One Year Later, Joe Scarborough Still Being Recognized For Historic 900 Series

by Jerry Schneider April 17, 2014 02:39

It was just a year ago that Joe Scarborough of Charlotte, N.C., made bowling history by rolling the first and only 900 series in PBA history at the PBA50 Sun Bowl In The Villages at Spanish Springs Lanes.

Scarborough, a PBA50 Tour rookie bowling in only his second tournament, stunned a sold-out Spanish Springs Lanes crowd by rolling three consecutive 300 games to start his first qualifying round. The 51-year-old self-employed electrical contractor threw another strike to start his fourth game, but his streak ended at 37 in a row when he left a split on his 38th shot.

Scarborough will return to the scene of bowling history when the PBA50 UnitedHealthcare Open presented by Radical gets underway April 19. The second stop of the 2014 season concludes on April 22.

“The fans at The Villages are the best there is and I give them a lot of credit for helping me bowl the 900,” said Scarborough, who eventually finished 49th in the tournament. “I was really feeding off the fans. I was talking with them in between shots which helped distract me from the pressure of the moment. The only time I had to block out the crowd was when I was up on the approach so I could focus on executing every shot.”

After returning home following the historic feat, Scarborough achieved what he called ‘celebrity’ status and was also able to turn his accomplishment into a marketing coup for his business.

“The reaction back home was unbelievable,” Scarborough said. “The emails, texts, media attention was great, and it seemed like it went on for months and months. People still walk up to me and want to talk about it.”

Scarborough changed the name of his business to ‘Mr. 900 Electric’ after he was ironically pressed into service to help fix an electrical problem at the PBA50 Tour tournament at George Pappas Victory Lanes in Mooresville, N.C., two weeks later. The power went off during qualifying when three-time PBA50 Tour winner Bob Learn Jr. had the first five strikes in a row. After a two-hour delay to get it fixed, Learn went on to throw the next seven strikes to complete his 300 game.

“When people see that name it makes them curious so they call and want to know what Mr. 900 means,” Scarborough said. “It not only promotes my business but it also gives me an opportunity to talk bowling with people and promote the sport. It’s a win-win.”

As a unique promotional touch Scarborough provides his customers with a signed Mr. 900 bowling pin as a calling card of sorts after he completes a job.

“They really love it,” Scarborough said of his customers. “It’s just another opportunity for me to talk bowling while promoting the business.”

Scarborough’s 900 set PBA50 Tour records for consecutive 300 games (the previous record was two by Norb Wetzel of Fond du Lac, Wis. (Albany, N.Y., 1998) and Rohn Morton of Portland, Ore. (Tucson, Ariz., 2005), and highest three-game series. He also tied the record for most 300s by an individual in a PBA50 Tour tournament, shared by Ron Mohr of Eagle River, Alaska (Columbus, Ohio, 2010) and Bob Kelly of Dayton, Ohio (Mooresville, N.C., 2010).

The PBA surprised Scarborough when PBA Commissioner Tom Clark presented him with a custom-designed, framed 900 series jersey during the GEICO PBA Summer Swing in Milwaukee.

“It’s unbelievable, especially to be the first in the PBA to do it,” said Scarborough, whose previous high series was 834. “When you think of all the games that have been bowled in the history of the sport, to accomplish something like bowling 900 is just mind-boggling.”

PBA50 UnitedHealthcare Sun Bowl In The Villages presented by Radical Schedule
Spanish Springs Lanes, The Villages, Fla.
(All times Eastern)

For admission and pro-am entry information contact Spanish Spring Lanes at (352) 750-9440

Saturday, April 19
9 a.m. - noon – Practice session
2 p.m., 4:30 p.m., – Pro-am squads

Sunday, April 20
9 a.m. - A Squad qualifying (8 games)
3 p.m. - B Squad qualifying (8 games)

Monday, April 21
9 a.m. - B Squad qualifying (8 games)
3 p.m. - A Squad qualifying (8 games)
Cut to top 32

Tuesday, April 22
11 a.m. – Match play
7 p.m. – Championship rounds

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Monacelli Defeats Duke to Win Pasco County Open For Third Career PBA50 Tour Title

by Jerry Schneider April 15, 2014 14:11

PBA Hall of Famer Amleto Monacelli of Venezuela, a 19-time winner on the PBA Tour, notched his third career PBA50 Tour title Tuesday by winning the season-opening Pasco County Open at Lane Glo Bowl in New Port Richey, Fla.

In a battle between two Hall of Famers, Monacelli defeated 37-time PBA Tour winner Norm Duke of Clermont, Fla., bowling in his first PBA50 Tour event, 259-190, in the championship match.

Monacelli, whose previous PBA50 wins came in the 2012 and 2013 PBA Senior U.S. Opens, is hoping that gaining increased knowledge of his bowling equipment and lane conditions will bring even better results on the PBA50 Tour this season.

“A lot of people may not know that I really only had a basic knowledge of my bowling equipment and lane conditions until recently,” said the 52-year-old Monacelli. “With the game changing so much now I had to pay more attention to what balls I should be using in different situations.

“Back in the 80s when I was bowling on tour, I was a ‘feel player’ and I could make the equipment I happened to be using work,” Monacelli added. “But now you just can’t totally rely on your skill — you have to combine the skill with good knowledge of the bowling ball and how it reacts with the lane conditions.”

In the championship match Duke got off to an early lead striking in the first three frames but leaving a 2-8-10 split in the fifth frame swung the momentum back to Monacelli for the rest of the game.

“I had to slow down my thoughts and not get too anxious at that point,” Monacelli said. “Bowling a great player like Norm is like when we were on tour together—the nerves are the same.”

In the semifinals Duke defeated Mike Dias of Lafayette, Colo., who was trying for his second PBA50 Tour title, 225-183, to advance to the championship match. Monacelli defeated Hall of Famer and two-time defending PBA50 Player of the Year Walter Ray Williams Jr. of Ocala, Fla., who was trying for his eighth career PBA50 Tour title, 236-225.

The PBA50 Tour makes its second stop of the season at Spanish Spring Lanes in The Villages, Fla., for the UnitedHealthCare Sun Bowl In The Villages presented by Radical April 19-22. Xtra Frame coverage of the PBA50 Tour returns April 28-30 for the PBA50 Miller High Life Classic presented by Columbia 300 at George Pappas Victory Lanes in Mooresville, N.C.

PBA50 PASCO COUNTY OPEN 
Tuesday’s Final Results
At Lane Glo Bowl
New Port Richey, Fla.
a-amateur

Championship Match
Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela ($7,500) def. Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla. ($4,000), 259-190. 

Semifinal Round (one-game matches, losers earn $2,500)
Monacelli def. Walter Ray Williams Jr., Ocala, Fla., 236-225.
Duke def. Mike Dias, Lafayette, Colo., 225-183.

Round of 8 (best-of-three games, losers eliminated, earn $1,700)
Dias def. Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 2-1.
Duke def. Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 2-0.
Monacelli def. Ron Mohr, Las Vegas, 2-0.
Williams def. Don Breeden, Clive, Iowa, 2-0.

Round of 16 (best-of-five games, losers eliminated, earn $1,300)
Mohr def. a-Darin Hays, Wesley Chapel, Fla., 3-1.
Monacelli def. Kevin Croucher, Grants Pass, Ore., 3-1.           
Williams def. Randy Pedersen, Clermont, Fla., 3-2.                               
Breeden def. Bryan Goebel, Shawnee, Kan., 3-2.
Bohn def. Kenny Parks, Hammond, Ind., 3-1.
Dias def. William Peters, Dayton, Ohio, 3-2.
Weber def. Brian Voss, Alpharetta, Ga., 3-0.
Duke def. Bob Learn Jr. Macomb, Mich., 3-1.                               

Round of 24 (best-of-five games, losers eliminated, earn $1,150)
Monacelli def. Steve Pavlinko, Sewell, N.J., 3-0.
Mohr def. Paul Lemond, Jasper, Ind., 3-2.
Breeden def. Michael Henry, Brunswick, Ohio, 3-1.
Pedersen def. Tom Ream, Tampa, Fla., 3-1.
Peters def. Gary Morgan, Marrietta, Ga., 3-2.
Parks def. Tom Carter, Rockford, Ill., 3-2.
Learn def. Peter Knopp, Germany, 3-0.
Voss def. Tim Kauble, Marion, Ohio, 3-2.

Round of 32 (best-of-three games, losers eliminated, earn $1,025)
Pavlinko def. Henry Gonzalez, Colorado Springs, Colo., 2-0.
Mohr def. Tom Baker, King, N.C., 2-1.
Henry def. Johnny Petraglia, Jackson, N.J., 2-1.
Pedersen def. Frank Gallo Jr., Jacksonville, Fla., 2-0.
Peters def. Todd Kjell, Roscoe, Ill., 2-1.
Carter def. Darryl Bower, Middletown, Pa., 2-0.
Knopp def. John Tavano, Sebring, Fla., 2-1.
Voss def. a-Stan Sprow, Lakeland, Fla., 2-0.

Round of 40 (best-of-three games, losers eliminated, earn $950)
Pavlinko def. Dennis Lane, Kingsport, Tenn., 2-0.
Baker def. Marc Lineberry, Camanche, Iowa, 2-0.
Henry def. Tom Howison, Chillicothe, Ohio, 2-0.
Pedersen def. Michael Shequin, Orange City, Fla., 2-1.
Peters def. a-Widmar Vargas, Riverview, Fla., 2-0.   
Bower def. Terry Metzner, Kentwood, Mich., 2-1.
Tavano def. a-Jose Estevez, Spain, 2-1.
Sprow def. Ted Staikoff, Black Hawk, S.D., 2-0.   

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Silver Lake Atom Splitters Win 2014 PBA League Elias Cup

by Jerry Schneider April 13, 2014 07:57

Down 2 points to 1 and trailing by 31 pins in the deciding final Baker game, the Silver Lake Atom Splitters presented by Spiceworks rallied to defeat L.A. X presented by GoBowling.com to win the 2014 Professional Bowlers Association League Elias Cup.

In the fifth frame of the Baker game, which was worth three points, Silver Lake’s Bryon Smith, Chris Barnes, Dom Barrett, Wes Malott and Tommy Jones combined to string the last seven strikes to overtake the L.A. X lineup of Mika Koivuniemi, EJ Tackett, Andres Gomez, Jason Belmonte and Parker Bohn III, winning the game, 225-203, and the match 4-2.

The finals, seen Sunday on ESPN from Brunswick Zone Carolier, opened with a battle between reigning PBA Player of the Year and nine-time Tour titlist Belmonte bowling for L.A. Clippers all-star guard Chris Paul’s L.A. X, and former Player of the Year and 17-time Tour winner Barnes, bowling for television and Internet personality Chris Hardwick’s Atom Splitters.

Belmonte, wearing his Google Glass headset that provides a point-of-view look at his release, dominated from the start firing the first nine strikes and finishing with a 279-259 victory over Barnes to give L.A. X the early 1-0 lead.

In the alternate-shot doubles game, Barnes teamed with Smith to defeat the L.A. X pairing of Bohn and Koivuniemi, 261-228, to even the match at 1-1. Down by 12 pins in the third frame after Smith left a 2-10 split that Barnes was unable to convert, the pair came back with eight consecutive strikes to win handily.

In the Baker trios contest, the momentum swung back to L.A. X with Belmonte, Gomez and 2012-13 PBA Rookie of the Year Tackett defeating Silver Lake’s Jones, Barrett and Malott, 216-190, to regain the match lead, 2-1, setting up the deciding Baker game.

“The important thing is to have a lineup where you know everyone has your back,” said Barnes, who earned the PBA League’s Mark Roth Most Valuable Player award. “Whether you strike or split you have to know that the guy behind you is giving it his all. 

“You have to remember that the singles game is the only part of the tournament where you’re not bowling with a teammate(s). Personally, I felt these guys put me in a position to succeed. I couldn’t think of a better group of guys who had that ‘have-your-back’ mentality.”

Team manager and four-time Tour winner Mark Baker also stressed the importance of the Atom Splitters’ player chemistry and putting together the right lineups in the right situations throughout the whole PBA League season.

“We put this team together for the sole purpose of getting to this point,” said Baker. “With a team that has this much talent it makes it easy—you could make a decision and feel confident you could stick with it. I never second-guessed myself.”

For the second consecutive year, the journey to the Elias Cup, named after the late founder of the PBA Eddie Elias, began with eight teams competing in a single-elimination bracket to determine the winner. Quarterfinal and semifinal rounds were conducted in January at Thunderbowl Lanes in Allen Park, Mich., with the championship final conducted at Brunswick Zone Carolier.

PROFESSIONAL BOWLERS ASSOCIATION LEAGUE ELIAS CUP FINALS

Brunswick Zone Carolier, North Brunswick, N.J.

Final Standings

Silver Lake Atom Splitters presented by Spiceworks def. L.A. X presented by Gobowling.com, 4-2.

Singles Match (one point)

Jason Belmonte, L.A. X def. Chris Barnes, Silver Lake Atom Splitters, 279-259.

Alternate Ball Doubles (one point)

Silver Lake Atom Splitters (Chris Barnes/Bryon Smith) def. L.A. X (Mika Koivuniemi/Parker Bohn III), 261-228.

Baker Trios (one point)

L.A. X (Jason Belmonte/Andres Gomez/EJ Tackett) def. Silver Lake Atom Splitters (Tommy Jones/Dom Barrett/Wes Malott), 216-190.

Five-Player Baker Team (three points)

Silver Lake Atom Splitters (Bryon Smith/Chris Barnes/Dom Barrett/Wes Malott/Tommy Jones) def. L.A. X (Mika Koivuniemi, EJ Tackett, Andres Gomez, Jason Belmonte and Parker Bohn III), 225-203.

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W.R. Williams Begins PBA50 Player of the Year Title Defense in Pasco County Open

by Jerry Schneider April 8, 2014 07:48

With a new crop of PBA Tour talent becoming eligible for the PBA50 Tour in 2014, the road to a third consecutive Player of the Year crown won’t get any easier for two-time defending PBA50 Tour Player of the Year Walter Ray Williams Jr. 

Williams heads an all-star list of more than 120 players ages 50 and over who are entered in the season-opening PBA50 Tour Pasco County Open April 12-15 at Lane Glo Bowl in New Port Richey, Fla.

All qualifying and match play rounds of the tournament will be covered live on PBA’s exclusive online bowling channel, Xtra Frame. For subscription information, visit pba.com and click on the Xtra Frame link.

As the 2014 season gets underway, Williams will again face challenges from his two closest rivals in 2013, fellow Hall of Famers Pete Weber and Amleto Monacelli who are among 10 Hall of Famers in the field including newly-eligible PBA50 challengers Norm Duke and Parker Bohn III.

Williams, the winner of a record 47 PBA Tour titles and a record seven PBA Player of the Year crowns, got his 2013 PBA50 season off to a good start with a third-place finish in the Pasco County Open and went on to win three titles during the season, bringing his PBA50 Tour career total to seven. Along with his three titles, he had two thirds and two fourths including fourth in the Senior U.S. Open.

With his legendary career of accomplishment on the PBA Tour carrying over to the PBA50 Tour, Williams is still able to find challenges to stay motivated.

“I still love competing,” Williams said. “I’m one of those lucky people who loves what they do and I’ve been able to make a living doing it. I haven’t lost the desire.”

Despite competing in only six tournaments in 2013, Weber, a 37-time winner on the PBA Tour, made an immediate impact in 2013, earning PBA50 Rookie of the Year honors thanks to winning two titles including his first major in the Senior Masters.

Monacelli, a 19-time winner on the PBA Tour, successfully defended his PBA Senior U.S. Open title in Las Vegas in 2013 for his second career PBA50 Tour title. Other top finishes during the season included two seconds, two fifth and two-eighth-place finishes.

“With the competition looking to be even tougher this season, it would be an awesome accomplishment to repeat as (PBA50) Player of the Year,” Williams said. “I’m pretty confident heading into the new season. I bowled well in the (USBC Masters in February) and I bowled well in a couple regionals recently.

“My practice routine is still pretty much the same, working on repeating shots, practicing on different lane conditions, different parts of the lane and making spares.”

Hall of Famer Tom Baker, also entered in the Pasco County Open, holds the record for PBA50 Player of the Year honors with four consecutive crowns from 2005 to 2008.

Williams, Weber and Monacelli were rewarded for their 2013 seasons by qualifying for the first PBA50 Finals which were conducted as part of World Series of Bowling V. Williams won the title by defeating Monacelli in the championship match 224-204.

Throughout the 2014 PBA50 Tour season, players will again be competing for three berths in the end-of-season PBA50 Tour Finals which will be conducted at a site and date to be determined. The three berths will be based on Player of the Year points which are earned for championship round finishes.

Five-time PBA Tour champion Bob Learn Jr. is the Pasco County Open defending champion. Last season he overcame a sprained lower back suffered half way through the tournament to defeat Hall of Famer Wayne Webb in the championship match, 226-206.

Pasco County Open competition begins on Sunday April 13 with qualifying rounds at 10 a.m. ET. Qualifying continues on April 14. After 16 games, the field will be cut to the top 40 for single-elimination match play competition on April 15. Match play continues all day Tuesday with championship rounds to begin at 7 p.m. Practice and pro-ams will be conducted on Saturday, April 12.

PBA50 PASCO COUNTY OPEN

Lane Glo Bowl, New Port Richey, Fla.

(All times Eastern)

Saturday, April 12
9 a.m. – Noon - Practice
1, 3 and 5:30 p.m. - Pro-Am squads

Sunday, April 13
10 a.m. – A squad qualifying (8 games)
4 p.m. – B squad qualifying (8 games)

Monday, April 14
10 a.m. – B Squad qualifying (8 games)
4 p.m. – A squad qualifying (8 games)

Field cut to top 40
Tuesday, April 15 (single-elimination match play)

10 a.m. – Round One: best of three games, qualifiers 25-40.

11:30 a.m. – Round Two: best of three games, Round One winners plus qualifiers 17-24

2 p.m. – Round Three: best of five games, Round Two winners plus qualifiers 9-16

4 p.m. – Round of 16: best of five games, Round Three winners plus qualifiers 1-8

7 p.m. – Round of 8: best of three games, followed immediately  by one-game semifinal round and one-game championship match

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SUNDAY ON ESPN: Atom Splitters vs. L.A. X in ‘Battle of Los Angeles’ Finale for 2014 PBA League Elias Cup at 2 p.m. ET

by Jerry Schneider April 7, 2014 04:30

Television and Internet personality Chris Hardwick and L.A. Clippers all-star guard Chris Paul will have a score to settle this Sunday on ESPN at 2 p.m. ET when their respective Professional Bowlers Association League teams battle it out for the 2014 PBA League Elias Cup from Brunswick Zone Carolier in North Brunswick, N.J.

In what can be called the  ‘Battle of Los Angeles,’ Hardwick’s Silver Lake Atom Splitters presented by Spiceworks team, and Paul’s L.A. X presented by Gobowling.com team, are the two surviving teams from an original eight-team field that competed in a six-round series of head-to-head single-elimination team matches that incorporated singles, alternate-shot doubles, trios and Baker team contests.

During each PBA League match, one point is awarded for a win in singles, doubles and trios contests with three points at stake in the five-player Baker team finale. In case of a 3-3 tie at the conclusion of the match, a one-ball, sudden-death roll-off between players selected by the team managers will determine the winner.

The Atom Splitters are managed by four-time PBA Tour champion and noted bowling instructor Mark Baker.  L.A. X is managed by former Team USA member and current United States Bowling Congress President Andrew Cain.

Sunday’s opening singles match up will feature reigning PBA Player of the Year two-handed Australian star Jason Belmonte bowling for L.A. X against 17-time Tour champion and former Player of the Year Chris Barnes of Double Oak, Texas, representing the Atom Splitters.

In the alternate-shot doubles match, Barnes will pair with 2003 USBC Masters champion Bryon Smith of Roseburg, Ore., against PBA Hall of Famer Parker Bohn III of Jackson, N.J., a 33-time Tour winner, and his partner two-time Player of the Year and 13-time Tour titlist Mika Koivuniemi of Finland.

In the trios match, the Atom Splitters lineup will send 15-time Tour winner Tommy Jones of Simpsonville, S.C., three-time champion Dom Barrett of England and nine-time Tour winner Wes Malott of Pflugerville, Texas, against L.A. X’s Belmonte, two-time Tour winner Andres Gomez of Colombia and 2012-13 Rookie of the Year E.J. Tackett of Huntington, Ind.

In the Baker finale, the Atom Splitters’ Smith, Barnes, Barrett, Malott and Jones will line up against L.A. X’s Koivuniemi, Tackett, Gomez, Belmonte and Bohn.

The PBA League Elias Cup is named after the late PBA Hall of Famer Eddie Elias who founded the PBA in 1958.

2014 PBA LEAGUE ESPN TELECAST SUMMARY

All times Eastern

Feb. 9 Quarterfinal Match One – L.A. X presented by Gobowling.com def. BROOKLYN STyLES presented by Concrete Software PBA Bowling Challenge, 4-2, to advance to semifinals.

Feb. 16 Quarterfinal Match Two – New York City WTT KingPins presented by GEICO def. Motown Muscle presented by Barbasol, 4-2, to advance to semifinals.

March 2 Quarterfinal Match Three – Silver Lake Atom Splitters presented by Spiceworks def. Dallas Strikers presented by USBC, 5-1, to advance to semifinals.

March 23, Quarterfinal Match Four – Philadelphia Hitmen presented by High 5 Gear def. Pittsburgh Jack Rabbits presented by Hotel Planner.com, 6-0, to advance to semifinals.

March 30, Semifinal Match One - L.A. X def. KingPins, 5-1, to advance to Elias Cup Finals.

April 6, 1 p.m., Semifinal Match Two - Atom Splitters def. Hitmen, 6-0, to advance to Elias Cup Finals.

April 13, 2 p.m. – Elias Cup Finals.

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