In addition to winning back-to-back PBA titles in the Xtra Frame PBA Las Vegas Open at South Point Bowling Plaza in Las Vegas on Oct. 22 and the Bowlmor AMF U.S. Open at AMF Garland Lanes in Texas on Sunday, Ryan Ciminelli of Cheektowaga, N.Y., led the combined pinfall totals for 40 qualifying games between those two events to earn an automatic invitation to compete in the DHC PBA Japan Invitational at Tokyo Bowl in Tokyo Jan. 12-17.
Also earning invitations for the DHC event, which will be covered live, exclusively by PBA’s Xtra Frame online bowling channel, are Aaron Lorincz, Saginaw, Mich.; John Szczerbinski, N. Tonawanda, N.Y.; Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla.; Ronnie Russell, Marion, Ind.; Walter Ray Williams Jr., Ocala, Fla.; Bill O’Neill, Langhorne, Pa.; Dom Barrett, England, and Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill.
Australia’s Jason Belmonte also earned an automatic berth, but has declined his invitation to remain home to await the arrival of his third child. His spot will be assumed by the next player in line, Ryan Shafer of Horseheads, N.Y.
Earning an invitation as the leading women’s points qualifier is Danielle McEwan of Stony Point, N.Y., and players who have been invited by DHC as the event sponsor are 2015 PWBA Player of the Year and Bowlmor AMF Women’s U.S. Open winner Liz Johnson of Cheektowaga, N.Y. (who finished fourth in the 2015 DHC PBA Japan Invitational); defending champion Chris Barnes of Double Oak, Texas; Amleto Monacelli of Venezuela, and Parker Bohn III of Jackson, N.J.
The DHC PBA Japan Invitational will feature a field of 16 international players along with an elite field of 16 Japanese players competing for shares of a $152,000 prize fund and a PBA Tour title. The tournament will involve 32 games of round-robin match play – covered live, exclusively on Xtra Frame – leading up to a five-player stepladder final that will air on ESPN2 on Sunday, Jan. 31, at 1 p.m. ET.
XTRA FRAME CREW GEARING UP FOR WORLD SERIES MARATHON COVERAGE
Xtra Frame will have all hands on deck for extensive coverage of the GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling VII presented by Silver Legacy, Dec. 7-17, from the National Bowling Stadium in Reno. The XF crew of Jef Goodger, Phil Brylow, Tim Burg and Ron Hickland will provide exclusive live coverage of the PBA50 and PBA Regional Challenge match play qualifying events presented by the International Bowling Museum and Hall of Fame to kick off coverage on Dec. 7, followed by coverage of qualifying for the Cheetah Championship presented by PBA Challenge Mobile Game by Concrete Software; the Viper Championship presented by Xtra Frame; the Chameleon Championship presented by HotelPlanner.com, and the Scorpion Championship presented by Reno Tahoe USA Dec. 8-11.
Xtra Frame and ESPN lead announcer Mike (Mike J. Laneside) Jakubowski and PBA Hall of Famer Marshall Holman will occupy the Xtra Frame booth Dec. 12-16 for the match play rounds of the Rolltech PBA World Championship and match play elimination rounds of the animal pattern events.
Prior to the live ESPN finals of the Rolltech PBA World Championship Thursday night, Dec. 17, Xtra Frame will cover the 2016 PBA League Draft at 2 p.m. ET.
Xtra Frame’s WSOB coverage also will feature a variety of special guests (competitors in the field who will provide their perspectives about what’s taking place, industry leaders and others), and Xtra Frame will debut its newest enhancements, including replays, slow motion, and a new feature where PBA will show the oil pattern on the lane during live coverage (click here for an example: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z5RKwdRJn-k)
Bowling fans who want to sample Xtra Frame can subscribe on a three-day (72-hour) basis for only $3.99. Fans can lock in the entire World Series package with a 30-day Xtra Frame subscription for only $7.99. PBA’s best package (and a great Christmas gift idea…) 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.
“KING OF BOWLING” SERIES CONTINUES ON PBA’S MODERN CLASSICS ON YOUTUBE
The PBA’s made-for-television “King of Bowling” series, held in 2009 at the Kegel Training Center in Lake Wales, Fla., is making an encore appearance among the PBA’s Modern Classics on YouTube. Watch for a new episode every Friday through Nov. 27. This week you can watch Bill O’Neill take on Walter Ray Williams Jr. for the right to try to de-throne Wes (The King) Malott.
To access the free programming, visit YouTube and search for “PBA Modern Classics” or click here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLwuUW8zaol88yWoNbytvj286cU8TajCgg
PBA REGIONAL UPDATE: COLEMAN WINS SUDDEN-DEATH MARATHON IN FLORIDA
Dale Coleman of High Springs, Fla., threw six consecutive strikes to win an extended one-ball, sudden-death roll-off against 17-year-old amateur James Matthews of Prattville, Ala., to conclude the best-of-three-game title match in the PBA Reality Check South Classic at Sawgrass Lanes in Tamarac, Fla., Sunday.
After losing the first game, 255-203, Coleman won the second, 258-247 to even the match. The two finalists then tied, 279-279, in game three to force the roll-off where both players threw five strikes in a row before Matthews left a ringing 10 pin and lost to Coleman’s sixth straight strike.
The title was Coleman’s second in PBA South Region competition. He also earned $2,500. Matthews earned $1,300 for his SMART scholarship account.
● Ron Mohr of Henderson, Nev., defeated Parker Bohn III of Jackson, N.J., 190-177, to win the PBA50 Dick’s Pro Shop Northwest/West Open at Linn Lanes in Lebanon, Ore., Sunday, for his 15th PBA50 regional title and the $2,500 first prize.
Mohr defeated Scott Hansel of Stockton, Calif., 191-149, and Bohn defeated Joe Cannon of Puyallup, Wash., 244-143, in the semifinal round to set up the championship match.
● Eugene McCune of Munster, Ind. defeated Larry Verble of Mason, Mich., 227-180, to win the PBA Pro Bowl West Central/Midwest Cheetah Classic at Pro Bowl West in Ft. Wayne, Ind., Sunday, for his 22nd PBA Regional title and the $2,000 top prize.
McCune downed Dave Wodka of Beavercreek, Ohio, 2-1, and Verble topped J.R. Raymond of Bay City, Mich., 2-0, in the best-of-three-game semifinal round.
● Amateur Tyler Albracht from Amarillo, Texas, saved his best for the final position round match to win the PBA Lubbock Sports Southwest Challenge, presented by Ebonite, Sunday in Lubbock, Texas.
Albracht, a senior at West Texas A&M, trailed Beau Peterson of Newton, Kan., going into the final game when he shot the tournament’s only 300 game to win his match, 300-248, and overtake Peterson by 36 pins to clinch the $2,000 first-place check. PBA Challenge events are open to amateurs who have not won a PBA event and to PBA members not credited with a PBA title. Because he is a non-member, Albracht does not receive credit for a PBA title.
Albracht, who qualified 10th for the modified round robin match play finals, won his last seven matches to finish with 5,039 total pins, including match play bonus pins. Peterson held on to second place with a 5,003 total and earned $1,200.
● The PBA Regional schedule for the Nov. 13-15 weekend includes the Colorado Springs Harmony Bowl Southwest Open presented by Budweiser; the PBA50 Liberty Lanes South Open presented by Brunswick in Gastonia, N.C., and the PBA Japan Shark Open at Fuji Bowl in suburban Tokyo. The Teen Masters Ocala Open, presented by the Ocala/Marion County Visitors and Convention Bureau is scheduled for Nov. 14-15 at AMF Galaxy West in Ocala, Fla.
● Two events on the Nov. 20-22 PBA Regional calendar include the La-Z-Boy Central Challenge at Monroe Sport Center in Monroe, Mich., and the Decker Appraisal Services Waynesboro Baker Trios presented by Hammer at Wayne Lanes in Waynesboro, Va.
● The only PBA Regional activity over Thanksgiving weekend will be the Beaumont Southwest Open at Crossroads Bowling Center in Beaumont, Texas, Nov. 27-29.
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.
● Reminder to PBA players: Friday is the deadline for PBA members to declare themselves eligible for the 2016 PBA League draft. Players not protected by team managers must declare their intentions to participate in the 2016 draft by contacting PBA Director of Events Janay Haggerty (firstname.lastname@example.org) by Nov. 13. The 2016 PBA League draft will be held on Dec. 17 in Las Vegas. The draft will be covered live on Xtra Frame at 2 p.m. ET (11 a.m. PT).
● A first for bowling trivia buffs: Bowlmor AMF U.S. Women’s Open champ Liz Johnson and U.S. Open winner Ryan Ciminelli are both residents of Cheektowaga, N.Y. It’s the first time both U.S. Open champions have come from the same city in the same year.
● With the addition of eight players from China, the GEICO PBA WSOB VII now has entries from a record 22 countries, beating the previous record of 21 set in two previous WSOBs.