Coming to CBS Sports Network: Marshall Kent Leads Pack into PBA Wolf Open Finals in Bid for Second Title

by Bill Vint May 21, 2015 03:20

SHAWNEE, Okla. – Marshall Kent of Yakima, Wash., the 2014 PBA Rookie of the Year, will bowl for his second PBA Tour title as top qualifier in the PBA Wolf Open on CBS Sports Network on Tuesday, May 26, at 8 p.m. ET.

Kent, who won his only PBA Tour title in the Kingdom International Open in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, last December, earned the top berth in the five-man stepladder finals by averaging 240 for 12 games for a 2,883 pinfall total. He earned the No. 1 spot by 47 pins over five-time PBA Tour title-winner Bill O’Neill of Langhorne, Pa.

Qualifying third was Kyle Troup of Taylorsville, N.C., the colorful 24-year-old son of equally colorful eight-time PBA Tour champion Guppy Troup. No. 4 qualifier and two-time PBA Tour winner Andres Gomez of Colombia will meet No. 5 Tommy Jones, a 15-time PBA Tour titlist from Simpsonville, S.C., in the opening match.

The Wolf Open is the first of five events held as part of Oklahoma’s Grand Casino Hotel & Resort PBA Summer Swing. Qualifying rounds were conducted at nearby FireLake Bowling Center and the CBS Sports Network finals were held on specially-installed lanes in the Grand Casino Event Center. The Wolf Open was contested on the 32-foot Wolf lane condition, the shortest of all of the PBA “animal pattern” lane conditions.

Kent has made four previous television appearances in the U.S., but has yet to win a PBA Tour title in the U.S.

O’Neill, who also qualified No. 2 for the CBS Sports Network finals of the Bear Open and No. 1 for the Oklahoma Open finals, won the Badger Open and Oklahoma’s Grand Casino King of the Swing events during the 2014 Oklahoma’s Grand Casino Hotel & Resort Summer Swing.

Kyle Troup, a two-handed player, will make his PBA Tour television debut and hopes to join his father as the fourth father-son tandem to win PBA Tour titles (joining Don and Jimmy Johnson, Don and Eugene McCune, and Dick and Pete Weber).

Gomez will try for his third title – and first in a tournament NOT named in honor of PBA legend Carmen Salvino. His previous titles came in the 2011 and 2013 Carmen Salvino Classic tournaments.

Jones, whose 39-21 record on television ranks among the top 10 in PBA history, 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 13 television appearances in the U.S. since then with two second-place finishes, including a runner-up finish in the 2014 Summer Swing Bear Open.

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

CBS Sports Network coverage of Oklahoma’s Grand Casino Hotel & Resort PBA Summer Swing will continue on four consecutive Tuesdays at 9 p.m. ET with the finals of the PBA Bear Open on June 2, 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 Wolf Open beginning on Friday, May 22, and a post-game show immediately following the conclusion of the CBS Sports Network on Tuesday, May 26, at 10 p.m. ET. 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: Entries Available for PBA Senior U.S. Open, Two PBA50 Tour California Events

by Bill Vint May 20, 2015 04:10

As a reminder to players 50 years of age and older, the PBA50 Tour begins its western swing with the first major and only stop in Las Vegas when the Suncoast PBA Senior U.S. Open presented by Storm gets underway May 31-June 5 at the Suncoast Bowling Center.

The second PBA50 major of 2015 will be the USBC Senior Masters at The Ashwaubenon Bowl in Green Bay, Wis., July 27-Aug. 1.

The Senior U.S. Open is the most prestigious of all PBA “senior tour” events and features a challenging format contested on challenging lane conditions. Reigning PBA50 Player of the Year Norm Duke is defending champion. “Bonus” competition points earned in the Senior U.S. Open, as well as standard points earned in two additional “western swing” events to follow, will play a key role in determining the eight players who will qualify for the PBA50 Challenge and paid entries into the PBA World Series of Bowling VII later in the year.

Following the PBA Senior U.S. Open will be the PBA50 Fountain Valley Open presented by Track at Fountain Bowl in Fountain Valley, Calif., June 7-10, and the PBA50 Northern California Classic presented by MOTIV in Brentwood, Calif., June 14-17. The events will be a mix of the traditional round-robin format and new final-day format with guaranteed PBA60 (super senior) cashers at each event.

Entries are being accepted on a first come, first serve basis. You can enter online at pba.com or through Mary von Krueger at maryvk@pba.com or (206) 332-9688.

LIZ JOHNSON WINS SECOND USBC QUEENS TITLE

Liz Johnson of Cheektowaga, N.Y., one of the most successful woman bowlers in PBA history, became the ninth woman to win multiple USBC Queens titles when she defeated top qualifier Erin McCarthy of Omaha, Neb., in the title match at Ashwaubenon Bowling Alley in Green Bay, Wis., Tuesday night.

Johnson, who won her first USBC Queens title in 2009, is the only woman in PBA history to qualify for two PBA Tour national television finals, was the first woman to win a PBA Regional title and owns three PBA Women’s Series titles. She was inducted into the USBC Hall of Fame in April.

CHRIS BARNES AMONG SIX ELECTED TO PBA SOUTHWEST REGION HALL OF FAME

PBA star Chris Barnes of Double Oak, Texas, who has excelled in PBA Southwest Region competition as well as on the PBA Tour, is among six individuals elected to the PBA Southwest Region Hall of Fame, PBA Southwest Manager Pete McCordic has announced.

The induction ceremony will be at 7 p.m. CT on Friday, Aug. 28, at the Grand Casino Hotel & Resort in Shawnee, Okla., as part of the Grand Casino Hotel & Resort Invitational weekend. The tournament will be hosted by FireLake Bowling Center. Grand Casino is the home of the PBA Southwest Region Hall of Fame, housing a special display to honor the inductees.

In addition to Barnes, the 2015 hall of fame class includes Nathan Bohr of Austin, Texas, and Sean Swanson of Springfield, Mo., along with Meritorious Service honoree Cary Mogard of Houston, and former College Bowl proprietors Ed and Virginia Autry of Texarkana, Texas.

Barnes is the winner of 26 PBA regional titles as well as 18 PBA Tour titles including the PBA Triple Crown. Bohr, a two-time Southwest Player of the Year, won his 20th regional title earlier this year. Swanson, who lives in the PBA Midwest Region, has competed extensively in the Southwest Region, accumulating 16 titles and earning Southwest Player of the Year twice.

Mogard was in charge of the region’s lane maintenance from 1997-2011. He also was instrumental in hosting five regional events and raising donations for the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, earning the Southwest Pat Patterson award in 2000 and 2005-06. Autry and his wife hosted 35 PBA Regional events at College Bowl in Texarkana before selling their center.

Hall of fame dinner tickets will be available for $30 per person. For reservations, email or call FireLake Bowling Center (email: chris.skillings@potawotami.org; telephone: 405-275-0404).

CHECK OUT NEW “LIKE ME, FOLLOW ME” LINKS TO PBA TOUR PLAYERS

PBA fans will find it easier to “like” their favorite players on Facebook, “follow” them on Twitter and/or Instagram, visit their personal websites, or learn more about them by clicking on new links under the “bowlers” drop-down menu on pba.com, PBA’s official website.

To learn more about your favorite PBA Tour player, click on the “bowlers” tab, and then click on “PBA Tour Bowlers” to open the gallery of players. In addition to direct links to any given player’s Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or website pages, you’ll find his/her current bio, a year-by-year profile of the player’s career performances and more. If you can’t find a player on the 2015 season roster, open the “Select a Season” drop-down menu and enter a different season when the player you’re looking for may have met “PBA Tour” qualifying status.

You might also want to take a few minutes to cruise pba.com to get an idea of the depth of information available. Click on each of the drop-down tabs (News, Bowlers, Schedule, Scores, Resources) to discover the variety of information archived on the website – all of which ties into the comprehensive multi-media PBA Network.

PBA REGIONAL UPDATE: BRANDON NOVAK WINS NUNAN MEMORIAL TITLE

Brandon Novak of Chillicothe, Ohio defeated Ryan Ciminelli of Cheektowaga, N.Y. by 329 pins on May 17 to win the PBA Debbie & Leo Nunan Memorial Central Open presented by Nance Construction and Brunswick at AMF Stardust Lanes in Grove City, Ohio.

Novak finished with an 8-4 match play record and a total of 4,636 pins for 20 games, including match play bonus pins. The title was Novak’s first of the year in the PBA Central Region and his third career PBA Regional title. He earned $5,000 along with his title.

On May 10, amateur Joe Hostetler of Louisville, Ky. defeated T.J. Schmidt of Mishawaka, Ind., by 99 pins to win the PBA Baldo Campana/Ohio Lottery Central/Midwest Open presented by Track at Rebman Recreation in Lorain, Ohio, and Richie Brown of Marion, Ohio defeated Harry Sullins of Chesterfield Township, Mich., by 151 pins to win the PBA50 companion event.

Hostetler finished with a 10-2 match play record and a total of 4,612 pins for 20 games, including match play bonus pins, to win the $2,500 first prize in the standard regional event. Because Hostetler is an amateur, he is not recognized as earning a PBA title.

Brown finished with a 5-4-1 match play record and 4,301 pins for 18 games, including match play bonus pins, to win his sixth PBA50 title and $1,500.

The Lorain tournaments were named in honor of the late Baldo Campana, a long-time PBA supporter, who died on April 24 at age 90.

● Amateur Darrin Casstevens of Rural Hall, N.C., defeated Dave Shinn of West Columbia, S.C. 232-177, to win the PBA Lightning Lanes South Challenge Sunday in Marion, N.C. Casstevens earned $1,500 while Shinn took home $900 for second place.

Casstevens, a former PBA member who is now a bowling center proprietor and father of two young daughters, qualified fifth and then won four consecutive single-elimination matches to win the event. PBA Challenge tournaments are open only to players who have never won a PBA event, but Casstevens will not be credited for a PBA title because he is a non-member.

On May 10, Stoney Baker of Canton, Ga., defeated Wayne Bolin of Lumberton, N.C., 257-177, to win the inaugural PBA50 Station 300 Coastal Classic at Station 300 in Bluffton, S.C.

Baker posted a 6-4 match play record, including a 300 in game eight, to qualify third for the stepladder finals. He defeated Gary Morgan of Atlanta, Ga., in the first stepladder match, 212-196, and advanced to the title match by defeating Todd Haney of Boiling Springs, S.C., 225-178, in the semifinal round before topping Bolin for the title. Baker earned $1,800 along with his 24th overall PBA Regional title.

Jerry Marrs of Huntley, Ill., finished with a 14-game total of 3,066 pins to top amateur Daniel Lemiesz of Machesney Park, Ill., by 55 pins for his first PBA title in the PBA Victory Lanes Midwest Challenge in Kankakee, Ill., Sunday.

Marrs, who earned $1,300 along with his title, is now eligible to bowl in the PBA Tournament of Champions. PBA Challenge events are open to players who have never won a PBA title.

● Heading into Memorial Day weekend, the East Region will host the Colony Park Lanes East Challenge (a reduced entry fee event) May 23 in York, Pa., while the Northwest Region hosts the PBA and PBA50 Daffodil Bowl Open presented by Sunset Chevrolet May 22-24 in Puyallup, Wash.

Closing the May schedule will be a West Region PBA50 doubleheader leading into the Suncoast PBA Senior U.S. Open – the 6th annual PBA50 Lona King Saguaro West Open at Johnson Lanes in Sun City West, Ariz., May 25-27, followed by the PBA50 Miller Lite Western Open at Starlite Lanes in Flagstaff, Ariz., May 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.

QUICK NOTES

● England’s Paul Moor, a four-time European Bowling Tour rankings champion who won his first-and-only PBA Tour title in the 2015 Ballmaster Open in Helsinki, Finland, has been elected to the UK Tenpin Hall of Fame. He will be inducted along with Brian Michael, Gina Wardle, Lisa John and proprietor David Grainger later in the year. Details will be announced soon.

● The PBA has learned former PBA West and Northwest Region lane maintenance supervisor Steve Stevens of The Dalles, Ore., has died. Affectionately known as “The Lane Dude,” Stevens was most recently involved as a self-employed bowling coach. No further details were immediately available.

● If you know of a deserving young college student who participates in bowling and is in need of financial assistance, encourage him/her to apply for the PBA Billy Welu Scholarship. Applications for the $1,000 Welu Scholarship Award recognize exemplary qualities in a collegiate bowler. Applications 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/.

● Visit the “shop” link on pba.com for the latest in PBA logoed merchandise, including special new PBA Summer Swing t-shirts…and a “future PBA star” t-shirts for the little one(s) in your family.

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PBA Tour Season Hits Full Stride With 2015 Oklahoma’s Grand Casino Hotel & Resort PBA Summer Swing

by Jerry Schneider May 7, 2015 03:48

The Professional Bowlers Association Tour resumes its 2015 season when a sold-out field of 120 of the world’s best bowlers returns to FireLake Bowling Center and the Grand Casino Hotel & Resort May 9-17 for the second annual Oklahoma’s Grand Casino Hotel & Resort PBA Summer Swing.

The Summer Swing will include four PBA Tour title events plus a special Oklahoma’s Grand Casino Hotel & Resort King of the Swing finale, all of which will air on CBS Sports Network on consecutive Tuesday nights beginning May 26. The finals will be contested in a special bowling arena installed inside the Grand Casino Event Center while the preliminary rounds will be hosted by the FireLake Bowling Center and covered by PBA’s online bowling channel Xtra Frame.

The four PBA Tour events contested during the Summer Swing will be the Wolf, Bear and Badger Opens and the PBA Oklahoma Open. The Oklahoma’s Grand Casino Resort King of the Swing special event will feature the four winners plus a “wild card” player.

Here’s a look at some of the storylines for the 2015 Oklahoma’s Grand Casino Hotel & Resort PBA Summer Swing: 

Defending champions: Returning to defend their titles will be Wolf Open champion Sean Rash of Montgomery, Ill.; Bear Open winner Ronnie Russell of Marion, Ind.; Oklahoma Open champ Jason Belmonte of Australia, and Badger Open and King of the Swing winner Bill O’Neill of Langhorne, Pa.

Jason Belmonte is frontrunner for third consecutive Player of the Year crown: Heading into the Summer Swing, Belmonte is the front-runner for a third consecutive PBA Player of the Year title, a feat that hasn’t been accomplished since Walter Ray Williams Jr. won the PBA’s highest annual honor in 1996, ’97 and ’98. The only other player who has earned POY honors three years in a row was the late Earl Anthony, who did it twice (1981-83 and 1974-76).

Through the first 10 events of the 2015 campaign, Belmonte has won the first two major titles of the season (the USBC Masters and Barbasol PBA Tournament of Champions) to take the lead in the PBA Tour earnings race ($152,161 vs. $106,710 for current runner-up Chris Barnes of Double Oak, Texas) and is fifth in scoring average (231.46 vs. the 234.59 pace by leader Rhino Page of Dade City, Fla.).

Josh Blanchard tries for third consecutive title: Arguably the player with the most momentum heading into the Summer Swing is Josh Blanchard of Gilbert, Ariz., who will be attempting to win his third consecutive title after winning the Brunswick Euro Challenge and the Xtra Frame Maine Shootout in March. He will join PBA legends Dick Weber and Johnny Petraglia as the only player to accomplish the feat if he wins the Wolf Open which is the first event of the Summer Swing. 

Former Major League Baseball pitcher John Burkett set to compete in second Summer Swing: Former major league pitcher John Burkett makes his second consecutive Summer Swing appearance. Burkett, a two-time all-star who played for 16 seasons in the majors, is also competing as a rookie on the PBA50 Tour (for players 50 and over) this year.  He made the cut to match play in the UnitedHealthcare Sun Bowl In The Villages PBA50 Tour event in April eventually finishing 24th.

Diverse lane conditions put players to the test: The Wolf Open uses the shortest of all PBA animal pattern lane conditions, with oil applied only 32 feet down the lane. The Badger is the longest of all animal patterns, with oil applied 52 feet down lane. The Bear pattern may be the most challenging of all, applied to 40 feet, but virtually flat from gutter to gutter.

PBA Legends entered: Four of PBA’s legends are entered who have a combined PBA Tour win total of 156 victories.  They include all-time titles leader Walter Ray Williams Jr. with 47 wins, Norm Duke, third on the all-time list with 38 wins, Pete Weber, fourth with 37 wins and Parker Bohn III, tied for fifth with 34 titles.

Rash makes TV history in 2014 Summer Swing: Sean Rash made TV history in last year’s Wolf Open by bowling the 23rd televised 300 game in PBA Tour history. Rash also bowled the 25th televised 300 in the Barbasol PBA Tournament Champions in Indianapolis in February.

Heading into the Summer Swing, 38 300 games have been bowled this season for an average of 6.33 per event.

Xtra Frame provides live international coverage: All qualifying and preliminary match play rounds of the Summer Swing will be covered exclusively live on Xtra Frame, the PBA’s online video service that reaches a global audience of bowling fans.  Three-day ($3.99), monthly ($7.99) and 12 month ($64.99) subscriptions are available.  Click on the Xtra Frame logo on the pba.com homepage for subscription information.

Tickets for TV finals are still available: For fans who will be attending the Summer Swing, individual day passes can be purchased at http://www.grandboxoffice.com/event?eventid=66 for $25. Day passes are for general admission seating in the balcony overlooking the two-lane bowling installation, and are good for all telecasts happening the day of purchase. Weekend passes can be purchased at http://www.grandboxoffice.com/event?eventid=65. Tickets are $60 each, allow access to all finals conducted over the weekend, and will be good for general admission seating on the first floor bleachers next to the lanes.

The May 16 TV schedule includes the Wolf Open finals at 11 a.m. (CT), Bear Open at 2:30 and Badger Open at 5:15 p.m. The May 17 schedule includes the Oklahoma Open finals at noon and the King of the Swing at 3:30 p.m.

CBS Sports Network telecast schedule: CBS Sports Network’s coverage begins Tuesday, May 26 (8 p.m. ET) with the Wolf Open. Coverage continues with the Bear Open (June 2, 9 p.m.), Badger Open (June 9, 9 p.m.), Oklahoma Open (June 16, 9 p.m.), and King of the Swing (June 23, 9 p.m.).

OKLAHOMA’S GRAND CASINO HOTEL & RESORT PBA SUMMER SWING SCHEDULE

FireLake Bowling Center and Grand Casino Hotel & Resort, Shawnee, Okla., May 9-17 (all times are Central)

Saturday, May 9

2 p.m. – Pro-am

Sunday, May 10

Noon – A Squad practice session

3:30 p.m. – B Squad practice session

Monday, May 11 - PBA Wolf Open

8 a.m. – A Squad, 6 qualifying games

2 p.m. – B Squad, 6 qualifying games

  Top 18 advance to second qualifying round

7:30 p.m. – Top 18, 6 qualifying games

Top 5 after 12 games advance to stepladder finals

Tuesday, May 12 - PBA Bear Open

8 a.m. – B Squad, 6 qualifying games

2 p.m. – A Squad, 6 qualifying games

  Top 18 advance to second qualifying round

7:30 p.m. – Top 18, 6 qualifying games

Top 5 after 12 games advance to stepladder finals

Wednesday, May 13 - PBA Badger Open

8 a.m. – A Squad, 6 qualifying games

2 p.m. – B Squad, 6 qualifying games

  Top 18 after 6 games advance to second qualifying round; top 18 after 18 games (combined 6-game first-round Wolf, Bear and Badger totals) advance to Oklahoma Open match play

7:30 p.m. – Top 18, 6 qualifying games

  Top 5 after 12 games advance to stepladder finals

Thursday, May 14 - PBA Oklahoma Open Round Robin Match Play

10 a.m. – Top 18, 6 games match play, Wolf pattern

2 p.m. – Top 18, 6 games match play, Bear pattern

6:30 p.m. – Top 18, 6 games match play, Badger pattern

  Top 5 advance to stepladder finals

CBS SPORTS NETWORK STEPLADDER FINALS

Grand Casino Resort Event Center, Shawnee, Okla.

Saturday, May 16

11 a.m. – PBA Wolf Open five-player stepladder finals (telecast, May 26, 8 p.m. ET)

2:30 p.m. – PBA Bear Open five-player stepladder finals (telecast, June 2, 9 p.m. ET)

5:15 p.m. – PBA Badger Open five-player stepladder finals (telecast, June 9, 9 p.m. ET)

Sunday, May 17

Noon – PBA Oklahoma Open five-player stepladder finals (June 16, 9 p.m. ET)

3:30 p.m. – Oklahoma’s Grand Casino Resort King of the Swing five-player stepladder finals (four title winners plus “wild card” player - highest in combined points for four events without a title. Telecast, June 23, 9 p.m. ET).

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PBA Spare Shots: Largest PBA League Audience Ever Watches Elias Cup Finals on ESPN

by Bill Vint April 29, 2015 03:14

Closing out a highly-successful season of ESPN coverage, the PBA Tour posted the largest audience ratings in the three-year history of PBA League competition. The PBA League Elias Cup finals from Bayside Bowl in Portland, Maine, reached an audience of more than 670,000 viewers, up 66 percent over the previous year and up 22 percent over the inaugural Elias Cup finals held in 2013.

The strong PBA League ratings capped a season that began with the GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling, where ESPN finals recorded 20-plus percent increases over the previous year, followed by even larger increases for five PBA telecasts airing in February into early March when ratings were up 66 percent over the same period in 2014. ESPN’s average viewership was over 920,000 for five shows including the CP3 PBA Celebrity Invitational (at 1.1 million average viewers the highest for a PBA telecast since 2012), the USBC Masters (up 62% over 2014), 50th anniversary Barbasol PBA Tournament of Champions, PBA Players Championship and Roth/Holman PBA Doubles Championship.

XTRA FRAME TO COVER BOWLMOR AMF U.S. OPEN PRELIMINARY ROUNDS

The PBA continues to expand its schedule of live online video streaming events, announcing that Xtra Frame will be the exclusive home for live qualifying and match play coverage of the 2015 Bowlmor AMF US Open, Nov. 2-8 in Garland, Texas. The U.S. Open will conclude with a live telecast on CBS Sports Network.

During 2015, Xtra Frame is providing its growing legion of subscribers with live coverage of all preliminary rounds of PBA Tour events, start-to-finish coverage of a series of new PBA Tour Xtra Frame tournaments, start-to-finish coverage of all PBA50 Tour events (except for the USBC Senior Masters, which will be covered by USBC’s BOWL.tv), and complete coverage of all new Professional Women’s Bowling Association events (except the nationally-televised finals of the PWBA majors including the USBC Queens, Bowlmor AMF Women’s U.S. Open and the end-of-season PWBA Championship).

Xtra Frame’s extensive video streaming schedule is available to a world-wide audience at nominal subscription rates: $3.99 for a three-day subscription for fans who want to watch a specific three-day event, $7.99 for a full month subscription, and $64.99 for a 12-month XF Season Ticket package. For complete information, visit pba.com and click on the Xtra Frame link. In addition to live event coverage, subscribers have access to Xtra Frame’s extensive archive of past PBA events, interviews, instructional videos and more.

PBA COMMISSIONER ADDRESSES USBC DELEGATION IN OMAHA

PBA Commissioner Tom Clark will provide United States Bowling Congress delegates, convened in Omaha for USBC’s annual meeting and convention, an update on PBA’s progress during the 2015 season Wednesday afternoon as part of the USBC’s industry update program. The session will be video-streamed on bowl.com’s BowlTV service.

BowlTV also will video-stream Wednesday night’s USBC Hall of Fame ceremonies, which will include the inductions of PBA members Larry Laub and Liz Johnson.

GENESIS, LANE MASTERS, LEGENDS by LANE MASTERS ARE PBA PRODUCT REGISTERED

Genesis Bowling Accessories along with Lane Masters and Legends by Lane Masters bowling balls will join the roster of PBA Product Registered brands as of April 30.

Genesis Bowling Accessories’ approved products include K-Motion (kinesiology) Tape; Excel Performance Thumb Tapes; leather ball-wipe pads; Hydro, Intense and Maxx ball cleaners; roller bags and its power wrist wrap. Lane Masters and Legends by Lane Masters bowling balls will be approved for use in PBA Regional and PBA50 Tour competition.

For more information about the PBA Product Registered program, including a complete listing of approved brands and products, go to the “approved products” link under the Resources tab on the pba.com home page (http://www.pba.com/ProductRegistration/Manufacturers/).

CBS SPORTS NETWORK ANNOUNCES GRAND CASINO PBA SUMMER SWING AIR DATES

CBS Sports Network and the PBA have announced the broadcast dates for five two-hour finals that will originate from the Oklahoma’s Grand Casino Hotel & Resort PBA Summer Swing from Shawnee, Okla., in late May. All five shows will air on consecutive Tuesdays beginning with the Wolf Open on May 26 at 8 p.m. ET.

The other telecasts, all airing at 9 p.m. ET, will include the Bear Open finals on June 2, the Badger Open on June 9, the PBA Oklahoma Open on June 16 and the Oklahoma’s Grand Casino Resort King of the Swing special event on June 23.

PBA STARS TO PARTICIPATE IN BABY REESA FOUNDATION PRO-AM JUNE 5

An all-star cast of PBA stars will participate in the second annual Baby Reesa Foundation Pro-Am No-Tap bowling tournament hosted by PBA/PWBA star Missy Parkin. The fund-raising event at Bowlium Lanes in Montclair, Calif., June 5, will benefit children with the disease Krabbe Leukodystrophy.

The event, which will be conducted in conjunction with the PBA Parkin’s Bowling Supply West Open regional June 6-7, will include PBA stars Josh Blanchard, Scott Norton, Clara Guerrero and Michael Haugen Jr. along with Parkin and others. The entry fee for the pro-am is $69 which includes participation in the Demo Day at 5:30 p.m. on June 5 where fans can try out the latest bowling equipment. For entry information, contact Bowlium Lanes at (909) 626-3528 or Drew Parkin at (323) 491-7221.

LONG-TIME PBA MEMBER BALDO CAMPANA DIES AT AGE 90

Baldo Campana, a long-time PBA member and the namesake of the upcoming PBA and PBA50 Baldo Campana Central/Midwest Open benefitting the Lorain County Kids Fund in his lifelong home, Lorain, Ohio, died Friday at Mercy New life Hospice in Lorain. He was 90.

Campana was the founder of Baldo Campana Concrete, a U.S. Army veteran, an accomplished artist and a skilled golfer, but his passion always was bowling. In honor of his 80th birthday in 2005, his five children and numerous grandchildren created the “Baldo Bash,” a New Year’s Day tournament hosted by Rebman Recreation, and eight years ago, Rebman Recreation and the PBA Central Region created the Baldo Campana Open in his honor. The 2015 PBA and PBA50 doubleheader will be held over the May 8-10 weekend. For more information about Campana, click here: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/morningjournal/obituary.aspx?pid=174724774

PBA REGIONAL UPDATE: BLANCHARD CONTINUES HOT STREAK IN HAWAII

Josh Blanchard of Mesa, Ariz., defeated Tom Daugherty of Wesley Chapel, Fla., 247-239, to win the PBA Kona West/Northwest Open at KBXtreme Lanes in Kona, Hawaii, Monday, kicking off the joint West and Northwest Regions’ traditional Hawaii tripleheader series.

Blanchard, fresh off winning his first two PBA Tour titles in the Brunswick Euro Challenge and Xtra Frame PBA Maine Shootout, won his ninth PBA Regional title along with a $2,000 first prize. Blanchard defeated Missy Parkin of Laguna Hills, Calif., 268-224, and Daugherty defeated Austin Hunt of Kennewick, Wash., 278-219, in the semifinal round.

The Hawaii series continues with the PBA Hawaii West/Northwest Open presented by Storm at Scofield Air Base on Wednesday, and the PBA Hickam AFB West/Northwest Open Saturday and Sunday. Both events are hosted by U.S. military bases on Oahu.

● On the heels of winning his first PBA50 Tour title the previous week in the UnitedHealthcare Villages Open, Mike Scroggins of Amarillo, Texas, continued his winning ways as he defeated Ken Shealy of Myrtle Beach, S.C., 210-183, 238-198, in a best-of-three-game championship final to win his 42nd PBA Regional title in the Tarheel Lanes South Open in Hendersonville, N.C., on Saturday, April 25.

The Hendersonville stop included a number of PBA50 Tour players who were on their way to the PBA50 Miller High Life Classic in Mooresville, N.C. Scroggins, a rookie in PBA50 competition, earned $2,000. Shealy received $1,000 as runner-up.

In best-of-three-game semifinal round, Scroggins defeated Brian Cooper of Henderson, Nev., 237-156, 238-203, and Shealy took out Sammy Ventura of Syracuse, N.Y., 245-164, 174-145.

● Leading off the May regional schedule, over the May 1-3 weekend, will be the Junction City (Kan.) Bowl Southwest/Midwest Open presented by Radical, and the Pro Bowl West Tri-Region Member/Non-Member Doubles presented by the Proprietor’s Cup in Ft. Wayne, Ind.

The May 8-10 weekend includes a PBA/PBA50 joint regional doubleheader, the PBA and PBA50 Baldo Campana Central/Midwest Open benefitting the Lorain County Kids Fund, presented by Radical Bowling, at Rebman Recreation in Lorain, Ohio, and the PBA50 Station 300 Bluffton Open in Bluffton, S.C.

On the May 15-17 calendar are the Debbie & Leo Nunan Memorial Central Open presented by Nance Construction and Brunswick at AMF Stardust Lanes in Grove City, Ohio; the Victory Lanes Midwest Challenge (for non-champions) in Kankakee, Ill., and the Lightning Lanes Challenge in Marion, N.C. The originally-scheduled Bethmann Russell Syracuse Open  at Thunderbird Lanes in Syracuse, N.Y., has been cancelled due to closing of the host center.

Heading into Memorial Day weekend, the East Region will host the Colony Park Lanes East Challenge (a reduced entry fee event) May 23 in York, Pa., while the Northwest Region hosts the PBA and PBA50 Daffodil Bowl Open presented by Sunset Chevrolet May 22-24 in Puyallup, Wash.

Closing the May schedule will be a West Region PBA50 doubleheader leading into the Suncoast PBA Senior U.S. Open – the 6th annual PBA50 Lona King Saguaro West Open at Johnson Lanes in Sun City West, Ariz., May 25-27, followed by the PBA50 Miller Lite Western Open at Starlite Lanes in Flagstaff, Ariz., May 27-29.

The Suncoast PBA Senior U.S. Open, presented by Storm, is set for May 31-June 5 at the Suncoast Casino, Hotel and Bowling Center in Las Vegas. The Senior U.S. Open – the first major on the 2015 PBA50 Tour schedule – will be covered live from start to finish on Xtra Frame.

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

● Storm has announced the signing of former Major League Baseball pitching star John Burkett, a 50-year-old rookie on the PBA50 Tour, to its stable of staff representatives.

● Only two days remain to qualify for the April MOTIV Xtra Frame sweepstakes. If you are not an Xtra Frame subscriber, you can enter the MOTIV sweepstakes by signing up for a new Xtra Frame subscription – your choice of three-day ($3.99), monthly ($7.99) or 12-month XF Season Ticket ($64.99). MOTIV’s ball-a-month sweepstakes will continue throughout 2015.

● Another April reminder: Every month, HotelPlanner.com, the official travel partner of the PBA, is awarding a $200 lodging gift certificate to a lucky person who books a hotel room through HotelPlanner.com. Use the “Book Hotel” link on pba.com before the last day of the month, and you will be automatically entered. The $200 gift certificate will be valid for hotel room and tax only.

● Last call: You can still earn a discount on an Xtra Frame Season Ticket subscription with the purchase of a new bowling ball through a special limited-time arrangement with Bowling Infinity Group. Visit http://offthetrailer.com/ for details on how to earn a $25 discount and free shipping on the bowling ball-Xtra Frame Season Ticket package now through April 30.

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World’s Best Bowlers Ready for Return to Oklahoma for PBA Summer Swing: FireLake Bowling Center, Grand Casino Hotel and Resort to Again Host Five-event Summer Series

by Jerry Schneider April 28, 2015 03:50

A sold-out field including 120 of the world’s best bowlers will resume competition when the Professional Bowlers Association returns to FireLake Bowling Center and the Grand Casino Hotel and Resort May 9-17 for the second annual Oklahoma’s Grand Casino Hotel and Resort PBA Summer Swing.

The Summer Swing will include four PBA Tour title events plus a special Oklahoma’s Grand Casino Hotel & Resort King of the Swing finale, all of which will air on CBS Sports Network. The finals will be contested in a special bowling arena installed inside the Grand Casino Event Center while the preliminary rounds will be hosted by the FireLake Bowling Center and covered by PBA’s online bowling channel Xtra Frame.

CBS Sports Network’s coverage begins Tuesday, May 26 (8 p.m. ET) with the Wolf Open. Coverage continues with the Bear Open (June 2, 9 p.m.), Badger Open (June 9, 9 p.m.), Oklahoma Open (June 16, 9 p.m.), and King of the Swing (June 23, 9 p.m.).

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

Returning to defend their titles will be Wolf Open champion Sean Rash of Montgomery, Ill.; Bear Open winner Ronnie Russell of Marion, Ind.; Oklahoma Open champ Jason Belmonte of Australia, and Badger Open and King of the Swing winner Bill O’Neill of Langhorne, Pa.

Heading into the Summer Swing, Belmonte is the front-runner for a third consecutive PBA Player of the Year title, a feat that hasn’t been accomplished since Walter Ray Williams Jr. won the PBA’s highest annual honor in 1996, ’97 and ’98. The only other player who has earned POY honors three years in a row was the late Earl Anthony, who did it twice (1981-83 and 1974-76).

Through the first 10 events of the 2015 campaign, Belmonte has won the first two major titles of the season (the USBC Masters and Barbasol PBA Tournament of Champions) to take the lead in the PBA Tour earnings race ($152,161 vs. $106,710 for current runner-up Chris Barnes of Double Oak, Texas) and is fifth in scoring average (231.46 vs. the 234.59 pace by leader Rhino Page of Dade City, Fla.).

In its brief three-year history, the PBA Summer Swing has established itself as one of professional bowling’s most demanding competitions. It involves three unique “animal pattern” lane conditions to test a variety of bowling skills, and requires players to excel on all three scoring environments in order to advance to the Oklahoma Open, where the three match play rounds are contested on each of the three lane conditions.

The Wolf Open uses the shortest of all PBA animal patterns, with oil applied only 32 feet down the lane. The Badger is the longest of all animal patterns, with oil applied 52 feet down lane. The Bear pattern may be the most challenging of all, applied to 40 feet, but virtually flat from gutter to gutter.

“The Summer Swing has quickly become one of the hallmark events on the PBA Tour calendar,” said PBA Commissioner Tom Clark. “It’s a great competitive challenge for our members, it has a great sponsor in the Citizen Potawatomi Nation and Grand Casino Hotel & Resort, and it will provide PBA fans around the world with more than 50 hours of live coverage on Xtra Frame in addition to 10 hours of nationally-televised coverage on CBS Sports Network.”

All qualifying and preliminary match play rounds of the PBA Summer Swing will be covered exclusively live on Xtra Frame. Three-day ($3.99), monthly ($7.99) and 12-month XF Season Ticket ($64.99) subscriptions are available.

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 http://www.cbssportsnetwork.com/

Fans can also catch a recap of last year’s Oklahoma’s Grand Casino Hotel and Resort PBA Summer Swing by visiting PBA’s Youtube channel at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nVavkPbUzAI

For fans who will be attending the Summer Swing, individual day passes can be purchased at http://www.grandboxoffice.com/event?eventid=66 for $25. Day passes are for general admission seating in the balcony overlooking the two-lane bowling installation, and are good for all telecasts happening the day of purchase. Weekend passes can be purchased at http://www.grandboxoffice.com/event?eventid=65. Tickets are $60 each, allow access to all finals conducted over the weekend, and will be good for general admission seating on the first floor bleachers next to the lanes.

The May 16 schedule includes the Wolf Open finals at 11 a.m. (CT), Bear Open at 2:30 and Badger Open at 5:15. The May 17 schedule includes the Oklahoma Open finals at noon and the King of the Swing at 3:30 p.m.

OKLAHOMA’S GRAND CASINO HOTEL AND RESORT PBA SUMMER SWING SCHEDULE

FireLake Bowling Center and Grand Casino Hotel and Resort, Shawnee, Okla., May 9-17 (all times are Central)

Saturday, May 9

2 p.m. – Pro-am

Sunday, May 10

Noon – A Squad practice session

3:30 p.m. – B Squad practice session

Monday, May 11 - PBA Wolf Open

8 a.m. – A Squad, 6 qualifying games

2 p.m. – B Squad, 6 qualifying games

  Top 18 advance to second qualifying round

7:30 p.m. – Top 18, 6 qualifying games

Top 5 after 12 games advance to stepladder finals

Tuesday, May 12 - PBA Bear Open

8 a.m. – B Squad, 6 qualifying games

2 p.m. – A Squad, 6 qualifying games

  Top 18 advance to second qualifying round

7:30 p.m. – Top 18, 6 qualifying games

Top 5 after 12 games advance to stepladder finals

Wednesday, May 13 - PBA Badger Open

8 a.m. – A Squad, 6 qualifying games

2 p.m. – B Squad, 6 qualifying games

  Top 18 after 6 games advance to second qualifying round; top 18 after 18 games (combined 6-game first-round Wolf, Bear and Badger totals) advance to Oklahoma Open match play

7:30 p.m. – Top 18, 6 qualifying games

  Top 5 after 12 games advance to stepladder finals

Thursday, May 14 - PBA Oklahoma Open Round Robin Match Play

10 a.m. – Top 18, 6 games match play, Wolf pattern

2 p.m. – Top 18, 6 games match play, Bear pattern

6:30 p.m. – Top 18, 6 games match play, Badger pattern

  Top 5 advance to stepladder finals

CBS SPORTS NETWORK STEPLADDER FINALS

Grand Casino Resort Event Center, Shawnee, Okla.

Saturday, May 16

11 a.m. – PBA Wolf Open five-player stepladder finals

2:30 p.m. – PBA Bear Open five-player stepladder finals

5:15 p.m. – PBA Badger Open five-player stepladder finals

Sunday, May 17

Noon – PBA Oklahoma Open five-player stepladder finals

3:30 p.m. – Oklahoma’s Grand Casino Resort King of the Swing five-player stepladder finals (four title winners plus “wild card” player - highest in combined points for four events without a title).

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