Japan’s Bowling World Open Begins with Open Qualifying in Tokyo

by Bill Vint July 9, 2015 03:20

TOKYO – Bowlers from 55 countries, including many of the best male and female players in the sport, have begun competition in the inaugural World Bowling Open, an event designed as a showcase for observers considering additional sports for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games program.

The event began Thursday with open qualifying for non-exempt players and concludes with televised finals in Japan on Sunday.

Bowling is one of eight sports in contention for possible inclusion in the 2020 Olympic Games.

The World Bowling Open, which is offering the richest prize fund on the World Bowling Tour schedule, will pay shares of its estimated US$390,000 in prize money equally to men and women. First prize in each division will be roughly $81,000. As a part of its support of the event and the Olympic movement, the PBA will award a PBA Tour title to the men’s champion.

The tournament will include 110 men and 110 women in the singles main events, plus an international mixed doubles competition. The main event fields will include 79 invited representatives from 55 countries, 19 international players and 12 local qualifiers from open qualifying events Thursday and Friday at Shinagawa Prince Hotel Bowling Center.

Among the invited players granted automatic berths in men’s singles are PBA champions Jason Belmonte, Australia; Thomas Larsen, Denmark; Dom Barrett and Paul Moor, England; Osku Palermaa, Finland; Jesper Svensson, Sweden, and Mike Fagan and Chris Barnes, representing the PBA and the U.S. A number of additional international PBA members who have not yet won a PBA title also are among the exempt men.

The women’s exempt field will include PBA/PWBA members Clara Guerrero, Colombia; Aumi Guerra, Dominican Republic; Diana Zavjalova, Latvia; and American stars Kelly Kulick and Liz Johnson. Kulick is the only woman ever to win a PBA Tour title (2011 PBA Tournament of Champions). Kulick, Johnson and Guerrero all have appeared in PBA Tour television finals and all three are PBA Regional title winners.

The main singles competitions will involve five qualifying games Saturday with the top 33 players in each division advancing to a three-game semifinal round at Round1 Minamisuna Bowling Center. Based on pinfall for eight games, the top four will advance to the televised finals where No. 1 will bowl No. 4, and No. 2 will bowl No. 3, in one-game matches. The winners will then bowl for their respective titles.

Sunday’s men’s and women’s finals, along with international mixed doubles finals, will be contested on a special six-lane installation in an exhibition hall at the Makuhari-Messe convention center on the outskirts of Tokyo.

The open qualifying system allows bowlers from around the world to bowl a three-game series on the same pair of lanes. The top 19 players will earn berths in the 110-player fields. Bowlers can re-enter every-other squad in attempts to qualify among the top 19. After six squads, PBA titlists Mika Koivuniemi, Finland, along with U.S. stars Bill O’Neill, Tommy Jones and Sean Rash were among the players in position to advance. Four additional qualifying squads are scheduled for Friday.

Shinagawa Prince Hotel Bowling Center, Tokyo, Thursday

Men’s Open Qualifying Leaders (after three games; top 19 after four additional squads on Friday advance to Saturday’s men’s singles main event)
1, Youngjun Lee, Korea, 746.
2, Mika Koivuniemi, Finland, 741.
3, Sangpil Park, Korea, 737.
4, Bill O'Neill, U.S., 733.
5, Taehwa Jeong, Korea, 729.
6, Tommy Jones, U.S., 724.
7, Sean Rash, U.S., 721.
8, Kang Seongyu, Korea, 719.
9, Timmy Tan, Malaysia, 718.
10, Kyungmin Kim, Korea, 712.
11, Gu Yongjin, Korea, 711.
12, Youngkwan Kim, Korea, 707.
13, Seoungjoo Joung, Korea, 704.
14 (tie), Zhi Yong Wang, China, and Jaejung Lee, Korean, 701.
16, Jun Hyun Kim, Korea, 698.
17, Ahmad Muaz, Malaysia, 694.
18, Robert Townsend, Australia, 690.
19, Ju Hun Oh, Korea, 689.

Women’s Open Qualifying Leaders (after three games; top 19 after four additional squads on Friday advance to Saturday’s women’s singles main event)
1, Nahyun Lee, Korea, 760.
2, Yeonju Hwang, Korea, 749.
3, Dawun Jung, Korea, 734.
4, Seungja Baek, Korea, 727.
5, Syaidatul Afifah, Malaysia, 726.
6, Yeong Seung Lee, Korea, 717.
7, Jenny Wegner, Sweden, 713.
8 (tie), Jazreel Tan, Singapore, and Jinsun Kim, Korea, 711.
10, Cherie Tan, Singapore, 708.
11, Byul Han, Korea, 700.
12 (tie), Eunok Kim, Korea, and Danielle McEwan, U.S., 697.
14, New Hui Fen, Singapore, 696.
15, Hyunsook Choi, Korea, 690.
16 (tie), Hyun Lim An, Korea, and Kristin Quah, Singapore, 686.
18, Bernice Lim, Singapore, 680.
19, Subin Kim, Korea, 679.

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World Bowling Submits Bid for Inclusion in 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games; PBA Offers Support

by Bill Vint June 11, 2015 03:36

CHICAGO – World Bowling, assisted by the Japan Bowling Congress and the National Bowling Federation of Japan, has filed an official application with the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Organizing Committee to include bowling as a medal sport, and the Professional Bowlers Association will continue to offer its long-standing support to accomplish that goal, Commissioner Tom Clark said Thursday.

World Bowling confirmed Monday that it has completed its formal application to be included in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Bowling is one of 33 sports the Tokyo committee invited to submit applications.

Along with the application form, the Japanese federations collected nearly one million signatures they collected from Japanese bowlers in support of the bid.

“The great international flavor of top players competing today at the highest levels of professional bowling with the PBA, and the PBA’s success as a televised sport on major networks for decades, are two of the best examples of why bowling should be in the Olympic Games,” Clark said.

In support of the World Bowling/Japan effort, Clark said the PBA will provide data regarding its extensive international television exposure and several of the PBA’s most talented players will physically support the venture by participating in a new Round1 World Open July 9-12 in Tokyo. The Round1 tournament will be a showcase for Olympic observers and will feature men’s and women’s singles along with an international mixed doubles event. PBA players who are already committed to the tournament include a distinct international array of talent:

Chris Barnes, U.S.; Dom Barrett, England; Jason Belmonte, Australia; Tom Daugherty, U.S.; Mike Fagan, U.S.; Liz Johnson, U.S.; Clara Guerrero, Colombia; Tommy Jones, U.S.; Marshall Kent, U.S.; Mika Koivuniemi, Finland; Kelly Kulick, U.S.; Thomas Larsen, Denmark; Chris Loschetter, U.S.; Bill O’Neill, U.S.; Osku Palermaa, Finland; Sean Rash, U.S.; Stuart Williams, England, and Diana Zavjalova, Latvia.

The PBA and Japan bowling community have a cooperative relationship extending back 30 years to the creation of the Japan Cup in 1985, Clark noted. In 2014, the PBA and Japanese bowling leaders created the PBA’s first international regional tournament program and early in 2015, PBA’s Xtra Frame online bowling channel provided its first live international video-streaming coverage of the DHC PBA Japan Invitational.

PBA has provided bowling with a consistent presence on network television since 1962, including packages with ABC, NBC, CBS and CBS Sports Networks, and a continuous relationship with ESPN since 1979. Over the past five years, ESPN has provided 135 hours of PBA programming, including 20 telecasts that reached more than one million viewers. In the past year, ESPN viewership has been up more than 20 percent over the previous year, averaging more than 800,000 viewers per telecast, in part because of growing participation by international players.

In the past two years, the PBA World Series of Bowling has included players from more than 20 different countries. Since the creation of the World Series of Bowling in 2009 and the World Bowling-PBA International Tour in 2012, players from Australia, Colombia, Korea, Finland, Japan, Sweden, England, Venezuela and Denmark have won PBA Tour titles.

ESPN, which is available in 94 million homes in the United States, has expanded bowling’s international exposure throughout the Caribbean, Africa, the Middle East and South America. PBA events aired by Eurosport’s international network have been accessible by 137 million households in 54 countries in 20 languages. The PBA Network’s extensive multi-media distribution system has further improved the sport’s global reach through video-streaming and an array of social media platforms.

“Our application highlights the different elements that make the sport of bowling a great match for the Olympic Games,” World Bowling President Kevin Dornberger said. “Bowling combines top athletic ability with broad accessibility and high participation, for men and women. It’s a lifetime sport that attracts people of all backgrounds and provides long-lasting health benefits.

“Bowling is truly a global sport. Japan boasts a huge bowling community. We have their full support as we enter this pursuit. This is bowling’s time.”

The Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee’s decision is expected in September.

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Chris Barnes Enjoys Rewarding Day with 300 Game, 18th Career Title in DHC PBA Japan Invitational

by Bill Vint January 18, 2015 02:23

TOKYO, Japan – Future Professional Bowlers Association Hall of Famer Chris Barnes of Double Oak, Texas, enjoyed one of the most rewarding days in his career Sunday, winning the DHC PBA Japan Invitational at Tokyo Port Bowl for his 18th career PBA Tour title after rolling a 300 game in his semifinal round match.

The championship round was video streamed live on PBA’s Xtra Frame bowling channel, completing start-to-finish online live coverage of an international PBA Tour event for the first time.

Barnes, 44, won the $43,032 (5 million yen) first prize with a 206-196 victory over top qualifier Mike Fagan of Fort Worth, Texas, who was trying for back-to-back titles after winning the PBA World Championship seven days earlier in Las Vegas. Barnes also won a $43,032 bonus for rolling a championship round perfect game in eliminating England’s Stuart Williams, 300-225, in the semifinal match. For the day, Barnes earned 10 million yen, or $86,064 U.S. dollars.

Williams, the No. 4 qualifier, ended the first-title hopes of two-handed player Shawn Maldonado of Houston, Texas, 242-237, in the first stepladder match, and Liz Johnson of Cheektowaga, N.Y., 245-222, in the second match.

Earlier Sunday, Australia’s Jason Belmonte and partner Yang Hyeong Kyoo of Japan won the $5,164 first prize in the Scotch Doubles special event with a 236-204 victory over England’s Dom Barrett and Manae Kameshima of Japan. The doubles competition paired a member of the international contingent with a PBA Japan player.

International Team B (Fagan, Sean Rash, Dom Barrett and Barnes) won the Baker team special event with a 239-184 victory over International Team A (Wes Malott, Williams, Eddie Van Daniker and Belmonte), and shared a $10,328 bonus prize. The team event involved four International teams and four Japanese teams bowling eight Baker format games with the top two advancing to the final match.

Barrett won a $4,303 prize in a special “last man standing” event that closed the tournament program.

The DHC PBA Japan Invitational was a cooperative venture between the PBA, the new PBA Japan Region, Japan Bowling Promotions and DHC Corporation, a multi-faceted company that produces cosmetics, health foods and pharmaceuticals among its diverse product line. It featured a field of 16 international players and 16 Japanese players, and it was the first international tournament covered live by the PBA’s exclusive online video streaming channel, Xtra Frame (complete coverage is available in the Xtra Frame archives under”archived tournaments”).

Xtra Frame’s next live event will be comprehensive coverage of the 2014 PBA Tour Awards presentations (Monday, Jan. 26 at 5:30 p.m. ET) followed by live coverage of the qualifying and match play rounds of the PBA Players Championship and PBA Mark Roth/Marshall Holman Doubles Championship from AMF Bowlero Lanes in suburban Milwaukee, Tuesday, Jan. 27 thru Friday, Jan. 30. For a complete schedule of upcoming Xtra Frame programming, click on the Xtra Frame link under the “Schedules” tab on pba.com.

Tokyo Port Bowl, Tokyo, Japan, Sunday, Jan. 18

Final Standings (prize money converted from Yen to U.S. dollars:
1, Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, $43,032.
2, Mike Fagan, Fort Worth, Texas, $21,516.
3, Stuart Williams, England, $11,188.
4, Liz Johnson, Cheektowaga, N.Y., $9,467.
5, Shawn Maldonado, $8,606.

Stepladder Results:
Match One: Williams def. Maldonado, 242-237. Match Two: Williams def. Johnson, 245-222. Semifinal Match: Barnes def. Williams, 300-225. Championship: Barnes def. Fagan, 206-196.

Final Match Play Standings (after 32 games of match play, includes match play bonus pins; top five advanced to stepladder finals:
1, Mike Fagan, Fort Worth, Texas, 23-9, 8,036.
2, Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 21-11, 7,708.
3, Liz Johnson, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 21-11, 7,612.
4, Stuart Williams, England, 20-11-1, 7,603.
5, Shawn Maldonado, Houston, 20-12, 7,590.
Other Cashers:
6, Mika Koivuniemi, Hartland, Mich., 18-13-1, 7,516, $6,630.
7, Shusaku Asato, Japan, 20-11-1, 7,485, $5,800.
8, Todd Book, Russells Point, Ohio, 22-10, 7,469, $4,975.
9, Scott Norton, Mission Viejo, Calif., 16-16, 7,425, $4,560.
10, Jason Belmonte, Australia, 17-15, 7,405, $4,145.
11, Dom Barrett, England, 18-14, 7,382, $3,730.
12, Eddie VanDaniker Jr., Chatsworth, Calif., 16-16, 7,360, $3,315.
13, Daisuke Yoshida, Japan, 20-12, 7,304, $3,110.
14, Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 14-18, 7,276, $2,900.
15, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 18-14, 7,180, $2,695.
16, Ronnie Russell, Marion, Ind., 16-15-1, 7,140, $2,485.
17, Yuka Tsuchiya, Japan, 15-16-1, 7,112, $2,070.
18, Cho Young Seon, Korea, 14-18, 7,031, $1,990.
19, Manae Kameshima, Japan, 15-17, 7,015, $1,905.
20, Patrick Girard, Canada, 18-14, 6,999, $1,825.
21, Koichi Takahashi, Japan, 15-17, 6,931, $1,740.
22, Shogo Wada, Japan, 16-16, 6,924, $1,660.
23, Yuki Akiyoshi, Japan, 15-17, 6,858, $1,575.
24, Mayumi Naito, Japan, 16-16, 6,749, $1,490.
25, Yang Hyeong Kyoo, Japan, 15-17, 6,737, $1,410.
26, Ryogo Tsurumi, Japan, 12-20, 6,662, $1,325.
27, Takashi Yamazaki, Japan, 8-23-1, 6,576, $1,240.
28, Naoshi Ishimine, Japan, 12-20, 6,477, $1,160.
29, Takashi Fujimura, Japan, 12-20, 6,467, $1,075.
30, Miku Urano, Japan, 9-21-2, 6,459, $995.
31, Yumi Nakajima, Japan, 11-21-0, 6,354, $910.
32, Hiroko Shimizu, Japan, 5-27-0, 6,202, $830.

Jason Belmonte, Australia/Yang Hyeong Kyoo, Japan ($5,164) def. Dom Barrett, England/Manae Kameshima, Japan ($2,582), 236-204.
Semifinal Round:
Barrett/Kameshima def. Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas/Yuka Tsuchiya, Japan ($1,291), 194-181.
Belmonte/Kyoo def. Shawn Maldonado, Houston, Texas/Koichi Takahashi, Japan ($861), 188-167.

Final Match Play Standings (after three games; winner of each quad advanced to finals):
1, Quad A: Malott/Tsuchiya, 3-0, 821.
2, Quad D: Belmonte/Kyoo, 2-1, 704.
3, Quad B: Maldonado/Takahash, 3-0, 701.
4, Quad C: Barrett/Kamashima, 2-1, 669.
Other Cashers ($430 each team):
Quad A: Ronnie Russell, Marion, Ind./Yumi Nakajima, Japan, 1-2, 618.
Quad B: Scott Norton, Mission Viejo, Calif./Takashi Yamazaki, Japan, 1-2, 601.
Quad C: Patrick Girard, Canada/Hiroko Shimizu, Japan, 1-2, 623.
Quad D: Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas/Takashi Fujimara, Japan, 2-1, 664.

International Team B (Mike Fagan, Sean Rash, Dom Barrett, Chris Barnes) ($10,328) def. International Team A (Wes Malott, Stuart Williams, Eddie Van Daniker and Jason Belmonte) ($5,164), 239-184.
Other Cashers (after 8 Baker team games):
3, International Team C (Ronnie Russell, Scott Norton, Patrick Girard, Mika Koivuniemi), 1,793, $$1,721.
4, International Team D (Todd Book, Shawn Maldonado, Liz Johnson, Cho Young Seon), 1,785, $861.

Dom Barrett, England ($4,303).

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PBA’s WSOB Qualifiers Arrive in Tokyo for DHC PBA Japan Invitational; Live Xtra Frame Coverage on Tap

by Bill Vint January 14, 2015 03:30

TOKYO, Japan – Newly-crowned Professional Bowlers Association World Champion Mike Fagan of Fort Worth, Texas, and his fellow PBA World Championship finalists have arrived in Tokyo to compete in the new DHC PBA Japan Invitational, the second tournament on the PBA’s 2015 Tour schedule.

The DHC PBA Japan Invitational, a PBA Tour title event, will feature an elite field of players who qualified during the GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling VI at South Point Bowling Center in Las Vegas, along with an elite field of 16 Japanese players. The DHC Invitational will be the first PBA International event to be covered live on PBA’s online bowling channel Xtra Frame.

Live action begins Thursday and concludes Sunday at Tokyo Port Bowl in Tokyo, but the 14-hour time difference between Tokyo and the Eastern time zone in the U.S. means Xtra Frame webcasts will air at unusual times (see schedule below). The Sunday finals in Tokyo, for example, will air live in the U.S. starting at 6:45 and 9:55 p.m. ET on Saturday.

PBA Tour players who earned berths based on PBA World Championship qualifying were Fagan, Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas; Ronnie Russell, Marion, Ind.; Todd Book, Russells Point, Ohio; Stuart Williams, England; Dom Barrett, England; Patrick Girard, Canada; Shawn Maldonado, Houston; Scott Norton, Mission Viejo, Calif.; Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., and Eddie VanDaniker Jr., Chatsworth, Calif. Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas; Jason Belmonte, Australia, and Mika Koivuniemi, Hartland, Mich., received special invitations from DHC. Liz Johnson, Cheektowaga, N.Y., was the top woman qualifier in the field. The 16th international player will be Korean Professional Bowlers Association representative Cho Young Seon of Seoul.

The 16-player Japanese field will include Yoshida Daisuke, Aichi; Takahashi Koichi, Hokkaido; Kameshima Manae, Wakayama; Urano Miku, Chiba; Yumi Nakajima, Chiba; Ishimine Naoshi, Nagano; Yamazaki Takashi, Aichi; 2014 PBA Japan Region Player and Rookie of the Year Yuka Tsuchiya, Kanagawa; Ryogo Tsurumi, Kanagawa; Akiyoshi Yuki, Chiba, and six players who will be determined in a Thursday qualifying event.

The DHC tournament is an extension of the PBA’s work with Japan Bowling Promotions that led to the creation of the PBA Japan Regional program in 2014. The new regional program was part of the qualifying process for Japanese players for the DHC Invitational.

The DHC field will include a field of 16 international players and 16 Japanese players competing for shares of a $215,000 prize fund, which includes a $41,460 first prize, and a PBA Tour title. The international field will include 12 qualifiers from WSOB VI based upon a combined 28 qualifying games in the PBA Cheetah, Viper, Chameleon and Scorpion Championships, plus 24 games of match play (11 men plus the highest woman qualifier if she is not among the 12 leading qualifiers). The four additional international players include three PBA members plus one Korean PBA player invited by DHC.

The DHC tournament program will involve 32 games of round-robin match play leading into a five-player stepladder final for the DHC Japan Invitational title. In addition, all 32 players will participate in special Baker team and Scotch doubles matches plus a “last man standing” special event for an additional $40,000 in prize money.

The PBA will provide live international online coverage of the event for the first time by sending its Xtra Frame crew to Tokyo. Xtra Frame is available on a subscription basis to bowling fans around the world. To subscribe to Xtra Frame, click on the Xtra Frame link on pba.com. A full-year XF Season Ticket costs $64.99; one-month subscriptions are available for $7.99.

For a complete schedule of Xtra Frame broadcasts during the 2015 season, check the Xtra Frame link under the Schedules tab on pba.com.


Tokyo Port Bowl, Tokyo, Japan (all times are ET)


5:40 p.m. – Scotch Doubles (8 international, 8 Japanese teams, match play)

Top team from each quad advances to TV finals (4 teams total)

DHC PBA Japan Invitational Match Play

8:25 p.m. – 32 players, 8 games round-robin match play


DHC PBA Japan Invitational Match Play

12:10 a.m. - 32 players, 8 games round-robin match play

5:40 p.m. - 32 players, 8 games round-robin match play

10:40 p.m. - 32 players, 8 games round-robin match play

Top five advanced to TV stepladder finals


3:40 a.m. – Baker team exhibition: 8 four-player teams, 8 games Baker format round-robin match play

Top two four-player teams advance to TV finals

TV Finals

6:45 p.m. – Scotch Doubles and Baker Team finals

9:55 p.m. – Singles Stepladder finals (DHC PBA Japan Invitational) and Last Man Standing finals

About the PBA

The Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) is an organization of more than 3,200 of the best bowlers from 27 countries who compete in PBA Tour, PBA International Tour, PBA Regional and PBA50 Tour events. The PBA is in its 55th consecutive year of nationally-televised competition, reaching more than one million American households and thousands more around the world who watch PBA activities on Xtra Frame, the PBA’s exclusive online bowling channel. PBA sponsors include Barbasol, Bowlmor AMF, Brunswick, Concrete Software, Ebonite International, GEICO, HotelPlanner.com, MOTIV, Storm Products and the United States Bowling Congress, among others. For more information, log on to www.pba.com.

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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.


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.


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.


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).


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


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.


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.


● 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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