PBA Spare Shots: PBA Hall of Famer Johnny Petraglia Receives BBIA Industry Service Award

by Bill Vint April 16, 2015 06:11

The Billiard and Bowling Institute of America presented PBA Hall of Famer Johnny Petraglia with its Industry Service Award Tuesday night at the organization’s annual meeting in Hilton Head, S.C.

Petraglia, the only player ever to win PBA national titles in six different decades, is currently competing on the PBA50 Tour – 50 years after making his debut in 1965. The 67-year-old lefthander from Jackson, N.J., has won 14 PBA Tour and eight PBA50 Tour titles; is one of six PBA Triple Crown winners; ranks 31st on the all-time PBA earnings list with $1,249,250, and his a member of the PBA (1982) and USBC (2003) Halls of Fame. He also was the recipient of the 2010 BPAA Dick Weber Bowling Ambassador Award.

In addition to his sterling record as a competitor, Petraglia has been active for decades off the lanes in BVL and other charitable programs in support of United States military veterans. Petraglia served a tour of duty with the U.S. armed forces during the Vietnam War.

OSKU PALERMAA PROVES “SPEED THRILLS”

Whether Finland’s Osku Palermaa can throw a bowling ball faster than anyone in history is up for debate – and probably something no one could ever prove – but the reality is, when the high-rev two-handed player reverts to using only his right hand to shoot at single pin spares, it has become a thrill to watch.

During the recent Mark Roth/Marshall Holman PBA Doubles Championship at Woodland Bowl in Indianapolis, where Palermaa left his fair share of 10 pins, fans began to add a “nneeeeeooooowwww…” sound effect every time the powerful Finn unleashed a spare attempt, imitating the sound of the high-speed ball buzzing down the lane.

During the PBA Xtra Frame Maine Shootout in Portland, Bayside Bowl left the speed recording feature on its automatic scoring system during the best-of-three-game elimination matches. During Palermaa’s match with eventual champion Josh Blanchard, Palermaa’s two-handed strike shots were measuring in the 20-21 miles per hour range. But on four consecutive 10 pin spare attempts, his ball speed was measured at 28.51, 28.01, 28.42 and 28.97 miles per hour – all astonishing ball speeds to throw a 15-pound bowling ball.

While speed has no bearing on spare-shooting accuracy, it seems to help when trying to convert “impossible” splits by bouncing pins out of the pit area. After successfully converting a 7-10 split during the PBA World Series of Bowling V in 2014 by bouncing the 10 pin out of the pit, into the 7 pin, Palermaa said it wasn’t an uncommon feat for him. “I’ve converted the 7-10 more times than I’ve bowled 300 games,” he said.

Watching the six-foot, 200-pound 31-year-old throw a bowling ball at those remarkable speeds makes one wonder if Palermaa has ever been clocked throwing a baseball.

“I’ve never played baseball; it isn’t a sport we play in Finland,” Palermaa said, “but I did try it one time at an ESPN sports bar. I threw the ball three times.”

His baseball pitching speeds, he said, were recorded 92, 93 and 96 miles per hour. “But I don’t know if those were accurate speeds or not.”

PBA REGIONAL UPDATE: SEAN LAVERY-SPAHR WINS FIRELAKE SOUTHWEST OPEN

Sean Lavery-Spahr of Pasadena, Texas, defeated defending champion Dino Castillo of Carrollton, Texas, 195-188, to win the PBA FireLake Grand Casino Resort Southwest Open presented by Hammer at FireLake Bowling Center in Shawnee, Okla., Sunday.

After qualifying for match play in ninth place, Lavery-Spahr won his best two-of-three-game Round of 16 match over PBA50 titlist Mike Edwards from Tulsa, Okla., 2-0; followed with a 2-0 victory over Oklahoma City’s Eric Wigger in the Round of 8; posted a 2-1 win over qualifying leader Nathan Bohr of Austin, Texas, in the quarterfinal round, and edged amateur Clint Dacy of Fort Worth, Texas, 200-195, in the semifinal round.

Castillo, who qualified seventh, edged Colombia’s Clara Guerrero in the Round of 12, 2-1; eliminated Roger Petrin of Wichita, Kan., in the Round of 8, 2-1; and disposed of former Southwest Region Player of the Year Joe Findling of Greenville, Texas, 279-237, in the semifinal round.

The pro-am portion of the event on Friday included a fundraiser for the Shawnee area Big Brother/Big Sister chapter. FireLake General Manager Chris Skillings announced more than $30,000 was raised for that cause.

Amateur Wesley Low Jr. of Palmdale, Calif., posted a 9-3 match play record and a 20-game total of 5,028 pins Sunday to win the PBA Earl Anthony West/Northwest Memorial at Earl Anthony’s Dublin Bowl Sunday while Marty Deh of San Jose, Calif., won the PBA50 portion of the doubleheader weekend.

Low, who turns 18 on April 27 (coincidentally the late Earl Anthony’s birthday), won his second PBA West Region event, but as an amateur, he does not receive credit for a title and his $2,500 first prize goes to his SMART scholarship account. The two-handed, left-handed player defeated Josh Blanchard of Phoenix, Ariz., by 166 pins for the win. Blanchard had an 8-4 match play record and 4,862 pins including match play bonus pins.

Deh went 10-2 and knocked down 4,768 total pins for his 20 games to top Chris Warren of Grants Pass, Ore., for his fifth West PBA50 Regional title and $1,500. Warren had 4,686 pins.

Patrick Allen of Wesley Chapel, Fla. defeated Noel Vega of Kew Gardens, N.Y., 236-147, to win his 25th PBA Regional title and a $2,500 first prize in the PBA Rockaway Eastern Open presented by Storm at Rockaway Lanes in Rockaway, N.J., Sunday.

Allen qualified second for match play and posted an 8-4 match play record to retain second place for the stepladder finals. Vega qualified third and moved into the lead by rolling a 300 game in game five on Sunday. He posted a 11-1 match play record to earn the top position for the stepladder finals, and matched his best career finish, achieved three years ago, by finishing second. He earned $1,300.

Kyle Troup of Taylorsville, N.C., defeated three-time PBA Tour titlist Dick Allen of Columbia, S.C., 259-207, 234-226, in a best-of-three-game championship match to win the inaugural PBA Bluffton South Open title at Station 300 Lanes in Bluffton, S.C., Sunday.

In the semifinal round, Troup defeated Lee Vanderhoef of Raleigh, N.C., 238-215, 275-269, while Allen rallied from a 1-0 deficit to defeat B.J. Moore of Apex, N.C., 202-205, 258-211, 279-229, in the semifinal round.

Jesse Buss of Belvidere, Ill., defeated Dave Wodka of Beaver Creek, Ohio, 225-222, to win the PBA Fun Time Centers Central/Midwest Classic at Heritage Lanes in Kokomo, Ind., on April 12. Along with his fourth regional title, Buss earned $2,000.

Buss topped amateur Andrew Anderson of Holly, Mich. 2-0, and Wodka blanked Anthony LaCaze of Melrose Park, Ill., 2-0, in the best-of-three-game semifinal round to set up the championship match.

On the April 15-17 PBA Regional calendar is the PBA50 Sarasota South Open at Sarasota Lanes in Sarasota, Fla. The April 17-19 weekend includes the Bowlers Discount Eastern Open presented by Hammer at Brunswick Zone Normandy in Elliott City, Md.; back-to-back one-day reduced entry fee Country Club Lanes Central/Midwest Opens in Elkhart, Ind., and the Tacoma Speedometer Member/Non-Member Doubles, a reduced entry fee event presented by Pawnbrokers Northwest, at Bowlero Lanes in Lakewood, Wash.

● Another mid-week PBA50 event is the PBA50 Tarheel Lanes South Open April 23-25 in Hendersonville, N.C. Players will then head to Hawaii for the annual tripleheader beginning April 26-27 with the Kona West/Northwest Open at KBXtreme Lanes in Kailua-Kona followed by the Hawaii West/Northwest Open presented by Storm at Scofield Air Base on April 29, and the Hickam AFB West/Northwest Open May 1-3.

● Also leading off the month of May over the May 1-3 weekend will be the Junction City (Kan.) Bowl Southwest/Midwest Open presented by Radical, and the Pro Bowl West Tri-Region Member/Non-Member Doubles presented by the Proprietor’s Cup in Ft. Wayne, Ind.

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

● On the basis of winning his first two PBA Tour titles in the Brunswick Euro Challenge and, nine days later, the PBA Xtra Frame Maine Shootout, Josh Blanchard of Gilbert, Ariz., has been selected as the International Bowling Media Association’s Kegel Bowler of the Month for March.

● Don’t forget: During the April MOTIV sweepstakes is awarding another new ball to a new Xtra Frame subscriber. To enter, all you have to do is sign up for a new Xtra Frame subscription, either three-day ($3.99), monthly ($7.99) or 12-month XF Season Ticket ($64.99). The ball-a-month promotion will continue every month through 2015.

● Reminder: Every month, HotelPlanner.com, the official travel partner of the PBA, is awarding a $200 lodging gift certificate to a lucky person who books a hotel room through HotelPlanner.com. Use the “Book Hotel” link on pba.com before the last day of the month, and you will be automatically entered. The $200 gift certificate will be valid for hotel room and tax only.

● Last call: You can still earn a discount on an Xtra Frame Season Ticket subscription with the purchase of a new bowling ball through a special limited-time arrangement with Bowling Infinity Group. Visit http://offthetrailer.com/ for details on how to earn a $25 discount and free shipping on the bowling ball-Xtra Frame Season Ticket package now through April 30.

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Fans Invited to Vote on Greatest Trick Shot Ever

by Bill Vint April 13, 2015 02:36

PBA fans are invited to select the best bowling trick shots ever in a final poll between the top two remaining vote-getters: Chris Barnes’ Flying Eagle’ and the late Andy Varipapa’s Three-Ball Split Conversion. Voting ends Tuesday at midnight ET. The final results will be announced during the PBA League Elias Cup Finals telecast on ESPN Sunday at 1 p.m. ET.

In preliminary voting, Norm Duke’s “spinning ball spare” finished fourth in fan voting and Osku Palermaa’s two-handed “over the chair strike” finished third.

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Defending Champion Silver Lake Atom Splitters, L.A. X Advance to PBA League Elias Cup Finals

by Bill Vint April 12, 2015 07:59

PORTLAND, Maine – The defending champion Bass Pro Shops Silver Lake Atom Splitters and the Wheaties L.A. X survived an intense semifinal round, capped by two more sudden-death roll-offs, to advance to the third annual Professional Bowlers Association League Elias Cup Finals at Bayside Bowl. The finals will air Sunday (April 19) at 1 p.m. ET on ESPN.

The semifinal round, which aired last Sunday on ESPN, completed a highly-competitive Baker team series at Bayside Bowl which saw all six best-of-two-game elimination matches decided by sudden-death roll-offs.

Bowling in front of a loud, enthusiastic crowd of Maine bowling fans, Silver Lake won a chance to defend its Elias Cup title by rallying to defeat the Concrete Software BROOKLYN STyLES while L.A. X came from behind to edge the HotelPlanner.com Pittsburgh Jack Rabbits.

In the first semifinal match, Silver Lake rolled four strikes out of the gate, but Brooklyn answered with a string of five strikes and clinched a 244-230 victory when Sean Rash and Parker Bohn III put together three strikes in the final two frames. Silver Lake anchor bowler Dick Allen could have given the Atom Splitters a 1-0 lead with a strike on his first shot in the 10th frame, but he left the 1-2-4-6-10 to end his team’s hopes.

In game two, both teams struggled to carry back-to-back strikes. A double by Mika Koivuniemi and Chris Barnes gave Silver Lake a temporary 12-pin lead in the seventh frame, but Craig Nidiffer’s 4-6-10 split helped Brooklyn get back in the game. The match came down to the 10th frame where Allen threw three strikes to lock up a 204-192 decision and send the match into a roll-off where his strike gave Silver Lake the win, 10-9, after Bohn left a 10 pin.

It was a match where Silver Lake manager Mark Baker front-loaded his lineup with proven stars Koivuniemi (15 career titles) and Barnes (18 titles), followed by Nidiffer (no title), Tom Daugherty (one title) and Allen (three titles) because “Mika and Chris throw the ball the straightest,” Baker said. “I thought the lane condition would break down more than it did.”

The surprising lineup put Allen in position to deal with the 10th-frame pressure, but it was situation he embraced.

“In the first game, I picked up the wrong ball,” Allen said of his five-count shot in the 10th frame. “But I got loose and picked up the right ball the next time, and that was the key.

“I knew (the roll-off) shot was good when I let it go,” he added. “I like being in that position. I want to be there. That’s what makes you a better bowler.”

In the second semifinal match, Pittsburgh started with a pair of single-pin spares followed by a string of five strikes, running away with a 234-197 win. But game two also turned into a struggle for both teams to throw back-to-back strikes. The Jack Rabbits filled every frame, but managed only two strikes. L.A. X got the lead when Sweden’s Martin Larsen, Australia’s Jason Belmonte and England’s Stuart Williams threw consecutive strikes in the middle of the game, and held on for a 202-190 decision to send the match into sudden-death.

In the roll-off, Pittsburgh’s Wes Malott (4 pin) and Belmonte (10 pin) bowled first and tied, 9-9. Pittsburgh’s Ryan Ciminelli and L.A. X’s Williams each threw strikes. On the third roll-off shot, Larsen struck and the Jack Rabbits’ Osku Palermaa left a 10 pin to send L.A. X into the Elias Cup finals.

“That’s why you practice hour after hour, and travel so much, and leave your family – for moments like this,” Larsen said. “It’s great when you do it for yourself, but it’s five times more fun when you do it for your team.”

Next Sunday’s Elias Cup title match will consist of singles, alternate-ball doubles and Baker trios matches – each worth one point – and a Baker team match that will be worth three points. If the match ends in a 3-3 tie, the title will be decided in a one-ball sudden-death roll-off.

PBA LEAGUE ELIAS CUP PLAYOFFS

Bayside Bowl, Portland, Maine, March 29 (aired April 12)

Semifinal Match One (best-of-two-game Baker team format)

Game One: Concrete Software BROOKLYN STyLES (Walter Ray Williams Jr., Jason Sterner, Tom Smallwood, Sean Rash, Parker Bohn III) def. Bass Pro Shops Silver Lake Atom Splitters (Mika Koivuniemi, Chris Barnes, Craig Nidiffer, Tom Daugherty, Dick Allen), 244-230.

Game Two: Silver Lake def. Brooklyn, 204-192.

One-Ball Sudden-Death Roll-Off: Silver Lake (Dick Allen) def. Brooklyn (Parker Bohn III), 10-9.

Semifinal Match Two (best-of-two-game Baker team format)

Game One: HotelPlanner.com Pittsburgh Jack Rabbits (Bryon Smith, Dan MacLelland, Ryan Ciminelli, Osku Palermaa, Wes Malott) def. Wheaties L.A. X (Stuart Williams, Andres Gomez, Martin Larsen, Patrick Allen, Jason Belmonte), 234-197.

Game Two: L.A. def. Pittsburgh, 202-190.

One-Ball Sudden-Death Roll-Off: L.A. (Jason Belmonte) tied Pittsuburgh (Wes Malott), 9-9; L.A. X (Stuart Williams) tied Pittsburgh (Ryan Ciminelli), 10-10; L.A. X (Martin Larsen) def. Pittsburgh (Osku Palermaa), 10-9.

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PBA Spare Shots: ESPN’s “30 for 30” Documentary on “Bad Boy of Bowling” Debuts at Film Festivals

by Bill Vint April 8, 2015 06:35

After months in the making, the ESPN “30 for 30” documentary about PBA Hall of Famer Pete Weber, “The Bad Boy of Bowling,” is making its debut at film festivals around the country on its way to a yet-to-be-announced premier as part of ESPN “30 for 30“ series.

“It's been a secret until now, but we are happy to announce that our film, “The Bad Boy of Bowling,” will be making its way into the world in the upcoming months,” said Bryan Storkel, director/producer with SideStilt Films. “The film tells the story of Pete Weber, the self-declared 'bad boy of bowling' and the first rock star of the sport.”

The film will make its formal debut at the Ashland Independent Film Festival in Ashland, Ore., April 10, 11, 12 and 13, followed by showings at IFF Boston April 22-29 and the San Francisco International Film Festival at Sundance Kabuki Cinemas April 25 and May 5. Additional film festival showings will be announced later. The ESPN “30 for 30” premier also will be announced later.

MIKE J. LANESIDE TO PARTICIPATE IN PBA50 PASCO COUNTY OPEN

On the heels of celebrating his 50th birthday during the PBA League competition in Portland, Maine, Mike Jakubowski, also known as Mike J. Laneside, the voice of Xtra Frame, will participate in his first PBA50 Tour event when he competes in the PBA50 Pasco County Open in Port St. Lucie, Fla., starting Sunday.

Jakubowski is bowling in order to relate his first-hand experiences as a PBA50 Tour participant to the Xtra Frame audience following the qualifying rounds Sunday and Monday at Lane Glo Bowl – and beyond if he’s able to make the cut to match play. During the 2015 PBA50 Tour season, all tournaments (except the USBC Senior Masters) will be covered start-to-finish live on PBA’s exclusive online bowling channel, Xtra Frame. For subscription information, visit pba.com and click on the Xtra Frame link.

MONACELLI, LEARN FORM NEW COACHING SERVICES COMPANY

PBA Hall of Famer Amleto Monacelli, a 19-time title winner and 33-year veteran of PBA competition, and five-time PBA Tour champion Bob Learn Jr. have formed a new coaching services company, Bowling Revolutions.

Both players, who are long-time friends, have been actively involved in coaching for several years and join a growing group of PBA champions who are entering the coaching business. Learn’s background includes former positions with the USBC Coaching Department, where he worked with Team USA for five years, and work with the Turbo 2n1 Grips’ Turbo Tech Training Center for five years. For information about upcoming events, go to: www.BowlingRevolutions.com

PBA REGIONAL UPDATE: VILLANUEVA, RUFFNER, FORKEL WIN AT SOUTH POINT

Amateur Steven Villanueva of North Las Vegas defeated fellow non-member Bobby Hornacek of Redlands, Calif., 213-203, to win the PBA South Point West Challenge at South Point Bowling Center on Friday, April 3, and amateur Darris Ruffner of Visalia, Calif., and Eric Forkel of Henderson, Nev., teamed up to win the companion PBA South Point Member/Non-Member Doubles on Sunday April 5.

Villanueva earned $1,800, but doesn’t get credit for a PBA title because he is not a PBA member. PBA Challenge events are open to non-champions only. Both weekend tournaments were presented by Ebonite.

Ruffner and five-time PBA Tour titlist Forkel defeated non-member Gary Estep Jr. of Peoria, Ariz. and Jim Pratt of Glendale, Ariz., 470-341, in the title match to claim the $3,600 first prize in the doubles event.

Josh Maxson of Killeen, Texas, defeated former member C.J. Thomas of Shreveport, La., 217-194, to win his first PBA Regional title and the $2,000 first prize in the PBA U Can Bowl 2 Houston Southwest Challenge presented by Roto Grip, at Houston’s Del-Mar Lanes Sunday. PBA Challenge events are limited to bowlers who have never won a PBA event.

● The April 10-12 PBA Regional calendar includes a PBA and PBA50 Earl Anthony West/Northwest Memorial Classic doubleheader at Earl Anthony’s Dublin Bowl in Dublin, Calif.; the FireLake Grand Casino Hotel & Resort Southwest Open presented by Hammer in Shawnee, Okla.; the Station 300 Bluffton South Open in Bluffton, S.C.; the Rockaway Lanes Eastern Open presented by Storm in Rockaway, N.J., and a pair of one-day reduced entry fee Fun Time Center Central/Midwest Open events in Kokomo, Ind.

On the April 15-17 PBA Regional calendar is the PBA50 Sarasota South Open at Sarasota Lanes in Sarasota, Fla. The April 17-19 weekend includes the Bowlers Discount Eastern Open presented by Hammer at Brunswick Zone Normandy in Elliott City, Md.; back-to-back one-day reduced entry fee Country Club Lanes Central/Midwest Opens in Elkhart, Ind., and the Tacoma Speedometer Member/Non-Member Doubles, a reduced entry fee event presented by Pawnbrokers Northwest, at Bowlero Lanes in Lakewood, Wash.

● Another mid-week PBA50 event is the PBA50 Tarheel Lanes South Open April 23-25 in Hendersonville, N.C. Players will then head to Hawaii for the annual tripleheader beginning April 26-27 with the Kona West/Northwest Open at KBXtreme Lanes in Kailua-Kona followed by the Hawaii West/Northwest Open presented by Storm at Scofield Air Base on April 29, and the Hickam AFB West/Northwest Open May 1-3.

● Also leading off the month of May over the May 1-3 weekend will be the Junction City (Kan.) Bowl Southwest/Midwest Open presented by Radical, and the Pro Bowl West Tri-Region Member/Non-Member Doubles presented by the Proprietor’s Cup in Ft. Wayne, Ind.

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: You could win free bowling for a year by entering the Barbasol PBA Clean Sweep Promotion by no later than April 19. To enter, click on the Barbasol Clean Sweep Promotion graphic on the pba.com homepage or on pba’s facebook page and simply provide your name and email address. A random draw from all entries will determine the winner of a Barbasol PBA Clean Sweep Prize Pack that includes a bowling ball, PBA Jersey and Barbasol shaving cream. Entrants must be 16 years or older.

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PBA Spare Shots: PBA International-World Bowling Tour Add Round 1 World Open in Tokyo to Schedule

by Bill Vint April 2, 2015 07:05

World Bowling and the PBA have announced the addition of a lucrative new PBA International-World Bowling Tour tournament, the Round 1 World Open, which will be held July 9-12 in a multi-center environment in Tokyo, Japan. First prize will be an estimated US$83,000.

Competition will be held at the Minamisuma Bowling Arena in the Shinagawa Prince Hotel and the Makuhari Messe will have a temporary lane construction to house the main portion of the tournament. The tournament will be open to men and women.

While details have not yet been announced, including entry policies, the tournament will include singles competition and a unique mixed doubles competition featuring teams of players from Eurasia, Africa, the Americas and Japan in exhibition matches.

WHEATIES’ ANDY VARIPAPA COMMERCIALS AVAILABLE ON YOUTUBE

Special Wheaties commercials featuring the late bowling trick shot artist Andy Varipapa debuted in the PBA League telecasts on ESPN, and also are available for viewing on YouTube:

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLdrOm40JM5hfBoXOkrWFk8H_Y_7HJlWD2

Wheaties is a sponsor of the PBA League telecast, and sponsor of the league’s L.A. X team, led by two-time reigning PBA Player of the Year Jason Belmonte.

SEAN RASH FULFILLS MAKE-A-WISH FOR ILLINOIS BOY

Sean Rash fulfilled a dream for Make A Wish kid Demetri Przybylinski, a 12-year-old from Mokena, Ill., who has a cardiology/single ventricle issue. Przbylinski and his family attended all of the PBA League shows in Portland, Maine, met and bowled with Rash, toured the behind-the-scenes of a PBA Tour stop including ESPN and PBA trucks, and he received a new a Radical ball from Rash.

PBA FANS INVITED TO ENTER BARBASOL PBA CLEAN SWEEP PROMOTION

PBA fans can win free bowling for a year by entering the Barbasol PBA Clean Sweep Promotion by no later than April 19. To enter, click on the Barbasol Clean Sweep Promotion graphic on the pba.com homepage or on pba’s facebook page and simply provide your name and email address. Winners will be submitted in a random draw that also includes a Barbasol PBA Clean Sweep Prize Pack that includes a bowling ball, PBA Jersey and Barbasol shaving cream. Entrants must be 16 years or older.

PBA CHARTER MEMBER BILL LILLARD BREAKS USBC OPEN CHAMPIONSHIPS RECORD

PBA charter member Bill Lillard of Houston, Texas, broke one of the USBC Open Championships’ most prestigious records Tuesday before a standing-room-only crowd of family, friends and fans at the El Paso Convention Center in El Paso, Texas.

Needing 106 pins in singles to become the all-time tournament pinfall leader, the 87-year-old Lillard threw a strike in the eighth frame to break the record of 123,770 pins held by the late USBC Hall of Famer Joe Norris. Hampered by a slow recovery from a recent knee replacement, Lillard used an abbreviated approach and a 12-pound ball to shoot 422 in singles, 387 in doubles and 360 in team for a 1,169 all-events total, raising his career-record pinfall total to 124,087 pins. Lillard competed in his 68th consecutive USBC Open Championships, three shy of the participation record jointly held by Norris and the late Bill Doehrman.

PBA REGIONAL UPDATE: AEMISEGGER WINS BACK-TO-BACK PBA50 TITLES

Curt Aemisegger of Wauconda, Ill., defeated Dave Traber of Hebron, Ill., 235-183, to win his second consecutive PBA50 title Saturday, March 28, in the Tony Allstate Agent Midwest/Central Open at Willowbrook Lanes in Willowbrook, Ill.

Aemisegger, who won the PBA50 Boys & Girls Club Midwest/Central Open at Liberty Lanes in Carpentersville a week earlier, won $1,500 and his fourth career PBA regional title.

Aemisegger defeated Dave Traber’s younger brother, Darryl Traber of Waterford, Wis., 2-0 in the best-of-three-game semifinal round, while Dave Traber edged Tracy Teeters of Eugene, Ore., 2-0, in the other semifinal match.

● A heavy slate of regional competition gets underway over the April 3-5 weekend, which begins with the Houston Del Mar Lanes U Can Bowl 2 Southwest Challenge presented by Roto Grip in Houston, Texas, and the South Point West Challenge presented by Ebonite on Friday, followed by the South Point West Member/Non-Member Doubles at South Point Bowling Center in Las Vegas.

● The April 10-12 PBA Regional calendar includes a PBA and PBA50 Earl Anthony West/Northwest Memorial Classic doubleheader at Earl Anthony’s Dublin Bowl in Dublin, Calif.; the FireLake Grand Casino Hotel & Resort Southwest Open presented by Hammer in Shawnee, Okla.; the Station 300 Bluffton South Open in Bluffton, S.C.; the Rockaway Lanes Eastern Open presented by Storm in Rockaway, N.J., and a pair of one-day reduced entry fee Fun Time Center Central/Midwest Open events in Kokomo, Ind.

On the April 15-17 PBA Regional calendar is the PBA50 Sarasota South Open at Sarasota Lanes in Sarasota, Fla. The April 17-19 weekend includes the Bowlers Discount Eastern Open presented by Hammer at Brunswick Zone Normandy in Elliott City, Md.; back-to-back one-day reduced entry fee Country Club Lanes Central/Midwest Opens in Elkhart, Ind., and the Tacoma Speedometer Member/Non-Member Doubles, a reduced entry fee event presented by Pawnbrokers Northwest, at Bowlero Lanes in Lakewood, Wash.

● Another mid-week PBA50 event is the PBA50 Tarheel Lanes South Open April 23-25 in Hendersonville, N.C. Players will then head to Hawaii for the annual tripleheader beginning April 26-27 with the Kona West/Northwest Open at KBXtreme Lanes in Kailua-Kona followed by the Hawaii West/Northwest Open presented by Storm at Scofield Air Base on April 29, and the Hickam AFB West/Northwest Open May 1-3.

● Also leading off the month of May over the May 1-3 weekend will be the Junction City (Kan.) Bowl Southwest/Midwest Open presented by Radical, and the Pro Bowl West Tri-Region Member/Non-Member Doubles presented by the Proprietor’s Cup in Ft. Wayne, Ind.

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

William Brown of Atlanta is the recipient of a new MOTIV Graffiti Tag bowling ball as the March winner in MOTIV’s monthly sweepstakes, awarding to a new ball to a new Xtra Frame subscriber. Every month, MOTIV is giving away a new bowling ball to someone who signs up for a new Xtra Frame subscription, either monthly ($7.99) or 12-month XF Season Ticket ($64.99). The ball-a-month promotion will continue every month through 2015.

● Reminder: Every month, HotelPlanner.com, the official travel partner of the PBA, is awarding a $200 lodging gift certificate to a lucky person who books a hotel room through HotelPlanner.com. Use the “Book Hotel” link on pba.com before the last day of the month, and you will be automatically entered. The $200 gift certificate will be valid for hotel room and tax only. The March winner is Allen Brooks from West Virginia.

● PBA fans can earn a discount on an Xtra Frame Season Ticket subscription with the purchase of a new bowling ball through a special limited-time arrangement with Bowling Infinity Group. Visit http://offthetrailer.com/ for details on how to earn a $25 discount and free shipping on the bowling ball-Xtra Frame Season Ticket package now through April 30.

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