PBA Spare Shots: John Burkett Learns Valuable $5 Lesson in PBA XF Lubbock Southwest Open

by Bill Vint July 1, 2015 08:41

John Burkett said he learned a valuable lesson during the Xtra Frame PBA Lubbock Southwest Open on his way to winning an additional $5 in prize money.

The former Major League All-Star pitcher, in his rookie year as a PBA50 competitor, bowled A Squad in the nine-game qualifying round of last week’s tournament at South Plains Lanes in Lubbock, Texas. When a tournament field is too large to accommodate all players on the same squad, the field is split into A and B Squads, one following the other, and scores for all players are combined when both squads are finished.

In cases like that, it’s common practice to predict that half of the players from each squad will make the cut to advance to the next round. In Lubbock, that meant roughly 29 players from each squad were expected to advance. So when Burkett finished his nine games Saturday and sat in 40th place, he assumed there was no way he was going to be among the top 59 advancing to Sunday’s cashers’ round.

“I learned a lesson,” Burkett said. “I never figured the squad split would be like that, so I drove home.”

Home was roughly 320 miles and five hours away in Southlake, Texas. As he approached home, Burkett was monitoring Xtra Frame and found out he had, in fact, qualified for the cashers’ round in 58th place. After getting three hours of sleep, he turned around and drove five hours back to Lubbock.

If he had withdrawn from the tournament and stayed home, he would have earned $500 for finishing 59th. Instead, he bowled his six-game cashers’ round and wound up finishing 51st, earning $505 – a net gain of $5.

The money had absolutely nothing to do with his decision to return to Lubbock.

“If you look at my baseball career, I took the mound every fifth day,” the 50-year-old Burkett said. “When I sign up for a tournament, I obligate myself to bowl the whole event. I don’t think it’s professional to quit. Out of respect to the PBA, the other players, the tournament host, you finish the event. I wouldn’t want to look people in the face if I quit. I have too much respect for the sport.

“And I also believe in myself,” he added. “After the first two games, I moved up 24 places to 34th. But the lanes changed so fast after the second game, I couldn’t make the adjustment. The transition completely confused me.

“Nah, I wasn’t tired,” he said. “I usually only sleep six hours a night anyway, so three hours’ sleep wasn’t a problem. Plus I don’t like to make excuses.

“But I will admit I wasn’t looking forward to another five-hour drive back home,” he said with a laugh.

THIS MONTH ON XTRA FRAME: TEENS, WOMEN, SENIORS, PBA STARS

PBA’s Xtra Frame schedule of programming for the month of July covers every age group and gender: teens, women, seniors and PBA’s core of standard players, beginning with an extended Fourth of July schedule from Las Vegas, where Xtra Frame will visit South Point Bowling Plaza to cover the Teen Masters National Championships (June 30-July 3) and the Collegiate Masters (July 4-5).

On July 8 and 9, Xtra Frame will video-stream a non-PBA event, the MOTIV Revolution Tournament, from Thunderbowl Lanes in Allen Park, Mich. Immediately afterward, Professional Women’s Bowling Association competition will make its Xtra Frame debut with start-to-finish coverage of the PWBA Storm Sacramento Open, July 10-11, from Steve Cook’s Fireside Lanes in Citrus Heights, Calif.

Xtra Frame returns to South Plains Lanes in Lubbock – host of the recently-completed XF PBA Lubbock Sports Southwest Open – July 17-18 for exclusive coverage of the PWBA Lubbock Sports Open. Start-to-finish coverage of the PBA50 Tour Treasure Island Resort & Casino Open presented by Roto Grip from Island Xtreme Bowl in Welch, Minn., is set for July 20-22.

Closing out the July schedule will be the PWBA Wichita Open from Northrock Lanes in Wichita, Kan., July 24-25, and opening the August schedule will be the PBA/PWBA Xtra Frame Striking Against Breast Cancer Mixed Doubles from Palace Lanes in Houston, Texas, July 31-Aug. 2.

Bowling fans who want to sample Xtra Frame can subscribe on a three-day basis for only $3.99. A full month’s worth of Xtra Frame programming cost only $7.99. PBA’s best package is the 12-month XF Season Ticket for $64.99, or $5.41 per month. To sign up, visit pba.com and click on the Xtra Frame link.

PBA NETWORK UNVEILS NEW INSTAGRAM ACCOUNT

The PBA Network is expanding its presence in the social media arena again, unveiling a new PBA Tour page (“pbatour”) on Instagram. Fans also can follow photo diaries of a growing number of PBA Tour players who have created their own personal accounts on Instagram. To find out which players currently have Facebook, Twitter and/or Instagram accounts, visit pba.com, click on the “Bowlers” tab and open PBA Tour Bowlers.

The PBA Network is the organization’s comprehensive multi-media collection of programs and services that create exposure for professional bowling around the globe. To look into the array of PBA Network elements, visit pba.com and click on the PBA Network link.

RASH VS. BELMONTE “SUPER CLASH” JOINS PBA MODERN CLASSICS ON FRIDAY

The head-to-head Super Clash between PBA rivals Sean Rash and Jason Belmonte, contested during the 2014 PBA Winter Swing in Allen Park, Mich., will join the library of PBA Modern Classics on PBA’s YouTube channel on Friday. You’ll be able to quickly access the program using this link: https://youtu.be/h4f64iIU3jY

Some of the PBA’s most memorable recent telecasts will become part of the PBA Modern Classic library on PBA’s YouTube channel, with new additions to the collections planned for every other Friday.

PBA REGIONAL UPDATE: O’KEEFE, KENNARD WIN TITLES IN FORT WAYNE

Shannon O’Keefe of O’Fallon, Ill., and Anthony Kennard of Wapakoneta, Ohio won titles in the PWBA Central Open, presented by PBA, and PBA Pro Bowl West Central/Midwest Challenge doubleheader at Pro Bowl West in Fort Wayne, Ind., on Saturday, June 27.

O’Keefe, the head women’s bowling coach at McKendree University, defeated Jodi Woessner of Oregon, Ohio by 97 pins to win the PBA Central Region’s Professional Women’s Bowling Association title. O’Keefe, who finished with an eight-game total of 1,836 pins, earned $1,200 in the women only event.

Kennard defeated amateur Dan Higgins of Westerville, Ohio, 238-220, to win the joint PBA Central-Midwest regional “challenge” event, which was open to PBA members and non-members who have not won a PBA event. The title earned Kennard $1,500 along with eligibility to enter the 2016 PBA Tournament of Champions.

Harry Sullins of Chesterfield Twp., Mich., defeated Dave Traber of Hebron, Ill., by 53 pins to win the PBA50 Tony Grigat Allstate Agent Midwest Open at Fox Bowl in Wheaton, Ill., on Sunday. Sullins, who finished with a 15-game total of 3,242 pins, including match play bonus pins, earned $1,500 along with his 19th career PBA50 Regional title.

Sammy Ventura of Syracuse, N.Y., defeated Marty Berke of Allentown, Pa., 205-226, 277-256, 216-203, in the best-of-three-game title match to win $1,700 and his seventh PBA Regional title in the PBA50 SpareTimes Hampton South Open at SpareTimes Lanes in Hampton, Va., Sunday.

● Three events over the Fourth of July weekend include the PBA and the women-only PWBA Gastonia South Open doubleheader presented by Brunswick at George Pappas’ Liberty Lanes in Gastonia, N.C., plus the Grand Casino Hotel & Resort Southwest Member/Non-Member Doubles at FireLake Bowling Center in Shawnee, Okla.

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

● Reminders: book a room through the “Book Hotel” link on pba.com and you will be automatically entered into HotelPlanner.com’s monthly sweepstakes that awards a $200 lodging gift certificate. June’s HotelPlanner.com winner is Jennifer Vest of Chillicothe, Ohio. Or sign up for a new Xtra Frame subscription –monthly or XF Season Ticket – and you could win a new MOTIV bowling ball in the monthly MOTIV Xtra Frame sweepstakes, like Joe Goldstein of San Bruno, Calif., did in the July sweepstakes. Look for the Xtra Frame link on pba.com’s home page.

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EJ Tackett Strings Seven Strikes, Wins First PBA Tour Title in Xtra Frame Lubbock Southwest Sports Open

by Bill Vint June 28, 2015 11:53

LUBBOCK, Texas – Top qualifier EJ Tackett of Huntington, Ind., threw a string of seven consecutive strikes to defeated Bill O’Neill of Langhorne, Pa., 256-213, to win the PBA Xtra Frame Lubbock Sports Southwest Open and his first PBA Tour title Sunday at South Plains Lanes.

Tackett, PBA’s 2013 Rookie of the Year, opened the title match with three single-pin spares, but made a few adjustments and followed with his string of seven strikes to run away from O’Neill, who is arguably the hottest player in professional bowling this summer. O’Neill came into the Lubbock event fresh off wins in the PBA Oklahoma Open and Oklahoma’s Grand Casino Hotel & Resort King of the Swing, a multi-event summer series in which he also had two third-place finishes.

Tackett, 22, had previously finished second in the 2014 USBC Masters and the 2014 Oklahoma Open. Along with his first PBA Tour title, he won a $15,000 first prize.

“A lot of people took a chance on me when I first came out on tour, so I want to thank all of them,” Tackett said. “This one is for them.”

O’Neill advanced to the title match with a 267-235 victory over 2014 PBA Southwest Region Player of the Year Shawn Maldonado, a two-handed player from Houston, Texas. Maldonado was trying for his first PBA Tour title.

In the first match, Maldonado rallied from a 45-pin deficit in the fifth frame, finishing with seven consecutive strikes – including a cross-over strike on his first shot in the 10th frame – to eliminate defending Lubbock Southwest Open champion Mitch Beasley of Nashville, Tenn.

The Xtra Frame Lubbock Southwest Open, presented by Storm, was the fourth PBA Tour event covered exclusively live on by PBA’s exclusive online video-streaming service. Earlier in the year, Chris Barnes of Double Oak, Texas, won the DHC PBA Japan Invitational in Tokyo – the first international event ever streamed live on Xtra Frame; Josh Blanchard of Phoenix, Ariz., won the PBA Xtra Frame Maine Shootout at Bayside Bowl in Portland, Maine, and Colombia’s Andres Gomez won the PBA Xtra Frame Pensacola South Open last Sunday at New Liberty Lanes in Pensacola, Fla.

Among the 59 players who qualified for the cashers’ round was former Major League All-Star John Burkett of Southlake, Texas. Burkett, a 50-year-old first-year competitor on the PBA50 Tour, bowled Saturday’s early nine-game qualifying squad. With half of the field yet to bowl, Burkett was certain he had missed the cut to Sunday’s cashers’ round, so he headed back to Southlake – roughly 320 miles away. At the end of the five-hour trip, he learned he had, in fact, qualified in 58th place, so he turned around and drove back to Lubbock. Bowling the cashers’ round on three hours’ sleep, Burkett moved up to 34th place after two games before fatigue set in and he fell to 51st.

Upcoming exclusive live coverage events on Xtra Frame will be the Teen Masters National Championship, June 30-July 3, and the Teen Masters Collegiate Masters, July 4-5, at South Point Bowling Plaza in Las Vegas; the MOTIV Revolution Tournament at Thunderbowl in Allen Park, Mich., July 8-9; the Professional Women’s Bowling Association Storm Sacramento Open from Steve Cook’s Fireside Lanes in Citrus Heights, Calif., July 10-11; the PWBA Lubbock Sports Open from South Plains Lanes, July 17-18; the PBA50 Treasure Island Resort & Casino Open from Island Xtreme Bowl in Welch, Minn., July 20-22, and the PWBA Wichita Open from Northrock Lanes in Wichita, Kan., July 24-25. The PBA Tour returns to Xtra Frame Aug. 1-12 with the PBA/PWBA Xtra Frame Striking Against Breast Cancer Mixed Doubles from Palace Lanes in Houston, Texas. For subscription information, visit pba.com and click on the Xtra Frame logo. Three-day, monthly and full year subscriptions are available.

PBA XTRA FRAME LUBBOCK SPORTS SOUTHWEST OPEN

presented by Storm

South Plains Lanes, Lubbock, Texas, June 28

Final Standings: 1, EJ Tackett, Huntington, Ind., $15,000. 2, Bill O’Neill, Langhorne, Pa., $8,250. 3, Shawn Maldonado, Houston, Texas, $5,000. 4, Mitch Beasley, Clarksville, Tenn., $3,000.

Stepladder Results: Match One – Maldonado def. Beasley, 222-200. Semifinal Match – O’Neill def. Maldonado, 267-235. Championship – Tackett def. O’Neill, 256-213.

Final Match Play Standings (after 23 games, including match play bonus pins):

1, Tackett, 6-2, 5,587. 2, O'Neill, 7-1, 5,433. 3, Maldonado, 6-2, 5,413. 4, Beasley, 5-3, 5,398. 5, Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 5-3, 5,373, $2,000. 6, Tom Daugherty, Wesley Chapel, Fla., 5-3, 5,323, $1,700. 7, Patrick Allen, Mount Kisco, N.Y., 3-5, 5,293, $1,500. 8, Stuart Williams, England, 5-3, 5,288, $1,300.

9, Mike Fagan, Ft.Worth, Texas, 4-4, 5,222, $1,200. 10, Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., 3-5, 5,196, $1,100. 11, Anthony Lavery-Spahr, Pasadena, Texas, 3-5, 5,145, $1,000. 12, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 3-5, 5,141, $900. 13, a-A.J. Chapman, Manchester, Iowa, 2-6, 5,099, $850. 14, D.J. Archer, Kingwood, Texas, 3-5, 5,065, $800. 15, Kyle Troup, Taylorsville, N.C., 2-6, 5,041, $750. 16, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 2-6, 4,968, $700.

Other Cashers (after 15 games): 17, Jason Sterner, Covington, Ga., 3,337, $620. 18, Devin Bidwell, Wichita, Kan., 3,330, $610. 19, Gary Faulkner, Memphis, Tenn., 3,328, $605. 20, Tyler Jensen, Ft. Worth, Texas, 3,312, $600. 21, a-Tyson Branagan, Euless, Texas, 3,305, $635. 22, a-Mykel Holliman, Collierville, Tenn., 3,304, $590. 23, Mika Koivuniemi, Hartland, Mich., 3,293, $585. 24, Randy Weiss, Columbia, S.C., 3,282, $580.

25, s-Mike Edwards, Tulsa, Okla., 3,278, $575. 26, Nathan Bohr, Austin, Texas, 3,275, $570. 27 (tie), Brett Cooper, Denver, Colo., and s-Mark Williams, Beaumont, Texas, 3,259, $562.50. 29, Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 3,244, $555. 30, a-Dylan Burns, Garden City, Kan., 3,238, $550. 31, Anthony Simonsen, Princeton, Texas, 3,229, $545. 32, Dino Castillo, Carrollton, Texas, 3,223, $540.

33, Scotty Pope, Odessa, Texas, 3,214, $540. 34, Dick Allen, Columbia, S.C., 3,202, $535. 35 (tie), Paul Brewbaker, Midwest City, Okla., and a-Marc Heninger, Tonganoxie, Kan., 3,197, $532.50. 37, a-Keven Williams, Springfield, Mo., 3,194, $530. 38, Brett Spangler, Niles, Ohio, 3,183, $525. 39, a-Xeno Garcia, Ft. Worth, Texas, 3,182, $525. 40, Connor Pickford, Charlotte, N.C., 3,172, $520.

41, Michael Haugen Jr., Phoenix , 3,170, $520. 42, a-Lanndyn Carnate, Glendale, Ariz., 3,166, $515. 43, Chris Colella, Templeton, Mass., 3,165, $515. 44, Chad Newman, The Colony, Texas, 3,146, $515. 45, a-David Decker, Aurora, Colo., 3,139, $510. 46, a-Brandon Martin, Derby, Kan., 3,129, $510. 47, Scott Newell, Deland, Fla., 3,125, $510. 48, s-Doug Kirkman, Lubbock, Texas, 3,122, $510.

49, Jeff Hatt, Oklahoma City, 3,107, $505. 50, Ramese Chambers, Kansas City, Mo., 3,103, $505. 51, s-John Burkett, Southlake, Texas, 3,091, $505. 52, a-Jason Duran, Littleton, Colo., 3,086, $505. 53, Arturo Quintero, Mexico, 3,078, $505. 54, a-Seth Rutledge, Dallas, 3,056, $500. 55, f-Anggie Ramirez, Chicago, 3,034, $500. 56 (tie), a-John Pierce, Denton, Texas, and s-Mike Scroggins, Amarillo, Texas, 3,030, $500.

58, Andy Patterson, Tyler, Texas, 3,005, $500. 59, a-Dylan Macon, Ennis, Texas, 2,992, $500. 64, f-Clara Guerrero, Pflugerville, Texas/Colombia, 1,850, $300.

a-denotes amateur; s-denotes PBA50 player; f-denotes female.

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Texans Lavery-Spahr, Maldonado Pace Qualifying in PBA Xtra Frame Lubbock Sports Southwest Open

by Bill Vint June 27, 2015 16:31

LUBBOCK, Texas – In a field of 179 players including 23 PBA Tour titlists, two talented young Texans seeking their first PBA Tour title jumped into the lead after Saturday’s nine-game qualifying round of the PBA Xtra Frame Lubbock Sports Southwest Open at South Plains Lanes.

Anthony Lavery-Spahr, a one-time PBA Southwest Region title winner from Pasadena, Texas, and two-handed player Shawn Maldonado of Houston, a two-time winner in PBA Southwest Region competition, ranked one-two at the end of qualifying. Lavery-Spahr posted a 2,214 total while Maldonado, the 2014 Southwest Region Player of the Year, had 2,159 pins in leading the field of 59 players who advanced to Sunday’s six-game cashers’ round at 9:30 a.m. ET.

After the cashers’ round, the top 16 players based on 15-game pinfall total will advance to a modified eight-game round-robin match play round at 1 p.m. ET leading to the four-player stepladder finals and the battle for the $15,000 first prize at 5:20 p.m. ET.

All of Sunday’s competition will be covered live on PBA’s Xtra Frame online bowling channel.

For complete qualifying standings, click here: http://pba.com/Tournaments/RegionalResult/3506

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PBA Spare Shots: Xtra Frame Heads into July with Full Calendar of Events

by Bill Vint June 24, 2015 06:34

XTRA FRAME HEADS INTO JULY WITH FULL CALENDAR OF EVENTS

PBA’s Xtra Frame viewers are in for a full and varied schedule of bowling programming in the weeks ahead. Closing out the June schedule will be live coverage of the PBA Xtra Frame Lubbock Sports Southwest Open from South Plains Lanes in Lubbock, Texas, this weekend.

The Lubbock Sports Southwest Open, a PBA Tour title event that will pay a $15,000 first prize, had a preliminary entry of more than 165 players as of today including PBA Tour titlists Dick Allen, Patrick Allen, DJ Archer, Chris Barnes, Tom Daugherty, Mike Edwards, Mike Fagan, Michael Haugen Jr., Tommy Jones, Marshall Kent, Mika Koivuniemi, Robert Lawrence, Wes Malott, Scott Newell, Bill O’Neill, Rhino Page, Jake Peters, Sean Rash, Mike Scroggins, Jason Sterner, Kyle Troup, Mark Williams and Stuart Williams. The PBA title-winners will face a field of talented young collegiate and PBA Regional players looking for their first title.

Xtra Frame coverage begins with eight-game qualifying squads on Saturday. Half of the field will bowl at 8:30 a.m. CT and the other half at 3:30 p.m., with the top one-third of the field advancing to a six-game cashers’ round at 8:30 a.m. Sunday. The top 16 then will bowl a modified eight-game head-to-head round robin match play schedule starting at 12:30 p.m., followed by the four-player stepladder finals.

A number of women also are bowling in Lubbock, which is a Professional Women’s Bowling Association-PBA Women’s Regional points qualifying event.

Following the Lubbock event, Xtra Frame heads to Las Vegas for coverage of the Teen Masters National Championships (June 30-July 3) and the Collegiate Masters (July 4-5) from the South Point Bowling Plaza.

On July 8 and 9, Xtra Frame will video-stream coverage of the MOTIV Revolution Tournament, a non-PBA event, from Thunderbowl Lanes in Allen Park, Mich., followed immediately by the live debut of Professional Women’s Bowling Association competition, the PWBA Storm Sacramento Open, July 10-11, from Steve Cook’s Fireside Lanes in Citrus Heights, Calif.

Xtra Frame returns to South Plains Lanes in Lubbock July 17-18 for exclusive coverage of the PWBA Lubbock Sports Open, followed by start-to-finish coverage of the PBA50 Tour Treasure Island Resort & Casino Open presented by Roto Grip from Island Xtreme Bowl in Welch, Minn.

Closing out the July schedule will be the PWBA Wichita Open from Northrock Lanes in Wichita, Kan., and opening the August schedule will be the PBA/PWBA Xtra Frame Striking Against Breast Cancer Mixed Doubles from Palace Lanes in Houston, Texas.

Bowling fans who want to sample Xtra Frame can subscribe on a three-day basis for only $3.99. A full month’s worth of Xtra Frame programming cost only $7.99. PBA’s best package is the 12-month XF Season Ticket for $64.99, or $5.41 per month. To sign up, visit pba.com and click on the Xtra Frame link.

BILL O’NEILL PACES OKLAHOMA’S SUMMER SWING EARNINGS LIST

PBA’s third annual Summer Swing, a multi-event series patterned after PBA’s World Series of Bowling, served diverse purposes on behalf of the players, PBA fans and the bowling industry partners who support the PBA.

During Oklahoma’s Grand Casino Hotel & Resort PBA Summer Swing, 48 of the 120 players entered shared $241,000 in prize money – a 2.5:1 cashing ratio – with six players earning in excess of $10,000 for the week, led by Bill O’Neill’s $36,600. Tommy Jones was second with $24,000 in earnings followed by Ronnie Russell’s $17,500, Jason Belmonte with $16,700, Kyle Troup with $12,760 and Patrick Allen with $10,600.

For PBA’s advertisers and product registered companies, the series of video-streamed and CBS Sports Network-televised events provided 10 hours of original cable network exposure, more than 50 hours of video-streamed coverage, and significant additional exposure through re-airs and YouTube placements.

BOWLING MAKES “SHORT LIST” AS CANDIDATE FOR 2020 TOKYO OLYMPICS

Bowling, baseball and softball, karate, squash, roller sports, climbing, surfing and wushu are the eight sports nominated for the next stage of the application process to be added to the Olympic program for Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, it was announced Monday by Tokyo’s 2020 Additional Events Programme Panel and confirmed by World Bowling.

The decision was made following a meeting of the Tokyo events panel, according to a report by insidethegames.biz writer Nick Butler. The short list includes survivors from a list of 26 sports that had submitted applications to the Tokyo panel.

All eight sports federations will now progress to a second stage of the application process, which will include the submission of further details by July 22. Briefings to Tokyo organizers will take place Aug. 7-8. An unspecified number will then be proposed to the International Olympic Committee in September, before a final decision is due to made by the IOC in Rio de Janeiro in August 2016.

A key part of bowling’s presentation will be the new Round1 World Open which will take place in Tokyo July 9-12, featuring men and women from 70 different countries and televised finals which will be held in a specially-constructed arena setting in Tokyo. Several PBA players from the U.S. and around the world will participate in the event. The PBA will award a PBA Tour title to the men’s winner if he is a PBA member.

According to Butler, new sports must be a "driving force to promote the Olympic Movement and its values, with a focus on youth appeal," it has been explained, while they must also "engage the Japanese population and new audiences worldwide, reflecting the Tokyo 2020 Games vision."

Wall Street Journal-Japan is conducting a world-wide poll to ask which sport you would like to see added to the Tokyo Olympic Games program. If you would like to vote for bowling, go to: http://wedgi.es/1eE9qNE  and right click on “bowling” to cast a vote.

PBA REGIONAL UPDATE: NEW FATHER LOSCHETTER WINS IN WOOSTER

New father Chris Loschetter of Avon, Ohio, celebrated Father’s Day with a 70-pin victory over Patrick Dombrowski of Parma, Ohio, in the PBA J.D. Producing/Triway Lanes Central Open presented by Hammer at Triway Lanes in Wooster, Ohio, Sunday.

Loschetter, who became a father for the first time on May 29, finished with an 8-4 match play record and a total of 4,925 pins for 20 games, including match play bonus pins, to win his 13th career PBA Regional title and the $3,500 first prize.

● PJ Haggerty of Roseville, Calif., defeated Dennis Horan Jr. of Oakley, Calif., 236-225, to win the PBA Vanessa Brown Homes West Open, presented by Columbia 300, at Yosemite Lanes on Sunday.

In the companion PBA50 Vanessa Brown Homes West Open, Warren Nelson of Plummer, Idaho, defeated Dave Arnold of Dublin, Calif., 214-210, for his first PBA50 regional title and a $1,500 first prize.

Haggerty, who collected his ninth PBA Regional title, earned $2,000. He defeated Will Garber of Modesto, 265-192, in the semifinal round while Horan advanced to the title match by defeating Eddie VanDaniker Jr. of Chatsworth, Calif., 237-234.

Will Barnes from Wichita, Kan., outpaced the field to win the PBA Oklahoma City Southwest Challenge Sunday at Planet Bowl in Oklahoma City, topping PBA50 bowler Jim Dougherty of Oklahoma City by 115 pins for his first PBA title and a $2,000 first prize. With his title, Barnes became eligible to participate in the 2016 PBA Tournament of Champions.

Dougherty took the lead with the tournament’s only 300 game in the first game of match play, but Barnes won his first three matches behind games of 215, 259, and 247 to build a comfortable lead that he never surrendered.

Steven Taylor of Deer Creek, Ill., defeated Anthony LaCaze of Melrose Park, Ill., by 41 pins and Mitch Beasley of Nashville, Tenn., topped Brad Miller of St. Charles, Mo., by 83 pins, to win PBA American Family Insurance Midwest Open titles Saturday and Sunday, respectively, at Tinley Bowl in Tinley Park, Ill.

In Saturday’s 13-game event, Taylor posted a 3-3 match play record and a total of 3,053 pins, including match play bonus pins, to top LaCaze’s 3,012 total. Taylor earned $2,200 along with his third career PBA Regional title. On Sunday, Beasley won the 11-game event with total of 2,644 pins, topping Miller’s 2,561 total for his 16th career regional title and a $2,200 first prize.

Charles Bonis Jr. of Port Chester, N.Y. defeated Noel Vega of Kew Gardens, N.Y., 210-147, to win the Professional Bowlers Association Fort Meade Eastern Challenge presented by Roto Grip at The Lanes in Fort Meade, Md., on Saturday. PBA Challenge events are open to any member or non-member who has never won a PBA event.

Bonis, a non-member bowling in his third regional event, was undefeated in the bracket elimination finals. Vega led qualifying and also was undefeated in the earlier elimination rounds before he lost his ball reaction on the championship pair. Bonis earned $1,800 for the win, but does not receive credit for a PBA Regional title because he is a non-member. Vega earned $1,100 for his third runner-up finish in the past four East Region events.

● Over the June 26-27 weekend, South Plains Lanes in Lubbock, Texas, will host the Xtra Frame Lubbock Sports Southwest Open presented by Storm with $15,000 going to the winner. The entire tournament will be covered live on Xtra Frame. Also on the weekend schedule, Pro Bowl West in Ft. Wayne, Ind., will host the PWBA Central Open along with a one-day, reduced entry fee Central/Midwest Challenge. Sparetimes in Hampton, Va., will host the PBA50 Sparetimes South Open, and Fox Bowl in Wheaton, Ill., will host the PBA50 Tony Grigat Allstate Midwest Open.

● Three events over the Fourth of July weekend include the PBA and the women-only PWBA Gastonia South Open doubleheader presented by Brunswick at George Pappas’ Liberty Lanes in Gastonia, N.C., plus the Grand Casino Hotel & Resort Southwest Member/Non-Member Doubles at FireLake Bowling Center in Shawnee, Okla.

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

● Brunswick Bowling has announced that Dream-Bowl Palace in Munich, Germany, will continue to host the Brunswick Euro Challenge, a World Bowling-PBA International Tour event, through 2018. The 52-lane center has hosted the European showcase tournament for the past four years.

● Reminder: PBA fans who miss Tuesday’s telecast of the Grand Casino Hotel & Resort PBA King of the Swing finals on CBS Sports Network, the show (along with all Summer Swing finals telecasts) can be found in the archives on PBA’s online bowling channel, Xtra Frame, on Fridays after they air. Xtra Frame is available on three-day ($3.99), 30-day ($7.99) and 12-month ($64.99) subscription plans. To sign up, visit pba.com and click on the Xtra Frame link.

● To view an interview featuring Mike J. Laneside with Oklahoma’s Grand Casino Hotel & Resort King of the Swing winner Bill O’Neill, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rMig9-c1RHU

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PBA Adds Multi-Event South Point Bowling Plaza Fall Classic to 2015 Schedule

by Bill Vint June 24, 2015 05:12

LAS VEGAS, Nev.  The Professional Bowlers Association will return to South Point Bowling Plaza Oct. 19-26 with a new PBA South Point Bowling Plaza Fall Classic program, featuring an all-new PBA Team Challenge, qualifying and match play rounds of the Mark Roth/Marshall Holman PBA Doubles Championship and a new PBA Tour title event, the PBA Xtra Frame South Point Las Vegas Open.

The new competition program for South Point became possible when the PBA moved the GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling VII, originally scheduled for South Point, to the National Bowling Stadium in Reno, Nev., to take advantage of a unique live prime-time ESPN telecast slot on Thursday, Dec. 17 for the PBA World Championship.

“The PBA is thrilled to be able to stage this exciting series of events in the new South Point Bowling Plaza,” PBA CEO and Commissioner Tom Clark said. “South Point has been a great partner to the PBA and working with Director of Bowling Operations Mike Monyak to launch a new PBA team event in addition to two PBA Tour title events in the new Plaza will be awesome for the best bowlers in the world, the bowling fans in Las Vegas and a worldwide audience on Xtra Frame.”

The Fall Classic will feature a new five-player team competition, qualifying and match play rounds of the Roth/Holman Doubles Championship and the PBA Xtra Frame South Point Las Vegas Open, a PBA Tour title event. All competition except for the PBA Doubles Championship finals, which will be added to the GEICO WSOB VII ESPN television lineup in Reno, will be covered live on PBA’s Xtra Frame online video-streaming service.

Also as part of the PBA Fall Classic and the Xtra Frame coverage schedule, the PBA West Region will conduct a PBA South Point West Challenge tournament for players who have never won a PBA title on Friday, Oct. 23, and a PBA50 Western Open for players 50 and older on Monday, Oct. 26. Bowlers can enter those events through the PBA West Region.

PBA members and non-members are invited to bowl in the Fall Classic. Entry fee and prize money, based upon entries for each event, include the following. Entries open July 8:

● PBA Team Challenge: $500 per member entry fee ($600 per non-member), $40,000 first prize, $5,000 for 15th place, 1:4 cashing ratio, field limited to 60 teams.

● Roth/Holman PBA Doubles Championship: $500 per member entry fee ($600 per non-member), $22,000 first prize, $2,000 for 15th place, 1:4 cashing ratio, field limited to 60 teams.

● PBA Xtra Frame South Point Las Vegas Open: $300 member entry fee ($325 non-member), $10,000 first prize, 1:3 cashing ratio, field limited to 120 entries.

● PBA South Point West Challenge : $220 member entry fee ($285 non-member), open to players who have not won a PBA title, $1,500 first prize, 1:3 cashing ratio, field limited to 120 entries.

● PBA50 Western Open: $220 member entry fee ($285 non-member), open to players age 50 and older, $2,000 first prize, 1:3 cashing ratio, field limited to 120 entries.

PBA SOUTH POINT BOWLING PLAZA FALL CLASSIC SCHEDULE

South Point Bowling Plaza, Las Vegas, Oct. 19-26

Monday, Oct. 19

11 a.m. – Fall Classic practice session

3 p.m. –Mark Roth/Marshall Holman PBA Doubles Championship, 8 qualifying games (16 individual games)

Top 12 teams advance to round robin match play

Tuesday, Oct. 20

9 a.m. – Roth/Holman PBA Doubles, 6 games match play (12 individual games)

2 p.m. – Roth/Holman PBA Doubles, 6 games match play (12 individual games)

Top 5 teams after 20 doubles games (40 individual games) advance to ESPN stepladder finals on Saturday, Dec. 19 at National Bowling Stadium, Reno, Nev.

7 p.m. – PBA Xtra Frame South Point Las Vegas Open practice session

Wednesday, Oct. 21

9 a.m. – PBA Xtra Frame South Point Las Vegas Open, 8 qualifying games

Top 24 advance to round robin match play

4 p.m. - PBA Xtra Frame South Point Las Vegas Open, 8 games round-robin match play

Thursday, Oct. 22

8:30 a.m. - PBA Xtra Frame South Point Las Vegas Open, 8 games round-robin match play

1 p.m. - PBA Xtra Frame South Point Las Vegas Open, 8 games round-robin match play

Top 5 after 32 games advance to stepladder finals

5:30 p.m. - PBA Xtra Frame South Point Las Vegas Open stepladder finals (live on Xtra Frame)

Friday, Oct. 23

9 a.m. – PBA South Point West Challenge qualifying and match play (open to non-champions)

6 p.m. – PBA Team Challenge practice session

Saturday, Oct. 24

9 a.m. – PBA Team Challenge, 6 qualifying games (30 individual games)

5 p.m. – PBA Team Challenge, 12 Baker format qualifying games

Top 8 teams after 18 combined team games advance to round robin match play

Sunday, Oct. 25

9 a.m. – PBA Team Challenge, 8 games Baker format round robin match play

Top 4 teams after 26 combined team games advance to stepladder finals

3 p.m. – PBA Team Challenge Baker format stepladder finals (live on Xtra Frame)

Monday, Oct. 26

9 a.m. – PBA50 Western Open qualifying and match play

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