Excitement Begins to Build as PBA Prepares for First-Ever Visit to Maine for PBA League Elias Cup Finals

by Bill Vint October 3, 2014 03:36

PORTLAND, Maine – Excitement over the PBA’s first-ever visit to Maine began to rise Thursday when PBA Commissioner Tom Clark met with business and tourism leaders and the news media to announce plans for the 2015 PBA League’s Elias Cup championship weekend March 27-29 at Bayside Bowl in Portland.

“We are very pleased with the interest of Maine businesses and the bowling industry to share our commitment to bringing the PBA to this market,” Clark told the gathering. “Maine is very attractive to the PBA as a destination to showcase the best bowlers in the world to a growing and vibrant bowling fan community.”

The PBA League event will involve a limited field of 40 players, but those 40, Clark noted, will include the best bowlers in the world. Among them will be PBA Player of the Year Jason Belmonte of Australia, Osku Palermaa of Finland, Sean Rash, Chris Barnes, hall of famers Pete Weber and Norm Duke, among others.

“This would be the equivalent of (golfers) Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy playing at Riverside,” said Charlie Mitchell, owner of the Bayside Bowl, a contemporary 12-lane bowling center that will provide an intimate, arena-style setting for the team competition.

Shamrock Sports and Entertainment owner Brian Corcoran, who played a key role in securing the event for Portland, said a national PBA event could be held at Bayside because “unlike the Super Bowl that needs a (gigantic) stadium, the unique nature of the PBA is that you can take it anywhere.”

Only two lanes will be used and most of the remaining space will be devoted to the needs of television and spectator seating. Mitchell expects the entire event to be a sell-out. Tickets will be available soon via Bayside’s website, baysidebowl.com.

Mitchell said the decision to host the event was an easy one to make.

“If you had a small first-class gym and had a chance to get the Celtics, you would,” he said. “This is something special. It’s having the pinnacle of the sport right here.”

The event is expected to draw an estimated $1.5 million to the local economy, according to Lynn Tollitson, the CEO of the Portland Convention and Visitors Bureau.

“March is a very slow season for us, so this comes at a time when thousands of hotel rooms would sit empty,” she said in the release. “This PBA event is going to be a great shot in the arm to our retail shops and restaurants at the right time.”

The PBA League consists of eight teams of five players each. They will compete for a projected $250,000 in prize money over the March 27-29 weekend. Four rounds of PBA League competition will be conducted for delayed telecast on ESPN on four consecutive Sundays: March 29, April 5, 12 and 19. The rosters for the PBA League team will be determined during a draft that will take place on Friday, Oct. 31, during the PBA World Series of Bowling VI in Las Vegas. The draft will be webcast live on PBA’s online bowling channel, Xtra Frame.

Bowling fans in Maine will be able to watch the draft during a special “draft party” hosted by Bayside Bowl on Oct. 31 at 3 p.m. Eastern (noon Pacific).

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2015 PBA League Draft Set for Live Xtra Frame Coverage on October 31

by Bill Vint August 28, 2014 08:58

SEATTLE – Who will be the first player selected when the Professional Bowlers Association conducts its 2015 PBA League Draft on Friday, Oct. 31, during the PBA World Series of Bowling VI? Reigning Player of the Year Jason Belmonte? Hall of Famer Pete Weber? A left-hander, right-hander, budding future star?

A live international audience watching the third annual PBA League draft on PBA’s online bowling channel, Xtra Frame, will be the first to know as eight team managers select all-new team rosters in preparation for the PBA Tour’s first-ever visit to the state of Maine.

The eight-team PBA League will compete in two days of team competition for delayed telecast on ESPN on Saturday and Sunday, March 28-29, at Bayside Bowl in Portland, Maine.

The PBA League in 2015 will feature the same eight teams it fielded during its first two seasons, but the only thing about the teams that will remain the same is their names and team managers. After a random draw to determine the draft order, managers will fill their rosters with five players who will compete in Maine in two days of intense competition featuring Baker-format elimination rounds leading to the Elias Cup Finals. The Elias Cup will be decided by points earned in singles, doubles, trio and Baker team matches.

Highlights of the 2015 program include:

● The 2015 draft will be held on Friday, Oct. 31, during PBA WSOB VI at South Point in Las Vegas and carried live on PBA’s Xtra Frame online bowling channel. Team managers will be: Mark Baker (defending Elias Cup champion Silver Lake Atom Splitters), Carolyn Dorin-Ballard (GEICO New York City WTT KingPins), Johnny Petraglia (Brooklyn STyLES), Norm Duke (Dallas Strikers), Tim Mack (Pittsburgh Jack Rabbits), Jason Couch (Philadelphia Hitmen), Andrew Cain (L.A. X) and Del Ballard Jr. (Barbasol Motown Muscle).

● Players eligible for the 2015 PBA League Draft will be the top 50 in PBA Tour competition points between the 2013 World Series of Bowling V and the 2014 Oklahoma Grand Casino and Resort Summer Swing, plus any player who was on a PBA League roster for 2014, but didn’t qualify based on points (see the complete draft-eligible player list below).

● For the draft, eligible players will be ranked based upon their position on the points list. The first player elected by each team must be taken from the group of players ranking 1-10 on the points list. The second player drafted will come from the group ranked 11-20 in points, plus any undrafted players from group one. The third player drafted will come from those ranked 21-30 in points. The fourth player will come from those ranked 31-40 in points, and the fifth player will come from the players ranked 41-50 and previous team members not among the points leaders. Players undrafted in each round will be eligible in the following round, expanding the pool of players as each round continues. The draft exception will be Dallas player-manager Norm Duke, who finished 39th on the points list, will draft himself in the fourth round.

● The only draft-eligible woman on the list is Colombia native Clara Guerrero, who last year became the third woman in history to bowl in a nationally-televised final when she qualified for the PBA Cheetah Championship stepladder in WSOB V, eventually finishing fourth.

● Draft-eligible players must declare their desire to participate in the PBA League. Players may begin declaring for the draft on October 1. The deadline to declare is October 15.

● A random draw will determine the team draft order. The draft will then be conducted in “serpentine” format whereby Team No. 1 will pick first in the first round and last in the second round, and Team No. 8 will pick last in the first round and first in the second round, etc.

In the 2015 PBA League playoffs, players will compete for a projected $250,000 in prize money.

The three-day visit to Portland will include a day of practice and pro-am activity where Maine adult, youth and senior league bowlers will have a chance to bowl with the stars of the PBA, followed by two days of Baker-format team competition for delayed telecast on ESPN. The quarterfinal round will include four best-of-two-game Baker team matches, with all five players bowling two frames per game. The four winning teams will advance to the two-game, Baker format semifinal round which will produce two winners to bowl for the Elias Cup.

The Elias Cup will be decided based upon total pinfall for a singles match (with 10 bonus pins to the winner), alternate-shot doubles match (15 bonus pins), trios match (20 bonus pins) and five-player Baker team match (50 bonus pins).

● ESPN will televise the PBA League quarterfinal, semifinal and Elias Cup Finals on four consecutive Sundays, March 29, April 5, 12 and 19.


Friday, October 31
PBA League Draft, South Point Bowling Center, Las Vegas (live coverage on Xtra Frame)

Competition Schedule, Bayside Bowl, Portland, Maine
Friday, March 27
9 a.m. – Practice Session
Tba – Pro-Am squads

Saturday, March 28 (best of two games, Baker format; one-ball roll-off breaks ties)
Noon – Quarterfinal Match One: Team 1 vs. Team 8
    Quarterfinal Match Two: Team 5 vs. Team 4
4:30 P.M. – Quarterfinal Match Three: Team 2 vs. Team 7
    Quarterfinal Match Four: Team 6 vs. Team 3

Sunday, March 29
Noon – Semifinal Match One: Winner Match One vs. Winner Match Two (best of two games, Baker format; one-ball roll-off breaks ties)
    Semifinal Match Two: Winner Match Three vs. Winner Match Four (best of two games, Baker format; one-ball roll-off breaks ties)
4:30 p.m. – Elias Cup Finals: Winner Semifinal One vs. Winner Semifinal Two, total pinfall (singles, 10 bonus pins; alternate-shot doubles, 15 bonus pins; trios, 20 bonus pins; Baker team, 50 bonus pins)

(based upon PBA Tour competition points earned between 2013 WSOB IV and 2014 PBA Summer Swing)

PBAL Group One
1, Jason Belmonte, 138,842
2, Dom Barrett, 101,973
3, E.J. Tackett, 71,757
4, Sean Rash, 69,465
5, Wes Malott, 67,665
6, Tom Smallwood, 64,909
7, Pete Weber, 62,824
8, Bill O'Neill, 61,324
9, Chris Barnes, 60,008
10, Ryan Ciminelli, 55,551

PBAL Group Two
11, Tommy Jones, 49,557
12, Mike Fagan, 47,609
13, Ronnie Russell, 40,795
14, Dick Allen, 38,557
15, Mika Koivuniemi, 38,312
16, Chris Loschetter, 37,853
17, Dan MacLelland, 33,955
18, Stuart Williams, 33,396
19, Tom Daugherty, 29,836
20, Josh Blanchard, 28,529

PBAL Group Three
21, Dave Wodka, 27,129
22, Martin Larsen, 26,777
23, Michael Haugen, 26,634
24, Thomas Larsen, 25,653
25, Parker Bohn, 25,579
26, D.J. Archer 25,070
27, Brian Valenta, 24,034
28, Brian Kretzer, 22,806
29, Shawn Maldonado, 22,190
30, Nathan Bohr, 22,054

PBAL Group Four
31, Jake Peters, 21,780
32, Jason Sterner, 21,759
33, Tom Baker, 21,546
34, Ryan Shafer, 21,386
35, Walter Ray Williams Jr., 21,186
36, Lee Vanderhoef, 21,054
37, Scott Norton, 20,717
38. Patrick Allen. 20.600
39, Norm Duke, 20,543
40, John Szczerbinski, 19,444

PBAL Group Five
41, Eugene McCune, 19,387
42, Craig Nidiffer, 18,826
43, Bryon Smith, 18,218
44, Osku Palermaa, 17,076
45, Rhino Page, 16,860
46, Dino Castillo, 16,684
47, Clara Guerrero, 16,262
48, Anthony Lavery-Spahr, 15,726
49, Jesse Buss, 15,168
50, Andres Gomez, 15,067

Draft Eligible (2014 PBAL team member)
53, Michael Machuga, 14,279
57, Mike DeVaney, 13,035
63, Amleto Monacelli, 11,337
77, Mike Scroggins, 9,262
79, Brad Angelo, 8,969

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Silver Lake Atom Splitters Sweep Philly Hitmen, Advance to PBA League Elias Cup Finals Vs. L.A. X

by Bill Vint April 6, 2014 06:55

ALLEN PARK, Mich. – Chris Barnes and his Silver Lake Atom Splitters teammates swept the Philadelphia Hitmen in the final Professional Bowlers Association League semifinal match to earn a berth in the 2014 Elias Cup finals against Jason Belmonte and his L.A. X team.

The final semifinal round match at Thunderbowl Lanes aired Sunday on ESPN. The all-Los Angeles area battle for the Elias Cup will air on ESPN on Sunday, April 13, at 2 p.m. ET.

After finishing in sixth place among eight teams in the 2013 introductory PBA League season, the Atom Splitters, presented by Spiceworks and owned by Internet podcast innovator and television host Chris Hardwick, bolstered their 2014 lineup with the addition of former PBA Players of the Year Tommy Jones and Wes Malott, and won 11 of a possible 12 points in matches against the Dallas Strikers and the Hitmen, presented by High 5 Gear, to advance to the Elias Cup finals at Brunswick Zone Carolier in North Brunswick, N.J.

“Our team keeps getting better as we go,” Barnes said. “We’ll switch venues for the Elias Cup, which will have an impact. Carolier hooks a lot less than Thunderbowl does. As far as L.A. X’s fearless leader (Australian two-handed star Belmonte) is concerned, that’s not much of a deal, but I don’t know about the rest of their team. They have a lot of good shot-makers, but so do we. I think we’re down to the two strongest teams.”

Belmonte agreed.

“The Atom Splitters are a stacked team,” the L.A. X team leader said. “I feel our performance speaks for itself. If there’s a team that’s going to give (Silver Lake) a run for their money, it’s us.”

L.A. X, presented by GoBowling.com, eliminated the BROOKLYN STyLES and the defending Elias Cup champion New York City WTT KingPins in earning its berth in the Elias Cup finale.

Barnes gave Silver Lake a 1-0 lead by winning the singles match against Philadelphia franchise player Bill O’Neill. Barnes survived a 3-4-6-7-10 split in the sixth frame after throwing five strikes to start the game. After he failed to convert the split, he threw another string of four strikes for a 248-236 win.

In alternate ball doubles, Philadelphia’s Josh Blanchard and Ryan Ciminelli threw back-to-back strikes in the ninth and 10th frames to overcome the Atom Splitters’ one-pin lead, but Barnes and partner Bryon Smith answered with three strikes in their 10th frame to pull out a 228-226 win for a 2-0 lead.

Silver Lake’s Tommy Jones, Dom Barrett and Wes Malott started the Baker trios contest with six strikes, building a 53-pin lead, and held on for a 233-216 win over Ciminelli, O’Neill and Dan MacLelland for a 3-0 lead.

The Atom Splitters completed the sweep with a convincing 247-224 victory in the Baker team finale. Smith, Barnes, Barrett, Malott and Jones struck on eight of their first nine shots and Silver Lake never gave the Hitmen a chance.

“We’re five players deep,” Barnes said. “We didn’t bowl very well in our first match (against Dallas), but we survived that. We figured that was as bad as it could get, so we threw everyone back out there and it worked out. We just don’t like to lose. Ever.”

Thunderbowl Lanes, Allen Park, Mich.

Final Standings
Silver Lake Atom Splitters presented by Spiceworks def. Philadelphia Hitmen presented by High 5 Gear, 6-0.

Singles Match (one point)
Chris Barnes, Silver Lake Atom Splitters, def. Bill O’Neill, Philadelphia Hitmen, 248-236.

Alternate Ball Doubles (one point)
Silver Lake Atom Splitters (Chris Barnes/Bryon Smith) def. Philadelphia Hitmen (Ryan Ciminelli/Josh Blanchard), 228-226.

Baker Trios (one point)
Silver Lake Atom Splitters (Tommy Jones/Dom Barrett/Wes Malott) def. Philadelphia Hitmen (Ryan Ciminelli/Bill O’Neill/Dan MacLelland), 233-216.

Five-Man Baker Team (three points)
Silver Lake Atom Splitters (Bryon Smith/Chris Barnes/Dom Barrett/Wes Malott/Tommy Jones) def. Philadelphia Hitmen (Dan MacLelland/Mike DeVaney/Josh Blanchard/Bill O’Neill/Ryan Ciminelli), 247-224.

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L.A. X Defeats Defending Champion New York City WTT KingPins, Advances to PBA League Elias Cup Finals

by Bill Vint March 30, 2014 10:29

ALLEN PARK, Mich. – A clutch ninth-frame spare by reigning Professional Bowlers Association Player of the Year Jason Belmonte followed by three equally clutch 10th frame strikes in the Baker team finale by Parker Bohn III gave L.A. X a 5-1 victory over the defending PBA League champion New York City WTT KingPins and a berth in the 2014 Elias Cup finals.

The first PBA League semifinal round match at Thunderbowl Lanes aired Sunday on ESPN. The second semifinal match will pit actor/comedian Kevin Hart’s Philadelphia Hitmen, led by captain Bill O’Neill, against the Silver Lake Atom Splitters, owned by “Nerdist” creator Chris Hardwick and led by captain Chris Barnes, on ESPN on Sunday, April 6, at 1 p.m. ET. The Elias Cup finals will air on ESPN on Sunday, April 13, at 2 p.m. ET.

The Baker team game, worth a decisive three points in the PBA League elimination competition, was a three-pin contest when Belmonte left the 3-4-7-10 split in the ninth frame, and converted the difficult spare. The spare forced New York City captain Pete Weber to double in the 10th frame to take the lead, but Weber left a 4 pin on his first ball, giving L.A. X. a chance. Bohn, needing a mark and good count, struck out for a 218-204 win to send Los Angeles Clippers star Chris Paul’s team to the Elias Cup finals.

The win was redemption for the Los Angeles-based team that missed a trip to the 2013 finals by two points. It probably wouldn’t have happened if Belmonte hadn’t converted the split he left in the ninth frame.

“I wasn’t too confident; that was an interesting looking spare,” the Australian two-handed player said. “I didn’t know whether to hook it or throw my spare ball, but I threw my spare ball straight at it and it paid off.

“We get one shot on each lane in team event and I went through the nose on that lane in practice, so when we came back to that lane, I made a five-board move left and threw it really good,” he said of the shot that resulted in the split. “I thought it was a strike off my hand, but then I saw it hook and there were grandma’s teeth staring at me.”

L.A. X is now ready for whichever opposing team advances to the Elias Cup finals.

“We wanted to improve on our position from last year. Our goal was to play in the finals,” Belmonte said. “We accomplished that today. I’m stoked. We gelled as a team. We lifted each other. We made spares when we had to. We struck out when we had to. It wasn’t just one guy. We have a great team.”

In the singles game between team captains to start the match, Belmonte claimed the first point for L.A. X with a 234-208 victory over Weber. The decisive shot was Weber’s pocket 7-10 split in the ninth frame.

L.A. X added its second point on a near-perfect performance by Mika Koivuniemi and Bohn in a 299-216 romp in alternate-ball doubles. The perfect game was spoiled when Bohn left a 10 pin on the team’s 12th shot.

The KingPins, owned by women’s sports icon Billie Jean King and presented by GEICO, averted a sweep with a 249-235 come-from-behind win in the Baker trios game. L.A. X, presented by GoBowling.com, was cruising behind Belmonte, Andres Gomez and PBA Rookie of the Year E.J. Tackett until Tackett failed to convert the 10 pin in the ninth frame. New York City’s Stuart Williams struck in the ninth and anchor Scott Norton threw three strikes in the 10th to claim the trios point.

Thunderbowl Lanes, Allen Park, Mich.

Final Standings
L.A. X presented by GoBowling.com def. New York City WTT KingPins presented by GEICO, 5-1.

Singles Match (one point)
Jason Belmonte, L.A. X, def. Pete Weber, New York City WTT KingPins, 234-208.

Alternate Ball Doubles (one point)
L.A. X (Mika Koivuniemi/Parker Bohn III) def. New York City WTT KingPins (John Szczerbinski/Pete Weber/sub Stuart Williams), 299-216.

Baker Trios (one point)
New York City WTT KingPins (Scott Norton/Jake Peters/Stuart Williams) def. L.A. X (Jason Belmonte/Andres Gomez/E.J. Tackett), 249-235.

Five-Man Baker Team (three points)
L.A. X (Mika Koivuniemi/E.J. Tackett/Andres Gomez/Jason Belmonte/Parker Bohn III) def. New York City WTT KingPins (Stuart Williams/Jake Peters/John Szczerbinski/Scott Norton/Pete Weber), 218-204.

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PBA Spare Shots: Shafer, Carter to Join Jerome Bettis for “The Bus Stops Here Foundation” Fundraiser in Pittsburgh

by Bill Vint March 13, 2014 08:55

Former Pittsburgh Steelers star running back Jerome Bettis, owner of the PBA League’s Motown Muscle, will host the inaugural “Bowl with the Bus” celebrity fundraiser at Latitude 40 in Pittsburgh, Pa., on Thursday, March 20, to benefit The Jerome Bettis Bus Stops Here Foundation.

PBA titlists Ryan Shafer and Jeff Carter will participate in the event along with celebrity guests including former Steelers Chuck Sanders, Craig Bingham and Craig Wolfley among others. General admission tickets are available for $50. Tickets to bowl with Bettis and his special guests are $200 per person. Tickets can be purchased by calling 412-877-6931 or at  http://www.showclix.com/event/JeromeBettisBowlwiththeBus.

The goal of the event is to acknowledge the philanthropic work The Jerome Bettis Bus Stops Here Foundation is doing and to raise money for underprivileged inner-city youth. The Foundation works to improve the overall quality of life for troubled and less fortunate adolescents by offering programs to help them distinguish between healthy and unhealthy life choices. Proceeds from the event will benefit programs for Pittsburgh youth which include computer-engineering programs, asthma awareness and mentorship programs.

“The bowling event is something new we’re adding to the other things we’ve been doing for the Foundation,” Bettis said. “Bowling is my first love after football, so I’m really excited about this event. We’re doing bowling because we get people closer to our celebrity guests than we do in other events, and we’re going to do some clinics for the kids. And I’m definitely planning on getting out there on the lanes myself. It’s going to be a lot of fun.”

For more information about The Jerome Bettis Bus Stops Here Foundation, call 412-657-3483 or visit thebusstopsherefoundation.com.


PBA’s exclusive online video service, Xtra Frame, is providing live coverage of the Trumbull County Visitors Bureau Central/East Open presented by DV8 Saturday and Sunday at Bell-Wick Bowl in Hubbard, Ohio. Through a special arrangement with Craig Elliott of Michiganbowler.tv, Xtra Frame will provide exclusive live coverage of both rounds of qualifying on Saturday, March 15, and match play and stepladder final rounds on Sunday, March 16.

To subscribe to XF, visit pba.com and click on the Xtra Frame link. Monthly subscriptions are available for $7.99 and annual subscriptions are offered for $64.99.


The Professional Bowlers Association is less than 800 “likes” away from the 100,000 milestone on Facebook. If you’d like to join the legion of fans who follow the PBA on Facebook, enter “Professional Bowlers Association” in the search bar and hit the “like” button.


Already one of the most popular mobile-device games on the market, Concrete Software’s PBA Bowling Challenge just got an audio boost thanks to a new Concrete Software partnership with Dolby. The addition of enhanced Dolby sound now makes PBA Bowling Challenge sound even better.

At the upcoming Games Developer Conference in San Francisco, Tapjoy – the company that handles the special offers in the PBA Bowling Challenge game (watch this video for a gold pin, etc...) – will be doing a major public relations push for PBA Bowling Challenge.

To download the PBA game in a version to fit your mobile device, visit http://www.concretesoftware.com/web/games/pba-bowling-challenge/ and click on the proper app store button.


Shortly after 13 Chinese bowlers “graduated” from a unique PBA Pioneers League to become the first bowlers from their country to join the PBA, interest in the program has grown to the point that Frank Ningbo Zhao, president of Longmarch Bowling Products, is launching two additional “Pioneers Leagues” to qualify Chinese bowlers for PBA membership. And more such leagues are on the drawing board.

Zhao, who created the first Pioneers League in China after meeting with PBA Commissioner Tom Clark and PBA Hall of Famer Walter Ray Williams Jr., said he is organizing a new Pioneers League at his 24-lane center in Shanghai followed by a third league in a recently built 26-lane center in Shenyang in northeast China. Both will start in late March. Zhao said he hopes China will soon have at least 30 players who meet PBA membership criteria, and then he’s hoping to bring some of those players to the United States to experience PBA competition first-hand.


The Grand Hotel and Casino/Firelake Bowling Center in Shawnee, Okla., has signed a sponsorship agreement with the PBA that includes a Southwest Region Hall of Fame display. The first members of the new hall of fame will be inducted during a special dinner in conjunction with the PBA Southwest Region Invitational over the September 6-8 weekend. Additional details are pending.


Jack Jurek of Lackawanna, N.Y., defeated Darryl Bower of Middletown, Pa., by 164 pins to win the PBA50 Victory Lanes Central Open presented by Brunswick at Victory Lanes in Galion, Ohio, on Sunday, March 9.

Jurek finished the 20-game contest with a 9-3 match play record and a total of 4,959 pins including match play bonus pins. The title was his first of 2014 and his 16th overall PBA Regional title. He also earned $1,600.

PBA50 competitor Bryan Goebel of Shawnee, Kan., and partner Scott Sullinger of Lavista, Neb., defeated 2013 PBA50 Tour Rookie of the Year Pete Weber of St. Ann, Mo., and Rick Miller of Lincoln, Neb., 525-489, to win the PBA Thunderbowl Over/Under 50 Doubles Midwest Classic on Sunday at Thunderbowl in Council Bluffs, Iowa.

In a tournament pairing a player who is 50 or older with a player under the age of 50, Goebel and Sullinger climbed the stepladder from fourth to first, defeating Joel Carlson of Omaha, Neb., and Mike Snell of Plattsmouth, Neb., 501-428, and Dale Traber of Cedarburg, Wis., and Dave Dentlinger of Carroll, Iowa, 470-440, to advance to the championship match.

● Amateur Kristopher Prather of Milton, Fla., nipped Kyle Troup of Taylorsville, N.C., 259-258, to win the PBA Pensacola South Open at New Liberty Lanes in Pensacola, Fla., Sunday. Prather, who won the inaugural event at New Liberty Lanes two years ago, earned $4,000 for the win, but he does not receive credit for a PBA title because he isn’t a member.

● On the March 14-16 regional calendar are the PBA50 Franklin South Open at Franklin Bowling Center in Franklin, Va.; the Trumbull County Visitors Bureau Central/East Open presented by DV8 at Bell-Wick Bowl in Hubbard, Ohio, and the one-day (Saturday, March 15) PBA50 Allstate Insurance Midwest Open presented by Brunswick at Plamor Lanes in Muscatine, Iowa.

The March 21-23 PBA Regional calendar includes the San Angelo Southwest Open presented by Ebonite at Stadium Lanes in San Angelo, Texas; the PBA50 Rossi Lanes Eastern Open in Elmira, N.Y.; the PBA50 Fayetteville Lanes South Open in Fayetteville, N.C.; the Caveman Bowl Northwest/West Open presented by DV8 in Grants Pass, Ore., and the PBA50 Showtime Lanes Midwest/Central Open presented by MOTIV in Virden, Ill.

Closing out the March schedule will be the PBA50 Boys and Girls Club Midwest/Central Open presented by Columbia 300 at Liberty Lanes in Carpentersville, Ill., and the Bowlers Discount Eastern Open at Brunswick Zone Normandy in Ellicott City, Md.

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.


The starting time for ESPN’s March 30 telecast of the PBA League semifinal showdown between L.A. X and the New York City WTT Kingpins has been changed to 5 p.m. ET (instead of 4:30 as originally scheduled). The telecast also has been changed from a two-hour telecast to 90 minutes.

Show your support for your favorite PBA League team. T-shirts for each of the eight 2014 PBA League teams are now available on pba.com. Click on the “shop” tab on the home page to visit the PBA Store.

● World Bowling (formerly the World Tenpin Bowling Association) has announced a couple of date changes for 2014 involving events that are part of the World Bowling Tour points competition. The Men’s World Bowling Championships have been moved to Dec. 4-15 in Abu Dhabi, UAE, because of a conflict with a Formula 1 race in Abu Dhabi. That change also calls for rescheduling the Qatar Open, 8th Kingdom International Open in Saudi Arabia, and the Abu Dhabi WBT. Dates will be announced later.

World Bowling also announced the Daejeon International Open in South Korea, also a WBT event, has been re-scheduled for Nov. 9-22.

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