Schreiner, O’Neale and Couture Inducted Into PBA Hall of Fame During Ceremonies in Shawnee, Oklahoma

by Jerry Schneider February 1, 2016 15:46

PBA50 Tour standout Pete Couture of Cocoa, Fla., former South Region Manager Harry O’Neale of Ravenel, S.C., and former PBA Tour announcer Denny Schreiner of Akron, Ohio, were inducted into the PBA Hall of Fame Monday during ceremonies at the Grand Casino, Hotel  Resort in Shawnee, Okla.

Couture was elected in the PBA50 Performance category based on his exceptional record for a minimum of 10 years as a “senior” competitor. On the heels of a 24-year career as a PBA Tour competitor, when he won five standard PBA titles, Couture began his PBA50 career in 1995 when he earned PBA50 Rookie of the Year honors. He won the first of nine PBA50 Tour titles in Reno in 1996, and captured a pair of USBC Senior Masters titles in 1998 (when he was selected as PBA50 Player of the Year) and 2002.

“If it wasn’t for the senior (PBA50) tour I wouldn’t be here,” said Couture. “The senior tour was a second chance and an opportunity to re-invent myself.

“Bowling on the senior tour was like being with family,” he added. “Some of my greatest memories came from bowling on the Senior Tour. I think everyone who bowls for a living dreams of getting in the hall of fame because there’s no higher honor.”

O’Neale built the PBA South Region tournament program into the organization’s most successful proving ground for aspiring young players over a span of 31 years before his retirement in 2011. A one-time PBA Tour competitor, O’Neale assumed a regional program with fewer than 200 members and built it into a membership of more than 900 members, frequently traveling thousands of miles while conducting more than 40 weekend tournaments a year.

“In all the years I was with PBA I had so many great people around me to make it work and I couldn’t have done it without them,” O’Neale said. “It’s been a long way but a lot of fun. Over the years I gave a way a lot of awards but didn’t get that many myself so this is a great honor for me.

“I’m very proud of the growth we had in the (PBA’s) south region,” O’Neale added. “I wanted the bowlers in our part of the country to be proud of our region and I knew if they were they would keep coming back and bowl in our tournaments.”

Schreiner, who served as the ESPN television voice of the PBA between 1986 and 1995, also was a skilled bowler who joined the PBA media staff as the PBA Tour Broadcast Director shortly after his graduation from the University of Akron. As PBA’s play-by-play announcer on ESPN, he quickly became popular for his ability to apply his knowledge as a bowler to the telecasts, working in harmony with fellow PBA Hall of Famer Mike Durbin as his color analyst.

“I grabbed the brass ring when I got the PBA (announcing) job and never let go,” Schreiner said. “To be involved with all the great people who built and worked with PBA over the years, you can’t explain in your wildest dreams what it means to be standing up here.”

Also, as part of the evening’s festivities, Jason Belmonte, Jesper Svensson, Josh Blanchard and Ed Godbout were officially presented with their GEICO Chris Schenkel PBA Player of the Year, Harry Golden Rookie of the Year, Steve Nagy Sportsmanship and Tony Reyes Community Service Awards, respectively.

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Anthony Pepe Wins PBA Grand Casino, Hotel & Resort Winter Open Regional As Prelude to FireLake PBA Tournament of Champions

by Jerry Schneider January 31, 2016 09:44

One-time PBA Tour winner Anthony Pepe of Elmhurst, N.Y., got his FireLake PBA Tournament of Champions week off to a flying start by winning the PBA Grand Casino, Hotel & Resort Winter Open regional Sunday at the FireLake Bowling Center.

Pepe erased a 71-pin deficit in the final position round match by defeating 2015 PBA Xtra Frame Lubbock Open winner and Rolltech PBA World Championship runner-up EJ Tackett of Huntington, Ind., 278-182. Pepe ended Sunday’s match play with a 7-1 record and 5,159 21-game pinfall total (including bonus pins) while Tackett finished second with a 6-2 record and 5,104 pinfall.

“I kind of resigned myself to finishing second,” said Pepe, who won his fourth regional title. “Having a ‘didn’t have anything to lose’ mentality probably relaxed me and in that last match I just started throwing strikes.”

Pepe, the 2014 PBA Cheetah Championship winner, and Tackett, will both be part of the 79-player field that will compete in the FireLake PBA Tournament of Champions when qualifying begins on Tuesday at the FireLake Bowling Center.

“It’s a confidence boost,” Pepe said of his win. “But I can’t over-analyze it because a lot can change in the next week. One thing is for sure, I’ll be in good shape mentally.”

Xtra Frame will cover the PBA Hall of Fame induction ceremonies Monday beginning at 8 p.m. ET from the Grand Hotel Resort, and then will cover Tournament of Champions qualifying and match play Tuesday Feb. 2 through Friday, Feb. 5. ESPN will air the TOC finals live on Sunday, Feb. 7 at 2 p.m. ET (1 p.m. CT) from the FireLake Arena.

Xtra Frame offers three subscription packages: $3.99 for a three-day subscription, $7.99 for a 30-day package and $64.99 for the XF Season Ticket, a 12-month package. To subscribe, visit pba.com and click on the Xtra Frame link.

In addition to Xtra Frame’s live video streaming coverage, PBA fans can follow the action via “Live Scoring” on pba.com.

PBA GRAND CASINO, HOTEL & RESORT WINTER OPEN
FireLake Bowling Center, Shawnee, Okla., Sunday
FINAL STANDINGS
(21-game pinfall totals with match play record including bonus pins)

1, Anthony Pepe, Elmhurst, N.Y. 7-1, 5,159, $2,500
2, EJ Tackett, Huntington, Ind., 6-2, 5,104, $1,700
3, Tom Daugherty, Riverview, Fla., 5-3, 4,882, $1,300
4, Shawn Maldonado, Houston, 5-3, 4,875 $1,100
5, Dom Barrett, England, 5-3, 4,861, $900
6, Jesper Svensson, Sweden, 4-4, 4,812 $800
7, DJ Archer, Friendswood, Texas, 3-4-1, 4,791, $775
8, Marshall, Kent, Yakima, Wash., 4-4, 4,779 $750
9, Stuart Williams, England, 5-3, 4,745 $725
10, Dino Castillo, Highland Village, Texas, 4-4, 4,695, $700
11, Francois Lavoie, Wichita, Kan., 4-4, 4,681, $675
12, Dave Wodka, Beavercreek, Ohio, 4-4, 4,679, $650
13, Tyler Jensen, Ft. Worth, Texas, 3-5, 4,620
14, Anthony Lavery-Spahr, Pasadena, Texas, 2-6, 4,577, $600
15, Brett Spangler, Niles, Ohio, 1-6-1, 4,562, $575
16, Bryan Goebel, Shawnee, Kan., 1-7, 4,489, $550

STANDINGS AFTER CASHERS ROUND (13 Games)
Top 16 advanced to match play

1, EJ Tackett, Huntington, Ind., 2,829
2, Anthony Pepe, Elmhurst, N.Y., 2,828
3, D.J. Archer, Friendswood, Texas, 2,810
4, Tom Daugherty, Riverview, Fla., 2,776
5, Anthony Lavery-Spahr, Pasadena, Texas, 2,735
6, Dave Wodka, Beavercreek, Ohio, 2,724
7, Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., 2,711
8, Stuart Williams, England, 2,702
9, Dino Castillo, Highland Village, Texas, 2,685
10, Dom Barrett, England, 2,682
11, Jesper Svensson, Sweden, 2,681
12, Shawn Maldonado, Houston, 2,676
13, Bryan Goebel, Shawnee, Kan., 2,660
14, Tyler Jensen, Ft. Worth, Texas, 2,649
15, Francois Lavoie, Wichita, Kan., 2,646
16, Marc Heninger, Tonganoxie, Kan., 2,630
17, Tom Hess, Urbandale, Iowa , 2,614, $510
18, Brett Cooper, Denver, 2,613, $505
19, Mitch Beasley, Clarksville, Tenn., 2,591., $500.
20, Gary Faulkner Jr., Memphis, Tenn., 2,588, $495
21, Connor Pickford, Charlotte, N.C., 2,587, $490
22, Brett Spangler, Niles, Ohio, 2,581, $485
23, Clint Land, Houston, 2,578, $480
24, Blake Demore, Springfield, Mo. , 2,577, $472.50.
25, Liz Johnson, Cheektowaga, N.Y. , 2,574, $472.50.
26, Walter Ray Williams, Oxford, Fla. , 2,562, $462.50.
27, Tom Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich., 2,560, $462.50.
28, Anthony Simonsen, Princeton, Texas, 2,540, $455.
29, Sean Lavery-Spahr, Pasadena, Texas, 2,529, $450.
30, Brad Angelo, Lockport, N.Y., 2,503, $445.
31, Will Barnes, Wichita, Kan., 2,488, $437.50
32, Oksu Palermaa, Finland, 2,482, $437.50.
33, Miguel Lopez, Wichita, Kan., 2,446, $430.
34, Jessy Bauer, Junction City, Kan., 2,440, $425.
35, Ted Staikoff, Black Hawk, S.D., 2,415. $420.

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Full Field Set for FireLake PBA TOC After Grand Hotel, Casino & Resort Winter Open Qualifying

by Jerry Schneider January 30, 2016 15:43

With the completion of Saturday’s qualifying round in the PBA Grand Hotel, Casino & Resort Winter Open regional tournament, an additional 26 entrants for the FireLake PBA Tournament of Champions field were determined who will join the 53-player exempt field when qualifying begins on Tuesday.

Among those advancing from the regional to the TOC field were three women – Liz Johnson, Danielle McEwan and Diana Zavjalova – who will join Kelly Kulick from the exempt field.

Anthony Lavery-Spahr of Pasadena, Texas, topped qualifying with a 1,953 eight-game pinfall (244 average).

For a complete list of TOC entrants click on http://www.pba.com/Rosters/Details/2113

PBA50 Tour, PBA Regional, PBA50 Regional, PBA Women’s Regional and PBA Women’s Series champions were eligible to earn spots in the Tournament of Champions.

The regional field has been cut to the top 35 players who will advance to Sunday morning’s cashers round 9:30 a.m. ET (8:30 a.m. CT) which will determine the 16 finalists for match play Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m. ET (noon CT).

Bowling fans can catch Sunday’s regional action via PBA’s new enhanced online bowling channel Xtra Frame. Following the regional, Xtra Frame will cover the PBA Hall of Fame induction ceremonies Monday beginning at 8 p.m. ET, and then will cover Tournament of Champions qualifying and match play Tuesday Feb. 2 through Friday, Feb. 5. ESPN will air the TOC finals live on Sunday, Feb. 7 at 2 p.m. ET (1 p.m. CT) from the FireLake Arena.

Xtra Frame offers three subscription packages: $3.99 for a three-day subscription, $7.99 for a 30-day package and $64.99 for the XF Season Ticket, a 12-month package. To subscribe, visit pba.com and click on the Xtra Frame link.

In addition to Xtra Frame’s live video streaming coverage, PBA fans can follow the action via “Live Scoring” on pba.com.

PBA GRAND HOTEL, CASINO & RESORT WINTER OPEN

FireLake Bowling Center, Shawnee, Okla.

First Round Results  (after 8 games)

Top 35 advance to Sunday’s Cashers Round

t-indicates player earned spot in Tournament of Champions field

1, t-Anthony Lavery-Spahr, Pasadena, Texas, 1,953

2, Tom Daugherty, Riverview, Fla., 1,891

3, t, Dino Castillo, Highland Village, Texas, 1,859

4, D.J. Archer, Friendswood, Texas, 1,850

5, Dom Barrett, England, 1,849

6, Anthony Pepe, Elmhurst, N.Y., 1,841

7, Stuart Williams, England, 1,840

8, t, Sean Lavery-Spahr, Pasadena, Texas, 1,815

9, Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., 1,815

10, Jesper Svensson, Sweden, 1,812

11, EJ Tackett, Huntington, Ind., 1,810

12, Francois Lavoie, Wichita, Kan., 1,792

13, t, Mitch Beasley, Clarksville, Tenn., 1,791

14, t, Shawn Maldonado, Houston, 1,790

15, Brett Cooper, Denver, 1,780

16, Clint Land, Houston, 1,774

17, Marc Heninger, Tonganoxie, Kan., 1,770

18, t, Will Barnes, Wichita, Kan., 1,768

19, Connor Pickford, Charlotte, N.C., 1,758

20, Bryan Goebel, Shawnee, Kan., 1,754

21, Tom Hess, Urbandale, Iowa, 1,748

22, t, Tyler Jensen, Ft. Worth, Texas, 1,747

23, Brad Angelo, Lockport, N.Y., 1,744

24, Tom Smallwood - Saginaw, Mich., 1,741

25, t, Brett Spangler, Niles, Ohio, 1,738

26, Dave Wodka, Beavercreek, Ohio, 1,725

27, t, Liz Johnson, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 1,716

28, Miguel Lopez, Wichita, Kan., 1,711

29, Jessy Bauer, Junction City, Kan. 1,710

30, Gary Faulkner, Jr., Memphis, Tenn., 1,705

31, Anthony Simonsen, Princeton, Texas, 1,703

32, t, Blake Demore, Springfield, Mo., 1,700

33, Osku Palermaa, Finland, 1,700

34, Walter Ray Williams, Oxford, Fla., 1,696

35, t, Ted Staikoff, Black Hawk, S.D., 1,688

36, Chris Loschetter, Avon, Ohio, 1,684

37, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 1,682

38, Paul Moor, England, 1,680

39, t, Nathan Bohr, Wichita, Kan., 1,675

40, Jake Provenzano, Wichita, Kan., 1,674

41, t, Tom Sorce, Richmond, Va., 1,670

42, Trey Ford Bartlesville, Okla., 1,658

43, t, AJ Johnson, Oswego, Ill., 1,656

44, t, Jesse Buss, Belvidere, Ill., 1,652

45, Jason Sterner, Covington, Ga., 1,651

46, Kevin Fanter, Maize, Kan., 1,651

47, Devin Bidwell, Wichita, Kan., 1,650

48, Brian Lake, Irving, Texas, 1,650

49, t, Diana Zavjalova, Latvia, 1,646

50, t, Lee White, Odessa, Texas, 1,644

51, Jared Wolf, Jonesboro, Ark., 1,641

52, Martin Bedford, Andrews AFB, Md., 1,640

53, t, Paul Brewbaker, Midwest City, Okla., 1,637

54, Tracy Camper, Piedmont, Okla., 1,629

55, Mason Edmondson, Amarillo, Texas, 1,629

56, t, David Williams, Omaha, Neb., 1,627

57, Lonnie Waliczek, Wichita, Kan., 1,624

58, t, Aaron Lorincz, Belleville, Mich., 1622

59, Pat Larkin, Brookshire, Texas, 1,622

60, Kyle Troup, Taylorsville, N.C., 1,618

61, Chris Hansen, Frisco, Texas, 1,618

62, t, Danielle McEwan, Stony Point, N.Y., 1,613

63, Jeff Hatt, Oklahoma City, 1,611

64, Thomas Larsen, Denmark, 1,610

65, Keven Williams, Springfield, Mo., 1,608

66, Clint Watkins, Andrews, Texas, 1,587

67, Beau Peterson, Newton, Kan., 1,583

68, t, Kyle Bigelow, Troy, Ohio, 1,580

69, April Murphy, North Richland Hills, 1,573

70, Kenneth Bland, Cibolo, Texas, 1,571

71, t, Scott Greiner, Platte City, Mo., 1,570

72, Mykel Holliman, Collierville, Tenn., 1,569

73, Jarek Vincent, Ft. Smith, Ark., 1,562

74, Ted Pritts, Little Elm, Texas, 1,560

75, Patrick Allen, Mt. Kisco, N.Y., 1,559

76, Ken Harlan, Lubbock, Texas, 1,553

77, Chad Newman, The Colony, Texas, 1,547

78, Shane Martin, Amarillo, Texas, 1,543

79, t, JT Jackson, Sherman Oaks, Calif., 1,542

80, Carolyn Dorin-Ballard, Keller, Texas, 1,541

81, Angkie Ramirez, Chicago, Ill., 1,541

82, Dylan Burns, Lawrence, Kan., 1,533

83, David Tullos, Spring, Texas, 1,517

84, Bryan Viator, Seabrook, Texas, 1,501

85, Scott Newell, Deland, Fla. 1,476

86, Lance Nikkel, Leavenworth, Kan., 1,464

87, Stephen Keblish, Oklahoma City, 1,452

88, Ryan Miller, Lawrence, Kan., 1,446

89, Robert McBride, Dallas, 1,445

90, Davon Hill, Moore, Okla., 1,438

91, t, Brandon Bivens, East Ridge, Tenn., 1,437

92, Kirsten Peterson, Newton, Kan. 1,434

93, t, David Scardaville, Houston, Texas, 1,433

94, Scott Crawford, Allen, Texas, 1,427

95, Don Blankenship, Odessa, Texas, 1,419

96, Jay Flinn, Laurie, Mo., 1,415

97, Mark Morgan, Killeen, Texas, 1,410

98, Rameses Chambers, Kansas City, Mo., 1,409

99, Dylan Eichler, Bentonville,, 1,406

100, James Mayer, Richmond, Texas, 1,397

101, Gary Blair, Albuquerque, N.M., 1,384

102, Kyle Wilkes, Omaha, Neb., 1,376

103, Adam Hammersley, Wichita, Kan., 1,348

104, Cody Copeland, Abiline, Texas, 1,346

105, James Delacerda, Natchitoches, La., 1,342

106, Bill Ritchie, Pilot Point, Texas, 1,211

107, Dante Williams, Wichita Falls, Texas, 1,206

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PBA50 National Championship Added as Fourth Major for 2016 PBA50 Tour Season

by Jerry Schneider January 28, 2016 06:42

The Professional Bowlers Association has announced the addition of the PBA50 National Championship as a fourth major tournament to its 2016 PBA50 Tour schedule for players 50 years of age and older.

The 15-tournament 2016 season will conclude with the PBA50 National Championship to benefit Riley Hospital for Children Aug. 14-17 at Signature Lanes in Elkhart, Ind.

Joining the PBA50 National Championship as majors this season will be the Suncoast PBA Senior U.S. Open presented by 900 Global at Suncoast Bowling Center, Las Vegas (May 29-June 3); USBC Senior Masters at Sam’s Town Bowling Center, Las Vegas (June 19-25), and the Treasure Island Resort & Casino PBA50 World Championship presented by Storm at Island Xtreme Bowl, Welch, Minn. (July 17-23).

“A Week for Riley Kids is a natural match for the PBA50 Tour with its long-standing support of great causes,” said Signature Lanes proprietor Roger Brown. “Having bowling’s legends here helping us support such a great cause is another hallmark of the PBA. I know the entire community is looking forward to making this inaugural year an event most anticipated and exciting for years to come.”

The 2016 season begins with the PBA50 Pasco County Florida Open at Lane Glo Bowl in New Port Richey, Fla., April 16-19, and continues with tournaments in The Villages, Fla.; Mooresville, N.C.; Farmingdale, N.Y.; Fountain Valley, Calif.; Brentwood, Calif., Hammond, Ind.; Anderson, Ind., and back-to-back events at Pro Bowl West in Fort Wayne, Ind. PBA50 Tour events will again be webcast live on PBA’s online bowling channel, Xtra Frame.

PBA will accept entries for PBA50 Tour events beginning Feb. 1 on pba.com.

“We’re looking forward to a great year for our PBA50 Tour players,” said PBA50 Tour Director John Weber. “In addition to increasing the number of tournaments, our players will now have four majors to showcase their skills and bowling fans will be able to witness it all live on PBA’s online bowling channel Xtra Frame.”

The 2016 PBA50 Tour will also determine the top eight players in points who will earn paid entries into GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling VIII in Reno where they also will compete in a PBA50 Tour Challenge qualifier. The top two players from the qualifier will advance to the PBA Challenge Finals along with top PBA Regional, PWBA-PBA Women’s Regional and Teen Masters contestants. Points awarded for PBA50 majors will be worth one and a half times of those awarded for a standard PBA50 Tour event.

2016 PBA50 TOUR SCHEDULE

April 16-19 – PBA50 Pasco County Open, Lane Glo Bowl, New Port Richey, Fla.

April 23-26 – UnitedHealthcare PBA50 Sun Bowl in The Villages presented by Radical, Spanish Springs Lanes, The Villages, Fla.

May 1-4 – PBA50 Mooresville Ford Open presented by Columbia 300, George Pappas Victory Lanes, Mooresville, N.C.

May 7-10 – PBA50 Johnny Petraglia BVL Open presented by Brunswick, Farmingdale Lanes, Farmingdale, N.Y.

May 29-June 3 – Suncoast PBA Senior U.S. Open presented by 900 Global, Suncoast Bowling Center, Las Vegas (major)

June 5-8 – PBA50 Fountain Valley Open presented by Track, Fountain Bowl, Fountain Valley, Calif.

June 12-15 – PBA Northern California Classic presented by MOTIV, Harvest Park Bowl, Brentwood, Calif.

June 16-19 – USBC Super Senior Classic, Sam’s Town Bowling Center, Las Vegas (for players 60 and over)

June 19-25 – USBC Senior Masters, Sam’s Town Bowling Center, Las Vegas (major).

July 17-23 – PBA50 Treasure Island Resort & Casino World Championship presented by Storm, Island Xtreme Bowl, Welch, Minn. (major).

July 25-28 – PBA50 South Shore Open presented by DV8, Olympia Lanes, Hammond, Ind.

July 31-Aug. 3 – PBA50 Dave Small’s Championship Lanes Classic presented by Roto Grip, Dave Small’s Championship Lanes, Anderson, Ind.

Aug. 6-9 -- PBA50 Pro Bowl West Championship presented by Ebonite, Pro Bowl West, Fort Wayne, Ind.

Aug. 11-13 – PBA60 Dick Weber National Championship presented by Hammer, Pro Bowl West, Fort Wayne, Ind. (for players 60 and over).

Aug. 14-17 – PBA50 National Championship to benefit Riley Hospital for Children, Signature Lanes, Elkhart, Ind. (major)

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SUNDAY ON ESPN2: DHC PBA Japan Invitational at 2 p.m. ET

by Jerry Schneider January 26, 2016 06:03

 

England’s Dom Barrett will be the man to beat as top qualifier for the DHC PBA Japan Invitational which airs Sunday at 2 p.m. ET on ESPN2.

Barrett averaged 234 while winning 23 of his 32 matches to earn the top berth for the stepladder finals at Tokyo Port Bowl by 247 pins over No. 2 qualifier PBA Hall of Famer Amleto Monacelli of Venezuela.

Rounding out the five-player field for the stepladder finals, are John Szczerbinski of N. Tonawanda, N.Y. who will be trying for his first title; defending DHC champion Chris Barnes of Double Oak, Texas, and Japan’s Shota Kawazoe.

The DHC PBA Japan Invitational included a field of 15 PBA stars who earned invitations based on qualifying scores bowled during the PBA Xtra Frame South Point Las Vegas Open and Bowlmor AMF U.S. Open last fall, or were invited by event sponsor DHC, along with a representative of the Korea PBA and 16 Japanese players.

Barrett, a four-time PBA Tour title winner, is trying for his first title since winning the 2014 Qatar Open.

Monacelli, 54, is a 19-time PBA Tour champion and a five-time PBA50 Tour winner (including the 2015 USBC Senior Masters), but he hasn’t won a PBA Tour title since 2005. Should Monacelli win the event, he would become just the 14th player in PBA history to win 20 titles and would join fellow PBA Hall of Famers Dick Ritger and Wayne Webb as 20-time titlists.

Szczerbinski, with a career-best second-place finish in the 2014 Kingdom of Bahrain International Open, earned the No. 3 berth in the finals by defeating Barnes, 232-227, in a one-game roll-off after they tied for third place.

Barnes, an 18-time PBA Tour title winner, is making his first PBA Tour appearance since undergoing surgery to repair a damaged disc in early October. Barnes bowled a 300 game on his way to winning the 2015 DHC PBA Japan Invitational title, earning a $40,000 bonus in addition to the $40,000 first prize.

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