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 Southwest Region to Induct Five in Inaugural Hall of Fame Ceremony

by Bill Vint July 31, 2014 05:48

KATY, Texas – The Professional Bowlers Association Southwest Region will induct five individuals into the PBA Southwest Region Hall of Fame in its inaugural induction ceremony at 7 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 5, at the Grand Casino, Hotel and Resort in Shawnee, Okla.

The hall of fame ceremony will be held in conjunction with the PBA Grand Casino, Hotel and Resort Southwest Invitational, which will be hosted by FireLake Bowling Center. In additional, Grand Casino will be the “home” of the PBA Southwest Region Hall of Fame, housing a special display to honor the inductees.

The Southwest Region’s inaugural hall of fame class includes three of the region’s legendary champions – Mike Scroggins of Amarillo, Texas; Henry Gonzalez of Colorado Springs, Colo., and David Anthony of Austin, Texas – along with Meritorious Service honoree Cecil Caddel of Dallas and Hallmark Lanes proprietor Dick Atkinson of Killeen, Texas.

● Scroggins, the most prolific champion in Southwest Region history with 39 regional titles, also has won eight PBA Tour titles, including the 2009 U.S. Open and 2005 USBC Masters.

● Gonzalez held the “most prolific” title until Scroggins passed him in wins. Gonzalez, who won 26 Southwest Region titles, also is a three-time PBA Tour champion and has added PBA50 Tour and PBA50 Regional championships to his resume since turning 50 in 2000.

● Anthony is the epitome of the PBA Regional player. While his career would not allow for anything more than guest appearances on the PBA Tour, Anthony proved his skills at all regional events. A mainstay at the top of the point list in the region for over 15 years, he earned more trips to the Regional Players Invitational than any other player. He is a three-time Southwest Region Player of the Year, owns 13 regional titles including two major regional championships (2005 Regional Players Invitational and 2004 Regional Players Championship), and he also is a three-time Southwest Pat Patterson Award winner for contributions off the lanes.

● Caddel, who died in 2006 at age 74, was the PBA Southwest Region Manager from 1969 until he retired in 1996. The former U.S. Army Sergeant held that persona at his events. Any new player would tell you how intimidating Cecil was with his stack of fine slips. But any PBA veteran would say his bark was worse than his bite. Almost 20 years after his retirement, bowlers still tell stories about Caddel and his tournaments. Caddel was instrumental in setting the bar for higher prize funds in the Southwest Region, requiring higher host center fees than other regions. It’s a policy that remains in place and explains why the Southwest Region offers higher prize funds than most PBA regions.

● Atkinson establishes a new hall of fame category – Regional Host Proprietor. His event was one of the first new events signed when Pete McCordic was appointed Southwest Region Manager in 1996 and he has hosted successful events continuously since 1997. In addition to his own events, Atkinson has helped other proprietors who need information on hosting successful events. If more proprietors were like Dick Atkinson, bowling and the PBA would be much better off.

The hall of fame ceremony is open to the public. Dinner tickets will be available for $30 per person. For reservations, FireLake Bowling Center (405-275-0404) by no later than Friday, Aug. 30.

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PBA Women’s Regional Schedule and Results

by Bill Vint July 30, 2014 06:57

2014 PBA WOMEN’S REGIONAL TOUR SCHEDULE
(For tournament details and entry information, check the appropriate regional tournament under the “schedules” drop down menu on the pba.com home page)

PBA EAST REGION
July 25-27 – PBA Pure-It Pro Shop East Open presented by DV8, Cedar Lanes, Lebanon, Pa. (top finisher: Kristina Wendell, Poughkeepsie, N.Y., fifth place overall)
Aug. 15-17 – PBA Bethmann Russell Syracuse Eastern Open presented by Radical, Flamingo Bowl, Liverpool, N.Y.
Aug. 22-24 – PBA Mil-Ray Foods East Open presented by Columbia 300, Brunswick Zone Deptford, Deptford, N.J.

PBA SOUTH REGION
July 11-13 – PBA Spring Hill South Open, Spring Hill Lanes, Spring Hill, Fla. (top finisher: a-Kimberly Roe, New Smyrna Beach, Fla.; top PBA member woman finisher: Christina Hardee, Mount Dora, Fla.)
Aug. 8-10 – PBA Waccamaw Bowling Center Myrtle Beach South Classic, Waccamaw Lanes, Myrtle Beach, S.C.
Aug. 22-24 – PBA Fayetteville Open, Lafayette Lanes, Fayetteville, N.C.

PBA CENTRAL REGION
Aug. 15-17 – PBA Lefeld Implement Central Classic, Pla-Mor Lanes, Coldwater, Ohio
Sept. 19-21 – PBA Rex & Griffin Bigelow Memorial Central Open, Troy Bowl, Troy, Ohio
Oct. 5 – PBA Northway Lanes/Muskegon Central Open, Northway Lanes, Muskegon, Mich.

PBA MIDWEST REGION
Aug. 22-24 - PBA Bowlerama Lanes Midwest Open presented by Radical, Bowlerama Lanes, Des Moines, Iowa
Sept. 13-24 – PBA Diamond Jo's Casino Midwest Open presented by Dexter, Cherry Lanes, Dubuque, Iowa
Oct. 3-5 – PBA Calvert's Express Auto Midwest/Southwest Open, Aaron’s Family Fun Center, Belton, Mo.

PBA SOUTHWEST REGION
Aug. 8-10 – PBA Killeen Southwest Open, Hallmark Lanes, Killeen, Texas
Aug. 22-24 – PBA Greenville Southwest Open, Shenaniganz, Greenville, Texas
Sept. 26-28 – PBA Tomball Southwest Open, Tomball Lanes, Tomball, Texas

PBA WEST/NORTHWEST REGION
Aug. 22-24 – PBA Steve Cook's Capital City West/NW Open presented by DV8, Fireside Lanes, Citrus Heights, Calif.
Sept. 26-28 – PBA Fog City West Open presented by Roto Grip, Classic Bowling Center, Daly City, Calif.
Oct. 10-12 – PBA Battle at Black Oak Casino West Open, Black Oak Lanes, Tuolumne, Calif.

PBA JAPAN REGION
July 5-6 – Women’s Cheetah Open (winner: Yuka Tsuchiya, Kanagawa)
July 12-13 – Women’s Chameleon Open (winner: Yuka Tsuchiya, Kanagawa)

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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 Adjusts Women’s Dues, Re-Schedules Central, Midwest Region Events

by Bill Vint July 18, 2014 08:11

SEATTLE – Based upon input from women bowlers, Professional Bowlers Association Deputy Commissioner Kirk von Krueger announced Friday that the PBA has adjusted membership dues for women for the balance of the 2014 season as part of a revised PBA Women’s Regional program.

The inaugural PBA Women’s Regional program, offering women bowlers close-to-home opportunities to bowl in PBA-caliber competition, will culminate with a PBA Challenge television event on ESPN which also will feature the PBA Regional Finals match, PBA50 Tour Finals match and Teen Masters Grand Championship match. To enhance the program, the PBA will pro-rate membership dues for women to $75 for the balance of the 2014 season, and waive the standard initiation fee for new members.

Von Krueger also announced tournaments originally scheduled for this weekend in the Central and Midwest Regions have been replaced due to an unforeseen conflict with the BPAA Women’s All Star which gets underway Sunday in Rockford, Ill.

“We’ve received a lot of favorable reaction from interested women bowlers since we announced this new program, and based upon that feedback, we’re making a few other adjustments to the program – including a pro-rated membership structure for women for the rest of the 2014 season – to make it more accessible and more affordable,” von Krueger said.

The new regional program will result in eight women’s points leaders based on three-tournament series conducted by the PBA’s East, South, Central, Midwest, Southwest, West/Northwest combined and Japan Regions advancing the PBA World Series of Bowling VI in Las Vegas.

The PBA Women’s Regional Finals in Las Vegas will feature an eight-game round-robin match play competition at South Point Bowling Center on Oct. 24. The top two players will advance to the ESPN telecast. The eight regional qualifiers also will receive paid entries into the World Series where they will compete in the PBA Cheetah, Scorpion, Chameleon and Viper Opens – all leading to a chance to qualify for the PBA World Championship.

Additional updates to the women’s program announced Friday include:

● A new $75 PBA membership, with no initiation fee, will be offered to women for the duration of 2014 if they wish to join. Women who want to compete for berths in the PBA Women’s Regional Finals in Las Vegas must be PBA members in order to earn points in their regions, and to enter the PBA World Series of Bowling VI.

● Tournaments scheduled in the PBA Central and Midwest Regions for the July 19-20 weekend have been re-scheduled to avoid a conflict with the BPAA Women’s All Star in Rockford, Ill., and to give more players an opportunity to enter (see revised schedule below).

● The competition points leaders for three designated tournaments in the eight regional programs will also receive paid entries to bowl in the PBA World Series of Bowling VI. The top two women in combined West/Northwest Region points will qualify for the PBAW Regional Finals.

● A PBA Regional title will be awarded if the regional tournament field includes 20 or more PBA women members, or if a woman wins the “open” portion of the regional outright. Winning a PBA Regional title also means a player is eligible to enter the PBA Tournament of Champions.

Other aspects of the PBA Women’s Regional program will continue as originally announced:

● Women will bowl with and against male bowlers in each regional tournament, but women will be guaranteed at last one cashing spot (minimum $250). All women will be eligible to cash in the general prize fund and if she is a PBA member and wins the regional, she will earn a PBA Regional title (which also means eligibility for the PBA Tournament of Champions).

● Women who are PBA members may enter regionals at the PBA member entry fee; non-member women will pay the non-member entry fee.

“This is an entirely new program for us,” von Krueger added. “We are going to watch it closely, listen to players and do whatever we can to make it bigger and better in the future. We know there are hundreds of women bowlers across the United States who are looking for a place to bowl in high-level competition, and that’s what we’re striving to provide.”

2014 PBA WOMEN’S REGIONAL TOUR SCHEDULE

PBA East Region

July 25-27 – PBA Pure-It Pro Shop East Open presented by DV8, Cedar Lanes, Lebanon, Pa.

Aug. 15-17 – PBA Bethmann Russell Syracuse Eastern Open presented by Radical, Flamingo Bowl, Liverpool, N.Y.

Aug. 22-24 – PBA Mil-Ray Foods East Open presented by Columbia 300, Brunswick Zone Deptford, Deptford, N.J.

PBA South Region

July 11-13 – PBA Spring Hill South Open, Spring Hill Lanes, Spring Hill, Fla. (top woman finisher: a-Kimberly Roe, New Smyrna Beach, Fla.; top PBA member woman finisher: Christina Hardee, Mount Dora, Fla.)

Aug. 8-10 – PBA Waccamaw Bowling Center Myrtle Beach South Classic, Waccamaw Lanes, Myrtle Beach, S.C.

Aug. 22-24 – PBA Fayetteville South Open, Lafayette Lanes, Fayetteville, N.C.

PBA Central Region

Aug. 15-17 – PBA Lefeld Implement Central Classic, Pla-Mor Lanes, Coldwater, Ohio

Sept. 19-21 – PBA Rex & Griffin Bigelow Memorial Central Open, Troy Bowl, Troy, Ohio

Oct. 5 – PBA Northway Lanes/Muskegon Central Open, Northway Lanes, Muskegon, Mich.

PBA Midwest Region

Aug. 22-24 - PBA Bowlerama Lanes Midwest Open presented by Radical, Bowlerama Lanes, Des Moines, Iowa

Sept. 13-14 – PBA Diamond Jo's Casino Midwest Open presented by Dexter, Cherry Lanes, Dubuque, Iowa

Oct. 3-5 – PBA Calvert's Express Auto Midwest/Southwest Open, Aaron’s Family Fun Center, Belton, Mo.

PBA Southwest Region

Aug. 8-10 – PBA Killeen Southwest Open, Hallmark Lanes, Killeen, Texas

Aug. 22-24 – PBA Greenville Southwest Open, Shenaniganz, Greenville, Texas

Sept. 26-28 – PBA Tomball Southwest Open, Tomball Lanes, Tomball, Texas

PBA West/Northwest Region

Aug. 22-24 – PBA Steve Cook's Capital City West/NW Open presented by DV8, Fireside Lanes, Citrus Heights, Calif.

Sept. 26-28 – PBA Fog City West Open presented by Roto Grip, Classic Bowling Center, Daly City, Calif.

Oct. 10-12 – PBA Battle at Black Oak Casino West Open, Black Oak Lanes, Tuolumne, Calif.

PBA World Series of Bowling VI, South Point Casino, Hotel and Bowling Center, Las Vegas

Oct. 24 – PBA Women’s Regional Finals match play round (point leaders in eight PBA regions bowl eight games round-robin match play; top two advance to PBA Challenge Women’s Regional Finals match)

Nov. 2 – PBA Women’s Regional Finals (part of PBA Challenge ESPN television event)

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