PBA on ESPN: Click to See All Upcoming WSOB Finalists and TV Schedule

by Pba Editor December 4, 2012 04:58

The PBA Tour season on ESPN begins Sunday, December 9 at 1:00 pm ET, and the TV finalists for the first six telecasts are set.



Sunday, December 9, 2012 - 1:00 pm ET
Finalists (Men): Mika Koivuniemi, Mike Fagan, Chris Barnes
(Women): Missy Parkin, Kelly Kulick, Liz Johnson

Sunday, December 16, 2012 - 1:00 pm ET
Finalists: Mike Wolfe, Chris Loschetter, Bill O'Neill, Jeff Roche

Sunday, December 23, 2012 - 1:00 pm ET
Finalists: Brad Angelo, Sean Rash, Mika Koivuniemi, Mike Fagan

Sunday, December 30, 2012 - 1:00 pm ET

Finalists: Fawaz Abdullah, Scott Norton, Walter Ray Williams, Jr., Jason Belmonte

Sunday, January 6, 2013 - 1:00 pm ET  
Finalists: Osku Palermaa, Jason Belmonte, Jason Sterner, Tom Daugherty

Sunday, January 13, 2013 - 1:00 pm ET
Finalists: Parker Bohn III, Dan Maclelland, Rhino Page, Sean Rash, Jason Belmonte

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World Bowling Tour Sees Continued Growth

by Pba Editor November 6, 2012 05:50

ARLINGTON, Texas – The World Tenpin Bowling Association World Bowling Tour will see continued growth in 2013 and include double points for major events.

The 2013 schedule, which actually includes two events from late 2012, will consist of 15 events, two of which are exclusively for women.

“The World Bowling Tour has been a tremendous success in its first two seasons,” WTBA President and CEO Kevin Dornberger said. “We look forward to continuing the great partnerships we have developed over the past two years while also welcoming in new events in 2013.”

The first event on the 2013 schedule is currently in progress in Las Vegas, United States, at the PBA World Championship. As a major on the schedule, the event will offer double points for men and women. Another new event on the schedule that takes place in 2012 is the Qatar Open from Dec. 8-15.

In all, there will be five major events on the World Bowling Tour schedule – the PBA World Championship, the International Bowling Championship in Nagoya, Japan, the USBC Masters in North Brunswick, New Jersey, United States, the U.S. Open and U.S. Women’s Open in Columbus, Ohio, United States, and the WTBA World Championships in Henderson, Nevada, United States.

In order to be recognized as a major event on the World Bowling Tour, an event must have a minimum prize fund of $200,000 USD.

The tour will also bring back the season-ending World Bowling Tour Finals presented by the PBA. The event will again feature the top three men and top three women in the World Bowling Tour points rankings.

The points system will combine points earned in 2013 along with all points earned during the 2012 season for a two-year total to determine the players who advance to the World Bowling Tour Finals.

In addition to the PBA World Championship and the Qatar Open, the World Bowling Tour will also welcome the 11th Indonesia International Open to the schedule. The dates of that event are to be determined.

The 2012 World Bowling Tour featured 12 events with 2,774 players (660 women) participating from almost 50 countries.

The World Tenpin Bowling Association, which is made up of 115 bowling federations, governs the sport throughout the world. For more information on WTBA and the World Bowling Tour, visit WorldTenpinBowling.com.


Nov. 7-12, 2012 – PBA World Championship, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States (major)

Dec. 8-15, 2012 – Qatar Open, Doha, Qatar

Jan. 4-13 – Brunswick Ballmaster Open, Helsinki, Finland

Jan. 15-19 – International Bowling Championship 2012 supported by DHC, Nagoya, Japan (major)

Feb. 18-24 – United States Bowling Congress Masters, North Brunswick, New Jersey, United States (major)

March 15-24 – Brunswick Euro Challenge, TBD

March 13-17 – Kuwait International Open, Kuwait City

July 21-27 – U.S. Open, Columbus, Ohio, United States (major, men’s points only)

July 21-27 – U.S. Women’s Open, Columbus, Ohio, United States (major, women’s points only)

Aug. 17-30 – WTBA World Championships, Henderson, Nev., United States (major, qualification through federations only)

Aug. 31-Sept. 4 – USBC Queens, Henderson, Nev., United States (women’s points only)

Oct. 1-6 – Vienna Open, Vienna, Austria

TBD – World Bowling Tour Thailand, Bangkok, Thailand

TBD – 11th Indonesia International Open, Jakarta, Indonesia

TBD – Australian Masters, TBD

(There will also be a World Bowling Tour Finals event with dates and venue to be determined. Additional events may also be scheduled.)

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Bowling Industry Unites to Host Men's and Women's U.S. Open

by Pba Editor October 25, 2012 11:18

ARLINGTON, TX - October 25, 2012 - In an unprecedented showing of industry solidarity, the four leading entities of the bowling industry have come together today to introduce Bowling's U.S. Open. Hosted in the great bowling city of Columbus, OH from July 21 to July 27, the entire bowling industry will be facilitating the Men's and Women's competitions side-by-side. For the first time, competition will be conducted in three different bowling centers: Wayne Webb's Columbus Bowl, Game of Western Columbus and Holiday Lanes.


One of the most powerful brands in sports, the U.S. Open, will be have a live two hour event telecast on ESPN Saturday, July 27 at noon EDT from Webb's Columbus Bowl where bowling will crown its Men's and Women's U.S. Open champion. ESPN has been telecasting the Open since 1997.


"This unprecedented level of collaboration within the industry will result in an unrivaled experience for bowlers, partners and fans," said PBA CEO Geoff Reiss. "Bringing these two major championship events together speaks not only to the solidarity of the industry, but to the power of the U.S. Open as a brand."


The unifying creation of Bowling's U.S. Open was possible through collaboration between the four leading organizations in bowling: the United States Bowling Congress (USBC), the Bowling Proprietors' Association of America (BPAA), the Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) and Strike Ten Entertainment (STE).


"Bringing the best bowlers in the world together in a great host city will create a fantastic opportunity to showcase the highest level of competition for our sport," said Stu Upson, executive director of the USBC. "We look forward to spotlighting how major bowling events create media exposure, build civic pride and drive a significant economic impact for communities."


The Men's and Women's U.S. Open competition will take place simultaneously, beginning July 21 at the three host centers and will culminate with the top five men and five women bowlers earning a spot in the finals on July 27 at Wayne Webb's Columbus Bowl.


"Our ability to bring this event to fruition speaks to the continued resurgence of bowling, the nation's number one participatory sport," said Steve Johnson, executive director of the BPAA. "The numbers don't lie - 70 million people bowl every year. Bowling makes a ten billion dollar impact on the economy with women and youth bowling now more than ever. Additionally, youth bowling is continuing to gain ground and our sport is back on the rise, the timing was perfect for Bowling's U.S. Open to become a reality."


"The 2013 Bowling's U.S. Open will immediately become the preeminent event in professional bowling and provide a tremendous opportunity for marketers to reach millions of bowling enthusiasts across the nation," said Frank DeSocio, president of Strike Ten Entertainment.


The defending U.S. Open champions are Pete Weber of St. Ann, Mo., who won a record fifth U.S. Open title in North Brunswick, N.J., in February and Kelly Kulick on Union, N.J., who won her third U.S. Women's Open title in July in Reno, Nevada.

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Chris Barnes wins 14th career PBA title in the 10th Columbia 300 Vienna Open

by Pba Editor October 7, 2012 09:05

Story courtesy Herbert Bickel/bowlingdigital.com

VIENNA, AUSTRIA - Chris Barnes captured his second title in the Columbia 300 Vienna Open and the 7.000 Euro top prize. Barnes was also awarded his 14th career PBA title and his first on the World Bowling Tour. In the title match of an all-PBA champions finale, Barnes, defeated reigning PBA player of the Year Sean Rash, United States, 257-214. Tommy Jones, United States, and England's Stuart Williams finished third and fourth.


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Barnes and Kulick Claim Men's, Women's World Singles Championships in Cyprus

by Pba Editor September 25, 2012 08:40

Story courtesy Lucas Wiseman, USBC Communications

ARLINGTON, Texas - Team USA's Chris Barnes and Kelly Kulick earned the gold medals Tuesday in the inaugural World Tenpin Bowling Association World Singles Championships in Limassol, Cyprus.

Kulick earned the title with a dramatic 228-226 win over Latvia's Diana Zavjalova, while Barnes took down teammate Tommy Jones, 212-198, to win the men's title.

In the women's championship match, Kulick entered the final frame needing two strikes and nine pins to lock up the win. After carrying a light strike to start the 10th, Kulick went high on her next shot but the 4 pin fell very late for the second strike, propelling her to the title.

"To go out and dominate all week long and make it to through to the final shots in the 10th frame and coming up clutch is really what I wanted to show up and do," Kulick said. "The competition this week was really strong, but I came all the way to Cyprus and got the job done."

Barnes pulled way from Jones down the stretch with strikes in the seventh, eighth and ninth to lock up the win. Jones earned the silver medal for finishing second.

"I know I didn't win money like in a PBA tournament, but you don't get very many opportunities like this to win a world title against a world-class field," Barnes said. "I find it much more special at this point in my career than I might have at an earlier point in time. I really cherish a win like this."

In the semifinals, Barnes survived a tough match to beat Colombia's Andres Gomez, 246-244, while Jones knocked off Osku Palermaa, 259-199. On the women's side, Kulick defeated Malaysia's Esther Cheah, 212-207, while Zavjalova beat Mexico's Aseret Zetter, 237-212. The semifinal losers shared the bronze medal.

Team USA's Shannon O'Keefe lost a tough quarterfinal match, 3-2, against Cheah. In the best-of-five match, O'Keefe took a 2-1 lead before dropping the final two games 257-224 and 268-222.

The World Singles Championships, which featured a maximum of two players from each country with 44 countries sending representatives, was created to bridge the gap between the other WTBA World Championship events, which feature full teams.

The WTBA World Championships for men and women will take place in 2013 in Las Vegas, while the WTBA World Men's Championships will be held in 2014 and the WTBA World Women's Championships will take place in 2015, both in Abu Dhabi, UAE. The cycle begins again in 2016 with the second World Singles Championships.

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At Galatica Bowling Center, Limassol, Cyprus
Tuesday's results


Chris Barnes, United States def. Tommy Jones, United States, 212-198

Kelly Kulick, United States def. Diana Zavjalova, Latvia, 228-226

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