PBA Tour Action Returns to ESPN With Cheetah Championship Sunday at 1 p.m. ET

by Jerry Schneider December 8, 2014 03:55

The 2014 PBA Tour season heads down the homestretch when the PBA Cheetah Championship presented by PBA Bowling Challenge Mobile Game finals return to ESPN on Sunday at 1 p.m. ET. The Cheetah Championship will be the first of seven consecutive GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling VI events to air on Sundays on ESPN.

The Cheetah finals will feature Liz Johnson of Cheektowaga, N.Y., who became the first woman to qualify for two PBA nationally-televised finals by qualifying fourth for Sunday’s three-player “shootout” format first match. She will be trying to join Kelly Kulick as the second woman to win a PBA Tour title. Kulick won the 2010 PBA Tournament of Champions to become the Tour’s first woman titlist. Johnson narrowly missed becoming PBA’s first woman champion when she finished second in the 2005 Banquet Open, losing to Tommy Jones, 219-192, in the title match.

Joining Johnson in the all-New York shootout round from the brand new 60-lane South Point Bowling Plaza, are two-time PBA Tour title winner Brad Angelo of Lockport and 26-year-old rookie Anthony Pepe of Elmhurst, who will be trying for his first Tour title in his first career TV appearance.

The player who bowls the highest score in the shootout round will advance to the championship match against top qualifier Dick Allen of Columbia, S.C., who will be trying for his fourth Tour title.

Contested on PBA’s Cheetah lane condition pattern, the Cheetah Championship is the first of five PBA title events originating from the World Series. Following the Cheetah finals will be the Viper Championship (Dec. 21); Chameleon Championship (Dec. 28) and the Scorpion Championship (Jan. 4).  The PBA World Championship will wrap up the PBA Tour’s 2014 season with a live telecast on Sunday, Jan. 11 from the South Point Bowling Plaza at 1 p.m. ET.

ESPN’s coverage of the PBA World Series will continue with the PBA Challenge presented by the International Bowling Museum and Hall of Fame, featuring PBA50 Tour, PBA Regional, PBA Women’s Regional and Teen Masters finalists on Jan. 18 at 3 p.m. ET, followed by the World Bowling Tour Men’s and Women’s Finals presented by the PBA on Jan. 25 at 1 p.m. ET.

For a video preview of the Cheetah Championship click on https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eXC89HrbVYk

Road to the PBA World Championship Finals:

The Cheetah Championship was the first of four qualifying events for the PBA World Championship, the third major and final tournament of the 2014 season.

Wes Malott of Pflugerville, Texas; Mike Fagan of Fort Worth, Texas; Ronnie Russell of Marion, Indiana; Todd Book of Russells Point, Ohio, and Stuart Williams of England advanced to the World Championship finals based on 52 games of qualifying and match play during the GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling VI.

After the seven-game Cheetah qualifying round, Malott was in 8th place, Book was 13th, Fagan was 14th, Williams was 30th and Russell was tied for 62nd.

Bowling fans can catch all the World Series of Bowling action through the PBA Network which includes wall-to-wall coverage of an expanded schedule of live events on Xtra Frame, player interactions through Facebook and Twitter, mobile gaming, original programming, archived events and immediate news updates 24/7 on varying communications devices anywhere in the world. For additional PBA Network information visit http://www.pba.com/PBANetwork/

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Follow Your Favorite PBA Stars in the World Men’s Bowling Championships

by Bill Vint December 8, 2014 03:29

If your favorite PBA star is representing his country in the World Bowling World Men’s Bowling Championships in Abu Dhabi, UAE, today through December 15, you’ll find a complete listing of daily performances on the Asian Bowling Federation’s official website: http://abf-online.org/results/2014/wmc2014-1.asp?Squad=Comb. Live scoring and up-to-date standings are available on World Bowling’s official website: http://www.worldbowling.org/events/championships/results/?id=34 And you can watch the action on bowl.com’s BowlTV: http://www.bowl.com/bowltv/.

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Entries Now Open for PBA Players Championship, Roth/Holman Doubles, 50th Barbasol PBA TOC

by Bill Vint December 5, 2014 06:59

CHICAGO – Entries are now open for three premier Professional Bowlers Association tournaments, including the PBA Players Championship and Mark Roth/Marshall Holman PBA Doubles Championship in suburban Milwaukee Jan. 26-30, plus the 50th anniversary Barbasol PBA Tournament of Champions in Indianapolis Feb. 10-15.

All three events are expected to sell out, so PBA members are encouraged to enter quickly.

The four-day visit to AMF Bowlero in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, will include qualifying and match play rounds for a maximum field of 120 players in the PBA Players Championship, Jan. 27-29, followed by 12 games of match play for the top 12 teams in the Roth/Holman Doubles Championship on Friday, Jan. 30 (doubles teams use qualifying scores bowled during the PBA Players Championship). The ESPN-televised finals in both events will be contested as part of the 50th PBA Tournament of Champions celebration on Feb. 14-15 at Woodland Bowl in Indianapolis.

The entry fee for the PBA Players Championship is $500 and the entry fee for the Roth/Holman Doubles is also $500 per player. First prize in the Players Championship will be $25,000 (based on a full field of 120 entries) with 30 cashing positions. First prize in the PBA Doubles Championship will be $25,000 for the winning team (based on a maximum field of 48 entries) with 13 teams cashing.

The Milwaukee area events precede the United States Bowling Congress Masters, which will be held Feb. 2-8 at Ashwaubenon Bowl in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The Barbasol PBA Tournament of Champions will immediately follow the Masters, Feb. 10-15, at Woodland Bowl in Indianapolis.

The TOC will be open to a field of 132 PBA title winners. PBA members who have won a title in PBA Tour, PBA50 Tour, PBA Regional or PBA Women’s Regional competition are eligible. The entry fee is $500; first prize will be $50,000. There will be 33 cashing spots.

Entries will be available to eligible PBA members on a first-come basis. In the event a tournament reaches capacity, players will be placed on a waiting list in order of the time entries were received. To enter, contact Bobby Jakel at bobby.jakel@pba.com or call 815-483-3032.

All of the preliminary rounds of all three events will be covered live on PBA’s online bowling channel, Xtra Frame. For subscription information, visit pba.com and click on the Xtra Frame link.


AMF Bowlero Lanes, Wauwatosa, Wis., Jan. 26-30

Monday, Jan. 26

2 p.m. – Official practice session

Tuesday, Jan. 27

8 a.m. – Players Championship/PBA Doubles qualifying, 8 games

Wednesday, Jan. 28

8 a.m. – Players Championship/PBA Doubles qualifying, 4 games

Top 24 individuals advance to Players Championship match play and top 12 teams advance to PBA Doubles match play

1:30 p.m. – Top 24 Players Championship, 8 games round-robin match play

Thursday, Jan. 29

8 a.m. - Top 24 Players Championship, 8 games round-robin match play

1 p.m. - Top 24 Players Championship, 8 games round-robin match play

Top five after 36 games advance to ESPN stepladder finals at 7 p.m. ET on Saturday, Feb. 14, at Woodland Bowl, Indianapolis (finals air Sunday, Feb. 22, at 1 p.m. ET)

Friday, Jan. 30

8 a.m. – Top 12 doubles teams, 6 games round-robin match play (Baker format)

1 p.m. - Top 12 doubles teams, 6 games round-robin match play (Baker format)

Top five doubles teams advance to ESPN stepladder finals at 4:30 p.m. ET on Sunday, Feb. 15, at Woodland Bowl, Indianapolis (finals air Sunday, March 1, at 1 p.m. ET)


Woodland Bowl, Indianapolis, Feb. 10-15

(All times Eastern)

Tuesday, Feb. 10

1 p.m. – Official practice session

6 p.m. – PBA Hall of Fame ceremonies and dinner, Indianapolis Marriott North

Wednesday, Feb. 11

10 a.m. – 8 games qualifying, all players

5 p.m. – 8 games qualifying, all players

Thursday, Feb. 12

10 a.m. – 8 games qualifying, all players

Top 24 after 24 games advance to round-robin match play

5 p.m. – Top 24, 8 games round-robin match play

Friday, Feb. 13

10 a.m. – Top 24, 8 games round-robin match play

5 p.m. – Top 24, 8 games round-robin match play

Top five after 48 games advance to stepladder finals

Saturday, Feb. 14

9:30 a.m., noon and 3:30 p.m. – Pro-Am squads

7 p.m. – PBA Players Championship stepladder finals (five players; finals air Sunday, Feb. 22, at 1 p.m. ET)

Sunday, Feb. 15

1 p.m. – Barbasol PBA Tournament of Champions stepladder finals (five players; ESPN, live)

4:30 p.m. – Mark Roth/Marshall Holman PBA Doubles championship stepladder finals (five teams, (finals air Sunday, March 1, at 1 p.m. ET)

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PBA Spare Shots: PBA Challenge to Return to 2015 PBA World Series of Bowling VII Program

by Bill Vint December 2, 2014 08:14

PBA Regional, PBA Women’s Regional and PBA50 Tour players will have the added incentive of paid entry fees in the 2015 PBA World Series of Bowling VII and potential berths in the 2015 PBA Challenge as part of the World Series, PBA Commissioner Tom Clark has announced.

The PBA Challenge, introduced for WSOB VI, will involve season-long qualifying programs within the PBA Regions as well as the PBA50 Tour in 2015. Qualifying for each division remains the same as last year, with regional players competing for points between Jan. 1 and Sept. 30, and PBA50 Tour players competing throughout their 2015 schedule. In each of the PBA’s eight regions (East, South, Central, Midwest, Southwest, West, Northwest and Japan), plus the PBA50 Tour, the competition points leader as of Sept. 30 will earn a paid entry into the World Series along with a berth in a special eight-game match play roll-off leading to two players advancing to the PBA Challenge Finals. The fourth spot in the PBA Challenge Finals will be awarded to the 2015 Teen Masters boys’ and girls’ division champions.

While the regional schedules for 2015 are still pending, the PBA expects an increase in the number of regional events that will include PBA Women’s Regional qualifiers. Complete details about the regional program will be available on each region’s home page on pba.com.

The 2014 PBA Challenge finals, presented by the International Bowling Museum and Hall of Fame, will air on ESPN on Sunday, Jan. 18, at 3 p.m. ET. Finalists will include Walter Ray Williams Jr. of Oxford, Fla., vs. Venezuela’s Amleto Monacelli (PBA50 Tour); Josh Blanchard, Gilbert, Ariz., vs. E.J. Tackett, Huntington, Ind. (PBA Regional); Clara Guerrero, Pflugerville, Texas, vs. Missy Parkin, Laguna Hills, Calif. (PBA Women’s Regional), and Michael Coffey, Melbourne, Fla., vs. Kelly Skalacki, Coram, N.Y. (Teen Masters).


Six PBA stars will carry America’s gold medal hopes into the World Bowling Men’s Championships Dec. 6-14 at Zayed Sports City in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. 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., are the members of Team USA who will join 274 bowlers from 49 countries competing for gold, silver and bronze medals in singles, doubles, trios, team, all-events and Masters match play events.
In the 2013 Men’s World Championships, held in Las Vegas, Finland won the team title, denying the United States a fourth consecutive win. Despite the absence of a team gold medal, the U.S. won three gold, two silver and three bronze medals.
Bowling fans will be able to follow the Men’s World Championships live on USBC’s BowlTV online video streaming service (visit bowl.com).


Each month MOTIV is giving away a bowling ball to someone who signs up for a new Xtra Frame subscription, either monthly ($7.99) or 12-month XF Season Ticket ($64.99).

The November winner is Tyler Gruhl of Madison, Wis., who was selected at random. Gruhl won a Jackal ball from MOTIV (http://www.motivbowling.com/products/balls/jackal.html).

The ball-a-month promotion is a continuation of the MOTIV promotion which ran during the 2014 GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling VI when the company gave away one bowling ball a day for the six days of WSOB competition.


In a battle of teenagers, Anthony Simonsen of Mesquite, Texas, won his second PBA Southwest Region title Sunday, clinching the title in the Beaumont Southwest Open at Beaumont’s Crossroads Bowling Center in Beaumont, Texas, by winning his last three games of the eight-game round robin match play finals.

Going into the final game position round match, the 17-year-old Simonsen led Chris Hibbitts from Fort Worth, Texas, by 29 pins, and was only 33 pins ahead of fourth place. Simonsen defeated Hibbitts, 230-190, to secure the $3,000 first prize. Nineteen-year-old Mason Edmondson from Amarillo, Texas, defeated Houston’s Shawn Maldonado, 205-189, to move up to second. Simonsen finished with a 21-game total of 4,652 pins, 56 ahead of Edmondson.

● Amateur Charles Easton of Sylvania, Ohio, defeated Kyle Bigelow of Troy, Ohio by 75 pins to win his first PBA Regional event in the La-Z-Boy/Monroe Sport Center Central Challenge at Monroe Sport Center in Monroe, Mich., Sunday.

Easton finished with an 8-2 match play record and a total of 4,535 pins for 18 games, including match play bonus pins. He also earned $1,600.

The Challenge tournament field consisted of PBA members who do not hold a PBA title or non-members who have never won a PBA event. Because Easton is a non-member, he does not receive credit for a PBA title.

● Moving into the final month of the year, there is only one PBA Regional on the calendar for the Dec. 5-6 weekend – the PBA Knob Hill/MJK Pro Shop Eastern Challenge for non-title holders at Knob Hill Country Lanes in Manalapan, N.J.

The Dec. 12-14 PBA Regional schedule includes the PBA Decker Appraisal Services Southern Baker Trios presented by Hammer at Wayne Lanes in Waynesboro, Va.; the PBA McKinley Lanes Central/East Challenge in Niles, Ohio, and the PBA and PBA50 Sands Regency Trio Region Challenge and Open presented by Radical at the National Bowling Stadium in Reno, Nev.

Closing out the year over the Dec. 19-21 weekend will be the PBA/PBA50 Southwest Doubles Open presented by Bowling Dynamix at Emerald Bowl in Houston, Texas.

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.


● Admission will be free, and no tickets will be necessary, for the live PBA World Championship finals from the brand new South Point Bowling Plaza in Las Vegas on Sunday, Jan. 11 at 1 p.m. ET (10 a.m. PT) on ESPN. Wes Malott, Mike Fagan, Ronnie Russell, Todd Book and Stuart Williams will do battle in the finals of the final tournament (and major) of the 2014 PBA Tour season. A $50,000 first prize also is at stake.

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“Rookie” Marshall Kent Wins First PBA Title in Saudi Arabia’s 8th Kingdom International Open

by Bill Vint December 2, 2014 06:18

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia – Professional Bowlers Association rookie Marshall Kent of Yakima, Washington, won his first PBA Tour title Tuesday, defeating Sweden’s Martin Larsen, 257-206, to claim the eighth Kingdom International Open title at Universal Bowling Center Tuesday.

Kent earned $10,000 and became eligible to enter the 50th anniversary Barbasol PBA Tournament of Champions in Indianapolis in February. The Kingdom International Open is the final PBA International Tour-World Bowling Tour event on the 2014 schedule.

Kent, 22, a former two-time Collegiate Bowler of the Year with Robert Morris University-Illinois, was the top qualifier for the finals in Riyadh and defeated No. 4 qualifier Mike Fagan of Fort Worth, Texas, 243-237, to advance to the championship match. Larsen, who also was trying for his first PBA title, defeated Kuwait’s Khaled Al Dubyyan, 224-174, in the other semifinal match.

"After I had a couple of strikes early in the match and Larsen had an open frame, I felt a little bit more comfortable," Kent told Asian Bowling Federation Media Services representative Terence Yaw. "And when I managed a few more strikes and Larsen continued to struggle, I kept telling myself to focus on making sure I made good shots. This win will certainly give me more confidence going into next week's World Championships in Abu Dhabi."

The Kingdom International Open featured a unique format. All players bowled three six-game qualifying rounds on different lane conditions. The first round was contested on World Bowling’s 39-foot Seoul oil pattern, day two on the 45-foot Mexico City pattern, and day three with the Seoul pattern on the left lane and Mexico City pattern on the right lane. After each day’s competition, the top four players for that day bowled a “shootout” round for a $5,000 first prize, and after 18 combined games, the top 30 plus the top six Saudi Arabian competitors advance to Tuesday’s “masters” finals.

In the daily “shootout” rounds, Craig Nidiffer of Trenton, Michigan, won both the Seoul pattern and mixed pattern events, earning $5,000 in each event. He defeated England’s Dom Barrett in the Seoul finale, 278-269, and Mike Fagan of Fort Worth, Texas, 239-228, in the mixed pattern final. Chris Barnes of Double Oak, Texas, won the Mexico City event, defeating Saudi Arabia’s Bader Al Shaikh, 223-181, for the $5,000 first prize.

The masters qualifying round involved nine games from scratch (no carryover pins), three game each of the Seoul, Mexico City and mixed conditions. The top four after nine games bowled advanced to the one-game single-elimination match play finals with qualifier No. 1 meeting No. 4, and No. 2 vs. No. 3. The two winners then bowled a one-game match for the title.

Following the Kingdom International Open, a number of PBA members from the U.S. and around the world will close out the year by competing representing their home countries in the World Men’s Bowling Championships – a non-PBA event – in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. The Men’s World Championships will include singles, doubles, trios, Baker team, all-events and Masters events.

The PBA Tour officially concludes its 2014 season with the finals of the PBA World Championship which will air live on ESPN on Sunday, Jan. 11, at 1 p.m. ET from South Point Bowling Plaza in Las Vegas. The PBA World Championship finalists, in qualifying order, are Wes Malott of Pflugerville, Texas; Fagan; Ronnie Russell of Marion, Indiana; Todd Book of Russells Point, Ohio, and Stuart Williams of England.

Universal Bowling Center, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Dec. 2

Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash. ($10,000) def. Martin Larsen, Sweden ($7,000), 257-206.

Semifinal Results:
Kent def. Mike Fagan, Fort Worth, Texas ($5,000), 243-237.
Larsen def. Khaled Al Dubyyan, Kuwait ($4,000), 224-174.

Masters Qualifying Round Final Standings (after nine games, top four advanced to championship round):
1, Kent, 2,161.
2, Larsen,  2,108.
3, Al Dubyyan, 2,096.
4, Fagan, 2,091.
5, Dom Barrett, England, 2,076, $2,800.
6, Osku Palermaa, Finland, 2,046, $2,400.
7, Tom Hess, Urbandale, Iowa, 2,034, $2,000.
8, a-John Janawicz, Lake Wales, Fla., 2,030, $1,800.
9, Bader Al Shaikh, Saudi Arabia, 2,015, $1,700.
10, Craig Nidiffer, Trenton, Mich., 2,006, $1,500.
11, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 2,004, $1,500.
12, Brad Angelo, Lockport, N.Y., 2,001, $1,500.
13, Bill O'Neill, Langhorne, Pa., 1,992, $1,400.
14, Tom Daugherty, Wesley Chapel, Fla., 1,985, $1,400.
15, Yousif Falah, Bahrain, 1,982, $1,400.
16, Shaik Abdul Hameed, Indonesia, 1,969, $1,300.
17, Stuart Williams, England, 1,966, $1,300.
18, Mika Koivuniemi, Finland, 1,955, $1,300.
19, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 1,936, $1,200.
20, Paul Moor, England, 1,931, $1,200.
21, Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 1,913, $1,200.
22, Mohammed Sultan, Bahrain, 1,910, $1,000.
23, Michael Mak, Hong Kong, 1,885, $1,000.
24, Yousef Al Jaber, Qatar, 1,876, $1,000.
25, Matt Chamberlain, England, 1,853, $900.
26, Tim Mack, Indianapolis, 1,845, $900.
27, Abdullah Al Dolijan, Saudi Arabia, 1,835, $900.
28, Yaqoub Al Shatti, Kuwait, 1,824, $800.
29, Rakan Al Ameeri, Kuwait, 1,814, $800.
30, Adel Al Barqi, Saudi Arabia, 1,811, $800.
31, Mohammed Al Saud, Saudi Arabia, 1,811, $700.
32, Mansour Al Awamy, Qatar, 1,723, $700.
33, Abdulrahman Al Kheliawi, Saudi Arabia, 1,700, $700.
34, Yaser Abu Alreesh, Saudi Arabia, 1,699, $600.
35, Salman Al Shehri, Saudi Arabia, 1,637, $600.
36, Majed Aslani, Saudi Arabia, 1,543, $600.

Round One Seoul Pattern Shootout:
Craig Nidiffer, Trenton, Mich. ($5,000) def. Dom Barrett, England ($3,500), 278-269.

Semifinals: Nidiffer def. Bader Al Shaikh, Saudi Arabria ($2,500), 234-198. Barrett def. Rakan Al Ameeri, Kuwait ($2,000), 169-166.

Round Two Mexico City Pattern Shootout:
Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas ($5,000) def. Bader Al Shaikh, Saudi Arabia ($3,500), 223-181.

Semifinals: Barnes def. Matt Chamberlain, England ($2,500), 267-236. Al Shaikh def. Brad Angelo, Lockport, N.Y. ($2,000), 269-188.

Round Three Mixed Seoul/Mexico City Patterns Shootout:
Craig Nidiffer, Trenton, Mich. ($5,000) def. Mike Fagan, Fort Worth, Texas ($3,500), 239-228.

Semifinals: Nidiffer def. Martin Larsen, Sweden (($2,500), 278-222. Fagan def. Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C. ($2,000), 215-186.

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