Long-Time Doubles Partners Anita Arnett, Tyler Jensen Hold Early Lead in PBA/PWBA Xtra Frame “Luci” Mixed

by Bill Vint July 31, 2015 12:56

HOUSTON, Texas – Former collegiate star Anita Arnett of Richmond, Texas, and partner Tyler Jensen of Fort Worth led the first qualifying squad in the 16th annual PBA-PWBA Xtra Frame Striking Against Breast Cancer Mixed Doubles tournament Friday at Palace Lanes, averaging a composite 213.56 to pace their 42-team squad with a 3,417 pinfall total.

In second place after the opening squad were Kristin Warzinski of Muskegon, Mich., and Joe Findling, Mesquite, Texas, with a combined eight-game total of 3,272 pins, 145 pins behind the leaders.

Arnett, 32, and Jensen, 31, had never met until they were paired by tournament founder Donna Conners 10 years ago. Arnett, who was known as Anita Manns when she was named 2002 USBC Albert Crowe Star of Tomorrow and won collegiate woman bowler of the year at Wichita State University, is now a pediatric nurse and the married mother of year-and-a-half-old son Mason. Jensen is a regional salesman for Storm Bowling Products, married with a young son.

But 10 years ago they were just two talented young bowlers. “Donna told me I needed to bowl in her tournament, and she told Anita she needed to bowl,” Jensen said, “and then she put us together. We’ve bowled together ever since.”

“We have a blast,” Arnett said. “Our personalities click. We laugh so much.”

“It’s like, wow, we’re done – see you next year,” Jensen laughed.

“We’ve bowled well together,” Arnett added. “We finished second or third one year.”

“Yeah, I can’t remember either. It’s like being married for 10 years and you forget.”

Arnett, said she doesn’t bowl as much as she once did due to her job and family, but is bowling Professional Women’s Bowling Association events when it’s practical. Jensen is a 12-year part-time Professional Bowlers Association Tour player and a regular in regional competition.

Their scores are likely to advance them into Sunday’s 30-team cashers round, but that will depend on how the two additional squads of 42 teams each bowl in their eight-game qualifying rounds on Saturday. Among the teams yet to bowl are three-time winners Tommy Jones of Simpsonville, S.C., and partner Shannon Pluhowsky of Dayton, Ohio.

The Striking Against Breast Cancer Mixed Doubles event was founded in 2000 by Donna Conners as a tribute to her close friend, Luci Bonneau, who died of breast cancer in 1999. Since its inception, the tournament has become the nation’s largest high-profile mixed doubles bowling event, attracting dozens of PBA and PWBA Tour champions while raising in excess of $650,000 in the war against breast cancer.

The tournament, which is being covered live on PBA’s Xtra Frame video-streaming channel, concludes Sunday with the four-game cashers round at 8 a.m., followed by round robin match play at noon CT. The winners will be decided based upon a combined total of 20 games. The winning players, if they are members of their respective pro tours, will earn a PBA Tour or PWBA Tour title in addition to splitting the $15,000 first prize.

For Xtra Frame subscription information, visit pba.com and click on the Xtra Frame link. Fans also can follow game-by-game updates on pba.com under the Live Scoring tab.

PBA-PWBA XTRA FRAME STRIKING AGAINST BREAST CANCER MIXED DOUBLES
Palace Lanes, Houston, Texas, Friday

Qualifying Round One (after 8 games, Squad C only; Squads A and B bowl round one on Saturday)
1, Anita Arnett, Richmond, Texas/Tyler Jensen, Fort Worth, Texas, 3,417.
2, Kristin Warzinski, Muskegon, Mich./Joe Findling, Mesquite, Texas, 3,272.
3, Cassandra Leuthold, Rapid City, S.D./Jason Sterner, Covington, Ga., 3,259.
4, Jacqui Reese, McAdoo, Pa./Nathan Van Putten, Houston, Texas, 3,227.
5, Liz Kuhlkin, Schenectady, N.Y./Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., 3,216.
6 (tie), Robin Romeo, Newhall, Calif./Eddie VanDaniker Jr., Chatsworth, Calif., and Katie Thornton, Chesapeake, Va./Anthony Lavery-Spahr, Pasadena, Texas, 3,200.
8, Brandi/Mike Calderon, Tempe, Ariz., 3,197.
9, Carol Norman, Houston, Texas/David Haynes, Las Vegas, Nev., 3,186.
10, Suzana Signaigo, Fort Worth, Texas/Jason Duran, Littleton, Colo., 3,185.
11, Cindy Mattingly, Puyallup, Wash./Perry Crowell, Hoquiam, Wash., 3,181.
12, Ashly Galante, Palm Harbor, Fla./Anthony Pepe, Astoria, N.Y., 3,137.
13, Amanda Greene, Romney, W.Va./Kyle Sherman, O' Fallon, Mo., 3,122.
14, Daria Kovalova, Wichita, Kan./Roger Petrin, Grand Prairie, Texas, 3,114.
15, Michelle Secours, Rochester, N.Y./BJ Moore, Raleigh, N.C., 3,103.
16, Erin Lenahan, Meadow Vista, Calif./Chris Williams-Fikler, Las Vegas, Nev., 3,066.
17, Christi/Ted Pritts, Little Elm, Texas, 3,051.
18, Jennifer Asplin, Oakley, Calif./Blake Paris, Brentwood, Calif., 3,039.
19, Patricia De Faria, Venezuela/T.J. Thompson, Houston, Texas, 3,036.
20, Kaidee Sutphin, Orlando, Fla./David O'Sullivan, Orlando, Fla., 3,034.
21, Mariana Ayala, Puerto Rico/Jonathan Wiley, Houston, Texas, 3,030.
22, Sarah Lokker, New Baltimore, Mich./Chris Loschetter, Avon, Ohio, 3,012.
23, Crystal Boutotte/Corey Atkinson, Montgomery, Texas, 2,981.
24, Wendy Shelton, Albuquerque, N.M./Dylan Macon, Ennis, Texas, 2,935.
25, Beth Owen-Cipielewski, Bradenton, Fla./Bryan Viator, Seabrook, Texas, 2,909.
26, Cieara Watts/Tony Jones, Houston, Texas, 2,908.
27, DeeDee Jeffery/Shane Gillmore, Little Rock, Ark., 2,892.
28, Kelly/David Jay, Katy, Texas, 2,877.
29, Jackie Fisher, Allen, Texas/Eddie Gaddison, San Dimas, Calif., 2,838.
30, Wendy/Lee Arnold, Hockley, Texas, 2,825.
31, Gabriella Mayfield, Valparaiso, Ind./Mike Austin, Houston, Texas, 2,823.
32, Alice Hale , Austin, Texas, Ron Willard, Houston, Texas, 2,814.
33, Tamara Dunning, Little Rock, Ark./Corey Bottos, Houston, Texas, 2,796.
34, Ashley Blakley, Houston, Texas/Nick Johnsen, Rosenberg, Texas, 2,774.
35, Casey Goettel, St. Charles, Mo./Ben Howison-Johnstone, England, 2,745.
36 (tie), Rene Fleming, Oklahoma City, Okla.,/Carlos Gonzalez, Pearland, Texas, and Jaime Wells, Humble, Texas/Justin Maxwell, Houston, Texas, 2,737
38, Kristine Falcon, Conroe, Texas/Robert Richardson, Humble, Texas, 2,732.
39, Jessica Haynes/Charles Vaughan, Pasadena, Texas, 2,704.
40, Lori Swanson/Randall Blackketter, Houston, Texas, 2,658.
41, Kim/Michiel Burnham, Pasadena, Texas, 2,618.
42, Pam/Rick Noftsier, Katy, Texas, 2,563.

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PBA Spare Shots: China’s PBA Pioneers League Continues to Pursue PBA Status

by Bill Vint July 29, 2015 04:23

The Longmarch PBA Pioneers League in China is currently in its fifth season of working to develop players to PBA membership eligibility status. The PBA Pioneers League program involves rigorous three-day, 12-games-a-day qualifying events, and requires players to average at least 200 in order to meet the PBA’s minimum eligibility requirement before applying for membership.

Longmarch Bowling owner Frank Zhao, who founded the PBA league program, said 26 bowlers from all parts of China are competing in the current session, which got underway following a Brunswick-sponsored visit to China by PBA Tour champion Sean Rash, PBA Tour Reps Chuck Gardner and Pat Mitchell for a series of clinics, pro-ams and exhibitions.

Representatives of the Pioneers league program will travel to Reno in December to compete in the GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling VII, following in the footsteps of the first delegation of Chinese bowlers ever to compete in the WSOB last fall at South Point in Las Vegas.

Zhao also said it appears representatives of the China Bowling Association and the China Sport Bureau will join the Chinese PBA members in Reno this year as the world’s largest nation continues to pursue training and education for its emerging bowling programs.

PBA, PWBA MEMBERS WIN GOLD MEDALS IN PAN AMERICAN GAMES BOWLING

PBA member Dan MacLelland of Canada, and PBA/PWBA members Clara Guerrero of Colombia and Shannon Pluhowsky of Dayton, Ohio, were gold-medal winners in the recently-completed Pan American Games bowling competition in Toronto.

MacLelland and Wichita State University star Francois Lavoie won the men’s doubles gold medal with a 12-game combined total of 5,607 pins, topping Colombia’s Jaime Gonzalez and Manual Otalora by 318 pins and Team USA bronze medalists Tommy Jones and Devin Bidwell, who finished with 5,203 pins.

Guerrero and Rocio Restrepo won women’s doubles with 5074 pins, topping former PBA Women’s Series titlists Pluhowsky and Liz Johnson by 149 pins.

Brazil’s Marcelo Suartz won men’s singles with a 201-189 over PBA Hall of Famer Amleto Monacelli, who was representing his home country of Venezuela. Monacelli defeated MacLelland, 187-178, and Suartz eliminated Bidwell, 202-182, in the semifinal round.

Pluhowsky, who also won women’s singles in 2003, got her second gold medal in the event with a 223-212 victory over Aumi Guerra of the Dominican Republic. Pluhowsky defeated Restrepo, 214-212, and Guerra defeated Johnson, 258-181, in the women’s semifinal round.

SEAN RASH TO FULFILL “WISH” FOR 11-YEAR-OLD OHIO BOY

Eight-time PBA Tour titlist Sean Rash of Montgomery, Ill., will meet and bowl with 11-year-old Solomon Wohrer of Lancaster, Ohio, on Wednesday, Aug. 5, at Olympia Lanes in Hammond, Ind., prior to the start of the PBA/PBA50 South Shore Doubles, fulfilling Wohrer’s request through the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Wohrer, who suffers from Ewing’s Sarcoma, a form of bone cancer that affects mostly young people, will bowl with Rash at 6 p.m. on Wednesday. Thursday morning, he will again meet Rash, have a bowling ball drilled on the PBA truck while touring the PBA’s equipment transport, and meet other PBA players.

Wohrer and his family will then be guests of the PBA and Olympia Lanes to attend the rest of the tournament.

UPCOMING ON XTRA FRAME: PBA/PWBA STRIKING AGAINST BREAST CANCER DOUBLES

PBA’s exclusive online bowling channel, Xtra Frame, will close out its July schedule with live start-to-finish coverage of the PBA/PWBA Xtra Frame Striking Against Breast Cancer Mixed Doubles from Palace Lanes in Houston, Texas, July 31-Aug. 2. A sold-out field of 128 teams, including a number of PBA Tour champions and current PWBA Tour competitors, will compete for the $15,000 first prize.

Bowling fans who want to sample Xtra Frame can subscribe on a three-day basis for only $3.99. A full month’s worth of Xtra Frame programming cost only $7.99. PBA’s best package is the 12-month XF Season Ticket for $64.99, or $5.41 per month. To sign up, visit pba.com and click on the Xtra Frame link.

Bowling fans also can watch coverage of the USBC Senior Masters from Green Bay, Wis., on USBC’s BowlTV video-streaming service, and link to “live scoring” by visiting pba.com’s home page. Visit bowl.com for the full schedule. BowlTV is a free service.

The August 6-8 Xtra Frame schedule includes doubleheader coverage of the PBA/PBA50 South Shore Doubles from Olympia Lanes in Hammond, Ind., along with the PWBA Topeka Open presented by Prairie Band Resort & Casino from West Ridge Lanes in Topeka, Kan.

PBA REGIONAL UPDATE: 22 YEARS LATER, STAIKOFF GETS FIRST PBA TITLE

With a bit of help from partner Mike Scroggins of Amarillo, Texas, PBA veteran Ted Staikoff of Black Hawk, S.D., won his first PBA title in 22 years as a member on Friday, July 24, when the duo won the PBA50 Treasure Island Resort & Casino Midwest Doubles title at Island Xtreme Bowl in Welch, Minn.

Staikoff, 67, teamed with Scroggins, a two-time PBA50 Tour winner in his PBA50 rookie year, to defeat Harry Sullins of Chesterfield Twp., Mich. and partner Dave Axon of Bellevue, Neb., 258-232, in the final Baker format doubles match.

After competing on the PBA50 Tour for 17 years, Staikoff made news earlier this season when he led after the first round of qualifying in the PBA50 Fountain Valley Open presented by Track. His best previous PBA50 Tour finish was third in the 2003 Senior Manassas Open.

Patrick Allen of Mt. Kisco, N.Y., defeated Anthony Pepe of Elmhurst, N.Y., 227-187, to win the PBA Pure-It Pro Shop Eastern Open presented by DV8 at Cedar Lanes in Lebanon, Pa., Sunday. The win was Allen’s third of the year and the 27th title of his career. 

Allen used two different bowling balls throughout the stepladder finals to deal with a tricky left lane. Allen posted a 10-2 match play record to qualify third for the stepladder finals and won three straight matches to claim the title. After defeating John Furey of Freehold, N.J., 218-187, in the opening match, he defeated Tommy Gollick of Oberlin, Pa., 201-181, to advance to the title match.

Craig Nidiffer of Trenton, Mich. defeated E.J. Tackett of Huntington, Ind., by 123 pins to win the PBA Farmer’s State Bank Central Open presented by Roto Grip at Angola Bowl in Angola, Ind., Sunday. Nidiffer finished with a 4-4 match play record and a total of 5,179 pins for 21 games, including match play bonus pins for his third career PBA Regional title. He also earned $2,600.

Marty Deh of San Jose, Calif. and Greg Thompson Jr. of Dublin, Calif., teamed up to defeat Chris Warren of Grants Pass, Ore., and Jeff Frankos of Daly City, Calif., 426-391, to win the PBA Sands Regency West\Northwest Doubles presented by MOTIV at High Sierra Lanes in Reno, Nev., Sunday.

Deh earned his sixth PBA Regional title while Thompson picked up his third. The winning team shared the $3,600 first prize. The winning team defeated Californians Nick Morgan of Sacramento and Robby Porter of Rancho Cordova, 445-370, in the semifinal round while Warren and Frankos defeated another set of Californians, Ty Dawson of Sunnyvale and PJ Haggerty of Roseville, 20-18 in a two-ball (one shot by each player) sudden death roll-off after the teams tied at 352-352.

● Closing out the July schedule over the July 31-Aug. 2 weekend will be the PBA Xtra Frame Striking Against Breast Cancer Mixed Doubles, a PBA Tour-PWBA Tour title event, at Palace Lanes in Houston, Texas; the Lakewood Bowl Midwest Open in Richton Park, Ill.; the PBA/PBA50 Northwest/West Open from 20th Century Lanes in Boise, Idaho, and the PBA Japan Region’s first events of the year, the DHC Japan Cheetah and Women’s Cheetah Opens at Nagoya Grandbowl in Aichi, Japan.

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: book a room through HotelPlanner.com’s link on pba.com to become eligible for a $200 lodging certificate in the monthly sweepstakes sponsored by PBA’s official hotel booking partner. And subscribe to Xtra Frame (monthly plan at $7.99 or XF Season Ticket for $64.99) to automatically enter MOTIV’s monthly sweepstakes for a chance to win a new high-performance MOTIV bowling ball.

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Next Up on Xtra Frame: PBA/PWBA Striking Against Breast Cancer Mixed Doubles

by Bill Vint July 28, 2015 03:59

HOUSTON, Texas – The PBA Tour returns to action this week when it joins hands with the PWBA in a special event, the PBA/PWBA Xtra Frame Striking Against Breast Cancer Mixed Doubles, from Palace Lanes Friday, July 31-Sunday, Aug. 2.

For the first time, the 16-year-old fund-raising tournament, held in the memory of former PWBA competitor Luci Bonneau, will award PBA Tour and PWBA Tour titles to the winners, if they are PBA/PWBA members. PBA/PWBA stars Scott Norton of Mission Viejo, Calif., and Missy Parkin of Laguna Hills, Calif., are defending champions.

Fans can catch all the action when live wire-to-wire coverage begins on PBA’s online bowling channel, Xtra Frame, on Friday, July 31 at 2 p.m. ET (1 p.m. CT), when the first of three squads will bowl their eight-game qualifying round. Qualifying continues Saturday with the two more squads bowling at 9 a.m. ET (8 a.m. CT) and 2:30 p.m. ET (1:30 p.m. CT).  The top 30 teams after eight games will advance to a four-game cashers’ round at 9 a.m. ET (8 a.m. CT) Sunday, and the top eight teams will then bowl the eight-game round robin match play final round at 1 p.m. ET (12 noon CT). The winner will be decided based upon combined 20-game pinfall totals.

The tournament, affectionately called “The Luci,” features an all-star field of 128 teams, plus two sold-out pro-am squads. Since its inception, the tournament has raised more than $650,000 in support of the fight against breast cancer in Bonneau’s memory.

For Xtra Frame subscription and schedule information click on the Xtra Frame logo on the pba.com homepage. Three-day subscriptions after available for $3.99, a full-month subscription costs $7.99 and the 12-month XF Season Ticket is offered at $64.99.

For a complete roster of players, click here: http://www.pba.com/Tournaments/Regional/3594. To make an online donation to the cause, click here: http://www.strikingagainstbreastcancer.org/.

PBA/PWBA XTRA FRAME STRIKING AGAINST BREAST CANCER MIXED DOUBLES

Palace Lanes, Houston, Texas, July 31-Aug. 2 (all times are Central)

Thursday, July 30
2 p.m. – Open practice session
Friday, July 31
9 a.m. – Open practice session
1 p.m. - C Squad, 8 qualifying games
7 p.m. - Pro-am squad
Saturday, Aug. 1
8 a.m. - A Squad, 8 qualifying games
1:30 p.m. - B Squad, 8 qualifying games

  Top 30 teams after 8 games advance to cashers’ round
8 p.m. - Pro-am squad

Sunday, Aug. 2
8 a.m. - Top 30 teams, 4-game cashers’ round
  Top 8 teams after 12 games advance to round-robin match play
Noon - Top 8 teams, 8 games round robin match play

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PBA Spare Shots: PBA Stars Jones, Johnson, Pluhowsky Bowling for U.S. in Pan Am Games

by Bill Vint July 23, 2015 05:14

PBA Tour star Tommy Jones of Simpsonville, S.C., along with PBA Women’s Series winners Liz Johnson of Cheektowaga, N.Y., and Shannon Pluhowsky of Dayton, Ohio, plus with amateur Devin Bidwell of Wichita, Kan., are representing the United States in the Pan American Games bowling competition this week at the Pan Am Bowling Centre in Toronto. Several other PBA international members are bowling for their home countries in the Games.

Jones, a 16-time PBA Tour winner and an eight-year member of Team USA with more than 20 medals earned in international competition, is bowling in the Pan Am Games for the first time. Johnson is the defending champion in women’s singles and doubles, and also won women’s all-events plus a team silver medal in 1995, in the first of her three Pan Am Games appearances. Pluhowsky, a 15-time Team USA member, won women’s singles and a silver in doubles in the 2003 Pan Am Games. Bidwell is making his international debut for Team USA.

Bowling competition in Toronto got underway Wednesday with the first six of 12 games of doubles. Heading into today’s final six games, Jones and Bidwell were in second place, 53 pins behind Canada’s Dan MacLelland and Francois Lavoie while Johnson and Pluhowsky also were in second place, 28 pins behind Colombia’s Clara Guerrero and Rocio Restrepo. All players will bowl 12 qualifying games in singles Friday with the top eight advancing to Saturday’s match play and medal rounds.

BowlmorAMF OFFERS PBA MEMBERS SPECIAL PRACTICE RATE

Bowlmor AMF, a PBA Product Registered partner, is making it much more affordable for PBA members to practice, offering a $1-per-game practice rate at all 340 of its domestic locations, including the recently-acquired Brunswick bowling centers.

One of the long-standing benefits of PBA membership has been deeply-discounted practice rates at participating centers, and BowlmorAMF has joined the program with a set price at its properties across the country, subject only to the following conditions:

● The special rate is for practice only; it does not apply for league, glow bowling, or tournament lineage.

● The special rate is available only on a "lanes available" basis. PBA members must agree to give up the lane if the proprietor expects league, tournament, or heavy open play.

● Discounts are available to the PBA card holder only.

● PBA membership card and a picture ID must be presented when the lanes are assigned.

UPCOMING ON XTRA FRAME: PWBA, STRIKING AGAINST BREAST CANCER DOUBLES

PBA’s exclusive online bowling channel, Xtra Frame, will close out its July schedule with live start-to-finish coverage of the PWBA Wichita Open from Northrock Lanes in Wichita, Kan., Friday and Saturday, followed by the PBA/PWBA Xtra Frame Striking Against Breast Cancer Mixed Doubles from Palace Lanes in Houston, Texas, July 31-Aug. 2.

Bowling fans who want to sample Xtra Frame can subscribe on a three-day basis for only $3.99. A full month’s worth of Xtra Frame programming cost only $7.99. PBA’s best package is the 12-month XF Season Ticket for $64.99, or $5.41 per month. To sign up, visit pba.com and click on the Xtra Frame link.

MEMORIAL SERVICE PLANNED FOR FRIDAY FOR JOHN HRICSINA

A memorial service for former PBA50 star John Hricsina of Franklin, Pa., who died Monday of complications from injuries sustained in a fall, will be held Friday at 1 p.m. ET at First Church of the Nazarene in Franklin.

Hricsina, a seven-time PBA50 Tour winner and former PBA50 Player of the Year, is survived by his wife Susan; sons Bill and John Jr.; daughters Sandy Hricsina and Valerie Hijar, and grandchildren Nick, Nathan, Jackie, Chandler and Jessica Hricsina, and Jordan and Brooke Hijar.

At the family’s request, memorial donations may be made to the Kirkland Cancer Foundation, PO Box 108, Franklin, PA 16323. To send condolences, cards, flowers or additional information, visit: http://www.gardinierfuneralhome.com/obituaries/obituary-listings?obId=587216#/obituaryInfo.

Hricsina, a U.S. Navy veteran, worked as a rural postal carrier for the Polk County, Pa. post office before turning 50 and trying his luck on the PBA “senior tour.” He also ran a pro shop out of his home and enjoyed bowling duckpins and singing Karaoke which he did frequently with his friends on tour.

“He was a great bowler, but most of all he wanted to be remembered as a working man and a family man and he was definitely both of those,” his grandson, Nick Hricsina, said.

“He was just a wonderful person,” said USBC Hall of Famer and Storm Products Global Ambassador Bob Hart. “We’ve been friends since our 20s and some of my greatest memories are of bowling with him and just being good friends.

“He was a great bowler,” Hart added. “The best way I could describe him as a competitor was that he was a bulldog on the lanes. He was fierce competitor and would bowl any place, any time.”

MIKA KOIVUNIEMI ACCEPTS UAE COACHING POST, PLANS TO CURTAIL PBA ACTIVITIES

Finland’s Mika Koivuniemi, already one of the world’s most successful amateur players when he decided to join the PBA in 1999 at age 32, has announced he has accepted the head coaching position for the United Arab Emirates national bowling team, and plans to limit his PBA Tour activities in the future, in part due to lingering back and knee injuries.

The 14-time PBA Tour champion and two-time PBA Player of the Year (2003-04 and 2010-11) is now 48 and living in Hartland, Mich., with wife Leena and daughters Ida and Lidia. A 13-year member of Team Finland, Koivuniemi has bowled around the world since the 1980s, winning titles in 21 different countries and has bowled 300 games in as many countries, as well.

In addition to his 14 PBA Tour titles – which include the 2000 USBC Masters, 2001 U.S. Open and record-setting 2011 PBA Tournament of Champions – Koivuniemi has bowled a nationally-televised 300 game and with more than $1.9 million in PBA earnings, he is poised to become the 10th player in PBA history to surpass $2 million in career earnings.

In a post on his Facebook page from Munich, where he is competing in the Track Open, Koivuniemi noted, “I been battling with injuries (for a) long time with my back. But this year also my left knee has been pretty bad. I…didn't bowl any tournament without pain! So that made my decision much easier, especially when UAE will let me bowl tournaments when they (won’t be at the) same time at (PBA events).”

For the record, Koivuniemi will become age-eligible to compete on the PBA50 Tour on April 6, 2017.

PBA REGIONAL UPDATE: CONNER WINS FIRST PBA REGIONAL TITLE IN INDIANA

Josh Conner of Columbus, Ohio, defeated Brad Angelo of Lockport, N.Y., 250-173, to win $2,300 and his first PBA Regional title in the Boss Snow Plows/Ebonite Central/Midwest Open at PinHeads in Fishers, Ind., Sunday.

Conner downed Kelly Jordon of Marion, Ohio, 417-399, and Angelo topped E.J. Tackett of Huntington, Ind., 520-508, in the two-game, total pinfall semifinal round to set up the championship match.

Lee Brosius of Pomona, N.Y., defeated Tracy Golding of Winston-Salem, N.C., 2-1 in the best-of-three-game final match at AMF Fredericksburg (Va.) Lanes Sunday to win the PBA50 AMF Fredericksburg South Open for his first PBA title in 32 years.

Brosius was soundly defeated in the first game, 251-172; edged Golding in game two, 213-210, Brosius then got a mark in the final frame of game three to win, 207-180, ending his dry spell.

The victory was Brosius’ third, but his first since winning his previous titles in 1982 and 1983. He resigned from PBA membership in 1990 when he retired from the military, but reinstated his membership in the 2013, competing on the PBA50 Tour the past two seasons.

Joe Findling from Greenville, Texas, edged Tyler Jensen of Fort Worth, Texas, 216-215, to win his sixth PBA Southwest Region title Sunday in the sixth annual PBA Fort Sill (Okla.) Southwest Open, presented by Ebonite, at Twin Oaks Bowling Center.

After Jensen finished with five strikes, Findling spared the 2-8 in the 10th frame of the title match and struck on his final shot to squeak by Jensen and claim the $2,500 winner’s check. After Findling qualified 14th and Jensen 16th, each won four elimination matches to reach the title match.

● Next up for the PBA Midwest Region is the PBA50 Treasure Island Resort & Casino Baker Doubles Classic in Welch, Minn., Thursday and Friday. The weekend schedule features the Pure-It Pro Shop East Open presented by DV8 at Cedar Lanes in Lebanon, Pa.; the Farmer’s State Bank Central Open presented by Roto Grip at Angola Bowl in Angola, Ind.; the Poplar Creek Bowl Midwest Open at Hoffman Estates, Ill., and the PBA/PBA50 Sands Regency West/Northwest Doubles presented by MOTIV at High Sierra Lanes in Reno, Nev.

● Closing out the July schedule over the July 31-Aug. 2 weekend will be the PBA Xtra Frame Striking Against Breast Cancer Mixed Doubles, a PBA Tour-PWBA Tour title event, at Palace Lanes in Houston, Texas; the Lakewood Bowl Midwest Open in Richton Park, Ill.; the PBA/PBA50 Northwest/West Open from 20th Century Lanes in Boise, Idaho, and the PBA Japan Region’s first events of the year, the DHC Japan Cheetah and Women’s Cheetah Opens at Nagoya Grandbowl in Aichi, Japan.

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

● “Let’s Go Bowling Show,” which debuted in 2006 in Clearwater, Fla., with host Ken Van Baber and PBA legend Mark Roth, celebrated its 500th broadcast in mid-July. Now available by audio and video streaming around the world, the weekly radio show has regularly featured PBA champions, industry leaders and other bowling news-makers. Tampa area pro shop operator and bowling instructor Bill Zuben is currently co-host. To watch current and archived programs, visit www.gobowlingshow.com.

● Storm Products Global Ambassador Bob Hart, a former PBA Tour rep and member of the USBC Hall of Fame, will be inducted into the Georgia State Bowling Hall of Fame on August 8.

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PBA Spare Shots: Mitch Beasley Defeats Wife in Historic PBA Regional Title Match

by Bill Vint July 15, 2015 04:19

In a first for the Professional Bowlers Association, Mitch Beasley of Nashville, Tenn., defeated his wife, Inngellimar Beasley, 224-212, to win the PBA Shock Top Midwest Region Open at Plaza Lanes in St. Charles, Mo., Saturday. It was the first time in PBA history that a husband and wife bowled for a PBA title.

Mitch Beasley, a 21-year veteran of PBA competition, started the championship match with six strikes and held on despite a pair of unconverted splits to win his 17th PBA Regional title and the $2,200 first prize when Inngellimar, a lefthander, left solid 7 pins in the eighth, ninth and 10th frames to nullify her rally. Inngellimar added the $1,200 runner-up prize to the family’s bank account.

The previous week, Inngellimar, a 19-year member of Venezuela’s national women’s bowling team, won the PWBA Gastonia South Open presented by the PBA for her first professional title.

In the other half of a weekend doubleheader in St. Charles, amateur Shea Bittenbender of St. Charles nipped Blake DeMore of Springfield, Mo., 213-212, to win the PBA St. Charles Lanes Midwest Region Open at St. Charles Lanes on Sunday.

Mitch Beasley, 46, said he and Inngellimar, 39, met for the first time during the PBA World Series of Bowling VI last October in Las Vegas, and got married a month later. Eight months later, Mitch figured it was only a matter of time before the couple would have a showdown on the lanes.

“I made a comment a couple of weeks earlier that I was going to have to beat my wife for a title,” Mitch laughed. “I was kinda joking about it, but that’s what happened. I was actually fortunate my wife didn’t beat me.

“The first thing everyone told me was that I was going to be sleeping on the couch for a week,” he added. “During match play before the finals, she beat me, 250-220. She threw the last eight strikes to smoke me.”

To reach the title match, Inngellimar defeated amateur Neil Cooley of Lincoln, Neb., 243-200, in the semifinal game after Cooley defeated Tom Hess of Urbandale, Iowa, 219-216, in the first stepladder match.

ENTRIES ROLLING IN FOR GEICO PBA WSOB VII, PBA SOUTH POINT FALL CLASSIC

Entries opened July 8 for the GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling VII, set for Dec. 7-19 in Reno, Nev., and among the rush of first-day entries were players from Australia, Dubai, Spain and Ecuador. Among the early entries, most indicated they intend to enter the new PBA South Point Bowling Plaza Fall Classic, Oct. 19-26, in Las Vegas.

Entries for both events are limited and will be processed on a first-come basis. WSOB VII can accommodate a field of 312 players; the Fall Classic will be limited to 120 individuals (60 doubles and/or five-player teams).

The entry fee for the GEICO WSOB VII is $1,000 for members and $1,200 for non-members. Players must have a reservation confirmation number for a room at the Silver Legacy at the time of entry. World Series entries must be submitted to PBA Membership Services Manager Mary von Krueger (email: maryvk@pba.com; cell: 206-332-9688). PBA members will have first priority.

Fall Classic entries can be submitted online through PBA.com. Click on “schedules” followed by “PBA Tour” and select the appropriate event for the entry form. PBA West Region entries should be submitted to West Region Manager Gary Mage (email: gary.mage@pba.com; cell: 360-600-1229).

For more information on either PBA event, click here for WSOB VII: http://pba.com/Tournaments/WorldSeries or here for the Fall Classic: http://pba.com/Tournaments/FallClassic

PBA MODERN CLASSICS LIBRARY ADDS 2011 U.S. OPEN TO PBA’S YOUTUBE COLLECTION

One of the most exciting U.S. Open finals in history will be the newest addition to the PBA Modern Classics library Friday on PBA’s YouTube channel. The 68th Lumber Liquidators U.S. Open features Norm Duke of Clermont, Fla., winning his 34th PBA Tour title (to tie the legendary Mark Roth) and his seventh career major at Brunswick Zone-Carolier in North Brunswick, N.J. The title match involves Duke’s stunning 225-216 victory over Mika Koivuniemi of Hartland, Mich., when Koivuniemi missed a 10 pin spare in the 10th frame. To watch all of the classic PBA Tour championship events on YouTube, click here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLwuUW8zaol88yWoNbytvj286cU8TajCgg

MOTIV TOURNAMENT WINNERS PRATHER, LORINCZ TO COMPETE ON PBA TOUR

Former Wichita State University competitor Kris Prather, 23, of Pensacola, Fla., won the MOTIV Revolution Tournament last week at Thunderbowl Lanes in Allen Park, Mich., and earned a full MOTIV PBA staff contract to compete on the PBA Tour for the next year. Runner-up Aaron Lorincz of Saginaw, Mich., a second-year PBA member, also earned a MOTIV PBA staff contract.

MOTIV, a PBA product registered bowling ball company, conducted the special tournament as a ‘family reunion…where people from all aspects of the MOTIV family could have a chance to meet face-to-face,’” said company president Scott Wilbur. The tournament was video-streamed around the world, live on PBA’s Xtra Frame bowling channel.

UPCOMING ON XTRA FRAME: PWBA, PBA50, STRIKING AGAINST BREAST CANCER DOUBLES

PBA’s Xtra Frame schedule for the final two weeks of July includes three Professional Women’s Bowling Association events, the return of PBA50 Tour competition and start-to-finish coverage of the 16th Striking Against Breast Cancer Mixed Doubles event.

PBA’s exclusive online bowling channel, Xtra Frame, returns to South Plains Lanes in Lubbock – host of the recently-completed XF PBA Lubbock Sports Southwest Open – July 17-18 for exclusive coverage of the PWBA Lubbock Sports Open. Start-to-finish coverage of the PBA50 Tour Treasure Island Resort & Casino Open presented by Roto Grip from Island Xtreme Bowl in Welch, Minn., is set for July 20-22.

Closing out the July schedule will be the PWBA Wichita Open from Northrock Lanes in Wichita, Kan., July 24-25, and opening the August schedule will be the PBA/PWBA Xtra Frame Striking Against Breast Cancer Mixed Doubles from Palace Lanes in Houston, Texas, July 31-Aug. 2.

Bowling fans who want to sample Xtra Frame can subscribe on a three-day basis for only $3.99. A full month’s worth of Xtra Frame programming cost only $7.99. PBA’s best package is the 12-month XF Season Ticket for $64.99, or $5.41 per month. To sign up, visit pba.com and click on the Xtra Frame link.

PBA REGIONAL UPDATE: STONEY BAKER WINS PBA50 TRI-REGION TITLE IN CORVOVA

Stoney Baker of Canton, Ga., defeated PBA Hall of Famer Walter Ray Williams Jr. of Oxford, Fla., 202-197, to win the first PBA50 Lifestyle Resorts Communities Tri-Region Memphis South Open at Cordova Bowling Center in Cordova, Tenn., Sunday.

Baker posted a 7-5 match play record and a 20-game pinfall total of 4,289, including match play bonus pins, to qualify fourth. He opened the stepladder finals with a 222-190 win over Tony Majcher of Rolling Meadows, Ill., and eliminated Thomas Berish of Cordova in the semifinal match, 228-190, to advance to the title match against Williams, the top qualifier. Baker earned $2,800 for his win in the tournament for players 50-and-older who live in the PBA South, Central and Midwest Regions.

Keith Doran of Pomona, N.Y., defeated Jeff Zaffino of Warren, Pa., 175-172, to win the PBA50 Cecil Raymond Memorial presented by Track at Playdrome in Cherry Hill, N.J., Sunday. Doran, who was a PBA member in the 1980s, recently reinstated his membership and was competing in his first PBA50 regional event.

The Cherry Hill tournament, which began in 2004, was renamed last year to honor its sponsor who passed away in January, 2014. Raymond was the 2013 recipient of the East Region’s Pat Patterson Award for outstanding contributions to the region.

Zaffino, who had led qualifying, bounced the first ball of the championship game off his ankle, which resulted in an open frame. He struggled on the right lane throughout the game, and failed to strike in the 10th frame which opened the door for Doran who responded with a strike for the win and the $1,500 first prize.

● Scott Norton of Mission Viejo, Calif., defeated Kevin Harlin of Milpitas, Calif., 171-125, to win the PBA Wine Country West/Northwest Open presented by Roto Grip at Double Decker Lanes on Sunday for his 11th PBA Regional title and the $2,000 first prize.

Norton got a free pass into the championship match when Noel Vazquez of Sacramento, Calif., was forced to forfeit the semifinal round match due to an injury, handing Norton a 213-0 decision. Harlin defeated Josh Blanchard of Mesa, Ariz., 221-201, in the other semifinal round match.

● PBA’s July 17-19 Regional calendar includes the Fort Sill Southwest Open presented by Ebonite at Twin Oaks Bowl in Fort Sill, Okla.; the Boss Snow Plows/Ebonite Central/Midwest Open at PinHeads Bowling Center in Fishers, Ind., and the PBA50 AMF Fredericksburg Lanes South Open in Fredericksburg, Va.

● Immediately following the PBA50 Treasure Island Resort & Casino Open presented by Roto Grip from Island Xtreme Bowl in Welch, Minn. (which will be covered live from start to finish on Xtra Frame, July 20-22), the PBA Midwest Region will conduct the PBA50 Treasure Island Resort & Casino Baker Doubles Classic July 23-24.

● The July 24-26 PBA Regional schedule features the Pure-It Pro Shop East Open presented by DV8 at Cedar Lanes in Lebanon, Pa.; the Farmer’s State Bank Central Open presented by Roto Grip at Angola Bowl in Angola, Ind.; the Poplar Creek Bowl Midwest Open at Hoffman Estates, Ill., and the PBA/PBA50 Sands Regency West/Northwest Doubles presented by MOTIV at High Sierra Lanes in Reno, Nev.

● Closing out the July schedule over the July 31-Aug. 2 weekend will be the PBA Xtra Frame Striking Against Breast Cancer Mixed Doubles, a PBA Tour-PWBA Tour title event, at Palace Lanes in Houston, Texas; the Lakewood Bowl Midwest Open in Richton Park, Ill.; the PBA/PBA50 Northwest/West Open from 20th Century Lanes in Boise, Idaho, and the PBA Japan Region’s first events of the year, the DHC Japan Cheetah and Women’s Cheetah Opens at Nagoya Grandbowl in Aichi, Japan.

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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