PBA Spare Shots: Harry Sullins Becoming a ‘Legend’ in PBA50 Regional Competition

by Bill Vint November 14, 2014 06:27

Five-time PBA Tour and three-time PBA50 Tour winner Harry Sullins, who also goes by the moniker “The Legend,” isn’t letting the grass grow under his feet.

On Sunday, Sullins defeated Tim Kauble of Marion, Ohio, 218-188, to win the PBA50 Victory Lanes Midwest/Central Open in Kankakee, Ill., for his sixth PBA50 Regional title of the year and a $1,600 payday.

When not competing full time on the PBA50 Tour, the Chesterfield Twp., Mich., resident is a weekend warrior who fills his schedule with regular and PBA50 Regional tournaments. During his years as a PBA Tour regular, Sullins competed in 403 national tour stops, but since becoming eligible for PBA50 competition in 2007, he has experienced a resurgence in his professional career, especially at the regional level where is his trying to build another “legendary” resumé.

Since Sullins drives to all of his tournaments he estimates that he has driven nearly 35,000 miles this year alone while bowling in a total of 27 PBA events, including the full PBA50 Tour schedule, PBA and PBA50 Regionals plus the GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling VI in Las Vegas.

“With all the equipment I have, it’s just easier to put it all in the car than have to deal with the airlines,” he said.

At the regional level, he has bowled in 14 PBA50 events this year (plus two standard regionals against “the kids”).

“I still want to win every tournament I bowl in,” said the 57-year-old Sullins, who won the PBA50 World Championship during the first PBA World Series of Bowling in 2009. “My goal is to get to 20 PBA50 regional titles before anyone else and see how far I can take it after that."

Sullins, who plans to bowl one more PBA50 Regional in December, now has 17 PBA50 Regional titles including his win in Kankakee, Ill., on Sunday, Nov. 9. He also has won 12 regular PBA Regional titles.

BARNES, GUERRERO WIN BOWLING WORLD CUP TITLES

PBA champions Chris Barnes of Double Oak, Texas, and Clara Guerrero, a Colombia native now living in Pflugerville, Texas, won the men’s and women’s titles in the 50th QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup Saturday at Sky Bowling Center in Wroclaw, Poland.

Entering the finals as the No. 3 qualifier, Barnes won his best-of-three-game semifinal match against Ukraine's Mykhaylo Kalika, 215-204, 300-219 and then swept top qualifier Tobias Bording of Germany, 269-248, 231-216 for the title.

In the women’s title match, Guerrero defeated Malaysia's Li Jane Sing, 2-1. Guerrero won the first game, 239-234, lost the second, 257-243, and won the deciding game, 265-211. Team USA’s Brittni Hamilton finished third.

Barnes, who bowled in the World Cup as a member of Team USA, joined wife Lynda Barnes as the first husband-wife duo to win World Cup titles. Lynda won in 2005.

PBA REGIONAL SUMMARY: LeCLAIR AND SON WIN PBA EAST DOUBLES TITLE

The father and son team of Brian and Connor LeClair of Albany, N.Y., defeated fellow New Yorkers Joe Ciccone of Buffalo and Sammy Ventura of Syracuse, 2-0, in the best-of-three-game title match to win the PBA Doug Kent’s Central New York Doubles Classic at Doug Kent’s Rose Bowl Lanes in Newark, N.Y. on Sunday, Nov. 9.

The LeClairs won a first-game roll-off 8-6 after tying at 389 and completed the sweep with a 397-368 win in game two to claim the $3,000 first prize.

The event teamed one bowler under the age of 50 with a PBA50 player for the “over/under” doubles format. The win marked the 18th career regional title for Brian LeClair, who turned 50 on Oct. 20. Connor, the oldest of his two sons, is a student at Fordham University and was competing in his third PBA regional event. Connor, a non-member, does not earn a PBA title because he isn’t a PBA member.

The LeClairs defeated host and PBA Hall of Famer Doug Kent and his partner, Mike Tryniski of nearby Fulton, 2-1, while Ciccone and Ventura eliminated Matt O’Grady of Matawan, N.J., and Ray Edwards, Middle Island, N.Y., 2-0, in the semifinal round.

Tyler Jensen of Fort Worth, Texas, defeated Mike Scroggins of Amarillo, Texas, 221-198, to win the inaugural PBA Harmony Colorado Springs Southwest Open, presented by Budweiser, at Harmony Lanes in Colorado Springs on Sunday. Jensen earned $2,500 and his 15th PBA Regional title.

Jensen advanced to the final match by defeating Brett Cooper of Denver, 2-1; Jeff Hatt of Oklahoma City, 2-1, Dave Wodka, 10-9 in a one-ball roll-off after they tied at 224-224 in the semi-final contest.

Scroggins, who slipped into the finals by converting the 6-7 split in the final frame of qualifying, won his way to the title match by defeating Ben Laughlin from Chandler, Ariz., 2-1, in the Round of 12; Mike Keily from Golden, Colo., 2-0 in the Round of 8, and 2013 USBC Queen’s champion Diana Zavjalova from Latvia, 246-192, in the semifinal round.

Rich Horsley of Morrisville, N.C., defeated top qualifier Kyle Troup of Taylorsville, N.C., 223-219, to win his first PBA Regional title in the PBA Gloucester (Va.) Southern Open at Village Lanes Sunday. Along with his $2,300 prize, Horsley became eligible to enter the 50th anniversary Barbasol PBA Tournament of Champions in February in Indianapolis.

In winning the title, Horsley defeated Chris Blackmore of Fairfax, Va., 221-203; and three-time PBA Tour titlist Dick Allen of Columbia, S.C., 217-181, to advance to the title match.

● In the final PBA Japan Regional event of the year, 17-year-old non-member Miku Urano and Yuni Shibata won the PBA Japan Scorpion Women’s and Scorpion Open titles, respectively, in Tokyo.

● The Nov. 14-16 schedule includes the PBA50 Liberty Lanes South Open in Gastonia, N.C.; the Go Bowl Northwest Doubles (a reduced entry fee tournament) in Pasco, Wash., and the Pro Bowl West Central/Midwest Cheetah Classic (a one-day reduced entry fee event) in Ft. Wayne, Ind.

On the Nov. 21-23 schedule are the PBA50 Bryan’s Bowling Center Eastern Open presented by The Insurance Market in Laurel, Del.; the PBA50 Dick’s Pro Shop Northwest/West Open at Linn Lanes in Lebanon, Ore.; the Dallas Orthopaedic Trauma Surgeons Southwest Open at Brunswick Zone in Watauga, Texas, and the PBA50 Shore Lanes Merritt Island Open presented by Storm and Sill’s Pro Shop at Shore Lanes in Merritt Island, Fla.

Thanksgiving weekend includes the Beaumont Southwest Open at Crossroads Bowling Center in Beaumont, Texas, and the La-Z-Boy/Monroe Sport Center Central Challenge for non-titlists in Monroe, Mich.

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: nominations for the 2014 Tony Reyes Community Service award are due by Wednesday, Nov. 26. Nominees must be current PBA members in good standing. The winner will be selected by a PBA committee and announced along with the 2014 PBA Player of the Year, Rookie of the Year and Steve Nagy Sportsmanship Award winners early in 2015. Nominations may be submitted by anyone. To obtain a nomination form, visit: (http://www.pba.com/Content/images/forms/TonyReyes_App_2014.pdf).

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Walter Ray Williams Jr. Headlines Field of 8 Finalists in 28th Round1 Japan Cup

by Bill Vint November 14, 2014 04:34

TOKYO, Japan – A month after celebrating his 55th birthday, Professional Bowlers Association Hall of Famer Walter Ray Williams Jr. of Oxford, Florida, put himself into position to add to his stunning portfolio, advancing to the Round of 8 finals in the 28th Round1 Japan Cup Friday at Minami Suna Round 1.

Williams, the only player who has bowled in all 28 modern Japan Cups, will try for his third Japan Cup title and a 48th PBA Tour title – expanding upon his PBA titles record – when the eight finalists bowl for the $51,700 first prize on national television in Japan Saturday. The eight-time PBA Player of the Year hasn’t won a PBA Tour title since the 2010 United States Bowling Congress Masters.

Williams, the 1991 and 2006 Japan Cup winner, will join fellow PBA Tour competitors Mika Koivuniemi, Finland; Chris Loschetter, Avon, Ohio, and Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., in the eight-man finals along with Japan’s Akio Ishihara and Takuya Miyazawa, and Korea’s Park Kyung Shin and Kim Young Kwan.

Williams advanced to the Round of 8 by sweeping Park Sang Pil, Korea, 3-0, and fellow PBA Hall of Famer Norm Duke of Clermont, Fla., 3-0, before finally losing a game to Mike Fagan of Fort Worth, Texas, in a 3-1 win during Friday’s best-of-five-game elimination matches.

Another player pursuing a milestone first PBA Tour title is Kent, a former Robert Morris-Illinois University star and Team USA member, who needs a PBA victory to become eligible for the 50th anniversary Barbasol PBA Tournament of Champions in February.

Saturday’s finals will be a continuation of the bracket elimination matches, but matches will be one game.

ROUND1 JAPAN CUP
Minami Suna Round1, Tokyo, Friday

ROUND OF 16
(Best of five games; winners advance to Round of 8 finals, losers earned $2,840)
Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., def. Mike Fagan, Fort Worth, Texas, 3-1.
Mika Koivuniemi, Finland, def. Hiroyuki Kuretake, Japan, 3-2.
Akio Ishihara, Japan, def. Toshifumi Kojima, Japan, 3-0.
Chris Loschetter, Avon, Ohio, def. Nobuhito Fujii, Japan, 3-2.
Park Kyung Shin, Korea, def. Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 3-1.
Takuya Miyazawa, Japan, def. Yoshihiro Gima, Japan, 3-0.
Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., def. Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 3-1.
Kim Young Kwan, Korea, def. Osku Palermaa, Finland, 3-2.

ROUND OF 32
(A Squad, winners advance to Round of 16, losers earned $1,375)
Gima def. Takashi Kudoh, Japan, 3-1.
Miyazawa def. Jason Sterner, Covington, Ga., 3-1.
Park def. Jason Belmonte, Australia, 3-1.
Jones def. Nobuaki Takahashi, Japan, 3-1.
Palermaa def. Shigeo Saito, Japan, 3-2.
Kim def. Stuart Williams, England, 3-2.
Malott def. Masanori Satoh, Japan, 3-2.
Kent def. Takuya Saitoh, Japan, 3-1.
(B Squad, winners advance to Round of 16, losers earned $1,375)
Koivuniemi def. Yugo Imakita, Japan, 3-1.
Kuretake def. Tom Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich., 3-1.
W.R. Williams def. Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 3-0.
Fagan def. Ryan Ciminelli, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 3-2.
Fujii def. Seo Jeng Hwan, Korea, 3-1.
Loschetter def. Hiroki Takada, Japan, 3-1.
Kojima def. Takeo Sakai, Japan, 3-2.

ROUND OF 64
(A Squad, winners advance to Round of 32, losers earned $685)
Sterner def. Shigenori Sakata, Japan, 3-1.
Malott def. Joji Takabuchi, Japan, 3-1.
Belmonte def. Brian Voss, Centennial, Colo., 3-0.
Kim def. Shinya Ishida, Japan, 3-2.
Palermaa def. Kengo Tagata, Japan, 3-0.
Takahashi def. Katsuhito Itoyama, Japan, 3-1.
Kent def. Tamiki Miike, Japan, 3-1.
Kudoh def. Ronnie Russell, Marion, Ind., 3-2.
Gima def. Choi Won Young, Korea, 3-2.
Saitoh def. Shunsuke Miyata, 3-1.
Jones def. Akio Harada, Japan, 3-0.
Saito def. Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 3-2.
S. Williams def. Shota Kawazoe, Japan, 3-2.
Park def. Takahiro Satoh, 3-2.
Masanori Satoh def. Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 3-0.
Miyazawa def, Hayato Hijikata, Japan, 3-0.
(B Squad, winners advance to Round of 32, losers earned $685)
Smallwood def. Kaname Yamamoto, Japan, 3-0.
Endo def. Bill O’Neill, Langhorne, Pa., 3-1.
Duke def. Yoshimi Kitaoka, Japan, 3-0.
Loschetter def. Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 3-1.
Seo def. Craig Nidiffer, Trenton, Mich., 3-1.
Ciminelli def. Eisuke Miyazaki, Japan, 3-0.
Sakai def. Jeong Tae Hwa, Korea, 3-1.
Koivuniemi def. Fumihiro Yoshida, Japan, 3-0.
Imakita def. Shuichi Heki, Japan, 3-0.
Kojima def. Jo Nam Yi, Korea, 3-0.
Fagan def. Shinichi Horie, Japan, 3-1.
Fuji def. Makoto Kawakami, Japan, 3-0.
Takada def. Dom Barrett, England, 3-1.
W.R. Williams def. Park Sang Pil, Korea, 3-0.
Ishihara def. Kenichi Kadokawa, 3-0.
Kuretake def. Scott Norton, Mission Viejo, Calif., 3-0.

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23 PBA Players Advance to Round1 Japan Cup Round of 64; Match Play Finals Begin Friday

by Bill Vint November 13, 2014 06:29

TOKYO, Japan – Twenty-three Professional Bowlers Association players who traveled to Tokyo to compete in the 28th Round1 Japan Cup have advanced to the field of 64 match play finalists at Minami Suna Round 1.

After 10 qualifying games by the field of 176 players from around the world on Thursday, Japan’s Shigenori Sakata led the 32 players who advanced out of A Squad with a 10-game total of 2,483 pins – a 248.3 average – while two-time PBA Tour titlist Tom Smallwood of Saginaw, Michigan, paced the B squad qualifiers with a 2,437 total (243.7 average).

The tournament field was split into two squads of 88 players, with PBA Tour players divided between the two squads. Among those who failed to advance to match play was defending Japan Cup champion Yuya Kato, who became the first Japanese player in 25 years to win the event in the 47th edition of the tournament held last December.

Under the Japan Cup format, the top 32 qualifiers from A squad and the top 32 from B squad will begin best-of-five-game, single-elimination play Friday. Winners will remain in their respective brackets into the Round of 8, which will be nationally-televised in Japan.

FINAL QUALIFYING STANDINGS
Minami Suna Round1, Tokyo, Thursday

A Squad (after 10 games; top 32 advance to Round of 64 best-of-five-game single-elimination match play):
1, Shigenori Sakata, 2,483.
2, Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 2,379.
3, Jason Belmonte, Australia, 2,369.
4, Kim Young Kwan, 2,358.
5, Osku Palermaa, Finland, 2,349.
6, Katsuhito Itoyama, 2,324.
7, Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., 2,323.
8, Ronnie Russell, Marion, Ind., 2,316.
9, Choi Won Young, 2,304.
10, Takuya Saitoh, 2,288.
11, Akio Harada, 2,288.
12, Parker Bohn Ⅲ, Jackson, N.J., 2,286.
13, Stuart Williams, England, 2,266.
14, Park Kyung Shin, 2,262.
15, Masanori Satoh, 2,257.
16, Takuya Miyazawa, 2,239.
17, Hayato Hijikata, 2,239.
18, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 2,234.
19, Takahiro Satoh, 2,231.
20, Shota Kawazoe, 2,228.
21, Shigeo Saito, 2,228.
22, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 2,216.
23, Shunsuke Miyata, 2,206.
24, Yoshihiro Gima, 2,204.
25, Takashi Kudoh, 2,203.
26, Tamiki Miike, 2,198.
27, Nobuaki Takahashi, 2,197.
28, Kengo Tagata, 2,188.
29, Shinya Ishida, 2,187.
30, Brian Voss, Centennial, Colo., 2,185.
31, Joji Takabuchi, 2,182.
32, Jason Sterner, Covington, Ga., 2,181.
Failed to advance: 33, EJ Tackett, Huntington, Ind., 2,177. 50, Thomas Larsen, Denmark, 2,089.

B Squad (after 10 games; top 32 advance to Round of 64 best-of-five-game single-elimination match play):
1, Tom Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich., 2,437.
2, Bill O'Neill, Langhorne, Pa., 2,347.
3, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 2,330.
4, Chris Loschetter, Avon, Ohio, 2,293.
5, Seo Jeng Hwan, 2,280.
6, Ryan Ciminelli, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 2,276.
7, Jeong Tae Hwa, 2,275.
8, Fumihiro Yoshida, 2,273.
9, Yugo Imakita, 2,260.
10, Jo Nam Yi, 2,260.
11, Mike Fagan, 2,260.
12, Nobuhito Fujii, 2,256.
13, Dom Barrett, England, 2,245.
14, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., 2,238.
15, Akio Ishihara, 2,226.
16, Scott Norton, Mission Viejo, Calif., 2,226.
17, Hiroyuki Kuretake, 2,225.
18, Kenichi Kadokawa, 2,221.
19, Park Sang Pil, 2,220.
20, Hiroki Takada, 2,213.
21, Makoto Kawakami, 2,205.
22, Shinichi Horie, 2,204.
23, Toshifumi Kojima, 2,201.
24, Shuichi Heki, 2,199.
25, Mika Koivuniemi, Finland, 2,195.
26, Takeo Sakai, 2,181.
27, Eisuke Miyazaki, 2,171.
28, Craig Nidiffer, Trenton, Mich., 2,167.
29, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 2,166.
30, Yoshimi Kitaoka, 2,166.
31, Makoto Endo, 2,157.
32, Kaname Yamamoto, 2,155.
Failed to advance: 47, Dan MacLelland, Canada, 2,110. 50, Josh Blanchard, Gilbert, Ariz., 2,101. 68, Johnathan Bower, Middletown, Pa., 2,033.

ROUND OF 64 A SQUAD BRACKET PAIRINGS
(Friday, best of five games; winners advance to Round of 32)
No. 1 Shigenori Sakata vs. No. 32 Jason Sterner.
No. 2 Wes Malott vs. No. 31 Joji Takabuchi.
No. 3 Jason Belmonte vs. No. 30 Brian Voss.
No. 4 Kim Young Kwan vs. No. 29 Shinya Ishida.
No. 5 Osku Palermaa vs. No. 28 Kengo Tagata.
No. 6 Katsuhito Itoyama vs. No. 27 Nobuaki Takahashi.
No. 7 Marshall Kent vs. No. 26 Tamiki Miike.
No. 8 Ronnie Russell vs. No. 25 Takashi Kudoh.
No. 9 Choi Won Young vs. No. 24 Yoshihiro Gima.
No. 10 Takuya Saitoh vs. No. 23 Shunsuke Miyata.
No. 11 Akio Harada vs. No. 22 Tommy Jones.
No. 12 Parker Bohn III vs. No. 21 Shigeo Saito.
No. 13 Stuart Williams vs. No. 20 Shota Kawazoe.
No. 14 Park Kyung Shin vs. No. 19 Takahiro Satoh.
No. 15 Masanori Satoh vs. No. 18 Pete Weber.
No. 16 Takuya Miyazawa vs. No. 17 Hayato Hijikata.

ROUND OF 64 B SQUAD BRACKET PAIRINGS
(Friday, best of five games; winners advance to Round of 32)
No. 1 Tom Smallwood vs. No. 32 Kaname Yamamoto.
No. 2 Bill O’Neill vs. No. 31 Makoto Endo.
No. 3 Norm Duke vs. No. 30 Yoshimi Kitaoka.
No. 4 Chris Loschetter vs. No. 29 Sean Rash.
No. 5 Seo Jeng Hwan vs. No. 28 Craig Nidiffer.
No. 6 Ryan Cimielli vs. No. 27 Eisuke Miyazaki.
No. 7 Jeong Tae Hwa vs. No. 26 Takeo Sakai.
No. 8 Fumihiro Yoshida vs. No. 25 Mika Koivuniemi.
No. 9 Yugo Imakita vs. No. 24 Shuichi Heki.
No. 10 Jo Nam Yi vs. No. 23 Toshifumi Kojima.
No. 11 Mike Fagan vs. No. 22 Shinichi Horie.
No. 12 Nobuhito Fuji vs. No. 21 Makoto Kawakami.
No. 13 Dom Barrett vs. No. 20 Hiroki Takada.
No. 14 Walter Ray Williams Jr. vs. No. 19 Park Sang Pil.
No. 15 Akio Ishihara vs. No. 18 Kenichi Kadokawa.
No. 16 Scott Norton vs. No. 17 Hiroyuki Kuretake.

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PBA Stars Hope to Regain Round1 Japan Cup Starting Thursday in Tokyo

by Bill Vint November 11, 2014 06:25

CHICAGO – A contingent of 29 Professional Bowlers Association competitors, including 20 invitees and nine PTQ hopefuls, are headed to Tokyo for the start of the 28th Round1 Japan Cup at Minami Suna Round 1 in Tokyo, hoping to return the prestigious Japan Cup to PBA hands.

The Round1 Japan Cup field includes 16 PBA Tour players who qualified based upon competition points, four players invited by the hosts, and nine players who will bowl in a “pre tournament qualifier” on Wednesday in hopes of joining the 20 invited players in the tournament field.

Players who are exempt from the PTQ include Dom Barrett, England; Jason Belmonte, Australia; Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J.; Ryan Ciminelli, Cheektowaga, N.Y.; Mike Fagan, Ft. Worth, Texas; Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C.; Mika Koivuniemi, Hartland, Mich.; Chris Loschetter, Avon, Ohio; Dan MacLelland, Canada; Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas; Bill O'Neill, Langhorne, Pa.; Osku Palermaa, Finland; Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill.; Ronnie Russell, Marion, Ind.; Tom Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich.; E.J. Tackett, Huntington, Ind.; Brian Voss, Centennial, Colo.; Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo.; Stuart Williams, England, and Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla.

Players entered in the PTQ are Josh Blanchard, Gilbert, Ariz.; Johnathan Bower, Middletown, Pa.; Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla.; Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash.; Thomas Larsen, Denmark; Brad Miller, St. Charles, Mo.; Craig Nidiffer, Trenton, Mich.; Scott Norton, Mission Viejo, Calif., and Jason Sterner, Covington, Ga.

The Japan Cup is currently in the hands of Japan’s Yuya Katoh who defeated countryman Kazuaki Watanabe, 243-235, in the first all-Japan title match in the entry’s 27-year history. In doing so, Katoh became the first Japanese player to win the Cup in 25 years.

Competition begins Thursday when all players will be divided into A and B squads to bowl two five-game qualifying rounds to determine the 64 match play finalists. The 20 invited PBA players will be divided equally with 10 players assigned to each squad. After qualifying, the top 32 from each squad will advance to Friday’s best-of-five-game, single-elimination match play finals which will cull the field to the top eight for Saturday’s finals.

The Round1 Japan Cup is a PBA Tour title event, but it is not part of the World Bowling Tour.

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PBA Spare Shots: AFN to Air PBA Telecasts to American’s Military Personnel Around the World

by Bill Vint November 7, 2014 06:21

The American Forces Network, a non-commercial television service made available by the U.S. Department of Defense, will continue to air PBA telecasts to more than a half million active duty, uniformed personnel based in 175 locations around the world, thanks to the renewal of an ongoing agreement with the PBA.

PBA programming will be provided to AFN at no cost, PBA Commissioner Tom Clark announced. The subscription-free cable and satellite television service and can be viewed by U.S. military personnel located on U.S. bases and installations outside of the U.S., including on ships at sea.

“Without the ongoing support of the PBA, other sport leagues and various contributors of televised content in all genres, our nation's troops would not be able to watch quality programming from home while serving their nation abroad,” said AFN spokesman Andy Scott.

SVENSSON, McNEIL AND ALLEN WIN WORLD SERIES REGIONAL EVENTS

Part of the tradition of the GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling is a pair of PBA Regional tournaments conducted by PBA West Region manager Gary Mage: the South Point All-Regions Open and the PBA West Region’s South Point Member/Non-Member Doubles.

In the All-Regions Open, Jesper Svensson of Sweden, a two-hander who bowls from the left side, defeated two-time PBA Tour winner Thomas Larsen of Denmark, 259-214, in the championship match to win his first PBA Regional title, a $3,000 first prize and eligibility to enter the 50th anniversary Barbasol PBA Tournament of Champions Feb. 10-15 at Woodland Bowl in Indianapolis.

In the semifinals, Svensson, who went 7-0 in match play, defeated Kim Bolleby of Sweden, 300-228, to advance to the championship match and Larsen defeated five-time PBA Tour winner Eric Forkel of Las Vegas, 209-192.

In the doubles championship match, non-member Matt McNeil of Prior Lake, Minn., teamed up with 13-time Tour winner Patrick Allen of Baltimore to defeat non-member Terry Rohrer of Fort Wayne, Ind., and Tour winner Jason Sterner of Riverdale, Ga., 382-376. The winners also went undefeated in match play (7-0) and split the $4,000 first prize.

The tournaments, held on the closing weekend of WSOB VI, drew a singles field of 146 players and doubles field of 59 teams.

TEAM OF PBA ALL-STARS TO REPRESENT TEAM USA IN WORLD MEN’S CHAMPIONSHIPS

An all-star team of PBA stars will represent the United States in the World Men’s Bowling Championships Dec. 6-14 at Zayed Sports City in UAE. Players selected by Team USA head coach Rod Ross and staff are Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas; Mike Fagan, Fort Worth, Texas; Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C.; Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash.; Bill O’Neill, Langhorne, Pa., and Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill.

The World Bowling men’s championships, held every fourth year, will include teams from 52 countries bowling for singles, doubles, trios, five-player team, all-events and Masters medals. A number of PBA International members also will compete, representing their home countries. The U.S. led the last Men’s World Championships medal harvest, winning three gold, two silver and three bronze medals.

NOMINATIONS DUE NOVEMBER 26 FOR TONY REYES COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARD

A reminder: nominations for the 2014 Tony Reyes Community Service award are due soon. The award will be presented to a PBA member in good standing, based upon the extraordinary community service, charitable and/or educational contributions the nominee has made during the 2014 calendar year.

The postmark deadline for nominations will be Wednesday, Nov. 26. Nominees must be current PBA members in good standing. The winner will be selected by a PBA committee and announced along with the 2014 PBA Player of the Year, Rookie of the Year and Steve Nagy Sportsmanship Award winners early in 2015. Nominations may be submitted by anyone. The nomination form is available on pba.com (http://www.pba.com/Content/images/forms/TonyReyes_App_2014.pdf).

EVERYBODY’S A WINNER IN GEICO PBA WORLD SERIES OF BOWLING SELFIE PROMOTION

During the GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling VI, the High 5 Gear Selfie contest produced five lucky winners who accumulated the most re-tweets from “selfie” photos taken during the World Series. Each winner had the opportunity to bowl against a PBA star in a one-ball showdown as part of WSOB telecasts, which will be seen on ESPN in the weeks ahead. To avoid spoiling the outcomes in advance, you’re invited to watch the WSOB finals on ESPN on five consecutive Sundays, beginning Dec. 14 at 1 p.m. ET

EDDIE ELIAS TOURNAMENT REWARDS AKRON STUDENTS WITH SCHOLARSHIPS

Three students earned $7,000 in scholarships in the fifth annual Edward G. Elias Bowling Tournament held at the University of Akron Student Union Game Room, honoring the late PBA founder. The annual event, created by Elias’ widow Peggy, is a tribute to the former University of Akron graduate who lettered in basketball, baseball and served as student council president during his college years.

PBA REGIONAL SUMMARY: BACK TO ACTION FOR REGIONAL PLAYERS

With PBA WSOB VI over, PBA Regional activity will be back into full-speed action in November, beginning with a Nov. 7-9 schedule that includes the PBA Village Lanes South Open in Gloucester, Va.; the PBA50 Victory Lanes Midwest/Central Open in Kankakee, Ill.; the Colorado Springs Harmony Bowl Southwest Open presented by Budweiser; Doug Kent’s Upstate New York Over/Under Doubles at Rose Bowl Lanes in Newark, N.Y., and the PBA Japan Women’s and Scorpion Opens at Higashiyamato Grand Bowl.

The Nov. 14-16 schedule includes the PBA50 Liberty Lanes South Open in Gastonia, N.C.; the Go Bowl Northwest Doubles (a reduced entry fee tournament) in Pasco, Wash., and the Pro Bowl West Central/Midwest Cheetah Classic (a one-day reduced entry fee event) in Ft. Wayne, Ind.

On the Nov. 21-23 schedule are the PBA50 Bryan’s Bowling Center Eastern Open presented by The Insurance Market in Laurel, Del.; the PBA50 Dick’s Pro Shop Northwest/West Open at Linn Lanes in Lebanon, Ore.; the Dallas Orthopaedic Trauma Surgeons Southwest Open at Brunswick Zone in Watauga, Texas, and the PBA50 Shore Lanes Merritt Island Open presented by Storm and Sill’s Pro Shop at Shore Lanes in Merritt Island, Fla.

Thanksgiving weekend includes the Beaumont Southwest Open at Crossroads Bowling Center in Beaumont, Texas, and the La-Z-Boy/Monroe Sport Center Central Challenge for non-titlists in Monroe, Mich.

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 Hall of Famer Pete Weber will be inducted into the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame tonight in St. Charles, Mo., joining his legendary father Dick Weber among the elite Missouri sports figures who share the honor. It’s third major hall of fame, including the PBA and USBC halls, to honor the father-son duo.

● Detroit’s Aleta Sill, the first career millionaire in women’s professional bowling, will be inducted into the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame on February 12 in Detroit along with newly-retired New York Yankees star Derek Jeter and Michigan coaching legend Tom Izzo. Other stars who will be inducted the same night include ex-Detroit Red Wings hockey stars Mike Modano and Sergei Fedorov, former Cincinnati Reds shortstop Barry Larkin, Olympic swimming gold medalist Sheila Taormina, and ex-Detroit Lions defensive tackle Doug English.

● PBA television broadcasting legend Chris Schenkel will be inducted into the Sports Broadcasting Hall of Fame on Sunday, Dec. 16, at the New York Hilton.

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