Entries Open Aug. 15 for PBA World Series of Bowling VI

by Bill Vint August 4, 2014 06:02

SEATTLE – Entries will open on Friday, Aug. 15, for the Professional Bowlers Association’s World Series of Bowling VI which returns to South Point Bowling Center in Las Vegas Oct. 24-Nov. 2 with a proven formula, a capacity field of the world’s most talented bowlers and a few new wrinkles.

The World Series, which made its debut in suburban Detroit in 2009, has evolved into an international showcase for bowlers from around the world, and the sixth edition of the multi-event championships will carry on the tradition of drama and excitement with the addition of a new PBA Challenge television show and a first-look at the new South Point Bowling Stadium which will host World Series TV finals.

WSOB VI will include more than 50 hours of live coverage on PBA’s online bowling channel, Xtra Frame, as well as 10 hours of national television coverage on ESPN.

WSOB VI will include its traditional PBA “animal pattern” championships – the Cheetah, Viper, Chameleon and Scorpion Championships – along with the final major of the 2014 season, the PBA World Championship. Cumulative qualifying scores for 28 games in the four animal pattern events will determine the 24 players who will advance to the PBA World Championship match play finals.

As always, the World Series also will play a key role in deciding the 2014 PBA Player of the Year and Rookie of the Year races.

The PBA anticipates another sold-out field of 240 of the world’s most talented players representing an estimated 20 countries (the 2013 field drew representatives from a record 23 countries). Among the star-studded field of bowlers will be defending champions Wes Malott (Cheetah), Chris Barnes (Viper), Ryan Ciminelli (Chameleon), Tom Smallwood (Scorpion) and Dom Barrett (PBA World Championship).

A $900 entry fee will include all five PBA Tour events. Based on a full field, first prize in each of the four animal pattern events will be $20,000 with 32 places cashing. The PBA World Championship will offer a $50,000 first prize with 60 cashing positions. With a total prize fund of more than $650,000, the World Series will be the richest event in professional bowling.

New to the World Series program will be the PBA50 Tour Finals, PBA Regional Finals and PBA Women’s Regional Finals – each of which will include eight competitors who will earn berths based on competition points races earlier in the season. The eight PBA50 Tour players will qualify based on 2014 competition points. The eight PBA Regional Finals and eight PBA Women’s Regional Finals players will include top points qualifiers from the PBA’s East, South, Central, Midwest, Southwest, West and Northwest Regions along with players from the new PBA Japan Region.

In each case, the eight players will bowl an eight-game round-robin match play event on Friday, Oct. 24, with the top two players advancing to a new PBA Challenge TV show where they’ll join 2014 Teen Masters boys and girls champions Michael Coffey of Melbourne, Fla., and Kelly Skalacki of Coram, N.Y., in a four-match special event for ESPN.

The PBA International Tour/World Bowling Tour Men’s and Women’s Finals also will be part of the World Series lineup. Additional details regarding World Series television events will be announced soon.

All of the preliminary rounds of the World Series will be covered live on PBA’s online bowling channel, Xtra Frame. For subscription information, visit pba.com and click on the Xtra Frame link.

PBA WORLD SERIES OF BOWLING VI SCHEDULE
South Point Bowling Center, Las Vegas (ESPN finals in South Point Bowling Stadium)
(All times Pacific)
 
Thursday, Oct. 23
6 p.m. – Players meeting (mandatory for all WSOB participants)
7:45 p.m. – Tournament rules meeting (mandatory for first-time WSOB participants)

Friday, Oct. 24
8 a.m. – Squad A practice session
Noon – Squad B practice session
2:30 p.m. – Xtra Frame Champion’s Challenge match play finals (eight PBA50 Tour qualifiers; eight PBA Regional Tour qualifiers, eight PBA Women’s Regional qualifiers; top two in each event advance to PBA Challenge Finals ESPN telecast), live coverage on Xtra Frame
 
Saturday, Oct. 25
PBA Cheetah Championship
8 a.m. – A squad qualifying (7 games)
2 p.m. – B squad qualifying (7 games)
  Top 24 advance to semifinal round
7:30 p.m. – Semifinal round (7 games)
  Top four after 14 games advance to TV finals
 
Sunday, Oct. 26
PBA Viper Championship
8 a.m. – B squad qualifying (7 games)
2 p.m. – A squad qualifying (7 games)
  Top 24 advance to semifinal round
7:30 p.m. – Semifinal round (7 games)
  Top four after 14 games advance to TV finals
 
Monday, Oct. 27
PBA Chameleon Championship
8 a.m. – A squad qualifying (7 games)
2 p.m. – B squad qualifying (7 games)
  Top 24 advance to semifinal round
7:30 p.m. – Semifinal round (7 games)
  Top four after 14 games advance to TV finals
 
Tuesday, Oct. 28
PBA Scorpion Championship
8 a.m. – B squad qualifying (7 games)
2 p.m. – A squad qualifying (7 games)
  Top 24 advance to semifinal round
7:30 p.m. – Semifinal round (7 games)
  Top four after 14 games advance to TV finals
 
Wednesday, Oct. 29
Top 24 based on 28 combined qualifying games from Cheetah, Viper, Chameleon and Scorpion championships advance to PBA World Championship round robin match play
11 a.m. - PBA World Championship round-robin match play (8 games)
6 p.m. – PBA World Championship round-robin match play (8 games)
 
Thursday, Oct. 30
12:30 p.m. – All Regions practice session
2 p.m. - PBA World Championship round-robin match play (8 games)
  Top five advance to TV finals

Friday, Oct. 31
8 a.m. – South Point All Regions Singles (A squad qualifying, 8 games)
2 p.m. – South Point All Regions Singles (B squad qualifying, 8 games)
  Top 16 advance to single elimination match play

Saturday, Nov. 1
8 a.m. – South Point All Regions Singles Round of 16 (best of five games)
10 a.m. – All Regions Singles Round of 8 (best of three games)
11 a.m. – All Regions Singles Semifinal Round (one game)
11:30 a.m. – All Regions Singles Championship (one game)
2 p.m. – Member/Non-Member Doubles qualifying (7 games)
  Top 16 teams advance to single-elimination match play

Sunday, Nov. 2
8 a.m. – Member/Non-Member Doubles Round of 16 (best of five games)
11 a.m. – Member/Non-Member Doubles Round of 8 (best of three games)
1 p.m. – Member/Non-Member Doubles Semifinal Round (one game)
1:45 p.m. – Member/Non-Member Doubles Championship (one game)
 
WORLD SERIES OF BOWLING VI TELEVISION SCHEDULE
Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 1-2, to be announced

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PBA Spare Shots: Regional Points Competition Races Heat Up Heading Toward PBA World Series

by Bill Vint July 31, 2014 08:11

The chase for the 2014 competition points lead in seven PBA Regions is heating up with the October 12 deadline for qualifying for the PBA Regional Finals berths for PBA World Series of Bowling VI. The points leader in each region – along with the PBA Japan Region’s points leader – will receive a paid entry into the World Series and will qualify for the PBA Regional Finals’ match play competition. An eight-game round robin match play event on Friday, Oct. 24, at South Point Bowling Center in Las Vegas will determine the two players who will advance to the PBA Regional Finals match as part of the ESPN-televised PBA Challenge special event.

As of the final weekend in July, the PBA Regional points leaders were:

● East Region: Ryan Shafer of Horseheads, N.Y., with 94,469 points, followed by Bill O’Neill of Langhorne, Pa., with 73,266 points.

● South Region: Connor Pickford of Charlotte, N.C., with 68,830 points, followed by Lee Vanderhoef of Greenville, S.C., with 54,390 points.

● Central Region: Eugene McCune of Munster, Ind., with 108,096 points, followed by Patrick Dombrowski of Parma, Ohio, with 84,416 points.

● Midwest Region: Tom Hess of Urbandale, Iowa, with 106,353 points, followed by Brian Gunn of Chicago with 64,804 points.

● Southwest Region: Roger Petrin of Wichita, Kan., with 82,870 points, followed by Andy Patterson of Tyler, Texas, with 78,595 points.

● West Region: David Haynes of Las Vegas with 175,109 points, followed by Dave Wodka of Henderson, Nev., with 107,924 points.

● Northwest Region: David Haynes of Las Vegas with 124,590 points, followed by Josh Blanchard of Gilbert, Ariz., with 96,551 points.

● Japan Region: Yuka Tsuchiya of Kanagawa, with victories in the Cheetah and Chameleon Women’s and Open tournaments, has clinched both the Japan Regional and Women’s Regional points titles. She will make a decision on which event she will enter at the WSOB VI, and the runner-up in the other category also will be invited to bowl in Las Vegas.

PBA fans can follow the regional points races by clicking on the “statistics” link on pba.com.

BEN LAUGHLIN GETS A LITTLE HELP IN COMPLETING PRO-AM 300 GAME

Thousands of grassroots league bowlers – men, women, seniors and especially kids – have treasured memories of bowling in PBA Pro-Am events, where they team up with PBA stars and stars-to-be. But few pro-am bowlers have ever had an experience quite like the one six-year-old Brianna Archabal had during the PBA Boise West/Northwest Open at 20th Century Lanes in Boise, Idaho, on July 25.

The daughter of former PBA Regional player Scot Archabal was bowling on the same pair of lanes with 2013 PBA Regional Finals champ Ben Laughlin of Chandler, Ariz., who started his game with 11 strikes. Laughlin then told Brianna that he gets very nervous when he’s so close to bowling a 300 game, and asked her if she’d throw the last ball for him.

She did…and she struck…and the crowd went wild.

“Anyone who has kids had tears in their eyes,” wrote Christian Ashcraft, who also was bowling on the same pair of lanes. “I don’t have any way to thank Ben personally for making that little girl’s day, but I really appreciate what he did.”

Brianna’s mother Samantha Archabal notes that her daughter is no stranger to PBA pro-ams. She attended her first one when she was two weeks old.

PBA ADOPTS USBC’S “NO THUMB” RULE EFFECTIVE JAN. 1, 2015

The United States Bowling Congress is the national governing body of bowling in the United States and as such, the PBA continues to adhere to USBC equipment specifications. In a move to add greater clarity and fairness to ball specifications related to bowlers not using their thumb while delivering the ball, the USBC modified the specifications on bowling ball gripping holes. This rule will take effect for USBC competition beginning Aug. 1, but, to avoid a change in the middle of the PBA season, the effective date for this rule to be implemented during PBA and World Bowling events will be Jan. 1, 2015.

Under the new rule, any thumb hole that is not used for gripping purposes during the delivery would be classified as a balance hole. Bowling balls are only permitted one balance hole.

The new rule can be found in the PBA Rule Book under the “Resources” tab on pba.com (http://www.pba.com/Content/images/members/PBARuleBook.pdf). Go to page 56, Rule 11.5.4 and see Rule 11.6 for non-compliance penalties.

AUGUST WILL BE BUSY MONTH FOR XTRA FRAME COVERAGE

August is going to be a busy month for Xtra Frame, starting with live start-to-finish coverage of one of the most prestigious PBA Regional tournaments of the year – the PBA Gene Carter’s Pro Shop Eastern Classic from Mid County Bowling & Entertainment Center in Middletown, Del., Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 2-3. The East Region “super regional” will offer a $15,000 first prize, and has expanded its qualifying format to three squads to accommodate more players.

Following the “super regional,” Xtra Frame heads to Indiana to cover the PBA50 Tour’s South Shore Open presented by DV8 at Olympia Lanes in Hammond, Ind., Aug. 4-7, and the season-ending Treasure Island Resort & Casino Open presented by Hammer at Island Xtreme Bowl in Welch, Minn., Aug. 10-13.

Xtra Frame will close the month with coverage of the PBA Bowlerama Lanes Midwest Region Open from Des Moines, Iowa, Aug. 23-24. The Bowlerama event will include coverage of the first of three PBA Women’s Regional competitions in the Midwest Region.

It will be a great time for fans who haven’t experienced Xtra Frame to enroll under the monthly rate of $7.99. To sign up, visit pba.com and click on the Xtra Frame link (

PBA REGIONAL SUMMARY: TEENAGER SIMONSEN WINS SOUTHWEST OPEN TITLE

Seventeen year-old Anthony Simonsen from Mesquite, Texas, defeated Andy Patterson of Tyler, Texas, 226-189, to win his first PBA Southwest Region title Sunday in the fifth annual PBA Fort Sill Southwest Open, presented by Columbia 300, at Twin Oaks Bowling Center in Fort Sill, Okla.

Simonsen, who finished fourth at the PBA Grand Casino Summer Swing Open earlier this year, took an early lead with four strikes as Patterson opened twice in the first five frames and never mounted a comeback, allowing Simonsen to coast to the title and $2,500 winner’s check.

After qualifying 14th for the match play elimination rounds, Simonsen defeated Jeff Campbell from Amarillo, Texas, 2-1; Lineal Floyd of Colorado Springs, 2-1; Randy Turner of Shallowater, Texas, 2-0, and amateur Jack Zuniga of Tulsa, Okla., 278-230, to reach the title match.

Ryan Shafer of Horseheads, N.Y. defeated Jason Stadtler of Cherry Hill, N.J., 269-200, to win the PBA Pure-It Pro Shop Eastern Open presented by DV8 at Cedar Lanes in Lebanon, Pa., Sunday, for a $2,500 first prize and his 25th career regional title.

The Pure-It Pro Shop Eastern Open also was the first of three PBA Women’s East Region events. Kristina Wendell of Poughkeepsie, N.Y., topped the four women bowlers entered by finishing fifth overall, earning $900 while missing the stepladder finals by 57 pins. PBA Tour champion Kelly Kulick of Union, N.J. also qualified for the finals, finishing 11th and earning $650.

● Harry Sullins of Chesterfield Twp., Mich. defeated Dean Billings of Rootstown, Ohio by 168 pins to win the PBA PROGRESSIVE/Gerdeman Insurance/Al Smith Jeep Central/Midwest Classic at Al-Mar Lanes in Bowling Green, Ohio, Sunday, claiming the $4,000 top prize and his 27th overall PBA Regional title.

The cumulative pinfall eliminator finals format gave the other three finalists little chance since Sullins had built a 110-pin lead after the first 17 games. He finished with an 18-game total of 4,077 pins, expanding his margin over Billings in the final game. Billings closed with a 3,909 total to collect $2,000 as runner-up. Tom Baker, King, N.C., was third and Tommy Martin of Olive Branch, Miss., finished fourth.

The eliminator format used in the tournament involved trimming the field based upon total pinfall after eight, 12, 15 and 17 games.

● Amateur Abraham DeMond of Angola, Ind., defeated Dan MacLelland of Canada, 276-193 to win the PBA Farmer’s State Bank/Roto Grip Central Re-Entry Open at Angola Bowl Sunday. Although he earned $2,600 for his victory, DeMond’s win is not recognized as a PBA title since he bowled as a guest.

The re-entry event allowed players to attempt to qualify multiple times if they wished in order to make it into the match play elimination rounds.

Gary Shultis of Levittown, N.Y., defeated Gary Morgan of Atlanta, Ga., 279-238, 168-212, 256-237, in the best-of-three-game title match to win his 20th PBA Regional title in the PBA50 SpareTimes Hampton South Open at SpareTimes Lanes in Hampton, Va., Sunday. Shultis also earned $1,600.

Dave Wodka of Henderson, Nev., posted a 7-1 match play record and a 3,698 pinfall total Sunday to win his 19th career regional title in the PBA Boise Northwest/West Open at 20th Century Lanes in Boise, Idaho. Wodka, who earned $2,000, defeated Clay Rees of Riverton, Utah, by 86 pins for the title.

In the companion PBA50 Open, John Marchette of Bozeman, Mont., went 5-1 and knocked down 2,893 total pins for 14 games to top Craig Miller of Tracy, Calif. Marchette, a non-member, doesn’t receive credit for a PBA title. Miller had a 3-3 match play record and 2,872 pins.

● The August regional schedule features a “super regional,” a series of Women’s Regional events, special events, Challenge events for non-champions, and a full calendar of opportunities for PBA and PBA50 players.

The Aug. 1-3 weekend includes the PBA Gene Carter’s Pro Shop Classic hosted by Mid-County Lanes in Middletown, Pa., a PBA East “super regional” with a $15,000 first prize and live Xtra Frame coverage; the PBA50 Beverly Lanes Midwest/Central Open in Arlington Heights, Ill.; the Pensacola Re-Entry South Open at New Liberty Lanes in Pensacola, Fla.; and the Luci Bonneau Memorial Striking Against Breast Cancer Mixed Doubles at Palace Lanes in Houston, Texas. The Luci Bonneau event isn’t an official PBA regional, but it is supported by the PBA and will award regional titles to the male and female winners if they are PBA members.

On the Aug. 8-10 schedule is the Waccamaw Myrtle Beach South Classic (a PBA Women’s Regional series points event) at Waccamaw Bowling Center in Myrtle Beach, S.C.; the Killeen Southwest Open (also a PBA Women’s Regional points event) at Hallmark Lanes in Killeen, Texas, and the Bowlers Supply/Storm East Open at Colony Park Lanes North in York, Pa.

The Aug. 15-17 weekend includes the Emerald Bowl Southwest Challenge presented by Bowling Dynamix, for non-champions, in Houston, Texas; the Dave Husted Northwest Open presented by Dexter at Husted’s Milwaukie Bowl in Milwaukie, Ore.; the Bethmann Russell Syracuse Eastern Open presented by Radical (a PBA Women’s Regional points event) at Flamingo Bowl in Liverpool, N.Y., and the Lefeld Implement Central Classic (a PBA Women’s Regional points event) at Pla-Mor Lanes in Coldwater, Ohio.

The Aug. 22-24 regional schedule includes the Fayetteville South Open (a PBA Women’s Regional points event) at Lafayette Lanes in Fayetteville, N.C.; the Mil-Ray Foods East Open presented by Columbia 300 at Brunswick Zone in Deptford, N.J.; the PBA and PBA50 Steve Cook’s Fireside Lanes Capital City West/Northwest Opens presented by DV8 (a PBA Women’s West and Northwest Region points event) in Citrus Heights, Calif.; the Greenville Southwest Open presented by allbowling.com (a PBA Women’s Regional points event) at Shenaniganz in Greenville, Texas, and the Bowlerama Lanes Midwest Open presented by Radical (a live Xtra Frame event and a PBA Women’s Regional points event) in Des Moines, Iowa.

The extended Labor Day weekend includes another full schedule of events, including the PBA50 Wilson & Sons Termite Pest Control Super Senior Open (for players 60 and older) followed by the PBA50 Mooresville South Open at George Pappas’ Victory Lanes in Mooresville, N.C.; the Tony Reyes Memorial Member/Non-Member Doubles presented by Brunswick at Fourth Street Bowl in San Jose, Calif., and the BOWLSTRONG Midwest/Central Challenge (for non-winners) plus the BOWLSTRONG Midwest/Central Tournament of Champions (for PBA title winners) at King Pin Lanes in Springfield, Ill.

Kicking off the September schedule will be the PBA50 Kingsport Super Senior South Open for players 60 and older at Warpath Lanes in Kingsport, Tenn., Sept. 2-4, followed by Sept. 5-7 weekend events including the Moon City Central Classic presented by Roto Grip at Astro Lanes in Wapakoneta, Ohio; the Grand Hotel, Casino & Resort Southwest Invitational at Firelake Bowling Center in Shawnee, Okla. (featuring live Xtra Frame coverage); the PBA50 Howell Lanes East Open in Howell, N.J.; the Rufus West Open presented by Columbia 300 at FlipSide Lanes in Gilbert, Ariz., and a pair of one-day PBA50 events presented by Ebonite at Illinois Valley Super Bowl in Peru, 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

● Joining the list of PBA50 Tour age-eligible players is two-time PBA Women’s Series titlist, 20-time PWBA champion and USBC Hall of Famer Carolyn Dorin-Ballard of Keller, Texas, who celebrated her 50th birthday on Tuesday, July 29.

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PBA Spare Shots: Xtra Frame to Cover Events in Oklahoma, Iowa, Indiana

by Bill Vint July 24, 2014 04:16

PBA’s online bowling channel, Xtra Frame, is continually adding events to provide PBA fans and competitors with more media coverage.

Xtra Frame has recently added three events to its live coverage schedule, and others are under consideration in addition to previously-announced coverage of all remaining PBA50 Tour events.

New to the schedule will be the PBA Grand Hotel, Casino & Resort Southwest Region Invitational from

Firelake Bowling Center in Shawnee, Okla., Sept. 5-7; the PBA Diamond Jo’s Casino Midwest Region Open from Diamond Jo Casino Cherry Lanes in Dubuque, Iowa, Sept. 13-14; and the PBA Heritage Lanes Central Region Open from Kokomo, Ind., Oct. 18-19. The Dubuque tournament is the second of the PBA Midwest Region’s three PBA Women’s Regional series events.

Also on the Xtra Frame calendar will be live start-to-finish coverage of one of the most prestigious PBA Regional tournaments of the year – the PBA Gene Carter’s Pro Shop Eastern Classic from Mid County Bowling & Entertainment Center in Middletown, Del., Aug. 2-3. The East Region “super regional” will offer a $15,000 first prize, and has expanded its qualifying format to three squads to accommodate more players.

Coverage of the PBA50 Tour continues with the Dayton Classic presented by Roto Grip, July 29-31, at Capri Bowling Lanes in Dayton, Ohio; the South Shore Open presented by DV8 at Olympia Lanes in Hammond, Ind., Aug. 4-7, and the season-ending Treasure Island Resort & Casino Open presented by Hammer at Island Xtreme Bowl in Welch, Minn., Aug. 10-13.

All of the PBA50, PBA Regional and PBA Women’s Regional events have consequences in determining the eight competition points leaders who will advance to the live Xtra Frame PBA50 Finals, PBA Regional Finals and PBA Women’s Regional Finals roll-offs during World Series of Bowling VI in Las Vegas in October. The top two players emerging from each of the eight-game match play qualifiers will advance to the PBA Challenge finals on ESPN.

To follow the competition as it unfolds, subscribe to Xtra Frame. Monthly subscriptions are $7.99. A full-year subscription is $64.99. Visit pba.com and click on the Xtra Frame link to enroll. For complete schedule details, visit pba.com and click on the appropriate event under the Schedules tab.

PBA SOUTH, MIDWEST WOMEN’S SERIES DATES UPDATED

Two events on the new PBA Women’s Regional series have been updated. The PBA South Region will host the Fayetteville South Open at Lafayette Lanes, Fayetteville, N.C., Aug. 22-24, instead of the previously announced tournament in Franklin, Va., in October, and the Midwest Region’s Diamond Jo's Casino Midwest Open presented by Dexter at Cherry Lanes, Dubuque, Iowa, will be held Sept. 13-14 instead of the previously announced dates of Sept. 20-21.

FAGAN, BOHR HELP U.S. QUALIFY FOR PAN AM GAMES FINALS

PBA and Team USA members Mike Fagan of Dallas and Nathan Bohr of Austin, Texas, helped the United States qualify for the 2015 Pan American Games bowling competition in Toronto with a strong performance during the Pan American Sports Festival in Puebla, Mexico, last week.

Fagan and Bohr helped the U.S. dominate national all-events with a combined total of 10,572 pins for 48 games of men’s and women’s doubles, singles and mixed doubles competition. The Team USA women who participated in Mexico were Kayla Johnson of Washington, Ill., and Sarah Lokker of New Baltimore, Mich.

In addition to Pan Am Games qualifying, medals were awarded in the individual events. Fagan and Bohr won the silver medal in men’s doubles, Bohr and Lokker won gold in mixed doubles while Fagan and Johnson claimed the silver medal, and Fagan and Bohr swept the top two spots in men’s singles. Fagan also won gold in the Men’s Masters while Bohr finished third for a bronze medal.

PBA REGIONAL SUMMARY: HARTUNG WINS FIRST TITLE IN FISHERS

Chris Hartung of Goshen, Ind., defeated Eugene McCune of Munster, Ind., 224-222, to win $2,400 and his first PBA Regional title in the Boss Snow Plows/Track Central/Midwest Open at PinHeads in Fishers, Ind., on Sunday, July 20.

Hartung, who is now eligible to participate in the 2015 PBA Tournament of Champions, downed Brandon Novak of Chillicothe Ohio, 445-381, while McCune topped Chris Loschetter of Avon, Ohio, 473-396, in the two-game, total pinfall semifinal round to set up the championship match.

● Amateur Kyle Sherman of O’Fallon, Mo., returned from the USBC Junior Gold Championships in Buffalo, N.Y., where he earned a berth on Junior Team USA 2015, to defeat Shea Bittenbender of St. Charles, Mo., 235-209, in the title match of the PBA St. Charles Lanes Midwest Open in St. Charles, Mo., Sunday.

Sherman won his first PBA Regional tournament and earned $2,000, but he does not get credit for a PBA title because he is not a member. Sherman defeated Charles Nelson of Lee’s Summit, Mo., 245-177, while Bittenbender edged Tom Hess of Urbandale, Iowa, 222-212, in the semifinal round to set up the championship match. Nelson and Bittenbender also are amateurs.

Brian LeClair of Albany, N.Y. defeated top qualifier Bill O’Neill of Langhorne, Pa., 277-236, to win the PBA Homefield Bowl Eastern Open presented by MOTIV at Homefield Bowl in Yonkers, N.Y., Sunday and claim his 16th career PBA Regional title along with a $2,500 first prize.

LeClair posted an 8-3-1 match play record to qualify fourth for the stepladder finals. After dispatching Ken Yokobosky of Fredon, N.J., 224-214, LeClair romped past Ray Edwards of Middle Island, N.Y., 279-212, before defeating O’Neill.

Nick Morgan of Sacramento, Calif. and Robby Porter of Rancho Cordova, Calif. defeated Terry Leong of Henderson, Nev. and Johnny Petraglia Jr. of Las Vegas, 502-419, to win the PBA West\Northwest Region Sands Regency Doubles at High Sierra Lanes in Reno, Nev., Sunday. Morgan and Porter each earned their second regional titles and split a $3,400 first prize.

● The July schedule concludes over the July 25-27 weekend with the PBA50 Sparetimes Hampton Southern Open at Sparetimes Bowling Center in Hampton, Va.; the Pure-It Pro Shop East Open presented by DV8 at Cedar Lanes in Lebanon, Pa.; the Farmer’s State Bank/Roto Grip Central Re-Entry Open at Angola Bowl in Angola, Ind.; the PBA50 Progressive/Gerdeman Insurance Agency/Al Smith Chrysler-Dodge-Jeep Central/Midwest Classic at Al-Mar Lanes in Bowling Green, Ohio; the Fort Sill Southwest Open presented by Columbia 300 at Twin Oaks Bowling Center in Fort Sill, Okla.; the Plamor Lanes Midwest Challenge (for non-winners) presented by Track in Muscatine, Iowa, and the PBA and PBA50 Boise Northwest/West Opens at 20th Century Lanes in Boise, Idaho.

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:

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PBA Spare Shots: PBA Japan Regional Program Off to Stunning Start

by Bill Vint July 18, 2014 06:53

The PBA’s first international regional tournament program, PBA Japan, is off to a stunning start and already has a “superstar” after its first two weekends of activity.

PBA Commissioner Tom Clark, who attended the second weekend of PBA Japan Region competition over the July 12-13 weekend at Sound Bowl in Ushiku along with PBA Deputy Commissioner Kirk von Krueger, got a first-hand look at the program, met many of the players and tournament officials, and witnessed Yuka Tsuchiya’s historic performance in adding the PBA Japan Women’s Chameleon and Chameleon Open titles to the Women’s Cheetah and Cheetah Open titles she won the previous weekend at Tokyo Port Bowl.

“Yuka has tears in her eyes when we told her she’s now eligible to bowl in the PBA Tournament of Champions and World Series of Bowling,” Clark said.

“It was an extremely successful weekend,” Clark added. “The PBA Japan tournament staffers were everything we’d ever want representing our organization. Japan Bowling Promotions, our partner in the creation of the PBA Japan Region, ran smooth events, with live streaming coverage that will soon be available on Xtra Frame, provided outstanding on-site exposure for the PBA and their main sponsor, DHC, and there were large fields considering the short amount of time we’ve had to promote the program.

“It was very gratifying to see how much the PBA brand means to the Japanese bowlers. The players wore dye-sublimated jerseys with PBA League or PBA player replicas. Our animal pattern lane conditions defined the playing fields. The respect the players gave us and the pride they demonstrated as PBA International members was terrific.

“And topping it all off was watching Yuka Tsuchiya sweep all four of our inaugural women’s and open regional titles. For one person to survive the demanding format and win four trophies and roughly $20,000 in U.S. dollars was incredible.”

Tsuchiya, a 31-year-old veteran of Japanese professional competition, won the Women’s Chameleon title over a field of 29 players on Saturday, defeating Hiroko Shimizu, 221-157, in the championship match. On Sunday, she topped a field of 72 men and women in the Chameleon Open, defeating Naoshi Ishimine in the final match, 197-176, for her fourth consecutive title. With her wins in the Cheetah Open and Chameleon Open, she joins Missy Parkin and Kelly Kulick as the third woman to win two PBA “open” regional titles.

Clark said he and von Krueger had an opportunity to visit with all of Japan’s bowling leaders and discuss the PBA’s long-term goal of expanding PBA-level competition around the world.

The PBA Japan Region has four more tournaments scheduled in its inaugural season: the PBA Japan Viper Open Sept. 15 at Sagami Fast Lane in Sagamihara, the Women’s Scorpion and Scorpion Open tournaments Nov. 8-9 at Higashiyamoto Grand Bowl in Tokyo, and the Badger Open at a location and date to be announced.

The PBA will help the Japan Region expand its international coverage via Xtra Frame. The Cheetah events are already archived on Xtra Frame (with original commentary in Japanese), the Chameleon finals will be added to Xtra Frame’s programming in the near future, and the PBA is working toward carrying future events live.

PBA HALL OF FAMER DEL BALLARD JR. RECOVERING AFTER BYPASS SURGERY

PBA Hall of Famer Del Ballard Jr., a 12-time PBA Tour title winner who currently is PBA Tour representative for Storm Products, is recovering after successful heart bypass surgery in the Dallas area on Tuesday.

"Del underwent a triple bypass and valve repair,” wife Carolyn Dorin-Ballard said Friday. “His surgeon is thrilled with the results and Del is already walking well. It’s a slow process but everything is on track. Thanks to everyone for your support and well wishes."

Ballard celebrated his 51st birthday on July 1.

RACE FOR PBA50 PLAYER, ROOKIE OF THE YEAR RESUME ON XTRA FRAME

The race for PBA50 Tour Player of the Year, Rookie of the Year, Super Senior Player of the Year and berths in the PBA50 Tour Finals enters the home stretch starting Friday in Fort Wayne, Ind., and PBA’s Xtra Frame online bowling channel will video stream all of the action from the final four events live.

The PBA’s senior citizens return to action with a new Dick Weber Super Senior Classic, presented by Storm, for players 60-and-older. Pro Bowl West in Fort Wayne will host the Dick Weber event Friday thru Sunday, followed immediately by the Pro Bowl West Fort Wayne Classic for all players 50-and-older (including any “super seniors” who care to compete), July 20-23.

The PBA50 Tour continues with the Dayton Classic presented by Roto Grip, July 29-31, at Capri Bowling Lanes in Dayton, Ohio; the South Shore Open presented by DV8 at Olympia Lanes in Hammond, Ind., Aug. 4-7, and the season-ending Treasure Island Resort & Casino Open presented by Hammer at Island Xtreme Bowl in Welch, Minn., Aug. 10-13.

PBA Hall of Famers Norm Duke, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Pete Weber, Tom Baker, Parker Bohn III and Amleto Monacelli are fighting it out for Player of the Year. They also are leading the competition points race for six spots in the PBA50 Tour Finals to be held at PBA World Series of Bowling VI in Las Vegas in late October. Duke and Bohn are also leading the “rookie” race while two other Hall of Famers, Johnny Petraglia and Dale Eagle, are frontrunners in the “super senior” race.

To follow the competition as it unfolds, subscribe to Xtra Frame. Monthly subscriptions are $7.99. A full-year subscription is $64.99. Visit pba.com and click on the Xtra Frame link to enroll.

ROE CASHES, HARDEE LEADS POINTS IN FIRST PBA WOMEN’S REGIONAL EVENT

Amateur Kimberly Roe of New Smyrna Beach, Fla., earned a check for finishing 17th in the field of 76 players, and new PBA member Christina Hardee of Mount Dora, Fla., became the first woman to earn PBA Women’s Regional points as the new PBA program for women bowlers made its debut in the PBA Crystal Automotive Spring Hill South Open at Spring Hill Lanes in Spring Hill, Fla., Sunday.

The PBA’s recently-announced regional program for women drew four competitors in Spring Hill, where Roe cashed for $425 while Hardee –who had cashed in two previous PBA South Regional tournaments as a non-member – finished 60th. But as a new PBA member, Hardee is the early South Region points leader in her bid to earn a spot in the PBA Women’s Regional Finals in Las Vegas later in the year. Non-members Morgan Rosario of Gainesville, Fla., and Amber Ottilige of Lake Wales, Fla., were the other two women who bowled in Spring Hill.

Two PBA Women’s Regional events in the Central and Midwest Regions scheduled for this weekend have been replaced on their respective regional schedules due to a conflict with the BPAA Women’s All Star which gets underway Sunday in Rockford, Ill. The Central Region’s first women’s event will be part of the Lefeld Implement Central Classic at Pla-Mor Lanes in Coldwater, Ohio, Aug. 15-17 while the Midwest Region’s debut event for women will be the Bowlerama Lanes Midwest Open presented by Radical at Bowlerama Lanes in Des Moines, Iowa, Aug. 22-24.

PBA REGIONAL SUMMARY: BEASLEY WINS SOUTHWEST SUPER REGIONAL IN LUBBOCK

Mitch Beasley of Nashville, Tenn., returning to competition after a two-year layoff due to a back injury, defeated amateur Jason Duran of Littleton, Colo., 226-217, to win the PBA Lubbock Southwest Super Regional Open, presented by Track, at South Plains Lanes in Lubbock, Texas, Sunday.

Beasley jumped to an early lead in the final match when Duran left a pocket split in the third frame. After fighting his way back into the match, Duran left the 7-10 split in the ninth frame to allow Beasley a chance to clinch the title and $10,000 first prize with a spare in the 10th. The title was Beasley’s 17th in PBA Regional competition. The tournament drew a field of 138 players.

● Amateur Sean Riccardi of St. Petersburg, Fla., defeated Dustin Ochoa of Carrollton, Texas, 256-214, to win the 26th annual PBA Crystal Automotive Spring Hill South Open at Spring Hill Lanes in Spring Hill, Fla., Sunday.

Riccardi posted a 10-2 match play record and rolled three 300 games in the preliminary rounds to qualify as top seed for the stepladder finals by 253 pins over fellow amateur Jason Mahr of Spring Hill. Ochoa, also an amateur, defeated Mahr, 277-214, in the semifinal round match to advance to the title match. Riccardi earned $2,500 for winning the event, but doesn’t earn a PBA title because he is a non-member.

Jay Boyle of Garnet Valley, Pa., ended his seven-year quest for his first PBA title when he defeated Sammy Ventura of Syracuse, N.Y., 237-175, to win the PBA50 Cecil Raymond Memorial presented by Track at Playdrome Cherry Hill in Cherry Hill, N.J., Sunday.

The tournament, which began in 2004, was renamed this year to honor its sponsor who passed away in January. Raymond was the 2013 recipient of the East Region’s Pat Patterson Award for outstanding contributions to the region. Along with his first PBA Regional title, Boyle earned a $1,500 first prize.

Brad Bufkin of Citrus Heights, Calif., defeated Dennis Horan of Oakley, Calif., 225-164, to win the PBA Wine Country West/Northwest Open presented by Hammer at Double Decker Lanes in Rohnert Park, Calif., Sunday. In addition to his first PBA Regional title, Bufkin earned a $2,000 prize.

● On tap for the July 18-20 weekend are the Boss Snow Plows/Brunswick Central Open at PinHeads Bowling Center in Fishers, Ind.; the Homefield Eastern Open presented by Motiv at Homefield Bowl in Yonkers, N.Y.; the St. Charles Lanes Midwest Open presented by Storm in St. Charles, Mo., and the PBA/PBA50 Sands Regency West/Northwest Doubles at High Sierra Lanes in Reno, Nev.

The July schedule concludes over the July 25-27 weekend with the PBA50 Sparetimes Hampton Southern Open at Sparetimes Bowling Center in Hampton, Va.; the Pure-It Pro Shop East Open presented by DV8 at Cedar Lanes in Lebanon, Pa.; the Farmer’s State Bank/Roto Grip Central Re-Entry Open at Angola Bowl in Angola, Ind.; the PBA50 Progressive/Gerdeman Insurance Agency/Al Smith Chrysler-Dodge-Jeep Central/Midwest Classic at Al-Mar Lanes in Bowling Green, Ohio; the Fort Sill Southwest Open presented by Columbia 300 at Twin Oaks Bowling Center in Fort Sill, Okla.; the Plamor Lanes Midwest Challenge (for non-winners) presented by Track in Muscatine, Iowa, and the PBA and PBA50 Boise Northwest/West Opens at 20th Century Lanes in Boise, Idaho.

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.

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Pete Weber Wins Fourth “Best Bowler” ESPY Award

by Bill Vint July 17, 2014 03:23

LOS ANGELES – PBA Hall of Famer Pete Weber of St. Ann, Mo., won his fourth Best Bowler ESPY Award Wednesday during the 22nd annual ESPY Awards ceremony at the Nokia Theater in downtown Los Angeles.

Weber was the leading vote-getter among Best Bowler candidates Jason Belmonte, Wes Malott and Sean Rash, who attended the event with his wife Sara and father Gene Rash. ESPN awards for a variety of sports categories and special moments are determined by fan voting on espn.com.

Weber, who previously won the Best Bowler ESPY in 2002, 2004 and 2013, won after completing the PBA’s Triple Crown for a second time, winning the USBC Senior Masters title – a PBA50 Tour major – and earning PBA50 Rookie of the Year honors.

“It’s not necessarily based on whoever did the best bowling because Belmo should have won, hands down,” Weber said. “But that just goes to show I have more fans around the world than he does.

“That said, it’s absolutely a nice thing,” he added. “I’m honored, I’m humbled, I’m grateful, all of the above. It’s neat to see I actually do have that many fans.”

HISTORY OF BEST BOWLER ESPY AWARD WINNERS

2014 – Pete Weber
2013 – Pete Weber
2012 – Sean Rash
2011 – Jason Belmonte
2010 – Walter Ray Williams Jr.
2009 – Norm Duke
2008 – Norm Duke
2007 – Norm Duke
2006 – Walter Ray Williams Jr.
2005 – Walter Ray Williams Jr.
2004 – Pete Weber
2003 – Walter Ray Williams Jr.
2002 – Pete Weber
2001 – Walter Ray Williams Jr.
2000 – Parker Bohn III
1999 – Walter Ray Williams Jr.
1998 – Walter Ray Williams Jr.
1997 – Bob Learn Jr.
1996 – Mike Aulby
1995 – Norm Duke
1994 – Norm Duke

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