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 Sun Bowl In The Villages 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 two-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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2014 PBA League Bracket - Final Standings

by Pba Editor April 13, 2014 08:13

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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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PBA Spare Shots: Belmonte, Walter Ray Achieve PBA Pinfall Milestones

by Bill Vint April 9, 2014 07:58

One of the most notable pinfall milestones a grassroots bowler can accomplish is membership in the United States Bowling Congress Open Championships’ 100,000 pinfall club, a feat long-time PBA member and current Storm Products Vice President-Public Relations Bob Hart accomplished recently in Reno. In his 58th USBC Open appearance, Hart became the 14th bowler to join that elite club.

By way of comparison, Australia’s Jason Belmonte is the first member a new PBA 100,000 pinfall club, and it only took him five years to do it. The reigning PBA Player of the Year is the first player to surpass that milestone in PBA World Series of Bowling competition, knocking over 101,431 pins in 456 games (a 222.43 scoring pace). Sean Rash will likely become the second member of the WSOB 100,000 pinfall club this fall in his sixth World Series. Rash has a 99,717 total for 445 games, averaging 224.04.

While membership in any 100,000 pinfall club is noteworthy, PBA Hall of Famer Walter Ray Williams Jr. has established a standard for PBA Tour competition that will be hard to beat. Williams closed the 2012-13 PBA Tour season as the first-and-only player to knock down more than five million pins in PBA Tour competition. As of Dec. 31, 2013, Williams had bowled 22,926 games in 775 PBA Tour events and knocked down a total of 5,019,834 pins – a lifetime average of 218.95.

To put WRW’s career into perspective, an average league bowler rolling 100 games in a season would need to average nearly 219 for a little more than 229 years to match that feat.

Williams’ closest challenger is fellow Hall of Famer Pete Weber who has toppled 4,650,511 pins in 21,482 games during a career that began in 1979. Weber has averaged 216.48 in his 750 PBA Tour events.

ESPN “SPORTS SCIENCE” SEGMENT EXPLORES RASH’S STRIKING POWER ON SUNDAY

Sunday’s ESPN coverage of the PBA League Elias Cup Finals at 2 p.m. ET will include a special “Sports Science” feature by John Brenkus examining PBA star Sean Rash’s striking power. The use of a variety of sensors and slow-motion video helps Brenkus break down Rash’s delivery as he explains how the former PBA Player of the Year generates the speed and power that set him apart from the “average” league bowler.

XTRA FRAME TO PROVIDE EXTENSIVE COVERAGE OF PBA50 TOUR

Beginning with the PBA50 Pasco County Open at Lane Glo Bowl in New Port Richey, Fla., and continuing through the summer months, PBA’s exclusive online bowling channel, Xtra Frame, will provide extensive live coverage of almost the complete PBA50 Tour’s 2014 schedule.

PBA50 Tour events confirmed for coverage following the April 13-15 Pasco County Open include the Miller High Life Classic presented by Columbia 300, George Pappas Victory Lanes, Mooresville, N.C., April 27-30; the Suncoast PBA Senior U.S. Open presented by Dexter, Suncoast Bowling Center, Las Vegas, June 1-6; the Northern California Classic presented by MOTIV, Harvest Park Bowl, Brentwood, Calif., June 15-18; the Dick Weber Super Senior Classic presented by Storm, Pro Bowl West, Fort Wayne, Ind., July 18-20; the PBA50 Pro Bowl West Fort Wayne Classic presented by Ebonite, Pro Bowl West, Fort Wayne, Ind., July 20-23; the Dayton Classic presented by Roto Grip, Capri Bowling Lanes, Kettering, Ohio, July 28-31; the South Shore Open presented by DV8, Olympia Lanes, Hammond, Ind., Aug. 4-7, and the Treasure Island Resort & Casino Open presented by Hammer, Island Xtreme Bowl, Welch, Minn., Aug. 10-13.

The USBC Senior Masters at South Point Bowling Center in Las Vegas, June 8-13, will be covered by USBC’s BowlTV.

The star-studded 2014 PBA50 Tour season will feature a number of PBA Hall of Famers (Norm Duke, Parker Bohn III, Tom Baker, Dale Eagle, Amleto Monacelli, Randy Pedersen, Johnny Petraglia, Brian Voss, Wayne Webb, Pete Weber and Walter Ray Williams Jr.) and a host of PBA Tour and PBA50 Tour champions. Throughout the season, PBA50 competitors will be competing for three berths in the end-of-season PBA50 Tour Finals which will be conducted in conjunction with the PBA World Series of Bowling VI in Las Vegas.

For scheduled PBA50 Tour events, Xtra Frame will provide start-to-finish coverage of qualifying and match play rounds, including title matches. To subscribe to Xtra Frame, visit pba.com and click on the Xtra Frame link. Monthly subscriptions are $7.99; a full year of Xtra Frame coverage, which includes access to a huge archive of past telecasts, interviews and instructional materials, is available for $64.99.

In addition to the PBA50 Tour events, Xtra Frame will provide live coverage of all preliminary and match play rounds of Oklahoma’s Grand Casino Resort Summer Swing from FireLake Bowling Center in Shawnee, Okla., May 19-22.

BARNES FAMILY’S STRIKE OUT DIABETES FUNDRAISER SET FOR MAY 10

Seventeen-time PBA Tour titlist Chris Barnes and his wife Lynda will host their fifth annual Strike Out Diabetes fundraiser at Plano Super Bowl in Plano, Texas, on Saturday, May 10. The Barnes family hopes to add $60,000 to the more than $250,000 they’ve already raised in support of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

The event will include a lineup of PBA, Team USA and USBC personalities including Clara Guerrero, Kim Terrell-Kearney, Tennelle Milligan, Rod Ross, Paul Fleming, Dino Castillo, and Chris and Stefanie Johnson, among others. It will include a coaching clinic, silent auction, prize drawings, trick shots and more. To learn more about sponsorship opportunities or how you can participate, visit strikeoutdiabetes.org.

PBA REGIONAL ROUNDUP: GUNN WINS FIRST REGIONAL TITLE IN INDIANA

Brian Gunn of Chicago defeated Ronnie Russell of Marion, Ind., 268-209, to win his first PBA Regional title in the PBA Security Federal Savings Bank Central/Midwest Championship at Star Lanes in Lafayette, Ind., Sunday.

Gunn, the top qualifier, earned $2,300. Russell defeated Tom Hess of Urbandale, Iowa, 247-244, to advance to the championship match after Hess kicked off the stepladder finals by eliminating Mike Wolfe of Jeffersonville, Ind., 255-245, and Tim Mack of Indianapolis, 269-238.

● The April 11-13 PBA Regional schedule includes the PBA Rockaway Lanes Eastern Open presented by Storm at Rockaway Lanes in Rockaway, N.J.; one of the West/Northwest Region’s premier events, the PBA Earl Anthony Memorial Classic at Earl Anthony’s Dublin Bowl in Dublin, Calif.; a PBA Summer Swing preview event, the FireLake Grand Casino Hotel Resort Southwest Open presented by Dexter in Shawnee, Okla.; and the PBA Debbie & Leo Nunan Memorial Central Open presented by Track at AMF Stardust Lanes in Grove City, Ohio.

The April 16-18 weekend features the PBA50 Sarasota Southern Open at Sarasota (Fla.) Lanes; the PBA South Point West Challenge (for non-champions) and the South Point West Member/Non-Member Doubles in Las Vegas, and the PBA Del Mar Lanes U Can Bowl 2 Southwest Challenge presented by MOTIV (for non-champions) in Houston, Texas.

Closing the April schedule will be the PBA50 Cherokee Lanes Southern Open presented by MOTIV in Canton, Ga., April 24-26.

The annual PBA West/Northwest Hawaii tripleheader is also on tap, beginning with the PBA Kona West/Northwest Open at KBXtreme Lanes in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, April 27-28, and followed by the PBA John Gonsalves Memorial West/Northwest Open at Schofield Barracks on May 1, and the Hickam AFB West Northwest Open presented by Columbia 300 May 2-4.

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

Reminder: PBA members, amateur bowlers and fans who are planning to attend the Oklahoma’s Grand Casino Resort PBA Summer Swing in Shawnee, Okla., are urged to use a special online link to obtain the special $99-per-night room rate. To reserve your room at the special PBA rate, visit http://usgcr.webhotel.microsdc.us/ and enter 140516SUMM in the Group Code Box. Or you can call the Grand directly at 405-964-7777 and mention the PBA Summer Swing to obtain the preferred rate.

● Reminder: Four paid entries into Oklahoma’s Grand Casino Resort PBA Summer Swing will be awarded in a “win-a-spot” qualifier to be hosted by FireLake Bowling Center on Sunday, April 27, at noon. The entry fee is $150. Competition will involve nine games total pinfall, including three games each on the Wolf, Badger and Bear patterns that will be used during the Summer Swing. To enter the win-a-spot qualifier, call FireLake at 405-275-0404.

● A line of lightweight spring clothing items are now available at the PBA Store. To shop for PBA-logoed merchandise, visit pba.com and click on the “shop” tab.

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