Rolltech to Provide Bonus Frame-by-Frame Scoring During WSOB Qualifying for Xtra Frame Subscribers

by Bill Vint October 22, 2014 02:15

CHICAGO – Rolltech, the official Live Scoring Partner of the 2014 GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling, will give PBA’s Xtra Frame subscribers a chance to watch the WSOB VI in exceptional detail when the multi-event series gets underway Friday at South Point Bowling Center in Las Vegas, PBA Vice President of Media Dave Schroeder announced Wednesday.

Under the new agreement, Rolltech will provide exclusive live frame-by-frame scoring to Xtra Frame subscribers during qualifying rounds of all four animal pattern championship events. In order to access the exclusive feature, Xtra Frame subscribers must log in during qualifying rounds to receive a special “password of the day” which will be used (along with the user’s email address) as a link to the live scoring page.

Frame-by-frame scoring will be available for the PBA Cheetah Championship presented by PBA Bowling Challenge Mobile Game on Saturday, Oct. 25; PBA Viper Championship on Sunday, Oct. 26; PBA Chameleon Championship on Monday, Oct. 27, and the PBA Scorpion Championship on Tuesday, Oct. 28.

“This agreement is another example of how the PBA, working closely with its technology partners, is able to provide Xtra Frame subscribers with insights into PBA competition that have never been available before,” Schroeder said.

Rolltech CEO Rich Belsky agreed. “Rolltech’s live scoring technology will take PBA fans’ connection to the sport and its pros to a truly exciting place. Great things happen when forward thinking, customer-focused companies work together, and this partnership is a perfect example.”

PBA.com will continue to provide free frame-by-frame scoring during match play rounds for the PBA Challenge match play qualifiers on Friday, Oct. 24, and for the PBA World Championship match play rounds on Wednesday and Thursday, Oct. 29 and 30. PBA.com also will provide free, live game-by-game scoring for all WSOB events.

PBA fans are encouraged to enroll in the new Xtra Frame Season Ticket program in time for the World Series. A special XF Season Ticket offer now available will provide new subscribers with up to 15 months of Xtra Frame access for the 12-month price of $64.99 plus a “bonus” copy of the 2015 PBA Yearbook. To sign up, visit pba.com and click on the XF Season Ticket link.

Xtra Frame coverage of the World Series gets underway Friday with the $10,000 winner-take-all match between Chris Barnes and JT (Action) Jackson at 5 p.m. ET, followed by the PBA Challenge match play qualifying events for the top eight PBA50 Tour, PBA Regional and PBA Women’s Regional competitors.

About Rolltech Bowling

Bowlers – real bowlers – forged Rolltech from their passion for the lanes and vision for the future of the sport. What started as a simple desire to track performance has evolved into a platform for bowlers to earn, track and compete as well as connect and compete with bowlers at home and around the world. Rolltech also provides centers with powerful, free analytics and real-time communication tools that make lasting connections between bowler and center. Rolltech is available for download from the iTunes and Google Play stores, or visit www.rolltechbowling.com.

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No Shortage of Compelling Storylines for GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling VI; Catch All the Action on Xtra Frame

by Jerry Schneider October 21, 2014 08:43

The GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling VI is just three days away and there’s no shortage of storylines for PBA fans.

It’s not too late to sign up for pba’s online bowling channel Xtra Frame and take advantage of the 2015 Xtra Frame season ticket special offer which includes this year’s World Series. Just click on the red banner at the top of the pba.com homepage.

Competition begins Friday (Oct. 24) with the $10,000 winner-take-all All-In Showdown between actor JT “Action” Jackson and PBA star Chris Barnes at 5 p.m. ET (2 p.m. local time) to be followed immediately by PBA Challenge match play qualifying involving eight PBA Regional, eight PBA Women’s Regional and eight PBA50 Tour competitors.

Xtra Frame will provide more than 60 hours of live coverage throughout the World Series and PBA Hall of Famer Marshall Holman joins the Xtra Frame announce booth as color commentator during the Tour events.

Finals for World Series events (except the PBA World Championship) will be taped by ESPN on Nov. 1-2 in the South Point’s new Bowling Plaza. If you’re in the area it’s also not too late to attend the tapings.

Admission is free for the television productions but a ticket is still required.  Tickets are available by clicking on http://www.pba.com/Tickets/ or at the South Point Bowling Center.

Here are some of the 2014 storylines:

Full field representing 20 countries: A capacity field of 240 of the world’s greatest professional bowlers representing 20 countries will compete in the premier showcase of bowling competition. 

Among the 20 countries entered include first-time representatives from Belgium, the British Virgin Islands, China and Latvia. The preliminary list of countries represented includes Argentina (1), Australia (5), Belgium (1), Bermuda (2), British Virgin Islands (2), Canada (3), China (6), Colombia (9), Denmark (2), Ecuador (3), England (5), Finland (2), Germany (3), Ireland (1), Japan (5), Latvia (1), Mexico (2), Sweden (8), Venezuela (10) and the United States (168).

ESPN Finals to christen South Point’s new Bowling Plaza: The ESPN-taped finals for the World Series events, which will take place on Nov. 1 and 2, will be the first bowling events conducted in South Point’s new Bowling Plaza.

PBA Hall of Famers entered: The field includes seven PBA Hall of Famers – Tom Baker, Parker Bohn III, Jason Couch, Norm Duke, Amleto Monacelli, Pete Weber, and Walter Ray Williams Jr.

Former Major League Baseball pitcher John Burkett to make PBA World Series debut: Former Major League pitcher John Burkett will make his PBA World Series Tour debut. Burkett, who spent 17 seasons (1987-2003) in the majors with five teams, had a 166-136 career record and made two All-Star Game appearances (1993, 2001). An accomplished bowler with 12 300 games to his credit, he has bowled in PBA events several times, most recently the 2014 PBA Summer Swing in Oklahoma. His best finish in a PBA Tour event was 48th in the Bear Open during the 2014 PBA Summer Swing. Burkett, who turns 50 on Nov. 28, is preparing to bowl on the PBA50 Tour in 2015.

World Series to play role in determining Player of the Year:  With three titles during the 2014 season including two majors (USBC Masters and PBA Tournament of Champions), 2012-13 Player of the Year Jason Belmonte of Australia is the favorite to successfully defend his Player of the Year crown. The last player to win consecutive Player of the Year crowns was PBA Hall of Famer Walter Ray Williams Jr. who earned the crown in 1996, 1997 and 1998.

Belmonte, who uses the unique two-handed delivery, also has a chance to become the first player in PBA history to win three consecutive major titles in the same season if he can win the PBA World Championship.

New format for PBA World Championship: Normally the PBA World Championship finals are part of the ESPN taping lineup during World Series of Bowling week. While preliminary qualifying to determine the World Championship finalists will continue to be determined through the animal pattern events and match play rounds during the World Series, the five PBA World Championship finalists will return to the South Point on Sunday, Jan. 11 for a live final on ESPN at 1 p.m. ET (10 a.m. PT). 

World Championship will conclude 2014 season: The live telecast of the PBA World Championship will officially conclude the 2014 PBA Tour season. World Series telecasts will air on consecutive Sundays starting with the PBA Cheetah Championship presented by PBA Challenge Mobile Game on Sunday, Dec. 14 at 1 p.m. ET followed by the Viper Championship (Dec. 21), Chameleon Championship (Dec. 28), Scorpion Championship (Jan. 4), PBA World Championship (live on Jan. 11), PBA Challenge (Jan. 18) and World Bowling Tour Men’s and Women’s Finals presented by PBA (Jan. 25 on ESPN2).

Several women entered: The largest contingent of women bowlers in WSOB history are entered, including the PBA Tour’s only woman winner Kelly Kulick of Union, N.J., who won the 2010 PBA Tournament of Champions conducted at the Red Rock Bowling Center in Las Vegas. Among the other women entered are Missy Parkin, Laguna Hills, Calif.; 2014 USBC Queens champion Maria Jose Rodriguez, Colombia; Liz Johnson, Cheektowaga, N.Y.; Diana Zavjalova, Latvia; Yuya Kato, Japan; Natali Rico, Colombia, and Colombia’s Clara Guerrero, who made it to the ESPN finals of the 2013 World Series Cheetah Championship.

Las Vegas’ role in professional bowling history: Las Vegas has hosted PBA events for more than a half-century making its visits there one of the sport’s great traditions. The first PBA Tour event was held at the Showboat Lanes in 1960.

2013 Tour champions return to defend titles: World Series of Bowling V champions who will be returning to defend their titles are Wes Malott (Cheetah Championship), Ryan Ciminelli (Chameleon Championship), Chris Barnes (Viper Championship) Tom Smallwood (Scorpion Championship) and Dom Barrett (PBA World Championship).

World Series events to use ‘blue oil’ lane condition: The Cheetah Championship presented by PBA Bowling Challenge Mobile Game, Viper, Chameleon and Scorpion Championship, PBA Challenge and World Bowling Tour finals will be contested on lanes conditioned with blue-dyed oil, introduced at the 2013 World Series to help fans visualize the variations in lane conditions used in professional competition.

PBA50 greats doing double duty: Six of PBA’s all-time greats who compete on both of PBA’s national tours are scheduled to compete. PBA Hall of Famers Walter Ray Williams Jr., Pete Weber, Norm Duke, Tom Baker, Parker Bohn III and Amleto Monacelli - compete on both the PBA Tour and PBA50 Tour. In June, Duke, the PBA50 Tour’s 2014 Player and Rookie of the Year, won the Senior U.S. Open at Las Vegas’ Suncoast Bowling Center and Walter Ray Williams Jr. won the USBC Senior Masters conducted at the South Point.

Busy week for Liz Johnson:  As one of the eight women entered in the World Series, Liz Johnson will have a busy week by competing in the PBA Challenge qualifier, World Series Tour events and the World Bowling Tour Finals.

New PBA Challenge presented International Bowling Hall of Fame and Museum set for ESPN: Each year, the World Series of Bowling introduces a new feature. This year, it’s the PBA Challenge – a made-for-TV special event that will feature four “championship” matches – the PBA Women’s Regional finals, the PBA Regional Finals (for men), the PBA50 Tour Finals and the Teen Masters Grand Championship. The PBA50 Tour, Regional and Women’s Regional finalists will emerge from an eight-game round-robin match play qualifier on Oct. 24 at the South Point Bowling Center.

World Bowling Tour Finals return: The top three men and top three women based on two years of competition around the world will again compete in the World Bowling Tour Finals presented by the PBA in an ESPN-television event set for Sunday, Nov. 2. The top three men will be Finland’s Mika Koivuniemi, defending WBT Men’s winner Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., and Australia’s Jason Belmonte. The top three women will be defending WBT champ Kelly Kulick, Union, N.J.; Liz Johnson, Cheektowaga, N.Y., and Sandra Andersson, Sweden.

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Bob Glass, Chris Peters, Barb Wilt Elected to PBA Hall of Fame

by Bill Vint October 20, 2014 08:46

CHICAGO – Bob Glass, a dominant player during a 10-year career on the PBA50 Tour; former Microsoft executive Chris Peters, who played a key role as a new owner in reviving the Professional Bowlers Association, and Barb Wilt, the longest-tenured employee in PBA history, have been elected to the PBA Hall of Fame.

Induction ceremonies will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 10, at the Marriott Indianapolis North in conjunction with the 50th anniversary Barbasol PBA Tournament of Champions. The Hall of Fame Dinner will be open to the public; ticket information will be announced later.

Glass was elected in the PBA50 Performance category. Peters and Wilt will be recognized in the Meritorious Service category for their extraordinary efforts behind the scenes to advance the PBA.

Glass, one of the first true power players on the PBA50 Tour, competed as a senior between 1997 and 2007 when he won nine titles and finished in the top five 38 times in 78 tournaments, earning just shy of a half-million dollars ($487,215). He won a pair of majors – the 2000 Brunswick PBA Senior Championship and 2001 United States Bowling Congress Seniors Masters – and earned PBA50 Player of the Year honors in 2000, 2001 and 2004.

Glass, who holds a PhD in economics and has a law degree, lives in Lawrence, Kansas, and currently is Chief of Economics and Rates with the Kansas Corporation Commission in nearby Topeka. Glass will celebrate his 67th birthday on Friday, Oct. 24.

“I was really surprised,” Glass said of his election. “I bowled some on the regular tour, and I really only bowled full-time 5 1/2 years on the senior tour. I just feel real lucky. It’s kind of shocking.

“I used to tell people that my game degenerated slower than other people’s because as a senior, I was able to beat guys who used to beat me regularly,” he added.

With an imposing 6-foot-2, 230-pound frame, Glass said, “I was still pretty strong when I came out (on the PBA50 Tour). Actually, Steve Wunderlich (a three-time PBA Tour titlist), who was with Track at the time, probably saved my career when he convinced me to drop from 16-pound equipment for 15 pounds because the heavier ball was too powerful.”

Peters, an early employee of Microsoft who later became an executive with the company, led the effort to purchase the PBA with partners and fellow Microsoft executives Mike Slade and Rob Glaser in 2000. Peters and his partners provided an infusion of capital to ensure a solid foundation for the organization while at the same time providing vision and innovative ideas to enhance the fan experience especially in the areas of event presentation and online coverage. The introduction of a professionally-designed “arena” style set for TV finals, including professional presentation of signage and an overall enhanced image, helped the PBA generate more new non-bowling corporate sponsorships than the PBA had seen in several years.

During Peters’ tenure as an owner and Chairman of the PBA Board of Directors, the PBA:

            ● Hired former Nike executives to enhance the organization’s position as a major sports organization;

            ● Re-launched a more comprehensive and fan-friendly PBA.com;

            ● Developed live online broadcasting of PBA competition through Strike Pass subscription service (now Xtra-Frame). Strike Pass was one of the first online ventures in the sports world to provide fans with live video-streaming coverage;

            ● Successfully negotiated long-term contracts with ESPN to establish a consistent time slot for PBA Tour telecasts;

            ● Introduced the PBA Exempt Tour for the 2004-05 season, creating an “elite” tour to better showcase PBA Tour players and provide the Tour’s most successful players with guaranteed opportunities to make a living by including record prize money for standard events. Each major featured a minimum $100,000 first prize, with the PBA World Championship offering a then-record $120,000 first prize.

“I was very excited when (PBA Commissioner) Tom Clark called,” Peters said. “It’s great. I’m a bit overwhelmed, but obviously this is shared with (co-owners) Rob (Glaser) and Mike (Slade). They were responsible, not just financially, but with their enthusiasm and ideas and everything else. I never could have done this without them.

“It’s been 15 years since I first talked with (former PBA Commissioner) Mark Gerberich,” Peters continued. “Way back then, Rob and Mike and I thought there might be a way to showcase bowling on the Internet. The idea was crazy at the time, but now the world is catching up, and that’s great to see.

“The nicest thing about my involvement is the people I met in the bowling industry,” he added. “They are the nicest people I’ve met in the world, bar none, and that’s what makes this so special. The PBA didn’t have to do this. It’s a huge honor. It’s kind of a sad note, but my father was a big bowling fan, and he died during the past 15 years. He was the first one I wanted to call, so that kind of explains how much this means to me.”

Wilt, who joined the PBA staff in 1970, retired to North Carolina in 2014 after 44 years of service to the organization. Her duties ranged from processing all PBA Tour entries to managing all of the PBA’s statistical records, and virtually every other hands-on office chore over her extensive career.

When the PBA was sold in 2000, the new owners asked Wilt to assist with the transition to the new headquarters in Seattle, so she moved to Seattle and continued to work to make improvements in membership, entries and statistical processes.

She was the face of the PBA among most of its thousands of members over four-plus decades, providing a familiar and friendly voice to help them with their needs, and she was conduit between PBA’s national and regional tournament directors in bridging the gap between the “office and the road.” She also became the organization’s unofficial historian and served as a guardian of old records, photographs and historical information.

“I’m overwhelmed. I never believed this would happen,” Wilt said. “It’s pretty overwhelming and I’m very, very honored.

“I did a job I loved to do, and worked with great people and terrific athletes, and I got the better end of the deal. It’s pretty cool.”

There were no candidates elected in the PBA Performance category.

Eligibility for the PBA Hall of Fame in the performance category requires a minimum of 20 years of PBA membership plus a minimum of 10 standard PBA Tour titles, or five titles plus two majors. Eligibility for the PBA50 performance category, which is intended to recognize players who excelled after reaching the age of 50, requires a minimum of 10 years of PBA50 competition plus a minimum of eight PBA50 Tour titles, or five standard PBA50 titles plus two majors. Candidates must receive a two-thirds majority of ballots cast in order to be elected.

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PBA Legend Marshall Holman Joins Xtra Frame Broadcast Booth for GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling VI

by Jerry Schneider October 16, 2014 05:51

PBA legend Marshall Holman will return to the broadcast booth when he joins the Xtra Frame coverage team for the GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling VI as color commentator, PBA Vice President of Media Dave Schroeder announced today.

The PBA Hall of Famer and 22-time PBA Tour titlist will join Xtra Frame and ESPN play-by-play announcer Mike Jakubowski in the Xtra Frame broadcast booth for live coverage of the Round of 24 blocks of the four animal pattern championships (Cheetah, Viper, Chameleon and Scorpion) that will be conducted Oct. 25-28 at the South Point Bowling Center in Las Vegas and the final two rounds of PBA World Championship match play October 29-30.

Holman, a four-time major title winner and 1987 PBA Player of the Year, has extensive experience as a color commentator having previously worked on PBA telecasts for ESPN, ESPN2 and CBS. 

“The concept of the World Series has always intrigued me,” said Holman. “What I hope to accomplish is provide a historical perspective to the sport that has been so good to me while at the same time provide some entertaining commentary for PBA’s growing audience of Xtra Frame subscribers.”

A new Xtra Frame Season Ticket package will provide new subscribers with full coverage of both the 2014 and 2015 World Series of Bowling, and up to 15 months of Xtra Frame access for the price of 12 months’ service. The XF Season Ticket will include more than 60 hours of live coverage of each World Series, and a 24/7 package of more than 300 hours of live “online television” at a subscription price of $64.99. Everyone who enrolls in the XF Season Ticket program by no later November 30 will receive access to Xtra Frame through December 31, 2015, plus a copy of the 2015 PBA Yearbook (an additional $10 bonus value).

In 2015 Xtra Frame subscribers will have access to live coverage of 29 events which includes start-to-finish coverage of seven Xtra Frame-only PBA national tournaments and 10 PBA50 Tour events.

“The PBA and Xtra Frame production team is excited to have one of PBA’s all-time greats joining us for our live coverage of the World Series of Bowling,” Schroeder said. “Marshall will bring his expert analysis, unique perspective and bold personality to our Xtra Frame coverage, enhancing what is already the sport’s premier international professional showcase and providing bowling fans with yet another reason to subscribe to Xtra Frame.”

In addition to the live coverage, World Series rounds will be archived on Xtra Frame for on-demand viewing immediately after each round.

For subscription and schedule information click on the Xtra Frame logo on the pba.com homepage.

GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling VI Xtra Frame Schedule

(All times Eastern)

Friday, Oct. 24

5:15 p.m. – All-In Showdown

5:30 p.m. – PBA Challenge match play

Saturday, Oct. 25

10:40 a.m. – Cheetah A squad qualifying

4:40 p.m. – Cheetah B squad qualifying

10:10 p.m. – Cheetah Round of 24 qualifying

Sunday, Oct. 26

10:40 a.m. – Viper B squad qualifying

4:40 p.m. – Viper A squad qualifying

10:10 p.m. –Viper Round of 24 qualifying

Monday, Oct. 27

10:40 a.m. – Chameleon A squad qualifying

4:40 p.m. – Chameleon B squad qualifying

10:10 p.m. – Chameleon Round of 24 qualifying

Tuesday, Oct. 28

10:40 a.m. – Scorpion B squad qualifying

4:40 p.m. – Scorpion A squad qualifying

10:10 p.m. – Scorpion Round of 24 qualifying

Wednesday, Oct. 29

1:45 p.m. – PBA World Championship Round 1 match play

8:45 p.m. – PBA World Championship Round 2 match play

Thursday, Oct. 30

4:45 p.m. – PBA World Championship Round 3 match play

Friday, Oct. 31

3:15 p.m. – 2015 PBA League draft

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PBA Spare Shots: “Action” Jackson, Chris Barnes to Bowl $10,000 Winner-Take-All Match at WSOB VI

by Bill Vint October 15, 2014 06:54

JT “Action” Jackson, who earned his nickname by bowling “action” with his comedian friends in Los Angeles, has challenged 17-time PBA Tour champion Chris Barnes of Double Oak, Texas, to a one-game, All-In Showdown match that will be webcast live on PBA’s Xtra Frame online bowling channel on Friday, Oct. 24, from South Point Bowling Center in Las Vegas.

Jackson, a 37-year-old left-hander, has won one PBA Regional title and has cashed only once in 34 PBA Tour events, but he has no fear of taking on one of the PBA’s most accomplished players in a one-game match on the challenging PBA World Championship lane condition. Each player will put up $5,000 and they will bowl for a $10,000 winner-take-all prize at 5:15 p.m. ET (2:15 p.m. local time) on Oct. 24.

“I called (PBA Commissioner Tom Clark) and asked him if the PBA was going to do an ‘all-in showdown’ like they did a couple of years ago. No one had mentioned anything,” Jackson said, “but he asked if I wanted to do something like that, so he called Barnes, and it’s going to be me against him.”

It was a last-minute suggestion but Barnes, who did his share of megabucks, high-stakes action bowling before he even began his PBA career, quickly accepted the challenge. He’s the only PBA player who has agreed to participate in every winner-take-all contest since the concept was introduced as a special event at the inaugural PBA World Series of Bowling in Allen Park, Mich., in 2009.

Jackson, who has cultivated a successful career as a comedian and actor, including featured roles in Kingsford Charcoal, CDW computer and Hulu television ads, said he got his start in “action bowling” in 2003.

“Around that time, I was doing a lot of standup comedy in Los Angeles,” he said. “Me and a bunch of my comedian friends started bowling. I had never bowled like that, but a bunch of guys – including Kevin Hart – started bowling every Monday. We’d bowl for $1 a pin, whatever, and I discovered I could throw the ball pretty good. I lost a lot at first, but I started practicing six, seven hours a day for seven, eight months non-stop. I really took it serious, and that’s how I got better.”

But put his record against Barnes’ and there’s no doubt who will be the favorite.

“Oh, my goodness, you don’t need to tell me that,” Jackson laughed. “But in one game, anything could happen. In a marathon, I’m pretty sure he’d prevail. But one game? I know who he is; I respect him as a great bowler, but for me, personally, nobody out there shakes me up. I’m not afraid of anybody.”

Jackson also said he’s got the confidence of Kevin Hart, a PBA League owner (Philadelphia Hitmen), and one of the hottest acting properties in Hollywood. Hart is actually putting up Jackson’s $5,000 stake in the contest.

“Kevin’s putting me in,” Jackson said. “He’s aware of what’s going on, so that’s cool.”

Jackson also said he’s going to take the match seriously, but if Barnes initiates any trash-talking, “What you give me, you shall receive in return,” Jackson grinned. “I’m not going to start anything, but I’d love for him to start talking trash, because I’ll give it right back. And then some.”

For Barnes, the winner-take-all action matches take him back to his pre-PBA days.

“I’ve always liked action. It doesn’t happen that much anymore, but that’s what I do. I bowl,” Barnes said. “I’d prefer a longer format than one game, but it is what it is. It gets your heart pumping, and $5,000 for one game will get my blood flowing.”

The Jackson vs. Barnes match will be part of the PBA’s WSOB Xtra Frame coverage, and another bonus for new subscribers who enroll in the new XF Season Ticket program prior to November 30. For complete details about the special XF Season Ticket package, visit pba.com and click on the XF Season Ticket link.

TOP TEACHING PRO MARK BAKER’S “TIPS” TO BE FEATURED ON XTRA FRAME

The PBA has partnered with four-time PBA Tour champion and nationally-acclaimed bowling instructor Mark Baker to provide a series of Baker’s bowling tips to Xtra Frame subscribers as an added bonus.

During the GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling VI at South Point Bowling Center in Las Vegas Oct. 24-Nov. 2, a series of excerpts from Baker’s new instructional DVD, called “The System,” will be archived on Xtra Frame under the “Tips and Equipment” section where they will be available exclusively to Xtra Frame subscribers.

Baker also will be on hand at the World Series where he’ll visit the Xtra Frame booth periodically to offer his analysis and discuss his new DVD.

For fans interested in ordering “The System,” a link will be established on pba.com soon.

JOHNNY PETRAGLIA FEATURED IN VFW MAGAZINE ARTICLE

PBA Hall of Famer Johnny Petraglia was the subject of an article in the October edition of VFW Magazine by Richard Kolb featuring noted sports figures who served during the Vietnam War. Among other noted athletes who were featured in the story were Dallas Cowboys legend Roger Staubach and former Notre Dame/Pittsburgh Steelers star Rocky Bleier.

According to the article, Petraglia enlisted for a two-year tour-of-duty in the U.S. Army in September of 1966 and first served as a cook, which was required for all new enlistees. He was sent to Vietnam in October of 1967 where he served in the 368th Transportation Company that was responsible for the discharge and loading of cargo. He was discharged in June of 1968.

At the time Petraglia entered the service at age 19, he was already a PBA member and had just come off his first PBA Tour title – the Fort Smith (Arkansas) Open in August of 1966.

The October issue of VFW Magazine will be archived on the organization’s website in the near future. A digital version of the article is not available, but a copy of the magazine may be requested by email (magazine@vfw.org) or by calling (816) 756-3390.

DANNY WISEMAN YOUTH TOURNAMENT AWARDS $21,000 IN SCHOLARSHIPS

PBA Hall of Famer Danny Wiseman hosted his third annual Danny Wiseman Youth Scholarship Tournament Sunday at AMF Country Club Lanes in Baltimore, and wound up distributing more than $21,000 in scholarship money to the bowlers who advanced to match play. Brianna Marie Barna and Adam Zimmerman were the big winners. For final results of Wiseman’s event, visit his website: dannywisemanbowling.com

EUROPEAN PBA STARS TOP AMERICANS TO WIN 15TH WEBER CUP

A team of four PBA stars from Europe staged a huge rally on the final day to defeat a team of American counterparts in the 15th annual invitational 888.com Weber Cup competition at Metrodome in Barnsley, England, on Sunday. Trailing the U.S. PBA stars by four points heading into the final day, the European players won six of eight singles matches to create a 16-16 tie, and then defeated the American team, 242-220 in the Baker team finale to retain the Weber Cup.

In Sunday’s singles competition, Sweden’s Martin Larsen defeated Chris Barnes, 278-269; England’s Stuart Williams defeated Bill O’Neill, 227-180; Finland’s Mika Koivuniemi defeated Tommy Jones, 213-173; Barnes defeated Larsen, 260-246; England’s Dom Barrett defeated Wes Malott, 233-208; Koivuniemi defeated Jones, 230-196; Williams defeated O’Neill, 266-236 and Malott defeated Koivuniemi, 237-227, to set up the Baker team finale.

The annual Ryder Cup-style competition is a “made for television” invitational event conducted for European television distribution.

PBA REGIONAL SUMMARY: WEST, NORTHWEST WSOB VI REPRESENTATIVES DECIDED

Michael Haugen Jr. of Phoenix posted an 8-4 match play record and an 20-game total of 4,800 pins to win his 19th PBA Regional title and second in a row in the PBA Battle of Black Oak Casino West Open at Black Oak Lanes in Tuolumne, Calif., Sunday.

Haugen, who earned $2,500, defeated David Haynes of Las Vegas by 184 pins for the title. Haynes had a 5-7 match play record and 4,616 pins for his 20 games, including match play bonus pins. Haugen had previously won the Fog City West Open in Daly City, California, on Sept. 28.

The tournament was the final qualifying event for the PBA West and Northwest Region players to earn paid entries into the GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling VI plus berths in the PBA Regional and PBA Women’s Regional qualifiers which will kick off WSOB VI on Friday, Oct. 24, at South Point Bowling Center in Las Vegas. Haynes locked up the West Region’s PBA Regional berth while Josh Blanchard of Gilbert, Ariz., won the Northwest Region berth. The PBA Women’s Regional berths were won by Missy Parkin of Laguna Hills, Calif. (West) and Lindsay Boomershine of Brigham City, Utah (Northwest). Parkin finished fifth overall art Black Oak, earning $800, while Boomershine finished 15th to earn $460.

● “Super senior” Mike Henry of Brunswick, Ohio and partner Tom Carter of Rockford, Ill., defeated Mitch Jabczenski of Novi, Mich. and amateur Ed Mintz of Canton, Mich., 2-1, in a best-of-three-game match to win the PBA’s Park Centre Lanes PBA50/PBA60 Central Open Doubles title at Park Centre Lanes in North Canton, Ohio, Sunday.

Teams included one PBA50 bowler (between the ages of 50 and 59) and one PBA60 bowler (over the age of 60). The title was Henry’s fifth career regional title and Carter’s sixth. They split a $3,200 first prize.

● PBA Hall of Famer Mark Williams of Beaumont, Texas, won six of his eight matches to successfully defend his PBA50 Shreveport Southwest Open title, presented by Landers Fiat, at All Star Lanes in Shreveport, La., on Sunday.

Williams battled Mike Scroggins of Amarillo, Texas, for the lead throughout the event, but dominated Scroggins in the final game, 256-166, to secure the title and the $1,500 first prize by 191 pins.

Ray Edwards of Middle Island, N.Y., won nine of his 12 matches and finished with a 20-game total of 4,657 pins to record a 282-pin victory over Sammy Ventura of Syracuse, N.Y., in the PBA50 Dover Eastern Open at Brunswick Doverama in Dover, N.J., Sunday. 

Edwards, who turned 50 in June, was competing in his third PBA50 regional event. He had not won a PBA East title since July, 2009, but after a slow start and a key ball change, he reeled off eight consecutive match wins to build an insurmountable lead heading into position round.

Blake DeMore of Springfield, Mo., defeated Kenny Calkins of Des Moines, Iowa, 238-216, to win the PBA Thunderbowl Midwest Open on Saturday at Thunderbowl in Council Bluffs, Iowa, and in the PBA50 half of the doubleheader, Jimmy Johnson of Ralston, Iowa, defeated Scott Greiner of Platte City, Mo., 201-189, for his second overall PBA Regional title and a $1,700 first prize.

In the standard PBA event, DeMore defeated amateur Tony Manna of Omaha, 269-209, while Calkins edged Rick Miller of Lincoln, Neb., 248-227, to set up the championship match. With his first regional title, DeMore won $2,100 and became eligible to enter the 50th anniversary Barbasol PBA Tournament of Champions in February in Indianapolis.

● The Oct. 17-19 weekend, the final weekend prior to the start of the GEICO PBA WSOB VI, will include the PBA Kokomo Central Shootout presented by Security Federal Savings Bank – a one-day, reduced entry fee event on Sunday, Oct. 19, with live coverage on Xtra Frame – at Heritage Lanes in Kokomo, Ind.; the PBA Young & Pratt Southwest Open at Dart Bowl in Austin, Texas; the Franklin South Open at Franklin Bowling Center in Franklin, Va.; and the PBA Sands Regency West/Northwest Challenge and Sands Regency West/Northwest Re-Entry Open at the National Bowling Stadium in Reno, Nev.

October’s schedule concludes with the traditional South Point All Regions Open and the South Point Member/Non-Member Doubles at South Point Bowling Center in Las Vegas, Oct. 31-Nov. 2.

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

● Xtra Frame is back on the air this weekend with live coverage of the PBA Kokomo Central Shootout presented by Security Federal Savings Bank on Sunday, Oct. 19, starting at 9 a.m. ET and continuing until conclusion. The one-day, reduced entry fee event will be hosted by Heritage Lanes in Kokomo, Ind.

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