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.

DHC PBA JAPAN INVITATIONAL
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.

ALTERNATE-SHOT SCOTCH DOUBLES
Championship:
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.

BAKER TEAM
Championship:
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.

LAST MAN STANDING SPECIAL EVENT
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.

DHC PBA JAPAN INVITATIONAL XTRA FRAME SCHEDULE

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

THURSDAY, JAN. 15

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

FRIDAY, JAN. 16

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

SATURDAY, JAN. 17

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.

SVENSSON, McNEIL AND ALLEN WIN WORLD SERIES REGIONAL EVENTS

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.

TEAM OF PBA ALL-STARS TO REPRESENT TEAM USA IN WORLD MEN’S CHAMPIONSHIPS

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.

NOMINATIONS DUE NOVEMBER 26 FOR TONY REYES COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARD

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).

EVERYBODY’S A WINNER IN GEICO PBA WORLD SERIES OF BOWLING SELFIE PROMOTION

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

EDDIE ELIAS TOURNAMENT REWARDS AKRON STUDENTS WITH SCHOLARSHIPS

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.

PBA REGIONAL SUMMARY: BACK TO ACTION FOR REGIONAL PLAYERS

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.

QUICK NOTES

● 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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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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