in the tournament.

The DHC PBA Japan Invitational is the first international tournament to be video-streamed live, around the world, on Xtra Frame. To sign up for an Xtra Frame Season Ticket ($64.99) or monthly ($7.99) subscription,  click on the Xtra Frame link on the pba.com home page.

DHC PBA JAPAN INVITATIONAL FINALS
Tokyo Port Bowl, Tokyo, Japan, Saturday, Jan. 17

Championship Round Pairings (live on Xtra Frame at 9:55 p.m. ET)
Match One:
No. 4 Stuart Williams, England, vs. No. 5 Shawn Maldonado, Houston, Texas.
Match Two: Match One winner vs. No. 3, Liz Johnson, Cheektowaga, N.Y.
Semifinal Match: Match Two winner vs. No. 2, Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas.
Championship: Semifinal Match winner vs. No. 1, Mike Fagan, Fort Worth, Texas.

Alternate-Shot Scotch Doubles Pairings (live on Xtra Frame at 6:45 p.m. ET)
Match One:
No. 1 Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas/Yuka Tsuchiya, Japan vs. No. 4 Dom Barrett, England/Manae Kameshima, Japan.
Match Two: No. 2 Jason Belmonte, Australia/Yang Hyeong Kyoo, Japan vs. No. 3 Shawn Maldonado, Houston, Texas/Koichi Takahashi, Japan.
Championship: Winner Match One vs. Winner Match Two.

Baker Team Pairings (live on Xtra Frame following Scotch Doubles finals)
Championship:
International Team B (Mike Fagan, Sean Rash, Dom Barrett, Chris Barnes) vs. International Team A (Wes Malott, Stuart Williams, Eddie Van Daniker and Jason Belmonte).

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PBA Spare Shots: Five More Chinese “Pioneers” Qualify for PBA Membership

by Bill Vint January 14, 2015 07:28

Longmarch Bowling founder Frank Zhao has confirmed five more Chinese players have qualified for PBA membership during the fourth edition of his Longmarch Pioneers League. The three-day “league” program at Longmarch Bowling Center in Shanghai over New Year’s weekend included 36 bowlers from Philippine, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and several areas in the mainland China.

All players bowled two six-game sessions each day for three days in an attempt to establish a minimum 200 average. The five who were successful will bring China’s PBA membership rolls up to 27 members after applications are filed and approved. A select few from that group plan to participate in PBA World Series of Bowling VII at South Point in Las Vegas in 2015.

Zhao said six women bowled in the most recent “pioneer league,” bringing the total of women qualifiers to 10 over the past two years. None have achieved the 200 milestone yet, he said, but two averaged over 190.

ROLLTECH STATS SAY PBA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP FINALISTS OUT-STRUCK THE FIELD

According to Rolltech’s frame-by-frame, ball-by-ball statistics for the combined 28 PBA World Championship qualifying games for all four animal pattern championships, the ultimate measure of success for finalists Wes Malott, Mike Fagan, Ronnie Russell, Todd Book and Stuart Williams was their significant advantage on strikes thrown across the gamut of lane conditions.

The PBA World Championship aired live on ESPN Sunday. Stats recorded from the qualifying rounds held during the GEICO PBA WSOB VI at South Point Bowling Center in October showed the following:

● While the 240-player World Series field struck on only 51.20% of its strike attempts (37,846 strikes on 73,916 attempts), all five World Championship finalists out-performed the field by a significant margin. The strike leader was Williams, who struck on 205 of 319 attempts (64.26%), followed by Russell (62.85%, 198 of 315), Malott (62.26%, 198 of 318), Book (61.20%, 194 of 317) and Fagan (59.94%, 190 of 317).

During the individual animal pattern qualifying rounds, the field struck at a 57.92% rate on the 35-foot Cheetah pattern, 49.93% on the 37-foot Viper pattern, 49.25% on the 41-foot Scorpion pattern and 49.01% on the 39-foot Chameleon pattern.

● Spare percentage: Malott was the best overall in spare conversion, making 105 of 119 attempts (88.24%), followed by Russell (84.96%, 96 of 113), Fagan (83.33%, 100 of 120), Book (78.07%, 89 of 114) and Williams (71.43%, 75 of 105). The field converted on 73.04% of its attempts (24,826 of 33,991).

During qualifying, the field converted 74.99% of its spare attempts on the Scorpion, 73.48% on the Chameleon, 73.16% on the Cheetah and 71.84% on the Viper.

● Single pin spare conversions: Malott made 98.80% of his single-pin spare attempts (82 of 83), followed closely by Fagan (98.44%, 63 of 64). Book made 96.67% (58 of 60), Russell 94.44% (68 of 72) and Williams 93.65% (59 of 63). The field’s success rate was 92.67% (15,818 of 17,070 attempts).

The field fared the best with a 94.12% single-pin conversion rate on the Chameleon followed by 93.22% on the Viper, 93.02% on the Scorpion and 91.67% on the Cheetah.

● Multi-pin spare conversions: Russell led in multi-pin spares (92.59%, 25 of 27) followed by Malott (86.96%, 20 of 23), Fagan (84.62%, 33 of 39), Book (76.32%, 29 of 38), and Williams (69.57%, 16 of 23). The field made 74.08%, converting on 8,105 of 10,941 attempts.

The field was most successful in multi-pin spare conversions on the Scorpion pattern (76.14%) followed by 75.33% on the Cheetah, 73.68% on the Chameleon and 73.23% on the Viper.

● Splits took their toll on the field, as expected. Overall, the field left 6,566 splits and converted only 993 times (a 15.12% success rate). The conversion rate was best in the Chameleon qualifying (16.34%) followed by 14.49% in the Viper round, 15.30% in the Scorpion round and 13.06% in the Cheetah round.

PBA STARS AGAIN DOMINATE TEAM USA FOR 2015

Veteran PBA Tour stars will again dominate Team USA in 2015, following the Team USA trials and National Selection Committee announcements in early January. During the trials, 16-year-old amateur Kamron Doyle of Brentwood, Tenn., won the national championship, defeating PBA Rookie of the Year contender Marshall Kent of Yakima, Wash., in the title match, 234-206. Wichita State collegiate bowler AJ Chapman of Oswego, Ill., finished third in the stepladder finals. The top three finishers automatically earn Team USA berths.

The men's selections based on resumes and Trials performance were PBA Tour competitors Bill O'Neill of Langhorne, Pa., Sean Rash of Montgomery, Ill.; John Szczerbinski of Tonawanda, N.Y.; Chris Barnes of Double Oak, Texas, and Tommy Jones of Simpsonville, S.C. along with amateurs John Janawicz and Devin Bidwell.

PBA Women’s Series titlist Shannon Pluhowsky of Kettering, Ohio, won the women’s title with a 246-222 win over amateur Danielle McEwan of Stony Point, N.Y. PBA record-setting Liz Johnson of Cheektowaga, N.Y., finished third. Women's team selections included PBA champions Missy Parkin of Laguna Hills, Calif.; Kelly Kulick of Union, N.J., and Stefanie Johnson of Grand Prairie, Texas, along with amateurs Brittni Hamilton, Josie Earnest, Bryanna Caldwell and Erin McCarthy.

50TH ANNIVERSARY PBA TOC HISTORY/MEDIA KIT BY JOSH HYDE NOW AVAILABLE

In commemoration of the 50th anniversary Barbasol PBA Tournament of Champions, bowling writer Josh Hyde has assembled a comprehensive Tournament of Champions history and media guide which is now available on his website, www.joshhydebowling.com. The kit includes a wealth of historical information, facts and records. A printed version will be available on site for media.

The Tournament of Champions returns to Indianapolis Feb. 10-15 at Woodland Bowl in Indianapolis.

PBA REGIONAL UPDATE: TOURNAMENT ACTIVITY BACK IN FULL SWING IN FEBRUARY

PBA Regional activity returns to full swing in February, following the end-of-month Don Vay Memorial Regular/PBA50 Doubles Central Classic presented by Ebonite at Legend Lanes in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, Jan. 23-25.

● The Feb. 6-8 weekend includes the Break Point Alley South Challenge presented by DV8, a tournament for non-title winners, in Tavares, Fla., and the PBA50 Tony Grigat Allstate Midwest/Central Open at River Rand Lanes in Des Plaines, Ill.

● The Feb. 20-22 weekend includes the PBA50 Dave Edwards Toyota South Open presented by Ebonite in Spartanburg, S.C.; the Lakewood Colorado Southwest Open at Holiday Bowling and Billiards; the Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort West Championship at Gold Country Lanes in Sutter Creek, Calif., and the Lynwood Midwest Challenge presented by Roto Grip, a non-titlists event, at Lynwood Bowl in Lynwood, Ill.

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: Live Xtra Frame coverage returns Jan. 15-17 with the historic live coverage of the DHC PBA Japan Invitational from Tokyo, Japan – the first-ever international tournament covered live by the PBA’s online bowling channel. For a complete schedule of upcoming events on Xtra Frame, click here: http://www.pba.com/Live/. To subscribe to Xtra Frame, visit pba.com and click on the Xtra Frame link. Full year Xtra Frame Season Ticket subscriptions are available for $64.99; one-month subscriptions are only $7.99. Xtra Frame is a major component of the PBA’s multi-media PBA Network.

● Reminder: if you missed the ESPN telecast on Sunday, all GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling VI telecasts will be archived on Xtra Frame three days after they air on ESPN. Click on the “2014 WSOB archives” tab on the left side of the Xtra Frame home page for a complete listing of archived shows.

● Reminder: HotelPlanner.com, the official travel partner of the PBA, has renewed its sweepstakes program for 2015 and will award a $200 lodging gift certificate to a lucky winner each month all year. To enter, book a hotel room through HotelPlanner.com using one of the links below before the last day of the month, and you will be automatically entered. The monthly drawing will take place on the last day of the month. The $200 gift certificate will be valid for hotel room and tax only.

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