PBA Network Launch Provides PBA Access to Bowling Fans Around the World

by Bill Vint September 19, 2014 04:39

CHICAGO – The Professional Bowlers Association has announced the launch of the PBA Network, a multi-platform media umbrella built for fans and highlighted by televised and digital event coverage of the best players in the world competing for the most coveted titles in the sport.

Through the PBA Network, fans will have unprecedented access to the PBA including wall-to-wall coverage of an expanded schedule of live events, player interaction, mobile gaming, original programming, archived events and immediate news updates anytime, on varying communications devices anywhere in the world.

PBA.com, the official website of the PBA, will be the home base for the PBA Network (http://www.pba.com/PBANetwork/), linking to all of its media touch points at pba.com/PBANetwork. Xtra Frame, the PBA’s streaming video service, is the lynchpin of the PBA Network with a yearly subscription fee of $64.99 ($5.41 a month) or monthly subscription rate of $7.99, available at xtraframe.tv/pba/.

“The PBA has provided the most memorable moments and defined icons in bowling since its inception in 1958. Along the way it has been part of the fabric of the sports world as a staple on national television for more than 50 consecutive years, including every year of broadcast partner ESPN’s history since 1979,” PBA Commissioner Tom Clark said. “The PBA has also been a trailblazer and leader in digital online coverage of sporting events since 2001, first on our Strike Pass, now Xtra Frame platform.

“The PBA Network celebrates the diversity of media outlets, competition and programming we have developed to make it better than ever for bowling fans to play games and get the best bowling action, news and information they want, whenever they want it, using whatever communications tools available to them.”

The PBA Network is also a cohesive vehicle for the PBA’s sponsors and partners to reach its great fan base across the PBA’s expanding media universe, including:

● Network television (ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN Classic, CBS Sports Network). In 2015, PBA’s network telecasts will include more than 47 hours of original programming and will reach a total audience of more than 50 million viewers.

● Live streaming video (Xtra Frame). PBA produces hundreds of hours of live coverage of PBA Tour, PBA50 and PBA Regional events, plus original programming and archived ESPN shows, qualifying rounds and match play from hundreds of events serving a dedicated audience of more than 5,500 paid subscribers on a daily basis. Captivated subscribers spend an average of 60 minutes per viewing.

● Web site (PBA.com). Featuring live scoring of major events, statistical updates, calendar information, video, player bios, scoring records, historical data and links to player web sites and social media. In the past 12 months, more than 2.5 million unique users from over 100 countries visited pba.com, recording just over 19 million page views.

● Online video (PBA YouTube Channel). PBA’s video content on its dedicated YouTube Channel has recorded more than nine million views.

● PBA In-box (PBA e-Newsletter, email notices). More than 200,000 PBA fans have signed up to receive the PBA’s electronic fan newsletter to get news and sponsor updates via email.

● Mobile gaming (PBA Bowling Challenge by Concrete Software is on Google Play, Apple iOS, Amazon App Store, Nook). Nearly 11 million mobile device users have been exposed to PBA competition through downloads and more than 115,000 play the PBA game on a daily basis.

● Social media (Professional Bowlers Association [PBA] Facebook page and associated PBA Regional, PBA50, PBA League and PBA personality Facebook pages; and @PBATour on Twitter). PBA’s most prominent social media outlets include 150,000-plus likes and 27,000-plus followers. PBA Player and PBA League owner communications via social media bring those numbers into millions of followers.

“Access and availability have been critical in developing the PBA Network along with digital partners such as our Xtra Frame host NeuLion and mobile game developer Concrete Software,” Clark said. "Whether your favorite communications device is your smart phone, lap top, tablet or TV, the PBA has created a media outlet that allows you to access news and watch bowling action easily anytime and anywhere.”

The recently-released 2015 PBA calendar of events (http://news.pba.com/post/2014/9/17/29-PBA-Tour-Titles-Will-Be-Decided-During-Expanded-2015-Season.aspx) includes a global tournament schedule that will reward 37 PBA national titles from now until the end of 2015. In 2015, the PBA will conduct more than 180 tournaments in the USA and more in cooperation with a growing number of international partners and World Bowling. The PBA Network includes on-site fan interaction and pro-ams in over 150 cities worldwide for PBA Tour, PBA50 Tour, PBA Regionals for men, seniors and women; World Bowling-PBA International Tour and PBA Japan Regional program events.

PBA Network promotional posters featuring reigning PBA Player of the Year Jason Belmonte, Rookie of the Year E. J. Tackett, Summer Swing King of the Swing Bill O’Neill and World Bowling Tour Finals champion Sean Rash have been distributed to most bowling centers in the USA and the PBA Network launch video is on the PBA’s free YouTube channel https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KjUFx5-lhcM&feature=youtu.be.

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Fellow Players Elect Chris Keane as 2014 PBA50 Dick Weber Sportsmanship Award Winner

by Jerry Schneider September 18, 2014 02:33

Veteran PBA50 Tour player Chris Keane of Cape Coral, Florida has been selected as the Dick Weber Sportsmanship Award winner for the 2014 PBA50 Tour season in voting by his fellow competitors.

Keane, 56, has been competing on the PBA50 Tour for four seasons. He has a career-high finish of 12th which came in the 2012 PBA50 Northern California Classic and had three top-20 finishes in 2014, including a best of 14th which also came in the Northern California Classic.

“I’m very honored and proud that my fellow bowlers would think of me that way,” said Keane. “You can’t help but enjoy yourself and have fun (on the PBA50 Tour), so I guess that attitude was reflected to the other bowlers.”

Keane seized the opportunity to bowl full-time on the PBA50 Tour after selling his car wash and auto repair business several years ago.

“I was a serious league and tournament bowler and it became something of a goal and challenge to see if I could bowl against some of the greats of the game,” he said. “I consider myself very fortunate to be able to spend so much time doing something that is this much fun. I just enjoy the whole experience.”

Also nominated for the award were Bill McCorkle, Patrick King, Sammy Ventura, Parker Bohn III and Amleto Monacelli.

Other 2014 PBA50 Tour award winners were Norm Duke, who earned PBA50 Tour Player of the Year and Rookie of the Year honors and Johnny Petraglia who earned PBA60 Player of the Year. Player of the Year awards were based on competition points. Recipients will receive their awards during a presentation at the 2015 PBA Senior U.S. Open next June in Las Vegas.

The Dick Weber Sportsmanship Award is named in honor of the PBA legend who won 30 PBA Tour and six PBA50 Tour titles during his Hall of Fame career, and was considered one of the sport’s greatest ambassadors.

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PBA Spare Shots: Mother’s Passing Inspires DJ Archer’s Near-Perfect 878 Series

by Bill Vint September 17, 2014 07:23

PBA Tour player D.J. Archer of Mineral Wells, Texas, turned an occasion of sorrow into a moment of inspiration on the day of his mother’s death, bowling the highest three-game series of his life.

After learning that his mother Sharon, 59, passed away Monday morning in Baton Rouge, La., after a lengthy battle with cardiac issues, Archer found the strength to go ahead and bowl in his regularly-scheduled league that evening because, he said, that’s what his mother would have wanted him to do.

What he didn’t expect was that he would bowl a personal-best 878 series and nearly add his name to the bowling history books when he finished just two shots away from a 900 in the Armadilla Dollars League at Armadilla Lanes II in Houston. 

“I felt like she was looking over me,” said Archer, whose mother had been in a cardiac rehabilitation center in Baton Rouge for several months. 

“I was dealing with a lot of emotions, but I know my mom would have wanted me to go ahead and bowl,” the 12-year PBA Tour veteran continued. “She and my dad (Dan, who died when DJ was 22) were very supportive of me and really got me started in the sport when I was five years old. But my mom was the one who really pushed me in bowling.”

Archer, a former collegiate star at West Texas A&M, started his series with a 300 game. He followed by a 279 which included a double before leaving a 10 pin and then striking the rest of the way. He concluded the set with a 299, leaving another 10 pin on his final shot.

“It was an incredible feeling because it felt like I could strike on every shot,” Archer said. “Being around friends and getting a lot of support from everyone in the league also was a great help and kept me in a positive state of mind. It was kind of like bowling on TV.”

Archer will return to competition in the GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling VI in Las Vegas in late October where he will try to improve on his PBA Tour career-high second-place finish in the 2013 Carmen Salvino Classic.

A memorial service will be held for Sharon Archer on Friday, Sept. 19 at Christian Life Fellowship, 2037 Quail Dr., Baton Rouge, LA 70808 (telephone: 225-769-6760) from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made to Gideon’s International for placement of bibles around the world. Messages of sympathy may also be sent to DJ via email at donkbowler@yahoo.com

PBA REGIONAL SUMMARY: MALDONADO WINS AGAIN IN McALESTER

Shawn Maldonado from Houston, Texas, dominated the field again to win the PBA McAlester Southwest Open Sunday at Great Balls of Fire in McAlester, Okla., topping Nathan Bohr of Wichita, Kan., by 185 pins for his third title of the 2014 season.

Maldonado, who won $2,500, opened Sunday’s final five games of qualifying in seventh place. He started that block with a 300 game and 786 series for his first three games to overtake Bohr. Maldonado then started the eight-game match play finals with a 215 and a win in his match, earning 30 bonus pins, and he then fired a 280 game to build a lead that no one could challenge. The Houston two-handed player finished with a 21-game total of 5,088 pins.

Steven Taylor of Deer Creek, Ill., defeated Jesse Buss of Belvidere, Ill., 245-171, to win the PBA Budweiser Midwest Open presented by Dexter at Cherry Lanes inside Diamond Jo Casino in Dubuque, Iowa, Sunday. The title was Taylor’s second of the year, following his first career win in a PBA Midwest Challenge tournament in Kankakee, Ill., in May. He also earned $2,000.

In the second of three PBA Women’s Regional points competitions, Kayla Stram of Grand Rapids, Minn., finished 12th, two places ahead of Amanda Greene of Romney, W.Va., to pull within 300 points of Greene in the race for a berth in the PBA Women’s Regional Finals and a paid entry into the PBA World Series of Bowling VI at South Point in Las Vegas starting Oct. 24. Stram also earned $250 as the top woman finisher in the field. The final PBAW Midwest Region qualifying event will be held Oct. 3-5 in Belton, Mo.

Jeff Zaffino of Warren, Pa., outscored Bill McCorkle of Westerville, Ohio by 51 pins over 17 games to win the PBA50 Lakeview Lanes Eastern Open in Fulton, N.Y., Sunday. Zaffino, who competes in both the PBA East and Central Regions, picked up his 24th overall PBA Regional title and a $1,500 prize.

Ryogo Tsurumi of Kanagawa slipped past Makoto Kawakami of Tochigi, 172-169, to win the PBA Japan Viper Open Monday at Sagami Fast Lane in Sagamihara, Japan, ending a streak of four consecutive victories in the new PBA Japan Region by Yuka Tsuchiya.

Tsurumi earned roughly $3,950 in U.S. dollars. The tournament, which was conducted on the PBA Viper lane conditioning pattern, drew a field of 127 men and women. Tsuchiya, who had swept the PBA Japan Cheetah and Chameleon women’s and open regional titles earlier in the summer, finished in 30th place in the Viper Open.

● On the Sept. 19-21 PBA Regional calendar are the PBA Rex & Griffin Bigelow Memorial Central Open at Troy Bowl in Troy, Ohio; the PBA/PBA50 Ken & Kathy Fowler Auto Centers West/Northwest Doubles at Yokayo Bowling Center in Ukiah, Calif., and the PBA Odessa Southwest Open at Astro Bowl in Odessa, Texas.

Closing out the month over the Sept. 26-28 weekend will be the PBA Tomball Southwest Open at Tomball Bowl in Tomball, Texas (the Southwest Region’s third-and-final PBA Women’s qualifying event); the PBA and PBA50 Fog City West Open presented by Roto Grip at Classic Bowling Center in Daly City, Calif.; the PBA Break Point Alley Member/Non-Member Doubles (a reduced entry fee event) in Tavares, Fla.; the PBA50 Mel Westrich Memorial Central/Midwest Open presented by Storm at Delphos Recreation Center in Delphos, Ohio; the PBA Midcontinent Communications Midwest Open at Empire Bowl in Sioux Falls, S.D., and the PBA Pavlinko Pro Shops Eastern Open (a one-day re-entry event on Sunday) at Brunswick Zone in Turnersville, N.J.

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

● PBA fans who would like special insights into professional bowling are invited to sign up for the free online PBA e-Newsletter, which is distributed electronically throughout the year. The PBA e-Newsletter including information about upcoming events, special promotions, highlights of recent tournaments and more. More than 200,000 PBA fans are already on the list. To enroll, visit PBA on Facebook and click on the “email signup” link.

● PBA fans who like to follow international competition under the auspices of World Bowling (formerly the World Tenpin Bowling Association) are encouraged to visit World Bowling’s new official website, http://www.worldbowling.org/. In addition to explaining World Bowling’s role as the international governing body for bowling in the eyes of the International Olympic Committee, the website includes information and links for all of the upcoming PBA International-World Bowling Tour events.

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29 PBA Tour Titles Will Be Decided During Expanded 2015 Season

by Bill Vint September 17, 2014 07:04

CHICAGO – An expanded schedule of tournament activity is on tap for the Professional Bowlers Association for calendar year 2015, including three major championships, six Xtra Frame tournaments, three doubles events and nine PBA International-World Bowling Tour tournaments among 29 PBA Tour title events.

The comprehensive schedule of PBA events will include 22 PBA television programs on ESPN and the CBS Sports Network, plus live online coverage of more than 40 events by PBA’s Xtra Frame online broadcast crew, PBA Commissioner Tom Clark announced today.

In addition to following the stars of the PBA on television and via the Internet, fans will be able to attend PBA events in person in California, Delaware, Florida, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Nevada, Oklahoma, Texas and Wisconsin. International tour stops will include visits to Japan, Korea, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Finland, Bahrain, Kuwait and Germany.

Highlights of the 2015 schedule include:

● The PBA Tour’s first visit to Maine for the third annual PBA League eliminations and Elias Cup finals along with a new PBA Xtra Frame Maine Shootout in late March.

● Three doubles tournaments, including the renewal of the Mark Roth/Marshall Holman PBA Doubles Championship; the PBA Xtra Frame Striking Against Breast Cancer Mixed Doubles in Houston, Texas, July 31-Aug. 2, and the PBA/PBA50 Tour Doubles Championship which will pair PBA Tour players with “senior” partners in August in Hammond, Indiana.

● Six new PBA Tour title-events covered live on Xtra Frame in Pensacola, Florida; Lubbock, Texas; Middletown, Delaware; Portland, Maine; Houston, Texas (mixed doubles), and Council Bluffs, Iowa. The former regional events will feature enhanced prize funds and elevation to PBA Tour title status.

● The return of the Chris Paul PBA Celebrity Invitational, a special fund-raising event, to be held on Jan. 8 in Los Angeles for airing on Super Bowl Sunday.

● The return of the Grand Casino Resort PBA Summer Swing to Shawnee, Okla., May 9-17, which means four PBA Tour title events and five telecasts on CBS Sports Network.

● The return of PBA World Series of Bowling VII to the South Point Hotel, Casino and Spa complex in Las Vegas.

The 2015 PBA calendar also includes 11 PBA50 Tour events, plus special events for the PBA’s 50-and-older top players during PBA World Series of Bowling VI and VII, and the PBA will conduct more than 140 Regional tournaments in cities within the PBA’s East, South, Central, Midwest, Southwest and West Regions, plus tournaments conducted by the new PBA Japan Region.

The PBA will conclude its 2014 campaign with five championship tournaments and two special events in World Series of Bowling VI at South Point in Las Vegas, followed by the Japan Cup and PBA International-World Bowling Tour events in Korea, Qatar and Saudi Arabia, which means that between November 2014 and the end of 2015, PBA Tour players will compete for 37 titles and nearly $4 million in prize money.

PBA fans will be able to follow hundreds of hours of PBA Tour, PBA50 Tour and regional action throughout the schedule by subscribing to Xtra Frame at the monthly rate of $7.99, or for a full-year for only $64.99 (less than $5.50 per month). Visit pba.com and click on the Xtra Frame link for complete details. Extensive PBA coverage also will be available on PBA’s Facebook, Twitter and YouTube pages.

2014 PBA SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

Oct. 24-Nov. 2: GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling VI (PBA Regional, PBA50 Tour, PBA Women’s Regional Match Play Elimination Rounds; Cheetah Championship presented by PBA Bowling Challenge Mobile Game, Viper, Scorpion, Chameleon and PBA World Championship preliminary rounds, South Point Bowling Center, Las Vegas (preliminary rounds on Xtra Frame, finals Nov. 1-2 and Jan. 11)

Nov. 13-15: Japan Cup, Minami Suna Round1 Bowling Center, Tokyo, Japan

Nov. 9-22: PBA International-World Bowling Tour Daejeon International Open, Daejeon World Cup Bowling Center, Daejeon, Korea

Nov. 21-27: PBA International-World Bowling Tour Qatar Open, Qatar Bowling Center, Doha, Qatar

Nov. 28-Dec. 3: PBA International-World Bowling Tour 8th Kingdom International Open, Universal Bowling Center, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Dec. 4-15: WTBA Men’s World Championships (non-PBA event), Khalifa International Bowling Centre, Abu Dhabi, UAE

2015 PBA SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

(tentative; visit pba.com for updates)

Jan. 8: Chris Paul PBA Celebrity Invitational, site to be announced, Los Angeles (ESPN, Feb. 1, 4:30 p.m. ET)

Jan. 6-11: PBA International-World Bowling Tour Ballmaster Open, Tali Bowling Center, Helsinki, Finland

Jan. 11: GEICO WSOB VI PBA World Championship stepladder finals, South Point Bowling Stadium, Las Vegas (ESPN live, 1 p.m. ET)

Jan. 14-18: DHC PBA Japan Invitational 2015, Tokyo Port Bowl, Tokyo, Japan (Xtra Frame)

Jan. 26-30: PBA Players Championship and Mark Roth/Marshall Holman PBA Doubles Championship qualifying and match play, Bowlmor AMF Bowlero, Wauwatosa, Wis. (Xtra Frame)

Feb. 1-8: United States Bowling Congress Masters, Ashwaubenon Bowl, Green Bay, Wis. (preliminary rounds on Xtra Frame, finals on ESPN live, Feb. 8, 1 p.m. ET)

Feb. 10-15: 50th Barbasol PBA Tournament of Champions, Woodland Bowl, Indianapolis (preliminary rounds on Xtra Frame, finals on ESPN live, Feb. 15, 1 p.m. ET); PBA Players Championship finals, Feb. 14 (ESPN, Feb. 22, 1 p.m. ET); Mark Roth/Marshall Homan PBA Doubles Championship finals, Feb. 15 (ESPN, March 1, 1 p.m. ET)

Feb. 24-March 2: PBA International-World Bowling Tour H.H. Emir Cup, Qatar Bowling Center, Doha, Qatar

Feb. 27-March 1: PBA Xtra Frame Pensacola South Open, New Liberty Lanes, Pensacola, Fla. (Xtra Frame)

March 5-10: PBA International-World Bowling Tour Kingdom of Bahrain Open, Ozone Entertainment Center, Oman, Bahrain

March 13-17: PBA International-World Bowling Tour Kuwait Open, Cozmo Bowling Center, Kuwait City, Kuwait

March 19-22: PBA International-World Bowling Tour Brunswick Euro Challenge, Dream-Bowl Palace, Munich, Germany

March 28-30: PBA League Playoffs and Elias Cup Finals, Bayside Bowl, Portland, Maine (ESPN, March 29, 4:30 p.m. ET; April 5, 3:30 p.m. ET; April 12, 2 p.m. ET and April 19, 1 p.m. ET)

March 30-31: PBA Xtra Frame Maine Shootout, Bayside Bowl, Portland, Maine (Xtra Frame)

April 11-14: PBA50 Pasco County Open, Lane-Glo Bowl, New Port Richey, Fla. (Xtra Frame)

April 18-21: PBA50 Sun Bowl in The Villages, Spanish Springs Lanes, The Villages, Fla. (Xtra Frame)

April 26-29: PBA50 Miller High Life Classic, George Pappas’ Victory Lanes, Mooresville, N.C. (Xtra Frame)

May 9-17: Oklahoma’s Grand Casino and Resort PBA Summer Swing (Wolf, Bear, Badger and Oklahoma Open tournaments), Firelake Bowling Center and Grand Casino Event Center, Shawnee, Okla. (preliminary rounds on Xtra Frame, finals on CBS Sports Network, air dates to be announced)

May 31-June 5: Suncoast PBA Senior U.S. Open, Suncoast Bowling Center, Las Vegas (Xtra Frame)

June 7-10: PBA50 Northern California Classic, Harvest Park Bowl, Brentwood, Calif. (Xtra Frame)

June 13-16: PBA50 Grants Pass Open, Cave Man Bowl, Grants Pass, Ore. (Xtra Frame)

June 26-28: PBA Xtra Frame Lubbock Southwest Open, South Plains Lanes, Lubbock, Texas (Xtra Frame)

July 19-22: PBA50 Treasure Island Resort & Casino Open, Island Xtreme Bowl, Welch, Minn. (Xtra Frame)

July 27-Aug. 1: USBC Senior Masters, Ashwaubenon Bowl, Green Bay, Wis.

July 31-Aug. 2: PBA Xtra Frame Striking Against Breast Cancer Mixed Doubles, Palace Lanes, Houston, Texas (Xtra Frame)

Aug. 4-7: PBA/PBA50 South Shore Doubles, Olympia Lanes, Hammond, Ind. (Xtra Frame)

Aug. 8-11: PBA50 Pro Bowl West Fort Wayne Classic, Pro Bowl West, Fort Wayne, Ind. (Xtra Frame)

Aug. 13-15: PBA60 Dick Weber Super Senior Classic, Pro Bowl West, Fort Wayne, Ind. (Xtra Frame)

Aug. 21-23: PBA Xtra Frame Middletown East Open, Mid-County Lanes, Middletown, Del. (Xtra Frame)

Sept. (tba): PBA International-World Bowling Tour Thailand, Blu-O Paragon, Bangkok

Oct. 9-11: PBA Xtra Frame Iowa Midwest Open, Thunderbowl, Council Bluffs, Iowa (Xtra Frame)

Oct. 16-Nov. 1: PBA World Series of Bowling VII (Cheetah, Viper, Chameleon, Scorpion Opens; PBA World Championship; World Bowling Tour Men’s and Women’s Finals presented by PBA), South Point Bowling Center, Las Vegas (preliminary rounds on Xtra Frame, finals on ESPN, air dates to be announced)

Nov. 21-27: PBA International-World Bowling Tour Qatar Open, Qatar Bowling Center, Doha, Qatar

Nov. 28-Dec. 3: PBA International-World Bowling Tour 9th Kingdom International Open, Universal Bowling Center, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

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PBA Spare Shots: Tickets Now Available for GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling VI Television Finals

by Bill Vint September 12, 2014 04:15

­Tickets for ESPN telecasts of the GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling VI Nov. 1-2 and the live telecast of the PBA World Championship Finals Jan. 11 at the new South Point Bowling Stadium in Las Vegas are now available.

The premier showcase of international professional bowling competition will include the four-player stepladder finals of four traditional PBA “animal lane condition pattern” contests – the Cheetah, Viper, Chameleon and Scorpion Championships – on Saturday, Nov. 1; a new PBA Challenge telecast and the World Bowling Tour Men’s and Women’s Finals presented by the PBA on Sunday, Nov. 2, and the live PBA World Championship finals on Sunday, Jan. 11 at 1 p.m. ET (10 a.m. PT). The PBA Challenge will include four special matches: the PBA Regional Finals, PBA Women’s Regional Finals, PBA50 Tour Finals and Teen Masters Grand Championship.

Admission to all finals is free, but tickets must be obtained either through pba.com (http://www.pba.com/Tickets/) or on site at the South Point Bowling Center. A limited number of tickets will be available for each event on a first-come basis.

The WSOB VI television series will result in seven programs and 10 hours of coverage on ESPN beginning on Sunday, Dec. 14 at 1 p.m. ET. PBA will also provide more than 50 hours of World Series preliminary round coverage through its online bowling channel Xtra Frame. Subscriptions are available through the Xtra Frame link on pba.com.

The Saturday, Nov. 1, schedule is: PBA Cheetah Championship presented by PBA Bowling Challenge Mobile Game at noon, PBA Viper Championship at 2 p.m.; PBA Chameleon Championship at 4:45 p.m., and PBA Scorpion Championship at 6:30 p.m.

The Sunday, Nov. 2, schedule is PBA Challenge at 11 a.m. and the WBT Men’s and Women’s Finals presented by PBA at 2:45 p.m.

“NEXT LEVEL” HELPS RAISE MORE THAN $50,000 FOR FOLDS OF HONOR

PBA Hall of Famer Norm Duke’s Next Level Bowling, in cooperation with Tidewater Charities, conducted its second annual Bowling for Vets fund-raiser event in Myrtle Beach, S.C., on Friday, Aug. 29, and generated a $10,000 share of the more than $50,000 raised for the Folds of Honor Foundation which benefits military veterans and their families.

The bowling event, held in conjunction with the Tidewater Golf Patriot Day event, featured Duke doing trick shots, signing autographs and meeting with veterans and their families. Mike Riccitelli of Carolina Shores, N.C., won a special VIP World Series of Bowling VI package that will include two round-trip tickets to the WSOB, lodging at South Point Hotel and tickets for the TV shows.

PBA WOMEN STARS SEEK U.S. BERTH IN PAN AMERICAN GAMES

A team dominated by PBA women members will try to qualify the United States for a berth in the 2015 Pan American Games next week in the Pan American Bowling Confederation Women’s Championships in Cali, Colombia.

PBA Tour champion Kelly Kulick of Union, N.J.; PBA Regional title-winners Shannon O’Keefe of O’Fallon, Illinois; Missy Parkin of Laguna Hills, Calif.; Liz Johnson of Cheektowaga, N.Y., and PBA Women’s Series titlist Shannon Pluhowsky of Kettering, Ohio, along with amateur Danielle McEwan of Stony Point, N.Y., will represent Team USA in Colombia where PABCON singles, doubles, trios, team, all-events and Masters titles will be decided.

In order to clinch a berth in the 2015 Pan Am Games in Toronto, the top two U.S. players in combined all-events pinfall must finish among the top four out of seven teams that have not yet qualified for the Pan Am Games. The Team USA men previously qualified for their berth during the Pan American Sports Festival in Mexico in July.

PBA REGIONAL SUMMARY: WES MALOTT WINS INAUGURAL SOUTHWEST INVITATIONAL

Wes Malott from Pflugerville, Texas, cruised past George Brooks of Loveland, Colorado, 268-155, to win the $4,500 first prize in the inaugural PBA Grand Hotel, Casino and Resort Southwest Invitational at FireLake Bowling Center in Shawnee, Okla., Sunday. The entire event, from start to finish, was covered live on PBA’s Xtra Frame online bowling channel.

Malott, a last-minute entry into the limited elite field, filled a vacancy created by a bowler who withdrew due to injury two days prior to the invitational tournament. After qualifying second and earning a berth into the Round of 8, Malott started his road to victory by eliminating Ryan Boroff of Mansfield, Texas, 2-0 in their best two-of-three game match. Malott then defeated PBA Southwest Region Hall of Fame inductee David Anthony from Austin, Texas, 245-217, in their semifinal round match.

Brooks, who qualified fourth, earned his berth in the final match by defeating PBA champion Mike Edwards from Tulsa, Okla., 2-1 in their best-of-three-game Round of 8 match, followed by a 245-234 victory over Nathan Bohr of Austin Texas, in the semifinal round.

Chris Loschetter of Avon, Ohio, was perfect in defeating Ryan Ciminelli of Cheektowaga, N.Y., 300-210, to win the PBA Moon City Central Classic presented by Roto Grip at Astro Lanes in Wapakoneta, Ohio, Sunday. The title was Loschetter’s 12th career PBA Regional title. He also earned $3,000.

Ciminelli defeated Kyle Troup of Taylorsville, N.C., 225-215, to advance to the championship match. In the first stepladder match, Ciminelli eliminated Jason Sterner of Covington, Ga., 237-182.

Sammy Ventura of Syracuse, N.Y., defeated Terry Wiley of Vienna, Va., 188-170, to successfully defend his PBA50 Howell Lanes Eastern Open title in Howell, N.J. Sunday.

Ventura, who had not won since last year’s Howell event, was the recipient of a number of fortunate breaks throughout the elimination finals. He advanced through the best-of-five-game Round of 16, defeating amateur Douglas Rehrig of Berlin, N.J., without rolling a game over 199. He lost the first game in the best-of-three game Round of 8, but won the next two games by a total of 12 pins.

He then won his semi-final round match over Mike Tryniski of Fulton, N.Y., 202-201, when Tryniski, who needed three strikes in the final frame, left an eight pin after striking twice, and he won his sixth career title and the $1,500 top prize when Wiley failed to strike in his 10th frame.

Dave Traber of Hebron, Ill., defeated Don Holmes of Itasca, Ill., in a sudden-death roll-off to win the PBA50 Illinois Valley Midwest Classic presented by Ebonite on Saturday at Illinois Valley Super Bowl in Peru, Ill., and Rick Woloszyn of Griffith, Ind., completed the doubleheader weekend by defeating John Dudak of Orland Park, Ill., 193-189, on Sunday for his first PBA Regional title and a $1,500 first prize.

On Saturday, Traber nipped Holmes, 30-28 in a 10th-frame roll-off, after they tied at 228-228 to collect the $1,500 first prize and his 32nd overall PBA Regional title.

Gilbert, Ariz. (September 7, 2014)Jim Pratt of Glendale, Ariz., posted a 9-7 match play record and a 24-game total of 5,799 pins to win his fourth PBA Regional title in the PBA West Rufus Open presented by Columbia 300 at Flip Side Lanes Sunday. Pratt, who earned $2,500, defeated Dave Wodka of Henderson, Nev., by 11 pins for the win.

● The Sept. 12-14 PBA Regional calendar includes the PBA McAlester Southwest Open at Great Balls of Fire Entertainment Center in McAlester, Okla.; the PBA50 Lakeview Lanes East Open in Fulton, N.Y.; the PBA Budweiser Midwest Open presented by Dexter at Diamond Jo Casino’s Cherry Lanes in Dubuque, Iowa (a PBA Women’s Regional points event which will be covered live by Xtra Frame), and a return to action in the PBA Japan Region with the Viper Open at Sagami First Lane in Kanagawa on Monday, Sept. 15.

On the Sept. 19-21 PBA Regional calendar are the PBA Rex & Griffin Bigelow Memorial Central Open at Troy Bowl in Troy, Ohio; the PBA/PBA50 Ken & Kathy Fowler Auto Centers West/Northwest Doubles at Yokayo Bowling Center in Ukiah, Calif., and the PBA Odessa Southwest Open at Astro Bowl in Odessa, Texas.

Closing out the month over the Sept. 26-28 weekend will be the PBA Tomball Southwest Open at Tomball Bowl in Tomball, Texas (the Southwest Region’s third-and-final PBA Women’s qualifying event); the PBA and PBA50 Fog City West Open presented by Rotor Grip at Classic Bowling Center in Daly City, Calif.; the PBA Break Point Alley Member/Non-Member Doubles (a reduced entry fee event) in Tavares, Fla.; the PBA50 Mel Westrich Memorial Central/Midwest Open presented by Storm at Delphos Recreation Center in Delphos, Ohio; the PBA Midcontinent Communications Midwest Open at Empire Bowl in Sioux Falls, S.D., and the PBA Pavlinko Pro Shops Eastern Open (a one-day re-entry event on Sunday) at Brunswick Zone in Turnersville, N.J.

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

Don’t forget: Xtra Frame will provide live coverage of the Diamond Jo’s Casino Midwest Open at Cherry Lanes in Dubuque, Iowa, on Sunday, Sept. 14, beginning at 10 a.m. ET. The Dubuque event will be the second of three PBA Women’s Regional events in the Midwest Region.

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