PBA Returns to ESPN on March 29 to Begin Four-Week PBA League Elias Cup Playoff Series

by Bill Vint March 19, 2015 04:45

CHICAGO – The stars of the Professional Bowlers Association return to ESPN on Sunday, March 29 at 5 p.m. ET with the first in a four-week series of PBA League telecasts, concluding with the Elias Cup finals on Sunday, April 19, at 1 p.m. ET. All PBA League competition will take place at Bayside Bowl in Portland, Maine, as part of a six-day “Maine Event” which gets underway on Thursday, March 26.

The PBA’s first national tour visit to Maine will be an extended fan-oriented weekend hosted by an upscale bowling facility, beginning with an opportunity for grassroots bowlers in Maine to bowl alongside the world’s greatest bowlers in a special pro-am event on Thursday, March 26. Friday’s schedule includes practice sessions for individuals and teams (closed to the general public).

Competition officially gets underway on Saturday, March 28, with two PBA League quarterfinal round elimination matches. PBA League elimination matches will be best-of-two-game Baker format matches. If a match ends in a tie, a one-ball sudden-death roll-off will determine the winner.

The 2015 Elias Cup competition will begin with the 2013 Elias Cup-champion GEICO New York City WTT KingPins, led by PBA Hall of Famer Pete Weber, bowling the first PBA League quarterfinal match at noon against the Concrete Software BROOKLYN STyLES, led by 2012 PBA Player of the Year Sean Rash. Immediately following the KingPins-STyLES match, the defending Elias Cup champion Bass Pro Shop Silver Lake Atom Splitters, led by 18-time PBA Tour champion Chris Barnes, will meet the High 5 Gear Philadelphia Hitmen, led by England’s Dom Barrett. Both matches will air on ESPN on Sunday, March 29, at 5 p.m. ET.

At 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, quarterfinal competition will continue with the HotelPlanner.com Pittsburgh Jack Rabbits, led by former PBA Player of the Year Wes Malott, meeting the Shipyard Brewery Dallas Strikers, led by player-manager and PBA Hall of Famer Norm Duke (who ironically teamed with Malott to win the Mark Roth/Marshall Holman PBA Doubles Championship in February). Closing the quarterfinal round will be a match between Detroit’s Barbasol Motown Muscle, led by 2013 PBA Rookie of the Year EJ Tackett, vs. Wheaties L.A. X, led by two-time reigning PBA Player of the Year Jason Belmonte. Both matches will air on ESPN on Sunday, April 5, at 3:30 p.m. ET.

On noon on Sunday at Bayside Bowl, the KingPins-STyLES winner will bowl the winner of the Hitmen-Atom Splitters match, followed by the second semifinal round battle between the Jack Rabbits-Strikers winner vs. the Muscle-L.A. X winner. The Elias Cup, named in honor of PBA founder Eddie Elias, will be decided in a special singles, doubles, trios and Baker team showdown at 3:30 p.m. between the two semifinal round winners. The semifinal round matches will air on ESPN on Sunday, April 12, at 2 p.m. ET and the Elias Cup finals will air on Sunday, April 19, at 1 p.m. ET.

The Maine Event continues Monday and Tuesday, March 30-31, with the Xtra Frame Maine Shootout, a best-of-three-game single-elimination singles match play tournament that will be covered exclusively on PBA’s online bowling channel, Xtra Frame. It will be open to a field of 64 players, and it will involve four rounds of eight matches in the Round of 64 starting at 9 a.m. ET, followed by two rounds of eight matches in the Round of 32 on Monday. Competition continues with two rounds of four matches in the Round of 16, starting at 10 a.m. ET, followed by a Round of 8, a semifinal round and a championship match on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. The winner will earn a PBA Tour title.

The Maine Shootout will be part of hundreds of hours of PBA Tour, PBA50 Tour and regional action in 2015 available exclusively to Xtra Frame subscribers at a monthly rate of $7.99, or for a 12-month XF Season Ticket price of only $64.99 (less than $5.50 per month). Visit pba.com and click on the Xtra Frame link for complete details. Extensive coverage of all PBA activities also will be available through the PBA Network (Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, PBA.com and more).

For admission ticket and pro-am information for the Maine Event weekend, contact Bayside Bowl at 207-791-2695.

2015 PBA MAINE EVENT SCHEDULE
Bayside Bowl, Portland, Maine (all times listed are Eastern)
 
Thursday, March 26
7 p.m. – Pro-Am squads
Friday, March 27
10 a.m.-4 p.m. – Official practice session (closed to public)
6:15-6:45 p.m. – Concrete Software BROOKLYN STyLES, GEICO New York City WTT KingPins team practice
7-7:30 p.m. – High 5 Gear Philadelphia Hitmen, Bass Pro Shop Silver Lake Atom Splitters team practice
7:45-8:15 p.m. – HotelPlanner.com Pittsburgh Jack Rabbits, Shipyard Brewery Dallas Strikers team practice
8:30-9 p.m. – Detroit Barbasol Motown Muscle, Wheaties L.A. X team practice
Saturday, March 28 (best of two games, Baker format; one-ball roll-off to break ties)
Noon – Quarterfinal Match One: Concrete Software Brooklyn STyLES vs. GEICO NYC WTT Kingpins           
            Quarterfinal Match Two: High 5 Gear Philadelphia Hitmen vs. Bass Pro Shop Silver Lake Atom Splitters      
3:30 P.M. – Quarterfinal Match Three: HotelPlanner.com Pittsburgh Jackrabbits vs. Shipyard Brewery Dallas Strikers       
            Quarterfinal Match Four: Detroit Barbasol Motown Muscle vs. Wheaties L.A. X     
Sunday, March 29
Noon – Semifinal Match One: Winner Match One vs. Winner Match Two (best of two games, Baker 1
    format; one-ball roll-off to break ties)
    Semifinal Match Two: Winner Match Three vs. Winner Match Four (best of two games, Baker
    format; one-ball roll-off to break ties)
3:30 p.m. – Elias Cup Finals: Winner Semifinal One vs. Winner Semifinal Two, total pinfall (singles,
    1 point; alternate-shot doubles, 1 point; trios, 1 point; Baker team, 3 points; one-ball roll-off
    if necessary to break tie)
 
PBA XTRA FRAME MAINE SHOOTOUT SCHEDULE

Sunday, March 29
7 p.m. – Match Play Draw Party (to determine Maine Shootout match play bracket pairings; live
    coverage on Xtra Frame)
Monday, March 30
9 a.m. – Round of 64, round one (8 best-of-three-game matches; winners advance to Round of 32)
11 a.m. – Round of 64, round two (8 best-of-three-game matches; winners advance to Round of 32)
1:30 p.m. – Round of 64, round three (8 best-of-three-game matches; winners advance to Round of 32)
3:30 p.m. – Round of 64, round four (8 best-of-three-game matches; winners advance to Round of 32)
6 p.m. – Round of 32, round one (8 best-of-three-game matches; winners advance to Round of 16)
8 p.m. – Round of 32, round two (8 best-of-three-game matches; winners advance to Round of 16)
Tuesday, March 31
10 a.m. – Round of 16, round one (4 best-of-three-game matches; winners advance to Round of 8)
11:30 a.m. – Round of 16, round two (4 best-of-three-game matches; winners advance to Round of 8)
2 p.m. – Round of 8 (4 best-of-three-game matches; winners advance to Semifinal Round)
6 p.m.– Semifinal Round (2 best-of-three-game matches; winners advance to Championship Match)
7:30 p.m. – Championship Match (best-of-three-games)

PBA LEAGUE ROSTERS

Concrete Software BROOKLYN STyLES (manager Johnny Petraglia): Sean Rash, Tom Smallwood, Parker Bohn III, Jason Sterner, Walter Ray Williams Jr.
HotelPlanner.com Pittsburgh Jack Rabbits (manager Tim Mack): Wes Malott, Dan MacLelland, Ryan Ciminelli, Osku Palermaa, Bryon Smith.
Wheaties L.A. X (manager Andrew Cain): Jason Belmonte, Stuart Williams, Martin Larsen, Patrick Allen, Andres Gomez.
Bass Pro Shop Silver Lake Atom Splitters (manager Mark Baker): Chris Barnes, Mika Koivuniemi, Tom Daugherty, Dick Allen, Craig Nidiffer.
High 5 Gear Philadelphia Hitmen (manager Jason Couch): Dom Barrett, Chris Loschetter, Dave Wodka, Ryan Shafer, Rhino Page.
Barbasol Motown Muscle (manager Del Ballard Jr.): EJ Tackett, Ronnie Russell, Josh Blanchard, John Szczerbinski, Mike DeVaney.
Shipyard Brewery Dallas Strikers (player-manager Norm Duke): Bill O’Neill, Tommy Jones, Michael Haugen Jr., Norm Duke, Shawn Maldonado.
GEICO New York City WTT KingPins (manager Carolyn Dorin-Ballard): Pete Weber, Mike Fagan, DJ Archer, Scott Norton, Amleto Monacelli.

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Follow the Brunswick Euro Challenge

by Bill Vint March 18, 2015 08:06

Here’s your link to the most current standings in the Brunswick Euro Challenge, a PBA International-World Bowling Tour event that ends Sunday in Munich, Germany.

http://brunswickeurochallenge.com/results-2015/

To follow live online scoring, click here: http://brunswickeurochallenge.com/online-scoring-test/

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PBA Spare Shots: Tickets for Oklahoma Grand Casino Hotel & Resort Summer Swing TV Finals Now on Sale

by Bill Vint March 18, 2015 03:24

Tickets for the CBS Sports Network finals of five PBA Grand Casino Hotel & Resort Summer Swing events are now available. The finals of the Wolf, Badger, Bear, PBA Oklahoma Open, and Oklahoma’s Grand Casino Resort King of the Swing special event will be contested in the Grand Casino Event Center in Shawnee, Okla., on Saturday and Sunday, May 16-17.

Individual day passes can be purchased at http://www.grandboxoffice.com/event?eventid=66 for $25. Day passes are for general admission seating in the balcony overlooking the two-lane bowling installation, and are good for all telecasts happening the day of purchase. Weekend passes can be purchased at http://www.grandboxoffice.com/event?eventid=65. Tickets are $60 each, allow access to all finals conducted over the weekend, and will be good for general admission seating on the first floor bleachers next to the lanes.

The May 16 schedule includes the Wolf Open finals at 11 a.m. (CT), Bear Open at 2:30 and Badger Open at 5:15. The May 17 schedule includes the Oklahoma Open finals at noon and the King of the Swing at 3:30 p.m.

Summer Swing qualifying rounds will be held at nearby Firelake Bowling Center May 11-14. Defending champions are Sean Rash, Wolf Open; Ronnie Russell, Bear Open; Bill O’Neill, Badger Open, and Jason Belmonte, Oklahoma Open. O’Neill also won the King of Swing special event to conclude the 2014 Summer Swing.

For players and fans who are planning to travel to the Oklahoma’s Grand Casino Resort & Hotel for the event, rooms can now be booked at http://www.grandresortok.com/hotel/ or by calling reservations at (405) 964-7777. Grand Casino Resort is a full-service complex featuring the 262-room Grand Hotel, restaurants, golf course and many other amenities.

Bowling fans also are invited to bowl with the pros in the pro-am program on Saturday, May 9, at Firelake. To enter contact the FireLake Bowling Center at (405) 275-0404.

“BROOKYN STyLES” PBA LEAGUE VIRTUAL BOWLING BALL DEBUTS THIS WEEK

Number seven in the series of PBA League “virtual” bowling balls being introduced into Concrete Software’s PBA Bowling Challenge game on Thursday (March 19) will be the BROOKLYN STyLES. PBA League-logoed “virtual” team balls for gaming play already available to PBA Bowling Challenge players include the Dallas Strikers, GEICO New York WTT KingPins, Silver Lake Atom Splitters, Pittsburgh Jack Rabbits, Motown Muscle and L.A. X. The final remaining PBA League virtual ball, featuring the Philadelphia Hitmen logo, will be added to the PBA Bowling Challenge arsenal on March 26, just ahead of the start of PBA League Elias Cup competition March 28-29 at Bayside Bowl in Portland, Maine.

PBA League virtual balls are in play for the more than 12 million people who play PBA Bowling Challenge Mobile Game on a regular basis. The PBA Bowling Challenge by Concrete Software app is available on Google Play, Apple iOS, Amazon App Store and Nook.

BRUNSWICK STARS TO CONDUCT “MINI CAMPS” IN MAINE, NEW YORK, RHODE ISLAND

An all-star lineup of Brunswick pro staff players will participate in a series of four Brunswick Mini Camps in Maine, New York and Rhode Island in the weeks ahead, starting with a session at Sparetime Recreation in Hallowell, Maine, prior to start of the PBA’s “Maine Event” program in Portland.

Beginning with the Hallowell program on Thursday, March 26, from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m., the mini camp program will include instruction programs on lane play and ball layout involving Brunswick/DV8 staff members PBA Hall of Famers Parker Bohn III, Walter Ray Williams Jr. and Johnny Petraglia; former PBA Player of the Year Sean Rash; PBA Tour champions Tom Smallwood, Jason Sterner, Tom Hess and Ryan Ciminelli; two-handed veteran Brian Valenta, and Brunswick/DV8 ball rep Chuck Gardner.

Additional mini camps are scheduled for April 1 at Thunderbird Lanes in Syracuse, N.Y.; April 2 at Pat Tarsio Lanes in Newburgh, N.Y., and April 4 at East Providence Lanes in Rumford, R.I., on April 4. The basic tuition fee is $225. An additional upgrade fee includes a Brunswick/DV8 ball. To reserve your spot, contact Sean Rash (316-250-2980 or email: seanrashfan@gmail.com), or go to BrunswickBowlingCamp on Facebook.

ANGELO WINS KUWAIT OPEN; PBA STARS HEAD TO MUNICH

Brad Angelo of Lockport, N.Y., defeated Tommy Jones of Simpsonville, S.C., 257-191, to win the $25,000 first prize in the Kuwait International Open Saturday in Kuwait City. The tournament was not a PBA International-World Bowling Tour approved event.

In the stepladder finals, Hong Kong’s Michael Mak eliminated Finland’s Mika Koivuniemi in match one, 223-201; DJ Archer of Friendswood, Texas, defeated Mak in match two, 226-223, and Jones ousted Archer in the semifinal match, 234-173, to advance to the title match. Other PBA members who finished among the top 15 modified match play finalists were Sweden’s Robert Andersson; John Szczerbinski of N. Tonawanda, N.Y.; Dom Barrett of England; Ildemaro Ruiz of Venezuela; Jason Sterner of Covington, Ga., and Marshall Kent of Yakima, Wash.

PBA players will complete a three-event PBA International-World Bowling Tour series this week at Dream-Bowl Palace in Munich, Germany, site of the Brunswick Euro Challenge, which ends Sunday. Kent is defending champion. First prize will be $12,000 and a PBA International Tour title if the winner is a PBA member. PBA fans can follow the action in Munich on the official tournament website, http://brunswickeurochallenge.com/results-2015/

PBA REGIONAL UPDATE: BORESCH WINS MILESTONE 30TH REGIONAL TITLE

Lennie Boresch Jr. of Kenosha, Wis., defeated Mike Mineman of St. Louis, 234-218, to win the PBA50 Showtime Lanes Midwest/Central Open in Virden, Ill., Sunday for his 30th overall regional title. Along with his second PBA50 Midwest title of the year, Boresch also took home the $1,500 first prize.

Boresch defeated amateur Ken Galitsky of Plainfield, Ind., 2-0 in the best of three-game semifinal round while Mineman edged Brad Sipes of Bloomington, Ill., 2-1, in the other semifinal round match.

● PBA Regional action continues over the March 20-22 weekend with the PBA50 Fayetteville (N.C.) Open at Lafayette Lanes; the PBA50 Rossi Lanes Open in Elmira, N.Y.; the joint PBA Trumbull County Tourism Bureau Central/East Open presented by DV8 at Bell-Wick Bowl in Hubbard, Ohio; the PBA Odessa (Texas) Southwest Open at Astro Bowl; the PBA50 Boys & Girls Club Midwest/Central Open presented by MOTIV at Liberty Lanes in Carpentersville, Ill., and the PBA Caveman Bowl Northwest/West Open in Grants Pass, Ore.

● Wrapping up the March regional calendar over the 27-28 weekend will be the PBA50 Tony Grigat Allstate Midwest/Central Open presented by DV8 at Willowbrook Lanes in Willowbrook, Ill.

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: Voting on the PBA’s “best trick shot ever” will close on Friday at 8 p.m. ET. Visit pba.com and click on the “Trick Shot Poll” link (http://www.pba.com/Vote/) to preview great tricks performed by Norm Duke, Chris Barnes, Osku Palermaa and the late Andy Varipapa. The results will be revealed on ESPN telecasts of PBA League competition from Bayside Bowl in Portland, Maine, beginning with the No. 4 video on the Sunday, March 29, coverage of PBA League quarterfinal round 1; No. 3 on the April 5 coverage of PBAL quarterfinal round 2, the two finalists will be shown on the April 12 PBAL semifinal telecast for another “best of all-time” fan vote, and the winner will be revealed during the PBA League Elias Cup finals telecast on Sunday, April 19.

● PBA fans can earn a discount on an Xtra Frame Season Ticket subscription with the purchase of a new bowling ball through a special limited-time arrangement with Bowling Infinity Group. Visit http://offthetrailer.com/ for details on how to earn a $25 discount and free shipping on the bowling ball-Xtra Frame Season Ticket package now through April 30.

● Reminder: Every month, HotelPlanner.com, the official travel partner of the PBA, is awarding a $200 lodging gift certificate to a lucky person who books a hotel room through HotelPlanner.com. Use the “Book Hotel” link on pba.com before the last day of the month, and you will be automatically entered. The $200 gift certificate will be valid for hotel room and tax only.

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PBA Spare Shots: PBA Fans Invited to Vote on Best Trick Shot Ever

by Bill Vint March 11, 2015 03:48

PBA fans are invited to vote on the best bowling trick shots ever in a special poll now underway on pba.com. The “contest” features four great trick shots: Norm Duke’s “spinning ball spare,” Chris Barnes’ “Flying Eagle,” Osku Palermaa’s “over the chair strike” and the late Andy Varipapa’s “three-ball split conversion.”

Voting on pba.com will close on Friday, March 20 at 8 p.m. ET. The results will be revealed on ESPN telecasts of PBA League competition from Bayside Bowl in Portland, Maine, beginning with the No. 4 video on the Sunday, March 29, coverage of PBA League quarterfinal round 1; No. 3 on the April 5 coverage of PBAL quarterfinal round 2, the two finalists will be shown on the April 12 PBAL semifinal telecast for another “best of all-time” fan vote, and the winner will be revealed during the PBA League Elias Cup finals telecast on Sunday, April 19.

To vote, visit pba.com and click on the Trick Shot Poll link (http://www.pba.com/Vote/).

“L.A. X” PBA LEAGUE VIRTUAL BOWLING BALL DEBUTS THIS WEEK

Number six in the continuing series, Concrete Software will debut the “virtual” L.A. X PBA League team ball into the PBA Bowling Challenge game on Thursday (March 12). PBA League-logoed team balls for gaming play currently available to PBA Bowling Challenge players include the Dallas Strikers, GEICO New York WTT KingPins, Silver Lake Atom Splitters, Pittsburgh Jack Rabbits and Motown Muscle. The two remaining PBA League balls will be added to the PBA Bowling Challenge arsenal, one a week, leading up to the PBA League Elias Cup competition March 28-29 at Bayside Bowl in Portland, Maine.

PBA League-logoed balls can be used by more than 12 million people who play PBA Bowling Challenge Mobile Game on a regular basis. The PBA Bowling Challenge by Concrete Software app is available on Google Play, Apple iOS, Amazon App Store and Nook.

PBA REGIONAL UPDATE: WEBER OVERCOMES ACCIDENTAL BALL SWITCH TO WIN

Overcoming an accidental ball switch, Pete Weber of St. Ann, Mo., defeated Toby Contreras of Lee’s Summit, Mo., 223-177, to win the PBA50 Thunderbowl Midwest Open at Thunderbowl in Council Bluffs, Iowa, Sunday.

Weber had just defeated Greg Shields of Independence, Mo., in the semifinal round, 2-0 in a best-of-three-game contest and was preparing for the title match when he discovered that Shields had accidentally taken the wrong ball off the ball return, and had immediately left the building. The ball included a removable thumb insert that Weber had used all day, but he picked up another ball and used a different thumb insert to win his fourth PBA50 regional title.

Dale Csuhta of Wadsworth, Ohio, defeated Tom Baker of King, N.C. by 70 pins to win the PBA50 Victory Lanes Central Open presented by 900 Global at Victory Lanes in Galion, Ohio, Sunday.

Csuhta finished with a 7-5 match play record and a total of 4,893 pins for 20 games, including match play bonus pins. The title was Csuhta’s first of the year in the PBA Central Region and his ninth overall PBA Regional title. He also earned $1,500.

● Amateur Darren Tang of San Francisco posted a 7-2-1 match play record and a 18-game total of 4,589 pins Sunday to win the PBA Sands Regency Winter Classic, capping a weekend tripleheader of PBA regional competition presented by Storm.

Tang, who won the standard regional event by 167 pins over Brad Bufkin of Citrus Heights, Calif., earned $2,000 but because he is an amateur, he does not receive a PBA title.

In the companion PBA50 Sands Regency Winter Classic, amateur Chip Aki of Grand Prairie, Texas went 8-2 and knocked down 4,619 total pins for 18 games. Aki earned $1,500 for his 84-pin victory over Ron Mohr of Las Vegas in an event for players 50 and older.

Leading into the weekend tripleheader, Hernan Ramirez of Venezuela defeated Don Cosper of Reno, Nev., 257-225, to win Friday’s Sands Regency Challenge Winter Classic. The Challenge was open to players who had never won a PBA title. Ramirez earned $1,500 along with his first PBA title.

● The March 13-15 PBA Regional schedule includes only one event – the joint PBA50 Showtime Lanes Midwest/Central Open presented by Track in Virden, Ill.

● A heavy slate of PBA Regional action is on tap over the March 20-22 weekend, including the PBA50 Fayetteville (N.C.) Open at Lafayette Lanes; the PBA50 Rossi Lanes Open in Elmira, N.Y.; the joint PBA Trumbull County Tourism Bureau Central/East Open presented by DV8 at Bell-Wick Bowl in Hubbard, Ohio; the PBA Odessa (Texas) Southwest Open at Astro Bowl; the PBA50 Boys & Girls Club Midwest/Central Open presented by MOTIV at Liberty Lanes in Carpentersville, Ill., and the PBA Caveman Bowl Northwest/West Open in Grants Pass, Ore.

● Wrapping up the March PBA Regional schedule over the 27-28 weekend will be the PBA50 Tony Grigat Allstate Midwest/Central Open presented by DV8 at Willowbrook Lanes in Willowbrook, Ill.

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 Charter Member Fred Riccilli of Seal Beach, Calif., died on Monday, March 2, at age 93. The long-time proprietor of Champion Lanes in Orange County, Calif., never won PBA title, but he did win the 1952 Petersen Classic in Chicago and was the first player drafted in the short-lived National Bowling League in 1960.

● Former PBA member Chuck Lammlein of Camden, Mo., died on March 3 at age 90. An accomplished bowler and long-time proprietor of Coachlite Lanes in Rolla, Mo., Lammlein was credited with participating in the sponsorship of PBA events held at Dick Weber Lanes in St. Louis, and as an innovator in promoting bowling on outdoor lanes which led to Weber’s appearance on several “Late Night with David Letterman” shows.

Jerod Hromek, the son of retired three-time PBA Tour champion Justin Hromek, won his second straight Kansas state high school singles title and led Wichita Circle High to its first Class 5-1A team title at Northrock Lanes in Wichita on March 5. Jerod, a junior, became the first bowler in the 11-year history of Kansas’ state high school bowling championships to win two state titles. He won the individual title behind games of 298, 207 and 247 for a 752 series.

● With 2015 PBA League competition set for the last weekend of March, PBA League fans are invited to purchase special PBA League-logoed t-shirts to support their favorite team(s). Visit “shop” at pba.com for details. The entire PBA League “Maine Event” will air on four consecutive weekends on ESPN beginning Sunday, March 29, at .

● PBA fans can earn a discount on an Xtra Frame Season Ticket subscription with the purchase of a new bowling ball through a special limited-time arrangement with Bowling Infinity Group. Visit http://offthetrailer.com/ for details on how to earn a $25 discount and free shipping on the bowling ball-Xtra Frame Season Ticket package now through April 30.

● Reminder: Every month, HotelPlanner.com, the official travel partner of the PBA, is awarding a $200 lodging gift certificate to a lucky person who books a hotel room through HotelPlanner.com. Use the “Book Hotel” link on pba.com before the last day of the month, and you will be automatically entered. The $200 gift certificate will be valid for hotel room and tax only. February’s HotelPlanner.com sweepstakes winner was Kerry Davis from Atlanta.

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Sweden’s Svensson Wins Battle of Two-Handers for First PBA Tour Title in Bahrain International Open

by Bill Vint March 7, 2015 03:58

SITRA, Bahrain – Sweden’s Jesper Svensson, who turned 20 less than a month ago, won an international battle of two-handed players Saturday, defeating Australia’s Jason Belmonte, 258-244, to win his first PBA International Tour title in the 13th Kingdom of Bahrain International Open at Ozone Entertainment Center.

After qualifying in 20th place earlier in the week, Svensson, a left-handed two-hander, dominated the six-game single elimination rounds, averaging 239, 237, 244 and 243 in four 12-player preliminary rounds and ran away with the top qualifying berth for the three-player stepladder finals by 82 pins over Belmonte. Svensson, who joined the PBA in August 2014, earned $25,000 and became eligible to participate in the 2015 PBA Tournament of Champions.

Belmonte, the two-time reigning PBA Player of the Year, earned $12,500 after barely surviving Round 4 when he rolled a 158 in his sixth game, holding off Tom Daugherty of Tampa, Fla., by three pins after Daugherty closed his round with a 257 game. Long-time international star Mika Koivuniemi, a Finnish native now living in Hartland, Mich., finished third after advancing to the semifinal round by winning a one-game roll-off over Venezuela’s Ildemaro Ruiz, 216-183.

The next PBA International Tour-World Bowling tournament will be the Brunswick Euro Challenge at Dream Bowl Palace in Munich, Germany, March 14-22. PBA Rookie of the Year Marshall Kent of Yakima, Wash., won the 2014 title as an amateur.

PBA INTERNATIONAL-WORLD BOWLING 13TH KINGDOM OF BAHRAIN OPEN
Ozone Entertainment Center, Sitra, Bahrain, March 7

Final Standings: 1, Jesper Svensson, Sweden, $25,000. 2, Jason Belmonte, Australia, $12,500. 3, Mika Koivuniemi, Finland, $8,000.

Stepladder Results: Semifinal Match – Belmonte def. Koivuniemi, 214-206. Championship – Svensson def. Belmonte, 258-244.

Round 5 (after six games, top three advanced to championship rounds):
1, Svensson, 1,459.
2, Belmonte, 1,377.
3, x-Koivuniemi, 1,351.
4, Ildemaro Ruiz, Venezuela, 1,351, $6,000.
5, Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 1,349, $5,000.
6, Mike Fagan, Fort Worth, Texas, 1,310, $3,500.
7, f-Tannya Roumimper, Indonesia, 1,253, $3,000.
8, Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., 1,245, $2,800.
9, Khaled Al Dubyyan, Kuwait, 1,227, $2,700.
10, Yousif, Falah, Bahrain, 2,221, $2,600.
11, Martin Larsen, Sweden, 1,168, $2,500.
12, Tim Mack, Indianapolis, 1,112, $2,250.

x-Koivuniemi def. Ruiz, 216-183, in a one-game roll-off for the No. 3 position in the semifinal round.

Round 4 (after six games, top six advanced to Round 5; players eliminated each earned $2,000):
1, Svensson, 1,467.
2, Fagan, 1,383.
3, Malott, 1,339.
4, Koivuniemi, 1,333.
5, Larsen, 1,305.
6, Belmonte, 1,288.
Failed to advance:
7, Tom Daugherty, Tampa, Fla., 1,285.
8, f-Cherie Tan, Singapore, 1.266.
9, f-Jazreel Tan, Singapore, 1,257.
10, f-Danielle McEwan, Stony Point, N.Y., 1,251.
11, f-Bernice Lim, Singapore, 1,139.

f-designates female competitor; women receive 7 handicap pins per game

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