PBA Spare Shots: Battle for PBA Regional, Women’s Regional Berths in WSOB Almost Over

by Bill Vint October 2, 2014 03:09

The battles for eight PBA Regional, eight PBA Women’s Regional and eight PBA50 Tour berths in the PBA World Series of Bowling VI is almost over with the Sunday, Oct. 12, qualifying deadline rapidly approaching.

In each case, eight players will earn paid entries into the World Series and they will compete in eight-game round-robin match play events on Friday, Oct. 24, at South Point Bowling Center in Las Vegas to determine the top two individuals who will advance to the new PBA Challenge Finals which will be contested on Sunday, Nov. 2, at 10:30 a.m. PT for delayed telecast on ESPN. All three match play qualifying events will be covered simultaneously live on PBA’s Xtra Frame online bowling channel, starting at 2:30 p.m. PT (5:30 p.m. ET).

The fourth PBA Challenge Finals match will pit 2014 Teen Masters boys’ champion Michael Coffey of Melbourne, Fla., against girls’ champion Kelly Skalacki of Coram, N.Y., for the Teen Masters Grand Championship.

The PBA Challenge telecast will conclude with a special Knockout Bonus Round in which the four winners will each bowl one shot, with the lowest score per round eliminated until a champion remains.

In the season-long PBA Regional Finals points races, seven of eight berths are already decided. Regional points winners are: Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y. (East Region); Connor Pickford, Charlotte, N.C. (South); Tom Hess, Urbandale, Iowa (Midwest Region); Shawn Maldonado, Houston, Texas (Southwest); David Haynes, Las Vegas (West); Josh Blanchard, Gilbert, Ariz. (Northwest), and Pat Nolan (Japan).

The Central Region berth will be decided this weekend in the PBA Fishing & Hunting USA Central Open at Northway Lanes in Muskegon, Mich. E.J. Tackett of Huntington, Ind., will take a 3,600-point lead over Eugene McCune of Munster, Ind., into the region’s final qualifying event.

In the new PBA Women’s Regional competition, points winners already confirmed are: Kristina Wendell, Poughkeepsie, N.Y. (East); Christina Hardee, Mt. Dora, Fla. (South); Clara Guerrero, Pflugerville, Texas/Colombia (Southwest); and Yuka Tsuchiya (Japan).

Unresolved heading into their final Central Region qualifying event in Muskegon this weekend, Shannon Pluhowsky of Kettering, Ohio, holds a 6,300-point lead over Jessica Stephens of Greenwood, Ind., and a 6,500-point lead over Liz Johnson of Cheektowaga, N.Y. In the Midwest Region, Amanda Greene of Romney, W.Va., will take a modest 300-point edge over Kayla Stram of Grand Rapids, Minn., into this weekend’s Calvert’s Express Auto Midwest/Southwest Open at Aaron’s Family Fun Center in Belton, Mo. The women’s field will be finalized on Oct. 12 in the PBA Battle at Black Oak Casino West Open in Tuolumne, Calif. Missy Parkin, Laguna Hills, Calif. (West), and Lindsay Boomershine, Brigham City, Utah (Northwest) have big leads, but haven’t clinched their berths.

The PBA50 Tour field of eight was settled at the conclusion of the senior tour’s 2014 season. The top eight in competition points who will bowl in Las Vegas are: Walter Ray Williams Jr., Ocala, Fla.; Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo.; Tom Baker, King, N.C.; Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla.; Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J.; Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela; Harry Sullins, Chesterfield Twp., Mich., and Ron Mohr, Las Vegas.

MOTIV TO GIVE AWAY FREE BOWLING BALLS IN PBA XTRA FRAME, WSOB PROMOTIONS

MOTIV, PBA Product Registered Company and promotional partner, has announced it will give away several high-performance bowling balls in a series of promotions in partnership with the PBA World Series of Bowling VI and PBA’s Xtra Frame online bowling channel.

● During the preliminary rounds of WSOB VI at South Point Bowling Center in Las Vegas, Oct. 25-Oct. 30, MOTIV will give away one bowling ball each day (a total of six balls) to new Xtra Frame subscribers. To be eligible for the daily random drawings, visit pba.com and click on the Xtra Frame link for subscription information. New subscribers who sign up between now and Oct. 24 will be eligible. Subscriptions are available for $7.99 for one month or $64.99 for a full year.

● During the WSOB VI ESPN television finals Nov. 1-2 in the new South Point Bowling Plaza, spectators on hand will be eligible to win a free MOTIV ball. One ball will be given away each day of the television finals. There is no admission charge to attend the ESPN finals, but spectators must obtain a ticket either on-site at South Point Bowling Center, or by visiting pba.com (http://www.pba.com/Tickets/). A limited number of tickets will be available for each event on a first-come basis.

● Following the World Series, MOTIV will give away one free bowling ball each month to a new Xtra Frame subscriber. The November winner will receive a new MOTIV Jackal ball.

PBA REGIONAL SUMMARY: BAILEY SPOILS JENSEN’S BACK-TO-BACK BID

Mike Bailey from Allen, Texas, de-railed Tyler Jensen’s bid for back-to-back titles, 257-162, and won $2,500 along with his third PBA Regional title Sunday in the inaugural PBA Tomball Southwest Open at Tomball Bowl in Tomball, Texas.

Jensen, who won the previous week in Odessa, Texas, advanced to the finals by defeating Colombia native Clara Guerrero, who resides in Pflugerville, Texas, 2-0, in the Round of 12; Chris Barnes of Double Oak, Texas, in the Round of 8, 2-0, and Anthony Simonsen of Mesquite, Texas, 277-191, in the semifinal round. With her 12th-place finish, earning $625 in the final PBA Women’s Southwest Regional qualifying event, Guerrero locked up a berth in the PBA Women’s Regional finals along with a paid entry into the PBA World Series of Bowling VI at South Point in Las Vegas, Oct. 24-Nov. 2. Kimi Davidson of Azle, Texas, also cashed, finishing 17th for $460.

Mike Moore of Oviedo, Fla., and non-member partner Shawn Naumann of Orlando won seven of their 10 matches and finished with an 18-game total of 8,292 pins to win the $4,000 first prize in the PBA South Region Member/Non-Member Doubles at Break Point Alley Bowling Center in Tavares, Fla., Sunday.

Moore and Naumann defeated Jason Couch and Doug Becker, both of Clermont, Fla., by 163 pins to claim the title.

Chad Lusche of Arvada, Colo., climbed the stepladder from bottom to top, defeating Blake DeMore of Springfield, Mo., 217-186, in the final match to win $2,500 and his first PBA title in the Midcontinent Communications Midwest Region Open at Empire Bowl in Sioux Falls, S.D., Sunday.

Lusche started his climb with a 277-201 victory over amateur Jason Polreis of Sioux Falls, 277-201; defeated Dave Dentlinger of Adel, Iowa, 227-213, and eliminated amateur Russ Oviate of Sioux Falls, 268-214, to advance to the championship match.

Harry Sullins of Chesterfield Township, Mich., defeated Dale Csuhta of Wadsworth, Ohio, by 77 pins to win the PBA50 Mel Westrich Memorial Central/Midwest Open presented by Storm at Delphos Recreation Center in Delphos, Ohio, Sunday.

Sullins finished with a 6-5-1 match play record and a total of 4,522 pins for 20 games, including match play bonus pins, to claim his second Central Region title of the year, his 28th overall Regional title, and the $1,400 first prize.

Michael Haugen Jr. of Phoenix posted an 8-2 match play record and an 18-game total of 4,060 pins Sunday to win his 18th PBA Regional title in the PBA Fog City West Open presented by Roto Grip at Classic Lanes in Daly City, Calif. Scott Norton of Mission Viejo, Calif., was second, 243 pins behind.

In the companion PBA50 tournament, Noel Vazquez of Sacramento, California, went 5-3 and knocked down 3,495 total pins for 16 games to top Tracy Teeters of Albany, Oregon, for his sixth PBA50 West Region title and $1,200. Teeters had 3,392 pins, 103 pins out of first place.

Joe Paluszek of Bensalem, Pa., defeated Matt O’Grady of South Amboy, N.J., by 24 pins and Dave Knight Jr. of Folcroft, Pa., by 37 pins to win the PBA Pavlinko Pro Shops Re-entry Classic at Brunswick Zone Turnersville, N.J., Sunday. In the “elimination format” championship match, Paluszek rolled a 248 game to win over O’Grady’s 224 and Knight’s 211 to earn $1,500 and his fourth regional title.

The one-day re-entry tournament involved a five-game qualifying round for all players, followed by a three-game re-entry squad and a one-game “desperado” squad which allowed players multiple chances to advance to the 13-player elimination rounds. The first one-game elimination round eliminated the seven lowest scores and the second elimination round reduced the field of six to three finalists.

● October will be a busy month of PBA Regional competition as players prepare for the PBA World Series of Bowling VI at South Point in Las Vegas, Oct. 24-Nov. 2. The Oct. 3-5 weekend’s regional calendar includes the PBA Maple City Dodge Eastern Open at Maple City Bowl in Hornell, N.Y.; the PBA Calvert’s Express Auto Midwest/Southwest Open at Aaron’s Family Fun Center in Belton, Mo.; a PBA50 Junction City Bowl Southwest/Midwest Open doubleheader in Junction City, Kan., and the PBA Fishing & Hunting USA Central Open – one-day reduced entry fee event – at Northway Lanes in Muskegon, Mich. The Belton, Mo., and Muskegon, Mich., tournaments are the final PBA Women’s Regional qualifying events for the Midwest and Central Regions, respectively.

The Oct. 10-12 PBA Regional calendar includes the PBA50 Centre Lanes Senior/Super Senior Doubles in North Canton, Ohio; the PBA50 Shreveport Southwest Open at All Star Lanes in Shreveport, La.; the PBA50 Dover Eastern Open at Brunswick Doverama in Dover, N.J.; and the PBA and PBA50 Thunderbowl Midwest Opens in Council Bluffs, Iowa, which also will include the PBA/PBA50 Thunderbowl Baker Team Classic. The Tuolumne, Calif., tournament will be the PBA West and Northwest Regions’ final PBA Women’s Regional qualifier.

The weekend prior to the start of the WSOB VI (Oct. 17-19) will include the PBA Young & Pratt Southwest Open at Dart Bowl in Austin, Texas; 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 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

● News for the PBA60 set. PBA Hall of Famer Tom Baker of King, N.C., joined the club on Sept. 12, and inactive as a competitor or not, PBA Hall of Famer Marshall Holman of Medford, Ore., reached PBA60 eligibility on Monday, Sept. 29.

● Xtra Frame’s next live event will be 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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Ryogo Tsurumi Wins PBA Japan’s Viper Open Title

by Bill Vint September 17, 2014 08:47

SAGAMIHARA, Japan – Ryogo Tsurumi of Kanagawa slipped past Makoto Kawakami of Tochigi, 172-169, to win the PBA Japan Region’s Viper Open Monday at Sagami Fast Lane, ending a streak of four consecutive victories in PBA Japan Region competition by Yuka Tsuchiya.

Tsurumi, who earned 400,000 Yen (roughly $3,950 in U.S. dollars), advanced to the championship match by defeating Takuya Miyazawa of Chiba, 173-161, in the Round of 8, and Masakazu Suzuki of Kanagawa, 189-143, in the semifinal round. The tournament, which was conducted on the PBA Viper lane conditioning pattern, drew a field of 127 men and women.

Tsuchiya, who had swept the women’s and open regional titles on the PBA’s Cheetah and Chameleon patterns earlier in the summer, finished in 30th place in the Viper Open.

The PBA Japan Region has two tournaments remaining scheduled in its inaugural season in 2014: the Women’s Scorpion and Scorpion Open tournaments Nov. 8-9 at Higashiyamoto Grand Bowl in Tokyo.

The men’s and women’s points leaders from the PBA Japan Region will be among the top regional players invited to participate in the PBA Regional and PBA Women’s Regional finals and the GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling VI Oct. 24-Nov. 2 at South Point Bowling Center in Las Vegas. Tsuchiya has won the women’s berth and has accepted her invitation; the men’s representative has not yet been confirmed.

PBA JAPAN VIPER OPEN

Sagami Fast Lane, Sagamiraha, Japan, Monday, Sept. 15

(Prize money converted from Japanese yen to U.S. dollar equivalent)

Championship: Ryogo Tsurumi, Kanagawa ($3,950), def. Makoto Kawakami, Tochigi ($1,974), 172-169.

Semifinal Round (losers earned $987): Tsurumi def. Masakazu Suzuki, Kanagawa, 189-143. Kawakami def. Seimiya Hiroyuki, 211-176.

Round of 8 (losers earned $493): Tsurumi def. Takuya Miyazawa, Chiba, 173-161. Suzuki def. Kosuke Shirai, Aichi, 155-151. Kawakami def. Kenji Tamura, Tokyo, 214-179. Hiroyuki def. Ken Sakamaki, Tokyo, 223-181.

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New DHC PBA Japan Invitational Adds to PBA World Series’ International Impact

by Bill Vint September 12, 2014 02:27

CHICAGO – The Professional Bowlers Association’s World Series of Bowling VI, along with its new relationships with the bowling community in Japan, have combined to create a new PBA DHC Japan Invitational tournament in January that will be an important event in the international bowling community that also will kick off the PBA’s 2015 Tour schedule.

The DHC PBA Japan Invitational, a PBA Tour title event, will feature an elite field of players who will qualify during the PBA World Series of Bowling VI Oct. 24-Nov. 2 at South Point Bowling Center in Las Vegas, along with an elite field of 16 Japanese players. The DHC Invitational – the first international PBA Tour event to be covered start-to-finish live on PBA’s online bowling channel Xtra Frame – will take place Jan. 15-18 at Tokyo Port Bowl in Japan, and will feature a series of pro-am and exhibition matches in addition to the main event.

The DHC tournament is an extension of the PBA’s work with Japan Bowling Promotions that earlier in the year helped create the PBA Japan Regional program. The new regional program will be included in the qualifying process for Japanese players earning berths into the elite field of players who will bowl in January.

The DHC Invitational 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 $47,000 first prize, and a PBA Tour title. The international field will include 12 qualifiers from the PBA World Championship during 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 will include three PBA members plus one Korean PBA player invited by DHC.

The Japanese contingent will include the top four players on the DHC PBA Japan Invitational points list; four players based on PBA Japan Region points; one player each selected by each bowling organization in Japan, and four players who will earn berths in a Pre-Tournament Qualifier.

The 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 Baker team and Scotch doubles exhibition matches, which will include $40,000 in additional prize money.

“The DHC PBA Japan Invitational is the result of a great deal of hard work and cooperation with the Japan bowling community which has provided PBA members with a great new event,” said PBA Commissioner Tom Clark. “We greatly appreciate the involvement of DHC Limited, Japan Bowling Promotions and our partners in Japan who have made this event possible.”

In addition to television coverage in Japan, the PBA will provide international online coverage of the event for the first time by sending its Xtra Frame crew to Tokyo. Xtra Frame, which is available on a subscription basis to bowling fans around the world, also will cover the entire PBA World Championship qualifying process in Las Vegas that will determine the PBA Tour players who will earn berths in the DHC PBA Japan Invitational.

The inaugural season of PBA Japan Regional competition is in progress, with four of seven scheduled events completed. Remaining events on the 2014 schedule include the Japan Viper Open on Monday, Sept. 15, and the Japan Women’s DHC Scorpion Open and Scorpion Open tournaments Nov. 8-9.

DHC PBA JAPAN INVITATIONAL SCHEDULE
Tokyo Port Bowl, Tokyo, Japan (all times local; live video streaming coverage on PBA’s online bowling channel Xtra Frame)

Thursday, Jan. 15
Pro-Am and Japan Pre-Tournament Qualifier (at Shinagawa Prince Hotel Bowling Center)

Friday, Jan. 16
8 a.m. – 32 players, 8 games round-robin match play
1 p.m. - 32 players, 8 games round-robin match play
6 p.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

Saturday, Jan. 17
8 a.m. - 32 players, 8 games round-robin match play
1 p.m. - 32 players, 8 games round-robin match play
  Top five players advance to TV stepladder finals
6 p.m. – Scotch doubles exhibition: 16 doubles teams, round-robin match play
  Top two teams advance to TV finals

Sunday, Jan. 18
10:15 a.m. - Scotch doubles TV finals (two teams)
11 a.m. - Baker team TV finals (two teams)
Noon - DHC PBA Japan Invitational stepladder finals (five players)
2:30 p.m. - Special exhibition: top five international, top five Japan players who did not qualify for TV, one-ball “last man standing” elimination special event (low score per round eliminated)

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PBA Spare Shots: PBA Japan Regional Program Off to Stunning Start

by Bill Vint July 18, 2014 06:53

The PBA’s first international regional tournament program, PBA Japan, is off to a stunning start and already has a “superstar” after its first two weekends of activity.

PBA Commissioner Tom Clark, who attended the second weekend of PBA Japan Region competition over the July 12-13 weekend at Sound Bowl in Ushiku along with PBA Deputy Commissioner Kirk von Krueger, got a first-hand look at the program, met many of the players and tournament officials, and witnessed Yuka Tsuchiya’s historic performance in adding the PBA Japan Women’s Chameleon and Chameleon Open titles to the Women’s Cheetah and Cheetah Open titles she won the previous weekend at Tokyo Port Bowl.

“Yuka has tears in her eyes when we told her she’s now eligible to bowl in the PBA Tournament of Champions and World Series of Bowling,” Clark said.

“It was an extremely successful weekend,” Clark added. “The PBA Japan tournament staffers were everything we’d ever want representing our organization. Japan Bowling Promotions, our partner in the creation of the PBA Japan Region, ran smooth events, with live streaming coverage that will soon be available on Xtra Frame, provided outstanding on-site exposure for the PBA and their main sponsor, DHC, and there were large fields considering the short amount of time we’ve had to promote the program.

“It was very gratifying to see how much the PBA brand means to the Japanese bowlers. The players wore dye-sublimated jerseys with PBA League or PBA player replicas. Our animal pattern lane conditions defined the playing fields. The respect the players gave us and the pride they demonstrated as PBA International members was terrific.

“And topping it all off was watching Yuka Tsuchiya sweep all four of our inaugural women’s and open regional titles. For one person to survive the demanding format and win four trophies and roughly $20,000 in U.S. dollars was incredible.”

Tsuchiya, a 31-year-old veteran of Japanese professional competition, won the Women’s Chameleon title over a field of 29 players on Saturday, defeating Hiroko Shimizu, 221-157, in the championship match. On Sunday, she topped a field of 72 men and women in the Chameleon Open, defeating Naoshi Ishimine in the final match, 197-176, for her fourth consecutive title. With her wins in the Cheetah Open and Chameleon Open, she joins Missy Parkin and Kelly Kulick as the third woman to win two PBA “open” regional titles.

Clark said he and von Krueger had an opportunity to visit with all of Japan’s bowling leaders and discuss the PBA’s long-term goal of expanding PBA-level competition around the world.

The PBA Japan Region has four more tournaments scheduled in its inaugural season: the PBA Japan Viper Open Sept. 15 at Sagami Fast Lane in Sagamihara, the Women’s Scorpion and Scorpion Open tournaments Nov. 8-9 at Higashiyamoto Grand Bowl in Tokyo, and the Badger Open at a location and date to be announced.

The PBA will help the Japan Region expand its international coverage via Xtra Frame. The Cheetah events are already archived on Xtra Frame (with original commentary in Japanese), the Chameleon finals will be added to Xtra Frame’s programming in the near future, and the PBA is working toward carrying future events live.

PBA HALL OF FAMER DEL BALLARD JR. RECOVERING AFTER BYPASS SURGERY

PBA Hall of Famer Del Ballard Jr., a 12-time PBA Tour title winner who currently is PBA Tour representative for Storm Products, is recovering after successful heart bypass surgery in the Dallas area on Tuesday.

"Del underwent a triple bypass and valve repair,” wife Carolyn Dorin-Ballard said Friday. “His surgeon is thrilled with the results and Del is already walking well. It’s a slow process but everything is on track. Thanks to everyone for your support and well wishes."

Ballard celebrated his 51st birthday on July 1.

RACE FOR PBA50 PLAYER, ROOKIE OF THE YEAR RESUME ON XTRA FRAME

The race for PBA50 Tour Player of the Year, Rookie of the Year, Super Senior Player of the Year and berths in the PBA50 Tour Finals enters the home stretch starting Friday in Fort Wayne, Ind., and PBA’s Xtra Frame online bowling channel will video stream all of the action from the final four events live.

The PBA’s senior citizens return to action with a new Dick Weber Super Senior Classic, presented by Storm, for players 60-and-older. Pro Bowl West in Fort Wayne will host the Dick Weber event Friday thru Sunday, followed immediately by the Pro Bowl West Fort Wayne Classic for all players 50-and-older (including any “super seniors” who care to compete), July 20-23.

The PBA50 Tour continues with the Dayton Classic presented by Roto Grip, July 29-31, at Capri Bowling Lanes in Dayton, Ohio; the South Shore Open presented by DV8 at Olympia Lanes in Hammond, Ind., Aug. 4-7, and the season-ending Treasure Island Resort & Casino Open presented by Hammer at Island Xtreme Bowl in Welch, Minn., Aug. 10-13.

PBA Hall of Famers Norm Duke, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Pete Weber, Tom Baker, Parker Bohn III and Amleto Monacelli are fighting it out for Player of the Year. They also are leading the competition points race for six spots in the PBA50 Tour Finals to be held at PBA World Series of Bowling VI in Las Vegas in late October. Duke and Bohn are also leading the “rookie” race while two other Hall of Famers, Johnny Petraglia and Dale Eagle, are frontrunners in the “super senior” race.

To follow the competition as it unfolds, subscribe to Xtra Frame. Monthly subscriptions are $7.99. A full-year subscription is $64.99. Visit pba.com and click on the Xtra Frame link to enroll.

ROE CASHES, HARDEE LEADS POINTS IN FIRST PBA WOMEN’S REGIONAL EVENT

Amateur Kimberly Roe of New Smyrna Beach, Fla., earned a check for finishing 17th in the field of 76 players, and new PBA member Christina Hardee of Mount Dora, Fla., became the first woman to earn PBA Women’s Regional points as the new PBA program for women bowlers made its debut in the PBA Crystal Automotive Spring Hill South Open at Spring Hill Lanes in Spring Hill, Fla., Sunday.

The PBA’s recently-announced regional program for women drew four competitors in Spring Hill, where Roe cashed for $425 while Hardee –who had cashed in two previous PBA South Regional tournaments as a non-member – finished 60th. But as a new PBA member, Hardee is the early South Region points leader in her bid to earn a spot in the PBA Women’s Regional Finals in Las Vegas later in the year. Non-members Morgan Rosario of Gainesville, Fla., and Amber Ottilige of Lake Wales, Fla., were the other two women who bowled in Spring Hill.

Two PBA Women’s Regional events in the Central and Midwest Regions scheduled for this weekend have been replaced on their respective regional schedules due to a conflict with the BPAA Women’s All Star which gets underway Sunday in Rockford, Ill. The Central Region’s first women’s event will be part of the Lefeld Implement Central Classic at Pla-Mor Lanes in Coldwater, Ohio, Aug. 15-17 while the Midwest Region’s debut event for women will be the Bowlerama Lanes Midwest Open presented by Radical at Bowlerama Lanes in Des Moines, Iowa, Aug. 22-24.

PBA REGIONAL SUMMARY: BEASLEY WINS SOUTHWEST SUPER REGIONAL IN LUBBOCK

Mitch Beasley of Nashville, Tenn., returning to competition after a two-year layoff due to a back injury, defeated amateur Jason Duran of Littleton, Colo., 226-217, to win the PBA Lubbock Southwest Super Regional Open, presented by Track, at South Plains Lanes in Lubbock, Texas, Sunday.

Beasley jumped to an early lead in the final match when Duran left a pocket split in the third frame. After fighting his way back into the match, Duran left the 7-10 split in the ninth frame to allow Beasley a chance to clinch the title and $10,000 first prize with a spare in the 10th. The title was Beasley’s 17th in PBA Regional competition. The tournament drew a field of 138 players.

● Amateur Sean Riccardi of St. Petersburg, Fla., defeated Dustin Ochoa of Carrollton, Texas, 256-214, to win the 26th annual PBA Crystal Automotive Spring Hill South Open at Spring Hill Lanes in Spring Hill, Fla., Sunday.

Riccardi posted a 10-2 match play record and rolled three 300 games in the preliminary rounds to qualify as top seed for the stepladder finals by 253 pins over fellow amateur Jason Mahr of Spring Hill. Ochoa, also an amateur, defeated Mahr, 277-214, in the semifinal round match to advance to the title match. Riccardi earned $2,500 for winning the event, but doesn’t earn a PBA title because he is a non-member.

Jay Boyle of Garnet Valley, Pa., ended his seven-year quest for his first PBA title when he defeated Sammy Ventura of Syracuse, N.Y., 237-175, to win the PBA50 Cecil Raymond Memorial presented by Track at Playdrome Cherry Hill in Cherry Hill, N.J., Sunday.

The tournament, which began in 2004, was renamed this year to honor its sponsor who passed away in January. Raymond was the 2013 recipient of the East Region’s Pat Patterson Award for outstanding contributions to the region. Along with his first PBA Regional title, Boyle earned a $1,500 first prize.

Brad Bufkin of Citrus Heights, Calif., defeated Dennis Horan of Oakley, Calif., 225-164, to win the PBA Wine Country West/Northwest Open presented by Hammer at Double Decker Lanes in Rohnert Park, Calif., Sunday. In addition to his first PBA Regional title, Bufkin earned a $2,000 prize.

● On tap for the July 18-20 weekend are the Boss Snow Plows/Brunswick Central Open at PinHeads Bowling Center in Fishers, Ind.; the Homefield Eastern Open presented by Motiv at Homefield Bowl in Yonkers, N.Y.; the St. Charles Lanes Midwest Open presented by Storm in St. Charles, Mo., and the PBA/PBA50 Sands Regency West/Northwest Doubles at High Sierra Lanes in Reno, Nev.

The July schedule concludes over the July 25-27 weekend with the PBA50 Sparetimes Hampton Southern Open at Sparetimes Bowling Center in Hampton, Va.; the Pure-It Pro Shop East Open presented by DV8 at Cedar Lanes in Lebanon, Pa.; the Farmer’s State Bank/Roto Grip Central Re-Entry Open at Angola Bowl in Angola, Ind.; the PBA50 Progressive/Gerdeman Insurance Agency/Al Smith Chrysler-Dodge-Jeep Central/Midwest Classic at Al-Mar Lanes in Bowling Green, Ohio; the Fort Sill Southwest Open presented by Columbia 300 at Twin Oaks Bowling Center in Fort Sill, Okla.; the Plamor Lanes Midwest Challenge (for non-winners) presented by Track in Muscatine, Iowa, and the PBA and PBA50 Boise Northwest/West Opens at 20th Century Lanes in Boise, Idaho.

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:

● Looking for a great deal on PBA logoed merchandise? Visit the PBA Tour Store for T-shirts, caps, clearance items and special buys: https://www.kotisdesign.com/estore/landing.asp?estore=pbastore

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PBA Spare Shots: Veteran Woman Star Yuka Tsuchiya Sweeps Inaugural PBA Japan Region Cheetah Titles

by Bill Vint July 9, 2014 07:35

Yuka Tsuchiya, a 35-year-old right-hander from Kanagawa and an accomplished veteran of Japanese professional competition, got the PBA Japan Regional program off to an historic start over the July 5-6 weekend, sweeping the PBA Japan Women’s Cheetah Open and Cheetah Open titles at Tokyo Port Bowl. The women’s and open events were the first of eight events scheduled for 2014 in the new regional alliance between the Professional Bowlers Association and Japan Bowling Promotions.

On Saturday, Tsuchiya, a PBA member, defeated Shima Washizuka of Tokyo, 223-206, to win the Women’s Cheetah Open. On Sunday, she defeated Shyogo Wada of Wakayama, 211-189, to win the Cheetah Open. The inaugural women’s regional event drew a field of 39 players; the Cheetah Open drew a field of 101 men and women.

The eight-tournament series continues Saturday, July 12, with the PBA Japan Women’s Chameleon Open and Sunday, July 13, with the Chameleon Open, both at Sound Bowl in Ushiku, Japan.

PBA Commissioner Tom Clark and Deputy Commissioner Kirk Von Krueger will attend the Chameleon events as part of a celebration of PBA’s first international regional tournament venture.

IT’LL BE FLORIDA VS. NEW YORK IN 2014 TEEN MASTERS GRAND CHAMPIONSHIP

The Teen Masters Grand Championship match that will be part of the PBA’s Champion’s Challenge ESPN telecast from the PBA World Series of Bowling VI in Las Vegas will be a one-game match between two recent high school graduates who dominated their divisions in the 17th Teen Masters finals in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., last weekend.

Michael Coffey, 19, of Melbourne, Fla., averaged 220.29 for his 42 games and defeated runner-up John Gallagher of Stuart, Fla., by 553 pins for the boys’ title. Kelly Skalacki, 17, who just graduated from Newfield High School near her home in Coram, N.Y., averaged 195.81 in topping Ashley Dunn of Palmdale, Calif., by 337 pins to win the girls’ division. Dunn was the reigning girls’ division champion and a two-time past U14 Girls winner.

Coffey said the secret to his success on the PBA-caliber lane conditions, using only two limited-performance PBA Skills bowling balls, was preparation.

“I practiced with the two (PBA) balls all year long,” the future Lindenwood University student said. “I worked on my grip, throwing at any speed I needed, different hand positions, different angles on the lane. I knew I could do basically anything I wanted. I just had to stay calm and make good shots.”

Skalacki, who bowled in the Teen Masters for the first time, said, “I wasn’t expecting to do this well. It was a matter of making my spares, taking it one shot at a time. I threw the ball with the same speed on both the long and short conditions, and I just moved my feet and moved my eyes.”

The future Webber International University student said she’s eager to face Coffey in the one-game ESPN match to determine the 2014 Teen Masters Grand Champion.

“I’m extremely excited,” she said. “It’s such a great opportunity. I’m hoping to beat him. It’s going to be tough, but I’ll put in the effort.”

“I can’t wait (to bowl Skalacki on ESPN),” Coffey said. “It’ll be a good match.”

The PBA Champion’s Challenge telecast also will feature the PBA50 Tour Finals match, the PBA Women’s Regional Finals title match and the PBA Regional Tour Finals match. The special telecast will be recorded during the first weekend in November at South Point Casino, Hotel and Bowling Center in Las Vegas. The air date for the special ESPN telecast will be announced later.

MONGOOSE PRODUCTS BECOMES PBA REGISTERED PRODUCT COMPANY

Mongoose Products, a manufacturer of premium bowling wrist devices for 33 years, has become a PBA Product Registered Company. Mongoose products are available at quality pro shops across the nation and globally.

SOUTH REGION CHANGES WOMEN’S REGIONAL TO MYRTLE BEACH ON AUG. 8-10

Due to an unforeseen scheduling conflict, the PBA South Region has changed the women’s regional event originally scheduled for Gloucester, Va., to Waccamaw Lanes in Myrtle Beach, S.C., Aug. 8-10.

PBA REGIONAL SUMMARY: JULY SCHEDULE HEATS UP THIS WEEKEND

After a quiet Fourth of July weekend, PBA’s regional program heats up this weekend with the Lubbock Southwest Super Regional in Texas, the second weekend of international regional competition in Japan, and the Proprietors Cup III in Ohio.

The July 11-13 schedule features the Lubbock Southwest Super Regional at South Plains Lanes in Lubbock, Texas, with a projected $10,000 first prize; the Spring Hill (Fla.) Crystal Automotive South Open presented by Track at Spring Hill Lanes; the PBA West/Northwest Wine Country Open presented by Hammer at Double Decker Lanes in Rohnert Park, Calif.; the PBA50 Cecil Raymond Memorial presented by Track at Playdrome Cherry Hill in Cherry Hill, N.J., and the PBA Japan Women’s Chameleon and Chameleon Open at Sound Bowl, Ushiku, Japan. Also on the July 11-13 schedule is the Proprietors Cup III at Beaver-Vu Lanes in Beavercreek, Ohio. While not an official PBA event, it is supported by the PBA East, Central and Midwest Regions and will pay an estimated $15,000 first prize.

On tap for the July 18-20 weekend are the Boss Snow Plows/Brunswick Central Open at PinHeads Bowling Center in Fishers, Ind. (a PBA Women’s Regional event); the Homefield Eastern Open presented by Motiv at Homefield Bowl in Yonkers, N.Y.; the St. Charles Lanes Midwest Open presented by Storm (a PBA Women’s Regional event), and the PBA/PBA50 Sands Regency West/Northwest Doubles at High Sierra Lanes in Reno, Nev.

The July schedule concludes over the July 25-27 weekend with the PBA50 Sparetimes Hampton Southern Open at Sparetimes Bowling Center in Hampton, Va.; the Pure-It Pro Shop East Open presented by DV8 at Cedar Lanes in Lebanon, Pa.; the Farmer’s State Bank/Roto Grip Central Re-Entry Open at Angola Bowl in Angola, Ind.; the PBA50 Progressive/Gerdeman Insurance Agency/Al Smith Chrysler-Dodge-Jeep Central/Midwest Classic at Al-Mar Lanes in Bowling Green, Ohio; the Fort Sill Southwest Open presented by Columbia 300 at Twin Oaks Bowling Center in Fort Sill, Okla.; the Plamor Lanes Midwest Challenge (for non-winners) presented by Track in Muscatine, Iowa, and the PBA and PBA50 Boise Northwest/West Opens at 20th Century Lanes in Boise, Idaho.

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:

● Don’t forget: HotelPlanner.com, the official travel partner of the PBA, is running a sweepstakes that will award $250 lodging gift certificates to lucky winners in both July and August. All you have to do is book a hotel room through any link on pba.com, or by using this link: http://pba.hotelplanner.com/, before Aug. 31. For each reservation you make, you’ll receive an additional free entry into the sweepstakes. Drawings will take place on July 31 and August 31.

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