XTRA FRAME HEADS INTO JULY WITH FULL CALENDAR OF EVENTS
PBA’s Xtra Frame viewers are in for a full and varied schedule of bowling programming in the weeks ahead. Closing out the June schedule will be live coverage of the PBA Xtra Frame Lubbock Sports Southwest Open from South Plains Lanes in Lubbock, Texas, this weekend.
The Lubbock Sports Southwest Open, a PBA Tour title event that will pay a $15,000 first prize, had a preliminary entry of more than 165 players as of today including PBA Tour titlists Dick Allen, Patrick Allen, DJ Archer, Chris Barnes, Tom Daugherty, Mike Edwards, Mike Fagan, Michael Haugen Jr., Tommy Jones, Marshall Kent, Mika Koivuniemi, Robert Lawrence, Wes Malott, Scott Newell, Bill O’Neill, Rhino Page, Jake Peters, Sean Rash, Mike Scroggins, Jason Sterner, Kyle Troup, Mark Williams and Stuart Williams. The PBA title-winners will face a field of talented young collegiate and PBA Regional players looking for their first title.
Xtra Frame coverage begins with eight-game qualifying squads on Saturday. Half of the field will bowl at 8:30 a.m. CT and the other half at 3:30 p.m., with the top one-third of the field advancing to a six-game cashers’ round at 8:30 a.m. Sunday. The top 16 then will bowl a modified eight-game head-to-head round robin match play schedule starting at 12:30 p.m., followed by the four-player stepladder finals.
A number of women also are bowling in Lubbock, which is a Professional Women’s Bowling Association-PBA Women’s Regional points qualifying event.
Following the Lubbock event, Xtra Frame heads to Las Vegas for coverage of the Teen Masters National Championships (June 30-July 3) and the Collegiate Masters (July 4-5) from the South Point Bowling Plaza.
On July 8 and 9, Xtra Frame will video-stream coverage of the MOTIV Revolution Tournament, a non-PBA event, from Thunderbowl Lanes in Allen Park, Mich., followed immediately by the live debut of Professional Women’s Bowling Association competition, the PWBA Storm Sacramento Open, July 10-11, from Steve Cook’s Fireside Lanes in Citrus Heights, Calif.
Xtra Frame returns to South Plains Lanes in Lubbock July 17-18 for exclusive coverage of the PWBA Lubbock Sports Open, followed by start-to-finish coverage of the PBA50 Tour Treasure Island Resort & Casino Open presented by Roto Grip from Island Xtreme Bowl in Welch, Minn.
Closing out the July schedule will be the PWBA Wichita Open from Northrock Lanes in Wichita, Kan., and opening the August schedule will be the PBA/PWBA Xtra Frame Striking Against Breast Cancer Mixed Doubles from Palace Lanes in Houston, Texas.
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.
BILL O’NEILL PACES OKLAHOMA’S SUMMER SWING EARNINGS LIST
PBA’s third annual Summer Swing, a multi-event series patterned after PBA’s World Series of Bowling, served diverse purposes on behalf of the players, PBA fans and the bowling industry partners who support the PBA.
During Oklahoma’s Grand Casino Hotel & Resort PBA Summer Swing, 48 of the 120 players entered shared $241,000 in prize money – a 2.5:1 cashing ratio – with six players earning in excess of $10,000 for the week, led by Bill O’Neill’s $36,600. Tommy Jones was second with $24,000 in earnings followed by Ronnie Russell’s $17,500, Jason Belmonte with $16,700, Kyle Troup with $12,760 and Patrick Allen with $10,600.
For PBA’s advertisers and product registered companies, the series of video-streamed and CBS Sports Network-televised events provided 10 hours of original cable network exposure, more than 50 hours of video-streamed coverage, and significant additional exposure through re-airs and YouTube placements.
BOWLING MAKES “SHORT LIST” AS CANDIDATE FOR 2020 TOKYO OLYMPICS
Bowling, baseball and softball, karate, squash, roller sports, climbing, surfing and wushu are the eight sports nominated for the next stage of the application process to be added to the Olympic program for Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, it was announced Monday by Tokyo’s 2020 Additional Events Programme Panel and confirmed by World Bowling.
The decision was made following a meeting of the Tokyo events panel, according to a report by insidethegames.biz writer Nick Butler. The short list includes survivors from a list of 26 sports that had submitted applications to the Tokyo panel.
All eight sports federations will now progress to a second stage of the application process, which will include the submission of further details by July 22. Briefings to Tokyo organizers will take place Aug. 7-8. An unspecified number will then be proposed to the International Olympic Committee in September, before a final decision is due to made by the IOC in Rio de Janeiro in August 2016.
A key part of bowling’s presentation will be the new Round1 World Open which will take place in Tokyo July 9-12, featuring men and women from 70 different countries and televised finals which will be held in a specially-constructed arena setting in Tokyo. Several PBA players from the U.S. and around the world will participate in the event. The PBA will award a PBA Tour title to the men’s winner if he is a PBA member.
According to Butler, new sports must be a "driving force to promote the Olympic Movement and its values, with a focus on youth appeal," it has been explained, while they must also "engage the Japanese population and new audiences worldwide, reflecting the Tokyo 2020 Games vision."
Wall Street Journal-Japan is conducting a world-wide poll to ask which sport you would like to see added to the Tokyo Olympic Games program. If you would like to vote for bowling, go to: http://wedgi.es/1eE9qNE and right click on “bowling” to cast a vote.
PBA REGIONAL UPDATE: NEW FATHER LOSCHETTER WINS IN WOOSTER
New father Chris Loschetter of Avon, Ohio, celebrated Father’s Day with a 70-pin victory over Patrick Dombrowski of Parma, Ohio, in the PBA J.D. Producing/Triway Lanes Central Open presented by Hammer at Triway Lanes in Wooster, Ohio, Sunday.
Loschetter, who became a father for the first time on May 29, finished with an 8-4 match play record and a total of 4,925 pins for 20 games, including match play bonus pins, to win his 13th career PBA Regional title and the $3,500 first prize.
● PJ Haggerty of Roseville, Calif., defeated Dennis Horan Jr. of Oakley, Calif., 236-225, to win the PBA Vanessa Brown Homes West Open, presented by Columbia 300, at Yosemite Lanes on Sunday.
In the companion PBA50 Vanessa Brown Homes West Open, Warren Nelson of Plummer, Idaho, defeated Dave Arnold of Dublin, Calif., 214-210, for his first PBA50 regional title and a $1,500 first prize.
Haggerty, who collected his ninth PBA Regional title, earned $2,000. He defeated Will Garber of Modesto, 265-192, in the semifinal round while Horan advanced to the title match by defeating Eddie VanDaniker Jr. of Chatsworth, Calif., 237-234.
● Will Barnes from Wichita, Kan., outpaced the field to win the PBA Oklahoma City Southwest Challenge Sunday at Planet Bowl in Oklahoma City, topping PBA50 bowler Jim Dougherty of Oklahoma City by 115 pins for his first PBA title and a $2,000 first prize. With his title, Barnes became eligible to participate in the 2016 PBA Tournament of Champions.
Dougherty took the lead with the tournament’s only 300 game in the first game of match play, but Barnes won his first three matches behind games of 215, 259, and 247 to build a comfortable lead that he never surrendered.
● Steven Taylor of Deer Creek, Ill., defeated Anthony LaCaze of Melrose Park, Ill., by 41 pins and Mitch Beasley of Nashville, Tenn., topped Brad Miller of St. Charles, Mo., by 83 pins, to win PBA American Family Insurance Midwest Open titles Saturday and Sunday, respectively, at Tinley Bowl in Tinley Park, Ill.
In Saturday’s 13-game event, Taylor posted a 3-3 match play record and a total of 3,053 pins, including match play bonus pins, to top LaCaze’s 3,012 total. Taylor earned $2,200 along with his third career PBA Regional title. On Sunday, Beasley won the 11-game event with total of 2,644 pins, topping Miller’s 2,561 total for his 16th career regional title and a $2,200 first prize.
● Charles Bonis Jr. of Port Chester, N.Y. defeated Noel Vega of Kew Gardens, N.Y., 210-147, to win the Professional Bowlers Association Fort Meade Eastern Challenge presented by Roto Grip at The Lanes in Fort Meade, Md., on Saturday. PBA Challenge events are open to any member or non-member who has never won a PBA event.
Bonis, a non-member bowling in his third regional event, was undefeated in the bracket elimination finals. Vega led qualifying and also was undefeated in the earlier elimination rounds before he lost his ball reaction on the championship pair. Bonis earned $1,800 for the win, but does not receive credit for a PBA Regional title because he is a non-member. Vega earned $1,100 for his third runner-up finish in the past four East Region events.
● Over the June 26-27 weekend, South Plains Lanes in Lubbock, Texas, will host the Xtra Frame Lubbock Sports Southwest Open presented by Storm with $15,000 going to the winner. The entire tournament will be covered live on Xtra Frame. Also on the weekend schedule, Pro Bowl West in Ft. Wayne, Ind., will host the PWBA Central Open along with a one-day, reduced entry fee Central/Midwest Challenge. Sparetimes in Hampton, Va., will host the PBA50 Sparetimes South Open, and Fox Bowl in Wheaton, Ill., will host the PBA50 Tony Grigat Allstate Midwest Open.
● Three events over the Fourth of July weekend include the PBA and the women-only PWBA Gastonia South Open doubleheader presented by Brunswick at George Pappas’ Liberty Lanes in Gastonia, N.C., plus the Grand Casino Hotel & Resort Southwest Member/Non-Member Doubles at FireLake Bowling Center in Shawnee, Okla.
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.
● Brunswick Bowling has announced that Dream-Bowl Palace in Munich, Germany, will continue to host the Brunswick Euro Challenge, a World Bowling-PBA International Tour event, through 2018. The 52-lane center has hosted the European showcase tournament for the past four years.
● Reminder: PBA fans who miss Tuesday’s telecast of the Grand Casino Hotel & Resort PBA King of the Swing finals on CBS Sports Network, the show (along with all Summer Swing finals telecasts) can be found in the archives on PBA’s online bowling channel, Xtra Frame, on Fridays after they air. Xtra Frame is available on three-day ($3.99), 30-day ($7.99) and 12-month ($64.99) subscription plans. To sign up, visit pba.com and click on the Xtra Frame link.
● To view an interview featuring Mike J. Laneside with Oklahoma’s Grand Casino Hotel & Resort King of the Swing winner Bill O’Neill, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rMig9-c1RHU
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