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 Modern Classics Offers “Double Feature” with LeBron James on Friday

by Bill Vint June 11, 2015 07:32

Borrowing from the long-gone days of “double features” at your friendly neighborhood movie theater, the PBA is unveiling two episodes in its new “PBA Modern Classics” section on YouTube’s PBABowling channel on Friday.

In addition to the previously-announced release of the 2010 One A Day Dick Weber Open from Fountain Bowl, an event featuring well-known sports personality Bill Simmons as a commentator during Mike Fagan’s first PBA Title performance, the PBA also will release the first Chris Paul PBA Celebrity Invitational telecast in 2008 from Winston-Salem, N.C.

While Cleveland Cavaliers superstar LeBron James and friends chase the National Basketball Association title, the 2008 Chris Paul celebrity event will show fans LeBron’s bowling skills. James and PBA Hall of Fame partner Jason Couch defeated CP3 and his partner, Chris Barnes, in the title match of the inaugural event. In addition to Paul and James, other NBA stars who appeared in the inaugural event were Dwyane Wade, Kevin Durant and Rudy Gay.

PBA REGIONAL FACEBOOK PAGES REVAMPED

Bowlers and fans within each of the PBA’s seven U.S. regions are invited to “follow” competition in their respective areas by visiting newly-revised home pages for each region on Facebook. To find the home page for each region, search for PBA East Region (or South, Central, Midwest Southwest, West or Northwest), and hit the “like” button. A PBA Japan Region page will be added soon.

The PBA regional pages on Facebook will include information about upcoming tournaments, along with results and photos of tournaments as they are completed, and other news of interest to regional players and fans.

All PBA followers on Facebook also are encourage to “share” PBA pages with their own groups of friends and family.

PBA FAMILY WELCOMES TWO NEW ARRIVALS

Chris and Erin Loschetter of Avon, Ohio, welcomed the arrival of Emmett Harold Loschetter on May 29 at 8:58 p.m., earlier than expected. Emmett arrived about two months early, weighed in at 2 pounds, 12 ounces, and measuring 15 inches long. Despite his premature arrival and associated health concerns, father Chris reports the couple’s first child is progressing nicely.

On June 6 at 7:46 a.m., Dan and Kristy MacLelland of Kitchener, Ontario, welcomed their first-born, Harper Lynn MacLelland. Harper weighed in at 7 pounds, 8 ounces.

PBA REGIONAL UPDATE: NORTON, STATON, PARKIN WIN IN CALIFORNIA TRIPLEHEADER

Scott Norton of Mission Viejo, Calif.; amateur Joe Staton of Alta Loma, Calif., and Missy Parkin of Laguna Hills, Calif., were victorious in a PBA West Region tripleheader sponsored by Parkin’s Bowling Supply at Bowlium Lanes Sunday.

Norton posted a 10-2 match play record and a 20-game total of 4,925 pins, including match play bonus pins, to win Sunday’s PBA Parkin’s Bowling Supply Open, a standard PBA West Regional event, by 215 pins over Eddie Van Daniker Jr. of Chatsworth, Calif.

Staton won the PBA50 portion of the tripleheader with a 10-2 match play record and 4,809 total pins, beating Timothy Banks of Hanscom AFB by 327 pins for the $1,500 first prize. Because he’s not a member, Staton does not get credit for a PBA title.

Parkin, the first woman to join the PBA and the only woman to win three standard PBA Regional titles, made history again, winning the first Professional Women’s Bowling Association Regional, an event conducted by the PBA. Parkin had a 7-1 match play record and knocked down 3,749 total pins for her 16 games to top Clara Guerrero of Pflugerville, Texas, for the win and a $1,200 prize. Guerrero had 3,460 pins.

Patrick Allen of Mt. Kisco, N.Y. defeated Marshall Kent of Yakima, Wash., 257-244, to win the PBA Homefield Bowl Open presented by MOTIV at Homefield Bowl in Yonkers, N.Y., on Sunday, June 7.

After qualifying seventh in the field of 104, Allen posted an 8-4 match play record to qualify third for the stepladder finals. He then dispatched Tommy Gollick of Enola, Pa., 244-234, when Gollick left an 8 pin on his second ball of the final frame, and he defeated PWBA-Team USA member Danielle McEwan of South Point, N.Y., 244-215, to advance to the title match against Kent, the top qualifier.

Kent struck out in the 10th frame of the title match to force Allen to throw the first strike in his 10th frame, which he did to clinch his 26th career PBA regional victory and his second of the year in the East Region. Allen, a 13-time PBA Tour champion and native of the metropolitan New York area, recently moved back “home” from Florida. He earned $3,000 for the win.

EJ Tackett of Huntington, Ind., defeated Rhino Page of Orlando, Fla., 237-226, to win the $2,500 first prize in the first PBA Tri City Lanes Easley South Open at Tri City Lanes in Easley, S.C., Sunday.

Tackett posted a 9-3 match play record and a 20-game pinfall total of 5,038, including match play bonus pins, to qualify first for the stepladder finals. Page earned his place in the title match by defeating Tommy Jones of Simpsonville, S.C., in the opening match and Jason Sterner of Covington, Ga., 225-188, in the semifinal round.

The South Region’s next tournament will be the PBA Xtra Frame Pensacola South Open in Pensacola, Fla., on June 19-21. The Pensacola event will offer a projected $10,000 first prize and will award a PBA Tour title. It will be covered live from start to finish on PBA’s Xtra Frame online bowling channel.

● Jonesboro Bowling Center in Jonesboro, Ark., will be in the spotlight over the June 12-14 weekend when it hosts the added-money Jonesboro Southwest/Midwest Open presented by MOTIV, offering a projected $5,000 first prize. Elk Grove Bowl in Elk Grove Village, Ill., will host the Tony Grigat Allstate Midwest Open while competition for PBA, PBA50 and women bowlers includes the PBA and PWBA Northwest Opens along with a pair of joint PBA50 Secoma Lanes West/Northwest Open one-day, reduced entry fee events, in Federal Way, Wash.

● The June 19-21 schedule includes the first PBA Tour Xtra Frame tournament of the summer season, the Pensacola South Open presented by Roto Grip, at New Liberty Lanes in Pensacola, Fla. Also on the weekend schedule are a pair of one-day American Family Insurance Midwest Open events presented by Columbia 300 at Tinley Bowl in Tinley Park, Ill.; the Planet Bowl Southwest Challenge for non-title winners in Oklahoma City; the Fort Meade East Challenge presented by Roto Grip for non-winners at The Lanes in Fort Meade, Md.; the J.D. Producing Inc./Triway Lanes Central Open presented by Hammer in Wooster, Ohio, and a PBA/PBA50 doubleheader, the Vanessa Brown Homes West Opens presented by Columbia 300 at Yosemite Lanes in Modesto, Calif.

● Over the June 26-27 weekend, South Plains Lanes in Lubbock, Texas, will host the second PBA Tour Xtra Frame event, the Xtra Frame Lubbock Sports Southwest Open presented by Storm with $15,000 going to the winner. 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 on the Fourth of July weekend schedule 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.

QUICK NOTES

● Reminder: PBA fans who miss the original Tuesday night telecasts of the Grand Casino Hotel & Resort PBA Summer Swing finals on CBS Sports Network can find the shows 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.

● Reminder: After each Tuesday night Oklahoma’s Grand Casino Hotel & Resort PBA Summer Swing telecast on CBS Sports Network, there will be a short post-game video posted to YouTube. To view the Badger Open video featuring Mike J. Laneside interviewing Ronnie Russell, click here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iyUcsFDpANY

● Last call: applications for the 2015 PBA Billy Welu Scholarship must be postmarked by Monday, June 15. The $1,000 Welu Scholarship Award recognizes exemplary qualities in a collegiate bowler. 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/.

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PBA Spare Shots: Sizzling Summer Schedule on Tap for PBA Competitors, Fans

by Bill Vint June 5, 2015 08:31

The summer of 2015 is about to become one of the most competitive in years for PBA members, with five exclusive Xtra Frame tournaments, the first four of seven PWBA Regionals, a number of PBA50 Tour events, a full calendar of traditional PBA standard/PBA50/PWBA Regional Challenge qualifying events, and a significant international tournament in Japan.

For those who are not already Xtra Frame subscribers, below is a perfect set of reasons to sign on. A 12-month XF Season Ticket costs $64.99; a one-month subscription is $7.99 and a three-day subscription is $3.99 if you only want to watch a weekend event. To sign up, visit pba.com and click on the Xtra Frame link.

Here’s a quick glimpse of the summer agenda:

PBA Tour on Xtra Frame

Of special interest this summer is an expanded schedule of PBA Tour Xtra Frame events that will feature exclusive, live start-to-finish coverage on PBA’s online bowling channel, award PBA Tour titles, and enhanced prize funds. The Xtra Frame Tour events get underway June 19-21 with the Xtra Frame Pensacola South Open at New Liberty Lanes in Pensacola, Fla., followed by the Xtra Frame Lubbock Southwest Open at South Plains Lanes in Lubbock, Texas, June 26-28.

Over the July 31-Aug. 2 weekend, the Xtra Frame Striking Against Breast Cancer Mixed Doubles event from Palace Lanes in Houston, Texas, will award PBA Tour and PWBA Tour titles. And the Aug. 4-7 PBA/PBA50 South Shore Doubles at Olympia Lanes, Hammond, Ind., hosted by the PBA Central Region, will award both PBA Tour and PBA50 Tour titles. Wrapping up the summer Xtra Frame PBA Tour events will be the Middletown East Open from Mid-County Lanes, Middletown, Del.

PWBA Regionals and PWBA on Xtra Frame

The first four “women only” PWBA Regional tournaments, conducted by PBA’s regional managers, will be open to PWBA-PBA members and amateurs. One event in each of the PBA’s eight regions (East, South, Central, Midwest, Southwest, West, Northwest and Japan) will offer $10,000 prize funds based on a minimum of 40 entries each.

Host centers and cities for the first four events include Bowlium Lanes, Montclair, Calif. (West Region), June 5-7; Secoma Lanes, Federal Way, Wash. (Northwest Region), June 12-14; Pro Bowl West, Fort Wayne, Ind. (Central Region), June 26-27, and Liberty Lanes, Gastonia, N.C. (South Region) July 4-6. Events in the other regions will be held later in the year, avoiding conflicts with the revival of the Professional Women’s Bowling Association Tour program.

And, in addition to the PWBA Regional events, all PWBA Tour events in July, August and September will be televised exclusively on Xtra Frame (click here for the full schedule: http://pwba.com/Tournaments/Schedule).

In addition to the specific “women only” PWBA Regionals, more than 60 additional “standard” regions tournaments will be PWBA Regional Challenge points qualifying events. In those events, women will bowl alongside men, but earn points based upon how they qualify. The leading woman in points in each PBA Region will earn a free entry into PBA World Series of Bowling VII in Reno in December along with a chance to earn a berth in the PWBA Regional Challenge Finals that will air on ESPN.

PBA50 Tour on Xtra Frame

The remaining seven events on the 2015 PBA50 Tour will be held this summer, all except the USBC Senior Masters featuring start-to-finish live coverage on Xtra Frame. Following the PBA Senior U.S. Open, which ends Friday in Las Vegas, PBA50 players will head to Fountain Valley, Calif., for the PBA50 Fountain Valley Open, June 7-10, followed by PBA50 Northern California Classic at long-time host Harvest Park Bowl, Brentwood, Calif., June 14-17.

After a month-long break, “senior” players return to the Midwest for the PBA50 Treasure Island Resort & Casino Open at Island Xtreme Bowl in Welch, Minn., July 19-22; the USBC Senior Masters at Ashwaubenon Bowling Alley in Green Bay, Wis. (covered by BowlTV), July 27-Aug. 1; the PBA/PBA50 South Shore Doubles at Olympia Lanes in Hammond, Ind., Aug. 4-7; and a Pro Bowl West doubleheader for “senior” and “super senior” players in Fort Wayne, Ind., to close the season: the PBA50 Fort Wayne Classic, Aug. 8-11, and the PBA60 Dick Weber Super Senior Classic, Aug. 13-15.

Based upon season-long competition points, the top eight PBA50 players will advance to the PBA50 Challenge during WSOB VII in Reno.

International Showcase in Japan

The bowling world also will have its eyes on the recently-announced Round 1 Japan World Open, July 9-12, in Tokyo, that will feature men’s and women’s singles divisions, with first prizes of 10 million yen (US$83,000) in each division, and a special mixed doubles competition including teams representing Eurasia, Africa, the Americas and Japan.

This event, which will feature a number of PBA stars to-be-announced, is being designed as a showcase for the Japan Olympic Organizing Committee and the International Olympic Committee as bowling makes its bid to be included as a new sport in the 2020 Olympic Games.

Standard PBA and PBA50 Regionals

An extensive schedule of standard regionals, and many of which include PWBA-regional points competitions, and PBA50 regionals also are on tap for the summer months. Regional players also will be competing for high-points honors within their respective regions to earn berths in the end-of-year PBA Regional Challenge at WSOB VII.

For complete schedules, entry information, and details about PBA tournament opportunities for amateur and professional men and women, PWBA and PBA50 competitors, visit pba.com and click on the “schedules” tab

PBA REGIONAL UPDATE: MOHR, WARREN WIN PBA50 TITLES IN ARIZONA

Ron Mohr of North Las Vegas, Nev., and Chris Warren of Grants Pass, Ore., won PBA50 West Region titles in a pair of traditional Arizona events prior to the start of the Suncoast PBA Senior U.S. Open in Las Vegas.

Mohr, a two-time PBA50 Player of the Year, posted a 12-4 match play record and a 6,079 pinfall total Friday to win his ninth career regional title in the PBA50 Miller High Life West Open at Starlite Lanes in Flagstaff, on May 29. Mohr, who earned $1,500, defeated Tony Majcher of Rolling Meadows, Ill., by 36 pins for his title.

Two-days earlier, Warren, the owner of 43 standard PBA Regional titles, earned his first in PBA50 competition in the sixth annual PBA50 Lona King Saguaro West Open at Johnson Lanes in Sun City West. Warren posted a 13-3 match play record and a 5,917 pinfall total for a $4,000 first prize and a 197-pin margin of victory over Paul McCordic of Sugar Land, Texas.

● A busy summer of PBA Regional competition gets underway over the June 5-7 weekend with the Homefield Bowl Eastern Open presented by MOTIV in Yonkers, N.Y.; the Tri City Lanes South Open in Easley, S.C.; the PWBA Western Open – a women only event – at Bowlium Lanes in Montclair, Calif.; and a pair of one-day, reduced entry fee PBA50 Parkin’s Bowling Supply West Open events, also at Bowlium Lanes in Montclair, Calif.

● Jonesboro Bowling Center in Jonesboro, Ark., will highlight the June 12-14 weekend when it hosts the added-money Jonesboro Southwest/Midwest Open presented by MOTIV, offering a projected $5,000 first prize. Elk Grove Bowl in Elk Grove Village, Ill., will host the Tony Grigat Allstate Midwest Open while competition for women and PBA50 players includes the PWBA Northwest Open along with a pair of joint PBA50 Secoma Lanes West/Northwest Open one-day, reduced entry fee events, in Federal Way, Wash.

● The June 19-21 schedule includes the first PBA Tour Xtra Frame tournaments of the summer season, the Pensacola South Open presented by Roto Grip, at New Liberty Lanes in Pensacola, Fla. Also on the weekend schedule are a pair one-day American Family Insurance Midwest Open events presented by Columbia 300 at Tinley Bowl in Tinley Park, Ill.; the Planet Bowl Southwest Challenge for non-title winners in Oklahoma City; the Fort Meade East Challenge for non-winners at The Lanes in Fort Meade, Md.; the J.D. Producing Inc./Triway Lanes Central Open presented by Hammer in Wooster, Ohio, and a PBA/PBA50 doubleheader, the Vanessa Brown Homes West Opens presented by Columbia 300 at Yosemite Lanes in Modesto, Calif.

● Over the June 26-27 weekend, South Plains Lanes in Lubbock, Texas, will host the second PBA Tour Xtra Frame event, the Lubbock Sports Southwest Open presented by Storm. 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.

● Two events are on the Fourth of July weekend schedule: a PBA and PBA50 Gastonia South Open doubleheader presented by Brunswick at George Pappas’ Liberty Lanes in Gastonia, N.C., and the Grand Hotel, Casino & 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.

QUICK NOTES

● Reminder: PBA fans who miss the original Tuesday night telecasts of the Grand Casino Hotel & Resort PBA Summer Swing finals on CBS Sports Network can find the shows 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.

● The winner of the May MOTIV Xtra Frame sweepstakes and a new MOTIV bowling ball is Larry Robinson of Stockton, Calif. If you are not an Xtra Frame subscriber, you can enter the MOTIV sweepstakes by signing up for a new monthly or full-year Xtra Frame subscription – monthly ($7.99) or 12-month XF Season Ticket ($64.99). MOTIV’s ball-a-month sweepstakes will continue throughout 2015.

● May’s winner in the monthly HotelPlanner.com sweepstakes is William Block. The official travel partner of the PBA awards a $200 lodging gift certificate each month to a lucky person who books a hotel room through HotelPlanner.com. Use the “Book Hotel” link on pba.com and you will be automatically entered. The gift certificate will be valid for hotel room and tax only.

● Reminder: After each Tuesday night Oklahoma’s Grand Casino Hotel & Resort PBA Summer Swing telecast on CBS Sports Network, there will be a short post-game video posted to YouTube. To view the Bear Open video featuring Mike J. Laneside interviewing Tommy Jones, click here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oj6O8Jc8DdY

● Last call: applications for the 2015 PBA Billy Welu Scholarship must be postmarked by June 15. The $1,000 Welu Scholarship Award recognizes exemplary qualities in a collegiate bowler. 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/.

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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, PWBA Form New Strategic Partnership

by Bill Vint March 24, 2015 03:30

ARLINGTON, Texas – The Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) and Professional Women’s Bowling Association (PWBA) have formed a new strategic partnership to provide new events, exposure and services for women’s bowling.

Highlights of the new partnership include:
•    Seven new PWBA regional events to complement the PWBA Tour
•    Player services transportation and mobile pro shop for the PWBA Tour
•    Exclusive live coverage of the PWBA Tour through the Xtra Frame, PBA’s online video streaming service
•    Eligibility for PWBA members to bowl in all PBA events
•    Expanded points program for women bowling in PBA regionals culminating in the ESPN-televised PWBA Regional Challenge at the PBA World Series of Bowling VII

“Advancing opportunities for women professional bowlers has been a goal of the PBA for years and this partnership reinforces that commitment,” PBA Commissioner Tom Clark said. “We also are thrilled to add PWBA to the Xtra Frame schedule to provide more programing for our subscribers and valuable content from a business perspective.”

The seven new PWBA regional events are women-only competitions conducted by PBA’s respective regional managers and will have a $10,000 prize fund based on a minimum of 40 entries. Host centers and cities for the new events include:
•    June 5-7 – Bowlium Lanes, Montclair, Calif. (West Region)
•    June 12-14 – Secoma Lanes, Federal Way, Wash. (Northwest Region)
•    June 26-27 – Pro Bowl West, Fort Wayne, Ind. (Central Region)
•    July 4-6 – Liberty Lanes, Gastonia, N.C. (South Region)
•    Sept. 25-27 – Tomball Lanes, Tomball, Texas (Southwest Region)
•    Sept. 27 – Liberty Lanes, Carpentersville, Ill. (Midwest Region)
•    tba – (East Region)

The new PWBA regional events will complement the PWBA Tour schedule. The 10 events on the PWBA Tour will have $60,000 in guaranteed prize money per event with a $10,000 first-place prize. The PWBA Tour schedule:
•    May 13-19 – USBC Queens, Green Bay, Wis. (major)
•    July 9-12 – PWBA Storm Sacramento Open, Sacramento, Calif.
•    July 16-19 – PWBA Lubbock Sports Open, Lubbock, Texas
•    July 23-26 – PWBA Wichita Open, Wichita, Kan.
•    Aug. 6-9 – PWBA Topeka Open, Topeka, Kan.
•    Aug. 13-16 – PWBA Lincoln Open, Lincoln, Neb.
•    Aug. 20-23 – PWBA Minnesota Open, Welch, Minn.
•    Aug. 27-30 – PWBA Detroit Open, Canton, Mich.
•    Aug 31- Sept. 6 – Bowlmor AMF U.S. Women’s Open (major), North Brunswick, N.J.
•    Sept. 10-13 – PWBA Tour Championship, location TBD (major)

“This agreement further demonstrates the bowling industry’s commitment to the success of competitive women’s bowling,” Bowling Proprietors’ Association of America Executive Director Frank DeSocio said. “Thanks to the PBA’s partnership, we are able to offer women bowlers the same top-level player services as men, plus additional events in more regions of the country.”

The PBA Women’s Regional points program, started by the PBA in 2014, will expand to include more than 70 additional PBA standard regional tournaments. These events will award points in tournaments across the United States and Japan under the PWBA name during the 2015 season.

Regional events afford women a professional environment close to home as part of weekend PBA Regional competition. The top points earners in each of eight regions with earn paid entries into this fall’s PBA World Series of Bowling VII in Las Vegas and will have the opportunity to advance to the ESPN-televised PWBA Regional Challenge.

“I want to thank Tom Clark and the PBA for their leadership in helping put the pieces of this partnership in place,” United States Bowling Congress Executive Director Chad Murphy said. “This agreement benefits the entire industry, including the ball brands, centers, fans and players. It is another example of working together to do what is in the best interest of bowling as we continue to build a future for the sport.”

Additional details about the PWBA regional point system events will be released soon.

2015 PWBA REGIONAL POINTS EVENTS SCHEDULE
(For complete tournament schedules and entry fee information, visit pba.com and click on the Schedules tab/Regional Tours)

EAST REGION
April 10-12 - Rockaway, N.J.
April 17-19 - Ellicott City (Baltimore), Md.
June 5-7 - Yonkers, N.Y.
June 19-21 - Howell, N.J.
May 15-17 - Syracuse, N.Y.
July 23-25 - Lebanon, Pa.
Aug. 6-8 - York, Pa.
Aug. 21-23 - Middletown, Del. (Xtra Frame)
Aug. 28-30 - Deptford, N.J.

CENTRAL REGION
March 20-22 - Hubbard, Ohio
April 11-12 - Kokomo, Ind.
April 18-19 - Elkhart, Ind.
May 8-10 - Lorain, Ohio
May 15-17 - Grove City, Ohio
June 19-21 - Wooster, Ohio
July 17-19 - Fishers, Ind.
July 24-26 - Angola, Ind.
Aug. 14-16 - Coldwater, Ohio
Sept. 11-13 - Wapakoneta, Ohio
Sept. 18-20 - Troy, Ohio
Oct. 3-4 - Kokomo, Ind.
Oct. 10-11 - Muskegon, Mich.
Dec. 11-13 - Allen Park, Mich. (Xtra Frame)

SOUTH REGION
April 10-12 - Bluffton, S.C.
May 15-17 - Marion, N.C.
June 5-7 - Easley, S.C.
June 19-21 - Pensacola, Fla. (Xtra Frame)
July 3-5 - Gastonia, N.C.
Aug. 14-16 - Spring Hill, Fla.
Aug. 28-30 - Fayetteville, N.C.
Oct. 16-18 - Franklin, Va.
Nov. 13-15 - Gloucester, Va.
Dec. 4-6 - Merritt Island, Fla.

MIDWEST REGION
June 5-6 - Richton Park, Ill.
June 13-14 - Elk Grove Village, Ill.
June 20 - Tinley Park, Ill.
June 21 - Tinley Park, Ill.
July 11 – St. Charles, Mo.
July 12 – St. Charles, Mo.
Aug. 8 - Lockport, Ill.
Sept. 5-6 - Peru, Ill.
Sept. 19-20 - Dubuque, Iowa
Sept. 25-26 - Carpentersville, Ill.
Oct. 9-11 - Council Bluffs, Iowa (Xtra Frame)

SOUTHWEST REGION
Feb. 20-22 - Lakewood, Colo.
March 20-22 - Odessa, Texas
April 10-12 - Shawnee, Okla.
May 1-3 - Junction City, Kan. (joint with Midwest)
June 12-14 - Jonesboro, Ark. (joint with Midwest)
June 26-28 - Lubbock, Texas (Xtra Frame)
July 17-19 - Fort Sill, Okla.
July 31-Aug. 2 - Houston, Texas (mixed doubles, Xtra Frame)
Aug. 7-9 - Killeen, Texas
Aug. 21-23 - Greenville, Texas
Sept. 11-13 - McAlester, Okla.
Sept. 25-27 - Tomball, Texas
Oct. 9-11 - Austin, Texas
Nov. 13-15 - Colorado Springs, Colo.
Nov. 20-22 - Fort Worth, Texas
Nov. 27-29 - Beaumont, Texas

WEST REGION
Feb. 20-22 - Sutter Creek, Calif.
April 10-12 - Dublin, Calif. (joint with Northwest)
April 26-28 - Kona, Hawaii (joint with Northwest)
April 29 - Schofield Army Barracks, Hawaii (joint with Northwest)
May 1-3 - Hickam AFB, Hawaii (joint with Northwest)
March 6-8 - Reno, Nev. (joint with Northwest)
June 5-7 - Montclair, Calif.
June 19-21 - Modesto, Calif.
Aug. 7-9 - Gilbert, Ariz.
Sept. 25-27 - Tuolumne, Calif.
Oct. 16-18 - Reno, Nev. (joint with Northwest)
Dec. 11-13 - Reno, Nev. (joint with Northwest)

NORTHWEST REGION
May 22-24 - Puyallup, Wash.
Aug. 14-16 - Milwaukie, Ore.
March 20-22 - Grants Pass, Ore.
June 12-14 - Federal Way, Wash. (joint with West)
July 31-Aug. 2 - Boise, Idaho (joint with West)
 
JAPAN REGION
Dates and locations to be announced

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